Residents could face £5,000 fine for use of fly-tippers

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has reminded householders it is their duty to check anyone taking rubbish from their home has a waste carrier licence as they could face a hefty fine of £5000 should they use fly-tippers as a way of getting rid of waste. The advice given is if someone offers to remove your rubbish for a reasonable price, ask to see their licence which can be checked by calling The Environment Agency on 08708 506506 to request an instant waste carrier validation check, or check the public register online at

To report fly-tipping download the Report IT GY App, or call 01493 846478 with the date, time, location, description of the person, and the vehicle registration number.


A Norfolk academy trust is among country’s best for disadvantaged pupils

The Inspiration Trust was placed in the top dozen academy groups in the Sutton Trust’s latest Chain Reaction report, which analysed GCSE results in English and maths as well as Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures. The report particularly looked at exam results of pupils qualifying for pupil premium, an additional payment schools can claim where a child is in care or their family receives certain benefits.

The Norwich-based trust runs 13 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk including Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, Thetford Academy and the Hewett Academy.

An extra special Christmas for couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary

For a family in Gorleston, this year’s festivities take on extra significance as John and Iris Stebbings celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

The pair, who are both 79, met playing badminton at a church youth club in Woodford, London in 1956 and married two years later on December 20. The pair had two children, Louise and Mark, and later moved to Belton.

Here they played an active part in church life and in 1999 were part of a group which teamed up with St. Andrew’s parish church to found Cliff Park Community Church .

Mr Stebbings served on the leadership team and continues to run courses and lead communion services.


Hemsby man builds spectacular miniature Christmas display in his garden room

What started off as a childhood dream following several unhappy Christmases, has become reality as  69-year-old Vincent Brown has created the ultimate Christmas city display at his home in Hemsby.

Costing him thousands of pounds to create and more than three weeks to construct, Mr Brown’s Christmas city is his pride and joy. Mr Brown created his first display in 2003 which included a couple of houses and a festive fun fair when his wife, Christine, was being treated for cancer in hospital.

Now his ultimate Christmas city consists of two train sets – including the polar express he bought from Australia – two cable cars, Santa’s workshop and more than 200 houses.

The Christmas village will remain in operation until mid-January after which it will be taken down ready for next year. Over the years his display has captured the imagination of thousands of adoring children and Mr Brown now donates the money people leave to charity.

Last year he raised more than £200 and he expects to top that total this year for his chosen charity Hemsby Lifeboat.






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