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Downham In the News – August 2012

More things happening in and around Downham Market as August (granted a few of these are from late July) has now begun, if you need to catch up on anything use the links below.

KLFM investigate long traffic queues at Tesco in Hardwick

Have you got stuck getting out of Tesco at Hardwick in Lynn recently? Well you re not alone.
Over the last few months KLFM has been flooded with listeners telling us about the traffic nightmare.
Many have spent hours sat in the car park after just popping in for a pint of milk.

Rescue services are being improved in Wisbech

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue will be able to access information about flooding and dangerous sections of water.
It means they will be able to contact the Environment Agency for advice or guidance on search operations.
CamSAR provides trained search and rescue technicians to the police in the search for missing people.

Busy weekend in store for West Norfolk as Test the Market continues at King’s Lynn and Hunstanton

ENTREPRENEURS who are trying out their business ideas with free market pitches are hoping for a busy weekend.

West Norfolk Council officials are hoping that the Test the Market initiative will lead to a long term boost for the area.

Train services in West Norfolk need your support

With the upgrade of Ely North Junction now confirmed, local councillors and MPs want to ensure that the other needs of West Norfolk are met.

The consulation period, for people to get their letters of support to the Department Of Transport, ends on August 23rd.

Norfolk Dad jailed for failing to get his child to go to school

A Norfolk Dad s got a month in jail for letting his kids skip school.

51-year-old John Heather from Norwich is the second parent in the county to be jailed in the last month.

In July, 36-year-old Julie Barnard from Great Yarmouth was given two weeks in prison for failing to make sure her son went to school.

Row, row, row your dragon boats in Downham Market Water Festival

THERE’S still time to take an active part in Downham Water Festival by teaming up with colleagues or friends for the challenge of dragon boat racing.

Action for Children has just one boat available in the popular event which last year attracted some 3,000 people to the banks of the Great River Ouse Relief Channel by Hythe Bridge.

Dragon Boat teams battle it out at Downham Market Water Festival

It s Downham Market Water Festival today, with the usual array of stalls and activities, as well as the hotly anticipated Dragon Boat Regatta.

More than 20 teams are set to take part in what will be the sixth event of its kind in the town.

The town will be drawn by the sound of drums to the Great River Ouse Relief Channel by Hythe Bridge.

Olympic crowds will be in hands of Downham Market’s Lisa

NURSE Lisa Pedder-Smith, is planning to offer up her own ‘personal best’ next week as she volunteers her skills to take care of thousands of spectators at London’s Olympic Games.

Giving up her own time to act as one of the Olympics’ 200,000 volunteer ‘Games Makers’, Lisa, 36, from Downham, will be heading to London for the opening ceremony on Friday, July 27, and spending the next two weeks working as a medical first responder at the Earls Court Olympic Volleyball event.

Keen youngsters will experience more skateparks

SCOOTER and skateboard users can visit other skateparks.

Ken Lynch from Sandy Skating Association 2000 is organising a free trip for youngsters to visit Downham Market and two other skateparks so that they can decide which type they prefer before Sandy Skatepark is replaced.

United stand over future of line linking King’s Lynn, Watlington, Downham Market, Littleport, and Ely to Cambridge and London

Increasing the frequency of trains from King’s Lynn to London and retaining a West Norfolk ticket office must be included in any franchise agreement for the Fen Line.

That was the united view from Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, West Norfolk council leader Nick Daubney and West Norfolk town and borough councillors who met at Downham Market train station yesterday to discuss the future of the Fen Line.

It is hoped residents and businesses will also show their support for the Lynn/London line by writing a letter to the Department for Transport outlining the need to increase services and the retention of the Downham Market ticket office before the Thameslink franchise consultation ends on August 23.

Norfolk firefighters called after car leaks petrol in Downham Market

FIREFIGHTERS were called after reports of a car leaking petrol at a car park.

A crew went to a car park in London Road, Downham, just after 1.50pm this afternoon (Wednesday, August 8).

New phase and new home designs launched by Ben Bailey Homes in Downham Market

Ben Bailey Homes is responding to a lengthy strategic review and lots of customer feedback as it launches the next phase of its Willow Tree Park development in the Norfolk market town of Downham Market. The company has introduced brand new property types and an enhanced specification in response to the wishes of house-hunters and the offerings of other housebuilders.



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