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14 Connaught Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2BN

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 edition of the Attleborough Town Guide Since the last edition of this ‘must have publication’ which details all that Attleborough has to offer, there have been some significant changes around the town; a huge number of houses have sprung up which is the first phase of the 5000 plus new homes ear-marked for Attleborough. The new Junior School is under construction on London Road and almost opposite RG Carters new premises is nearing completion. Attleborough is an expanding market town with much on offer through the High Street, from the national chains of Sainsbury’s and Lidl to the many independent and sole trader shops which offer a variety of goods and services. Attleborough offers a wide range of clubs and organisations and together with our Carnival, Party on the Park, Attleborough in Bloom and Christmas Lights display we are the envy of many other towns throughout the county. This publication is brought to you via the publishers of Dispatch Magazine, a local business based in the heart of the town centre - We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses who have very kindly supported the production of this updated Town Guide via advertising, all of whom understand the importance of reaching out to the residents they depend upon and value all that Attleborough has to offer – Thank you! For information about this Town Guide or to discuss future editions, please do not hesitate to contact us 01953 456789.

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Find us at: Queens House Queens Square Attleborough Norfolk, NR17 2AE


Attleborough Town Council The Town Council is the local level of Government for the Town of Attleborough under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972. Town Councillors, numbering fifteen, are elected for a term of four years for the two wards for the Town being Queens and Burgh & Haverscroft. Five District Councillors for the Town serve on Breckland Council. The Mayor, who wears a chain of office consisting of a medallion and engraved silver plates carrying the names of previous holders of the office, and the Deputy Mayor are elected annually by the Town Councillors at the AGM. The Town Council has responsibility for various recreation grounds, the Decoy Common, St Mary’s Churchyard and the Cemetery. In addition to full council which is held at 7.00pm each first Monday of the Month (except bank Holidays) in the Town Hall, Councillors attend Sub Committees to deal with Planning, Recreational Matters, Town Hall, Tourism, Finance, Highways and The Market etc. The public are welcome to all Council meetings, there is a period of public

participation at each full Council meeting. The Town Council is represented on the following outside organisations including Police Liaison, Town Twinning, Connaught Hall the Market, Attleborough Infant, Junior, and High School board of Governors, East Harling Internal Drainage Board and Banham Poultry Liaison Committees, Community Enterprise Centre, The Carnival and Attleborough Area Partnership. The Town Council derives its money from a precept paid by Breckland Council. The Council supports many organisations throughout the Town by way of grants including Citizens Advice Bureau and a variety of Youth and Community based organisations.In March each year the Council holds its annual assembly where Parishioners can come along andspeak about Town affairs. Town Council minutes are available in the Library and are posted outside the Town Hall, along with other Town affairs. Town Council pages are available on the Attleborough online website,, which is updated frequently. Councillors’ term of office is generally 4 years.

A list of previous Town Mayors: 1988 Mr Sidney Wilson • 1989 Mrs Betty Campbell • 1990 Major Peter Shaw 1991 Mr John Salter • 1992 Mr Peter Daynes - Sadler • 1993 Mr Keith Martin 1994 Mr Tom Byford • 1995 Mrs Betty Campbell • 1996 Mrs Barbara Waters 1997 Mr Adrian Stasiak • 1998 Mr Peter Francis • 1999 Mr John Evans 2000 Mr Michael Harper • 2001 Mrs Denise Francis • 2002 Mr Peter Neal 2003 Mrs Barbara Waters • 2004 - 2005 Mr John Evans 2006 Mr Jeremy Burton 2007-2009 Mrs Vera Dale • 2010 Mr Geoff Farrow 2011 Mrs Karen Pettitt • 2012 Mrs Sam Taylor • 2013 - 2014 Mrs Karen Pettitt 2015 Mr John Taylor • 2015 - Mr Tony Perkins • 2016 - 2017 Mr Jeremy Burton

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We provide the following services: Regular Weekly or Fortnightly Cleans Home Shopping • Preparation of Light Meals Laundry Service • Gardening

Telephone: 01953 458447 E: Find us at: Queens House, Queens Square Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AE

Attleborough Town Council Burgh Haverscroft Ward and Councillors

The town is divided into two wards, the following information is for the Burgh Haverscroft Ward. Barley Way

Fairfield Drive

London Road

Station Road

Beech Avenue

Fen Street

(West of Dodds Rd junc)

Swangey Lane

Birch Drive

Foundry Corner

Long Street (South End)

Sycamore Close

Blenheim Drive

Fowlers Lane

Meadow Way

The Oaks

Buckenham Road

Flowers Lane

Maurice Gaymer Road

Thorpe Drive

Bunns Bank

Granary Road

New Road

West Carr Road

Burgh Common

Halford Close

New North Road

(South Side from bypass to Long St)

Cedar Drive

Halford Place

Oaklands Close

Whitehouse Lane

Cider Close

Halford Road

Ollands Road

White Horse Lane

Clover Road

Hargham Road

Pine Court

Winchmore Court

Cow Common

Haverscroft Industrial Estate

Plantation Close

Woodside Close

Croft Green

Hillsend Lane

Poplar Road

Woodside Court

Dodds Close

Holly Road

Poplar Way

Woodside Park

Dodds Lane

Keeling Way

Russett Close

Worcester Way

Dodds Road

Kent Close

Rye Lane

Wroo Road

Dorset Close

Larch Close

Shannons Close

Wymbur Drive

Edenside Drive (From No 5)

Laxton Close

Shrub Close

Ellison Close

Leys Lane

Slough Lane

Councillors: Burgh Haverscroft Mr Geoff Ellis

T: 01953 452380

Mr J Williams

T: 01953 456143


Miss Taila Taylor


Mr E Tyrer

T: 01953 451167


Mr Keith Montague

T: 01953 451136


Mr Anthony Busk

T: 01953 454158

Ms Vera Dale

T: 01953 452886


District Councillors: Burgh Haverscroft Mr Keith Martin

T: 01953 452086


Mr Adrian Stasiak

T: 01953 453745


T: 01953 456194


Town Clerk Gina Lopes

Town Hall, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AF.

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Queen’s Ward & Councillors The town is divided into two wards, the following information is for the Queens Ward. Alexandra Way

Church Street

Hazel Road

Morar Drive

Surrogate Street

Anglers Alley

College Court

Heather Close

Mortimer Close

Suva Close

Arlington Close

Connaught Plain

High Street

Norfolk Drive

Tantallon Drive

Arlington Gardens

Connaught Road

High View Drive

Norwich Road

Teasel Road

Ash Tree Close

Crowshall Lane

Hill Common

Oaktree Farm

The Coppice

Atling Close

Cygnet Close

Holly Court

Orchard Close

The Drift

Atling Way

Cyprus Road

Honeysuckle Way

Paddock Gardens

The Old Orchard


Dairy Farm Court

Ingram Court

Plassett Drive

Thieves Lane

Benningtons Court

Defiant Precinct

Iris Close

Plumstead Drive

Thyme Close

Besthorpe Road (All of

Deopham Road

Jasmine Court

Primrose Close

Tulip Close

northside & up to 113

Dunnett Close

Kenan Drive

Queens Close

Tummel Way

on Southside)

Eastland Close

Kingfisher Road

Queens Court

Varrick Close

Bickley Close

Eden Lane

Kishorn Way

Queens Road

Violet Close

Bilberry Close

Edenside Drive (To

Knevet Close

Queens Square

Warrens Lane

Blackthorn Road

No 3 only)

Lavender Close

Richmond Park

Watling Road

Bluebell Close

Elizabeth Close

Leigh Close


Wayland Close

Bowling Green Close

Ellingham Road

Lomond Road

Sheppard Way

Wayland Court

Bracken Drive

Estcourt Road

London Road

Short Road

West Carr Road (All

Bramley Court

Etive Close

(Town to West Carr

Snowdrop Drive


Bryony Way

Exchange Street


Sorrell Drive

London Road to bypass,

Briar Gardens

Ferguson Way

Lushers Meadow

South Acre


Burdock Way

Fiddlers Green

Mallow Close

Speedwell Close


Campion Way

Fishermans Court

Mill Lane (All East side


White Horse Lane

Carvers Lane

Foxglove Road

& No 40 - 58 West

St Edmunds Close

Whitworth Avenue

Cawdor Close

Gentian Way


St Edmunds Gate

Willow Court

Celandine Road

Griffen Lane

Millers Square

St Marys Close

Woods End

Chapel Road

Hammond Way

Morley Road

Sunart Close

Yew Tree Road

Councillors: Queens Mr Tony Perkins

T: 01953 453423

Mrs Sam Taylor

T: 01953 457415


Mr Tony Crouch

T: 01953 452981


Mr Jeremy Burton

M: 07929 407116


Mr Roger Bond

T: 01953 456216


Mr Stuart Burns

T: 07833541339


Mr Tim Cobb

T: 01953 453940



District Councillors: Queens Mr Tristan Ashby

T: 01953 452131


Rhodri Oliver

T: 07810067127


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History & Information : The Town Sign & Pump The Town sign was donated by the Chamber of Commerce and Trade to the town in 1975. The sign was carved by Mr Harry Carter of Swaffham and was erected near the entrance of Queens Square. The sign depicts the heritage of the town being agricultural and cider. At a ceremony at Queens Square on May 31st 1975 the sign was dedicated by Revd Canon I. F. Webb and unveiled by Mr P. C. N. Soloman as president of Trade and Commerce and a deed of gift of the sign was handed to Mrs R. E. D. Francis as Chairman of the Parish Council.

In 2003 an aluminium Sign cast by Ivan Soanes of Norwich replaced the original Town Sign in Queens Square, the old sign was then renovated and placed on the junction of London Road and West Carr Road in the summer of 2007. The Town Pump and Acorn is a tree pump sited at Queens Square to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of Queen Victoria in 1897. The Town Pump was revamped and dedicated by the Revd Michael Aisbett, attended by the Mayor Peter Neal and other town councillors to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.

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Focal point for the Remembrance Day service each year, the memorial remembers those brave men of the town who lost their lives in the First, Second and Korean War. The memorial sits on the corner of Queens Road and Church Street.

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Attleborough Town Hall

Attleborough Town Hall was opened by Gillian Shepherd MP on 5th November 1999 after being acquired by the Council in 1998. The Town Hall clock was donated to the Council by the Women’s Institute, and is proudly situated on the front of the Town Hall for all to see.The Town Hall hosts many different offices which include The Town Clerk’s office, The Tourist Information Centre, Attleborough Archive & Citizens Advice Bureau.

Trim Trail at Gaymers Outside fitness equipment has been put up at Gaymers in Attleborough following a grant from the National Lottery Fund.

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Attleborough Christmas Carnival Attleborough has over the years, built up a reputation for presenting one of the finest displays of Christmas lights in East Anglia. To mark this, a Christmas Carnival is held on the last Sunday of November each year, to coincide with the switch on of the lights. The format for this event includes: Craft and charity stalls in the Town Hall Church Hall and Sports Centre, a Street Fair in Queens Square, Carol Singing around the tree, Fun Fair rides in the Queens Square car park, a family church service in St Mary’s Church and of course the Father

Christmas procession accompanied by his helpers who arrives in town with his sleigh and presents. The businesses and stalls around the town enter the spirit by decorating their windows and stalls in the theme for the year and of course fancy dress is encouraged on the day. The enthusiasm and support of the local businesses have helped make this event a tremendous success attended by several thousand people, proving that the community spirit is alive and thriving.

Attleborough Christmas Lights Attleborough is now well known to have the best Christmas Lights show for miles around. The organisers try to improve the selection every year. A lot of hard work goes on all year round to get the spectacular results.

Money is always needed to help pay for this updating and replacing, so they rely on donations from local organisations and businesses. With more being raised from the general public and Town Council.

Talks start with the electrical contractors in early June, as there is much work to be done before the lights can be put in place. Hundreds of bulbs have to be replaced and miles of cable overhauled to the very high electricity board standards.

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To register your pet or for further information call 01953 454 945 or visit our website today! DISS 01379 642 865

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Attleborough Town Twinning Attleborough and Nueil-les-Aubiers in France became twin communities following ceremonies in France and England in 1996 and 1997. The Attleborough Town Twinning Association was set up to promote international friendship between the twinned communities and to encourage and assist clubs, societies and families to meet their counterparts in France. The Association consists of interested individuals and families and is run by a volunteer committee with a Town Council Representative attending meetings. The Mayor of Attleborough is an exofficio member of the committee. Membership is open to all who live and work in the town and the surrounding villages or who belong to a social club or society or who have family friendship links with the Attleborough Town and District.

Membership costs are: Individuals: £5 per year Families: £8 per year There are many benefits to Membership of the Association including: • A wide variety of social events. • Opportunities to meet with other Francophiles and establish personal friendships.

Nueil-les-Aubiers is in the Department of DeuxSèvres, 80 miles east of La Rochelle and 50 miles south of Angers, bordering the beautiful Loire Valley. Wherever possible this arrangement is reciprocated when twinning partners visit Attleborough. For further Information please contact: Mr Brian Lawrence Secretary & Treasurer Telephone: 07710 248303

• Encouraging links with local schools and colleges. • Possible opportunities for work experience. • All members of the Association pay their own fares when visiting France and are welcomed into French homes as personal guests.

• Opportunities to visit France, its Atlantic Coast and the Loire Valley.

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Attleborough In Bloom The Attleborough In Bloom project was started in 2005 with 20 baskets within the town centre, which was doubled to 40 baskets the following year. 2006 also saw the large floral display stand in Queens Square. Following the structural survey of the lamposts at the beginning of 2007 it was decided that we cannot attach the baskets to the posts until they have been replaced with new ones. Every Spring & Summer there is a mass of colour at Queens Square with 25 baskets around the outside whilst the inside is home to the large 3 tier display and a large selection of perennials around the trees. Baskets are also along the

Church wall at St Mary’s with other ground tubs throughout the town and at each of the main entrances. Year on year we improve & extend the Attleborough In Bloom project which has been, and continues to be funded by businesses, organisations, groups, and individuals. You may wish to make a donation to the project, or you may wish to sponsor a tub or floral display for a specific reason, the birth of a child, to celebrate a wedding or wedding anniversary, a milestone or achievement in life or in memory of a loved one. If you wish to contribute to the project please contact the Town Clerk’s office on 01953 456194.

Attleborough Market : Tel. 01953 452523 The Attleborough Market is held every Thursday from 8.00 – 14.00 on the Queens Square. The market hosts ad-hoc stalls including local crafts people, charity stalls and local producers as well as regular stall holders. The whole market offers a wide range of local produce; meat, fruit and veg, arts and crafts, furniture and lots more. If you would like information about renting a stall on a day by day basis, please call Terry Staff on 01953 452523.

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Attleborough Education : Pre-School Groups

Pavillion Pre-School Nursery Tel: 01953 452256 Contact: Mrs Dale Ages: 2 - 12years (Breakfast Club/After School Club) Play Plus Tel: 07810 135529 Contact: Mrs Howes Ages: Rising twos to school age Hall Farm Nursery Tel: 01953 888516 Contact: Mrs Butcher Ages: 3 months - 5 years (Holiday clubs for up to 8 years old) Norwich Road Nursery Tel: 01953 453316 Contact: Mr & Mrs Percy-Griffiths Ages: 6 months - 5 years Chapel Road School Special Needs Tel: 01953 453116 Contact: Mrs Karin Heap Ages: 4 - 19 years (all children welcome)

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A little bit of Italy in the heart of Norfolk. At Pizzeria Bello we always do our utmost to ensure that you feel at home in our family run Italian Restaurant. All of our authentic dishes, hand rolled stone baked pizzas and homemade pastas are cooked with passion right in front of you. Whether you want to pop in for coffee and cake or a three course meal, by yourself, with a party of friends or all the family, we are here to offer you a warm welcome. Monday - Saturday: 9:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Sundays 12-3pm & 5-9pm

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Attleborough Infant School Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AJ Tel: 01953 453127 Fax: 01953 457494 Email: Web: Headteacher: Ms Lucy Wayman London Road, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 1BE Tel: 01953 453127 Fax: 01953 457494 Email: Web: Headteacher: Ms Lucy Wayman

Attleborough Infant School caters for children between the ages of 4 and 7. The majority of the children come from the town itself with some using school transport to travel from nearby villages. The school currently has 339 children on roll in 13 classes. From September 2017 the school will become Rosecroft Primary School with 14 classes from Reception year to Year 3. This will increase year

on year until in 2020 the school becomes an allthrough primary catering for children between the ages of 4 and 11 (up to Year 6). Rosecroft Primary School will stay on the same site until the new school has been built on the London Road in Attleborough. Rosecroft Primary hopes to move to the new school by Christmas 2017. A nursery is also being built on the new site and will open after the main school, the date has yet to be confirmed.

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Quality Shoe repairs Key Cutting Shoe Care Watch straps and batteries 2 Queens Road, Attleborough Norfolk, NR17 2AG

T: 01953 456284

Servicing & Repairs for Gas Appliances and LPG Specialist Powermax trained Tel: 0800 781 4014 Mob: 07940 876 081 2 Chapel Close, Pulham Market, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4SS “New and replacement boilers installed”.

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Attleborough Junior School Besthorpe Road, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2NA Tel: 01953 453491 Fax: 01953 452106 Email: Web: Headteacher: Mrs G Long Attleborough Junior School has approximately 400 pupils aged between 7 and 11. The school is set on a large site which helps to provide a good range of opportunities for the children. The school is continually working towards providing pupils with the highest possible quality of education, valuing them as individuals and helping them develop their role in the wider community. The school enjoys a good reputation for the quality and range of sports that the children are involved. The school is well resourced while the ICT suite and library allow pupils to develop their learning across the curriculum. A number of clubs and organisations use the school as a base for a wide range of activities.

Chapel Road School Chapel Road, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2DS Tel: 01953 453116 Email: Web: Headteacher: Mrs Karin Heap Chapel Road is a County School for children with special educational needs. It caters for pupils who have complex needs, in particular severe and profound learning difficulties, at the age from 3 to 19 years. There are 7 classes ranging from Foundation Stage up to Sixth Form. Chapel Road School is a supportive, challenging and happy learning environment. Individuals are respected and encouraged to reach their full potential, enabling them to participate as equal citizens within the local community.

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GROWTH OF THE ACADEMY The next few years continue to be an exciting time at Attleborough Academy Norfolk. In March 2015, we were successful in obtaining funding for a new building which will be the first in the published Norfolk County Council’s Master Plan for the growth of AAN. AAN were one of only five schools in the County and also one of only 277 schools nationwide to have been chosen to receive a portion of the ring-fenced £2 billion available from the Government funded ‘Priority School Building Programme’. Phase 1 of the improvement of our facilities will commence in 2018 which in future, is projected to include the new Sports Village and Community/Sixth Form Centre on the current Infant School site as we eventually grow to an Academy of around 1400 students.

Due to the expertise and resources within our Academy chain, the Transforming Education in Norfolk (the TEN Group), we are able to offer travel from a much wider area to the Attleborough Academy Sixth Form Centre including the catchment areas of Old Buckenham High School and Wayland Academy Norfolk. Please visit our website to keep up to date with all the latest developments


Attleborough Academy & Sixth Form Centre (AAN) 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AJ Tel: 01953 452335 Fax: 01953 456817 Email: Web: Principal: Mr Neil McShane Attleborough Academy Norfolk is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the Academy and are often commented on by our visitors. The Academy is a hardworking and caring community of people with high standards, high expectations and strong core values. Our core values use the word CARE as an acronym. They are: • Commitment to continued improvement • Acknowledgement of efforts and achievement • Respect for others and the environment • Excellence in all we do CARE therefore has a genuine meaning within our community as we want the Academy to be a place where these values are seen in all aspects of our work together. Our students are our greatest asset. We have mixed age tutor groups and there are student leaders within each form who take a prominent role in the leadership of the Academy. Our team of Prefects in Year 11 and Sixth Form Presidents provide younger students with effective role models for behaviour and learning. AAN is a converter Academy. In January 2014, we chose to convert to Academy status sponsored by the Transforming Education in Norfolk (the TEN Group). The TEN Group is a federation of educational institutions in Norfolk, all committed to excellence in education. At our core is a passion for making a positive and significant difference to our students’ lives. By

working together, we are committed to providing greater opportunities for our students, as well as aiming high to achieve success both as a Group and as each individual organisation. We are all passionate about student success and share the same values of: • placing the student at the centre of all that we do • driving up educational standards and outcomes for our students • ensuring that our students are fully prepared for the future and next steps in their chosen careers • ensuring that we develop our students into individuals who are resilient and capable of responding to an uncertain future • developing as learning institutions,sharing our best practice with one another and developing the Group so that it becomes more than just the sum of its parts Attleborough Academy rated as ‘Good’ with ‘exemplary features’ by Ofsted. Rising student achievement and success in putting into practice its ethos of ‘CARE’ (Commitment, Acknowledgement, Respect, Excellence) were among the areas highlighted by Inspectors following Attleborough Academy Norfolk’s Ofsted inspection in September 2016. In its first inspection since becoming an Academy (in March 2014), Attleborough Academy Norfolk was rated as ‘Good’ for its overall effectiveness, with exemplary features. Underpinning Attleborough Academy Norfolk’s improved results at both GCSE and A Level, the inspection report notes that most teaching “is consistently good, including in the Sixth Form, with some that is outstanding.” Please visit and www. for more information. Attleborough Town Guide 2017-2018 | 29




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not just academically but socially and in terms of her general confidence.” Mr Garner appreciates the school’s location too, saying, “It’s so easy to get to, no fighting through city traffic and plenty of space to park and stop for a leisurely chat with other parents when you have time.” To arrange a personal visit for your family, please contact Linda Jones on 01603 810390 or email her at

“There is a warm, friendly feel to the place that we hadn’t experienced in any other school we looked at and the teachers and support staff are wonderful. We like the fact that the classes are small, so that each child is individually nurtured to do their very best, even from the very youngest age. Isabella is in Year 2 now and still loves every minute - her progress has been phenomenal,

Contact details: Hethersett Old Hall School Norwich Road Hethersett Norwich NR9 3DW Tel: 01603 810390 Email:

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Adult Education : Tel. 01953 455634

Norfolk Community Learning Services are based in Attleborough at the Community & Enterprise Centre, Church Street, Attleborough, NR17 2AH, situated on the corner of Norwich Road and Church Street. There is a wide range of courses on offer during the day and in the evenings to people aged 19+, including Creative Textiles, Sewing, Drawing & Painting, languages and computer courses. There are also accredited qualification courses in English, Maths, Support Teaching & Learning, AAT Accountancy, GCSEs.

To support our migrant workers in the area we offer ESOL courses for those who wish to learn or improve their English. The centre is open to the general public on week days from 8.45 am to 4.30 pm, so please feel free to drop in if you need help or advice in choosing a course. Other facilities and services at the Centre include Pavilion Crèche, Sure Start Children’s Centre and a local Breckland Council Office.

We have Family Learning courses for parents wanting to learn with their children or find out more about how to support their children’s learning.

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Religion in Attleborough : Church Services Christ Community Church Mr Robert Tervet Tel: 01953 452 865

Sunday Family Worship


Attleborough Baptist Church Sunday Worship 10.30am Pastor Malcolm Ryan Building Buddies Toddlers Wednesday 9.30am Tel: 01603 867908 Craft and Coffee Morning Friday 10am Care Groups Weekly Men’s Fellowship Monthly ABC Evening Monthly Young Peoples’ Group Monthly Sunday @ 4 Monthly For full details please go to

St Mary’s Church Revd Matthew Jackson Tel: 01953 454977

Sunday Holy Communion Sunday Parish Eucharist Sunday Evensong

8.00am 10.00am 6.30pm

The Methodist Church Sunday Services 10.30am and 6.00pm* Revd Jacqui Horton Tues - Women’s Meeting Tel: 01953 453534 for details. Tel:01953 609106 Tues – Youth Club Tel: 01953 603225 for details. * Praise Service first Sunday in the month. Roman Catholic Church Sunday Mass at Methodist Church 8.30am Parish Priest: Father Dick White London Road Tel: 01953 603104 Local Contact: Anne Lister 01953 452651

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The Methodist Church Founded in 1913, Attleborough Methodist Church is now in the Norwich Circuit under the leadership of two Ministers, Revd Jacqui Horton (Tel 01953 609106) and Deacon Julie Dower (Tel 01953 455530) with support from a team of Church Stewards. Sunday Morning Worship at 10.30am, informal friendly style with a blend of traditional and contemporary hymns. On the first Sunday evening of the month, there is a ‘Praise Service’ held in the Church Hall at 6pm. All hymn wording and other images are projected. A warm welcome awaits you.

The church offers on Tuesdays the following: ‘Tall & Small’ for carers and toddlers 9-11am, term time, ‘Womens Fellowship’ meeting on the 2nd and 4th weeks at 2.15 pm (Details Tel 453534) and in the evening, a thriving Morley and Attleborough Methodist Youth Club, catering for local youngsters aged 7 to 10 at 6pm and 11 to 15 at 7.25pm. (Contact Mr Robert Hendry 01953 603225). The premises are used by many community groups within and around the town. To book the premises, contact Mrs Beryl Kempson (Tel 01953 453089).

Attleborough Baptist Church Leys Lane, Attleborough NR17 2HX If you want to hear God’s Word faithfully preached every week, this is the church for you. At Attleborough Baptist Church we seek to strengthen each persons confidence and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ, and encourage them in an obedient and consistent walk with him.

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Wherever you may be on your journey of faith, here’s where you will find a supportive congregation and opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Sunday Worship every week at 10.30am Other activities include: Sunday School and Creche, Care Groups, ABC Evening, Building Buddies, Toddlers, Coffee and Craft Morning, Men’s Fellowship… and some social events!

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St. Mary’s Church St Mary’s Church (The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) has stood at the heart of the market town of Attleborough since medieval times. The church still plays an important role in the life of this thriving community and is growing as the town expands. St Mary’s has an active congregation of all the ages and a wide range of activities. The Church Hall adjoining the church is used daily by many organisations including a day care centre for the elderly. Visit the church to savour the peace and beauty of this ancient place of worship and enjoy its treasures, open all year round.

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Sunday Services - 8.00pm, 10.00am and 6.30pm (evensong). The church has Saxon foundations and is built in Norman and Early English styles. The present building is only part of the original construction. The large square Norman Tower, now at the east end was once at the centre of a much larger building which had a fine chancel and choir extending to the east, while the North and South transepts formed the shape of a cross. The whole of this eastern end belonged to the College of the Holy Cross, founded in the late fourteenth century by Sir Robert Mortimer, who enlarged the nave for the Parish. The Tower originally had a spire and, although it is said that the old chancel was demolished after the closure of the Monasteries, it is believed by some that is was destroyed when the spire fell down some 300 years ago.

A medieval record suggests that the young St Edmund – King of the East Angles – spent a year at the college studying the Psalter with the priests in Attleborough before his coronation in Suffolk in AD 856.

Other interesting features include the stained glass windows, the stone font with its comical faces, a 16th century chest with three locks and a richly carved pulpit attributed to the workshop of Grindling Gibbons.

Inside the church there are many interesting features, including the amazing Rood Screen for which St Mary’s is famous. It has been described as ‘one of the most precious possessions of our English Churches’. Dated around c1500 the 52 floor long oak screen is the only one in Norfolk to stretch across the nave and both side aisles. It has a richly carved rood loft along the front painted with the shields of the 24 English Bishoprics of the day. The screen was moved to the back of the church in the 1840s, where it remained until 1931, when it was restored to its rightful place.

Near the aisle altar is a marble floorstone commemorating Captain John Gibbs who notoriously drove his carriage and four horses up and down the deepest part of the Devil’s Ditch on Newmarket Heath for a £500 wager in the time of Charles II.

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Christ Community Church We’re a growing Church made up of ordinary people from Attleborough and the surrounding towns and villages. We love Jesus and we’ve got a big heart for our community. What we do: Sundays We meet every Sunday morning at 10.30am, Attleborough Community Hub (Independance Matters) on Station Road to hear relevant teaching from the Bible, worship Jesus and build friendships. During our Sunday morning meetings we have a brilliant programme of activities for children and young people. Prayer Triplets We gather in the week in smaller groups for prayer, friendship and Bible reading. Alpha Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life. It’s a low key, friendly and fun way to learn about the Christian faith over 10 thought provoking sessions. We run courses every year. ‘What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions - life and death and their meaning’ The Guardian The Lighthouse Charity We started a charity in 2007 to serve the needs of local community. We run three projects: Ignite Ignite is a youth project with a passion to support and meet the needs of local young people. We run a drop in venue and go out and spend time with young people on the streets. We also run specific activities like an IT project bringing young and old together, and a summer drama week.

‘Ignite helps me get through the week’ Young person. Sparklers Sparklers is a parent and toddler group that meets every Friday 10am to 11.30pm at the Lighthouse, runs social events and also provides support and advice to parents. ‘Sparklers was such a warm and friendly group, the leaders seemed genuinely interested in me. 4 years since I first went as a parent, I now help and love it’ – Tabitha, Sparklers Mum Treasures Treasures is a project all about befriending and supporting older people. We meet every month for coffee and chat, as well as hold seasonal lunch events. ‘Treasures has given me friendship in a community where I knew no-one’ Rosemary, Attleborough The Lighthouse Venue The Lighthouse is also the name for our community venue available for hire. There are a number of local groups who already use the facilities. Please contact us if you have a booking enquiry. It’s also where the offices for both the Lighthouse charity and Christ Community Church are based. Contact us: Christ Community Church The Lighthouse 131 Hargham Road NR17 2JP 01953 452865

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PUBLIC SERVICES Attleborough Town Council (Clerks Office) Breckland District Council Head Office Dereham Norfolk Country Council Police (non-emergency) Anglian Water Citizens Advice Bureau Library Attleborough Day Service Electricity Power Cuts & Emergency Gas (Escapes) Doctors: Dental Surgeons: Rookwood, Connaught Road Church Street Health Clinic: Station Road Hospitals: Norfolk & Norwich St.Lukes Hospital, Ellingham Road Community & Enterprise Centre Friends & Neighbours Veterinary Surgeons: Connaught, Station Road Paul Jarmen, Haverscroft Ind Est The Old Golfhouse, Connaught Road

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TRANSPORT SERVICES Rail: There is a regular service from Ely / Cambridge to Norwich Buses: There are regular services to Norwich. Details of coach & bus services are displayed locally or can be obtained by contacting Traveline: 0871 200 2233 Coaches: National Express has a regular service to London. Bookings and enquiries telephone: 0871 781 8181

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Attleborough Doctors Surgeries Both surgeries are open 08.30-18.00 Mon-Fri Except Wednesday, Closed 12.00 to 14.00. (closed at weekends and bank holidays). Address: The Surgery Address: The Surgery Station Road Queens Square Attleborough Attleborough NR17 2AS NR17 2AF Appointments: 01953 453166 Appointments: 01953 453166 Dispensary: 01953 452663 Fax: 01953 454858 Fax: 01953 453569 Web:

Attleborough Tourist & Information Centre The Tourist Information Centre is located on the ground floor, just inside the front door of Attleborough Town Hall, the office is manned by volunteers 5 days per week. Opening Times: April – September (Spring/Summer) Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 10:00 – 12:00 Thurs 10:30 - 15:00pm October – March (Autumn/Winter) Monday – Friday 10:00 – 14:00 / Saturday 10:00 – 12.00

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The Tourist and Information Centre office has about a dozen volunteers who do an excellent job in manning the office and offering such an important service to the community. As with so many groups and organisations we need more volunteers, if you can spare two hours a week and require further details either pop into the Tourist and Information Centre office or contact the Town Clerk’s office on 01953 456194.

The office has become a very important part of Attleborough being an information centre for residents from the Town and surrounding areas & visitors to the area. • • • • •

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Attleborough Library Opening Times: Monday 9:30am – 5pm Wednesday 9:30am – 5pm Thursday 9:30am – 5pm Friday 9:30am – 7:30pm Saturday 9:30am – 4pm

Tel: 01953 452319 Email: Web: 31, Connaught Road, Attleborough NR17 2BW

Attleborough CAB The Citizens Advice Bureau is independent and impartial, we give free, confidential advice and are based within Attleborough Town Hall. We speak up when services and policies are failing. We oppose all discrimination. Opening Hours: Wed & Thurs 10am-1pm, 1pm-3pm (Appointment Only) Telephone: 03444 111 444 Website: Email:

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Attleborough Snooker Club Open 11 am - 11pm mon to sun Live Sports Function room for hire Snooker, Darts, Pool T: 01953 452408 @attleboroughsn1 @attleborough snookercentre

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Attleborough Community Car Service Telephone: 01953 456930 (Bookings at the Attleborough Tourist Information Office) Opening Times: April – September (Spring/Summer) Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 10:00 – 12:00 Thurs 10:30 - 15:00pm October – March (Autumn/Winter) Monday – Friday 10:00 – 14:00 / Saturday 10:00 – 12.00 Co-ordinator: Diane Jones The Community Car Service has been running for 20 years and is run by volunteers with the aim of helping local residents who have no means of transport or are unable to use public transport to travel to local medical appointments. Please give 7 days notice for bookings. For more information about becoming a volunteer community car driver please contact Diane Jones on 01953 453418

Morley & Attleborough Methodist Youth Club Tel: Robert Hendry 01953 603225 (Tuesdays only: 07788 742131) The Morley & Attleborough Methodist Youth Club meets Tuesday evenings, term time, at the Methodist Church, London Road, Attleborough. Anyone wishing to join the club or help are welcome, further details from the leader Robert Hendry on 01953 603225. Safeguarding procedures are in place and most leaders hold a community first aid certificate. Children aged 7-10 meet from 6.00-7.45pm / Children aged 11-15 meet from 7.25 – 9.05pm. Entrance is £1.00. Facilities include: a tuck shop, music centre, dance mat, the internet, table football, modern computer games and a pool table (including competitions). Older children have the opportunity to have a weekend away at the coast during the summer holiday.

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Breckland S.O.D.A. Patricia Marjoram (Group Leader) Tel: 01953 850381 Web: S.O.D.A. the Society for Disabled Artists, is part of a national organisation and meets fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon at The Chapel, Hargham Road. A group of people with varying degrees of disability meet to paint, draw and listen to speakers on various art topics.

Attleborough Heritage Group The Centre is situated at Soma House on Station Road, near the Railway Station and is open to all every Thursday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm or by prior appointment. Extensive facilities include: • Museum / meeting room • Friendly help with family and local history research • Internet access for members • Light refreshments • Disabled access and car parking Attleborough Heritage Group is overseen by a volunteer Committee who run the Centre on behalf of our ever-increasing membership, which includes members from as far away as Australia. The aims of the Group are to: • Promote research into the history and heritage of Attleborough and District. • To document, and preserve for future generations, the memories of their predecessors. • To encourage the Community, young and old, to take an active interest in the history and heritage of the Town and District. • To encourage the preservation of the Town’s heritage. We need your help! If you have memories, photographs, documents or items that will help us in our aims, please let us know. We are able to photograph and copy items at the Centre. We run a full programme of events, talks and presentations throughout the year – contact the Centre for details. Attleborough Heritage Centre 01953 455877 (Answer machine out of hours). e-mail: website: Attleborough Heritage Centre, Soma House, Station Road, Attleborough NR17 2AS.

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Attleborough & District Horticultural Society President: John Frost 01953 860841 Chairman: Jenny North 01953 455481 Vice-Chairman: Peter 01953 454494 Secretary: Pauline Garred 07879 816495

Visits are arranged to gardens and places of interest. Discounts are available to members at some local outlets. Above all we are a friendly group of people.

We are the only Horticultural Society in Attleborough and if you are interested in gardening and live in or near Attleborough you may like to consider joining us.

Our annual subscriptions are: Juniors (under 16), Members & Senior Citizens £12.00

We have monthly meetings on garden-related subjects and three horticultural shows a year. Our year starts in January but you may attend any of our meetings as a guest at the nominal rate of £2 (refundable if you decide to join).

Most of our monthly meetings are held at Attleborough Junior School, at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Our Spring and Autumn shows are held in the Connaught Hall.

Attleborough Children’s Centre Laura Hammond- Family Worker or Amy Puttock - Play Worker on 01953 451196 Attleborough Children’s Centre is based at the Attleborough Enterprise Centre. We run a group from the centre on Tuesdays 1-2.30pm for 0-5 year olds. The group has a rolling programme of child centred activities for parent and child to enjoy. All sessions are free. In addition we have a team of play workers, family workers, development workers and early year’s teachers. We offer individual support to families at home. This can range from a play worker visiting to offer ideas and support around play to a family worker offering support and guidance to parents. We also work closely with partner agencies including health, adult education, childminding matters and child care provision in the area. We are constantly looking to include parents in the development of the services.

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We stock everything for your pet. Foods & accessories for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs & birds. We have a wide range of pets for sale & our own brand of Super Premium and Grain Free Foods at very competitive prices. If any item is too big, Please ask about our local delivery service. Call In & See Us At Queens Square, Attlebororough. 01953 453102 Branches at;

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Attleborough Women’s Institute Mrs Anne Tinker: 01953 453601 The WI was started in Canada in 1897 by Adelaide Hoodless. She realised she urgently needed to learn household skills from more experienced women, when due to ignorance her child died of an illness caused by the use of un-sterilised dairy equipment. The society gradually spread around the world reaching the British Isles in 1915 when the first group started in Wales. Kate Gaymer formed the Attleborough Institute in 1936. Since then the local institute has gone from strength to strength with the modern Attleborough Women’s Institute members organising many activities including arts, craft, singing, keep fit and a walking group. They have annual trips to The End Of The Pier Show at Cromer, The Thursford Christmas Show and Norwich Theatre. Over recent years they have donated money towards various local projects including the Town Hall clock, benches for the Churchyard, the library, Attleborough Junior School and the Attleborough Youth Group. The Women’s Institute has raised money for the Christmas Lights, Attleborough In Bloom, Air Ambulance, First Response and the erection of the old Town sign on the corner of West Carr Road and London Road. The Women’s Institute meeting takes place at 7.30pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Connaught Hall; most months they have a speakers and anyone is welcome to come along and join in or for more information telephone Mrs A Tinker on 01953 453601.

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Doreen Parker (Secretary and Treasurer): 01953 456958 Email: The Attleborough Group is a part of the Norfolk Branch of the Fellowship. The Fellowship is a nationwide organisation embracing over 500,000 people, offering them friendship and support if and when required. To maintain this organisation is costly and the Fellowship income has to include subscriptions from retired civil service members. The group is for the over 55’s and meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at The Methodist Church Hall on London Road, between 10am and 12 noon. We have various activities and different speakers or entertainment each month.

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Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club Based at its dedicated premises at Deopham Road, Attleborough, the club boasts a 3000 sq ft gym, for both males and females, and most age groups to enable people of all abilities to enjoy the sport in a safe environment. The impressive main training area has a thirty foot mirrored wall, two boxing rings and a double bank of punch bags and is complimented by a vast selection of training and fitness equipment used in the sport of boxing. The coaching team are ABA qualified, hold first aid certificates and deliver training sessions to members from 8 years old to 60+. The club is also proud to promote and deliver the ABA Boxing Awards Scheme to its younger members. The whole team of volunteers hold a current CRB Disclosure, and the club is fully insured. Subscriptions for all training sessions (Youngsters, Juniors, Seniors, Men’s & Ladies) are all kept

deliberately low so that the sport is affordable to all. Attleborough ABC has its own range of merchandising that can be purchased from the club, which includes Tee Shirts, Training Vests, Hoodies, Jackets and Beanie Hats. If you have a business and would like to discuss the many advertising and sponsorship opportunities available, contact Colin Kilby. The gym is also available for hire to groups on an hourly basis. If you require any further information about the club, either visit our website: or contact us via email: or telephone the gym on 01953 457329.

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Attleborough Town Archives Attleborough Town Archives now in its eleventh year was officially opened in January 2001 by the then Mayor, Cllr. Mike Harper, and are funded by the Attleborough Town Council. The Archives are the records of Attleborough past and present through minutes, photographs, letters, maps and the like. There are 1896 Annual Assembly minutes, 1904 Parish Council minutes, Indentures dated 1784 (on parchment), early Sales notices, Crossed Letters of the 1800’s, obituary details of the soldiers named on the War Memorial , shopping lists from the 1940-1950’s, details from the headstones of the Methodist Cemetery, Thieves Lane, letter headings from business’s past and present and much more. Attleborough history needs to be preserved for future generations. The collating, cross referencing and care of the donated material is the responsibility of the Honorary Archivist Cllr Barbara A Waters, who gives illustrated talks to groups or societies large or small on request. By appointment Historians, Teachers, Students, Librarians and Genealogists are all able to refer to these documents for their studies. Cllr. Waters enthused, “It is wonderful that an old market town like Attleborough has such a colourful history in its buildings and people which can be traced and will be preserved through the Archive. The Archive is continually expanding and is looking for larger premises.” The Archives are open to the public from 9am - 12noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month and also by appointment. Tel: 01953 456 549 E-mail:

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Andy Free and family along with Jane Patrick, have been gently guiding bereaved families in Attleborough and the surrounding area for many years now to arrange a funeral service which truly reflects the life which has been led. You are welcome to visit us at the funeral home, or if you prefer, we can visit you in the comfort of your own home. Our family provides the very highest professional standard of service with a high level of local knowledge to be able to arrange the best for you and your family. We consider it a privilege to look after your loved one as if they are part of our own family. We also offer the comfort of planning for the future and advice on memorialisation.

Contact us (01953) 452455 Fairfields, High Street, Attleborough, Norfolk. NR17 2BT (Next to Attleborough Methodist Church)

Attleborough Sports Hall Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AF Tel/Fax: 01953 454116 Email: Manager: Attleborough Sports Hall is situated in Queens Square Car Park and is open seven days-a-week 6pm – 10pm Monday to Friday and 10am-2pm at weekends. The sports hall was built in 1982 and is now operated by Parkwood Leisure, in partnership with Breckland Council. During school holidays and half terms Parkwood Leisure and Breckland Council provide a variety of activities for children. These include the Rural Sport Programme where youngsters between the age’s of 5-9 get a chance to take part in a range of sporting activities, including Dodge Ball, Street Dance and Archery. Sport specific and fun sessions also take place for different age groups and can be booked by contacting the centre on (01953) 454116. The High School Tennis Courts can be booked at the Sports Hall throughout the year and Parkwood Leisure hope to operate a tennis club/academy within the near future. The Sports Hall also incorporates a gym; this can be used either on a pay as you go basis or as part of a monthly expressions membership. Attleborough Sports Hall provides a wide range of activities including: Badminton, Karate, Kook Sool Won, 5-a-side Football, ZUMBA, Aerobics, Bujitsu, and cricket nets. The Sports Hall is also available for parties, car boot sales, dog and fashion shows and much more. We can even supply security doormen for these events. For more information on Attleborough Sports Hall please visit or telephone us on (01953) 454116. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Attleborough Writers Group The Attleborough Writers’ Group is an offshoot of the Creative Writing class held for many years within the town of Attleborough, Norfolk, UK. Some members have been affiliated to the Creative Writing class for over ten years. The group meets fortnightly in Attleborough to write, discuss and critique their own work. The main aims of the group are: • To support each member in their endeavour to be creative and to give each member confidence in their own abilities and aspirations. • To encourage other local people to become interested in creative writing and to start their own writing groups. • To raise the profile of creative writing as a viable interest for all sections of the community requiring no credentials or experience.

In December 2009 the writers published their first book entitled ‘Dark Horses’, an anthology of short stories and poems. The event was successfully launched by the Mayor of Attleborough, Mrs. Vera Dale, and received much local support. The group was delighted to be awarded a grant from Breckland Council towards their second anthology, ‘Light and Dark’, which was launched at Christmas 2010. In the summer of 2010 the writers were invited to take part in the Breckland Arts Festival and have subsequently attended many local craft fairs offering helpful advice to anyone wishing to take up creative writing. In November 2012 the Attleborough Writers’ Group launched its fourth anthology of short stories and poems entitled ‘Fourth Write’. The Attleborough Writers’ Group, now an acknowledged part of the town’s society, would like to invite prospective guest speakers to come along and share their experiences. Please contact Attleborough Writers’ Group at

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Personal Face 2 Face Personal Face 2 Face Advice Ltd have been trading in the small friendly market town of Attleborough for in excess of 30 years arranging financial business for the folk of the town, their families and, however hard it is to admit, even their families too. As people move around the country we are also happy to travel and often make combined days of appointments in other counties. Most of our business has been referred from friends, neighbours and families and has been built up on the trust of our relationship with our clients. While we do have an office on Queens Square where people are always welcome to come in to see us, a lot of our customers prefer us to visit them in the comfort of their own home, possibly in an evening after work or at a time which is

mutually convenient and where paperwork etc is often readily to hand. We are Mortgage and Protection Advisers which means that we can recommend products and policies from all the companies to suit your needs and your pocket. We have the backing of our Network The Right Mortgage and are members of the Financial Conduct Authority who oversee the work which we do. Giving an on going service to our customers is the key for us, not just selling a product but looking at your plans for the future and building protection around them. We will then follow that up with other meetings as and when required to ensure that you always have our service at hand. As you will see from the advert we offer a whole variety of products to suit all your needs.

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Sherbourne House We would like to welcome you to Sherbourne House, a privately run, pet-friendly, Georgian country house hotel, built around 1740. We offer a relaxing and comfortable experience for all our guests, every time. Located in the historic market town of Attleborough, Norfolk, Sherbourne House is ideally placed for Norwich, Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, and places of interest in the Breckland area including Thetford Forest, Old Buckenham Airfield, Bressingham and Wymondham. Sherbourne House offers one large and two small meeting or syndicate rooms that are ideally prepared to accommodate a variety of business meetings or conferences.

Sherbourne House also provides the perfect location for special events, such as parties or intimate gatherings. The Restaurant at Sherbourne House serves a wide variety of freshly-cooked, local produce from our tailor-made menus to cater for all tastes. Sherbourne House is the perfect location for any occasion. Sherbourne House also runs special bookings and events throughout the year for public holidays such as Valentines, Mothering Sunday, Christmas and New Years. So, whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, contact Heather or Pauline on 01953 454363 for more information.


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Success As owner and editor it’s a great privilege to be able to produce my series of magazine which include Dispatch, FineCity, Norfolk on My Mind and Suffolk on My Mind. The hours are long, at least 70 hours each week, which means many late nights, early starts and weekends in the office. In addition to my publishing company and being worked into the nooks & grannies of my already busy day, I have also been building an additional business in the little know World of Network Marketing, where I spend just a few hours a week investing in my future. In the traditional World of work the ‘Boss’ may ask you to work the occasional overtime, which nine times out of ten we agree to do, and they pay you the average hourly rate of around £12.00 per hour, whereas in the World of Network Marketing

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Units 1-2 Station Road Ind. Estate Attleborough Norfolk, NR17 2NP “Providing high quality equipment and service for 162 years.”

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Howard & Company have supported businesses in Attleborough and the surrounding area for over 20 years. Helping clients in the good times as well as the bad times. We specialise in small, owner managed businesses providing a wide range of services including: bookkeeping, payroll bureau, Sage accounting, annual financial accounting, audit, business and taxation advice and business coaching. We offer as specialist taxation service for property owners and investors. All our work is fully guaranteed and all fees agreed in advance (so you won’t get any surprises bills!) with an easy payment monthly standing order option. If you need some help or just want a free review of your accountancy or taxation affairs:

Please phone 01953 455842 to speak to: Gary Howard FCA or Julie Lewis FMAAT Or call in at Twyford Lodge, 1 Ashby Villas, London Road, Attleborough, NR17 2DD Or visit for an online fixed fee quotation.

Attleborough Town Guide 2017 - 2018  

The 2017 to 2018 edition of the Attleborough Town Guide. Bringing you everything you need to know about the wonderful Market Town of Attlebo...

Attleborough Town Guide 2017 - 2018  

The 2017 to 2018 edition of the Attleborough Town Guide. Bringing you everything you need to know about the wonderful Market Town of Attlebo...