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Breckland Market Towns Initiative

The Market Towns Initiative is a scheme by Breckland District Council to provide funding for projects to enhance the five market towns within the district. Initial funding of £250k was allocated by Breckland, which was then increased by another £250k. Local organisations can bid for funding from this pot for projects and activities that are aligned with the scheme's aims.

Projects in Thetford that have been funded by the scheme are as follows:

Town Centre Murals (£4,500)
Funding for murals to be painted near the Market Place, to make the public space more attractive and promote the Dad's Army Museum. A large mural featuring seven characters from the BBC Sitcom was painted on a wall at the back of the Carnegie Rooms by local artist Mark Harper in March 2019. At the same time depictions of Dad's Army Characters and local historical figures have been placed over the boarded up windows at the back of the Guildhall. (Another mural, commemorating the First World War, was painted on the end of the Shambles in April 2018, but was funded by the Town Council, rather than through this scheme).
On The Green 2018 (£25,000)
Funding to The Lively Crew to provide a series of events at Thetford Riverside over the summer of 2018.
Butten Island Regeneration (£14,000)
Work by Breckland Council and its contractors to clear dangerous and diseased trees and undergrowth on Butten Island, to open up views of the river and make the area lighter and more pleasant.
On The Green 2019 (£25,000)
Funding to The Lively Crew to provide a series of events at Thetford Riverside over the year, including a Pirate Festival over the August bank holiday weekend.
Street Lighting on Spring Walk (£24,000)
Installation of heritage street lights in March 2021 to increase safety along the spring walk footpath.
Norfolk & Punjab Festival Project (£5,000)
Thetford Guildhall Hub (£10,000)
Grant to Thetford Town Council towards works on the Guildhall.
Charles Burrell Museum (£12,000)
Grant to the Charles Burrell Museum
Outdoor Games on Butten Island
Installation of two outdoor table tennis tables and two chess tables on Butten Island in June 2021.

The following significant District-wide projects also have benefits for Thetford:

ShopAppy (£90,000, district-wide)
A website and mobile phone app that allows local independent shops to offer goods online in the five market towns across the district.
BreckWorld App (£57,000, district-wide)
A free mobile phone app providing a virtual treasure hunt, designed to promote tourism and leisure activities across the district.
Our Breckland Lottery (£10,000, district-wide)
Set-up costs for a weekly lottery that provides money to players' nominated local good causes.

Dad's Army Mural at the back of the Carnegie Rooms, March 2019.