At a public meeting in the spring of 2009, held at Fakenham Junior School, the idea of an ‘official’ town website was first discussed. A single site where potential town visitors could be directed to the information they needed and which residents would make their first stop for local issues and searches.
By January 2011, the groundwork for a series of interlinked Fakenham websites and associated information had been completed. The Town Council website was the first – recreated with the ability to have news items added by council members and subsequently syndicated to other sites (including this one). At the same time, the Kick Start Fakenham community groups site was created to do the same, so that comminity news could be shared and therefore easily found by the public.
A similar concept was used for local events, with Google Calendars making possible a composite view of planned dates from local organizations. The idea being that there should be little excuse for date clashes in future!
What is the site for?
It’s the ‘central hub’ of online information for Fakenham. For residents, it’s a one-stop-shop for finding about town events, area news, searching for businesses and local tradesmen and generally keeping up-to-date with what’s going on. For visitors, it lists what’s on in Fakenham and promotes the town. It also provides an easy way for people – journalists, potential holidaymakers and business visitors outside the area - to get the info they need.
What’s on the site
Feature articles, info about markets, pubs & restaurants, local business search, local link directory and cinema listings. Links to all major Fakenham websites. The news section, displays linked headlines from local newspapers and BBC Norfolk. The site also shows linked news from the new Town Council and Kick Start Fakenham websites (will display when these sites are complete).
We have a town map which shows where all the main buildings are situated. There’s a ‘Fakenham merchandise’ page which sells humourous promotional items which will appeal to town visitors and residents alike. The Local Data page links through to interesting external info about the town – petrol pricing, house prices, OFSTED data, crime figures and even links to bus timetables.
We hope to expand all these features in the course of time and look forward to your suggestions for more!