The Village in the centre of Norfolk

village sign

The village of Scarning is situated 2 miles west of Dereham and 17 miles west of the city of Norwich, on the old turnpike road between Dereham and Swaffham. It has been in existence for over 900 years and was known as Scerninga in the Domesday book, Scerninges in 1199 and Skerning in 1253. There is more about the village and its history here: History of Scarning. To see a map and aerial view of the village click here: Scarning Map

If you want to contact us or have any comments or suggestions for the website you can e-mail Richard Allan at or you can send information to The Parish Clerk [Nick Hartley] who will send it to him for inclusion when the website is next updated.

Parish Council Meetings

All Council meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated on the Agenda. You will find more information here:
 A Brief Guide to Attending Parish Council Meetings 

2018 meetings

January 15 minutes here
February 19 minutes here
March 19
April 16
(Annual Parish Meeting followed by the ordinary Parish Council meeting)
May 21
(Annual Parish Council Meeting at which the Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected for the year)
June 18
July 16
The Council does not meet in August
September 17
October 15
November 19
(Date to be announced)If you would like to see the Minutes and Agendas of previous Parish Council Meetings click here: Scarning Parish Council Meetings or to look at the Village Newsletters click here: Scarning Village Newsletters If you want to know about the information that can be provided by the Scarning Parish Council please click here: Freedom of Information Act Parish Council Register and Code of Conduct click here for Register and here for code of conduct 

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The Parish Council have decided to accept business advertising in the Newsletter issued 6 times a year and on this website. The policy document can be found here

Latest Parish Council budget

Annual governmance statement and audit 2016/17

Allotments for Hire

There are currently three small plots available. For more information, please call Ken Steward on 01362 820122

Tennis Courts

Scarning has two tennis courts situated on the playing field behind the Village Hall. Both courts have been pressure washed and the lines have been repainted. These facilities are open to all villagers and only cost £2.50 an hour. The key is available from Pam Cole at 1 Hall Cottages.Scarning Endowed School Charity (School Trust) Please note that the application form was revised in January 2015

Volunteers needed

"Plantlife has been involved in conservation work in the Breckland area and through this work hopes to bring 50 plant populations back from the brink securing sustainable solutions for their future management. If you feel that this may be of interest to people you know then please visit and complete our volunteer interest survey."

Recycling Revolution

New sorting equipment has been installed at the recycling facility at Costessy have look here which means that additional materials will be accepted in your Black recycling bin. find out more here or see this Handy list  Emergency Lifesaving  Equipment The Parish Council has installed a defibrillator at the School it is situated just inside the original entrance to the school. There is also another outside the Co-op store yet another at the Village Hall which was installed and is being maintained by the Scarning Village Hall and Estate Trust.


Would you like to have a greater say in what goes on in your community ? If so, why not consider becoming a parish councillor ?

There is currently a vacancy on Scarning Parish Council.

If you are aged over 18, are a British citizen and have lived in Scarning more than 12 months, please write to the Parish Clerk, Oakleigh House, Shipdham Lane, Scarning, NR19 2LB, briefly setting out the reasons you would like to join the council and enclosing a short CV. Or for more information, please contact the parish clerk at
 Applications to be received by March 16.

Planning Application

for new school class rooms

new class

Provision of new stand alone classbase block to provide two reception sized classrooms, group room, unisex toilets, disabled WC, cleaner’s cupboard, cloaks area and plant room. External hard play, soft play and covered area, circulation paths, ramps and steps. Temporary modular classbase. Extension to existing car park to provide 6 additional car parking spaces. The application number is Y/3/2018/3001
click here to go to Norfolk website

Don’t forget it’s National Spring Clean weekend March 2-4. For more information visit www.keepbritaintidy 


The Parish Council will be applying for funding to renovate and improve the play area on Scarning Water Meadows. Much of the equipment needs to be replaced. The Council would like to hear from all residents as to what equipment they would like to see on the Meadows, in particular equipment for older children.

There are a number of companies which supply play equipment. Among them are Norfolk Games & Frames, Wicksteed and Action Play & Leisure. If you are able to visit their websites, it will give an idea of the type of equipment that is available.

Alternatively you may have seen a piece of equipment elsewhere. Dereham Town Council, for instance, has recently installed new play equipment at Moorgate and the Neatherd. Other councils have similarly installed new  equipment.

Please let us have your comments to or in writing to Oakleigh House, Shipdham Lane, Scarning, NR19 2LB.

If we don’t hear from you, we can’t know what you want. So please get in touch. play

Norfolk Master Composters are recruiting new volunteers!

We are looking for 20 Norfolk residents (18+ years old) to train as home composting ambassadors and encourage friends, neighbours, colleagues (and anybody else that will listen) to compost kitchen and garden waste at home. You don’t need to be a composter already as full training will be given. Our next free two day foundation training course will be held on Sat 24 and Sun 25 March 2018 at The Green Britain Centre in Swaffham. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and further details about the role and an application form can be obtained by emailing or calling 0344 800 8020.

Newsletter Have your say

At its Januaiy meeting, the Parish Council voted to cease production of this newsletter for the next six months. It is not clear how many residents may still want a newsletter. It is also not clear what residents want to see in that newsletter. The Council hopes that you will help us to gauge your views on whether or not a newsletter is needed and if it is needed, how it should be made available. If you would like to express you opinion on whether or not a newsletter is necessary, please either email the parish clerk at or write to Oakleigh House, Shipdham Lane, Scaming NRl9 2LB


          THURSDAY 22"° MARCH : 7pm - 9.30pm
Meeting Point Jubilee Suite St Withburga Lane Dereham NR16 1ED

For any further information contact Jan Phillips 01362 860859, Chris Stuart 01362 860047 Or Shonette Mooney at Meeting Point Tel 01362 698866

Take a walk round the Water meadows

Pre School Building is now complete

Read about it here  image001.jpg
This picture taken by Christopher is of the railway bridge over the track to Cattle Arch Farm. It is situated just off the A47 to the east of Drayton Hall lane. Before the demise of the railway and the construction of the re-routed A47 this track would have been acessed from Fen Road. cattle arch Click
This is a postcard published by Geo Coleby of Dereham submitted by Dave Pilbrow who thought it might be of interest. I shows the Black Horse Public House and the church at the centre of the village. Click on the picture to see more about the village back in the 1900's.

Speed sign

You may have seen the speed sign on Dereham Road which the council has installed in an effort to help reduce driver speeds. The sign is moveable and will be popping up at different locations in the village over the course of the year in order to improve speed awareness.

Dog Fouling

Whilst the majority of dog owners are responsible, there are a few who refuse to clean up after their dog. Residents are reminded to clear up after their dog, as stepping in dog muck is not only unpleasant, it can actually lead to blindness in children. A condition called toxicariarsis can make vulnerable children blind. How would you feel if your lack of action led to a child loosing their sight ? Please clean up after your dog.

Scarning Runners

Do you want to get fit? Do you want to train for a running event ? Do you want to lose weight ? An hour spent with Coach Ron gradually building up your fitness could be the answer. Scarning Runners meet at the Village Hall every Tuesday from 5.45 to 6.45pm. Adults £2.50. Under 14's under parental supervision free. Have fun and get fit in a family friendly atmosphere. For more information please call Richard Eagle on 696642

Slimming World group

Started on Wednesday 4th January 2017. The group meets at Scarning Primary School every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. If people would like more information they can contact Judy on 01362 691904, 07545 953 754


Repairs to church completed but help is still needed to raise money for more work.

If you would like to make a contribution on line, please go to This is a very easy way to make a donation. In case you were wondering how much this service costs, the site has been provided free of charge by the National Churches Trust to celebrate their 60th birthday.

Alternatively a simple donation would be much appreciated! If you are a tax payer you could increase the value with Gift Aid. Please send a cheque payable to Scarning PCC to Mike Quinnell, 32 Allwood Avenue, Scarning, NR19 2TF or bring along to the coffee morning Thank you very much for your support.

Country Dancing

These popular informal sessions are held at Wendling Village Hall on Mondays from 7.30 - 9.30pm Admission of only £1 includes refreshments. There is no need to bring a partner and no experience of country dancing is necessary but a good sense of humour helps! There are two excellent callers and an enjoyable evening is guaranteed. Everyone interested will be very warmly welcomed! Please ring Mollie Gooch on (01362) 687210 for more details

Calling all Community Minded Residents!

Are you community minded with a keen interest in keeping Scarning looking its best? Then why not become a Community Ranger. If you become a Community Ranger, you will be provided with a litter picking stick, gloves and a high visibility jacket so that you can contribute to keeping Scarning clean. You can also report fly-tips, broken street lights, potholes and so on. To learn more, please contact Breckland Council on 01362 695333 or

February 2018

Church Services

18th Family Service - Evelyn Speed
Parish Communion - BCP - Jenny Taylor



Saturday 10th March 2018
Saturday 14th April 2018
Saturday 12th May 2018
Saturday 9th June 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018
Saturday l 1th August 2018
Saturday 8th September 2018
Saturday 13th October 2018
Saturday 10th November 2018
Saturday lst December 2018 - CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Witches Knickers and other unmentionables


We are meeting on Ted Ellis Walk at 10 am on

Saturday 10th March
Saturday 17th March (This date is provisional depending on weather / jobs still to do.)
To help with planning of tasks / cancellations please let me know if you plan to come .
E mail or telephone 01362 695062

Please have a look at the Water Meadows page to see what we have planned  for the forthcoming months. There is more to see in the newsletter here


'MY WORLD OF RHYME' is the fourth book of poems from Scarning Village resident Frank Foreman. The poems have been written to raise money for Scarning church and Parkinsons' charities. Previous books are :
'The Seasons in Scarning'
'Will There be Chocolate in Heaven'
The sale of some 650 books and CDs have so far raised some £4,500. Thank you all for your support.

Further copies of the the books and CDs at £5 each can be obtained from Frank Foreman - telephone  01362 687082
copies also available at Scarning Village Hall coffee mornings on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Improvements to Water meadows

The Parish Council has installed a new path on Scarning Water Meadows. The aim is to make the site more accessible and to allow greater numbers of people the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of this unique area. The path is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It runs past the scrapes from the little play area all the way to the main playing field. There is also a link to the stream path part way along. It makes an enjoyable circular walk around the meadow.
Click on the picture to see more of this wildlife area.


Fly-tippingis a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. Tipping a mattress, furniture, electrical items or bin bags full of rubbish can incur prosecution and a fine of up to £50,000. Other items can incur a similar penalty. Please note that dumping Garden Waste is defined as fly-tipping and can also incur a fine. This includes grass cuttings and larger items such as shrubs and branches.
Fly-tipping affects us all. The cost of clearing away rubbish and for the Council to collect dumped items means that we all pay more for our Council Tax. Please therefore be responsible and don't leave it to others to clear away your mess. There is no reason for it. Breckland Council operates a Bulk Collection service for larger items such as sofas and fridges. It also operates a garden waste collection service. Alternatively you can compost at home.
If you witness fly-tipping, or want to to report an area where fly-tipping has taken place, please take note of the date, time and place of the incident, together with any relevant information such as a description of the person or persons carrying out the fly-tip, the make and model of any vehicle used, together with the registration number. Please report all information to Breckland Council on 695333. Remember, don't confront the fly-tippers and put yourself at risk.

Changes on Dereham Road

In response to residents requests the Parish Council recently  arranged for  lighting to be installed  at the bus stop opposite Chestnut  road. A similar light has been installed on the other side of the road.>

The area along the road adjacent to the bus stop has been cleared. This is to make the adjacent path safer for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly after dark. It will also improve visibility for drivers.

bus stop

The Parish Council has similarly cleared back an area of scrub near Scarning church. In
addition, the Council will be installing flower boxes at both ends of the village and has planted bulbs along Dereham Road leading
up to the village sign lay-by, which should prove a beautiful adornment come the Spring.

Scarning’s long lost Chapel

Did you know that there was once a church or chapel dedicated to St Botolph? Do you know where it might have been? Want to know more?


A record is kept in the church and anyone wishing to consult the register should contact Alf Webdale on 01362 687558 or Alan Glister on 01362 696674 who will ensure that the enquirer has access to the register.

Look at the photos pages on website.

Click here, if you can provide any information or identify some of the people please let us know! Have a look at this new page
: Dereham your local town

First World War book

A new book has been produced to commemorate the men of Scarning who fought in the Great War. The book is fully illustrated with photographs from the Imperial War Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The book has been written by Nick Hartley and costs £5. All proceeds will be donated to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which is responsible for maintaining the graves of those men who died in the war.

It has been produced as a limited edition of 100 copies. If you would like a copy please contact Nick Hartley at and support this worthwhile project.

The end of the Railway through Scarning

Video of demolition of scarning arch which is an unique piece of footage which the grandson of Ruby and Eric Wright who lived in Coach Lane thought it would be nice to share. This is his granddad's cine footage. part one part two

Would you like to ring those bells?

Scarning's bell ringers want more people to join them.
Practice sessions on Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm If you would like to be involved please telephone Tricia Foreman, tower secretary on 01362 687082.

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Nominations for leading Community Volunteers

Nominate-someone for an honour.


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Old photographs of Scarning and its people reproduced on this site are the property of Wendy Chapman, Brian Dye and other residents. Others are reproduced courtesy of Gordon Olley. The contemporary photographs have been taken by Richard Allan and Wendy Brown. Permission should be sought should you wish to use any of the pictures on this site elsewhere. Please note that every effort will be made to ensure that information on this site is accurate but no liability will be accepted for losses caused by inaccurate information. Please let us know of any errors or omissions. All views expressed on this website are those of the authors, contributors and organisations and not of Scarning Parish Council, its Councillors or Clerk.