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
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Parish Council MeetingsAll Council meetings start at 7.30pm on Monday evenings unless otherwise stated on the Agenda. You will find more information here:
A Brief Guide to Attending Parish Council Meetings
Meeting Dates for 2020.All our meetings are in Scarning Village Hall at 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month (unless otherwise stated). Please check the Agenda for each meeting for more full details, or contact the Parish Clerk at email@example.com or 01362 687492
20 January minutes here
17 February agenda here
20 April (Annual Parish Meeting followed by the ordinary Parish Council meeting)
18 May (Annual Parish Council Meeting at which the Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected for the year)
December (Date to be announced)
For more information, please contact the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Oakleigh House, Shipdham Lane, Scarning, NR19 2LB, or on 01362687492 between 9 and 5pm.
If you would like to see the Minutes and Agendas of previous Parish Council Meetings click here: Scarning Parish Council Meetings
Your Parish Council members
Chris Farnham (Chairman ) Philip Page (Vice Chairman) Tim Abel Fiona Bradford Charles Hewson Jean Magrath Patricia Page Neil Parsons Michael Steward
Lynda Turner and Paul Hewett have been returned as concillors for Scarning
Allotments for HireThere are currently plots available. For more information, please call Tim Abel 851116
Tennis CourtsScarning 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. grant application form or obtained by contacting the clerk to the trustees.
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 www.wildaboutplants.org.uk/ and complete our volunteer interest survey."
have a look here means that additional materials will be accepted in your Black recycling bin. find out more here or see this Handy list
Emergency Lifesaving EquipmentThe 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. This will soon be installed in the redundant red telephone box outside the Village Hall.
Speed signYou 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 as time goes by in order to improve speed awareness.
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.
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
NewsletterThe Parish Council have voted to cease production of the Village newsletter and it was unanimously RESOLVED to produce twice yearly a contact and event sheet for the parish. At the February parish Council meeting it was RESOLVED to use https://nextdoor.co.uk/ and to put reports of the meetings and other information in the Dereham Times.
Future of the water MeadowsAt a recent Parish Council meeting it was noted that the Scarning Conservation Volunteers is to disband. The Parish Council is consulting with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and other groups with regard to the future maintenance of the Water Meadows.
The more support people give to Scarning Conservation Volunteers the greater the progress in maintaining and enhancing the area for wildlife and recreation. There is much to see and learn about from an hour or two on site. See what has been acheived and what needs to be done here.
If you would like to be involved or like further information, please call James Walker 01362 698860
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First World War bookA book written by Nick Hartley has been produced to commemorate the men of Scarning who fought in the Great War. The book costs £5 is fully illustrated with photographs from the Imperial War Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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 email@example.com and support this worthwhile project. February 2020
2nd Morning Prayer-Lydia Crick
9th Parish Communion-
16th Family Service-Evelyn Speed
23rd Holy Communion (BCP)-Mark McCaghrey
1st Morning Prayer-Lydia Crick
8th Holy Communion
15th Holy Communion (BCP) -Kenneth Pilgrim
22nd Family Service -Richard Hanmer
29th Songs of Praise - lay-led
5th Morning Prayer-Adam Pyke
7th 19.00 Compline & Reflection - James Rosie
12th Parish Communion - Dennis Ackroyd
19th Family Service-Adam Pyke
Tricia Foreman thanks everyone who has contributed in one way or another towards making this enjoyable event such a success?
at VILLAGE HALL - 10 am
Report FlytippingFly-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. Breckland’s online fly tipping reporting form can be acessed here:
Scarning’s long lost ChapelDid 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?
GravestonesA record is kept in the church and anyone wishing to consult the register should contact Alf Webdale on 01362 587558 or Sue Rockley on 01362 694886 who will ensure that the enquirer has access to the register. There is an Alphabetical list of inscriptions which updates the survey carried out by Scarning WI in 1980. Click on the green link above to access the list and view plans of the churchyard and garden of remembrance with numbered gravestones. The church is open daily.
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!
Did you know Scarning had a Railway station?Nick Catford who has been researching the history of the Lynn and Dereham Railway has kindly offered this insight to a short phase of Scarning's history. see here
The end of the Railway through Scarning 50 years ago.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
That's all folks'That's all folks' is the sixth 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 1050 books and CDs have so far raised some £8,500. Frank thanks 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 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
copies also available at Scarning Village Hall coffee mornings on the first Saturday of each month.
Play EquipmentThe 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.
Please let us have your comments to email@example.com or in writing to Oakleigh House, Shipdham Lane, Scarning, NR19 2LB.
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