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November 2020

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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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Provisional arrangements for celebrating Christmas

Play Area Redevelopment, Your Ideas Please.

The Parish Council is planning to redevelop areas of the play area on the Water Meadows. The first stage of this will be to install new metal fencing to replace the wooden fence around the small children's play area. However, we are keen to hear your views on how we can develop the play area as a whole. If you have ideas and comments, can you please contact the Parish Clerk at

Play Areas Now open

Please note that we are unable to regularly sanitise the equipment and the equipment has not been sterilised. We have erected signage advising all visitors to maintain social distance in accordance with Government guidelines and wash or sanitise their hands before and after using the equipment. We would suggest that users of the Outdoor Fitness equipment do so in a clockwise direction to minimise contact with others.

Have fun - but safely!

Mobile Library

At the moment, the mobile service is halted until further notice, and Dereham library is temporarily closed as well. Under normal circumstances it visits Scarning monthly on Shipdham Road by Mayfair Close. Tuesdays 10.25 - 10.40

Scarning Parish Council has set up a Facebook page

Village Hall still Closed Until Further Notice

Church Services

Currently limited but the Church is open Sunday afternoons and Monday to Wednesday from 09.30 to 16.00  for visits and private prayer. Please observe social distancing guidelines and do not enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms.



The Coffee Mornings have been very popular and we have successfully raised 26,651.07 since inception in July 2013 for much needed restoration work in Scarning Church. When restrictions are lifted please take time to come and meet some of your fellow villagers and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, a cake or bacon buttie and a chat.

Please note that the coffee mornings will be held on the First Saturday of each month in the VILLAGE HALL at 10 am (when restrictions are lifted)

Contact Tricia Foreman on 01362 687082 for further information

This picture submitted by John Mc Skimming is an aerial view of St Margarets and Hope Springs taken in 1964 at a time when the main A47 ran through Scarning. Both properties have since been extended and the main access to the latter property is now from Dereham Road rather than Grange Road.


A THREE YEAR PLAN has now been drawn up, this is a large PDF click here to view

Tennis Courts


Scarning has two tennis courts situated on the playing field behind the Village Hall. These are both temporarily locked due to COVID lockdown, but can usually be privately booked for 3.50 / hour. Contact Pam Cole for court bookings and key collection on 01362 687420

Scarning Endowed School Charity (School Trust)

Applications should be made using this grant application form or obtained by contacting the clerk to the trustees.

Recycling Revolution

The sorting equipment installed at the recycling facility at Costessy 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 Equipment

A defibrillator is situated just inside the original entrance to the school. There is also another outside the Co-op store yet another installed in the redundant red telephone box outside the Village Hall.

Nominate-someone for an honour.

Discover your perfect day out in Breckland

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Dereham Hospital is looking for volunteers

Dereham Hospital is looking for compassionate people who care about the local community and are able to offer a couple of hours on a weekly or fortnightly basis, and support the clinicians and staff to provide a positive patient experience. We provide a variety of volunteering roles to suit most people's needs and skills, such as: People-facing Chat, read, provide companionships or just sit and listen to one of our patients during an activity group or on the ward Behind the scenes Help make patient information packs, ring a patient to remind them about their appointment or help organise stock supplies Full training and support is provided and all out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed. No personal care involved. For more information about becoming a volunteer, please contact Pavlina Parashkevova, Volunteer Service Co-Ordinator on 01603 272336 or email


The Scarning ringers would like to recruit one or more new members as part of that drive. Practice sessions (currently cancelled) are on Wednesday evenings between 6.30 and 8.30pm. If you would like to be involved please telephone Tricia Foreman, tower secretary on 01362 687082

Womens Institute

Click on image for more information and pictures


The centre of the village in the 1950s


This picture has been submitted by Tim Farnham, for more information about thevillage click on the picture.

Shell Garage Dereham Road

At one time there were two garages/petrol stations in Scarning, one was in the centre of the village which can be seen in the picture above. This picture is one of several taken from Chestnut Farm in about 1962 shows the other petrol station which used to stand on the ground where Kestrel Grove is today. Click the link to see more.

shell garage

First World War book

A 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 and support this worthwhile project.

Report Flytipping

Fly-tippingis a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. Report here:


Over the years many glimpses of the life and times of the village have been recorded. 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' and
'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

Dereham Walkers guides

Fourteen walk guides and a couple of information leaflets are available. Three thousand have been printed and are free of charge. The library in Dereham is one of many places where you can pick up your own pack. Or visit the web page that lists the walks : and have a look at Walks 4, 5 and 7 which go through Scarning.

Dereham Memorial Hall

Due to the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, many of the activites have been cancelled but Click on the image below to see the current situation.


Click image below to find out more about your local group purchase scheme.