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.

2017 Parish Council Meetings will be held at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall on:

Monday 16 January
February 20 
Monday March 20 minutes here
Monday April 24 minutes here
Monday May 15
Monday June 19
Monday July 17
Monday September 18
Monday October 16
Monday November 20
Monday December 18

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 

and select Scarning from the list


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Bag it, Tie it and Bin it

The Parish Council is spearheading a campaign to improve the use of dog bins in the village.


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

Audit Annual Return 2016

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

Repairs to church completed

But help is still needed to raise money for more repairs.

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.

Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair in the Village Hall on 3rd December which raised the splendid sum of £905 for church funds.

The Garden Open Day last year raised over £1600 see pictures HERE

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.There is also another at the Village Hall which was installed and is being maintained by the Scarning Village Hall and Estate Trust.




Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting
held in the Village Hall on 24 April 2017

[Click on green entries to read reports]

Present: Cllrs W Brown (Chairman), F Bradford, S Dickerson, C Farnham, S Faulkner,
C Hewson, J Magrath, P Page, M Steward, Mr W Richmond (Norfolk County Councillor) Mrs L Turner (Breckland Councillor). In attendance Mr N Hartley. Eight members of the public

1. Welcome 
Mrs Brown welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were no apologies for absence.

2. Minutes
The minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 18, 2016 were confirmed and signed. 

3. Parish Affairs
It was noted that there are an increasing number of dogs on the village playing field. The Council is aware of this and it and the Playing Field Committee are considering putting up more signs. There are already signs on playing field.

4. Chairman’s Report
Mrs Brown delivered her report, a copy of which is filed with the minutes.

5. Scarning Primary School Report 
Mr King delivered his report, a copy of which is filed with the minutes.

6. District Councillor’s Report
Mrs Turner delivered her report, a copy of which is filed with the minutes.

7. County Councillor’s Report
Mr Richmond delivered his report, a copy of which is filed with the minutes.

8. Scarning Playing Field Committee Report
Mr Steward noted that playing field is managed and maintained by Scarning Playing Field Committee with a grant from the Parish Council. The accounts to April 2016 show income of £4,850 and expenditure of £3,140. The Committee has spent £800 on refurbishing the car park and £800 to pressure wash the tennis courts. It has also paid for repairs to its mower. The playing field is being used by Dereham Taverners football club and is being kept in great condition by Ronnie Chapman and Keith Walpole.

9. Scarning Conservation Volunteers
Mr Walker delivered his report, a copy of which is filed with the minutes.

10. Scarning Parochial Church Council
Mrs Rockley delivered her report, a copy of which is filed with the minutes.

Pre School Building

preschool The Pre-School mobile has been demolished and is being replaced with a permanent brick building. The staff and committee raised £187,000  and £99,500 grant from the DfE enabled the work to commence It should be ready by early summer, and will provide 37 extra spaces.

Rosey Grauwiler, preschool manager, and Donna Wales, deputy manager, said they were “incredibly grateful” and thanked all those who had supported them. “A new purpose-built building for children aged two to four will give us the opportunity to extend our provision, supporting our already excellent reputation,” they said.


Whilst the building works are in progress temporary accomodation will be in the Village Hall.

If you have any fund raising ideas please let Donna, our fundraiser, know by emailing or contacting Scarning Pre-School
Dereham Road, Scarning, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 2PW
01362 699360

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.

black horse



Saturday 13th May 2017
Saturday 10th June 2017
Saturday 8th July 2017
Saturday 12th August 2017
Saturday 9th September 2017
Saturday 14th October 2017
Saturday 11th November 2017
Saturday 2nd December  2017  - CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Please take time to come and meet some of your fellow villagers and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, a cake, a bacon buttie and a chat.
If you would like to help in any way please contact Tricia Foreman on 01362  687082.  All funds raised are for Scarning Church.

Collisions on Dereham Road

Another collision this time on the opposite side of the road late at night on the 3rd March this year. This is the latest of a number of serious accidents within a few metres on this bend in the road but the neighbours really thought the problem was solved by the recently installed hazard markers on the corner, but clearly they are not sufficient.

At the end of June last year a speeding car lost control heading out of Dereham round the corner at Scarning Grange and collided with the 18th century wall. Since then, in the last week of September, there was another less serious collision with the wall adjoining Scarning Grange. Again on the night of 22nd October another car collided with the wall of Scarning Grange causing the extensive damage. There was another incident on the 2nd November where a vehicle mounted the pavement and landed on top of a car in the car park at the front of the school.

Speed sign

You may also 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.

New Slimming World group

Started on Wednesday 4th January 2017. The group will be held at Scarning Primary School every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. If people would like more information they can contact Tracey on 01362 853170 or 07531 284254.

New Outdoor Fitness equipment

New Outdoor Fitness equipment has been installed on the Playing Field behind the Village Hall. It’s free to use and lots of fun. The equipment includes a seated chest press, double rower and air skier. Why not come along and try it out. It’s a gym workout without the need for membership fees. 



Coffee Mornings in 2016 have continued to be very popular and have now become an integral part of village life.  It is very rewarding to see people enjoying a coffee and cake, maybe a bacon buttie, and perhaps purchasing local produce/cakes but, more importantly, enjoying a leisurely morning relaxing in the company of others.

The bacon butties continue to be a roaring success, and we have again exceeded expectation with raising funds for the Church.   The total for the year, including the Christmas Craft Fair, was £4,031.38 making a grand total of £12,567.84 since inception in July 2013. 

Once again, may I thank the volunteers who have worked tirelessly and also everyone who has supported this very worthwhile venture for the village – without you it would not happen.   Well done for what has become a most enjoyable occasion.

Coffee Mornings in 2017 will continue to be the second Saturday of each month through to November with the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

If you would like to help in any way please contact Tricia Foreman on 01362  687082.  All funds raised are for Scarning Church.

May 2017


The Scarning Art club will be meeting in Wendling Village Hall with effect from 9th February until further notice to enable Scarning Preschool to use the hall during the reconstruction of their building.

Scarning Conservation Volunteers

Please have a look at the Water Meadows page to see what we have planned  for the forthcoming months.

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.

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?

New page Dereham your local town


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.


You may have noticed that Scarning's milestones have been cleaned and
refurbished and you may be interested to learn that our village has been included in the book produced to record the work done to preserve many of the varied milestones in Norfolk.
"Moving Miles" by Nigel and Jennifer Ford (£14.99) is available from Jarrolds in Norwich.


Village resident Frank Foreman has been writing poetry and song lyrics since being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease some 8 years ago.
The second book 'Will there be Chocolate in Heaven' is a compilation of 10 new poems and is a follow-up to 'The Seasons in Scarning' book and CD launched in 2013. These have so far raised some £2,500 for Parkinson's and Scarning Church charities.
All profits from the sale of both books and CD will continue to be for these good causes and your support for these projects is greatly appreciated. The books and CDs will be available at £5 each at coffee mornings ( the second Saturday of each month 10am - midday) or from Frank direct. Tel 687082, or

Look at the photos page on website.

Click here  or the PHOTOS button in the menu at the top of the page. If you can provide any information or identify some of the people please let us know!

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.

Don't miss this piece of history.

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

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

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

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. They now have their own website which has all the up to date information about the group and their activities.

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Nominations for leading Community Volunteers

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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.