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 will be held at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall on:

July 18 minutes here
September 19 agenda here
November 21

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
Scarning Parish Council procedure for dealing with complaints can be read and downloaded here: Complaints

Parish Council Register and Code of Conduct click here for Register and
here for code of conduct


Latest parish council minutes  | Parish Council Budget  | old minutes & agendasLatest newsletterold newslettersFreedom ofInformation Act | | |   email

Bag it, Tie it and Bin it

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

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 which means that additional materials will be accepted in your Black recycling bin  Handy list

Repairs to chuch 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.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair in December which raised the splendid sum of £760 for church funds.

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

Scarning Water Meadows BioBlitz 

A successful day with pond dipping tree walks bumble bee treks and bird box construction. Gemma Walker of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust thanks all who attended the event. Although the weather was against us it did not stop us recording over 300 different species and over 200 people from the local area attending.

Emergency Lifesaving  Equipment

The Parish Council has installed a defibrillator at the School as well as the  one at the Village Hall. It is situated just inside the original entrance to the school. There is also another outside the Coop store.




Offshore Wind Farm

Vattenfall are exploring the potential to develop one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms which will be located in the North Sea, off the coast of NorfolkThere will be a Public Information Day at dereham Memorial Hall on 20th October between 2pm and 6.30pm.

Scarning School Fireworks Saturday 5th November.

Date for your diary - More details nearer the time.




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Collision damage to 18th century wall wall

At the end of June a speeding car lost control heading out of Dereham round the corner at Scarning Grange The police said the car had obviously been going extremely fast to have carried on so far and crossed the road to demolish the fence on the other side.

Since then, in the last week of September, there has been another less serious collision with the wall adjoining Scarning Grange just a couple of metres from the telephone pole visible on this picture.

This is the latest of a number of serious accidents 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.

Scarning Pre-School New Building

preschool The Pre-school staff and committee plan to replace the Pre-School mobile with a permanent brick building. Planning permission has been granted, now all we need is the rest of the money! We already have £150,000 towards the new build and are looking to fundraise/attract sponsorship for the remaining £150,000 needed.

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


From 10 am at the Village Hall
Saturday 12th November 2016
With the instigation of bacon butties, which have become a roaring success, we have again exceeded expectation with raising funds for the Church. The total for the year, including the Christmas Craft Fair, was £3,825.91 making a grand total of £8,536.46 since inception in July 2013. Once again, may I thank everyone who has supported this very worthwhile venture for the village – without you it would not happen.

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. 


October 2016

Scarning Conservation Volunteers

Just a quick reminder that we have working parties planned for 10am on Saturday 15th and 2pm on Sunday 16th October. Again we have the Norfolk Workout group coming the following Friday to work for us so any preparation we can do so much the better. Meeting on Ted Ellis Walk as usual. Please let me know if you can help so we can arrange tasks. Tel 01362 695062. Wendy

A new page is under construction about Dereham. Your local Town, have a look, what else do you want to see?

Next Coffee morning 12th November

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?

Click here to see some pictures of the Flower festival


The Parish Council have decided to accept business advertiising 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


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. Anyone who wants to get involved should 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.

Click on the images below:


Nominations for leading Community Volunteers

Nominate-someone for an honour.

Solar powered light

In response to residents requests the Parish Council recently  arranged for  lighting to be installed  at the bus stop opposite Chestnut  road.
It is proposedbto erect  a similar light on the other side of the road.

bus stop

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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.