The Village in the centre of Norfolk

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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

You can navigate through the website from the buttons above or the green links. You can find a list of all the pages by clicking the Sitemap button.

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

Parish Council Meetings

All 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 or 01362 687492

20 January agenda 17 February
16 March
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)
15 June
20 July
21 September
19 October
16 November
December (Date to be announced)

For more information, please contact the Parish Clerk at 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 Hire

There are currently plots available. For more information, please call Tim Abel 851116

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 September 2018 Applications should be made using this 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 and complete our volunteer interest survey."

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

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. This will soon be installed in the redundant red telephone box outside the Village Hall.

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 as time goes by 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.

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


The 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 and to put reports of the meetings and other information in the Dereham Times.

Nominate-someone for an honour.

Future of the water Meadows

At 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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Discover your perfect day out in Breckland.

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The organisers of the Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December were delighted with the attendance and the result - £966 for church funds!

Scarning Parish Council is organising a litter pick to help tidy our village.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Please spare a couple of hours

When: Saturday 7th March.
Where: Meet outside Scarning Village Hall
Time: 9 to 11am
Afterwards tea and a bacon roll or a piece of cake will be provided in the Village Hall. Pickers, bags and some gloves will be provided.
If you would like to attend, please let the Parish Clerk
know (687492) or





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

Kate Dimbleby prepares to tour Breckland

The fabulous singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby, who has performed across the UK and off-broadway, is set to return to Breckland this February to tour with her new show Sing Happy in Ashill, East Harling, Attleborough, Shipham and Necton between 3 February to 7 February.Following the show, Kate will be back in Breckland in March, touring local libraries with a Sing Happy Workshop, where Kate will teach participants some of the songs from the show.

Kate is touring as part of The Silver Social, an exciting daytime touring arts programme, aimed at older people in rural communities in Breckland. The project, which is run by Breckland Council and funded by Arts Council England and Breckland Council, brings something a little different to daily life in towns and villages across Breckland, Norfolk.

 Cllr Mark Robinson, Executive member for Community, Leisure and Culture, commented “Kate was hugely popular when she last toured with The Silver Social Project, so we are expecting this Silver Social performance and workshop to book up very quickly. Whether you want to meet new people over a cuppa, take part in the singing workshop or if you know a neighbour or family member who might like to attend, why not book a ticket today.”

 Performance tickets are just £5 and workshops are free to attend, but booking is advisable.  To book simply visit; call 01362656870 or email

Scarning Playing Field Committee

Mr Steward has been Chairman of the Playing Field Committee for fifty one years is standing down. In recognition of this, the Parish Council will be installing a bench on the playing field and the Parish Council’s new Information centre/lending library will be named in his honour. The Committee is looking for new members. If you are interested, or would like more information, please call Andy Hudson on 07771755159.

Scarning School have planted over 70 trees

The field beyond the school has been planted with native tree whips obtained from the Woodland Trust. The children took part in a competition to design the layout and to choose a name. The most popular choice was "Thistle Field Wood"

thistle field wood

Aerial view of the village in the early 1950's

This picture has been submitted by Tim Farnham for more information click on the picture


Scarning church held a Tower Open Day last year. This provided an unusual opportunity to go up the tower to see our historic bells (dating from 1697). The church itself was open, as part of 'Celebrating Open Churches'. There were also refreshments, loos and a variety of written info, and visual displays. When the bells rang out on the 11th November 1918 they announced the end of the most catastrophic war the world had yet seen. Many bell ringers joined the war effort, and 1400 lost their lives The bell ringing community is running a campaign to recruit 1400 ringers in the year of the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice. The Scarning ringers would like to recruit one or more new members as part of that drive. Practice sessions 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

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 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

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January 2020

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.

Church Services

January 2020
5th Morning Prayer-Lydia Crick
12th Parish Communion-James Rosie
19th Family Service-Adam Pyke
26th Parish Communion (BCP)-Kenneth Pilgrim
Febuary 2020
2nd Morning Prayer-Lydia Crick
9th Parish Communion-Kenneth Pilgrim
16th Family Service-Evelyn Speed
23rd Holy Communion (BCP)-Mark McCaghrey


The Coffee Mornings continue to be very popular and we have, during 2019, successfully raised a further £5,456.28 for much needed restoration work in Scarning Church.  The total funds accumulated since inception in July 2013 is a staggering £26,651.07. 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.
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
Please note that the coffee mornings will now be held on the First Saturday of each month
Saturday 4th January
Saturday 1st February
Saturday 7th March
Saturday 4th April
Saturday 2nd May
Saturday 6th June
Saturday 4th July
Saturday 1st August
Saturday 5th September
Saturday 3rd October
Saturday 7th November
Saturday 5th December - Christmas Fair

Contact Tricia Foreman on 01362 687082 for further information

Womens Institute

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Witches Knickers and other unmentionables


Report Flytipping

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. Breckland’s online fly tipping reporting form can be acessed here:

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 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
copies also available at Scarning Village Hall coffee mornings on the first Saturday of each month.

Play Equipment

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

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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.