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July 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

You can navigate through the website from the buttons on the menu above and the links on the various pages. 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.


Play Areas Now open

We are pleased to announce that in accordance with Government guidelines, the play areas are 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!

The Parish Council has drawn up guidelines for volunteers in response to the coronavirus outbreak and helping those most in need within the parish of Scarning. The Council aims to ensure that it both protects the most vulnerable in the community and that none of its volunteers is put at unnecessary risk.


Scarning Parish Council has set up a Facebook page

Village Hall still Closed Until Further Notice

Church Services

Currently cancelled but the Church is open daily (from Monday 29th June) for private prayer. Please observe social distancing guidelines and do not enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

New Team Rector

We are delighted to announce that the Rev. Canon Paul Cubitt and his wife Claire will be moving to Dereham at the beginning of August and he will be licensed by the Bishop of Lynn on August 24th so he can begin his ministry among us.

Our Team Vicar Rev. Gill Wells who has generously delayed her retirement due to present circumstances will now finish her ministry in the Dereham and District Team on August 30th.



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.

Please note that the coffee mornings will now be held on the First Saturday of each month in the VILLAGE HALL at 10 am

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

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.




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

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.
They are currently open all the time - please feel free to come and use. 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 losing 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

Nominate-someone for an honour.

Become a BreckWorld app explorer!

Discover your perfect day out in Breckland.

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 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

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"

The centre of the village in the 1950s


This picture has been submitted by Tim Farnham, for more information 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 is of the 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.

Womens Institute

Click on image for more information and pictures


Report Flytipping

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


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' 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

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

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