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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can send information to The Parish Clerk [Nick Hartley] who will
forward it for inclusion when the website is next updated.
Allotments for Hire
There are currently plots available. For more information, please call
Tim Abel 851116
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
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.
"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
and complete our volunteer interest survey."
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
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.
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.
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.
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 https://nextdoor.co.uk/ and to put
reports of the meetings and other information in the Dereham Times.
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 so like further information please
contact the Parish Clerk 01362 687492
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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
01603 272336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the image below to see what's on
Play Areas Closed
In accordance with Government
guidance, the Parish Council has taken
the decision to close its play areas until further notice in order to
help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
This is a temporary closure and the play areas will reopen when it is
safe to do so.
The Council thanks residents for their understanding at this time.
Please note no equipment safety checks
will be carried out whilst the play areas are closed.
The Parish Council is creating
a network to help anyone within the
village who needs help due to the current Coronavirus situation.
If you require assistance, or
can offer assistance to others, please
contact Nick Hartley, our Parish Clerk
tel: 01362 687492 email: email@example.com
Where you can call for
information, advice and
assistance in these
potentially worrying times. We hope you find this helpful.
The Dereham and District Team
Ministry are following the
Archbishops' instructions and suspending public worship for the
foreseeable future. All our church
buildings are currently closed.
Help Scientists identify:
• High-risk areas in the UK.
• Who is most at risk, by
better understanding symptoms linked to
underlying health conditions.
• How fast the virus is
spreading in your area.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN
TO MAINTAIN SCARNING WATER
This area has formerly been
maintained by a dedicated group of
volunteers. however, for various reasons, the volunteers have had to
cease. that means there is no one to maintain this area on a regular
basis - to cut back branches, pick litter, clear paths and streams, and
We need your help.
Scarning parish council is
looking for volunteers to help on an
occasional basis in order to preserve this area of natural beauty we
will provide any necessary tools and support. If you can spare some
time, please either phone the parish clerk on 01362 687492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
if we do not take action, there is a serious danger that this area will
A THREE YEAR PLAN has
now been drawn up, this is a large
PDF click here to
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"
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
The Scarning ringers would like to
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 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 email@example.com.
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 : http://www.derehamwaw.org.uk/walks.html and have a look at Walks 4, 5 and 7
which go through Scarning.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and support this
for latest information please see
1st Morning Prayer-Lydia Crick
8th Holy Communion - Paul Thomas
15th Holy Communion (BCP) -Kenneth Pilgrim
22nd Family Service -Richard Hanmer
29th Songs of Praise - lay-led
5th Morning Prayer-Adam Pyke
7th 19.00 Compline & Reflection - James Rosie
12th Parish Communion - Dennis Ackroyd
19th Family Service-Adam Pyke
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
Click on image for more information and pictures
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
Fly-tippingis a serious criminal offence
for which you can be prosecuted.
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
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 email:email@example.com
copies also available at Scarning Village Hall coffee mornings on the
first Saturday of each month.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or in writing to Oakleigh House, Shipdham Lane, Scarning, NR19 2LB.