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

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 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

All Council meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated on the Agenda. You will find more information here:
 A Brief Guide to Attending Parish Council Meetings

Meeting dates for 2019

Monday 21 January
Monday 18 February
Monday 18 March
Monday 15 April (Annual Parish Meeting followed by the ordinary Parish Council meeting)
Monday 20 May (Annual Parish Council Meeting at which the Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected for the year)
Monday 17 June
Monday 15 July
Monday 16 September
Monday 21 October
Monday 18 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 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

Latest Parish Council budget

Annual governmance statement and audit 2016/17

Allotments for Hire

There are currently three small 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 the 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

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   

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

Thinking of becoming a District or Parish Councillor?

With the elections looming in May 2019, you may be thinking of becoming a District or Parish Councillor; with this in mind, Breckland Council is holding a Prospective Councillor event on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 from 6.00pm at the Breckland Council Conference Suite in Dereham (light refreshments will be available from 5.30pm).
 Further details of ‘How to become a Councillor’ will be available soon on the Breckland and a programme of what to expect at the prospective Councillor event will follow in due course.


Remembrance concert 10th November

The well attended concert made a little over £500 and a cheque for £250 was sent to the Royal British Legion the remainder going to the church funds.

The future maintenance of Scarning Water Meadows

At a recent Parish Council meeting it was noted that the Scarning Conservation Volunteers is to disband. The Parish Council will consult Norfolk Wildlife Trust and other groups with regard to the future maintenance of the Water Meadows. 

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


Scarning church held a well attended Tower Open Day in July. This provided an unusual opportunity to go up the tower to see our historic bells (dating from 1697). The church itself was open of course, as part of 'Celebrating Open Churches'. There were also refreshments, loos and a variety of written info, and visual displays.

rmWhen 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 Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
 If you would like to be involved please telephone Tricia Foreman, tower secretary on 01362 687082

Dereham Walkers guides

After a mammoth effort over the last year, 14 new or revised walk guides and a couple of information leaflets are now available. Three thousand have been printed and will be distributed 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 to Walks 4, 5 and 7 which go through Scarning.

St Peter and St Paul, Scarning Churchyard Register March 2018

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:
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

Work on new school class rooms well under way

new class

Cocksedge Building Contractors Ltd started work on site at the end of July and are due to complete the works by mid February 2019. A new temporary modular classbase has already been installed prior to the provision of new stand alone classbase block to provide two reception sized classrooms, group room, unisex toilets, disabled WC, cleaner’s cupboard, cloaks area and plant room. External hard play, soft play and covered area, circulation paths, ramps and steps.  Extension to existing car park to provide 6 additional car parking spaces.

Play Equipment HAVE YOUR SAY !

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.

There are a number of companies which supply play equipment. Among them are Norfolk Games & Frames, Wicksteed and Action Play & Leisure. If you are able to visit their websites, it will give an idea of the type of equipment that is available.

Alternatively you may have seen a piece of equipment elsewhere. Dereham Town Council, for instance, has recently installed new play equipment at Moorgate and the Neatherd. Other councils have similarly installed new  equipment.

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

If we don’t hear from you, we can’t know what you want. So please get in touch. play


At its Januaiy meeting, the Parish Council voted to cease production of this newsletter for the next six months. The Council has since noted that the clerk had received eight positive responses in favour of keeping the newsletter and it was unanimously RESOLVED to produce twice yearly a contact and event sheet for the parish.

Recent visitor to Water Meadows

This photo of a Red-shank was taken on Scarning Water Meadows by Christine Nelson of Scarning.


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 over the course of the year 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.

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

Slimming World group

The group meets at Scarning Primary School every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. If people would like more information they can contact Judy on 01362 691904, 07545 953 754

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

December 2018

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.

Scarning Conservation Volunteers

Wotking party
Meeting on Ted Ellis walk at 10am

1st December
Please let me know if you can attend so that we can plan tasks. Wendy 01326 695062

Scarning Playing Field Committee

Scarning Playing Field Committee is looking for new members. If you are interested, or would like more information, please call Andy Hudson on 07771755159.

Data Protection

Keeping your data safe and increasing transparency are important to us. Our Privacy Notice explains how we use your personal information and how you can exercise your privacy rights. Click on links to view
Privacy Notice.
Information Audit (Draft)

Church Services

2nd 11:15 Morning Prayer-Adam Pyke
9th 11:15 Parish Communion-Dominique Turnham
16th 11:15 Parish Communion (BCP) -Dominique Turnham
19th 19:30 Carol Service-Sally Theakston
23rd16:00 Christingle Service-Sally Theakston
24th 23:30 Midnight Communion-Kenneth Pilgrim
30thNo Service


Saturday 10th November 2018
Saturday lst December 2018 - CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Witches Knickers and other unmentionables


Please have a look at the Water Meadows page to see what we have planned for the forthcoming months. There is more to see in the newsletter here

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.

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:

Changes on Dereham Road

In response to residents requests the Parish Council 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 has installed flower boxes at both ends of the village and has planted bulbs along Dereham Road leading
up to the village sign lay-by, which are a beautiful adornment in 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?


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.
Sue Rockley has prepared a current Alphabetical list of inscriptions which is based on the survey carried out by Scarning WI in 1980.  Click on the green link above to access the list and view a plan of the churchyard 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!

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

Nominate-someone for an honour.


MY WORLD OF RHYME' is the fourth 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 650 books and CDs have so far raised some £4,500. Thank 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 2nd Saturday of each month.

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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.