The Friends of St Mary’s CP School – 100 club

The Friends of St Mary’s CP School run a monthly ‘100’ club draw. The funds raised will go towards outdoor play equipment. For £1 per month you will be entered in a monthly draw.

1st Prize  £30, 2nd prize: £15 and 3rd prize: £5.

Interested? More details and how to join here…


Beetley Buzz

There is no Buzz in December so we take this opportunity to wish all parishioners a happy Christmas and peaceful new year. Please send items for the next Buzz to by 20th of Jan.


As Christmas and New Year will soon be upon us with the possibility of additional bottles being emptied, please continue to recycle your glass at the New Inn bottle bank, to ensure that this facility remains and the cash comes back to Beetley Parish and not to Breckland Council. This recycling bank may be removed if not used as Breckland Council is still considering the future of all banks in parishes.



The minibus shuttle from East Bilney will pick up in East Bilney village on TUESDAYS ONLY at the bus shelter on Fakenham Road near to the junction with River Lane at 10.12 and opposite East Bilney Garage at 10.15, then connect with bus route 21 at Beech Road Beetley at 10.24 which arrives in Dereham Market Place at 1035.

The No 21 bus leaves Dereham at 12.30 outside Barclays Bank.

The minibus shuttle will meet the bus at 12.38 at the New Inn, Fakenham Road, Beetley to bring passengers back to East Bilney.


The minibus shuttle leaves the Patch – Junction of Church, Hall & School Roads at 09.55 on FRIDAYS ONLY and will go to the bus stop in Elmham Road Beetley (opposite the School) then connect with the bus route 21 at 1016 which arrives in Dereham Market Place at 10.35. The No.21 bus leaves Dereham Market Place outside Barclays Bank at 12.30. The minibus shuttle will meet the bus at 12.45 at Elmham Road Beetley to bring passengers back to Old Beetley.

If these services are not used the Parish will lose them and remember, if you do not need them now, you may in the future.


Two parishioners kindly collect considerable quantities of rubbish thrown into the verges along Elmham Road. This is mainly on the section between Green Lane and Holt Road and it appears that the wrappers for food are being thrown away. It is felt that the problem is caused by drivers using Elmham Road as a cut through towards Gressenhall, Litcham and further. If you see any rubbish being thrown out of vehicles please take the registration number, date and approximate time and let the Clerk know. The Parish Council will then report this to Breckland Council who deal with fly tipping and if it thinks appropriate Breckland Council will contact the police.

Gressenhall Bowls Club

Prospective members are welcome to join us in the friendly, pleasant surroundings of the green in Bittering Street. Roll ups will take place on Wednesdays/Saturdays throughout the season. Date to be confirmed. These sessions are open to all.
Once again, the club requires additional members to ensure the future of the club. Players of all ages and abilities would be welcome.
If you would like to join, please show your interest by contacting one of the following. Secretary: Mark Codman 01362 421082, Chairman: Frank Haverson 01362 860370 or myself on 01362 861425.
Start polishing them woods, and airing your greys and whites, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Adrian Burton

Mid Norfolk Workout Group

Thanks to the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund, the new Mid Norfolk Workout Group offers local people the chance to have a great free day out – activities include tree planting, creating paths, identifying wildlife and restoring habitats – at local sites including Longham Claypits and Hoe Rough.

People DON’T need to be fit or strong to take part or have any previous knowledge. A minibus picks up outside Dereham Post Office at 10.45am on Fridays, returning there at 2.45pm. Or people can meet us on site: sessions run from 11.15am to 2.15pm.

For a full programme of this friendly group’s activities (with site locations) or any other enquiries, contact Mark Webster on 07843 069 567 or via or see

Dereham Meeting Point

Jubilee Suite, St. Withburga Lane,
Dereham, NR19 1ED

The Centre is open 9.00a.m. – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 – 3pm Monday and Thursday.
The Centre offers a wide range of activities including days out, singing, art, bingo, darts, exercise classes and a dementia friendly café.
For any further information on any of the above Telephone Shonette or Louise on 01362 698866 or go onto the Dereham Meeting Point Website

Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Indoor Bowls

Would you like to learn to play indoor bowls?

Dereham Indoor bowls club have coaching sessions every Thursday from 4 pm til 6 pm at their bowls club within Dereham Leisure Centre, Station Road, Dereham.

We have fully qualified bowls coaches to help you.
Equipment supplied.

For further information, contact Terry on 01362 525042