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

Be on guard again fake Trading Standards Officers

We have been advised by Essex Trading Standards that they have received three reports of roofers calling at homes, claiming to be from Trading Standards.
The callers are claiming that a roofer who recently carried out work is being investigated. The caller claims that they can carry out a survey of the resident’s roof and that they will be able to claim compensation as part of the investigation. They are then asking the resident for sums of around £2,000.
Trading Standards Officers are highly unlikely to visit a consumer’s home unless they have already been asked to by the consumer or a trusted friend or relative.
Trading Standards Officers will NEVER ask a resident for money.

There are certain precautions that can be taken to guard against doorstep callers:

  •   Fit and use a door security chain when you open the door.
  •   Check the identification of a caller by ringing their employer. Use the telephone number from your telephone book and not one they might supply.
  •   Do not let anyone to carry out work on your house until you get a second opinion and never agree to callers who say “we are only i  the area today”.
  •   Never keep large sums of money in the house and keep purses out of sight, not near the door.

For further information or advice on consumer issues or rogue traders please use the following contacts:
Phone: 0345 4040 506

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Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity.
Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website

Police Connect Team


Hare Coursing

It is believed that hare coursing with dogs has been taking place within the parish. If you happen to see this activity, please call the police on 999 and state “A wild life crime is taking place”. You will be asked for the location of the crime. It would be helpful to the police to have the car registration number of the culprits. Do not however put yourself in a compromising or difficult position. Hare coursing with dogs is an illegal wildlife crime and a criminal offence.

Power cut? Call 105

105 is the new, free, number that people can call to report, or find out about, power cuts. You can also call 105 with any welfare concerns relating to a power cut or if you are worried about the condition of power cables or substations. The 105 number will put you directly through to your local electricity network provider to save time exploring who to contact in the event of a power cut.

For more information visit the uk power networks website

AGE UK Norfolk

Can you help?

Small amounts of your time, could make a huge difference to an older person living in Norfolk.

Do you love listening and talking? Can you help give a vulnerable person a voice or fill in forms? Would you like to help us raise funds, give talks or help with events and marketing? If so, Age UK Norfolk would welcome you to join its volunteering team.

No experience is necessary, and whatever your talents and interests, there is bound to be a voluntary opportunity where you can share your knowledge, make new friends and have fun! There is also the chance to learn new skills, build your confidence and gain important experience.

All volunteers are offered full training and will get ongoing support and advice from the volunteer management team.

To find out more call 01603 785 234 or visit

Number 16 Bus Service

The new Konect Bus service runs on Tuesdays starting at East Bilney Bus Shelter at 10.45, stopping at Church Road East Bilney if it is hailed, the junction of Beech Road and Fakenham Road, Beetley at 10.50 arriving in Dereham Market Place at 10.59.

The bus will then continue via Morrison’s and onto Tesco arriving there at 11.05.

The service returns from Tesco at 12.15, Dereham Market Place 12.20, Beech Road 12.27 and East Bilney Bus Shelter at 12.32. This service is for a tirial period and, if it is not used it will be discontinued.



The bus will leave East Bilney bus shelter @ 10.45 and will stop at the end of Church Road opposite East Bilney Garage. The bus needs to be hailed.

Arriving Dereham Market Place @ 10.59 and onto Tesco’s via Morrison’s arriving Tesco’s @ 11.05 it will return from Tesco’s @ 12.15 and leaving Dereham Market Place (outside Brown’s estate agents) @ 12.20. Arriving @ East Bilney bus shelter @ 12.32.


The mini bus will leave from the Patch – Junction of Church, Hall & School Roads @ 09.55 and will go to the bus stop in Elmham Road Beetley (opposite the School) to connect with the Number 21 bus service which will arrive at Dereham Market Place @ 10.16. The number 21 bus service will leave Dereham Market Place (outside Brown’s estate agents) @ 12.30 and will arrive at Elmham Road Beetley bus stop @ 12.45. The mini bus will then return to Old Beetley.

The Parish Council has been negotiating for a considerable time with Norfolk County Council and the Konect bus company to obtain these services for East Bilney and Old Beetley and they are for a trial period only. If they are poorly supported and therefore not cost effective they will be discontinued. If we do not use them we will lose them.

Outside normal shop hours Pharmacy

Should you need the services of a pharmacy outside of normal shop hours, the Fakenham Medical Practice (next to Morrisons) offers a full pharmaceutical service from 7am-10pm Mondays to Fridays 8am—11pm on Saturdays 8am—5pm on Sundays

Beetley Speedwatch

30mph-speed-limit-signWe have a small group of dedicated volunteers, to whom we are very grateful, to support to reduce speeding in our area, but would like to recruit more.

In addition to the Speedwatch sessions we also run speed monitoring sessions every 6 – 8 weeks using the SAM smiley/sad face equipment at various locations.

Although offenders get reported, the main objective is of general awareness  and education.

To find out more about becoming a Speedwatch volunteer, please contact George Hayes, Co-ordinator on 01362 860922 or