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.

Still Outstanding – Beetley Preschool celebrates

Beetley preschool

One of Norfolk’s longest running preschools is celebrating continuing success after retaining its Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating in a recent inspection.

Inspectors praised Beetley and District Preschool as an ‘excellent environment for learning’ and one in which ‘children show a strong sense of ownership and belonging, thoroughly enjoying their time in the setting’. The Ofsted report also highlighted the experience and passion of the manager, Mrs Diane Calvert, who has worked at the preschool for more than 18 years, and leads a well-qualified six-strong team.

‘We really are an important part of the local community. We not only provide a safe
and stimulating place for children to come but also a friendly hub for parents and carers who can sometimes feel a bit isolated, in need of support or even just a chat at times,’ said Mrs Calvert.

The recent Ofsted report comes five years after the last inspection which also rated
the setting as ‘Outstanding’. Since that time, the preschool has added to its offer for children with the creation of a new outdoor play area funded by a National Lottery grant, i-pads, and a new wooden playhouse paid for by a successful application to the EDP Community Chest.



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.


The Parish Council realises that there are a number of people who drive through the parish and dispose of rubbish by throwing it out of their car windows. Large amounts of flytipping that is on highway land is reported to Breckland Council who do clear it away. The Parish Council wishes to thank all those residents who assist in keeping the Parish tidy by picking up the litter which inconsiderate people drop. Any additional assistance with the collection of this rubbish by parishioners would be much appreciated. Just by collecting a little and putting it in your green wheelie bin would help keep the parish tidy.

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

Fit Together – free health walks

Fit Together is an exciting project in Norfolk to encourage greater levels of sport and physical activity.

Becoming more active doesn’t have to mean strenuous sessions in the gym – there are lots of things you can do every day to become more active.

Walking and other activities can bring many and varied benefits which are true for anyone at any age! Here are just a few of the reasons to get you motivated:

  • Improve your health
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Control your weight
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Meet new friends

The activities are aimed at adults. Anyone under the age of 18 must attend our walks with a responsible adult.

Brecklands Walks



Summertime can be a busy time of year, especially for your rubbish bin, and probably the last thing you want to think about is recycling.

So, during summer and autumn, Breckland Council will be having a recycling focus, a clear monthly message to help you know what can and cannot go into your recycling bin, so we can all RECYCLE RIGHT!

In August we will be promoting ‘no plastic bags’, empty or full, in your black bin. Currently, many people gather all their recyclables in plastic bags and this causes problems at recycling centres as these bags cannot be recycled. In fact, if recyclables are put into a plastic bag the contents may not even be recycled when delivered to the sorting plant.

In Breckland over 933 tonnes of recyclable waste was collected last month; out of this over 100 tonnes was non-recyclable and classed as ‘contaminated’. This increases waste to landfill, and reduces recycling payments to Breckland that could be used to deliver services to residents. The contamination is made up of bags, bagged recyclables, food waste and general waste. This is an avoidable problem which can be prevented.

In 2012 the UK used 8.08 billion plastic bags! With this astonishing statistic there is a clear need to substantially reduce our plastic bag usage, making use of reusable bags when going shopping.

Many supermarkets now have a collection point where you can recycle your plastic bags. Even better, reuse them at home for your next shop. Please only put plastic bags in your green general waste bin as a last resort and never in you black bin.

Keep looking out for the RECYCLE RIGHT monthly messages around your local area and you can make Breckland a better place for all.

We need everyone to make a collective effort to RECYCLE RIGHT!

For more information about the Recycle Right campaign, contact Environmental Services on 01362 656878.


The Parish Council has recently received from Breckland Council the recycling payment for the year to the end of March 2015 of £1948.64 made up of £554.78 for the glass at The New Inn and £1393.86 for the textiles at the Village Hall. This is an increase on last year and the Parish Council thanks everyone who has continued to use the glass and textiles banks in the parish. The money earned from the textile bank has been donated to the Village Hall.

Please continue to recycle your glass at the New Inn bottle bank and textiles/shoes at the textile bank at the Village Hall to ensure that these facilities remain and the cash comes back to the parish.