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


There has been an increase in the amount of dog fouling which is occurring in the parish especially on Elmham Road and in East Bilney. Please clear up after your dog and place in the dog bins provided or take it home with you and place in your green wheelie bin. This includes clearing up after your dog on footpaths as well as verges outside properties. The Parish Council is trying to get footpaths cleared of vegetation but this is proving impossible in places because of the amount of dog fouling that has occurred. The contractors employed will not clear the footpaths which are covered in dog mess. Offenders will be reported to the Dog Warden which could result in prosecution.

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