December 3, 2018


A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1 November at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor R Duffield and eighteen members of the public.
Bus Service. A representative from Norfolk County Council attended the meeting and explained the reasons for the changes to the services through East Bilney and Old Beetley. The changes are because of new legislation that all buses for public use must have access for all. Carters Coaches which supply the current service will not be complying with the legislaon and so new metables are being considered ready for the service to be rescheduled with new providers. The representative reported on the proposed changes which were agreed by all the residents in attendance. The new schedules are due to commence in April and these will be confirmed in the New Year. The representative answered all the questions and concerns of residents and his attendance and explanation were much appreciated by all. Norfolk County Council is also to be contacted to enquire if any improvements can be made to High House Road to facilitate safer passage for pedestrians.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objecon to the applicaon for a garden room extension to rear, extension to rear of garage to provide gym, games room and study at Meadow Lodge The Drive East Bilney. No objecon was also raised to the extension and alteration to dwelling to enable addional living and bedroom accommodation on first floor and to demolish the timber frame garage and replace and relocate with a larger garage at Kosikot Church Road Old Beetley. The members objected to the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney as it was felt that this is too large and for the plot, will dominate the neighbouring property, no turning facility has been provided for Flint Cottage and that it should be further to the front of the site and the garage should be separate to the rear of the property to allow better parking and turning facility.
Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the new dwelling at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney. The Clerk and two members of the public spoke at the Planning Committee when this was decided
County and District Council Reports. Norfolk County Council is consulng a different approach to Children’s Centres There are at present 53 in the county and many people cannot get to the centres. There are 12 contracts for the 53 centres and some are in buildings owned by Norfolk County Council. The proposal is to close 46 centres and leave 6 as hubs to offer services in more rural areas. The aim is to give a better service by going out to those who need it. The Parish Council decided to support the proposals.
District Councillor Richmond reported from the Patient Participation Group meeting for Elmham Surgery and the problems highlighted at the previous meeting were all raised. It is hoped that a better service for booking appointments will be put in place so that patients do not have to ring twice in a day to book appointments for that day.
Highways. The Parish Council noted a letter in the Link-Up regarding speeding along High House Road and that nothing had been done. The Parish Council had organised Speedwatch visits to the road and had erected the SAM2 speed sign. It had also received confirmation from the police that there would be a visit by the Safety Camera Team.

Meetngs. The next meeng of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6th December at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applicaons are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website,, or by contacng the Clerk on 01362 861112 or [email protected]

Greesenhall Farm and Workhouse

The Friends of Gressenhall is a small charity and its aim is to support the work of the muse- um by raising funds for projects, promoting the presence and work of the Suffolk Punch hors- es and giving support to the many volunteers who make Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse such a special place. To find out more about the work of the Friends of Gressenhall or how to become a member, visit their website


Unfortunately there has been an increase in the amount of dog fouling which is occurring in the parish especially on the footpath along The Drift in East Bilney. A parishioner has kindly put up a sign regarding this but the fouling is still occurring. 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 Dog Warden has been informed of the problem at this site and the offenders will be reported to the Dog Warden which could result in prosecution.


The last occupant of the almshouses in Church Road, East Bilney left some six years ago and, following a meeting with a repre- sentative from the National Almshouse Assciation, the Trustees have agreed that, in view of the cost of bringing the almshouses up to twenty-first century standards, coupled with their location and the absence of a village shop or regular bus service, they propose to ask the Charity Commission to produce a new scheme whereby approval is given to sell the almshouses. The proceeds (less repayment of a grant) would be used for charities in Norfolk with similar objectives (elderly peo- ple) or retained by the Association and used to assist charities in Norfolk in need of refurbishment.

If anyone wishes to comment on this proposal please e-mail the Acting Clerk to the Trustees ([email protected]) or write to
Mrs. P. Jeffery, Bilney House, East Bilney, Dereham, Norfolk. NR20 4HW
not later than 7th DECEMBER, 2018.


Beetley Parish Council is disappointed that it has not been possible to organise a Beetley Football team for the current season. Both the pavilion and the pitch are therefore not used throughout the winter. The organisers of the Beetley Football Club advertised for players prior to the season but did not obtain enough interest to form a team.

If any person is interested in forming a team please contact the Clerk.


The defibrillator at the Village Hall is now live with the Ambulance Service. If this is needed please follow the instructions on the cabinet to access the defibrillator. The Parish Council has arranged for training on the defibrillator at the Village Hall High House Road for Monday afternoon 3 December starting at 2.30 p.m. This is open to anyone who wishes to come along.