Dereham Library is open

We look forward to welcoming you back!  You can

  • follow our one-way system to browse the shelves
  • pre-order a selection of up to 10 books for adults for free through Select and Collect Use the online form at or call 01603 774777
  • borrow our new Grab and Go children’s book bags for families
  • book one 60-minute session per day on a computer. To book a session or if you need any help using our computers call 01603 774777
  • return items through the drop box or self-service kiosks
  • download the FREE Spydus app to check out books on your smartphone
  • download eBooks, audio books, newspapers and magazines by visiting

We’ve made some changes to keep you safe, so

  • there is no ‘Open Library’ access
  • please bring your library card with you or join in the library or online
  • we may ask for details from you to help with Test and Trace
  • you will need to wear a face covering in the library
  • we have a one-way system for social distancing
  • hand sanitiser is available for use on the way in and out of the library
  • surfaces and computers will be regularly wiped down
  • returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours
  • sorry, there are no newspapers, magazines or seats in the library and the toilet is not available.

We’ve made some changes to our opening hours

  • Monday:         9.30am-6pm
  • Tuesday:         9.30am-6pm
  • Wednesday:    9.30am-6pm
  • Thursday:        9.30am-6pm
  • Friday:            9.30am-6pm
  • Saturday:        9.30am-4pm
  • Sunday:           Closed       


Beetley Parish Council – Vacancies

Beetley Notice of vacancies

VACANCY for Parish councillor

Beetley Parish Council has a vacancy for a parish councillor to be filled by co-option.
Persons interested should contact the clerk on [email protected] no later than Thursday 20th August 2020.

How to Report Flooding

Following a recent meeting held, it was queried how Town/Parish Councils and members of the public should go about reporting incidences of flooding or works affecting a protected species.  To that end, I am pleased to provide the following information:

Drainage – reporting concerns,
Overflows/statutory nuisances caused by drains/cesspools/septic tanks:
Please notify Breckland Council at
Please provide as much information as possible; there is also the facility to upload any supporting documents/photos. Alternatively, contact the council on 01362 656870

Issues relating to publicly owned drainage sewers:
*Please notify <>

*Issues relating to ditches/non-emergency flooding issues:*Please contact Norfolk County Council Floods at

Flooding incidences
If the flooding is life-threatening, contact the emergency services and report the issue to Norfolk County Council at a later date
Report a flood at:*
It is important that evidence is provided, such as photos or an insurance claim, to confirm that the property has been flooded internally. You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and supply information about the incident, for example when it occurred, how the water entered the property, where the water came from (green space, road, toilet etc.).  If you do not have access to the internet, a paper copy can be posted to you – in this instance please call 0344 800 8020

Wildlife – reporting sights of protected species
to Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS)
Website: * <>
Includes information on species, habitats, protected sites, and geodiversity for Norfolk.  Wildlife records can be submitted via this site.
For more information on what constitutes a useable wildlife record, see
Contact:*[email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>
Please note:*the presence of any wildlife does not preclude development.  If you believe a protected species might be adversely affected by proposed works, please inform your Local Planning Authority. Guidance on protected species and the planning process can be found at

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do after 4th July

This week, the UK Government announced an update on the easing of the
lockdown in England. From 4th July, the two metre social distancing rule
will change and people are advised to keep at least one metre apart.
For more information click here to visit website

Planning Application


Timber frame single storey building to house a therapy business*
BEETLEY: Blueberry Hill, Blueberry Hill Therapeutics, Halfpenny Lane

To find out more about each application please visit Breckland Council’s Search Planning Applications page and enter the application number.
You will be able to view full details and documentation including drawing and plans of the proposed development and if a decision has been made.

Any comments or concerns about an application should be sent to the Parish Clerk

Test & Trace scams.

There are lots of reports across social media of Test & Trace scams.

Please remember, genuine texts, calls or emails from the NHS service won’t ask you for any personal details upfront.
You’ll be given a unique ID number to log in to the NHS Test and Trace website. The ONLY official web address for the NHS Test and Trace service is:

Once you’ve logged in using your ID, you’ll be asked to enter some basic information about yourself including:
– Your name, date of birth and current address
– the names of the people you live with
– places you’ve recently visited
– names and contact details of people you were in touch with around 48 hours before you developed symptoms.
You won’t be asked to share this information upfront over a call or
text, so if someone is asking you for it directly, they are a scammer.

Contact tracers will never:
❌ ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
❌ ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product of any kind
❌ ask for any details about your bank account
❌ ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
❌ ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
❌ disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
❌ provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
❌ ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
❌ ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

Stay scam aware, and report any suspicious approaches to Norfolk Trading Standards via 0808 223 1133.

Rural Crime Update

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Planning Applications


3PL/2020/0407/F  16A Fakenham Road. Conversion and extension of existing out building to residential unit.

PC3PL/2020/0215/F White Mill Green Lane.  Change of use of site for 17No. Holiday Lodges /Reception building/Hard standings/Roadways/Play areas/Tennis &n Badminton Courts.

3PN/2020/0021/UC  Vale Farm Stoney Lane.  Change of use of Agricultural building into two dwellings.

Because Parish Council meetings have been suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions the council is unable to process planning applications in the usual manner and allow parishioner an chance to discuss any concerns with the council at a public meeting.
Therefore, for the time being details of new planning applications will be published here, on the website and if anyone has any comments or concern can they please get in touch with the Parish Clerk.

To find out more about each application please visit Breckland Council’s Search Planning Applications page and enter the application number.
You will be able to view full details and documentation including drawing and plans of the proposed development.


Beetley Parish Council thanks all of the parishioners who work within the NHS and those who are continuing to work within the private sector to maintain the supply of goods and services during this unprecedented time.