Silver Social Newletter

Last week we had the first workshop of our *Autumn/Winter Programme 2019* with Print to the People.

September Silver Social Workshop – Beginners Letterpress Printing
September brought a new activity for Silver Social participants to try out, Beginners Letterpress Printing with Print to the People. The workshop toured our market town Library circuit to bring local residents together to learn a new skill, with a nice cuppa and cake to finish it all off.
We had Jo and Paul from Print to the People facilitating the workshop, they were fantastic and so full of knowledge. They began by giving us a brief history of Letterpress Printing and a short demonstration before we all got stuck in, creating our own unique prints to take home. There was lots of variety in what our participants created, from presents for the Grandchildren, to signs for the postman “Leave in Shirls Shed” and a lovely 70 year wedding commemoration. The options were endless and it really opened up conversation amongst everyone, sharing stories about their lives and loved ones (fur babies included).
Print to the People are back again in November for Christmas card making. All venues apart from Thetford are already fully booked so we look forward to seeing those of you who booked for another fun workshop.
Thank you Jo and Paul for all of your help and expertise, we had such a great time and look forward to your return in November.

Reserve Your Place
We have now had two out of five events from our *Silver Social Autumn/Winter 2019 Programme *and they have been a great hit. Future events are filling up quickly so make sure you reserve your spot so you don’t miss these fantastic professional workshops and performances brought to you in familiar venues across Breckland Villages.
To book : visit the website or call: 01362 656870 or email: [email protected]

October Silver Social Performance – ‘The Origin of Species’ by Tangram Theatre
Tangram Theatre will be performing “The Origin of Species” for us in October. The show is a joyful, exhilarating musical comedy about Charles Darwin, whose (r)evolutionary ideas would change humanity forever – and his real life race to finish fittest in the discovery of evolution. The Origin of Species has now been performed over 200 times at leading international venues and festivals including the Royal Albert Hall and Natural History Museum, receiving critical acclaim and standing ovations across the world.
Tickets are £5 including refreshments. Reserving tickets is recommended.**To book online, or call 01362 656870 or email [email protected]

FREE Transport
*Free Transport* is available to any of our venues *for all workshops
and performances*for residents without access to a car or public
transport. To book, please contact us at least 3 working days prior to
the event or make a note when you book.
Call 01362 656870 or email [email protected]

Would you like to be an Event Support Volunteer?
See the full Events Support Volunteer role here .
To find out more contact: [email protected] / 01362 656870






Police Message

Theft of your heating oil can be very costly and distressing, particularly during periods of cold weather. Introducing layers of security around your property and oil tank is much more effective than relying upon any one product or doing nothing. Putting appropriate security products, daily routines and increased awareness in place, will reduce the opportunity for oil theft to occur.

What security measures can I  take?
Remember the oil thief does not want to be seen, identified or caught and will most likely seek to steal your oil during the night or during the hours of darkness. The following layers will help prevent the oil thief getting to your heating oil.
 Perimeter: Ensure that boundary fencing and lockable gating is in good condition and strong enough to prevent easy access into your property, particularly when you’re not at home.
 Lighting: Fit low energy, ‘dusk to dawn’ (photo electric cells) sensored security lighting to remove dark places around your property but in particular around your oil tank. This layer will make the thief think twice as they will need to work in light and in doing so will increase the chances of them being caught.
 Property: Ideally oil tanks should be close enough to be overlooked by you in your home, where suspicious activity is more likely to be noticed and action taken than if the tank is distant or positioned out of sight. Your own natural surveillance will deter the criminal and also help increase the chances of the thief being deterred or caught.
 Tank: Tanks can be easily emptied if the criminal is given the time and where there are no effective security measures in place. Close shackle padlocks will help protect against bolt croppers and are recommended to deny ready access into the tank.
 Alarm: Some padlocks feature integral alarms which can provide you an early warning that the tank is being tampered with Security alarm devices for oil tanks are specifically designed to indicate a sudden drop in tank contents and thereby will alert you to a potential problem. Consider buying from a Police Approved, ‘Secured by Design’ member company and fit control switches that limit and control the flow of oil if the pipe is cut.
 Garden-screening and planting:  Oil tanks are often enclosed with fencing or hidden away from view. Both approaches have merit in disguising the presence of a tank. However, do not disguise the tank so that you inadvertently screen both the tank and the criminal from view. Visual access from your property to the filling point should be provided to deter the criminal. Planting thorny shrubs around the tank is considered an effective barrier and deterrent for the criminal to negotiate.
 Signage: Inexpensive warning signage that indicates you have taken security measures to combat crime will be noticed by the oil thief and help deter their interest. Signage should be displayed on the public facing side of your property
 CCTV: Surveillance cameras can be a distinct security benefit but do not fit them in preference to the other physical security features. Only fit them as complimentary to other security measures, rather than replace them.
 Neighbourhood Watch Scheme: These are recommended to form part of a communities overall neighbourhood protection strategy, where residents of like mind look out for each other and report suspicious activity to members, other groups and the Police.
Ongoing vigilance is key for the effective protection of crimes generally but is vital where heating oil theft is concerned.


  • Report suspicious activity by calling the Police on 101.Always dial 999 in an emergency and where a crime is in progress.
  • Check website A-Z guidance for advice on protecting against crime.
  • Consider calling Crimestoppers anonymously if you have information about any crime.



Beetley Methodist Chapel

A Trip undertaken by Jacky Woor in 2012
2.30 pm Saturday, 26th October 2019
at Beetley Methodist Chapel
Refreshments provided, a collection will be taken, everyone welcome


FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2019 – 7.00pm for 7.30pm
TICKETS £12.50 (glass of wine included in ticket price)
For tickets and further information please contact Jan Phillips 01362 860859, Chris Stuart 01362 421859, Simon Gressenhall Post Office and Stores 01362 860203 or Meeting Point 01362 698866

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse News

Horse Power
Sunday 29 September
See heavy horses and expert horsemen working the land. Discover the different breeds of heavy horse and listen to the stories of the people who work with them.

Apple Day
Sunday 13 October
Celebrate autumn with this beloved fruit! Bring your mystery apples to be identified, taste fresh apple juice or scrumptious cider, then stroll around the orchard with its traditional Norfolk varieties. See craftsmen demonstrate their skills and browse the stalls for local produce and treats.

October Half-term – Awesome Autumn Saturday 19th October- Sunday 27th October
Come in from the cold and cosy up by the fire! Discover how people kept their homes warm and bright in the past. Hunt for ‘winter warmers’ around the museum and create your own lantern to take home with


Volunteers urgently required for the delivery of the Beetley Buzz

If you have a half an hour or so to spare once a month, 10 months of the year, to assist with the delivery of the Beetley Buzz in High House Road Beetley please contact the Parish Clerk telephone: 01362 861112
or email: [email protected]

BEETLEY PRESCHOOL – Expansion plans

Beetley Preschool is an independent charity established in 1971, making it one of the longest running preschools in Norfolk. Run by Diane Calvert and her dedicated team, it provides an invaluable and affordable service to local families and has been rated ‘Excellent’ by Ofsted for more the past ten years.

There is a huge demand for places at the Preschool and there is a waiting list. The current metal mobile building is no longer fit for purpose; it is too small, is high maintenance and needs to be replaced. The charity’s aim is to create a bigger building with two classrooms, a quiet room for children with special needs, and better facilities including more outdoor space. A potential location has been identified on Parish Council owned land, part of which is currently used as a playing field by St Marys Community School.

The land is subject to a covenant which restricts the use of the land.
So that residents can find out more about the proposal, the Parish Council and the charity will be hosting two informal meetings at Beetley Preschool on Elmham Road on Friday 6th September at 7pm and
Saturday 7 September at 10am.


Staff at Norse’s Gressenhall office are planning a litter pick around the village on the morning ofFriday September 20 – and are inviting interested residents to join them. The initiative, known as the Norse Tidy Up, aims to get office workers out into their local community and is being mirrored at a dozen or so Norse locations around the country. Organiser Jessica Rollingson said the litter pick would take place from Norse’s office on Gressenhall Road, go around Beetley Meadows and then back down past the School between 10am and noon. She said: “As a company with a strong community focus, we thought it would be nice to ask if anyone in the village would like to join our Norse Tidy Up. Last year, we collected almost 200 bags of rubbish around the country and we are keen to improve on that this year if we can.” Norse will provide gloves and litter pickers but volunteers will be required to wear appropriate footwear and clothing which unfortunately cannot be provided. Please [email protected] if you would like to take part.

Permissive Access at Home Farm, East Bilney

Tom Kemp Farms would like to inform anyone who uses the Permissive Access at Home Farm, East Bilney that all the footpaths will be permanently closed to the public from the 31st of July 2019 as our DEFRA funded Stewardship Scheme has finished. Information signs will be placed around the farm where we believe most users will see them, but we have found in the past that signs often go missing!