Your village shop needs you – please show your support

Our Village Shop & Post Office – both open 7 days a week! – plays a vital role in our community, along with our School, pubs, other local businesses and community groups. It helps to make our village an attractive place to live.

But like all small village shops, it needs the support of the village community.

So please show your support and pop in regularly for all you need plus a catch-up with Sylvia!

Where else could you find a shop, Post Office, dry cleaning service and Avon Representative all under one roof?!

Thank you Surlingham.


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Job opportunity Teles Patisserie

Is there anyone free to help us today at the patisserie?
If you are just call us on 01508538892
Start at 10.00

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Language Lessons in Surlingham

Being a teacher for so long… ups 22 years is a lot, isn’t it? Well, as I was saying, being a teacher for so long and because many of you have been asking if I would do private language lessons and when and how, I have decided to start this from March onwards.
There will be lots of options available for Spanish, Portuguese and French. Either as a holiday need or something deeper or even get your children’s GCSE I will have packages for everyone – from 5 years old till… any age really.
Timetable will be according to your own personal needs and I can do one to one lessons or small groups (grab a friend and come!)
Translation work is also possible if needed.
For more information just email me on

Hope to see you soon.

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Surlingham Parish Council Election – 2 May 2019

Surlingham has seven parish councillors

The parish council has overall responsibility for the well-being of its local community. Its work falls into three main categories:

  • representing the local community
  • delivering services to meet local needs
  • striving to improve quality of life in the parish

How do you do that as a parish councillor?

  • By attending the 11 regular meetings of the council,
  • Attending training provided by Norfolk Association of Local Councils,
  • Being proactive and sharing the responsibilities of the council with your fellow councillors.

A councillor is the public face of the council, is impartial setting personal feelings to one side for the good of the whole village. A councillor meets face to face with residents who have concerns or suggestions and brings that information to the council for a decision or if it is within their remit resolves the matter themselves by meeting with a contractor or liaising with the relevant agency e.g. leaking tap at the parish hall or flooding and blocked road drains, and then recording their actions at the next meeting.

What is the role of the clerk?

The clerk is an employee and deals with the administration and finances of the council.

If you would like to apply either collect a nomination pack at the parish meeting on 19 February 2019 or 19 March 2019, contact the clerk for a pack or print a copy using the link.

The nomination pack must be handed in person to South Norfolk District Council between 26 March 2019 and 3 April 2019

Publication of the  nominations will be posted on South Norfolk District Council’s website by 4 April 2019.


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Surlingham Parish Council Agenda 19 February 2019

Good Morning,




You are summoned to attend the meeting of Surlingham Parish Council to be held on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at the Parish Hall at 7.30pm.   

Janet Rogers Parish Clerk

Tel: 01603 665341

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies and approval of absences
  3. Declarations of Interest and requests for dispensation
  4. To approve as accurate the minutes of the meeting on 15 January 2019
  5. Matters arising from the previous minutes
  6. Progress reports for information: Councillors/Clerk
  7. To receive reports from the County and District Councillor
  8. Public Question Time (15 minutes) for items on the Agenda
  9. Progress on Wherryman’s Way, Boardwalk and riverside footpath
  10. To authorise updates to the hall booking form
  11. To review and authorise amendments to Standing Orders
  12. To review and authorise amendments to Financial Procedures
  13. To authorise action regarding Tree Preservation Orders (New Road) (SH)
  14. To authorise membership of the Broads Society
  15. To authorise payments/cheques
  16. Correspondence: Red Cross.
  17. To note items for inclusion on the next council agenda
  18. To confirm the date of the next meeting 19 March 2019


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Teles Patisserie opening times tomorrow, 13th February

Polite notice: tomorrow we will be spending late and Joaquim needs to go back to hospital for more exams.
We will be open from 11 till 5.
Sorry for any inconvenience

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Interested in Volunteering for a Health Study at the Norwich Medical School at the UEA?

Would you be interested in taking part in studies at the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia? There are a few studies aiming to recruit older adults in the community. These studies will have been approved by the UEA and/or NHS ethics panels and are focused on conditions like arthritis or stroke rehabilitation, as well as for healthy volunteers.

Recruitment is currently open for two studies to see if you are eligible and read on

Are you age 60 or older, with no major health conditions?

Will you help us test a supplement that may improve muscle health?

Click on the link Ketone Study Poster version 1.1 13082018 then if you are interested in taking part in the Ketone Study, contact Dr Nathan Procter, Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia: Phone, 01603 591793 (9am-5pm) or E-mail.


Are you age 70 or older, with no major health conditions?

Will you help us test the effect of a supplement on muscle health?

Click on this link MitoQ Poster CLEAN v2_050718 then if you are interested, contact Dr Donnie Cameron, Medical Physicist at the University of East Anglia: Phone, 01603 591371 (9am-5pm) or E-mail.

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The Elvis Presley show Saturday April 20th at The Ferry House


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Police Connect Message – Scam Alerts


Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller pointing out ‘loose tiles’

Residents are warned to be on their guard after two men cold called at a property in the Hellesdon area.

The men told the resident that they ‘could see some loose tiles on the roof’ and offered to ‘fix them’ for a small fee. The men then went onto the resident’s roof.

While they were on the roof, a member of the resident’s family arrived who intervened and told the cold callers to leave the property. The men were seen to leave in a blue Ford Transit van.

Scam Alert – ‘Brushing’ scams

We are warning about a new scam involving online deliveries called ‘brushing’.

This scam involves packages you didn’t order from online selling platforms like Amazon showing up on your doorstep.

Initially, receiving items you haven’t paid for might not seem like problem, some people might not regard this as a scam. You’re not being charged for the items, they’re not stolen as they’ve been paid for and they’re yours to keep.

But the reality is being involved in a brushing scam means that someone has gained access at minimum to your name and mailing address but depending on how they gathered this data potentially other personal and financial information as well.

Scammers do this to make the purchases look genuine and avoid violating the selling sites’ terms that prevent them providing reviews for their own products.

If you begin receiving packages that are addressed to you, but you did not order, contact the retailer immediately.

Following this, change the passwords to your online accounts in case the scammer has got your address by hacking an account. You may find if it is an online account you haven’t used for a while and you’re now ‘locked out’ it may be that the account has been taken over by the scammer.

If the volume of shipments becomes a problem, contact Royal Mail for help with holding packages until you can pick them up or otherwise handle the matter.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT

We have had a number of reports from Norfolk residents about telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT in the last few days.

The cold caller claims to be a ‘BT employee’ and states that your phone and broadband accounts will be terminated if you do not pay ‘your outstanding BT bill immediately’. The cold caller then attempts to gather bank or card details against the repeated threat of ‘your account being cancelled’.

We always advise to be wary of telephone cold calls and the claims made during them. If you receive a suspicious call claiming to be from BT, do not give or confirm any personal or financial details. Hang up, wait five minutes and then contact BT customer service on 0800 800 150.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers selling tools

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of doorstep cold callers in the Stalham area selling tools.

The cold callers were seen to be using a white Ford Transit van.

We advise never to deal with cold callers looking to do work on or around your property and never allow a cold caller access to your home, roof or gardens even if they are offering to do tasks for a small fee or for free.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

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