Sunday Service 16th May, Zoom, Coffee, Christian Aid and Surlingham Church Tower

Dear All,
I hope you are keeping well.

Sunday’s face to face service will be Communion at Rockland Church, celebrated by Mandy at 10am.

Zoom Service
The service will also be at 10am on the theme of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, the worldwide time of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost (May 23rd).

Please use the following Zoom link
Meeting ID: 818 6529 6884Passcode: 862949

Coffee outdoors! Coffee will be served outside the Barn after the morning services for attenders and passersby alike (May 16th). There will be a donation plate for the Christian Aid appeal.

300,000 Steps in May
I’m almost half way through my steps (144,350) and just over half way to my sponsorship target of £250! A huge thank you to everyone who has supported Christian Aid so generously. If you would like to add your donation, you can send it to the Rectory or online at

EDP tokens for Surlingham Tower Appeal.
Please pass any tokens from the EDP to me and Helen or any other Surlingham PCC member so that we can receive a contribution from the EDP’s fund towards vital repairs to the church tower

Thank you.
With best wishes,

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Community Update 12 May 2021

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Surlingham Church Tower – EDP Appeal

Please keep collecting the ‘Cash for Charities’ tokens from the EDP & Evening News and pass them to any member of the Parochial Church Council; details at the end.

The following article by Sophie Wyllie is in today’s EDP, reproduced with permission from Archant Newspapers.

Crumbling church tower appeal hoping to benefit from Cash For Charities campaign.

Urgent repairs are needed at a medieval church tower which is at risk of collapsing if the major work is not done, according to concerned volunteers.

The Grade II listed round tower at St Mary’s Church in Surlingham, south of Norwich, dates back to the early 13th century and features six bells.

But two of the bells, cast in 1381, cannot be rung because of structural issues within the tower including the corrosion of the cast iron frame inside the belfry caused by the expansion of internal ironwork and loose areas of external flintwork.

St Mary’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) needs to raise between £90,000-£130,000 for the repairs and the Surlingham Church & Poor Charity, which was formed centuries ago, is helping the appeal.

And you can help the charity by supporting it through this paper’s Cash For Charities campaign in which readers can collect coupons for over 120 Norfolk and Suffolk groups up until July 3.

The tokens, which are in the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and sister weekly titles, have to be collated by individual charities and £20,000 will be shared between organisations depending on how many coupons are collected.

Derry Kelleher, chairman of the PCC, said: “The significance of St Mary’s Church has many dimensions. It has played a crucial role in the lives of Surlingham families. This work therefore requires urgent attention in order to ensure that the risk of any further deterioration or collapse is avoided.” He hoped that building work could start next year and the PCC will apply for various grants.

Read the full EDP article here.

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What’s available at the Fish Van today?

East Coast Fishmongers will be at the Farm Shop today, 13th May, from 10.30am until 4pm.

Click here to see the video, showing you everything that’s available

If you’re not a Facebook user, then see the list below:

Plaice, salmon, whole sea bass, whole sea bream, whole trout, haddock, cod, halibut, seabass fillets, monkfish, barramundi, tuna steaks, scallops, swordfish steaks, tiger prawns, whole brown shrimp, fish pie mix, rock eel, skate wing, kippers, shell on prawns, smoked salmon, smoked eel, rollmops, samphire, smoked haddock, dressed cromer crabs, crayfish, oysters, anchovies, peeled brown shrimp, cockles, jellied eels, hot smoked salmon, smoked mackerel.

Both the Farm Shop and Teles Patisserie are well stocked with all of your essentials, and plenty of treats too.

Card payments accepted at the Farm Shop, the Patisserie, and at the Fish Van!

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Parish Council – Emergency Plan

The Parish Council is developing a community based Emergency Plan, to be put into operation ONLY in the event of exceptional circumstances; Surlingham is cut off from all normal services for an extended period of time or an extreme incident for example:

Extreme and severe weather – blocking/restricting access to the village and preventing pedestrian or vehicular movement for a prolonged period of time.

The Co-ordinators and volunteers would only be called upon until the emergency services were able to attend.

Volunteers are needed with the following skills or knowledge:  

  • Access Clearance – people skilled in the use of, and in possession of chain saws, tractors, and 4 wheel drive vehicles.
  • Medical Aid – people with either a medical or basic first aid qualification or experience.
  • Welfare – people to assist at the parish hall to provide refreshment, and support.

If you would be prepared to help in such a situation, please email: with your name, telephone number, and details of the skills you can offer by 30 May 2021. 

Thank you

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Lost your sunglasses?

If you lost your sunglasses at the Staithe.

Please contact Councillor Phil Reeve on 01508 538516 to arrange to collect them.

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Fish Van at Yare Valley Farm Shop!

Tomorrow, Thursday 13th May, is Fish Van day! Tim will be set up at the Farm Shop from 10.30am until 4pm with a wonderful selection of delicious seafood.

Whatever the weather brings this weekend, from comforting fish pie to grilled Tuna steaks, Tim has got you covered 🙂

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Parish Council Annual Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 18 May 2021


For the duration of the Covid19 crisis the Parish Council will be holding virtual meetings via Zoom in line with Government legislation to comply with social distancing and isolation.

Parishioners can use the link below to join the meeting at 7:30 p.m.


You are summoned to take part in the virtual meeting of Surlingham Parish Council to be held on Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:30p.m using the following link:

                                  Janet Rogers Parish Clerk

Tel: 01508 538921

Meeting ID: 813 6000 0673 

Passcode: 738839 


  1. Welcome by the current Chairman Councillor Broom
  2. Appointment of the Chairman – Clerk to invite nominations
  3. Apologies and approval of absences
  4. Declarations of Interest
  5. To approve as accurate the minutes of the meeting on 16 and 30 March 2021
  6. Matters arising from those minutes
  7. Progress reports Councillors/Clerk
  8. To receive reports from the County and District Councillor
  9. Public Question Time not exceeding 15 minutes
  10. Finance: Approve Quarterly Statement to 31 March 2021, Budget 2021/22, Review hourly rate for cleaner and Authorise Payments.
  11. Flood Resilience Committee – JB
  12. Staithe and dyke maintenance
  13. Footpaths
  14. To note items for inclusion on the next council agenda
  15. To confirm the date of the next meeting 15 June 2021
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