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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Early Childhood and Family Service – Transforming our Children’s Centres Consultation

Norfolk County Council has been working on the re-design of a proposed new service for children’s centres which reflects national and local changes as to how families are supported and considers the needs of parents with children aged 0-5 years across Norfolk.

The proposed new service aims to:

1.Bring the services out of the buildings and into the community, to the children and families who need it the most.
2.Help communities and parents offer local activities and groups.
3.Make it easier for families to access the information and advice they need, through providing better joined up online and digital services.
4.Change how we work to make sure we deliver in the best way for today’s families.

We are  consulting  on this proposed new model and wanted to direct you to the webpage where the consultation proposals are published and open for consideration and your responses.  The consultation is open until 12 November and we look forward to receiving your feedback,


Christine Mawson
Stakeholder and Consultation Manager

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Air Ambulance Defibrillator Training – Reminder

The Air Ambulance staff will be delivering the defibrillator training at the Parish Hall on Thursday 25th October 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Please be prompt as the trainer will be travelling from Cambridge. (Prince William was no longer available)

The training lasts for 1 hour and the cost is a donation of £10.00 to the Air Ambulance Service

There are still a few places available.

If you would like to attend either email or telephone Janet on 01603 665341.

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NCC Highways work – Traffic Calming Signs

At last, so pleased to be able to tell you that NCC Highways are intending to install the new signs designed by the pupils of the primary school next week. Either Monday 22nd or Tuesday 23rd.

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Invitation to a school lunch

Surlingham primary school would like to invite the over 60’s in the village a lunch. Please see the poster.


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I know you don’t want to think about it, but some Christmas posting deadlines have already passed!

But the majority are still ahead.  Here are the 2018 Christmas posting deadlines from the Post Office leaflet.  Don’t forget to buy your stamps and support the Village shop.

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I bet you are really fed-up with posts about dog poo!

But you are not as fed-up as the gentleman who cuts the footpath and play park. He has to wash the dog mess off the mower everytime he uses it.

Or the villagers who have to do the same with their footwear, buggies, bikes etc hopefully before they have carried it into their houses.

Not only is dog mess is an eyesore it is also a health hazard. The Dog Poo bin is easily accessible at the top of the footpath and if dog mess is left it’s then distributed all over the footpath by the mower.

You have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place.

Please, please take responsibility for your dog and ‘bag it and bin it’ either use the dog poo bins or take it home.

Two more bins are shortly to be installed at other ‘hot spots’ at The Covey and also by St Mary’s Church.

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Parish Council Agenda 16 October 2018



The Parish Council meeting is open to the public they are not public meetings. There is the opportunity for the public to ask questions or make statements concerning items on the agenda at every meeting see below.


You are summoned to attend the meeting of Surlingham Parish Council to be held on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at the Parish Hall at 7.30pm.

Janet Rogers Parish Clerk,

Tel: 01603 665341


  1. Welcome from the Chairman
  2. To receive and accept apologies and approval of absences
  3. To receive declarations of Interest on agenda items
  4. Resolution to approve as accurate the minutes of meetings on 18/09/2018
  5. To receive Clerks report on matters arising
  6. Update on final details of the WW1 commemoration – HD
  7. To receive reports from the County and District Councillor
  8. The Chair will open the meeting for Parishioners Questions and Statements in respect of the business on the Agenda (15 minutes)
  9. To approve quarterly report to 30 September 2018
  10. To consider quotes and select contractors for Hall: Roof, Smoke Heat alarms, LED Lighting, Heating and independent Meter for school kitchen.
  11. Village Plan – Proposal to set up a sub-committee to start work on an audit of village assets as part of the community-led planning process.
  12. Planning 2018/2100 Location: Agricultural Buildings – Green Farm 5 The Green Surlingham. Proposal: Conversion of two small agricultural barns/stables into two holiday lets
  13. To consider action re Playground repairs
  14. Correspondence
  15. Finance – To authorise payments/cheques as per schedule
  16. To note items for inclusion on the next council agenda
  17. To confirm the date of the next meeting 20 November 2018

Refreshments available from 7:15 p.m.

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Tiny Acorns woodland toddler group this term

Calling all parents with pre-schoolers! Did you know there is an established outdoor toddler group running twice weekly in term time from 10-12 on a Wednesday & Friday at the Ted Ellis Trust Nature Reserve? Tomorrow, in addditon to the usual fun and games (bug hunting, rope climbing, swinging, clay, painting, fire play, stories, elevenses) we will be celebrating 25 years of Forest School in the UK and National Forest School Day by making a giant birthday cake out of mud!

Prices include refreshments and are as follows:

Carer/s with 1 child £7 – 2 children £10 – 3 children £13
With no car discount: 1 child £6 – 2 children £9 – 3 children £12

Book here by clicking on your chosen date.

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