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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Last Chance – Appointment of Trustees to combined Surlingham Charities

Last chance to apply the closing date is 28 February 2018

The Parish Council is responsible for appointing four parishioners to act as trustees of the two village charities and is inviting applications from parishioners aged 18 or over to fill those positions.

The charities generate a small amount of income annually. Click here for More Information

Trustees are appointed for a term of three years. After three years Trustees can apply to be reappointed. Currently, the trustees meet once annually.

How to apply – Send details of your skills, experience and reasons for applying to: Janet Rogers Parish Clerk, 4 Beeching Close Norwich NR1 2LF or click here to contact us.

Current trustees wishing to be considered for reappointment also need to apply.

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Greater Norwich Local Plan – Roadshows

Greater Norwich Local Plan – Consultation Roadshows

The Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) Area, Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk.

In the last plan 3 different areas were created within the Local Plan Area: Norwich Policy Area, Rural South Norfolk and Rural Broadland. NPA includes Kirby Bedon, Bramerton and Surlingham.

In this new plan the 3 catchments are looked at as a single area.


You may be familiar with this process. We seek local views about the sustainability of a site and you can comment on any sites not just those within your own Parish boundary.

Planning is made up of national and local policies and your points must be made regarding those policies i.e outside of development boundary.

This time we also want people to look at:

Growth Options: Dispersal Options, Urban concentration (close to Norwich) Transport corridors (A47, A140,A11 and A1151), A11 Cambridge-Norwich Tech Corridor including new settlement, Dispersal around the whole area, Dispersal plus new settlement, Dispersal plus urban growth (close to Norwich)

It is now up to you to put forward your views on the sites and growth options. There are roadshows on 26 February 2018 2:00p.m to 8:00p.m. Poringland Community Centre NR14 7JT and  6 March 2018 2:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Loddon and Chedgrave Jubilee Hall NR14 6NB

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Joaquim 24th feb advert
For those of you lucky enough to pay us a visit us on Valentines day, you will have seen the Artisan Pastry Chef, Joaquim Teles and his very first pop up shop outside the Yare Valley Farm Shop. Such a success it was, he is back for more this coming Saturday the 24th. Joaquim’s divine cakes & pastries will be with us at Yare Valley from 9am onwards. Whether you’re looking for a great excuse for a walk or cycle with a nibble and pastry and warm up drink or if looking for that perfect and delicious something to take away, be sure to pop on by.

In other news, from Saturday this week we will be selling (giving away) the last of our old branded stock within the farm shop for the princely sum of just a donation of your choice. All proceeds from the sales will go the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Norwich tackling poverty and hunger within the city, a fantastic cause we hope you will agree. The oils are just as delicious but have a slightly shorter best before date (august this year). We would love as many of you lovely people to get involved in this as possible and help us help others slightly less fortunate out a little………

To find us, use NR14 7GD via Mill Road by car foot or cycle or NR14 7AL by foot or cycle from The Covey. Our farm shop is open 8am-9pm every day (weekends and bank holidays included) to complete your shop with lots of local goodies.

See you soon.

Kindest regards as always from everyone at the farm.

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Reported broadband scam

We have been advised by BT Openreach that there is a broadband scam taking place. Calls are usually international number, calling on behalf of Openreach. They ask you to check your router & then to log onto computer and download & program. I have check with BT today & they have confirmed a scam.

(Editor – it is not known whether this scam is targeting Surlingham or generally.  Please beware of any unsolicited phone calls asking you to load software or check your computer and NEVER give out information if you are not sure who you are talking to).

Information received from Sarah Littlechild

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Coldham Hall Open!

We are back open from 12pm today, we plan on staying that way for the forceable future!

Unfortunately we aren’t quite out of the woods yet, but Monday (26th) should see us back up and fully functioning again!

Thanks again to everyone who has been helping us out, and maybe after Monday we can all laugh about it over some tap water.

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Tiny Acorns Toddler Group returns starting this Wednesday & Friday!

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A Spring Rook Ramble

Hope you can join us on one of our favourite rambles!

18 3 18 Rook Ramble

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Kickstart – Moped Hire Scheme

If you are aged 16 or over this might be something that interests you. Kickstart Norfolk can now provide individuals with the opportunity to be issued with their own moped for a period of up to 6-months, and this will allow them to seek and secure the provisions they need to move forward towards employment.  It may be the case that an individual requires specialist support and therefore, the transport can be used to attend appointments or to socialise.

Whilst on the Rural Scheme, a dedicated Communication Officer will mentor each individual for up to a period of 2-years, this will provide much needed support to the service user whilst they participate on education or training courses, engage with support provisions or secure employment.

Click the link for more information Introduction to Kickstart Funding

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