Simon has been found.

Simon has been found and is at The James Paget Hospital. No further details.

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UPDATE: Simon has been found

Simon has been found and is at The James Paget Hospital. No further details.

Appeal to trace missing Surlingham man

Simon Tait

Police are appealing for help to trace a 38 year old man who has gone missing from South Norfolk.

Simon Tait was last seen at an address in Surlingham at 6.53pm last night, Tuesday 23 February 2021.

He is described as around 5ft 8″ tall, of medium build, with short brown hair, blue eyes and stubble. He was wearing light-coloured cargo trousers and a green army-style t-shirt.

He is believed to possibly have been on a boat on the River Yare at Surlingham and may be in the Strumpshaw Fen area. Enquiries are ongoing and emergency services, including police, fire and coastguard are carrying out searches.

Anyone with information should contact Sergeant Steven Knightley at Norfolk Police on 101 quoting reference number 339 of 23 February 2021.

The link to the Norfolk Police website is here

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Reminder – Would you like to get involved in your Community?

For anybody still thinking about applying the closing date is Sunday 28th February 2021

Appointment of Trustees to the Church and Town Lands Charity

Every three years the Parish Council appoints four parishioners to join the board of Trustees of the village charity. Applications are invited to fill those positions with effect from April 2021.

Assets owned by the charity generate an income which is distributed within Surlingham in accordance with the charity’s objectives.

  • The relief of financial hardship either, generally or individually, of people living in Surlingham. 
  • To assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age or infirmity or disability, financial hardship, or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.

The trustees are also responsible for stewardship of the lands owned by the charity.

Trustees must meet the following criteria:

  • A resident of Surlingham
  • Aged 18 or over
  • Must not be a disqualified company director
  • Must not have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud)
  • Must not be an undischarged bankrupt   
  • Must not have a current composition or arrangement including an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) with their creditors
  • Must not have been removed as a trustee of any charity by the because of misconduct or mismanagement

How to apply

Send details of your reasons for applying, together with information about yourself and what you feel you can offer the Trust to: Janet Rogers Parish Clerk, 1 Broadfields Way, Rockland St Mary, NR14 7HJ or email

If you would like further information, or have any questions, do please contact the Clerk using the email address above.

***Closing date for applications 28 February 2021***

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New Fish Van at the Farm Shop opening times!

Hi everyone!

Two things to fill you in on this week:

  1. There will be more of our farm-reared BEEF in the fridge in the Farm Shop tomorrow!
  2. A few people have asked if the Fish Van could come a little earlier, so as of tomorrow 25th Feb, the new opening times for the Fish Van at the Farm Shop will be:
    10.30am – 4pm every Thursday!

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow – keep an eye on our Facebook page tomorrow for the full list of what will be available from Tim at the Fish Van.

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Surlingham Parish Council – Draft Minutes 16 February 2021


Minutes of the virtual meeting held on Tuesday 16 February 2021

Attending: Parish Councillors John Broom, Phil Reeve, Dave Swinborne, Pat Scowen, Will Mack, Craig Neave, Richard Atkins, Clerk Janet Rogers, County and District Councillor Vic Thomson and 4 members of the public

  1. The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed the participants.
  2. Apologies and approval of absences – none
  3. Declarations of Interest – Councillor Mack declared his interest in Item 11 Planning application 2022/2308
  4. To approve as accurate the minutes of the meeting on 19 January 2021 – Approved
  5. Matters arising from those minutes – Footpaths – Councillor Atkins reported that the council had received feedback, against item 12. For the avoidance of doubt we would like to make it clear that Surlingham FP4 joins Bramerton FP1 at the Parish boundary as documented in the Definitive Map statements available at: had been no response from NCC to enquires about maintenance of the footpaths. Flooding – Councillor Broom explained that following the public meeting the Flood Resilience Committee had been formed and the first meeting was held on the 9 February 2021, the committee had arranged for a letter to be distributed to all residents asking for information on how they are affected by flooding. The Committee meets again on the 9 March to collate that information and produce a report for the Scrutiny Committee of the County Flood Management Strategy.  Councillors Broom and Mack had already cleared a blocked pipe on the corner of the Covey, a resident offered to supply plastic pipes similar to those used at the staithe, if that would help. Outdoor Activities – Councillor Neave informed the council of his progress. He has Identified local businesses and activities within the village and has reviewed possible activities to introduce (gap analysis). Councillor Neave also reviewed available land to implement activities, there is no local area owned by the parish. Opportunities/options to date 1 school field, 2 buy land, 3 seek opportunities from developments, 4 Surlingham charity land, 5 a donation of land. Councillor Neave has met with the school, and thanked Mrs Norris for her time and assistance. The school field could be available from 4.30pm daily and weekends, restrictions include parking, security, and safety (damage etc) Next steps: Review other land opportunities.  Some availability to school land is excellent in the short term but, the restrictions on the school land do not always allow full use for all the village residents. Councillor Neave will therefore continue to review other opportunities at this stage before bringing forward suggestions re any possible expenditure, grants or funding. Neighbourhood Watch – The chairman asked if there had been any response to the request for volunteers to start a neighbourhood watch – Clerk replied there had been none. A resident mentioned the police response to the theft at the garage. Action: Chairman will speak to the proprietor before the council raises concerns with the constabulary. Councillor Atkins mentioned that there had been theft of honey and cash from a property near the church. Councillors wanted to remind residents to remain vigilant.
  6. Progress reports Clerk – Speeding – No response from Highways, Councillor Scowen suggested the letter should be escalated to Councillor Wilby. Email has been sent to Bramerton PC regarding the cycling sign. The application process has been advertised and the closing date is 28 February 2021. Scottish Power would not agree to a contract for the Parish Hall as they could not complete a credit check. The energy broker had gone back to the current provider Scottish Hydro to see if they could improve on their offer. Clerk asked that the Council agrees to renewing their contract fixed for 24 months – Agreed.
  7. To receive reports from the County and District Councillor – report published on
  8. Public Question Time not exceeding 15 minutes – A resident mentioned the police response to the theft at the garage. Action: Chairman will speak to the proprietor before the council raises concerns with the constabulary. Another resident welcomed Councillor Neave’s initiative to develop outside activities for children in the village and would be willing to work with him regarding this. It was also mentioned in connection with the speeding issue that wheelchair users in the village are virtually housebound. Trying to negotiate the roads is frightening and users are left feeling vulnerable and afraid to go out. Action – Councillor Scowen to include a reference to this in relation to the Disability Discrimination Act in the letter to County Councillor Wilby.
  9. Emergency Plan – Councillor Neave explained that he had started to populate the template and would share this with councillors at the next meeting.
  10. Staithe working Party – This work still deferred until the water levels have dropped and the lockdown eased.
  11. Village Fete – Deferred pending the easing of the lockdown.
  12. Planning Applications 2021/0159-2021/160 The Manor – Security enhancements, fencing, railings and gate Object – Surlingham PC are concerned about location “B” on the site plan referred to in the application as the “secondary access”. A new highways access was approved for the Manor House under application 2012/1654F. Condition 4 of this approval stated “Vehicular access to and egress from the adjoining highway shall be limited to the new access shown on drawing no. 09/1047D-01 only. Any other accesses or egresses shall be permanently closed”. As evidenced by the photo in the planning application, until recently the gateway “B” on the site had little vehicular use. It is positioned on a sweeping bend with a very poor visibility splay meaning vehicles egressing the premises will be a danger to traffic on the Bramerton road. Surlingham PC therefore object to the current application on two points. 1. The application contravenes the conditions of a previous approved application – 2012/1654F 2. The “secondary access” shown as location “B” on the plan is not suitable for vehicles due to its location on a bend and poor visibility splay. 2021/0186 – 48 The Street – loft conversion front and rear dormers. Neutral – The Parish Council’s opinion is that the design will not be in keeping with the nearby properties e.g soften the effect by changing the materials. 2020/2308 – Land East of Mill Road Permission in Principle for 9 Dwellings. Object – Parish Council objects to the application as it stands at present on the grounds of the impact the development will have on the landscape, the removal of mature trees and hedging and on the infrastructure of the village in particular the potential to exacerbate flooding along Mill road and subsequently further into the village.The Parish Council would be willing to meet with the landowner to see if a different option can be found that the Council could support.
  13. Finance – Authorise Payments: R Hardingham £105, J Rogers £357.35, Information Commissioners Office Subscription £35, Orange Fox Ltd £63.54, Lap Top Battery £33.23, Ordinance Survey Mao £8.99– Authorised PS/WM
  14. Staithe working party – This item again deferred work will be planned when the area is drier and the covid lock down eased.
  15. Village Fete – Carried forward to the next meeting pending easing of the lock down.
  16. Correspondence: Emails – Clerk responded to 120 and circulated 75 to councillors up to 9 February 2021
  17. To note items for inclusion on the next council agenda – Flooding – Emergency Plan – Update on response from Bramerton PC re No cycling sign – Condition of footpaths – The problem with Housing/Planning
  18. To confirm the date of the next meeting 16 March 2021 at 7:30p.m. meeting closed at 9:30p.m.
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Teles Patisserie weekend menu

AS the weather is looking promising, we will bring a very special menu this weekend! Ribs! Rotisserie chicken as usual too.

So place your order as soon as possible.

Have a lovely week everyone!

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Norfolk County and South Norfolk District – reports for February

Councillor Vic Thomson’s reports for February 2021 attached

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This week’s Sunday Zoom & Video Services, Prayer for Care Vigil, Lent Group and World Day of Prayer.

Dear All,
I hope you are keeping well and looking forward to a week of Lent services and events!

Morning Service 10am on Sunday 21st February
This week’s Zoom is a Morning Service for the first Sunday in Lent, when we think of Jesus’ time in the Wilderness. I’ve attached the booklet here lent-1-rock-ben-21.docx for you to use if you wish. ID: 829 3063 1172Passcode: 268765

Video Service
The video service for this week has been filmed in the Barn by Helen, with some musical backup! Click here for the video.

The Sunday Prayer for Care Vigil takes place on Sunday from 4-6pm
Here’s the invitation link, if you wish to join with us and others who are keeping this time. Please feel free to join us for as much or little time as you wish. ID: 839 7875 2221Passcode: 111127

Lent Group. This Thursday and the next 3 Thursdays
We’re meeting up with our friends in the Thurton part of the group for this year’s Lent course. This Thursday, we continue to follow Jesus in his journey through Lent to Holy Week as we look at the growing conflict that surrounded him. The meetings begin on Zoom at 7.30pm. Please use this link for each evening. Meeting ID: 868 4271 3387Passcode: 183725

Looking ahead, the 2021 World Day of Prayer Service is on Friday 5th March.
This has been prepared by the Christian women of Vanuatu. You will need a stone to hold for this service. Our local service in the Bramerton Group is at 10.30am on zoom at the link below: ID: 898 2797 7146

Thank you
If you would like to support the church’s ministry in our parishes, you can make an online donation by following this link.

Please let us know if there’s anything else we can help with. Best wishes,
Revds Nick and Helen

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