CycSpresso has arrived in Surlingham

You may have been fortunate enough to sample the free coffee and brownies that were provided to enthusiastic customers on 1st January 2021! It provided a welcome intervention to those trying to shake off 2020 – the sight of Neil Robertson stood at Ferry Corner with his electric coffee trike brewing, I’m led to believe, “some of the finest coffee in Norfolk or, if not, almost certainly Surlingham”, was hard to pass by.

Neil said “Cycpresso has been a project that has combined my love of cycling and coffee. The original tricycle delivered ice cream around the cobbled streets of Cambridge ten years ago. I bought it a couple of years ago and have designed and built it up since then. However, the weight of the coffee making equipment made cycling Cycspresso difficult, so I decided to add an electric motor. It then became important to develop the ‘green’ credentials of the trike so not to be reliant on the usual diesel generator for power. So, with a little help from my friends (Phil Reeve!), Surlingham’s first ever E-Barista project has arrived – an electric powered tricycle, providing quality coffee from fresh (ethically sourced) beans to your doorstep!”

To make it all the more inviting, Neil provided free homemade brownies with each cup!

And what next for CycSpresso?

Neil said “ The feedback from the first outing was great! People said it brought a much-needed smile and provided an opportunity for people to stand and talk whilst drinking, what I hope, was a really good coffee”.

“Obviously conditions have now changed with lock-down. However, as a take- away service, I would love to be able to keep the momentum going. It’s a small project and I’d really welcome people’s feedback and ideas. So the plan is to take CycSpresso around the village at weekends for a few hours, (weather permitting), a time when people may want to grab a coffee to keep warm whilst out enjoying a socially distanced walk”.

Neil said; “ I have a Facebook and Instagram page and would welcome any suggestions that people may have. I’m planning to start my E-coffee round on Sunday 16th. Free coffees and brownies (observant of guidelines) for the village! Keep an eye on Facebook for times and places where I’ll be around Surlingham. If you want a direct delivery to your door then please drop me a message!”

Watch this space! Good luck Neil!

Facebook/ Instagram – @CycSpresso.

Thank you

Information supplied by Liz Robertson
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Police Connect: Community update – Covid-19

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Surlingham Parish Council would like to wish all residents a Happy New Year.

As we begin 2021 the councillors would like to express their appreciation and thank the residents and businesses in Surlingham who have gone above and beyond in the last year to support the community, and now we are in lockdown again will continue to offer support where it is needed.

Clive Evans and Sarah Broom recruited and organised the band of volunteers who collected prescriptions and shopping for those who were shielding or less able and not forgetting a big thank you to the volunteers themselves who gave up their time to do so.

Paul and Louise Swift organised a virtual quiz via Zoom. Clive and Sarah organised the ‘Stay at Home street Party to Commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day’ which was supported by many residents who put up decorations, dressed in clothing typical of the era and held tea parties in their gardens.

Thanks, must also go to the Ferry House, Yare Valley Farm Shop and Teles Patisserie all have played a part either providing take away meals, increasing their stock of the essentials, providing a delivery service, and generally helping wherever and whenever they could.

Last but by no means least thank you to the Reverends Nick and Helen Garrard who have enabled parishioners to take part in services either via Zoom or video recordings. In May Nick also started a regular weekly virtual Art Café to give residents with an interest in art the opportunity to discuss and learn more about the subject.

This list is not exhaustive, to the many residents who have and will continue to support their neighbours during these worrying times – Thank You

Please note during this current period of lock down the Ferry House will remain closed. Sonia will reopen as soon as she is permitted, and the safety of staff and customers can be assured.

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South Norfolk District Council – Refuse Collection Calendars 2021

South Norfolk District Council have decided that hard copy bin calendars will no longer be provided to individual residents for several reasons.  In the main, collection dates have not changed so calendars are not needed, there is a cost both in terms of printing, and resource in terms of delivery and there is a general move to more information being online which also means that any changes can instantly be amended.

To ensure that residents are kept informed of waste collection dates, they can use the customer account functionality on the South Norfolk Council website.  Once a resident is registered or logs in to their respective property, their next waste collection dates are displayed for rubbish, recycling, and garden waste (if they subscribe) but they also have the option to print their individual bin calendar directly from the webpage. The utilisation of live data also provides a contingency if any of the waste services are affected by bad weather during the Winter period to update residents on any potential collections date changes.

If an individual resident does not have access to the internet, they can call the Depot’s customer care team on 01508 533830 to confirm their collection dates or have a printed calendar sent to their property.

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Teles Patisserie lockdown update

As per the government announcement yesterday, when we reopen on Friday, we will continue to operate with our take away and delivery system as we have been doing pretty much since March last year.

Apart from everything you already know you can have from us, we will have special meals over the weekends to take away. This will be updated every Wednesday so there is time for you to put your order in.

We are also happy to help you out in everything you need as before either doing your an shopping or any other for errands you won’t be able to do.

Also our helping hands hampers are back but this time to help families that are struggling. Any little help is welcome from rice to beans or toiletries. JUST leave it with Ana at the counter.

And this is the menu for this weekend.

Just a call, a message or an email away.

Stay safe everyone


Joaquim and Ana.

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Useful shop info

Click here for info on deliveries and full available product list

Happy New Year all

Why did Adele cross the road? To say hello from the other side!

We are open as usual 8am-9pm every single day.

Click the link above if you would like or know of anyone who needs deliveries. The shop itself only allows 2x people in at a time and is a nice way to combine a walk and a shop in the beautiful countryside. So if you can come in please do so. However, if you are self isolating/shielding we are more than happy to help with deliveries on Fridays. Min order £20 for free delivery.

Useful Days to know:

Veg deliveries are on Tuesday and Friday Afternoons

Pizzas Usually come in Tues/Wed

Thursday wholefoods arrive

Milk is ordered most days

Eggs are delivered Friday afternoons

Fresh Bread comes in Wed and Sat Morning (we are going to get in poppadoms, pizza bases and pittas and gluten free rolls too)

But if you ever want us to get anything in for you especially or want to know if we currently have anything in stock just give us a call on 01508 538 206 or email

Big waves and smiles from everyone at the shop

Glenn and Lily

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Isn’t Life Difficult Enough For Us All Right Now?

Last week there was a report of several bags of dog poo being left on an allotment. Also dog owner still not picking up after their pets on the footpath. See below what to do if you see this happening.

It is an offence in South Norfolk for a person in control of a dog not to clear up the dog mess immediately on any land that is open to the air and to which the public is entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

Offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80, reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days, or if taken to court, a fine up to £1,000.

If you see someone allowing their dog to foul and not clear it up, please contact SNDC with the owner’s details and where it happened. SNDC will investigate and clean it up. You can do this online using the link to the form here

Today we are made aware of a break-in at Surlingham Garage.

At 3.44 a.m. on 4th January at least 1.5 tons of car batteries were stolen.

Thieves arrived in a plain white transit van and parked in the driveway of 13 South View. They gained access to the workshop and passed the batteries over the fence into the garden of 13 South View, loaded them into their van and drove off. Fortunately, there is cctv footage.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the police telephone 101 or call into Poringland Police Station. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime stoppers online here

Residents are advised to keep your eyes open and sheds and outhouses secured.

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3rd January Sunday Service on Zoom, Epiphany Family Service video and weekday prayers

Dear All,
We hope you are keeping well.

Sunday 3rd January’s service of Morning Prayer for the Feast of the Epiphany begins on Zoom at 10am. Click on the link below to join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 813 1580 9316Passcode: 954124

We’ve also produced a video Epiphany Family Service (with some help from Three Wise Men!). You can watch this here

For the time being we won’t be holding face to face Sunday services, but the Rockland benefice churches are open daily for prayer. We’re also beginning a pattern of weekday prayers in church. Mandy, Helen and I will be praying for the world and our parishes for around half an hour in churches across the benefice. We are happy to joined by anyone who wishes to pray with us. Prayers will be said this week from 12-12.30pm in the following churches:

Wednesday 6th January in Surlingham and Thursday 7th in Rockland St. Mary

Please feel free to contact us if we can help in any way.
With best wishes for the New Year,
Revds. Nick and Helen Garrod

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