News archive

Selected News items  are transferred here when removed from the home page.

  • 13 hardy souls took part in the Old Year’s day run on 31st Dec 2017 run with ages ranging from 17 – 81, well done to all and prizes to: Mens winner – Adam Pearce, 36:36; Ladies Winner – Stephanie Lawrence, 43:08; Juniors Winner – Joe Moncrieff, 37:18. 

    Well done to winners Adam, Stephanie (and sleeping baby) and Joe
  • KEEP DOORS SHUT & EYES OPEN! Once again Shotesham has suffered from what, this time, turned out to be a spate of burglaries on the same day. The outbuildings of at least two houses in the village were broken into and had a number of items stolen, and at least one other property suffered an attempted break in.Around 1pm on the 6th of September a white van, probably a Ford Escort style, was seen driving somewhat recklessly in the vicinity of one of the properties. If anyone has any further information regarding this van, or of anyone acting suspiciously around the village, please either inform the police, or let us know via either the ‘Contact Us’ button or the phone number on the website and we’ll pass it on.Obviously yet another lesson for us all on maintaining the security of our properties and keeping an eye out for our neighbours, particularly if we know they’re out and about.

    Update on burglary incidents…Thank you for all your feedback. Appears there were a number of sightings around Shotesham, including at the top of Chapel Lane at around 12.15pm, Priory Lane about 1.00, around 1.30 in the Brooke Road/ Market Lane area, and on Hawes Green at a similar time. Our postman also got a close look at them in the driveway of one of the targeted properties on Brooke Road at 12.30. The general impression is that the culprits are particularly calm and brazen and didn’t appear too bothered about people seeing them. They were probably around 40 and were driving an older white Renault Master or Ford Transit van.

    The police are now investigating and are specifically asking if anyone has CCTV on their property. If so, could they please have a look at the last 48 hours or so to see if there is anything relevant that may assist. Many thanks to everyone for their help.

  • Message from South Norfolk Council – We are currently seeing high levels of fly tipping and littering in South Norfolk. Both of these have a negative impact on the environment and human health. We often find that fly tipping has occurred because residents have given their waste to unregistered waste carriers who have in turn fly tipped the waste. We hope to protect residents from this form of activity. Your help with this matter will be gratefully received. Click here for info, and if you wish to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to contact the Community Protection team on 01508 533723.
  • Anglian Water are running a campaign to find and register properties that have a private pumping station with the aim of taking over the maintenance and running costs. If you have one of these, please click here for more info and how to register.
  • Shotesham☀️Summer☀️Fayre☀️ – Saturday July 8th. This year’s Fayre was designed with families in mind and, with the dog show, kids (and adult) races, and many other events, everyone was entertained well into the evening. And finally, the water slide was amazing with kids of all ages taking part😛. Click here to see all the fun of the Fayre! 
  • On Sunday 9th April a record 42 competitors took part in the seventh Tour de Shotesham and were rewarded with a warm and sunny day, along with some well deserved cold beers (other cold drinks were available!) at the Globe on completion. Well done to all cyclists, and a special thanks to Ed Howard and all his helpers for organising and managing the event. Click on the photo below for a report and the rest of the photos.
  • …and they’re off!
  • See here for videos of last year’s Comedy Sketch Show.
  • The Village Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING took place on 8th March at Trinity Hall, a short précis of the business…A review of the year’s activities and finances were reported and all agreed it had been a good year. Our book of Shotesham Walks is a great success and some remain available for sale at both village churches and The Globe. The SVA committee was reorganised with several long serving members standing down. A huge vote of thanks was passed on to all, including Bernie Fenn who has done sterling work as Secretary then Chairperson, and others who have worked hard behind the scenes. A new committee was then elected with some re-elections and several new members. The meeting proceeded with discussion on planned events and ideas for the forthcoming year, particularly some thoughts on some more events for families and children, and then concluded with wine (very kindly donated by outgoing committee member Sue Astbury) and more chat about the future.Post Meeting Note; at a subsequent meeting of the new committee, Ken Munro and Jan Jeeves were elected as chair and vice-chair respectively.
  • For anyone privileged enough to see it, Saturday 21st January saw an excellent performance by The Voice Project in Norwich Cathedral of ‘Between Stars’. Lending their voice to this uniquely enjoyable event were several ladies from Shotesham and Stoke HC, pictured below (although Christine Burton went shy at photo time!). Well done girls, great show! Keep your eyes open for the next one.

  • Post Offices extend banking services. A new agreement means more rural residents will be able to bank at their local post office. The deal bring together the Post Office’s existing arrangements with individual banks into a single set of cash and cheque services. The latest agreement covers customers of virtually all UK banks. Click on the link above for details, and also for other news from the Rural Services Network. 
  • Excellent news for our chosen charity, East Anglia Children’s Hospice. At three events over the 2016 Festive Period – Tin Heart Troubadours, our Sketch Show and Supper, and the Christmas Eve Carol Service – we managed to raise and donate £938.80. A great effort from the village and many thanks to everyone involved.
  • NEWSFLASH – Boudica’s Bangle…
  • Information for No 84 bus users, click here for new times or under Timetables above, please also note the new stand L instead of K.
  • Two more from Norfolk Council…Verge Cutting …..Early Help Hub Newsletter
  • Saxlingham Baby and Toddler group would welcome new members, see here for more information.
  • In spite of the weather threat, our celebration of The Queen’s birthday on 12th June turned out to be a splendid affair, with something approaching sunshine and more cake than could ever be eaten! Many thanks from the village to the Parish Council for facilitating and, most importantly, to Wally and Heather for hosting. Photos to prove it ….
  • The new booklet of village footpaths has been delivered to every house in the village, if by chance you haven’t received one please let us know via the ‘contact us’ button on the menu above. Additional copies are now on sale, £3/copy, at The Globe, Trinity Hall, All Saints & St Mary’s churches and also from Bernie – – The booklet is also accessable from the menu on the Home Page.
  • A few residents have asked about the best way to buy heating oil – some info here.
  • Please be aware, the cattle are now on the north and south common for the summer. Walkers are still welcome, but please take care to close all gates and keep dogs on leads at all times. Thank you.
  • Your esteemed editor participated in a sponsored walk on 21st May, 5 laps completed with at least one in double quick time! If you’d like to help a good cause, have a look…
  • A big ‘thank you’ from East Anglian Children’s Hospices following our Spring Piano Concert..see here
  • Also recently updated is the new and simplified Trading Post page. Items available and wanted are now on one page, so please have a look. It works, most items go within a few days!
  • Monday 4th April the Art Group will be painting and drawing at various spots in the village. They would be delighted for more potential artists to join them, no previous experience required. For more info contact Wally at or just turn up at the Trinity at 9.45 on Monday 4th!
  • Village annual litter pick, see here
  • The mobile library visits Shotesham once per month and the dates are on the Calendar. To view what time and where it stops in the village see here
  • Changes to the council recycling centre at Morningthorpe. Norfolk Council have announced that, as from 18th January, the main centre will be closed on Mondays through Wednesdays inclusive, and will be open only from Thursdays to Sundays. Further info can be found on (Moved to archive 3/3/16)
  • If you are familiar with Wally Jackson’s sense of humour you might enjoy this article, written specially for the website. There is a clue in the title “Joint effort
  • The new programme for Shotesham Gardening Group 2015/16 is here. 2015-2016 programme
  • The village walking group has a programme of walks for the first half of 2016. Details here.
  • Church Hill is being looked after with the aim of returning it to its former glory as a natural wildflower meadow. For a summary of progress after 3 years please click here.  Also please click here to see photos of the annual rake-up on church hill in sunny mid August.
  • The altar kneelers at Saint Mary’s church have been refurbished by talented village tapestry artists, pictures can be seen via Publications or Special Projects above, or up close and personal at the church itself. Well worth a look.
  • Do you use the village footpaths or help to maintain them (whether as farmer or volunteer?) Maureen the footpath warden has written an update and an appreciation – click here to see.
  • Sadly, ash dieback disease is a reality in the village. You may have noticed that some ashes are thinly leaved this year. Here is an example of 2 ashes just a few metres apart in a hedge near to Stubbs Green. The one on the left is badly affected whilst the one on the right looks healthy and strong so far. Fingers crossed for its genes…1-P1090552 Click on the photo to enlarge
  • The new defibrillator is installed in the telephone box in the Street and ANYONE can use it without risk as it talks you through the simple steps. The code to access it is available by dialling 999 and also by members of the Parish Council and SVA. Click here for picture and initial instruction
  • Ever thought about having a go at Church Bell Ringing? Recruits still wanted. Click here for more details
  • Do you have a well in your garden?  It was not until the 60’s that mains water came to our village and the wells stopped being used. There is a project to record the position of wells and their part in village history. If you have any information please contact Jeff Gough on 550358