News and Events
On Saturday 14th May the first ever Dereham Day took place at Dereham Memorial Hall. Organised by Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall and opened by George Freeman MP, the day was a great success! Photos courtesy of Council staff and the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall Facebook page.
On Sunday 10th October Dereham Mayor, Cllr Stuart Green, held his Civic Service at St. Nicholas Church. Led by Revd Paul Cubitt we were also very lucky to have The Bishop of Lynn preaching. You can watch the service here: https://fb.watch/8zLbD1CahM/
Coming back to Dereham Rec, the ever-popular Gray Brothers Fun Fair! From Friday 3 September through to Sunday 12 September, come and enjoy the rides, games and refreshments on offer! Open weekdays from 6pm, and weekends from 2pm.
During the pandemic, the unpaid volunteers from St John's Ambulance have given thousands of hours supporting the NHS by providing ambulances and crews, in A&E units and by providing specific training to the military and other volunteers.
They are playing a crucial role in the COVID-19 vaccination roll out, training over 26,000 volunteers to administer the vaccine and support NHS vaccination centres throughout the country.
St John's Day was on 24 June and to help recognise and celebrate the work of the volunteers, we participated in "Light it Green" by turning the War Memorial and church green.
Coming back to Dereham Rec, the ever-popular Gray Brothers Fun Fair! From Friday 30 April through to Sunday 9 May, come and enjoy the rides, games and refreshments on offer! Open weekdays from 6pm, and weekends/Bank Holiday from 2pm.
Unfortunately last year the Russells International Circus scheduled visit to Dereham recreation ground had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to announce that their sister show UNIVERSAL CIRCUS will be visiting Dereham later this year from the 9th until 13th June. Several people still have tickets that were purchased last year as part of an early bird offer. These tickets will now be valid for Universal Circus. If you have early bird tickets from last year then please call the circus box office on 07752 218805 and the team will be happy to book you in for whichever show you wish to attend.
Head to the website www.universalcircus.net for more information on Universal Circus.
Are you interested in joining the council? A vacancy for a Town Councillor to serve on Dereham Town Council is now available. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, please contact us about attending our next Full Council meeting, due to be held on the 9 March 2021 via zoom.
Are you interested in joining the council? Vacancies for two Town Councillors to serve on Dereham Town Council are now available. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, please contact us about attending our next Full Council meeting, due to be held on the 9 March 2021 via zoom.
Wanda Clinton recently approached us with the idea of placing a Christmas Tree at Norwich Road Cemetery as a place for people to leave messages or memories for loved ones that are sadly no longer with us. We thought it was a lovely idea, and so you can now find a tree within our Remembrance Shelter, which you are welcome to decorate with a small message or memento for your loved ones.
Any item left will be left at your own risk, and we would suggest that you do not leave any items of monetary value. The tree will be here all over the Christmas period, and will be taken down in early February.
The Act of Remembrance 2020
We hope that Dereham residents will understand that we are having to manage this year's commemorative service very carefully as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.
Dereham Town Council is acutely aware that Remembrance Sunday is a very important day for the residents of Dereham, and we hope that any prevailing Covid-19 restrictions will allow us to make this very important day with dignity and respect.
With regards to the Act of Remembrance 2020, please note the following:
There will be no parade this year through the town centre.
The Act of Remembrance, two minutes silence and prayer will be observed as normal at the War Memorial.
Wreaths will be laid by the civic dignitaries, representatives of the uniformed services and representatives from the British Armed Forces only (these organisations have been notified).
Other organisations will lay their wreaths throughout the rest of the day.
There will be no church service after the Act of Remembrance.
In line with new restrictions, members of the public are advised not to attend the Act of Remembrance.
In order that as many people as possible can participate in the service remotely and safely, the Act of Remembrance will be live streamed on Dereham Town Council's Youtube channel.
We hope that we have been able to strike the right balance between being able to demonstrate the Town’s commitment to Remembrance while ensuring that people attending the Act of Remembrance are themselves kept safe.
Our Play Areas will be open again from Saturday 4th July 2020
GUIDELINES FOR SAFE PLAY
So that everybody can play safely, we will clean and sanitize all frequently touched surfaces in play areas twice per week.
To reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus for everybody using the play areas, we ask that you take care too.
You are expected to:
• Wash your hands with soap and water before coming to the play area;
• Bring your personal hand sanitizer and apply it before entering the play area, periodically during play and on leaving the play area;
• Wash your hands with soap and water when you return home - ensuring they are washed thoroughly before eating;
• Avoid touching your face while playing;
• Not consume food at the play area.
You are encouraged to bring your own wipes and clean frequently touched surfaces before play.
Remember social distancing is still important:
• Keep two metres away from other family groups;
• One family group per piece of equipment at any time;
• Be patient! The play areas are likely to be busy, particularly at first. If they are, please come back at a different time.
Thank you for your co-operation
Fires on Allotments
Temporary ban from 26 June - 31 October 2020 inclusive
Following a number of complaints and an incident where the Fire & Rescue Service were called out, fires on ALL allotment sites are temporarily banned until November.
Many people are very anxious and nervous at this current time. Smoke from fires is an unnecessary addition to some people's anxieties, and a nuisance to people in nearby properties wishing to be outside.
Dry weather has also increased the risk of fires spreading. All emergency services are under great pressure at the moment, and should not have to risk their own health to attend unnecessary fires on allotments; a hazard which can be prevented by your acceptance of this ban.
Any fires during the banned period will automatically be classed as a 'nuisance' and/or 'an annoyance to neighbouring properties' and will result in immediate termination of tenancy.
We trust that you will appreciate the reason for this temporary ban and ask for your full co-operation.
Due to the current situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and the limited number of staff we have available, we have taken the decision to restrict public access to our building.
If you need to speak to Dereham Town Council, please contact us on 01362 693821 or email email@example.com.
Our office hours are 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
From all of us at Dereham Town Council we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
A big thank you to everyone that attended the Christmas light switch-on!
Please enjoy some photos from the day, courtesy of Councillors A Brooks & H Bushell.
Join the town on Sunday 24 November for the switching on of the Christmas lights this year!
Enjoy a funfair, watch some wonderful acts on stage, and you can even meet Santa in his Grotto! Scratby Donkeys will also be here providing donkey rides and two reindeer along Church Street!
Lights will be switched on at 4:30pm.
Stone in the Sand
Act Two Performing Arts
Ruben on his guitar
Dereham Theatre Company
Thai Street Food
Get Stuffed Catering Company
Whippy Nick's Ice Cream & Desserts
Harris's Hog Roast
Handmade by Lucy
Spire Solicitors LLP
Dereham Meeting Point
Dementia Friendly Dereham
1st Dereham Guides
Dereham Cricket Club
Dereham Baptist Church
Come and join the fun!
This year's lights switch-on event will be taking place in the Market Place on 24 November.
If you would like a stall at this event, please complete a form and return to us at Dereham Town Council, Assembly Rooms, Quebec Street, Dereham, NR19 2DJ or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All forms MUST be accompanied by a copy of your Public Liability Insurance and must reach us by 8 November 2019. Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis.
Due to the above event, there will be no access for vehicles through the Market Place from 8am through to 8pm on 24 November.
We are hiring! See our Job Vacancies page for details.
On the 16 August 2019 the refurbishment of Toftwood Pond Park was officially finished. The park is now open - enjoy! This marks the third play area Dereham Town Council have refurbished; keep your eyes peeled for news about the next one!
The tennis courts on the Recreation Ground will be unavailable on the 6th and 7th June, to allow for maintenance to be carried
The election of Parish Councillors was held on the 2 May 2019. Results can be seen by visiting the Breckland website.
Following the recent election result, we need to co-opt three new Councillors. We work together to bring improvements to town facilities. No previous political experience needed, just your commitment to attend meetings regularly and support the work of the Town Council.
The role and responsibilities of the Town Council can be found on our website, or for further information contact the Town Clerk on 01362 693821.
If you are interested in putting yourself forward for co-option, please submit a short statement confirming that you fulfil the legal requirements to be a Dereham Councillor and say why you want to become a Councillor. All statements must be submitted to the Town Council by 29 May 2019. Email email@example.com, or send to The Assembly Rooms, Quebec Street, Dereham, NR19 2DJ. You will be invited to attend the Council meeting on 11 June 2019 and present your statement to the Council.
On the 21 May work begins on the £200,000 play area at Toftwood Pond Park. Please bear with us whilst the renovations take place!
Mayor Hilary Bushell's Civic Reception was held on the 21 October.
We were delighted to have the Dereham Air Cadets with us on the 7 June, cleaning and painting the War Memorial as part of National Volunteers Week. We think you will agree, they have done a fantastic job! Thank you to all involved!
The Mayor visited Dereham's Cat Protection on the 15 February for a tour of the facilities, and to take a look at the work being undertaken to transform the centre into a venue for cat care and adoption excellence.
On the 9 February, to commemorate 100 years since the Bill of Representation Act 1918 was passed, the Mayor along with three former Mayors of the town, attended Dereham Market with 20 students from Northgate High School, who paraded from Cemetery Road to the Market Place.
Mayor Hilary Bushell spread some festive cheer in December by presenting hampers of goodies to our emergency services.