News and Events

July 2020












June 2020​


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. 

Thank you. 

March 2020​


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

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.

December 2019

From all of us at Dereham Town Council we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

November 2019

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.


Stage Acts:

Stone in the Sand

Act Two Performing Arts

Ruben on his guitar

Dereham Theatre Company

Churches Together


Thai Street Food
Get Stuffed Catering Company
Whippy Nick's Ice Cream & Desserts
Fab Fudge
Harris's Hog Roast
Handmade by Lucy
Spire Solicitors LLP
Dereham Meeting Point
Whizz Kids
Dementia Friendly Dereham
1st Dereham Guides
Dereham Cricket Club
Fabulous Brownies
Dereham Baptist Church

Come and join the fun!


October 2019

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 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.

September 2019

We are hiring! See our Job Vacancies page for details.

August 2019


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! 


June 2019


The tennis courts on the Recreation Ground will be unavailable on the 6th and 7th June, to allow for maintenance to be carried

May 2019


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, 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!

October 2018


Mayor Hilary Bushell's Civic Reception was held on the 21 October.

June 2018

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!

February 2018

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.

Hilary Bushell Bill of Representation 1918

December 2017

Mayor Hilary Bushell spread some festive cheer in December by presenting hampers of goodies to our emergency services.

Dereham Mayor with Fire Service
Dereham Mayor with Paramedic
Dereham Mayor with Inspector Papworth_ed

Dereham Town Council 

Assembly Rooms

Quebec Street



NR19 2DJ

Clerk to the Council: Antony Needham

For General Enquiries:

01362 693821

Dereham Town Council 

Privacy Notice

Website Accessibility Statement

Insured by Zurich Municipal

Policy Number YLL 272001-9893