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According to The Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names the Saxon word Saham means a hamlet on the lake. The Saham Toney village sign depicts Roger de Toni, William the Conqueror’s standard bearer, who became Lord of the manor. With him he has a large white dog and behind him we can see the lake, which is approximately 15 to 16 acres across in size and thickly bordered by trees.

From the last published census in 2001 Saham Toney Parish covers an area of 1651 hectares with a population of 1565 persons over the age of 18 and 680 houses. The population has increased since then.

The Church of St. Georges is a handsome flint building with a tower containing 6 bells and a clock. The Church has some very beautiful stained glass windows, the east window of the chancel portrays the Last Supper, this was a gift by the late Rev. W. H. Parker, who restored the whole building at considerable expense in 1864.

Saham Toney is a village and Civil Parish in the county of Norfolk and for the purpose of local government comes under Breckland District Council. The village is approximately nine miles from East Dereham, two miles from Watton and eight miles from Swaffham.

Within the village there is; a public house called the Old Bell and Broom Hall Country Hotel. The village also has Parker’s School which is a Church of England Primary school with just over 100 pupils.

There is a well used Sports and Social Club with a hard working committee that keep the sports grounds in excellent condition for football and cricket matches throughout the year, there is a small bar for members and their guests.

The Village Hall is also known as the Wells-Cole Community Centre. It is a very popular venue for entertainment, weddings and parties, and many local clubs and activities. There is a bar which is open to all.


Welcome. This site has been created by the Parish Council to allow us to better connect with the people living and working in our village. You can read more about what the council does here and you can leave a response on most pages to let us know your views on the subject.

Contact Us
Clerk: Jill Glenn 01760 441738
Chairman: Nick Creek 01953 883075


Forthcoming meetings:

Due to Coronavirus all meetings of the Parish Council are currently cancelled including the Annual Parish Meeting.

We will publish more information re future meetings as this is released.


 Current issues


The Government is about to order all persons over 70, pregnant women and those with underlying health problems such as diabetes and respiratory difficulties, to isolate themselves at home.

Saham Toney has a large number of such people, some of whom live alone and who will be unable to go shopping, to the Post Office, collect prescriptions and the like and supermarket deliveries may become difficult. Understandably, these people may also become lonely and need a friendly visit occasionally.

How long this situation will last is unknown.

The Parish Council (PC) is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to undertake some of these tasks. The more volunteers the PC can recruit the easier life will become for the isolated.

If you are willing, and able, to contribute some time, on a fairly regular basis, to help the older villagers through this difficult time, please contact any of the people below with your name, address, telephone number, email address (if any).

If you are over 70, suffering from serious medical impairment or are pregnant, please contact any of the people below with your name, address, telephone number and email address (if any). Arrangements will be made to help you through this difficult period.

Nick Creek. 01953 883075, 07941604240,

Jill Glenn. 01760 441738. 07774969681,



About the Council

The Parish Council meets on the first or second Monday of every month in The Wells-Cole Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Please check the meeting page for details of the next meeting, agendas and minutes.

The Councillors are:

Nick Creek (Chair)

Jonathan Laws (Vice-Chair)

Kathy Avery

Mary Baldwin

Martin Bohn

Daniel Freeman

Roger Harrold

Brian Hinkins

Angela Minto

Get in touch

All correspondence and queries should be addressed to Jill Glenn the Parish Clerk, in the first instance.

Jill can be contacted by:

Post: Orchard House, Cressingham Road, Ashill, Thetford, IP25 7DG


Phone:  01760 441738