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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:

The next meeting of the Council will be held on Monday the 5th October 2020.  This will be a virtual meeting by Google Meet.  If parishioners would like to join the meeting, please email the Clerk and you will receive an invite on the day of the meeting.

Government advice is still to work from home so for the foreseeable future Council Meetings will be held online.

Current issues



Sunday 27th September 2020

At 1600 hrs (4.00 pm) yesterday in Norfolk there were 3466 cases of Covid-19 an increase of 16 in 24 hours. The number of cases in Breckland was 560, an increase of 3

The R rate is now 1.2 to 1.5

The social distance rules remain in force. ANYONE can catch the virus and ANYONE can spread it


A face-covering (preferably a mask) must be worn on ALL transport including taxis and private hire cars. Failure to wear a face-covering may lead to a fine and the refusal of travel

A face mask must be worn in all shops and supermarkets, banks, Post Offices and all indoor spaces and retail staff must now wear them whilst at work.   

The number of people allowed to gather people will be reduced from 6 from Monday, Sept 14th.  This applies to gatherings both indoors and outdoors.  Indoor team sports will be banned The new rule does not apply to household bubbles of more than six or gatherings for work or education                                                Wedding receptions carried out in a Covid secure way will be capped at 15 persons from Monday. Funerals will remain at 30 persons. Christenings will come under the rule of six including the baby                                                                                          People who break the rules will at first be fined £100, but this will double on each further repeat offences up to £3200                     No longer voluntary, pubs, bars and  restaurants and other            hospitality businesses must now by law collect customers'         details to aid contact tracing and the venue will close at 10      Covid-secure marshals will be hired to monitor rules are being followed                                                                                                  Provisional plans to reopen stadiums and conference halls on Oct 1st are now cancelled                                   

You can all help everyone to avoid infection by following the Government guidelines. These include keeping 2 metres, about 6 feet (the “social distance”) or more from other people, this is vital in preventing the spread of this disease. The virus can be passed in water droplets exhaled from the mouth and nose, so keeping the “social distance” and wearing a face mask will help prevent the infection from spreading.

If you are elderly or with medical problems and would like someone to contact you or if you need help with shopping etc please get in touch with the following:- Nick Creek, 01950 883075, 07941604240, or Jill Glenn, 01760 441738, 07774969681,

Please observe the guidelines, stay clean and stay safe and well

Now wash your hands




Live firing and aircraft movement both day and night will take place on Stanta Ranges between 21st September and 4th October

Small Arms

  • 29 September - Day and Night
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The rainfall in August in Saham was 191.5 mm which is 226% of average Annual average is 512.9 mm

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