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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 keeps 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 due to be held on Monday the 10th January 2022  has been cancelled as we are not allowed to hold meetings virtually anymore and there is a high rate of Covid at present.

The next meeting will therefore be on Monday the 7th February 2022 when we will hopefully be able to hold a face to face meeting.








Information on the flooding in Saham can be found on the Village Diary page



Firing Activity at STANTA


Firing Activity at Stanta

Activity will take place on the following dates:

Small Arms

  • 10 January - Nil
  • 11 January - Day and Night
  • 12 January - Day and Night
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  • 15 January - Nil
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  • 17 January - Nil
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  • 30 January - Day

Heavy Weapons

  • 24 January - Nil
  • 25 January - Nil
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  • 28 January - Day
  • 29 January - Nil
  • 30 January - Nil

Aircraft Activity at Stanta

Activity will take place on the following dates:


  • 17 January - Day and Night
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  • 22 January - Nil
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  • 24 January - Nil
  • 25 January - Nil
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  • 28 January - Day
  • 29 January - Nil
  • 30 January - Nil


  • 24 January - Nil
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  • 28 January - Nil
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  • 30 January - Nil
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  • 24 January - Day and Night
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  • 29 January - Nil
  • 30 January - Nil

Current Issues


Due to drainage work on Pages Lane from the 17th January, buses on route 11 will operate along the B1077 only, and a temporary bus stop will be located just past the junction with Pound Hill giving footpath access towards The Oval.

Ploughboy Lane will be closed from 31 January until 4 February for resurfacing and ditch work


Thursday 27th January 2022

At 1600 (4.00 pm) yesterday

In Norfolk, there were 9735 cases of Covid-19, an increase of 237.  This is 1065.1 per 100,000 of population

In Breckland, there were 1265 cases of Covid-19, an increase of 8.  This is 895.5 per 100,000 of population

These figures cover the last seven days

ANYONE can catch the virus and ANYONE can spread it


Face masks and Covid Passes are no longer required in most venues from 27th January 2022


Booster vaccines, this guidance applies to ENGLAND

People aged over 18 can now get a booster vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic. The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to book your booster dose.

Follow the Government guidelines. The virus can be passed in water droplets exhaled from the mouth and nose, so keeping a sensible 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



Voluntary Norfolk is looking for volunteers to support the NHS and vulnerable people needing extra help in the community. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and are happy to work with you to find the volunteering role that is right for you, fits your interests, skills, location and availability.

Current volunteer vacancies, include supporting carers and the people they care for; volunteer drivers to assist patients in accessing key healthcare appointments; meet and greet, admin support and stock room roles in community hospitals and GP surgeries; marshals and administration roles at Covid vaccination centres; volunteers to help people with a newly diagnosed long term condition achieve health goals and improve their quality of life; volunteers to help clients use smart phones and computers to connect with family and friends and, of course, telephone befrienders to reduce isolation and loneliness.

All our volunteers are friendly, approachable, have a sympathetic manner, good communication skills, and are determined to help and support others living in Norfolk.

If you would like to have a conversation about the volunteering opportunities available at Voluntary Norfolk, please get in touch. Email us at providing your preferred contact information, phone 07385 378740 and speak to a volunteer coordinator or leave us a message, or fill in the volunteer registration form for the relevant service you are interested in via this link:



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)

Kathy Avery (Vice Chair)

Jonathan Baldwin

Mary Baldwin

Trevor Bunce

Daniel Freeman

Roger Harrold

Brian Hinkins

Angela Minto

Sarah Porter

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



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