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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 July 2021.  This will be a virtual meeting via 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.

There will be no meeting in June due to the ability to hold virtual meetings not being extended beyond the 7th May 2021.


SAHAM TONEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - Initial comments have been received from the Independent Examiner - the Report can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan website -





The seat at the bus stop in Richmond Road

A new seat for the bus stop in Richmond Road has now been ordered and will be in situ shortly.

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



Firing Activity at Stanta

Activity will take place on the following dates:

Small Arms

  • 24 May - Nil
  • 25 May - Day and Night
  • 26 May - Day and Night
  • 27 May - Day and Night
  • 28 May - Day
  • 29 May - Day and Night
  • 30 May - Day

Air Firing

  • None planned

Heavy Weapons

  • None planned

Aircraft Activity at Stanta

Activity will take place on the following dates:


  • 24 May - Day and Night
  • 25 May - Day and Night
  • 26 May - Day and Night
  • 27 May - Day and Night
  • 28 May - Nil
  • 29 May - Nil
  • 30 May - Nil


  • None planned


  • 24 May - Nil
  • 25 May - Nil
  • 26 May - Nil
  • 27 May - Nil
  • 28 May - Nil
  • 29 May - Nil
  • 30 May - Nil

Current issues


Thursday 13th May 2021

At 1600 (4.00 pm) yesterday

In Norfolk, there were 180 cases of Covid-19, an increase of 7. This is 19.8 per 100,000 of population

In Breckland, there were 28 cases of Covid-19, an increase of 1.  This is 20.0 per 100,000 of population

These figures cover the last seven days

The R Rate is  below 1

Symptom-free testing is available in Tesco's car park until 15 May

The social distance rules remain in force

ANYONE can catch the virus and ANYONE can spread it


Stage 1 roadmap recovery plan from Monday 12 April

Social contact

The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.


Changes from 12 April:

  • non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

Follow 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





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

Trevor Bunce

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



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