Community help

Bawdeswell and Foxley North Elmham Foulsham other links

More ideas? Maintaining contact with each other and others in our villages (and beyond) is going to be crucial over the coming weeks and months. One idea is to set up WhatsApp groups for those who can use this technology (Smart Phone). If you have other ideas or information to share in future bulletins, please let us know. 

A reminder about Foodbanks. Foodbanks should continue where possible under strict guidelines and may have to move to be delivery points, not places where people gather. If you can, please consider making a financial contribution to your nearest Foodbank.

Please continue to support this vital service in whatever way you can Mid Norfolk Foodbank   

Practical issues around Community help. We will all be wanting to help neighbours and the vulnerable in our communities. Our Archdeacons have suggested the following best practice to protect volunteers and the vulnerable:

* safety of volunteers is paramount;

* Bank Card and PINs on behalf of others must not be used;

* Receipts for shopping must always be left and payment by cheque (in envelope) to be collected from the door-step the next day;

* Safeguarding concerns to be reported in the usual way (refers to Church of England safeguarding policy);

* Volunteers should refrain from entering peoples' homes unless they are part of a church pastoral team or other organisation operating a robust safeguarding framework, and certainly not if the householder is self-isolating.

NEXTDOOR  and Volunteering Norfolk
The Nextdoor community message boards are a good source of local information and are being used by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Police as well as local voluntary groups, which are rapidly forming to support their own communities. (For example,  Help in North Elmham). PM’s statement on Monday (23rd) included ‘helping vulnerable people’ as part of the four limited purposes for leaving home, so these initiatives are to be encouraged, within social-distancing parameters and under the Volunteering Norfolk umbrella Volunteering Norfolk

Bawdeswell and Foxley

In the event that you, or anyone you know within the village needs help and don’t have anyone who can help, The Community Car Scheme have kindly offered to be the central point of contact for anyone who is in isolation and has no other means of obtaining medication or essential food shopping. Because the CCS covers Bawdeswell and Foxley, these plans will cover both villages. If anyone else is available to offer assistance during this time, please let Jackie at the CCS know on 01362 688956.

Update from Bill Cunclife - 16th July 2020


Hi Everyone,

There has been so much easing of restrictions for the Coronavirus situation that life is just starting to get back to as close to normal as we can hope for the time being. People are booking holidays, even abroad, and planning visits to relatives they have not seen for ages. All of this is good provided we stick to the proven rules, regular hand washing, social distancing and now  - soon to be wearing masks when shopping.

So in the light of these eased restrictions, here is the latest news:

Firstly, as of next Tuesday the Post Office will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays at Bawdeswell All Saints Church, normal times.

I understand  that Zumba and Flow will resume at Bawdeswell Village Hall, possible on 28th July.

The Village Hall will be open weekday afternoons during the School Holidays for the use of toilets and for the sale of soft drinks etc. for consumption outside where there are table/seats.  

Plans are being made for a Village BBQ on August 15th so please put that in your diaries. It's a 'bring your own seats and drinks' and we will supply the burgers etc. Fingers crossed for the weather.

I’m pleased to report that we had a good response for volunteers to help with the running of Bawdeswell Village Hall. Thanks to everyone who volunteered. There is still room for a few more if you are interested in helping make our Village Hall a place for ALL to enjoy.

I’ll finish on a very sad note, Dr Paul Strickland has died aged 62 years. He and his wife were both local GPs and lived in Lyng.

Paul Strickland was our GP when we first came to Bawdeswell in 1992. He was an excellent doctor, always with a positive attitude and a good listener. In later years he worked as a teaching fellow and lecturer at the University of East Anglia passing on what he had learned about medicine and communication to the next generation of doctors. There will be many of us who will have good reason to thank Dr Strickland for his service to this community.

The EDP report that the funeral cortege will drive through North Elmham and past the surgery this morning, Thursday 16th at 10am.

Look out for lonely neighbours and stay safe.



Message and help in Bawdeswell 

North Elmham

Self Isolation – North Elmham (SINE) - A community group has been set up to assist those who are in self isolation or otherwise unable to get out and about. Leaflets are being distributed to all households in the parish, giving details of how to ask for help, how to volunteer etc, and providing basic ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ to ensure that the system works well for everyone.

WhatsApp St Mary's If you would like to join the WhatsApp group please email David and he, as administrator, will add you.  If you haven’t downloaded WhatsApp – it woks on phones and tablets I think – you can do this in the App Store for either Apple devices or Androids.  If you need some assistance to work this out, please email us or call our home number 01362 668424 and we will try to help – no guarantees that we will be successful, but we will certainly try.

Support for North Elmham.


Foulsham Parish Council is compiling useful local information and advice in respect of the current outbreak of coronavirus. Information is changing rapidly so please check back regularly for the latest news. If you have useful information to share, please contact the Parish Clerk or any of the councillors.

Covid19 support in Foulsham 

Useful web links - an App which lists the busness who are delivering.

The Green Pastures Christian book-shop  in Dereham issued a letter on 1st April about how to contact them/ order resources whilst the shop is closed.




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