Dates for your Diary

In the absence of a regular Connect the Parish Council has issued a Dates for your Diary newsletter to be delivered to homes, so that residents are aware of all the events during the busy festive season. Click/tap to read it here.

Police Newsletter Nov’18

Click/tap to read the Norfolk Police newsletter for the Bedingfeld & Forest area.

Note that our local beat managers are Pcs Leah Norton, Caroline Whatmore and Les Maguire. If you have any concerns or questions relation to a policing matter, you can contact them by either calling 101 or by emailing at

If you would like crime prevention advice follow this link where you can find a Crime Prevention A—Z as well as advice on lots of other matters.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

How We Can Help

Volunteers Needed to Listen to Children Read

School Readers logo


Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a primary school?  The reading charity Schoolreaders is looking for volunteers to carry out this important role.

Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence.  No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English. 

Schoolreaders is flexible and matches your availability to the closest local school needing this help.  Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.

Please visit the website  to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Better Broadband

As you are aware, the Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) Project is facilitating the provision of Superfast Broadband in areas of Norfolk where installation is not commercially viable.

A new communications cabinet (reference BBfN Mundford 5) is to be installed in the grass verge, on A134 Cranwich Road near the junction with Impson Way, Mundford (1m right of the post with ‘Home Watch’ sign, and 2.3m back from the kerb edge) to serve residents & businesses in the immediate surrounding area. No date for installation is currently available, however the BBfN Programme is due to complete by the end of March 2020.

People can check to see which BT structure their property is served from and available speeds using the BT Wholesale Line Checker

Search using the Address Checker option, then enter the postcode, press submit and select the address from the list

Once a fibre solution is available an “VDSL” option will be shown. Prior to implementation copper based broadband speeds are shown as “ADSL”.

Wilton Bridge Maintenance Works (B1112)

Suffolk Highways have given us advance notice of road closures, as follows.

I am writing to inform you of upcoming essential bridge maintenance works proposed to take place at Wilton Bridge on Station Road (B1112), Lakenheath which may have an effect on the surrounding parishes.

The construction programme is due to take no more than 15 weeks beginning Wednesday 2nd January 2019 for 12 weeks until Monday 22nd April 2019. The carriageway will be restricted to one lane via the use of a barrier system for 150 meters either side of the bridge and also there will be a temporary speed reduction from NSL/60mph down to 30mph for 200 meters either side of the bridge.

There will be a programme of road closures during some weekends at the start and end of the project, these will be required to setup the site compound and install the traffic management systems and likewise at the end to dismantle.

The programme of road closure we propose is as follows. Please do note that not all of the proposed road closures will be required, however, we require to have them reserved and road space clear as this is a high risk project which does not allow for a delay of any kind. Please also find attached the proposed diversion route which will affect your parish jurisdictions during the any road closures.

  • 20:00 Friday 4th January 2019 to 05:00 Monday 7th January 2019.
  • 20:00 Friday 11th January 2019 to 05:00 Monday 14th January 2019.
  • 20:00 Friday 18th January 2019 to 05:00 Monday 21st January 2019.
  • 21:00 on Friday 29th March 2019 to 05:00 on Monday 1st April 2019
  • 21:00 on Friday 5th April 2019 to 05:00 on Monday 8th April 2019
  • 21:00 on Friday 12th April 2019 to 05:00 on Monday 15th April 2019
  • 21:00 on Friday 19th April 2019 to 05:00 on Monday 22nd April 2019

Click to view B1112 Road Closure Map

New Post Box

As of today, 2nd November 2018, the new post box located on the corner of West Hall Road by the Bowls Club and Pig Stye Lane, is open for letters to be posted.

Last collection times are:

  • Monday to Friday 4pm
  • Saturday 9am

New Parish Clerk

At the Parish Meeting on the 4th October the Council appointed Samantha King from the village as our new Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

We welcome Samantha to the Council and look forward to working with her in the future.

Samantha will start her new position on the 1st November 2018.

Almshouse Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy issued by Lady Ashburton’s Ickburgh Almshouses Trust.

There is a vacancy occuring in November 2018 in one of the almshouses situated approximately two miles from the centre of Mundford (no public transport).

Applications are invited from persons who are in need, hardship or distress and reside in the parishes of Hilborough, Ickburgh, Stanford, Lynford or Mundford. (In exceptional circumstances the Trustees may have discretion to appoint residents who satisfy the need, hardship or distress qualifications but do not meet the other criteria).

Applications forms are available from: The Secretary, Ickburgh Almshouse, c/o 54 Ashburton Road, Ickburgh, IP26 5JA, tel. 01842 879 864. The closing date for completed application forms is 20th October 2018.

2018 Open Gardens Report

What a lovely day we had for our Open Gardens Event on 11th August!  The weather was gorgeous, ideal for a lovely stroll around the village to visit the gardens and stalls. We had a large number of people visit the gardens and participate in the games, competitions etc. Quite a few children entered the Spot the Bird Competition, and the winner was Fred Casson – well done Fred!  Enjoy your birdwatching kit and the family day out to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns in Suffolk.   Alice Hames won the Duck Game – clever girl Alice!  Hope you enjoyed your chocolate cake!  We raised the magnificent sum of £1,440.80 for our two chosen charities – Clic Sargent (who will receive £757.97) and Mind UK( who will receive £682.82) and this money will be forwarded to them shortly. Many thanks to everyone who opened their gardens and to all our families, friends and helpers who made this event a runaway success.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  We would also like to thank  everyone who donated prizes for the competitions and raffle, with special mention to:

Farm Foods, Forestry Commission, Marks & Spencer, Iceland, Mundford Fish Bar, Roys of Wroxham, Sainburys, Village Hair, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary (Stanham Barns), Thursford Collection, The Wellington (Feltwell).

Once again – thank you everybody