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The Official

Harleston Town Guide 2016/2017

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Welcome to Harleston A Beautiful Waveney Valley Town A small town of about 5000 residents, but justly proud of its historic links to the Market Towns of Norfolk, it not only acts as the centre for its own residents, but is the focus for the surrounding villages. Always well known for its Wednesday market, it now

festival, which aims to bring an impressive variety of

boasts multiple events throughout the year, some

high quality artistic talent into Harleston and

markets but some just for fun, organised by the

surrounding venues. In the winter, we host other

local groups to provide a vibrant, exciting location

markets and the well-loved Christmas lights switch

to live or visit. Enlivened by its themed flags, the

on event.

listed building town centre is the location for many independent, or boutique shops; all seeking to supply the needs of the local people, and visitors. In fact, you probably don’t need to go elsewhere for most of your requirements, which coupled with the free parking leads to a leisurely, relaxing day, shopping and visiting the local cafes and public houses. Visitor information can be obtained from the local Harleston Information Plus, 01379 851917 or, whose volunteers

Access to this beautiful town is most directly by road from the A143 between Bungay and Diss. Sitting just on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, Harleston is ideally situated to offer the best location for visiting the countryside and the seaside. Good roads from Harleston reach inland to the lovely Waveney valley, outwards to the scenic east coast resort of Southwold, and into the shopping centres of Norfolk. A nicer place it would be difficult to find. So welcome to Harleston, we hope to see you soon.

can guide visitors to the local attractions. The Residents of Harleston pride themselves on the

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time of the year. In the summer months there are

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Redenhall with Harleston Town Council runs the Harleston Community Leisure Facility based in the Leisure Centre, the town’s market, the allotments, the Recreation Ground and it’s play area and the cemetery in Redenhall

Norfolk County Council is responsible for major county wide services such as education, highways, police, fire and rescue, social services and libraries. It co-ordinates strategic, transport and emergency planning. Its main office is in County Hall in Norwich.

Contact: Lynda Ling, Town Clerk, Council Office, Memorial Leisure Centre, Wilderness Lane, Harleston IP20 9DD

Telephone: 034 4800 8020

Telephone: 01379 854519

Email: information Website:

Email: Website: Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9.30am-1pm and Wednesday 1pm-5pm.

South Norfolk District Council, one of six district councils in Norfolk, is responsible for planning (including most planning applications), housing, council tax and refuse collection, electoral registration, licensing, most leisure centres and pools and street cleaning. Its offices are in Long Stratton. Telephone: 01508 533633 Email: Website: | 7

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Harleston Safer Neighbourhood Team In addition to the Beat Managers and PCSOs, every Safer Neighbourhood has five teams of Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Patrol officers who will respond to your calls for service 24 hours a day, investigate the crimes in your area and work with the Beat Managers and PCSOs to deliver your local priorities. We are listening to your issues and concerns and working with our partners to improve the quality of life in your neighbourhood. Speak to your local officers by coming to the Station, or contacting us by phone, e-mail & online. The Station is open Mon-Wed-Thurs-Fri between 10:00 and 14:00 where you will be greeted by one of our Public Enquiry Office Volunteers. There are a number of ways you can get in touch with Norfolk Constabulary depending on the urgency and type of request.

Other numbers / services Switchboard: 01953 424242 (Number for international callers and those in the UK residing outside of England & Wales) Minicom 0845 345 3458 (Service for hard of hearing) Textphone 18001 101 Send a text message 07786 200777 Fax 0845 345 4567

To get in touch with us about general enquiries, recruitment, compliments and complaints you can contact us online. If you prefer, you can contact us using your own email at: Do not use the online contact form in an emergency. In an emergency always dial 999.

By phone, dial 101 to speak to Norfolk Constabulary. Always dial or text 999 in an emergency. The Harleston Team at present are-

PC Jim Squires (Beat Manager)

PCSO Pete Williamson

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borrowdiscoverconnect It's free and easy to join and there's something for everyone ... You can borrow all sorts of material from brand new bestsellers, classics, magazines, audio books, large print titles, Playaways, e-books and more You can also hire CDs and DVDs Regular Bounce and Rhyme times for children, and many other events and activities There's also free access to PCs as well as free Wi-Fi in the library Ask staff for details or contact Harleston Library on 01379 852 549 or

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Harleston Information Plus (HIP) Harleston Information Plus is an independent charity, based at 8 Exchange Street Harleston. It offers a community hub that is home to a number of valuable services. In 2015 the organisation helped over 6500 people. Harleston Information Plus (HIP) is probably most famous for its community information centre where a friendly, confidential service is offered. Information available includes tourism, benefits, council services, local organisations, events and activities. Why not call in to see if we can help you or alternatively just pop in to browse? On Tuesday afternoons between 2-4pm, 8 Exchange Street opens as a social centre for ‘Stitch and Chatter’. All are welcome including those who just want to chatter! The Clive Hudson room at 8 Exchange Street is home to regular beginners workshops on IT and social media plus one to one computer advice sessions are also available. In 2009 HIP launched its very popular weekly Jobs Club, now held every Wednesday 10am -2pm. The club offers help with CV writing, job search, interview techniques, careers guidance and provides a variety of work skills training courses. HIP is responsible for the Harleston website where you will find a wealth of information about local businesses, community groups and events. A number of organisations offer regular services at the information centre, including Citizen’s Advice, Norfolk Carers Support, the NHS Wellbeing service and Stroke Social Group. Volunteers also organise information sessions covering a variety of subjects such as keeping energy costs low, living with diabetes or digital photography.

The centre’s well equipped rooms suitable for meetings, counselling or workshops, can be rented at very reasonable rates. HIP prides itself on being a service for the community provided by the community, currently 46 volunteers are involved with the charity. New volunteers are always welcome, there are always a number of interesting opportunities. As an independent charity HIP relies on grants and donations to continue its services. If you would like to make a donation towards our work please call in at 8 Exchange Street or use the contact details below. Opening Times: Mon-Fri (9.30am-3.30pm), Thursday (9.30am-12.30pm) and Saturday (10am-1pm) Telephone: 01379 851917 Follow Us

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Health and Welfare Harleston Medical Practice


Bullock Fair Close and Paddock Road, Harleston

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• To make an appointment please call either 01379 853217 or 852213

33b The Thoroughfare, Harleston, IP20 9AS Telephone: 01379 853504

• To speak to a doctor: 01379 853217 • To obtain test results either: 01379 853217 or 852213 after 11.30am • To request a home visit: 01379 853217 before 10am • The dispensary is busy, so please allow at least 2 working days ( if you have medication that needs reauthorisation with a GP) prior to collection • You can request a repeat prescription online at: • The practice information leaflet is also available from either surgery. • Practice Manager, Maria Flood on: 01379 853217 We update our website regularly:

Jeffery & Associates 10 Old Market Place, Harleston, IP20 9BE Telephone: 01379 853494

Hearing Services The Hearing Care Centre Ltd Based at: Cecil Amey 33b The Thoroughfare, Harleston, IP20 9AS Telephone: 0800 096 2637

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Opening times:

Out of hours emergencies: Private - 07747 620292 NHS - 111

Monday to Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9am-5pm

Fax: 01379 854172 Opening times: 8am-5.30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am - 7pm Monday and Wednesday

NHS Direct Telephone: 111 Website:

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Harleston’s History Harleston is an unplanned town, unlike other medieval towns such as Great Yarmouth with its 'rows'. Instead, imagine the original town as being a hollow triangle, formed on the south by Exchange Street and The Magpie, on the east by Broad Street and Old Market Place, and on the west by The Thoroughfare, coming to a point at the northern end where it leads into Redenhall Road. The medieval plots on the outside of this triangle stretched back a long way from relatively narrow frontages and contained small orchards and gardens. The buildings would have had shops at the front with dwellings above. Manufacturing occurred in outhouses and workshops which gradually formed 'yards' - busy, noisy places. Although these yards are still in existence today, they are now mostly residential. Within the triangle would have been booths and stalls of varying degrees of permanence. The only substantial building was St John's Chapel of Ease. Although Sunday attendance at Redenhall Church was a requirement in those days, this chapel was intended to cater for the spiritual needs of local people during the week and those visiting the market. Located alongside the chapel was a tollhouse, there for the purpose of collecting market tolls. This building, which was the White Horse Inn in 1654, now houses 'Sight & Sound'. As years passed, the temporary structures in the centre were gradually replaced by more permanent buildings. By 1839 the town had a fully developed town centre which would have been recognisable by a 21st century time traveller! The opening of the Corn Hall in 1850 and the arrival of the railway in 1855 was indicative of prosperous times, and signalled a sound commercial future for the town.

The decision was made in 1764 for the townsfolk of Harleston to purchase a Manual pump fire engine for the town. The cost amounted to ÂŁ65. 1s. 0d. Originally the order for the purchase through the Sun Fire Office was to Mr Ragg, Engine Maker. Unfortunately by April 1765, Mr Ragg had not supplied the engine and the Sun Fire Office explained that he was under misfortune and in confinement. The Sun Fire agent then recommended Mr John Bristow, an Engine Maker from London, and this was duly delivered by sea from London to Yarmouth on 11th September 1765. In 2016, this engine will undergo restoration and conservation by a qualified conservator. The town is proud of its heritage. For those who want to know more, why not visit the Harleston Museum? Stewarded by enthusiastic volunteers from the Harleston & District Historical Society, the museum is open during limited hours from May to September. Entry is free.

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Out and About

Buses Regular bus services connect Harleston with Norwich, Diss and Beccles. For full details of bus services and pick up points contact:

carry out important tasks such as attend medical appointments, go shopping, attend local jobs clubs and training, participate in social events and visit friends and family.

• Traveline on 0871 200 2233,

Borderhoppa Community Transport is a registered not for profit charity and has been in operation since 2002. Borderhoppa’s office is based in Rushall, Norfolk and has a team of paid staff and drivers.

• Anglian Bus on 01502 711109,

The service currently covers 56 parishes in south Norfolk and north Suffolk and continues to grow.

Printed timetables are available at Harleston Information Plus. Information on National Express services can be found at

Borderhoppa Borderhoppa provides a range of vital community transport services which are available to people who have no other access to other forms of transport. Users of the service include the elderly, community groups, young people, the rurally isolated and those with impaired mobility. Borderhoppa services allow users to

We provide a door to door dial-a-ride service and also arrange regular members’ outings throughout the year to popular destinations. Our buses are available to any local not for profit organisations, clubs and societies for private hire at very reasonable rates. Most buses are fitted with wheelchair lifts to make them fully accessible. Prices are available on request. If you would like to make a booking or would like more information then please call 01379 854800 or visit our website:

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Harleston’s Future Harleston and surrounding communities enjoy a range of events and activities organised by Harleston’s Future, an independent, voluntary Group committed to supporting the Town Council, local businesses and community life. Initiated by the town’s Business Forum, its programmes have been supported by grants from both South Norfolk Council and Town Council. As well as community events, the Group runs a cinema; addresses road safety issues for pedestrians and vehicles; and aims to provide a better home for wildlife. Undoubted highlights of the year are the antiques market and street party in summer, and the Christmas market which between them have attracted thousands of people. Another Group called “FlagForce” has drawn up a programme of colourful flag displays which celebrate special days and national links to other countries (e.g Commonwealth) and enliven the town centre. An important current project is SwiftActionHarleston which plans to improve the fortunes of the town’s swift population by greatly increasing the number of nest sites to provide these magnificent birds with a secure home while they are with us in spring and early summer. UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2016: Harleston & Waveney Art Trail - May 21st/22nd, May 28th/29th/30th 25 artists living and working within 10 miles of Harleston will open their studios to visitors over two weekends. 2016 Aviva Women's Tour - Wednesday June 15th The first stage of the Women's Cycle race, part of the Tour of Britain, will see a mass of top women cyclists and all their support vehicles hurtle through Harleston on their way from Southwold to Norwich. Harleston Antiques & Vintage Street Market – Sunday June 26th 9.30 – 4.00pm

A street market filling the The Market Place, Thoroughfare and Church Street with antiques stalls from across the region, plus street foods, entertainment and shops will open especially. Harleston Street Party - Sunday June 26th 6.30 – 9.30pm Following on after the antiques market Harleston goes continental! With cafe-style seating around the Market Place, there is live music from Funk Soul Brothers and Play, Park Radio DJs, a Pimms' tent and many street food stalls. Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run- Sunday July 3rd Line the streets of Harleston to watch this fantastic display of decorated tractors all driven by woman campaigning to raise funds for Cancer Research UK (Breast Cancer Appeal). A Taste of Harleston - Food, Produce & Crafts Street Market – Saturday October 8th 9.30am – 3.30pm A foodie-themed street market plus Window Competition, Food Trail around the shops and  other activities and entertainment.  Harleston Christmas Market & Lights Switch-On – Saturday December 3rd 9.30 – 5.30pm A festive-themed street market, Window Competition and Christmas Trail around the shops, plus other activities and entertainment. Lights switch-on at 4.30pm. | 19


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Harleston is close to the River Waveney - the boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk.

Walk 1 - Harleston via Starston. Approx distance of 2.8 miles. Steep gradients.

The walks explore the Norfolk side of the Waveney valley - an ancient landscape comprising a complex network of irregular fields bounded by old hedgerows, remnants of the ancient woods, winding lanes connecting villages, hay meadows and pastures, rivers and wetlands; all now set in modern arable land. There are many routes walkers can take, and further information on many more walks can be found at Harleston Information Plus which is situated in Exchange Street. Here are just three examples of the interesting walks you can take.

This walk starts at the Recreation Ground, turning onto Wilderness Lane, Starston Road and then down Bunn's Lane (off the B1134 Starston Road). If you turn right at the end of Bunn's Lane and follow the hill down The Street, you will see St Margaret's Church ahead. If you don't wish to visit the church, turn right past the village hall, and at the end of the pavement turn right onto the public footpath just after passing The Rectory. Ignore the track on the left but keep right on the grass path up the steep hill, go around the corner and continue with the hedge on your right. Cross the dismantled railway line, then the bridge over the ditch and continue beside another field up the hill to Bunn's Lane, cross the road and you will be back on Starston Road, where you can either make your way back to the Recreation Ground or go through Weavers Croft, passing Herolf Way and Pilgrims Way, on to Swan Lane and then onto the main street, The Thoroughfare.

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Walk 2 - Harleston via Lushbush. Approx distance of 3.2 miles. Moderate gradients.

Walk 3 - Harleston via Redenhall. Approx distance of 4 miles. Steep gradients.

The start point is at St John the Baptist, Broad Street. With your back to the church, turn right along Broad Street. Keep right and walk along Redenhall Road out of Harleston towards Redenhall, past the poplar trees and turn left down the hill to Lushbush. Turn left at the T-junction, cross the bridge over the stream and turn right on the public footpath up the hill. Walk up this field edge path keeping the trees on your right. Turn right on reaching the road and, after a short distance, turn left onto the public footpath just after, and adjacent to, the drive to a house.

The start point is St John the Baptist, Broad Street. With your back to the church, turn right and walk along Broad Street, then Redenhall Road, and continue for approximately one mile to the roundabout.

Walk on this wide grass field margin towards and then beside Gawdy Hall Wood. After a short distance turn right at the way marker post to cross the field over the hill down to the road, emerging opposite the junction. Turn right at the road (Church Lane), look out for the wooden memorial to a World War One plane crash on the right just before Church Lane Cottages. Turn first right and follow the road over the hill, continue ahead at the crossroads. Bear left at the junction and walk up Station Hill and continue along Station Road. Turn right at the end, cross where possible and return to the start point. This walk passes close to Gawdy Hall Big Wood, an undisturbed Site of Special Scientific Interest. Whilst there is no public access, the footpath is adjacent to it for a short distance and the large wood is visible from any of the country roads all around.

Cross at the roundabout and walk up to St Mary's Church. After visiting the church, return to the road and continue over the brow of the hill. Turn right into Cook's Lane. Continue along Cook's Lane turning left at the junction to walk down Cuckoo Lane, a very steep hill. Turn right at the T-junction onto Low Road. Turn right at the public footpath finger post just after Freston Farm and Freston House and walk up the steep hill (part of Angles Way). At the junction of footpaths, at the brow of the hill, continue ahead (by turning right then immediately left at the second way marker post) and keep the ditch on your left. Just before a small wood on your left, turn right to walk down to the road. Turn left into Green Lane, cross the A143 at the crossing point and continue as Green Lane becomes Jay's Green. As the road bears sharp right, continue ahead onto Straight Lane, turning left at the end to return to the start point at the church. For more information on organised walks, please contact Malcolm Bellingham on 01842 757351 or email malcolm. or Maureen Hickford on 01379 853349.

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Education Archbishop Sancroft High School

Harleston CEVA Primary School

Our vision statement outlines our plans to make our already

Harleston CEVA Primary is a successful, thriving and friendly

good school even better: 'Archbishop Sancroft High School is a successful and

school with an open, positive ethos where the views of the parents and children are valued.

progressive Church of England High School where everyone

We are committed to developing flourishing home, school

thrives. We are a distinctive learning community where

and community links and work very closely with many of the

students are at the centre of everything. Our emphasis is on

local services and businesses within the surrounding area.

educating the whole person. We provide an exciting and broad curriculum with dedicated support to enable students to identify and develop their skills and talents. The school provides high quality and inspirational teaching in an environment where everyone is challenged to achieve ambitious goals. Outstanding pastoral care ensures that every student is known individually and nurtured within our caring Christian community. Students leave the school equipped with the skills, belief and confidence they need to succeed in their chosen path; from ASHS to anywhere!' During our recent OFSTED inspection, the school was judged as 'Good' in every category. Inspectors concluded that Archbishop Sancroft High School is a school that promotes a strong sense of community within which

We believe in developing the whole child, educationally, spiritually, morally and culturally and offer strong pastoral support. In our most recent SIAMs inspection (2014), we were graded as outstanding and it stated that “pupils have positive attitudes and achieve highly because of the strong Christian ethos which nurtures every aspect of their development.” Having a Children’s Centre on site also means that we are able to help provide support for our families from the earliest opportunity. Through an exciting, creative curriculum, we aim to equip each child with the skills needed for lifelong learning, developing confident pupils who have high aspirations and are proud of their achievements.

students thrive. They went on to say that all students across

Embracing a creative curriculum enables us to work

the school, including disabled students, those with special

collaboratively, including an annual whole school project

educational needs and the more-able, make good progress

that explores the world in a broad, imaginative way. These

and achieve well. The report highlights how teachers have

projects have included The Olympics, Safari, Carnival, Britain

high expectations and provide students with work that is

and the Commonwealth and Native America. From January

interesting and varied, that students behave well around

2016, we will be studying Oceans and Seas.

the school and are very polite, friendly and mature. Recognition is also given to the active role Governors play in monitoring how good the school is and how their strong links with senior and middle leaders enable them to be well informed about the school's work. Please do read the full report that can be found on our website The Headteacher would be very happy to arrange a tour of the school to anyone in our community who would like to see why we are so proud of our school.

We are incredibly proud of our school, have high expectations of our children and continue to achieve good standards. Please do read our full SIAMs and OFSTED reports and visit our website to find out more about our school. Norfolk Adult Education Service offers a wide range of courses, mostly taking place in the evening, although some do take place during the day. Contact: 0344 800 8020 | 27

Cherry Tree Vets are a friendly caring Veterinary Practice with a passion for animal care, which means that your pet receives the best possible treatment with the personal touch. We aim to provide the highest standards of medical and surgical care for your pets in a pleasant and friendly environment. We have modern surgical facilities, with fresh and bright premises. We offer a monthly payment plan for dogs and cats to spread the cost of your regular preventative treatments. Ask one of our staff about our ‘Kloe’s Klub’. Both surgeries open: Monday to Friday: 8.00 am to 6.30 pm : Appointments from 10.00 am Saturday: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm: No appointments required, open surgery: Closed on Sundays 24/7/365 Emergency care with our own vets Find us at: 3 Broad Street, Harleston, IP20 9AZ Cherry Tree Stables, Roydon Road, Diss, IP22 4LN Harleston: 01379 852999 Diss: 01379 870999

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Religion in Harleston St. John's Harleston and St. Mary's Redenhall Learning to put Jesus first Sharing love & Good News St. John's and St. Mary's are part of a benefice of 7 churches seeking to deepen our faith, individually and together. We aim to serve Christ, and guided by the Holy Spirit, we do our best to allow God to inspire everything that we do, including our Sunday and Weekday Worship, Children's Work, Mother's Union, Messy Church, Chatty Church (parents and younger children) Prayer Groups and House Groups. To ensure our young people get the very best start in life we do all that we can to support our schools. Being part of a wider community we support and promote our local businesses and community organisations. Generosity is central to our faith so we seek to help all who are finding life hard through our Pastoral Care Scheme which arranges visits and supports for those in need locally. We support the work of Foodbank, collecting food and St. John's acts as a distribution centre in Harleston. We also help our community further afield through our support of The Matthew Project, Christian Aid, Compassion and other agencies in this country and around the world.

Contact Details: Rector: Revd. Nigel Tuffnell, The Rectory, 10 Swan Lane, Harleston IP20 9AN Phone: 01379 308905 or 07443937050 Email: Website: Blog: Facebook: TWITTER:

Sunday Worship Week of the Month St. John's, Harleston (All 11am services include Bright Sparks Children's Church)

St. Mary's, Redenhall

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11am Informal Worship

11am Communion

11am Communion 6pm Celebration Service

11am Morning Worship

9.30am Communion

6pm Joining with Wortwell Chapel

6pm* Evening Prayer (*4pm in winter)

11am Morning Prayer

Week 5 Benefice Service in one of the 7 Churches

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in Fressingfield Just 10 minutes from the centre of Harleston

For children aged 0-5years Open Mon-Fri all year round For more information or to arrange a visit ring 01379 586111

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St. Thomas More Chapel Jay's Green, Harleston, IP20 9HQ Contact: Father Charles 01986 893355 Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9am, coffee afterwards, most Tuesdays at 8.00am and Holy Days at 7.30pm.

Harleston United Reformed Church and Harleston Methodist Church London Road, Harleston Services: every Sunday morning at 10:30am, communion is celebrated monthly; the Sunday School meets at the same time during term time.  Fourth Sunday evening “encircling prayer” at 6.30pm Harleston Methodist and United Reformed churches worship together.  Most services will be in the Methodist Church buildings in Harleston, please see noticeboards for more details or  The church hall is available for private functions.   Baptisms and weddings by arrangement with the minister.    Contact: the Minister: Rev'd R. Browning Tel : 01379 854343 (until June 2016) Rev'd J. Evans Tel : 01986 896501(from June 2016) 

Diss Christian Community Church DC3 Contact: David Cunliffe - 01379 851225 Nicola Knight 07810 126839 or Church office 644223, Services: DC3 Harleston is an authentic, lively, biblebased community church that has members of all ages, from all sorts of backgrounds. We meet at Archbishop Sancroft High School. On Sundays we have a relaxed and child-friendly atmosphere that begins with freshlymade coffee at 10.45am. Small groups meet throughout the week to study the Bible and build friendships. We are a member of the Evangelical Alliance, and are passionate about serving our local community - visit our website - - for more details. So whether you are a Christian or on the edges of faith, or just wanting to see some friendly faces every now and again, we would love to welcome you.

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Tel: 01379 852565 Mob: 0778 7158873 Email:

Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday brunch. Coffee and tea and homemade cakes and scones available all day. Children’s menu and smaller portions available on request. Locally sourced, quality, fresh ingredients used to create delicious hearty meals, for you to enjoy in our relaxed eatery, or on the terrace in finer weather. The same amazing local produce and much more - also available in our farm shop. We look forward to seeing you soon …. Farmers Kitchen Farmshop & Eatery Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0EP Tel: 01986 788315 Email: Opening Times: Tue-Sat: 8:30am-4:30pm Sun: 10:00am-12:30pm 32 |

Harleston and District Business Forum Harleston and District Business Forum, founded in May 2012, was set up to promote business in Harleston and the surrounding area and to give business a collective voice on local issues. Its members meet for a monthly breakfast meeting where previous guest speakers have included an MP, social media guru to a model maker for the film industry. The Forum organises group visits, for example to Sizewell Nuclear Power Station and a trip to the Houses of Parliament is planned for 2016. Clive Attwood, Chairman of the Business Forum says; 'The most important thing is for members to meet fellow business people and for networking and generally getting to know our fellow citizens socially and across political and business boundaries.'

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Harleston’s Neighbours Harleston is in the Waveney Valley and is surrounded

country estate once considered by the royal family,

by a whole host of beautiful villages. The town is

it is reputed, as an alternative to Sandringham. It is

situated just to the north of the River Waveney, the

also the site of the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation

boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk. Among the

Museum. The village was used by the US airforce as

surrounding parishes are:

the base for the "Bungay Buckeroos" in World War II.

Alburgh. The church in Alburgh, All Saints, contains

Fressingfield. The church in Fressingfield contains

interesting relics of the First World War and there is

the tomb of Archbishop Sancroft and contains some

also evidence of a Stone Age grave in the vicinity.

very interesting timbers. The Fox & Goose, now a

The civil parish also includes the hamlet of Piccadilly

restaurant, was formerly a guildhall. The village is


also the home to some other interesting old

Brockdish. A parish and pretty village situated on


the banks of the River Waveney. It is the highest

Homersfield. More properly called South Elmham

point on the River Waveney from which canoes and

St Mary, this village has the oldest concrete bridge in

kayaks can access the water, the entry point being at

Britain, built in 1870. Like many other settlements

the foot of the common.

on the Waveney it had a water mill, which was

Denton. The Church of Denton St Mary is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. Its original round tower fell probably in the 16th

demolished in the 1930s. Gravel extraction in the area has revealed evidence of woolly mammoth and rhinoceros among other Ice Age creatures.

century, and was repaired in the most economical

Hoxne. It is said that St Edmund, King of East Anglia,

fashion, built of brick and square, but retaining the

was slaughtered at Goldbank Bridge by the Danes.

eastern curved part built of flint. To the north-west

His hiding place was revealed by a newly married

at Darrow Green are the surviving earthworks of

couple and he put a curse on all couples crossing the

Denton Castle, a small medieval motte-and-bailey

bridge to be married. The Swan Inn was once a 15th


century lodge known as Bishops Lodge. It is also the

Dickleburgh. The village name derives from an Irish monk by the name of Dicul who had a brief settlement ("burgh") in the area in the late 6th

site of the finding of the Hoxne Hoard of Roman treasures. Mendham. Famous for its connection with Sir

century, nothing of which survives today. At one

Alfred Munnings, who was born in the Miller's House

time, the village was dominated by a mill with

in 1878 and later became President of the Royal

homes for the workers and their families from 1780

Academy. The church, All Saints, has a timber

producing herbage seeds and grain.

chancel-arch and a14th century tower. The 1880's

Flixton. Until the latter part of the last century the village was the location of Flixton Hall, a grand

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Metfield. The name is derived from "meadow field".

Scole. On the outskirts of Diss, this was a coaching

The village has a 13th century parish church, St John

station on the road from Colchester to Caister St

the Baptist, which was remodelled in the 1400s.

Edmund, near Norwich. The 1655 Scole Inn is said to

During World War II a bomb dump exploded outside

be haunted by Emma, who was murdered by her

the village detonating over 1000 tonnes of explosive


and killing five men.

Starston. The church of St Margaret has a chequer

Pulham St Mary. The Romans may have had a

work to the parapet and the remains of wall

settlement in here as various artefacts have been

paintings. The village sign features a wind pump

found. During World War I the Admiralty

that enabled water from the Beck to be delivered to

constructed a large air station as a base for airships

Starston Place, demolished in the 1900s. Starston

and 3000 naval personnel. The airships were known

Place was built in 1840 by Samuel Taylor.

as 'Pulham Pigs'. Lately famous for the restoration of Pennoyer's School, which, when it closed in 1988, was the oldest elementary free school in England. The building is now a thriving village centre. Pulham Market. Considered by many to be the typical English village, everything is centred around the green. The earliest recorded spelling is Polleham and is thought to mean the farmhouse or enclosure by the pools or streams. The church of St Mary Magdalene has a stunning 17th century porch. The

Syleham. St Margaret's is another of the roundtower church of East Anglia. Also famous for the Syleham Watermill, subsequently used as a factory and now converted to residential properties. Weybread. In the church of St Andrew's there is a memorial plaque to Alfred Ablett who was born in Weybread in 1830 and was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Crimean War. Each pew end shows the word "free" - dating from the abolition of the pew rents.

popular Crown Inn was once used to house workers who built the village's church in the 14th century.

Wortwell. Originally this was a hamlet within the parish of Mendham and gained parish status in

Redenhall. Officially Harleston is called "Redenhall with Harleston". The parish church of St Mary serves Harleston and the 15th century tower is a most impressive sight. Rushall. The church of Rushall St Mary the Virgin is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. The Half Moon Inn is a 16th century coaching inn.

1885. The watermill is ancient and is referred to in conveyances as early as the 14th century. It ceased operating in 1948. The river was once a source of eels for the London market. Wingfield. Wingfield Castle, now a private home, was originally the home of the Wingfield family and their descendants, the De La Poles -Earls and Dukes

The Saints. The Saints is renowned for its ability to

of Suffolk. The tomb of St John de Wingfield, chief of

confuse you. It comprises a maze of twelve villages

staff to the Black Prince, can be found in the 14th

connected by nameless roads that lead you in circles

century St Andrew's Church. The former Wingfield

until you're back where you started. Impressive

College now operates as Wingfield Barns running a

ruins of the old Minster can be found at St Cross.

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Harleston Rec Bowls Club New players of all ages invited to come and have a bowl. Free coaching for beginners , experienced and all abilities very welcome. From 20th April please drop in Tuesday afternoons 2pm for a roll up, - next to the Leisure Centre. Good exercise, good company, good food. For more information please ring the Secretary 01379 676771

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Clubs and Societies Community Crafts

Harleston Garden Club

Contact: Liz Warren, 01379 853277

Contact: Graham Redelsperger, 01379 854186

Day Centre for the Elderly Contact: Tricia Bird, 01379 852831

Harleston Ladies Evening Group Contact: Mrs Beryl Phillips, 01379 852589

Exchange 2 Youth Group Contact: Carol, 01379 853132

Harleston Lions

Contact: Mr Ian Lodge, 01379 852417

Flower Club

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club

Contact: Jenni Baker, 01986 782377

Shotford Heath, Weybread

Friends of Norfolk Dialect Contact: Mr N Hart, 01379 852677

Harleston Players Adult & Youth Drama Group Mike Davison 01379 852501 email:

Harleston Allotments Association Contact: Graham Moore, 01379 854123

Harleston Recreation Grounds Bowls Club Contact: Geoff Capon, 01379 676771

Harleston Camera Club Contact: Derek Chenery, 01379 852708

Harleston Round Table Contact: Joel Keeble, 01986 789136

Harleston Children's Play & Recreation Association Contact: Kellie, 01379 854016

Harleston Scouts, Beavers and Cubs Group Leader: Lucy Keats, 01508 499449

Harleston Choral Society Contact: Jo Curry, 01986 875494

Harleston Tennis & Squash Club

Recreation Ground, Wilderness Lane, Harleston, Norfolk, IP2 9DD

Harleston Historial Society

Contact: Paul Schultheiss, 01379 853997

Contact: Fran Pitt-Pladdy, 01379 852617

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Harleston Town Football Club

Redenhall Ringing Society

Contact: Lindy Ellis, 01986 788326

Jobs Club

Rotary Club Harleston & District

Contact: Lucy Marjoram, 01379 851917

Contact: Peter Brown, 01379 853505 Royal Air Forces Association Papercrafting Workshops

Contact: Mr H Websdell, 01379 853967

Contact: Jane Aldridge, 01953 454976 Classes run at Creativity, Old Market Place

Royal British Legion

Contact: Mr A Herrington, 01379 853584

Probus Club

Starston Bellringers

Contact: Eric Bird, 01379 855085

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