Clubs and leisure organisations


Dereham and District Allotment and Gardeners Society

The Society's aims are to protect Allotment Land and to provide a friendly help and support group for allotment holders and gardeners alike. Whilst we are a Membership Group, we welcome non members to take part in and enjoy our regular talks and events. Our annual Summer Show, usually held in August, is a wonderful opportunity for Members and others to showcase their flower, fruit and vegetable growing, alongside baking, preserving and craft skills.

Dereham Antiquarian Society

65 years of the Dereham Antiquarian Society 1953 - 2018

From academic beginnings in 1953, the Dereham Antiquarian Society is now a friendly group of people who have a shared interest in the history of Dereham and the surrounding areas.

Guest speakers are invited each month to give talks at Trinity Methodist Church hall in Theatre Street, Dereham. These meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday each month at 7.30 p.m. Visitors are always welcome with a fee of £3 payable on the door.

The Society manages Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum. Members act as volunteer stewards in the Museum and manage the archive collection. It was founded in 1953 by Canon Noel Boston and Dr. Eric Puddy and is a registered charity (No.293648).

The Society incorporates the Cowper Society of Dereham. There is traditionally a William Cowper evening, around the anniversary of the poet’s death on 25th April 1800. The Arcadian Club, which studies the life and works of the local antiquarian Dr Augustus Jessopp, has also been incorporated into the Dereham Antiquarian Society.

Dereham Blues Festival

Dereham Blues Festival takes place every July, during the second full weekend. Each year, more than 120 bands apply to play at the festival and about half of these will play at least once over the course of a long weekend, from Thursday to Sunday. That adds up to over 100 free entry performances that are hosted in local bars and cafes. Apart from the ticketed launch concert, all the gigs are free to enter and close to the centre of Dereham town, in walking distance of free car parks. It is a real feast for lovers of live music and blues music. Several venues have music in their gardens and offer barbecues and hog roasts or craft ales on sale in the garden.

Dereham Jazz Society

Dereham Jazz Society promotes live jazz from its base at Dereham Golf Club, Dereham, Norfolk. We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation run by unpaid volunteers. The Society meets in a friendly, informal atmosphere on the fourth Thursday of the month throughout the year, except for the month of December when the gig is held in the middle of the month. We aim to provide a wide variety of jazz performance. Music styles vary from month to month and include traditional, mainstream, bebop, hot club, and modern jazz. As well as providing a platform for some fine local musicians, we also bring talent from London and overseas.
Events are published in a gig sheet posted or emailed to jazz fans on our mailing list. Up-to-date information is also available on our web site. If you want to receive our lists, please contact us via the website and provide a postal or an email address and we will add you to the mailing.

Dereham Golf Club Function Room is a comfortable venue with a capacity of 60+ seated at tables. There is a licensed bar and food is available. Entry is pay-on-the-door and there is easy parking on the premises.

Dereham Photographic Club

Welcome to Dereham Photographic Club.

We are a small club based in the heart of Norfolk with a keen interest in photography. The club hosts a number of activities throughout the year including print competitions, guest speakers and practical sessions aimed at improving your photographic skills.

If you're interested in photography, why not pop along to the next meeting and join us for tea and biscuits? Your first few sessions are absolutely free!

Dereham Walkers are Welcome

"Dereham Walkers are Welcome" or "Dereham WaW" is a not for profit organisation with the aims of:
• Promoting Dereham as a good location for recreational walking for the benefit of local residents, visitors and the tourism economy;
• Working to improve access for the purpose of the enjoyment of the local countryside and facilities for all;
• Monitoring Public Rights of Way (PRoW) within the Dereham Parish boundary to resolve issues early;
• Working to maintain and improve facilities for walkers including, but not restricted to, PRoW and public transport;
• Publicising local PRoW and other walking routes; maintaining membership of the National WaW Network to promote it and Dereham WaW.

Dereham WaW will act in partnership with the community, businesses, relevant groups and Local Authorities to achieve these aims.

Website http://www.derehamwaw.org.uk
Email dtc.fpwarden@talktalk.net
Phone 07505 426750
Dereham Windmill Charity

Enjoy a visit to a Grade 2 Listed Windmill built in 1835. No longer used as a working mill, it has been restored by the Dereham Windmill Charity Trustees, Volunteers and Friends and reopened as a popular Exhibition Centre.

There are five floors and although the steps are steep and not suitable for all, a video presentation on the ground floor tells the story of the windmill and includes footage of the upper floors and exhibitions. The latest addition is a hologram of a Miller on the first floor who talks about life in the Windmill years ago! The windmill is set in extensive grounds with a detached Coffee Shop serving coffee/tea and delicious home made cakes. Full disabled facilities are available within the coffee shop and grounds, including a specially adapted picnic bench.

HEART OF NORFOLK ODDFELLOWS- DEREHAM

The Heart of Norfolk Oddfellows friendly society help people to live happy lives. Have fun and make new friends at our social get-togethers, which are held in and around Dereham. You do not need to be a member to come along. We hold evening talks, games nights, coffee mornings , lunches and garden visits - something for everyone. You can find out more about the Oddfellows from our website .

Website https://www.oddfellows.co.uk
Email paula.grigglestone@oddfellows.co.uk
Phone 01362 696536 mon wed fri
Mid Norfolk Singers

The Mid-Norfolk Singers were established in 1946 as an educational evening class. Over the years we have grown in numbers to approximately 85, and have expanded our repertoire as a consequence, but the basis of our constitution remains the same, ‘The education of our members and the general public, in the art and appreciation of choral music’. As a choir we receive no financial support from local government and so our work is dependent upon our members and of the general public support of our performances. We rehearse on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Dereham Salvation Army Church and new members are always welcome.

We give three performances a year generally Christmas, Easter and Summer, our selection of music reflects these occasions.

U3A Dereham

U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests in a friendly and informal environment. Dereham U3A started in 2011 and now has over 500 members.

If you’re wondering what we mean by the third age - it is a time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new. Dereham U3A is open to anyone who is no longer in full time work.

Members enjoy a wide range of interesting and social activities together. They may join a variety of interest groups where members share their knowledge and experience to explore and enjoy a wide range of subjects. Monthly meetings, outings and events “for the curious” are open to all members.

Check out our website to find out more or to make contact with us.