Clubs and Societies


Dereham & District PROBUS Club

Our Club aims to bring together retired and partly retired professional and business people from the Dereham area, and provide an opportunity for members to maintain contact and socialise with their fellow professionals/business people. This is achieved through meetings, luncheons and various social activities organised by the members on a monthly basis throughout the year.
We are one of 350 PROBUS Clubs in locations throughout the UK. If you are newly retired, you would be very welcome to join us.

Dereham and District Flower Club – 2024 Programme now available

We aim to stimulate and encourage interest in the art of flower arranging. We arrange demonstrations, floral design workshops, lessons and club outings.

Dereham Baptist Church

Dereham Baptist Church is a community of God’s people dedicated to being and making committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
We have the following services:
Saturdays in Portuguese 6pm
Sundays in English:
Service for Families (every 2nd Sunday) 9-10am
Early Service (every 4th Sunday) 9-10am
Morning Worship 10.30am-12pm
All-age Service (4th Sunday) 10.30-11.30am

Website https://derehambaptist.org
Email office@derehambaptist.org
Phone 01362 695221 or 07749542059 Mon-Fri 9-12
Dereham Community Crafters

Dereham Community Crafters are a supportive, informal and inclusive craft group. We share our skills and enjoy one another’s company whilst using those crafting skills for many different projects locally.

We make craft items for various groups and events in and around the town. But our main aim is to provide a friendly, inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and that they can contribute in some way to the wellbeing of the town.

Dereham Heritage Trust

From academic beginnings in 1953, the Dereham Heritage Trust (formerly Dereham Antiquarian Society) is a friendly group of people who have a shared interest in the history of Dereham and the surrounding area. 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 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome with a fee of £4 payable on the door, including light refreshments after the talk.  The Trust 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 (1187140).

NEXT EVENT:

‘Goddard Johnson’ – Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones.

Wednesday 12th June at 7.30pm, Trinity Church Hall, Theatre Street, Dereham, NR19 2EP. Entrance is £4 (or £2 to members) and includes light refreshments. For more information, please visit https://www.derehamheritagetrust.org.uk/program.

Everybody is welcome!

Dereham Leisure Centre

Located at the heart of our town, Dereham Leisure Centre is a modern facility with a very friendly team who are dedicated to helping you achieve your individual fitness goals. The centre comprises of:

25m swimming pool
Learner pool
55 station air conditioned gym
Classes studio
4 court sports hall
State of the art indoor cycling studio
Dojo
Indoor bowling arena
4 outdoor tennis courts

If you are nervous about getting in the pool or would like to improve your technique, don’t worry as we have swimming lessons available for all ages and abilities. 

Dereham Leisure Centre
Station Road, Dereham, NR19 1DF
01362 639419

Contact us: https://www.leisurecentre.com/dereham-leisure-centre/contact-us
Website https://www.leisurecentre.com/dereham-leisure-centre

You can use any of our facilities on a pay as you go basis or make the commitment to yourself and take out one of our great value membership packages for individuals, couples, families, or juniors and start your way to a fun and fitter future today. Our full access memberships provide unlimited use of public swimming sessions, fitness classes, spin sessions and gym access while our swim only memberships are great for those just wanting to get in the pool.

You can find us on Facebook, contact us for more information or drop into the centre and have a chat or a look around.

Dereham Men’s Shed

Research has shown that loneliness and isolation can have a negative impact on a person’s mental and physical health and their well being. As men typically find it more difficult than women to build social connections, a typical Men’s Shed will encourage men to socialise by providing a suitable venue for them to meet.

At Dereham Men’s Shed we attempt to combat this loneliness and isolation by providing a meeting place for men in a safe, informal environment where we can make new friends and offer mutual support. It is a place where we can socialise, chat over a cup of tea or coffee, and have the opportunity to work alongside each other.

The skills and interests of our members are many and varied and, for those who wish to, there will be the opportunity to participate in practical work or more relaxing craft activities such as drawing. The type of work is completely governed by the skills and interests of our members but it could include, for example, getting involved in community projects, making items to sell to raise funds, or simply just working on individual craft or hobby projects. From July 2021 we are starting work to refurbish a large storage room into a workshop for our members.

The important thing is that our meetings create an opportunity for all to benefit socially, learn or pass on skills, and most importantly, have fun.

Dereham Town Football Club

Dereham Town FC Sports & Leisure is a Members Club (unincorporated entity) based in mid-Norfolk. The day-to-day running of the Club is overseen by a Management Committee, elected annually by members at the AGM, and in accordance with Club Rules. We are an FA Charter Standard Club.

We are the 3rd largest club in Norfolk and members of the (PitchingIn) Isthmian League and (Thurlow Nunn) Eastern Counties Youth Football Leagues. We take part in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy every season. We are also the home of Dereham Town Academy (DESA) and a higher education course run by East Coast College. Please do keep an eye out for upcoming fixtures as both new and old supporters are always welcome.

Aldiss Park:
The ground has covered seating for 150 and covered standing for 300. We are a stones throw from the A47, in the heart of Norfolk. If you are using a sat nav our postcode is NR20 3PX. If you are travelling to Aldiss Park by car we have free parking for 300 cars, including disabled parking for blue badge holders only.

We have a fully accessible licensed bar and kitchen that can supply a range of hot and cold food on matchdays.

Sponsorship Options
Sponsorship is integral to the running of the club and we have numerous options available from pitch side boards to match day sponsors. With tens of thousands visiting Aldiss Park each season, it is a great way to build brand awareness locally whilst supporting your local club.

Function Room
We have a large function room available that is perfect for any occasion, from weddings and birthdays to wakes and corporate training days. Please do contact us if you are interested in using this space.

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 07561 813243
Dereham Young Farmers Club

We are a young farmers club situated in the heart of Norfolk. Our meetings are held every Tuesday

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 thurs
Mid Norfolk Family History Society

The Mid Norfolk Family History Society (MNFHS) was formed in September 1994 and is a member of the Family History Federation.

Our local members have an interest in Family History in general but do not necessarily have genealogical links to this part of Norfolk. However, we have a large number of distant members with interests in Mid Norfolk and we aim to assist in their research by collecting and recording family history information from within an area of approximately 10 miles around Dereham. The collection of local information is growing steadily.

Local members may borrow from our extensive library of family history and local interest publications. Requests and enquiries from members are always welcome. But please note that the Society is unable to undertake deep research. A two-part Membership Application Form can be downloaded from our website (PDF format).

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. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 7.30 at The Salvation Army hall in Dereham. We give three performances a year at Christmas, Easter and in the Summer. Our selection of music reflects these occasions. You can see examples of our repertoire on our website.

Strikes Bowling & Planet Zoom

With our ten lane bowling alley and large children’s indoor soft play area, there is fun for all the family. We have a fully licensed bar and diner serving food from 11am to 8pm.

Enjoy a game of American Pool on one of our pool tables, relax with one of our special drinks including ice cold beers or sodas or sample something tasty from our American style diner menu.

Two american style pool tables and one standard pool table with amusement machines throughout the centre.

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.

Wellspring Family Church

We are a friendly and growing Christian Church based in Dereham, the heart of Norfolk. We meet on a Sunday morning to worship Jesus in a very informal way, and to enjoy time together.  The service is at 10.30, with coffee and tea available.  Lots of children’s work.
See our website for our other activities.
Our sister charity, Wellspring Family Centre, runs a variety of social, youth, and community support activities.  See https://www.wfcdereham.org/