Community organisations

aboutDereham Partnership

Dereham has many assets and many things going for it as a place to live and a place to visit, yet these are not fully appreciated and more could be done to promote the town and its virtues to potential visitors. Although Dereham has a very strong shopping offer, free car parking and a twice weekly market, the town does not promote these assets across Norfolk. If we can attract more town visitors, the existing shops and restaurants will flourish and local jobs will be saved. We also have a number of first-rate attractions, many of which are listed on this website – see the main listing.

The aboutDereham Partnership consists of voluntary and community groups based in and around Dereham. Our adopted mission is:

“To promote and contribute to Dereham as an economically successful and culturally vibrant centre: a good place to live and a great place to visit.”

Phone 01362 695084
Caring Friends for Cancer mid Norfolk

Caring Friends for Cancer Mid Norfolk is a group of volunteers set up to help all those, with family and friends, who are impacted by cancer. We can provide all sorts of services from transport for that all important visit to medical appointments, to providing equipment. We also organise outings and events that offer a social life, help with filling in forms and advice on what financial help you are entitled to. We can also offered tailored respite breaks, depending on your needs. Our volunteers are fully DBS checked and can visit you at home if that’s more convenient.

We also have a huge selection of mobility equipment including mobility scooters available.Just let us know what you need and we will help.

We are now open in our office in Norwich Street, up near the traffic lights, Tuesday to Friday 9-12, where you will find a warm welcome and a coffee.

With over 100 members and a team of volunteers who have experience in the nursing sector, be it counselling or hands-on nursing, we offer a comprehensive service.

Cowper Congregational Church

The Cowper Memorial Congregational Church has been witnessing to the gospel from its position in Dereham Market Place since it was founded in 1874 on the site that had been previously the home of William Cowper.

Norfolk was a county that William Cowper had come to love early in his life, the family were connected with the Donne’s, a family honourably known all over Norfolk. Much of Cowper’s memories of his early years was concerned with visits to and from the Donne’s, racing around the garden with the Donne’s children, picking currants in the orchard.

In 1795 Cowper moved to Norfolk with Mary Unwin. They originally stayed at North Tuddenham, then at Dunham Lodge near Swaffham and then Mundesley before finally settling in East Dereham, where both of them died and are buried side by side in what is now called the Cowper Chapel, in St Nicholas Church, East Dereham.

William Cowper is probably best known to most people as a hymnwriter, especially the combined work he did with his great friend John Newton known as The Olney Hymns. In his day Cowper wrote a number of hymns that are still loved and sung today, one being “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform”.

Dereham Aid Centre

Dereham Aid Centre was originally set up to both support the local Ukraine families being hosted locally but also as a drop Centre for Humanitarian Aid being sent across Europe

We work with the People from Abroad team to help support local Refugees from several countries as well as support and work with local homeless people and organisations.

We also support victims of DV.


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

Phone 01362 695221 or 07749542059 Mon-Fri 9-12
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 Cancer Care

Our Support and Information Centre is run by Volunteers, who offer support, friendship and information to cancer patients, their families and carers, indeed anyone whose life is touched by cancer in the Dereham area. Visit our trained Volunteer Befrienders for a coffee and a chat, some of whom have had cancer themselves and have experienced what you may be going through, others have lost a loved one to cancer and are now here to support you. We are here to help you on your journey with cancer.

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 Community Fridge
The Community Fridge rescues food that is past its ‘best before’ date, but within its ‘use by’ date, meaning it is perfectly fine to eat.

Anyone and everyone is able to visit the fridge and take something(s) that they can use. Some of the businesses that donate to us are: Dereham Tesco, Dereham Aldi, Necton and Dereham Co-op, Dereham Flour & Bean, Watton Lidl, as well as seasonal donations of Church Harvest Festival collections. We never know what will be on offer each day so please just come by and see if you can make use of anything!

The primary aims are to reduce food waste and to give people in food poverty access to free food. When there is a queue of people you may be given a limit to the number of items you can take to make sure everyone gets something. We ask visitors to be respectful and only take what they will use.

Dereham Community Litter Pickers

We are a friendly group of volunteers who welcome people of all ages and abilities to join us in keeping our town greener and cleaner.

We have found that people join us for many reasons other than just cleaning up our streets. These may include gentle exercise, meeting like minded people, a family activity, feeling a sense of achievement and much more.

If you are interested in joining us please follow our Dereham Community Litter Pickers page on Facebook (click on the top of the Facebook feed on the right and see our next Event), Next-Door App, Twitter, Instagram or Morrisons Dereham Community Noticeboard to see our up coming meet-ups. Alternatively feel free to pop us an email

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
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:

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 Library

Dereham Library is open

  • Monday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Tuesday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Wednesday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Thursday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Friday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Saturday: 8am-4pm (staffed 9.30am-4pm)
  • Sunday:10am-4pm

To visit the library during unstaffed times registration for the Open Library service is required and terms and conditions apply.  Please speak to a member of staff during a staffed time to find out more and to register. You can;

  • browse the shelves and borrow books
  • return items through our self-service kiosks or through the drop box (to the right of the front door) out of hours
  • collect reservations
  • use a pc or study space
  • photocopy and print from library pc or your own mobile device
  • pick up free bags of toiletries and tricky period products (subject to stock availability)
  • use the baby weigh scales
  • join one of our social/activity groups such as Just a Cuppa, Bounce & Rhyme and Knit & Natter
  • get digital support with help from one of our Computer Buddies (booking required)

You can join the library here Find out more about the Norfolk library service here Libraries local history and archives – Norfolk County Council

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 Salvation Army

A Christian Church, with a very active congregation and lots of activities. These include: a Salvation Army band, a pensioners group, junior practice, a Sunday School.

The church provides a warm place on Tuesday mornings when they offer a light lunch, warm drinks and activities such as puzzles so people can stay for a while and socialise. Although designed to help with costs of energy, it has become a welcoming environment for some people who are lonely. Because of this it is likely the ‘warm place’ scheme will continue at least until Easter and possibly beyond.

Friday morning is coffee and cake morning. Recently Jennifer and Michael provided safeguarding training to 10 volunteers who can provide a listening ear to the people who come to the church for whatever reason. For anyone wishing to help with what they do, they are actively looking for help in the kitchen.

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 Town Pastors

Dereham Town Pastors was launched in 2016 as a voluntary, independent, inter-denominational church initiative to bring a safe and welcoming presence on the streets of Dereham. The aim is primarily to serve people, regardless of faith or background, by listening, showing concern and where possible, offering practical help on a non-judgemental and unconditional basis. We work closely with Dereham Town Council, local police and the emergency services in helping Dereham become a safer place.
The Town Pastors are very visible in their bright pink waistcoats and work in pairs on Friday afternoons twice a month and monthly on a Friday night between 10pm and 2am. Town Pastors undertake extensive training including safeguarding, drugs and alcohol awareness and first aid and each patrol is supported by a prayer team at a base in the town and others praying at home.

Phone 07941 492020
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 they are sturdy with good handrails. 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 tea room owned by the Partea Hut which serves coffee/tea and delicious home made scones, cakes and other refreshments. Full disabled facilities are available within the tea room and grounds, including a specially adapted picnic bench.

Green Pastures Dereham

A Christian book shop located in Norwich Street Dereham

Jordan Young Independent Funeral Home

We are an established family funeral directors, committed to serving the community with the upmost professionalism, dignity, care and respect. We offer bespoke funeral packages which can be amended to suit all wishes and denominations, ranging from our unattended cremation and burial services to the traditional package.

We also provide all associated services such as EPS pre-payment plans, bereavement support & signposting, and arrangements of:

Stonemasonry, floral tributes, memorial jewellery and sundries, funeral media, tributes including newspaper announcements and online donations, wakes, memorials, ashes interments, repatriations

Funeral finance from 0% interest available

We are extremely proud of our Dereham community and we organise monthly fundraisers to support local causes and groups. We have so far raised over £700 through our coffee mornings and raffle events. Please get in touch if there is something which deserves support and/or awareness in the Dereham District.


We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01362 692193

Phone 01362 692193 (24 Hours)
Justin Steward Clearances and Recycling

We have a variety of services that we offer from shed, house, garage or office clearances, to a free scrap collection service within the local area. We are also able to service your commercial business bin and collection needs. We are dedicated to recycling and are ready to help you with all of your clearance requirements.

Love Dereham

Love Dereham is a local charity that seeks to show love to the people of Dereham. We offer a range of projects that deliver love in a variety of practical and tangible ways. Some of these include Dereham Community Fridge, Job Club & Let’s Chat. The charity was formally known as Dereham Community Support Centre and was founded in 2011. From its beginnings, the charity has been closely linked with local churches; having a Christian ethos at the heart of all that it seeks to do. However, no-one will be discriminated against in respect of their faith, background or sexuality.​ The primary focus of the charity has always been to support individuals to engage with and feel part of their community.

Methodist Church

We have two Methodist Churches within Dereham – Trinity on Theatre Street, and Toftwood, (Chapel Lane). There are also another 5 Chapels in the surrounding villages: Beetley, Gressenhall, Wendling, Garvestone and Mattishall. We offer a traditional worship style with services led by our minister, Rev Anne Richardson, and local preachers.

The story of Methodism in Dereham may well have begun on the very site of Trinity church! The Rev. John Wesley made over forty visits to Norfolk and passed through Dereham frequently on his travels between Norwich and King’s Lynn, along the route of the old A47. Word of his coming went ahead of him and crowds gathered to see the once abused but now venerated evangelist. He records in his journal that, on 3rd October 1788, having come from Lynn on the coach called ‘Expedition’, which held four people, “Going through Dereham about noon I was desired to preach, which I willingly did.”

Nowadays, we meet weekly for worship, and have regular prayer, Bible study and Holy Communion. Our buildings are used extensively for local community groups as well as Church-led fellowships and social activities.

If you want more information please contact us, or find us on Facebook – our page is: Methodists in & around Dereham

Mid Norfolk Food Bank

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. Our foodbank in Dereham was founded in 2012 by local churches and community groups, and is run predominantly by volunteers. Across the Mid Norfolk network 1,849 three-day emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis last year (2021).

If you are in a food crisis, we have set up a process for issuing Foodbank vouchers remotely – to obtain one, please contact Citizens’ Advice on 0800 1448848 or Breckland District Council on 01362 656870.

Alternatively, please call Help through Hardship free to talk confidentially to a trained Citizens Advice adviser on 0808 208 2138 (Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm) They can help address your crisis and provide support to maximise your income, help you navigate the benefits system, and identify any additional grants you could be entitled to. If needed, they’ll issue you with a voucher so you can get an emergency food parcel from your local food bank.

Our Dereham distribution centre is located at Wellspring Family Church, 35 Neatherd Road, Dereham NR19 2AE and is open on Monday from 1.30pm-3.30pm and Friday from 1pm-3pm.

Orion Cinema

Dereham’s own Independent Cinema located in the heart of the town.

Showing the latest releases and offering tickets, snacks and drinks at affordable prices.

Whether it be a date-night or a family outing, the Orion Cinema offers state of the art presentation right here in the heart of the Community.

Our Screens are available to hire for private screenings, parties or groups wishing to see a special film.

Phone 01362 691133
St Nicholas Parish Church

St Nicholas Church at Dereham is the largest church within the Dereham and District Team. The mission of St. Nicholas is to bring the Christian message to the people of Dereham. We do this through regular services, Messy Church, working with other Christian denominations in the town, holding huge numbers of weddings and baptisms, and much more besides.
St. Nicholas runs several groups, including ‘Tea n Tots’, ‘Hymn-sing’ and ‘Thursday men’. Details can be found on our website.

The Church is centrally placed just off the Market Square and aims to be a central part of the community. In addition to the usual weekly services, special services such as the annual Festival of Remembrance in November and the Battle of Britain service in September provide civic occasions for the whole community. The magnificent building is also ideal for concerts and recitals with many musicians making use of the facilities.

You can find us on Facebook too:


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