Local organisations, listed alphabetically

Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

55 years of the Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum 1963 - 2018

Virtually untouched by the 21st century, this beautiful timber-framed, thatched building is particularly noted for its unusual coloured pargetting. Originally three cottages, it is the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham, and with its original sloping ceilings, tiny rooms, twisting staircases and wooden beams, it is easy to imagine how the many previous inhabitants lived here in the past. It is now the town’s Museum, with the building itself being perhaps the Museum’s single most important resource.

The museum is now closed until 2019: for opening times, probably from May, check on our website and go to opening times.

Website  http://www.derehamhistory.com/museum.html
E-mail      amandalovejoy666@gmail.com
Dementia Friendly Dereham

The Dereham Dementia Friendly Group is made up of volunteers who are based at the Dereham Meeting Point, on St.Withburga Lane near the parish church.

We are a group of like-minded individuals from a range of different backgrounds who have been growingly aware of the impact of Dementia on the lives of people in our community. In some cases we have had personal experience of this condition in our lives and families. We believe as a group that it is vital all those with Dementia should be able to lead a full and active life and we want to be part of that whenever possible.

As a group we have a simple goal which is ..to provide information and guidance for carers and people living with Dementia in our local community..of Dereham and district.

Website  http://www.dementia-friendly-dereham.co.uk
Dereham & District Guide Dogs

We co-ordinate the Norwich Forum for Guide Dog owners, including people waiting for a guide dog. Locally, in Dereham, we raise funds for the national association for guide dogs so that more dogs can be trained for people that need them. We look after the collection boxes around town, sometimes you will see us with a collection tin and we also host a garden party each year in the grounds of our home to raise funds. We have opportunities for volunteers to join us and we can provide a speaker for local schools and clubs.

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.

Website  https://derehamallotments.wordpress.com/
E-mail      derehamallotments@fastmail.fm
Phone     01362 693285
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.

Website  http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/
E-mail      derehambluesfestival@gmail.com
Phone     01362 695084
Dereham Carnival

Sometime in 2015 an idea started to grow. On paper it seemed simple. 'Let's bring the Carnival back to Dereham and let's create a day that would make memories'.

We knew we wanted to bring something to our town that would live on in the memory and serve as a bedrock for future events. We knew from the beginning that these things don't get magicked out of thin air and cost money...so we turned towards the business community.

To say the community stepped up is an understatement. Over 30 locally based companies supported the event by purchasing sponsorship packages which allowed us to grow the event at a far faster pace than we first anticipated. Other support flooded in over the 12 months prior to July 2016 and we started to realise we were on to something massive.

The response from the public was phenomenal. The streets were lined with 1000's of happy smiling faces as was the Rec after the parade had led people there. We could of only dreamed of the amount of people who turned out on that glorious sunny day firstly to enjoy the daytime activities and then stay late into the evening to enjoy the live music. It was a joy to see.

So what of 2018. Well it is happening again on Sunday July 22nd and we will release all the details as the time gets nearer but rest assured it will be bigger, brighter and better. But, like 2017, we need everybody's help to make it happen again. It began in 2015 as a seed of an idea, now we just need to nurture it and watch it grow into something even better year on year.

Website  https://www.derehamcarnival.co.uk/
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.

Website  https://www.derehamjazzsociety.com/
Dereham Meeting Point

Dereham Meeting Point was established in 1986, as a place for the disabled and over 55's to meet and socialise.

The Meeting Point has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with staff and volunteers always willing to offer help and support.

A home cooked two course lunch is provided daily. Lunch is served at 12 noon (Monday to Friday), at the very reasonable price of £5-00. Booking is required and we ask you to do this on the day, before 10:30am this can be in person or over the phone.

Alternative menus can be provided and we will do our best to accommodate for all dietary needs.

Teas and Coffees with snacks from the serving hatch are available throughout the day for a small charge.

Dereham Meeting Point is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - Registration No. 11164258

Website  http://www.webjam2.com/derehammeetingpoint
E-mail      derehammeetingpoint@gmail.com
Phone     01362 698866
Dereham Memorial Hall

Dereham Memorial Hall was built in 1818 and was originally a coachworks. During the First World War it was turned into the Picture Palace, showing silent films. In 1934 it was converted into a heated swimming pool, which is still underneath the Hall’s floor to this day. In the winter the pool was boarded up and the Hall became a dance and concert venue.

During the Second World War it became a cinema again; now known as the Pool Cinema. The Urban District Council purchased the Hall and, in 1949, it was renamed the Memorial Hall in honour of those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

In December 2011 the hall was reopened by Dereham Town Council after an 18 month and £2.3 million refurbishment and extension as a multi-use community facility capable of accommodating professional shows and community activities.

A separate, voluntary organisation, 'the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall', promotes a wide range of shows and produce a 6 monthly brochure of all public events.

Tickets for current events on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk/fodmh

Website  http://derehammemorialhall.co.uk/
E-mail      info4fdmh@email.com
Phone     01362 696900
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! On November the 15th (Thursday) we have a presentation by renowned nature photographer Jamie Hall at our usual venue Toftwood Methodist Church Rooms commencing at 19-30. cost £2.50 on the door; well worth a visit to see photography at the top end.

Website  https://www.derehamphotographicclub.co.uk/
E-mail      malcolm.searle@icloud.com
Phone     01760 723 469
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 members of the Isthmian (Bostik) and Eastern Counties Youth (Thurlow Nunn) Football Leagues and are affiliated to the Norfolk County Football Association. Please do keep an eye out for upcoming games as both new and old supporters are always welcome.

Aldiss Park:
The ground has covered seating for 150 and covered standing for 125. 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 our 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. It is a great way to build brand awareness locally whilst supporting your local club, so please do get in touch should this be of interest.

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 would are interested in using this space.

Website  http://www.derehamtownfc.co.uk/
E-mail      enquiries@derehamtownfc.co.uk
Phone     01362 690460
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
E-mail      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.

Website  http://www.derehamwindmill.co.uk/
E-mail      bb.kwebb@btinternet.com
Phone     01362691164
Friendly Faces

Friendly Faces offers some support to people who care for family members with dementia at home, or people who are facing dementia but living alone. The group is informal and welcoming, offering information and signposting, and an opportunity to share concerns with other people over a coffee.
Friendly Faces meets on the third Thursday monthly at 10.15 a.m. in the Dereham Baptist Church Hall. There is parking at the church, off the High Street. The group is indebted to the Baptist Church for donating the use of their hall.

Phone     01362 693969/696372
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Enjoy a fascinating journey through the story of rural Norfolk, at this museum and traditional farm set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside.

Stand in the evocative workhouse settings, face to face with projections of staff and inmates and listen to first hand stories, often tragic, sometimes inspirations, from the people who once walked these whitewashed corridors.

Visit ‘Land Girls and Lumber Jills’, old village shops, recreated cottage garden, orchard and traditional farm with rare breed livestock.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse makes a superb setting for a great day out for all the family. You’ll need a whole day to begin to discover all its wonders.


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
E-mail      paula.grigglestone@oddfellows.co.uk
Phone     01362 696536 mon wed fri
Kickstart Norfolk

Based in Dereham, Kickstart Norfolk is the largest and only sustainable Wheels to Work Charity in the UK. Recognising transport as being a major contributor to employment and personal issues in rural communities, Kickstart Norfolk was established to assist people residing across the Norfolk area to move forward with their lives by providing them with fully funded or partially funded means of transport.
Since records and statistics began in 2003, our charity has received 14,924 applications from individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds, with over 7,700 individuals progressing on to a moped scheme.
Having their own transport has enabled Kickstart Norfolk’s service users to address their complex barriers to work, or to seek, secure and sustain provisions that improve their lives. Of the 7,700 individuals progressing onto a moped scheme, 4,750 were able to secure, engage and sustain employment, training or education provisions.
In recognition of our outstanding service, Kickstart Norfolk have been presented with the EDP Business Awards 2017, Skills of Tomorrow Award.
If transport is a problem for you please call a member of our friendly team, we are happy to help.

Website  http://www.kickstartmopeds.org.uk
E-mail      info@kickstartmopeds.org.uk
Phone     01362 699923
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 practical, tangible ways. Some of these include Dereham Community Fridge, Job Club, Life Skills Group, The Hub (for young people aged 11-16) and ESOL (English for speakers of other languages).
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.

E-mail      contact@lovedereham.org.uk
Mid Norfolk Railway

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is owned and operated by the volunteers of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust. From our base in Dereham, Norfolk, we operate Heritage Rail services along the 11 mile line to the market town of Wymondham, just outside Norwich. We are also working to extend services north from Dereham towards North Elmham and County School, with an aim of reaching Fakenham in the future.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust was set up in 1995 to buy the line from Wymondham to Dereham. The station at Dereham was cleaned up, and open days held. After building a platform at Rash’s Green near Dereham, passenger trains were run between there and Yaxham in 1995. This was a huge success and provided tangible evidence of the Trust’s achievements and its ability to operate the line. After relaying track into Dereham station in early 1997, the first train ran from the station in the summer

Website  http://www.mnr.org.uk/
E-mail      info@mnr.org.uk
Phone     01362 851723
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) is one of the largest fraternal organisations in the United Kingdom. The order started in 1822 and is known as the Buffs to members. The purpose of the organisation is fellowship and, as a charitable organisation, to work in the local community, helping those its members promise to assist in times of difficulty or need. The organisation's values are justice, truth and philanthropy.

The Dereham II Lodge meets every Monday evening at 8.00pm at Toftwood Social Centre.

Website  http://www.raobgle.org.uk/
E-mail      paterandmaureenhart@talktalk.net
St Nicholas Parish Church

St Nicholas Church at Dereham is the largest church within the 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.

St Withburga’s Well

St Withburga's Well is a holy spring located in the churchyard of St Nicholas in the centre of East Dereham. The water sprang from the grave of St Withburga when her bones were removed.

A plaque records that "The ruins of a tomb which contained the remains of Withburga, youngest daughter of Anna, King of East Angles, who died AD 654. The Abbot and monks of Ely stole this precious relic and translocated to Ely Cathedral, where it was interred near her three royal sisters, AD 974"

The About Dereham 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 we will be able to attract other national brands.

The About Dereham Partnership consists currently of dedicated volunteers who will put energy and commitment into the overall aim of improving the image of 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.”

Website  https://aboutdereham.org/partnership
E-mail      hello@aboutDereham.org
Phone     01362 695084
Trinity Methodist Church

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 have numerous clubs and societies. We have our wonderful flower ladies who make sure there are beautiful floral arrangements every Sunday. We have coffee mornings, sales, fetes, plays, musicals, concerts, meals and a 3 day flower festival, as well as all the special services that are important in the church calendar,; Christmas, Easter, Harvest Festival.

Website  http://trinitymethodistdereham.org
E-mail      admin@trinitymethodistdereham.org
Phone     01362 695582
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.

Website  https://u3asites.org.uk/dereham/
Wellspring Family Church

Wellspring Family Church is a friendly, lively, growing Christian Church serving the community of Dereham and the surrounding villages since 2002.
Called to be Salt & Light to Dereham and the surrounding area through worship, prayer, proclamation and service.

Through our Wellspring Family Centre charity we are committed to helping those in need in our local community. We host local community groups like the Mid-Norfolk Foodbank and we also operate our own projects.

Come and join us, a warm welcome awaits.

Website  https://www.wellspringfamilychurch.org
E-mail      office@wfcdereham.org
Phone     01362 854581