Latest News and Information

 Village Defibrillator

The village defibrillator is located on the outer wall of the Village Hall, facing the road. To access the defibrillator in an emergency, please call 999 to receive a code.

Downham Market Train Station Ticket Desk

The Downham Market train station ticket desk (and many others) is possibly going to close. The closure is open for public consultation and that should anyone wish to comment or object, they should e-mail:

[email protected]

by Wed 26th July 2023.

Conversations Matter in Adult Social Care – tell us what adult social care in Norfolk means to you…

Norfolk Council wishes to update its strategy for adult social care in Norfolk.  They want as many residents as possible to get involved with shaping its adult social care strategy. Deadline for feedback is 1 September 2023.

Should residents or family members be interested, there is a short survey that can be completed (libraries have hard copies or forms can be downloadable on-line):


Please find details of drop-in discussion sessions below (no need to book, just turn up and join in on the day):

Downham Market Library* – 21 July 2023 – 12 noon until 4 pm

Downham Market Library* – 11 Aug 2023 – 10 am until 4 pm

*78 Priory Road, Downham Market PE38 9JS (near Tesco’s)

See website for other venues (King’s Lynn library etc).


Latest Scams, Consumer Alerts and News from Norfolk County Council Trading Standards

This week we’re highlighting the following Scams, Consumer Alerts and News:

  1. Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold calling incidents
  2. Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be ‘bank security’
  3. Scam Alert – HMRC Scams
  4. Scam Alert – Investment Scams
  5. Allergy Alert – Warp Snacks is recalling a number of Lentil Bites and Chips products because they may contain gluten which is not declared on the label

More advice and updates

For more advice and updates you can:

  1. Visit our Consumer Alerts web page and catch up on previous alerts
  2. Find us on Facebook
  3. Follow us on Twitter

Reporting scams

Reporting scams you receive helps us continue to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people.
You can report scams and get further advice from our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline:

0808 223 1133 (freephone)
Citizens Advice consumer service website

If you’ve been the victim of an online scam you can get advice and support from Citizens Advice Scams Action:

0808 250 5050 (freephone)
Citizens Advice Scams Action website

You can also report Frauds, Cyber Crime and Phishing attempts to Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Crime reporting centre:

0300 123 2040
Action Fraud website


Local Election

Are you interested in becoming a councillor?

You are eligible to become a parish councillor if you are an elector, over 18 years of age and meet the criteria listed bellow.

For at least 12 months you have either:

  • lived in or within 3 miles of the parish
  • worked within the parish
  • owned property or land in the parish

You are one of the following:

  • a commonwealth citizen
  • a British citizen

To apply to be a candidate in the local election, being held on the 4th of May, you must complete a nomination form. To complete the form you will need a resident of the parish to propose you and another to second. You may wish to nominate someone else if you think they would be a good candidate!

You can download a nomination form from HERE. If you are unable to download and print the form then please contact the council clerk at [email protected] to receive one in the post. Nomination forms must be hand delivered to King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1EX between March 21st and 4:00pm on April 4th.

There are 7 seats on the West Dereham Parish Council. Therefore, an election will only be required if more than 7 nominations are received.

Voter ID Requirement

From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This will apply to:

  • Local elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.

If you don’t have an accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate. Find out more about accepted forms of photo ID, how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, and what to expect on polling day by visiting:

A County Deal for Norfolk

Norfolk County Council have launched a consultation on A County Deal for Norfolk. As part of this consultation, they will be gathering feedback from residents across the county through a series of community drop-in events.

Key links

More information about the County Deal

Norfolk County Council and the Government have agreed, in principle, a new County Deal, to transfer funding and powers to Norfolk – a process known as devolution. This provides an opportunity to unlock significant funding and for decisions currently made in Whitehall to be made in Norfolk, for Norfolk.

You can access dates for community drop-in events here.

New Bus Service – 66

This 66 service starts 30th January 2023 and will run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the year, connecting the village to local towns. The bus will be coming from Stoke Ferry and Wretton so will enter the village via Church Road, and exit via Ryston Road before heading to the A10. This service is also a hail and ride service so can be waved down (in a safe space) as it travels through.

Downham Market – Stoke Ferry  

DOWNHAM MARKET, Hollies Car Park                 10:18    13:15

Bexwell, Church                                                     10:22    13:19

Crimplesham, Market Lane                                   10:24    13:21

Wereham, Church Lane                                         10:29    13:26

Stoke Ferry, Lynn Road                                          10:34    13:31

Stoke Ferry, Wretton Road                                    10:35    13:32

Wretton, The Old Red Lion                                    10:37    13:34

West Dereham, Telephone Box                              10:43    13:40

DOWNHAM MARKET, Hollies Car Park                  10:55    13:52

Mobile Library Service

(Updated March 2022)

A full local village timetable is available by clicking on the following link


Advice from Norfolk County Council regarding flooding can be found here

Flooding helpline
Norfolk Flooding Helpline


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