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Friday 8th September
Harling Old School Hall at 7pm
All are welcome to come along to celebrate our village finest
NOMINATIONS for the Freedom of the Parish Awards close on the 21st July,
 so not long to go to nominate that unsung hero, charity worker, amazing young person, a carer, someone who always goes the extra mile, a fundraiser, a life saver !
Send your nominations to
giving as much information as possible about your chosen hero






























At this annual meeting we will look at the Parish Council  and Trust accounts

Hear reports from local community groups

The Parish Council Chairman's Annual report

Updates on projects in the village



If there is anything you would like to see on the agenda please write to me at least one week before the meeting.


Coffee and biscuits will be served


We look forward to seeing you there.





For those of you who may use the bus service in the village, there are some proposed changes from September.


From what we understand is the direct services from East Harling to Norwich will be withdrawn and replaced by a service to Attleborough, which will link the bus and train services to Norwich, giving a faster overall journey time.  The new service will start and finish at Park court,


Here is a link to a document given to passengers in case you would like to make comment on the proposals.


If you could please pass this onto anyone who uses the service.

Harling Parish Council pleased to confirm that the councillors signed up to the Civility & Respect Pledge.

Throughout many Town and Parish Councils there are growing concerns about the impact of bullying, harassment, and intimidation on local councils, councillors, clerks and council staff and the effectiveness of local councils. For this reason the National Association of Local Councils has been working with partner organisations to put civility and respect at the top of the agenda and start a culture change for the local council sector.

Harling Parish Council has signed the pledge to demonstrate it is committed to standing up to poor behaviour across the sector and driving through positive changes that support civil and respectful conduct. This is the result of growing concerns about the impact of bullying, harassment and intimidation on local councils, councillors, clerks and council staff and the effectiveness of local councils.



Notice of Election for all the Parish Councils in the Breckland area




It is with great pride that I can announce today that Philip Edge has been recommended to His Majesty the King for the honour of Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) in the 2023 New Years Honours List. 


This medal recognises outstanding achievements or service to the community which have had a long-term significant impact.


Philip has worked tiresley and voluntarily, within our community for many decades now, not only as Parish Council Chairman but on committees such as the Old School Hall, Youth Centre, Village Trusts, Recreation Ground, and many more over the years.


Philip has supported our community not for the recognition, but just for the love of East Harling and the desire to see it flourish and continue to the be the wonderful village that it is,


Congratulations Philip, it is a privilege to work alongside you.

Kate Filby

Clerk to Harling Parish Council















Tenders are invited for the sporting rights over the 54 acres of East Harling Fen, for the three year period commencing 1st February 2023.


Written letter of tenders, not later than Friday 1st February 2023, to Mrs K Filby, Clerk to East Harling Combined Trust, 5 The Bailiwick, East Harling, NR16 2NF


Enquires to


Please note the land has no vehicular access and is accessed on foot only via the very top of Fen Lane.




NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order

affecting the U33180 School Lane 110m west from its junction with

Market Street for 30m westwards in PARISH OF HARLING because of electrical

connection works.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 17 th to 21 st October 2022

for the duration of the works expected to be about 5 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: School Lane, West Harling Road, Church Road, Memorial

Green, Market Street.

(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the

date of the Order).

Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention.

In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on

site in advance.

The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Harvey Woodyatt

(Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.

Dated this 30 th day of September 2022.



What exactly is it?

Grants are available to residents of East Harling in need and will be considered for reasons such as:

• Special payments to relieve sudden distress

• Travelling expenses for entering or leaving hospital,

convalescent homes or similar

• Payments to assist in meeting electricity or gas bills

• Tools or books to help to earn a living

• Payments to relieve sickness or infirmity

• Payment towards the cost of adaptations to the homes of the


• Invalid chairs for the disabled

• Food for special diets, medical or other aids

How do I apply?

You can contact the Clerk of the Trust Mrs Kate Filby, either in writing to 5, The Bailiwick or by email

A full application will need to be completed and all applications are treated in the strictest of confidence, and are looked at on an individual basis by means testing.


Work will begin next week on a new car park and access to the Garboldisham Road cemetery.

There may be some disruption to journeys as traffic lights will be in place for a short time so the contractors can work safely.

Please bear with us whilst we make these essential improvements, which will allow safer access to and from the cemetery.





On Monday the 19th September, the Parish council will be marking the death of her Majesty with a 2 minute silence at Memorial Green at 10am.

The Chairman of the Council will be laying a floral tribute and residents are invited to join the Council the Rev'd Richardson in a short service.

The book of condolence will remain open in the Hall until Friday 16th September at 5pm.



Harling Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time.

A ten day period of mourning will commence on the 9th day of September 2022

There will be a book of condolence for parishioners to sign at Harling Old School Hall from Friday 8th September.

Further details to follow.

Mr Philip Edge

Chairman Harling Parish Council


Parish Council create new cycle parking area!


We have a new addition to the village!   New secure cycle parking area, with bench, bin and planters.   Once again the Parish Council have taken a un used and unsightly part of the village and turned it into an attractive area with a great purpose.  Funding from Brecklands Council's S106 monies was used to repave the area opposite the village Co-Op store.  Previously shoppers would lean their bikes against the window of the supermarket, blocking up the path way, now they have some safe and secure to leave their bikes.  Also we hope that having somewhere to park bikes will encourage more residents to walk to the shops then drive.  












The wooden play train and the Rec park has sadly now seen better days, after 22 years of service . The Rec Ground Trust will be looking to replace the train and would like suggestions from play park users as to what should replace it. Would you like to see another play train?
Or something completely different ?
The Trust would love to hear your suggestions.

email the Clerk at


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Come and meet your Parish Council at our stand at the East Harling Fete on Sunday 3rd July 12-4pm
We have ideas but we want to hear yours too!
We will have some presentation boards with ideas we have and would love your feedback and your ideas so together we can make East Harling a village to be proud of.


 I would like to a say a HUGE thank you to all those involved in making Thursday 2nd June a truly memorable day for our village

We have had some lovely comments from people saying how much fun they had and when is the next event !!

Local businesses and individuals who made the day possible:

 SP Blades Construction, Around Midnight, Foulgers Transport, East Harling Sports & Social Club, Pete Blades, Combat Paintball & Loud FX .


And a big thank you too,  to our sponsors:


Harling Water

Clarke Gosling

Newton Press

G Prodromou

Simon Long

Kate Filby - Clerk


































Will be held on Friday the 6th May and all are invited to attend, the ceremony starts at 7pm and refreshments will be served after the awards.



An opportunity to pause, reflect and show solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

All welcome at The Poplars, Saturday 26th March at 5.30pm.

In association with the Parish Council and St Peter and St Paul's Church.


Harling Parish Council, along with East Harling Sports and Social Club, will be hosting a day of celebrations to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee on the 2nd June. There will be live music, food, children's entertainment and the lighting of a beacon at 9.45pm.

If you are a local business and wish to donate to this event for the whole village to enjoy, or would like to offer your help in any other way on the day , please get in touch



March Contact Magazine is now here!

WERE YOU A VOLUNTEER during the Covid-19 crisis?

The Parish Council want you to get in touch.

We have counted up an amazing 107 people who put their name forward to help their neighbours during the lockdowns in 2020, and many carried on helping through 2021.

And the Parish Council want to say thank you!, on behalf of every one in the village who was helped, even in the smallest way during those difficult times.

At the annual East Harling Freedom of The Parish awards evening on Friday 6th May, we want to invite all those volunteers to join us, so we can say a big thank you, along with recognising the amazing work of two other Harling residents for their decades of supporting our wonderful Village.

So please get in touch with us by email just confirming your name and if you and a plus one would be able to come along to the event (latest date to confirm 31st March)

Email -

Please do share this information with anyone else you know who put their name forward to help.

Thank you,

Kate Filby

Harling Parish Council

Are you ready for Bin Day Change in Breckland?

Breckland residents are being encouraged to look out for information about changes to their household waste and recycling collections, which will be hitting doormats over the next three weeks.

Serco, which provides waste collection services for Breckland Council, is making these changes to reduce the distances bin trucks are travelling to collect household rubbish each week, while improving route efficiencies to accommodate new homes being built within the district.

The changes will be introduced from Monday, 21 March and will mean that around half of the households in Breckland will see a change to the day their household waste and recycling is collected. Those residents remaining on the same collection day may have a change to their collection time so it’s important that they put their bins out by 6.30am. Bins will continue to be collected on an alternating fortnightly basis.

From late February and into early March, Serco will be sending a leaflet to all Breckland Council residents to advise of any changes to their existing household waste and recycling service. Bins will continue to be collected on an alternating weekly basis and people with a garden waste subscription will not see this service change.

Cllr Sarah Suggitt, Executive Member for Planning, Leisure and Contracts, at Breckland Council, commented: “These changes will make our service more efficient and help minimise our carbon footprint. Bin Day Change is coming from 21 March, so watch out for your leaflet  over the next few weeks. It will include a calendar for the coming year, so you’ll always know when to put the bin out!”

Emma Windle, Senior Contract Manager for Norfolk said: “Even if your collection day is not changing it is likely that your collection time will change, so please do make sure your bin is out by 6.30am.”

For further information on Bin Day Change in Breckland visit


Freedom of the Parish Awards 2022

We are excited to announce that the award ceremony will be taking place this year after a 2 year absence.  The date has been set for the

6th May and we will not only be honouring our nominees from 2020 but also some other important members of our community. More details will follow soon.....

Your Safer Neighbourhood Team update here


We are sadly hearing reports of Coronavirus and the Omicron variant in our village, with residents once again needing the support of their neighbours whilst they isolate.

The Parish Council's support line is still up and running and we are ready to take calls from those who are having to isolate due to the virus and have no one else to help them.

The number is 07936 305 761

If you were one of our amazing volunteers who has helped out in the past and are still able to, then please email or call me to re register.

Contact Magazine for December here

Contact Magazine for November here

Join us for the official opening of

East Harling Community Garden


11th September at 11am


The Chair of Breckland Council will officially open the garden, and dedicate it to the memory of David Gee.


Everyone is welcome to come along and see the amazing transformation of this area, meet the volunteers and find out about how you can support the future development of the garden.

Contact magazine for September here

Contact Magazine now available to view here!



The Parish Council are pleased and proud to announce that the Community Garden has been given an award to recognise the work carried out to turn an unused and unloved space into a wildlife haven under "The Rural Living Category" by CPRE (The Norfolk Countryside Charity).

The Judges were extremely impressed with the extent of the transformation and the dedication of all the volunteers involved.

Special thanks to Liz Mould, Rachel Robb and Colin Bolger.

If you would like to get involved in anyway with the garden you can send a message via their FB Page (East Harling Community Garden Project) or get in touch with the Parish Council.








Contact Magazine for July is now available to view here

Council Meetings

Harling Parish Councils,  Annual Parish Meeting has been postponed to a date later in the year, however, a full council meeting will still take place on Tuesday 27th April. 


The Councils Annual Parish Council meeting will take place on the 25th May and not the 4th as previously decided upon.  Locations for meetings will be noted on agendas. 

Following government guidance Harling Parish Council will not be opening a book of condolence in the Old School Hall.  We have been advised to kindly request anyone wishing to record a message of condolence do so via the official website


Harling Parish Council are deeply saddened to hear of the death of HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh, and a letter of condolence will be sent by the Parish Council Chairman, to the Duke’s private secretary.


The Union Jack flag is now being flown at half-mast until 8am on the day following the funeral of His Royal Highness, which will take place within the next 10 days.


A book of condolence will be opened from Monday 12th April, and held at Harling Old School Hall.

The hall will be open 9am – 5pm weekdays only  for anyone to pay their respects and record a message of condolence.  


The hall is C-19 secure and we kindly ask you to follow the procedures that are currently in place when you visit the hall.


Updates can be found and on our website and on the village face book page Harling Matters.

Contact Magazine

Here is March's edition of the Contact Magazine

Welcome new Councillor

A warm welcome to our newest Parish Councillor,

Miss Holly Mackenzie.   Holly has lived in the village for 11 years with her partner Paul and their three children. She and Paul run their own business in the village and Holly has always been active in the community, she has helped raise funds for the play park, been a school governor, set up a book club and is also part of the admin team for the village Facebook page.  Holly is really happy to now be part of the Council, and will work hard on your behalf to keep our village great.  Holly's contact details can be found on the Councillors page.

Reduction in Speed Limit !

The Parish Council have been working with our neighbouring Councils and Cllr Steve Askew, to secure a reduction in the speed limit on the B1111 from Roudham to East Harling to 40mph . After many months of consultations , we can announce that Norfolk County Council have agreed to this proposal. We thank Cllr Askew, our County Councillor, for all his work on this project. This reduction in the speed limit will we hope reduce the amount of accidents on this stretch of road and make it safer for pedestrians using the footpath.

Norfolk County Council notice can be found here

Contact Magazine

Februarys issue of Contact is out now for you to read

Contact Magazine

The January edition of Contact is out now!


Attleborough Safer Neighbourhood Team

Details on how to contact the local Police team can be find here

Covid-19 Support Line

As we now find ourselves in Tier Four, the Parish Council wants to remind you all that the C-19 support line is still active, and we are here for you should you find yourself having to isolate due to C-19 symptoms or you are in the vulnerable category.


Please call 07936 305 761 Monday-Friday 9-5pm if you, or someone you know, need shopping, medicine collected, dog walking or are feeling lonely and isolated and need someone to chat to. We have volunteers who are here to help.


Please do pass this information onto friends or family who may need some extra help.


Please stay at home to protect others


Best wishes and here's to a Happy and a Healthy 2021

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We hope you enjoy our short video showing the village Christmas light switch on . Special thanks go to the O'Gorman and Porter family for the wonderful carol singing, to Paul at Loud VFX, our Christmas lights team and of course Father Christmas himself.

Contact Magazine

Click here for Decembers edition of Contact

Parish Councillor vacancy 

Please see attached for application details

Community Police Update

Click here for the latest update

Contact Magazine

Click here for Novembers edition of Contact 

Helpline Update

Following the Government's announcement on Saturday, we wanted to assure everyone that the Parish Councils helpline is still open for calls and will continue Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.


If you or anyone you know needs help with shopping, collecting medication, dropping of post, dog walking or just a friendly chat please do call:


07936 305 761


Take care and stay safe


Remembrance Day 2020

Click here to find details on this years arrangements 

2020 Poppy Appeal


Poppies will go on sale in the village shop & The Swan from Saturday24th October. 


Unfortunately there is a very limited supply this year as we were unable to obtain new supplies & have only got what was left from last year.


The local school will also have a limited supply.


Large car poppies are available & can be obtained by contacting the

 new Poppy Organiser, Sonia Ewbank on 07767795211

East Harling Community Garden

You may have noticed some work going on as you enter the Poplars area in the village just lately, the Parish Council have handed this piece of land over to a group of volunteers to create a community garden.


A small team of volunteers have begun clearing the area in readiness for planting of shrubs, spring bulbs, creating pathways, raised beds, a herb garden and a bug hotel!


This project is run purely by the volunteers with the full support of the Parish Council,  and more volunteers are needed to create a full accessible and inclusive garden area for the whole community to enjoy.


Donations are welcome of bulbs, shrubs, compost and money etc. to get the project off the ground and donations will be welcomed throughout the year as the seasons change.


The group have a Facebook page if you have access to it, East Harling Community Garden Project.


If you would like to know more, join the team or make a donation you can contact:


Liz Mould – 2 Greenfields (0794 1546814) or Rachel Robb – 19 Drakes Close.


Or alternatively you can contact the Parish Council anytime and speak to Kate Filby.

Mobile Library Dates for East Harling

Click here for information

Contact Magazine

October 2020

Octobers Contact magazine is out now 

Village Funerals

Sadly East Harling has seen the passing of 3 residents, and their funerals will be taking place this week. With current restrictions in place gatherings at funerals are limited so if you wish to pay your respects by lining the streets as the funeral procession drives by please do so, details are:


Tuesday 6th October: Jeanne Startup - funeral procession will leave Brewsters at 12.45pm and travel through the village to the Parish Church.


Friday 9th October: Peter and Jean Sellens - the cortege will leave from Brewsters at 10.45am travelling via King Street and School Lane where it will pause at Old School Hall, past The Beeches and then pausing at the Church before leaving the village for the Crematorium.


You're invited to line the streets to pay respects to these well-known residents as they leave for their final resting places.



Contact Magazine

September 2020

The September version of 'Contact' - the village magazine - (PDF, 6MB) is out now!

Contact Magazine

August 2020

The August version of 'Contact' - the village magazine - (PDF, 6MB) is out now!

Award for the Council

17 June 2020

Harling Parish Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This achievement recognises that the council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Moreover, Harling Parish Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer assessed programme that has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.

In terms of the future, the council is now reviewing ways in which it can keep on improving its offer to the local community and welcomes input from local people and partners on this. Harling Parish Council, and other local councils like it, are at the front line of the government’s localism agenda and are doing as much as they can to delivery services whilst being efficient and cost-effective. Currently the council provides a range of services from allotments, traffic management, street lighting and play areas,  and wants to improve its community engagement through this.


7 June 2020

The Parish Council support line is still busy taking calls daily from residents needing shopping and medicines collecting ,and even dog walking ! and it will continue for as long as is needed.

If you need help, or know someone in the village who needs support ,you can call us on 0793 305 761, 7 days a week.

All other Council business can be called through on the usual number 714656 or email us at

Thank you to all the volunteers around the village who have given up their own time over the last 11 weeks to help others, your kindness is unmeasurable.

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