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Village Groups...

If you have an interest, there's probably a group of likeminded people. Lacemaking, knitting, jigsaws, walking, bell ringing, these are just some of the interests that are catered for. Then there are sports clubs of course, and social clubs such as the Women's Institute and the British Legion. There are clubs for children such as the ever popular scouts and guides. Hopefully, there's something for everyone and all those that we know about are listed below. If yours isn't here please get in touch so that we can add you.

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List of groups ...

Dersingham Task Force

The Dersingham Task Force is an informal group of volunteers, men and women, who normally meet at least once a month during Spring, Summer and Autumn, to tend public gardens and try to keep some of the public footpaths and open spaces within the village clear of excessive vegetation and litter.

Starting in 2018, we will have a basic programme of work for the maintenance of the rose bed and litter picking on the common - a copy of this programme, which includes further information about all tasks to be undertaken, will be available in the Parish Council Office from the beginning of the year. We also have an online map (click on the button below) which shows the locations of all possible tasks, and the date and location of our next meeting, including additions to the basic programme.

We are always looking for additional volunteers to help us. The tasks are not too arduous and normally take no longer than one hour. If you would like to receive further information about joining us please contact Cliff Jordan, by email to taskforce@whifflersworld.co.uk

task locations map

Dersingham Walking Group

The Dersingham Walking Group was founded in 2005 to provide people from the village with the opportunity to enjoy guided country walks in the West Norfolk area. There is at least one walk each month, usually on the second Wednesday, with full details given in Village Voice and in the calendar on this website. Each walk has a leader and is usually between 4 and 5 easy miles taking a couple of hours or so with some starting in the village and others a little further away. In the summer there are both afternoon and evening walks, so why not get some fresh air, exercise and enjoy our wonderful countryside. It’s free and there is no need to book, just turn up with your boots on. For further information contact Stephen Martyn on 01485 541333 or e-mail: stephenmartyn@gmail.com

programme of walks dersingham walking group page

Dersingham Bell Ringers

The group of Dersingham Ringers is based at St Nicholas Church and is an affiliated member of the Norwich Diocesan Association of Bellringers. Bell ringing takes place before Sunday Services, from 10am to 10.30am, as well as on special occasions such as weddings. Training can be provided for anyone aged 11 upwards. Practice is on Monday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm. We are seriously in need of new Tower Bell Ringers. Interested? Contact Alan Polaine - Tower Captain. Tel: 01485 542147.

Dersingham Descanters

The Dersingham Descanters are a hand bell ringing group and were formed in 2009 after a grant was awarded to them for new hand bells and equipment. They are now made up of a team of local people from all walks of life and are one of the various groups connected to St. Nicholas Church, Dersingham. After their earlier efforts at simple music, they now have pride in being able to play arrangements of orchestral pieces.
They have entertained at a number of both private and public events. Our season runs from September to June/July each year and we meet every Tuesday at St Nicholas Church at 7.30pm. Please contact Alan Polaine 01485 542147 or Elizabeth Fiddick 01485 540940.

Dersingham Methodist Church Jigsaw Club

Dersingham Methodist Church Jigsaw Club meets at the Methodist Church Hall on the third Thursday of each month between 9.30am and 10.30am. There is an annual joining fee of 50p and a charge of 10p for each jigsaw borrowed from a large selection of 500 and 1000 piece puzzles. Contact: Hilary Naylor Tel: 01485 543364.

Dersingham Methodist Needles and Pins Club

Dersingham Methodist Needles and Pins Club is a group of ladies who meet on the first and third Mondays of each month from 2pm - 4pm at the Methodist Church Hall.
The ladies enjoy each other's company; we encourage each other in knitting crochet or sewing. Some of the garments, blankets or toys are sent to the League of Friends at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. During the meeting we have a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, then more chat! All are welcome. Please contact Doreen Kemp on 01485 541049.

The Hunstanton and District Camera club

The club encourages photographers of all abilities to get together and improve their techniques and understanding of all aspects of photography. Our annual programme is compiled with this in mind, and covers a variety of practical sessions, guest speakers, competitions, inter-club battles and club outings. If you are a complete novice or already a competent photographer using either digital imaging or conventional film, then you will be welcomed at our club. We are known to be a friendly Camera Club so why not drop in for an evening to find out if we and our programme suit you. We meet the first and third Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm from September to the end of May in the Community Building, Freebridge Housing, Orchard Close, Dersingham. For more information please contact Rex Makemson through the 'Contact Us' page on our website, see the link below.

Camera Club Website

Lavender Lacemakers

We are a group of girls known as the Lavender Lace Makers that meet once a week on a Tuesday 10.00am to 3.00pm and also every 3rd Saturday of the month in the Dersingham Social Club. We offer a warm and friendly welcome to any new comer who would like to learn the art of lace making, with a good social life throughout the year while out demonstrating at craft fairs and various venues. Pillow and bobbins are loaned to you until you are able to purchase your own equipment. For further information phone Lynn Hallifax on 01485 533611, email: m.hallifax@btinternet.com

Phobbies

Phobbies is a hobby club for people with physical disabilities, We offer a friendly club where members can learn and practise a variety of art and craft activities. We meet every Thursday at the Dersingham Social Club, Lynn Rd Dersingham from 10.00am - 3.00pm. Members bring a packed lunch but tea and coffee is provided. We have a weekly charge of £3. Transport can be arranged at an extra charge. Please contact Chairman Marguerite Wright 01485 541484 for more information.

St Nicholas Knit & Natter Group

The St Nicholas Knit & Natter Group meets fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons from 2 until 4pm. We meet in each others’ homes and bring along something we are working on – any handicraft but mostly knitting – and share tea and biscuits and a chat. We share ideas, patterns and expertise and sometimes knit things for a charity if a member has come across a project that we feel we want to support. Further details from June Crawshaw 543836 or Lindsey Davis 543138.

Dersingham Evening Women's Institute

Our large group of ladies aim for fun, friendship and involvement in the wider community. It’s a time to widen horizons, learn new skills and make new friends. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month (except August) at St. Cecilia’s Church, from 7.15pm until about 9.30 to 10.00pm and are part of the national organisation which aims to offer opportunities for all women regardless of age or background.

At the monthly meetings we have a variety of lively speakers or demonstrators and general business is discussed. Members have a chance to comment and join in as they wish.

Below is a list of some of the other groups and activities we partake in that take place outside the monthly meeting and are a good opportunity to mix with other members in smaller groups. These activities are organised and run by different members and details of these (together with contact numbers) are always handed out on the newsletter each month at the meetings. Lifts are arranged when needed. Activities include:- theatre, knitting and crochet, walking, keep fit, craft, coffee mornings, parties, exhibitions, and outings of interest, combined with lunch one weekday a month. Competitions both local and national, and supporting village activities where we can. Anyone is welcome to just turn up. Do let someone on the door know you are new so that you can be looked after. However you are most welcome to contact any of the following before the meeting to arrange for a member to look after you. Contact - Maggie 542424, Peg 541162, Katrina 544773.

Dersingham Mothers' Union

The Dersingham Branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm either in the Church or members homes. The Mothers’ Union works to support family life, especially where there are problems. Speakers cover a wide range of related subjects. The Mothers’ Union is open to all, whether married, single or one parent. Visitors are always welcome. Contact Pauline Martin for more information – telephone 01485 544561 or email: secretary@stnicholasdersingham.org.uk

Dersingham Seniors Club

The Seniors Club provides a social get-together for the over 60s on alternate Fridays at St Cecilia's Catholic Church in Mountbatten Road from 2.00pm to 4.15pm. There is varied entertainment and outings to places of interest. Membership is currently £12 per year. All over 60s and new members are always welcome. Contact Bob Cooter (Chairman) or Angela Cooter (secretary) on 01485 540243.

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion Dersingham and Sandringham Branch meets every second Tuesday in the month, at Wolferton Social Club at 7.30pm. We have talks, social evenings, days out and fund raising activities. Once a year a Christmas lunch. Whether we are helping ex-service personnel, or their dependants, we are here to help. We hold various Services during the year under the RBL Royal Charter. Why not come along, and maybe join at a later date. You don't have to be ex-service, we are open to all. We also have a junior division in our branch. Contact: Valerie Brundle (Chairman) 01485 541895 or Kurtis Green 01485 543522 anytime.

Dersingham Day Centre for the Elderly

The Dersingham Day Centre meets each Wednesday from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the Sports and Social Club, Ingoldisthorpe. The Day Centre provides a happy relaxed sociable atmosphere for members. We provide special transport and a hot, freshly cooked, midday meal. For this a nominal charge is made each week. We run a variety of activities during the day including Handicrafts (for those who are interested) and Bingo or quiz once a month. At Easter we have a special lunch followed by a party with professional entertainment. In November we look forward to celebrating our Birthday and this year it will be our 35th Anniversary. Our year closes with a bumper Christmas lunch followed by the usual party with professional entertainment. The Day Centre is there for those over the age of 70 who feel they would benefit from a day out each week to socialise and enjoy the company of others. Members come through recommendation by the surgery, carers, and friends etc. If you know someone who would benefit from our Day Centre, please let us know. The Day Centre is a Charity run entirely by volunteers - we have lots of fun and lots of laughs and there is always someone around to "listen". For further information you can contact Alice Worth on 544673.

Dersingham Men's Group

The Men’s Group is organised by St Nicholas Church and provides a monthly social meeting venue for gentlemen in the village of Dersingham and the surrounding area, to hear and engage in discussion with visiting speakers. The annual membership is £25.00. We are looking to increase our numbers and invite both Ladies and Gentlemen to come to our meetings which are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Contact the chairman Edgar Cooper on 01485 540465.

Little Nippers & Messy Church

Little Nippers has a relaxed friendly feel and we aim to make everyone and their little ones feel welcome. We have a variety of attendees at the group, including mothers, grandparents and other carers. The children range in age from around 6 months old to 3 years old, with a couple of new born siblings already in attendance. Our group starts at 9.30 am every Monday in St Nicholas church and we also run through nearly all of the half terms and school holidays. There is a charge of £1 for each child attending the group and we keep a register of everyone each week. There are 8 helpers currently volunteering at Little Nippers, two who remain in the kitchen preparing snacks and providing drinks and five who bring children along to the group.

Messy Church is a church in its self, numbers vary between 30 and 80 to which the catering team perform miracles similar to Jesus feeding of the 5,000. At every Messy Church there is a Christian theme that we use to shape what we do, and together we have action songs, Bible stories and use images to help communicate. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3.30 - 5.30pm in the Church.

Scouts and Guides

Dersingham Scouts and Guides have their own Headquarters in Manor Road. We are a charity and depend on volunteers for the efficient and continuous running of all of our sections, and we always welcome anyone who can help in any capacity. We are extremely reliant on fundraising; one of the many ways in which anyone can help support the maintaining of our HQ and the activities we run for the young people is through the recycling of newspapers, magazines etc. These can be left in our porch at any time, ideally secured with string or in a strong carrier bag. Any queries to do with the Headquarters should be directed to the HQ Chairman - Mrs Jane Wood, tel: 01485 779009. If you would like to join any of the sections either as a member or a leader/helper, please contact the relevant leader. At times there may be a waiting list to join, but anyone who wants to join will have the opportunity to do so.

1st Dersingham Beavers (6 - 8 years old), Cubs (8 - 10½ years), and Scouts (10½ - 14 years), contact Tom Wheeler tel: 01485 541600 or email: tgowheeler@yahoo.co.uk

1st Dersingham Rainbows (girls 5 - 7 years) contact Lynne Wheeler tel: 01485 544753.

1st and 2nd Dersingham Brownies (girls 7 - 10 years) contact Lynne Wheeler tel: 01485 544753 or Carla Andrews tel: 07776 355350.

1st Dersingham Guides (girls aged 10 and over) contact Elizabeth Wheeler tel: 01485 544753.

1st Sandringham Guides contact Carla Andrews tel: 07776 355350.

Norfolk Army Cadets

The skills you learn as a cadet can help you stand out from the competition, whether you are applying for college or university, or looking for your first job. If you've ever wanted to do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, that's something we can help you with, and your cadet activities can count towards qualifications. We also offer some opportunities to explore possible careers and to take part in 'employability' training to help you succeed in interviews.
The local detachment meets in Snettisham, at the Memorial Hall, Old Church Road, PE31 7LX. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings, 7 - 9pm. To join, you must be aged 12 and in year 8 at school. For more information visit the Army Cadets website.

Army Cadets Website

Dersingham Cricket Club

Dersingham Cricket Club plays on the Sports Ground on Manor Road from April to September. We currently have one Saturday side who play in the Norfolk Cricket League. The Over 40's Cricket team play on a Wednesday evening. Dersingham has a very large youth section headed up by Jack Southgate. We currently run four youth teams along with Kwik Cricket for the younger children. Junior Training takes place throughout the summer on a weekday evening 6pm - 7.30pm. (Speak to Jack for more information). New members are always welcome, both social and playing. The bar is open for members on match days and we look forward to seeing you down there.
Dersingham is a Clubmark accredited club, which benefits the club in many ways. For more information please contact Jack Southgate 07475 646606.

Dersingham Rovers Football Club

Dersingham Football Club was formed as a club in 1893 and played against local sides before joining the Hunstanton & District Junior League in the early 1900s and moving their ground to Manor Road, known as the Pastures. They then played in the North West Norfolk League before joining the Anglian Combination League in 2002.

FA Standard Charter Club 2014. The FA Charter Standard programme supported by McDonalds is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, and which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount. By achieving an FA Charter Standard Club Award we demonstrate to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that we are a well-organised, safe Club offering opportunities for all. To find out more contact Secretary: Nathan Bunting 07590 833356 or check our Facebook page.

Dersingham Rovers Facebook Page

Dersingham Rovers Youth FC

Dersingham Rovers Youth FC is part of the Chartered Standard Club and is proud to provide football in the village of Dersingham from Toddlers through to U16's. The Club’s primary objective is to provide Association Football, coaching and personal development for all the playing members.
As a club we aim to generate an atmosphere and safe environment where young players can develop their skills and enjoy the game of football. Our emphasis is around personal development through enjoyment, fair play and promoting team spirit and team play. New players are always welcome! Please call Gary English 07786 986985 or Kate Scott 07932 606969 for more information.

Dersingham Tennis Club

Dersingham Tennis Club uses the floodlit all weather courts on the Manor Road Sports Field. Club nights are held on Tuesdays and Thursday 6-9pm; the first hour of each session is primarily for the Juniors. Sunday morning from 10am - 12 noon is also a designated club session. We invite anyone interested in joining to come along to one of our club sessions and meet the members.

The Club is affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association. We play competitive matches in the West Norfolk Tennis League. Access to the courts for members in by a coded padlock. Pay and play is also available. Call Judy Collingham on 01485 540271 (Chair) or Hilary Clark 01553 670644 for more information – we would be delighted to welcome you any time.

Dersingham Carpet Bowls Club

We play at Dersingham VA School (St George's) every Friday evening from 6.45 to 9.15pm. Contact Chair: Jenny Oliver 01485 543201 or Secretary: David Hart 07980 846087 / 01485 543678.

The Albert Victor Bowls Club

The Albert Victor Bowls Club in Manor Road (near the Lynn Road junction) is open from April to September for bowls players. In addition, bingo is held at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month between September and May. Contact: Mrs B. Daw, tel: 01485 542414.

Dersingham Institute Bowls Club

The Dersingham Institute Bowls Club is adjacent to the new Village Centre (old Church Hall) in Manor Road and is open from mid April to mid September. The Club enjoys a healthy membership of over seventy and there is currently a waiting list to join. In addition to internal competitions the club enters teams in the North West Norfolk, the Countryside and Albert Victor leagues. There are also friendly fixtures on a Sunday morning and the club shares annual matches with several local clubs.
Social events include a barbeque, fish and chip suppers and fun days. There is always a cup of tea and biscuit available and visitors are most welcome. We meet at 2pm on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Contact: Helen 01553 760524.

Dersingham Methodist Church Carpet Bowls

We meet at the Methodist Church Hall every Wednesday 2.00 - 4.00pm. Open to everyone for an afternoon of friendship and fun. Contact Melvin Golding 01485 298824 for further details.

West Newton Carpet Bowls Club

We play at West Newton Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 6.45 to 9.15pm from September to the following April. Contact Chairman Trevor Riches 01485 543706 or 07453 303379, or Secretary Ian Jenkins 01485 542432.

The Sandringham Bowls Club

The Sandringham Bowls Club is part of the Sandringham Social club at West Newton which offers members a bar, social events such as regular bingo evenings, Sea Food Night, Barbecues, a car rally, plus darts, dominoes, bar billiards, snooker etc. The Bowls Club has an active programme in six leagues, we play in those Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday for club games which are held fortnightly, bowling for a bottle and finishing off the afternoon with a feast and a raffle, after a presentation for the winners. The atmosphere is very friendly and new members are made welcome. Fees are modest. For further information contact the Chairman: Bernie Amos, 01485 540089, Secretary: David Lang 01485 609157 or Treasurer: Brian Stone 01485 779047.

Table Tennis for Fun

Join us in Dersingham Social Club on most Monday afternoons between 2.00 and 4.00pm at a cost of £1 per session for a game of table tennis. There is no age or gender discrimination, and although some of the ladies can be very competitive there is a lot of laughter. We mostly play doubles to win and even the gentlemen have been known to exchange information (gossip) between games. For any further information please contact John Hunter on 542103 or the Social Club.

St Nicholas Church Badminton Club

St Nicholas Church Badminton Club meets on Mondays 6.30 - 8.30pm. It is currently being held at Dersingham VA Primary school, Admirals Drive. New members welcome. Contact Debbie 01485 542691 or Sue 01485 543276.

The King's Lynn Cycling Club

The club caters for all types of cycling activities from the more competitive side in road racing and time trialling right through to sportive/social rides They also have a very active British Cycling Clubmark Go-Ride Club for juniors members. There are regular social club runs on Sunday mornings throughout the year and training rides on Thursday evenings throughout the summer months. Everyone is welcomed and many members throughout the club are from all abilities and ages. KLCC prides itself in being an inclusive Club.

For more information on all that KLCC stands for visit our website, see the link below, or ontact Simon Hardy 07951 478183 email: simon.hardy@kingslynncyclinclub.co.uk

King's Lynn Cycling Club Website

More information

Some village groups have a little more information in the annual Dersingham Data publication which you can read on-line from the link below. If you have a group, club or society within Dersingham and would like to have an entry on the Groups page of this website, please get in touch. Likewise if any of the details here are incorrect. Contact details are at the foot of every page.

read dersingham data here (pdf file)