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Chairman:           Vice Chairman:           Councillors:
Terry Kitt              
Carol Powell                 Jacqui Goldring, Harley Roebuck, Mark Rolph

Parish Council Declarations
Quote from the website of South Norfolk District Council -
"We are required to include a register detailing interests for all parish councillors on our website. Councillors are asked to complete a declaration of interests form, which includes all information required to be disclosed under the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest Regulations 2012, and any other interests the Councillor wishes to disclose. Some interests are considered to be "sensitive" and, therefore, are not listed on the declaration of interest form."

In order to comply with current legal requirements regarding the declarations of pecuniary interest of parish councillors, Ashby St Mary Parish Council suggests viewing the following link for those of its parish councillors.

PARISH CLERK - Ashby St Mary Parish Council
Tina Higlett
e/m: or

Webmaster for Ashby St Mary Parish Council website - e/m:   

District Councillor: Vic Thomson, Yelverton Hall, Yelverton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 7PD
01508 494346   Email:
See Vic Thomson's latest received report HERE
For Highways Footpath Responsibilities see HERE

County Councillor: Kay Mason Billig
07545 905410 or direct dial 01603 774750  
Email: or 
See Kay MasonBillig's latest received report HERE

Ashby Rector, Bramerton Group Ministry (Thurton) (Benefice)
Revd Chris Ellis, 29 Ashby Road, Thurton, Norwich, NR14 6AX
01508 484174   e/m: Chris Ellis

Ashby & Thurton Playing Field & Village Hall
-  For more details see HANDBOOK
Booking Secretary: Laura Vaissiere
01508 480773  e/m: Laura Vaissire

Ashby & Thurton Playing Field & Village Hall Management Committee

Ashby PC representative: Carol Powell (Chairman of the Management Committee)
01508 480089   e/m: Carol Powell

Thurton Church of England VC Primary School - Ashby Road, Thurton, Norwich, NR14 6AT  
Head Teacher: Mr Jonathan Barber BA (History of Design), PGCE, QTS - Deputy Head: Mrs Esther Scorey BEd (Maths), QTS
01508 480335   Fax: 01508 480478   e/m:

SCHOOL SUCCESS!  After many years of hard work Ashby and Thurton's local school, Thurton CofE VC Primary School, has achieved the ultimate accolade from Ofsted - Outstanding in all the five inspection areas - the Overall Effectiveness being graded as Outstanding following its March 2015 inspection.
To read the Ofsted Report following the inspection undertaken on 10-11 March 2015, please see 2015_OFSTED.
To read the school's press release, please see HERE


Norfolk Constabulary   Emergency telephone: 999    Non-Emergency telephone: 101
Find out more about policing in Norfolk go to

The Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner is Giles Orpen-Smellie.
For more of the role, resposibilities and work of the PCC see   The PCC address is -
Office of the Police and Crime and Commissioner for Norfolk, Building 8, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0WW

The last advised local Constabulary officers dealing with the Ashby area were -
Inspector Dave Burke (based at Wymondham)
Local Beat Officer PC Sheri Winlock (based at Wymondham)
Loddon Team can be confirmed here:

An example of a Loddon area (which includes Ashby) crime map can be found HERE.
To search for more local crime details etc, click on the link

South Norfolk District Council is now part of the combined South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils
Address: The Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Peachman Way, Norwich NR7 0WF
New phone number since merger with Broadland DC. 01508 533701 (or freephone 0800 3896109)
  e/m: Not known

South Norfolk District Council Planning  - 
Start at
To find details of a current, decided or all applications go to /

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Chet Valley Medical Practice -
George House, 40-48 George Lane, Loddon, Norwich, NR14 6QH.
Telephone (Appointments): 01508 520552   Out Of Hours: 01603 488488   
Surgery e/m:   Dispensary e/m:
CQC Intelligent Monitoring Rating (2014) is 6 (the highest rating)

Poringland Surgery - The Street, Poringland, Norwich, NR14 7JT
(This surgery is part of the Heathgate Medical Practice based at the above address)
Appointments, general enquiries and emergencies: 01508 494343
CQC Intelligent Monitoring Rating (2014) is 5 (highest is 6)

Rockland Surgery
- The Street, Rockland St Mary, Norwich, NR14 7HH
(This surgery is part of the Heathgate Medical Practice based at Poringland)  
Appointments, general enquiries and emergencies:  01508 538750

Care Quality Commission's GP Practice Ratings
The CQC's ratings of GPs surgeries which the Parish Council last became aware of was announced on 17th November 2014.
Ratings are shown at 6 for the highest to 1 for the lowest.  
Called Intelligent Monitoring, the three surgeries monitored and rated by the CQC nearest to Ashby St Mary were the Chet Valley Medical Practice at Loddon, and the Heathgate Medical Practice and Old Mill and Millgates Medical Practice both at Poringland.

The Chet Valley Medical Practice, Loddon is rated 6, the highest rating.
[Bizarrely, despite its correct postcode, the CQC map shows the surgery location, not at Loddon, but situated between Raveningham and Toft Monks!]
The practice is shown under the title Dr Barrie and Partners, not Chet Valley. Its CQC Intelligent Monitoring Report can be opened here - cqc_chet_valley   

The Heathgate Medical Practice, Poringland is rated 5.
Its CQC Intelligent Monitoring Report can be opened here - cqc_heathgate

The Old Mill & Millgates Medical Practice, Poringland is rated 5.
Its CQC Intelligent Monitoring Report can be opened here - cqc_

Defibrillator - Defibrillators are sited on the Foundry wall near the Thurton post box and near Thurton school on Ashby Road.
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Loddon Dental Practice -
George House, 40-48 George Lane, Loddon, Norwich, NR14 6QH.
Telephone:  01508 520399 Opening hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Patient's experiences have shown time between appointments should be kept to less than 2 years or NHS patients are removed from the practice's register without any verbal or written warning. A 2023 check for the next nearest dentist offering NHS treatment to our area was Colchester!
Website for more details:
To check on nearby dental clinics:

Nearest pharmacy can be located by searching

Loddon Library - 31 Church Plain, Loddon, Norwich, NR14 6EX   01508 520678
Opening hours: Monday 1000-1300, 1400-1930; Wednesday 1000-1300; Thursday 1400-19.30; Friday 1400-1930;
Saturday 1000-1300  
To renew your book/s: You will need your library card and PIN number ready. Go to or ring 0844 800 8006    Loans available : Books on tape or CD : Language tapes : Music CDs : Computer games : Videos : DVDs.

Post Office - post office services are available in Green Pastures Plant Centre & Farm Shop, Mill Road, Bergh Apton, NR15 1BQ tel: 01508 480734 (Hellington crossroads). Note - the post box for posting letters can only be accessed from inside the shop.
As at July 2023, all local postboxes have a post collection time shown as 0930.

Recycling CDs at Loddon Library
The Library Annex at the Loddon Parish Council office is the nearest collection area to Ashby St Mary for unwanted CDs, CDRs, DVDs and their plastic casings. SNDC has a recycling scheme for these items where the distinctive blue and orange boxes can be accessed during normal opening hours.

Eleven Says   (Newspaper of the Bramerton Group of Churches covering 11 Parishes)
Editor: Ruth Everett     01508 538231   e/m:
For the latest issue submitted to Ashby St Mary parish council see HERE

ThurtonOnLine  (Thurton Community's Website)  -  e/m:

Thurton Parish Council (neighbouring parish)  -

Bergh Apton Parish Council  (neighbouring parish)  -

Home Fire Risk Checks
Contact the Home Fire Safety Visit Coordinator (last name provided was Hayley Greener) at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service at Hethersett to book free Home Risk Fire checks.  Ring freephone 0800 9178137 or 01603 819777 ext 7277 or email for more details.


Unsolicited Emails or 'Phishing'
Beware. Millions of unsolicited messages are sent out every day, in the hope that someone somewhere will be fooled into providing details which the emailer has no right to, such as passwords or account pin numbers. For advice and ways to protect yourself from such unwanted messages the above website is recommended..

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