Thurton Benefice welcomes you to the following Church Services:

12th July: Morning Prayer at 10am at Bergh Apton

19th July: Morning Prayer at 10am at Framingham Pigot

26th July: Holy Communion at 10am at Yelverton


A viewpoint from local resident Kevin Gotts.

“It’s a strange ol’ time,” a local farmer remarked.  The world has been shaken, and certainly seems upside down and outside our control.

Many millions are working under extreme pressure and making a massive difference, while we help contribute by keeping a very low profile.

Our senses, especially in rural areas, have become more sensitive and appreciative of the stillness, smells, birds singing, bees foraging, our neighbours and we are surrounded by a full burst of wonderful Spring growth.

The undercurrent of locals running errands, helping with urgent supplies and collections is uplifting, showing that we are fundamentally a caring, sharing, strong community.  Thank you.

And if you have time today why not text, phone or email a neighbour, friend or absent relative and wish them well.

We shall get beyond this season of testing and uncertainty.

A major faith proclaims today that “He (Jesus) is Risen”, a depiction of resurrection from darkness to light.

I believe that Hope will win through.

Pictured is St Mary’s, Yelverton, with a canopy of radiant daffodils.


There are a number of small businesses in the community and here is some information which may well offer help to some.

This is the link to guidance on government grants to help

In the first instance people can visit the SNDC website or contact the community Help Hub.  SNDC also can issue hardship grants for people who may be in financial difficulties due to losing their job or income because of the pandemic.  Every household should have received a letter from South Norfolk Council which provides contact details.  For individuals who need financial help the contact details are or call 01508 533933.   For businesses who need help they can visit the New Anglia Growth Hub website for free support at or call on 0300 333 6536.


Learnyay helps adults find free education courses and training, by connecting them with ESFA and local authority funded colleges, schools and training providers in their area.

With many people furloughed and self-isolating, they feel it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about free education courses and training. 

They are encouraging home learning to help people make the most of their time and cope better with self-isolation. It should also improve their employment prospects at a time when many jobs are at risk.

Their website is


Please find some public transport information links below. This is to assist with finding the latest information about what public transport services are operating in your area. These links provide the best source of information as operators have been changing services at relatively short notice as they react to government guidance and the latest situation. In addition, if a member of the public in Norfolk is having trouble accessing essential services or supplies please call 0344 800 8020.

South Norfolk

Border Bus –

First –

Konectbus –

Our Bus –

Simonds Coaches             –

West Norfolk Community Transport –


First –

Konectbus –

National Express –

Our Bus –

Sanders Coaches –


Border Bus –

First –

Konectbus –

Mega Bus –

National Express –

Norwich Park & Ride –

Our Bus –

Simonds Coaches –

Sanders Coaches –


Week Commencing 30th March 2020


All establishments have various restrictions in place with reference to:

Customer numbers, limit of one family member, no children, queuing, use of hand sanitizer, BACS/contactless/telephone payments, and use of takeaway boxes, cups and cutlery.


Aldis & Sons Farm Shop, Framingham Earl, NR14 7PE Tel: 01508 491013

For groceries, fruit and veg, bread and cakes, dairy, eggs, meat and pet food.

Orders can be emailed ( by our regular vulnerable group customers (48 hours ahead) and collected from outside the shop. Please arrange for collection where possible. 

We are delivering to those regular customers that are unable to leave their homes and have no other support options. However, please note that we are inundated with orders and would appreciate orders picked up where possible, or a family member or friend completing your shopping for you. 

Please do not send emails or messages regarding stock. We continue to be well stocked with veg, fruit, milk, meat and our usual product lines. We are unable to respond to emails and messages regarding this. 

Green Pastures Nursery, Mill Road, Bergh Apton, NR15 1BQ Tel: 01508 480848 / 480734 TO PLACE AN ORDER OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

For groceries, fruit and veg, bread and cakes, ready meals, dairy, eggs and meat. Delivery charges and minimum order applies.

The Farm Shop and the Post Office Counter remain open 7 days a week, operating reduced hours from 10am to 4pm.  Also Garden Centre deliveries. (Please note these terms vary from our farm shop deliveries).

Teles Patisserie, Mill Road, Surlingham, NR14 7GD Tel: 01508 538892

Open Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm –operating as a takeaway for bread, cakes and hot and cold drinks.  Orders placed the previous day to be delivered next day (after closing time, 4pm).

Delivery within 5 miles of goods (bread, cakes, soup and light meals) will be paid by bank transfer and delivered to your door.

Frank Spurgeons 23 High Green, Brooke, Norwich NR15 1HR Tel: 01508 558123

 Open Mon- Sat 8am – 3pm for meat, deli, wine, fruit and veg and convenience store

Deliveries £25 minimum spend.

Old Hall Farm, Norwich Road, Woodton, NR35 2LP Tel:01508 333110

For groceries, fruit and veg, bread and cakes, ready meals, dairy, eggs and meat.

Click and collect and deliveries.

All orders must be paid for before delivery via BACS or card over the phone please.

Flour Pot Catering, Chandler Road, Stoke Holy Cross Tel: 01508494270 or 07919074574 or message through face book

For hot food, ready meals, pastries, cakes and cheesecakes.

Free local delivery within 4 miles and a minimum order of £15 or £1 delivery charge
If delivery over 4 miles is then £1 a mile thereafter
Free delivery for customers over 70 as been subsided by donations.

Old Feathers Restaurant, Loddon Road, NR14 7QB Tel:01508 495611

The collection takeaway service is via telephone pre order only!

We need at least 1hr notice. 12-2 for lunchtime and 6-7.30 for dinner

closed Sunday night and all-day Monday

We will be running the operation from the front of the car park

(Under main sign at top of car park) 

The Dove Inn, Bungay Road, Poringland, NR14 7NB Tel:01508 494312

We are offering a fish and chip take out every weekday until business is back to normal. 

Get yourself freshly battered Cod or Haddock with chips for only £6. 

Or they can do Scampi and chips.

This will be available 5:30-7pm Monday-Friday.


Last week a good number of our residents stood and clapped and cheered from their doorways to show their appreciation for the NHS staff and carers who have been working tirelessly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This amazing show of public thanks is being repeated this evening at 8.00pm and on forthcoming Thursdays.

Please join in from your doorways or open windows this evening, and also include if you wish many other services and teams (viz. shop staff, delivery drivers, fire services, etc).

Look forward to hearing you at 8.00pm. Thank you.