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William Seckar, a local farmer, died in 1604. He left his house and land to his wife but on her death the income from the estate was to be used for "the maintenance of one free school, to be kept for ever in the said house, while the world endure, in Scarning." The endowment formed the basis of a registered charity with powers to provide special benefits at the school and to promote the education (including social and physical training) of persons under the age of 25 years who or whose parents are resident in the area of benefit or who have at any time attended as a pupil of the school. The area of benefit covers the parishes of Scarning and Wendling. For more about the charity [Charity Commission number 311171] and what they do see this page:Scarning School Endowed Charity.

For more about information about the school see this page: Scarning School


Scarning Playing Field Charity (number 304052) is managed by a voluntary Committee on behalf of Scarning Parish Council for the recreational use and enjoyment of the residents of Scarning.
The committee receives an annual grant from the Parish Council and raises funds in order to buy equipment necessary to maintain and run the playing field. The committee pays an annual peppercorn rent of 5p to Scarning Parish Council.
The committee is elected for a period of one year at an Annual General Meeting held in April. It comprises of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and Representatives from the Parish Council, Bowls club, Football Club, Tennis Courts, the Grounds man and a number of Village Representatives.
New members can join the Committee at the Annual General Meeting.
The committee is run on a voluntary basis. A set of accounts is prepared by the Treasurer every year and is presented to the Committee at the Annual General Meeting.
Should the Committee cease to function the surplus funds and assets would be passed to the Parish Council for managing.
This constitution was adopted by the Committee on 20 May 2008 see the Scarning playing fields page


This charity comprises the combined funds of Burroughes's Dole, Poor's Land, Rector's Dole and Whibread Meadow. The object of the charity is the relief of poverty. The charity comprises five trustees. The trustees seek to fulfil their obligations by making grants to needy persons in the parish of Scarning, or to organisations within the parish whose functions are compatible with this object.
Chairman: Tim Abel 851116

The village's allotments are run by Scarning United Charities see the Scarning clubs and groups page


Meets in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on the last Wednesday of the month. Please contact as meetings are held elsewhere occasionally.

Secretary:Rosemary Hutson 687538

The Women's Institute was formed in 1915 with two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then our aims have broadened and we are now the largest women's organisation in the UK. See the Scarning WI page


The charity rents allotment land to inhabitants of the parish of Scarning. The income is to be applied for the relief of persons resident in the parish of Scarning who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress. If and in so far as the income is not required for application as aforesaid, it may be applied for the benefit of persons resident in the parish of Scarning.

If you know a worthy recipient or require more information please contact the clerk to the charity at Oakleigh House, Shipdham Lane, Scarning, NR19 2LB. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.


To enhance the develoopment and education of children under statutory school age by encouraging parents tounderstand and provide for the needs of their children through community groups. Scarning Pre School


Scarning Village Hall and estate trust was set up in 1902 to build the village hall and the six adjacent cottages. The self sustaining estate was the the brainchild of the then Rector of Scarning Dr Augustus Jessop DD he lived in the Rectory opposite( now known as Scarning Hall). Dr Jessop fondly referred to Scarning as his arcadia, the estate was funded by a lady benefactor who remained anonymous until after her demise and we now know to be one Caroline Evans of Wimbledon and she donated a substantial sum for Dr Jessop to carry out these forward thinking projects. He also built a hall in Long Stratton which is still being used as a village hall today, and one at Wicklewood near Wymondham, this one has been a private home for some years as it was not sustainable as a village hall.and was sold on the open market. As have three of the Scarning cottages No 1- 2 -3 are private. See the Scarning Village Hall page


Norfolk Wildlife Trust was established in 1926. We are the oldest of a national network of 47 Wildlife Trusts around the country working to protect and enhance our wildlife and wild places. We care for over 50 nature reserves and other protected sites around the county.One of these is in Scarning. More Info Here
Mid Norfolk Local Group area Secretary:
Jacquie Fenn 697783
For information concerning local activities see:


The centre in is run by Volunteers, who offer support, friendship and information to cancer patients, their families and carers, indeed anyone whose life is touched by cancer in the Dereham area. Extensive literature explaining cancer types, various treatment options, living with cancer, nutrition, well being, and helpful alternative therapies are all available. More Info Here


Jubilee Suite, St. Withburga Lane, Dereham

Dereham Meeting Point was established in 1986, as a place for the disabled and over 55's to meet and socialise. The Meeting Point has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with staff and volunteers always willing to offer help and support.
A home cooked two course lunch is provided daily. Lunch is served at 12 noon (Monday to Friday), at the very reasonable price of 5-00. Booking is required and we ask you to do this on the day, before 10:30am this can be in person or over the phone.

Meeting Point can be hired for private functions, parties, Christenings, Weddings etc. Available for hire every afternoon from 3p.m./evenings and weekends. The facilities are excellent with two main rooms,  plus kitchen, crockery, glasses etc.
Cost 12.00 per hour from April to September
14.00 from October to March (extra 2.00 is to cover heating costs)
For any further information on any of the above  Telephone Shonette or Louise on 01362 698866  or go onto the Dereham Meeting Point Website.