Useful Local contacts & Links

All details useful for anyone moving into or living in Honingham already, for example, local Doctors, NHS dentists & emergency numbers.

Updates for Northern Distributor traffic hold ups

While many people are looking forward to heading for the sun or putting their feet up, we’ve got an active August ahead, so sorry if this disrupts your travel. We are trying to get as much traffic-sensitive work out of the way before the return to work and lessons in September.

The main things to be aware of are:

~ The closure of Holly Lane from Monday 1 August (next week!) for the rest of August. Drayton Lane will be reopened to provide a
route between Reepham Road and the B1149 Holt Road.

~ A week later (8 August), the closure for one week of Buxton Road just south of Spixworth.
Although we are building the Buxton Road bridge off-line to avoid a long-term closure of the road, we still need to move some gas and water mains, and this is the best time to do it.

~ On the Postwick junction, traffic from the east heading into Thorpe St Andrew will be diverted via Trowse bypass for several hours from 8pm on Saturday 6 August. This is to allow protective barriers to be installed on the Postwick north-west roundabout (the original one) so that a segregated left-turn lane can be added.

Just the mention of the Postwick junction will raise the blood pressure of some drivers. Please remember that the junction could not be left as it was and that what is there now is the only layout possible on that site. Read our FAQs to find out more about the junction, and the reasons for the work in August:

If you are getting away this summer, safe journey!

CPR and Defibrillator training

We are arranging training on basic first aid and CPR, + how to use the defibrillator in case of emergency. We intend to arrange this training in the Village Hall at Honingham on Tuesday evenings, date yet to be fixed. There will be no charge to you for this training and you will gain a certificate on completion. If you would like to be considered for this training, or wish to discuss it, please contact PC Chair David Bishop on 01603 882066.

Library Van

The library van will be visiting Honingham on Weds 18th May – next week!

Fellowes Road 09:40 to 09:55

The Pump 10:00 to 10:15

Help with I T – tablets

just spotted this on Streetlife… you know of anyone struggling to use their iPad or other Tablet?

Get Digital Tablet sessions available at Costessey library on Fri 27th May, 3rd and 10th June 9.30-12.30pm Spaces available, £5 per session total £15 for complete course.

Contact Costessey library for booking Tel 01603 742669 or Maddie 07787105581

Don’t worry if you don’t have a tablet as I have some to lend during sessions.

Very basic sessions which include taking photos, downloading apps, using Internet, Skype or FaceTime and much much more!

Library Van

Library Van will be coming to Honingham next Wednesday, 20th April.

It is at Fellowes Road from 09:40 to 09:55 and The Pump from 10:00 to 10:15.

Next dates are: 18th May, 15th June, 13th July, 10th Aug, 7th Sep, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 30th Nov, 28th Dec 16, and 25th Jan 17.

News from Mattishall Surgery

Spotted these on the Mattishall Surgery website:

Appointment System: Our patients should be aware that at the Practice we have a low GP to patient ratio—each weighted GP (full-time equivalent) currently has 1695 patients. This compares to as many as 2550 patients for some other South Norfolk Practices. Despite this it is a constant struggle to meet demand for appointments from our patients. The current wait for a routine appointment at Mattishall with a GP is 2 1/2 weeks, although patients willing to travel to Lenwade can book this week. Each day at 8.30am and at 12 noon we release book on the day appointments with all GPs running sessions. Patients can phone in and request a same day appointment for urgent problems. Patients registered for SystemOnline can also book online appointments with GPs.

We are currently rationalising the number of ways to request repeat medication to enable our staff to fulfil the 48 hour turnaround target to have repeat medication items ready for collection by patients.   As of 31st January patients can no longer e-mail their requests to or   If you have sent a request in this way you will have been asked to register for SystemOnline by presenting at Reception with photo ID.   These email addresses will be withdrawn on the 31st March 2016.

News from The Goat Shed

Do you remember on a previous post, that we told you about the attempted break in at The Goat Shed? Since then, Sam and his team have built a new Shed – the shop is bigger and stronger, and they are able to stock far more than before. The range now includes goat cheese, goat milk, goat meats, pop corn, honey, bird seed, rapeseed oil, dressings, chilli jams and oils, granola’s, apple juice, eggs, potatoes, and onions. Also a range of lotions potions and soaps made from goats milk. Coming soon there will also be ice cream and The Bhaji Man range of curry mixes.

Kids Meet Kids is an Open Day weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th at the farm between 10am and 3pm. There will be the opportunity to meet the new arrivals with bottle feeding at 11am, 1230pm, and 2pm. You can also meet Luna the pony and other animals (chicks, ducklings, piglets) plus there will be Bouncy Castles, Danns ice cream, BBQ, coffee & cake, Norfolk Brewhouse Beer tent, Pedal Tractors, Algy’s popcorn wok, wood turning…..and lots more! Book online before 8th April for discounted tickets.

Warm Up This Winter

Broadland District Council are offering grants of up to £500 towards the cost of loft and cavity wall insulation and heating system upgrades.

These energy efficient measures will not only help residents keep their homes warm but will also reduce domestic energy bills by lowering heat loss in the home and installing more efficient heating systems.

Grants are open to all home owners and private tenants. The maximum grant available is £500 with a 50% contribution required by the resident. This grant can be used on properties that simply need to add to existing loft insulation and grants are also available to upgrade the controls on a heating system. To qualify, the insulation or boiler upgrade must be recommended on a recent Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property.

Register your interest at or find out more about energy efficiency by contacting the energy team on 01603 430627 or

Norfolk Heritage

Their web site contains details of every archaeological site and historic building in Norfolk.

If you click on the link below to enter the site, select Search Database and enter the keyword “Honingham”, you’ll see a list of the many items in our area. A surprising number!


Mattishall Pharmacy – Opening hours & online registration.

The Mattishall Surgery & Pharmacy website has been updated good and proper!

Tel: 01362 850 227

Click here for current opening times

It now looks like this picture above and there are a few things you need to do to register to use their services to make booking appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions and many other new useful information regarding your health and wellbeing.


To initially register for the service you have to visit the surgery and request to be registered. They will then send you a letter through the post with your log on details.

As soon as you have received this (somewhat confusingly worded) letter –

go to this webpage below and use the username and password supplied in that letter.

Once logged in it should prompt you to change your password to something you will remember but after that all of the services you can use are ready for you.


If you have any questions or are struggling to use the new system, please give me a shout via the website: