• Wortwell Bell Public House

    Wortwell Parish Council would like to wish Paul and his family all the very best, following a devastating car accident last Friday 17th May at the Bell Public House.

    After a car crashed into the pub causing major damage to the front entrance, Paul has expressed his thanks to all the villagers that rallied round to affect a cleanup of the debris and the devastation within the pub.

    In addition to the help from locals, Jordan Developments answered an emergency call and also rallied troops to help the stricken pub.

    This community sprit led to our much-loved village pub re opening by lunchtime on Saturday 18th.

    The damaged area has now been cordoned off making the area safe until more permanent repairs are possible.

    Access to the pub is via the second entrance or the rear door from the car park.

    We are all thankful that nobody was hurt in this incident, and thank Paul for all his efforts in maintaining the valuable services that this business provides.

  • Nature Recovery in Wortwell

    Wortwell Parish Council has recently adopted an Environmental and Biodiversity Policy. This means the council are now committed to enhancing biodiversity in our village.

    This year we will again be participating in “No Mow May”, an annual campaign run by Plantlife. By participating in this we will leave areas of grass uncut in spring to allow wild flowers and grasses to flower and go to seed, which in turn will provide a food resources for many species of insect. By area, garden habitats exceed the total extent of all the UK’s National Nature Reserves put together, so everyone has the chance to make a real difference in their gardens.

    Many villagers are already installing bird boxes and bug hotels or leaving areas for nature and we would love to hear any of your success stories, so other people can do the same. The Parish Council would also like to hear from anyone who could help in a working party, to plant
    pollinator friendly plants or install bird boxes and bug hotels in the village.

    Please contact Robert Hadingham on 07495832417 or email [email protected]


    The recent consultation to determine the format villagers would prefer in future yielded a poor response. As a result, at the January meeting, Wortwell Parish Council made the decision that this issue will be the last one printed due to unsustainable printing costs. It must be noted that this decision is not irreversible.

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    For villagers wanting to receive newsletters in a printed format, please contact Lua Leggett, Parish Clerk, at [email protected] or phone 01986 788789.

  • The Wortwell Bell Grand Re-Opening – Friday 8 March

    We (Paul, Michelle & Harrison) are very pleased to announce that we plan to reopen our/your doors to our/your local pub in the very near future & we will update our Facebook page on a daily basis @ The Wortwell Bell.


    After extensive revamping & obviously a deep cleaning, we are ready to once again open the doors to you & once again be of service to you, the locals & hopefully once again become the hub of your community. The back bar that will now include a darts board, a multi “sports” channel TV & traditional pub games. NOW the “locals drinking bar ” incorporating a roaring log burner which will also include a very good selection of cask beers, wines & spirits & finally for you more loveable types a nice quiet little snug lounge.

    Our extensive range of cask beers will be solely supplied by our sister  company STOW FEN BREWERY, which are located just down the road at Flixton Nr Bungay. We will serve up to 9 deliciously cask ales, which we will rotate up to 5 at a time. Cask beers will be starting at £3-20 a pint & and obviously, we will cater for you Lager drinkers with Madri, Becks & Stella also Guinness is on tap & for you Cider lovers, Aspall, which will all be priced at under a £5er a pint.

    THE KITCHEN, once we are up & running smoothly, we will advise you of our forthcoming plans, in the meantime we will facilitate you with an array of delicious outside pop up restaurant food stall caterers.

    We have many SUMMER plans of our own, which includes opening the garage for beer festivals & live music events & we would welcome your input & feedback, as once again we reiterate, we want to be part of your community as well as your pub.

    See you ALL very soon.


  • Update on the status of the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP)

    The GNLP was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2021 for examination.  Examination hearings, led by Independent Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State took place during 2022 and 2023. The Inspectors’ considered that a number of main modifications were required to the plan in order for it to be considered sound and legally compliant and consultation on these took place between the 25 October and 6 December 2023.

    In accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Greater Norwich Development Partnership is writing to notify you that the Inspectors’ Report on the GNLP has now been received.  The Inspectors’ conclusion is that with the recommended main modifications the GNLP is sound.

    The Inspectors’ Report and appendices of the Main Modifications will be available to view on the GNLP website at www.gnlp.org.uk.  Hard copies will be available for public viewing during normal office hours at the following locations:

    • Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council offices, The Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Peachman Way, Norwich, NR7 0WF. Mon. – Fri. 08.30 – 17.00 (by appointment).
    • Norwich City Council, City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH (main entrance – please ask to be directed. Mon. – Fri. 08.45 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.00).
    • Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH (by appointment) and
    • South Norfolk information point at The Octagon, Mere Street, Diss IP22 4AH (Mon. – Fri. 09.00 – 17.00)

    Please contact the GNLP team on 01603 306603 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

    You can also view the Inspectors Report on the GNLP website in Norfolk libraries using their computers.

    Formal adoption of the GNLP is scheduled to take place on the following dates:

    • Norwich City Council – 12 March 2024
    • South Norfolk Council – 25 March 2024
    • Broadland District Council – 28 March 2024

    General Enquiries: 01603 306603     [email protected]

  • Guide Dog news from Vinny & Ronda February 2024

    Woof! Woof! Everyone!

    Well, the weather has not improved, and we really don’t want to go out and get soaked again. We like the rubdown, but until we really dry, we do not want to make our beds damp, so we have to sleep on the floor. But there is underfloor heating, so we steam gently dry.

    We did well last year and raised £13,000 in cash, so Guide Dogs gave us a badge each, a certificate, and a photo of Miles; I have no idea who he is, but he is a handsome Lab in his working harness.  But when Uncle Mike did his sums, we had collected over £25,000, including the sale of calendars and cards, talks, ‘Name A Puppy’ collections like Sam and Chris and me and card payments.  Thank you everyone for being so generous.

    My Dad had a big shock; he found himself on the top of the Diss Messenger because the Fundraising Group raised £13,000, and then there were more words and a picture inside.

    We’ve met a pup called Burton, who lives locally; he’s very cute and good.  They have set up puppy classes in Lodden for all the new puppies.  I’m going to help out, especially if they don’t understand the hooman trainers.  The pups have to learn to ignore the commands, so they get more treats.

    Ronda: On 20th March, I’m going to Big School in Leamington Spa, that’s where Vinny was born. I’m really keen and can’t wait to get there and learn new things. Vinny: I don’t think she realises how much hard work it is! But the house will be quiet without her.

    Ronda: We’ve been to visit the lovely people at Royal Mail parcels in Norwich to say goodbye, as they sponsored me.  I recently went to the Big School in town and saw play with singing.  I saw an animal that looked like a dog but didn’t smell or bark like one of us.  So, I gave up wagging my tail at it and went to sleep on my rug in the dark after the hoomans had their ice creams.

    As I write this, Dad tells me the brown water house is opening soon; that’s good. I hope they have yummy treats like saussages or steak! Dad says I must stick to my diet, but I can dream.

    We are sad that this will be our last scribblings in the Mardler.

    Woofs and licks to all!

    See you around the village.


    & Ronda

    P. S. If you remember, I raised money for a puppy; well, Wortwell has been born and is with his puppy raiser, but we have no idea where he is in the country.



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  • The River Waveney from Diss to Bungay flood warning area

    A flood warning means flooding to some property is expected. A severe flood warning means there’s a danger to life.
    Check for flooding

    Call Floodline for advice
    Telephone: 0345 988 1188
    Textphone: 0345 602 6340
    Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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