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Carol singers welcome Christmas

Christmas Greetings imageOur carol singalong on the evening of December 19th turned out to be a lovely event, complete with the ‘star of Bethlehem’ visible just above the horizon! The star is actually the great conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, which currently appear almost as one, all very exciting.

The music to accompany this spectacle of the night sky was provided by an excellent group of singers with keyboard accompaniment, organised by Village Centre Trustee David Collingham.  Naturally those assembled in the Centre car park were eager to add their own voices, so there were enthusiastic versions of many popular carols and Christmas songs. To fuel the singers there was mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls, provided by Centre volunteers.

All in all a great evening and we hope to repeat the event in a year’s time, when hopefully there will not have to be so much emphasis on social distancing.

Stay safe and well everybody. You can see some photos of the event below. Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

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The singing was led by this talented band of singers and musicians
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Some of the crowd who attended the event. Photos by Margaret Mann


The Village Centre reopens with a festive lunch and carols

village centre logoWe are pleased to announce that the Centre will reopen immediately after the lockdown, with some of our regular classes starting again on Wednesday 2nd December. Following on from that we have a couple of special events lined up, to usher in the Christmas season.

On Tuesday 15th December we will be holding our Christmas Friendship Lunch which is always a popular event. Needless to say booking is essential, by phoning 01485 540644. Numbers must be strictly limited due to Covid-19 regulations, so please book early. The cost is £5 for two courses and tea or coffee.

Then, on Saturday 19th December, there is an opportunity to sing some carols, as everyone loves to do at this time of the year! Between 5 – 6pm there will be carol singing outside the Village Centre, to which all are welcome. This is a Covid-19 secure event so again social distancing must be observed at all times, but there will be some lovely festive music and refreshments will be available. More details nearer the time.

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Our next cinema screening – Tuesday 27th October

Our regular monthly film nights continue and the next of these will be Judy, which is a touching account of the final years of one of the movie world’s greatest stars, Judy Garland (12A). Renée Zellweger stars in this not to be missed biopic.

The film will be shown on our usual last Tuesday in the month, the 27th October. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start to the film. tickets are £5, under 16s £3.

It is important for everyone to know that because of the current health situation there are some extra measures that we have to put in place for the film screening. Numbers attending will be strictly limited, consequently pre-booking is highly advisable. You should also be aware that face-coverings must be worn when in the Village Centre (except children 11 years or under). Please sanitise your hands when entering and leaving.

Most seating will be in socially distanced groups, around tables, in a designated café area where patrons may sit in groups of up to six people. In this area ONLY, face coverings may be removed when you are seated at your table. If you leave your table, for any reason, you must replace your face covering.

There may be other seating available, outside the café area, where face coverings must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.

Refreshments will be via table service only.  Patrons should use the toilet nearest their seat. If using the main toilets off the east corridor there is a one-way system in operation.

To reserve seats, please telephone 01485 540644. Booking closes as soon as the permitted maximum number is reached or at the latest 4pm on the 27th October. Track and Trace information will be required.

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Open Gardens – next weekend 5th – 6th September

logo of open gardensRather later in the year than anticipated, but Dersingham will open over twelve gardens this coming weekend 5th and 6th September, from 11.00am – 5.00pm both days.

The popular event normally takes place over the end of May bank holiday, but due to the pandemic it had to be put on hold for a few months. Nonetheless, there will still be a whiff of Chelsea in the air as you wander round and, yes, there will be tea and cake at the Village Centre!

Tickets cost £5 on the day from the Village Centre, note that there are no advance tickets this year. Children under 16 free but must be accompanied by an adult. On buying your ticket you will be given a guide to the gardens. All profits will be shared between the two charities of St Nicholas Church and the Village Centre.

There are two extra events. Firstly, there will be numerous (50 at the latest count) yard sales going on around the village, where there are sure to be some bargains. The yards are also raising money for the church and the Centre and there will be a guide to the yards available at the Village Centre, or at 19 Holyrood Drive. It costs £1 and all proceeds go to the charities.

Secondly, in the evening there will be a special screening at the Village Cinema, in the main hall of the Centre. The film is Doolittle, the most recent remake of the Doctor Doolittle story about a doctor who really can talk to animals. There are full details on the poster and in last week’s blog post.

Let’s all hope for good weather. Stay safe, remember to socially distance in the gardens and it will be a great event!

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film poster 5th september

A Special Event from the Village Cinema

The village cinema has had its doors firmly closed since the March lock-down, but we are hoping to restart regular screening before too long. To start things off, we are holding a special film evening as part of the Dersingham Open Gardens weekend of the 5th and 6th September.

At 7.45pm on Saturday September 5th we will be showing the popular family film Doolittle (12), which will be screened in the main hall of the Village Centre.  This film is the latest remake of an ever popular tale, as Dr. John Dolittle shows that he really can talk to the animals!

It is important for everyone to know that because of the current health situation there are some extra measures that we have to put in place for the film screening.Numbers attending will be strictly limited, consequently pre-booking is necessary. You should also be aware that face-coverings must be worn when in the Village Centre (except children 11 years or under).

To reserve seats, please telephone 01485 540644. Tickets cost £5 or £3 for children under 16. Booking closes as soon as the permitted maximum number is reached or at the latest 4pm on the 5th September.

film poster 5th september

Annual General Meeting of the Village Centre Association

View of the Village CentreThe 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Dersingham Village Centre Association will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 11th August 2020 at the Dersingham Village Centre, 83 Manor Road, Dersingham, PE31 6LN.

The Meeting is open to all; members of the DVCA, and all residents of Dersingham and the surrounding villages are welcome to attend.

In line with social distancing requirements, all attendees are asked to RSVP via telephone (01485 543195) or email ( so that sufficient chairs can be set out at appropriate distances.

There is a cap on the maximum number the Centre can hold, so please do RSVP to ensure that there is space.

If you would prefer to attend via Zoom, this is possible, please state this when you RSVP and ensure you include a suitable email address.

Village Centre Update 30th June

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The 6th of July is slowly approaching, and from that date the Village Centre will be once again available for hire. However, our reopening is not quite what we had planned. Government guidance means that exercise and dance classes cannot yet restart and there is no clear indication as to when this will change.

The DVCA Trustees are, of course, disappointed, but the safety of everybody is paramount.   The Centre will be available for hire for any event the does meet Government guidelines and you are invited to contact us via  Indeed, we can take future bookings for all types of event, but it is important to understand that any booking is completely dependent on the Government guidelines and laws that are in force at the relevant time. Additionally, the DVCA must reserve the right to cancel any booking if the Trustees feel that, for any reason, it cannot take place safely.

We will bring you further updates as soon as we are able to do so. Meanwhile, stay safe, protect yourself and protect others and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

Elke’s Pilates Classes Go Online!

image of pilates groupLike all exercise groups at the Centre, the Pilates groups with Elke have had to take an enforced break during lock-down. However, Elke is organising some online classes for you! See the details below and get in touch with her to book your place: or telephone 07971 440539.

NEW – Online Live – Slinky Stretch Mat Class

Thursdays 6.00 – 6:45pm

We know many of you might be disappointed to have missed being able to come to your usual exercise class whilst the Dersingham Village Centre pauses during lock-down, which is why now is an amazing time to plan and get involved with Elke’s live online “Slinky Stretch Mat Class”.
Elke is a local resident and a long standing Dersingham Village Centre user and volunteer. As a certified, insured and qualified teacher of the Body Control Pilates method for over 18 years, Elke has gained a great following and reputation with emphasis on safety and precision. Her timetable has extended to help get you stretching and moving – live online!
The Slinky Stretch Mat Class has been carefully designed for all through this time, including teens and especially those that perhaps don’t usually attend the Pilates but fancy a good honest stretch whilst we manage ourselves and well-being during the lock-down.
You’ll gain better flexibility, strength through your abdominals and legs and feel looser whilst being guided and encouraged through the floor based exercises.
Combat feeling tight in your shoulders, back and neck, lift that mood and boost back some positive energy whilst creating a fabulous body!
(No bad backs please, pop back when it’s safe to do so).
Give yourself something to look forward to. You just need a mat, a small space to exercise, internet connection and laptop / tablet/device with webcam. This is a live streaming class so both can be seen.
Thursdays 6.00pm – 6:45pm. Advanced bookings online £6.
Get in touch soon with Elke and have yourself a great smooth workout: or telephone 07971 440539.
When the Centre reopens Elke will carry on teaching her various classes and so you can get involved.
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Virtual VE Day – 8th May 2020

union jack imageThe Borough Council are planning a programme of activities to celebrate VE Day that you can enjoy without leaving home. The planned celebrations for the village have had to be postponed until VJ Day in August but there are a wealth of things that you can do to celebrate the anniversary of Victory in Europe safely in your own home, on the 8th of May 2020.

Full details will be published in the press, on social media, and on the Stories of Lynn website on Friday 1st May. Plans include 1940’s dance classes, an ARP Warden plane spotting quiz, making table decorations from recycled materials, creating bunting and paper hats, preparing food, and hearing the experiences from someone who remembers the day. There will also be a gallery of archive photos and a talk from True’s Yard.

We are all being encouraged to join the national 3pm toast to the veterans. The whole day will finish with an online disco, leading up to the nation singing ‘We’ll meet again’ at 9pm along with the broadcast by the BBC.

The Borough Mayor Cllr Geoff Hipperson, is asking people to get involved in two early activities. First, invite the Mayor to attend your celebration virtually via Facetime or Whatsapp video, all you need to do is to fill in the online form to request a visit. He is hoping to fit in around 20 visits, including visiting staff and patients at the QE Hospital at 3pm when the whole country will be toasting our heroes past and present.

The second is to vote for one of four 1940’s recipes, so that our 1940’s cook Kathy Hipperson can bake the winning recipe. To vote for your favourite recipe, visit and make your vote by noon on 1 May 2020. A video of the winning choice being made will be posted on the Stories of Lynn website along with the recipe and other 1940’s recipes so that people can try to replicate a 1940’s tea party if they want to. Look at next week’s Your Local Paper and the Lynn News where there will be templates to copy or colour in, and the flags and bunting can be put in windows and living rooms. Send in photos and the Mayor will pick one entry to be invited to the Mayor’s Parlour for tea and a tour of the Town Hall, when it is safe to do so.

Update Monday 13th April

corona virus imageAnother update for Dersingham residents. As we move towards the end of the first three weeks of lock-down it seems very likely that the next Government announcement will bring more of the same. We are constantly reviewing the situation with the Village Centre but at the moment it is not possible to predict when we will be able to reopen.

A big thank-you to all Dersingham residents, who have been abiding by the government’s “stay at home” guidance. The village seems eerily quiet, which means people are staying at home and staying safe!

There is much more about the Coronavirus situation on the Dersingham Parish Council website, which has a dedicated page of information and loads of links to useful websites.  Much of the information there has been provided by local County Councillor Stuart Dark. Everything is there from help for businesses, to new bus timetables, to revised bin collections and much more.

Stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!