For any news related to Southery, this is the page to come to. We're hoping to report on anything that goes on in and around the village that may be of interest to others.

This page welcomes and relies on user submissions so if there is anything relevant that needs to be added then please submit your news here. If it's not getting updated enough it's because I'm not getting enough submissions :-(


Hilgay Raft Race
A fun time was had by all at the Hilgay Raft Race on Sunday 14th July 2013. The weather was over cast and warm to start with but by the time of the last heats the sun was shining on an excited crowd.
My thanks to Holly Landscapes for allowing me to film the races from the vantage point of thier Cherry Picker.

Picture Gallery

Fancy Dress
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Heat 1
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Heat 2
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Heat 3
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Heat 4
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Heat 5
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Heat 6
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Semi Final 1
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Semi Final 2
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The end of a chapter and the turning of the page in the history of the Old White Bell Southery, took place on Monday 14th May when Mr & Mrs Peter and Nicola Smith handed the keys over to the new keepers.

After 9 years of fancy dress, darts, domino's, football, pool and many more sports (except golf and tennis obviously,) fun days, not so fun days, fund raising, bikes and parties, the last pint was pulled and it was time to call it a day. Everybody wishes you both all the best for the future.

We wish Chip and his family all the best with taking the reigns of the OWB and hope the continuation of a successful village pub.


Event: Fishathon 4
Date: 2nd - 6th May 2012
Time: As per event
Location: As per event
Project Organiser: Steve Vigar
Contact: 30 Upgate Street
Southery, 07940 094209
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Scotty's Little Soldiers


The bi-annual Fishathon started way back in Feb 2005 and has gone from strength to strength since, raising circa £12000 for local Children's Charities. Now at Fishathon4, Steve is currently organising the next FAT instalment for Scotty's Little Soldiers, a charity that was set up for the benefit of the children of the fallen, when one of his good friends husbands was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

In order to raise funds, Steve is planning the following events;

1. 48hr Charity Fishing Challenge, 2nd-4th May 2012 at Swangey Lakes, Attleborough
2. Quiz Night at The Old White Bell, Friday 4th May, from 2030hrs
3. Fishathon4 Family Fayre at Southery Playing Field, from 1330hrs
4. 5hr Charity Fishing Match at Dents 2-Island Lake at Hilgay from 0845hr
5. Auction (very popular) at The Old White Bell from 8pm. Click here for the latest auction list

For full details of the events, check out the Fishathon 4 Facebook page by clicking

All donations, support and assistance would be very gratefully received. Please help us Help Their Children Smile.

2nd Aug 2011
News Title :
St Mary's Church Web Site
or Group:
St Mary's Church
Submission by:
Canon Stuart Morris

Canon Stuart Morris is pleased to announce the launch of the St Mary's Church web site.

The web site will keep you informed of forthcoming weddings, funnerals and baptisms as well as church related links, special events, photo galleries and a handy calendar that lists services and other related events.

Visit the web site by clicking here and email Canon Stuart Morris if you have any church related queries.


Event: Beach Themed Night
Date: Sat 23rd July
Time: From 1pm to 11pm
Location: Playing Field
Project Manager: Charlene
Tickets: Free

Finally the beach theme day arrived and although British weather was as expected, a great day was had by all. The children loved the fairground rides, face painting, pony rides and all the other stalls. With the men flexing their muscles and the ladies, proving they were definitely a match, a very competitive Tug a War ensued. With lots of grunting and yelling the British Sugar team triumphed! Well done to all who entered. The children also had a go!
Then as the evening progressed lots of laughter came from the antics at the surf simulator and everyone danced to the fabulous "Martha's Wood".
Swish would like to thank Jolene Osler and Emma Fowler for the excellent painted faces, Chrissie Reeve and Tommy for great pony rides, Danny Nicholson, Dale Osler and Shane Reeve for all their help with setting up and packing away, Nicholsons machinery and the talented "Martha's Wood". We would also like to thank all who came and supported us, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did!
Total profit £363.53. Proceeds will be going to Southery Youth Club, the Village Hall and Swish.


25th June to 16th July

Fat Bloke On A Moped... rides again. (On 'L' plates)

Kevin Ronney and David Fletcher set off on their biggest challenge on Saturday 25th June, the circumnavigation of mainland Great Britain by scooter.

All didn't quite go according to plan, however the route was adheared to, rendezvous points met and only one bike returned...

Read the entire news of the trip, including all the pictures taken by reading the Blog

Follow the latest news of the entire project at the web site;


Event: Southery Village Yard Sale
Date: Sun 10th July
Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Location: Southery & Southery Primary School
Project Organisers: Friends of Southery School
Project Manager: n/a
Tickets: £5 Home Pitch, £7.50 School Pitch

The Friends of Southery School organised this years giant village yard sale to raise money for extra items that the schools Local Education Authority budget does not cover.
For a fee of £5.00 they advertised the event & prepared a village map of the addresses taking part and was available from the school on the day. A limited number of pitches were available at the school for £7.50.
If you had nothing to sell or wanted to have an open garden, donations were gratefully accepted.
Refreshments were available at the school for all bargain hunters.


Event: Pool Competition
Date: Sun 19th June
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Old White Bell
Project Organisers: Fat Bloke On A Moped
Project Manager: Skoda
Tickets: Entry Fee TBA

As his last action as captain of the Old White Bell Pool Team, Skoda organised a pool competition open to all comers.

The competition was a simple knock out tournament which had 16 entrants in all from the Old White Bell and a contingent of players from the Live & Let Live in Downham Market. A cash prize was awarded to Graham the winner and the raffle netted an nice bonus to the £139.00 total raised.

Proceeds will go toward the Fat Bloke On A Moped Project Britain fund for the breast cancer charity Keeping Abreast. Our thanks to everyone who participated and helped out to make this event a success.


Event: OWB Football Presentation Night
Date: Sat 18th June
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Old White Bell
Tickets: n/a

The annual Old White Bell Wanderers football presentation evening was an emotional one this year as we said farwell to Peter Smith as the teams manager. As ever though, the presentation of the awards was swept aside pretty quickly to get down to the serious business of getting completely trollied.

(Of course,what everyone eagerly awaited was who had won the coveted "Bit Of An Animal" award, which this year went to Colin Coulsen.)


Event: School Summer Fete
Date: Sun 12th June
Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Location: Southery Primary School
Project Organisers: Friends of Southery School
Project Manager: n/a
Tickets: Free

Friends of Southery School invited you to the School Summer Fete on Sunday 12th June 2011 from 11.00am until 3.00pm at Southery Primary School.

The fun included BBQ, Refreshments, Music, Bouncy Castle, Tombola, Face Painting and many more fun things to do.

We ordered sunny weather, but someone forgot to post the letter.


Event: Glass Slipper Ball
Date: Sat 28th May
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Village Hall
Project Manager: Emma
Tickets: £12.50

The link to the photographs will go here when I've done them.

Following the success of last years Masquerade Ball, Swish decided to host The Glass Slipper Ball.
With an exciting line up of entertainment which included the duet Pride with their cover of all the popular tracks from the 60's to the current chart toppers and performing this year was the jaw dropping vocals of Robert Farrel. Leading us all late into the night was the dance floor filling sounds of KJ Entertainments, complete with their very own Dan the balloon man!!
Doors opened at 7.30pm with a champagne reception and canapés served by Southery's very own Nigel Bird
Our resident photographer Dave was on hand to take those memorable portrait pictures with a little makeshift studio in the corner.
Our thanks to everyone who came along and made it a special evening.

Pics from the ball are £5 each. Our thanks to Mr Bee for this special Swish price.

Make a note of the number of the pictures you would like (for example, the first picture number is 6869) and then email me on with your order.
NB: All photographs are reduced in quality due to space restraints of this web site.


Event: Bingo (in aid of the 2012 Carnival)
Date: Fri 6th May
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
Location: Village Hall
Tickets: n/a, open to all

Bingo night was in aid of funds for the 2012 Carnival.

We're hoping to make the 2012 Carnival the best seen in Southery for a very long time, so please come along to the future Bingo nights to help support your local community.

Money raised at this Bingo event;


30th April 2011
Pete's 40th Birthday Fancy Dress Bash
Old White Bell
Submission by:
Fletch 07919 902902

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You only get away with turning 40 a few times in your life and this was the first time for Pete Smith, landlord at the Old White Bell.

To celebrate in style Pete and Nic held a Movie Star theme fancy dress party. The turn out was really good and the conversations ensued of trying to work out who was who. There were duplicates of Scooby Doo but worst by far were five lasses who all came as 'Pink Ladies' from Grease! What were the chances of that?

By far the best outfit was mine, but I can't remember who I was.

Click the image above to the right to be taken to the gallery and if you use any of my pics on Facebook or where ever else, just remember that I'm about to ride around the circumference of Gt. Britain on a scooter for charity and your generosity sponsoring me will be greatly appreciated ;-)


Event: Bingo
Date: Fri 15th April
Time: 7pm
Location: Village Hall
Project Manager: Sam
Tickets: n/a

Once again a great turnout of bingo players flocked through the doors. Our bingo caller, Spike shouted Kelly's eye, the Brighton line, two little ducks and many more whilst surprising all with a Norwich City commentary!
1 line, 2 lines and full house were played on all 10 games and both half time flyers.
A break at half time gave way to Charlene's home made cakes & refreshments. The raffle and tombola were popular and proved to be a success. Our free Swish flyer donated to all players was to win:
1L – 2 free hotdogs/burgers at the Swish Beach Theme Nite
2L – 2 free coach seats on the Swish Summer Coast Trip
FH – 2 free tickets to the Swish Glass Slipper Ball.
Thankyou to all that donated prizes and anyone who supported this event. An amount of £257.38 was raised. Proceeds will be going to St Mary's Church, The Methodist Church and Swish.

Full details on the Swish page


Event: Race Night
Date: Sat 26th February
Time: First Race 8pm
Location: Old White Bell
Project Manager: Rose
Tickets: n/a

And they’re off…… our first event of the year was race night, where we haf a great turn out whereby you could have a flutter, enjoy the atmosphere of an exciting time at the races - all no further than your local. There were 8 races, with options of betting on some or all of the races and the chance of winning a cash prize or you could choose to place a bet on a triple or dual forecast before the event. The top prize of £100.00 was won by John Clemments.

Swish would like to thank all those who supported Race night, a good time was had by one and all and a fantastic £436.00 was raised.

Thanks every one!

31st Jan 2011
News Title :
or Group:
Southery Sports Co-coordinator
Submission by:
Sue Jennings
This post becomes vacant on 1st March 2011, which anyone over the age of 18 can apply for. Sue Jennings, the preset co-ordinator, in moving to Oxfordshire. For details of the position, log onto the web site for West Norfolk Sports Council, who provide a grant of £300.00 per year, the post being voluntary.

Liaising with the Parish Council, I organised a grant for a skateboard ramp, which hopefully will be successful. It is hoped to start building in March, so there would be on-going publicity and workshops to organise for the young people involved.

I also organised a one day Sports Taster Roadshow last summer, the first in Southery. I had to meet with a sports development officer and interested young people; ensure all the flyer details were correct, and ensure they went into every 'Village Voice' Magazine the month prior to the event. I was there on the day to oversee the events, it was great fun. I had to write a report about it after. The Sports Council suggest holding one every 2 years. All the events are free.

The main roles of the job may include some of the following-

  • Holiday activities for young people
  • Rural transport scheme
  • West Norfolk Inter village games
  • Information provider
  • Attending village meetings of parish Council/ Youth Council
  • Loan of equipment scheme
  • New village activities for residents generally

Really the job is what you want to make it. If you are interested, contact Sue on 378828 or 07956534478.


Event: Santa Comes To Southery
Date: 7th, 8th Dec 2010
Time: Evening
Location: All Over Southery
Project Manager: Charlotte
Tickets: Donted by Swish Funds

On the 7th and 8th of December Father Christmas visited the good children of southery.

He arrived with his elves and helpers on his tractor and trailer to deliver gifts to them, which were donated by Swish.

The smiles on their faces were a joy to see and warmed up the cold night air. A great start to the years festivities and santa has promised to return next year providing the children are good.


Event: Has Southery Got Talent 2 Nite
Date: Sat 20th Nov 2010
Time: 7.30pm (Doors open 6.45pm)
Location: Village Hall
Project Manager: Cathy
Tickets: £5

It finally arrived, after much excitement and nervousness our eight contestants finally got to show their talent, and what magnificent talent they all had!

First Prize: £100

For photographs and video footage shot on the night, please visit the Swish page of the web site by clicking here

24th/25th Sep 2010
News Title :
Ride Around Norfolk
or Group:
Fat Bloke On A Moped
Submission by:
David Fletcher

Click the image below for full info on the Fat Bloke On A Moped Fund Raising projects

The weather was wet on the afternoon of Friday 24th September when the four riders of the apocalypse (Kevin, Aaron, Tina and David) set off on thier journey to their stop over point at a camp site just outside of Gt Yarmouth. Progress was slow and the tail back of traffic on the A143 was considerate and patient.

After an evening under canvas, the small team met up with Hollie Clarke, Sam Barber, Simon Rose, Danny Nicholson, Justin Flack and Roger Clayson on the sea front of Gt Yarmouth in front of Britannia Pier, whereby the volunteers were waving buckets at passers by for the next 5 hours.

At 10.10am on Saturday, an entourage of 10 bikers (on machines bigger than 125cc) set off from the Old White Bell in an attempt to catch up with the up-to-125cc riders who set off from Britannia Pier at 10.45am.

After a weather beaten ride around the Norfolk coastal road, the riders met up at Hunstanton sea front and after a brief rest break, set off down the A10, via King's Lynn and rode back into Southery.

Total Distance: 187.9 miles
Up to 125cc Time Taken: 7 Hours and 20 Mins.


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19th Sep 2010
News Title :
Girl Guide Association's 100th Anniversary
or Group:
Brownies & Guides
Submission by:
Anita Cornish

Southery Guides & Brownies joined 4000 (yes four thousand) other Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section girls from all over Norfolk in Great Yarmouth to celebrate the Guide Association being 100 years old.

Southery Brownies took part in the treasure trail around Great Yarmouth, in several ‘out There activities including learning a few Circus Skills, had a go at the Norfolk Guides ‘It’s a Knock Out’ on the beach, built some sand castles and had a paddle, and finally visited the Model Village before going for a fish and chip tea.

Southery Guides, however, had different ideas on what they should do at the seaside! So took their trainee leader, Laura Norman, shopping, a quick look at the Out There activities and then onto the Pleasure Beach, where in a few hours they managed to go on every single ride and were there till it closed! They then joined the Brownies for tea.

After tea all the girls made their way back to the beach for a Grand Finale, saw three live bands, Walkway, Project A (from the X Factor) and new boy band KHY followed by a magnificent firework display. Also Laura was enrolled during the finale watched by not only Southery Guides but Guides from several other units, as an Adult Leader, and received a big cheer as she did it without any mistakes! That’s another completed section of her qualification.

Then came the huge job of bringing all the coaches back to the seafront to get all these girls home. Southery Brownies & Guides kept up the old tradition of singing songs on the coach all the way home.

Now looking forward to the final event for the 100 years celebration being held at 20:10 on 20/10/2010 at Swaffham where all girls attending will renew their promise and receive a very special enrolment badge as will many thousands of other girls across the United Kingdom and only girls there on that evening will receive this special enrolment badge! We’re hoping all of Southery girls will be able to go.

Anita Cornish

Asst. Guider

Southery Brownies & Guides

PS we’re still looking for new leaders so if anyone would like to come and give it a go please contact me, also we have spaces if any girls would like to join us!

12th Aug 2010
News Title :
Urgent Appeal on Behalf of Southery Brownies and Guides
or Group:
Brownies & Guides
Submission by:
Anita Cornish
If we don't get some adult help these units may close which would be a great pity as Brownies & Guides have been in this village for over 50 years!

Not only are we losing Beryl, who is retiring but we are also loosing Milli, who is off to London Uni to become a Nurse. Charlotte, is also returning to college to become a Sports Therapist and because of her course commitments won't be able to run Brownies every Monday.

Guides have gained an 'old' Guide, who have completed Uni has returned to take over from Beryl but we do need more adult help.

So if there is anyone out there who could spare one evening per term, month, or week, PLEASE could you contact either Anita or Beryl.
1st August 2010
Tractor Rally, raising funds for Diabetes
Billy Pope & Friends
Submission by:
David Fletcher

Trundling into the village bright and early at the crack of 12.26pm on Sunday 1st August, Billy Pope and his friends certainly rose any late risers with the noise and sight of his very bright vintage tractor and entourage in tow (although not literally 'in tow')

Raising some money for the Diabetes Organisation, Southery was just one of the villages visited, stopping traffic in Hilgay, Dents Farm Shop and Denver to name but a few.

5th June 2010
Southery Football Field Rejuvenation
Old White Bell Football Team
Submission by:
David Fletcher

For most of the last home teams football season the OWBFC have been having to play their home matches at River Lane Sports Field in King's Lynn due to the Southery football pitch developing a problem with moles. The moles now seem to have burrowed off into a different direction now so a team of volunteers set about repairing the damage caused by the little blighters.

A heart felt thanks to all those involved.

Photo courtesy of a local that heard it was 'Diet Coke Break' time for the work force. Boy was she disappointed.

2nd May 2010
Race for Life
Submission by:
Cathy Robson

On Sunday 2nd May a group of ladies wearing tutu’s, boppers, fairy wings, feather boas and pink earmuffs set off from the Old White Bell to Norwich. We had a very energetic warm up with the “Nivea Men” and then set off on a 5K run/walk/drag around Norfolk Showground. We all managed to finish the course with Hayley finishing in the fastest time of 33 minutes! Everybody done really well, especially the girls, Megan, Jodie and Carla (well done girls!). We decided to run for Claire and it was an honour to do so. We raised a fantastic £800 for Cancer Research UK. We had a great day and had loads of fun!

We are hoping to do it as a yearly event, any mad ladies out there who would like to join us? The more the merrier!!

12th March 2010
Sleepover at the Rare Breeds Farm
Southery Guides
Submission by:
Anita Cornish 01366 377639

On Friday 12th March at 5pm, in icy cold weather Southery Guides pitched their tents near the Guernsey Goats at the rare breeds farm. The girls slept in one tent and were toasty warm all night despite the rain and wind. We had a supper of Pizza, not cooked by the Guides but delivered from the local Pizza shop! (Guiding in the 00's - how things have changed!) But in the morning we had to be up and ready by 7.30 to meet Jill the shepherd, who was absolutely fantastic!. The girls only expected a tour of the animals and started with the pigs, as they make the most noise, however when they got there the sheep and the new born lambs, they had to do the feeding, as instructed by Jill, depending upon the breed, they got one or one and half scoops of food, followed by hay. After feeding the sheep, they then went with Jill to the dairy to prepare milk for the calves and timed how long it took them to drink 2 litres of milk each. All were surprised that it only took 35 seconds for Jet, the female to guzzle her breakfast down! More breakfasts were then fed to the goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses and finally the Guides themselves! We all appreciate how hard these people work.

All the girls earned their Animal Active badge and Go For It - Well done girls!!

Next day out is to the Eco Centre at Swaffham and next sleepover is at Denver Mill.

Anyone interested in becoming a Guide please contact Anita on the info above


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