Community Services

Great Massingham offers key services and contacts, supporting both the village residents and neighbouring communities. All numbers carry the STD code 01485 if calling from outside the area.

The Village Hall and Social Club   

(Please Note that the Village Hall is temporarily  closed due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.)

Call 520588/520387 for Hall, Bar and Vic Cross.

The Village Hall on Station Road is at the heart of the community offering the following regular events:

Keep Fit                           Every Wednesday 1.30 to 2.30pm

Bingo                                Fridays at 7.30pm

Auction                            Most Sundays

Coronation Club            4th Wednesday in the month from 2pm to 4pm

West Norfolk Radio      Some Sundays from 7pm to 10.00pm (live music broadcasts) Check posts to find out what is on and dates

Craft & Chat                   1st and 3rd Monday in the month from 2pm to 4.30pm. Check posts to find out the latest dates.

Trefoil Guild                   2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Film Night                       3rd Thursday in the month from 7pm for 7.30pm

Short Mat Bowls            Wednesdays 7-9.30 pm from October 2019 until March 2020 then back in the autumn.

Short Mat Bowls            Mondays 2 – 4pm until April 2019 then back in the autumn.

Quiz Night                      Monthly on the fourth Thursday of each month

Historical Society          3rd Monday of each month at 7.30pm (From January 2020)

Parish Council                2nd Monday in the month at 7.30pm (From January 2020)

See “Events” on the Home page for further details of other events and news and the separate pages for the Village Hall and Social Club.

The Social Club is run on behalf of the members by a CIC (Community Interest Company) and the Directors are: Chair – Gary Whittred / Secretary – Peter Wadham / and Vic Cross and Deb Lambert.
The Club is a members only club and has a licensed bar which is open Mon. to Sat. evenings 7pm to 11pm and Sunday lunchtimes. The bar prices are generally about 20% cheaper than most pubs. The club also hosts various village events such as Quiz Nights, the Coronation Club, and various other fundraising activities. The club also hosts the snooker and billiards clubs, both of whom enter teams in local leagues, and has two full-size snooker/billiard tables and a pool table.

There is also a TV and a large-screen projector system to provide Sky Sports and other televised events. The CIC is also responsible for organising various fundraising events and is currently raising money to provide a Defibrillator at the Village Hall/Club.
The Social Club is a not-for-profit organisation and is run solely by volunteers (with paid bar-staff). All proceeds from its operation are used to maintain and improve both the Club and the Village Hall.

The hall is available for private hire – Call 520588/520387 for Hall, Bar and Vic Cross.

Sports Clubs at the Village Hall

The village hall is also the hub for various sports clubs including tennis, bowling, football, snooker, billiards, and netball.

All welcome to join or support – see separate page for each sport/club.

 The Community Car Service

The Community Car Service helps anyone without access to personal transportation to attend doctor, hospital or dental appointments, visit a relative, go to the shops, care centre or social club etc.  To book a trip, call the community service on 01485 520823 at any time to speak to someone or to leave a message.  Once the trip is over, passengers pay the volunteer driver approx. 45p per mile.

For further information see the separate page on this site and

COMMNUTY CARS … Due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Door to Door Trips are Regrettably Currently Restricted to:

When the situation improves we hope to resume our previous range of services.

David Butterworth      07710348111/ 01485 520111

 The Village Stores & Post Office

Mark, Kerry and the staff welcome you to your local village store and post office.  The shop is open 7 days a week – Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 7pm and from 9am to 4pm on Sundays.  Post office hours are – 9 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday & 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. No Post Office on Sundays.

The Village store has lots of new lines including a new range of newspapers & magazines, stationery, DIY and cakes & biscuits. Also available is freshly ground coffee and tea to take away and hot soup in the colder months. More changes coming soon…….

 What else is on offer? ………               

A wide range of local produce including fresh bread, cooked meats and local eggs along with tinned and frozen foods.

A dry cleaning service available twice a week plus photocopying  and A FREE local delivery service every Friday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm. Call  520272 

The Post Office offers a full postal service along with insurances, foreign currencies, cash-back with no purchase, cheque & cash direct to your bank account.

Cards now accepted for payment.

Please note our new extended opening hours and website details…

Due to popular customer demand and to simply be open when you need us, we have decided to extend our opening hours. New hours, also shown above are: Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm  and Sunday 9am to 4pm.  Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for latest news or visit our website

Post office hours will remain the same. (see above)

The Dabbling Duck


We are set to open our doors to the public on the 4th July!

Until then, we do have our takeaway service available so please log on to the website and have a look (See advert below). This will be extended to every day, once we are fully open. Orders for this must be made online through our website.

We have been busy decorating and deep cleaning the pub, ready for when we can see you all again and we can’t wait to welcome you all back!

We will be operating on slightly reduced capacity and service times so do call us to check. We do advise booking lunch or dinner, if you wish to eat with us. We hope to build the business back up slowly.

If you have any questions please email us at info@thedabblingduck

or give us a ring on 01485 520827

We now have someone in the office

11am -5pm Monday – Saturday.

Delighted to say we are back. So…..   We aim to make you happy and give you a break from cooking whilst  keeping yourselves and all our staff as safe as possible.

#abide by the rules!


What we offer now that we are opening up again….

Bed & Breakfast, Restaurant and Bar –    520827 |     

A warm welcome can always be found at the Dabbling Duck which is open every day.  Food is served all day every day as follows:

Breakfast 8 am to 10 am, Morning Coffee 10 am to midday (Monday to Saturday) & Afternoon Tea from 3 pm to 5.30 pm (Monday to Saturday )    The Main Restaurant serves food from midday onwards everyday. Sunday Lunch served from midday until 8 pm.

Locally sourced, seasonal weekly menus along with a child’s menu are available and you can even have a takeaway!

A picturesque countryside pub named after The Wind in the Willows.  A meeting point for the local community, The Dabbling Duck offers a fantastic British menu and real ales favoured by CAMRA Real Ale Campaign.

The quirky dining room at The Dabbling Duck comes complete with walls full of library books, stripped floorboards and sash windows that create a cosy ambience.

The Dabbling Duck has 6 guest bedrooms in the main building,  all are tastefully decorated and furnished to a high specification,  In June 2015, further bedrooms were added at the rear of the property.

Other Community Services:      Useful Numbers

Allotment Association                                             Gill Goold 0750 8242223

Borough Council                                                       James (Jim) Moriarty)  07879 492400

Bell Ringers  Tower Captain                                  Dale Gagen  520024

Community Car Scheme                                         Office 520823

County Council                                                        Stuart Graham Dark  07450 679 355

The Coronation Club                                               Jill Whitmore 520609

Doctors – Great Massingham Surgery                 520521 |

The Film Night                                                        Arthur Allen 520 628

Guide Trefoil Guild                                                 Shirley Rae 520259

Massingham Historical Society                           Peter James 521 706

The Mallard – Editor                                               Bev Randall 520899 /

Mallard – Treasurer:                                               David Baines 520966 /

Parish Council                                                          Mick Wingell – Chair 520369                                                                                                   

Pre-School                                                                Pip Armitage 07807185746

School                                                                        Ann Beardall 520362

Rector                                                                        Rev. Judith Pollard  601251

Tennis & Multi Sports Club                                  Arthur Allen 520 628

Village Hall                                                              Bar 520 588

Village Stores & Deli                                              Mark Eldridge 520 272

Websites of local interest:

UK Villages

Norfolk Coast

New Revelations Book

(A publication compiled from local parish magazines around the 1900’s – including Little Massingham & others)

Film Nights
Karl Andrews
Golden Years Norfolk
Massingham Village Hall & Club
West Heath Barn
Community Cars
Dabbling Duck
Parsley Barn