Events, issues and general discussions in Yaxham

Jackie Cook
21st August 2017
Please note following application 15/08/2017 3PL/2017?1000F change of access at the Old Post Office, Clint Green for 4 cars
Beryl Garner
3rd July 2017
Congratulations to all who look after the flower boxes near the village sign. They are lovely once again.
Sally Thurgill
13th March 2017
St. Peter's Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th April, 2017 at 7.30pm at the church. All Welcome.
Tim kiddle
30th May 2016
Can you tell me if there is an open garden day in yaxham. Thank you tim
29th September 2015
When is the next car boot in Yaxham please and where will it be held. Thank you
Phillip Seaman
13th September 2015
For those tracing 'Seaman' Family members may wish to visit my web site: There are vast excel databases of Seaman relatives, and I have corresponding 'Legacy' family trees if you want to email at I will send you any extra information I have in a tree format. However, what I am stuck with is John Seaman Abt 1816 from Yaxham - He married Judith Bassey, adnd what to have proof he is son of Charles Seaman (Abt 1775 - Yaxham) and Mary Watts - anyone help me?
7th September 2015
Dear Joan, thanks for your reply to my post. I'm on Ancestry too, and would like to communicate with you. 1spider53 should find me. Angela
Joan Drage
23rd August 2015
Reply to Angela's post dated 19th May 2015 Dear Angela, Peter Seaman, who was murdered, was my 5th great grandfather. So you and I are related in some way. My family tree is on Ancestry so if you are also on there we can share information. It's called Hamilton/Seaman Update 8. My maiden name was Seaman. Joan
carol leggett
21st June 2015
could somebody please tell me if the car rally/ fete is on this year please, i was there last year and thought i heard it would be 28-6-15 but cant find anything advertised
David Aldous
3rd June 2015
When is the next Car Boot sale at Yaxham Village Hall?
19th May 2015
I visited Yaxham last week with my parents and husband. Mum and I are descendants of Henry Seaman, brother of Peter Seaman who was murdered in 1785. I've only just found these messages where Philip Seaman responds to both Bev Bowerman and Joan, and wish I'd found them before. Charles Seaman is my great, great, great grandfather and we know that his wife Frances was Kerrison before their marriage. I would love to hear from anyone in our family.
24th April 2015
Can you tell me when the next lion's car boot is and at what time.
19th October 2014
I am trying to contact the owners of The Coach House Yaxham, the link on the page comes up with error. I wanted to talk to them directly, can anyone help please?
Peter Fears
27th September 2014
Could someone clarify that a house somewhere in Yaxham was won in a cereal competition in the 1970s? I seem to remember someone telling me about the Weetabix House? Anyone know anything? Thanks
P Chillingworth
21st March 2014
Responses to Jennie Smith 3rd Nov 2013:- I had been using the bus stop at The now closed Lord Nelson ,Clint Green ,since 1960.And regularly after i moved into the village some 44 years ago.I expect the bus stopped there even before 1960.In those days it was Eastern Counties service number 13 that ran on this route.I have two old photos of The Lord Nelson and you can see the Eastern Counties time table on the wall.
Phillip Seaman
4th November 2013
Responses to Joan: Charles Seaman Married Frances Harrison (Herrison or Berrison) dependent on what record you read Norfolk Parish Registers, All Saints Church, Wicklewood, Norfolk. FreeReg file: 14516 "England, Marriages, 1538??1973 ," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 July 2012), Charles Seaman, 1834. Response to Bev Bowerman I do have his full tree - email me
3rd November 2013
I have joined the new bulk fuel buying scheme that the Village plan group set up. Made my first order on Friday and it was very easy and I estimate that compared to the price offered by the largest supplier I have saved £15 on 600 litres of fuel. Thank you to all of those involved on the community plan for setting this up for the benefit of our village
Jennie Smith
3rd November 2013
On route to Dereham the No.4 bus has stopped at The Lord Nelson in Clint Green for many years, at least 7 to my knowledge. Since change of use, Konect has been told they must not stop to allow passengers to either get on or alight. For the elderly and people living at the Paper Street end of the village, this can mean a long walk from the only bus stop on the corner of Well Hill, especially during inclement weather. Does Yaxham Parish Council have a response to this action?
27th August 2013
It is recognised by the Post Office as being Norwich Road.
Sharon Cross
7th July 2013
I have lived in Norwich Road Clint Green for 23 years but according to 2 of the photos on this site I have been living in Mattishall Road. Apparently, the planning permission for the 2 new houses on the corner of Well Hill was put in under Mattishall Road as well. Surely Breckland Council wouldn't get it wrong????
Gill Bullard
19th May 2013
We live in Adelaide and are visiting England in July . We wondered if there are any descendants of Rueben Bullard in you area. We could be related!
Travis dorrington
24th March 2013
What date and time is the Yaxham carboot and do you know it is?
14th November 2012
What date and time is the Yaxham carboot and do you know where it is?
11th October 2012
Anyone know if I need to book a pitch for this Sundays carboot, or can I just show up? Ta
Jackie Cook
20th June 2012
Richard, There are no post offices in Yaxham. The closest is in the neighbouring village of Mattishall which has a few other ammenties within. Dereham is the next one which is a main post office with sorting office. Hope this helps.
Jackie Cook
18th June 2012
We moved to Yaxham just under two years ago. Soon after there were elections and off to do our duty and vote. Only to find there were other elections going on and we had no idea of these elections. This time it would be really helpful if we had some information on the candidates otherwise we will be unable to vote. many thanks
15th June 2012
Could someone tell me if there is a post office shop in Yaxham. I would like to move to the village but need shops locally. Thankyou
Fandangles Craft Fair
6th January 2012
Welcome to the first ever fabulous FANDANGLES CRAFT FAIR making its debut in the lovely village of Yaxham. Featuring crafts, crochet, cupcakes, cards, candy and lots of things not beginning with c such as bags, jewellery, ornaments etc etc. There will be lots of things perfect for Mothers' Day and Easter gifts. Tea and home baked refreshments will be available. FANDANGLES aim to give the opportunity for creative people to sell their handmade goodies so if you would like to have a stall (only 5 for the day) please email Where: Yaxham Village Hall, Norwich Road, Yaxham, NR191RJ When: Sunday 26th February 2012 Time: 10.30-4pm We look forward to seeing you. Come down and say hello, have a browse and maybe even buy a treat or two. Love & sweet stuff, Sam and Anna x x
sam melton
26th August 2011
Hi there I am trying to trace back through my Spelman/Spilman ancestors in Yaxham. I have my Gt Gt Gt Gt Grandfather Peter Spelman as being bn in Yaxham in 1777 but am unable to locate a christening or go back any further. Any help would be greatly appreciated. contact me at
Simon Middleton
30th July 2011
This is a response to a posting by Josette Kolb, January 2010. I have been tracing my mother's family roots - she is a Brinded whose father's family are from Freethorpe, Norfolk. His father married a Harriet Spelman in 1890 whose father was Henry Spelman, the son of Charles Spelman who is 25 in the 1841 Census and born in Yaxham. Charles was described as an agricultural worker in the census and he would have been born in 1816. I guess it is possible that he could be a relative of your "Charles" . It is unlikely that there could be two unrelated families with that name in Yaxham. If you'd like to follow up please contact me :
Angela & Martin Moore
1st May 2011
We moved into The Beeches last summer and love every minute of being here in Yaxham! We have been researching the history of the house and, with some help, have done quite well. We do have a few gaps to fill and so we would love to hear from anyone who can add to the story or has any pictures we could see. We would like to hear any information about the Howlett family who were here in the late 19th century. With our many thanks, Angela & Martin
Roy Hill
10th March 2011
Hello people of Yaxham. A friend of mine has a front (or back?) of an old wagon with an engraving on it as follows: W Burroughes, Builder, Yaxham. It also has oak leaves, oak apples, acorns and wheat ears on. Does anyone know any history of ths company or whether there are any descendants
Angela Frame
25th January 2011
Does anyone know anything about the Yard Sale advertised in the YA Newsletter? I've emailed the address but haven't had a reply and none of the Village groups seem to be involved.
10th January 2011
We came to a dance of 60s and 70s music in the Autumn and wondered if this was organised by the committee or an individual club or society. It was excellent and wondered if there are going to be any more through the year.
Liz Stallion
26th December 2010
Reference the early Carol Service: Unfortunately St Peter's usual second Sunday of December for the Carol Service had been given to Dereham Lions who had a car boot. They seem to be booking several weekends whilst the Memorial Hall in Dereham is being refurbished. I believe that the second Sunday in Dec 2011 has already been booked for the Carol Service.
Robin Tovell
22nd December 2010
Hi Yaxham, My g.g.g. grandfather was William Scales of Westfield and I have quite a lot of information on the family should anyone be interested.
Angela Jones
4th December 2010
why is the Carol Service so early in December???
Danny Carter
8th October 2010
I am trying to find out about George Forman who lived in Yaxham he was blinded in a saw mill accident can any body point me in the right direction to be able to see if it was in a local paper years ago we are talking about 11 april 1908 prox many thanks Danny Carter
12th August 2010
I have lived in yaxham for 10 years now along with my 3 children who attended the village school for a short time. Christmas Eve last year my youngest Bethany (Skipper) was diagnosed with cancer at just 14 years old. She has endured 8 months of chemo and radiotherapy. We are hoping that the treatment has been a success. We are holding a dance at yaxham village hall with live music on 3rd sept at 8pm and every penny raised will be matched by Barclays Bank and will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. We really would appreciate as much support as possible. Sadly none of us know when this will affect us as 6 children a day are diagnosed with cancer. Tickets are 5 from Hayley 07872 310195 or Taff 07738050517 48 St Peters Close Yaxham
11th June 2010
Is there anyone in Yaxham descended from a Charles Seaman born around 1807? His wife was called Frances but I don't know her maiden name. He was my great, great grandfather.
Marilyn Dahneke
1st May 2010
I spent a lovely night at the Old Mill in your delightful town in the summer of 2008. Didn't know at the time that my 9th great grandfather, Robert Farrold/Farwell was living in Yaxham in 1641 at the time he wrote his will. His daughter, Judith married Thomas Howlett from Hockering. If anyone else is interested in the Farwell's I'd love to hear from you. I'm in the process of reading all the wills from Yaxham from about 1500 to about 1700. It is a marvelous way for a person from New York in the United States to get acquainted with the old residents of your parish.
7th January 2010
Hi my wife lived in Yaxham as a young girl her name was Janet Pummell, Parents are Emily and Oscar, Oscar was a postman! Thay lived in a house called Windy Brae, Paper St. Does anyone know her. that cant tell her whats going on there?
Josette Kolb
1st January 2010
Hi I have been tracing my family tree and have found that one of my ancestors Charles Spelman (somtimes spelled Spilman) was the head teacher at the Yaxham National School in Clint Green. We have found his grave at the church in Yaxham and I have managed to find a drawing of the school when it was being planned. I have not been able to get any further information, but would love to hear from anyone who has any information on Charles, the school or any Spelman's. Charles was born in Yaxham in 1792 and was the headmaster at the National School, he died at the age of 78 in 1864 and is buried at St Peters Church. The grave is at the far right hand corner of the chuch as you enter thr front gate.
Martha Hurley
13th October 2009
Hello, Can anyone tell me about an old manor house that was (and perhaps still is) across the street from the train station? I lived in that house for three months when I was three years old (1954). It was so cold my mother kept us kids dressed in snow suits inside the house. If anyone has or could take a photo I would really enjoy seeing what the house looks like today.
Graham Moates
13th May 2009
Oliver Cromwell comes to Yaxham The Mid-Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce that passenger trains this Sunday (17th May) will be hauled by the iconic steam locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell BR Pacific No. 70013 (also known as Britannia Class) was one of 55 built at the Crewe Works being completed on May 30th 1951. Initially allocated to Norwich depot (32A) the engine remained there until 1963 when it was transferred to Carlisle Kingsmoor TMD. In October 1967 she entered the Crewe Works and became the last BR-owned steam locomotive to undergo routine heavy overhaul. For many years Oliver Cromwell was based at the Bressingham Museum and used for footplate rides until the 1980s. Some 40 years later, in 2008, the prestigious 'John Coiley' award for locomotive restoration was awarded for the restoration of Oliver Cromwell by the Heritage Railway Association. Now operating steam tours around the UK, Oliver Cromwell is owned by The National Railway Museum based in York and is part of the National Collection. It is by kind permission of the Railway Touring Company and NRM that the loco will be running on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. Trains leave Yaxham at 10.23, 13.08 & 15.28 for Wymondham. Full details of this rare opportunity can be found on the MNR website (,uk).
Mark Ward
29th April 2009
Greetings from Yaxham Primary School. We need your help! Following our recent very successful Ofsted and Church of England inspections, we are now looking forward to exploring an exciting and creative whole-school topic called Living In The Countryside. The children and staff are hoping to get to know the village better. We want to learn more about Yaxham's history, geography, wildlife, churches and community groups. We want to find out about life in the village in the past and in the present and to think about where Yaxham is heading in the future. We will be working on this topic in June and July. We would welcome any ideas and assistance. We hope to go on several walks around the village, visiting places and meeting people. We hope to have guests coming in to school to share with us what they know about Yaxham. We intend to organise a community event in mid-July and to produce a book about Yaxham including writing and pictures by not only the children at this school but by anyone with something to share about Yaxham past and present. Please contact me at the school if you are able and willing to help us in any way. Thank you.
David R Mays
10th April 2009
Following a post a year ago (sorry first time I've found this site) from a John Andrews....yes I still live in Yaxham. Contact me via email and jog my memory to who you are John....that is if I'm the David you're trying to trace....cheers
Yvonne Rautenbach
22nd January 2009
I am keen to contact anyone surnamed Dutt in Yaxham and nearby villages. You might be able to help me with family research. thank you
12th October 2008
Hi Yaxham. Are there any Tilney's left in Yaxham? My husband Great Great Grandfather was Barnabas Tilney the Blacksmith
Cliff Leeds
28th September 2008
Hello Yaxham I have a gt gt uncle buried in Yaxham churchyard by the name of JAMES SOUTER LEATH. He was born in Norwich 16.06.1836 and died in Yaxham 07.09.1856 buried Yaxham 11.09.1856. On his death certificate it is stated he died of Scarlet Fever and that his occupation was footman. Can anyone tell me please if there was a Hall or some such residence in or near Yaxham who would likely have employed a footman? Thank you I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!!! Cliff Leeds.
Lorraine Kay
14th August 2008
Hello Yaxham, my ancestor George Aldous and his family lived in Yaxham in Hill House, Well Hill. He later ran a village shop and his father had a long-standing carpentry business. Does anybody know if the house still stands or anything about the family that lived there? I live in the North, but am visiting to do family history research. Thanks for any help.
Clare Packer
11th July 2008
Hello Yaxham! We have just moved into Holly Lodge on Norwich Road in Yaxham (the house on the bend near Station Road) next to Willow Farm. We are really excited to have moved from Norwich to Yaxham and were are looking forwad to meeting some of you. We are recently engaged and have chosen Yaxham to put down roots and settle down. We are very sociable and it is important to us to meet some of our neighbours and fellow villagers. Look out for us or if you are passing stop by and say hello. Clare & Charles
John Andrews
26th April 2008
Hi Iam looking for a David Mays does anybody know if he still lives in the village.
Albert Youngman
10th January 2008
To: Sue Collier Re your enquiry regarding the Bush Inn - this was de-licensed in 1966 and I purchased it for a private home early in 1967. The building behind the Bush was originally a working Granary, last owners, Myhills until it was closed down and sold for development into flats. I have a modern photo, but not of the original Bush Inn
Bill Sibley
30th November 2007
Hello all at Yaxham. I have only just discovered this site, although we have been resident in Yaxham for about a year. We moved from Wells-next-the-Sea to retire, and we are revelling in living in a lovely country rural area with excellent bus connections and a steam railway! (occasionally). If you see a balding character with a white moustache, usually accompanied by a small West Highland Terrier - that is me. Please say "Hello"!
Bev Bowerman
10th January 2007
I am descended from Peter Seaman who was apparently murdered in 1785 in Yaxham. Is anyone related to his family or does anyone know anything about this.
Peter Smith
7th November 2006
We have recently moved into Clint Green from the wilds of Berkshire via Dubai. I was born in Norfolk, but my family moved away when I was quite young. I have very fond memories of visiting my grandmother and the very special sunday treat of Norfolk Dumplings. She used to make them from a bread dough recipe and steam them. These where an absolute delight before the main course and designed to make sure that you did not want too much meat! I have been trying to search for a similar recipe, so that I can try to resurrect my grandmothers tradition. Unfortunately I am unable to locate a yeast based recipe for Norfolk Dumplings. Can anybody help?
Nicola Gould/Gant
16th September 2006
Hello all in Yaxham Oh what an achievment it is to have a website all about the village, this is the time of advancement in technology. But what a shame that we forget the "times gone by" I will introduce myself to the people who do not know who I am, my name is Nicola and I'm the daughter of Paddy & Dennis Gant, sadly most of you didnt have the pleasure of meeting my Dad, who was a stalwart to the village and who served the community of Yaxham in a way that we can only call the "Dennis Way". My Mum, since his death has continued to carry on the good work but probably in the correct manner, and through thick and thin (ill health & disability) has tried to serve the public in the way she knows best. We moved to the village when I was 12, thanks to Max Cheetham senior and his wife Daphne, who introduced my parents to Mr & Mrs Barlow, the owners of what was then the village shop, a few years later my Dad became Sub-Postmaster, when Mrs Isbell had to relinquish her position in the Post Office. Life then was a roller coaster, with hours that were beyond belief, until sadly the supermarket's took the trade away from villages, then the shop was in decline. But going back to the past, of which I started, it would be nice to hear from the people who can remember the "Good Old Times". The Burrells, Pummels, Mr & Mrs Burton when they lived in the old pub, before the house,s next to the school were built, Mr Fish, who had 2 houses, so be it , if they were filled with cats, Who was it who lived in the cottage in Spring Lane, another old character, his name I have forgotton. George who lived in the cottage on Cutthroat lane?? Mr & Mrs Roger Hravey who lived in the farm accross from the post office(many a good night spent playing cards) and of course Bill & Doris Chapman, who kept the Lord Nelson, with sons Terry and Christopher, many a night I had spent in there with my best friend Janet, and be told by Bill he would tell Mum & Dad , if I was up to no good !!!!! Mick (Garner) you are doing a good job in your own way, but nothing will compare to the "Good Old Days" Anyway I would love to hear from the people with the old memories of Yaxham, and yes I still travel through occasionally, when I go to see my Mum, and think of the happy time's I spent in the village. Best wishes to you all. Nicola P.S Who can remember the youth club in the old village hall? (Good memoried for me)
Sue collier
6th September 2006
My 3x great grandfather William Phillippo kept the Bush Inn at Yaxham from 1869-1871. I downloaded a picture of the inn from this website last year and need a copy of it again. It is no longer in the gallery - does anyone know what happened to it? Also does anyone know what the original building behind the Bush Inn was, which seems to have been replaced by something more modern? (I paid a brief visit there last week whilst on holiday in Norfolk) My great-grandfather Frederick Scales was also born in Yaxham in 1869 although he grew up in Westfield with father Robert. Grandfather William Scales was a farmer in Westfield and there are several family graves there. Does anyone know anything about the family? Any info welcome.
Malcolm Meachen
9th April 2006
I was born in Yorkshire , but my Family History takes me to Yaxham, if any one is interested in Meachen Family history, then post a message to me
William Cumming
28th January 2006
Hi Allison,

You say that your family were Bulwer's. I have a Hannah Bulwar (born c1770 d1850) who married Charles Meachen - they lived in Yaxham. I don't know anything about Hannah's parents - but please contact you'd like to swap info on what we know.
Kind regards, William
melanie calland
24th January 2006
i am tracing my family tree and I want to know about a man who played the church organ in 1878, maybe at a baptist church, in yaxham , can anyone shed any light?
Hayley Skipper
21st January 2006
I am looking to rent a garage or small building in Yaxham. Please email thank you
maggieMaggie Oechsle
21st January 2006
Family Roots - A point of local reference may be the Mid Norfolk Family History Society which has a little booklet of the inscriptions in Yaxham Church and Churchyard.
MNFHS Publication Society, 17 Windmill Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 3 BE.
Susan Bruce
11th January 2006
Hi I am researching my BRUCE family who lived in Yaxham in the 1800's. Has anyone any information on this family, any clues welcome!


Many thanks
allison bullard
16th December 2005
hi all.i have traced my family tree back to family were bullard/bulwer.i have realatives from yaxham dating from 1665-1800 then they move on to mattishall.i,m wondering if anyone there knows of any headstones in the local church or local information on the bullards/bulwers.i,d really appreciate any help.thanks,allison
Graham Cobbold
15th November 2005
I am trying to re-establish contact with the former students of Cliff College 1961-62, Cliff is a Methodist evengelical training college in Derbyshire. An internet search for David Allcock referred me to your village website 2004 when a David Allcock gave a Gospel message at your chapel. If anyone knows David's contact details could they kindly e-mail me at Thank you.
PS Brilliant website! I enjoyed reading it.
Olly Oechsle
26th January 2005
Variation on the typical pancake recipe:


* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 cup milk
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 2 tablespoons margarine


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt and sugar. Pour in milk, eggs and cream, and stir into a smooth batter. Meanwhile, melt margarine in a cast iron skillet. Pour the batter over the melted margarine.
3. Place the skillet in the oven, and bake for 35 minutes. The pancake will rise to form a bubble in the middle. Remove from the oven, and let cool until the pancake sets, or goes down. Cut into pieces, serve with maple syrup and enjoy!
Liz Stallion
16th October 2004
I would like to suggest that we take David William's idea a bit further. How about having a page which is devoted to stories and pictures about the village as it used to be in years gone by. It could include pictures of people and places together with reminiscences of how life used to be - be it 10 years ago or 100. I would be happy to accept responsibility for such a page if people would like to let me have their pictures/stories, etc.
David Williams
11th June 2004
It's encouraging to see a small village using modern technology to keep alive the traditions, heritage and community spirit. It's a interesting web site which I hope will develop and become an useful way of telling people all about country living. I am a professional video, CD and DVD producer with roots in Norfolk. I have a strong interest in heritage subjects and feel it is important to record - visually and orally - as much as possible about the way we live, our traditions and memories of the past. Yaxham clearly shares these sentiments.