Billingford Village Sign
Billingford Village Hall
Billingford Parish Councillors

The Village of Billingford


Billingford is a village and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England, on the River Wensum, and between Norwich and Fakenham.

According to the 2001 census it had a population of 223 in 91 households, increasing to a population of 253 in 106 households at the 2011 Census. The Village is located along the B1145,  a route which runs between King's Lynn and Mundesley.

Billingford Parish Council

The Parish Council is currently made up of 7 Councillors, who represent the village on various matters.  It is the third tier of local government, after Norfolk County Council and Breckland District Council.


The parish council meets every three months, usually on a Tuesday, in the Village Hall, with the meeting starting at 7.30 p.m. but at the moment the Playing field is being used for meetings.  The Public is very welcome to attend the meetings.  At the meetings a variety of topics are discussed, including Planning Applications.  Anyone interested in attending the meetings should check the notice board and website, which will display the Public Notice showing the venue, time and agenda.  The Parish Council now has a part share in a SAM2 speeding sign, which is sited in the village occasionally.  There is also an active Community Speedwatch group.  The Parish Council maintains a notice board, 3 dog bins and has recently renewed the play equipment.  It also maintains 2 street lights and informs the Highways Department of issues that need their attention.

Important documents are display on this website and on the Notice Board.

The results of the 2019 election nomination process have been published. 


Billingford Parish Councillors


The Parish Council currently comprises of 7 councillors.

The current Parish Councillors are:-

Michael Davies (Chairman)

I have lived and brought up a family here since 1980.  For most of that time I commuted to Cambridge working for an international biotechnology company.  As a family we have supported the local primary and secondary schools, fund raised for the Village church and joined in with the restoration of much of the churchyard.  i have raised grants to refurbish the village hall, successfully campaigned with other villages to prevent the local woodland being turned into the biggest waste disposal site in Europe, helped to secure public use of open access land and rights of way as well as secure the integrity of the Wensum SSS1 and scheduled ancient monument.  Billingford is in a pleasant rural area for people to live and I aim to ensure this as well as to make the most of our facilities. 

Tel: 01362 668784

Arthur Lake (Former Chairman)

I have lived in Billingford all my life and been married to Carolyn since 1982.  We still live in the same house, Dunlyn, with our 2 adult sons, we also have a married daughter and 2 grandsons.  Since leaving Hammonds Grammar School in Swaffham in 1973 I worked until very recently as an accountant in various industries.  I am now employed as a groundsman with Norse Commercial Services.  In my younger days I have played football and cricket in the village and I still help out our table tennis team making up the numbers when required.  I have also run Junior Football Sides in the village when my sons were of that age.  During the summer months my whole family is heavily involved with Dereham Cricket Club.  I am very passionate about our village and I am trying to push forward this website, church yard grass cutting, upgrading of playing field equipment, litter picking, more use of the village hall and promotion of other village activities and facilities.

Tel. No. 01362 668853   or  07789 178441

Mary Reeve

I was brought up in Cringleford abd educated at Norwich High School and then I studied at Homerton College in Cambridge.  As an Army wife I have taught Primary School children in Africa, Berlin and Essex.  After moving to Billingford 30 years ago I taught for 11 years at Heather Avenue Primary School in Hellesdon.  When I finished teaching I became a volunteer case worker for the Charity Families House, now Break, in Norwich and I am presently a Governor at Bawdeswell Primary School.  I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, ranging in age from 12 to 27.

Tel. No. 01362 668367

Val Wilson

My early career was with the WRNS where I trained as a dental surgery assistant in addition to the rigors and richness of military life.  I loved to sail and handle all kinds of small vessels.  I may not have sen the world but I saw a lot of the South Coast and Naval Bases in Portsmouth and Plymouth.  This included supplying refreshments at the Admirals Garden parties on Plymouth Hoe and social gatherings and meetings on board the larger vessels including submarines.  I followed this fascinating adventure until I began training as a Primary School teacher and was lucky enough to enjoy teaching as my main career for more than 25 years.  I have a son who is great fun to be around and a lovely daughter-in-law who grew up mainly in Norwich.  I was delighted to become a grandmother to their little girl a year or so ago.  They now live nearer London but visit Norwich very frequently.  I have lived in Billingford for nearly 7 years now and love the beautiful village location and its proximity to both the coast and the City of Norwich, which is a fascinating, historic and unique place to visit.

Tel. No. 01362 668414

Philippa Payne (Vice Chairman)

I am really keen to serve and support the Parish Council.  I would like to help to shape the future of Billingford where my 3 sons are growing up. My husband Matt was brought up in the county and after living in other parts of Norfolk, we moved to Billingford village.  I now work part time for my husband, who runs a manufacturing business in Fakenham.  Prior to having children I ran a department in a research institute where I was responsible for drafting programmes, raising sponsorship and setting and keeping to budgets.  I was a school governor of a Primary School and I am still involved in fundraing projects for my youngest son's school. 

Tel. No. 01362 667107

Roger Thorneley

I am a retired Professor of Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia.

I opposed the application to extract gravel and back fill with waste at a site in Bintree Woods.

I worked with the Billingford Parish Council Chairman Mike Davies to reinstate the bridleway closed by the late Mr Todd.  Disappointingly the Inspector decided to reinstate it as a footpath.  Working with Mike Davies (Billingford P.C.), Steve Westbury (Swanton Morley P.C.) and David Knight (Worthing resident) I have submitted an application with signatures from Worthing and Billingford residents to Norfolk County Council to reinstate the footpath from Worthing Road, Swanton Morley to join up with the reinstated footpath in Billingford.  Decision awaited.

I influenced Hoe and Worthing Parish Meeting to object to the late Mr Todd's plans for a holiday camp in Billingford and spoke in opposition at Breckland Planning Committee meetings.  I also attended many meetings in Billingford Rectory to plan a strategy for objections to the application.

I have developed over the years a good working relationship with Bill Borrett (County Councillor for Billingford).

I am Chairman of the Elmham Surgery Patient participation group. 

Tel. No. 01362 668804

Keith Crudgington

I moved to Billingford 2 years ago with my wife Vicky, having lived for 26 years in a small village in Buckinghamshire.  We moved to Norfolk to enjoy the beautiful way of life, beaches, countryside, National Trust properties, tea rooms and, of course it's local pubs!

Most of my career was in the international Travel/Aviation Industries in Sales and Operations roles.  During this time I acquired extensive experience in negotiating contracts, managing budgets and public speaking to mixed and diverse audiences.

I am an avid astronomer, I enjoy the odd game of chess, I bake, I enjoy growing my own vegetables and gardening and this year was my first attempt at making cider.

Having spent some years as a part time resident in the U.S.A., my experience of serving on our residential community Association Board of Directors and chairing the Landscaping Committee, has given me practical skills of representing local communities.  I was also a volunteer at the Conservancy of South West Florida, which educates the public on the preservation and conservation of the natural world, the habitat of wildlife, water consumption and recycling.  I believe in supporting local independent businesses, I am passionate about protecting our rural environment and fostering community spirit.  

Tel. No. 07769 657511 

District Councillor:

Mr Gordon Bambridge

Tel. No. 01603 880557


County Councillor:

Mr Bill Borrett

Tel. No. 01362 860200