We are very proud of our pretty village on the edge of the Sandringham estate. It is believed to be named after Bishop, and later Saint, Felix the Apostle of East Anglia who died in 647. He is featured on our village sign in his boat, presumably on the River Babingley when it was rather bigger than it is now.
In common with other Sandringham villages, we have a Club rather than a pub, and this thriving Community Centre was completely revamped, having been almost derelict, and opened by The Queen in 2000. Later a few of our gardening experts, with help from a long list of donors, created a beautiful Millennium Garden behind the Club which is enjoyed by all in the summer. The Club is used for general socialising, Parish Council meetings, keep fit classes, Yoga, ‘Books for Babies Club’, Good Companions meetings, and private parties. There are also Darts and Dominoes teams.
Our Church is a centre point for the village people, believers and otherwise. It is kept in good order inside and out by bands of volunteers and a recent initiative is the ‘Adopt-a- Grave’ scheme whereby someone takes care of an unloved and forgotten grave. A family service is held once a month, and once a year Her Majesty honours us with a visit.
The Flitcham Primary Academy is a hive of activity and very highly thought of in the area. We are working with the school to make more use of facilities that could be shared, and bring it more into our community. There is also a well supported pre-school playgroup and a mother and toddler group which meets once a week in the community centre.
A large field has been permanently lent to the village by a local farmer and is used for football and other sporting activities. There is also a superb bowling green used by an active bowls team. Our cricket team is run as Hillington & Flitcham, which is also running a youth and development side in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League.
Incredible amounts of paperwork have been waded through which was necessary to acquire grants for a much needed play area alongside the football field for our young people.
We had a village photograph taken outside the Community Centre on a hot summer’s day, which is on display in The Community Centre alongside similar photographs taken over several decades, reminding us that our village has a great community spirit.
The Parish Council is responsible for the smooth running of services in the village which meets every two months to discuss relevant issues. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.