Man and a van Great Ellingham NR17

Great Ellingham is a village situated in the Breckland District of Norfolk and covers an area of 1,114 hectares (2,750 acres) with a population of 1108 at the 2001 census,[3] though the district’s 2007 estimate suggests that this may have risen to 1165, then decreasing to a measured population of 1,132 in 470 households at the 2011 Census. The village lies 2.5 miles north-west of Attleborough, 2 miles south-east of its sister village of Little Ellingham and 12 miles by road south from Dereham.

Great Ellingham is served by St James’s Church[4] in the Benefice of Great Ellingham.[5]

Great Ellingham primary school teaches just over 150 pupils up to the age of 11.[6]

The Crown public house, one of six pubs that used to be in the village, was once called The Bell and dates from the mid-18th century.

The village is renowned locally[7] for its annual Teddy Bear Festival, which runs for two weeks in July. Alongside other events, villagers build and display straw bears in their gardens to create a “Teddy Bear Trail”. Since the start of the festival in 2004, around £50,000 has been raised for local good causes and charities. [8]