Thurne, with its adjoining parishes of Ashby and Oby, is a small riverside village in the Norfolk Broads. The resident population of the three villages is just under 200. This increases during the summer months with a large number of land-based visitors augmented by those arriving by water.
Set in many acres of agricultural land and bounded by the rivers Thurne and Bure, for centuries past this was a community of people farming the land and making a living from the waterways. The land continues to be farmed by local families but rather than transporting goods the rivers now carry those who enjoy spending time on the water. There are boat moorings for an overnight stay and other visitors can relax in a holiday chalet, a motor caravan, caravan or tent on the several sites dotted around.
There are a number of retired people living in the community. Those of working age may travel out of the village for their work, a few work from home.
There are two churches, St Edmund’s (Church of England) and the Methodist Chapel. Since there is no village hall the Methodist Chapel is used for meetings of the Ladies Circle, the Archive Group and the Parish Council. There is one public house, The Lion, and a gift shop, Ramblers, which also sells a few basic items for visitors.
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