Gissing’s Community Building is the fruit of a long campaign by the village charity – the Heart of Gissing - to improve and extend facilities for the local area’s groups and events and to further encourage community cohesion.

 A wide range of clubs and activities meet here, ranging from the physically challenging to the mentally demanding and the socially exhilarating.  But there is room for more!  If you are interested in starting up a new group, running a class or have an exciting project, please contact, or leave a message

Below is a list of the current community groups, the times they meet and a contact number if you would like to come along or have more details.

Community Led Groups


Name of Group

Date of meeting

Contact details


Heart of Gissing Toddler Group


Every Monday during term- time. 9.15 – 11.15 am

Felicity Brown

Gissing Singers


Every Monday 7.30 pm– 9.30pm

Christina Wakeford

Heart of Gissing Craft Group


The Crafty Sew and Sews


The second Tuesday of the month 10.00 – 1.00 pm

The Craftys meet on an ad hoc basis and the profits of their work goes to support the Heart of Gissing

Anne Reynolds

The Gissing Bee Group



The third Wednesday of the month 3.00 – 4.30 pm

Brian Norman

David Reynolds

The Gissing Garden Group


They meet for 10 months of the year third Tuesday of the month. Some talks, some outings, some social events

Joe Cromley

Gissing Reading Group



Second Monday of the month

7.30pm – 8.30 pm

Sue Dowsing

Gissing Table Tennis Club


Every Sunday 10.00 – 12 noon.

David Eddington

Heart of Gissing Environment Habitat and Heritage Group




7.30 first Tuesday of the month

Rose Eddington










Gissing Singers


Affiliated to "The Heart of Gissing"


We are a well-established a cappella choir whose singers are drawn from a fifteen mile radius of Gissing in South Norfolk.

We sing by invitation around Norfolk and Suffolk, and have a special relationship with Gissing Church where we usually perform twice a year. Proceeds from our concerts support a variety of charities.

We enjoy a wide range of music from C13 to C21 - easy to challenging, with a balanced repertoire of world-wide folk and traditional songs, spirituals and gospel, Taizé chant, rounds, hymns, anthems, motets and short classical pieces, some C20 popular classics, and Christmas music.

We are a friendly, harmonious group; we work hard in our rehearsals at Gissing Community Building, and have plenty of fun too

The subscritions are £20 for an eight week term or £4.00 drop in rate.

Musical director is Carolyn Moulton (

If you are interested in joining us, please see our website - for further information



Reading Group


Gissing’s Reading Group meets every second Monday in the month in the Community Building from 7.30 – 8.30pm.  The book that was chosen for the previous month is discussed, suggestions for future reading are made and any other topic of literary interest that might crop up.  New members and new ideas for reading welcomed.

 Gissing Crafters Cafe

 The Gissing Craft Cafe meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We are a friendly group who enjoy a wide variety of crafts. We complete a different project each month and have enjoyed creative stitching, felting, printing/dyeing, crotchet, jewelry making, card crafts and knitting to name a few of the techniques that we have tried.

Our meetings are generally led by talented members but at least once a year we have a professional workshop led by a local designer maker. These workshops have included lino printing, jewlry making, creative textiles, basketry and natural dyeing. We try to have an outing in the summer and have visited exhibitions and pottery painting workshops.

There is no membership fee but a £4 charge each visit includes our hall hire fee, fresh coffee and cake (often homemade) and some materials. If we use expensive materials we may need to make a small extra charge.

In December we complete a seasonal project followed by a calendar planning session and a shared lunch

Our membership has steadily grown and we have members that travel some distance to join us. If you enjoy crafting do come along to see us. An email beforehand will ensure we have not changed our time or venue which occasionally happens with visits.

Contact for further details.

HoG Bee Group

A small group of bee enthusiasts for anyone interested in bees and bee keeping, comprising experienced bee keepers and beginners and those who want to know more.

We meet  at 3.00 pm on the second Wednesday of every month, and between March and October 2019 on the last Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held in  the Gissing Community Building and we also hold some field meetings.
The club have an apiary.

Table Tennis Club

The table tennis club comprises a group of enthusiasts of all abilities and ages. It is a fun and sociable session of 2 hours. There are 3 tables available for play. Plenty of coffee and biscuits at break-times. Contact if you would like to join in.

 Heritage and Habitat Group
The Heritage and Habitat group was originally inspired by Jim Philips, to devise and deliver his proposed ‘Claylands’ Programme as a way to promote ‘ownership’ of local environment and heritage. The group is currently working on a number of threads of interest amonst which  they are working in association with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. It is hoped  to clear some of Mill Green common to allow the species to thrive in a healthier more open environment. NWT is running a 2 year project on commons, ‘Wildlife in
Common’…. To equip community volunteers with new skills to carry out the first comprehensive survey of wildlife and historic features on 60 Norfolk Commons. Celebrate and increase awareness of the unique history of common land, creating pride in local green spaces. Inspire, train and support local communities to take practical action to protect and conserve commons and benefit wildlife and people.
We are also looking to devise a programme for the next 12 months which will include talks related to our Time and Place series, sessions led by members to discuss topics of their own interest. Walks, visits to other sites of interest. The regular group meeting is on the first Tuesday of the month

Gissing Garden Group

The Gissing Garden Group is an organization for people interested in gardens and gardening, landscape and the environment generally. 
The group meets at the Community Centre in Gissing on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, with no meetings held in December and January.
 Speakers, demonstrations, plant and seed swaps are all part of the mix included in programmes, with an annual visit to an open garden or
nursery and a summer bar-b-que. It’s a club for those who appreciate the experience of gardening and the garden … no particular knowledge
or expertise required, just enthusiasm.