The village of Dickleburgh might have lost its quite heated campaign to save its village surgery from closure - but there could still be something left for the benefit of the community.
It was back in spring that Pulham Market Surgery closed its doors on the practice it ran there.
But despite fierce lobbying and a lot of support it has stopped running surgeries in the village, where it gave appointments on two mornings each week.
Leading a specially-formed pressure group Save Our Surgery was Terry Clarkson, then chairman of the parish council and a petition was raised.
But ultimately its overtures to the Care Quality Commission and Norfolk County Council’s scrutiny committee did not bring the desired result.
Mr Clarkson, who still sits on the parish council, said Simons now ran a bus service from the village which means people could use the Pulham Market surgery and he was not aware of complaints.
But there was still a faint glimmer that in the future another practice might take over running a surgery in Dickleburgh.
However, said Mr Clarkson, at its parish council meeting on November 11, councillors would discuss a future use for the surgery building, which it still owned.
At first this would involve giving six months’ notice to Pulham Market Surgery that it intended to re-adopt the building.
And then the people of Dickleburgh could be given a say on what they might want it used for - or for their ideas.
Mr Clarkson said: “This is a good village asset and so it would be good to create something for the wellbeing of the village.
“This could involve a coffee shop, drop-in centre, meeting place - there could be lots of options. It still has a future.”
But he acknowledged: “Sadly, despite our best efforts, we have lost our surgery.”