Website Content Update

Last updated on November 21st, 2017 at 02:37 pm

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The last of the 72 Walsham History Group Reviews have now been linked to the  searchable table of reviews – and all the content recreated on the new site so there is something to link too!

If you are looking for something specific amongst all that content, don’t forget you can use the site search on the top menu which uses Google search on this site to find pages containing any of your search terms.

If you put your search term “inside quotes” the search will only return content that matches everything inside the quotes.

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Walsham Wild Wood

Planting Silver Birches
Planting Silver Birches

The Wild Wood Group has now carried out regular autumn maintenance work.  On a beautiful sunny morning saplings were planted in the last of the gaps and  staking/supports to the trees were checked.  The organisers wish to thank all those who came to help.

The project is creating a native wild wood with planting carefully planned with native species only which will ultimately create an truly native space.

Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group Logo
Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group Logo

A watchful eye is also kept for muntjac deer rubbing against the young tree trunks.

If you would like to join the group find contact details for the organisers on the Wild Wood Group page.

Sports Club Report November 2017

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club

 

 

 

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The First team have had a difficult month but their last home game so them record a well deserved win in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division at home to Ipswich      Wanderers .  We eon 2-0 courtesy of goals from Jack Brame and Reece Clarke.

The Reserves are a very young side and results are not going their way at the  moment. They are still awaiting their first league win of the season and are out of the Suffolk Senior Reserves Cup having lost at Felixstowe.

The under 18’s have also had a difficult month and are out of the Suffolk midweek youth Cup having lost 2-1 at home to their Felixstowe conterparts.

Bartons are also having a difficult season and are out of the Suffolk Junior Cup  losing 4 -0 at home to Kesgrave.

The B’s have had 2 excellent results in the Bury and District League this month    beating Bury Wanderers 9 -1 at home and Eriswell Village 4 -1 away.

The Ladies were well beaten in the Suffolk Ladies cup by  Ipswich Town Ladies  and the Veterens were beaten in the Suffolk Veterens Cup by Capel Plough.

Continue reading “Sports Club Report November 2017”

St. Mary’s church ‘yarn bombed’

Last updated on October 31st, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Knitted poppies affixed to a fine net and draped from the top of St Mary's church tower showing the wisp of almost invisible net starting at the top and widening as it falls down the tower covering the whole of the porch wall at the base.St. Mary’s church, Walsham-le-Willows, has been ‘yarn bombed’ overnight in the run up to Remembrance Day, with over 5000 hand-crafted red poppies now to be seen cascading from the bell tower and over the walls .

There are also 40 poppies on display inside the church commemorating the 40 men from Walsham who died in the First and Second World Wars and whose names are listed on the War Memorial in the churchyard.

Knitted poppies affixed to a fine net interspersed with some artificial leaf much like camouflage netting and draped from the top of the tall flint and brick wall to the side of St. Mary's church.Jan Hall, who led the project with the village British Legion representative Fiona Glover, has been overwhelmed by the response to their appeal to local, talented crafters to make the profusion of poppies that have been knitted and crocheted by more than 75 individuals to mark Armistice Day and raise funds for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Continue reading “St. Mary’s church ‘yarn bombed’”

Memorial Hall – Works Update

photograph showing the memorial hall works in progress, walls insulated and ceilings part insulated

Work in the hall is progressing very well and is currently running slightly ahead of schedule.  Insulation layers are being installed to each internal wall which will be about six inches thicker once the work is completed.

An initial stage payment representing 30% of the total project cost has now been made.  The three new windows have been ordered via the Parish Council and will be installed during the week commencing 6th November.  If work continues at this rate the hall may even be available again before Christmas!

Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing

Last updated on October 31st, 2017 at 10:56 pm

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyMeditation sessions this week will be  at 7pm on Wednesday 18th October and at 2pm on Sunday 22nd October.

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Sessions can last up to 90 minutes by arrangement with those in attendance.  If this is too long for some it can be arranged at the beginning of the session for those participants to leave earlier.

In future dates and times will be posted in the events diary and these will on the same days and times each week unless otherwise advised.  So always check the diary before attending if you have not been to the last meeting.  Some dates and times may change due to Ian’s commitments and as the group settles into a regular pattern.

If you would like to join those already attending please contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email | lokamdhara@gmail.com

Wild Wood Autumn Planting and Maintenance

new wildwood sign carved from tree trunk

Walsham Wild Wood have the annual Autumn Planting and Maintenance Morning on Saturday 11th November.

Organisers will be on site from 10.00 – 12.30.  Please come along if you would like to help.

If anyone is interested in Sponsoring a Tree, please contact Richard Belson on 258868 for details.  Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group LogoYou can plant your tree yourself or it can be planted for you.

Enjoy the poppy memorial at the church and join us as well if you can.

Note: If it is pouring with rain, the event will be  postponed.

Sports Club PieDay

Last updated on October 8th, 2017 at 12:53 am

black and white line drawing of a footballSupport your local football club with the kick off of the Non-League Weekend at Walsham-le-Willows Football Club on Friday 6th October at 7.45pm.clip art drawing of a pie and a pint of ale overflowing with a frothy head

 

Come and enjoy the home game vs Gorleston with  a pie and a pint for a fiver and free chips thrown in!

Entrance fee will be ‘pay what you like’

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club

 

Agenda and Minutes of Parish Council

image of three dimensional letters in blue each standing to form the word 'update' with and representation of the world globe to the leftThe Parish Council page now includes the latest agenda and the Minutes of each Parish Council meeting as they are published. 

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Records of the Minutes going back to 2014 have been uploaded as have the Budget Reconciliation reports that are presented to Councillors at each meeting.  At the moment these go back to the beginning of the 2017/18 financial year.

All the documents are presented chronologically and in a searchable table.

 

Website upgrade and content updates

Last updated on October 13th, 2017 at 11:49 pm

image of blue computer mouse with the usb lead spelling out the word 'upgrade'Web site capacity has been upgraded which will allow room for expansion with more content.  Other changes to content have been made including the amalgamating of the history page into one page as the sections by date were a bit clunky.  28 History Reviews have been added into a searchable table, the rest are to follow now that all the images on the History and Walks pages have been de-linked from the old site – it has taken a while as it is a very laborious process.  If you find any images that do not load please report them for correction.

image of three dimensional letters in blue each standing to form the word 'update' with and representation of the world globe to the leftNew pages have been added for the Adventure Playground, Toad Watch, the Allotments and Leisure Gardens Association, Drama Group and Thomas-Dawson Stage School.  Many of these will be updated further as content is agreed with the group organisers.

The page for ‘Churches’ has been split into two so that there is a separate page for St. Mary’s and the Congregational Church.

The downloadable pdf’s for the Walsham Walks have now all been added and have the Walsham-le-Willows logo.  This is an example for the Hartshall Lane Walk.

Going forward it is hoped that  information will be supplied so that the Sports Club Report can be added to the web site each month.

 

Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing in Walsham

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyLast weekend Ian Guthrie  held the first meditation session for seven people from the village, none of whom previously really knew each other!  

The group will meet again this week with the addition of one other member. 

Ian generously welcomed the first group into his home and created a wonderfully conducive atmosphere which was instantly very meditative resulting in a very relaxed start for the group, most of whom were new to the practice of meditation.

stylised line drawing of a person meditatingIf you are interested in joining, for the time being, Ian is offering to run another group as the current group is at capacity in its current location.  If interest grows at some point the sessions may move to another village venue.

Want to start on your path to wellbeing? Contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email | lokamdhara@gmail.com

Sports Club Report October 2017

Last updated on September 29th, 2017 at 08:10 am

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubBefore the regular report the Sports Club want to express how sorry they all were to hear of the sudden death of Josh Gilbert a much loved member. Josh was a young man who enjoyed his sport and played Cricket for the club as well as Rugby for Thurston. He was also an avid Ipswich Town Supporter and keen follower of Walsham Football Club. He was also a leading member of the young farmers club having been chairman of the local branch. He was a key member of the sports club Central committee who always contributed to meetings. He was a gentle caring person who will be sadly missed by everyone at the club whose thoughts and prayers go out to Anita, Howard, Tim, Charlotte, Josh’s girlfriend Lucy and all members of the Gilbert family as well as all his friends at this very distressing time for all of them. Continue reading “Sports Club Report October 2017”

St. Mary’s Organ Replacement Fund

#6fb463 Raised £30,000 towards the £35,000 target.

With a new vicar at the helm, and a (nearly) watertight church, we have news for all our generous supporters. A Porritt Organ, beautiful and perfectly sized to replace our much-loved instrument, is available and, equally important, affordable. This organ has the approval of our team of organ experts, including David Hill, of the Epiphany Singers. It will have more variety of sound, and an electrified action. It should last for at least 50 years and probably many more.

There are still many formalities we must complete before we can embark on the actual work of  organ transplant, but we are very hopeful that mid 2018 will see the new Porritt organ in place.

Once the project is up and running, we hope to involve supporters with activities such as a trip to the organ workshop, and a talk about church organs.

On behalf of Rev. Merry and the PCC, many thanks to all who have supported this aspect of the church’s future, and we shall keep you updated as the project becomes reality.

Read more on this from Matthew Lockyer

Buckingham Palace Garden Talk

Last updated on October 8th, 2017 at 12:50 am

image of buckingham palace from the end of pall mall with brightly coloured planting in the beds in foreground

Ron and Ella Higginson had the idea and the drive to make this happen. They would like to thank Mark himself and everyone who came to the talk.  A total of £746.30  was raised towards St Mary’s Church fabric fund, £114.30 of that was from the sale of tea and cakes. Special thanks go to the bakers who excelled as they usually do! Joan, Angela and Debbie were also our amazing tea ladies on the day.

Ron and Ella would also like to note that this event could not have got off the ground without the help and organisation of Maggie Barber, Judith Harlow and Ian Bartholomew.

Walsham’s Old Time Music Hall and Cabaret

Old time Music Hall BannerTo celebrate the re-opening of the refurbished Memorial Hall Judith Thomas is inviting you to join her troupe of singers, actors, dancers, speakers.

In particular the services of a PIANIST are required.  

comedy-tragedy-masks.jpgRehearsals commence at the Priory Room on Sunday 22nd October at 2 pm.

Bring along your sense of fun, the absurd & the ridiculous!

The Show will be staged on 26th and 27th January 2018.

black and white line drawing of cabaret performer sitting on a snare drumFor more information or to confirm offers of participation:

Judith | 258602

Rob | 259689

 

Gardens Weekend Draw Winners & A Thank you

visitors to willow cottage gardenThe prizes were drawn in the Memorial Hall at the end of the day on Monday 28th August.  Many thanks to those who purchased tickets, sold the tickets, donated the prizes and to the Rev’d Phillip Merry for drawing the prizes.

First Prize: Flying Lesson – Mrs Joyce Randall
Second Prize: £100 – Mrs Jenkins
Third Prize: Meal for 2 at The Pykkerell – Madeleine Beck
Fourth Prize: £20 voucher from Clarkes – Mr Page
Fifth Prize: £20 voucher from Rolfes – Mr M Gordon


Committee Chair, Robin Newall sends a thank you to everyone involved in the Gardens Weekend noting that once again, it was a great financial success. Final accounts have not yet been prepared but the event this year took over £20,000. There are still some bills to come in!

The committee have received quite a number of most encouraging comments from visitors, this letter perhaps says it all…

Continue reading “Gardens Weekend Draw Winners & A Thank you”

Support Walsham Sports Club

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubSupporting the Sports Club an easy way!

Order your heating oil through Butler Fuels.  

To order call Amber Nash on  01603 885 156 or  0345 602 1106

Every order so far placed, has been more competitively priced than from any other supplier – what’s not to like?  If your children use the Sports Club help the club to continue keeping them exercised and entertained!

red and white butler fuels lorryEven if you don’t use the Sports Club Butler fuels will still make the same contribution to the Sports Club of £10 per 1000 litres or £5 per 500 litres.

All contributions greatly received – Ian Campbell (Treasurer) 

Recycling Bins

bright yellow clothing bankShould you find any of the recycling bins are full, please don’t deposit on the ground, ring the appropriate number and inform the contractor that their facility at Walsham Village Hall, IP31 3AA, needs emptying.  Your help will assist the smooth running of the recycling facility.
Clothing Bank | 01737 770321
Paper | 01373 830948
Glass | 01842 820804

The collector’s report that the amount of inappropriate items in the bank has gone down over last two collections. Thank you for your help and co-operation.

Parish Council Annual Return 2017 Published

parish council annual return notice 2017
parish council annual return notice 2017

Annual Return for the Parish Council of Walsham-le-Willows has been published.

Copies of sections 1 , 2 and 3 can  be viewed here and on the Parish Council website.  A paper copy has been placed on the Village Notice Board.

The accounts are now available for inspection by local electors.  

Printed copies of the annual return are available for £1.50, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01359 259 794.

 

Parish Council Documents

Last updated on October 16th, 2017 at 11:39 pm

graphic of people around meeting table in silhouetteThe Parish Council page has been updated to include a list of contacts for Councillors and Officers, agendas and minutes going back to January 2014, budget reconciliation reports back to April 2017, County and District Councillor Jessica Fleming’s reports to Parish Council (these need to be completed) and the policies and procedures to which the Parish Council works.

Walsham Needs A Neighbourhood Plan

Last updated on September 25th, 2017 at 04:42 pm

Sepia toned image of Kitchener, "Your Village Needs You"Date for your diary: 22nd September, 7pm, Memorial Hall.  Meeting to discuss the drawing up of a Neighbourhood Plan.

As announced in July Walsham Observer, Parish Council has been working to set up an Open Meeting for anyone interested in finding out about Neighbourhood Plans especially in relation to Walsham. This needs to concern you, each and every one of our residents.

Please try to attend to find out exactly what we can do in order to have our say about how we want our village to develop, as develop it must, rather than become a dying community. Continue reading “Walsham Needs A Neighbourhood Plan”

Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing

Last updated on October 9th, 2017 at 10:42 pm

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyIan Guthrie has just moved to the village and is offering to set up regular meditation sessions.  He has been practising meditation himself for just over 30 years and teaching the practice on and off for 15 years.

The classes would be free but obviously room hire would need to be covered.

stylised line drawing of a person meditatingIf you are interested then please contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email: lokamdhara@gmail.com

Let others know if you think they may be interested.  If there is enough interest Ian feels a class could be running by the end of September after an initial introductory meeting.

Mark Lane, Head Gardener Buckingham Palace coming to Walsham

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Mark Lane, Head Gardener, Buckingham Palace.

Put the date in your diary!

On Saturday 16th September at  2.30pm the Head Gardener, of Buckingham Palace, Mark Lane , will give a talk at the Memorial Hall about the Palace Gardens.

He will cover the history of the site, key features, horticultural practices with particular mention of some interesting specimens that thrive in the gardens.  See the events diary for more details.