Annual Parish Meeting



Every year between March 1st and June 1st inclusive the Parish Council is required to organise an Annual Parish Meeting.  This is not a Parish Council meeting although the Chair of the Parish Council will call the meeting and Chair it if present.

There is no prescribed format but it can include, for example, a presentation of the Parish Council’s annual report, discussions of ideas for future action, public comment and questions on Council performance or a celebration of village organisations.

Since I took over as Clerk, and I think for some years prior to my tenure, village organisations have been invited to submit a report and attend to present it.

The Parish Council is thinking about how the format of the meeting could be changed to maybe make it more useful to parishioners as a village meeting. And also maybe a bit more fun!

If you  have an idea of how you would like to use this meeting for the good of the village, please contact me before the end of March so that I have some time to collate and gather any more information before reporting back to Council on 14th April.

Kevin Boardley

Use of Footpaths as Bridleways

Signs have been positioned on some footpaths to remind horse riders that these are Public Footpaths rather than Bridleways and as such riders on horseback have no right of way. Problems occur when horses cut up the surface of the paths making it very difficult and unpleasant for walkers.

Community Health Event

On  Saturday 27th June 2020 the Botesdale Health Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG) will be holding a Community Event for all of its Patients should they wish to attend.

The event will commence at 10.30am running to 3pm at St Botolph’s Primary School. It will taje the form of a ‘pop-up’ cafe with free refreshments and cakes! There will be a number fo charities in attendance.

Toad Watch Notice

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Our toad population in Walsham le Walsham has sadly severely crashed so we are now helping at Badwell Ash and Stowlangtoft who both still have toads, although they too have seen significant decreases in their numbers.

If you would like to help, click on the image to the left or visit the Toad Watch page.

Community Council – Update

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Dear Residents,

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who attended the Special General Meeting on the 28th October in the Priory Room and for your support in appointing a new Executive Committee of the Community Council.

As we write we remain in a period of transition but we will keep you all fully informed of developments via the pages of the Walsham Observer and the village website.

Many thanks

Amanda Ellis – Chair | Ian Campbell – Vice Chair | Caroline Niall – Treasurer | Ian Bartholomew – Secretary | Honorary Officers, Walsham le Willows Community Council

Minutes of the AGM held on 28 October 2019

Christmas Waste Collection

With Christmas fast approaching, find below the most up to date information about waste collections and recycling over the festive period from The Waste Team at Babergh and Mid-Suffolk District Council.

Parish Councillor Vacancy


The Parish Council are now in a position to be able to co-opt to a vacancy and is looking for someone who is enthusiastic about representing their community, likes to be involved and to get things done.

Most Parish Councillors, by agreement, will take on a role around specific area of interest or related to specific activities of the council.

Parish Councillors are summoned to a monthly meeting and are expected to attend. Read The Good Councillors Guide to get a flavour of what’s involved.

Interested? Then please contact the Clerk with a short statement by 6th January 2020 setting out your reasons.

You would be asked to read LTN 8, a briefing note on qualifications and disqualifications with regard to becoming a Parish Councillor, before signing a declaration of eligibility prior to your co-option onto the Council.

If you would like to speak to someone please give the Parish Clerk a call or contact any Parish Councillor. Find contact details on the Parish Council page along with more information about the Parish Council.

The Epiphany Singers 50 Years

Carol Concert – Saturday 4th January 2020 at 7.30pm

This year the Epiphany Singers will give their 50th annual carol concert in St Mary’s Church in Walsham le Willows. The Conductor will be Simon Carrington, Yale Professor emeritus, and the Organist will be David Hill of the London Bach Choir.

If you enjoy beautiful music and the most wonderful singing this is an evening not to be missed. Tickets are not required but there will be a retiring collection.

Epiphany Choral Eucharist Sunday 5th January 2020 at 11.00am

The Epiphany Singers also sing at this service. Drinks will be offered in the church after the service. Everyone is very welcome.


Fact Sheet | Memorial Hall Trust Deed | Community Council Constitution

Fellow residents of Walsham le Willows,

Following a recent Freedom of Information Request the Charity Commission has confirmed that the prevailing Constitution of Walsham le Willows Community Council is the document last amended in June 2010.  Clause 7a of this document clearly states that “the Annual General Meeting of the Council shall be held not later than the 30th of June each year”. 

Despite numerous protestations from the undersigned and others this has not happened.

In the absence of an AGM being held in June we have obtained advice from an independent legal source cognisant of charity law which confirms that with effect from the 1st July 2019 the Executive Committee of Walsham le Willows Community Council effectively ceased to exist and that any decisions or transactions undertaken since that date in the name of the Community Council are null and void.

In order to remedy this situation formal notice is today being issued on behalf of all members of this charity (the residents of the village at large) to convene a Special General Meeting on Monday 28th October 2019 in the Priory Room at 7:30 pm.

A copy of this notice is posted below for your information.

As we are keen to involve as many villagers as possible in this process can you please share this information with your friends and neighbours.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th.

Many thanks

Cheryl Bartholomew

Ian Bartholomew

Ian Campbell

Amanda Ellis

David Murray

Caroline Niall

Jean Nielsen

Trevor Roberts

Shirley White

Grants for Home Adaptations

Mid Suffolk Council is offering grants between £1,000 to £5,000 to support residents and their carers carry out minor adaptations to their homes.

The grant is designed to help people and their families cope with challenges of living at home with long term health conditions. The scheme is open to all homeowners, private tenants and council property tenants in the district.

For more information call 0300 123 4000.

Invitation for Quotations


The Parish Council are seeking quotes for the contract for grass cutting and strimming for the Play Area at Townhouse Road the Village.

Quotes will need to be submitted by 30th September. Contract to start 1st January 2020.

Please contact the Clerk at or on 01359 259 794 for the specification and more details on how to apply. 

Joint Local Plan Consultation (July 2019)

Public Notice

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Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council are undertaking a second round of consultation on a new Joint Local Plan. The consultation period runs from 22nd July 2019 until 4pm on 30th September 2019.

This consultation is part of the initial stages of plan production and is being carried out under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Plan) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Joint Local Plan will inform how Districts develop over the next 18 years. It will establish how much housing and land for businesses will be needed and where it will go, alongside protecting and enhancing the environment and delivering infrastructure.

View the consultation document online, and to submit your comments

Have Your Say on the draft Local Plan as well as viewing dates for drop in sessions around the District.

Paper copies of the consultation document are also available to view at libraries within the Districts and at the Councils’ office for the duration of the consultation period.

Primary School Governors Needed

The School Leadership and Governance team at Suffolk County Council are working with Walsham-le-Willows CEVC Primary School to recruit two school governors.

Walsham-le-Willows currently has two vacancies, one for a parent governor which can only be filled by a parent or legal guardian of a child on roll at the school, the other for a Local Authority governor and could be filled by a member of the local community.  

Would you like to apply? Do you know someone who might like to apply?

If so please email Lyndsay Cook, Governor Development Advisor at Suffolk County Council | 01473 260163

Annual Parish Meeting 2019

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Please see the reports from the 18 village organisations who presented a report this year (out of the 26 invited to do so.

This will be updated with the reports still to be supplied in electronic editable format. Thanks to all those who have kindly supplied these already.

This meeting has traditionally been arranged by the Parish Clerk but is not a Parish Council meeting. Attendance by Parish Councillor’s is not required but it is considered good practice for them to do so and for the Chair of the Parish Council to give a report.

Website issues and changes

Please be aware that some pages on the website are currently not displaying correctly, especially those with many images.

A wordpress update has introduced a new ‘block’ editor for the creation and updating of pages and content. This cannot be reversed. Therefore each page will have to be revised in the new editor. There is a bit of a learning curve involved in this, so please accept the webmaster’s apologies whilst this is worked through.

The events calendar has been removed as this was becoming increasingly time consuming to update, was causing issues with other plugins and and was not always displaying correctly.

Given that most of the calendar content was regular weekly events, these will be added back as a listing on a dedicated page where the event/organisation does not have a dedicated page already.

Pages on the site for specific events and organisations will be updated to include contacts and next event dates at the top of the page.

Events Calendar Corruption

Fixed TickFollowing the issue last week there still seems to be problems with the events calendar.  The issue either affects all recurring events in the calendar which can be viewed in the month view but further information is not accessible when you click on the link.  Or the calendar does not display at all in month view.

Investigations and troubleshooting are in progress. Please accept the websmaster’s apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Trees for Life – Mid Suffolk District Council

Mid Suffolk District Council Trees for life logoWith over 246 families applying for a free tree for their new born child, the Mid Suffolk District Council scheme to green up the district and leave a growing legacy for future generations definitely left a positive impact on the local environment.

The idea was suggested by the Green Party and whole-heartedly supported by the council.  Request yours from the  Mid Suffolk District Council website here: