Parish Council Documents

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, Jessica Flemings 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

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.

Bill Newman is Babergh/Mid Suffolk ‘Local Plan Man’ as well as Neighbourhood Plan supremo. It was felt that he is the person to give a presentation /overview of what needs to be done, the why, how, pros and cons; methodology and process; and support available.

Jessica Fleming will be able to explain what support she could give as both County and District Councillor if we choose to ‘go it alone’ or join with a neighbouring parish.

In the past, Parish Councils and communities have been little more than pressure groups and decisions have been made remotely. While certain aspects of planning will remain Continue reading “Walsham Needs A Neighbourhood Plan”

Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 10:27 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:

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.

Community Defibrillator

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 09:52 pm

red telephone kioskThe Community Defibrillator is located in the refurbished red telephone kiosk just outside the Memorial Hall and is now fully operational.  NOTE: THERE IS NO PHONE IN THE TELEPHONE KIOSK

yellow automated electronic defibrillator deviceThis Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is registered with the East of England Ambulance Service and can be accessed via a digital keypad on the yellow storage unit inside the kiosk.

Obtain the access code by dialling 999 and ask for the ambulance service giving IP31 3AA as the location reference. 

The Memorial Hall Management Committee reiterate their gratitude to Richard Pratt at R&D Construction for both the donation and relocation of the kiosk from it’s old location on The Street.

Horticultural Show 2017 Results

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Horticultural Show Saturday 12th August 2017

horticultural show officials discussing the outcome of the judgingThis year brought drought in May, a heatwave in June, and a torrential downpour just before, but despite this and several regular entrants being away, Walsham still put on a great Show with entry numbers higher than last year.  Very encouraging. 

The Committee would like to thank everyone who entered, those who came on the day to view the display and all who worked so hard to make it a success, setting up the Hall the day before, assisting the judges, baking such delicious cakes and serving the teas, and for donating the many generous raffle prizes.

The Committee were delighted to welcome Sue Wooster from the Bellflower Nursery in Langham to present the cups.  Next year will be 150 years since the first Walsham Horticultural Show so we are hoping to make it a special one. Continue reading “Horticultural Show 2017 Results”

Tour of Britain passes through Walsham

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 10:45 pm

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On Friday 8 September 2017 Walsham welcomes the Tour of Britain!

Stage Six of Britain’s premier road cycling race will take place entirely within Suffolk, starting in Newmarket at 10.45am and finishing in Aldeburgh.

Based on current estimated timings the race will arrive here in Walsham at 12 noon

You’ll be able to see some of the world’s top cyclists weaving their way through our village, so please line The Street and Finningham Road and wave your flags as they speed past!

image tour of britain passing over winning lineThe Memorial Hall Coffee Shop will be open from 10:30 until 12:30

There is more information about Suffolk’s stage of The Tour on the official Tour of Britain website.

You can also receive regular updates, team and rider announcements on Twitter.