Walsham le Willows – a thriving Suffolk village with numerous clubs, groups, annual events, a vibrant sports club and a rich history as chronicled in the extensive quarterly reviews written and published by the Walsham le Willows History group. Find all the village has to offer under ‘Explore’ on the main menu.
The Coronavirus lockdown meant that most events were cancelled but some are now tentatively starting up again iwith ‘covid secure’ measures in place as per government guidance. Look out for more events in the new events calendar!
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The Community Council continues to meet online during lockdown and is making good progress on instructions given by the Charity Commission following the most recent change of committee. The opportunity is being used to prepare for re-opening of the hall as soon as possible.
The work undertaken by new committee since they were elected will be presented in the proper way as soon as it is possible to hold an AGM. In the meantime, monthly updates are published in The Observer.
The Observer is currently only published online due to restrictions caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Observer is published monthly by the Community Council and is usually distributed, free of charge, to every household in the parish.
The magazine is packed full of articles and news about village events and accepts advertising from local business and contractors, the revenue from which covers the costs of production.
Walsham-le-Willows has a rich history that is based on the survival of exceptionally good 14th-century manorial records which led to Washam being chosen as the setting for the fictionalised history The Black Death: An Intimate History, by John Hatcher set in the years following the summer of 1348 as the Black Death ravaged European society.
John Hatcher used the excellent manorial records to ‘fill in the gaps’ for his story.
Walsham has had an enthusiastic and prolific history group since 1980 and it is still going strong. The group still meets regularly, and have produced a Brief History of Walsham, and comprhensive Reviews on partcular aspects of Walsham’s historical record which have been published at the rate of three or four a year since 1997, and a selection of books and compact discs.
The most recently released History Group Reviews are being uploaded as they are prepared for the website. These cover the period January 2017 to June 2019