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The Parish Council is a tier of local government entirely separate from the Parochial Church Council which is the governing body of St Mary’s Church.

Walsham le Willows is a thriving Suffolk village with clubs, groups, annual events, a vibrant sports club and a rich documented history chronicled in the quarterly reviews written and published by the Walsham le Willows History group.

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Stream Verge Clearance

On Saturday 23rd February six volunteers along with a group of Parish Councillor’s set to work on clearing the wide verge to the stream just outside Clarkes. It was a very enjoyable morning on a lovely spring-like day.

All the brambles, including some roots, a lot of ivy and lower tree branches were removed – three flatbed trucks full which were taken for disposal courtesy a local landowner.

The area now feels much more open and making a real difference to this central village area. It now needs a year of regular mowing by the contractors employed by the Parish Council, which will weaken the bramble growth and encourage grass growth.

The plan then is to source suitable bulbs for planting along the length of the stream verges, bearing in mind that this has to be done in a way so as to allow ease of maintenance of the verges for the contractors.

The Parish Council would like to thank all the residents who volunteered to help, the local landowner who allowed the green waste to be tipped and Cllr. Janette Winch for suggesting the idea and organising it, including tea and cake. Come along and help next time!

Help Your Parish Council to Help You

On Monday 11th March from 6:30 to 8:30pm Walsham does Question Time. This is an opportunity for all members of the community to voice their concerns, ask questions, make suggestions for village improvements or just to find out more about the village before the Parish Council sets prioroties for the year ahead. The Parish Council will report back on the priorities the village identified last year and progress towards these. District Councillor, Richard Winch (Green) and Suffolk County Councillor, Jessica Fleming (Conservative) will also be present to answer your questions.

Soft drinks and nibbles will be served.

At monthly regular Parish Council meetings there is always a Public Open Forum at whcih the Chair invites members of the public present to raise concerns or bring current matters to the attention of the councillors. With two large projects ongoing, the Public Open Forum at the start of our next two regular meetings will focus these.

  • Wednesday 13th March 7:00pm – questions and answers on the Flood Response and the Community Emergency Plan
  • Wednesday 10th April 7:00pm – discussion on the work being done by the Community Traffic Group to address issues of road safety in and around the village

Further information, email parishclerk@walsham-le-willows.org or follow the Parish Council facebook page

20’s Plenty Consultation Results

The issue of traffic speed has been raised by residents both as part of the development of the Neighbourhood Plan and again at the Annual Question Time event on 24th May2023 (organised by the Parish Council).

Find out more abut the ‘20’s Plenty national campaign‘ for rural areas

Please read thoughts so far about traffic and speed issues in Walsham le Willows

Read the results of the survey carried out by the Parish Council

Spring Litter Pick 2024

The Parish Council are looking for volunteers old and new, to take part in the Spring Litter Pick between 16th – 21st March. This now takes place across a full week to allow volunteers more flexibility to fit it this in with their own schedules and still be covered by the Parish Council’s insurers.

Two councillors will hand out equipment as needed on Saturday 16th at the Memorial Hall. Please contact the Parish Clerk, parishclerk@walsham-le-willows.org | 01359 259 794, to register if you can take part again or would like to take part for the first time. Insurance cover only applies to those who have registered and confirmed they have read the guidelines and risk assessment.

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Storm Babet investigations – latest info from SCC

SCC have advised that Walsham le Willows currently comes 13 in a list of 48 communities with regard to invetsgations work that will lead to a report. Read more here including how long this may take.

DEFRA Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme

Suffolk County Council will administer this grant which offers up to £5,000 towards a range of resilience works to residents and organisations meeting the scheme criteria. They are working closely with the Environment Agency, and are currently dealing with an unprecedented volume of Section 19 Flood Investigations. This may take some time as the flooding affected areas across Suffolk.

We understand this will only be available to those who registered their flooded property before 21st December 2023 as advised.

6th February 2024 – More information on the scheme including where to find a surveyor

Flood Recovery Information from SCC

Parish Council Flood Response

The Parish Council Flood Response Group have prioritised working with residents whose properties were internally flooded to ensure their cases are accurately reported so that they receive financial assistance in the short term and advice and support from SCC and their agents to safeguard their properties in future .

Read the initial report which has been circulated to SCC Floods Team today.

The group is also in the process of drawing up an evidence document supplied by the SCC floods team with information to help them address the more general issue of flooding in our community. This will be submitted when requested.

The group have recently identified further areas of research for additional reporting and action as part of this.

Flood Response Group Update – February 2024

The group continues to meet regularly and have co-ordinated reporting for those affected by internal flooding and have ensured that those eligible have received an initial relief payment which determines eligibility for further funding towards mitigation measures.

The group has also continued to report and follow up areas of flooding such as the Palmer Street (now been cleared by the council). The flooding outside Clarkes has been reported multiple times and we continue to press for remedial work to be undertaken. This has also been raised with County Councillor, Jessica Fleming.

The group continues to gather as much information as possible on flooding and excessive water runoff to populate an evidence template requested by Suffolk County Council. We have been advised that SCC is working through all the issues reported across the county which will take time and we are are working hard to make sure Walsham receives the support it needs to create longer term resilience.

Parish Councillors will attend a briefing from the Environment Agency in Debenham on the 26th of January to try to learn more about flooding in the county more generally and any lessons that can be learned for our locality.

Call for Land by Mid Suffolk District Council

Mid Suffolk are looking for land which could be planted on or improved for nature.

They need landowners – farmers, parish or town councils, businesses, or individuals, who want to do something with their land to benefit the natural environment and the wildlife this supports. 

Advice, support and often the materials and resources needed to make this happen are available.

You don’t need a clear plan at this stage, just an interest in doing something is enough.  MSDC will work with you to form a plan if needed, or help turn an existing plan into reality. 

If you are interested please get in touch with Richard Parmee | Biodiversity Project Manager | 01449 724 762 | 07927 589 614

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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 comprehensive Reviews on particular 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.

Cover of the book The Black Death: An intimate History by John Hatcher

Walsham le Willows has a rich history that is based on the survival of exceptionally good 14th-century manorial records which led to Walsham 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.

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