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.

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

Graphic of paper with lines of text indicating a report

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.

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:

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra Concert – May 2019

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert, Mahler and Tchaikovsky, May 201Sunday 19th May at 4.00pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.  Tickets are on sale now from The Apex, by phone on 01283 758000, or online at

The first piece of orchestral music to sell a million records opens this year’s Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert in Bury Festival.

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto has one of the most famous of all openings, with its attention-demanding horn calls and its grand piano chords. Audiences have always loved it, and in due course, it became the first classical music to sell a million records.

The concert opens with the Fourth Symphony by the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler.  Continue reading “Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra Concert – May 2019”

Events Calendar Display Issues

Fixed TickRecurring Calendar Events are either not being created correcting in advance or are not being displayed correctly.

Initial investigation indicates that this be be a conflict between plugins for the site.  Plugins are added bits of functionality that can be included for the site, like the events calendar.

It is hoped that normal functionality will be restored as soon as possible.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Walsham History Group Events 2019-20

Walsham History Group Colour Logo

Download Programme of Events

Contact the History Group

All Events are held in the Priory Room,

beside St Mary’s church, Walsham-le-Willows,unless stated otherwise.

Events are free to members, or £3.00 on the door


Walsham History Group publishes a quarterly review, free to members, and books on the history of Walsham-le-Willows. For membership enquiries (£6.00 per annum) please contact:Shirley Luscombe: 01359 259506 For all other suggestions and enquiries please contact: Frances Jenner: 01359 259242

Walsham Sports Club AGM 2019

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubWalsham Le Willows Sports Club CASC held its annual general meeting on 8th April 2019 for a select gathering of members plus Jessica Fleming SCC & MSDC councils and retiring MSDC councillor Derek Osborne; both were thanked for their help in raising funds for Sports Club projects. Financial results for the year were positive whilst the Club continues to invest in better facilities for existing sports plus adding new dimensions such as walking netball and the weekly Great Run Local. Continue reading “Walsham Sports Club AGM 2019”

Dog Fouling

Bag it and bin it dog fouling signThe Parish Council and village residents have observed an ongoing and worsening dog fouling problem along public footpaths in the village, in particular the ‘permissive’ path behind Four Ashes, and requests that dog owners please take proper responsibility for clearing up after their dogs in the interests of public health and the quiet enjoyment of other residents and footpath users.

Volunteers have had to clear footpaths of dog excrement before the Great Run Local takes place.

Permissive paths are not public footpaths and can be closed to public use by the owners if residents continue behave inconsiderately.

The footpaths are maintained by the Parish Council, landowners and volunteers for the benefit of everyone in the village but this requires all users to show a modicum of consideration for others.

Dog litter bins are provided.

Please pick it up and bin it!

Development Shepherd’s Grove



Draft Masterplan Public Consultation Event

Property Recycling Group and Jaynic are inviting local residents, businesses and other stakeholders to a public consultation event on their Draft Masterplan for the Shepherd’s Grove area, and particularly the proposals for the development of the available land for employment, residential and other purposes.

Full details and a copy of the draft Masterplan and a questionnaire to put forward your views can be found at:

 Thursday 21st February 2019

3.00pm and 8.00pm

Stanton Village Community Centre


Post Office Re-opening Delayed

post-office-logoDue ongoing technical issues with the equipment on the Mobile Van the start of the service is now delayed until further notice.

The providers offer their apologies and reassurance that everything is being done to get the new mobile post office up and running as soon as possible.  As of 29th January, it is hoped that the issues will be resolved within the next two weeks.

Details of the new Mobile service at Walsham le Willows
The Village Hall Car Park
The Street
Walsham le Willows
Bury St Edmunds
IP31 3AA

New opening times (NEW START DATE TO BE ADVISED)
Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00
Thursday 11:00 – 12:00 Continue reading “Post Office Re-opening Delayed”

Building, alterations, conversions…

Build it right with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

Thinking about…

  • Building an extension
  • Internal alterations i.e. removal of walls
  • Converting your garage
  • Creating an annex

Your council can help.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, have a dedicated, independent and impartial team with over 100 years combined specialist knowledge in the construction industry. They can help guide you through the processes to make that all-important alteration to your home, whilst ensuring you meet mandatory Building Regulations. Continue reading “Building, alterations, conversions…”

MSDC Housing Land Supply Position Statement 2018/2019

Photograph of digger in middle of green field commencing the layout of foundations for housing developmentMSDC are consulting on their Housing Supply Statement.Anyone who has an interest in the outcome can put forward comments.

A six week consultation started on 17th January 2019.

A consultation web page will be published and responses can be sent to

Please direct any queries to Steven Stroud or Bron Curtis.

More information in this notice from MSDC – draft-MSDC-housing-land-supply-position-statement-2018 pdf

Fly Tipper Sentenced

Photograph of rubbish fly tipping in rural areaThe Parish Council have been advised that Mr Nigel Roberts, who was previously found guilty of fly-tipping over 28 tons of commercial and industrial waste in Walsham le Willows and Acton, was due to be sentenced in Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 22nd January at 11.15am.

The two incidents occurred in April 2015, and the scale was somewhat larger than the example in the image.

Riparian Ownership in Suffolk

Owning or living next to a watercourse brings with it many rights and responsibilities, some have developed over years under Common Law and others are defined in legislation such as the Land Drainage Act.

Suffolk County Council, in collaboration with other members Colour graphic showing river banks, and river zonesof the Suffolk Flood Risk Management Partnership, has published a new guide, Riparian Ownership in Suffolk, to clearly explain these issues.

These links and documents include further links and references to other relevant organisations, and useful resources, making it a “one stop shop” for nearly all queries that a riparian owner might have.

Download a copy of Riparian Ownership in Suffolk

If you have further questions please contact the SCC Flood and Water team at

Citizens Advice Bureau – Cuts to Funding


Citizens Advice Bureau LogoSuffolk County Council is planning to cut the grant funding to CAB by £368,000 by 2021 leaving CAB with no funding at all from SCC .

SCC are trying to understand the impacts of this proposal, in particular with regard to equality legislation and access to services.


You can find this link and more information on the village website under the Parish Council meeting for 8th January in the report by County Councillor, Jessica Fleming.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Find out how and where…

Please make sure that you drop your tree at Four Ashes Farm entrance BEFORE 7pm on 7th January. Just the tree please, no pots, decorations or stands. ONLY trees less than 7 feet tall please. There will be a sign similar to the ad below to indicate where to drop your tree.

The Parish and Community Council’s extend their thanks to Mr Richard Martineau for facilitating this once again this year.

Recycling Christmas Tree Ad 2019
Click image to enlarge ad

Roadworks – November 2018

red triangle roadworks sign with work person in centre



Wattisfield Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays likely Traffic control (convoy working)
Works description: accessing BT chamber to cable duct, no excavation and to complete termination of cable inside cabine…
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005HU789W00CMG-NNCZBO7

Finningham Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works description: accessing BT chamber to cable duct, no excavation and to complete termination of cable inside cabine…
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005HU789W00CMG-NNCZBO6

The Street, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works description: accessing BT chamber to cable duct, no excavation and to complete termination of cable inside cabine…
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005HU789W00CMG-NNCZBO5