Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing in Walsham

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyLast weekend Ian Guthrie  held the first meditation session for seven people from the village, none of whom previously really knew each other!  

The group will meet again this week with the addition of one other member. 

Ian generously welcomed the first group into his home and created a wonderfully conducive atmosphere which was instantly very meditative resulting in a very relaxed start for the group, most of whom were new to the practice of meditation.

stylised line drawing of a person meditatingIf you are interested in joining, for the time being, Ian is offering to run another group as the current group is at capacity in its current location.  If interest grows at some point the sessions may move to another village venue.

Want to start on your path to wellbeing? Contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email | lokamdhara@gmail.com

Sports Club Report October 2017

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubBefore the regular report the Sports Club want to express how sorry they all were to hear of the sudden death of Josh Gilbert a much loved member. Josh was a young man who enjoyed his sport and played Cricket for the club as well as Rugby for Thurston. He was also an avid Ipswich Town Supporter and keen follower of Walsham Football Club. He was also a leading member of the young farmers club having been chairman of the local branch. He was a key member of the sports club Central committee who always contributed to meetings. He was a gentle caring person who will be sadly missed by everyone at the club whose thoughts and prayers go out to Anita, Howard, Tim, Charlotte, Josh’s girlfriend Lucy and all members of the Gilbert family as well as all his friends at this very distressing time for all of them. Continue reading “Sports Club Report October 2017”

St. Mary’s Organ Replacement Fund

#6fb463 Raised £30,000 towards the £35,000 target.

With a new vicar at the helm, and a (nearly) watertight church, we have news for all our generous supporters. A Porritt Organ, beautiful and perfectly sized to replace our much-loved instrument, is available and, equally important, affordable. This organ has the approval of our team of organ experts, including David Hill, of the Epiphany Singers. It will have more variety of sound, and an electrified action. It should last for at least 50 years and probably many more.

There are still many formalities we must complete before we can embark on the actual work of  organ transplant, but we are very hopeful that mid 2018 will see the new Porritt organ in place.

Once the project is up and running, we hope to involve supporters with activities such as a trip to the organ workshop, and a talk about church organs.

On behalf of Rev. Merry and the PCC, many thanks to all who have supported this aspect of the church’s future, and we shall keep you updated as the project becomes reality.

Read more on this from Matthew Lockyer

Buckingham Palace Garden Talk

image of buckingham palace from the end of pall mall with brightly coloured planting in the beds in foreground

Ron and Ella Higginson had the idea and the drive to make this happen. They would like to thank Mark himself and everyone who came to the talk.  A total of £746.30  was raised towards St Mary’s Church fabric fund, £114.30 of that was from the sale of tea and cakes. Special thanks go to the bakers who excelled as they usually do! Joan, Angela and Debbie were also our amazing tea ladies on the day.

Ron and Ella would also like to note that this event could not have got off the ground without the help and organisation of Maggie Barber, Judith Harlow and Ian Bartholomew.

Gardens Weekend Draw Winners & A Thank you

visitors to willow cottage gardenThe prizes were drawn in the Memorial Hall at the end of the day on Monday 28th August.  Many thanks to those who purchased tickets, sold the tickets, donated the prizes and to the Rev’d Phillip Merry for drawing the prizes.

First Prize: Flying Lesson – Mrs Joyce Randall
Second Prize: £100 – Mrs Jenkins
Third Prize: Meal for 2 at The Pykkerell – Madeleine Beck
Fourth Prize: £20 voucher from Clarkes – Mr Page
Fifth Prize: £20 voucher from Rolfes – Mr M Gordon


Committee Chair, Robin Newall sends a thank you to everyone involved in the Gardens Weekend noting that once again, it was a great financial success. Final accounts have not yet been prepared but the event this year took over £20,000. There are still some bills to come in!

The committee have received quite a number of most encouraging comments from visitors, this letter perhaps says it all…

Continue reading “Gardens Weekend Draw Winners & A Thank you”

Support Walsham Sports Club

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubSupporting the Sports Club an easy way!

Order your heating oil through Butler Fuels.  

To order call Amber Nash on  01603 885 156 or  0345 602 1106

Every order so far placed, has been more competitively priced than from any other supplier – what’s not to like?  If your children use the Sports Club help the club to continue keeping them exercised and entertained!

red and white butler fuels lorryEven if you don’t use the Sports Club Butler fuels will still make the same contribution to the Sports Club of £10 per 1000 litres or £5 per 500 litres.

All contributions greatly received – Ian Campbell (Treasurer) 

Recycling Bins

bright yellow clothing bankShould you find any of the recycling bins are full, please don’t deposit on the ground, ring the appropriate number and inform the contractor that their facility at Walsham Village Hall, IP31 3AA, needs emptying.  Your help will assist the smooth running of the recycling facility.
Clothing Bank | 01737 770321
Paper | 01373 830948
Glass | 01842 820804

The collector’s report that the amount of inappropriate items in the bank has gone down over last two collections. Thank you for your help and co-operation.

Parish Council Annual Return 2017 Published

Annual Return for the Parish Council of Walsham-le-Willows has been published.

A paper copy has been placed on the Village Notice Board.

The accounts are now available for inspection by local electors.

Printed copies of the annual return are available for £1.50, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01359 259 794.

 

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, County and District Councillor Jessica Fleming’s reports to Parish Council (these need to be completed) and the policies and procedures to which the Parish Council works.

Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing

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: lokamdhara@gmail.com

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

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

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.