Toad Times!

mating toads on road

Between the end of February and mid April, toads all over the country will come out of hibernation and begin their hazardous journey back to their spawning ponds. Toads usually move after dark when the temperature is above 5 or 6oC on damp evenings. Every year thousands of toads are killed on our roads.

If you wish to help them cross safely, why not join us! We are not patrolling in Walsham le Willows as we have done bmigratory toad road signefore due the serious decline in toads seen over the past couple of years. However would you be interested in patrolling in the other sites? We have patrols in Badwell Ash and Stowlangtoft and this year for the first time in Wetherden Road, Great Ashfield. We welcome new volunteers for a couple of hours a week to patrol in teams of two. Short training, insurance and answers to all your questions are provided.If you can help please contact us.

Lorna MacKinnon | 259140 | mackinnonlorna@gmail.com
Sylvie Fitch|  241727 | bob.sylvie@btinternet.com
Ian Cassidy | 233285 |  ian.cassidy4@btinternet.com

image of a toad

Local drivers – we need your help too. We put up and light up toad signs when we patrol. Please slow down and look out for the patrollers in hi-vis jackets.

Thank you.

Lorna MacKinnon & The Team

Walsham le Willows Play Council

stylised cartoon character of a town crier with bell and notice in handNotice of Extraordinary General Meeting

20th February 2018 at 7.30pm

in The Priory Room

Committee Members Needed

 

Walsham-le-Willows Play Council is a Registered Charity. Its main purpose is the provision of play facilities for children in Walsham and the surrounding area.

At its last Annual General Meeting the Play Council was unable to form a Committee, due to lack of numbers.  For the Play Council to be properly formed it needs a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and general members.

black and white line drawing of a play house with a slideThe role of the Play Council includes:

  • To co-ordinate and expand the provision of play facilities
  • To survey existing provision and future needs
  • To advise on matters concerning children’s play including planning and fund raising

The expansion and improvement of play facilities in Walsham needs an active Committee to be in place.  An Extraordinary General Meeting is being held with the aim of forming a new Committee. If there are not enough new members and if a new Committee cannot be formed the Play Council will be dissolved.

If you want to help improve the play facilities for your village, please come along.  If you want to find out more please contact the current Chairman, Quentin Cass | 07796 260433

black and white block drawing of two children on a see saw

Memorial Hall Re-opens

red and black text banner, grand re-openingGrand re-opening of newly refurbished Walsham le Willows Memorial Hall.

The refurbished Memorial Village Hall was handed back ahead of schedule, generously insulated, newly boarded, plastered, ceilinged, decorated with new double glazed windows and containing new, energy efficient heating and lighting systems. It looks and feels fantastic. It’s warm!!

The Committee wishes to broadcast its delight with the work carried out by builders, carpenters, plasterers, electricians, heating engineers, the many individual and corporate funders whose donations and grants made the project affordable and achievable, and to the Architect, Nick Barber, who gave his services free throughout this stage of building, Pro Bono Publico.

You are invited to join Trustees, Committee Members, Architect, Funders and Builders on Saturday, 3rd February, between 2.30 and 4.30pm, to view the completed refurbishment of the main hall. There will also be an opportunity to discuss outline proposals for the new kitchen and bar facilities, Phase 5 of the total refurbishment of our hall. Come along to meet meet some of those involved so far in the twenty year project to breathe new life into our Memorial Village Hall.line drawing of memorial hall

Committee Members will provide tea, coffee and a variety of home-made cakes.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Rob Barber
Chair and Trustee

News from Chair of Community Council

newspapers folded to form the letters forming the word 'news'

The Satellite Post Office

The new owner of Badwell Ash Stores, Vijay Odedra, is anxious for a satellite post office facility to continue in Walsham’s MVH but is awaiting confirmation of the transfer of the Post Office operation from Penny Kirby to himself and for the completion of his own Post Office training. Once this happens, the Walsham Satellite Post Office can resume operation. WATCH THIS SPACE!!

The Village Website

Kevin Boardley, our webmaster, asks that the dates of events, information, posters etc, which are currently sent to the Editor for publication in the Observer, are also sent to him for publication on the website. In this way, the information is readily available both in print and online, enabling everyone to keep up to date on all aspects of Walsham’s community life.

So please send details to the Editor, bloomfield644@btinternet.com  and the Webmaster info@walsham-le-willows.org

Thank you

Rob Barber

Cellular mobile and 4G signals

vodafone logo which is a red apostrophe inside and gradated gray circleYou may have noticed that these have been poor or non-existent from morning of the 18th January.

ISSUE RESOLVED 19th January.

Vodafone have confirmed to Parish Clerk that there is an issue that they are aware of and working on.

You can find out the latest on the Vodafone website (using the network status tab) where you can sign up for an email alert on updates where you will also find the following post:

‘We’re aware of some network issues in your area right now.

There’s a problem with our mobile network in this area at the moment that may be causing issues with your service. We’re sorry if you’re experiencing any disruption – we know how frustrating this can be. Thanks for your patience. As soon as we have any further updates, we’ll let you know here.’

Vodafone network status page showing results for IP31 3AA and a network issue
click to enlarge

Cinema Club presents La La Land

CHANGE OF PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED FILM

Victoria and Abdul not yet available for purchase!

FRIDAY 19 January 2018
Certificate 12a – 128 mins
Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

roof top dance scene from the film la la land

Two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely charming soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant vivacious playwright, while waiting for their big break, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance.

Start time 8.00pm Doors open 7.30pm

Free Admission

Snacks, Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks

 

Walsham Mobile Data Network and Cellular Signals

Graphic depicting the signal strength of a cellular mobile phone signal
Mobile Phone Cellular Signal Bars

If you did not know, Walsham now has a new mobile mast on St. Mary’s Church tower.

It was originally suggested that the mast would be an Orange installation.

Latterly is has been suggested the mast is a Vodafone installation.

graphic of number 4 and letter g in form of rubber stamp impression
4G – The fastest available Mobile Data Network protocol (2017)

What seems to work best are the Vodafone and Orange networks which now give a 4G data network signal and 3-4 bars Cellular mobile phone signal indoors in the majority of locations along The Street. Out at the end of the Ixworth Road 4G and 2 bars have been reported.

Obviously there will always be variability but the information on the best Network Providers for this area is anecdotal until confirmed by the Parochial Church Council but it appears that Walsham now has 4G data speeds and a decent cellular mobile signal !

tabulated information of the various mobile data network speeds

Advertising on this site…

walsham observer cover sept 2017Do you advertise in The Observer?  If advertising were available on this site would you be interested?

Tentative proposals are being put to the Community Council that may result in Observer advertisers being able to place the same ad here for a small extra fee.

If an ad were not placed in the Observer, then an ad could not be placed on the website.  The two would go together with the web ad being an optional extra.

Initially it would probably take the form of a ‘sticky post’, like this one, which remains at the top of the homepage with a rolling, randomised ‘slide show’ of ads submitted for Observer publication which would be to ensure the same ads were not seen at the beginning of each visit to the site. Visitors to the site would be able browse the ads manually.   Continue reading “Advertising on this site…”

Epiphany Singers Carol Concert 2018

 

handwritten 'for your diary' logo

Saturday 6th January 2018 7.30 p.m.

St Mary’s Church, Walsham le Willows

 

Conductor: Simon Carrington – Yale Professor emeritus

 Organist: David Hill – Conductor, London Bach Choir

 

line drawing of notes on stave with crossFor many years Walsham has been privileged to have this very talented group of people come and sing in our church.  They arrive from all over the country and abroad, many of international fame.

This is a very special evening. You don’t have to be a church-goer, just someone who enjoys beautiful music and the most wonderful singing. Some of the pieces you may recognise, others will be new, but all will be memorable.

Tickets are not required but there will be a retiring collection.

Community Lunch

let's do lunch logo, green and blue textShirley White, organiser of the very successful Community Lunches at the Memorial Hall, would like to wish all her diners a Happy and Healthy New Year.

She also has a thank you to all who came along to the Christmas lunch earlier in December.  There was a lovely Christmas atmosphere which everybody seemed to enjoy.

Shirley is now taking bookings for the next Community lunch which will be on Monday 8th January 2018 in the newly refurbished Memorial Village Hall.  As always the Memorial Hall will open at 12pm and Roast Pork, potatoes and vegetables will be served by Carol Hubbard at 12.45pm. Dessert, tea and coffee will follow.

Please book a place, at £6, with Shirley on 258532 by 5.00pm on Friday 5th January to have a look at the new hall, which looks amazing,  while catching up over lunch with friends and hopefully some table games for those who have time to stay on.

Village Hall Coffee Shop Reopens

graphic of a pile of cups one in the other, all of different colours and patterns, the top cup tipping to spill teaCome and have a look at the refurbished Memorial Hall.

The Village Hall Coffee Shop will re-open from 10 till 12 on Tuesday 2nd January in the refurbished Memorial Hall.  It’s much warmer thanks to the newly installed insulation and heating!