Roadworks – November 2018

red triangle roadworks sign with work person in centre

From https://roadworks.org

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Wattisfield Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays likely Traffic control (convoy working)
Works location: WATTISFEILD ROAD, JUNCT THE STREET, WALSHAM LE WILLOW, BURY SAINT EDMUNDS…
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

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Finningham Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: O/S JAYS COTTAGE, FINNINGHAM ROAD, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS, BURT SAINT EDMUNDS…
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

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The Street, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: O/S MALTINGS HOUSE, THE STREET, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS, BURY SAINT EDMUNDS…
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

Walsham-le-Willows Annual Art Group Exhibition – 2019

Painting "Still Waters" by Adrian Rumbles
“Still Waters” by Adrian Rumbles

Dates this year are Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Monday 26th November, 2018 from 10am to 6pm daily.

Admission is free.

This exhibition of 12 local artists’ work is held each year in The Priory Room (beside the church, The Causeway, Walsham-le-Willows  IP31 3AB) where each artist will be showing their latest work in a variety of media.

 

Guest artist this year is Adrian Rumbles, Painter and Sculptor.

Neighbourhood Plan November 2018

Neighbourhood planning logo with drawn images of a tree, a house, a bridge, a car, a workplace and people, all in different coloursThere are a few key meetings coming up and it would help to get as many interested people together as is possible.

Thursday 15th November – 7pm Priory Room

Joint meeting with Parish Council to meet with Council Officers , first to discuss CIL how we can get it and spend it and maybe a little about how best to construct our Neighbourhood plan…..what will get us through hoops and on to referendum as quickly as possible. Jimmy will be drawing up a draft agenda and key questions.

walsham-le-willows-logoThursday 29th November – 7pm Priory Room

In the light of discussions (above) with Council Officers to discuss the best structure for our plan and the best process to achieve that. A key part of this is learning from what others are doing.  Take a look at the Mendlesham Plan online which is currently the only completed and live plan in Mid -Suffolk.  There are others.  If you have views on the neighbourhood plan, take a look and bring your thoughts on how to take the plan forward.

Thursday 24th of January

A meeting dedicated to exploring what the vision should be for the Village what the key building blocks of the Plan should be.  What are our ‘must haves’ and ‘won’t haves’?

Remembrance Day Poppy Project

St Mary's Walsham le Willows, church wall adorned with poppies for Armistace Day

Almost 10,000 knitted and crocheted poppies decorate the inside and outside of St Mary’s Church in Walsham-le-Willows (Suffolk) in an act of remembrance of those who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars.  Come along and take a look.

Tea/coffee and cake will be served in the church from 10 o’clock until 4 o’clock.

Take a look at a slide-show of images from this year’s display and watch a video commemoration for soldiers who fell.

Microsoft Edge browser bug

line drawing of bug with microsoft flag colours on wings

Microsoft, has been aware for two years of bug in the default Microsoft browser, Edge,  that causes header images on some websites (including this one) not to scroll smoothly!

 

Who knows, maybe they will fix it soon.  Use another browser!  Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera.

microsoft edge screen overlain with smashed glass

A thank you message

handwritten thanksA message from Victoria Cooper:

 

 

“A heartfelt and huge thank you to all the kind friends and neighbours who brought sustenance and comfort to me and Polly when we had that scary fire. Tea, sandwiches or just sitting with us helped us keep it together. Thank you Nigel Clarke for getting us back on the electric so quickly and of course words can’t describe what a wonderful Fire Brigade we have.”

Notice of Parish Councillor Vacancy

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 2 October 2018 (14 working days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy. Otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 4 December 2018.

Dated 12 September 2018
Kevin Boardley
Proper Officer

Women’s Institute – Calendar Girls Musical Feb 2019

the women's institute logo
the women’s institute

Walsham le Willows WI is arranging a visit to Norwich Theatre Royal to see Calendar Girls the Musical on Saturday 16th February 2019.  Box Office booking opened in May and tickets are selling well.  WI is happy to open this up to anyone else who would like to go, not just WI members.

Leaving Walsham 9.30 on the day for shopping before the matinee at 2.30. A number of circle seats have been reserved, some with a wider leg room option for anyone who would like them.

Calendar Girls, The Musical

Cost is £40 per seat or £44 for the roomier option.  Cost of coach will be divided amongst those attending.  No profits will be made on this.

It’s possible that there may be some seats on the coach  just for shopping! TBA via Observer once numbers are known.

Contact Maggie Barber on 01359 259689.  Payment for seat required on booking.  Payments for coach one month later.  Payments dare non-refundable.

Walsham Wild Wood – update summer 2018

new wildwood sign carved from tree trunkThe Walsham Wild Wood held their second Midsummer Picnic on the 24th June. Unfortunately the football match and a very hot day resulted in fewer people attending than last year.  However the picnic was still a success with delicious donated food, plenty to drink and activities for the children including a new Nature Trail which took the them around the whole site.

The AGM was held on the 5th July. A quiet year was reported at the Wood but there was an unusual plant surprise when a clump of broom rape was found growing for the first time. This is a parasitic herbaceous plant with seeds that can be dormant in the soil for many years.

It was also reported that Alison Martin has stepped down as Secretary after 6 years.  Alison was was thanked for all her hard work and commitment to the project.  John Stebbing was elected as Secretary, Richard Belson was re-elected  as the Treasurer and Lorna MacKinnon was re-elected as Chair.

If you would like to find out more about Walsham Wild Wood please get in touch with Lorna  | 01359 259 140.

Annual Electoral Register Canvass 2018

From the 20th July 2018 Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils will be sending every household in the area an annual canvass form to collect information about residents who are eligible to vote.

Have you responded?  It’s quick and easy to respond.

If there are no changes to the information pre-printed on your form you can respond by:

  • Going online to the web address on the form
  • Signing your form and sending it back to us in the envelope provided

If you need to make some changes you can respond by

  • Going online to the web address on the form
  • Writing the changes on the form, signing it and sending it back to us in the envelope provided

If you don’t respond

  • You could be fined
  • You may not be able to vote in future elections
  • Your credit rating could be affected

Don’t delay, respond today! If you would like further information then go to

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Mid Suffolk DC Babergh DC
Endeavour House Endeavour House
8 Russell Road 8 Russell Road
Ipswich Ipswich
IP1 2BX IP1 2BX

Email: canvass@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

NOTICE OF VACANCY – Parish Councillor

NOTICE OF VACANCY 

IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

PARISH OF WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 31 July 2018 (14 working days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.

Otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 3 October 2018.

Dated 11 July 2018

Kevin Boardley, Proper Officer

Neighbourhood Plan Drop-In Event Success

walsham le willows neighbourhood plan 'working together' logoThe drop in event was a great success and the footfall and the numbers of people saying they wanted to be actively involved took the organisers by surprise.  The Chair, Phil Newby, has thanked everyone for contributing to the success of the event.  A truly brilliant result.

Suggestions collected on post-it notes around what may become the main strands of the plan, will now be transcribed and made available.  There were around 140 signatures in agreement with the Parish Boundary as the Plan Boundary which is more than statistically significant for Walsham.

An application will now be submitted by the via the Parish Clerk.  This will mean that the Walsham will then be recognised by the District Council as a Live Neighbourhood Plan Parish.

A Wash-Up meeting will be held on July 4th at 7pm in the Blue Boar.   On the agenda, as well as a drink, will be the picking of the winning entries from the  competition to create a Neighbourhood Plan logo (children from the village stepped up enthusiastically to this task) and to talk about how the working groups will be set up to run over the summer and how promotion will be organised for Garden’s Weekend.

Come and get involved, come along on Wednesday!

Changes at the Sports Club

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

of Walsham Le Willows Sports Club CASC  (Community Amateur Sports Club)

on Monday 9th July at 19:30 

in the Pavilion, Sports Ground, Summer Road,  Walsham Le Willows IP31 3AH

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club

An EGM has been fixed for 9th July in order for Sports Club members to authorise the formal closure of the Club as a CASC and to approve the passing over of all its assets to the newly formed charity ‘Walsham le Willows Sports Club CIO’ which holds the freehold of land and buildings on which the Club is situated.

Read more about the changes

Parish Council Accounts 2017/18

graphic of people around meeting table in silhouetteThe Parish Council Accounts have been published for 2017/18

Please note: These accounts have been audited by the Council’s appointed internal auditor but have yet to be signed off by the external auditor so may yet be subject to change.

Section 1 Annual Governance Statement –  shows the statements made by Councillors to the auditor regard to there being a sound system of internal control.

Section 2 Annual Accounting Statements – statement of financial position to internal auditor for year ending 2017/18

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return – Notice given by Parish Clerk on dates for which inspection of the accounting records of the Council can be inspected and how this can be arranged.

Walking Netball at the Sports Club

Walking netball logo specifying no running or jumping!Over 50?  Or maybe your running and jumping days over?  Still want some more exercise.  Walking Netball may be for you.

No running or jumping involved and  you have 4 seconds to pass the ball.  It involves skills and drills, passing, catching, movement and primarily having fun.

The sessions aim to build your confidence on court and build fitness and are also a great way to meet new friends over refreshments in the club house afterwards.

So please come along an join the group on a Tuesday between 10am and 11am at the Sports Club, even if running and jumping is no longer your thing!

The activity will only run weather permitting so please contact the organiser if unsure.

Walsham Wild Wood Summer Picnic 2018

Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group Logo

Midsummer Picnic for the village
Everyone welcome
Walsham Wild Wood

Sunday 24th June 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm

Sandwiches, soft drinks and cakes
Children’s activities

All free (although any donations would be welcomed)
If it is raining the picnic will be cancelled

Goodbye Christopher Robin

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Certificate PG – 107 mins

Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald,

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alex Lawther

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Start time 8.00pm Doors open 7.30pm

Free Admission

Snacks, Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks

 

Neighbourhood Planning Group

walsham le willows word cloud logo for neighbourhood planCome along to the DROP-IN EVENT on Wedneday 27th June at the Priory Room between 2.30pm and 9pm to see what it is all about,

Please get in touch if you would like to get involved to contribute your ideas and to influence the development decisions for future generations in Walsham le Willows.

Take a look at the Neighbourhood Plan page which will list all the documents that are produced in relation to the plan as they are drafted and finalised.

plan@walsham-le-willows.org

Sports Club Report March 2018

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club


black and white graphic of cricketer in actionSome key dates for 2018 (fixtures will be added to the events diary)
27th April – Junior Training commences
29th April – First Sunday Home Game
11th May – ECB All Stars Programme starts
12th May – First Saturday Home Game
28th May – Under 11 Tournament


black and white line drawing of a football

The First team lost 3-0 at home to Kirkley and Pakefield at the start of the month.  They then lost 1-0 at Stanway Rovers in the quarter finals of the League cup but were extremely unlucky not to take the tie into extra time.  They won their latest league match beating Wivenhoe Town 5-1 away.  Ryan Clark had an excellent afternoon scoring all five goals.  A record for Walsham in the Eastern Counties League.

The Reserves have improved dramatically in the second half of the season but lost 3-0 at Felixstowe.  They then beat Wivenhoe Reserves 3-0 at home.  The impressive Kieran Twinn scored twice while Luke Bates also scored. Continue reading “Sports Club Report March 2018”

Play Council – Developments…

black and white block drawing of two children on a see sawAn Extraordinary General Meeting of the Play Council was held in The Priory Room on 20th February.  Read the minutes which were taken by the Parish Clerk in the absence of an appointed Play Council Secretary.  The incumbent Chair, Quentin Cass, has agreed to stay on until the next AGM in May to facilitate continuity.

The great news is that two new appointments were made from interested village residents, Liam Nichol as Vice Chair and Emma Wade as Executive Committee member.   One Parish Councillor and the Parish Clerk were appointed, on an interim basis, as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.  Another Parish Councillor was appointed as the Parish Council’s representative on the Play Council.

The Parish Council, as tenants of the Play Area, hold the land upon trust for the Play Council and therefore have an interest in ensuring that an Executive Committee is properly constituted as soon as possible.

Play Council Executive Committee

The structure as documented in the Lease between The Official Custodian for Charities (Charity Commission) and The Trustees of The Walsham Old Town Trust to Walsham le Willows Parish Council who hold the land as Tenant upon trust for the Walsham le Willows Play Council.
Executive Committee PostElected 23rd May 2018
Chair (Charity Commission Trustee)Joe Jesney
Vice ChairEmma Wade
Treasurer (Charity Commission Trustee)Kirsty Lambert
SecretaryJonathon Wade
Exec Committee Member 1Kim Hubbard
Exec Committee Member 2 (Auditor)Brian Kinnair
Exec Committee Member 3Emma Hall
Exec Committee Member 4Julie Campbell
Exec Committee Member 5Diane Howe

Liam and Emma are already on the case and eliciting interest from village residents in joining the committee and have some exciting ideas, so things are already moving in the right direction.

If you would  like to get involved in a new phase for the Play Council to secure the long term viability and development of the Walsham Play Park, please make contact with any of the Executive Committee members – email links in table above.

Morris Minor Fundraising Tour 2018

Graphic of classic green Morris Minor carThree ways to DONATE

Directly to the Minors On Tour for the Memorial Hall

When you do your shopping via Give as You Live.  You can shop at over 4,200 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Memorial Hall Fund.

By searching online for anything using the Everyclick search engine and donations will go to Memorial Hall Fund for every search.


During April 2018 Morris Minor OEA 736, a 1956, 4-door, split windscreen, dark green, 948cc saloon, will make a tour of all 37 World War ll airfields in Norfolk, in order to raise awareness of their vital, yet very costly role in winning the six-year war against Germany.

 

Black and White Line Drawing of RAF badge‘Mrs Morris’ will be sponsored for the tour to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association and the refurbishment of kitchen and bar areas at Walsham le Willows Memorial Village Hall which was built by volunteers in the 1950’s as a memorial to the service men and women of two World Wars. The project will bring a twenty-year programme of refurbishment to a close, make the whole building fit for the challenges of the 21st century and maintain it as a proud memorial to that generation who gave their today for our tomorrows.

Continue reading “Morris Minor Fundraising Tour 2018”

Music For Another Summer’s Evening 2018

handwritten 'for your diary' logoThe Churchgate Wind Octet and Octave vocal group return to St. Mary’s, Walsham-le-Willows at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st July.

Last year they delighted us yet again.  This will be their third concert in Walsham.  Hopefully they are fast becoming a regular summer fixture.

Come and enjoy a glass of wine and St.Mary’s in its summer finery as you listen to these accomplished musicians.

Tickets £5 on the door which includes a glass of wine.

All profits go to St. Mary’s Church.Line drawing of treble clef on a stave