Home Library Service

If you struggle to get to the library, perhaps because they have a disability or mobility issues The Home Library service is there for you. It is run by volunteers who pick up books, audio books or DVDs from the library and bring them to you in your own home. Volunteers have to operate within COVID guidance to keep everyone safe. All ur volunteers have been through an application, reference and DBS checking process and a training programme.

If you or a relative would benefit from the service, you can contact your local library who can pass the details onto their volunteers or you can also email hls@suffolklibraries.co.uk or call 01473 351249 (during normal office hours).

Home energy advice service

The aim of this service is to support householders with free advice on energy. Free, impartial advice to help if you are considering investing in renewable energy for your home and/or want advice on how to insulate your home properly.

This service has helped over 40 householders with advice on practical measures to improve their home insulation and also more detailed advice on renewables such as solar panels and heat pumps. The service can support another 60 householders before the end of March 2023.

All householders have to do is to call on 01473 350370 to go through some simple questions about their home or complete the home audit checklist here:
https://www.salc.org.uk/r/BIh/m/94446

Road Closure Hunston

Highways will carry out pre surface dressing road repairs along U5942 Mill Lane and U5942 The Green, Hunston.

Planned between 6 and 14 February 2023.

The roads will be closed for the duration to ensure that works can be dafely carried out.

Traffic will be diverted via The Street, Westley Way, Hunston, Westley Way, Great Ashfield, Main Road, Elmswell Road, Norton Road and vice versa.

More Anglian Water works, The Causeway

From the end of February Anglian Water will be carrying out essential works on the Badwell Road to the 285 meter section between the Four Ashes corner and the end of the 30mph zone (apart from access to properties). Access to these properties will obviously be maintained for residents. Anglian Water is liaising with the residents whose access to their properties is directly affected.

This will be a complete closure for four weeks.

Download the map of the diversion route below.

Near Misses on Palmer Street?

Have you ever experienced a ‘near miss’ while walking or jogging or cycling on  Palmer  Street ?

Lots of people in Walsham like to walk or jog around the village, often with their dog or while pushing a buggy.  If you are one of those people you probably appreciate that the most dangerous part of your route is likely to be that narrow section of Palmer Street with the blind bends and the high hedge near to Grove Cottage.

The Parish Council would like to make another attempt to cajole SCC Highways into installing a proper pavement along this section of the road.  It will help if we had a record of the ‘near misses’ that people have experienced.  If you have been, or are involved in any such incident could you please email a record of this, including your name, the date and time and nature of the incident, and if possible the number or a description of any vehicle involved to: parishclerk@walsham-le-willows.org

Warm Homes Suffolk

The second Warm Homes Suffolk campaign has gone live. With with cost of living and energy crises, it’s more important than ever to ensure that residents who qualify for help to improve the quality of their homes, access the support they are eligible for. Through the scheme, homeowners with an household income of under £30,000 are entitled to appropriate forms of insulation e.g external wall, internal wall, replacing single glazing and fitting air source heat pumps. Over 90 households received support through the first campaign and we would like to beat that this time round.

Further information – click on this link https://www.warmhomessuffolk.org

Pavement Sweeper required by Parish Council

The Parish Council are looking for a person who wants to make a difference to how Walsham le Willows looks.

The successful candidate will work a two-month probation period and will be required to demonstrate the difference they make to the appearance of the village pavements.

The role involves picking up litter, leaves twigs etc and sweeping the full width of the pavements, removing weeds etc and taking all the arisings to the refuse bins to be emptied by MSDC. Litter picking and disposal in the Play Area is also part of the role.

All equipment required will be supplied. 

Applicants will preferably live within the Walsham le Willows village boundary or otherwise locally; other applicants may be considered. 

The successful candidate will be working on their own, need to be physically fit and methodical, with an ability to use own initiative.  Good timekeeping is essential.  Hours are 5.25 hours per week to be worked, weather permitting, to a regular schedule. Overtime can only be worked with the agreement of the Parish Clerk.

Following confirmation in the role, benefits include 5.6 weeks per annum (pro rata) statutory paid leave and statutory sick pay.  The current rate for the role is £9.50 per hour, reviewed annually.  

There is also a contributory workplace pension scheme subject to meeting statutory requirements. 

APPLICATIONS: Please send a CV including details of why this job would be suitable for you by 26th October 2022 5pm to the parishclerk@walsham-le-willows.org or by post to The Parish Clerk, c/o Willow Cottage, The Street, Walsham le Willows, Bury St Edmunds IP31 3AA.

HM Queen Elizabeth ll – Book of Condolence

Following the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth, the regulation black cloth, photograph and condolence book will be placed in all six churches in the benefice and will remain until the funeral. 

As a mark of respect during this period of national mourning, except for church services, weddings, funerals and baptisms, the following events in the churches are cancelled:

  • History talk at Westhorpe church
  • History talk at Finningham church
  • Coffee morning at Wattisfield church    Saturday 10th
  • Lunchtime recital Walsham  Tuesday 13th

There will be a commemorative service at St. Mary’s Church to which all are warmly welcomed.

The meeting of the Parish Council on 14th September has to go ahead as planned because councillors had already been summoned.

WALSHAM OPEN GARDENS 2022 – 40th Anniversary

Bank Holiday Sunday the 28th and Monday the 29th August

www.walshamopengardens.com


The Committee very much hope that you like the lovely picture, on the front cover of the August Observer, of the Committee’s retiring chair, Robin Newell and his wife Jill, sitting on the new bench in the Churchyard. The bench was bought and presented by the Committee to celebrate Robin’s 40 years of dedication to Walsham Open Gardens Weekend. He will be very much missed now that the mantle has been handed over to Collen Baker.

What can you do to help with this year’s 40th event?

Work is in progress to make this year’s event a special success but help and volunteers are essential to acheive this. For newcomers to the village this is a very enjoyable way to meet people and get involved. Could you…

  • Open your garden? The committee has achieved its ambition for 40 gardens in the 40th year but it is not too late to have your garden included this year. Contact Alison Findlay at opengardens@walsham-le-willows.org | 07704311468
  • Bake some cakes? Help is always needed to provide cakes and help with the catering needed over the weekend. Contact frances.jenner@hotmail.com | 01359 259242
  • Help with Art in the Church? Prople always needed for a couple of hours helping in wonderful surroundings. Contact Ian at igghar@btinternet.com | 01359 259140
  • Arrange some flowers? If you are a flower arranger then Cheryl would love to hear from you at bartholomewcj@aol.com | 01359 258349
  • Help with Car Parking? People needed for shifts in the car park which is a welcoming role as well as making sure that vehicles are parked to amek best use of space. Contact Grant at grant.robinson163@gmail.com
  • Sell Raffle Tickets? Contact Mike Cousins at mike@mcousins.com | 07843052970.
  • Help with setting up and taking down? Contact John Stebbing at john@architectatwork.co.uk | 07831 325610

Open Garden’s Weekend has been a big part of Walsham life since the early 1980’s bringing in visitors from far and wide and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the village, half of which has been spent on the upkeep of St. Mary’s and the rest has supported many of the organisations, clubs and societies that go towards making Walsham the wonderful place that it is. Please come and be involved and in a day which never fails to delight.

John Stebbing
Secretary to the Walsham le Willows Open Gardens TrusT
Robin Newell and his wife Jill on the bench commemorating Robin’s chairmanship of the event over the past 40 years.

Redevelopment of Play Area

Walsham le Willows Play Area refurbishment is scheduled for later this year. The play area will remain open for the rest of the summer however it will be closed from Monday October 3rd and this closure is anticipated to last for two weeks. The site will be closed off as it will become a construction site and there will be no permitted access whatsoever.

The good news is that the Play Area is then scheduled to re-open from the Friday before half term and will have the new equipment shown below.

Toddler Multi-Play unit
Toddler Swings
See-Saw Springer
Roundabout
Single Springer
Swings
Basket Swing
FitnessTrail
Zip Wire

Kerbed Gutter Sweeping – August 2022

The kerbed gutters in Walsham le Willows will get their second sweep this year in time for Gardens Weekend.

It has been advised that this will take place on Monday 22nd August. Time has not been advised.

If you keep a vehicle on the road and can move it to another location on the 22nd we will get a better sweep.

ROAD CLOSURE – The Street

red triangle roadworks sign with work person in centre

Suffolk Highways are planning to carry out pre footway resurfacing repairs and footway resurfacing along C555 The Street, Walsham Le Willows.

The works are programmed to take place between 8th and 12th August 2022. The road will be closed each day between 8am and 4pm to ensure that works can be carried out safely.

For the duration of the road closure, traffic will be diverted via Summer Road, Sumner Road, A143, B1113, Walsham Road, Finningham Road, and vice versa. The Street between Summer Road and Wattisfield Road (Finningham Road) will be access only.

Roadworks are planned in advance, with extra days scheduled to allow for bad weather or other delays beyond the control of the contractors. If major changes to the work dates are required, information signs on site will be updated.

When roads are closed Highways put a diversion in place, that is accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Diversions are made as clear as possible along the route.

Latest updates to works can be found at Temporary road closures for Suffolk Highways roadworks” and on One.Network website.

Please contact Suffolk CC Customer Services if you have any questions: customer.servicves@suffolk.gov.uk | 0345 606 6171 (option 2, option and hold)

The Black Death – TV series featuring Walsham le Willows

The historian, Lucy Worsley and a BBC film crew visited Walsham in the summer of 2021 to film part of her new series ‘Lucy Worsley Investigates’.

One of the episodes highlights the impact and outcomes of the Black Death in 1348 on people and communities.

Part of this episode focuses on Walsham le Willows because it provides particularly good judicial records (Manorial Court Rolls) surviving from that time, which give insight into this period of history. Between six and seven hundred people died of the plague in Walsham, roughly half of the population, decimating the community as happened across the country and continent. This episode and the rest of the series are available to view on iPlayer.

Festival of Suffolk Torch Relay coming to Walsham 24/05/2022

To herald the start of The Festival and the celebrations to mark HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a symbolic torch is travelling through communities in Suffolk carried by local heroes.

The torch relay started on 13th may 2022 in Brandon then passes through 250 towns and villages, a distance of over 550 miles before reaching its final destination arriving at the Suffolk Show in Ipswich on Wednesday 1st June.

There is a live GPS tracker of the route which will be fun to follow the torch on its journey.  Click here to follow:  https://www.festivalofsuffolk.org/best-of-suffolk-torch-tracker

It comes through Walsham tomorrow Tuesday 24th May.

View the TorchTracker & Download the Route Card

#FestOfSuffolk #FoSTorchRelay

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