Possible Disruption from Grain Store Construction & Dog Fouling

Bag it and bin it dog fouling sign

A new grain store has been given permission and construction will (lockdown allowing) start soon and run through until May or maybe longer. This could affect parishioners, especially those using the footpath that will have to be diverted and will of course also potentially add to the the traffic throught the village.

It is noted in the letter that dog fouling along the footpath may pise a health risk to contractors. Coudl all dog onwers please take note for the sake of the contractors and as eveer, for others who walk the footpaths.

Read the letter from Jeremy Nunn of Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd

A request & an evening of entertainment put together for you by Georgie Luppi

Hi, I’m Georgie Luppi! I’ve lived in Walsham le Willows my whole life, getting involved in the Drama Group, Open Gardens Weekend and volunteering during the first lockdown.
I am currently creating a show full of talent from Wales to Walsham le Willows for the most important of eighteenth birthday celebrations…

For the last 7 months I have had the absolute blessing of becoming friends with a wonderful young lady called Tegan (pictured left) who also lives in our village. She has a Mitochondrial Disease called Cytochrome c Oxidase Deficiency which is a genetic disease that affects her brain and muscles. But, more importantly, she has made me laugh to the point of gasping for breath countless times and has been the brightest silver lining to the dark cloud of a year which was 2020.

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Up for New Year Dance Lessons?

The Community Council, working with Active Suffolk and Fit Villages have secured a dance instructor to start lessons at the village hall in the new year.

To make sure we provide dance lessons for as many people within the village as possible, a ‘one question’ survey has been set up to find out which types of dance would be best attended.

If you are interested in dance lessons in the village, please use the following link to register your preference.


Community Council Food Bank

The new food bank facility is now open to provide emergency supplies to residents of the benefice. The benefice covers Walsham, Badwell Ash, Finningham, Langham, Wattisfield and Westhorpe .

Donate: Please take long life foods and personal hygiene products to the collection point in the Memorial Hall or make contact to arrange a collection.

Request assistance: If you are struggling for whatever reason please make contact to discuss your needs. All contact with the food bank will remain confidential and discrete. No-one will know that you have made a request.

Get involved: Please make contact to discuss what you are able to offer.

Amanda | 01359 258 646 | wlwcommunitycouncil@outlook.com

Ready, Steady CENSUS

Households across Walsham le Willows will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

You can read more in this Community Handbook or for more information, visit census.gov.uk

Memorial Hall Update – 2nd Lockdown

In light of the announcement by the Government on Saturday 31st October, the hall will be closed from 5th November for four weeks.

While the committee are deeply saddened by the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, the health and safety of everyone remains the highest priority.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the hall as it re-opened after the first lockdown. It is hoped tre-opening will be possible very soon and people can be welcomed back. Keep safe.

1200 Daffodils Planted in the Village

‘And then my heart with pleasure fills…and dances with the daffodils’.

William Wordsworth 1770 – 1850

You may have noticed, on a couple of recent weekends, an intrepid band of
‘horticulturalists’ working on the six roads leading into Walsham. On behalf of the
Open Gardens Trust they have been busy planting 1200 daffodil bulbs on the verges
around the village signs, in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the Open Gardens
next year.

Ably supported by coffee, sausage rolls and blueberry muffins provided by Jan Hall, and
bacon rolls by Frances Jenner, they dug their way through some very heavy vegetation
to complete the task. Hopefully, the fruits of their labours will be evident next spring, in
a display that will, over the forthcoming years, develop into one that will rival
Wordsworth’s ‘crowd, a host of golden daffodils’.

The Open Gardens team would like to thank John Stebbing, Karl Trainer, Robin Newell, John Hall, Mike Cousins, Les Fulcher, Howard Gilbert, Frances Jenner and Jan Hall for their hard

Village Hall Update – November 2020

While other areas of the country are facing Covid restrictions, Suffolk is lucky to be in
Tier 1, which means the hall can for the time being remain open within Government
guidance. This means the Tai Chi and Yoga classes and the coffee shop can continue.

The Coffee shop is still on Thursday mornings 10.30am till 12.00pm to coincide with
the post van times and with the onset of Autumn weather it has now moved inside, with table service. Prices remain £1 for a slice of home-made cake or cheese scone/sausage roll and just 50p for a cup of tea or coffee.

The book exchange has started again and on the 5th November, Diana should be returning with her Flamingo Paperie with beautiful cards, gift wrap and craft kits.

Since the Macmillan coffee morning on the 24th September further donations of £75
have brought the total raised up to an amazing £346.88, well done to everyone involved.
Thank you.

To avoid further confusion, the Memorial Hall Committiee would like to clarify that the 200 club is not, and has never been, linked to or run by either the Community Council or the Village Hall. Any questions or interest should be directed to the organiser Mrs J Bloomfield.

Amanda Ellis

Parish Council Meetings During Lockdown

graphic of people around meeting table in silhouette

Parish Council meetings are currently being held at the usual time, at 7pm on every second Tuesday of the month, but online using the Zoom conferencing app for the duration of the lockdown.

Online via Zoom due to Coronavirus restrictions. Members of the public are able to join the meeting to observe or make representations by using the following Zoom credentials:

Next Meeting on 9th February2021

Link to join the meeting TBA

Meeting ID: TBA          Passcode: TBA

Find the agenda under relevant date

If you need any help with joining the meeting online by Zoom please contact the Clerk who will try to assist.

Plans for the Annual Parish Meeting were postponed by the coronavirus lockdown. It is probably now unlikely that this event will take place during 2020.

Parish Council requests village maintenance volunteers

Following the receipt by the Parish Council of this year’s ROSPA report (inspection of Play Area Safety) Cllr Paul Arbon has suggested the Parish Council asks volunteers to come forward to assist with minor maintenance jobs that crop up at the Play Area and elsewhere around the village. 

Cllr Arbon will co-ordinate these volunteers along with existing volunteers who led the consultation exercises which aim to ensure that the future development of the play area meets the expectations of local people.

If you feel you might be able to assist and have a little spare time, please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance at clerk@walshampc.myzen.co.uk or 01359 259 794

Posters suggesting mask wearing is dangerous appear in the village

You may have seen posters appearing around the village at bus shelters and elsewhere suggesting they are dangerous to the wearer. Wearing a facemask is about one thing: providing some degree of protection to others from your own exhalation in confined spaces or when otherwise in close proximity to others.

A couple of things to note if you are inclined to take the points in these posters at all seriously:

  • The last point on the posters suggests that there have been no peer reviewed studies of mask effectiveness but interestingly does not cite any peer reviewed studies for the contrary arguments or any of the other five assertions made. You may like to consider the following which appears to be based on verifiable science:

Who knew tissues and handkerchiefs worked…when they are used?

Relative sizes of a virus and molecules (Dr Anotella Frau in answer to question on Quora)

Relative scales (or orders of magnitude) are the key. As beautifully explained by Palli Thordarson. The SARS-CoV-19 and most viruses fall below the “polio virus” in size, as shown in the graphic above.

Molecules like O₂ – Oxygen (made of two atoms) or CH₄ – Methane (made of five atoms) are about the size of “atom” in the same graphic.

Along with oxygen, carbon dioxide molecules are also tiny, far smaller than droplets containing coronavirus which the masks are designed to stop – and won’t be trapped by a breathable material, particularly during relatively short periods like a bus journey.

SARS-CoV-2 particles do not float freely in the air. They are expelled as relatively large droplets, which research shows are easily caught by a simple cloth or paper mask. If an infected person doesn’t wear a mask, their droplets quickly evaporate into smaller droplet nuclei, which are harder to filter with a cloth mask. However there are some cloth mask designs which can do a very good job of this too.

from Particle sizes for mask filtration – https://www.fast.ai

Brownian Motion (the random motion of particles suspended in a medium, a liquid or a gas).

  • Take a look at this video in which a doctor debunks the ‘oxygen depletion’ assertion and by implication, all of the other points made in the posters.

Walsham Drama Group takes a bow

line drawing of olive coloured comedy mask and mauve coloured tragedy mask

Listeners to BBC Radio Suffolk may have tuned in to the Breakfast Show on 31st August, and heard Matthew Lockyer, co-founder of the Walsham Drama Group, being
interviewed by Mark Murphy. Radio Suffolk were aware that the Drama Group had donated £5,000 to the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, and Mark was keen to give Matthew the opportunity to talk about how the money had been raised, and why the group had chosen the Theatre Royal as beneficiary.

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Managing the Wild Wood

Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group Logo

Although our intention is to create a woodland which both villagers and wildlife will see as a “wild wood” this does not mean that the area can just be left to its own devices.

Any useful habitat needs to be carefully managed and it is surprising how much work has to go into maintaining and developing most nature reserves.

Please help us in our work: take any litter home – clean up after your dog
but most of all . . . enjoy Walsham Wild Wood

Problems or Comments

Contact Richard Belson | 01359 258868

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Gardens Weekend, an Update – October 2020

Walsham le Willows Open Gardens Weekend Banner
Image of blue cornflowes in white vase on table loooking through open gate in red brick wall out to The Street beyond

Many people in the village will have been saddened that the pandemic scuppered plans for 40th anniversary celebrations and that the August Bank Holiday passed by without the traditional fun enjoyed by so many, this event being a chance to
welcome hundreds of visitors to Walsham le Willows where they share in the things that make Walsham a very special place.

It is sincerely hoped that 2021 will be the year Gardens Weekedn returns even bigger and even better than before.

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Volunteer Collator Required

The Community Council is looking to appoint a new collator to oversee the monthly production of the printed version of the Walsham Observer.

This role will require a regular monthly time commitment of half a day co-ordinating a small team of fellow volunteers in the Memorial Hall.

Our aim is to engage a new person to this role from 1st January 2021. If you are interested, please contact the Editor or Community Council Secretary for further details.

Village Hall Update – October 2020

Walsham le Willows Memorial Hall

The hall upgrade is almost completed, the new anti-slip flooring is down, the second fix
to the electrics are done, with the cooker wired in and extra sockets and the stainless
kitchen units have been delivered.
The back log of maintenance is getting shorter with new vent covers fitted to the outside of the vents from the male toilets and the broken concrete over the old cesspit to the
back of the hall assessed, removed and area made good.

The coffee shop held every Thursday morning 10.30 -12 noon, continues to be a great
success, in fact this weeks , 24th September, was a special one and raised a staggering
£271.88, every penny going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Neighbourhood Plan Group looking for a Secretary

The Neighbourhood Plan Group are looking for someone to step forward to the role of Secretary for its meetings.  It involves taking notes in a one page format at two meetings a month at 7-8pm on a Thursday, typing them up, circulating to the group via email and, once approved, distributing for publication on the Parish Council website and in The Observer.

Sometimes there are additional events and presence at those would be according to availability and agreement, the role otherwise being limited as specified.

This role enormously supports communication about the work of the group and is crucial to stimulating the engagement of a diverse mix of people with that work and hopefully at the meetings. It is a voluntary position which will be hugely appreciated by the group.

Expressions of interest to plan@walsham-le-willows.org

St Mary’s Clock Dial Restored

It’s time to put the clock back!

The magnificent clock dial for St Mary’s church in Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk was restored and reinstated by S Michlmayr & Co Ltd., clock and watchmakers of Norwich, and financed by the Walsham le Willows Open Gardens Trust from funds raised in the past from its August Bank Holiday event.

S Michlmayr & Co blog have recently restored and reinstated the magnificent clock dial for St Mary’s church.

St Mary’s church sits at the centre of Walsham and is impressive by any standards, with a large clerestory and an interesting chequerwork flint porch. It was gifted to Ixworth Priory around 1540 and, as is the case with many English Churches, was lavishly restored by the Victorians, although many of the medieval features have been retained.

It is unusual for a village church to feature a clock; in fact St Mary’s sheer scale and
grandeur puts it on the map as one of the stand-out village churches in the county.

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Parish Council – Upcoming Street Sweeper Vacancy

The Parish Council will soon have a vacancy for the paid (self-employed) role of streetsweeper and play area maintenance person.

Now that the Parish Council has assumed full control of the Play Area it is an appropriate time to review the Statement of Particulars for both roles before advertising.

If you might be interested, please watch this space or the Observer for the advertisement.