Post Office Re-opening Delayed

post-office-logoDue ongoing technical issues with the equipment on the Mobile Van the start of the service is now delayed until further notice.

The providers offer their apologies and reassurance that everything is being done to get the new mobile post office up and running as soon as possible.  As of 29th January, it is hoped that the issues will be resolved within the next two weeks.

Details of the new Mobile service at Walsham le Willows
The Village Hall Car Park
The Street
Walsham le Willows
Bury St Edmunds
IP31 3AA

New opening times (NEW START DATE TO BE ADVISED)
Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00
Thursday 11:00 – 12:00 Continue reading “Post Office Re-opening Delayed”

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.

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

 

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.

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Cathedral Choir Comes To Country Church!

handwritten 'for your diary' logoThe nationally renowned Wallingford Parish Church Choir regularly stand in at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St Georges Chapel, Windsor. We are excited to offer you a unique opportunity to hear them in the intimate setting of St. Mary’s Church Walsham-le-Willows.

The concert will be on Saturday April 7th at 7.30pm. Entrance is free. There will be a retiring collection with all profits to St Mary’s Church.

There will also be a Sung Eucharist on Sunday April 8th 11.00am.

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

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.

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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

 

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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!

Post Office Temporarily Closed

post-office-logoThe Village Hall Post Office is temporarily closed.   Watch this space for updates.

The Coffee Shop is open as usual from where there will be a Post Office car runVillage Hall to Badwell and back.

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Tuesday mornings from 10.30 – contact Rob on 259689

Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – contact Ralph on 259560

Lighting of Walsham Christmas Tree 2017

Brightly lit christmas tree, branches dusted with snow against a snow filled backgroundThe Garden Weekebds Committee will be lighting the Christmas Tree outside St. Mary’s Church on Sunday 3rd December at 4pm.

Do come along and enjoy the start of the Christmas celebrations.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Priory Room afterwards.

Robin Newell

St. Mary’s church ‘yarn bombed’

Knitted poppies affixed to a fine net and draped from the top of St Mary's church tower showing the wisp of almost invisible net starting at the top and widening as it falls down the tower covering the whole of the porch wall at the base.St. Mary’s church, Walsham-le-Willows, has been ‘yarn bombed’ overnight in the run up to Remembrance Day, with over 5000 hand-crafted red poppies now to be seen cascading from the bell tower and over the walls .

There are also 40 poppies on display inside the church commemorating the 40 men from Walsham who died in the First and Second World Wars and whose names are listed on the War Memorial in the churchyard.

Knitted poppies affixed to a fine net interspersed with some artificial leaf much like camouflage netting and draped from the top of the tall flint and brick wall to the side of St. Mary's church.Jan Hall, who led the project with the village British Legion representative Fiona Glover, has been overwhelmed by the response to their appeal to local, talented crafters to make the profusion of poppies that have been knitted and crocheted by more than 75 individuals to mark Armistice Day and raise funds for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Continue reading “St. Mary’s church ‘yarn bombed’”

Memorial Hall – Works Update

photograph showing the memorial hall works in progress, walls insulated and ceilings part insulated

Work in the hall is progressing very well and is currently running slightly ahead of schedule.  Insulation layers are being installed to each internal wall which will be about six inches thicker once the work is completed.

An initial stage payment representing 30% of the total project cost has now been made.  The three new windows have been ordered via the Parish Council and will be installed during the week commencing 6th November.  If work continues at this rate the hall may even be available again before Christmas!

St. Mary’s Organ Replacement Fund

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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.

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.

Diary of an ‘Organised Cycle Ride’ Published

ian's cycle diary 2017The diary of Ian Toulson’s Organised 2604 mile Cycle Ride over seven weeks in April and May this year has been published.  

Suggested minimum donation is £7.50 with all proceeds going to St Mary’s Church for the Fabric and Organ Funds. 

Contact Ian for a copy on 01359 259 646 or see him in the Coffee Shop in Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Janet Kerridge Awarded British Empire Medal

British Empire MedalOur very own Janet Kerridge was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to her community.  Janet has worked through St. Mary The Virgin Church since she was a child and had, until this year, been Church Secretary since 1973,
She said: “I was very surprised and have been congratulated by my friends.  Twelve people wrote letters to help recommend me for this award and that was the most surprising thing.  I am most proud of organising the children’s praise and Christmas praise.”

Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update – Day 45

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Start: Canterbury (10.30 am)
Finish: Rochester (6.30 pm)
Distance:  46.8 miles
Bike Time:  5h 08min
Ave Speed: 9.1 mph
Max Speed:  22.9 mph
Total Distance: 2432.5 miles
Total Time:  231h 22min

It was lucky that I arrived late the day before since I had to go back to the cathedral to take some pictures.  When I came out the heavens opened and there was thunder and lightning, so I waited for the skies to clear.  An earlier start and I would have been in the thick of it outside.

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