Walsham History Group Events 2019-20

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All Events are held in the Priory Room,

beside St Mary’s church, Walsham-le-Willows,unless stated otherwise.

Events are free to members, or £3.00 on the door

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Walsham History Group publishes a quarterly review, free to members, and books on the history of Walsham-le-Willows. For membership enquiries (£6.00 per annum) please contact:Shirley Luscombe: 01359 259506 shirley65801@outlook.com. For all other suggestions and enquiries please contact: Frances Jenner: 01359 259242 frances.jenner@hotmail.com.

Walsham Sports Club AGM 2019

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubWalsham Le Willows Sports Club CASC held its annual general meeting on 8th April 2019 for a select gathering of members plus Jessica Fleming SCC & MSDC councils and retiring MSDC councillor Derek Osborne; both were thanked for their help in raising funds for Sports Club projects. Financial results for the year were positive whilst the Club continues to invest in better facilities for existing sports plus adding new dimensions such as walking netball and the weekly Great Run Local. Continue reading “Walsham Sports Club AGM 2019”

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.

Women’s Institute – Calendar Girls Musical Feb 2019

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

 

Sports Club Report March 2018

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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


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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”

Toad Times!

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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

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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

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

 

Sports Club Report December 2017

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It’s been a month of mixed results for the First Team  League wise we drew 2 -2 at home to Haverhill Rovers coming back from 2-0 down. We then lost at home by the odd goal in three to Godmanchester Rovers having played for twenty minutes with ten men. We were thrashed away by third placed Coggeshall Town but then thrashed Wivenhoe Town at home by 4 goals to nil. A brace from Cameron Nichols and a goal apiece for Callum Dongray and Lee Hammond did our goal difference the world of good. In the League Cup we beat Long Melford 6 -5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Lee Hammond was our goalscorer in the Suffolk premier Cup we lost 3-0 at home to Brantham Athletic.

The Reserves thought they had won their first league game of the season beating Ipswich Wanderers Reserves away but a few days later Wanderers withdraw from the league. Continue reading “Sports Club Report December 2017”

Website Content Update

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The last of the 72 Walsham History Group Reviews have now been linked to the  searchable table of reviews – and all the content recreated on the new site so there is something to link too!

If you are looking for something specific amongst all that content, don’t forget you can use the site search on the top menu which uses Google search on this site to find pages containing any of your search terms.

If you put your search term “inside quotes” the search will only return content that matches everything inside the quotes.

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Walsham Wild Wood

Planting Silver Birches
Planting Silver Birches

The Wild Wood Group has now carried out regular autumn maintenance work.  On a beautiful sunny morning saplings were planted in the last of the gaps and  staking/supports to the trees were checked.  The organisers wish to thank all those who came to help.

The project is creating a native wild wood with planting carefully planned with native species only which will ultimately create an truly native space.

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Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group Logo

A watchful eye is also kept for muntjac deer rubbing against the young tree trunks.

If you would like to join the group find contact details for the organisers on the Wild Wood Group page.

Sports Club Report November 2017

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The First team have had a difficult month but their last home game so them record a well deserved win in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division at home to Ipswich      Wanderers .  We eon 2-0 courtesy of goals from Jack Brame and Reece Clarke.

The Reserves are a very young side and results are not going their way at the  moment. They are still awaiting their first league win of the season and are out of the Suffolk Senior Reserves Cup having lost at Felixstowe.

The under 18’s have also had a difficult month and are out of the Suffolk midweek youth Cup having lost 2-1 at home to their Felixstowe conterparts.

Bartons are also having a difficult season and are out of the Suffolk Junior Cup  losing 4 -0 at home to Kesgrave.

The B’s have had 2 excellent results in the Bury and District League this month    beating Bury Wanderers 9 -1 at home and Eriswell Village 4 -1 away.

The Ladies were well beaten in the Suffolk Ladies cup by  Ipswich Town Ladies  and the Veterens were beaten in the Suffolk Veterens Cup by Capel Plough.

Continue reading “Sports Club Report November 2017”

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’”

Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyMeditation sessions this week will be  at 7pm on Wednesday 18th October and at 2pm on Sunday 22nd October.

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Sessions can last up to 90 minutes by arrangement with those in attendance.  If this is too long for some it can be arranged at the beginning of the session for those participants to leave earlier.

In future dates and times will be posted in the events diary and these will on the same days and times each week unless otherwise advised.  So always check the diary before attending if you have not been to the last meeting.  Some dates and times may change due to Ian’s commitments and as the group settles into a regular pattern.

If you would like to join those already attending please contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email | lokamdhara@gmail.com

Wild Wood Autumn Planting and Maintenance

new wildwood sign carved from tree trunk

Walsham Wild Wood have the annual Autumn Planting and Maintenance Morning on Saturday 11th November.

Organisers will be on site from 10.00 – 12.30.  Please come along if you would like to help.

If anyone is interested in Sponsoring a Tree, please contact Richard Belson on 258868 for details.  Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group LogoYou can plant your tree yourself or it can be planted for you.

Enjoy the poppy memorial at the church and join us as well if you can.

Note: If it is pouring with rain, the event will be  postponed.

Sports Club PieDay

black and white line drawing of a footballSupport your local football club with the kick off of the Non-League Weekend at Walsham-le-Willows Football Club on Friday 6th October at 7.45pm.clip art drawing of a pie and a pint of ale overflowing with a frothy head

 

Come and enjoy the home game vs Gorleston with  a pie and a pint for a fiver and free chips thrown in!

Entrance fee will be ‘pay what you like’

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Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing in Walsham

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyLast weekend Ian Guthrie  held the first meditation session for seven people from the village, none of whom previously really knew each other!  

The group will meet again this week with the addition of one other member. 

Ian generously welcomed the first group into his home and created a wonderfully conducive atmosphere which was instantly very meditative resulting in a very relaxed start for the group, most of whom were new to the practice of meditation.

stylised line drawing of a person meditatingIf you are interested in joining, for the time being, Ian is offering to run another group as the current group is at capacity in its current location.  If interest grows at some point the sessions may move to another village venue.

Want to start on your path to wellbeing? Contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email | lokamdhara@gmail.com

Sports Club Report October 2017

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubBefore the regular report the Sports Club want to express how sorry they all were to hear of the sudden death of Josh Gilbert a much loved member. Josh was a young man who enjoyed his sport and played Cricket for the club as well as Rugby for Thurston. He was also an avid Ipswich Town Supporter and keen follower of Walsham Football Club. He was also a leading member of the young farmers club having been chairman of the local branch. He was a key member of the sports club Central committee who always contributed to meetings. He was a gentle caring person who will be sadly missed by everyone at the club whose thoughts and prayers go out to Anita, Howard, Tim, Charlotte, Josh’s girlfriend Lucy and all members of the Gilbert family as well as all his friends at this very distressing time for all of them. Continue reading “Sports Club Report October 2017”