Home But Not Alone & Other Support

Suffolk residents can still seek support over the festive period.

Help is available for anyone who is self-isolating, facing financial difficulties or struggling with their health and wellbeing.

Call Home But Not Alone

Alternatively if you still need help then please contact the Parish Clerk who will try to find a volunteer from the pool that was offering help during previous lockdowns.

This help could still be available.

Neighbourhood Plan Survey Closes to Responses

The Neighbourhood Plan Household Survey has now closed to responses.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council would like to thank all who took the time to complete the survey. These responses will be enormously helpful.

A special thanks goes to Walsham le Willows Primary School children and teachers for their contributions to the under 18s section.

Work is now underway to write up a report and analyse the data and the group are looking forward to sharing the results in 2022.

A Thank You from Father Christmas

What a fantastic turn out for my visit to Walsham le Willows! Thank you to everyone who came out in the dreary weather to see the fantastically festive tractor and trailer. I hope you enjoyed it half as much as me and my elves. A special thanks to Rudolph who was in charge of the tractor and all the other elves behind the scenes who helped pull everything together. Seeing the children’s faces always makes all the hard work and my long journey worthwhile.

If you’re all good, I may be making an reappearance in 2022!

Best wishes

Father Christmas
Working with Walsham le Willows Community Council

Refurbished Village Sign

The Parish Council would like to thank Amanda Ellis and David Murray for doing the work required to refurbish the village sign. The Parish Council has funded a replacement post as this had been found to be rotten at the base.

Amanda has kindly repainted the ironwork which hopefully makes the signage stand out a bit better against the tree that has grown to it.

Replacing the post with the help of Clarkes

The newly refursbished post & signage

Christmas Recycling and Refuse Collections

MSDC Christmas bin collection calendars are now available, along with lots of other useful information.

Annual collection calendars for 2022 are now available on the MSDC website.

If you have a brown bin

During January, you can leave your real Christmas tree, with all decorations removed, beside your brown bin on collection day.

Please note: Large trees (trees that are over 7ft tall, or have a trunk thicker than 7cm), can only be collected via a collection point. They can also be taken to a Suffolk Recycling Centre.

Fit Steps Class

Free Taster Session Monday 10th January

18:30 – 19:30

in the Memorial Hall

Classes continue thereafter on Monday evenings at the same time.

The first eight weeks will be supported by Fit Villages at a subsidised rate of £3.50 per class.

All ages and abilities welcome for safe, gentle & progressive exercises with an experienced instructor.

Helps to strengthen, tone and balance the whole body, improve posture, mobility and functional fitness without stressing the body.

Please donate to the Food Bank

Please donate long life foods and personal hygiene products to our collection point in St. Mary’s Church (just inside the main doors on the right or in the porch if the doors are locked) or contact us to arrange a collection.

To help, get involved or to discuss your needs please contact Amanda on 01359 258646 or email

Daffodils in the Churchyard and beyond

‘Telamonius Plenus’ (otherwise know as Narcissus ‘Van Sion’) is a very old cultivar of double daffodil, which grows to 35cm high, with grey-green leaves and double flowers, 10cm across.

On a slightly misty morning in early November a group of ‘volunteers’press-ganged by Frances Jenner of the Open Gardens Trust met in the churchyard armed with various tools to plant twelve hundred daffodil bulbs. The weather was undecided and it turned out to be a day of rain and shine.

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Christmas Fayre – 2021

Christmas Tree 2018, Walsham le Willows Churchyard

Saturday 20th November 2021
12pm to 3pm
The Memorial Village Hall

Organised by The Community Council

Come along and enjoy browsing the arts and crafts stalls with homemade gifts and treats on offer. There will be beauty products as well as a plant stall outside with seasonal produce and wreaths.

The coffee shop will be open for a cuppa and cake so you can sit and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.

New West Suffolk Hospital – Stakeholder Notice

West Suffolk Hospital has been named as one of 40 hospitals that would be replaced by 2030 under the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan.

This is the biggest hospital
building programme for a generation and a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver a new health and care facility for the people of West Suffolk. There are a number of opportunities to attend events to have your say, including one online event. The first hour of each event is reserved as being quieter and sensory friendly.

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Parish Council Autumn Leaf Sweeping

Your Parish Councillors, Paul Arbon and Trevor Roberts taking time out of their Sunday to test out a hired Billy Goat leaf collector.

The Parish Council has hired the equipment for a month’s trial before considering either purchase or an annual /ad-hoc hire.

If you would be interested in volunteering for leaf sweeping through the autumn please contact the Parish Clerk.

See the Billy Goat in action

Annual Community Meeting for the Parish 2021

Thank you very much to all who took tables on behalf of village organisations this year.  Overall the day went very well and the new format seems much more conducive than the old for a community event.  Not only is this more enjoyable, the informal atmosphere is much better for facilitating networking between village organisations and getting the community together, including the potential for welcoming new people to the village. 

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Walsham-le-Willows Parish Council – Notice of conclusion of audit – 2021

Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2021

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

1. The audit of accounts for Walsham-le-Willows Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2021 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

2. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Walsham-le-Willows Parish Council on application to:

Kevin Boardley (Parish Clerk), c/o Willow Cottage, The Street, Walsham le Willows IP313AA between the hours 9am-5pm by prior arrangement.

3. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return.

Announcement made by: Kevin Boardley (Parish Clerk)

Date of announcement: 31/08/2021

View concluding statements Sec 1 & 2 (restated)
View External Auditor’s statement (Sec 3)

Annual Meeting of the Parish – 2021

A Community Event at the Memorial Hall

Walsham le Willows Memorial Hall

Saturday 11th September 2021

1pm – 5pm

New to the village?
Looking to meet people and make contacts?
Thinking about joining a village organisation?

The Annual meeting of the Parish is an opportunity for people of the Parish to informally get together and meet and to find out more about what’s going on and to make connections with other people and village organisations. 

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