What are the silver linings in the midst of this horrible period?
Participating in the neighbourhood planning group, our focus has been on seeking an appropriate route forward for the right housing development within the village but the next stage in the Plan is to consider what might improve our existing footpaths, wildlife corridors or even our long-term contribution to global warming by planting more trees. We are incredibly lucky in our local farmers with the many footpaths well maintained and also their general use of environment schemes for the benefit of wildlife, however changes in the support mechanisms after Brexit means new opportunities will occur.
Otherwise known as a pavement sweeper and litter picker.
The clues are in the title but there is more to it than just pushing a broom around.
To really make a difference, you will be expected to remove weeds, including those at the base of walls adjoining the pavements, maintain boundary edges between pavements and banks (there are not many and these are mostly minor), and as you might expect, picking up litter, leaves twigs etc and of course, thoroughly sweeping the full width of the pavements, taking all the arisings to the refuse bin, currently situated on the Memorial Hall Car Park.
The Parish Council has just purchased a brand-new street orderly barrow and will provide all equipment required.
The Parish Council needs this work to result in a demonstrable difference to the presentation of the village for which much appreciation has been expressed in the past.
Have you been subject to lockdown for too long? Want to get out? Want to help keep our village looking good? Volunteer to assist with the Spring Litter Pick taking place on 6/7th March.
All equipment bags, litter pick sticks etc. and hi-viz will be provided. A Litter Pick Guidance sheet will be provided in advance along with the contact details for the people who will co-ordinate the operation including the areas to be covered.
If you’d like to help, please contact the Parish Clerk at email@example.com or on 01359 259 794 who will put you in touch with the Parish Councillors who will co-ordinate.
The litter pick will take place with due regard to social distancing and appropriate open-air Covid precautions.
The vision for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) project is to ensure the way that health services are delivered is fit for the local population’s current and future needs and the team need your help to do that. The new facility is for West Suffolk people and is to be designed by West Suffolk people.
The Parish Council will soon finalise and sign the lease and be in a position to start development of the Play Park in Townhouse Road. There are already some funds set aside for the development and the Council will be bidding for further funds.
The consultation that took place a the end of 2018 resulted in a proposal for a number of prioritised phases for development. As the consultation was conducted some time ago, before going ahead, the Parish Council are interested to hear villagers’ views on the proposals and any other suggestions.
Phase 1 was development of a Younger Children’s Area
Including a large centre piece, several activity areas, e.g. Large Wooden ‘ship’ or ‘fort’ with a slide, log climber, rock climber, log ramp etc. Cradle Swing with 2 cradle seats, a Horse Safari Springer and a Two way Shark Springer. Combined picnic table and seats.
It was not thought necessary to enclose this area in fencing, but we welcome your views.
Phase 2: Zip Wire
A timber 20m Zip Wire with a 2m platform
Phase 3: Adults and older children’s Outdoor Gym Area
Several stations such as a Double Slalom Skier, a Double Health Walker, a Double Squat Push, an Arm and Pedal Bicycle, and a Combination Pull Down Challenger & Power Push.
Existing equipment will be refurbished. Grounds and wooded area will be tidied and developed, hopefully with the help of local volunteers.
There could be later additions such as a Sunken Mini Trampoline, as and when further funding becomes available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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 work.
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.
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. 2021 is also looking unlikely as well but we will have to see.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01359 259 794
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 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.‘