A key was found in the Memorial Hall Car Park on 11 August. It is with Rob Barber who can be contacted on 01359 259689.
A key was found in the Memorial Hall Car Park on 11 August. It is with Rob Barber who can be contacted on 01359 259689.
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.
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.
The 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.
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NOTICE OF VACANCY
IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS
that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.
If by 31 July 2018 (14 working days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.
Otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 3 October 2018.
Dated 11 July 2018
Kevin Boardley, Proper Officer
Microsoft, has been aware for two years of bug in the default Microsoft browser, Edge, that causes header images on some websites (including this one) not to scroll smoothly!
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The remaining views on development collected at the meeting on 27th June have been added to the document time line on the Neighbourhood Plan page. These are all the transcribed comments from the day:
The drop in event was a great success and the footfall and the numbers of people saying they wanted to be actively involved took the organisers by surprise. The Chair, Phil Newby, has thanked everyone for contributing to the success of the event. A truly brilliant result.
Suggestions collected on post-it notes around what may become the main strands of the plan, will now be transcribed and made available. There were around 140 signatures in agreement with the Parish Boundary as the Plan Boundary which is more than statistically significant for Walsham.
An application will now be submitted by the via the Parish Clerk. This will mean that the Walsham will then be recognised by the District Council as a Live Neighbourhood Plan Parish.
A Wash-Up meeting will be held on July 4th at 7pm in the Blue Boar. On the agenda, as well as a drink, will be the picking of the winning entries from the competition to create a Neighbourhood Plan logo (children from the village stepped up enthusiastically to this task) and to talk about how the working groups will be set up to run over the summer and how promotion will be organised for Garden’s Weekend.
Come and get involved, come along on Wednesday!
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
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.
Please note: These accounts have been audited by the Council’s appointed internal auditor but have yet to be signed off by the external auditor so may yet be subject to change.
Section 1 Annual Governance Statement – shows the statements made by Councillors to the auditor regard to there being a sound system of internal control.
Section 2 Annual Accounting Statements – statement of financial position to internal auditor for year ending 2017/18
Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return – Notice given by Parish Clerk on dates for which inspection of the accounting records of the Council can be inspected and how this can be arranged.
Not much football has been played this month due to the inclement weather. The first team managed to get two home games and won both. They beat Newmarket Town 1 -0 with a goal from Ryan Clark and FC Clacton 5-0 to make it 3 wins on the bounce. Ryan Gibbs scored a brace while Ryan Twinn, Andy Cusack and Sam Peters also scored. Continue reading “Sports Club Report April 2018”
Some 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
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”
An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Play Council was held in The Priory Room on 20th February. Read the minutes which were taken by the Parish Clerk in the absence of an appointed Play Council Secretary. The incumbent Chair, Quentin Cass, has agreed to stay on until the next AGM in May to facilitate continuity.
The great news is that two new appointments were made from interested village residents, Liam Nichol as Vice Chair and Emma Wade as Executive Committee member. One Parish Councillor and the Parish Clerk were appointed, on an interim basis, as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Another Parish Councillor was appointed as the Parish Council’s representative on the Play Council.
The Parish Council, as tenants of the Play Area, hold the land upon trust for the Play Council and therefore have an interest in ensuring that an Executive Committee is properly constituted as soon as possible.
|Executive Committee Post||Elected 23rd May 2018|
|Chair (Charity Commission Trustee)||Joe Jesney|
|Vice Chair||Emma Wade|
|Treasurer (Charity Commission Trustee)||Kirsty Lambert|
|Exec Committee Member 1||Kim Hubbard|
|Exec Committee Member 2 (Auditor)||Brian Kinnair|
|Exec Committee Member 3||Emma Hall|
|Exec Committee Member 4||Julie Campbell|
|Exec Committee Member 5||Diane Howe|
Liam and Emma are already on the case and eliciting interest from village residents in joining the committee and have some exciting ideas, so things are already moving in the right direction.
If you would like to get involved in a new phase for the Play Council to secure the long term viability and development of the Walsham Play Park, please make contact with any of the Executive Committee members – email links in table above.
Three 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.
‘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.
The Churchgate Wind Octet and Octave vocal group return to St. Mary’s, Walsham-le-Willows at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st July.
Last year they delighted us yet again. This will be their third concert in Walsham. Hopefully they are fast becoming a regular summer fixture.
Come and enjoy a glass of wine and St.Mary’s in its summer finery as you listen to these accomplished musicians.
Tickets £5 on the door which includes a glass of wine.
All profits go to St. Mary’s Church.
Knitting for the Walsham le Willows Horticultural Show 2018?
Here’s the pattern for the 10 inch baby v-neck cardigan.
Click on the image to the left to download the pattern and get knitting!!
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 before 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvie Fitch| 241727 | email@example.com
Ian Cassidy | 233285 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting
20th February 2018 at 7.30pm
in The Priory Room
Committee Members Needed
Walsham-le-Willows Play Council is a Registered Charity. Its main purpose is the provision of play facilities for children in Walsham and the surrounding area.
At its last Annual General Meeting the Play Council was unable to form a Committee, due to lack of numbers. For the Play Council to be properly formed it needs a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and general members.
The role of the Play Council includes:
The expansion and improvement of play facilities in Walsham needs an active Committee to be in place. An Extraordinary General Meeting is being held with the aim of forming a new Committee. If there are not enough new members and if a new Committee cannot be formed the Play Council will be dissolved.
If you want to help improve the play facilities for your village, please come along. If you want to find out more please contact the current Chairman, Quentin Cass | 07796 260433
Grand 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.
Committee Members will provide tea, coffee and a variety of home-made cakes.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The Satellite Post Office
The new owner of Badwell Ash Stores, Vijay Odedra, is anxious for a satellite post office facility to continue in Walsham’s MVH but is awaiting confirmation of the transfer of the Post Office operation from Penny Kirby to himself and for the completion of his own Post Office training. Once this happens, the Walsham Satellite Post Office can resume operation. WATCH THIS SPACE!!
The Village Website
Kevin Boardley, our webmaster, asks that the dates of events, information, posters etc, which are currently sent to the Editor for publication in the Observer, are also sent to him for publication on the website. In this way, the information is readily available both in print and online, enabling everyone to keep up to date on all aspects of Walsham’s community life.
You may have noticed that these have been poor or non-existent from morning of the 18th January.
ISSUE RESOLVED 19th January.
Vodafone have confirmed to Parish Clerk that there is an issue that they are aware of and working on.
You can find out the latest on the Vodafone website (using the network status tab) where you can sign up for an email alert on updates where you will also find the following post:
‘We’re aware of some network issues in your area right now.
There’s a problem with our mobile network in this area at the moment that may be causing issues with your service. We’re sorry if you’re experiencing any disruption – we know how frustrating this can be. Thanks for your patience. As soon as we have any further updates, we’ll let you know here.’
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.
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 !
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…”
Once again, Richard Martineau has kindly offered to have trees collected from his property. There will be a notice advising as to where to leave your tree. Please do not leave trees on the road.
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!
Walsham History Group invites you to a New Year’s Day Walk at 11 am on Monday 1st January 2018.
Meet at the Six Bells crossroads from where the walk will set off, returning for soup at the Six Bells at approximately 12.30 pm
Appeal from, Helen Wilson, Principal, Thurston Community College to complete the consultation questionnaire…
Proposed cuts to free school bus provision by Suffolk County Council could remove the choice of parents in many of our catchment villages to send their children to Thurston Community College. Suffolk County Council is proposing to stop providing free bus transport to Thurston Community College to residents that live nearer to another school, even though Thurston will remain the catchment school for all the children in these villages.
This means that children who wish to continue attending their catchment school will have to pay £960 a year for a school bus or find some other way to get to school. We feel this is a huge burden for our families and will mean that a choice of school will only be available to those who can afford it. Continue reading “Defend Your School Transport Service”
The 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 run – Village Hall to Badwell and back.
Tuesday mornings from 10.30 – contact Rob on 259689
Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – contact Ralph on 259560
Judith Thomas was invited to The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds to watch some of the Shakespeare Festival for Schools performances. This is her report back…
‘The Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a charity and throughout Great Britain 1,008 schools have taken part. I watched a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by King Edward V1 Upper School and The Taming of the Shrew by Samuel Ward Academy. However, the stars of the night for me were Year 6 from Walsham le Willows Primary School. I had Continue reading “Royal Shakespeare Company ‘Eat your hearts out’!”