The Parish Council are looking for a person who wants to make a difference to how Walsham le Willows looks.
The successful candidate will work a two-month probation period and will be required to demonstrate the difference they make to the appearance of the village pavements.
The role involves picking up litter, leaves twigs etc and sweeping the full width of the pavements, removing weeds etc and taking all the arisings to the refuse bins to be emptied by MSDC. Litter picking and disposal in the Play Area is also part of the role.
All equipment required will be supplied.
Applicants will preferably live within the Walsham le Willows village boundary or otherwise locally; other applicants may be considered.
The successful candidate will be working on their own, need to be physically fit and methodical, with an ability to use own initiative. Good timekeeping is essential. Hours are 5.25 hours per week to be worked, weather permitting, to a regular schedule. Overtime can only be worked with the agreement of the Parish Clerk.
Following confirmation in the role, benefits include 5.6 weeks per annum (pro rata) statutory paid leave and statutory sick pay. The current rate for the role is £9.50 per hour, reviewed annually.
There is also a contributory workplace pension scheme subject to meeting statutory requirements.
APPLICATIONS: Please send a CV including details of why this job would be suitable for you by 26th October 2022 5pm to the firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Parish Clerk, c/o Willow Cottage, The Street, Walsham le Willows, Bury St Edmunds IP31 3AA.
The Committee very much hope that you like the lovely picture, on the front cover of the August Observer, of the Committee’s retiring chair, Robin Newell and his wife Jill, sitting on the new bench in the Churchyard. The bench was bought and presented by the Committee to celebrate Robin’s 40 years of dedication to Walsham Open Gardens Weekend. He will be very much missed now that the mantle has been handed over to Collen Baker.
What can you do to help with this year’s 40th event?
Work is in progress to make this year’s event a special success but help and volunteers are essential to acheive this. For newcomers to the village this is a very enjoyable way to meet people and get involved. Could you…
Open your garden? The committee has achieved its ambition for 40 gardens in the 40th year but it is not too late to have your garden included this year. Contact Alison Findlay at email@example.com | 07704311468
Bake some cakes? Help is always needed to provide cakes and help with the catering needed over the weekend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org | 01359 259242
Help with Art in the Church? Prople always needed for a couple of hours helping in wonderful surroundings. Contact Ian at email@example.com | 01359 259140
Arrange some flowers? If you are a flower arranger then Cheryl would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org | 01359 258349
Help with Car Parking? People needed for shifts in the car park which is a welcoming role as well as making sure that vehicles are parked to amek best use of space. Contact Grant at email@example.com
Open Garden’s Weekend has been a big part of Walsham life since the early 1980’s bringing in visitors from far and wide and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the village, half of which has been spent on the upkeep of St. Mary’s and the rest has supported many of the organisations, clubs and societies that go towards making Walsham the wonderful place that it is. Please come and be involved and in a day which never fails to delight.
John Stebbing Secretary to the Walsham le Willows Open Gardens TrusT
Walsham le Willows Play Area refurbishment is scheduled for later this year. The play area will remain open for the rest of the summer however it will be closed from Monday October 3rd and this closure is anticipated to last for two weeks. The site will be closed off as it will become a construction site and there will be no permitted access whatsoever.
The good news is that the Play Area is then scheduled to re-open from the Friday before half term and will have the new equipment shown below.
Roadworks are planned in advance, with extra days scheduled to allow for bad weather or other delays beyond the control of the contractors. If major changes to the work dates are required, information signs on site will be updated.
When roads are closed Highways put a diversion in place, that is accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Diversions are made as clear as possible along the route.
The historian, Lucy Worsley and a BBC film crew visited Walsham in the summer of 2021 to film part of her new series ‘Lucy Worsley Investigates’.
One of the episodes highlights the impact and outcomes of the Black Death in 1348 on people and communities.
Part of this episode focuses on Walsham le Willows because it provides particularly good judicial records (Manorial Court Rolls) surviving from that time, which give insight into this period of history. Between six and seven hundred people died of the plague in Walsham, roughly half of the population, decimating the community as happened across the country and continent. This episode and the rest of the series are available to view on iPlayer.
To herald the start of The Festival and the celebrations to mark HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a symbolic torch is travelling through communities in Suffolk carried by local heroes.
The torch relay started on 13th may 2022 in Brandon then passes through 250 towns and villages, a distance of over 550 miles before reaching its final destination arriving at the Suffolk Show in Ipswich on Wednesday 1st June.
All village residents are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of The Walsham le Willows Community Council (charity number 278321) and Memorial Hall Walsham le Willows (charity number 304950) Date: Wednesday 29th June 2022 Time: 7:30 pm Place: Memorial Hall Walsham le Willows I.Bartholomew – Honorary Treasurer – 1st June 2021
The Wild Wood group are excited to share the news that planning and planting the second phase of the Wild Wood will begin in 2022. The Steering group are extremely grateful to Geoffrey Pollard who offered the tenancy of a 2 acre parcel of land adjacent to the current wood in response to the Wild Wood appeal.
This will allow the Wild Wood group to continue their work of promoting a wider variety of plant species and wildlife in the village. Hugh Reeve, the chair of the Old Town Trust (the charitable owner of the land), confirmed that after harvest this autumn the lease would be granted.
The Wild Wood is a valued village asset which many people used for walking, sitting as well as family and group events and activities. On April 16th over 100 people visited the Wild Wood for easter egg hunting, coffee and hot cross buns, demonstrating the benefit to the whole village of this valuable green space which is home to a wide variety of plants and trees that encourage bird and insect life.
Throughout the summer and particularly during the village Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Wild Wood steering group plan to involve as many members of the community as possible in the project through the sharing of ideas for the space and practical involvement. The initial outline plan is to create a link with the allotments by creating an area of edible wild planting; to continue the church ride; to create a fritillary and wild flower meadow and to plant wooded areas of the most successful species from the original planting to connect the two areas.
The group look forward to working with the village to develop further green space and are delighted that they are able to support the charitable aims of the Old Town Trust which include protecting the environment, conservation and heritage.
Organised by the Parish Council this will take place on Saturday May 21st in the Memorial Hall between 1 and 4pm.
Refreshments will be provided by the Parish Council.
This provides an opportunity for residents in the village to meet and make contact with some of the groups and organisations in the village. Do please come along to meet your Parish Councillors and hopefully your District and County Councillors who may also be dropping in. If you have just moved into the village do come along and say hello.
The following groups have indicated that they will be attending this year (hopefully there will be some more): St Mary’s Church, Community Council and Coffee Shop, Community Lunch, Gardens Weekend Committee, History Group, Horticultural Show, Old Town Trust (village charity), Royal British Legion, Sports Club, Wild Wood, Women’s Institute. The Parish Council will hopefully have more news on the development of the Play Area.
Highways are planning to carry out footway improvements along The Street, Walsham le Willows between 11 and 22 April 2022. The road will be closed each day to ensure that works can be safely carried out.
Residents will have both vehicular and pedestrian access to their homes and premises but may need to ask the highways operational team for specific access or to move barriers if works are taking place right outside their house, but this should be made available without undue delay and as practical.
Access to the Memorial Hall will be possible although the understanding of road users will be greatly appreciated by highways as they will have equipment and vehicles on the carriageway throughout, therefore that access at any given time may be via a different route into the village depending on the location of the team.
Traffic will be diverted via Summer Road, A143, B1113, Walsham Road, Finningham Road and vice versa.
Mid-Suffolk District Council welcomes representations from residents and interested organisations who may wish to comment on the proposals in their local area or on any aspect of the matters under review.
There are currently 3 families in Walsham that are about to host Ukrainian guests.
We have put our names forward via the Royal Air Squadron (RAS) initiative to host displaced Ukrainians. The RAS are well connected in Ukraine and are trying to fill the gap between UK nationals who are looking to help but who don’t have any specific Ukrainian contacts. The RAS have built up a database of displaced Ukrainians currently in Poland. They have also set up a team of 10 British-Ukrainian professionals in London to help manage the immigration process. The local placement is being coordinated from Great Barton.
We are now expecting to make contact with potential guests in the next week or so and would love to hear from anyone who might be considering hosting Ukrainian guests or who would be interested in helping out in any way.
The Memorial Hall now has a new stage fitting for the venue. The purchase was funded by the Parish Council from Community Infrastructure Levy grant receipts following a successful bid by the trustees of the Memorial Hall.
Booming Voicesaims to capture the magic of the Broads and explore its possible future. From a range of interviews with people living on this iconic landscape, the play fuses real voices, music and science to tell a new, unheard story of the Broads.
In the height of the pandemic, Jen, a young student, is shielding in an isolated cottage on the edge of a watery haven, housesitting for a Professor in the US who is investigating the impact of climate change. Together they explore the iconic wildlife and nature of the Broads, showing us just how vulnerable this seemingly timeless landscape is.
With the songs of acclaimed folk musician Jimmy Alridge, and insights from figures who helped discover the true nature of this wetland paradise (comparable to Ibiza, sang David Bowie), Booming Voices promises to be an evening that both prepares us for the future and gives us hope.