2020 Gardens Weekend Cancelled

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It is with great regret that because of the uncertainty around the easing of the coranavirus lockdown, the 2020 Walsham Gardens Weekend has been CANCELLED. The Committee are sorry for any disappointment this may cause and hope to be back next year as usual.

There are plans afoot to get some inages up online that represent the gardens that would have opened in this 40th year. of Walsham Open Gardens.

Parish Council Meetings During Lockdown

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Parish Council meetings are currently being held at the usual time, online using the Zoom conferencing app for the duration of the lockdown.

The next meeting is at 7pm on 14th July 2020 – To register contact clerk@walshampc.myzen.co.uk | 01359 259 794

You can join the online meeting to observe and you can make a representation to the Council in the usual way. Please submit your request…

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A Walsham Life – by Herbert William Frost

Herbert Frost (Hubby) was born in Walsham le Willows in 1935 and has lived in the village ever since. In ‘A Walsham Life’ Hubby’s memories provide us with amusing tales and reminiscences of traditional village life in Walsham and beyond, illustrated with many fascinating photographs.

For those who have lived in Walsham for a long time this book will invoke many memories of people and places and for newcomers, who have only been here for twenty years or less, it will provide an absorbing insight into the past of Walsham le Willows and its residents.

This is the latest publication in the extensive library of Walsham History Group documenting the rich and well recorded history of the village in which we live.

Sports club donates thousands to local good causes

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The Covid-19 outbreak has been particularly challenging for grassroots sports but one local community club has managed to have a positive impact despite the current lockdown.

Walsham le Willows Sports Club has managed to raise £3315.75 over the last couple of months to support local charities and organisations within its catchment area.

Walsham Football Club led by club captain Sam Peters, raised £1577.00 that will be donated to the West Suffolk Hospital NHS charity (My Wish), this total included money from players fines and individual donations from club members and supporters.

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2020 Horticultural Show – Cancelled

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This Year’s Walsham Horticultural Show has been cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Next year’s Show will take place on Saturday 14th August 2021

The list of classes will be the same as for this year, so save your knitting and chutney for next year!

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk

Clare, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk has written to the Clerk of the Parish Council in order to express thanks for the efforts of the community in supporting each other through the epidemic.

So this is a thank you to all those volunteers who have put themselves forward to assist their vulnerable neighbours and fellow villagers, whether via the Parish Council or independently.
Click on the letter to read the thank you and a copy of HM Queen’s message to the Nation and D Day 75th Anniverssary address.

Thank you from the Parish Council


The Parish Council would like to thank all the people who have volunteered to support the Parish Council’s effort to ensure that vulnerable people in the village have the support they need whilst they are required to self-isolate.

The approach taken has been to try to match people needing assistance to the volunteer who lives closest to them in order to make it easier for everyone and also to encourage relationships that may endure should that be desired and offered.

Thank you to all the volunteers for keeping in touch with the people you are supporting but don’t hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk if, for whatever reason, you need another volunteer to stand in.

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Notice Walsham le Willows Play Area

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Government advice is that all play areas which have play equipment should remain closed due to the potential risk of spread of infection. The Parish Council therefore asks that you please do your best to ensure your children do not gather at the Play Area until further notice.

This notice is issued by the Parish Council on behalf of the Play Council.

Green Garden Waste Collection


In the absence of brown bin collections, the Parish Council is organising tow more dates for a Green Garden Waste Collection

The Causeway, opposite St Mary’s Church
Sunday 31st May
Sunday 7th June

Between the hours of 10am and 12 mid-day


  • No bags, plastic or food waste
  • Break down and chop all ‘woody’ green waste to reduce bulk as much as possible before attending
  • Anyone bringing any other waste/rubbish will be turned away

Walsham Play Area – Developments

Walsham le Willows Play Council [Charity number 293364] Update on current position from the Parish Council

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A fantastic group of volunteers from the village, with the agreement of the Parish Council, has completed valuable work consulting with residents on ideas for the development of the Play Area on Townhouse Road. They also took on the formidable task of removing the skate ramp which had become unsafe.

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Notice of Meeting to Dissolve Play Council Charity

Notice is hereby given of an Annual General Meeting
of Walsham le Willows Play Council
Friday 29th May at 10am

An electronic invitation will be sent out just prior to the meeting.  If you wish to take part, please contact the Parish Clerk before the day of the meeting:
clerk@walshampc.myzen.co.uk | 01359 259 794

The AGM will consider the following resolutions:

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Walsham Observer Online – April 2020

You will also find the April 2020 edition of the Observer Online because producing the hard copy over the next few months may prove difficult if not impossible.

Work is in progress to improve the quality of the text for screen and it will hopefully be replaced very soon with a fancy ‘pageflip’ version, maybe with a splash of colour too.

References to page numbers are slightly out at the moment as we need to exclude the front and back cover in the page count.

Covid-19 update

Registrations with the Parish Council so far…

79 Volunteers have now registered which is a brilliant result for the village. Keep registering and please stand by because some people are okay for now but may need help later on. Thank you all.

74 People/Households Living Alone / Potentially Vulnerable registered so far. All but two have confirmed, regular contact with volunteers/neighbours, are not living alone, or have advised that they are okay for now.

24 People have asked for prescriptions to be collected by volunteers. Many others have confirmed as receiving support from neighbours.

Some volunteers, due to their own vulnerabilities and need to self-isolate, are not able to shop or collect prescriptions but have offered to keep in touch with people by telephone. So please do ask if you would like someone to support you in that way, particularly if you are living alone.

CORONAVIRUS Parish Council Response

Register for Vulnerable People & Volunteers

The Parish Council are building confidential registers of vulnerable people in the village and of volunteers who will make themselves available to assist where required. Obviously information from these registers will need to be shared appropriately but with due regard to data protection law.

The aim is simply to ensure that no-one in the village is left alone without support as evolving government advice (or orders) are put into practice. Priority may have to be given to those older people who are living alone (or elderly couples) without nearby family support.

Some volunteers, due to their own vulnerabilities and need to self-isolate, are not able to shop or collect prescriptions but have offered to keep in touch with people by telephone. So please do ask if you would like someone to support you in that way, particularly if you are living alone.

Please contact the Parish Clerk (preferably by email) to advise any of the following:

  • If you need support
  • If you know someone who needs support
  • If you are willing to volunteer to support someone
  • If you are already supporting someone
  • If you and/or family are already self-isolating due to illness

This information will greatly assist the Parish Council with co-ordination of responses and is especially important if someone is living alone, even if the only requirement is to keep a close eye.

It is everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to stop Covid 19 from spreading if particlularly vulnerable members of the community are to be protected. Particularly vulnerable people are those who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

The Parish Council is duty bound to ask if anyone volunteering falls into any of the vulnerable groups listed above. It would be inadvisable, and somewhat counterproductive, to ask anyone falling into these groups to volunteer for anything that contravenes advice on social distancing. However, all forms of support may be needed, telephone contact included, so please do not let this stop you from registering a volunteer.

email the Parish Clerk | or call on 01359 259 794 (please leave a message with name and number)

If you do not have an email account, or need help, do ask someone to make contact on your behalf.

Prescriptions can be collected for you

You just need to advise the pharmacy who will be collecting for you. If you have not been able to arrange this and cannot collect medication yourself then contact the Parish Clerk who will try to arrange this for you.

Groceries can be delivered

If you are self isolating or otherwise avoiding contact let us know. Volunteers can assist with delivering your groceries to you.

Rolfes is also offering a free grocery delivery service.

The Blue Boar Pub are offering a home meals and delivery service. To place orders | 01359 259 168 | theblueboarwalsham@gmail.com

Suffolk County Council Home But Not Alone

If you would like to volunteer to assist your community in any way, as well as registering with the Parish Council, you can register with Suffolk County Council for their recently launched Home But Not Alone Service

Volunteers can get the app here

If you need support, including help with shopping Call 0800 876 6926. This line is open from 09:00 to 17:00, seven days a week, with staff from both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils working through their weekends to support this service. 

Covid-19 Self Isolation Advice

Some advice from a household which has experienced Coronavirus infection…


  • Have a thermometer in the house that works!
  • Have a flask in the house so you can get a drink to take back to room and reduce repeated trips to the kitchen and reduce the amount of wiping down etc that needs to be done.
  • Have a bin in every room for easy disposal of tissues.
  • Print a poster for delivery people to authorise delivery of parcels to the door step giving your authority to do so – although most seem to be doing this anyway.
  • Buy some soft foods which are a must – yoghurt, ice cream, soft tinned fruit etc.
  • Have some cash in the house in case you can get local shops to deliver – they may not be set up for card payments off their premises.

If you suspect you may be infected

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Stay up to date with news on Coronavirus

Latest advice on Covid 19

Think you have Coronavirus symptoms? Check out what you should do.

Need help? Go to NHS 111 online

Regular Check-in By Text for people staying at home with suspected Coronavirus symptoms

When taking daily exercise in the village…

Please take the 2 meter distancing rules seriously. This protects everyone. It is a simple and very much appreciated courtesy and no one should take offence.

If you pass people with children, or elderly people who may not be as agile, please give some thought to how much easier it may be for you to cross the road to maintain a social distance from them.