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.
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.
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.
Will Ridsdill Smith from Woolpit Health Centre is planning to get fitter by cycling over 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats for Bowel and Cancer Research on June 10th 2018. He hopes to raise £5000. Please support will by sponsoring him here.
GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
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.
Play Council Executive Committee
The structure as documented in the Lease between The Official Custodian for Charities (Charity Commission) and The Trustees of The Walsham Old Town Trust to Walsham le Willows Parish Council who hold the land as Tenant upon trust for the Walsham le Willows Play Council.
Executive Committee Post
Elected 23rd May 2018
Chair (Charity Commission Trustee)
Treasurer (Charity Commission Trustee)
Exec Committee Member 1
Exec Committee Member 2 (Auditor)
Exec Committee Member 3
Exec Committee Member 4
Exec Committee Member 5
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.
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 nationally renowned Wallingford Parish Church Choir regularly stand in at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St Georges Chapel, Windsor. We are excited to offer you a unique opportunity to hear them in the intimate setting of St. Mary’s Church Walsham-le-Willows.
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.
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:
To co-ordinate and expand the provision of play facilities
To survey existing provision and future needs
To advise on matters concerning children’s play including planning and fund raising
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.
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.’