Annual Community Meeting for the Parish 2021

Thank you very much to all who took tables on behalf of village organisations this year.  Overall the day went very well and the new format seems much more conducive than the old for a community event.  Not only is this more enjoyable, the informal atmosphere is much better for facilitating networking between village organisations and getting the community together, including the potential for welcoming new people to the village. 

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Walsham-le-Willows Parish Council – Notice of conclusion of audit – 2021

Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2021

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

1. The audit of accounts for Walsham-le-Willows Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2021 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

2. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Walsham-le-Willows Parish Council on application to:

Kevin Boardley (Parish Clerk), c/o Willow Cottage, The Street, Walsham le Willows IP313AA between the hours 9am-5pm by prior arrangement.

3. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return.

Announcement made by: Kevin Boardley (Parish Clerk)

Date of announcement: 31/08/2021

View concluding statements Sec 1 & 2 (restated)
View External Auditor’s statement (Sec 3)

Annual Meeting of the Parish – 2021

A Community Event at the Memorial Hall

Walsham le Willows Memorial Hall

Saturday 11th September 2021

1pm – 5pm

New to the village?
Looking to meet people and make contacts?
Thinking about joining a village organisation?

The Annual meeting of the Parish is an opportunity for people of the Parish to informally get together and meet and to find out more about what’s going on and to make connections with other people and village organisations. 

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Parish Councillor Vacancy

The Parish Council are now able to co-opt to a vacancy and are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about representing their community, likes to be involved and to get things done.

Parish Councillors are summoned to a monthly meeting and are expected to attend.  Read The Good Councillors Guide to get a flavour of what is involved.

Most Parish Councillors, by agreement, will take on a role around specific area of interest or related to specific activities of the council.   Recently changes have been made to the way the agenda is put together and a policy adopted which is aimed at reducing the length of meetings and this is going well. A sub-committee has been established for the Play Area development which also helps in managing meeting length.

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Sale Trail

Sunday 1st August from 10am

Sell goods from the comfort of your doorstep. Or book a pitch at the Village Hall.

Refreshments will beavailable at the Village Hall along with a map of the selling sites.

£5 per household

To book your place email: or call 01359 259519

Parish Council Seeks Your Suggestions for Projects


Community Infrastructure Levy is collected from developers by local authorities on new developments based on total occupied households.  Local authorities use this to help deliver infrastructure needed to support development and ensure facilities and services have capacity to keep up.  A proportion is passed to local communities via Parish Councils to enable sustainable growth by offsetting the impact of additional homes on facilities such as:

  • public transport infrastructure
  • schools
  • open spaces
  • health centres (infrastructure)

The Wattisifeld Road development has generated Neighbourhood CIL funding of £40k so far and is expected to generate another £60k.  The Parish Council seeks your views as to how these funds should be used. Please send in comments and ideas by 31st August by post to the Clerk’s address, via this website, via the community hub facebook page or directly to the Clerk.

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AGM for members Sunday 4th July 2021 at 14.30 at Sports Ground

Open invitation to all from 15.30

This is our first full year as a formal charity and although everyone is welcome to the AGM, they have a tendency not to be seen as an exciting event so our hope this year is to use the occasion to invite others in the community to join us, either then or later in the afternoon, to view what is on offer, to ask questions and maybe give guidance on what else we might tackle in the future.

We also want to use the occasion to thank individuals who have given time and money to transform our clubhouse during the lockdown period and hope they also will join us in a cup of tea, some nibbles, and a good chinwag.

Finally sport, leisure and amenities will be key elements of the Neighbourhood Plan for the village, and we want to know how best the Club fits into that.

The Trustees

Keep Your Medical Records Confidential

It’s your choice, or it should be…

GP Opt Out Form (Type 1)
NHS Opt Out (Type 2 – ‘manage your choice’)

The Government intends to ‘scrape’ the medical records of 55 million people starting June 23rd 2021 with little effort to inform the public of what is about to happen. Have you heard from your GP about this? Has the Government given your GP time to inform you and get responses back?

The Government tried this back in 2013/14 and were challenged and stopped. Now they are trying again with little publicity and at short ‘notice’.

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Community Council – Annual General Meeting

All village residents are invited to attend the
Annual General Meeting
The Walsham le Willows Community Council (charity number 278321)
Memorial Hall Walsham le Willows (charity number 304950)
Date: Friday 25th June 2021
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Memorial Hall Walsham le Willows

Traffic Speed Data – 2021

The Parish Council commissioned and funded a speed traffic data survey having been advised that no data existed for the Finningham Road approach to the village.

The original survey was compromised due to damage to the strips across the road so was repeated in April 2021. Locations selected were outside the Blue Boar on The Street and on the Finningham Road approach just inside the 30pmh limit. The choice of locations is limited by a number of factors including the fact that the equipment has to be tethered and needs to be placed to record movements relatively free of areas that cause slowing.

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Memorial Hall – May 2021 Update

Walsham le Willows Memorial Hall

In line with the Government guidance, Step Three of the roadmap out of lockdown, the Memorial Village Hall is able to safely re-open, with only limited restrictions. 

Yoga and Tai Chi exercise classes have restarted along with a new Otago positive steps class on Wednesday 11.30am till 12.30, both joining the children’s Musical Theatre Classes already taking place on a Monday. 

Coffee shop on a Thursday can now be inside as well as in the garden, so no longer reliant on sunny weather. 

The committee look forward to welcoming more events and more people to the refurbished hall. Come along and see the new kitchen and lobby area.

Public consultation – cycling and walking infrastructure

Babergh and Mid- Suffolk District Councils have just launched a public consultation around cycling and walking Infrastructure to give residents and communities the opportunity comment on desired improvements to local walking and cycling routes and facilities. The consultation will feed into the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

Given recent ideas about connecting the Sports Club to the village with a new footpath you may like to comment on this.

For more information and context about the consultation, and the links to participate, please visit:

Click on “View map and comment” to identify the location your comment/suggestion refers to, and then the “Have your say” button at top right to answer a few short questions about how Walking or Cycling could be improved.  

Open Gardens Weekend – Update May 2021

Image of blue cornflowes in white vase on table loooking through open gate in red brick wall out to The Street beyond

The Committee have been agonising over whether this year’s event can go ahead and have sadly concluded that once again the 40th anniversary celebrations will have to be delayed, to the August BankHoliday in 2022.

The decision was not an easy one but continued uncertainty and the concerns of garden owners and volunteers have been taken into account.

The good news and something to look forward to, is the the Gardens Weekend Committee are planning to organise and fund a Village Celebration in and around St Mary’s Church to re-launch the Open Gardens Weekend for 2022.

So put Sunday 29th August 2021 in and watch the Observer for more details.
If you have anything you would like to contribute to the conversation you are invited to email or telephone: or | 01359 259061

Memorial Hall Update – April 2021

Walsham le Willows Memorial Hall

With the Government 4 step roadmap out of lockdown going ahead, the village hall is gradually coming out of hibernation. As of the 12th of April some activities will be permitted, with the coffee shop starting this week outside in the garden each Thursday 10.30am till 12 midday.

As Government guidance is issued at each level, the hall will hopefully be able to hold more activities. To keep abreast of events and classes in the hall keep an eye on the website and information in the village Observer.

Footpath Closed – Wattisfield Road Development

red triangle roadworks sign with work person in centre

Walsham Le Willows Footpath 006

12 April — 07 May

Delays unlikely – Road closure

Works location: From Wattisfield Road to 100m past the junction with FP 007

Works description: Connections Projects: Installation of a new electricity supply for a customer: Installation of a new HV customer connection

Responsibility for works: UK Power Networks

Current status: Advanced planning

Works reference: EC30081301321

Campaign for Rural England – Goverment forced into u-turn on planning proposals

The government has been forced to backtrack on one of its most damaging proposals to deregulate the planning system that would have led to thousands fewer affordable homes being built in rural towns and villages across England.

Collective action as he been successful this time and for now, but there will probably be more to do, so remain vigilant.

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