Fly-tipping at Memorial Hall reported & punished

An incident of fly tipping at the Walsham le Willows Memorial Village Hall car park in January was reported to Mid Suffolk District Council via their online portal.

Evidence as to who may have been responsible was provided to the Environmental Protection Officer.

A £200 Fixed Penalty Notice was issued to a local resident, and was paid within 10 days so reduced to £120.

Imminent Road Works

red triangle roadworks sign with work person in centre

Wattisfield Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk 03 March — 05 March   Delays unlikely – Some carriageway incursionWorks location: Misty View   Works description: [Utility repair and maintenance works] Stoptap Replacements…   Responsibility for works: Anglian Water  Current status: Advanced planning   Works reference: AD03158597826  

Sheepgate Lane, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk 08 March — 12 March   Delays likely – Road closure   Works location: The full length of the road…   Works description: Carriageway patching 07.00 to 16.00…   Responsibility for works: Suffolk County Council   Current status: Advanced planning   Works reference: LY3015463-1          

Sheepgate Lane, Badwell Ash, Suffolk 08 March — 12 March   Delays likely – Road closure   Works location: The full length of the road…   Works description: Carriageway patching 07.00 to 16.00…   Responsibility for works: Suffolk County Council   Current status: Advanced planning   Works reference: LY3015463      

Ixworth Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk 09 March — 11 March   Delays likely – Road closureWorks location: The lawn   Works description: [Utility repair and maintenance works] New Connection…   Responsibility for works: Anglian Water   Current status: Advanced planning   Works reference: AD03010616770    


Imminent Kerbed Gutter Sweeping in Walsham le Willows

We are advised that kerbed gutters will be swept in Walsham le Willows on Thursday 4th March, starting with The Street at 9am.

If you own a car that is kept on the highway and you are able to move it on the evening of 3rd March until evening of 4th March this would help to ensure a clean sweep which also helps to reduce the amount of debris washed down the drains.

Please let the Parish Clerk know if you feel your street does not get swept.

A Message from the Neighbourhood Plan Group

What are the silver linings in the midst of this horrible period?

Participating in the neighbourhood planning group, our focus has been on seeking an appropriate route forward for the right housing development within the village but the next stage in the Plan is to consider what might improve our existing footpaths, wildlife corridors or even our long-term contribution to global warming by planting more trees.  We are incredibly lucky in our local farmers with the many footpaths well maintained and also their general use of environment schemes for the benefit of wildlife, however changes in the support mechanisms after Brexit means new opportunities will occur.

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The Parish Council requires a Village Presentation Orderly

Otherwise known as a pavement sweeper and litter picker.

The clues are in the title but there is more to it than just pushing a broom around.

To really make a difference, you will be expected to remove weeds, including those at the base of walls adjoining the pavements, maintain boundary edges between pavements and banks (there are not many and these are mostly minor), and as you might expect, picking up litter, leaves twigs etc and of course, thoroughly sweeping the full width of the pavements, taking all the arisings to the refuse bin, currently situated on the Memorial Hall Car Park.

The Parish Council has just purchased a brand-new street orderly barrow and will provide all equipment required. 

The Parish Council needs this work to result in a demonstrable difference to the presentation of the village for which much appreciation has been expressed in the past.

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Spring Litter Pick – Keeping Walsham le Willows beautiful

Have you been subject to lockdown for too long? Want to get out?
Want to help keep our village looking good?
Volunteer to assist with the Spring Litter Pick taking place on 6/7th March.

All equipment bags, litter pick sticks etc. and hi-viz will be provided. A Litter Pick Guidance sheet will be provided in advance along with the contact details for the people who will co-ordinate the operation including the areas to be covered.

If you’d like to help, please contact the Parish Clerk at or on 01359 259 794 who will put you in touch with the Parish Councillors who will co-ordinate.

The litter pick will take place with due regard to social distancing and appropriate open-air Covid precautions.

Consultation on Plans for New West Suffolk Hospital

Local hospital plans need you!

Help to shape future plans of West Suffolk Hospital

As the plans for a new hospital for West Suffolk get underway it is important that as many people are involved in developing the proposals as possible.

Download a poster to help to publicise this campaign.

The vision for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) project is to ensure the way that health services are delivered is fit for the local population’s current and future needs and the team need your help to do that. The new facility is for West Suffolk people and is to be designed by West Suffolk people.

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Pre-Development Request for Comments on the Proposals for the Play Park

The Parish Council will soon finalise and sign the lease and be in a position to start development of the Play Park in Townhouse Road.  There are already some funds set aside for the development and the Council will be bidding for further funds.

The consultation that took place a the end of 2018 resulted in a proposal for a number of prioritised phases for development. As the consultation was conducted some time ago, before going ahead, the Parish Council are interested to hear villagers’ views on the proposals and any other suggestions.

Phase 1 was development of a Younger Children’s Area

Including a large centre piece, several activity areas, e.g. Large Wooden ‘ship’ or ‘fort’ with a slide, log climber, rock climber, log ramp etc.  Cradle Swing with 2 cradle seats, a Horse Safari Springer and a Two way Shark Springer.  Combined picnic table and seats.

It was not thought necessary to enclose this area in fencing, but we welcome your views.                                                                                                              

Phase 2:  Zip Wire

A timber 20m Zip Wire with a 2m platform     


Phase 3:  Adults and older children’s Outdoor Gym Area    

Several stations such as a Double Slalom Skier, a Double Health Walker, a Double Squat Push, an Arm and Pedal Bicycle, and a Combination Pull Down Challenger & Power Push.

Existing equipment will be refurbished. Grounds and wooded area will be tidied and developed, hopefully with the help of local volunteers.

There could be later additions such as a Sunken Mini Trampoline, as and when further funding becomes available.               

Please comment here or alternatively email the Parish Clerk at

2021 drive to help residents get re-cycling right

From Monday 25th, a leaflet drop started to every household in Suffolk, ‘together we can get our recycling right’ leaflet

Suffolk County Council has a new wesbite with information on the campaign.

The three main messages are:

  1. Put glass in a bottle bank, not in your wheelie bin
  2. No bagged items. Keep your recycling empty, clean and dry
  3. Keep all food out of your recycling bin. Put any food you cannot eat or compost in your rubbish bin

Download / print the pdf leaflet

Memorial Hall Update – Lockdown Closure

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Memorial Hall is having to remain closed to all members of the public.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing we have no information as to when the hall may reopen and obviously all activities and projects have had to stop for the time being.

We will update you all with information as soon as we are able to.

Possible Disruption from Grain Store Construction & Dog Fouling

Bag it and bin it dog fouling sign

A new grain store has been given permission and construction will (lockdown allowing) start soon and run through until May or maybe longer. This could affect parishioners, especially those using the footpath that will have to be diverted and will of course also potentially add to the the traffic throught the village.

It is noted in the letter that dog fouling along the footpath may pise a health risk to contractors. Coudl all dog onwers please take note for the sake of the contractors and as eveer, for others who walk the footpaths.

Read the letter from Jeremy Nunn of Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd

A request & an evening of entertainment put together for you by Georgie Luppi

Hi, I’m Georgie Luppi! I’ve lived in Walsham le Willows my whole life, getting involved in the Drama Group, Open Gardens Weekend and volunteering during the first lockdown.
I am currently creating a show full of talent from Wales to Walsham le Willows for the most important of eighteenth birthday celebrations…

For the last 7 months I have had the absolute blessing of becoming friends with a wonderful young lady called Tegan (pictured left) who also lives in our village. She has a Mitochondrial Disease called Cytochrome c Oxidase Deficiency which is a genetic disease that affects her brain and muscles. But, more importantly, she has made me laugh to the point of gasping for breath countless times and has been the brightest silver lining to the dark cloud of a year which was 2020.

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Up for New Year Dance Lessons?

The Community Council, working with Active Suffolk and Fit Villages have secured a dance instructor to start lessons at the village hall in the new year.

To make sure we provide dance lessons for as many people within the village as possible, a ‘one question’ survey has been set up to find out which types of dance would be best attended.

If you are interested in dance lessons in the village, please use the following link to register your preference.

Community Council Food Bank

The new food bank facility is now open to provide emergency supplies to residents of the benefice. The benefice covers Walsham, Badwell Ash, Finningham, Langham, Wattisfield and Westhorpe .

Donate: Please take long life foods and personal hygiene products to the collection point in the Memorial Hall or make contact to arrange a collection.

Request assistance: If you are struggling for whatever reason please make contact to discuss your needs. All contact with the food bank will remain confidential and discrete. No-one will know that you have made a request.

Get involved: Please make contact to discuss what you are able to offer.

Amanda | 01359 258 646 |

Ready, Steady CENSUS

Households across Walsham le Willows will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

You can read more in this Community Handbook or for more information, visit

1200 Daffodils Planted in the Village

‘And then my heart with pleasure fills…and dances with the daffodils’.

William Wordsworth 1770 – 1850

You may have noticed, on a couple of recent weekends, an intrepid band of
‘horticulturalists’ working on the six roads leading into Walsham. On behalf of the
Open Gardens Trust they have been busy planting 1200 daffodil bulbs on the verges
around the village signs, in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the Open Gardens
next year.

Ably supported by coffee, sausage rolls and blueberry muffins provided by Jan Hall, and
bacon rolls by Frances Jenner, they dug their way through some very heavy vegetation
to complete the task. Hopefully, the fruits of their labours will be evident next spring, in
a display that will, over the forthcoming years, develop into one that will rival
Wordsworth’s ‘crowd, a host of golden daffodils’.

The Open Gardens team would like to thank John Stebbing, Karl Trainer, Robin Newell, John Hall, Mike Cousins, Les Fulcher, Howard Gilbert, Frances Jenner and Jan Hall for their hard