One last appeal for volunteers (pdf) from of Chair of Parish Council, Maggie Barber, to get this project off the ground for the future of the village. What skills do you have? Can you offer any of the following or are you able to have a go with others? If so please contact Maggie (details at bottom of every page) with an idea of what you could bring to this village enterprise.
Planning e.g. general familiarity with the planning system, development plan documents, writing policies etc
Community engagement and communication e.g. understanding community engagement processes and methods, leadership, motivation and communication skills
Marketing, promotion and consultation e.g. designing leaflets, promotional material, questionnaires and surveys
Funding and delivery e.g. sources of funding, grant/funding applications, fund-raising
Writing, editorial, graphic design e.g. report writing, editing/proofing, design of reports, maps, plans and other graphics
Computers and Information Technology e.g. wordprocessing spreadsheets, managing website, social media, web-based information
Expertise in specific topic areas, e.g: housing, transport or the historic environment.
Judith Thomas was invited to The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds to watch some of the Shakespeare Festival for Schools performances. This is her report back…
‘The Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a charity and throughout Great Britain 1,008 schools have taken part. I watched a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by King Edward V1 Upper School and The Taming of the Shrew by Samuel Ward Academy. However, the stars of the night for me were Year 6 from Walsham le Willows Primary School. I had Continue reading “Royal Shakespeare Company ‘Eat your hearts out’!”
It’s been a month of mixed results for the First Team League wise we drew 2 -2 at home to Haverhill Rovers coming back from 2-0 down. We then lost at home by the odd goal in three to Godmanchester Rovers having played for twenty minutes with ten men. We were thrashed away by third placed Coggeshall Town but then thrashed Wivenhoe Town at home by 4 goals to nil. A brace from Cameron Nichols and a goal apiece for Callum Dongray and Lee Hammond did our goal difference the world of good. In the League Cup we beat Long Melford 6 -5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Lee Hammond was our goalscorer in the Suffolk premier Cup we lost 3-0 at home to Brantham Athletic.
The last of the 72 Walsham History Group Reviewshave now been linked to the searchable table of reviews – and all the content recreated on the new site so there is something to link too!
If you are looking for something specific amongst all that content, don’t forget you can use the site search on the top menu which uses Google search on this site to find pages containing any of your search terms.
If you put your search term “inside quotes” the search will only return content that matches everything inside the quotes.
The Wild Wood Group has now carried out regular autumn maintenance work. On a beautiful sunny morning saplings were planted in the last of the gaps and staking/supports to the trees were checked. The organisers wish to thank all those who came to help.
The project is creating a native wild wood with planting carefully planned with native species only which will ultimately create an truly native space.
A watchful eye is also kept for muntjac deer rubbing against the young tree trunks.
If you would like to join the group find contact details for the organisers on the Wild Wood Group page.
The First team have had a difficult month but their last home game so them record a well deserved win in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division at home to Ipswich Wanderers . We eon 2-0 courtesy of goals from Jack Brame and Reece Clarke.
The Reserves are a very young side and results are not going their way at the moment. They are still awaiting their first league win of the season and are out of the Suffolk Senior Reserves Cup having lost at Felixstowe.
The under 18’s have also had a difficult month and are out of the Suffolk midweek youth Cup having lost 2-1 at home to their Felixstowe conterparts.
Bartons are also having a difficult season and are out of the Suffolk Junior Cup losing 4 -0 at home to Kesgrave.
The B’s have had 2 excellent results in the Bury and District League this month beating Bury Wanderers 9 -1 at home and Eriswell Village 4 -1 away.
The Ladies were well beaten in the Suffolk Ladies cup by Ipswich Town Ladies and the Veterens were beaten in the Suffolk Veterens Cup by Capel Plough.
St. Mary’s church, Walsham-le-Willows, has been ‘yarn bombed’ overnight in the run up to Remembrance Day, with over 5000 hand-crafted red poppies now to be seen cascading from the bell tower and over the walls .
There are also 40 poppies on display inside the church commemorating the 40 men from Walsham who died in the First and Second World Wars and whose names are listed on the War Memorial in the churchyard.
Jan Hall, who led the project with the village British Legion representative Fiona Glover, has been overwhelmed by the response to their appeal to local, talented crafters to make the profusion of poppies that have been knitted and crocheted by more than 75 individuals to mark Armistice Day and raise funds for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Continue reading “St. Mary’s church ‘yarn bombed’”
Work in the hall is progressing very well and is currently running slightly ahead of schedule. Insulation layers are being installed to each internal wall which will be about six inches thicker once the work is completed.
An initial stage payment representing 30% of the total project cost has now been made. The three new windows have been ordered via the Parish Council and will be installed during the week commencing 6th November. If work continues at this rate the hall may even be available again before Christmas!
Meditation sessions this week will be at 7pm on Wednesday 18th October and at 2pm on Sunday 22nd October.
Sessions can last up to 90 minutes by arrangement with those in attendance. If this is too long for some it can be arranged at the beginning of the session for those participants to leave earlier.
In future dates and times will be posted in the events diaryand these will on the same days and times each week unless otherwise advised. So always check the diary before attending if you have not been to the last meeting. Some dates and times may change due to Ian’s commitments and as the group settles into a regular pattern.
If you would like to join those already attending please contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council page now includes the latest agenda and the Minutes of each Parish Council meeting as they are published.
Records of the Minutes going back to 2014 have been uploaded as have the Budget Reconciliation reports that are presented to Councillors at each meeting. At the moment these go back to the beginning of the 2017/18 financial year.
All the documents are presented chronologically and in a searchable table.
Web site capacity has been upgraded which will allow room for expansion with more content. Other changes to content have been made including the amalgamating of the history page into one page as the sections by date were a bit clunky. 28 History Reviews have been added into a searchable table, the rest are to follow now that all the images on the History and Walks pages have been de-linked from the old site – it has taken a while as it is a very laborious process. If you find any images that do not load please report them for correction.
Last weekend Ian Guthrie held the first meditation session for seven people from the village, none of whom previously really knew each other!
The group will meet again this week with the addition of one other member.
Ian generously welcomed the first group into his home and created a wonderfully conducive atmosphere which was instantly very meditative resulting in a very relaxed start for the group, most of whom were new to the practice of meditation.
If you are interested in joining, for the time being, Ian is offering to run another group as the current group is at capacity in its current location. If interest grows at some point the sessions may move to another village venue.
Want to start on your path to wellbeing? Contact Ian on 07810 822 786 or by email | email@example.com
Before the regular report the Sports Club want to express how sorry they all were to hear of the sudden death of Josh Gilbert a much loved member. Josh was a young man who enjoyed his sport and played Cricket for the club as well as Rugby for Thurston. He was also an avid Ipswich Town Supporter and keen follower of Walsham Football Club. He was also a leading member of the young farmers club having been chairman of the local branch. He was a key member of the sports club Central committee who always contributed to meetings. He was a gentle caring person who will be sadly missed by everyone at the club whose thoughts and prayers go out to Anita, Howard, Tim, Charlotte, Josh’s girlfriend Lucy and all members of the Gilbert family as well as all his friends at this very distressing time for all of them. Continue reading “Sports Club Report October 2017”
With a new vicar at the helm, and a (nearly) watertight church, we have news for all our generous supporters. A Porritt Organ, beautiful and perfectly sized to replace our much-loved instrument, is available and, equally important, affordable. This organ has the approval of our team of organ experts, including David Hill, of the Epiphany Singers. It will have more variety of sound, and an electrified action. It should last for at least 50 years and probably many more.
There are still many formalities we must complete before we can embark on the actual work of organ transplant, but we are very hopeful that mid 2018 will see the new Porritt organ in place.
Once the project is up and running, we hope to involve supporters with activities such as a trip to the organ workshop, and a talk about church organs.
On behalf of Rev. Merry and the PCC, many thanks to all who have supported this aspect of the church’s future, and we shall keep you updated as the project becomes reality.
Ron and Ella Higginson had the idea and the drive to make this happen. They would like to thank Mark himself and everyone who came to the talk. A total of £746.30 was raised towards St Mary’s Church fabric fund, £114.30 of that was from the sale of tea and cakes. Special thanks go to the bakers who excelled as they usually do! Joan, Angela and Debbie were also our amazing tea ladies on the day.
Ron and Ella would also like to note that this event could not have got off the ground without the help and organisation of Maggie Barber, Judith Harlow and Ian Bartholomew.
In April 2015, before the new incarnation of the Walsham village website, Rob Barber undertook a cycle ride around Suffolk to mark his ‘entry into the company of octogenarians’ and to raise funds for St.Mary’s Fabric and Organ Funds.
The prizes were drawn in the Memorial Hall at the end of the day on Monday 28th August. Many thanks to those who purchased tickets, sold the tickets, donated the prizes and to the Rev’d Phillip Merry for drawing the prizes.
First Prize: Flying Lesson – Mrs Joyce Randall
Second Prize: £100 – Mrs Jenkins
Third Prize: Meal for 2 at The Pykkerell – Madeleine Beck
Fourth Prize: £20 voucher from Clarkes – Mr Page
Fifth Prize: £20 voucher from Rolfes – Mr M Gordon
Committee Chair, Robin Newall sends a thank you to everyone involved in the Gardens Weekend noting that once again, it was a great financial success. Final accounts have not yet been prepared but the event this year took over £20,000. There are still some bills to come in!
The committee have received quite a number of most encouraging comments from visitors, this letter perhaps says it all…
NOTICE OF HALL CLOSURE
PLEASE NOTE THE MEMORIAL VILLAGE HALL IS NOW CLOSED.
Work is already underway to the main hall – replacing windows, insulating and relining the walls and ceiling, fitting new, energy efficient heating and lighting systems, redecorating ready to hand back in the New Year.
To order call Amber Nash on 01603 885 156 or 0345 602 1106
Every order so far placed, has been more competitively priced than from any other supplier – what’s not to like? If your children use the Sports Club help the club to continue keeping them exercised and entertained!
Even if you don’t use the Sports Club Butler fuels will still make the same contribution to the Sports Club of £10 per 1000 litres or £5 per 500 litres.
All contributions greatly received – Ian Campbell (Treasurer)
Should you find any of the recycling bins are full, please don’t deposit on the ground, ring the appropriate number and inform the contractor that their facility at Walsham Village Hall, IP31 3AA, needs emptying. Your help will assist the smooth running of the recycling facility. Clothing Bank | 01737 770321 Paper | 01373 830948 Glass | 01842 820804
The collector’s report that the amount of inappropriate items in the bank has gone down over last two collections. Thank you for your help and co-operation.