If you did not know, Walsham now has a new mobile mast on St. Mary’s Church tower.
It was originally suggested that the mast would be an Orange installation.
Latterly is has been suggested the mast is a Vodafone installation.
What seems to work best are the Vodafone and Orange networks which now give a 4G data network signal and 3-4 bars Cellular mobile phone signal indoors in the majority of locations along The Street. Out at the end of the Ixworth Road 4G and 2 bars have been reported.
Obviously there will always be variability but the information on the best Network Providers for this area is anecdotal until confirmed by the Parochial Church Council but it appears that Walsham now has 4G data speeds and a decent cellular mobile signal !
Do you advertise in The Observer? If advertising were available on this site would you be interested?
Tentative proposals are being put to the Community Council that may result in Observer advertisers being able to place the same ad here for a small extra fee.
If an ad were not placed in the Observer, then an ad could not be placed on the website. The two would go together with the web ad being an optional extra.
Initially it would probably take the form of a ‘sticky post’, like this one, which remains at the top of the homepage with a rolling, randomised ‘slide show’ of ads submitted for Observer publication which would be to ensure the same ads were not seen at the beginning of each visit to the site. Visitors to the site would be able browse the ads manually. Continue reading “Advertising on this site…”
Conductor: Simon Carrington – Yale Professor emeritus
Organist: David Hill – Conductor, London Bach Choir
For many years Walsham has been privileged to have this very talented group of people come and sing in our church. They arrive from all over the country and abroad, many of international fame.
This is a very special evening. You don’t have to be a church-goer, just someone who enjoys beautiful music and the most wonderful singing. Some of the pieces you may recognise, others will be new, but all will be memorable.
Tickets are not required but there will be a retiring collection.
Shirley White, organiser of the very successful Community Lunches at the Memorial Hall, would like to wish all her diners a Happy and Healthy New Year.
She also has a thank you to all who came along to the Christmas lunch earlier in December. There was a lovely Christmas atmosphere which everybody seemed to enjoy.
Shirley is now taking bookings for the next Community lunch which will be on Monday 8th January 2018 in the newly refurbished Memorial Village Hall. As always the Memorial Hall will open at 12pm and Roast Pork, potatoes and vegetables will be served by Carol Hubbard at 12.45pm. Dessert, tea and coffee will follow.
Please book a place, at £6, with Shirley on 258532 by 5.00pm on Friday 5th January to have a look at the new hall, which looks amazing, while catching up over lunch with friends and hopefully some table games for those who have time to stay on.
Appeal from, Helen Wilson, Principal, Thurston Community College to complete the consultation questionnaire…
Proposed cuts to free school bus provision by Suffolk County Council could remove the choice of parents in many of our catchment villages to send their children to Thurston Community College. Suffolk County Council is proposing to stop providing free bus transport to Thurston Community College to residents that live nearer to another school, even though Thurston will remain the catchment school for all the children in these villages.
This means that children who wish to continue attending their catchment school will have to pay £960 a year for a school bus or find some other way to get to school. We feel this is a huge burden for our families and will mean that a choice of school will only be available to those who can afford it. Continue reading “Defend Your School Transport Service”
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.