Walsham Mobile Data Network and Cellular Signals

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Mobile Phone Cellular Signal Bars

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.

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4G – The fastest available Mobile Data Network protocol (2017)

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 !

tabulated information of the various mobile data network speeds

Advertising on this site…

walsham observer cover sept 2017Do 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…”

Epiphany Singers Carol Concert 2018

 

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Saturday 6th January 2018 7.30 p.m.

St Mary’s Church, Walsham le Willows

 

Conductor: Simon Carrington – Yale Professor emeritus

 Organist: David Hill – Conductor, London Bach Choir

 

line drawing of notes on stave with crossFor 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.

Community Lunch

let's do lunch logo, green and blue textShirley 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.

Village Hall Coffee Shop Reopens

graphic of a pile of cups one in the other, all of different colours and patterns, the top cup tipping to spill teaCome and have a look at the refurbished Memorial Hall.

The Village Hall Coffee Shop will re-open from 10 till 12 on Tuesday 2nd January in the refurbished Memorial Hall.  It’s much warmer thanks to the newly installed insulation and heating!

Defend Your School Transport Service

image of yellow school busAppeal 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”

Post Office Temporarily Closed

post-office-logoThe Village Hall Post Office is temporarily closed.   Watch this space for updates.

The Coffee Shop is open as usual from where there will be a Post Office car runVillage Hall to Badwell and back.

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Tuesday mornings from 10.30 – contact Rob on 259689

Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – contact Ralph on 259560

Neighbourhood Plan – Will Walsham get it together?

Sepia toned image of Kitchener, "Your Village Needs You"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.

    • Project management
    • 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.

Royal Shakespeare Company ‘Eat your hearts out’!

graphic of humanoid, mayfly, depicting a mid summer nights dreamJudith 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’!”

Lighting of Walsham Christmas Tree 2017

Brightly lit christmas tree, branches dusted with snow against a snow filled backgroundThe Garden Weekebds Committee will be lighting the Christmas Tree outside St. Mary’s Church on Sunday 3rd December at 4pm.

Do come along and enjoy the start of the Christmas celebrations.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Priory Room afterwards.

Robin Newell

Sports Club Report December 2017

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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 Reserves thought they had won their first league game of the season beating Ipswich Wanderers Reserves away but a few days later Wanderers withdraw from the league. Continue reading “Sports Club Report December 2017”

Website Content Update

Walsham history group logo, double W one under the other with the letters 'le' nestling in between the legs of the larger W on the top and a block graphic of Romanesque columns tot he right

The last of the 72 Walsham History Group Reviews have 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.

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Walsham Wild Wood

Planting Silver Birches
Planting Silver Birches

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.

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Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group Logo

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.

Sports Club Report November 2017

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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.

Continue reading “Sports Club Report November 2017”

St. Mary’s church ‘yarn bombed’

Knitted poppies affixed to a fine net and draped from the top of St Mary's church tower showing the wisp of almost invisible net starting at the top and widening as it falls down the tower covering the whole of the porch wall at the base.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.

Knitted poppies affixed to a fine net interspersed with some artificial leaf much like camouflage netting and draped from the top of the tall flint and brick wall to the side of St. Mary's church.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’”

Memorial Hall – Works Update

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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 – A Direct Path to Wellbeing

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyMeditation sessions this week will be  at 7pm on Wednesday 18th October and at 2pm on Sunday 22nd October.

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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 diary and 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 | lokamdhara@gmail.com

Wild Wood Autumn Planting and Maintenance

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Walsham Wild Wood have the annual Autumn Planting and Maintenance Morning on Saturday 11th November.

Organisers will be on site from 10.00 – 12.30.  Please come along if you would like to help.

If anyone is interested in Sponsoring a Tree, please contact Richard Belson on 258868 for details.  Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group LogoYou can plant your tree yourself or it can be planted for you.

Enjoy the poppy memorial at the church and join us as well if you can.

Note: If it is pouring with rain, the event will be  postponed.

Sports Club PieDay

black and white line drawing of a footballSupport your local football club with the kick off of the Non-League Weekend at Walsham-le-Willows Football Club on Friday 6th October at 7.45pm.clip art drawing of a pie and a pint of ale overflowing with a frothy head

 

Come and enjoy the home game vs Gorleston with  a pie and a pint for a fiver and free chips thrown in!

Entrance fee will be ‘pay what you like’

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Agenda and Minutes of Parish Council

image of three dimensional letters in blue each standing to form the word 'update' with and representation of the world globe to the leftThe Parish Council page now includes the latest agenda and the Minutes of each Parish Council meeting as they are published. 

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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.

 

Website upgrade and content updates

image of blue computer mouse with the usb lead spelling out the word 'upgrade'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.

image of three dimensional letters in blue each standing to form the word 'update' with and representation of the world globe to the leftNew pages have been added for the Adventure Playground, Toad Watch, the Allotments and Leisure Gardens Association, Drama Group and Thomas-Dawson Stage School.  Many of these will be updated further as content is agreed with the group organisers.

The page for ‘Churches’ has been split into two so that there is a separate page for St. Mary’s and the Congregational Church.

The downloadable pdf’s for the Walsham Walks have now all been added and have the Walsham-le-Willows logo.  This is an example for the Hartshall Lane Walk.

Going forward it is hoped that  information will be supplied so that the Sports Club Report can be added to the web site each month.

 

Meditation – A Direct Path to Wellbeing in Walsham

stacked pebbles against a blurred blue and orange sky and the moon low in the skyLast 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.

stylised line drawing of a person meditatingIf 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 | lokamdhara@gmail.com

Sports Club Report October 2017

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports ClubBefore 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”

St. Mary’s Organ Replacement Fund

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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.

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