Wereham News December


Wereham Nativity 21st December

Do you remember last year’s Christmas Nativity service at Wereham Church? We all had such a good time we are going to do it all again this year but different!!!!

We will have 2 drama items:

A traditional Nativity play for 0-8 year olds (yes we really do mean 0)


‘A play in a morning’ for 8 year olds onwards.

I would like to meet both groups at 4pm on Tuesday 16th December in the church. This will enable us to rehearse the nativity and cast the older children.

The older group will then meet at 10am on the morning of Sunday 21st December to prepare their play in 2 hours ( eat your heart out Royal Shakespeare Company).


As last year the service will be followed by Carols by Candlelight by the pond and a ‘do’ in the village hall.


We hope that everyone will come and join the fun at the service. You are all welcome not just those connected to the performers.

Christmas is for everyone not just the children.

But remember children, we can’t do it without you.


Debbie Rye Tel 502083



Wereham Messy Church.


Thursday January 29th 4pm -5.30pm

Starts in the church followed by activities and a free meal in the Village Hall

The next Messy church is on January 28th 2015. It will again be informal, fun, and enjoyable. It will include stories, singing, activities, and FOOD. Don’t miss it. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Please also put these dates in your diary


Thursday 26th March 4.00pm-5.45pm

Thursday June 11th 4.00pm -5.45pm

Thursday September 24th 4.00pm-5.45pm

Thursday 26th November 4.00pm-5.45pm


For further information please ask Debbie or Ian Rye telephone 502083 or call in at The Old Chapel by the pond.


Wereham Parish Council met on 11th November. Minutes are available from the Clerk Mrs N Cooper on 01366 500527 / werehampc@gmail.com and via our Wereham Parish Council Facebook Page.


As a Parish we have quarterly visits from the Highways Rangers. Highway Rangers aim to help communities improve the places where they live.

They carry out highway maintenance and ‘streetscene’ improvements requested by town and parish councils. These can include:

Trim overgrown vegetation from a road or footway

  • Clear mud and soil from the road (non urgent)
  • Hand sweep road or pavement (District councils will continue to do routine sweeping)
  • Soil and seed verge
  • Cut verge grass
  • Clean out highways ditches, gullys and offlets
  • Wash signs, bollards or reflector posts
  • Repair minor kerb damage and footway surface defects
  • Basic repair, remove obstruction and some cutting and clearing where necessary on the Public Right of Way network

If you notice anything along these lines that needs to be tackled within Wereham please let the Clerk know so that a list of essential tasks can be passed to the Rangers before each visit to make sure that we maximise our use of this valuable asset. Let’s work together to keep the village tidy!

 The next meeting will be on Tuesday 13th January, 7.30pm at Wereham Village Hall. As always members of the Parish are very welcome to attend. If you have any issues in the meantime or would like something specifically discussed in the January meeting please contact the Clerk. Any business for discussion at the meeting should be with the Clerk by the end of December. The Agenda will be published 8th January and will be available to view on the village notice board and on the Wereham Parish Council Facebook page.

All the very best Season’s Greetings from Wereham Parish Council

December’s Pop-Up Cafe Tuesday 2nd 1030-1200 noon

 Come to our last Cafe of the year, on Tuesday Dec 2nd. It will be full of mince-pies, & Festive Cheer, bacon rolls so get yourselves all down here….. We are having a small Raffle, with a fantastic Belgium Chocolate Log, home made by Gordon – as the top prize along with a signed apron from Marco Pierre White. It’s been a great year for the Pop-Up, meeting new people, enjoying the Community Spirit and having lots of fun along the way. A massive Thank-you to each and everyone of you for supporting us, we couldn’t go on without you. Have a fantastic Christmas and a Prosperous New Year as we look forward to 2015.

With thanks from Jacqueline and Karen

 Pop-Up Cafe 2015

 I just want to say a Huge Thank-you to my right-hand lady, Karen Ratsey, for helping me throughout the year at the Pop-Up, couldn’t do it without you girl. …. To all the Cake makers, Dishwashers, table arrangers. Thank-you, cakes Yummy as ever.

No Cafe in January as our children’s first day back at school, but return in February with Diane & Doreen at the helm..

Jacqueline and Karen back in March…see you all then..


 November Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

As Christmas fast approaches, our next wave of fundraising events and schemes are never far away…….

Wereham Calendar 2015

Stina Burger has co-ordinated the creation of a beautiful 2015 Wereham Calendar. The calendar contains paintings of views of our village painted by adults and children and has been expertly designed by Trevor Sturrock to raise funds for the village hall.
I’ve had a sneak preview and it’s full of beautiful works of art!
We’re taking orders now, available for £6 each.
An example calendar is on display in the hall and the following Friends of Wereham Village Hall will have a copy for viewing and taking orders – Stina at Horseshoe Cottage, Church Road call 501253, Tom at Inglebright, Cavenham Road call 500052 or Chandra at Acacia House, Flegg Green call 500005. The last order date is 8th December and we think it’s a perfect Christmas present!
Thank you to all the adults and children who contributed!



A taster of what you can expect from the Wereham 2015 Calendar.

Wereham Village Hall Christmas Family Prize Bingo

This annual family event is on Wednesday 3rd December. Doors open 6.30, eyes down 7.30pm. Children are welcome – there will be prizes suitable for all ages as well as festive refreshments and a raffle. Any donations of prizes or refreshments (mince pies or other festive fare) would be very much appreciated – please contact Doreen on 01366 500218 or Angela on 01366 500115.

Christmas Carols at the Pond with Supper at the Hall

Sunday 21st December at 5pm (co-ordinated to start as the Nativity service finishes at the church).
See the pond lit by the Christmassy glow of 100 nightlights and the trees bedecked in baubles and join us for festive carols around the pond supported by the Hilgay Youth Brass Band. Then make our way to the hall for tea time; there will be a Christmas crafts table for the kids, festive story and a chance for the rest of us to catch up with friends and enjoy the Christmas spirit. Tickets are limited to 90, so grab them while you can! Call or text the following people to purchase your tickets – Victoria 07725513583 or Nikki 07789695783. Again, donations of mince pies, cakes and raffle prizes gratefully received!
Tickets are £3 each or £10 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children, extra child £1ea)

Includes hot-dog, wedges and a mince pie/cake.

Update from the Project Team

To enable us to complete the costings for the lottery application, we’ve requested formal tenders from three Architects with community building and funding experience and with good eco credentials. These were assessed during November with the winning bid being announced shortly. We’ve also requested quotes from Accountants to support our stage 3 application and manage the project finances and associated lottery paperwork. We have deferred our application submission to January 2015 to ensure we can get all the costings in place and re-check the application prior to submission. To keep up to date on our progress, please ‘Like’ our Facebook page www.facebook.com/werehamvillagehall

Victoria, Helen, John & Rachel

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club

The lucky winners in October were Vi Whitehead and Nicola Cooper – congratulations to you both!

We currently have a few spare numbers costing £2 each per month so if you are interested in becoming a member, please call Helen on 01366 500174 or 07795006811.

Helen Richardson, Secretary.

Ink Cartridges – collection boxes for ink cartridges are on the piano in the hall, open 10-12 Fridays. Or alternatively, leave them in a bag at the door of the village hall.

Please note that we are no longer able to collect bottle tops.

Regular Events list

Bingo – every Wednesday, doors open at 6.45pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Cash prizes, raffle, and refreshments with complimentary biscuits. Enquiries to Roger on 500088.

Pop up Café – first Tuesday of the month, 10.30-12. Next dates are Tuesday 2nd December and Tuesday 6th January. Join Jacqueline and friends for a slice of homemade cake & a hot drink for just £1. Join friends for a natter and a

read of the daily papers. Cake donations/queries to Jacqueline 500880.

Indoor/Outdoor Car Boot – last Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm but taking a break over Christmas and returning 25th January. Café, bric a brac and book stall. £5 pitch, to book call Nikki/Chris on 01366 501111.

Thank you to all of our FoWVH volunteers who co-ordinated and supported events during November.

For all the pictures and feedback from our events, log onto www.facebook.com/werehamvillagehall. By clicking on the ‘Like’ option, you will be kept up to date on events, pictures and the progress towards a new village hall.

If you have any queries with regards to the plans to get funding for a new village hall, or anything we’re doing, please contact Victoria Gray, Chair, Wereham Village Hall Committee

Home: 501277 Mobile: 07725513583
Email: darren.gray@tesco.net or via www.facebook.com/werehamvillagehall


Wereham World War 1 Commemoration


Over 80 people braved the elements to attend the re-dedication of the Wereham War Memorial led by our Vicar, Barbara Burton.

The memorial has recently been renovated thanks to the generosity of Bertie and Jane Vince.

The evening then continued in the village hall with a First world war commemoration evening that included, poetry, drama, singing and hearing the stories of the men named on the Wereham War Memorial who gave their lives in WW1. Special thanks to our Bugler, piper and guest singers.


The were rousing choruses of songs of the time including ‘Pack up your troubles’ and ‘Its a long way to Tipperary’. We enjoyed an excellent first World War picnic.


Karl Butcher wore an authentic WW1 uniform for his sketch where underage Iestyn tried to join up!


It was a real team event with over 20 people contributing to Making it such a success. Many, many thanks to all involved, not forgetting the pigeon and all

who attended.


Debbie and Ian Rye




A big thank you to everybody who gives a some of their time to deliver G4 in Wereham. We have lost a couple of volunteers this year and have replaced them almost immediately which is a great help. Thank you to Janet and her

helpers for sorting the magazines each month.

Thanks, Lizzie





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