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Wereham News - February

January 2014

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: The last meeting was held 14th  January. If you would like a copy of the Minutes from that meeting, please contact: - Mrs. N. Cooper, Wereham Parish Clerk, Clavering House, Stoke Road, Wereham. Email: Werehampc@gmail.com , Telephone 01366 500527

The next meeting is Tuesday, 11th  March at 7.30 pm. All welcome.

Wereham has a social group on facebook - Wereham Village Group. If you’ve lost something, have a question or something to share, come and join us!

Wereham Messy Church

February 27th 4pm - 5.3Opm. Starts in the church followed by activities and a meal in the Village Hall.

What is MessyChurch?

MessyChurch is a service for families. It will include a story, singing, drama and activities to do together as a family. A hot meal and pudding will be provided free of charge for everyone who comes.

This service is guaranteed not to be boring. There will be no long-winded sermons. No-one will disapprove of children making a noise. Messy church is a form of church for children of all ages and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality.

If you enjoyed Wereham’s nativity service before Christmas this is something for you.

Don’t miss it. We are looking forward to seeing you there

To book places or for further information please ask Debbie or Ian Rye. Telephone 502083, email ian_rye@msn.com or call in at The Old Chapel by the pond.

Well Done Wereham!

Sunday December22nd saw just over 200 adults and children thoroughly enjoying the Nativity and Carol service in St Margaret’s Church. The candle lit church combined with the enthusiasm of the young children taking part helped to create a special atmosphere. This was made more so by 7 week old baby Kelsey and Sharon her mother who played the part of ‘Big Mary’ alongside Maddie as ‘Little Mary’ and JJ as Joseph.

The humorous Play in a Day ‘Where’s Baby Jesus?’ co-written and performed by the teenagers, reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas. After carols by the pond led by Dom Rye and his trusty accordion we made our way to the village hail for hot dogs, potato wedges and mince pies served by members of the village hall committee. The children took part in Christmas crafting, story reading and the evening finished with a rousing Twelve Days of Christmas.

As always, a successful event relies upon the help of many people. Thanks to Tom for the music, Angela for organising the tots, the mums, dads and Lizzie for the costumes, Ronnie and Ivy for decorating the church and Debbie & Ian Rye for making the whole thing happen so successfully. Finally, thanks to all the parents who supported us and the children who arrived for rehearsals and performed so well on the day.

Message from Santa

Thank you to those children and parents who came to see me at Wereham Village Hall. You were all very polite and well-behaved .Thanks especially to Faye who gave me my first Christmas card of the year and to JJ who offered me a present of some bubble mix.

It was also lovely to meet babies Imogen and Kelsie.

I hope you liked the Christmas presents I left for you on Christmas day

I look forward to seeing you next Christmas

Be good


WEREHAM TOTS are raring to go after the festive break. Don’t forget we meet Friday mornings lO.OOam to 12.00 noon in the Village Hall. All welcome. If anyone is looking to clear out any old toys, to make room for all the new ones, we are always grateful for any donations. Thank you.

Enquiries please to Angela 500115.

A SPRING CLEAN SALE is taking place on Saturday 29th March in the Village Hall at 2.00 pm. Now is the time to clear out all of those items that haven’t been worn or used (the unwanted Christmas gift!) that you would be willing to donate. This could be books, bric-a-brac, toys, clean clothing or nearly new items. Any donations can be left outside, under the porch, at the Hall or pick up could be arranged by telephoning Dianne 500798

Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

Update from our Ordinary meeting on the 19th November —Fantastic news, the Parish Council agreed to sign off the new Trust Deed! This is an important building block in our funding application, without it the Lottery would not accept our application. Thank you to the PC members who worked hard to resolve queries and approve our request, to solicitor John Gudgeon from Hawkins Ryan who attended many meetings without charge and to our Trustees for supporting this change. The new Trust Deed has been accepted by the Charity Commission and is now live on line. We have welcomed new trustee, Gail Koopowitz whose joined as the PC representative.

We’ve actioned roof repairs in response to a leak in the men’s toilet and installed a motion detector flood light at the front door.

For all the pictures and feedback from our Christmas bingo, Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Carols event, 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 hail.

We’re also looking into a website, if you can help, please contact Helen on

We’ve booked lots of community events for 2014. These will be listed on our facebook page and on the new notice board outside the hail.

Update from the new build team —Data has been collated and uploaded from the community and event surveys.

Our next action, is to survey the user groups to clarify their issues and needs that aren’t fulfilled by the existing building. The questionnaire has been checked with the Lottery. During January to March, myself and Helen will be attending the regular user groups to ensure all users have the opportunity to give their opinion - Bingo, Bowls, Tots, Parish Council, Pop up Cafe and Car-boots.

We have booked a progress meeting with Barry Duffin from the NRCC on the 1 ~ Jan to ensure we can evidence strong ‘needs’ in anticipation of a meeting booked with the Lottery on the 3rd Feb — things are fmally starting to come together!

We’re also attending a funding session at DownhamTown Hall on the 3 1St Jan with Elizabeth Truss and our contact from the Lottery, Jamie Conway.

A big thank you to —

- Jacqueline for the December pop up café, raised a cake-tastic £154.50.

- The Loake Family for organising the 3rd indoor car boot. Raised £92.65.

- Christmas Bingo, thank you to Rose, Friends and Trustees. Raised £475.50

- Christmas Bazaar, thank you to Friends and Trustees. Raised £376.74

- Christmas Carols, thank you to Friends and Trustees. Raised £169.46.

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club — The Winners of £50 each for the December Lotto draw were Diane Woolston & Roy Smith, January winners were John Eastgate & Barbara Carter — congratulations! If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, contact Helen on 07795006811.

Many thanks, Helen Richardson, Secretary, Wereham Village Hall.

Ink Cartridges & Bottle tops- collection boxes on the piano in the hall, open 10-12 Fridays. Or alternatively, leave them in a bag at the door of the village hall.

Events list - (Please see our Facebook page or notice board)

Bingo - every Wednesday, doors open at 6.45pm, eyes down at 7.3Opm. Cash prizes, raffle, and refreshments with complimentary biscuits. Enquiries to Roger on 500088.

Pop up Café — Next date is Tuesday the 4th Feb, then Tuesday the 4th March. Call Jacqueline 500880.

Indoor/Outdoor Car Boot — Next dates are Feb 23rd & March 30th Call Nikki/Chris on 501111.

If you have any queries with regards to the plans to get funding for a new village hail, or anything we’re doing, please contact - Victoria Gray on 501277 or email me on darren.gray~tesco.net

Victoria Gray


Wereham Village Hall Committee

Registered Charity: 1151336

Mobile:                07725513583

Email:   darren.gray@tesco.net


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