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Wereham News - March

March 2014

Parish council meetings

The last meeting was held on 14th January. If you would like a copy of the Minutes from that meeting, please contact:

Mrs. N. Cooper, Parish Clerk, Wereham.


Clavering House, Stoke Road, Wereham. Tel: 01366 500527.

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

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

Wereham Open Gardens on Sunday June 15th 2014

Hopefully when you read this the worst of the winter will be over and thoughts will have turned to the garden.

If you would like to open your garden or are thinking of opening your garden this year for a first time I would be pleased to chat to you about it. We are definitely not looking for ‘show gardens’!

Our visitors enjoy wandering around the gardens, getting ideas, looking at the plants and chatting with the owners. Finally, ending the afternoon with a cup of tea and a cake on hopefully, a sunny Sunday summer afternoon.

This will be our 12th year of Open Gardens and last year we raised over £1000 for church funds which is tremendous and our best yet!

We also serve salad lunches and afternoon teas. If you feel you would like to help with either of these by baking a cake, buns, scones or biscuits, helping to prepare and serve on the day or in any other way before the day please contact me.

I am always extremely grateful for any help that you may wish to offer either on the day or before the event!

Looking forward to hearing from you!!

Lizzie Baddock 01366 500233

Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

Update from our meeting on the 21st January

Wereham Village Hall Website - Coming Soon

The Committee are delighted to share that we have been successful in being the winning bidders for a Free Website Design run by the West Norfolk Voluntary and Community For Action Group. Helen Richardson (WVH Secretary) is meeting with Clare Fiander at WNVCA to use her free service in designing a new website for the Wereham Village Hall. The website will include up to date event and clubs information, Committee and Friends of Wereham information and a latest announcement blog on the main page. It will be a few months until it is launched as we have just begun but we will keep you posted on progress. In the meantime we need some old photos that includes the Village Hall for a page about the history of the Village Hall site, and certainly any information on its origins would be welcomed also, if you have any photos that are old and showing the village hall then please contact Helen Richardson on 07795006811 or


Upgrades to the hall – new Fire Evacuation procedure with a fire evacuation bell, new movement sensor floodlight fitted to the entrance, new handrail fitted at the entrance, new child friendly locks on the toilet doors, new ramp for the disabled access, new gas switch cage.

For all the pictures and feedback from our events, log onto


. By clicking on the ‘Like’ option, you will be kept up to date on events, pictures and the progress towards a new village hall.

Update from the new build team –

Followers of


, will have seen how busy the New Build Team have been in the last few weeks. Meetings with our development officer Barry Duffin from the NRCC & meeting with Jamie Conway from the Lottery to clarify actions required to enable us to submit our application. Our user groups have been completing surveys telling us what issues they’re experiencing with the existing hall and what they need in a new hall. We attended a funding session at Downham Town Hall on the 31st Jan with Elizabeth Truss and our contact from the Lottery, Jamie Conway and finally, we visited our funding partners at Thornham Village Hall, who were successful with their lottery bid in 2012, their funding team imparted all their advice and experience. Our next task is to evidence via focus groups, we will be inviting some of you who expressed an interest in supporting this process. Thank you to all of you for supporting us to help deliver this project, we’re going to be working our socks off (!) to put the application together over the next 3-4months. Victoria & Helen.

A big thank you to Friends –

- Jacqueline for the February pop up café, 38 people attended.

- The Loake Family for organising the January indoor car boot. Most pitches were taken with bookings in the bag for next month!

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club

– The Winners of £50 each for the February Lotto draw were Jan Bradbury & Sheila – 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 -

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

– Next date is Tuesday the 4th March, then Tuesday the 1st April, fresh cake & hot drink for £1, daily papers, chance to natter with friends. Cake donations to Jacqueline 500880.

Indoor/Outdoor Car Boot

– Next dates are March 30th & April 27th, 9am to 1pm. To book your pitch, call Nikki/Chris on 501111.

Quiz Night –

Saturday 8th March at 7.30pm. Ticket only event, £5 per person, includes a jacket potato & topping supper, please bring your own drinks. For tickets, please call John on 500766.

Spring Clean Sale

– Saturday 29th March at 2pm. Time to have a spring clean and donate all those unwanted items to the Spring Clean Sale! Donations can be left under the porch at the hall or collected by calling Diane on 500798.

Active Norfolk Sports Roadshow

– we’ve pencilled in a date for the 12th April. Lots of sporting activities for young and old with professional coaches, details to follow in the next edition.

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 on 501277 or email me on darren.gray@tesco.net

Victoria Gray Chair Wereham Village Hall Committee Registered Charity:1151336 Mobile: 07725513583 Email: darren.gray@tesco.net



There were a few changes to Wereham Parish Council at the end of 2013, we would like to make sure that all parishioners are up to date on who your Councillors are, how you can contact them and also explain a little about the meeting processes.

Your Parish Councillors are:

Cllr Jo Bruce (Chair)

Cllr Dave Deighton (Vice Chair)

Cllr Philip Norris

Cllr Gail Koopowitz

Cllr Karin Newell

Cllr Brian Bruce

Cllr Roger Lankfer

The Parish Clerk is always the first point of contact for the Council and can be contacted on 01366 500527 or at



Wereham Parish Council meets on the evening of the second Tuesday every other month. Usually this would be in January, March, May, July, September and November. Agendas and notices of meetings are display on the Parish Council notice board before each meeting. Minutes can be requested from the Clerk.

By law members of the public must be admitted to all Meetings of the full Council and it’s Committee, but are not allowed to take part in the debates. If you have any items that you wish to raise at a Meeting it is essential that you raise these with the Parish Clerk 10 working days prior to the Meeting, to ensure these can be included on the Agenda

Each Agenda will include the opportunity to temporarily adjourn the meeting to allow the public and our County Borough Councillors the opportunity to speak. If you wish to raise a point which is not included on the Agenda you are free to do so, however, the Council’s discussion of the point may need to be carried over to the next Meeting as the Council is unable to make a decision binding in law unless a specific item is included on the Agenda.

Next Wereham Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday 11th March at 7.30pm at Wereham Village Hall.

Any items that you wish to request for inclusion in the Agenda should be with the Parish Clerk by Monday 3rd March.

Notes from the meeting held on 14th January:

* Please can everybody using the Playing Field be vigilant for picking up

dog mess and advise the Clerk if they are repeatedly noticing that field is not being kept clear of mess.

* A Wereham Parishioner, Mr. Loake, is putting the wheels in motion to operate a Community Speed Watch in Wereham. If you are interested in contributing some time to be trained and volunteer as a member of the Community Speed Watch team, please contact Mr. Loake on 07825 769355

Full minutes of the meeting can be requested from the Clerk at werehampc@gmail.com or on 500527


Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th March at 7.30pm in Wereham Village Hall. All welcome.

Wereham Messy Church April 3rd 4pm - 5.45pm

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

We hope you enjoyed the first Messy church on Feb 27th.The next one has the Easter theme and will be on April 3rd. It will again be informal, fun and  enjoyable. It will include stories, singing, activities and FOOD (yes Easter eggs too!) Don't miss it. We are looking forward to seeing you there. ALL WELCOME.

Please put these dates in your diary: 5th June, 25th September, 27th November

Look out for further details

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


I am pleased to tell you all the result of the collection I made for the Christmas Appeal raised £135.37.

Thank you all for your support.

Doreen Rolph

Norfolk County Council

are currently consulting on proposed changes to the Primary School catchment area for Wereham. Initial options suggest removal of Wereham from the Hillcrest Primary School catchment boundary. Further information will be distributed to all Wereham parishioners to assist response to these proposals, and a Public Meeting has also been arranged for 7pm on Tuesday 11th March at Wereham Village Hall where Mr Snowden, the Head of School Admissions at Norfolk County Council will be in attendance to explain the proposed changes and take feedback and questions to add weight to the consultation process. For further information please contact the Parish Clerk

on 01366 500527.

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