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Wereham News - March

April 2015


Many thanks to all who support Wereham Messy church. We now go into our second year thanks to the hard work of many people including Tom Golden, Doreen Rolph, Diane Woolston, Lizzie Baddock, Stina Berger, Pammie Walker, Nicci Loake, and Vicar Barbara Burton and to the generous donations to the Messy church Carol singers and a grant from the mission fund at Ely Cathedral. Thanks also to Kinnerton chocolate in Fakenham and TMM butchers in Downham for their support.

The January service about the creation was attended by 22 people despite the snow and the flu epidemic, which incidentally laid the vicar low. The children created a lovely collage of the 7 days of the Creation which is on display in the church. The sausage and mash and Jelly and Ice cream was a real feast!

Messy Church services this year will be:-

Thursday 26th March 4.00pm - 5.45pm Messy Easter

Thursday July 2nd 5.45pm     Story of Joshua

Thursday September 17th 4.00pm - 5.45 Messy Harvest

Thursday 26th November 4.00pm - 5.45 Messy advent.

All are very welcome to attend. More Helpers would also be greatly welcome.  Please contact Debbie or Ian Rye at The Old Chapel Tel: 01366502083

Many thanks, Debbie and Ian


The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm in Wereham Village Hall. All welcome.


Stallholders, organizers and any interested members of the public are invited to a meeting in St. Margaret’s Church, Wereham on Monday 11th May at 7. 00  pm.

We need to make arrangements for the annual St. Margaret’s Festival to be held on Sunday 19th July.


1985 was the year that Wereham Mothers and Tots was forms in the Village Hall – 30 years ago!!!

Once upon a time a big red bus arrived in the village, parked near the pond, laden with toys, crafts, messy play.  It was called the ’play bus’, place where children could socialise, mums, dads, carers could meet.  It became very popular, but was only available once a month.  This lead to ‘Mums’ wanting something more than once a month.  A coffee morning was organised at my house to raise funds to start a Tot’s Group in the Village Hall. We raised £130, this was a great start to buy a few toys to begin our journey.  The original slide is still with us today.

Many people have through the years taken on the role of successfully running the Group, bringing in new and fresh ideas.

Now in 2015 we have a thriving, happy, friendly group (including ‘4 sets of twins’!!) who come from surrounding areas to visit us on Fridays.

Thank you to the many people, past and present, who have helped and supported us through the years, and hopefully it will continue with your support, with the possibilities of ‘new surroundings’ be it the new Village Hall  -hopefully sooner, rather than later (fingers’ crossed)

Angela and Team


Have you any items for us to sell at our ‘Spring Clean Sale’?

If you are about to have a ‘clear out’ we would be grateful for any books, toys, bric-a-brac, linens, clothes (clean please) new or nearly new. There’s always an unwanted Christmas gift.  Sorry no furniture.

Items can be left under the porch at the Village Hall, handed in on Friday mornings 10.00am to 12.00 noon, or collected by contacting Angela 500115 or Dianne 500798.

Refreshments will be available during the Sale.  Also there will be a home-bake cake stall, together with a Tombola Stall.

Only 30p entrance fee – Children free.

Come find a bargain!


Looking out at the few brave snowdrops peeping out of the frozen garden the bright, warm days of June seem a long way off but…..I am already thinking of Open Gardens this year.

For our 13th year we hope to run over 2 days – Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st June.  If you would be willing to consider opening your garden on one or both of the days I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Open Gardens is a major fundraising event for St Margaret’s Church and our friendly visitors are always interested in the gardens and seeing new ideas. The gardens don’t have to be show gardens and it is not a competition.   It would be great to add a few new gardens to the map! So why not give it a try?

I would also welcome help with serving teas and lunches on either day or any other help you feel you could give either on the day or before.  Cakes and bakes and always especially welcome for the teas.  And Ronnie green fingers runs her plant stall with any donations of cuttings, plants, and things horticultural are gratefully received!

Hope to hear from you!

Lizzie Baddock  500233

The next meeting of the Wereham Parish Council will be Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm, Wereham Village Hall.

Full minutes of the meeting held on 13th January 2015 can be requested from the Clerk as below.

Once again a reminder for all to use the dog waste bins and clear up after their pets. There are three dog waste bins in Wereham, one on the playing field by the Village Hall, the second at the Flegg Green end of Lammas Meadow Lane and the third along Cavenham Road, please pass by one of these and use it to dispose of any dog waste responsibly at all times;

When visiting the Village Hall by car please avoid parking on the playing field where possible. The grass gets churned up and damaged in bad weather, please look after the field to avoid the need for costly repairs.

The remaining Wereham Parish Council meetings scheduled for 2015 are:

Tuesday 12th May                  7:00pm Annual Parish Meeting and

7:30pm Annual Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday 14th July                   7:30pm Ordinary Meeting

Tuesday 8th September         7:30pm Ordinary Meeting

Tuesday 10th November        7:30pm Ordinary Meeting

All will be held at Wereham Village Hall.

The Agendas for the meetings are always published on the Wereham Village Notice Board three clear days before the meeting and also on the Wereham Parish Council Facebook page. If you have any items that you wish to be discussed by the Parish Council please always ensure that these are with the Clerk, Mrs N Cooper at werehampc@gmail.com or Clavering House, Stoke Road, Wereham PE33 9AT or 01366 500527 by the end of the month before the meeting to ensure that they are included on the agenda.


February Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

Whilst our 2015 regular events have all been up and running for a couple of months now, March sees the start of a new year of fundraising projects and  events.  Both the Quiz (Saturday 7th March) and Spring Sale (Saturday 28th March) are popular events every year so please do come along and show your support.

Update from the New Build Project Team

By the time you read this, I'm hoping that our first funding application to the Lottery will have been submitted! Our self-imposed deadline has been set for the 27th February. The Lottery will take up to 6 weeks to respond to the Stage 1 application. If you would like live updates on our progress, click the 'follow' button on our facebook page www.facebook.com/werehamvillagehall.

While we're waiting for the Lottery to respond, our focus has turned to other funders to support the shortfall between the project costs and Lottery funding.

Please keep all your fingers and toes crossed for our Stage 1 application and we'll confirm via our Facebook page as soon as we get a response. Victoria, Helen, Rachel & John.

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club

The lucky winners in February were Victoria Gray and Sandra Howell – congratulations to you both!

To those who have recently left the bonus ball club, thank you for your support.  The funds we raise through this are a vital way to keep the village hall going until we can fund a new one.  We now have the following numbers available: 1, 7, 13 and 33 so please do get in touch with Helen Richardson ASAP if you would like to become a member of the bonus ball club.

There are 49 numbers and for those taken and contributed to each month, prize money of up to £96 is split 50/50 between the winning bonus ball number holder and the village hall.  Each bonus ball costs just £2 per month and you could win up to £48 in any month. The bonus ball is drawn on the first Saturday of each month on the National Lottery Lotto.  For more information please call Helen Richardson, Secretary of Wereham Village Hall Committee on 07795006811 or via email helenar82@outlook.com

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.

Events list

Bingo - every Wednesday, doors open 6.45pm, eyes down 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 3rd March and Tuesday 7th April. Join Jacqueline and friends for a slice of homemade cake & a hot drink for just £1.  Join us 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.  Next dates Sunday 29th March and Sunday 26th April. Café with bacon rolls, bric-a-brac and book stall. £5 pitch or, if you have earned time credits, there are two tables available at a cost of 4 time credits each. To book call Nikki/Chris on 01366 501111.

Quiz Night – Saturday 7th March, 7.30 in the Village Hall.  Tickets cost £5 to include a hot supper; bring your own drinks and glasses. Contact Quiz Master John on 01366 500766 for more details or to buy tickets.

Spring Sale – Saturday 28th March, 1pm in the Village Hall. Lots of stalls and games as well as the usual cakes and refreshments.  Entrance 30p. For further details, or if you would like to help/donate, contact Angela on 01366 500115 or Diane on 01366 500798.

Family Easter Prize Bingo – Wednesday 1st April, doors open 6.45pm. Prizes for all ages – all welcome!

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 for funding 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

Please use new email address for all Wereham news – vivienne.scott@googlemail.com as my previous address is no longer accessible

Viv Scott


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