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Wereham News - July

August 2015

PLEASE NOTE:   The email address for Wereham News is vivienne.scott@googlemail.com

Wereham Church May Miscellany

About 90 people enjoyed the concert in St Margaret’s church Wereham on 23rd May which started with a glass of Prosecco in the church yard. The Church looked splendid with its spring picnic theme, and stunning altar flower arrangement thanks to the excellent work of Sue.

The Fincham Chorus sang 12 songs beautifully including, ‘Linden Lee’, ‘All in April evening’ and ‘You raised me up’. Their sets were complemented by poetry and prose readings by Frank, Greg, Charles, Sue C, Sue S and Paul and solo singing. One of the highlights of the evening was the children (Lauren, Thomas, Dexter, Faye, Mathew and Kristian) performing ‘Dog in the playground’ in choral speech and some comic verses.

Solo’s by John (Flanders and Swan’s ‘The gas man cometh’) and Dudley   (‘Lonnie Donnigan’s ‘My old Man’s a dustman’) gave everyone an opportunity to sing along with the chorus.

Jane’s solo ‘Summertime’ From Porgy and Bess brought the first half to a rousing conclusion and led to us all enjoying a glass of wine and an excellent spread prepared by Gordon.

The evening was not without its excitement as two of our performers from London spent rather longer on the M25 than expected and arrived just in time for their items. Dom also ably stepped in to accompany the Fincham Chorus on the piano as Tom was unable to attend.

Many, many thanks to The Fincham Chorus, to all the performers, to Gordon and Sue, to all who attended, to Tom and Debbie who masterminded the event and to all who helped make this a lovely evening which raised £388 for St Margaret’s Church.

We hope to host similar events in the church in future.

Debbie and Ian Rye

Wereham Messy Church Thursday July 2nd 4pm -5.30pm

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

The next Wereham Messy church is on July 2nd. The theme is the story of The Battle of Jericho. 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 put these dates in your diary

17thth September   Harvest

27th November Advent

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 or just come on the night and see for yourself.

West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled,     The Magpie Centre

Wallington Hall

South Runcton

Kings Lynn

Norfolk PE33 OEP

Reg. Charity No. 1143390

Comp. Reg No.7650610

Can you help us, please? We need ordinary folk to do ordinary tasks - all you need are comfy shoes and a fleece when it’s cold! We need volunteers to walk alongside a rider on a pony, help with fund raising events, help with fields, mucking out and grooming horses and ponies

DBS will be required and training given.

Our horses and ponies give wonderful therapy- we need help to make it happen!

Give us a ring and come up and see the action. 01553 810202

Thank you.

The Annual Wereham Parish Meeting was held on 12th May. Members of the Parish welcomed an informative presentation from the Borough Council’s LDF team about the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Document. Also presented was the Annual Parish Council Chairman’s Report.

Minutes are available from the Parish Clerk Wereham Parish Council

Wereham Parish Council met on 12th May where we welcomed back Councillors Jo Bruce, Gail Koopowitz, Brian Bruce and Nikki Loake and our new member Jacki Hitching. A productive Annual Parish Council meeting included:

 Reappointment of Cllr Jo Bruce as Chair and Cllr Gail Koopowitz as Vice Chair;

 reviewing the formalities of the Council;

 agreeing progression of the successful Parish Partnership bid to purchase a SAM2 speed warning sign for the village and to fund a dropped kerb and restricted parking area in front of the new post box at the pond to improve access;

 CGM were appointed to undertake Play Area maintenance works to be undertaken through May / June to result in a much improved area;

 development of a website was approved;

 and the annual audit was completed and approved

Full Draft minutes of the meeting can be requested from the Clerk as below


*****Two Wereham Parish Councillor vacancies remain! This is your chance to get involved…..for further information on how you can become a Councillor and make a difference to your community contact the Parish 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 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.


We would like to document history of the current Village Hall to become part of a heritage display in the new hall.  If you have any photos or stories from using the hall or about the hall, please get in touch with Ian or Debbie Rye on 01366 502083 or 07863049677, or email ian_rye@msn.co.uk or call in at the Old Chapel by the pond.

June Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

Our thanks to everyone involved with Village Yard Sale and Car Boot which proved to be another successful event.

Plans are now well ahead for the Annual Village Fayre which will be held on the playing field/in the hall on Sunday 6th September. It’s always a great day out and, as usual, the Friends of Wereham Village Hall Group (FoWVH) are putting together a fun packed event. As well as the usual dog show, car boot and classic cars, watch out for some new attractions this year.

If you would like to get involved with the Friends Group, we are always looking for new volunteers – there are jobs for everyone. Please contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

Update from the New Build Project Team

Just a short update this month as we are all surrounded by Stage 2 Lottery application paperwork. The submission is going well and we have submitted part of it in draft to both Community Action Norfolk and the Lottery for their feedback. We are working on the balance of the reports with our architect Liz from Parsons & Whittley. It looks like we should be on target for the deadline of 28th July!

Thank you all for your continued support from the project team - Victoria Gray, Helen Richardson, Rachel Barron and John Eastgate.

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club

The lucky winners in June were Ian Trollope and Julie Eaves – congratulations to you both!

Events list

Bingo - Wereham Village Hall "Cash Prize" Bingo every Wednesday, doors open 6.45 eyes down 7.30pm. Teas/coffees available with complimentary biscuits. For enquiries please contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

Pop up Café – first Tuesday of the month, 10.30-12.  Next dates are Tuesday 7th July and Tuesday 4th August. 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 26th July and Sunday 30th August. 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.

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


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