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Wereham News - April

May 2016


Yes it's that time again to have a good old Spring Clean & Clear Out around the house - Sell, Sell, Sell.... What could be easier than sitting at the bottom of your drive, watching the day go by making a few pennies .... You don't have to get up early, load the car, drive for miles, park in a muddy field, and you even get free cups of tea on tap!!! As normal we will do all advertising, flyers, posters etc - you just load your tables on the day. The cost is £7.00 per household, and all proceeds to Village Hall. So come on, let's make this better than last year, if you've had a table before you know that it's a great day and lots of people come and buy. Please contact Jacqueline on 500880 to book a Yard or if you have any questions...


Wereham craft group would like to welcome new crafters. At the moment we are all knitters and sewers but would welcome other types of crafters. We have a good selection of wool and fabrics which have been donated. We would also welcome clean cotton items and jeans for up-cycling. The whole reason for the group is to sell our items and raise money for the village hall. We meet once a month for a coffee and a chat to discuss what we are all doing, but work in our own homes at our own pace. If you think you would like to join our happy little group please contact me. Rosemary Pease tel 01366 501330 or e-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com


We are a social group, made up from all different age groups, and capabilities, who like to walk. We meet up once a week (limited due to weather). We will be organising more walks when the better weather is upon us, and perhaps more than once a week and further afield. If you would like to join us please email or phone me for more information. Angela 500115 or cgoddon@btinternet.com.


Lovely to see such enthusiasm every Friday when all our little people run through the door to explore the vast amount of toys/equipment and crafts on offer on the day. Parents/carers come to socialise, share ideas (not to forget the tea and coffee) and help out with the singing. We have celebrated birthdays so far this year with Hannah, Ella, Jack, Lily, Isabella and Imogen. Mums always come up trumps with a wonderful array of delicious cakes. Amy (Mummy to Isabella and Imogen) organised a ‘bad hair day’ in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, as her son had spent some time in the Hospital, very poorly, last year. Cakes were sold as well as holding a raffle at Tots. £175.00 was raised, well above her expectations. We displayed some craft work kindly prepared by ‘the crafty folk of Wereham’, so look out for the little people with brightly coloured mittens, foxy scarves and various styles of hat. If you would like to join in the fun, come and meet us on Friday mornings (term time only) 10.00am – 12.00noon. £2.00 per session (for two children, 50p for any extra child. This includes healthy snacks, Mums/Dads, carers hot/cold drinks and biscuits. All enquirers please contact Angela 500115

Quiz night Saturday 2nd April at 7.30pm. £5.00 a ticket including hot supper, please bring your own drinks. Raffle available. Join us for a fun evening, questions on different categories to suit all ages. Hope you can join us. Contact John on 500766 or Diane on 500798 Wereham Parish Council last met on 7th March. Draft minutes of the meeting can be requested from the Clerk or viewed on www.werehamparishcouncil.co.uk

At it’s meeting the Council resolved to provide support to the two Village Hall Planning Applications, both for the Construction of a New Village Hall including associated parking and for the proposal for a single dwelling on the existing site.

Dog fouling and litter has been noted again in the village. Please all pitch in to help keep our village clean!

Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday 10th May 7pm, Wereham Village Hall

Annual Wereham Parish Meeting–this meeting is an opportunity for Parishioners to have their say on items of concern and present on items of interest in the Parish. Followed by The Annual Meeting of Wereham Parish Council (to start immediately after the above) – at this meeting the Chairman is elected for the coming year. Normal business will then proceed.

Agenda items must be received before the end of April for both meetings. Please send to the Parish Clerk at werehampc@gmail.com or to Clavering House, Stoke Road, Wereham PE33 9AT

The Agendas for the meetings are always published on the Wereham Village Notice Board three clear days before the meeting, on the Wereham Parish Council Facebook page and on our new website www.werehamparishcouncil.co.uk

Wereham Parish Council is seeking to recruit a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

The role includes, but is not limited to, arranging and attending all Parish Council meetings including the Annual Parish Meeting (these are currently held the second Tuesday every other month); the provision of administrative assistance and professional advice to the Parish Council; the preparation and publishing of agendas, minutes, policies and procedures following correct practice; the management of correspondence; the delivery of agreed actions together and the management and administration of the financial budgets and accounts.

Previous experience as a Parish Clerk would be desirable but not essential. A CiLCA qualification or a willingness to gain this within the first few years is required.

The position is home based for 20 hours per month. Paid overtime is likely, dependent on the needs of the Council. Hours of work are flexible but attendance at all Parish Council meetings plus pre-meetings with the Chairman are essential. Starting point SCP17 / £9.03 hourly rate, to be negotiated dependent upon experience / qualifications.

A full Job Description and Personal Specification is available on www.werehamparishcouncil.co.uk or can be requested via werehampc@gmail.com / 01366 500527.

Applications should include an up to date CV and a covering letter stating why you feel you are suitable for this post and should be sent by email to werehampc@gmail.com or by post to Wereham Parish Clerk, Clavering House, Stoke Road, Wereham PE33 9AT.

March Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

As I write, Easter fast approaches and by the time you read this, the Easter Family Prize Bingo will have been and gone. But don’t worry, our next Quiz Night is on Saturday 2nd April – it’s always a fun evening so do come along. We will also be holding another Yard Sale on Sunday 8th May – contact Jacqueline on 01366 500880 for more details.

There was more innovation at the Pop-up Café this month when, in addition to the usual array of delicious cakes, many visitors also stayed later to enjoy a delicious bowl of soup and homemade bread for their lunch. Thank you John – it was delicious!

If you would like to get involved with the Friends of Wereham Village Hall Group, we are always looking for new volunteers and, as we said last month, now really is the time that we need as much help as possible - this year is going to be very busy - we have a huge job on as we push to increase our fundraising in support of the new hall. There are jobs for everyone so contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

And still on the theme of fundraising, are you a regular EDP reader? If so, you may be able to help us. The EDP is currently running the Community Chest Fund and local community projects are able to claim grants of up to £2500 every month in 2016. We would love to be able to take advantage of this but, to be able to apply, we need to collect 500 tokens from the EDP in a single month (they are colour coded each month) and then apply at the end of that month. If there are enough regular readers out there who would be prepared to collect the tokens and pass them on to us, then we will set up a collection point in the village hall and try to collect enough to be able to apply each month. If you can help, please contact Rachel on 01366 502252 or gerard_rachel@btinternet.com .

Update from the New Build Project Team

We have seen a few activities on the proposed new village hall site over the past month. Both ground investigation and percolation test surveys have been performed to aid in the design of foundations and provide drainage information. All of this information will be included in our Stage 3 lottery application and has been funded by the development funding we were awarded at Stage 2.

The Lottery will be reviewing drafts of our Business Plan and Capital Delivery Plan over the next couple of weeks and will then provide feedback which we will respond to prior to the final application deadline in April. Victoria, John E, John M & Rachel.

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club

The lucky winners of £60 each in March were Hannah and Sandra Amiss – congratulations to you both! If you are interested in joining, we currently have three numbers available (6, 16 and 45). Each number costs £2 per month with £60 going to the winner and £58 towards the Wereham Village Hall Charity each month. The winning number is drawn from the televised national lotto on the first Saturday of each month. Please contact me on 07795006811. Many thanks, Helen Richardson, Secretary.

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 contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

Pop up Café – first Tuesday of the month, 10.30-12.00. Next dates Tuesday 5th April and Tuesday 3rd May. Join us for a slice of homemade cake. a hot drink, a natter and a read of the daily papers – all for just £1. Cake donations/queries to Doreen on 01366 500218. As well as a special treat for April, we will be holding a ‘bring and buy’ stall, do join us!

Indoor/outdoor car boot – last Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm (café opens at 8am). Next dates Sunday 27th March and Sunday 24th April. Café serving bacon butties, hot dogs and hot drinks. £5 pitch or, if you have earned time credits, there are two pitches/tables available at a cost of 4 time credits each. To book call Colin on 07961130251/01366 502281. The ‘crafty folk’ of Wereham displayed their creations at the February car boot, and look forward to future events to display their wares.

Quiz Night – Saturday 2nd April.

Yard Sale – Sunday 8th May. Contact Jacqueline on 01366 500880 Queen’s Birthday Party – Saturday 12th June. More details next month.

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

Concert in St Margaret's Church with Colin Mason's Jazz Band.

Do you enjoy listening to good jazz? And isn't it even better when you can see it performed live? If this is what you enjoy please come and join us on Sunday evening 1st May in St Margaret's Church at 7 p.m. where Colin Mason and his Jazz Band will be playing all your favourite pieces. This promises to be a really enjoyable evening. Wine and soft drinks will be served in the interval. We hope to see you there!

Tickets are £5 available at the door or in advance from Pam Walker (telephone 01366 500 408) All proceeds are to St Margaret's Church we hope you will come along and support us.

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