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Wereham News - February

March 2018

Wereham Parish Council

Next Meeting Date

Tuesday 13 March 2017 (Ordinary Parish Council Meeting)

Agenda items must be received before the end of the month prior to each meeting, items received after this time will not be possible to discuss. Please send to the Parish Clerk at werehampc@gmail.com. The Agendas for 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 the website www.werehamparishcouncil.co.uk You will also find minutes of all meetings here too.

We have another Defibrillator Awareness Training Session on Tuesday 20 February 2018from 6.30 - 8.00 pm in the Wereham Village Hall. This is a funded session by Lottery Awards for All as part of the Community Defibrillator installation in the red telephone box on the Wereham Pond in 2017. It is for anyone to attend of all ages, and the training is for those who wish to have better awareness of how to use it in an emergency. The defibrillator itself is possible to use with no trainingas it has a screen that relays instructions to you. In the event of an emergency it would be the emergency services 999 that you would call and if necessary they would advise you to collect the machine. There are key fobs with the access code available on request from the Parish Clerk if you wish by email.

Please could all residents report any dog fouling and if necessary take photographic evidence of anyone not collecting their dog mess, and report to the Borough Council's team. There was an unfortunate event early December on the Wereham Village Pond Green near the path of large dog mess left there ignorantly and a child stepped into it covering both shoes and covering clothes. We will all agree that this is just not acceptable and it has been going on for far too long all over the village. For a resident of Wereham to not collect their dogs mess after and to do it in a central place in the village where children go to school is without due care and is just not acceptable. Wereham do not want this blighting the village any longer and the Clerk will be stopping any dog walker in the village to check they have the necessary dog bags for the foreseeable future. The Parish Council has supplied and pays for three dog bins and for them to be emptied across the village but unless certain dog owners take their responsibility they are in vain. They are located at the end of Lamas Lane (Flegg Green end); along Cavenham Road towards the public footpath field end; and on the playing field near the village hall entrance. https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20094/animals_and_pests/157/dog_issues

All are welcome to attend meetings in 2018, if there are topics or ideas that you wish to share or be discussed with the Parish Council at any time during 2018, please email me on werehampc@gmail.com.

Helen Richardson Wereham Parish Clerk and Finance Responsible Person Email werehampc@gmail.com or Phone/Text: 0779 500 6811

Christmas at St Margaret’s church Wereham.

Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Wereham nativity and carol service. We were treated to a news report from the BBC (Bethlehem broadcasting company) of the birth of Jesus with shepherds , innkeepers and our royal correspondent being interviewed by our expert reporters. Many thanks to all who came and to all who took part.

Messy Church Carol singing around the village

Many thanks to our our carol singers, Alistair, Hannah, Maddie, Nikki, Gerard , Rachel, Debbie and Ian and expert accordion player , Rachel who gave a lots of pleasure to some of the Wereham residents in their trip around the village carol singing. Many thanks for the generosity of all those who made a donation. Over £116 was raised for the church.

Message from Santa

Thank you to all the children who came to see me at Wereham village Hall. Thanks also to the elves who helped with all the presents. I hope you liked all the presents I left for you on Christmas Day. Thank you for all the mince pies and carrots for Rudolph and the other reindeer. Remember to be good and help out at home See you next year.


Wereham Family Service Sunday 2nd February 11am Please come along and join in our first family service of the year, Candlemass. We are trying out a new format of services this year including quarterly family services. It will be a less formal, family friendly service with children involved in leading parts of the service If you enjoyed the carol service and nativity this could be for you. All welcome.

Downham Market Academy Car Boot & cafe dates are Sunday 25 February and 25th March. We open to stall holders from 8am, Buyers 9am / 12 noon. Cars £6.00, cars with trailers/ van £ 7.00. Fundraising for the the academy, no caterers. Contact Chris 07825769355 /01366501111

Wereham Messy Church

Thursday February 8th 4-5.45pm

Starts 4 pm in Wereham church with family friendly service. Children involved in reading from Children’s Bible and leading prayers. We then go to the village hall for activities and a shared meal. All welcome No cost

Donations invited for the church

WEREHAM CRAFT GROUP. After a short break for Christmas we met again on Jan 9th. We meet in the village hall from 10.30am until about 12.30pm. Tea and coffee is on offer during the morning. We are a very friendly little group and would welcome any one who would like to join us. Our main purpose is to make craft items to sell on our craft stall to help raise money for the village hall. We all work at our own pace in our own homes when we have a spare bit of time so there is no pressure on any one. We have a large quantity of fabric, ribbons, lace, buttons etc which can be used to make items for sale. If you are interested please contact me Rosemary, on 01366 501330or 07749240606,e-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com.

Short Mat Bowls. As with the craft group we had a short break over Christmas and met again on Jan 9th, 2pm until 4pm. We meet every Tuesday afternoon in Wereham Village Hall. We are a small friendly group who play for our enjoyment so we are not overly experienced but just enjoy ourselves. Spectators are very welcome to come along as well and tea and coffee are on offer during the afternoon. For details please contact Philip on 01366 501330or 07759033492 e-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com.

Wereham Car boot and Cafe. The car boot sales started again on January 28th and will be on the last Sunday of every month until the end of November 2018. The cafe is open selling Bacon rolls, sausage in a roll or Egg in a roll, with plenty of tea and coffee all morning. Do come along and have breakfast with us and see the progress on our wonderful new village hall. You will be very welcome. Having had breakfast you can then wander round and find yourself a bargain. We look forward to seeing you. For details please contact Philip on 01366 501330 or 07759033492 e-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com.

January Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

What a lovely end to 2017 with a range of festive events and activities held, for the last time, in the old village hall. The Christmas bazaar, bingo, quiz and carols in the hall were all very well attended and really helped to get the village into the Christmas spirit. In addition we managed to raise almost £2000 which is a fantastic achievement! Thank you to everyone involved – fundraising through 2017 has exceeded our target by more than £2000 and we really could not have done it without you.


We have been shortlisted as one of the three charities to be supported by the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. You can use your blue tokens to support us in the Downham Market branch of Tesco during January and February 2018. If we receive the most tokens, we will be awarded a much needed grant of £4000 towards the new hall so please help us. To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. They don’t always give the tokens out automatically so please do ask. I’ve noticed that they always give me extras when I take the children along so maybe drag your children/ grandchildren/nieces/ nephews along with you too!! Thank you for your support!

Update from the New Build Project Team

Some pretty miserable weather means that progress has been a little slower over recent weeks though we did see completion of the beautiful front wall and the roof put in place prior to the Christmas shut down. The contractors were back on site on 2nd January and we are looking forward to completion in April. Don’t forget that it is still not too late to donate to the buy-a-brick campaign. We are still £3700 short of the £10,000 target we pledged to the lottery as our community fundraising so any further donations are still desperately needed. Just follow the link from our website to our MyDonate page.

For more regular updates and photos, follow us on our Facebook page. Victoria, John E, John M & Rachel

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club

The lucky winners of £60 each in December were Janet Winter and Gwen Watson, and for January were Darren Edwards and John Voutt – congratulations to you all! 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 and third Tuesday of the month, 10.30-1pm. Join us for a slice of homemade cake, a hot drink, a natter and a read of the daily papersall for just £1.50. Light lunches also available – look out for our monthly specials! Cake donations/queries to Doreen on 01366 500218. Next dates are Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 20th February. Car boot and Café – last Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm (café opens at 8am). Next dates are Sunday 28th January and Sunday 25th February. Café serving bacon butties, hot dogs and hot drinks. £5 per pitch. Contact Philip on07759033492/01366 501330 e-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com.

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.


Following a very successful Church Festival last year, it’s time to make plans for July 15th 2018 ! On behalf of Wereham PCC, I should like to invite all stall-holders, helpers , logistics experts and anyone who is interested to come to a planning meeting in the church on Tuesday February 6th at 7.00pm. You will all be most welcome ! Many thanks , Tom Golden

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