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Wereham News October

February 2020

VILLAGE HALL ACTIVITIES All activities are listed in the Community Section of this magazine. Any further details are featured in the website www.werehamvillagehall.co.uk and on the Facebook page Wereham Village Hall.

MOBILE POST OFFICE will park near the village pond on the following days/times. Monday and Thursday 14.00 – 14.15 Tuesday and Wednesday 12.25 -12.55


The annual Wereham Church Festival, which this year took place on 21 July, was a great success, drawing people not only from within the village but also from throughout the local community and even further afield. On a very sunny day there was a steady stream of people through the gates, taking part in the wide variety of stalls and entertainments that were on offer. as well as enjoying the barbecue and other local produce, including cakes and preserves. Also local auctioneer, Barry Hawkins, was on hand to value a range of antiques and keepsakes that people had brought along on the day.

Inside the Church there was a fascinating demonstration of wool spinning from a local group, with a range of locally produced and home made shawls, baby blankets and other items. Also the Messy Church Choir entertained us with their lovely singing.

The Festival is the major fundraiser of the year, and this year in excess of £1,700 was raised in support of our lovely village church, which was a fantastic result. This is all due to the dedication and support of so many local people, both in advance of the event and on the day, to whom we are extremely grateful.

The whole day demonstrates what a community can achieve, and we look forward to next year’s event.

Keith Murray

Draining the Fens The next Wereham heritage event is group is a talk on “Draining the Fens”.

Monday 14 th October 7 pm Wereham village Hall.

No charge but donations to Heritage group welcomed

We are very pleased to welcome Andrew Newton of The Ely group of internal drainage boards who will give an illustrated talk.

Come and hear about how the natural marshy region we live close to has been drained and used for agriculture and homes. Did you know why the Fens are called the Fens? Did you know the Fens provide around half of the grade 1 agricultural land in England. Andrew’s work involves Maintaining the complex system of drainage channels, man made rivers and pumping stations. Promises to be a fascinating evening. Everyone welcome.

Craft Group. A date for your diaries, sat November 2nd, 10am until 4pm is the day for the Pre Christmas Craft Fair. We have lots of stallholders booked so you will have a good choice of unique items for your Christmas shopping, all reasonably priced. Cafe open all day for freshly made filled rolls, tea, coffee and cold drinks. We all look forward to seeing you there. Craft group meet on the second Tuesday of every month 10.30am until12.30pm. New crafters always welcome. We meet in the village hall. For details please contact Rosemary on 01366 501330, or 07749240606, e-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com.

Short Mat Bowls. We meet very Thursday evening 7pm until 9pm in the village hall. We are a small friendly group who play for fun; there is always lots of laughter and joviality. Teas and coffee served during the evening. For details please contact Philip on 01366 501330, or 07759033492, e-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com. CAR BOOT AND CAFÉ.

Only two more chances this year for you to book a car boot table and have a good clear out before Christmas. The last two dates are October 27th and November 24th. The cafe will be open as usual with all the old favourites, bacon bap, egg bap or sausage bap or any combination of those items. Teas, coffee, hot chocolate and cold drinks are also on sale. We look forward to seeing you either as a stall holder or as a viewer/purchaser. For details please contact Philip on 01366 501330, or 07759 033492. E-mail rosemary.pease@btinternet.com.

WEREHAM PARISH COUNCIL Next meeting date Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 7.00pm in Wereham Village Hall 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.

Wereham Cemetery – Memorials Next of Kin

Please could any members of the public known to be the next of kin for memorials within the Wereham Cemetery please contact the Parish Clerk to agree to share their contact details. We need to ensure that our contact database for the purposes of contacting next of kin, where we need to discuss memorials is as up to date as possible.

Norfolk County Council – Tree Communication

We are in the process of carrying out inspections of roadside trees and we may be surveying in your parish on smaller, rural roads known as class 4A2. The primary focus of the inspections is to identify ash trees that are in decline due to ash dieback disease (ADB) and assess whether they are now posing a risk to highway users. We may also pick up other trees that are in a dead or dangerous condition. For further information on ADB please visit our webpage: www.norfolk.gov.uk/ashdieback

This summer, our approach is to remind landowners that ‘their trees are their responsibility’ and to raise awareness of ash dieback disease. If trees are found in poor condition but not considered imminently dangerous we are fixing notices to the trunks of trees and marking the trees with yellow paint to inform the owner that they may need to take action.

We may contact you in future if we find any particular areas of concern or have a query regarding ownership of an individual tree or tree group.

Should you need any further information or have any queries concerning the above, please visit our webpage or contact us at ashdieback@norfolk.gov.uk

The Parish Council would like to reiterate the advice of the Norfolk County Council and ask that residents with trees within their property boundary, and particularly any which overhang the highway, that they are inspected regularly and any works identified acted upon. There are in particular a number of very large trees along the A134 within private property, which will require inspection. Also, if you have bushes on your property that border a public footpath, please ensure that you keep these trimmed back through the year to avoid causing an obstacle for pedestrians, whilst adhering to rules around this work needing to be done outside of the bird nesting season.

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


Saturday 19th October at the Village Hall, 8.00pm to Midnight. Live music from Gravel Road. Bar, buffet, raffle. Tickets £10.00 per head, includes finger buffet, kids under 11 free. Tickets on line from Werehamvillagehall.co.uk/events or from the Village Hall.

Cinema Night, ‘Red Joan’ Cert 12 (£5 per Adult, £3 per child) Friday 1st November. Bar open from 7.00pm. Loyalty card, 5 for the price of 4.Book www.werehamvillagehall.co.uk/events or call the office 07497 430005.

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