The planning application from FW Properties for the development in Church Road of a site for 10 houses was displayed for parishioners to view, discuss and subsequently pass their comments onto South Norfolk Council.

The Chair of the Parish Council wishes to thank all those that came to the Hall during the afternoon of 24th and the morning of 25th November. Also, thanks for the practical assistance of John Bligh and Keith Morris in erecting and taking down the display boards, and, posting the drawings and supporting documents. The Clerk, Anne Rayner, assisted and removed the material for the next Parish Council meeting which will be on 30th November at 8.00pm in the Margaret Preston Room to discuss this planning application.


Wreningham has a new police community support officer, PCSO Darrin Sore, following a reorganisation of local Police boundaries.

PCSO Sore covers the Mulbarton and Hethersett area and has recently had Wreningham and four other small villages added to his extended area. He now covers 18 villages with 15 parish councils.

He paid a first visit to Wreningham Parish Council on November 10 and has also been to the village school and will be doing an assembly there in the near future.

PCSO Sore told the parish council that he has been in the role for 11 years and was a “feet on the street type of Police officer”.

He reported to the council on local crime statistics, saying there had been one reported local crime in the last month when a car at The Poplars in Wreningham had had a brick thrown through its window and a handbag snatched by two men who drove up in a car.

The Highway Rangers are planning their next visit to Wreningham. If you think there is anything near you which they could address (see list below) then let the Clerk ( know and we will collate the request for them. Please respond by Monday 23rd November.

What they do:

  • Side out a carriageway or footway (overgrown grass/weeds or soil encroachment)
  • Strim grass verges
  • Clear verge grips
  • Rod and flush drains
  • Clean out drainage gullies
  • Clean out drainage chambers
  • Rod and flush kerb drainage off lets
  • Wash signs, bollards or reflector posts
  • Minor sign/post repairs (such as straightening and reattaching)
  • Repair minor kerb defects
  • Clear small areas of mud and soil from the carriageway.
  • Soil and seed verges

What they don’t do:

  • Repair carriageway / footway surface defects (such as potholes/ cracking), these should be raised with the Highways Dept when noticed as these are repaired by separate gangs.
  • Clear ditches (in private ownership)
  • Trim hedges (in private ownership)
  • Street Name Plates ie “High St” (these are the responsibility of the District Council)
  • Clear large areas of mud and soil from the carriageway,(District Council is the Street Cleaning Authority)
  • Clear build up of leaves from footway /carriageway,(District Council is the Street Cleaning Authority)
  • Rubbish/ litter pick (this is the responsibility of the District Council)


On 19th August at the Bird in Hand the developers, FW Partnership, held a consultation event on their design for the development of 10 houses on Church Road in advance of producing the planning application. We understand that some 75 people attended and a number of written and verbal comments were made. These are presented in the Statement of Community Involvement produced by FW Partnership.

The planning application has now been made – see  application 2015/2449 on the SNC website.

To aid parishioners when considering the development’s planning application and to help inform the comments they may wish to make to SNC, the Parish Council is arranging to display the plans and supporting material for parishioners’ inspection at the Village Hall:

  • 24th November – 12 noon to 5 pm (possibly later)
  • 25th November – 9 am to 1 pm.

I would appreciate the assistance of volunteers to help put up the display on the Tuesday morning, assist during the display period and then take it down in the afternoon of Wednesday. Please contact the Clerk ( or 01508 570700) to advise of your availability. Thank you.

Every 13 weeks the Highway Rangers visit the village to undertake small works relating to the highways. 3 weeks before they visit they will contact the Parish Clerk and ask for suggestions of work they might tackle for the village. These suggestions will be collated from reports received from parishioners and Councillors.

Recently Richard Dellar (Highway Technician at NCC Highways) wrote to say:  “During the Ranger visit to Wreningham on 08 October 2015 the following works were carried out:

  • Hethel Road — replace finger post;
  • Ashwellthorpe Road – Strim path around stile and cut hedge;
  • Rod out and clean pipe runs and clean gullies/ off let;
  • Mill Lane  —  rod pipe runs clean gullies
  • Mill Lane —  remove silt / mud at junction and carriageway;
  • Toprow –  clean signs.”

Wreningham Village Hall Management Committee presents its 15th Annual Art Exhibition on 10th and 11th October featuring the work of over 50 artists, together with demonstrations of artistic technique.

Each year, the exhibition widens its exhibitor list and the range of styles and media.  Exhibitors from over much of Norfolk and North Suffolk will be displaying work in watercolours, oils, acrylics and mixed media on glass and canvas.  All the framed work and sculptures displayed, totalling over 150 items, is for sale with prices ranging from £15 to £275.  There are also a large number of unframed works, prints and greetings cards for sale.

This year, the range of styles has been widened to include crafts and you will find stained glass, wooden jewellery, painted stones, cushions, textiles and wood turning together with a number of photographs, sculptures in metal, wood or plaster and ceramics alongside traditional hung artwork.  Many of the artists have their own studios, hold their own exhibitions or display their work at the Royal Norfolk Show so you can be sure of seeing work of exceptional quality and skill.

Well-known Mulbarton artist Chris Scales will be demonstrating his work on Sunday from 3pm.

The preview evening on Friday 9th October (8 pm – 10 pm, admission £2.00) is a perfect opportunity to meet some of the artists and snap up chosen pieces in advance whilst enjoying a relaxing drink from the licensed bar.

The exhibition continues on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th October between 10 am and 4 pm and can be found at Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Wreningham, NR16 1AN, situated on the B1113, about 6 miles south west of Norwich. Admission each day is £1.50 for adults, children are free.

The exhibition is part of a major fund raising programme for Wreningham Village Hall and over the last four years the committee has been working on a project to improve the heating and general environment within the main hall and provide better facilities for its users. To date they have re-roofed the building and increased substantially the amount of insulation.  The windows to the north of the building have been replaced with PVC triple glazing and a more effective and economical heating system is in place.  The last stage is to install a heat recovery extractor system and money is being raised to fund this.

Further information from Christine Minns 01508 488123 or Val Keel 01508 488231.

Picture above is Mulbarton artist Chris Scales who will be demonstrating his work on Sunday from 2pm as part of Wreningham art exhibition.

Wreningham Primary School is “outstanding” according to Ofsted inspectors following a glowing report released in September.

The school was told by inspectors that it is “outstanding” in all five categories – leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision – after a two-day visit in July.

The report builds on an already positive “good” rating from 2009.

Inspectors noted a “relentless focus on improving achievement” from school leaders, leading to excellent standards in teaching.

They said: “Teamwork is a strength of the school. All staff have high ambitions for the pupils and work well together to make sure all pupils succeed.

“Teaching is outstanding because teachers have high expectations of all pupils. They plan activities that enthuse the pupils and make them think hard and persevere with their learning.”

The report also said pupils’ behaviour is “impeccable”, they feel “exceptionally safe” in the school and are prepared for “life in modern Britain”.

Rob Jones, headteacher, said: “Our school motto is ‘team’ and the outstanding grade confirms that ‘together everyone achieves more’.

“We have strived to create an ethos where children, parents, 
staff and governors can work together, providing the best opportunities for all the pupils to flourish.”

He said that work by the staff “enables our children to be the best they can be” and thanked parents for their support.

“The fact that we are a small, local school helps us foster a caring, family environment, with every child knowing they are a ­­­­­­valued and integral member of our school and its success,” he said.

“Although we have attained good test results, our approach is to develop the whole child through a creative curriculum, where sport, music, art, and drama are valued equally as highly as test results.”


Article extracts from EveningNews24



Further to the letter from Inspector Lou Provart (on Twitter at @InspProvart) introducing himself as new into post, we have received further contact advice.

The PCSO covering Wreningham is PCSO 8174 Darrin Sore, who can be contacted via 101. His Beat Manager is PC Glenn Hambling, with Sergeant Jim Heath as his boss.

Emergency contact – 999 if you are facing an incident or crime and you need police help immediately.

Non-emergency contact – dial 101 or send a text message to 07786 200777

General enquiries – email Norfolk Constabulary at

For non-emergency matters you can contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team directly at or call 101 and ask to speak to the Safer Neighbourhood Team covering Wreningham.

Other general enquiries can be routed through Sally Sandford, CPC Administrator Wymondham, Room 1.1.73, Norfolk Constabulary, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0WW  Tel:  01953 424153   Fax:  01953 424181