About Keith Morris

A welcome pack for new residents to Wreningham has been published in print and online, providing useful information and a warm welcome to village life.

Written by parish councillor Keith Morris, the Welcome Pack contains information about village history, local government, faith, village hall, regular events, clubs and societies, facilities, education, media, public transport, health and useful contacts.

You can download a copy by clicking here

The packs are being delivered to new village residents. If you are new to Wreningham and have not received one, please contact council chairman, Michael Hill at wrendriff@gmail.com

A potentially life-saving public access defibrillator has been installed in the South Norfolk village of Wreningham, thanks to the parish council and the National Lottery.

The automated external defibrillator can play a vital role in saving people’s lives and works by detecting an irregular heart rhythm and then sending an electric shock to restore a normal one.

The £2,000 defibrillator, which is available to the public 24 hours a day, was paid for by a grant from the National Lottery and purchased off the Community Heartbeat Trust. It is now fixed to the wall of the village hall next to its car park, near the centre of the village.

Parish council chairman, Michael Hill, said: “Our thanks go to the Mulbarton First Responders Group and the National Lottery for helping us to follow through on our plan to secure a defibrillator for the village. It is positioned at the village hall as it is well located and the hall regularly hosts sizeable events including dancing, Zumba and private parties.

“We know that with a cardiac arrest, every minute is vital and the chances of survival go down by 7-10% with every minute’s delay in using a defibrillator.

“We have arranged life-saving training sessions for villagers already but the equipment is designed to be used by anyone.”

In the event of an emergency ring 999 and they will direct you to the nearest defibrillator and give you a code to access the box. The device will literally tell you what to do and will only give an electric shock if it is needed. It is perfectly safe for anyone to use, no training is needed.

Wreningham Village Hall is located on Mill Lane, NR16 1AN.

If you live near Wreningham and would like further information and to join the next training course, please email Michael at wrendriff@gmail.com

Pictured above is Michael Hill, right, with the defibrillator, and fellow villagers Hughie Glaves, left, and Chris Peachment.

Rev Suzanne Cooke said goodbye to the Upper Tas Valley Benefice in South Norfolk at All Saints in Wreningham on Sunday morning (July 2) at her final service before moving to begin a new ministry in Northumberland.

Suzanne is taking up the post of vicar of Doddington, Ilderton, Kirknewton and Wooler and will be licensed at Kirknewton on July 27. She is moving with husband Adrian and children Alice and Toby.

She was part-time priest-in-charge of six parishes, eight churches and four church schools, including Wreningham, in the Upper Tas Valley Benefice for just over four years.

Parishioners said goodbye at a party in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall on June 24 and a farewell service at All Saints Tacolneston on June 24. They presented Suzanne with money to buy her own set of vestments.

Her final act in Norfolk was to celebrate a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Holy Communion service in Wreningham on July 1 with a congregation of over 40.

She said: ”I have felt most at home here in Wreningham, partly thanks to lots of small acts of kindness.

”I am very proud of what we have achieved here, increasing the congregation for the BCP service from small beginnings of around 5 or 6 to 20 to 25.

”Jesus model of ministry is to go and then stay and love and then to move on. It can appear tough but we need to trust that Jesus knows what is best for us all. For me it is now time to take the message and move on.

”I am still fully committed to rural ministry and I will take all the things you have taught me into my new role – so thank you.”

While part of the Diocese of Norwich, Suzanne also helped to run a creative worship service called Soul Circus at Norwich Cathedral, led a chaplaincy team at the Royal Norfolk Show and was a regular columnist for Network Norfolk.

Pictured is Rev Suzanne Cooke during her final service at All Saints, Wreningham.

Wreningham’s last remaining red Phone Box is under threat and will be removed by BT unless the community adopts it, and finds a new use for it, within the next few weeks.

Wreningham Parish Council wants your views about the community adopting the box and finding a new use for it. Or would you prefer to see it go?

It also wants to hear if you have any good ideas about what it could be used for and if you are prepared to help to turn your ideas into reality.

Other villages have used their old phone boxes in a wide variety of ways: as art galleries, lending libraries, cafes, notice boards, tourist / local information centres, plant swap shops.

Please contact parish councillor Keith Morris with your ideas or offers of help at keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk or on 01508 488318, before the next parish council meeting on November 15, when the idea will be discussed and a decision taken.

BT have set a deadline of December 14 for a decision otherwise it will be lost to the community.

You can find more details of the adopt-a-kiosk scheme here.

See pictures of adopted phone boxes

Picture courtesy of MEJ Pearson

A new Facebook page has been launched for everyone who loves Wreningham, and is called, very appropriately, LoveWreningham

It is a public page, open to all and we want to hear your news, events and information about the village and everything that happens here.

We want you to post your thoughts about and photographs of our beautiful and fun village.

So if you want other people to know what you are doing, or what you group or organisation is up to, please post your news, at  www.facebook.com/LoveWreningham

Please give us a “Like” and share the site with your friend and neighbours.

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.

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



The property company behind the Church Road development of ten homes in Wreningham is to hold an open consultation for local residents on August 19.

Julian Wells of FW Properties has invited local residents to view the proposed development of ten new homes on Church Road, Wreningham and give their views.

The site has been identified by South Norfolk Council as their preferred location for new homes in the village as outlined in their draft Local Development Framework Strategy.

The developer is holding a consultation event at the Bird in Hand in Wreningham between 4pm and 8pm on August 19, 2015 when local residents are invited to view the plans and to make any comments they wish on the proposals.

Members of the development team will be in attendance to answer any questions. For further information please contact FW Properties: T: 01603 295 050 E: julian@fw-properties.com

Flyer for development consultation