About Michael Hill

Wreningham Parish Council Chair

Making small changes to a home can significantly improve the health and well-being and quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers. Home adaptations can enable people to live independently for longer, to continue to do things they enjoy and can reduce or delay the need for residential care or hospital admissions.

South Norfolk Council and South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are providing grants of up to £1000 to make adaptations and improvements to the home. Their poster is here Forget-me-not

Further information from : Jessica Ransome, Marketing & Comms Co-ordinator
t 01508 533654 e jransome@s-norfolk.gov.uk

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.


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 (clerk.wpc@gmail.com) 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 (clerk.WPC@gmail.com 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.”

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 enquiries@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

For non-emergency matters you can contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team directly at SNTWymondham@norfolk.pnn.police.uk 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

In a previous post we were waiting for the second cabinet in Wreningham, by the School, to complete the installation and commissioning processes. This is now done. 29th September is when Superfast Broadband will be switched on at the cabinet and be available for the majority of village properties, not served by the Top Row cabinet. ISPs should now be offering these services to their subscribers to start from 29th of this month.

However, Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) advise that a number of Wreningham properties, for historic installation reasons, will not have access to the Superfast Broadband. The technical rationale is beyond me, but, in simple terms, as advised to me:

  • Wreningham properties have copper telephone wiring over which they can access digital services.
  • Some, but not all, are linked directly to the telephone exchange by long runs of copper wiring.
  • Re-routing to the cabinet would need several 100 metres of additional copper wiring.
  • The increase in the wiring run would result in a digital service be even slower than before re-routing.

As yet there are no alternatives offered by Openreach under the current contract with the government and Norfolk CC. This situation has implications for the national roll-out of Superfast Broadband and is being taken up at county and national level by Norfolk CC, Liz Truss (MP) and Ofcom.

Don’t shoot the messenger! I’ll keep on at the BBfN people to see if there is a solution for those affected by this.


A new Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers group has contacted us to explain what they do and why, and to invite support.

The local Mulbarton-based CFR works with, and is despatched by, the 999 ambulance service to provide immediate life saving support to patients in the event of a medical emergency. They provide support to all villages and parishes up to 15 minutes away, although there is no limit to who they serve dependant on availability of other CFR groups. CFR groups exist across the UK but this is a new group serving our district/parish. Previously the closest bases were in Aslacton and Poringland. They are a group of volunteers who provide this service in their free time, and receive no money for what they do.

http://www.respondersuk.org/norfolk/index.php will give more information about what they do, but in essence, if you call 999 suffering from life threatening signs/symptoms (Cardiac Arrest, Stroke, breathing difficulties, etc.) it is likely that they will be called to attend in addition to the ambulance. They use their own transport, at their expense. They have the training and the equipment to stabilise you with the use of a defibrillator, oxygen and other kit. We then provide a full handover to the ambulance crew if first on scene.

An ambulance may well be 15/20 minutes away when you call 999, which is why having a CFR, on-call nearby who can reach patients faster is essential. Those first few minutes could be the difference in saving a life.

This volunteer service crosses multiple parishes and districts (details below) and have recently recruited 8 new members from different villages from each district. The new volunteers are currently going through training and assessment, and if successful they will be available to go on call in a couple of months. Currently they have one emergency responder “kit”, which they need to share, passing it to whoever is on call at the time. This means that only one responder can be on call at a time.

Ideally with 10 volunteers they need 2 kits which could be in split locations allowing responders to reach patients faster. The total cost to provide a second kit is £3,500, but we are looking for a total sum of £5,000 to include some replacement items for our 1st kit as well.

As a new group Elizabeth Martin (Group Founder) and Graham Bunting had an initial aim to inform the people of your parishes/districts of who they are and how they help in urgent medical 999 cases. However with such great support from the general public already through social media, and now with additional volunteers, they need to switch their focus to funding for an additional ‘full kit’ allowing them to have multiple volunteers “on call” in our area, as well as raising further awareness in the parishes. Elizabeth and Graham are undertaking additional courses which will enable them to teach Basic Life Saving techniques in parishes as required.

They have a justgiving page www.justgiving.com/mulbartoncfr and a ring-fenced bank account where funds can be deposited purely for this CFR group.

They are happy to attend community meetings to explain the service they provide in our area, as well as talking about the additional volunteers coming on board. They will be at the Newton Flotman Fete on Sept 6th if you want to meet them and find out more about what they do.

To contact them:

In August they were “on call” for 120 hrs and were asked to attend to 3 incidents. Luckily, Mulbarton and surrounding villages seem to be very healthy at present.