Local Parish and Ward elections are scheduled for 2 May 2019. See SNC web page for all the details about being a voter, voting and being a councillor.

You have to be registered as a voter if you want to vote – so do check.

If you want to be a councillor for the Ward or the Parish, you will need to follow the guidance provided according to the timetable set. Wreningham Parish Council has an allocation for 7 councillors.

NB. If you are an EU citizen living in the UK and you are voting in the next European Elections from 23 to 26 May 2019, you might need to check this information.


During March, when you next shop at Waitrose in Wymondham and receive a token for a good cause, keep an eye out for the Wreningham Heritage Group appearing as one of the three good causes.

WHG will be doing lots of work to capture the history of Wreningham and its people. Give them your support by giving your Waitrose tokens to them

Thank you.


Norfolk Police ask everyone to be alert and aware of drones being used with criminal intent. Tacolneston church recently had lead stolen after the criminals used a drone to survey the site. Wymondham Abbey has had drone activity too.

For ourselves, Wreningham church is not currently planning building work etc. so if you see suspect activity here or at any of the churches in the Benefice please alert the churchwarden (Christine Minns – 01508 488123) or the Rector (Revd. Lydia Avery – 01953 788227).


The UEA Norwich Medical School wish to recruit older adults in the community for some studies. These studies are approved by the UEA and/or NHS ethics panels and focus on conditions like arthritis or stroke rehabilitation, as well as healthy volunteers. Please see the explanatory posters:

Over 60s

Over 70s

Any questions about these studies please feel free to contact:

Dr Donnie Cameron (Donnie.Cameron@uea.ac.uk)

Dr David Willis (yzh17dvu@uea.ac.uk)



Adrian Nicholas,  Specialist Technical Advisor at SNC ( t 01508 533722; anicholas@s-norfolk.gov.uk ) has written of contact with Group Lotus and discussions about their Hethel track use and related noise/inconvenience to neighbours.

Group Lotus are to reinstate their periodic email updates sent to residents living near their site. These will provide information about the company’s activities, including planned use of the Hethel test track.  But, they need contact details and confirmation that the recipients are willing to receive the emails.

Therefore, if you would like to receive this email, send confirmation and the details below to Adrian Nicholas (anicholas@s-norfolk.gov.uk) :

  • Your Name
  • The email address that you wish the email updates to be sent to
  • Your address


The Wreningham Community Archaeology Project got off to a promising start over the weekend of August 11-12 with a total of five test-pits dug in gardens around the village, reports archaeologist Steve Hickling, who is leading the project.

A sunny weekend saw pits being dug in people’s gardens on Wymondham Road, Ashwellthorpe Road, Mill Lane and the B1113 and all the test-pits yielded some interesting results:

Victorian pottery and little bits of tile were unsurprisingly found in all the test-pits and almost all also yielded prehistoric burnt flints (pot-boilers). These are flint pebbles heated in a fire and then thrown into a liquid in order to heat-up that liquid.

In prehistoric times pottery was terrible and would not survive being put on a fire to heat the contents so pot-boilers were used instead. It is thought that they were heating liquid as part of the process of dying cloth or perhaps making beer. A great number were found in Graham’s test-pit on Mill Lane.

Two of the pits yielded medieval pottery. One on Ashwellthorpe Road produced a couple of sherds, and one on Wymondham Road, behind Pear Tree Farmhouse, produced some rather large sherds. This suggests that there is medieval occupation here.

Pear Tree Farm is a lovely c.17th century timber-framed farmhouse. The test pit produced a lot of c.17th century pottery, a posthole and a layer of redeposited yellow clay, which may be spoil from a deep hole dug nearby, or the remains of a demolished clay-lump building. The medieval pottery suggests that the present house may be a rebuilding of a medieval farm.

All the artefacts recovered will be cleaned and passed to an expert for dating and describing.

What Next?

The next step is to excavate a couple more test-pits on Saturday 1st of September. It would be nice if we could have people to help with the two test-pits on the 1st September. Both are in the middle of the village. If anyone else wants to take part, please let me know on 01508481718 or email me on steve.hickling@norfolk.gov.uk.

Ashwellthorpe Road pit

Wymondham Road pit

Mill Lane pit


It’s almost here, but for the rain! The long heralded archaeological training event by Steve Hickling (contact: steve.hickling@norfolk.gov.uk) is rescheduled form a wet Sunday to a, hopefully dry, Tuesday evening 7 August at 7pm in the playing field. Come along, find out what it is all about and watch, even if you have not yet identified a 1m square to dig out (or don’t intend to!).

TP training poster

This the training for the real thing over the weekend of 11/12 August.


We have an email from the GNLP (Greater Norwich Local Plan) team advising on additional sites being proposed for development. Comments from Parishioners and Parish Councils will not be received until later in the year. Only those areas which have a change to the last GNLP consultation have a site “map book”. Wreningham has one: Wreningham CP_mapBook.

The e-mail text is below:

Additional potential sites put forward for Greater Norwich Local Plan

You will be aware that there was a Regulation 18 consultation between January and March this year for the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP). During this consultation, additional sites were proposed by landowners, agents and developers for possible future development and some of the previous site boundaries were revised. Approximately 200 additional or revised sites have been put forward throughout the three districts of Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council. In addition, small sites below 0.25ha, which were not subject to the Regulation 18 consultation, will need to be considered by us in the context of potential changes to settlement boundaries.

There will be another Regulation 18 consultation later this year (probably starting in October) during which the parish council and your residents will be able to make comments on the additional and revised sites and settlement boundary proposals. Until this time there is no mechanism for recording comments against sites, but we wanted you to have as much time as possible to consider sites put forward in your parish. The information about the additional sites, revised sites, and proposals to change the settlement boundaries has been published on our website at the following link:

http://www.greaternorwichgrowth.org.uk/planning/greater-norwich-local-plan/reg-18-consultation-sites-2018/

At this link you will find a schedule of sites and associated map booklets for each parish. The schedule is sorted by district then parish, and sets out the unique reference number for each site, its location/address, and provides details of the proposed development. The map booklets are arranged by parish and show the boundaries of each site alongside the unique reference number. Only parishes containing sites which are new, revised, or proposed changes to settlement boundaries have a map book.

A few key points should be noted about the latest publication of sites:

  • There has not yet been any analysis of the sites newly submitted or revised, and further work is needed to identify constraints, and whether any such constraints can be overcome. Therefore no assumption can be drawn as to the acceptability (or otherwise) of any sites.
  • Far more land has been submitted for consideration than will be needed. Many sites will be inappropriate for allocation due to unresolvable constraints (such as landscaping, flood risk, poor access to services etc) and others, whilst not unacceptable in principle, will be less suitable for allocation than “competitor” sites. Growth will be carefully planned to ensure it is located in the most appropriate locations, and will be supported by appropriate and timely infrastructure provision.
  • The current long list of sites will be refined. Some sites, or parts of sites, have been submitted twice, once by the landowner and once by a land promoter. Some sites already allocated in adopted local plans have been re-submitted (perhaps with requests for changes to adopted policy clauses, or a different mix in the development type proposed), so are not ‘new’ sites per se.
  • It is also likely that further sites will be promoted during the production of the GNLP. This is a somewhat iterative process.
  • It will not be until the full public consultation programmed for late this year that the HELAA analysis of all sites will be made available.