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.


A Parish Council work party gave the village playing field a spring clean and make-over on Saturday April 8.

From 8.30am to 3pm several hardy souls undertook to clean up the playing field and the play equipment on it. Jon put his pressure washer to good use and washed away years of grime from the zip wire platform, the skate park, the shelter, the table, swings and dolphin. Josh, Hughie and Michael worked on the grass covered mats – lifting them, cleaning away layers of earth and grass, and then replacing them. The turf came in handy to restore the grass under and around the shelter. Anne applied the graffiti remover with vim & vigour to the skate park. Meanwhile Keith fitted a set of goal nets onto one of the goal posts and cleaned the posts before helping with the mats.

Thank you everyone for your work. Especial thanks to Christine for allowing us to connect to her tap to provide water for the pressure washer.

So much done and still more to do. We will be arranging for at least one more day of effort to tackle the equipment we did not have time to spruce up. Watch out for announcements, we would love to see more helpers.


There have been several instances of the theft of lead from Church roofs reported in the press recently.

The police believe a blue Seat Alhambra may be involved. They ask you to ring 999 if you see this vehicle or anyone acting suspiciously near a Church. Please do not approach them yourselves – just ring 999, advise them of your suspicions and quote “Operation Randell”


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.