About Michael Hill

Wreningham Parish Council Chair

As a result of the current Covid crisis, and in accordance with government guidance, all events within the Village Hall are for the moment suspended.  We will look to revise this position as soon as we are able to do so. 

Takeaway fish and chips will remain available on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month and takeaway pizzas will be available on the 1st and 3rd Fridays.  Unfortunately, the law does not currently allow us to sell takeaway alcohol.

Ian Holloway, Chair, Wreningham Village Hall


From time to time, we find a laminated bin collection diary attached to the handle of our refuse bin. However, SNC have decided to cease providing this service through cost, etc.

They suggest you register on “My South Norfolk” via https://my.south-norfolk.gov.uk/ for the latest bin service and scheduling information (and much else besides). You can print off a schedule should you wish to do so.

You can always contact the Depot’s customer care team on 01508 533830 to confirm collection dates or have a printed calendar sent to you.

Joanna Kitchener, Operations & Customer Services Manager
t 01508 533973 e jkitchener@s-norfolk.gov.uk  


The SNC has responded to pressure from residents and District Councillors by agreeing that flooding will be on the cabinet agenda, on Monday 11 January 2021, as an urgent item.  Mr John Fuller (The Leader) will ‘set up an enquiry’ chaired by Mr Graham Minshull, SNC Chairman, after that meeting.

If you have stories, pictures or are willing to attend the cabinet meeting or watch it afterwards, contact SNC’s democratic services (see below) to obtain log on information and to submit your views and evidence.

District Counsellor Vivienne Clifford-Jackson says “the flooding problem is happening every winter and it would be good if SNC can get all the relevant agencies to get together and develop an action plan to deal with this ever increasing problem.”

Vivienne Clifford-Jackson (Ms), 8 Badger Close, Mulbarton NR14 8NT

01508 571346 / 07717 296 202

District Council Member for Mulbarton & Stoke Holy Cross Ward South Norfolk Council

Tracy Brady, Democratic Services and Governance Officer
t 01508 535321 e tbrady@s-norfolk.gov.uk


The Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, has launched a Budget Consultation for 2021/22 which closes on 22nd January. You can access it here. I suggest you read the explanatory information before taking the survey.

It is short, with one question of substance (the remainder are about your age, ethnicity, etc.): “Based on the information provided by Norfolk’s Chief Constable, PCC Lorne Green proposes to raise the policing part of local council tax by 5.68% (22p per week at Band B; 29p at Band D) in order to help maintain current levels of service and enable your police service to tackle the new challenges they are facing.”

The PCC would like to offer individual communities a Q&A session, to be held virtually, date and time to be arranged.  They would be approximately one hour in length.  Register your interest with PC460 HUDSON, South Norfolk Engagement Officer

OCC Building 7, Gateway 11, OCC Wymondham, NR18 0WW Tel: 01953 425699 Ext 2377


Norfolk County Council’s Kett’s Country Long Distance Path project has a shortlist of 12 potential circular walks along the trail and wish to reduce that to five that will be installed, alongside the signage for the linear route, in the Spring.

They invite you to respond to their survey which is here. It will be live until 31st January 2021.

Please note that two of these potential walks are in Wreningham – so your interest will be appreciated.

The project officer will respond to your questions about the circular walks, or the project in general, from 4th January 2021. 

Contact: Chris Brough, Cycling and Walking Assistant Officer, Environment Team, Community and Environmental Services

Tel: 01603 224436 ; Email: christopher.brough@norfolk.gov.uk ; Web: www.norfolk.gov.uk/greenways


Born 23rd April 1930; died 15th September 2020

Michael passed away after a short illness in Norwich Hospital on 15th September 2020. He was buried in Wreningham Churchyard on 8th October with a lovely, outdoor service led by Revd Lydia Avery.

Michael grew up in Breckles with his siblings; Patrick, John, Roger, Paul, Veronica (Vickie) and Christopher. He was posted to Hong Kong for his National Service before working at Norwich Union where he remained throughout his working life. At Norwich Union, he worked alongside Conway Berners-Lee to install their first ever computer.

In 1961 he married Patricia (Pat) whom he met at work and together they built their house in Wreningham where Michael lived for the rest of his life. They had two children; Sarah and Giles.

Throughout his life Michael loved to tinker with cars and even built his own bright red Jaguar E-Type that he was often seen driving round the village in before he sold it. He could also be seen in the skies above Wreningham in his glider as he was a keen member of Tibenham Gliding Club where he met and befriended Jimmy Stewart.

Michael was an extremely accomplished flautist and was a member of the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and played in many other groups too. He taught his daughter to play the flute and, for many years, they performed together at the Wreningham Christmas Concert that Michael organised at the Village Hall.

After his relationship with Pat ended, Michael met and, in 1988 married, the talented opera singer Sally. With this marriage, Michael gained two step children, Cindy and Dinah, who would in time give him and Sally five grandchildren – Abigail, Gabby, Laurence, Martin and Bevan. Michael and Pat’s daughter Sarah also had her own children, his grandchildren, Martha, Sam and Archie. Martha continues Michael’s musical legacy by performing with the Barnsley Youth Choir ranked 4th best choir in the world! More recently Sally and Michael were blessed with great grandchildren in Marcus, Francis and Evelyn.

Michael was always inventing and creating things. After completing his E-Type he turned to making dovecotes and garden furniture. He tried to patent a revolutionary new rotary steam engine, although this was well into the twenty first century. He made machines to speed up the manufacture of garden seats, devices to make hedge trimming less tiresome or to get a telescope into and out of a garage, and most recently, hydrogen powered jet planes. Michael was always thinking of solutions. He joined a local photography club and enjoyed the technical aspects of taking the perfect photograph as well as the social aspects. He was also a member of a local astronomy club for some time, where he often helped problem solve their technical issues and enjoyed photographing space; the moon in particular.

Michael has been a much loved and charismatic part of Wreningham for 60 years and will be greatly missed by family, friends and indeed everyone who enjoyed chats with him over the years.


All Norfolk libraries will be closed from Thursday 5 November. The mobile library service will also be suspended until further notice.

Please note that:

  • You can continue to reserve items online ready for when libraries re-open
  • You can still take part in online activities and borrow a range of eBooks and eMagazines
  • You will NOT need to renew the items you have borrowed as your loans will be automatically renewed
  • You won’t be charged any overdue charges for the period that libraries are closed

Please pass this information to your friends and family. Book-drop boxes are still available at all libraries for you to return any books securely. However, items returned in this way will not be cleared from your account whilst libraries are closed.

If you’d like to stay up to date with all the latest news from Norfolk libraries, please sign up for our newsletter, visit our What’s On in Norfolk Libraries webpage or follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We hope that you are keeping safe and well. Reading remains a great way to relax and we look forward to welcoming you back to Norfolk’s libraries as soon as we can.

Jan Holden, Head of Libraries and Information, Norfolk County Council


Yet another notification of a set of roadworks soon to be started. Believe it when you see it… Openreach (Rescheduled) activity which will impact travel. See below.

Church Road, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays likely – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: Approx opposite Coach Depot on Church Road

Works description: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TO FACILITATE CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX 20M OF CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN FW/CW/VERGE – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B003


Ashwellthorpe Road, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays possible – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: From junction of Mill Lane to approx outside Wreningham Primary School

Works description: FUNDENHALL V8008 – PON 730728 – FUNDENHALL SPINE SUB DUCT AND CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX M OF SUB DUCT AND CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN F/W, C/W & VERGE – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B002


Mill Lane, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays possible – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: From junction of Mill Lane to S/O Mill Corner Cottage

Works description: FUNDENHALL V8008 – PON 730728 – FUNDENHALL SPINE SUB DUCT AND CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX M OF SUB DUCT AND CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN null – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B001


Wymondham Road, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays possible – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: S/O The Larches on Wymondham Road

Works description: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TO FACILITATE CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX 20M OF CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN FW/CW/VERGE – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B004


Norfolk County Council a wide range of services: for children, young people, vulnerable and older people; for the highways and transport network; library; waste disposal; fire services; etc.

They report a financial climate of unprecedented risk and uncertainty, both for people who use the services, and those providing them. The Council must plan for the impacts of rising budget pressures, uncertainty over Government funding and the financial challenges associated with COVID-19.

Many of the additional costs, lost income and undeliverable savings in the current year will have a significant impact on NCC’s 2021-22 finances. There are statutory services to protect with a limited choice of where savings can be made. Despite savings of £436m between 2011 and 2020, considering an increased council tax and a proposal to increase the Adult Social Care precept, the budget will not balance next year. They must find an additional £26m savings in 2021-22 and possibly more depending on the level of Government support received.

They have to develop balanced and sustainable budget proposals to continue to deliver the services relied on by all Norfolk’s people, businesses and visitors. Hence a budget consultation launched on 26th October – see www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget. They invite residents to comment using the online feedback form (this ensures a clear and accurate record of the comments).

Alternatively, send views in writing to: Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK Norfolk County Council, Ground floor – south wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.

Residents can request our budget consultation document in other formats, including paper form, by calling 0344 800 8020 or emailing haveyoursay@norfolk.gov.uk

The consultation closes at midnight on 14th December 2020.

If you have any questions about the process for consultation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Christine Mawson, Stakeholder and Consultation Manager, Email: christine.mawson@norfolk.gov.uk or telephone 01603 224485.