About Michael Hill

Wreningham Parish Council Chair

Reference: 2022/0835
Applicant: C Bilham, R Spratt & A Riches
Location: Spratts Garage Wymondham Road Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1AZ
Proposal: Demolition of existing commercial workshop and buildings, erection of four new dwellings and garages, with all matters reserved except for access
Application Type: Outline Planning Permission

Please return comments to South Norfolk by 1 June 2022.

e-mail: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

In October 2021, the Wreningham Heritage Group held an exhibition in the village hall covering aspects of our village story over a period from the early 1800s to recent times. Many villagers asked if it would be possible to see some of this again. On Saturday (7th May) you can.

The occasion is the visit of the “Food Museum” (formerly known as the Museum of East Anglian Life) who are holding their own exhibition in Wreningham village hall; the Wreningham Heritage Group will be supporting them by reusing some of display material from last October. This will include old village farm information and old photos together with some very exciting and recently discovered information – from over 100 years ago, about the former village shop located at the school crossroads.

The event is free. The hall is open from 10am to 4pm. All will be very welcome and refreshments will be on sale.

Update 29 April

From Jacqui Fenn, Regional External Affairs Manager, National Grid

East Anglia GREEN is a proposal to build a new high voltage network reinforcement between Norwich, Bramford and Tilbury. While our existing high voltage electricity network in East Anglia has been sufficient until today, it doesn’t have the capability needed to reliably and securely transport all the energy that will be connected by 2030 while working to the required standards.  

The network reinforcement that East Anglia GREEN will provide would be achieved by the construction and operation of a new 400 kV electricity transmission line over a distance of approximately 180 km and a new 400 kV connection substation. 

The reinforcement would comprise mostly overhead line (including pylons and conductors – the ‘line’ part), underground cabling through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), works at existing substations at Norwich, Bramford and Tilbury and a new 400 kV connection substation in the Tendring district.  

East Anglia GREEN will play a vital role in delivering electricity efficiently, reliably, and safely and will support the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions. 

Consultation Events 

To support the consultation, we are holding a series of in-person events and online webinars. 

Public Information Events 

Visit one of our face to face public information events being held at the following locations across the proposed route to find out more and speak to experts within the team. 

Date Time Venue 
Thursday 28 April 12-6:30pm Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Centre, 7 High Street, Ingatestone CM4 9ED 
Wednesday 4 May 12-6:30pm Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham CM8 2DY 
Saturday 7 May 10am-4pm West Bergholt Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt CO6 3BG 
Monday 9 May 12-7pm Chadwell Village Hall, Waterson Road, Chadwell St Mary RM16 4NX 
Wednesday 11 May 1-6:30pm Mulbarton Village Hall, The Common, Mulbarton NR14 8AE 
Saturday 14 May 10am-4pm The Palgrave and District Community Centre, 10 Rose Lane, Palgrave IP22 1AP 
Tuesday 17 May 12-7pm Holton St Mary Village Hall, Holton St Mary, Hadleigh CO7 6NW 
Wednesday 18 May 12-7pm Burstall Village Memorial Hall, Burstall, Ipswich IP8 3DR 
Saturday 21 May 1-6pm Laindon Community Centre, Aston Road, Laindon SS15 6N 
Tuesday 24 May 11am-5.30pm Writtle Village Hall, 18 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3DU 
Friday 27 May 1-7pm Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market IP6 8BB 
Saturday 28 May 10am-4pm Lawford Venture, Centre, Bromley Road, Lawford, Manningtree CO11 2JE 

Online webinars  

Attend an hour online webinar where we will present details of the proposals followed by an open Q&A. The briefings are either for the entire route or split by local authority. Visit our website to register.   

Date Time Topic 
Friday 22 April 2pm Overview of project 
Saturday 23 April 10am Overview of project 
Monday 25 April 7pm Overview of project 
Tuesday 26 April 2pm Our proposals in the South Norfolk district 
Friday 6 May 10am Our proposals in the Babergh, Tendring and Colchester districts 
Tuesday 10 May 2pm Our proposals in the Chelmsford district 
Friday 13 May 10am Our proposals in the Thurrock district 
Thursday 19 May 2pm Our proposals in the Mid Suffolk district 
Friday 20 May 10am Our proposals in the Braintree district 
Wednesday 25 May 2pm Our proposals in the Basildon and Brentwood districts 
Wednesday 8 June 2pm Overview of project 
Thursday 9 June 7pm Overview of project 

All information on the proposals, including an interactive map, all consultation materials and how to provide your feedback are available on our website.  Please visit nationalgrid.com/east-anglia-green

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the East Anglia GREEN Community Relations Team on +44 (0) 800 151 0992 and/or EastAngliaGREEN@nationalgrid.com

Original post

National Grid is planning a significant upgrade to the electricity power supply for the East Anglia Region. As you can see from the image in this post, the potential path for the pylons passes to the East of Top Row and as such we think that you should be aware of their proposals.

A consultation period is now open from 21 April to 16 June 2022 (their comment form is available here). There will be a public session in Mulbarton on 11 May from 1pm to 6.30 pm in the Village Hall. See the newsletter about the consultation process and other venues here.

A high-level document addressing the whole project is available here (58Mb) for download. An extract from this document covering our area can be found here (6Mb).

For more information about their plans for South Norfolk, you may wish to look at their website.

Reference: 2022/0726
Applicant: Mr and Mrs Groat
Location: White House Penny’s Green Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1BD
Proposal: Proposed house alterations, extensions and new carport.
Application Type: Householder

Please return comments to South Norfolk by 14 May 2022.

e-mail: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Norfolk Association of Local Councils has written about opportunities for residents. If you know anyone who may benefit please contact the Clerk.

Call Blockers
The Norfolk Against Scams Partnership (NASP) have been successful in their bid for a share of funding made available for call blockers and have been able to purchase a further 45 call blockers.  Partners can apply for a call blocker on behalf of a resident, customer or client who they think would benefit from having one fitted. It has been identified that call blockers can help protect adults who are susceptible to scam and nuisance calls

Applications will be assessed by Norfolk Trading Standards on behalf of the NASP. If a resident could benefit from a call blocker, please complete the referral form with the person you are applying for.
             Application form available here:      LINK
If the application is successful, Norfolk Trading Standards will arrange with the individual for the unit to be fitted by an appropriate volunteer.
If you have any questions about the NASP Call Blocking project please email nasp@norfolk.gov.uk 
Grants to help with energy debts If you’re in debt to your energy supplier, you might be able to get a grant to help pay it off. These energy suppliers offer grants to their customers:
British Gas Energy Trust – apply for a grant on the British Gas Energy Trust website https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/grants-available/
Ovo Energy Fund – apply for a grant on the Ovo Energy Fund website
E.ON Next Energy Fund – apply for a grant on the E.ON Next Energy Fund website https://www.eonenergy.com/more-for-your-home/energy-fund.html
EDF Energy Customer Support Fund – apply for a grant on the EDF Energy Customer Support Fund website https://www.edfenergy.com/for-home/help-centre/faq/extra-support-when-you-need-it?steps=23147#chapter-23146-6
Octopus ‘Octo Assist Fund’ – apply for a grant on the Octopus website
If you can’t get a grant from your supplier, check if you can get a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust. These grants are available to anyone – you don’t have to be a British Gas customer.
For older people (of/over state retirement age) don’t forget the Friends of the Elderly charity grants. Friends of the Elderly provides small grants (normally up to £400) to older people who meet all of the criteria:
* Resident in England and Wales
* Of/over state pension age
* Who are living on low incomes and with little savings
* Who do not fit the criteria for other funders

Their grant streams include:
FINANCIAL SUPPORT grants help with unexpected bills and large costs such as utility bills, funeral costs for loved ones, moving fees, etc. https://www.fote.org.uk/our-charity-work/grants-2/

Website going live and an invitation to help promote the countywide celebrations with the Norfolk Lieutenancy and Bruno Peek  
Wednesday 6 April 7pm-8.30pm
Speakers: James Bagge Chairman Norfolk Lieutenancy Platinum Jubilee Committee
Chris Donaldson Creative and Digital Director Brandex
Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
This webinar will provide a first in-depth look at the Norfolk Lieutenancy Platinum Jubilee Website which goes live in April. You will find out how to post your own events, look at all the other elements on the website; and it will also give a Platinum Jubilee Celebrations general update including the Norfolk Beacons project.
More information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/301296956307
Our mailing address is: NALC, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2UF

Due to the popularity of the online information session held on Monday, SNC is repeating their Zoom session for those considering hosting a Ukrainian refugee or family in Norfolk – this is scheduled for Thursday evening (31 March) – 7 pm on Zoom.

It is for anyone in Norfolk as the content is not district specific as the processes are universal across the county.

The Zoom meeting will accommodate up to 500 participants at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89131193141 Password: 883393

Alternatively, you can view the Monday night session here: https://youtu.be/bFSWJiQof5M

Further details from Kerrie Gallagher, Help Hub and Communities Senior Manager
t  01508 533741 e kerrie.gallagher@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk  

Nominations are now open for South Norfolk Council’s Community Awards, celebrating the work and achievements of volunteers, community groups, and businesses across the district.

The categories for this year are:

  • Inspiration of the Year
  • Young Hero of the Year (aged 18 or under)
  • The Helping Hand Award
  • Business in the Community Award
  • Green at Heart Award
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Hero

The winners in each category will receive £250 for their chosen community group.

If you know someone who is doing a great job, then please nominate them. The closing date is 6 June 2022. For more information and to nominate someone please visit https://www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk/communities/community-awards-2022

If you need any further assistance or have any queries, contact the Communities Team on 01508 533914 or email communities@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk 

March 2022 update

Test-pit digging in our community archaeology project returns this Summer. The last set of diggings’ findings are discussed in the Wreningham interim report.

The three sites selected for the second round of test-pitting are:

  • 26th June 2022 Jean will host the dig at Shelley Cottage on Wymondham Rd
  • 3rd July 2022 Val will host the dig at The Old Homestead in Top Row
  • 24th July 2022, Jill will host the dig at Willeys Croft on Church Road

Please register your interest with Steve Hickling (details below) who is co-ordinating the project and the experts who review the findings. There will be a mid-morning start at 10am. Volunteers should bring a shovel / spade / mattock or pickaxe and a trowel or sieve if you have them. Some suggest that bringing a flask of coffee and some lunch also help with motivation!

The contact for interest and question is Steve Hickling, currently working from home, but reachable at:

Historic Environment Officer, Community and Environment Services, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich

Tel: 01362 869285 | Dept: 01362 869278 | Mobile: 07775687817 | email: steve.hickling@norfolk.gov.uk

August 2018 post

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