A community archaeology project in Wreningham has restarted after a four-year gap with a test pit on Wymondham Road, to be followed by two others and a talk by Historic Environment Officer, Steve Hickling. 

Following on from eight test pits dug in private gardens around the village back in summer 2018, led by Steve and archaeologist colleagues, a further test pit was dug at Shelley Cottage on Wymondham Road on Sunday June 26.

Further test pits are due to be dug on Sunday July 3 at The Old Homestead in Toprow and on Sunday July 24 at Willey’s Croft on Church Road. Anyone who wants to join in is welcome to turn up at 10am. No previous experience necessary – but please bring a shovel / spade / mattock or pickaxe and a trowel or sieve if you have them.

In addition, there is a meeting of the Wreningham Heritage Group at 2pm on Wednesday July 13 in the Margaret Preston Room at the Village Hall – all are welcome.

The meeting agenda includes a talk by Steve Hickling on Test Pitting – incorporating information from recent and planned test pits around the village.

Test pits enable us to discover and record artefacts from our village’s history.  Some of these can date back to the Middle Ages – or even earlier!

The last set of eight Wreningham test pits were dug in 2018.  The plan has been to test pit in diverse locations around the village.  It’s hoped this will provide evidence for determining historic patterns of settlement etc.

An Interim Report from the 2018 test pits can be found here. 

Pictured above and below is the test pitting at Shelley Cottage earlier today.

Update 15 June 2022

The National Grid consultation is closing on 16th June. If you have views you wish to express about a line of 50m pylons (one every 300m) passing 1 kilometer from the end of Top Row – you still have time, just. However, the closing date does not stop you from contacting those who may be interested to hear your views on this matter, such as:

  • District Councillors – see here for contact details
  • Norfolk County Councillor – see here for contact details
  • Mr R Bacon, MP for South Norfolk – see here for contact details
  • Leader of South Norfolk Council , John Fuller – see here for contact details
  • OFGEM CEO – Jonathan Brearley
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Kwasi Kwarteng (Secretary of State); Sarah Munby (Permanent Secretary)

Update 26 May 2022

From Karen Fisher:

“You may be aware of a National Grid Proposal which they are calling “East Anglia Green” which is a proposal to take green energy generated by the wind farms on the North Norfolk Coast via 180kms of 50m tall steel pylons from Norwich to Tilbury in Essex. 

“National Grid have chosen their preferred route for the pylons and have only notified those who live very close to where they will be situated.  Therefore there may be many people who will live within sight of these hideous pylons without having any knowledge of the proposals and therefore no chance to make their views known.  National Grid are running a public consultation until the 16th June asking for feedback on the proposals.

“I live in a village which will have these pylons put straight through the middle of it and although we accept the need for this energy to get to the southeast we believe that this should be done via undersea cables to protect the countryside for us all.

“To see how close your parish might be there is an ‘interactive map’ allowing you to zoom in to a particular part of the route available here. The interactive map is helpful providing that you can view it properly – it is really best viewed on a computer screen rather than a phone.

“Even if your parish is not close to this route we hope that you may be prepared to join us in the fight against this proposal by asking people local to you to sign the petition calling for these cables to be put under the sea rather than through the countryside which will destroy important habitats as well as the mental health of so many people.

“This is the link to the petition.

“There is also a Facebook campaign page covering Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex if anyone in your parish is interested in more information. The page may be found at – https://www.facebook.com/groups/718238339216424

“Additionally you can contact Martin Starkie who is one of the people spearheading the campaign at forncettpylons@btinternet.com

“Thank you for your time in reading this.  Any support to save our countryside will be welcome.”

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.

from Cllr. Daniel Elmer, Forehoe Division – Mulbarton, South Wymondham, Newton Flotman, Spooner Row, Wreningham, Swardeston, Bracon Ash, Swainsthorpe, East Carleton, Flordon, Ketteringham

Email – daniel.elmer.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk

Fire and Rescue
• New Emergency Medical Service – We are pleased to be able to let you know that, after lengthy regional discussions, we have an agreement across all Eastern fire and rescue services and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust which will enable firefighters to attend to adult cardiac arrest patients in parts of Norfolk. This is a trial scheme, which we agreed to explore as part of our current Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP 2020-23) work, and follows a successful pilot project in 2016.
A memorandum of understanding is in place across all parties and the costs to the service will be recouped from the NHS.
The welfare of our own staff remains a top priority. Our on-call crews in Sheringham and North Walsham have signed up to help and are receiving training and support before they undertake this additional task. While we are not making it mandatory, all those asked have agreed to take part, citing that they joined the service to save lives and this is another way of being able to do so.
Our crews will be called to support medically where there is a patient in need within 10 minutes of their local fire stations. They will attend alongside EEAST ambulance crews. We are also looking at the possibility of extending this pilot scheme at a later date to include further fire stations.
You will remember that, during the pandemic, our crews offered much support to EEAST and the NHS across Norfolk as part of our commitment to collaboration. We remain committed to reducing risk and saving lives across Norfolk.

• Have Your Say on Bus Services in Norfolk – Consultation has been launched asking for residents’ views on bus services in Norfolk. Whether you use buses every day, or not at all, Norfolk County Council would like to know what improvements are the most important for you.
With Norfolk set to be awarded almost £50m from the Department for Transport to make the county’s bus services and facilities better, your views will help to decide what the money should be spent on.
In October 2021 the County Council published Norfolk’s Bus Service Improvement Plan which outlines the ambitions for the next 5 years. The plan includes ideas to simplify ticketing and journey information, cut fares for under 25s, bring in cleaner and greener buses, improve accessibility and bus stops, and make better and more frequent links between the places people live, work and shop.

The indicative offer of £49.6m for Norfolk will help to put this plan into action and the County Council is now working alongside bus operators to shape details of what the money will be spent on. A vital part of this is understanding what is important to residents, and what will help to attract more people to choose public transport for their journeys more often.
The Bus Service Improvement Plan consultation is open for seven weeks, from Tuesday 17 May to Tuesday 5 July.

Cost of Living and Care:
• New Cost of Living Scheme Launched – Norfolk County Council unveiled last Friday a £7.7m package of hardship support offering increased flexibility and choice in the way a broader range of households can access help.
The council is topping up £6.7m of Government funding from the Household Support Fund with a further £1m to create a new Norfolk Cost of Living Support Scheme which will help people who are struggling to pay for food, energy and water bills, and other essentials.
To ensure part of the support the council is offering is sustainable for the longer term, in addition to the £7.7 million Cost of Living Support Scheme, the council is investing a further £225,000 of capital into its partnership with the Norfolk Community Foundation Nourishing Norfolk food hub offer, bringing the total investment over the last year to £500,000.
We would always encourage residents who find themselves in hardship to contact the council on 0344 800 8020, so we can offer support either directly or through our partners.
• Adult Services Update – Proposals for a new Board to drive up the quality of privately provided Adult Social Care across Norfolk are due to be discussed by the County Council’s Cabinet.
In the wake of the Covid 19 Pandemic, which placed unprecedented pressures on the care sector, councillors are discussing ways to help providers improve from a position in which only 71.1% of care providers in Norfolk are rated Good or Outstanding. The County Council is looking at how it can help providers improve the quality of care they provide, and what form that support can take.
The new Programme Board will operate within the Interrelated Care System (ICS) framework being put in place in Norfolk.
A new Care Quality Programme Board will work to deliver a Norfolk wide care quality strategic framework. This will enable all partners, including care providers, to work together to coordinate and direct action to improve care quality.

Nicky Allen, our current clerk, is off to pastures new with a full-time job and has to step down from the role of Clerk to Wreningham Parish Council. We are sorry to see her go but before she does she will be helping us find a new clerk. That could be you. The following is a vacancy notice to be posted with the Norfolk Association of Local Councils (NALC).

We hope to fill the post by the 11th July meeting as Nicky will be available at least until the end of July to hand over to the incoming clerk. If you’d like to apply, please contact me, Michael Hill (wrendriff@gmail.com) or Nicky (clerk.WPC@gmail.com)

Vacancy for Parish Clerk

& Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Wreningham is a small but lively parish near Wymondham. The Council has five Councillors and two councillor vacancies. We seek to appoint a person with administrative experience to be our Parish Clerk and RFO. The position is from early July 2022. The current clerk is available to effect a handover.

This is an important position for the Council and for the Village. It is a part-time (4.2 hours per week) and home-based role and supports the Parish Council in meeting its legal and financial obligations and the Councillors in their work for, and on behalf of, the parishioners of Wreningham.

The salary is an hourly rate based on a nationally agreed scale. The amount depends on the candidate’s past experience, training and qualifications. The Council will support such training as is required.

The applicant will:

  • be self-motivated and organised,
  • have relevant computer and office-based experience (a laptop is supplied by the Council),
  • work closely with the Chair of the Council,
  • have, or will be expected to obtain, the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)
  • manage their workload appropriately in line with Council’s schedules and deadlines.

The Main duties include:

  • Arranging, publicising and attending 6 Council meetings per annum. The meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of odd numbered months from 7.30pm in Wreningham Village Hall.
  • Preparing agendas, meeting documentation and writing minutes
  • Being the Responsible Financial Officer and managing Council finances, preparing the annual budget, payment of invoices, monitoring the use of CIL, reclaiming VAT, arranging insurance, completing end of year accounts and managing the annual audit.
  • Managing HMRC PAYE (Basic Tools) for the payment of salaries
  • Maintaining Council files and records
  • Monitoring and advising on relevant planning applications
  • Attending to correspondence on a day-to-day basis
  • Liaising with the Chair, District and County Councils, local organisations and the public as required
  • Implementing the Council’s decisions and monitoring actions from the meetings
  • Managing Council assets and arranging maintenance as appropriate
  • Ensuring current legislation and procedures are adhered to by informing and advising the Council and updating Council policies, processes and risk assessments
  • Being the Council’s Data Protection Officer
  • Undertaking training as required.

For further information about the parish and the post, see our website (wreningham.org.uk) or contact the current Clerk, Nicky Allen:

The Birches, Top Row, Wreningham Norwich NR16 1AR
Tel: 01508 481986
E-mail: clerk.wpc@gmail.com 

To apply please send your CV and covering letter via email or post.

Closing date, Thursday 23rd June 2022. Interviews will be held in early July.

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

A dozen or so enthusiastic volunteer litter pickers helped to tidy-up Wreningham, Top Row and Penny Green as part of the Big South Norfolk Litter Pick on Sunday May 15.

The volunteers spread out from the Village Hall to clean verges, paths, playing fields and other public locations across the Wreningham Parish area.

Items including windscreen wipers, clothes, lots of tin cans, plastic and glass bottles and sweet wrappers.

The effort was part of the annual Big South Norfolk Litter Pick, organised by South Norfolk Council, who lent equipment for the event.

If you would like to litter pick in Wreningham, equipment can be loaned at any time from members of Wreningham Parish Council.

Please contact Cllr Keith Morris at keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk for details or ring 01508 488318.

Pictured above are some of the volunteer litter pickers outside Wreningham Village Hall.

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.

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