Does the month last longer than your money??

Do you know of anybody who struggles to feed themselves or their family??

If so – Read on!!!

Food and Beverage Buddies (FABB) Is a charity run by volunteers who collect food which is just about on the “best by” date from M&S and distribute it to people who could use a little help with providing food for themselves or their family.

The local church is helping with distribution and will receive a delivery at 9 am on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer (school holiday period) as from Tuesday 30th July. We will have no idea of what is likely to be delivered but we expect bread, cakes, vegetables and any other “pre-packed” items which have been unsold. These will be available for people to collect either for themselves or anybody they know who is in need.

You can call at Forncett St Edmunds church, NR16 1AJ (opposite the Jolly Farmers) between 9 am and 10.30 am each Tuesday.

There is no charge for this food and if you are unable to get there, contact a churchwarden at your nearest church and they may be able to arrange a home delivery.



Excitement is mounting in Wreningham and Top Row as the charity Open Gardens event approaches this Sunday (June 16), being held for the first time in 20 years, and a free booklet and map are now available online. 

The open gardens, ranging from small cottage plots to larger landscaped gardens and woodlands, will be open to visitors on Sunday, June 16, Fathers’ Day, from 10am until 4pm.

The event will be raising funds for the historic All Saints Church in the village.

One of the organisers, Karen Nunn, said: “It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years since the last Open Gardens event was held in the village.  There will be a broad range of gardens open to visitors from new gardens that are still in the early stages of development to mature gardens large and small.   There will be woodland walks, ponds galore, vegetable gardens and plenty of early summer flowering plants in their full glory.  So whether you are looking for some garden inspiration to take home or just to enjoy a lovely day out in the village there will be something here for you.

“Our Open Gardens event is being organised by a group of volunteers and, as well as raising funds for good causes in the village, we hope that it will also bring the community together in a celebration of summer.

“In addition to the Open Gardens we are planning a range of other attractions for visitors, including lots of dads we hope. These will includes games such as welly throwing, bug hunting and giant Jenga for children and their dads in each garden and a gnome hunt. There will also be art displays and sales from talented artists within the village and a plant sale at the church.

“For those who work up an appetite while wandering around we will have tea and cakes at the church, a South African barbecue in one garden and light lunches, cakes and a bar at the village hall.”

Entry is £5 per person with accompanied under 12s free of charge and includes a free printed programme.  Please note that this is a cash only event.

To download the free printed programme, click here.

To download the free printed map, click here.

Even if you use the online booklet and map, you will need to pay £5 per person to go around the gardens. Payment can be taken at any of the car parks for the event dotted around the village.

Pictured are many of the Wreningham and Top Row gardeners that will be opening their gardens to the public on June 16. Picture by Keith Morris.


There will be a splash of colour in Wreningham in mid-June when village gardens open their gates to visitors for the first time in 20 years, following a charity colour run at the village school, to make up a fun-packed community weekend. 

The open gardens, ranging from small cottage plots to larger landscaped gardens and woodlands, will be open to visitors on Sunday, June 16, Fathers’ Day, from 10am until 4pm.

The event will be raising funds for the historic All Saints Church in the village.

One of the organisers, Karen Nunn, said: “It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years since the last Open Gardens event was held in the village.  There will be a broad range of gardens open to visitors from new gardens that are still in the early stages of development to mature gardens large and small.   There will be woodland walks, ponds galore, vegetable gardens and plenty of early summer flowering plants in their full glory.  So whether you are looking for some garden inspiration to take home or just to enjoy a lovely day out in the village there will be something here for you.

“Our Open Gardens event is being organised by a group of volunteers and, as well as raising funds for good causes in the village, we hope that it will also bring the community together in a celebration of summer.

“In addition to the Open Gardens we are planning a range of other attractions for visitors, including lots of dads we hope. These will includes games such as welly throwing, bug hunting and giant Jenga for children and their dads in each garden and a gnome hunt. There will also be art displays and sales from talented artists within the village and a plant sale at the church.

“For those who work up an appetite while wandering around we will have tea and cakes at the church, a South African barbecue in one garden and light lunches, cakes and a bar at the village hall.”

Entry is £5 per person with accompanied under 12s free of charge and includes a free printed programme.  Please note that this is a cash only event.

To start the community weekend in the village, the Friends of Wreningham School will be holding a fete, and colour run on the village playing field on Saturday June 15.

You can find out more details of both events at https://www.wreningham.org.uk

Pictured are many of the Wreningham and Top Row gardeners that will be opening their gardens to the public on June 16. Picture by Keith Morris.


More than 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 April 21.

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

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

Volunteers enjoyed cakes and a free drink courtesy of the Witch & Wren Social Club.

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.


Help shape the future of travel and transport in the East!

Transport East is running a survey to better understand how you travel across Norfolk. The data provided will help shape decisions on future transport investment in the local area.

Whether you walk, drive, cycle, take the bus or train, the views of people living and working in South Norfolk are important to help us understand how as a partnership, we can work to improve access to work, education, health services and opportunities for socialising. The information you can provide will be make a difference towards making the East a thriving region.

The survey is open until 17 April and you can take part here: https://alligator.focusvision.com/survey/selfserve/54a/240252?list=99

Completed surveys have the chance of winning a £100 Love2Shop voucher!

For more information see Transport East


Broadland and South Norfolk Councils are running a free mental health awareness at Shelfanger Village Hall on the on Thursday 21 March from 5.30-7.30pm. This Mental Health Awareness in the Community course will be delivered by Thriving Workplaces. Anyone connected to a community group, parish/town council or any local business in South Norfolk can attend.

You can sign up here.

This is a part of the Mindful Towns and Village project. It is designed to increase the number of local people with mental health knowledge in our communities. The main aim is to provide safe places where people in the local community can come and have a chat and where necessary get signposted to other services, such as the Council Help Hub. Attendees will receive resources: a window sticker, access to website resources, access to a closed Facebook group for Wellbeing Champions, an invitation to the upcoming Community Links meeting.  

For further information on Mindful Towns and Village as well as details on how to register please visit our website https://www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk/MindfulTowns . 

Michaela Beaumont, Community Capacity Officer
t 01508 533665 e michaela.beaumont@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk  


Please help us to tidy up litter in Wreningham, Top Row and Penny’s Green by joining the Big South Norfolk Litter Pick on Sunday April 21, at 2pm.

Volunteers are needed to help us keep our lovely village tidy by taking part in South Norfolk’s Big Litter Pick 2024.

We will provide litter pickers, bags and holders and high-vis jackets (you can bring your own). You just need to bring yourself and, ideally, some gardening gloves or similar.

We will start at 2pm in the Witch & Wren bar at the Village Hall and finish off with a free first drink from the bar and cake in the Social Club from 3.30pm onwards.

If you have any queries, or to confirm you are coming, please email Keith Morris at keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk, or ring 01508 488318 – but you can just turn up. If you are happy to bring a cake please let Keith know.


There will be a splash of colour in Wreningham in mid June when village gardens open their gates to visitors following a colour run at the village school, to make up a fun-packed community weekend. 

The open gardens, ranging from small cottage plots to larger landscaped gardens and woodlands, will be open to visitors on Sunday, June 16, Fathers’ Day, from 10am until 4pm.

The event will be raising funds for the historic All Saints Church in the village.

One of the organisers, Karen Nunn, said: “Our Open Gardens event is being organised by a group of volunteers and, as well as raising funds for good causes in the village, we hope that it will also bring the community together in a celebration of summer.

“In addition to the Open Gardens we are planning a range of other attractions for visitors, including lots of dads we hope. These will includes games such as welly throwing, bug hunting and giant Jenga for children and their dads in each garden and a gnome hunt. There will also be art displays and sales from talented artists within the village and a plant sale at the church.

“For those who work up an appetite while wandering around we will have tea and cakes at the church, a South African barbecue in one garden and light lunches, cakes and a bar at the village hall.”

Entry is £5 per person with accompanied under 12s free of charge.  Please note that this is a cash only event.

To start the community weekend in the village, the Friends of Wreningham School will be holding a fete, and colour run on the village playing field on Saturday June 15.


Just received the e-bulletin for the A11 Spooner Row to Tuttles reconstruction scheme.

Upcoming work – 20 January 2024

Advanced notification of A11 Wymondham Bypass Overnight Closures
Resurfacing a section of Spinks Lane, now that the site compound has been removed, and reinstated the land to fields. This surfacing is taking place to reinstate a smooth road surface following increased usage while we worked to reconstruct the A11.

Temporary closure of the Tuttles Interchange southbound exit and entry slip roads overnight between 8pm and 6am on 24 February 2024 and 25 February 2024.

Traffic exiting the A11 via the Tuttles Interchange southbound exit slip road will need to continue southbound on the A11 until you reach the Browick Road southbound exit slip road. Turn right onto Browick Road, and at the third roundabout turn left onto Ayton Road. At the end of Ayton Road turn right onto Station Road, and then turn right onto the B1172. Follow the B1172 northbound to continue your journey.

Traffic joining the A11 southbound carriageway will need to travel southbound on the B1172 until Station Road. Turn right onto Station Road before turning left onto Ayton Road. At the roundabout take the third exit and continue until you reach the A11 Browick Road southbound entry slip road.

Please note that all closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions.

Road users can also keep up to date on road closures by visiting our Traffic England website at www.trafficengland.com or by following our X feed: @HighwaysEAST


Get in touch

If you have any questions about this work, call the 24/7 Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by email to info@nationalhighways.co.uk. Additional details on the scheme webpage at www.nationalhighways.co.uk/A11concrete

Andy Jobling
Programme Delivery Manager