A Wreningham handbook with useful information for village residents has been published by Wreningham Parish Council and a printed copy distributed to all households within the parish.

The 16-page booklet contains information on village history, local government, places of worship, village amenities, clubs and societies and regular events.

There is also information on waste collections, library facilities, education, public transport, sources of information, health and other useful contacts.

The publication was edited by parish councillor Keith Morris, whom you can contact with any amendments or other information you think might be useful for a future edition. Also if you did not receive a copy and would like one, please send your name, contact details and address to: keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk

You can download a PDF version of the Wreningham Handbook below.

We have been asked to provide links to religious sites for those church members who are self-isolating through choice or necessity.

The Church of England

Benefice contact: Revd Lydia Avery, Priest in Charge, The Church of England Upper Tas Valley Benefice, Diocese of Norwich – 01953 788227

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a day of National Prayer.  He asks that we put a lit candle in a window to show solidarity with those who are isolated, worried, working long hours to keep people safe, ill or bereaved.  If you can do this safely, please do.
On the Church of England Website, you might like to be part of an online Mothering Sunday Service being streamed in the morning. There is also an order of service to download so that you can follow it.
There are also other resources you’ll be able to access very easily on the site. Revd Lydia will be putting other prayer resources in Benefice churches over the coming week for you to have at home.
Please be assured of her thoughts and prayers tomorrow when she will be at St Mary’s (10.30) and All Saints Wreningham (2.30) and in the days and weeks ahead.

Roman Catholic

Canon David Paul, Provost, RC Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich.

Until normal service is resumed and the public can once again attend Church for Mass, Canon Paul has arranged for a 10am streaming of Mass from the Cathedral. This is accessible here.

UK Power Networks is responsible for distributing power to the East of England. Their engineers will continue their core role of maintaining the electricity network, and fixing any electrical faults that occur.

With many customers now working from home and to support the wider UK economy at this time, from Friday 20th March, they will be cancelling most lower priority planned maintenance work to avoid planned power cuts for those working from home.

If you need information on a power cut, visit the Power Cut Map for live updates, tweet @UKPowerNetworks or telephone the customer service team, at any time, on 105 or 0800 3163 105. Calls are free from a landline or mobile phone.

Practical steps being taken:

To ensure resilience they have split key teams across different locations, and hundreds of call agents are equipped to answer customer queries while working from home.

All essential work will continue as normal, including fixing the rare power cuts.

Postponing lower priority work on electricity cables and substations to minimise disruption

Working with other network operators and trade associations to ensure best practice and to focus on activities that safeguard power supplies.

Engaging with suppliers to ensure access to equipment and supplies needed

What this means for you:

If their engineers need to enter your home to restore your power, they’ll ask whether you are self-isolating and make appropriate arrangements.

The engineers will wear protective equipment, stay in a different room from people who are infected or self-isolating, and avoid touching surfaces.

Be on their Priority Services Register to ensure you receive extra support if you experience a power cut.

There are over 20 ways to get in touch, including the website, Twitter @ukpowernetworks, or ring 105.

Support for those most in need during a power cut:

Free additional tailored support and guidance to customers on the Priority Services Register if they experience a power cut, are reliant on electronic medical equipment or have young children.

To register for the Priority Services Register call 0800 169 9970 or visit the website at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

We have received a notice from the Humbleyard group practice (Mulbarton, Cringleford, Hethersett) regarding a plan due to be implemented on Monday.

Many local practices have stopped on-line appointment booking and this week will probably stop any pre-booking of appointments with Doctors.

Humbleyard patients should know that this will mean anyone who has a pre-booked appointment will be contacted initially by phone to see if the issue can be dealt with without the patient going to the surgery. Patients who have given the practice permission to text them should already have received a text about this.

Any patients who feel they need to be seen each day will have a telephone triage call and then given an appointment to be seen face to face if it is felt to be needed, although it is hoped that the majority of queries will be dealt with over the telephone.

For the Humbleyard Practice anyone with respiratory symptoms will be seen at Cringleford Surgery only.

If patients have not given their practice a current mobile number and are happy for practices to contact them via text, now would be a good time to update their details with their practice! 

Please remember the NHS advice about using the on-line website or calling 111 and not the practice.

The Ashwren Players drama group was formed in the early 1970s and had a long history of performing plays, reviews and pantomimes in Wreningham village hall. Ashwren Players grew in 2007 when the Mulbarton Players disbanded and many of their members joined us. Indeed, over the years many people from the locality have been involved in supporting the group and its performances.

Unfortunately, Ashwren Players decided to call it a day and all the props, costumes, and funds have been distributed.

As a final “farewell”, we are inviting everybody who had ever been involved or helped to attend a “curtain closing” event on Sunday 1st March at Wreningham village hall from 7 pm to 10 pm. There will be a buffet, informal entertainment and a licensed bar.

Please pass this invitation to anyone you know who played any part in the life and times of Ashwren Players.

To help us plan this event, let Val Keel know if you (or anybody you contact) is hoping to be there on 01508 488231 or val@valkeel.co.uk

An updated welcome booklet for new residents to Wreningham has been published online, providing useful information and a warm welcome to village life.

Written by parish councillor Keith Morris, the updated Welcome Pack contains information about village history, local government, faith, village hall, regular events, clubs and societies, facilities, education, media, public transport, health and useful contacts.

If you spot anything which is incorrect, or anything you think should be added, please email keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk

Download  the booklet by clicking here

The packs are delivered to new village residents but are also available to existing residents. If you are new to Wreningham and have not received one, please contact council chairman, Michael Hill at wrendriff@gmail.com

Reference: 2020/0129
Applicant: Mrs Kay Goldsmith
Location: Ivy Cottage, Ashwellthorpe Road, Wreningham, Norfolk NR16 1AW
Proposal: Two storey side extension
Application Type: Householder

Please return comments by 18 February 2020 to SNC:

on-line: via Comment tab here
email: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

For those needing to travel between Wreningham and Stansted Airport an existing option is about to become a lot more viable.  From the 15th December, many of the Norwich to Cambridge train services are being extended to Stansted Airport. See here and here.

The journey time between Wymondham Station and Stansted will be approximately 1¾ hours.  That will take you right alongside the terminal building.  If you’d been planning to drive, park in the airport’s Long Term of Mid Stay car parks, taking the bus link to the terminal, you’ll find the overall journey time between Wymondham and the inside of the airport terminal to be almost the same by train.

Of course, life isn’t perfect.  The through trains between Norwich and Stansted won’t be operating in the early mornings or in the evenings (that will require a change) but, otherwise, it’s a very regular service.  You can check the train times here, (put in dates after 15th December to see the new services and times).

Of course, with the introduction of the new Greater Anglia fleet – already operating on the route to Cambridge, the train is a great improvement, too.

Thanks to David Kirk for finding this for us.

We have received notification that the bus services in Norfolk will have significant changes. The note is attached here – those which mention Mulbarton are in green lettering, whereas mention of Wreningham is in one entry in blue ink.

It is not clear whether these are temporary arrangements or more permanent. Please contact the names given in the note if you need more information.