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.

On Saturday May 7, Wreningham Heritage Group were pleased to welcome the Stowmarket-based Food Museum to the village hall with their touring exhibition. Jean Lambourne reports.

The exhibition focused on two subjects – firstly on the discovery of traditional recipes of the region – they had many on display and were asking for new contributions from visitors who may have been handed down a family favourite.

The second aspect of the tour is in co-operation with Leeds University, on a long-running project starting in the 1950s to identify the many dialect words in the English language. One of their original recordings, which we were able to hear, was of members of the Clark and Brown families in Ashwellthorpe. Where possible they are finding current family members to record their memories. There were some priceless examples to be read and listened to and, again, visitors were encouraged to contribute their own words.

The Wreningham Heritage Group contribution to the day was a reprise of our farming history as seen at WHG’s October exhibition, together with new details of the history of our village shop. We also provided much appreciated refreshments.

Eighty visitors, one from as far afield as Norwich and others from Tacolneston, Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall, enjoyed a very sociable gathering whilst, hopefully, learning something about our shared past.

The Museum staff were delighted with their day and kindly extended an invitation to WHG to visit them as guests on a day to be arranged this summer.

All residents of Wreningham are welcome to attend our meetings, which are advertised in the Mardle and other media.

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

All are welcome! Why not come down to the Village Hall and meet other villagers and enjoy the full range of drinks available?

Thursday Evening – 7 to 10pm

Friday Evening – 6 to 10pm

Saturday Afternoon – 3 to 5pm

Sunday Lunchtime – 12 noon to 2.30pm

Covid note: We have arranged the tables inside to allow for social distancing and when the weather allows the patio seating area is also available.

Defibrillator, Village Hall

Our defibrillator was commissioned in March 2017. At the time the Parish Council organised training in CPR and the use of the Defibrillator. So far it has not been needed, which is good. But, if ever it was needed it would be a shame for you not to know where it is, how to use it and potentially save a life.

We are planning another training session or two with the help of the Mulbarton First Responders. If you are interested, whether to refresh your knowledge or to learn about this for the first time, please contact the Parish Council Clerk via email – clerk.wpc@gmail.com

This what the British Heart Foundation has to say about defibrillators.

The Village Village Hall Committee, which is organising the fireworks display for 3rd November, has obtained a temporary road closure notice for Mill Lane – either side of the Village Hall. Details below:
Map_Wreningham Fireworks 2018
Order – Wreningham Village Fireworks Display

If you have any queries relating to the temporary traffic management for this event, contact Adam Mayo on 01603 819839.


Planning for our Village Tidy on 22 April 2018

There are a few things to think about for this event. This check-list is designed to help us, and you, to be fully prepared for a successful pick! But above all to have a safe and enjoyable time.

Before the 2pm start

  1. Gather at the Margaret Preston Room in the Village Hall.

  2. You will be assigned one of the following:

    • Ashwellthorpe Road

    • Church Road

    • Hethel Road

    • Mill Lane

    • Playingfield

    • Top Row

    • Wymondham Road.

  1. We will issue the litter pick equipment. South Norfolk Council will supply: Litter Pickers / Waste sacks – one type for recycling and one for non-recycling / Hi-viz jackets.

  1. We will confirm main details with you (your collection area, duration of the pick, risk assessment and priority to recycle where possible in the sacks provided).

  2. Note that the items that can be recycled in your recycling sack will be: Plastic bottles, tins, cans, paper, card, tetra-paks, plastic food trays, foil trays and glass bottles.

The litter pick

  1. Go to the furthest end of your assigned area and commence the litter pick on the way back.

  2. Only pick litter in public areas (roadway, verges, ditches (if safe to do so), open spaces). Do not enter private gardens or driveways.

  3. Do not pick items up with your hands, only use the litter pickers.

  4. Remember to be considerate to your community and environment.

  5. Take Care! Especially when picking near traffic. If you have children with you, please make sure that they are appropriately managed and assisted on the day.

  6. We may record names of those involved and take pictures as SNC expect to draft press releases for the events in the district.

Upon returning to the Hall

  1. Place your waste sacks in the Hall’s main car park.

  2. Return the equipment and any unused bags.

  3. Come into the Margaret Preston room where we expect to have snacks and drinks available for all volunteers – do stay and chat with others.

  4. We will provide SNC with our event records and they will calculate the amount of litter collected. Once they receive this information they will enter the village name into as prize draw for £200 towards Hall funds.

  5. SNC will arrange to collect the waste bags.

As mentioned on this website and in the Mardle we are working to improve the facilities in the Village Hall. The Margaret Preston Room is the first significant sign of this work. Jon Moon has installed modern and attractive doors and windows to replace the rather dilapidated and rotting wooden predecessors.

See the photographs, or better still, come and have a look for yourself.

New windows in MPR

New windows in MPR

External view of the new doors & windows

External view of the new doors & windows

Before replacement

Before replacement