Update 9 Jan 2023: The Defibrillator has re-appeared in its housing on the Hall wall – sans the torch. It is unaffected by its disappearance and is ready for duty.

5 Jan 2023: The Defibrillator (with its mechanical torch) are no longer in the housing attached to the Village Hall wall facing the larger car park. It is the only one in the village and is unavailable for any emergency.

We are assuming that it is has been deployed for use by someone in the village. Which is what it is there for. However it needs to be returned and made ready for service.

The Ambulance Service has not yet replied to a request to confirm its deployment. If you know where it is please contact me or the Parish Clerk so that we can arrange for its reinstatement with new supplies.

Join us at Wreningham cinema

We are planning to hold an afternoon film show, on the last Wednesday of the month during the winter (except December 28th), in Wreningham Village Hall as our contribution to the “warm space” scheme. A chance for you to turn down the heating at home and join us for a film and hot drink.

Our license will not allow us to advertise the title of the film but on Wed. 30th November at 2 pm we will be showing – “a true story about a crane operator who gained entry to the 1976 Golf open, despite never having played any golf”. Reviews: “An uproarious comedy” “Made me cry with laughter”. There is no charge to see the film, but an optional donation towards the refreshments would be appreciated.

Run by The Upper Tas Valley Benefice and open to anybody in our parishes, whether or not they attend our churches.

Book a Lunch

If you live alone or are struggling to make ends meet we will be offering a warm lunch at 1 pm before the film but this needs to be booked in advance. Contact Christine Minns for details if you are interested or if you know of somebody else who might be. Tel: 01508 488123


We will try to organise transport for the less able or non-car owners. Please let Christine know if you will require transport.

The Wreningham Heritage Group is delighted to unveil its new website at www.wreninghamheritage.uk. The site builds on material seen in the 2021 Wreningham Heritage Group exhibition and adds a lot more – over 60 pages of heritage news, pictures, audio, stories, etc.

The website tells the story of our village together with the stories of those who helped shape it. There are audio clips from present-day villagers who will tell you how the village was in their early days!

The Heritage Group has many sources of heritage information, including most importantly the villagers. Your story, backed by documents and artefacts, can add immensely to that of Wreningham and your fellow villagers.

You are invited to attend their meetings in the Village Hall, usually every two months, to see and talk about your village’s heritage and to bring anything which adds to the story of Wreningham and its people. Meeting dates will be posted on this site, the village website and in the Mardle. 

The group is keen to have a site which is dynamic and grows into new areas over time. For example, they are currently experimenting with a “Look-up” service to enable villagers raise questions about their local ancestors etc. See the Contact page for more information.

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.