Donald Whiterod, 86, died at his home, High Common Farm, on 30 December 2021.

Who was Donald Whiterod (always Donald and never “Don” or “Donny”)?

Many people in the village will know him as the elderly gent who drove very slowly, in a large car through the village, loved dogs and for most of his time at High Common Farm he had at least one dog for company – often an Alsatian – and his favourite tipple was a good whisky. Those who regularly supported Wreningham Social Club would have known that nobody sat on “Donald’s” stool, and the bar staff knew better than to put his drink in anything other than “Donald’s glass”.

However, there was much more to Donald Whiterod than this.

His family took on High Common farm in 1969. Once the farmhouse had been renovated, they moved in, and there Donald lived for the rest of his life. He soon became active within the village. He served on the Parish Council for many years. He is one of the few Parish Council members in living memory who was elected into office, as he was pleased to inform people, especially his fellow councillors.

He served on the Village Hall Management Committee and at one time helped to run the junior discos. He was a member of Ashwren Players and opened his home for rehearsals. He helped in the fundraising for the playing field and the building of the present village hall. In fact, he was elected the first chairman of Wreningham Social Club. Although he did not hold this position for long, he continued to be an active member.

He supported the local church, not least by providing the hoggin for the entrance to the car park. He was a gate steward for the “Wreningham Trotting” which took place at The Poplars grass raceway. He served on the Millennium committee and it was he who suggested that the memorial to the year 2000 should be a village clock which eventually was installed on the tower of All Saints church.

Donald’s charitable activities included raising funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH). In 2006, he and his brother, Maurice, invited traditional farming enthusiasts to harvest a wheat crop that was threshed with a Fowler steam engine. This raised over £1200 for EACH. There were several of these events over the years – the image below was taken in 2009 and is believed to be a Fowler thresher at the farm as mentioned above.

Immediate family and invited close friends attended the private interment at Wymondham Cemetery on 20 January 2022.

Fowler Thresher. Photograph: D Kirk, 2009

Wreningham Parish residents can now help keep Wreningham, Top Row and Penny’s Green litter free after the Parish Council bought litter-picking equipment which can be borrowed for free.

Sets of two litter-pickers, bag hoops and high-vis jackets are now available for residents to borrow for ad-hoc litter picking around the area. Litter picking would be done at residents’ own risk.

Sets are located at homes on the main roads in the parish and can be borrowed via a quick email or phone call as follows:

Wymondham Road and general enquiries:

Cllr Keith Morris, on 01508 488318 or at keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk

Ashwellthorpe Road:

Cllr Hughie Glaves: Porthtowan or at: hugh.glaves@btinternet.com

Church Road, Hethel Road & Penny’s Green:

Sarah Lidington: Cloverside, Church Road or at sarahl@live.co.uk

Mill Lane

Christine Bilham: Cha-Am or 01508 489626 or at: bilham8@aol.com

Top Row 

Nicky Allen: The Birches or at: clerk.WPC@gmail.com

Pictured is Cllr Keith Morris with the litter picking equipment available for residents to borrow.


Update: 8 November 2021

This is an update on the progress of NCC Greenways Team project to improve waymarking and access on the historic Kett’s Country Long Distance Path, an 18-mile recreational walking route between Wymondham and Norwich. It is creating five new circular walks to connect local communities to the linear route and other green spaces. The long-distance path and all circular walks will be following existing public rights of way or quiet roads. The project is due to be completed by the end of March 2022.

Here is a map showing the route:

The Wreningham circular route has had improvements to access points and bridges in the Long’s Wood area. The information board near the Church will be repositioned to the verge by the Bird In Hand.  There may be some additional notice signs installed along the route.

The team is gathering information about the local history, heritage and biodiversity for their promotional materials, so if you think something would be worth highlighting, or know someone who would be a good source of information, please contact Helen Terry at the Norfolk Greenways Team – norfolkgreenways@norfolk.gov.uk.

Original Post: December 2020

Norfolk County Council’s Kett’s Country Long Distance Path project has a shortlist of 12 potential circular walks along the trail and wish to reduce that to five that will be installed, alongside the signage for the linear route, in the Spring.

They invite you to respond to their survey which is here. It will be live until 31st January 2021.

Please note that two of these potential walks are in Wreningham – so your interest will be appreciated.

The project officer will respond to your questions about the circular walks, or the project in general, from 4th January 2021. 

Contact: Chris Brough, Cycling and Walking Assistant Officer, Environment Team, Community and Environmental Services

Tel: 01603 224436 ; Email: christopher.brough@norfolk.gov.uk ; Web: www.norfolk.gov.uk/greenways


Reference: 2021/1696
Applicant: Mr Brian Altree
Location: Pear Tree Cottage, Wymondham Road
Proposal: Removal of an existing two-storey dwelling and associated single-storey outbuildings and [build] new two detached two-storey dwellings with detached double garages.
Application Type: Full Planning Permission

Please return comments to South Norfolk Council by 25 August 2021.
on-line: via Comment tab on-line
email: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line here.


A reminder that the consultation closes on 2nd August 2021 for the draft South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan (VCHAP).

For Wreningham people to note:

  • Wreningham is in Cluster 48 with Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall.
  • The map for the proposed sites is here
  • The consultation document which includes Wreningham sites is accessible here
  • Wreningham sites (see map above) assessments:

Further Explanation

The VCHAP is seeking to allocate sites for at least 1,200 new dwellings (over and above those that already have permission), distributed across 48 Village Clusters centred around the Primary Schools in South Norfolk. The preferred allocation sites are between 12 and 50 dwellings, reflecting the scale of the settlements which they will form a part of. As well as allocation sites, the draft VCHAP proposes some smaller amendments to Development Boundaries, to accommodate windfall developments of up to 11 dwellings, which are in addition to the 1,200 dwelling requirement.

Your views are sought on the choice of sites, including what specific criteria might need to be applied to the larger allocation sites.

The VCHAP sets out some suggestions for overarching policies which would apply to all housing proposals, whether they be on the allocations or the windfall sites. These are concerned with design quality, housing mix and common criteria, such as maximising the improving for walking/cycling, and your comments are also sought on these.

There is an opportunity to submit additional sites as part of the consultation. For those considering submitting sites, consider the Council’s Assessment Criteria when completing a site submission form.

The VCHAP sits alongside the Greater Norwich Local Plan, which you may already have commented on, and which will continue to set the strategic planning policies for South Norfolk and make both the housing allocations in larger settlements and also any non-housing allocations.

The consultation can be viewed at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/vchap. Here you will find not only a link to the consultation document itself, plus a range of supporting documents that have been used to prepare the draft VCHAP, but also a virtual exhibition which may help answer some of your questions. As well as commenting on the main document, you may also wish to comment on the Interim Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment documents.

Contacts:

Place Shaping Team: about the consultation 01508 533805, LP@s-norfolk.gov.uk, or via a webchat from 10am to 2pm on a Tuesday, or from 2pm to 6pm on a Thursday, throughout the consultation (see VCHAP webpage for details).

Paul Harris, Place Shaping Manager: 01508 533805 LP@s-norfolk.gov.uk

Please remember to submit any comments by 5pm on Monday 2 August 2021.


Application reference: 2021/0583
Applicant: Mr David Tinsley
Location: Chestnut Lodge Plot 1  Wymondham Road Wreningham NR16 1AT
Proposal: Erection of detached art studio
Application Type: Householder

Please return to comments South Norfolk Council by 17 April 2021:

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

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line here.


Yet another notification of a set of roadworks soon to be started. Believe it when you see it… Openreach (Rescheduled) activity which will impact travel. See below.

Church Road, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays likely – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: Approx opposite Coach Depot on Church Road

Works description: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TO FACILITATE CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX 20M OF CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN FW/CW/VERGE – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B003


Ashwellthorpe Road, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays possible – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: From junction of Mill Lane to approx outside Wreningham Primary School

Works description: FUNDENHALL V8008 – PON 730728 – FUNDENHALL SPINE SUB DUCT AND CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX M OF SUB DUCT AND CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN F/W, C/W & VERGE – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B002


Mill Lane, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays possible – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: From junction of Mill Lane to S/O Mill Corner Cottage

Works description: FUNDENHALL V8008 – PON 730728 – FUNDENHALL SPINE SUB DUCT AND CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX M OF SUB DUCT AND CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN null – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B001


Wymondham Road, Wreningham, Norfolk

Delays possible – Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)

Works location: S/O The Larches on Wymondham Road

Works description: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TO FACILITATE CABLING. TO ROD ROPE AND TEST, AND INSTALL APPROX 20M OF CABLE AND ANY ASSOCIATED BLOCKAGES IN EXISTING IN FW/CW/VERGE – SPINE ROUTE TO EXCHANGE

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: BC111WBGGKV0B004


Reference: 2020/1661
Applicant: Mrs Frances Sexton
Location: Bramwell, Wymondham Road, Wreningham NR16 1AT
Proposal: Erection of single storey front and rear extensions and all windows to be replaced. Replacement of flat roof to garage with hipped roof.
Application Type: Householder

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line

Please return comments by 1 October 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