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 Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held at the Village Hall at 7.30pm on

Monday 18th April 2016


The Chairman – Mr David Reeves

Councillors – Mr Mark Buxton, Mr David Fletcher, Mr Dale Goldsmith, Mrs Caroline Grantham, Mrs Lucinda Hutson, Mr Roger Middleditch, Mr Keith Perry, Mr David Reeves, Mr Ian Watson, Mrs Nuala Wilson

The Clerk – Mrs Frances Bullard

Suffolk Police – Not present

Suffolk County Council – Cllr Tony Goldson

Waveney District Council – not present

     4 members of public at start of meeting



Apologies for absence were received & accepted from Miss Alison Evans & Mr Paul Tyack.


The minutes of the meeting held on 20th April 2015, having previously been circulated, were approved and signed by The Chairman at the meeting in May 2015 to allow them to be in the public domain in a timely manner.



As minuted last year, The Clerk will send copies of reports to Mrs Walker for inclusion on the village website if space permits.



Mr Reeves read his report he spoke re speeding in the village and the purchase of Vehicle Activated signs.  He spoke re the former Meadowlands site, a planning application for 24 houses has been passed by WDC.  He also spoke re 26 High Street, slow progress is being made.  He gave an overview of matters dealt with during the last year including bus shelter maintenance, damaged Jubilee Planter, Highways matters, War Memorial, Litter problems, proposed closure of the Fire Station.  He spoke of the Council’s continued support to the Village Hall & Youth Club. He acknowledged the sad passing of Mr Stanton Sallows, a Parish Councillor for almost 50 years.  He thanked Councillors, The Vice Chairman, Mr Ian Watson & The Clerk, Mrs Frances Bullard, for their hard work and support during the year.


Internal Audit has been completed by Mr Mike Wills.  Year End Accounts, as previously emailed, along with budget sheet were distributed.

Meeting suspended for Item 10.8 of Parish Council Meeting to be taken.

Approval & adoption of the accounts was proposed by Mrs Hutson and seconded by Mr Buxton – all in favour – the Chairman & Clerk signed a copy.  

Annual Parish Meeting resumed.


Accounts were presented by Mr Fletcher.  Total funds available £58,954.36.  During the last accounting year a total of £1358.35 has been used to assist two residents qualifying for aid from the charity.  Requests for assistance for those in need are welcomed. This is advertised in Wren magazine & PC noticeboard.  Applicants must be individuals rather than organisations/groups and not in receipt of other benefits.  Cllr Goldson asked if funds can be invested in Premium Bonds – Mr Fletcher said this and other options had been explored but what can be done is very restrictive.


Mr Reeves presented the accounts to 30.6.15 these have previously been approved by the Parish Council – unfortunately the accounts for year ending 31.3.16 have not yet been completed – these will be presented at the VHMC Meeting on 19.5.16 and then be presented to the PC Meeting in June.  The Clerk to arrange a meeting between PC & VHMC after their committee meeting – Youth Worker, Eric Sewell, to be invited.



Reports were read in full and are summarised below, full copies can be obtained from The Clerk if required.

Village Hall – Mr David Reeves

At a meeting in October 2015 it was agreed that the PC, as Sole Trustee of the Village Hall, would take on administration of the Youth Club & for the Youth Club Account to be transferred to the Parish Council.  It was also agreed that the VHMC would change its financial end of year to 31st March.  Financial support has continued from the PC to support maintenance of the village hall & grounds.  A Structural Engineers Report was commissioned into the crack on the gable end, this recommended repointing of brickwork.  Maintenance of the hall and grounds has been carried out by volunteers, this includes, painting of the foyer and games room.  The main hall floor was sanded and resealed.  New lighting has been installed in the games room.  Motorised film screens have been purchased along with a projector, this was supported by individuals and Time 4 Tea.  A Cinema Film Show was held and attended by around 50 people, these will be held on the last Saturday of each month.  The PC have made provision in their budget to fund gardening, replacement toilet cisterns and window cleaning.  A group of VHMC volunteers assisted at The Henham Steam Rally in September.  Sole Bay Lions Club donated £250 which was spent on additional chairs, bringing the total to 100. Fundraising events have included a Strawberry Cream Tea with Wrentham Band & a Harvest Supper with Wrentham Warblers.  Monday morning Time 4 Tea continues to be well supported and many volunteers help to make this a success.  Time 4 Tea arranged a  BBQ in August with a Jazz band.  Future plans include the installation of broadband to provide wifi.  In December Mr Stanton Sallows sadly passed away, he had been a member of the committee for almost 50 years and his wisdom and knowledge will be missed by all.

St Nicholas Church Wrentham – Miss Alison Evans

2015 was a year of mixed blessings. Rev’d Leonard Payne was taken ill in January, he suffered a heart attack and was on leave for the rest of the year before retiring in January 2016.  His last service was the Traditional Christmas Carol Service on 20th December, Wrentham Band led the carols and the church was packed. The Church Family wish Leonard & Lynne many years of better health and much happiness in their new home in Chesterfield. Services have been held regularly with thanks to the Rev’d Eric Dore and the Rev’d Barry Slatter, as instructed by the Rural Dean, the Rev’d Simon Pitcher. We are grateful, too, to other retired clergy locally who have helped out. Some services have had to be ‘lay-led’, because there were no clergy available. Tony Albone has continued as Churchwarden and Alison Evans as Organist. The numbers in the congregation remain small and it is hoped that the number of PCC Members will increase next year also. As a building St. Nicholas Church hasn’t been in a better condition than at the end of 2015. During the year, there had been some extensive repair works and improvements carried out to the masonry and roof, both inside and out. A much more efficient heating system was put in place. Our thanks to Tony and Sue Albone and their ‘merry gang of loyal helpers’ who have worked tirelessly throughout the year in taking care of the cleaning and general tidiness of St. Nicholas Church. In the course of 2015, there had been 1 Wedding, 1 Baptism, 1 Internment of Ashes and 9 Funeral Services at St. Nicholas. The last of these, on Wednesday, 23rd. December 2015, was the service for the Life of Stanton Sallows, previously a Churchwarden for many years, as well as a long-standing member of the PCC. His knowledge and wisdom in Church affairs will be missed. The Wrentham Benefice will begin 2016 with an interregnum until The Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich will be in a position to appoint a Priest.

Wrentham Bowls Club – Mrs Edna Utting

The Bowls Club has 39 paid up members some of whom played in the following leagues: 1 team in the Benacre League, 1 team in the Halesworth three-wood League, 1 team in the Beccles League, 1 team in the Sunshine League. The Club also enters teams in the Suffolk Senior Cup, Easey Cup, Benevolent Cup and the Johnson Cup.  Last season was the first season for many years when the Club did not have a County champion. The ladies lost in the County semi-finals and the men had three competitions where they unfortunately lost in the County finals. Following on from my report last year when I reported that Wrentham were representing Suffolk in the Durham Centenary, in the semi-final we found ourselves up against the World No 1 indoors champion – Nick Brett – and also the  Elmore brothers  who qualified for the World finals at Potters.   Wrentham gave them a very good game and with the last wood to be bowled Wrentham were holding to win the match but their skip played his last wood and moved the jack to win by two shots.   The Club won the Division 1 title in the Benacre League, and were also winners of Division 1 in the Beccles League and runners-up in Division two of the Sunshine League. No small achievement as the Benacre and Beccles League are two of the main leagues in this area.  On the 17th April 2016, the Green will open to mark the beginning of this season, and members will play in a Drive and the winner was presented with the Geoffrey and Ann Sallows Memorial Shield by Lucinda Hutson, our President. Our Open-Pairs Tournament will held on Sunday 29th May. On Tuesday mornings members and non-members meet to play in an open-drive,  they play three games of six ends and after the first two games they stop for coffee and biscuits.   Everyone is welcome to come and join in and will be given a warm welcome.

Wrentham Tennis Club – Ms Jane Temple

The tennis club had a good season in competitive matches last year.  A team was entered into the fourth division of the local league which they won, and this year Wrentham will be entering a team into the competition once again.  The matches comprise of ladies, mens and mixed doubles so all members of the club can be involved should they wish. Our treasurer of the club, Nick Hallett, has stepped down but fortunately Antonia Franco has committed herself to taking on the role. A Spring Clean is to take place at the club on Sunday 17th April with regular club nights commencing on Tuesday 19th April, these club nights will continue until the autumn.
Numbers are still very low, although a couple of new members have joined recently. Because of the low membership, subscription charges have been changed in the hope to attract more members and to involve them in every aspect of the club.  There is now only one annual membership fee (£60) which allows members to have access to the courts at all times, to attend club nights and to also compete in competitive matches.  The fee also includes any children (U18) of fully paid up members.

Community First Responders – Mrs Gwen Stockdale

During 2015 Wrentham Responders were called out to 195 incidents, an average of 17 each month, 24 of these were in Wrentham. The emphasis this year has been to improve public awareness. Consequently when Martin Jones, Manager of the Factory Shop contacted us announcing that they wished to support a local cause and chose Wrentham Responders we were only too happy to take advantage of the offer. We were given space to demonstrate our cause on two occasions in the Factory Shop, who also provided advertising posters, a plentiful supply of coffee, iced cupcakes and a banner. They have recently paid for one year’s advertising in the Wren magazine as well as the printing of 500 visiting cards which will be left at every home we visit.  Two sets of new style uniforms were funded by Terry Seaman Transport Ltd. We are very fortunate to enjoy local support in such a tangible way. The trials and tribulations of the Ambulance Trust is ongoing but we endeavour to ‘keep our heads down’ continue to train and serve members of the local community.  We now have three active Responders and another volunteer from Wrentham is at present progressing through application procedures towards the foundation training course.  Hopefully later this year the group will be able to boast a team of four active Responders – the most we have had for some years. It is my intention to pass on the Co-ordinator responsibilities after eight years, and during the next few weeks this will be taken up by Mrs Pat Seaman, our longest serving active Responder.

Time forTea – Mrs Rita Perry

Time 4 Tea continues to grow, we are half way through our third year with an average attendance of around 45 - 50 people per week.  We are really grateful to all the volunteers who help to run T4T all of whom regularly provide their time and refreshments without payment. Consequently we have been able to subsidise and run several coach trips, a summer BBQ, anniversary and Christmas parties etc. whilst at the same time contributing to the Village Hall funds and donating a digital projector the cost of £200 being raised from tombola and donations.  Other outings and events in the past year include a cruise on the Broads in June, with picnic tea for over 40 people included on a beautiful summer's afternoon. In August we had our summer BBQ with the Dixieland band. In October a coach party to Gressenhall Country Museum and Highways Nurseries. In November we celebrated our second year with an anniversary party and just before Christmas, a visit to the Thursford Spectacular Christmas Show followed by our Christmas Party when Henstead School Choir came to sing for us again. This year Time 4 Tea are organising a village street party in the village hall to celebrate H.M. the Queen's 90th. Birthday on April 21st. We are grateful to the Parish Council for their offer to subsidise the event and we hope many members of the Parish Council will attend if they are able.  We propose to visit Somerleyton Hall sometime in May and hopefully to hold our annual BBQ again this summer. I would like to thank our many volunteers (of which there are now 35 in number) for their continued efforts and support.  Being a not for profit community project we would like more people to come along and join in. It is inclusive to all, everyone is welcome. New friendships are being made all the time so if the Parish Council can help by spreading the news or help in any way to boost attendances it would be very welcome.

Youth Club – Mr Eric Sewell

The village hall opened its doors  to young people back in September 2012 for the first time in many years. It was only able to do this because of the effort of the local community who wanted to see activities for young people in the village and surrounding areas. Support was also given by the local police to hopefully reduce Anti Social Behaviour within the area. With the support of many organisations and individuals within the local area and the dedicated persistence of Angela Day funds were made available to appoint two youth workers to run the youth project. Myself and Stephen were appointed. In total we have over 40 years experience in the youth environment!.  Young people were already aware of us as prior to the youth project opening. The Four Towns Bus would attend the village on which both myself and Stephen were workers. We also have another three volunteers who assist us, under supervision, who we greatly appreciate. One of whom is a young person from Wrentham! The youth project is normally open on Friday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm with an admission fee of 50p. During the past year we have had over 70 young people register with us and that is without actual guests. These young people come from Carlton Colville, Kessingland, Blyford, Southwold, Beccles, Reydon, Blythburgh, Benacre etc.  During the project year we had had the police attend with their “speed gun”, testing the young people on how fast they can run and pedal! The local Fire engine also attended with the Fire Prevention Officer. One of the most popular events was Hannah and her pets (Snake, Hissing Cockroaches etc). Normal activities include,  indoor hockey, Football, Cake making, bingo, badminton, indoor cricket, art work, plaster casts, dodge ball, darts, quizzes, the Feelie box, the Cube, and many more. Some young people have also just taken part in a 10 hour “Stay Awake” which was held at the Apollo Youth Centre in Halesworth. We do plan various activities each evening, but often the young people actually decide themselves what they would like to do, we accommodate this where we can. The youth club is an informal education centre. All the youth workers and helpers take a very active role in working with groups of young people concerning any issues which they may have.  Often a listening ear is all a young person wants! If we are unable to deal with a query on the night we have a great team behind the scenes who we can call upon for help and assistance if necessary. Often we will arrive at the Village hall around 6.30pm and young people are waiting for us. We are now a very important part of some of their lives. The young people who attend the project are a great bunch and I am very pleased that they allow us the pleasure of working with them. On behalf of Stephen, helpers and myself I would like to thank all of the community of Wrentham and surrounding villages for all of their continued support in keeping the Youth Project running.

Wrentham History Recorder

No report received.

Wrentham Community Speedwatch

I am pleased to report that we still have 5 active and enthusiastic members of the Wrentham Community Speed Watch Team but more volunteers would be very welcome, especially as two of our members work full time and valiantly give up some of their time at weekends to go out.  We had the use of the speed gun towards the end of April and May 2015 during which period we recorded 9 motorists travelling well over the permitted limit along the Southwold Road on the three occasions we were able to attend at that location.  The gun was returned to the Reydon group in June during which month we were given authorisation by the new local Safer Neighbourhood Team Officer, Simon Green, to stand at each end of the village on the A12 which has proved to be extremely productive for the number of speeding offenders compared to the other approved sites on the main road. We are also able to stand on Chapel Road now which becomes very busy at certain times of the day.  The gun was returned to us at the end of October and although the sessions had to be cancelled on two occasions due to rain and hail, we did venture out between the end of October and up to the beginning of February on 10 occasions recording a total of 51 speeding vehicles, mostly on the A12 but also on Southwold Road.  The team feel that more offenders would be recorded if we had the use of a more efficient speed gun as the present one very often takes a long time to pick up the speed of a vehicle.  All the team members plan to attend the Volunteers' Annual Meeting at Lowestoft Police Station on 15th April when we will have an opportunity to hear from other teams how they operate and what problems they have experienced.


None received.



There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.25pm.




There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.55pm.

Wrentham Annual Parish Meeting