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Walpole Parish Council has a vacancy for
A Co-opted Parish Councillor

Parish Councils are an essential item of the “Big Society” and have a long tradition of promoting a sense of pride in the community.

To be a councillor you need to:

  • Care about your community
  • Be willing to represent your electorate
  • Want to make a difference
  • Have the time

Be committed and enthusiastic

To be a councillor you must be:

  • A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union;

Be 18 years of age or over.


  • Be a local government elector for the Council area for which you want to be considered for;
  • OR have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area during the whole of the 12 months preceding;
  • OR had your principal or only place of work in the council area during that same period;
  • OR have resided in the council area during that 12 month period;
  • You can also satisfy the criteria to be elected if you have lived in the council area or within 4.8km (3 miles) of it for the whole of the 12 months preceding.

Walpole Parish Council has twelve evening meetings a year, at the Community Centre. The meetings are held regularly on the second Thursday of each month.  The Parish Council has responsibility for maintenance of the play equipment, upkeep of St Andrew’s closed churchyard and some open space verges, allotments, some street lighting and is a consultee for local issues and planning applications.

If you are interested in joining the Parish Council as a co-opted councillor, please apply in writing to:

Mrs E Bateman
Clerk to the Parish Council
Crown Farm
Mill Road
West Walton
PE14 7EU

01945 780002

Closing Date for Applications is 8th May 2018.

Walpole Parish Council

Walpole Parish Council recently undertook a community consultation as to how residents would like to see the Community Contribution of £90,000 from the developers of the Solar Farm spent on community projects.

Click below to view the presentation slides from the Public Meeting held on Thursday 16th February at 6.30pm in The Community Centre, Summer Close, Walpole St Andrew.

February 2017

Fix My Street

FixMyStreet, is an independent website, built by the charity mySociety. They wanted to make it easier to report problems in your community, even if you don’t know who those reports should go to.

FixMyStreet is primarily for reporting things which are broken or dirty or damaged or dumped, and need fixing, cleaning or clearing, like graffiti, dog fouling, potholes or street lights that don’t work.

Your email address is required, so that the council can get back to you. Also, messages sent via FixMyStreet go into council systems. In most cases a full name is a mandatory field, and your report may be rejected without it. Your email address is not published, and you can opt to submit your report anonymously – just uncheck the ‘show my name publicly’ box on submission. This will mean that your name is not displayed on the FixMyStreet website, although it is still sent to the council.

You will find a link to FixMyStreet at the bottom of the right hand column.

February 2017

Walpole Parish Council Receives Funding

Thanks to the Rose & Crown Solar Farm Development, Walpole Parish Council has received a ‘one-time’ grant in the amount of £90,000 for use towards the improvement of our facilities. The council will be distributing, along with the December issue of the “Walpole Village Crier”, an envelope asking residents for their suggestions as to what they would like to see this fund being used for.

Walpole Parish Chairman, Richard Broden is quoted as saying “we need to ask residents for their ideas before committing funds of this value. We can collate the feedback and report back at the monthly Parish Council meeting. We urgently need their feedback as to what the best way would be to use the money. This will be a decision that will benefit all the residents and not just a selected few”

In the envelope, we have explained some of the projects that the parish council has developed over the past few years and current projects that we are actively seeking grants. We are asking residents to complete the ‘post-paid’ return card with their suggestion(s) and contact details.

The Walpole villages are growing and it is important that whatever we do does indeed benefit the families that are living here now and others that will be choosing the Walpoles as their home in the future.

November 2016




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Car Link Volunteer Drivers needed in your area

Car Link is a partnership between ERS Medical and Voluntary Norfolk, providing non emergency patient transport throughout the majority of the county. Our volunteer drivers provide an essential service, transporting up to one hundred patients to their destination each day.

We are looking to recruit new volunteer drivers to join our busy team, and would love to hear from caring, calm and reliable individuals with their own car. As well as driving journeys to hospitals in Norfolk and East Anglia, we are also looking to find volunteers happy to go above and beyond the usual, by taking on early morning appointments, and appointments in London. All expenses are reimbursed, and training is provided. Please call Jules on 01603 883860 or email

We are particularly short of drivers in your area, so any support you may be able to give, would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about the service, please do not hesitate to contact me, either by email, or by calling 01603 883860.

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‘Choose Me Not A&E’

A high-profile campaign has been launched across West Norfolk and the Wisbech area to help people choose the right NHS service for them.

The ‘Choose Me Not A&E’ campaign aims to provide people with vital information about which health care service is right for the symptoms they have.

Figures show that about 250 people a month attend A&E at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (QEH), but are sent home requiring no treatment.

This means, every year, about 3,000 local people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker and more appropriate treatment closer to home.

Not only are residents wasting hours of their valuable time waiting, but they potentially block access to services for other people in more urgent need.

The Choose Me Not A&E campaign is being led by NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Wisbech Local Commissioning Group in collaboration with the QEH.

Dr Ian Mack, Chair of West Norfolk CCG, said: “This campaign has a powerful, local message: Help the QEH save lives this winter. We want people to understand that A&E is for serious, life-threatening emergencies only. Inappropriate use of A&E increases waiting times for those patients who are genuinely in need of urgent medical attention.

“Many people could easily be treated by a local pharmacist, GP, or even just by staying at home and looking after yourself. Our message is simple – if it’s not a serious medical emergency, A&E is not the right choice.”

“If you are not sure which service to use log on to our new website to find out more, or pick up one of the campaign leaflets to see your options. You can also use the NHS 111 number which can put you in touch with the best service for you.”

The first defence against ill health is self-care and prevention. Here are some top tips from local GPs for staying healthy over the winter:

Eat healthily – food is vital for keeping you warm.

                    • Take some exercise – we know it’s getting cold but even staying active in your home makes a difference.
                    • Wrap up warm when you go outside – it’s often a good idea to layer your clothing.
                    • Stock up on medicines – paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen decongestant and aspirin.
                    • Get a flu jab – the vaccine is free for those in an eligible group. To find out if you are in an eligible group visit
                    • Keep your home warm – your main living room should be between around 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). For more information about Warm and Well visit


Streetlife – a Social Network for Local Communities

Claire Elsden from Streetlife, would like to introduce you to Streetlife, a website for local communities that we’d like to invite your residents to join. Here at Streetlife we have a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours. Our site has over 100,000 users nationwide, and approaching 13,500 people in Norfolk use Streetlife to share practical information and advice. Over the past few months, conversations on Streetlife have helped to expose doorstep scammers, find lost pets, and support threatened local services. The site also encourages real-world connections, from recommending local businesses and sharing gardening equipment, to forming book clubs and social groups. A recent survey of Streetlife users found that 81% feel more connected to their community, 75% are better informed about local news, crime and public services, and 62% are in touch with neighbours they wouldn’t otherwise know.

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Business Support Programme

TCHC (The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd) is launching a new service with King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council to help people become self-employed or start a new business. The service will help anyone with a business idea make it a reality. It is specifically targeted at budding entrepreneurs from West Norfolk, and includes informative workshops covering all the points that you will need to consider when deciding to become self-employed or setting up your own business, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss your ideas and questions with an experienced business adviser. Click here to visit their web site for more details.