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New Council Offices, Equipment Store and Workshops

The Councils plans for a new facility at Ketts Park to incorporate Council Offices. Equipment Store and Maintenance Workshop together further car parking spaces are well advanced.

Planning permission has been granted, and tenders received from building companies.

At its Novembre 2018 meeting the full Town Council unamousily approved the project and authourised the Council to apply for a Public Work Loans Board facility of £765,000.  Repayments are to be over a 12 year period.

A copy of the report can be found in the Agenda section of this website.

Wymondham Lions Presentation

Town Mayor  Cllr Holden (l) receives award from Lion President John Wilde (r)

Wymondham Town Council have been awarded a commerative trophy in Recognition of its Outstanding Service to the Community, specifically for help in furnishing street planters and the financial contributions made over the years to assist with Dickensian, Carnival and other events in the town.


Becketswell Path


Following requests from residents a new footpath has been constructed accross the Becketswell riverside ammenity area, thereby allowing residents to use this popular walk throughout the year.

The work was funded by the Town Council using Community Infrastructure Levy monies received from housing developers.

The work was untertaken by local company J S Asphalt.




18th August 2018 – Market Place – 9.00am – 1.00pm

Reduced number of stalls due to cancellations and holidays


Wymondham Town Council Meeting

7th August 2018   – CANCELLED




Fairland Street Road Closure starting 16th July 2018 for gas works

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the 1) C700 Fairland Street from its junction with U78299 Friarscroft Lane for a distance of 94 metres south eastwards; 2) C542 Bridewell Street; and 3) C700 Fairland Street & Market Place, Market Street in the TOWN OF WYMONDHAM because of gas works.

The road 1) will be temporarily closed (except for access); road 2) will be temporarily subject to a suspension of the one-way restriction (westbound); and traffic using the road 3) will be temporarily prohibited from parking, stopping and loading/unloading vehicles from 16th July 2018 to 17th August 2018 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 25 days within the period.

Alternative route for road 1) is via: U78299 Friarscroft Lane, C701 Damgate Street/ Whitehorse Street, B1172 London Road, U78459 Avenue Road, C542 Elm Terrace/ Bridewell Street, C700 Market Place/ Market Street and vice versa.

(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order).

Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention.

In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on site in advance.

The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adam Mayo (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.

Dated this 29th day of June 2018

Abdus Choudhury

Practice Director

County Hall

Martineau Lane



MARKETS – Article in About Wymondham

Supporting Wymondham’s Markets. Two meetings have been held
between representatives of groups involved to address concerns about
the slow decline of markets in Wymondham. Stallholders, local
residents and town councillors met with Lisa Cosh from South Norfolk
Council and local MP Mr George Freeman to see how best to go about
regenerating our markets.
The first meeting was a listening exercise, where all present were given
the opportunity to air their views. The stallholders expressed concerns about the dwindling number of stalls, lack of footfall,
Town Council rental charges and a lack of publicity. They also feared that if nothing was done the Friday markets would die.
Various ideas were discussed.
The second meeting took account of all views expressed, and discussed a number of measures that could be introduced to help with renewal. As the first part of a longer-term exercise the suggestion that
rental charges should be reduced was approved, and that the current offer of two “come and have a go for free” sessions for new stallholders be increased to four free sessions. These would be conditional upon
the stallholders paying a deposit on their first visit and attending on four consecutive occasions. If they met these criteria their
deposit would be refunded on their fourth visit. New rental charges were proposed, covering considerations such as stall length
and whether or not electricity would be supplied.
At its June meeting the Town Council approved recommendations to:
• Further promote the markets
• Help to increase footfall and attract new stallholders
• Support increasing the “free come and have a go” sessions from two to four
• Support the reduction of rental costs
• Investigate ways to make better use of
the Market Place (phase 2)
• Carry out a review of these new
arrangements in six months’ time

Wymondham Town Council 


Friday 22nd June 2018 

Council calls for traders to join their historic markets

WYMONDHAM Town Council is calling on traders far and wide to come and secure a pitch at their historic weekly Friday Market held at the Market Cross, with reduced pitch fees for newcomers.

Revised fees come into effect on Friday 6th July and the Council is hoping new traders will join the Market which has traditionally been held in Wymondham for more than 9 centuries.

Local councillors are keen for the Market to continue to thrive, particularly with the imminent arrival of the Digital Heritage Trail and Wymondhams’ very own GoGo Hare Henry, which will encourage more visitors to the historic market town.

Councillors recently consulted with existing traders to come up with measures to help the Friday Market and also the Farmers’ Market which is held on the third Saturday of every month.

As a result of this consultation Cllr Kevin Hurn produced a paper which was presented at the June meeting of Wymondham Town Council, outlining plans to reinvigorate the town’s markets. The proposals received unanimous approval from all councillors.

A council spokesperson said “We have a wonderful setting for our Markets, next the historic Market Cross building and it is a treat to see a bustling market in our Town, a tradition that goes back centuries. Wymondham town council is now offering trial pitches to new traders for the Friday Market or the monthly Farmers Market and this is a great opportunity to come and trade in a historic Norfolk town. A visit to our markets is an enjoyable experience for visitors and residents alike who not only have the opportunity to pick up some lovely fresh produce along with other ‘can’t buy in the shops’ items but also enjoy the social aspect of a busy market and take in the great shopping and heritage opportunities that make our town unique.”

*To book a pitch at either the Friday Market or monthly Farmers Market, contact Wymondham Town Council on 01953 603302 or email


Photo caption: Shoppers stocking up on fresh produce


Photo caption: Some of the goodies on sale at the Farmers Market 


Editor’s Notes

Contact Karen Chamberlain for any further information about the markets on 01953 603302


The traditional  Friday Market was first permitted under King John back in 1203 with the Charter renewed a couple of centuries later by King Henry VI in 1440.


Wymondham’s Charter allowing for a market in the Town is stored at Wymondham Abbey


The Farmers Market is over 18 years old and was the first of its kind in Norfolk


Farmers Market May 2018

New Town Mayor


Town Mayor Cllr. Tony Holden (left) & Deputy Mayor Cllr. Lee Hornby (right) 
Cllr Tony Holden has been elected the new Mayor of Wymondham. Tony currently works as a supervisor for a logistics company in Norwich, but most people recognize him from JP’s coffee shop on Norwich Road in Wymondham. JP’s was a successful business that Tony and his wife Samantha started and ran for 9 years before selling it in 2015. Tony was one of the founders of the Wymondham town team and has been responsible for helping to organizing many events in the town including the very popular carnival. Having been a councillor for only 3 years Tony said “It’s a huge honour to be elected Mayor and I’m looking forward to a very busy year”
“Wymondham is a great place to live and we are very lucky to have so many volunteer groups and a council that is keen to support them.” Looking forward to the year ahead Cllr Holden outlined his priorities at a recent meeting of WTC. These include engaging more with our residents through the use of social media and an improved web site, the council will also be talking to the market traders to find out what can be done to re-invigorate this historic asset to the town.
“This is a very exiting time for Wymondham with so many great projects in the pipeline, including the upgrade of Ketts’ park and the planned artificial grass pitch, the ever-popular music festival, Vintage day and the Ketts’ park woodland project.  I’m particularly looking forward to the heritage trail and GoGo hare app’ going live in July.

Civic Award

Dianne Fernee

Dianne Fernee was elected to Wymondham Town Council in 2011 and subsequently for 2013-14 during this time she was instrumental in setting up Wymondham Business group, as the previous Chamber of Commerce had dissolved.

It was during her year as Mayor that she became involved in Dementia Support for the town including giving assistance to the Pabulum café, and in conjunction with Age Concern, established a tool kit and training for local businesses this becoming the bench mark to be used throughout Norfolk.  Since then she has been a committed member of the support group and her good work, together with that of all the helpers here resulted in a Queens Voluntary Service Award being received in 2017, and I know she was delighted to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace with Trevor Brown.

The growth of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group has been phenomenal, starting with some six couples eight years ago and with over 80 couples at the present time.

She was also heavily involved in the Battle to save Admiral Dementia Nurses and thanks to her efforts together with other compaigners the foundation has now been made for a sustainable nursing service.

For her sterling Community Service work Mayor Cllr Robert Savage was pleased to present on behalf of the Town Council the Civic Award to Dianne Fernee. 

New Council Offices

Council Offices Progress

The Town Council is thinking about establishing new premises on it’s own land, saving on the rent, maintenance and running costs of the present aging and inefficient building. We promised to keep you informed on progress, and some big steps forward have been made.

Vincent & Gorbing, the architects appointed for the project, have now presented plans for an office building and maintenance base at Ketts Park, with adjacent parking. The site is to the west of the existing community hall, on the right as you enter the site from Harts Farm Road. It will replace the present Council offices in Middleton Street, currently leased from South Norfolk Council, and no longer fit for current needs.

The Council has accumulated reserves which will meet more than a third of the £1.5 million plus cost of the project. Savings on the cost of the lease, and on the running costs of the present building, will pay off charges on a Public Works Loan Board facility, and potentially there will be a Community Infrastructure Levy contribution. It is envisaged that all these sources will enable the project to be completed with no increase in Council Tax required from ratepayers. When completed, funds will be available for the next major project – there’s sure to be one in 10-15 years time!

The architects, in conjunction with the working group of councillors set up to manage the project, expect to make a planning application to South Norfolk Council shortly, after completion of required environmental surveys.

Plans for the whole project are on display until 6 April in the Council offices. The Council would very much appreciate comments from the Wymondham community.

Robert Kett Childrens Visit

Robert Kett Primary School council members visit the Mayor Cllr Robert Savage in the Council Chamber.  This follows the ceremony at Becketts Chapel to lay flowers in memory of local hero Robert Kett.

TOWN MAYOR 2017/18

Cllr. Robert Savage was elected as the Chairman of Wymondham Town Council and the Mayor of Wymondham at the Council’s Annual General Meeting which was held on Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Cllr. Savage commented that he would like to thank the Town Council for electing him Mayor for the coming year. He also thanked Cllr. Mooney, the outgoing Mayor, for all the work he has put in over the last 2 years. I consider it a great honour to be elected Mayor.