West Acre Parish Council

Welcome to our website.

Here you will find information about the village, news about local events and links to local attractions. We hope that you find what you want. If not, please contact one of the Parish Councillors listed in the contact page.

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West Acre Friends Group

The next meeting of this group will be held on Wednesday 1st November 2017. If you would like to meet others for a chat, or to play games, come and join them in the village hall at 2pm (finish at 4pm). Refreshments provided. Cost £1 per session.

For more details contact Louisa on 01760 755082.


100 Club

Please note that the monthly draw has been suspended until the funding requirements for a new village hall become clear. Anyone with an account in credit will be reimbursed.

Thank you for your support.


Notes from the Annual Parish Meeting, May 2017


West Acre News - October 2017 issue

The latest edition of the Parish newsletter is available to view. Clicking on one of the pages below will open a larger version in a new window.

If you would like to contribute please contact Ralph via email at westacreparish@gmail.com


Services at All Saints

Church, West Acre

Sunday 15 October at 9am Holy Communion

The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Monday 22nd May at 7 o’clock in the Village Hall. 

Eoghan Sheils (Chair) presented his report for the Parish Council for 2016-17, which includes the details of those serving as councilors, meetings held, matters considered during the year and projects that the Council is encouraging or progressing.

Reports were received from the Church, the Village Hall, the Billiards Club, the Carpet Bowls Club, the Youth Club, Westacre Theatre, the Art Club and the Friends Group.

Parish Council Accounts and Budget

Henry Birkbeck presented the accounts for 2016-17 and the budget for 2017-18.

All the above reports and financial information are presented in full in the Minutes.

There was also further discussion of the proposal to buy a SAM (flashing speed sign) which would be erected primarily to enhance safety on River Road, but which would be moved to other locations at times.

The Parish Council then held its usual Annual Meeting.  Eoghan Sheils was re-elected as Chair, and Mark Wrigley was co-opted as our seventh Parish Councillor.  The other five are Jeremy Cameron, Ralph Sliwa, Antonia Hanbury, Fiona Wrigley and Terry Howlett.

A discussion was held following the Village Walk which took place


Ancient monument endangered by welly-wangers!

On Saturday 22 July a large crowd of fun-loving adults and children visited Abbey House garden to take part in the annual West Acre village fete. Attracted by the ability to show their skill and technique in events like welly-wanging, bowl-a-pig, etc., large quanities of beverages were quaffed and a good time was enjoyed by all - until it rained at the end! (More to follow).

Fortunately, the ancient monument survived the most destructive attempts on it by West Acre's finest welly-wangers.

This year's event raised a whopping (and record-breaking!) £3,364. BIG thank-yous to the organisers, volunteers and visitors.

on 7th May to consider various planting ideas for enhancing the appearance of the village. Louisa Sliwa has proposed arranging a Craft Market to raise funds for this, and Louisa, Fiona Wrigley and Sally Bridle have offered to form a committee to jointly take the lead on the project.  Terry
Howlett has offered to assist with any required preparation or maintenance. They were all thanked for their offers of support.Terry has also offered to do some work on keeping the War Memorial in order.Jeremy Cameron highlighted the fact that the Village Sign was in need of some
maintenance/restoration, and any necessary work will be discussed at the next meeting.

An application for outline consent has been submitted by the Westacre Estate for three small bungalows designed for older, retired people, and one larger bungalow situated at the top of Greenhill Road. Henry Birkbeck explained that he had not been involved in all the discussions around the proposal, but understood the houses were primarily intended for Estate tenants who were living in unsuitable two storey houses. It was generally felt that the principle was acceptable but that the detail should be considered carefully, and a response from the Parish Council at this stage could be appropriate.


Repairs to ancient monument continue

In October 2016 we ran an article on the repairs to the priory gatehouse adjacent to All Saints Church. The Augustinian priory was one of the largest in Norfolk. The Augustinians made a major contribution to many aspects of medieval life. From the 12th century onwards, the ‘black canons’  undertook much valuable work in the parishes, running almshouses, schools and hospitals as well as maintaining and preaching in parish churches. It was from the churches that they derived much of their revenue. The gatehouse, and other ancient remnants of the large priory, are situated on land belonging to Westacre Estate and they are responsible for their upkeep. The Estate first became aware of problems with the gatehouse in 2015 and following negotiations with Historic England a programme of repairs started last year, the latest being shown in this photograph. It is hoped thatfunding will become available to allow repairs to the priory ruins south of the river Nar.


Bates Family Brewing present plans for Abbey Barn brewery

Husband and wife team Bates and Miranda presented their ideas to a well-attended meeting in the village hall before the Parish Council meeting on Monday 30 October (pictured below). They have received Listed Building Consent and Planning approval to turn the listed Abbey barn into a brewery, subject to satisfactorily meeting several conditions covering such things as noise, lighting, highways and odour. Having explained how they plan to meet the conditions they took questions from the audience.

Parish Council Chair, Eoghan Shiels, thanked Miranda and Bates for their time and expressed the hope that the Parish Council and Duration Brewing would continue to enjoy a beneficial relationship during the planning process.


West Acre Christmas Market

December 3 2017

The Christmas Market is 

 a perfect opportunity to

buy beautiful hand made

gifts including pottery,

jewellery, wood and

textiles. Entry free.

If you would like to help by

making a cake or providing

a prize for tombola it

would be greatly


Please contact Louisa

on 01760755082.

Proceeds will go to the

West Acre bulb planting


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Festive fun and frights

On Saturday 28 October a large crowd gathered to celebrate West Acre's annual Halloween and Bonfire night. A record amount of children and adults entered the Halloween fancy dress competitions. Although they were scarily impressive everyone enjoyed this great family evening, thanks to the impressive firework display and the efforts of everyone who provided the entertainments. A big thank you to all the volunteers, to everyone who donated a prize for the raffle, but particularly to Kelly for organising the event. Thanks also to Antonia Fraser and Fiona Bolingbroke-Kent for taking the photographs. The event raised over £1800 for the Village Hall Fund.

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