November newsletter

Those of you subscribed to our mailing list should have received our November newsletter with lots of updates about what is happening in Wayland over the coming months. If you are not on our mailing list then you can subscribe from the pop up on this site.




A slightly late October Newsletter which has now moved into November, my apologies. This months newsletter covers fireworks, planning matters, drinks, and Christmas – so not a bad range of topics!


As crazy as it seems, we are already within the Chamber are considering Christmas. As in other years the Chamber is sponsoring the Watton High Street Shop Window Competition. The theme this year is ‘Santa’s Green Christmas’ and all window wishing to be considered for the completion should be on display at the Christmas Fair on the 28th November. This is the time of year we also start to think about membership renewals for the New Year. Our Treasurer Heather and her team will be in contact over the next few weeks about renewing your subscription. We are keeping membership free the same as last year and with a major new programme of events for 2022 planned and entry into our Directory this continues to represent outstanding value.


Congratulations to the Watton Town Council for once again organising a fantastic and memorable fireworks display this last weekend. The event attracted around 4,000 people and is an ideal opportunity for promoting your business through sponsorship. If you are interested in supporting this event next year and putting the name of your company in front of 4,000 people in one go, then let us know or contact the Town Council offices direct.


Paul Adcock, David Dent and Pat Warwick representing your Chamber attended the Wednesday 20th Future of Watton workshop at the Sports Centre as part of the consultation to map out a vision for Watton. Attended by over 30 people the atmosphere was lively and productive with a range of ideas for development of the town on the table for consideration and prioritisation. It was also a good chance to meet in person for the first time the two officers Andrew Holdsworth and Jack Fulham, working with thee Chamber on the Digital and Creative Media Centre. The opportunity to provide your views on the Town Delivery Plan is still possible through the online survey at .

Your Chamber has also been representing business interests in the development of the retail and economic development of the Watton Neighbourhood Plan. The plan is progressing well and reaching its final stages, with informal feedback now received from Breckland Council. The plan is scheduled to go out for consultation to the wider community in early January 2022. We look forward to members comments and views at that time and if in the meantime you would like more information contact David at


Wednesday 13th social event, nine of us from local businesses met at the King Arms for an hour and half – all drinks on the house from the Chairman. The next informal gathering will also be at the Kings Arms Middle Street, this time on Tuesday 23rd November at 6.30 pm. The Chairman has again volunteered to cover the drinks for the evening. We hope to see you there.


The Digital and Creative Media Centre proposal project team with representatives from Breckland and Norfolk Councils, Hethel Innovation, the New Anglia LEP and the Wayland Partnership and our Chairman are meeting on Monday 8th November to look at the next phase of project development. David Hazel, who has a background in tv studio operations and is CEO of Hazel Woodcraft on Thetford Road kindly provided a report on needs for podcast studios’ and the Digital Gaming Theatre for which we are grateful.


If you or anyone you know in business who is concerned about mental health then a new group has been established and supported by Watton Town Council and Watton Medical Practice Patient Participation Group that may be of interest to you. ‘Watton Worry Well’ is a welcoming, friendly and supportive place where the team like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other and we are looking forward to welcoming you!

 At the same location for 2-3 hours (per month) the Watton Worry Well will provide a warm, friendly, non-judgmental environment where the aim is to offer support and signposting for anyone living in and around Watton to improve on our mental health and wellbeing. A place where you can access advice and support, but also come to share what helps. 

 Anyone affected directly, or indirectly by mental health is invited. Or if you provide a service in the community which places people’s health and wellbeing at the heart of your service or business, then all are welcome to please come and share what you do and what works.

The facebook group is currently ‘live’, simply called ‘Watton Worry Well’. Which already has interest and 72 members so far.


The free six-week online programme for entrepreneurs looking to set up a new business, starting on the 5th November has sold out. However, if you were unable to get on this course, the next, which is managed by the Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, will be run again in the New Year. If you know of anyone looking to start-up a new business then this course would be ideal for them. Keep an eye out for notices here and pass on the information to any budding entrepreneur you know.

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We hope that you have found this newsletter informative. Please get in touch if you have any ideas for future articles or if you would like us to feature some news about your business. We always welcome any suggestions from members about how we can improve what the Chamber does – so please get in touch!






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