Wrentham is a village of approximately 1000 persons nestled around a junction on
the A12 London/Ipswich/Lowestoft/Gt. Yarmouth trunk road. The junction has roads
to Southwold, Beccles and Covehithe. Wrentham is steeped in history stretching back
to Saxon times and is mentioned in the Doomsday book. It is a mixture of old and
new with some small new housing estates strategically placed so as not to detract
from the overall impression of a very attractive village. Click here for more information.
Wrentham has some very pleasant buildings and has won the ‘Best Kept Village’ competition
several times in the past. In 2004 Wrentham won the competition for the 10th time
and a tree was planted to commemorate this. In 2008 the Village won the Waveney
District Area Section again and received a cheque for £200 from Waveney District
Council which has been spent on providing a new Notice Board at the Village Hall,
also a Cheque was presented for £250 by Beach Radio, Lowestoft as part of their ‘Help
an East Coast Child’ campaign. This was spent on two five a side football goal posts.
These have been erected on the football pitch in London Road for use by the younger
generation of our Village.
With a core of old Wrentham families plus many new residents it still has a real
sense of community.
Wrentham is well sited for holiday makers wishing to visit the surrounding area,
which includes Southwold(www.southwold.info): a quaint old Suffolk seaside resort
untouched by time, Beccles (www.beccles.info) a pretty market town, which has excellent
boating facilities on the River Waveney, Lowestoft: England’s most Easterly point,
Covehithe and Oulton Broad, which is also good for boating. Oulton Broad is the most
Southerly of the ‘Norfolk’ Broads, being in Suffolk! It connects to the other Broads
and holiday cruisers can be seen here and at Beccles. There is also power boat racing
here on Thursday evenings in the summer. Covehithe is a hamlet 2 - 3 miles from Wrentham
and boasts a magnificant church, a good proportion of which is a ruin.
There was a small Museum shop in the centre of the village, run by Rosie and Ronnie
Carter which was used to display memorabilia from a bygone age on certain days of
the year. More information can be obtained from the website: www.theshopmuseum.org.A selection of Reg Carter greeting cards is now available for sale .
First responders are members of the community who have been trained to attend emergencies
(heart attacks etc.).
We now have two teams of “First Responders for Wrentham and Surrounding Areas”. One
team of 4 covers Wrentham, Covehithe, Frostenden, South Cove and Benacre. The
other team of 3 covers Uggeshall, Stoven, Brampton and overlaps some of Frostenden,
Wangford and Henham. (Karen, in Wangford also helps out the Wrentham teams).
They are contacted by the emergency services and can usually get to an emergency
before the paramedics. Because they are on the spot, they are able to start the crucial
recovery process within a very short time.