Jan Godfrey MBE
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Jan, our Chair and the founder of the Wayland Partnership, passed away on 14th July after a period of illness.
Jan was key in driving the Partnership forward over two decades to help regenerate the Wayland area. She worked alongside a team of trustees, staff and volunteers raising more than £3m for a wide range of local projects that brought together the town of Watton with its surrounding villages to promote the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of the Wayland area.
Many in Norfolk will remember her as their teacher while at Wayland Secondary Modern, now Wayland Academy, where she spent 35 years as a History, English and Social Studies teacher, before becoming head of English and then acting headteacher.
Jan was so proud of all that the community achieved and with the support of the Partnership she worked tirelessly on behalf of everyone. And the Partnership was not all she was involved in! She was chair of Creative Arts East, she was a Lay Canon and very proud of her connections with the life and work of the cathedral and diocese. She greatly valued the friendship of Bishop Graham James, and especially the support he gave to the Partnership. She was an active part of Wayland Stitching for Pleasure and loved creative work.The Dragonfly Gallery was very much her idea as a way in which all that wonderful local talent could be supported and also as a way of giving local people access to arts without having to travel long distances.
Jan will be sorely missed by those who knew and worked with her but her legacy in the Wayland area will live on.
Her funeral will take place on Tuesday 6th August at 2pm in Carbrooke Church.
A look back to the Wayland Farmers' Market
Jan was very proud of the Wayland Farmers' which launched in 2000. In the video below - which was made in 2002 - Jan explains how the Farmer's Market came into being. The video also gives you a flavour of the market at it's vibrant best.
We are delighted to have completed our new Sensory Garden! With £17,000 funding from the Postcode Local Trust, as well as £3,500 from the Screwfix Foundation and £,2000 from Tesco, we have turned our empty yard into a sensory garden for people with disabilities and their carers. Come down to Wayland House and have a look!
Our community fridge project is transforming the way Wayland thinks about food waste. Businesses and residents donate food they no longer need, and then other local people come along and collect what they need. For free!
The HAPPY Project, funded by the People’s Health Trust, aims to meet the needs of isolated and lonely people in our area as well as some of the villages.
The Dragonfly Gallery and Visitor Centre is one of the many local attractions that make Wayland unique and distinctive. It is the home of the Visitor Centre but its main function is as an art gallery – It is the only community owned gallery in the area.
The Wayland Business Centre, run by the dedicated, professional and friendly Wayland Partnership team can be found in the centre of Watton in mid Norfolk. With light, airy rooms, ample free parking and up to date technology, Wayland Business Centre is THE place for you if you are considering letting office space, hosting a meeting or presentation or offering training.