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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 10 January 2019 from Richard Hewitt
We send our best wishes for a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Our meeting of 7 January was very well attended by members of the community, and we welcomed a new Parish Councillor: Dr.Amanda McMurray, who brings considerable up-to-date management, development, business and administrative skills: we are delighted to have her with us. 

We reviewed the minutes of the November meeting (that for December was replaced by a public meeting concerning the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP)). We noted some improvements to the problems of School Road, the efforts of our Footpath Warden to ensure paths are safe and noted that there seemed to be few up-to-date reports concerning the ‘Open Field’ development on the A 1066. Allotment security was also an issue. NCC have been alerted to yet more concerns about speeding in our lanes – Stone Lane being particularly a concern.

Neither our District nor County Councillors were able to be with us. We have asked that we have District Council attendance at our next meeting – we would appreciate a comprehensive update on GNLP, for example. A later suggestion from ‘the floor’ is to involve our MP – and to alert the authorities concerned to the fact that information, expeditiously made available, and appropriate to our specific area is, in practice, not always available. Bluntly expressed, our community needs a more coherent information stream from the authorities concerned. We approved a planning application for a Common Road (Bressingham) property. It was agreed that the Parish Council precept for 2019-20 would not be increased (we await news concerning council tax….)

We reviewed the main points of the Public Meeting concerning GNLP.  We all understand the public concerns about development of this nature, and hope that the process put in train has enabled community members to make an informed response during the consultation period.  We all need to review our communication channels.

Any other business was important: current Parish Council members complete their terms of office in May: we need more people to come forward. The appointment process is overseen by the district council.  Please click here to see the letter concerning this. We will be very pleased to talk to anyone who would like to enquire a little further.

….and: I made my mind up a while back that I would not seek a further term as chairman of the Parish Council.  I have had a busy and fulfilling time as chairman, and am grateful to everyone for their support and encouragement , but feel the time is now right for a fresh approach and more contemporary skills (IT?) to be brought to the role. PLEASE do consider putting your name forward:  an effective PC will be vital to our community.  

Would you be prepared to pay more for policing in Norfolk?
As he launches the 2019/20 police budget and council tax consultation, Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green asks this question - click here to read more >>

GREATER NORWICH LOCAL PLAN
Public Meeting, Bressingham & Fersfield Village Hall, Tuesday 20 November 2018
report from Richard Hewitt

An extremely well attended meeting, of Bressingham  & Fersfield residents, took place in the Village Hall on Tuesday evening (20 November). The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the Greater Norwich Local Plan (details of which may be found online at www.gnlp.org.uk) which has now reached the stage where possible sites for development have been identified in Norfolk locations – including Bressingham & Fersfield.

Last night’s meeting revealed much local interest in this initiative, and concerns that, despite publicity utilising all available channels, there seem to be many in the community who are unaware that building could occur on land such as that currently used for farming. Members of the community agreed to work with the Parish Council to distribute information on this matter to households, and to encourage response from residents. (The consultation period ends at 5 pm on Friday 14 December, 2018.)

The Parish Council, reflecting the feeling of the meeting, is likely to express the need for more affordable housing, but that any development will need considerable investment in such areas as infrastructure and transport, sadly lacking in the villages, before any progress may be made.

Regulation 18 Consultation – New, Revised and Small Sites - 29 October – 14 December 2018
The Greater Norwich Local  Plan has asked landowners, including those in Bressinghan and Fersfield, to submit sites they would be prepared to make available for development. You can see  suggested sites and make your views known by responding to the official consultation.

BRESSINGHAM & DISTRICT LADIES CLUB

7.30pm Bressingham Village Hall - Come to our monthly meetings and catch up with friends or make new ones over refreshments at the end. 

Non-members are welcome (£3), Members are Free, and despite the title of our club, men are allowed. 

Click here to see our 2019 Programme of Speakers and list of Committee Members

PARISH WIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME
Become a member by providing your address and contact details and help to make Bressingham and Fersfield parish safer. Contact the scheme co-ordinator, Michelle Lanchester, telephone 01379 688109 or 07824515801 or email:- michelle.lanchester@gmail.com

Bressingham Steam & Gardens
Local resident's discount of 20% off a 1-3 person season ticket or 30% off a 4+ person from the same local address. Claim your discount by showing proof of residence (eg a recent utility bill) when buying your tickets. Visit their website for more information >

BRESSINGHAM CHURCH, HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND BUILDING REPAIRS BLOG by Linda Holly
The Bressingham Church Restoration Blog is about the Heritage Lottery Funded repair works to the church which began on 2 May 2017. Use the direct link to the Church Blog on our top menu to read all about what's happened or click here >

 
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
FEBRUARY
Tue 12   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm Our 3rd birthday - special afternoon with games, quiz and raffle + Scrabble
Mon 18   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Makaton signing - Jan Scott
MARCH
Tue 12   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
Mon 18   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Lowland Search & Rescue - Dave Scragg
APRIL
Sat 6   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - Annual Birthday Party Buffet, Bressingham Village Hall 7pm - (partner/friend very welcome)
Tue 9   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble  OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE ADVISED LATER - WATCH THIS SPACE
Mon 13   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - AGM + Coffee Farming  (provisional) - Jeremy Hulme  
Tue 14   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
MAY
Mon 20   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - All about Tea - Justine of Fairchilds 
JUNE
Tue 11   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
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AFTERNOON CLUB — 2nd TUESDAY EACH MONTH
from Kay Brock
We always welcome new members to our Club - we DO NOT sit and knit all afternoon but have a very wide selection of games to play (good way of making new friends) and also have meals out and trips during the warmer months. We started a scrabble competition which will last all year, it's an aggregate score so it doesn't matter if you miss one or two months. We like to think we provide an outlet for those in the community who spend a lot of their time on their own. PLEASE come along and give us a try - first session is FREE. More especially if you know of someone who would benefit from a couple of hours in good company please encourage them to come along. For more information telephone Kay or Reg on 01379 688331 or email kayhbrock@gmail.com and see below our events listed in the Dates for your Diary section above.

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NEW GUIDE TO CARE AND SUPPORT IN NORFOLK
A CRUCIAL TIME FOR INFORMATION
A new, updated Norfolk - Your guide to care and support for adults 2018/19 has been published in association with Norfolk County Council. It gives readers crucial information on how to find and access care and support services throughout the county. If you are looking for information on what your choices may be, this guide can help. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Norfolk, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services. It can be downloaded from www.norfolk.gov.uk/careservices and is available in spoken word. For a free copy contact NCC on 0344 800 8020 or email information@norfolk.gov.uk. It is also available throughout the region from various outlets including hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Bressingham Village Hall
Hatha yoga taught by Jackie Samways, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher - all abilities, beginners to experienced, and all ages.
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
A gentler approach to yoga, meditation, breath work and relaxation. Mainly chair-based, with some standing to increase joint mobility, improve circulation, confidence, and general well-being.
For more info on both classes contact Jackie: 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
FOOTBALL on BRESSINGHAM PLAYING FIELDS
Various teams play on Saturday and Sunday. Teams from U7 to U16 with coaching for girls and boys starting from 5 years old. Contact Mark Channell by email at markv414@hotmail.com or call T: 01379 650591.
TENNIS/NETBALL COURT
Become a member, use the court, contact Brenda T: 01379 688375 or email
BRESSINGHAM PÉTANQUE/BOULES
The course (open at all times) is in Village Hall Car Park. Anyone in the community is welcome to play - Bring your own boules.

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