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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 9 January - from Richard Hewitt

We hope you are all having a good start to the New Year!  Our Parish Council Meeting on 08/01/18 included the following matters for discussion:

From the minutes of the meeting of 06/11/17 we noted that we were still awaiting information on the planning conditions for ‘Harvest House’. We agreed to investigate further the establishment of a ‘Neighbourhood Watch’, possibly linked to John Kemp’s item (see below). Our County Councillor, Beverley Spratt, spoke to us about three key issues: council tax will be increased in three areas: policing, county council and district council.  Bev suggested a Band D rated property could see a rise of (at least) £100 – THIS HAS YET TO BE VOTED AND FINALISED. He discussed the issue of funding adult social care, and agreed to communicate with a member of the public on this issue. The meeting wondered why council tax continued to rise when service budgets were being cut….Beverley explained that many constraints lie outside of the local councils’ control. (In passing did you hear that our county councillors have just voted themselves an 11% expenses rise – according to the BBC!)  Beverley also asked us to be vigilant about the care of our roads.

Our District Councillor did not attend and therefore his agenda item was ‘vacant’ – as yet we have not heard from him.  We had our own item on highways – a major concern is the vast amount of litter – coffee cups, drink (alcohol ones included), food wrappers and other more sensitive items, that are thrown down on and beside our roads. We had received a letter from a concerned member of our community who regularly collects dustbin-bags full of litter. Our clerk will raise the issue with the county council and we will pursue other avenues – which at the moment include members collecting litter……We discussed a request for a ‘dog bin’ to be installed in Common Road, Bressingham, and agreed a £150 allocation to cater for this.

John kemp presented his paper on caring for members of the community – particularly those people who are lonely. We agreed this can cover all ages, and spent a while on discussing the regulation and legal aspects of this. We agreed to carry out some research, and to hold a meeting on 29 January, which will include this. It was suggested the spirit of the proposal could be incorporated into a possible Neighbourhood Watch initiative.

Our financial position was considered very sound – this before the inclusion of 2018 funding – even though we supported community projects last year.  In view of solvency and the rise in  other areas financed through council tax, we will not be raising our precept for 2018: but, beware…. accounting explanation from the district council when you get your council tax demand may make it appear that there is a small parish council increase when the sum is the same as for last year.  In addition to the ‘litter correspondence’ we had heard from the volunteer medical team that responds to accidents and traumas and Citizens’ Advice: we agreed to their requests for a £100 donation in each case (as for last year).

We have agreed to start our meetings at 7.15 in future – in part to accommodate village hall booking  procedure. Anglia Water reports appear on the Website – we agreed to write a letter to the utility commending their process and approachability – excellent compared to some others we have experienced! We agreed a general plan to be more proactive in the community – as a small group we spend most of our time on red tape and administration – the outcomes for which are limited. We would like to move on from this. We discussed the problem of horses on footpaths, and the problems this can create. Our next meeting will be Monday 29 January at 7.15 in the Village Hall.

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Our November meeting saw a packed hall watching Rachel Duffield present a solo cabaret -  Seven Ages of Women

Rachel is a popular speaker with us, and her website The Seven Ages Of Woman Cabaret - Now It's The Girls' Turn! provides a taste of her wonderful show.  The more tuneful of us joined in some of the songs.  It was a wonderful evening and many people lingered quite for coffee, biscuits, socializing before returning home.  We were pleased to welcome some new faces.

Our meetings give everyone a chance to catch up with friends or make new ones over refreshments at the end. Guests are welcome and despite the title of our club, men are allowed. 

air stewardess Our next meeting is at 19:30 on Monday 19th February 2018, Bressingham Village Hall.

Linda Holly (Air Stewardess) Flying back in the good old Days

(Non Members Welcome £3.00)

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Tasty Teas - a Thank You Message from Diana Burroughes
Our Tasty Teas are now over and very successful they have been too raising over £950 for Bressingham Church funds. Many thanks to all of you who came along and joined us.

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED from Richard Hewitt
You will know that we have a citizens’ watch system in our parishes, which is designed to help protect our homes and other properties from criminal activity. Michelle Lanchester has said that we need more volunteers to make this scheme more effective. If you would like to help or obtain further details, please contact PC 1224 Jim Squires, on 01953 423773 or 07766 99081

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Tue 3   Quiz and Supper at the Village Hall 6:30-10:30
Tue 13  

Afternoon Club - 2nd Anniversary 2-4pm
Another fun packed afternoon with Beetle Drive, Old time sing a long + games and delicious nibbles.

Mon 19   Ladies Club - Linda Holly (Air Stewardess): Flying back in the good old Days - Village Hall 19.30 (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
Mon 19   Ladies Club - Diss Antiques: Jewellery Trends from Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian eras - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
Tue 20 or 27   Afternoon Club - Found a new place (Diss Golf Club) where we can go for our meals out costing about £8.00 for a main course and £1.50 for dessert. Date to be confirmed.
Mon 16   Ladies Club AGM + Andrew Bailey: Spice up your Garden
Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
Sat 12   Plant, Craft and CakeSale at Fersfield Church
Mon 21   Ladies Club - Glenister Davidson: The Iconic Art Deco Era - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00) 
2-3rd   Blooming Bressingham & Fragrant Fersfield Open Gardens
Sun 8   "STAYING ALIVE" Fun day event in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance & First Responders

NEW Members are always welcome - come along and give us a try (we are not a group who sit a knit all afternoon).

We have started a scrabble competition which will last all year - it is an aggregate score so it doesn't matter if you miss one or two months.

Watch this space for further events.

Feb 13   Afternoon Club - 2nd Anniversary 2-4pm
Another fun packed afternoon with Beetle Drive, Old time sing a long + games and delicious nibbles.
March 19   Ladies Club - Diss Antiques: Jewellery Trends from Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian eras - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
March 20 or 27   Afternoon Club - Found a new place (Diss Golf Club) where we can go for our meals out costing about £8.00 for a main course and £1.50 for dessert. Date to be confirmed.

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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. Suitable for all abilities, complete beginners to experienced, and all ages.
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
A gentler approach to yoga postures, meditation, breath work and relaxation. Mainly chair-based, with some standing to encourage increased joint mobility, improve circulation, confidence, and general well-being.
For more info on both Yoga classes contact Jackie: 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
Various teams play at Bressingham on Saturday mornings and Sunday. Teams from U7 up to U16 age groups 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.
All enquiries re becoming a member and use of the court to
Brenda Webb T: 01379 688375 or email
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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