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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 10 May from Richard Hewitt

Whilst I know you will be able to read the minutes for our meeting of 8 May in due course, I thought it would be useful to touch on one or two items and relate them to our future hopes.
This meeting was the AGM of Bressingham & Fersfield PC, and whilst it had been well publicised, we welcomed only two non-council members to it…….which seemed rather a shame as during the course of the last year quite a few members of the public had contacted us for one reason or another.  More on that in a moment.

I was again appointed to the Chair….it’s an honour and one I will happily get on with, but we need a change next year.

At the AGM we reviewed the current planning applications, as statutory consultees, and referred back to the District Council – who make the actual decisions.  We noted that our finances were in a healthy condition and that the annual audit should proceed satisfactorily.  (Details of the account are, of course, available).  We are delighted that Margaret Harris is continuing to operate our Website: this is a really high-quality production, and we are all really grateful to Margaret for her excellent, skilled work – and time – and send our thanks.  We reported on the ‘Ash Tree Farm’ (Kenninghall) chicken lorries and their passage through Fersfield/Bressingham (they have been told to avoid Church Street, Kenninghall – the originally intended route!), and we agreed to make a formal approach to Breckland District Council (as if dealing with our own isn’t enough…).  We intend to re-open our case for greater control measures for the A1066, and to make renewed representations about the parking in School Road – in both cases, fears were expressed that an accident may not be far in the future.

Now, if you look in council members’ diaries, you will note that most activities concerning the council are reactive: highway problems, ‘speeding’, planning and so on.  My own diary shows three proactive ‘successes’ – some road and verge improvements, progress on the allotments (one of the really active areas) …and have you seen our bright red post-boxes lately?  We have some positive plans in the pipeline –for example, we have secured (we hope!) funding for a Summer musical activity for youngsters of all skill and ability ranges……we’re going to need help!  Really, though, we need more people to come forward to join the council….and to reduce the average age of its membership.  Please do consider doing this – if we are to succeed as an effective and pro-active force, we need YOUR participation.  Contact numbers are on the website.
Finally, I have to thank the council and our supporters for the hard work through 2016-7:  the allotment work, the traffic ‘calming’ measures, the important role of listening.  Our Clerk and Vice-Chair have been towers of strength.  Whilst we discharge our statutory duties (cemeteries, allotments, for example) the areas in which we have ‘influence’ – (planning, highways and so on) are big ones, ever-increasing and demand more ‘volume’ from us.  Please do consider adding your voice and energy to your Parish Council.

The Annual Parish Council Meeting was held on 25 April and various Bressingham and Fersfield organisations came together to report to those present on their year’s activities.  Some copies of organisations’ reports are published here >>

Will farmers please check on the condition of footpaths that cross their properties, and ensure free passage is possible. There is to be a footpath inspection in the course of the next few weeks.  Thank-you all for your co-operation and help with this matter.

South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band at Bressingham Church
There was a good attendance for South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band at Bressingham Church on Saturday evening (6 May). The audience was treated to a spirited repertoire, from Jazz to favourite songs from the 1980s. The young band gave a fantastic performance, and the rapport between the band and conductor Mike Booty was obvious to all. 
The evening was kindly sponsored by Leslie and Alison Dumbell. Bressingham PCC and Friends of Bressingham Church would like to extend a massive thanks to them for all their hard work putting on such a great evening. Thanks also to everyone who helped setting up and baking. Over £800 was raised which is a fantastic contribution towards funding the current building works at the church.

Bressingham and Fersfield History Group
World War One relative remembered  
A lovely, poignant memorial service was led by Reverend Wendy Evans in Bressingham Church on Sunday 14 May for the relatives of Norfolk Regiment Private Albert J Fortis who was killed fighting in the Battle of Arras, France, 100 years ago.  Albert, already serving in the 1st Norfolk Regiment when WWI broke out, died on 15 May 1917 defending the village Arleux en Goelle on the Western Front.

Several generations including a granddaughter, great-granddaughter, great-great-granddaughters and family travelled from Essex to Bressingham Church and the War Memorial to lay a wreath and commemorate Albert on the anniversary of his death.  Family research reveals that he was born in Chequers Lane, Bressingham in 1880, married Mabel Jane who bore him 4 children, and today has over 40 surviving living relatives.

Albert’s great-granddaughter’s ‘thank you’ note to Wendy and Bressingham Church best sums up the event: it was a “lovely fitting tribute to my great grandfather and I'm sure he would be honoured that we arranged this memorial to pay our respects”.


Our May meeting saw an excellent turnout for an interactive session entitled "Yoga and You".

The session was led by Jackie Cornish who was well know to some of us through her wonderful yoga classes held on a Monday morning at Bressingham and at other nearby locations on other days of the week. Jackie has been interested in yoga since she was a child and is a member of the British Wheel of Yoga and draws upon a number of different yoga practices to supplement Hatha yoga which is a branch of yoga that emphasizes physical exercises to master the body along with mind exercises to withdraw it from external objects.

We enjoyed learning some basic breathing techniques and a range of activities that could be made from a chair.  We also had a relaxation time which everyone appreciated.

For those interested in finding out more about Jackie's classes, details can be found under "sport" on this website, or contact jackiecornish@live.com

The next Ladies Club meeting will be on 19th June.  We look forward to seeing you then and would love to meet new members.
THIS MONTH'S RECIPE - Sharon's Fruit Squares - serves 10

115g/4oz Olive Spread
2tbsp Honey
1 Beaten Egg
85g/3oz Ground Almonds
115g/4oz no-soak apricots (finely chopped)
55g/2oz coconut
85g/3oz Rolled Oats
55g/2oz Cherries chopped

Click here for the Method and to print off the recipe >>

Health Tips – Steam Inhalation - by Leo Pearce

Have you or members of your family and friends suffered a persistent cough and breathlessness this spring? I've been struck by the number of my friends and acquaintances locally who have experienced these kinds of respiratory symptoms. Of course, any persistent symptoms should be taken to the GP and investigated thoroughly, but there are also some things that can be done at home to ease symptoms. Many people find a steam inhalation helpful, especially with added eucalyptus, peppermint or other oils; breathing the steam from a bowl of hot water or in a nice steamy bath. The steam helps to break down mucus and lubricates the air passages, both of which help you to eliminate congestion. The warmth of the inhalation stimulates the blood supply to the area which can help to reduce inflammation.

Another simple aid is to drink some ginger tea – ginger is not just good for relieving congestion, it also helps to reduce mucus production. If you've been affected, get well soon!

Wildflower of the Month- Dandelion Clocks - by Leo Pearce
I saw a number of dandelion clocks early one morning a couple of weeks ago. They were growing on Bressingham High Road at the edge of a field, overlooking the Waveney Valley. This is a photo of one of them. For many of us the sight of dandelion clocks prompts thoughts of 'one years seeds is seven years of weeds', and we busy ourselves obliterating them!
But pause for a moment, cast your mind back and recall the simple pleasure of clutching the stem and blowing the downy seedhead to tell the time with your dandelion clock. And take a moment to notice the fluffy, symmetrical beauty of this stage of the dandelion's life, which can be seen throughout the year in our locality – especially on my lawn!

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Graffiti Project in Bressingham church begins, with Dr Matthew Champion
Bressingham Church Bench Ends project begins, assisted by Dr Richard Hayman
Tue 23   Visit to Goodies & Pulham Garden Centre – leave Village Hall at 10.30 am – to Goodies– leave at 1.00 ish and go to Pulham – leave at 2.30 – Village Hall. There are cafes at both places so you can choose either one to suit your needs. We ask £1 per person to the driver to help with costs.
Tue 23   Guided tour and instruction at Norfolk Archives for History Society members - contact 01379 687729 for more info
Thu 25   Bressingham Primary School children take part in Graffiti Project workshop
Tue 13   Afternoon Club – Master class in Crocheting with Jan
Tue 20   Visit to Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds – Take a
picnic and enjoy the gardens - We ask £2.50 per person
towards travel and parking costs
Wed 28   Visit to Feline Care and Swallow Aquatics/Garden Centre
Deliver goodies and then move on to Swallow - No charge
Sun 2   Pink Ladies Tractors + visit to Bomber Group Museum
Thu 6   Research training at NCC Historic Environment HQ, Gressenhall - contact 01379 687729 for more info
Tue 11   Afternoon Club - usual games, quiz and crafting
Sat 22   Evening Event with BBQ – details later
  HLF Project Celebration: Church Ale weekend with medieval re-enactment in Bressingham Churchyard and church, assisted by troupe of professional historical medieval interpretation actors
Tue 8   Afternoon Club – Master class 2 in crocheting
Tue 22   Coach to Horning + 1 ½ hour Boat Trip on Broads cost
and details later (possibly £20 maximum per person)
Tue 12   Afternoon Club
Tue 19   Lunch at South Lopham White Horse
Tue 10   Afternoon Club
AFTERNOON CLUB - 11 May by Kay Brock
Another lovely afternoon meeting was held in the Village Hall attended by over 20 people who enjoyed delicious cakes made by Sue, Joan and Sharon. As usual we started with a quiz themed on Collective Nouns and amazingly Stella got 9 out of 10 and won a colourful mug and tea sachets. Our members then split into groups with some chatting (see photo) others playing scrabble and several ladies making gift boxes in card with jewel and ribbon decoration which were then taken home. The other photo shows a collection of mice made by our ladies to go to the Feline Care.

The Bring & Buy stall is increasing and some of our members are going home with some lovely bargains. We are still collecting for the Feline Care Charity which we will be delivering at the end of June. Apart from the list of obvious items eg tinned catfood, rubber gloves etc they would like the following: Biscuit wrappers (any brand), plastic trigger heads, tassimo pods (do not rinse), deodorant aerosols, printer cartridges and used postage stamps. These can be brought into our next meeting on the 13th June.

Please see Dates for your Diary which details all of our future events through until October. We do look forward to meeting new members - first meeting is free - so come and join us on June 13th and have a really good time.

Bressingham Church, Heritage Lottery Fund Building Repairs Blog by Linda Holly
Welcome to the Bressingham Church Restoration Blog!  It's about the Heritage Lottery Funded repair works to the church which began on 2 May 2017.  There's a direct link to the Church Blog on our top menu so please use this link to read all about what's happening.

Postcard of Bressingham Church by Diana Burroughes
A lovely coloured postcard of the church is now on sale in the church at 50p.  This was taken by Mervyn Porter with the help of Mervyn Lambert.  Mervyn and Claire Porter have very kindly had 1000 printed and have donated them to the church for which we are all most grateful.

As many of you will know, the new broadband cabinets, fibre and power are all in place and connected.  However, we are unable to make use of this yet because insufficient number of local people have expressed an interest via the website link!  We have dropped to the end of the queue. PLEASE MAY WE ASK EVERYONE INTERESTED IN IMPROVED INTERNET QUALITY TO EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN THE UPDATED FACILITIES BY USING THIS LINK.  Thank you!

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 990811.

How would you like to win £10 or £25?
Then join the 59 Club and also support your local Church. We have 7 spare numbers waiting for you – just telephone 01379 688331 or email Reg or Kay at regkaybrock@btinternet.com for further information.

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 >

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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. For more info please contact Jackie on 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
Ideal for those unable to attend a general class AND anyone interested in 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 strength and general well-being. For details contact Jackie Samways,details above.
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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