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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.
 
COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 8 November 2018 by Richard Hewitt

Our last Parish Council Meeting was held in the Village Hall on Monday 5 November.  There were five councillors and our Clerk present. (We still have a need for more people to join the Parish Council….!). We agreed the minutes of the meeting of 1 October, particular attention being paid to the issue of traffic and speeding in Stone Lane.  This had been referred to Norfolk County Council, and Mr.Hodges agreed to write to them with further details. Neither our District nor County Councillors were able to be present. This is unusual for our County Councillor: we are told we may expect a new face as our District Councillor in the new year.

Planning matters centred on the proposal to convert the Nissan Huts in Fersfield’s Street, opposite the Wood Lane junction, in order to make a new dwelling. The Parish Council’s response was to request South Norfolk District Council to arrange a site visit and to give an extra 4 weeks’ consultation time in order fully to explore the issue of protecting these increasingly rare wartime buildings.

There had been limited correspondence this month: one e-mail had expressed concern about the erection of a rather temporary-looking electric fence along a field boundary running parallel to the Fersfield Road, west of the Folly Lane junction, in Bressingham. This obstructs a public footpath, and has resulted in action being taken by the footpath warden.

We received a financial report and agreed the 2019-20 Budget. Finances are healthy, and details are available.  We thank Mike, our Clerk, for his excellent management and close attention to money matters! 

The Chairman of the Bressingham Allotment Association presented an oral report, and unfortunately had to tell us of burglary of tools and equipment from allotment sheds. The police are involved and there is a crime number. The allotment site boundaries were discussed: ‘burglar-proofing’ of the entire site is virtually impossible: we talked about individual insurance and shed security, along with associated insurance procedures. The Chairman of the Allotment Association (Michelle) was asked to give our Clerk a full written report.

Any Other Matters concerned the important issue of The Greater Norwich Local Plan (see item at top of page). This has asked local landowners, or their agents or developers, including those in Bressingham & Fersfield, to submit details of sites they would be prepared to make available for development. You can use the website to see suggested sites and to make your views known by responding during the consultation period: 29 October-14 December, 2018. The Parish Council agreed to arrange a public meeting, as suggested by community members, concerning this matter on Tuesday 20 November, 2018. This will be in Bressingham & Fersfield Village Hall at 7 pm

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. 

MON 17 DECEMBER

Peachey’s Preserves

Presented by Jan Peachey

Jan also makes Gin, so this promises to be a seasonal evening.  There will be mulled wine and nibbles.

We also will be holding a raffle for a rather fabulous hamper.

Click here to see our 2018/19 Programme of Speakers and list of Committee Members

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 of Norfolk – Your guide to care and support for adults 2018/19 contact Norfolk County Council 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. Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.

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
DECEMBER
Tue 11   Afternoon Club Christmas Party at the Golf Club - 12.30 start - names to Kay if you will be attending. Members will be subsidised.
Mon 17   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Peachey’s Preserves - Jan Peachey
Thu 20   Christmas Carol Service with Discord - St Andrews Church, Fersfield - 7.30pm - everyone welcome
JANUARY
Tue 8   Afternoon Club - Talk by Rachel Hillier on the work of the Diss First Responders
FEBRUARY
Mon 18   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Makaton signing - Jan Scott
MARCH
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)
Mon 15   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - AGM + Coffee Farming  (provisional) - Jeremy Hulme  
MAY
Mon 20   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - All about Tea - Justine of Fairchilds 

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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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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