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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 10 September 2018 from Richard Hewitt

Our meeting on 3 September, in Fersfield Church, was the last in our summer venue: from October we will be back in the Village Hall for the dark evenings season. The meeting began with a report from our County Councillor, Beverly Spratt, who informed us that the County Council is considering outsourcing its Highways Department….and that at the moment the county precept for 2019-20 looks like having a rise in the region of 3%.....we await further news with interest. Our District Councillor, (Barry Stone) is still convalescing, but we wish him a full recovery, thank him for his message, and look forward to seeing him in October, when there will be plenty to discuss, such as use (or abuse!) of the A1066 laybys and the littering/fouling issues.

Our discussion on Highways per se centred on the continuing dis-satisfaction and lack of NCC action over School Road – particularly since the school has re-opened for the Autumn Term.  After all our efforts, we really do expect to see some action over the dangerous state of this busy thoroughfare.  Allotments were discussed, particularly in regard to the use of poly-tunnels and the size limitations appropriate to an allotment plot: if this is not controlled carefully, planning permission regulations could be invoked.  We are grateful to the Allotment Association and John kemp for their careful work on this issue.  We received a very satisfactory report on the state of our finances and thanked our Clerk for his financial management and accounting. 

An important piece of correspondence concerned the new regulations concerning septic tanks.  In essence, if your septic tank discharges directly to a surface water, (this includes ditches) even when the watercourse is dry, you will need to upgrade or replace your system by 1 January 2020 - or if you sell your property before this date,  (For full regulations look at: https:/www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water#rules-for-existing-and-new-treatment-systems)
We had one planning matter on which to comment: Lodge Farm in Algar Road (2018/1813).

The Parish Council holds some responsibility for our two War Memorials.  That in Bressingham is in very good condition: that in Fersfield is not.  We agreed to pay £400 towards the renovation of Fersfield’s War memorial in readiness for the Centenary in November.  (Work has already started: already the improvement is very apparent!)

Our next PC  meeting will be on Monday 1 October, in the Village Hall.  
Centenary of 1918 Armistice & Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, 2018
WE NEED YOUR INPUT! 

If you have memories, connections, stories of relatives, friends, acquaintances or incidents connected with the First World War or any subsequent conflict (World War 2 in Bressingham or Fersfield,  Korea, the Falklands or other incidents between 1918 and the present day) we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please give your stories/ideas to help us put together a presentation of our villages' part in the Great War and subsequent actions.  Please contact John Kemp on (01379) 687868 or Karl Traynier on (01379) 688413.  Thank-you!

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Notes on meetings of the Armistice Centenary Co-ordinating Group report by Mike Mortimer
 
17th July 2018 - click here to view
4th September 2018 - click here to view

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.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND - UPDATE
Hyperfast broadband (1,000 megabits per second) is now a reality in Scole village courtesy of BA4N and a small number of volunteers.  BA4N have issued an open invitation for any interested parties to visit Scole Community Centre on Friday evenings between 7 and 10pm to talk with the volunteers and technicians and see the system in action. You can even take your laptop and try the download speeds for yourself. Scole Community Centre, Ransome Avenue, Scole IP21 4EA
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The Parish Council is aware that large parts of the parish suffer from intermittent and /or slow broadband service and that BT have no plans or intention to improve on the current position. We contacted B4RN, a non-profit community benefit society who are supporting the installation of superfast broadband across rural areas of Norfolk , to establish the possibility of providing superfast broadband across this parish. B4RN require sufficient confirmed interest from householders, businesses, local volunteers and investors before they will commit to a project. Costs are difficult to estimate but for 100 households will be in the region of £120,000 and the level of investment needs to match the estimated overall cost. Investments in community benefit societies  qualify for HMRC’s Enterprise Investment Scheme incentive of a 30% tax rebate. There is a minimum period of 3 years before the investment can be withdrawn or interest is payable on it. If the investment can be found then a steering committee is created to identify landowners and obtain wayleave permission to bury the fibre tubes across their land. The fibre tubes are laid by local volunteers under the guidance of B4RN. B4RN charge a one off connection fee of £150 per property and £30 per month for 1,000 megabits per second (compared with 24-80 megabits per second from other providers). If you are interested in receiving superfast broadband from B4RN and / or investing in this parish’s broadband network then please register your interest at https://b4rn.org.uk/b4rn-service/charges/ under “B4RN East Anglia Area”.

BRESSINGHAM & DISTRICT LADIES CLUB

Why not come to our monthly meetings where everyone has a chance to catch up with friends or make new ones over refreshments at the end. 

Guests are welcome (£3), Members are Free, and despite the title of our club, men are allowed. 
Do come and meet us - we are everso friendly!

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

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 >

NEW LITTERING FINES
Throwing litter out of your vehicle could now land you with a £150 fine, which is 50% more than the £100 you could be charged if you were caught speeding. The fine not only applies to drivers but also to passengers who litter, however it will be the driver who is sent the penalty notice to pay. This new fine increase came into force on April 1st, 2018 and it can be charged on the spot or retrospectively with video evidence. It aims to deter people from littering and decrease a form of anti-social behaviour, which is having such devastating effects across the country’s highways. Click here to read more >
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 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
SEPTEMBER
Thu 27   Afternoon Club Lunch at The Beehive - 12.30pm - details later - (This is in place of the Open Afternoon)
OCTOBER
Tue 9   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm - an OPEN AFTERNOON where members can bring along a friend/neighbour to see what we offer. It's a FREE afternoon with tea, coffee and cakes.
Mon 15   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Around the World in 80 plants - Jaime Blake
Tue 23   Afternoon Club - Lunch at the Golf Club 12.30 - Please let Kay have your names if you would like to go.
NOVEMBER
Sun 11   Centenary of 1918 Armistice & Remembrance Sunday
Tue 13   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Mon 19   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Walking with the Wounded - Duncan Slater
DECEMBER
Sat 1   Quiz with Sausage & Mash + Onion Gravy 6.30 Tickets on sale later
Mon 3   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - Christmas meal out (partner/friend very welcome) - Venue TBA
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
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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