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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 31 January - from Richard Hewitt
We held our February Parish Council Meeting on Monday 29 January, in order to enable a full attendance. Our principal areas of discussion included the need to combat loneliness, the development of our county of Norfolk and the quest for improved internet connection quality.

At our previous meeting, we had looked at the problem of rural isolation/loneliness, and discussed John Kemp’s paper on this issue.  After much debate, we felt it was essential to work with other agencies and to attempt to find common ground and approach to some of the initiatives we now face.  Having recently heard of developments with Neighbourhood Watch  at a police/community meeting, we agreed a way forward was clearly to link Neighbourhood Watch with community care and to explore a way forward on this.  In the meantime, you will find a separate item asking for you to assist with the establishment of Neighbourhood Watch.  Please support this!

You will probably have heard of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership, which includes our own South Norfolk District Council.  Everyone agrees Norfolk, and our part of it, must keep face with development and improved infrastructure….we need more houses for a start…….whilst retaining its beauty and individuality.  We need to ensure that there is collaboration: for instance, agreement will be needed concerning additional housing where there will have to be the necessary facilities (schools, health services, transport, for instance).  You may be aware that bodies such as The Campaign to Protect Rural England are keeping a close eye on things.  If you would like to contribute to the consultation, please look at www.gnlp.org.uk

I think we all find our internet connection a bit slow at times: one way of improving this may well be to support the B4RN initiative: PLEASE SEE THE SEPARATE ITEM CONCERNING THIS.

Other items we discussed concerned the surface water and drainage problems in several areas of our villages, the allotments, our two War Memorials, the continuing problems of horses damaging footpaths and parking in School Road.  I think this is going to be a busy time – please keep your eye on the Website!

A note from Barry Stone re Attendance at Parish Council Meetings
Dear All - Unfortunately I suffered a single unprovoked epileptic seizure on 3rd January and was taken by ambulance to A & E accompanied by my wife. I had a CT Scan which showed up nothing untoward and I subsequently had an appointment with a neurologist. I am now awaiting an EEG and MMI after which we should have more information but in the meantime I have had to hand back my driving licence. Hopefully I will be able to drive again after six months but in the meantime I will have difficulty getting to Parish Council meetings. I must therefore prefer give my apologies for all future meetings although I hope to occasionally get my wife to drive me to some. I will continue to send reports and obviously deal with any queries you may have, but the next six months will be difficult. I hope you will understand the huge impact this will have on my life and bear with me until things return to normal.

Many thanks and kind regards, Barry Stone

Bressingham Water Mains Replacement

Good Morning All, My apologies for not updating you sooner.
I am pleased to say that Alan is recovering, well following his operation. Lee Forster is Supervising the scheme in Alan’s absence, as previously detailed. His contact detail are: 01603 247240, 07811 526407. lforster@anglianwater.co.uk

Work is progressing well on Phase 5. We have now installed the new mains section from the junction of High Road and School Road to adjacent “Waveney View”. This section is due to undergo pre-commissioning testing, starting on Monday 12th Feb. The subsequent section is planned to be installed by Directional Drilling and it is also due to commence on Monday 12 Feb.
We have tried to maintain access as far as is possible for residents & businesses. Additional signage was obtained and set out this week in order to further advise residents and other road users. Access to the shop is currently via the School Road end and we anticipate that this will remain for the remainder of the scheme.

We have received an email from a resident reinforcing the importance of the local shop and informing us that we are likely to receive a petition requiring us to ensure that the shop is compensated for loss of earnings. I have responded to this confirming Anglian Water’s commitment to support our local communities amd ensuring them of our best intentions at all times. I also explained that we have been in regular contact with Alan and that he has all of the necessary information should he wish to pursue a compensation claim.

As always, please feel free to contact either Lee or myself should you require any further information or assistance?

Kind Regards

Kevin Howlett
Senior Delivery Engineer
Solutions Delivery – IMR Water Services

Anglian Water Services Limited
Old Forge, Heigham WTW, Waterworks Road, Norwich, Norfolk. NR2 4DA
Tel 01603 247281 Mobile 07801 674757

Planning in The Street, Fersfield

This email fro Jacqui Jackson is the result of misplacing Site Notice 2018/0115 - Fersfield on the church notice-board!

Dear Mr Hewitt

Thank you for your e-mail.  I acknowledge the issue raised and have also taken the opportunity to pass your e-mail onto my manager to ensure all site notices are placed on or immediately adjacent to the site.  I note the site notice should expire tomorrow, however, as you have suggested in your e-mail, I will allow an additional week to ensure interested parties have the necessary additional time to send comment to me.

Kind regards, Jacqui Jackson
Planning Officer - t 01508 533837 e jjackson@s-norfolk.gov.uk  www.south-norfolk.gov.uk

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”.

Use of Public Footpaths by Horse-riders
The Parish Council has received complaints about the use of public footpaths by horse-riders. This practice often makes footpaths hazardous or impassable and it appears that many of our villages’ footpaths are being used as rides by stables and horse-riders. This could lead to prosecution as it is both illegal and dangerous for walkers. If riders are using field margins, will they please avoid use of any adjacent public foot-paths. DO NOT USE PUBLIC FOOTPATHS FOR HORSE RIDING.
Thank-you for your co-operation,
Karl Traynier
Vice Chair, Bressingham & Fersfield Parish Council & Footpath Warden


air stewardess

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

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. 

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

(Non Members Welcome £3.00)

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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.
Mar 19   Ladies Club - Diss Antiques: Jewellery Trends from Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian eras - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
Mar 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.
We are looking to extend the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for the benefit of the whole parish. Financial constraints on the Police will reduce their capacity to patrol and respond as quickly to incidents. They will become more reliant on householders, businesses and the public to be their eyes and ears. Neighbourhood Watch provides a structured system for the Police to communicate crime trends and counter measures and for the community to guide Police resources to address our concerns, either to specific incidents or general local issues.  The scheme is also aimed at bringing us closer together by looking out for each other and providing support to the more vulnerable, infirm or isolated members of the community. The proven deterrent effect is that households within Neighbourhood Watch areas experience 21% fewer burglaries than similar households. There is also a range of free advice on protecting yourself, your home or business  available and some insurers provide discounts for homes within Neighbourhood Watch areas.

Please help to make Bressingham and Fersfield parish safer by indicating to our scheme co-ordinator, Michelle Lanchester, that you want to become a member and by providing your address and contact details.

Michelle’s e-mail is:- michelle.lanchester@gmail.com
Or telephone numbers:- 01379 688109 or 07824515801

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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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