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Here's the latest news from Alan Boulter, Anglian Water Network Solutions Delivery Engineer:

We have now successfully managed to install all of the new main in Wood Lane and we will be testing & chlorinating this over the weekend. This means we should be in a position to fully commission the main, make the connections and transfer the service pipes by the end of the week. What I can confirm is that the road closure in Wood Lane will be taken down and the road re-opened by the close of business on Friday 24th November. We are starting the new phase of the scheme in Fersfield Rd, Bressingham between The Valley & School Rd on Monday 20th  November. This will involve a Road Closure but vehicular access will remain for residents. We are replacing 500 Mtrs of 6” Pvc Main and will be onsite until 22nd December. We are hopefully planning to arrange a public drop-in centre in the Village Hall or Fersfield Church,  in the very near future (date tbc) regarding the scheme.

If you have any questions or issue please contact one of the site operatives or alternatively contact myself at email aBoulter@anglianwater.co.uk or call Mobile 07889 190069 - Phone 01603 247222.

Fersfield Remembrance Service Sunday 12 November 2017
The poor weather miraculously held off for the duration of the Fersfield Remembrance Service on Sunday afternoon, when a large gathering came to St. Andrew's for the annual ceremony and wreath-laying.  Those present were able to go out to the War Memorial, where wreaths and crosses were placed by the Parochial Church Council and the Parish Council.  Young people played a pleasingly prominent part:  Arthur Wildish and Isabella Kirby placed crosses for those who gave their lives in conflict but have no known resting-place and for all the children who have died through war.
Remembrance service Click here to see more of Krys Wakefield's photos from the day >
COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 10 November - from Richard Hewitt
I hope you’re all enjoying the ‘not bad’ Autumn weather, and the last displays of the wonderful colours of the countryside. The dark evenings are well established, but there is plenty to do. Last Monday (6 Nov) we had our monthly Parish Council meeting. This one was ‘special’ as we welcomed two guest organisations: Neighbourhood Watch and Anglian Water, who took part in an open session. The local community had a large representation as well.

Following the usual brief formalities, we heard from our County Councillor, Beverly Spratt. His tidings were not necessarily what we wanted to hear: Beverly believes the ‘Harvest House’ development will proceed as planned (planned?)….and that there could be a future rise in Council Tax. Barry Stone, our District Council Member, tendered his apologies: constrained to be a somewhat serial event, but he does produce a comprehensive regular news-sheet.

Moving into the open session, we first heard from Alan Kennison, Vice-Chairman of Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch. Alan explained that this scheme is no longer a Home Office adjunct, but is now an entity in its own right. Council Member John Phillips had already reported back to the meeting on the police briefing he had attended – a recent apparent rise in crime against property was likely to coincide with police attention being more focussed on ‘serious’ crime (cyber, child abuse for example) – so it is obvious that we will need to do more ourselves to prevent crime locally.  Neighbourhood Watch presents one such process, and your Parish Council will seriously consider joining this organisation as an entity – we will need your support, but the benefits are clearly visible!  (There will be more to come on this on our Website.)

Alan Boulter and Kevin (Anglian Water) then spoke about the water main works our villages will experience in the next few months. These will be in the Wood Lane, Nordle Corner, Algar Road, Stone Lane (Fersfield)  and Fersfield Road, High Road (Bressingham) areas. The period of disruption is  suggested as lasting from November until March……There will be road closures of course – please be careful not to infringe these closure orders (there is a possible fine)! Open discussion centred on the unreliable main supply (4? Recent bursts & water stoppages) in the Heath Road area of Kenninghall – on the water-tower side of the forthcoming works. Concern was expressed at the earlier-than-anticipated work at the Bressingham School Rd./High Rd. junction, and a worrying mess at the adjacent War Memorial. Issues were raised also about compliance with road closure at Wood Lane – are road users able to remove barriers to the side of the road at will (!) and is the road open if this happens? Alan apologised for some local difficulty at Wood Lane, and hoped such confusion would not be repeated. He emphasised the need for clear communication, and will be working with our Clerk and Website to make sure there is maximum co-operation. He recognised that we would be monitoring and reporting on progress, and that our previous experience of utilities disrupting our roads had not been encouraging!  (Please refer to the website for future details).

The rest of our meeting was shortened, and included two standard planning issues, a very satisfactory financial statement, the retention of our monthly meeting arrangements and the Pillar Box Corner sign (does anyone have any views, as already requested?). Our next meeting will be on 4 December.

Other matters we have been concerned with recently are the on-going issue of dangerously muddy roads – please report any examples you encounter – and the continued improvement and health of our allotments. We have also had reports (and experience!) of thefts of heating-oil in our villages.  Please make things as difficult as possible for any would-be thieves and report anything suspicious – especially cars and vans which appear to contain a collection of jerry-cans!

Parish Council Members will be laying wreaths at the Bressingham (11.55am) and Fersfield (3pm) Remembrance Services this Sunday (12 November). We very much hope members of the community will take part.

At our meeting in October we were treated to a presentation and discussion by Barbarette Mortimer -  Pull yourself together...!  The work of a counsellor). 

Barbarette started by explaining the difference between a psychotherapist, counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist. She then explained the importance of our early experiences and how they can impact throughout your life. We were told about brain development and the difference between left brain and right brain.We finished with a very interesting question and answer session.Anyone wanting to know more can visit Barbarette’s website www.barbarettemortimer.co.uk

The next meeting on 20th November, 7.30 pm Bressingham Village Hall sees the return of a very popular speaker - Rachel Duffield who will be presenting Cabaret - Seven Ages of Women - you can find out more on her website - Rachel is always very popular, so do come early if you want the best view.

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.  The cost for a non-member for the talks in the current programme is £3.

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Sun 26   Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs at Highlands, High Road, Bressingham
Thu 30   Friends of St. John the Baptist Church, Bressingham annual meeting & social evening with updates about the building works. 7pm at Burrowood, Wilney Green, Bressingham.  Contact Diana 688291 or Linda 687729
Sat 2   Quiz & Supper - Bangers & Mash 6.30 pm
Thu 21   Fersfield Carol Service @ 7.30 pm
Jan 9   Afternoon Club - First of the New Year 2-4pm
Feb 13   Afternoon Club - 2nd Anniversary 2-4pm


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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.

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 >

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.

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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