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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 10 Mar 2019 from Richard Hewitt

Last week people were sunbathing on the beach and elsewhere, yet now, as I write this, we have a gale blustering around the cottage and plenty of rain to go with it.  There are some highly confused pheasants down Bates Lane, and some understandably annoyed blackbirds whose ideal nest-building weather has been rudely curtailed.  Well may John Masefield have referred to the ‘mad March days’, and in the political climate, well may some of us be feeling somewhat confused, if not actually annoyed.

We are told that local services are being hugely emasculated by drastic cuts in revenue – yet our shortly-to-arrive council tax demands are likely to show maximum permissible increase  – there’s a bit of apparent confusion – and our County Councillors have managed to hang on to a reported 11% increase in allowances – therein lies, I’m told, a fair measure of annoyance.  We can but wait to see to what extent the ballot box will permit us all to restore some sort of order in the current turbulent political waters: I can only hope that at Parish Council level we can at least approach the next four years with some measure of Common Sense…

We approached our Parish Council meeting of 4 March in the hope that our District Councillor would be with us to shed some light on the process of the Greater Norwich Local Plan. Mike, our Clerk, requested his a attendance some months ago, and we presumed he would attend: wrong… we received his apologies at tea-time on the Sunday before the meeting.  However, we had received Barry Stone’s resume of the GNLP situation a short while back (Barry is our District Councillor) and you can read this here.  We have heard in a separate communication that the number of houses that could be built  in Bressingham/Fersfield under the GNLP scheme may not exceed 20, and will not appear before 2025.  Please note – this is NOT official.  Apparently we may hear the result of the 2018 consultation at the end of this year.

Our County Councillor, Beverley Spratt, did attend the meeting.  We heard that he is not exactly happy with the Council Tax rise, nor the fact that it very difficult to change the operational methods of our County Council officers – this has worrying implications perhaps.  We passed on our community members’ concerns about funding household budgets (Council Tax included) and the effectiveness of our police force.  We then considered our Parish Council finances – they are in a sound state, but more money would always be helpful: none-the-less, we are not seeking a significant rise in precept.  Our Allotment Association placed a well-presented request for a post and rail boundary fence at the allotment: we felt unable to agree to this, especially as we had already in this financial year considerably upgraded the approach drive.

We supported planning proposals for new grain bins at Hall Farm and for improvements to ‘Rosings’, a property in the Street – both Fersfield.  Michelle, our Allotment Association Chairman, having introduced the subject before, spoke about the possibility of starting a Youth Parish Council, which has been introduced elsewhere in the county.  There is much to commend this, and we asked Michelle to investigate further and report back.

May we remind everyone that the present Parish Council ‘retires’ in May.  PLEASE do consider putting yourself forward as a candidate: details appear separately.


Would you be prepared to pay more for policing in Norfolk?
As he launches the 2019/20 police budget and council tax consultation, Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green asks this question - click here to read more >>

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.

OPEN GARDENS - GARDENERS QUESTION TIME

The Bressingham & Fersfield Open Gardens Planning Team are organising a Gardeners Question Time for Thursday July 4th, raising funds for our two churches, the village hall and a charity of the panel's choosing. The panel Chair will be Adrian Bloom. More details in due course.

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. 

Click here to see our 2019 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 >

BRESSINGHAM GARDENS PRESS RELEASE FOR FEB/MAR 2019


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 >

A Journey Through Bach's Cello Suites with Cellist Robert Max at Fersfield Church by Richard Hewitt
It was a storm-threatened evening on Sunday 3 March outside Fersfield’s St. Andrew’s Church, but inside there was the mellow music of the solo cello.  Robert Max, international musician and Lead Cellist of the London Chamber Orchestra, gave a breathtaking  recital of Bach’s six Cello Suites in a continuous performance.  His audience was spellbound, captured by the purity and magnificence of the occasion. Pictures here.

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

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 contact NCC 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.

 
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
MARCH
Mon 18   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Lowland Search & Rescue - Dave Scragg

Sat 23, Sun 24

  Spoon Carving Taster & Demonstration Days - 12-3pm Fersfield Playing Field nick@gosmanspoonco.com
Sun 31   Mothering Sunday Service - 9:30am St Andrews Church, Fersfield
APRIL
Postponed until July   New date TBC - Bressingham & District Ladies Club - Annual Birthday Party Buffet
Tue 9   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble  OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE ADVISED LATER - WATCH THIS SPACE
Mon 15   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - AGM + Coffee Farming - Jeremy Hulme  
Tue 14   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
Sat 20   Easter Egg Scramble 10-12am, St Andrews Church, Fersfield
MAY
Mon 20   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Guy Barker of Early Summer Perennials
JUNE
Tue 11   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
JULY
Thu 4   Gardeners Question Time organised by Bressingham & Fersfield Open Gardens Planning Team, Bressingham Village Hall
Mon 15   Ladies Club - Annual Birthday Party Buffet
Easter

SPOON CARVING AND TASTER DEMONSTRATION DAYS - Sat 23rd and Sun 24th March (nick@gosmanspoonco.com) Gosman Spoons


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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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Norfolk Record Office have year-round events that are well worth attending. Refreshments included. For information and to book a seat, call  01603 222599 or www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/events. To sign up for Norfolk Record Office newsletters, contact: norfolkcc@public.govdelivery.com

Wendy Beaney and Betty Morley have created a boolet entitled "Fersfield Men Who Marched Away To The Great War". Copies are available for £3 each. Please contact Wendy or Betty (peterpan64@hotmail.co.uk)

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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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