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Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council Meeting on Monday 6 November

Peter Evans, Chair of the Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, will attend the Bressingham & Fersfield Parish Council Meeting at The Village Hall on Monday 6 November Peter will address the meeting at 7pm: we hope as many members of the community come to hear him talk about this important subject.  There will be a short break after Peter’s talk and any questions, in order that the public may leave before the remainder of the meeting should they wish.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 5 October - from Richard Hewitt
As Winter approaches, Parish Council meetings have moved from Fersfield Church back to the Village Hall.  Our October meeting on Monday included the following items:
Planning: We are attempting to make greater use of electronic communication between councillors when forming a collective response to commenting on planning proposals. This, it is hoped, will remove some of the ‘deadline’ for response problems imposed by the district council. (A reminder that we make no decisions on this issue – but have a statutory consultee right to comment on planning proposals to the decision-makers at SNDC. Members of the public have the same facility – you can find planning issues on the SNDC website.)
Allotments: John Kemp reported on his work to improve the approach track to the allotments.
Budget: we received an update (satisfactory) on the progress of planning the 2018/9 Budget. 
Cemetery maintenance payments to the Parochial Church Councils of Bressingham and Fersfield: we agreed to retain the existing level of payment to each church of £400 per annum, and make the payment now due.
Village Hall: We naturally regard the Village Hall as one of our community’s prime resources. In consequence, we made available to the Village Hall Committee an allocation of £1,000 for improving lighting and associated equipment. Our stipulation is that this should improve the social, performance and educational facilities of the building.
Harvest House: (Bressingham Mill on the A1066.)  We understand that development of Open Field’s plans for the site now concern the conditions imposed when planning permission was granted.  Foremost amongst these are access and drainage issues.  We understand that additional land area may have been needed for the lagoons to facilitate adequate drainage of the site and its workings.  We await the outcome of negotiations concerning compliance with this requirement.
Ash Tree Farm (Chicken) development: We have had replies from neither the company nor Breckland DC to our letters concerning the heavy and disturbing lorry traffic that services this site and uses Fersfield and Bressingham as a route to the A1066 and beyond.  We are planning to make direct contact with those concerned.
Police ‘Community SOS’: Norfolk Police’s Community Officers are offering to provide additional help (of one day), in their ‘off’ time to any local action group involved in some form of manual work to benefit Norfolk communities.  If you have any ideas how they could help our villages in any way, please let Mike (our Clerk) know.
Neighbourhood Watch: You will know that we have had involvement with this initiative in the past. At our next meeting, Monday 6 November (7pm in the Village Hall), we hope to have Peter Evans, an organizer of the scheme, to talk to us. We would like to see members of our community at this meeting, please come if you possibly can – we need to give our homes all the protection we can against burglary and damage – some crime figures have gone up!
Grand Fete and ‘Open Gardens’ (separate events): We have heard that the possibility of these two events taking place in 2018 is being investigated/planned.

Sunday 22nd October

7pm at St Andrew's Church, Fersfield

We'd really like your views/comments regarding affordable homes in our villages so please email Mike Mortimer at bandf.pc@outlook.com and tell him what you think re the letter from Saffron Housing Trust below:

Bressingham Church - Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs

We are holding a series of 'Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs' starting on Sunday 22nd October at Burrowood, Wilney Green Bressingham IP22 2AJ, the home of Diana. Tickets are £5 in advance from Diana (01379 688291), Linda (01379 687729), Hilary (01379 688475) or from Bressingham Village Shop. Tea will be served from 2.30 - 5.00 pm and we will have home made cakes for sale and a raffle.  The second event will be on Sunday 26th November at The Highlands, High Road, Bressingham.


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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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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Bressingham Church, Heritage Lottery Fund Building Repairs Blog by Linda Holly
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Sun 22   Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs at Burrowood, Wilney Green, Bressingham. Tickets £5 from Diana 01379 68829 or from the Village Shop
Sun 22   Bressingham Allotments AGM - Fersfield Church 7pm
Sat 28   Fenners Fundraising Quiz at 7pm at the Village Hall
Mon 6   Bressingham & Fersfield Parish Council Meeting where Peter Evens, Chair of Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch Scheme will address the meeting at 7pm
Sun 12   Annual Remembrance Service will take place at St. Andrew’s, Fersfield, at 3 pm
Tue 14   Afternoon Club
Sun 26   Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs at Highlands, High Road, Bressingham
Jan 9   Afternoon Club - First of the New Year
Feb 13   Afternoon Club - 2nd Anniversary

The Annual Remembrance Service will take place at St Andrew’s, Fersfield, at 3 pm on Sunday 12 November

Everyone is warmly invited to join us for this evocative, and moving service of thanksgiving.  Wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial which is within the churchyard.  Please come.



The weather was kind on Sunday 17 September when the Bressingham & Fersfield community and neighbouring parishes jointly celebrated Harvest Festival at Fersfield’s St. Andrew’s Church. A beautiful vintage Ferguson tractor took centre stage for the opening part of the thanksgiving service, outside the South Door, following which the congregation entered the church to sing the well-known Harvest hymns and pray for the needs of the world and for the work of our gardeners, farmers, fishermen and other food producers. Rector Tony Billett conducted the service and Jean Collins was organist.

St. Andrew’s was beautifully decorated and the chancel contained Anna’s beautiful cornucopia of vegetables and flowers. The ‘team’ is to be thanked and congratulated for the church’s magnificent decoration and atmosphere.

Following the service, many of the congregation remained, and were joined by others, for a delightful Harvest Lunch, which consisted of a multi-choice, hot, two-course meal.  There was plenty to enjoy, and everyone tucked in enthusiastically.  Again, the ‘team’ and  the many community members who made main course and dessert dishes, or helped in any way, are to be greatly thanked.  It really was a shared and special occasion.

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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.

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