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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 7 Feb 2019 from Richard Hewitt

Present at our meeting of 4 February were six council members, the Chair of the Allotment Association and our Parish Clerk.  Dr. Amanda McMurray was welcomed to her first full meeting as a member of the Parish Council.Referring to the minutes of our meeting of 7 January, it was reported that we had sent another letter to the parent company of the Ash Tree Farm chicken unit (Kenninghall).  Again, we are requesting a meeting concerning the use of  Fersfield as an ‘unplanned’ route for their articulated lorries – often at very unsociable hours.  (Fersfield Common, which lies between Kenninghall & Fersfield, is a restricted rural lane.)

A significant item from 7 January was a review of the public meeting concerning the Greater Norwich Local Plan (‘GNLP’).  At that meeting a significant number of community members were present and their comments and suggestions had been welcomed.  As a result of one of these, the Clerk has written to our MP, Richard Bacon, as suggested, and outlined some of the GNLP’s effects on the Bressingham & Fersfield Community: we have asked for a meeting with him.  It was suggested at this February meeting that we first discuss the issue with representatives of the District and County Councils and then meet with the MP, to discuss, among other things, communication and public consultation issues.  We agreed the next PC meeting of 4 March could be used to discuss the GNLP with our county and district councillors – when they are expected to be present.  (Barry Stone, District Councillor, whom we have not been able to see for some time owing to ill-health issues, has been asked, already, to attend this meeting.)  There are certain fundamental questions we would all like to be answered, for example:  what exactly is GNLP and what is its purpose; how  were ‘parcels’ of land for possible development first identified and selected for initial consultation, who, exactly, will make the important decisions,  what are the implications for a rural community and what communication procedures may we expect?   We are aware that some of these questions are elementary and may already be covered, but we feel the need to establish a level playing field of understanding for our community is important.

Our meeting went on to discuss a planning application for a ‘dwelling and garage’ in School Road.  As this road has had recent attention concerning traffic density, poor condition of roadway/verges, drainage for storm and foul water and junction implications with the A1066, we felt we could make no recommendation for or against approval at this stage.

On a happy note, we had received very positive comments about the new Pillar Box Corner sign (custom made in bleached oak for the PC!)  This is an important location dear to our community.  We were also pleased that the A1066 layby litter bins and associated signage are well under way (actually now completed and drawing more satisfied comment….)

We had also discussed the need to recruit new Parish Council members for May: we have had positive response to our notices about this, which included a ‘mail shot’ to every house via the ‘Cockcrow’ delivery system  - we are very grateful to St John’s and St Andrew’s churches for accommodating this.  PLEASE check out the links at the top of this column, to get the information and YOUR forms to apply for election to join the Parish Council: we need you!

Please come to the Parish Council meeting of Monday 4 March if you can.

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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.


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Non-members are welcome (£3), Members are Free, and despite the title of our club, men are allowed. 

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Mon 18   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Makaton signing - Jan Scott
Sun 3   Voyage through Bach's 6 Cello Suites - 6pm St Andrew's Church, Fersfield
Tue 12   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
Mon 18   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - Lowland Search & Rescue - Dave Scragg
Sun 31   Mothering Sunday Service - 9:30am St Andrews Church, Fersfield
Sat 6   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - Annual Birthday Party Buffet, Bressingham Village Hall 7pm - (partner/friend very welcome)
Tue 9   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble  OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE ADVISED LATER - WATCH THIS SPACE
Mon 13   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - AGM + Coffee Farming  (provisional) - Jeremy Hulme  
Tue 14   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
Mon 20   Bressingham & District Ladies Club - 7.30pm Village Hall - All about Tea - Justine of Fairchilds 
Tue 11   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm - usual quiz, crafting and scrabble
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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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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.

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

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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
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.
Become a member, use the court, contact Brenda 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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