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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 19 July 2018 from Richard Hewitt

Stop Press:  Last Tuesday, 17 July, we held the first meeting for those people interested in helping to put together the Centenary Celebration on 11 November for the 1918 Armistice. We felt that the two Remembrance Services, annual traditional events, may be expanded a little for this year, and that there should be a Bressingham/Fersfield lunch-time event in the Village Hall. The recognition of all those who have served their countries in hostilities since the 1918 Armistice was felt to be important, and we would like your views on some kind of permanent demonstration of this. (There will shortly be a notice on the Website for those people who have any special knowledge, connection or interest in local involvement in wartime to get in touch.)   In order to keep the community informed, the minutes of any ‘Armistice Centenary’ meetings will be placed on the Website. 

Our Parish Council meeting of 2 July considered the following items: our continued concerns over heavy lorry use of Fersfield and Fersfield Common – particularly from the large chicken unit in Kenninghall.  This is ongoing, and we continue to seek a solution. County Councillor Bev Spratt spoke to us about highways and county finances…..the latter is always uncomfortable, but we do hope much of the road flooding, particularly on the A1066, has been addressed. Our District Councillor was not present to give a report.

We gave our planning views on applications made to the District Council: there is a residual tinge of sadness that Bressingham’s lovely Methodist Chapel is likely to become a private home. We noted that Fersfield’s former ‘Magpie’ pub is now a house called ‘Rosings’ and discussed at length a proposal to develop buildings off of Stone Lane (see the planning website of SNDC for details and views about this).  We talked about bringing the community together to honour the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice – please look out for details about this. 

The Parish Council will provide litter bins in the two A1066 lay-bys, this will be emptied by our district council, and will help, we hope, towards alleviating the massive litter problem we have on the A1066 and elsewhere. We agreed to help the associations concerned with the provision of a small financial grant towards the maintenance of both Bressingham and Fersfield Playing Fields. We will draw attention to the need to maintain over-head power line safety where adjacent trees present a problem, and intend to make our own arrangements for a new ‘Pillar Box Corner’ sign. (The red tape surrounding this has been crazy – apparently the term ‘Pillar Box Corner’ no longer pertains, so an ‘official sign’ – complete with planning permission, is not likely to replace the broken one….).

The Parish Council had a table at the Family Fun Day event on the Village Hall Playing Field on 8 July.  We took the opportunity to meet people and to enjoy this event, which with its splendid raffle raised a considerable sum for the Air Ambulance and First Responders organisations.  Well done!

Notes on a meeting of the Armistice Centenary Co-ordinating Group
17th July 2018 from Mike Mortimer

Present: Mrs Burroughes, Mrs Sumpter, Mrs Webb, Mr Hewitt, Mr Traynier, Mr Kemp and Mr Hodges.

Mr Hewitt outlined the terms by which the District Council had provided funding for a centenary event... He explained that it was expected that whilst the secular parish should be seen as a single identity a distinction between the two Church parishes should also be made.The solution Mr Hewitt had suggested was to have the two separate church services and wreath laying ceremonies with a combined lunch event at the joint Village Hall. A list of items for discussion drawn up by Mr Hewitt was distributed. The purpose and aims were recognised and agreed.

Mr Hewitt wondered if further funding might be needed but the general feeling was that there should be no need. However it was agreed that in the event of unexpected expenses then the Parish Council and the Parish Charity would provide a probable source.

It was felt that the lunch should be free but entry by ticket so that numbers could be calculated. The possibility of official guests would also have to be taken into account. Mrs Burroughes, Mrs Sumpter and Mrs Webb volunteered to take responsibility for the catering including the provision of drinks. It was agreed that  a buffet was the best option.

The form of  the event surrounding the lunch was discussed. It was agreed that there should be a recognition of the sacrifices made in all hostilities in the past the calculated. with the inclusion of personal recollections or family accounts in some form or other. A notice should be put on the website asking for participants. Mr Traynier and Mr Kemp agreed to co-ordinate response and consider how best to present these individual accounts. Mr Traynier and Mr Kemp both offered to pursue contacts in the forces who might play a part in the event. Mrs Webb’s suggestion that the members of the Drama Group dress in military costumes from past to present and mingle amongst guests was welcomed. Mr Hewitt offered to approach the school and Mr Taynier the Scouts with a view to extending the age groups involved.

Reaction to the possibility of a lasting tribute was positive and group members agreed to give it thought.
The date of the next meeting will be on Tuesday the 4th of September at St Andrew’s.


The early evening of Sunday, 24 June was bathed in warm sunshine as a lucky group of Fersfield & Bressingham residents and their friends gathered at Cornfield Hall in Fersfield, the home of Lisa and Stephen Kolnik, who organised a musical treat in aid of Fersfield's St. Andrew's Church restoration.
After gathering in the fine gardens, those present went inside the house for a recital by the renowned pianist Dennis Tjiok. The first half of the performance included works by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov. After the interval, during which champagne and canapes were much enjoyed, Dennis demonstrated his considerable versatility by playing jazz piano, which included compositions by Gershwin & Ravel and stunning examples of Dennis' own compositions.

Dennis Tjiok is an acknowledged master of the keyboard (he is also an accomplished organist) and Sunday's beautifully balanced programme admirably demonstrated his outstanding technique and inspired interpretation. We very much hope to see this gifted young musician in South Norfolk return to South Norfolk before long.  The generosity of the hosts resulted in a generous cheque being presented to St. Andrew's Financial Officer Paul Sumpter, whose wife, Jan (Fersfield Churchwarden) presented 'thank-you' gifts to Dennis, Stephen and Lisa.
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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 of Norfolk – Your guide to care and support for adults 2018/19 contact Norfolk County Council 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. Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.

Hyperfast broadband (1,000 megabits per second) is now a reality in Scole village courtesy of BA4N and a small number of volunteers.  BA4N have issued an open invitation for any interested parties to visit Scole Community Centre on Friday evenings between 7 and 10pm to talk with the volunteers and technicians and see the system in action. You can even take your laptop and try the download speeds for yourself. Scole Community Centre, Ransome Avenue, Scole IP21 4EA
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”.


Why not come to our monthly meetings where everyone has a chance to catch up with friends or make new ones over refreshments at the end. 

Guests are welcome (£3), Members are Free, and despite the title of our club, men are allowed. 
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Sun 12   Afternoon Tea & Cake Sal, 3-5pm, see poster below for deatails
Tue 14   Afternoon Club - All day Coach trip to Southwold & Aldeborough 9.30 to 5.00 ish - Approx £15.00
Tue 11   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Sat 15   Quiz plus Fish & Chip Supper - details later
Thu 27   Afternoon Club Lunch at The Beehive - 12.30pm - details later - (This is in place of the Open Afternoon)
Tue 9   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
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Tue 11   Afternoon Club - Xmas party

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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.

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 >

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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 >

Throwing litter out of your vehicle could now land you with a £150 fine, which is 50% more than the £100 you could be charged if you were caught speeding. The fine not only applies to drivers but also to passengers who litter, however it will be the driver who is sent the penalty notice to pay. This new fine increase came into force on April 1st, 2018 and it can be charged on the spot or retrospectively with video evidence. It aims to deter people from littering and decrease a form of anti-social behaviour, which is having such devastating effects across the country’s highways. Click here to read more >

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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