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WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT UPDATE - 1st DECEMBER
Our Public Drop-In Centre at the Village Hall last Friday was a great success with a large number of villagers popping in to come and find out a bit more about the scheme and say ‘Hello’. Thank you all for your hospitality and interest in our Project.

The replacement main in Wood Lane is now fully commissioned and all the service transfers have been completed and road is fully opened. This part of the scheme has now finished until we have to come back and fully finish the minor works of de-commissioning of the old main sometime in 2018.

We are continuing the Fersfield Road, Bressingham  phase of the scheme between The Valley and School Road and have began  to lay sections of the replacement main using the directional drilling method. We hope to have all of the main in place by the end of this week. The road closure in Fersfield Road is still  in force but vehicular access remains for residents. We are replacing 500 mtrs of 6” PVC Main and will be onsite until 22nd December.

We have also started the Algar Road, Fersfield phase of the scheme and hope to be completed on Friday 15th December. This is to replace 500 mtrs of 4” Cast Iron Main from the Wood Lane junction and Nordle Corner. There is a road closure along this section with diversion routes clearly signposted and managed by our Traffic Management Contractors, TMO.

f you have any questions or issues please contact one of the site operatives or alternatively contact Alan Boulter at email aBoulter@anglianwater.co.uk or M: 07889 190069 - T: 01603 247222.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION - Christmas 2017 - from Richard Hewitt

As you know, we have six full Parish Council meetings each year, interspersed with six meetings when we look at planning issues for which we have been consulted by the District Council. The December meeting would have been one such planning meeting - and we had no items to discuss, so I have nothing to report this month.

The year 2017 has been a year of dominant issues: 'Brexit' (sorry!) nationally, and 'Harvest House' and heavy-traffic-through villages locally are good examples. There are good things happening in our villages, too: the Tuesday Club, the continued health and development of our Village Hall, the 'Music Camp', the strong health of the Ladies' Club and our care of each other as exemplified by the first aid and resuscitation initiatives.  Thank-you for all these and other things: the Parish Council is honoured to support such an active, creative and caring community - and very grateful indeed to those people 'out there' who make it function so well.

2018 is going to be 'interesting' in the extreme - making the best use of money, looking after our roads and infrastructure, caring for and enriching the lives of all members of the Bressingham & Fersfield communit y..... .these are among the key matters for us all. Exciting things will be happening. Our churches (community and religious treasures that they are) continue to need care as they develop - the Bishop of Norwich will visit St. John's in honour of the restoration work in May, and St. Andrew's continues to develop as a resource for everyone. The sad loss of our Methodist Church, with its lovely chapel, still resonates, and we must make sure we lose no further resources.

In early June there will be a repeat of the hugely successful (in 2016) 'Open Gardens' (please let Katherine know if you would like to take part in any way (Tel 687207), and a Summer event at the Village Hall will be another major event.

On behalf of everyone at the Parish Council, I wish you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful and Successful 2018.

BRESSINGHAM & DISTRICT LADIES CLUB

Our November meeting saw a packed hall watching Rachel Duffield present a solo cabaret -  Seven Ages of Women


Rachel is a popular speaker with us, and her website The Seven Ages Of Woman Cabaret - Now It's The Girls' Turn! provides a taste of her wonderful show.  The more tuneful of us joined in some of the songs.  It was a wonderful evening and many people lingered quite for coffee, biscuits, socializing before returning home.  We were pleased to welcome some new faces.

Our next meeting is on Monday 18th December 2017  at 19.30 when the Waveney Singers Demi Chorus will present A Medley of Christmas Music (Non-Members are very welcome £3.00).  To celebrate Christmas there will be mulled wine with mince pies and a raffle for a rather fabulous hamper.  

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. 

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Tasty Teas - a Thank You Message from Diana Burroughes
Our Tasty Teas are now over and very successful they have been too raising over £950 for Bressingham Church funds. Many thanks to all of you who came along and joined us.

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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
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 happening.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
DECEMBER
Tue 12   CHRISTMAS PARTY - AFTERNOON CLUB 1-5pm
Mon 18   Ladies Club - Waveney Singers Demi chorus: A Medley of Christmas Music - Bressingham Village Hall 19.30
(Non Members Welcome £3.00)
Thu 21   Fersfield Carol Service @ 7.30 pm
JANUARY
Tue 9   Afternoon Club - First of the New Year 2-4pm
FEBRUARY
Tue 13   Afternoon Club - 2nd Anniversary 2-4pm
Mon 19   Ladies Club - Linda Holly (Air Stewardess): Flying back in the good old Days - Village Hall 19.30 (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
MARCH
Mon 19   Ladies Club - Diss Antiques: Jewellery Trends from Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian eras - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
APRIL
Mon 16   Ladies Club AGM + Andrew Bailey: Spice up your Garden
Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
MAY
Sat 19   Plant Sale at Fersfield Church
Mon 21   Ladies Club - Glenister Davidson: The Iconic Art Deco Era - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00) 
JUNE
2-3rd   Blooming Bressingham & Fragrant Fersfield Open Gardens
AFTERNOON CLUB from Kay Brock

You will be so welcome to be part of the event that really launches the Christmas Spirit: the Fersfield Carol Service in our lovely parish church of St Andrew at 7.30 pm. on Thursday 21 DecemberMichael Dann and Discord will be with us again to sing to us and swell the carols.  Luke and Delcine will be there again to give us special instrumental items. Appropriate wet and dry seasonal refreshments will be served after the service. Do come and join the people of all ages who have made this annual event  so special – please arrive in good time to park and have a good seat. (Bring a cushion if you need a soft seat.). Part of the collection will go towards helping the local people who are homeless at this special time.


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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.
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
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 general well-being.
For more info on both Yoga classes contact Jackie: 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
FOOTBALL on BRESSINGHAM PLAYING FIELDS
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.
TENNIS/NETBALL COURT
All enquiries re becoming a member and use of the court to
Brenda Webb 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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