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B & F Parish Council Statement re Harvest House - 20 October

Community Concerns about Openfield’s seventeen 85ft. high silo site proposal for Bressingham & Fersfield - read the full statement click here >>

Bressingham and District Ladies Group - New members always welcome
The speaker, Brian Norman has kept bees all his life, acquiring his skills and knowledge from generations of his family before him. Since 1994, he has produced honey commercially and he is now based in Burston.
Brian told the fascinating story of a bee keeper’s year and how hive activity is affected by changes in UV levels at the equinoxes. Members were able to examine parts of the hive, equipment used in the extraction of the honey and protective clothing worn. Brian explained how Propolus is used in cosmetics and also some of the medicinal uses of honey.
Jars of this delicious, local honey were on sale together with other honey-based products.
Many thanks, Brian and Elaine for a very enjoyable evening.
Next month: Monday, 21 November - Rachel Duffield will be Queen Elizabeth 1st.
On her last visit to our group Rachel was Marie Lloyd and we loved her musically illustrated story. This would be an ideal evening for guests / partners to join us. (£3)  Meetings begin at 7:30 and are held in Bressingham Village Hall

Brilliant weather and an excellent turn-out at this year's show which made approximately £200 for the Village Hall funds. Entries were up this year, with a couple of new villagers entering (and doing very well) in all classes. Cup winners this year are:
Bressingham Cup Margaret Winter
The Holmes Challenge Cup Alan Hines
Home Industries Cup Sharon Cole
H Burroughes & Son Cup (under 7's) Charlie Orford
The Country Homes Cup (age 8-11) Emma Neve
Irene Howard Cup (12-16) Sylvia Roberts
Well done to everyone who entered, supported, judged and helped on the day - we couldn't do it without you. Next year the Show will be held on Sunday 10th September. Hope to see you there.


This year’s Sugar Beet Harvest is now in full swing. The rain came just in time to make lifting much easier. The pre-season test digs indicated that yield would be down and this is has now been confirmed. The Sugar Beet are small in size and harvesters have been adjusted to ensure that the smaller beet are not left in the field.

Sadly, we are seeing fly tipping in our lovely villages, see below.

We gathered sloes and acorns this weekend, so I hope to report back that there are some new young Oak saplings to be planted .. .helped by lashings of sloe gin!  I’m off to light the fire now!

Bressingham Church is currently in the ‘Development Phase’ with the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £249,000 grant to make the building watertight. Your input will demonstrate community consultation, helping this medieval building receive a grant so it can survive for future generations.
Please complete our survey - Click Here to print off your survey as a pdf or Click Here to complete it as a Word document and then please e-mail your responses to hollyjl@btinternet.com or phone Linda Holly: 01379 687729 or drop it through Linda's letterbox at The Highlands, High Road, Bressingham. Many thanks.

Memories of Stone Lane farm, Fersfield - from Sarah Roberts
As part of proposals to restore the house on the bend at Stone Lane, Fersfield, Mrs Dorothy Smith recalls some memories which may be of interest.
Memories of Dorothy (nee Deveraux) and Brian Smith,
recorded by Christine Murton, 30 August 2016
Following our visit with Dorothy and Brian Smith on 30th 0f August 2016, I confirm Dorothy grew up in the house on Stone Lane, at the time they simply referred to it as the Deveraux House Stone Lane, Fersfield. The family moved there in 1945 from South Lopham. She lived there with her Parents Violet and Fred Deveraux and her brother Tommy until she married Brian Smith in the early 1960s. Both Dorothy and Tommy went to Bressingham School.
Fred Deveraux was a river dredger based at East Harling, and a regular at Bressingham Bowls Club. Dorothy’s mother remained in the house with Tommy after the death of Fred until around 1974, as a widow. The then owner, Gerald Worby charged no rent. Dorothy states he always treated the family well and speaks very fondly of her time living at the house. In 1974 Violet and Tommy moved to Olsens farm (now Holdsworth farm, Fersfield), where Tommy became a farmhand. Click to read more >. If anyone else has any memories or information about the property at Stone Lane (opposite Poplar Tree farmhouse) I would like to hear them. Please ring Tel: 01379 687705.

Alan is selling beautiful peaches and nectarines at the moment. His own cooked food is still really popular, and he'd just got a tray of pecan pies out of the oven when I went to the shop. A real treat. You can also get tickets and information about local community events. The tickets for 'Checkout Girls' are selling as well as the lemon tarts, get yours soon. 
Times of opening of your village shop are:  
Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 7.30am - 1.00pm
Sunday 8.30am - 1.00pm

October Flower by Leo Pearce
I like to see the gold of stubble fields at this time of the year.
Especially under our wide Norfolk skies. There was a time, in the not so distant past when stubble was often burnt off the fields. If the wind was in the right direction this could mean a layer of ash over everything in the house! But nowadays, more often than not the stubble is left in the field to be ploughed in.
The British Trust for Ornithology say that stubble fields are a wonderful food source for birdlife and the longer the stubble field remains the more beneficial it is. It's like a giant bird table, and especially benefits at risk species like skylarks and yellowhammers.
Have you heard of Sepsis? It is also called septicaemia or blood poisoning and causes more than 8 million deaths a year worldwide. It can sneak up on a person very quickly, and if the signs aren't recognised it can be extremely dangerous, causing body organs to fail.
This is particularly important information for people who are just leaving home and maybe starting college. A new lifestyle and meeting a lot of new people can make one more vulnerable to picking up infections which can escalate. More information >>

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 >

New Mobile App for Norfolk Library and Information Service
Norfolk County Council has a new mobile phone app to help you keep track off your library account, manage your loans and account information. Click here for more information >

How would you like to win £10 or £25?
Then join the 59 Club and also support your local Church. We have 7 spare numbers waiting for you – just telephone 01379 688331 or email Reg or Kay at regkaybrock@btinternet.com for further information.

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Tue 8   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall - don't forget to get your tickets for the Christmas Party - Tickets available at the meeting £1 for members; £2 for guests.
tbc   Ceilidh - date to be confirmed so keep checking!
Tue 13   Afternoon Club Christmas Party, 1-4.30pm Bressingham Village Hall
Tue 10   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall

A wonderful lunchtime meal was had by 23 of our members on Tuesday 25th October. We met at the Village Hall and drove in convoy to The White Horse at South Lopham. We were shown into the marquee where three large tables were set ready for our meal. The 2-course meal was exceptional and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who came. Plenty of chatter and laughter completed a very happy lunch time.

The Christmas party will be held on the 13th December from 1 till 4.30pm when we will have a buffet with games and carols. Tickets will be available at our next meeting £1 for members and £2 for guests.

We are a very friendly group so if you feel like joining us please do not hesitate and come to our next meeting on the 8th November.

Fersfield Harvest Festival
Sunday, 9 October, St Andrew’s celebrated its Harvest Festival when at 11am, the Rector, Tony Billett, conducted the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in the beautifully decorated church. Anna’s altar display was stunning and Pam and Jan provided beautiful displays around the church and south porch. Favourite harvest hymns were sung, Adam read a lesson and Dan’s vintage Ferguson tractor, representing the work and dedication of our farmers, was blessed at the start of the service. A delicious harvest lunch was held in the church at 12.30, when a ploughman’s lunch, splendid puddings and good company were enjoyed by all present.See more of Krys Wakefield's photos click here
Photos by Krys Wakefield

Food Bank by Diana Burroughes

Each year I take to the Food Bank, the tins and packets of food which the children of Bressingham School bring to their Harvest Festival Service at Bressingham Church. If anyone has not been to the Food Bank and gets the chance to go I really do recommend it. When I went 7 people were busily weighing and sorting all the items making sure everything was in date etc. It looked to me like a mammoth task which I would not know where to start from. I was then shown where the boxes of all similar items are housed and where each displayed the 'sell by date' of the goods. It really was a very professional set up.

One thing I didn't know - like me you probably every now and again, put something into the Food Bank boxes at the back of the supermarkets.  Apparently they then top these donations up an extra 20% making up for the profit they have made in the first place from selling them. This will certainly encourage me to donate more.

St Andrew's Church, Fersfield

Our next special service will be on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November, at 3:00 pm, where most of the service happens in the church, followed by a two-minute silence at the War Memorial in the fading light of a November afternoon. It's a really special time, please come and share it with us.

Moving into December, do make sure you have in your diary Wednesday, 21 December, 7.30 pm,  for the annual Carol Service, led by Michael Dann and Discord, following which there will be the usual festive refreshments. We very much hope you will come and be part of the singing of everyone's favourite carols.

On Christmas morning, there will be our traditional and very informal Family Service, starting at 10.30 and led by Richard "I'll let you go and get the sprouts on soon" Hewitt.  Come and join us, it's a lovely service!

All our efforts at the moment are directed at raising money to repair the wall which was so badly damaged by rainwater. Repairs to mediaeval buildings always come with a high price tag but we are hopeful of being able to start soon on the first phase of the repair works. Your support during the past year has made this possible and so we would like to say a huge Thank You for all the help you've given us, you've been absolutely great!
Richard (Hewitt) and Jan (Sumpter)


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YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Village Hall
A small yoga group has been running for many years now on Monday mornings at Bressingham Village Hall from 9.30-11am. Hatha yoga is taught by Jackie Samways, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher.  She has many years experience in practising as well as teaching yoga and continues to further her knowledge, through training, in order to pass on the wonderful benefits of yoga. The benefits include gaining physical flexibility, suppleness and strength achieved by asana (postures) together with pranayama (breathing exercises) to encourage full use of the lungs and meditation/relaxation to create a calmer mind and greater sense of well-being. The class is suitable for all abilities, complete beginners or those with some experience, and all ages. Emphasis is placed on the non-competitiveness of yoga so that students learn to appreciate and work with their own personal abilities.  For information about availability of spaces or any other details please contact Jackie on 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or email jackiecornish@live.com
Other classes are also available as follows:
Mon  11.15 - 12.15am Bressingham Village Hall - Chair Yoga
Tue 10 - 11.30am   Wortham Village Hall
Thu 9.30 - 11.00am Shelfanger Village Hall
Thu 11.45am - 1.15pm Wortham Village Hall
Fri 9.30 - 11.00am Mellis Memorial Hall
Ideal for those who are unable to attend a general class AND anyone who is interested in a gentler approach to yoga postures, meditation, breath work and relaxation. Much of the work is chair based, with some standing to encourage increased joint mobility, improve circulation, confidence and strength and general well-being. For details: Jackie Samways, British Wheel of Yoga Qualified Teacher - T: 01379 650513 or email: jackiecornish@live.com
Monday mornings 11.15-12.15am Bressingham Village Hall
A MEDITATION COURSE SUITABLE FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS, OR THOSE WITH SOME EXPERIENCE, WILL BEGIN IN THE AUTUMN OF 2016.  DETAILS TO FOLLOW. For more information please contact Jackie on T: 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or email.

There are various teams playing at Bressingham on Saturday mornings and Sunday. The teams start from U7 and go up to U16 age groups with coaching for girls and boys starts from 5 years old upwards. For more information 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 is in Village Hall Car Park. Anyone in the community is welcome to play.  Please bring your own boules. Open at all times.

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