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Having worked on the community website with Liz for several years, I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of her sudden death. Liz’s goal was to develop the website into a useful means of communication for the community and her desire to continually enhance it never waned. She was a true professional in the way she worked and the time we spent together discussing ideas was most enjoyable. Our meetings generally involved lots of brainstorming, talking and laughing - I will miss here greatly but think of her each time I update the website.

Margaret Harris
COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 9 March 2018 from Richard Hewitt

Our Parish Council meeting of (5 March) was much affected by the emerging news of the death of Liz Handy that morning. There were some 20 members of the community and parish councillors present and, deeply affected, we observed together a quiet moment to think of Liz and her family. Liz was a former member of the Parish Council, a guiding light in many areas, including the establishment of our website, and she was someone who valued and energetically supported all members of our community.  We will miss her very much.

From the items of the previous meeting: we continue to investigate best practice and management for the defibrillator (stationed at the Village Hall); we had investigated the issue of drainage in the area of Common Road and the allotments, and were strongly of the view that the allotments’ ditches and associated water-courses were maintained in effective working order. We have made arrangements to respond to the Greater Norwich consultation: the pro-forma provided for this purpose does not appear to show issues of specific relevance to our parishes.

Beverly Spratt, our County Councillor, presented his report to us: he accepted concerns about the rise in Council Tax this year: we passed on the frequent expression that whilst the tax went up, services seemed to reduce and that ‘value for money’ was possibly going to be a future issue…..Beverley also said that he was hoping to involve senior NCC officials in a review of the problems of the A1066 – especially over the matter of access to Harvest House. Barry Stone, our District Councillor, is still not well enough to resume his duties and was not present: he writes a monthly report, which will be published here when available. We discussed the perennial issue of highways: three areas were on the Agenda: a parishioner’s letter about the erosion of Darrow Wood Lane, heavy traffic through Fersfield and the safety of the A1066, due to flooding. Debbie Gosman addressed the meeting concerning the Fersfield issue, and after some discussion it was agreed Vice-Chairman Karl Traynier will convene a sub-committee  designed specifically to deal with Fersfield traffic problems. The A1066 flooding is a major concern, and responsibility for combatting this appears to generate issues between NCC and the owners of the fields that border to road. We hope this is soon resolved, as there have been accidents, especially when the water freezes, and we want no further accidents whilst this disagreement is sorted out. The Parish Council has been in contact with our area NCC road engineer, and he is very actively involved.

Somewhat inevitably, the proposed A1066 access to Harvest House came into our discussions.  We have had considerable and frank with district and county council officers, all of whom refuse to reconsider the matter of width of access/turning lanes for the proposed development. There is considerable public disquiet about this and Bev Spratt  agreed to involve the NCC officers appropriate to this. The Parish Council asked the District Council to refer the whole matter back to committee: this has just been refused by the Leader of SNDC. Barry Stone has been asked to use his good offices. It now seems that the SNDC and NCC  fully intend to ‘sign off’ the proposals as they stand.

On a more positive note, we received a good ‘within budget’ financial report, and unanimously agreed a £500 grant to help protect the precious village shop during the ‘water-main disruption’. 
A member of the community generously gave another £500 towards the support our shop. The meeting was reminded of the website items concerning Broadband and Neighbourhood Watch/Community Support, and heard that we had been awarded £500 towards the cost of a special ‘Remembrance Sunday’ project to honour the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.  Please support this and take part in the organisation if you can – more details will follow concerning this important all-age event!

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Bressingham Water Mains Replacement

Good Morning All, My apologies for not updating you sooner.
I am pleased to say that Alan is recovering, well following his operation. Lee Forster is Supervising the scheme in Alan’s absence, as previously detailed. His contact detail are: 01603 247240, 07811 526407. lforster@anglianwater.co.uk

Work is progressing well on Phase 5. We have now installed the new mains section from the junction of High Road and School Road to adjacent “Waveney View”. This section is due to undergo pre-commissioning testing, starting on Monday 12th Feb. The subsequent section is planned to be installed by Directional Drilling and it is also due to commence on Monday 12 Feb.
We have tried to maintain access as far as is possible for residents & businesses. Additional signage was obtained and set out this week in order to further advise residents and other road users. Access to the shop is currently via the School Road end and we anticipate that this will remain for the remainder of the scheme.

We have received an email from a resident reinforcing the importance of the local shop and informing us that we are likely to receive a petition requiring us to ensure that the shop is compensated for loss of earnings. I have responded to this confirming Anglian Water’s commitment to support our local communities amd ensuring them of our best intentions at all times. I also explained that we have been in regular contact with Alan and that he has all of the necessary information should he wish to pursue a compensation claim.

As always, please feel free to contact either Lee or myself should you require any further information or assistance?

Kind Regards

Kevin Howlett
Senior Delivery Engineer
Solutions Delivery – IMR Water Services

Anglian Water Services Limited
Old Forge, Heigham WTW, Waterworks Road, Norwich, Norfolk. NR2 4DA
Tel 01603 247281 Mobile 07801 674757

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”.


We are looking to extend the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for the benefit of the whole parish. Financial constraints on the Police will reduce their capacity to patrol and respond as quickly to incidents. They will become more reliant on householders, businesses and the public to be their eyes and ears.

Neighbourhood Watch provides a structured system for the Police to communicate crime trends and counter measures and for the community to guide Police resources to address our concerns, either to specific incidents or general local issues.  The scheme is also aimed at bringing us closer together by looking out for each other and providing support to the more vulnerable, infirm or isolated members of the community. The proven deterrent effect is that households within Neighbourhood Watch areas experience 21% fewer burglaries than similar households. There is also a range of free advice on protecting yourself, your home or business  available and some insurers provide discounts for homes within Neighbourhood Watch areas.

Please help to make Bressingham and Fersfield parish safer by indicating to our scheme co-ordinator, Michelle Lanchester, that you want to become a member and by providing your address and contact details.

Michelle’s e-mail is:- michelle.lanchester@gmail.com
Or telephone numbers:- 01379 688109 or 07824515801


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.  (£3 for non-members) - Do come and meet us – we are everso friendly!

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A thank you from Linda Holly ....
Many thanks to Bressingham and Fersfield Ladies Group for their generous £88 donation to Brooke and Prince Fluffy Kareem horse and donkey charities following my talk about life as an air stewardess in the middle east.
Here's another great recipe from Sharon Cole

LEMON CREAMS - Serves 4-6

397g (1 can) Carnation Condensed milk
150ml (¼ pt) Double cream
Finely grated zest & juice of 4 large un-waxed lemons (about 150ml)

To serve:
1tbsp fresh mint leaves
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
Lemon zest
Fine biscuits
Beat the cream until forming softly whipped peaks
Combine the lemon zest, and juice with the condensed milk, the mixture should thicken.
Fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture until combined.
Spoon the lemon cream into six small dishes, or wine glasses and chill until ready to serve.
To serve very finely chop the mint leaves, and mix with a squeeze of lemon juice, and sugar.
(Pound to a sauce with a pestle and mortar if you have one).
Add a teaspoon of the sweet mint sauce to each dish and serve curls of lemon zest and fine biscuits. Click here to download and print the recipe >

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Tue 10   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Mon 16   Ladies Club AGM + Andrew Bailey: Spice up your Garden - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00)
Tue 8   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Sat 12   Plant, Craft and CakeSale at Fersfield Church
Mon 21   Ladies Club - Glenister Davidson: The Iconic Art Deco Era - Village Hall 19.30 - (Non Members Welcome £3.00) 
2-3rd   Blooming Bressingham & Fragrant Fersfield Open Gardens
Tue 12   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Sun 8   "STAYING ALIVE" Fun day event in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance & First Responders
Tue 10   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 14   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 11   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 9   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 13   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 11   Afternoon Club - Xmas party
from Kay Brock
We always welcome new members to our Club—we DO NOT sit and knit all afternoon.  We have a very wide selection of games to play (good way of making new friends) and we also have meals out and trips during the warmer months. We have started a scrabble competition which will last all year - it is an aggregate score so it doesn't matter if you miss one or two months. Watch this space for further events. 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 watch below for all our events:
April 10   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
May 08   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
June 12   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
July 10   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
Aug 14   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
Sept 11   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
Oct 9   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
Nov 13   Afternoon Club 2 - 4 pm
Dec 11   Afternoon Club - Xmas party

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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, 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 Yoga classes contact Jackie: 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
Various teams play at Bressingham on Saturday mornings and Sunday. Teams from U7 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.

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