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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 11 September - from Richard Hewitt

Our Parish Council meeting of 4 September was well attended. We had a visitor to explain the ideas behind the Old Boyland Hall Farm planning application, and Beverley Spratt, Norfolk County Councillor, was also with us. Beverley gave us the encouraging information that Norfolk County Council finances were not in poor health. South Norfolk District Councillor Barry Stone had sent his apologies. One other item of planning for our attention concerned a proposal for a development of four dwellings in Bressingham. Some stipulations were suggested: you can find planning application details on the South Norfolk District Council (the planning authority) website.

We noted that some of the worst potholes in our villages had been attended to – at least until the winter frosts arrive. Pleased as we are with any improvement, we do feel the piecemeal approach to road care is not always effective:  there are some of our roads, particularly those where an underlying concrete ‘raft’ is breaking up, that need more thorough attention. Th Parish Council’s financial outturn for the six years from 2011/12 was reviewed and found to be in order. An ongoing matter concerning rubbish ‘overflowing’ from a residence on to the allotments’ approach track was considered and John Kemp summarised the problem: we have contacted the housing association connected with this, and they will visit and  hopefully assist towards a satisfactory outcome

You will see on the website that we have shown a letter from a housing association, in which our views on affordable housing development are sought. We had quite a discussion about this, and decided to ask members of the community to give their views: please do let us know what you think about this important subject.

An interesting discussion concerning Pillar Box Corner took place: apparently ‘Pillar Box Corner’ is not an ‘official’ term and appears on no formal documentation! This is the reason given to us for the non-replacement of the dilapidated ‘Pillar Box Corner’ sign, which officialdom may now seek to remove. It would be a shame to allow this well-known name to disappear, and the Parish Council is considering (if we get planning permission!) erecting a suitable sign. Please let us know if you have an opinion about this …. and does anybody know if the name may once have been ‘Pill Box Corner’ as has been suggested.

We were pleased to report on a very successful ‘Music Camp Day’ on 21 August, at which local young people enjoyed the tutorship of top-drawer musicians for learning about instruments, taking part in performance and being members of a marvellous ‘bucket band’. This event was sponsored by SNDC, S. Andrew’s PCC and ourselves. Huge thanks to Chris and Rosie Warren-Green, Delcine and Luke Dunsmore and all those who supported or made this event possible.

….. and finally, congratulations to everyone who organised or took part in the Flower Show in the B&F Village Hall yesterday, (10 September). There was a really great display of flowers, vegetables, art, craft and food. Exhibits from young people were excellent, and all who visited enjoyed a splendid afternoon.

We'd really like your views/comments regarding affordable homes in our villages so please email Mike Mortimer at bandf.pc@outlook.com and tell him what you think re the letter from Saffron Housing Trust below:

Bressingham Church - Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs

We are holding a series of 'Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs' starting on Sunday 22nd October at Burrowood, Wilney Green Bressingham IP22 2AJ, the home of Diana. Tickets are £5 in advance from Diana (01379 688291), Linda (01379 687729), Hilary (01379 688475) or from Bressingham Village Shop. Tea will be served from 2.30 - 5.00 pm and we will have home made cakes for sale and a raffle.  The second event will be on Sunday 26th November at The Highlands, High Road, Bressingham.


Basil Abbott will be talking on “The Manning Family – Friends in High Places” at 19.30 in Bressingham Village Hall.

As usual the evening will 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.  The cost for a non-member for the talks in the current programme is £3.

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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

Postcard of Bressingham Church by Diana Burroughes
A lovely coloured postcard of the church is now on sale in the church at 50p. This was taken by Mervyn Porter with the help of Mervyn Lambert.  Mervyn and Claire Porter have very kindly had 1000 printed and have donated them to the church for which we are all most grateful.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens
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Mon 18   7.30 Bressingham & Dictrict Ladies Club, Bressingham Village Hall - Basil Abbott:- The Manning Family-Friends in High Places. Non-members welcome
Sat 23   BBQ & QUIZ EVENING - Afternoon Club - see newsletter below for details
Tue 26   Lunch at South Lopham White Horse
Tue 10   Afternoon Club
Mon 16   7.30 Bressingham & Dictrict Ladies Club, Bressingham Village Hall - Barbarette Mortimer:- Pull yourself together…! (The work of a Counsellor). Non-members welcome
Tue 17   Afternoon Tea & Sing-a-Long - Afternoon Club - see newsletter below for details
Sun 22   Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs at Burrowood, Wilney Green, Bressingham. Tickets £5 from Diana 01379 68829 or from the Village Shop
Tue 14   Afternoon Club
Sun 26   Tasty Teas for Everyday Needs at Highlands, High Road, Bressingham
Jan 9   Afternoon Club - First of the New Year
Feb 13   Afternoon Club - 2nd Anniversary



The weather was kind on Sunday 17 September when the Bressingham & Fersfield community and neighbouring parishes jointly celebrated Harvest Festival at Fersfield’s St. Andrew’s Church. A beautiful vintage Ferguson tractor took centre stage for the opening part of the thanksgiving service, outside the South Door, following which the congregation entered the church to sing the well-known Harvest hymns and pray for the needs of the world and for the work of our gardeners, farmers, fishermen and other food producers. Rector Tony Billett conducted the service and Jean Collins was organist.

St. Andrew’s was beautifully decorated and the chancel contained Anna’s beautiful cornucopia of vegetables and flowers. The ‘team’ is to be thanked and congratulated for the church’s magnificent decoration and atmosphere.

Following the service, many of the congregation remained, and were joined by others, for a delightful Harvest Lunch, which consisted of a multi-choice, hot, two-course meal.  There was plenty to enjoy, and everyone tucked in enthusiastically.  Again, the ‘team’ and  the many community members who made main course and dessert dishes, or helped in any way, are to be greatly thanked.  It really was a shared and special occasion.

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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. For more info please contact Jackie on 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
Ideal for those unable to attend a general class AND anyone interested in 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 strength and general well-being. For details contact Jackie Samways,details above.
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.
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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