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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 14 August 2018 from Richard Hewitt

There is a growing interest in this year’s Remembrance Day events this coming November: not just due to the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice, but also because of a wish to honour all those who contributed in any way to bringing us through the conflicts of the past century. Our region has a massive heritage of service to the country, not least in connection with the air bases of the Second World War. We have received suggestions that we should, for example, do something about correcting the lack of any memorial relating to Fersfield’s famous airfield, which provided a mission base for members of all three services – and their American allies, which included Joe Kennedy, brother of JFK. Our Parish Council meeting last Monday listened to a group of community members who spoke about the wish to erect some kind of memorial at the Airfield to all our servicemen and American Allies: a group to achieve this is in process of formation, and the Parish Council approved a grant of £250 towards establishing this.  (We are possibly one of the few former ‘service’ communities which have no memorial of this kind).

We also looked at the ongoing issue of the Kenninghall chicken farm traffic which comes through Fersfield/Bressingham/South Lopham roads. (it started at some time before dawn today…). The Ombudsman has just rejected a resident’s complaint about this traffic, saying that planning conditions have not been breached, and that he cannot reverse a Planning Inspector’s decisions. Ultimately, most decisions  can be referred to the Planning Inspector……).  In local terms, I am disappointed that Kenninghall’s alleged ‘arrangement’ that such traffic does not use the planned route (through Kenninghall) but should instead affect neighbouring villages appears to be a very selfish approach – and to think we were sympathetic and supportive of Kenninghall when they were up in arms about traffic in their village – do you remember all the posters in Church Street?  We keep trying……

Other items included a planning issue on Fersfield Airfield, in the Stone Lane Area. We may know more after tomorrow when I attend the SNDC Planning Committee meeting at Long Stratton. We had a report on allotments, which mainly dealt with making decisions about the use of poly-tunnels aand the regulations that control them. We finish with a reference to litter, litter bins and the lay-bys on our stretch of the A1066. We will pay for installation and provision of litter bins in these lay-bys (not our statutory responsibility, but someone has to do it!),  Norfolk County Council are actively involved, and South Norfolk District Council will do the necessary emptying. There is a big anomaly in that lorry drivers operate to strict time constraints, yet there are precious few lorry parks and associated ‘facilities’ for them to use – especially overnight. I’m not just blaming drivers of large vehicles, but some of the ‘litter’ tells its own story. We have written asking our MP to raise this matter, so……………………………….

Please remember that there is a meeting, for anyone interested in supporting the Armistice Centenary in any way in Fersfield Church on Tuesday 4 September at 7 pm.
Centenary of 1918 Armistice & Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, 2018

If you have memories, connections, stories of relatives, friends, acquaintances or incidents connected with the First World War or any subsequent conflict (World War 2 in Bressingham or Fersfield,  Korea, the Falklands or other incidents between 1918 and the present day) we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please give your stories/ideas to help us put together a presentation of our villages' part in the Great War and subsequent actions.  Please contact John Kemp on (01379) 687868 or Karl Traynier on (01379) 688413.  Thank-you!

Notes on a meeting of the Armistice Centenary Co-ordinating Group 17th July 2018
report by Mike Mortimer - click here to view

September 8th-9th - 10.30am to 5.30pm
  • Short lectures on gardens and plants – ideas from The Bressingham Gardens that you can take home with you.
  • Plant sales from The Bressingham Gardens Nursery and other specialist nurseries.
  • Exhibition of artists’ impressions of The Bressingham Gardens.
  • Display of plants in containers created by East Anglian garden clubs and horticultural societies.
  • Refreshments – homemade lunch, snacks and tea in the marquee.
  • Tours of Bressingham Hall, once the Bloom family home, now offered for holiday lets.
  • … And above all, the stunning 17 acres of The Bressingham Gardens at their best.

A message from Adrian Bloom .....This is a September date that we are hoping to develop into an annual one and in 2018 we have several things that might be of interest to local residents. Some may already have season tickets and would of course be able to visit over this weekend but otherwise the special discount on entrance for pre-booked tickets would make quite a difference for a couple or a larger group to come to the gardens, even if they have been once already this year. For gardeners, the Saturday is perhaps the ideal day since myself and Jaime are giving talks, which we seldom do at Bressingham. There is a ‘Pot Off’ competition (see our website) and of course plant sales on both days, which is also something special to this weekend. On the Sunday we already have over 50 confirmed entries for the art competition, and these will be on display in the High Barn. 

To read about the whole event go to 

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 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 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 under “B4RN East Anglia Area”.

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:-


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. 
Do come and meet us - we are everso friendly!

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Tue 4   'Armistice' Centenary Planning Meeting at 7pm. 
Tue 11   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Sat 15   Quiz plus Fish & Chip Supper - details later
Sun 16  

Fersfield Harvest Festival: Harvest Thanksgiving Service at 11 am & Harvest Lunch in the Church afterwards - more details to come.

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
Tue 13   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 11   Afternoon Club - Xmas party
Tue 8   Afternoon Club - Talk by Rachel Hillier on the work of the Diss First Responders
The Afternoon Club's Annual Trip was a roaring success yesterday. After leaving at 9.30 we made our way to Southwold and arrived there in time for us to have a walk along the front or the promenade and get a coffee or an ice cream. Some intrepid people managed a walk up to town and back - no mean feat!! The weather was lovely warm but with a cooling sea breeze. From here we went to Aldeburgh where Reg & Brenda were dropped off outside the fish & chip shop to collect our order. Our very kind bus driver allowed us to eat on the coach and he too enjoyed a lovely piece of fish. They were superb and there was not a single complaint.

We had about 2 hours to have a wander or sit and people watch and then our lovely driver, Tony, brought us home the scenic route via Thorpeness where we saw the "house in the clouds" from both sides. We arrived home just after 5.00 pm after what was a glorious day. Where to next year??

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 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 >

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 >

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 >

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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
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 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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