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A service of Holy Communion was held on Sunday 9th December in the Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist in Bressingham, to give thanks for the Upper Waveney Benefice.

The Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Rev'd Alan Winton presided with the assistance of the Rev'd Canon Tony Billett. All five churches were represented. Ellen Jolly (Bressingham) Peter Reeder (South Lopham) Jan Sumpter (Fersfield) Andrew Daniels (Roydon) all took part in the service and Jennie Vere (North Lopham) played the organ. Following the service the large congregation were able to chat over mince pies and coffee.

The five churches will now join with Diss under Rev'd Canon Tony Billett and we all look forward to our first joint service on the 30th December in St Mary's Church in Diss.

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Bressingham Singing Club is led by Dawn Gudde, Jackie Fisher and Jean Collins. A talented group of children from the club sang songs at the Bressingham Primary School carol service on 18th December. The performances were warmly applauded by the appreciative audience including many proud parents. You can probably tell from the photo just how cold it was in the church!

Class 4 (ages 9 to 11) performing Jingle Bells on the recorder. They had learnt this in a very short space of time, but managed to produce a faultless performance. Everyone enjoyed the carol service and it was pleasing to see almost 200 people from the community in church together.
Bressingham School is back after the festive break, but here are a couple of events that happened at the end of last term.

Christmas Lunch
This is a traditional event when the staff at Bressingham School serve the children their lunch.

Photos: Mike Phillips - click here to see more on our Gallery page


The Last Day of Christmas Term
Children from each class sang carols for the other children.  Parents, teachers and children all joined in.  There was a very big turn out.  Richard Hewitt gave a  Jubilee mug to each child attending the school on behalf of the Parish Council. 

by Karl Traynier, Bressingham and Fersfield Footpath Warden

Wednesday last week was 12/12/12 and I know I shall never see that date again in my lifetime and the night before a blanket of freezing fog settled over the Parish, coating everything in what an old Lincolnshire ‘fella’ like me calls 'Hoar Frost' and the temperature in our garden went down to -2°C. In the morning as I went out with my dog as usual, a passing lady dog-walker said  "Isn't it a beautiful day?" and I totally agreed .... it was!

Here's the walk I did with some photos - why not give it a try - click here >

Despite the appalling weather on the evening of Thursday 20 Dec, the annual Carol Service at St Andrew's, Fersfield was greatly enjoyed by the packed congregation counted at over 100.
In addition to the filled pews in the nave, St. Andrew's choir-stalls were occupied by 25 members of 'Discord', whose melodious tones swelled the singing of well-loved Christmas carols.  Readings, given by young people and adults, were taken from the Gospels' Christmas Story and from other well-loved seasonal prose and poetry. These were beautifully done and greatly enjoyed and all readers are to be congratulated, especially our Little Shepherd who so beautifully illustrated his mother's lesson. 
A special feature this year was Discord's leading of the classic song 'When a Child is Born', movingly sung by all present. After the prayers and blessing, mulled wine and a variety of seasonal food were served and greatly relished.  Thanks are due to our organist, Jennie, the people who prepared and decorated the church, the indefatigable catering team and John for arranging the heating for an inclement winter's evening. The collection from the service raised £240 for 'Shelter'. Photos by Krys Wakefield.
Christmas in Fersfield by Krys Wakefield
Richard Hewitt
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