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Following their success in our 2011 photography competition, the two winners, Finlay Brett and Krys Wakefield have both had their tuition from Liz Handy so we thought you might like to know how it went ......
Finlay and Liz

Finlay's comments:

I learnt about the settings on my camera - the 'landscape' and 'portrait' settings and did some experiments.  I also learnt how to use the 'self timer' on the camera and hope to use this for taking photos of all the family. 

Here's a photo Finlay took of Liz and himself having his lesson.

Krys and Liz

Krys' comments:

I learnt a bit about Photoshop and as a result this has inspired me to study the 10 Photoshop CDs I got free with Digital Camera magazine. I learnt how to use 'levels' and hence make 'joiners' (see below).

  Here's an example of a 'joiner' ....

This 'joiner' was created by Liz Handy from a picture taken by Liz of The Old Rectory, Fersfield.

A display of this and other photos can be viewed in Fersfield Church, which is always open during the day time.

Our thanks go to Liz for spending time with Finlay and Krys and passing on so many good and helpful tips.

On Saturday 7th January 2012, around 40 people gathered in St Johns Church to mark the occasion of unveiling a Peal Board.  It was 1995 that saw the restoration of the bells. Four of the original five bells were repaired with new fittings. They were installed in a new frame donated and constructed by Tony Baines. One of the four bells was found to be cracked and had to be repaired. The original fifth bell was retained as a clock bell, as it was considered too heavy for full-circle ringing in the ancient tower; it remains in the original medieval bell frame that was also preserved. Two new lighter bells were cast, to create a new ring of six. The dedication service was held on
4th August 1995. 

Bressingham Peal Board

It was not until 6th March 2000 that a team of bell ringers took on the big challenge of attempting to ring a full peal.  It took 2 hours and 35 minutes to complete the required 5040 changes, quite an amazing feat. Peal boards are often produced to mark such ringing marathons, but ours also records the history of the bells and acknowledges the contributions that made the restoration possible. There are no records of an earlier peal and it would have been very difficult on the old bells; so it is likely this was first peal in the church, even though we know that bells have been in the tower since the 15th century.

Speeches were made by Ted Curson, Tower Captain, and Chris Beesley who led the restoration, and prayers were said by Rev. Rob Mellowship.  Following the unveiling by Chris Beesley, refreshments were available, the warming mulled wine was much appreciated on a chilly morning, all provided by Ted, Sheila and other helpers. A book to mark the occasion was signed by all in attendance.

If you'd like to read more about the restoration and see the above image enlarged and others taken by John Beesley, Lawrence Hassall and Jenny Forster - click here
Murder Mystery SUPPER

Enjoyed by over 60 people, feedback recveived from the Murder Mystery Supper has been good with everyone liking the food especially the desserts. We staged two acts of the mystery then everyone had to decide who the murderer and accomplice were whilst coffee and mints were served before the third act took place, explaining who the culprits were.

The Young family from Common Road were the winners and Paul Davey from Fersfield won the comedy answer. Sarah from the Village Shop had success as her table had the highest score for the general knowledge quiz. The raffle raised over £100 and the overall profit for the whole evening including bar takings, was a staggering £726.

May I say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported this event and to the village hall committee and friends who helped with food, bar,setting up, clearing up, on stage etc - , all of which made this function such a success.  These funds all help greatly to pay the general everyday running costs. Thank you all once more.

Report: Brenda Webb - click here to see photos

If you want to find out what's happening at Bressingham Primary School then why not visit their new super website:
Although there's "still a lot of work to do" says Gavin King, headmaster, the school is delighted with the results. The website is full of information, has great photos of the children and has a link so you can sign up for the school newsletter. Bressingham Primary School website - click here to visit it

Francis Blomefield's Norfolk

This 76-page, A4 booklet with colour cover, is well illustrated with photos and details about Fersfield and Bressingham.

Available from Bressingham Shop, Diss Tourist Information Centre and Diss Library the cost is £9 from retailers or £10 with postage costs.

If you would like a signed copy from the publisher, Stephen Govier, please contact him at Maynards, Hoxne, Eye, IP 21 5AH.

Stephen is also keen to give talks in the area about the book in so anyone or any group would like to know more, please contact him at the above address or telephone 01379 668532.

Francis Blomefields Norfolk Booklet and Stephen Govier, the publisher
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