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PAST NEWS NOVEMBER 2012

Remembrance Sunday
BRESSINGHAM - by Diana Burroughes  
On a bright sunny morning the Service of Remembrance was held at Bressingham War Memorial and was attended by about 50 people.  The service was conducted by Mrs Jayne Hinds assisted by Dr Sue Drake.  Reveille was played by Kevin Hegarty and wreaths were laid by representatives of The Royal British Legion (Michael Revell), 75th New Zealand Squadron RAF (Diana Burroughes), The Parish Council (Rodger Aves) and the Parish Church (Brenda Oates) . I am sure the whole village would want to congratulate and thank Mrs Myrna Hughes for all the work she does each year in organising the Poppy collection in the village.

Other wreaths laid were from Rackham's Funeral Service and Bressingham Primary School who had their service the Wednesday before our Remembrance Sunday..

Diana Burroughes lays a wreath - photo by Steve Tickner
FERSFIELD - by Jan Sumpter  
Ian Cattermole lays a wreath - photo by Krys Wakefield Fersfield Church observed Remembrance Day in its traditional 3pm slot on a gloriously sunny and still afternoon. The service, led by Richard Hewitt, began inside the Church with prayers, a reading by Chris Peachey of Rupert Brooke's poem 'The Soldier' and a Bible reading by our special guest, Mr John Summersgill, who served in the RAF for the best part of 40 years.   The names of the four Fersfield residents who lost their life during the First World War were read out at the War Memorial.
Poppy wreaths were laid on behalf of the Parish Council by Mr Ian Cattermole and of the Church by Mr Richard Vere and Arthur Wildish.  A poppy cross was also laid on the memorial to Pilot Officer Woode, son of the then Rector of Fersfield, who was killed in a flying accident in the early days of the RAF. Back inside the Church, during the singing of the final hymn, a collection was taken by Emily Wildish which, as always on this Sunday, will be given to the Royal British Legion.  

7th century man reburied
by Diana Burroughes

It was a beautiful sunny morning and the service taken in Bressingham Church by the Rev'd Canon Tony Billett was very moving.  The skeletal remains were contained in a simple wooden box covered in white cloth which was laid on the chancel step for the service by Richard Green of Rosedale Funeral Homes, who very kindly gave their services free of charge.  Tony had taken a lot of trouble and said it had been a challenge to find out how services would have been taken during the so-called 'Dark Ages'.

The DNA carried out on the skeleton proved that he was much older than expected, in fact 1,000 years older than the pub!  The actual date was given was 665 AD - give or take 37 years either way. The ceremony which took place on 10th October was three years to the day since the tragic fire at The Chequers took place.  Joan Green and Rita Soar who had lived at the pub for many years with their family were amongst those present at the ceremony.  The skeleton had originally been found in the bar of the pub.

7th Century man reburied
The church had to pay for the DNA but this was the only expense.  However, it did cost almost £500 and if anyone feels they would like to help us meet this cost we would be very grateful. If you would like to help please contact Rodger Aves on T: 01379 687263.
Male remains plaque
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