A pleasingly large congregation of Fersfield and Upper Waveney residents and their guests took part in the annual Harvest Festival on Sunday 7th October. The themes were based on making the most of tradition and innovation and fair sharing of the earth’s resources. The service began outside St. Andrew’s Church with the dedication of the mighty JCB tractor specially brought for the event, to represent modern technology and traditional dedication to work. Back inside the church, which was decorated with sunflowers, millet and greenery from the gardens and hedgerows of Fersfield, everyone joined in well-loved hymns and listened to a variety of readings from community members.
The collection was taken by children from the village. Following the service, everyone enjoyed coffee and blackberry and apple cake – ingredients sourced from Fersfield! A huge ‘thank-you’ to the many people who made this such a special event.
BRESSINGHAM HARVEST FESTIVAL by Diana Burroughes
Held at The Oaks in one of the Aves family's barns
About 50 people came along on Sunday 21st October, and sat on straw bails in the Aves farm barn amidst piles of wheat. RevD Reg Dakin took the service; Adrian Ketchen played his portable organ; Richard Hewitt read a lesson as did Revd Ben Sasada; Rodger Aves and Diana Burroughes lead some of the prayers. After the service a magnificent amount of refreshments were served.
The occasion was also a goodbye to Ben Sasada as he is finally retiring. This is sad for Bressingham as Ben has taken many services at St Johns. He is one of the few people who knew Canon Knock who was vicar at St John and was the last one to live in the Old Rectory.
Our Parish Councillor, Bryan Claybrook, is a director of Menscraft; the community interest company promoting the event above. Menscraft’s mission is to develop and enhance the wellbeing of men and boys from all walks of life. As well as the event above they are currently working on the creation of a Men’s Shed in Norfolk. They will be holding a focus group and meeting on Saturday 29th Sept 11am-1pm in Norwich as part of this. Their monthly Men’s Lodge programme will start again in November. The first two of these will be held in Diss - see the website for more details.
TENNIS/NETBALL COURT - lots of people playing!
Available at £10.00 p/year- contact T: 01379 688375
Sam Darlow used to play on the tennis courts way back when he was at Bressingham Primary School when his family lived in the village. Here he is playing with his girl friend Heidi Henderson.
Sam now lives in Diss but was thrilled to hear that the courts had been refurbished and in such good nick and having studied Physical Education at University, he is a keen tennis player and would like to meet other “tennis key members” with a view to playing doubles. Sam is willing to be the liaison person for setting this up, so anyone wanting to get in touch with others to play singles/doubles or even brush up your tennis skills with a bit of tuition, please get in touch with Sam on 07745 546358 or click here to email him.
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