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Bressingham School Fete 2015
From Jo Baker FABS (Friends Association of Bressingham School)
The day went smoothly the sun shone for us!!  Park Radio were superb as usual and all our main ring attraction were all fantastic and kept everyone there entertained. We had a sea of stall holders with something for everyone!!  Massive thank you to all who have helped, donated and just supported us!! We had an amazing day!!  We raised a massive £1893.25 which is just Fantastic.
We were hoping to reach a target of £10,000 for the kitchen project by the end of this school year.  To have reached this target we had to raise £2,628.56 in the last term of school we got very close only just under £570 short of hitting our target. So we are all very pleased!! See more photos >

Our baking competition was very kindly judged by Diana Burroughes and Linda Holly, we had 3 different categories:

  Adult KS2           KS1
1st: Edna Baker Katie Davies Olivia Lewis
2nd: Lesa Orford Bella Baker Ethan Baker 
3rd: Tasha Sharman  Faith Hill     Seth Baker
Guess the weight of the cake winner:   Chris Lantsbury (The cake)
Treasure Map winner:   Grace Phillips (goody bag donated from ITV) 
How many Sweets in the jar:   Resident from Bresssingham (jar of sweets) -  sorry we can not find the list of names for this now to know the winners name?
We will be organising a 50/50 club when we go back in September, details for this are as follows: you pay £12 for the year, first winner will be announced at the end October and the winner will receive £25 cheque from FABS and this will happen every month. The winners will be drawn at the FABS meetings which are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month. We do miss out giving payments in August and September but to make up for this we do a double in December so the winner will receive £50 and in July we pull 2 winners out. If anyone is interested in signing up in September then please just email with all your details, name address and number to fabsofbressingham@gmail.com and I will get back to you in September for payment - we may run two 50/50 clubs If we get enough interest.

Flower Show report from Claire Porter

The day started out bright for the Flower Show this year. Some lovely flower arrangements showed that the late growing season does have some pluses, with apples and pears in great supply, and a selection of very long runner beans.

There was a good turnout for the Show and mini fete, with rain failing to dampen the atmosphere. The Holmes Challenge Cup was won by Emma Neve, for the second year running, with the Bressingham Challenge Cup won by Leslie Dumbell. Jan Scott, who is relatively new to the village, won the Home Industries Cup with some lovely craftwork. In the children’s section, the Under 7’s Cup was won by Emma’s younger brother, Finlay – well done the Neves! – while in the 8-11 section, Sylvia Roberts triumphed with some brilliant artwork and photography.

All in all, it was a very successful day showing that the current interest in ‘vintage and make do and mend’ are well established in the village – most brilliantly shown in Sarah Roberts excellent reworking of an old wool coat into a stylish two piece knitted suit. The committee hopes to run the Show as a yearly Autumn event. Many thanks to all who entered and supported us on the day.

Approximately £170 was raised to go towards general Village Hall Funds. To see the photos click here.

Blessing of St John the Baptist Church Porch

More than 70 attended a lovely service at St John the Baptist Church, Bressingham, where the new porch roof was blessed by the Bishop of Thetford. The congregation were accompanied by the playing of the barrel organ by Rodney and Sarah Briscoe. The project to repair the porch roof was very dear to Rodger and Millie Aves and thanks was given to the major part they played in its initiation and to Diana Burroughes for seeing the project through to its successful completion.

Bishop Allen reflected in the liminal nature of porch spaces and speculated on the many travellers, who over the centuries, may have found shelter in our church porch. After the service a convivial time was enjoyed by the congregation, aided by wine, elderflower cordial, lemonade and snacks. Click here for more photos >

Anaerobic Digester at Deal Farm - Planning Number  2015/0595
The decision will be made by the planning committee at South Norfolk Council on the 22nd July.The public is allowed to go and if once there you wish to speak make this known at the beginning of the proceedings. All documents related to the application should be on the South Norfolk website in planning - click here >
South Norfolk Council, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE

We were extremely fortunate to have lovely warm, sunny weather on Saturday, 27 June.   Many chose to enjoy their teas in the churchyard; others kept cool in the church.   Villagers and Diss Team members mingled, and afterwards attendees reflected on the lovely ambience.  Visitors from as far afield as Pembrokeshire saw the information signs outside the church and decided to attend.

Many thanks to all attendees and contributors for raising over £490 through tea, cake and raffle sales, with prizes kindly donated by Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, Bressingham Wyevale Garden Centre and also their Restaurant.

WHAT A SUCCESS! - photos now available click here >
Fersfield Plant Sale took place on Saturday 9 May. This is a red-letter event, with months of preparation required by our quite amazing event team. We cannot thank enough all those members of the village, and beyond, who made this such a success by growing plants, attending to advertising, and working on the day with the refreshments, cake stall, tombola, book-stall, general supervision, art (Hazel Richardson’s beautiful paintings), crop quiz, the plant marquee itself – and supporting the event with some generous donations and making purchases. We have raised just over £800 to date – well done and thank-you to everyone!  (We are very happy that the plants we had left over have gone to the Bressingham and Redgrave sales to help raise funds for the Nepal appeal.

Did you know that Bressingham Village Shop has one of the 7,000 recycling shoe banks for the Variety charity?

They are able to raise thousands of pounds each year from our old shoes.  To find out more visit the Variety website

And please keep recyling!



UK Power Networks have a new contact number in the event of a power cut......................

Freephone 0800 316 3105  and local call rate from mobiles 0333 323 2105

Do you know any folk who could be vulnerable in a power cut? If so encourage them to register with Networks Priority Services Register.  It is FREE and entitles them to extra help such as updates or home visits. It is the same free phone number.

The EDP is backing this year's Surviving Winter Appeal led by the Norfolk Community Foundation in partnership with Age UK Norfolk. It raises money to help those who can't afford to heat their homes.  To request support from this fund contact Age UK Norfolk on 01603 787111.

If you require any help in contacting these services please contact: Jan Delasalle T: 01379 687973
(Chair, Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council )

A historical moment! 

Although all homes in our community have had  mains water for many years – Bressingham Church has not.

What a luxury it will be to be able to turn on a tap. It has been paid for from a legacy left by a late parishioner. 
What a great gift.


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All proceeds raised went towards running the 4 film evenings. A donation was also made to the church and remaining money saved for next year’s summer of films.

Bressingham Church held a very successful tea and wild flower talk and walk lead by Stella Taylor last Saturday. 25 different wild flowers were discovered walking round the churchyard and burial ground.  Over 50 people came and the sun shone.  £325 was raised  from plant and cake sales as well as entrance fees. See above right hand corner photos for more wild flowers the group saw.

Enjoying the new swings in Bressingham
Thanks to surplus from the Queens Diamond Jubilee event and the Village Hall we now have 2 more swings in the playing fields. Many thanks go to Allan and Keith Seager who generously did all the fixing and installation work in their own time.


Introducing the “new look” under 15’s Diss Rugby football union club!
These lads are dedicated, fit and love their game. They are lucky to have an amazingly supportive crew of coaches and an equally dedicated manager along a fantastic group of Supporters and Parents. The team have now received sponsorship and are excited to announce that they will be going on tour in Yorkshire this spring. 
These lads have never looked so good on the field. They really do know how to play an excellent game, they are tight, skilled and competitive.

The good news is that we are always open for new and committed players to join in and have some fun. It gives you confidence and promotes not only a healthy lifestyle but the ability to work as a team and be in a team! It is a case of the more the better, we need a large pool of players enabling tactical rotation on the field. Joining our team is easy, Just email kevin.jolly1@btinternet.com and Kevin will give you all the information you need to ensure a great experience from the start. Training and Matches are held on Sunday mornings with an additional training session on a Thursday evening. The season runs from early September until late April.

To find out more about the club please don’t hesitate to drop Kevin a line or visit our website at http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/dissrugby/.

Remembrance Sunday, St Andrew’s Parish Church, Fersfield

The traditional afternoon Remembrance Service was held at Fersfield’s St Andrew’s Parish Church at 3 pm on Sunday 8 November.  A large congregation met inside the church for the Gathering and Intercession, and then moved outside to the Fersfield War memorial, where the Act of Remembrance and two minutes’ Silence took place.  The Sentence and Kohima Epitaph were read by Sgt James Rogers, serving with the RAF Regiment at Honington.  Wreaths and a memorial cross were laid on behalf of RAF Honington, St. Andrew’s Church, Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council, and the young people of the parish.  Back inside the church, the service ended with the Act of Commitment, National Anthem and Blessing.  It was good to welcome visitors for this service, many of whom enjoyed refreshments and a chance for a chat at the end. 

Fersfield is famous as a Second World War British and American air-force base, which was staffed by over 2000 personnel.  Commemoration of their service, many of whom gave their lives, is included in the annual service. 


Bressingham church handed lifeline by Heritage Lottery grant
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Christmas Day saw a congregation of 40 for the service taken by Rev'd Canon Tony Billett in Bressingham church. We have to share this service with other churches in the benefice and therefore don't often get one on the day. It was lovely to see so many people come to worship with us, many of whom were staying with people in the village. It really was a family affair and much enjoyed by all ages.

Bressingham Primary School held its Christmas concert in St John the Baptist Parish Church, Bressingham the evening of Wednesday 16 December
The children sang and played instruments beautifully, and the soloists performed exceptionally well.  Adults enjoyed mulled wine, served by the school governor. There was a wonderful festive spirit created by the children, and this led the rector, Canon Tony Billett, to say that they had truly ' made his Christmas'.

Linda Holly Thanks, decorating Bressingham Church decorations
Bressingham Church decorations

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