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Michelle was born in Bressingham so was her Dad, her Granddad and her Grandmother. She is a real country girl and her love of growing things and tending animals comes from her family’s farming background. Michelle is the Chair of the Allotment Association at the back of Piper’s Piece in Common Road, Bressingham. Not only is she Chair but she was the first person 10 years ago to have an allotment. Originally all this land, including the land on which the houses are built, was Parish Land for poor people to grow their vegetables on and you were means tested to use it. 

The present allotments are now for rent and anyone can apply - there are 27 plots and currently there are 2 plots free so anyone interested in having an allotment should get in touch with Michelle on michelle.lanchester@googlemail.com

Michelle lives near the Allotments in Common Road with her partner Matt and two boys. She went to Bressingham Primary School and then onto Diss High School. Out of the 13 people in her class at the High School she still knows 3.

Michelle grows fruit and vegetables on her plot. She is keen that her two children learn where food comes from.  Bailee 6 and Levi 9 have their own plots and love to help by cutting the grass and looking after their plants. This year the boys have helped to make 10lbs of raspberry jam.  They like to give it to their teachers at school. They try to be self sufficient in vegetables and freeze quite a bit. They also have 8 pigs which they get at 6 weeks old as weaners. They keep them until they are about 25 weeks and then take them to the abattoir. The pigs live at a local farm but are looked after by Michelle and the boys. Their biggest pig produced 58.8 kilos of meat last year.

As well as being a Mum Michelle is a self employed care worker. She is social services accredited and does a regular job looking after someone for 40 hours a week. She is a level 3 care worker. Michelle was a major volunteer with the Community Speedwatch in the Village and took over the co-ordinator's role when Margaret Harris stepped down. As a result of their data on speeding in both Bressingham and Fersfield the PC have obtained a portable SAM (Speed Awareness Message) which flashes your speed as you pass it.  This she hopes will reduce the speed of vehicles in the community and make it a safer place to live. Michelle is Football Manager for Scole Village under 8’s (U8).  Both her boys are keen footballers. She has completed a football course as well as a first aid course. Luckily Michelle’s Mum lives one but next door so is able to help with the boys. Michelle was involved in helping with the Parish Plan.

On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September Michelle is organizing a Scarecrow Competition for the allotment holders' children and grandchildren. Why not come along and have a look both at the Scarecrows but also the wonderful work being done in the community allotments.

Kate Thurston has lived in Fersfield since 2010. She moved one month before Joe her son was born. They wanted to have more space for their family and they loved the atmosphere and beauty of the village. They now have a little girl called Erika.

Before she had children Kate used to work full time in a Sleep Clinic at Papworth Hospital. She now works part-time as a CPAP Practitioner. She tells me that an estimated 4% of men and 2% of women have a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, a sleep disorder which leads to pauses in breathing and frequent awakenings overnight. Kate has a masters in sleep research as well as a psychology degree.

But what Kate really loves doing is making fudge! She loves cooking and baking and found that fudge is something she can make from home and produce all kinds of different flavours or designs in. She does it for weddings, for gifts, and for any kind of special occasion. She also sells at craft fares. Each batch can be made to suit the occasion. Some of her designs are shown below. She made heart shaped fudge for Valentine’s Day and Rose Shaped Fudge for the Peter Beales’ Rose Festival. Recently she was asked to produce fudge with bacon and syrup flavour! Kate’s husband Mike works in Ipswich as an engineer. They met up at Loughborough when he was doing his masters in civil engineering. He is a great supporter of Kate’s fudge making and especially helps out with the children so she can give her time to it.

Karen and Glenn Bate are the winners of the wheel barrow completion and the photograph here is the prize they won. I asked Karen how she had got her idea about the design of the barrow and she explained to me that she wanted to do something quite different, it was the story of the gardener who started but never finished, he became bored and decided to have a beer, taking a nap underneath thebarrow so as not to be spotted. At being left so long nature took over and grew itself into the newly designed garden.

Karen and Glenn have lived in Bressingham since 1989. They have done a lot of work on their house which had not been renovated since the 1950’s. Their house has now tripled in size. They love the peace and quiet of Bressingham and the friendly people.

Back in the late 80’s they used to have horses and did a lot of Carriage Driving with Alan Taylor a Bressingham resident and well known driver. Glenn was on the great mail coach world record run from London to Norwich with John Parker. Trevor Musk a Bressingham resident wrote a book about this great journey called The Great Mail Coach Run 1996 of John Parker (which is still available on Amazon.) The Bates spent much of their spare time driving their carriages and belonged to the Fox and Hound Club for Carriage Driving. The club has now closed as there are less carriage drivers and the roads are too dangerous. The Bates have always loved cars. Karen’s father was crazy about cars. They now have 7 cars between them both old and new. Their prize is a 1971 Triumph Herald Convertible that Karen gave Glenn as a surprise for a special birthday. They now go to classic car shows and are thinking of going on rallies. Dogs are also their great passion and they used to breed dalmations. Dalmations used to be the dog that trotted underneath the carriages to safeguard the occupants. They are meant to be dogs of great endurance as well as looking very elegant.

They now have one dog a cocker spaniel called Millie.

Katherine and Terry came to live in Bressingham from Wortham 2 years ago. They came because they wanted a downstairs bedroom and bathroom. Their house was the 11th they looked at in 10 days. They knew they wanted it right away as it has a wonderful view and a downstairs bedroom.

Katherine lived in Wortham for many years and her son and his family still live there. She was very involved in the village hall and the open gardens they did there. So it was most welcome when she volunteered to help with the Open Gardens here. She still goes back to Wortham to play tennis twice a week and remains involved with several groups there.

Katherine has always been keen on gardening and even when she lived in Camberwell in London had an allotment. She has now retired as a Nurses Teacher at Suffolk College where she ran the Registered Nurse, Care of the Child course. Terry is retired from Managing Director of a company selling industrial cleaning equipment which his son now runs down in Hampshire. So he and Katherine both have a lot more time for developing their garden. They would describe their garden as an informal mixture of established shrubs and more recent additions of herbaceous perennials with plenty of lawn for the grandchildren to run about on. There is a small vegetable plot and a greenhouse where they grow things from seed. Terry is good on mowing the lawn, doing the edges and heavy digging while Katherine tends the plants. So they make a perfect gardening team!

A year before Mervyn Lambert moved to Three Gates Farm he visited the property and had a vision of what he would like to do with the garden. He looked out at the water meadow and knew that he would like to create a beautiful lake.

14 years later Mervyn has indeed done this. Mervyn grew up on a farm and wild life and gardening is in his blood.  His family had 26 acres of water meadows. Whenever Mervyn even as a boy was stressed he would walk on the water meadows with his dog. He has always had a dog all his life.

Mervyn says his  garden will never be  finished. It is an on going project. His house now looks out on the lake and gardens. What he loves about it is there is always movement and something happening.  There are fish in the lake, swans, geese, ducks and of course many insects.

Mervyn is always learning more about gardens. He experiments with plants and a lot of his growing has been trial and error.  He has always admired the gardens of Alan Bloom at Bressingham Gardens and especially the conifers and heathers in Adrian’s garden. He has also learnt a lot from Lawrence Flatman who worked for Blooms for years.

Bressingham is the home of 2 great and unique gardens, Alan and Adrian Bloom’s. Mervyn hopes that one day soon his garden will become the third great garden. How lucky we are in Bressingham to have this.

Leslie and Alison Dumbell’s garden will be one of the gardens of the Open Gardens Weekend of 24/25 June.

The Dumbells describe their garden as being planted mainly with shrubs and trees and divided into a number of well-defined areas of different character.  In their 1.5 acres there are 2 ponds, several woodland areas, and archways of roses and vines which grow into the trees and lead from one section naturally to the next. There is a bonzai area with small native and Japanese trees some being over 30 years old. There are rock gardens and vegetable gardens and greenhouses. The diverse range of trees includes a palm, eucalyptus and a variety of silver birches just to name a few.

During the summer months they are almost self sufficient as far as fruit and vegetables are concerned. They grow most of their vegetables in large pots which are placed high enough above ground so rabbits cannot eat them. They find too that if they do not prune the roses too low they can encourage the rabbits not to eat those too.

Last year Leslie won the Bressingham Challenge Cup at the Flower Show. The magnificent silver trophy was won by Claire Porter at the previous show in 2013. The first person to win the cup was Alf Kester in 1950. Alf worked like many people in the community did for Blooms. Alf went on to win the cup 22 times!  Gardening is very much the Dumbell’s passion. They had just returned from visiting the magnificent garden at East Ruston Vicarage near Happisburgh and Bacton where they had bought several new plants. Leslie says his great inspiration for gardening came from Percy Thrower and his Gardener’s World programmes. As a boy he was given the book called Dig for Victory which encouraged people during the war to make full use of their garden for growing things. You could say that the Dumbells have certainly taken this philosophy of gardening and no space is wasted in a garden which leads one from area to area of different plants and hidden spaces.

Besides gardening the Dumbells love singing and as well as being in various local choirs are members of the Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Society and also the Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Drama Society. They are also keen on acting and many people will have seen Leslie as the Dame and Alison one of the Merry Men – Little Johnson in the 2016 pantomime, Robin Hood.

They have lived in Bressingham in their magnificent early 17th century thatched house for 7 years. Prior to that they ran the Village shop, Post Office and Tea Shop in Wortham. Theirs is an interesting garden in that they redesigned it three years ago – and it is what they describe as an easy maintenance garden which is “still in progress”. They have raised beds and very pretty planting and circular shapes.

Ginny and Martin are opening their garden over the Open Gardens Weekend.

They have lived in Bressingham for 9 years and before that they were in Wortham.


Martin originally came from Essex and Ginny from Yorkshire. Ginny says she never felt at home there – but has always felt at home in East Anglia. It was only after they moved to Wortham that they found a baptism certificate belonging to one of Ginny’s ancestors and discovered a family member had been christened in the church at Wortham, the same as their son. Their ancestor had been christened by the famous vicar of Wortham, Richard  Cobbold (who was vicar from 1825-77). He wrote and made illustration of the daily lives of local people. His writings are available in a book you can get from Amazon called Parson and People in a Suffolk Village. Richard Cobbold’s Wortham 1824-77 by David Dymond.

The Whites moved to Bressingham as they wanted to have more land; they have 4 acres in all. Ginny and Martin share their garden throughout the year with the many people that pass through their home. They have a B&B with 3 double ensuite bedrooms and small kitchen.

Ginny used to be a receptionist at a doctor’s surgery in Diss, but looking after her B&B guests keeps her more than busy. She loves meeting the variety of people that stay.

Martin works for an IT company but is able to work from home in a wooden chalet in the garden. Their daughter is studying animal welfare and management at Harper Adam University in Shropshire. Their son is about to go to the BackStage Academy in Wakefield which specialises in live events production.

Martin and Ginny are also learning the art of beekeeping and next year hope to produce honey for their guests!

Diana Burroughes is a farmer like her father. She is one of the few farmers left in Bressingham. Like many of the farms in Bressingham her farm was once part of other farms such as Oak Tree Farm, Wood Farm and Walnut Tree Farm. Diana was born and brought up on a farm near Ely. Rather than go to Teacher Training College like her sister she decided to work on her father’s fruit farm. So for 6 months her first job was packing fruit. Her second job was very different as she worked in Trinity College Library in Cambridge. Luckily she saw an advertisement for the job in the Cambridge Evening News which her father brought home after attending a football match at Wembley.
She spent over 7 happy years in Cambridge meeting all kinds of interesting people in a beautiful environment. Her job included looking after the press when Prince Charles attended the College. She also helped Enoch Powell find material to research his book, and later as a result, spent her time cataloguing collections of archives which had been left to the college. Diana has lived both in Bressingham and Fersfield since 1968. She was on the Parish Council for 8 years and was the first lady Chairman. She has been on the Flower Show Committee, and she has also been a Church Warden for Fersfield Church. She has been a Church Warden for Bressingham Church since 2008 (as well as their treasurer for even longer). I asked Diana what has changed most in the community over the years. She says that when she first came most people knew each other. Many people used to be employed by either Blooms or Burroughes. She added some things were the same and was thankful that we still have a village shop and school as well as an active village hall. Diana like her father is a great football lover and she and her family have sessional tickets for Norwich City. Diana is also a member of the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society. Two of the episodes were filmed on what is now her farm. Diana has recently attended the film premier of the new Dad’s Army film in London.  Last year Diana became a member of the Rotary Club in Diss. Unlike Diana – her children have not moved far from home. Her son Jeremy and his family live in Bressingham on their farm and her daughter Katharine and family live in Diss. Both her children went to Bressingham School as did her four grandchildren.
Stella has always been interested in plants and has a wealth of knowledge. Her “small garden” will be open on the Open Garden Weekend of 25th and 26th June. Stella got her love of plants from her parents.  They were members of the British Naturalists’ Association. (see http://www.bna-naturalists.org) She was also influenced by her Methodist Sunday School teachers who were great botanists.    At the age of 14 she started collecting pressed wild flowers.  Later Stella started photographing rare plants and now has a collection of over 1,900 photographic slides.

It is no wonder that Stella’s career has been mostly in horticulture.  On leaving school she worked in a local nursery that had 2 florist shops.  She then went on to do a full time residential course in a horticulture institution where she took her national certificate.

In 1971 Stella’s saw an ad in a gardening magazine to come and work for Alan Bloom in his Dell Garden.  After 18 months Stella moved to Wales with her husband.  But In 1985 she wrote to Alan Bloom for a reference to a new job.  But instead of giving the reference he persuaded her to come back to Bressingham and work in the Dell Garden again.   Stella’s husband had retired by then so it was possible to move and so they came to Bressingham.

In 1995 Stella retired from Blooms.  Since then she has done flower walks for Valley Fens Wildlife Group which is part of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, for the Friends of Boyland Common and recently a talk for Bressingham Church on wildflowers growing in the church yard.  (photographs of this can be seen in the gallery – click here).  Stella belongs to the Wild Flower Society   and also to the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Stella is a founder member of the Bressingham and Fersfield Village Hall Drama Group which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

David was co-opted onto to the Parish Council in October. This is the second time he has been a PC.  He left about 7 years ago having served for 5 years.  During that time he was Chairman for 2 years at the time the new social housing at Pascoe Place was being build, so David is well experienced with the Planning Department!

David and his wife Sue Willats came to Bressingham 19 years ago.  David had taken early retirement from serving with the North East Thames Regional Health authority as a consultant looking after the support services in the large teaching hospitals such as The Royal Free, The London Hospital and Barts. Before this David had many different jobs starting out in a watch makers shop and then becoming a tailors cutter for Charles Mackintosh.  He was approached to be a Union representative and from then on started on his education in management.  He went to evening classes and then did more training to become a fellow of the Institute of Management Services. An American Consultancy Company were brought into Charles Macintosh and David was the person who worked with them  to implement their advice.  David was lucky enough to meet Fred Perry in person when modelling some of his sportswear. David later moved on to work with an electrical company, a rubber company and a printers – gaining more experience each time.

Since David has moved to Norfolk he has been extremely busy with his other interests and he and Sue were able to buy a property where they could keep their 2 horses.  David was also able to pursue his life love of football and runs the Winfarthing Football club of 16 years upwards.  He is also a qualified football referee but only officiates occasionally these days! Apart from this David has until recently owned a quarter of a race horse and currently owns 2 greyhounds who run at Great Yarmouth.  David is a member of Tibenham Gliding Club and aims to go there at least once a week.  In the past he enjoyed sailing and had his own boat, and now as the opportunity arises enjoys crewing on other people’s boats. He also enjoys growing his own vegetables – they taste good and gardening keeps you fit!  Some will know David from his roles in Bressingham  Pantomines.  There is much acting and music talent in the family – his brother is Chas (of Chas and Dave fame) and the song Aint No Pleasing You (which can be heard on you tube see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkt8E2Ul-Xw) was written for David! So we are lucky to have a most “unusual” PC member with many talents!

Liz Handy and her husband Charles came to live in Bressingham from London over 40 years ago. They originally came in search of a home from which they could enjoy the school holidays and weekends with their children. However, they fell in love with the area and decided to stay. Liz was struck by the real beauty of the countryside, the comradery and none-judgemental nature of the villagers and the feeling of freedom it afforded her, as she herself says, ‘I really feel I can be myself here’ – and for Charles it was the landscape and the kindness of the people who reminded him of his boyhood in Ireland.

Liz is a photographer who divides her time between London and Bressingham, she has also co-written a number of books with her husband, a well-known, respected author. However, Liz too is an author in her own right, publishing books such as ‘Behind the View’.  In addition, she has also helped to set up the Bressingham and Fersfield website.

Throughout the course of their residency in Bressingham, Liz and Charles have seen modernisation bring many changes to the village. When the couple first arrived, trains only departed Diss once an hour, the majority of the community worked on the land or in Blooms Garden Centre, and many of the residents had grown up in the village and attended the local school together.  Today trains leave Diss every half an hour, allowing some villagers to commute to jobs further afield and enabling younger residents to leave home and seek adventure amongst the bright lights of the city. Advances in transport and technology have also enabled an eclectic mix of people to travel to the area and now call Bressingham their home. As Liz says, ‘… it’s a very diverse community who live here now’.

John and Helen came to Bressingham from Devon in 2009 having lived in the South West since 1988 where they ran a guest house in the Okehampton area.  For the previous 30 years John had served in the Metropolitan Police, seeing action in the West End of London and in the East End as well as postings to Scotland Yard. He retired with the rank of Detective Superintendent.

John’s daughter lives in Hampshire and his son lives in Surrey.  Helen’s daughter lives near Southend and her son lives in Rainham. John and Helen are great grandparents to several children.

John is one of our new Parish Councilors.  He and his wife  feel that Bressingham is very much their home – and John is anxious to serve the community. His hope for the opportunity for people in the community to meet their Parish Councilors is to be realized on Friday 18th September 2015 at an open meeting at Bressingham Parish Hall. John and Helen  have settled into Norfolk and made new friends.  He is a member of  Diss and Waveney Probus Club (Professional and Business Retired Gentlemen) and Helen is a member of the Diss Group of the WI.  Both groups meet once a month. John is also a volunteer at Bressingham Steam Museum where he is a guard and a member of the Volunteers Committee.  His love of steam locomotives started in his early Grammar School days in Hampshire when he began spotting. He has visited many countries around the world filming the steam engines. He has organized 4 annual dinner dances at the Park Hotel, Diss, the profits from which have gone to the Bressingham Steam Museum. The next one is on Friday 27th November 2015, more about which later.

Sian has worked as a volunteer at Bressingham Steam Museum for eight years.  She comes all the way from Lowestoft.  Most Sundaysfor the last 3 years she has operated the Galloper’s steam engine. On other weekdays she either operates the Gallopers on Electric or acts as a guard on any of the three railways there.

She is the only woman that drives steam here and believes the engines deserve a more gentle touch than that  given by the men. Unfortunately she has not gone on to drive the locomotives as this seems to be an all male preserve.  She is passionate about Steam Engines and from an early age went on steam train trains in Wales where she lived as a child hence her fond memories of the GWR. She often used to visit Old Oak Common Depot in London which was built in 1905 and housed hundreds of locomotives until it closed in 2009. Walking across the tracks and around engines, some of which were in steam an experience which would be frowned on in these “elf and safety” days.  See link http://www.rail.co.uk/rail-news/2014/ooc-demolition/

Whilst Sian has always had an interest in” railed transport”  she never had a job along those lines in fact prior to her retirement she was employed as she puts it as a “professional noseyparker” in other words as a private investigator. It takes 2 hours to start a steam engine.  The ashes have to be emptied and the tubes which carry the heat from the firebox through the boiler heating the water all have to be thoroughly cleaned a lengthy job as on the Gallopers there are 36 of them. Not to mention the copper and brass tubes all needing a polish  So there is much work behind the scenes to be done. 

Bressingham is extremely lucky not only to have such a fine set of gallopers but also the volunteers that look after them so well.  Bressingham gallopers were built in 1897 in Kings Lynn and spent many years in Scotland before coming to Bressingham in 1968.  Alan Bloom bought them as a present for his wife Flora. The gallopers needed a lot of restoring and it was Flora that helped to raise the money and find the volunteers to restore them.  It took five years.  The engine was built in Norwich but has been completely rebuilt in Bressingham.  The gallopers can also be operated by electricity – but is usually operated by steam at the weekends.  The organ is a 48 keyless Chiappa. Read more about the gallopers:

David Neville is one of the new members of the Parish Council.  He has had a home in Bressingham since 1981. He came to this area initially to be near his mother who lived near Ipswich. But he loves the countryside and the peace and quiet. Since being here he has become particularly interested in gardening and can now name every plant growing in his garden! He also has a productive vegetable garden.

David worked for many years as an actor working in radio, TV, film and theatre. He later trained as a psychotherapist, working in a London teaching hospital, and latterly in Private Practice. He is now almost retired, working just 2 days a week for the next year. This signals more time for Norfolk, and is enjoying spending more time here, and having been a 'part-time' resident for many years, looks forward to contributing to the community, and to get to know it better!

He hopes that more people will get to know their Parish Councilors and see them as people who represent their views in the  parish. He plans to spend some time walking round the villages of Bressingham and Fersfield and getting to know  the area more intimately. So watch out for him and if you see him do introduce yourselves! He would like to introduce again “the open garden” event that Fersfield and Bressingham successfully had some time ago. He would also like to arrange a “meet your Parish Councilor” event. Good luck David.

Is a new member of the Parish Council.  He has lived in Bressingham for 18 years.  He was born in Suffolk (Glenham) and spent most of his childhood and working life in East Anglia.
One of the schools he went to was Hartismere  in 1975.

His father was a small holder and had lots of chickens and rabbits. His garden today is full of chickens.  But luckily he has one of the allotments in Common Road where he can grow his vegetables.

He has spent a lot of his working life as a  driver for haulage companies.  `Much of what he carried were poultry!  He used to be on the road a lot and away from home. Today Richard  works in maintenance planning for a haulage company which means he does not have to travel. He spends a lot of his time on his allotment and helps out with looking after the common parts. 

Trevor and Barbara came to live in Bressingham 20 years ago. They used to have a holiday house in Botesdale where they went to for weekends so they know the area well. Trevor is a serial entrepreneur and businessman.  He ran an engineering company for many years.  When he sold this he bought Pettits Animal Adventure Park in Reedham.  He did not know anything about animals and it was  a big change from engineering but Trevor believes it is all about running a business.

Then in 1999 he decided to diversify into garden log cabins - which he is still doing. It's very much a family business. His daughter Andrea  works with him. One son who is in IT does the website and another son who is a carpenter helps to assemble the cabins. 

The cabins are imported from Estonia and Sweden and warehoused in Huntington from where they are delivered.  It’s a very good example of a modern business with orders taken on the website.  They also import and sell roof shingles, which can be used on the roofs of the log cabins. There are no signs of Trevor retiring.

You can see Trevor’s garden log cabins on http://www.cabinville.co.uk/

Poz and his wife Diane have lived in Bressingham for 11 years. Like so many homes in this area it used to be a barn. They lived in Datchet for 26 years before that.  But they came to this area to be near their daughter Rebecca  had moved to Bury St Edmunds when she was taking her doctorate at UEA.  Poz has been an entertainer all his working life and next year he celebrates his 50th year in the job. His daughter is now married with 3 young boys.  He tries out a lot of his magic and tricks on them.

Poz started young.  He did his first magic show when he was 12. He earned more money at his school’s charity event than the school did in a whole year. He learnt a lot of his magic form “The Boy’s Book of Magic” and also his Uncle who loved doing card tricks. His mother was a great seamstress and made all his outfits. In no time he was a member of magic groups and giving shows. His father wanted him to get a “proper” job and was amazed he could earn a living from doing magic.But being an entertainer means you are often “on the road”. He permanently has his suitcase packed. When their daughter was small they used to be away for the “summer season”.  Diane would do home schooling with their daughter. When their daughter grew up Diane was able to accompany Poz and help him with his shows.

Poz loves his job – as 2 days are never the same.  He meets so many different people.  He started life having to make appointments by going to a telephone box – now with a mobile phone he can be anywhere to take calls and does not need a secretary to take appointments. He had one of the first large mobile phones – which were called “car phones”.

He misses the Chequers not being open – and hopes it will reopen.  He would use it often to pop in for a meal after being away.  He would ring up from the car and give his order!

You can learn more about Poz on his website - http://www.pozmagic.co.uk/

Many people in the community will have already met Wendy and Neal – as they moved into Diss last autumn and Wendy was licensed and installed at Diss on the 6th November 14.  Prior to coming here Wendy served her curacy with St Mark’s Church, Oulton Broad for 3 years during which Neal clocked up 78,000 miles driving from there to his job in Ipswich.  

They met while serving in the RAF. Neal was with the service for 27 years and Wendy for 6. Wendy has done many things besides being in the RAF; when their 2 daughters were young and at school she enjoyed working as an administrator during the term time in a variety of places. This means that she has experienced working in many different kinds of organizations including hospitals and prisons and immediately before entering the church she worked, for 3 years, as the fundraising administrator for St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds. 

Neal, since retiring from the RAF in 2006, has been employed by Suffolk County Council working in Ipswich as an Emergency Planning officer. His work involves dealing with major emergencies such as flooding, severe weather, etc. So his work is very varied and interesting.  In his spare time he’s a hockey umpire. They have had 14 homes in their married life. Prior to Wendy being called into ministry their last family home was in Thetford – and before that they lived on the Royal Air Force base in Honington.   They hope to make Diss their home for many years to come. Having moved home on average every 2 years they say it will be nice to be settled. They both enjoy birdwatching and gardening and Wendy is an avid knitter. They are hoping that their 2 daughters won’t always live so far away.  Emma lives in Newcastle with her husband and 2 small children where her husband is training to be a doctor. Their youngest daughter Sarah is finishing her charted surveying training and lives near Basingstoke.  They are very happy to be living and worshipping in Diss – Wendy loves being able to walk to work and into Diss from their home and Neal can get to Ipswich much more easily. How lucky we are to have them both.
Karl Traynier
Karl is the newest member of the Parish Council. He and his partner Anna have lived in Fersfield for just over two years. Before this they lived in Fife in Scotland where the winters were sometimes -25°C. They found themselves locked in for 12 weeks one winter with snow on the ground up to 6ft deep, so they decided to come south. Anna was born in East Anglia so it is countryside she knows. Here in Fersfield they have a pet crow called Murphy, three cats, one dog, and also chickens and ducks . They grow a lot of their own vegetables in their garden as well as having two allotments.

Karl, along with Michelle Lanchester, are part of a great team of allotment holders headed by Bob Ward and Shaun Brame. They are responsible for helping to maintain the allotments and having made some improvements already are confident there are more to come. Two years ago only 6 out of 30 plots were taken, but now they are all being worked and there is a waiting list. Their next step is to find ways of laying on a water supply. The allotment community held a barbecue on an almost too sunny day. They were surrounded by 30 allotments stocked full of vegetables, fruit and flowers - see more photos, click here. To join the waiting list for an allotment get in touch with Anna (email or T: 01379 688413). Karl has also been busy as Path Warden, a job he took over from Geoff Harvey who had done it for many years. There are 49 footpaths in Bressingham and Fersfield and Karl is now halfway through numbering them all with help from Leonora Pearce and Pam Dowling - he hopes to complete them this year. Karl calls himself a “do-er” and in the two years he has been here, has certainly done a lot with the community. He has also been involved in the Community Speedwatch team. He is working with the Parish Council on a new traffic directive that's aimed at villages - the Parish Council will be looking at possibly holding a couple of public meetings to debate the programme that is helped out by traffic figures provided from the Speedwatch Co-ordinator and Norfolk Constabulary and he wishes more people would volunteer to help with the Community Speedwatch Team. (If you are interested please contact Margaret Harris - T: 01379 688162). Another idea that Karl has proposed is that if/when the Parish Council hold the traffic meetings, there should be a "Meet Your Parish Councillor" event running alongside, so members of the community could come and meet members of the Parish Council and talk about their ideas and needs for the villages.

Morgan Roberts is 15 years old. She has lived in Bressingham since she was a baby. She went to Bressingham Primary and is now at Diss High School where this year she will begin her GSE’s. From May this year she has been working on her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze medal. The first bit entailed 2 days of map reading and learning orientation skills. Several groups of 6 young people had to find their way to 3 or 4 different Norfolk villages by a certain time - meet up at various meeting places and at the same time carry their tents and camping gear and food in their rucksacks.  They were walking up to 16 kilometres a day.  Hard work!

The next bit of the course involves learning a skill and doing something physical.  Morgan has chosen to learn the violin and to do dance. Her next bit of the course involves doing something for charity. Morgan has chosen to help raise money for Fenners - a home in our community for adults with learning difficulties. She has seen some of the people from Fenners when they come to watch the pantomime in the village hall and other community activities (Morgan has acted in the pantomime for the last 2 years). She has been struck with how much they enjoy their outings and what fun they seem to have. So the money she hopes to raise she wants to go to help the people from Fenners continue their outings which will increase the quality of their lives. She is also going to help them at their annual fare on Saturday
13 September as an extension of her volunteering for them. For those of you wishing to make a donation for Fenners, please be in touch with Morgan at mroberts9nrm@nsix.org.uk or telephone 01379 688135 and she will arrange to come and collect the donation from you.


A new comer to our community is Eddie Cullen. He has not moved very far. He lived in Ipswich before where he worked as a purchasing agent at RAF Bentwaters an American Air Base near Woodbridge.
Eddie is a keen wildlife photographer - and some of his beautiful images are on the website in the article Karl wrote about Boyland Common. The image of the Eagle was also taken there. More can be seen at the top right hand corner of this page.  

Ed would spend half the year on and off over 5 years in Scotland, he loved the landscape and would wonder the forrests looking for wildlife and anything else of interest.

The tree bark image is in the natural abstract category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards Portfolio Yearbook 2013 where he was short listed for an award.
Eddie’s favourite image is the one of the Red Squirrel coming down a tree evacuating its Kit (baby) from the threat of a Buzzard in the area. This is a very rare image and not many people have seen this. The image of the mother and baby leaping though the air was taken just before.
Ed is a good example of someone who can live in the country without a car he will walk 20 minutes to Bressingham to get the bus to Diss.
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