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Community Connection - 19 April 2017 from Richard Hewitt

No-one can say that this has been a quiet year!  I say this because April marks the start and finish of the administrative and financial year and a certain amount of review and planning has to take place. 

It would be nice to avoid carrying the difficult issues of the old year into the new: at present that just is not possible. The burdensome matter of the ‘Harvest House’ development still hangs heavily over us: yes, planning consent has been granted – in the face of a compelling case for ‘adjustment’ to the proposals – and a Judicial Review, financed by a community benefactor, is now in process of preparation. Communication and process of this development have been difficult, to say the least, and I remain sad that, despite the Parish Council’s request, no discussion between all those involved was attempted. Particular concern is felt for those of our residents who live adjacent to the development site: should the current plans be put into effect, it would be good to hear that the developers have made a move to ease those residents’ burden. I suspect we will make this suggestion more forcefully IF the buildings go ahead. Of course, we are supportive of our farmers and the agricultural community, and wish to see them well resourced, and I repeat the wish that there had been greater dialogue which may have reduced the pressure that economies of scale (and height!) have placed on the community.

Much else has happened this last year and we have had our achievements, but my main aim in this short connection is to highlight that there are time when your Parish Council finds itself faced with a considerable amount of activity…..and there are not that many of us to carry out the work!  We have a splendid Parish Clerk and process routines well – it is when the ‘big issues’ come up (and there are several in the pipeline). We really do need people to join the Parish Council.  Please do give this some thought…..do not think that you have no contribution to make. The Annual General Meeting of YOUR Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council will be held on Monday 8 May at 7pm in Fersfield Parish Church.  Please do try to be there – and consider joining us!

With best wishes to you all,

PUBLIC MEETING - Thursday 11 May 2017 – 6pm till 8pm
Diss Youth Community Centre
Please come along and support the fight to save OUR Post Office
Please see full details and petition on www.change.org Save Diss Post Office
Paper petitions also available to sign in and around Diss Town Centre

EASTER AT st andrew's CHURCH, fersfield
A short service was held in St Andrew's, Fersfield, on Easter Sunday Morning, following which the congregation of some 35 adults and children enjoyed tea or coffee, buns (and festal chocolate!) and a good chat. Our thanks to all those who decorated the church and porch so beautifully, catered the refreshments and helped prepare the event.

Bressingham church was delighted to welcome the Rt Revd David Gillett on Easter Day.  This was the first service David had taken at Bressingham and the photograph shows him with the churchwarden and the two flower arrangers for the church,  Mary Tupper and Hilary Hadingham.

At last The Chequers is open for business. It's a restaurant with a small shop, opening 10:00 am to 18:00pm. For those who want a beer, they have some locally brewed bottled beer, and if you would like some tasty, interesting food (including a vegetarian menu), then they serve that, too. Have a look at their website if you're intrigued.
The small shop area has locally produced chocolate (Gnaw) and other unusual things such as 'mara seaweed kombu' - an alternative to salt. There's no bread or milk - you'll have to go to the village shop for that. The opening offer is a 10% discount in the shop for people who have lunch in the restaurant. 

As many of you will know, the new broadband cabinets, fibre and power are all in place and connected.  However, we are unable to make use of this yet because insufficient number of local people have expressed an interest via the website link!  We have dropped to the end of the queue. PLEASE MAY WE ASK EVERYONE INTERESTED IN IMPROVED INTERNET QUALITY TO EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN THE UPDATED FACILITIES BY USING THIS LINK.  Thank you!

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED from Richard Hewitt
You will know that we have a citizens’ watch system in our parishes, which is designed to help protect our homes and other properties from criminal activity. Michelle Lanchester has said that we need more volunteers to make this scheme more effective. If you would like to help or obtain further details, please contact PC 1224 Jim Squires, on 01953 423773 or 07766 990811.


Our speaker this month was Heather Havers who gave us a wonderful demonstration on "Ways with Flowers". She made up five different displays, some of which contained hedgerow foliage and wild flowers.

Heather also demonstrated how flower arranging need not be an expensive past time, as she produced an impressive arrangement with just a single spray of small carnations or Lisianthus, purchased from a florist, and foliage gathered from the garden. Pretty jam jars and terracotta pots can be dressed up with lace and ribbons to stand your flowers in.

Our speaker at our May meeting, will be Jackie Cornish on "Yoga and You". Visitors are most welcome to come along. Please note that this is on the 15th May at 7.30pm and not the 22nd May, as previously stated on our programme.
THIS MONTH'S RECIPE - Honey & Apricot Cakes

Makes around 15

  • 8oz Self- raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4oz Butter or margarine
  • 4oz Soft Brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 rounded tablespoon Honey
  • Few drops of Vanilla Essence
  • 8 dried Apricots chopped
  • Plus some for decoration whole ones cut in half
Click here for the Method and to print off the recipe >>

It's grey and miserable outside, but bright and sunny in here" what a friendly greeting from Alan! He's got a couple of new lines this month, posh pot noodles and a spice mix for lovely lentil curry. There's also an eye catching display of Doritos and dips in various flavours, and apple strudels are this week's treat. Glad to see your spotless nails in the picture, Alan. 

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Saturday 7.30am - 1.00pm
Sunday 8.30am - 1.00pm

Health Tips – Spice up your life! - from Leo Pearce
Not just tasty, but healthy too!

Wildflower of the Month - by Leo Pearce
It's very easy to bypass the humble bugle, quietly growing at the woodland edge or by the side of the pathway. Yet the spires of blue flowers with their delicate lobes and markings deserve a closer look. Culpeper tells us that decoctions of bugle are good for healing internal and external wounds, soft tissue and boney injuries. Also 'diseases of Saturn', which apparently include hallucinations resulting from alcoholism!

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Tue 25   Annual Parish Meeting in the Village Hall - An opportunity to meet and exchange information about our community's activities
Thu 27   Afternoon Club - meal out at the Waterfront Inn in Diss - meet at the Village Hall at 12.00 prompt to travel down to Diss. For more info get in touch with Kay on 688331 to add your name to the list. It is called the Lunch Club menu fixed price of £6.99.
Graffiti Project in Bressingham church begins, with Dr Matthew Champion
Bressingham Church Bench Ends project begins, assisted by Dr Richard Hayman
Sat 6   7.30 pm, Bressingham Church: South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band - £10 including refreshments
Tue 9   Afternoon Club
Thu 11   Defibrillator & PR Training meeting - 7.15 for 7.30pm i Bressingham Village Hall
Sat 13   'Plants from Our Parish and Cakes from Our Cooks' at Fersfield Church - 10 am to 12 noon - Refreshments will also be served.  Shirley (01379 687671) will welcome offers of cakes and baking, and Pam (01379 688565) for plants and cuttings.  More details see poster below.
Tue 23   Guided tour and instruction at Norfolk Archives for History Society members - contact 01379 687729 for more info
Thu 25   Bressingham Primary School children take part in Graffiti Project workshop
Tue 13   Afternoon Club
Thu 6   Research training at NCC Historic Environment HQ, Gressenhall - contact 01379 687729 for more info
  HLF Project Celebration: Church Ale weekend with medieval re-enactment in Bressingham Churchyard and church, assisted by troupe of professional historical medieval interpretation actors


Although our numbers were down, a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all. We had the usual lovely home made cakes, made by Kay and Jean, to keep everyone nourished.

The quiz was themed around Easter and Ted was the outright winner of the Easter Egg prize.

Unfortunately Ted does not eat chocolate so he very kindly donated the egg back to the Club. The rest of the members were given a tie break question and it ended up with 2 winners so another question was asked which Jan won and so went home with the After Eight mint egg.

Several ladies took part in crafting with Jan making beautiful patchwork chickens. All the ladies got to a point at the end of the afternoon where they could finish the hens off at home. The rest of the members played scrabble or just sat enjoying each others company and talking.

We are arranging another meal out for Thursday 27th April at the Waterfront Inn in Diss. We will meet at the Village Hall at 12.00 prompt to travel down to Diss. Any members who were not at the meeting on Tuesday can get in touch with Kay on 688331 to add their name to the list. It is called the Lunch Club menu fixed price of £6.99. For this you have a choice of Baked potato with topping or a sandwich plus a side dish and a drink. You can see the full menu if you visit the Waterfront’s website.

We are still collecting for the Feline Trust and any further donations can be brought to the next meeting and we will take all our items to the Trust sometime in June.

The next meeting will be on the 9th May and all are welcome – new members get their first meeting free. We look forward to seeing you all then.


We now have some vacant plots on our Allotment site which you can rent for just, £14 per year. We're a friendly bunch, always happy to stop for a cuppa and chat - beautiful countryside/village setting, lovely place to spend an afternoon while getting some exercise and growing the best veggies you'll ever taste!
Contact Michelle Lanchester for more info: 01379 688109 or email her at michelle.lanchester@gmail.com

Postcard of Bressingham Church by Diana Burroughs
A lovely coloured postcard of the church is now on sale in the church at 50p.  This was taken by Mervyn Porter with the help of Mervyn Lambert.  Mervyn and Claire Porter have very kindly had 1000 printed and have donated them to the church for which we are all most grateful.

Bressingham Church, Heritage Lottery Funding update

Following a successful ‘first round’ bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in late 2015, most of 2016 was taken up with background investigations in our ‘Development’ phase bid for almost £250,000 to make Bressingham Church watertight. Overall, it was a busy year, with our architect, Nicholas Warns, and builders ‘opening up’ the church to check the extent of roof damage, and a team of consultants - including Bat experts, an archaeologist and a building historian – providing background information so our architect could provide accurate costings for repairing and relaying the roofs and replacing all rainwater goods.  

Our ‘second phase’ bid was finally submitted in December, 2016.  In the next few months we will hear whether HLF is happy with our bid.  Once we have their approval, we then need to submit a couple of further requirements (March-April 2017) before building works can actually begin in May, 2017.

How would you like to win £10 or £25?
Then join the 59 Club and also support your local Church. We have 7 spare numbers waiting for you – just telephone 01379 688331 or email Reg or Kay at regkaybrock@btinternet.com for further information.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens
Local resident's discount of 20% off a 1-3 person season ticket or 30% off a 4+ person from the same local address. Claim your discount by showing proof of residence (eg a recent utility bill) when buying your tickets. Visit their website for more information >

Click here to email Jackie
YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Bressingham Village Hall
Hatha yoga, taught by Jackie Samways, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher. Suitable for all abilities, complete beginners to experienced, and all ages. For more info please contact Jackie on 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
Ideal for those unable to attend a general class AND anyone interested in a gentler approach to yoga postures, meditation, breath work and relaxation. Mainly chair-based, with some standing to encourage increased joint mobility, improve circulation, confidence and strength and general well-being. For details contact Jackie Samways,details above.
Various teams play at Bressingham on Saturday mornings and Sunday. Teams from U7 up to U16 age groups with coaching for girls and boys starting from 5 years old. Contact Mark Channell by email at markv414@hotmail.com or call T: 01379 650591.
All enquiries re becoming a member and use of the court to
Brenda Webb T: 01379 688375 or email
The course (open at all times) is in Village Hall Car Park. Anyone in the community is welcome to play - Bring your own boules.

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