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Bressingham & District Ladies Club – May 2024 Meeting Notes

The May meeting of Bressingham & District Ladies Club welcomed Keith Rackham, who gave an enlightening and informative talk entitled ‘50 years of Stonemasonry’. In 1972 Keith joined Perfitts, a family stonemasonry business and was instrumental in taking it from a company which served the local community to one which provided many impressive memorials for the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield in Staffordshire.

On joining the company Keith recognised the importance of training a younger generation in the specialised skills needed for stonemasonry. At the same time the 1970s saw an increase in US veterans making pilgrimages to East Anglia and as a consequence a need for larger memorials required for the local airfields. The specialist work undertaken to create these memorials led to further prestigious contracts and Keith’s subsequent involvement in the establishment of the National Memorial Arboretum, opened in May 2001, including the design and building of a number of its memorials.

Keith’s talk was illustrated with photos of many of these memorials and also included anecdotes of his meetings throughout the years with members of the Armed Forces and the Royal Family. Keith’s spoke with pride about his work with the National Memorial Arboretum which started with the design and supply of the RAF Regimental Memorial. This led to the creation of many more memorials including those commemorating The Battle of the River Plate, The British Railway Industry, Cyprus Veterans, The Battle of the Somme, The Prison Officers Association and a Gibraltar memorial made from an genuine piece of Gibraltar rock! In 2007 Keith was elected National President for the National Association of Memorial Masons and designed a memorial garden to honour the association’s design and masonry skills.

The next Ladies Club meeting will be held on Monday 17th June at 7.00pm with a chair aerobics session run by local instructor Helen Blee. The session will be accessible to all and will include examples of exercises that can be tried at home. Annual membership for the monthly Ladies club meetings is £20 however non members are very welcome with an entrance fee of £3 to include refreshments.

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National Grid Consultation – Message from the Parish Council

Dear All 

I imagine by now you would have received the statutory consultation packs from national grid. The consultation went live at noon on Wednesday, this will last for 10 weeks until June 18th.As before their are several information events, our most local one being at Diss football club IP224QP on Wednesday 15th May 2024 between 1pm and 6pm. 

In addition to being available online there is the community News letter ,Project Background document, non-technical summary (NTS) of the Preliminary Environmental information report (PEIR),Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) and feedback questionnaire will be available to view free of charge at the following inspection points in the vicinity of the project throughout the consultation period.

These can be viewed at Diss library, Church street, Diss. Please check opening times prior to departure.

There are also various online groups:

Forncett and South Norfolk pylon group.

Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk pylons group

There you will find a lot of information and help with your replies.

 As your local parish council we  will be making a robust response to the new consultation  .

Our next parish meeting will be on the 13th May. We look forward to seeing you there. 

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Message from Parish Fields Practice

Good morning

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Practice Manager at Parish Fields GP Practice in Diss.

As part of my role I am very keen to engage with and hear from as many of the patients within the Practice Boundary as possible, specifically about how we can continually strive to enhance the care and services that the Practice provides.

As part of this we will be producing a monthly Practice Newsletter with what I hope will be useful information about the latest developments at the Practice. If you would like me to forward a copy of this Newsletter to you each month please let me know.

In addition, if you believe it would ever be helpful for me to attend one of your meetings to answer any questions you or members of the public have about the Practice, then I would be very happy to attend, subject to sufficient notice of the meeting and diary availability.  

If any of the above is of interest, or if you have any questions,  please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards


Practice Manager

The Parish Fields Practice

Mount Street



IP22 4WG

T: 01379 642023

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Classic Car Run at St John the Baptist Church

On Saturday 3rd August The Classic Car Run which starts from Norwich Cathedral will finish at Bressingham church from about 2.30pm. We are expecting between 50 and 100 cars, depending on the weather.  Tea and cake will be available in church and a service will take place in church at 4.00 pm taken by the Dean of Norwich Cathedral.  Parking for visitors who wish to view the cars will be in the car park in Church Lane. 

More information available from Diana on