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Michelle

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.comMichelle 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.