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There have recently been a number of reports of household burglaries, shed & garden break-ins in the Diss area. To help keep your community safe, please report any incidents of suspicious activity, people or vehicles immediately to police by dialling 999, giving as much detail as possible.

Burglaries - How to protect your home, sheds and outbuildings

Always keep doors and windows locked even when occupied including those to sheds & outbuildings
Leave keys out of sight and away from insecure doors or windows.
Maintain good garden fence and gates which are kept locked when not in use.
Secure tools, equipment and ladders to deny burglars further access to your property; store these items out of sight.
Property mark valuable items. Tools and garden equipment can be visible marked to deter resale value.
If your home is unoccupied, ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on it and use timers on internal lights.
Fit good quality door and window locks to the home and quality padlocks & hasps to outbuildings. Make sure keys are removed.

For further Crime Prevention advice call Diss Safer Neighbourhood Team or if you have any concerns and would like to speak to a local officer, contact your neighbourhood police team on 101. To be confirmed:  Friday 11th March (10:00 – 13:00hrs)  South Norfolk SNT will be at Diss Library to give out crime prevention advise – everyone welcome

Thanking you for your assistance in this matter, and if you have any questions or require further information please contact Penny Turner, Architectural Liaison & Crime Reduction Officer, South Norfolk Operational Partnership Team, Tel: 01508 533925, Email: turnerp@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Spotted in Fersfield and Spotted in Bressingham - two Facebook pages, set up to let villagers know what's going on in their village and can also be used as an easy way of communicating about anything that's happening in the area and on the website. To join the groups and access the information just click on the underlined links above.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens - a great place to take the kids!
Opening for half term - Saturday 13th February - Sunday 21st February with 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 >


Alan Lunn has started his first day at the Village Shop.  Charlie can now concentrate on his new job and the Village Shop will continue - how lucky we are.  Especially as Alan comes with new skills and new ideas.  He was the chef at Roydon’s White Heart for four and a half years, so many locals will know his food from there.  He has plans to convert the old post office area into a small kitchen and do some of his specialities - pies and quiches as ready foods.  The coffee machine is now up and running too – so why not drop in and meet Alan. (Alan was born near Edinbrugh and trained at the catering college at Telford – he has been living in Norfolk for the last 17 years so knows the area well.)

Bressingham and District Ladies Group
We have a change of speaker on the 15th February and would like you invite you to join us for
 A Dip into the Countryside ... .Magic of the Moors with Ian Carstairs  
The Pink Tractor Run with Annie Chapman is now rescheduled for April 18th
We meet at the Bressingham Village Hall 7.30pm - visitors £3 -  Annual membership £20
Look forward to seeing you there

Savoury Bread Pudding

  A great recipe from Daphne Hamilton, one of the ladies in the Group - click to view or print >
  COMMITTEE MEMBERS contact details click here
  New members welcome
  Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7.30pm for 7.45pm unless stated.

For those seeking various categories of funding - click here >

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY edited by Diana Burrough, interview and photo by Liz handy

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.

The latest advice is to have no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – that's for women and men alike. But what does a unit of alcohol look like? The tables below show you. For more information click here

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report by Sharon Cole

Bressingham Village Hall held its first Afternoon Club, on Tuesday 9th February. Guests were welcomed with light refreshments, cakes and cookies. We had a great turnout the Village Hall was a buzz of chat, laughter & fun.

Club founder Reg Brook and wife Kay welcomed guests with a game of Bingo, with a prize going to the first person with a FULL HOUSE!
Guests were then given the chance to take part in the many Games, Puzzles and Crafts provided. Kay shared her crafting talents with some of the ladies, who were given the chance to make a Handmade Birthday Card. Others brought their own crafting, or just enjoyed a chat with friends.

The club wishes to welcome all to join in on the fun.  If you missed us yesterday, the next meeting is set for Tuesday 8th March 2-4pm at Bressingham Village Hall. Members pay £2.50 on the day.

Thu 18
Fri 19
Sat 20 
  Pantomime: Robin  Hood & his Band of Merry Persons - Tickets from Village Shop or T: 01379 688375 for further details and prices
Tue 8   Afternoon Club - 2-4pm Bressingham Village Hall
Sat 19
Book Early!
  Ceilidh: The Deanside Ramblers - 7.30pm.  Bar opens at 7pm - £7.50 p/person inc hot supper - Tickets from Village Shop or T: 01379 688375. Very Popular! 
tbc   Murder Mystery Supper - Date to be advised.
Sat 25
Sun 26
  Bressingham and Fersfield “Open Gardens” weekend. Gardeners Question Time - Saturday evening at the Village Hall
Sat 11   Flower and Produce Show

The Head Gardener’s Honey is made by Jaime Blake, the garden curator at the Dell Garden. The honey is extracted from the wax frames by spinning, it is then sieved and put into jars, nothing else is added. If you would like some honey it is available for £3.50 a jar. Please ring 01379 687721 or email Jaime.k.blake@gmail.com to arrange collection.

YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Village Hall
For full details ring Jackie T: 01379 650513
Need tuition? Contact Sam Darlow T: 07714 706033 or email
Practice sessions: Saturday mornings from 10.30 until noon.
Contact: Davey Smith
T: 01379 641785 or E: the-orangery@tiscali.co.uk.
Visit the blog - http://boulez-vous.blogspot.co.uk/


This winter has been exceptionally mild – and wet! Some of you will likely have seen cowslips, aconites, sweet violets, blackthorn and even daffodils in bloom before we're halfway through January.

Birds too have been very active. Experts hope that a cold snap will bring them back to more seasonal behaviour.

After very persistent and heavy rain, there is also a lot of standing water in fields, often spilling over onto roads. One concern is for the bees, who apparently do not thrive in very warm wet winters.Fingers crossed for our resilient flora and fauna to be able to adapt and orientate to the vagaries of winter 2015-2016.
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