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PARISH PARTICLES - April 2015 by Parish Councillor, Leo Pearce

The Parish Councillors have had another hectic few months.
The first priority was to raise local awareness of the Parish Council Elections and to encourage people to stand for the Parish Council. So you may have seen a small troop of Parish Councillors walking, cycling and driving to deliver information leaflets to as many homes as possible.

Shortly after that a planning proposal for a new Anaerobic Digester (AD) at Deal Farm came through. Since this had been a topic of general interest when the AD at the Oaks was applied for, the Parish Council set about arranging a pubic meeting for information and discussion on the new proposal. So out once again with the leaflets over the Easter period.

This is my last contribution to Parish Particles as a Councillor as, three years after my co-option to the Parish Council I am now standing down. It has been a real privilege to serve on the PC; I've got to know many wonderful people in our community and become aware of local issues in a way that would not have been possible without this opportunity. So what are you waiting for ... register your interest in the Parish Council, there are still many ways to become involved!

Click here to go to the PCC Members contact list

Water problems?
If you have had problems with your water supply the Parish Council would like to know about it - please email: Janet on janet@delasalle.eu or T: 01379 687973

Historical Snippets - Bressingham and Fersfield by Linda Holly
If anyone has information on life in Bressingham and Fersfield in WWI, please contact Linda on T: 01379 687729. 
A Norfolk Archive document: the War Memorial, Bressingham
As almost every village in England has its own War Memorial which we may drive, cycle and walk past on a daily basis, perhaps we can be forgiven for taking them for granted and not knowing more about how they came to be built. Over 100,000 War Memorials, erected throughout the United Kingdom after the Great War, are testimony to a groundswell of support for sites and symbols to honour local men who had died.  The Armistice Day, 1920 unveiling of Lutyen’s Cenotaph in Whitehall perhaps inspired local communities to build their own memorials.  The authors of World War I Memorials  (Wikipedia) succinctly convey the emotion and conviction underpinning their creation:  memorials were “ a tragic but comforting, noble and enduring commemoration of the war dead”.  Perhaps they helped heal and exorcize the trauma communities suffered. Read more >>

Bressingham and District Ladies Group
We'll be featuring recipes from some of the ladies in the Group and their programme of events includes some very interesting subject matter - click on the link at the bottom of the page to read more. New members are welcome. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7.30pm for 7.45pm unless stated.
Chicken Casserole with Mushrooms - a recipe from Jean - To print the recipe click here >
Ingredients: 2 oz butter 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  4 chicken joints 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  1 tablespoon plain flour salt  & pepper
  a half pint of chicken stock  
  • Set oven to 180 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a frying pan.
  • Add the chicken and onion and fry until the chicken is lightly browned.
  • Sprinkle over the flour and cook, stirring for one minute.
  • Transfer to a casserole and stir in the stock, mushrooms and soy and Worcester sauces with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and cook for about 1 hour or until chicken is tender.
  • Adjust seasoning before serving.

Friends of St. John the Baptist, Bressingham

We established a community ‘Friends of St. John the Baptist, Bressingham’ on 12 November, 2014 and we currently have 16 members who paid £5 to join. As we all know, many of our ancient East Anglian parish churches are in a poor state of repair, and ours is no exception, particularly as all the gutters are failing and many have large holes! Our main priority is ensuring our beautiful medieval building survives for future generations.

‘Friends’ play an important role in ensuring the building survives and remains at the heart of our community. Our Friends can do as much or as little as they wish. Simply visiting the church helps the building stay alive; visitors may appreciate the church as a place for quiet reflection. Helping decorate the church (as several village groups did for Christmas 2014) can be fun and a fantastic community event. I think all Friends share an appreciation for the aesthetic, historical and cultural importance of our church; they are certainly playing their part, helping to preserve and restore the church just by paying an annual membership fee of £5.

Friends can also support and inspire the small team of volunteers who are currently applying to funds (such as Heritage Lottery Fund) for essential (roof and gutters) repair work. Ideas are always welcome!

As a new group we are ‘finding our feet’ how best to fundraise and reintegrate our building into the heart of the community. For our first year we decided to focus on just a few community events. Our next is a ‘Wildflower Talk’ by Stella Taylor to be held in the church (slides) and churchyard on Saturday, 23 May at 3pm.  Refreshments will be served – if the weather is fine, why not picnic with the family.  On Sunday, 5 July, the Bishop of Thetford is coming to dedicate the newly refurbished church porch roof in memory of Rodger and Millie Aves. The service starts at 4pm. and refreshments will be served afterwards. PLEASE come and support us and remember two wonderful people who gave so much not just to the church but to the village of Bressingham.  You will be most welcome.Saturday, 27 June: Strawberry tea at the church - quintessentially summer England.

For further information on the Friends of St. John the Baptist, Bressingham, please contact Linda Holly (01379 687729) hollyjl@btinternet.com and Leonora Pearce (01379 688400) leonoramc53@gmail.com

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY Interviews and photos by Liz Handy

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/

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St. Andrew's Annual Fersfield Plant Sale

If you would like to help (putting up the marquee the day before, perhaps) or have any further information, please telephone (01379) 687711, 687355 0r 688565.

Doesn't it cheer us up to see the bright yellow tassels of cowslips decorating our meadows, ditches and field edges?
Folklore has it that they grew from the ground where St Peter dropped his keys;
hence the German for Cowslips is Himmelschlüsselchen, Little Keys of Heaven.
They truly are native to our island and are great pollinators, a real boon to insects. They were used in the past to treat anxiety, insomnia and headaches. Sadly insecticides have caused them to decline, so let's protect them in our villages.

After the long winter, even though it was quite mild, many of us in northern climes
can be deficient in vitamin D which is vital for healthy bones and muscle function. The best way to replenish stores is to get out into the sunshine, Vitamin D is after all called the Sunshine Vitamin! 10 minutes exposure of 20% of your skin will top up your stores nicely.

Did you know that mushrooms will also manufacture vitamin D if exposed to sunlight? Amazing! So get out into the sun, along with your mushrooms, and then eat them in a lovely salad or with your barbeque!

from Paul Davey, Chairman, The Friends of Bressingham Chequers
To read what's happened to date click here >

Bressingham Steam & Gardens
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.

We are trying to find out as much as we can about the allotments and their history so if you have any pictures or can give us any information, please email them to us

Did you know that Bressingham Village Shop has one of the 7,000 recycling shoe banks for the Variety charity? They are able to raise thousands of pounds each year from our old shoes.  To find out more visit the Variety website - and please keep recyling!

YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Village Hall
For full details ring Jackie T: 01379 650513
Want some tuition? Contact Sam Darlow T: 07714 706033 or email

Practice sessions are on Saturday mornings from 10.30 until noon (Wednesday sessions summer only).  Please contact Davey Smith on 01379 641785 or the-orangery@tiscali.co.uk. You might like to visit the blog - http://boulez-vous.blogspot.co.uk/

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