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B & F Parish Council Community Connection - 20 August
from Richard Hewitt

This month’s Community Connection is to be a little shorter than the usual edition.  Previously, this item has appeared near to the end of the month – it will now appear much earlier, hopefully immediately after the Parish Council meeting which is normally scheduled for the first Monday.  So, the September offering will soon follow the council’s meeting of 5 September.

The past few weeks have seen our first use of our new speed signs: these cover both directions in parts of the ’30 limit’ areas of our villages. In the next few weeks they will be placed in Common Road in Bressingham. Initial observations are very positive, and we hope these signs will contribute greatly to the safety of our residents. As you know, we have had a ‘Speedwatch’ system, run by dedicated members of our community who have done a truly grand job. The ‘Speedwatch’ operation is not replaced by the new signs…….we have been informed by the constabulary that the two can work very effectively together.

You will remember that the village sign situated at the lower end of Bressingham’s Common Road has collapsed and broken, and we now know that its plinth is badly damaged. I asked for opinions concerning its replacement – should we spend money on another sign or use our funds elsewhere? The insurance payout would not have covered full costs of replacement. No-one has suggested we have a new sign. Given that Bressingham & Fersfield already have signs in place elsewhere, we have opted to put our money to other community use.

With my best wishes for a great August Bank Holiday,

Bressingham Church is currently in the ‘Development Phase’ with the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £249,000 grant to make the building watertight. Your input will demonstrate community consultation, helping this medieval building receive a grant so it can survive for future generations.
Please complete our survey - Click Here to print off your survey as a pdf or Click Here to complete it as a Word document and then please e-mail your responses to hollyjl@btinternet.com or phone Linda Holly: 01379 687729 or drop it through Linda's letterbox at The Highlands, High Road, Bressingham. Many thanks..

Honorary Secretary needed for Bressingham Parochial Church Council
Can you attend and take minutes of four meetings a year held on a Monday morning from approximately 10.30am - 12 noon in Bressingham? If so please contact Diana Burroughes on dianajb@btconnect.com or ring 01379 688291 for more details.

Farming In Fersfield and Bressingham - report from Alison Orford
It is a great pleasure to contribute to our village website. As I write this it is a grey day, my dog curled up asleep and little thought of a cooling drink or even an ice cream!

Despite this, our Oil Seed Rape and Barley have been combined on the sunny days that we have seen. Yields generally are down this year because of the heavy rainfall earlier in the Spring, over the Winter and last Autumn as well. Record levels of rain have been recorded, this has meant that the ground has remained wet all year and crops have produced much smaller roots. A bit like over watering a pot plant !… The wheat harvest is now underway.

As we look around us the landscape is changing daily. The standing crops change to stubble fields, straw is then removed, our cultivations start and drilling of next year’s Oil Seed Rape crop has already begun.

I leave you with a picture of my son, Joe and dog Meg enjoying summer and helping with harvest. Have a great Summer.

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY interview and photo by Liz handy
Sylvia has lived in Bressingham all her life. She went to Bressingham Primary School and is now at Diss High going into year 8. She says she is very much a country girl. She loves reading, going for walks and taking photographs and has shown some of her photographs on the website on the top right hand of the home page. In fact Sylvie has lots of interests - she is a great fan of Harry Potter and also likes Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare. Her favourite play is The Tempest. She is a member of a Bressingham-based drama group called Act On which meets weekly in the Village Hall. Sylvia has taken parts in the last three Bressingham Village pantomimes.

Sylvia is half American and so visits her grandparents in Washington State most years. She has cousins over there who live near her grandparents so she spends many holidays with them all. But she has done a lot of travelling in Europe too. She has been to Spain, France, Italy and Iceland. These summer holidays she is off to Seville in Spain, but America is her favourite place to visit. At the moment she is thinking of either doing micro biology or being a drama teacher when she leaves school.

News from the Village Shop from Pam Dowling

The Village shop has now got a new chiller for cold drinks etc. Alan's shop-cooked food is going from strength to strength from delicious vegetarian and meat-based ready meals to pies and tarts. I have thorouhly researched the cakes and the Bakewell tart is my personal favourite.


Times of opening of your village shop are:

Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 7.30am - 1.00pm
Sunday 8.30am - 1.00pm

Bressingham and District Ladies Group - New members always welcome

The Sandringham Flower Show on July 27th provided a great “Out Meeting” for members and their guests. A rainy start to the day changed to glorious sunshine and we arrived just in time to see Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall touring the show site in their horse-drawn carriage.

Show gardens, fantastic floral displays, tempting plant sales, events in the main arena, music and refreshing Pimms combined to make it an extremely enjoyable day.
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The next meeting is at 7:30 on Monday, 18th September, when Sharon Phillips will demonstrate Cake Decoration and Figures with a Christmas theme.

Visitors and new members are always most welcome to our meetings which are held in Bressingham Village Hall on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7.30pm for 7.45pm unless stated. Annual membership £20 - Visitors £3.

  RECIPE from Sharon Cole
  Delicious Banana Tea Bread Tray Bake
(Serves 12)

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This year the annual Bike ride is on
     Please encourage friends and neighbours to take part in this important fundraiser for the Norfolk Churches Trust.
Why not join in (maybe with your family), have fun cycling and visiting beautiful churches with the added bonus helping raise money for your two local churches. Jan Sumpter (church warden of Fersfield Church) will be doing the bike ride with her daughter Liv so if anyone has any questions call her on (01379) 687711.
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Click here for a Sponsorship Form or pick one up from Bressingham and Fersfield Churches.

My name is Morgan Roberts, I'm 17 and I am going to Sri Lanka in the summer of 2017 with a group of students at my school. The trip is organised through an amazing organisation called World Challenge, which helps us raise money for the trip, plan what we want to achieve while there and support us while we are there too. The trip costs £4000 and we are encouraged to raise as much of this as we can by ourselves. I have a part time job for this, as well as fund-raising events I am organising between now and the trip. Read more >>

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Open to new members. Please contact Pam Lombok for details pamlombok@yahoo.co.uk
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Sat 10   Norfolk Churches Trust Annual Bike Ride
Sun 11   Flower and Produce Show, 2-4pm, Village Hall
Tue 13   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall - Christmas Card Making and other crafts
Mon 18   Ladies Club - 7.30pm - Cake Decoration & Figurines for Christmas
Tue 20 or 27   Afternoon Club visit to Bressingham Gardens and Museum
Fri 23  

Coffee Morning at Burrowood, Wilney Green, Bressingham 10.00 - 12.00 in aid of Bressingham Church Restoration Fund

Sat 24   Music and Words for a September Evening - 7.30pm - Fersfield Church
Sun 9   Harvest Festival, Fersfield Church - Service at 11.00am and Harvest Lunch at 12.30pm
    Harvest Festival, Bressingham Church - 9.30am
Tue 11   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall
Tue 25   Afternoon Club, Pub Meal, South Lopham White Horse
Tue 8   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall
Tue 13   Afternoon Club Christmas Party, 1-4 Bressingham Village Hall
Tue 10   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall

AFTERNOON CLUB - 18 August Outing

Members of the Afternoon Club spent a glorious 2+ hours at Blacksmith's Gardens and Shoreland Wildlife Park where Ben Potterton talked us around the whole site explaining about the plants and trees which are grown there as well as giving us details of all the animals and birds. He also explained about the breeding programme and the endangered species which he looks after. All 14 of us were spellbound as the information and humour came fast and furious with Ben's enthusiasm being infectious. We ended our tour with a very welcome rest in the cafe where everyone enjoyed refreshments before making our way home with many tales and stories to tell family and friends. We will definitely try and go there again next year. The photos below show some of the group listening to Ben and the other the group watching the alpacas, rheas and cranes in one of the paddocks.

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 >

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YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Village Hall
A small yoga group has been running for many years now on Monday mornings at Bressingham Village Hall from 9.30-11am. Hatha yoga is taught by Jackie Samways, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher.  She has many years experience in practising as well as teaching yoga and continues to further her knowledge, through training, in order to pass on the wonderful benefits of yoga. The benefits include gaining physical flexibility, suppleness and strength achieved by asana (postures) together with pranayama (breathing exercises) to encourage full use of the lungs and meditation/relaxation to create a calmer mind and greater sense of well-being.

The class is suitable for all abilities, complete beginners or those with some experience, and all ages. Emphasis is placed on the non-competitiveness of yoga so that students learn to appreciate and work with their own personal abilities. 

For information about availability of spaces or any other details please contact Jackie on 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or email jackiecornish@live.com
Other classes are also available as follows:
Mon  11.15 - 12.15am Bressingham Village Hall - Chair Yoga
Tue 10 - 11.30am   Wortham Village Hall
Thu 9.30 - 11.00am Shelfanger Village Hall
Thu 11.45am - 1.15pm Wortham Village Hall
Fri 9.30 - 11.00am Mellis Memorial Hall
Ideal for those who are not able to attend a general class at the moment AND anyone who is interested in a gentler approach to yoga postures, meditation, breath work and relaxation. Much of the work is chair based, with some standing to encourage increased joint mobility, improve circulation, confidence and strength and general well-being. For details: Jackie Samways
British Wheel of Yoga Qualified Teacher
tel: 01379 650513/email: jackiecornish@live.com
Monday mornings 11.15-12.15am at Bressingham Village Hall
A MEDITATION COURSE SUITABLE FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS, OR THOSE WITH SOME EXPERIENCE, WILL BEGIN IN THE AUTUMN OF 2016.  DETAILS TO FOLLOW. For more information please contact Jackie on 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or email.
All enquiries re becoming a member and use the court to
Brenda Webb T 01379 688375 or email
The course is in Village Hall Car Park. Anyone in the community is welcome to play.  Please bring your own boules.
What about playing on our Community Petanque Court?
Open at all times

A Walk to remember a loved one
Rosedale Funeral Home is inviting families who have lost a loved one to join them again this year to their annual Walk of Remembrance in Diss on Saturday 3rd September. There will be a choice of two circular routes around Diss and the surrounding countryside in: - a 3-mile walk or a shorter route of 1-mile. Following one minute of silence, a dove release will mark the start of the walks, which begin at 11.00 am from The Mere, Diss. During each walk, there is the opportunity to visit St Mary’s Church, where a special ‘Book of Remembrance’ will be in place in which a message can be written and there will be an opportunity to light a candle. To register please contact info@rosedalefuneralhome or 01379 640810 for a registration form.

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.

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