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UK Power Networks have a new contact number in the event of a power cut......................

Freephone 0800 316 3105  and local call rate from mobiles 0333 323 2105

Do you know any folk who could be vulnerable in a power cut? If so encourage them to register with Networks Priority Services Register.  It is FREE and entitles them to extra help such as updates or home visits. It is the same free phone number.

The EDP is backing this year's Surviving Winter Appeal led by the Norfolk Community Foundation in partnership with Age UK Norfolk. It raises money to help those who can't afford to heat their homes.  To request support from this fund contact Age UK Norfolk on 01603 787111.

If you require any help in contacting these services please contact: Jan Delasalle T: 01379 687973
(Chair, Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council )

PARISH PARTICLES by Leo from the PC - 20th January 2015

Now that the seasonal festivities are over it seems that the winter weather really is settling in. We all need to look out for icy patches, especially on our ungritted roads – which is most of them!

Grit bins are sited (1) at the bottom of  Common Road, (2) opposite Fenners on the junction of Fersfield Road and The Valley, (3) on the left hand side at the end of Hall Lane junction of Fersfield Road and The Street, (4) School Road on the triangle juncton with the A1066

Jan has been negotiating with the Highways department for speed limits to be reduced in the villages and also along the A1066. The A1066 has certainly become busier, with bigger and faster vehicles. Turning onto the A1066 from School Road, Church Lane, Fen Street and other junctions can be hazardous. So far the Highways department has not supported any of these proposals, but Jan will continue to raise awareness. Until reduced speed limits are introduced let's take particular care. The last thing any of us want is to see someone harmed in an accident.

For now a belated Happy New Year to everyone in our community from Jan, Leo, Karl, Brian, Richard and Alison.

What if I think something has been built without permission?
Not all works require permission, but some do.
If you are concerned about a development please contact South Norfolk Enforcement officers in writing, by phone or at planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk. Any letters received are kept confidential. To learn about how unauthorized development is dealt with, visit This Page
What happens if I tell the Council about something being built?
Most complaints are resolved through negotiation and without formal action.
Enforcement officers will look into the matter and will let you know what is happening.

Reference: http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/planning/249.asp#Whatif

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

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY Interviews and photos by Liz Handy
Many people in the community will have already met Wendy and Neal – as they moved into Diss last autumn and Wendy was licensed and installed at Diss on the 6th November 14.  Prior to coming here Wendy served her curacy with St Mark’s Church, Oulton Broad for 3 years during which Neal clocked up 78,000 miles driving from there to his job in Ipswich.  

They met while serving in the RAF. Neal was with the service for 27 years and Wendy for 6. Wendy has done many things besides being in the RAF; when their 2 daughters were young and at school she enjoyed working as an administrator during the term time in a variety of places. This means that she has experienced working in many different kinds of organizations including hospitals and prisons and immediately before entering the church she worked, for 3 years, as the fundraising administrator for St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds. 

Neal, since retiring from the RAF in 2006, has been employed by Suffolk County Council working in Ipswich as an Emergency Planning officer. His work involves dealing with major emergencies such as flooding, severe weather, etc. So his work is very varied and interesting.  In his spare time he’s a hockey umpire.

They have had 14 homes in their married life. Prior to Wendy being called into ministry their last family home was in Thetford – and before that they lived on the Royal Air Force base in Honington.   They hope to make Diss their home for many years to come. Having moved home on average every 2 years they say it will be nice to be settled. They both enjoy birdwatching and gardening and Wendy is an avid knitter. They are hoping that their 2 daughters won’t always live so far away.  Emma lives in Newcastle with her husband and 2 small children where her husband is training to be a doctor. Their youngest daughter Sarah is finishing her charted surveying training and lives near Basingstoke. 

They are very happy to be living and worshipping in Diss – Wendy loves being able to walk to work and into Diss from their home and Neal can get to Ipswich much more easily.

How lucky we are to have them both.

Does anybody remember the old CB radio days? Well I do for one - I previously was a member of the REACT Team and we dealt with traffic accidents, missing persons etc. Folks called channel 9 on the CB radio and then we would telephone the relevant emergency service and pass on the details. Well those days are gone but the chances of things happening are still there!

Well as part of the NORFOLK RESILIENCE FORUM (please take a few minutes to look at the website via the link) you will see what Parish Council members under the co-ordination of Janet Delasalle, Alison Orford and Karl Traynier are hoping do to bring these parishes together in the event of a serious incident occurring.

As part of this planning the Parish Council are trying put together a group of 4x4 vehicle owners to act as couriers to take people to the doctors or pick up meds or even deliver food in the event of severe weather or some other incident. The duties may involve helping to evacuate people from their homes and deliver them to a Help Centre.

if you would like to register as a member and support us please contact Karl Traynier (E: bandfpathwarden@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01379 688413), or you can contact any member of the Parish Council - click here for details.

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.

New Bereavement Support Group
Grief is the price we pay for loving.  Everyone’s experience of grief is unique and there is no right or wrong way to grieve.  In this group you will find people who care and understand what you are going through.  The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one – no matter how long ago or in what circumstances, and regardless of which funeral director was used.  The sessions are free and everyone is welcome – there’s no pressure to take part, if someone just wants to listen that’s fine. To find out more click here >>

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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.

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from Paul Davey, Chairman, The Friends of Bressingham Chequers Community Asset Group
The owners of The Chequers submitted an appeal to SNDC against the decision to list the Chequers as a Community asset. SNDC rejected this appeal on 23/01/15. The grounds for the appeal as detailed by SNDC are detailed below.  There are reasons given by SNDC to reject the appeal  that I have and could forward to anyone who is interested.
1. The representatives of the owners have appealed the decision on the grounds that it is not realistic to think that the premises can be brought back into community use within a five year period.  They have detailed several further points – summarised as follows:
  1. Following the re-opening of the premises in June 2011 after fire damage, the next two tenants did not make a success of the pub and it was closed in September 2012, despite both tenancies being offered on beneficial terms
  2. Enterprise Inns attempted to find a tenant until May 2013 without success, at which stage the premises was sold at a price of £300k + VAT.  A 5 month marketing was unsuccessful, as was a subsequent auction, and an offer of an annual rent of £30k.  No offers were received. 
  3. Mr and Mrs Knox-Johnston held provisional discussions with the Council regarding the premises and the potential to change use, which received a sympathetic reception.  On this basis, they successfully obtained the premises at auction for £235k (at which time the premises had been listed for 10 months)
  4. If there was a real possibility of purchasing the property for the local community and restoring it to pub use, why was no such interest shown before February 2014 and the only bid made by the present owners?  The owners have received an expression of interest but at a price that was unrealistic and of doubtful viability.
  5. The planning committee report was incorrect in suggesting it had been marketed for 6 months; it had been marketed for 10 months with various options available. 
  6. The location of the premises is not conducive to a viable pub, with too small a catchment.
  7. The bed and breakfast use proposed is also of benefit to the community as it will enhance tourism and secure maintenance of the building.
2. The representatives have also indicated they have sought advice from Christies, who were expected to confirm there is no realistic prospect of the premises being successfully operated; unfortunately, despite indications this would be made available to the Council, and confirmation of the timescales for doing so, this has not been supplied.
To read previous info about The Chequers click here >


Introducing the “new look” under 15’s Diss Rugby football union club!
These lads are dedicated, fit and love their game. They are lucky to have an amazingly supportive crew of coaches and an equally dedicated manager along a fantastic group of Supporters and Parents. The team have now received sponsorship and are excited to announce that they will be going on tour in Yorkshire this spring. 
These lads have never looked so good on the field. They really do know how to play an excellent game, they are tight, skilled and competitive.

The good news is that we are always open for new and committed players to join in and have some fun. It gives you confidence and promotes not only a healthy lifestyle but the ability to work as a team and be in a team! It is a case of the more the better, we need a large pool of players enabling tactical rotation on the field. Joining our team is easy, Just email kevin.jolly1@btinternet.com and Kevin will give you all the information you need to ensure a great experience from the start. Training and Matches are held on Sunday mornings with an additional training session on a Thursday evening. The season runs from early September until late April.

To find out more about the club please don’t hesitate to drop Kevin a line or visit our website at http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/dissrugby/.

£30 for 6 sessions (advance payment) or £6 each 2-hour session. Trained coach and equipment supplied. Details T: 01379 688375
YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Village Hall
For full details ring Jackie T: 01379 650513
PILATES - Village Hall
Contact Amanda via her website or T: 07557 025513
Want some tuition? Contact Sam Darlow T: 07714 706033 or email
We play all year round and have one team in both the Norfolk & Norwich League and Suffolk Coastal League. Feel free to come along on Saturday (from 10.30qm) to try out the game. Visit our blog

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