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Community Connection,  10 July, 2017 - from Richard Hewitt

We held a Parish Council meeting on 3 July.  Matters from the precious meeting of 5 June included an update from John Kemp about bonfires and waste ‘dumping’ at the allotment and a request for the siting of some beehives there.  John reported fine co-operation over the ‘bonfire’ issue, he will discuss the waste dumping with those concerned – and for safety reasons we will not have bee-hives at the allotment site at this time.  Parking in School Road was again looked at, and it was agreed to request advice from the Community Police Officer. This has happened, and it is perhaps interesting that the officer’s observation coincided with good parking practice.  Co-incidence?  We are grateful for the support of the school over this matter.  Another evening film showing (so popular last year) was discussed.  This will take place on Saturday 15 July at 7.30 p.m. in Fersfield Church.  (Tickets are £3 and £1.50 for under-18s.  Refreshments available.  A great evening’s entertainment with Nicole Kidman et al in ‘The Lion’ is certain.)   Huge thanks to Sophie Gosman for her excellent organisation.  We agreed to write to Breckland District Council concerning the lorry traffic connected with the Ash Tree Farm chicken unit.  As at the present date, our request for a meeting has gone unanswered.

Neither our District nor County Councillors were able to be present – reports were received,  and the potholes in our roads were inevitably  raised ( we wish they has been).  The outline paint to indicate areas for repair is now worn away in many locations….We had received letters telling us that noise testing in Airfield road did not, as far as was known, mean possible extension to the Fersfield grain store.  Planning consultation documents from SNDC concerned properties in Airfield Road, High Road and Common Road.  We agreed to sponsor the Film Night and the young people’s Music Camp on 21 August.

You will have heard of CPRE, the organisation concerned with the protection of rural England.  Those of us who live in our area will agree that it sometimes needs protecting.  On Wednesday, 19 July, CPRE are holding an information evening in the United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich, at 7.15 p.m.  We have a full diary this week, but if anyone could represent us at this meeting it would be tremendous.  (Please ‘phone me on 687355 if you can help – it will be an interesting evening.)

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Image of Roman enamel brooch(left) and drawing of early Saxon brooch found in Bressingham

Images from the Norfolk Historic Environment Service

Members of Bressingham and Fersfield History Group attended a fascinating one-day training workshop at the Norfolk Historic Environment Record offices in Gressenhall. (The ‘HE’ offices adjoin the popular museum, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.) Heather was our trainer. She started by asking us how we defined ‘archaeology’. Heather explained how it encompassed far more than artefacts dug from the ground and included the historic landscape. Evidence of cropmarks, earthworks, industrial remains, buildings and important sites in Norfolk such as historic gardens and battlefields are all collated and recorded within the Norfolk Historic Environment Record. We were shown how to use their databases, including the Norfolk Heritage Explorer which is available to the public online: www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk. It really is worth visiting this website; you may wish to ‘Search records’ via the Maps tab as this shows sites of archeological interest across the county. The website also links to the intriguing ‘Historic Maps’ where you can search early maps such as Bressingham Tithe.

We thoroughly enjoyed looking at high resolution copies of 1940s aerial photographs of Bressingham and Fersfield. Photographs are key tools for identifying archaeology: Diana Burroughes was surprised to discover she has what archaeologists believe is a bronze age crop mark showing a ring ditch and enclosure on her land!

Heather emphasised how much they value contributions by volunteer amateur archaeologists and historians. Fortunately, training is available: the team have a Community Archaeologist, Claire, who teaches fieldwalking, building surveying and digging test pits. Inspired by the day, Bressingham and Fersfield History Group is now planning a training day with Claire later this year, fieldwalking and, at a later date, test pit digging. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Linda (01379) 687729. All ages are welcome.

Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for paying for this visit.


We enjoyed another excellent meeting on Monday 19th June 2017 with Kate Thurston who runs her business 'All Fudged Up' (https://www.facebook.com/allfudgedupnorfolk/) from her home in Fersfield.

It was a very hot evening, but we were all taken with Kate's passion for her fudge-making and enjoyed her commentary whilst making some fudge on a hot-plate under the hot stage lighting. We found out that fudge originated from Baltimore in1886 when a failed attempt at caramel making started a whole new confection. Kate sells her fudge at craft events far and wide and also at the Lopham Farmers' Market. She also makes bespoke fudge on request for weddings and other events.

One thing Kate particularly enjoys is rising to a challenge to make original flavours for clients. These have included Marmite fudge and chilli and bacon (called death by chilli) fudge. Sometimes she has had to admit defeat and although she can make dairy-free fudge, she could not, despite making valiant attempts, make "Wheat free egg free dairy free pizza flavour fudge". The range is always increasing and Kate's recent innovations include a fudge shot glass which can be eaten after the shot! At the end of the evening we had the opportunity to taste some fudge including that made on the night and many of us bought some more to take home.

The next meeting is Monday 17th July 2017 when Norma Howell will be telling us about Medical Detection Dogs. This is a wonderful chance to meet new people and learn about new things - do come and give us a try, we are a very  friendly bunch.

We still currently have spaces on our day trip on Friday 21st July 2017 to East Ruston Old Vicarage (Non –members welcome subject to availability) Leaving Bressingham village hall 11am.  Please contact Sharon Cole (details on link to programme below) if you wish to come - £20 per person. 

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting and would love to meet new members.
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Postcard of Bressingham Church by Diana Burroughes
A lovely coloured postcard of the church is now on sale in the church at 50p.  This was taken by Mervyn Porter with the help of Mervyn Lambert.  Mervyn and Claire Porter have very kindly had 1000 printed and have donated them to the church for which we are all most grateful.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED from Richard Hewitt
You will know that we have a citizens’ watch system in our parishes, which is designed to help protect our homes and other properties from criminal activity. Michelle Lanchester has said that we need more volunteers to make this scheme more effective. If you would like to help or obtain further details, please contact PC 1224 Jim Squires, on 01953 423773 or 07766 990811

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Bressingham Church, Heritage Lottery Fund Building Repairs Blog by Linda Holly
The Bressingham Church Restoration Blog is about the Heritage Lottery Funded repair works to the church which began on 2 May 2017.  Use the direct link to the Church Blog on our top menu to read all about what's happening.

  HLF Project Celebration: Church Ale weekend with medieval re-enactment in Bressingham Churchyard and church, assisted by troupe of professional historical medieval interpretation actors
Tue 8   Afternoon Club – Master class 2 in crocheting
Mon 21   Music Camp - St Andrew's Church, Fersfield - see below
Tue 22   BROADS DAY TRIP AND BOAT CRUISE - see poster below
Sun 10   Flower Show, Bressingham Village Hall
Tue 12   Afternoon Club
Tue 19   Lunch at South Lopham White Horse
Tue 10   Afternoon Club

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BBQ & QUIZ NIGHT - 22 JULY from Kay Brock
A big thank you to all who came to the BBQ and Quiz on Saturday night and made it such a huge success, We made a profit of just over £224 and this was split between the Afternoon Club and the Village Hall. We hope to have another one in September so keep a look out for the date and put it in your diary as tickets will be limited.

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YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Bressingham Village Hall
Hatha yoga, taught by Jackie Samways, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher. Suitable for all abilities, complete beginners to experienced, and all ages. For more info please contact Jackie on 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
Ideal for those unable to attend a general class AND anyone interested in a gentler approach to yoga postures, meditation, breath work and relaxation. Mainly chair-based, with some standing to encourage increased joint mobility, improve circulation, confidence and strength and general well-being. For details contact Jackie Samways,details above.
Various teams play at Bressingham on Saturday mornings and Sunday. Teams from U7 up to U16 age groups with coaching for girls and boys starting from 5 years old. Contact Mark Channell by email at markv414@hotmail.com or call T: 01379 650591.
All enquiries re becoming a member and use of the court to
Brenda Webb T: 01379 688375 or email
The course (open at all times) is in Village Hall Car Park. Anyone in the community is welcome to play - Bring your own boules.

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