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COMMUNITY HISTORY INVOLVING BRESSINGHAM CHURCH
Thanks for the great response re our Community History - we'll be keeping the series going and here's the latest.
Joan Green today

Joan Hubbard was married to Willie Green (Willie  is on the back row third from the end in the photograph above).  Willie Green was brought up in the Chequers Pub in Bressingham.  Willie’s mother died when he was 9 and his father when he was 19. The children (Bunter, Willie, Lenny and Olive) moved to Pine Tree cottage (known as White Gates)  in School Road where their  aunt  Gertie Martin looked after them.   Bunter Allen was his half brother - father to Sarah Dungar (more about Sarah to come!).   Shortly after this  Joan’s parents  Jesse and Nellie  Hubbard took over the pub in 1939.  Joan was 13.    Read the full article and see more photos click here>

We'd love to hear from anyone who recognizes any of the names and knows any of their relatives - please get in touch with Liz on 01379 687546 or email: mail@bressinghamandfersfield.org

Many thanks to all who supported this year's panto which raised £1100 - see the photos - click here >

A way to support Bressingham Parish Church ..... and a chance to win £30 per week! Join the “49 Club” - only 8 places left
So what is the "49 Club"? It's a “Club” run to help raise funds for our church and is limited to 49 members. Each member has a number from 1 to 49 (or as many numbers they would like). Each number costs £1 a week and the winning number each week is the bonus number on the main National Lottery Draw. The winner gets £30.00 in prize money. Any number not allocated to a member is deemed to be for the church and if that number comes up then the church gets the winnings.

We have 8 spare numbers at the moment so if you are interested in supporting your local church and with a chance of winning as well please contact: Mrs Kay Brock, Abbotswood, High Road, Bressingham - T: 01379 688 331     E: regkaybrock@btinternet.com - We supply you with 5 envelopes, each one representing 5 weekly payments of £1 ie £5 which can be dropped off at Abbotswood or the Village Shop.

Keep up to date with our local school
Read their latest newsletter click here > Read their latest OFSTED Report click here >
Help them Fundraise >  

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY ....
There are so many interesting people living in our community, we thought it would be good to learn more about them - interviews and photos by Liz Handy
Leo and Philip Pearce

Leo and Phlip came to live in Bressingham 8 years ago.  However they have been living and working in East Anglia for the last 40 years. 

Leo had one of her first jobs in Ipswich as a nurse and it was there she met Philip who was working as an electrician.  Leo was brought up in Elstree near London and so she found Ipswich a bit of a culture shock at first.  Philip too up until the age of 10 had lived in Chiswick and Battersea and took sometime to get use to being so far from London.

Leo and Philip Pearce

Ipswich was very different back in the 70’s.  Their first home  in 1972 was a rented flat which had no bathroom, so they would go to the “St Matthews Slipper Baths” - a local “ public bath” to have a bath.  Their flat was also freezing cold!  There were not many properties around to rent then so in order to get  something a little larger and more comfortable they had to move to Felixstowe and that was where they started a family.  Lizzie (Elizabeth) was born in 1974 and Keziah 18 months later. Leo had a variety of nursing jobs in Felixstowe and Ipswich.  Philip worked as a laboratory technician in a local school, later working specifically with computer technology in schools. When they got their first car in 1983 one of their first trips was to take the children to Bressingham Steam Museum.

As the children got a bit older Leo specialised in all aspects of wound management. In 1992 Leo's brother who was very ill came to live with them and so they needed a larger house. It was then that they moved to Kesgrave near Ipswich. Philip was then working at Suffolk County Council Education Department, creating software and computer networks. He was later seconded to the East of England Broadband Network (E2BN) which covers the whole of East Anglia.  He is still working for E2BN for 3 days a week.

Leo retired from nursing 2 years ago after her last job in Bury St Edmunds hospital.  Up until then she had often left home at 7am and not returned until 7pm, but since then she has had more time to get to know people in the community.  Through joining a choir in Gissing she met Pam Dowling and through her joined the Parish Plan Committee and now is a member of the Parish Council.  Leo has become very involved with the Fuel Allotment Charity and supporting the Allotment Association. Leo is particularly interested in creating opportunities of bringing people in the community together at different stages in their lives. She would like to find ways of using heritage buildings, such as our church, for doing this. She would love to see a local choir in the village.

Philip and Leo love walking. They have done the 200-mile coast to coast walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. They also enjoy the 46-mile long Peddars Way from Knettishall Heath to Holme-on-Sea as well as local walks from their home in Bressingham Some favourite walks are to Roydon Fen and the Waveney Valley - click here for details and map.


Bressingham Steam Museum & 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

MOBILE LIBRARY - DON'T FORGET TO USE IT!

Click here to see the new timetable.

Click here to read more about the Service which is free to join and open to all ages.

BROADBAND NEWS
Better broadband (high speed) is coming to 80%  of Norfolk in 2015 - READ MORE >

Interested in our Parish and it's buildings?
This interesting article on the Norfolk Heritage Explorer website, tells the history of our Parish together with facts about some of the older buildings - read more >

Bus times
Check the bus times for Bressingham >

 

 
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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

OUR VILLAGE SHOP

Charlie and Stephanie run the shop which is open on Weekdays 7.30am-6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 7.30am-1pm.

Please also order any special papers by getting in touch either by email or telephone 01379 687221 or by just popping in ...  and don't forget ..... there are always lots of nice fruit and veg!

JUMBLE NEEDED TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION - PLEASE CALL KARL ON 01379 688413 IF YOU CAN HELP.

EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BRESSINGHAM VILLAGE HALL
SATURDAY 10th MAY - QUIZ NIGHT -  £2.50 per person. 7.30 for 8pm start. - Bar available.

MIDDLE/END JUNE - The Drama Group will be presenting a play “Madame Blavatsky Lives” - more details to follow

SATURDAY 28th JUNE - Bressingham School ANNUAL FETE held in the hall and on the Village Hall Playing Field - details to follow..

SATURDAY 5th JULY - QUIZ NIGHT -  £2.50 per person. 7.30 for 8pm start. - Bar available.

SATURDAY 6th SEPT - ANNUAL FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW

ARCHERY
Dates: 2-4pm Sunday: 13th April; 4th & 25th May. £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
Classes in the Village Hall - for full details see the poster on the hall notice board or ring Jackie T: 01379 650513
PILATES
Pilates in Bressingham Village Hall - still some spaces available please get in touch via Amanda's website or T: 07557 025513
TENNIS/NETBALL COURT
Want to play singles/doubles or brush up your tennis skills with some tuition? Contact Sam Darlow on 07714 706033 or email him
PÉTANQUE UPDATE
We play all year round and have two teams entered in the Norfolk & Norwich Winter League.  Feel free to come along on Saturday mornings (from 10.30) to try out the game. Visit our blog >

BRESSINGHAM & DISTRICT LADIES GROUP
The Ladies Group's meetings timetable until May is available - click here. There are some very interesting speakers lined up so join them in the Village Hall, you're very welcome.
What's On - Diss Corn Hall Read about Bressingham School Read the COCK CROW and TEAM NEWS
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