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PARISH PARTICLES - November 2015 by Leo Pearce

The Parish Council will be sorry to say goodbye to Jan DelaSalle at the end of the year. She's been a very proactive Chair and has keenly involved herself in local concerns, persistently drawing them to the attention of the County and District Councils.

Karl Traynier was elected as Vice Chair and continues his interest in local footpaths.

Most of us have been affected by the cable laying in both villages and beyond and notice that repairs to the highway are still inadequate. Richard Hewitt is raising awareness of this with the companies concerned as well as with the Highways department.

Highways are still a major concern, even more now that potholes will no longer be repaired by the Highways Department. This puts a heavy burden on small parish councils with a lot of road and a very small income to keep their roads safe.

If you are concerned about the speeding traffic going through your village, please think about joining the Community Speedwatch Team as they desperately need your help and without more volunteers the scheme will be withdrawn. It takes just an hour of your time every couple of weeks and could make a big difference - find out more from Michelle (T: 01379 688109) or email her

Snetterton Bio Mass Generator
Want to learn more about how the Snetterton Bio Mass Generator is going to effect your Village and the possible increase in heavy good traffic passing your door? Have you experienced any inconvenience or damage due to the ongoing cable laying in connection with the Generator? If the answer to both or either of the above is Yes, then contact Colin Jones, Plant Manager at the Site Office, Calk Lane, Snetterton, Norfolk NR16 2JZ, T: 07526 520526, who would be pleased to deal with any enquiries.

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

Free Information and Advice Bus
Coming to a location near you - Keep safe and well this winter - Age UK Norfolk’s Information and Advice Bus will be offering:
• Free information and advice to help you prepare for the winter months
• Free items to help you combat the cold
To find out more and see just where the bus will be visiting, click here >

Bressingham and District Ladies Group
Here's another great recipe from the Ladies Group from Sharon Cole ....
American Classic Apple Pie Serves 6-8 Print the recipe >
For the Pastry: 1 Cup Self-Raising flour 
  3/4 Cup Butter salted
  1 tablespoon Fruit vinegar
  1/4 cup cold water
  1 teaspoon Sugar
For the Filling: 2lb Tart Apples
  1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  2 tablespoons flour
  1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  1oz of melted butter  
  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, & butter to form light breadcrumbs, using a knife, make a well in the centre, add the water & vinegar, bind to form soft dough.
  • Cut the dough in half & roll out one half, to cover a 9-inch pie dish.
  • Peel & core the apples, slice them into a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon & nutmeg, mix well ensuring all apples are coated. Pour over the melted butter, & stir gently.
  • Spoon the apples into the unbaked pie shell; with a little milk or beaten egg, damped pastry edge before adding the top crust. Roll out the remaining pastry, & position the crust over the apples. With a knife make a few slits in the crust to let the steam out. Trim the edges. With any remaining pastry you can cut out shapes to decorate the top. Brush with milk or beaten egg, & place in the over.
  • Aga bake: Use Baking Oven on 3 oven model. Place grid shelf on oven floor, & pie on the grid shelf, bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Alternatively bake at 220°C (gas mark 7) for 15 mins. Reduce heat to 190°C (gas mark 5) & bake for 30-40 mins more, until the filling is bubbly & the crust is golden brown.
Click here for the LADIES GROUP EVENTS PROGRAMME. Click here for Committee Members contact details. New members are welcome. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7.30pm for 7.45pm unless stated.

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY Interviews and photos by Liz Handy
Sian has worked as a volunteer at Bressingham Steam Museum for eight years.  She comes all the way from Lowestoft.  Most Sundaysfor the last 3 years she has operated the Galloper’s steam engine. On other weekdays she either operates the Gallopers on Electric or acts as a guard on any of the three railways there.

She is the only woman that drives steam here and believes the engines deserve a more gentle touch than that  given by the men. Unfortunately she has not gone on to drive the locomotives as this seems to be an all male preserve.  She is passionate about Steam Engines and from an early age went on steam train trains in Wales where she lived as a child hence her fond memories of the GWR

She often used to visit Old Oak Common Depot in London which was built in 1905 and housed hundreds of locomotives until it closed in 2009. Walking across the tracks and around engines, some of which were in steam an experience which would be frowned on in these “elf and safety” days.  See link http://www.rail.co.uk/rail-news/2014/ooc-demolition/

Whilst Sian has always had an interest in” railed transport”  she never had a job along those lines in fact prior to her retirement she was employed as she puts it as a “professional noseyparker” in other words as a private investigator.

It takes 2 hours to start a steam engine.  The ashes have to be emptied and the tubes which carry the heat from the firebox through the boiler heating the water all have to be thoroughly cleaned a lengthy job as on the Gallopers there are 36 of them. Not to mention the copper and brass tubes all needing a polish  So there is much work behind the scenes to be done. 
Bressingham is extremely lucky not only to have such a fine set of gallopers but also the volunteers that look after them so well.  Bressingham gallopers were built in 1897 in Kings Lynn and spent many years in Scotland before coming to Bressingham in 1968.  Alan Bloom bought them as a present for his wife Flora. The gallopers needed a lot of restoring and it was Flora that helped to raise the money and find the volunteers to restore them.  It took five years.  The engine was built in Norwich but has been completely rebuilt in Bressingham.  The gallopers can also be operated by electricity – but is usually operated by steam at the weekends.  The organ is a 48 keyless Chiappa. Read more about the gallopers:

Friends of St John the Baptist, Bressingham
By paying an annual membership fee of £5 you can become a Friend of St John the Baptist, Bressingham. For further information please contact Linda Holly (01379 687729) hollyjl@btinternet.com and Leonora Pearce (01379 688400) leonoramc53@gmail.com

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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– a good Christmas present
The Head Gardener’s Honey is made by Jaime Blake, the garden curator at the Dell Garden. The prime motivator at the beginning in 2009 was to help conserve honey bees, the honey is a delicious by-product. Most of the hives are kept close to the gardens which of course provide lots of nectar and pollen over a long season.

The bees also help themselves to other sources of nectar in the locality including gardens and fields where they help to fertilise crops such as oil seed rape and beans. Bees can travel up to 2 miles to forage. The honey is extracted from the wax frames by spinning, it is then sieved and put into jars, nothing else is added. If you would like some honey it is available for £3.50 a jar. Please ring 01379 687721 or email Jaime.k.blake@gmail.com to arrange collection.



Last sale of books until the spring-time will be on
SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER, 10:00 - 11:30

Do drop in, we'd be very pleased to see you.





Ivy is now in flower and fruiting and can be seen wherever you look in hedgerows, lanes and woodland. Although now associated with the key christian festival of Christmas, its symbolism is much, much older.
As an evergreen, ivy was seen as especially powerful during the leafless days of winter. Sprigs were said to ward off evil spirits and, used inside the home, kept the house goblins at bay. The curvaceous ivy leaves represented the feminine. Ivy leaves were chewed and the juice swallowed to 'clear' the chest. The juice of the leaves was also used to treat wounds and scalds. Snuffed into the nose it was considered to purge the head of slimy viscid cold humours. Corns could be treated by tying an ivy leaf around the toe – I may try that one!

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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. 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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