Thanks for the great response re our Community History - we'll be keeping the series going and here's the latest.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.
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 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.
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.
We want to make this community website a useful and fun source of information covering all that’s happening in our villages so we need YOUR HELP - if you have any news, event information or items of interest please email us