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This helpful document explains the pros and cons regarding changing the use of the Chequers Pub
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A planning application and listed building consent has been submitted to South Norfolk District Council to turn The Chequers in Bressingham into a boutique B&B. Your Parish Council would like to advise you that to be sure your comments are most effective, please get them to South Norfolk as soon as possible either via the website or alternatively by post direct to South Norfolk House, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, Norfolk NR15 2XE.

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
Karl Traynier

Karl is the newest member of the Parish Council. He and his partner Anna have lived in Fersfield for just over two years. Before this they lived in Fife in Scotland where the winters were sometimes -25°C. They found themselves locked in for 12 weeks one winter with snow on the ground up to 6ft deep, so they decided to come south. Anna was born in East Anglia so it is countryside she knows.

Here in Fersfield they have a pet crow called Murphy, three cats, one dog, and also chickens and ducks . They grow a lot of their own vegetables in their garden as well as having two allotments.

Karl, along with Michelle Lanchester, are part of a great team of allotment holders headed by Bob Ward and Shaun Brame. They are responsible for helping to maintain the allotments and having made some improvements already are confident there are more to come. Two years ago only 6 out of 30 plots were taken, but now they are all being worked and there is a waiting list. Their next step is to find ways of laying on a water supply. The allotment community held a barbecue on an almost too sunny day. They were surrounded by 30 allotments stocked full of vegetables, fruit and flowers - see more photos, click here. To join the waiting list for an allotment get in touch with Anna (email or T: 01379 688413).

Karl has also been busy as Path Warden, a job he took over from Geoff Harvey who had done it for many years. There are 49 footpaths in Bressingham and Fersfield and Karl is now halfway through numbering them all with help from Leonora Pearce and Pam Dowling - he hopes to complete them this year.

Karl calls himself a “do-er” and in the two years he has been here, has certainly done a lot with the community. He has also been involved in the Community Speedwatch team. He is working with the Parish Council on a new traffic directive that's aimed at villages - the Parish Council will be looking at possibly holding a couple of public meetings to debate the programme that is helped out by traffic figures provided from the Speedwatch Co-ordinator and Norfolk Constabulary and he wishes more people would volunteer to help with the Community Speedwatch Team. (If you are interested please contact Margaret Harris - T: 01379 688162)

Another idea that Karl has proposed is that if/when the Parish Council hold the traffic meetings, there should be a "Meet Your Parish Councillor" event running alongside, so members of the community could come and meet members of the Parish Council and talk about their ideas and needs for the villages.

We'll be keeping this series going and we'd love to hear from anyone who recognizes any of the names mentioned in the articles or photos or knows any of their relatives - please get in touch with Liz: 01379 687546 or email: mail@bressinghamandfersfield.org

Sarah Dungar lives in Bressingham where she was brought up. Her father, Bunter Allen, was half brother to Willie Green who is in the school photo featured on our History page >

Bunter was born in 1915 and his father drove carriages for Whitelys in London. His parents lived in a mews.

Sarah Dungar

Bunter's father was killed at Ypres in 1917 in the First World War. (see photo above of Bunter as a baby with his parents). Bunter’s mother then moved back to Hoxne and later married Arthur Green and became landlady of the Chequers.  So Bunter along with Willie Green and their younger sister Olive and brother Lenny were brought up in the Chequers. Bunter left school early and went to work with the Gladdons who owned Bressingham Hall before the Blooms. He looked after the fowl. They owned a big chicken farm which extended to Roydon Hall.  He also worked for the Fellinghams at 3 Gates Farm and the Soars on their farm.  Bunter joined the army and was in the 2nd World War. Sarah's parents on their wedding dayAfter the war he married Jean Vincent from South Lopham who was in service in Ipswich. Lenny his half brother was best man at their wedding he was also the last person to be born in The Chequers pub 83 years ago.  (He lives now in Roydon).  Bunter worked for Harry Burroughes and drove lorries for them for 30 years.  Bunter also rang the church bells at Bressingham twice a week and was very involved in the flower show for many years.

When Sarah’s parents were first married they lived in the Mission Huts up on Fersfield Air Field. The 3 families - the  Bartrums, the Francis’s and the Allens moved from there to the new houses at the top of School Road when they were first built. Sarah says as a child she was in and out of her neighbours houses all the time. It was like one big family.   Vera Francis made most of her clothes.  The back gardens were used for chickens and growing vegetables - and so the children played out on the road.  At that time the War Memorial was still on an island at the top of School Road. Sarah went to Bressingham Primary and then on to Diss High.  Sarah and her brother Allen did not qualify to take the school bus although the Soars a few doors away did. They did a lot of cycling as they did not have a car until Bunter retired. She remembers her Aunt towing her bike with a rope behind her moped. Vans came round the houses selling vegetables, meat and fish. So things were very local. Dr Scott who was Vicar after Canon Knock ran a Sunday School in Bressingham on Sundays and another one in Roydon on Saturdays. She says Bressingham church was always packed.

Today Sarah has followed her mother being the “dinner lady” at the school as well as their cleaner. She has lots of friends and relations locally aAnd she would not want to live anywhere else even if she won the lottery! SEE MORE PHOTOS plus larger versions of the ones above click here>

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Gary Day, Site Manager (Tivetshall & Fersfield), Simpsons Malt Ltd, has notified the Parish Council that they will be starting this year's harvest intake into their grain stores on the airfield from Monday 21st July until 29th August. All merchants supplying the company have received a letter (click here to view) outlining the rules and guidance for hauliers delivering to the site - this is to minimise the impact of our operation on the residents along the route to our site. Mr Day says if he receives any information that a driver/haulier is not adhering to the guidance/rules, he will be contacting the relevant company to ensure that there is no recurrence. Please contact a member of the Parish Council if you wish to report any problems.


Here's a bit of history re Algar House, Fersfield by the present owner. Does anyone else know anything about this beautiful house? The new owners, Gary and Bev, are keen to discover any other historical facts and would welcome further information so if you can help them, please get in touch via the website email.

Situated on the west side of Algar Road in Fersfield, Algar House's current Georgian appearance bellies its true identity as a wooden framed, thatched residence which dates back over 400 years.  Over time the house has been updated, with the Georgians changing the front facade and tiling the roof.  In 1961 the house became Grade II listed.

Algar House has served the local community well over the years being used as a refuge for evacuees during World War II and as a school for wayward boys in the post-war years. Carvings from the boys are clearly visible on some of the trees in the garden and their names can still be seen chalked onto an outbuilding interior wall.
In 1816 it became the family residence of Harvey Walklate Mortimer who was a gunsmith to King George III and one of England’s most highly regarded maker of duelling pistols. His pistols fetch up to £40,000 a pair at auction. In 1816 Mortimer closed his family business at 89 Fleet Street, London and retired to Algar House.

Volunteers Needed!
Do you have any spare time that you'd be willing to spend with other like minded people doing various tasks around the Parish to help keep it tidy and looking nice? Jobs like grass cutting, washing signs and tidying scruffy areas. Well if the answer is yes, Michelle would like you to contact her (T: 01379 688109/07824 545801 or email michelle.lanchester@gmail.com).

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Lots of British
Strawberries and Cream
NEW Cold Cuts -
Turkey, Beef & Ham
Please also order any SPECIAL PAPERS by getting in touch by email, t: 01379 687221 or just pop in ...  and don't forget ..... there are always lots of nice FRUIT and VEG!

SATURDAY 6th SEPT - Mini Fete - starting at 2pm

FRIDAY 19th and SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER - Drama Group presents Madame Blavatsky Lives. Bar opens 7 pm - Start 7.30 pm.  Tickets £6.00 from Village Shop or 01379 688375. Please note there is some strong language.

£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 mornings (from 10.30) or Wednesday evenings (from 6.30) to try out the game. Visit our blog >

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