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PARISH PARTICLES - April 2015 by Parish Councillor, Leo Pearce

The Parish Councillors have had another hectic few months.
The first priority was to raise local awareness of the Parish Council Elections and to encourage people to stand for the Parish Council. So you may have seen a small troop of Parish Councillors walking, cycling and driving to deliver information leaflets to as many homes as possible.

Shortly after that a planning proposal for a new Anaerobic Digester (AD) at Deal Farm came through. Since this had been a topic of general interest when the AD at the Oaks was applied for, the Parish Council set about arranging a pubic meeting for information and discussion on the new proposal. So out once again with the leaflets over the Easter period.

This is my last contribution to Parish Particles as a Councillor as, three years after my co-option to the Parish Council I am now standing down. It has been a real privilege to serve on the PC; I've got to know many wonderful people in our community and become aware of local issues in a way that would not have been possible without this opportunity. So what are you waiting for ... register your interest in the Parish Council, there are still many ways to become involved!

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

Register your interest for superfast fibre broadband in our area by going to the Openreach website - it only takes a minute: www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/expression-gen.aspx


The Diss Heritage Triangle project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, contains proposals for the improvement of the townscape in Diss’ Market Hill, Market Place and St Nicolas Street. As part of this project a survey is being carried out on how existing car parking areas and spaces are used and what improvements might b required. This is not only for those living in Diss, but all living in villages that use Diss as a centre. Do please add your views at www.surveymonkey.com/s/dissparking2015 .  It only takes about 3 minutes.

Fersfield Plant Sale took place on Saturday 9 May. This is a red-letter event, with months of preparation required by our quite amazing event team. We cannot thank enough all those members of the village, and beyond, who made this such a success by growing plants, attending to advertising, and working on the day with the refreshments, cake stall, tombola, book-stall, general supervision, art (Hazel Richardson’s beautiful paintings), crop quiz, the plant marquee itself – and supporting the event with some generous donations and making purchases. We have raised just over £800 to date – well done and thank-you to everyone!  (We are very happy that the plants we had left over have gone to the Bressingham and Redgrave sales to help raise funds for the Nepal appeal.

Historical Snippets - Bressingham and Fersfield by Linda Holly
If anyone has information on life in Bressingham and Fersfield in WWI, please contact Linda on T: 01379 687729. 
A Norfolk Archive document: the War Memorial, Bressingham
As almost every village in England has its own War Memorial which we may drive, cycle and walk past on a daily basis, perhaps we can be forgiven for taking them for granted and not knowing more about how they came to be built. Over 100,000 War Memorials, erected throughout the United Kingdom after the Great War, are testimony to a groundswell of support for sites and symbols to honour local men who had died.  The Armistice Day, 1920 unveiling of Lutyen’s Cenotaph in Whitehall perhaps inspired local communities to build their own memorials.  The authors of World War I Memorials  (Wikipedia) succinctly convey the emotion and conviction underpinning their creation:  memorials were “ a tragic but comforting, noble and enduring commemoration of the war dead”.  Perhaps they helped heal and exorcize the trauma communities suffered. Read more >>

Bressingham and District Ladies Group
Here's another great recipe from some of the ladies in the Group - click here for their events programme. New members are welcome. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7.30pm for 7.45pm unless stated.

Yummy Bread Pudding - a recipe from Janet Delasalle- To print the recipe click here >

Ingredients: 100gms butter - if you want a richer one then this can be increased 
  500gms bread any sort, I use a mixture of malted brown & normal white
  500gms mixed fruit ........ raisins, sultanas, dates and mixed peel for me
  Mixed spice - say approx one and half teaspoon (according to your taste)
  600ml milk
  2 large eggs
  140gms light Muscovado sugar
  Zest of lemon ......... I tend to put the juice also
  2 tbsp of Demerara sugar for sprinkling on the top after baking
I sometimes add a tablespoon of marmalade and 2 dessert spoonful of Glava whisky liqueur, but not if children are eating it
  • Cut or pull bread into smallish pieces and put in large bowl.
  • Add rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the butter and mix well together
  • Allow to rest for 15 mins
  • Add in melted butter, mix well together or best still,  get in there with your fingers.
  • I use a glass Pyrex medium roasting dish, approx 10 x 8 inches, buttered and lined.
  • Bake at 160°C/140°C fan/Gas 3 for 1hr 30mins or until golden and set.   For the last 10mins maybe cover to save burning fruit - I tend to cook mine for just over the 90mins.
  • Take out and sprinkle the Demerara sugar ..... and ......... ENJOY!
As with any bread pud you can adapt ingredients but I do find this recipe make a very delicious one - my Mum used to make amazing bread puds but had to soak for hours, this is far quicker and dare I say it nearly as good.

Friends of St. John the Baptist, Bressingham

We established a community ‘Friends of St. John the Baptist, Bressingham’ on 12 November, 2014 and we currently have 16 members who paid £5 to join. As we all know, many of our ancient East Anglian parish churches are in a poor state of repair, and ours is no exception, particularly as all the gutters are failing and many have large holes! Our main priority is ensuring our beautiful medieval building survives for future generations. ‘Friends’ play an important role in ensuring the building survives and remains at the heart of our community. Our Friends can do as much or as little as they wish. Simply visiting the church helps the building stay alive; visitors may appreciate the church as a place for quiet reflection. Helping decorate the church (as several village groups did for Christmas 2014) can be fun and a fantastic community event. I think all Friends share an appreciation for the aesthetic, historical and cultural importance of our church; they are certainly playing their part, helping to preserve and restore the church just by paying an annual membership fee of £5. Friends can also support and inspire the small team of volunteers who are currently applying to funds (such as Heritage Lottery Fund) for essential (roof and gutters) repair work. Ideas are always welcome!

As a new group we are ‘finding our feet’ how best to fundraise and reintegrate our building into the heart of the community. For our first year we decided to focus on just a few community events. Our next is a ‘Wildflower Talk’ by Stella Taylor to be held in the church (slides) and churchyard on Saturday, 23 May at 3pm.  Refreshments will be served – if the weather is fine, why not picnic with the family.  On Sunday, 5 July, the Bishop of Thetford is coming to dedicate the newly refurbished church porch roof in memory of Rodger and Millie Aves. The service starts at 4pm. and refreshments will be served afterwards. PLEASE come and support us and remember two wonderful people who gave so much not just to the church but to the village of Bressingham.  You will be most welcome.Saturday, 27 June: Strawberry tea at the church - quintessentially summer England.

For further information on the Friends of St. John the Baptist, Bressingham, please contact Linda Holly (01379 687729) hollyjl@btinternet.com and Leonora Pearce (01379 688400) leonoramc53@gmail.com

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY Interviews and photos by Liz Handy

Trevor and Barbara came to live in Bressingham 20 years ago. They used to have a holiday house in Botesdale where they went to for weekends so they know the area well.

Trevor is a serial entrepreneur and businessman.  He ran an engineering company for many years.  When he sold this he bought Pettits Animal Adventure Park in Reedham.  He did not know anything about animals and it was  a big change from engineering but Trevor believes it is all about running a business.

Then in 1999 he decided to diversify into garden log cabins - which he is still doing. It's very much a family business. His daughter Andrea  works with him. One son who is in IT does the website and another son who is a carpenter helps to assemble the cabins.  The cabins are imported from Estonia and Sweden and warehoused in Huntington from where they are delivered.  It’s a very good example of a modern business with orders taken on the website.  They also import and sell roof shingles, which can be used on the roofs of the log cabins. There are no signs of Trevor retiring. You can see Trevor’s garden log cabins on http://www.cabinville.co.uk/

THE CHEQUERS from Paul Davey, Chairman, The Friends of Bressingham Chequers
To read what's happened to date click here >

We are trying to find out as much as we can about the allotments and their history so if you have any pictures or can give us any information, please email them to us

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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Did you know that Bressingham Village Shop has one of the 7,000 recycling shoe banks for the Variety charity? They are able to raise thousands of pounds each year from our old shoes.  To find out more visit the Variety website - and please keep recyling!

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An exciting development being planned by Sophie Gosman is the series of four summer film-shows, in the church, arranged with Sophie Clouston of Creative Arts East.  High quality equipment and training for the presenters are provided.   Keep a lookout for the posters and publicity – you can even state a preference for the films you would like, so do please come!


O, that lone flower recalled to me
My happy childhood's hours
When bluebells seemed like fairy gifts
A prize among the flowers
                       from The Bluebell, Anne Bronte

Visiting Haughley Park near Stowmarket early in the month we were enchanted to see swathes of native Bluebells carpeting 20 acres of woodland, a true sign of ancient woodland.

This is an increasingly rare sight as the native Bluebells are replaced by the bulkier Spanish variety. The native flowers are more delicate than their Spanish cousins, with the flower heads all drooping to one side. East Anglia does not generally have the best habitat for Bluebells, so it's wonderful to find a corner where they grow this happily. Folklore has it that anyone wearing a Bluebell wreath will be compelled to tell truth, a useful tip maybe in election year!


Warmer days encourage us outside and may even lure us further afield into the beautiful countryside and footpaths that surround us. If that's how you feel, give way to it! Walking is known to have many health benefits. Being out in the local environment provides nourishment for the mind and soul as well as exercise for the body. It puts one in touch with the seasons and natural changes. If you join up with a friend or two there is a great opportunity for conversation and sharing the pleasure of the walk. The spirits are really lifted, and it doesn't cost a penny. Take advantage of living in the countryside, make that first step to discovering the pleasures of walking in Bressingham and Fersfield!

See also Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Walks and South Norfolk Walks

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The Village Shop are now ....

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 (Wednesday sessions summer only).  Please 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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