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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

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
We'll be featuring recipes from some of the ladies in the Group and their programme of events includes some very interesting subject matter - click on the link on the right to read more. New members are welcome. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7.30pm for 7.45pm unless stated.
 
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Chicken Casserole with Mushrooms - a recipe from Jean - To print the recipe click here >
Ingredients: 2 oz butter 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  4 chicken joints 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  1 tablespoon plain flour salt  & pepper
  a half pint of chicken stock  
  • Set oven to 180 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a frying pan.
  • Add the chicken and onion and fry until the chicken is lightly browned.
  • Sprinkle over the flour and cook, stirring for one minute.
  • Transfer to a casserole and stir in the stock, mushrooms and soy and Worcester sauces with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and cook for about 1 hour or until chicken is tender.
  • Adjust seasoning before serving.

R.E.A.C.T.

Does anybody remember the old CB radio days? Well I do for one - I previously was a member of the REACT Team and we dealt with traffic accidents, missing persons etc. Folks called channel 9 on the CB radio and then we would telephone the relevant emergency service and pass on the details. Well those days are gone but the chances of things happening are still there! Well as part of the NORFOLK RESILIENCE FORUM (please take a few minutes to look at the website via the link) you will see what Parish Council members under the co-ordination of Janet Delasalle, Alison Orford and Karl Traynier are hoping do to bring these parishes together in the event of a serious incident occurring.

As part of this planning the Parish Council are trying put together a group of 4x4 vehicle owners to act as couriers to take people to the doctors or pick up meds or even deliver food in the event of severe weather or some other incident. The duties may involve helping to evacuate people from their homes and deliver them to a Help Centre. if you would like to register as a member and support us please contact Karl Traynier (E: bandfpathwarden@hotmail.co.uk or telephone
01379 688413), or you can contact any member of the Parish Council - click here for details.

A historical moment! 

Although all homes in our community have had  mains water for many years – Bressingham Church has not.

What a luxury it will be to be able to turn on a tap. It has been paid for from a legacy left by a late parishioner. 
What a great gift.


CAN YOU HELP?
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

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY Interviews and photos by Liz Handy

Poz and his wife Diane have lived in Bressingham for 11 years. Like so many homes in this area it used to be a barn. They lived in Datchet for 26 years before that.  But they came to this area to be near their daughter Rebecca  had moved to Bury St Edmunds when she was taking her doctorate at UEA. 

Poz has been an entertainer all his working life and next year he celebrates his 50th year in the job. His daughter is now married with 3 young boys.  He tries out a lot of his magic and tricks on them.

Poz started young.  He did his first magic show when he was 12. He earned more money at his school’s charity event than the school did in a whole year. He learnt a lot of his magic form “The Boy’s Book of Magic” and also his Uncle who loved doing card tricks. His mother was a great seamstress and made all his outfits. In no time he was a member of magic groups and giving shows. His father wanted him to get a “proper” job and was amazed he could earn a living from doing magic.

But being an entertainer means you are often “on the road”. He permanently has his suitcase packed. When their daughter was small they used to be away for the “summer season”.  Diane would do home schooling with their daughter. When their daughter grew up Diane was able to accompany Poz and help him with his shows.

Poz loves his job – as 2 days are never the same.  He meets so many different people.  He started life having to make appointments by going to a telephone box – now with a mobile phone he can be anywhere to take calls and does not need a secretary to take appointments. He had one of the first large mobile phones – which were called “car phones”.

He misses the Chequers not being open – and hopes it will reopen.  He would use it often to pop in for a meal after being away.  He would ring up from the car and give his order!

You can learn more about Poz on his website - http://www.pozmagic.co.uk/

SHOE BANK
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!

FERSFIELD CHURCH news
Keep you up to date with community and church events - www.facebook.com/fersfieldchurch

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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LATEST NEWS - 9 MARCH - THE CHEQUERS
from Paul Davey, Chairman, The Friends of Bressingham Chequers Community Asset Group
Appeal of Asset of Community Value Listing Review Decision:
The Chequers, Bressingham

To read a copy of the main appeal document click here, there are other papers but this is the important one. The meeting scheduled for Monday 9th March with the SNDC solicitor didn’t happen; we turned up at SNDC and received a message about 30 minutes after the due time that the Solicitor had twisted a poorly knee and wouldn’t be able to attend. The time wasn’t wasted as it gave us the opportunity to discuss with the SNDC case officer. We would appreciate your comments on the appeal document . Please read the Christie's Report below:

Unfortunately it is too romantic an ideal that the last pub in every village can remain forever more; that is, without subsidy or grant assistance. In many villages insufficient local residents supporting such businesses means their "local" has become inviable. This results in closure and alternative use. Those best placed to survive in rural areas will enjoy existing high visitor numbers for some other reason, will be on a main road, be close to a "honey pot" visitor attraction, and have spacious trading areas to allow flexibility of use and a reasonable capacity. Unfortunately The Chequers has none of these attributes (nor could it have after being re-built).

I believe the report above would be very misleading to a reader that didn’t know the Pub, the area, the community and the competition.  What particularly upsets me as being particularly disingenuous is the reference on page 13. The Chequers is close to four ‘honey-pot destinations namely: 

  1. Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens
  2. Redgrave and Lopham Fen
  3. Banham Zoo
  4. Snetterton Circuit.
  5. The new Wedding Venue

We are now on a tight time scale with about 21 days to finalise our contribution to the Judge. In the meantime we still need more details of the families, organisations and local businesses  that met and used The Chequers on a regular basis.  If there is any organiser that could provide me with the following information I would be very grateful. The information that I present must be as accurate as possible and preferably supportable by some form of evidence

  • Their name and role within the Organisation
  • The Organisations  Name and Function
  • The number of times that they used the Chequers on say a yearly basis
  • Contact Phone number
  • Contact Email Address
  • Effect of losing The Chequers has had on their business, organisation or Family
To read athe background to the current situation click here >

VILLAGE SHOP


YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Village Hall
For full details ring Jackie T: 01379 650513
TENNIS/NETBALL COURT
Want some tuition? Contact Sam Darlow T: 07714 706033 or email
NEWS from BRESSINGHAM PÉTANQUE/BOULES CLUB

Bressingham have two teams in the Norfolk & Norwich Winter League which finishes on the 22nd March. Anyone from the age of about 10 upwards is welcome to come along to try out the game.  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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