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Parish Planning
Planning is becoming an ever-increasing concern for everyone and although the details of every planning application in the parish can be viewed on the South Norfolk Council website by entering a keyword, reference number, postcode or single line of an address, the Parish Council thought it would also be useful to be able to see new applications in Bressingham and Fersfield on this website. So we now have a 'planning' button on the top menu option which will take you to a dedicated Planning Page where applications will be listed by reference number, together with details of the Parish Council's recommendation (it does not make the decision, just a recommendation - the decision is made by South Norfolk Council).

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.

PARISH PARTICLES - August 2015 by Leo Pearce

The disruption caused by cable laying in our villages over the summer has been an issue for many residents and the Parish Council have made representations on our behalf.

The cable runs between Snetterton Biomass Generator and Diss, cutting through many villages en route. You may have seen the Diversion signs where roads were closed for the work – perhaps you even tried to follow them - it all turned into a bit of a labyrinth!

You may also have noticed the website article on the Snetterton Biomass Generator which tells us how to contact the company behind the cable laying. Hopefully all damage will be made good before the winter.

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

Bressingham School Fete 2015
From Jo Baker FABS (Friends Association of Bressingham School)
The day went smoothly the sun shone for us!!  Park Radio were superb as usual and all our main ring attraction were all fantastic and kept everyone there entertained. We had a sea of stall holders with something for everyone!!  Massive thank you to all who have helped, donated and just supported us!! We had an amazing day!!  We raised a massive £1893.25 which is just Fantastic.
We were hoping to reach a target of £10,000 for the kitchen project by the end of this school year.  To have reached this target we had to raise £2,628.56 in the last term of school we got very close only just under £570 short of hitting our target. So we are all very pleased!! See more photos >

Our baking competition was very kindly judged by Diana Burroughes and Linda Holly, we had 3 different categories:

  Adult KS2           KS1
1st: Edna Baker Katie Davies Olivia Lewis
2nd: Lesa Orford Bella Baker Ethan Baker 
3rd: Tasha Sharman  Faith Hill     Seth Baker
Guess the weight of the cake winner:   Chris Lantsbury (The cake)
Treasure Map winner:   Grace Phillips (goody bag donated from ITV) 
How many Sweets in the jar:   Resident from Bresssingham (jar of sweets) -  sorry we can not find the list of names for this now to know the winners name?
We will be organising a 50/50 club when we go back in September, details for this are as follows: you pay £12 for the year, first winner will be announced at the end October and the winner will receive £25 cheque from FABS and this will happen every month. The winners will be drawn at the FABS meetings which are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month. We do miss out giving payments in August and September but to make up for this we do a double in December so the winner will receive £50 and in July we pull 2 winners out. If anyone is interested in signing up in September then please just email with all your details, name address and number to fabsofbressingham@gmail.com and I will get back to you in September for payment - we may run two 50/50 clubs If we get enough interest.

Free Information and Advice Bus
Age UK Norfolk is delighted to announce the launch of a new 6-month project in Breckland which will bring Information & Advice to villages near you. With grant funding from Age UK and the Prudential, an Information Bus will visit villages each week offering useful information on a variety of subjects from Lasting Power of Attorney, Benefits, Healthy Living, Staying Steady and Caring for Someone with Dementia - trained advisers will be on hand to answer questions and offer practical assistance with form filling. So come along and see what we have to offer !
Places where the bus will be are below:
Bressingham Garden Centre Bressingham Village Hall
AM Visit 10.00-12.30 AM Visit 10.00-12.30
August: 11th August: 25th
September: 8th September: 22nd
October: 6th October: 20th
November: 3rd November: 17th
December: 1st December: 15th

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 and District Ladies Group
Here's another great recipe from the Ladies Group ....
Jean Brown’s Belly Pork Print the recipe >
6 Belly pork strips
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Grated nutmeg


  • Spread tomatoes on base of dish and season.
  • Lay belly pork on top.
  • Cook at 180C until top of pork is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and stir in breadcrumbs, just enough to soak up juices.
  • Grate nutmeg over tomatoes and turn pork so that the unbrowned side is uppermost. 
  • Cook until nicely brown.
  • Serve with green vegetables and mashed potatoes
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,
edited by John Kemp
John and Helen came to Bressingham from Devon in 2009 having lived in the South West since 1988 where they ran a guest house in the Okehampton area.  For the previous 30 years John had served in the Metropolitan Police, seeing action in the West End of London and in the East End as well as postings to Scotland Yard. He retired with the rank of Detective Superintendent.

John’s daughter lives in Hampshire and his son lives in Surrey.  Helen’s daughter lives near Southend and her son lives in Rainham. John and Helen are great grandparents to several children.

John is one of our new Parish Councilors.  He and his wife  feel that Bressingham is very much their home – and John is anxious to serve the community. His hope for the opportunity for people in the community to meet their Parish Councilors is to be realized on Friday 18th September 2015 at an open meeting at Bressingham Parish Hall. John and Helen  have settled into Norfolk and made new friends.  He is a member of  Diss and Waveney Probus Club (Professional and Business Retired Gentlemen) and Helen is a member of the Diss Group of the WI.  Both groups meet once a month.

John is also a volunteer at Bressingham Steam Museum where he is a guard and a member of the Volunteers Committee.  His love of steam locomotives started in his early Grammar School days in Hampshire when he began spotting. He has visited many countries around the world filming the steam engines. He has organized 4 annual dinner dances at the Park Hotel, Diss, the profits from which have gone to the Bressingham Steam Museum. The next one is on Friday 27th November 2015, more about which later.

Click here to watch 'The Waveney Valley Story' - a story of the Waveney Valley and the people who live and work on the Waveney -a concept film by Debbie and Sophie Gosman.

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Calling all Knitters
Staff at Rosedale Funeral Home have been busy this year, wrapping and packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, the UK’s largest children’s Christmas Appeal. Rosedale would like to hear from any knitters who may wish to take part in the Rosedale Knitathon and receive free knitting patterns and wool if required.  Rosedale are also glad to receive empty shoe boxes or donated items to pack inside at any time of the year.

“Last year we successfully packed close to 500 shoe boxes which were sent out to Serbia and this year we are hoping to pack even more“ says Christian Fairbrother, Rosedale Funeral Director. “We are looking for knitters who would like to knit glove puppets or little handbags, as well as anyone who would like to donate pens, pencils, colouring in books and toothpaste and toothbrushes, all donations will be gratefully received”.

If you would like to donate items or would like our knitting patterns, please contact Rosedale on 01379 640810 or visit www.rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk

Click here to download the Flower Show Schedule and Entry Form


Harvest Festival in Fersfield:  advance notice that Fersfield's Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday 18 October (not as stated in 'Cockcrow' sevice rota!)  The service at 4 p.m. will later be followed by a light supper in the church (you don't have to come to both - but we hope you will!)  There will be a slight gap between the two parts to allow for preparation.  Help and support will be very welcome.

Eyesight really is precious, so it's worth protecting, especially during the summer when we like to enjoy the sun, get those DIY and garden jobs done and maybe engage in sports and games. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Wear Sunglasses – sunlight can speed the development of cataracts and damage the retina.
2. Give them a break – from the computer screen. Look away from the screen every 20 minutes of so.
3. Protect – Use suitable goggles or other protection when engaging in DIY, using chemicals or, after the recent cricket results, showing off your sporting expertise.


Although not a welcome sight in our gardens, the pure white trumpets of the large Bindweed do look pretty in the local hedgerows. Twining tightly anticlockwise up the hedgerow stems, the Bindweed is also known as Stranglers! Those of us who have it in our gardens can understand why, as we see less vigorous plants completely smothered and suffocated. Mythology adds to this dubious reputation; if a girl picked the flowers it was said that her lover would die – and it would start to thunder!

The plant is redeemed though by its usefulness in folk and conventional medicine. Components of the plant have been used to shrink tumours, manage liver disease and constipation. Quite a list!

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.

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

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!

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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