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PARISH PARTICLES by Leo from the PC - August 2014

Have you ever wondered what the your Parish Council is for? Who can be a Parish Councillor? What does the job involve? What happens at Parish Council meetings? This regular item will address some of these questions.

It's been a busy summer for the Parish Council, still reeling from the sad loss of our much loved stalwart, Roger Aves.  In the Spring we elected our new Chair, Jan. She ably chaired her very first meeting in this role in July.

In every parish it is the Planning issues that spark most discussion, and our Parish is no exception. While national government has been on holiday, the volunteer Parish Council Team have been working hard to raise awareness of local planning issues!

In truth, we have relished the chance to meet and chat to our fellow villagers and to admire the beautiful summer scenery as we cycled and walked from house to house.

We're keen to find more ways to keep in touch with you, to know how you feel about village matters and to enjoy your company.  Linda thoroughly enjoyed brunch in Fersfield on 17th August                  

INFOBOX 1 - Parish Council Planning Powers
The Parish Council is invited to comment on planning applications as non-statutory consultees; law does not require Parish Council input.
South Norfolk Council Planning Department makes the final decision.
Planning applications include:

  • changes in the use of buildings and roads
  • changes to the structure of buildings and roads
  • erection of new buildings and roads

CURRENT APPLICATIONS - click underlined text below for South Norfolk Planning Portal
Blooms of Bressingham Wedding Venue - further information requested
White Horse Cottage - agreed

Plus ....
The Parish Council would like to know if you regularly have problems with water pressure and/or supply.  If so, please let us know.  Please contact Janet Delasalle
T: 01379 687973
or email janet@delasalle.eu

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

Julian Kerry is living in the house which his great great grandfather Willie Garland bought. He remembers visiting this house since he was a child.   The home is Croft Acre, Fersfield  which like many homes round here was a small holding.

Julian thinks that Fersfield (unlike Bressingham) has not changed much in appearance as there have been no new buildings. Julian remembers Fersfield had 2 or 3 pubs and a post office - but they are now gone.  Does anyone remember these and can tell us something about them? Julian’s grandfather came from South Lopham at Fen Farm and he married one of the Garland sister. They then moved to Willow Farm in Fersfield. Julian’s father lived in a house near Pillar Box Corner, Bressingham. So Julian  has lived in either Fersfield or Bressingham most of his life.

His father like Julian was a builder. He worked with Maurice Peachey and they called themselves Kerry and Peachey until 1971 when Julian joined his father and they worked as Kerry and Son.  They  built another house at Pillar Box Corner and then they bought Drift House in Bressingham which was derelict and which they restored.  Later when his father sold the house for £2,000 he spent £1,000 on buy a new Jaquar car!  Julian said that as a child he spent a lot of time living in a caravan while his father either built or restored their home. In 1971 Julian worked with his father as a builder and they became Kerry and Son. During the years Julian and his father did a lot of work in the community including the churches.

Julian went to Bressingham School and then on to Diss Grammar.  Later when he married he had 3 daughters - 2 live in Norfolk and 1 in Essex.  Sadly Julian’s wife died 8 years ago.

Julian has a medal which he inherited from his Great Aunt Hilda Garland (who later became Welch). It is dated 1910 and it is for 'Regular School Attendance'.

Julian also has the above photo of the Stool Ball Club dated 1915.  His mother Myra Kelly found this photograph and thought that the girl on the bottom row, third in on the right, is one of the Garland sisters. Julian  wonders if there is anyone in the community that can help him identify any of the other girls? If so please be in touch with him via the website email.

I asked Julian in what way things had changed since he as young and especially since he was working with his father as a builder. He said everything was 'hand tools' then - nothing electrical.  His father in the early days, would ride to jobs on his cycle rather than in a van, so life was very hard.  His father died comparatively young. 

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To help keep you up to date with both community and church events and to enable you to follow the progress being made to install the new heating system, a FACEBOOK page has been created for Fersfield Church - www.facebook.com/fersfieldchurch - the page currently shows some fantastic photos from the two recent summer weddings - go and have a look and 'Like' the page.

The CHURCHES BIKE RIDE is on Saturday 13 September from 9-5 and anyone wishing to take part can pick up a sponsor form from just inside the Church.

HARVEST FESTIVAL - Sunday 5th October - 4pm - more details to follow.

FERSFIELD BRUNCH ..... Mmmm it was good!

The Fersfield Meadow Committee would like to say many thanks to all those who came and supported the Brunch last Sunday morning - we were delighted to see both old and new friends enjoying breakfast together. The event raised just over £200 which will go towards helping to maintain the Church Meadow and fund future projects. Many thanks again.

We'd also like to say a big thank you to Bressingham Village Shop for their very kind donation of a £10 voucher as our Treasure Hunt winner's prize - the winner's were Mr & Mrs Cattermole of Fersfield. The questions and answers will be shown here in the next week.

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.

Great News!

Thanks to the Village Hall Committee, the Bressingham Playing Fields now have some wonderful new children's play equipment. A big thank you too to Alan Byrne and Keith Seager who have done so much to set it up and who have moved the see saw to this new area and to Godfrey Batley for his extensive strimming not only around the tennis court but also on the hump where the popular slide is. This is a great bonus for the community and will be enjoyed by the younger generation. A memorial plaque to Roger and Millie Aves will be erected in the near future.


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 dating 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.

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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
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