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Bressingham & Fersfield Parish Council Community Connection
from Richard Hewitt
June is shaping up to be a rather busy month for our villages. We have a regular Parish Council meeting on 6 June, at 19:30 in St Andrew’s Church Fersfield. (I mention this because we’re always very pleased to see members of the community at the meetings.) Before this, though, we have a very special occasion on Saturday 4 June. In celebration of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, there will be a special party in Fersfield and Bressingham Village Hall, starting at 1:00 (5 pm!)  We are extremely grateful to the Village Hall Committee and their team for taking on board the organisation of this event. Some time ago, the Parish Council was asked by South Norfolk District Council to make a bid for a sum of money which would help pay for an event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. A stipulation was that this must be open to everyone in the Parish Council’s area.  We were so pleased when our united villages were awarded the full amount available. After discussion it was agreed to hold a party in the Village Hall – so everyone in Bressingham and Fersfield is invited to what we hope will be a really super event. You will see publicity and notices in the villages. Continue reading Richard's report (or print) - click here >> 

Changes to Collection Days - Household Rubbish & Recycling Bins - Bressingham and Burston

From the 6 June, South Norfolk Council’s rubbish and recycling collection rounds will be changing and it is likely that the day the bins are emptied in your Bressingham will change.

You can look up your new collection days for your green and the black bins using My South Norfolk on the Council’s website, or for more information email: binchanges@s-norfolk.gov.uk or call 01508 533633 and click here to read more and download the leaflet.

Pam Harries in the same place when she ran the post office Alan cooking fresh food for the village shop.

Times of opening of your village shop are:

Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 7.30am - 1.00pm
Sunday 8.30am - 1.00pm
Home-made meals to take away, all at £6 each
A place to sit and enjoy your coffee in the village shop

Open to new members.  Interested? Please contact Pam Lombok on pamlombok@yahoo.co.uk for details.
  Mobile Library
  The mobile library visits Bressingham and Fersfield once a month. Click for the full timetable >

written by Laura Gosman
Following the interest shown in Laura Gosman's first article, she continues the series on Living in Fersfield as a Disabled Person by interviewing Tracey Brunelli who is registered blind and explains how she has come to terms with her disability. The article starts below and continues via the link at the end:
Tracey and her family came to live in Norfolk from Leeds 14 years ago, having first visited East Anglia when helping a friend to move to Suffolk. It was at around this time that her husband Tony was made redundant and the couple were beginning to feel that their neighbourhood was becoming an unsafe place to live. Consequently, within a matter of months the family had come to settle in Banham. Initially the couple struggled to adapt to the leisurely pace of country life and at school it took some time for their daughters to adjust to their drastically smaller peer groups, but despite these changes Tracey felt that a rural move had defiantly been the right one as it meant that her girls could now play outside safely and independently. However, after living in Banham for 7 years the family decided that it was time for a change and made the move to Fersfield. When asked what she liked most about living in the village, Tracey replied, “I just love…[the]...quiet…[and]…the countryside…I couldn’t get used to living anywhere else”. Nevertheless, she admitted not only feeling that Fersfield has lost some of its community spirit, but also feeling frustrated at the lack of public transport in the area. Continue reading >>

Wildflower of the Month - by Leo Pearce
This morning I was cheered by the sight of Greater Stitchwort growing at a ditch edge. Such a pretty, delicate face gleaming in the midday sunshine. In the West Country it is known as Pixies, and if you pick the flowers you'll be pixie led, which means you'll be distracted and unable to focus. Another problem with picking Greater Stitchwort is that it causes thunderstorms! That was certainly true today. Other common names are Wedding Cakes, Daddies Shirtbuttons and Star of Bethlehem. An infusion of the flowers was said to relieve the pain of a stitch in the side – hence the name Stitchwort.

Do you get migraine headaches? If you do you are not alone - more 8 million people in the
UK who experience them. They often develop in clear stages, although not everyone experiences them all:
  1. 'Prodromal' (pre-headache) stage – changes in mood, energy levels, behaviour and
    appetite that can occur several hours or days before an attack.
  2. Aura – usually visual problems, such as flashes of light or blind spots, which can last for
    five minutes to an hour.
  3. Headache stage –usually a pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head, often
    accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and/or extreme sensitivity to bright light and loud
    sounds, which can last for 4 - 72 hours
  4. Resolution stage – when the headache and other symptoms gradually fade away,
    although you may feel tired for a few days afterwards.
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen are most commonly used to relieve them – if you recognise the
early symptoms you can sometimes prevent getting the full blown symptoms.

How would you like to win £10 or £25?
Then join the 59 Club and also support your local Church. We have 8 spare numbers waiting for you – just telephone 01379 688331 or email Reg or Kay at regkaybrock@btinternet.com for further information.

Bressingham and District Ladies Group

Jason Salisbury of Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses was our guest speaker at our May meeting. He delivered a humorous and fascinating account of the development of the business at Whitegate farm, near Needham Market where their Farm Shop is situated Together with his wife, Katharine, they keep a herd of 40 pedigree Guernseys. The creamy milk is used to make three main cheeses: Suffolk Gold, Suffolk Blue and Suffolk Brie. Members enjoyed sampling the cheeses and such was the approval rating that Jason "sold out". Jason brings a range of produce to the North Lopham Farmers Market.

Our next meeting is on Monday, 20th June at 7:30. Helen Frazer and Keith Monk will present an evening of Music, Song and Chat.
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  New members welcome
  We meet at the Bressingham Village Hall, the 3rd Monday of each month, 7.30pm for 7.45pm unless stated. Visitors £3 -  Annual membership £20 - Look forward to seeing you there!

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY interview and photo by Liz handy
As the OPEN GARDENS weekend getting nearer, we thought it would be interesting to learn more about some of the people who will be opening their gardens for us to visit ...

Ginny and Martin are opening their garden over the Open Gardens Weekend. Theirs is an interesting garden in that they redesigned it three years ago – and it is what they describe as an easy maintenance garden which is “still in progress”. They have raised beds and very pretty planting and circular shapes.

They have lived in Bressingham for 9 years and before that they were in Wortham. Martin originally came from Essex and Ginny from Yorkshire. Ginny says she never felt at home there – but has always felt at home in East Anglia  It was only after they moved to Wortham that they found a baptism certificate belonging to one of Ginny’s ancestors and discovered a family member had been christened in the church at Wortham, the same as their son. Their ancestor had been christened by the famous vicar of Wortham, Richard  Cobbold (who was vicar from 1825-77). He wrote and made illustration of the daily lives of local people. His writings are available in a book you can get from Amazon called Parson and People in a Suffolk Village. Richard Cobbold’s Wortham 1824-77 by David Dymond.

The Whites moved to Bressingham as they wanted to have more land; they have 4 acres in all. Ginny and Martin share their garden throughout the year with the many people that pass through their home. They have a b & b with 3 double ensuite bedrooms and small kitchen. Ginny used to be a receptionist at a doctor’s surgery in Diss, but looking after her b & b guests keeps her more than busy. She loves meeting the variety of people that stay. Martin works for an IT company but is able to work from home in a wooden chalet in the garden. Their daughter is studying animal welfare and management at Harper Adam University in Shropshire. Their son is about to go to the BackStage Academy in Wakefield which specialises in live events production.

Martin and Ginny are also learning the art of beekeeping and next year hope to produce honey for their guests!


The Head Gardener’s Honey is made by Jaime Blake, the garden curator at the Dell Garden.

Available for £3.50 a jar, please telephone 01379 687721 or email Jaime.k.blake@gmail.com to purchase and arrange collection.

Dance Camp East, a unique family-friendly summer camp with an emphasis on dance, music, creativity and sustainability, is run entirely by volunteers and is non-profit making.
It's aim is to build a vibrant community during the 10 days people are together using everyone's individual talents and skills. find out more >

Bressingham Steam & Gardens
Local resident's discount of 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. Visit their website for more information >

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Stella Taylor will once again be leading us in a walk around Boyland Common, Shelfanger, identifying wild flowers, and hopefully, we will be enjoying the sight of Green Winged Orchids. The date is Sunday June 5th, meeting on the Common at 3.00pm. The walk should take about one hour or so, there is no fee involved, and we do provide identification keys and hand lenses.

Wheelbarrow planting will be judged during the Open Gardens weekend by Rev Canon Tony Billett. It would be fantastic if your planting could look good both in late June and throughout July so the wheelbarrows can help make our villages look good for Anglia in Bloom judging in July. Judges will drive through to get a general ‘feel’ for the villages. Individual gardens are not visited, but judges will look to see, for example, the planted wheelbarrows and other planting. Judges look for: horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility, community participation and sustainability.

Click here to go to the Anglia in Bloom website. BRESSINGHAM AND FERSFIELD PARISH COUNCIL are leading the ANGLIA IN BLOOM entry.


“WE NEED YOUR HELP” for the Open Gardens Weekend

Dear Villagers - can you Bake a Cake or offer 2 hours of your time over these 2 Days! We are hoping for a great turn out, so need plenty of Cakes and Bakes + Volunteers to help on the Refreshments and Plant Stall + Ticket Sales on the day, at both Villages.
If you can help out in anyway please call Sharon on 01379 687871

Afternoon Club report by Reg & Kay Brock
Another great afternoon was had by over 30 members enjoying a quiz, games, knitting etc. Needlework and die cutting crafting sessions were again held by Jan and Kay and 2 of our more senior members spent the afternoon water colour painting. The buzz of chatter was only interrupted when people stopped to drink and eat the delicious cakes and scones provided. The background music kept the joyful mood flowing but at times was almost lost amongst the laughter.
We have given each member 5 sunflower seeds to grow over summer with a little prize for the tallest one grown by September. If the weather had not let us down we would have had boules and croquet outside this time anyway we will try again in June. In the near future we are looking at having a trip out and also additional meetings. Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 14 June between 2-4 pm.

Tue 14   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall
Sat 25 and Sun 26
  Bressingham and Fersfield “Open Gardens” weekend. Gardeners Question Time - Saturday evening at the Village Hall
Tue 12   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall
Tue 9   Afternoon Club, 2-4 Bressingham Village Hall
Sat 11   Flower and Produce Show

YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Village Hall
For full details ring Jackie T: 01379 650513
Need tuition? Contact Sam Darlow T: 07714 706033 or email
Practice sessions: Saturday mornings from 10.30 until noon.
Contact: Davey Smith
T: 01379 641785 or E: the-orangery@tiscali.co.uk.
Visit the blog - http://boulez-vous.blogspot.co.uk/

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