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PARISH PARTICLES by Leo from the PC - 12 October 2014

Just a reminder that as of October 1st we can now recycle much more in our Green Recycling bins. This is great news. Alongside the current set of recyclable materials (paper and cardboard, food and drinks cans, plastic bottles and empty aerosol cans), you can also recycle the following:

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (eg yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat and vegetable trays)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Waxed food and drink cartons
  • Kitchen foil and food trays
  • Shredded paper and envelopes
If you have any questions check out www.recyclefornorfolk.org.uk or call one of the parish councillors.
INFOBOX 3 - Parish Council Elections

Parish Council elections take place every 4 years. Ours are next due in May 2015.
Here's you chance to get involved, join a friendly crew and make your mark!

Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council has a complement of 9 Parish Councillors.
The Parish Council tries to keep a balance of members from both villages.

Contested Elections
If more than 9 members of our community stand for the 9 Parish Councillor places, a poll must take place. No-one I have spoken to can remember this happening in our community, let us know if you do.  2015 could be the year!

Uncontested Elections
If 9 members of the community or less stand for the 9 Parish Councillor places they are elected unopposed and there is no poll.

If fewer than 9 members stand, the Parish Council is required to appoint the remainder.

Casual Vacancies
Parish Councillor vacancies that come up during the 4 year term are filled by appointment unless 10 residents request an election.

Parish Council Elections. A Guide to Election Procedures - South Norfolk Council 2007

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

MEET PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY Interviews and photos by Liz Handy
Deborah and her husband Michael have many new things happening in their lives. They have recently moved down from Yorkshire and Deborah was ordained this July in Norwich Cathedral.   Michael worked as a Teaching Support Assistant in a school in Newcastle with a range of children including those with special needs. He still does their website as well as for other Charitable Organisations.  Deborah had a business as Clinical Director of Northumbria Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Deborah has been employed in a variety of  roles including setting up and management of projects, counselling services and housing projects for many years. 
Deborah has just spent two years in Theological College at Mirfield in West Yorkshire living alongside a monastic community. They love Diss and find it a most welcoming place. They  love the sea and walk beside it when they have the chance. They have recently discovered Gorleston which is luckily near Diss. Deborah has visited Bressingham and Fersfield mainly times in the past few months - and has officiated at the regular services as well as baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Historical Snippets - Bressingham and Fersfield
We'll be regularly featuring some interesting historical facts about our villages, written by one of our Parish Councillors, Linda Holly.
What was the purpose of this wooden box inscribed 1631?

We presume this box or “slipper” is a collection box, one of three safeguarded for St John the Baptist, Bressingham.  Each is inscribed with the date 1631.

During the 1630s, Charles I and his Archbishop, William Laud, demanded the reordering of church interiors to promote the ‘beauty of holiness’ as an aid to religious instruction – and more importantly, to religious and political conformity. Many rural parish congregations either ignored or partially implemented the reintroduction of ornamentation such as stone altars, chalices and stained glass – changes that provoked ‘puritan’ resentment.

Was this collection box used to gather funds for church ‘improvements’ in Bressingham?  Perhaps the altar rail in St John the Baptist dates from this period, and is evidence of local religious conformity. Or was the collection box instead used for more ‘puritan’ purposes, raising funds for preachers such as the ‘Trustees for the Religion in Norwich and Norfolk’, formed in 1631 ?  Irrespective of whether our villagers were conformist or puritan, the box reminds us of a period in English history when deep religious convictions led to division theologically, and ultimately, politically, resulting in Civil War and the execution of Charles I.

Matthew Reynolds, Studies in Modern British Religious History, Godly Reformers and their Opponents in Early Modern England: Religion in Norwich c. 1560-1643 (Gateshead, 2005)
For further reading: C.S.R. Russell ed., The Origins of the English Civil War
N. Tyacke, ‘Puritanism, Arminianism and Counter Revolution
J.P Sommerville, Politics and Ideology in England 1603-1640
John Morrill, The Nature of the English Revolution and The Revolt of the Provinces

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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.

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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The Rev. Wendy Evans is being installed as the Team Vicar for the Diss Ministry Team of Churches on Thursday 6 November at 7.30 pm at St. Mary's, Diss.  Wendy will play a major role in the team that supports our Rector, Rev Tony Billett, and will be much in evidence in the Country Parishes, which include Bressingham and Fersfield.

Following her Diss welcome, Wendy will be introduced at a short ceremony in each of the country parishes. That for Bressingham will be at St John's at 11.15 on Remembrance Sunday, 9 November.  Following this, at 11.55, Wendy herself will lead Bressingham's Remembrance Day Service at the Bressingham War Memorial, followed by light refreshments and hot drinks at the Village Hall.
Wendy's introduction to Fersfield will take place at St. Andrew's at 10.30 on Saturday 8 November and be followed by some refreshments. The Book Club will be open following this uindex.htmlntil 14.00.  Fersfield's Remembrance Service will be in the Church at 15.00 on Remembrance Sunday (9 November) and a wreath laying ceremony will take place at Fersfield's War Memorial in the churchyard.
Please do come to meet and welcome Wendy to our villages, and join us for this year's very special acts of Remembrance. 

report from Paul Davey, Chairman, The Friends of Bressingham Chequers Community Asset Group

South Norfolk District Council have recognised the nomination of The Chequers as a Community Asset and The Chequers  has now been entered  onto The Community Asset Register. Keith Weeks our SNDC Councillor and Emily Towne have done a great deal of behind the scenes work to achieve this nomination and have  been The Friends of The ChequerS over the last 4 months. The next step is that the Council have to take into account the importance of this Community Asset Facility  to the local community in regards to the social well-being, social interests  and economic terms  when considering planning applications. A word of warning however, It should not be assumed that because The Chequers is on The Community Asset Register, planning permission for change of use would be refused, so there is still work to be done before the SNDC November Planning Meeting.

On an optimistic note, I guess it is worth saying that we have found a recent precedent set by The National Planning Inspectorate for The Crown in Reepham where change of use to residential housing  for a functional pub  was requested , the local Broadland Planning Inspector recommended  the change of use  to the Council. The Council members did not accept their officers recommendation and the change of use was refused, the application was taken to appeal and the National Planning  Inspector very promptly supported the decision to refuse change of use. Broadland DC and South Norfolk DC use similar Planning models so we have drawn SNDC planning departments attention to this ruling.

There is still time to register your comments on the current change of use application re The Chequers - please email Robert Webb, Case Officer at SNDC - rwebb@S-NORFOLK.GOV.UK - the comment should be titled: The Chequers Inn,  Bressingham Planning Application 2014/1043 &1044.

To read past information relating to the actions of Friends of Bressingham Chequers Community Asset Group or see the contact details of the Officers click here >

Fancy swapping your home in Norfolk/Suffolk for ours in the South of France for the winter?

We are house hunting and want to spend a good length of time in the Diss area and to that end are looking for a house swap. These are our details from the home exchange site we've signed up to: https://www.homeexchange.com/en/dashboard/your-listings/

If you'd like to know more : jillcrouch@sky.com

SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER - QUIZ SUPPER - 7.30pm - £5.00 per head with Supper. Please book in advance call Brenda: 0379 688375

£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
We play all year round and have one team in both the Norfolk & Norwich League and Suffolk Coastal League. Feel free to come along on Saturday mornings (from 10.30) or Wednesday evenings (from 6.30) to try out the game. Visit our blog >


We are planning a series of events to commemorate World War 1 and would like to hear from anyone with recollections passed down the generations about life in our area during World War One. We would particularly appreciate information about local people who served during the war. Please contact: Linda Holly (T: 01379 687729) or Leo Pearce (T: 01379 688400).

We are happy to announce that the south porch roof replacement should be underway by Christmas.
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