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COMMUNITY CONNECTION - 18 JUNE - from Richard Hewitt
The June meeting (4 June) looked at planning items, which were concerned with property extensions.  We heard about the Allotment Association's updating of the rules and regulations and need to address the issue of polytunnels on allotment plots. We have recently funded the upgrade to the allotment's entry drive.

Tribute was paid to Geoff Lazell and his team for the 'Litter Pick'. Sadly, the litter in the A1066 area, especially the laybys, is as bad as ever. The Parish Council is proposing to fund provision of litter bins in these places - and we are negotiating with SNDC for the emptying of these.

Please read in this website and elsewhere about the possible arrangements for the forthcoming Centenary of the 1918 Armistice/Remembrance Sunday.

Quite often the parish Council finds itself, inevitably, approached concerning issues that are the statutory responsibility of other agencies. Such issues may concern highways, water problems, power provision: matters that are the responsibility of district or county councils or public utilities. We can make strong recommendations on others' behalf, but if action appears unsatisfactory, please remember that as a parish council we have no authority, or funding, for taking direct remedial action! We will, of course, do all we can to encourage a satisfactory outcome where possible.

The Centenary of the Armistice (1918-2018) and
Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018 - UPDATED 10/07/18

By now we hope you will all have read or heard about the proposals to honour the Armistice Centenary on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018. For some three months now we have been publishing the event and requesting your support. I would remind you that the South Norfolk District Council, way back in the new year, advertised for bids for grants of up to £250 for each village that was successful in making an application: we applied, and mentioned that we were a 'twin' village parish in local government terms. The upshot was that we have received £500 in grant for our Remembrance event. We will also hope to raise more resources if possible.

As you know, each of our church parishes holds an annual Remembrance service: Bressingham in the morning, Fersfield in the afternoon. The Rector and churchwardens have agreed that this arrangement may be retained and developed, with the Village Hall team contributing towards a 'joint' lunchtime event - a meal to be included if possible.

We need YOUR INPUT FOR IDEAS, AND HELP, FOR THIS EVENT!  We aim to involve people of all ages! To this end there will be a meeting NEXT TUESDAY 17 JULY, in FERSFIELD CHURCH at 7PM. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to be involved in the discussion and planning, or to help in any way, please telephone 01379 687355.


The early evening of Sunday, 24 June was bathed in warm sunshine as a lucky group of Fersfield & Bressingham residents and their friends gathered at Cornfield Hall in Fersfield, the home of Lisa and Stephen Kolnik, who organised a musical treat in aid of Fersfield's St. Andrew's Church restoration.
After gathering in the fine gardens, those present went inside the house for a recital by the renowned pianist Dennis Tjiok. The first half of the performance included works by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov. After the interval, during which champagne and canapes were much enjoyed, Dennis demonstrated his considerable versatility by playing jazz piano, which included compositions by Gershwin & Ravel and stunning examples of Dennis' own compositions.

Dennis Tjiok is an acknowledged master of the keyboard (he is also an accomplished organist) and Sunday's beautifully balanced programme admirably demonstrated his outstanding technique and inspired interpretation. We very much hope to see this gifted young musician in South Norfolk return to South Norfolk before long.  The generosity of the hosts resulted in a generous cheque being presented to St. Andrew's Financial Officer Paul Sumpter, whose wife, Jan (Fersfield Churchwarden) presented 'thank-you' gifts to Dennis, Stephen and Lisa.
Click here to see from the evening, taken by Krys Wakefield >>


A new, updated Norfolk - Your guide to care and support for adults 2018/19 has been published today in association with Norfolk County Council. It gives readers crucial information on how to find and access care and support services throughout the county.

If you are looking for information on what your choices may be, this guide can help. With information to help you understand your options, where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the guide can support you to make informed decisions. The new edition of Norfolk - Your guide to care and support for adults 2018/19 and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in and around Norfolk. It includes information about how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider if you need one. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Norfolk, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services. It can be downloaded from www.norfolk.gov.uk/careservices and is available in spoken word. For a free copy of Norfolk – Your guide to care and support for adults 2018/19 contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email information@norfolk.gov.uk. It is also available throughout the region from various outlets including hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the guide’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short or long term care in Norfolk, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them..Finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new Norfolk Your guide to care and support for adults has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”

Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.

Hyperfast broadband (1,000 megabits per second) is now a reality in Scole village courtesy of BA4N and a small number of volunteers.  BA4N have issued an open invitation for any interested parties to visit Scole Community Centre on Friday evenings between 7 and 10pm to talk with the volunteers and technicians and see the system in action. You can even take your laptop and try the download speeds for yourself. Scole Community Centre, Ransome Avenue, Scole IP21 4EA
The Parish Council is aware that large parts of the parish suffer from intermittent and /or slow broadband service and that BT have no plans or intention to improve on the current position. We contacted B4RN, a non-profit community benefit society who are supporting the installation of superfast broadband across rural areas of Norfolk , to establish the possibility of providing superfast broadband across this parish. B4RN require sufficient confirmed interest from householders, businesses, local volunteers and investors before they will commit to a project. Costs are difficult to estimate but for 100 households will be in the region of £120,000 and the level of investment needs to match the estimated overall cost. Investments in community benefit societies  qualify for HMRC’s Enterprise Investment Scheme incentive of a 30% tax rebate. There is a minimum period of 3 years before the investment can be withdrawn or interest is payable on it. If the investment can be found then a steering committee is created to identify landowners and obtain wayleave permission to bury the fibre tubes across their land. The fibre tubes are laid by local volunteers under the guidance of B4RN. B4RN charge a one off connection fee of £150 per property and £30 per month for 1,000 megabits per second (compared with 24-80 megabits per second from other providers). If you are interested in receiving superfast broadband from B4RN and / or investing in this parish’s broadband network then please register your interest at https://b4rn.org.uk/b4rn-service/charges/ under “B4RN East Anglia Area”.


Why not come to our monthly meetings where everyone has a chance to catch up with friends or make new ones over refreshments at the end. 

Guests are welcome (£3), Members are Free, and despite the title of our club, men are allowed. 
Do come and meet us - we are everso friendly!

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Norfolk Record Office have year-round events that are well worth attending. Refreshments included. For information and to book a seat, call  01603 222599 or www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/events. To sign up for Norfolk Record Office newsletters, contact: norfolkcc@public.govdelivery.com

Tue 17   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 17   Meeting at 7pm in Fersfield Church to discuss the Centenary of the Armistice and Remembrance Sunday
Thu 19   7.15 pm - Bressingham Village Hall - talk by Stella Taylor on the "Wild flowers of East Anglia". Coffee and Cake to follow. Tickets £5 available from Jan on 688340 or from Alan in the Shop.
Tue 14   Afternoon Club - All day Coach trip to Southwold & Aldeborough 9.30 to 5.00 ish - Approx £15.00
Tue 11   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Sat 15   Quiz plus Fish & Chip Supper - details later
Thu 27   Afternoon Club Lunch at The Beehive - 12.30pm - details later - (This is in place of the Open Afternoon)
Tue 9   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 13   Afternoon Club 2- 4pm
Tue 11   Afternoon Club - Xmas party
from Kay Brock
We always welcome new members to our Club - we DO NOT sit and knit all afternoon but have a very wide selection of games to play (good way of making new friends) and also have meals out and trips during the warmer months. We started a scrabble competition which will last all year, it's an aggregate score so it doesn't matter if you miss one or two months. We like to think we provide an outlet for those in the community who spend a lot of their time on their own. PLEASE come along and give us a try - first session is FREE. More especially if you know of someone who would benefit from a couple of hours in good company please encourage them to come along. For more information telephone Kay or Reg on 01379 688331 or email kayhbrock@gmail.com and see below our events listed in the Dates for your Diary section above.

Beautiful Bressingham & Fragrant Fersfield
Open Gardens Event, June 2nd & 3rd
How did our gardens go.........
with rain and shine
and toasties and cake
our wonderful gardeners
money to make.
£2.400 was our profit
not as much as before but don't knock it
we worked hard and had fun
and now we're all done...............
........until next time?!

The Open gardens planning team would like to sincerely thank all the people involved in this lovely event:

  • the Open Gardeners without which - no event,
  • those who advertised in our programme/booklet thereby helping us to raise more funds
  • the ever patient Mervyn Porter who arranged the booklet,
  • St Mary's Church Office who printed the booklets,
  • the stallholders for both their financial contributions and making inside and outside the hall look special
  • the cake bakers, marquee raisers, ticket sellers and photo takers,
  • the refreshment crew (we loved those toasties!)

Thank you to the Wheelbarrow displayers and to Jaime and Anthea Blake for judging.The winning barrow was by M and P Hall of Common Road. The profit referred to above will be shared equally between our Village Hall and the two Churches for much needed upkeep and repairs.


The Bressingham Church Restoration Blog is about the Heritage Lottery Funded repair works to the church which began on 2 May 2017. Use the direct link to the Church Blog on our top menu to read all about what's happened or click here >

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 >

Throwing litter out of your vehicle could now land you with a £150 fine, which is 50% more than the £100 you could be charged if you were caught speeding. The fine not only applies to drivers but also to passengers who litter, however it will be the driver who is sent the penalty notice to pay. This new fine increase came into force on April 1st, 2018 and it can be charged on the spot or retrospectively with video evidence. It aims to deter people from littering and decrease a form of anti-social behaviour, which is having such devastating effects across the country’s highways. Click here to read more >

Become a member by providing your address and contact details and help to make Bressingham and Fersfield parish safer. Contact the scheme co-ordinator, Michelle Lanchester, telephone 01379 688109 or 07824515801 or email:- michelle.lanchester@gmail.com

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YOGA - Mon 9.30-11.00 am - Bressingham Village Hall
Hatha yoga taught by Jackie Samways, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher - all abilities, beginners to experienced, and all ages.
GENTLE, CHAIR-BASED YOGA - Monday 11.15-12.15
A gentler approach to yoga, meditation, breath work and relaxation. Mainly chair-based, with some standing to increase joint mobility, improve circulation, confidence, and general well-being.
For more info on both classes contact Jackie: 01379 650513/mobile 07868 314805 or jackiecornish@live.com
Various teams play on Saturday and Sunday. Teams from U7 to U16 with coaching for girls and boys starting from 5 years old. Contact Mark Channell by email at markv414@hotmail.com or call T: 01379 650591.
Become a member, use the court, contact Brenda T: 01379 688375 or email
The course (open at all times) is in Village Hall Car Park. Anyone in the community is welcome to play - Bring your own boules.

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