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Welcome to Brandon Welcome to the first edition of the brand new Brandon magazine. We set out with the aim of bringing together everything people wanted to read about in the town, and after a busy few months here it is, the September issue of your new monthly Brandon Town Magazine. As it’s our first we’d love to hear your comments and what you would like to see included in future issues. If you’re a business we hope you will consider showing your support by advertising with us. To send your feedback please email Regards The Brandon Town Magazine Team

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Deadline for October issue 16th September Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information contained within this publication, the publishers take no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by it’s contributors, in any advertisements or for any loss arising from non-publication of any advertisement. Reproduction of any part of this publication without permission is strictly forbidden. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher.



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Your Letters Parking fines. Are they legal? My son received a parking fine for parking for 2 hours and 36 minutes at the Aldi car park. We appealed against this charge to parking eye, asking them to show that they have the authority to issue parking charges. Two letters were sent and a further two a month later asking for points raised in my first letters to be addressed. In any reply received this question was never answered. Finally having receiving further threatening letters of a now £70 fine we referred the case to the Parking on Private Lands appeals body. We have received their decision which has quashed the fine, the reason being “the operator does not provide any evidence to show that they have the authority to issue parking charge notices, despite this being an issue raised by the appellant”. I am under the understanding the question of providing proof of the legality of these fines has been raised at council meetings under the freedom of information act - with no response. With this in mind I wonder... How many people have paid these fines? The total money paid? Who benefits from the monies raised? Why no one seems to be willing or able to provide proof of the legality of parking eye issuing these fines? Name and address supplied

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Forest Academy Update To celebrate the end of a busy term, the children in Key Stage One spent the day at Brandon Country Park. As well as enjoying a teddy bears picnic, they also had the opportunity to explore the forest, create some artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy and partake in Geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Each class left behind their own ‘cache’ or treasure and we are now in a race, tracking which of them travels the furthest! Children in year 6 were treated to a day at the Harry Potter studios in London. It was a fantastic day; a well-deserved trip to celebrate all their hard work and commitment that has ensured they have achieved some truly ‘magical’ results. All children also enjoyed designing and creating their own fantastic scarecrows. These will be entered into a competition as part of the upcoming ‘Harvest Celebration’ on the 15th September on Market Hill. We will keep our fingers crossed! It really was an exciting end to the term but we are now looking forward to the year ahead. We know it will hard work but there is lots of fun to be had too!

Glade Primary School You may be thinking... Glade who? It wouldn’t be the first time that a Brandon resident hasn’t realised that there is a school tucked away at the top of Knappers Way. We have over 200 children from ages 4 - 11 and have grown steadily over the last three years, increasing by nearly 50% in that time. All of the staff are very proud of Glade and the high quality education we provide for our pupils. Our Ofsted inspection earlier this year graded us as consistently ‘Good’ in every area. This is especially pleasing, as the changes to school inspections have made it much harder to achieve ‘Good’, with many schools dropping a grade. We have gone the other way and improved a grade! From September, we are increasing in size again and will begin building work on a 4 classroom extension. Exciting times are ahead at Glade! Have a look at our website to find out more at


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A year on at IES Breckland It’s fair to say life has been incredibly busy this year at IESB. Indeed, life at IESB has been ‘a box of chocolates’ as with each day comes a new challenge or event that will go down in our school history. The new build is set to complete in September and will be a welcomed addition to the school. The past year has been fantastic in terms of what our pupils here at IESB have achieved. Our pupils have risen to every challenge they have been set and have produced some great personal and whole school achievements and made excellent progress in terms of their learning. Pupils have also had many opportunities in terms of extra curricular activities this year from horse riding, to catering, to journalism, to Summer school where pupils have learnt new key skills and experienced a taste of something new. We are very proud of all our pupils and all their personal achievements. They have been a real credit to our school. September 2013 brings with it the start of our second academic year, the start of GCSE courses for our pupils in Year 10, work experience, stronger links with our sister schools in Sweden and our local feeder primaries, many new staff joining the team here at IESB and routines having been established. There are many positives to welcome this forthcoming academic year and we at IESB are looking forward to establishing ourselves even more within the community and look forward to welcoming you to take a look around for yourselves.

Samba Drum Donation Pupils at IES Breckland really have something to bang on about after Matt Woods, a representative from Border Cars, presented music teacher Ms Amy Bucknell and a group of pupils with a set of five Samba drums, with a promise of more help in finding instruments for the pupils at IES. “After finding the school were short of some musical gear we managed to source a piano quickly followed by the drums” said Matt. Not only were the drums a much needed resource for the school, but after talks between Gary Brocklehurst and head teacher Sherry Zand, they quickly saw an opportunity for the formation of a samba band. Gary and his wife, Jenny, operators of Border Cars and part of the Brandon Carnival committee saw that not only could their business help the school and its pupils, but the school might well play at the carnival and at the same time give the youngsters chance to showcase their musical skills. Music is just as an important part of the school curriculum as other subjects giving pupils an opportunity to express themselves in many differing ways whilst at the same time giving them a huge boost in confidence. It is hoped a band can be formed and will take on regular events raising the profile of the already popular school since the formation of IES Breckland.


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Number Pyramid Fill every box in the tower with a number. The value in a square is the sum of the numbers directly beneath it.

Word Wheel

Find as many words as you can. Words must be at least 3 letters and must use the central letter. No letter can be used more than once. There is a 9 letter word to be found.

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We have a great selection of carvings! We have giraffes, zebras, perpetual calendars, Buddhas, ducks, didgeridoos, rain sticks, animal masks, sitting chickens, standing chickens, bamboo wind chimes, little clowns, sea horses, standing cats, sitting cats and much more! Always a great selection with new stock all the time.


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Brandon Town Youth FC Brandon Lads, Lasses & ladies have changed their name to Brandon Town Youth FC & Brandon Town Ladies FC. As the club enters its 30th season of grass-roots youth football it was felt that it needed a change and to give the club a new fresh outlook for the future. The name change also helps to continue to build stronger links with the Town’s senior adult football team bringing both clubs closer together and hopefully leading to them joining forces in the future.

It is hoped that by building a stronger link with the men’s team, some of our older boys will enter into adult football with them rather than leaving the club to go and play elsewhere.

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Brandon Town Youth FC currently have around 200 children - both boys and girls - coming to train each week, with ages ranging from 4 years up to 17 and including adult Ladies.

Brandon Town Youth FC are currently an FA Charter Development Club with over 20 FA qualified coaches and running more than 15 teams in different age groups. The club always welcomes new players of any age and most teams are now looking to add to their current squads for the up and coming 2013/14 season. The Club offers not only fantastic training and development for children of all ages but also great fun for all the family! This year’s Summer Cup was one of the biggest and most successful to date. With 100 teams attending over the two day event, over 800 children from the age of 4 upwards were able to enjoy two fantastic days of grass roots football while their family and friends had a great couple of days - despite the not-so-summery weather! Teams came from all over Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. The event was sponsored by Mac Estates in Brandon for the 3rd year running with the help of Councillor Mr Eddie Stewart and many other local companies.

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This tournament has now become a date in all football managers’ diaries as one not to be missed! Anyone wanting more information about what’s on offer at Brandon Town Youth FC or Brandon Town Ladies, please get in touch with the Club Secretary, Gary Rampley on 07716 188800 or the Club Chairman, Kevin Briston 07576 942060. You can also visit our website for more information

The Club is also actively looking for sponsors in a few of the age groups, so if you are a local company wishing to sponsor a team in the local community then please contact either of the above people for details.


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September Gardening The hectic days of summer are over September is a relaxed time in the garden as the fight to keep plants watered and deadheaded has eased. September is the best time of year for planting. The soil will be warm allowing good root systems to grow. Good roots help the plant gain as much nutrients and water from the soil as possible, which on our sandy soil is a ‘lifesaver’ especially after the prolonged hot weather we’ve had this summer. Cut the majority of the leaves off tomato plants, allowing maximum light to ripen any remaining fruit and as summer crops stop producing it’s time to start storing! It’s a busy time in the kitchen, I like to make green tomato chutney, cucumber pickles, fruit jams and compotes (normally these don’t make it to the jars!) and hot chili sauce, so a taste of summer is available all winter. September is the ideal month for planting Narcissus (Daffodils) and other spring flowering bulbs except for Tulips which are best planted in November. It’s always wise to purchase bulbs as soon as they are available in-store. Firstly so you get the best selection but more importantly the bulbs will be fresher. As soon as you get your bulbs home if you’re not quite ready to plant them open the packs and leave the bulbs in a cool, well ventilated place. Daffodils should be planted as soon as possible as they will put down roots as soon as the bulbs are planted in warm soil and should be planted deeply, at least double the height of the bulb. One of the main reasons Daffodils go blind (fail to produce flowers) is because there are not enough nutrients or moisture available closer to the soil surface. It’s also time to start planting indoor bulbs for Christmas. Prepared Hyacinths require ten weeks growing in cool conditions, followed by up to three weeks inside. An ideal date for planting indoor hyacinths is therefore 24th September if you want the best chance of them being in flower on Christmas day. Often summer planted hanging baskets will flower right until the first frosts provided they are kept dead-headed and well fed, however September is the best time to re-plant pots and baskets full of flowers and foliage for winter as the plants will have time to grow and fill out the pots before the cold weather hits. Pansies and violas will flower even with a light covering of snow. Hardy Cyclamen will flower for many weeks on end, often right up into Christmas if the season is mild. Garden Mums and autumn flowering Hebe’s provide a splash of colour right through the season. Winter flowering heathers, particularly Erica carnea and E. x darleyensis are lime tolerant and grow well in our soil providing our gardens with welcome ground cover. I simply cannot resist a winter hanging basket full of evergreens such as ferns, Euonymus, Vinca, and Ivies the planting choice for autumn is endless! It’s also a good idea to plant late flowering perennials, such as Asters, Sedums and Rudbeckia, that will still be in flower in September and will provide bees and butterflies with food for another 6 weeks, or longer, as long as the weather remains mild. As gardeners, we all play an important role in looking after the environment, especially for birds, bees and other insects that are finding it increasingly difficult to survive. Rachel Sobiechowski BSc(Hons) P&R Garden Supplies, Fengate Drove, Brandon 01842 814800


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Brandon Town Council Brandon Town Council is looking forward to making a regular contribution to this new publication during the coming months. Forthcoming meetings, future events and all issues relevant to Brandon residents will be included. Here are some dates for your diary: Harvest Celebration / Barn Dance on Sunday 15th September 2013 at 2.00pm on Market Hill. This is a fund raising event being organised by the Harvest Centre in aid of the Trussell Trust. The Town Council Christmas Event on Sunday 8th December 2013 on Market Hill at 4pm - 6pm. Christine Mason - Town Clerk

Ten Questions - Councillor Geoff Hughes Q1. If anyone in the community would like to become a Town Councillor what advice would you give them? I believe they should have the ability to try and maintain an objective viewpoint and thicken their skins. Councillors work to a different set of procedures and rules; more than any I have found in all my previous experience, and takes some getting used to. There is the serious need to listen to friends, neighbours and acquaintances and endeavour to keep a finger on the pulse of the town. Q2. What new methods of communication with the community do you think Brandon Town Council should be using? Open Forums wherein residents can debate town issues. Councillor Surgeries. Publication of the role and duties of the town council and advising our limitations on responsibilities. Q3. We all have gadgets in our lives, which gadget could you not live without? Primarily walking stick(s) and car. Q4. Which historical figure do you admire and why? Sir Winston Churchill. His ability to inspire with his oratory. Q5. Brandon has become a Town of different nationalities, language and cultures, how would you look to bring the community together for the benefit of the town and its residents? I would like to see members of our multi-cultural society represented on the council. Q6. The last book you read? Terry Pratchett’ The Long War. Q7. Which other committees or organisations in Brandon are you a member of? Chairman, Brandon Branch of the Royal British Legion; Trustee Brandon Community Association; Brandon Speakers Club – a branch of Toastmasters International; Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator; Council Spokesman for Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Brandon Voluntary Forum & Safer Neighbourhood Team. Q8. If you could improve 3 things in Brandon what would they be? Rail Crossing/Traffic Flow; High Speed Broadband; Nearly forgot – Rail Crossing. Q9. If you had to choose a single memory to keep what would that be? Cannot be done! Far too many. To pick one would denigrate the others. Q10. Why do you enjoy being a Town Councillor? As a retiree it occupies my mind and keeps me as busy as I want to be. It is my belief that if we enjoy the benefits of our society, then we should accept some of the responsibility for that society, however great or small that may be.

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Rotary Club Update The Rotary Club of Brandon & District was formed in 1973 and has been located at various venues since then. It now has a permanent meeting room in Santon Downham Community Centre and members congregate there every Thursday evening from 7.45. Club members and guests enjoy a meal together each Thursday evening and Social and Charity fund raising events are held throughout the year. Anyone interested in knowing more about Rotary is welcome to come to our Open Evening on 17th October but booking is essential for catering purposes. Please contact Trevor on 01842 811995. Forthcoming events include a Sponsored Bike Ride to raise money to help the Children of Chernobyl. Rotarians and Guests will set off from Pine Vista café on Saturday 14th September to The Crown, Mundford via Weeting, Hockwold, Methwold Hythe and Methwold. Cost is £5 per rider or £10 for a family to include lunch at Black Dyke Fishery.

Brandon’s Favourite Restaurant Visitors to the town’s website at have voted Brandon Tandoori and Mondragone as their top two favourite restaurants in Brandon. Brandon Tandoori, located on London Road, came top of the poll with 47% of the vote. Established in 1991, Brandon Tandoori offers a high standard of Indian cuisine to eat in or takeaway and continues to be one of the most popular places to eat locally. Mondragone ristorante e pizzeria, which you can find on Brandon’s Market Hill, was a very close second with 33% of people choosing it as their favourite. Mondragone is a family run restaurant serving a variety of dishes all cooked in the traditional Italian way. Terry Hawkins, owner of, said “Brandon has a good range of places to eat out and we’re glad people took the time to vote for their favourite. Hopefully this will encourage more people to try out what’s on offer in the town”. Both establishments were presented with certificates and photos of the Brandon Tandoori (left) and Mondragone (right) teams can be seen below.


Chronicals of Brandon at War August 1913... Little did we know we were exactly a year from a most gruesome war, and one that would change our town forever. Sure, we had seen our men go off to war before and, with the knapping of the gunflints, the town had profited from it too, but with this coming war which was already brewing up in Europe there was a payback, and the town paid dearly with the blood of its men. Even now, almost a hundred years later, we still reflect back to that war. However in August 1913 war was still a year away so let us not get immersed in the doom and gloom just yet. You see at that time Brandon was the centre of our universe and what was happening in Europe had no bearing on us. It was a dry month where barely an inch of rain fell in Brandon, compared to the wash out the previous year when we had eight inches, and this was perfect weather for cricket! Brandon fielded a good team and although results didn’t go our way against Feltwell or Thetford, and trust me the Thetford game is one we had best forget about, we did come out on top against Croxton and handed out a thorough thrashing to Euston where school teacher Charles Farrow took eight wickets for fifteen runs. Another highlight was the erection of a sign post just off the Market Hill, where it meets the London Road and the High Street. It’s not such amazing news today I grant you, but back then there were few cars in the town so there was no need for sign posts, anyway local people knew how to get to the next town and back. However these new motorists from further afield came to Brandon and, unfamiliar with the four roads converging on the Market Hill, would invariably take a wrong turn and get lost. The Parish Council had requested a sign months ago and had almost given up hope of it ever arriving, but on Saturday August 2nd it was there, an iron post with iron direction ‘fingers’, right by Woodrow’s ironmongers, or rather Ladbrokes betting shop as it is today. It wasn’t all good news. 58 year old Oswald Carter had always had an eye for machines, being a blacksmith and then latterly an engineer. Well he took some friends in his motor boat along the river to Lakenheath, and upon setting back to Brandon he turned the engine over and caught his clothes in its propeller shaft. Poor Oswald’s leg was dragged into the engine which tore the flesh from his calf. His friends did well to stem the flow of blood, and returned him back to Brandon where he was cared for by Dr Trotter. It was just one of those things, an accident, and Oswald was a lucky man. He survived. Darren Norton Brandon at War


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Pantry Patter I don’t suppose there are many store cupboards that doesn’t have a jar of one or another type of mustard either gathering dust or jostling for position with other condiments such as flavoured oils and vinegars. First, let me give you a little history lesson on the origins of mustard. The name ‘mustard’ almost certainly dates back to the late 4th or early 5th century. The Romans were known to mix unfermented grape juice known to them and to us now as ‘must(um)’ with ground mustard seeds to create what they called ‘burning must’ or ‘mustum ardens’ which contracted became ‘must-ard’. The Romans exported mustard seed to Gaul which was a region of western europe that encompassed present day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, nearly all of Switzerland, northern Italy and parts pf the Netherlands and Germany. The seeds found their way to some french monks in Paris who copied what the romans had been doing with it. Eventually Dijon became a recognised major mustard producer by the 13th century. The first written evidence of mustard being used in England was in a cookbook written by one of King Richard II’s master cooks. Mustard seeds were coarsely ground and mixed with flour and cinnamon, moistened and formed into balls. These balls were dried and stored and because of the antibacterial properties of mustard seeds they could be kept indefinitely. When needed the balls were combined with vinegar or wine much as the earlier romans would have done to create a paste. These mustard balls are still made today and anyone visiting the Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury can buy them from the Tewkesbury Mustard Company. Today mustard can be used not only for culinary purposes but it has significant medicinal benefits. It has a great effect on aching joints and muscles. To your running bath water combine 2 tablespoons of mustard powder and 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salts. Mustard amplifies the therapeutic values of the salts. This is also great if you feel cold or flu symptoms. However do not use for young children and don’t worry, you won’t turn yellow and look and smell like a jar of piccalilli. You can try adding spoons of mustard powder to a bowl of hot water to ease aching feet. Painful sinusitis can be relieved by rubbing mustard into your forehead and applying a cloth soaked on hot water over the mustard. A phlegmy cough can be helped by rubbing your chest with mustard and applying a hot cloth as for sinusitis. It all sounds a bit messy but definitely worth a try. Are you having a problem with large garden pests destroying well tended parts of your garden? Deer and other wild animals do not like the smell of mustard so deter them by smearing tin plates with it and hanging these around your garden. Unwanted pests will soon get the message. Does your chopping board harbour nasty lingering smells of onion, garlic, fish? Give it a wash in warm soapy water, pat dry and a apply a liberal coating of mustard powder. If your board has cut marks on it then I recommend working the powder into these grooves with an old toothbrush. Once again the antibacterial qualities will get to work . Rinse off the powder and you will have a safe, hygienic board. So there you are. Next time you are making that ham and mustard sandwich ask yourself what else you could be using the ‘much maligned’ for.


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Calendar Competition After the success of the 2013 Brandon Town Calendar competition, organised by the Carnival Committee, details have been released with the details of the 2014 competition. A spokesperson for the carnival committee announced that, with help from local traders in selling the calendar, it managed to raise almost £600, which went a huge way to ensuring this year’s event went ahead. The competition this year will follow similar lines but with one or two changes in an effort to make things run more smoothly. Photographs of Brandon and surrounding areas are invited, participants are reminded it is a Brandon Calendar and as such should reflect that, all photos should be in landscape format and and in high resolution. Please include your name and contact details and where the picture was taken. This year sees a slight change in so much as entries are invited for 2 month sections; January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/ October and November/December with the first and second choice being used. The judges will select the best choice for each month. Entries to be forwarded to with the closing date being Sept 13th. All pictures are to be displayed on Brandon market on September 28th. This year’s Calendar will change from last year on suggestions from the purchasers and will include location and photographer’s name along with a good sized area to write your upcoming dates. If any local organisation wants to have a special date included please contact the committee. The calendar will be available to purchase online and in stores from mid October.

1st Brandon Scout Group In October 2008 I was given the task of reforming Brandon’s Scout Group. The HQ was nothing more than a rodent infested hovel. It has taken almost 5 years to refurbish & clean the premises to the standard it is today. None of this could have been done without the support & generosity of Brandon Councillor Bill Bishop, Suffolk Foundation & the hard work of my Leadership team who have fund raised. We started out with 10 Beavers & 2 Leaders in April 2009. This led on to opening the Cub section and again with 10 Cubs & 2 Leaders. Sometime later we were able to start the Scout troop. To date we have 14 Beavers, 16 Cubs & 14 Scouts with 9 Leaders & several parent helpers. We have an extensive collection of camping equipment. All our adult Leaders are CRB’d and are trained to high standards of child care and scouting skills. All are trained as First Aiders. Over the summer holidays we have enjoyed a joint camp at our lovely campsite at 2 Mile Bottom. We spent 5 days enjoying our surroundings & on the Sunday our Beavers joined us for the day. We made hedgehog houses to be put in the campsite & in our own area in the playing fields. Over the next few weeks the final part of our 5 year plan will be completed. We are having a security fence erected together with a new high security door. We have had to have this done as over the years we have been plagued with petty vandalism & attempted break-ins. Hopefully this will also give us some privacy where our young people will be able to go out & enjoy our own space. We hope to plant bushes & hedges which will attract birds, bees & butterflies. If you would like further information about Scouting in Brandon, please contact LYNDA SMITH Group Scout Leader on 01842 878765.


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Useful Telephone Numbers Councils Brandon Town Council (Town Clerk)

01842 811844

Forest Heath District Council (Brandon Office)

01842 812085

Suffolk County Council (Public Enquiries)

0845 606 6067

Health Services Doctor - Brandon Medical Practice (High Street)

01842 810388

Doctor - Forest Group Practice (Bury Road)

01842 810206

Dentist - Apex Dental Care (Bury Road)

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Dentist - The Dental Surgery (High Street)

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Hospital - West Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds)

01284 713000

NHS 111 - Medical Help (Less urgent than 999)


Help & Advice Citizens Advice Bureau (Brandon Office)

01842 811511

Social Care Services (Customer First)

0808 800 4005

Suffolk Constabulary (Non Emergency)


Utility Companies Electricity - UK Power Networks (Fault Line)

08007 838 838

Gas - National Grid Gas (Emergency Number)

0800 111 999

Water - Anglian Water (24 Hour Leakline)

0800 771 881

Puzzle Page Solutions Sudoku


Code Word

Word Wheel 9 letter word: velodrome



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36.1% Agent 2 - 27.8% Agent 3 - 22.2% Agent 4 - 8.3%


Agent 5 - 2.8% Agent 6 - 2.8%


0845 308 2004

independenceassured For Sale Sign Analysis confirms that this advert is a fair and accurate representation of the information found between the dates shown. The quantity of For Sale and Sold signs does not necessarily equate to the number of completions.

Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 1  

September edition of the Brandon Town Magazine

Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 1  

September edition of the Brandon Town Magazine