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Brandon SUFFOLK

TOWN MAGAZINE JUNE 2014 - ISSUE 10


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Welcome to Brandon The summer season is well and truly here and June sees the town’s BIGGEST event of the year, this year being the third carnival to be held since it’s relaunch in 2012. As we go to print lets hope the promised heatwave has appeared and the sun comes out for you all and you take advantage of the many events and facilities we are so fortunate to have locally. If you have anything special you would like to see reported or want to take advantage of the colour and photographic reproduction then drop us a line here at your town magazine. Regards The Brandon Town Magazine Team

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Deadline for July issue 19th June 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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Brandon Town Council Report Annual General Meeting At our Annual General Meeting held on Monday 12th May, Cllr. Reg Silvester was re-elected as Chairman of Brandon Town Council with Cllr. David Bimson elected as Vice-Chairman. Allotments There are presently ten full plots and three half plots available for renting. Each plot measures 30m x 15m and the cost per annum is ÂŁ30.00. The allotments are located at the Staunch Meadow and there is ample parking on site. Please contact the office on 01842 811844 if you are interested. Tenancies will be given on a first come first served basis. Play area at the Brandon Remembrance Playing Fields The town council are in the process of applying for grants to help fund the refurbishment of the play area. Our first priority, however, is to clear the area of the willow trees bordering the far end of the site, eight in total. A recent ROSPA play inspection report advised this course of action due to the Health & Safety problems being caused by the close proximity of the trees to the play equipment and the inevitable pigeon droppings. We will, however, be planting six new trees to compensate for the loss of the willows.

Brandon & District Rotary Club Brandon & District Rotary Club recently organised their annual Beer Festival at Santon Downham. We are very grateful to the pubs which supported us in supplying barrels of real ale. They were (pubs in alphabetical order) Gunflint supplied by The Bell, Brandon, London Pride supplied by The Chequers Feltwell, Cyclops supplied by The Dolphin Thetford, Rusty Bucket [an old favourite] supplied by the Great Eastern, Old Rodney supplied by The New Inn, Hockwold and Liquid Sunshine supplied by The Ram Hotel, Brandon. We were unlucky with the weather which was blustery with some showers but some of the cyclists who had finished their Ride for Life in support of EACH, were glad to take shelter in our marquee and sample a pint. We were pleased to welcome some of our regular customers and the burger stall also did well. Some of our members were away but all the other Rotarians were involved at some stage over the weekend, either helping to set up or taking a turn behind the bar. A profit of around ÂŁ500 was raised for local charities.

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Glade Primary School Our first Quiz night was a superb success. Much deliberation and laughter was experienced by one and all. Even our own Glade staff joined in. Next time we’ll be giving our Y6 children a chance to shine in our first ever University Challenge where Glade pupils will be competing against our partner schools, Lakenheath Primary, Great Heath Primary and St Christopher’s Primary. May was a very busy month for our Y6 children as they took their SATs tests and we are incredibly proud of them. They have all worked extremely hard in preparation for their SATs and relished the chance to show off what they had learnt. Well done to everyone involved, not forgetting the dedicated teachers who have gone over and above to help the children do well. Fun things are in the pipeline for Y6 as they go into their final term at Glade.

The Y5 children in Herons class have been working on digital photography and photo editing this term and some of their work is shown above. They found it a great project and loved exploring school to find just the right scene to snap. Our building work is progressing well. The outline of our new classrooms and drama studio are evident and exciting times are ahead. We have seen our intake increase to 60 for September and one of our new reception classes will be the first class to move in to the extension in September. If you’d like to see the photographs, have a peek at our Facebook page at www.facebook.co.uk/ gladeprimaryschool. You can also follow us on Twitter: @glade_school

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Brandon School of Dance Classes in ballet, tap, modern, freestyle, street & contemporary Principal: Kerry Shoop Please call Kerry on 07864 025041 or visit our website for more information:

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Brandon School of Dance’s Got Talent Glen Murphy and Ashley Glazebrook, better known to some as dance duo Twist and Pulse runners up of the 2010 Britains Got Talent show made an appearance in Brandon. Brandon School of Dance principal Kerry Shoop said “Twist & Pulse’s agent contacted me and asked if we would be interested in them coming to teach at our dance school.” Seeing a great opportunity for her pupils she quickly set up 3 workshops for Saturday 17th May for 3 age groups, 5-8 years, 9-11 years and 12-17 years plus adults. The classes included a warm up, teaching the students a choreographed street dance routine, cool down, autographs and photograph session. The popular Brandon school which has 230 students of all ages could only offer this great opportunity to children 5 years upwards and for experienced street/modern/freestyle dancers only. All the students had a great day and the smiles did not stop. One youngster said “It was a very memorable day which I and my friends at the ‘Brandon School Of Dance’ will never forget.” Kerry went on to say “A great day with good choreography, good company, lots of humour and all the students danced brill, overall a memorable experience for everyone involved, please come back again T & P. “Also thank you for the helpers who made cookies, cupcakes and refreshments to sell at the school, all proceeds go to the dance school show material and choreography prizes for the students.”

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Forest Academy Under 11 Swimming Gala Thursday 24th April 2014 Children from years 4, 5 and 6 attended the Forest-heath swimming gala at Mildenhall along with schools from Elveden and Lakenheath. The children had to swim a mixture of individual races and relays performing front –crawl, backstroke and breaststroke or a combination of all three. Each stoke had to be performed correctly with the right technical features including finishing, e.g. when finishing breaststroke both hands must touch the wall at the same time or the swimmer will be disqualified. The leader board was very tight between Forest and Lakenheath (the reigning champions) from the first race and after the final race there was only one point between 1st and 2nd place. I am very pleased and proud to announce that Forest won the gala with 19 points! All the children who took part swam amazingly well and I was particularly impressed with the level of professionalism and sportsmanship demonstrated by each child. We now go through to swim in the county finals in July which will be held in Bury St Edmunds which will be against 18 other schools. Congratulations again to all who took part! And from Elveden... Year 3 were very lucky to be allocated tickets to attend the Suffolk Schools’ Farm and Country Fair at Trinity Park Ipswich on the 23rd April. They had a brilliant day of hands-on opportunities discovering where their food comes from, seeing animals and machinery at work and gaining experience and knowledge of the countryside. The children got to sample lots of different foods. The children ended their trip by holding nine hour old chicks and ducklings! Under 11s Tag Rugby Tournament On an overcast Thursday afternoon Miss Edmeades, Miss OSullivan, 15 excited children and very supportive parents made their way to the much anticipated tag rugby tournament at Newmarket Rugby Club. The children had trained hard and were ready to show the 9 other schools what Forest can do. The children played the sport to a fantastic level making every match a joy to watch, win or lose. We may not have reached the finals but they were winners to us for the impeccable way they represented the school, demonstrated great sportsmanship and played their socks off! Watch this space for all the summer sports coming up including tennis, cricket, rounders and athletics. Forest Children shine at the APEX On Friday 4th April, the children, taking part in the Dance East project ‘Finding Home’, gave their final performance to a packed theatre in Bury St Edmunds. The children have been rehearsing since January and this was their third public performance. Our children made us very proud. Some children are relatively experienced dancers but many had never danced publicly before. I am certain it is an experience they will never forget. Well done to everybody who took part!

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Each letter A-Z is represented by a number 1-26. Can you crack the code and solve the crossword? Every letter of the alphabet us used at least once.

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.

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Chronicles of Brandon at War June 1914... It was a pleasant Sunday afternoon on the 14th June when a huge church parade marched through the town from the High Street and on to St Peter’s Church. Led by the military band of the 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, it consisted of over a hundred and fifty people representing local groups such as the Territorial Army, Brandon Fire Brigade, Boy Scouts and local Red Cross nurses. Afterwards the army major who oversaw the parade suggested to the nurses, using a rather ominous tone, that they should continue practicing hard because if war broke out then they would be called upon to save soldiers’ lives. Some of the local lads serving as Territorials are off to military camp next month and they thought a war might be fun! The commanding officer of the military band that led the parade had given his permission for them to play a concert on the Market Hill afterwards. So we hurriedly printed off posters to advertise it and word even got out to people outside the town and there was a huge crowd waiting in anticipation that evening. However the performance was somewhat marred by the local Rector putting a stop to it because he said it interfered with the town’s church services in the evening. People were not happy. The following week it was the 3rd anniversary of the King’s Coronation and the school children assembled on the Market Hill to celebrate. In front of a large gathering of local residents and dignitaries, a couple of lads hoisted the Union Jack on the school’s flagpole. The Headmaster and his wife led the children into singing loads of patriotic songs, “What can I do for England?” and “Hail, Hail, King George”, were just some of the catchiest ones. Then came a rousing rendition of the National Anthem. Fred Gentle stood up and told the children to always remember what they had just been singing about and to forget the talk of England not being as great as it once was. “England had once been great and she would be so again if the rising generation would but do their duty!” he told them. He got three cheers for that! Talking of children, some people reckon their crops have been damaged by children who are not from this town. Well it now transpires that some charitable souls from the cities are sending children to the Rectory for a break. Well, no one appears to have let the authorities know and people are now concerned that these children might be spreading sickness. The Rector, who is not in people’s good books after the Market Hill saga, has tried to reassure everyone. He reckons the children would have been screened by a nurse before they left the city but should anyone think they have caught something from the children then he would like to know. I’m not sure that has reassured anyone! Before I put my pen away for this month, there is just one more thing to mention before I finish. The local newspapers are making a fuss about an Austrian royal couple who have been assassinated in Bosnia. Darren Norton Brandon at War www.brandonatwar.co.uk

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IES Breckland On the 7th May we welcomed HMI Moodie to IES Breckland. He spent a day monitoring the school and the documentation that has been put in place following our Ofsted Inspection. It was a very successful visit, our Post Ofsted Action Plan is “fit for purpose” and we are well on the journey for coming out of Special Measures. HMI Moodie made special mention of the behaviour at IES Breckland - behaviour is “not a barrier to learning in this school” and behaviour is “calm and purposeful – often exemplary” in lessons. We at IESB are very pleased and proud of the speed of progress that we are making and proud of our students who have engaged in the new way of learning. Please do come along to our Parent Forums for more updates. HMI Moodie’s visit followed a visit the week before from the Department For Education when he gave positive feedback highlighting strengths and identified all the improvements made to date. IES Community Action Group The IES Breckland community action group or CAG spent a morning at Brandon Tesco spreading the word! The CAG are a group of student volunteers from within the school whose aim is to help others and to contribute more to our community. Handball Louise Jukes who was part of Team GB at London 2012 visited the school to deliver a coaching session to some Year 8 pupils in preparation for their tournament on the 4th July. All the pupils involved really enjoyed the session and can’t wait for the tournament to begin. Some great questions were asked by the pupils and were all in shock when she said she had sat with Mo Farah and Usain Bolt to have meals during the Olympics. Louise was so impressed with the school and the attitude and the pupils’ willingness to develop their skills after having been taught the sport in PE lessons. Summer Showcase Concert The Summer Showcase Concert was a veritable feast of amazing performances with a zany Alice in Wonderland theme. The audience was entertained with singing, dancing, monologues and short plays - all brought together by Alice and the Mad Hatter. Got to Dance “On the 8th May fourteen of us lucky students got the amazing opportunity to go to London and watch the ‘Got to Dance’ auditions. It was interesting to see how a television programme is created and watch different genres of dance. It was a great experience and I hope the school gets another chance to do it again next year”. Caitlin Newsome, Year 8. More from IES Breckland on page 21...

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IES Breckland Continued from page 19... Swedish Exchange “On the 7th of May 2014, 14 IESB students, in year 9 and 10, took a trip to IESH in Sweden. The school itself was wonderful, everyone was very respectful and lovely. It was very different to our school. On Thursday we went and spent a full day in the school and taking part in all of their lessons. On Friday we did a tour of Halmstad, the town itself is very beautiful and had a wonderful history.

On Saturday we went to Aerosfortet, which is a place in which you get into teams and try and complete a series of challenges, we used them to do team building. It was a very fun experience because we had the chance to get to know the IESH students better than we already did. We are all very excited for when the other students come over to our school”. Ellie Palmer, Year 10 Parent Forum We strongly believe that parents and carers play a pivotal role in their child’s education and in the continued improvements across the school. The creation of a parent forum will provide a platform for parents/carers to come together, share ideas and to put their ideas to the Principal and the Governing Body. It gives parents a voice and to also enhance the partnership with IES Breckland. If you’re not able to attend the next meeting on the 12th June (5-6pm) you can still get involved or feedback any views or comments by sending us an email at parentforum@breckland. iesschools.co.uk and we will discuss this at the next meeting and respond directly to you with the outcome of what’s been discussed.

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Pantry Patter - History of herbs and spices The medical and culinary uses of herbs and spices have deep roots in human history, as well as a high value to all human cultures. Archeologists have found evidence that people had been using herbs and spices for millennia, worldwide, before their use and properties were written down. At least 50,000 years ago, people were using herbs for cooking meat. The earliest recorded instances of herb and spice use stem from Egypt, China, and India from around 6500 to 5000 years ago. As far back as 950 BCE Arab merchants travelled throughout southeastern Asia, including China And India, along what was known as the “Incense Route” and brought valuable spices to the Greeks. Alexander the Great helped establish the spice trade when, after conquering Egypt in 80 BCE, he made Alexandria into an important trading port which lasted for centuries more. The Romans expanded the use of spices in cooking and medicine, and they created beauty products, lotions and perfume from herbs and spices. During this period, the value of spices was very high and they were traded for enormous amounts of gold and silver. Eventually the Romans were able to establish direct trade with India and succeeded in breaking the Arab monopoly. Romans then introduced spices throughout Europe. With the fall of Rome in 476 CE, trade between Europe and Asia all but disappeared for nearly 400 years or more. While Europe languished during the Dark Ages, Arab, Chinese, Indian and Indonesian cultures continued to make fortunes in the spice trade. It was Marco Polo who in the late 13th century excited other explorers with his exotic stories of the Orient, including the spices grown there. In the 14th century, sea travel became more frequent and new trade routes were discovered between Eastern Asia and Europe. Around 1500, Spanish explorers discovered the Molucca Islands near Indonesia, better known as the “Spice Islands”, where cloves, nutmeg, mace and pepper were all native. In the 1600’s the Dutch created the East India Company (the first multinational corporation ever created and the first company to issue stock) whose sole purpose was to profit from the spice trade. For hundreds of years fortunes were made by those who controlled this maritime spice trade. By the 1800’s however, spice plantations were being established all over the world, ending the cartel known as the Spice Trade. The history of spices in India deserves a separate mention. Over 5000 years ago, a medical system called Ayurveda was established and still remains in popular use today. In fact, it is the oldest medical system in the world today. Ayurvedic principles, along with those from another branch of Indian medicine known as Siddha as well as what is known as “Traditional Chinese Medicine” or TCM, form the basis of complementary and alternative medicine. Each of these ancient medical systems relies heavily on herbs and spices as ingredients of their healing medicines.

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Pantry Patter - Herb and spice quiz Is it a herb or is it a spice? 1. Chervil

2. Bay Leaf

3. Cloves

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

4. Paprika

5. Nutmeg

6. Dill

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

7. Cardamom

8. Allspice

9. Coriander

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s both

10. Caraway

11. Sage

12. Italian Parsley

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

13. Cayenne

14. Chives

15. Hyssop

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

16. Garlic

17. Anise

18. Cumin

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

19. Basil

20. Saffron

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

a. It’s a herb b. It’s a spice c. It’s neither

Answers on page 25

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Herb and spice quiz answers Here are the answers to the pantry patter herb and spice quiz on page 23... 1. Herb, 2. Spice, 3. Spice, 4. Spice, 5. Spice, 6. Herb, 7. Spice, 8. Spice, 9. Both, 10. Spice, 11. Herb, 12. Herb, 13. Spice, 14. Herb, 15. Herb, 16. Neither, 17. Spice, 18. Spice, 19. Herb, 20. Spice

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June Gardening As I sit writing this article, it’s early May, and it’s blowing a gale outside. Flaming June seems a long way off although sunshine and showers provide ultimate growing conditions for many garden plants, if not the ultimate conditions for gardeners. Heavy rain is battering our garden and soft stem perennial plants are laying flat in the borders. It’s now I wish I had used my own advice and provided supports for these plants earlier in spring as they first emerged! Now that the risks of frosts have passed, it’s now time to plant young tomato plants outside. A question we are often asked is “should I pinch out my tomato plant?” How you prune and train your tomato plants depends on how the cultivar naturally grows. There are two main growth habits termed as indeterminate (also called vine or cordon) or determinate (or bush). When you buy seeds or young plants check the label to see what growth habit the plant has. Indeterminate varieties produce flowers and fruit on trusses that grow directly from the main stem. Pinch out the laterals (side shoots) that appear between the leaf and the main stem as these produce unproductive vegetation. The only time to pinch out the tops of tomato plants is once the fourth (outdoors) or the sixth (indoor) truss has set. This is because any further produced fruits usually fail to ripen. Indeterminate varieties require support; simply loosely tie the main stem to a bamboo cane. Determinate (Bush) tomatoes produce compact plants with numerous short, side shoots that end in clusters of fruits. Do not remove the side shoots of determinate varieties as this will reduce cropping. If you grow tomatoes in growbags or pots, these require frequent watering and feeding. The roots should be kept moist, but not waterlogged. Regular use of a liquid tomato food will maintain soil fertility. Potassium will encourage fruit development and prevent greenback, however excessive use of potassium can lead to magnesium deficiency which results in blossom end rot. Use tomato feeds as directed by the manufacture to avoid the incorrect supply of potassium. Splitting fruit is caused by erratic watering and fluctuating temperatures. If you grow plants outdoors, you have little control of the weather; promptly picking fruit in periods of heavy rain reduces losses. The biggest threat to outdoor grown tomatoes (and potatoes) is blight. Blight is a disease caused by a fungus which spreads rapidly in wet weather causing decay and collapse. At the first signs of blight, brown patches appear on both fruit and stems, remove and destroy infected plants (do not add to the compost heap). Crop rotation will help prevent a build up of disease. Bear in mind all tomato plants are susceptible to whitefly attacks, so consider placing some pots of basil or marigolds near your crops - they act as a great natural insect repellent. Really keep on top of your watering in June, a lack of water now will cause some vegetables to run to seed (bolt) and dry soil will stop many annual flowers from performing their best. Tubs and baskets may require watering twice a day in hot weather. However If your beds, or vegetable plots, need watering then its best to give a really good soaking once or twice a week rather than little and often. Whatever June brings, I hope you are able to enjoy some time simply relaxing in your garden. Rachel Sobiechowski BSc (Hons) P&R Garden Supplies, Fengate Drove, Brandon 01842 814800 www.p-rgardensupplies.co.uk

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1st Brandon Scout Group We are sorry we were not able to submit our article in the last issue. Apart from the fact we were on Easter Holidays, we had an incident at our HQ. Persons unknown vandalised our new fence. The wire & brackets were damaged as were 2 of the uprights in their attempt to climb over. After discussions with the police other security measures have been put into place together with coating the fence in Anti vandal paint. We asked ourselves why? We don’t have anything of value to anyone. Just mindless vandalism. It has cost us dearly but we hope that we will be left alone to carry on our Scouting. On a happier note, at our St. George’s Day Parade 8 of our group were awarded their Chief Scout Award. They are: Rozie Smith, Leon Galler, Ben Wheeler, Abigail Bragg, Harrison O’Malley, Olivia O’Malley, Joshua Mintram & Ezmie Smith. WELL DONE. We are all looking forward to our planned camps, the carnival & the Wheelbarrow competition. We hope that you will support us at the carnival by visiting our stall where we will be selling 2nd hand books & crafts made by our group.

Chilterns TV Chilterns estate agents in Brandon have launched Chilterns TV, a new online TV channel. Yannis Prodromou from Chilterns said “At Chilterns our ultimate goal every single day is to offer our vendors, buyers, landlords and tenants a truly positive experience, a service that is professional and unrivalled and a sales and lettings team that are thoughtful, knowledgeable, approachable and completely focused on our customers needs. This ethos lies at the very heart of what Chilterns are about. “However, we recognise that customer expectations are quite rightly elevated and at Chilterns we don’t want to just meet those expectations we want to rise way above them. When we talk to our vendors and landlords about marketing their property we want to make sure we get them results and fast. “Whatever marketing tools we have at our disposal we want them to have, not at extra cost, but because we know our marketing will make all the difference. The difference between a quicker sale at a better price or the difference between a landlord finding a suitable tenant and not enduring lengthy void periods. “At Chilterns we are very excited about this forward thinking ‘blue sky’ marketing approach. Chilterns TV will embrace all of this, set us even further apart from our competition and without a doubt be the best way to view properties on line. “Very soon each property marketed through Chilterns will have its own dedicated micro site and buyers will be able to retain this after they purchase the property so they can update, amend and develop the site for their own personal use as they improve, renovate and redecorate their new home enabling them to share its progress with friends on Facebook and other social media alternatives. We don’t want chilterns TV to be a one off experience, we want it to be an integral part of the future of buying and renting homes when you deal with us.” To view Chilterns TV go to www.chilternstv.co or contact the Brandon office on 01842 813466.

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Useful Telephone Numbers Councils Brandon Town Council (Town Clerk)

01842 811844

Forest Heath District Council (Main Switchboard)

01638 719000

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)

01842 812276

Dentist - The Dental Surgery (High Street)

01842 812381

Hospital - West Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds)

01284 713000

NHS 111 - Medical Help (Less urgent than 999)

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Help & Advice Citizens Advice Bureau (Brandon Office)

01842 811511

Social Care Services (Customer First)

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Utility Companies Electricity - UK Power Networks (Fault Line)

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Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 10  

June 2014 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine.

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