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Brandon TOWN MAGAZINE

MARCH 2017

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Welcome to Brandon It’s easy to know when Spring is here... the Daffodils are appearing, Brandon Carnival announce their theme and of course you get reminded to put your clock forward. March is the month we lose an hours sleep but what we gain in light and colour certainly makes up for it. Here at the Brandon Town Magazine we do

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Brandon Carnival 2017 Desert island Discs might not be familiar to all, but it is the theme chosen for Brandon Carnival 2017. The organisers chose the theme after reading the show, that goes out every Sunday on Radio 4, was to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Since 1942, the show has been sending castaways to an imaginary desert island armed with just eight records of their choosing, their favourite book and a luxury item. Pianos, guitars, paper, pens and pencils feature regularly, but some castaways decide to go for something a little more unexpected, and that is what we are hoping for from you, the Brandon public. Let your imagination run wild, whether you use music throughout the years, a style of music, maybe your favourite guest, oh, and of course, as it’s a desert island, pirates… lots of pirates and gold.

want to be part of Brandon Carnival 2017 you need to be thinking of entering now. Space at Brandon’s biggest event is limited and we want all our groups to have a chance to showcase themselves, whether it be in the entertainment arena, the parade, having a fundraising stall or just letting people know who they are.

Maybe you don’t belong to a group, you might have just moved to the town and want to get involved. Well, please, get in touch. We need all the help we can get. Every year we say ‘ Please, we need your help’ and 2017 is no different. This year we want to highlight how much we need you and so we include a statement from Gary Brocklehurst... On the day, June 4th, we want to have more floats and walking entries than last year’s record attendance. The drivers and managers at Lignacite have come up trumps again, but this year they have gone one better and we can have FOUR lorries for 2017. Brandon Riding Academy winners in 2015 have booked in and they are sure to push for the best float once again, won last year and in 2013 by Glade School. Will we see a new name appear to challenge this year? The Harvest centre won best walking float at the inaugural parade in 2012 but it’s wide open and literally any group, no matter how big or small can win the title. The professional stallholders are being booked in as we go to press and we have heard from a few of our local groups. If you

“Last year, on Carnival day, I was on my feet from 7am to 7pm and certainly suffered for two days after, taking time off work to rest and recuperate and get my swollen ankle moving again. Unfortunately, unless we get some support, I will not be able to dedicate the same amount of time to the event this year. However, you, the public, by offering just one hour of your time on the day, can help maintain the standard of event enjoyed over the past 4 years. This is your chance to say ‘I helped achieve that’ when everyone goes home with a smile on their face and a Carnival flag tucked in their back pocket.” If you want to get involved or find out more, just visit us online at brandoncarnival.co.uk.

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taught. As a part of the presentation, Mr Bleach used images of the Year 8 Context challenge. Our year 8 Options Evening is on March 16th and parents, carers and students will be able to come and see all of the GCSE subjects available. Finally, as most of you are aware, we have a small outside swimming pool on site and when IES Breckland opened the pool was unfit for use. We are investigating the possibility of getting this facility operational and are looking at a number of options to include the use by local groups and the wider community. This obviously takes time while we look at costs, how we could fund the venture and the possible demand. We are fortunate to have the support of Brighter Brandon who are currently gauging local opinion. Alison Tilbrook Principal IES Breckland

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Reverend William Foord-Crocker, Rector of St. Peter’s church, improved the lives of many in Brandon, before he died suddenly in 1899. His replacement, Reverend Joseph Light Wyatt, is more than qualified to step into the great man’s shoes. Before coming to Brandon, Wyatt travelled to India to build schools and churches from nothing, and took it upon himself to learn the Tamil language, which eventually brought him back to these shores when Cambridge University invited him to lecture on the language. This month Reverend Wyatt celebrates fifty years of teaching Christianity and throughout his career he has sought to improve people’s lives. He now faces one his biggest challenges here in Brandon, as the town through no fault of its own, is in steady decline. Ironically it is the son of his predecessor who epitomises this decline. Fifty-six year old Percy Crocker runs Brick Kiln Farm, on the edge of Town Street. It owes some of its past success to the fact Percy could rely upon his sons to help out. Today, in the spring of 1917, his sons are hundreds of miles away fighting in the fields of Flanders rather than working on fields in Brandon. The town is lacking able-bodied men to do any work so other Brandon businesses are feeling the strain too. Just last week Lingwood’s fur factory went to court to argue that their foreman, who has just received his call up papers, should not go to war. The army has already taken forty men from this business so they can ill afford to lose another. Lingwood won the argument so the man can stay... for now. Percy cannot equal their influence. Last year he was unable to harvest all his crops and many of them still lie rotting in the ground. The authorities consider it virtually criminal that a farmer could leave his crop in the ground to rot, especially when food is becoming scarce, so they issued Percy a written

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warning stating he has to manage his farm better. The council had hoped soldiers stationed nearby, training with the Army, could be billeted with local residents and put to work on farms like Percy’s. However this plan soon unravelled when local residents refused to accommodate the soldiers and demanded their own sons were returned from war to do the farming. I can see their point, most of these soldiers are from the city thus lacking any experience in farming, but this removed any hope Percy had for receiving assistance. The council have other options too, which they hope will alleviate local demand for food. The cemetery will be offered up for allotments and those with larger plots can hire a motorised tractor and plough at 15s per acre, which includes a driver and petrol. They have also arranged for a delivery of seed potatoes for residents to plant, but there is concern that these have yet to materialise and time is running out.

The authorities have an ulterior motive for writing to Percy. Brandon Hall Estate is being broken up and auctioned off at the end of the month. Percy rents his land from the estate and its derelict state might drive down the auction price. Or worse it might put off any potential buyer and Brandon can ill-afford to lose any investment right now. You have to feel for poor Percy. Perhaps if his father was still alive he could ask him to summon some divine intervention. 9


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Brandon & District Rotary Club Brandon & District Rotary Club enjoyed our annual games night at the club house at Santon Downham on the 16th February 2017. This night is a yearly fun event supported by all Rotarians in the club. Games include tiddley winks, shove ha’penny, carpet bowls, golf putting, stack the cans and

darts. Thank you to our family and friends for participating in our fun evening. Everyone enjoyed the buffet too. If you would like to know more about Rotary please contact any Rotary member or ring 01842 811995 for further details.

Breckland Forest Marathon A new ‘Breckland Forest Marathon’ will take place on Sunday 23 April 2017, starting at 9am from the British Trust for Ornithology’s property at Nuns Bridges in Thetford. The route takes the Little Ouse Path, plus an interesting diversion at Santon Downham, to Brandon and returns. There will also be a half marathon, which will be heading from Thetford to Santon Downham and back at the same time. The Brandon House Hotel has kindly offered their grounds for the half-way checkpoint, where runners can pick up some refreshments before setting off for the return run.

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Restoration of Engine House begins On Monday 30th January, work officially started on site to restore the Engine House in the grounds of Brandon Country Park.

‘bothy’ using traditional techniques. It will be used as a meeting space, a base for events, volunteer training as well as for use by local community groups. The projected finish date is in July, so until then the site is out of bounds to the public, but we’ll be keeping you informed of the project’s progress in this column!

Brandon Park House, set in a country estate of extensive parkland, was built in 1826 by Edward Bliss. The main house was supplied with water, and then later electricity, from the Engine House. The engine was a Ruston and Hornsby and powered mechanical tools as well as the water pump. The building survives today, with some of its original machinery, and is a great example of a late C19th functional building. The contractors (Gipping Construction) will be transforming the Engine House and adjoining

Work is progressing well. The contractors have installed their temporary site office and have got underway with the works, starting by removing the large machinery from the building (this will be safely stored before being restored and re-instated), The scaffolding is up and work has begun on reinstating the flooring of both the engine house and bothy, as well as the laying of foundations for the link building. Excitingly, the contractors have also been able to run some lights down the 120ft well so that we could see what was down there. We hope to be able to light this permanently so that visitors can (safely) see what is down there! This project is part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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The first meeting of the year took place on 17th January 2017. With some “new faces” attending the meeting and lots of other people offering commitments of help the group is moving forward in a really positive way. Brandon in Bloom is part of the new “Brighter Brandon” group. Brighter Brandon partners with local individuals, groups and businesses to help fund, support and promote a number of the town’s projects and events. Following our meeting, I can confirm that the Brandon in Bloom “Blooming Barrows” event will be taking place again this year – for the third year running. For those of you that do not know what “blooming barrows” is, its a competition in which ANYONE can take part, be it individuals, couples, families, groups of friends, the street you live in, businesses, schools, charities, shops, pubs…. literally anyone that has an interest in gardening and seeing the town “brighter” is very welcome to join us. We have a supply of free wheelbarrows to be used for the competition. We have identified various locations around the town in which the barrows will be placed after the event. Although we still need more places if your shop/ business is willing to look after one after the competition. This years theme is “Desert Island Discs” and the competition will take place at P&R Garden Supplies on 25th June 2017 - along with a “Family Fun Day” planned for our 15th Year Trading Celebrations! If you would like to take part please email us at: info@brandoninbloom.co.uk and I will keep you in the loop with all the details. A collection day at P&R Garden Supplies in early April will ensure your barrow has plenty of time to grow before the competition! Just recently Brandon in Bloom adopted a grassed area of land, opposite Bury Road Doctors Surgery. On inspection of the site on 21st February our test planting hole revealed

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the original Bury Road! Its little wonder the yew tree the group removed in November had died - the roots simply never stood a chance with a tarmac base. We are now going to complete a full site survey to check soil depths as the road beneath the soil will have a huge impact on the range of plants we are able to plant on the site. We are also erecting a new picket fence around the area, starting with the open area along the path. If you can help erect or paint the fence, or help with the survey please contact us. Another project the group is undertaking is the planting of memorial/dedication trees in various locations throughout Brandon. A tree dedication is a unique way to mark a special occasion, memorialize a loved one, celebrate a milestone, in remembrance of a pet, or to simply honour someone with a tree because they cherish nature. A tree is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations, and is perhaps the most fitting memorial gift of all. If you would like to dedicate a tree, please contact us on info@brandoninbloom.co.uk Dog waste has become a widespread nuisance around the town and poses a serious health risk. You may have seen our “Dog Poo Fairy” posters along The Avenue. Unfortunately, the first signs were vandalised less than 4 days after putting them up. It is a real shame that one or two people feel the need to damage others hard work, not to mention the signs cost money to make. Those funds could have been used elsewhere to make our town cleaner and brighter. Our new signs have been made in stronger aluminium. You can be given an onthe-spot fine if you don’t clean up after your dog and Dog walkers caught without a bag to clear up their pets’ mess face £100 on-the-spot fines under a new law. We have secured further offers of funding for the group and have many other projects planned too, both ambitious and small. We need as many volunteers to take part in these planned events as possible. If you are on Facebook please like our page facebook.com/ brandonsuffolkinbloom Thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing from you. On Behalf of Brandon in Bloom Rachel Sobiechowski P&R Garden Supplies


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Wild About Nature As we enter March, not only will our native British wildlife start to wake from their winter slumber we start to see the arrival of our avian friends that have been wintering in warmer climes. If the weather is mild we may start to see signs of bats emerging from hibernation but if the weather turns cold again they will return to their torpid state, lowering their body temperature for short periods to see them through the cooler weather. Bumblebees have a very interesting life cycle. Unlike honey bees they do not maintain a colony throughout the winter. During autumn the last remaining queens will mate and then find a nest to overwinter. Only the queens hibernate until spring when she will emerge from her nest to start the task of procreating. She will find a suitable place for a nest and then build a wax ‘honey pot’ to hold a small store of honey. She will also make ‘Bee Bread’, a mix of pollen and honey. It is on the pollen that the eggs are then laid. Then bizarrely, she takes on the characteristics of a chicken and actually sits on the eggs to keep them warm. During the development of the young bees the queen will rely upon her honey pot for nourishment. Mostly all of the first batch of hatched bees will be workers who keep the nest tidy and forage for food for the queen who continues to lay eggs. Later in the season she will lay eggs that will become the next generation of queens and drones. Drones do not have a stinger, nor do they collect pollen or nectar. Their sole purpose is to mate with the queen. Unfortunately, since the start of the 20th century, two species of bumblebee are now extinct in the UK ,so it is important that we hang on to the remaining species. Just by planting an area of your garden with bee friendly plants you are helping the existence of the bumblebee, providing much needed food. Several breeding pairs of the beautiful Mandarin duck have returned to the lake at Brandon Country Park. These birds are now considered ‘native’ after several feral birds were released into the wild in the early 20th century. They will be making their nests in tree cavities close to the water’s edge as the lake will provide them with a much needed food source. Their eggs will hatch anytime between April and May. Mandarin ducks eat dragonflies, small fish, frogs, small snakes and are particularly keen on acorns which are in abundance at the Country Park.

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Chris Celebrates 100th Birthday Chris Christmas, a Brandon resident, celebrated his 100th birthday on 12th February with a party at Brandon House where he was joined by plenty of friends and family. What is ancient history to most of us - the Russian Revolution, WW1, the Roaring Twenties and more - is living memory for Chris Christmas. Speaking at the celebration last weekend, Chris said “I’ve had a very fortunate life” which was “pretty eventful at times”.

permanently. “We’ve enjoyed our Brandon life very much, thanks to our many friends that we have. The people in this town have been outstandingly kind and supportive”, Chris said. In the corner of the room at Brandon House was a pile of gifts from well-wishers. Looking at it with anticipation, Chris remarked “There does seem to be quite a few champagne bottles. If you asked me the secret of my longevity, I would say that it’s my fondness for champagne”. He also confesses to a fondness for technology and all things new. A smartphone, tablet and laptop are just the tip of the iceberg for this gadget master. “I’ve always liked technical stuff” he said, “perhaps it’s a lively interest in all things that makes each day worthwhile”. “But”, he added, “it’s really my lovely wife, my daughter Joan and her family, that have brought me the most joy over the years”.

It certainly was eventful! He joined the army whilst underage at just 15 and travelled extensively, making an important contribution to the war effort in India where he had up to 2000 troops under his control. Post-war he served in Germany and the Middle East.

With a glass of champagne in one hand and his phone in the other, Chris added “Here’s to the next 100 years!”.

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A walk in Santon Downham This month I’m taking you on a 2 ¾ mile walk through an area that can only be visited under your own steam. This walk utilises the 201 bus route passing through Santon Downham. I bussed out but you could just as easily hop on board after your walk. Starting at the church bus stop in the village (check pointer board) head down the slight incline towards the Forester’s offices. There is a car park and toilets here if you are doing part one (this month) and part two (April issue) combined as one route. From the car park there is a new finger sign placed by Breaking New Ground to point you in the right direction. Head off to the right towards the iron bridge and as we cross the bridge, looking on the left bank, you will see the new steps put in as part of the bridleway upgrade. We turn left here and down the steps. On the day I walked I was accompanied from here for a good mile by what I later called the Santon swans, the reason why becomes apparent later. The lovely clear water of the Ouse was a delight to see but on a crisp morning there was not one fisherman in sight. In fact I had the whole walk back to Brandon to myself, the only disturbance was the occasional train, which the wildlife seemed to ignore even though the track is within touching distance. I walked today with a set of walking poles which turned out for me to be a wise move. I have limited movement to my ankle and the ground was a little slippery. Stout shoes or boots would be the order of the day. As mentioned, the walk is 2 ¾ miles and follows the riverbank with odd paths joining it from the Harling Drove. At these points there are directional arrows for the casual walker. It might be nice if they had distance markers, but that said, whichever direction you are walking, no directional instructions are needed for this walk. Just enjoy the scenery and any of nature’s visitors you might see. The swans are well ahead of me now as I’ve stopped a couple of times just looking and listening. Iin the distance I hear a Jay and a Reed Bunting hardly gives me a second look sitting on the reeds just a few metres away. On the opposite bank I spot a few familiar sights around here as the Muntjac blissfully ignore me and go about their business. I’m surprised to see four felled trees, all look to have blown at an angle as the roots are visible. What is surprising is they have landed crossing the river. The ducks make good use of the weed caught by the branches but this is where I lose the Santon swans and then pick up the Brandon pair. I know because unless they expend some energy and fly over the obstruction there’s no

way past some of the trees. I then spot a mass of white paper and instantly recognise it as a Chinese lantern. I must admit I’ve let one off in memory of a loved one but seeing this litter here, so out of place, would urge anyone thinking of letting one off to think again. This one seems to at least be one of the ‘better’ ones as the crosswire for the candle is easily snapped and wouldn’t prove a catch hazard. I have seen wire ones and I can just imagine an animal getting caught up in it. The bamboo outer ring of this one also breaks into tiny pieces, but for the few minutes of pleasure, as it was launched, cannot be matched by the months of untidiness and danger to our wildlife. My new swan friends appear to be in a hurry as they disappear into the distance, mainly because I’m dawdling. I love nature and can tell the difference between the 6 most popular species of our feathered friends but I really must put a pocket book of birds onto my wish list to help identify today’s spots. I’m getting close to the end of this walk and on the opposite bank the homes of The Paddocks and then Gas House Drove appear. There’s a couple of moorings and a small boat house and I wonder how long ago small boaters actually came this far up river. Riverside Lodge with its marquee tells me I’m back to the town. It’s still a nice sight as the lawn is covered with a mass of yellow Aconites. One last picture as I get a shot over The Maltings garden and the town bridge. It’s a short stroll up the High Street and time for a brew. It’s midday Saturday and the cafes are open and welcoming. I’ve just spent a pleasant 90 minutes walking and am looking forward to getting on the Suffolk bank next week where I will walk to Santon Downham making a good days circular walk or just 1½ hours utilising the local bus. I used the Coach Services 201 from Mildenhall to Thetford which passes through the town. Next month I will walk to Santon Downham Church making a combined circular walk if joining with this walk totalling approximately 4 hours or utilise the local bus service and keep 2 separate walks. I got the Coach Services 201 from Mildenhall to Thetford which I caught opposite Tesco Brandon and paid just £1.70, from opposite Tesco. The service picks up at 0943/1143/1343 Monday to Saturday. If you walk the opposite way around, picking up the bus at Santon Downham church, the bus comes through at the following times 1022/1222/1422/1737.


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The Brandon Ladies team was formed 6 years ago as players, from the girls set up at the club, reached the age of 16 and moved into adult football. A mix of youth and experience soon saw the team well established within Suffolk and Norfolk with success in the league and league cup, and most notably reaching the Suffolk County Cup Final. The team started out in the Suffolk women’s league before a season in the Eastern Regions women’s league; they’re currently playing their football in the Norfolk Women’s and Girl’s football league. The team are going through a transitional period and are finding it difficult to field the same squad each week due to work and other commitments. Despite this they have managed to reach the League Cup semi-final which will be played on the 12th March away to Bungay ladies.

Sunday 5th February was a landmark date for Brandon football as both Sunday men’s teams met in the quarter final of the BDSFL floodlight cup. It was the first time in many years that two Brandon teams had met and is great testament to football within the town. The match was not for the faint-hearted with youth versus experience on display and although Sundays went in at half time 1-2 up, Brandon FC eventually won the game 4-3 and took the bragging rights and a place in the semi-final.

The Ladies are grateful to Colombo of GFC Brandon for his terrific sponsorship of the team kit over the years. The ladies are always looking to add to their squad and are especially looking for a goalkeeper to join the team. Anyone interested in getting involved are welcome to come along to training on a Thursday evening. Contact the club for details or Roger Field on 07769 944451.

12 Hour Charity Football Match After the success of last year’s charity football match and public interest, we have decided to put ourselves through the agony of another 12 hours of football on Sunday 14th May. Please support us and help us to raise as much money as we can with every penny going to Cancer Research. We will KO at 9.00am and the final whistle will not be blown until 9.00pm. For more info please contact Steve 07969 870 405. If you are interested in joining Brandon TYFC please contact our club Chairman Gary Rampley on 07716 188800 or direct message us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Breckland Cats Protection Moving house can be a big deal for cats much of their feeling of security and ability to relax comes from being surrounded by the familiar sights, sounds and scents of their own territory. Careful planning will ensure it is a smooth move for everyone. There are two options for moving day. Booking your cat into a cattery or taking him with you as you move. If you decide to book your cat into a boarding cattery for a few days, you will not have to worry about him while you move. Of course, your cat’s vaccinations need to be up to date prior to moving. If you decide to take your cat with you as you move, on moving day keep him in a quiet room that has been cleared of furniture. Pop his bed, scratching post, litter tray, and cat carrier in there and give him a small meal. If he is prone to travel sickness, it is worth withholding food for three to four hours before the journey. Do not let him out, as you don’t want him to go missing if he suspects that something is afoot. Once you are ready to leave pop him into his carrier and load him into the car along with all of his belongings. Once you have arrived at your new home, take your cat to a secure room with all his familiar bits and pieces. Give him something to eat and make sure he has a litter tray. Close the door and leave your cat alone for a while. Make sure you tell the removal men which room your cat is in, so they do not disturb him. You could also put a note on the door. It might be a good idea to keep your cat

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in his new room for a few days as it can be overwhelming to have access to the whole of the house straight away. Most cats will let you know when they are ready to venture further. However, once you let him see the rest of the house, make sure that all doors, windows and cat flaps are closed. He is not ready for the outside world yet! It is important that your cat feels relaxed and secure in his new home before exploring the great outdoors. Some cats go missing shortly after moving house because impatient owners let them go outside too soon. Cats will need to be kept indoors for at least three weeks. When you do let him out do it just before a mealtime when he is hungry and you can call him back with his favourite food. Open the door and step outside encouraging your cat to go with you. Leave the door open so he can run back into the house if he feels insecure. Only let him out for short periods at first, gradually building up the time he is out until you are confident he can come and go as he pleases. Make sure you cat is micro chipped before letting him out, so that if he wanders off he can be traced easily. If he is already micro chipped, do not forget to change your address details on the central database. For help or advice or assistance in the cost of neutering, please call us on 01842 810018. Rita Thompson.


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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)

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Doctor - Forest Group Practice (Bury Road)

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Hospital - West Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds)

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Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 43  

March 2017 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine

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