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Welcome to Brandon How was Summer for you? It never seemed to get started but that didn’t deter the Brandon volunteer base.
September we get Fire and Flint, Brandon’s BIG bulb planting event and the unveiling of Victor’s Polish war memorial.
We’ve seen the Tesco Family Fun Day, BTCFC’s football training, Wind In The Willows and Picnic in the Park at Brandon Country Park... and they’ve all see dry weather.
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CHRONICLES OF BRANDON AT WAR By Darren Norton
Colonel Edward Mackenzie has served as Justice of the Peace for Brandon since 1872. He wields much influence over the town, which was recognised five years ago when he laid a large plaque into the wall of the new infants school to much pomp and ceremony. Today Mackenzie sat as a magistrate in the court room of Brandon’s Petty Sessions, passing judgement on Frank Coleman from Feltwell, who rode a cycle through town without lights, and Alfred Norton who wants to evict his tenant, Charles Aldous, so he can move a family member into the property. Following the conclusion of today’s business Mackenzie turns to his fellow magistrates and announces his intention to resign, going on
to explain that he is looking to sell up and move out to the Sussex coast. It seems years of declining health have taken a toll and his hopes are the sea air will aid his recovery. He goes on to reminisce about the early years of being a magistrate. The long days of riding on horseback between his home at Downham Hall, Santon Downham, to Mildenhall because Brandon had no court of its own. He remarks that most Brandon people, when faced with the journey to Mildenhall, were reluctant to pursue cases or be a witness due to the resulting loss of income. So he welcomed the progress made when Brandon received it own court and could prosecute offenders in the town, ultimately leading to a reduction in crime. Colonel Boyd Cullen Poley Hamilton, of Brandon House, also announces to his peers
that he will be winding down in his duties as a magistrate. Having been a magistrate since 1888, he feels he lacks the energy he once had. Another influential magistrate, Lieutenant-Colonel Spragge, of North Court, is currently away on war duty, thus begging the question of who will replace them. Reverend Joseph Light Wyatt, took up the position of Rector of St. Peter’s church in 1899, but he and his wife have announced they too are looking to move on and have put some of their possessions up for sale. In these times of austerity there are some bargains to be had - silver vases from India, a writing table from France and many oriental carvings; but top billing must go to the Bengal tiger skin, a snip at nineteen shillings! Add to this the death of Palmer Lingwood, co-owner of the fur factory on Thetford Road, and you can see the influence of Brandon’s powerful elite hangs in the balance. It has been generally accepted other wealthy people will move into Brandon and take on their positions. However, change is in the air. Just recently locals questioned why our lads could not return home to tend the fields, they then refused to billet soldiers sent from the city to take their place. Trade union membership is in the ascendancy, much to the joy of William Mutum the Labour representative for Brandon. Women are working in the factories and many are demanding equal rights. It is clear townspeople, more than ever, want influence over decisions being made, but rest assured for now there are no rumblings of revolution unlike in Russia. The war does not look like ending anytime soon, so local decisions will no doubt be more closely scrutinised by townspeople. Next month, a Brandon businessman will stand before a court pleading for his life because he has no wish to go to war. He will hope his influential friends will step in and save him. We shall see... 9
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Refurbished Tennis Court Reopens A special ceremony was held at the end of July to celebrate the launch of the refurbished tennis court at Brandon Leisure Centre.
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The court was opened by MP Matt Hancock and a taster session of short tennis was held. Now the community is being asked to make a racket about the refurbished court which will be free to use for around a year and can be booked with the welcome co-operation of the Leisure Centre.
The refurbishment of the community tennis court means that all within the town and surroundings can use it. The tennis court will be available to adults and accompanied children. In addition teenagers will be encouraged to play tennis with their friends.
Chris Arnold, a member of the Brandon Remembrance Playing Fields Committee, volunteered to try and find grants to raise the funds and obtain quotes for the refurbishment plus a limited supply of equipment for mini or short tennis for children aged 5-12 years. Funding was secured from many sources including the Suffolk Community Foundation, via its Stimulus Fund in association with the Lawn Tennis Association, West Suffolk Partnership Network Ideas Fund and the BRPF Committee itself. It also included locality funding from Forest Heath District Councillors Peter Ridgwell, Christine Mason, Victor Lukaniuk and David Palmer as well as money from District and former Suffolk County Councillor Reg Silvester. Locality funding is part of Forest
This will have a positive impact on health and wellbeing as participating in sport leads to healthier and more active lives. Chris Arnold said: “The court was in a bad condition and dangerous to use. The Committee wanted to see the court brought back into use and avoid the loss of a valuable facility which might have been turned into additional car parking. This refurbishment will mean that the sport is accessible to all and will enable the community of Brandon to treasure this valuable asset which enhances the entrance to the Playing Fields and Abbeycroft Leisure Centre. It would build new relationships through sports and could be used by local community groups and schools within the town. Who knows, there may be a Wimbledon winner of the future start their tennis career in Brandon.”
Engine House Officially Opens The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership and Suffolk County Council’s Brandon Country Park were delighted to open the newly restored Brandon Engine House at Brandon Country Park on Wednesday 9th August at 11am. Brandon Park was a large estate of almost 3,000 acres and in the late 19th century, an Engine House was built over the well to mechanise the process of drawing water up for use in the mansion and auxiliary buildings on site. Later on, the engine also produced electricity for the site. Once mains electricity reached the Park, the Engine House continued to provide water for the estate and was used as a workshop for many years. More recently the building was used for storage, as a kennels and workshop, while slowly deteriorating through lack of maintenance. The Breaking New Ground LP, hosted by Suffolk County Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, have now completed a programme of restoration of the Engine House and Bothy, connecting the two with a brandnew link building. The work was carried out by Suffolk company Gipping Construction. This fantastic new resource, owned by BNG partners the Forestry Commission, will be leased and managed by the team at Brandon
Country Park. It will be used by the park, local community groups and organisations, providing a new venue to deliver training, run volunteer workshops, events and meetings. The buildings were officially opened by Ronald Rule, a 91-year-old project volunteer, who was born at Brandon Park, just a few yards from the buildings themselves. His father was the chauffeur for the estate owners and looked after the collection of motor vehicles they owned as well as the Engine House machinery. New interpretation panels have been installed in the engine room, which celebrate the history of the Park and buildings, along with lighting in the well, allowing us to see down all 150ft for the first time! Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said “SCC is delighted to have been involved in a wonderful project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that has brought such a historically significant building back into use at Brandon Country Park. It presents an opportunity for visitors to the building to understand the role it played in providing power and water to the main house, and will provide a fantastic new venue for local groups and organisations to meet, train and hold events.”
Wild About Nature I hope you all enjoyed the previous two articles on building a Bug Hotel and some of you were inspired to build your own. Below are a couple of photos of one built by a dear friend of mine. The wildlife in a certain garden in Weeting will have a great time living there!
Nature certainly can put a smile on your face and if that hasnâ€™t been the case for you it is perhaps that you havenâ€™t had time to stand still and enjoy the natural world around you. Sitting in my garden this week I have spotted a wealth of beauty. I have a large herb garden and this year we have had many very, tiny Mint Moths visiting. These are really very small but if you can get near one they are stunning little works of art. Also spotted, but had to ask my knowledgable friend what in fact it was, was a Volucella zonaria. No,I had never heard of it before. These are relatively rare and as such my siting and blurry snapshot were recorded on iRecord, a web site for managing and sharing wildlife records.
The Volucella zonaria is a hornet mimic fly and is quite a sizeable insect measuring nearly 3cmlong. Quite an impressive looking beast. Finally, whilst renovating a property, we found a large mummified rat in the cavity wall but I wont put a photo of that on here as it was quite gruesome! On the wall of the same property I did find a chrysalis. Knowledgable friend consulted and she reckons it might be a peacock butterfly. Amazing to think during this chrysalis stage the black and white peacock butterfly caterpillar transforms itself into the most stunning insect.
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Brandon Heritage Centre Brandon Heritage Centre will be at the Community Groups Fair, on the Market Hill, Sunday 3rd September. If you are coming along then look for us next to the Scouts’ stall, in front of Hyam’s shop. We plan to show our display of photos illustrating the building of the Brandon bridge from 1953 to 1954, but don’t worry if you can’t make it on the day as we will be displaying these photos in the heritage centre throughout September (Saturdays/Sundays, between 10am and 4pm). We will also have a few items on offer to buy at the Fair, such as a collection of Brandon history books and our new heritage themed tea towels. The tea towels feature on old Brandon scene and are priced only £4.75. So please pop along and say hello to us, or even share your memories about when the bridge was built.
showcase event of Brandon’s heritage this year. Again we shall be having a presence on the Market Hill, so pop along and speak to us. ‘Market Place’, the organisers of the event, put on last year’s ‘Ferry Tales’, so if that event is anything to go by then this one promises to be very special. We know the finale will be a light projection performance onto the town hall, and because it will relate to Brandon’s past, it should be one not to miss. One of our members, John Bowes, has a photograph of a dance at the Paget Hall, most likely taken in the early 1950s. He wonders if anyone might be able to name any of the people in the photograph. It could be Christmas because you can just make out some ceiling decorations, but it is possible these may be from another celebration. If you think you can name anyone in the photograph then please let the heritage centre know.
We are also looking forward to the ‘Flint & Fire’ event taking place on Saturday 23rd September, which promises to be the biggest
On a different note, the trustees at both the Mildenhall and Diss museums have graciously invited our volunteers over for guided tours, which will allow us to ask questions and tap into their experience. Places are limited, so if this of interest to any of our volunteers then please let Darren Norton know, or drop into the heritage centre and tell one of the volunteers on duty. The dates will be 9th September and 16th September.
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Tesco Family Fun Day Hundreds took advantage of the great weather on Saturday 29th July and enjoyed over 25 stalls featuring mixture of games, food, crafts and local community groups. At the event, which took place on the 29th July and was Tesco Brandon’s 4th annual fun day, local community groups were given a free pitch to raise funds for themselves raising over £800 in total. Those groups included A.N.G.E.L.S, Dogs Protection, 1st Brandon Scouts, Brandon & District Rotary Club and many more. Curtis Cronin Music entertained guests with his amazing vocal talents and kindly donated his services for the day, visitors were able to enjoy the music as they tucked into their lunch. MB Street Dance of Weeting delighted crowds with two dance performances whilst Dawn til Dusk Falconry showed off their beautiful birds of prey.
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Brandon Town CFC Charity boxing... A massive well done to one of our coaches, Chris Goddard, who was a knockout in his charity boxing match in July raising funds for cancer research and Brandon Town CFC. After training for nearly five months for the bout, Chris managed to win the fight inside the three rounds which took place in Norwich and was run by UWCB. A fantastic £600 plus was raised by Chris and all his hard work which will be greatly appreciated by both recipients. Chris was second to last on the fight card and clearly had the best following and support of the night as many friends and family gave their support! Men’s new away kit... As the men’s team enter their second season, Centre Café from Brandon have kindly continued their sponsorship and sponsored a brand new away kit for the team. The men’s team play in the Bury & District Sunday Football League and are managed by Gary Rampley and Mick Rumsey and are looking to improve on their respectable fourth place finish from last season. New U11 team... Last season saw a new look management team of Lee and Ivo take over the U11 team as they moved to 9-a-side football and a last season of non-competitive football. Throughout the season the side grew and developed together attracting many new players over the season. The success of the team was evident at signing on for this season when enough players signed on to make two teams, one moving up to U12 and one remaining at U11. The boys have kindly
been sponsored by My Style Barbers Shop in Brandon and there are still places available on the U11 side so if you are interested please contact Ivo on 07724 307303.
Thankyou Roger... This season, it is with a very heavy heart we say goodbye to our longest serving coach at the club - Roger Field - as he retires after fifteen years coaching girls and ladies football at Brandon. Roger has been instrumental in developing girls and women’s football in Brandon and it is safe to say there probably wouldn’t be any girl’s football in the town without him. Over the years all three of Roger’s children have played for the club with great support from his whole family! The effort put in by Roger over the years helped make Brandon Lasses one of the biggest clubs in East Anglia for girl’s football and at one stage nearly had a team at every age group which is unheard of within girl’s football. Before starting the ladies team Roger managed several girl’s teams which were always successful winning leagues and cups in the Suffolk Girls League. Thank you Roger for all you have done for the club and girls football in the area from all at the club and the hundreds of girls you have coached!
Brandon in Bloom Brandon in Bloom are delighted to let you all know that we’ve been awarded a grant of £2,995.00 from Tesco ‘Bags of Help’. A massive thank you to those of you who voted for us in store - we came 1st place! The money will be spent this autumn on our ‘Bulbs for Brandon’ Project. 9,000 Daffodil Dutch Master (one for every resident of Brandon!) will be planted in green spaces in streets around Brandon. Alongside the Dutch Masters, 9,000 Species and large flowering Crocus will be planted. We will also be planting a whopping 60sqm (8,400 bulbs) of native spring flowering bulbs including snowdrops, anemone nemarosa, psuedonarcissus, endymion (bluebells), and Allium ursinum. These will provide flowers from January to May. If you would like to help plant the bulbs the areas we are planting are: • Knapper’s Way (Entrance on Thetford Road) • Wellington Close • The Triangle – Bury Road • Queen’s Road (green near no 89) • Saffron Close • The Paddocks • Swallow Drive (Junction with Mallard Way) • St Nicholas Walk • St Margaret’s Drive • Wood Close • Walton Way • Falcon Drive (Entrance from Green Road) • Petunia Way • St Stephens Crescent • Sweden Place • Coulson Lane/ Hall Close
• Kingfisher Drive • Edmund Road • Woodlands Rise • Evergreen (Old Library Road) • Corner of Manor Rd / The Street / Crown St • Heathcote House Nursing Home • The Orchard • St Peter’s Church • Tesco • Brandon Country Park • Brandon 1st Scout Hut / Fledglings Preschool Bulbs can be collected from P&R Garden Supplies on Saturday 23rd September between 9:30am and 10:30am and must be planted on the weekend of 23rd/24th September. For more information you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook. Other news... We are planting 40sqm of wild flowers (also part of the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grant) along with wildflower seeds provided by Mr Fothergill’s Seeds in the Paddocks and at the Triangle (Bury Road). On Tuesday 22nd August Britain in Bloom judge Nigel inspected the sunflower area. Nigel was very impressed with the eye catching display we have created and maintained. He gave us lots of ideas on how to further improve the area, and we also discussed our other projects. Nigel is confident as a group we are ready to take on full “In Bloom” membership. To achieve this we will need more volunteers to help around our town. Watch this space to see what award we are granted!
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Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9.
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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Because Service Matters!
Chilterns celebrate as ESTAS winners are revealed! Chilterns M. were shortlisted in this years prestigious ESTAS awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair. Voted by customers, the awards brought together industry professionals from all over the UK. Elaine Forester, Senior Negotiator, based at Chilterns Brandon Office received the prestigious 'People's Award'. Presented by Phil Spencer, this award recognises the outstanding service that Elaine continues to give her customers and is testimony to all the hard work and dedication from the Chilterns team.
The event, which is sponsored by Zoopla and took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, saw a host of winners named after the results of over 34,000 customer surveys were revealed. 'I was so overwhelmed when I received this award. I just couldn't believe it when my name was called out. I love my job and the best part of it is getting to know my clients and customers. Moving home is never easy, but I hope that with my support day to day, the moving process becomes a little bit easier and less stressful. I'm also lucky to work with such a brilliant team of sales and letting's professionals who have all played a massive role in this achievement'.
"This industry doesnâ€™t get enough credit for the work it does with millions of customers around the UK helping to make their dreams come true and at The ESTAS we want to highlight that fact,â€? said Phil Spencer when opening the event. www.chilterns.co