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Brandon Town Council Report Christmas Fayre A big thank you for all the support we had for this year’s Christmas Fayre. The turnout was tremendous and feedback has been very positive. Shortly, our events committee will be planning next year’s calendar so watch this space. Play area Refurbishment In the New Year we will be starting a refurbishment programme for the play area at the Brandon Remembrance Playing Fields. A reputable play equipment provider has provided us with designs for the area. It has been suggested the playground is divided into two sections i.e toddler and junior. We have the plans on display in the office so please feel free to come in and have a look. Your comments will be most welcome. Following a playground safety assessment report we have been advised to remove the Seesaw the Springie and the Junior Swing. The ramp on the Playzone Unit is to be replaced and the top bar of the Monkey Ring secured. Our grounds men will be carrying out the repairs over the next few weeks.

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Brandon & District Rotary Club Firstly, a Happy and Prosperous New Year from the members of Rotary Club of Brandon & District. We are looking forward to a busy social and fund raising programme during 2014 and details will appear in this column in due course. One of the first events of the year will be our annual Games Night on Thursday 23rd January. This is an informal evening when everyone can try their hand at traditional games such as Shove Ha’penny, darts, bowling, etc. plus a few newer ones designed to test players’ skills. Friends and family will all be welcome to join us for the evening. Also, it will be the ideal occasion for anyone interested in possibly joining Rotary to come along and get to meet members. We meet at Santon Downham Community Centre every Thursday around 7.45. If you would like to join us at the Games Night, please contact Trevor on 01842 811995. If you are interested but can’t make it on that evening, we will be pleased to meet you but you must contact us a few days in advance.


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Brandon Christmas Fayre Brandon’s Market Hill was transformed into a festive extravaganza which was organised, for the second year running, by Brandon Town Council’s events sub-committee. The event kicked off at 4pm with the announcement of the arrival of Father Christmas by town crier Mike Wabe. Father Christmas then spent the evening inside Santa’s grotto, set up and run by Shoestring Theatre Company. Brandon Carollers begun the evening’s entertainment with their first selection of Christmas songs and carols, followed on stage by Christian rapper Picassomusik with a number of his self-penned tracks. Local rock band Heathen got the crowds going with their performances of some Christmas favourites and classic rock anthems before the Brandon Carollers returned for their final set. After another short burst from Heathen the town crier was joined on stage for the all-important switch on countdown by Town Council vice chairman Stephen Edwards and Lord Iveagh, from Elveden Estate, who donated the town’s Christmas tree. Cllr Edwards went on to thank organisers and those who turned out in support before the event was closed with a fireworks spectacular over the old school building. Food and drink was a plenty with delicious hot chocolate, candy floss, donuts, beef burgers, hot dogs and the Christmas favourite hot chestnuts, a real festive treat. Richard Crowther who helped organise the Christmas Fayre said “Our goal was to build on the previous years Christmas Fayre and we succeeded, it was wonderful to see so many families attending the event. “We had a delightful community choir, a fantastic band and Town Crier that made the evening very special. “A festive thank you to all of the stall holders and crafters who participated, a magnificent variety of gifts for Christmas.” More photos and videos of the event can be seen on the town’s website at


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1st Brandon Scout Group Nearly another year has gone. What a busy year it has been with camps, outings to here & there, hikes & lots of refurbishments to our HQ. January will see us compiling our annual census. Although our numbers always drop during the winter months we still have just over 40 members with 9 Leaders. We will all be planning for the forthcoming year for camps & outings & our programmes of events & badges. Our next fund raising event will be on Saturday 1st February when we will be holding a JUMBLE SALE. 2pm - 4pm. So if you have any clean & in good order children’s toys, unwanted gifts, or anything we can use for a tombola, they will be greatly received. We will also have a home produce stall, a 2nd hand book stall & a few games thrown in; not forgetting tea & coffee. Also to raise funds we are still collecting clothing, shoes & bags. For every kilo of goods we get 50p. To date we have raised £170.00. All monies raised goes to our refurbishment fund & to buy equipment for the group. We are also raising funds to help Abigail go to the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015. Can we all say to everyone in Brandon a big thank you for your support & to wish you all A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR. The Leaders & members of 1st Brandon Scout Group.

Brandon School of Dance During 2013 we had a great year starting with the ‘International Dance Teachers Association’ exams which all the students took and the school achieved the highest results in 5 years of opening. The students all achieved top and second top marks, well done all. The next event was our yearly in school choreography competition where all the students’ routines were amazing and all winners are going to show their routines off at the ‘Apex Theatre’ in our New Years show on January 18th 2pm matinee. This was a fun but yet very competitive competition which showed all the students talent in choreography! To celebrate our 5th year in September a birthday bash for the school was held and we all enjoyed a disco at IES Breckland school.

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We are now busy with show work and the whole school is full of happy energy. There are 2 new classes opening after the show, they will be 5-7 years ballet class on Fridays at 5pm to 5.30pm and adults modern/freestyle dance classes on Saturdays at 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Please visit our facebook or our website The first week in February we will take on new recruits so please contact me if you want your daughter or son to enjoy ballet, modern/freestyle/street dance, tap or contemporary. Also mums and dads do not be scared to join in the adult’s dance classes, give it a go! Happy new year to all my very supportive parents and students, looking forward to 2014.


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Ten Questions - Councillor Peter Ridgewell Q1. If anyone in the community would like to become a Town Councillor what advice would you give them? Think again. Q2. What new methods of communication with the community do you think Brandon Town Council should be using? Megaphone, Town Crier. Q3. We all have gadgets in our lives, which gadget could you not live without? Torch. Q4. Which historical figure do you admire and why? Sir Winston Churchill. He got things done. 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? A Food Festival held on the Market Hill held on a Sunday. All nationalities bring their own local dishes for everyone to taste. Q6. The last book you read? Britain’s Branch Line Railways, Britain’s Scenic Railways. Q7. Which other committees or organisations in Brandon are you a member of? Church, Brandon Neighborhood Watch. Q8. If you could improve 3 things in Brandon what would they be? A bridge over the railway at the High Street End, Boating Marina with River trips, Town Bus to enable people to come into the town and shop. Q9. If you had to choose a single memory to keep what would that be? Having the last meal with my mother after attending a meeting. She died four hours later. Q10. Why do you enjoy being a Town Councillor? By delivering the free newspapers I get to talk to the people of Brandon and so listen to their problems.

Brandon in Bloom It has been suggested on “” that for 2014, we as a town maybe enter the In Bloom event or at the very least have a go at brightening up our town. The idea behind this is to encourage the younger people to try gardening and generally for all of us to take an interest in the area we live and work in. Rachel from P&R Gardens over the railway line at Fengate Drove has offered to join in and offer her expertise. Would you like to get involved? It need only be an offer to help water hanging baskets, to maybe sowing seeds and help distribute plants, or maybe open your garden up on an open day. Then why not come along to a public meeting to get some ideas and maybe suggest some of your own, as to what is wanted or needed and how we go about this. The proposed date for an informal meeting to see if anyone is interested in pursuing the idea is Monday 20th Jan at the Brandon Leisure Centre from 19.30. Don’t worry if you can’t get along till later as its just the first step in raising awareness of this activity.



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Chronicles of Brandon at War January 1914... Men wielded influence in the town, but what of the women? Well they had very little say, and a meeting of suffragettes held in the Paget Hall this month tried to address this, but they had a long way to go. 58 year-old Hannah Prior ran a grocer’s shop in Town Street... now I say “grocer’s shop”, it was more a small cottage that her mother turned into a shop some years ago, and last month, just before Christmas, Hannah received a visit from Inspector Mobbs, the head of Brandon’s police. He wanted to send some of her baking powder off for testing and refused Hannah’s offer of a pre-packaged box of the stuff and instead wanted the loose powder she kept in a drawer. She weighed out ½lb and Mobbs sent it to Norwich for analysis. The result was bad news for Hannah and she was summoned to attend the Brandon Magistrates Court for selling baking powder below the legal quality standard. The Chairman of the court was Lieutenant-Colonel Basil Spragge, a typical ‘old guard’ military type, who had a distinguished military career behind him. He had received the D.S.O. from the King and had also been a bodyguard to His Majesty, and twenty years ago came to settle in North Court, Brandon, with his new wife who had been half his age when they married. Now he oversaw justice in the town. Poor Hannah was too nervous to appear and she instructed a Norwich solicitor to speak on her behalf. Spragge suggested her non-appearance smacked of a lack of respect for the Court, however he did allow the case to continue in her absence. Inspector Mobbs opened the proceedings and told the court the Norwich analyst had stated there was only a quarter of the carbonic acid that should have been in the baking powder. The solicitor countered this by suggesting there was no legal standard regarding levels of carbonic acid in baking powder so how can anyone say it was below quality, and Inspector Mobbs should have informed Hannah that he was going to send the sample off for testing. Spragge put this question to Mobbs, and Mobbs replied, “I told her when I went into the shop I was an Inspector under the Food and Drugs Act, and I told her two or three times it would be sent to the analyst at Norwich, and just before I left I said the public analyst.” Spragge pursued the point, “You are perfectly certain you used the words PUBLIC ANALYST?” Mobbs replied, “Yes, sir.” The solicitor pressed home his argument that there was no legally defined standard to base this case on and Spragge admitted the offence was not a very serious one, but public officers had to be respected. Hannah was fined 10 shillings. It seemed not all women were prepared to be heard. Darren Norton Brandon at War


Glade Primary School As always, it’s been a busy time at Glade. The run-up to Christmas has seen a huge range of events taking place for all of our pupils. Early December saw our athletics team competing at Newmarket College against 7 local schools. The children did brilliantly, and came 3rd in the competition. Everyone agreed that it was a great afternoon’s sport. This was followed very quickly by a visit from author Jack Trelawny, who joined us for a day of piracy! Jack read extracts from some of his books and spoke to the children about how he became an author. The whole school was full of pirates. Even the staff dressed up! With no time to waste, the whole of KS2 swapped pirates for panto and jumped aboard the bus to Ipswich. All of our older children went to see the Rock & Roll panto Dick Whittington at the New Wolsey Theatre. The annual visit to the panto has become a recent tradition and we are already planning which one to go and see next year. Final mention must go for our awesome Christmas Fair, organised and run by the equally awesome Friends of Glade. We had an amazing fair this year and raised close to £1000. Thank you so much to all of the parents, pupils and staff who supported us. The money raised is used to support events and provide additional resources for our pupils.

IES Breckland Being a confident reader is absolutely central to your child’s success at school and beyond. The ability to spell everyday words is essential in order to pass exams and get into college/ apprenticeships. This year at IES Breckland, those children who are struggling with aspects of Literacy are getting extra help through our Literacy Intervention programme. The children are grouped according to year group and reading/spelling age in very small groups and they work through the basics in a calm and supportive atmosphere. Feedback from both children and staff has been very positive so far and we are looking forward to seeing much improved reading and spelling skills amongst this group. All children benefit from regular reading at home to develop and master literacy skills. Here are some tips: • Read aloud with your child if they become frustrated. This helps them to understand and enjoy what they are reading and it still helps them to learn. • Your child can also read along with books on tape or CD. You can now find books read aloud on Youtube, including the GCSE text “Of Mice and Men”. • By reading a bedtime story to a child from a book slightly more difficult than the child can read themselves, you can help them learn new vocabulary, generate ideas and be an enjoyable experience for both. Even teenagers still enjoy being read to.


Forest Academy At Forest Academy, the children in Key Stage 1 have been learning about the Great Fire of London. Our aim is to deliver an engaging curriculum, where history comes alive. Children enjoyed a very exciting day, which began by recreating houses in a style typical of 1666. We then set them up on the playground to represent London at that time - the houses were closely packed together. Then, under the watchful eye of Brandon fire service, we set the houses alight and watched as the fire spread quickly - just as it had done nearly 400 years ago. We finished off the day with an important assembly, reminding us about the importance of fire safety and what to do in an emergency situation.

Children at Forest Academy also took part in a sponsored spelling event, raising money for a very special charity - the NSPCC. We are proud to say, we were able to raise £2170 for this valuable cause and raise awareness of the fantastic work they continue to do.

Are you part of a group? At the Brandon Magazine we like to include as much news and information from the local groups and organisations as we possibly can. If you’re part of a group that is based in Brandon we would be very grateful if you could inform the people who run the group about this magazine and ask them to get in touch. We can be contacted by email on and we will print as much of the information sent to us as we’re able to. Don’t forget that all issues of the magazine can be read online by searching for ‘Brandon Town Magazine’ or by visiting and clicking on the link on the home page. The magazine is printed monthly and the next deadline for copy can be found on page 3 of every issue of the magazine. Don’t miss out, get your group to contact us today! Don’t forget that we’re also full colour, so we welcome photos as well.






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Brandon Relief Road Public Meeting Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Elizabeth Truss, MP South West Norfolk will hold a public meeting on Friday 10 January about the proposed Brandon relief road. The Public Meeting will be an opportunity for Brandon and Weeting residents to learn more about the proposed Brandon Relief Road and plans for development. Forest Heath District Council and Suffolk County Council representatives will also attend as well as representatives from Breckland and Norfolk County Councils. At a public meeting earlier this year about Brandon’s problematic level crossing, Network Rail confirmed that they would fund a replacement bridge across the railway as part of a future relief road for the town which would provide the only comprehensive solution to ease the congestion problems and would mean the level crossing would no longer be required. The bridge will form a vital part of the relief road plan which is currently under discussion. Commenting, Matthew Hancock said: “It is vital that residents have an opportunity to voice their concerns. I am keen to hear their views about the relief road and development plans. The economic benefits for Brandon will be considerable, at the same time opening up the whole of East Anglia for tourism and business.”

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Shoestring Theatre Company Shoestring Theatre Company would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who visited our Christmas Grotto at the Brandon Christmas Fayre on 10th December. We all had a fantastic time entertaining the children as they passed through our “Winter Wonderland” on their way to visit Father Christmas, and we hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Santa was certainly kept busy with the constant stream of children passing through the Grotto on their way to see him. It was so lovely for all of us, to see their faces as they stepped inside where they were greeted by toy soldiers, elves, the snow queen, and even a fairy, a snowman & Mother Christmas, before going through to see the big man in red and receive their gift. The Christmas Fayre was yet another fantastic success for Brandon, and Shoestring Theatre Company were delighted to have taken part. A reminder for everyone, that our Pantomime “Snow White” is on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th January, at I.E.S. Breckland School, Crown Street, Brandon. Curtain up for each performance is at 7.30p.m. with a Matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.00p.m. Tea/Coffee & refreshments will be available and there will also be a raffle. Ticket prices are £6 Adults, £4 Children (aged 4-16) & Senior Citizens. Tickets are available from Cobra Electrical, High Street, Tramps Hairdressers, London Road or on the door. Our pantos are always popular so early booking is recommended, “Snow White” is a traditional pantomime, suitable for all the family... ”Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is,” and with lots of audience participation, songs, laughter and the opportunity to cheer the goodies and boo the baddies, it promises to be a fun filled show, that we are all looking forward to performing. Please make a date in your diary and come and join us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Brandon Town Bowling Club Brandon Town Bowling Club is looking for Bowlers – both male & female – who are available to play this coming season. Our teams play in various leagues on Monday afternoons; Tuesday & Thursday evenings both at home and away matches at various Clubs around Suffolk. We also hold friendly “roll - up’s” every Friday evening throughout the season in addition to Club competitions , even if you are interested in learning how to bowl our members will be on hand and more than happy to show you the ropes. Our bar is open from around 7:30 on Friday evenings all year round so if you are interested in bowling why not pop along for a laugh and a social drink with our members. For further information regarding memberships please contact our Club Secretary, Daniel Street on 07522971606 or e-mail on We are also considering whether to purchase club shirts/jackets for the players next season. If there is any business in town that would be interested in sponsoring us, having their name or company printed on the kit please let us know.


Pantry Patter - Winter Wonderfood There are some foods we can eat this winter that will genuinely do us good. Four favourites are beetroot, broccoli, pomegranates and blood oranges. Broccoli is rich in the fibre and nutrients associated with all green veg, but it has another value. The florets are packed with glucoraphanin, a compound used in the plant’s defence system that is especially beneficial for our health. Eat broccoli and you are likely to reduce your chances of cardiovascular disease. With most varieties, you’ll need to eat platefuls to derive the benefits, but now a newly bred form, Beneforté broccoli, contains more than twice the level of the good stuff. Scientists at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich found Beneforte broccoli has exceptionally high levels of glucosinolates, many times greater than their cultivated cousins. Beneforté,is the result of 30 years of research and crossbreeding cultivated broccolis with their wild ancestors. This new form has glucoraphanin levels high enough that eating only two portions a week will help protect against disease. Seeds and plants of Beneforté broccoli are not yet available, but should be soon, so let’s hope we’ll be growing our own within the next couple of years. For now, we can buy it by the bag from M & S and Asda. Beetroot contains calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, folic acid and vitamin C. Beetroot juice has been found to have two powerful physiological effects. They widen the blood vessels, which can reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow to muscles and the brain.This increases oxygen supply to the muscles for energy production which is especially beneficial during exercise. You can make your own beetroot juice, or try the concentrated shots. However if you are not sure about drinking it neat try it with a shot of vodka and a splash of Tabasco for a delicious Crimson Mary. The beneficial nitrates are very soluble and easily lost in cooking, so either eat it raw (peel, grate and dress) or roasted. This is also the season for pomegranates, emerging as another natural wonder-food. Pomegranate juice is rich in potassium, Vitamin C, polyphenols and Vitamin B6. Clinical trials have shown it to reverse arterial disease which leads to heart attacks and strokes. Compounds called punicalagins, found only in pomegranates, lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the speed at which arterial blockages melt away. Half a cup a day - or the seeds of a fruit - is recommended for those with cardiovascular disease. Coming into season early in January is the final winter wonder-food, the blood orange. The red colouring comes from anthocyanin pigments - important antioxidants - not usually found in citrus fruits. Anthocyanins help to decrease arterial disease, keeping blood vessels flexible and strong, improving the outcome for those with cardiovascular illness. Peel and eat them as they are, drink their juice, or slice them into a salad with watercress and avocado. Integrating these four delicious foods into our diet seems a wise thing to do. As with all produce, the fresher the better, so where possible, grow your own.


Pantry Patter - Hearty Haggis We all think of haggis as being of Scottish origin but like many traditional foods its actual origins are a bit of a mystery. The first written indication of haggis being eaten is, in fact, in a cookbook originating in Lancashire in 1430. The recipe was for a dish called “Hagese” with its main ingredient being offal. However a leading historian claims that the Ancient Romans made a haggis type food and even earlier, Homer , at the end of the 8th century B.C., in his Odyssey, mentions a man turning a stomach full of fat and blood before a blazing fire. Some believe this to be an early type of haggis although the reference to blood suggests this was more a fore runner of the black pudding. In fact, there have been so many references to so called “haggis” from Scandinavia to France we really canʼt be sure of its origins and because of this we depend on folklore to provide us with tales of haggis. Its link to Scotland lays mainly in the lines of Robert Burnsʼ poem “Ode to Haggis” dating back to 1787, several centuries after its supposed origins. Today, as it was in the 18th century, the main ingredients is “pluck” which is the heart, lungs and liver of a sheep. This was because all of the animal was used in one way or another when food was scarce. Added to the pluck is onion, oatmeal, suet and spices, all mixed together and put in the stomach of an animal or more recently in sausage casings. Haggis is traditionally eaten on 25th January, Burns Night, to commemorate Robert Burns, the scottish national poet. It forms part of the Burns supper and is served with a helping of mashed turnips and mashed potatoes commonly known as “neaps and tatties” and a dram (or two) of Scotch whiskey. Traditionally it is paraded into the room behind a bagpiper and Robert Burnsʼ poem “Ode to a haggis” is recited. When the line “His knife sees rustic labour dight” is reached the orator slices the haggis casing with a knife and the contents spill out onto the platter. Haggis is available all year round in Scotland and has even found its way into the world of fast food and can be found both deep fried and as a pizza topping. It had, until 1971, been exported across the Atlantic to many ex pats living there. However in 1971 a ban was placed on the export to the USA of any food stuffs containing sheepʼs lung. A ban that still continues to this day. On a much lighter note, for anyone thinking that throwing a caber across a field would be too much, then there are always the Haggis Hurling Championships to have a go at!


Safer Neighbourhood Team Greetings from the Brandon Safer Neighbourhood Team. Crime remains low. In November 2013 there were 39 recorded crimes in Brandon (compared to 66 crimes in November 2012.) In the first two weeks in December only 13 crimes were recorded (compared to the first two weeks of December 2012 where the figure was 28 crimes.) Anti-social behaviour also continues to fall. Year to date figures for Brandon Town show the total ASB incidents reported as 200. The average for the proceeding 3 years over the same period is 271 ASB incidents. Brandon SNT has welcomed a new member of staff, PCSO 3297 Laura Cooper. Her posting to Brandon is in addition to the current staff on the team. She will be joining the team after completing her 8 weeks training at Police Headquarters and will based in Brandon Town. Her beat will cover everything south of London Road and everything west of Bury Road and will include the Industrial Estate, Tesco’s, the Market Place and Brandon Country Park. We are keen to hear from Brandon residents about issues you think the Police can assist you with. If you want to contact Brandon Safer Neighbourhood team you can call us (101) or email us ( You can also follow us on twitter @foresththpolice Happy new year. Sergeant 810 Chris Chisnall

Mark Skinner Funeral Service Mark and Laine had a great time with their bereavement group for their Christmas meal which took place at The Riverside in Mildenhall. There were a lot of laughs and the food was delicious!! The bereavement groups meet up once a month for lunch and have been running for almost ten years, many friendships have been formed and a lot of support given. If you feel it would be of interest please call Mark’s office on 01842 810534.


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January Gardening Happy New Gardening Year! January maybe the coldest month of the year; however this shouldn’t put you off getting in the garden. There are many jobs to do such as checking stored corms and tubers for rot or checking stakes, ties and fleeces for damage. In the fruit & vegetable garden, prune apple and pear trees and start forcing rhubarb. Late January is the best time to purchase seed potatoes as the best choice will be available. What are seed potatoes? Seed potatoes are potatoes that have been specifically grown in areas that are rigorously checked to be free from pests, diseases and viruses. This eliminates the chance that your crop will be infected by mosaic virus & other specific viruses, leaf roll and blackleg. Ordinary ‘shop purchased’ potatoes and ‘home grown’ potatoes, can carry high numbers of bacteria and fungus, and non-certified seed potatoes can also carry eel worm. Therefore it is important to grow graded seed potatoes to prevent the spread of these specific potato problems. Grades of seed potatoes: There are three grading classifications of seed potatoes. Two of which are available to the home grower to purchase. 1) Certified & CC: a low grade classification of seed potatoes. They can still contain small numbers of pests & diseases. 2) Basic: contrary to the name this grade of seed potato is premium quality. These seeds are completely free from all the specified viruses, pests & diseases listed above, cyst nematodes and wart virus. Basic seeds are mainly grown in Scotland, including our supplier JBA. Types of Seed Potatoes: Seed potatoes are grouped into four categories: 1) First Earlies 2) Second Earlies 3) Main Crop and 4) Salad (types of First or Second Earlies) These terms basically refer to the length of time it takes the crop to mature. First Earlies: Produce a crop within 60 - 110 days. Early varieties mature before blight can be a problem. First Earlies make smaller plants so they take up less space in the garden, and are perfect for growing in containers. Early varieties do not store well. Second Earlies: Produces a crop within 110 - 120 days. They are very similar to First earlies, except they take a little longer to produce a crop. Main crop: take the longest to mature, they crop within 125 - 140 days. Main crop’s produce higher yields than First & Second Earlies and they produce much larger potatoes. Main crops are large plants and require plenty of space to reach their full potential, so they are not suited to growing in containers. Can be eaten fresh or stored. Once you’ve purchased your seed potatoes, remove them from the net/ bag immediately and place in trays (or egg boxes) eye end up ready for Chitting. Chitting is the term used for the process of developing shoots on the potato. You should start chitting your seed potatoes six weeks before you intend on planting them outdoors. To read more on how to chit seed potatoes, and a guide to growing potatoes visit our blog: Rachel Sobiechowski BSc (Hons) P&R Garden Supplies, Fengate Drove, Brandon 01842 814800



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Brandon & District Classic Vehicle Club This club was first thought of by a few classic car enthusiasts in Brandon and Weeting in July 1993, and they held their first meeting at The Ram Hotel August 1993 with 5 people attending. By the end of that year the membership stood at 8, a chairman and treasurer had been elected and things started to take shape. After attending classic car shows throughout 1994 and promoting the club and the monthly meetings at the Ram Hotel to anyone with interest the membership grew to 35 by the end of 1994. These are members from various villages and towns in the area. There has been a steady growth of membership though the years and if anyone wishes to become a member contact details are below. We have had members leave for various reasons, sadly their demise, no longer able to run a classic car because of finance etc or moved onto other areas or hobbies. The membership we have is usually a hard core of 50 to 60 active members at any given time. This is ideal for various reasons, club night space, Christmas dinner and Summer BBQs. From May onwards through to October we attend most weekends a classic car show, rally or fete and they are mainly within a 30 mile radius, this saves on fuel as classic cars tend to be rather thirsty. We have our own events manager and he compiles all the shows in the East Anglia region and we ‘’cherry pick’’ which we are attending and meet up for a convoy run to that event. Over the years we have a great knowledge of what are good and bad shows. I would say that the Weeting Steam Rally is our showcase event of the year, as we have one of our members who organises the car show and invite other clubs and car enthusiasts to attend the set aside pitch. We have over 100 cars that attend this 3 day event and numbers are growing annually. We also support the Brandon Carnival driving the cars in the parade. We send out a monthly newsletter, email or snail mail, appropriately named “The Oily Rag” for members who are unable to attend meeting for whatever reasons so they are always up to date on club happenings. We also have our own web site, what would the original owners of our classic cars think today about that. Times have certainly changed and moved forward in leaps and bounds in recent years where will it all end. Good job there are car enthusiasts and steam engine lovers to keep our feet firmly on the ground. Enough said! Finally this year we celebrated our 20th anniversary. If anyone is interested in maybe joining our club then please contact Bruce Taylor (me) on 01842 819443 or for more details or (Oily Rag editor).


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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)


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

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Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 5  

January 2014 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine

Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 5  

January 2014 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine