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Welcome to Brandon As we head towards the end of the year, we find Autumn is now upon us... We live in such a colourful area at this time of year as the leaves turn orange and start to fall from the trees. We are rewarded with cosy evenings and perhaps even the warmth of a fire as 2017 slowly draws to a close.
After all, why step outside and face a chill when you can enjoy your town magazine from the comfort of your own home. If you have any Christmas events planned please let us know and we’ll cover it in our next edition, the last one of the year. Regards The Brandon Town Magazine Team
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IES Breckland IES Breckland held its annual careers and post-16 fair on 12th October with over twenty sixth forms, colleges, employers and apprenticeship providers represented. 300 students and parents accessed the event and there was a real buzz in the school hall as students and parents went from stall to stall discussing the opportunities that are available to students when they have finished their GCSE exams in year 11. We like to get our students thinking about and planning for their future as soon as they join as and it was pleasing to see students and parents from years 7,8,9 &10 also accessing the event. A big thank-you to the following providers who accessed the event: King Edwards Sixth Form, Mildenhall College Academy Sixth Form, University of East Anglia, University of Suffolk, Access the Music, NHS Careers, Care Careers, West Suffolk College, College of West Anglia, Easton & Otley College, National
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CHRONICLES OF BRANDON AT WAR By Darren Norton
In the thirty-nine months of war, forty-nine Brandon men have been killed while on active service. Then, on just the second day of this month, that number rose to fifty-one when Frederick Wicks and Maurice Osborne were killed in Palestine. We might presume all men killed on active service have died valiantly in battle, or at least from wounds inflicted in the fighting. However this is not the case. Wednesday 14th November. In Northern France, not far from the Belgium border, a train snakes its way through the countryside, heading toward the front line. Soldiers of the British Army are packed into basic carriages like sardines and one soldier is eighteen-yearold Lewis Halls. Lewis is a long way from his family and friends in Town Street, Brandon, although having been in France since spring he might now count his comrades from the Tank Corps as his ‘family’. Yesterday, Lewis and his unit set off from Auchy-lesHesdin, trekked a few miles to Érin railway station and then bed down for the night in readiness to board the train earlier today. Today, all around the train are rumours about where they are heading, Camrai has been mentioned.
It is 8pm and the train continues to chug along through the darkness. It has not long passed through Bray-sur-Somme and up ahead is a tight turn before they reach Le Plateau Junction. Loud grinding pierces the gloom, then Lewis’ carriage suddenly and violently jolts to the side. Men are thrown about, like marbles in a tin can, before Lewis’ world is literally turned upside down. Eventually the carriage comes to a standstill. Now all hell breaks loose with men screaming in agony, while others shout out instructions to help those in distress. It is clear Lewis’ carriage has met with catastrophe, being derailed off the track and then overturning. Within the carriage men lie, caught up in the mangled wreckage, while outside it soon becomes apparent that some have been thrown clear, only to fall under the wheels of the carriages following behind. The scene is one of utter carnage. A few days later in Town Street, Rose Royal has just received a letter about her son. The letter comes not long after she was told her son, who carries her maiden name on account of him being born out of wedlock, had been killed in a train accident in France. With trembling hands she opens the envelope and reads the letter. The words belong to a chaplain from Lewis’ battalion, who has written to Rose in an attempt to offer some solace to Lewis’ next of kin. No one can understand what Rose is going through right now and she reads the words, “He was killed, as far as I can tell, instantaneously. So it is some comfort to think he did not suffer. We laid his body to rest with a comrade this morning in a cemetery near here. His personal effects are being sent back to you through the usual channel.” So now there are fifty-two names recorded on Brandon’s Roll of Honour. “Instantaneously”. Never has one word been used so many times to ease the pain of a mother, father, wife or child. Lest we forget. 9
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Breckland Cats Protection Breckland branch is made up of a very small band of some 20 volunteers, including fosterers, fund raisers and those who hold positions such as our Co ordinator, treasurer, welfare and homing officers. We are proud of our achievements this year, having homed 32 adult cats and 66 kittens in the first two thirds of the year. We currently have 8 adults and 16 kittens in our care with a waiting list of cats to come into us, once we have an empty pen or spare bedroom. We have neutered 382 cats so far this year, some of which have been in our care and some of which belong to members of the public who needed help with the vet fees. We are always happy to help anyone on a low income, with the cost of neutering, to prevent unwanted kittens being born.
They have all been neutered, fully vaccinated, and had flea and worm treatment and been microchipped. We also have 2 adult black cats looking for forever homes, who have been with us for some time. - Belle is a 2 year old female cat who loves human company and would make a great family pet, or a companion for a mature lady. Mimi is a 4 year old black female cat, who is very friendly and loves a fuss. Our adoption fee for each cat or kitten is ÂŁ50, which helps towards our large vet fees. They also come with 4 weeks free pet insurance. All our cats have been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. If you feel you can give a home to one of these lovelies, please contact our homing officer Ann on 01953 681092.
Most of the cats and kittens currently in our care are black or black and white. These are the most difficult to home so sometimes remain with us for several weeks, occasionally even months. Three little 5 month old kittens looking for new homes, together or separately are Zebedee, Ermintrude and Bryony. Initially a little timid with strangers, they greet their foster family by running up to them, purring with their tails in the air. They enjoy being stroked, cuddled and having their chins scratched. Ermintrude likes nothing better than a warm lap and rolls over for tummy tickles. Zebedee will chase you, if he thinks he hasnâ€™t had enough attention. They all get along well with the fostererâ€™s gentle dog and her resident cat.
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and Euphorbia will all create interest in a winter garden, as will evergreen grasses such as Stipa tenuissima, Festuca, and Luzula. Evergreen ferns will brighten up shaded locations some species to try are Cyrtomium Fortunei, Polystichum and Asplenium (Harts Tongue). Plants with berries come in all shapes and sizes. Gaultheria is a dwarf shrub that’s ideal for growing in pots of acid soil (ericaceous), Symphoricarpus (snowberries) will loose their leaves but the large, fleshy berries are retained well into winter. Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ (beauty bush) its grown for its shiny purple berries. Cotoneaster should be carefully considered before planting as it can be invasive. If you are looking for a climbing plant then Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’ flowers from November until late February. For a scented climber try Lonicera fragrantissima. Some plants are grown purely for winter fragrance including Sweet Box, Viburnum x bodnantense, Witch Hazel and Mahonia. The final group of plants to consider for the winter garden are those with colourful stems/ bark such as Cornus (Dogwoods), Salix and Birch.
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Angels Of Remembrance This year St Peter’s is changing our remembrance for those we have loved and lost and see no more and combining it with our national time of remembrance. We would like to offer everyone the chance to remember loved ones, family and friends who have gone before. We shall have our Angel tree and angels that you can write a personal message on. If you would like to, please bring in your own angel or a stone on which you have written a message and your loved one’s name. These will be placed along with our Angel tree in the prayer corner. You can also light a candle in remembrance and take some time to sit and think about your memories. Revd Sharron will be there with other members of the Church if you want to stay and talk and a cup of tea or coffee. On Sunday 12 November at our Family Worship service, the tree, angels and stones
will be blessed and there will be a time of remembrance and reflection held. We will also remember those from Brandon who gave their lives in service of our country and whose names appear on our memorial. If you have not been able to visit before the Sunday, there will be time for you to add your own memory. The church will be open at these times: • Thursday 9 November – 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. • Friday 10 November – 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. • Saturday 11 November – 12 noon to 2 p.m. • Sunday 12 November – 10.00 a.m. – Service of Family Worship and personal remembrance • Sunday 12 November – 3.00 p.m. – Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance [this follows the service at the cemetery memorial]
Bring Empty Homes Back Into Use The owners of long term empty homes are being asked to work with the Council to help meet some of the local demand for housing. There are more than 650 long term empty properties across West Suffolk – these are properties that have been empty for six months or more, while nearly 200 of these have been empty for at least two years. West Suffolk councils have published the figures as part of National Empty Homes Week (16 October to 22 October). It comes just a fortnight after St Edmundsbury Borough Council appealed to landlords to help it to try to accommodate those who are homeless in West Suffolk. Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, Cabinet Member for Housing for both Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “While I am sure that there are many personal reasons why a property may become empty for a while, it is also frustrating as we know that there is a real need for this housing. We have a housing register of 2378 people across West Suffolk – some of these are people
looking to upsize or downsize or move into an area. But we also need landlords to work with us to provide housing. The Council simply can’t meet this need on its own. “The owners are also missing out on rent. Our West Suffolk Lettings Partnership offers a guaranteed rental scheme and our landlord liaison officer would welcome the opportunity to discuss the services on offer. “If it is the costs of repairing the property that is the barrier, then we also offer an Empty Homes Grant of up to £20,000 for essential works where the property has been empty for over a year. That could be ideal for a first time buyer taking on a fixer upper. We can also give the owners of these properties advice or point them in the direction of other services that may be able to help. “The Council does have other powers to try to take over management of these properties to bring these homes back into use and although the number of empty homes has slowly been coming down in recent years, we will always keep these as an option where practical.”
Pumpkin Fest Pumpkin Fest returned to Brandon Country Park on October 25th when the park became a Halloween haven with pumpkin carving, fancy dress and other activities to keep the whole family entertained. This year saw music, dance, woodland crafts and cupcake decorating in addition to the now famous carving competition. Children were able to join in and create their own perfect pumpkin in the magical setting of the park’s walled garden. There were three judging categories this year: under 7s; 7-10; and over 10s. Those who attended the event in fancy dress had the chance of being one of three winners in the ‘best dressed’ competition. See our front
cover for the winners. Brandon Country Park’s Pumpkin Fest started life as a project with IES Breckland School in 2015 when year 10 pupils planted a pumpkin patch in the park’s historic Walled Garden. They tended the patch throughout the year and were then set the task of deciding how to best use the patch come autumn. Full of imagination they decided on a Festival with pumpkin carving, a scary trail, theatre and music. Now in its 3rd year, Pumpkin Fest has grown to involve other community groups in Brandon including Shoestring Theatre Company, Face-It Face and Body Art and Tesco Brandon, who generously provided all the pumpkins.
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Wild About Nature Festive bird feeder As Christmas is fast approaching and the threat of colder weather is on the horizon, hereâ€™s the Wild About method to make a festive bird feeder out of a recycled milkshake bottle! They are really easy to make. A perfect activity to do with the kids and ready to feed our birds over the winter period!
Collect all your materials Gather up all the components shown below. The milk shake bottle is perfect as the white plastic has a white base to colour in your festive designs.
Cut out the seed ports and colour in your festive design Using permanent marker pens, create your festive design. Cut four seed ports evenly around the foot of the bottle.
Make a loop for hanging Drill two holes in the lid of the feeder. Feed a length of string through and then tie the two ends together in a knot.
Attach the drip/seed tray Drill two holes in the base of the bottle and two holes in the lid of the small plastic tub. Attach them together using the cable tie seen in the photo above. We used the lid from a small plastic tub.
Fill your new feeder Fill your new bird feeder with your bird seed. Use a funnel made from a fizzy drinks bottle.
Hang your feeder All thatâ€™s left is to Hang your festive bird feeder in the garden and wait for the birds to arrive! The little Santa hats can be found in a local Poundland (4 for ÂŁ1). They are bottle toppers for wine bottles but fit snugly on the shake bottles too. They might not last long in the winter weather but they look fun!
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Brandon Heritage Centre You are probably aware we appeared on Anglia TV news a few weeks ago. The lead up to this happened so fast and just after we had submitted our article to the previous edition of this magazine. Our joint press release, in co-operation with Breaking New Ground, about the flint panels from the old Community Centre went out early one Wednesday morning and within hours a reporter and camera crew were at the centre. It was broadcast the following day but sadly there was no mention of those who were interviewed, so we thought it would be good to give them credit now – first up was Nick Dickson, of Breaking New Ground, describing the significance of the panels, then Victor Lukaniuk described the skill involved in making the panels and Hugh Lodge had his moment of fame as he demonstrated the firing of the flintlock gun. A copy of the broadcast is on our website. Brandon Heritage Centre is now closed for the winter and shall reopen in April, just as the bulbs are blossoming in the front courtyard outside the centre. Our thanks to ‘Brandon
in Bloom’ for providing the bulbs, we are so grateful to be included in this exciting project of planting spring bulbs. With the onset of our winter closure comes time to reflect upon what we have done this year and make plans for next year. In the next issue we should be able to update you with a proper review of visitor numbers and donations, but there is no doubt it has been a resounding success. Just in. We are selling calendars. If you are interested in buying one, they are £5, you can either catch us on social media or via our website. Alternatively we shall have limited stock at the Christmas Fayre on the Market Hill on Sunday 3rd December. We shall also be bringing our tea towels, books and perhaps a few artefacts from the centre. We hope to see you there. Lastly, a HUGE thank you for everyone who voted for us during the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. All our volunteers really do appreciate your support. Thank you.
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Brandon in Bloom “Seymour’s Garden” In September as the group discussed possible new projects, Terry suggested an area of a neglected woodland along Seymour Avenue (Between nos 21 & 23). The group visited the site the next day and we all quickly saw the potential in this beautiful site. Residents of the area informed us that the area had only received one grass cut during this season, yet the waste bin on the site is regularly emptied. There is also a bench hidden by undergrowth. The area is not intended to be a formal garden as this would be costly and too labour intensive, it would also require the use of gallons of water to keep the plants alive. Instead we plan to work with the wild lush nature of the site. A ‘true’ native wild flower garden would be difficult to establish in this area as the ground is moist and fertile, and the existing grass would outcompete with wild flower seeds. So, an idealised version of a woodland wild flower meadow will be created. For those of you who watch Gardeners’ World, not dissimilar to Monty Don’s Cricket Pitch. A mown pathway will meander through the site, whilst the rest of the grass will be left to grow long. The long grass will be planted with woodland native spring flowering bulbs and tough perennials, with the aim of attracting wildlife to the area. We plan to fence across the front of the garden with a small picket fence. Residents have informed us that both
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Brandon Town CFC Brandon U7s say thank you to GFC We had our first ever away game against Stoke United in the Norfolk County Youth Football League. The game was played in the right spirit, with a very friendly and nice host. The game went well with some very good passing moves, defending and attacking throughout the whole game.
Brandon U11s say thank you to My Style Barber Shop A big thank you to Mr Styles Barber Shop in Brandon for their kind sponsorship of the U11 Lads. Best of luck to the U11s and Manager Ivo Cordeiro for the season.
Managers Ali Mathers and Jamie Brooks said their performance today showed how much they have improved and progressed since the days of Soccer Saturday. POM was Arran Murdoch and in the previous game against Hellesdon was Noah Collins. Well done everyone and roll on the rest of the season. Also, a big thank you to Columbo and GFC for sponsoring the U7s team. As you can see from the photo above, our kits look very smart.
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The Club would like to thank everyone who voted for us in July and August.
On behalf of Brandon Community FC we would like to thank Lignacite for sponsoring our U12s for the 2017/18 football season.
We have received confirmation that the club came third in the votes, which means we have been awarded ÂŁ1,000 to the club.
Best of luck to U12s and Manager Lee Philpott for the season.
If you are interested in joining Brandon Town CFC please contact our club Chairman or direct message us on Facebook (Brandon Town CFC) or Twitter (@BrandonTYFC). Along with players and volunteers, we are continually looking for sponsors and local companies to support the club, so if you are interested in seeing your name on the front of one of our kits or hoodies, please contact our Club Chairman Gary Rampley on 07716 188800
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Useful Telephone Numbers Councils Brandon Town Council (Town Clerk)
Forest Heath District Council (Main Switchboard)
Suffolk County Council (Public Enquiries)
0845 606 6067
Health Services Doctor - Brandon Medical Practice (High Street)
Doctor - Forest Group Practice (Bury Road)
Dentist - Apex Dental Care (Bury Road)
Dentist - The Dental Surgery (High Street)
Hospital - West Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds)
NHS 111 - Medical Help (Less urgent than 999)
Help & Advice Citizens Advice Bureau (Brandon Office)
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