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TOWN MAGAZINE

FEBRUARY 2018

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BRANDON TOWN MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED WITH THE SUPPORT OF BRIGHTER BRANDON READ ONLINE AT BRANDONSUFFOLK.COM


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Brandon School of Dance Classes in ballet, tap, freestyle, contemporary, musical theatre & cheerleading Principal: Kerry Shoop Please call Kerry on 07397 653053 or visit our website for more information:

www.brandonschoolofdance.com (Ballet and tap from 4 years, all other genres from 5 years)


DIVINE INDIAN DINING

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VOTED AS BRANDON’S FAVOURITE RESTAURANT FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS

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Conservatories, Windows and Doors

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3-4 Station Way, Brandon Telephone: 01842 813233 or after hours sales 01760 336029 also at Thetford Garden Centre

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Welcome to Brandon It’s your town magazine and now your magazine team are so pleased with being asked to get involved with this year’s community awards. You’ll find more details about the nomination process in this edition of the magazine and the winners will be announced in just under 3 months. Friday 20th April is awards night and of course we will be there with lots of people that love

Brandon as much as we do. Hopefully you’ll be able to make the night too. Let’s really make this a night to show all our volunteers, young and old, how proud we are of them and their efforts to make Brandon a better place. Regards The Brandon Town Magazine Team

To advertise your business please email magazine@brandonsuffolk.com

Deadline for March issue 16th February

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information contained within this publication, the publishers take no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by it’s contributors, in any advertisements or for any loss arising from non-publication of any advertisement. Reproduction of any part of this publication without permission is strictly forbidden. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher.

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IES Breckland To welcome in 2018 the school has launched a “new look” website which has a much more dynamic and modern feel about it. Do take time to peruse the new site and we welcome any feedback. The overall layout has changed and the menus are intuitive but do let us know if you cannot find any specific information. You can also view our new “hot off the press” video from our “About Us” section! In January we had to close the school due to very high wind causing power cuts across Brandon and local villages. I did not make the decision lightly but as we had no electricity we had to close the school. Parents and carers are advised to reference our website page (www. breckland.iesschools.co.uk/parents-carers/ useful-information/bad-weather-closures/), our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ www.IESB) and the Suffolk County Council school closures page (schoolclosures.suffolk. gov.uk/schoolsrolite.php?qtype=high/upper)

for any future closure announcements. On the 16th of January we welcomed a number of local and national employers to conduct some Careers “speed dating” with our year 10 students. The students spent the morning having a series of short meetings with employers to help them reflect about possible career routes and to give them further interview experience. Thanks to all of the businesses that gave their time to support our students – including the British Army, MCP Solicitors, Forestry Commission, UEA, British Racing School, Smith Building Services, Tesco, Warren Services and Fledglings Pre-school. Year 10 students are also gearing up for their work experience week at the end of March – again we are delighted with the support our students have from local businesses as this week provides our students with invaluable understanding of life beyond the school gates.

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CHRONICLES OF BRANDON AT WAR By Darren Norton

www.brandonatwar.co.uk

On September 25th 1917, George Marchant, with the sun going down behind him, stands in a trench near Gonnelieu, France. When the sun disappears completely, and darkness cloaks everything beyond the trench, George, along with his comrades in the Suffolk Regiment, will leave this sanctuary and head off into the gloom. Their mission will be a surprise raid on enemy trenches to capture and bring back prisoners for interrogation. George’s thoughts might hark back to Brandon, where he served as a Territorial in the British Army while working at the fur factory on George Street. Perhaps thoughts of his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Wharf), who he married eleven years ago, fill his head? His last letter to her was a couple of days ago, so he is overdue to write another. Perhaps after he returns from tonight’s mission? George is totally unaware to his fate tonight. We, on the other hand, can observe proceedings as recorded in history. We might reflect upon a mission classified as a success, with men returning in about an hour’s time and guiding German prisoners back with them. However, George will not be among them. His absence will lead to him being recorded as “missing”.

According to history, five months later in February 1918, George’s family, gravely concerned that there had been no news whatso-

February 1918

ever about him, wrote a desperate plea asking for any information. Perhaps buoyed by the fact local newspapers had reported on Brandon men being taken prisoner, such as Bert Wicks and John Bullock who were both wounded during capture, George’s family wondered if that fate had befallen George. Perhaps someone saw him lying in a German hospital, too badly wounded to write? Their plea was printed in the Bury Free Press. The following week they received a reply … “Madam. - I see by the papers you want information about your son, Private G. Marchant, 12th Suffolk Regiment. I am sorry to inform you he was killed in action on September 25th while on a raid into the enemy’s line by a trench mortar. He was liked by all that know him. I was with him at the time of his death, in charge of the party that he was with, and am sorry to lose him. I am on leave, and saw the paragraph in the paper, and thought I would write and let you know. I remain yours faithfully, Sergeant J.W. Wright, 12th Suffolk Regiment, Nowton Court Farm, Bury St. Edmunds.” History also records that in 1920 Brandon saw the unveiling of a war memorial, bearing the name of “George Marchant”. Then, following a second ‘World War’, the name “Ernest Marchant” was inscribed on that same memorial. A father and son forever remembered. A year or two after George’s death another of his sons took a job earning 2s 6d as an errand boy in a grocer shop on Bury Road. The son, Arthur, soon became manager of the shop, which stood in the shadow of the fur factory where George once worked. When the shop’s owner retired and had no one to hand it over to, the owner gave the shop to Arthur, knowing it would be in safe hands. In 1976, it was the turn of Arthur Marchant to retire, so he shut the shop one last time and it was no more. Developers demolished the shop, replacing it with a chemist and flats, although people of a certain age still retain their memories of Arthur and his shop.

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Brandon in Bloom January was an ‘organising’ month for Brandon in Bloom. Samantha Kingdom of Brandon Chiropractic has always been very supportive of our endeavours to develop the Wedge. This month she kindly donated and installed a water butt in the chiropractor’s car park to help ease our issues of watering at the site. West Suffolk Council has also provided us with a brown bin (free of charge) that is also being stored at Brandon Chiropractic. In a statement Samantha said “At Brandon Chiropractic I want to be part of the community, not just provide a service to the public, which is why we are proud to support Brandon in Bloom in their efforts to enhance our local community appearance and involvement in engaging with our residents to be proud of our town creating a beautiful environment we can all enjoy.” Our first meeting at the Wedge was on Wednesday 10th January, and we planted the final dedication tree. January 17th was a blustery cold day, but the seven volunteers who turned up to help soon warmed up by tackling a few of the lawn issues and extending the border. The Gardening team meet most Wednesdays at 9:30am, but if you can’t join us on a Wednesday plans are in place to meet at weekend and evenings too, especially during the spring and summer months when regular watering and dead-heading will be essential. Please join if you can, the more people that join in the cleaner and brighter our town will become. It’s not all hard work, we laugh a lot too and if you are not able to help with physical work but would still like to be involved there are plenty of ways in which you can help us. Unfortunately, we have had to halt plans for the Seymour Avenue project. Whilst funding was in place, we’ve not received enough offers from people who are able to regularly volunteer at the site. Saturday 20th January Jenny & Gary Brocklehurst and Sue & David Nutt entered a “St Peters in Bloom” team into Brandon Tesco Family Quiz Night in aid of Best of Brandon awards and Brandon Scout Group. £45 was raised for each group from the event, which I am pleased to say was won by our volunteers. On 29th January the group held its first meeting

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of the year. On the agenda we discussed our plans for numerous competitions, gardening tasks (and litter picking), “The Wedge” and other green areas we would like to improve this year. As the group grows, so does the admin tasks and its now time for us to organise a formal structure to the group. Finally, our thanks go to Adam Brown of Brightstar Photography for organising the “Bulbs for Brandon Photograph Competition” and for his kind donation of tuition as part of the under 16’s prize. If you would like a list of areas in which bulbs have been planted please refer to September 2017 edition of this magazine. (or email us at info@ brandoninbloom.co.uk) Please remember when submitting your photo to include your name, age (if under 16), contact information, where your photo was taken and the date it was taken. Please note; all submitted photos maybe used by Brandon Magazine and Brandon in Bloom for publicity and archive purposes. We look forward to seeing your photographs and I’m sure the judges will face a tough decision to narrow down the applications before going to a public vote!


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Bulbs for Brandon! Photography Competition Our bulbs will be flowering across Brandon soon!

We want to see your photos of our town! The competition is be split into three age groups: Under 12s / 12 - 18 years / Over 18s With prizes for the winner of each category! To enter simply e-mail your image, with your name, age and where the photo was taken to Competitions@brightstarphoto.co.uk by Friday 13th April!

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Gardening Rachel Sobiechowski P&R Garden Supplies

TOP TIPS •Cut old and congested stems from bamboo plants •Trim lawn edges and install edging •Hardwood cuttings taken last winter may need potting on into bigger pots

www.p-rgardensupplies.co.uk “Just like January, take the opportunity to spend time in the garden on the good weather days. This month there are already signs that spring is approaching, with bulbs appearing and buds forming on deciduous shrubs.” If you followed last month’s article and used up your winter veg from the veg plot, you may find February is a ‘hungry gap’. Why not try sprouting some seeds? ‘Sprouts’ will keep your green fingers busy until it’s warm enough for spring sowings to begin outside. Most veggies produce crunchy, tasty shoots including beetroot, peas, broccoli, cress, alfalfa and mustard however, grow seeds sold specifically for sprouting as seed for sowing outdoors may have been treated with chemicals to aid germination. Begin by adding one or two heaped tablespoons of seed to a squeaky-clean jam jar, then fill the jar with water. (Don’t be tempted to add more seed as they will swell upto 30 times their original size). Leave the seeds to soak overnight. Cut a square of muslin (or similar free-draining cloth) and cover the mouth of the jar with a tight fitting elastic band. Tip the jar upside down and drain. Tap the muslin to dislodge any attached seeds. Keep your seeds in a warm, dark place to commence germination. Seeds will now need rinsing twice daily. (breakfast and evening meal times are perfect times). Simply fill the jar with water, gently swirl the seeds around and drain off as before. Keep the muslin cap in place between rinsing’s to prevent the seeds from drying

out and to reduce the risk of contamination. The sprouts are ready to eat once they have reached 1-5cm (0.5-2in) long (exactly when is a matter of personal preference). Bring them out into the light a day or two before eating so they can take on some colour and improve in flavour. The whole process may take as little as two days and rarely more than a week. Like any fresh produce that is consumed raw or lightly cooked, sprouts can carry a risk of foodborne illness if they are contaminated. Unlike other fresh produce, the warm, moist conditions required to grow sprouts are ideal for the rapid growth of bacteria, therefore people in vulnerable groups are therefore advised to cook all sprouts thoroughly until they are steaming hot throughout before eating them. If the soil is not too frozen or waterlogged then finish digging it over and incorporate garden compost and manure. As you dig look out for ‘volunteer potatoes’ that were missed last season and have begun sprouting. They could spread disease and blight therefore you don’t want them growing amongst your other crops.

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Brandon Car Centre is an independant garage offering used car sales, service and MOT testing for cars. We service and repair all makes and models at competitive prices and guarantee all our work and parts for 12 months. Our technicians are all qualified and we have the latest diagnostic equipment which is continually updated. Call us today on 01842 819999 for a quote or to book your car in for a MOT or service. To view our current car sales stock list please visit our website at www.brandoncarcentre.co.uk

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Shoestring Theatre Company Well, Shoestring’s panto is over. The evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Harry Carr) and his mischievous side-kick Dennis (Gracie “poopyhead” Cash) have been sent back to school for some lessons on how civilised people behave. Irrepressible Robin Hood (Mia McDonald) won the heart and hand of the charming Maid Marion (Issy McDonald), the babes in the wood have been rescued and everyone lives happily ever after. We

would like to thank everyone who came along - thank you for all the positive feedback. The cast were fantastic, but none of this would have been possible without the support of the crew that work behind the scenes. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Jackie Challiss, Sally Dosset, Ted Blanchard, Makala Alexander and the caretakers at IES Breckland School.

Army Cadets Army Cadets in Thetford is a local youth group. Doing positive things for young people. Cadets meet on a Tuesday Evening. Croxton Road Training Centre. Thetford. 7pm until 9:30pm. Open during holidays as well. Come along and have a look. Brilliant place to meet new people. Gain new skills and qualifications. 12 years old and year 8 and above welcome!!!! Any questions email 8157dixo@armymail. mod.uk or phone 07957 553556.

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The Orchard The question about The Orchard hedge was asked of Victor and myself when working at the Thetford Rd site for Brandon in Bloom, I thought it worthwhile asking other members of public their view and then I asked one of our town keepers, Ali Barnes. Several will know Ali as she started the “Wild About “ page for the magazine and is a keen on both wildlife and the plants that supports it. The question’s and comments.. “Why have they destroyed the hedges at The Orchard?“ “Won’t it disturb the birds?” “Surely it won’t stop the anti social behaviour, you still won’t be able to see them” and of course, who would want to approach some of the people using The Orchard in such an anti social manner. One local resident did and was viciously attacked. Of course, the best thing to do if you see any problems would be to dial 999 or 101. This is the course of action for any unlawful problems happening around the town. We have in fact been told one reason the police presence is so low is we are considered not to be a problem area as incidents are not being reported. Part of the solution, besides more funding would be to report everything you see that warrants police presence. This is the only way we may get to see more of our constabulary in the town. My next point of call was Ali and here is her reply. I think it explains the reasons, timing and what appears to be such drastic action being taken at this time of year and goes on to explain future plans for the area. “The hedge has been lowered in height. We do this kind of work during the winter months, to avoid bird nesting season which is roughly from March to August. “Whilst this looks drastic, It will grow back and we will be infilling the gaps left from the removal of the dead wood, with new, mixed, native hedging plants. Much of the old hedge consisted of Ivy and dead wood, whilst Ivy is very important for wildlife, our aim is to increase and maintain diversity. “We have set aside the dead wood we removed to create some habitat piles. These provide a home and shelter for many creatures.

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“We wanted to reduce the height of the hedge to make the orchard feel a little safer and less secluded, for the people and families that want to use it and try to deter anti-social activities and behaviour. By lowering the height, it allows people to see in and out, more easily. But we also want it to look nice. Doing this kind of work while maintaining the original aesthetics, is difficult. Its appearance will improve with time as the hedge regrows and means we can better manage the shape of the regrowth. “After work is complete, the hedge will be kept and maintained at about 3ft high. It will ultimately improve the health of the hedge, ensuring its future and making it manageable for many years to come. “We will be planting the front of the hedge with primroses, bluebells and snowdrops, providing a much needed early pollen source for our bees and other flying insects. “In the near future, we hope to get a management plan in place for the orchard, to ensure it is well maintained for the residents of Brandon and for our wildlife, which is just as important!“ There are plans in the pipeline to help create some exciting local events. One idea is to run a bird and bat box building day. The public would be invited to build the boxes, which we will, in turn, put up in the orchard. This will also help to mitigate for the temporary loss of habitat.


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Falconry Falconry has historically been referred to as the sport of kings – and is often presented as an elitist pastime of the landed gentry and the awfully well to do. It certainly started off that way when it was introduced from the East around the 4th Century – with most of our kings being keen participants. However, it spread downwards into the common folk who would use trained birds of prey to find food. In fact by the reign of King John (1166 -1216) it was so prolific that the king banned the taking of any feathered game throughout the royal forests – which was most of the country back then! The remnants of this are still evident in law today – with it still being illegal to take any game on a Sunday and also Christmas day (although this is not the case in Scotland). It is said that this was kept on the statute book to stop farm labourers going out hunting on their days off! Jump forward several hundred years and you find me, on a winter’s day, walking through a wood or out in an open field, with my trained male Harris Hawk George – trying to find food! Food for him mainly, as he eats at least some of everything he catches, but if we’re lucky my wife and I sometimes get a share of the bounty. I feel at one with nature, my trained hawk and I carrying on centuries old traditions of catching wild food for the table – although my need is not nearly as pressing as it was for my forefathers. However, it’s certainly not all about catching something! Harris Hawks in the wild hunt in family groups (and are one of the only birds of prey to do so). George will keenly follow me through a wood from tree to tree as I try and flush something for him. He does this because he sees me as part of his team. To witness this is truly magical, and the journey with him from an 18 week old youngster that had to learn to trust me to the 20 month old fully developed hunting hawk that he has become has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I’m always on the lookout for new land to fly George on – so if anyone reading this has land (especially if that land has rabbits on) and wouldn’t mind George having a go at catching something on it please feel free to contact me at gharrishawk@gmail. com. You will of course be able to meet George and watch him fly if you want to. Pete Heywood

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Falconry

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Best Of Brandon Community Awards After our report last month I’m sure you’ve been talking about The BOB’s, just to remind you...

The awards are Brandon based and all nominees must be residents or supporters of a Brandon based group.

When making the 2017 presentations, our town chairman, Peter Callaghan commented “these people really are the Best of Brandon, they are BOB” the seed sown, the BOBs were born and here we are in 2018 and we want you to nominate your BOB.

Deadline for nominations is 28th February 2018, please drop your nomination form to the customer services at Tesco Brandon, any received after store closing on that day will not be considered so please act promptly.

Nominations are invited for four categories in the Best Of Brandon awards. These are: 1. Volunteer BOB Award - An individual that has gone above and beyond for their town. 2.Young Volunteer BOB Award - This award is for a person under 18 as of 31/12/2017. 3. Business BOB Award - Awarded to any business that has made a difference to our town. 4. Group BOB Award - For any Brandon group that has supported the town. Finally there will be a special award - The lifetime BOB.

You can use the pull out nomination form in this edition of your magazine, pick up a form in store at Tesco Brandon or you can vote online at www.brighterbrandon.com/bob. A panel of judges consisting of 5 will then consider all the entries and decided on each group winner, with the exception of the 1st award which is for the Volunteer BOB Award where the public will vote for their favourite from 3 nominations. This public vote will form part of the overall vote in that category. The important date for your diary is Friday 20th April 2018. The awards ceremony will be held at Brandon Leisure Centre. Ticket details will be announced next month.

NOMINATION FORM PULL OUT

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NOMINATION FORM Please return your completed form to Tesco Brandon by Wednesday 28th February 2018 You can also submit your nomination online at www.brighterbrandon.com/bob The Best of Brandon Community Awards are brought to in association with


NOMINATION FORM The Best of Brandon awards ceremony will be held on Friday 20th April 2018, these awards will recognise and celebrate all the hard work of local groups and individuals that make a difference in Brandon. Do you know a local hero who should be rewarded for all their hard work?

CATEGORY Nominations can be accepted for the following five categories. Please tick one.

Volunteer of the year

Young volunteer of the year (under 18)

Group of the year

Business of the year

Lifetime achievement award

WHO YOU’RE NOMINATING About them

About you

Name ........................................................... Address ...................................................... ....................................................................... ....................................................................... Postcode .................................................... Telephone .................................................. Email ...........................................................

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Brandon’s Favourite Restaurant Brandon Tandoori has once again been voted as Brandon’s favourite restaurant by visitors to BrandonSuffolk.com. The restaurant took first place in 2013 and 2014 whilst also taking the joint first place award in 2016. However, in 2017 they were clear winners with 39% of the total vote. Asghar, who were joint winners in 2016 with Brandon Tandoori and outright winners in 2015, took 31% of the vote to be awarded the runner up certificate for 2017.

Terry Hawkins, who runs BrandonSuffolk.com and organises the annual award, said “Once again our award highlights those restaurants that go the extra mile. “In 2017 we saw more votes being cast than in any other year with social media giving the competition much more exposure than in previous years. “Of course our thanks go to everyone that voted in our competition and we hope that the 2018 vote will be even more popular.”

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Brandon Town CFC Brandon U10 Rovers and Ravens are pictured here in their new kit from their new sponsor SWM Motors. The lads would like to send their thanks to Stephen (seen in a picture with the lads) and all the rest at SWM for this support. The two teams are in their second season in the Ipswich and Suffolk Youth Football League which has seen them play in a higher standard of football than they have seen before. Several of the boys have been picked up by either Cambridge or Ipswich town and also take part in their player development teams. Training is on a Saturday morning from 10 till 11:30 and is a place where all the boys can come, have some fun and make new friendships from different schools and or towns.

This year will also mark the first time the U10s will be heading overseas with the annual Holland trip, so an exciting next few months ahead for all those involved! If you are interested in joining Brandon TYFC please contact our club Chairman or direct message us on Facebook (Brandon Town Youth FC) 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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Breckland Cats Protection During the month of February, if you live in areas IP26, IP27 or IP28, and have an unneutered cat, you can have him or her neutered for £5. Just call the number at the bottom of the page, and we will send you a neutering voucher which you can take to any vet, and you will just have to pay £5. We are hoping to reduce the kitten population this year, so we are asking for your help.

tumours if they are not neutered.

Female cats come into season during the early part of the year, and any kittens will be born in the spring. There are many reasons for neutering females. They can become pregnant at 4 months of age and have 3 litters a year. This adds to the over population problem and increase costs for the owner. Females will call and wail every 3 weeks during the breeding season, to attract a male until they are pregnant. Females are more likely to contract diseases spread through sexual contact. Unneutered females are also at risk of cancers of the ovaries, uterus and mammary glands, as well as developing pyometra, a serious infection of the womb.

One unneutered female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendants in just five years - unneutered cats are very good at finding each other and unplanned, unwanted pregnancies are all too common. Neutered cats do not ‘miss’ their organs or opportunities to reproduce or rear a litter - they are not people!

Male cats need neutering for a variety of reasons too. They are more likely to end up injured or catch diseases from fighting, with subsequent suffering and vet bills. They also travel many miles in search of unneutered females, risking road accidents and injury. Male cats spray smelly urine to mark and attract females. They also risk testicular

There are some myths about neutering cats. They will breed with their brothers, sisters and parents and can start breeding from just four months of age. Kittens can be safely neutered before six months of age and it is not beneficial for a cat to have a season or just one litter before being spayed.

While the majority of owners do neuter their cats, sadly a large number of owned cats are allowed to breed, adding to the overpopulation problem and the demand on overstretched animal charities. Please don’t leave it too late. Speak to your vet and book your cat’s neutering appointment. It should benefit your cat, it may prevent your cat suffering and it is the most important action you can take to help the wider cat population. To take part in our neutering campaign please call Breckland Cats Protection on 01842 810018. Rita Thompson

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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)

111

Help & Advice Citizens Advice Bureau (Brandon Office)

01842 811511

Social Care Services (Customer First)

0808 800 4005

Suffolk Constabulary (Non Emergency)

101

Utility Companies Electricity - UK Power Networks (Fault Line)

08007 838 838

Gas - Cadent (Emergency Number)

0800 111 999

Water - Anglian Water (24 Hour Leakline)

0800 771 881

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For those landlords that are experiencing problems or challenges with their tenancies, joining us at our ÔLandlords WorkshopÕ will give you an opportunity to share your concerns and hopefully Þnd the right solution.

Whether you are already a landlord or planning to become a landlord in 2018; whether you enlist the services of an agent to manage your property or portfolio or manage yourself, the ÔLandlords WorkshopÕ is a free service designed for landlords who are seeking advice and guidance about the many aspects, concerns and complications related to renting properties or whom just want to be pointed in the right direction.

Navigating correctly through these changes as well as dealing with existing obligations is paramount for landlords whilst ensuring their tenancies are robust, properties are maintained, rents are paid and there is harmony between landlord and tenant.

With so many rules, regulations and constant changes in legislation the burden on landlords is weighing heavily and 2018 will be no exception as the PRS prepares for the biggest shakeup in many years.

Landlords have never been as challenged in the Private Rental Sector (PRS) as they are right now!

ÒThe ÔLandlords WorkshopÕ has been created to offer a local service to landlords who just want to call in for advice without feeling under any obligation. I am hoping that by offering this free service we may be able to enlighten landlords and where possible direct them by sharing our experience in the lettings sector. I will personally be on hand to meet anyone who wishes to call inÓ

Yannis Prodromou has thirty Þve years of experience in the local property market and as the Director of Chilterns Estate Agents & Letting Agents has a wealth of experience in property sales, lettings and property management. He is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents (MNAEA) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and follows the Propertymark strict code of conduct.

Feel free to just call in or telephone us in advance on 01842 813466 and let us know you’re coming.

• COMPLIANCE & DILIGENCE

• FINDING A NEW TENANT • HANDLING END OF TENANCY MOVE OUTS • PROBLEM SOLVING

• SERVING NOTICES • SEEKING POSSESSION • RENEWALS & RENT REVIEWS

• REGULATIONS & LEGISLATION • DEPOSITS, DISPUTES & DILAPIDATIONS • TAXATION

Below are just some of the topics that you may wish to know more about and discuss at the Landlords Workshop evenings.

Every Wednesday, 6.00pm - 7.30pm at Chilterns, High Street Brandon office, starting Wednesday 10th January 2018.

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Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 54  

February 2018 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine

Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 54  

February 2018 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine

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