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Welcome to Brandon Feeling hot, hot, hot! Flashback to the 1980s and of course the summer of ‘76. Brandon in Bloom hit the perfect plant selection with The Wedge looking hot. Did Norman Parrot know what he was starting in 1968 with the Weeting Rally still a hot event fifty years on. As we go to print we’ve just seen our first rain
in 38 days with the temperature rising to a high of 36 degrees. This has pushed our local fire crew to the extreme and in this edition we feature a diary of a Brandon firefighter. Enjoy the rest of the summer but please watch those BBQ embers and cigarette ends. Regards Brandon Town Magazine
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New Youth Chill Out Zone For Brandon A new weekly ‘Chill Out Zone’ for young people was launched on Friday 20 July at Brandon Leisure Centre. Around fifty youngsters aged between 11-17 attended the first session, where they were able to play computer games, listen to music, play table tennis and enjoy free food, courtesy of Tesco Brandon. The Chill Out Zone in Brandon has been made possible through a partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure, Suffolk County Council and Forest Heath District Council and it follows the success of similar weekly sessions held in Newmarket and Haverhill that have been running for almost a year. The Chill Out Zones are designed by young people for young people to provide a positive, safe, social place to get together and enjoy themselves. Working with local schools in Brandon, youngsters have been consulted about what type of environment and equipment they want and they will also be making decisions about the type of sports coaching sessions that will be available. Funding for the project has also enabled local young people to become trained youth workers.
Karen Holmes, General Manager at Brandon Leisure Centre said: “We’ve seen how this type of environment works well for young people at some of our other centres, and we’re confident that it will be equally popular here in Brandon. “By listening to youngsters about what they want to do and how they want to spend their social time, we hope to offer a variety of different activities and encourage them to try new ways of keeping active”. Victor Lukaniuk, Suffolk County Councillor and Ward Councillor for Brandon contributed Forest Heath District Council locality funding, together with District Councillors Christine Mason, Reg Silvester and David Palmer to fund the purchase of the equipment and sports sessions. He commented “This is an exciting opportunity for young people in Brandon and it will provide a safe space for them to come together. “It can also be used as a platform to develop further projects and skills and I’m intrigued and excited to see how it will develop with the young people shaping its direction”. The Chill Out Zone will run every Friday night at Brandon Leisure Centre from 7-9pm.
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CHRONICLES OF BRANDON AT WAR By Darren Norton
Like a book being constantly written, life has many chapters containing both good times and times best forgotten. Only when the final chapter is written, will the story be complete. So, we should never define someone’s life based on a single chapter, especially if it is one best forgotten. Brandon lad, Ernest Challis, worked at George Wood’s saw mill before the war. He was also an army territorial, who received his call up papers when war was declared in 1914 and immediately reported for duty with his unit, the 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. The first year of Ernest’s training saw him based in Britain before he went away on active service to spend many years away from his wife, Emily.
Emily was nine years older than Ernest and a native of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. She was not blessed with the best of upbringings - born into poverty and when she was six her mother died. By the time she met Ernest she had been widowed, leaving her to bring up at least ten children on her own. Perhaps Ernest was stationed in Hertfordshire and that is where he met Emily, nonetheless, they married in Watford, Hertfordshire, on 18th July 1915. After just a few days of married life, on the 29th July, Ernest embarked on a ship destined for the Middle East and once again Emily was left alone to bring up the children. Her one consolation was, this time she would receive a ‘Separation Allowance’ from the army because she was married to a soldier who was fighting
in the war. The following year, on 29th September 1916, Emily delivered another baby to her large family, yet there was little doubt that Ernest was not the father. He had not left Egypt for fourteen months! When news of the birth reached Ernest, he arranged for six months compassionate leave to return home and sort things with his wife. Perhaps many husbands would not have been sympathetic to Emily’s plight, but Ernest forgave Emily and they carried on as husband and wife until he returned to active service in the Middle East. We can only imagine what feelings he would have experienced, thousands of miles from his wife, which would have been exacerbated upon his transfer to India. In his absence the army attempted to stop Emily’s Separation Allowance, but Ernest intervened. In his letter to the military, he stated that despite this chapter of his life being very hard to endure, he wanted the allowance paid to Emily for the sake of all his children. The military relented and Emily’s allowance continued. However, the army refused to pay any allowance toward the upkeep of the illegitimate child. In June 1918, Ernest began the long sea journey back to Britain and eventually, in August, he and his comrades reported back to the Norfolk Regiment barracks. Ernest’s war is virtually over. In January next year he will be de-mobbed and return to civilian life. It will be a life without his brother Bertie, who was killed in the war. Emily’s life will be without her nineteen-year-old son, Harold, who was also taken by the war. Despite everything the war threw at them, Ernest and Emily will still have each other. By all accounts, they will remain happily married in Watford, until Ernest’s death in 1964, with Emily’s death being three years after. Their story is not defined by one episode, but perhaps it demonstrates that love, fuelled by desire, can win through in the end.
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ANGELS Receive Tesco Cheque On Saturday, 7th July, ANGELS Autism Group were invited into Tesco, Brandon to receive their cheque for the Bags of Help grant they won.
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Carly Wharf, founder of the group, said “This grant has given us the chance to provide a really fun fantastic summer for all our children and families. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lianne Spooner from Tesco for making this happen and for all her support she gives our group.” To find out more about our summer club
Brandon & District Photographic Club Brandon & District Photographic Club again took a stand at Weeting Steam Engine Rally at the end of July, helping them to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. We had many prints on display depicting past rallies and is always a golden opportunity for our club members to show off their photographic skills to a wider audience.
get a feel for what is on offer in the coming year. The first meeting is ‘Meet and Greet’ where you can learn some basics of mounting photographs and discuss with us what it is you would like to learn about in photography during the year.
Taking stands at local fairs is a chance for members of the public to talk to us about the club and what we get up to between September and May!! Brandon & District Photographic Club is not all about competitions and pitting one member against the other in a bid to win that all elusive (to some!) 1st Place, it’s about learning about photography and the skills involved in taking that outstanding shot. We hold several workshops and tuition evenings throughout the year looking at portraiture, macro, mono and night photography to name but a few and always encourage our members to stretch and improve their skills. Why not come along in September, meet us and see for yourselves just what you can achieve. Our first meeting this year will be on Wednesday 5th September from 7.30pm in the room behind the Baptist Church on the High Street, Brandon. Everyone is welcome to come along, meet some of our members and
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St Peter’s Church Community Picnic Sunday 15th July was a busy day for St Peter’s. The sun shone and it was very warm, but we carried on! We started at 10.00 a.m. with our traditional communion service, then continued with Revd Sharron blessing the newly restored porch windows funded by a number of small legacies for which we are very grateful. By that time, it was 11.30 and time for our community picnic.
It was a real team effort and we are very grateful to all those who helped at the end to pack away chairs and the gazebo. We are looking forward to next year.
It was wonderful to see so many people from the community come and join us for a bite to eat while the children played some garden games. We were very pleased to welcome the residents of Manor House Close, too! There was so much food – thank you to everyone who donated and shared – from cocktail sausages, to sandwiches, cake and even ice cream cones!
Brandon in Bloom Judges from Anglia in Bloom completed their tour of Brandon in early July, carried out by the Brandon in Bloom team who will have to wait until the awards ceremony in September for their verdict. The tour, headed up by Rachel Sobiechowski and Victor Lukaniuk, started at Glade Academy where the judges were shown gardening work carried out by pupils. It was then on to Brandon Country Park for a look around the walled garden and park lake before a drive to Seymourâ€™s Garden where Gary Brocklehurst, along with Loraine and Poppy Skikunas, spoke about the area and the bug hotel created by Brandon Rainbows and Brownies. A quick stop off at Doddalies Pond was followed by a visit to Fledgelings Pre-School
and a walk down The Avenue with Alison Barnes from Brandon Town Council. Another drive took the judges to The Orchard off Rattlers Road to meet with manager Maggie for a quick look around the community garden and the gardens of the residents. The final taxi ride took everyone to The Triangle on Bury Road before the final stop at The Wedge on Thetford Road. Alfie Keeley, who regularly helps out at The Wedge, was presented with a certificate from the judges in recognition of his work. Brandon in Bloom will now have to wait until the awards ceremony in September, which will be taking place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, to find out how they have done in the competition.
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Dealing with rising temperatures and a high volume of calls Due to the excessive temperatures being experienced across the country, Brandon’s On Call firefighters have had to deal which a massive rise in the number of calls we have had to attend. During the past 30 days the crew have attended 64 call outs. These have ranged from road traffic collisions to the large field fires and have seen the firefighters, on many occasion, going straight from one fire to another. With the forest currently on extreme fire danger, we ask all people using the forest to be extra careful when using the woodland spaces. Please make sure that no open flames are used, and any broken glass and metal is taken away. Glass will magnify the suns rays and can ignite a fire. Also, please make sure, if you do smoke in the forest that your cigarettes are fully extinguished. Presently the Brandon crew consists of 9 firefighters, and we are actively recruiting to bring us up to a full level of 11 firefighters. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the crew for all their hard work and dedication over this busy period and look forward to the cooler weather. I would also like to give a special ‘thank you’ to the local employees, Omar Park Homes, Edgar’s Water and Cambs Glass who all allow firefighters to leave their daytime employment to attend the fire calls as without these generous companies we would be unable to supply the service we do throughout Brandon. Adam Eagle Watch Commander - West District Brandon Fire Station 21
Brandon Heritage Centre Brandon Heritage Centre were recently the recipients of 3 visual display units. Cllr Lukanuik kindly donated funds from his Suffolk CC budget and this was then matched by a generous offer from Roy and Liam at Cobra to supply the units and wall brackets at cost allowing the centre to be able to expand its idea and now have 3 audio visual areas.
generations. The Centre, located on George Street opposite the Fire Station, is open every weekend from 10 to 4.
Centre manager, Jenny Brocklehurst, seen below with volunteer, Cherry Rogers, said â€œthis kind offer will help us in our efforts to give the centre a more up to date feel. We will also be able to use them for presentations similar to the Brandon in Bloom film shown to their supporters and the RHS judgesâ€?.
If you might be interested in volunteering to help man the centre then pop along to any of the weekend sessions where any of our band of friendly volunteers will give you all the info you need. Another local business, The Craft Cabin, also came up trumps when Jenny was organising the school display.
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The display, which is the latest in a number of temporary exhibitions planned for the centre had a visitor with a rather special donation. Rosemary Trayes has a collection of 1904 / 05 school certificates and being of the Victorian era these are rather decorative. They also had a special interest to Jenny as her Great Great Grandparents were the headmaster and headmistress and had signed them. When Ann at the Craft Cabin became aware of the certificates she offered frames for them all at cost. This very generous offer has not only helped preserve the certificates, it has enabled them to go on display for future
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where he collapsed in a heap. They carried him indoors, gave him food and water and they were sure there was something wrong with his back legs as he could hardly walk. The owners were at the vets first thing the next morning. The cat had muscle wastage in his back legs, and that’s why he could hardly walk. He was blood tested to make sure his liver and kidneys were not damaged, and fortunately he is fine. Then there is Mylo, another one of my hand rears, that was bitten under his tail probably by another cat and the infection spread to his spine. Several years later, he still has trouble controlling his bladder and bowel and his spine is slowly disintegrating. But his lovely owner does everything possible to keep him pain free and happy, where most people would have had him put to sleep some time ago. Fortunately he is insured, so most of his treatment is covered by insurance, but his owner has to have puppy pads all over her bungalow just in case Mylo gets caught short. They are made for each other, Mylo couldn’t do without his loving owner, and she adores him despite his poor health. Lots of cat owners go that extra mile for their beloved pet, whereas others shouldn’t be allowed to have a cat in the first place. For help or advice of if you need assistance with the cost of neutering, please call us on 01842 810018. Rita Thompson
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This years Weeting Steam Engine Rally saw a record number of visitors amidst soaring temperatures and a packed itinerary of events including Britains Got Talent’s D-Day Darlings. With outstanding support from local businesses gifting a range of prizes, Chilterns raised nearly £600 in aid of Diabetes UK with a grand total of over £3,500 raised to date.
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