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Welcome to Brandon I so enjoy the spring, by now most of the snowdrops and crocuses will have passed but the Daffodils are out and what a show we should have around the town. It’s again going to be a busy month; for the first time I can think of pancake racing on The Avenue, the first of the litter picks (don’t they work keeping the streets tidy) and lets not forget The BoBs. The nominees know
who they are, and inside you will find out as well. There’s only one person that knows the winners; the trophy printer. Tickets have all been sold and the camera is ready to capture the recipients actions on the night. Look out for next month’s magazine to see who the winners are. Regards Brandon Town Magazine
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Brandon in Bloom We had our first meeting of the year in the Heritage Centre and to say it was packed would be an understatement. The building was full of people eager and keen to discuss future plans and arrangements for the ‘Bloom’ team to approach and tackle.
by some careful and creative planning from Rachel, Gary and many others and we all appreciate any help, big or small, to make this town look its best!
We were all there for the same goal, aiming to show Brandon’s true beauty and see the community spirit come together. We spoke about a few areas in need of a ‘sprucing’ and our plans for this year’s theme ‘Holi Festival’ which involves many pop colours and vibrant clashes to stand out. We also had an exciting announcement about the wooden carving of a flintknapper being produced locally and with locally sourced wood. Keen, as always, and full of enthusiasm this year’s Brandon in Bloom is being driven by not only community spirit and hard work but
Brandon & District Photographic Club We have an interesting month coming up at Brandon & District Photography Club, one not to be missed. Just two sessions this month but both are well worth coming to. Firstly, on Wednesday 13th March we are being visited by Justin Minns, a professional landscape photographer who specialises in capturing atmospheric images of East Anglia for clients including the National Trust. Justin also runs various workshops throughout the year and has been widely published on book and magazine covers to jam jars and puzzles. This will be an evening well worth coming to and not just for members, anyone is welcome to join us on that evening, so please contact us if you would like to come along, on 01842 752217 or email on davidwalker369@ btinternet.com. We have one Competition planned for this month, on Wednesday 27th March, images can be submitted in Colour, Mono or Digitally Creative and the set subject this time is in the Creative Digital Section under the title
of ‘Looking Up’. This subject has had several members scratching their heads for ideas, so an interesting evening is certainly on the cards. The other two sections, Mono and Colour are both free subjects, so members, please look out your very best photos. For more details please contact Tim Bridge on 01842 81300 or email email@example.com. If you are new to the art of photography then please come along to either of these meetings, meet our members and see how joining us can improve your photographic skills. More experienced photographers are also very welcome at Brandon & District Photographic Club, we all like to share our experiences and knowledge and encourage skilled photographers to join us; we can all learn from each other. Everyone is welcome to join in and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 13th and/or 27th March, or, of course, on both evenings!
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Brandon Fern Hoppers Did you know Brandon has a running club? Many people don’t, but Brandon Fern Hoppers could be Brandon’s best kept secret as it has helped many people move to a healthier lifestyle. Local Fireman Alan found it hard to motivate himself to run on his own and so came along “the thought of running 10k let alone a marathon was far from my mind.” he said “But in 2018 I ran the London Marathon in a time of 5hrs 6mins, the club supported me all the way and even cheered me on on the day!” One of the more senior members only joined eighteen months ago, Christine felt inspired to take up jogging again at the age of 70, “I have received so much help and support from the club, although I am their slowest runner, I never feel ‘out of place’ or unwelcome.” Local Head Teacher Julian was 53 and overweight, he’s now 56 and has shed 3 stone! He finds the friendship and support it gives him, and others who want to run, is immense. “The club supports people of all ages and abilities and uses the natural beauty of the forests near Brandon in which to run. I know I can turn up and run at any pace or
distance and find people to support me and run with me.” This month the club has been selected for Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme to help buy training and safety equipment. We hope you’ll support our appeal.
Brandon School of Dance Classes in ballet, tap, freestyle, contemporary, commercial & cheerleading Principal: Kerry Shoop Please call Kerry on 07397 653053 or visit our Facebook page for more information Established dance school for 10 years with qualified teachers (Ballet and tap from 4 years, all other genres from 5 years)
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Brandon Heritage Centre The sign on the door might say closed, but the Heritage Centre volunteers are putting in more time during the winter than they would when it was open. I’ve been down to see how they are getting on and the changes in the place are coming together. Some of the exhibit areas have been reduced in size allowing for a larger area to be devoted to The Battle of Waterloo. That’s correct, like myself I wondered what role Brandon could have. The town wouldn’t have enough ‘soldiers’ now let alone 200 years ago. Jenny, the centre manager, gave me the script and it was very interesting, the display should be ready for viewing on April 20th and from the little pieces I saw it will be worth a visit. They have a six week long special exhibition being planned and I will report on that later in the next edition. Before the centre opens for its main role the team have been preparing one or two events, working with St. Peters Church and Brandon
in Bloom there is to be the pancake races and party and at the centre itself for Easter is to be a children’s craft event to be held on a couple of days over the school holidays, April 13th & 17th where the youngsters (accompanied) can decorate a bonnet or egg and make a card. There will also be some Easter crafts on sale. Look out for the posters with more info. Finally, on a sad note I’m writing this because our press officer and volunteer Tony Parsfield had a heart attack and sadly passed away. Tony was always popping in to get little snippets of news, polish a cabinet and of course have a good chat with Linda. Tony will be missed be all the volunteers here as well as us he was a liked and regular member or visitor to many groups and events around the town. Tony’s funeral took place on February 18th and many of his friends then meet for the usual chat of the good times at the church institute. RIP Tony.
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grass, thatch and other debris that will otherwise prevent healthy grass growth. • Aerate the lawn with a garden fork or hollowtined aerator to improve drainage and help reduce waterlogging problems and so make the grass grow better. • After aerating, brush a dressing of top soil onto the lawn to further improve drainage and ensure healthy grass growth. • Apply a spring lawn fertiliser (if you didn’t use an all-in-one product in step one) The final step is overseeding. This should ideally follow the moss control, scarifying, aeration and feeding as part of the spring lawn care program. The scarification and aeration operations will leave a nice seed bed, which will encourage both germination and establishment. If you have used a weed or moss killer ensure that you follow the manufactures guidelines before overseeding. All of the above will promote a healthy lawn, which will help prevent, not only weeds but many other common lawn care problems. However it is important to remember that if the lawn is not maintained properly, lawn weeds and moss are likely to keep returning.
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“Worked tirelessly on the ceramic poppies in her own time and making it fun for the whole town.”
“Originated a number of charity balls and dances as well as several bingos for the WISH charity.”
“Outstanding dedication to community projects with Brandon in Bloom and Brandon Crafters.”
“Litter picks to maintain a beautiful community & uses her own money to donate to food banks.”
“Always willing to help others and volunteers in her own time to choreograph dance routines.”
“Helps with numerous projects around the town including Brandon in Bloom and Brownies.”
“Spent all his life raising funds for Brandon Day Care Centre through organising different events.”
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz BOOK REVIEW Synopsis The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale (then called Ludwig) and Gita Sokolov. They were both Slovakian Jews originally living ordinary lives, not yet having met each other, at an extraordinary time. They were captured separately and taken to Auschwitz concentration camp and deprived of their freedom, dignity and families. Lale was given the job of tattooing numbers on prisoners selected to work. These numbers came to be the most iconic symbol of the Holocaust. It was whilst tattooing the arm of 18 year old Gita that he immediately fell in love with her. This book is their story and one of beauty hope, strength and survival. Ultimately, a story of undying love that was to last, for them both, for more than 60 years.
Stories from the concentration camps have always fascinated me. I am not sure whether it is because I fail to understand how one human being can be so incredibly wicked to another. In my mind there are no words for how it makes me feel. Cruelty on that scale is difficult to comprehend but unfortunately it did happen and on the largest scale imaginable.
This is a wonderful love story. Lale fell instantly in love with Gita when she was chosen to be tattooed. We see the inner workings of the camp through Lale’s eyes and it is difficult to read certain parts of the book as you are aware this isn’t a tale of fiction but one of horrifying reality. Certain passages I found myself reading over and over again trying to get to grips with what these tortured souls went through. There is no doubt that most or all of the prisoners did not expect to survive. With as much death around them it would have been impossible to imagine a life beyond the wire fences. All feeling of hope must have left them within a few days of arriving. However, Lale and Gita did survive and their story is one you must all read. Put aside an afternoon to yourself and immerse yourself. To suggest you enjoy the book perhaps is not the right word but you will.
As with all memoirs from the camps that I have read I approached it with some trepidation as, without sounding to0 blasé, many stories told are in the same vein. However, I hadn’t ever read anything specific about the prisoners chosen to permanently mark other prisoners with the instantly recognisable tattoos. 19
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Brandon Powerlifting Club I was asked a question last week, I knew the answer but wondered how many might not be aware of a financial helping hand to the town’s groups. It is called a ‘locality budget’ and all our Forest Heath and Suffolk Councillors get an annual budget to distribute in their “ locality” .
Sunday morning. There are over 30 regular members with ages ranging from 15 to 50+, including several British champions. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the cheque presentation by our Forest Heath District Council and Suffolk CC councillor, Victor Lukaniuk, which gave me the chance to ask a couple of questions. Whilst a grant to a local football team for kit or to the Scout for a new hut roof might seem to offer a good return per pound spent, I had to question the pound per head being spent here at the leisure centre.
Forest Heath District Council, for 2018/19 awarded each councillor £2500 and Suffolk County Council awarded £8000.
I have to say, with the facts in hand, Victor’s £2000, compared to the benefits gained gives our town an excellent return. Not only will the powerlifters have some great kit when the European Championship comes to Brandon for the weekend of April 27th/28th this year, they will be bringing over 200 people to the town, all staying in local accommodation, they will have to be fed and watered too!
One of the more recent donations, £1950, went to the Brandon Powerlifting Club for a set of calibrated weights.
Add to that the kudos of the 2019 European Full Power Championships, Brandon will certainly be on the map that weekend.
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Brandon Town CFC Brandon Town Community FC Men play in the Bury and District Sunday Football League Division 1 they’re managed by Gary Rampley and coached by Mick Rumsey. They are kindly sponsored by Colombo at Golden Fried Chicken (GFC). Colombo has always been a great supporter of the Club offering help to many of the Youth teams. The Men’s team is an important pathway for the youth players offering them a transition into men’s football. This is our second year in men’s football in our first year we gained
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Breckland Cats Protection From The Funny File to cheer us up until Spring arrives! How to give a cat a pill - and a dog too. 1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of the cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. 2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. 3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away. 4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of ten. 5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden. 6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by the cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously. 7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later. 8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil, and blow down drinking straw.
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For those landlords that are experiencing problems or challenges with their tenancies, the 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; 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 community based 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
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