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Welcome to Brandon After a very successful Best of Brandon awards night held last week, comes some shocking news released as we went to press. Next year’s event looks to be in competition for council backing along with the Thetford TARA awards. A Thetford source helping on the night let it slip that with all the council merges taking place across West Suffolk that further changes look to be coming.
As Brandon and Weeting already share health services and with the new homes on Fengate Drove being a 50/50 split of councils, Brandon is set to join part of Norfolk to create a new Heart of the Breaks District Council. More details can be found on page 33. Regards Brandon Town Magazine
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Brandon & District Photographic Club We have an interesting month coming up at Brandon & District Photography Club, one not to be missed. Two sessions again this month, talks and competitions - both are well worth coming to. Firstly, on Wednesday 10th April there will be a talk by Tony Bramley. Tony is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a professional photographer and trainer with over 20 years experience. He runs one on one and group training sessions on a wide variety of photography subjects as well as coming out to photography clubs to give talks. 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 email@example.com. We have one competition planned for this month, on Wednesday 24th April and this will be a competition with a difference. We are asking members to go back in time and use a Film Camera, take some stunning images and then wait while it is developed to see if all their hard work
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Pancake Party Unfortunately, the weather had other plans on Sunday 10th March, so we had to cancel the planned pancake races; however, nothing could stop the Pancake Party! Over 70 people shared pancakes in the Church Institute - keeping the ladies in the kitchen very busy! Revd Sharron blessed the newly installed defibrillator. After this, it was time for some fun and Gary organised an indoor pancake race - well almost! There was a lot of flipping but not a lot of running! We managed to have children and parents racing with a lively audience cheering them on. Clearly there are some very good skills out there! To further aid the tiring out of some very energetic young people we adapted the ‘Port & Starboard’ game to ‘Chicken, Egg, Flour and Milk’ until only one person was left! Gary, at this point had to leave, before going there was just time for a free goody bag, not for Gary but for all the children. Most contained an item designed to create a noise, was that his plan?
Thank you to Tesco Brandon and everyone who donated pancake ingredients. The ladies who cooked, the servers, those who set up and cleared away and everyone who came along ‘flipping’ or not. It was great to put on a shared event and we hope to plan more events together in the future. Flipping brilliant.
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West Suffolk Elections Voters are being asked to make sure they are ready to ‘make their mark’ for the first election of the new West Suffolk Council. The notice of election for the new Council is being published today, Friday, 22 March. With six weeks to go before the 2 May local government elections, voters in West Suffolk are now being asked to make sure they are prepared to cast their vote. The Council is running a ‘make your mark’ campaign, as part of a national initiative, encouraging people to stand for election and vote. There are just over 120,000 electors currently on the West Suffolk electoral register and this is expected to increase as the deadline to register approaches. Poll cards are being sent to everyone already on the register. If electors have not received one by Friday 29 March, they may not be registered. But don’t worry - you have until Friday 12 April to register to vote, by going to www.yourvotematters.co.uk The poll cards show how electors have applied to vote: either on the day in person
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Brandon Heritage Centre We are nearing the end of our winter refurbishment programme and our opening date of April 20th is getting closer. If you visited us last year we will have promised you a smarter, more interesting centre for this year so hopefully you will visit us to make sure we kept our promise. We have a programme of temporary displays throughout the year starting on 20th April with the ‘Fire Brigade’ exhibition. This is the amazing collection from Mr Pat Baldwin and will be in the Heritage Centre until the end of May. Pat will be popping in periodically so you may be lucky and catch him. If you have any questions I am sure he will be able to answer them. We are hoping our neighbours over the road at Brandon Fire Station will on one of the weekends be having an open day so not only can you come and see the vintage you will get
the chance to see the modern and bang up to date equipment carried on board the fire engine and if you are really lucky maybe catch the crew performing a drill for you. Don’t forget, we are holding two Easter Craft days, Saturday 13th April and Wednesday 17th April. Two sessions per day, 10am-12pm and 1pm3pm. Cost is £4 per child. All materials are included and a free lucky dip bag when you leave. Each child will need to be accompanied by an adult please book in and early as space is limited. Tickets can be booked at ticketsource.co.uk/ brandonsuffolk
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2019 22/03/19 So often you hear BIGGER and BETTER than ever, for once the figures prove it. The 2019 BoB awards on Friday 22nd March, now in there 3rd year, sold out in record time with it’s largest attendance yet and with more nominations across all the categories than ever before. The inaugural event of 2017 organised by Lianne had one class, the idea to highlight and thank the town’s volunteers. Not content with sitting back she invited Terry and myself to join forces with her and even though I’m saying it myself, what a job it has done. Now most people are aware of the BoBs and what they stand for, you may even have your own thoughts on who you might like to see step out next year, but for now lets celebrate those who are the Best of Brandon for 2019. With the same format as last year nominations were invited for 5 awards. Young Volunteer, Business, Group, Volunteer and Lifetime Achievement. Reporting on just one night of the event doesn’t seem right so here in no particular order are all the nominations for 2019: Ali Barnes, Jane Hampton, Rachel Sobieshowski, Gracie Holland, Kia Clarke, Poppy Skikunas, Alan Norton, Bob Jones, Pat Baldwin, Hare Salon, P&R Garden Supplies, Tilly’s Tea Room, A.N.G.E.L.S., Brandon Fire Station and St. Peter’s Church. The panel of judges for 2019 was easy to find, just ask last years winners. They know what it’s like to volunteer, to hear their name called from the golden envelope, to walk onto the stage and say thank you in front of over 100 people. That, of course, didn’t make judging any easier but winners had to be found and they were. Looking back on the night the old cliche comes to mind ‘everyone was a winner’ and they were but there can only be 5 BoBs for 2019 and the winners on the night were: Young volunteer of the year: Gracie Holland Business of the year: P&R Garden Centre Group of the year: St. Peters Church Volunteer of the year: Ali Barnes Lifetime achievement: Alan Norton Gary Brocklehurst
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Brandon in Bloom March was a busy month for the team as we started to action our plans for the summer. If you haven’t already heard, our theme for the 2019 Anglia in Bloom competition is ‘Holi’. What is Holi I hear you ask? Holi is a Hindu festival of colour in which people celebrate by smearing each other with paint, and throwing coloured powder and dye around. Around the globe the act of paint throwing is used to raise funds for charities in the form of ‘Colour Runs’. Whilst we won’t be throwing paint around Brandon, this year’s planting schemes will be bright, vibrant and full of random colours. Gary and Aileen met with a maintenance officer for BT to discuss the site on Beavor Lane, which often looks unkempt. Amongst the plans for the site we plan on growing a selection of tropical annual climbers along the chicken wire fence, this should brighten up the area considerably. So far over 100 pots of seedlings have been sown and are being grown on by members of the team. The seedlings are not just for this fence and they may find themselves being ‘guerrilla’ planted throughout Brandon! On Sunday 10th March we had planned a pancake race, working with St. Peter’s Church and Brandon Heritage Centre. Unfortunately, the race itself was cancelled because of the weather, but a great time was had by all who attended the pancake party. I believe the pancakes where eaten as quick as the chefs could cook them, even BiB chair, Gary didn’t get a look in. Some of you may remember the self-set Hawthorn at the wedge which was removed around 3 years ago. This was a case of ‘right plant in totally the wrong place’ and at the time the BiB team pledged to replace the wildlife value of the Hawthorn at a more suitable location. On 12th March we made good on that pledge (and then some) as we received 90 native hedge & tree saplings from the Woodlands Trust, including Hawthorn. The other plants are: Silver Birch, Rowan, Wild Cherry, Hazel, Dog Roses, crab apples and elder. All of which have amazing benefits to a wide range of wildlife including moths, birds and mammals. The hedging and trees where donated to various groups to be used in different locations throughout the town,
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team will be open to children who are in Year 2 at the start of the academic year. They are both very keen and look forward to helping the players continue developing their skills and development within the club.
After the Christmas break they played a few friendlies against some U6 teams ready for next season when some of the children will become our new U7s team and will be playing In league/cup games. They have now played four friendlies and have more games and tournaments planned before the end of the season.
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A massive thank you has to go to MLT Transport Ltd and S Smith’s Home Improvements for supplying our jackets this year, and we look forward to working with them in the future with the view to kits etc. Also a big thank you to the parents, grandparents, siblings who have travelled to both home and away games to bring the children along to play in the matches. It has been my absolute pleasure to coach these young players and they have all been a credit to the club and themselves .
We are also in need or coaches/volunteers to help our New U7s, U9s and other teams within our club next season.
Sam Shepherd , Scott Sheppard and Richard Preston will be staying with Saturday Soccer for one more year and then we will be taking them through to their U7s team the following year. We hope to see as many children next season as we have done this season.
Volunteers Needed The club is in need of a new secretary, if you know anyone who may be suitable for this role please contact the club for more information.
If you are interested in any of these roles please contact our club. Presentation Evening Saturday 25th May at Brandon Leisure Centre is our Saturday Soccer to U10s Presentation Evening. Saturday 1st June is U11s to Mens plus the girls teams. Doors Open at 6:30 and presentation will start at 7pm. Players and Coaches are free. Child £3 adults £6 family ticket £15. AGM
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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 - Cadent (Emergency Number)
0800 111 999
Water - Anglian Water (24 Hour Leakline)
0800 771 881
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
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.
A free advice and guidance service for the landlord community. Tel: 01842 813466 or call in to Chilterns, High Street, Brandon
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LANDLORDS P Here To Help!
April 2019 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine