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Welcome to Brandon Hop to it folks, Spring is well and truly here. How did you fare on April 1st? April also sees the first long weekend of the year with both Good Friday and Easter Monday being bank holidays, meaning there’s a whole four days for important Easter traditions. Whether you ‘fooled’ or were caught out, plan to make a bonnet, paint hard-boiled eggs or pursue the Easter Bunny for cocoa-based satisfaction, we hope you can relax and enjoy some typical spring weather. Regards The Brandon Town Magazine Team

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Brandon Town Council Report Protocols for Public Participation in Council Meetings issued by the Suffolk Association of Local Councils. Participation in the public forum: A council meeting is not a public meeting, it is a meeting conducted in public. There is no requirement in law to provide a public forum. As the council meets and makes its decisions in public and is committed to community engagement, we warmly invite members of the public, the press, the police and district or county councillors to attend our meetings and contribute during the public forum. Please respect the fact that this is a meeting to conduct council business and interjections during council business are not permitted. If you disrupt business in any way you may be asked to leave. If you feel for any reason you do not wish to take part in the public forum or if your problem is complex, you might wish to provide information to the council prior to the meeting in plenty of time before the meeting (at least 7 clear days if possible) by using the contact details below. • Public participation will be for a maximum of three minutes. The Council meeting will technically be closed during such public participation. The agenda will indicate when public participation will take place. This will be early on in the agenda in order that councillors can take account of the views expressed when making their decisions. • Only one question on a topic will generally be received from each person and supplementary questions will be at the Chairman’s discretion. The Chairman may direct that a written or oral response be given. • A person shall raise their hand when requesting to speak, and if possible, stand when speaking. Questions must be addressed to the Chairman and a member of the public must not speak for more than three minutes. If you need any further clarification on the protocol please do not hesitate to contact me. Christine Mason - Town Clerk Telephone: 01842 811844 Email:

Brandon Events Diary We are aware that sometimes it can be difficult to plan an event in the town and avoid clashing with other events on the same day. Reading publications from other towns around the country we have decided to borrow an idea that will hopefully eliminate double booking and then struggling to find an audience or worse still stall holders to attend your event. A diary will be placed in the Town council offices where anyone can check dates and add their own. We hope once up and running to be able to produce a “What’s On” guide within the magazine to enable the greatest number of local people to hopefully attend your event. The back of the diary will also serve as an address book for local groups to add details such as contact details, meeting venue and times.



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Brandon in Bloom We are having a plant a wheel barrow competition, everything provided except the effort to plant it and turn up on the day to have it judged. Judging day will be Sunday July 13th, on Market Hill. We have secured funds for both a brightly coloured barrow, the compost to fill it and each group can make a selection from a variety of plants. If you don’t garden we even have an expert to help you, Rachel Sobiechowski from P&R Garden Supplied over at Fengate Drove. There is to be 3 age groups, under 7, under 10 and under 16. You may enter more than one age group. Barrows and plants are limited to the first 15 entries and will be on a strictly 1st come 1st allocated basis. Our aim is to brighten Brandon, tidy up some unloved areas and raise awareness to the benefits of gardening not just to us but also how planting helps nature provide. We want to see lots of planting schemes, and lots of groups both young and old taking part. The group wanted to make a start straight away on a project to raise public awareness, and decided to tackle the planters on London Rd. By the time you read this hopefully the prickly bush planted at the moment will at the very least have been given a thorough prune. Several planting ideas were discussed with the aim for 2014 to get a colourful display of annuals before getting lots of bulbs and “forever” plants in the bed. Brandon Garden Club and the Manor Road allotment groups have both expressed an interest,. Hopefully this project will really take off and provide an attractive display not just for the residents but anyone driving through our town and who knows it might just encourage them to stop a while and spend a little in our local shops. We really hope that lots of groups and individuals can take part in one or both of the above, the contact details for this group is

Brandon & District Rotary Club Entries are starting to come in for our Photographic Competition and we hope to have a good selection when judging takes place on Thursday 3rd April. Anyone can send in a photo with the exception of Brandon Rotarians and their immediate families. The theme is ‘Winter’ and entry forms and rules may be obtained from Whichelow Property Management (01842 815777) or Studio 5 in Brandon or Thetford. The winner will receive a cheque for £50 and the runner up will be awarded a Studio 5 voucher to the value of £20. Entries should be submitted in a sealed envelope with a completed entry form and all will be opened by the judge on the evening of 3rd April. We reserve the right to have the results published, together with the winning photo. Entries were invited by 27th March but this has been extended to 2nd April.


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Chronicles of Brandon at War April 1914... A few years ago a couple of benches were placed along the Avenue to celebrate the King’s Coronation. They became a nice resting place between Town Street and the High Street but now they have become somewhere for youngsters to congregate. The benches have been damaged and people are fed up with the youngsters causing a nuisance, so now the benches are going to be moved. One is going along London Road just beyond the Plough Inn and the other will be put near to the entrance of Brandon Park. On the subject of the park, it has a new owner. Sir John Aird has now bought it from Sir Almeric Paget who is the Cambridge M.P. We’ve recently seen Sir John’s land agents around the park … anyway, I digress. I have to say that not all the children are causing a nuisance of themselves. Take the Boy Scouts for instance, they were out in town to celebrate St George’s Day and they put on a fine show. They had permission from the school to raise the Union Flag on the school’s flagpole overlooking the Market Hill, so firstly the boys assembled around the pole and then saluted the flag as it was raised. Their Assistant Scoutmaster, Percy Wilby, then instructed the boys through their exercises. Percy’s dad is the groundsman at the churchyard and Percy also got involved with setting up the church boys’ cricket team. I believe he must have had divine intervention when he went to war because he was hit in the chest by a German bullet but escape without serious injury. The bullet struck the New Testament bible he kept in his pocket and diverted its path away from his heart! Oh, I am digressing again, and anyway that’s a story for another day. There was quite a crowd who went along to watch the Boy Scouts and afterwards they returned to their Headquarters at the Workman’s Hall, on the corner of London Road and the High Street, for an exhibition of their work. For the older lads there is always football. Brandon had its own league, the Ouse Valley League, which was full of local derby games to bring out the best, and worst, in people. This month Brandon travelled to Elveden to play their last game of the season and came away 2-1 winners. A couple of weeks later they joined up with Weeting to host a couple of end-ofseason friendly matches. A team called ‘G.E.R. Stratford Rovers’ travelled up from East London and Brandon’s first team beat them 4-0 but our reserves lost by a single goal to nil. Afterwards all the players and officials went along to the Ram Hotel and had a fantastic dinner in the Billiards Room. In hindsight that would be the last season of football for some of those men. Darren Norton Brandon at War


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Ten Questions - Christine Mason, Town Clerk Q1. What new methods of communication with the community do you think Brandon Town Council should be using? I would like to see more members of the public make use of the availability of both myself and my assistant during office hours. Q2. Brandon has become a town of different nationalities, languages and cultures. How would you like to bring the community together for the benefit of the town and it’s residents? An event on Market Hill involving different nationalities would be a good starting point. Q3. Which committees or organisations in Brandon are you a member of? In my capacity as Town Clerk, I attend all town council committees. I also contribute to the Town Team Committee, the Carnival Committee and recently Brandon in Bloom. Q4. What 3 things would you like improved in Brandon? Traffic reduction; improved youth amenities; wide-ranging shopping outlets in the High Street. Q5. Which historical figure do you admire and why? Emily Davison Wilding. An activist who fought for women’s suffrage. Q6. We all have gadgets in our lives, which gadget could you not live without? Definitely my mobile phone. Q7. What was the last book you read? The Biography of Queen Victoria. Q8. If you could chose a single memory to keep what would that be? My daughters graduation. Q9. What do you enjoy most about being the Town Clerk at Brandon Town Council? Communication with the public, overseeing local projects, interaction with all tiers of local government. Q10. What is your favourite place to be? My favourite place to be is the Peak District in Derbyshire.



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IES Breckland As the newly appointed Principal of IES Breckland I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the wider community. I have lived and worked in the area for many, many years and know this local community well. The student body is fantastic and an asset to the community. Since my arrival at IES Breckland in February my team and I have implemented improvements throughout the school and students are already benefitting from them. After Easter we will be welcoming three new teachers, a Head of Maths, a Head of Science and an Assistant Head Teacher to strengthen our dedicated staff. Mrs A Tilbrook, Principal IESB IES Community Action Group With IES Breckland developing constantly one of the new initiatives to hit the street, quite literally, will be the community action group or CAG. Composed of student volunteers from within the school who decided, with the help of team leader Mr Fowler, to contribute more to the community and get involved. A meeting with councillors has taken place and local supermarket chain, Tesco provided “input” as to what the students can do to assist within the community. It could be clearing gardens or helping the elderly or just simply picking up litter, but at the end of the day IESB is a part of your community. Mr P Fyles, IES Chief Operating Officer Swedish Exchange The Swedish Exchange is an educational visit made between pupils of IES Breckland (IESB) and IES Halmstad (on the west coast of Sweden) visiting each other’s schools and homes. IES Breckland pupils will spend three days in Halmstad: They will spend two days at IES Halmstad (IESH) school, taking part in lessons which are taught in English, mixing with Swedish pupils and making a presentation to a class; and they spend one day visiting the city of Halmstad, learning about its history and local culture. Each IESB pupil will stay at the house of an IESH pupil, having meals with them, joining in family life and learning about their culture. In return, IESB pupils’ families will be asked to offer similar hospitality to IESH pupils when they visit IESB. At the end of the trip, pupils will write a ‘Reflective Account’ about what they have learned about Swedish life and culture.


Glade Primary School This term has seen a lot of vehicle movement at Glade. As part of a whole school design project, pupils have been looking at car design, particularly that of that classic British car, the Mini. Carr’s Mini of Bury St Edmunds, very kindly brought over a Mini for all of the children to examine, then it was off to the drawing board to plan their designs for a new, improved model. Children have looked at every aspect of the exterior and interior and designed their own Glade version. Unfortunately, it won’t be going into production, but has made it onto a display in our hall. While all of this has been going on, we have had loads of diggers and lorries in school as part of our redevelopment. Our old swimming pool, built by parents and grandparents in the 1970s is no more. Instead the ground is ready for a new 4 class extension, complete with drama studio and work room. As Glade has grown in number, we have needed to increase the space for our children to learn. We also need more space for our children to play, so our playground has been extended. By October, we will be settling into a school double the size of the original 1970s Glade. Pupils have been planning what will be going into our time capsule to be buried, ready to be opened in 50 years’ time. The children have even discussed coming back to dig it up, even though they will be in their 50s and 60s!

1st Brandon Scout Group I would first like to say thank you on behalf of 1st Brandon Scout Group to Mr Reg Silvester for his generous donation to our funds. His donation will go towards additional tables & benches. April is a busy month for Scouting. It is when we celebrate St George’s day not only as the Patron Saint of England but the Patron Saint of Scouting. It is also when our Main awards are presented at Windsor Castle to those who have gained prestigious awards. 1st Brandon will be celebrating with the rest of our District on Sunday 27th April at St Peters & St Paul’s Church in Swaffham. It will also be when several of our group will gain their Chief Scouts Bronze & Silver awards. Although Brandon is in Suffolk we are part of South West Norfolk. Quite a few of our members come from Weeting which is officially Norfolk as do some of our Leaders. By the time this is printed our Beavers will have had their first Camp. There will be many more for the group including the Scouts who will be experiencing a survival camp. Can we wish everyone a Happy Easter. Lynda Smith GSL


Forest Academy On Wednesday 5th March, the Key Stage One gymnastics team participated in a competition against eight other schools. We are thrilled to say they came first – a true reflection of their hard work and dedication! Our trophy is now on display in the front entrance and we couldn’t be prouder. Forest and our partner school Elveden will now compete in the county finals in July.

A HUGE congratulations to Abi, Charis, Georgia, Jamie, Jaquan, Joshua and Tom who represented Elveden at Forest Heath District gymnastics competition last week. The children did so well, they have been chosen to represent Forest Heath District in the County Finals in July. Miss Morley couldn’t be prouder of all the team, they looked fabulous and performed outstandingly with both poise and grace. Go Team Elveden! In a new drive to inspire the children of Forest to be more active and enjoy sport, the school held a sponsored circuit event with the help of world class athlete Kola Adedoyin. Children completed a minute of four different rigorous exercises: the spotty dog, leg drives, push up and star jumps. Even the teachers and teaching assistants completed the circuit, although they took longer to recover than the children and felt very sore the next morning! The event was run by the Junior Sports Leadership team and a big thank you must go to them. They must have completed the circuit at least 9 times if not more as they supported each child. Every child in the school thoroughly enjoyed the day and benefitted from the great feeling exercise can bring, especially when being cheered on by the inspirational triple jumper. Kola travelled from London with the organisation ‘Sports For Schools’ to share with the children of Suffolk his story and how they too could become Britain’s future medal winners. It is the aim of the school for every child to benefit from the active, healthy and happy lifestyle that participating in a wide variety of sports can bring. Well done to all the children for taking part, we have raised £1006.92 so far which is a fantastic achievement! If you still have sponsorship money to collect, then please bring it in as soon as possible!


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Are you free on Sunday 1st June 2014? If you can volunteer to help us with the next Brandon Carnival please email and lets try and make the 2014 carnival the biggest and best yet!

Shoestring Theatre Company Shoestring Theatre Company would like to say a huge thank you to the people who came and supported our Open Evening which we held on 18th February. Although numbers attending were less than we had hoped for, the people who did come along all seemed to enjoy spending the evening with us, where they were able to see & handle some of our props used in past productions, watch DVDs of various shows that Shoestring have performed, as well as being able to try on some of our costumes & wigs which we also had on display (including Bill Bishop who looked very fetching in some of our wigs!) It was great to see some people joining our members in reading scripts, singing & taking part in some improvisation acting too. Our under-stage storage area was open for viewing and our sound equipment & some lighting equipment was also on show for visitors to try too, and we also had some of our scenery from past productions set up on the stage. We all had a really enjoyable time showing people around and hope that those who came along enjoyed the evening as much as we did. We must apologise to the two ladies who came along and sat at the tables for some time before asking us what time the show was going to start, as it was advertised as an Open Evening, rather than a performance night, so we do apologise for this if it wasn’t made clear. We are pleased to say that as a result of our Open Evening we have gained 3 new younger members, and 2 ladies, who have volunteered their services as and when required, to help in sorting costumes and with making props & scenery. They have all been welcomed into the group. We also have several new adult members who have joined us over the past few weeks and these are also welcome. We are encouraged by our increasing numbers, but we are always on the look-out for new members, particularly adults, male or female of any age. If you have an interest in live theatre, or have a musical talent that you’d like to share, then please come along to one of our meetings to see what we are all about. You don’t have to go on stage as there are always many other jobs involved whenever we stage a production, but if you do fancy “treading the boards “, then you will be given every support & encouragement. We meet every Tuesday at IES Breckland School, Crown Street, from 7pm – 10pm, and we would love to see you there, where you will be warmly welcomed. Over the past few weeks ,we have been busy reading various scripts for our Summer production ,to take place at the end of June, so please watch this space as we will be announcing further details soon, once we have chosen which show we will be performing. We will once again be taking part in the parade at this year’s Brandon Carnival on Sunday 1st June, and then performing a live “Punch & Judy” show at the Market Hill, where all the characters will be played by our members rather than using traditional puppets. Further details will follow nearer the date. Please also see our Facebook page too for details of forthcoming productions and other Shoestring news. Thank you to everyone for supporting us and we look forward to seeing you all soon.


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Brandon Methodist Church Spring is always such a nice time of year as we pass through the cold and darkness of winter and the days get longer and warmer. We start to see the signs of new life as the daffodils begin to flower and the air is once again filled with the sounds of busy birds. We often use it as an opportunity for clearing out old rubbish, spring cleaning our homes ready for the year ahead. Lent too can be a chance for giving up those things we know are not so good for us; chocolate, biscuits, or perhaps that extra cup of tea or coffee or perhaps for taking up those things like exercise that we know will do us good. Easter is the best example we have of new life, of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean and making a fresh start. Good Friday marks the day on which Jesus, the Son of God, was killed and buried but he was then raised from the dead on Easter Sunday. He was resurrected so that we too can put behind our old way of life and share in that new life with him. “By our baptism, then, we are buried with him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life.” (Romans 6:4) We will be celebrating this time of new life in Brandon on Good Friday through streets of the town and gathering on Market Hill and, as well as all of our regular Sunday services, there will be an all-age celebration on Easter Sunday at 4pm at Brandon Methodist Church. New life and the opportunity for a fresh start is a precious gift and one we must always remember to be thankful for.

Brandon Carnival 2014 With the 2014 Brandon Carnival fast approaching the time has come to put yourself forward. We need lots of help, both on the day and the run up to it. Can you help us , just an hour or so to maybe manning a stall on the day. Below are just some of the tasks we need a hand with. If you can help its the usual contact. By email on or call 01842 814488 or by post to 73 Rowan Drive. Before the event... Postcard delivery to houses around the town, putting up the bunting and flags, listing the event on social media sites. On the day... Help set up stalls, parade marshals, market place marshals, man a stall, man the control / info point, help pack away, litter pick. To put on the carnival takes many hours, we have a team of 3 and need others to join us in the planning process for this and future years. Above are just a few of the tasks we need help with on the day, without YOUR help the carnival wouldn’t happen. Please get involved, it’s our town and our event. If you don’t bother who will and then what would happen. Thank you!


Pantry Patter - Easter Foods As with many religious festivals, the true meaning has been lost over the years. At Easter we hand out chocolate eggs to our children without telling them why. We associate both rabbits and eggs with Easter when, in fact, neither have anything to do with this holiday.. Both symbolise fertility which, in pagan times, before Christianity, tied in with the spring season and a time for renewal. Hot cross buns, well known at Easter, were also initially a pagan food with each of the four sections marked out representing the four phases of the moon. However, Queen Elizabeth 1, a Protestant, banned Catholicism and with it the hot cross bun which was eaten throughout the year. She considered the bun to be a symbol of Catholicism and only allowed it to be eaten at Easter, Christmas and at funerals. The chocolate makers at the time saw how popular the little bun was and wanted to produce something that would equal it in popularity. They came up with a chocolate egg, made initially as a solid mass of chocolate but later produced as hollow decorative confections. Another popular food eaten at Easter is the simnel cake. This is a rich fruitcake with an almond paste filling. The top of the cake is covered in almond paste and topped with 11 or 12 almond paste balls. 11 balls are said to represent the 12 apostles minus Judas and 12 balls are representative of Jesus and the apostles minus Judas. There is a tradition of eating lamb at Easter too. This was first noted at Passover, a Jewish festival. In the bible God is said to have helped the Children of Israel escape their slavery by the Egyptians. He is said to have inflicted a succession of 10 plaques on the Egyptians until the Pharaoh released the Israelite slaves. The tenth plague was the Plague of the First Born. An avenging angel would pass from house to house killing every first born son from the first born of the Pharaoh to the first born of the pet goat. The Israelites were told to mark their doorsteps with the blood of freshly slaughtered lambs and they would then be ‘passed over’ by God when he came to punish the Egyptians. The Egyptians were so terrified that they demanded the Pharaoh banish the Israelites there and then, giving them all their gold and silver as an encouragement to leave. The Israelites left in such a hurry that they took their unleavened bread with them having no time to add the yeast to the mix. This resulted in the matzo, the flat bread still eaten today by the Jewish religion.


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April Gardening April is an exciting and busy month to be a gardener, we’ve had an exceptionally mild start to 2014, and plants are already springing into life. As I write this article daffodils have been in bud and flower for a couple of weeks and there’s blossom on some trees. However the weather can still be unpredictable. Beware of frosts in April, and keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night if a frost is forecast. April is the optimum month for tackling problems with lawns. This winter the rain and damp weather has caused many of our lawns to become invaded by moss. There are two ways in which to remove moss, either manually by scarifying (raking) or chemical. Chemical moss killers generally contain sulphate of iron (Ferrous sulphate) which cause the moss to blacken within couple of weeks. Moss killers combined with fertilisers (and/ or selective weed killers) is beneficial to improving lawn quality. Over-application of lawn moss killers can blacken grass, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions with care. A persistent problem with moss can suggest a problem with soil condition. On established lawns poor vigour, acidic soil conditions, a lack of feed, insufficient aeration, poor drainage, shade, close mowing and general wear are likely to blame. Killing and removing moss is just the start, to remain moss-free, the vigour of the grass must be improved and any other issues must be addressed. If moss remains a problem after treatment, such as under trees or in a poorly-drained site, consider over-seeding using shady lawn seed which contains a mix of fine bladed grasses, such as fescues and bents, that will grow in dry areas that receive little sunlight. As well as applying treatments, now is a good time to level out lawns using top soil and also to neaten edges of the lawn. In compacted areas use a fork to pierce holes to aerate the soil, and finally, raise the blade of your lawn mower to avoid cutting the grass too short. Once all weeds and moss have died fill any gaps with lawn seed, overlapping the edges so the lawn doesn’t look like a colourful tapestry of different greens! Lawn treatments can look quite severe, but always remember it will look worse now, to ultimately look better throughout summer. Regular maintenance is the best way to approach a lawn, and will reduce the need for remedial action. As well as tackling your lawn here’s my top 10 jobs for April: 1. Protect fruit blossom from late frosts 2. Tie climbing plants, such as rambling roses, into their supports. 3. Start to feed citrus plants 4. Increase the water given to houseplants 5. Prune fig trees 6. Divide bamboos and grasses 7. Sow seeds of runner beans, sweetcorn, marrows, courgettes, squashes and climbing beans indoors in 3 inch pots full of seed compost. 8. Pinch out the growing tips of bedding plants such as fuchsias. 9. Trim faded flowers of winter flowering heathers. 10. Treat timber fences, trellis and posts with preservative. Whatever April brings I hope you get a chance to step out into the sunshine and enjoy the season as you tackle this months gardening jobs. Rachel Sobiechowski BSc (Hons) P&R Garden Supplies, Fengate Drove, Brandon 01842 814800


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Breckland Forest Gymnastics Club The Breckland Forest Gymnastics club (BFGC) was founded in the mid 1990s and classes were held at Brandon Leisure Centre. In 2001, with support from Bill Bishop and Forest Heath District Council, the club moved to its own premises on the industrial estate. Circumstances lead to BFGC closing in Spring 2004. With further support from Bill Bishop, Forest Heath District Council and Richard Spring MP, the club was reopened in October 2004 by a volunteer committee of parents for the benefit of their children and others in the community. Some parents also trained as volunteer coaches and through the efforts of parents and friends in the community BFGC has flourished for nearly 10 years. In 2009 the club was nominated for the Club of the Year awards and was awarded a runner- up certificate. We are run by a committee and coaching team of volunteers. We offer classes for children of all abilities aged 3 and over. The club is affiliated to British Gymnastics (BG) and Eastern Counties Gymnastics Association (ECGA). The club has full Gymark accreditation and is a member of the Community Sports Association. We aim to offer classes that are fun and inclusive. During the classes children will work on more than just their gymnastic ability. We aim for them to develop concentration, coordination, cooperation, team work and improved social skills. We have an extensive curriculum and a structured programme which covers all the aspects of gymnastics that we can facilitate. We also encourage older gymnasts to assist with coaching, under supervision, to enhance their personal development and leadership skills. BFGC can only provide Gymnastic training for children with the support of parents and friends. New members to the committee are always welcome. Our club has a long waiting list and we would love to be able to offer more sessions to children in the community but we can only do this with the help of more volunteers. If you are a Gymnastics coach or have an interest and would like to train to coach Gymnastics please contact us. There are also vacancies for volunteer helpers during some of our sessions. You can contact us via our email: or our Facebook page: www.


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Brandon Past and Present

Shown above: Bury Road photographed in around 1910


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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)


Help & Advice Citizens Advice Bureau (Brandon Office)

01842 811511

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

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Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 8  

April 2014 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine

Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 8  

April 2014 edition of the Brandon Town Magazine