Brandon Town Magazine - Issue 80

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APRIL 2020

Brandon in Bloom’s Chainsaw Live Pages 14 & 15



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Welcome to Brandon This month’s issue is unusual as reports are not all in, we hope what we have produced is useful. Just remember that Brandon is known by many as having a great community, which is proven by support at events and the various groups around the town. Traders are joining forces and delivering food,

many organisations are pooling resources and there are multiple offers of help. Please if you know of anyone in need of help put them in touch with the many contacts in this issue. Regards Brandon Town Magazine

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Shoestring Theatre Co Well, this is not quite the update we had planned to give you! A week ago, we were in full swing rehearsing for our summer show “A Little Bit of Everything” and now everything has come to a stand-still. The show has been postponed until next summer and there will be no more rehearsals until life goes back to normal and IES school is fully up and running. Our committee has been working hard behind the scenes to plan what we can do for our members to keep them involved while we are not able to meet up. They have been sourcing and reading through sample scripts in preparation for our next Pantomime, which, it is still hoped, will go ahead in January 2021. We have set up a chat room for all members and parents of our younger members so that we can easily share documents and communicate as a group. Once the committee

has shortlisted a couple of scripts they will be made available to our members to read and chose the one we go ahead with. As time goes by and the COVID-19 situation changes Shoestring will move with it and adapt our plans. Rest assured we will be back with a great show. Watch this space for updates! If you are interested in joining Shoestring Theatre Company we are particularly looking for adult members to take part on stage or in any back-stage roles so please contact us by email to shoestringsecretary@hotmail. com for more information. Although it isn’t possible at the moment to meet up and join right now there is a lot of information we can give you about what we do and how we work to help you make up your mind, so please do get in touch.


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Household coronavirus guidance The most common symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of a new and continuous cough and/or high temperature. For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community. If you can, move vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible. If you have coronavirus symptoms: do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital - you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home. Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household. Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home. If you do have symptoms, wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Why staying at home is important It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable. Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms. This will reduce the risk of you infecting others. Staying at home may be difficult and frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include: Plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to be able to stay at home. Also, talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the

things you will need to make your stay at home a success. Think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period, ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect, make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media, think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films.



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Carpets & Flooring

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Breckland Cats Protection Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a common condition that affects the bladder and or urethra, the narrow tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. It includes cystitis – inflammation of the bladder – and does not usually involve the kidneys. FLUTD can be seen in cats of any age, although it is more frequently seen in middle aged and overweight cats, particularly if they take little exercise, use an indoor litter tray, have limited access to outside and eat a dry diet. It can occur in male and female cats, but neutered cats of both sexes are more susceptible and males have a greater risk to complete urinary tract blockage. Causes may be urinary stones or crystals that form in the urine and irritate the lining of the bladder. A urethral plug may form in the male cat’s urethra, causing a physical obstruction. Stress and behavioural problems can also cause it, as well as cancer of the bladder or urethra. The signs that your cat may have a problem is in difficulty and pain when passing urine, passing urine more frequently and passing only small amounts of urine. Also passing urine in inappropriate places, straining before, during or after urination, and passing bloody urine.

dissolve them. A urethral obstruction will be dealt with as a medical emergency because as well as being painful it can be life-threatening. Complete blockage of the urethra can lead to urine backing up to the kidneys and affecting their function. Your cat will need to be unblocked immediately usually under general anaesthesia and will remain hospitalised for the few days after the blockage has been cleared. Increasing water consumption to dilute the urine will help with all causes of cystitis and you may have to change your cat’s diet to wet food. Use ceramic bowls instead of plastic or metal, as these may taint the water. Controlled weight loss and increasing exercise may be needed for long term control. All this treatment can be expensive. That’s why Cats Protection promote pet insurance. You will have to pay an excess, but in the long run it will save you a lot of money. Some owners will have to have their cat put to sleep if they cannot afford the treatment, which is very sad, as the condition is treatable. For help or advice, or if you need assistance with the cost of neutering, please call us on 01842 810018. Rita Thompson

Your vet will take a thorough history to establish all the signs your cat is exhibiting and when he is displaying them. A urine sample will be collected and examined to determine its concentration, acidity and the presence of any crystals, protein, blood cells and bacteria. Treatment is often started based on these results, but if the signs recur or do not improve, further investigations will be required. These may include x-rays or ultrasound examinations of the bladder, urethra and kidneys to locate the exact site of the problem and the cause. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. A bacterial infection will be treated with antibiotics. The presence of urinary crystals or stones may require you to put your cat on a prescribed diet specifically designed to


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TOP TIPS Water containers in dry spells Keep weeds under control Protect fruit blossom from late frosts Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors “April’s here and spring has sprung at last! As the weather warms and early flowers start to bloom, all of a sudden it feels like there’s plenty to do in the garden again. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for frosty nights and continue to protect vulnerable plants. ” Step-by-step: If you have a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory you can get a head start by planting your hanging baskets now.

the ends of fuchsias and petunias. Hang up and water well.

Step One: If you are using a plastic-lined basket pierce some holes in the plastic for drainage. Fill the basket with a good quality compost and add water retaining gel & slow release fertiliser (as per the manufacturer’s instructions).

Step Two: In a 12” basket choose 3 -4 trailing plants and 1 upright plant. Space the trailing plants evenly around the outside of the basket. Step Three: Plant your central upright plant. Fill any gaps with compost. To encourage bushier plants with more flowering shoots pinch out


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Brandon Town CFC Brandon U10s fundraising event We would like to say a massive thank you for everyone who attended, donated and helped us make this family bingo night a huge success at the Brandon Royal British Legion. We raised an incredible £860 which will be used for future tournaments and equipment! A special mention to Katey Mills (our awesome bingo caller) and Amy Byles who were amazing helpers throughout and this would not have been as great of night without your help! We would also like to thank our parents, players and supporters for their continued support throughout the season. Brandon Men’s Team We have been enjoying a fantastic season to date sitting top on Div 1, reaching the Cup Finals of the Suffolk FA County Cup along with the Div 1 League Cup and Semi-finals of

the Reg Barker Open Cup. If the season does restart this could see us winning a massive four titles an unbelievable achievement for any Club. The groups success is simply the result of a group of lads of all ages that are team mates but most of all a great group of friends that enjoy their time together on and off the field. This still needs bring together on match days that are down to the hard work of Gary Rampley Manager Mick Rumsey Coach and Lee Webber Coach all with the support and backing of our brilliant Club. We are always looking to develop new players and with our aim for the new season to progress into the National FA Cup we still require new kit sponsors please, anyone willing or able to help please contact Gary Rampley Manager & Club Chairman 07716 188000 or


Brandon in Bloom I’m sad, but not at all surprised, to tell you all that this year’s RHS Anglia in Bloom competition has been cancelled. It’s a first in the 50+ years history of the competition. It seems almost ironic now that the RHS 2020 Theme for Britain in Bloom was “Grow Social”. Of course, cancelling events like this is the most socially responsible thing to do as we must all distance from each other to prevent the spread of COVID19. Keep Britain Tidy have also cancelled group litter picking events until September. Which means in the short-term Brandon in Bloom are unable to organise group litter picks. If you have your own equipment and are not in isolation when out walking please pick up litter to help keep our town tidy.

© Jean Betts

It’s also looking increasingly likely that this year’s open gardens event will be cancelled too. We will still go ahead with some planting at the Wedge (although not the impressive Mayflower design we had planned and started building), and routine grass cutting at all of our sites will continue as long as our team are healthy enough to do so. Any “work” will be done by individuals - no growing social for us! I’m sorry that Brandon won’t be as colourful as we would like this summer. Now I have the sad news out of the way, we have some good news too. On a very cold February day I met with Alison from the Royal Horticultural Society (Greening Grey Britain team). I had the pleasure of showing her around Brandon and talking about Brandon in

Blooms future plans. The visit must have gone well because out of over 200 groups Brandon has been selected by the RHS to receive guidance and funding for “junior bloomers” and our volunteers hub. The volunteers hub will be situated at the BT Exchange which the group have rented for the next six years, a big commitment by the committee into the future of BiB. This of course won’t be starting until late summer at the earliest but something to very much look forward too. Alison will join us on at least four occasions to help with the design, project build, planting and finally when the work is complete a party to celebrate! Project High Street: on Friday 20th March Brandon in Bloom were issued with a licence from Suffolk Highways to place 19 Promenade style planters along the high street. We have been fund raising since Christmas for this project, at the moment the funds stand at just under £400. Each planter costs £500 so we have a long way to go! We have applied for a national lottery grant to purchase the self-watering planters. We will hear if we have been successful in mid-June. “Fred” the flint knapper will hopefully be on his permanent home at the Wedge by the time you are reading this. He was commissioned by Brandon in Bloom to remember Brandon’s heritage. I wonder what the next generations will make our decisions and actions during this unprecedented time? Remember, Gardening is not cancelled, Keep Blooming, it’s good for your mental health! See you all on the other side!

© Jean Betts


Useful Telephone Numbers Councils Brandon Town Council (Town Clerk)

01842 811844

West Suffolk Council (Customer Services)

01284 763233

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)

0300 330 1151

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.





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