To cheers from passing motorists, Bramerton village sign was this morning (Friday 13 October 2017) re-erected at the junction of The Street, with Kirby Road and Surlingham Road. The sign was knocked down some five years ago by a motorist who suffered a heart attack while approaching the junction, and it has taken a very, very long time to find a contractor willing to put the sign up again.
The contractors, David Ireland Groundworks from Mulbarton, started work on the foundations last week, and the new brickwork pedestal was completed just three days ago. All that remained was for the post to be transported back to the site today and inserted into the base.
Sadly the original lead capping was stolen before the sign was knocked down, so while the sign has been in storage the capping has been replaced with glass reinforced plastic. The “BRAMERTON” lettering has also been picked out in gold by signwriters Mike Amiss and his son so it should be a little easier to read.
The post is made of chestnut, and plaques at the top show images of the parish church, the river and the village hall as well as that local speciality, wild garlic. All that remains is for the grass around the base to be re-seeded over the next few days.
Thanks are due to David Ireland, the main contractor, to David Blake for the use of his barn for storing the sign safely, and to the chair of the Bramerton Society and the chair of the Parish Council for seeing this long-running saga to a successful conclusion.
A sign that Bramerton is back on the map
Like every other small authority in England, Bramerton Parish Council is required to complete an annual return outlining its financial practices and its previous year’s expenditure at the end of the financial year. At the meeting of the Parish Council in May 2016 the chair and the clerk of the council publicly signed off the figures before they were submitted to independent auditors to be checked and verified. You can find the relevant pages of the audit document by clicking here Page 1, here Page 2 and here Page 3.
We are also required to publish the formal notice below which gives you details of where the audited accounts may be inspected and copies purchased – by contacting the Clerk, Brian Ansell, at 44 The Street, Rockland St Mary, Norwich NR14 7AH . For security reasons, on this web site the original signatures on the various audit documents have been replaced by printed names.
If you are interested in getting better broadband but missed the meeting at the village hall in February 2017 you can still find out more by clicking here B4R Norfolk. Better Broadband for Norfolk is working towards the installation of a fibre network which will give residents of local villages access to very high speed connections – far faster than anything offered in Bramerton by any other provider.
This community led venture is based on a scheme which has been running very successfully in Lancashire for the last five years. You can find more about the Lancashire scheme by clicking here B4RN.
If you have photos of Sunday’s royal birthday picnic on Bramerton recreation ground and you are happy to share them on this website please email the editors using the ‘Contact’ button above and we’ll put together a report in the next few days.
Village tree warden, Jane Wheeldon, and local volunteers plant the first tree – Norfolk Royal
The first sixteen trees were planted in the Bramerton Community Orchard on 5 March 2016 by a band of local volunteers – all members of Bramerton Society, and two days later a further three were planted with the help of children from Sunbeams pre-school. The trees, which were all two years old when planted, are a mix of apples, pears, plums and cherries.
The community orchard is on land adjacent to the allotments on the northern side of Hill House Road and the eastern side of Mill Hill. You are welcome to go along and take a look at the trees but at the moment access is over a locked gate in Hill House Road. The orchard is managed by the Bramerton Society and we have applied for a grant to buy a pedestrian gate and if we are successful in this bid access will be a lot easier. If you want to go along but would find it difficult to climb over the gate please email email@example.com and we will arrange for the gate to be unlocked for you.
You can find a diagram of the trees that have been planted by clicking here Orchard planting diagram 07 03 16. You will see that all the trees in this first batch are heritage varieties and have been supplied by the East of England apples and orchards project, a charity based at West Raynham, near Fakenham. If you click on EEAOP catalogue you will find some fascinating details about where and when these trees were first found and a little about there characteristics.
Funding for the orchard has been provided from money donated to the village by Anglian Water, and from money raised by the Bramerton Society. If you would like to contribute to the orchard, for example by helping with pruning, grass clearance etc or with a financial donation please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest Broads Authority newsletter is available by clicking here Broad-Sheet-Feb-2016.