The Bramerton Society
Anybody who lives in Bramerton is automatically a member of the Bramerton Society. This organisation has been in existence since 1996 and was set up with a focus on planning and conservation. Today the focus is broader, on providing opportunities for residents meet one another at social gatherings and to raise money for village projects.
This year the Society gave its end of year report at the Annual Parish Council in April, which is open to all residents. At that meeting the Society’s accounts were presented and the chair gave a brief report of activities over the past year.
Our project for the coming year is to improve the recreation ground facilities, perhaps with some adult apparatus for keeping parishioners in trim.
We are always looking for volunteers who might have useful skills and who would be prepared to give a couple of hours or so to help plan future events or do occasional jobs around the village, eg repairing a fence, trimming a hedge or painting the bus shelter. Please use this email link to get in touch Bramerton working party. We promise not to bombard you with daily email requests!
Bramerton Village Sign
13 Feb 2017
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
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 Queen’s 90th birthday Bramerton village party
On 12 June 2016 the Bramerton Society held a picnic at the recreation ground and village hall to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, when half the residents of the village turned out to celebrate this very special occasion. Live music, free cream teas and bubbly, a special family birthday party treasure hunt, plus other activities made for a memorable afternoon.
Autumn quiz night
The ever-popular autumn quiz night is usually held in the village hall on or about the last Friday in November. Demand for tickets for this event always exceeds availability so if you want to be there watch out for further information about this year’s quiz and make sure you book your tickets without delay.