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Bressingham - St John the Baptist

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Bressingham is a fairly large parish, size wise, bounded by the River Waveney to the south which separates us from Suffolk. We have 570 adults living in the village and share our Parish Council with the neighbouring village of Fersfield. The market town of Diss is just 3 or so miles away to the east. Most of the village is set back from the main A1066 road and therefore does not have through traffic. A local bus can be taken to Diss on some days from various stops in the heart of the village.

Our village church is a Grade 1 listed building. We are not sure how old it is, although there was a church here in 1086 which was enlarged in 1280. It was probably rebuilt, with the exception of the chancel, in the 1500s. Two services are held each month in church on the second and third Sundays, Holy Communion and Morning Prayer respectively. We also have a bi-monthly village magazine called Cock Crow which we share with other parishes. We are fortunate to have an active Methodist Chapel and are very pleased that we can share an additional service with them once a month. 

Recently we set up the 'Friends of St John the Baptist, Bressingham' to focus on activities to heighten the awareness of the need to keep our beautiful church standing for future generations. For more information on the 'Friends' and the activities being organised please click here.

The Primary School currently provides education to approximately 100 children and draws from the surrounding area as well as from the village. The original 19th century building has been extended in recent years to provide much improved facilities and the children are encouraged to take part in varied activities.

The pride of the village is our Village Hall. Originally a barn, this was donated to the village many years ago by a farming family. Behind it is the playing field which was again given in part. Football, archery, the village fete, and petanque are just a few of the things which take place here. It also has a hard tennis court and a children's play area. The hall itself is used for meetings, stage productions both by the longstanding village drama group and visiting productions. The Ladies' Club holds monthly meetings here too. It also plays host to Bumbles, an under school age club, yoga etc

Opposite the villge hall is our shop. This is an excellent facility for the village and run by a local couple who also employ another resident part time.

Perhaps the biggest employer in Bressingham is Blooms Garden Centre and many will already know the Steam Museum and the popular Dad's Army Museum which attract visitors from far afield. There are restaurant facilities at both which makes a good day out for all the family. There are several bed and breakfast establishments in the village all of which appear to do very well. Other residents are employed on the farms in the village along with other businesses based in Bressingham, including engineering, electrical and plumbing. Many work from home whilst others commute to London daily.

Having been closed for many years the village pub reopened in the 1980's. This grade 2 listed building which stands opposite the church later reverted to its original name of The Chequers but suffered a devastating fire in 2009. It has been rebuilt as near as possible in the original style and is now awaiting a new tenant.

Having an excellent and up to date website gives everyone the chance to find out what is happening in the village.

Housing in the village varies from thatched and listed buildings to new build. Only two small estates have been built relatively recently and were built as starter homes.

In essence, Bressingham is a rural parish and proud of it, set in some lovely countryside.

 

Church Services    
2nd Sunday each month 9:30am Holy Communion
3rd Sunday each month 9:30am Morning Service

Please click HERE for a map showing the church location.