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Anglian Water - UPDATE
We are over halfway through our £4.5million investment scheme to provide a mains sewerage system, which will help to reduce environmental problems in Burston. We have laid 4.5km of new sewer pipes and have 3.5km left to install. We are also making good progress with the construction of a Pumping Station at Audley End where we have built a 9m deep wet well in the ground. We are on track to complete More...
Ginni and I have embarked on our 19th year running Jamie's Gang. The club meets at Burston Chapel on Wednesdays between 5.00pm and 6.30pm. Jamie’s Gang is for children of primary school age, this means the age range is 4 - 11 years old as most of the local schools have a reception class. A 50p subscription is paid for each child that attends and there is also a tuck shop, the profits from which h More...
B4RN ULTRA HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INITIATIVE – AN UP
For those who may not know the B4RN ultra high-speed broadband project is an initiative to bring ultra-high speed fibre optic broadband service to rural areas. It is run by the community for the community with future profits promised to go back into the community and with a stated aim to provide broadband speeds of 1000Mbps by bringing a fibre optic cable into your house for a proposed £150 connec More...
Don Swanton Award - 2018
Help us find our parish's un-sung heroes. The Don Swanton Award is set up to thank someone who happily gives their time for the benefit of others in our community, and we are pleased to announce that the nomination box is now open for 2018. The award can be given to someone of any age and for any activity, whether it is for ongoing work or a single event. So if you know of an individual or gro More...
Community Heating Oil Bulk Buying Scheme
Does your new home have oil fired heating? If so, you may be interested in our Bulk Buying Scheme. Heating oil is funny stuff. The price per litre changes from day to day, and the price does depend on how much you want. The price for 500 litres is always 2 or 3 p more per litre than for 2000 litres. Burston and Shimpling have life membership of a scheme run by the charity Norfolk Rural Community C More...
Burston House Hospital News
In our last article we mentioned that we were in the process of developing a bird watching course and practical skills course. Well, I am pleased to say that the practical skills course is currently being run with a patient leading the weekly session. They will practice different skills along the way and know how to plan, prepare and construct a specific item. Our bird watching course has come to More...
Norfolk Carers - Information
Are you looking after someone? Are you concerned about a neighbour and look in to check on their well being, or perhaps do their shopping, or provide the odd hot meal? Or do you provide round the clock care for someone in your household who is ill or disabled, or elderly and frail? However little or much you do, there is a free handbook, a telephone helpline and a website that provides informat More...
Have You Heard the Church Bells?
When St. Mary’s tower crumbled in 1753, the 5 bells, together weighing over one and a half tons, survived. The parishioners needed £225 (over £1 million in today’s money) so the bishop gave them permission to sell four bells, probably to Tibenham. This enabled them to repair the west wall using brick, cheaper than flint. The smallest, treble bell was hung in a bell-cote at the west end of the ro More...
Burston Youth Cafe
Every Thursday during term time in St Mary’s church. If you are High School Age the Youth café is open from 3.45pm to 5.15pm and you get free pizza and milk shake. More...