Open Garden

Over 2 acres of woodland leading down to the river waveney
With display of daffodils and spring flowers

Sunday 20th March 2016

10am to 4pm

Teas and refreshments cakes Tombola Raffle

In aid of Prostate Cancer East Anglian Air Ambulance
and local charities.

Adults £2.50 children free with adult

Sorry no dogs

Consultation underway proposing closure of Brockdish Primary School

One of the smallest schools in the country is facing the risk of closure.

Norfolk County Council is proposing to close Brockdish Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School— which had 12 pupils as of September — from August 31, 2016.

The authority said the governing body at the Grove Road-based school had “raised concerns about the future sustainability and financial viability” of the school, which has served children for 180 years.

It added nine of the current pupils live within the catchment area. The school has provision for seven pupils in each year group, but is “regularly under subscribed.”

A consultation on the plans has now begun, which will run until February 29, while a public meeting will be held at the school at 6.30pm on Monday.

Wayne Hart, chair of governors at the school, told the Diss Express: “As a school, we have 12 children, and we have to put the children first.

“After speaking to our cluster schools and other schools we are associated with, we have to be realistic about what kind of education the children have.

“I would like to say rural schools have a future, and personally I think they are better, but the government line is that rural schools are not working,”

The school was rated ‘requires improvement ‘ in its last inspection in December 2013.

To give your views on the proposed closure, visit https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/childrens-services/brockdish-ce-vc-primary-school

Two other rural schools, Stoke Ash Primary and Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Church of England Primary School, closed their doors in 2014.

Full story from the Diss Express.

Fressingfield Scouts fundraiser

Fressingfield Scouts are fund raising for a new Headquarters.

The next fundraising event is a “Top of the Pops” night with a live band at the Park Hotel Diss. Saturday 26th September, tickets, £10 from The Park Hotel or telephone 01379 668060.

Vote for the Old King’s Head!

This month’s South Norfolk ‘Link’ magazine carried an article on Pub of the Year 2015, which is now open for nominations and voting until 31st July.

Anyone who would like to vote for our newly-reopened and excellent Old King’s Head can do so by emailing pubs@s-norfolk.gov.uk, or going to the South Norfolk website for other ways to vote.

Open Gardens

Make a date in your diary to come and support this great event! Details below:

The Olde Coach House, Brockdish
12th July 2015 2pm – 5pm
Strawberry tea, tombola, plant stall Please come and support us – proceeds in aid of Brockdish Defibrillator fund.

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