• Christmas Craft Event 5th December 2020

  • Christmas Eve Carols singers raise money for charity

    Thank you to all who gave to the Brampton Carol singers during their tour of the village on Christmas Eve. With you help they raised £150 + Gift Aid and this was donated to the Salvation Army;

    Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant, in his note of thanks stated that –

    With the help of the support you have given us, we can turn aching loneliness into the joy of company and friendship for forgotten older people. We can ease the constant anxiety of grinding poverty and help give a family a meal on the table and presents, smiles and laughter for their children. Someone who is homeless can find warmth and the assurance of our support to help them move onwards.

  • Romans in Norfolk – a talk at Brampton Church

    Romans in Norfolk
  • Brampton’s Sheila Sayer named Good Neighbour of the Year

    Thank you to Katy Edmonds for drawing our attention to the 2019 Broadland Community at Heart Awards.  The award for Good Neighbour or Friend of the Year was presented to Sheila Sayer. A Brampton resident for nearly 40 years, Sheila is the ‘go to’ person in the village. From collecting parcels, to feeding pets, and even lighting one elderly resident’s the fire every morning to make sure she stays warm, nothing is too much trouble for her.

    Well done Sheila, with grateful thanks for all of your efforts. It is great to know that your good works have been officially recognized.  We all wish you the very best for the future.

  • Brampton Spring: annual Litter Pick

    The annual Brampton Litter Pick has become such an established event within the village calendar that we have started to treat it as the ‘first sign of spring’. Although, as I write this   on the next day, Sunday, in which one can almost ‘bask’ in spring sunshine, the slightly duller Saturday weather still favoured all those who gave a voluntary hour to the task.

    It is sad fact that we still need to do this every year in order to maintain the beauty of our surroundings, but it gives us all an excuse (not that an excuse is really needed) to get together for collective task.

    ‘It is like that we are clearing up after a few serial litter louts. The theme is generally the same. Lager cans of a particular brand, containers for a well-know fast food supplier, dog poo bags left hanging in the hedges (As if that was considered as “clearing up”).

    Anyway, job done. Thanks to everyone who participated. The parish looks ready for the warmer weather.

  • Village Carol Singers

    The Brampton Carol Singers raised £160 during their tour of the village on Christmas Eve. Thanks to all who participated and to those who donated to their collection this year.  The money which they raised  has been sent to the Salvation Army to support their work with the homeless.

  • Brampton time travelers leap back in time

    Jilly and Piet prepare to travel back to the 1940’s (To the Sheringham 1940’s Weekend), although from Brampton in 2018 – perhaps not such  large leap after all…!

  • Event: Talk – Coypu, Mink and the Norfolk Mink Project

    Simon Baker, from the Norfolk Mink Project, will be giving a talk at the Burgh Reading Room on Tuesday 9th October at 7.00pm. All are welcome and entry is free. (See http://burghlife.co.uk)

    Mink have been active on the Bure for some time. They have become naturalized on English rivers having originally escaped, or have been let loose from, fur farms many years ago. They are an efficient predator and will kill everything they can catch – fish, birds, mammals such as Water Voles and inverterbrates. If a mix of wildlife is to survive on the Bure, the Mink need to be controlled. This is where the Norfolk Mink Project plays a role.

    Background information: https://thenorfolkminkproject.org.uk



  • Last sight of the summer falcon

    It was almost the last weekend of the summer – August 25th. The Swifts were long gone and family groups of Swallows were feeding low over long meadow. The next day they had left for the south.

    Just as I walked down the old track from Brampton to Oxnead, I spotted the unmistakeable profile of a falcon just over Keeper’s Wood. Its flight was erratic. Just at treetop height, interspersed with rapid spiraling changes of direction. I had seen this before – a Hobby hunting for dragonflies. With ease and grace it flew west to east along the spine of the wood and back again before disappearing from site towards the Ash Plantation. The whole show lasting no more than a couple of minutes.

    Later that day, whilst walking along the railway line and admiring the sunset, a dragonfly – a Southern Hawker, I think – was diligently hunting midges and other small flying insects. Its flight path formed a triangular pattern, broken only by rapid spiralling changes of direction as it homed in on its prey. The similarity with that of the falcon, the next step up the food chain, was remarkable.

  • Brampton Spring 2018: Cuckoo

    After what seemed like a very long wait, the Cuckoo has arrived in the valley. Announcing its arrival with a rapid succession of calls at 4.50am from a perch on a tree somewhere along the Bure.

    For many years the Cuckoo has arrived in the last week in April. The delay this year due to the cold spring that we have had. Last year it was not heard until 25th May, so we could count this one at least as “earlier than last year”.  The British Trust for Ornithology tracks transmitter tagged Cuckoos every year, these can be seen via the following weblink;  https://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking


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