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October 2017

October 2017


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October 2017<br />


newslet ter<br />

Leanne Smart,<br />

Iceni Partnership Youth Team,<br />

and Rob Rowling, St. John Ambulance,<br />

recognised by the<br />

High Sheriff of Norfolk for the<br />

amazing work they do<br />

to support others in their communities<br />

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

6 School Speak<br />

7 Lionesses<br />

8 Church News<br />

11 Green Britain Centre / Lunch Club<br />

12 Rotary<br />

14 Jazz Club / Community Hospital LofF<br />

15 Women’s Institute<br />

16 <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions<br />

17 Museum Matters<br />

19 Wissey U3A / <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

23 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

24 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Volunteer Hub<br />

25 Age Concern<br />

26 SCALGA<br />

27 Rainbow Choir / Health & Well Being<br />

29 Iceni Rural Writers<br />

31 Merle Boddy / Iceni Dressmakers<br />

32 <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice<br />

34 History Group / FofSM<br />

35 Mayor’s Parlour<br />

36 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

38 Mind, Body & Spirit<br />

Youthie Plus<br />

Open to all young people in<br />

Yr.6, Yr.7 & Yr.8<br />

Members - FREE<br />

Non-Members - £1.00<br />

You are cordially<br />

invited to<br />

an afternoon<br />

of Christmas<br />

companionship at the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms on Christmas<br />

Day, noon until 4pm.<br />

Traditional<br />

Christmas meal<br />

and entertainment<br />

afterwards, no charge.<br />

All are welcome,<br />

no strings attached.<br />

Ring 01760 722 800 to<br />

book your place.<br />

For more information contact:<br />

Sally Palmer<br />

Youth and Community Officer<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

M: 07772 852284<br />

O: 01760 722800<br />

E: sally@iceni.info

Upcoming Events<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Association<br />

On Friday. 29th September we will be holding a Cheese and Wine evening (non<br />

alcoholic Pimms also available ) from 7.30 - 10pm in the Regency Room at the<br />

Assembly Rooms £10 pp. To book a place please ring Stan Sole on 01760 724413<br />

Apple Fest & Green Britain Centre<br />

Live music, stalls and food. 30th September - 1st October. 01760 726 100<br />

Nicholas Hamond Academy Open Mornings<br />

6th, 13th and 20th October. 01760 721 480<br />

A Concert Of Choirs<br />

In aid of SLHH. Saturday 7th October, 7:30pm. £10. 01760 722937<br />

Recalling Houghton<br />

St Mary’s Church, Houghton on the Hill. 7-8th October 10am until 4pm.<br />

www.houghtonstmarys.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club<br />

Tuesdays, 7.30 at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Social Club, 23 London Rd. 10th<br />

October: “Bays River Jazz Group”. 14th November: six piece jazz band “Swing<br />

that Thing”. £6 on the door Norman: 01760722384 Geoff: 01366 328730<br />

Health And Well Being Show<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 11th October from 10am to 2pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Playford Dancers & Musicians<br />

Jane Austen-style Dance to live music. Monthly (2nd Wed.) 7.30 - 10pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms. £3. This month only, we are holding a special session to celebrate our<br />

1st anniversary on Wednesday, 11th October in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre from<br />

7.30 to 10.30 p.m. wearing smart/casual dress. Please bring a plate of food to share!<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts present Tale Dolce Musica<br />

October 15th 3pm. £12 / £9 members. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. 01760 722 504<br />

Icenima presents ‘White Mischief’ (15)<br />

A raunchy tale of 1940’s post colonial Kenya. 2pm, Wednesday 18th October.<br />

£4 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. 01760 722 800<br />

Massingham Film Club<br />

Gt Massingham Village Hall at 7 o’clock for 7.30, £4. Thursday 19th October “Their<br />

Finest” (12A). A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II<br />

Age Cocern Fish & Chips Quiz<br />

Conservative Club October 20th<br />

Barton Bendish Trafalgar Night Supper<br />

Saturday 21st October. Barton Bendish Village Hall, Church Road PE33 9GF. 7 for<br />

7.30 pm. 2 course “Themed Menu”, plus Tea/Coffee & Mints, plus a Tot of Rum<br />

for Nelson’s Toast. (Vegetarian option) Followed by Entertainment. Tickets £14.<br />

Welcome to bring own drinks. Please wear Red, White or Blue. All Proceeds to St.<br />

Andrew’s Church. Enqs and booking to 01366 347849 or 347563<br />

The Levens Choir<br />

The Levens Choir, Cumbria’s Choir of the Year 2017, presents a concert of sacred music,<br />

including Monteverdi, Barber and Dvorak at St Peter & St Paul Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong> on<br />

Fri 27th Oct at 7pm. Tickets £10 available from 7 Oct at Ceres Bookshop<br />

Rotary <strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival 2017<br />

Friday 27th October to Sunday 29th October at the Assembly Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Pop-Up-Pub & Cafe<br />

Johnsons Playing Field - North Pickenham. Friday 27th October Noon - Midnight.<br />

7.30pm Dits Fish & Chips. Saturday 28th October Noon - Midnight. Sunday<br />

29th October Noon - Midnight.<br />

West Acre Bonfire & Halloween Night<br />

Saturday 28th October. Gates open 6pm for a bonfire, fancy dress competition<br />

(7pm) & firework display (7.30pm). There will be a BBQ, soup, bar and raffle and<br />

all proceeds go towards our the village hall fund and future events for the village.<br />

Halloween At Plowright Place<br />

Tuesday 31st October. Free for all ages. 4pm to 7pm. Traditional fun. 07585 706970<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

Tuesday 31st October 2017, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

School. Jim Scott ‘Montagu’s Harriers & Snettisham’ £2 non members. For<br />

more information about this meeting or NarVOS call Ian Black on 01760 724092<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

On stage from the Westacre Theatre Company: ART by Yasmina Reza on Fri<br />

6, Sat 7, Fri 13, and Sat 14 Oct at 7:30pm £16 (£12 for under 21s). Presented<br />

in partnership with <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Visual Arts Festival. Optional prebooked<br />

Suppers on both Fridays at 6pm £18.<br />

On Screen Live from the RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon: CORIOLANUS by<br />

William Shakespeare on Wed 11 Oct at 7pm £15<br />

Wednesday Flicks; all films start at 2pm with optional pre-booked lunches<br />

from 12:30pm: FENCES (2016) [12] directed by and starring Denzel<br />

Washington on Wed 4 Oct. THEIR FINEST (2017) [12A] starring Gemma<br />

Arterton and Bill Nighy on Wed 18 Oct. CHURCHILL (2017) [PG] starring<br />

Brian Cox on Wed 1 Nov.<br />

New theatrical thriller on tour: ANGLIAN MIST on Fri 3 Nov at 7:30pm £16.<br />

Optional pre-booked Supper at 6pm £18<br />

Exciting Art Exhibition in the Foyer Gallery: THEN AND NOW by Davida<br />

MacDonald. See how the artist’s textile-linked art is her response to key<br />

global issues.<br />

WESTACRE THEATRE www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

4<br />

Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Scouts 7-9 at Cockley Cley, Iceni Village, Scout Hut.<br />

For ages 10 1/2 -14. New recruits welcome. Boys or girls. Contact Paul<br />

07711761364. Paul@1stswaffhamscouts.org.uk<br />

Art Class at The Old Art Room 93 Market Place. Techniques,<br />

Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art Studio. 10am until 12.15 £10<br />

Tel.01760 337181 je.clark176@btinternet.com<br />

Central Norfolk Dog Training Club Upstairs in Church Rooms,<br />

Campingland. 4 classes available, from puppies to intermediate.Tel: Chris 07745 892417<br />

Citizens Advice <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 10am until 12:30pm<br />

Kickboxing Club Juniors 5+ 5pm – 6pm, Inters 6-7pm, Adults 7pm –<br />

8.30pm Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196<br />

Monday evenings of Mosaic Making at Henchmans<br />

Ash Close, <strong>Swaffham</strong> 6.30-8.30pm £8-make your own project or I can set one<br />

for you! https://www.facebook.com/mosaicpaintedmemories 07810 895480<br />

The Phoenix Singers rehearse each week in the Methodist Church Hall<br />

at 7:30pm. New members welcome. Contact Marion 01760 724 473<br />

Playdayz – Parent/toddler group Sacred Heart School 9.30-<br />

11.30am term time only. £1 per session/per family (includes a snack)<br />

Contact: Tor Howman 07854 736 920<br />

Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Meets at The George Hotel - 1st Monday of<br />

the month, 12:45 for 1pm, other Mondays 7 for 7:30pm. Tel Claire Dunne 722504<br />

Seniors Keep Fit 6.15pm at Stanley’s, Lynn Road Tel Gemma on 07702<br />

197994/07425 607667<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 1894 Squadron Air Training Corps 7.00 - 9.30pm.<br />

TA Centre, Sporle Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Ages 13 to 18 years. Tel: 01760724617<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group 2nd Monday, 2 – 4pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum.<br />

New members always welcome – no charge. Tel 01760 724470<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions Meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms,7:30pm. All welcome. Contact Peter Young 01760 724120<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players every Monday and Wednesday, 7:30pm Baptist<br />

Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. If you are interested in joining a fabulous team please<br />

come along but call Marcie on 07867943102 to ensure we are in rehearsal<br />

Junior Snooker & Billiards 4-7pm @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy,<br />

West Acre 01760 755337 for details and to book, 9 -16 years<br />

TOSH community drama group meets 7.30pm Monday & Wednesday at<br />

Stanley’s, Lynn Street. All ages welcome. More details Fiona 07768211087<br />

Youthie 5:30 – 7pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. For ages 8 to 11.<br />

Free entry. Contact sally@iceni.info 07772 852284 / 01760 722800<br />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Beavers 1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Beavers 5 - 6.15 at Cockley<br />

Cley Iceni Village Scout Hut. For boys and girls ages 6 - 8 . New recruits<br />

welcome. Contact Paul 07711761364 Paul@1stswaffhamscouts.org.uk<br />

1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cubs 1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cubs 6.30-8pm at Cockley Cley,<br />

Iceni Village, Scout Hut. For ages 8-10 1/2. New recruits welcome. Boys<br />

or Girls. Contact Hayley 07516095019. Akela@1stswaffhamscouts.org.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Army Cadets TA Centre, Sporle Rd 7.30-9.30pm. Ages 12 – 18.<br />

www.norfolkacf.org 2907pea@armymail.mod.uk 07899 189 973 The<br />

Art Studio Modern Art Evening Classes By Peter Henry PGCE, BA.<br />

Tuesdays 7-9pm Church Rooms, Campingland. Refreshments. Adults/all<br />

abilitiesEmail: salsum06@aol.com/01760 720540<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bridge Club The Church Rooms,Church of Our Lady of Pity<br />

31, Station Street. <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7HP 6.30pm for 6.45pm. Sue 01328 701545<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 2pm for £2.<br />

Tea & biscuits inc. 01760 627 038<br />

Child Health Clinic at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Children Centre. 01760 721101 1st Tuesday<br />

monthly 1.15 - 2.45pm run by local Health Visiting Team<br />

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Coffee Morning, third Tuesday<br />

at 10:15am. Methodist Hall, London Street. Tel: David Moore 01760 723740<br />

CAMEO Coffee 10am-noon. ‘Come And Meet Each Other’. Free tea, coffee<br />

& hot chocolate in a relaxed cafe style setting. Discovery Hour: 10am - 11am.<br />

Looking at and discussing a small bible passage. Oasis Centre 01760 723 175<br />

Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room<br />

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art<br />

&Textile Studio. 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 £9 Tel.01760 337181<br />

Jump, Jive & Swing <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 7.45pm. Classes<br />

8pm until 9.45pm with social dancing until 10.30pm. www.jumpjiveswing.com<br />

Little Treasures and Breastfeeding Support 1.15 - 2.45pm Drop in<br />

for parents and babies aged 0-1year at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Children Centre. 01760 721101<br />

Mamma Munay (Mother Love) - antenatal classes on alternate Tuesday<br />

afternoons at The Green Parrot. …all welcome at all stages of your pregnancy.<br />

Booking essential on 01760 724704 or Anne 07469243052

Pickenhams’ WI 2nd Tuesday 2pm St Andrew’s Church (not August)<br />

PROBUS Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Meet second Tues of the month for lunch at the<br />

George Hotel, 12.30 for 1pm. Rod Goddard 01760 722 834 rodgoddard@hotmail.com<br />

Rainbow Community Choir 7.30-9.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre. Interested in joining us? 01760 336 313 rainbowcommunitychoir.org.uk<br />

The Royal Elizabethan Lodge Meets alternate Tuesdays, 8pm in the<br />

Conservative Club. Tel: W Rogers 01760 720632 or S Trattle 01760 721760<br />

The Royal Naval Association 8pm on the 4th Tuesday <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conservative Club. Telephone Jill Bowers on 01362 691820<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club Tuesday Seniors Training 7:30 - 9<br />

Seniors Keep Fit 3pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

Stitch, Mardle and Mend A group of keen crafters covering Patchwork,<br />

Knitting, Crochet, Cross Stitch etc 7-9pm, £1. Tel Adrienne 01760 336268<br />

Slimming World Conservative Club, 10am. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Asssembly<br />

Rooms 7pm. Clare Hughes 07535237618<br />

Sporle WI 3rd Tuesday, 1.45pm ready for our speaker at 2pm. For any further<br />

information please ring Celia on 01362 687316<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> St John Ambulance Cadets 7.15pm until 8.45pm,10 to<br />

17 year olds. Natalie Rudd on 07771620634/natalie.rudd@btinternet.com<br />

Table Top Skirmish @Henchmans 1st & 3rd/month 7-11pm<br />

Taekwondo 6:30 - 7:30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre 01760336044<br />

Tai Chi beginners welcome 1.15pm Narborough 01760723102<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Wellbeing Group Are you feeling low, or recovering from ill<br />

health? Just want to meet other people? Make new friends at Community Centre,<br />

every Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00. Contact Family Action. Tel: 01760 725801<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market (Morning) WI Second Tuesday of every Month, 10.30am<br />

Assembly Rooms. Ladies over 18 welcome. Deb Forrest 01760725669 quilter856@gmail.com<br />

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club West Acre Village Hall, 2 - 4pm. £2 per<br />

session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome. Tel: Belinda<br />

01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235 Email: belindabush@hotmail.com<br />

Women’s Section Royal British Legion At Valentine Barker Court,<br />

2nd Tues at 2.30pm. Tel: Frances 01760 724445 or Iris 01760 721430<br />

Weight Watchers 5:30 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

Yoga Gt Dunham Village Hall, 10 -11:30am, £6.50 Tel: 01603 478456<br />

Yoga Necton Community Centre £7 2-3:30 Tuesdays Jayne 07544974342<br />

Yoga 10.30-12.00 Green Britain Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. £7 per class. Contact<br />

Jayne on: 07544974342 or email: greenwillowyoga@outlook.com<br />

Zumba With Becks <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms 7-8pm bectuff@hotmail.co.uk £5<br />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rainbows Term time only, 17:00-18:00 <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Infant School. Girls aged 5 to 7 yrs. Tracey Clements 07770236689<br />

2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Brownies Term time only, 18:00-19:30. Meeting at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> First School. Girls aged 7 to 10 yrs invited to join. Contact Clare<br />

Smith 07917468057 or Chrissie Brown 07970104771.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 1894 Squadron Air Training Corps 7:00-9:30pm.<br />

TA Centre, Sporle Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Ages 12 (yr8) to 18 years. Tel: 01760724617<br />

Alzheimer`s Society Dementia Café first Wednesday every month<br />

from 10am-12noon. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms, Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Support, information and social activity.Refreshments provided. 01603 763556<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Art Group Community Centre, 2nd & 4th Weds 2:15 - 4pm<br />

Annual fee £24. Tel: Shirley Tubby 01760 724468 or Pam Buxton 01760 788268<br />

Arts Lounge beginners/refreshers art classes Wednesday,<br />

Thursday & Friday 10-1pm or 1.30-4.30pm, £25 per session Call 01760 723624<br />

Bingo First Wednesday of every month, Holme Hale Pavilion. Eyes<br />

down 7:30pm. Cash prizes. Tel: June Hewing 01760 441327<br />

Bingo <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club 7:00 – 9:00pm (eyes down for<br />

7:30). Non-members 30p entry.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club 1st and 3rd Weds of every month, 7 for 7:30pm<br />

at Lydney House, Norwich Road. All abilities welcome! Steve Ward 01366 328567<br />

Creative Textile Certificate 10 Week Course at The Old Art Room, 93<br />

Market Place <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tel Jane 01760 337181<br />

Our café runs in the town hall on the first Wednesday of<br />

each month from 10-12am.<br />

Dementia Café Free cafe offering support, information for those living with<br />

dementia and their families/carers. Free refreshments. Assembly Rooms. 01603 763 556<br />

D&D @ Henchmans 13-18 yrs 4-6pm 1st&3rd/month. League 7-11pm<br />

2nd&4th/month. Other RPGs 1st&3rd/month 7-11pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Evening WI Church Rooms, Campingland. 1st Wed 7.30pm<br />

Telephone Fiona Walker on 01760 722879.<br />

Healing Rooms The Oasis Centre, Cley Road 11am - 12noon. Book a<br />

session to experience the healing power of Jesus. Tel: 01760 723175<br />

Oasis Wednesday Worship: 10am - 11am. Worship and prayer<br />

Stitch, Mardle and Mend A group of keen crafters covering<br />

Patchwork, Knitting, Crochet etc. From 10am at Market Cross Inn, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

5<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Playford Dancers & Musicians Jane Austen-style Dance. Monthly<br />

(2nd Wed.) 7.30 - 10pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. £3. All welcome - no previous<br />

experience or partner necessary. Casual clothes and comfortable shoes advised.<br />

Contact Patti & Paul on swaffhamplayforddancers@btinternet.com or 01953 889945<br />

Studio Sessions at The Old Art Room Studio and Inspiration in a<br />

modern equipped studio 93 Market Place. 10am-1pm £6.50. 01760 337181<br />

St. John Ambulance - <strong>Swaffham</strong> (Adults) Every Wednesday<br />

7.30pm - 9.30pm First Aid training 18 years upwards. 07900927233<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Watton Club for the Visually Impaired <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre 4th Wed (except August) 1.30-3.30pm £3. 01603 629558<br />

Tai Chi beginners class 10am <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre 01760723102<br />

Whist Drive Bradenham Village Hall, 7:30pm. All welcome. 01760 440038. £3<br />

Youth Café 7:30 – 8:30pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. For ages 13 – 18.<br />


Beachamwell WI 1st Thursday 7.30pm. New members or visitors always<br />

welcome. Contact Maggie 01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328589<br />

Board Games @Henchmans Weekly. Catan League 1st/month<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bridge Club See Tues for details. 6.30pm for 6.45pm start<br />

except for the first Thursday in the month 2pm to 6pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Chapter 3 Book Group 10.30am on first Thursday of the<br />

month. Contact Kate Gordon 01760 723 034<br />

Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room<br />

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art<br />

&Textile Studio. 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 £9 Tel.01760 337181<br />

Happidojo Marham Judo Club Sandringham Centre, Marham, PE33 9NP<br />

3-4yrs 5.20-6 Fun & Games,5-7yrs:6-7pm, 8-16yrs:7-8pm. Adv. Juniors, Seniors 17+ :<br />

8-9.30pm FIRST LESSON FREE. Then 3-4yrs £2, 5-12yrs- £3. 13-16yrs -£1.00. 17+ - £3.50.<br />

Colin McCallum. 07905278857 or www.happidojomarhamjudoclub.btckco.uk<br />

Holme Hale Carpet Bowls Every Thursday 7-9pm, Holme Hale<br />

Community Hall. No experience or equipment needed. £2<br />

Iceni Stitchers Ladies group meeting on 3rd Thursday of the month at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Kate Davies 01760 622254<br />

Kickboxing Club Juniors 5+ 5pm – 6pm, Inters 6-7pm, Adults 7pm –<br />

8.30pm Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196<br />

Free Lipreading Classes for people with an acquired hearing loss.<br />

Thursday’s at 10 am to noon in the Catholic Church Rooms, 31 Station<br />

Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Contact Hayley at lipreadingwithhayley@gmail.com<br />

Phoenix Writers welcome new and experienced writers to their<br />

monthly sessions on a Thursday afternoon in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. We are a<br />

friendly group who enjoy writing works of fiction, articles and poetry. For<br />

further details please email Jan at Dandelionmoon@btinternet.com<br />

RAF Marham Food and Craft Market 1st Thursday 12am to 5 pm.<br />

Sandringham Centre Upper Marham PE33 9NP (Behind Spar) 07766 078123<br />

Royal British Legion, <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Branch 8pm, 3rd<br />

Thursday <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club .Tel: Cllr. Anne Thorp – 01760 722611<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lioness Club First Thurs of every month, 7.30pm in Our<br />

Lady of Pity Catholic Church rooms, Station St., <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Enjoy friendship<br />

whilst serving the community. All ladies welcome. Tel: 01760 723377<br />

Pilates 3 – 4pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Call Di Graham – 01328<br />

851970 – before your first session.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club Seniors 17+ training 7:30-9, social after<br />

Salsa 7-9pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. 07912366661<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Sparklers <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of the Red Hat Society meets 2nd<br />

Thurs of the month, 7 pm, The George Hotel,: Jill Neale 01760 723466<br />

U3A The Wissey U3A 1st Thursday of the month at Holme Hale Pavilion,<br />

09.45 - 12 noon. Annual Memb. £10. Contact 01760 721247 for more details<br />

Weight Watchers 10:30 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

Young Explorers 1.30 - 3pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Children Centre. 01760 721101<br />

Youthie Plus 5:30 – 7pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. For ages 11 – 14.<br />

Free entry. Contact sally@iceni.info 07772 852284 / 01760 722800<br />

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club See Tuesday listing<br />

Zumba With Kristina, 12– 1pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, £4<br />

FRIDAY<br />

2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Guides Term time only, 18:00-20:00. Church Rooms,<br />

Campingland. Girls aged 10-16yrs invited to join. Contact 07769294414<br />

Acoholics Anonymous Every Friday at 1pm in Parish Rooms at St<br />

Dominic’s RC Church,Howdale Rd, Downham Market<br />

Adult Ballet For Beginners 6:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

Age Concern-<strong>Swaffham</strong> Support Services at Community Centre<br />

Volunteer recruitment 10.30am - 12.00 noon 1st Friday of the month<br />

Adult Tap 7:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

Arts Lounge Drawing/sketching classes 10-1pm and 1.30-4.30pm. 723 624<br />

Art, Printing and Paper Craft Session at The Old Art Room<br />

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration and printing presses in a modern<br />

equipped Art &Textile Studio. 10am until 12.30 £10 Tel.01760 337181

Bingo at Narborough Community Centre Doors 6.30pm,<br />

eyes-down 7.45pm Contact Mrs Hennessy 01760 337540<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bellringers Practice<br />

St. Peter & St. Paul Church, 7:30pm on the Friday preceding the 2nd Sunday of<br />

the month. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01760 724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 6.30 for<br />

£3. Tea & biscuits inc. Call Alan on 01760 723 910<br />

Coffee Morning At Ashill Community Centre<br />

2nd Friday every month, 10am until noon. 01760 441 651<br />

Country Music Last Friday of each month at the communal lounge<br />

at Valentine Barker Court, 7.30 to 22.30. Families and friends, free raffle &<br />

donations for Wish Upon a Star children’s cancer charity. 0370 192 4797<br />

Games Evening & Social 2nd Friday/month <strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptists<br />

Church Hall - 7:30. All welcome<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Green Gym Friday 8.30am Recreation Ground, Haspalls Rd<br />

Iceni Lunch Club <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, £6.00 for two<br />

courses and tea/coffee every Friday 12.30pm. 01760 722 800<br />

Indoor Market <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms 9am-2pm, free entry.<br />

Refreshments, various stalls… bookings contact Haydn 07957 862 239<br />

Judo Sacred Heart School 6-7:30pm £2.50 5 years+ Tel. 07920440235<br />

Oasis Messy Church 6pm every 3rd Friday Fun event for all ages.<br />

£1. www.facebook.com/oasiscentreswaffham<br />

Rise and shine Baby & Toddler Group: 10am - 12noon. Large play<br />

area. £1.50 per adult/chld. 50p any extra persons. Incl drink & a biscuit<br />

Senior Snooker (60 years +) @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy, West<br />

Acre £4 per session Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760 755337<br />

Sporle Art Group meets every Friday at 1pm-3pm. in the community hall. No<br />

tuition given, bring your own materials. Free intro then £2 per week. 01760 724615<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Senior Section Term time only. 19:30- 21:00. For young women<br />

aged 14 to 25yrs. Contact Tracey Clements 07770236689 or Chrissie Brown 07970105771<br />

Tai Chi for Health 10am Advanced Class. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Tel: 01760 723102 or barbara.smith58@yahoo.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Veterans Snooker Group (60+) 2-5pm at West Acre<br />

Village Hall, PE32 1TQ. £3 per player. Call Phillip on 01760 755337<br />

Yoga 10.30 - 12 Green Britain Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. £7 per class. Contact Jayne<br />

on: 07544974342 or email: greenwillowyoga@outlook.com to book a place.<br />


Art Class for over 12s ...and accompanied Children who want to use<br />

the sewing machine. The Old Art Room 93 Market Place. 2nd Saturday of<br />

the month.10 until 1pm £10 Tel.01760 337181<br />

Arts Lounge Silver Workshops 9:30-3:30 October 22nd & December<br />

10th. All equipment, silver and refreshments inc 01760 723 624<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bingo Club Community Centre last Sat in month, 7pm for<br />

7:30pm start. £2.50 annual membership, 50p for visitors. Paul Darby 07880 568628<br />

Board Games Group For Adults At <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

Saturdays 10-11am. The board games include Draughts, Scrabble and Dominoes. The<br />

group provides people with the chance to meet others in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere<br />

Children’s Art Club 1st Saturday of the Month. 10am until 12.15<br />

£10 All Equipment, Snack and Drink provided Tel. 01760 337181<br />

Henchmans Magic League 10-1pm. Family Board Games 1st&3rd/<br />

month 12-4pm inc Learn To Play. Paint Miniatures 2nd&4th/month 12-4pm<br />

Pentney Country Music Club www.pentneycowlsclub.co.uk<br />

weekly 01760 337 392 karenpentneycountryclub12@yahoo.co.uk<br />

Pilates Class 9-10.15am All Saints Centre, Church Lane, Boughton.<br />

Beginners welcome. £8 per session. 07515834729<br />

Pokemon; Yu-Gi-Oh! Magic: The Gathering for beginners alternate<br />

Sat. www.henchmans.com. Children welcome. 10.30am – 2pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Traditional market, now 800 years old! Every<br />

Saturday 6am until 3pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place. Details 01760 722 922<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club <strong>Swaffham</strong>RUFC@outlook.com<br />

West Norfolk Crafters & Needleworkers Stitchers, crafters and<br />

knitters who meet at Leziate Village Hall on the 2nd Sat. 01760 720767<br />

SUNDAY<br />

Kuk Sool Won Narborough Com. Centre 5.30 - 6.30pm. 07541261713<br />

Pentney Indoor Bowls Club bowls coaching for beginners and<br />

improvers Sundays 10am - 12noon. G Freezer 01760 722262<br />

Star Wars @ Henchmans 12-4pm www.henchmans.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club Minis 10:30-12. Games see Saturday<br />

Snooker @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy West Acre<br />

3 hours play £9. Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760-755337<br />

Spiritual Awareness Group Most Sundays 5:15pm to 6:30pm for<br />

Healing and 6:30pm to 8:30pm Service at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

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Sacred Heart School<br />

Walsingham - The term began well with our usual trip<br />

for Years 3 – 11 to Walsingham. Both pupils and staff<br />

appreciate this calm and spiritual beginning to our year.<br />

It was great to go to Walsingham. I loved lighting the<br />

candles, having lunch with my mates and having a huge<br />

Mass. This made me feel part of a supportive community.<br />

Tom Cory Year 9<br />

When I was at Walsingham today, I liked the<br />

atmosphere of the place, how quiet and beautiful it<br />

was and it made me feel peaceful and happy.<br />

Leanna Dorling Year 9<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior Academy<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior Academy is bidding to bag a massive<br />

cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.<br />

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its<br />

community funding scheme, which sees grants of<br />

£4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier<br />

bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local<br />

community projects.<br />

Three groups in every Tesco region have been<br />

shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers<br />

are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote<br />

for who they think should take away the top grant.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior Academy is one of the groups on<br />

the shortlist. The school run a Nurture group to<br />

develop pupils’ social and emotional skills and to<br />

build resilience. Using funding from Tesco, they will<br />

refurbish the physical environment the group uses.<br />

The project will involve the children in the design<br />

and improvement of both the indoor and outdoor<br />

spaces. “We’re so thrilled that our project has been<br />

supported by Tesco. This will enable us to create a<br />

truly special environment for our children.”<br />

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout<br />

September and October. Customers will cast their<br />

vote using a token given to them at the check-out in<br />

store each time they shop.<br />

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered<br />

over £33 million to more than 6,400 projects up and<br />

down the UK.

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

A fresh new look awaited students and staff alike as the<br />

new term began at the Academy. A team of painters<br />

worked throughout the summer giving the inside of<br />

the building a facelift. A striking blue wall in the foyer<br />

adorned with our motto ‘Determined to be the best that<br />

we can be’ now greets everyone who enters. Corridors<br />

have been repainted in vibrant college colours of green,<br />

red, blue and purple denoting each area.<br />

Lionesses - Pride Of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The Lioness Club has had a busy and fun time since the<br />

middle of August, with many different activities going on.<br />

We are running three Open Mornings on Friday 6th, 13th<br />

and 20th October when prospective parents/carers can visit<br />

and see how we operate on a ‘normal’ day. We welcome<br />

those who are considering joining us in September 2018<br />

and any others who may wish to see what we can offer.<br />

On the welfare front we helped with the<br />

refreshments at the Blood donor session in the<br />

Assembly Rooms, and we paid a visit to the Crown<br />

Rest Home at Little Dunham for their open day.<br />

Here we enjoyed Afternoon Tea and entertainment<br />

with our Honorary Lioness Rosemary Skea who<br />

is a resident there now, after 25 years of service<br />

as a Lioness in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. At the beginning of<br />

September several Lionesses were happy to<br />

help out with the Community Hospital League of<br />

Friends street collection in the town.<br />

Students in Falcons’ College were presented with the<br />

yearly Challenge Cup at the celebration assembly on<br />

the last day of the summer term. Merlins finished<br />

second, followed by Hawks & Kestrels. Competitions<br />

and events were held throughout the year and points<br />

were given for events such as planning and delivering<br />

a carnival with the theme of ‘saving the environment’,<br />

total number of students earning the title of ‘legends<br />

of learning’, rewards tokens, high attendance and<br />

various other events throughout the year.<br />

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On the fund-raising side of things we have had two<br />

events. The first was at the Vehicle Rally on the<br />

Recreation Ground on Bank Holiday weekend, where<br />

we helped to marshal the car parking. It was a lovely<br />

day, and we ran a successful Charity Tombola and<br />

Bric-a-brac stall on the field.<br />

Our second fund-raiser was our Coffee Morning at<br />

the Methodist church room, which is always well<br />

supported by its regulars.<br />

Our social outing was an evening visit to West Acre<br />

Theatre to see a production of “Be My Baby”, a play<br />

by Amanda Barrington which we all thoroughly<br />

enjoyed. Some of us went to the Lions’ Race Night in<br />

the Assembly Rooms to enjoy a flutter on the horses<br />

and a fish and Chip supper.<br />

We attended a Lions Clubs Zone Meeting which<br />

this time was held in <strong>Swaffham</strong> at the Community<br />

Centre, and three of us are involved in the planning<br />

of our 2018 Lioness Conference which will be held in<br />

Huntingdon again next year.

Our Lady Of Pity, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Dear Friends,<br />

Harvest time has come round once again, and<br />

Churches are holding their Harvest Festival<br />

services. When I was growing up, it was often<br />

referred to as Harvest Thanksgiving, and that’s<br />

the theme I want us to think about now.<br />

Some years ago, in a school Harvest Festival<br />

service, the younger children gave a very<br />

thought provoking item, tracing the journey of<br />

an orange. They all stood in a line, and the first<br />

one, who was holding the orange, turned to the<br />

person next to them (dressed as a mother) and<br />

said “thank you for my orange,” as they passed<br />

the orange to her. She replied “don’t thank me,<br />

thank the shopkeeper who sold it to me” and<br />

passed the orange to the person next to them,<br />

dressed as a shopkeeper. As the orange passed<br />

down the line it was given to a delivery driver, a<br />

warehouse worker, an airline pilot, right back to<br />

the person who grew it, who thanked the sun for<br />

the warmth which made it grow, and finally to<br />

God who created everything. Stop reading this<br />

for a minute, and think of all the people who<br />

have been involved in bringing our food to us –<br />

some things may not have been grown very far<br />

away, but so many things come by boat or plane.<br />

Sometimes it does us good just to think about,<br />

and appreciate, all those who have worked to<br />

bring our food to us.<br />

In some of our coastal areas they celebrate the<br />

harvest of the sea – and that brings in another group<br />

of people, as we reflect on all those who risk their<br />

lives day by day to catch the fish we enjoy.<br />

Growing up in mid Cornwall, there was always a<br />

piece of china clay on the harvest table, because<br />

many of the people there worked in the China<br />

Clay industry. When we start thinking about the<br />

harvest that comes from the ground it opens up a<br />

completely different group of people to whom we<br />

owe a debt of gratitude.<br />

When we start to think of all those who provide<br />

and transport our food, and the things which<br />

keep us warm and provide us with shelter and<br />

the things we use every day, there are so many<br />

people involved – and so many people we need<br />

to thank.<br />

So as you enjoy your next meal, take a moment<br />

to give thanks for all those unseen and unsung<br />

people who have worked to bring our food (and<br />

everything else) to us. Then, like the children<br />

in that school Harvest Festival, thank God for<br />

all that he has given to us.<br />

God bless, Eleanor<br />

St Peter & St Paul’s <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

October Services<br />

Sunday 1st 8.00am Holy Communion.<br />

9.30am Harvest Festival<br />

6.00pm Evensong<br />

Wednesday 4th 10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Sunday 8th 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 11th 10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Sunday 15th 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 18th 10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Sunday 22nd 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am Family Service<br />

Wednesday 25th 10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Sunday 29th 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

(a united service with the Sporle congregation)<br />

November Services<br />

Wednesday 1st<br />

All Saints Day<br />

10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Sunday 5th 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist for All Saints<br />

3.30pm All Souls service<br />

with Bp Jonathan including the Licensing of the<br />

Revd Hilary De Lyon as Assistant Priest serving the<br />

Benefice of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Sporle<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church<br />

Sunday 1st October 10.45 - 11.45 Morning Worship<br />

followed by refreshments.<br />

Friday 6th October Power of Prayer 9.30 - 10am<br />

Saturday 7th October Coffee Morning 9-12<br />

Sunday 8th October 10.45 - 11.45 Morning worship<br />

with Holy Communion<br />

Thursday Group 12th October 2.30-4pm<br />

Talk by Brenda entitled Fate or Coincidence<br />

Friday 13th October Power of Prayer 9.30 - 10am<br />

Saturday 14th October Coffee Morning 9.30 -12noon<br />

Sunday 15th October 10.45 - 11.45 Morning Worship<br />

followed by refreshments<br />

Friday 20th October 9.30 - 10am Power of Prayer<br />

Saturday 21st October 9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning<br />

Sunday 22nd October 10.45 - 11.45 Morning Worship<br />

followed by refreshments<br />

Thursday Group 26th October 2.30-4pm Quiz<br />

organised by Margaret Abbot<br />

Friday 27th October 9.30-10 Power of Prayer<br />

Saturday 28th October 9.30-12 Coffee Morning<br />

Sunday 29th October 10.45 - 11.45<br />

Morning Worship followed by refreshments<br />


St Mary’s, Houghton on the Hill<br />

To celebrate 25 years since the uncovering of this<br />

ancient church in the middle of nowhere which has<br />

some of the country’s best and oldest wallpaintings,<br />

the Friends of St Mary’s Church are hosting a<br />

weekend of looking at some of the history of the tiny<br />

village of Houghton-on-the-Hill which dates back to<br />

before Saxon times.<br />

There will be an opportunity to record family<br />

memories of when there were still houses there<br />

and the church was just a roofless, windowless ivyshrouded<br />

tower.<br />

Did your family ever live there? We have transcripts<br />

of the Census Returns, Baptism, Marriage and Burial<br />

records as well as some family details.<br />

Do you remember what the church looked like in the<br />

1980s? Amateur videos of the church restoration<br />

and of later annual services have been transferred<br />

to digital to view onscreen.<br />

Find out about the early history of the church and<br />

how it changed over the centuries.<br />

Bring a picnic and relax in the church garden.<br />

And in conjunction with <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum:-<br />

Try dating artefacts from fossils to the 21st century<br />

in our archaeological sand trays.<br />

Handle flint tools from the Stone Age.<br />

Records show that the 19th and early 20th century<br />

villagers were usually farm labourers. See the tools<br />

they would have used. A bit different from nowadays!<br />

If you have never visited this remarkable church and<br />

seen how it has been brought back to life please do<br />

come and join us; 7-8 October, 10 am to 4pm.<br />

SATNAV location: PE37 8FB<br />

Website: www.houghtonstmarys.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Sisters On Channel 5<br />

The Sisters are featuring on Channel 5<br />

beginning on 19th October 10pm. The 4 part<br />

documentary features the Sisters from the<br />

Sacred Heart Convent and School with 5 girls<br />

who were recruited because they wanted to<br />

change their life styles. They knew that they<br />

would be going on a spiritual journey but<br />

were shocked when the door of the Convent<br />

opened to reveal a Sister. The series is full<br />

of drama, quite a roller coaster journey for<br />

all involved. Bad Habits aptly describes this<br />

documentary.<br />

Look out for the trailer on Channel 5 and spot<br />

one of the 1000 bill board posters that will<br />

be advertising the show alongside the digital<br />

advertising at bus stops around the country.<br />

The Sisters were probably chosen because<br />

they have five young and lively Sisters. There<br />

were great celebrations at the Sacred Heart<br />

this summer when our young postulant, Judith<br />

Charmer decided that she really did want<br />

to be a Sister and was clothed at a special<br />

ceremony in the Convent Chapel becoming<br />

Sr Jude. She has since been transferred to St<br />

Joseph’s Convent in Chesterfield to join two<br />

2nd year novices.<br />

The same day two Junior Sisters renewed their<br />

vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.<br />

They will do this annually for the next five<br />

years until they make perpetual vows for life.<br />

It was a very special weekend as Sr Thomas<br />

More Prentice and Sr Catherine Maguire<br />

celebrated 60 years of Religious Life and Sr<br />

Jacinta Cirko celebrated 50 years of vowed<br />

service to God. There was much rejoicing<br />

with a beautifully sung Mass with the chief<br />

celebrant, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes, Bishop of<br />

East Anglia and twenty priests of the Diocese<br />

at Our Lady of Pity RC Church. A hog roast for<br />

150 friends, family and parishioners followed<br />

at the Convent.<br />


Green Britain Centre<br />

This month is really the peak of the growing<br />

season, when we can enjoy fruit and vegetables<br />

in abundance. The warmth and wet recently have<br />

ripened the apples which will be used at the Apple<br />

Fest weekend - 30th September and 1st October with<br />

a Ceilidh on Saturday evening. Flower and vegetable<br />

plants are for sale in our new retail area - also willow<br />

and wood craft products.<br />

Birds and bees have flourished - have you experienced<br />

living with bees by visiting the bee tent at Green Britain<br />

Centre and putting on a pair of virtual reality glasses?<br />

At GBC we want to encourage the use of free<br />

renewable energy - as well as the large windmill<br />

and the solar panel array, we make use of smaller<br />

domestic-sized panels and turbines and have electric<br />

car charging points. Do come and tell us of your ideas<br />

and experiences.<br />

Experience wind<br />

power from the<br />

top of a modern<br />

windmill<br />

The first windmill in the world open<br />

for the public to climb. Follow the<br />

eco trail around our heritage<br />

orchard and organic gardens, enjoy<br />

Fairtrade coffee and homemade<br />

cake in our vegetarian café.<br />

For opening times and to<br />

book your turbine tour call us<br />

on 01760 726 100.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Friday Lunch Club<br />

Come and enjoy a lovely meal at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre every friday at 12:30pm for just £6.<br />

The atmosphere is friendly and the food delicious.<br />

Up until Christmas we can offer transport if you have<br />

trouble geting to us. Ring 01760 722 800 for details.<br />

www.greenbritaincentre.co.uk<br />

The Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk, PE37 7HT<br />



18 th November<br />

Casino Night<br />

A Bond themed evening ,<br />

Chance your luck & spin<br />

the wheel,<br />

Dress to thrill.<br />

Ticket entry only, available from October<br />

Join us on face book and get<br />

up to date information on events:<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Connie Club<br />

All proceeds in aid of purchasing<br />

a Defibrillator for the club<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club<br />

President’s Corner<br />

May I begin on a very personal note by<br />

thanking Malcolm Whittley for standing<br />

in by writing last month’s piece, and thanking all<br />

the members of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club, and the<br />

wider <strong>Swaffham</strong> community, for the sympathy and<br />

support I have received since the sudden death<br />

of my wife June early in August. The kindness I<br />

have been shown has touched me deeply.<br />

During the last month the Rotary Club has<br />

demonstrated one of its great strengths, that<br />

it can continue to function as efficiently as<br />

ever even if the President is unable to play his<br />

normal role. This has brought home to me that<br />

I am no more than a convenient “figurehead” to<br />

represent the Club, but in no way essential to<br />

its operations, and I am very happy that this is<br />

the case.<br />

As I write, we have just had the Race Night<br />

organised jointly with the Lions, supporting<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Litcham Home Hospice. This<br />

occasion was, I believe, enjoyed by all who came<br />

along, whether or not they were winners.<br />

Visual Arts Festival 2017<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary are now in the final stages of<br />

preparation for the annual Visual Arts Festival,<br />

which runs through October. The organising<br />

committee have been working hard since the<br />

beginning of the year and have produced a<br />

fascinating and varied programme of events.<br />

Full details are available from any member of<br />

Rotary or from Ceres Bookshop, from whom<br />

tickets are also available.<br />

West Acre Theatre are hosting our launch<br />

event this year on Saturday 7 October, with a<br />

Gala Performance of Yasmina Reza’s awardwinning<br />

play ‘Art’, translated by Christopher<br />

Hampton. The play explores art and friendship,<br />

and turns on a dispute among 3 friends about<br />

the value of an expensive painting. Tickets are<br />

£25, available only from Ceres Bookshop, and<br />

include welcome drinks and canapés as well as<br />

interval drinks.<br />

The next event is a talk by Royal Designer<br />

for Industry Pearce Marchbank. Pearce has<br />

been in the forefront of British graphic design<br />

for fifty years, working on magazines, music<br />

publishers, and the colour supplements of<br />

national newspapers, as well as for commercial<br />

enterprises as well as stamp designs for the<br />

Royal Mail. His talk reviewing his life in design<br />

will be on Wednesday 11 October at the George<br />

Hotel, tickets £6.<br />

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Pearce Marchbank’s designs for the 2012 Paralympic Games stamps<br />

A week later, on Wednesday 18 October, from 12.30pm<br />

in the Assembly Rooms there will be a demonstration<br />

of Japanese Saori Weaving (an example is pictured<br />

below), which we hope will appeal to all those with<br />

an interest in textiles. Admission £4.<br />

The Festival culminates, as always, in the Exhibition and<br />

Sale of Art in the Assembly Rooms, showcasing work<br />

by Norfolk artists and craftspeople. The exhibition<br />

previews at 7pm on Friday 27 October, when admission<br />

and catalogue is £6, and runs from 10am to 4pm on<br />

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, when admission<br />

and catalogue cost £2. This will be the 22nd Annual<br />

Exhibition, and over the years the Exhibition, and<br />

more recently the additional events of the Visual Arts<br />

Festtival, have raised nearly £100,000 for distribution to<br />

good causes by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club.<br />

We hope the Festival contains something to interest<br />

everyone. Please come along to any or all of the events.<br />

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A Concert of Choirs<br />

back by popular demand<br />

King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir<br />


and<br />

Marham Bluebirds Choir<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

Saturday 7th October at 7.30pm<br />

Tickets £10<br />

Available from:<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice, 17-19 Brocks Road,<br />

Ceres Bookshop, 20 London Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Cash or cheque only please<br />

All proceeds in aid of<br />

www.swaffhamandlitchamhomehospice.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club<br />

For our August session we welcomed back Lee<br />

Vasey, guitar, and Pete Oxborough, saxophone and<br />

clarinet. Their first appearance at the club in May<br />

went down so well that we rebooked them at the<br />

earliest opportunity and once again the club was<br />

packed out.<br />

Lee's virtuosity was stunning and Pete gave a<br />

beautifully sensitive performance of the wellknown<br />

clarinet solo 'Stranger on the Shore.'<br />

Our next event is on Tuesday 19th October with<br />

the Bays River Jazz Group, and on Tuesday 14th<br />

November we have the six piece band 'Swing that<br />

Thing!'<br />

7.30pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. 23 London<br />

Street. PE37 7DD. £6 on the door. Geoff 01366<br />

328730 or Norman 01760 722384.<br />

Community Hospital LofF<br />

Firstly I would like to let you know, we held<br />

our street collection on the 2nd September,<br />

we managed to raise £467.11, so a big “Thank<br />

You” to the people that stood out in the Town<br />

collecting, it was a fine morning but unfortunately<br />

the weather changed and it wasn’t so kind to<br />

the last collectors. I would also like to thank the<br />

staff at Ward Gethin Archer for once again letting<br />

us use their premises as our base and for giving<br />

up their time voluntarily to support us. Our third<br />

thank you is to you the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

the surrounding villages for your support and<br />

generosity. I have collected for many charities<br />

here in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, I know that there are collections<br />

in Town most weeks but you never let us down,<br />

without your support we would not be able to<br />

keep our hospital up to date with equipment and<br />

other little things to make the patients stay as<br />

happy and comfortable whilst they recover.<br />

We have had a meeting since our last newsletter<br />

with the NHS regarding the projects we<br />

have planned, and we are now feeling more<br />

positive. We plan to visit another hospital<br />

who have recently had ther garden re-vamped<br />

so we can look at a theme for <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The next event we have planned is our Viennese<br />

Evening at the Assembly Rooms on the 10th<br />

November at 7-30. Tickets are £12 each. This<br />

event was very popular last year so please buy<br />

your tickets early to save disappointed (half<br />

of the tickets have already been sold) You can<br />

buy your tickets from Just Hair or Ceres Book<br />

Shop also from members of the committee.<br />

Please get your tickets early as you will not be<br />

able to pay at the door on the night.<br />

As usual our contact details are:<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman) on O1760 336025<br />

or Iris (Vice Chair) on 01760 721430.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Counselling and Psychotherapy<br />

Barbara O'Hanlon is now working from her private<br />

practice in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. For more information or an<br />

initial consultation contact Barbara on:<br />

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Pickenhams’ WI<br />

An outing which included visiting<br />

Dereham Windmill, and lunch plus a trip<br />

on the Abbey Express to Wymondham Abbey, a visit to<br />

an open garden and finally a our President’s lovely garden<br />

party were all on the agenda for the Pickenham WI.<br />

September saw the return of our delightful speaker<br />

Leah Spencer a member of Three’s Company who<br />

entertained us with poems about her interesting<br />

and varied life history.<br />

This was followed by cafe styled tea.<br />

Future plans include coffee and chats monthly,<br />

cinema visits and Ann Francis exercises in October<br />

and November which is open to the villagers.<br />

Next months speaker is Simon White talking about<br />

“Planting your spring bulbs”.<br />

Competition: Your prettiest bulb pot.<br />

Enquiries to Melamie Cousins --- 01760 440456.<br />

Beachamwell WI<br />

September is always our<br />

“members’ meeting” when the<br />

committee step down from their duties and<br />

are entertained by the members. This year’s<br />

theme was “Every Picture tells a story”: all<br />

members brought along a picture from home<br />

that has a special meaning for them and took it<br />

in turns to tell the story. The pictures and their<br />

stories were fascinating and varied. Members<br />

also brought along a tasty buffet for all to<br />

enjoy. August was a busy month for the WI<br />

with a trip to Blickling Hall, a lovely afternoon<br />

tea in Carole’s beautiful garden and an<br />

evening trip to Sculthorpe Hawk and Owl Trust<br />

where we were joined by interested visitors<br />

from the village. Next month, Liz Nally will<br />

be coming along to talk to us about “Antique<br />

Quilts and their Stories”. If the building work<br />

is still going on in the village hall, we will be<br />

at Barton Bendish for the evening. Visitors are<br />

very welcome to join us. Contact Maggie on<br />

01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328 589.<br />

Sculthorpe Trust visit , August 24th<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

On a sunny Tuesday in August 30<br />

WI members with friends set off for<br />

a day at the seaside, not just any seaside but Great<br />

Yarmouth. For one of the ladies it was her very first<br />

time in Yarmouth so she was pretty excited. We did<br />

all the usual things that you do the seaside – coffee<br />

on the pier, a walk along the prom, a few “pennies”<br />

in the slot machines, a visit to the museum, a fish<br />

and chip lunch, a browse amongst the shops which<br />

never change and to top it all a visit to the Circus at<br />

the Hippodrome. How the acts have changed since I<br />

was last at a circus but very good and thrilling acts<br />

entertained us and then after the ice cream break<br />

a water show – something the writer of this report<br />

has never seen before. The floor of the ring went<br />

down and the water came up – the dancers became<br />

swimmers as the water was not just a trickle but deep<br />

enough to dive in and swim around in traditional<br />

routines. A very good show and one not to be missed<br />

if you are ever in Great Yarmouth. A lovely different<br />

WI afternoon and enjoyed by all. Future outings<br />

include a trip to the pantomime later in the year and<br />

also the ballet in 2018. Just some of the things Sporle<br />

WI have in store for its members to enjoy.<br />

Sporle WI meet each 3rd Tuesday of the month<br />

1.45pm – 4.15pm in Sporle Community Centre –<br />

visitors always welcome.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Evening WI<br />

The September meeting of The<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Evening WI took place at<br />

The Church Rooms on 6th Septenber at 7pm. We<br />

started the evening with an amusing poem in the<br />

style of Pam Ayres.<br />

Once the Birthday cards and gifts had been given<br />

and the business concluded we sat back and<br />

watched Mrs Anita Morton show us a foolproof<br />

method of making scones. Everybody was impressed<br />

because her method is slightly different to most of<br />

the members and they turned out perfectly even in<br />

the oven in the church rooms. Fortunately Anita had<br />

made some more at home before the meeting so we<br />

all got to sample these lovely scones and there were<br />

a lot of different flavours, Fruit, Cinnamon, Cheese,<br />

Cheese and Onion and Stilton. What a treat!<br />

The meeting ended with the raffle being drawn.<br />

Next month our speaker will be talking about<br />

ACWW an organisation that helps women in Third<br />

World countries, the WI is very involved with this.<br />

The next meeting is at 7pm in the church rooms on 4th<br />

October. Visitors are always welcome and new members.<br />

For information contact our secretary on 01760 722 879.

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions welcomed Sophie<br />

and family as they supported the<br />

Suffield Court fete. They tried to win<br />

the Lions Pig Race Game, without too<br />

much success, their pigs just didn’t wiggle fast enough.<br />

The Lions are trying to support as many local fetes as<br />

possible during the summer with their Pig Race Game<br />

which always brings a smile to people’s faces.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held a joint Race Night with <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rotary to raise funds for <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home<br />

Hospice Support and local charities. The event, which<br />

was held in the Assembly Rooms, attracted over seventy<br />

punters, who got every excited when their horses came<br />

close to winning. With the tote and bar in full swing a<br />

wonderful evening was had by all. The event raised<br />

£1,500 and will be divided equally between the Hospice,<br />

the Lions and the Rotary.<br />

When asked by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council if <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Lions would help with the car parking at the Classic<br />

Car Show they were only too pleased to help with a<br />

community event. As well as running the car parking<br />

all day the Lions had a stall promoting their Message<br />

in a Bottle scheme, they took the opportunity to<br />

explain to the local MP, Elizabeth Truss, the merits<br />

of the scheme. Lion Dennis Tallon was asked to be<br />

one of the judges of the Classic Cars, this was a very<br />

difficult challenge with so many excellent entries.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their annual, A Year in the Life<br />

of a <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lion, event in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms. The event showcases the work that the<br />

Lions do locally and internationally, highlights of<br />

the Children’s Circus trip, the pensioners Christmas<br />

Lunch and Food Bank delivery were just a few of<br />

the diverse projects that the Lions do locally. Tony<br />

Lakey gave an insight into the work that Lions Clubs<br />

International Foundation do, with disaster relief,<br />

diabetes and sight. Lioness President, Christine<br />

Haines, gave a talk about the work that the<br />

Lionesses do in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions have five<br />

potential new members in the pipe line, some of<br />

which attended the event.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions took over forty children and parents,<br />

from <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding villages, to the<br />

circus at Great Yarmouth on Sunday. The annual event is<br />

organised and paid for by the Lions clubs of East Anglia<br />

and brings together over four hundred children from<br />

the area. The day starts off with entertainment for the<br />

youngsters at Yarmouth Racecourse; they then enjoy<br />

a packed lunch before heading to the circus for a very<br />

enjoyable afternoon of fun, not forgetting the ice cream<br />

at half time. For many it’s the first time at a circus and<br />

the excitement on their faces is a sight to behold.<br />

Tony Lakey, a long standing member of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Lions, was presented with a special Lions Pin by Lion<br />

President Pam Tallon in recognition of his work in<br />

recruiting new members into the Lions.<br />


01760<br />

721 230<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum is now open<br />

for the 2017 season<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.<br />

Saturdays 10am to 1pm<br />

Prices: adults £3. Concessions £2.Children 5<br />

and over £1. Family tickets available.<br />

Can you help?<br />

In rummaging in the storerooms of the museum I<br />

came across half of someone’s story about the railway<br />

station. This person began as a probationary clerk at<br />

East Winch station after leaving Hamond’s in 1948.<br />

Unfortunately, I have only found pages 1and 2, which<br />

end in 1955 with a special train event to the Wembley<br />

Ice Show of about 100 people, including 50 from the<br />

Co-op, “plus parties …”<br />

And there the page ends.<br />

Does anyone know who the writer might have been,<br />

so that we can perhaps trace the rest of the story?<br />

OR Who can add to or continue the story?<br />

Many thanks. Sue, Volunteer Museum Manager<br />

Contact: swaffhamheritage@gmail.com<br />

phone 01760 721230 or by note or visit to the museum<br />

The 100 Club<br />

Run by the Friends - open to ALL<br />

A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of<br />

£40, £20 or £10 each month with special extra<br />

prize of £100 in May and November. For more<br />

information contact Stan Roberts Tel: 07825885254<br />

or stanroberts4@icloud.com<br />

Prize winners Sept<br />

£40 No.6 / £20 No.51 / £10 No.25<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Station in the 1950s<br />

The story gives a lot of information about <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

station where he worked for 6 years until 1955. In 1959<br />

he moved to Cambridge to continue his railway career.<br />

The document also tells about the railway at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

during World War 2 when he was a child. He recalls<br />

6 January 1941 when a Dornier bomber dived out<br />

of a low cloud base and dropped 10 high explosive<br />

bombs on the station at a time when soldiers of the<br />

Royal Norfolk Regiment were unloading equipment.<br />

5 soldiers were killed and one wounded, as was one<br />

Railway employee.<br />

And about freight in the 50s. In 1950 2,000 tons of<br />

carrots, 5,000 tons of potatoes and around 1 million<br />

cases of canned goods were forwarded by rail –<br />

the canned goods by Corbatch Canners on Station<br />

Street. Later in the 50s in Autumn and Winter on<br />

every weekday 5 wagons of Brussels sprouts (I had<br />

to look up the right spelling for this! This is the Royal<br />

Horticultural Society’s spelling) were transported<br />

to Spalding and in the Summer large quantities of<br />

tomatoes were sent to Bradford. Bullion for Barclays,<br />

wages cash for Pointers Transport and tobacco from<br />

Nottingham and Bristol were delivered and stored in<br />

the station master’s office overnight for safe keeping.<br />

The Co-op had its own siding.<br />

Then there were the day-old chicks, racing pigeons,<br />

calves in sacks with just their heads showing, prize pigs<br />

for Ashill, brood mares from Castle Acre to Lincolnshire …<br />

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Wanted – Volunteers for ‘behind the scenes’ work<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum. For more information please<br />

contact Steve Gregory on 01760 721230 or 755596<br />

FoSM (Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum)<br />

We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life Membership<br />

payment of just £10 for an individual and £15 for a<br />

family. This gives you free access to all the museum<br />

galleries for life.<br />

For more information please contact our Hon Chairman<br />

Stuart Clapton; Tel: or stuartclapton@aol.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum, Town Hall, London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DQ<br />

Tel: 01760 721 230<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

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Launch: Saturday 7 th 7 th October<br />

6:30pm (launch at at 7.15pm) )<br />

ART ART - a - play a play by by Yasmina Reza, Reza, trans. trans. Christopher Hampton<br />

Charity Gala Gala performance at at the the West West Acre Acre Theatre<br />

Drinks Drinks and and canapés; interval interval coffee/teas and and cakes cakes included included<br />

£25 £25 per per ticket ticket<br />

Wednesday 11 11 th th October<br />

7:00pm for for 7:30pm at at the the George Hotel, Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

"Now "Now Look Look Here!" – 50 – 50 years years of of Visual Design<br />

Pearce Marchbank Royal Royal Designer for for Industry<br />

£6 £6 per per ticket ticket<br />

Wednesday 18 18 th th October<br />

12:30pm – – 3:00pm in in the the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

Lunchtime demonstration of of Saori Saori (Japanese) Weaving<br />

£4 £4 per per ticket ticket<br />

Friday 20 20 th th October<br />

7:00pm for for 7:30pm at at The The Nicholas Hamond Academy, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Film: Film: The The Accidental Tourist<br />

Geena Geena Davis, Davis, William Hurt, Hurt, Kathleen Turner Turner<br />

£4 £4 per per ticket ticket<br />

Annual Art Art Exhibition<br />

Preview 27 27 th th October 7:00pm for for 7:30pm; £6 £6 per per ticket ticket<br />

28 28 th & th & 29 29 th th October 10:00am to to 16:00; 16:00; £2 £2 per per ticket ticket<br />

The The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

Tickets Tickets from from Ceres Ceres Bookshop, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Organised by by<br />

the the Rotary Rotary Club Club of of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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Mayor gets up to date!<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Mayor Jill Skinner gets tuition on<br />

social media in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library from volunteer<br />

Digital Champion Mike Gattuso while library manager<br />

Kathryn Jennings looks on.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Trader Retires<br />

Paul Sizeland, who has run a vegetable and fruit stall<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market for 37 years retired in August<br />

amidst congratulations from fellow traders and the<br />

Town Council.<br />

Paul has his own smallholding which provided most<br />

of the foods he sold on his stall.<br />

The changes in the market over the years, he said,<br />

had been vast. Traders used to be long term and<br />

know each other very well. Today there are more<br />

traders who come for a few weeks and then move<br />

on. The change has affected his business as well.<br />

Thirty years ago, he says, his stall once needed<br />

three or four to serve customers. Nowadays he can<br />

manage very easily on his own.<br />

Photo shows <strong>Swaffham</strong> mayor Jill Skinner handing<br />

Paul a long service certificate accompanied by<br />

members of the Town Council and market traders.<br />

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The library is not just for borrowing books but is also<br />

expanding its offer to residents.<br />

It is seeking volunteers to support and develop<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

The 7th September was a lovely day and a<br />

near record number of U3A members met at<br />

Holme Hale’s Pavilion to hear Suffolk celebrity<br />

Charlie Haylock present a fascinating insight<br />

into the ‘Origins of Surnames’. Charlie’s<br />

presentation explained some lesser known<br />

and obscure facts about the English language<br />

and dialects in Great Britain and demonstrated<br />

how today’s language had been changed over<br />

the centuries as a result of invasions by the<br />

Normans, Vikings and Romans. The results<br />

of research into members’ surnames were<br />

then announced, some with surprises, to<br />

U3A members. Eight members of the Wissey<br />

U3A visited Norwich Castle on 31st August to<br />

witness a re-enactment of the ‘Blood or Bread<br />

Rioters’ trials of 1816. The actors were very<br />

convincing as characters of the period and<br />

despite pleas for clemency by some individuals<br />

in higher office, they were apparently found<br />

guilty of the charges and subsequently hanged<br />

(not included in the re-enactment!).<br />

The Science and Technology group once again<br />

invited other U3A members to their meeting<br />

on Monday 11th September when Dr Fiona<br />

Barker gave a fascinating presentation on<br />

‘The Use of Psychological Theory in Behaviour<br />

Change’. Fiona’s presentation explained how<br />

behaviour can often be influenced by factors<br />

such as an individual’s own motivation,<br />

capability or opportunity.<br />

On Thursday 14th September, the U3A table<br />

tennis group were invited to showcase a new<br />

table tennis facility as part of the official<br />

opening of the ‘Multi-Use-Games-Area’<br />

(MUGA) at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s recreation ground.<br />

Although the wind was challenging to say the<br />

least, Tessa Black and Shirley Tubby, played<br />

some games and encouraged other members<br />

of the general public to join in. Later in<br />

the month members of Downham Market’s<br />

U3A table tennis group will visit <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

to play some friendly matches against the<br />

Wissey U3A.<br />

In November, a number of U3A members are<br />

to visit the Sports Centre, Fakenham for a one<br />

day conference on ‘True Crime’ hosted by the<br />

North Norfolk branch of the U3A. Topics to<br />

be included are: ‘A History of Poison Murder<br />

in the 19th Century’ and ‘Re-investigating the<br />

Mystery of Lord Lucan’.<br />

Information about groups in the Wissey U3A<br />

can be found by contacting Dave Thorogood<br />

19<br />

on 01760 622751 or visiting the Wissey<br />

Homepage at www.u3asites.org.uk/wissey.<br />

For information about the U3A movement in<br />

general, go to www.u3a.org.uk. To enquire<br />

about U3A Membership, contact Ian Clews on<br />

01760 721247. If you are a ‘Third Ager’ and<br />

are retired or semi-retired and may have just<br />

moved to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area, come along as<br />

a guest to a Monthly Meeting which is held in<br />

the Playing Field Pavilion at Holme Hale on the<br />

first Thursday of every month.<br />

Annual membership costs £10.<br />

U3A members Tessa Black (L) and Shirley Tubby help to showcase<br />

the table tennis facility at the official opening of the<br />

‘Multi-Use-Games-Area’ (MUGA) at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s recreation ground.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

By now we have made the move from summer<br />

to autumn and fished out the woolly jumpers. As<br />

we adjust to shorter days and dark nights we find<br />

distractions and entertainment of all kinds – clubs,<br />

courses, charity fund-raising, hobbies, music, theatre,<br />

films and television. What a lot to choose from!<br />

Norwich Historical Dance came in September with a<br />

programme of dances through the ages, and we look<br />

forward to seeing them again in early December<br />

with A Victorian Christmas, a feast of dance.<br />

This month we welcome the musical group Tale Dolce<br />

Musica, meaning “such sweet music”. The group<br />

plays well loved classical music from the baroque<br />

period, and you can hear them if you put their name<br />

into Google: Anna Hopkins plays the flute, Neil<br />

Johnson oboe, Ian Summers bassoon, David Morgan<br />

keyboards and Meg Starling soprano.<br />

Tale Dolce Musica will be at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms on Sunday October 15th at 3pm. Tickets<br />

are available, priced at £9 members and £12 nonmembers,<br />

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Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

The 2017 AGM in August was David Green’s last as<br />

Chairman and, as such, his annual report was a<br />

reflection of the last 7 years. Many in the audience of<br />

58 were not members when David took up the post<br />

in September 2010. At that time the membership<br />

numbered about 20 and the Club had just moved from<br />

Ashill Community Centre to The Pavilion at Holme hale.<br />

This move appears to have been instrumental in the<br />

growth of the Club which now has over 90 members,<br />

80% of whom live outside the Ashill and Holme Hale<br />

boundaries. David took the opportunity to thank all<br />

those who had given their time and expertise to the<br />

various tasks which have helped to make the Club<br />

such a success. This includes not only the important<br />

posts of Treasurer and Secretary but also catering,<br />

plant sales, the flower show, raffle, outings, speakers,<br />

newsletter, publicity and web site.<br />

David paid a particular tribute to John Vincent, who<br />

was founder and first Chairman of the Club. We are<br />

delighted, therefore, that John has agreed to be our first<br />

President. The election of a new Chairman was not so<br />

straight forward. In the absence of any other nominees<br />

David Priestley agreed to take the title of Chairman in<br />

addition to being Treasurer. When necessary he will be<br />

assisted in the running of meetings by various members<br />

of the Management Committee.<br />

Following the formalities of the AGM the winners<br />

of the ten categories in the Vegetable Show were<br />

announced. Best in show went to Wendy Churchill<br />

for five mixed vegetables. The most unusual entry<br />

must have been five striped grape sized fruit which<br />

are, apparently, a cross between a cucumber and a<br />

melon. The day ended with an auction of the entries.<br />

Richard Leighton, aka the auctioneer, did a great job<br />

whipping up competition between the bidders and<br />

raising some additional funds for the Club.<br />

David Green was presented with a gift in recognition<br />

of his hard work for the Club and we look forward<br />

to his continuing involvement as a member, who, no<br />

doubt, will sit at the back and heckle!<br />

Website: ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com<br />

Enquiries: David Priestley (Chairman) 01760 723260<br />

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café<br />

Our café runs in the town hall on the first<br />

Wednesday of each month from 10-12am at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. It is a free of charge<br />

cafe offering support, advice and information for<br />

those living with dementia and their families/<br />

carers. Free tea, coffee and biscuits are available.<br />

No booking required, just turn up.<br />

For more details please contact 01603 763556.<br />

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Traditional Halloween Fun<br />

Plowright Place <strong>Swaffham</strong> has now started to plan<br />

for this year’s children's Halloween event on the 31st<br />

October we’re looking for local people who want to<br />

get involved and help us out ..... ideally if you have<br />

large Halloween props spiders / lighting / smoke /<br />

spooky effects that we can borrow to help make this<br />

years event better than last years , and also have a<br />

bit of fun along the way.<br />

Contact Lee:<br />

07585 706 970 or email shabbytatt@gmail.com<br />


A great range of fireworks on sale from 15th October!<br />

Visit our showroom for an<br />

excellent selection of garden tools<br />

including chainsaws, blowers,<br />

hedge trimmers & shredders<br />

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Many small people, in many small places, doing many small things can change the face of the world<br />

ESCAPE -<br />

Gardening project<br />

Carpet Bowls<br />

Wellbeing Group<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Support<br />

Services<br />

Befriender<br />

Hospital drivers<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Helping, chatting<br />

“I would like to volunteer at something, but I don’t<br />

what is needed. And I don’t know how to contact the<br />

people who need volunteers. How can I find out?”<br />

“I would like to volunteer but I don’t know if the skills<br />

and time I have are useful. How can I find out?”<br />

“I want to prepare myself to get back to work. Perhaps<br />

I can help a group in the town. What can I do?”<br />

It was questions like this from <strong>Swaffham</strong> residents to<br />

some town councillors that began the town’s volunteer<br />

hub, managed by volunteers in the Town Team<br />

Now organisations can advertise for volunteers in a<br />

newsletter which comes out in print form, is emailed<br />

to residents who have requested a copy or can be<br />

reached on the town’s website.<br />

All organisations need to supply is contact details,<br />

a brief job description, skills needed, work hours and<br />

any specific notes. Organisation forms are available<br />

on the town website.<br />

All volunteers need to do is contact the organisation.<br />

Any questions or comments?<br />

Email Sue at swaffhamvolunteerhub@gmail.com<br />

Christmas<br />

Switch-On<br />

Education, in front of<br />

house, collection care<br />

delivery<br />

Library Friends; events<br />

projects, socialise, ideas<br />

Turbine Tours, kitchen<br />

work, gardening, front<br />

of house<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Youth<br />

Projects and<br />

activities<br />

Pledge a Patch<br />

Keep <strong>Swaffham</strong> tidy<br />

and litter free<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

25.December<br />

Christmas Lunch<br />

A scheme newly piloted<br />

in the town surgeries for<br />

those who care for family<br />

in their homes.<br />

Carers’ Buddy.<br />

Carers’ Champion<br />

Check out the Hub to find details of these and other volunteer opportunities<br />

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito

Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District<br />

It is difficult to believe that this month, October, is the first anniversary of our Hospital Buddy Service. It has<br />

been a huge success and we look forward to the next four years for which period we are fully – funded by the<br />

Big lottery to continue to run and expand the service. But the ever – increasing demand means that would still<br />

like to recruit more drivers. Recruits are also need for our Befriending Service and if you live in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

don’t have a car that’s OK as we will aim to organise local visits, which can also fit in with your own availability.<br />

Our office in the Campingland Community Centre is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4<br />

pm from where an Information Pack can be obtained at any time during these opening hours. Apart from Pam<br />

on the office phone (07393 981 295), Barbara Lock, our Manager and our Buddy Coordinator, Clair Ensom can be<br />

contacted on 07412 775 574 and 07393 981 290 respectively.<br />

Age Concern also has a regular entertainment event for our members on the last Tuesday each month, at 2 pm<br />

in the Assembly Rooms (in house), unless otherwise shown. Everyone is welcome, so just turn up. We also have<br />

a membership scheme which costs £5 per year so if you are interested in joining please contact our Membership<br />

Secretary, Vicky (see below). Upcoming events are:<br />

October 20th<br />

Fish & Chips Quiz (extra event – Conservative Club)<br />

October 31st<br />

Wiltshire Farm Foods (In house)<br />

November 28th<br />

Cllr Colin Houghton – “The future of <strong>Swaffham</strong>” (in house)<br />

December 7th (note date)<br />

Matinee outing to Thursford Spectacular Christmas Show<br />

Please contact John Clarke, Outings Organiser (see details below) regarding trips<br />

out. Chair, Diane Sanderson, 725715; Treasurer, James Dean, 720756; Trips Organiser,<br />

John Clarke, 720140; Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031.<br />

Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and District<br />

Supporting National Cholesterol Month<br />

Befriending & Hospital<br />

Buddy Driver<br />

Opportunities<br />

Recruitment Drop-In<br />

Friday 6 th October<br />

10.30 – 12.00 noon<br />

At <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre<br />

Local GP £5 QEHKL £10<br />

NNUH £20<br />

(Car allowance payable to Buddy Drivers)<br />

Supporting older people in the local community<br />

Contact Pam – email: swaffhamsss16@outlook.com<br />

Telephone: 07393 981295

SCALGA<br />

August and September were not too bad weather wise<br />

and we were able to enjoy the fruits of our labours with the<br />

added bonus of some sunshine. This makes all the difference<br />

as you well know. It enabled the raspberries blueberries and<br />

other fruits to ripen and enlarge to perfection. We are just<br />

picking the pears and I hope to bottle them this year with<br />

red wine to make an easy dessert.<br />

The beetroot is all picked and I found a wonderful way to<br />

enjoy it. I used the sweet beet that I had pickled and mixed it<br />

with chunks of Feta cheese, drizzled with a little sweet chilli<br />

sauce; on a bed of leaves this makes a nice refreshing salad<br />

or a starter with very little effort.<br />

Some of us did not have such good fortune with potatoes.<br />

For my earlies I chose “Charlotte” salad potatoes and I found<br />

that no matter how I watched them the inners left the skins<br />

and went to a mush. Others had the same problem but not<br />

necessarily with Charlotte. Did anyone else find the same? We<br />

would love to have your input as we don’t know whether it was<br />

the weather or the seed potatoes. We planted some Charlotte<br />

( from the supermarket) that had sprouted and rather than<br />

waste them we planted them and we got a lovely firm crop.<br />

Perhaps that’s the answer? They were English local variety.<br />

On the 10th September we held our Afternoon Tea 26<br />

members attended. A wonderful selection of cakes and<br />

savouries were brought by members for us to enjoy over<br />

a cup of tea. The prizes for the best kept allotments were<br />

handed out, and the winners were as follows:<br />

Best kept allotment<br />

Brian Eves<br />

Best multiple plot<br />

Bill Twiddy<br />

Best starter plot<br />

Hilary Bealing<br />

The plots are not just judged for their looks but a certain<br />

criteria have to be met. The judging is worked out on a point<br />

system that has to incorporate a lot of different things. Water<br />

storage, composting, wildlife attraction, quantity and diversity<br />

of crops, general tidiness etc. All the winners met this criteria<br />

allowing for the size of their plots. Well done to them.<br />

Starter Plots<br />

We are wracked with scandal over the source of our food,<br />

eggs being the latest example, but there have been many<br />

others, the use of huge quantities of chemicals remains a<br />

worrying one. It is from this desire to know the source of our<br />

food that we took up an allotment in the first place but on a<br />

personal level it has been so much more as the recent photos<br />

of our grandsons working on our plot must have shown. But<br />

there’s a problem with this vision which is that we recognised<br />

that whole or even half plots were not for everyone. There is<br />

a substantial amount of work needed to get them ready for<br />

cultivation and to do this on a whole plot is to say the least<br />

daunting. Many people soldier on but eventually the scale<br />

of the task combined with work and other commitments<br />

overwhelms them and they simply give up.<br />

We see the desire for many people to “Have a go” at growing<br />

their own but perhaps on a smaller scale and from this the idea<br />

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of starter plots was born. What can be fresher than pulling a<br />

carrot in the afternoon and eating it at dinner that night?<br />

From these considerations SCALGA developed the concept<br />

of the Starter Plots. These plots are sized to enable you<br />

to grow a reasonable amount of produce and to see if<br />

Allotmenteering is for you. Those that have worked their<br />

plots have in the majority gone on to take on half or whole<br />

allotments but the whole point is for first timers or older<br />

people to dip their toe. SCALGA cut the grass and can<br />

prepare a plot initially if needed. All the new tenant has to<br />

do is to decide what they will grow and get on and do it.<br />

The first plot costs just £2.00 per month, the second £1.00<br />

and the third is free and if it doesn’t work, then nothing is<br />

lost as we have a system of monthly payments with only a<br />

month’s notice needed.<br />

As confidence grows people frequently take on a second one<br />

and even a third. At this point it is common for people to move<br />

on to half or full sized plots. There is however no pressure to do<br />

this and for some people the starter plots are sufficient.<br />

We would very much like to see children working a small<br />

plot alongside parents. This can be very fulfilling as well as<br />

learning how things grow.<br />

At the very least a day at the allotment in the fresh air must be<br />

better than sitting indoors playing computer games? Should<br />

BREXIT ever really happen then who knows what fresh veg<br />

will cost in the future? We need to be looking to the next<br />

generation and how we can educate them in the best ways<br />

to keep healthy. Some of these skills and knowledge have<br />

been lost with the ability to source cheap food that may not<br />

necessarily be good for you in the long term.<br />

Should members struggle initially SCALGA can give help<br />

by introduction to other members who can give guidance<br />

and practical assistance. All you need to do is ask. If you<br />

are interested in taking a plot please call Jennifer Edwards<br />

07919888870 or Graham Edwards 07919888872.<br />

Email : scalgacontact@yahoo.co.uk<br />

This is the time of year to start preparing your soil for winter<br />

crops and spring planting. Don’t forget to start thinking<br />

about your leeks and garlic.<br />

On a final triumphant note. Look what a bit of TLC can do<br />

for a poor old grape vine on its last legs being sold for 50p at<br />

Morrisons. A pity the blackbirds got most of the grapes first<br />

or we may have been able to have a grape treading session.<br />

Enjoy your gardening<br />

Our next get together is our last of the year. This is the<br />

Halloween meeting, Saturday 28th October 6pm.

Rainbow Community Choir<br />

Well we’re back with new music, new<br />

enthusiasm and lots of members. After such<br />

a long summer it was really great to be singing<br />

in our four parts with great harmonies and<br />

great friends.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Green Gym<br />

The recreation ground on Haspalls Road has a wonderful<br />

selection of equipment for residents of all ages. This<br />

includes gym equipment for adults to use. Recently a small<br />

number of adults – all over the age of 50 - started to meet<br />

on Friday mornings at 8.30am. Three weeks later, the group<br />

has doubled in size and more are hoping to join us. It is fun,<br />

and who would want to be in an indoor gym when we have<br />

beautiful blue skies, trees, grass and fresh air?<br />

This term we are preparing for our Christmas<br />

concert which we are sharing with Singers<br />

Inspired of Downham Market but it’s far<br />

too soon to let you know about the venue<br />

and time.<br />

We are now in our fifth year and it’s incredible<br />

that we’ve been able to sustain a choir singing<br />

folk music from around the world in the<br />

community centre in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

There’s such enthusiasm for the music we sing.<br />

It’s fun and is relevant to ensuring that this<br />

genre is not lost. It’s collected by musicians<br />

visiting small villages around the world and<br />

chronicling the songs they hear. And then<br />

we get to sing it in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Amazing. Cecil<br />

Sharp House in London champions folk and<br />

arts of England but we attempt to keep similar<br />

music from around the world alive on a much<br />

smaller scale. It’s oral history in music.<br />

It’s fun and the rhythms can be surprising and<br />

sometimes difficult to learn but once cracked<br />

the sound is lovely and uplifting. It’s not<br />

always easy but Linda, our musical director, is<br />

infinitely patient and very encouraging.<br />

We meet term time on a Tuesday at 7.30 pm<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre and we’d<br />

love you to join us. If you’re interested you<br />

should have a look at our website www.<br />

rainbowcommunitychoir.org.uk where we<br />

have recordings of some of our music or visit<br />

our Facebook page, you can also contact:<br />

Alan : 01760 724308<br />

Anthea : 01760 336313<br />

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If you would like to join in, just turn up in your stretchy<br />

clothes and gym shoes, and bring a towel to dry the<br />

equipment where morning dew has collected! There<br />

is no membership fee, and you will be shown how to<br />

use the various items by Wendy or Veronica. Once you<br />

are confident with the exercises, you may feel happy<br />

to use this excellent facility at any time to suit you.<br />

Health And Well Being Show<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 11th October<br />

from 10am to 2pm. This is the third time this event has<br />

been put on to gather many of the local organisations and<br />

charities concerned with health and welfare together.<br />

The previous couple of shows were well received both<br />

by the public and charities who attended.<br />

This is organised by the Campingland Patients<br />

Participation group in order to give the public access to a<br />

wealth of help and information gathered under one roof.<br />

The other benefit is that these various organisations can<br />

‘network’ at the same time. This is something that has<br />

been found very helpful in the earlier shows.<br />

From a public perspective we already have many<br />

already booked in: from help within the family,<br />

befriending services, caring for carers, end of life<br />

support to help with mental and medical issues,<br />

access to out of hours medical help, occupational<br />

help and many other ways of improving quality of life.<br />

If any charity or health related organisation have not<br />

been contacted by the Campingland Group and would<br />

wish to attend please contact Liz Wing, Practice manager<br />

at the Campingland surgery as soon as possible.<br />

There will also be light refreshments available so<br />

you can sit with a cuppa and have a rest, and a raffle<br />

should you feel lucky.<br />

Do come along we would love to welcome you –<br />

there is bound to be something there that will be of<br />

help or interest to most people and family groups.

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Come and learn to dance like<br />

Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy &<br />

Miss Eliza Bennett with<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Playford Dancers<br />

& Musicians<br />

Every 2nd Wednesday of each month<br />

Wednesday, 11 th October<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre PE37 7RB<br />

(HERE THIS MONTH ONLY!) 1 st Anniversary Special<br />

7.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. – Bring a plate to share!<br />

All welcome! - £3 entry – Smart dress & comfortable shoes<br />

No previous experience or partner necessary<br />

Contact: Patti & Paul on 01953 889945 or<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>PlayfordDancers@btinternet.com<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club<br />

at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club<br />

London Street<br />

presents<br />

Jazz Club<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Bay River Jazz<br />

American Song Book & Swing<br />

with Ian Hireson bass<br />

Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

October 10th<br />

Tickets on Door £6<br />

Norman 01760 722 384<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

1st visit<br />

Hugh Lynch vocals<br />


Iceni Rural Writers<br />

The group meets in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

12noon -2pm on the second Friday of every month.<br />

Contact: Leah Spencer 01366 328536<br />

Harbinger by Larie Danson<br />

Slightly ahead<br />

at the open door<br />

he sniffs, tasting the atmosphere,<br />

as do I.<br />

An ancient instinct acknowledges<br />

the shift; something changing.<br />

He slips away, energised.<br />

I linger, savouring the change.<br />

Year two-thirds gone, or<br />

a new beginning,<br />

depending on occupation or emotional response.<br />

Quiet, brisk footsteps, scurrying paws,<br />

early morning exercise,<br />

soft exchanged greetings;<br />

“Morning!”<br />

“Touch of autumn in the air.”<br />







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Call Out For Firefighters<br />

Do you have what it takes to become an on-call<br />

(retained) fire fighter? Vacancies exist across<br />

Norfolk, including three at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Fire Station.<br />

Most Norfolk stations rely on retained crews and if<br />

they are not available, callers have to wait longer for<br />

a crew to arrive from further afield.<br />

Brett Hopcroft, Retained Development Manager<br />

at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There<br />

is no ‘type’ of person we are looking to recruit.<br />

Anybody with a reasonable level of fitness who<br />

wants to do a rewarding job and can commit<br />

some time should consider becoming a retained<br />

firefighter. You would be providing an invaluable<br />

contribution to keeping your community and the<br />

wider communities of Norfolk safe.”<br />

There are 80 vacancies across Norfolk, equating<br />

to 15% of posts being vacant. Recruits start<br />

with an initial intensive two week training<br />

course (which involves both practical and<br />

written work) and then have to complete a<br />

further two week breathing apparatus course.<br />

They remain in development, completing<br />

further short training courses, during their<br />

first two years in the job.<br />

Retained fire fighters are paid a retainer and also<br />

paid per call out, plus for weekly training evenings.<br />

Retained fire fighters are given alerters so they can<br />

be contacted when required. For more details visit<br />

www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk/nfrs/becoming-aretained-firefighter<br />

1170-98-2SN<br />

Village Hall Accessibility For All<br />

Work is under way at Beachamwell Village Hall<br />

which will significantly improve access for people<br />

with impaired mobility. Entrance doors are being<br />

widened and the current cloakroom facilities are<br />

being re-placed and will now include a disabled WC.<br />

Leah Spencer, spokesperson for Beachamwell Village Hall<br />

Committee, says ‘Although the closure may be inconvenient<br />

in the short term, the community appreciates the longterm<br />

importance of providing full access for people with<br />

impaired mobility. We are looking forward to a grand reopening<br />

of our village hall in October’<br />

The project has been made possible by a grant,<br />

awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund.<br />

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants<br />

for community, biodiversity and heritage projects<br />

from funds donated by FCC Environment through<br />

the Landfill Communities Fund.<br />

Ben Walker, Grant Manager for WREN says: “It’s<br />

always nice to see a project that we have funded<br />

start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting<br />

such a worthwhile project and look forward to its<br />

completion benefitting the local community within<br />

Beachamwell and surrounding areas.”<br />

For further press information please contact Leah<br />

Spencer 01366 328536 leah@wissey.co.uk<br />


The Hamond Educational Charity<br />

reg no: 277789<br />

The charity invites applications for<br />

financial assistance from individuals<br />

under the age of 21 years, living in<br />

the Breckland DC area particularly<br />

those living in or near <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The charity can provide assistance<br />

in cases of need for such things<br />

as books, tools, equipment,<br />

instruments, outfits and educational<br />

trips, including assistance for those<br />

leaving school, in preparation for<br />

taking up an apprenticeship or<br />

further education. The trustees meet<br />

twice a year in April and October.<br />

For further information<br />

contact the clerk by email:<br />

contact@hamondeducationalcharity.org.uk<br />

www.hamondeducationalcharity.org.uk<br />


The team at <strong>Swaffham</strong> are<br />

pleased to offer:<br />

• Appointments to suit you<br />

• Cutting edge diagnostics<br />

• Full operating facilities<br />

• Emergency out of hours<br />

care at the premises<br />

• Nurse preventative<br />

health clinics<br />

• Accessible parking<br />

Please contact us by<br />

phone or email for<br />

more information:<br />

Phone:<br />

01760 722054<br />

www.swaffhamvets.co.uk<br />

info@swaffhamvets.co.uk<br />

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

In July I had the great pleasure of spending the evening<br />

listening to a concert performed by the Phoenix<br />

Singers, it was a toe tapping hand clapping event of<br />

which not just myself enjoying it but the whole of the<br />

audience was in musical heaven. The proceeds of the<br />

evening were donated to the Merle Boddy Centre of<br />

which was the most fantastic amount of £500, so to<br />

everyone who worked, performed or was part of the<br />

audience thankyou from a very grateful manager.<br />

Well we are at it again, our day centre needs a face lift,<br />

you know the sort a nip and a tuck so we are putting<br />

on a couple of events to raise the money. Bingo on the<br />

3rd October and a Race Night on the 25th November<br />

both at the Conservative Club, but you have guessed<br />

it we are short of prizes so if you have anything please<br />

think of us and contact Georgie 01760724527.<br />

Living Independently<br />

in Later Years<br />

Information for Older People<br />

Living in West Norfolk<br />

Telephone information line<br />

LILY Advisor Home visits<br />

Online directory<br />

Community locations<br />

Available online at www.asklily.org.uk<br />

or by calling 01553 616200<br />

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What a treat, Francesca came to sing for us. She<br />

had us all enthralled with her beautiful voice, such<br />

a lovely lady who gave up her time to give us such<br />

a pleasurable experience. we had such a wonderful<br />

time listening to some fantastic songs all done with<br />

no music just magical.<br />

I was asked to give a presentation about the Merle<br />

Boddy Centre to Campingland Patient Participation<br />

Group. I would like to thank Frank and his committee<br />

for making me feel so welcome and to all the people<br />

who gave up their time to listen to me. As you are now<br />

all aware the day centre is not only my job but one of<br />

my passions so talking about it is so easy. Dementia<br />

is such a growing concern that any information that<br />

is picked up from my talks that can point people in<br />

the right direction is a bonus. The Merle Boddy Centre<br />

is a person centred day centre, all of my staff only<br />

ever want the best for our clients. It is full of fun and<br />

laughter and most importantly care.<br />

Every year I am always astounded at the generosity of<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church, yes we are again very<br />

lucky to have received such a wonderful selection of<br />

goodies from their harvest festival. Fruit salad, apple<br />

crumble, pasta bakes, tuna and salmon fishcakes,<br />

sponge puddings and jam roly-poly pud are all going to<br />

be on the menu as well as lots of tea coffee and biscuits<br />

to be enjoyed. So thank you all again for thinking of us .<br />

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Hartbeeps<br />

We are a pre-school child activity that is<br />

exciting, interactive and fun. We run on Tuesday<br />

mornings at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre from<br />

09.30 to 12.20.<br />

Contact Brandi on 07703 006 048 or email<br />

brandi@hartbeeps.com for further information<br />

about what Hartbeeps is all about.<br />

Iceni Dressmakers<br />

Iceni Dressmakers are a group who meet in the<br />

community centre on the first friday of each month<br />

from 1.30-4.30pm. The group consists of those who<br />

are just getting to know their sewing machines to<br />

stitchers with more experience. It's a friendly group<br />

who like to encourage each other with their makes,<br />

from simple skirts to jackets we have a full range of<br />

projects being made. Iceni Dressmakers sew under<br />

the watchful eye of Pippa Pease, a professional<br />

dressmaker and tutor who points everyone in the<br />

right direction as and when it's needed. Occasional<br />

demonstrations are given relevant to those tasks<br />

found tricky. Zips are a favourite. If you would like<br />

to join us or just find out a little bit more then please<br />

call Pippa on 07979428969.

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice<br />

As we are fast approaching the festive time of the<br />

year the Charity continues its hard work to raise funds<br />

for the Hospice ensuring it provides their important<br />

and vital support to the patients that are presently<br />

looked after by the dedicated Team and volunteers<br />

who continue their hard work at our Main Office and<br />

in the Community in supporting them.<br />

Recently one of our groups held a Cream Tea<br />

afternoon at Sir & Lady Roberts’ home, Cockley Cley<br />

Hall to support one another after losing a member of<br />

their family. The groups meet weekly or fortnightly at<br />

the Office for a get together, the opportunity to meet<br />

others with a similar situation but occasionally having<br />

the opportunity at a different venue. The photograph<br />

shows from left to right, Cyril Holbrooke, Julie Ambrose<br />

Potter, Doug Benefer, Mavis White and Barry Keenam<br />

enjoying the proceeds. Our thanks must go to Sir and<br />

Lady Roberts who continue to support the Charity.<br />

A raunchy tale of decadence in<br />

post-colonial 1940s Kenya<br />

Icenima<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community<br />

Centre<br />

2pm<br />

Wednesday<br />

18th<br />

October<br />

£4<br />

Patisserie<br />

Iceni<br />

open<br />

There are signs that our arranged forthcoming<br />

Concert of Choirs evening in the Assembly Rooms<br />

will be a sell-out. We advise that if you are<br />

contemplating attending, obtain your tickets either<br />

from the main office on 01760 722937 or Ceres<br />

Bookshop in the Town as soon as possible to prevent<br />

a disappointment. The date 7th October 7pm for<br />

7.30 and we can promise you a wonderful evening of<br />

entertainment with The Bluebirds Ladies Choir along<br />

with The King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir.<br />

Our annual Grand Draw will once again be held in<br />

November, more details will follow next month.<br />

The annual Tree of Lights Ceremony will once again<br />

be held at the Great Britain Centre during December.<br />

It is an evening of quiet reflection for those of you<br />

who have had a member of your family that has died,<br />

either recently or in the past. The date of this event<br />

will be announced in the next edition of the Town<br />

and Village’s publications. For further information<br />

please contact the Main Office at Brocks Way.<br />

We are continually seeking out further ways of<br />

fundraising and support for events. If you have any<br />

thoughts that you would like to discuss then please<br />

do contact us; we can promise you a fine cup of tea<br />

at our Main Office too.<br />

David Gulliver<br />

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Thank You From NNAB<br />

The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind<br />

are pleased to report that the sum of £167.89 was<br />

raised at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> street collection on Saturday<br />

5th August. On behalf of the NNAB I thank the<br />

people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and district for their support<br />

and generosity.<br />

Martin Burton<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Presents Sarah Ward<br />

Join us for an evening with Sarah Ward at 6.30-<br />

7.30pm on Thursday 30th November. She is the<br />

author of the critically acclaimed In Bitter Chill and<br />

A Deadly Thaw. Sarah also reviews crime fiction<br />

and is a judge for The Petrona Award for the best<br />

Scandinavian crime novel. Sarah will talk about the<br />

popularity of crime novels, what attracts us to the<br />

darkest deeds, and her own books which are set in<br />

the Derbyshire Peak District including the deadly fire<br />

which inspired her latest novel, A Patient Fury.<br />

Tickets are £5, to include tea and biscuits, and can<br />

be purchased from the library. The event is being<br />

supported by the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends.

The Peddars Inn<br />

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building better families<br />

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Open for lunches, dinners & Sunday Roast<br />

in our conservatory and dining room.<br />

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facebook.com/thepeddarsinn<br />

Family (& dog) friendly Welcoming free wi-fi log welcoming fire Locally open sourced log food<br />

fire<br />

Friday 11th April - 8.30pm - Live Music<br />

What’s On In October<br />

Friday ‘Vicky’ 20th October singing - Quiz 60’s Night to -7.30pm the current Booking day essential.<br />

Friday<br />

Raising<br />

18th<br />

funds<br />

April<br />

for SERV<br />

- 7.30pm<br />

Norfolk Blood<br />

- Quiz<br />

Service<br />

Night<br />

Friday 27th October - Live Music with Ed and Laura from 8pm<br />

Raising funds for The Benjamin Foundation<br />

Friday 25th April - 7.30pm - Disco & Barbecue<br />

Christmas 60’s, Motown,<br />

Menu Now available<br />

Soul<br />

Build a burger day every Wednesday - prices from £6.95 (including first topping)<br />

Every Thursday - Steak Night - £9.95 steak, chips, peas & onion rings<br />

Wood Burners & Multi Fuel Stoves<br />

Professional HETAS Registered Installers<br />

Chimney Liners & Fireplace Re-construction<br />

Tel: 01760 788 407<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group<br />

In September, several of our members visited IWM<br />

Duxford and an exciting and informative day was<br />

had by all. We were lucky with the weather and it<br />

only rained once and did not upset the day at all.<br />

IWM Duxford was built in 1917 and was used as<br />

a training station for the Royal Air Force, and as<br />

a fighter base played an important role in the<br />

Battle of Britain during the Second World War.<br />

It was also home to the American 78th Fighter<br />

Group which provided air cover for the invasion<br />

forces on D- Day.<br />

The newly refurbished American Air Museum<br />

has amazing exhibits with all manner of planes<br />

suspended from the roof and displayed on<br />

the ground floor. There were also photos and<br />

costumes and mementos of some of those who<br />

were involved in conflicts around the world as<br />

well as the Second World War and highlighted<br />

that shared history that we have with America, all<br />

very moving.<br />

We tried to visit as many of the Hangers as possible<br />

to see as many of the planes, air and sea, together<br />

with mini submarines and various type of bombs<br />

which include an example of a Bouncing Bomb use<br />

in the Dam Buster Raids, it brought the realities<br />

of war home to us. We also had a tour through<br />

Concorde and were just in time to see the nose<br />

of the aircraft lowered and which happened when<br />

the aircraft took off and landed.<br />

FoSM (Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum)<br />

A full coach of Friends and guests left<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> one evening in August and headed<br />

to the Army Training Area at West Tofts. The<br />

weather was perfect with clear blue skies.<br />

As far as I know, everyone loved the outing<br />

as we were driven around the 19,000 acres<br />

of beautiful Breckland, hearing about the<br />

‘lost’ villages and farming activities during<br />

WW2 and today. We saw where Dad’s Army<br />

was filmed and walked around the mock<br />

army training villages of the Middle East<br />

and Europe. We also visited the Pugin<br />

church of West Tofts which has many very<br />

unusual features. This was a very special<br />

trip and if you would like the opportunity<br />

to be included in such events, consider<br />

joining the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum.<br />

Next Event<br />

Quiz and Fish & Chip Supper<br />

Friday October 13<br />

Contact Stuart 01760 722903<br />


SOPHIE<br />

Out of the hangers various aircraft were on display<br />

showing how the planes and the technology had<br />

progressed over the last few decades and bought<br />

back memories of working on these aircraft and of<br />

going on holiday on them.<br />

During our visit one of our members acted as<br />

our guide and his information and enthusiasm<br />

regarding the aircraft, British and American, added<br />

very much to the enjoyment of our day.<br />

The next meeting is in the Museums Education<br />

Suite on Monday October 9th 2:00pm / 4:00pm,<br />

new members are always welcome.<br />




Featuring<br />

KIng’s Lynn Town Brass Band Ensemble<br />

Daisy’s Cat-Folk Group, King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir<br />

Louise Smith - Odd Ode, Andrew Masterson - Baritone<br />

OCTOBER 21 ST<br />

2017 AT 7.30PM<br />



Long Distance Charity Walk<br />

Over an 8 day period Peter Harris will be walking<br />

from <strong>Swaffham</strong> to Great Yamouth via the Peddars<br />

Way to Holme Next The Sea and then the Norfolk<br />

Coastal Path to Cromer. Peter will then head south<br />

east to Acle and on to Great Yarmouth.<br />

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor him<br />

and donations will be quickly processed and passed<br />

to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit<br />

organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's<br />

behalf where the donor is eligible for this. Peter will<br />

really appreciate all your support and thank you for<br />

any donations. Monies raised will be split on a 50/50<br />

basis between <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice<br />

and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club.<br />

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiserweb/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.<br />

action?userUrl=PeterHarris32<br />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

September is upon us with a definite chill in the<br />

air, I’m thinking about abandoning the Summer<br />

clothes. August was a busy month in Council despite being<br />

holiday time, although civic events were quieter.<br />

Update on the NP - we hopefully should complete the<br />

first phase very soon, our findings will be submitted to the<br />

consultants and after we will consider our options.<br />

The Business and Employment Group have just completed<br />

a traffic survey with volunteers. This happened on two<br />

separate days from 7am to 7pm, with volunteers taking<br />

2 hour slots to cover the day. The 8th September was a<br />

particularly inclement day, it was cold, wet and windy.<br />

Many thanks to all who took part especially James<br />

Dean and Stan Sole for putting it all together, we will<br />

be deciphering the data very soon. Thanks also to Kate<br />

Gordon who has been bringing together and highlighting<br />

the pollution problem, we are active in taking this forward,<br />

a slow process, but not on our part.<br />

Accessing the digital world - I spent an afternoon with Mike<br />

Gattuso in the library with him trying to introduce me to<br />

Twitter in the easiest possible way! The idea is that if anyone<br />

has issues with the computer, young and old to contact the<br />

library for a session with Mike to either get themselves<br />

started or address any problems.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market - We would love more footfall around<br />

the market, if we don’t we will end up without one, I do<br />

urge you to use this facility, we have some really good stalls<br />

and the traders really trying to give you what you want. As a<br />

Council we have been proactively encouraging new traders,<br />

but we can only do this with your help so please if you can<br />

support your local market.<br />

I went to the performance that TOSH put on at Stanleys, a<br />

really good play with lots of fine acting, I shall be looking out<br />

for their next performance. During the summer holidays I<br />

also experienced the Green Centre with my Grandchildren.<br />

This amazing place had children’s activities daily with a film<br />

in the afternoon, there’s a really good relaxed atmosphere<br />

and everyone is friendly and helpful.<br />

I shall be making the most of these light evenings whilst they<br />

last and enjoying the Autumn colours, hope you do too.<br />

Jill Skinner<br />

Highways<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020. Give the location<br />

of the problem and a telephone number where<br />

further information can be obtained.<br />

Faulty street lights can be reported at the Town Hall<br />

during office hours or by telephoning Norfolk County<br />

Council 0344 800 8020. Reports should give a precise<br />

location of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit www.norfolk.gov.uk<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

The section ‘In Touch with your<br />

Town’ is usually put together by<br />

the Town Clerk Richard Bishop<br />

or occasionally by the Deputy<br />

Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals<br />

with some of the most topical items<br />

of the day and the odd item where the Council want<br />

to share information with the Town.<br />

Christmas Light Switch On<br />

Book your stalls for the christmas light switch on<br />

friday 1st December. Stall space is filling up fast for<br />

the annual Christmas Light Switch-On event which<br />

will be approximately two months away when you<br />

are reading this newsletter. There are many repeat<br />

bookings, as the event was well received last year,<br />

and we are hoping to fill any gaps with a variety<br />

of new stalls. Any booking enquiries to Hannah<br />

Duggan, Office Administrator administrator@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Father Christmas will be in his grotto this year at<br />

the Arts Lounge, the Live Reindeers are returning to<br />

Plowright Place, there will be entertainment on the<br />

Buttercross and a Funfair, full details will come later.<br />

For those who were wondering about the Town lights<br />

being turned off before the big Switch-On including<br />

all the other lights, <strong>Swaffham</strong> will be in darkness<br />

from 1st November until the 1st December.<br />

MUGA and Skatepark<br />

The MUGA and Skatepark were duly celebrated on<br />

Thursday 14th September. In between the showers,<br />

the sun came out and those who attended had a<br />

great time. Here are some pics to share, there are a<br />

lot more on <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council Facebook Page.<br />

Our grateful thanks to all who have helped with this<br />

project in any way. It really has been a team effort<br />

sustained over a long period of time, but we got<br />

there in the end.<br />


Ducks – Please Don’t Feed Them…<br />

The plea continues from the Town Council on behalf<br />

of the residents plagued by ‘duck poo’ on pavements<br />

and in gardens, please don’t feed the ducks around<br />

the town, as this is making the problem worse. It is<br />

not fair that residents’ lives are being made a misery<br />

by those people who choose to feed the ducks.<br />

The Town Council are employing the services of a<br />

contractor to remove some of the Ducks to re-locate<br />

them elsewhere.<br />

As stated last month, some residents continue to<br />

see the plea not to feed the Ducks as amusing and<br />

unnecessary. This is not an isolated problem anymore,<br />

as many estates are now suffering throughout the<br />

Town. The Town Council are at least trying to do<br />

something to help the plight of the affected residents,<br />

you can help too, by not feeding the ducks… You can<br />

do your bit, by not feeding the ducks – thank you.<br />

Footpath Registration<br />

The Town Council have agreed to start the process<br />

of registering part of a disused railway track from<br />

Sporle Road through to Norwich Road, as a Public<br />

Footpath. You can help us by volunteering to fill in an<br />

evidence form, to state that you have used the path<br />

over a number of years. Some people will be able to<br />

remember this being used right from the time the<br />

last Train left <strong>Swaffham</strong> Station in the last 60’s. Please<br />

contact us at the Town Hall if you are interested<br />

enquiries@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk Telephone<br />

01760 722922.<br />

Church Clock<br />

We have had problems recently with the Church<br />

Clock, and in particular the chiming out of sync with<br />

the clock itself. The Town Council are going through<br />

a process of elimination with the chimes at present,<br />

and a meeting of all interested parties has taken<br />

place. Whilst it is being decided what the best course<br />

of action is, then the chimes have been turned off.<br />

Further details will be circulated, when we have any<br />

news to give you, but for the moment all will be quiet<br />

around the Church and its Clock.<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Wednesday 11th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Monday 16th – Market Committee<br />

6.30pm 8.30pm<br />

Monday 30th - Full Council Finance<br />

6.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.<br />

Tuesday 31st - Planning Committee<br />

12 noon<br />

All at Council Chamber, Town Hall<br />

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The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 121<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 025<br />

Cllr Steven Allen<br />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

07825 801 605<br />

01760 720608<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 721 022<br />

01760 720114<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 722 524<br />

01760 723205<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 788519<br />

01760 720465<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722604<br />

01760 722611<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

07880 568 628<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and<br />

Cllr Ian Sherwood 01760 725550<br />

twitter@ CllrIanSherwood (your.cllr@breckland.gov.uk)<br />

Your County Councillor is Cllr Ed Colman<br />

01362 697 397 / email ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Officers<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Twitter - @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk<br />

Claire Smith - Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator<br />

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

Tel: 01760 722922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall Opening Times<br />

Monday 9.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday : 9:30am-1pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Relief in Need Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1072912<br />

Relief in Need is a Registered Charity which meets 6<br />

times a year, offering grants for a specific purpose for<br />

the relief of persons resident in the area of benefit<br />

(i.e. <strong>Swaffham</strong>) who are in need, hardship or distress.<br />

Application Forms are available from the Town Hall<br />

or reliefinneed@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Agencies at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Hall<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum Gift Shop & Tourist<br />

Information Centre Open: Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm<br />

& Sat 10am - 1pm 01760 721230<br />

Breckland Council Room 1: Open 9am – 1pm & 1:30pm<br />

- 4pm every Monday. 9:30am – 1pm every Tuesday,<br />

Thursday & Friday. Council Tax & benefit enquires.

Mind, Body & Spirit<br />

When a deadline starts to loom for the next<br />

edition of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>, I go into<br />

panic mode. What should I talk about? Did I<br />

have someone writing a piece on their specialist<br />

subject? This appears to happen every single<br />

month, without fail, Jonathan sends me a<br />

reminder email and I start to hold onto the<br />

worry of what it is I need to write. Well maybe I<br />

have found a helpful topic, without realising it.<br />

How much does a glass of water weigh? Well<br />

someone might say what’s the size of the glass?<br />

Well now, if I held an average glass of water for<br />

a few minutes, it doesn’t weigh a lot. If I held<br />

it for an hour, my arm might start to ache. If<br />

I held it all day, my arm might get numb and<br />

eventually paralysed.<br />

So, if I applied that to my stresses and strains<br />

of my daily life the same might apply. If I held<br />

onto something for a short while, it’s not such<br />

a problem, it’s not weighing a lot on my life. If<br />

I held onto something for a few hours, it starts<br />

to get a wee bit heavy and if I held onto it for<br />

a long time, it starts to weigh so heavy, I might<br />

become paralysed. Well without realising it, I<br />

have done just that with my monthly article.<br />

Jonathan flags it up and holding on starts to<br />

ache and by the next day, it’s become an issue<br />

with me as it starts to weigh heavy on my<br />

mind as the deadline looms ever nearer. I love<br />

writing these pieces and yet I’ve turned it into a<br />

heavy load. Well I won’t do that again because,<br />

having now identified the weight of the issue, I<br />

can now release the burden, get it done earlier<br />

and hey presto, my mind stops playing games<br />

with me.<br />

More time to enjoy drinking my water.<br />

Now, <strong>Swaffham</strong> is a lovely market town and it’s<br />

a great privilege to present the occasional Mind<br />

Body Spirit exhibition in the Assembly Room. I<br />

always try and make <strong>Swaffham</strong> the first and last<br />

on my schedule and low and behold, it’s the<br />

last one we organise this year in Norfolk again,<br />

and my home town <strong>Swaffham</strong> has the honour to<br />

be hosting on Saturday 14th October. This one<br />

has been full and ready to receive visitors for a<br />

few weeks now, such is the draw the town and<br />

the event. Let’s face it, we do like to believe<br />

the visitors attending will enjoy all that this<br />

lovely town offers. It’s not just these events,<br />

the town has a fantastic bunch of volunteers<br />

and organisers to, that put on so much for<br />

us all. To name a few such as The Lions, The<br />

Rotary, The Arts Groups and let’s not forget the<br />

Iceni Partnership. These groups represent the<br />

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life blood of this town alongside all the other<br />

groups I didn’t equally mention but they all<br />

equally share their rich talents to empower the<br />

wonderful heart and soul of such a fabulous<br />

market town. This magazine, for example, has<br />

introduced so much, to so many and I know it is<br />

being read in as faraway places as Australia and<br />

New Zealand and across the pond in the USA.<br />

Other towns are making notes!<br />

Well done everyone! We can all thank ourselves<br />

for making this a very special place.<br />

With love and gratitude.<br />

Steve Hudson – Spiritual Flow Events<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

at 6.30pm.<br />

1st October Barbara Price March<br />

15th October Jane Diamond Norwich<br />

29th October David Schiesser Huntingdon<br />

We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services<br />

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from<br />

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received

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