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November 2017

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

6 Rainbow Choir / Iceni Rural Writers<br />

7 School Speak<br />

8 Church News<br />

11 Green Britain Centre<br />

12 Rotary<br />

14 Plowright Medical Centre / <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

15 Women’s Institute<br />

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

17 Museum Matters<br />

18 Twinning / Merle Boddy Centre<br />

19 Wissey U3A / <strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club<br />

21 Age Concern<br />

22 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

24 SCALGA<br />

25 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses / WEA<br />

26 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club / <strong>Swaffham</strong> Sparklers<br />

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

30 <strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group<br />

31 Mayor’s Parlour<br />

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

34 Mind, Body & Spirit<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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Team<br />

The Town Team is very pleased to announce that we<br />

have been granted approval to establish a <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

“parkrun” with the inaugural event scheduled for<br />

mid-February 2018 at the Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

sports field on the Brandon Road.<br />

What is a parkrun?? The concept of a 5k timed<br />

run/walk was founded 13 years ago with just 13<br />

participants and has proved incredibly successful<br />

and popular at venues across the UK and 14<br />

other countries worldwide with now over 3.9<br />

million participants of all ages and abilities taking<br />

part every Saturday morning at 9.00am. For full<br />

information, please visit the parkrun website at<br />

www.parkrun.org.uk<br />

parkruns official charity partner is Alzheimers<br />

Research UK and to date over 18,000 individual<br />

participants have raised over £600,000 for this very<br />

worthwhile organisation.<br />

Well supported parkruns have been organised in<br />

Thetford and Kings Lynn and the Town Team is<br />

delighted that our efforts to bring the concept to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> have finally born fruit.<br />

We are very grateful to the NHA and the adjacent<br />

Junior School for allowing us to use their facilities,<br />

to Active Norfolk and Breckland District Council for<br />

agreeing to fund the initial start-up costs and to the<br />

parkrun regional ambassadors for their guidance<br />

and initial groundwork.<br />

This venture represents a great opportunity for residents<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding villages to take part<br />

in a free, family friendly, non-competitive activity<br />

promoting fitness, general health and wellbeing.<br />

In order to introduce this new Town Team<br />

initiative there will be an event held on November<br />

22nd at 7.30 in the Assembly Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

when we hope all those interested in taking<br />

part and/or getting involved as volunteers will<br />

be able to meet the organisers, view the course<br />

and learn more about the Parkrun concept.<br />

Light refreshments will be available and we look<br />

forward to seeing you all.<br />

Fond Farewell<br />

After a six month internship morphed into a twelve<br />

month contract, Iceni Partnership wishes a fond<br />

farewell to Sammy Harrington.<br />

Sammy almost instantly fitted into the Iceni way of<br />

doing things and she has grown in confidence and<br />

coped admirably with the cornucopia of clients that<br />

pass our open-office door.<br />

We all wish her well as she goes off to pursue her<br />

career path in the musical arts sector.

Upcoming Events<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 -<br />

Midnight.7.30pm Dits Fish & Chips. Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th 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 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<br />

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

members. For more information call Ian Black on 01760 724092<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group<br />

“<strong>Swaffham</strong> in Pictures”, a film show at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday 9th<br />

November. Doors open at 7.30pm; admission by donation. Refreshments available<br />

Remembrance Concert at St Peter & Paul’s Church<br />

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

Thursday 9th November, 7:30pm. Collection taken for the Poppy Appeal<br />

Beachamwell Local History Group<br />

BLHG is hosting a talk on Oxburgh Hall by Roger Farmer on Thursday,<br />

November 9th at 7:30pm. Entitled “Oxburgh Hall, Past and Present”. £3<br />

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

£6 on the door. Tuesdays, 7.30. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Social Club, 23<br />

London Rd PE37 7DD. Tues 14 Nov: Swing That Thing - six piece Jazz Band.<br />

Tues 12th Dec: Colin Mason Quartet with Eleanora vocals/keyboard<br />

Barton Bendish Xmas Wreath Making Workshop<br />

Village Hall. Only a few places left on Thursday 16th Nov. & Saturday 18th, both<br />

at 7.30pm. £15 pp. Everything provided, just bring secateurs & dress for mess!<br />

Includes Festive refreshments. To book call 01366 347 849 or 347563<br />

Rotary Charity Christmas Fayre<br />

Saturday 18th November 9:30am until 2:30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms, Free<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice Prize Draw<br />

On sale at Tescos from 21st - 25th november, draw at Tescos on December<br />

9th, 6pm. £1 each, prizes £250, £150 and £100<br />

St Andrew’s Fayre, North Pickenham<br />

Saturday 25th November, 11 am till 2 pm at St Andrews Church.<br />

Cards, decorations, craft and cake stalls, soup lunches, coffee and mince pies<br />

Traditional Christmas Craft Fair<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms, A range of unique handmade crafts to suit every pric<br />

range. Saturday 25th November 9am until 3pm. Free. In aid of Community Hospital<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Parish Church: Christmas Bazaar<br />

Saturday 25th November 9.00am till 12 noon. Christmas Prize Draw first<br />

prize £100. There will be refreshments and many stalls<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

Barn Theatre, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tuesday 28th November 2017, 7.30pm Dr Moss<br />

Taylor ‘Norfolk through the Lens of a Naturalist’. £2. 01760 724092<br />

Christingle Sunday at St. Andrews Church, Barton Bendish<br />

3rd December at 3pm. Rev Ken Waters will be taking the Christingle<br />

Service. Everyone most welcome. Festive refreshments after the service<br />

Mid Norfolk Singers Christmas Concert<br />

Candlelit carols for choir and audience and choral music from Bach to Verdi. Conducted<br />

by Robert Hamwee. Saturday 9th December 7.30 St Nicholas Church Dereham. £10<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

Westacre Theatre Company: CROOKED WOOD; a black comedy by Gillian<br />

Plowman, adapted from the successful television play by Michael Palin. Fri<br />

17, Sat 18, Fri 24, and Sat 25 Nov; Fri 1 and Sat 2 Dec at 7:30pm £16 (£12 for<br />

under 21s). Optional pre-booked suppers on Fridays at 6pm £18<br />

THE SELFISH GIANT by Oscar Wilde is especially adapted for Westacre with<br />

live action puppets and music. Opens on 16 Dec through to the end of the<br />

year. Matinee, Tea-time, and Evening performances £12 (£8 under 12s).<br />

In the Foyer – Murder Mystery: DEATH ON THE STAIRS. Sat 4 Nov at 7pm<br />

All-inclusive ticket covers an evening of suspense and a 3-course supper £30<br />

Wednesday Flicks: all films start at 2pm for £8 with optional pre-booked<br />

lunches from 12:30pm. CHURCHILL (2017) [PG] starring Brian Cox – 1<br />

Nov. MY COUSIN RACHEL (2017) [12A] starring Simon Russell Beale – 15<br />

Nov. THE VICEROY’S HOUSE (2017) [12A] starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian<br />

Anderson, and Michael Gambon – 29 Nov.<br />

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

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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 07745892417<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 />

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. Call Alan on 01760 723 910<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<br />

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

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 />

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 5:30-6.30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Nikki 07970316054<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 />

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 />

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 />

<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 />

Henchmans Junior Magic the Gathering for 8-11 yr olds at Henchmans,<br />

13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> from 5pm to 6.30pm £2 per person, first<br />

session free. Alternate weeks: RPG night or or MtG Standard Showdown<br />

at Henchmans, 13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> from 7pm. Please see www.<br />

henchmans.com or our facebook page or call 01760 788427 for details<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Branch of the Labour Party meets in the<br />

Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month<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 />

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

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<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 />

<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 />

Henchmans Board games. £2.50 per person. 7-11pm. Henchmans, 13 Station<br />

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 01760 788427. New players always welcome (over 18)<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: David Thorogood 01760622751<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 10-11am <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Cheryl 07941 319 742<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 />

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<br />

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

7.45pm Contact Mrs Hennessy 01760 337540<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bellringers Practice St. Peter & St. Paul Church, 7:30pm on<br />

the Friday preceding the 2nd Sunday of the month. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01760<br />

724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 6.30 for £3. Tea<br />

& biscuits inc. Call Alan on 01760 723 910

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 />

Henchmans Early Friday Night Magic at Henchmans, 13 Station<br />

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 2pm to 6pm. Friday Night Magic at Henchmans<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 Miniature Painting Workshop or Pokemon Battles<br />

(alternate weeks) 10am to 1pm. MtG Standard Showdown or Yu-Gi-Oh<br />

(alternate weeks) 2pm to 5pm. 01760 788427 www.henchmans.com<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 />

Henchmans Yu-Gi-Oh or Star Wars X-Wing (alternate weeks) from 12<br />

noon to 4pm. 01760 788427 or visit our website www.henchmans.com<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 />

Rainbow Community Choir<br />

In our fifth year!<br />

So, I said I would let you know about our Christmas<br />

concert. We will be singing with Singers Inspired,<br />

Downham Market's own community choir, and<br />

Anglian Accents, who perform a wide range of a<br />

cappella works.<br />

We are three choirs of a similar size and we’ll sing in<br />

our own choir to begin and then get together for the<br />

finale. The sound should be amazing so come along.<br />

You shouldn’t be disappointed.<br />

This concert will be held at the Methodist Church<br />

in Downham Market at 4.30 pm on Saturday, 16<br />

December. An earlier concert means you could<br />

have a look around the town before the concert;<br />

maybe finish your Christmas shopping; listen to<br />

the singing; and be home by 8.00 pm at the latest.<br />

There’s plenty of parking on the Hollies carpark<br />

and the church is warm and comfortable. What<br />

more could you want? All this and refreshments<br />

in the break!<br />

We’d love to welcome you. Tickets will be on sale<br />

early December.<br />

Meanwhile Rainbow is learning some brilliant new<br />

songs for the concert. We’ve already started so we<br />

should be pitch perfect by December.<br />

We meet term time at 7.30 pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre and we’d love you to join us.<br />

If you’re interested you should have a look at our<br />

website:www.rainbowcommunitychoir.org.uk<br />

where we have recordings of some of our music or<br />

visit our Facebook page, you can also contact Alan :<br />

on 01760 724308 or Anthea on 01760 336313.<br />

Iceni Rural Writers<br />

Through our writing, we have explored some of the<br />

important changes which we have made during our<br />

lives. Here Jurgita describes moving to <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

New Beginnings<br />

Why have I left my safest place<br />

And dropped everything I had?<br />

My heart is bouncing like mad -<br />

What is waiting for me ahead?<br />

Deep down inside I know it’s time to grow,<br />

Challenge myself again.<br />

My heart will meet another heart<br />

Oh dear does it sound true?<br />

The trees and fields shout ‘Hi’ to me<br />

Norfolk welcomes me tonight,<br />

Stars wink to me and it feels<br />

That everything will be fine …<br />

Jurgita Stipiniene<br />


The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Rain did not discourage students studying the dynamics<br />

of urban living whilst visiting Norwich city centre recently.<br />

As part of their Geography course they investigated the<br />

links between where people live, their access to services,<br />

the local environment and quality of life.<br />

Investigators were called into action to assess a crime<br />

scene at the Academy. In true CSI style, and using skills<br />

learned whilst studying GCSE Psychology, students<br />

collected witness statements and used forensic<br />

psychology together with criminal profiling to discover<br />

the perpetrator.<br />

A ‘Thunk’ (a discussion arising from a philosophical<br />

question) is the way students begin a new subject in<br />

the curriculum called Leaders of our Lives. Learning<br />

cultural, religious, political, mental health awareness<br />

and philosophy allows a genuine chance for students<br />

to shape their own learning and make sense of<br />

the world around them. Students will discover the<br />

role they play as members of their families, towns,<br />

country and ultimately citizens of the world.<br />

Cakes and pizza were just two of the ways in which cells<br />

were demonstrated during a recent Science project.<br />

Not only did students ably label the various parts<br />

required – the models they used tasted good too.<br />

Chocolate, sweets and bread making were amongst the<br />

culinary delights students experienced on a tour of the<br />

Opal Coast on a recent trip to France. Whilst immersing<br />

themselves in the culture and history of the region<br />

some of the particularly brave even tried the snails!<br />

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The Hamond Educational Charity<br />

When Nicholas Hamond, Lord of the Manor of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, died in 1725 he bequeathed £1000<br />

to build and endow a school for boys on the<br />

Camping Land at <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The school was<br />

built in 1736 and run under a Trust. One of the<br />

first trustees was Edmund Nelson, grandfather<br />

of Admiral Lord Nelson.<br />

The school had ups and downs. There was no<br />

secondary education in <strong>Swaffham</strong> between 1892<br />

and 1895. The need for a school was clear and<br />

under a new scheme proposed to the Charity<br />

Commissioners buildings in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market<br />

Place were purchased and added to using money<br />

originating from Nicholas Hamond's bequest. The<br />

Hamond's Grammar School Charity was established<br />

in 1909 to own and let out the property to the<br />

school. The premises were used for educational<br />

purposes until 2011. The Sixth Form College<br />

which was housed in the premises at that time<br />

was closed. Norfolk County Council decided they<br />

no longer needed the premises. Until this time<br />

the rental income provided the funds to enable<br />

the Charity to fulfil its aims.<br />

The Charity had no choice but to sell the premises,<br />

no appropriate use being found for them. The<br />

proceeds of that sale and the sale of the school's<br />

playing field have been invested to secure the<br />

future of the Charity and enable it to continue the<br />

essential work started by Nicholas Hamond.<br />

The Hamond Educational Charity is a combination<br />

of the former Hamond's Grammar School Charity<br />

and five other scholarship and prize funds which<br />

all had similar aims.<br />

The Charity's primary object is to promote the<br />

education of young persons under the age of 21<br />

years who are in need of financial assistance and<br />

living in the Breckland DC area, particularly those<br />

residing in or near <strong>Swaffham</strong>. It may also support<br />

schools in the local district.<br />

In 2016 the trustees approved 18 grants to individual<br />

applicants totalling over £9,000. £1000 was given<br />

towards the cost of the dedicated pathway at the<br />

Infant and Nursery Schools in Whitecross Road,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, £5,000 was approved towards the cost<br />

of the new Skate Park in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and £10,000<br />

was approved towards costs of developing part of<br />

the Nicholas Hamond Acadamy, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. So far<br />

this year the trustees have approved ten grants to<br />

individuals totalling £4745.<br />

More details of the Charity's Scheme and what<br />

it provides for, plus information on how to apply<br />

for a grant, are available at the Charity's website<br />


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

I have recently returned from my fourth trip to<br />

Japan, a country I had fallen in love with long before I<br />

actually visited. It has held a fascination for me since<br />

my late teens and early twenties. My one regret is<br />

that I never learned to speak Japanese. I think it is the<br />

Japanese love of nature that is so alluring. The love<br />

of nature the Japanese people originally had was no<br />

doubt their innate sense for things beautiful. One<br />

cannot think of Japan without thinking of Mt Fuji’s<br />

cone that rises to the clouds with its snow capped<br />

peak. One of the early poets of Japan, Yamamoto<br />

Akahito wrote of Mt Fuji:<br />

To the beach of Tago<br />

I come, and behold,<br />

In pure whiteness enveloped<br />

There it rises Mount Fuji –<br />

Snowing it seems above us!<br />

Fuji is now so identified with Japan. Whenever Japan<br />

is talked about or written about, Fuji is inevitably<br />

mentioned. Justifiably so, because even the Land of<br />

the Rising Sun would lose much of its mystery and<br />

beauty if the sacred Fuji were erased! Mt Fuji needs<br />

to be seen to be appreciated, though it is known<br />

as the ‘shy mountain’ often hiding behind mist and<br />

clouds. The spectacular sight of Fuji in its majesty<br />

can be a rare thing! Another poet wrote:<br />

In fair weather,<br />

In cloudy weather,<br />

Beautiful indeed<br />

And never changing-<br />

This peak of Fuji!<br />

There is an ancient saying: Which is the highest<br />

mountain in the world?<br />

But only a fool would answer Mt Everest!<br />

Fr Gordon Williams<br />

St Mary’s, Houghton on the Hill<br />

“This tiny ancient church in the middle of nowhere<br />

with some of the oldest and most remarkable<br />

wallpaintings in the country”.<br />

Many thanks to all who visited our Open<br />

Weekend “Recalling Houghton”. It was a very<br />

enjoyable event and we learnt a lot about life<br />

in the little village before it was abandoned in<br />

the 1940s.<br />

Winter opening hours:<br />

From Monday 30 October to 23 March 2018 the<br />

church will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays<br />

between 2 and 4pm. If you wish to visit outside these<br />

hours we are happy to accommodate you.<br />

Please email houghtonstmary@gmail.com or phone<br />

01760 720 070.<br />

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

November Services<br />

Wednesday 1st All Saints Day<br />

10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Sunday 5th 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm All Souls service<br />

Wednesday 8th 10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Thursday 9th 7.30pm Royal British Legion<br />

Festival of Remembrance<br />

Saturday 11th 10.55am Armistice Day<br />

The Two Minutes Silence at the town War Memorial<br />

Sunday 12th Remembrance Sunday<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

10.45am Act of Remembrance<br />

Beginning at the town War Memorial then church<br />

Wednesday 15th<br />

Sunday 19th<br />

Wednesday 22nd<br />

Sunday 26th<br />

Wednesday 29th<br />

December Services<br />

Sunday 3rd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am Family Service<br />

10.00am Holy Communion<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Lions International<br />

Centenary Celebration Service<br />

10.00am Holy Communion<br />

Advent Sunday<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Advent Carol Service<br />

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

Friday 3rd November 9.30-10am Power of Prayer<br />

Saturday 4th November<br />

9.30-noon Coffee Morning. All welcome<br />

Sunday 5th November<br />

10.45am-11.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. All welcome<br />

Thursday 9th November<br />

2.30pm-4pm Thursday Group. Remembrance Poetry<br />

Afternoon. All welcome.<br />

Friday 10th November<br />

Power of Prayer 9.30-10am<br />

Saturday 11th November<br />

9.30-12noon Coffee Morning. All welcome<br />

Sunday 12th November<br />

Service starts at 11.15am to allow for attendance at<br />

the War Memorial.<br />

Friday 17th November<br />

9.30-10am Power of Prayer. All welcome<br />

Saturday 18th November<br />

9.30-noon Coffee Morning and Christmas Fayre.<br />

Stuck for a present? Perhaps we have what you want!<br />

Sunday 19th November<br />

10.45-11.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. All welcome<br />

Thursday 23rd November<br />

2.30-4pm Thursday Group. Renee Vincett recites monologues<br />

Friday 24th Novembe<br />

9.30-10am Power of Prayer. All welcome<br />

Saturday 25th November 9.30-noon Coffee Morning


Green Britain Centre<br />

Suddenly it’s Autumn - fallen leaves are swirling<br />

around in the wind and the colours have changed<br />

from bright green to browns and yellows. Apple<br />

Fest at the Green Britain Centre was a happy<br />

and busy weekend - several hundred people<br />

were entertained and informed. There was an<br />

emphasis on living in a way that does not pollute<br />

or drain our resources. Recycling textiles, wood,<br />

paper, eating food in season, all help to reduce<br />

the human impact on our beautiful planet. We<br />

were encouraged to eat a plant-based diet, such<br />

as we have in our cafe - the benefits to our own<br />

health and wealth become obvious. The use of<br />

freshly grown vegetables and herbs for variety of<br />

flavour were enjoyed by those who ate and drank<br />

with us during those two days. Freshly pressed<br />

apple juice was available and we still have<br />

bottles of our own juice for sale in the cafe and<br />

herb plants and perennials in the sale area on<br />

the way to the organic garden. GBC is now open<br />

every Friday evening. Meals will be available and<br />

our website should give information on quizzes,<br />

special food, open mic nights and other events -<br />

do join us for relaxed evenings.<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 />

www.greenbritaincentre.co.uk<br />

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

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


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

President’s Corner<br />

As I write, we are in the middle of our<br />

Visual Arts Festival which ran through<br />

October and culminated in the Annual<br />

Exhibition and Sale of Art at the Assembly Rooms on<br />

the last weekend in the month.<br />

The first events have been very successful. The<br />

launch event, a special production of the play “Art” at<br />

Westacre Theatre was thoroughly enjoyed by all who<br />

attended. The play revolves around one character’s<br />

acquisition of an expensive work of art that is simply<br />

white canvas with white lines added, and examines<br />

the reaction of two of the buyer’s friends, resulting<br />

in a humorous examination of friendship that has<br />

serious undertones.<br />

The following week a fascinating talk on design by<br />

Pearce Marchbank, a Royal Designer for Industry drew<br />

a good audience. Pearce talked about his various<br />

projects over the years, with illustrations, including<br />

covers of “Time Out” magazine and the designs for<br />

the Royal Mail stamps for the 2012 Paralympics.<br />

I hope that the remaining events of the Festival have<br />

been equally successful.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club strives to support the<br />

community in the outlying villages as well as in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> itself. Last year and this year we have<br />

assisted Litcham School’s “Author in Residence”<br />

scheme, in which children’s author Helen Moss<br />

conducts workshops with the children and<br />

encourages their writing. Last school year they<br />

were able to produce an impressive collection of the<br />

children’s work and sell copies to raise funds for the<br />

school. They are currently planning the focus for<br />

this year’s activities, and a few Rotarians visited the<br />

school recently to meet Helen and members of staff.<br />

Within the Club we are currently planning for our<br />

Charter Night, the annual celebration of the Club’s<br />

12<br />

receiving its Charter from Rotary International. This<br />

will be the 48th Charter Dinner, and planning is<br />

already under way for the 50th anniversary in 2019.<br />

On Saturday 18th November we are holding our<br />

annual Christmas Fayre in the Assembly Rooms,<br />

which allows local charities and voluntary groups to<br />

showcase themselves and raise funds. Why not come<br />

along and see how much goes on in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Bill Muir<br />

Furnishing Homes & Delivering Style<br />

Poppi Interiors has recently moved into their new larger<br />

shop and as they prepare for their busy run up to Christmas<br />

they tell us what makes them popular with their customers.<br />

As a local independent retailer the range of products and<br />

services is quite impressive, offering everything you need<br />

to dress windows, upholster furniture or maybe purchase<br />

an individual piece of furniture, lamp or mirror. Having<br />

firmly established themselves in the area they continue<br />

to expand their ranges and bring fresh ideas into homes<br />

across Norfolk. Offering a full made to measure service for<br />

curtains, blinds, upholstery and more besides, this young<br />

vibrant business continues to offer a professional service<br />

built on experience and reputation.<br />

"As an independant retailer we can offer absolutely<br />

anything, it’s only limited by imagination, we pride<br />

ourselves on our service taking time with everyone to<br />

help them find the right products to achieve the perfect<br />

look. People are very different in terms of taste and style<br />

our aim is to help them create the perfect finish that's<br />

personal and fits with their budget and style. With 20<br />

years experience in Interiors & furnshings we have seen<br />

huge changes in styles over the years. Current trends are<br />

for the newest range of woodslat blinds we offer in natural<br />

woods & subtle paint finishes, with a fauxwood alternative<br />

at extremely reasonable prices. lots of geometrics and<br />

bold florals are very popular.<br />

Curtains poles continue to develop now in finishes such as<br />

copper, soft painted greys, distressed woods all of which<br />

enhance the overall look". On the run up to Christmas it's<br />

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Plowright Medical Centre<br />

We are pleased to announce that Dr Paul Wisdom joined<br />

the team in October, and will be working alongside Dr<br />

Sorensen–Pound and Dr Alistair Richardson. He will be<br />

working at both <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Necton practices. Dr<br />

Wisdom has been a GP in south Norfolk for 25 years.<br />

Last year he took an early retirement to become a<br />

lecturer at the University of East Anglia, but soon<br />

realised he missed the patient contact, and so we are<br />

very pleased to welcome him to Plowright. Dr Wisdom<br />

is married with grown up children, enjoys dog walking,<br />

gardening, running and cooking and will still continue<br />

to lecture at the University of East Anglia when he isn’t<br />

practising at Plowright.<br />

Two busy Saturday Flu Clinics were held in September<br />

with a total of 632 vaccinations being given during the<br />

2 clinics. Coffee mornings were run fantastically well<br />

by some ‘Friends of Plowright PPG Members’ and we<br />

managed to raise £252.91 from our patients’ generous<br />

donations ‘The Friends of Plowright PPG’ also donated<br />

£200.00 from second hand book sales, which enabled<br />

us to present cheques of £232.28 to West Norfolk<br />

Carers and £220.63 to The Stroke Association. A thank<br />

you to all our patients who attended the clinics, and<br />

to our PPG Members for their help.<br />

Would you like to become a ‘Friend of Plowright’ and<br />

join the Patient Participation Group?? All patients and<br />

staff of Plowright Medical Centre are eligible to join. We<br />

operate a virtual group where we communicate using<br />

e-mail and/or post. It is intended to help the on-going<br />

communication between the Practice and its Patients.<br />

The practice welcomes the views, ideas and comments<br />

from the members, as these are invaluable in helping us<br />

to improve the services offered to our patients.<br />

If you would like to join, please fill in a ‘Sign Up’ Form<br />

when you are next in the practice, or email plowright.<br />

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forward to hearing from you.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760 722797 / Necton 01760 441344 or<br />

visit our website www.plowrightmedicalcentre.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

Tale Dolce Musica lived up to their name by bringing such<br />

sweet music to the Assembly Rooms in October. As on many<br />

previous occasions, as much as we praised the musicians,<br />

they complimented the ballroom on the very fine acoustics<br />

which particularly suited the woodwind instruments played<br />

in the concert. A programme of Baroque sonatas and songs<br />

was enjoyed by a most appreciative audience.<br />

At our next event, on Saturday November 25th at 7.30<br />

pm, the Gambian musician Sefo Kanuteh will be bringing<br />

his band Meriya to the Assembly Rooms. Sefo comes<br />

from a family of musicians, so learned to play, as he was<br />

growing up, the beautiful instruments of their musical<br />

traditions. These days music absorbs influences from<br />

around the world, so Sefo’s compositions blend highly<br />

traditional pieces with styles from every continent,<br />

including latin, reggae, jazz, blues and pop.<br />

He has played gigs around East Anglia, and this year he<br />

played at Latitude in July, and appeared on a live World<br />

Music programme on Radio 3 in September. You can<br />

see and hear more by looking up Sefo Kanuteh on his<br />

website, just to whet your appetite!<br />

Tickets are available, priced at £9 members and £12 nonmembers,<br />

from Ceres Bookshop (01760 722504) and<br />

The Green Parrot (01760 724704), and on the door. It is<br />

going to be a great concert. We hope to see you there!<br />

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Christmas Bazaar<br />

Saturday 25th November 9am till 12 noon<br />

Christmas Prize Draw first prize £100<br />

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Pickenhams’ WI<br />

Carolyn opened the meeting held on<br />

Tuesday 10th October welcoming a<br />

visitor and all members, new and old.<br />

Muriel Small read a lovely poem.<br />

Reports of the WI Activities over the last month:<br />

1) The tour of Historic King’s Lynn was very interesting.<br />

We had a good guide who took us to some lovely old<br />

buildings in King’s Lynn and told us their history. We<br />

hope to go again next year and see a bit more.<br />

2) Anne Francis gave us a fantastic music and dance<br />

session, which was well attended and enjoyed. She<br />

is coming again on Friday 3rd November from 11am -<br />

12 midday. Do join us if you can - it was such a lovely<br />

session and is open to all. Free!!!<br />

3) Members enjoyed a trip to see Victoria and Abdul<br />

on at the Dereham Cinema.<br />

Future Events:<br />

1) the Arts and Crafts Group should be starting soon -<br />

date of an inaugural meeting to be arranged at our next<br />

meeting. We will meet at Gillian Simpson’s house.<br />

2) Lunch at the Iceni cafe on Tuesday 24th October, 12.30.<br />

Our speaker was Simon White from Peter Beales Roses,<br />

Attleborough. Simon gave us a talk and slides about<br />

roses, climbers and ramblers. There are 20-30,000<br />

different types for very situation - wall, pergola, arches,<br />

obelisk, shed - and how to look after them. Two words<br />

only: water, water, water and feed, feed, feed.<br />

He had bought some plants to sell so we all went merrily<br />

home with our bargains. Val won the competition for<br />

the prettiest pot with Melanie coming second.<br />

Next month is the AGM on Tuesday 14th November<br />

at 2.00pm in St Andrew’s Church, North Pickenham.<br />

Please come along and vote in the officers and<br />

committee. This will be followed by a beading<br />

demonstration. Costs £3 to make your own.<br />

Competition is “ The Best Beader”. New members<br />

welcome. Contact Melanie Cousins . 01760 440456.<br />


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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

When does a “lady” pull faces and stick<br />

out her tongue? When she’s at the<br />

monthly WI meeting been instructed by a Yoga teacher<br />

of course! Our October speaker told us that Yoga<br />

has different exercises for different parts of the body.<br />

Pulling faces, sticking out the tongue and shaking the<br />

chin being just a few of the exercises for the face. If the<br />

gardener, who was cutting the grass outside the hall at<br />

the time, had glanced in the window – well!!! After all<br />

that facial exercise the tea and cake was a very welcome<br />

opportunity to chat and laugh at our antics. Then our<br />

President thanked the committee for organising the<br />

summer outing to Great Yarmouth and expressed her<br />

delight at the circus, echoed by all the members.<br />

Our Secretary read the WI news followed by the raffle<br />

and the meeting closed with a poem.<br />

November is traditionally our AGM when we discuss<br />

the year’s activities, our finances and any other<br />

business. This year we are having a belated Halloween<br />

lunch so watch out for any “witches” you may see, they<br />

are not lost just looking for Sporle WI as it will be the<br />

3rd Tuesday of the month.<br />

December’s meeting, our Christmas celebration, is to<br />

be a Christmas style meal for members and friends.<br />

We then look forward to the new year with our 1st<br />

speaker of 2018 on the subject of Hypnotherapy – 3rd<br />

Tuesday of January 1.45pm – 4pm<br />

Beachamwell WI<br />

On Thursday, October 5th,<br />

Beachamwell WI members were<br />

entertained by a most interesting talk by Liz Nally<br />

on “Antique Quilts and their stories”. Liz brought a<br />

number of beautiful old quilts, each of which had a<br />

story to tell. Liz is not just an expert on the making<br />

and stitching of quilts, but in some cases had found<br />

out about the individuals who had made them. A<br />

fascinated evening which got us all talking.<br />

Next month, we will be back in our usual home in<br />

Beachamwell Village Hall for a demonstration of Holly<br />

Wreath making by Simon White, followed by our Annual<br />

Meeting. As always, visitors are very welcome to join us.<br />

On Saturday, 2nd December, there will a warm<br />

welcome for all visitors to our CHRISTMAS FAYRE.<br />

The doors of Beachamwell Village Hall will be open<br />

from 12 till 3pm, for the sale of delicious cakes and<br />

jams, “nearly new” items, decorations and unique<br />

hand crafted gifts. We also have our very own popup<br />

café, with a range of refreshments. Last year, the<br />

soup, sausage rolls and mulled wine went down a<br />

storm! So why not come for lunch?<br />

Enquiries to Maggie 01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328589.

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions hosted a Musical<br />

Play, The Pedlar of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, at the<br />

Barn Theatre. A packed audience<br />

were enthralled by the players from<br />

Eyes Write Theatre group who put on a very amusing<br />

play about the well-known story of the Pedlar. With a<br />

cast of 18 and a dog, the story evolved through music<br />

and scenery changes much to the enjoyment of the<br />

audience. The playwright, Alan Huckle, approached<br />

the Lions earlier this year, following their success<br />

in putting on the Jeffery Holland play, to see if they<br />

would help put on the play in the home town of the<br />

Pedlar. The Barn Theatre was an ideal place and with<br />

the Lions connections in the town, the event turned<br />

out to be an outstanding success raising over £800<br />

for Lions good causes.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions took part in the Health Forum along<br />

with thirty other groups in the Assembly Rooms. The<br />

main focus for the Lions was their Message in a Bottle<br />

scheme; it gives medical and other information about<br />

the householder to the emergency services and is<br />

held in a special container in the fridge. Despite the<br />

Lions promoting the scheme for many years, they<br />

find that it is still unknown to some people. Twenty<br />

bottles were distributed during the event to people<br />

who thought the scheme was a wonderful idea.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their annual Trolley Dash at<br />

Tesco Store in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The winning ticket holder<br />

was Doug Smith who asked his daughter, Julie Gibbs,<br />

to do the Dash for him and the Lions agreed. With<br />

the help of Lion President, Pam Tallon, Julie had a<br />

preview of the isles to see which goods she would<br />

wish to put in the trolley. After ninety seconds of<br />

dashing she managed to fill a large trolley with loads<br />

of food and chocolate, dad Doug was over the moon<br />

with his daughter’s efforts especially the chocolates.<br />

The proceeds from the Dash will go to the British<br />

Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions have had a busy week with Foodbank<br />

deliveries. A large number of Harvest Festivals<br />

have taken place in schools and churches with the<br />

surplus food being donated to the Foodbank. With<br />

the help of the Lions this was then collected and put<br />

into bread baskets ready for delivery, by the Lions<br />

volunteers, to Dereham. As there was such a high<br />

intake of food the Lions had to put on extra delivery<br />

runs to cope with the forty bread baskets full of food<br />

and household items. The Foodbank team had a stall<br />

at the Health Forum explaining the type of food and<br />

household items they were looking to be donated.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their Lion’s Den at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre, with over forty people in the<br />

audience. The nine groups who applied for funding<br />

gave a presentation on why they required the funding<br />

to a panel of four Lions including Lion President Pam<br />

Tallon. After careful consideration the panel awarded<br />

1ST <strong>Swaffham</strong> Scouts, who have forty members, £250<br />

for benches and tables, 2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Guides who<br />

have fifteen members with more joining at the end<br />

of the year awarded £250 for ovens for camp,2nd<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Brownies, who have 24 members,<br />

awarded £300 to attend a regional summer camp,<br />

Wayland Carers Social Group, 24 carers who meet<br />

socially awarded £250 for outings, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Football and Social Club, who have fifty adult players,<br />

awarded £200 to replace battery and pads for their<br />

defibrillator, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cricket Club, who have two<br />

teams together with youth groups awarded £200 for<br />

benches, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Visually Impaired Peoples Society<br />

meets monthly with twenty four members required<br />

funding for room hire awarded £250, Friends of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Infants School required funding for a shed<br />

for children to use as a den for learning awarded<br />

£200, Necton Youth Football Club with sixty two<br />

young players awarded £300 for running costs. There<br />

was a real buzz from the audience when the awards<br />

were announced. All the groups who benefited<br />

from the evening said that it would be a major help<br />

to them and thanked the Lions for holding the event.<br />

Each year the Lions hold events for Lions charities;<br />

this enables us to support events such as the Lion’s<br />

Den where the total donated to local groups was<br />


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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 />

Many thanks to those who contacted me about the<br />

railway station. All sorted now.<br />

Next conundrum.<br />

I have been told that there is a special tree<br />

in the copse near the turn onto the A47<br />

eastbound near Waitrose. This was planted<br />

by the parents of a Canadian pilot in the<br />

2nd World War who was killed nearby. Does<br />

anyone know exactly where, which tree, who<br />

the pilot was and what happened?<br />

Friends Outings and Events<br />

Celebrate Christmas with the Friends for Mulled<br />

Wine Party, Sunday, 10th December at Suffield<br />

Court. Tel: 01760 722 903.<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.10 / £20 No.18 / £10 No.81.<br />

Have you seen our screen in the museum window?<br />

Is there anything you would like us to put on the<br />

screen? – Like a few old photos of <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Is the<br />

dwell time too long? Too short? It would be good to<br />

have your feedback.<br />

Come and find the spooky Halloween figures<br />

around the museum! Autumn and Halloween<br />

pictures to colour as well as the usual dressing up<br />

and museum trails.<br />

Don’t forget to include the Museum Shop on your<br />

search for Christmas presents. We have souvenirs,<br />

puzzles, games as well as collectables. Or you could<br />

give a family gift card for entry to the museum.<br />

Even better value - Enjoy life membership of The<br />

Friends of the Museum giving you access not only<br />

to free entry to the museum but also preferential<br />

rates on museum trips and events. With the Family<br />

Membership you, your partner and your children<br />

under 17 have free entrance. Pick up a form from<br />

Museum Reception.<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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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 />

Beachamwell Local History Group<br />

BLHG is hosting a talk on Oxburgh Hall by<br />

Roger Farmer on Thursday, November 9th<br />

at 7:30pm. Entitled “Oxburgh Hall, Past and<br />

Present” , the talk will include a brief history<br />

of the house and some of the people who lived<br />

there, a behind the scenes look at the work<br />

going on to preserve the house today, as well<br />

as a guide to the “unseen Oxburgh”, the parts<br />

visitors never see. The venue is Beachamwell<br />

Village Hall and the cost (payable at the door)<br />

will be £3, to include refreshments. This is a<br />

unique opportunity to find out more about<br />

one of our local historical gems.

Twinning<br />

On 29th September Members of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning<br />

Association enjoyed a wine and cheese social in the<br />

Regency rooms - a great get together. Our next event is<br />

the Christmas Party on December 9th in the Assembly<br />

Rooms at 7.30pm when we will be welcoming Ian Clews<br />

to entertain us -enjoy dancing to his music - you do not<br />

need to be a member for this event. For further details<br />

please contact our secretary Stan Sole on 01760 724 413.<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Oh my word what a great night, every seat filled<br />

with more having to be got out. The Merle<br />

Boddy bingo was a hit. We had some fantastic<br />

prizes given by local businesses who we whole<br />

heartedly thank for their generosity. Also our<br />

thanks go to Paul Annakin for the use of the<br />

Conservative Club, Norman who called the<br />

bingo, Linda who sold the books and checked<br />

the winners and of course all you lovely people<br />

who supported us. We made a fantastic £541,<br />

best ever. We will be having a Race Night same<br />

venue on the 25th November, £5 a ticket. Please<br />

ring 01760 724 527 to reserve your tickets.<br />

Mid Norfolk Singers<br />

We are an adult choir with 80 members drawn from<br />

Dereham, <strong>Swaffham</strong> and surrounding villages. Conducted<br />

by Robert Hamwee the choir are singing a selection of<br />

well known choruses by composers from Handel to Verdi.<br />

Add to those a selection of carols and mince pies and you<br />

have a great evening of festive entertainment! Tickets are<br />

£10 on the door or email info@midnorfolksingers.org.uk.<br />

I would like to say thank you to everyone who<br />

either raises money for Merle Boddy Centre<br />

or gives us such lovely gifts to either use in<br />

the centre or to use as raffle prizes. I am<br />

saddened that this has been marred by an<br />

article on the EDPs web site which indicated<br />

that we had been given £157k, as much as<br />

it would have been fantastic the article was<br />

wrong .I have been in touch with the said<br />

paper and the article has now been changed<br />

to the correct amount, it has taken a week<br />

for this to have been changed on their web<br />

site. We are very grateful to Henchmans<br />

for their kind donation of £157.00 and all<br />

the lovely games that they have donated,<br />

but unfortunately people have seen this<br />

great windfall article and assume that we<br />

don’t have to worry about money, this is<br />

not the case fundraising is still very high<br />

on the agenda so please come and support<br />

us at our fundraising events which is a race<br />

night 25th November for tickets please ring<br />

01760724527.<br />


Wissey U3A<br />

The University of the Third Age (U3A) was conceived<br />

in France at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Toulouse<br />

in 1973 as an extramural university activity and<br />

later was significantly modified in the United<br />

Kingdom where it was recognized that most people<br />

of retirement age had something to contribute to<br />

society and the emphasis was on sharing, without<br />

formal links to traditional universities. The U3A is<br />

now an international movement whose aims are<br />

the education and stimulation of mainly retired<br />

members of the community or those in their ‘Third<br />

Age’ of life.<br />

The Wissey U3A was founded in 1995 by Betty<br />

Evans who, with other founding members, would<br />

meet in Holme Hale’s Playing Field Pavilion. Since<br />

1995 the Wissey U3A membership has grown to<br />

over 330 members. Membership is open to any<br />

individual who by definition is not in full-time<br />

gainful employment, so anyone working ‘part-time’<br />

can also apply for membership. The Wissey U3A<br />

has 30 interest groups with subjects such as Art<br />

and Book Appreciation through to Bird Watching<br />

and Rambling. Sporting activities such as Indoor<br />

and Ten-pin Bowling, Softball Tennis, Table Tennis<br />

and Croquet are all represented. All groups have<br />

a leader who organises their own activities and<br />

arranges outings or trips as required. Leaders<br />

do not have to have any formal qualifications for<br />

their interest activity but enthusiasm and drive<br />

to help and guide others is usually fairly high on<br />

their agenda. There are still monthly meetings at<br />

Holme Hale when members can meet friends and<br />

chat over a cup of tea or coffee then listen to an<br />

interesting presentation. Past presentations have<br />

included ‘The Origins of Surnames’, ‘Overland to<br />

China and Myanmar (formerly Burma)’, ‘Murder,<br />

Sex and Mayhem in Norfolk Churches’ and ‘Weather<br />

Quest’ which was presented by weather presenter<br />

Chris Bell from BBC1’s Look East. Eight members<br />

of the Wissey U3A recently visited Norwich Castle<br />

to witness a re-enactment of the ‘Blood or Bread<br />

Rioters’ trials of 1816. The Science and Technology<br />

group met to hear Dr Fiona Barker give a fascinating<br />

presentation on ‘The Use of Psychological Theory<br />

in Behaviour Change’. The U3A table tennis group<br />

helped to showcase a new table tennis facility as part<br />

of the official opening of the new ‘Multi-Use-Games-<br />

Area’ (MUGA) at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s recreation ground. In<br />

November, a number of U3A members will visit the<br />

Sports Centre, Fakenham for a one day conference<br />

on ‘True Crime’ when topics to be included are: ‘A<br />

History of Poison Murder in the 19th Century’ and<br />

‘Re-investigating the Mystery of Lord Lucan’. For<br />

more information about the U3A movement, go<br />

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to www.u3a.org.uk. To enquire about Wissey U3A<br />

Membership contact Ian Clews on 01760 721247.<br />

For information about group activities in the Wissey<br />

U3A contact Dave Thorogood on 01760 622751 or<br />

visit the Wissey Homepage at www.u3asites.org.uk/<br />

wissey. If you are a ‘Third Ager’ and may have just<br />

moved to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area, come along as a guest<br />

to a Monthly Meeting which is held in the Playing<br />

Field Pavilion at Holme Hale on the first Thursday<br />

of every month. Annual memberships cost £10<br />

and renewals are £7 with a small charge of £1 for<br />

admittance to each monthly meeting. November’s<br />

meeting features an interesting presentation about<br />

the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust.<br />

Betty Evans (centre) and Committee Members (1995)<br />

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

For our September session we welcomed back<br />

Melody Brooker, this time with her own backing<br />

group of Colin Borrill, guitar, Joel Humann, double<br />

bass and Paul White, keyboard, who at one point<br />

unexpectedly somersaulted backwards off the stage!<br />

They all live and work around Cambridge and are a<br />

fabulous trio. Melody as well as singing some great<br />

jazz standards, such as Georgia, and Love for Sale,<br />

included some pop numbers, the audience lustily<br />

joining in for Down Town.<br />

In October, for the first time, we had The Bays River<br />

Jazz Group, a quartet plus vocalist Hugh Lynch.<br />

Guitarist, Peter Pease from Norwich and tenor sax/<br />

clarinet player John Temple from Gt.Yarmouth gave<br />

us some inspired improvisations, both individually<br />

and together. They have promised to come back next<br />

year which is something to look forward to.<br />

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On Tuesday September 26th we held a fund raising party for our members with a massive raffle of 84 prizes !!! -<br />

we raised over £180 in total. We were entertained by Ian Clews with music from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. A very big<br />

thank you to Tesco’s for providing all the food and entertainment esp Candy and Michael<br />

Age Concern also has a regular entertainment event for our members on the last Tuesday<br />

each month, at 2 pm in the Assembly Rooms (in house), unless otherwise shown.<br />

Everyone is welcome, so just turn up. We also have a membership scheme which costs<br />

£5 per year so if you are interested in joining please contact our Membership Secretary,<br />

Vicky (see below). Upcoming events are: October 31st Wiltshire Farm Foods (In house),<br />

November 28th Cllr Colin Houghton – “The future of <strong>Swaffham</strong>” (in house), December<br />

7th (note date) Matinee outing to Thursford Spectacular Christmas Show<br />

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He began by talking about his involvement with<br />

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There are various diseases and fungi that can<br />

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Unfortunately, old or diseased trees which pose a<br />

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Greetings from the allotments.<br />

This will be our last column until the spring.<br />

The Work is slowing down and the allotments have<br />

been “put to bed” more or less for the winter.<br />

Autumn crops such as cauliflower, onions, pumpkins<br />

Sweetcorn etc. have been harvested and enjoyed.<br />

We have never had much luck with Cauliflower and<br />

I admire those who produce these wonderful white<br />

heads. I am particularly fond of Cauliflower soup<br />

however, and either have to beg a head or buy one.<br />

The slugs and other pests get to enjoy mine before<br />

I do. The Overwintering crops such as leeks, garlic,<br />

artichokes and parsnips to name a few should be<br />

established and getting ready for next year.<br />

Overall we have had a good allotment year.<br />

The weather has not been very special but<br />

despite that the crops have been good and in<br />

the main the potato blight avoided although<br />

our tomatoes in the poly tunnel got some sort<br />

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We ended up making huge amounts of Passata<br />

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An inexpensive way of reducing tomatoes down<br />

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blender then sieving the liquid. The result is a lovely<br />

rich Passata that freezes well. At the point of cooking<br />

a little oil basil or garlic can be added and the mix is<br />

ready to go for most recipes.<br />

We all enjoyed our October Halloween meeting.<br />

Burgers and homemade soup was on offer. Thanks<br />

to all who helped make is a special evening. The<br />

hollowed out pumpkins lit the area giving a deliciously<br />

“Spooky” atmosphere for the children.<br />

In these next few months we really only have to<br />

do maintenance and the feeding and watering of<br />

chickens. Hopefully hedgehogs have found a cosy<br />

spot in piles of sticks and some stacked wood that we<br />

have left for them. The bee hotel has had a vacancy<br />

sign up all summer so we hope that it is fully let.<br />

It’s not too late to take on a Starter Plot as there<br />

is preparation and planning to be done as well as<br />

thoughts of water conservation and composting.<br />

Even making a plan of how the plot can be laid out is<br />

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Come the spring we will start all over again with fresh<br />

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Merry Christmas to you all and a happy healthy New Year.<br />

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of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Musical, a fund-raiser sponsored by the<br />

Lions Club, which was a good evening’s entertainment.<br />

Our President Christine and others went to the<br />

Thetford Lioness Club Anniversary Lunch held at<br />

Thetford Golf Club, always good food and good<br />

company.<br />

WEA<br />

November sees the return of <strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA’s<br />

popular day schools. This time the subject is Famous<br />

Jewels and Their Place in History. Tutor Michael<br />

Nash will talk about the separate Crown Jewels of<br />

England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and how these<br />

precious stones have played a part both in the unity<br />

and division of the United Kingdom.<br />

Christine also attended the AGM at the Merle Boddy<br />

Centre, which is her chosen Charity to support for<br />

this Lionistic year.<br />

Thursday 16th November will be our Children<br />

In Need Bingo Night which will be held at the<br />

Conservative Club at 7.30pm. All are welcome<br />

to join in and there are lots of lovely prizes to<br />

be won.<br />

Looking at Royal Houses wider afield, including<br />

Russia, the House of Savoy and the Habsburgs, he<br />

will show how ownership of jewels has often been<br />

disputed and a point of conflict between private<br />

individuals and the state.<br />

The course takes place on Saturday 25 November,<br />

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is £16 and lunch at the Community Centre Café is<br />

available for £8. Course places and lunches must be<br />

booked in advance on 01760 723558.<br />


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as books, tools, equipment,<br />

instruments, outfits and educational<br />

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We also have a thriving Youth and Minis section with<br />

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Please contact Jim on 07775 763840 who will be<br />

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The newly renovated Clubhouse is also available for<br />

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

Quite rightly we should start with a huge thank you to<br />

Peter Harris and his epic undertaking in walking 136<br />

miles in aid of the Hospice and the Rugby Club. Peter<br />

averaged eighteen miles a day and with the help of<br />

voluntary drivers was delivered and picked up each<br />

day, completing his walk in eight days. He started his<br />

walk from the Rugby Club and took in the Peddars Way<br />

to Holme next the Sea, along the Coastal Path finally<br />

joining the Weavers Way near Felbrigg and ending at the<br />

Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth where he enjoyed two<br />

pints of Guinness, well deserved too. We are unsure at<br />

present as to how much Peter has raised, but it will be<br />

announced in next month’s edition of the <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

but if you want to consider making a donation go onto<br />

Peter’s web page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/<br />

giving/make-a-donation then type in Peter Harris as<br />

your friend, or alternately at our office in Brocks Way.<br />

The photograph shows Peter about to start his day’s<br />

walk from Felbrigg Hall to Aylsham.<br />

Charity News<br />

An evening of Clairvoyance was held with local medium<br />

Wendy Barnard at Steve Allen Gallery in Plowright<br />

Place on Sunday 8th October. The evening was a great<br />

success and raised £302 for Anthony Nolan charity,<br />

which saves the lives of people with blood cancer.<br />

Organiser Janet Qualters, who lost her son to Leukaemia<br />

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delighted with the amount and would like to thank<br />

Steve and Sue Allen for their help and support with the<br />

evening and to all those local businesses who supported<br />

the evening with raffle prizes. Janet would especially<br />

like to thank Wendy who instigated the evening after<br />

meeting her recently, and wanted to help raise funds.<br />

Wendy can be contacted on 01760 725158.<br />

If you would like to learn more about Anthony Nolan charity<br />

go to www.anthonynolan.org or ring 0303 3030303.<br />

The Race Night in September organised by The Rotary,<br />

The Lions and The Home Hospice raised a grand total<br />

of £1,500.00, each of them receiving £500.00.<br />

The Concert of Choirs staged in the Assembly Rooms<br />

with The Marham Bluebirds and the King’s Lynn Male<br />

Voice Choir, who incidentally were accompanied in<br />

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Battem. Singing to a very appreciative audience the<br />

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Charity, raising £1,200.00. Thanks must be directed<br />

to those who organised the evening.<br />

Our forthcoming Christmas Draw is drawing close and<br />

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Road, EcoTech Park on <strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760 722937. Look<br />

out for us in Tesco too on 21st to 25th November where<br />

we will with help of volunteers be selling them.<br />

The Charity is always seeking out further volunteers<br />

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existence. If you have a few hours to spare why not<br />

come along to one of their meetings as a taster, there<br />

is always a cuppa available.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Swimming Pool<br />

The current campaign for a swimming pool in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

is gathering momentum. This will be a unique all-year<br />

indoor/outdoor facility, heated by green energy. The<br />

water will be warm and the changing rooms and<br />

facilities will be built to a high standard.<br />

Plans have been drawn up and the committee<br />

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community trust; the application for charitable<br />

status is awaiting confirmation. The land for the<br />

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A47, near Waitrose supermarket.<br />

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Friday 11th Friday April 10th - 8.30pm November: - Live Music<br />

‘Vicky’ Live Music singing with the 60’s Kirstie to Smith the Duo current (from 8pm) day<br />

Friday 17th November:<br />

Friday 18th April - 7.30pm - Quiz Night<br />

Raising funds Saturday for The 25th Benjamin November: Foundation<br />

Live Music: Country music with Jonny Rondo (from 8pm)<br />

Friday 25th April - 7.30pm - Disco & Barbecue<br />

Christmas Menu now available (from 1st Dec)<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group<br />

On Thursday 9th November the Group<br />

will be giving a film show “<strong>Swaffham</strong> in<br />

Pictures”, at the Assembly Rooms - doors<br />

open at 7.30pm. Admission is by donation<br />

and refreshments will be available.<br />

As it is just over five years ago since<br />

the Group’s first completed project<br />

was published (The Book of <strong>Swaffham</strong> -<br />

compiled at the request of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Museum) we thought it was a good<br />

opportunity to show just how much more<br />

we have achieved and published ourselves<br />

since then - a total of 23 booklets,<br />

including 14 on the history of pubs and<br />

inns in the town.<br />

Only One Of Its Kind<br />

On Friday morning 29th September, Forces TV<br />

arrived to film and interview the owners of The<br />

Wellington pub at Feltwell, Mr & Mrs Samuels and<br />

also the artist Colin Mason from the Arts Lounge<br />

Gallery in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The interview and film of the<br />

mural went out on Forces TV News on Saturday 30th<br />

September and Monday 1st October.<br />

On Saturday 30th the sun shone, and Radio Norfolk<br />

did an early morning interview with Colin whilst he<br />

was just adding a few final touches to the mural. As<br />

soon as the acrylics were dry, the covers were draped<br />

over the entire 60 feet of the wall in readiness of<br />

the official unveiling. By 1400hrs, guests started to<br />

arrive, and the sun was still shining too.<br />

The latest of our own publications,<br />

‘Postal Services in <strong>Swaffham</strong>’ has now<br />

gone on sale in the museum - just in time<br />

for Christmas! This traces the history of<br />

postal services in the town since the late<br />

17th century. (In 1660 the Post Office Act<br />

created a publicly owned post service,<br />

known as Royal Mail.)<br />

For further details of the Film Show, or of the<br />

Group, please contact littlebethany7@gmail.com.<br />

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The guest of honour was 93 year old Mr. Ivan Potter<br />

who flew in the Wellington as a radio operator and<br />

air gunner. Also attending the ceremony was the New<br />

Zealand Air Attache from London, Wing Commander<br />

Lisa D’Oliveira, representatives from RAF Honington,<br />

members of 75 NZ Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, Group<br />

Captain Richard Dixon who was one of the last to fly<br />

the Wellington, and other invited guests.<br />

Ivan Potter unveiled the mural in stages whilst the<br />

artist Colin Mason explained each part of the mural<br />

and what it signified. The ceremony was a huge<br />

success and a few who were touched by the whole<br />

mural had tears in their eyes, as it meant so much<br />

to them. So if you are in the area, go and visit The<br />

Wellington in Feltwell and see this magnificent mural.<br />


Ladies Lunch<br />

Thank you all so much for your help with the<br />

Neuroblastoma UK fundraiser on Wednesday<br />

September 2017 very generously supported by Stella<br />

Rimington in <strong>Swaffham</strong>'s Assembly Rooms. We raised<br />

a total of £2770.73 for the charity which is fantastic.<br />

It’s the second event Strattons Hotel has collaborated<br />

in with Sarah Simonds of Artichoke to support the<br />

valuable work of this society. Earlier this year we raised<br />

over £2000 at a hair and fashion event at the George<br />

Hotel supported by Andrew Baker Hairdressing,<br />

Artichoke and match funds from Barclays bank.<br />

Recently Neuroblastoma was brought to wider<br />

public attention with the sad news of the death of<br />

young sufferer Bradley Lowery. Our first grandson<br />

Rafe, was born in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and was diagnosed with<br />

Neuroblastoma when he was not much more than a<br />

year old. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive childhood<br />

disease in which cancer cells form in nerve tissue of<br />

the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord. Rafe<br />

died before he was three years old.<br />

Neuroblastoma UK is run entirely by Trustees and<br />

volunteers, with no paid staff or offices, meaning<br />

that 95% of everything donated goes directly into<br />

funding the best UK-led research.<br />

Lots of lovely messages today saying how much<br />

people enjoyed the event and how good it was to see<br />

so many people taking part in it especially the children<br />

of the Sacred Heart School who gave up their lunch<br />

hour to help serve the meal. Vanessa Scott<br />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

I really don’t know where September went,<br />

meetings galore and some wonderful civic<br />

events to attend. Ones that stand out in my mind are<br />

firstly the Scouts regional AGM in Dereham, it was<br />

so good to see this organisation so active still and<br />

providing great opportunities for young people.<br />

The second was the Joan Mann Day at Mildenhall<br />

American Base which was held in a hanger. This was<br />

a games day for 270 disabled people which, focusses<br />

the mind to see what enjoyment there was to be had,<br />

even in challenging circumstances. It really was a great<br />

day and so well done by the base, bringing together<br />

the military and civilian communities, they really were<br />

a lovely bunch of young people. There was a great<br />

atmosphere, the commander of the base stayed all day.<br />

I remembered his inauguration speech a few months<br />

earlier ending with the words, “go execute”, well, the<br />

games day certainly proved that. Of course there were<br />

endless hot dogs and cake, not too good for the diet!<br />

It was my privilege to present the certificates at the Library to<br />

the young Summer Holiday Reader Scheme which parents<br />

can sign their children up to. It was so good to see so many<br />

parents encouraging this and the children so excited as to<br />

what they’d achieved, I felt, even at a young age they were<br />

obviously passionate about books<br />

Work in the council seems busier than ever with lots of<br />

decisions coming before us. The Neighbourhood Plan<br />

now goes to the Steering Group stage and many thanks<br />

to those people who gave their time to get this off the<br />

ground. There will be a plenary session for all to attend<br />

before the Steering group, made up of representatives<br />

from the topic groups, take the Plan forward.<br />

Thanks to our Norfolk County Councillor Ed Colman,<br />

the Town Council and members of the public writing in,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> (Network Improvement Strategy) has now<br />

been upgraded to be one of the first towns to be looked at<br />

regarding, traffic, parking and issues to improve the town,<br />

we are grateful for Ed’s enthusiasm and commitment.<br />

I love this time of year despite the weather and nights<br />

drawing in, how lucky we are to have the seasons,<br />

Best wishes Jill<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 />

‘In Touch with your Town’ is<br />

put together by the Town Clerk<br />

Richard Bishop or occasionally<br />

by the Deputy Town Clerk Claire<br />

Smith. It deals with some of<br />

the most topical items of the day<br />

and the odd item where the Council want to share<br />

information with the Town.<br />

Light Switch On<br />

Book your stalls for the Christmas Light Switch On<br />

Friday 1st December. Stall space is filling up fast for the<br />

annual Christmas Light Switch-On event with almost 30<br />

stalls booked up, the event itself will only be a month<br />

away when you are reading this newsletter. There are<br />

lots of repeat bookings, as the event was well received<br />

last year, and we are filling any gaps with a variety of<br />

new stalls. Avoid disappointment, if you intend to<br />

book up, please don’t leave it too late… Any booking<br />

enquiries to Hannah Duggan, Office Administrator<br />

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Father Christmas will be in his grotto this year at<br />

the Arts Lounge, the Live Reindeers are returning<br />

to Plowright Place, there will be entertainment on<br />

the Buttercross and a Funfair, full details will come<br />

later. For those who were wondering about the<br />

Town lights being turned off before the big Switch-<br />

On including all the other lights, <strong>Swaffham</strong> will be in<br />

darkness from 1st November until the 1st December.<br />

Lots of Towns have a light switch-on event, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

is quite unique in that we have a switch-off too!<br />

Ducks – Please don’t feed them…<br />

The message remains the same from the Town<br />

Council on behalf of the residents plagued by ‘duck<br />

poo’ on pavements and in gardens, please don’t feed<br />

the ducks around the town, as this is making the<br />

problem worse. It is not fair that resident’s lives are<br />

being made a misery by those people who choose<br />

to feed the ducks. The Town Council are employing<br />

the services of contractors to reduce the numbers<br />

of ducks in the town and taking advice from Natural<br />

England who are the regulators. This has never been<br />

about removing all the ducks, just about controlling<br />

the numbers.<br />

Footpath Registration<br />

The Town Council have started the process of<br />

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<br />

in an evidence form, to state that you have used<br />

the path over a number of years. Thank you to<br />

those people who have already done so. Please<br />

contact us at the Town Hall if you are interested<br />

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enquiries@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk Telephone<br />

01760 722922. The Town Mayor Cllr Jill Skinner and<br />

Town Clerk Richard Bishop met recently with the<br />

owner of the land in question Mr. Tony Mallon. The<br />

current state of play has come about because of<br />

complaints from residents in Longfields regarding<br />

dangerous trees bordering their property, on<br />

inspection Mr. Mallon found that there was indeed<br />

a number of dangerous and diseased trees that<br />

needed urgent attention, the most urgent issues<br />

have been attended to on health & safety grounds.<br />

Fencing was restored to the boundaries of what is<br />

currently private property. Mr. Mallon making a<br />

valid point, stating that residents of <strong>Swaffham</strong> would<br />

not want him walking around their garden, so he<br />

has simply applied the same principle to his private<br />

land. He then had to turn his attention to harvesting<br />

the maize crop in the adjacent field and then he<br />

has contractors returning to complete the job that<br />

has been started on maintaining the trees in this<br />

location. Mr. Mallon was made aware of the Town<br />

Council’s application to register the disused railway<br />

track as a public footpath. The meeting concluded in<br />

a very amicable manner, but the fences will remain.<br />

The process of registration is measured in months,<br />

sometimes more than a year, depending on whether<br />

matters are disputed or not. This one does not look<br />

to be straight forward, but the Council appreciate the<br />

support that they have had to date.<br />

Church Clock<br />

At the time of writing this report everything is<br />

working properly, but we are not shouting this out<br />

from the belfry… Our problems with chiming out of<br />

sync were documented last month, what work has<br />

been carried out for the moment appears to have<br />

been successful, as long as we haven’t talked up any<br />

further problems. The Clock goes on…<br />

Neighbourhood Plan<br />

There will be a Plenary meeting on Thursday 23rd<br />

November from 2pm – 4.30pm in the Council<br />

Chamber at the Town Hall. The purpose is to draw<br />

together all the issues and data collected to date<br />

within the five Working Groups as each group are<br />

producing their report, from the recent Survey and<br />

from Workshops held in the Summer. The next part<br />

of the process transfers over to a Steering Group,<br />

where representatives of each Group come together<br />

for the final push through to the end. We have an<br />

early draft Neighbourhood Plan, we are working<br />

towards a second draft informed by all of the<br />

evidence collected to date. A final draft will not be<br />

ready before the middle of 2018, as this is the subject<br />

of an independent examination and after that will<br />

come a Town referendum. As only a majority vote

endorsing the Neighbourhood Plan will give it the<br />

legal clout it needs, as it will become part of Planning<br />

Policy for our Planning authority Breckland Council<br />

to adhere to.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Network Improvement Strategy<br />

& Breckland Market Towns Initiative<br />

These are two very different things, but often<br />

confused for each other or seen as the same. The<br />

Network Improvement Strategy is an initiative<br />

by Norfolk County Council. As <strong>Swaffham</strong> was<br />

identified as one of eight Market Towns to be<br />

allocated £20,000 each to fund the strategy.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s strategy was first of all scheduled<br />

to happen in the second year of a two-year<br />

programme. However, your Town Council backed<br />

up by their Neighbourhood Plan Groups and<br />

County Councillor Ed Colman made a case to be<br />

included in the first year, due to the Neighbourhood<br />

Plan timetable and the recent designation of an<br />

‘Air Quality Management Area’. Norfolk County<br />

Council have now agreed that <strong>Swaffham</strong> will be in<br />

that first-year programme. The strategies are to<br />

look carefully at how each Town is growing, with<br />

development in the pipeline and to see if the<br />

road network is fit for purpose. There will be a<br />

local workshop organised shortly, and at the time<br />

of writing the date has not yet been confirmed,<br />

but do keep an eye out for this event, as the start<br />

of our Highway ‘Network Improvement Strategy’<br />

from our County Council.<br />

Breckland Market Towns Initiative details have<br />

not yet been rolled out by our District Council.<br />

We have been made aware that there is an overall<br />

budget for £230,000 spread amongst the five<br />

Breckland Towns. We have been told that there is<br />

no specific grant scheme for each Town. We have<br />

been informed that there will be some joined up<br />

thinking between the County Council’s Network<br />

Strategies and the Market Towns Initiatives, in<br />

order to achieve more for each Town. We just<br />

need to have the meat put on the bones, so that<br />

we can maximise this opportunity for <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Wednesday 8th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 pm - 9.00 pm<br />

Monday 15th - Open Spaces Committee<br />

6.30pm - 8.30pm<br />

Thursday 23rd - Neighbourhood Plan Plenary meeting<br />

2.00pm – 4.30pm<br />

Tuesday 28th - 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 720 608<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 721 022<br />

01760 720 114<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 722 524<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 788 519<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722 604<br />

01760 722 611<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

07500 818 282<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and<br />

Cllr Ian Sherwood 01760 725 550<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 722 922<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 />

I have been asked to write something for the Mind,<br />

Body and Spirit section of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>. My<br />

name is Michael Balshaw. I am an acupuncturist living<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and I specialise in Japanese acupuncture. I<br />

had no hesitation in agreeing to write something about<br />

a practice and art more people should know about.<br />

Years ago, the practice of acupuncture spread from<br />

China around Asia. In each country it developed in<br />

a way that represented the particular character of<br />

the population. This means Vietnamese, Korean and<br />

Japanese acupuncture are all based on the Chinese<br />

principles but are different in their own individual<br />

way. I lived in Japan for 5 years and have a particular<br />

affinity with that country so once I had graduated from<br />

university, with a degree in Chinese acupuncture, it<br />

felt logical to specialise in Japanese acupuncture.<br />

In this article I would like to explain a little about<br />

the practice and hopefully answer some common<br />

questions people often have. The most common is<br />

does it hurt? Japanese acupuncture is famed for its<br />

subtlety requiring extra fine needles. The needles<br />

are much thinner than most acupuncturists use.<br />

This means the sensation is minimal. Unlike Chinese<br />

acupuncture, there is no stimulation of the needles<br />

once inserted, making the treatment as relaxing and<br />

pleasant as possible. Many people who come to<br />

see me, once the initial problem has been resolved,<br />

often continue with regular treatment as they find it<br />

a great way to relax and refresh their mind and body.<br />

What does acupuncture help with? Theoretically<br />

acupuncture can help a wide range of conditions. It is<br />

very helpful in painful conditions such as back, neck,<br />

shoulder, hip pain. Also headaches, migraines and<br />

menstrual problems can be treated. It is important<br />

to mention your first port of call should always<br />

be your GP as acupuncture works well alongside<br />

conventional medicine. The outcome of treatment<br />

is often dependent upon how long a condition has<br />

existed, the age and physical health and activity of<br />

the individual. Sometimes acupuncture can help to<br />

greatly alleviate the symptoms or sometimes it helps<br />

people to cope with the symptoms. It does this in a<br />

safe way with no side effects.<br />

What happens in a typical session? During a treatment<br />

I enquire about the persons complaints and general<br />

health. I then use palpation techniques, particularly<br />

of the abdomen and pulse and also of the effected<br />

area if it is appropriate, to determine the pattern of<br />

disharmony. Treatment takes place initially with the<br />

person lying on their back and then their front so<br />

the whole body is involved in the treatment. Using<br />

needling, heat and other techniques I work to create<br />

an environment where the body can let go mentally,<br />

physically and emotionally. It is at this point the<br />

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body can find a place to start the healing process.<br />

To enhance the treatment I often suggest particular<br />

yoga exercises for the person to practice at home.<br />

Acupuncture is an ancient art and practice. Many<br />

people find it a great way to help them deal with the<br />

stresses of modern life and the aches and pains<br />

that are associated with it.<br />

I hope this has given a brief incite. If you are<br />

interested to find out more, take a look at my<br />

website www.nourishingyin.co.uk If you have<br />

any questions you can call me on 0781 842<br />

2613 or email michael@nourishingyin.co.uk<br />

Thank you Michael and I hope this has been<br />

useful for our <strong>Swaffham</strong> locals, Steve.<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 />

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Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from<br />

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