Swaffham Newsletter

December 2017

December 2017


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December 2017<br />


Well deserved recognition<br />

for <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

ESCAPE allotment project<br />

published by

Advertising Rate Card<br />

Circulation of 5,500 to <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

surrounding villages. Rates per issue:<br />

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All prices include VAT @ 20%<br />

Registered charities are due a 50% discount<br />

Pay for a six month run in advance and the<br />

sixth issue advertisement is free of charge<br />

In-house design of advertisements available<br />

Please telephone Iceni Partnership on<br />

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

Iceni Partnership<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

The Campingland<br />

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

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Registered in England Company Number 4257830 Charity Number 1101814 VAT Number UK800057775<br />

Comments or queries welcomed.<br />

Delivery issues should be addressed to Kerry at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council - details at rear of magazine.<br />

December deadline for editorial and advertising<br />

for January issue is strictly Friday 8 th December.<br />

Advertisers - due to a change of policy, decided<br />

at Iceni Partnership director level, we will be<br />

operating an industry standard pre-paid system<br />

of billing from the February issue onwards.<br />

We will not be increasing our rates in 2018 and<br />

our 6 for the price of 5 offer will be available to all.<br />


Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

6 Iceni Rural Writers<br />

7 School Speak<br />

8 Church News<br />

9 Community Hospital LofF<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 Wissey U3A/Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

21 Age Concern<br />

22 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

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

28 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club<br />

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

31 Mayor’s Parlour<br />

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

34 Mind, Body & Spirit<br />

All Change At Iceni Office<br />

Firstly we are happy to announce that a<br />

week or so after leaving employment with<br />

the Iceni Partnership, Samantha Harrington<br />

got a job with Incorporated Society of<br />

Musicians in London – congratulations!<br />

Sammy held out for a position in her field<br />

of choice and has been duly rewarded.<br />

Out with the old, in with the new. Two new<br />

faces can be found at the Community Centre<br />

on varying days of the week up to the New<br />

Year on a mutually beneficial probation<br />

period. Jelena Ulase will be taking on some<br />

administrative duties whilst Sarah Green’s<br />

role will be mainly focused on graphic design<br />

duties including the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

Both new employees will also be another<br />

first point of contact in the Iceni open-door<br />

office, face-to-face and on the telephone.<br />

The two new posts will equal the time<br />

Sammy worked in the office but will give<br />

Don and Jonathan the flexibility to go on<br />

holiday and be ill occasionally!<br />

A warm welcome to you both.<br />

Youthie Plus<br />

Open to all young people in<br />

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

Members - FREE<br />

Non-Members - £1.00<br />

For more information contact:<br />

Sally Palmer<br />

Youth and Community Officer<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

M: 07772 852284<br />

O: 01760 722800<br />

E: sally@iceni.info

Upcoming Events<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Christmas Lights Switch On<br />

Friday 1st December, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place. market and funfair 2pm to 8pm, light<br />

switch on 6pm. Santa will be in his grotto for children to visit from 2.30pm in Arts<br />

Lounge Gallery.<br />

Beachamwell WI Christmas Fayre<br />

Saturday 2nd December, 12 noon to 3pm, Beachamwell Village Hall. Crafts, gifts,<br />

festive foods, pop up cafe.<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 />

Great Dunham Village Christmas Fayre<br />

Sunday 3rd December, 11am to 3pm, Great Dunham Village Hall. A selection of<br />

craft and gift stalls, along with a chance to meet Santa!<br />

Necton Primary School Christmas Fayre<br />

Thursday 7Th December 2017, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, Santa’s Grotto, Stalls,<br />

Refreshments, Games Raffle, Tombola. Everyone Welcome<br />

Local Maritime History Talk<br />

We have a talk on Thursday 7 December at 7.30 at the Maritime Heritage Centre,<br />

Stiffkey, NR23 1QF given by Captain Peter Elphick, Master Mariner, Naval historian<br />

and author. His subject is: “John Fryer, Sailing Master of the Bounty”. John Fryer<br />

lived and is buried in Wells. Tickets £4.00 on the door. Concert of Carols &<br />

Choruses<br />

Mid Norfolk Singers presents carols for choir and audience choruses from Handel<br />

to Verdi conducted by Robert Hamwee. St Nicholas Church, Dereham, Saturday 9th<br />

December, 7.30pm. £10 tickets on the door, or buy in advance from Premier Travel,<br />

Dereham, or Ceres Bookshop, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Christmas Tree Festival<br />

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church. Starting on Saturday 2nd December and<br />

ending on Saturday 9th December.<br />

Refreshments will be served every day. With 29 trees decorated by local<br />

charities and schools. Open every day 10am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm<br />

ADMISSION FREE. Everyone very welcome including dogs.<br />

For more details call Gill Creed on 01760 721237/724559<br />

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

Tuesday 12th Dec, 7.30pm. Eleanora, vocals & keyboard. Tap Robinson, guitar.<br />

Nothing in Jan - back in 2018!<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Christmas Carol Concert<br />

Wednesday 13th December, 7pm, Assembly Rooms. Accompanied by Dereham<br />

Salvation Army Band. Everyone welcome.<br />

A Victorian Evening of Christmas Entertainment & Carols<br />

Saturday 16th December, 6pm at Barton Bendish Village Hall. Church Road, PE33<br />

9GF. The entertainment will be followed by light refreshments & Mulled Wine<br />

Entrance is FREE but Donations for the Church are gratefully appreciated. Victorian<br />

Dress Optional. To book your seat please phone, 01366 347849 or 01366 347563<br />

Open afternoon at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Convent<br />

2nd January 2018, 2.00 - 5.00pm - Following all the interest from the documentary<br />

‘Bad Habits, Holy Orders’ the sisters would like to invite the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

surrounding district to an Open afternoon. Come and look around, have afternoon<br />

tea, visit the parts of the house and gardens seen on the TV. Everyone welcome<br />

for free but a donation to our Ugandan Mission would be appreciated, but not<br />

obligatory.<br />

Free Tai Chi Taster Session<br />

Friday 5th January 10am at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Call or email to save your<br />

space: academytaichi@yahoo.co.uk 01760 723102 07587 567406<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

School, <strong>Swaffham</strong> by Mike Crewe ‘Cape May’. £2 non NarVOS member. Contact Ian<br />

Black on 01760 724092<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 />

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 07745 892417<br />

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

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

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

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 East Dereham at 1.30pm 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. Meg Dorling: 01760 722139 meg_dorling@msn.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 />

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<br />

Coffee Morning At Ashill Community Centre<br />

2nd Friday every month, 10am until noon. 01760 441 651

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 />

Iceni Rural Writers<br />

Interested in writing? Read on …<br />

In 2016 a group of ten women signed up for a new and<br />

exciting project called Rural Writes. Over a 10 week<br />

period, we enjoyed a series of writing workshops in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library and under the guidance of Belona<br />

Greenwood and Heidi Williamson, we produced<br />

pieces of prose and poetry on a range of issues linked<br />

to our lives in rural Norfolk. The culmination of the<br />

project was the anthology Gull Stones & Cuckoos,<br />

which was published in October 2016.<br />

Although the project officially ended with the book’s<br />

publication, Iceni Rural Writers continues to meet<br />

once a month in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

We meet 9 times a year and are planning exciting<br />

workshops and projects for 2018. We are currently<br />

looking for 3 new members. To find out more contact<br />

Leah Spencer 01366328536<br />

Village Hall is back in business!<br />

Recent refurbishment work at this popular village hall is<br />

now complete and groups are back enjoying a regular<br />

programme of activities ranging from Book Group to<br />

Yoga. Not only will the new facilities mean that the hall<br />

is accessible to wheelchair users, it will also make life<br />

easier for a number of people within the community<br />

who have other mobility issues, some permanent,<br />

such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis, and others<br />

temporary, such as hip or knee replacement recovery.<br />

The first public event in the re-opened hall was the<br />

popular monthly Afternoon Tea organised by members<br />

of St Mary’s PCC. Villagers enjoyed a social get together<br />

over a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake. To mark<br />

the occasion, a special celebratory cake, decorated<br />

with a disabled logo, was made by Harriet Garrod.<br />

Leah Spencer, spokesperson for Beachamwell Village<br />

Hall Committee, says ‘We are delighted that the hall<br />

has reopened and very grateful to WREN for their<br />

grant funding for the project. We could not have done<br />

it without their support. Our goal is to ensure that<br />

everybody has full access to all our activities.’<br />

With that in mind, the committee has now started<br />

Phase 2 of their Accessibility Project, which includes<br />

laying a hard surface path to the front door of the hall.<br />




The Nicholas Hamond Academy Governing Body is made up of Community, Parent and Staff<br />

Governors and a Representative from the Academy Transformation Trust.<br />

on’ a recent visit to RAF Marham.<br />

The event was aimed at young engineers as part<br />

of a STEM Day (Science Technology Engineering<br />

& Maths). TNHA students joined 7 other schools<br />

accepting various challenges and other engineering<br />

feats at the local Base widening skills, knowledge<br />

and gaining confidence.<br />

What are we looking for?<br />

Our Governors may come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different<br />

backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the<br />

benefit of TNHA and are the link between the academy and the community it serves.<br />

Due to retirement, we are currently looking for new Community Governors and would be<br />

delighted to hear from anyone who has:<br />

* An interest in the performance of the academy<br />

* A desire to contribute to and represent the community<br />

* An open and enquiring mind<br />

* The ability to look at issues objectively and to monitor and challenge<br />

* The confidence to ask questions and join in debate.<br />

* A willingness to listen and make informed judgements<br />

* A Team Player<br />

* Time to spare<br />

If you match the above description, you may be the very person to become a Governor at<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy and be part of our journey to be the ‘Be the Best that we<br />

can be’<br />

What can we offer?<br />

* A chance to develop skills in strategic management<br />

* The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in meeting and Link Visits to<br />

monitor progress<br />

* A sense of achievement in making a difference to our School<br />

* The pleasure of helping students reach their potential<br />

Festive Fun<br />

“It’s Christmas….” and rehearsals for the festive<br />

show are well underway. Cast and crew are busy<br />

painting sets, singing seasonal songs and practising<br />

their acting ready for the big night. The theme for<br />

Being a governor can be enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.<br />

If you are interested, please complete the application form or contact Jill Hambright, Clerk to<br />

the Governors on 01760 726152 or office@tnha.org.uk<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Students Learn Of Rebellion<br />

Rebellion at the age of eleven! This is a famous<br />

story about Guru Nanak. Students from Merlin<br />

College led an assembly on the founder of the<br />

Sikh Religion who at that tender age fused to wear<br />

clothing distinguishing him from others of a lower<br />

class, believing everyone to be equal regardless<br />

of cast or gender. Feeding each other Maltesers<br />

on a long spoon students demonstrated how the<br />

poorest people in communities at the time were<br />

treated and rejected by wealthier members.<br />

this year is a “A Very 50s Christmas” and includes a<br />

themed play from this era, Cinderella, Snow White<br />

and a visit by Father Christmas. Tickets can be<br />

purchased by visiting Main Reception. Tel: 01760<br />

724180. Join us for an evening of festive fun.<br />

Sacred Heart School<br />

All wrapped up for Christmas<br />

Pupils at Sacred Heart school proudly display their<br />

beautifully wrapped shoe boxes. The pupils filled<br />

boxes with surprise gifts for children less fortunate<br />

than themselves. The wrapped boxes have been<br />

packed with items for both boys and girls whose<br />

ages range from two to fourteen years of age.<br />

Boxes are sent worldwide in time for Christmas<br />

by the charity Samaritans Purse, which runs<br />

Operation Christmas Child.<br />

Encountering Engineering<br />

Jet Fuel and night vision goggles were just two of<br />

the things students were able to ‘get their hands<br />


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

Friday 1st December 9.30 - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Saturday 2nd December 9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning<br />

Sunday 3rd December 10.45am Morning Worship<br />

followed by refreshments.<br />

Friday 8th December 9.30 -10am Power of Prayer<br />

followed by Bible Study at 10.15am.<br />

Saturday 9th December 9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning<br />

Sunday 10th December 10.45am Morning Worship<br />

followed by refreshments.<br />

Thursday 14th December 2.30 - 4pm Thursday Group<br />

Advent Service with mince pies.<br />

Friday 15th December 7.30pm Christmas Concert by<br />

the Phoenix Singers followed by light refreshments.<br />

Saturday 16th December 9.30-12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sunday 17th December 10.45am Carol Service.<br />

Friday 22nd December 9.30 - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Saturday 23rd December CLOSED<br />

Sunday 24th December 10.45 The Christmas Story<br />

followed by refreshments. (LA)<br />

Sunday 24th December 4pm Communion Service.<br />

Monday 25th December 9.30 am Christmas Morning<br />

Service.<br />

Saturday 30th December CLOSED<br />

Sunday 31st December 10.45am Morning Worship<br />

followed by refreshments.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church Services for Advent<br />

Sunday 3rd December - Advent Theme and<br />

Toy Service. 10.30 am Sunday 10th December<br />

- 2nd Sunday in Advent Service. 10.30am<br />

Sunday 17th<br />

All are welcome.<br />

Churches Together<br />

Foodbank<br />

The volunteers at the Foodbank in <strong>Swaffham</strong> would<br />

be very grateful for donations of items to make up<br />

Christmas hampers for those in need at Christmas.<br />

Such items as mince pies, puddings, sweets, etc are<br />

required for the beginning of December.<br />

Please remember those who will be struggling during<br />

the festive season. Thank you.<br />

Millennium Capsule<br />

The Millennium Capsule that had been situated<br />

under the pulpit in the Methodist Chapel at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> has been removed as the chapel is<br />

undergoing renovations which includes the removal<br />

of the pulpit. At the last Churches Together meeting,<br />

the capsule was handed to the Parish Church where<br />

it will be housed temporarily in the Priest’s Chamber<br />

until it is placed in a permanent place in the Church .<br />

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

December Services<br />

Sunday 3rd<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />

Wednesday 6th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 10th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

3.00pm<br />

Tuesday 12th<br />

7.00pm<br />

Wednesday 13th<br />

10.00am<br />

Thursday 14th<br />

9.45am<br />

Sunday 17th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />

Wednesday 20th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 24th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

4.00pm<br />

11.30pm<br />

Monday 25th<br />

10.00am<br />

Wednesday 27th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 31st<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 3rd Jan<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 7th Jan<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

3.30pm<br />

Advent Sunday<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Advent Carol Service<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

St John’s Ambulance Carol Service<br />

Junior School Carol Service<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

Infant School Carol Service<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Christingle Service<br />

Midnight Mass<br />

Christmas Day Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

Holy Communion<br />

United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

The Epiphany<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong<br />

‘Bad Habits, Holy Orders’<br />

2nd January 2018, 2.00 - 5.00pm<br />

Following all the interest from the documentary ‘Bad<br />

Habits, Holy Orders’ the sisters would like to invite<br />

the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and surrounding district to<br />

an Open afternoon. Come and look around, have<br />

afternoon tea, visit the parts of the house and<br />

gardens seen on the TV. Everyone welcome for free<br />

but a donation to our Ugandan Mission would be<br />

appreciated, but not obligatory.<br />


Icenima presents<br />

Local Dance School Closure<br />

Xavier Navarre has closed the eponymous IDTA<br />

dance school that he ran for 11 years with his wife<br />

Joanna in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Joanna and Xavier would like to offer their thanks to<br />

all the local businesses, charities and organisations<br />

who have supported them through the past decade,<br />

in particular Iceni Partnership and the Convent of<br />

The Sacred Heart School.<br />

Joanna would like to extend her thanks to all of the<br />

students, (not just the amateur medalists) whose<br />

commitment to the art of dance made the business<br />

such a rewarding one.<br />

Despite being well past retirement age, Xavier will<br />

continue to teach and demonstrate with his former<br />

student and new professional partner Linzi Mace.<br />

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake,<br />

‘witty, menacing, lyrical and wild’<br />

interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s ballet<br />

£7.50<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

2pm Wednesday 20th December<br />

Patisserie Iceni open for lunch before & coffee and cake afterwards<br />

Iceni Youth Clubs<br />

Youthie:<br />

Year 4 to 7 Mondays 5:30pm – 7:00pm .<br />

Youth Voice:<br />

Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm 2nd and 4th<br />

Wednesdays of each month<br />

Youthie Plus:<br />

Year 7 and 8 Thursdays - 5:30pm – 6:45pm<br />

Iceni Youth Hub:<br />

Ye a r 9 a n d a b o v e T h u r s d a y s - 7 : 1 5 p m – 8 : 4 5 p m<br />

Staff are happy to give information, guidance<br />

and advice, call Sally for further details on:<br />

07772 852 284<br />

https://www.facebook.com/groups/iceniyoungpeople<br />

swaffhamvolunteerhub@gmail.com<br />

Fancy working at the library? At a care home? At<br />

Green Britain Centre? Somewhere else in <strong>Swaffham</strong>?<br />

Becoming a pledger? <strong>Newsletter</strong> 3, offering more<br />

volunteer opportunities in town, is now available from<br />

the Community Centre, museum or Town Hall. Don’t<br />

forget to pick up a copy or email me. That way as soon<br />

as something comes up you will be the first to know!<br />

If you want to have more information about what the<br />

Volunteer Hub is, please email me for a leaflet.<br />

9<br />

Community Hospital LofF<br />

Well Christmas is gradually creeping up on us, and<br />

as usual it’s a busy time for us all. Unfortunately our<br />

entry was omitted in the October edition, so by time<br />

of reading this we would have participated in the<br />

Health Roadshow.<br />

Our next major event is the Viennese Evening at The<br />

Assembly Rooms on November the 10th, likewise<br />

this would have taken place by the time this edition<br />

is printed, We would like to thank all who purchased<br />

tickets, we sold out quite early, and had a waiting<br />

list, so sorry to those who were disappointed not<br />

being able to get a ticket.<br />

Our next event will be a Coffee Morning at the<br />

Methodist Church Rooms on the 25th November<br />

from 9am. We will also be entering a Christmas Tree<br />

at St Peter and St Paul’s Church along with other<br />

charities. On November the 18th we will be selling<br />

our Christmas cards at The Assembly Rooms, Hall of<br />

Stalls organised by The Rotary Club.<br />

The League working with the hospital staff are hoping<br />

to arrange Christmas activities for the patients during<br />

the two weeks before Christmas and as usual we will<br />

be putting up the hospital decorations.<br />

As usual to contact members of the League of Friends phone Colin<br />

Houghton (Chairman) on 01760 336025 or Iris Reeve (Vice Chairman)<br />

on 01760 721430.

Green Britain Centre<br />

Staff and volunteers at the Green Britain Centre are<br />

pleased to see the building and grounds visited by local<br />

residents - the cafe is a good meeting place during the<br />

day. We are open from 9am until 4 pm, and food and<br />

drink is usually available. Recently, as well as opening<br />

daily from Monday to Saturday, we have enjoyed Friday<br />

evenings at GBC. The welcoming atmosphere after<br />

dark is accompanied by organic vegan food and drink<br />

- pizzas, garlic bread, baked potatoes and salad are<br />

examples. A quiz, an ‘Open Mic Night’ or comedians<br />

are ‘on the menu’ - the GBC website will tell you<br />

what is happening each Friday. The GBC shop stocks<br />

environmentally friendly household and personal<br />

products, and there are up to date informative books<br />

on our planet’s present predicament. Do come and<br />

see us and talk with our friendly staff.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Home Library Service<br />

The Home Library Service delivers books and audio<br />

books to people who are unable to get to their local<br />

library whether permanently or temporarily. Books<br />

are delivered once a month by friendly volunteers<br />

who have been vetted by the Royal Voluntary Service.<br />

If you live in <strong>Swaffham</strong> or the surrounding area and<br />

would like to use the Home Library Service please<br />

contact <strong>Swaffham</strong> library on 01760 721513.<br />



Make your own recycled Christmas decorations, meet the<br />

Holly King, join in with our festive quiz and ceilidh.<br />



Join us at<br />

the members party night 9 th December<br />

& see in the new year<br />

with Paul, Hayley & friends<br />


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

President’s Corner<br />

The Rotary Club have been busy in recent<br />

weeks. When I wrote my article for last<br />

month’s <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>, we had<br />

held the first 2 events of our<br />

month-long Visual arts<br />

Festival, the performance of<br />

the play “Art” at West Acre<br />

Theatre and the well-attended<br />

talk on design by Pearce<br />

Marchbank.<br />

Subsequently there was a<br />

demonstration of Japanese<br />

Saori weaving at the Assembly<br />

Rooms. Saori is a style of<br />

weaving that allows the<br />

weaver to exercise their<br />

creativity. An audience of over 50 enjoyed a fascinating<br />

talk and demonstration by the Saori Shed from Diss.<br />

various events were well-attended, everyone seemed<br />

to enjoy them, and we raised over £6000 which will<br />

be applied for charitable purposes both locally and<br />

further afield. This is our best result ever for the<br />

Festival. Thanks are due not only to Abel Homes for<br />

their generous sponsorship and support, but also to<br />

West Acre Theatre for supporting the launch event,<br />

all the businesses that advertised in the Exhibition<br />

catalogue, the artists and craftspeople who exhibited<br />

their work, and everyone who came along to an event<br />

or bought tickets for the raffle, plus of course our<br />

organising Committee.<br />

A couple of nights later we enjoyed a screening of the<br />

film “The Accidental Tourist” at The Nicholas Hamond<br />

Academy.<br />

The final weekend of October saw the climax of the<br />

Visual Arts Festival, the annual Exhibition and Sale<br />

of Art and Crafts at The Assembly Rooms. We were<br />

pleased that our patron (and Honorary Member) Tony<br />

Abel was present representing our main sponsor, Abel<br />

Homes Ltd, and were delighted that the Mayor of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, Councillor Jill Skinner, another Honorary<br />

Member of our Club, was there to declare the<br />

exhibition open.<br />

The exhibits were generally considered to be of an<br />

excellent standard. Almost one-fifth of the artworks<br />

exhibited were sold, with more than two-fifths of the<br />

exhibiting artists selling at least one piece.<br />

Alongside the Exhibition we ran an art competition for<br />

local schools. The winner was Beatrice Bowen from<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy, and a few days ago<br />

I was delighted to be able to present her with her<br />

prize.The Visual Arts Festival was a great success. The<br />

12<br />

A week after the close of the Visual Arts Festival<br />

we held one of the major events of the Club’s year,<br />

our annual Charter Night. This celebrated the 48th<br />

anniversary of the founding of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club,<br />

and was marked by a dinner at The George Hotel. After<br />

an excellent meal we were treated to a talk by Trevor<br />

Vernalls. Trevor (a relative of mine by marriage) was a<br />

naval and marine medic and, after being invalided out<br />

of the service because of injuries, became involved in<br />

disabled sports, in particular endurance events. He<br />

spoke of his participation in the first Invictus Games<br />

in 2014, and then kept the audience enthralled by his<br />

account of participating in the “Arch to Arc” endurance<br />

challenge, an extreme triathlon in which he and other<br />

disabled ex-servicemen, in teams of six, went from<br />

Marble Arch in London to the Arc de Triomphe in<br />

Paris. They ran (or propelled themselves in wheelchairs)<br />

from London to Dover, swam to France, then<br />

cycled from Calais to Paris. They were the first team<br />

of disabled athletes to complete this course. I think<br />

I am safe in saying that Trevor’s talk left us all feeling<br />

fascinated and full of admiration.<br />

Because of deadlines, I am writing this shortly<br />

before the Rotary Christmas Fayre at the Assembly<br />

Rooms. We organise this to give local charities and<br />

other organisations the opportunity to raise funds or<br />

promote their activities. I am confident that it will be<br />

a great success, and will report further in next month’s<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

Merry Christmas to all of you, and we hope to see you<br />

at some of our events in the New Year.<br />

Bill Muir

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Plowright Medical Centre<br />

Why not sign up for online booking and ordering<br />

repeat prescriptions??<br />

This is a very convenient way to book an appointment<br />

with the Doctors. This enables you to have access to<br />

the online booking system at any time of the day and<br />

every day of the year. You can also request repeat<br />

prescriptions using this same system. If you are not<br />

signed up for online booking, then please speak to<br />

one of the reception team when you are next visiting<br />

the surgery – it’s very easy to sign up!<br />

Text message appointment reminders<br />

We can also send you text message appointment<br />

reminders – these will be sent to your mobile phone<br />

2 days before your appointment – these are proving<br />

very popular with our patients, and are helping to<br />

reduce the number of patients who do not turn up<br />

for their appointments.<br />

Unfortunately, like all other doctors surgeries we<br />

have too many patients who book appointments<br />

and then don’t arrive for them. If you have a booked<br />

appointment which you no longer need, please do<br />

call the doctors surgery and cancel the appointment,<br />

or alternatively if you are signed up for online booking<br />

you can log into the booking system and cancel the<br />

appointment without having to call the surgery.<br />

If you are not receiving text message appointment<br />

reminders, then please speak to our reception team<br />

about signing up for the service.<br />

Flu jabs<br />

If you are eligible, but haven’t been to the surgery for<br />

your flu jab, appointments are still available, so call<br />

the surgery today and book yourself an appointment.<br />

Christmas is on its way!!!<br />

With everything else we need to think about at<br />

Christmas, repeat prescriptions often get forgotten.<br />

Please remember to give the surgery plenty of<br />

time to process these for you – alternatively if you<br />

are signed up for online repeat prescriptions, log<br />

on and get these ordered to ensure you have your<br />

medications for the Christmas and New Year period.<br />

The surgery will be closed on Monday 25 and Tuesday<br />

26 December 2017 and then again on Monday 1<br />

January 2018.<br />

And finally…<br />

Christmas isn’t quite here yet, but all the Doctors<br />

and team at Plowright Medical Centre would like to<br />

wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas and<br />

New Year.<br />

For further information please contact: Plowright<br />

Medical Centre, 1 Jack Boddy Way, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk<br />

PE37 7HJ. Tel: 01760 722797, or Plowright Medical<br />

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8EF. Tel: 01760 441344 or visit our website www.<br />

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

Christmas is coming, and we look forward to all the<br />

things which make this time of year special: the<br />

beautifully dressed shop windows, the lights in the<br />

trees against the dark sky, the Christmas trees with<br />

shiny baubles, and all the events which celebrate the<br />

occasion – carol services and Christmas concerts.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts will be joining in the festive mood in<br />

two ways; first with our Christmas Tree in the Church<br />

Festival, collecting for the charity called Music in<br />

Hospitals which pays for professional musicians to<br />

play to patients in hospital and residents in care<br />

homes; and then with an event in the Assembly<br />

Rooms on Sunday December 10th at 3 pm, when<br />

Norwich Historical Dance invite us to a “Victorian<br />

Christmas” with audience participation. Get into<br />

the Christmas spirit and come and join the dance!<br />

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

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

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

initial consultation contact Barbara on:<br />

07516 917171 / barbarann688@gmail.com<br />

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A Big Thank You<br />

To all the many people who helped me after<br />

a fall on the pelican crossing in <strong>Swaffham</strong> on<br />

Friday 27th October, thank you. Angie who<br />

took me into her lovely shop Synergy Nails<br />

& Beauty. Sue from Art For Art’s Sake. The<br />

people who fetched me tissues, helped me<br />

up and called the ambulance. Particularly<br />

the lady in a grey coat who was wonderfully<br />

kind whose name I don’t know, believe me it<br />

was much appreciated. Just to finish off the<br />

episode; the scan was OK and I was sent home<br />

and am now scar-less.<br />

Barbara White<br />

Pickenhams’ WI<br />

The meeting was opened by Carolyn<br />

reading a poem called “Flanders<br />

Field” followed by a minute’s silence.<br />

The reports told of a busy year with lots of<br />

happenings, lots of fun and several new members<br />

The committee was reelected and also Carolyn<br />

Vincent our hardworking President. Our Treasurer<br />

Sylvia Sexton has retired and she has been replaced<br />

by Mrs Kipping.<br />

Several members were presented with long service<br />

awards: 45years - Sheila Kingston Miles.<br />

25 years - Joan Baker, Felicity Dennis & Carol Pick.<br />

Kay Tracey was presented with the Mid Hood<br />

Competition Cup.<br />

The beading workshop led by Sophie Eyles produced<br />

some lovely bracelets made by members.<br />

Next Month - 60‘s Christmas Party with special<br />

guest Bishop Jonathon and his 60’s Music. Lots of<br />

fun frolics and food. Date - 19th December 2pm in<br />

the church. New members: contact Melanie Cousins<br />

01760 440456.<br />

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

The November meeting of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Evening WI took place at the Church<br />

Rooms on 1st November.<br />

This is our Annual general meeting where the<br />

outgoing committee are thanked and a new<br />

committee is formed.<br />

A new president is elected along with a Treasurer<br />

and a Secretary plus general committee members<br />

who together, ensure the the next year runs as<br />

smoothly as the previous one.<br />

Having finished with the business the rest of the<br />

evening was spent enjoying a Quiz and socialising<br />

over tea and biscuits, not forgetting the monthly<br />

birthday gifts and cards.<br />

Next month we will be having our Christmas<br />

celebrations ,which will be a lunch prepared by our<br />

members, and then Christmas is here.<br />

We welcome new members and visitors so if you<br />

are interested in learning more please contact our<br />

secretary on 01760 722879.<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

Our December meeting is a very<br />

happy occasion with members inviting<br />

friends to share our Christmas lunch, prepared by the<br />

committee and served by willing members. “Santa”<br />

usually leaves a little gift for everyone and all together<br />

a happy ending to the WI year.<br />

The New Year starts on 16th January, the 3rd Tuesday<br />

of the month – the speaker will be talking on the<br />

subject of Hypnotherapy. We will have the sales table<br />

with bargains galore, a raffle of course, a poem maybe<br />

and tea/ coffee with biscuits or maybe cake – that’s the<br />

surprise! The yearly subscriptions are paid at the start<br />

of the year – this year £41.50 which may seem a lot but<br />

members benefit during the coming year with reduced<br />

costs on coach outings and the like.<br />

The list of speakers for the year looks very interesting<br />

with a couple of really new topics. Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

every 3rd Tuesday of the month 2pm (actually 1.45 to<br />

sign in and have a chance to check the sales table etc.)<br />

to 4pm.<br />

Beachamwell WI<br />

Our members are now experts in<br />

Christmas Wreath making after a<br />

demonstration by Simon White at our November<br />

meeting. Doubtless some of our efforts will be<br />

available at our Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 2nd<br />

December, 12-3pm, along with hand crafted items,<br />

festive foods and refreshments.<br />

December’s meeting on the 7th will feature “Merry<br />

Christmas”- an anthology of prose and poetry<br />

performed by Three’s Company.<br />

January sees the start of our new programme and<br />

there are lots of treats in store in 2018. There will<br />

be talks on Art Deco, fungi, woodland burials,<br />

a journey from Arizona to Alaska, Margaret<br />

Fountaine ( author of “Love among the Butterflies”)<br />

and one entitled “Know your Shape: enjoy your<br />

assets”! There will be chance to try out Bollywood<br />

dancing, and a demonstration of traditional tool<br />

sharpening. Another highlight is a celebration meal<br />

which is free to all members. And to celebrate the<br />

100th anniversary of some women first getting the<br />

vote, there will be a “Votes for Women” dramatic<br />

presentation. How is that for variety? We also run<br />

trips and there is a monthly craft session for those<br />

who are interested.<br />

Beachamwell WI always welcomes new members<br />

to our friendly and informal group. If you think you<br />

might be interested in joining us why not come<br />

along to a meeting. There is no charge for visitors.<br />

We meet on the first Thursday of each month at<br />

7:30 in Beachamwell village hall. Ring Maggie<br />

01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328589

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions supported Children<br />

in Need with their Pudsey’s at<br />

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

Tesco’s <strong>Swaffham</strong> Store. Pudsey is<br />

always a big hit with the children,<br />

although some very young visitors were a little<br />

frightened, the older generation enjoyed a cuddle<br />

with the famous bear. The Lions raised £492 for this<br />

wonderful cause.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions and Lionesses took part in the<br />

parade, marching to the War Memorial where they<br />

joined hundreds of local people for a Remembrance<br />

Service in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. After the parade through the<br />

streets of the town, Lion President Pam Tallon and<br />

Lionesses President Christine Haines laid a wreath.<br />

Following a very successful Lions Variety Show<br />

produced by Lion Glenda Smeed, held at the Barn<br />

Theatre, the Lions were able to hand over the<br />

proceeds of £820 to the fund for Sophie. Sophie<br />

Burke has a very rare condition called Ehlers Danlos<br />

Syndrome, which affects the connective tissue in<br />

the body. Through social media, Sophie has made<br />

contact with girls in the Midlands and Australia who<br />

have similar conditions and have some ideas that<br />

may be helpful.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their fourth Diabetes Awareness<br />

and Health Advice day on Thursday, in the Assembly<br />

Rooms.<br />

The main aim of the day was to raise public awareness<br />

of the real health threat that Diabetes poses.<br />

The Diabetes (and Awareness) Advice was provided<br />

by Diabetes Educator/Practitioner, Service Lead, Julie<br />

Widdowson NCH&C, and Anita Murphy, who covered<br />

a range of health issues and markers, for people living<br />

with and being concerned about Diabetes. Cardiac<br />

health was also an important aspect of the event<br />

and the NHS Team checked a number of people, five<br />

of whom were recommended to see their GP’s as<br />

a result. Other advice and help was available from,<br />

Living Independently in Later Years (LILY), Breathe<br />

Easy Group, Smoke Free Norfolk, (part of East Coast<br />

Community Health Care) and the Lions Message in a<br />

Bottle.<br />

Diabetes Awareness and help is a major focus for<br />

Lions Clubs International, which estimates that over<br />

400million people are affected by Diabetes and<br />

5million die from it yearly. The next Awareness Day<br />

will be held on the 14th November, 2018.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions teamed up with the Iceni Youth<br />

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Group to have an evening of pumpkin carving at the<br />

Community Centre. The 26 pumpkins were set out<br />

on the table for the young people to start carving<br />

their own design; some wearing their Halloween<br />

costumes. A group of helpers, under the guidance of<br />

Sally Palmer, ensured that there were no problems<br />

with the young people using knives. Lion President<br />

Pam Tallon had the difficult task of choosing the best<br />

three carved pumpkins as well as the best Halloween<br />

costume, the winners were presented with tubs of<br />

sweets in true Halloween tradition. It is planned<br />

by the Lions to make this an annual event. All the<br />

carved pumpkins will form part of the Halloween<br />

celebrations in Plowright Place.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were invited to attend the Tesco<br />

Christmas product launch as a thank you for all the<br />

help and support the Lions gave in raising money for<br />

the Tesco charities, The<br />

British Heart Foundation<br />

and Diabetes UK. During<br />

the evening the Lions<br />

presented a cheque for<br />

£500 proceeds from the<br />

October Trolley Dash,<br />

making a total of £2100<br />

the Lions have raised<br />

this year for the two<br />

charities.<br />

Plowright Place Halloween<br />

As autumn descends on us and Christmas fast<br />

approaches, we were very pleased to host this year’s<br />

children’s Halloween event at Plowright Place.<br />

The children and families of <strong>Swaffham</strong> turned up in<br />

force to make this event a great success.<br />

In attendance was the <strong>Swaffham</strong> town Mayor Jill Skinner<br />

who judged the fancy dress competition as well as the<br />

pumpkin carving competition which was organised<br />

by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions and the Iceni Partnership. The<br />

entries being displayed on the night alongside spooky<br />

interactive tricks & treats in particular “Old Sparky” the<br />

electric chair which was new for this year and proved<br />

to be a big hit and a great photo opportunity.<br />

We would like to take time to thank the business of<br />

Plowright Place for their continued support and making<br />

this event happen as well the following Sponsors:<br />

Andrew Francis, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council, Avant<br />

Homes and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Tescos; without their support<br />

these events wouldn’t be as successful and continue to<br />

grow year on year.

01760<br />

721 230<br />

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

2017 season<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.<br />

Saturdays 10am to 1pm<br />

Prices: adults £3. Concessions £2.Children 5<br />

and over £1. Family tickets available.<br />

Are you one of these fancy dressed<br />

up kids from 1947 or 48?<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 Oct<br />

£40 No.107 / £20 No.64 / £10 No.15<br />

If so, can you tell us about it? Was it a Hospital Week<br />

Carnival? Do you know any names?<br />

Christmas is coming to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Museum and Gift Shop<br />

Don’t forget to include the Museum in your search for<br />

Christmas presents. Did you know that the Museum<br />

Shop has lots of Christmas Gift ideas? Books, jewellery,<br />

jigsaws, games, new and pre-loved items - come and see<br />

for yourself! Or you could give a family gift card for a one<br />

off entry to the museum. We have lots for children to do<br />

Even better value - Enjoy life<br />

membership of The Friends of the<br />

Museum giving you access not only<br />

to free entry to the museum but<br />

also preferential rates on museum<br />

trips and events. With the Family<br />

Membership you, your partner<br />

and your children up to 16 have<br />

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 hosted a talk on Oxburgh Hall by Roger<br />

Farmer on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30pm.<br />

Entitled “Oxburgh Hall, Past and Present , the<br />

talk included a brief history of the house and<br />

some of the people who lived there, a behind<br />

the scenes look at the work going on to<br />

preserve the house today, as well as a guide<br />

to the “unseen Oxburgh”, the parts visitors<br />

never see. The venue was Beachamwell Village<br />

Hall and the cost (payable at the door) was £3<br />

and included refreshments. This was a unique<br />

opportunity to find out more about one of our<br />

local historical gems.

Wissey U3A<br />

The U3A is an international movement whose aims<br />

are 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 has over 300 members and nearly<br />

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

Classical Music through to Poetry and Wine<br />

Appreciation. For those more interested in physical<br />

pursuits there are activities such as Croquet in the<br />

Summer and Soft-ball Tennis in the Winter.<br />

U3A members can also play Table Tennis and Shortmat<br />

Bowling throughout the year. Membership is<br />

open to any individual who by definition is not in<br />

full-time gainful employment, so anyone working<br />

‘part-time’ can also apply for membership. Leaders<br />

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

their interest activity but enthusiasm and drive to<br />

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

agenda.<br />

November’s speaker talked enthusiastically about<br />

the history of the only canal in Norfolk and the<br />

work being done to restore much of it by the North<br />

Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust. Photos depicted<br />

a by-gone-age when the windmills along the river<br />

Ant were served by horse and cart on pathways<br />

and then by Wherries on the canal. This ended<br />

when the railways were introduced to the area.<br />

Past presentations have included ‘Murder, Sex and<br />

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

which was presented by weather presenter Chris<br />

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

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 listened to Dr Alpar Lazer from the UEA who<br />

gave a fascinating presentation at the Green Britain<br />

Centre on ‘Sleep, what is it and what does it do?’.<br />

The U3A table tennis group helped to showcase<br />

a new table tennis facility as part of the official<br />

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

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

18th November U3A members will have visited<br />

Fakenham for a one day conference on ‘True Crime’<br />

when topics were: ‘A History of Poison Murder in<br />

the 19th Century’ and ‘Re-investigating the Mystery<br />

of Lord Lucan’. A First Aid course by the Red Cross<br />

in October which included the use of defibrillators<br />

there is to be another course early in 2018. For<br />

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

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.<br />

uk/wissey.<br />

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

to the area, come along as a guest to the monthly<br />

meeting in January which features an interesting<br />

presentation entitled ‘Beneath London Streets’.<br />

Meetings are held in the Playing Field Pavilion at<br />

Holme Hale on the first Thursday of every month.<br />

Annual memberships cost £10 and renewals are £7<br />

with a small charge of £1 for admittance to each<br />

monthly meeting.<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

We have had a bit of a change round in the garden.<br />

The two flower beds from our garden have been made<br />

into one big planter at the entrance to the building<br />

and they have been filled with winter pansies and<br />

primulas. Two of our members, John and Celia, were<br />

giving it their seal of approval with ideas for what to<br />

put in it for the summer.<br />

We had a lovely time sampling some wonderful<br />

Christmas Fayre, our thanks goes to everyone at Tesco<br />

for a very enjoyable evening. Tesco is always such a<br />

fantastic supporter to the Merle Boddy Centre with<br />

not only with their time and their offers of help with<br />

our projects. Combined with their enthusiasm and<br />

appreciation for the continued development of our<br />

centre we offer many, many thanks to all at Tesco.<br />

I was invited to talk to the gentlemen at the Probus<br />

lunch about the day service and the effects of<br />

dementia on the family, my thanks to everyone who<br />

attended and also for your kind donation.<br />

On the 18th November we had a cake stall at the<br />

Rotary Christmas Fayre, thankyou to everyone who<br />

made us cakes and to everyone who purchased from<br />

us we made the sum of £230. All of us enjoyed the<br />

day such a lovely atmosphere in the room, well done<br />

Rotary.<br />

Candy and Kerry from Tesco back again for one of<br />

our very favourite taster days, we had a wonderful<br />

array of cheeses much enjoyed by clients and staff.<br />

This day is always really looked forward to as there<br />

is always a new cheese to try and of course some<br />

all-time favourites, taste buds were really awakened<br />

with some of the great flavours that were on offer.<br />

I would like to say many thanks for inviting me to<br />

have a stand at the Plowright surgery it was a very<br />

enjoyable Saturday morning, I had some lovely<br />

conversations with some really nice people and to the<br />

lady who donated the wine, a big thank you it will be<br />

used for several events, also to Jane who presented<br />

me with a cheque for £183.26, such a great surprise.<br />

When the Sahara decided to play havoc with the<br />

weather I had the misfortune to get a puncture,<br />

but I then had the good fortune to meet Charlie<br />

Orr who stopped to help me. He changed my wheel<br />

and offered to buy me coffee as I had gotten really<br />

cold in the windy weather. This young man works<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Waitrose, I informed the manager to<br />

promote Charlie’s kindness as I know they are proud<br />

of their young staff. I feel in these times of hearing<br />

so much negative press on the young I wanted to say<br />

there are some very kind, caring young people as<br />

well. Thankyou you for taking the time to help me<br />

Charlie.<br />

Georgie Manager<br />


Abel Homes are currently working<br />

with an existing <strong>Swaffham</strong> Doctors<br />

Surgery and NHS England to deliver a<br />

New Medical Centre<br />

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

Target build date is 2019 and we seek expressions of interest<br />

for additional private rental space in the new centre.<br />

Typical uses could be:<br />

• Dental Surgery<br />

• Physiotherapist<br />

• Chiropractor<br />

• Chiropodist<br />

• Private GP<br />

• Osteopath<br />

• Optician<br />

• Massage Therapist<br />

• Orthodontist<br />

For further information or to express interest in leasing private space in the<br />

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

For November we had the largest, and probably<br />

loudest, band yet - Swing That Thing - plus vocalist.<br />

A newly formed group led by trumpeter Chris Kirk<br />

it included alto sax, trombone (our first), keyboard,<br />

bass and drums. This combination produced the<br />

depth of a mini ‘big band’, especially with Mark<br />

Ferguson on keyboard providing full harmonic<br />

backing. Unfortunately, it rather overwhelmed<br />

the vocalist in the first half, but some tweaking of<br />

amplifiers during the break improved the balance for<br />

the second half.<br />

The highlight for me was A Foggy Day in London<br />

Town when trombonist, Alan Crosthwaite played<br />

a beautiful solo inspiring firstly Andrew Goring on<br />

sax, then Mark Hayes on bass to follow with two<br />

great solos themselves. For me, the best of Melody<br />

Brooker’s excellent vocals was How High the Moon.<br />

The ensemble finally peaked with a brilliant<br />

performance of Woody Herman’s At the<br />

Woodchopers Ball. A great evening.<br />

Next up is The Colin Mason Quartet with Eleanora,<br />

vocals and keyboard and Tap Robinson, guitar,<br />

Tuesday 12th December at 7.30. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conservative Club, London Road. Entry £6<br />

Nothing in January, but we’re back in 2018 with The<br />

Ed Reed Trio - Guitar, Bass and Vocals, on Tuesday<br />

13th February, same time, same place.<br />

More information from Norman 01760 722384 or<br />

Geoff 01366 328730<br />

2017 Poppy Appeal<br />

As Poppy Appeal Organiser I would like to express<br />

my gratitude to anyone who helped in any way<br />

whatsoever with the 2017 Poppy Appeal. Let’s hope<br />

we can beat the 2016 total which was an incredible<br />

£18,533.25 for <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District. I am deeply<br />

grateful for your generosity.<br />

Our annual Remembrance Concert was very well<br />

attended and I think that you will agree with me that<br />

it was a very enjoyable evening.<br />

Also an excellent turnout for the Remembrance<br />

Day Parade and service at the War Memorial. Well<br />

done everybody. This was followed by an excellent<br />

service in the Parish Church. Our special thanks to<br />

Rev John Hanley for<br />

stepping in at very<br />

short notice and our<br />

very best wishes for<br />

a speedy recovery to<br />

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As in previous years, we are decorating a tree in the Parish Church for the Christmas Tree Festival so please call<br />

in and take a look – from December 2nd until the 9th. There will also be an opportunity to make a donation to<br />

support our work!<br />

Our popular Hospital Buddy Service means that would still like to recruit more drivers. For those who are unaware<br />

about this project we aim to help those in our community who find it particularly difficult to get to medical<br />

appointments by providing a subsidised car service. Our volunteer drivers also when requested accompany<br />

clients to their appointments and ensure they understand the outcome. This service covers trips to GP Surgeries<br />

or to hospital.<br />

For those lonely people at home we also provide a Befriending Service and again if you would like to consider<br />

volunteering to help visit, you would be most welcome. If you live in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and don’t have a car that’s<br />

OK as we are able to organise local visits, which can also fit in with your own availability. Our office in the<br />

Campingland Community Centre is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm from where<br />

an Information Pack for both Buddying and Befriending can be obtained. Apart from Pam on the office phone<br />

(07393 981 295), Barbara Lock, our Manager and our Buddy Coordinator, Clair Ensom can be contacted on 07412<br />

775 574 and 07393 981 290 respectively.<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. Everyone<br />

is welcome, so just turn up. We also have a membership scheme which costs £5 per year so<br />

if you are interested in joining please contact our Membership Secretary, Vicky (see below).<br />

Upcoming events are: December 7th Thursford Spectacular, (trip out, matinee)<br />

January 30th, 2018 New Year Party (in house)<br />

Please contact John Clarke, Outings Organiser (see details below) regarding trips out.<br />

Chair, Diane Sanderson, 725715; Treasurer, James Dean, 720756; Trips Organiser, John<br />

Clarke, 720140; Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031.<br />

Merry Christmas<br />

And Best Wishes for 2018<br />

to all our Befriending Clients, Hospital Buddy Clients & Volunteers<br />

Office Hours<br />

9am – 4pm Monday,<br />

Wednesday & Friday<br />

07393 981295<br />

Email<br />

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Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

David Boulton says he is not a photographer but a<br />

naturalist with an interest in nature photography.<br />

Nevertheless, the photographs which supported his<br />

talk on ‘Wildlife in our Gardens’ were amazing.<br />

Despite living on a housing estate in Sprowston near<br />

Norwich David has planted his garden specifically<br />

to attract wildlife. Buddleia, Marsh Marigolds and<br />

Purple Loosestrife are favourites of butterflies,<br />

especially the handsome Peacock butterfly, while<br />

hoverflies enjoy French Marigolds. Single open<br />

flowers attract numerous insects including bees who<br />

love Ornamental Poppies and Cosmos in particular.<br />

In addition to the traditional bird feeders Pyracantha<br />

produces tasty berries loved by a variety of birds.<br />

In his front garden David has created a pond 20<br />

feet in diameter which at one point was home<br />

to 230 frogs. Where they all come from in the<br />

middle of a housing estate is a mystery. This in turn<br />

attracts the common newt which likes to dine on<br />

frog spawn. However, David’s main interest in the<br />

pond is the dragonflies and damselflies. There are<br />

dozens of native species including the rare Norfolk<br />

Hawker which David has been fortunate enough to<br />

photograph in his garden. But some of the most<br />

fascinating photographs in the presentation were<br />

those taken by David one night over a period of<br />

several hours. These were of an Emperor dragonfly,<br />

which was up to 3-4 inches long, emerging from the<br />

larva stage. Quite extraordinary!<br />

Finally, just to prove that you don’t have to live in the<br />

open countryside to witness wildlife, a beautiful fox<br />

posed in the garden for his (or her) photograph.<br />

What’s on in the next 3 months:<br />

Thursday 7th December - Christmas Party (Members<br />

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Thursday 25th January - Ian Roofe<br />

‘Spring Garden Flowers’<br />

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Looking for respite care at Christmas?<br />

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Age UK Norfolk can meet such demands with its 20-bed<br />

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Each comfortable apartment has en-suite facilities and its<br />

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The path to respite care can be taken in two ways. First,<br />

through the social services system via Norfolk County Council,<br />

and care packages taken this way will be funded if the patient<br />

meets the necessary criteria. Or there is a self-funding option.<br />

Doris Baker, 85, of North Walsham, has been visiting the<br />

respite centre at Grays Fair Court in Costessey since it opened<br />

in 2008 after being referred by social services. Doris visits the<br />

respite centre regularly and spends most Christmas’ with the<br />

team at Grays Fair Court. “I just love it; I would be on my own<br />

at Christmas if I didn’t come here”.Grays Fair Court runs a<br />

special programme over the holiday period, with entertainers<br />

coming in and special Christmas meals being served. Visitors<br />

are welcome. There are no restrictions over the Christmas<br />

and New Year period. The regular GFC facilities – such as<br />

hairdressing salon, foot care, computer with internet access<br />

and library – are all available.<br />

To find out more about respite care at Christmas, or any other time,<br />

then contact Age UK Norfolk’s Grays Fair Court on 01603 594747; or<br />

contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020<br />

Free Tai Chi Taster Session<br />

Friday 5th January 10am at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

The way we move and breath stand and walk, and even<br />

sit can have a positive effect on our general heath. There<br />

are very few of us today who do not spend much of our<br />

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Acrylic & oil art lessons<br />

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30-12.30 or<br />

Acrylic & oil art lessons<br />

1pm-4pm including all materials and equipment<br />

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30-12.30 or<br />

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Art workshops starting in 2018<br />

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once a month 10 - 4pm.<br />

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All equipment, refreshments and lunch<br />

included. Please call to register your interest.<br />

Pot of Gold : <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew<br />

An exciting new <strong>Swaffham</strong> based group has formed<br />

singing a variety of sea shanties and folk songs.<br />

We meet weekly to rehearse, have already built<br />

up a song book of over 30 titles, and so far we have<br />

entertained in a care home and sung to friends and family.<br />

If you are interested in joining us you should get in<br />

touch with Steve in the first instance ~ stevecprice@<br />

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forward to perhaps singing with you?<br />


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

We recently had a really enjoyable social evening at<br />

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lovely meal.<br />

Downham Grange<br />

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market<br />

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new<br />

purpose-built development in Downham Market.<br />

We provide meaningful person-centred exceptional care for those in<br />

need of residential, respite, nursing or dementia care.<br />

November of course means Remembrance Sunday, and<br />

our President Christine Haines laid the Lioness wreath at<br />

the War Memorial.<br />

We are celebrating the Lions Centennial Year this year and<br />

joining in the Lions Service of Thanksgiving in St. Peter &<br />

Paul’s Church on 26th November.<br />

November also means we held our Prize Bingo Night where<br />

we raised funds for Children in Need, and we also ran our<br />

Christmas Tombola Stall at the Rotary Club’s Christmas<br />

Fayre in the Assembly Rooms.<br />

Lioness Nicola Claxton will be hosting another lovely Harvest<br />

Supper for us at her home where we will be treated to a 4<br />

course meal made by Nicola using produce she has grown<br />

on her allotment.<br />

Our Christmas Tree will be in St. Peter & Paul’s Church in<br />

December, and as usual we will be helping the Lions with<br />

the Pensioners Christmas Party. We hope you all have a<br />

lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.<br />

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8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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4.00pm Christingle<br />

11.30pm Midnight Mass<br />

St Mary’s, Sporle<br />

11.15am Holy Communion<br />

3.30pm Carol Service<br />

Baptist Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

10.30am Advent Service<br />

6.00pm Carols by Candlelight<br />

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

10.45am Morning Service<br />

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Fund Raising Walk<br />

I have no way of getting in touch with all those good<br />

people who contributed to the good causes who<br />

were benefiting from my walk to Gt. Yarmouth from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. However, I would like to let you know that<br />

you topped £1500! What a wonderful response, far<br />

more than I had envisaged.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club<br />

New Members Welcome. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club<br />

is a thriving and growing community. Unlike<br />

other clubs we meet to learn from eminent<br />

speakers from the world of photography and to<br />

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both in camera and in editing.<br />

In November Richard Coles, r.coles1@me.com,<br />

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paradise of puffins, gannets, black headed<br />

gulls and many other birds taken around the<br />

British Isles. Richard explained how he took the<br />

photograph, what was the best ISO, aperture,<br />

shutter speed, lens and position on the cliff top<br />

to get an amazing picture. It was such a great<br />

talk we hope to have him back next year to give<br />

us more hints and tips.<br />

Up until now new members with limited camera<br />

skills have found it difficult to understand the<br />

lingo of photography during our meetings.<br />

The lingo is a whole new world and just as<br />

complicated to understand! As a club we realise<br />

this is daunting for some. In a bid to make this<br />

jargon less daunting <strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club is<br />

offering a ‘how to session’ from 6:30 - 7:15 on<br />

the first Wednesday of the month. This will<br />

begin February 2018. If you are interested in<br />

attending please see contact details below as<br />

space is limited.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club meets the first and third<br />

Wednesday of each month. The first Wednesday<br />

of the month is a speaker or a hints and tips<br />

evening and the third Wednesday is competition<br />

night. Scary as it sounds its a fab evening with<br />

great photographs and sharing in how to improve<br />

our photographs or not! Cost is £20/year (possible<br />

to change at the next AGM in March) with a £3<br />

members fee each Wednesday we attend. We<br />

look forward to meeting new members in the New<br />

Year. For further information please contact: Susi<br />

Hancock at thereflexologystudio@hotmail.co.uk<br />

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building better families<br />

Living Independently<br />

in Later Years<br />

Information for Older People<br />

Living in West Norfolk<br />

Telephone information line<br />

LILY Advisor Home visits<br />

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

Branch<br />

01760<br />

725801<br />

http://www.family-action.org.uk<br />

Online directory<br />

Community locations<br />

Available online at www.asklily.org.uk<br />

or by calling 01553 616200<br />


Beachamwell WI<br />

Christmas<br />

Fayre<br />

The Peddars Inn<br />

70 The Street,<br />

Sporle PE32 2DR<br />

01760 788 101<br />

Saturday 2 nd December<br />

12 noon – 3pm<br />

Beachamwell Village Hall<br />

Crafts, gifts, festive foods<br />

Pop up café<br />

Come for lunch !<br />

Open for lunches, dinners & Sunday Roast<br />

in our conservatory and dining room.<br />

Visit our website to see our menus:<br />

www.thepeddarsinn.com<br />

email: info@thepeddarsinn.com<br />

facebook.com/thepeddarsinn<br />

Family (& dog) friendly Welcoming free wi-fi log welcoming fire Locally open sourced log food<br />

fire<br />

What’s On In December<br />

Friday 11th April - 8.30pm - Live Music<br />

Sat 9th Dec - Christmas light switch on at Priory Cottage with music<br />

‘Vicky’ singing with Ed 60’s & Laura to From the 6pmcurrent day<br />

Fri 15th Dec - Grand Christmas Quiz - 7.30pm start -<br />

teams<br />

Friday<br />

of up<br />

18th<br />

to 6 people.<br />

April<br />

Raising<br />

- 7.30pm<br />

funds for a<br />

-<br />

village<br />

Quiz<br />

defibrillator<br />

Night<br />

Christmas Eve - Candlelit supper from 6pm -<br />

Raising funds<br />

pre booking<br />

for The<br />

with pre<br />

Benjamin<br />

order required<br />

Foundation<br />

New Years Eve - Party night! - Pre-booked meals from 6pm - 9pm<br />

Friday 25th<br />

followed<br />

April<br />

by<br />

-<br />

a<br />

7.30pm<br />

disco to see in<br />

-<br />

the<br />

Disco<br />

New Year!<br />

& Barbecue<br />

Peddars Inn - 2 course £16.95, 3 courses £19.95.<br />

60’s, Motown, Soul<br />

There is still time to host your Christmas meal for friends and family at The<br />

(From 1st Dec - 23rd Dec - pre booking only)<br />

Wood Burners & Multi Fuel Stoves<br />

Professional HETAS Registered Installers<br />

Chimney Liners & Fireplace Re-construction<br />

Tel: 01760 788 407<br />

info@stovesman.co.uk<br />


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

As the card says, season’s greetings to all readers<br />

of the <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

This particular card (purchased via a well known<br />

auction site) does have a special link with <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

- and was advertised as “Roses in <strong>Swaffham</strong>”.<br />

It has a very clear postmark on the rear, showing<br />

it was posted in the town at 6.45pm on the 23rd<br />

December 1909.<br />

The message, addressed to someone in Bury<br />

St.Edmunds reads ‘hope to be home tomorrow by<br />

normal train”. Obviously the sender was confident<br />

that it would be delivered by the following morning!<br />

Our researches into post office services in the<br />

town show that there was a regular collection<br />

at 7pm each evening so obviously people moved<br />

faster those days than our present system!<br />

Our December meeting will be restricted to<br />

present members of the Group and we hope to<br />

welcome new members from January 1918.<br />

Have a pleasant festive season, however it is spent.<br />

Rainbow Community Choir<br />

On Saturday, 16 December 2017 we will be joining in<br />

a concert with Downham Market’s community choir,<br />

Singers Inspired, and Barton Mills ladies chorus<br />

Anglian Accents. We will be singing a selection of<br />

festive numbers and songs of differing styles from<br />

around the world.<br />

We’ll be at the Methodist Church, Paradise Road,<br />

Downham Market, PE38 9JE from 4.30--6.30 pm.<br />

There’s plenty of parking so come and join us.<br />

Maybe even take in a bit of Christmas shopping in<br />

Downham beforehand.<br />

Tickets are £6.00 which includes mince pies and<br />

refreshments. All proceeds to Big C, Norfolk’s cancer<br />

charity since 1980.<br />

Talking of charity, we recently had fun raising money<br />

for Children in Need and have now donated £56.62<br />

by choosing our favourite songs. Thanks for Joyce<br />

providing the raffle and others for donations of cup<br />

cakes and chocolates.<br />

We meet term time on a Thursday at 7.30pm at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre and we’d love you to<br />

join us. If you’re interested you should have a look<br />

at our 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:<br />

Alan: 01760 724308 or Anthea : 01760 336313<br />

Playing Field Calls Out For Votes<br />

Myers Playing Field Trust is bidding to bag a massive<br />

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

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

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

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

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

community projects.<br />

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

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

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

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

Myers Playing Field Trust is one of the groups on this<br />

months shortlist.<br />

Myers Playing Field is a 6 acre site situated along<br />

Shoemakers Lane, adjoining <strong>Swaffham</strong> Football Club.<br />

It was donated to the Town by Frederick Myers in<br />

1952 for the “health, well-being and recreation of the<br />

inhabitants of the Parish of <strong>Swaffham</strong>” and since then<br />

has been used by various sporting groups including<br />

Cricket, Hockey, Football and Bowls. Much of the daily<br />

maintenance is carried out by the three groups who<br />

still use it on a regular basis but the Trust is responsible<br />

for major expenses and has to charge these Sports<br />

Clubs for the use of the field. With increasing annual<br />

costs, the Trust has struggled to raise the funds for<br />

some major boundary works requiring over £2000,<br />

and are always looking for sponsors and grants to<br />

help to pay for the upkeep of the site.<br />

Eric Nye, a current Trustee said “Over the last 65<br />

years there must have been thousands of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

residents who have used the field, and all we ask<br />

is that some of them go to Tesco and vote for our<br />

scheme over the Christmas period. This is a chance to<br />

raise some much needed funds which will help keep<br />

the Myers Playing Field in good condition for many<br />

years.”<br />

Voting is open in <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Tesco store throughout<br />

November and December. Customers will cast their<br />

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

store each time they shop.<br />

Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative is supported by money<br />

raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores and has<br />

already delivered over £36 million to nearly 8,000<br />

projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get<br />

the chance to vote for one of three different groups<br />

every time they shop. A good result in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

vote would mean that the hedge on the boundary<br />

can be reduced by a significant amount which will<br />

reduce the future maintenance costs and release<br />

funds for other important improvements. The field is<br />

currently used by over 300 people on a regular basis<br />

throughout the year with ages ranging from 6 to 80!<br />

As one of a few open spaces available to residents of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> to use throughout the year, the field is not<br />

only used by the three Sports Clubs, but also by local<br />

schools as well as personnel and their families from<br />

RAF Marham.<br />


Christmas Tree Festival<br />

2nd December – 9th December<br />

St. Peter & St. Paul Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The countdown is on for our seventh<br />

Christmas Tree Festival<br />

Starting on Saturday 2nd December<br />

and ending on Saturday 9th December<br />

Refreshments will be served every day<br />

With 29 trees decorated by<br />

local charities and schools<br />

Please come along to visit<br />

our wonderful Church and<br />

see all the lovely trees<br />

Open every day 10am – 4pm<br />

Sunday 11am – 4pm<br />


Everyone very welcome including dogs<br />

For more details call<br />

Gill Creed on<br />

01760 721237/724559<br />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

What a busy but enjoyable month October has<br />

been. It was a privilege to open the Arts Festival<br />

organised by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club and attend some of<br />

their events.<br />

Rotary to me signifies people who give of their time to help<br />

the town and other outside charities whilst at the same<br />

time enjoying themselves; many thanks to you all!<br />

The problem with pollution and traffic is ongoing and will<br />

be until investigations are completed. The County Council<br />

and Breckland are taking the lead on this although they<br />

have requested input from the town. I am on the traffic<br />

group and will make sure our views are taken forward.<br />

We have also made inroads into combining and considering<br />

shared concerns with Watton, <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the Iceni and<br />

Wayland Partnerships. It is hoped by doing this we can take<br />

forward ideas to enhance both towns, we are of a similar<br />

size and it was felt that by working together our voice would<br />

be greater. The first project which is being looked at this<br />

week is to apply for a grant to improve the Peddars Way<br />

and hence make it more of a tourist attraction. Another<br />

thought was for a shared project manager but that would<br />

have to be discussed by both councils.<br />

A night out to enjoy was The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players. This was a<br />

difficult play to perform but done with its usual aplomb and<br />

plenty of laughs. It would be wonderful if these events were<br />

enjoyed by more.<br />

Halloween in the precinct was a lovely event. It was<br />

wonderful to see both adults and children dressed up<br />

and having a really fun time. Thank you to all those who<br />

contributed.<br />

Now the festive season is upon us, I do hope that you<br />

enjoyed the Christmas switch on and life isn’t too hectic!<br />

Best wishes, Jill<br />

Christmas Lights & Market Event<br />

Friday 1st December 2017<br />

The Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Craft and food stalls and indoor market, fun fair,<br />

Santa and his real reindeer, children’s choir from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior and Sacred Heart Schools, steam<br />

organ, Oasis Church Band & Singers, songs by Ian<br />

Clews and The Fakenham Town Band.<br />

Christmas Market and music starts at 2pm - 8pm.<br />

Christmas Lights Switch-On at 6pm. Santa will be<br />

in his grotto for<br />

children to visit<br />

from 2.30pm<br />

in Arts Lounge<br />

Gallery.<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<br />

Claire Smith. It deals with some<br />

of the most topical items of the day<br />

and the odd item where the Council want to share<br />

information with the Town.<br />

Footpath Registration<br />

Thank you to all who have helped the Town Council<br />

to start the process of registering part of a disused<br />

railway track from Sporle Road through to Norwich<br />

Road, as a Public Footpath. Your evidence forms will<br />

be invaluable. The situation is on-going, as stated<br />

previous the process won’t be quick, but we will keep<br />

you informed through the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

The registration process will take many 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 Town Council really do<br />

appreciate the support that they have had to date.<br />

Ducks – Update…<br />

The Town Council are employing the services of<br />

contractors to reduce the numbers of ducks in<br />

the town and taking advice from Natural England<br />

who are the regulators. This has never been about<br />

removing all the ducks, just about controlling the<br />

numbers, particularly in the nesting season. This<br />

subject continues to produce correspondence for and<br />

against the ducks, with the most common reaction<br />

being to accuse the Town Council of doing nothing,<br />

from both sides of the fence. It is always going to<br />

be one of those issues where the Council will be<br />

damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. In the<br />

meantime, the message remains the same from the<br />

Town Council on behalf of the residents plagued by<br />

‘duck poo’ on pavements and in gardens, please don’t<br />

feed 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 to<br />

feed the ducks.<br />

Neighbourhood Plan<br />

There have been some changes since last month that<br />

will hopefully move the Neighbourhood Plan process<br />

forwards in the coming months, with the aim of<br />

completion at some point in 2018. The Town Council<br />

have decided to change their consultants, which<br />

has caused a little disruption and delay, whilst our<br />

new consultant Rachel Leggett gets up to date, and<br />

works out a way to Project Manage the last leg of our<br />

Neighbourhood Plan. The planned plenary meeting<br />

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for 23rd November was cancelled at short notice,<br />

and there will be a revised schedule published early<br />

in the new-year, as soon as this is agreed. There is a<br />

review going on at present, as it is important to draw<br />

together all the issues and data collected to date<br />

within the five Working Groups as each group have<br />

produced their report, from the General Survey and<br />

from Workshops held in the Summer. The next part<br />

of the process will be driven forward by a Steering<br />

Group, where representatives of each Group have<br />

come together for the final push through to the end.<br />

A final draft will not be ready before the middle of<br />

2018, there will be an independent examination and<br />

after that a Town referendum. As only a majority<br />

vote endorsing the Neighbourhood Plan will give<br />

it the legal clout it needs, as it will become part of<br />

Planning Policy for our Planning authority Breckland<br />

Council to adhere to.<br />

Breckland Market Towns Initiative<br />

The Town Council have received a briefing on the<br />

Breckland Market Towns Initiative and what this<br />

can mean for the town. At present there is further<br />

discussion to take place on which type of projects<br />

would fit their criteria, and how best Breckland can<br />

work with each of the five Market Towns, not just<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. The scheme will be delivered over a threeyear<br />

period.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Network Improvement<br />

Strategy & Air Quality<br />

The start of our Highway ‘Network Improvement<br />

Strategy’ from our County Council, has been delayed<br />

while meetings for the Air Quality Management<br />

Area are concluded, as there will be a consultation<br />

event in mid-January which will look at 20+ potential<br />

policies designed to improve air quality. Many of<br />

the potential solutions identified to date, could<br />

form the majority of what may be achieved as part<br />

of the Network Improvement Strategy. The strategy<br />

is to look carefully at how <strong>Swaffham</strong> is growing,<br />

with development in the pipeline and to see if the<br />

road network is fit for purpose. There will be a local<br />

workshop, and the date has not yet been confirmed,<br />

but do keep an eye out for this event.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> In Bloom<br />

Well Deserved Recognition For <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s ESCAPE<br />

Project. Family Action’s ESCAPE Project has been<br />

awarded Best Garden for Special Needs in the six<br />

counties Anglia in Bloom region covers: Bedfordshire,<br />

Cambridgeshire, Essex, Herordshire, Norfolk and<br />

Suffolk. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Councillor Brenda Bowler<br />

and Town Council Works Manager Graham West<br />

attended the ceremony in Gorleston-on-Sea last<br />

month. Cllr Bowler said, “I was trembling with

pride when I went up to accept the award bowl on<br />

behalf of the project”. Handing over the bowl to<br />

project leaders Karen Bek and Katy Fullilove at the<br />

Tumbler Hill allotment where the ESCAPE Project is<br />

based, Cllr Bowler added “<strong>Swaffham</strong> is leading the<br />

way in promoting well-being for all our community<br />

whatever their background or ability”. Handing over<br />

a certificate for the Garden for Special Needs, Iceni<br />

Partnership’s Community Liaison Officer commented<br />

“The judges were not only impressed with the work<br />

at the Tumbler Hill site but with the collaborative<br />

work done at the Green Britain Centre and the wider<br />

community. The project is very resourceful at not<br />

only getting funding but getting best value for money<br />

out of the money they do have”. Interested in joining<br />

in at the ESCAPE project or volunteering to help?<br />

Telephone Karen or Katy on 01760 725 801.<br />

The Town itself received a Silver Gilt Award for their<br />

collective effort in the 6,001 – 12,000 Town category,<br />

and Suffield Court received a Commendation on<br />

their entry in the Sheltered Housing/Care Home<br />

Garden section. All in all, the entries from <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

did us proud once more, well done to the Town<br />

Team for putting together the entry porolio and coordinating<br />

the volunteers.<br />

Sheep Fair – save the date<br />

The Town Council are looking to have a Sheep Fair<br />

in 2018, with May 27th as the possible date. The<br />

Council are in discussion with Fabian Eagle and more<br />

details will be released in the new-year.<br />

Highway problems<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020.<br />

Give the location of the problem and a telephone<br />

number where 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.<br />

Reports should give a precise location of the light<br />

and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit www.norfolk.gov.uk.<br />

Search: Street Lights/Pot Holes<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Wednesday 13th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Monday 18th – Market Committee<br />

6.30pm 8.30pm<br />

Tuesday 19th - 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 />

01760 622725<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 />

Well December is now well and truly here and<br />

the usual rush for those that can afford it to<br />

spend lots of money on Christmas presents,<br />

send cards and buy vast quantities of foods is in<br />

full flight!<br />

I would like to say a few things about a subject<br />

I’m currently studying with ‘Landmark’, it’s<br />

called Mindfulness. To pay attention…..<br />

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in<br />

the moment. The opposite of mindfulness is<br />

unconsciousness; living life without realising and<br />

being unaware of responding to the surrounding<br />

environment.<br />

One of the primary aims of Yoga is to restore<br />

the mind to peace, presence and simplicity, thus<br />

freeing ourselves from confusion and distress.<br />

The act of practising yoga, while being mindful<br />

of what’s happening right now, can help us<br />

physiologically, energetically, mentally and<br />

emotionally. Our stress begins to evaporate as<br />

soon as we pay attention to our breath and allow<br />

it to slow down. Let’s take your yoga off the mat<br />

and into our life outside the yoga studio.<br />

There is so much we can do to practice<br />

mindfulness in our everyday life. We can, do very<br />

much the same things we always do; walking,<br />

sitting, working, waiting and eating, except we<br />

learn to do them with the awareness of what<br />

we are doing. Next time you go for a walk try to<br />

synchronise your breathing with your footsteps.<br />

Exhale for four. Inhale for four. While eating,<br />

slow down. Taste and chew each mouthful after<br />

putting your cutlery down. A few times during<br />

dinner, ask yourself “Am I full”? “Do I need more<br />

or am I just eating because it’s on my plate”?<br />

When reading a book, stop at the end of the<br />

page and ask yourself. “What did I just read”?<br />

Can you remember?<br />

Did you smell the flowers today? How good is<br />

it to stop and pick up that beautiful bloom and<br />

sniff it. When I’m walking with Gran she would<br />

often say, how beautiful the blossoms were and<br />

how they had this amazing aroma, that we could<br />

always smell when walking passed.<br />

Multitasking has influence on your mind too;<br />

instead try to do one task at a time. Do that one<br />

task super good and move on to the next.<br />

Working at keeping the mind positive can help<br />

you see the beauty that surrounds you; replace<br />

negative thoughts with positive thoughts, hatred<br />

with love, greed with generosity. Replace a<br />

frown with a smile. If you don’t feel like smiling,<br />

“fake it, until you make it”. It really works, try it!<br />

How unconscious are you of what’s going on,<br />

as you move through your life’s daily tasks and<br />

routines.<br />

At one stage I became so unconscious, I would<br />

come in from work, sit down put the television<br />

on and be drawn into a fictional soap drama that<br />

had absolutely no reality whatsoever. It became<br />

a routine I unconsciously did without hesitation.<br />

Today I live my life, incidentally without a<br />

television, and enjoy it to the full. Ever mindful<br />

of my surroundings and enjoying the now.<br />

Thank you everyone for reading and attending<br />

our various events and have a December.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Steve at Spiritual Flow<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

at 6.30pm.<br />

10th December, Penny Francis, Saham Hills<br />

We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services<br />

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from<br />

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received<br />


Even ironing!<br />

Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<br />

Mobile 07849 652 713<br />


Qualified Animal Behaviourist & Dog Walker<br />

Elizabeth Devery AHCP IAABC CAPBT<br />

Professional treatment<br />

for animals suffering from<br />

separation anxiety, dominance,<br />

nervousness and aggression.<br />

Dog walking provided whilst<br />

owners at work.<br />

ARDEN GRANGE pet food supplied<br />

and free delivery to your door.<br />

01366 328 780<br />

07767 708 933<br />


Make more of<br />

your visit and enjoy<br />

delicious home-made<br />

delights in our<br />

Downham Market<br />

Homestore Café<br />

From gifts to toys, furniture to finishing touches, you’ll find<br />

everything you and your home needs at Reeds.<br />

reedshomestore.co.uk | find us on facebook<br />

Reeds Homestore | Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DS | 01366 382213<br />

Reeds Furniture & Bed Centre | Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely CB6 3NX | 01353 669754<br />

Reeds Toy Store | Unit 7 Wales Court, Downham Market PE38 9JZ | 01366 383429

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