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January 2018<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

Community Fridge<br />

is up and running<br />

after grand unveiling!<br />

published by


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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 />

PE37 7RB<br />

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 />

Deadline for editorial and advertising is the<br />

12th day of the previous month.<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 School Speak<br />

8 Church News<br />

9 Community Hospital LofF<br />

11 Green Britain Centre<br />

12 Rotary & WI<br />

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

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

18 Wissey U3A/Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

21 Age Concern<br />

22 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

25 Silver Social<br />

27 <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice/Twinning<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 />

Great Get Together<br />

To celebrate The Great ‘Mince Pie’ Get Together, the<br />

Iceni Partnership, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Children’s Centre and<br />

the Teenie Icenies Nursery promoted a fun activity<br />

morning in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Attended by parents/carers and dozens of young<br />

children ranging in age from 12 weeks to a great<br />

grandfather of 68 years. Play involved colouring,<br />

sticking, Christmas Tree decorating, singing, banging<br />

drums and symbols very loudly and generally having<br />

fun. It is hoped that similar events will be repeated in<br />

2018 with the three organisations promoting events<br />

in the Community Centre for those families with a<br />

child 0 to 8 years of age, all dates and times will be<br />

published in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

1<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Fridge<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> now has its own Community Fridge<br />

based in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. The<br />

industrial specification fridge has been purchased<br />

by Breckland Council<br />

who are working with<br />

other agencies to cut<br />

down on food waste.<br />

It is estimated the<br />

UK wastes 15 million<br />

tonnes in the whole<br />

food chain each<br />

year, 60% of which is<br />

avoidable.<br />

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

Fridge is a service<br />

which tries to avoid<br />

food waste. The food in the fridge may not be up to a<br />

retailer’s standard of appearance, may have passed<br />

stock control, best before date, or may just be surplus<br />

to requirements. All the food is still nutritious and<br />

safe to eat. All the food is stored correctly and stock<br />

control measures are adhered to.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Fridge is for all and is not a<br />

charity; the aim is to lessen costly landfill and help<br />

the environment. Open Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm.<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

A simple solution to wasting less through<br />

the sharing of good quality food.<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

Community Centre, The Campingland,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7RB


Upcoming Events<br />

Art Classes<br />

Arts Lounge Gallery, 15 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760 723624<br />

Full day art class, 10-4pm in the lovely setting of Pentney Lakes in one of the<br />

lodges starting Saturday 31st March 2018. All materials, equipment, refreshments<br />

and lunch included in the cost ​of £80 per person. Bookings now being taken and<br />

vouchers are also available. Visit the gallery or call to book.<br />

Acrylic and oil art lessons every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for beginners and<br />

refreshers. Its up to you when you want to attend, either 9.30-1230 or 1pm-4pm.<br />

All materials and equipment supplied, also refreshments included. Limited places<br />

so book early, vouchers also available. 01760 723624<br />

Breckland Astronomical Society Meeting<br />

Friday 12th January 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm, Great Ellingham Recreation<br />

Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, NR17 1HZ, East of England<br />

Everyone is invited to join members of Breckland Astronomical Society for this one<br />

of their regular monthly meetings. A varied programme of talks and presentations<br />

is offered throughout the season with the opportunity to stargaze after the<br />

meetings if weather permits.<br />

Breckland Flora Talk<br />

Wednesday 10 January, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Watton Christian Community Centre, High<br />

Street, Watton IP25 6AB. Jo Jones will give a talk on the work of the Breckland Flora<br />

Group, a team who help sustain the unique and nationally important plants of the<br />

Breckland Area. £2 NWT members, £3 non-members, including refreshments<br />

East Lexham Snowdrop Walk<br />

Sunday 11th February 2018 in aid of 2 rural churches, St Andrews, East Lexham<br />

and All Saints, Litcham. Sunday 18th February 2018 in aid of the Norfolk & Norwich<br />

Association for the Blind. 11am – 4pm. Adults 6.00 each, children under 16 free.<br />

Dogs on leads. Homemade refreshments. Plants for sale.<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

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

School Mike Crewe ‘Cape May’. English naturalist having spent six years working at<br />

the famous New Jersey bird observatory. £2 non-members.<br />

Contact Ian Black on 01760 724092<br />

New to Norfolk Exhibition<br />

Customs House, Purfleet Quay, King’s Lynn PE30 1HP 1 December 2017 to 28<br />

February 2018. This exhibition represents photographer Simon Bratt’s fresh view of<br />

Norfolk after living in the county for just one year.<br />

Simon’s photographs are inspired by the diversity of the countryside. He said:<br />

“Having lived through one year’s seasons, fully immersed in Norfolk life, it has not<br />

disappointed one iota, and we love it here. I love the distant views that hedge-free<br />

arable farming allows and the endless and ever-changing big skies.<br />

The numerous vast swathes of golden sandy beaches are breathtaking. Each day<br />

begins with a sense of adventure and impatience as I spend time researching,<br />

location planning and shortlisting where to explore to best capture the essence<br />

of Norfolk in photography. I hope my images will do justice to the unique and<br />

attractive scenery of this beautiful county”.<br />

Tai Chi Taster Session - free!<br />

Friday 5th January 10am at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. The way we move and<br />

breath stand and walk, and even sit can have a positive effect on our general heath.<br />

There are very few of us today who do not spend much of our time feeling tense.<br />

The hectic pace of modern living and lack of exercise leaves us tired and exhausted.<br />

You need some form of exercise that gently and steadily relaxes the body, and most<br />

importantly refreshes the mind!<br />

Tai chi is an exercise that develops both the physical, mental, external and internal<br />

health of the body; it also achieves well-being and balance in your life!<br />

Call or email to save your space: academytaichi@yahoo.co.uk 01760 723102<br />

07587 567406<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

On Stage Andante Live present BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: Songs of Peace, Protest<br />

and Love with talented couple VEE SWEENEY and MARK ROWSON who play 16<br />

instruments between them! Fri 16 Feb at 7:30pm £16. Optional pre-performance<br />

Supper £18 available for advance booking.<br />

On Stage THE GARDEN GATE IS OPEN – 90 years of the National Garden Scheme:<br />

Julia Stafford Allen presents an illustrated talk on garden visiting, how the NGS was<br />

formed in 1927 and how it has developed in its 90 years. Concludes with a slide<br />

show of gardens open in 2018. Wed 28 Feb at 2pm £10 includes tea and cake<br />

afterwards.<br />

Live Screening RSC Live! TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare starring Kara<br />

Tointon and Adrian Edmondson. Wed 14 Feb at 7pm £15. Optional very special St<br />

Valentine’s Supper available for pre-booking £25.<br />

On Screen Wednesday Flicks all at 2pm £8 with optional pre-booked lunch available<br />

DUNKIRK (PG) starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance on Wed 7<br />

Feb. GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (15) starring Josh O’Connor, Harry Lister Smith and<br />

Gemma Jones on Wed 21 Feb.<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

Argentine Tango Convent of the Sacred Heart School, 7.30-9.30pm Class and<br />

Práctica £12 per person. 01760 336410 - 07964 586120 www.navarretango.co.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 />

TUESDAY<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<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rooms 7pm. Clare Hughes 07535237618<br />

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

information please ring Celia on 01362 687316<br />

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

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

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 />

WEDNESDAY<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<br />

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

337181<br />

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

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

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

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

01603 629558<br />

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

01760723102<br />

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

£3<br />

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

13 – 18. THURSDAY<br />

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

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

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

start 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<br />

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

337181<br />

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

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+<br />

- £3.50. Colin McCallum. 07905278857 or www.happidojomarhamjudoclub.<br />

btckco.uk<br />

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

Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 01760 788427. New players always welcome<br />

(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<br />

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

622254<br />

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

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

Labour Party - <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Branch<br />

Meeting second Wednesday in January at Community Centre<br />

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

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<br />

poetry. For<br />

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

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

5 pm. Sandringham Centre Upper Marham PE33 9NP (Behind Spar)<br />

07766 078123<br />

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

3rd Thursday <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. Tel: David Thorogood<br />

01760622751<br />

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

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

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

01760 723377<br />

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

01328 851970 – before your first session.<br />

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

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

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

2nd 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<br />

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

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<br />

721101<br />

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

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For years 6, 7 & 8 Free entry. Contact sally@iceni.info 07772 852284 /<br />

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<br />

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

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<br />

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.<br />

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,<br />

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

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

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

01760 724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com<br />

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

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

Coffee Morning At Ashill Community Centre<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 />

SATURDAY<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 />

Sacred Heart School<br />

Prize giving at Sacred Heart School<br />

The prizegiving was a great success, although not<br />

without a few mishaps but that is the wonderful<br />

thing about this school everyone just rises to<br />

challenges. Someone fainted during the choir’s<br />

‘Peace Song,’ but they were soon back in the swing<br />

of their moving piece. Our Head Girl was not well<br />

just before delivering her meaningful speech but her<br />

Deputy calmly took over. Congratulations to both<br />

Aurelia and Emily over such a smooth transition.<br />

Dame Stella Rimington gave a very moving speech<br />

reflecting on the difficulties of being a woman in a<br />

man’s world and how we take so much for granted<br />

nowadays. She battled from 16 to move out of<br />

societies’ image of a woman who should only be at<br />

home with her children, and later in her career, the<br />

woman who was only allowed to do the secretarial<br />

work – not the real job of being a spy. She signed<br />

many of her books, her autobiography and her many<br />

spy novels. She did comment that she had a really<br />

interesting and entertaining evening.<br />

Our prizegiving was not at all stuffy.<br />

We congratulate all those who were awarded<br />

trophies and hope that next year others will receive<br />

them. It was good to see Year 12 and hear of their<br />

successes. They were all smartly dressed and eager<br />

to rekindle old friendships with staff, pupils and their<br />

former peers. The Headteacher’s and Head Girl’s<br />

thoughts will be posted on the website.<br />

A special thank you to all the staff who made this a<br />

very special evening.<br />

Fight To Save Historic Village Pub<br />

Beeston locals continue fight to save historic village<br />

pub from redevelopment.<br />

Over half the cash needed to buy The Ploughshare<br />

has now been secured, with a new fundraising drive<br />

planned for 2018.<br />

Campaigners in mid-Norfolk have been taking stock of<br />

their achievements 18 months on from a unanimous<br />

resolution to save Beeston’s last remaining pub, The<br />

Ploughshare. More than £150,000 has now been<br />

raised towards buying the building, which dates<br />

back to 1620, and re-opening the pub which closed<br />

its doors in early 2016.<br />

The Ploughshare’s current owner is pursuing planning<br />

permission to build three houses on the historic<br />

village site. The latest application was rejected in<br />

August, but the pub’s beer garden has already been<br />

lost to housing. Campaigners have since acquired<br />

Asset of Community Value status for the building<br />

from Breckland Council, which puts restrictions on<br />

further development.<br />

A group of villagers have formed Beeston Community<br />

Enterprises as the vehicle to raise money to buy the<br />

pub and re-open it, along with a café, small shop and<br />

other services for residents. Last year’s share offer,<br />

where members of the public could buy a share of the<br />

pub for as little as £50, raised over £70,000 and the<br />

efforts of the management committee have secured<br />

another £80,000 in funding from organisations<br />

including the Plunkett Foundation.<br />

Members at the group’s AGM in November made it<br />

clear that support for the campaign is still strong and<br />

another share offer will be launched in early spring<br />

2018 to help raise the additional £150,000 required<br />

to buy the pub.<br />

Henry Dennett, chair of the management committee<br />

said, “Village pubs offer a vital focus to rural village<br />

life and this is the last opportunity to save ours<br />

before it’s permanently lost. We’ve come a long way<br />

in a short space of time, but there’s still more to do.<br />

With the local community’s support, next year’s<br />

fundraiser will be the final push which allows us to<br />

buy and re-open the pub for the people of Beeston.”<br />

Steve Hollis, management committee member, added<br />

“This project is about bringing everyone together to<br />

do something amazing for Beeston residents, current<br />

and future. But, we can only succeed if local people<br />

get involved by buying shares or helping out with the<br />

campaign.”<br />

For more information on the “Save the Ploughshare”<br />

project or to offer your support, please<br />

visit our website at www.beestonploughshare.com<br />

or find us on social media by searching<br />

@The_Ploughshare.<br />

Volunteers Needed For Befriending<br />

Action for children’s norfolk independent visitor<br />

service is looking for volunteers to befriend<br />

young people in care to give them a chance to<br />

learn how to build positive relationships.<br />

Positive, young-at-heart role model volunteers<br />

are needed to make a long term difference to<br />

the lives of young people in care throughout<br />

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.<br />

Tracey Kean, of the charity’s Norfolk<br />

Independent Visitor Service, said: “These<br />

children have suffered abuse, neglect and often<br />

both.<br />

Our service helps give them the opportunity<br />

to experience positive relationships which<br />

hopefully will give them a chance to build a<br />

positive life for themselves.<br />

We usually help youngsters up to the age of 22<br />

but sometimes these friendships can last a lot<br />

longer. In the case of our most successful story<br />

the young woman is now 33, with a child of<br />

her own, and her volunteer, who was teamed<br />

up with her when she was just 11, is still very<br />

much in her life.<br />

Many of these young people have<br />

understandably learnt to mistrust adults and<br />

life in general. The Independent Visitor Service<br />

aims to give them back a sense of trust and also<br />

learn how to have good relationships for life.<br />

It can make a really big difference to their<br />

lives.”<br />

Volunteers might take them out for trips like<br />

bowling, cinema, beach trips, dog walks and<br />

meals and are strictly vetted with police checks<br />

and a series of interviews.<br />

• Volunteers must be over the age of 21.<br />

• Age is not a barrier, the oldest volunteer is<br />

currently a man in his 60s. It’s more important<br />

to have a friendly, positive and youthful<br />

outlook.<br />

• Volunteers must commit to at least two<br />

years.<br />

• Volunteers must be reliable, stable and<br />

committed.<br />

•The minimum visiting commitment is once a<br />

month.<br />

If you or someone you know are interested in<br />

becoming a volunteer, please email:<br />

independentvisitors.norfolk@actionforchildren.org.uk<br />

or call 01362 697 537. actionforchildren.org.uk<br />

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

Fri 5th Jan 9.30 am - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 6th Jan 9.30 am - 12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 7th Jan - 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Thurs 11th Jan 2.30 pm - 4pm Thursday Group Beetle<br />

Drive.<br />

Fri 12th Jan 9.30 am - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 13th Jan 9.30 am - 12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 14th Jan 10.45am - Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Fri 19th Jan 9.30am - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 20th Jan 9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 21st Jan 10.45 Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Thurs 25th Jan 2.30 pm -4pm Thursday Group. A talk by<br />

Mike Hills on the Bread Riots.<br />

Frid 26th Jan 9.30 am - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 27th Jan 9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 28th Jan 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

On behalf of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church may I<br />

take this opportunity to wish all your readers a Happy<br />

and Healthy New Year.<br />

Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church<br />

The Holy Scriptures Of The World<br />

All the great religions of the world have their holy<br />

books, which are loved and cherished and which<br />

guide believers, giving inspiration and guidance. One<br />

has only to think of the Koran of Islam, the Upanishads<br />

of Hinduism, the Sutras of Buddhism, and the Bible<br />

of Judaism and Christianity. For millions of people<br />

these holy books have offered a way to live and a<br />

way to enlightenment or conversion of heart. This is<br />

why they are treated with such reverence and given<br />

places of honour either in the temple, the mosque,<br />

the synagogue or the church.<br />

Holy scriptures are also the inspiration of much of<br />

the world’s greatest art, music and literature. Think<br />

of the works of art in the National Gallery. Much of<br />

it inspired by the great Bible stories. Think of the<br />

music of Handel, especially the great Messiah. Then<br />

there is the art of the Italian renaissance such as<br />

Michelangelo. There is no doubt that the Judaeo<br />

Christian scriptures have given the world some of its<br />

greatest art and music.<br />

But this is true of the other great religions of the world<br />

too. There is great art and music which has grown<br />

out of India and Asia. The Upanishads represent for<br />

the Hindu approximately what the new Testament<br />

represents for Christians and it has brought much<br />

esoteric art and music to the world expressing the<br />

spiritual struggles of the human soul. The world<br />

would be a poorer place without the holy books of<br />

the world.<br />

Fr Gordon Williams<br />

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

The January Services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church will<br />

be as follows:-<br />

Wednesday 3rd<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 7th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

3.30pm<br />

Wednesday 10th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 14th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 17th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 21st<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

11.15am<br />

3.00pm<br />

Unity<br />

Wednesday 24th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

The Epiphany<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Family Service<br />

Week of Prayer for Christian<br />

Holy Communion BCP<br />

Conversion of St Paul<br />

Thursday 25th<br />

10.00am Week of Prayer for Christian<br />

Unity<br />

Sunday 28th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 31st<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 4th Feb Candlemas<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong<br />

Iceni Youth Clubs<br />

Youthie:<br />

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

Youth Voice:<br />

Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm 2nd and 4th<br />

Wednesdays of each month<br />

Youthie Plus:<br />

Years 6, 7 and 8 Thursdays - 5:30pm – 7:00pm<br />

Youthie Hub:<br />

13 to 18 years Thursdays - 7:30pm – 9:00pm<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 />

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

I wonder what your hopes are for 2018? Maybe<br />

an addition to the family, or better health, or a<br />

new job or home? On a national and international<br />

level there is so much we could wish for – whether<br />

we voted for Brexit or not, wise discernment as<br />

to the way forward could transform the current<br />

uncertainties; and it feels almost too ambitious to<br />

wish for world peace, when it is so far away for<br />

many.<br />

The start of our calendar year is often a time for<br />

making resolutions – and breaking them within 24<br />

hours! But it is certainly a useful point at which<br />

to take stock of our lives and think about future<br />

direction.<br />

If we want to make a difference, it gives us the<br />

impetus to start somewhere.<br />

I always used to miss the moment – midnight<br />

would strike at the end of New Year’s Day and no<br />

resolutions would have been made.<br />

Then one year I went into work on 2nd January and<br />

my accounts officer said he was going to follow<br />

his priest’s suggestion and just take one word to<br />

focus on for the year ahead. His priest had chosen<br />

‘attention’, so my accounts officer did too, and so<br />

did I.<br />

To cut a long story short, I think we were all glad<br />

we did so. I found it immeasurably enriching to<br />

take a simple focus, rather than making elaborate<br />

and detailed resolutions I would almost certainly<br />

not manage to keep.<br />

In my case, after a frantically busy previous year,<br />

taking time to attend more to my family, to those<br />

around me, and to God, was transformative.<br />

So whether you have great or small resolutions for<br />

the coming year, I hope it will be one of fulfilment<br />

and joy, and that even small changes will lead to<br />

great happiness.<br />

Revd. Janet Allan<br />

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

swaffhamvolunteerhub@gmail.com<br />

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

At Green Britain Centre? Somewhere else in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>? Becoming a pledger? <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

3, offering more volunteer opportunities in<br />

town, is now available from the Community<br />

Centre, museum or Town Hall. Don’t forget to<br />

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

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

know! If you want to have more information<br />

about what the Volunteer Hub is, please email<br />

me for a leaflet.<br />

Poppy Appeal Success<br />

I am thrilled to be able to tell you that at the end<br />

of November the RBL Poppy<br />

Appeal for <strong>Swaffham</strong> stands<br />

at £18,767.95 with more<br />

money still coming in.<br />

Well done everybody.<br />

Anne Thorp, Hon Poppy Appeal<br />

Organiser , <strong>Swaffham</strong> RBL<br />

Community Hospital LofF<br />

Hope you are all recovering from an enjoyable<br />

Xmas and New Year. Of course not everyone stops<br />

working over this period, including Nurses and<br />

others at our Hospitals and Care Homes. So special<br />

thanks to all those in our Community who look<br />

after others during this time.<br />

Our Viennese Evening was a great success and<br />

as before people are already asking “when are<br />

they back” Sorry if you were disappointed in not<br />

getting a ticket, but numbers are limited. After all<br />

expenses we raised just on a £1000 for our Funds<br />

We participated in the Rotary event during<br />

November, promoting our Charity. Nice to talk to<br />

people about what we do. Our Coffee Morning<br />

at the Methodist Church was well supported, so<br />

thanks to those who helped and all our customers<br />

In early Dec we spent time decorating the public<br />

areas and the main Dining room at the Hospital, to<br />

brighten up the areas. This included special Xmas<br />

floral decorations as well as table pieces.<br />

I hope you took the Opportunity to visit the<br />

Church to see the Annual Xmas Tree Festival. This<br />

is a brilliant annual event which we gladly support.<br />

At the end of the Festival week we take the Tree to<br />

the Hospital to add to the others.<br />

Another aspect is that in the past we have provided<br />

funds to help ensure that all inpatients receive an<br />

individual present on Xmas Day.<br />

Looking to next year. We are still pressing the<br />

Hospital Trust to progress plans for a new covered<br />

entrance to the Hospital. We have reserved funds<br />

to support this. We also plan to support a major<br />

revamp of the rear gardens. Given that we are a<br />

“market town” we have suggested that the Garden<br />

reflects a Market theme with individual Market<br />

(floral) stalls.<br />

We often get asked about access to inpatient beds.<br />

The bad news is that the Hospital does not just<br />

serve our immediate local area. The Hospital Trust<br />

has a much wider catchment area so beds do get<br />

used by a wide range of people.<br />

We have recently welcomed some new members<br />

to our committee. Hope you all enjoy supporting<br />

the Hospital.<br />

As usual views, comments or info available.<br />

colin@houghton789.plus.com<br />

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Green Britain Centre<br />

By the time you read this, our Christmas celebrations<br />

will be almost over. Did you enjoy the tasty vegan<br />

food, dance at the Ceilidh, bring your children to<br />

make tree decorations, scratch your head at the<br />

monthly quiz, or give thanks for family members and<br />

friends at the Tree of Lights service ?<br />

It was a good time to think back to the first Christmas<br />

when a refugee family welcomed their baby into a<br />

difficult world. We still have homeless, hungry and<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Air Quality<br />

consultation<br />

hurting people, even in Britain. Perhaps our New<br />

Year Resolutions should be to waste less food and<br />

energy and share our resources.<br />

The Green Britain Centre wishes all who read this<br />

magazine a happy and worthwhile 2018. Come and<br />

visit us from Tuesday January 2nd when we reopen<br />

after a week’s break.<br />

On 1 May 2017 Breckland Council declared <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

town centre as an Air Quality Management Area.<br />

The council, working with Make your other own recycled organisations, Christmas decorations, has meet the<br />

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

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

produced a draft Air Quality Action Plan focussing<br />

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

books to people who are on unable trafc. to get to This their local draft action plan JOIN US aims FOR to CHRISTMAS improve<br />

library whether permanently air quality or temporarily. in the Books town and AT THE sets GREEN out a BRITAIN number CENTRE of<br />

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

measures for further investigation. The council is<br />

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

If you live in <strong>Swaffham</strong> asking or the surrounding local area residents, and businesses and organisations<br />

would like to use the for Home feedback Library Service on please the draft plan and is holding an open<br />

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

event and an online consultation in the new year.<br />

To nd out more, and to <strong>Swaffham</strong> comment, Air Quality come to Consultation the open<br />

Locals donate over 100 units of blood<br />

event:<br />

Local donors Lawrence Wright and Kevin Savage<br />

were awarded certificates of appreciation by NHS<br />

Blood and Transplant service at a ceremony at<br />

Carrow Road in October. Both gentlemen have given<br />

over 100 units of blood. Lawrence first gave blood in<br />

PE37 7AB<br />

1964 and Kevin began in 1975.<br />

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CHRISTMAS MENU<br />

– BOOK IN ADVANCE<br />

On 1 May 2017 Breckland Council declared <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

town centre as an Air Quality Management Area.<br />

The council, working with other organisations, has<br />

Friday 12 January 2018, 9am – 2pm<br />

Assembly Rooms, 13 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

produced a draft Air Quality Action Plan focussing<br />

on traffic. This draft action plan aims to improve<br />

air quality in the town and sets out a number of<br />

measures for further investigation. The council is<br />

asking local residents, businesses and organisations<br />

The consultation will run 12 January – 23 February<br />

2018. More information, all air quality reports and a<br />

link to the online consultation will be published on<br />

the council’s website from 12 January 2018<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk/air-quality-consultation.<br />

Air quality reports can be accessed now at<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk/article/3244/Air-Pollution.<br />

for feedback on the draft plan and is holding an<br />

open event and an online consultation in the new<br />

year. To find out more, and to comment, come to<br />

the open event: Friday 12 January 2018, 9am –<br />

2pm, Assembly Rooms, 13 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

PE37 7AB.<br />

The consultation will run 12 January – 23 February<br />

2018. More information, all air quality reports and<br />

a link to the online consultation will be published<br />

on the council’s website from 12 January 2018<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk/<br />

air-quality-consultation.<br />

Air quality reports can be<br />

accessed now at<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk/<br />

article/3244/<br />

Air-Pollution.<br />

B<br />

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

President’s Corner<br />

I hope you have all had a good<br />

Christmas, and will have a happy<br />

2018. This report was written early in<br />

December, when Christmas was still to<br />

come. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club Xmas Fayre, held at<br />

The Assembly Rooms on Saturday 18 November,<br />

was a great success. The various local organisations<br />

who took stalls at the Fayre all reported a successful<br />

day, and the Rotary Cake Stall and the Bottle Raffle<br />

meant that we covered the costs of organising the<br />

Fayre and made a small profit that we can apply<br />

for charitable purposes in coming months.<br />

Rotary is much more than a local organisation.<br />

There are Rotary Clubs throughout the world,<br />

all working on local and international projects.<br />

Besides the drive to eliminate polio from the world,<br />

a target which has almost been achieved, with<br />

help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,<br />

Rotary Clubs everywhere are involved in all sorts<br />

of charity work.<br />

We have had a recent reminder of this. One of<br />

our members, Cathy Warnock, recently travelled<br />

to Cambodia to visit relatives. She took the<br />

opportunity to vist Phnom Penh Rotary Club,<br />

where she was made very welcome. The picture<br />

below shows Cathy presenting the Phnom Penh<br />

Club with a gift from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary, featuring<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Pedlar.<br />

While visiting, Cathy learnt of a project that has<br />

been run by Rotary Clubs in Cambodia with support<br />

from clubs in Australia, to treat a birth defect which<br />

affects Cambodian children. Working together<br />

the Rotary at first arranged corrective treatment<br />

in Australia, but have now succeeded in making<br />

it possible for the operations to be carried out in<br />

Cambodia, reducing the cost of each operation by<br />

nine-tenths. Cathy will give our Club more details<br />

of this story when she returns.<br />

It is accounts like this that remind me how truly<br />

international Rotary is, and why all our members<br />

should be proud to be Rotarians. Why not think<br />

about joining us. For information about Rotary in<br />

general, and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club in particular,<br />

contact Claire at Ceres Bookshop or any Rotarian.<br />

Bill Muir<br />

Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

November’s meeting, the club’s AGM<br />

was a happy occasion – as our October<br />

meeting had fallen too early for Halloween we<br />

decided to begin this meeting with our celebrations,<br />

dressing up being the order of the day! Pumpkin or<br />

tomato soup with lovely crusty bread followed by<br />

plum or apple crumble and ice cream – a lunch fit<br />

for a queen, well our WI Advisor at least!<br />

Once washing up done and clearing away was<br />

completed the AGM began. We followed the agenda<br />

laid down by the WI Federation, well we would<br />

wouldn’t we! Madam President gave a summary of<br />

the year’s highs, and there being no lows that didn’t<br />

take too long, our Secretary read last year’s report,<br />

the Treasurer completed the formalities with each<br />

member having a copy of the accounts along with<br />

a break down of where the money actually came<br />

from and went – much easier to understand. The<br />

committee all agreed to stay on for another year,<br />

no one else volunteered to join them, and our<br />

President was duly re-elected for another year.<br />

Our Area Advisor then gave a chat explaining<br />

the misunderstanding over the “Ball” and told of<br />

forthcoming events coming up in 2018. She then<br />

sent a sweet cauldron round which was a nice<br />

thing to do,(for a witch!) and went down very well.<br />

The raffle and a poem, of course, rounded off the<br />

afternoon.<br />

The carol service held in Necton church was a great<br />

success, with WI members from a wide area as well<br />

as ladies from other “ladies groups” all joining in<br />

with the carols. The committee each gave a reading<br />

of their choice and the collection was gratefully<br />

received. Tea/coffee and mince pies completed the<br />

afternoon.<br />

Sporle Christmas lunch – on our day in December<br />

will be another joyful occasion for members and<br />

friends. We round the year off with a visit to Kings<br />

Lynn theatre for the panto - 0oh no we won’t – oh<br />

yes we will! We then look forward to another year<br />

with speakers on topics of interest and varied events<br />

at Sporle Afternoon WI each 3rd Tuesday of the<br />

month 2pm-4pm. Happy New Year to all.<br />

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

Sefo Kanuteh and his band Meriyah brought something<br />

new to <strong>Swaffham</strong>, some beautiful instruments and<br />

a wonderful mesmerising, soothing sound that<br />

intrigued and calmed at the same time. In the first<br />

part of the programme he played solo on the stringed<br />

kora, and then on the balafon which resembled a<br />

large xylophone, making beautiful evocative sounds.<br />

After the interval the whole band assembled: Sefo<br />

accompanied by guitars, drums and trumpet, playing<br />

a variety of styles which got people dancing. It was a<br />

lovely evening.<br />

Our Happy New Year January event is for children – a<br />

return visit of Garlic Theatre puppets with their show,<br />

‘Little Red Robin Hood’. “There’s a merry mix up in the<br />

forest when Little Red Riding Hood cannot be found.<br />

Luckily Robin Hood agrees to go on a quest to take<br />

some cakes and flowers to Grandma. Will he stay on<br />

the path or will he discover the big bad wolf who looks<br />

a bit like the Sheriff of Nottingham?<br />

This will take place at the Community Centre on<br />

Sunday January 21st at 3pm. Tickets for adults are on<br />

sale, priced at £5 members, £8 non-members, from<br />

Ceres Bookshop and The Green Parrot, and on the<br />

door. Admission FREE for children. We hope to see<br />

you there!<br />

Friendly woman in 30’s requires PA<br />

For care, housework inc cooking, dog walking,<br />

shopping, other outings, other tasks as required.<br />

8 - 16 Hours per week to be discussed and to cover<br />

one week day and one weekend day @£7.50 P/H<br />

CLOSING DATE: 26th January 2018 For details: Job<br />

Reference: 5395 Telephone (01508) 491220<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 />

www.swaffhamtherapy.co.uk<br />

INTERFIT Builders<br />

All forms of building<br />

work undertaken<br />

from domestic extensions<br />

to period refurbishments<br />

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01760 724817<br />

or<br />

mobile 07977 235929<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town FC<br />

First Team: The first team have stormed into<br />

December with 9 wins on the bounce in the league.<br />

Some impressive performances with score lines<br />

to reflect; have put us 2nd in the table (with a +53<br />

GD) and 2 points behind unbeaten Thurlow Nunn<br />

Division 1 league leaders Woodbridge Town. In<br />

comparison with all Step 6 Clubs within the country<br />

for most goals scored we are currently sitting 5th<br />

within an impressive 75 league goals to date. With 29<br />

& 26 goals respectively, Joe Jackson and Alex Vincent<br />

also currently top the table as leading goal scorers<br />

throughout Thurlow Nunn League Division 1.<br />

Upcoming Fixtures: 09/12/17 Halstead (A) 15:00,<br />

16/12/17 Debenham LC (H) 15:00, 23/12/17 Holland<br />

FC (A) 15:00, 26/12/17 Downham Market (A) 11:00,<br />

30/12/17 AFC Sudbury (A) 15:00, 06/01/18 Needham<br />

Market Res (A) 15:00.<br />

Reserves: The reserves have also seen off the last 6<br />

games unbeaten, bringing them to 4th in the Hadley<br />

and Ottaway Anglian Combination Division 3.<br />

Upcoming Fixtures: 09/12/17 Beccles Caxton (H)<br />

14:30, 16/12/17 Redgate Rangers (A) 14:00<br />

U18’s: The U18s continue their incredible run in<br />

the Thurlow Nunn U18 North Division remaining<br />

unbeaten; with a +58 GD they sit pretty at the top.<br />

The club see 5 of our young players sitting within the<br />

top goal scorers of the division, more than any other<br />

club.<br />

Upcoming Fixtures: 14/12/17 Aylsham (A) 19:45,<br />

21/12/17 North Walsham (A) 19:45<br />

Veterans: The Vets have had a difficult start to the<br />

season, having only won 2 of their 5 league games so<br />

far. They currently sit 2nd from bottom in The Leathes<br />

Veterans League 1, however, they go into December<br />

having won their last game and we hope they can<br />

have a winning streak as seen by our other teams.<br />

Upcoming Fixtures: 10/12/17 Costessy Sports (A)<br />

14:00<br />

Youth Section: U14s: The U14s have also had a<br />

fantastic start to the year being unbeaten in the<br />

league, again with some incredible score lines. Their<br />

season has been unfortunately tinged with injury,<br />

with James Bunting suffering a broken leg, in a freak<br />

accident, a 50/50 challenge against the opposing<br />

keeper. We wish James a speedy recovery and hope<br />

to see him back at the lane soon.<br />

Upcoming Fixtures: 10/12/17 Dersingham (H) 10:30,<br />

17/10/17 Clenchwarton Navy (H) 10:30.<br />

U9s: The U9s have had a brilliant start to the season<br />

in both the league and the cup. The score lines have<br />

shown for some thrilling games recently, just what<br />

youth football should be about.<br />

Upcoming Fixtures: 09/12/17 Tydd St Mary (H) 10:30<br />

We have yet again had some fantastic support from<br />

our sponsors over recent weeks; with Monument<br />

Cleaning providing the Man of the Match award,<br />

Ed Colman with match ball sponsorship, Mother<br />

Hubbards and The Handmade Doughnut Company<br />

providing match and match ball sponsorship and<br />

some extremely tasty samples of their fantastic<br />

doughnuts. Thank you to them and to all our sponsors<br />

who continue to support the club in varying roles.<br />

The club would like to take the opportunity to wish<br />

all our players, sponsors and supporters a very Merry<br />

Christmas and best wishes for a healthy and happy<br />

2018. We look forward to your ongoing support<br />

down The Lane.<br />

For upcoming news and events please keep an eye<br />

on our website and social media:<br />

www.swaffhamtownfc.co.uk<br />

Facebook: <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town FC<br />

Twitter: @<strong>Swaffham</strong>_TownFC<br />

Instagram: @swaffhamtownfc<br />

Christmas Lights Event<br />

At 06.30 on Friday 1st December it was still dark<br />

and raining but the road closure signs were up,<br />

the town centre car park was blocked off and<br />

the electrics were being checked. There was still<br />

plenty to do before the stallholders and the fun fair<br />

arrived, but thank goodness the rain had stopped<br />

by 0800. The road sweeper tried to disperse the<br />

puddles which helped when we made a start<br />

marking the pitches up on the car park. With the<br />

help from Rob of the Red Lion and Colin from the<br />

Arts Lounge Gallery, the pitches were all marked<br />

up and stallholders and the fun fair started to<br />

arrive by 08.30. Security supplied by Kurt of The<br />

White Hart was soon on site and all seemed to be<br />

running smoothly.<br />

By 2pm the stallholders were all set up and ready,<br />

the steam organ was playing, and the programme<br />

of entertainment was underway. Unfortunately<br />

the heavens opened more than once during the<br />

course of the afternoon, but Santa was already in<br />

14 15<br />

his grotto in the Arts Lounge Gallery seeing lots<br />

of young children with their parents, and the live<br />

reindeer were in their pen in Plowright Place. By<br />

the end of the evening Santa had seen 223 children,<br />

including a 3 day old baby from Downham Market<br />

and two 15 day old babies. By 7.30pm every child<br />

had been seen, but the musical entertainment and<br />

fun fair was still going strong.<br />

At 6pm the Christmas lights were switched on by<br />

Mr. Tony Abel and Mr. Paul LeGrice, and the raffle<br />

was drawn by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Houghton.<br />

Despite the weather, the event was a successful<br />

one and thanks must go to all those who helped<br />

to organise the event and also to those who<br />

participated. George Cushing’s steam organ, choirs<br />

from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior and Sacred Heart School,<br />

Ian Clews (Senor Momento), Oasis Church band<br />

and singers, Fakenham Town Band, Rob from the<br />

Red Lion, Colin & Elizabeth from the Arts Lounge<br />

Gallery, Kurt’s security, Poppi Interiors, St. Johns<br />

Ambulance, Fire crew, the Town Council staff,<br />

Councillors who did a stirling job selling raffle<br />

tickets, Debbie & Stuart Bell for organising the<br />

fun fair, Arnies Attic characters,Drakes electrical,<br />

Hayden Eagle, Susi, Brenda & Chas and of course<br />

we cannot forget the 35 outside stallholders, 30<br />

stallholders in the Assembly Rooms and Santa with<br />

his senior elf Andrew. It was a long day but worth<br />

it to see the smiles on the children’s faces. Well<br />

done everyone and thank you.<br />

Merry Christmas.<br />

Elizabeth Mason( assistant to Santa!)


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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions had the pleasure of<br />

handing over a £310 cheque to the<br />

Merle Boddy Centre. The money<br />

was from donations received at<br />

the Service of Thanksgiving held<br />

recently to mark the Centennial of Lions International.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions are helping collect food at the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Tesco Store for FoodShare over a four day<br />

period. Food collected will be topped up by Tesco with<br />

a 20% monetary donation. Last year nationally food<br />

collected enough for 28.6 million meals.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions welcomed a new member to the club;<br />

Lion President, Pam Tallon, inducted Joy Williams as<br />

the 28th member and the 3rd lady Lion member.<br />

At the same meeting the former Maltese Ambassador<br />

to Libya, George Cassar, was presented with his ten<br />

year service chevron, having been a Lion in Malta for<br />

eight years.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their annual Seniors Christmas<br />

lunch at the Sacred Heart School.<br />

Despite the wintery conditions eighty guests sat<br />

down to a traditional Christmas dinner prepared by<br />

international chief John Hornsby, who flew in from<br />

the Canary Islands for the occasion. A team of Lions<br />

prepared the vegetable that were supplied free of<br />

charge by Tesco, as one member said “I don’t wish to<br />

see another sprout this year after preparing a bucket<br />

full”. After the meal the guests enjoyed a table quiz,<br />

bingo, songs from the sixties and carols.<br />

Liz Truss MP, Jill Skinner Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Lion<br />

President Pam Tallon mingled with guests during the<br />

afternoon and were pleased to hear that the guests<br />

had nothing but praise for a wonderful party. The Lions<br />

put on this annual event recognising that the invitees<br />

enjoy the company and meet up with old friends.<br />

Rescue : Wooden : Boats<br />

Lucy Lavers at Wells<br />

Wells Lifeboat and Dunkirk Little Ship Lucy<br />

Lavers was busy giving very popular trips afloat<br />

from Wells all of last year. She is having some<br />

maintenance over the winter months and will be<br />

ready to set sail again at Easter.<br />

Local Maritime History Talk<br />

We had a talk on Thursday 7 December at 7.30 at<br />

the Maritime Heritage Centre, Stiffkey, NR23 1QF<br />

given by Captain Peter Elphick, Master Mariner,<br />

Naval historian and author. His subject is: “John<br />

Fryer, Sailing Master of the Bounty”. John Fryer<br />

lived and is buried in Wells.<br />

Maritime Heritage Centre Stiffkey NR23 1QF<br />

The Maritime Heritage Centre in Stiffkey alongside<br />

the working boatyard where wooden boats are<br />

being restored has been enjoyed by visitors<br />

“great treasure of a place” and “fascinating<br />

insight into our maritime heritage”. Do contact us<br />

if you might be interested in joining the friendly<br />

Volunteer Team – no experience needed.<br />

If you have a Group that would like to combine a<br />

visit to the Centre with a Lucy Lavers trip this year,<br />

do contact us, or if your Group would like to use<br />

the Centre let us know – a walking group stopped<br />

off the other week for a break and coffee!<br />

Wells Whelker Bessie<br />

Wells whelker Bessie is our next project.<br />

She also has some fascinating Dunkirk history (see<br />

website). We are fundraising now to raise money<br />

for the work - do be part of the story by becoming<br />

a “Bessie Benefactor”! We have already ordered<br />

an 18ft larch tree so it can dry before it is needed<br />

for her planks that need replacing.<br />

Events<br />

We will be present at, or hosting many events<br />

in 2018 – watch out for publicity on facebook,<br />

Twitter and in the press.<br />

www.rescuewoodenboats.com<br />

info@rescuewoodenboats.com 07920 760238<br />

Marathon Fundraisers<br />

As last year came to an end, so too did our<br />

fundraising for the Norfolk Renal Trust. Last year<br />

saw us complete some amazing personal goals; we<br />

all did 10 marathons in 10 days at the Great Barrow<br />

Challenge. Lloyd completed 52 marathons in 52<br />

weeks. Jackie completed the Norfolk Coastal Path<br />

100km and the positive steps grand slam of ultras.<br />

Myself, I completed a 100mile event at Endurman,<br />

and reached 100 marathons. We had the pleasure<br />

of running not only around the UK, but also much<br />

of Europe (Cyprus, Oslo, Venice, Porto) at the same<br />

time as promoting the year’s charity.<br />

Our Race night at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Golf Club as always was<br />

well supported by the community and raised £1000,<br />

raffle tickets, leg waxing, the most painful of all<br />

having 17 inches of my hair cut off. All of this saw us<br />

hit around £2000 in 2017.<br />

As well as personal achievements we have witnessed<br />

some amazing world records. Nick Nicholson<br />

completing over 200 marathons in one year. Dan<br />

Micola achieving an amazing 52 marathons in 52<br />

weeks in 52 countries and they are both still going.<br />

Finally Sophie Goodwin who in December became<br />

the youngest person ever to run 100 marathons.<br />

To run with these people and to become friends<br />

with people that inspire and encourage has been<br />

our greatest achievement in 2017. We would like<br />

to thank everyone for your continued support. This<br />

year’s charity will be annouced shortly.<br />

Charlie Harwood & friends<br />

The Iceni Partnership would like<br />

to wish all our readers<br />

a very happy new year.<br />

We look forward to lots<br />

more community<br />

achievements in 2018!<br />

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

On the 25th November it was just like going to Fakenham<br />

races; the spectators enclosure was full to the brim; the<br />

winners came thick and fast and the betting furious.<br />

The amount made on the night came to a staggering<br />

£1007. My thanks goes to all my girls who helped on the<br />

night and before with all the organising running up to<br />

the evening. Also, thank you to all owners of the horses;<br />

the sponsers of the races and to all who gave me wine<br />

and raffle prizes.<br />

My thanks also to Woody, Kim, Janet, Alan and Shep<br />

for the big part you played on making the evening so<br />

enjoyable. The room at the Conservative Club was<br />

generously given by Paul and the bread and cheese<br />

was donated by Tesco and of course a big thank you to<br />

everyone who supported us on the night, we hope to<br />

see you at our event in the new year.<br />

Norman gave us a lovely surprise when he popped in for<br />

a quick visit, as a member of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Bingo Club along<br />

with Ian and Linda, he presented us with £500. I can’t<br />

tell you how thankful we are for the continuing support<br />

they show us.<br />

Surprises can come in different guises, but when it is from<br />

one of our armed forces associations the feeling is always<br />

very special. Our thanks goes to all of you belonging to<br />

the Naval Association for your kind donation of £100.<br />

The church service held in St Peter & St Paul’s was enjoyed<br />

by all who attended. The collection of £310 has been<br />

generously donated to us. It is with many thanks to all<br />

who gave and to the Lions for their kindness of thinking<br />

of us we feel very blessed with the Lions continuing<br />

support of our centre.<br />

A dull morning outside was made to feel like a sunny day<br />

when we were presented with a cheque for £380 from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church. Thank you to all who attend<br />

the church and for your continuing support of our work.<br />

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. The Wissey U3A has over 300 members<br />

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

Art and Classical Music through to Poetry and Wine<br />

Appreciation.<br />

The table tennis group meets weekly in the<br />

Community Centre and also invites other U3A<br />

table tennis groups to play against them in friendly<br />

tournaments at home and away. U3A membership is<br />

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

gainful employment, so anyone working ‘parttime’<br />

can also apply for membership. Leaders of<br />

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

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

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

agenda.<br />

There was no Speaker arranged for the monthly<br />

meeting in December, instead, Committee Members<br />

organised the annual Christmas Party when fizzy<br />

wine, sausage rolls and mince pies were the order of<br />

the day. Christmas background music was provided<br />

by Karl’s ‘KSD Disco’ from Watton and members tested<br />

their general knowledge by answering questions in a<br />

conventional quiz and a ‘Pointless’ quiz. The Speaker<br />

on Thursday 4th January is Peter Lawrence, Peter’s<br />

talk is entitled ‘Beneath London Streets’.<br />

There is to be a First Aid course by the Red Cross in<br />

January which will include training in the use of a<br />

defibrillator. For more information about the U3A<br />

movement, go to www.u3a.org.uk. To enquire<br />

about Wissey U3A Membership contact Ian Clews<br />

on 01760 721247. For information about group<br />

activities in the Wissey U3A contact Dave Thorogood<br />

on 01760 622751 or visit the Wissey Homepage at<br />

www.u3asites.org.uk/wissey. If you are a ‘Third<br />

Ager’ and may have just moved to the area, come<br />

along as a guest to the monthly meeting on Thursday<br />

4th January. Meetings are held in the Playing Field<br />

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

month. Annual memberships cost £10 and renewals<br />

are £7 with a small charge of £1 for admittance to<br />

each monthly meeting.<br />

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

The first of this year’s courses looks at the history<br />

of schools and education in England. A Little<br />

Learning … Educating the People 1700 – 1914<br />

covers a period of great change in both attitudes<br />

to teaching and the provision of schools.<br />

Tutor Rosemary Steer presents this course,<br />

illustrated throughout with images, quotations<br />

and examples. In addition Rosemary will provide<br />

guidance to sources for the history of schools<br />

to help students find out more about their local<br />

schools.<br />

Beginning in February aviation historian Ian<br />

McLachlan takes us on a flight of fact and fancy<br />

exploring the development of aviation through<br />

centuries of myth, legend and reality. His course<br />

Airs and Graces spans the period from Icarus and<br />

Daedalus through to the Wright Brothers and<br />

beyond. Fascinating human-interest accounts and<br />

episodes from regional aviation history enhance<br />

this course.<br />

Both courses run for 7 weeks; the cost for each<br />

is £51. You are welcome to attend the first<br />

session as a ‘taster’ for £7 with no obligation to<br />

continue. Fees may be waived for those in receipt<br />

of benefits. Courses are held at the Community<br />

Centre, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Information<br />

about courses is available online at www.wea.org.<br />

uk where you can also sign up to attend. However<br />

there is no requirement to book in advance: just<br />

come along and you will be very welcome.<br />

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is<br />

a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector<br />

provider of adult education. Although originally<br />

aimed at workers, as the name suggests, nowadays<br />

all are welcome. Courses are informal and friendly.<br />

There are no tests or exams and you don’t need<br />

previous knowledge of the subject, so there’s no<br />

pressure to achieve a particular standard – just<br />

the pleasure of increasing your knowledge and<br />

experience, and the opportunity to meet new<br />

people.<br />

• A Little Learning … Educating the People 1700 –<br />

1914 – Fridays 10am to 12 noon from 19 January<br />

2018<br />

• Airs and Graces – Mondays 7.30pm to 9.30pm<br />

from 5 February 2018<br />

Further information: Tel 01760 723558<br />

Details of all WEA courses at www.wea.org.uk<br />

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

A Happy New Year to you all, from Geoff and<br />

Norman! Looking back over 2017, I think every<br />

session had something memorable, but for me<br />

there were three particular highlights.<br />

First there was the sheer exhilaration in March of<br />

Eleanora and Mark Ferguson playing four hands on<br />

one keyboard in a frantic boogie woogie number.<br />

Second was the evening in June when seventeen<br />

year old music student, Kayleigh Robinson, turned<br />

up with her saxophone and sat in with the band.<br />

Originally intending to play just two numbers,<br />

given the support and encouragement of the<br />

highly experienced, Myke Clifford on sax and Chris<br />

Kirk on trumpet, she played virtually the whole of<br />

the second set as well.<br />

Third was the second appearance in four months<br />

of guitarist Lee Vasey in August. We expected our<br />

lowest turnout of the year, assuming many of our<br />

supporters would be on holiday. Instead, so many<br />

turned up that we ran out of chairs! (By contrast,<br />

the lowest turnout was in September. I expect<br />

many regulars prefer to wait to go away when it is<br />

less crowded and less expensive!)<br />

We are taking a break in January but will be back in<br />

February on Tuesday 13th at 7.30pm, with the Ed<br />

Reed (guitar) Trio. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Social<br />

Club, 23 London Street, PE37 7DD £7 on the door.<br />

Geoff 01366 328730 or Norman 01760722384<br />

special educational needs<br />

information day for parents<br />

Come along and learn more about Education, Health and Care plans,<br />

annual reviews and SEN support. If you wish to discuss your childs needs<br />

on a personal basis we will be joined by:<br />

• Victoria Federico, SEN specialist, Access Legal solicitors<br />

• Dawn Stilwell, Parent Adviser at Contact<br />

• Natalie Webb, Family Action Health Champions project<br />

• PLUS representatives from Norfolk services.<br />

Refreshments and light lunch provided<br />

Tuesday 30 January, 9.45am-2pm<br />

Venue: The Assembly rooms, Market Place, Swaffam PE37 7QH<br />

to book your place please contact:<br />

Dawn 01733 811 993 eastofengland@contact.org.uk<br />

Natalie 01760 7203 02 Natalie.Webb@family-action.org.uk<br />

Contact is a trading name of Contact a Family. Charity registered in England and Wales (284912) and Scotland (SC039169).<br />

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Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District<br />

In November we had a most interesting talk by Cllr Colin Houghton (Deputy Mayor), with subsequent discussion,<br />

on “The future of <strong>Swaffham</strong>”. This was based on the current work on the Neighbourhood Plan which is attempting<br />

to look forward 20 + years to try and decide the sort of town we would like <strong>Swaffham</strong> to become. Not easy! Then<br />

just before this newsletter was published we visited Thursford for the annual Christmas Spectacular - always a<br />

good show.<br />

Regarding our popular Hospital Buddy Service we still need 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. Our office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays<br />

from 9 am to 4 pm from where an Information Pack for both Buddying and Befriending can be obtained. Apart<br />

from Pam on the office phone (07393 981 295), Barbara Lock, our Manager and our Buddy Coordinator, Clair<br />

Ensom can be contacted on 07412 775 574 and 07393 981 290 respectively.<br />

Our regular events are on the last Tuesday each month, at 2pm in the Assembly Rooms (in house), unless<br />

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

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

Secretary, Vicky (see below). Upcoming events are:<br />

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

February 27th - Oxburgh Hall talk (In house)<br />

March 14th – Princess Theatre Hunstanton (trip out, note date)<br />

March 27th – The Raising of the Mary Rose – Malcolm Cockell, talk (in house)<br />

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

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

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

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Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

Barry Gayton made a return visit to the<br />

Garden Club in November. Barry’s Desert<br />

World Gardens are in Santon Downham where<br />

he specialises in tropical and arid tolerant<br />

plants. His love of growing plants began at the<br />

age of seven when he surprised his parents by<br />

asking for a greenhouse for Christmas. Sixtyone<br />

years later, having spent thirty-eight of<br />

them as Head Gardener for Thetford Parks<br />

Department, he still enjoys growing plants<br />

from seed and cuttings. During this time he<br />

has encountered many weird and wonderful<br />

aspects of plants. These could be due to<br />

attacks by outside influences or coping with<br />

climatic conditions or simply nature ‘going<br />

wrong’. For example, we saw photographs of<br />

trees with strange twisted trunks formed as<br />

the tree continues to grow around a damaged<br />

part of bark, possibly caused by a vehicle.<br />

Barry also brought along physical examples,<br />

such as a large hard ball from the root of a<br />

conifer. This is caused by a specific wasp<br />

which injects saliva into the tree’s surface<br />

roots before laying eggs.<br />

In order to ensure the correct climatic<br />

conditions for seed germination, Strelitzia<br />

Nicolai, also known as the Bird of Paradise<br />

Plant, produces seeds with strange orange<br />

tufts on top. These are germinating inhibitors<br />

as the seed will only germinate when the<br />

ground is moist enough for the tufts to rot<br />

away.<br />

Like humans, every plant of a particular variety<br />

is slightly different. Sometimes a rogue gene<br />

or simply confusion due to over-hybriding will<br />

produce a flower in a different colour. If that<br />

stem is removed and rooted a new variety can<br />

be created naturally.<br />

Barry’s talk was supported by some amazingly<br />

clear close up photographs, including the<br />

amusing ‘pregnant potatoes’. These were<br />

discovered by accident when some old<br />

potatoes were left in the sack. New potatoes<br />

grew from inside the old ones! An extremely<br />

interesting talk which confirmed how little we<br />

know about the strange world of plants.<br />

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What’s on in the next 3 months:<br />

25th January Ian Roofe ‘Spring Garden Flowers’<br />

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Volunteer Befrienders Needed<br />

Action for Children’s NORFOLK INDEPENDENT VISITOR<br />

SERVICE is looking for volunteers to befriend young<br />

people in care to give them a chance to learn how to<br />

build positive relationships. We usually help youngsters<br />

up to the age of 22 but sometimes these friendships can<br />

last a lot longer. In the case of our most successful story<br />

the young woman is now 33, with a child of her own,<br />

and her volunteer, who was teamed up with her when<br />

she was just 11, is still very much in her life.<br />

Many of these young people have understandably learnt<br />

to mistrust adults and life in general. The Independent<br />

Visitor Service aims to give them back a sense of trust<br />

and also learn how to have good relationships for life. It<br />

can make a really big difference to their lives.”<br />

Volunteers might take them out for trips like bowling,<br />

cinema, beach trips, dog walks and meals and are strictly<br />

vetted with police checks and a series of interviews.<br />

• Volunteers must be over the age of 21.<br />

• Age is not a barrier, the oldest volunteer is currently<br />

a man in his 60s. It’s more important to have a friendly,<br />

positive and youthful outlook.<br />

• Volunteers must commit to at least two years.<br />

• Volunteers must be reliable, stable and committed.<br />

• The minimum visiting commitment is once a month.<br />

If you or someone you know are interested in becoming<br />

a volunteer, please email: independentvisitors.norfolk@<br />

actionforchildren.org.uk or call 01362 697 537.<br />

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This is a full time position for an applicant<br />

who is energetic, enthusiastic<br />

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The position would include many<br />

varied tasks such as gardening and<br />

property maintenance.<br />

Apply by email with CV to - cfountaine89@gmail.com<br />

Free Tai Chi Taster Session<br />

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

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A daytime events programme for older people in<br />

familiar community venues across Breckland. The<br />

Project promotes participation and independent<br />

living though an ambitious programme of<br />

workshops and performances, encouraging<br />

community engagement and wellbeing through<br />

the arts.<br />

The Silver Social is touring Breckland’s Libraries<br />

this January. We are delighted to announce<br />

that internationally acclaimed artist and singing<br />

daughter of Britain's broadcasting family of<br />

voices, Kate Dimbleby, is scheduled as the next<br />

artist to deliver a fantastic new workshop, ‘Sing<br />

Your Song,’ as part of our continuing Silver Social<br />

programme.<br />

This January, Kate will tour Breckland's libraries<br />

with her unique workshop, inviting residents<br />

from the 5 market towns to explore their voice,<br />

listen and remember the songs that inspire them.<br />

For those out of town, Kate will be returning with<br />

‘Sing Your Song,’ to select villages in February.<br />

No previous experience is required and everyone<br />

is welcome to join in or just sit and enjoy the<br />

company. Visitors can make a voluntary donation<br />

towards the cost of the workshop and anyone<br />

needing assistance with transport should let me<br />

know. Please do share details of these events<br />

with any friends, family or neighbours who would<br />

benefit from trying ‘something a little different.’<br />

Making a difference:<br />

Many towns and villages already have<br />

an impressive range of established local<br />

organisations, but data suggests that areas<br />

targeted by the Silver Social Project are home to<br />

the highest number of older residents and those<br />

living alone - many of whom do not currently<br />

engage in any arts activities. Running for the next<br />

2 years, the Silver Social Project aims to work<br />

alongside and strengthen existing community<br />

provision, through a varied programme of<br />

daytime events that sample different artistic<br />

disciplines. Hoping to generate discussion, spark<br />

ideas and encourage engagement, Silver Social<br />

can also signpost participants to existing groups<br />

and create cross-promotional opportunities for<br />

local organisations and their events. By working<br />

together, we can help promote community<br />

participation and begin to tackle the issues of<br />

isolation within rural communities.<br />

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Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new<br />

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We provide meaningful person-centred exceptional care for those in<br />

need of residential, respite, nursing or dementia care.<br />

Boasting 62 en-suite bedrooms, the home has<br />

been finished to the most luxurious standards,<br />

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spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

rooms with kitchenette areas that help to promote<br />

independence and social inclusion.<br />

The home has been designed to meet the needs<br />

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

care. This exciting new development meets our<br />

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

needs and providing the highest standards of care.<br />

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is<br />

focused around each person’s individual needs and<br />

wishes. We value and respect how each person<br />

chooses to spend their day.<br />

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs<br />

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly<br />

experienced and receive on-going training to make<br />

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.<br />

We really want to make a difference<br />

to the lives of the people we care for.<br />

With this in mind we have built the<br />

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

to making the design and layout<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

dementia.<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings and environment. It<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents every day.<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

people to take part in the daily living<br />

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

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Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

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Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

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www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

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1170-98-2SN<br />

LOCAL EDUCATION CHARITY SEEKS A CLERK.<br />

Hamond Educational Charity (charity no 277789) is<br />

a long established charity that has been supporting<br />

education and training in the Breckland area (with a<br />

special focus on <strong>Swaffham</strong>) for many years by way of<br />

grants and bursaries to young persons. It also supports<br />

local schools and academies and other bodies involved<br />

in the social and physical training of young people<br />

locally. The trustees meet 2 to 3 times a year to<br />

consider grant applications, to review investments and<br />

to conduct other essential business. The applicant may<br />

expect to apply some 20 hours annually to the role. The<br />

clerk’s duties primarily will be to:<br />

• Arrange and attend trustee meetings, take minutes,<br />

maintain minute book and charity records<br />

• Ensure compliance with Charity Commission requirements<br />

(records, annual reports and returns)<br />

• Administer applications for grants and make payments<br />

• Maintain charity web-site and domain name registration<br />

• Maintain ICO registration and data protection compliance<br />

• Maintaining charity insurances<br />

• Liaise from time to time with the charity’s accountants and<br />

financial advisers<br />

• Generally be a point of contact for third party<br />

communication with the charity.<br />

Interested persons are asked initially to contact Mr David<br />

Wickerson by email at clerk@hamondeducationalcharity.<br />

org.uk with a brief CV highlighting experience relevant to<br />

the role. A stipend, reviewed annually, will be granted to<br />

the successful applicant dependent upon the extent of<br />

duties undertaken.<br />

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

On behalf of your Hospice editor, a slight glitch<br />

occurred which prevented last month’s article<br />

being printed, to which I apologise profusely.<br />

Quite rightly we should start with a huge thank<br />

you to Peter Harris and his epic undertaking<br />

in walking 136 miles in aid of the Hospice and<br />

Rugby Club. Peter averaged eighteen miles a<br />

day and with the help of voluntary drivers was<br />

delivered and picked up each day, completing<br />

his walk in eight days. He started from the Rugby<br />

Club and took in the Peddars Way to Holme next<br />

the Sea, along the Coastal Path finally joining<br />

the Weavers Way near Felbrigg and ending<br />

at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth. Peter<br />

raised a total of £1,500.00, which was divided<br />

between the two Organisations. This is a<br />

phenomenal amount and we must congratulate<br />

Peter in completing this mammoth event and<br />

importantly all those who came forward to<br />

support him with their donations.<br />

The race Night in September organised by The<br />

Rotary, The Lions and Home Hospice raised a<br />

grand total of £1,500.00, each of them receiving<br />

£500.00.<br />

The Concert of Choirs staged in the Assembly<br />

Rooms with The Marham Bluebirds and<br />

the King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir, who were<br />

accompanied in one of their songs by the<br />

talented local girl, Amber Battem. Singing to a<br />

very appreciative audience the evening proved<br />

to be an enormous success for the Charity,<br />

raising a total of £1.200.00. Thanks must be<br />

directed to those who organised the evening.<br />

Once again one of our supporters Julia Willis<br />

along with her family and friends staged a<br />

Craft Fair at her home, and raised £230.65. The<br />

Home Hospice pass on their thanks to all those<br />

involved over the two days that the event was<br />

held, well done. If you would like to organise<br />

an event for us we will always assist you with<br />

advice. Just give us a ring on 01760 722937<br />

where one of the office staff will be only too<br />

happy to answers any queries you may have.<br />

The annual Charity’s Raffle which is held leading<br />

up to the festive period was staged in the Town<br />

and Tesco culminating in it being drawn at the<br />

Store. We are once again indebted to you all<br />

for purchasing tickets in support of our work<br />

and early figures indicate we are on course<br />

to match last year’s total. The total will be in<br />

February’s edition of the <strong>Newsletter</strong> We would<br />

like to take this opportunity in thanking Tesco<br />

27<br />

and their staff for their continual commitment<br />

in allowing us to sell tickets within the Store.<br />

We are once again represented with the<br />

Charity’s Christmas tree in St Peter St Paul<br />

Church, Festival of Trees. The ever popular<br />

event has witnessed many visitors enjoying the<br />

spectacular show that Organisations put up<br />

during the course of a week.Our ever popular<br />

Quiz is being staged on March 2nd at the<br />

Conservative Club, 7.30pm start with teams of<br />

up to 6 people at £5.00 per head. For further<br />

information please contact Adrian Adcock on<br />

01760 724304 or adrian.adcock@talktalk.net<br />

to enter a team.<br />

The Fundraising Committee of the Charity is in<br />

the early stages of planning a major event next<br />

year; in fact June has been earmarked. We hope<br />

to announce what this entails in the New Year.<br />

‘Have you ever thought of volunteering? Do you<br />

have some free time? If so we are looking for<br />

volunteer drivers, to take patients to hospital<br />

appointments or small trips. If you would like to<br />

find out how you may be able to help, give Wendy<br />

a call on 01760 336645. Why not visit our website<br />

www.swaffhamandlitchamhomehospice.co.uk<br />

for further information.<br />

Our Coordinator, Wendy Martin, Staff and<br />

Volunteers wish to thank all their supporters for<br />

their continual monetary support during 2017.<br />

We look forward to another year in carrying<br />

out the work we so passionately do, but rely<br />

on your generous donations in allowing us to<br />

continue.<br />

Finally, a Prosperous New Year to you all.<br />

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

On Saturday evening December the twinning<br />

held a christmas Social with entertainment<br />

by Senore Momento - a most enjoyable<br />

evening . Our AGM is on 23rd February at<br />

7pm in the community centre.


For more information contact:<br />

Bridget Plowright<br />

bridget.plowright@parkrun.com<br />

Or<br />

David Wickerson<br />

davidwick@btinternet.com<br />

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

Branch<br />

01760<br />

725801<br />

http://www.family-action.org.uk<br />

building better families<br />

Thank You <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Mary Bortkiewicz came to live in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> in April 2016 after her<br />

third stroke. She sadly passed<br />

away on 10th November 2017.<br />

During her time in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

she was made very welcome<br />

and was touched by people’s<br />

thoughtfulness and kindness. In<br />

particular, we would like to thank<br />

all the team at The Paddocks<br />

Care Home (past and present),<br />

where mum passed away for all<br />

the care given not only to mum,<br />

but to us especially during those last days and nights.<br />

A big thank you also to Father Gordon, Lissa and the<br />

sisters, who visited mum and brought her a lot of spiritual<br />

comfort. Thank you to the congregation at Our Lady of<br />

Pity RC Church for making mum so welcome and all your<br />

help getting mum in and out of the church.<br />

Thank you to Georgie and the team at the Merle Boddy<br />

Day Centre for making Tuesdays such a lot of fun. Mum<br />

never laughed so much.<br />

Thank you to Dr Lawrence and the Campingland Surgery<br />

and, of course, our kind neighbours.<br />

A fond thank you also to Darren and Dean at The Fox and<br />

Hounds in Weasenham and the many others, who would<br />

always go out of their way to make mum feel welcome.<br />

It is typical of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, but nonetheless much<br />

appreciated. Thank you and wish you all a happy 2018,<br />

Kiki & Simon<br />

The Peddars Inn<br />

What’s On In January<br />

70 The Street,<br />

Sporle PE32 2DR<br />

01760 788 101<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 log fire Locally sourced food<br />

19th January - Raising funds for PACT Animal Charity<br />

15% off all meals during January (Wednesday - Sunday)<br />

- excluding pie day and steak day<br />

Pie Day: Every Wednesday £7.95<br />

Steak Day: Every Thursday £9.95<br />

SWAFFHAM CONSERVATIVE CLUB<br />

The place to be:<br />

Crack the Safe –you have to<br />

be in it to win It.<br />

Its been won -£2,450.00<br />

Function Room For Hire<br />

(with Kitchen)<br />

Available for parties, family<br />

celebrations and work occasions.<br />

Receptions, Christenings & Wakes.<br />

(no 18 th Birthday parties)<br />

Why not book our<br />

Resident Party DJ<br />

Steve Greensides<br />

specializing in<br />

60’s 70’s<br />

Soul Disco & Motown.<br />

or<br />

Visit our Garden Room<br />

for a quiet drink or two<br />

Re-newels<br />

due<br />

1 st January<br />

2018<br />

Membership<br />

Fees<br />

If required<br />

Inter-<br />

Affiliation<br />

Card<br />

£2.50<br />

1st Year Initial<br />

Joining Fee<br />

1st Year<br />

Association<br />

Joining Fee<br />

Annual Full<br />

Membership<br />

UNDER<br />

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OVER PENSION<br />

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£5.00 £5.00 £10.00 £10.00<br />

£2.00 £2.00 £4.00 £4.00<br />

£17.00 £15.00 £28.00 £24.00<br />

Total Due<br />

£24.00 £22.00 £42.00 £38.00<br />

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

The start of another New Year and it would be good<br />

to see some of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s eyesores disappear in<br />

2018. One of these, next door to the museum, is<br />

the boarded up former Co-op supermarket, which<br />

closed last year, 130 years after the Co-op was<br />

established in the town. This picture shows the<br />

thriving departmental store which was still going<br />

strong in 1956 and with its modern shop front<br />

installed in 1953.<br />

Fortunately one blot on the landscape, on the other<br />

side of the Museum, was finally revealed in its new<br />

splendour just in time for the Christmas lights turn<br />

on at the beginning of December - namely the newly<br />

refurbished White Hart - congratulations to all<br />

concerned.<br />

However, as you walk round the town it is apparent<br />

that there are still areas which need attention for<br />

example the former bookmaker’s shop (once The<br />

Grapes public house) further along the road, with<br />

its whitened windows looking appalling. The historic<br />

former grammar school, near to the junction with<br />

the A47, is another building in need of TLC, since the<br />

antique centre there closed. And of course there<br />

are several shops which have remained empty for a<br />

long time, whilst others are snapped up as yet more<br />

charity shops.<br />

The History Group will be meeting on Monday 8th<br />

January, from 2pm/4pm at the Museum and will<br />

welcome new members.<br />

Rainbow Community Choir<br />

New Year ~ new hobby or an old one the needs<br />

re-visiting? Come and join us this year. Our<br />

new term starts on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 ~<br />

right at the beginning of the year so there’s no<br />

time for resolutions to be forgotten or ignored.<br />

We often hear people say “joining the choir<br />

is the best thing they’ve ever done. It’s so<br />

much fun and it’s boosted their confidence”,<br />

and “singing in our friendly and relaxed choir<br />

is good for the soul.<br />

Our musical director is encouraging and<br />

supportive. We sing a wide range of songs,<br />

African, Georgian, Corsican, English.<br />

You can tell how much we all enjoy singing<br />

by the smiles at the end of the session.” We<br />

are very lucky to have a number of men in our<br />

choir who really add to the depth of the music.<br />

Singing in four parts gives an opportunity to<br />

harmonise with all sections and allows us to<br />

tune into others and learn from each other.<br />

Another bonus is that it sounds really good<br />

when we’re on form! So come and give it a go.<br />

Your confidence will grow and nobody is singled<br />

out to sing alone.<br />

We sing unaccompanied in four parts: soprano,<br />

alto, tenor and bass.<br />

We practise together by just singing. No<br />

auditions, no music and great guidance from<br />

our musical director, Linda Roast.We meet<br />

term time at 7.30 pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

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

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

our website www.rainbowcommunitychoir.org.<br />

uk where we have recordings of some of our<br />

music or visit our Facebook page, you can also<br />

contact:<br />

Alan : 01760 724308 Anthea : 01760 336313<br />

Benefits for the elderly<br />

Many older people are entitled to claim benefits –<br />

but not everyone is aware of what their entitlements<br />

are, and how to claim. Age UK Norfolk is working<br />

hard to raise awareness so that those in later life,<br />

and their carers, can claim; and helping them along<br />

the way to make those claims.<br />

The awareness campaign begins in January and the<br />

charity is aiming to ensure that the people concerned:<br />

• Will be better informed<br />

• Know their rights<br />

• Are claiming their entitlements<br />

• Are fully informed about attendance allowance,<br />

pension credit, council tax benefit etc<br />

• Get the help and assistance they need to claim<br />

those benefits.<br />

Age UK Norfolk hopes to achieve this by offering:<br />

• Benefit entitlement checks.<br />

• Free and confidential advice about home safety,<br />

housing, care issues etc.<br />

• Providing this service in a place of a claimant’s<br />

choice, either in their own homes, at Age UK<br />

Norfolk’s premises, in a care home, or any other<br />

venue that is deemed suitable.<br />

To find out more about<br />

benefit checks, call the Age<br />

UK Norfolk advice line on<br />

0300 500 1217,<br />

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.<br />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

It’s difficult to know where time<br />

has gone, I’m half way through my<br />

year as Mayor. During November I<br />

attended the Escape project to see<br />

awards presented.<br />

What a happy inspiring place this is, pizzas<br />

were being cooked by Katy in the clay oven and<br />

a massive pot of homemade soup made from<br />

vegetables grown at the allotment bubbled<br />

away, absolutely delicious. I’m so pleased that<br />

a bid for a grant has been successful to continue<br />

this work, it’s so well deserved, thanks to all<br />

those who work and volunteer there.<br />

The British legion Concert was a lovely<br />

thought provoking event with contributions<br />

from the Convent School, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players<br />

and Dereham Brass Band. When they play the<br />

regimental themes it’s always a proud moment<br />

to see those who are or have been involved<br />

stand up, one of them being our own Honorary<br />

citizen Mrs Toni Groom.<br />

We have now formed a Steering Group for<br />

the Neighbourhood Plan and appointed a new<br />

consultant with lots of ideas and practical<br />

experience to carry us through. There had<br />

been some frustrations with the plan not<br />

progressing, and many people involved in the<br />

process did not feel there was a clear direction<br />

of how this would go forward. A lot of work<br />

had been done by volunteers, giving their time<br />

gathering evidence and working on reports,<br />

all of this work is valuable thank you for your<br />

input, it will now be taken forward by the<br />

steering group.<br />

The Christmas Lights was a great success so I<br />

am told, unfortunately I was unable to attend<br />

as I had a family funeral in Leeds that day. A big<br />

thank you to all who helped put this together,<br />

it’s not just the day but all the organising that<br />

goes with it done by the Town Council, Trade<br />

Association and Volunteers. Lights aren’t cheap<br />

unfortunately, the Town Council and <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Trade Association put in £6, 000 each for the<br />

lights installation, and the Town Council also<br />

set aside £2500 to provide a free switch on<br />

event. This does mean to maintain this event<br />

volunteers are needed and of course support<br />

for fundraising events, just a thought for the<br />

New Year.<br />

On that note and realising that Christmas has<br />

come and gone I’d like to wish you all a Happy<br />

and Peaceful New Year<br />

Every good wish Jill<br />

30<br />

31


In Touch With Your Town<br />

Christmas Lights Switch on<br />

Event 2017<br />

What another successful<br />

event for the town. There was<br />

something for everyone: Santa<br />

in his Grotto at the Arts Lounge,<br />

Reindeers in Plowright Place, a thriving Indoor market<br />

at the Assembly Rooms, Entertainment all afternoon<br />

and early evening under the Buttercross, Funfair in<br />

and around the Market Place, over 35 food and craft<br />

stalls and entertainment throughout the event.<br />

The rain and cold didn’t deter the brave and the town<br />

turned out in great numbers once more, to see the<br />

lights being switched on at 6pm from the Buttercross.<br />

It’s hard not to be captivated by the lights in the town<br />

this year, from the Buttercross to the trees and the<br />

wonderful lampposts.<br />

A huge thank you goes out to all the sponsors,<br />

volunteers and participants who all helped with the<br />

preparation and delivery of a great event. Work has<br />

already started on next year’s event, you can put<br />

Sunday 2nd December 2018 in your diary, this date<br />

has just been changed from what we previously<br />

agreed, moving from the Friday back to a Sunday<br />

event in 2018. Watch this space for more information.<br />

PLANNING APPLICATIONS<br />

There is always a lot of interest in planning applications,<br />

particularly when something is happening on your<br />

doorstep or in your street. New developments are<br />

probably the most contentious, as they often stretch<br />

the town boundaries, as they are known today. But if<br />

you stop and think about how the town of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

has evolved over the years, most of the town would<br />

not be here, if it wasn’t for developers chancing their<br />

arm and investing in the town. Opinions on planning<br />

are always to the extreme, as you are either for or<br />

against a development, or an application, very rarely<br />

do people sit on the fence in planning affairs. Council’s<br />

are accused or siding with either the developer or the<br />

residents or Breckland Council, so somewhere along<br />

the lines, someone is not going to be happy, as very<br />

rarely do they all agree. Well that is the myth, as the<br />

common public opinion in reality of course things are<br />

very different, as 90% of all applications, residents,<br />

applicants, developers, Town and District Council’s<br />

all agree. It is only those 10%, that are contentious, it<br />

is just that these take up 90% of the time…<br />

Two current applications by Abel Homes for an<br />

example, are amongst the 10% that could be classed<br />

as contentious. Just recently, we have the application<br />

for Phase 3 of Swan’s Nest, which has resulted in<br />

representations being made by local residents to<br />

the Town Council and to Breckland who are the<br />

planning authority (making the final decision). The<br />

detailed design has changed somewhat since the<br />

outline planning permission was granted, and the<br />

reasons for this have been explained to the Town<br />

and Breckland Council. It doesn’t mean though that<br />

residents are entirely happy, and this matter is yet to<br />

be determined by Breckland Council (a final decision<br />

is awaited in the new-year). It is an important<br />

process though, that all interested parties express<br />

themselves clearly while they have the chance, that<br />

they have the opportunity to have their say, as part of<br />

the decision-making process, whether they agree or<br />

not in the final decision, is of course another matter.<br />

Equally, there is much interest in the recently<br />

received Outline application from Abel Homes for<br />

the erection of up to 64 bed care home, up to 40<br />

assisted living dwellings, a Medical Centre, 650 sqm<br />

retail use, up to 160 dwellings with Open Space,<br />

associated infrastructure and detailed means of<br />

access. By the time you are reading through your<br />

newsletter, your Town Councillors will have already<br />

given their comments back to Breckland Council. Abel<br />

Homes have conducted pre-application discussions<br />

with the Town Council and had a public consultation<br />

day at the George Hotel a couple of months ago.<br />

The application, if successful, will be followed by a<br />

more detailed application, before anything is finally<br />

built. The current application is contentious because<br />

it is currently outside of the emerging Local Plan<br />

allocated sites for development. It was put forward<br />

as an alternative site, and if the planning permission<br />

is granted, it will change elements of both the Local<br />

Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan.<br />

The Town Council operate an e-mail alert<br />

service, if you sign up to it on our website www.<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk as planning applications<br />

are made, you can receive an e-mail direct to your<br />

inbox automatically, it might be worth doing this, if<br />

you want to keep an eye on how the town develops.<br />

We also advertise community events in the same<br />

way, so please consider signing up. All you have to do<br />

is enter your e-mail address at the relevant section of<br />

the home page, and press the button…<br />

GRIT BINS, LITTER BINS & DOG BINS<br />

We have many queries every year about Grit Bins,<br />

Litter Bins and Dog Bins, particularly on new estates<br />

in the Town. The problem with new estates, is that<br />

we have new residents long before the public areas<br />

get handed over to the local authorities, whether it<br />

be County Council, Breckland Council or your Town<br />

Council. So, we get this transitional period where<br />

it appears as if nothing is being done. The reality is<br />

much different, as the three authorities are usually<br />

preparing the ground for the transfer to happen,<br />

what is often not clear is the timetable and this is<br />

down to the developer, and how fast the houses are<br />

built and sold. In general, the Town Council welcome<br />

thoughts from all parts of the Town for suggestions<br />

of bins, for grit, litter and dogs. It is better to know<br />

where there is a problem, than not, but we have<br />

quite a few outstanding issues already in various<br />

parts of the town. Then it is down to whether there<br />

is a budget and whether permission can be granted<br />

at the locations suggested, all these things and the<br />

red tape associated with it, take far too long, but rest<br />

assured, we are on the case behind the scenes, it is<br />

what we must do to make it happen.<br />

Please consider signing up for our gritting scheme<br />

as a volunteer, thank you to all who have so far. At<br />

the time of writing the forecast for the next 10 days<br />

is very grim, so the snow may have already been<br />

and gone. It could return with a vengeance though<br />

in January or February, as we have a good part of<br />

the Winter months still to come. Please contact<br />

us at the Town Hall 01760 722922 enquiries@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

‘In Touch with your Town’ is put together by the<br />

Town Clerk Richard Bishop or occasionally by the<br />

Deputy Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals with some<br />

of the most topical items of the day and the odd item<br />

where the Council want to share information with<br />

the Town.<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 10th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 15th – Relief in Need 6.45 - 7.15pm<br />

Monday 22nd - Full Council Finance<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 30th – N Plan -Steering Group. 12noon<br />

Planning committee - 1.30pm Council Chamber,<br />

Town Hall.<br />

Wednesday 31st – Open Spaces 6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

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.<br />

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Mind, Body & Spirit<br />

With Christmas behind us and a new year beginning, I felt<br />

this to be a good time to announce something very new<br />

that may be of benefit to all those that work in the holistic<br />

and complementary arena.<br />

For some time I wrestled with the idea, the concept that<br />

sharing further across the network would as a result<br />

increase the interest. Well here goes, after nine months of<br />

development, yes it took nine months, we have created<br />

the possibility that for everyone who wishes to promote<br />

themselves as a practitioner, everyone who organises<br />

spiritual events and for all the venue stakeholders to place<br />

their details, their spiritual event and their venue on a<br />

brand new website. The website is headed up as www.<br />

spiritualflow.com, and is free to all those seeking to share<br />

their information.<br />

The hardest aspect when organising such a complex site<br />

is to populate the site with valued content. The new year<br />

will therefore bring some new challenges forward that will<br />

enable a fully automated newsletter service that would<br />

enhance our own local newsletter as well as introducing<br />

new ideas and new ways forward.<br />

I know I would welcome any useful comments with ways<br />

forward, seen by our readers. I would of course initially<br />

welcome their input by logging into the site as a new user<br />

and registering with the relevant content. In this way we<br />

can get the site moving in an upwardly mobile way. I hope,<br />

by the time this drops on your mat to have populated some<br />

of the more local Norfolk and surrounding counties events,<br />

venues and practitioners. It’s a work in progress and will<br />

during the course of 2018, become a huge successful way<br />

to ‘Shout out’ the Spiritual Flow within us.<br />

So what delights might we expect in the early part of the<br />

year. Well we have a few little gems to offer, whilst the fires<br />

burn strong and bright, the Kirtan for health with Chrissy<br />

and her follows continues to shine strong. Her group gather<br />

once a fortnight in Sporle and sing Mantras, the group has<br />

been expanding its wonderful skills and understanding and<br />

has now gone into playing percussion instruments. These<br />

sessions start up from Thursday 4th January and run every<br />

other week starting at 7.30pm. More info can be sort by<br />

contacting Christine on 07957 405823.<br />

It is well over a year ago when we first started our Gong<br />

Bath sessions and I’m delighted to say they continue to go<br />

well. They are held at ‘The Assembly’ an amazing place for<br />

these beautiful instruments. Each gong bath is a unique<br />

event and the next uniqueness will be on Wednesday 17th<br />

January starting promptly at 7.30pm. More info can be<br />

found on our website.<br />

Finally, we have arranged a special weekend retreat, the<br />

first weekend in February in West Lexham, it’s being run<br />

at cost, in other words for less than two hundred pounds<br />

you get full board in amazing rooms as well as all the<br />

workshops. This is an amazing location for something so<br />

special, there will be five tutors running various spiritual<br />

workshops and once again that information can also be<br />

found on our website.<br />

I wish you all a wonderful, loving experience throughout<br />

2018.<br />

Steve at Spiritual Flow<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

at 6.30pm.<br />

7th January, Wendy Thompson, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

21st January, Linda Rae, Ashill<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 />

Linda White (chair) was proud to present a cheque<br />

for £500 on behalf of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Spitual Awareness<br />

Group to James Dean (treasurer) Age Concern<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District .<br />

Even ironing!<br />

Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<br />

Mobile 07849 652 713<br />

PAWSOUTDOORS<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 />

pawsoutdoors42@outlook.com<br />

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