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February 2018

February 2018


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February 2018<br />


Sacred Heart students learn<br />

the benefits of animal<br />

companionship for well-being<br />

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

7 School Speak<br />

8 Church News<br />

9 Community Hospital LofF<br />

11 Green Britain Centre/ Rotary<br />

13 WI & <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

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

17 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

18 WEA/Wissey U3A<br />

20 Age Concern<br />

21 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

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

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

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

28 Mayor’s Parlour<br />

29 Town Council<br />

Another Christmas Meal Success<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms was full of Christmas<br />

cheer on 25th December, welcoming local residents<br />

to the annual afternoon of community celebration.<br />

Both Mayor and Deputy Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

welcomed over 100 guests and volunteers to the<br />

festively decorated Regency Room with a drink and<br />

nibbles before being ushered into the Ball Room<br />

to be seated for a traditional Christmas banquet.<br />

The Assembly Rooms were serenaded by Mr Steve<br />

Hudson and, after Christmas pudding and cream,<br />

entertained with some Yorkshire monologues from<br />

Renee Vincett. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Crier Nigel Wilkin<br />

helped Santa call the free raffle of the many gifts<br />

donated and everyone was given a slice of traditional<br />

Christmas cake to take home, supplied by Patisserie<br />

Iceni based at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Iceni Partnership co-ordinates <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s belief that<br />

no-one should be alone at Christmas if they don’t<br />

want to be. Businesses big and small joined residents<br />

with donations of goods and time helping to boost<br />

the generous financial help from the Bernard<br />

Matthews Fund and Waitrose Community Matters.<br />

The day would not happen, however, without the<br />

generous time given by a legion of volunteers on the<br />

day and beforehand.<br />

It is hoped that the free to all celebration will<br />

continue for many years to come.<br />

Icenima presents...<br />

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 2pm<br />

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

Tickets: £4<br />

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For more info, contact 01760 722 800 or visit www.icenipartnership.info

Upcoming Events<br />

Airs and Graces: The History of Aviation<br />

Course run by WEA at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, starting Monday 5th February<br />

at 7.30pm. Tutor: Ian McLachlan. Try a taster - attend first session for £7 (fee may be<br />

waived for those in receipt of benefits).<br />

Enrol at the first session or online at www.wea.org.uk<br />

An Evening with Chris Knights<br />

We look forward with eager anticipation to this presentation from Chris Knights –<br />

on whatever wildlife subjects and locations he chooses. Chris is well known as a<br />

farmer, conservationist, award winning photographer and film maker.<br />

Whatever topic Chris chooses, it is bound to be enthralling, entertaining and<br />

informative with superb photography.<br />

Visitors most welcome. Admission £2 on the night if you are not a NarVOS member.<br />

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

An Evening of Clairvoyance<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group presents an evening of clairvoyance at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre on Friday 9th February, 7.30 - 10pm. Doors open<br />

at 7pm. With medium Keith Thompson. Tickets £10. Light refreshments available.<br />

A raffle will be held on the night, all proceeds to this year’s nominated charity<br />

‘<strong>Swaffham</strong> Hospital League of Friends’. Tickets must be purchased in advance. If<br />

interested, contact Linda on 07452 206976.<br />

Evening of relaxing Kirtan<br />

Sing and chant beautiful ancient mantras. Simple melodies in a call and response<br />

style. You don’t need to be concerned about how well you sing, just relax and enjoy<br />

the meditative benefits. For details please contact Chris: 07957 405823<br />

chrissywillis57@yahoo.co.uk<br />

The Big Quiz<br />

Friday 23rd March, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm) Necton Primary School, School<br />

Road, Necton. £2 per person. *Adults only* Max of 6 people per team. Hot drinks<br />

available, bring your own soft/alchoholic drinks and nibbles.Tickets available from<br />

the school office or on the door.<br />

Bingo at Sacred Heart School<br />

Tuesday 8th March, Doors open 6pm, Eyes down 6.30pm. Full booklet £6, smaller<br />

books for children £2, cash flyer £1 (adults only). Everyone and all ages welcome.<br />

Car park at back of school on Sporle Road. Signposts to Main School Hall.<br />

Bingo for Merle Boddy Centre<br />

March 16th, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservitive Club. Eyes down at 7.30pm<br />

Coffee Morning<br />

On Saturday 10th February <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch Royal British Legion are holding<br />

a coffee morning in the Methodist Church school room from 9.30 am - 12noon.<br />

Craft Fayre<br />

Sat 24th Feb, 8.30am - 4pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. First fayre of the year,<br />

with old and new stalls. For more info contact Lisa Eagle on 01760 440123.<br />

Jumble Sale<br />

Saturday 10th March, 1pm to 3pm at Necton Primary School, School Road, Necton<br />

PE37 8HT. If you would like to donate items for sale, please bring them to the school<br />

hall on Friday 9th March *3.15-5pm) or from 10am to 12pm on the day of the sale.<br />

We are unable to accept any electrical items.<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

School, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Access and parking from Sporle Road.<br />

Gt Massingham Film Night presents: The Exception (15)<br />

Venue: GT Massingham Village Hall , Thursday February 15th, 7pm for 7.30pm<br />

Price: £4.00 with refreshments after the show<br />

Quiz Night<br />

For all you quizzers - there is a quiz night on February 15th 2018 at 7.30PM in the<br />

Conservative Club. Teams of 4 will be competing for the honour of being ‘top team’<br />

with bottles of wine for the winners and wooden spoons for the ‘tail end Charlies’!!<br />

Entry is £2 per person and teams: please book in at the Reception, Campingland<br />

Surgery. All are welcome and nibbles will be supplied to keep the grey cells going<br />

Save the Children Coffee Morning<br />

Saturday 3rd March, 9am till 12pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Take some time<br />

out and come along to enjoy one of our coffee mornings with exciting stalls!<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre at 7pm on 23rd February. New members welcome<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

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

Love. Fri 16 Feb at 7:30pm £16.<br />

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

Julia Stafford Allen presents an illustrated talk. Wed 28 Feb at 2pm £10 includes tea<br />

and cake afterwards.<br />

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

Tointon and Adrian Edmondson. Wed 14 Feb at 7pm £15. On Screen Wednesday<br />

Flicks all at 2pm £8 with optional pre-booked lunch available DUNKIRK (PG) Wed 7<br />

Feb. GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (15) Wed 21 Feb.<br />

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Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

Argentine Tango<br />

Ballroom and Latin Dance with Emma. Convent of the Sacred Heart School,Mangate<br />

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 7.30-9.30pm £12 per person. Tel: 07812 212117<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Tor Howman 07854 736 920<br />

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

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

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

197994/07425 607667<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Booking essential on 01760 724704 or Anne 07469243052<br />

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

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

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


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 />

5<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.£3<br />

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

13 – 18.<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,<br />

PE33 9NP 3-4yrs 5.20-6 Fun & Games,5-7yrs:6-7pm, 8-16yrs:7-8pm. Adv.<br />

Juniors, Seniors 17+ : 8-9.30pm FIRST LESSON FREE. Then 3-4yrs £2, 5-12yrs-<br />

£3. 13-16yrs -£1.00. 17+ - £3.50. Colin McCallum. 07905278857 or www.<br />

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

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

gmail.com<br />

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

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

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

For 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 />

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

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club See Tuesday listing

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 />


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 />

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

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

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

library whether permanently or temporarily. Books<br />

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

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

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

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

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

Tackling Period Poverty<br />

As you may have heard in the news recently, there are<br />

an increasing number of young women and girls being<br />

forced to skip school when they’re on their period due<br />

to being unable to afford adequate sanitary protection.<br />

A survey by the charity Plan International UK found<br />

that one in 10 girls or women aged 14 to 21 in Britain<br />

cannot afford sanitary towels or tampons.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre have recently received a<br />

significant donation of sanitary towels, so please feel<br />

free to come to collect some free of charge from the<br />

Iceni Office. There<br />

is almost always a<br />

female member of<br />

staff in the office<br />

who will be able to<br />

discreetly help you<br />

with what you need.<br />

We welcome any<br />

donations to enable us to have an ongoing supply<br />

available. You can get in touch by calling us on 01760<br />

722 800 or emailing enquiries@iceni.info We are also<br />

now on Facebook: @Iceni<strong>Swaffham</strong>1<br />

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

Team Houghton at SJA:<br />

This term Year 6, at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior Academy, are<br />

learning about electricity. As part of our investigations<br />

the whole year group spent a day creating motorised<br />

electric cars which could be taken home at the end<br />

of the day!<br />

Charlie Marien has written a short description of<br />

the fun day: “So we created a car which was motor<br />

powered, it did take a while but we all eventually<br />

created one! We used skills we had learnt in previous<br />

years about circuits and followed the instructions.<br />

Some of us had to improvise to make our cars work.”<br />

Drake, deep in concentration, he later managed to<br />

adapt his car by adding tape to his tyres so it could<br />

move on the carpet.<br />

Later on in this term we have other exciting and<br />

challenging activities to complete which investigate<br />

alternative power sources to electricity. This will<br />

include the class creating their own wind powered<br />

turbines and designing solar bottle lights (a device<br />

which is used in many places of the world where<br />

electricity isn’t currently present).<br />

Iceni Rural Writers<br />

We often use our life experiences as inspiration.<br />

Here Charlie explores how our attitudes to our<br />

relatives can change over time.<br />

My Father’s Cousin<br />

Poor Elsie. A refrain often heard repeated by mother.<br />

Poor Elsie. She has a lonely life.<br />

I used to ignore her but now<br />

I keep in touch.<br />

I used to think she was boring but now<br />

I find her stories interesting.<br />

I used to think it was mum’s job to keep in contact<br />

but now<br />

Mum’s no longer here<br />

I accept that it’s mine.<br />

Charlie Dearden<br />

Sacred Heart <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

As the world is reported to be a more stressful place<br />

for the youth of today, Sacred Heart School has put<br />

focus on ‘well-being’ for this academic year. Students<br />

have been encouraged to consider what well-being is<br />

and how they can help themselves and their peers to<br />

gain a more positive perception of themselves and the<br />

world. PSHEE lessons and assemblies have introduced<br />

concepts and techniques to improve well-being. Some<br />

classes have done workshops in yoga and nutrition,<br />

whilst others have taken the time to visit art exhibitions.<br />

Most recently, the school took the last morning of<br />

the Autumn term to explore well-being; allowing<br />

students the freedom to try something new, challenge<br />

themselves and bond with students from different year<br />

groups.<br />

Some activities were active: some students gaining a<br />

sense of achievement from running the furthest they<br />

had ever run before, others learning how to ‘improve<br />

fitness’ in HIIT training, whilst others learnt the ‘benefits<br />

of yoga’ for ‘relaxing and toning’. Some students<br />

embraced a challenge, with orienteering introducing<br />

students to ‘new skills’ such as ‘the compass, maps<br />

and Morse code’. Some were mindful and explored<br />

the quotes of great philosophers about happiness and<br />

how it is achieved. Many got creative! Some learned to<br />

arm knit, while others danced and made decorations.<br />

Meanwhile, another group learnt the benefits of animal<br />

companionship and explored some of the world’s<br />

amazingly adapted creatures.<br />

The well-being day was enjoyed by all of the students<br />

and staff; leaving for holidays with a positive outlook<br />

and well informed in ways that they can improve<br />

outlook and perception of themselves.<br />

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

Friday Feb 2nd<br />

Power of Prayer 9.30am<br />

Saturday Feb<br />

3rd Coffee Morning 9.30am -12noon<br />

Sunday Feb 4th Morning Worship 10.45am followed<br />

by refreshments.<br />

Thursday Feb 8th<br />

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

Friday Feb 9th<br />

Power of Prayer 9.30 am.<br />

Saturday Feb 10th<br />

Coffee Morning 9.30am - 12noon.<br />

Sunday Feb 11th<br />

Morning Worship 10.45am followed by refreshments.<br />

Friday Feb 16th<br />

Power of Prayer 9.30am.<br />

Saturday Feb 17th<br />

Coffee Morning 9.30 am - 12noon.<br />

Sunday Feb 18th<br />

Morning Worship 10.45am followed by refreshments.<br />

Thursday Feb 22nd<br />

Thursday Group 2.30 - 4pm. Quiz.<br />

Friday Feb 23rd<br />

Power of Prayer 9.30am.<br />

Saturday Feb 24th<br />

Coffee Morning 9.30am - 12noon.<br />

Sunday Feb 25th<br />

Morning Worship 10.45am followed by refreshments.<br />

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

Dear Friends,<br />

Christmas reminds us of the birth of Jesus, and an<br />

opportunity to sing “Love came down at Christmas”.<br />

Now, as we look to February I am reminded that the<br />

14th is St Valentine’s Day – and once again we are<br />

celebrating love. I suppose many of us are thinking of<br />

the love between two people, which is something to<br />

celebrate. My parents got married on February 14th,<br />

so it was a very special day for them.<br />

We went into the supermarket the other day, and<br />

saw lots of Valentine’s cards for sale, and suggestions<br />

of gifts for that special someone. Some of the cards<br />

were, in my eyes at least, quite sentimental and<br />

gushing. However, there is nothing sentimental<br />

about true love. Many a child, and adult, has said<br />

“You can’t love me if you won’t let me do or give me<br />

what I want.” It can be very hard to say “No”, or to say<br />

something which is honest even if it’s not necessarily<br />

what the other person wants to hear. We sometimes<br />

use the phrase “tough love” to remind us that it isn’t<br />

always easy to love someone else, or bring children<br />

up to know right and wrong.<br />

I quoted the first line of a carol “Love came down at<br />

Christmas”, but we see what that love cost on Good<br />

Friday and then Easter morning – that’s the greatest,<br />

and the toughest, love of all. As we reflect on the<br />

love we have for each other, and celebrate it, let’s<br />

remember it’s a reflection of the love God has for us.<br />

Eleanor<br />

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

February Services<br />

Sunday 4th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 7th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 11th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 14th Ash Wednesday<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 18th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am Family Service<br />

Wednesday 21st<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 25th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 28th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 4th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong (BCP)<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<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Churches Together<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Churches Together will be<br />

looking at what has traditionally been the Three<br />

Pillars of Lent, Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving,<br />

for their Lent Studies.<br />

The course takes place over 6 weeks on Thursday<br />

evenings at 7:00pm in the Methodist Chapel<br />

Rooms, subject to availability. Churches Together<br />

are also hosting Lent lunches on each Friday<br />

following the Thursday subject.<br />

Thursday 15th February<br />

Subject: Personal Prayer.<br />

Friday 16th February<br />

Lent Lunch at the Baptist Church at 12:00 noon<br />

Thursday 22nd February<br />

Subject: Praying Together.<br />

Friday 23rd February<br />

Lent Lunch at the Parish Church at 12:00 noon<br />

Thursday 1st March<br />

Subject: The Historical Significance of Fasting<br />

Friday 2nd March<br />

Lent Lunch at the Catholic Church Rooms at 12:00<br />

noon<br />

Thursday 8th March<br />

Subject: Personal Fasting.<br />

Friday 9th March<br />

Lent Lunch at the Methodist Chapel Room at<br />

12:00 noon<br />

Thursday 15th March<br />

Subject: Personal Giving.<br />

Friday 16th March<br />

Lent Lunch at the Methodist Chapel Room at<br />

12:00 noon<br />

Thursday 22nd March<br />

Subject: Giving Together<br />

Friday 23rd March<br />

Lent Lunch at the Baptist Church at 12:00 noon.<br />

Friday 2nd. March<br />

2:00pm Women's World Day of Prayer Service at<br />

Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church. This follows the<br />

Lent lunch at 12:00 noon and everyone is welcome<br />

to attend both these and all other events.<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 and<br />

advice.<br />

Call Sally for further details on: 07772 852 284<br />

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

Community Hospital LofF<br />

Hi Everyone. Firstly we would like to wish you<br />

all A Very Happy New Year. We have a couple of<br />

events booked for your 2018 diaries, they are:<br />

Saturday 10th March<br />

A Coffee Morning at The Methodist Church<br />

Rooms 9am - 12 noon<br />

Saturday 1st September<br />

Our Annual Street Collection. 9am - 1pm.<br />

Saturday 22nd September<br />

A Coffee Morning at The Methodist Church<br />

Rooms 9am - 12 noon.<br />

As usual you can contact The League of Friends<br />

by ringing Colin Houghton (Chairman ) on 01760<br />

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

721430.<br />

Campingland Surgery<br />

Before long the Campingland evening talks will<br />

begin for this year. These are for EVERYONE not<br />

just Campingland patients. We organise speakers<br />

on subjects relating to health and medical<br />

problems which are of interest to all, as well as<br />

providing useful information to the benefit of<br />

many people. In most cases these issues relate to<br />

someone within most family and friends groups.<br />

Thus are well worth the attending, ( if only for<br />

the refreshments and chat afterwards)!!<br />

For all you quizzers - there is a quiz night<br />

on February 15th 2018 at 7.30PM in the<br />

Conservative Club. Teams of 4 will be competing<br />

for the honour of being ‘top team’ with bottles<br />

of wine for the winners and wooden spoons for<br />

the ‘tail end Charlies’!!<br />

Entry is £2 per person and teams: please book in<br />

at the Reception, Campingland Surgery. All are<br />

welcome and nibbles will be supplied to keep<br />

the grey cells going.<br />

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

President’s Corner<br />

This is the first column I have written<br />

since our Christmas celebrations, so I<br />

propose to mention them briefly.<br />

Our members, with family and friends,<br />

held their Christmas party at The George a week<br />

before Christmas. After an excellent meal, we<br />

enjoyed a fun quiz, and were entertained by<br />

readings and recitations from members, before<br />

finishing off with carol singing. There was also<br />

a “Secret Santa” which supplied everyone with<br />

a small present, delivered by Santa in person,<br />

who also gave each lady a red rose. I hope that<br />

everyone left full of good cheer, and ready for the<br />

forthcoming celebrations.<br />

Green Britain Centre<br />

‘Over the last few months, we have become<br />

aware of even more problems associated with<br />

the sustainability of the earth.<br />

Our use and disposal of plastics was<br />

highlighted by David Attenborough in his TV<br />

programme: Small particles of plastic have<br />

been distributed through the oceans and are<br />

now ‘feeding’ fish and birds. Also highlighted<br />

has been air pollution; currently Breckland<br />

Council is asking us, the public, for our views<br />

and ideas on how <strong>Swaffham</strong> is affected and<br />

what we can do about it.<br />

At GBC we are concerned about these<br />

problems NOW, but also for the future health<br />

of our children and grandchildren.<br />

Meanwhile, we are encouraged by the signs of<br />

new life in the grounds and the organic part of<br />

the garden.<br />

We have grown sweet potatoes and ginger<br />

experimentally. Putting compost on vegetable<br />

beds which have not been dug, encourages<br />

better drainage, and worms to do the digging!’<br />

January has been a quiet month, as is often the<br />

case, but <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary have arranged for 3<br />

meetings during the month. At the time of writing,<br />

we have heard a talk from Susie Emmett, a radio<br />

journalist who has worked for the BBC World<br />

Service and now runs a production company. She<br />

has travelled widely, taking a particular interest in<br />

farming, and gave a fascinating account of her life<br />

and work. Next will be a visit from Lorne Green,<br />

Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, who<br />

we hope will give us an insight into his work and<br />

its responsibilities.<br />

To round off the month, we shall have a visit from<br />

Agrieneth Masule. Agrieneth is a teacher from a<br />

rural area of Botswana who is undertaking a year’s<br />

study at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for<br />

an MSc in International Social Welfare and Social<br />

Policy. I am proud to be able to say that <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rotary is one of several Rotary Clubs in East Anglia<br />

who are jointly sponsoring Agrieneth. I have met<br />

her a couple of times, and am confident that she<br />

will apply her knowledge for the benefit of the<br />

people of Botswana.<br />

Agrieneth is one example of the students from<br />

around the world who are supported by Rotary in<br />

travelling to other countries to undertake studies<br />

that can be applied for the benefit of others. Every<br />

year there are a number of such students in East<br />

Anglia, studying at Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin, or<br />

UEA in Norwich. It is another aspect of Rotary’s<br />

work. If you would like to know more about Rotary<br />

both in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District and throughout the<br />

world, please contact Claire at Ceres Bookshop or<br />

any Rotarian, or have a look at our Club website at<br />

www.swaffhamrotary.org.uk.<br />

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Experience wind<br />

power from the<br />

top of a modern<br />

windmill<br />

The first windmill in the world open<br />

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

eco trail around our heritage<br />

orchard and organic gardens, enjoy<br />

Fairtrade coffee and homemade<br />

cake in our vegetarian café.<br />

For opening times and to<br />

book your turbine tour call us<br />

on 01760 726 100.<br />

www.greenbritaincentre.co.uk<br />

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

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

Tai Chi<br />

Has been found to be beneficial for:<br />

Helping relieve arthritis<br />

Improving balance & posture<br />

Tones muscle<br />

Improve mobility<br />

Promoting good health, Physical and mental<br />

wellbeing and being fun<br />

Our classes are relaxed,<br />

friendly and fun – and a good<br />

way of meeting new friends…<br />

Contact us on: 01760 723102<br />

barbara.smith58@yahoo.co.uk<br />

Classes are at: <strong>Swaffham</strong> on Wednesdays 10.00am.<br />

Also Narborough on Tuesdays 1.15pm. Beginners<br />

Always Welcome.<br />

Poppi<br />

Interiors<br />

T: 01760 722541<br />

Beautifully hand-made curtains, blinds & furnishings<br />

Curtain poles & Tracks<br />

All types of blinds Roller, Vertical, Venetian, Wood<br />

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

Our venture into an afternoon of Victorian<br />

Christmas Party, with members of Norwich<br />

Historical Dance, was a great success. At the<br />

start we enjoyed watching the dances, with<br />

dancers wearing beautiful dresses of the<br />

Victorian period, and then we were all invited<br />

to take the floor and join in under the expert<br />

tuition of the dancing master, Sasza Zargowski.<br />

The group loves coming to the Assembly Rooms<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> because of its history as a social<br />

centre for dancing in years gone by. We are<br />

pleased to continue the tradition and link the<br />

past to the present.<br />

This month we look forward to Musical Angels<br />

in Stained Glass by Martyn Clarke, an illustrated<br />

talk on the stained glass windows in the church<br />

of St John the Evangelist Oxborough. The talk<br />

will focus on the east window of the church,<br />

which, although mainly clear glass, contains six<br />

15th century angels. They are playing a variety<br />

of instruments, and Martyn will accompany<br />

his talk with recordings of the kind of music<br />

produced by them.<br />

Martyn’s talk will take place in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms on Sunday February 25th<br />

at 3 pm. Tickets, priced at members £6, nonmembers<br />

£9, are available from Ceres Bookshop<br />

01760 722504 and The Green Parrot 01760<br />

724704, and on the door.<br />

Everyone welcome!<br />

Beachamwell & District WI<br />

January is “Resolutions Month”<br />

for Beachamwell WI, as we<br />

explore and discuss the issues<br />

raised by WI members nationally, to decide<br />

the focus for this year’s special campaign. This<br />

year the topics were “Positive Body image in<br />

a Digital Age”, FGM, Modern Slavery, Mental<br />

Health and “Healthy mouth, healthy body”.<br />

As usual, the discussion was informative and<br />

very interesting, with all members taking part.<br />

We are all looking forward, too, to February’s<br />

meeting when David Mason will be showing<br />

some of his wonderful photographs on “Arizona<br />

to Alaska”, which should be a real treat. Visitors<br />

and prospective members are, as always, very<br />

welcome. We meet on the first Thursday of<br />

every month and pride ourselves on being a<br />

relaxed, friendly and informal group.<br />

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Pickenhams’ WI<br />

We had a very enjoyable Christmas<br />

Party following our meeting on 19th<br />

December in the North Pickenham<br />

church. Our President read a poem she had written<br />

called ‘Back to Tarmac’ based on a BBC news report<br />

covering the work of Mac the gritter! Everyone<br />

contributed food and drink to our party, and we<br />

finished with Felicity’s Christmas Cake and a cup of<br />

tea. One of our members, Carol Pick, collected her<br />

Long Service Award for over 25 years’ membership<br />

of The Pickenhams’ WI.<br />

We were then entertained by Bishop Jonathan<br />

(the Rocking Bishop of King’s Lynn) with his mix<br />

of 60s Music (The Troggs - ‘Wild Thing’, ‘I can’t<br />

control myself’, ‘Give it to me’, ‘Any way that you<br />

want me’, plus a couple of Rolling Stones numbers<br />

and Donovan). Many of us dressed in 60s gear (see<br />

photo). The aisles rocked and a great time was had<br />

by all. The Bishop closed with some celebratory<br />

music.<br />

3 of our members celebrated birthdays this month<br />

and were given posies or a plant (for a special<br />

birthday). Future events include our New Year’s<br />

Lunch at Broom Hall on 16th January at 12.30<br />

pm and the inaugural meeting of out Arts &<br />

Crafts Group (to be held at 6 The Grange, North<br />

Pickenham) on 23rd January at 10.00 am. Our<br />

next meeting (2.00 pm in St Andrew’s Church on<br />

9th January) will include a talk by Shelagh Ashe<br />

(garden designer) on ‘Transforming your Garden’.<br />

Everyone welcome. If you are interested in coming<br />

along please ring Melanie Cousins on 01760<br />

440456.<br />

Carolyn Vincent welcomes everyone to our 1st<br />

Meeting in 2018.<br />

Matters Arising: 1). Discussion and Voting for the<br />

National Resolution 2) members also voted to join<br />

the Nar Valley group of WI ‘s. This is a local group<br />

of WI.’s who join together and meet twice a year.<br />

Future plans: 1) A tour of the Stanford Battle Area<br />

in July. 2) Some more “ Music and Movement “<br />

sessions with Ann Francis monthly in the church.

3) Finding ways to celebrate 100 years of Women‘s<br />

Suffrage.<br />

Our speaker was the Norfolk based Gardening<br />

Consultant - Shelagh Ashe.<br />

She said that gardens gave us so much pleasure<br />

and are very important and that they are a lovely<br />

reason to sit outside and socialise in the summer<br />

or just sit. She then showed us how to transform<br />

difficult outdoor spaces into havens of peace and<br />

relaxation and answered members questions.A<br />

lovely talk for the New Year .<br />

Sylvia Sexton won the Best indoor Plant<br />

Competition.<br />

Next Meeting — 13th February 2pm in St Andrews<br />

Church. Anne Francis will be doing “Music and<br />

Movement” . So come along and have some fun<br />

loosening up those bodies. Competition — An<br />

interesting Tea Towel.<br />

For further details if you would like to give us a try<br />

contact: President: Carolyn Vincent.01760 755089,<br />

Secretary: Melonie Cousins.<br />

Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

Looking back at our busy 2017<br />

- we did a lot! January we went<br />

to India, February was beading<br />

bracelets! March we had Life<br />

with nanny – an amusing talk<br />

and not at all what we all thought it was going<br />

to be. April saw the Art Deco Era, May the WI<br />

resolution discussions and June found us in the<br />

Urban Jungle a most unusual venue for tea and<br />

cake and this just the first half of the year. July<br />

we heard a young woman living her dream with<br />

“Cows”, Yarmouth our summer coach outing<br />

and September Face Yoga a room full of ladies<br />

making faces at each other. October our speaker<br />

brought her guide dog and what a beautiful dog<br />

it was, November a belated Halloween lunch<br />

and AGM<br />

and to complete the year – well where to<br />

begin! December started with a carol concert in<br />

Necton church, very successful, followed with<br />

our Christmas<br />

lunch in Sporle community centre for members<br />

and their friends and to top it all a trip to the<br />

panto – phew what a busy time. Members you<br />

know that’s not all – we have craft afternoons,<br />

book reading group meetings and theatre trips.<br />

As the New Year starts we look forward to more<br />

interesting and varied presentations in a happy<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> had a wonderful<br />

evening touring the married<br />

quarters at RAF Marham with<br />

Santa in his sleigh.<br />

The Lions had notified Marham<br />

of the route the sleigh would take, which<br />

enabled the families to come out with their<br />

children. With cameras flashing it was difficult<br />

to see who were more excited, mums and dads<br />

or the children. Santa’s Marham tour is one of<br />

the most rewarding events that <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions<br />

do in the community, especially when you see<br />

the joy and smiling faces of the children.<br />

Lions Clubs international Foundation (LCIF)<br />

Celebrating 50 years Disaster Relief Overview<br />

LCIF’s commitment to disaster relief goes back<br />

to our beginnings, when we awarded our very<br />

first grant for flood relief in South Dakota, USA.<br />

Whenever and wherever disasters strike, Lions<br />

are often among the first to offer aid—and LCIF<br />

is right there with them, ready to support their<br />

efforts with funding assistance through Lions<br />

disaster Refreshments<br />

relief programs.<br />

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leaders assess the urgent needs and quickly<br />

deliver the aid most required by victims.<br />

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in tragedies around the world, such as the<br />

Southeast Asia tsunami, September 11th and the<br />

Haiti earthquake. Lions know that disaster can<br />

affect anyone’s community, whether it’s halfway<br />

around the world or right at home. That’s why<br />

in the last 10 years, LCIF has provided more<br />

than US$100 million for disaster relief programs<br />

worldwide.<br />

Thanks to the support Lions provide to LCIF on an<br />

ongoing basis, Emergency Grants are available<br />

to provide for basic immediate needs including<br />

food, water, clothing and medicine. We have<br />

learned from experience that when a disaster<br />

victim receives aid quickly, it provides strength<br />

needed to survive the shock and loss and even<br />

a little hope for the future. To date, more than<br />

3,000 emergency grants have been awarded.<br />

After immediate needs are met, victims of<br />

disasters are not forgotten. LCIF remains<br />

committed to the important rebuilding of homes<br />

and lives that must happen, often long after a<br />

disaster occurs. Through Major Catastrophe<br />

Grants, LCIF helps with long-term reconstruction<br />

projects to help victims begin to return to their<br />

lives and regain their independence.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lioness Club<br />

- the Pride of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses welcomed in the New Year<br />

on a high note by badging up two new Lionesses<br />

at the January Club meeting. New members Janet<br />

Bloomfield, and Susan Hoole, were both sponsored<br />

by our Past President Nicola Claxton and initiated<br />

into the Club by President Christine Haines.<br />

We also were delighted to present a cheque for £200<br />

to the Merle Boddy Centre, which is the local Charity<br />

that President Christine has chosen to support in<br />

her year of office. We are looking forward with<br />

excitement to Lioness events coming up in February.<br />

Our Multiple District (National) Conference will be<br />

held in Huntingdon on 16th – 18th February, and<br />

following that we will be hosting our East Anglia<br />

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FoSM (Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum)<br />

We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life Membership<br />

payment of just £10 for an individual and £15 for a<br />

family. This gives you free access to all the museum<br />

galleries for life.<br />

For more information please contact our Hon<br />

Chairman Stuart Clapton: stuartclapton@aol.com.<br />

The 100 Club<br />

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A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of<br />

£40, £20 or £10 each month with special extra<br />

prize of £100 in May and November. For more<br />

information contact Stan Roberts Tel: 07825885254<br />

or stanroberts4@icloud.com<br />

Prize winners:<br />

November £100 – No 42<br />

Dec draw - £40 No.72 / £20 No.2 / £10 No.49<br />

Jan draw - £40 No.10 / £20 No 72 / £10 No 66<br />

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Our lovely volunteer Viv had the good fortune of<br />

winning the raffle which was held at the Christmas<br />

Tree Festival and even more good fortune for us as<br />

Viv has donated the magnificent Christmas cake<br />

to us. I know much work went into making and<br />

decorating this wonderful cake. It will be enjoyed by<br />

all our members, so thank you again.<br />

What a ray of sunshine on a dull day; Ian came and<br />

made us all feel so Christmassy with a lovely melody<br />

of Christmas songs, we are always so very pleased to<br />

have Ian visit, he always has a way of lifting everyone’s<br />

spirits.There was singing and dancing for the whole<br />

session; very much a Christmas atmosphere, thank<br />

you so much Ian for being one of our fantastic<br />

supporters.<br />

Christmas lunch was sorted thanks to the generosity<br />

of Janet and James Allen (Janet is our local vicar).<br />

They had been putting money aside and the grand<br />

total was £86 which went towards the meat for the<br />

meals.<br />

What a lovely new year start, Jeanette from the<br />

Rotarians presented us with a cheque for £225,this<br />

was given to us so we can begin our new year face lift.<br />

This is the start of another exciting year for everyone<br />

at the centre, so please look out for all our events<br />

and lots of new additions, I hope we are not too late<br />

to wish everyone a happy new year.<br />

Thanks to Christine and all the pride of swaffham<br />

It means a great deal to us, we strive to do the best<br />

for both people living with dementia and their carers.<br />

The Merle Boddy Centre has a Chinese feel to it as<br />

we are celebrating the year of the dog, the walls are<br />

filled with dragons, hanging chinese lanterns, dragon<br />

masks and dog motifs ...this is such a colourful theme,<br />

much enjoyed by all.<br />

We want to share our joy at having a new all singing,<br />

all dancing cooker. We are very grateful to the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> In Need Trust and to Nicholas, both helped<br />

with funding, the remaInder of the funding came<br />

from our bingo. We are very lucky to have people<br />

like Nicholas supporting us, thank you for making our<br />

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table is just around the corner from the customer<br />

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two. The charity was us for a while, so a big thank<br />

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books and of course to Tesco for this opportunity, the<br />

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On Thursday 4th January fresh from the Christmas and<br />

New Year holidays, U3A members eagerly awaited a talk<br />

by Peter Lawrence entitled ‘Beneath London Streets’. Peter<br />

was a police officer who served with the Royal Protection<br />

Squad and described the complex labyrinth of underground<br />

passages and rooms below central London and the<br />

Houses of Parliament which were once secret but now declassified.<br />

Peter did not disappoint the membership either<br />

with tales of early underground railways and complex<br />

Victorian drainage systems. Diverted and hidden Thames<br />

river tributaries were described along with photographs<br />

and illustrations of man-made fountains and lakes.<br />

On 9th January, group leader Paul Stevenson treated<br />

Science & Technology group members to a simulated flight<br />

in a Boeing 737 from Gatwick to Schipol airport. No flight<br />

meals were served but there was a break for tea and coffee!<br />

A group of U3A members attended a British Red Cross<br />

First Aid course in <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Community Centre, on<br />

10th January when they were trained in emergency first<br />

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simple cuts to more severe injuries. The training included<br />

complex procedures for the treatment of bleeding,<br />

choking and burns. Also covered were the actions to take<br />

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contact Ian Clews on 01760 721247. For information about<br />

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on 01760 622751 or visit the Wissey Homepage at www.<br />

u3asites.org.uk/wissey. If you are a ‘Third Ager’ and may<br />

have just moved to the area, come along as a guest to the<br />

monthly meeting in the Playing Field Pavilion at Holme Hale<br />

at 09.45 on Thursday 1st February when the presentation<br />

by Robert Ferguson is entitled ‘The Fight for Africa’. The<br />

subject matter will focus on the protection of Elephants and<br />

Rhinoceroses. Annual membership normally costs £10 and<br />

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

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Popular tutor Valerie Morse returns to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

WEA with a course looking at the lives (and deaths)<br />

of three Tudor queens: Mary Stuart Queen of Scots,<br />

Lady Jane Grey (the Nine Days Queen) and Mary<br />

Tudor (Mary I) who all led fascinating but troubled<br />

lives. Although constitutionally entitled to sit on the<br />

throne, they were pawns in political games played by<br />

men, and so ultimately expendable. Three Doomed<br />

Queens is a day course running on Saturday 17th<br />

February from 10am to 4pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7RD. The<br />

course fee is £15 and lunch at the Iceni Community<br />

Café is available for £8. Course places and lunches<br />

must be booked in advance – Tel: 01760 723558 or<br />

online at wea.org.uk<br />

Also on 5th February a new 7 week course begins<br />

– Airs and Graces led by tutor Ian McLachlan who<br />

will take you on a flight of fact and fancy exploring<br />

the development of aviation across the centuries.<br />

These sessions run on Monday evenings from<br />

7.30pm to 9.30pm. The fee is £51. You are welcome<br />

to attend the first session as a ‘taster’ for £7 with<br />

no obligation to continue. Fees may be waived for<br />

those in receipt of benefits. The venue is <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre. You can sign up to attend at<br />

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Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District<br />

Well, here we are in a New Year and for those also new to <strong>Swaffham</strong> it may be useful to describe what we get<br />

up to. Age Concern organisations and the nation-wide body Age UK are there for the benefit of older folk, say<br />

60 upwards. Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District is the local group (and a registered charity) specially set up for<br />

those who live in the town or in nearby villages and has been going strong since 2001. We have just under<br />

200 members (there is no upper limit) and it costs only £5 per year to join. If interested, please contact our<br />

Membership Secretary Vicky, see details below.<br />

What do we do? For our members generally we hold a free monthly entertainment meeting in the Assembly<br />

Rooms, last Tuesday in the month, 2 pm, (in house) unless there is a trip out. Generally during the better<br />

weather we organise trips out by coach, three or four per year, plus a Christmas attraction of some sort e.g. the<br />

Thursford Spectacular. John Clarke (see below) organises these, so please contact him for the latest info.<br />

Upcoming events are:<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 />

We also operate with funding support from the Big Lottery our popular Hospital Buddy Service. For those who<br />

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

medical 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<br />

trips to GP Surgeries or to hospital. Volunteers to act as drivers are always needed.<br />

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

like to consider volunteering to help visit, you would be most welcome. Our office is open<br />

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm from where an Information Pack<br />

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

(07393 981 295) our Buddy Coordinator, Clair Ensom can be contacted on 07393 981 290.<br />

See advert below for more details.<br />

Please contact John Clarke, Outings Organiser regarding trips out. Chair, Diane Sanderson,<br />

725715; Treasurer, James Dean, 720756; Trips Organiser, John Clarke, 720140; Membership<br />

Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031.<br />

Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

At the time of writing this, the 2018 programme<br />

has not yet started but the Christmas party in early<br />

December already seems an age ago. As usual the<br />

food was delicious, the raffle and Christmas hamper<br />

draw were both full of goodies and the organisation of<br />

the event was superb. Many thanks to all those who<br />

helped to make it another enjoyable afternoon. This<br />

year we were entertained by Linda Scholes with her<br />

amusing stories of her family and Christmases past.<br />

Looking back on 2017 it has been another successful<br />

year. We had a seamless change of Chairman as<br />

David Priestley picked up the baton from David<br />

Green and membership still hovers between 80 and<br />

90. The annual flower show continues to thrive, now<br />

organised by a small dedicated group, and, in addition<br />

to some excellent speakers, we have enjoyed several<br />

outings. Our first coach trip was to Doddington Hall<br />

near Lincoln on a glorious May day. Then in September<br />

we made a return visit to Barnsdale in Rutland, the<br />

previous home of BBC’s Gardeners’ World when the<br />

presenter was the late Geoff Hamilton. We also had<br />

two ‘self-drive’ afternoon visits, the first being to<br />

Dale Farm in Dereham. We have been here at several<br />

different times of year and it never disappoints. The<br />

second, to The Urban Jungle near Norwich, was a new<br />

experience. It is an unusual and informative nursery<br />

aiming to be a real alternative to the traditional<br />

Garden Centre which seems to sell everything but<br />

plants these days.<br />

We now look forward to the New Year with our<br />

annual lunch on 18th followed by Ian Roofe talking<br />

about ‘Spring Garden Flowers’ on 25th January.<br />

What’s on in the next three months:<br />

22nd February Kathy Gray ‘Plant Hunters’<br />

22nd March Graham Benefer ‘Bonsai’<br />

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The committee at Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

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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<br />

can last a lot longer. In the case of our most successful<br />

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

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

when she was just 11, is still very much in her life.<br />

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to mistrust adults and life in general. The Independent<br />

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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 />

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

As the weather and the news got gloomier and gloomier<br />

into December, we all needed our spirits lifted and who<br />

better to do this than Eleanora! Her enthusiasm, wit and<br />

superb musicianship would have warmed the coldest of<br />

hearts. Even though this session took place on the coldest<br />

of evenings, there was a full house for one of the Club’s<br />

favourites. Eleanora was ably supported by Colin Mason<br />

on drums, Chris Kirk on trumpet, Tap Robinson on electric<br />

guitar and Jeff Scullard on electric bass. The first half saw<br />

a considerable range of moods, from Tap’s quietly, subtle<br />

guitar chords introducing Summertime, followed by<br />

Eleanora’s beautiful vocal number accompanied by guitar<br />

along with Colin’s gently swinging brush work, through<br />

to a very up-tempo Sweet Georgia Brown, when I swear<br />

Eleanora’s left hand moved so fast it could have powered<br />

the National Grid for the whole of East Anglia!<br />

I have heard a highly respected band leader describe Colin as<br />

a “master craftsman” and this was brilliantly demonstrated<br />

in his unaccompanied rendition of Shortnin’ Bread, during<br />

which the ‘tune’ could be picked out repeatedly as he<br />

worked his way round the drum kit.<br />

The second half rose to a terrific climax with Scot Joplin’s<br />

The Entertainer followed by The Tractor - an Eleanora<br />

boogie special, before Crocodile Rock and Get Your Kicks on<br />

Route Sixty Six, both these with great vocals from Tap, to<br />

finish the evening. When I left the Club I felt the Christmas<br />

spirit had at last arrived.<br />

Next up is the Ed Reed Trio - Guitar, Bass and Vocals, Tuesday<br />

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Tuesday 13 March at 7.30pm sees the first visit of the Nene<br />

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Sing Your Song Workshop<br />

The Silver Social Project was back for 2018 at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library on Tuesday 16th January, 2pm –<br />

3:30pm with a fantastic new workshop - ‘Sing Your<br />

Song’ – held by internationally acclaimed artist,<br />

Kate Dimbleby. Having launched in the Autumn, the<br />

Project offers daytime activities for older residents<br />

in rural communities, thanks to funding from the<br />

National Lottery Arts Council Strategic Touring<br />

Programme.<br />

We are delighted to welcome the singing daughter<br />

of Britain’s broadcasting family of voices, Kate<br />

Dimbleby, to communities across the district with<br />

her hour & a half ‘Sing Your Song’ workshop, inspired<br />

by singers such as Nina Simone and Peggy Lee.<br />

Kate invites you to explore your voice, listen &<br />

remember the songs that inspire you. A previous<br />

visitor commented, “Kate is amazing & such great<br />

fun. Her ability to get everyone involved is fantastic.”<br />

For those who can’t make it, Kate will be returning to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> on Tuesday 20th February with ‘Sing Your<br />

Song,’ visiting <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 10am<br />

– 11:30am. No previous experience is necessary &<br />

everyone is welcome to join in, or just sit & enjoy<br />

the company. Visitors can make a voluntary donation<br />

towards the cost of the workshop & anyone needing<br />

assistance with transport should contact the Project<br />

Coordinator.<br />

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

Despite a few of our members sensibly choosing<br />

to spend the festive season in warmer climes, we<br />

had a good attendance at our Christmas tea as our<br />

picture shows. Thanks to member Stan Roberts for<br />

providing this.<br />

Our January meeting was spent mainly in discussing<br />

research projects for 2018, both for the group and<br />

on behalf of the museum. Now very many members<br />

are engaged in some sort of research into <strong>Swaffham</strong>'s<br />

past and we aim to be producing a few new booklets<br />

for sale during the course of the year.<br />

The next meeting of the group will be on Monday<br />

12th February, 2pm/4pm in the education suite at<br />

the museum We still welcome new members. There<br />

is no charge for membership, just 30p if you want a<br />

cuppa and a biscuit.<br />

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Downham Grange<br />

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market<br />

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new<br />

purpose-built development in Downham Market.<br />

We provide meaningful person-centred exceptional care for those in<br />

need of residential, respite, nursing or dementia care.<br />

Boasting 62 en-suite bedrooms, the home has<br />

been finished to the most luxurious standards,<br />

with extra-wide corridors, a variety of large<br />

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 />

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“It took me just a few<br />

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

The Office Staff and Volunteers hope that you<br />

all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year,<br />

enjoying both festive events.<br />

Once again our annual Christmas Draw was well<br />

supported by you all, to which we truly thank<br />

you for purchasing tickets. We must once again<br />

thank Tesco for allowing us to sell the tickets<br />

in their foyer over the course of a week. The<br />

first and second prizes were won by <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

residents, with the third winner living in<br />

Narborough. After costs the Draw made a total<br />

of £1,600.00<br />

Ashill WI once again held their Carol Concert<br />

in the Village in aid of the Hospice raising the<br />

phenomenal amount of £356.00. The Staff of<br />

the Charity would like to take this opportunity<br />

to thank you for your continual support to us.<br />

The Tree of Lights Service was well attended<br />

again this year, and we hope that it was a service<br />

that brought comfort and support to those who<br />

came. The donations from this bereavement<br />

event raised the sum approximately £6,000.00,<br />

which will go a long way to help us to continue<br />

to provide our free services within the<br />

local community. We would like to give our<br />

sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who<br />

contributed.<br />

In the USA and indeed some of other countries,<br />

many towns organise a “Relay for Life” event<br />

where teams of families and friends of cancer<br />

patients and survivors participate in a sponsored<br />

walk around a fixed circuit, raising monies for<br />

cancer charities, with each team having at least<br />

one member walking the circuit at all times<br />

during the specified hours.<br />

We will be holding an event in <strong>Swaffham</strong> on<br />

Sunday 17th June 2018, along the same lines<br />

with teams from the local community obtaining<br />

sponsorship to support the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

Litcham Home Hospice. The event, known<br />

as Relay Together 2018 will be staged at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club on North Pickenham<br />

Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. In addition to the Sponsored<br />

walk, we are also planning to have stalls,<br />

refreshments, a BBQ, a Summer Draw and<br />

possibly music; the Rugby Club will also open<br />

their bar for liquid refreshments. There are two<br />

pitches at the club and it is our intention to use<br />

the lower pitch perimeter as the walking track<br />

with the upper pitch being used for the other<br />

activities planned.<br />

To enter a team for this event (no limit on<br />

number of team members), or to book a stall<br />

(for a small fee) or for further information,<br />

please contact Adrian Adcock, our Treasurer<br />

and Fundraising Chairman on <strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760<br />

724304.<br />

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We are still currently looking for new<br />

volunteer drivers, so if anyone is interested in<br />

volunteering with us, please contact the Home<br />

Hospice Support Team on 01760 722937, or<br />

alternatively please feel free to drop into the<br />

office at 17- 19 Brocks Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Just a reminder that we will be holding our<br />

annual Quiz Night on Friday the 2nd March<br />

at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, start<br />

time 7.30pm. Teams can comprise of up to 6<br />

members in a team, with any entry fee of £5.00<br />

per person. For further details and to enter a<br />

team, please phone Adrian on 01760 724304<br />

or email him at adrian.adcock@talktalk.net,<br />

alternatively you can phone the Main Office on<br />

01760 722937.<br />

We are pleased to announce that Beverley<br />

Foulkes and one of her colleagues from the<br />

Green Parrot of <strong>Swaffham</strong> are running the<br />

London Marathon primarily for the St Johns<br />

Ambulance nationally with a set total and any<br />

other monies raised above that total will be<br />

donated to the hospice. The Staff of the Charity<br />

wish them luck and thank them for considering<br />

us.<br />

For the last thirty years we have been providing<br />

practical and emotional support to people<br />

with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.<br />

We offer a wide variety of services which are<br />

provided free of charge. To enable us to do this,<br />

we need to raise around £100k per annum from<br />

fundraising and donations. If you would like to<br />

know more about the services we provide or<br />

would like to consider becoming a volunteer<br />

then please contact the Home Hospice Team<br />

at 17-19 Brocks Road, Echo Tech Business Park.<br />

You may like to view our Web page:<br />

www.swaffhamandlitchamhomehospice.co.uk<br />

David Gulliver<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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

at 6.30pm.<br />

4th February, Sheila James, Clenchwarton<br />

18th February, David Schiesser, Huntingdon<br />

We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services<br />

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from<br />

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received

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

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

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The Ed Reed Trio<br />

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Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

February 13th<br />

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From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

Happy New to One and All for 2018<br />

December for most is quite a busy one,<br />

Christmas for me is pretty predictable<br />

but this year it excelled with even<br />

more meetings and events which I loved.<br />

The Lions provided a great Christmas dinner<br />

at the Convent early on in the month, people<br />

having a door to door service provided by the<br />

volunteers.<br />

The Town Carol Service was lovely as always<br />

and we were treated to a delightful Nativity<br />

by children from the Convent, some little<br />

angels only four years of age. We all enjoyed<br />

refreshments afterwards, it was a really good<br />

evening.<br />

The Town Christingle was the first one I’d been<br />

to, can’t think how I’ve missed it, the Church<br />

was packed and all the children received a<br />

Christingle, they were delighted.<br />

Saturday 23rd was taking mince pies and port<br />

to the market holders, this was a jolly event<br />

helped along by our very own Town Crier, always<br />

popular and very colourful.<br />

Christmas Day it was off to the nursing homes<br />

ending up at the Cottage Hospital and Christmas<br />

Dinner provided by Iceni at the Assembly<br />

Rooms, I was fortunate to have some of my<br />

grandchildren in tow, it did remind my children<br />

of their trips on Christmas Day with their Dad.<br />

It never ceases to amaze me the generosity of<br />

people’s volunteering in this town , the people<br />

who deliver our <strong>Newsletter</strong> are a really trojan<br />

force, thank you so much and at this point to say<br />

that if anyone feels able to join this band there<br />

are still streets that need delivery.<br />

We have a new project manager for our<br />

Neighbourhood Plan, I really think this time we<br />

will get it off the ground.<br />

A big thank you to Sue Gattuso who gave up her<br />

time to come to the council meeting to give us<br />

a history of the Antinghams, it’s definitely given<br />

us food for thought.<br />

As you can imagine there’s plenty going on in<br />

the council, we have our budget to work on<br />

and trust that we’ve got it right, I’m hopeful we<br />

have.<br />

January and February always seem a bit dreary<br />

and an anticlimax, however, I have noticed the<br />

evenings getting lighter and before we know<br />

where we are those bulbs will be coming up.<br />

With every best wish for 2018<br />

Jill<br />

In Touch With Your Town<br />

‘In Touch with your Town’ is put<br />

together by the Town Clerk<br />

Richard Bishop or occasionally<br />

by the Deputy Town Clerk<br />

Claire Smith. It deals with some<br />

of the most topical items of the<br />

day and the odd item where the Council want to<br />

share information with the Town.<br />

BUDGET<br />

It is the Budget season at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

with the annual budget meeting taking place on<br />

22nd January, so all will be revealed in the March<br />

edition of your <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>. Always a<br />

lot to get through as the pressure is applied on<br />

the public purse year on year, and your Town<br />

Council try to achieve good value for money, in<br />

times where cuts in services are still happening<br />

at Principal Authorities such as Breckland Council<br />

and Norfolk County Council’s. So, some issues will<br />

take a while to filter through as either the service<br />

or the expense is often picked up at the Town level.<br />

There is usually media interest in the level of<br />

Council Tax that will be charged, as the Council<br />

set their Precept on 22nd January for the new<br />

year ahead starting on 1st April 2018. Not usually<br />

many public in attendance at the Budget meeting<br />

though, not the most riveting of meetings, even<br />

though it is probably in terms of what it means<br />

to every Council Tax Payer in the Town, the most<br />

important meeting we have.<br />


Something for you to ponder on over the next year<br />

is the fact that by the time you are reading your<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong> this month, your current Town Council<br />

will only have some 15 months left of their fouryear<br />

term. The six-month call is around the time<br />

of when turn on the Christmas Lights later this<br />

year on Sunday 2nd December. So, this is when we<br />

start to ask whether YOU want to become a Town<br />

Councillor? This time will fly by as we already<br />

are heading into the second month of the year, it<br />

doesn’t seem 5 minutes ago that we were talking<br />

about the opening of the Skatepark and MUGA,<br />

this was way back in September. Anyway, please do<br />

give it a thought, if you need to know any details<br />

please get in touch with us at the Town Hall. We<br />

will obviously raise awareness as we progress<br />

through the year, but this really is your chance to<br />

have your say, it is a four year term from May 2019<br />

through to May 2023.<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<br />

are built and sold. In general, the Town Council<br />

welcome thoughts from all parts of the Town for<br />

suggestions of bins, for grit, litter and dogs. It is<br />

better to know where there is a problem, than not,<br />

but we have quite a few outstanding issues already<br />

in various parts of the town. Then it is down to<br />

whether there is a budget and whether permission<br />

can be granted at the locations suggested, all<br />

these things and the red tape associated with it,<br />

take far too long, but rest assured, we are on the<br />

case behind the scenes, it is what we must do to<br />

make it happen.<br />

Please consider signing up for our gritting scheme<br />

as a volunteer, thank you to all who have so far.<br />

At the time of writing the forecast for the next 10<br />

days is very grim, so the snow may have already<br />

been and gone. It could return with a vengeance<br />

though in January or February, as we have a good<br />

part of the Winter months still to come. Please<br />

contact us at the Town Hall 01760 722922<br />

Email enquiries@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />


There have been recent consultation events for Air<br />

Quality in the Town, as the AQMA steering Group<br />

get to grips with producing a plan for the future<br />

which will deal with improving the air quality<br />

particularly in Station Street. There are talks going<br />

on in respect of Norfolk County Council’s Network<br />

Improvement Strategy, another mouthful, but this<br />

is using a budget of £20,000 allocated to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

to produce a plan to cope with the expansion of<br />

the Town in the coming years. Discussions are ongoing<br />

with Breckland Council in respect of their<br />

Market Town’s Initiative, which will be looking<br />

to make their mark in each of the five Breckland<br />

Towns. Breckland have also recently announced a<br />

trial period of enforcing the two-hour parking in<br />

the Town, this will commence in May 2018 for sixmonths.<br />


The Annual Town Assembly this year will be held<br />

on Wednesday 27th April, 6.30pm at the Town<br />

Hall.<br />

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The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development of<br />

the parish. It is about the use and development of land<br />

over the next 20 years. The Plan will set out a vision<br />

and aspirations for the future development of our<br />

town and will be an important document that will help<br />

influence and control the way our town changes in the<br />

future, including any new housing developments.<br />

Many residents have already contributed to the<br />

early thinking, putting forward valuable views and<br />

opinions, through the early consultation events and<br />

the completion of a survey last Summer.<br />

We now are moving forward to draft the content of<br />

the Neighbourhood Plan. Exciting times lie ahead for<br />

2018. We will be sharing the planning policy ideas with<br />

the community at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday<br />

14th April, 10am-4pm and Tuesday 17th April, 4pm-<br />

7pm. Come along to let us know what you think.<br />

2018 should turn out to be a very important year in<br />

our Towns development, so lets make sure we all get<br />

it right! For all the latest news and information, please<br />

visit the Town Council website.<br />

Contact details:<br />

Rachel Leggett, Project Manager, swaffhamplan@<br />

gmail.com, 07947615335<br />

http://www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk/community/<br />

swaffham-town-council-12923/neighbourhood-plan/<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 14th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 19th – Market Committee meeting<br />

6.30 – 8.30pm<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 27th – N Plan -Steering Group<br />

12noon<br />

Planning committee<br />

1.30pm<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 />

Even ironing!<br />

Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<br />

Mobile 07849 652 713<br />


Qualified Animal Behaviourist & Dog Walker<br />

Elizabeth Devery AHCP IAABC CAPBT<br />

Professional treatment<br />

for animals suffering from<br />

separation anxiety, dominance,<br />

nervousness and aggression.<br />

Dog walking provided whilst<br />

owners at work.<br />

ARDEN GRANGE pet food supplied<br />

and free delivery to your door.<br />

01366 328 780<br />

07767 708 933<br />

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