Swaffham Newsletter

March 2018

March 2018


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March 2018<br />


Local business owner preparing<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 Rotary<br />

13 Green Britain Centre & WI<br />

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

17 Merle Boddy Centre/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

18 Wissey U3A<br />

20 Age Concern<br />

21 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

23 WEA<br />

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

25 Garden Science Trust<br />

28 Mayor’s Parlour<br />

29 Town Council<br />

32 Museum Matters/FoSM<br />

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

35 Mind/Body/Spirit & Spiritual Awareness<br />

New Litter Pick Centre In <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The Community Centre is becoming a Breckland<br />

Council ‘litter pick centre’ under the responsibility<br />

of the Iceni Partnership. Breckland Council has<br />

provided Iceni with all the necessary equipment<br />

needed to organise a litter pick, such as sticks and<br />

high visibility vests. Clear sacks will be available for<br />

recyclables and green or black sacks for general<br />

waste.<br />

The idea is that individuals and groups can organise<br />

their own local litter picks on behalf of Breckland<br />

Council. Organisers must make a sketch map of the<br />

area to be tackled and the route to be taken. Maps<br />

must show the location of any toilets, the nearest<br />

public phone and any other useful amenities. You<br />

might also note places where you could shelter<br />

from the rain if the weather turns against you. This<br />

map can then be used on the day to brief the group<br />

on where they should be working, the set up for the<br />

day and the facilities available.<br />

All volunteers must be briefed prior to the litter pick<br />

– ensure time is allowed for this and that any late<br />

comers are also briefed. Volunteers will be covered<br />

under Breckland County Council’s Public Liability<br />

Policy. The litter collected will be picked up by our<br />

contractor Serco from a stated location.<br />

Icenima presents...<br />

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Breckland<br />

Well-being and<br />

Recruitment<br />

roadshows<br />


Monday, 26 March<br />

from 10am - 1pm<br />

The Assembly Rooms | Market Place |<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> | PE37 7QH<br />

Contact details<br />

Jason Phillips – Jason.phillips@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or 01362 771020<br />

No appointment needed<br />

Come along and meet employers and training providers who have<br />

opportunities to help you into work.<br />


Wednesday, 28 February from 10am - 2pm<br />

Dereham Library | 58 High Street | DEREHAM | NR19 1DZ<br />

Friday, 9 March from 10am - 12pm<br />

Town Hall | Queen’s Square | ATTLEBOROUGH | NR17 2AF<br />

Tuesday, 13 March from 11am - 1pm<br />

Queens Hall | Norwich Road | WATTON | IP25 6DA<br />

Wednesday, 21 March from 10am - 1pm<br />

The Carnegie Rooms | Cage Lane | THETFORD | IP24 2EA<br />

1<br />

Directed by Irving Berlin and starring<br />

Judy Garland & Fred Astaire<br />

Wednesday 21st March, 2pm<br />

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

Tickets: £4<br />

For more info call 01760 722800 or visit iceni.info<br />

@BreckCouncil<br />

@NorfolkJCP<br />

Breckland<br />


In partnership with<br />

Department for<br />

Work and Pensions

Upcoming Events<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! Bingo<br />

at Sacred Heart School<br />

Thursday 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 />

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 />

Gt Massingham’s Film Night<br />

Thursday March 15- Death of Stalin (15)<br />

A Back Comedy with rave reviews. It follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and<br />

depicts the chaos that ensues after his death. The grand cast includes Simon Russell<br />

Beale, Michael Palin and Andrea Riseborough. Venue: Gt Massingham Village Hall<br />

Time: 7 o’clock for 7.30 start. Price: £4.00 with refreshments after the show.<br />

Bingo for Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

Kate Dimbleby ‘Songbirds’ Solo Show<br />

The Silver Social Project is delighted to welcome the return of internationally<br />

acclaimed singer, Kate Dimbleby, to select villages in Breckland. After a successful<br />

run of group singing workshops, Kate will take to the spotlight as she performs her<br />

solo show, ‘Songbirds,’ in a one-off daytime event on Friday 23rd March, Necton<br />

Community Centre, 2:30pm – 4pm.<br />

From a famous family of voices, Kate explores her soulful voice through original,<br />

a capella songs, influenced by great singers such as Peggy Lee and Nina Simone<br />

and has been described as “an artist absolutely at the top of her game,” – Tom<br />

Robinson, Radio 6 Music.<br />

Tickets for Kate’s performance are £5 and can be booked by calling 01362 656870<br />

or e-mailing community@breckland.gov.uk Tickets will also be available to buy on<br />

the door. If you would love to attend but need assistance with transport, please get<br />

in touch on 01362 656852.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Swimming Pool AGM<br />

April 23rd, 7.30pm at the Assembly Rooms. We want your support to get a<br />

swimming pool for <strong>Swaffham</strong>. We are a group of parents and swimming enthusiasts<br />

who want to make it possible for people to swim in the town.<br />

www.swaffhamswimming.wordpress.com/<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 />

Breckland Wellbeing & Recruitment Roadshow<br />

Monday 26th March, 10am - 1pm, Assembly Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE32 7QH<br />

No appointment needed, come along and meet employers and training providers<br />

who have opportunities to help you into work. Contact Jason Philips on 01362<br />

771020, or Jason.phillips@dwp.gsi.gov.uk<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) talk<br />

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

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

Please come along to this illustrated talk by David Tipling, entitled: A Bird<br />

Photographer’s Diary – the stories behind the pictures<br />

Holt-based David Tipling is one of the world’s most widely published wildlife<br />

photographers, renowned for his artistic images of birds. His many accolades<br />

include the coveted European Nature Photographer of the Year Award. We are<br />

delighted to welcome David to NarVOS for what must be a photographic treat.<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 />

Westacre Theatre<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

On Stage with the Westacre Theatre Company LILIES ON THE LAND Moving portrait<br />

about the Women’s Land Army in World War Two based on true accounts. Fri 9th,<br />

Sat 10th, Fri 16th, Sat 17th, Fri 23rd, Sat 24th, Fri 30th, and Sat 31st Mar at 7:30pm<br />

£16 (£12 for under 21s)<br />

Special Event on Stage THE GARDEN GATE IS OPEN – Illustrated talk on how THE<br />

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME has developed over its 90 years. Wed 28th Feb at<br />

2pm £10 including tea and cake.<br />

On Screen – Wednesday Flicks all at 2pm £8 with pre-booked lunches available from<br />

12:30pm THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (2017) [15] on Wed 7th Mar. A MONSTER<br />

CALLS (2016) [12A] on Wed 21st Mar. PADDINGTON 2 (2017) [PG] on Wed 4th April<br />

Art Exhibitions in the Foyer Gallery Until 11th March: MIXED PERSPECTIVES by<br />


4<br />

Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

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 />

Iceni Rural Writers<br />

Women and Words<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> based<br />

writing group, Iceni Rural<br />

Writers, is celebrating<br />

International Women’s<br />

Day by hosting an<br />

evenings readings<br />

of poetry and prose.<br />

Joining them will be<br />

award winning local<br />

poet Heidi Williamson,<br />

who will read works<br />

from her collections ‘Electric Shadow’ and ‘The<br />

Print Museum’. Organiser Leah Spencer said:<br />

“This will be a great opportunity for the writers<br />

in our group to share their work with a wider<br />

audience.” There will also be an open-mic slot<br />

for other local writers; if you would like to read<br />

please contact 01366 328536.<br />

‘Women and Words’ takes place on Thursday<br />

8 March at 7.30pm in the Pedlar Suite of the<br />

George Hotel <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tickets are £5.00 from<br />

Ceres Bookshop <strong>Swaffham</strong>, by telephoning<br />

01366 328536 or on the door.<br />

Iceni Rural Writers would like to thank <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council for supporting this event.<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

New Principal appointed at The Academy<br />

Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) has appointed<br />

Mark Woodhouse as the new Principal at The Nicholas<br />

Hamond Academy. Mark brings to the academy 20<br />

years of education and leadership experience.<br />

At The Nicholas Hammond Academy, Mark will be<br />

responsible for raising the aspirations, expectations and<br />

commitment of staff, students, parents and the wider<br />

community as well as leading overall improvements in<br />

standards of achievement, teaching and learning.<br />

Mark’s most recent role was as Deputy Headteacher at<br />

Harwich and Dovercourt High School in Harwich. Prior<br />

to this he held a number of roles including Assistant<br />

Headteacher and Head of Maths.<br />

Mark is keen to drive the academy forward saying: "It<br />

is a real privilege to have been appointed as the new<br />

Principal of The Nicholas Hamond Academy. Having<br />

grown up in Norfolk myself, I am delighted to have<br />

the opportunity to return to the county to lead the<br />

academy in the next stage of its journey. Working<br />

together with the Leadership Team and the staff at<br />

Nicholas Hamond, I will build on the academy’s current<br />

strengths to ensure that our students are provided<br />

with the opportunities they need in order to fulfil their<br />

potential. I am looking forward to working with ATT in<br />

delivering the trust’s vision that every student deserves<br />

a first class education. Together, I am confident that<br />

we can provide learners with the best educational<br />

experiences they deserve.”<br />

Julie Bloor, Chief Education Officer of the trust,<br />

commented: “We aim to develop our students as<br />

individuals and not just learners and we offer a<br />

rewarding and proactive learning environment for all<br />

our students. I know that in his new role as principal at<br />

The Nicholas Hammond Academy, Mark will go above<br />

and beyond to continue to achieve this and drive his<br />

team to ensuring that our students achieve all that they<br />

are capable of.<br />

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

Sacred Heart School Celebrate Chinese New Year<br />

Sacred Heart School students enjoyed an early Chinese<br />

New Year Disco on the 26th January to celebrate the<br />

year of the dog. Students were asked to help decorate<br />

the hall with dog themed paper plate art. Little Pedlars<br />

up to Year 9 joined in with this and gave us an array<br />

of wonderfully decorated plates. Students were also<br />

asked to come dressed in costumes and we had a tough<br />

time deciding who would win best costume. Overall<br />

the disco had a great turn out and all the students had a<br />

brilliant time. Sacred Heart School takes pride in joining<br />

in with different events and cultures.<br />

2018 London Marathon – here I come!<br />

386,050 applicants registered for the 20,000<br />

ballot places in this year’s Virgin Money London<br />

Marathon, so when I applied I knew my chances<br />

were slim. Clearly someone was looking out for<br />

me (my Mum?) and I managed to bag a rare, firsttime<br />

ballot entry!<br />

My first thought was ‘whoopee’ and my second was<br />

‘what have I done!?’ 26.2 miles is a long way in a<br />

car, let alone on legs. This is going to be a challenge<br />

for someone who doesn’t run (emergencies only),<br />

so I was going to need an incentive to help me<br />

on my way. <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice<br />

immediately sprung to mind - an opportunity to<br />

repay the wonderful help they gave to my Mum<br />

and me a couple of years ago.<br />

Mum was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease<br />

and the support and love we both received from<br />

the wonderful staff and volunteers helped us<br />

through her last year. It was a fun, safe place for<br />

me to leave her – the craft morning and day care<br />

kept her spirits up during her last difficult few<br />

months.<br />

And so, London Marathon here I come! The more<br />

I can raise for the hospice the better – we need<br />

to keep these wonderful people going for those<br />

in need! So far I’ve raised £430 through Virgin<br />

Money Giving, and raffles and donations from our<br />

generous customers at The Green Parrot.<br />

If you would like to support my challenge and give<br />

money to the hospice you can donate through<br />

virginmoneygiving.com/BeverleyFoulkes, or come<br />

into the Green Parrot where you’ll find collection<br />

boxes and raffles running over the next few weeks.<br />

Many thanks for all your continued support!<br />

Beverley Foulkes @ the Green Parrot<br />

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

Lent<br />

N.B From 14th February until 29th March all are<br />

welcome to join us for cafe style Worship as we meet,<br />

talk and pray on a themed series derived from the<br />

writings of German pastor and theologian Dietrich<br />

Bonhoeffer. 10am each weekday. Doesn’t matter if<br />

you miss some. Come when you can. Friday Prayer is<br />

incorporated in the Lent course.<br />

Friday March 2nd.<br />

We join with Churches Together for the Womens<br />

World Day of Prayer at the Catholic Church. All<br />

welcome.<br />

Saturday March 3rd<br />

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

Sunday March 4th<br />

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

Thursday March 8th<br />

2.30pm Thursday Group with a talk entitled ‘Mavo’s<br />

Memoirs ‘. If you’d like to find out more please join<br />

us. Refreshments served.<br />

Saturday March 10th<br />

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

Sunday March 11th<br />

10.45am Mothers Day Service followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Saturday 17th March<br />

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

Sunday 18th March<br />

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

Thursday March 22nd<br />

2.30pm Thursday Group with a talk by Kay, one of<br />

our newer members.<br />

Saturday 24th March<br />

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

Sunday 25th March<br />

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

Thursday March 29th<br />

2-3pm. Maundy Thursday Service with Holy<br />

Communion<br />

Friday 30th March: Good Friday<br />

We join with other churches in the town, meeting<br />

first at St Peter and St Paul’s at 10.30am then the<br />

Walk of Witness processes to the Buttercross as we<br />

focus on the Crucifixion of our Lord. Afterwards, there<br />

will be Tragedy to Triumph, a short very meaningful<br />

reflection, at the Methodist Church followed by hot<br />

cross buns and tea/coffee.<br />

Saturday 31st March<br />

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

Sunday 1st April<br />

10.45am Easter Day Service followed by refreshments.<br />

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

The 2018 March services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church<br />

will be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 4th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

3.30pm<br />

Wednesday 7th<br />

10.00am<br />

11.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Lent Course (see below)<br />

Sunday 11th: Mothering Sunday<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist for all the family<br />

Wednesday 14th<br />

10.00am<br />

11.00am<br />

Sunday 18th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

11.15am<br />

Wednesday 21st<br />

10.00am<br />

11.00am<br />

Palm Sunday 25th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 28th<br />

10.00am<br />

Maundy Thursday<br />

8.00pm<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Lent Course (see below)<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Family Service<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Lent Course (see below)<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

(with palm crosses)<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Good Friday 30th<br />

11.00am The Churches Together<br />

Act of Witness<br />

(begins in the Parish Church, processing to the Buttercross)<br />

Holy Saturday 31st<br />

8.00pm<br />

NB<br />

April: Easter Sunday 1st<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />

Easter Vigil in church<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />

Parish Church Lent Course<br />

This year we celebrate 50 years of partnership<br />

between the Diocese of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and<br />

the Diocese of Norwich. The PNG Church Partnership<br />

has produced the Lent Course we in the parish church<br />

are using this year. This will run for 4 sessions, three of<br />

which fall in March (see the services, above). We will<br />

meet at 10.45am, after the Holy Communion service,<br />

and all are welcome to join us. Coffee/tea and biscuits<br />

will be provided. Do come along.<br />

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

Our Lady of Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Holy Week & Easter Services<br />

Palm Sunday Vigil Mass: Saturday 24th March<br />

Watton Methodist Church 5.30pm<br />

with blessing of Palms<br />

Sunday 25th March:<br />

Mass with blessing of Palms 8.30am & 10.30am<br />

Our Lady of Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Maundy Thursday 29th March:<br />

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm.<br />

Our Lady of Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Good Friday: 30th March:<br />

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3pm<br />

Our Lady of Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Holy Saturday 31st March:<br />

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night: 8pm<br />

Our Lady of Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Easter Sunday: Mass of Easter Day 1st April:<br />

8.30am & 10.30am<br />

Our Lady of Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong><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? At<br />

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

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

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

from the Community Centre, museum or Town Hall.<br />

Don’t forget to pick up a copy or email me. That<br />

way as soon as something comes up you will be the<br />

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

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

for a leaflet.<br />

Community Hospital LofF<br />

We have a couple of events booked for your 2018<br />

diaries, they are:<br />

Saturday 10th March<br />

A Coffee Morning at The Methodist Church Rooms<br />

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 Rooms<br />

9am - 12 noon.<br />

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

ringing Colin Houghton (Chairman ) on 01760 336025<br />

or Iris Reeve (Vice Chairman) on 01760 721430.<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 />


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

President’s Corner<br />

As I anticipated when I wrote the article for<br />

last month’s <strong>Newsletter</strong>, we have had two<br />

very successful meetings in late January.<br />

First the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk,<br />

Lorne Green, came and told us a little about his job and<br />

what he hopes to achieve in his time in office. He gave a<br />

clear account of the demands and difficulties of running<br />

the police force, explaining the thinking behind some<br />

apparently controversial decisions such as the axing of the<br />

Police Community Support Officers. He is clearly dedicated<br />

to his task.<br />

The following week we were delighted to entertain<br />

Agrieneth Masule, the post-graduate scholar from<br />

Botswana whose studies we are helping to fund. When<br />

Agrieneth spoke to us, it was clear that our money is<br />

being well-spent. Agrieneth is studying at Anglia Ruskin<br />

University for a little over a year in total to obtain an MSc<br />

in International Social Welfare and Social Policy.<br />

In Botswana she was a teacher for about seven years and<br />

she intends to return home to use what she has learnt<br />

to improve education there. Agrieneth spoke clearly and<br />

eloquently about her life, work and ambition.<br />

She admitted to finding our weather a little dispiriting. She<br />

also misses her home and family, she has a young child<br />

who is being looked after by her extended family while she<br />

is over her, but her determination to press on and achieve<br />

her goals is a lesson to us all.<br />

We are particularly pleased that she is a member of<br />

a Rotary Club in Botswana and has joined in and led a<br />

number of her club’s charitable projects. I was pleased to<br />

receive from her one of her club’s banners and give her<br />

one from <strong>Swaffham</strong> to take back with her.<br />

I recently attended a meeting of Rotarians from all across<br />

East Anglia and learned that Rotary clubs in East Anglia<br />

raised over £166,000 in December for charitable purposes.<br />

If clubs in the rest of Britain and Ireland raised similar<br />

amounts, that would mean Rotary in Great Britain and<br />

Ireland raised over £4million, a great achievement. All the<br />

money raised will be used for charitable purposes locally,<br />

nationally and internationally including the continuing<br />

push to finally eliminate polio throughout the world.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary club’s next event to raise charitable<br />

funds will be a Bollywood Night at the Assembly Rooms on<br />

Saturday 24 March. Tickets are £20 each to include food,<br />

beer, and entertainment from Jaya Dance. There will be a<br />

prize for the best Indian costume (although dressing-up is<br />

not obligatory, casual wear will be fine). Why not support<br />

our charities by coming along to what promises to be a<br />

fun evening? Tickets are available from Ceres Bookshop<br />

or any Rotarian<br />

Bollywood Charity Night<br />

arranged by The Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> at<br />

The Assembly Rooms<br />

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

Saturday 24th March<br />

7 for 7.30pm - 11pm<br />

Tickets £20.00 including food & beer<br />

Tickets available from Ceres Book Shop or Rotary Members<br />

Indian Dress please - there will be prizes - casual if you prefer<br />


Tai Chi<br />

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Helping relieve arthritis<br />

Improving balance & posture<br />

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The Green Britain Centre<br />

It’s over a year since the café at The Green<br />

Britain Centre became completely vegan. Thank<br />

you to those who have come and enjoyed our<br />

plant-based food - we love it and so do many<br />

others. During the winter weather the atrium<br />

and café have been warm - under floor heating<br />

and the sun coming through the glass, added to<br />

hot food and drink, have been welcoming.<br />

Meanwhile, those working in the garden have<br />

been preparing ground for seeds and plants.<br />

Snowdrops and aconites have brightened dull<br />

days.<br />

On Saturday March 24th at GBC we will have an<br />

evening to think about the future of our planet.<br />

Earth Hour will be at 8.30pm when we switch<br />

off the lights. We hope to have a floodlit wind<br />

turbine in the previous week. Do come and join<br />

us for the evening at any time after 6.30pm<br />

on the 24th as we remind ourselves of our<br />

responsibilities to care for this world.<br />

Experience wind<br />

power from the<br />

top of a modern<br />

windmill<br />

The first windmill in the world open<br />

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

eco trail around our heritage<br />

orchard and organic gardens, enjoy<br />

Fairtrade coffee and homemade<br />

cake in our vegetarian café.<br />

For opening times and to<br />

book your turbine tour call us<br />

on 01760 726 100.<br />

Our classes are relaxed,<br />

friendly and fun – and a good<br />

way of meeting new friends…<br />

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

The February meeting took place on the<br />

evening of the 4th in the Church Rooms.<br />

We were very happy to welcome two<br />

new members. Our speaker was a charming young man<br />

called Jonathan who gave his talk first as he had come quite<br />

a distance to see us. We watched enthralled as he sat there<br />

chatting about his basket weaving business all the while<br />

making a basket in front of our eyes. He spoke for about 40<br />

minutes and at the end he had completed this lovely little<br />

basket. When Jonathan had gone we had our coffee break<br />

and then completed our business, gave out the birthday<br />

wishes and drew the raffle.<br />

We have got a very good programme to look forward to in<br />

the coming year and new members and visitors are always<br />

welcome. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month:<br />

for details ring our secretary on 01760 722879.<br />


Every Friday 6-7pm<br />

FUN<br />

Catholic School<br />

Sports Hall<br />

£2.50<br />

Call Emma: 07824 774827<br />

SPORT<br />

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Beachamwell & District WI<br />

On a very cold night in February,<br />

Beachamwell WI enjoyed some<br />

much needed sunshine, thanks<br />

to a wonderful slideshow by local photographer<br />

David Mason featuring his travels from Arizona<br />

to Alaska. The landscapes were truly “awesome”<br />

as the Americans say, but there were also some<br />

exquisite photos of flowers and plants and<br />

pictures from many close up encounters with<br />

birds and mammals, including bears. David was<br />

a most interesting and knowledgeable narrator,<br />

and all the members very much enjoyed this<br />

trip “Out West”. The count is in for our choice<br />

of resolution for 2018 debated at our January<br />

meeting and there was a clear majority in favour<br />

of a WI campaign for better mental health<br />

provision. Our votes will go forward to help the<br />

national organisation make its choice. At the<br />

meeting on March Ist, the theme is an arty one<br />

with an illustrated talk by Genista Davidson on<br />

“Art Deco : Architecture to Earrings”. As always,<br />

visitors or prospective new members are very<br />

welcome to come along. Enquiries: 01366 327023<br />

or 01366 328<br />

Maggie Mackenzie<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

The New Year started with many<br />

absentees owing to the “flu bug”<br />

going about but the members who<br />

did manage to join us were entertained with<br />

an illuminating talk entitled - Hypnotherapy.<br />

It dealt with mental health, a subject much in<br />

discussion these days. Our speaker Karen Lee, is<br />

a new recruit to this field of medicinal expertise<br />

and was full of enthusiasm for her subject, which<br />

she hopes to make her career. Karen was happy<br />

to answer many questions about her work. She<br />

already has a practise and feels she is helping<br />

her patients through their difficult times and we<br />

wish her well for the future.<br />

There were lots of items of WI business, events<br />

and subjects of interest – we had a raffle – tea<br />

and biscuits, of course, and our Secretary closed<br />

the meeting with a poem relating to ladies of a<br />

certain age with WI interests – very amusing.<br />

We all look forward to our February talk about<br />

RAF Marham.<br />

March 20th our speaker will be telling us about<br />

the history of Dereham Windmill. This is going<br />

to be followed by a visit to the windmill at a<br />

future date.<br />

We meet each 3rd Tuesday of the month 2pm - 4pm.<br />

For further information ring Celia on 01362 687316.<br />

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

Over the past few years the future of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Raceway has been held in the balance, but now<br />

with new owners and financial backing the<br />

stadium is undergoing a revamp, which will see<br />

the return of Greyhound racing to the venue and<br />

an updated grandstand with new bar facility.<br />

The Stock - Car season started on Sunday Feb 11th<br />

at 12.30pm, and will run every week throughout<br />

2018. There will be action packed meetings<br />

including the now well supported Mirco banger<br />

Moonshine meeting on March 4th, with over 80<br />

cars all doing battle.<br />

These meetings are a great day out for all the<br />

family and the kids are free.<br />

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All forms of building<br />

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Pledge a Patch 2018<br />

Calling<br />

Organisations<br />

Families<br />

Groups<br />

Individuals<br />

Thursday<br />

29 March<br />

10.30am to 1pm<br />

Assembly Rooms<br />

Refreshments<br />

Bring the children<br />

Litter Facts<br />

Colour the Swamble<br />

Activity Sheets<br />

Kid’s Pledge<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their<br />

annual World Quiz in the<br />

Assembly Rooms with teams<br />

representing countries from<br />

around the world. There<br />

were ten rounds about different parts of the<br />

world including one about Norfolk. The team<br />

representing Botswana came out on top by a<br />

narrow margin. With the supper, part provided<br />

by Tesco, the enjoyable evening raised £700 for<br />

Lions local charities. The World Quiz cup was<br />

presented by Lion President Pam Tallon.<br />

Lion David Cunnington is busy in his workshop<br />

making up 25 Easter Baskets for distribution<br />

to the pubs and clubs in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the<br />

surrounding villages. Together with donation<br />

sheets numbered one to sixty, squares are sold<br />

at £1 a go. The winning number will be the<br />

bonus ball in the National Lottery on Saturday<br />

24th March. All proceeds will go to Lions good<br />

causes.<br />

Day, red tablecloths and red and white balloons,<br />

it was a night for the romantics to enjoy an<br />

early Valentine. The Strollers very generously<br />

performed free of charge which helped in raising<br />

over £1000 for Lions good causes.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions enjoyed a visit from the District<br />

Governor, Derek Prior, at their club meeting in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Lion President, Pam<br />

Tallon, took the opportunity to involve him in the<br />

photograph of a new member from Narborough,<br />

Brian Rayner, who was inducted into the club.<br />

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Well, it’s well under way. A big empty space where<br />

the loos were; a huge hole in the garden; painting<br />

underway in the main hall, but the most wonderful<br />

feeling of a new beginning. I’m not under any illusion<br />

of it not being a massive undertaking, but having the<br />

backing of all my staff and the families of our clients,<br />

makes my hair going grey through worry worth<br />

it. We are very lucky to have 2 great painters; Paul<br />

and Jonny and the builders from R&I; Justin, Ashley<br />

and Johnny. We have had a bit of a clear out, it’s<br />

amazing how much you collect over time. We were a<br />

bit worried when the bin men came but we needn’t<br />

have worried, like always they were great and all our<br />

rubbish went in a blink of an eye. We are changing<br />

the colour of the main room and we have new Ikea<br />

storage which is colourful and fun. This will also give<br />

us a little more much needed space for activites, also<br />

lots of ideas for displaying memorabilia.<br />

This is dedication! Kerry on her day off from working<br />

at Tesco, is in here working like a good’un. I’m sure<br />

there is nothing this lady can’t turn her hand to. Not<br />

only has she helped with painting walls, sorting out<br />

the notice board, keeping us all in order (which is<br />

probably the hardest job), she is just the nicest lady<br />

you could ever wish to meet. So, from all of us, a<br />

great big Merly thank you.<br />

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

We kicked off the New Year with Garlic Theatre<br />

Puppets watched by a large, appreciative family<br />

audience. The hallmark of Garlic Theatre is an old<br />

tale with a new twist and so it was this year when<br />

they brought Little Red Robin Hood. It was a lovely<br />

show and brightened up a dreary January Sunday. On<br />

Saturday March 17th at 7.30pm we welcome back<br />

the Sheringham Shantymen to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms.<br />

They began in 1990 as a group of local lifeboat<br />

men and friends to celebrate the lifeboat Augusta<br />

and have been singing ever since, fundraising for<br />

specific lifeboat events and generally supporting the<br />

RNLI. They have performed at maritime festivals all<br />

over the country and have made several television<br />

appearances. As well as travelling widely throughout<br />

the UK and Ireland, they have also visited Holland,<br />

France, Germany and the USA celebrating in music<br />

the life of the sea.<br />

We are delighted that they are coming to entertain us<br />

with their songs and humour. Everyone leaves with a<br />

smile on their face and a warm feeling inside; and<br />

we are proud to support them in the great work that<br />

they do. Tickets are available, priced at £9 members<br />

and £12 non-members, from Ceres Bookshop 01760<br />

722504, and the Green Parrot 01760 724704 and on<br />

the door. Everyone welcome!

Wissey U3A<br />

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

On the last Tuesday in January we held our annual<br />

party for our members of Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and District. We were entertained for the afternoon<br />

by Charlie Sinclair singing a wide range of Country<br />

Western Music. A very big thank you to Tesco for<br />

providing all the food and drink<br />

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On Thursday 1st February, Robert Ferguson had<br />

to cancel his presentation entitled ‘The Fight for<br />

Africa’. Replacing Robert was a trio of musicians<br />

- Sarah, Jane and Tony who sang and played a<br />

range of instruments including the viol, lute, flute,<br />

gittern and bagpipes. The trio named Hexachordia<br />

entertained Wissey U3A members by recounting the<br />

journey of William Kemp who, in the 1600’s, won<br />

a wager that he could jig from London to Norwich<br />

in 9 days. Williams’ account of the journey was<br />

narrated by Tony and punctuated with entertaining<br />

pieces of medieval music. Hexachordia’s fascinating<br />

and virtuosic performance, which included a small<br />

Shakespearian history lesson, was warmly greeted<br />

by Wissey U3A members. On the same day, 1st aid<br />

certificates were awarded to a number of members<br />

who had previously attended a Red Cross First Aid<br />

course at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Community Centre. They were<br />

invited to attend a refresher course on Monday 26th<br />

February for some practical and maybe more realistic<br />

first aid situations.<br />

The formation of a new group entitled ‘Meditation<br />

for Beginners’ attracted many members who will<br />

meet for the first time in March. There are still 2 or 3<br />

places available in the group and interested members<br />

can contact Groups’ Co-ordinator Dave Thorogood<br />

on 01760 622751 for more details. Members of the<br />

Table Tennis group are to meet Downham Market<br />

later in the month for another friendly tournament at<br />

Denver village hall. If you have an interesting hobby<br />

or pastime which you would like to share with others<br />

why not make enquires about joining the U3A.<br />

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

the education of retired members of the community<br />

or those in their ‘Third Age’ of life. U3A membership<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information about group activities contact Dave<br />

Thorogood on 01760 622751 or visit the Wissey<br />

Homepage at www.u3asites.org.uk/wissey. If you<br />

are a ‘Third Ager’ and may have just moved to the<br />

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

in the Playing Field Pavilion at Holme Hale at 09.45 on<br />

Thursday 1st March. Annual membership normally<br />

costs £10 and renewals are £7 with a small charge of<br />

£1 for admittance to each monthly meeting.<br />

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RNA Closure<br />

Sadly the RNA has had to close due to being unable<br />

to get officers to run it. Ill health and old age has<br />

played a big part in this decision.<br />

The money in the funds has been divided between<br />

our three main charities and money has been sent<br />

to our Headquarters to hold for us in case the branch<br />

should want to start up again in the future. With<br />

this in mind the Standard has been left in the safe<br />

keeping of the Kings Lynn Sea Cadets.<br />

The closure of the branch will leave a large hole in the<br />

majority of our members lives, but we are holding<br />

a farewell function in the next few months and are<br />

hoping to meet socially for meals out etc so that we<br />

don't lose touch.<br />

The RBL has kindly invited us to join them at their<br />

meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8pm<br />

in the Conservative Club.<br />

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

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

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

initial consultation contact Barbara on:<br />

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

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

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

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

say 55 upwards. Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District is the local group (and a registered charity) specially<br />

set up for those who live in the town or in nearby villages and has been going strong since 2001. We<br />

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

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

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

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

Generally during the better weather we organise trips out by coach, three or four per year, plus a<br />

Christmas attraction of some sort e.g. the Hippodrome Gt Yarmouth , a boat trip on the River Cam . John<br />

Clarke (see below) organises these, so please contact him for the latest info. Upcoming events are:<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 />

April 24th - Sister Francis on the Television series<br />

May 29th - AGM plus a talk on Scams and Awareness<br />

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

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

particularly difficult to get to medical appointments by providing a subsidised car service. Our volunteer<br />

drivers also when requested accompany clients to their appointments and ensure they understand the<br />

outcome. This service covers trips to GP Surgeries or to hospital. Volunteers to act as drivers are always<br />

needed.<br />

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

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

Our office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm from where<br />

an Information Pack for both Buddying and Befriending can be obtained. Apart from<br />

Pam on the office phone (07393 981 295) our Buddy Coordinator, Clair Ensom can be<br />

contacted on 07393 981 290. See advert below for more details.<br />

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

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

Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031.<br />

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

and District<br />

World Plumbing Day 11 March<br />

Befriending & Hospital Buddy<br />

Driver Opportunities<br />

This Photo by Unknown Author is<br />

licensed under CC BY-SA<br />

Recruitment Drop-In<br />

Friday 2 nd March<br />

10.30am – 11.30 <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre<br />

Meet our new Befriending<br />

Manager, Brad Stein<br />

Training, support and events<br />

throughout 2018<br />

Office open at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm<br />

Supporting older people in the local community<br />

Contact Pam – email: swaffhamsss16@outlook.com<br />

Telephone: 07393 981295<br />

Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

For our first meeting of 2018 Ian Roofe made<br />

a welcome return to talk about ‘Spring Garden<br />

Flowers’. His presentation included photographs<br />

from some of the many gardens he is involved with<br />

including Alan Gray’s Old Vicarage Garden at East<br />

Ruston.<br />

While hellebores, snowdrops, aconites and even<br />

early clematis can be considered late winter flowers,<br />

the real heralds of Spring are the crocus and daffodils.<br />

The miniature narcissi are now very popular as their<br />

diminutive height is better for withstanding the<br />

windy weather. Tete-a-tete is still the best known<br />

but Jet Fire with its multiple flower heads is worth<br />

a try. Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ is a lovely scented<br />

perennial but to ensure its survival plant the bulb 6<br />

to 7 inches deep. Another bulb to be planted deeply<br />

is the Crown Imperial which should be planted on<br />

its side and up to 12 inches below the ground. By<br />

contrast, the crown of the peony should not be<br />

planted too deep. Other problems to be aware of<br />

are hellebore black death (destroy stem or leaves<br />

which show any sign of blackening) and Lily Beetle<br />

on the Crown Imperials.<br />

Ian has a particular fondness for primroses and<br />

showed us many different varieties. Primroses<br />

which bear one flower on each stem are<br />

distinguishable from polyanthus which have flower<br />

clusters on a single stem. These are not as hardy<br />

as the primrose which will naturalise readily and<br />

benefits from regular lifting and dividing every one<br />

or two years.<br />

Of the tree family, magnolias can look spectacular but<br />

need plenty of space as they don’t like to be pruned.<br />

They also need water in the dry summer months.<br />

However, there are now some very compact Prunus<br />

(flowering cherry) which are suitable for smaller<br />

gardens. These should be pruned in the summer to<br />

allow time for recovery before early flowering the<br />

following Spring.<br />

While many early flowers, like tulips, are relatively<br />

short lived there are some which will carry on<br />

flowering through the summer, such as erysimum,<br />

the perennial wallflower. Bowles Mauve is probably<br />

the best known variety but Winter Orchid is a great<br />

alternative. These are tough plants which don’t need<br />

or want any pampering. Ian’s advice is “treat them<br />

mean”.<br />

Earlier in January, 38 members enjoyed our annual<br />

lunch at the Necton Windmill. Our thanks to Jackie<br />

and David Priestley for another well organised event.<br />

What’s on in the next 3 months:<br />

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

26th April Jim Paine ‘Plants for Shade’<br />

Thursday May 24th Tony Goode‘ Alpines in the<br />

Time Challenge’<br />

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Quality Legal Services in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Ward Gethin Archer offer a friendly and efficient<br />

service for all legal services from our long established<br />

offices in town<br />

Please contact:<br />

Jill Wheeler for Property Matters<br />

Diane Hewitt for Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers<br />

of Attorney<br />

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We also specialise in: Personal Injury Claims,<br />

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WEA<br />

How much do you know about the WEA? Just<br />

what do those letters stand for? Founded in 1903<br />

the Workers’ Educational Association is a charity<br />

and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider<br />

of adult education. Although originally aimed at<br />

workers, as the name suggests, nowadays all are<br />

welcome. Courses are informal and friendly. There<br />

are no tests or exams and you don’t need previous<br />

knowledge of the subject, so there’s no pressure<br />

to achieve a particular standard – just the pleasure<br />

of increasing your knowledge and experience,<br />

and the opportunity to meet new people. The<br />

annual meeting of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch of WEA<br />

takes place on Friday 16th March at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre at 10am. Entry is free and open<br />

to all. Come along and find out more about your<br />

local WEA branch.<br />

The meeting also includes an illustrated talk by<br />

Roger Farmer on Oxburgh Hall: Past and Present.<br />

Roger works as a conservator at this famous<br />

National Trust property and his talk includes a<br />

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

preserve the house today plus a guide to the<br />

unseen Oxburgh - the parts the visitors never see!<br />

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Joinery & Building Works / Renovation Works<br />

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Andrew Francis Funeral Service<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

Independant Family Funeral Directors<br />

The Peddars Inn<br />

70 The Street,<br />

Sporle PE32 2DR<br />

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The Old Post OfÞce, Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7LA<br />

Open for lunches, dinners & Sunday Roast<br />

in our conservatory and dining room.<br />

Visit our website to see our menus:<br />

www.thepeddarsinn.com<br />

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The team at <strong>Swaffham</strong> are<br />

pleased to offer:<br />

• Appointments to suit you<br />

• Cutting edge diagnostics<br />

• Full operating facilities<br />

• Emergency out of hours<br />

care at the premises<br />

• Nurse preventative<br />

health clinics<br />

• Accessible parking<br />

We provide our own out of hours<br />

service where you will be seen by one<br />

of our vets at the practice in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Please phone the normal practice<br />

number in an emergency.<br />

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Mon-Fri 8.30am - 6.30pm<br />

Sat 9.00am - 12pm<br />

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What’s On In March<br />

Mothers Day - Sunday 11th March<br />

- Food served midday - 3pm<br />

Quiz Night - Friday 16th March - 7.30pm, teams of up to<br />

6 people (booking recommended)<br />

Live Music with Gemma B - Friday 23rd March from 8pm<br />

Please contact us by<br />

phone or email for<br />

more information:<br />

Phone:<br />

01760 722054<br />

www.swaffhamvets.co.uk<br />

info@swaffhamvets.co.uk<br />

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updates and news<br />


W Acre Rd<br />

Bear’s Lane<br />

Brocks Rd<br />

A1065<br />

A1065<br />

New Sporle Rd<br />


Tower<br />

Meadows<br />

Sporle Rd<br />

Orford Rd<br />


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

One of the early members of our Group, Reg<br />

Stibbon, who died at the age of 94 in January, was<br />

remembered at a service held in the Methodist<br />

Church. A life long resident of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Reg<br />

was well-known in the town. During WWII he<br />

served with the RAF and after gaining more<br />

qualifications then worked on various airfields<br />

throughout East Anglia. He was awarded the<br />

British Empire Medal for his services. Three<br />

members of the Group attended the service.<br />

Our picture this month shows the Corn Exchange<br />

(then the Salvation Army Citadel) in 1903 with a<br />

light dusting of snow in the town.<br />

Archive pictures in the museum show some of<br />

the more heavy snow which <strong>Swaffham</strong> has seen<br />

in living memory. We are at present researching<br />

the weather generally, including floods, drought,<br />

storms and even a hurricane. Whilst there is<br />

plenty of written evidence for the more recent<br />

events we have so far been unable to find any<br />

pictures of the 1987 hurricane or of the 1976<br />

heatwave.<br />

If anyone has any photographs for these years<br />

please let us know.<br />

Contact: littlebethany7@gmail.com<br />

Tai Chi for health<br />

Tai Chi has been found to be beneficial for:<br />

• Helping relieve arthritis<br />

• Improving balance & posture<br />

• Toning muscles<br />

• Improving mobility<br />

• Promoting good health<br />

• Physical & mental wellbeing<br />

Our classes are relaxed, friendly, fun,<br />

& a good way of meeting new friends.<br />

01760 723102 or 07587 567406<br />

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East Dereham<br />

Tuesday 10am<br />

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

Wednesday 10am<br />

Friday 10am<br />

www.academytaichi.co.uk<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 />

the day.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

days to feel at home<br />

because the staff are<br />

so welcoming and<br />

caring”<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

downham.manager@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

Garden Science Trust<br />

GST started 2018 brimming with<br />

enthusiasm and ideas after the<br />

holiday break. We are primarily<br />

an educational charity focusing on<br />

learning through gardening and<br />

creative arts and crafts so in the beginning of<br />

the year we are always keen to sow seeds as<br />

soon as possible. We are based at the Green<br />

Britain Centre and work closely with the staff<br />

there so we have a beautiful atrium to grow<br />

our seeds in for the next couple of months.<br />

So far we have sown tomatoes, sweet and hot<br />

peppers, salad crops and micro salads. Many<br />

of these will be grown on in the garden and<br />

polytunnels destined for the café in the centre<br />

but we will have plenty for GST people to take<br />

home. We will be selling plants in the Green<br />

Britain Centre plant sales area too along with<br />

craft items made in our workshops and regular<br />

sessions later on in the year.<br />

In January Garden Science Trust was the KLFM<br />

charity of the month. This has raised our<br />

profile within West Norfolk and we have been<br />

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contacted by many people asking to access our<br />

services, to find out about what we do and for<br />

advice about gardening organically. A kind and<br />

keen gardener has even offered to supply us<br />

with all his excess seedlings and plants from<br />

his two allotments. GST is an important local<br />

resource for a very vulnerable group of people<br />

and we are currently oversubscribed for all our<br />

workshops and sessions, including our new<br />

education course which we are running as a<br />

pilot with the assistance of our colleagues at<br />

Volunteering Matters.<br />

The new course is called ‘Elementals’ and<br />

replaces our annual hosting of an adult<br />

education course. Our new course has been<br />

carefully tailored to meet the varying needs<br />

of our learners and consists of two streams<br />

both based on the four elements, one of which<br />

covers science, horticulture, numeracy, literacy<br />

and environmental awareness focusing food,<br />

transport and energy. The second stream<br />

concerns personal learning and development<br />

of skills. We are very aware that sometimes the<br />

confusing and hostile world we all live in can<br />

be very hard for vulnerable people to navigate<br />

through. We are focusing very much on what<br />

our learners feel they need help with and will<br />

be arranging for all sorts of visitors to talk to<br />

the group as well as helping with the digital<br />

world, healthy eating and all sorts of aspects of<br />

modern life.<br />

GST is free for our service users so we rely<br />

on donations and funding raised throughout<br />

the year. Sadly there are more and more<br />

charities needing help with costs as services<br />

are outsourced or simply unavailable instead of<br />

being funded by central government and local<br />

authorities. Funding is harder and harder to<br />

find especially for a small independent charity<br />

like ours. We spent a lot of our office time<br />

filling in funding applications, time which we<br />

would prefer to spend working with our groups.<br />

We have now set up an online funding site at<br />

MyDonate which is run by BT and which allows<br />

people to donate any amount they choose.<br />

Please consider supporting Garden Science<br />

Trust in this way and please come and see us if<br />

you would like to know more about our work or<br />

feel you could help in any way.<br />

Pat Welsh<br />

Garden Science Trust<br />

Programme Manager<br />

Our website is currently being moved and<br />

revamped. Please check on our Facebook page<br />

for an update when it goes live. Thank you for<br />

your interest and support.<br />

01760 726746<br />

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/gst<br />

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


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

at<br />

presents<br />

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

Jazz Club<br />

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

Nene Valley Jazz Group<br />

7 piece Dixieland Band<br />

Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

March 13th<br />

Tickets on Door £7<br />

Norman 01760 722 384<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

London Street<br />

1 st visit<br />

bar<br />

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

Branch<br />

01760<br />

725801<br />

http://www.family-action.org.uk<br />

building better families<br />

Calling all<br />

budding artists<br />

Gallery Iceni<br />

needs you!<br />

At the Iceni Partnership, we are always looking<br />

for new art groups, or individuals who would<br />

like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

If you or someone you know would be<br />

interested, then please call us on<br />

01760 722 800 or pop into the office and speak<br />

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena<br />


The place to be:<br />

Function Room For Hire<br />

(with Kitchen)<br />

Available for parties, family<br />

celebrations and work occasions.<br />

Receptions, Christenings & Wakes.<br />

(no 18 th Birthday parties)<br />

Why not book our<br />

Resident Party DJ<br />

Steve Greensides.<br />

You have done it<br />

£1572.50 was raised<br />

for a top of the range<br />

defibrillator for the club,<br />

thank you to everyone who<br />

contributed their time & money.<br />

Annual<br />

Subscriptions<br />

Due January<br />

Membership<br />

Fees<br />

If required<br />

Inter-Affiliation<br />

Card<br />

£2.50<br />

1st Year<br />

Initial<br />

Joining Fee<br />

1st Year<br />

Association<br />

Joining Fee<br />

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From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

We are certainly back into the<br />

swing of things after the Christmas<br />

break and hoping the “balls in<br />

the air will eventually drop”.<br />

Our meetings with Watton are going well<br />

the possibility of a project manager being<br />

shared between the two towns. I hope to<br />

be going with the Mayor of Watton to speak<br />

to Breckland District Council with regard to<br />

our business rates, I have a feeling they will<br />

be telling us this is a government policy in<br />

which case Liz Truss MP will be the next to<br />

lobby.<br />

Since taking a fall and fracturing a rib while<br />

walking in the woods I’ve been frequenting<br />

the Recreation Ground at Haspalls Road in<br />

the morning. I’ve arrived with my bags and<br />

have been pleasantly surprised how clean<br />

the area is kept by the dog walkers, not to<br />

mention the enjoyment everyone gets. It’s<br />

so important to Pick Up where children and<br />

dogs mix, at this point I have to say how<br />

disgusting some of the pathways are at the<br />

moment and I put out a real plea to clear<br />

up after your pets, getting home to find<br />

unwanted presents on one’s shoes ....say<br />

no more.<br />

I’m no doubt preaching to the converted<br />

but just an observation, Bears Lane along<br />

the railway line has been made into a<br />

real dumping ground, such a shame. On a<br />

happier note it’s good to see the market<br />

ticking over despite the weather. Footfall<br />

seems to be a lot better and the stalls seem<br />

to have taken on a more positive stance.<br />

I love going to the auction. Helen our<br />

Auctioneer has to be seen, she’s very zippy<br />

and gets through the lots really efficiently.<br />

I’m finishing with those wonderful birds<br />

the starlings, not so popular with some but<br />

what an exhibition every evening we are<br />

treated to. I can remember years ago they<br />

were around and they did go eventually. In<br />

the meantime I suppose we must make the<br />

most of them as they are an endangered<br />

species, the RSPB gives a good indication as<br />

to what’s going on.<br />

I hope that when I write next, Spring will be<br />

truly on its way.<br />

Best wishes Jill<br />

28<br />

In Touch With Your Town<br />

‘In Touch with your Town’ is put<br />

together by the Town Clerk Richard<br />

Bishop or occasionally by the Deputy<br />

Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals with<br />

some of the most topical items of the<br />

day and the odd item where the Council<br />

want to share information with the Town.<br />

Budget<br />

The Town Council agreed to put up the Council<br />

Precept by 5.6% for the forthcoming<br />

year 2018-19, an increase of £35,895<br />

giving a Precept of £393,500. It is an<br />

increase of £8.21. The Council have<br />

various challenges to meet in the<br />

year ahead, including the loss of a<br />

Council Tax Support Grant. There will also be a rise in<br />

staff and administrative costs with the Town Council<br />

looking after more outside areas and assets, and<br />

investment needed in some of our older equipment<br />

and vehicles.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Saturday Market<br />

The Market has seen a few changes over the last<br />

few weeks. One of our traders, Wards Nurseries,<br />

has retired from market trading after over 50 years.<br />

However, a number of new traders have come to join<br />

the Market for 2018. As well as all our established<br />

regulars - meat, bread, vegetables, household items,<br />

plants, jewellery, and of course the auction - we have<br />

a new plant stall, dog beds, vacuum spares, vaping<br />

accessories and goat curry to name a few. Do come<br />

and enjoy and explore the market on Saturdays. A<br />

new event for this year will be the Sheep Fair on<br />

Whitsun Weekend - 26th May, there will be sheep<br />

on the Buttercross for you to come and have a look<br />

at with a charity auction, local businesses will also<br />

be joining in to raise awareness and<br />

celebrate the diversity of sheep breeds<br />

in Britain. We will also have some extra<br />

stalls for the occasion to complement<br />

the regular market.<br />

Open Spaces<br />

Our outside team work hard to keep the Town an<br />

attractive and safe place. They have recently finished<br />

the fencing around the Campingland and this area<br />

together with the Churchyard and Antinghams are<br />

29<br />

a very pleasant place to be. Work will soon begin<br />

in the Cemetery with wreaths and Christmas items<br />

to be tidied ready for grass cutting and general<br />

maintenance. We have also been surveying the<br />

trees in our care too, and safety work will be done<br />

in the coming weeks. Given the strength of the wind<br />

and the incidents in and around town last month,<br />

taking care of the trees is a priority recognised by<br />

most people. The work will mostly involve trimming<br />

back and pruning with only one tree to be felled.<br />

The usual inspections of play equipment and reports<br />

from residents identified problems with some of<br />

the older play equipment on the recreation ground.<br />

The under eights area has had a large boulder that<br />

some parents reported as a safety concern, this has<br />

been removed. The soft play surfacing in some areas<br />

also needed attention and this has been repaired.<br />

At the fitness equipment area, we are waiting for<br />

replacement parts to come so that the repairs can be<br />

made. Apologies that this has taken some time but<br />

please be assured we are regularly chasing this up<br />

with the suppliers.<br />

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY The Annual Town Assembly<br />

this year will be held on Wednesday 27th April,<br />

6.30pm at the Town Hall.<br />


This is the second article to update everyone on<br />

where we are regarding the development of our<br />

Neighbourhood Plan.<br />

We are moving forward to draft the content and at<br />

a meeting of the steering group held on 30th Jan<br />

18, good progress was made. We have agreed our<br />

“Vision” and established key plan themes. We have<br />

discussed emerging policy ideas.<br />

These ideas are under broad headings ie:<br />

• Housing and the Built Environment<br />

• Environment and Landscape<br />

• Community and Services<br />

• Business and Employment<br />

• Transport and Access<br />

What we are doing next is:<br />

• Consultation with key stakeholders<br />

• Refine policy ideas at next Steering group meeting<br />

• Meeting with Breckland Council<br />

• Completion of what is known as a “Scoping Report”<br />

for the sustainability appraisal. Preparation for the<br />

consultation events. Members of the Steering Group<br />

are now gathering evidence across all types of groups

and organisations relating to all the headings above.<br />

YOU also have the opportunity to have your say<br />

and input at two events coming up at the Assembly<br />

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

Saturday 14th April 10am to 3 pm AND Tuesday<br />

17th April 3pm to 7pm<br />

This is one of your opportunities to shape the<br />

development of the plan, so do please try and come<br />


Town Council Website.<br />

CONTACT DETAILS: Rachel Leggett, Project Manager,<br />

swaffhamplan@gmail.com, 07947615335<br />

On the 29th March – we will be working with the<br />

Iceni Partnership, the District Council and volunteers<br />

to give the Town Centre a Spring Clean. Last year a<br />

team of people worked together and really made a<br />

difference to the Town Centre. If you would like to be<br />

involved please get in touch at the Town Hall offices<br />

or the community centre.<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, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 19th – Open Spaces Committee meeting<br />

6.30 – 8.30pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 27th – N Plan -Steering Group<br />

12noon<br />

Planning committee<br />

1.30pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 19th – Relief in Need Charity meeting<br />

6.45-7.15pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

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The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 121<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 025<br />

Cllr Steven Allen<br />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

07825 801 605<br />

01760 720 608<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 721 022<br />

01760 720 114<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 722 524<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 788 519<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722 604<br />

01760 722 611<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

01760 622725<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and<br />

Cllr Ian Sherwood 01760 725 550<br />

twitter@ CllrIanSherwood (your.cllr@breckland.gov.uk)<br />

Your County Councillor is Cllr Ed Colman<br />

01362 697 397 / email ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Officers<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Twitter - @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk<br />

Claire Smith - Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator<br />

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

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

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall Opening Times<br />

Monday 9.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday : 9:30am-1pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Relief in Need Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1072912<br />

Relief in Need is a Registered Charity which meets 6<br />

times a year, offering grants for a specific purpose for<br />

the relief of persons resident in the area of benefit<br />

(i.e. <strong>Swaffham</strong>) who are in need, hardship or distress.<br />

Application Forms are available from the Town Hall<br />

or reliefinneed@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Agencies at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Hall<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum Gift Shop & Tourist<br />

Information Centre Open: Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm<br />

& Sat 10am - 1pm 01760 721230<br />

Breckland Council Room 1: Open 9am – 1pm & 1:30pm<br />

- 4pm every Monday. 9:30am – 1pm every Tuesday,<br />

Thursday & Friday. Council Tax & benefit enquires.<br />

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Caroline 01953 882 154<br />

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The museum is open again!<br />

New displays.<br />

Lots for families to see and do.<br />

New Displays:<br />

From Beginning to End – the story of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

railways<br />

Images of <strong>Swaffham</strong> – A collection of paintings,<br />

posters and photographs of <strong>Swaffham</strong> over the<br />

years. Includes a selection of photographs of<br />

old(er) <strong>Swaffham</strong> onscreen<br />

Also available on application<br />

• Guided walks<br />

• Talks<br />

• School Activity Day - Carter meets<br />

Tutankhamun<br />

•Loan Boxes for schools, groups or families.<br />

You may have seen the story of<br />

Howard Carter and the discovery<br />

of Tutankhamun’s tomb featured<br />

on the Antiques Road Trip recently.<br />

Howard came from a<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> family and members<br />

of the family still live in the town<br />

today. In our Carter Connection<br />

Gallery we tell Howard’s story in text and image<br />

onscreen. The Gallery also displays artefacts on loan<br />

to us from the British Museum and dating from King<br />

Tut’s time. Come and see!<br />

Does anyone recognise these <strong>Swaffham</strong> Railway men<br />

or date this photograph from our archives?<br />

Please let us know<br />

Living Independently<br />

in Later Years<br />

Information for Older People<br />

Living in West Norfolk<br />

Telephone information line<br />

LILY Advisor Home visits<br />

Online directory<br />

Community locations<br />

Available online at www.asklily.org.uk<br />

or by calling 01553 616200<br />







• Personal Alarms monitored<br />

24/7 for £2.88 per week<br />

plus installation<br />

• Pendants can be<br />

worn either around<br />

the neck or wrist<br />

• Keysafes allowing<br />

relatives & emergency<br />

services access<br />

to your home<br />

• Assistive<br />

Technology -<br />

including falls<br />

pendants and<br />

smoke detectors<br />

Please contact<br />

the Careline<br />

Community Service<br />

team today on<br />

01553 616200 or visit<br />

our website www.<br />

careline-cs.org.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> military pillboxes<br />

Do you remember the pillboxes constructed in<br />

or around <strong>Swaffham</strong> during World War 2?<br />

Concrete pillboxes were used from the First<br />

World War, mostly in North Norfolk.<br />

They were circular or hexagonal and were part<br />

of a defence line in case of invasion. In World<br />

War 2 they were also constructed inland with<br />

a primary role to destroy, stop or at least slow<br />

down tanks.<br />

There were at least 6 in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, two of<br />

which survived at least until the 1990s. Do<br />

you remember them? Have you any stories<br />

about them? Do they still exist? Do you have<br />

a photograph? Were they round, square or<br />

hexagonal? Please let us know!<br />

Wanted – Volunteers<br />

We are currently looking for volunteers to work<br />

in the Museum.<br />

We require Stewards for 3 hr sessions (10-1<br />

or 1-4) And help with the Education team to<br />

work mainly with school visits. An interest in<br />

Egyptology would be helpful.<br />

For further information contact Steve Gregory<br />

01760 721230<br />

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

We support the Museum financially.<br />

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

Membership payment of just £10 for an<br />

individual and £15 for a family. This gives you<br />

free access to all the museum galleries for life.<br />

For more information please contact our<br />

Hon Chairman Stuart Clapton by ringing the<br />

museum, or on stuartclapton@aol.com.<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri. Sat: 10am to 1pm<br />

Prices: adults £3. Concessions £2.50 Children 5 and<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum, Town Hall, London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DQ<br />

Tel: 01760 721 230<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

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

The Home Hospice Support Team, wish to convey<br />

their thanks to all those of you who continue to<br />

offer expertise to the charity, in giving your time to<br />

the patients. Apart from the team, the remainder<br />

who offer their time are unpaid volunteers and it is<br />

to them that we must praise their commitment to<br />

our cause. The support of the public is vital for the<br />

charity’s existence and we ask you to continue when<br />

we organise events during the course of each year.<br />

We are seeking out our wonderful public to perhaps<br />

arrange a function in support of our charity and the<br />

work we carry out. If you are interested, then please<br />

do contact the main office on <strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760<br />

722937 for further information.<br />

After 22 years of service with the Home Hospice,<br />

Alan Collison has retired. He has helped so many<br />

patients and their families over the years with care<br />

and commitment. He was given a send-off on 31st<br />

January, with many of his friends and colleagues who<br />

met to wish him well. He received many card and gifts<br />

and a special memory book. Alan said “I was very<br />

surprised and delighted with the leaving do. The care<br />

and preparation and the generosity of everyone was<br />

overwhelming. The kind thoughts and words shown<br />

in cards, gifts and “the book” will stay with me for a<br />

very long time. Thanks for everything and I shall miss<br />

you all. I am looking forward to spending more time<br />

with family and perusing my many hobbies. Thanks<br />

again to one and all”. Wendy Martin, Home Hospice<br />

Co-ordinator said “on behalf of everyone connected<br />

with the Home Hospice, I would like to wish Alan<br />

a long happy and healthy retirement and a huge<br />

thankyou to him”.<br />

The photo shows Alan with Mavis White, Vice Chair<br />

of the Management Committee, and Annette Hardy,<br />

Volunteer Representative.<br />

For those quizzers who have yet to book a table for<br />

the Quiz Night at the Conservative Club you have but<br />

a few days left to get your names down; March 2nd,<br />

7.30 start costing £5.00 per head with a maximum<br />

of six per table. Contact: Adrian on <strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760<br />

724304. Information regarding the Home Hospice’s<br />

major event in June, Relay Together on Sunday, 17th<br />

June 2018 12.00miday-5.30pm with the WALK 1.30-<br />

4.30pm; being held at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club,<br />

North Pickenham Rd. This event involves sponsored<br />

teams of families and friends, old and young, walking<br />

in relays round a marked track, supporting loved ones<br />

recovering from treatment, survivors of cancer or in<br />

remembrance of loved ones. Lots of activities: Stalls,<br />

refreshments, BBQ, music and a large raffle. Enter a<br />

team, Join Us for a special Community day in support<br />

of: <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice Support Ltd.<br />

For further details contact <strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760 722937<br />

or secretaryhomehospice@btinterent.com<br />

We are still looking for further volunteers to assist<br />

us, especially drivers who would drive patients to<br />

and back from the hospitals they attend. They would<br />

receive a mileage allowance and those presently<br />

carrying out this task really enjoy their time with the<br />

patients.<br />

For further information please ring the Main Office<br />

01760 722937.<br />

Pot of Gold (<strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew)<br />

On Friday 9 February the Assembly Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

hosted an audience of between 60 – 70 people to<br />

watch and listen to the new <strong>Swaffham</strong> shanty band,<br />

Pot of Gold, led by Steve Price. Everyone enjoyed<br />

a varied selection of old folk and shanty songs<br />

accompanied by guitars, banjo and melodeon. They<br />

also included one contemporary number written by<br />

Peter Mckay, a member of the band.<br />

The performance was enthusiastically received by the<br />

audience who included members of the renowned<br />

Sheringham Shantymen, who themselves will be<br />

performing in the Assembly Rooms on Saturday, 17<br />

March. The songs were both moving and rousing<br />

and many of the audience indicated that they were<br />

looking forward to further performances. One<br />

person emailed to say, “the enthusiasm from … Pot<br />

of Gold … was infectious. I am sure they are going<br />

on to do great things”. Another comment was that<br />

anyone who missed the evening missed a real treat.<br />

For information as to future events please contact<br />

Steve Price on stevecprice@hotmail.com.<br />

Mind Body Spirit<br />

The subject of Social Media has been on my mind for<br />

quite some time and never a day goes by when I see<br />

the various streams of information flooding through<br />

my phone and wifi network at home.<br />

There are some great opportunities, that I have<br />

successfully utilised via my webpages and on social<br />

media. The facebook wagon rolls on and on and,<br />

during the years I have successfully managed to<br />

steer information towards many individuals who<br />

did not know or needed to understand more<br />

about, what exactly I did. That helped and kept the<br />

costs of advertising down to a manageable level.<br />

However, it couldn’t last, as more people realised<br />

the opportunity. This has now seen more and more<br />

people using targeted social media which to me has<br />

made the tasks more complex and time consuming<br />

and money driven.<br />

So, what else is there, well I just started a channel<br />

on Youtube, creating video of various activities that<br />

might catch the eye. These, once again are time<br />

consuming because the need to enable a descent<br />

enough quality for the general public to want to<br />

watch and stay to the end is truly important. Then of<br />

course there is Instagram, they want your videos to<br />

be no longer than 1 minute long. This little bundle of<br />

control means another set of videos, some cropped<br />

from You Tube and some new, needed to be created.<br />

Of course, this social media service enables you to<br />

place multiple photographs and wording on it as well<br />

as Video. Yippee!!! And then if by magic, another<br />

different social media organisation Twitter, throws<br />

out other controlling parameters, that ensure your<br />

message to the world is limited, in other different<br />

ways with video times and lengths of text totally<br />

different to all the others.<br />

Add all this to the vast quantity of other local,<br />

national and international websites, all seeking your<br />

attention plus your own website maintenance, which<br />

in my case is more than one.<br />

So what have I got…A nightmare lasting 24/7/365<br />

until expiration date!!!<br />

Are we now getting a picture of just how much work<br />

is needed to keep on top of everything needed to<br />

get your message out there. This then brings me to<br />

a very worrying example. I recently noticed that, on<br />

waking in the morning, I would check the time on<br />

my mobile phone. In doing so, I couldn’t resist the<br />

temptation to scan lightly across the vast number<br />

of apps providing all my network outlets. Each of<br />

these Apps had a little number come up to identify<br />

how many new messages and notifications had been<br />

received. What I found was this, I had started work,<br />

the minute I awoke unable to resist the temptation<br />

of putting down this busy little controlling piece<br />

of metal and plastic. Let’s not forget, to then add<br />

in all the messages that to and fro via Messenger,<br />

Whatsapp, Email and web page notifications during<br />

the day, keeping me attached to the mobile/tablet.<br />

Our neighbours the Martians, are probably looking<br />

down on us from their planet thinking, who are those<br />

primitive beings with strange rectangles hanging<br />

off their ears all day. Well, I do not have an answer<br />

for the Martians, but one possible solution for me<br />

has been to stop the control by my smart phone<br />

and tablet and start taking some controls of myself.<br />

Having now noticed this worrying aspect of my life, I<br />

have decided to spend more time enjoying my planet<br />

and the wonderful opportunities, Planet Earth, can<br />

offer me.<br />

It was great to see you all on 10th February for the<br />

opening of the Mind Body Spirit Exhibition.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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4th February, Sheila James, Clenchwarton<br />

18th February, David Schiesser, Huntingdon<br />

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Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

In January our chair of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual<br />

Awareness Group visited the PACT animal charity in<br />

Woodrising to present a donation of £100 from our<br />

group. Linda was shown around the sanctuary and<br />

was surprised at the different species living there<br />

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