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April 2018

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800 Years a Market Town<br />

Simon Rowe from KLFM, Supertrooper<br />

and Assistant Town Clerk Sara Porter at<br />

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

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St Andrew’s school in<br />

North Pickenham<br />

celebrated St Andrew’s Day<br />

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Some of the many <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

residents who helped collect<br />

for the Food Bank at Tesco - the<br />

town was very generous indeed<br />

Victorian themed Xmas Bazaar at<br />

St Peter & St Paul Parish church<br />

-look closely, even<br />

Queen Victoria was there !!<br />

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family friendly event enjoyed in a<br />

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stage donated by Narford Scaffolding<br />

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Chairman of Breckland Council<br />

Cllr Robert Kybird, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Mayor<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews and manager<br />

Georgina Bell at a recent Merle Boddy<br />

Centre coffee morning<br />

Christmas Wishes from Blaines<br />

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800 Years a Market Town<br />

Pam Frost donates cheques to<br />

three worthy causes<br />

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Lions get <strong>Swaffham</strong> flipping<br />

with pancake races<br />

Sacred Heart School go wild in<br />

the woods<br />

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Lions helped Pudsey raise funds for<br />

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

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Lions’ coffee morning<br />

raised £3035 towards<br />

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Macmillan Unit at<br />

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surrounding villages. Rates per issue:<br />

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

Iceni Partnership<br />

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Comments or queries welcomed.<br />

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

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

Deadline for editorial and advertising is the<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

7 School Speak<br />

8 Church News<br />

9 Community Hospital LofF/Plowright MC<br />

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

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

14 <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lionesses<br />

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

17 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

18 Age Concern<br />

19 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

20 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan<br />

23 WEA/Royal British Legion<br />

25 Iceni Rural Writers<br />

28 U3A/Community Pick Up<br />

32 Museum Matters<br />

34 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hare/Fridge/FoSM<br />

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

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

39 Mayor’s Parlour<br />

It’s Our Golden Anniversary!<br />

Doesn’t time fly, this is the 50th edition of the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> since Iceni Partnership took<br />

on publishing your monthly magazine. A big thank<br />

you from us for all your contributions which help<br />

fill an average of 36 pages per issue, 12 months a<br />

year. Many thanks to all our advertisers too, your<br />

continued support of this community asset is much<br />

appreciated. By no means least, thank you to all the<br />

volunteer distributors, past and present, who make<br />

publishing the newsletter viable. Here’s to the next 50.<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

AGM<br />

Tuesday 24th April,<br />

4.30pm<br />

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

Assembly Rooms<br />

‘Inspiring Iceni’ Photo Competition<br />

Next month we will be launching a photography<br />

competition with the theme of ‘Inspring Iceni’<br />

to celebrate the beauty of our area. This will be<br />

a perfect opportunity for both professional and<br />

amateur photographers to showcase their talents<br />

to visitors from near and far. There will also be<br />

the possibility of the photographs entered being<br />

exhibited in Gallery Iceni and being published in a<br />

spread in the newsletter.<br />

The only restriction on content is that the pictures<br />

must be taken in the Iceni area. A condition of entry<br />

will be that the Iceni Partnership has permission to<br />

use any of the photographs for our marketing and<br />

publicity to promote the area.<br />

Look out for full details coming soon!<br />


Upcoming Events<br />

Cheese & Wine Evening<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Association are holding a Cheese and wine evening in the<br />

Community Centre <strong>Swaffham</strong> on Saturday 14th April at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 per<br />

person. All enquiries and tickets for this social plus future events please contact Stan<br />

Sole (secretary) on 01760 724413.<br />

Colin Mason Quartet with Mike Clifford<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, London Street. Tuesday 10th<br />

April at 7.30pm. Tickets on door £7. Contact Norman on 01760 722384 or Geoff<br />

on 01366 328730.<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 Wildlife of East Anglia<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) illustrated talk by Dr Kevin Elsby,<br />

an award-winning photographer, tour guide, lecturer and Fellow of the Royal<br />

Photographic Society.<br />

Tuesday 24th April 2018, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

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

Admission £2 on the night if you are not a NarVOS member. For more information<br />

about this meeting or NarVOS call Ian Black on 01760 724092.<br />

Kirtan for Health<br />

Sing and chant ancient mantras/simple melodies in a call and response style.<br />

You don’t need to be concerned with how well you sing, just relax and feel<br />

the meditative benefits. Thursday 12th & 24th April at 7.30pm. £6 including<br />

refreshments. For more information please contact Chris on 07957 405823 or<br />

chrissywillis57@yahoo.co.uk.<br />

Evening of Clairvoyance<br />

With guest medium Sue and psychic artist Mark Dowler from Peterborough.<br />

April 20th, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 7.30pm. £6 per person. The proceeds<br />

to be given to our nominated charity of the year – The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cottage Hospital<br />

League of Friends.<br />

Great Massingham Film Club<br />

The following film will be shown at Gt Massingham Village Hall on Thursday April<br />

19th. ‘Filmstars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ (15). As usual tickets will be on sale between<br />

7o’clock and 7.30pm, with refreshments after the film.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts: Serenade for Strings<br />

Directed by Steve Bingham, Sunday April 22nd at 3 pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms.<br />

Members £9, non-members £12, children free.<br />

Silver Social – Stamp & Collage Print Making Workshop<br />

The popular Silver Social Project presents a brand new stamp and collage print<br />

making workshop, entirely for grown-ups, led by Norwich based print artist Vicki<br />

Johnson. The free, daytime sessions will run at <strong>Swaffham</strong> library on Tuesday<br />

17th April 2pm – 3:30pm. For more information please contact Sophie Soto at E:<br />

community@breckland.gov.uk T: 01362 656870 W: www.thesilversocial.com<br />

Paddocks Annual Open Day<br />

Saturday 21st April, 10am -12pm & 2pm -4pm. Everyone welcome.<br />

An afternoon of Singing<br />

King’s Lynn Festival Chorus would like to invite you to join them in an afternoon<br />

of singing on Sunday April 15 in St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn. We will be<br />

singing selected choruses from ‘Oliver’. The afternoon starts at 1pm – 4pm, with<br />

a free concert at 4.30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome – accompanied<br />

under 18’s free, and adults £10 per person. To book a place, contact secretary@<br />

kingslynnfestivalchorus.co.uk or register at www.kingslynnfestivalchorus.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players are currently working on a new production featuring<br />

some of the great TV moments from the 1980s. The show will take place April 20th<br />

and 21st at the Conservative Club <strong>Swaffham</strong>. For more information contact Brian<br />

Hubbard on 01760 721899.<br />

Northwold Annual Village Yard Sale & Scarecrow Trail<br />

Monday 7th May 2018, 9.00am ‘til 4.00pm. Come along, have fun and grab a<br />

bargain. Raffle, Light Refreshments and Maps will be available in the Village Hall<br />

School Lane, IP26 5NB. For further information contact: Brenda 01366 728565 or<br />

Rebecca rsilvester2@gmail.com<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

On Stage with Westacre Theatre’s Young People: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR<br />

Fri 13th and Sat 14th April at 7pm £10 (under 21s £5)<br />

On Stage with the Westacre Theatre Company: LILIES ON THE LAND. Final<br />

performances on Fri 30th and Sat 31st March at 7:30pm £16 (under 21s £12)<br />

On Stage with touring production from fEast Theatre: SALT Fri 27th April at 7:30pm £16<br />

On Stage with touring production of Fabulous Tales: REBEL QUEEN Suitable for 14+.<br />

Sat 5th May at 7pm £10 (under21s £8)<br />

Wednesday Flicks all at 2pm £8: PADDINGTON 2 (2017) [PG] on Wed 4th April.<br />

BREATHE (2017) [12A] on Wed 18th April.<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 />

<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 Henchmans Junior Magic the Gathering, trading card game,<br />

for 8-11 year olds from 5pm - 6.30pm. Free intro packs for beginners. All<br />

welcome. £2 per person, first session free. 13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL.<br />

Henchman’s Magic the Gathering Standard Showdown 7pm.<br />

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

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

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

Patchwork, Knitting, Crochet etc. From 10am at Market Cross Inn, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

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

Studio Sessions at The Old Art Room Studio and Inspiration in a<br />

modern equipped studio 93 Market Place. 10am-1pm £6.50. 01760 337181<br />

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

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

<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 />

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 />

<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 />

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

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

01760622751<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<br />

FRIDAY<br />

2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Guides Term time only, 18:00-20:00. Church<br />

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

07769294414<br />

Acoholics Anonymous Every Friday at 1pm in Parish Rooms at St<br />

Dominic’s RC Church,Howdale Rd, Downham Market<br />

Adult Ballet For Beginners 6:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

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Age Concern-<strong>Swaffham</strong> Support Services at Community Centre<br />

Volunteer recruitment 10.30am - 12.00 noon 1st Friday of the month<br />

Adult Tap 7:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

Arts Lounge Drawing/sketching classes 10-1pm and 1.30-4.30pm.<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 />

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 (1st & 3rd of month): Warhammer 40k & Age of<br />

Sigmar. All day Games Workshop; collect, model and paint + tabletop<br />

battles. All ages welcome. Customers are welcome to bring their<br />

existing models to paint and battle with but we also now stock Games<br />

Workshop paints and models. £3 for the entire day or part thereof,<br />

terrain/accessories and rules provided. Henchman’s, 13 Station Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL. (2nd & 4th of month): Pokemon / Lightseekers<br />

trading card games. All ages welcome.<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. 01553 765870<br />

SUNDAY<br />

Henchmans Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game from 12 noon until 4pm.<br />

£2.50 per person. Regular friendly tournaments. Konami registered store.<br />

Henchman’s, 13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL.<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 />

Popular artist at Gallery Iceni<br />

Ingrida, or ‘Danila’, went to art college in her younger<br />

days and has a background in textile design and<br />

dressmaking. Over the course of her creative career<br />

she created many unique outfits. Now in retirement<br />

Danila dedicates all of her free time to developing<br />

new artwork.<br />

Danila’s favourite artists are the painters Monet and<br />

Cecil Kennedy, whose style greatly inspire her. She is<br />

particularly interested in recreating the methods of<br />

painting they used.<br />

You may have already admired Danila’s unusual<br />

ribbon needlework pieces, which were on display in<br />

Gallery Iceni throughout March and received much<br />

praise. Next month sees Danila returning to the<br />

gallery, this time working in the medium of oil paint<br />

like the famous artists she so admires.<br />

All artworks displayed are available to purchase, so<br />

please feel free to pop in and take a look. It’s free to view.<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Supporting ‘one of our own’<br />

We are proud to support our students fundraising<br />

efforts for ‘one of their own’ during March. Several<br />

weeks of events are planned in order to raise as much<br />

money as possible in support of the family of TNHA<br />

student Archie Ramshaw and the inevitable expenses<br />

they will incur whilst he undergoes a bone marrow<br />

transplant. The campaign launched on Friday 9th<br />

March with staff wearing silly wigs and creating a noisy<br />

welcome into school including balloons, party poppers<br />

and whistles. BBC Local Radio attended and the podcast<br />

will be available on our website. There are many other<br />

‘fun’ events planned – keep your eyes peeled for further<br />

details. Should you wish to donate please contact the<br />

academy on 01760 721480 or office@tnha.org.uk.<br />

Evaluating resources for essential life skills<br />

First aid is an essential life skill which enables young<br />

people to safely help themselves and others; and can<br />

even save lives. Students are enjoying participating in<br />

a research project run by the British Red Cross giving<br />

them the opportunity to learn about first aid using<br />

specialised resources aimed at young people. As<br />

part of the research, students will complete a short<br />

questionnaire before and after learning, to help the<br />

Red Cross evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching<br />

resources used.<br />

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Raid on the Ramparts<br />

Battering rams, catapults and fire balls were just<br />

some of the ways that students considered when<br />

planning a raid at the Castle Acre ruins. Learning<br />

about how castles were attacked and defended<br />

was part of a history trip when learning about life<br />

in medieval times. On returning to school students<br />

worked together to make replicas of the weapons used<br />

and presented their own mini battles to their peers.<br />

VI form sign up<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s VI Form Centre is busy recruiting and signing<br />

up students for courses in Years 12 and 13 starting in<br />

September 2018. Students interested should contact<br />

Mr. Segar, Head of VI Form, at the academy on 01760<br />

721480 or email: office@tnha.org.uk.<br />

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

Team Holkham at SJA:<br />

This term Year 5, at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior Academy, are<br />

learning about transport, focussing on air transport.<br />

We started with an inspirational trip to the Imperial<br />

War Museum at Duxford,<br />

where we were able to<br />

see a whole variety of<br />

aircraft. We were even<br />

lucky enough to see a<br />

Spitfire taking off! Just<br />

after the half-term break,<br />

we were very fortunate<br />

to be visited by Corporal<br />

Steven Davies from RAF<br />

Marham. He explained<br />

all about the work<br />

that the military do in<br />

transporting things by<br />

air. Harvey asked how<br />

some planes are transported, and it turns out that<br />

you can fit a smaller plane inside a larger aircraft by<br />

detaching the wings first!<br />

Corporal Steven Davies explained how a large vehicle<br />

is used to reverse heavy machinery onto the back of<br />

an aircraft.<br />

In science, we have been learning all about the<br />

different forces which act on aircraft, investigating<br />

air resistance using parachutes and gravity using<br />

different masses. Later on this term, we will be<br />

making our own model aircrafts in Design Technology<br />

– we will have to use our knowledge of air resistance<br />

to make them streamlined.<br />

As part of our focus on extended writing across<br />

the curriculum, we produced information texts<br />

comparing the Spitfire with the Harrier Jump Jet –<br />

two British aircraft from very different eras.

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

Sunday April 1st<br />

10.45am Easter Day Service. Transformation of<br />

the Cross from Tragedy to Triumph. Followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Friday April 6th<br />

9.30 am Power of Prayer.<br />

Saturday April 7th<br />

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

Sunday April 8th<br />

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

Thursday April 12th<br />

2.30pm Thursday Group. Talk by Kay Kennedy.<br />

Friday April 13th<br />

9.30 am Power of Prayer.<br />

Saturday April 14th<br />

9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sunday April 15th<br />

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

Friday April 20th<br />

9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Saturday April 21st<br />

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

Sunday April 22nd<br />

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

Thursday April 26th<br />

Thursday Group. Talk tbc.<br />

Friday April 27th<br />

9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Saturday April 28th<br />

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

Sunday April 29th<br />

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

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

Japanese researchers have discovered that<br />

the ancient practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or ‘Forest<br />

bathing’ can help reduce stress, reduce blood<br />

pressure and even help with depression. Forest<br />

bathing refers to allowing the forest to envelope<br />

you with its energy. We all know how lovely it<br />

is to walk in the woods, breath the woodland<br />

air, smell the wonderful fragrances, listen to the<br />

birds and feel the gentle breeze. The Japanese<br />

put great emphasis on the presence of great<br />

trees especially the very old ones. In Japan there<br />

are forty four accredited Shinrin- Yoku forests.<br />

But we do not need to travel to Japan to seek out<br />

such a forest. There are little oasis’s near to all of<br />

us. It might even be your back garden if you have<br />

one. Nature’s beauty and energy are all around<br />

us, but we often pass it by without appreciating<br />

it. Even very populated areas have their share<br />

of trees. Take a leisurely stroll and you soon<br />

realise they are there. If I have something that<br />

is troubling me or I just feel out of kilter, a walk<br />

to the duck pond will often put me right. There<br />

I find still water, waving reeds, Willow trees and<br />

ducks of course! It’s hard to be obsessed by the<br />

modern world when we are surrounded by the<br />

ancient one. The natural world has great power<br />

to lift your spirit. It reminds us that we are part of<br />

it all, not separate from it.<br />

Fr Gordon Williams (Roshi)<br />

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

The 2018 April Services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church<br />

will be as follows:-<br />

Easter Sunday 1st<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 4th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 8th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 11th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 15th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 18th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 22nd<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am Family Service<br />

Wednesday 25th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 29th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

(a united service with the Sporle congregation)<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 6th May Rogation Sunday<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

(followed by an open-air service in Sporle later in<br />

the morning. Further details will be announced in<br />

the church <strong>Newsletter</strong> and pew sheet)<br />

Plowright Medical Centre<br />

Have you heard about NHS Enhanced Summary<br />

Care Records??<br />

If you are registered with a GP practice in England<br />

you should have a ‘Standard Summary Care Record’<br />

(unless you’ve previously chosen to opt out). It<br />

holds important information about your health,<br />

the medicines you are taking, (including any bad<br />

reactions) or any allergies you’ve had or suffer from.<br />

You can now sign up for an ‘Enhanced Summary Care<br />

Record’. These have more detailed information about<br />

your medical history, illnesses, health problems,<br />

operations and vaccinations. It also includes how you<br />

would like to be treated, such as where you would<br />

prefer to receive care, what support you may need,<br />

and who should be contacted for further information<br />

relating to you. These ‘Enhanced Summary Care<br />

Records’ are particularly useful if you are taken into<br />

hospital unexpectedly, or are away from home and<br />

need medical attention (in England). In stressful<br />

times details about your medication and health can<br />

sometimes be difficult to remember, or in extreme<br />

circumstances the healthcare team is not able to<br />

ask you the information. If you are signed up for an<br />

‘Enhanced Summary Care Record’, the health and care<br />

professionals involved in your treatment can make<br />

better and safer decisions about your medication<br />

and can begin your care sooner. Your consent is still<br />

needed to access your records, except in extreme<br />

emergency situations, when the medical team would<br />

take the appropriate decisions. If you would like your<br />

medical records updated to an ‘Enhanced Summary<br />

Care Record’, just ask at reception for a form to fill in<br />

and sign. Don’t delay; speak to your reception team<br />

as soon as possible.<br />

Pharmacy Opening Hours<br />

Recently the opening hours of the pharmacy<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> have changed – the pharmacy opens<br />

each day between 9.00am and 12.30pm and again<br />

from 2.30pm until 6.00pm. The Necton pharmacy<br />

remains unchanged and opens between 9.00am and<br />

12.00pm, and from 2.30pm until 5.00pm.<br />

SMS Text Appointment Reminders<br />

Don’t forget to sign up for SMS Text Appointment<br />

Reminders – this can help cut down on the amount<br />

of appointments which are missed or forgotten. 85<br />

of our patients in January and 97 in February didn’t<br />

show up for their booked appointments - more<br />

importantly they didn’t ring to cancel them. If you no<br />

longer need a booked appointment, please respect<br />

your Drs and take the time cancel the appointment.<br />

This can then be allocated to another patient. Similar<br />

figures for ‘Did not show’ are reported all across the<br />

NHS regions – let’s all try to reduce this number.<br />

For further information please contact: Plowright<br />

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

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

Medical Centre, North Pickenham Road, Necton,<br />

Norfolk PE37 8EF. Tel: 01760 441344 or visit our<br />

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

Iceni Youth Clubs<br />

Youthie:<br />

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

Youth Voice:<br />

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

diaries, they are:<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 />

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

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

President’s Corner<br />

By the time this article is published,<br />

Easter will be upon us, or even just<br />

past. I hope everyone had an enjoyable<br />

time. And a week before Easter <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

Club will have held their Bollywood night. At the time<br />

of writing this is still to come, but it promises to be<br />

an enjoyable evening, with Indian food and dance. I<br />

will report on this event in next month’s article. We<br />

held raffles for 2 Easter hampers to raise funds to be<br />

distributed to charities, and we want to thank The<br />

George Hotel and The 20 Churchwardens for selling<br />

entries to the raffles.<br />

On a sadder note, in February one of our members,<br />

Barry Briggs, died, after a painful illness. Barry, a<br />

proud Yorkshireman, had transferred to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rotary from the Dereham Club about 3 years ago,<br />

and in that time had made a valuable contribution<br />

to our Club’s activities and fellowship. We will miss<br />

his friendship, practicality and sense of humour, and<br />

our thoughts are with his wife (and fellow-Rotarian)<br />

Nancy.<br />

Barry was a keen golfer, and a staunch supporter of<br />

our annual Charity Golf Day. Planning is well under<br />

way for this year’s event, which will be held at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Golf Club on Monday 23 July. This year we<br />

are supporting Big C (Norfolk’s Cancer Charity) and<br />

SSAFA (the Forces’ Charity). If anyone is interested in<br />

entering a team of 4 for the Golf Day, please contact<br />

me for details at bill.muir13@talktalk.net, or on<br />

01760 788084. We are also seeking donations of<br />

items that can be auctioned on the day, and for raffle<br />

prizes. In addition, local businesses can sponsor<br />

holes on the course. As with possible entries, I can<br />

provide details. Please consider supporting the Golf<br />

Day and these great local charities.<br />

Our usual programme of meetings has continued.<br />

Sue Gattuso from the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum spoke to us<br />

about the history of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, giving a fascinating<br />

insight into the development of the town, by<br />

reference to various buildings constructed over<br />

different historical periods. We have also had a<br />

talk from Robin Wraight, who runs the Rotary Youth<br />

Leadership Awards (RYLA) for East Anglia. RYLA is a<br />

personal development programme for young people,<br />

taking place at Grafham Water over a week of<br />

intensive activity in September. It involves a mixture<br />

of “outward bound” type activities and discussion<br />

work in teams, and nurtures self-confidence, teambuilding<br />

and problem-solving skills. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

Club tries to find a candidate each year, and over the<br />

years have received extremely positive feed-back<br />

from the candidates, who invariably feel they have<br />

benefited from the experience.<br />

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

Our March session saw a full house welcome for their first<br />

visit to the Club the well established local Dixieland band,<br />

The Nene Valley Jazz Group. As did the original marching<br />

bands that gave birth to jazz, they perform mostly outside in<br />

the open air and make no concessions for playing indoors,<br />

having a full-on sound at all times.<br />

Their leader, Bill Brewer, plays both trumpet and trombone.<br />

I have never come across this double before, the<br />

embouchures being so different in each case. The pressure<br />

in playing the trumpet is considerable and needs rockhard<br />

lips, but Bill could switch effortlessly to the trombone<br />

midway through a number and execute a succession of liptrills,<br />

which requires very flexible lips. He also had a good<br />

comedy act going with his father Neale on sax and vocals.<br />

The other two soloists were Pete Scott, clarinet, and Ed<br />

Reed, guitar.<br />

The tight-knit rhythm section were Mal Ashby-drums,<br />

Martin Haley-banjo and Jeff Scullard-bass. I was a bit<br />

disappointed that none of this section played a solo. I know<br />

Jeff can play a fine solo and I like to hear the (occasional!)<br />

banjo and drum solo.<br />

The band’s repertoire is drawn mainly from the 1920’s and<br />

30’s and included many well known numbers such as I<br />

Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby and That’s My Baby.<br />

They finished with I’ll Be Seeing You, which is true! They’re<br />

coming back to the Club next October.<br />

Future events:<br />

Tuesday 10th April. The Colin Mason Quartet with sax<br />

virtuoso Myke Clifford.<br />

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The Green Britain Centre<br />

The growing season is well underway, the<br />

atrium here is an excellent propagator for<br />

seedlings that will soon be set out in the<br />

organic gardens.<br />

Our partners at Escape allotment project<br />

are starting up salad crops that will become<br />

available from the Café soon.<br />

The GB Centre café is now also a collection<br />

point for veg boxes, contact Emma if you are<br />

interested. Other seeds being sown here are<br />

plans for events for the community and wider area.<br />

Open mic continues first Friday of the month<br />

followed on Saturday by a repair café Save cash<br />

and spare the landfill by fixing up your bike,<br />

much loved clothes or hand tools.<br />

Larger summer events are planned including a<br />

vegan beer festival in May, a midsummer music<br />

festival in June and a “Clean Air Fair” to begin<br />

a discussion and find solutions to <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

poor air quality, an environmental concern in<br />

our backyard and front yard.<br />

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

A close look at Musical Angels with Martyn<br />

Clarke was a reminder of the beautiful works of<br />

art in the windows of our churches. The quality<br />

of the early stained and painted glass from<br />

Oxborough Church was particularly poignant<br />

in the detail of expression on the faces of the<br />

angels. That they have survived for hundreds<br />

of years, and look as fresh as ever, only adds<br />

wonder to their delicate presence.<br />

Three years ago, Steve Bingham, directing<br />

a chamber orchestra, gave a stunning<br />

performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.<br />

This month the Ad Hoc Strings from Ely,<br />

directed by Steve, are returning with Serenade<br />

for Strings, an afternoon of music including<br />

Mozart “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Elgar<br />

Serenade for strings, two well-known and wellloved<br />

pieces. Steve is not only a wonderful<br />

musician, but also a superb communicator, and<br />

always has a great rapport with his audience.<br />

The concert will take place on Sunday April<br />

22nd at 3 pm in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms.<br />

Tickets are available from our box offices,<br />

Ceres Bookshop 01760 722504 and the Green<br />

Parrot 01760 724704, priced at £9 members,<br />

£12 non-members, and accompanied children<br />

free; and on the door. We hope you can join us.<br />

All welcome!<br />

Experience wind<br />

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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 />

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

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

The March meeting was held at 7pm<br />

on 7th March at the Church Rooms.<br />

We listened to an amusing Poem read<br />

by one of our members and gave out our monthly<br />

birthday cards. Our speaker this month told us<br />

about a voluntary organisation called Norfolk Blood<br />

Bikes. This is run entirely by volunteers who operate<br />

mainly during the night to get blood and other much<br />

needed fluids to our county hospitals. They even<br />

take donated breast milk to Neo Natal units.<br />

The speaker covered much more than I can include<br />

here but he was extremely interesting and it was an<br />

eye opener.<br />

After the talk and many questions we had a social<br />

break and afterwards concluded our monthly<br />

business which this month mainly consisted of<br />

arranging a trip to West Acre Theatre and the<br />

transport for auditions. The raffle was drawn and the<br />

meeting was closed.<br />

Next month we are looking forward to hearing Rachel<br />

Duffield (a favourite of ours) give us her version of<br />

Elizabeth I. We meet on the first Wednesday of each<br />

month so if you would like to come along as a visitor<br />

you will be very welcome. Contact our secretary on<br />

01760 722879<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

February’s meeting was a very busy<br />

one and it was good to see so many<br />

members who had recovered from<br />

the “bug”. The meeting had been made an open one<br />

as the subject and speaker were of interest to many<br />

people as it was all about Marham Air Base and its<br />

future. Our speaker, an RAF member of considerable<br />

service, was very clued up on the changes already<br />

made and those outstanding changes still to take<br />

place so that the base can take the new fighter<br />

planes coming this autumn. Many of us expressed<br />

sorrow to be losing the Tornado as it has become a<br />

regular sight in our skies for many years. The new<br />

plane in turn will become a familiar sight and sound.<br />

The speaker was happy to answer many questions<br />

especially from our gentlemen visitors both before<br />

and during our break for tea and cake.<br />

The regular club business followed with the financial<br />

situation, possible outing venues, and a lively debate<br />

over the resolutions. Members were of the opinion<br />

that we should have something closer to home to<br />

campaign for, something our WI weight could maybe<br />

influence. Birthdays and the raffle then followed and<br />

a different kind of poem closed the meeting.<br />

Sporle afternoon WI each 3rd Tuesday of the month.<br />

Pickenhams WI<br />

The meeting on March 13th in<br />

North Pickenham church at 2pm<br />

was opened by Carolyn Vincent<br />

with an amusing poem about her new“ socks.”<br />

Our speaker was one of our members Sue Potter<br />

who spoke about “ Her Nursing Journey”. It<br />

started with her training at Great Ormond Street<br />

Children’s Hospital and this was followed by an<br />

interesting career in the Queen Alexandra Nursing<br />

Corps, both here and abroad. She then returned<br />

to civilian life to fund raise and open the early<br />

Children’s hospices in East Anglia having seen the<br />

need for them. Finally, she did community nursing<br />

in very rural Scotland. A fascinating story to tell.<br />

This was followed by our “ Tea “ and the Business<br />

part of-the meeting.<br />

Matters arising:<br />

• Nar Valley Group WI’s - it was discussed again<br />

about joining this group.<br />

• Arts and Crafts Group - They have met and have<br />

some projects in mind for the future<br />

Future Plans:<br />

• Coffee and chats restarting in <strong>Swaffham</strong> monthly.<br />

• The Cinema Club continues.<br />

• Suffragette celebration Tea and talk at Broom<br />

Hall on Tuesday the 15th May<br />

New Members and Visitors always welcome<br />

tel. Carolyn 01760 755089<br />

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Beachamwell & District WI<br />

Our March meeting was due to take<br />

place on an evening when the village<br />

was firmly in the grip of snow and<br />

ice. We had been looking forward to<br />

exploring the art and architecture of<br />

the ‘Art Deco’ period. But local driving and walking<br />

conditions were treacherous and would have meant<br />

a hazardous journey for our speaker, so we felt we<br />

had to cancel the meeting.<br />

Now we are anticipating our next get-together.<br />

Penelope Watkins will talk on the subject ‘Know your<br />

shape, enjoy your assets’. Intrigued? We are. We<br />

think it may involve underwear and fashion! Why<br />

not come and find out more?<br />

Visitors and prospective members are very welcome<br />

as always. We are an informal and friendly group and<br />

we enjoy seeing new faces. The meeting takes place<br />

in Beachamwell Village Hall on Thursday, 5th April at<br />

7.30pm. Enquiries: 01366 327023 or 01366 328589<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lioness Club - the Pride<br />

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

Our Multiple District (National) Conference was held<br />

at the Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon on 16th – 18th<br />

February, and was a most enjoyable and informative<br />

weekend. It is great to meet up with Lionesses from<br />

other Districts for some fun and fellowship.<br />

We had a speaker from “Tiny Tickers” our Chairman’s<br />

chosen charity for the year, which provides support<br />

for babies diagnosed with congenital heart defects.<br />

We have donated £100 towards this worthy cause.<br />

To top off a lovely weekend, we won the Scrapbook<br />

competition trophy again this year.<br />

On 24th February we hosted our East Anglia District<br />

Lioness Meeting here in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses Karen<br />

Nye and Rosemary Skea were awarded Membership<br />

Certificates for completing 25 Years of Service in<br />

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

On Saturday 31st March we will be running our charity<br />

Easter Egg Tombola stall in the Assembly Rooms, and<br />

will be attending the Mayor’s Civic Reception on 7th<br />

April.<br />

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

Due to poor weather conditions<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their 3rd<br />

Annual Pancake Race inside the<br />

Assemble Rooms this year. With<br />

eight teams of two from the<br />

Lions, Lionesses, Home Hospice, the Sacred Heart<br />

School, Iceni Partnership, Ward Gethin Archer and<br />

Louise & Ben, the races were very competitive,<br />

with the local brother and sister winning the final<br />

against Ward Gethin Archer. The engraved frying<br />

pan trophy was presented by Lion President Pam<br />

Tallon to the winners. Before the finals race the<br />

under-fives held a series of fun races much to the<br />

amusement of the mums and dads.<br />

The Lions Clubs of the British Isles are celebrating<br />

the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International:<br />

100 years of proud service to our communities.<br />

We were delighted that our Patron, HRH, The<br />

Countess of Wessex G.C.V.O. hosted a Reception at<br />

Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th February<br />

to help Lions Clubs mark this milestone.<br />

The work that <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions do in the community<br />

has been recognized by this honour and completes<br />

a year of celebrations that included a Civic<br />

reception by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council, 208k cycle<br />

ride, a month at the Tesco store, a charity quiz,<br />

children’s peace poster competition and a thanks<br />

giving service at St Peter & Paul church attended<br />

by 200 people.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions President Pam Tallon had the<br />

honour of representing the club at the Palace for<br />

Lions Clubs International Centenary Celebrations.<br />

At the reception, the Countess of Wessex said she<br />

was honoured to be the patron of the Lions. When<br />

she visited different countries she was proud when<br />

she saw the Lions Logo in hospitals or clinics. She<br />

also said she gets the praise, but it’s the Lions’<br />

membership that spends hours doing the work all<br />

over the world.<br />

Following support for local children who have<br />

serious illnesses, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions have donated<br />

£500 to the Archie Ramshaw appeal. In October<br />

2010, the life of Archie Ramshaw changed forever.<br />

Then aged just seven, Archie was diagnosed with<br />

a rare form of anaemia known as Congenital<br />

Sideroblastic Anaemia. The condition means<br />

Archie’s bone marrow is unable to produce<br />

15<br />

healthy blood cells. Sideroblastic Anaemia stops<br />

Archie’s body transferring the iron in his blood into<br />

haemoglobin, which red cells need to transport<br />

oxygen efficiently. Now aged 14, the teenager,<br />

who lives in <strong>Swaffham</strong> with his older brother Harry<br />

and mother and father Theresa and Craig, has had<br />

more than 150 blood transfusions and takes 11<br />

tablets a day. The Lions are also looking at ways<br />

of supporting Archie and his family during his time<br />

with treatment, with further donations of time or<br />

money.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Tesco store for<br />

two days collecting for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil<br />

Appeal. Lions throughout the country support this<br />

great cause, which provides nurses for patients<br />

who have cancer as well as running nine hospices<br />

and a helper home service.<br />

As part of the 100 years celebrations of Lions<br />

International, the Lions have set a target of feeding<br />

5000 people with food donations. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Lions have answered the call and club members<br />

have supplied 44kgs of food, which will go to the<br />

Norwich food bank along with other donations<br />

from Lions clubs in East Anglia. You don’t need a<br />

miracle when you have Lions.

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Thank you to all the lovely people who attended<br />

our quiz. The theme was very loosely connected to<br />

Valentine’s. The winners were a girl’s night out, they<br />

won a bottle of wine and chocs. Our lovely, young<br />

farmers came at the bottom but didn’t go home empty<br />

handed, with something nice and gooey to tuck into.<br />

We made a fantastic £472. All our supporters are just<br />

the best. Our next fundraiser was on 16th March with<br />

an Easter bingo, fantastic prizes and a raffle.<br />

I once saw on the back of a Landrover that young<br />

farmers do best in green wellies, well our local young<br />

farmers are the best in what ever they wear. On the<br />

night of the quiz we were presented with a cheque for<br />

£300, doesn’t this just go to prove that the younger<br />

generation do care. I am so very pleased that we have<br />

made such a brilliant connection with such a fantastic<br />

group of people. Many, many thanks to all of you.<br />

The Merle Boddy Centre has had its face lift. We now<br />

have 3 of the best looking loos in town, one has a<br />

shower, so really there is no need for me to go home!<br />

At the same time as the major refurb of the toilets, we<br />

took the opportunity to re-decorate the main room<br />

and the kitchen too. My thanks goes to all of my staff<br />

and volunteers, who pitched in and did a fantastic job<br />

on not only painting but, a major turn out of things<br />

that were of no longer any use to us. These things<br />

were not thrown out, but recycled.Thank you also to<br />

Candy, Kerry and John, who helped a great deal to<br />

achieve our new look. We also had two of the nicest<br />

professional painters, Paul and Jonny, who pointed us<br />

in the right direction and did a top job on the ceilings<br />

and the kitchen. The building work was contracted<br />

to R&I builders who did a stunning job. Many thanks<br />

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Ian Clews has been hard at work raising money and<br />

we are the lucky recipients. Ian gave us a cheque for<br />

£800 and a skittles game, both gifts were very much<br />

appreciated. The skittles game was tried out straight<br />

away by George, this will give hours of fun and<br />

laughter. Thank you again to Ian and of course your<br />

lovely roadie Maggie too.

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

April and therefore Spring has arrived and we at Age Concern have our loins girded up for doing what we<br />

can to continue assisting older folk in the town and in the villages round about. There is still a bit of confusion<br />

regarding what the difference is between Age UK and our own Age Concern organisation. Age UK is a large,<br />

nationally based charity whereas we are a local group just for this area. Officially we are “Friends” of Age UK<br />

and have a particularly close relationship with Age UK Norfolk, in Norwich. All three organisations operate for<br />

the benefit of people over 60. We have just under 200 members (there is no upper limit) and it costs only £5<br />

per year to join. If interested, 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 Assembly<br />

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

During the better weather we organise trips out by coach, three or four per year, plus a Christmas attraction of<br />

some sort e.g. the Thursford Spectacular. John Clarke (see below) organises these, so please contact him for the<br />

latest info. Upcoming events are:<br />

April 24th – Sister Francis on her recent television series (in house)<br />

May 29th - AGM and talk on Scams and Awareness (in house)<br />

Our new Project Manager for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Support Services including befriending is Brad Stein who has replaced<br />

Barbara Lock. We operate with funding from the Big Lottery our popular Hospital Buddy Service. Volunteers to<br />

act as drivers are always needed. Our Coordinator, Clair has recently resigned her position<br />

and we are now recruiting a replacement.<br />

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

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

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

Pack for both Buddying and Befriending can be obtained. Please contact Pam in the<br />

office, phone (07393 981 295) or for general queries.<br />

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

Sanderson, 725715; deputy Chair, Barbara Clarke, 720140, Treasurer, James Dean, 720756;<br />

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

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Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

At our February meeting Kathy Gray gave an<br />

enlightening talk about ‘The Plant Hunters’. There<br />

has been an interest in collecting plants from other<br />

parts of the world as far back as the Queen of Egypt<br />

in 1495BC. In this country the Trandescant family in<br />

the 16th and 17th centuries were early collectors<br />

and gave their name to the tulip tree, Tradescantia<br />

virginiana. But Kathy’s talk concentrated on four men<br />

who, between the mid 18th and early 20th centuries,<br />

collected thousands of specimens, many of which are<br />

common features of our gardens today.<br />

The first of these was Joseph Banks who made several<br />

voyages with Captain Cook to South America, Tahiti,<br />

New Zealand and Australia. His finds included the<br />

passion flower, gardenia, jasmine, phormium, hebe<br />

and leptospermum. He gave his name to Banksia<br />

integrifolia, commonly known as coast banksia and<br />

persuaded King George 111 to create the botanical<br />

gardens at Kew.<br />

Francis Masson was a gardener at Kew who made<br />

several trips to South Africa in the late 18th century<br />

bringing us Erica, protea, amaryllis, aloe and the arum<br />

lily among many others. The Massonia lily is named<br />

after him and the encephalartos he brought home<br />

in 1775 is still thriving at Kew - probably the world’s<br />

largest pot plant! He also introduced kniphofia,<br />

pelagonium and agapanthus from North America<br />

where he died in 1805.<br />

David Douglas from Scotland did most of his<br />

exploration in North America in the early 19th<br />

century. He is known primarily for the introduction of<br />

the douglas fir but, as the UK had only three varieties<br />

of conifer at that time, most of the species we have<br />

today are attributable to him. However, he was also<br />

responsible for introducing solidago (golden rod),<br />

aster, mahonia, penstemon and lupinus, the basis for<br />

all our varieties of lupins today.<br />

Kathy’s last plant hunter in this talk was Ernest<br />

Wilson, who was sent to China in 1899 in search<br />

of the hankerchief tree, Davidia involucrata. Along<br />

the way his discoveries included acer griseum,<br />

clematis armandii, meconopsis, magnolia sinensis<br />

and rhododendron, the legacy of which can still be<br />

seen at Sheringham Park. In the early 20th century<br />

he moved to North America from where he gave us<br />

viburnum, daphne and primula.<br />

There were so many species mentioned in Kathy’s<br />

talk it left us with the question ‘what on earth is<br />

indigenous to this country?’ We obviously owe these<br />

plant humters a great debt for providing our homes<br />

and gardens with such a diverse array of plants.<br />

What’s on in the next 3 months:<br />

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

Wednesday 19th May Coach outing to Kentwell Hall<br />

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

Challenge’<br />

Sunday 24th June ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW<br />

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We want your support to get a swimming pool for <strong>Swaffham</strong>. We are a<br />

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possible for people to swim in the town.<br />

• A six-lane pool 25m by 13m<br />

• A modern gym facility for the town<br />

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Assembly Rooms<br />

from 7.30pm<br />

WEA<br />

Our course beginning in April focuses on the history<br />

of rural life in East Anglia. Popular tutor Mary<br />

Fewster has previously led courses in <strong>Swaffham</strong> on<br />

transport, religion and industry in East Anglia and<br />

she now returns with a course looking at a period<br />

of major changes in the landscape, society and<br />

economy of the area: Country Life: Rural East Anglia<br />

1700 – 1900. Topics will include enclosure; the role<br />

of the great estates and the influence of the squire<br />

and the parson on rural society; and the lives of the<br />

labouring poor and the rural unrest that flared from<br />

time to time as a result of changes or conditions.<br />

The course runs for 7 weeks starting on Friday 20th<br />

April, 10am to 12 noon. The fee is £51. You are<br />

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

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

for those in receipt of benefits. Courses are held at<br />

the Community Centre, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Information about courses is available online at<br />

www.wea.org.uk where you can also sign up to<br />

attend. However there is no requirement to book<br />

in advance: just come along and you will be very<br />

welcome. Further information: Tel 01760 723558<br />

The Royal British Legion<br />

This year, as the Nation commemorates 100 years<br />

since the end of WW1, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Royal British<br />

Legion are proud to announce that their Standard<br />

will be travelling to<br />

Ypres in Belgium as part<br />

of the Great Pilgrimage<br />

90 event in August.<br />

Two representatives of<br />

the Legion will attend,<br />

one as Standard Bearer<br />

and the other to carry<br />

and lay a wreath which<br />

will contain a message<br />

of Remembrance from <strong>Swaffham</strong> schoolchildren.<br />

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New team members for Andy R.<br />

Palmer Wealth Management Ltd<br />

Andy R. Palmer Wealth Management Ltd are proud<br />

to introduce two new members to their team. Over<br />

the past months, both Felicity Smith and Bethany<br />

Moulton have joined the <strong>Swaffham</strong> based wealth<br />

management Practice.<br />

Felicity joined the team in Autumn 2017, training<br />

as an Adviser. She previously spent 9 years as a<br />

Personal Banking Manger in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Felicity<br />

states “I am delighted to be welcomed in to the<br />

Practice and look forward to getting to know our<br />

clients.”<br />

Bethany joined over the summer, as a Practice<br />

Assistant. Bethany is now taking responsibility for<br />

the complex systems supporting the business. She<br />

comments, “this is a great practice to be a part of,<br />

and I have been made to feel like part of the team<br />

since day one.”<br />

Andy, the Director of the Practice, comments on the<br />

recruitment of the two new team members:<br />

“The addition of people of the quality of Felicity &<br />

Bethany completes our current team, with Hayley<br />

Parker-Colman as Senior Practice Administrator,<br />

giving us the capacity to continue to provide high<br />

levels of service to our clients in helping them to<br />

meet their financial objectives, as we grow as a<br />

business.”<br />

The Partner Practice represents only St. James’s<br />

Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised<br />

and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority)<br />

for the purpose of advising solely on the group’s<br />

wealth management products and services, more<br />

details of which are set out on the group’s website<br />

at www.sjp.co.uk/products. The ‘St. James’s Place<br />

Partnership’ and the title ‘Partner Practice’ are<br />

marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place<br />

representatives.<br />

Downham Grange<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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 />

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Refit at the Red Lion<br />

After a long process of upgrading the Red Lion we<br />

can finally see a major improvement in the main bar,<br />

restaurant and the rooms. For the past few years we<br />

have improved and upgraded the 10 en-suite rooms<br />

to a much higher decorative and living standard and<br />

the start of 2018 we decided the finish the project<br />

with a complete refit and refurbish of the main bar<br />

and both the toilets. After a period of closure of 4<br />

weeks of repairs and upgrades we are happy to be<br />

open and completely different to before. We are still<br />

offering a great selection of drinks to compliment<br />

our mouthwatering bar menu and delicious specials.<br />

We hope that our regulars that have put up with our<br />

being closed will approve the changes.<br />

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EAT<br />

Have a warm relaxing and restful<br />

sleep in one of our newly completely<br />

refitted and refurbished rooms<br />

choice of Doubles, Twins or Family.<br />

Come and go as you please.<br />

DRINK<br />

come and enjoy our fresh homemade<br />

food using local produce also<br />

see our specials boards for more<br />

choice. Please book for evening<br />

meals with our delicious menus<br />

SLEEP<br />

Enjoy a refreshing cool drink with a<br />

great choice of draught beers and<br />

lagers also try our real ales and a<br />

large choice of spirits and mixers.<br />

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

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

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

initial consultation contact Barbara on:<br />

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

www.swaffhamtherapy.co.uk<br />

Women and Words<br />

People who attended the Iceni Rural Writers’ event<br />

in the George Hotel on 8 March were treated to an<br />

interesting evening of readings from local writers.<br />

Because it was International Women’s Day, the writers<br />

chose readings connected to the theme of being<br />

a woman. There was a mixture of fact and fiction;<br />

poetry and prose - something for everybody in the<br />

audience to enjoy.<br />

The highlight of the evening was a reading by Heidi<br />

Williamson, who grew up in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. She read from<br />

her two published anthologies ‘Electric Shadow’ and<br />

‘The Print Museum’. It was very interesting to hear<br />

Heidi put her poems into context and we were given a<br />

preview of three poems which will appear in her next<br />

collection.<br />

To end the evening several members of the audience<br />

read pieces during an open mic slot. Leah Spencer<br />

(secretary) said “The evening was a great success and<br />

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

Council for supporting this event. We plan to hold a<br />

similar evening in June or July. Look out for details in<br />

future <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>s!”<br />

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St.Mary’s Church, Houghton-on-the-Hill<br />

From Sunday March 25th the church will be<br />

open again every day between 2 and 4pm.<br />

Come and enjoy the Spring flowers in the<br />

garden. Take a rest as you walk Peddars Way.<br />

Be captivated by the ancient wallpaintings<br />

which tell the story of our journey through life.<br />

No charge, but donations are welcome.<br />

Group and individual visits available with prior booking<br />

at times to suit. SATNAV ref. PE37 8DP<br />

Contact houghtonstmary@gmail.com or 01760 720070<br />

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We have a few spaces in our warm and<br />

friendly day service for people living with<br />

dementia & other mental health problems.<br />

For more information please ring Georgie on:<br />

01760 724527<br />

or email:<br />

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

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like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

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interested, then please call us on<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

On Thursday 1st March the appropriately named<br />

‘Beast from the East’ and storm ‘Emma’ from the<br />

South visited the area to deposit great quantities<br />

of unwanted snow and create as much havoc as<br />

they possibly could. As a result, and much to the<br />

dismay of many members, the monthly meeting<br />

was duly cancelled. Although the presentation by<br />

David Mason about Wildlife Photography was sadly<br />

missed, David agreed to return again in 2019.<br />

Members who had previously attended a Red Cross<br />

First Aid course at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Community Centre<br />

attended a refresher course on Monday 26th February<br />

to experience some practical and possibly more<br />

realistic first aid situations. The meeting started with<br />

some video clips to illustrate appropriate responses<br />

for various injuries. Members then responded to a<br />

number of casualties who had injuries ranging from<br />

Burns to Bleeding and there was one casualty who<br />

was unresponsive and not breathing. This casualty<br />

required Responders to use a dummy ‘Manikin’<br />

for practising CPR techniques. Grateful thanks to<br />

members of the ‘<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players’ who kindly acted<br />

as casualties on the day and added a greater sense of<br />

realism to the first aid situations.<br />

Members of the Table Tennis group met Downham<br />

Market U3A’s team for another friendly tournament<br />

at Denver village hall and after some exciting games<br />

were treated to refreshments with teas and cakes.<br />

A new group entitled ’Family History’ has recently<br />

been proposed and a workshop entitled ‘Learn<br />

Russian Words’ is to be held at the Great Britain<br />

Centre on 30th March. If these subjects interest you,<br />

or if you have an interesting hobby or pastime which<br />

you would like to share with others why not make<br />

enquires about joining the Wissey 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 to the Playing Field Pavilion at<br />

Holme Hale at 09.45 on Thursday 5th April when<br />

David Morton will speak and give a presentation on<br />

‘The Wonder of Light’. Annual membership normally<br />

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

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

Community Litter Pick<br />

On the 20th February staff from Hughes Electrical<br />

were joined by children from <strong>Swaffham</strong> CE VC Infant<br />

and Nursery School to help tidy up the town. The<br />

litter pick began around Campingland as it’s close to<br />

the school and safe for the children. We then headed<br />

towards the church. We are hoping to continue to<br />

organise further days like this throughout the year.<br />

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View some of our flats to see what we have to offer,<br />

Come and meet some of our management team!<br />


JAYNE READ @ 0370 192 4797<br />

Even ironing!<br />

Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<br />

Mobile 07849 652 713<br />


Every Friday 6-7pm<br />

Catholic School<br />

Sports Hall<br />

£2.50<br />

FUN<br />

Call Emma: 07824 774827<br />

SPORT<br />

4 YRS +<br />

FIT<br />


The museum is open again!<br />

New displays. 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 Tutankhamun<br />

•Loan Boxes for schools, groups or families.<br />

Can you solve a mystery for us?<br />

Archivist, Emma Ward, who is a member of our Group,<br />

would love to hear from you if you can help. She is<br />

shown in our picture holding the item. The only thing<br />

that is known is the name on the object: ‘Bingoscope,<br />

ideal home cinema.’<br />







• Personal Alarms monitored<br />

24/7 for £2.96 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<br />

visit our website<br />

careline-cs.org.uk<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 />

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 individual<br />

and £15 for a family. This gives you free access to all<br />

the museum galleries for life. For more information<br />

please contact our Hon Chairman Stuart Clapton by<br />

ringing the museum, or on stuartclapton@aol.com.<br />

FoSM Outing to Gressenhall Museum<br />

Open to all. Wednesday 18th April. Depart: 10am<br />

from outside Sue’s News. Return: Leave Gressenhall<br />

3pm. Cost: Coach & Entrance £15 per person.<br />

Contact Carol Farmer on 01760 723397 or email:<br />

stuartclapton@aol.com.<br />

The 100 Club<br />

Run by the Friends - open to ALL<br />

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

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

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

information contact Stan Roberts Tel: 07825885254<br />

or stanroberts4@icloud.com<br />

Prize winners:<br />

Feb draw - £40 No.51 / £20 No.76 / £10 No.30<br />

March draw - £40 No.5 / £20 No 86 / £10 No 41<br />

Wanted – Volunteers<br />

We are currently looking for volunteers to work in the<br />

Museum. We require Stewards for 3 hr sessions (10-<br />

1 or 1-4) And help with the Education team to work<br />

mainly with school visits. An interest in Egyptology<br />

would be helpful. For further information contact<br />

Steve Gregory 01760 721230<br />

Emma was guest speaker at our last meeting, explaining<br />

the work she does (all voluntary!) and how the records<br />

are computerised. She brought with her a few items<br />

which have caused a headache for the Museum during<br />

a recent inventory. Why has something been saved?<br />

What does it have to do with <strong>Swaffham</strong>, or basically<br />

- just what is it! She also showed the group copies of<br />

some of the records which the archives keep and which<br />

researchers can use - by request - in the Archive Room.<br />

Emma can be contacted via the Museum.<br />

CORRECTION: In the last <strong>Newsletter</strong> we remembered<br />

the late Mr Reg Stibbon who died in January. It was<br />

stated that during WWII he served in the Royal Air<br />

Force. This was incorrect, he served with the Royal<br />

Norfolk Regiment. Reg, a carpenter by trade, then<br />

studied to qualify as Clerk of Works, Buildings and Civil<br />

Engineering, going on to work on air bases all over East<br />

Anglia. Apologies for our error.<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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news and events<br />

Offering a wide variety of affordable transport to get you on the move.<br />


A regular, fully accessible,<br />

service for the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area.<br />

DIAL-A-BUS<br />

A fully accessible, door to door<br />

service for the rural communities.<br />

The @LITTLE_BIG_BUS service you can trust<br />

1170-98-3SN<br />

Please call 01760 720906,<br />

email enquiries@wnct.co.uk<br />

or visit www.wnct.co.uk<br />

for all your transport needs!<br />

Available online at www.asklily.org.uk<br />

or by calling 01553 616200<br />

GO TO TOWN<br />

A regular, local bus service,<br />

operating in multiple locations.<br />


A door to door service provided<br />

by our volunteer drivers. Covering all kinds of<br />

transport from GP, Hospital and Dental<br />

appointments to social trips.<br />

2049-5-1C<br />

Registered Charity Number: 1069180<br />


The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hare<br />

Those of you who follow us on social media may have<br />

noticed the emergence of ‘The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hare’.<br />

We can’t give too much away yet, but you should be<br />

seeing much more of this mysterious figure around<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> in the coming months! #thehareiscoming<br />

Community Fridge Update<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Fridge has now been open<br />

for over 3 months and we have seen great success<br />

already. Thanks to our regular donations from local<br />

businesses such as Starlings grocers and Wellbread<br />

Bakery we are always well stocked with a great mix<br />

of fruit, veg, cakes, pastries and other baked goods.<br />

Thanks to word of mouth we are seeing steadily<br />

increasing numbers of visitors to the fridge, with<br />

many now regularly popping by daily or weekly.<br />

As the fridge is part of a Breckland Council initiative<br />

to prevent food waste to landfill, we are required<br />

to weigh in and out all of the food from the fridge<br />

and keep a written record. From our records we are<br />

pleased to announce we have already saved well<br />

over a kilo of food from landfill at the time of writing.<br />

If you would like to donate or take food from the<br />

fridge, then feel free to visit between 9am and 4pm<br />

Monday to Friday. The fridge is located just outside<br />

the Iceni Partnership office in the Community Centre.<br />

Icenima presents...<br />

York Theatre Royal Live Stage Production<br />

Visit from the ‘Beast from the East’<br />

Last month saw temperatures in <strong>Swaffham</strong> plunge.<br />

We may find seeing such heavy snowfall in March<br />

unusual in 2018, but as the images from the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum archive show, it used to be a<br />

much more commom occurence!<br />

You can see more stories of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s weather in<br />

the past in the Local History Group’s new booklet<br />

“Whatever the Weather” coming out soon.<br />

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166kg<br />

Wednesday 18 th April, 2pm<br />

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

Tickets: £6<br />

For more info call 01760 722800<br />

or visit iceni.info

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

Hospice Support<br />

Rapid progress towards our major event this year<br />

“The Relay Together”, on Sunday the 17th June at the<br />

Rugby Club is being made as Teams are beginning to<br />

place their names to take part. For further information<br />

please contact the Home Hospice Support Team on<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760 722937 where posters of the day<br />

are available to collect. Come along and enjoy the<br />

fun at this community project knowing that you are<br />

supporting a vital Charity within our Town.<br />

The Home Hospice Support Team were involved in the<br />

annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race organised by<br />

the Lions of <strong>Swaffham</strong> held at the Assembly Rooms,<br />

but owing to the inclement weather conditions, the<br />

event was transferred to indoors of the building. As<br />

in the past it was very well supported and great fun<br />

too.<br />

The Quiz Night that was scheduled for March 2nd at<br />

the Conservative Club had to be cancelled caused by<br />

the Beast from the East. It will now take place on April<br />

12th with a 7.30pm start and costing £5.00 per head<br />

with a maximum of six per table. Contact: Adrian on<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760 724304 for further information.<br />

The Charity’s annual Town Collection takes place on<br />

May 12th and if you are interested in standing for an<br />

hour or so, then I am sure the Home Support Team at<br />

the office would be pleased to hear from you, or you<br />

can contact Adrian.<br />

The Charity are seeking out further volunteers to<br />

serve and support the Fundraising Committee in<br />

their work to raise vital income ensuring the survival<br />

of the Hospice. The commitment is left to those who<br />

have the desire to assist us, but be rest assured you<br />

will certainly enjoy meeting those who already give<br />

their time for this wonderful cause. There is always a<br />

need for the Committee to receive new ideas to take<br />

forward for planning future events. On the other<br />

hand why not organise an event for us and if you<br />

require assistance then the Committee will only be<br />

too pleased to work with you.<br />

For further information please contact the Home<br />

Support Team on <strong>Swaffham</strong> 01760 722937.<br />

David Gulliver<br />

Mind Body Spirit<br />

Want to relax and release stress?<br />

Well Kirtan could be your answer.<br />

A local <strong>Swaffham</strong> lady Chrissy Willis runs a number<br />

of workshops for people to enjoy and relax as you<br />

sing/chant beautiful ancient mantras. You will<br />

sing together simple melodies in call and response<br />

style and don’t be concerned about how well you<br />

sing, just relax and enjoy the meditative benefits.<br />

Tuition and words are provided and explained.<br />

Kirtan, is singing/chanting beautiful ancient<br />

mantras/melodies in a call and response<br />

style. It’s a shared offering and you don’t have<br />

to be concerned with how well you sing, just<br />

enjoy the benefit it brings to you. Another way to<br />

describe Kirtan is perhaps a singing version of your<br />

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physical yoga practice. It is a truly beautiful way<br />

to express the profound feeling and experiences<br />

that come to us during meditation and in our<br />

physical asana practice. It is a great way to release<br />

stress and tension, relax and melt into a larger<br />

experience, some may know it as Kirtan-yoga, as<br />

an integral part of bhakti-yoga, which is the yoga<br />

of developing pure spiritual love.<br />

Often described as people coming together Kirtan<br />

is a family-like atmosphere within a music session<br />

which gives the result of deep meditation. More<br />

specifically, it is the call and response singing<br />

used in spiritual tradition from India.<br />

Kirtan is a ‘sanskrit’ word meaning “to chant”<br />

referring to the process of chanting and it<br />

includes a sense of repeating and describing,<br />

which makes it very simple to learn. Specifically,<br />

it refers to the glorification of the Supreme. You<br />

may doubtlessly be familiar with other sanskrit<br />

words such as, yoga, avatar, mantra, guru and<br />

karma, which are in use worldwide and perhaps<br />

in the coming years, we can expect kirtan to<br />

become another word that will be more familiar<br />

as it starts to experience general usage around<br />

you.<br />

The origins of Kirtan go back to India where<br />

people have been singing about Rama, Krishna,<br />

Govinda, etc in their local languages and in<br />

Sanskrit, for a millennia as a non-denominational<br />

language for the universal Spirit; the song of the<br />

soul. Traditionally it is sung in Sanskrit, but in<br />

today’s times it can be heard in many different<br />

languages, including English. You can think of it<br />

as a singalong.<br />

Chrissy runs classes out of Sporle with her April<br />

classes on 12th and 26th April usually they start<br />

at 7.30pm. Finishing with a hot drink and open<br />

discussions. She will be delighted to discuss this<br />

with anyone interested so for further information<br />

please ring Chrissy 07957 405823.<br />

One final note the next Mind Body Spirit Exhibition<br />

will be in The Assembly Rooms on Saturday 28th<br />

April where a vast number of beautiful stalls with<br />

Spiritual Gifts, Healing, Readings and Therapies<br />

stand by for your assistance. A footnote to say<br />

Chrissy does attend these events so if you want<br />

to chat to her about Kirtan, you’ll find her serving<br />

up teas and coffees.<br />

Thank you very much everyone for reading about<br />

all the different aspects we can offer. There will<br />

be more and more as another year develops.<br />

Steve Hudson<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

at 6.30pm.<br />

We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services<br />

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from<br />

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received<br />

In Touch With Your Town<br />

‘In Touch with your Town’ is<br />

put together by the Town Clerk<br />

Richard Bishop or occasionally<br />

by the Deputy Town Clerk Claire<br />

Smith. It deals with some of the<br />

most topical items of the day and<br />

the odd item where the Council want to share<br />

information with the Town.<br />

LET IT SNOW – True Grit!<br />

Well that was a little bit chilly wasn’t it? There we<br />

are sitting pretty almost at the end of February<br />

and into early March, and down comes the snow<br />

in abundance this year. As the Country ground to<br />

a halt as temperatures plummeted to -8 degrees,<br />

much to the amusement of those who live in Siberia<br />

coping with -45 degrees, and going about their<br />

everyday live as normal, believing their weather<br />

was being kind to them in their springtime at -32<br />

degrees.<br />

Our grateful thanks to our small team of voluntary<br />

gritters, the number of volunteers has steadily<br />

reduced year on year over the past five years, as<br />

the Town has become complacent with mild winters<br />

being the norm. Our thanks also to the outside staff<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council who did their best to<br />

keep the Town Centre pathways clear, they worked<br />

extremely hard and beyond their call of duty.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> was the first Town or Parish in Norfolk to<br />

introduce a voluntary gritting scheme some years<br />

back, it worked really well for a couple of years, but<br />

other Towns and Parishes have overtaken us now.<br />

We were unprepared and lacking in numbers.<br />

As usual the thanks, compliments and good wishes<br />

were balanced with the odd inappropriate or<br />

ridiculous comments or complaints. “What do I pay<br />

my Council Tax for?” “You haven’t cleared Theatre<br />

Street Car Park.” “My street isn’t cleared, what<br />

are you going to do about it?” “This is disgusting,<br />

the Council have let us down again.” Most of the<br />

negatives started with “You haven’t done this…” or<br />

“When are you going to do that…” There were of<br />

course some comments that we cannot print in this<br />

newsletter...<br />

The assumption that some people make is that<br />

clearing snow is someone else’s problem, or<br />

someone else’s job, whereas with our voluntary<br />

gritting scheme, it is down to you. As austerity cuts<br />

have worked there way through local government,<br />

most outlying estates will never see a gritting lorry<br />

as County Council budgets are cut year on year,<br />

neither will they see any volunteers, particularly<br />

if you haven’t volunteered… Norfolk County<br />

Council prioritise the main road network, and<br />

their resources are stretched to the full during the<br />

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period when snow falls. The Town Council staff<br />

clear pavements in the Town Centre, everywhere<br />

else is down to you.<br />

We have had the issue of private use of grit in grit<br />

bins again this year. We are currently reviewing<br />

whether we need bins in new locations, and<br />

whether some bins need to be re-located as they<br />

have been misused. The grit is supplied by Norfolk<br />

County Council for use on the public pavements<br />

only.<br />

ShopAppy to launch in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The Breckland launch of ShopAppy is set to take<br />

place in <strong>Swaffham</strong> during April, so watch this<br />

space. <strong>Swaffham</strong> is set to be the Flagship Town for<br />

Norfolk, as over 20 independent local businesses<br />

are already signed up to this scheme. Find out more<br />

on www.breckland.gov.uk/shopappy This will bring<br />

a greater digital presence for our Independent<br />

Traders and more of a level playing field with our<br />

National multiples, as click and collect will add a<br />

new dimension to the town.<br />

If we are ever going to attract new independent<br />

traders to invest and trade in this town, we have<br />

to patronise, and regularly support the traders that<br />

we already have. A greater on-line presence will<br />

mean that at least they have a fighting chance to<br />

compete.<br />


The Annual Town Assembly this year will be held<br />

on Wednesday 27th April 6.30pm at the Town Hall.<br />


The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development<br />

of our Town. It is about the use and development<br />

of land over the next 20 years. The plan will set out<br />

a vision and aspirations for the future development<br />

of the Town and will be an important document<br />

that will help influence and control the way our<br />

town changes in the future, including any new<br />

housing developments<br />

This is the third in a series of Articles designed<br />

to give you the latest information on how we<br />

are progressing with the development of our<br />

Neighbourhood Plan. Firstly, we want to remind<br />

you of our two key Consultation Events in April. It<br />

is important that we hear from as many people as<br />

possible about the way in which we all envisage<br />

our Town changing and developing over the next

20 years. All age groups welcome.<br />

This is the third in a series of Articles designed<br />

to give you the latest information on how we<br />

are progressing with the development of our<br />

Neighbourhood Plan<br />

We also want to remind you of our two key<br />

Consultation Events in April. It is important that we<br />

hear from as many people as possible about the<br />

way in which we all envisage our Town changing<br />

and developing over the next 20 years. All age<br />

groups welcome.<br />

The Dates are Saturday 14th April, 10am to 3pm<br />

and Tuesday 17th April, 3pm to 7pm. VENUE:<br />

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

Emerging policy ideas fall under the following<br />

broad headings:<br />

• Housing and the Build Environment<br />

• Environment and Landscape<br />

• Community and Services<br />

• Business and Employment<br />

• Transport and Access.<br />

One of our ongoing tasks is to continue to consult<br />

with Organisations, Charities, Clubs, local business<br />

etc to gather evidence to develop the policies<br />

that go into the Neighbourhood Plan. This work is<br />

underway but if you would like to ensure that your<br />

input is heard we would welcome the chance to<br />

come and meet you.<br />

Another Opportunity to hear more about the Plan is<br />

to attend the event known as the “Town Assembly”<br />

This is held in the evening of Wed 25th April in the<br />

Assembly Rooms. There will be a short presentation<br />

about where things stand and the process leading<br />

to a formal consultation when the draft plan will be<br />

considered by all residents.<br />

The Steering group met again on the 5th March<br />

and reviewed what was emerging on the main<br />

policy ideas. It also looked at what is known as<br />

a “Scoping report” which helps review relevant<br />

plans and policies, sets out the baseline data for<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and identifies the key sustainability<br />

issues. This in turn leads to a “Sustainability<br />

Appraisal Framework” which will be used to assess<br />

the emerging N P policies and to consult Breckland<br />

District Council.<br />

An initial set of draft policy ideas continue to be<br />

developed during March and these will be an<br />

important part of the Consultation events in April.<br />

Keep up to date on the Town Council Website:<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Contact details: Rachel Leggett. Project Manager<br />

swaffhamplan@gmail.com 079477615335<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Wednesday 11th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 16th – Full Finance Committee meeting<br />

6.30 – 9.00pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 23rd – Market Committee meeting<br />

6.30 – 8.30pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 24th – N Plan -Steering Group<br />

12noon<br />

Planning committee<br />

1.30pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Wednesday 25th – Town Assembly<br />

6.30pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<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 />

<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 />

<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 />

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 />

Did you see our centre page pullout?<br />

In case you managed to miss it, we are giving<br />

the public the opportunity to give their views on<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan this month.<br />

To ensure your opinions are heard we ask that<br />

you please try to attend one of the meetings at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms on either Saturday 14th<br />

April, 10am - 3pm or Tuesday 17th April, 5pm - 7pm.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan will be a<br />

document written by the community to guide future<br />

development of our parish over the next 20 years. If<br />

successful at Referendum the Plan will become part<br />

of the statutory development planning process for<br />

the area. The Plan will be written over the summer.<br />

If you would like to comment online, please visit<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or find us on<br />

Facebook or Twitter.<br />

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From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

Dear All,<br />

I must say that the cold snap<br />

certainly focussed my mind<br />

where using the car was<br />

concerned, main roads were not<br />

too bad but side roads were treacherous. A big<br />

thank you to our volunteer gritters and also to<br />

the council outside staff who did a great job<br />

with the Town pavements. It ended up being a<br />

mini holiday for some and very exciting for the<br />

children.<br />

Thanks to all those who contacted or attended<br />

Breckland Air Quality Consultation, your ideas<br />

and comments were very helpful at the meeting<br />

we had last week. Unfortunately, there will not<br />

be a quick fix, Norfolk County Council will I think<br />

be doing a traffic survey and basic solutions<br />

tried in the first instance, we will update you<br />

as this develops. This situation has been with<br />

us for a number of years, in the meantime<br />

lorry and traffic generally has increased, the<br />

A1065running through the town can’t cope<br />

with traffic congestion without repercussions.<br />

I’m very pleased Breckland and NCC have taken<br />

on this project.<br />

The Town Council with the help of the Town<br />

Team have started to revisit the toilets once<br />

again.<br />

This is joy to my ears as our present facilities<br />

are expensive to run and because of the design<br />

makes it a meeting point for drug users. In turn<br />

it has been expressed by some young people<br />

that it is a place to be avoided. We shall work<br />

on it, but like everything we shall have to find<br />

that pocket of money from somewhere!<br />

Lastly our lovely town clock that is rather<br />

erratic It is the towns clock and our average<br />

spending on it is £900 a year. Thoughts within<br />

the Council was to make it a digital mechanism<br />

to make it more reliable, this was muted with<br />

the Diocese who came back to us saying that<br />

could not be done.<br />

We have written back to ask advice on how to<br />

proceed, interestingly enough Aylsham have<br />

had so much trouble and expense they’ve<br />

stopped theirs altogether We don’t want this<br />

for <strong>Swaffham</strong> but in the meantime apologies<br />

for any inconvenience.<br />

Cllr Jill skinner<br />

Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong>


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