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May 2018

May 2018


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May 2018<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> hosts official launch<br />

of ShopAppy in Breckland<br />

See p.3 for full story<br />

Breckland Councillor Ian Sherwood takes<br />

delivery of one of the first ShopAppy parcels<br />

from Market Cross proprietor Kay Wells<br />

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

7 School Speak/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club<br />

8 School Speak/Church News<br />

11 Community Hospital LofF/Town Team<br />

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

14 WI/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Association<br />

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

16 Lionesses/SCALGA<br />

19 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

20 Age Concern<br />

21 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

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

27 Air Cadets/Gallery Iceni<br />

28 U3A<br />

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

32 Museum Matters<br />

34 Royal British Legion<br />

35 Rainbow Community Choir<br />

36 Beachamwell History Group/Home Hospice<br />

37 Town Council<br />

39 Mayor’s Parlour/STC<br />

ShopAppy launch in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The initiative brings local independent shops in the<br />

historic market town into the digital age by creating<br />

a shared shopping website where people can browse<br />

and buy the often unique items which are on sale in<br />

local independent stores.<br />

At www.shopappy.com independent shops will have<br />

a 24-hour web presence and shoppers can choose<br />

to ‘click and collect’ their purchases from in store or<br />

from out-of-hours collection points such as a local<br />

café or leisure centre.<br />

Cllr William Nunn, Breckland Council’s Leader, said:<br />

“This is a fantastic initiative which will be a gamechanger<br />

for our local independent shops. The council<br />

has committed to subsidise the first 200 independent<br />

businesses that sign up to the project and we’ve had<br />

a wide range join already, from butchers and bakeries<br />

to cafes, craft stores and clothes shops – and many<br />

more too.”<br />

From the diverse independent shops in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

that have already joined ShopAppy.com, you could<br />

cross these items off your shopping list:<br />

• Cakes and buns from a local bakery<br />

• Business cards or a printed t-shirt<br />

• Award winning <strong>Swaffham</strong> Sizzler sausages from a<br />

butcher<br />

• Supplies for your pets<br />

• Art and craft materials<br />

• New boutique clothes or jewellery<br />

• Games and books for fun and learning<br />

• Or you can even book meeting rooms, a market<br />

stall or a car boot pitch.<br />

How it works:<br />

1. Order<br />

Use the ShopAppy.com website to<br />

browse items in local shops and place<br />

your order<br />

2. Packing<br />

Each shop packs its part of your order<br />

1<br />

Independent shops go digital to save unique<br />

character of historic <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> has been given a boost by a new Breckland<br />

Council initiative which will help protect the<br />

independent shops on its high street from increasing<br />

competition from national chains and online retailers.<br />

Breckland Council has joined up with ShopAppy.com<br />

to create a ‘digital high street’ for <strong>Swaffham</strong> as well<br />

as the district’s other market towns – Attleborough,<br />

Dereham, Watton and Thetford.<br />

3. Collect<br />

You collect your order in the daytime<br />

from the shop or in the evening from a<br />

central pick up point<br />

4. Smile<br />

Convenience with a local conscience<br />

Shop Appiness!

Upcoming Events<br />

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

Monday 7th May 2018, 9am ‘til 4pm. Come along, have fun and grab a bargain.<br />

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

Lane, IP26 5NB. Contact: Brenda 01366 728565 or Rebecca rsilvester2@gmail.com<br />

The West Acre Village Fete<br />

Saturday 23rd June. 1pm - 4pm, in the lovely grounds at Abbey House (behind<br />

the Church). £1 adults, 50p children 5-16 years. Welly wanging, duck racing, rifle<br />

shooting competition, nail bashing game, coconut shy, human fruit machine,<br />

bowling for the pig, tombola, art\crafts and West Acre Garden plant stalls + raffle,<br />

bar, BBQ, Trout and tea & cake stall. Charity No. 1163696.<br />

Stone Age Flint Mine Tours<br />

Join us at Grimes Graves, with our own Neolithic Man (Will Lord), on 28th June for a<br />

chance to descend the rarely opened Greenwell Pit with its artefacts and galleries dug by<br />

Stone-Age-man 4500 years ago. For tickets for this event, visit http:www.will-lord.co.uk<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

Please come along to this illustrated talk by Dr Tony Leech, entitled: ‘The Good, the<br />

Bad and the Ugly – in the world of Fungi’. Dr Tony Leech is Norfolk’s Fungi expert and<br />

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

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

Tuesday 29th May 2018, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent School,<br />

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

Guest Speaker for Royal British Legion<br />

Tuesday 15th May at the Conservative Club 8pm the Legion will have a guest<br />

speaker, Anna Townsend from RAF Marham.<br />

Bradenham Village Fete and Classic Transport Show<br />

Monday 28th May on the Village Green 11 am – 4 pm. Sports races, games, free<br />

parking, Teas, Cakes, Ice Creams, Jar Stall, Bottle Stall, Raffle, Bowls and much more.<br />

Lee Vasey and friends 3pm – 6 pm Nelson Pub. A great day out for all the family.<br />

Relaxing Evening of Kirtan<br />

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

style. Workshop sessions in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, 10th & 24th May. £6 per session. Contact<br />

Chris on 07957 405823 or chrissywillis57@yahoo.co.uk for more info.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservatives, Ladies Section<br />

Meet on Wednesday 16th May in the Salisbury Room, Conservative Club. Coffee at<br />

10am, Speaker: Cllr Ed Colman NCC at 10.30am. Entrance £3. All welcome<br />

Talk with local author Rachel Hore<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends in conjunction with <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library are pleased to<br />

announce that they have invited local author, Rachel Hore, to give a talk about her life<br />

and career and her latest novel on 18th May. To date, she has written 8 novels. She<br />

is a Sunday Times Bestseller. Tickets are available at the Library for £3.00 in advance<br />

and on the night, £3.50 May 18th 6.15pm for 6.30pm start. Refreshments included.<br />

Open Farm Sunday Event<br />

On 10th June, 11am – 4pm. Bring the family along to the farming industry’s annual<br />

open day, it’s a fantastic chance to discover real farming at first hand and see how<br />

food is produced. Meet the animals, see the machinery, explore the wildlife and<br />

learn from the experts. See around the farm on a tractor\trailer ride, food available<br />

and much more. Free entry. Soigne Farm, Tumbleyhill Road, West Acre, PE32 1UH.<br />

Breckland Older People’s Forum<br />

At the Community Centre on 12th June, around lunchtime. We will tell you what we<br />

do, and how we can be a voice for older people. We hope to have the NCC SCAMS<br />

officer present, to help us understand how to avoid or deal with SCAMS, on our<br />

doorstep, via the internet, or the phone etc. All are welcome! Further details from<br />

the Secretary at brecklandbopf@gmail.com<br />

A day of Music & Entertainment<br />

19th May, Bradenham Village Hall, from 2pm onwards. Adults: £5, Children under 16<br />

free. Available from Bob 07919 038751, Yve 07449 837629 or Tom 07879 214651.<br />

Proceeds to West Norfolk Deaf Association, The Purfleet Trust & Shout for Shelter.<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

On Stage with the Westacre Theatre Company: AN INTERVENTION by Mike<br />

Bartlett. Fri 11 May and Sat 12 May 7:30pm £12 (under 21s £10)<br />

Lit Fest 2018: Westacre Theatre’s very first literary festival.<br />

PETER WILSON presents FOUR QUARTETS by TS Eliot Fri 18 May 7pm £15 with<br />

canapes and fizz. SOPHIE HANNAH reveals the future for Hercule Poirot Sat 19 May<br />

7pm £15 with canapes and fizz. DAME STELLA RIMINGTON shares how her time at<br />

MI5 inspires her successful books Sun 20 May 3pm £15 with tea<br />

On Screen - Wednesday Films: THE DEATH OF STALIN (2017) [15] 23 May 2pm £8<br />

VICTORIA AND ABDUL (2017) [12] 30 May 2pm £8<br />

Touring Company on Stage: REBEL QUEEN (suitable for 14+) Sat 5 May 7:30pm £10<br />

(under 21s £8)<br />

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Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

Argentine Tango<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Tor Howman 07854 736 920<br />

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

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

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

197994/07425 607667<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

at the Church Rooms, Campingland All ages welcome. More details Fiona<br />

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 />

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 />

Royal British Legion, <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Branch 8pm, 3rd<br />

Tuesday <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. Tel: David Thorogood 01760622751<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 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Edyta 07428 516814<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 10am 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<br />

meets in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm, first Weds 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 />

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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 />

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

Wednesday at the Church Rooms, Campingland All ages welcome.<br />

More details Fiona 07768211087<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 />

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 />

<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 />

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 />

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

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. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Tel: 01760<br />

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 />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

A Little Help From His Friends<br />

As their fundraising efforts drew to a close - a<br />

group of Archie’s friends presented him with a<br />

cheque for £2,881.38 (funds still being received) to<br />

help with costs when he receives his bone marrow<br />

transplant. A fantastic effort by all students and<br />

staff at the academy supporting one of their own!<br />

Outstanding Sporting Achievements<br />

The annual Sports Awards Evening celebrated<br />

achievements in a wide range of sporting<br />

activities from the previous year. Students were<br />

recognised for exceptional progress or outstanding<br />

achievement. Over 90 students were awarded<br />

certificates throughout the evening. The guest<br />

speaker was Olympian Ashley McKenzie, currently<br />

ranked number one in British Judo. Pictured with<br />

him is Eva Rawson who received the overall TNHA<br />

Sports Person of the Year 2018.<br />

6 7<br />

Invention Of The World Wide Web<br />

Students recently undertook a project around the<br />

history of the internet, its impact on our everyday<br />

life and various uses. They contemplated just how<br />

different life would be without its invention and<br />

how it may be used in the future.<br />

Jill Hambright<br />

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

Imagine you are running your local football team<br />

and just as you are about to kick off a guy turns up<br />

clutching a pair of football boots and asks if he can<br />

have a game. He looks fit enough to play , so you say<br />

“OK, hang about.“ Eventually you send him on and<br />

he scores a goal.<br />

After the game you ask him where he comes from.<br />

“Just round the corner” he says. What a find!<br />

This is just what happened at our April session. A<br />

guy turns up clutching a saxophone case just as the<br />

band is ready to play and asks to sit in. They play<br />

a few numbers then invite him to join them. He<br />

plays superbly and the audience love him. After<br />

the session I ask him “Where do you come from?”<br />

“Five minutes walk away” he says. What a find! His<br />

name is David Taylor and he moved to <strong>Swaffham</strong> in<br />

December! As well as Dave’s tenor playing, other<br />

highlights included a fine solo from pianist Mark<br />

Ferguson in Miles Davis’ All Blues. In a Sentimental<br />

Mood was performed as a beautiful slow Ballard<br />

by Myke Clifford on tenor sax, and Colin Mason<br />

demonstrated his masterful technique with brushes<br />

in Satin Doll.<br />

Fly Me to the Moon was graced by a wonderful<br />

episode when Myke Clifford on flute duetted with<br />

Chris Kirk on trumpet. It was as though two beautiful<br />

butterflies were circling around each other in a<br />

garden. Myke Smith on bass played several solos,<br />

the best during an up tempo version of Autumn<br />

Leaves and Myke Clifford showed how he can be just<br />

as virtuosic on the clarinet as on sax and flute, in It’s<br />

Only a Paper Moon.<br />

Looking forward, we have arranged an extra session<br />

in May when jazz singer Helen Welch from the US is<br />

available during her current tour. In her career she<br />

has sung with many notable musicians, including<br />

Johnny Dankworth.<br />

Future Events:<br />

Tuesday 8th May Swing That Thing Sextet<br />

Tuesday 15th May Helen Welch singer, with backing<br />

group led by Lee Vasey, guitar.<br />

7.30 pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, London Street,<br />

PE37 7DD<br />

Entry £7 on the door. Geoff 01366 328730. Norman<br />

01760 722884

Sacred Heart<br />

We love to sing at Sacred Heart School in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The Lower School Choir attended the Norfolk<br />

County Music Festival in Norwich. The adjudicator<br />

awarded an ‘Outstanding Performance’ certificate<br />

and commented that this was a confident group<br />

of singers, obviously accomplished and very able<br />

musically and that this was a very high quality and<br />

captivating and engaging performance. They noted<br />

that there is a high standard of very strong leadership<br />

to elicit such a high standard. Congratulations to Mrs<br />

Pickard and everyone who took part.<br />

The Senior Choir at Sacred Heart School in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

made Mrs Pickard and me extremely proud at the<br />

Senior County Music Festival in Norwich’s Central<br />

Baptist Church, a venue new to us with marvellous<br />

acoustics. After a very short warm-up we were<br />

shown into the Grand Hall where we thought we<br />

would be taken to our seats to listen to other choirs<br />

before us. However, we were led right through the<br />

audience and straight onto the stage! Our choir<br />

showed great courage at this moment and simply<br />

got ready to perform. Emily introduced our songs,<br />

‘Pokarekare Ana’ (a gentle Maori love song) and<br />

‘Seasons of Love,’ a tricky unaccompanied song from<br />

a contemporary musical.<br />

All sang confidently, calmly and competently and<br />

before we had chance to be truly nervous, it was<br />

over! I think we all knew it had gone well – it was<br />

our very best performance – and we retired to<br />

the gallery upstairs before receiving the kind and<br />

positive comments from the adjudicator, Sue<br />

Nicholls. ‘Engaging performance,’ exciting, vibrant,<br />

great audience communication, tender, intimate and<br />

polished.’ All in all, a second ‘Outstanding’ for our<br />

School! We do not audition, we simply love to sing<br />

great songs together. Thank you, singers!<br />

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

Friday 4th May<br />

Power of Prayer 9.30am<br />

Saturday 5th May<br />

Coffee Morning 9.30am - 12noon<br />

Sunday 6th May<br />

Morning Worship 10.45am followed by refreshments<br />

Thursday 10th May<br />

2.30-4pm Thursday Group<br />

Friday 11th May<br />

9.30am Power of Prayer<br />

Saturday 12th May<br />

9.30-12noon Coffee Morning<br />

Sunday 13th May<br />

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments<br />

Friday 18th May<br />

9.30am Power of Prayer<br />

Saturday 19th May<br />

9.30-12noon Coffee Morning<br />

Sunday 20th May<br />

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments<br />

Thursday 24th May<br />

2.30 -4pm Thursday Group<br />

Friday 25th May<br />

9.30am Power of Prayer<br />

Saturday 26th May<br />

9.30am Coffee Morning<br />

Sunday 27th May<br />

10.45am Morning Worship<br />

Please be aware that these details could change<br />

when work begins on the church.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and Sporle C of E<br />

It looks as though spring has finally arrived, after<br />

several false starts. It is good to begin to meet this<br />

year’s holiday makers – and among them some<br />

looking to move more permanently to the area. They<br />

see our town with fresh eyes and often point out<br />

places to go or things to do, which locals may never<br />

have got around to. It is a season to see things afresh,<br />

just as the Church, in its season of Easter rejoices in<br />

the news of Christ’s resurrection and celebrates the<br />

signs of new life and new hope.<br />

When I came to <strong>Swaffham</strong>, I was given a beautiful<br />

rectory rose by the children, staff and governors of<br />

the school where I had been a governor. With the<br />

harsh winter, it seemed to have no life left in it, and<br />

I was resigned to replacing it and just being thankful<br />

that I also had a stunning card which the children<br />

had made of the school clock, by which to remember<br />

them. Then I looked outside this week and the rose<br />

has come to life again and is flowering.<br />

So it is a season to hold onto hope and to explore all<br />

that is new and life-giving around us. It is not too late<br />

to look up and look around, to see things with fresh<br />

eyes, and to celebrate the opportunities we perhaps<br />

thought had gone. With every good wish<br />

Revd. Janet Allan<br />

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

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

The May services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church will be<br />

as follows:-<br />

Wednesday 2nd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 6th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

10.30am Rogation Sunday Service<br />

(at Town Farm, Sporle, followed by bring-and-share<br />

lunch (this is a united benefice service in place of the<br />

usual 9.30am service at <strong>Swaffham</strong>)<br />

6.00pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 9th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Thursday 10th: Ascension Day<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (CW)<br />

Sunday 13th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 16th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 20th: Day of Pentecost (Whit Sunday)<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am Family Service<br />

Wednesday 23rd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 27th: Trinity Sunday<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 30th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 3rd June<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />


The 2018 Christian Aid week will take place between<br />

the 13th – 19th May, please look out for the National<br />

TV campaign. The <strong>Swaffham</strong> street collection will<br />

take place on the 19th May from 9am to 1pm and<br />

the local volunteer collectors will be out and about<br />

the town centre on this date. Or you can use a<br />

donation envelope which will be available at all the<br />

local churches.<br />

Christian Aid Week was founded by the Christian<br />

church and every May, for more than 60 years,<br />

thousands of churches across Britain and Ireland<br />

have collected vital cash to help the world’s most<br />

vulnerable people.<br />

Do please help us this May to raise money and act<br />

for the world’s poorest people - together we can<br />

make a difference.<br />

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

On Wednesday 9th May at 7.00pm in the Baptist<br />

Church you are warmly invited to hear Church Army<br />

Officer Captain James Hawksworth speak about the<br />

work he has been involved with in Sheffield schools.<br />

He is hoping to begin similar work with schools in<br />

Kings Lynn. His talk will be followed by the annual<br />

general meeting of Churches Together in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and District to which everyone is invited.<br />

Churches Together in <strong>Swaffham</strong> has been in existence<br />

now for almost fifty years. It was due to the initiative<br />

of former <strong>Swaffham</strong> vicar Revd Neil Mash that the<br />

organisation was first set up. His belief was that<br />

church events and activities in the town are more<br />

effective when organised on a shared basis rather<br />

than as they would be if carried out by the separate<br />

denominations. Each year since there has been<br />

ample evidence of the truth of this. United services,<br />

Lent meetings, frugal lunches, processions of witness<br />

and Christmas Carol concerts have all come under<br />

the umbrella of Churches Together in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The chairmanship of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Churches Together is<br />

shared by the ministers of each church in a rota, each<br />

occupying the position for a period of two years. Lay<br />

representatives from the churches together with<br />

the clergy form the committee which decides each<br />

year’s programme.<br />

Lovely sculpture made by<br />

a member of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Baptist church. Thank you<br />

Graham for a wonderful<br />

talk, I shall certainly be<br />

an Easter Sunday person<br />

for 365 days. Everybody<br />

is welcome Sundays at<br />

10.30 am.<br />

June Finch<br />

The Phoenix Singers were well supported at our<br />

Christmas Concert and were happy to present a<br />

cheque for £300 to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church.<br />

Our next performance will be held on 24th August at<br />

St Peter and St Paul Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong> to support the<br />

Flower Festival which will be held from 24th to 27th<br />

August. Refreshments will be available.<br />

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11<br />

Community Hospital LofF<br />

Our fundraising efforts continue and we are<br />

pleased to Learn that the Staff at Pedlars Gold<br />

shop in <strong>Swaffham</strong> are undertaking a sponsored<br />

run on the 20th May in support of the Hospital.<br />

This is 15 miles from Sedgeford to Castle Acre. It<br />

is in memory of Mr J Lucas, in recognition of the<br />

excellent standard of care he received.<br />

The hospital faces very high level of demands and<br />

it is refreshing to know that even when under<br />

pressure it can deliver such good care. So please<br />

call in at the shop and give your support to this run.<br />

The Friends are considering a boot sale stall at the<br />

Saturday market in the summer. If you have any<br />

unwanted items that you would like to donate to<br />

us, these can be left at hospital reception or give<br />

me a call and we can collect.<br />

I have to give special thanks to our local Tesco<br />

store who helped out during the bad weather in<br />

March. The hospital relies on delivery of “Cook<br />

chill” meals for patients coming from a distance.<br />

There were at least 2 days when normal delivery<br />

was disrupted through snow. Tesco very kindly<br />

stepped in to help to ensure the patients were fed<br />

at this time. Many, many thanks for your kind help.<br />

Our next main project at the Hospital should be<br />

a major revamp of the rear garden. Discussions<br />

are underway with the Trust and quotes being<br />

obtained. We would like to see a “Market” theme<br />

to the garden with individual Market style holders<br />

for plants etc. Also a new covered sitting area for<br />

patients and visitors.<br />

Enquiries welcome and further information from<br />

Colin Houghton (Chair) 01760 336026 or Iris<br />

Reeve (Vice Chair) 01760 721430<br />


The AGM of the League of Friends is to be held<br />

on Monday 14th May 2018 at 2pm in the large<br />

meeting room at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Hospital,<br />

Sporle Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Annual accounts available<br />

at the Meeting. All Welcome.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Team<br />

It’s coming!! <strong>Swaffham</strong> will be holding their inaugural<br />

Parkrun at 9.00am on Saturday May 26th at the<br />

Nicholas Hamond Academy on the Brandon Road.<br />

If you wish to run / walk and have not registered<br />

with Parkrun before you will need to do so at www.<br />

parkrun.org.uk and bring your barcode with you.<br />

You will need this in order to have your run / walk<br />

registered to get a time. When you register you will<br />

be asked for your home run. If <strong>Swaffham</strong> does not<br />

show up then you will need to choose another local<br />

run. You can always change this at a later date. If you<br />

want any further information please contact David<br />

Wickerson who is the Event Director at davidwick@<br />

btinternet.com<br />

The 5k course can be run, jogged, walked or a<br />

combination of all three and is open to all ages<br />

and abilities, but children under 11 will need to be<br />

accompanied by an adult – and it’s FREE.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you all to this<br />

inaugural event and to being part of the ever growing<br />

popularity of the worldwide Parkrun concept.<br />

So you can now get up, get out, enjoy the fresh air<br />

and exercise every Saturday morning at 9.00am from<br />

May 26th onwards. See you there!!<br />

Rugby Club Defibrillator<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club’s final VP lunch of the season<br />

was well attended by over 40 guests before their<br />

Eastern Counties One Salver game against Haverhill.<br />

Once again the VPs produced the goods, and their<br />

invaluable support to the Club was greatly enhanced<br />

when two representatives from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Tesco<br />

arrived to hand over in excess of £500 towards the<br />

Club’s Defibrillator fund. Also present at the lunch<br />

were other main supporters of this fund, John<br />

Webster, Jim Crouchman, and Richard Morrissey<br />

from Quattro Recruitment. The machine has now<br />

been located in the clubhouse, and hopefully will<br />

never be required, but is available to anyone using<br />

the club whilst the clubhouse is open.<br />

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<br />

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

336025 or Iris Reeve (Vice Chairman) on 01760 721430.


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Viruses and bacteria<br />

live in your carpet<br />

To improve air quality in your home and to create<br />

a safe environment for your family your carpet<br />

should be cleaned professionally every year<br />

The Green Britain Centre<br />

240 trees donated by the Woodland Trust have<br />

been planted around the grounds. These will<br />

make the area even more wildlife friendly.<br />

We have a Quiz Night on Friday 11th May which<br />

is in aid of the Garden Science Trust. It’s £8 per<br />

person, with pizza and wedges included. Vegan<br />

Supper Club is continuing on the fourth Friday<br />

of every month. Please phone for more details<br />

and to book a table on 01760 726100.<br />

The Vegan Beer Festival is on Saturday 26th and<br />

Sunday 27th May. There will be a wide range of<br />

vegan beers and ciders, more than 10 locally<br />

distilled vodkas, local organic vegan food, and<br />

music from local musicians. Entry is free!<br />

We organised a beach clean with Surfers Against<br />

Sewage in East Runton last month – we collected<br />

18 bags of litter! Thank you to the 18 people<br />

and 4 dogs who joined us.’<br />

Experience wind<br />

power from the<br />

top of a modern<br />

windmill<br />

The first windmill in the world open<br />

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

eco trail around our heritage<br />

orchard and organic gardens, enjoy<br />

Fairtrade coffee and homemade<br />

cake in our vegetarian café.<br />

For opening times and to<br />

book your turbine tour call us<br />

on 01760 726 100.<br />

Experienced, patient and local maths teacher (DBS<br />

checked). Available evenings, weekends, school<br />

holidays (by arrangement). £20 per hour.<br />

Contact 07715 637748 or jillyham@outlook.com<br />

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

Club<br />

Would you like to join our<br />

monthly lunch club? We invite<br />

any retired Professional and<br />

Business ladies and gentlemen to<br />

obtain further information from<br />

our Secretary, Rod Goddard, Tel;<br />

01760 722834. email:<br />

rodgoddard@hotmail.com<br />

It’s all very informal; annual<br />

membership fee is just £20 plus the<br />

cost of the monthly lunch<br />

(sometimes including a speaker)<br />

usually held in the George Hotel,<br />

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

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Mindful of the weather forecast we had been<br />

in touch with the Sheringham Shantymen in<br />

case we had to cancel, but they said they were<br />

coming, and would keep an eye out for snow.<br />

There were light snowflakes blowing around<br />

all day, but as soon as the concert started the<br />

snowfall changed gear, so that by the end of the<br />

evening the market place was coated in a thick<br />

covering of snow, illuminated by the lights in the<br />

trees. It looked so beautiful; but would it make<br />

everyone’s journey home a misery? It was tricky<br />

for some, but we all got home safely! You can<br />

organise events, but you can’t plan the weather!<br />

At our next event Ancestral Voices will be bringing<br />

us an account in words, music and images of<br />

The Royal Progress, Queen Elizabeth’s summer<br />

journey through East Anglia in 1578. In order to<br />

escape the awful heat and smells of London in<br />

the summer, Elizabeth used to undertake trips<br />

to different parts of her kingdom to visit her<br />

loyal subjects, taking a large retinue from her<br />

court with her. We will find out where she went<br />

and what happened on the way.<br />

This takes place on Sunday May13th in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms. The AGM will take place at 3<br />

pm, followed by Ancestral Voices.<br />

This event is free to members. Non members are<br />

also welcome!<br />

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

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

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

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

Evening WI took place at 7.30 pm<br />

on 4th April in the church rooms. We<br />

began the meeting with a poem from the late, great<br />

Spike Milligan and then we welcomed a very special<br />

guest...Queen Elizabeth 1st!!<br />

She swept into the room wearing only her “shift”.<br />

Actually, it was Rachell Duffield in the guise of that<br />

great lady. As she put on layer after layer of clothing<br />

she told us about the fashion of the time, particularly<br />

what the Queen and her court were wearing, her<br />

jewels and how you wore your wealth.<br />

Rachel had made the whole outfit herself and it was<br />

stunning. When her majesty had left we returned to<br />

the present with a coffee break then carried on with<br />

the business.<br />

The raffle was drawn and the meeting ended a little<br />

later than usual at about 9.45pm.<br />

The next meeting will be our resolutions meeting<br />

when we decide which topical issue we will vote on<br />

at the AGM later this year.<br />

We have about 39 members this year and are happy<br />

to welcome more if you are interested, you can<br />

come as a visitor. Just phone our secretary who will<br />

be happy to give you details, 01760 722879.<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

At our March meeting we were due<br />

to have a speaker from Dereham<br />

Windmill telling us of its history.<br />

Unfortunately this was cancelled at the last minute<br />

and resourceful as ever we came up with an<br />

alternative topic – EASTER! No time to buy fancy<br />

“bits and pieces” so in true WI style we made our<br />

own Easter eggs using the decorations we had<br />

in our store cupboard. To emphasis the Easter<br />

theme some members even arrived “in their Easter<br />

bonnets with all the frills apon it”<br />

There were ribbons, paints, glitter, sparkling<br />

accompaniments and all manner of decorations –<br />

which when combined made very fetching Easter<br />

eggs. All in all a very interesting and colourful<br />

afternoon enjoyed by everyone. Our April meeting<br />

was intended to be a follow-up to this talk with<br />

a visit to the windmill, however as this was not<br />

possible we are to visit West Acre Garden with a<br />

tour and a cream tea . May’s meeting is when we<br />

discuss the WI’s resolutions and as certain royal<br />

celebrations are due this month we may celebrate<br />

with true WI style - tea and cakes and who knows<br />

– come along and see!<br />

Sporle WI 3rd Tuesday of the month 2pm – 4pm<br />

Beachamwell & District WI<br />

As our scheduled speaker was forced<br />

to cancel at the last minute, we were<br />

very lucky indeed to find an excellent replacement<br />

in the form of Bunty Gotts, who is a volunteer at<br />

Blickling Hall. She told us about Blickling’s amazing<br />

library of surprising, beautiful and unique books,<br />

collected by an erudite former owner. The library<br />

is sadly now under threat from the deteroriation<br />

of the building and the ravages of death watch<br />

beetle. To highlight this threat and also to raise<br />

much needed funds, Blickling is about to unveil (on<br />

May 1st) a new art installation in the house, on the<br />

theme of books and stories. The thinking behind<br />

this is that pictures speak louder than words and<br />

Bunty ended her talk with some moving stories of<br />

how individuals linked to Hiroshima, and latterly<br />

to the tragedy of migrant drownings, influenced<br />

attitudes far and wide, with simple visual images.<br />

In the summer, I am sure we will visit Blickling to<br />

see the installation for ourselves.<br />

May’s talk will be a very different one, about<br />

Woodland Burials. As always, visitors or prospective<br />

new members are very welcome to come along.<br />

Enquiries: 01366 327023 or 01366 328<br />

Maggie Mackenzie<br />

Pickenhams WI<br />

Our April Meeting was held at St<br />

Andrews Church at 2pm on 10th<br />

April. Our Speakers, 2 ladies from<br />

“Three’s Company“ entertained us with their<br />

amusing collection of poems about children’s<br />

education. This was followed by a break for tea and cake.<br />

The competition for a homemade Easter Card was<br />

won by Treasure and second was Joan Baker. The<br />

business side of our meeting followed.<br />

Future plans include our Suffragette Tea and talk at<br />

Broom Hall Hotel on Tuesday 15th May at 2.30pm<br />

and our guided coach tour of the Battle Area at<br />

West Tofts during the evening of 4th July.<br />

Next Meeting is on the 8th May at 2pm in the<br />

church when our speaker is Tony Good talking<br />

about Alpine Gardening.<br />

The Competition is a Mountain scene. (your own<br />

photo or painting)<br />

If you would like a taster session of our meetings<br />

please ring Melonie Cousins 01760 440456 for details.<br />

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

On Saturday 13th April the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning<br />

Association held a cheese and wine social at the<br />

Community Centre <strong>Swaffham</strong> which was enjoyed by<br />

all. A very big thank you to Carol Farmer for preparing<br />

and putting on such a good spread - washed down<br />

with a variety of French Wines.<br />

We have 2 future events planned for this year - a pizza<br />

party in July and a social at Rasputin's in October<br />

If you are interested in joining our group please<br />

contact our secretary Stan Sole on 01760 724413<br />

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

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

annual 10 pin bowling night<br />

at the Super Bowl Fakenham;<br />

following an evening meal at<br />

the local pub nine members<br />

enjoyed a very competitive match. The winners<br />

were last year’s champions Dennis & Pam<br />

Tallon, who were presented with their trophies<br />

by Social Chairman Alan Jude.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their annual Easter Basket<br />

competition over the holidays with twenty<br />

six baskets out in clubs, pubs and businesses<br />

around <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the villages. This is always<br />

a popular event and over £1000 was raised for<br />

Lions good causes.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Lions President, Pam<br />

Tallon, inducted two new members into the club<br />

at a dinner meeting held at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Golf<br />

Club. David and Bobby Elsam have been helping<br />

the Lions over the past five months and were<br />

keen to become active members of the club.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions continue to support young<br />

people with a donation of £300 to Ryan Collins,<br />

a scout at RAF Marham. Ryan was selected from<br />

hundreds of applicants in Norfolk to represent<br />

Norfolk County Scouts at the World Scout<br />

Jamboree being held in West Virginia USA in July<br />

next year. Ryan said that the event will be life<br />

changing and will enable him to learn outdoor<br />

skills, leadership skills, conversation and global<br />

citizenship. He will also be able to bring back<br />

information about global cultures languages and<br />

the lives of other communities.<br />

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

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

President Christine and 2 lionesses from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> attended the Lions Convention at<br />

Norwich last month, and had an interesting and<br />

enjoyable day with Lions and Lionesses from all<br />

over the District. We held our Easter Egg Tombola<br />

stall in the Assembly Rooms on Easter Saturday,<br />

and thanks to everyone who bought tickets for<br />

their generous support. Just about everyone won<br />

an egg or two and we completely sold out.<br />

We enjoyed a lovely evening at the Mayor’s<br />

Reception, and were delighted to be asked by<br />

the Mayor, Cllr. Jill Skinner, to run a raffle to raise<br />

funds for the “ESCAPE” project. We had a lovely<br />

selection of prizes which had been donated by<br />

Lionesses and by businesses in town.<br />

On 12th April we entered a team into the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice Quiz at the<br />

Conservative Club, and came a respectable 6th –<br />

not bad out of 17 teams!<br />

SCALGA<br />

Greetings from the allotments.<br />

Everything is “all go” after the horrible start to the<br />

growing year. Small plants have been brought on in<br />

greenhouses and cold frames and are now planted<br />

after the risk of frost has passed. Our poly tunnel<br />

was battered and torn during the high winds and<br />

we lost our fruit cage. Nevertheless, we all keep<br />

trying to put things back together.<br />

This time of year seems to be full of hope and<br />

expectation, with warm days and lots to look<br />

forward to in the following months. I have, for the<br />

first time, grown everlasting Sweet Peas and hope<br />

that I will have a whole fence of them in the future.<br />

That’s what the packet tells me anyway!!<br />

The seeds for the giant pumpkin competition are<br />

sprouting; I expect all who are growing them will<br />

be feeding the plants with secret potions in the<br />

hopes of creating a monster. We will have the usual<br />

over planting of courgettes again and everyone will<br />

be asking “do you need courgettes”? Fortunately<br />

spiralising is all the rage and we can use them as<br />

courgettie or as spicy fritters.<br />

We have noticed an increase in wildlife, particularly<br />

red kite hovering over the nearby fields. Hopefully<br />

they won’t spot any baby chicks for a snack. A barn<br />

owl regularly sits on the posts along with a very<br />

cheeky male pheasant who happily hops from plot<br />

to plot pinching the chicken food. Consequently he<br />

is a very fine looking chap. In the horse field huge<br />

black crows strut about pecking at the ground for<br />

worms. They mind their own business so are not<br />

much of a problem unlike the blackbirds who find a<br />

way into the fruit cages and get the best of the crop<br />

before we do.<br />

Sunflowers are a lovely addition to the garden or<br />

plot, not only do they look lovely, the seeds feed the<br />

birds. Before the invention of synthetic materials<br />

sunflower stems were used to fill Life Jackets so<br />

should we need to build a raft after the next lot of<br />

rain, save your stems!!<br />

We still have starter plots available. These are<br />

ideal for pensioners who just want to grow a small<br />

amount of produce. Young families, who don’t have<br />

time to spend on a large area, and just people who<br />

have never gardened before. Your only commitment<br />

is monthly so should you decide gardening is not<br />

for you then a month’s notice is all that is needed.<br />

For further information please contact us on the<br />

numbers below.<br />

If you are interested in taking a plot or a starter<br />

plot, please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on<br />

07919888870 or 07919888872.<br />

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Food, Free Camping, Wood Turning, Chainsaw Carving. Reiki and Healing Tent. Handmade Jewellery, Basket<br />

Weaving, Blacksmith Demonstrations, Pottery, Clothing, Workshops, Arts and Crafts, Session Tent, Children's Play<br />

Area and more.<br />

Nepomuk<br />

Punkfolkers<br />

Stables<br />

Icenima presents...<br />

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Wednesday 16 th May, 2pm<br />

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Tickets: £4<br />

For more info call 01760 722800<br />

or visit iceni.info<br />

Real Music, Real Ale, Real Field<br />


The O'Reillys and The Paddyhats<br />

The Noble Jacks<br />

The Salts<br />

Long Shore Drift<br />

The Trials of Cato<br />

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow<br />

Willowspin<br />

Speed carving demo<br />

The John Ward Trio<br />

Rik van den Boche<br />

Weekend Compare: Slightly Offensive Steve.<br />

Tickets available at folkinafield.co.uk<br />

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The Jigantics<br />

Oakleas Rise<br />

The Macarons<br />

Chris Moore<br />

Red Dear<br />

John Ralph<br />

Summerwood<br />

Kieran Campbell<br />

Billy Lubach

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

What a great turn out for our bingo. Thank you to<br />

everyone who attended, we made £502. As always<br />

a big thank you to Paul for the room, Norman for his<br />

calling skills and of course Linda for her skill at prising<br />

money from people and checking the cards. We all<br />

had a brilliant time. All our prizes were donated; you<br />

know who you are and our thanks goes to you all.<br />

Please look out for our next fundraiser.<br />

In order to show off our wonderful new facilities<br />

(the sparkling new toilets, plus shower room), we<br />

had a lovely open evening with lots of our friends<br />

and supporters of the Merle Boddy Centre. We all<br />

enjoyed home made cake and coffee. Thank you to<br />

everyone who made a cake, as usual nothing was left.<br />

Lilian Willis cut the ribbon, a bit of a shock for her<br />

as she didn’t know that was to be her role, but she<br />

did a grand job. A big thank you to her. Lil’s heart felt<br />

words touched us all; a few moist eyes in the room<br />

that night but a very proud daughter and grandson<br />

were there to support her.<br />

We would like to thank the lovely lady who donated<br />

these little treasures to us. They lasted less than 5<br />

minutes before they were all sold.<br />

This is a selection of the Easter goodies that were<br />

made by our very talented clients. Every client went<br />

home with an Easter egg and full with a special Easter<br />

lunch of roast lamb and all the trimmings.<br />

Thank you David for bringing us another musical<br />

instrument to add to<br />

our collection. Soon<br />

we’ll have a small<br />

orchestra! This activity is<br />

much enjoyed as it also<br />

comes with singing and<br />

laughter.<br />

Thank you to Bradenham<br />

retirement group for<br />

funding 7 more storage<br />

boxes to go with our<br />

colourful collection.<br />

Everyone at the Merle<br />

Boddy Centre sends very<br />

best wishes to a extra<br />

special lady Pat DeSwart who has turned an 0 in her age.<br />

Its always a pleasure to have people come to see us<br />

but even nicer when they come bearing gifts and this is<br />

what Linda did, Linda helps run the Wednesday night<br />

bingo at the Conservative club along with Norman<br />

and Ian, a gift of £500 was donated to us from the<br />

bingo thank you for being such loyal supporters of<br />

the day centre and again thank you to all your bingo<br />

ladies and gentlemen.<br />

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Mostly I get bills in the post, but today I got a<br />

fantastic surprise in one of the letters. Due to the<br />

kind generosity of the management and staff of<br />

Adrian Flux I received a cheque for the grand total of<br />

£912.61. This was achieved from a dress down day.<br />

Our thanks goes to everyone who took part in this event.<br />

We are again doing an afternoon tea, this event<br />

was very popular and we only have limited space so<br />

please book a place for the 3rd june 2pm -4pm. £6 a<br />

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

In theory the better weather should have arrived by early May so our committee have been looking at<br />

interesting things to do in the next few months. Also, we would be pleased to welcome new members to join<br />

Age Concern so they can benefit from the various events being organised. It only costs only £5 per year to join.<br />

If interested, please contact our Membership Secretary Vicky, see details below, or just turn up at one of our<br />

free entertainment afternoons, normally held on the last Tuesday in the month, 2 pm in the Assembly Rooms<br />

and join up there.<br />

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

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

the latest info. Upcoming events are:<br />

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

June 16th – Punting on the river – Cambridge (trip out)<br />

July 31st – Talk on the Stanford Training Ground clearances in WW2 (in house)<br />

August 28th - Summer party<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<br />

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

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 />

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transport to and from clinic appointments<br />

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Email: swaffhamsss16@outlook.com<br />

Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

It is nearly 3 years since Graham Benefer last showed us<br />

the painstaking work that goes into producing a healthy<br />

bonsai and his demonstration at the March meeting<br />

continued to captivate the audience. His 30 year hobby<br />

(one might say obsession) has resulted in a garden filled<br />

with over 150 bonsai trees.<br />

Contrary to popular belief the bonsai is not a tree with<br />

stunted growth. Quite the opposite. This diminutive tree<br />

must be kept healthy and growing with plenty of food,<br />

air and water to the roots but good drainage. The secret<br />

is to remove the tap root but encourage the fine feeder<br />

roots to spread out rather than coil around the container.<br />

Therefore, to ensure the bonsai is stable it must be wired<br />

into its shallow pot.<br />

Graham brought along a bonsai which had been grown<br />

in too deep a pot and in ordinary garden soil which is<br />

not open enough for good drainage. The first step was to<br />

remove as much soil as possible and tease out the coiled<br />

roots which were then dramatically shortened.<br />

The placing of the bonsai in the correct pot is just as<br />

important because displaying bonsai is all about how it<br />

looks aesthetically. The audience agreed that this one<br />

looked better placed at one side of the pot.<br />

Deciduous bonsais should be repotted every 2 or 3 years<br />

and conifers every 5 years. Trimming the roots means<br />

that a bonsai, and even most other plants, can be grown<br />

in the same pot for all of its life. The optimum time for<br />

repotting is the Spring just as the buds start to swell.<br />

Graham also brought a small conifer which had been<br />

bought at a garden centre in order to demonstrate how<br />

to get a bonsai started without waiting years for a seed<br />

or sapling to grow. Having fed and watered the plant<br />

to improve its health, the first stage was to twist wire<br />

around the branches so that they can be manipulated<br />

into the required shape. The aim is to replicate how it<br />

would grow naturally taking account of the prevailing<br />

wind and ensuring each branch has sufficient light. This<br />

means removing those which grow inwards or across<br />

others. As the bonsai grows branches are pruned back<br />

to an appropriate bud to encourage growth in the<br />

desired direction.<br />

Having trimmed and teased the roots Graham allowed<br />

the audience to decide which pot should be its final<br />

home. Amazingly the size of the pot made an enormous<br />

difference to the resulting appearance.<br />

This is, of course, only the start of this new bonsai and<br />

Graham will continue to prune, water (twice daily) and<br />

repot it along with the rest of his enormous and ever<br />

expanding collection.<br />

What’s on in the next 3 months:<br />

May 24th Talk - Tony Goode - Alpines for the Time<br />

Challenged!<br />

June 24th ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW<br />

June 28th Talk - Charlotte Philcox - Getting the most from<br />

your Vegetable Plot<br />

July 26th Talk - Peter Skeggs Gooch - The Road to Gold<br />







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APRIL 23<br />

7.30pm at the Assembly Rooms<br />

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

group of parents and swimming enthusiasts who want to make it<br />

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 />

• Open air pool heated to 30 degrees<br />

• Using Green Energy<br />

• Next to the Green Britain Centre A47 and A1065<br />

We have the designs worked up and are talking with planners at<br />

Breckland District Council in the Spring to see what is possible.<br />

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May 15th<br />

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Please contact us by<br />

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Chairman of Breckland Council<br />

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Lions helped Pudsey raise funds for<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 />

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

Branch<br />

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725801<br />

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

building better families<br />

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Day Centre<br />

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

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 />

merleboddycentre@hotmail.co.uk<br />

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charity no 1050124<br />

Calling all<br />

budding artists<br />

Gallery Iceni<br />

needs you!<br />

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

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

like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

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

interested, then please call us on<br />

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

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena<br />

EVENTS @ the conni:<br />

5 th May - SKASOULS<br />

2 nd June - GLAM DADS<br />

News Extra: At the Easter draw £120 was raised<br />

for the stroke unit at Kings Lynn.<br />

The new defibrillator has been installed outside<br />

of the club, making it available to the town<br />

and club members.<br />

Many, many thanks to all those who helped to achieve<br />

these two goals on behalf of the club.<br />







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50th issue. We received lots of positive feedback on<br />

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800 Years a Market Town<br />

Simon Rowe from KLFM, Supertr oper<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 />

with ha gis for lunch!<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 ind ed<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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stage donated by Narford Scaffolding<br />

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800 Years a Market Town<br />

Pam Frost donates cheques to<br />

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

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Lions’ coffee morning<br />

raised £3035 towards<br />

a chemotherapy pump<br />

in Carol’s name at the<br />

Macmillan Unit at<br />

QE Hospital King’s Lynn<br />

December 2016<br />

Neighbourhood Plan Centrefold Pull-out Edition<br />

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The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hare<br />

Last month saw the hottest day of the year so far,<br />

with temperatures in <strong>Swaffham</strong> hitting 27 degrees.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> hare was very happy to be out and<br />

about froclicking in the sunshine! Hopefully there<br />

will be more fine weather like this when his foreign<br />

cousins come to join him in town in July.

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

President’s Corner<br />

Our two Easter hamper raffles raised<br />

a total of £342 for us to use for<br />

charitable purposes. Once again we must thank The<br />

George Hotel and The Twenty Churchwardens for<br />

hosting the raffles for us.<br />

Our Bollywood Night at the Assembly Rooms was<br />

greatly enjoyed by those who attended, and I should<br />

like to thank our organising team. Indian food was<br />

supplied by the Indian Summer restaurant, and Jaya<br />

Dancing gave a demonstration of Indian dancing and<br />

gave people attending the opportunity to try their<br />

hand (or should that be foot?).<br />

The evening raised just over £600 for the Rotary<br />

International programme to eradicate polio<br />

throughout the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates<br />

Foundation supports this campaign by donating a<br />

further £2 for every pound raised by Rotary, so in<br />

total the evening raised more than £1800 for this<br />

excellent cause.<br />

The End Polio Now campaign was first launched<br />

by Rotary International in 1985, following a Rotary<br />

vaccination programme in the Philippines a few<br />

years earlier. Since the launch of the campaign it has<br />

been supported by the World Health Organisation<br />

and other charities, as well as the Gates<br />

Foundation, and has reduced the occurrences of<br />

polio worldwide from a figure in the hundreds of<br />

thousands per year to the current position where<br />

there have been only 17 incidents reported so far<br />

this year. The only countries where wild polio is<br />

still endemic are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria,<br />

and work is proceeding to complete vaccinations<br />

in those countries and eradicate polio completely.<br />

Even in countries where polio has been eradicated,<br />

vaccinations must continue to be carried on for a<br />

number of years to ensure there is no recurrence.<br />

Rotary’s contribution is not restricted to raising<br />

funds, although this is of course a very important<br />

part of our involvement. In early April I went<br />

to Torquay to attend the Conference of Rotary<br />

International in Great Britain and Ireland. One of<br />

the speakers was a Rotarian from Bishops Stortford<br />

who had recently travelled to India to help with a<br />

vaccination day, in the course of which thousands<br />

of children throughout the country received<br />

vaccinations. This takes place annually, and one of<br />

our <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotarians made the trip to India a<br />

few years ago to help with the vaccinations.<br />

The Conference in Torquay heard a mixture of<br />

speakers. The headline act was HRH Princess<br />

Anne, who spoke about the polio campaign<br />

and commended all that Rotary does. We also<br />

heard from a senior officer of the World Health<br />

Organisation, as well as being given useful<br />

information about cyber fraud from two members<br />

of the City of London Police. We were also<br />

addressed by Angela Rippon who spoke movingly<br />

about the need to support those suffering from<br />

dementia and their carers, both professionals and<br />

family members.<br />

Speakers on a lighter note included Liz Johnson,<br />

a winner of medals for swimming at 3 Paralympic<br />

Games, who is an inspiring example of how to<br />

live with a disability, Alex Leger, who gave an<br />

entertaining insight into his work on ‘Blue Peter‘<br />

as director, producer and cameraman for a total<br />

of 36 years, and Chris Tarrant, who took us behind<br />

the scenes on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’<br />

But in many ways the high point of the Conference<br />

was the presentation of Rotary ‘Young Citizen<br />

Awards’. These awards were made to 6 young<br />

people, ranging in age from 12 to 24, who have<br />

all done something extraordinary whether it is<br />

excelling in the face of adversity or going out of<br />

their way to help others. To hear the accounts of<br />

their achievements was truly inspiring.<br />

Kevin Moore comes to Gallery Iceni<br />

'I am often seen with a pencil or brush in my hand<br />

and I am very passionate about art'<br />

I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can<br />

remember and have always loved expressing myself<br />

artistically. I did my pre degree training in Canterbury<br />

and my graphic arts degree in Birmingham. An early<br />

summer experience in America helped me realise<br />

that I loved working with people whether it be adults<br />

or children and in the years following I have done<br />

a lot of teaching in schools, prisons, churches and<br />

clubs. In recent years I have set up The Art Studio in<br />

the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford and have been<br />

teaching all kinds of drawing and painting to children<br />

and adults from 5-80+. I work across the range of<br />

different media and give myself some window of<br />

experimenting per month. I am a versatile artist and<br />

can work in different styles depending on the tools<br />

I am using. In the recent heavy snowfall I made a<br />

conventional snowman with families, a snow owl<br />

and a five foot chess knight. I particularly enjoy the<br />

challenge of capturing people and big cats, seascapes,<br />

sunsets and trees but am open to attempt anything.<br />

I do commissioned art work for people, landscapes,<br />

forest scenes, seascapes, film art and portraits of<br />

people and pets. The Art Studio in Thetford has a<br />

range of work on display and the kettle is always on if<br />

you want to visit you are most welcome.<br />

Kevin Moore<br />

Air Cadet Fledgling Flies!<br />

On the 9th December 2017 myself and a few<br />

other cadets went to RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire<br />

to experience flying an aircraft for the first time.<br />

Before we were allowed to fly we had to watch<br />

a safety video telling us how to use a parachute<br />

and what to do if there was an emergency. Then<br />

we were called up in groups of four to get suited<br />

up. Once we had found the correct fitting flying<br />

suits, gloves and helmets for us we were sent to<br />

a waiting room where we waited to go up in the<br />

air. Then one at a time we were escorted to the<br />

aircraft that we would soon be flying.<br />

The aircraft that we were flying was a Grob Tutor,<br />

which is a small aircraft used for training. When I<br />

first got into the aircraft I introduced myself to the<br />

pilot and he started the engine. We made our way<br />

across the runway, then we took off. I didn’t really<br />

know what to expect, but it was amazing as the sky<br />

was really clear that day so as we were increasing<br />

in height you could see everything getting smaller.<br />

Once we were flying straight and level the pilot let<br />

me take over. It was easier than I thought it was<br />

going to be as you just had to be steady with your<br />

hands, but I wasn’t controlling the pedals, so I was<br />

presuming it was more complicated. I asked the<br />

pilot beforehand if we could do some acrobatics,<br />

so we did some loop the loops which was great. It<br />

was like being on a roller coaster, but with more<br />

control. We flew for about twenty minutes and<br />

then landed.<br />

The whole experience was really good as it’s not<br />

the sort of thing that everyone gets to do. I am<br />

grateful for the chance to do it and I would hope to<br />

do it again and to gain more experience with flying.<br />

Cadet Maisie James, aged 13<br />

1894 (<strong>Swaffham</strong>) Squadron ATC<br />

26<br />


Wissey U3A<br />

Several members attended a Wissey U3A<br />

workshop entitled ‘Learn Russian Words’ in the<br />

Green Britain Centre on 30th March.<br />

The Family History group’s first meeting was<br />

on 11th April and also took place in the Green<br />

Britain Centre. The aim of this group is for<br />

members to share experiences and resources,<br />

give advice to each other and generally support<br />

each other. The group is open to experienced<br />

researchers and people new to genealogy.<br />

Members of the Table Tennis group continue<br />

to meet weekly and will host a team from<br />

Dereham’s U3A for a friendly tournament in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Community Centre at the end of April.<br />

Now that the weather is turning a little warmer<br />

for us all, members of outdoor activities such<br />

as Bird Watching, Rambling and Walking will be<br />

enjoying their activities even more so and the<br />

Croquet group will make preparations to restart<br />

for the Summer season.<br />

The Short-mat Bowling group meets weekly but<br />

the Soft-ball Tennis will close in May until it restarts<br />

in September.<br />

If these subjects or activities interest you, or if<br />

you have a hobby or pastime which you would<br />

like to share with others why not make enquires<br />

about joining the Wissey U3A.<br />

The U3A is an international movement whose<br />

aims are the education of retired members of<br />

the community or those in their ‘Third Age’ of<br />

life. U3A membership is open to any individual<br />

who by definition is not in full-time gainful<br />

employment, so anyone working ‘part-time’ can<br />

also apply for membership.<br />

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

go to www.u3a.org.uk or visit the Wissey<br />

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

Annual membership of the Wissey U3A normally<br />

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

charge of £1 for admittance to each monthly<br />

meeting.<br />

87 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk. PE37 7AQ Tel:01760721022<br />

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Have a warm relaxing and restful<br />

sleep in one of our newly completely<br />

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

Come and go as you please.<br />

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INTERFIT Builders<br />

All forms of building<br />

work undertaken from<br />

domestic extensions to period<br />

refurbishments<br />

contact John<br />

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or<br />

mobile 07977 235929<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 />


We want to help<br />

stamp out period<br />

poverty. If you need<br />

sanitary products,<br />

come to the Iceni<br />

office to ask for a<br />

‘pink box’.<br />

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01328 700161<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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 />

TCT Plumbing and Electrical is a small local<br />

company based in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

From replacing a wall socket to fitting a whole<br />

new kitchen or bathroom<br />

Contact Tristan Tomlinson<br />

01760 709 299 07976 329 509<br />

www.tctpe.co.uk<br />

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

The Group's latest booklet“The Pedlar of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and other Myths and Legends”is now on sale in the<br />

Museum shop. This is the 24th publication from the<br />

Group since the first, on the George Hotel, in 2013.<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 />

Even ironing!<br />

Although much has been written about our famous<br />

Pedlar in the past, this is something a little different.<br />

Apart from a detailed study about John Chapman<br />

himself, reputed to have been the original Pedlar,<br />

ten other legends (from many parts of the world) all<br />

bearing some resemblance to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> legend<br />

have been researched. The book is well illustrated.<br />

NOTE: In April's edition of the <strong>Newsletter</strong>, the History<br />

Group's contribution appeared on the Museum<br />

Matters page, but without a heading. The Group is<br />

not part of the museum although we work in close<br />

co-operation with it and several of our members are<br />

also museum volunteers.<br />

You can contact the History Group at littlebethany2@<br />

yahoo.com or phone 01760 724470<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 />

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Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

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Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

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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 />

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 />

Was <strong>Swaffham</strong> a wool town?<br />

is a question asked by many visitors. The answer – yes<br />

and no. Even after farming methods and technology<br />

improved in the 19th century sheep were hugely<br />

important for the town - right from Norman times to<br />

the 20th century. At Domesday the sheep count was<br />

200, 60 more than our greatest market rival Dunham<br />

and 35 more than the Acres together. But the wealth of<br />

the town depended as much on the market which also<br />

depended on its trade privileges as part of the Honour<br />

of Richmond and on the pilgrim trade to Walsingham –<br />

so it was a mixed economy. At first the sheep were sold<br />

in pens on the market place but after the arrival of the<br />

railway in 1847 huge lamb sales of between 3,000 and<br />

10,000 sheep were sold in a meadow near Bear’s Lane.<br />

The downside was that this almost killed the market<br />

itself.<br />

Here are some other facts about sheep & <strong>Swaffham</strong>:<br />

• From the 15th century at latest the town had its<br />

own flock of about 400 sheep which grazed in the<br />

churchyard.<br />

• For 6d a week per head any owner could pay a<br />

neatherd to take their sheep to graze on the heath and<br />

to bring them back each evening. This until the mid<br />

19th century.<br />

• There was a “woole house” somewhere in the town<br />

where fleeces were stored<br />

Over the years many rules were made about sheep.<br />

Here are just two:<br />

1552. You weren’t allowed to let your sheep on the<br />

common land until after St.Luke’s Day<br />

1751 Or to wash sheep in the town pits (the only source<br />

of water for most townspeople)<br />

A different sort of accountant <br />

• Sole trader accounts <br />

• Company accounts <br />

• Management accounts <br />

• Buy to let returns <br />

• VAT returns <br />

• Tax returns <br />

• Payroll and wages <br />

• Business plans <br />

• CIS returns for building trade <br />

• Business consultancy and recovery <br />

Come and see us for a free chat and advice session -­‐ no obligation <br />

www.gybea.co.uk <br />

email info@gybea.co.uk <br />

7a Corn Exchange, Market Place <br />

Next to War Memorial <br />

01760 723830 <br />

A simple solution to wasting less through<br />

the sharing of good quality food.<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

Community Centre, The Campingland,<br />

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


Visit Bure Valley Railway<br />

Sunday May 27 (Bank Holiday) All welcome – coach<br />

from <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Further details – contact Stuart<br />

Clapton stuartclapton@aol.com or Tel. 01760 722903<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 />

April draw - £40 No.68 / £20 No.17 / £10 No.44<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 />

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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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 />

Please call 01760 720906,<br />

email enquiries@wnct.co.uk<br />

or visit www.wnct.co.uk<br />

for all your transport needs!<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 />

Registered Charity Number: 1069180<br />


Win Garden Waste Subscriptions<br />

Now is the ideal time to get out into the garden for a<br />

good clear and tidy ahead of the growing season.<br />

Taking advantage of Breckland's brown bin service<br />

makes disposing of your garden waste simple and<br />

straightforward and, if are a subscriber to the<br />

service on 30 June 2018, you could win a free annual<br />

subscription. Not yet subscribed? To be in with a<br />

chance of winning, simply sign up to the service<br />

online at www.breckland.gov.uk/gardenwaste, where<br />

you can find more details about the service. Residents<br />

who have already signed up online are also eligible<br />

to enter - if you win a free subscription we'll send a<br />

refund cheque.<br />

To be in with a chance of winning, entrants must also<br />

email communications@breckland.gov.uk and:<br />

• Entitle their email 'Garden Waste competition’<br />

• Provide their name, age and address<br />

• State how they first heard about the competition.<br />

This could have been through an article in a community<br />

newsletter or in Breckland’s Transforming Breckland<br />

magazine, in the local paper, or perhaps on Twitter or<br />

Facebook.<br />

The competition closes on June 30 2018, and the<br />

five winners will be notified in July. To be eligible<br />

to enter the prize draw, you must be aged 18yrs or<br />

over, live in Breckland, and have an active garden<br />

waste subscription on 30 June 2018. One entry per<br />

household. Full terms and conditions at<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk/Ts-and-Cs2<br />

The Royal British Legion<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch of the Royal British Legion<br />

recently enjoyed an Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Iceni<br />

in the Community Centre. This was the first time the<br />

members had held a social gathering for a while due to<br />

low numbers, however, with new people coming into<br />

the town we are thankfully seeing an increase. The<br />

food was first class all prepared by the lovely Zoltan.<br />

Everyone agreed it was a very enjoyable afternoon.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch have been donated a painting to<br />

help raise funds for the Poppy Appeal. The artist is<br />

an ex-serviceman called John Bailey. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

Lounge have very kindly agreed to display the painting<br />

which is also on their Facebook page. I am not going<br />

to attempt to describe it because I wouldn’t be able<br />

to do it justice. Please visit the Arts Lounge and see<br />

for yourself this poignant painting. It is for sale and all<br />

sensible offers will be considered.<br />

Cllr Anne Thorp, President RBL<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Association will be celebrating 50<br />

years of twinning with Couhé (France) and Hemmoor<br />

(Germany) in September this year. The celebrations<br />

will take place in Couhé over the weekend of 22/23<br />

September 2018 where a new charter, pledging to<br />

continue the links that have been built up over the<br />

50 years, will be signed by the Mayors and Chairs of<br />

the Twinning Associations of all three towns. Couhé<br />

Twinning Association has invited 30 participants from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, and the same from Hemmoor. It is planned<br />

that the majority of the group from <strong>Swaffham</strong> will fly<br />

to Poitiers by Ryanair on Friday 21 September, leaving<br />

Stansted airport at 14.05h and returning on Monday<br />

24 September at 17.00h; we will travel to Stansted<br />

in private cars. Four of those going will be driving to<br />

Couhé and making the visit part of a holiday in France.<br />

There are 26 going to Couhé from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning<br />

Association and so there are 4 places left for anyone<br />

else who would like to go. You do not have to be a<br />

member of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Association to take<br />

part and we are happy to have younger as well as<br />

older folk. Guests will stay in the homes of French<br />

twinners but if you can’t speak French, don’t worry -<br />

as long as we know, then you can be accommodated<br />

with English speaking French people. If you would<br />

like to come along, would you let me know as soon<br />

as possible please but in any event by 31 May at the<br />

latest. With only four places left it will be very much<br />

a case of first come, first served!! If you want to go by<br />

car I still need to know for accommodation purposes;<br />

if you want to fly with the rest of us then I can book<br />

your seats at whatever is the prevailing Ryanair price<br />

at the time, provided there are still some seats left<br />

on the plane. We are very well looked after by our<br />

hosts, be it in France or in Germany, and most of us<br />

have formed lasting friendships with our French and<br />

German friends. If there are any queries or doubts<br />

about your making up your mind, then please don’t<br />

hesitate to telephone me, Stan Sole, on 01760 724413.<br />

Chair: Cecilia Cogliatti, 24 Heathlands, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37<br />

7TG tel: {for members only as ex dir: 01760 725905}<br />

Treasurer: Bryan Farmer, 19 Mill Farm Nurseries,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7PH tel: 01760 723397<br />

Secretary: Stan Sole, 5 Sutton Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37<br />

7SN tel: 01760 724413<br />

Rainbow Community Choir<br />

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

This brilliant magazine comes to you once a month<br />

with many opportunities to make new friends who<br />

enjoy similar hobbies.<br />

Twinned with Couhé in France and Hemmoor in Germany<br />

We enjoy singing a selection of traditional songs<br />

from around the world, often sung in the original<br />

tongue. We keep these songs alive as they have<br />

been passed down over the years. Without<br />

groups like Rainbow, and others worldwide, many<br />

of these songs would have been lost.<br />

Our summer term comes with a concert at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Association Stanleys, will be Lynn celebrating Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> 50 on years Tuesday, 10 of twinning<br />

Sarah Simonds<br />

with<br />

and<br />

Couhé<br />

Artichoke to<br />

(France)<br />

support the valuable<br />

and<br />

work of this society. Last year in <strong>Swaffham</strong> nearly £5000<br />

July at 7.30pm and you are invited. Do come along<br />

Hemmoor (Germany) in September this year. The celebrations will was take raised for place the same in charity Couhé in memory over of Rafe the<br />

to hear the songs we sing, maybe chat to one of<br />

first grandchild of Les and Vanessa Scott, directors of<br />

weekend of 22/23 September 2018 us, and where decide whether a new you charter, want to join. pledging Tickets<br />

Strattons to continue Hotel. the links that have<br />

are just £5.<br />

been built up over the 50 years, will be signed by the Mayors and Chairs On average, of every the week, Twinning<br />

two families in the UK will<br />

We are small but perfectly formed and, not to learn that their child has neuroblastoma.<br />

Associations of all three towns. sound Couhé too desperate, Twinning we do need Association new members to has invited NUK’s mission 30 is to participants find a cure for neuroblastoma from<br />

keep going. There are no auditions. You just have<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, and the same from Hemmoor.<br />

to enjoy making a great noise with others and it is<br />

terrific what can be achieved. It makes you laugh,<br />

smile, sometimes despair or just be proud of your<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> in the old Strattons Hotel CoCoes Café<br />

It is planned that the majority of the voice. group Come and from see. <strong>Swaffham</strong> will fly to Poitiers by Ryanair on Friday<br />

building on March 10th 2004. He was diagnosed<br />

21 September, leaving Stansted We airport meet term at time 1405 at 7.30 h and pm at returning <strong>Swaffham</strong> on with Monday stage 4 Neuroblastoma 24 September when he was not at much<br />

Community Centre and we’d love you to join us. more than a year old. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive<br />

1700 h; we will travel to Stansted<br />

If you’re<br />

in private<br />

interested<br />

cars.<br />

you should<br />

Four<br />

have a<br />

of<br />

look<br />

those<br />

at our<br />

going childhood will disease be in driving which cancer to cells Couhé form in nerve<br />

and making the visit part of a holiday website in France.<br />

www.rainbowcommunitychoir.org.uk<br />

where we have recordings of some of our music<br />

or visit our Facebook page, you can also contact:<br />

Fashion Show raises over £1000<br />

for Neuroblastoma UK<br />

On Wednesday 28th March 2018, a champagne<br />

reception and fashion show at the George Hotel in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> raised over £1000 for Neuroblastoma UK. It’s<br />

the third event Strattons Hotel has collaborated in with<br />

through funding leading research projects to deliver<br />

new, effective and kinder treatments for these children.<br />

Vanessa said, “Our first grandson Rafe, was born in<br />

tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord.<br />

Rafe died before he was three years old. He would have<br />

recently celebrated his fourteenth birthday had he<br />

survived”.<br />

There are 26 going to Couhé from Norman <strong>Swaffham</strong> : 01760 724510 Twinning Association<br />

The<br />

and<br />

Neuroblastoma<br />

so there<br />

Society<br />

are<br />

funds crucial<br />

4 places<br />

research which<br />

left<br />

for anyone else who would like to go. You do not have to be a member is carried out of by <strong>Swaffham</strong> scientific experts in Twinning<br />

cancer centres and<br />

universities all around the UK and it produces results –<br />

Association to take part and we are happy to have younger as well new as treatments older that folk. save children’s Guests lives and will are kinder stay<br />

their young bodies than chemotherapy and other<br />

in the homes of French twinners but if you can't speak French, don't worry - as long as we know,<br />

existing therapies. The society relies entirely on the<br />

then you can be accommodated with English speaking French people. generosity If of voluntary you would donors – individuals, like to companies come<br />

and trusts – to continually fund new research projects<br />

along, would you let me know as soon as possible please but in any to produce event new by and 31 better May treatments at to the save more<br />

children’s lives.<br />

latest. With only four places left it will be very much a case of first come, first served!! If you<br />

Neuroblastoma UK is run only by trustees and<br />

want to go by car I still need to know for accommodation purposes; volunteers, if you with want no paid to staff fly or offices, with meaning the rest that<br />

95% of everything donated goes directly into funding<br />

of us then I can book your seats at whatever is the prevailing Ryanair price at the time, provided<br />

there are still some seats left on the plane.<br />

the best UK-led research.<br />

Sarah Simonds and Artichoke have supported and fund<br />

raised for many charities over the years. Sarah’s shops<br />

can be found in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Ely and provide a great<br />

We are very well looked after by our hosts, be it in France or in Germany,<br />

local shopping<br />

and<br />

experience.<br />

most of us have<br />

formed lasting friendships with our French and German friends. If there are any queries or<br />

35<br />

Vanessa Scott, Director at Strattons Hotel

Beachamwell Local History Group<br />

From Beachamwell to Bharatpur<br />

Beachamwell Hall was the home of Constance<br />

Villiers Stuart for most of her long life. She arrived<br />

there in 1884 as an eight-year old girl, and died there<br />

in 1966 aged 89. However for three years before the<br />

First World War she lived in India when her army<br />

officer husband was stationed there. In India she<br />

became intrigued by the paradise gardens of the<br />

local palaces and pavilions, built in a style hitherto<br />

ignored by Europe. The result was her book Gardens<br />

of the Great Mughals published in 1913, the first on<br />

the subject and which attracted wide interest and<br />

admiration in Britain.<br />

At the next meeting of the Beachamwell Local History<br />

Group on 10th May Mary Ann Prior will be giving an<br />

illustrated talk on Constance Villiers Stuart, focusing<br />

in particular on life her India and interest in garden<br />

style and design. The evening promises to present an<br />

entertaining portrait of a fascinating woman.<br />

‘Constance Villiers Stuart in India: From Beachamwell<br />

to Bharatpur’<br />

Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm, Beachamwell Village<br />

Hall, The Green, Beachamwell, PE37 8BB. Tickets<br />

£3 (members free) from Ceres Bookshop or on the<br />

door. Information Tel: 01366 327023 or visit www.<br />

beachamwell.org.uk<br />

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

Hospice Support<br />

We are fast moving to what the Fundraising Committee<br />

of the charity term as a major event in the calendar<br />

for this year. The event is being staged at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rugby Club between 12 noon and 5.30pm on the 17th<br />

June this year. We are calling it “Relay Together”, as<br />

it does involve a sponsored walk for teams who will<br />

be raising monies for the hospice. Whilst we have lots<br />

of teams already registered to take part, there is still<br />

time and room for others to join us. There is no limit to<br />

the size of teams, all that is needed is that each team<br />

has one member walking at all times between 1.30pm<br />

and 4.30pm (it does not have to be the same person)<br />

and that the team members obtain sponsorship from<br />

friends, neighbours and work colleagues etc. The<br />

walking will be done around the perimeter of one of<br />

the Rugby Pitches at the club on North Pickenham<br />

Road – one lap being approximately 360 yards.<br />

We plan to have a lot of other activities on the day<br />

– stalls from organisations of the Town, tombola,<br />

refreshments, bar, BBQ’s, music, bouncy castle, slide,<br />

face painting etc. In addition the Rugby Club will be<br />

staging a balloon release. So do come along and enjoy<br />

the event knowing whatever is raised is going to a<br />

wonderful cause run by a body of dedicated people.<br />

We have organised a Summer Draw with a wonderful<br />

array of prizes- the first is £150.00 cash. Tickets will be<br />

on sale from the hospice’s gazebo, which will be on<br />

Clenshaw Minns forecourt (30 Market Place) on the<br />

12th May when the charity will be staging their annual<br />

street collection. Tesco have also agreed that we can<br />

sell tickets instore on the 25th and 26th May. The<br />

draw will take place on the 17th June at 4.30pm at the<br />

Rugby Club where tickets on the day will be available<br />

to purchase.<br />

So – please mark the date on your calendars, organise<br />

a team or why not have a stall (free of charge) to<br />

promote your organisation. Join us for a special<br />

community day in support of the hospice and your<br />

loved ones. If you are not partaking as part of a team,<br />

then please feel free to bring the family along for the<br />

afternoon – we would appreciate your presence.<br />

For further information to anything connected to this<br />

event then please contact Adrian Adcock on <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

01760 724304 or alternatively, Kate & John Davies on<br />

01760 622254 or the Home Hospice Office on 01760<br />

722937.<br />

I know I made mention in last month’s newsletter<br />

regarding the requirement of further volunteers for<br />

our Fundraising Committee. The committee are an<br />

intricate part of the overall structure of the charity’s<br />

survival. They meet as required during the course of<br />

the year to discuss ways and means of raising much<br />

needed funds. Additional ideas are always welcomed<br />

and I can assure you will encounter a happy ensemble<br />

of people who will put you at ease. For further<br />

information, please contact Adrian or our main office.<br />

David Gulliver<br />

In Touch With Your Town<br />

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

together by the Town Clerk<br />

Richard Bishop or occasionally<br />

by the Deputy Town Clerk 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<br />

share information with the Town.<br />


“Grenadier Guards coming to <strong>Swaffham</strong>”<br />

Thursday 21st June 2018, please remember the<br />

date for this exciting spectacle coming to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Centre. The Town Council in proud association<br />

with the Royal British Legion are organising this<br />

event for the Town. The ‘Beating of the Retreat’ will<br />

take place at 6pm in the Market Place, this will be<br />

followed by a Concert at the Church of St Peter and<br />

St Paul at 7.30pm, with tickets on sale at £10 each,<br />

all proceeds to the Poppy Appeal. Tickets will be on<br />

sale from various places including the Town Hall. The<br />

event earlier in the day on 21st June in the Market<br />

Place will result in a road closure from 2pm – 8pm,<br />

similarly the Central Car Park will be closed off for a<br />

similar period.<br />

Sheep Fair Saturday 26th May<br />

The idea of a sheep fair was first suggested by the<br />

Market Committee to celebrate <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s long<br />

association with the sheep trade. We hope this<br />

will become a yearly event to be enjoyed by all the<br />

family. There will be native breed sheep for you to<br />

come along and see, these will be bid for in a mock<br />

auction, with the winning bid money benefitting<br />

charities chosen by the Mayor and organisers of<br />

the event. Three of the charities identified so far<br />

are Myers Field Trust, Nelsons Journey and the Rare<br />

Breed Survival Trust. The fair will run alongside the<br />

Saturday market and we will have some extra stalls<br />

as well. It will be a busy day so extra parking will be<br />

available on the Antinghams and there will be a park<br />

and ride scheme with buses running to and from the<br />

poultry auction at the raceway. On offer in the local<br />

shops and on stalls there will be native breed meats,<br />

mutton and lamb in particular. The event has its own<br />

facebook page and a programme of what’s on will<br />

be published beforehand so you can keep up to date<br />

with timings, special menus and produce available<br />

from local businesses.<br />

ShopAppy launches in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The Breckland launch of ShopAppy took place in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> on Friday 13th April. <strong>Swaffham</strong> is the<br />

Flagship Town for Norfolk, as over 40 independent<br />

local businesses are now signed up to this scheme.<br />

The other four Breckland Towns are also part of the<br />

scheme i.e. Attleborough, Dereham, Thetford and<br />

Watton. Find out more on www.ShopAppy.com or<br />

download a ShopAppy App for your mobile phone.<br />

This brings a greater digital presence for our<br />

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Independent Traders and more of a level playing field<br />

with our National multiples, as click and collect will<br />

add a new dimension to the town. It is not the answer<br />

to all our problems in the Town, but it is a good thing<br />

and even if it is not your cup of tea, it is something<br />

that is really positive for those Independent Traders<br />

who are now signed up.<br />

If we are ever going to attract new independent<br />

traders to invest and trade in this town, we have to<br />

patronise, and regularly support the traders that we<br />

already have. A greater on-line presence will mean<br />

that at least they have a fighting chance to compete.<br />

SOCIAL MEDIA in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The Town Council have a presence on Social Media<br />

through Twitter and Facebook for a few years now<br />

and will probably venture out into other platforms in<br />

years to come. On Facebook we have a profile for @<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk Richard Bishop, we have a <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Market page @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Market a Town Council<br />

page @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Council and a Neighbourhood<br />

Plan page @<strong>Swaffham</strong>NPlan so we try our best to<br />

get information out there. It does seem that some<br />

people have a problem though, as ‘like and Council’<br />

are not two words that often go together, so the<br />

Facebook page that does best is our Market page<br />

with over 800 likes.<br />

With Twitter we have four twitter feeds, for @<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk Richard Bishop, @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Market<br />

for the Market, @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Council for the Town<br />

Council and <strong>Swaffham</strong>NPlan Neighbourhood Plan<br />

completing the set. The two leading the way are @<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Clerk with just over 2,000 followers and<br />

the Market with just under 2,000 followers.<br />

Social Media is not for everyone, but it is increasingly<br />

‘the place’ where people find out information about<br />

what is going on in the world, in the country, in<br />

the county, in Breckland, in the Town and on their<br />

street. If you have an internet connection and pay for<br />

broadband, then it costs you nothing more to join,<br />

and you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want<br />

to. You can find out a lot in just 10 to 15 minutes each day.<br />

If you search on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag<br />

# at the start of the word you are searching, then<br />

you will get the latest posts on your screen instantly.<br />

#<strong>Swaffham</strong> is the start of every search for us, to keep<br />

track of what is going on. There is a lot of rubbish out<br />

there, but a lot of useful information too!<br />

Dates for Car Boot sales on the Market Place:<br />

20th May<br />

17th June<br />

15th July<br />

16th September<br />

We are planning to continue to improve our play<br />

areas, open spaces and run events for all to enjoy. To<br />

raise funds for this purpose we will continue to have<br />

the popular car boot sales on the Market Place. The<br />

sales run from 7.30am – 2pm, pitch costs are - car<br />

£5 and van £7.


The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development of<br />

our Town. It is about the use and development of<br />

land over the next 20 years. The plan will set out a<br />

vision and aspirations for the future development of<br />

the Town and will be an important document that<br />

will help influence the way our town changes in the<br />

future, including any new housing developments.<br />

This is the fourth in a series of Articles designed to give<br />

you the latest information on how we are progressing<br />

with the development of our Neighbourhood Plan<br />

By the time you read this we will have held our two<br />

consultation events in April. Thanks to all of you who<br />

attended and participated with your ideas, Likes and<br />

Dislikes. Lots of interesting conversations took place<br />

but please do not think this is the end of it as we<br />

press on seeking to include as much as possible from<br />

your feedback.<br />

We have also had a preliminary discussion with the<br />

“Planners” at Breckland because as you remember<br />

our plan has to be consistent with the “Breckland<br />

local plan” which is in its final stages.<br />

Once we have worked up the draft Neighbourhood<br />

Plan, it will be shared with the community for further<br />

amendments before it is submitted to Breckland<br />

Council and independently examined. Eventually<br />

you will have a chance to vote on whether you agree<br />

with the Plan at a referendum.<br />

As a reminder the Emerging policy ideas fall under<br />

the following broad headings:<br />

• Housing and the Build Environment •Environment<br />

and Landscape •Community and Services •Business<br />

and Employment •Transport and Access<br />

We are still consulting with Organisations,<br />

Charities, Clubs, local business etc to gather<br />

evidence to develop the policies that go into the<br />

Neighbourhood Plan. This work is well underway<br />

but if you would like to ensure that your input is<br />

heard we still have the chance to come and meet<br />

you.<br />

I hope some of you had the chance to attend the<br />

event known as the “Town Assembly” on Wed 25th<br />

April in the Assembly Rooms. This was yet another<br />

opportunity to learn about how we are developing<br />

our Plan.<br />

The Steering group meets monthly and our next<br />

will be 29th May 18 If you have any special worries<br />

or concerns please let me know in advance.<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 9th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 14th – Open Spaces meeting<br />

6.30 – 9.00pm<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 29th – N Plan -Steering Group<br />

12noon<br />

Planning committee<br />

1.30pm<br />

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 />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

Dear All, It’s hard to believe I’ve<br />

only one more month to finish<br />

my time as Mayor, how time flies.<br />

It really has been a continuous<br />

learning curve, one which I’ve<br />

enjoyed immensely. One of my<br />

civic visits was to Marham to<br />

attend commemorations to mark the 100 year<br />

anniversary of the end of the 1st World War.<br />

It’s a very friendly and interesting experience<br />

always at Marham , we are assigned to Air Force<br />

personnel who couldn’t be nicer. I expect their<br />

duties have been increased during this last week<br />

and I wish them all the best.<br />

Breckland Cabinet took a turn to hold their<br />

meeting in <strong>Swaffham</strong> , it was really good to see<br />

them, not just to ask questions but this kind of<br />

thing makes Breckland so much more real and<br />

accessible to all of us.<br />

There was a good turn out at the allotment<br />

forum, I don’t think I’ve seen so many people<br />

at a meeting, shame we don’t get that number<br />

at council meetings! Anyway it’s great to see<br />

the enthusiasm amongst the allotment holders,<br />

might try a little planting out myself when I’ve<br />

got all this time on my hands.<br />

I went to an interesting meeting in Narborough<br />

about the ongoing A47 and their funding of this<br />

which seems astronomical. I did ask whether any<br />

other roads could be considered while this work<br />

is going on, I was particularly interested in the<br />

improvement of the 1065. Apparently, all roads<br />

are taken on merit so it’s just a case of keeping<br />

in touch with our County Councillor Ed Colman<br />

to take this on board. I must say thank you to<br />

Ed, he is extremely approachable and helpful.<br />

ShopAppy is now with us, sponsored by Breckland<br />

Council at a sum of £35,000 to be shared<br />

amongst the five market towns. On Friday there<br />

was a good turnout of shops and market traders<br />

who have signed up, our ShopAppy Champion<br />

Ian Sandle has worked hard to get people to<br />

sign up, let’s hope it succeeds to put <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

more on the map.<br />

We had a very good turnout for the<br />

Neighbourhood Plan consultation, thanks to all<br />

who came along with their ideas and to stick the<br />

dots on.<br />

I’m hearing the rumble of lawn mowers which<br />

must denote Summer is almost here, after the<br />

deluging rain I must say the weeds are easier<br />

to pull. Hope I’ll leave you to the nicer weather.<br />

Best wishes Jill<br />

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The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 121<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 025<br />

Cllr Steven Allen<br />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

07825 801 605<br />

01760 720 608<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 721 022<br />

01760 720 114<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 722 524<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 788 519<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722 604<br />

01760 722 611<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

01760 622725<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and<br />

Cllr Ian Sherwood 01760 725 550<br />

twitter@ CllrIanSherwood (your.cllr@breckland.gov.uk)<br />

Your County Councillor is Cllr Ed Colman<br />

01362 697 397 / email ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Officers<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Twitter - @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk<br />

Claire Smith - Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator<br />

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

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

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall Opening Times<br />

Monday 9.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday : 9:30am-1pm<br />



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