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7 School Speak

9 Church News


12 Lions/ Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club

14 Air Cadets

15 WI

18 Age Concern

20 Sally Palmer

25 Swaffham Rotary Club

26 Swaffham Community LOFs

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38 Town Council

Anglia In Bloom

The annual judging day is almost upon us, best biband-tucker

on July 6th Swaffham! The town will be

all red, white and blue still after Beat The Retreat

and the town centre looks the best for years with

nearly every shop occupied. Swaffham’s Community

Garden will be in its very early stages but at least we

will have the plans to impress our esteemed judges.

Swaffham Community Garden

Goes Live

We’re excited to announce we now have an official

launch date for the commencement of work to the

community garden!

For those who have already expressed interest

please feel free to join us on either the 6th, 7th or

8th July from 11am - 3pm. We will be marking out

and digging the footings, so please wear appropriate

footwear and make sure you keep hydrated.

Anyone is welcome to take part, whatever age or

level of gardening experience. There will be plenty of

guidance for novices and this could be the perfecrt

opportunity to discover the joys of gardening!

We’re lucky enough to have already been offered

several donations from both local and national

organisations including seeds, plants and flints to fill

the gabion planters.

Our hope is that the creation of this garden will be

the town’s opportunity to contribute to and help

create a living, bio-diversity, child friendly, attractive

space for residents and visitors alike. With the Anglia

in Bloom judging taking place on the same day as we

start work on the garden, it will be a great way to

show the judge’s the high level of community spirit

in our town. Hopefully by this time next year, they

will have a vibrant and blooming community garden

to visit!

If you have any questions or would like to find out

more about how to get involved then please contact

Jonathan Reed on 01760 722800 or email


Upcoming Events

Grimes Graves - Flint Festival

Join us for the weekend of 28/29th July at our fabulous Flint Festival. If you are a

member or not, and you have a group of 10 or more, contact us at Grimes Graves

on 01842 810656 to discuss how we could tailor a tour specially for you.

‘Where There’s A Will’ TOSH Community Drama Group

A black comedy by Norman Robbins. Presented by TOSH Community Drama

Group. 26th, 27th and 28th July at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, Campingland,

Swaffham. Tickets £7/£6 concessions from Bridget at 01760724680 or The Old Art

Room, Swaffham.

Great Massingham Film Night

The Post (12A) Oscar winners Steve Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks team

up for the firs time in this thrilling film based on a true story. Katherine Graham

(Streep) publisher of The Washington Post and the editor (Hanks) join forces to

expose a decades-long cover-up.

This will be shown on Thursday July 19th. Venue: Gt Massingham Village Hall.

Time: 7 o’clock for 7.30. Price: £4.00 including refreshments after the show.

For further details contact:

FOSM Events 2018

Events are organised by the committee of the Friends of Swaffham Museum. These

help to raise funds towards the upkeep and ongoing expense of running a local

museum. Open to non-members too. • BBQ - Community Centre Sunday Aug 19 -

from 12.30 • Outing to Sheringham 40’s Weekend - Sunday Sept 16 • October Quiz

& Chips - date tbc • Mulled Wine Party Suffield Court Sunday Dec 2. For further

details contact Secretary on 01760 720756

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)

Tuesday 31st July 2018, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent School,

Swaffham. Access and parking from Sporle Road. Please come along to this

illustrated talk by Dave Horsley, entitled: A Sheepish Spanish Story - Travels in Spain

Dr David Horsley is former Head of Biology at Gresham’s School in Holt. Dave is now

a keen wildlife photographer and has travelled extensively, including giving talks on

cruise ships as well as on terra firma. Dave has given a talk to NarVOS before and

we expect this Spanish theme to be just as captivating and enjoyable.

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

For more information about this meeting or NarVOS call Ian Black on 01760 724092.

Swaffham Church Flower Festival

24th – 27th August. Over the August Bank Holiday St Peter and St Paul Church will

hold its biennial flower festival. This year the theme is “Music in Bloom”. West End

Musicals, Orchestral Concerts, Opera, Folk – whatever your tastes you will find

them depicted and interpreted in imaginative floral displays and tableaux. Don’t

miss this exceptional event. Put it in your diary now. More details of the weekend’s

events in the next newsletter.

Swaffham Conservatives

Next meeting at 10am for 10.30am in Salisbury Room. Wednesday 18th July. A mix

of political update (national & local) with the Joys of Beekeeping. £3.

North Pickenham Duck Race

28th July, Noon - 6pm. Meadow Farm, Meadow Lane, North Pickenham. Duck

Races from 12.30. Bouncy Castle & Tractor Rides, Mini Golf, Egg Rolling, Horseshoes,

Buzzer Bars, Bar, Tea & Coffee, Dits Fish n Chips & 6oz Burgers. Fun Day For All The Family.

Westacre Theatre 01760 755800

On Stage with the Westacre Theatre Company: THE 39 STEPS. Humorous version

of thriller made famous by Hitchcock’s 1935 film. Wed 4, Thu 5, Fri 6, Sat 7, Wed 11,

Thu 12, Fri 13, and Sat 14 July at 7:30pm £16

Friday Film: LADY BIRD (2018) [15]. £20 to cover cocktail, supper and film! Fri 20

Jul with Supper at 7pm and Film at 8pm

RSC Live Screening: ROMEO AND JULIET Wed 18 Jul at 7pm £15. Optional Food in

the Foyer from 6pm requires booking.

King’s Lynn Festival: THE AUREA QUARTET in concert Sun 22 Jul at 3pm £19 with

light tea from the Festival 01553 764864

On Stage: ONCE UPON A LABRADOR Fri 27 Jul at 7:30pm £12. Optional Food in the

Foyer from 6pm requires booking.

FREE Art Exhibition in the Foyer Gallery until 5 Aug: SUE SHIELDS and JANET BATES

explore nature, social history and local traditions around the Nar.

Here’s a date for your diary - ooo aaarh!

Pot of Gold (Swaffham’s very own Shanty Crew)

will be singing for Sophie at 7.30pm on 27 July at Stanleys, Lynn Street, Swaffham,

PE37 7AU. The Crew has been singing at events for the past year and have built an

impressive catalogue of songs from the sea. Tickets £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for

children. Music, raffles, a bar, and all in a good cause. Sophie ~ from Swaffham ~

has a rare genetic illness, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and the Crew would like your

support to raise money for her potential treatment in the States. All monies raised

will be passed to Swaffham Lions who are co-ordinating our collection for Sophie.

For more information about Pot of Gold contact Steve 07714 091512 stevecprice@

Regular Meetings & Events


1st Swaffham Scouts 7-9 at Cockley Cley, Iceni Village, Scout Hut.

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


Art Class at The Old Art Room 93 Market Place. Techniques,

Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art Studio. 10am until 12.15 £10

Tel.01760 337181

Central Norfolk Dog Training Club Upstairs in Church Rooms,

Campingland. 4 classes available, from puppies to intermediate.Tel: Chris 07745 892417

Citizens Advice Swaffham Community Centre, 10am until 12:30pm

Kickboxing Club Juniors 5+ 5pm – 6pm, Inters 6-7pm, Adults 7pm –

8.30pm Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196

The Phoenix Singers rehearse each week in the Methodist Church Hall

at 7:30pm. New members welcome. Contact Marion 01760 724 473

Playdayz – Parent/toddler group Sacred Heart School 9.30-

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

Contact: Tor Howman 07854 736 920

Rotary Club of Swaffham Meets at The George Hotel - 1st Monday of

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

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

197994/07425 607667

Swaffham 1894 Squadron Air Training Corps 7.00 - 9.30pm.

TA Centre, Sporle Road, Swaffham. Ages 13 to 18 years. Tel: 01760724617

Swaffham History Group 2nd Monday, 2 – 4pm, Swaffham Museum.

New members always welcome – no charge. Tel 01760 724470

Swaffham Lions Meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at Swaffham

Assembly Rooms,7:30pm. All welcome. Contact Peter Young 01760 724120

Swaffham Players every Monday and Wednesday, 7:30pm Baptist

Church, Swaffham. If you are interested in joining a fabulous team please

contact John or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email

Junior Snooker & Billiards 4-7pm @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy,

West Acre 01760 755337 for details and to book, 9 -16 years

TOSH community drama group meets 7.30pm Monday & Wednesday

at the Church Rooms, Campingland All ages welcome. More details Fiona


Youthie 5:30 – 7pm, Swaffham Community Centre. For ages 8 to 11.

Free entry. Contact 07772 852284 / 01760 722800


1st Swaffham Beavers 1st Swaffham Beavers 5 - 6.15 at Cockley

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

welcome. Contact Paul 07711761364

1st Swaffham Cubs 1st Swaffham Cubs 6.30-8pm at Cockley Cley,

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

or Girls. Contact Hayley 07516095019.

Swaffham Army Cadets TA Centre, Sporle Rd 7.30-9.30pm. Ages 12 – 18. 07899 189 973 The

Art Studio Modern Art Evening Classes By Peter Henry PGCE, BA.

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

abilitiesEmail: 720540

Swaffham Bridge Club The Church Rooms,Church of Our Lady of Pity

31, Station Street. Swaffham PE37 7HP 6.30pm for 6.45pm. Sue 01328 701545

Swaffham Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 2pm for £2.

Tea & biscuits inc. Call Alan on 01760 723 910

Child Health Clinic at Swaffham Children Centre. 01760 721101 1st Tuesday

monthly 1.15 - 2.45pm run by local Health Visiting Team

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Coffee Morning, third Tuesday

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

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

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

Looking at and discussing a small bible passage. Oasis Centre 01760 723 175

Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art

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

Jump, Jive & Swing Swaffham Community Centre, 7.45pm. Classes

8pm until 9.45pm with social dancing until 10.30pm.

Mamma Munay (Mother Love) - antenatal classes on alternate Tuesday

afternoons at The Green Parrot. …all welcome at all stages of your pregnancy.

Booking essential on 01760 724704 or Anne 07469243052

Pickenhams’ WI 2nd Tuesday 2pm St Andrew’s Church (not August)

PROBUS Club of Swaffham Meet second Tues of the month for lunch at the

George Hotel, 12.30 for 1pm. Rod Goddard 01760 722 834

Rainbow Community Choir 7.30-9.30pm. Swaffham Community

Centre. Interested in joining us? 01760 336 313

Royal British Legion, Swaffham & District Branch 8pm, 3rd

Tuesday Swaffham Conservative Club. Tel: David Thorogood 01760622751

The Royal British Legion (Women’s Section) We meet the 2nd

Tuesday of the month at Valentine Barker Court, Swaffham, from 2-30pm

– 4-30pm. All welcome, you do not have to be ex- service personal or

have connection with the Armed Forces. Please Contact Frances on 01760

724445 or Iris on 01760 721430,

The Royal Elizabethan Lodge Meets alternate Tuesdays, 8pm in the

Conservative Club. Tel: W Rogers 01760 720632 or S Trattle 01760 721760

Swaffham Rugby Football Club Tuesday Seniors Training 7:30 - 9

Seniors Keep Fit 3pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit

Stitch, Mardle and Mend A group of keen crafters covering Patchwork,

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

Slimming World Conservative Club, 10am. Swaffham Asssembly

Rooms 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Edyta 07428 516814

SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Partnership)

Meetings held 3rd Tuesday every other month, starting Tuesday 17th July. Town Hall, 7pm.

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

information please ring Celia on 01362 687316

Swaffham St John Ambulance Cadets 7.15pm until 8.45pm,10 to

17 year olds. Natalie Rudd on 07771620634/

Taekwondo 6:30 - 7:30pm Swaffham Community Centre 01760336044

Tai Chi beginners welcome East Dereham at 10am 01760723102

Swaffham Wellbeing Group Are you feeling low, or recovering from ill

health? Just want to meet other people? Make new friends at Community Centre,

every Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00. Contact Family Action. Tel: 01760 725801

Swaffham Market (Morning) WI Second Tuesday of every Month, 10.30am

Assembly Rooms. Ladies over 18 welcome. Meg Dorling: 01760 722139

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club West Acre Village Hall, 2 - 4pm. £2 per

session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome. Tel: Belinda

01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235 Email:

Women’s Section Royal British Legion At Valentine Barker Court,

2nd Tues at 2.30pm. Tel: Frances 01760 724445 or Iris 01760 721430

Weight Watchers 5:30-6.30pm Swaffham Community Centre.

Nikki 07970316054

Yoga Gt Dunham Village Hall, 10 -11:30am, £6.50 Tel: 01603 478456

Yoga Necton Community Centre £7 2-3:30 Tuesdays Jayne 07544974342

Yoga 10.30-12.00 Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. £7 per class. Contact

Jayne on: 07544974342 or email:

Zumba With Becks Swaffham Assembly Rooms 7-8pm £5


1st Swaffham Rainbows Term time only, 17:00-18:00 Swaffham

Infant School. Girls aged 5 to 7 yrs. Tracey Clements 07770236689

2nd Swaffham Brownies Term time only, 18:00-19:30. Meeting at

Swaffham First School. Girls aged 7 to 10 yrs invited to join. Contact Clare

Smith 07917468057 or Chrissie Brown 07970104771.

Swaffham 1894 Squadron Air Training Corps 7:00-9:30pm.

TA Centre, Sporle Road, Swaffham. Ages 12 (yr8) to 18 years. Tel: 01760724617

Alzheimer`s Society Dementia Café first Wednesday every month

from 10am-12noon. Swaffham Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Swaffham.

Support, information and social activity.Refreshments provided. 01603 763556

Arts Lounge beginners/refreshers art classes Wednesday,

Thursday & Friday 10-1pm or 1.30-4.30pm, £25 per session Call 01760 723624

Bingo First Wednesday of every month, Holme Hale Pavilion. Eyes

down 7:30pm. Cash prizes. Tel: June Hewing 01760 441327

Bingo Swaffham Conservative Club 7:00 – 9:00pm (eyes down for

7:30). Non-members 30p entry.

Swaffham Camera Club 1st and 3rd Weds of every month, 7 for 7:30pm

at Lydney House, Norwich Road. All abilities welcome! Steve Ward 01366 328567

Creative Textile Certificate 10 Week Course at The Old Art Room, 93

Market Place Swaffham. Tel Jane 01760 337181

Dementia Café Free cafe offering support, information for those living with

dementia and their families/carers. Free refreshments. Assembly Rooms. 01603 763 556

Swaffham Evening WI Church Rooms, Campingland. 1st Wed 7.30pm

Telephone Fiona Walker on 01760 722879.

Healing Rooms The Oasis Centre, Cley Road 11am - 12noon. Book a

session to experience the healing power of Jesus. Tel: 01760 723175

Henchmans Henchmans Junior Magic the Gathering, trading card game,

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

welcome. £2 per person, first session free. 13 Station Street, Swaffham PE37 7LL.

Henchman’s Magic the Gathering Standard Showdown 7pm.

The Swaffham and District Branch of the Labour Party

meets in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm, first Weds of the month.

Stitch, Mardle and Mend A group of keen crafters covering

Patchwork, Knitting, Crochet etc. From 10am at Market Cross Inn,


Oasis Wednesday Worship: 10am - 11am. Worship and prayer

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops

Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 15 Market Place Swaffham are on Wednesday,

Thursday and Friday. Two sessions each day, 0930-1230 or 1pm-4pm, £30

per session includes all equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760

723624 to book.

Baby Signing Classes -Sing and Sign

Swaffham Community Centre (Dickens Room). Help your baby to

communicate before speech with our award winning music classes. 10am

Stage 2 14mths - 2yrs. 11am Stage 1 6mths - 14mths. Term time only.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Andrea 07905 061336 or


Swaffham Players every Monday and Wednesday, 7:30pm

Baptist Church, Swaffham. If you are interested in joining a

fabulous team please contact John or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email

Swaffham Veterans Snooker Group (60+) 10am-1pm at West

Acre Village Hall, PE32 1TQ. £3 per player. Call Phillip on 01760 755337

St. John Ambulance - Swaffham (Adults) Every Wednesday

7.30pm - 9.30pm First Aid training 18 years upwards. 07900927233

Swaffham & Watton Club for the Visually Impaired

Swaffham Community Centre 4th Wed (except August) 1.30-3.30pm £3.

01603 629558

Tai Chi beginners class 10am Swaffham Community Centre


TOSH community drama group meets 7.30pm Monday &

Wednesday at the Church Rooms, Campingland All ages welcome.

More details Fiona 07768211087

Whist Drive Bradenham Village Hall, 7:30pm. All welcome. 01760 440038.£3

Youth Café 7:30 – 8:30pm, Swaffham Community Centre. For ages 13 – 18.


Acrylic/Oil painting workshops

Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 15 Market Place Swaffham are on Wednesday,

Thursday and Friday. Two sessions each day, 0930-1230 or 1pm-4pm, £30

per session includes all equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760

723624 to book.

Beachamwell WI 1st Thursday 7.30pm. New members or visitors

always welcome. Contact Maggie 01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328589

Swaffham Bridge Club See Tues for details. 6.30pm for 6.45pm

start except for the first Thursday in the month 2pm to 6pm

Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped

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


Happidojo Marham Judo Club Sandringham Centre, Marham,

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

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

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

Henchmans Board games. £2.50 per person. 7-11pm. Henchmans, 13

Station Street, Swaffham. 01760 788427. New players always welcome

(over 18)

Holme Hale Carpet Bowls Every Thursday 7-9pm, Holme Hale

Community Hall. No experience or equipment needed. £2

Iceni Stitchers Ladies group meeting on 3rd Thursday of the month

at Swaffham Community Centre, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Kate Davies 01760


Kickboxing Club Juniors 5+ 5pm – 6pm, Inters 6-7pm, Adults 7pm

– 8.30pm Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196

Kirtan for Health

Relax and enjoy the meditative benefits whilst singing/chanting

beautiful songs and ancient mantras. Sessions every other Thursday.

£6 including refreshments. For details contact Chris on 07957 405823


Free Lipreading Classes for people with an acquired hearing

loss. Thursday’s at 10 am to noon in the Catholic Church Rooms, 31

Station Road, Swaffham. Contact Hayley at lipreadingwithhayley@

RAF Marham Food and Craft Market 1st Thursday 12am to

5 pm. Sandringham Centre Upper Marham PE33 9NP (Behind Spar)

07766 078123



Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the Mothers’ Union – the largest organisation within

the Church of England – usually meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 14th June in the Church Rooms, The

Campinglands, beginning at 10.00am. when the speaker will be Mr Keith

Balich on the topic of ‘Town Pastors’. Enquiries to Anne 336328

Swaffham Lioness Club First Thurs of every month, 7.30pm in

Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church rooms, Station St., Swaffham. Enjoy

friendship whilst serving the community. All ladies welcome. Tel:

01760 723377

Pilates 3 – 4pm, Swaffham Community Centre. Call Di Graham –

01328 851970 – before your first session.

Swaffham Rugby Football Club Seniors 17+ training 7:30-9,

social after Salsa 7-9pm Swaffham Assembly Rooms. 07912366661

Swaffham Sparklers Swaffham branch of the Red Hat Society

meets 2nd Thurs of the month, 7 pm, The George Hotel,: Jill Neale

01760 723466

U3A The Wissey U3A 1st Thursday of the month at Holme Hale

Pavilion, 09.45 - 12 noon. Annual Memb. £10. Contact 01760 721247 for

more details

Weight Watchers 10-11am Swaffham Community Centre.

Cheryl 07941 319 742

Youthie Plus 5:30 – 7pm, Swaffham Community Centre.

For years 6, 7 & 8 Free entry. Contact 07772 852284

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club West Acre Village Hall, 2 - 4pm.

£2 per session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome.

Tel: Belinda 01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235



2nd Swaffham Guides Term time only, 18:30-20:30. Church

Rooms, Campingland. Girls aged 10-16yrs invited to join. Contact


Acoholics Anonymous Every Friday at 1pm in Parish Rooms at St

Dominic’s RC Church,Howdale Rd, Downham Market

Adult Ballet For Beginners 6:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit

Age Concern-Swaffham Support Services at Community Centre

Volunteer recruitment 10.30am - 12.00 noon 1st Friday of the month

Adult Tap 7:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops

Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 15 Market Place Swaffham are on

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Two sessions each day, 0930-1230

or 1pm-4pm, £30 per session includes all equipment, materials and

refreshments. Call 01760 723624 to book.

Art, Printing and Paper Craft Session at The Old Art Room

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration and printing presses in a modern

equipped Art &Textile Studio. 10am until 12.30 £10 Tel.01760 337181

Bingo at Narborough Community Centre Doors 6.30pm,

eyes-down 7.45pm Contact Mrs Hennessy 01760 337540

Swaffham Bellringers Practice St. Peter & St. Paul Church, 7:30pm

on the Friday preceding the 2nd Sunday of the month. Beginners welcome. Tel:

01760 724944/

Swaffham Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 6.30 for

£3. Tea & biscuits inc. Call Alan on 01760 723 910

Coffee Morning At Ashill Community Centre

2nd Friday every month, 10am until noon. 01760 441 651

Country Music Last Friday of each month at the communal lounge

at Valentine Barker Court, 7.30 to 22.30. Families and friends, free raffle &

donations for Wish Upon a Star children’s cancer charity. 0370 192 4797

Games Evening & Social 2nd Friday/month Swaffham Baptists

Church Hall - 7:30. All welcome

Swaffham’s Green Gym Friday 8.30am Recreation Ground, Haspalls Rd

Henchmans Early Friday Night Magic at Henchmans, 13 Station

Street, Swaffham. 2pm to 6pm. Friday Night Magic at Henchmans

Iceni Lunch Club Swaffham Community Centre, £6.00 for two

courses and tea/coffee every Friday 12.30pm. 01760 722 800

Indoor Market Swaffham Assembly Rooms 9am-2pm, free entry.

Refreshments, various stalls… bookings contact Haydn 07957 862 239

Judo Sacred Heart School 6-7:30pm £2.50 5 years+ Tel. 07920440235

Oasis Messy Church 6pm every 3rd Friday Fun event for all ages.


Rise and shine Baby & Toddler Group: 10am - 12noon. Large play

area. £1.50 per adult/chld. 50p any extra persons. Incl drink & a biscuit

Senior Snooker (60 years +) @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy, West

Acre £4 per session Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760 755337

Sporle Art Group meets every Friday at 1pm-3pm. in the community hall. No

tuition given, bring your own materials. Free intro then £2 per week. 01760 724615

Swaffham Senior Section Term time only. 19:30- 21:00. For young women

aged 14 to 25yrs. Contact Tracey Clements 07770236689 or Chrissie Brown 07970105771

Tai Chi for Health 10am. Swaffham Community Centre. Tel: 01760

723102 or

Yoga 10.30 - 12 Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. £7 per class. Contact Jayne

on: 07544974342 or email: to book a place.


Art Class for over 12s ...and accompanied Children who want to use

the sewing machine. The Old Art Room 93 Market Place. 2nd Saturday of

the month.10 until 1pm £10 Tel.01760 337181

Swaffham Bingo Club Community Centre last Sat in month, 7pm for

7:30pm start. £2.50 annual membership, 50p for visitors. Paul Darby 07880 568628


A hive of activity for young families, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

On the 3rd Saturday of each month, in the parish church. Each session has a

themed ‘Sharing Circle’; illustrated and acted stories from the Bible; children’s

discussions; songs; prayers; and birthday celebrations. All are welcome.

Children’s Art Club 1st Saturday of the Month. 10am until 12.15

£10 All Equipment, Snack and Drink provided Tel. 01760 337181

Henchmans (1st & 3rd of month): Warhammer 40k & Age of

Sigmar. All day Games Workshop; collect, model and paint + tabletop

battles. All ages welcome. Customers are welcome to bring their

existing models to paint and battle with but we also now stock Games

Workshop paints and models. £3 for the entire day or part thereof,

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

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

trading card games. All ages welcome.

Pentney Country Music Club

weekly 01760 337 392

Pilates Class 9-10.15am All Saints Centre, Church Lane, Boughton.

Beginners welcome. £8 per session. 07515834729

Pokemon; Yu-Gi-Oh! Magic: The Gathering for beginners alternate

Sat. Children welcome. 10.30am – 2pm

Swaffham Market Traditional market, now 800 years old! Every

Saturday 6am until 3pm. Swaffham Market Place. Details 01760 722 922

Swaffham Rugby Football Club

West Norfolk Crafters & Needleworkers Stitchers, crafters and

knitters who meet at Leziate Village Hall on the 2nd Sat. 01553 765870


Henchmans Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game from 12 noon until 4pm.

£2.50 per person. Regular friendly tournaments. Konami registered store.

Henchman’s, 13 Station Street, Swaffham PE37 7LL.

Kuk Sool Won Narborough Com. Centre 5.30 - 6.30pm. 07541261713

Pentney Indoor Bowls Club bowls coaching for beginners and

improvers Sundays 10am - 12noon. G Freezer 01760 722262

Star Wars @ Henchmans 12-4pm

Swaffham Rugby Football Club Minis 10:30-12. Games see Saturday

Snooker @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy West Acre

3 hours play £9. Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760-755337

Spiritual Awareness Group Most Sundays 5:15pm to 6:30pm for

Healing and 6:30pm to 8:30pm Service at Swaffham Community Centre

Friends of Swaffham Infants

As a PTA group we raise funds or try to acquire

equipment needed. We are very pleased to have

been donated a wonderful Bell Tent for the Forest

School area. This was from Soul Pad of Thetford

who have superb tents and equipment and we

are very grateful for this wonderful donation.

Our next and main fund raiser of the year is our

‘Fun in the Sun’ Summer Fete, Saturday 14th July,

11 am – 3.00 pm. Swaffham Infant and Nursery

School, White Cross Road.

We have many stalls, Birds of Prey, Electric Saw

wood carver, Bouncy Castle, Bouncy Slide, Fire

Engine, Vintage Cars, BBQ, Mr Nicks whippy ice

cream, face painting, displays including Rainbow

Community Choir, Dizzy Dance, Taekwondo and

Swaffham Infant Dance Group; much more with

grand draw great prizes with family tickets to

Holkham, Sandringham, Oxburgh Halls, meals

out, days out etc. We are grateful to our sponsors;

Hamlyn financial, Saxon Agriculture, for this

event. We hope to see you there!!

Our next item is to have volunteers repaint the

playground games over the summer holidays. If

anyone is able to help with this in any way please

contact Sue on:

Fancy working at the library? At a care home? At

Green Britain Centre? Somewhere else in Swaffham?

Becoming a pledger? Newsletter 3, offering more

volunteer opportunities in town, is now available

from the Community Centre, museum or Town Hall.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy or email me. That

way as soon as something comes up you will be the

first to know! If you want to have more information

about what the Volunteer Hub is, please email me

for a leaflet.

Sacred Heart Convent

Bad Habits at Sacred Heart School in Swaffham

Sisters Francis, Renata and Michaela were invited to

the Sanford St Martin Awards at Lambeth Palace. We

did not win our category but were delighted to be

nominated. We were up against the series Broken

which featured Sean Bean as a Catholic Parish Priest.

We were given a mention from the podium from a

BBC Radio 4 presenter for the positive impact that

our documentary has had on people. Lambeth Palace

was a majestic venue for the Awards which are given

annually for the best broadcast programmes about

religion, ethics and spirituality. We felt honoured to

be in such a wonderful setting with our friends from

Crackitt who shot the documentary. Bishop Jane and

Gabby joined us for a photograph.

Mid Norfolk Athletics Championships

Sacred Heart Senior School competed in the Mid

Norfolk Athletics Championships at the UEA in

Norwich. We took 40 children from the senior school

to UEA to compete in the Mid Norfolk Athletics

Championships. It was a great day with all the children

playing a part in representing the school in both track

and field events. We had a number of outstanding

performances with Demi coming first in all her track

and field events and Bonnie, Harry, Alex and Nancy

all getting top 3 places. All those that took part were

a great credit to the school and their commitment

and desire to do well was much admired. All the

children had been practicing very hard over the last

few weeks especially in mastering the techniques in

events such as shot, discuss and javelin.

Mr J Hodge (Sports Teacher)



The Nicholas Hamond Academy

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion

Demonstrating tremendous skill, passion and

determination, 12 year old Joseph Gray a student

at TNHA, won gold in a recent competition Spain

also winning a Championship Belt. Joe is trained in

the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has reached expert

level with dedicated training sessions 4 to 5 times

a week when he also coaches younger students.

Currently holding the English, British and European

Champion he is hungry for further success and

will compete in California at the Children’s World

Championships in February 2019.

Hospice Cake Sale Becoming Part Of The Blue Crew

Blue was the colour of the day when TNHA students

and staff joined The Blue Crew raising funds for the

Norfolk Hospice. A blue themed non-uniform day

was held together with a Student Bake Sale and

Staff Coffee Morning. All funds raised will go to the

Norfolk Hospice who provide care for people in

our local community with life shortening illnesses.


Pupil Podcast

Summer examinations are almost over and whilst

many might be winding down and thinking of

their summer holidays, the Year 12 Film Studies

group are busy working on their blog: TNHA Film

Academy. Collaboratively creating and collating

podcasts, music, animations and essays will enable

the group to study and revise over the summer

break, and then into the new Autumn term in

September. This is proving to be a fun way to learn

and stay in touch!

Students Running For Fun

Full of energy and eager to take part, 250 students

from seven primary schools in the Swaffham

cluster arrived at TNHA for a fun run. Student

Sports Ambassadors from the academy helped run

the event in which participants received a sticker

for every corner of the field they reached during

a timed run. There were some very happy faces

as many of them left the field covered in stickers!

Well done to everyone who took part.

Students Celebrate Success At West Norfolk

Athletics Championships

TNHA celebrated a very successful outcome at The

West Norfolk Athletics Championships with the

Year 7 & 8 teams achieving the best overall results.

Both teams finished fourth out of nine in the area,

missing out on third by a couple of points, with

one of our athletes breaking the Academy 1500m

record. Seven students were selected for the West

Norfolk team and will be aiming for further success

in the Norfolk School Games.

Jill Hambright

PA to Principal/Admin. Manager/

Clerk to Governors

The Nicholas Hamond Academy

01760 726152


St Peter & St Paul’s Swaffham

The July services in Swaffham parish church will be

as follows: -

Sunday 1st July Patronal Festival (St Peter & St Paul)

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

6.00pm Choral Evensong

Wednesday 4th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 8th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 11th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 15th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 18th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 22nd

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

11.15am Family Service

Wednesday 25th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 29th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist (a united service with

the Sporle congregation)

BUZZBOX (activity for young families) will be on

Saturday 22nd July in the parish church from 10.00

am to 12.00 noon. The Family Service will be the

following day, Sunday 22nd July. All are welcome.

Advance Notice

The Parish Church Flower Festival

The Parish church Flower Festival (we only have one

every other year) makes a major contribution to

paying the expensive church overheads. The 2018

Festival will be held over the August Bank Holiday

weekend, and the theme will be “Music in Bloom”.

However, the flowers always cost a great deal of

money and we rely on generous sponsorship in

order to buy the flowers etc before the event. If you

can help us by offering to sponsor one or other of

the arrangements we will be most grateful, and the

names of sponsors are normally published in the

Festival programme, unless the sponsor wishes to

remain anonymous of course. If you are able to help

in this please contact Jean or Ralph Clarke 01760

722941. Thank you.

Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the Mothers’ Union will be

meeting on Thursday 12th July in the Church Rooms,

The Campinglands, beginning at 10.00am. when the

speaker will be Revd Sally Wallace-Jones, her topic

being ‘My Faith Journey’. Enquiries to Anne 336328


Swaffham Methodist Church


Sun July 1st

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments.

Swaffham Parish Rooms, Campingland.

Fri July 6th

Power of Prayer 9.30am. 'Hafod', Shoemakers Lane.

Sun July 8th

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments.

Swaffham Parish Rooms, Campingland.

Fri July 13th

Power of Prayer 9.30am 'Hafod', Shoemakers Lane,


Sun July 15th

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments.

Swaffham Parish Rooms, Campingland.

Fri July 20th

Power of Prayer 9.30am 'Hafod', Shoemakers Lane,


Sun July 22nd

Morning Worship 10.45am followed by refreshments.

Swaffham Parish Rooms, Campingland.

Fri July 27th

Power of Prayer 9.30am 'Hafod', Shoemakers Lane,


Sun July 29th

Morning Worship 10.45am followed by refreshments.

Swaffham Parish Rooms, Campingland.

Sun July 29th

Farewell Service for Rev Eleanor Reddington. Gt

Cressingham Methodist Church.

Calling all

budding artists

Gallery Iceni

needs you!

At the Iceni Partnership, we are always looking

for new art groups, or individuals who would

like to showcase their work in our

gallery in the community centre.

If you or someone you know would be

interested, then please call us on

01760 722 800 or pop into the office and speak

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena

Interim customer support service

A new interim service as been

made available in three of

Breckland’s market towns to

provide support to residents when

a new national benefits system

is rolled out in the district. The

interim service will also help people develop their

digital skills, which will help them make use of online

options when contacting their district council in the

future. Breckland Council launched the new interim

service during the week commencing June 4, it will

be available two half-days a week within Norfolk

County Council-led libraries in Attleborough, Watton

and Swaffham:

• Attleborough: Monday pm (2pm to 5pm) and

Thursday am (10am to 2pm)

• Swaffham: Tuesday am (10am to 1pm) and Friday

pm (1pm to 5pm)

• Watton: Monday am (10am to 1pm) and Wednesday

pm (1pm to 5pm)

People making use of the new service will be able

to seek advice from Breckland Council’s customer

services staff as well as making use of the free

access to computers which will be needed to submit

Universal Credit applications. Universal Credit

replaces a number of other existing benefits, such as

Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, and Working Tax

Credit. Last year, Breckland decided to reorganise its

customer services in light of a rise in online contacts,

falling face-to-face enquiries at its small satellite

offices in Attleborough, Watton and Swaffham, and

in anticipation of the roll out of Universal Credit.

However, since this decision was made last year, the

roll-out of Universal Credit has been delayed by DWP

until mid-June for Dereham and its surrounding areas

and mid-September for Thetford and the surrounding

areas. The new interim service, which is expected

to be operated for 12 months from June, will mean

support remains available in each of Breckland’s

towns to help people transition to the new Universal

Credit system and improve their digital skills.

Cllr Alison Webb, Breckland’s Executive Member

for People and Information, said: “Libraries are an

excellent environment for local people to develop

and use the digital skills, particularly if they may

need to apply for Universal Credit in the future, as

there is free public access to PCs a well as printing

and scanning equipment and digital skills training

available. It also means our residents will also be

able to make even greater use of the increasingly

broad options that Breckland Council is making

available online, including online application forms,

e-payments, and forms to report local issues. This

will stand them in good stead for the future, after

the interim service comes to an end.”


Greetings from the allotments. There was a little

mishap with our May and June newsletters.

Unfortunately because we had to write in advance to

meet the deadline they got mixed up during editing

and you read June’s in May and vice versa. Not to worry,

I hope you all didn’t think I was being too previous or

optimistic? As the weather was lovely most of the

text applied. Most of the planting was about 4 to 6

weeks behind, we did not put our potatoes in until the

end of April but with the subsequent good weather

the crops flourished and I swear our peas grew at

least 6” overnight. Not everything was successful; I

mentioned that I had planted Everlasting Sweet Peas

in the hopes of getting a fence full of blooms. I was

doomed to disappointment, 1 plant came up!!

We held our AGM on the 30th May we had a good

turnout of members. It was quite a long agenda but

the meeting proceeded smoothly. On a positive note,

since the Forum meeting we have now reached an

understanding with the Open Spaces Committee

and Richard Bishop that more information that

could relate to the allotments will be shared. And

discussed. Unfortunately our long serving President

(and one of the original founders of SCALGA) Brian

Baxter has stepped down. In gratitude for his long

and tireless service the meeting agreed unanimously

to elect Brian to the position of Lifetime, Honorary

Vice President. Brian’s’ place as President was taken

over by Roger Trowell. It was decided to do the

judging of the best kept allotment on THURSDAY

the 12th July 2018. The winners will be announced

at the Afternoon tea 3pm in the Assembly Rooms on

9th September. We have had a sudden rush for the

starter plots, the entire Tumbler Hill site has gone

but there are a few remaining on Shouldham Lane.

It is not too late to get some produce in. Carrots,

lettuce, Shallots, (they say) should be planted on the

shortest day and harvested on the longest the list is

longer than you will have room for and you will want

another plot.

We often get a “glut” of soft fruits that is too much to

enjoy them to the full fresh, simmer the mixed fruits/

or fruit in a large pan with some sugar and a small

amount of water until the mixture is soft. You can

now eat it in four different ways.

1. As a simple fruit stew 2. As a puree (sieved to

remove the seeds) 3. As a Fool, just mix in double

cream or natural yoghourt and leave to chill in the

fridge. 4. In homemade ice cream.

We have our “fingers crossed for a really lovely

summer so that we can all enjoy our gardens and the

Children can run free during their holidays. Raspberry

picking is a favourite and digging potatoes. As our

broad beans went in so late we hope to be able

to eat them at the same time as the carrots, peas,

beetroot and runners. We can only hope. Enjoy your

gardening. If you are interested in taking a plot or a

starter plot, please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards

on 07919 888870 or 07919 888872.


Swaffham & District Lions

Following a very successful St

Georges Quiz, Swaffham Lions

donated £1000 to the Merle Boddy

Centre, which has just upgraded

their toilets and day room. The

centre is a vital part of looking after people, some of

whom have dementia.

Georgie Bell, the manager posted the following

on social media: ‘Our wonderful Lions came to the

Centre this morning with a gift of a £1000, I am never

usually lost for words but these fantastic people

ddthe impossible, we at The Merle Boddy are so

grateful for your generosity, and the thoughtfulness

towards us, we are so lucky to have such great

support from the community. Many, many thanks

Georgie xxxxxxx’

Lion President, Pam Tallon, took time out to visit

Sophie in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and

presented her with a cuddly Lion, (to be called

Punk). Sophie has been very ill over the past few

weeks, hopefully she is on the mend but there is

still an infection that won’t go away. She still has

that wonderful smile despite everything. A great

example to us all.

The Lions have continued to support Sophie and her

family since raising funds at a variety concert they

held last year, with help with transport and raffles.

Ashill Holme Hale Gardening Club

Due to unforeseen circumstances Tony Goode had

to cancel his talk on alpines. However, he kindly

found us an excellent replacement in Rosie Wood

who, with the aid of some splendid photographs,

took us through ‘A Year in the Life of a Market

Garden’. The market garden business near

Norwich airport has been in her husband’s family

since before the second World War and used to

employ 16. Nowadays, as they move gradually

towards retirement, they manage 35 acres with

just two full-time staff and occasional part-time

help. They continue to plant and harvest mainly

by hand and while they cannot compete with

the ‘big boys’ for supermarket business, they

continue to sell their produce through Farmer’s

Markets and other regular customers.

Because seed has become so expensive they

now sow in modules under cover starting in

the second week of January. In this way losses

due to weather, weeds or the dreaded pigeons

are greatly reduced. They do have a machine

which can sow one uniform round seed in each

module but where the seeds are not round, such

as lettuce, these still have to be sown by hand.

Photographs showing row upon row of sprouting

vegetables brought home the enormity of the

task in planting these out. But as they grow the

fields look stunning with the various shades of

green and differing textures, such as the feathery

tops of fennel and the sweetcorn acting as a wind

break either side of the runner beans.

When it comes to harvesting, some vegetables

are more labour intensive than others. Whilst

carrot, parsnips, swede and turnips can be left

in the ground to a certain extent, courgettes

must be cut every day. Of course, as every arable

farmer and gardener knows there is a lot that

can go wrong with crops and Rosie showed us

pictures of the devastation caused by flooding,

pigeons and, in particular, heavy hailstorms,

which can flatten and destroy a crop in a very

short time.

On a lighter note, the advantage of having a

runway next to your land is that several times a

year Rosie has her own private display from the

Red Arrows and she had the photographs to prove

it. An entertaining talk and we look forward to

hearing from Rosie again as she is booked to give

another talk next year.

July 26th Peter Skeggs-Gooch (Peter Beales

Roses) ‘The Road to Gold’


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St Mary’s Church Houghton-on-the-Hill

Annual Thanksgiving Service

In 1992 Bob Davey took on the

extraordinary challenge of bringing

about the restoration of a small

ancient church at the remote

Houghton-on-the-Hill near North

Pickenham – a church which was

built at the latest by 1290 and abandoned, with its

village, in the early 20th century. It was during the

restoration that the wall-paintings were found.

Experts consider them to be amongst the oldest, most

extensive and remarkable schemes of early paintings

to have survived in this country and beyond.

Every year the church holds a Summer Thanksgiving

Service to commemorate the survival and restoration

of the church. Do come and join us at the church at

3pm on Sunday 8 July and afterwards for a cup of tea

and refreshments.

All donations from the service help towards the

maintenance of the church and eventual further

research into the wall paintings and the history of

the site. If you can’t make it to the service – St.Mary’s

is open every day between 2 and 4pm from April to

October and in the Winter at weeekends from 2pm

to 4pm. It’s a perfect place for a walk or a picnic. And

there is not only a feeling of stillness and contentment

around the church, but also a sense of reaching back

over the centuries to the people who made this tiny

place their home. SATNAV location: PE37 8DP

Swaffham Library News

Extended Opening Hours

Along with other libraries across Norfolk, Swaffham

Library will be offering longer opening hours with

an extended Open Libraries service from the end of

June. This widens access to library materials, public

computers and quiet, creative spaces to meet or

study even while the building is unstaffed, making

your library available at times that are convenient

for you.With an Open Libraries registration you will

be able to visit and use the library:

Monday to Friday 8am-7pm

Saturday 8am-4pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

These times contain both staffed and unstaffed

hours, and you will need to register for our Open

Libraries service to access the library during

unstaffed times.

Pop in to the library to find out more and to register

for Open Libraries!

Swaffham Library, The Pightle, Swaffham PE37 7DF.

Tel: 01760 721513

Swaffham RAF Air Cadets

1894 Swaffham Squadron had a busy weekend of

activities. On the 19th May we had 5 cadets assisting

the Ceres Masonic Lodge with their ladies night,

Corporal Emily Cox attended a planning session

for her qualifying bronze Duke of Edinburgh award

expedition, and Sergeant Alex Skinner was selected

to play rugby for the corps. On the 20th May we

had 6 cadets take part in the Norfolk & Suffolk Wing

athletics competition. At the competition Corporal

Alex Grapes received a silver medal for the Youth

Boys 100m, Sergeant Jack Pateman received a

bronze medal for the Junior Men 200m, and Corporal

Maisie James received a bronze medal for the Junior

Girls Shot Put. Following this eventful weekend,

8 cadets received awards for recent activities they

participated on and off the squadron.

• Flight Sergeant Polly Batty requalified for her

Heartstart Certificate. This is a minimum level of First

Aid training all cadets must complete every 3 years.

• Sergeant Alex Skinner was represented with his Corps

Blue for Rugby. This badge is presented to any cadet

that represents the RAF Air Cadets in their chosen

sport. He took part in the Rugby Match between the

RAF Air Cadets and Bromsgrove Rugby Club.

• Sergeant Jack Pateman received his Master Cadet

Badge. This badge is awarded to cadets who have

completed their academic training.

• Corporal Alex Grapes received his certificate for

successful completion of the Wings Junior NCO

Course. This is a mandatory course for all Corporals

and for those cadets who wish to be promoted.

It gives them the basic knowledge on taking and

instructing drill, leadership and the roll of a NCO.

• Sergeant Jack Pateman, Corporal Alex Grapes,

Corporal Kieran Coe, Corporal Maisie James, Cadet

Jack Turner, and Cadet Leanna Dorling all received

their Blue Pre Duke of Edinburgh Badge. This is a new

badge introduced last year as part of a new badge

syllabus. The badge is for all cadets interested in

starting their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Left to Right: Cadet Jack Turner, Corporal Maisie

James, Sergeant Alex Skinner, Sergeant Jack Pateman,

Corporal Alex Grapes, Corporal Kieran Coe, Cadet

Leanna Dorling, Flight Sergeant Polly Batty.

Sporle Afternoon WI

Our May meeting was quite a busy

time – first our “surprise” speaker

declared the meeting in session, in

some style! Swaffham’s Town Cryer dressed in his

traditional attire told us of his “job” as Town Cryer.

This is a labour of love as there is no salary, it is a

volunteers post. His love of this job paved the way

for him towards his other job and then he took

off his regalia and revealed his Toastmasters ‘dress’.

He told how his wife had steered him towards

this activity and then some of the amusing and

dangerous things that can sometimes be required

of the toastmaster especially at weddings, “elastic

petticoats” need I say more!! After tea and cake – one

of which was dedicated to the bridal couple (Harry

& Megan), we discussed the WI’s resolution Mental

Health. In the main, while opinions were that

mental health is a rising problem in todays society

the WI’s weight would not have any meaningful

influence and so our members abstained from the

vote. Other WI business was then discussed and in

accordance with WI suggestions we decided to hold

a Charity fund raising Coffee Morning for Breast

Cancer Care and to amalgamate it with Norfolk

Day – FRIDAY JULY 27th. So Sporle WI invite you

to come to Sporle Community Centre and support

this most worthy cause. The hall will be open from

10am – 12noon when tea, coffee and cake, most

especially cake, will be served for a donation to the

charity. The summer outing was decided and a visit

to the National Memorial Arboretum at Stoke-on-

Trent was agreed upon. A long day in prospect but

an over whelming desire by the members to go

there. More details next month.

Sporle WI every 3rd Tuesday on the month – all

welcome 2pm – 4pm

Beachamwell & District WI

June is always the month when WI

members enjoyed a celebration meal

out. This time, we went to Strattons;

the food was delicious and the company convivial.

Ann entertained us with some selected poems and a

good time was had by all.

In July, Beachamwell WI goes to Bollywood. We will

dress up in saris, learn some dance moves and eat

Indian food. Visitors who are happy to join in the

fun are very welcome to come along. The more

the merrier! In August, we have a traditional knife

sharpening demonstration. No one can say that our

programme is not varied!

Maggie Mackenzie 01366 327023

Pickenhams’ WI

Carolyn welcomed our speaker

Janet Martin a self-taught Cutter

and Decorator of Glass who

demonstrated her skills and members made lovely

glass coasters. This was followed by the business

side of the Competition Winners. A glass vase or

object. 1st Margaret Brown, 2nd Sylvia Sexton.

Members enjoyed a delicious tea at Broom

Hall to celebrate 100 years of the Suffragettes

achievements. The 3 Sue’s spoke briefly about the

suffragettes struggle and what we owe them.

Future events -:

Battle Area Visit, 4th July. The coach will be

leaving at 4.20pm Sharp. Only pick-up is at North

Pickenham Bus Stop. There will be a collection for

Various Charities on the coach on the way in lieu of

a charge by the military at West Tofts.

Norfolk Day for a lunchtime celebration at the Blue

Lion on the 27th July with homemade refreshments

by the W.I.

Mystery tour on the 10th August. We still have

empty seats. Cost £28.50, this includes morning

coffee/tea, afternoon tea/coffee plus travel and

a surprise. Please contact Carolyn Vincent 01760

755089 to secure your seat.

Summer Picnic and Guided Tour of Houghton-onthe-Hill

Church, 2.30pm, 14th August.

10th July Meeting - member led. Speaker Paul

Stevenson- “the Landmark Trust”. Holidays in

unusual buildings and places. Competition - A

Funny holiday Photo.

New Members welcome contact Melonie Cousins

01760440456 for details



Swaffham Neighbourhood Plan

The Swaffham Neighbourhood

Plan is a document written by

the community to guide future

development of the parish over

the next 20 years.

From 18 July,

for 6 weeks, you can

read and comment

on the draft

Neighbourhood Plan.

Copies can be found


• Town Council

• Library

• Community Centre

• Swaffham Museum




Swaffham Neighbourhood Plan


Drop in to comment on

your draft Neighbourhood Plan for Swaffham

or read in community locations

or online,

10am-7pm, Wednesday, 18 July

at the Assembly Rooms

You can also read

and comment on

the Neighbourhood

Plan online:

Version 1: Pre-submission DRAFT

July 2018

After this consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan will be

revised and submitted to Breckland Council for examination

and referendum. If voted for by residents, it will become

part of the statutory development plan for the area.

17 18

Age Concern Swaffham & District

Special Note - We are planning a big fund raising weekend given by international Russian pianist and organist,

Olga Stone in the Parish Church on Saturday evening, 29th September. Also on the following afternoon, Sunday,

September 30th, Olga’s husband Ian will be giving one of his amusing illustrated talks in the Assembly Rooms

entitled “ From Lord Nelson to me – encounters with polar bears and how to survive them”. Please put these

dates in your diaries – more details later.

As always, we would be pleased to welcome new members to join Age Concern so they can benefit from the

various events being organised. Our Membership Secretary Vicky is the contact, see details below, or just turn up

at one of our entertainment afternoons, on the last Tuesday in each month, 2 pm in the Assembly Rooms and

join there.

We also organise trips out by coach, three or four per year, John Clarke (see below) is the contact. Upcoming

events are:

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

August 28th – Summer Party – (in house)

September 4th – (note date) Beating the Retreat and Concert at Thursford (trip out)

September 29th – (note date) Concert in the Parish Church – as above

September 30th – (note date) Talk in the Assembly Rooms, as above

For Swaffham Support Services we have Brad Stein as our Project Manager and Befriending Coordinator and also

Maxine Haydon as our Hospital Buddy Coordinator. Just appointed is our new Administrator,

Lorraine Deane. Please see our advert below.

Our office in the Community Centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to

4 pm from where an Information Pack for both Buddying and Befriending can be obtained.

Please contact Lorraine in the office, phone (07393 981 295).

Please also contact John Clarke, Outings Organiser regarding trips out. Chair, Diane

Sanderson, 725715; deputy Chair, Barbara Clarke, 720140, Treasurer, James Dean, 720756;

Trips Organiser, John Clarke, 720140; Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031.

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Iceni Partnership bids a fond farewell

to Youth leader Sally Palmer

Some people just fulfil their job title and

others are synonymous with it; for many

people growing up in Swaffham over the past

20 years, Sally Palmer is Youthie. It is with

great regret, therefore, that Iceni Partnership says

goodbye to Sally at the end of June as she embarks

on expanding her role in the family financial business

with her husband Andy.

Sally was a youth member at the old Youth and

Community Centre in Swaffham and volunteered

at the Youth Club. Working as a Nursing Auxiliary

as a plaster technician in Dereham, Swaffham and

King’s Lynn and as an employed youth worker, Sally

found herself juggling shifts. Finally as a Ward Clerk

at Dereham hospital, Sally knew enjoying working

with younger people was a stronger calling. Ten or so

years later working for Norfolk County Council as a

Youth Worker, Sally saw the knocking down of the old

community centre and the erection of the new when

she was eventually employed by Iceni Partnership

when county funding ended in 2011.

Sally also leaves a lot of herself behind with the

legacy of three strong youth evenings and a wealth

of knowledge in the form of well trained volunteers

and peer mentors.

Feeling it was time for a change, Sally is expanding

her once part time role at Andy R. Palmer Wealth

Management Ltd specialising in Compliance with

all the new challenges that will entail. We all wish

her well with her future plans and look forward to

bumping into her in Swaffham, greeting her as one of

the Iceni Partnership extended family.

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Iceni Youth Clubs


Year 4 to 7 Thursdays 5:30pm – 7:00pm .

Youth Voice:

Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm 2nd and 4th

Wednesdays of each month

Youthie Plus:

Years 6, 7 and 8 Thursdays - 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Youthie Hub:

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

Staff are happy to give information, guidance

and advice. Call Sally for further details on:

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Icenima - You decide

For those of you who don’t already know, we

show a film in the Community Centre on the third

Wednesday of each month at 2pm. We try to select

a varied choice of films to cater for all tastes, but

realise we might not always get it right. Therefore,

we want to ask for your suggestions, would you like

more comedy, drama or documentaries?

You can send in suggestions to swaffhamnewsletter@ or contact us on Facebook, just search for

‘Iceni Partnership’. We may even set up an online

poll so you can vote for your favourite from the ideas

sent in. It would be great to widen our audience, so

please get in touch.

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St.Mary’s Church, Houghton-on-the-Hill

From Sunday March 25th the church will be

open again every day between 2 and 4pm.

Come and enjoy the Spring flowers in the

garden. Take a rest as you walk Peddars Way.

Be captivated by the ancient wallpaintings

which tell the story of our journey through life.

No charge, but donations are welcome.

Group and individual visits available with prior booking

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Swaffham Rotary Club

President’s Corner

By the time this article is published

the presidency of the Swaffham Rotary

Club will have passed from Bill Muir to

me and I am honoured to lead the Club into its 50th

Anniversary year. Bill has presided over an excellent

year for the Club despite it being over-shadowed by

the tragic death of his wife June a month after he

took over. Despite this dreadful event Bill led us in

an exemplary way and I am sure the Family of Rotary

helped him to cope with his loss.

This coming year we are preparing for the 50th

Anniversary of the formation of the Swaffham Rotary

Club in 1969. The year begins on 1st January 2019

to 31st December 2019, I will be President for the

first 6 months and Steve Ward will look after the

celebrations in the second period.

We are preparing for our 50th programme in January

next year with a photographic competition entitled

“Capture Swaffham “ - open to all the people of

Swaffham. Many years ago the Boot- Mender of

Swaffham, Leslie Kendle, had a hobby of collecting

old photographs of the Town and its people and

events. Donated to the Museum when he died, I

was able to help in publishing many of them in two

volumes “Kendle’s Old Swaffham “

will continue to serve the Town and its District as it

has in the past.

In Rotary Community Service is an essential part of

the commitment we give to others and in support

of that ideal our Rotary District presents awards to

individual Rotarians who have given outstanding

service to the local community. I am delighted that

one of our members, John Wallace was presented

with such an award some two weeks ago by Past

District Governor Nick Corke. John has played a very

active role in Community activities in the Town,

working tirelessly for Age Concern, the blind, Iceni

Partnership, transport for the elderly and infirm and

many more activities. He is truly an inspiration to us all.

Meet Henry

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With the help, support and co- operation of Sue

Gattuso of the Museum, they will display these

alongside the best and winners of a monthly

competition leading up to the Exhibition there next

year. Details of how to enter the Competitions will be

announced and publicised later this year. In addition

to this we are planning a Charities Exhibition &

Conference, a recipe book, a Town Trail, Anniversary

Celebration Dinner and planting 50 trees locally in

the year. All of which I will be giving more information

in future Newsletters and general publicity. The Club

My own Presidential Charity this year is The

Samaritans. As a club we are grateful for the support

of many local businesses who always rally to help

us with such ventures as our Annual Charity Golf

Dayin aid of SSAFA and Big C on 23rd July and our

Visual Arts Festival on 26, 27 and 28 October. Our

Patrons for the Festival are once again Abel Homes.

Tony and Maggie Abel appreciate art so they like to

commission a work of art on each of their housing

estates where they can. We are grateful to them for

their continuing backing and support we like to give

to local artists with our successful Art Exhibition,

now in its 24th year.

So a busy year ahead it will be. We in Rotary like to

have fun whilst supporting those in need and we

are always looking for new members. We have just

inducted three new members -and the more we

have the better we can serve Swaffham and District -

hence our motto “Service above Self “

Malcolm Whittley



Swaffham Community Hospital LOFs

After some negotiations with the Hospital Trust, we

are pleased to confirm that we have approval to

proceed with a major revamp of the gardens at the

rear of the Hospital. The existing gardens are in need

of some TLC but also have become a bit “tired”. The

opportunity has arisen for us to be more ambitious

and go for a major revamp. We wish to reflect a

“Market Town “ theme including some market type

stalls. We will build a new garden gazebo with open

sides with new seating for patient and relatives to

use. The garden will include a variety of ground

surfaces which enables those with walking difficulties

to relearn skills. We aim to keep the garden overall

as effective as possible to maintain. Once the work

is complete (late Summer) we will be holding an

open day with stalls and refreshments to welcome

members of the public as well as relatives, to see

what has been achieved. Dates will be confirmed

later. I hope at the time you will be able to come.

Our funds received a very welcome boost from the

proceeds of a sponsored walk undertaken by staff

and others from the Pedlars Gold shop in Swaffham.

Many thanks again for this support.

As we do hold raffles and events it is always helpful

to receive any unwanted items that you may like to

donate. These can either be left at Hospital Reception

or if you ring me I can collect.

We have been very lucky in securing the return of

the Imperial Vienna Orchestra for the afternoon

of Sunday 22d July. This will be there third visit to

Swaffham and we anticipate yet another sellout. The

title this time is “The Beautiful Galatea” a concert

performance and Comic Opera. So don’t delay...

Tickets at £12 are available from Ceres bookshop,

Just Hair. Or members of the League of Friends.

There will be refreshments and a raffle. Lets hope

we get a nice weather day and get the doors open.

A further reminder our Annual Street collection will

be on Saturday 1st September.

As usual you can contact us Colin Houghton (Chair)

01760 336025 or Iris Reeve (vice chair) on 01760


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Enjoy a refreshing cool drink with a

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lagers also try our real ales and a

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Swaffham History Group

The Group spent much of their last meeting discussing

the various research projects which individual

members are undertaking. This followed the special

Research Workshop arranged by the museum. One

of our members, Ric Parsonson, has uncovered some

fascinating details about the still visible traces of the

town’s WWII history, including remains of buildings

and equipment sites. His research is still ongoing

and hopefully it will be published by the museum

in due course. Another of our members, Barry Ellis,

can be proud of his

in depth researches

into Mundford,

where he lives. It

includes the full

story of Lyndford

Hall and Estate,

and many of the

historic buildings

in the village. The

book ‘Mundford,

The Village and

its people’, will

shortly be for sale

in Mundford. It is a thick hardback with plenty of

photographs, many in colour. The Group has had

several new members join during 2018 but we still

welcome more.

Assembly Rooms Refresh

You have probably noticed that the Assembly Rooms

are looking a lot cleaner and brighter after being

repainted at the beginning of June. We’re very

pleased with the result and hope that you are too.

After previous issues with the paint work a lot of

research went in to getting the correct type of paint

for the lime mortar. The paint selected was from a

specialist company with expertise in sustainable

buildings and decorating based in the UK. The paint

was applied by Craig Harris of Wayland Painting

Service who worked very hard in completing the

work in very quick time.

Downham Grange

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new

purpose-built development in Downham Market.

We provide meaningful person-centred exceptional care for those in

need of residential, respite, nursing or dementia care.

Boasting 62 en-suite bedrooms, the home has

been finished to the most luxurious standards,

with extra-wide corridors, a variety of large

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining

rooms with kitchenette areas that help to promote

independence and social inclusion.

The home has been designed to meet the needs

of people who require nursing and dementia

care. This exciting new development meets our

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual

needs and providing the highest standards of care.

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is

focused around each person’s individual needs and

wishes. We value and respect how each person

chooses to spend their day.

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly

experienced and receive on-going training to make

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.

We really want to make a difference

to the lives of the people we care for.

With this in mind we have built the

home to the highest specifications,

giving particular consideration

to making the design and layout

suitable for people living with a


This new home will enable us to

continue to provide high-quality

surroundings and environment. It

will ensure our staff deliver quality

of service and improve the quality of

life of our residents every day.

The staff at Downham Grange go

that extra mile to make the home

feel comfortable and relaxed. We

like Downham Grange to feel like

a ‘home from home’. We encourage

people to take part in the daily living

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2018 exhibitions

From Beginning to End – the story of Swaffham’s


Images of Swaffham. A collection of paintings,

posters and photographs.

Includes a selection of photographs of old(er)

Swaffham onscreen

Also available on application

• Guided walks

• Talks

• School Activity Day - Carter meets Tutankhamun

• Loan Boxes for schools, groups or families

There has been much talk - and sight - of hares

around the town recently. Hares are native to Britain.

It is said that Boudicca kept a hare in her tunic. The

way it ran when she set it free was the way she

would send her army. For many years people have

set dogs against hares and Swaffham heath was an

ideal place. Lots of hares. Lots of space.

A Little Quiz.

1. What was the original name of the Greyhound?

2. What important gentleman preferred Swaffham

to his ancestral home at Houghton Hall?

3. What did he do in 1776?

4. What did he give the town in 1783?

4. The Butter Cross

3. He founded the first hare coursing club in the

country and therefore was the founder of greyhound

racing. It was a very exclusive club with only 26


New FoSM Members Wanted

The present committee has vacancies and would

love to see new faces at their meetings. If you are

interested please contact Secretary on 01760 720756

or Stuart Clapton 01760 722903

The 100 Club

Run by the Friends - open to ALL

A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of

£40, £20 or £10 each month with special extra

prize of £100 in May and November. For more

information contact Stan Roberts Tel: 07825885254


Prize winners:

June draw - £40 No.64 / £20 No.42 / £10 No.76.

Books Required Urgently

Wanted - Paperbacks in good condition to sell in the

Museum Shop. Please deliver to the Museum during

opening hours.


A simple solution to wasting less through

the sharing of good quality food.

Swaffham in the First World War

These coal scuttles

were fashioned by

a local blacksmith

from shell cases. One

British, one German.

The museum has

just been awarded a

grant from Breckland

District Council to

enable our stories of the people, organisations and

events of Swaffham during World War 1 to be made

into an e-book which will posted on our website and

elsewhere. It will be free to view. Part of the research

was done in 2014 but we now need to complete it

to cover the years 1916 to 1918. And then turn it all

into a flip style book.

We are seeking volunteers who could:

• continue research amongst our archives and in the

Lynn News digital archive at King’s Lynn library

• video or audio record family or organisation stories

• Turn the research into written stories on a computer

• Enhance images

•Turn PDFs to a flipbook

If you are able to help, please contact the museum

by phone or in person or email swaffhamheritage@ Thank you.


2. Lord Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford. He was an

eccentric, avid follower of field sports who bred

greyhounds. In Swaffham he would stay at the Blue

Bell, the largest of the inns. After he died in 1791

the inn changed its name to The Greyhound in his


Wanted – Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to work in the

Museum. We require Stewards for 3 hr sessions (10-

1 or 1-4) And help with the Education team to work

mainly with school visits. An interest in Egyptology

would be helpful. For further information contact

Steve Gregory 01760 721230

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri. Sat: 10am to 1pm

Prices: adults £3. Concessions £2.50 Children 5 and

over £1. Family tickets available.

Swaffham Museum, Town Hall, London Street,

Swaffham PE37 7DQ

Tel: 01760 721 230

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Museum Volunteers – Coffee morning

(with updates on Museum) Weds July 4th, 10am

– 12noon. All Volunteers encouraged to join us

for coffee and biscuits, and an update in Museum

activities. If you are thinking of volunteering and

would like to join us, you would be most welcome.

Friends’ Events 2018

Events are organised by the committee of the

Friends of Swaffham Museum. These help to raise

funds towards the upkeep and ongoing expense of

running a local museum. Open to non-members too.

Details can be found in the ‘upcoming events’

section at the beginning of the magazine.

Swaffham Probus Club

Would you like to join our monthly lunch club? We

invite any retired Professional and Business ladies

and gentlemen to obtain further information from

our Secretary, Rod Goddard, Tel; 01760 722834.


It’s all very informal; annual membership fee is just £20

plus the cost of the monthly lunch (sometimes

including a speaker) usually held in the George Hotel,


Iceni Partnership

Community Centre, The Campingland,

Swaffham, PE37 7RB

A different sort of accountant

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• Management accounts

• Buy to let returns

• VAT returns

• Tax returns

• Payroll and wages

• Business plans

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• Business consultancy and recovery

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Next to War Memorial

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appointments to social trips.

Registered Charity Number: 1069180

Swaffham & Litcham Home

Hospice Support

By the time you have received this edition we

would have staged what would have been one of

our major fundraising events for this year. It is a

brand new concept, with a strong involvement of

Swaffham and the surrounding Villages inhabitants.

Preparations have gone extremely well and I know

those volunteers are looking forward on the 17th

June at the Rugby Club to welcome all those that are

involved. Naturally a full report will be appearing in

the next edition of the Newsletter.

The Fundraising Committee is always seeking new

members to bolster the existing team so that they

can continue their vital work raising funds for the

Charity. Granted they have their annual events they

rely on, which are always well supported by the

members of the public. So if you have a new venture

we could utilise or would like to find out further

information on any subject, then please contact us

on Swaffham 01760 722937 and a member of the

Support Team would be only too pleased to speak

and offer advice to you.

The Support Team of the Charity would like to

take this opportunity in thanking our wonderful

supporters and volunteers who continually assist

us with their financial and dedications ensuring we

can continue to offer that much needed support to

the patients we presently assist. Numbers who are

in need of our help continue rise as the population

figures increase, which places more pressure on our

Staff. Please remember to donate whenever we are

fundraising. Thank You.

David Gulliver





Swaffham Jazz Club

I recently came across a CD of Eileanora called The

September Sessions. To my horror I saw that we

have been spelling her name incorrectly on our

posters and handouts – we have always left out the

‘ i ‘ - so apologies to her for this mistake! The music

on the disc is so different from what we usually

hear at the Club; it is a studio recording, mainly

soulful, romantic and rather introverted. In front of

a live audience Eileanora becomes much more of an

extrovert entertainer, as was well demonstrated at

our June session.

The line up was Colin Mason – drums, Chris Kirk -

trumpet, Tap Robinson – electric guitar, Geoff Scullard

– electric bass and Eileanora vocals and keyboard.

In the first half I particularly liked Fever with Colin’s

exemplary brush work, and Summertime which

started off with intense emotion from Eileanora from

the very first note with Chris, by contrast, playing a

wonderfully laid back trumpet solo. We also had a

great guitar solo from Tap in September in the Rain

and a terrific up-tempo drum solo from Colin which

ably demonstrated his control of the foot pedals. In

the second half I especially liked the wonderful fade

out at the end of Sentimental Journey. Eileanora’s

extrovert side then came to the fore in Scott Joplin’s

The Entertainer, and I enjoyed Chris’s growling and

flutter-tonguing in Georgia on my Mind. Tap then

stole the show in Jeepers Creepers with some weird

and wonderful guitar sounds. A hard stare from

Eileanora and her comment “Just as well we’re

going back in separate cars” went down well with

the audience. Unexpectedly, Stormy Weather was

played as a Round Midnight type of number in which

Chris showed his mastery of ‘the (empty) pint beer

glass waving around in front of the bell’ technique!

Tap led the final number Route 66 with the band

giving their all, bringing the evening to a rousing close.

Next up is the Lee Vasey Jazz Jam Quartet with

Stella Goodey - vocals and Pete Oxborough – sax.

Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30 at Swaffham Conservative

Club. Entry £7 on the door.

Swaffham Spiritual Awareness Group

Meets in the Community Centre,

Beech Close, Campingland, Swaffham

at 6.30pm.

8th July, Trish Drewery, Norwich.

22nd July, Tara Mason, Norwich.

We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received

Merle Boddy Centre

People say there is always a sting in the tail, well

we can prove there is a roar with Swaffham Lions.

We were presented with a cheque for a £1000 from

some of the nicest Lions ever; they roar well, but are

pussy cats at heart. Their understanding of what our

centre is all about, is not only heart warming, but

also very humbling. They support us with not only

the wonderful donations, but also their time and

energy. We are very proud to be a charity in their

extended pride.

As a care provider we are always happy to pass

information on to the next generation who will be

working with people living with dementia. We are

proud to be linked with Norwich City College. The

college have given us an award for our support of

their students whilst at the Merle Boddy day service.

It was a very nice surprise. I would like to thank all

my staff for embracing everything I throw at them;

new students, fundraising and much more. You girls

are brilliant.

Singing and sunshine: what a wonderful combination!

We are so lucky to have our small garden and try

very hard to make the best of the nice weather. As

I sit here in the office I can hear all the clients and

staff singing their hearts out in the garden. There is

no better sound than that of people enjoying time

together. Hopefully the singing also entertained the

people in the units which are situated behind the

centre, or at least lifted their spirits as it did mine.

Everyday is a good day, but today seems even better.

For the first time we have had a handbag sale at the

centre and it wont be the last. Thank you ladies for

making it such a success with your buying power; we

made a total of £200. It was great to have so many

people in the day service that we are so proud of. We

showed off all our bright and refurbished rooms and

toilets. Please keep looking out for all our events, we

have posters in lots of places around town.

A gift of money is always so nice to receive, but when

you know it comes with heart felt appreciation for a

service you give it makes it all the more special. We

received a cheque for £150 from these wonderful

hard working ladies of the Swaffham Lionesses.

Thank you so much to you all.


What is better on a lovely sunny day than to have tea

and cake with friends? Well, that is what happened

on the 3rd June at the centre. The theme was

vintage, with delicate sandwiches, cream scones,

and scrummy cakes, all washed down with pots of

tea served on vintage

crockery. It all made for a

lovely afternoon. There

were a couple of table

games which everyone

seem to enjoy and to

finish off everyone had

ice cream to end a really

perfect day. We raised

a wonderful £309.

Thank yous are many;

to everyone who came,

Tescos for providing the

food and to the people

who made such lovely cakes and scones and finally,

my staff and volunteers who gave up their Sunday to

help with such a successful fundraising event. In the

photo Keith and Simon taking a well earned break

and two of our lovely guests enjoying the sunshine,

also a mouth watering sample of the great food.

We’re already sorting out next year’s tea as people

wanted to book for 2019.

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Swaffham Sheep Fair Success

The organisers of the inaugural Swaffham Sheep

Fair have hailed the event a spectacular success.

The Fair - which took place in the town on Saturday

May 26th - revived Swaffham’s traditional Sheep

Fairs which were held in the town up until 1942.

Money raised from a mock charity sheep auction will

be split between eight local charities, with Nelson’s

Joruney, The Merle Body Centre, The Royal British

Legion, Myers Field Trust, The Rare Breed Survival

Trust, The Magpie Riding Centre for the disabled,

The East of England Air Ambulance and Swaffham

Young Farmers. Colin Houghton, The town’s Mayor

was delighted with how the weekend went. “It was

a great weekend, I’m delighted with how it went

and how everyone has said they enjoyed it,” “It’s

great to have events like this which put Swaffham

on the map and it would be great to see people

returning to the town after coming to the Sheep

Fair.” The event was supported by the Rare Breed

Survival Trust and Swaffham’s County Councillor Ed

Colman said it was important that different types

of meat were promoted throughout the event. “It’s

really important we understand that there is not

just one just type of lamb, beef and pork; all the

different breeds have different flavours and textures

and this weekend was about showcasing that meat

that people don’t always think about.

“The local butchers, and local restaurants were

brilliant. They bought into what we were doing and

offered a range of native breed meat throughout

the weekend and that’s really helped highlight

some of the issues faced by rare breeds. “By raising

awareness we are helping to prevent those rare

breeds being lost and that’s something we can all

be proud of.”

Fellow county councillor Fabian Eagle, who serves

as auctioneer for the town's regular poultry

markets and conducted the day’s charity auction,

said attention has already turned to next year. “We

are already looking ahead to next year, we are really

pleased with how the first year went and we are

all confident of making this bigger and better going

forward. “Nearly every business in the market place

got behind the event not just those that could see the

immediate benefit such as butchers and restaurants

but also those shops that promote a vegan lifestyle

as they could see that it was a community effort

to increase footfall into the town. “Both Ed and I

were happy to support

this financially and

we have shown that

you can achieve goals

for your communities

with limited funds if

those funds are used

wisely.” The Town

Council organised a

shop window display

competition which was

won by Starlings.

Ed Colman

What’s on at Swaffham Library

Swaffham Library, The Pightle, Swaffham PE37 7DF

Tel: 01760 721513

Meet the Author event – Friday 6 July 7-8pm

Roy Baldwin, Swaffham based novelist will talking

about his approach to writing, book design and

publishing work. Tickets £3 in advance or £3.50 on

the door. A Swaffham Library Friends event.

Summer Reading Challenge Launch Day – Saturday

14 July 10am-4pm

Come along to get started on Mischief Makers

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 for children aged

5-11 and their families. There’s challenges for

everyone this year with a mini challenge for preschool

children and ImagiNation for young people

aged 10-18. Sign up on Launch Day or any time


Walking Swaffham’s Past – Norfolk Day event –

Friday 27 July 2-3.30pm

Discover more about Swaffham’s fascinating past

by joining us on a guided history walk around the

town starting and finishing at the library. Led by

Dr Sue Gattuso, Swaffham Museum Manager.

Refreshments available after.

Children’s Drums and Percussion workshop –

Friday 3 August, 2-3pm

Fancy being loud in the library? Keep to the beat

and have a go at drumming at our fun Summer

Reading Challenge activity! Suitable for children

aged 5+. Event supported by the Swaffham Library

Friends. Booking essential, tickets £2 per child.

Wissey U3A

At the monthly meeting on

the 7th June Wissey U3A

members heard how the

Speaker, Ann Hobbs and

her husband, renovated an

ageing French Chateau. On the 13th June there was

another Archery Event at the Holme Hale playing

field when 13 members endeavoured to beat their

personal best scores and win prizes.

On 11th June members of the Science & Technology

group visited Langham Glass Works for a tour and

demonstration of glass blowing. In July there will

be a presentation about ‘Artificial Intelligence’

by Professor Richard Harvey at the Green Britain

Centre, Swaffham. Professor Harvey is from the

Department of Computer Sciences at the University

of East Anglia. The Science and Technology group

meet on the second Monday of each month. If

you are interested in tracing your family’s roots

then you could join the Family History group which

meets on the second Wednesday each month. The

waiting list for the table tennis group had grown so

long that a second group was formed last month.

The new group meets each Friday at 2.15pm in

the Swaffham Community Centre. The group has

vacancies for anyone to wishes to join the U3A. If

these activities interest you, or if you have a hobby

or pastime which you would like to share with

others why not make enquires about joining the

Wissey U3A. The U3A meets monthly at Holme

Hale’s Pavilion on the first Thursday at 09.45 until

12 midday. In July there will be a presentation

about Swaffham Museum which will be followed

by the conclusion of the Wissey U3A’s 23rd Annual

General Meeting.

The U3A is an international movement whose

aims are the education of retired members of the

community or those in their ‘Third Age' of life.

U3A membership is open to any individual who by

definition is not in full-time gainful employment,

so anyone working ‘part-time’ can also apply for


For more information about the U3A movement, go

to or visit the Wissey Homepage at Annual membership

of the Wissey U3A normally costs £10 and renewals

are £7.

Swaffham Town Bowls Club

Coaching for beginners and improvers.

For more information or to join the club please

contact Geoff on 01760 722262

From the Mayor’s Parlour

This is my first article since taking over

from Cllr Jill Skinner in May 18. It is of

course an honour to be elected as Mayor

and thanks to my fellow councillors for

putting their faith in me. We have a great

team at the Town Hall and I look forward to working

more closely with them over my year in office.

By the time you read this I will have chaired two full

council meetings. I hope I did them both justice even

if I don’t always manage to keep them as short as

some would like. Why don’t you come along and see

first hand what is discussed at the monthly council

meetings – there is an opportunity for you to ask

questions and hear direct from your councillors, if

we cannot answer we will always investigate and get

back to you.

As you get to know me better - through articles,

meetings and personally - I hope you will find that

I am always prepared to listen to you, I can’t always

promise to agree with you though. Diary permitting,

I will always try to respond to any invites to come

and see you at any of our towns groups/clubs/

organisations etc. My colleagues are probably sick

of me saying how blessed we are in Swaffham to

have such a number and variety of groups etc for

people to become part of. We hear a lot nationally

about “Loneliness” and I would like to think that is

something that should not exist in our Town. Please

help where you can to ensure your neighbours get

involved in our community and get any support they

might need.

Our shops in town continually face challenges,

none more so than combating internet shopping.

Breckland Council have helped new business recently

through short term rate relief and this is welcomed.

We also have the ShopAppy initiative and I hope

many of you will use it as well as supporting our local

traders. It’s great to welcome two new businesses to

the town - Curry With Love, opposite Costa, and the

Co-op Funeralcare Services. D.A Seaman Opticians

have also relocated from Plowright Place to the old

William Hill shop on the Market Place. The Town

Council fought hard to try and get Barclays Bank to

change their mind about closure, talking with some

of their top people, sadly they stuck to their guns

and the closure will go ahead in July. Let’s hope we

get something nice into the vacant building!

Another passion of mine is to try and keep Swaffham

as a place of interest with events planned for our

local residents and visitors to the area. A lot is

already being done but we need more and working

with local community groups and organisations we

all want to get best value and make Swaffham an

even better and more interesting place to be. What

do you think?

Let me know how you think we could better promote

the town ... drop a line to me at the Town Hall on this

or any ideas on what realistically we could seek to do

to keep Swaffham “on the map”

Cllr Colin Houghton, Mayor 2018/2019

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In Touch With Your Town

‘In Touch with your Town’ is put

together by the Town Clerk Richard

Bishop or occasionally by the Deputy

Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals with

some of the most topical items of the

day and the odd item where the Council want to share

information with the Town.


The big debate about flags took place recently in the

Council Chamber, whether they should be up all the

time or taken down after events or special occasions.

This followed the investment of the Town Council

purchasing 50 flags and flag poles for the Royal

wedding recently. Generally, there has been a positive

reaction to the flags, and a compromise has been

reached, with the Council agreeing to have the flags

up from the 1st May to the 30th September, and at

other special occasions in between. The Town Council

also agreed to purchase a further 50 flags and flag

poles, as we had more consent forms signed than we

had flags the first time round. So, the message is to

any of the businesses in the Town Centre, if you have

a flag pole holder on your building with no flag, all we

need is for you to sign a consent form, and we can

put up a flag for you. The flags and poles remain the

property of the Town Council, and the Council believe

that it sends out a positive message to people passing

through the Town, that Swaffham is open for business.

If you would like to fly a flag on your premises, please

contact the Town Hall to get a consent form signed.


A date for your diary later this year is the Christmas Light

Switch-On and Christmas Market which will this year

revert to a Sunday once more. Sunday 2nd December

from 12 noon until 6pm will be the Christmas Market

and the Switch-On will be taking place at 5pm. Full

details will feature in future editions of the Swaffham

Newsletter. Anyone wishing to volunteer their services

to help us with this event, please contact the Town Hall.


From time to time we receive anonymous letters at the

Town Hall, and the Town Council do not act upon any

information received. PLEASE if you wish to contact

the Town Council in confidence, then do so through

a Town Councillor or the Town Clerk or other staff at

the Town Hall. All correspondence must be signed and

have contact details, otherwise it will be filed in the



The 2018 Swaffham Sheep Fair Whitsun weekend

was a great success, bringing the community together

and encouraging visitors to Swaffham. This year saw

the first Sheep Fair in Swaffham for about 60 years,

a wonderful tradition to restart and plans are already

underway for 2019. The event involved the Friday

indoor market, with sheep themed stalls and stalls

selling local lamb products; an extended market

on Saturday with extra stalls; a mock charity sheep

auction on the Buttercross and local businesses very

much involved with sheep themed menus and sheep

related products and a sheep themed shop window

competition. On Saturday live sheep returned to the

market place to recreate the sheep fair with a modern

twist, sheep of different native breeds were on display

and in the afternoon the sheep were mock auctioned.

The Mock Sheep auction raised a phenomenal £552

which was shared amongst charities nominated by

Cllrs and organisers:

• Swaffham Market Committee Chairman, Cllr S

Lister - Myers Field Trust - £70

• Cllr Fabian Eagle - Nelsons Journey - £100

• Cllr Ed Colman - Merle Boddy Centre - £60

• Elizabeth Truss MP - Magpie riding centre for the

disabled - £95

• Melsop Farm - Rare Breeds Survival Trust - £65

• The Mayor of Swaffham, Cllr Houghton - Royal

British Legion, Swaffham Branch - £52

• Impson Butchers – East Anglian Air Ambulance

- £110

There were so many people involved in the planning,

organisation and delivery of the event who deserve


• Cllrs Fabian Eagle and Ed Colman – instrumental

in getting the event off the ground and powering the

event promotion and engagement of suppliers and

businesses in the town.

• Swaffham Town Council – for the administration of

the event and on the day delivery.

• Melsop Farm - provided the rare breed sheep who

were the central attraction on the Saturday.

• Heygates Farm – for allowing the Antinghams to be

used as an overflow car park.

• Swaffham Young Farmers – for their support in

managing the overflow car park.

• Local businesses – for their themed menus, products

and taking part in the shop window competition.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the

first Swaffham Sheep Fair such a success.

Volunteering and community involvement is what

Swaffham is good at.


The Town Council have joined together with Watton

Town Council to appoint a Project Support Officer

who will work across the two Towns. We give a

warm welcome to Sue Dent will be starting work on

the 9th July. The idea of this post is to concentrate

on Promoting both Towns particularly through

social media, co-ordinating and organising some

community events and to access grant funding by

preparing grant applications. This new post is to

Support the existing structure that we have in each

town, to build on the work that is already going on.

This is staff councillors and the partnerships. There

is a lot of work to do and two Towns to familiarize

with. This has come out of the by-monthly joint

meetings we have between Swaffham Town Council,

Watton Town Council, Iceni Partnership and Wayland

Partnership. Sue will be working 18.5 hours a week

for each Town.


The Swaffham Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled

document for guiding the future development of

our Town. It is about the use and development of land

over the next 20 years. The plan will set out a vision

and aspirations for the future development of the

Town and will be an important document that will help

influence and control the way our town changes in the

future, including any new housing developments This

is the sixth in a series of Articles designed to give you

the latest information on how we are progressing with

the development of our Neighbourhood Plan

Following the last Consultation events, the Steering

group worked on all the ideas and thoughts expressed

to reach a point of formulating the actual policies which

will form the “Core” of the plan. The policies have to be

worded precisely as they will be subject to scrutiny at

Breckland Council level and an independent examiner.

We had a preliminary discussion with the “Planners”

at Breckland because as you remember our plan has

to be consistent with the “Breckland local plan” which

is in its final stages. Some helpful comments were

received from them which enabled us to refine the

policies again. Our project manager has now prepared

the first full draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan.

This has been seen by Town Councillors and sent to

Breckland to get their comments/observations. We

would like to get any updated document to the Town

Council meeting on 11th July

The plan then is to hold another public consultation

DAY on the 18th July in the Assembly Rooms,

Swaffham running from 10am to 7pm. This marks a

pre-submission consultation period from then to 31st

August 18 This is an important time for you to digest

the contents and raise comments/suggestions.

Eventually after independent evaluation and checking

against Breckland’s Local Plan, the absolute final

document will come out to a town referendum to seek

widespread support and adoption. WE want all our

town to support the Plan. Remember it strengthens

our position locally in helping to determine planning

applications and what shape we want our town to

develop to over the next 20 years

Keep up to date on the Town Council Website.

Contact details Rachel Leggett Project Manager


Highway problems

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020.

Give the location of the problem and a telephone

number where further information can be obtained.

Faulty street lights can be reported at the Town Hall

during office hours or by telephoning Norfolk County

Council 0344 800 8020. Reports should give a precise

location of the light and the number on the column.

Alternatively visit

Search: Street Lights/Pot Holes

Town Council Dates

Wednesday 11th - Full Town Council meeting

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.

Monday 23rd – Full Council Finance meeting

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.

Monday 30th – Open spaces meeting 6.30 – 9.00pm

Council Chamber, Town Hall.

Tuesday 31st – N Plan -Steering Group 10.00am

Planning committee 1.30pm

Council Chamber, Town Hall.

The Town Council

Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 121

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 025

Cllr Steven Allen

Cllr Terry Jennison

07825 801 605

01760 720 608

Cllr Robert Bartram

Cllr Sheila Lister

01760 721 022

01760 720 114

Cllr Wendy Bensley

Cllr Shirley Matthews

01760 722 524

01760 723 205

Cllr Brenda Bowler

Cllr Les Scott

01760 788 519

01760 720 465

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens

Cll Anne Thorp

01760 722 604

01760 722 611

Cllr Paul Darby

01760 622725

Breckland Councillors:

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and

Cllr Ian Sherwood 07795 236878

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Your County Councillor is Cllr Ed Colman

07940 406356 / email


Richard Bishop – Town Clerk

Twitter - @SwaffhamClerk

Claire Smith - Deputy Town Clerk

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator

Swaffham Town Council

Tel: 01760 722 922

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