Swaffham Newsletter

August 2018

August 2018


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August 2018<br />


Great turnout to see Grenadier<br />

Guards beating retreat<br />

Read more on p.14 & 28<br />

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

7 School Speak<br />

9 Church News<br />

11 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

14 Royal British Legion<br />

15 WI<br />

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

20 Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

22 Age Concern<br />

27 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary/parkrun<br />

30 SCALGA<br />

RBL (Women’s Section, <strong>Swaffham</strong>)<br />

I and the members of The Royal British Legion<br />

(Women’s Section) would like to thank The Royal<br />

British Legion together with the Town councillors for<br />

all their hard work organising such a great event in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> on the 21st June with the Grenadier Guards<br />

Beating the Retreat. It was a lovely day enjoyed by<br />

all, especially by the children, I wonder how many<br />

little boys and girls went home saying they would like<br />

to be a Guardsman/woman when they grow up.<br />

The concert in the church afterwards was a great<br />

success and enjoyed by all if the response by the<br />

audience was anything to go by so a big thank you to<br />

the Grenadiers.<br />

What a nice way to remember all our service men/<br />

women who gave their lives for us in the first World<br />

War 100 years ago, we were proud of them then,<br />

I think they would be proud of us today. We have<br />

remembered them.<br />

From Iris<br />

In-house design of advertisements available<br />

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

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

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

We did not increase our rates in 2018 and our 6<br />

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

32 Museum Matters<br />

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

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

37 U3A/Mayor’s Parlour<br />

38 Town Council<br />

West Acre Village Hall Committee<br />

The West Acre Village fete held on 23rd June was the<br />

best to date, with additional stalls selling arts and<br />

crafts from local people to add to the entertainment.<br />

Starting an hour earlier proved to be very popular<br />

allowing people to enjoy a delicious lunch of trout,<br />

game, something from the BBQ or just tea and cakes<br />

for those with a sweet tooth. It was a lovely sunny<br />

day with children playing in the river, cheering on<br />

their duck to try and win the well sought after West<br />

Acre Duck Race badges.<br />

We would like to thank all of the local businesses who<br />

generously donated raffle prizes and to everyone who<br />

contributed towards the tombola, cake stall, books<br />

and bric-a-brac which,<br />

along with all the games,<br />

play an important part of<br />

the day. Most of all a big<br />

thank you to Garlinda for<br />

allowing us to use her<br />

garden again and all the<br />

volunteers who gave up<br />

their own time to make<br />

the day happen and help<br />

raise £3580 for the West<br />

Acre Village Hall.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library News<br />

Extended Opening Hours<br />

Along with other libraries across Norfolk, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Library will be offering longer opening hours with<br />

an extended Open Libraries service from the end of<br />

June. This widens access to library materials, public<br />

computers and quiet, creative spaces to meet or<br />

study even while the building is unstaffed, making<br />

your library available at times that are convenient<br />

for you.With an Open Libraries registration you will<br />

be able to visit and use the library:<br />

Monday to Friday 8am-7pm<br />

Saturday 8am-4pm<br />

Sunday 10am-4pm<br />

These times contain both staffed and unstaffed<br />

hours, and you will need to register for our Open<br />

Libraries service to access the library during<br />

unstaffed times.<br />

Pop in to the library to find out more and to register<br />

for Open Libraries!<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, The Pightle, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DF.<br />

Tel: 01760 721513<br />

Thank you Sandra<br />

For a week in July we had a lovely student from<br />

Hamonds Academy join us on work experience.<br />

Sandra M is in year 10 and preparing for her GCSE’s<br />

next year. She was a great asset to the office and we<br />

wish her all the best for the future.<br />

‘I’ve had the pleasure of being at the Community<br />

Centre for my work experience and helping with the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>.’

Upcoming Events<br />

Youth Careers Advice<br />

Pop Up Enterprises are pleased to have gained some funding from Breckland YAB<br />

to deliver some Qualified Careers Advice in the community. We will have our<br />

specialist adviser based in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre between 1pm and<br />

9pm on 9th and 23rd August, with appointments available for anyone aged 11 - 19.<br />

These can be booked in advance by emailing sue@popupenterprises.org.uk You<br />

can talk about anything from exam results, transport to college, career plans, CV<br />

and much more!<br />

Suffield & Hilton Court Summer Fete<br />

Saturday 11th August, 10am until 1pm. Entrance on London Street.<br />

•Raffle •Live music with ‘Back 2 Back’ •Bric-a-brac •Tombola •Clothes •Books<br />

•DVDs •CDs •Games •Homemade Cakes •Jewellery •Tea/Coffee •Cold drinks<br />

Play in a Day with MissAdventures Theatre Company<br />

Participants will get the chance to create and develop their very own play to show<br />

parents, grandparents, carers, friends, relativesand invited talent agents! Using<br />

an array of outrageous costumes, props, hats and accessories, we will aim to<br />

create, rehearse and perform an original piece of theatre by the end of the day.<br />

No pressure to perform and the emphasis, as always, is on process over product.<br />

Though the product is invariably splendid! Monday 13 August 2018, 10am - 3pm<br />

(performance at 2:45pm). £20 (includes drinks & healthy snacks). Ages: 5-11 years<br />

years. Assembly Rooms, 13 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7AB. Get in touch with<br />

Camilla to book your place, either by emailing missadventurestheatre@outlook.<br />

com or on 07870 574271.<br />

Gt Massingham Film Night present ‘Lady Bird’(15)<br />

August 16th, Gt Massingham Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30 pm, £4 with refreshments.<br />

Coffee Morning and Book Sale<br />

In aid of St Marys Church Houghton-on-the Hill, Saturday August 18th from<br />

9am-12am at The Assembly Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7AB.<br />

St Marys is a unique Church with Saxon Frescos and is on the pilgrimage route<br />

to Walsingham. By supporting the coffee morning you help us to preserve this<br />

historical Church. For futher information on the Church please visit our website<br />

www.houghtonstmarys.co.uk<br />

Summer Shindig<br />

18th August, Stackyard Farm, North Pickenham. Signposted entrance in Houghton<br />

Lane, PE37 8LE. 6pm - Midnight. Live Music: Paul Tinklers Renegades. Licensed Bar,<br />

Soft drinks, Barbecue, Raffle.<br />

Desert Rats Association Dog Show<br />

A Kennel Club Companion Fun dog show in aid of the Desert Rats Association on<br />

19th August 2018 to be held at Oxborough Village Green. All entries taken from<br />

9am to 1pm. Judging starts at 10am for pedigree and 11am for novelty. £1.50 per<br />

class. Rosettes to 5th place in all classes. Raffle & refreshments available.<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

Tuesday 28th August 2018, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

School, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Access and parking from Sporle Road. Please come along to this<br />

illustrated talk by Henry Stanier, entitled: The Great Fen Project – A Future Wetland<br />

and more. The Great Fen is a 50-year project – one of the largest in Europe - to<br />

create a huge wetland area between Peterborough and Huntingdon for the benefit<br />

both of wildlife and of people. Henry Stanier, from the Great Fen, will talk about<br />

the project’s background, the amazing progress so far and the vision for the future.<br />

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

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

North Pickenham Village Show<br />

1st and 2nd September 2.30 pm. Competitive classes for Vegetables and Fruit,<br />

Flowers and Flower arranging, Baking and Preserves, Crafts, Photography and<br />

Children’s section. Come and see the displays, tea and cakes for sale. Open till<br />

5pm Saturday, Prizegiving and auction of produce 4pm Sunday. Entry £1.50 by<br />

programme or on the door.<br />

Sporle Flower, Craft And Produce Open Show<br />

Sun 2nd Sept. Sporle Community Centre, from 2pm.<br />

For details email pamrodie@hotmail.com.<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

On stage with the Westacre Theatre Company: OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR. Based<br />

on Joan Littlewood’s original musical satire from 50 years ago, it is now revived to<br />

mark the centenary of the end of WW1. Wed 8, Thu 9, Fri 10, Sat 11, Wed 15, Thu<br />

16, Fri 17, and Sat 18 Aug. All at 7:30pm £16 (under 21s £12).<br />

By the lake: JAZZ SUNDAY with DixieMix on Sun 5 Aug at 12 noon to 3pm. £10 (10s<br />

and under free).<br />

Litfest 2018 – Summer of Literature – Final series of Meeting the Authors.<br />

ELLY GRIFFITHS on Sat 1 Sep is NOW SOLD OUT. ELIZABETH HAYNES; best-selling<br />

crime fiction writer on Sun 2 Sep at 3pm £15 including afternoon tea. JENNY BOYD;<br />

recounting her time with the most famous rock stars in the World - it’s 50 years<br />

since Jenny joined the Beatles’ tour of India and became the ‘Jennifer’ in the hit<br />

song ‘Jennifer Juniper’ by Donovan. On Sat 8 Sep at 7pm £15 with canapes and fizz.<br />

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Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Tor Howman 07854 736 920<br />

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

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

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

197994/07425 607667<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

contact John or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email swaffhamplayers@gmail.com<br />

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

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

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

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

07768211087<br />

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rainbow Community Choir 7.30-9.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre. Interested in joining us? 01760 336 313 rainbowcommunitychoir.org.uk<br />

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

Tuesday <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. Tel: David Thorogood 01760622751<br />

The Royal British Legion (Women’s Section) We meet the 2nd<br />

Tuesday of the month at Valentine Barker Court, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, from 2-30pm<br />

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

have connection with the Armed Forces. Please Contact Frances on 01760<br />

724445 or Iris on 01760 721430,<br />

The Royal Elizabethan Lodge Meets alternate Tuesdays, 8pm in the<br />

Conservative Club. Tel: W Rogers 01760 720632 or S Trattle 01760 721760<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club Tuesday Seniors Training 7:30 - 9<br />

Seniors Keep Fit 3pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

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

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

Slimming World Conservative Club, 10am. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Asssembly<br />

Rooms 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Edyta 07428 516814<br />

SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Partnership)<br />

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

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

information please ring Celia on 01362 687316<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> St John Ambulance Cadets 7.15pm until 8.45pm,10 to<br />

17 year olds. Natalie Rudd on 07771620634/natalie.rudd@btinternet.com<br />

Taekwondo 6:30 - 7:30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre 01760336044<br />

Tai Chi beginners welcome East Dereham at 10am 01760723102<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Wellbeing Group Are you feeling low, or recovering from ill<br />

health? Just want to meet other people? Make new friends at Community Centre,<br />

every Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00. Contact Family Action. Tel: 01760 725801<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market (Morning) WI Second Tuesday of every Month, 10.30am<br />

Assembly Rooms. Ladies over 18 welcome. Meg Dorling: 01760 722139 meg_dorling@msn.com<br />

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club West Acre Village Hall, 2 - 4pm. £2 per<br />

session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome. Tel: Belinda<br />

01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235 Email: Belinda_Bush@hotmail.com<br />

Women’s Section Royal British Legion At Valentine Barker Court,<br />

2nd Tues at 2.30pm. Tel: Frances 01760 724445 or Iris 01760 721430<br />

Weight Watchers 5:30-6.30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Nikki 07970316054<br />

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

Yoga Necton Community Centre £7 2-3:30 Tuesdays Jayne 07544974342<br />

Yoga 10.30-12.00 Green Britain Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. £7 per class. Contact<br />

Jayne on: 07544974342 or email: greenwillowyoga@outlook.com<br />

Zumba With Becks <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms 7-8pm bectuff@hotmail.co.uk £5<br />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rainbows Term time only, 17:00-18:00 <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Infant School. Girls aged 5 to 7 yrs. Tracey Clements 07770236689<br />

2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Brownies Term time only, 18:00-19:30. Meeting at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> First School. Girls aged 7 to 10 yrs invited to join. Contact Clare<br />

Smith 07917468057 or Chrissie Brown 07970104771.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 1894 Squadron Air Training Corps 7:00-9:30pm.<br />

TA Centre, Sporle Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Ages 12 (yr8) to 18 years. Tel: 01760724617<br />

Alzheimer`s Society Dementia Café first Wednesday every month<br />

from 10am-12noon. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms, Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Support, information and social activity.Refreshments provided. 01603 763556<br />

Arts Lounge beginners/refreshers art classes Wednesday,<br />

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

Bingo First Wednesday of every month, Holme Hale Pavilion. Eyes<br />

down 7:30pm. Cash prizes. Tel: June Hewing 01760 441327<br />

Bingo <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club 7:00 – 9:00pm (eyes down for<br />

7:30). Non-members 30p entry.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club 1st and 3rd Weds of every month, 7 for 7:30pm<br />

at Lydney House, Norwich Road. All abilities welcome! Steve Ward 01366 328567<br />

Creative Textile Certificate 10 Week Course at The Old Art Room, 93<br />

Market Place <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tel Jane 01760 337181<br />

Dementia Café Free cafe offering support, information for those living with<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Evening WI Church Rooms, Campingland. 1st Wed 7.30pm<br />

Telephone Fiona Walker on 01760 722879.<br />

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

session to experience the healing power of Jesus. Tel: 01760 723175<br />

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

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

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

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

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

meets in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm, first Weds of the month.<br />

(except August 2018)<br />

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

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

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

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

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops<br />

Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 15 Market Place <strong>Swaffham</strong> are on Wednesday,<br />

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

per session includes all equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760<br />

723624 to book.<br />

Baby Signing Classes -Sing and Sign<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre (Dickens Room). Help your baby to<br />

communicate before speech with our award winning music classes. 10am<br />

Stage 2 14mths - 2yrs. 11am Stage 1 6mths - 14mths. Term time only.<br />

Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Andrea 07905 061336 or<br />

Email kingslynn@singandsign.co.uk<br />

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

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

fabulous team please contact John or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email<br />

swaffhamplayers@gmail.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Veterans Snooker Group (60+) 10am-1pm at West<br />

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Watton Club for the Visually Impaired<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre 4th Wed (except August) 1.30-3.30pm £3.<br />

01603 629558<br />

Tai Chi beginners class 10am <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

01760723102 or barbara.smith58@yahoo.co.uk<br />

http://www.academytaichi.co.uk<br />

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

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

More details Fiona 07768211087<br />

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

Youth Café 7:30 – 8:30pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. For ages 13 – 18.<br />


Acrylic/Oil painting workshops<br />

Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 15 Market Place <strong>Swaffham</strong> are on Wednesday,<br />

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

per session includes all equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760<br />

723624 to book.<br />

Beachamwell WI 1st Thursday 7.30pm. New members or visitors<br />

always welcome. Contact Maggie 01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328589<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bridge Club See Tues for details. 6.30pm for 6.45pm<br />

start except for the first Thursday in the month 2pm to 6pm<br />

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

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

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

337181<br />

Happidojo Marham Judo Club Sandringham Centre, Marham,<br />

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

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

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

happidojomarhamjudoclub.btckco.uk<br />

Henchmans Board games. £2.50 per person. 7-11pm. Henchmans, 13<br />

Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 01760 788427. New players always welcome<br />

(over 18)<br />

Holme Hale Carpet Bowls Every Thursday 7-9pm, Holme Hale<br />

Community Hall. No experience or equipment needed. £2<br />

Iceni Stitchers Ladies group meeting on 3rd Thursday of the month<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Kate Davies 01760<br />

622254<br />

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

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

Kirtan for Health<br />

Relax and enjoy the meditative benefits whilst singing/chanting<br />

beautiful songs and ancient mantras. Sessions every other Thursday.<br />

£6 including refreshments. For details contact Chris on 07957 405823<br />

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

Free Lipreading Classes for people with an acquired hearing<br />

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

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


RAF Marham Food and Craft Market 1st Thursday 12am to<br />

5 pm. Sandringham Centre Upper Marham PE33 9NP (Behind Spar)<br />

07766 078123<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of the Mothers’ Union – the largest organisation<br />

within the Church of England – usually meets on the 2nd Thursday of the<br />

month. Enquiries to Anne 336328<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lioness Club First Thurs of every month, 7.30pm in<br />

Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church rooms, Station St., <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Enjoy<br />

friendship whilst serving the community. All ladies welcome. Tel:<br />

01760 723377<br />

Pilates 3 – 4pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Call Di Graham –<br />

01328 851970 – before your first session.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club Seniors 17+ training 7:30-9,<br />

social after Salsa 7-9pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. 07912366661<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Sparklers <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of the Red Hat Society<br />

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

01760 723466<br />

U3A The Wissey U3A 1st Thursday of the month at Holme Hale<br />

Pavilion, 09.45 - 12 noon. Annual Memb. £10. Contact 01760 721247 for<br />

more details<br />

Weight Watchers 10-11am <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Cheryl 07941 319 742<br />

Youthie Plus 5:30 – 7pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

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

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club West Acre Village Hall, 2 - 4pm.<br />

£2 per session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome.<br />

Tel: Belinda 01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235<br />

Email: Belinda_Bush@hotmail.com<br />

FRIDAY<br />

2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Guides Term time only, 18:30-20:30. Church<br />

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

07769294414<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops<br />

Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 15 Market Place <strong>Swaffham</strong> are on Wednesday,<br />

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

per session includes all equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760<br />

723624 to book.<br />

Art, Printing and Paper Craft Session at The Old Art Room<br />

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration and printing presses in a modern<br />

equipped Art &Textile Studio. 10am until 12.30 £10 Tel.01760 337181<br />

Bingo at Narborough Community Centre Doors 6.30pm,<br />

eyes-down 7.45pm Contact Mrs Hennessy 01760 337540<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bellringers Practice St. Peter & St. Paul Church, 7:30pm<br />

on the Friday preceding the 2nd Sunday of the month. Beginners welcome. Tel:<br />

01760 724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 6.30 for<br />

£3. Tea & biscuits inc. Call Alan on 01760 723 910<br />

Coffee Morning At Ashill Community Centre<br />

2nd Friday every month, 10am until noon. 01760 441 651<br />

Country Music Last Friday of each month at the communal lounge<br />

at Valentine Barker Court, 7.30 to 22.30. Families and friends, free raffle &<br />

donations for Wish Upon a Star children’s cancer charity. 0370 192 4797<br />

Games Evening & Social 2nd Friday/month <strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptists<br />

Church Hall - 7:30. All welcome<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Green Gym Friday 8.30am Recreation Ground, Haspalls Rd<br />

Henchmans Early Friday Night Magic at Henchmans, 13 Station<br />

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 2pm to 6pm. Friday Night Magic at Henchmans<br />

Iceni Lunch Club <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, £6.00 for two<br />

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

Indoor Market <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms 9am-2pm, free entry.<br />

Refreshments, various stalls… bookings contact Haydn 07957 862 239<br />

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

Oasis Messy Church 6pm every 3rd Friday Fun event for all ages.<br />

£1. www.facebook.com/oasiscentreswaffham<br />

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

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

Senior Snooker (60 years +) @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy, West<br />

Acre £4 per session Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760 755337<br />

Sporle Art Group Meets every Friday at 1pm-3pm. in the community<br />

hall. No tuition given, bring your own materials. Free intro then £2 per week.<br />

01760 724615<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Senior Section Term time only. 19:30- 21:00. For young<br />

women aged 14 to 25yrs. Contact Tracey Clements 07770236689 or Chrissie<br />

Brown 07970105771<br />

Tai Chi for Health 10am. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Tel: 01760<br />

723102 or barbara.smith58@yahoo.co.uk http://www.academytaichi.co.uk<br />

Yoga 10.30 - 12 Green Britain Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. £7 per class.<br />

Contact Jayne on: 07544974342 or email: greenwillowyoga@outlook.com<br />

to book a place.<br />


Art Class for over 12s ...and accompanied Children who want to use<br />

the sewing machine. The Old Art Room 93 Market Place. 2nd Saturday of<br />

the month.10 until 1pm £10 Tel.01760 337181<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bingo Club Community Centre last Sat in month, 7pm for<br />

7:30pm start. £2.50 annual membership, 50p for visitors. Paul Darby 07880<br />

568628<br />

Buzzbox A hive of activity for young families, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon<br />

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

themed ‘Sharing Circle’; illustrated and acted stories from the Bible; children’s<br />

discussions; songs; prayers; and birthday celebrations. All are welcome.<br />

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

£10 All Equipment, Snack and Drink provided Tel. 01760 337181<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pentney Country Music Club www.pentneycowlsclub.co.uk<br />

weekly 01760 337 392 karenpentneycountryclub12@yahoo.co.uk<br />

Pilates Class 9-10.15am All Saints Centre, Church Lane, Boughton.<br />

Beginners welcome. £8 per session. 07515834729<br />

Pokemon; Yu-Gi-Oh! Magic: The Gathering for beginners alternate<br />

Sat. www.henchmans.com. Children welcome. 10.30am – 2pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Traditional market, now 800 years old! Every<br />

Saturday 6am until 3pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place. Details 01760 722 922<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club <strong>Swaffham</strong>RUFC@outlook.com<br />

West Norfolk Crafters & Needleworkers Stitchers, crafters and<br />

knitters who meet at Leziate Village Hall on the 2nd Sat. 01553 765870<br />

SUNDAY<br />

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

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

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

Kuk Sool Won Narborough Com. Centre 5.30 - 6.30pm. 07541261713<br />

Pentney Indoor Bowls Club bowls coaching for beginners and<br />

improvers Sundays 10am - 12noon. G Freezer 01760 722262<br />

Star Wars @ Henchmans 12-4pm www.henchmans.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Football Club Minis 10:30-12. Games see Saturday<br />

Snooker @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy West Acre<br />

3 hours play £9. Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760-755337<br />

Spiritual Awareness Group Most Sundays 5:15pm to 6:30pm for<br />

Healing and 6:30pm to 8:30pm Service at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

at 6.30pm.<br />

5th August, Nick Kenning, Aylsham.<br />

19th August, Michelle Leeder, Terrington.<br />

We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services<br />

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from<br />

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received<br />

Sacred Heart Convent<br />

Sacred Heart School Literary Festival 2018<br />

For three days the pupils at the Sacred Heart School in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> were released from their normal timetable<br />

to take part in a literary extravaganza!<br />

Staff, past and present, had worked hard to transform<br />

the school hall into themed bays (e.g. Victorian,<br />

Wildlife, Biggles, Exploration) to accommodate literary<br />

workshops.<br />

Storyteller, Paul Jackson, captivated all ages with his<br />

tales of wonder and use of cultural instruments, with<br />

some pupils attempting to produce sound from his<br />

didgeridoo; Dr. Sue Gattuso of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum<br />

enthralled them with the history of comics and annuals<br />

and the story of The Pedlar of <strong>Swaffham</strong>; illustrator<br />

and author Peter Kavanagh encouraged pupils – and<br />

staff – to access their imagination and create cartoon<br />

characters whilst two creative writers from the<br />

University of East Anglia encouraged older pupils to<br />

write short imaginative pieces of writing.<br />

As well as introducing her books, author and designer<br />

Mandy Stanley took the children through the process<br />

of producing a book and this was complimented by<br />

a former pupil, natural history writer and publisher<br />

Sarah Whittley, who brought in proofs of her new book<br />

straight from the press.<br />

Some groups even had the opportunity work with<br />

James McCullough, from EWTN TV company, to script<br />

write and present a short video production which<br />

could be used on the school website. And all of this<br />

was backed up by YouTube clips provided by American<br />

author Natasha Friend and James Johnson, script and<br />

Podcast writer.<br />

Three classes visited the <strong>Swaffham</strong> library and the<br />

next day one young lad came running up and excitedly<br />

regaled staff with the fact that his grandmother had<br />

promised to take him again, another asked if we will be<br />

doing this again next year! Surely an indication of how<br />

successful the whole event was.<br />

Sally Gooderson (Literary Festival Organiser)<br />

How to describe the Ardeche trip? Mad, crazy,<br />

courageous, wonderful, astounding, scary, exciting and<br />

unbelievable come to mind. It lasted 9 days but from<br />

Saturday to Sunday, with 31 students from years 6 to 10,<br />

four staff, Miss Oatridge, Mr Glenister, Mrs Arenfelt, Sr<br />

Renata and myself. There had been lots of preparation<br />

beforehand and with our hoodies at the ready we<br />

headed to Southern France and a town called Ruoms in<br />

the Ardeche Gorge. The area is a heritage site with huge<br />

number of wild animals, not just Sacred Heart students,<br />

and scenery to talk about for a lifetime. We stayed in<br />

basic tents (with beds, so a bit like rough glamping) but<br />

no electricity and this made the holiday more special<br />

as there were no<br />

mobile phones!<br />

Right from the start<br />

there was activity<br />

after activity. a<br />

whirlwind of images<br />

and emotions,<br />

laughter (and some<br />

tears) but mostly<br />

emotions of pure joy at being able to succeed at some<br />

difficult and challenging tasks. From climbing to caving<br />

to kayaking to archery, Nightline, Riverwalk, Mission<br />

Impossible, raft building. Our students took them all on<br />

and hugely enjoyed them all. The students grew in their<br />

confidence on a daily basis and the staff were constantly<br />

amazed at how some reserved students showed huge<br />

inner strength and surmounted their own fears.<br />

“Once we arrived at the rock climbing wall we<br />

suddenly realised what we had just walked into. The<br />

wall was about 15 metres high and some of us weren’t<br />

particularly capable nor wanting to climb it. Most of<br />

us managed to climb up the wall and abseil back down<br />

with ease” “Firstly, we got into our kayaks, then we<br />

started to paddle in the water, after a few minutes we<br />

stopped at a sandy area. We did a five star challenge<br />

which required us to stand on the boat and paddle, lie<br />

on the boat with your nose in the water” We also visited<br />

two nearby towns, Ruoms and Vallont-Pont-D’Arc and a<br />

show cave, where we met the skull of a bear. We ate<br />

ice cream, bought souvenirs, practiced our French and<br />

relaxed a bit. The most memorable part of the holiday<br />

however was the descent. We canoed 26km over one<br />

and a half days, with 13 rapids with names such a Black<br />

Tooth and Grade 13. (Normally rapids are graded from<br />

1 to 6!). we ‘bivvied’ under the stars and were rained<br />

on by stinging caterpillars which excited several of the<br />

boys convinced they were going to die, but no wild<br />

boars this year.. The paddling was fantastic and again<br />

we were impressed by the tenacity of our students.<br />

It was a fantastic adventure and my thanks goes to the<br />

parents for supporting it, the staff who went and made<br />

it possible , the office brigade who kept me sane and<br />

without whom it could not have happened but most<br />

of my thanks go to the students who were absolutely<br />

wonderful! Looking forward to the next one already!!<br />

Paul Dark<br />

The 150th Anniversary at the Cathedral for the Daughters<br />

of Divine Charity was a very special occasion. The<br />

pupils sang with enthusiasm and all who had individual<br />

tasks exceeded expectations. It was a wonderful<br />

community effort with<br />

school staff, Bishop<br />

Alan, several Priests,<br />

parishioners, friends<br />

and parents joining in<br />

our celebration. Gavin,<br />

the Manager at the<br />

Cathedral, worked with<br />

his team and Kirsty and our catering & maintenance<br />

staff to pull off a very successful BBQ. Many parishioners<br />

at the Cathedral praised the organisation and good<br />

behaviour of the pupils. The children enjoyed seeing<br />

the Sisters from Chesterfield and Hunstanton. Thank<br />

you to Impsons Butchers, CC Wells Fruiterers and Bonzo<br />

Country Bakers.<br />

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The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Hares<br />

Students have been busy decorating our TNHA hares<br />

as part the celebrations for Norfolk Day on 27th July.<br />

Look out for the finished articles around the town.<br />

Creative Arts Trip<br />

This terms Creative Arts trip was a monster of a<br />

hit! Over 40 excited students visited Theatre Royal<br />

in Norwich, appreciating the sights and sounds of<br />

the City prior to the engaging show; eating alfresco,<br />

visiting the toy shop, cheering on street performers<br />

and soaking up the sun whilst appreciating the<br />

views of the Forum and Cathedral. For some, this<br />

was their first time experiencing a live performance<br />

at the Theatre - and one that will not be forgotten<br />

in a hurry; an energetic and engaging musical, that<br />

generated a lot of laughter! It wasn't long before<br />

all the students were standing up out of their seats,<br />

clapping and singing along to their favourite green<br />

ogre and loveable donkey!<br />

Anti Bullying Photostand Up To Bullying<br />

Marking National Stand up to Bullying Day, on 13th<br />

June, students at the academy were involved in<br />

thought provoking activities encouraging others<br />

to think about bullying and its long term effects.<br />

Students watched the message by Prince William the<br />

Duke of Cambridge and saw poignant accounts of the<br />

impact on young people their own age.<br />

Anti Bullying Posters<br />

In order to promote awareness amongst their peers<br />

and encouraging them to be ‘up standees’ rather than<br />

bystanders students designed badges highlighting<br />

the need to report bullying.<br />

World Cup Theme At Sports Day<br />

Fantastic sunny weather greeted our annual Sports<br />

Event this year. The two day event was opened with a<br />

ceremony celebrating a World Cup Theme. Colleges<br />

each devised performances and Art to celebrate<br />

their given countries to include the Icelandic<br />

thunderclap, Mexico’s Mariachi music, Brazilian<br />

Samba and even Kylie Minogue’s locomotion! During<br />

the first day students represented their college by<br />

competing in field events. The second day was made<br />

up of track athletics. In addition to the traditional<br />

athletics events, every student competed for points<br />

in the college games. This included a wide range of<br />

activities such as tug-of-war, sports quiz, obstacle<br />

courses and the opening ceremony. Over 20 athletics<br />

records were broken and 122 medals awarded. After<br />

two days of intense competition, Kestrels came out<br />

as this year’s Sports Day champions!<br />

Workshop Club<br />

If you happened to be in the Design Technology<br />

area after school you would hear music and the<br />

sound of machinery. Although lessons are over -<br />

the Workshop Club is in full swing! Students are<br />

undertaking all manner of projects, using saws,<br />

drills, planes etc. to make items such as Dolls’ House<br />

(along with miniature furniture), Bird Houses and<br />

sets for the Drama Department etc. under the expert<br />

guidance of Mr. Vail. Often covered in paint and<br />

sawdust the students can’t think of a better way to<br />

enjoy themselves.<br />

The World Of Work<br />

Vets, schools, engineering, local business and garages<br />

are just some of the places our Year 10 students are<br />

visiting for work experience this week. During this<br />

vital phase of their education they will discover more<br />

about the ‘world of work’, learning interpersonal<br />

skills, good timekeeping etc. and gain an idea of<br />

where they may wish to take their future career. We<br />

look forward to hearing more about their adventures<br />

when they return.<br />

Jill Hambright<br />

PA to Principal/Admin. Manager/Clerk to Governors<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

01760 726152<br />

Email: Jill.Hambright@tnha.org.uk<br />

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

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

be as follows:-<br />

Wednesday 1st<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 5th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 8th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 12th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 15th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 19th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 22nd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 26th<br />

Flower Festival Weekend<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Songs of Praise<br />

Wednesday 29th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 2nd September<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Buzzbox<br />

A hive of activity for young families. 10.00 am to<br />

12.00 noon on the 3rd Saturday of each month,<br />

in the parish church (except August). Each session<br />

has a themed ‘Sharing Circle’; illustrated and acted<br />

stories from the Bible; children’s discussions;<br />

songs; prayers; and birthday celebrations. The<br />

next meeting will be in church at 10.00am on 15th<br />

September. All are welcome.<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of the Mothers’ Union<br />

usually meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 9th August<br />

which is Mary Sumner Day. Mary Sumner was the<br />

founder of Mothers’ Union, and on this occasion<br />

something special is being planned. Enquiries to<br />

Anne on 336328<br />

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

New resource for town at Methodist Church<br />

Coming into town on London Street, you can’t fail to<br />

have noticed as you passed the Methodist church,<br />

contractors at work. <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Methodists have<br />

‘seen the light’ and realise that, churches have to<br />

become places where people can be involved in all<br />

sorts of activities in an up to date, welcoming and<br />

safe environment. In this major regeneration project<br />

which has taken four years to come to fruition, the<br />

interior of the church will be transformed to provide<br />

a bright, open space, laid with a new floor. Underfloor<br />

heating, powered by green energy air source heat<br />

pumps will keep the church at a constant ambient<br />

temperature and help to reduce the town’s carbon<br />

footprint. New, stackable chairs are replacing the<br />

pews so that church services can be held in different<br />

formations from traditional to modern, or the space<br />

can be completely cleared for activities ranging from<br />

fitness and well-being classes to music and drama<br />

activities. The church, as before, will be available<br />

to local groups and while the welcome will be the<br />

same, the facilities will be greatly enhanced.<br />

Among the new resources is a refreshment servery<br />

within the church space as well as new all-ability<br />

access to the washrooms. This will mean that two<br />

separate groups can make use of the church and the<br />

church hall at the same time, having independent<br />

access to facilities. New audio-visual functions are<br />

being installed with one-touch set-up so that sound<br />

and projection as well as internet access will all<br />

be ‘on tap’. Work started on the 18th June and is<br />

scheduled to be completed by the end of October.<br />

Once the building works are signed off, local artist,<br />

Eddie Goodridge will start work on a major project to<br />

create a church-town-county mural across one entire<br />

wall of the refurbished interior, bringing together<br />

Christian themes and local life. This, the church<br />

hopes, will become a wonderful teaching resource<br />

and focal point for enquiring minds.<br />

The refurbished rooms will be available for use and<br />

for hire towards the end of the year. All information<br />

will be made available through the newsletter.<br />

swaffhamvolunteerhub@gmail.com<br />

Fancy working at the library? At a care home? At<br />

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

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

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

NB please note change of venue until further notice;<br />

also no coffee mornings until further notice<br />

Fri Aug 3rd 9.30am Power of Prayer ‘Hafod’,<br />

Shoemaker Lane, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Sun Aug 5th Morning Worship 10.45am Parish Church<br />

Rooms, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Refreshments<br />

served afterwards.<br />

Fri Aug 10th 9.30am Power of Prayer ‘Hafod’,<br />

Shoemaker Lane, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Sun Aug 12th Morning Worship 10.45am<br />

Parish Church Rooms, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

Fri Aug 17th 9.30am Power of Prayer ‘Hafod’,<br />

Shoemaker Lane, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Sun Aug 19th Morning Worship 10.45am<br />

Parish Church Rooms, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

Fri Aug 24th 9.30am Power of Prayer ‘Hafod’,<br />

Shoemaker Lane, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Sun Aug 26th Morning Worship 10.45am<br />

Parish Church Rooms, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

Fri Aug 31st 9.30am Power of Prayer ‘Hafod’,<br />

Shoemaker Lane, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />



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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

We are always up for a challenge, so when we were<br />

asked to decorate two hares we were in heaven. The<br />

hares reflect <strong>Swaffham</strong> and of course the day centre.<br />

The ladies worked their magic on an idea I had; just<br />

look at what they did; amazing doesn’t come close to<br />

what they have achieved. They say from an acorn a<br />

oak tree grows, well that is what happened here. They<br />

took the idea and made it something so special. All<br />

the work was done by our clients with a little guidance<br />

from both the Jo’s who are both very creative with<br />

the craft ideas and activities they devise. By the time<br />

you read this all the hares will have been displayed,<br />

I hope you all enjoyed finding them and admired the<br />

hard work that went in to making everyone of them.<br />

I would like to thank the organisers of this event and<br />

ask that we can please have some more so everyone<br />

can show case their skills; this is a great platform for<br />

people to be able to say we are here, just see what<br />

we can do next.<br />

Steph has reached a special 0 birthday and everyone<br />

at the Merle Boddy sends her much love and best<br />

wishes. As she was saying goodbye to her 30’s Steph<br />

had a present everyday for a week, just to ease<br />

her into her noughties. Saying goodbye is always<br />

traumatic, but the 40’s are the new 30’s, so back to<br />

square one!<br />

The Merle Boddy Centre has been very fortunate to<br />

have students placed here from colleges. This time<br />

we had Kaylin who has been a real asset to the team.<br />

We hope that Kaylin will go on to achieve what she<br />

wants from her career, what ever that may be.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church<br />

We have recently enjoyed a wonderful holiday, with<br />

our family, in beautiful Perthshire, Scotland. The<br />

weather was warm and sunny and really enabled us<br />

to get out into the stunning surroundings of Loch Tay.<br />

Our children and grandchildren all live away from<br />

Norfolk so to meet up is special to us and we all<br />

enjoy spending time together. I sometimes wonder<br />

if we would get on so well if we lived together all of<br />

the time, but, as we don't, we can catch up and find<br />

out each others' news.<br />

This set me thinking of the Churches in <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

and in particular of Churches together. Each<br />

denomination has different traditions, and those of<br />

us who go to Church, choose the one that suits us<br />

best, but when we get together for the occasional<br />

events, we really enjoy hearing of other’s experiences<br />

and customs and sharing together. We can learn so<br />

much from others if we spend time with them and<br />

I'm sure you would be very welcome to visit any<br />

Church and see.<br />

We, at the Baptist Church, love to have visitors, and<br />

can assure you of a warm welcome. Just as a family,<br />

we are not perfect [far from it] but we try to show<br />

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

Iceni Young Leaders, part of the<br />

Iceni Youth Club, celebrated the<br />

National EqualiTea event with their<br />

own celebration of Inspirational<br />

Women and Young People. Lion<br />

President Pam Tallon was delighted to be asked to<br />

take part along with other leading women from the<br />

town. The Youth Team decided to celebrate 90 years<br />

since the Representation of the People Act 1928,<br />

which gave men and women over 21 the equal right<br />

to vote. The evening turned into a lively debate on<br />

a range of subjects associated with equality. The<br />

event finished off with tea and cakes prepared by the<br />

young people.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were only too pleased to answer<br />

the call to help marshal the crowds at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

Beating the Retreat which was held in the Market<br />

Place. With capacity crowds, the main tasks for the<br />

team of eight Lions, was keeping the public safe along<br />

the busy main road and monitoring the car parking.<br />

With family budgets being stretched and a rise in<br />

homeless people, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions approached Tesco<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> to arrange a three day food collection<br />

for the Mid Norfolk foodbank. The foodbank covers<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, Fakenham and Dereham. The food is<br />

sorted in Dereham before distribution to the three<br />

towns. With the support of the generous customers<br />

at Tesco over 120kg of food was collected on the first<br />

day, in total the Lions collected 566kg of food over<br />

the 3 day period. Non-food items such as female<br />

sanitary items, shampoo, shower gel, washing up<br />

liquid and toilet paper were also collected.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Lions were happy to support<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice at their Relay<br />

Together event at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club. The Lions<br />

had their ever popular Pig Race game where children<br />

and adults had great fun cheering on their pig. The<br />

team also handed out the Lions Message in a Bottle<br />

containers which is an aid to the paramedics when<br />

on an emergency call at a patients home.<br />

At <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions Change Over evening<br />

a new member was inducted into the club; Hazel<br />

Catlett had been a Lion at Chippenham before<br />

moving to <strong>Swaffham</strong> with her husband Peter.<br />

Lion President, Pam Tallon, had the pleasure of<br />

awarding a Melvin Jones Fellowship to Colin Mowles<br />

for his outstanding service to the Lions over the past<br />

thirty four years. Colin, who is a founder member of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions, has held all of the officer posts in<br />

the club as well as zone and district appointments.<br />

Melvin Jones was the founder of the Lions Club.<br />

The first club was in Chicago in 1917 and is now in<br />

over 200 countries. It is awarded to members for<br />

dedicated humanitarian services.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions have a new President,<br />

Alan Jude, who has taken over from Pam Tallon at<br />

a Changeover event held in<br />

the Conservative Club. Pam<br />

said that she had enjoyed<br />

her year especially being<br />

involved with the young<br />

people and the community<br />

in general. Alan has been<br />

President of a London<br />

Lions club before moving to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> with his wife Julie.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Royal British Legion<br />

When the Band of the Grenadier Guards marched<br />

onto <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place my heart nearly burst<br />

with pride! I was proud of them, yes, but also so<br />

proud of our Town and its people. Everything that I<br />

had only seen in my mind up to then was played out<br />

in front of me, thanks to the help of the Town Council<br />

and others. The Market Place looked like a Parade<br />

Ground and was just so well suited to such an event,<br />

with the Butter Cross and other historic buildings<br />

surrounding it adding to the spectacle. The sun<br />

shone, the cool breeze, that I had been concerned<br />

might make things awkward for the Standard<br />

Bearers, dropped, and it became warmer. In spite<br />

of a large number of people there we didn’t hear<br />

of any incidents. Truly <strong>Swaffham</strong> at its best! Deputy<br />

Lord Lieutenant Sir William Cubitt Wilson took the<br />

salute. Sir William is also County President of the<br />

Royal British Legion and I believe was once in the<br />

Coldstream Guards. The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch Standard<br />

was carried by Gavin MacFarlane borrowed for the<br />

ocassion from Dickleborough Branch as we haven’t<br />

at present got a Standard Bearer. Francis Barker of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> carried the Womens’ Section Standard<br />

and the other Standards were from various Norfolk<br />

Branches. I’m sure you will agree they did a great job.<br />

We needed a flag and flagpole and also somebody to<br />

lower the flag at the appropriate time and I called<br />

on the help of our friends from RAF Marham who<br />

proudly came along and performed that duty. It was<br />

great to see a gentleman from the Royal Chelsea<br />

Hospital in his uniform really enjoying the evening<br />

and the little boy wearing a Grenadier Guards<br />

uniform complete with bearskin. Beating Retreat<br />

was fabulous to watch; the red and black uniforms,<br />

the black bearskins, instruments that shone as much<br />

as the boots! The evening concert in the Parish<br />

Church was an astounding success and we had over<br />

four hundred people in attendance. The programme<br />

was varied and included a beautiful rendition of<br />

‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables sung by a<br />

young Guardsman with the most wonderful voice.<br />

There were Band pieces, also a sing-a-long to ‘Songs<br />

that won the War’with two Guards taking to the<br />

microphones and encouraging us all to join in. They<br />

were clearly enjoying themselves as much as us. All<br />

in all a great finale to the day and I for one won’t<br />

forget the day the Band of the Grenadier Guards<br />

came to <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Cllr Anne Thorpe<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch, President & Poppy Appeal Organiser<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

On a beautiful warm & sunny<br />

afternoon Sporle WI entertained<br />

a most enthusiastic young woman<br />

whose topic The Hawk & Owl Trust, Sculthorpe<br />

Moor was so interesting the time flew by and we<br />

could have listened to her all afternoon. In fact she<br />

stayed with us for tea and cake and talked with the<br />

members of her life with the trust and how she<br />

goes around talking to groups much as ourselves,<br />

school children and visitors to the 2 centres they<br />

have. The writer actually remembers one of the<br />

birds of prey and recently while sitting in the garden<br />

guessed why the pigeons had gone deathly quiet –<br />

a bustard was flying about our heads – oh that it<br />

was there all the time!!!<br />

There seemed quite a lot of business this month and<br />

the secretary went through it after our refreshment<br />

break. Some of the members were a little tired as<br />

they had been on an exchange visit to Germany and<br />

only got home at midnight the night before. They<br />

had enjoyed the trip as their hosts had been keen<br />

to show them all the sights during their 4 days. We<br />

were reminded about the Breast Cancer Care fund<br />

raising event (July 27th) and our summer outing to<br />

the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.<br />

Members and friends have taken most seats on the<br />

coach and the remaining ones are being offered to<br />

other WI’s in the area. 2019 is going to be a bumper<br />

year for the WI with so many special events taking<br />

place. The programme is now complete and with a<br />

new WI logo it promises to be a very busy time.<br />

Sporle WI every third TUESDAY of the month 2pm – 4pm<br />

Pickenhams’ WI<br />

For our July Meeting we were<br />

entertained by Mr Paul Stevenson<br />

with Pictures and Slides of the most<br />

beautifully restored houses of all shapes and sizes<br />

which can be rented from the Landmark Trust for<br />

holidays and breaks. These are situated all over<br />

the countryside in the uk.some of which sleep one<br />

others twelve. Members agreed our trip to the<br />

Battle Area had been a Great Success.<br />

Future Plans include -:<br />

Mystery Tour on the 10th August. Still seats<br />

available. The trip includes morning coffee/tea,<br />

afternoon tea/coffee and cake plus coach travel<br />

and a surprise.<br />

Cost £28.50. Contact - Carolyn Vincent 01760<br />

755089 or Sue Pick - 01760 722439 for further<br />

details. Summer Picnic and Guided tour of Houghton<br />

on the Hill church for members on the 21st August.<br />

Please bring a plate of food and a chair.<br />

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Beachamwell & District WI<br />

Bollywood comes to the Beachamwell<br />

WI. Who said the WI was all Jam and<br />

Jerusalem ? In July, we had a chance to<br />

let our hair down with a Bollywood workshop led by<br />

Tina Vallance, from Jaya Dance. Tina put us through<br />

our paces learning a real Indian dance routine, which<br />

involved non-stop action, seemingly moving all body<br />

parts at once in opposite directions! A real workout!<br />

There were some creaky joints and mis-steps on the<br />

way, but soon we were ready to perform the whole<br />

routine, suitably dressed in colourful outfits. The<br />

evening ended with some Indian refreshments and<br />

social time. We were very pleased that a number of<br />

guests came to join us and we hope they enjoyed<br />

themselves. An interesting evening with good<br />

company and lots of laughter! Now, THAT is what the<br />

WI is all about!<br />

In total contrast, in August we will have a<br />

demonstration of knife and tool sharpening from<br />

“Mr Norfolk Sharp” on our usual meeting night and<br />

later in the month, a bonus afternoon tea in Carole’s<br />

lovely garden on 16th August at 2.30, weather<br />

permitting. This WILL involve jam – and scones, but<br />

not Jerusalem!!! As always, visitors or prospective<br />

new members are very welcome to join us. Contact:<br />

01366 327023 or 01366 328589<br />

Maggie Mackenzie

Beachamwell Fete and Country Fair<br />

What better way to end the summer holidays than at<br />

a Fete and Country Fair in one of the area’s prettiest<br />

villages? This event is being held on the village green<br />

Beachamwell from 12 noon to 5pm on Saturday 1<br />

September, next to the picturesque thatched church<br />

of St Mary’s.<br />

Fete and Country Fair favourites include a Dog Show<br />

and Clay Pigeon Shoot. There will be a number of<br />

traditional games and activities for you to enjoy<br />

including a coconut shy, hook the duck, children’s<br />

activities, a duck lottery, tractor pulling and egg<br />

throwing – something to keep the whole family<br />

entertained.<br />

Beachamwell Bric-a-Brac Marquee is a legendary<br />

place for picking up bargains, and if you want to treat<br />

yourself to something special, or need a gift for a<br />

friend or family member, there will be stalls selling a<br />

wide range of work by local artists and crafts people.<br />

Local groups like the WI and Book Group will also<br />

have stalls<br />

If you get hungry or thirsty you can treat yourself to<br />

a barbecue, teas and homemade cakes, authentic<br />

Indian food and delicious ice cream – not to mention<br />

the bar tent which will be serving real ale, wine and<br />

soft drinks.<br />

Come rain or shine, this year’s event promises to<br />

be bigger and better than ever, so put it on your<br />

calendar. For more information, tel: 01366 328536<br />

Just Hair Coffee Morning<br />

We would like to to say a huge thank you to everyone<br />

who helped and supported our coffee morning on<br />

Wed 25th June in the Assembly Rooms <strong>Swaffham</strong> in<br />

aid of the National Autistic Society. Your never ending<br />

generosity is amazing, supporting every fundraising<br />

event that we organise. We are very fortunate to<br />

have such wonderful customers, friends and family<br />

and all your efforts together with the brilliant match<br />

funding from Barclays made possible by our fantastic<br />

friend Mark Jackson of the Fakenham branch means<br />

we raised an amazing £2,500. We cannot thank<br />

everyone enough.<br />

All our love from, Gill, Keith,<br />

all our girls at Just Hair and our niece Lucy,<br />

Just Hair London Marathon Run<br />

Many of you will know that our fundraising effort<br />

for 2018 -2019 is focused on our London Marathon<br />

run in April 2019. We are running for the National<br />

Autistic Society, a charity very close to our hearts<br />

as our niece Lucy has an 8 year old son Cole who is<br />

Autistic. I along with Tanya, Terry our son, John Higgs<br />

and Lucy are now in training in readiness for next<br />

year. Our target is £15,000 -£20,000 which if we can<br />

reach it would bring the total we have raised over<br />

the last 34 years, to £300,000, for many different<br />

charities. We started fundraising in 1984 after I<br />

was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 29.<br />

We have many events planned during the next few<br />

months including our flagship charity ball at Lynford<br />

Hall, Mundford. on Saturday 27th November 2018.<br />

We are very nearly sold out already so if anyone<br />

is interested in attending please call Gill on 01760<br />

721237 or 07881 585509. The other events will be<br />

publicised nearer the time of each one.<br />

We also have a Just Giving page set up if anyone<br />

would like to sponsor our London Marathon Run<br />

at Just Giving and go to our page at Just Hair London<br />

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Flower Festival at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Parish Church<br />

Held every two years the festival has attracted<br />

widespread acclaim for its displays and tableaux.<br />

It opens on Friday 24th August at 10am and<br />

continues until Monday 27th . Admission is free and<br />

programmes and refreshments will be available. On<br />

Friday 24th at 7.30pm the Phoenix Singers will give a<br />

concert in the church. Performing with them will be<br />

the soprano Amber Batten and guests. On Sunday<br />

26th at 6pm there will be a Songs of Praise service.<br />

11am<br />

Wednesday<br />

1st August<br />

Assembly Rooms<br />

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice Fundraisers held<br />

their “Relay Together” event on Sunday 17th June<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club<br />

on North Pickenham Road,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. The event took<br />

the form of a sponsored<br />

walk round the lower pitch<br />

at the club. Approximately<br />

25 teams took part with<br />

the walk starting at 13.30<br />

and finishing at 16.00.<br />

There were also stalls, a<br />

bouncy castle, slide and<br />

BBQ. In addition, our<br />

Summer Draw took place<br />

which commemorated<br />

the fact the Home Hospice celebrates its 30th<br />

anniversary this year. The draw offered 30 prizes, the<br />

majority of which were donated by local businesses<br />

and clubs and tourist attractions across Norfolk.<br />

Adrian Adcock, chair of the Home Hospice<br />

Fundraising Committee commented that it had<br />

been a brilliant day enjoyed by those attending and<br />

it is expected that the event will have raised in the<br />

region of £3500 once all sponsorship monies are to<br />

hand. We would like to thank all of the teams who<br />

took part and the many people who supported<br />

and sponsored the event. Thanks are due to the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club who allowed the Home<br />

Hospice the use of their facilities, to Pot of Gold for<br />

providing music for the majority of the afternoon,<br />

to the stallholders for their support, to Subway for<br />

water provision for the walkers and to Bookers in<br />

King’s Lynn for their generous donation of items for<br />

the BBQ and refreshment stalls.<br />

Thanks are also due to the members of the<br />

Fundraising Committee who put much effort into<br />

ensuring that the event would be the success it<br />

undoubtedly was.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Litcham Home Hospice<br />

Fundraising Committee work throughout the year<br />

organising events but we also receive support from<br />

within the community and from members of the<br />

public who organise their own events to raise funds<br />

for the Home Hospice. With this in mind, two events<br />

to share with you are:<br />

On Sunday 2nd September, 5pm to 8pm, the singing<br />

and entertainer duo ‘Back to Back’ will be at Castle<br />

Acre Village Hall. Entrance including tea, coffee and<br />

cake, is £5. Thanks to Libby Boulton for organising this<br />

event and kindly donating all proceeds to the Home<br />

Hospice. <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions will be selling<br />

tickets for their annual ‘trolley dash’ at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Tesco on 12th, 13th and 14th October. The draw<br />

will take place on 14th October at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Tesco<br />

and a date for the trolley dash will be organised with<br />

the winner. Thanks go to <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions,<br />

for this year choosing <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Litcham Home<br />

Hospice Support to be the beneficiary of this event.<br />

We hope both events are a success and that many of<br />

our supporters go along or buy tickets. If you would<br />

like to arrange an event to help raise funds for the<br />

Home Hospice do get in touch with the team on<br />

01760 722937.<br />

18 19<br />

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

Members of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Swimming Pool group are<br />

delighted to announce that we have been granted<br />

charitable status. From now on we will<br />

be known as <strong>Swaffham</strong> Swimming<br />

Pool CIO. The group is registered<br />

charity number 1178956.<br />

The group has also had a<br />

challenging meeting with officers of<br />

Breckland Council and also Sport<br />

England, who still need convincing that there is<br />

enough interest in a pool in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. But we shall<br />

continue our campaign - the plans are very exciting.<br />

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

Greetings to all old and new choir members.<br />

You may have heard the sad news that The Rainbow<br />

Community Choir has now disbanded. However, fear<br />

not, you'll be thrilled to learn that we have risen<br />

again with a new name and a new choir leader.<br />

So, welcome to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Voices, a brand new choir<br />

with an exciting new range of songs, including folk,<br />

blues, country and western and maybe a bit of gospel<br />

thrown into the mix!! We are so looking forward to<br />

welcoming and working with our very talented new<br />

choir leader. Our new term commences on Tuesday<br />

18th September at 7.30 at our usual venue, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre. There are 13 familiar faces in the<br />

new choir who would love to see "the old faces and<br />

friends" back amongst us and also any new comers.<br />

So, do come along on the 18th September to see<br />

what's on offer - it may be the kind of new choir you<br />

are looking to join. It is a completely free session,<br />

open to everyone and a great chance for us all to<br />

meet up again.<br />

For further information please contact Norman<br />

on 01760 724510 or email normanrevill1951@<br />

btinternet.com<br />

Suffield & Hilton Court Summer Fete<br />

Saturday 11th August<br />

10am until 1pm<br />

•Raffle •Live music with ‘Back 2 Back’<br />

•Bric-a-brac •Tombola •Clothes<br />

•Books •DVDs •CDs •Games<br />

•Homemade Cakes •Jewellery<br />

•Tea/Coffee •Cold drinks<br />

•Sausage & Bacon Rolls<br />

Fun for all the family<br />

Entrance on London Street

Ashill & Holme Hale Gardening Club<br />

In contrast to the talk by Rosie Wood in May about<br />

commercial vegetable<br />

growing, Charlotte<br />

Philcox spoke at the<br />

June meeting about<br />

‘getting the most from<br />

your veggie plot’. This<br />

was a return visit by<br />

Charlotte who, as<br />

usual, had lots of tips.<br />

She grows her veg in<br />

plots no larger than<br />

12x4 feet with straw<br />

between for kneeling<br />

and walking on. Her<br />

favourite tool is a lady’s border fork as she does<br />

not believe in digging because it disturbs the<br />

worms and microscopic creatures which live in<br />

the top 4inches and are essential for healthy soil.<br />

A light ‘tickle’ and a good mulch before the next<br />

rotational crop is all that is required. Charlotte<br />

is also a fan of experimenting with non-garden<br />

related items, such as old oven racks. Among other<br />

uses these can be laid on newly sown ground to<br />

prevent digging by cats and birds. Mice can also<br />

be deterred from eating your peas if you place<br />

holly leaves around them.<br />

Sow a few lettuces every two weeks for successive<br />

harvesting but not after mid-summer’s day.<br />

Thereafter go for the Oriental greens such as Pak<br />

Choi. If you want to store strawberries through<br />

the winter don’t freeze the whole fruit as they<br />

only go soggy when defrosted. Try blitzing them<br />

in a blender and freezing the puree in small pots.<br />

Charlotte’s maxim for vegetable growing is to grow<br />

what you enjoy eating and what is most expensive<br />

in the shops. She also advocates being brave and<br />

trying something new.<br />

The previous Sunday was our annual flower show.<br />

Despite competition from England’s match in the<br />

World Cup, there were over 200 entries and praise<br />

from the judges for the high standard. Best in Show<br />

went to Jeanne Flynn for her imaginative ‘flower<br />

arrangement in a saucepan’. The tombola and<br />

plant stall sold out and the refreshment counter<br />

did a roaring trade. Thank you to everyone who<br />

helped and, in particular, the Flower Show Group<br />

who are responsible for organising the event.<br />

What’s next:<br />

23rd August - Gardeners’ Question Time + Fruit &<br />

Vegetable Show<br />

27th September - AGM + Jane Steward - ‘Reviving<br />

the Medlar’<br />

Local author at Ceres Bookshop<br />

With the recent launch of ShopAppy to raise the<br />

importance and profile of using local businesses<br />

it is good to know that it is possible to buy books<br />

by local authors. One such author is Jan Foster -<br />

Bartlett. She is a member of the Phoenix writers, a<br />

writing group who meet once a month in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and have a waiting list for new members. The group<br />

first began life in 2009 when Kelvin Jones a then<br />

Norfolk based author put on a number of creative<br />

writing workshops at the Green Parrot. After the<br />

workshops the group adjourned to Ceres Bookshop<br />

for tea and cake. Jan says she never imagined back<br />

then that she would see her books sitting on the<br />

shelf. Her first novel Echoes at Greysmead and its<br />

sequel Revenge at Greysmead are set in the fictional<br />

village of Greysmead where after her divorce, Alison<br />

Greenways buys a dilapidated property that was<br />

once part of an old Abbey complex. Through ghostly<br />

encounters she slowly uncovers the events that the<br />

village has held secret for nearly five hundred years<br />

and learns of the tragic love story of Mary. Their<br />

worlds slowly connect until past and present finally<br />

meet with terrifying consequences.The sequel takes<br />

place fifteen years later. Both books are available to<br />

buy in Ceres Bookshop along with other books by<br />

local authors.<br />

Calling all<br />

budding artists<br />

Gallery Iceni<br />

needs you!<br />

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

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

like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

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

interested, then please call us on<br />

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

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena<br />

Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall<br />

Next Film Nights- Meryl<br />

Streep, 28th August-<br />

‘Finding Your Feet’, stars<br />

Celia Imrie and Imelda<br />

Staunton.<br />

Local Lottery<br />

We have launched our<br />

own lottery page on the new Breckland local lottery,<br />

which will enable people to support us and other<br />

good causes in Breckland. There’s a weekly draw for<br />

prizes up to £25000. 50% of the value of all tickets<br />

sold from our page comes to FDMH and a further<br />

10% goes to other good causes In Breckland. Tickets<br />

cost only £1 per week and the usual method is to set<br />

up a monthly direct debit. It’s very easy to join the<br />

website. All the monies will go towards improving<br />

DMH, so please join if you can.<br />

ourbrecklandlottery.co.uk/support/friends-ofdereham-memorial-hall.<br />

Hank Wangford<br />

Hank Wangford is playing for us at the Memorial Hall<br />

on 29th June at 7.30pm. Hanks music is never glitzy,<br />

shiny, sweet end of country, he’s more grimestone<br />

than rhinestone. The show is full of fun and will<br />

appeal to non-country fans too. Hank’s band, The<br />

Lost Cowboys, is full of brilliant instrumentalists<br />

who love to play together. This is a concert not to<br />

miss, tickets via Ticketsource or Bright and Beautiful<br />

Flowers.<br />

Membership of FDMH.<br />

It’s not too late to join for 2018, for £10 individual/£15<br />

household. Benefits include your twice-yearly<br />

brochure in the post, advance booking for some<br />

events, discounted film nights, free Coffee Plus<br />

voucher and the knowledge that you’ll be helping<br />

the efforts of FDMH to improve the offer at Dereham<br />

Memorial Hall.<br />

Georgie Fame<br />

Superstar musician performs at the Opening Concert<br />

of Dereham Blues Festival 2018! It sold out ages ago<br />

and we hope that all 280 patrons will have a great<br />

time! Regulations state that we can only have a<br />

seated audience so many people have not been able<br />

to get a seat.<br />

Red Card Comedy Club Returns!<br />

Make a diary note and order your tickets for Friday<br />

14th September for another helping of top drawer<br />

stand up. Under the Red Card banner, four excellent<br />

comedians will be appearing at DMH. Last year the<br />

show was simply fabulous and we’ve been promised<br />

a bill of up and coming and established performers<br />

to match! Details next time. Only £13 a seat!<br />

Talking of Dereham at its Best…<br />

Congratulations to the 70 or more voluntary<br />

organisations who have taken it on themselves to<br />

link up together and form the new ‘about Dereham’<br />

group, with the aims of making Dereham a better<br />

20 21<br />

place to live in and visit. FMDH are proud to be<br />

part of ‘about Dereham’ and love the idea of the<br />

voluntary sector making a positive difference. The<br />

website at htpps://aboutDereham.org is a great first<br />

step – do look at it. The newsletter was compiled<br />

by Tim Cara. Contact via Timcara@hotmail.co.uk or<br />

01362 696900<br />

Tovertafel Demonstration<br />

There will be a free demonstration of a Tovertafel at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms, 11am on Wednesday<br />

1st August. A what?<br />

Tovertafel is Dutch for<br />

Magic Table and it is an<br />

interactive light table<br />

which helps people<br />

with dementia, and<br />

others with barriers<br />

to learning, to interact<br />

11am<br />

with their surroundings. Wednesday <strong>Swaffham</strong> Mayor Cllr Colin<br />

Houghton is keen to support 1st Augustthe possible acquisition<br />

Assembly Rooms<br />

of a Tovertafel for the town and would like to invite<br />

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

all interested parties to the Assembly Rooms to take<br />

a look for themselves. More information on what a<br />

Tovertafel is can be found at https://tovertafel.co.uk<br />

or via this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?<br />

v=oCV1iXrmjkM&feature=youtu.be<br />

Age Concern<br />

In June Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District took<br />

a coach full of members to Cambridge where they<br />

enjoyed a punt on the river Cam - a lovely sunny<br />

afternoon followed by some free time in Cambridge.<br />

Our next outing will be The beating of the retreat at<br />

Thursford in September<br />

If you are interested in joining us either on a trip out<br />

or to our monthly meetings in the Assembly Rooms<br />

please contact our membershup secretary Vicky on<br />

01760 627031 or John ( our events coordinator) on<br />

01760 720140.

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

Special Note - We are planning a big fundraising weekend given by international Russian pianist<br />

and organist, Olga Stone in the Parish Church on Saturday evening, 29th September. *Also on the<br />

following afternoon, Sunday, September 30th * , Olga’s husband Ian will be giving one of his amusing<br />

illustrated talks in the Assembly Rooms entitled “From Lord Nelson to me – encounters with polar<br />

bears and how to survive them”. Please put these dates in your diaries, all welcome – full details<br />

next month and also see our posters / flyers.<br />

As always, we would be pleased to welcome new members to join Age Concern so they can benefit<br />

from the various events being organised. Our Membership Secretary Vicky is the contact, see details<br />

below, or just turn up at one of our entertainment afternoons on the last Tuesday in each month, 2<br />

pm in the Assembly Rooms (in house) and join there.<br />

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

Upcoming events are:<br />

August 28th – Summer Party – (in house)<br />

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

September 29th – (note date) Concert in the Parish Church – 7.30 pm as above *<br />

September 30th – (note date) Talk in the Assembly Rooms, 3 pm as above (in house)*<br />

October 30th – Able Care and McMillan – talks (in house)<br />

For <strong>Swaffham</strong> Support Services, please see our advert below.<br />

Our office in the Community Centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from<br />

9 am to 4 pm from where an Information Pack for both Buddying and Befriending<br />

can be obtained. Please contact Lorraine in the office, phone (07393 981 295).<br />

For trips out, our contact is John Clarke. Chair, Diane Sanderson, 725715; deputy<br />

Chair, Barbara Clarke, 720140, Treasurer, James Dean, 720756; Trips Organiser,<br />

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

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The Charity is currently inviting applications<br />

from individuals under the age of 21, living<br />

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seeking financial assistance in cases of need<br />

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instruments, outfits plus educational<br />

trips; including assistance for those leaving<br />

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Wednesday 15 th August, 2pm<br />

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This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1<br />



In conjunction with the Towns branch of the British Legion we want to create the opportunity for the<br />

whole of our community to mark this special time. I also hope that our neighbouring villages will support<br />

this display. From the beginning of October through to Remembrance Sunday there will be the<br />

opportunity for you individually or collectively to add your poppy to the display or add larger poppy<br />

panels that you have created.<br />

Our schools will be participating with there own creative displays and I hope that as many as possible of<br />

our local organisations/clubs/charities/business will want to add their own parts to our display,<br />

for example this can include knitted poppies.<br />

There will be opportunities to add to both external and internal display. So some can be suitable to<br />

withstand the weather whilst others can be displayed internally in places such as the church,<br />

shop windows etc<br />

Further info/detail is available from the Town Hall. Equally I am happy to talk to anyone about ideas<br />

or specific contributions they might like to make<br />



COLIN HOUGHTON, TOWN MAYOR Mobile: 07767 262108 Email: colin@houghton789.plus.com<br />

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

President’s Corner<br />

Just a month ago we had our Annual<br />

Handover Ceremony at the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Golf Club when I donned the chain for<br />

the next year.It is a tremendous honour to lead this<br />

great Rotary Club this year - and with President-Elect<br />

Steve Ward to celebrate our 50th Anniversary that I<br />

referred to in last month’s column.<br />

Since then we have held our annual Strawberry Tea<br />

for the elderly and infirm at The Maltings Residential<br />

Home in Cley Road. This was organised again by our<br />

Rotarian Jeanette Langner who worked so hard to<br />

arrange this event with support from the Club of<br />

course but it involved a great deal of hard work (<br />

for instance she personally interviewed 57 invitees).<br />

Rotarian Peter Waddison from The King’s Lynn<br />

Priory Rotary Club provided excellent music and had<br />

everyone laughing with his humour. We look forward<br />

to organising this event again next year.<br />

My theme this year is The Environment. Due to<br />

rising global temperatures there is a threat to us all,<br />

but especially the underprivileged and vulnerable<br />

members of society in the world. Therefore we need<br />

to protect our natural resources and so as a Club<br />

we wish to make Environmental issues part of our<br />

service agenda this year. We intend to plant trees<br />

where we find the right locations and demand. One<br />

of our intentions as part of our 50th Anniversary<br />

celebrations is to Plant 50 trees in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

District.<br />

We are very happy to support The Town Team and<br />

the Iceni Partnership in the exciting Community<br />

Garden & Picnic Area at the end of Campingland due<br />

to take place this July.<br />

We were so disappointed, as so many people in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> were, at the sudden closure of The Green<br />

Britain Centre, making the staff suddenly redundant.<br />

We had three functions planned there. It was a<br />

significant and important icon for <strong>Swaffham</strong> and we<br />

hope that all is not lost for the future.Similarly it has<br />

had an effect on the excellent Garden Science Trust.<br />

This is an educational Charity Trust which does so<br />

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much for so many people needing their services and<br />

those with special needs - to develop a wide range<br />

of life skills through gardening, science and crafts.<br />

Behind the Green Britain Centre they work in a large<br />

organic garden, with a Portacabin classroom and<br />

office. There is an Apple Orchard with rare Norfolk<br />

varieties and is a National treasure and they work<br />

with The Escape Project who are also affected by the<br />

closure.Both organisations need everyone’s help and<br />

support at this time. Contact Pat Welsh if you can or<br />

donate, tel no. 01760 726746.<br />

Parkruns<br />

On Saturday 26th May the very first <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

parkrun commenced at 9am on the field adjacent<br />

to the Nicholas Hamond Academy, in Brandon Road,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Parkruns are held throughout the country<br />

on Saturday mornings and they are FREE.<br />

I am a participant in the<br />

Parkruns at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and I have been<br />

surprised to see how<br />

many different age<br />

groups take part. The<br />

event is well organised<br />

and although there<br />

are `serious` runners,<br />

there are also some<br />

who walk and steady<br />

jog the 5K course.<br />

It would be encouraging<br />

to see more coming along to the NHA on a Saturday<br />

morning at 9am especially whilst we are having<br />

such lovely weather at the moment. Thank you to<br />

all those folk who give their time to volunteer on<br />

Saturday mornings so that me and other like minded<br />

people can enjoy this FREE event also at the same<br />

time (and more importantly) getting exercise.<br />

Photos courtesy of Lynn News<br />

My appreciation, Linda Burton

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Beat Retreat 2018<br />

The Royal British Legion, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch alongside<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council were privileged to organise<br />

together a Beat Retreat event to commemorate 100<br />

years since the end of WW1. The event involved an<br />

outstanding display by the band of the Grenadier<br />

Guards, hot off their recent performance at the<br />

Queens Trooping of the Colour.<br />

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The Assembly Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7AB<br />

St Marys is a unique Church with Saxon Frescos and is on the<br />

pilgrimage route to Walsingham.<br />

By supporting the coffee morning you help us to preserve this<br />

historical Church. For futher information on the Church please<br />

visit our website<br />

www.houghtonstmarys.co.uk<br />

The evening started with the traditional salute being<br />

taken by Major General Sir William Cubitt KCVO CBE,<br />

Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Norfolk followed<br />

by the Band of the Grenadier Guards parading in the<br />

Market Place, displaying excellent musical timing<br />

and marching precision. This was the first visit for the<br />

Grenadier Guards to <strong>Swaffham</strong> and they have said<br />

how appreciated and welcomed they felt, expressing<br />

a wish to come back again in the future.<br />

The evening concluded with a rousing concert in<br />

the Church of St Peter & St Paul, featuring music<br />

and singing from the war years, modern musical<br />

theatre, big band swing and closing with the music<br />

of the last night of the proms. It was a warm sunny<br />

evening and the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> turned out in<br />

their multitudes to watch, remember and celebrate<br />

the occasion.<br />

On behalf of the Royal British Legion, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Branch and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council we would like<br />

to thank all our wonderful volunteers who helped<br />

organise and support the delivery of the event, not<br />

to mention the huge clean up exercise. Your support<br />

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SCALGA<br />

Greetings from the allotments.<br />

What a wonderful June and early July we have had,<br />

however, with the excessive heat, (up to 35 degrees<br />

in my garden), the plants and produce that were<br />

gaining ground after the monsoon rains and cold<br />

have struggled. Our strawberries were wonderful<br />

but over and done within a couple of weeks, and the<br />

potatoes that were put in late have really come to<br />

nothing. No doubt we should have been continuously<br />

watering as they do on the fields but there is a limit<br />

to how many watering cans one is prepared to carry<br />

I’m afraid the peas took priority this season.<br />

We had the judging of the Best Kept Allotment on<br />

the 12th July; Our President Roger Trowell assisted<br />

Brenda East with the judging this year. The winners<br />

will be announced at the Afternoon Tea on the<br />

9th September, 3pm in the Assembly rooms. All<br />

members welcome. Our next get together is the BBQ<br />

11th August.<br />

I am delighted to report that our pigeon is again<br />

nesting in the vine on our plot. I say nest, but looking<br />

at the random placing of about 10 twigs I really don’t<br />

know how the eggs are staying in place but she is<br />

sitting there quite oblivious to the danger of the<br />

slightest movement causing total collapse. Perhaps<br />

that’s how they build their nests and she’s not just a<br />

slovenly house builder?<br />

We have Henry the Eighth to thank for the wonderful<br />

selections of fruit in England today. He employed a<br />

Master Gardener to travel abroad and bring back<br />

the newest and best varieties of apples, pears and<br />

cherries growing in Europe. In 1533 numerous grafts<br />

were brought over and a model orchard at Teynham<br />

in Kent was formed. Hence the beginnings of what is<br />

now called the Gardens of England.<br />

We hope that August will be a good month for the<br />

children enjoying their school holidays and for the<br />

gardeners. There are raspberries, blackberries and<br />

sweetcorn to look forward to. The beetroot is looking<br />

good for pickling. Last year I bottled some pears with<br />

a stick of vanilla and a Star Anise, truly scrumptious<br />

with a custard or cream.<br />

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

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

of produce; young families, who don’t have time to<br />

spend on a large area; or just people who have never<br />

gardened before. Your only commitment is monthly<br />

so should you decide gardening is not for you then<br />

a month’s notice is all that is needed. For further<br />

information please contact us on the numbers below<br />

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

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

07919 888870 or 07919 888872.<br />

Enjoy your gardening.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

rooms with kitchenette areas that help to promote<br />

independence and social inclusion.<br />

The home has been designed to meet the needs<br />

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

care. This exciting new development meets our<br />

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

needs and providing the highest standards of care.<br />

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is<br />

focused around each person’s individual needs and<br />

wishes. We value and respect how each person<br />

chooses to spend their day.<br />

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs<br />

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly<br />

experienced and receive on-going training to make<br />

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.<br />

We really want to make a difference<br />

to the lives of the people we care for.<br />

With this in mind we have built the<br />

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

to making the design and layout<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

dementia.<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings and environment. It<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents every day.<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

people to take part in the daily living<br />

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

days to feel at home<br />

because the staff are<br />

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caring”<br />

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Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

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www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

Even ironing!<br />

Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<br />


2018 exhibitions<br />

From Beginning to End – the story of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

railways<br />

Images of <strong>Swaffham</strong>. A collection of paintings,<br />

posters and photographs.<br />

Includes a selection of photographs of old(er)<br />

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

Also available on application<br />

• Guided walks<br />

• Talks<br />

• School Activity Day - Carter meets Tutankhamun<br />

• Loan Boxes for schools, groups or families<br />

Museum rebranded!<br />

You might have noticed the new banner and signs<br />

at the museum recently. The work of the museum is<br />

very much telling the continuing story of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and its neighbourhood. Many of our visitors<br />

comment on how well we tell that story.<br />

World War 1 e-book<br />

Supported by Breckland World<br />

War Heritage Fund. If you<br />

have any family memories or<br />

documents about your <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

ancestors who lived through<br />

World War 1 in the town we<br />

would be grateful to receive them to include them in<br />

our e-book <strong>Swaffham</strong>'s Great War.<br />

Contact Sue on swaffhamheritage@gmail.com,<br />

phone 01760 721230 or pop in at Heritage.<br />

Books Required Urgently<br />

Wanted - Paperbacks in good condition to sell in the<br />

Museum Shop. Please deliver to the Museum during<br />

opening hours.<br />

New FoSM Members Wanted<br />

The present committee has vacancies and would<br />

love to see new faces at their meetings. If you are<br />

interested please contact Secretary on 01760 720756<br />

or Stuart Clapton 01760 722903<br />

The 100 Club<br />

Run by the Friends - open to ALL<br />

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

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

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

information contact Stan Roberts Tel: 07825885254<br />

or stanroberts4@icloud.com<br />

Prize winners:<br />

July draw - £40 No.25 / £20 No.63 / £10 No.7.<br />

Friends’ Events 2018<br />

Events are organised by the committee of the<br />

Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum. These help to raise<br />

funds towards the upkeep and ongoing expense of<br />

running a local museum. Open to non-members too.<br />

• BBQ Community Centre Sunday Aug 19 - from 12.30<br />

•Outing to Sheringham 40’s Weekend<br />

Sunday Sept 16<br />

• October Quiz & Chips - date tbc<br />

•Mulled Wine Party Suffield Court Sunday Dec 2<br />

For further details contact Secretary on 01760 720756<br />


A simple solution to wasting less through<br />

the sharing of good quality food.<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

Community Centre, The Campingland,<br />

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

The artefacts on display are chosen as much for<br />

their connection with the town as for any aesthetic<br />

value and we are increasingly gathering archives of<br />

organisations that no longer exist.<br />

By relabelling the museum to Heritage we are not<br />

only emphasising our rich history but also underlining<br />

our wish to collect, share, and make increasingly<br />

accessible to all, our considerable store of artefacts<br />

and documents. Little by little our 18th century<br />

building is embracing 21st century technology to<br />

make this possible.<br />

Wanted – Volunteers<br />

We are currently looking for volunteers to work in the<br />

Museum. We require Stewards for 3 hr sessions (10-<br />

1 or 1-4) And help with the Education team to work<br />

mainly with school visits. An interest in Egyptology<br />

would be helpful. For further information contact<br />

Steve Gregory 01760 721230<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri. Sat: 10am to 1pm<br />

Prices: adults £3. Concessions £2.50 Children 5 and<br />

over £1. Family tickets available.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum, Town Hall, London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DQ<br />

Tel: 01760 721 230<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

Trending Now - visit us there for up-todate<br />

news and events<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Relief in Need Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1072912<br />

Relief in Need is a Registered Charity which meets 6<br />

times a year, offering grants for a specific purpose for<br />

the relief of persons resident in the area of benefit<br />

(i.e. <strong>Swaffham</strong>) who are in need, hardship or distress.<br />

Application Forms are available from the Town Hall<br />

or reliefinneed@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

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

Would you like to join our monthly lunch club? We<br />

invite any retired Professional and Business ladies<br />

and gentlemen to obtain further information from<br />

our Secretary, Rod Goddard, Tel; 01760 722834.<br />

email: rodgoddard@hotmail.com<br />

It’s all very informal; annual membership fee is just £20<br />

plus the cost of the monthly lunch (sometimes<br />

including a speaker) usually held in the George Hotel,<br />

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

A different sort of accountant <br />

• Sole trader accounts <br />

• Company accounts <br />

• Management accounts <br />

• Buy to let returns <br />

• VAT returns <br />

• Tax returns <br />

• Payroll and wages <br />

• Business plans <br />

• CIS returns for building trade <br />

• Business consultancy and recovery <br />

Come and see us for a free chat and advice session -­‐ no obligation <br />

www.gybea.co.uk <br />

email info@gybea.co.uk <br />

7a Corn Exchange, Market Place <br />

Next to War Memorial <br />

01760 723830 <br />

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

A preview of the cover of the Group’s latest booklet,<br />

due to be published shortly and available for sale in<br />

the museum.<br />

The research was prompted by the ‘worst winter on<br />

record’, forecast back in October 2017 - and was not<br />

completed until the end of April 2018 as we waited<br />

for the winter to finish . The cover picture was taken<br />

by a local photographer when, officially, we should<br />

have been in Spring.<br />

As the weather has been a favourite topic of<br />

conversation for centuries, it has been interesting<br />

to look back at records of past winters, springs,<br />

summers and autumns with some rather unusual<br />

events recorded. There are also many photographs.<br />

With the popularity of our<br />




last booklet, on the Pedlar of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> legend, we are now<br />

looking at some other folk<br />

tales in the area, particularly<br />

ghost stories. If any reader<br />

has any experience of looking<br />

for ghosts (there are a lot of<br />

ghost hunting organisations<br />

around) we would love to<br />

hear from them.<br />

The Group can be contacted<br />

on littlebethany7@gmail.com<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Sparklers invite you to...<br />

On Thursday September 6th 2018<br />

at The Conservative Club, London Road,<br />

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

From 10.30am until 2pm<br />

Coffee and cake for a donation to Macmillan.<br />

Raffle, Tombola, Homemade produce, Stalls<br />

(including Jenny’s Jewellery), Pre-loved clothes,<br />

shoes and accessories.<br />

GO TO TOWN<br />

A regular, local bus service,<br />

operating in multiple locations.<br />


A door to door service provided<br />

by our volunteer drivers. Covering all kinds of<br />

transport from GP, Hospital and Dental<br />

appointments to social trips.<br />

Registered Charity Number: 1069180<br />

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

This autumn we are presenting an ambitious Festival<br />

of Baroque Music. The first concert is at 7.30 on<br />

Saturday 22 September in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms and will feature the acclaimed Norwich<br />

Baroque Ensemble (Strings and Harpsichord).<br />

The September programme includes contributions<br />

from France (Lully and Rameau), England (Handel<br />

and Purcell) and Italy, with a concerto for two violins<br />

by Vivaldi, a concerto in 7 parts by Locatelli plus the<br />

much loved Canon by Pachelbel.<br />

This will be followed at 3pm on Sunday 21 October<br />

by The Norwich Baroque Quartet (2 Violins, Cello and<br />

Harpsichord) and at 3pm on Sunday 18 November by<br />

Tale Dolce Musica (Soprano, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon<br />

and Harpsichord).<br />

A Season Ticket for all three concerts is available in<br />

advance from Ceres Bookshop, 20 London Street,<br />

PE37 7DG ( tel: 01760 722504) or on the door, price<br />

£21 for members and £30 for non-members.<br />

Cost per concert is £9 for members and £12 for nonmembers,<br />

in advance from Ceres or on the door.<br />

For membership enquiries please ring 01366 328648.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club<br />

Coaching for beginners and improvers.<br />

For more information or to join the club please<br />

contact Geoff on 01760 722262<br />

What’s on at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, The Pightle, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DF<br />

Tel: 01760 721513<br />

Children’s Drums and Percussion workshop –<br />

Friday 3 August, 2-3pm<br />

Fancy being loud in the library? Keep to the beat<br />

and have a go at drumming at our fun Summer<br />

Reading Challenge activity! Suitable for children<br />

aged 5+. Event supported by the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

Friends. Booking essential, tickets £2 per child.<br />

Christian Aid Thank You.<br />

On Saturday 19 May a street collection was organised<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> on behalf of Christian Aid. Thanks to<br />

the generous support of the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and surrounding villages a total of £641 was raised<br />

to help boast much needed funds for Christian Aid.<br />

Grateful thanks also to the volunteer street collectors<br />

for their invaluable help on the day.<br />

Martin Burton (<strong>Swaffham</strong> Christian Aid Organiser)<br />

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

Despite our July session clashing with the England<br />

v Columbia match we were only a little down<br />

on our normal attendance. The line up was: Lee<br />

Vasey, guitar: Pete Oxborough, saxes and clarinet:<br />

Ian Hireson, electric bass: Matt Furnace, drums:<br />

Stella Goodey, vocals. With the match screened in<br />

the adjoining bar, as people went in and out we<br />

were kept informed of England’s progress. Almost<br />

as a reflection of the early game, the band played<br />

several slow tempo numbers such as Autumn<br />

Leaves and The Nearness of You (which I swear was<br />

the slowest tempo ever at the Club).<br />

Then England went a goal up with a great cheer from<br />

the bar. This was the signal for the band to launch<br />

into I Get a Kick Out of You. Then disaster! Columbia<br />

equalised at the end of normal time and Stella sang<br />

Here’s That Rainy Day with the opening line Maybe<br />

I should have saved those leftover dreams...<br />

We were facing extra time and the dreaded<br />

prospect of a penalty shoot out! Pete then gave a<br />

soulful rendition of Stranger on the Shore, a perfect<br />

expression of being left out of important goings on<br />

elsewhere, which was the prospect facing England.<br />

Next up during the slog of extra time, Stella aptly<br />

gave us Work Song, along with Dancing Cheek<br />

to Cheek which is what the Columbians were<br />

attempting with the English players whenever they<br />

got into their penalty area, such as when Wilmer<br />

Barrios headbutted Jordan Henderson.<br />

With everyone in the Club so caught up in the game<br />

by then, the penalty shoot out saw a constant<br />

stream of visitors to the bar coming back with the<br />

latest score, such that Stella started updating the<br />

score in her lyrics as she went along.<br />

Finally the good news came through - we had won<br />

and the whole place erupted! There were chants<br />

of “Football’s Coming Home!” Strangely enough<br />

Stella had told us all that coming back to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

after many years was like coming home for her.<br />

She was brought up here and started singing at<br />

the age of three. She recalled her first paid gig at<br />

Grady’s Hotel, which used to be at the top of North<br />

Pickenham Road. Looking back at some of the<br />

musical highlights, I particularly liked Lee’s subtle<br />

intro to My Funny Valentine, Pete’s cool alto solo<br />

in The Nearness of You (more Columbian goings<br />

on in the box?) and Stella’s excellent timing in I’ve<br />

Got You Under my Skin. My only regret is that Stella<br />

sang I’m in Heaven a bit too early in the second half.<br />

As the last number it would have been perfect!<br />

Next up is Melody Brooker, vocals with her Trio.<br />

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At the monthly meeting on the 5th July Sue Gattuso<br />

gave a very interesting presentation about <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

Museum and explained why it may be re-named<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage Centre. Sue’s presentation<br />

illustrated how the volunteers recorded, stored and<br />

displayed many of the artefacts held there. Sue’s<br />

presentation was followed by the conclusion of the<br />

Wissey U3A’s 23rd AGM when Sylvia Murray was<br />

nominated and voted by the members present to be<br />

the Honorary Secretary for 2018-19.<br />

On 2nd August there will be a presentation by<br />

Georgie Bell about <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Merle Boddy Centre.<br />

In June the Science and Technology group visited<br />

Langham Glass in Fakenham when they were given<br />

a front line demonstration of different hand blowing<br />

techniques for their general range of glass products<br />

from toy decorative elephants to large crystal<br />

decanters.<br />

On 9th July the group were treated to a presentation<br />

by Professor Richard Harvey about Artificial<br />

Intelligence: what is it, how is it done and what is it<br />

used for? Professor Harvey is from the Department<br />

of Computer Sciences at the University of East<br />

Anglia. Since the closure of the Green Britain Centre,<br />

members of the Science and Technology group meet<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Community Centre on the second<br />

Monday of each month.<br />

Other sporting activities include Short-mat bowling,<br />

Soft-ball Tennis, Table Tennis and Croquet. There is<br />

also a Garden-visits group a Rambling group and a<br />

Walking group. Alternatively, you may prefer to relax<br />

with the Meditation group or listen to a selection of<br />

Classical Music or read Poetry with other like minded<br />

members of the Wissey U3A.<br />

If these activities interest you, or if you have a hobby<br />

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

why not make enquires about joining the Wissey<br />

U3A. The U3A meets monthly at Holme Hale’s<br />

Pavilion on the first Thursday from 09.45 until 12.00<br />

mid-day.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

to www.u3a.org.uk or visit the Wissey Homepage at<br />

www.u3asites.org.uk/wissey. Annual membership<br />

of the Wissey U3A initially costs £10.<br />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

This is my second article since taking over in<br />

May 18. I have now chaired three full council<br />

meetings with full and interesting agendas.<br />

I would invite you to attend our meetings.<br />

Although meetings can be seen as boring,<br />

why don’t you give us a try and come to see first hand<br />

what we get up to. There is an opportunity for you to<br />

ask questions which, if we can not answer then, we will<br />

always get back to you. Over the last 2 months I have<br />

sought to meet as many local people as possible and as<br />

my diary permits I will seek to attend any requests from<br />

our towns group/ organisations/charities. This could be<br />

in response to specific issues or just a general catch up.<br />

Our shops in town face challenging times, sometimes<br />

because of the rise of internet shopping. We have our<br />

‘Shop Appy’ initiative and I hope many of you are using it<br />

as well as supporting our local traders. Barclays Bank have<br />

now left the town and still no news as to who may take<br />

over the building. We were all shocked at the news about<br />

the Green Britain centre closing suddenly. We had no<br />

prior warning of this. The building is owned by Breckland<br />

Council and we are in contact with them to see if we<br />

can provide any input/assistance in looking at the future<br />

of the site. Many informal ideas have been floated but<br />

it is early days. The organisation known as ‘The Garden<br />

Science Trust’ is affected by the closure and the Council<br />

will seek to support them during this difficult time. A<br />

general refurbishment of the actual Buttercross and the<br />

surrounding area will shortly be getting underway. It will<br />

impact on parts of the central parking area for a period<br />

so do expect some limitations at times. On the subject<br />

of parking we still await from Breckland a start date for<br />

the new arrangements which will introduce limitations<br />

to the amount of time you can park in the Market Place<br />

and Pedlars car park. The restrictions are for a trail period<br />

and then a permanent decision will be made. One of the<br />

prime intentions behind the scheme is to increase the<br />

turnover of vehicles and stop all day parking. More short<br />

term spaces will then be available. At the moment the<br />

Town’s Leisure Centre (located at The Nicholas Hamond<br />

Academy) remains closed. A discussion has started looking<br />

at the overall issue of leisure facilities for <strong>Swaffham</strong>. There<br />

seems a general desire to have better/larger facilities<br />

and it is hoped that proposals can be developed over the<br />

coming months.<br />

I think we all can agree that the recent visit from the<br />

Grenadier Guards was a resounding success and thanks<br />

go to the British Legion and Council staff for organising<br />

this brilliant event. The concert in the Church that evening<br />

was a very moving event and the packed audience had<br />

an evening to long remember. Although we can’t always<br />

attract large events to the Town I really would like to hear<br />

your views about what we realistically could be looking<br />

at to help attract more visitors to the town and generally<br />

promote us. If you have ideas or views on this do please<br />

write to me at the Town Hall.<br />

A further date for you is the August Bank Holiday Sunday –<br />

The Classic Car show and Family Fun day to be held at our<br />

recreation ground. Free Entry.<br />

Cllr Colin Houghton, Mayor 2018/2019<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

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

together by the Town Clerk Richard<br />

Bishop or occasionally by the Deputy<br />

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

some of the most topical items of<br />

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

to share information with the Town.<br />

Buttercross And Town Centre – work commencing…<br />

By the time you are reading this newsletter, you<br />

will see some fencing has been placed around<br />

‘The Buttercross’ this is to carry out preliminary<br />

work on some Town Centre improvements due<br />

to start in week commencing 13th August, for a<br />

period of 15 weeks. Quinn Construction Ltd are the<br />

appointed contractors for some necessary repairs<br />

and refurbishment to ‘the Buttercross’ itself, some<br />

relaying of cobbles to make the area flatter, reducing<br />

trip hazards and more accessible to use. Removing<br />

unsightly electrical cables or structures, replacing<br />

with easily available sockets and subtle lighting.<br />

There will be new seating placed around the area<br />

of ‘The Buttercross’, replacing previous seating<br />

removed recently as part of the preparation for this<br />

scheme. Other improvements in the Town Centre<br />

will be publicly available ‘Wi-Fi’, two electric car<br />

charging points, 6 double electrical sockets for use<br />

by Market traders and/or events within the Town<br />

Centre and finally 6 new street lights, to make the<br />

central Car Park a well lit and more inviting place<br />

to be. The £200,000+ contract is mainly funded<br />

from Section 106 money from the Millngate/Tesco<br />

development, which has been in Town for some<br />

four years now. The Council have until the end of<br />

2019 to draw down any remaining money. There are<br />

still grant applications pending, and news on these<br />

will be followed up in the coming weeks. The Town<br />

Council look forward to bringing our Town Centre<br />

into the 21st Century and sincerely hope that<br />

these measures will provide opportunities in what<br />

is an ever-changing Market Place and to enable<br />

Businesses, Community Events and our Traditional<br />

Market the platform to thrive.<br />

Classic Car Show & Fun Day<br />

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Classic Car Show & Fun<br />

Day, organised between <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council &<br />

The Norfolk Vehicle Club. Book the date in your diary.<br />

• WHEN - Sunday 26th August 2018<br />

• WHERE - Recreation Ground Haspall’s Road<br />

•TIME - 10.00am - 4.00pm<br />

Free entry to the public and the chance to win £200<br />

with the lucky brochure number. Craft Stalls, food<br />

stalls and car boot sale. There are other car related<br />

stalls as well. Plenty to see & enjoy for the whole family.<br />

Put The Flags Up…Extra<br />

Further to the information regarding the flags, the<br />

Town Council have taken delivery of an additional<br />

5 flags and flag poles for the Town Centre, as we<br />

had more consent forms signed than we had flags<br />

the first time round. The message from last month<br />

is reiterated to any of the businesses in the Town<br />

Centre, if you have a flag pole holder on your building<br />

with no flag, all we need is for you to sign a consent<br />

form, and we can put up a flag for you. The flags<br />

and poles remain the property of the Town Council,<br />

and the Council believe that it sends out a positive<br />

message to people passing through the Town, that<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> is open for business. If you would like to<br />

fly a flag on your premises, please contact the Town<br />

Hall to get a consent form signed. The Council have<br />

agreed to have the flags up from the 1st May to the<br />

30th September, and at other special occasions in<br />

between.<br />

Christmas Light Switch-On and Christmas Market<br />

Don’t forget that later this year is the Christmas<br />

Light Switch-On and Christmas Market which will<br />

be on a Sunday once more. Sunday 2nd December<br />

from 12 noon until 6pm will be the Christmas<br />

Market and the Switch-On taking place at 5pm.<br />

Full details will feature in future editions of the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>. Anyone wishing to volunteer<br />

their services to help us with this event, or book a<br />

stall, please contact the Town Hall.<br />

In My Back Yard<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development<br />

of our Town. It is about the use and development<br />

of land over the next 20 years. The plan will set out<br />

a vision and aspirations for the future development<br />

of the Town and will be an important document that<br />

will help influence and control the way our town<br />

changes in the future, including any new housing<br />

developments. This is the seventh in a series of<br />

Articles designed to give you the latest information<br />

on how we are progressing with the development<br />

of our Neighbourhood Plan. Following the last<br />

Consultation events, the Steering group worked<br />

on all the ideas and thoughts expressed to reach a<br />

point of formulating the actual policies which will<br />

form the “Core” of the plan. The policies have to<br />

be worded precisely as they are subject to scrutiny<br />

at Breckland Council level and an independent<br />

examiner. We had a preliminary discussion with the<br />

“Planners” at Breckland because as you remember<br />

our plan has to be consistent with the “Breckland<br />

local plan” which is in its final stages. Some helpful<br />

comments were received from them which enabled<br />

us to refine the policies again. Our project manager<br />

has now prepared the first full draft version of<br />

the Neighbourhood Plan. This was seen by Town<br />

Councillors and sent to Breckland to get their<br />

subsequent comments/observations. At a meeting<br />

on the 9th July Councillors made some more<br />

changes reflecting those comments. On the 16th<br />

July the Council “signed off” the draft document<br />

and printed copies. A public consultation day was<br />

held in the Assembly rooms on the 18th July running<br />

from 10am to 7pm. This started a pre-submission<br />

consultation period from then to 31st August 18<br />

This is therefore an important time for you to digest<br />

the contents and raise comments/suggestions.<br />

These can be provided on line if you wish via the<br />

Council website. At the end of the consultation<br />

period the Council will make final amendments and<br />

submit to Breckland for independent evaluation.<br />

After such independent evaluation and checking<br />

against Breckland’s Local Plan, the absolute final<br />

document will come out to a TOWN REFERENDUM<br />

to seek widespread support and adoption.<br />

WE want all our town to support the Plan.<br />

Remember it strengthens our position locally in<br />

helping to determine planning applications and<br />

what shape we want our town to develop to over<br />

the next 20 years.<br />

Please make sure you get your comments/views in<br />

by the end of August<br />

Keep up to date on the Town Council Website<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Contact details Rachel Leggett Project Manager<br />

swaffhamplan@gmail.com<br />

Highway problems<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020.<br />

Give the location of the problem and a telephone<br />

number where further information can be obtained.<br />

Faulty street lights can be reported at the Town Hall<br />

during office hours or by telephoning Norfolk County<br />

Council 0344 800 8020. Reports should give a precise<br />

location of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit www.norfolk.gov.uk.<br />

Search: Street Lights/Pot Holes<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Wednesday 8th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 13th – Market Committee meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 28th – N Plan -Steering Group, 10.00am<br />

Planning committee, 1.30pm<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 121<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 025<br />

Cllr Steven Allen<br />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

07825 801 605<br />

01760 720 608<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 721 022<br />

01760 720 114<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 722 524<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 788 519<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722 604<br />

01760 722 611<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

01760 622725<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and<br />

Cllr Ian Sherwood 07795 236878<br />

twitter@ CllrIanSherwood (your.cllr@breckland.gov.uk)<br />

Your County Councillor is Cllr Ed Colman<br />

07940 406356 / email ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Officers<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Twitter - @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk<br />

Claire Smith - Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator<br />

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

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

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall Opening Times<br />

Monday 9.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday : 9:30am-1pm<br />

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