Swaffham Newsletter

September 2018

September 2018


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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

8 School Speak<br />

9 Church News<br />

11 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

14 WI<br />

15 WEA/Growing Communities<br />

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

18 Age Concern<br />

22 Community Hospital LoF<br />

24 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Garden<br />

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

30 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses/RBL<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

I am very pleased to announce that our Grenadier<br />

Guards concert raised just over £4000 for the Poppy<br />

Appeal. Thank you to all who supported us.<br />

Anne Thorp, Poppy Appeal Organiser<br />

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

Sport England and Breckland District Council have<br />

told us we need up-to-date evidence to prove that the<br />

people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> would actually use a swimming<br />

pool, before they consider helping us to move the<br />

project forward. There is a short survey which<br />

everybody who has an opinion about swimming in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> needs to complete if we are to get any<br />

closer to making the dream a reality.<br />

To complete the survey please visit www.smartsurvey.<br />

co.uk/s<strong>Swaffham</strong>SwimmingPoolCIO or look out for<br />

people with paper versions at events in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Many thanks.<br />

In-house design of advertisements available<br />

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01760 722 800 to discuss your requirements<br />

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

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

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

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

We 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 Wissey U3A<br />

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

37 SCALGA/Mayor’s Parlour<br />

38 Town Council<br />

NNAB Fundraiser<br />

A successful street collection was held in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

on the 14th July on behalf of the NNAB. A total of<br />

£162.66 was raised for their funds. On behalf of the<br />

NNAB, we THANK YOU for your support.<br />

Martin and Linda Burton (NNAB fund raisers)<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Christmas Lunch<br />

I know what you’re thinking...talk of the ‘C’ word<br />

already?! Yes, it may seem a little early but in order<br />

to be able to put on our Christmas celebration a lot<br />

of time needs to go into planning and co-ordination.<br />

Every year we hope to better the last and this year is<br />

no exception. As always we welcome anyone to come<br />

and join us for a few hours of food and festivities on<br />

Christmas Day in the Assembly Rooms. So, if you<br />

or anyone you know will be alone this Christmas<br />

and would like to come along then please contact<br />

Iceni Partnership on 01760 722800. We would also<br />

welcome anyone who could volunteer either on the<br />

day or in the days leading up to Christmas to help<br />

with tasks such as decorating and serving food. We<br />

look forward to hearing from you!<br />


What are we looking for?<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy Governing Body is made up of Community, Parent and Staff<br />

Governors.<br />

Our Governors may come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different<br />

backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the<br />

benefit of the academy and are the link between the academy and the community it serves.<br />

Due to a governor retiring, we are currently looking for a new Community Governor and<br />

would be delighted to hear from anyone who has:<br />

• An interest in the performance of the academy<br />

• A desire to contribute to and represent the community<br />

• An open and enquiring mind<br />

• The ability to look at issues objectively and to monitor and challenge<br />

• The confidence to ask questions and join in debate.<br />

• A willingness to listen and make informed judgements<br />

• A Team Player<br />

• Time to spare<br />

We are particularly interested in someone with business experience in order to complete our<br />

skill set.<br />

If you match the above description, you may be the very person to become a Governor at<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy and be part of our journey the ‘Be the Best that we can be’<br />

What can we offer?<br />

• A chance to develop skills in strategic management<br />

• The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in meetings and Link<br />

Visits to monitor progress<br />

• A sense of achievement in making a difference to our School<br />

Being a governor can be enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.<br />

If you are interested, please contact Jill Hambright Clerk to the Governors for an application<br />

form, or to find out more about the role and the appointment process. Email:<br />

Jill.Hambright@tnha.org.uk or Tel: 01760 726152<br />


Upcoming Events<br />

Great Dunham Flower and Produce Open Show<br />

Saturday 1st September, Great Dunham Village Hall. Admission to the show will<br />

be from 1pm. General public entry fee £1.00 – all exhibitors and children free<br />

admission.There will be a Tombola & Refreshments. Best in show will be awarded at<br />

3pm. Proceeds will be split 50/50 with Great Dunham Amenities Fund & <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and Litcham Home Hospice.<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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players Coffee Morning<br />

Saturday 8th September, 9 - 12am. on Theatre Street, next to Suffield Court.<br />

All welcome. Refreshments, Bric-a-brac and Tombola stalls.<br />

Whist Club<br />

Tuesday September 11th 7.15pm at Great Dunham Village Hall. This is a light<br />

hearted sociable village event. Just turn up - it is very friendly and no experience<br />

is necessary. You don’t need to bring your own playing partner as it is progressive<br />

whist and you play with different partners through the evening. £2 per head<br />

includes refreshments.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions Award Evening<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions are holding an award evening for organisations that have<br />

supported the Lions during their centennial celebrations. 12th September 7 for<br />

7.30pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms.<br />

Quiz and Chips<br />

September 14th, Great Dunham Village Hall. Starts 7.30pm (doors open 7.00 pm)<br />

Choice of Fish, Chicken, Sausages or Veggie Burger all served with chips. 8 Rounds<br />

plus raffle (good prizes) and a True or False fun round at the end. Make up a table<br />

of 4/5/6 and come along for an enjoyable fun evening. To book ring Mike asap on<br />

01328 701533.<br />

9th Annual Art, Photography & Craft Exhibition and Sale<br />

Sat 15th, 10am - 5pm. Sun 16th, 11am - 5pm. Barton Bendish Village Hall & St<br />

Andrew’s Church PE33 9GF. Refreshments and light lunches available. Proceeds to<br />

benefit St Andrew’s Church and The Village Hall.<br />

E: bartonbendishevents@gmail.com. Charity no: 245456<br />

Last Night at the Proms Concert<br />

St Botolphs Church, Grimston, Saturday 22nd September 2018, 7.30pm. (doors<br />

open at 6.45pm) With The Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band. Tickets £10, including a drink<br />

Please call 01553 674286. Tickets at the door subject to availability.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts: Norwich Baroque Ensemble<br />

Baroque music from France (Lully and Rameau), England (Handel and Purcell) and<br />

Italy, with a concerto for two violins by Vivaldi, a concerto in 7 parts by Locatelli<br />

plus the much loved Canon by Pachelbel. Saturday 22nd September 2018, 7.30pm,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS)<br />

Tuesday 25th September 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<br />

this illustrated talk by Greg Conway, entitled: Birds of Thetford Forest. Nightjars,<br />

Tree Pipits, Firecrests and more. Greg Conway has worked for the British Trust for<br />

Ornithology for 20 years and has studied many of the birds of Thetford Forest,<br />

including Nightjar, Woodlark, Firecrest, Tree Pipit and Stonechat. Come along to find<br />

out more about these and other fascinating bird species. Visitors most welcome.<br />

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

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

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

On Friday 5th October we will be holding an evening of clairvoyance with Barry<br />

Potter from Leicester at the Community Centre <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tickets £6 on the door.<br />

All proceeds to our nominated charity of the year- Swafham Cottage Hospital<br />

League of Friends<br />

Save the Children Coffee Morning with stalls<br />

Saturday 6th October, 9am - 12pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms.<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

Lit Fest 2018 – Westacre Theatre’s first ever literary festival: Your final opportunities<br />


Sun 2 Sep at 3pm - £15 to include afternoon tea. JENNY BOYD on Sat 8 Sep at 7pm<br />

- £15 to include canapes and fizz.<br />

Screenings: NT Live – JULIE starring Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa on Thu 6<br />

Sep at 7pm - £15. RSC Live – THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR starring Patrick<br />

Troughton as Sir John Falstaff on Wed 12 Sep at 7pm - £15. NT Live – Ian McKellen<br />

as KING LEAR on Thu 27 Sep at 7pm - £15<br />

In the Foyer Gallery: Until 23 Sep, enjoy the best works by the West Acre Art Club<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 Scout<br />

Leader Adrian Searle on 07771 603409 or group Secretary Ali Plomer on<br />

01760 441175<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 />


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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Voices 7.30-9.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Interested<br />

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 at Great Dunham Village Hall<br />

10.30am till 12.00pm, £8 per session, please contact Jayne on 07544974342<br />

Yoga at Necton Community Centre<br />

2pm till 3.30pm, £8 per session, please contact Jayne on 07544974342<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 />

5<br />

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 />

Great Massingham Film Night<br />

Great films every third Thursday of the month. 7 for 7:30pm at the Village<br />

Hall, Station Road. £4 with refreshments. Email massinghamfilmnight @<br />

gmail.com to ask for programme details or phone 01485 520628.<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

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

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

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

gmail.com<br />

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

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

07766 078123<br />

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 Don: don@iceni.info or 01760 722800<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 biscuitSenior<br />

Snooker (60 years +) @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy, West Acre £4<br />

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 at Dunham Village Hall<br />

10.30am till 12.00pm, £8 per session, please contact Jayne on 07544974342<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 />

Parkrun<br />

Every Saturday at 9am on the filed adjacent to the Nicholas Hamond<br />

Academy, Brandon Rd, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. For further details contact David<br />

Wickerson: davidwickerson@btinternet.com<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAF Coningsby Summer Camp 2018<br />

On 14th July 2018 we travelled to RAF Coningsby in<br />

Lincolnshire for Summer Camp, it only took around<br />

an hour and a half to get there so the drive wasn’t too<br />

bad. When we arrived, we put our luggage in our tents<br />

and were given a briefing from the guards about safety<br />

whilst we were on base. Afterwards we were sorted into<br />

flights which were Spitfire and Hurricane. We then played<br />

softball for an hour before we walked from the tent area<br />

to the fire section where we were given a swift brief and<br />

then practised running with hoses and rolling them back<br />

up. The slowest team had to run through a “shower” and<br />

got soaked. We then played tug of war and everybody got<br />

soaked! We had free time for the rest of the night. We<br />

had a 6am start the next day and did some leadership and<br />

first aid exercises to help improve our skills in both areas.<br />

During leadership the non-NCOs were told to take control<br />

to improve their confidence. After lunch we travelled to<br />

Newark Air Museum to look around the new and old<br />

aircraft including a Vulcan.<br />

On the second day we had an ACLO meeting telling us what<br />

was on base and the history of the aircraft and squadrons<br />

there. We then had our camp photo taken in front of 29<br />

Squadron. After lunch we watched 11 Typhoons take off,<br />

which was cool. Next day we went to see 29 Squadron and<br />

got to look around a Typhoon, had a picture taken in front<br />

of a Spitfire and then saw a Dakota take off. In the evening<br />

we watched Solo, a Star Wars story.<br />

The following day we used high ropes and STEM. The high<br />

ropes were a good way to build trust between the cadets<br />

in each flight. The STEM was very educational, but fun. We<br />

got to build our own gliders and fly them. In the evening<br />

we had a PTI make us do the tests used to join the RAF.<br />

On the fifth day we went to a water sports place on a<br />

lake and did an obstacle course. It was really exhilarating<br />

and we all had a good time. After that we visited RAF<br />

Scampton and went on a tour around the heritage centre.<br />

At the end we had fish and chips and then had the Paper<br />

Plate Awards.<br />

On the last day we had a Drill Competition, which<br />

Hurricane Flight won. Afterwards we went to the Battle of<br />

Britain Memorial Flight and looked around the old aircraft.<br />

Finally, we had the camp awards and the leftover Paper<br />

Plate Awards before cleaning our tents and packing to<br />

leave. RAF Coningsby camp was great.<br />

Cpl Maisie James & Cpl Alex Grapes.<br />

The Churches of Beachamwell<br />

Beachamwell Local History Group is celebrating this<br />

wealth of historic and religious buildings with a range<br />

of exhibitions and events on Sunday 23rd September<br />

from 11am to 4pm. In St Mary’s Church there will<br />

be displays and exhibits featuring the history and<br />

architecture of the various churches and information<br />

about their incumbents. Some of the parishioners<br />

who worshipped here through the centuries who<br />

are remembered in memorials and gravestones,<br />

will be included together with information from the<br />

registers of Births, Marriages & Deaths. A timeline<br />

will show the significant dates stretching back to the<br />

Domesday Book. The day will provide a chance to<br />

visit St Botolph’s Church at Shingham – normally not<br />

open to the public - and experience the charm of its<br />

simple interior with 15th century benches and the<br />

17th century Jacobean pulpit. There will be a guided<br />

walk along local footpaths from Beachamwell to St<br />

Botolph’s. In Beachamwell Village Hall’s art exhibition<br />

we will be featuring the Beachamwell churches in<br />

painting, drawings and photographs. The hall is also<br />

the venue for light refreshments. The Beachamwell<br />

creative writing group has already produced a booklet<br />

of poetry inspired by the churches, this will be on<br />

sale. Entry to all events is free. More information<br />

on the Beachamwell Local History Group website at<br />

www.beachamwell.org.uk or Tel: 01366 328536.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Infant School<br />

Fun In The Sun – Summer Fete<br />

Yes we had plenty of fun and rather too much sun<br />

on a sweltering Saturday. Children still had plenty of<br />

energy with so much to hold their attention.<br />

Driving a tractor, holding birds of prey, looking in<br />

a large modern tractor, or maybe eating from the<br />

wonderful BBQ, followed by Mr Whippy Nicks ice<br />

cream, looking around the stalls, activity on the<br />

inflatable assault course, trying archery, playing<br />

games, having hair braided, glitter tattoos, or face<br />

painted were among the attractions. Freya and Olivia,<br />

below, enjoyed the petting pony.<br />

Then the wonderful Pot of Gold Shanty Crew<br />

entertained us. Green Man Woodlands carved an<br />

owl with an electric saw and there were displays of<br />

gymnastics, Taekwondo, and Infant Dance Club. We<br />

even had a visit from a Minion and a Furry Frog!<br />

We are so grateful to our sponsors Hamlyn Financial<br />

Services and Saxon Agriculture, to everyone who<br />

helped, to compère Eddie Gee, and all who attended.<br />

The money raised helps the school in so many ways,<br />

thank you. Our main fundraising for next term is for<br />

our Forest School which is expanding so every class<br />

will have time there. Some equipment we need<br />

doesn’t have to be brand new and you may have<br />

some spare not being used (as long as not rusty) ie<br />

carpentry tools and outside tools such as secateurs,<br />

lopers, wheelbarrow, mallet, watering can, Jerry can,<br />

tool box, nature books, wicker baskets, enamel mugs,<br />

binoculars, paint brushes, rope and waterproof<br />

suits. We will need a regular supply of wood, for fire,<br />

and for carpentry work too. Please take to the school<br />

when open or email suechittock@btinternet.com<br />

who can collect from you.<br />

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

Baroque Festival<br />

This autumn we<br />

are presenting an<br />

exciting Festival<br />

of Baroque Music.<br />

The first concert<br />

is at 7.30pm on<br />

Saturday 22nd<br />

September in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms and will feature the<br />

acclaimed Norwich Baroque Ensemble (strings and<br />

harpsichord).<br />

The September programme includes contributions<br />

from France (Lully and Rameau), England (Handel and<br />

Purcell) and Italy, with a concerto for two violins by<br />

Vivaldi, a concerto in 7 parts by Locatelli plus the much<br />

loved Canon by Pachelbel. This will be followed at 3pm<br />

on Sunday 21nd October by The Norwich Baroque<br />

Quartet (2 violins, cello and harpsichord) and at 3pm<br />

on Sunday 18th November by Tale Dolce Musica<br />

(soprano, flute, oboe, bassoon 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. Cost per<br />

concert is £9 for members and £12 for non-members,<br />

in advance from Ceres Bookshop or The Green Parrot<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> or on the door. For membership enquiries<br />

please ring 01366 328648.<br />

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

The September services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church<br />

will be as follows: -<br />

Sunday 2nd<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 5th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 9th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 12th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 16th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

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

11.15am<br />

Family Service<br />

Wednesday 19th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 23rd<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 26th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 30th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 7th October<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />


Evensong (BCP)<br />

BUZZBOX (activity for young families) will be on<br />

Saturday 15th September<br />

in the parish church from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.<br />

The Family Service will be the following day, Sunday<br />

16th September. ALL ARE WELCOME.<br />


The Parish Church Flower Festival is over for another<br />

year, and thought is now being given to the very<br />

popular Christmas Bazaar – Yes! Christmas! – on<br />

Saturday 24th November. As usual the Parish Church<br />

will be grateful for donations towards the numerous<br />

‘stalls’. So perhaps now is the time to start thinking<br />

of making something for the craft stall, or collecting<br />

together items for the Bric-a-Brac, the gifts stall, the<br />

Tombola, the Bottle Tombola, the jewellery stall, or<br />

the cakes stall, to name just a few. A little nearer the<br />

time more information will be given. Thank you in<br />

anticipation.<br />

Sheila Fowler and Anne Handley (Organisers).<br />


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

meeting on Thursday 13th September in the Church,<br />

beginning at 10. 00am. This will be a Mid-Norfolk<br />

Area Meeting, when the visiting speaker will be<br />

Heather Nunn, on the subject of “Christians against<br />

Poverty (CAP)”. Further enquiries to Anne 336328.<br />

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child -<br />

Shoe Box Appeal.<br />

I will again be coordinating the OCC Shoe Box<br />

appeal this year on behalf of our parish church. I<br />

will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in<br />

this appeal. Further information please contact<br />

me:- Linda Burton tel:- 01760 720205. Thank you.<br />

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

NB. Note venue until further notice.<br />

Sunday 2nd Sept<br />

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

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

Friday 7th Sept<br />

Power of Prayer 9.30 am. ‘Hafod’ Shoemaker Lane,<br />

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

Sunday 9th Sept<br />

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

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

Thursday 13th Sept<br />

Thursday Group 2.30pm Parish Church Rooms,<br />

Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Talk by Cllr Jill Skinner<br />

about her time as Mayor. All welcome.<br />

Friday 14th Sept<br />

9.30am. Power of Prayer ‘Hafod’, Shoemaker Lane,<br />

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

Sunday 16th Sept<br />

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

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

Friday 21st Sept<br />

9.30am. Power of Prayer. ‘Hafod ‘Shoemaker Lane,<br />

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

Sunday 23rd Sept<br />

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

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

Thursday 27th Sept<br />

2.30pm. Thursday Group Parish Church Rooms<br />

Campingland <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Fun and fellowship.<br />

Refreshments served. All welcome.<br />

Friday 28th Sept<br />

9.30am. Power of Prayer ‘Hafod ‘ Shoemaker Lane,<br />

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

Sunday 30th Sept<br />

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

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

swaffhamvolunteerhub@gmail.com<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

for a leaflet.<br />

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Churches Together<br />

The life of our church is very much interwoven with<br />

the life of the town and of particular families. It has<br />

been good to see different branches of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

families celebrating christenings and marriages this<br />

summer, and a privilege also to realise that some of<br />

those for whom I have taken funerals belonged to<br />

these families, and are much loved and remembered<br />

as a new generation is born and named after them.<br />

To the left of the altar is the tomb of John Botright who<br />

was my predecessor from 1435-1474. Although the<br />

spelling may vary, because English spelling was far from<br />

standardised in those days, there are descendants of<br />

his in this country and in America, and I was privileged<br />

to lay the ashes of Rodney Boatright, one of his<br />

American descendants, to rest in the churchyard a few<br />

months ago. It seemed extraordinary to have such a<br />

close connection with someone who had such an<br />

impact on the church and town. Revd John Botright<br />

had the daunting task of coping with a church building<br />

which had collapsed, and was a major force behind the<br />

rebuilding. Inheriting old buildings is both a joy and a<br />

huge responsibility and so the current parochial church<br />

council and congregation greatly value the support of<br />

our wider community and the many visitors who come<br />

from across the country and the world to visit the<br />

‘new’ church built in John Botright’s time.<br />

We’ve just had a wonderful flower festival, and are<br />

now turning our attention towards Harvest Festival<br />

(7th October), All Saints/All Souls (4th November)<br />

and then a number of services and events around<br />

Remembrance and marking the centenary of the end<br />

of the First World War, with both town and church<br />

taking part. As we contemplate the cost of the church’s<br />

day-to-day running, we are also holding a special Gift<br />

Day for those who wish to contribute to its ongoing<br />

life and witness of the church in <strong>Swaffham</strong>: this will be<br />

on Saturday 28th September, with envelopes available<br />

in church.<br />

With every good wish.<br />

Revd. Janet Allan<br />

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

Campingland Patient Group<br />

The Campingland Patient Group Committee arrange<br />

informative events during the year for all local residents.<br />

On Wednesday 20 June our Meeting was held at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms the talk being “Don’t be<br />

Afraid of Cancer” with speakers from <strong>Swaffham</strong> &<br />

Litcham Home Hospice, The Norfolk Hospice (Tapping<br />

House) and The Cancer Transformation Project. Our next<br />

meeting will be on Wednesday 19 September at 7.15pm<br />

in the Buxton Hall at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, the<br />

talk being by Guide Dogs for the Blind. The speaker; Gill<br />

Southgate will bring her Black Labrador dog Yasmin.<br />

Please note that our events are open to all residents of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding villages regardless of<br />

which surgery you are registered with. We look forward<br />

to meeting you at one of our talks.<br />

September’s Artist at Gallery Iceni<br />

Debbie Osborn - Artist and Designer<br />

I make, exhibit and sell finished pieces of art, paper<br />

goods and textiles and am happy to take commissions<br />

for bespoke art and design work. I am also a mail artist<br />

and I create and exchange mail art with other mail<br />

artists across the world. This work can be seen on<br />

my Mailmaker blog. I paint a lot on canvas and wood<br />

panels, but I enjoy working with re-cycled materials.<br />

Recently, for example, I have been painting on found<br />

surfaces like wood or discarded material and old<br />

frames. I also recycle past works. The more I work,<br />

the more satisfied I am at being able to produce<br />

something by transforming previously used items<br />

into beautiful or interesting pieces of art.<br />

When I work I’m aiming for a visual harmony of image,<br />

colour, texture and shape. Sometimes searching for<br />

the right image, shape or colour to finish a piece of<br />

work takes time, but that process for me is relaxing.<br />

I love that I can bring people enjoyment through my<br />

work and maybe introduce them to something new.<br />

I like to think that my studio is an encouraging and<br />

exciting place to visit, where you can see me working<br />

or view my work in the adjoining gallery. I love to get<br />

visitors but if you are coming any distance please call<br />

01328 856700 or 07941 784207 first.<br />

I graduated from Birmingham Institute of Art and<br />

Design with an MA in Fashion, Textiles and Surface<br />

Design (2001). I previously graduated from University<br />

College Northampton with a BA (Hons) in Fashion &<br />

Related Textiles (1999).<br />

I sell my work direct from my studio, my Etsy shop,<br />

from exhibitions and Fakenham Makers Market,<br />

of which I am the co-founder and curator, with my<br />

husband Keith.<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

On the hottest day imaginable we ran out of paint<br />

for a project, so being the only one available it’s me<br />

who goes shopping. Well me and heat are not the<br />

best of friends, but off I go heading for Pedlar’s Gold<br />

for the goods I need. After selecting what I needed<br />

,which of course they always have (what a shop),<br />

then being served with a smile and a chat from Jayne<br />

I was then presented with money! A total of £190<br />

had been given by the generosity of the customers<br />

who are putting money in collection pots near the<br />

tills and also from book sales. My thanks go to Jane<br />

and Carol who have organised this, to all the staff at<br />

Pedlars Gold for always making my shopping visits a<br />

pleasure and to all the lovely people who are being<br />

so generous with filling the pots with cash. There<br />

aren’t many shops you go into and come out with<br />

more cash than you went in with, what a lovely visit<br />

to a lovely shop.<br />

We have a garden of flowers that we don’t have to<br />

water, but looks just fantastic. Such a lot of hard work<br />

by our clients goes into making such a wonderful<br />

display.<br />

We may be a little late getting on this band wagon,<br />

but we thought we would give this a try, so these are<br />

our first batch of Norfolk rocks. Please look out for<br />

them and Facebook us if you find one.<br />

The front of the day centre has another addition.<br />

We now have a new flower box to enhance the<br />

entrance. This is being filled with alpines and sun<br />

loving succulents. The sleepers were sourced from<br />

Grademore in our local village of Necton. Look out<br />

for our new sign coming soon.<br />

It is with great sadness that we are saying goodbye<br />

to Patsy. Retirement is not going to be sitting back<br />

doing nothing as she has a granddaughter to occupy<br />

her time! She will be missed at the day service for<br />

her skills at reminiscence, her skills for the old songs<br />

and for just being Patsy. For Patsy’s leaving pressie<br />

we thought long and hard and in the picture is what<br />

we came up with, who wouldn’t want a wizard to<br />

stand in your garden and a rooster that will be very<br />

quiet at dawn?! A Chinese meal was enjoyed and<br />

a few little surprise gifts were given because this is<br />

not only Patsy’s retirement, but also a big 0 birthday.<br />

This message is from us all, don’t be a stranger and<br />

we will really miss you. Health, happiness, good luck<br />

and love from us all.<br />

We were bowled over this afternoon when we<br />

received a cheque from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Bowls Club for<br />

the wonderful amount of £350. This was raised from<br />

matches that were played for a trophy which was left<br />

by a benefactor and what a result, <strong>Swaffham</strong> won!<br />

Well done <strong>Swaffham</strong> and thank you you for thinking<br />

of us.<br />

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

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

a very enjoyable day at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Infant School’s fete. With the sun<br />

shining the Lions Pig Race game<br />

attracted young and old for some light hearted fun,<br />

as the six pigs raced down the track to the finishing<br />

line. The Lions use the game as a community support<br />

for local fetes not as a Lions fundraiser.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions are receiving more<br />

requests for help as a result of funding cuts by<br />

national and local governments. In the past 4<br />

weeks we have had requests from <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Infant School, Home-Start, the Daisy Programme.<br />

We have also helped the Food Bank to either help<br />

with funding or collecting food. All requests are<br />

considered by the Lions Welfare Team and the<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held an afternoon teas and a<br />

Boules competition in honour of Robert Pollard<br />

and wife Trudy. Robert, a former <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lion,<br />

made the trip over from America where he is a<br />

member of Concord Lions in North Carolina, who<br />

are twinned with <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The Boules event was<br />

organise by Lions David and Bobby Elsom. Despite<br />

the windy conditions the twenty contestants<br />

fought some tight matches. After four rounds Pam<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions continue to support local village<br />

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The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Band, Pot of Gold, asked the<br />

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Somehow “self catering” will never<br />

sound quite so ordinary again. The<br />

Landmark Trust hires out the most<br />

amazing properties for just this purpose. The<br />

buildings involved are so unusual and different you<br />

could be the “landed gentry” for a few days for just<br />

a relatively low hire cost. A very interesting and<br />

illuminating talk.<br />

After the customary tea and cake the WI business was<br />

dealt with, the main thing being the Breast Cancer<br />

Care coffee morning on the 27th July. In-spite of a<br />

low turn out from the village we raised £322.60p for<br />

this most worthwhile cause. The August outing to<br />

the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is<br />

now sold out and will be a moving experience for<br />

those who have lost family members in the forces<br />

and other organisations with memorials there.<br />

The craft afternoon will be re-instigated with the<br />

hope of completing the quilts for dementia patients.<br />

The new Norwich Theatre programme was discussed<br />

and the afternoon ended with a slightly unusual Pam<br />

Ayres poem.<br />

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

– visitors welcome – September’s topic - A make<br />

up demo.<br />

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

Our August meeting was a birthday<br />

party celebrating 43 years since our<br />

WI was founded. We enjoyed a bring<br />

and share supper provided by our members and a<br />

lovely cake made and decorated our catering officer,<br />

Julia. We enjoyed a short programme of humorous<br />

readings and sketches. A relaxed, friendly evening.<br />

Next month our speaker will be Jenny Gibbs talking<br />

about her life in Turkey. Visitors are always welcome.<br />

For more information, please call our Secretary on<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 722879.<br />

Beachamwell & District WI<br />

After last months’s Bollywood<br />

event, Beachamwell WI enjoyed a<br />

quieter evening in August when we<br />

welcomed Colin Hawgood otherwise known as Mr<br />

“Norfolk Sharp”. He gave a most interesting talk<br />

about his work and a demonstration of knife and<br />

tool sharpening techniques. We learned how to<br />

“get sharp and stay sharp”. For us, August also<br />

brings a garden meeting with chat, tea and scones.<br />

September is the month when the Committee<br />

step down from their duties and the members<br />

take over, as a thank you. Our speaker will be Sue<br />

Pennell, who will talk about “Fungi”, illustrated by<br />

her own photos. Previously we have all enjoyed<br />

Sue’s talks on wild flowers and butterflies; she<br />

is a real expert on our Breckland natural history<br />

and her photos are exquisite. In October we will<br />

celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women with a<br />

special presentation written and performed by<br />

our members.<br />

If you like the sound of what we do at Beachamwell<br />

WI, you are very welcome to come and join us for<br />

a visit. Tel: Maggie 01366 327023 or Helen 01366<br />

328589<br />

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

In September tutor Fiona Fitzgerald returns to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA with a course looking at the history of<br />

sculpture. Fiona says: “Our world is littered with quiet<br />

stone and bronze inhabitants, both in public places -<br />

buildings, parks and streets, as well as in museums.<br />

This course will help us to understand and appreciate<br />

them.” Introduction to Sculpture starts on Friday 21st<br />

September at 10am<br />

The flowering of Dutch art and culture in the 16th<br />

and 17th centuries is the subject for the Monday<br />

evening course. Tutor Charles Lewis will examine the<br />

rise of the Netherlands as a political and economic<br />

power and the consequent emergence of great Dutch<br />

painters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt. Holland in<br />

the Golden Age begins on Monday 17th September at<br />

7.30pm. The venue for both courses is the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37<br />

7RD. The fee for each seven week course is £52. You<br />

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

£7 with no obligation to continue. Fees may be waived<br />

for those in receipt of benefits. More information is<br />

available at www.wea.org.uk where you can also<br />

sign up in advance to attend. However there is no<br />

requirement to book in advance; just come along and<br />

you will be very welcome. For further information<br />

please phone 01760 723558.<br />



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Growing Communities Launch<br />

Families joined Garden Organic and Family Action<br />

this summer to celebrate the launch of their Growing<br />

Communities Project in Breckland and West Norfolk.<br />

Visitors to the ESCAPE allotments at Tumbler Hill were<br />

treated to storytelling, willow weaving and green<br />

woodworking, along with fantastic folk music, seed<br />

workshops and trails. A big thank you to all of the<br />

volunteers and staff who helped out on the day, along with<br />

the families who joined us. The event even made its way<br />

onto the BBC’s local evening news, which the organisers<br />

were all delighted with!<br />

The project aims to encourage local people to grow<br />

their own organic fruit and vegetables out in their local<br />

communities, either at allotments, on windowsills or in<br />

community gardens. We are looking for eager volunteers<br />

to help spread the growing message to their friends,<br />

families and communities, by becoming a volunteer<br />

Master Gardener with Garden Organic.<br />

If you would like to find out<br />

more about the outreach<br />

project or are interested in<br />

becoming a volunteer, please<br />

contact Becky on breavill@<br />

gardenorganic.org.uk or 07454<br />

509692. The next free Master<br />

Gardener training weekend<br />

will be held in Thetford on Sat<br />

29th & Sun 30th September.<br />

Please like our Facebook page for more details – Growing<br />

Communities in Breckland and West Norfolk.<br />

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

On a beautiful warm summer's evening members of<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Association were guests of<br />

Irene and Arthur for a pizza party - great fun rolling<br />

out the dough and putting our favourite toppings<br />

on. Rather hot for Arthur though cooking in the<br />

Pizza Oven!! Our next event is at Rasputins Russian<br />

Restaurant on Friday 12th October.<br />

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

In our article published in last month`s <strong>Newsletter</strong>,<br />

we announced that we expected the profit from our<br />

Relay Together/Summer Draw to be in the region<br />

of £3500. However as sponsorship monies began<br />

to come in after the event, it became obvious that<br />

this estimate was very much on the conservative<br />

side. At the time of writing this report (6th August),<br />

with some monies still to come in and taking into<br />

consideration gift aid that can be claimed, the final<br />

figure raised will slightly exceed £7k. Thanks to all<br />

the walkers that took part, to those who sponsored<br />

them and to everybody else who helped make the<br />

day the success it undoubtedly was.<br />

Next, a date for your diaries as on Saturday 6th<br />

October, for the fifth year running, we have organised<br />

a Concert Of Choirs featuring Marham Military Wives<br />

and Kings Lynn Male Voice. The event is being held at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms – 7pm for 7.30pm start.<br />

We will be running a wine and soft drinks bar and<br />

a raffle. Tickets are £10 each and can be obtained<br />

from our office at 17/19 Brocks Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

(01760 722937) or from Ceres Bookshop, London St,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. In previous years the concerts have sold<br />

out and we are hoping the same thing to happen<br />

this year. For the past few years David Gulliver has<br />

dealt with our publicity, writing the articles for the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> and the various magazines<br />

produced in the villages around <strong>Swaffham</strong>. David<br />

has now relinquished this role but will continue<br />

to help us with street collections and ticket selling<br />

whenever possible. Our grateful thanks to David for<br />

all the work he has done in raising the profile of our<br />

charity in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, the surrounding villages and<br />

beyond. Adrian Adcock, our Fundraising Chairman<br />

and Treasurer, will be taking over the role.<br />

We are always looking for volunteers to join our<br />

Fundraising Committee or indeed in other roles. If<br />

you are interested then please ring Adrian Adcock<br />

(01760 724304) or our Co-ordinator Wendy Martin<br />

on our office number (01760 722937).<br />

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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts<br />

Elisabeth Frink: Humans And Other Animals<br />

The largest presentation of work by Elisabeth Frink<br />

since the artist’s death in 1993. 13th October 2018<br />

– 24th February 2019.<br />

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12th October.<br />

This autumn, the<br />

Sainsbury Centre will<br />

present a major new<br />

exhibition of work by<br />

Elisabeth Frink (1930-<br />

1993). Elisabeth Frink:<br />

Humans and Other<br />

Animals, featuring<br />

over 130 works by<br />

the artist, will be the<br />

largest showing of<br />

Frink’s work in 25<br />

years. The exhibition will provide new perspectives<br />

and examine her radical and bohemian beginnings<br />

in 1950s London, reappraising one of the most<br />

important British sculptors of the twentieth century.<br />

Frink’s work will be placed alongside that of other<br />

modern masters, most notably Pablo Picasso,<br />

Alberto Giacometti, Auguste Rodin, Francis Bacon,<br />

Germaine Richier and Louise Bourgeois. In addition,<br />

work by two exciting contemporary artists, Douglas<br />

Gordon and Rebecca Warren, will also provide a<br />

wider context to explore themes important to Frink.<br />

Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals will trace<br />

the evolution of Frink’s work over four decades,<br />

presenting the major themes in her practice and<br />

paying significant attention to her early work in the<br />

context of artists such as Rodin, Giacometti and<br />

Richier who inspired her. The relationship between<br />

humans and animals was central for Frink and<br />

one she returned to throughout her life. Whilst<br />

offering exciting contemporary possibilities both<br />

metaphorically and directly, she was conscious of the<br />

fact that animals appear in art from the very earliest<br />

times and that their relationship with humans and<br />

animals is interdependent.<br />

Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals<br />

will feature a number of the artist’s final works,<br />

influenced by the ancient, folkloric figure of the<br />

Green Man. Drawing solace just before her death in<br />

this motif’s associations with rebirth and fresh life,<br />

this section will evidence how the natural world was<br />

a fertile source of inspiration at the core of Frink’s<br />

oeuvre. The exhibition has been developed in full<br />

collaboration with the Elisabeth Frink Estate, and will<br />

include a large number of loans from the Elisabeth<br />

Frink Estate, Tate, The Ingram Collection, and private<br />

lenders alongside important examples from the<br />

Sainsbury Centre’s own Collection.<br />

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, the<br />

Geoffrey Watling Charity and the Hargreaves and<br />

Ball Trust.

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

Special Note - We are planning a BIG FUNDRAISING WEEKEND given by international Russian<br />

pianist and organist, Olga Stone in the Parish Church on Saturday evening, 29th September. Also<br />

on the following afternoon, Sunday, September 30th Olga’s husband Ian will be giving one of<br />

his amusing illustrated talks in the Assembly Rooms entitled “ From Lord Nelson to me – How<br />

to escape Polar Bears”. Please put these dates in your diaries, all welcome – see our adverts in<br />

this edition plus posters around town.<br />

As always, we would be pleased to welcome new members to join Age Concern. Our Membership<br />

Secretary Vicky is the contact, see details below, or just turn up at one of our entertainment<br />

afternoons on the last Tuesday in each month, 2 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 />

• 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<br />

from 9 am to 4 pm from where an Information Pack for both Buddying and<br />

Befriending can be obtained. Please contact Lorraine in the office, phone (07393 981<br />

295). For trips out, our contact is John Clarke. Chair, Diane Sanderson, 725715;<br />

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

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

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

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

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

Be captivated by the ancient wallpaintings<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Hospital LOF<br />

After some negotiations with the Hospital Trust,<br />

we are pleased to confirm that work started<br />

late July with a major revamp of the gardens at<br />

the rear of the Hospital. The old gardens were<br />

in need of some TLC but also had become a bit<br />

“tired”. The opportunity has arisen for us to be<br />

more ambitious and go for a major revamp. We<br />

wish to reflect a “Market Town” theme including<br />

some market type stalls. We are building a new<br />

garden gazebo with open sides with new seating<br />

for patients and relatives to use. The garden will<br />

include a variety of ground surfaces which enables<br />

those with walking difficulties to relearn skills.<br />

We aim to keep the garden overall as effective as<br />

possible to maintain.<br />

Once the work is complete (late Summer) we<br />

will be holding an open day with stalls and<br />

refreshments to welcome members of the public<br />

as well as patients’ relatives, to see what has been<br />

achieved. Dates will be confirmed later. I hope<br />

at the time you will be able to come. Our funds<br />

received a very welcome boost from the proceeds<br />

of a sponsored walk undertaken by staff and<br />

others from the Pedlars Gold shop in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Many thanks again for this support. As we do hold<br />

raffles and events it is always helpful to receive<br />

any unwanted items that you may like to donate.<br />

These can either be left at Hospital Reception or<br />

if you ring me I can collect. We were very lucky<br />

in securing the return of the Imperial Vienna<br />

Orchestra for the afternoon of Sunday 22nd July.<br />

This was their third visit to <strong>Swaffham</strong> and we<br />

had a good turnout. The title was “The Beautiful<br />

Galatea” a concert performance and comic opera.<br />

Delighted to say that the Orchestra are booked<br />

to return on Saturday 13th October, 7pm for 7.30<br />

with a traditional performance. Tickets again £12<br />

available in September from Ceres Bookshop and<br />

Just Hair. A further reminder our Annual Street<br />

collection will be on Saturday 1st September.<br />

Thanks to those helping.<br />

As usual you can contact us Colin Houghton<br />

(Chair) 01760 336025 or Iris Reeve (vice chair) on<br />

01760 721430.<br />

Farewell to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hare<br />

After spending a large part of the summer with<br />

us, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hare and his cousins have all left<br />

their spots in shop windows around town. However,<br />

many will still be residing in <strong>Swaffham</strong> in new forever<br />

homes after being auctioned off by CR Auctions.<br />

Thanks to everyone who participated in making<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hare idea a success; the community<br />

groups that decorated them and the shopkeepers<br />

who displayed them, those of you who completed<br />

the trail and of course those of you who bid on a hare<br />

to buy. In total the auction raised £245 for charity.<br />

We look forward to seeing what visitors we will be<br />

welcoming next year!<br />

Thank you from Home Start<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> Community Garden<br />

Rain at last!!<br />

Since our first very successful start-up session for<br />

the new Community Garden on the Campingland,<br />

the continuous hot weather with no rain has<br />

unfortunately halted further progress. Our thanks to<br />

James Dean and others<br />

for watering on a<br />

regular basis to ensure<br />

that at least the initial<br />

planting prevailed.<br />

Our thanks also to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary for<br />

designing and offering<br />

to finance new signage<br />

which is planned<br />

to be placed in the<br />

Town Centre pointing<br />

to the Campingland<br />

and the new garden.<br />

However, the climate now seems to be back to our<br />

more usual summer holiday regime allowing the<br />

ground to sufficiently soften allowing us to plan<br />

the next work stages leading to continuation of the<br />

project. September will see a variety of activities<br />

at the site including turf lifting, creation of a Bug<br />

Hotel, apple tree planting, plus wild flower and herb<br />

areas. We are waiting to hear from our RHS Advisor,<br />

who is currently on vacation, as to her availability<br />

next month before we set a definitive time table<br />

but are looking forward to involving volunteers of<br />

all ages from around the town, local community<br />

organisations including the schools and Iceni Youthie,<br />

to help us complete the Garden. So please watch out<br />

for further announcements on the Town Council and<br />

Iceni websites, on our Community Garden Facebook<br />

page and other social media for the dates and<br />

objectives so you can join us in ensuring that we can<br />

be proud of the garden we are creating.<br />

Thanks from the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Team<br />

Benefits for the elderly<br />

Many older people are entitled to claim benefits –<br />

but not everyone is aware of what their entitlements<br />

are, and how to claim. Age UK Norfolk is working<br />

hard to raise awareness so that those in later life,<br />

and their carers, can claim; and helping them along<br />

the way to make those claims.<br />

The awareness campaign begins in January and the<br />

charity is aiming to ensure that the people concerned:<br />

• Will be better informed<br />

• Know their rights<br />

• Are claiming their entitlements<br />

• Are fully informed about attendance allowance,<br />

pension credit, council tax benefit etc<br />

• Get the help and assistance they need to claim<br />

those benefits.<br />

Age UK Norfolk hopes to achieve this by offering:<br />

• Benefit entitlement checks.<br />

• Free and confidential advice about home safety,<br />

housing, care issues etc.<br />

• Providing this service in a place of a claimant’s<br />

choice, either in their own homes, at Age UK<br />

Norfolk’s premises, in a care home, or any other<br />

venue that is deemed suitable.<br />

To find out more about<br />

benefit checks, call the Age<br />

UK Norfolk advice line on<br />

0300 500 1217,<br />

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.<br />

Icenima - You decide<br />

For those of you who don’t already know, we<br />

show a film in the Community Centre on the third<br />

Wednesday of each month at 2pm. We try to select<br />

a varied choice of films to cater for all tastes, but<br />

realise we might not always get it right. Therefore,<br />

we want to ask for your suggestions, would you like<br />

more comedy, drama or documentaries?<br />

You can send in suggestions to swaffhamnewsletter@<br />

gmail.com or contact us on Facebook, just search for<br />

‘Iceni Partnership’. We may even set up an online<br />

poll so you can vote for your favourite from the ideas<br />

sent in. It would be great to widen our audience, so<br />

please get in touch.<br />

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

at<br />

presents<br />

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

Jazz Club<br />

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

rare chance to see Roger & Kari Hewitt<br />

keyboard & vocals<br />

with the Lee Vasey Jam Band<br />

featuring Pete Oxborough clarinet & saxaphone<br />

Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

September 11th<br />

Tickets on Door £7<br />

Norman 01760 722 384<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

London Street<br />

bar<br />

The garden is still work<br />

in progress.<br />

If you would like<br />

to volunteer with<br />

planting or groundwork<br />

please keep checking the<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong> for dates<br />

and times. Thanks.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary presents...<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival 2018<br />

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

President’s Corner<br />

On the 23rd July the Rotary Club held<br />

another Charity Golf Day at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Golf Club. As ever this Summer the<br />

weather was scorching (32c) but undeterred the 20<br />

teams of 4 battled round and had an excellent day’s<br />

golf on a well prepared course.<br />

Rebecca Louise Law<br />

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

International Installation Artist, Saturday 6th October<br />

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

present 2018 at the West Acre Theatre, West Acre, 7.00 for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival 7:30pm. 2018 “...unlike anything experienced at Kew present<br />

before.” Maria Devaney, Kew Galleries and Exhibitions <strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival 2018<br />

Leader, Autumn 2017. Tickets with canapés & wine:<br />

REBECCA LOUISE LAW £15 per person<br />

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International Installation Artist<br />


The fEAST Theatre Company<br />

Saturday 6 th October 2018 at the West Acre Present Theatre, “Into West Thin Acre Air”, Tuesday 16th October 2018 International Installation Artist<br />

at The Nicolas Hamond Academy, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, 7.00<br />

7.00 for 7:30pm for 7:30pm. Tickets: £12 adult; Saturday £8 Concessions; 6 th October £4 2018 at the West Acre Theatre, West Acre<br />

“…unlike anything experienced at Student Kew before.” & pupils.<br />

Maria Devaney, Kew Galleries and Exhibitions ---------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

Leader, Autumn 2017<br />

7.00 for 7:30pm<br />

Tickets with canapés & wine: £15 Jane per Hodgson person Artist<br />

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Talk and display, Saturday 20th October “…unlike 2018 The anything experienced at Kew before.”<br />

Pedlar’s Suite, George Hotel, Maria <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Devaney, 7.00 Kew for Galleries and Exhibitions Leader, Autumn 2017<br />

The fEAST Theatre Company 7:30pm. Tickets: £6 per person. Tickets with canapés & wine: £15 per person<br />

Present<br />

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“Into Thin Air” Film Night 2018 - ‘Breathe’<br />

Friday 28 September 2018<br />

The fEAST Theatre Company<br />

Tuesday 16 th October dining 2018 at The Nicolas Hammonds At the Academy, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community <strong>Swaffham</strong> Centre, Campingland,<br />

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

Boasting 62 en-suite bedrooms, the home has<br />

been finished to the most luxurious standards,<br />

with extra-wide corridors, a variety of large<br />

spacious and comfortable lounges and<br />

rooms with kitchenette areas that help to promote<br />

independence and social inclusion.<br />

We really want to make a difference<br />

to the lives of the 7.00 people we for care 7:30pm.<br />

for. <strong>Swaffham</strong>, 7.00 for 7:30pm £9 per person with a Present<br />

With this in mind we have built the<br />

“Bringing Original a nd Vibrant Theatre buffet t o supper Our Region” prior to film.<br />

“Into Thin Air”<br />

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration ---------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

dementia to making the design and layout<br />

Tickets: £12 adult; £8 Concessions; £4 Festival Student Annual & pupils.<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

Art Exhibition Tuesday & Preview 16 th October Evening2018 at The Nicolas Hammonds Academy, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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dementia.<br />

Venue: The Assembly Rooms, Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong> 7.00 for 7:30pm.<br />

This new home will enable us to Preview Evening: Friday 26th “Bringing October at 7.00 Original for a nd Vibrant Theatre t o Our Region”<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings Jane and Hodgson environment. It Artist 7:30pm.<br />

The Charities who benefited this year were The Big<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality Exhibition: Saturday 27 & Sunday Tickets: 28 at 10:00am £12 adult; to £8 Concessions; C, the Norwich £4 based Student cancer & charity, pupils. and SSAFA, the<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents<br />

TALK<br />

every<br />

AND<br />

day.<br />

DISPLAY 16:00pm<br />

Armed Forces Charity. A raffle, an auction and the<br />

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Preview Evening: Tickets with canapes & wine: £6 per tremendous backing by the sponsors, supporters<br />

Saturday 20th October 2018 at The Pedlar’s Suite, The George Hotel,<br />

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

person. Saturday & Sunday: £2 per person.<br />

and the golfers themselves meant that the Club<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home Available from Ceres Bookshop or on the door were able to raise over £4000. Both charities entered<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

Jane Hodgson Artist<br />

7.00 for 7:30pm Saturday & Sunday only. All tickets available from teams in the competition and the Big C Team led<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

Ceres Bookshop, London Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

TALK<br />

by<br />

AND<br />

Dr.<br />


Chris Bushby were the overall winners of the<br />

people to take<br />

Tickets:<br />

part in the daily<br />

£6<br />

living<br />

per person<br />

team competition. Over the past six years our Golf<br />

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

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activities that take place throughout<br />

Saturday 20th October 2018 Days at The have Pedlar’s raised over Suite, £20,000 The for George local charities. Hotel, We<br />

the day.<br />

are very grateful to all concerned who have helped<br />

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

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

“It took me just a few<br />

us realise such excellent results.<br />

days to feel at home<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

7.00<br />

Last<br />

for<br />

week<br />

7:30pm<br />

we had an excellent talk from Gillian Sale<br />

because the staff are<br />

and Michael Upton of The Samaritans - my President’s<br />

so welcoming and Beech Close, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

at 6.30pm.<br />

Tickets:<br />

charity<br />

£6 per<br />

this<br />

person<br />

year. They gave some disturbing statistics<br />

caring”<br />

concerning suicides in the UK. They believe that<br />

2 nd September, George ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

Everette, Wisbech.<br />

suicide is not inevitable, but preventable. The causes<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market, 16 th September, Peter Wiggins, Littleport.<br />

are complex, last year there were 6,639 such deaths<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

30 th September, Wendy Barnard, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

in the UK- that is some 18 each day. Without the<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

downham.manager@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services dedication of the organisation there would be many<br />

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from more. Men remain around three times more likely to<br />

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

The home has been designed to meet the needs<br />

of people who require nursing and<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 />

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take their own lives than women in the UK.<br />

The Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> are nearing the launch<br />

of their Annual Visual Arts Festival. This year we<br />

have an exciting International Artist to commence<br />

our celebration of the arts. Rebecca Louise Law will<br />

open the Festival at The West Acre Theatre with a<br />

presentation and talk about her remarkable floral<br />

Installations using simply dried flowers and copper<br />

wire. Remarkable because of their detail design and<br />

sheer amount. Born and raised in Cambridge after<br />

studying fine art at Newcastle, Rebecca worked as a<br />

florist in London and was asked one day to produce<br />

a floral installation at The Royal Opera House’s Floral<br />

Hall. She promised the most extreme thing possible<br />

by suspending flowers from ceiling to floor. In 2017<br />

her installation “Life in Death” at Kew Gardens<br />

installed 375,000 flowers made into 1000 garlands<br />

each 5 metres long, which visitors could walk through.<br />

Law has worked all over the world with some of her<br />

installations being permanent. Shown below is the<br />

artist at work.<br />

The launch is at West Acre Theatre on Friday 6th<br />

October at 7pm. Tickets are available from Ceres<br />

Bookshop at 20, London Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> (722504).<br />

The Arts Festival built on the Annual Arts Exhibition<br />

some 6 years ago with the aim of increasing and<br />

growing the knowledge and appreciation of Arts in<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area. The Festival also includes the<br />

heart warming film Breathe, the story of a polio<br />

victim, a Theatre production by fEast entitled “ Into<br />

thin Air”, a talk by local artist Jane Hodgson and at<br />

the end our Annual Art Exhibition at the Assembly<br />

Rooms 26, 27 and 28 October. Last year the Festival<br />

raised a record profit for charities so we have a big<br />

challenge this year ahead of us!<br />

Malcolm Whittley

The<br />

Merle Boddy<br />

Day Centre<br />

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

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

friendly day service for people living with<br />

dementia & other mental health problems.<br />

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Lioness Club - The Pride Of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Our new Lioness Year started at the beginning of July<br />

with our Changeover of Presidents, when Christine<br />

Haines handed over the chain of office to our new<br />

President Anne Dryden, with a meal and get-together<br />

at The Station pub which was enjoyed by all.<br />

Our President Anne visited family in St. Lucia in July.<br />

Whilst there she attended a meeting of the Castries<br />

St. Lucia Lions Club. She learned of their tireless<br />

efforts to Feed the Poor on a regular basis.<br />

The final event of Christine’s year was our Lioness<br />

Team entry in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home<br />

Hospice sponsored relay, where our team raised over<br />

£200 in sponsorship. Our first fund-raising function<br />

was an Afternoon Tea Party and flower arranging<br />

demonstration for EACH (children’s hospice). Many<br />

thanks to everyone who turned out to support this,<br />

and special thanks to our flower arranger Sarah Green<br />

of “Precious Petals”. We have raised approximately<br />

£400 for the EACH Nook Appeal.<br />

On 26th August we have a tombola and bric-a-brac<br />

stall at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Vehicle Spectacular. On 22nd<br />

September we will be holding a Macmillan Coffee<br />

Morning in the Assembly Rooms from 9am. Entry is<br />

free and we look forward to your continuing support.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Over 2000 Royal British Legion Standards marched<br />

through the Menin Gate on August 8th as a tribute<br />

to all who lost their lives in the Great War. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Branch Standard attended this dramatic event.<br />

Even ironing!<br />

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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 />

A Norwich and <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Day’s Bank note. Ceres<br />

appears to be carrying a<br />

sickle, although Ben Ripper<br />

describes it as “extending<br />

her fingers in a gesture of<br />

giving”. Looks like a sickle<br />

to me.<br />

However, we know from the news report of the<br />

affixing “a most elegant figure of Ceres” on the top<br />

of the Buttercross in 1784 that she was holding<br />

some ears of wheat in her right hand and the horn<br />

of Plenty under her left arm.<br />

(Norfolk Chronicle 27 November 1784)<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 />

World War 1 e-book<br />

Supported by Breckland World War<br />

Heritage Fund. Work is continuing<br />

apace on collecting information about<br />

our soldiers and sailors, organisations and events for<br />

the WW1 ebook. Two brave volunteers have elected<br />

to go through the Lynn News of 1917 and 1918. Very<br />

grateful for the work done by Bernard Hunt over<br />

the last four years in the Church <strong>Newsletter</strong> and by<br />

volunteers who have donated items, documents<br />

and research time. We are now going through the<br />

town's Roll of Honour of around 400 names. One<br />

of the problems is that they didn't always give their<br />

true age. So far we've only had one letter from Mum<br />

telling the authorities to send him back to England<br />

– he's only 16. But there are probably more. If you<br />

have time and would like to help us find details<br />

please contact Sue on swaffhamheritage@gmail.<br />

com or pop in at Heritage.<br />

Rather ironic that they were taking down the Barclays<br />

Bank sign on Norfolk Day.<br />

It was also rather sad, because Barclays and its<br />

predecessors have been associated with <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

since 1795 when the Day family opened a bank in<br />

the town, trading under the name of the Norwich<br />

and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Bank. The premises were on the site<br />

of what is now the Old School. This banking company<br />

had many ups and downs (mainly downs) throughout<br />

the difficult 19th century but eventually by 1883<br />

became known as Gurney, Birkbeck, Barclay, Buxton<br />

and Creswell, later shortened to Gurney & Co.<br />

This, together with 19 other banks became Barclay<br />

& Co and by 1917 were Barclays Bank. The Barclay<br />

premises became 69 Market Place, an early Georgian<br />

house converted to suit the business. It was<br />

demolished in 1966 and rebuilt to blend with the<br />

existing architecture.<br />

This year – with the selling of Day's Field and the<br />

redevelopment of the Old School House it would<br />

seem that all connection with the Day family has<br />

been severed, although there are family memorials<br />

in the church.<br />

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FoSM (Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum)<br />

We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life<br />

Membership payment of just £10 for an individual<br />

and £15 for a family. This gives you free access to all<br />

the museum galleries for life. For more information<br />

please contact Secretary James Dean 01760 720756<br />

or jamesdean@uwclub.net<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 />

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Prize winners:<br />

Aug draw - £40 No.39 / £20 No.15 / £10 No.47<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 />

• Outing to Sheringham 40’s Weekend - Sunday Sept<br />

16 – Contact Christine on 01760 724825 to book<br />

• Quiz & Chips – Friday Oct 19<br />

• Mulled Wine Party Suffield Court Sunday Dec 2<br />

For further details contact Secretary on 01760 720756<br />

New FoSM Committee Members Wanted<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

At the last monthly meeting<br />

on 2nd August, Georgie<br />

Bell gave members a very<br />

interesting presentation about the Merle Boddy<br />

Centre in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Her presentation covered<br />

the centre’s history and detailed the running<br />

costs of the centre and the cost for clients<br />

visiting the centre. Alzheimer’s disease and<br />

various types of dementia were discussed. Then,<br />

using a wide selection of musical instruments,<br />

members were exposed to a riot of sounds<br />

which demonstrated some of the difficulties<br />

clients can experience when they have problems<br />

communicating with others. The presentation<br />

at September’s meeting will be about the<br />

Thursford Collection. October’s speaker will<br />

talk about “Assassins, Traitors and Spies” and<br />

in November Sir Henry Bedingfield will give<br />

a presentation about Heraldry. There was no<br />

archery at the Holme Hale playing field in August<br />

but the event will hopefully be resumed again<br />

in September. Sporting activities include shortmat<br />

bowling, table tennis and croquet. Soft-ball<br />

tennis at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Leisure Centre will restart<br />

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in September until the following May. Members<br />

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Other activities include science & technology,<br />

art and bird watching.<br />

If these activities interest you, or if you have<br />

a hobby or pastime which you would like to<br />

share with others why not make enquires about<br />

joining the Wissey U3A. Meetings are held at<br />

Holme Hale’s Pavilion on the first Thursday of<br />

the month from 09.45 until 12.00 mid-day.<br />

The U3A is an international movement whose<br />

aims are the education of retired members of<br />

the Community or those in their ‘Third Age' of<br />

life. U3A membership is open to any individual<br />

who by definition is not in full-time gainful<br />

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

For our August session we welcomed vocalist Melody<br />

Brooker and her Trio, together with Dave Taylor,<br />

tenor sax. Melody is not content to sing a couple of<br />

numbers in each half, in someone else’s band. She<br />

prefers to choose her own line-up and sing in every<br />

number. The rest of the line-up was Paul White,<br />

piano, Colin Borrell, guitar, and John Trowsdale, bass.<br />

The more observant among you will have noticed<br />

the absence of a drummer. What difference to the<br />

music does this make ?<br />

I think it makes the sound more transparent, firstly<br />

because of the absence of a constant ‘wall’ of sound<br />

coming from the cymbals. Secondly, unlike trad jazz<br />

or rock drummers, who mostly concentrate on laying<br />

down a heavy off beat twice in every bar, modern<br />

jazz drummers are busy all the time, filling the gaps<br />

between each beat using their sticks or brushes to<br />

make intricate rhythmic patterns.<br />

Returning to the music. Given that there were just<br />

over twenty numbers (a club record!) I can only pick<br />

out some of the most memorable.<br />

I was struck by what a great jazz number The Beatles’<br />

“Ticket to Ride” makes. Perhaps the best moment<br />

was Dave’s ascent into the stratosphere at the end of<br />

“Masquerade” drawing gasps of astonishment from<br />

the audience. I loved the way a brilliant solo from<br />

Dave inspired equally brilliant solos from Paul and<br />

Colin, especially in “Love For Sale”, “How High the<br />

Moon” and “Blue Skies”. “Quiet Nights” performed<br />

as a subtle bossa nova was delicious, and the way<br />

in which “You’ve Changed”, starting as a soulful,<br />

laid back number grew into a sustained climax by<br />

the end, was masterful. The only bass solo came<br />

in “Taking a Chance on Love”, emphasising what a<br />

beautiful sound an acoustic string bass can make.<br />

Melody’s voice production was superb, with<br />

wonderfully clear diction and perfect intonation<br />

throughout. Lastly, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t<br />

Got That Swing” demonstrated that you don’t need<br />

a drummer for a really swinging number if you have<br />

a group of talented jazz musicians.<br />

Next up we have a change to our advertised<br />

programme, when the Canadian duo, Roger and Kari<br />

Hewitt, keyboard and vocals, will appear with the<br />

Lee Vasey Jam Band. Tuesday 11 September 7.30pm<br />

at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, London Street.<br />

Entry £7 on the door.<br />

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Greetings from the allotments.<br />

What can I say? With temperatures shooting up to 38<br />

deg in my garden at one point all the produce began<br />

to shrivel in front of our eyes. No matter how many<br />

watering cans we drenched the stuff with we could not<br />

keep the ground hydrated enough to allow the fruit/<br />

veg to swell properly. The carrots and onions, whilst<br />

being very tasty, were small as was the sweetcorn and<br />

potatoes. We salvaged what we could but the plot<br />

has been cleared and rotovated by the end of August<br />

normally its September. On a bright note, the apples,<br />

peas, raspberries and blackberries have been wonderful.<br />

What a topsy turvey weather year this has been so far.<br />

Fact:- Great Britain is the only country that grows apples<br />

expressly for cooking. As Charles Dudley Warner said:<br />

“Everyone talks about the weather but nobody does<br />

anything about it” (1829 – 1900)<br />

The pigeon in its precarious nest raised 2 squeakers and<br />

they have now flown away, hopefully mother will be<br />

back next year. The old gazebo frame that is covered in a<br />

grape vine where she hid her nest is full of small bunches<br />

of grapes. We hope the blackbirds will leave us some.<br />

We had some unpleasant incidents. Several sheds<br />

were broken into and equipment was stolen, others<br />

were simply forced open and nothing was taken. Black<br />

currants were stolen along with other produce. Two<br />

incidents of chicken theft also occurred. It is extremely<br />

aggravating to think that things you have looked after or<br />

grown throughout the year are casually stolen. Shame<br />

on the offenders. I am sure if they had said they were<br />

in need the plot holders would have gladly spared some<br />

produce. On the 11th August we held our annual BBQ.<br />

25 members attended and we were so lucky that the<br />

day was bright and sunny. Apart from sausages and beef<br />

burgers (courtesy of Papworths Butchers) members<br />

brought a delicious assortment of desserts. Obviously<br />

everything was non-fat and sugar free!! So no one felt<br />

guilty tucking in.<br />

The Afternoon Tea will be held on the 9th September,<br />

3pm in the Assembly Rooms. All members welcome. The<br />

winners of the three categories of best kept allotment<br />

will be presented with their prizes. This is usually well<br />

attended as members contribute a wonderful selection<br />

of eats. What a good job keeping an allotment is healthy<br />

and ensures good exercise!!<br />

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

pensioners who just want to grow a small amount of<br />

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From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

This is my third article since taking over in<br />

May 18. By the time you read this I will have<br />

chaired three full council meetings. Although<br />

meetings can be seen as boring, why don’t<br />

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 cannot answer then, we will<br />

always get back to you. As my diary permits I will always<br />

try to respond to any invites to come and see you at any of<br />

our town’s groups/clubs/ organisations etc. I think this is<br />

important as it is good to meet “face to face”.<br />

Sad to see Barclays now gone. Still no news about what<br />

the building may be used for.<br />

Congratulations to all those involved in getting our “Park<br />

Run” established two months ago. It’s going well. Another<br />

new initiative to encourage us to exercise!<br />

The “Beating of the Retreat” procession and the evening<br />

concert held in July really was a magnificent event. It<br />

was an emotional day and it will be long remembered.<br />

Although we cannot make a definite promise we will if<br />

possible seek to get them to return at some point.<br />

I hope many of you managed a day out at the Bank Holiday<br />

when we held our second Classic Car Show and Family<br />

Fun Day. I hope you found it interesting and enjoyable<br />

with plenty to do. Any ideas for future events are always<br />

welcome. Thanks to those at The Norfolk Vehicle Club<br />

and colleagues at the Town Hall for the hard work in<br />

organising. Nothing definite yet to report on the future of<br />

the Green Britian Centre. However, the Council has been<br />

talking to the “Garden Science Trust” to see whether we<br />

can help them to relocate.<br />

The refurbishment of the Buttercross area is now<br />

underway and as explained previously this will provide<br />

many new features and facilities. The work to install parking<br />

machines in the centre car park will take place at the same<br />

time to minimise disruption. More info on parking next<br />

time. Sorry for the disruption and inconvenience whilst<br />

the work is undertaken.<br />

I hope you all have seen my feature in last month’s<br />

newsletter regarding the “Poppy Display” which we plan<br />

to start in early October. This is in conjunction with the<br />

British Legion to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of<br />

WW1. The concept is to have displays around town which<br />

you, the public, can add to. Some will be internal like in<br />

the Church and Museum and in shop windows and some<br />

external. All the schools are on board to do displays and<br />

many of the shop keepers. I really hope that you all will<br />

want to participate to make this a really special time for<br />

our Town. Any Poppy related or WW1 material, including<br />

photographs etc, will be appreciated. Any contributions<br />

can be dropped off at the Town Hall or could be collected.<br />

Drop a line to me at the Town Hall. AND any ideas on what<br />

realistically we could seek to do to keep <strong>Swaffham</strong> “on the<br />

map” for residents and tourists<br />

Cllr Colin Houghton Mayor 2018-19

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 to<br />

share information with the Town.<br />

“DON’T PANIC” it’s only DADS ARMY DAY at<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market is hosting a ‘Dads Army Day on<br />

Saturday 22nd September, the road will be closed in<br />

front of Pedlar’s Gold from the Buttercross through<br />

to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Café. We are looking for any vehicles<br />

of World War 2 era to come along – Jonesy’s Van will<br />

be there with a Dads Army re-enactment group. It<br />

will be as close to the real thing as we can get. There<br />

will be entertainment and we have the Thursford<br />

Organ too! Anyone who dresses in 40’s style will<br />

be most welcome. Our traditional Market will be<br />

in full swing, with lots of lots at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Auction,<br />

Auction starts at 11am. Should be a great day, if<br />

you are interested in playing your part please get in<br />

touch with us at the Town Hall 01760 722922 E-mail<br />

enquiries@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or you can<br />

contact our new Market Superintendent Ruth Ostler<br />

07776 507653.<br />


Better joined up working for <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Watton<br />

Sue Dent has joined the team at <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Watton<br />

Town Councils as ‘Events and Projects Support<br />

Officer’ to promote events and projects in and around<br />

both Towns. Her post is jointly funded by both Town<br />

Councils and will also be working closely with both the<br />

Iceni and Wayland Partnerships. There will be a real<br />

emphasis on joined up thinking and trying to make<br />

the most of opportunities that might apply to both<br />

the Towns and the surrounding areas. In the short<br />

term Sue will be helping to support existing events<br />

and getting to know the groups and organisations that<br />

do so much in both Towns. So, if you have anything<br />

happening soon, or are planning for next year, do get<br />

in touch with her at the Town Council or on 07776<br />

507658 / wattonswaffhamevents@gmail.com.<br />

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Share or email Sue on: wattonswaffhamevents@gmail.com<br />

Follow us: @swaffhamevents<br />

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– work in progress…<br />

As reported in the newsletter last month, you now see<br />

some fencing has been placed around ‘The Buttercross’<br />

as work began on 13th August on some Town Centre<br />

improvements, for a period of 15 weeks finishing<br />

on 23rd November. Quinn Construction Ltd are the<br />

appointed contractors for some necessary repairs and<br />

refurbishment to ‘the Buttercross’ itself, some relaying<br />

of cobbles to make the area flatter, reducing trip<br />

hazards and more accessible to use; removing unsightly<br />

electrical cables or structures, replacing with easily<br />

available sockets and subtle lighting. There will be new<br />

seating placed around the area of ‘The Buttercross’,<br />

replacing previous seating removed as part of the<br />

preparation for this scheme. Other improvements in<br />

the Town Centre will be publicly available ‘Wi-Fi’, two<br />

electric car charging points, 6 double electrical sockets<br />

for use by Market traders and/or events within the Town<br />

Centre and finally 6 new street lights. The Town Council<br />

look forward to bringing our Town Centre into the<br />

21st Century and sincerely hope that these measures<br />

will provide opportunities in what is an ever-changing<br />

Market Place and to enable Businesses, Community<br />

Events and our Traditional Market the platform to thrive.<br />


Have you booked yourself in for the Christmas Light<br />

Switch-On and Christmas Market which will be a Sunday<br />

once more later this year? We have a healthy number<br />

of stalls already booked, so don’t miss out for the event<br />

on Sunday 2nd December from 12 noon until 6pm<br />

as the Christmas Market is always well attended and<br />

the Switch-On taking place at 5pm. A full afternoons<br />

entertainment, with a visit from the main man himself<br />

‘Father Christmas’ and Live Reindeer. Full details will<br />

feature in future editions of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

We really would be grateful to anyone wishing to<br />

volunteer their services to help us with this event, or<br />

book a stall, please contact the Town Hall 01760 722922<br />

E-mail enquiries@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />


As we approach the Autumn months your Town<br />

Councillors will have one-eye on May next year, as the<br />

Local Government Elections will take place once more<br />

for both <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council and Breckland Council.<br />

The Town Council recently agreed to do two taster<br />

events “Do you want to be a Councillor?” one before<br />

the end of 2018 and another as we get a little nearer the<br />

election date in the new-year 2019. These events will<br />

be targeting anyone who is thinking about standing for<br />

election but would like to know a little more about the<br />

Town Council before they take the final step. How do<br />

we operate? What services do we run? What land and<br />

property do we manage? What are we responsible for?<br />

What exactly does a Town Councillor do? What is the<br />

role of the Town Council within the community? How<br />

does the Town Council fit in with Breckland Council and<br />

Norfolk County Council? All of this and the opportunity<br />

to ask that burning question you’ve always wanted to<br />

ask… Look out for a future <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> to see<br />

the date, time and place coming soon…<br />

The referendum referred to is for the Neighbourhood<br />

Plan (see article below), as the Steering Group and the<br />

Town Council are hopeful that this will be before the<br />

Town Council elections in May. Again, look out in future<br />

newsletters, it is your only chance to vote on a plan that<br />

will be influential in how <strong>Swaffham</strong> develops over the<br />

next 20 years. If you haven’t got involved to date, there<br />

is a lot of information on the Town Council website<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk if there is anything<br />

you need to know, please ask, probably best not to wait<br />

until you have your ballot papers in front of you which<br />

will ask you a ‘Yes/No’ question, to either support the<br />

plan or not.<br />


The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led<br />

document for guiding the<br />

future development of our<br />

Town. It is about the use<br />

and development of land<br />

over the next 20 years. The plan will set out a vision and<br />

aspirations for the future development of the Town and<br />

will be an important document that will help influence<br />

and control the way our town changes in the future,<br />

including any new housing developments. This is the<br />

eighth in a series of Articles designed to give you the<br />

latest information on how we are progressing with the<br />

development of our Neighbourhood Plan. This time it’s<br />

a very short article as explained below:<br />

On the 16th July the Council “signed off” the draft<br />

document and printed copies. A public consultation day<br />

was held in the Assembly rooms on the 18th July running<br />

from 10am to 7pm. This was fairly well attended, and<br />

it was good to talk to people about their issues and<br />

concerns. This started a pre-submission consultation<br />

period from then to 31st August 18. I hope that you<br />

have taken this opportunity to get your views in. We will<br />

now make final amendments and submit to Breckland<br />

for independent evaluation. After such independent<br />

evaluation and checking against Breckland’s Local<br />

Plan, the absolute final document will come out to a<br />

TOWN REFERENDUM to seek widespread support and<br />

adoption. WE want all our town to support the Plan.<br />

Remember it strengthens our position locally in helping<br />

to determine planning applications and what shape we<br />

want our town to develop to over the next 20 years.<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 />

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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 12th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 24th – Open Spaces Committee meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 25th – N Plan -Steering Group, 10.00am<br />

Planning committee, 1.30pm. Council Chamber,<br />

Town Hall.<br />

The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 025<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 121<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


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