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October 2018

October 2018


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“Can you beat this?”<br />

Bill Twiddy with his contribution for<br />

SCALGA’s Giant Pumpkin Competition<br />

See p.37 for SCALGA’s full report<br />

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

Iceni Partnership<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

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

PE37 7RB<br />

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Comments or queries welcomed.<br />

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

Deadline for editorial and advertising is the<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses<br />

18 Age Concern<br />

22 Community Hospital LoF<br />

23 RBL/<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group<br />

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

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

30 Pheonix Singers/Community Garden<br />

32 Museum Matters<br />

34 Wissey U3A<br />

37 SCALGA/Mayor’s Parlour<br />

38 Town Council<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<br />

that the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> would actually use<br />

a swimming pool, before they consider helping<br />

us to move the project forward. There is a short<br />

survey which everybody who has an opinion about<br />

swimming in <strong>Swaffham</strong> needs to complete if we are<br />

to get any 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 />

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

We now have a crowd funding page to raise money<br />

for resources for the community garden such as<br />

tools, gloves, compost, plants etc.<br />

We received some initial funding from the RHS,<br />

but in order to keep the garden maintained over<br />

the coming months and years we will need lots<br />

more. If you can spare anything at all, it would be<br />

greatly appreciated. https://www.justgiving.com/<br />

crowdfunding/swaffhamcommunitygarden<br />

We are still always looking for volunteers too, so feel<br />

free to get in touch via our Facebook page.<br />


swaffham<br />

christmas<br />

lunch<br />

25 th December,<br />

Midday to 3pm, with food<br />

served at 1pm<br />

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

Iceni Partnership invite you to<br />

join us for a free lunch and afternoon<br />

of entertainment on Christmas Day.<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 />

If you would like to attend please<br />

contact us on 01760 722800<br />


Upcoming Events<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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends Quiz<br />

12th October there is a quiz night at the library starting at 7.30pm for teams of up<br />

to 6 persons. Cost per person is only £2. For more information and tickets, please<br />

contact the library direct.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players Production<br />

Comedy play “Boeing-Boeing” by Marc Camoletti, courtesy of Samuel French.<br />

Directed by John Hooker. To be performed at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club on 19th<br />

and 20th October, 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets £8, available through the Box office on<br />

01760 721899, or at the Conservative Club.<br />

Halloween Quiz<br />

Saturday 27th October 2018, Pentney Village Hall PE32 1JD. 7.30pm, doors open<br />

at 7pm. Everybody welcome. Cash prize for winning team, proceeds to go towards<br />

the refurbishment of the Hall. Teams of 4-6, each team to bring 20 questions (and<br />

answers). Entry on the door on the night £3 per person. Bring your own food and drink.<br />

West Acre Bonfire & Halloween Night<br />

Saturday 27th October. Gates open 6pm for a bonfire, fancy dress competition<br />

(7pm) & firework display (7.30pm). Along with the competition there will be a<br />

BBQ, soup, raffle and Bar including real ale & mulled wine. All proceeds go towards<br />

the village hall fund and future events for the village. Adults £4, children £1 &<br />

under-5’s free. The event will be signposted off River Road, West Acre, Kings Lynn<br />

PE32 1TY. Charity No. 1163696.<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) Illustrated Talk<br />

Tuesday 30th October 2018, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

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

illustrated talk by Zoe Smith, entitled: ‘Peregrines and Sculthorpe Moor’. Zoe Smith<br />

is Peregrine Project Officer at Sculthorpe Moor Reserve. As you probably know<br />

the Hawk & Owl Trust runs the reserve as well as Norwich Cathedral’s Peregrine<br />

Project which has enjoyed such fantastic publicity and interest. Zoe is particularly<br />

interested in the development and expansion of urban Peregrines. As NarVOS has<br />

its own breeding Peregrines this should be a fascinating talk from Zoe. Visitors most<br />

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

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

Meet a Sensory OT Coffee Morning<br />

Free Meet a Sensory OT Coffee Mornings 10am to 12 noon and bookable in<br />

advance free 20-minute consultation sessions for parents from 1pm. Monday 5th<br />

November 2018- <strong>Swaffham</strong> - The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, The Campingland,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7RB. For more information or to book a place at any of these<br />

events please contact Lynda Niles Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration<br />

Practitioner.Email: LyndaNiles@live.co.uk. Mobile / Text: – 0741 1177 747. Website:<br />

www.lnota.co.uk.<br />

BINGO<br />

Sacred Heart School <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Thursday 8th November at 7pm in the main school<br />

hall. Everyone and all ages welcome.<br />

Westacre Theatre<br />

www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

On Stage: Westacre Theatre Company THE 39 STEPS – returning due to popular<br />

demand following successful run early in Summer. Fri 19 Oct at 7:30pm; Sat 20 Oct<br />

at 3pm and 7:30pm. £16 (£12 for under 21s).<br />

On Stage: DUOS WITH A DIFFERENCE with Steve Bingham and Brenda Stewart<br />

playing wide selection of music. Fri 26 Oct at 7:30pm £15.<br />

On Screen: Live Encore Screening FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL with Sheridan Smith<br />

Wed 24 Oct at 7pm £15<br />

On Screen: Wednesday Films all at 2pm £8. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO<br />

PEEL PIE SOCIETY (2017) [12A] 3 Oct. ON CHESIL BEACH (2017) [15] 17 Oct.<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival – Launch Event: Talk and display by international<br />

installation artist REBECCA LOUISE LAW 7pm £15 from Ceres Bookshop only 01760<br />

722504. Art Exhibition by FI KILPATRICK runs until 11 November.<br />

4<br />

Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

Meet Tuesday 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Scout Hut at Cockley Cley. For boys and girls<br />

aged 8 to 10 1/2. New members welcome. For more information contact Group<br />

Scout Leader, Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687 gsl1stswaffham@gmail.com<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,<br />

BA. 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<br />

Tuesday 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<br />

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

pregnancy. 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<br />

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

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<br />

from ill health? Just want to meet other people? Make new friends at<br />

Community Centre, every Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00. Contact Family Action.<br />

Tel: 01760 725801<br />

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

10.30am Assembly Rooms. Ladies over 18 welcome. Meg Dorling: 01760<br />

722139 meg_dorling@msn.com<br />

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy<br />

6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors (16+) , Holme Hale Village Hall IP25 7DP<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> WI Church Rooms, Campingland. 1st Wed 2pm Telephone<br />

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 />

5<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops<br />

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

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

all equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760 723624 to book.<br />

Baby Signing Classes -Sing and Sign<br />

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

before speech with our award winning music classes. 10am Stage 2 14mths - 2yrs.<br />

11am Stage 1 6mths - 14mths. Term time only. Booking is essential as places are<br />

limited. Contact Andrea 07905 061336 or Email kingslynn@singandsign.co.uk<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 />

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

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

Community Centre 4th Wed (except August) 1.30-3.30pm £3. 01603 629558<br />

Tai Chi beginners class 10am <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre 01760723102<br />

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

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

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy<br />

6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors (16+) , Holme Hale Village Hall IP25 7DP<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 />

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 />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Beavers<br />

Meet Thursday 6 to 7:15 at the Scout Hut at Cockley Cley. For boys and girls aged 6<br />

to 8. New members welcome. For more information contact Group Scout Leader,<br />

Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687 gsl1stswaffham@gmail.com<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 per<br />

session includes all equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760 723624<br />

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

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

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

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 Art<br />

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

Great Massingham Film Night<br />

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

Station Road. £4 with refreshments. Email massinghamfilmnight @ gmail.com to<br />

ask for programme details or phone 01485 520628.<br />

Happidojo Marham Judo Club Sandringham Centre, Marham, PE33 9NP<br />

3-4yrs 5.20-6 Fun & Games,5-7yrs:6-7pm, 8-16yrs:7-8pm. Adv. Juniors, Seniors 17+ :<br />

8-9.30pm FIRST LESSON FREE. Then 3-4yrs £2, 5-12yrs- £3. 13-16yrs -£1.00. 17+ - £3.50.<br />

Colin McCallum. 07905278857 or www.happidojomarhamjudoclub.btckco.uk<br />

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Kate Davies 01760 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. £6<br />

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

chrissywillis57@yahoo.co.uk<br />

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

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

Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Contact Hayley at lipreadingwithhayley@gmail.com

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<br />

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 />

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy<br />

6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors (16+) , Shipdham Pavillion IP25 7LU<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<br />

and 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 />

Christmas Lights Donation 2018<br />

For the past two years, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Trade<br />

Association in association with the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council has organised the Christmas Lights and Market<br />

event. Over those two years the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Trade<br />

Association has raised £10.000 by donations from<br />

members of the public and a few local businesses,<br />

which was donated to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

to be used for the Christmas Lights. Both of the<br />

Christmas events proved to be very successful with<br />

the fun fair, the fantastic lights, and lots of Christmas<br />

market stalls, musical entertainment and the live<br />

reindeer. Father Christmas in his grotto is, as always,<br />

a huge success too.<br />

This year, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Trade Association is handing<br />

over the Christmas Lights and Market event to the<br />

Town Council for them to build on the success of<br />

the past two years. In doing so, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Trade<br />

Association is pleased to hand over a cheque for<br />

£1200. £500 of which was donated by the Red Lion<br />

pub. Members of the public and fund raising have<br />

contributed a further £700 since last Christmas.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Trade Association is therefore very<br />

pleased to announce that it will hand over a cheque<br />

for the sum of £1200 to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

to be specifically used to support the Christmas Light<br />

Event for 2018. May it go from strength to strength.<br />

Children In Need Coffee Morning<br />

On Friday 24th August, Sharon, Gordon & Esther held<br />

a Coffee Morning in aid of Children In Need at 100<br />

London Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. We would like to thank<br />

everyone who supported the event, the total money<br />

raised was £320. We are also in the process of raising<br />

money for the charity through knitting 8 Pudsey<br />

Bears which we loving knitted over last winter.<br />

RAOB GLE Lodge<br />

The Elizabethan Lodge as it was formerly known<br />

has been active in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area since 1954.<br />

Following its formation it had a strong membership<br />

often meeting with over 15 Brethren in attendance.<br />

At this present time we are struggling to keep going,<br />

reduced to meeting fortnightly with no more than<br />

6 in attendance at a good meeting, with an aging<br />

membership it is highly likely that, without new or<br />

returning lapsed members we will within the next<br />

two years be forced to close <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s only RAOB<br />

GLE Lodge. Over the years, as is common, with similar<br />

organisations our aim has always been to support<br />

with monetary donations activities or organisation<br />

in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area, this has been achieved very<br />

successfully. By members at meetings of the Lodge<br />

paying into the fine bowl for any indiscretions whilst<br />

in attendance; for example talking about politics<br />

or religion a definite no! or even how Norwich City<br />

Football club fared in their last match. Another<br />

source of revenue was the weekly raffle.<br />

As the sole Lodge in the local area which is under<br />

the control of the King’s Lynn & District Province<br />

the current members are fighting to keep the Lodge<br />

active, we are aware that there are lapsed member<br />

of the RAOB GLE living in the local area and would<br />

greatly appreciate their return to active membership.<br />

Equally we would welcome any new members who<br />

might be interested in joining, new blood and new<br />

ideas is what we are now desperate for. Any lapsed<br />

member wishing to return to the fold or male over<br />

the age of 18 interested in joining can contact either<br />

myself or the Lodge Secretary for details.<br />

Walter L Rogers<br />

Lodge Trustee<br />

Mob: 07738 679664<br />

D Winner<br />

Lodge Secretary<br />

Mob: 07887927691<br />

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

For our second concert in this Baroque Season we<br />

welcome the Norwich Baroque Quartet, who will<br />

play music for two violins, cello and harpsichord in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms on Sunday October 21st<br />

at 3pm. The Baroque era stretches from roughly<br />

1600 to 1750, when music was developing, and<br />

the representation of emotion came to be seen as<br />

increasingly important. The programme will include<br />

music by Handel, Purcell and Corelli, composers of<br />

some of the most beautiful and well-loved music<br />

ever written. You may have already bought a season<br />

ticket for all three baroque concerts. But if not, then<br />

tickets for this concert are available from Ceres<br />

Bookshop 01760 722504 and The Green Parrot<br />

01760 724704, priced at £9 for members and £12<br />

for non-members, and on the door. We look forward<br />

to seeing you. All are welcome!<br />

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Sacred Heart Convent<br />

Walsingham Shrine<br />

Sacred Heart began the new school year with a<br />

pilgrimage to Walsingham. This was a special day for<br />

staff and pupils to thank God for all His goodness to<br />

us. It is an important day to renew friendships, enjoy<br />

one another’s company and have some quality wellbeing<br />

and spiritual time together. It is a day which<br />

settles everyone back into the work mode after<br />

a carefree summer holiday. The Shrine has a new<br />

section devoted to its history, which is worth visiting,<br />

telling the story over the centuries. Mrs Wilson,<br />

Head of History, explained about the dissolution of<br />

the monasteries and what that meant in real terms<br />

for the poorer people in our land. Every pupil from<br />

Year 3 – 11 was asked to write their thoughts on<br />

how their visit had helped them to be grateful and<br />

thankful. Ryan writes:<br />

‘We have our friends who we know we can trust. We<br />

have an education which we will need for a job in<br />

later life. But not only do we have the basics of life,<br />

we have luxuries such as TVs, mobile phones, pets,<br />

etc. However, some people are not as lucky as we are<br />

and tonight are probably laying out on the streets,<br />

freezing to death, lonely, scraping their pennies<br />

together to buy some food not knowing the next time<br />

they’re able to eat.’<br />

GCSE Results<br />

Headteacher Sister Francis Ridler said: “Our year<br />

11 was a small cohort of pupils. All the staff knew<br />

them personally and will miss them and hope that<br />

they have every success as they continue with their<br />

further education. This year’s pupils were guinea pigs<br />

for the new exam system which was more challenging<br />

in content and pupils were without the safety net of<br />

practice papers.<br />

“Year 10 sat PE and drama GCSE and individual pupils<br />

took Latin, Psychology and Spanish who joined the<br />

school in Year 10. We wish them success in their<br />

studies in Year 11.”<br />

Students Connie Wildbur and Aurelia Eburne both<br />

gained 11 GCSEs, and Aurelia scored 9s in French,<br />

Geography and Religious Studies.<br />

Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Welcome from Mark Woodhouse (Newly Appointed Principal)<br />

It is an incredible privilege to<br />

be the Principal of The Nicholas<br />

Hamond Academy. It is a huge<br />

responsibility but also the most<br />

fantastic job in the world to be<br />

able to work with the young<br />

people who come through our doors each day and<br />

help them fulfil their potential.<br />

It is mine and my colleagues’ responsibility to provide<br />

our students with the best possible educational<br />

experience that we can and every day we continue to<br />

strive to do this. I want our learners to be motivated,<br />

enthused and, most importantly, inspired by the<br />

experience they have with us whilst helping them to<br />

develop all the skills that they need to be successful<br />

in their futures. I want our students to achieve and<br />

I want them to be successful and by creating an<br />

environment in which they can flourish I am certain<br />

that our students will have many successes during<br />

the time that they spend with us.<br />

I know our students are capable of many fantastic<br />

things and being able to provide them the platform<br />

from which to do this is what we continually<br />

endeavour to do at TNHA so that our young people<br />

can have the most amazing futures.<br />

Parents and carers of all students in current year 5 &<br />

6 at local primary schools are invited to come along<br />

to see first-hand what we have to offer.<br />

Open Evening<br />

Tues 2 nd October, 6.30 to 8.00pm<br />

and/or<br />

Open Mornings<br />

Wed 3 rd , Thurs 4 th & Fri 5 th October, 9.00 to 11am<br />

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

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

be as follows:-<br />

Wednesday 3rd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 7th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />


6.00pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 10th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 14th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 17th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 21st<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

11.15am Family Service with Baptism<br />

Wednesday 24th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 28th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 31st<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 4th November<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist - All Saints Day<br />

3.30pm All Souls service<br />


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

12.00 noon. On the 3rd Saturday of each month, in<br />

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

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

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

and birthday celebrations. The next meeting will be in<br />

church at 10.00am on 20th October on the theme of<br />

Baptism (Christening).<br />


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

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

meeting will be on Thursday 11th October in the Church<br />

Rooms, Campingland, when the subject will be “The<br />

Edith Cavell Story” told by Ms. Sian Hogarth. Enquiries<br />

to Anne on 336328<br />


In the Benefice of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Sporle with Palgrave,<br />

over the past four years and three months we have been<br />

remembering the 112 men of the Parishes, who in the<br />

First World War made the final sacrifice. Shortly after<br />

our Harvest Festival, 7th of October, we will be placing<br />

a Prayer/Remembrance net in the South West corner<br />

of the Church. We invite you to leave your poppies, and<br />

if you should wish please complete a card with your<br />

thoughts and prayers. We Will Remember Them.<br />

Bernard Hunt<br />


Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of<br />

the ‘Music in Bloom’ Flower Festival: to those who<br />

produced the stunning interpretations; to the team<br />

of organisers; and to all who assisted with the support<br />

activities, such as refreshments, brochure and publicity,<br />

music, ‘front-of-house’ and much more. The Festival<br />

raised a grand total of £4,456.10. Thanks to the following<br />

for their support: Phoenix Singers; Geraldine Allen<br />

(clarinet) and Sarah Rodgers (piano); our visiting bell<br />

ringers; Annabelle Davies’ family; Gill Creed; Margaret<br />

Emmerson; and local businesses Ceres Bookshop,<br />

Chapman & Thornalley Funeral Services; Costa Coffee,<br />

The Gem Shop, The George Hotel, Impson’s Butchers,<br />

Just Hair, Mother Hubbard’s, The Red Lion, Starlings of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Fakenham Florist, and Tesco.<br />

Revd Janet Allan<br />

Vicar<br />


Willing to fill a shoe box with assorted new gifts for<br />

a needy child living overseas - but have no empty<br />

shoe box? Then please come to the parish church (St<br />

Peter & St Paul, <strong>Swaffham</strong>) on Saturday 27th October<br />

between 10am and midday to collect a suitable box,<br />

also information and a leaflet titled `How To Pack Your<br />

Shoe Box’. Details when filled shoe boxes need to be<br />

returned to the parish church will be in next month’s<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>. For any further details please<br />

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

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

Please note venue until further notice.<br />

Fri 5th Oct<br />

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

Sun 7th Oct<br />

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments<br />

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

Thurs 11th Oct<br />

2.30pm Thursday Group. A talk by Robert Parsonage<br />

‘staying safe on the Internet’. Parish Church Rooms<br />

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

Fri 12th Oct<br />

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

Sun 14th Oct<br />

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments<br />

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

Fri 19th Oct<br />

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

Sun 21st Oct<br />

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments<br />

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

Thurs 25th Oct<br />

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

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

Fri 26th Oct<br />

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

Sun 28th Oct<br />

10.45am Morning Worship followed by refreshments<br />

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

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What’s On at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

The Pightle, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DF Tel: 01760 721513<br />

Chair Exercise Taster session - Sunday 7 October,<br />

10.30-11.30am. Find out how you can get active<br />

even while remaining seated! We're holding a free<br />

chair exercise taster session at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library.<br />

Refreshments provided. Please wear comfortable<br />

clothing and footwear. Call to book a place.<br />

Games Afternoons - Thursdays 2-4pm<br />

Come along to our new weekly Games Afternoon and<br />

enjoy a game of Scrabble or backgammon, dominos<br />

or draughts over a chat and a cuppa. Starting on<br />

Thursday 11 October. No need to book, just pop in.<br />

Book Sale - Saturday 20 October 10.30am-12.30pm<br />

Come and grab a bargain at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library's book<br />

sale! Junior and adult titles available, fiction and<br />

non-fiction. Refreshments available. Supported by<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends group.<br />

Catholic Parish of <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Watton.<br />

A Walk in the Woods<br />

I am writing this at the end of August, but there is<br />

already a distinct feeling of autumn in the air. By the<br />

time you are reading this it will be October with the<br />

morning mist and bright moon. I always find autumn<br />

a thoughtful time. It’s a time for thinking and taking<br />

a walk in the woods. Autumn has a smell of the earth<br />

and gives us a heightened sense of the changing of<br />

the season as the leaves begin to drop to the earth. I<br />

call this ‘thought time’. Perhaps it’s because autumn<br />

brings a reminder of mortality. as the earth begins<br />

to die back into winter, as the trees shed their leaves<br />

the sky begins to look bigger. Whatever it is, autumn<br />

brings a thoughtfulness of heart and mind. Maybe<br />

there is a spirituality of autumn. I certainly feel it and<br />

I’m sure many of you do too.<br />

For me it’s a time for walking meditation.. Sometimes<br />

it can feel a bit bleak to walk alone in autumn. But<br />

we are not alone. This loneliness is an illusion. We<br />

Christians believe that we live and move and have<br />

our being in the presence of God and that Jesus<br />

walked the same earth as we do. May I suggest a<br />

walking meditation practice that I learnt from Thich<br />

Nhat Hanh a Vietnamese Buddhist monk Walking<br />

meditation is simply walking slowly and in a relaxed<br />

manner. When we walk in this way we feel at ease<br />

and our steps are gentle on the earth. All our sorrows<br />

and anxieties drop away and peace fills our hearts.<br />

Anyone can do it. It just takes a little time, a little<br />

commitment and a wish to be at peace and be happy.<br />

Fr Gordon Williams<br />

Our lady of Pity<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Saturdays: Vigil Mass, 5pm, Watton<br />

Methodist Church. (Please note new time of 5pm<br />

from 6th October 2018)<br />

Sundays: Our Lady of Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong>, 8.30am,<br />

10.30am (Sung Mass)<br />

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

The circus came to town for the Club’s September<br />

session when we welcomed Roger Hewett, piano,<br />

and his vocalist wife Kari. Roger was born in<br />

Norwich, but left in 1985 to work full-time in bands<br />

on cruise liners. He settled in Montreal in the late<br />

80’s where he joined the famous Cirque du Soleil,<br />

and met Canadian wife Kari. They are currently on<br />

a long UK tour with the Circus and had a couple<br />

of days break. Both said how much they enjoyed<br />

playing in a real Jazz Club setting. Their backing<br />

group was the Lee Vasey Jam Band: Lee on guitar,<br />

Pete Oxborough-sax and clarinet, Matt Furnacedrums<br />

and Ian Hireson-bass guitar. Early in the first<br />

set they launched into the ‘happy-clappy’ Oh Lord,<br />

won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? - turning the<br />

Club into the epitome of a gospel revivalist meeting,<br />

with the ‘congregation’ clapping along. In What’s<br />

Up? Kari demonstrated her tremendous vocal<br />

agility by bouncing from low to high notes rather<br />

like a Swiss yodeller, without any loss of quality in<br />

either register. In Sir Duke she was at times scat<br />

singing at fast tempo in perfect unison with Lee’s<br />

guitar – a truly astonishing feat of musicianship by<br />

both. Roger, as well as playing great jazz piano in<br />

What’s Up? and an up-tempo version of A Foggy<br />

Day in London Town could switch seamlessly to<br />

a straight classical style as in Once I had a Secret<br />

Love and when accompanying Pete in Stranger on<br />

the Shore. Roger and Kari combined brilliantly in<br />

Mack the Knife which she sang with real venom. As<br />

always, the Jazz Jam Band played superbly, with Lee<br />

producing some of the best improvisations I have<br />

ever heard from him: I also enjoyed some of the<br />

most subtle drumming I have heard from Matt.<br />

A wonderful evening played to a packed Club,<br />

ended with the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard<br />

Cohen’s Hallelujah sung with a depth of feeling<br />

and emotion that was just thrilling, and held us all<br />

spell-bound. To my amazement, within minutes of<br />

finishing, Kari was happily going around collecting<br />

up the empties and taking them back to the bar.<br />

What a lovely lady!<br />

Next up The Nene Valley Jazz Men: Tuesday 9th<br />

October, 7.30pm at the Conservative Club, London<br />

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who<br />

attended the talk I gave at the U3A. You made me feel<br />

very welcome and at ease. it was an absolute pleasure<br />

to have the opportunity to talk about our work at the<br />

Merle Boddy centre and to give a little insight to the<br />

world which is dementia care.<br />

What a surprise when we were told that our hare came<br />

first for the best dressed in the drove. This beautiful hare<br />

was covered in blue butterflies. Our other handsome<br />

hare which was all about <strong>Swaffham</strong> in black and white<br />

will be doing the rounds with the Mayor. This was a<br />

lovely end to a lot of fun and hard work by our craft<br />

minded clients.<br />

In August we were very lucky to be one of the charities<br />

picked by Tesco. Some very athletic people gave up<br />

their time to get on an exercise bike in the foyer on<br />

one of the hottest days. They raised £107.17. Thanks to<br />

everyone who took part.<br />

We have a wonderful volunteer who is not only a lovely<br />

lady but also a gold medal winner. Trisha went along to<br />

the Transplant Games in Birmingham and won 2 golds<br />

and a silver medal. What a star and what a smile! Well<br />

done from everyone at the Merle Boddy centre.<br />

What a fantastic moment, both of these handsome men<br />

have been coming to the centre for a while. They have<br />

sat near each other and had lunch together on many<br />

occasions, but today they met again for the first time.<br />

A hand shake speaks many words with many emotions,<br />

‘this is dementia’. We are so privileged to witness times<br />

like these and there are many that warm our very souls.<br />

We are so glad that this job gives us such moments.<br />

I would like to tell you about my volunteers. I am so lucky<br />

to have such a dedicated group of the nicest people who<br />

come in and help us. These wonderful people come<br />

in week after week doing lots of different jobs; from<br />

playing dominos, helping with crafts, making sure the<br />

clients and staff are well hydrated and of course having<br />

a chat and a laugh. So, my thanks go to you a thousand<br />

fold, this message comes with love and admiration for<br />

all your hard work.<br />

We have just given the garden fence a new coat for the<br />

winter. Keith is helping with the prep, he is very handy<br />

with a brush and not frightened of spiders! We have also<br />

put up our new sign with the help of Mick and Andrew.<br />

The sign was designed and painted by our very talented<br />

Jo Anthony who is a support worker at the centre.<br />

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

A team of sixteen Lions were kept<br />

very busy at the Wayland Show,<br />

looking after the ticket booth, stock<br />

gates and helping to keep children<br />

safe by distributing the Lions<br />

Guardian Angel wristbands. With a steady stream of<br />

customers the Lions in the ticketing booth collected<br />

cash, credit card payments and scanned pre-booked<br />

tickets. The wristband team fitted 250 Guardian Angel<br />

bands to young children, much to the delight of the<br />

parents who thought the scheme was wonderful.<br />

A group from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions took time out following<br />

a busy summer to visit the award winning Winbirri<br />

Vineyard near Norwich. Following a tour of the<br />

vineyard and processing plant, they were entertained<br />

by the owner, Lee Dyer, with a presentation about the<br />

history of the wine and organisation. The visit finished<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were invited to attend the<br />

Beachamwell fete with their now famous Pig Race<br />

game which puts smiles on the faces of the young<br />

and old. Local MP, Liz Truss, and family had great fun<br />

cheering on their pigs, the 50p winnings will not go far<br />

in reducing the national debt.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions and Lionesses took a trip on the Mid-<br />

Norfolk Railway’s Jazz Train, with music by DixieMix.<br />

The group played in the carriages, much to the delight<br />

of the passengers. The train stopped at stations on its<br />

way to Wymondham where the jazz group got off to<br />

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

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donation towards their transport costs. The group<br />

of 24 travel each Tuesday to the Dereham swimming<br />

pool for their weekly exercise.<br />

Sixteen children and adults went on the Lions annual<br />

trip to the Yarmouth Circus; they met up with other<br />

Lions groups from East Anglia at Yarmouth Racecourse.<br />

The children were entertained by a clown before<br />

having a packed lunch; it was then off to the circus to<br />

see the fabulous show packed with fun and laughter.<br />

At half time the children were treated to an ice cream,<br />

they all went home having had a wonderful day with<br />

the Lions.<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

Sporle WI’s summer outing was a<br />

success – the coach ride to the National<br />

Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire<br />

was a long one made worse by the series of road<br />

works with traffic lights however the ride around the<br />

memorial grounds was very good.<br />

The commentary was excellent and guests and<br />

members were impressed with how good the<br />

“buggy’s” were! The café was well received and the<br />

shop a treat. All in all a tiring but well worth it day’s<br />

outing – where to next year! How many members<br />

I wonder noticed the different “plastic” wrapping<br />

around their Life magazine. The WI are certainly<br />

ahead of the game with this – Potato Starch – who<br />

would have thought it. Technology is certainly moving<br />

fast in trying to find eco friendly plastic.. This was the<br />

first journal I have received wrapped this way – how<br />

many others have received similar wrapping around<br />

their monthly magazines? October’s meeting entitled<br />

Halloween Lunch and quiz is on our usual 3rd Tuesday<br />

of the month 2pm – 4pm in Sporle Community Centre<br />

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

The September meeting of our WI<br />

took place at the Church Rooms<br />

on Wednesday 5th at 7-30 pm. We<br />

began by singing Jerusalem and gave out this months<br />

birthday cards and little gifts, the president then<br />

introduced Jenny Gibbs who had us all enthralled<br />

with her talk. Jenny moved to an authentic Turkish<br />

village some years ago where they still wear garments<br />

you would think belonged in a historic film. Her talk<br />

was titled “Hatching matching and dispatching” and<br />

her stories are from her own experiences. In fact, we<br />

are going to invite her again because she didn’t have<br />

time to finish telling us about the lavish weddings<br />

that take place over three days. Jenny also bought<br />

some lovely Turkish Pashminas and shawls made in<br />

or near her village which some of the ladies treated<br />

themselves to. After Jenny had gone we had tea and<br />

finished the month’s “business”.<br />

The raffle was drawn and the meeting closed at<br />

9-30pm. The next meeting will be in the afternoon<br />

at 2pm at the same venue and we would love to see<br />

some more new faces, so do come along you will be<br />

made very welcome and bring a friend and come<br />

as a visitor. Our secretary will be happy to give you<br />

details just ring her on 01760 722879<br />

Beachamwell & District WI<br />

September is traditionally the<br />

Members’ Meeting at Beachamwell<br />

WI. This is an opportunity for our<br />

hardworking committee members to relax, while<br />

others take on<br />

their roles and<br />

responsibilities for<br />

the evening. The<br />

speaker for the<br />

meeting was Sue<br />

Pennell, who gave<br />

a very interesting<br />

presentation with<br />

the intriguing<br />

title, ‘The World of Fairy Rings and Witches’ Butter’.<br />

Far from introducing us to the worlds of magic<br />

jewellery and dairy products, this was a fascinating<br />

insight into the world of fungi and some of the stories<br />

surrounding them. Sue has a deep knowledge of our<br />

local area and most of the examples she showed<br />

us were photographed from footpaths in nearby<br />

woods. Some fungi are tiny and inconspicuous,<br />

others are impressively large and colourful; some<br />

are delicious, while others are poisonous. Her talk<br />

made us all realise just how much there is to see,<br />

if we only take the time to look more closely at our<br />

natural surroundings, especially at this wonderful<br />

time of the year. The talk was followed by social<br />

time, a chance to talk, laugh and share refreshments<br />

provided by members.<br />

Our next meeting will be held in Beachamwell<br />

Village Hall on Thursday 4 October 7.30pm and will<br />

celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women. Visitors are<br />

always welcome, so why not join us? Tel: Maggie<br />

01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328589<br />

The Pickenhams WI<br />

The Meeting was held on Tuesday<br />

11th September in North Pickenham<br />

Church. Cherry Cook our acting<br />

president opened the meeting saying after a very<br />

busy summer we were going to have an equally busy<br />

Autumn with lots going on for our members to enjoy.<br />

Our Speaker was Sue Sursham who gave us a very<br />

informative and interesting talk with slides about her<br />

visit to the Antarctic. On this trip they visited several of<br />

the islands seeing lots of wildlife including, penguins,<br />

seals, sea-lions, and even an Albatross. They saw the<br />

remains of the old whaling stations and finally visited<br />

the Falkland Islands talking to the locals who are<br />

determined to remain British. What a wonderful trip.<br />

Next Meeting is 9th October 2pm in the church.<br />

Our speaker will be :-<br />

Muriel Small who will be giving us a sugar craft<br />

demonstration so come and have a go.<br />

Contacts if you would like to join us-<br />

Carolyn Vincent- 01760 755089<br />

Melanie Cousins - 01760 440456<br />

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

Rehearsals are well under way for our latest<br />

production, the comedy play “Boeing-<br />

Boeing” written by Marc Camoletti,<br />

and performed by kind permission of<br />

Samuel French. Directed by John Hooker, it is a 1960’s<br />

French farce adapted for the English stage featuring<br />

Parisian lothario Bernard, who has three fiancées, all<br />

air hostesses who come and go on different airline<br />

schedules. Things get complicated when Robert, an<br />

old friend of Bernard’s, turns up unexpectedly. What<br />

could possibly go wrong?!<br />

Among the usual suspects, the production features<br />

two newcomers to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players, Philip<br />

Wagner who takes the part of Bernard, and Sean<br />

McDade as Robert. It’s great to be able to welcome<br />

new members into our society. The show will be<br />

performed at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club on the<br />

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October at 7.30pm.<br />

Tickets are £8, and can be obtained through the<br />

Conservative Club, or through our Box Office number<br />

on 01760 721899.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Fridge<br />

Volunteers Needed<br />

With the Community Fridge becoming ever more<br />

popular, we’re very pleased to annouce that we<br />

have partnered up with Tesco and Waitrose to<br />

receive weekly donations of surplus food. However,<br />

we are struggling to keep on top of everything on<br />

our own. We would really benefit from some help<br />

with collecting the food from the supermarkets and<br />

delivering it to the Community Centre. Any help with<br />

weighing and storing the food would be gratefully<br />

recieved. Everything placed in and taken out if the<br />

fridge is weighed and recorded so that we know how<br />

much food is being saved from landfill. If you’d like<br />

to help then please contact the Iceni Partnership<br />

on 01760 722800 or email icenijelena@gmail.com.<br />

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

On Tuesday 28th August Age Concern <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and District held a fund raising summer party for<br />

our members with party food and entertainment by<br />

the very talented Rachel King. If you are interested<br />

in joining our popular group please see our main<br />

advert for our planned events and contact numbers.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends was set up last year to<br />

assist the library in raising awareness of the facilities<br />

available and to raise funds to enable the library to<br />

buy additional items for the benefit of users. So far<br />

we have introduced local authors to talk about their<br />

books and shown old newsreels and had a book sale.<br />

Coming up on the 12 October is a quiz night at the<br />

library starting at 7.30pm for teams of up to 6 persons.<br />

Cost per person is only £2. For more information and<br />

tickets, please contact the library direct.<br />

On Saturday the 20 October we will be holding<br />

another book sale from 10.30 to 12.30.<br />

Your local library is a prized asset. Please support it.<br />

If not, the town will lose it.<br />

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The ‘Flying Gate’ Weekend<br />

Friday, 31st August - Sunday, 2nd September<br />

Each year the ‘Flying Gate’ Group gather together at a<br />

venue in different parts of the country to enjoy riding<br />

in the company of others who take great pride in this<br />

bespoke make of cycle. The international gathering<br />

of some 45 at the ‘George’ Hotel in <strong>Swaffham</strong> this<br />

year celebrated the twentieth such event. Trevor<br />

Jarvis has been building these machines, mainly at<br />

Burton on Trent, since the early 1980s. His daughter,<br />

Linda, baked and decorated a wonderful cake to mark<br />

the twentieth anniversary for all the participants.<br />

Glorious weather over the weekend ensured that<br />

group members were able to enjoy nearly 120 miles<br />

cycling in the quiet lanes around <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Friday’s<br />

route included a visit to Denver Windmill and Sluice,<br />

via Beachamwell and Stow Bardolph Church.<br />

During the afternoon there was a stop to pay respects<br />

at the Memorial to the men stationed at RAF Bexwell<br />

who gave their lives during World War II. Saturday<br />

morning saw the group setting off northwards<br />

through the rolling farmland, visiting the ford and the<br />

historic Castle at Castle Acre. The riders continued to<br />

Tittleshall for elevenses, and to enjoy Linda’s cake,<br />

before the steady climb to Norfolk’s highest Village,<br />

Colkirk, and the descent into the Wensum valley for<br />

lunch at Great Ryburgh. Afternoon tea was taken at<br />

Beeston following a fascinating guided tour of the<br />

Combat Officers’ Mess Room Murals and the USAAF<br />

Wendling Memorial to the 747 airmen of 392nd<br />

Bomb Group (8th Air Force) who did not return from<br />

missions over Europe, July 1943 - June 1945.<br />

During the evening after Dinner there was an<br />

impromptu cabaret that highlighted the talents of<br />

the assembled cyclists. The Sunday morning run<br />

took in Shipdham and Little Cressingham wind and<br />

watermill, before lunch at Great Cressingham, and a<br />

very interesting visit to see and learn about the 1000<br />

year old murals at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin,<br />

Houghton on the Hill. The participants enjoyed the<br />

rural lanes and beautiful countryside in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

area of Norfolk. Courteous drivers who patiently<br />

waited for the unusually large group of cyclists were<br />

greatly appreciated.<br />

Lioness Club - The Pride Of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

We recently attended a Zone Meeting held at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre where the main topic<br />

of discussion was the imminent amalgamation of<br />

our District (EA) with District E. We look forward to<br />

joining up with our fellow Lionesses and Lions in the<br />

Lincolnshire area.<br />

On Bank Holiday Sunday we helped with selling<br />

programmes at the Vehicle Spectacular on the<br />

Recreation ground. We also ran our own Tombola<br />

and Bric-a-brac stall where we made a good amount<br />

for our Charitable Fund, despite the poor weather<br />

and having to pack up early in the afternoon.<br />

On 2nd September our President Anne and Lioness<br />

Nicola, along with Lions members, accompanied<br />

families in a minibus to the fabulous Circus Show at<br />

the Hippodrome in Gt. Yarmouth, and a good time<br />

was had by all.<br />

At our September meeting we presented our<br />

cheque for £425 to the Nook Appeal following<br />

our recent fund-raising Afternoon Tea and Flower<br />

Demonstration.<br />

On 8th September we all enjoyed a social evening<br />

out on the Jazz Train, travelling from Dereham to<br />

Wymondham and back, entertained all the way by<br />

the swinging “Dixie Mix” Jazz band.<br />


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

As always, we would be pleased to welcome anyone over<br />

55 to join Age Concern. The membership subscription<br />

is £5 per year. Our Membership Secretary Vicky is the<br />

contact, see details below, or just turn up at one of our<br />

entertainment afternoons, usually on the last Tuesday in<br />

each month, 2 pm in the Assembly Rooms (in house) and<br />

join there.<br />

We also organise trips out by coach, three or four per year,<br />

John Clarke (see below) is the contact. Upcoming events<br />

are:<br />

• October 30th – Able Care and McMillan – talks (in house)<br />

• November 27th – West End Waiters (in house)<br />

• December 11th (Note Date) - Christmas Show, Great<br />

Yarmouth (Trip out)<br />

• January 31st 2019 - New Year Party – Ukulele Band (in<br />

house)<br />

For <strong>Swaffham</strong> Support Services, please see our advert<br />

below. Our office in the Community Centre is open<br />

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm<br />

from where an Information Pack for both Buddying and<br />

Befriending can be obtained. Please contact Lorraine in<br />

the office, phone 07393 981 295.<br />

For trips out, our contact is John Clarke.<br />

Chair, Diane Sanderson, 725715; deputy<br />

Chair, Barbara Clarke, 720140, Treasurer,<br />

James Dean, 720756; Trips Organiser, John<br />

Clarke, 720140; Membership Secretary,<br />

Vicky Slater, 627031.<br />



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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held an awards and review evening<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms which was packed<br />

with over sixty guests. Lion<br />

President, Alan Jude, welcomed<br />

the guests with a drink before the<br />

proceeding started. Dennis Tallon<br />

gave a slide show presentation<br />

of the activities <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held during their<br />

Centennial year, coupled with some humour.<br />

The awards for supporting the Lions during their<br />

Centennial year went to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

for putting on the Civic Reception, allowing the<br />

Lions welcome signs to be erected at the entrances<br />

to <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The award was presented to Graham<br />

West, who received it on behalf of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council, was made by Lion Tony Lakey.<br />

The third award was to the Reverent Janet Allan,<br />

vicar of St Peter & St Paul Church, for arranging<br />

the Thanksgiving Service in the church and the bell<br />

ringers coming along to make the evening extra<br />

special.<br />

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Our Market Day<br />

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well as allowing numerous charity events and<br />

food collections, The store manage Cherri Yallop<br />

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

I’m pleased to say that our new revamped garden at<br />

the rear of the Hospital is now fully open. Our ‘open<br />

day’ held on Saturday 15th September was enjoyed<br />

by many. Thanks to Ian Clews for providing the music,<br />

the staff, patients, relatives and our committee for<br />

making sure the afternoon went well. And of course<br />

you the public for contributing to our funds. The<br />

garden is now much easier to maintain and more<br />

accessible for the patients.<br />

Our street collection on Saturday 1st September<br />

raised some £360. Thanks to Ward Gethin Archer for<br />

use of their offices. Thanks to all of our volunteers<br />

who collected and our committee for the organising.<br />

Coming up very soon, the welcome return of the<br />

‘Imperial Vienna Orchestra’ with music from the<br />

Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Allies. The event<br />

is being held on Saturday 13th October, 7pm for<br />

7.30pm in the Assembly Rooms. Bar and raffle as<br />

usual, tickets £12. These events sell out quickly, so if<br />

you haven’t yet got your ticket, please get to Ceres<br />

Bookshop or Just Hair in case you miss out.<br />

Thoughts now turn to Christmas and as usual we<br />

will be participating in the church Christmas Tree<br />

event. We are working with the Hospital staff to look<br />

at Christmas events for the patients and we will be<br />

decorating as usual. The ‘friends’ also use funding<br />

to ensure all patients in over Christmas are given<br />

individual presents on the morning, followed by<br />

traditional carols.<br />

For more information or enquiries, please contact<br />

Mr Colin Houghton (chairman) on 07767 262108 or<br />

colin@houghton789.plus.com.<br />

Junior Snooker & Billiards Coaching<br />

The Norfolk Snooker Academy, West Acre will<br />

welcome newcomers to Snooker and Billiards when<br />

they start their weekly Coaching sessions on Mondays<br />

after School 4-7pm, at the Village Hall, West Acre.<br />

All players (Boys and Girls) 7-18 years are welcome<br />

to attend regardless of experience, (beginners<br />

very welcome), all equipment is supplied and all<br />

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World Billiards’ accredited coaches. The West Acre<br />

group, has produced no less than 22 National Junior<br />

Championship finalists during the last 15 years, and<br />

currently has 3 qualified Coaches based at the Club.<br />

For more details please fb Phillip Welham Snooker<br />

Coaching or Telephone 01760 755337.<br />

Pictured below, 3 West Acre National Junior<br />

Champions: Rochy Woods, Nathan Boughen and<br />

Finley Brown.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

When the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Royal British Legion Standard<br />

joined in the commerative events at the Menin Gate,<br />

as seen in the last issue of the <strong>Newsletter</strong>, a poppy<br />

wreath was also sent out and laid at the Menin Gate.<br />

The wreath carried with it a message written by pupils<br />

of the Sacred Heart School, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The message reads:<br />

‘May we never forget the struggle and suffering of<br />

past generations. We hope that we will never forget<br />

those who fought in WW1 which enables us to live our<br />

lives like we do today. In rememberance of those who<br />

gave their lives so we could live ours. With love and<br />

prayers,From the Sisters, staff and pupils of The Sacred<br />

Heart School, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.’<br />

I'm sure you'll agree and echo these heartfelt<br />

sentiments. Thank you Sacred Heart School.<br />

Anne Thorp<br />

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

This is what the Market Place looked like a couple<br />

of days before the outbreak of WWII in September<br />

1939. The sender reported that the weather in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> was 'lovely'. The town certainly looked<br />

different then. As recently announced, the summer<br />

of 2018 has gone down as the hottest ever in England<br />

since records began, right up to the beginning of<br />

September. This information came too late to include<br />

in the latest booklet published by the Group and<br />

which is now on sale in the Museum (or Heritage as<br />

we should now refer to it.) And, on the subject of our<br />

booklets, it is not too early to think about stocking<br />

fillers for Christmas. They are still selling well, even<br />

some of the earliest published in 2013.<br />

Please note that there will be no meeting of the<br />

Group in October as we are planning a visit to<br />

another historic town outside Norfolk. Hopefully the<br />

weather will not have deteriorated too much!<br />

For any information about the History Group, please<br />

contact: littlebethany7@gmail.com.<br />

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

We would like to thank all the people who gave<br />

up their Saturday morning to help with <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Hospital League of Friends annual Street<br />

Collection. The total amount collected was £368.26.<br />

Thank You All.<br />

Jan Buckley-Stevens (Treasurer) and Iris Reeve.<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 />

‘Into Thin Air’ - a play for young people<br />

It’s 1982. The Falklands War is on the telly, Dexy’s<br />

Midnight Runners haunt the airwaves and fifteenyear-old<br />

Norfolk schoolgirl Susan Kemp is going off<br />

the rails. And then she vanishes… into thin air.<br />

Thirty five years later her brothers Pete and Melvin<br />

are still living in the shadow of Susan’s disappearance.<br />

Rob John’s new play for the acclaimed fEAST Theatre<br />

is a compelling mystery, a tender family memoir and<br />

a sad comedy of ambiguous loss.<br />

fEAST Theatre is pleased to welcome Charlotte Price<br />

who will join company regulars Owen Evans, Dawn<br />

Finnerty and Robin McLoughlin in the cast of our<br />

upcoming touring production of Rob John’s new play<br />

Into Thin Air. Charlotte will play Susan Kemp, Owen<br />

will play Pete Kemp, Robin will play Melvin Kemp<br />

and Dawn will play Rachael.<br />

Twitter says we should get as many young people as<br />

possible to see ‘Into Thin Air’. Find full details of play<br />

times on Rotary Club page.<br />

New MS Support Group<br />

If you are an MS sufferer we have just started a<br />

new coffee morning in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Come along for<br />

a friendly chat and drink in a relaxed, accessible<br />

location. Last Tuesday of each month, 10am - 12pm<br />

at the George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

We hope to see some of you there. We do not bite,<br />

I promise!<br />

Diane Culling,<br />

Editor of the Dereham and District MS group<br />

Award for Iceni Partnership<br />

All of us at Iceni Partnership were thrilled to receive<br />

an award from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions. On 12th September<br />

they presented us with a ‘centennial certificate of<br />

appreciation’ in recognition of outstanding service to<br />

the community. It’s always nice to be recognised for<br />

the work we do, so thank you <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions.<br />

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

On the 6th October Kings Lynn Male Voice Choir and<br />

Marham Bluebirds will be performing at the Assembly<br />

Rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The concert will start at 7.30pm<br />

and we will be running a Wine and Soft Drinks Bar.<br />

This is the fifth year running that the two choirs have<br />

performed for us and their concerts have always been<br />

very well supported. Tickets (if any still available) are<br />

£10 each and can be purchased from our office at 17-<br />

19 Brocks Road or Ceres Bookshop on London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. As we have done for many years, we will<br />

be organising a Xmas Draw and will be selling tickets in<br />

Tesco between the 21st and 25th November with the<br />

draw for the prizes (£250, £150 and £100) taking place<br />

at Tesco at 5pm on Saturday 8th December. As well as<br />

our own fundraising, we quite often get third parties<br />

organising their own events where we benefit from<br />

their efforts. On the 2nd September, Sue Walker, on<br />

behalf of the Horse and Groom and Stanleys presented<br />

Adrian Adcock, our treasurer, with a cheque for £4249.<br />

As part of the fundraising, Sue had agreed to have her<br />

head shaved. Her sponsorship alone raised over £2000,<br />

the remaining monies coming from the profits from a<br />

Charity Ball. Our thanks to Trudy Cutting and her staff<br />

and customers of both businesses - a wonderful boost<br />

to our funds.<br />

Icenima presents...<br />

Calendar Girls<br />

Emma Watson<br />

Judi Dench<br />

Starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters & Penelope Wilton<br />

Wednesday 17 th October, 2pm<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

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With one more promised donation to come, the final<br />

figure raised for our Relay Together event, held in June<br />

will be £7300. This figure exceeded our expectations<br />

and our thanks go to those people of <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

its surrounding villages and beyond who walked or<br />

sponsored those that did and also to Bookers in Kings<br />

Lynn for their support. One of the teams that walked,<br />

The Knapp Family, raised just under £1200 in memory<br />

of a loved one. As an organisation we need to raise<br />

around £100k per annum to continue to provide the<br />

wide range of services we offer.<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 />

You are invited to join us for<br />

‘free meal Monday’<br />

Starting from Monday 15 th October<br />

a free lunch will be offered every 3 rd Monday<br />

of the month at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms.<br />

The lunch will take place from 11am to 1pm<br />

and will consist of a wholesome vegetarian<br />

cooked meal, made with food donated to the<br />

community fridge.<br />

If you would like to attend, or to volunteer with<br />

cooking or serving, then please contact Iceni<br />

Partnership on 01760 722800 so we have an<br />

idea of numbers.<br />

We look forward to dining with you!<br />

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

at<br />

presents<br />

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

Jazz Club<br />

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

The Nene Valley Jazz Men<br />

Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

October 9th<br />

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Downham Grange<br />

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

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

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

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

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

Having had a successful Golf Day I was delighted to<br />

hand over a cheque for £2000 to SSAFA (The Armed<br />

Forces Charity) and the same amount to Big C Cancer<br />

Charity.In addition the Club decided to support<br />

my own President’s Charity The Samaritans by<br />

donating £500 to their funds. Their offices in Queen<br />

Street, King’s Lynn are long overdue for a major<br />

Rebecca Louise Law<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary International Installation Artist, Saturday 6th October refurbishment so our contribution will greatly assist<br />

present 2018 at the West Acre Theatre, West Acre, 7.00 for <strong>Swaffham</strong> with the Rotary purchase of a new lap-top computer and TV,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival 7:30pm. 2018 “...unlike anything experienced at Kew present both to be used in the future training of Volunteers.<br />

before.” Maria Devaney, Kew Galleries and Exhibitions <strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual On the Arts 10th Festival September 2018<br />

members of the Club<br />

Leader, Autumn 2017. Tickets with canapés & wine: met and had a super 3 course meal in the friendly,<br />


£15 per person<br />

welcoming rural surroundings of The ESCAPE Project<br />

International Installation Artist ---------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

REBECCA at Tumbler LOUISE Hill. LAW We are very happy to continue to<br />

support this wonderful local Charity.<br />

Saturday 6 The fEAST Theatre Company<br />

th October 2018 at the West Acre Theatre, West Acre<br />

International Installation Artist<br />

Present “Into Thin Air”, Tuesday 16th October 2018<br />

7.00 for 7:30pm at The Nicolas Hamond Academy, Saturday <strong>Swaffham</strong>, 6 th October 7.00 2018 at the West Acre Theatre, West Acre<br />

for 7:30pm. Tickets: £12 adult; £8 Concessions; £4<br />

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

Maria Devaney, Kew Galleries and Exhibitions Student Leader, & pupils. Autumn 2017<br />

7.00 for 7:30pm<br />

Tickets with canapés & wine: £15 ---------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

per person<br />

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Jane Hodgson Artist<br />

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

Talk and display, Saturday Maria 20th October Devaney, 2018 Kew The Galleries and Exhibitions Leader, Autumn 2017<br />

The fEAST Theatre Company<br />

Pedlar’s Suite, George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Tickets 7.00 for with canapés & wine: £15 per person<br />

Present 7:30pm. Tickets: £6 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

per person.<br />

“Into Thin Air” ---------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

Film Night 2018 - ‘Breathe’<br />

The fEAST Theatre Company<br />

Tuesday 16 th October dining We 2018 really want at to The make a Nicolas difference Hammonds Friday Academy, 28 September <strong>Swaffham</strong> 2018<br />

7.00 for 7:30pm.<br />

Present<br />

It was set up with strong<br />

to the lives of the people we care for.<br />

With this in mind we have built the At the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, Campingland,<br />

“Bringing Original a nd Vibrant Theatre t o Our Region”<br />

“Into Thin Air”<br />

local support and in<br />

home to the highest specifications,<br />

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

recognition of the high<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

dementia to making the design and layout<br />

Tickets: £12 adult; £8 Concessions; £4 buffet Student supper & pupils. prior to film.<br />

levels of rural isolation,<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

Tuesday 16<br />

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th October 2018 at The Nicolas Hammonds Academy, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

dementia.<br />

deprivation and lack of<br />

Festival Annual Art Exhibition & Preview Evening<br />

7.00 for 7:30pm.<br />

help for mental health<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

Venue: The Assembly Rooms, Market<br />

“Bringing<br />

Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Original a nd Vibrant Theatre t o Our Region”<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

issues in the area and is<br />

surroundings Jane and Hodgson environment. It Artist<br />

Preview Evening: Friday 26th October at 7.00 for<br />

linked to Family Action.<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

Tickets: £12 adult; £8 Concessions; £4 Student It’s & pupils. aim is to support<br />

life of our residents<br />

TALK<br />

every<br />

AND<br />

day.<br />

DISPLAY 7:30pm.<br />

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and improve life<br />

Exhibition: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 at 10:00am to<br />

Saturday 20th October 2018 at The Pedlar’s Suite, The George Hotel,<br />

opportunities of people<br />

16:00pm<br />

The staff at Downham <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Grange go<br />

in the community with mental health issues, low<br />

that extra mile to make the home Preview Evening: Tickets with canapes & wine: £6 per<br />

Jane Hodgson physical Artist activity, isolation or emotional well being.<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange 7.00 to for feel like 7:30pm person. Saturday & Sunday: £2 per person.<br />

It needs everyone’s support. They work closely with<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

Available from Ceres Bookshop or on the door<br />

people to take<br />

TALK local AND services DISPLAY - GPS , Schools and mental health<br />

Tickets:<br />

part in the daily<br />

£6<br />

living<br />

per person<br />

activities as well as other ongoing Saturday & Sunday only. All tickets available from services who refer vulnerable individuals to them for<br />

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activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

Ceres Bookshop, London Street, Saturday <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 20th October 2018 specialist at The Pedlar’s support. If Suite, you can The or George wish to help Hotel, phone<br />

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

Karen Bek or Katy Fullilove on 07884 311604.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

Recently two of us in the Club have been able to<br />

days to feel at home<br />

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

7.00 add for to 7:30pm the excellent work and contributions given<br />

because the staff are<br />

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

to Sophie, Jo Burke and Family in the past by The<br />

so welcoming and<br />

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

Tickets: Lions £6 per by producing person<br />

caring”<br />

working drawings and submitting<br />

at 6.30pm. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />

Planning and Building Regulation applications for the<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

necessary extension to their Bungalow in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market, 14 th October, David Schiesser, Huntingdon.<br />

We will now be obtaining prices and helping them<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

28 th October, Barbara Price, March.<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

by overseeing the actual building work that is so<br />

downham.manager@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services<br />

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

necessary for Sophie and her Family’s well being -<br />

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

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received part of our Vocational Service.<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 />

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 />

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

President’s Corner<br />

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Last month I attended a Garden Party at Whissonsett<br />

with the Club’s Community and Vocational Officer<br />

Amanda Foulkes held to promote LEEWAY - the<br />

specialist domestic abuse Charity. LEEWAY supports<br />

adults, children and young people who have or who<br />

still are experiencing domestic abuse. It works in<br />

Norfolk and Suffolk and has safe houses in Breckland<br />

and West Norfolk. For further information, help,or<br />

advice phone 0300 5610077 Whilst at the event our<br />

Town Mayor. Colin Houghton told me of the Town<br />

Council’s Project for remembering and marking<br />

the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 - The<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Poppy Display. We hope that many people,<br />

organisations and districts will embrace this idea and<br />

make this year’s important Anniversary that more<br />

special. Recently Councillor Ann Thorp asked the<br />

Club to help with the sale of an evocative watercolour<br />

painting by John Bailey showing Ghost figures of the<br />

war surrounded by a beam of light and poppies - the<br />

proceeds going to The British Legion Appeal.The Club<br />

will carry out a Silent Auction at our forthcoming Art<br />

Exhibition on 26th, 27th and 28th October, which<br />

is the culminating part of our Visual Arts Festival.<br />

Prior to that the painting will be displayed in the<br />

shop window of Club Member Claire Dunne’s Ceres<br />

Bookshop, part of her own contribution to the<br />

Mayor’s Town Poppy scheme.<br />

The plot for our play at Hamonds on the 16th<br />

October has local interest - It’s 1982, The Falklands<br />

War is on the Telly, Dexy’s Midnight Runners haunt<br />

the airwaves and a 15 year old Norfolk Schoolgirl is<br />

going off the rails - and vanishes ‘Into Thin Air’.<br />

You will see more details of this month’s Visual Arts<br />

Festival that I referred to in last month’s Column.<br />

The film “Breathe”, Rebecca Louise Law, fEAST play,<br />

Jane Hodgson’s talk on Art and the Art Exhibition. We<br />

hope as many of you as possible will visit and enjoy<br />

these Charity functions.<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 />

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

01760 724527<br />

or email:<br />

merleboddycentre@hotmail.co.uk<br />

www.merleboddycentre.co.uk<br />

charity no 1050124<br />

87 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk. PE37 7AQ Tel:01760721022<br />

EAT<br />

Have a warm relaxing and restful<br />

sleep in one of our newly completely<br />

refitted and refurbished rooms<br />

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

Come and go as you please.<br />

DRINK<br />

come and enjoy our fresh homemade<br />

food using local produce also<br />

see our specials boards for more<br />

choice. Please book for evening<br />

meals with our delicious menus<br />

SLEEP<br />

Enjoy a refreshing cool drink with a<br />

great choice of draught beers and<br />

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

large choice of spirits and mixers.<br />

www.redlionswaffham.co.uk E-Mail: redlionswaffham@gmail.com<br />


The Pink Box<br />

If you need sanitary<br />

products, there is now<br />

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the Community Centre,<br />

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If you have a bumper<br />

harvest this year,<br />

please consider<br />

donating some of<br />

your home grown<br />

produce to the<br />

community fridge!<br />

Welcome to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre<br />

Feel free to pop in and admire our<br />

gallery of work by local artists<br />

and then treat yourself to tea and<br />

home made cake in Patisserie Iceni.<br />


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Our schools will be participating with there own creative<br />

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The Phoenix Singers<br />

Songs For Summer<br />

In association with the Flower Festival over the<br />

August Bank Holiday in the Church of St. Peter &<br />

St. Paul, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, the Phoenix Singers performed<br />

in the Church on Friday 24th August to a packed<br />

audience. The theme of the Flower Festival ‘Music in<br />

Bloom’ was beautifully depicted in the arrangements<br />

and the Choir chose songs which reflected many of<br />

the displays. With the main emphasis being Musical<br />

Theatre, the Phoenix Singers, under the baton of Sue<br />

Gattusso and pianist Liz Starling, showed what they<br />

do best with a selection of music from stage and<br />

screen. It was a magical evening of harmony singing<br />

and a solo performance from guest soprano Amber<br />

Batten added to the enjoyment of all those who<br />

attended. Simon Hilton gave some amusing readings<br />

and refreshments were provided during the interval.<br />

The Phoenix Singers would like to thank all those who<br />

came along and made the evening such a success.<br />

As a result, the Phoenix Singers gave a donation of<br />

£600.00 to St. Peter & St. Paul Church.<br />

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear The Phoenix<br />

Singers in concert during the Christmas Festivities:<br />

venue, date and time to be announced.<br />

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Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<br />

Above: The Phoenix Singers donate £600 to St. Peter & St. Paul Church.<br />



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

Good and exciting news!!<br />

We have heard back from Alison, our RHS Advisor,<br />

with her availability schedule, so we can now put<br />

together the suggested dates for the completion of<br />

our garden project.<br />

On Thursday October 11th we will be hiring a turf<br />

cutter to prepare the ground for our herbal haven<br />

bed, the fruitful forest bed and our wildflower annual<br />

border. We will then need YOUR help in digging the<br />

soil conditioner into these areas ready for planting.<br />

We will also be working with <strong>Swaffham</strong> Youthie<br />

that evening to construct our Bug Hotel, but all are<br />

welcome to come along and take part in this activity.<br />

On Friday 12th we will be putting the plug plants into<br />

the wildflower area, an ideal opportunity for children<br />

of all ages – plus their parents and grandparents<br />

– to take part and ensure that the garden is a real<br />

community effort. Then on Saturday we will be<br />

making the final additions so that the garden can be<br />

formally opened including, thanks to the generous<br />

donation from the South Pickenham Estate, the tree<br />

logs that will form seating for our children’s Story<br />

Telling Circle, an integral part of the Garden.<br />

We hope that as many of you as possible will join us<br />

on one or more of the days so that we can all take<br />

pride in another initiative to make the Campingland<br />

a more attractive venue for all ages. If more detailed<br />

information is required please do not hesitate to<br />

make contact via davidwickerson@btinternet.com<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Team.<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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage Lottery Support<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage has just received confirmation<br />

of a National Lottery grant of £13,100 for a two<br />

year long Military Remembrance Trail project.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> area provides many memories of life<br />

in times of modern military conflict and the project<br />

will focus on recalling events and people from the<br />

town and neighbouring villages by collecting and<br />

displaying artefacts, documents and memories<br />

arranged around Remembrance themes. An<br />

important feature will be working with community<br />

groups alongside volunteer "Memory Makers" who<br />

will be trained in delivering talks on Remembrance,<br />

recording memories and producing and presenting<br />

theme related loan boxes. The project begins in<br />

November this year and a work-in-progress display<br />

gallery open to the public will be set up at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage from February 2019.<br />

Bid writer Anne Fairweather, executive secretary<br />

to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage, commented that thanks to<br />

people contributing to the National Lottery Fund,<br />

both the community and visitors to the area will<br />

be able to explore <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s rich Remembrance<br />

Heritage and value lessons from the past.<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 />

Why is it Butter? And why is it a Cross?<br />

The work around the Buttercross brings to mind<br />

why it is called a Buttercross and not the bandstand<br />

which it really looks like. The Buttercross is the town’s<br />

second market cross. The first dated from Elizabethan<br />

times and stood somewhere near the war memorial.<br />

It was two-storied, long and narrow and was also<br />

the manor court house. The pillory and whipping<br />

post stood just near it. It was never in the form of<br />

a cross but the name market cross represented the<br />

close affiliation between church and market. It is said<br />

that the cross was financed by the then vicar Rev<br />

Stapleton. Under its shelter the farmers stocked their<br />

butter for Saturday sale days. So it became known<br />

as the Buttercross. Eventually the state of it declined<br />

and didn’t suit the gentrified <strong>Swaffham</strong> of the late<br />

18th century. It was replaced in 1783 by the present<br />

Buttercross given to the town by Lord Walpole. By this<br />

time <strong>Swaffham</strong> had become the market collection<br />

point for local butter, having ousted Downham<br />

Market. From the Buttercross the butter would be<br />

transported by coach to Downham Market, by boat to<br />

Cambridge and then by coach to London. It was called<br />

Cambridge butter because it had to contain more salt<br />

than normal because of its long passage to London.<br />

So, although bands may play on or in it, it was not<br />

intended as a bandstand and remains yet another<br />

symbol of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s importance as a market town.<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri. Sat: 10am to 1pm<br />

Prices: adults £3. Concessions £2.50 Children 5 and<br />

over £1. Family tickets available.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum, Town Hall, London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DQ<br />

Tel: 01760 721 230<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

Trending Now - visit us there for up-todate<br />

news and events<br />

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 />

information contact Stan Roberts Tel: 07825885254<br />

or stanroberts4@icloud.com<br />

Prize winners:<br />

Sept draw - £40 No.15 / £20 No.13 / £10 No.38<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 />

• 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 />

The present committee has vacancies and would<br />

love to see new faces at their meetings. If you are<br />

interested please contact Secretary on 01760 720756<br />

or Stan Roberts 07825885254<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club<br />

Coaching for beginners and improvers.<br />

For more information or to join the club please<br />

contact Geoff on 01760 722262<br />

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Broadband Installations<br />

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Personal Service<br />

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A simple solution to wasting less through<br />

the sharing of good quality food.<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

Community Centre, The Campingland,<br />

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

A different sort of accountant <br />

• Sole trader accounts <br />

• Company accounts <br />

• Management accounts <br />

• Buy to let returns <br />

• VAT returns <br />

• Tax returns <br />

• Payroll and wages <br />

• Business plans <br />

• CIS returns for building trade <br />

• Business consultancy and recovery <br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

At the last monthly meeting on<br />

6th September, John Cushing<br />

gave members an extremely<br />

interesting presentation about the Thursford<br />

Collection. John is the Producer, Director and Artistic<br />

Director of Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular. John’s<br />

presentation included an insight into the planning and<br />

wide ranging preparations which are always required<br />

months before each Christmas Show. A history of<br />

his Fathers vision of a Steam Engine Collection was<br />

also included. It was a privilege to have John as our<br />

Speaker and many members commented about the<br />

professional manner of his presentation.<br />

October’s speaker will talk about Assassins, Traitors<br />

and Spies and in November, Sir Henry Bedingfield<br />

will give a presentation about Heraldry.<br />

There was Archery again at<br />

the Holme Hale playing field<br />

when U3A Archers joined our<br />

champion Archer Tricia Mandall.<br />

Tricia recently competed in<br />

the ‘Transplant Games’ in<br />

Birmingham and won Gold in<br />

the Archery then followed that<br />

with Gold in the Ball Throwing<br />

event and Silver in the 3Km Mini<br />

Marathon. WELL DONE TRICIA!<br />

Wissey U3A members were<br />

invited to attend a series of re-enactments about the<br />

trial of Suffragette Miriam Pratt in Norwich Castle.<br />

Members reported how fantastic the production<br />

was, which will continue until December. Members<br />

were invited to a U3A exhibition in Kings Lynn<br />

focusing on ‘Imports and Exports through Kings Lynn<br />

in the 18th and 19th centuries. U3A members were<br />

also invited to attend a performance by Kings Lynn<br />

U3A’s Renaissance Madrigal Singers at St Nicholas<br />

Chapel, Kings Lynn on Heritage Day 16th September.<br />

If these activities interest you, or if you have a hobby<br />

or pastime which you would like to share with others<br />

why not make enquires about joining the Wissey<br />

U3A. Meetings are held at Holme Hale’s Pavilion<br />

on the first Thursday of the month from 09.45 until<br />

12.00 mid-day.<br />

The U3A is an international movement whose<br />

aims are the education of retired members of the<br />

Community or those in their ‘Third Age’ of life.<br />

U3A membership is open to any individual who by<br />

definition is not in full-time gainful employment,<br />

so anyone working ‘part-time’ can also apply for<br />

membership.<br />

For more information about the U3A movement, go<br />

to www.u3a.org.uk or visit the Wissey Homepage at<br />

www.u3asites.org.uk/wissey. Annual membership<br />

of the Wissey U3A is £10 but from October the<br />

membership fee for a period of 6 months will only<br />

be £7.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club<br />


SUNDAY 4 th NOVEMBER 2018<br />

Gates open 5pm<br />

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Registered Charity Number: 1069180<br />

Ticket Costs:<br />

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OAPs/Children: £3.00(5-16yrs)<br />

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SCALGA<br />

Greetings from the allotments.<br />

Between the excessive rain and prolonged hot<br />

weather we really don’t have much to report.<br />

Most of our crops were over and done with early,<br />

the potatoes were tasty but small the lack of good<br />

watering in such drought took its toll. However, my<br />

vine over the structure on the plot is full of small<br />

sweet bunches of black grapes. Amongst it all a<br />

second pigeon has built another precarious nest,<br />

hopefully she will be able to hatch her young so late<br />

in the season.<br />

On the 9th September we held our Afternoon Tea<br />

and presentation of the Best Kept Allotment awards.<br />

Our President Roger Trowell presented the awards.<br />

The winners were:-<br />

• Best single plot: Brian Eves<br />

• Best Multiple plot: Ray Joyner<br />

• Best Starter plot: Anthony Joachim<br />

• Runners up: Jan & Malcolm Barnes<br />

and Lawrence Wright.<br />

A commemorative ornament was presented to Mr<br />

and Mrs Bill Twiddy for being excellent SCALGA<br />

members. Unfortunately, we are losing them at the<br />

end of the year but hope they will attend any future<br />

gatherings as we cannot enjoy our burgers without<br />

Bill’s fried onions.<br />

Whilst tea was being served members took part in<br />

a quiz This was won by our newest members with<br />

19 out of 20 correct answers. 2nd was Mrs Marian<br />

Clements with 18.<br />

The committee and attendees put together a<br />

wonderful selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls<br />

and cakes for the Tea, it was nice to see plot holders<br />

getting together and chatting.<br />

Our thanks to all who gave a raffle prize and<br />

contributed to making the afternoon a success.<br />

The Halloween get together will be held on the 31st<br />

October at 6pm. Burgers and sausages will be served,<br />

Halloween dress is optional.<br />

The Largest Pumpkin competition will also be held<br />

on that night. I’m sorry to say that ours is about the<br />

size of a small football we might get some soup from<br />

it if we are lucky.<br />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

This is my fourth article since taking over in<br />

May 18. It is still disappointing that not many<br />

of the public attend our monthly meetings.<br />

They are not too boring and it gives you<br />

a good opportunity to ask questions if you wish. Also<br />

remember I will always try to respond to any invites to<br />

come and see you at any of our town’s groups/clubs/<br />

organisations etc. I think this is important as it is good to<br />

meet “face to face”.<br />

The “Park Run” established two months ago is still going<br />

well. Another new initiative to encourage us to exercise!<br />

I hope many of you managed a day out at the August<br />

Bank Holiday when we held our second Classic Car<br />

Show and Family Fun Day. I hope you found it interesting<br />

and enjoyable with plenty to do. Sincere apologies<br />

about the lack of toilets. There was an administrative<br />

misunderstanding and despite our frantic efforts on<br />

the day we could not source replacements. However,<br />

the day was a success, thanks to those at The Norfolk<br />

Vehicle club, colleagues at the Town Hall and all our<br />

sponsors like Abels and L G Motors, for the hard work in<br />

organising. The rain curtailed things but in the time we<br />

had, all went well.<br />

Still nothing definite yet to report on the future of the<br />

Green Britain 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<br />

parking machines in the centre car park will take place<br />

at the same time to minimise disruption. Sorry for<br />

the inconvenience whilst the work is undertaken. The<br />

Contractors are doing their best.<br />

Although I was away at our Towns Twinning Weekend in<br />

France I hope the “Dads Army” weekend went well and<br />

was well supported. Congratulations to the Organisers.<br />

The “Poppy Display” will be proceeding in conjunction<br />

with the British Legion to mark the 100th Anniversary<br />

of the end of WW1. Displays will start to appear around<br />

town which you the public can add to. Some will be<br />

internal like in the Church and Museum and in Shop<br />

windows and some external. I really hope that you all<br />

will want to participate to make this a really special time<br />

for our Town. Any Poppy related or WW1 material,<br />

including photographs is appreciated and can be added<br />

during October. Any contributions can be dropped off<br />

at the Town Hall or could be collected.<br />

Feel free to contact me at the Town Hall. Still interested<br />

in any ideas on what realistically we could seek to do to<br />

keep <strong>Swaffham</strong> “on the map” for residents and tourists.<br />

52 Filby Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk PE37 7SX<br />

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Cllr Colin Houghton Mayor 18/19

In Touch With Your Town<br />

‘In Touch with your Town’ is put together<br />

by the Town Clerk Richard Bishop or<br />

occasionally by the Deputy Town Clerk<br />

Claire Smith. It deals with some of the<br />

most topical items of the day and the<br />

odd item where the Council want to share information<br />

with the Town.<br />


On behalf of the Town Council Quinn Construction<br />

Ltd are currently carrying out refurbishment of the<br />

Buttercross:<br />

• overhauling the electrics - to enable sockets for events<br />

• levelling the raised ridges of the cobbles - to take away<br />

trip hazards and make the area more usable for the public<br />

• adding new seats and light bollards – going in around<br />

the Buttercross • new street lights being erected - to<br />

light up the car park, with some new electrical sockets for<br />

Market traders to use • new electric car charging points<br />

- at either side of the car park • new car park meters –<br />

to enable Breckland Council to manage the 2 hour free<br />

parking - there are no plans for car park charges.<br />

• Free WiFi - will be available in the Town Centre.<br />

All work is scheduled to finish by 23rd November. The<br />

Council respectfully ask for your patience during this<br />

time, disruption will be kept to a minimum and it is<br />

Business as Usual.<br />

There were some really interesting ideas recently<br />

circulated on social media, as those that ‘know’ best<br />

posted all sorts of theories about what was happening<br />

in the Town Centre. “It’s the nail in the coffin of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>” said more than one, well, there is nothing<br />

like the truth to spoil a good rumour is there? The<br />

answers were there all along, in the last two editions of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> and on the Council website.<br />

It was a bit like a giant game of Family Fortunes with<br />

weird and wonderful insights put forward, with the<br />

majority not even close to being right, “And our survey<br />

said? ……….”<br />


Please get yourself booked in for the Christmas Light<br />

Switch-On and Christmas Market which will be a<br />

Sunday once more later this year. We have a healthy<br />

number of stalls already booked, so don’t miss out<br />

for the event on Sunday 2nd December from 12 noon<br />

until 6pm as the Christmas Market is always well<br />

attended and the Switch-On taking place at 5pm. A full<br />

afternoon’s entertainment, with a visit from ‘Father<br />

Christmas’ and Live Reindeer. Full details will feature in<br />

future editions of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>. We really<br />

would be grateful to anyone wishing to volunteer their<br />

services to help us with this event, or book a stall, please<br />

contact the Town Hall 01760 722922 E-mail enquiries@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

The BIG debate will begin soon, as we head into the<br />

Budget season, as the Town Council must decide what<br />

happens in 2019 with the Christmas lights. We are at<br />

the end of a three-year contract at the end of January,<br />

so will it be LIGHTS ON or LIGHTS OFF throughout<br />

the year? We also no longer have <strong>Swaffham</strong> Trade<br />

Association putting in 50% of the cost, so Councillors<br />

must decide whether to increase their funding, keep it<br />

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at the same level or reduce it. What are your thoughts?<br />

Have you enjoyed the lights these past few years? The<br />

Council’s commitment in recent years has been £6,000,<br />

with this year more than £10,000 hmmm…<br />


Better joined up working for <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Watton<br />

@swaffhamevents<br />

Sue Dent works for <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Watton Town Councils<br />

as ‘Events and Projects Support Officer’ to promote<br />

events and projects in and around<br />

both Towns.<br />

In the short-term Sue will be helping<br />

to support existing events and<br />

getting to know the groups and<br />

organisations that do so much in<br />

both Towns. So, if you have anything<br />

happening soon, or are planning for next year, do get in<br />

touch with her at the Town Council or on 07776 507658<br />

/ wattonswaffhamevents@gmail.com<br />

Notice of PUBLIC MEETING<br />

Date: Monday 8th October 2018<br />

Time: 6.30pm<br />

Location: Chamber, Town Hall, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Topic: Days Field, Sporle Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

(Application to borrow up to £6,000,000 to the Ministry<br />

of Housing, Communities & Local Government)<br />

Following a recent press release issued by the Council<br />

on 17th August 2018, the Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Colin<br />

Houghton would like to invite residents to a public<br />

meeting to discuss the Days Field project.<br />

6.30pm - The meeting will commence with a short<br />

factual presentation: -<br />

• To give a brief History of the site, including the Section 8<br />

permission to dispose of surplus allotment land<br />

• To explain the decision-making process and the decisions<br />

taken to date • To give an insight of Below the Line (closed<br />

meetings excluding public and press) Debates and<br />

Decisions, where Data Protection meets the Freedom<br />

of Information Act and how Councillors are bound by<br />

their Code of Conduct and Confidentiality • What does<br />

an application to the Ministry of Housing, Communities<br />

and Local Government for the permission to borrow up<br />

to £6,000,000 actually mean? • To list the decisions the<br />

Council still have to take, including whether to use the<br />

permission to borrow, assuming it will be granted (which<br />

is not a certainty) and the options still open to the Council<br />

• To outline the information gathering process and<br />

consultation • To give a possible timetable, with lead in<br />

times, from now until the project could be delivered.<br />

• To give an overview of the Cost Plan – projecting income<br />

and expenses, risk assessments – general and financial, and<br />

initial costs • Where does all the expertise come from? The<br />

Professional Team explained – Quantity Surveyor, Solicitor,<br />

Planning Consultant & Architect, Project Manager etc.<br />

6.45pm – The meeting will be opened to allow members<br />

of the public to address the Town Council.<br />

If you have a question you would like to ask at the<br />

meeting please feel free to let the office know in<br />

advance of the meeting – this will allow us to better<br />

manage the meeting and if necessary, investigate and<br />

prepare a response on the night.<br />

Please do come along to the Public Meeting and hear<br />

directly from the Mayor, Councillors and the Town Clerk<br />

all about the options still under consideration for the<br />

development of Days Field.<br />


Your Town Councillors will now have one-eye on May<br />

next year, as the Local Government Elections will take<br />

place once more for both <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council and<br />

Breckland Council. The Town Council recently agreed to<br />

do two taster events “Do you want to be a Councillor?”<br />

one before the end of 2018 and another as we get a<br />

little nearer the election date in the new-year 2019.<br />

These events will be targeting anyone who is thinking<br />

about standing for election but would like to know a<br />

little more about the Town Council before they take<br />

the final step. How do we operate? What services do<br />

we run? What land and property do we manage? What<br />

are we responsible for? What exactly does a Town<br />

Councillor do? What is the role of the Town Council<br />

within the community? How does the Town Council fit<br />

in with Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council?<br />

All of this and the opportunity to ask any question you<br />

like relating to Council business??? Dates soon…<br />


The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development of<br />

our Town. It is about the use and development of 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. On the 16th<br />

July the Council “signed off” the draft document and<br />

printed copies<br />

A public consultation day was held in the Assembly<br />

rooms on the 18th July running from 10am to 7pm.<br />

This was fairly well attended, and it was good to talk to<br />

people about their issues and concerns. This started a<br />

pre-submission consultation period from then to 31st<br />

August 18 . I hope that you have taken the opportunity<br />

to get your views in. We are now embarking over a<br />

period of time to digest all the comments made and<br />

decide how they might be incorporated into the draft<br />

document. Once this has been done the updated<br />

document will be submitted to Breckland Council for<br />

independent evaluation. After such evaluation and<br />

checking against Brecklands Local Plan, the absolute<br />

final document will come out to a TOWN REFERENDUM<br />

to seek widespread support and adoption. This is likely<br />

to be as early as possible in the New Year. Remember it<br />

strengthens our position locally in helping to determine<br />

planning applications and what shape we want our<br />

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 />

Monday 8th - PUBLIC MEETING (Days Field)<br />

6.30 pm - 8.30 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall<br />

Wednesday 10th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 pm - 9.00 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 15th – Market Committee meeting,<br />

6.30 pm - 9.00 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 29th – Full Council Finance meeting,<br />

6.30 pm - 9.00 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 30th – 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 />

07825 801 605<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

01760 721 022<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

01760 722 524<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

01760 788 519<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

01760 722 604<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

01760 720 608<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 720 114<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722 611<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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