Swaffham Newsletter

November 2018

November 2018


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November 2018<br />


newslet ter<br />

Anglia in Bloom Award Success<br />

for Suffield Court Residents<br />

Residents presented with wooden bowl for winning in<br />

‘Best Sheltered Housing Garden’ category of competition.<br />

Read more on p.7<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 Rugby Club / Library / Silver Social<br />

16 Lionesses<br />

18 Age Concern<br />

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

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

25 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning<br />

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

30 Community Garden / Hospital LoF<br />

32 Museum Matters<br />

35 Wissey U3A<br />

37 Mayor’s Parlour<br />

38 Town Council<br />

Jo Rayner appointed as youth worker<br />

Iceni Partnership is pleased to announce that the new<br />

official youth worker for ‘Youthie’ is Jo Rayner.<br />

Jo has been working with the youth of <strong>Swaffham</strong> for<br />

several years and became a<br />

Qualified Youth worker for<br />

Norfolk County Council in<br />

1997. We look forward to<br />

seeing what Jo has planned<br />

for Youthie in the coming<br />

months and years. Welcome<br />

to the Iceni Partnership team.<br />

Deadline for January's <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

A reminder that in order to get January’s <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

printed and delivered in time for Christmas we must<br />

get all entries in by Wednesday 12th December.<br />

Anything submitted after this date will be too late.<br />

Donation thanks<br />

Thank you so much for the no-strings-attached<br />

donation to ESCAPE project and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Garden handed in to the Iceni Partnership office<br />

after seeing articles in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

Wonderful community spirit.<br />

Iceni Rural Writers<br />

In July our group welcomed Sue Burge, a Norfolk writer<br />

and poet, who led us through some exercises based<br />

on WW1. We are hoping to publish an anthology in<br />

pamphlet form of that work in the near future. My<br />

own Grandfather suffered from Neurasthenia for the<br />

rest of his life due to his war experiences. Elements of<br />

this can also be referred to as P.T.S.D. or Shellshock.<br />

Here is an example of a poem, an acrostic:<br />

Screaming shells of men,<br />

Hating, hearing, Hell’s heralds.<br />

Each moment repeated,<br />

Lived again and again.<br />

Limbo - Land of Pain,<br />

Searching for the Future<br />

Hoping for Rest and Release.<br />

Optimistic for Peace,<br />

Craving the calm curtain,<br />

Killing them LOUDLY!<br />

Annie Bird

Upcoming Events<br />

Fireworks Night Sunday 4th November. Gates open 5pm, fireworks 7pm.<br />

BBQ, refreshments, bar, side stalls & kid’s stands. Adults: £5, OAPs/children (5-16<br />

yrs): £3. Family ticket inc. 2 adults and 3 children: £10 (saving of £9). <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

RUFC, North Pickenham Road, PE37 7QX.<br />

Sacred Heart Bingo Sacred Heart School <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Thursday 8th November<br />

at 7pm in the main school hall. Everyone and all ages welcome.<br />

Prize Bingo <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Infant Nursery School, White Cross Road. Friday 9th<br />

November, doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Great prizes including family ticket for the<br />

Christmas Pier Show at Cromer. Raffle at half time too.<br />

Beachamwell Local History Group<br />

13th November 2018, 7.30pm. Beachamwell Village Hall ‘The Life and Hard Times<br />

of Mary Caney 1790 – 1878’. Mary Caney was born to a Norfolk agricultural labourer<br />

and showed great resilience and strength throughout a lifetime of deprivation and<br />

hardship. Local author Jill Mason talks about her book based on the life of this<br />

remarkable woman. Admission £3 on the night. Information: 01366 328536 or<br />

www.beachamwell.org.uk<br />

NarVOS Illustrated Talk<br />

Tuesday 27th November 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 Paul Fuller, entitled: 'Blue Cows and Orange Cats – The Wildlife of<br />

Northern India'. Visitors most welcome. Admission £2 on the night if you are not<br />

a NarVOS member. For more information about this meeting or NarVOS call Ian<br />

Black on 01760 724092.<br />

Christmas Fayre<br />

Thursday 29th November, Necton Primary School, 4.30 - 6.30pm. Santa’s grotto,<br />

children’s stalls, refreshments, tombola, raffle, games, plus lots more. Free entry. All<br />

welcome. This event is run by Necton FOSA reg charity no 1080389.<br />

Festive Shopping Evening<br />

Thursday 29th November 2018 at Artichoke in <strong>Swaffham</strong> from 5pm. Come along<br />

and enjoy a glass of Prosecco while you shop. Raffle. Tickets £5 from Janis Bell on<br />

07887 983568<br />

Christmas Bazaar Sacred Heart School, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Friday 30th November<br />

16:30 - 18:30 in the School Sports Hall. Lots of stalls with Christmas gifts, games,<br />

BBQ and cafe. All welcome.<br />

Christmas Fayre Saturday 1st December 2018, 11am to 2.30pm, St<br />

Andrew's Church, North Pickenham. There'll be crafts; woodwork; gifts; stocking<br />

fillers; decorations; jams and marmalades; chutneys and pickles; cakes and<br />

biscuits; sweets; books and puzzles; and much more. Fun activities for children.<br />

Refreshments, tombola, games and competitions! If you would like a stall at<br />

the Fayre, contact Carolyn Vincent on 07828 633015; 01760 755089; or email:<br />

carolyn@ourgardenshed.co.uk<br />

Festive Afternoon Tea<br />

Sunday 2nd December 2018, Pentney Village Hall PE32 1JD, 3 - 5pm. Raffle. Tickets<br />

£5 from Janis Bell 07887983568 or Marion Storey 01760337888<br />

Munch & Mardle - Craft Fair December 13th​, 12 noon to 3pm (hot food<br />

from 12.30 to 2.30). Come and enjoy a sociable pre-Christmas gathering with your<br />

neighbours. Everyone welcome and Shepherds Pie is on the menu.<br />

Free Christmas Meal Tuesday 25th December, midday to 3pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms. Come and join us for a full Christmas dinner with all the<br />

trimmings, followed by festive entertainment. All free and open to all. To book your<br />

place contact Iceni Partnership on 01760 722800.<br />

Westacre Theatre www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800<br />

Thu 1 Nov: On Screen: NT Live! ALLEUJAH! New play by Alan Bennett. 7pm £15<br />

Fri 2 Nov and Sat 3 Nov: On Stage: Westacre Theatre Company presents Talking<br />

Heads by Alan Bennett. BED AMONG THE LENTILS with Karen Bates and A CHIP IN<br />

THE SUGAR with Richard Ellis. 7:30pm £16<br />

Sun 11 Nov: On Stage: Three’s Company presents MOMENTOUS TIMES<br />

commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day. 3pm £12 including tea and cake<br />

Wed 14 Nov: Film: MAURICE (1987 re-release) [15] starring Hugh Grant and Rupert<br />

Graves. 2pm £8<br />

Fri 16 Nov: On Stage: Open Space Theatre Company presents THE BROWNING<br />

VERSION by Terence Rattigan. 7:30pm £12<br />

Tue 20 Nov: On Screen: NT Live! THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III by Alan Bennett<br />

starring Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough. 7pm £15<br />

Sat 24 Nov and Sun 25 Nov: On Stage: Westacre Theatre Company presents<br />

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS. On Sat at 6:30pm and on Sun at 12:30pm £20 includes<br />

delicious 2-course meal.<br />

Wed 28 Nov: Film: MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (2018) [PG] starring Lily<br />

James, Meryl Streep and many others. 2pm £8<br />

Thu 29 Nov: On Screen: NT Live! from the London Palladium - THE KING AND I.<br />

7pm £15<br />

Free Art Exhibitions in the Foyer Gallery: Until 11 Nov: Talented multi-media artist<br />

FI KILPATRICK. From 12 Nov: exciting new show by pupils at local primary schools.<br />

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Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

01760 441175<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Meal Monday Every 3rd Monday of the month, 11am 1pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms. Join us for a free cooked vegetarian meal.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Tor Howman 07854 736 920<br />

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

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

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

197994/07425 607667<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07768211087<br />

Youthie 5.30 - 7pm, age 8 - yr 6. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Contact<br />

01760 722800 for more info.<br />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cubs Meet Tuesday 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Scout Hut at<br />

Cockley Cley. For boys and girls aged 8 to 10 1/2. New members welcome. For<br />

more information contact Group Scout Leader, Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687<br />

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

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.<br />

Tel Adrienne 01760 336268<br />

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

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

SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Partnership)<br />

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

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

information please ring Celia on 01362 687316<br />

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

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Wellbeing Group Are you feeling low, or recovering<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 6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors<br />

(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 10.30am till 12.00pm, £8 per<br />

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 />

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<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 Beginners games night. A night of games especially for people<br />

wanting to give it a try. We'll play a variety games tailored for beginners and<br />

those wanting to dip their toes in the games pond. Refreshments available.<br />

From 7pm. 13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 01760 788427<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 />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Beavers Meet Thursday 6 to 7:15 at the Scout Hut<br />

at Cockley Cley. For boys and girls aged 6 to 8. New members welcome. For<br />

more information contact Group Scout Leader, Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687<br />

gsl1stswaffham@gmail.com<br />

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 15 Market<br />

Place <strong>Swaffham</strong> are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Two sessions each day,<br />

0930-1230 or 1pm-4pm, £30 per session includes all equipment, materials and<br />

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 Great films every third Thursday of the<br />

month. 7 for 7.30 at the Village Hall, Station Road. £4.00 with refreshments.<br />

Email:massinghamfilmnight@gmail.com to ask for programme details or phone<br />

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

Kirtan for Health Relax and enjoy the meditative benefits whilst<br />

singing/chanting beautiful songs and ancient mantras. Sessions every<br />

other Thursday. £6 including refreshments. For details contact Chris<br />

on 07957 405823 or chrissywillis57@yahoo.co.uk<br />

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

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

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

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

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

07766 078123<br />

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

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

Thursday of the 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 6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm<br />

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 01760 722800 for more info.<br />

Youthie Hub 7.30 - 9pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Age 13 +.<br />

Contact 01760 722800 for more info.<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 Arts Lounge Gallery Studio,<br />

15 Market Place <strong>Swaffham</strong> are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Two<br />

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

equipment, materials and refreshments. Call 01760 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 2nd Friday<br />

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 />

6<br />

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

2pm to 6pm. Friday Night Magic at Henchmans from 7pm. 01760788427<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01760 724615<br />

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

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

Brown 07970105771<br />

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

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

Yoga 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.<br />

Paul Darby 07880 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 Warhammer Day. Join us for a day of playing, painting<br />

and modelling in store. from 10am to 5pm. £3 for the entire day or part<br />

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

models to paint and battle with but we do now stock Games Workshop<br />

paints, models & accessories. Terrain/accessories and rules for in-store<br />

battles are provided. 13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 01760 788427<br />

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

Hamond 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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> in Bloom<br />

On 12th September 2018 the Anglia in Bloom awards<br />

took place and awarded <strong>Swaffham</strong> a Silver Gilt award<br />

for their entry in this year's competition. Areas that<br />

received specific praise included the development<br />

of the community garden on the Campingland,<br />

the hare trail and the planted hay cart display in<br />

Plowright Place. Suffield Court won the award for<br />

best Sheltered Housing Garden, so congratulations<br />

to them for their continued hard work in making<br />

their gardens such a haven for residents.<br />

On 3rd October residents celebrated their win with<br />

a short ceremony where they were presented with<br />

their award, which consisted of a framed certificate<br />

and a handmade, engraved wooden bowl. Chris<br />

Rainbow, Mayor of Suffield Court, thanked all the<br />

residents for their support with a special mention<br />

for Dennis, Tom and Peter for going the extra mile.<br />

Funeral Services Dedication Service<br />

Local dignitaries came together with the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

community, for the dedication service of the East of<br />

England Co-op Funeral Services’ Chapel of Rest on<br />

the Market Place on Friday 28 September.<br />

Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Colin Houghton attended the<br />

open event, with a dedication service and blessing<br />

led by Reverend Janet Allen. Taking place on the<br />

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the branch also<br />

raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.<br />

Local Funeral Co-ordinator Christine Johnson, said:<br />

“It was lovely to welcome people to join us for the<br />

special service, whilst also supporting such a worthy<br />

cause. Since opening our doors earlier this year, I<br />

have been welcomed into the community and feel<br />

privileged to have been trusted to support local<br />

people in their time of need.”<br />

Photo: Cllr Brenda Bowler presents the bowl to Chris Rainbow,.<br />

Also present were Sarah Green from Iceni Partnership, who<br />

designed the Anglia in Bloom portfolio for <strong>Swaffham</strong>, and<br />

Richard Bishop Clerk for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council.<br />

Children’s Centres Consultation<br />

The current contracts for children’s centres were<br />

originally awarded in 2011 and come to an end<br />

next year. Norfolk County Council wants to use this<br />

opportunity to create a new service that is consistent<br />

across the county and meets the needs of today’s<br />

families. The review of the role played by Norfolk’s<br />

Children’s Centres has been a long time coming,<br />

mid-way through September Norfolk County Council<br />

launched an eight-week consultation into proposals<br />

for the new service, changing how early childhood<br />

services are delivered to children aged 0-5 and their<br />

families. The proposed service would bring the<br />

services out of the buildings and into the community,<br />

to the children and families who need them the<br />

most while making it easier for families to access the<br />

information and advice they need, through providing<br />

better joined up online and digital services.<br />

The review does mean 465 of Norfolk’s 53 children’s<br />

centres could be closed but the service, will be<br />

protected. The service is what matters here not the<br />

building it is delivered from. As your County Councillor<br />

I want to make sure the Council get this right, so<br />

please take the time to complete the consultation<br />

which runs until November 9 and is available online<br />

at www.norfolk.gov.uk/childrenscentres.<br />

Any questions please email ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />


Sacred Heart Convent<br />

Sacred Heart Cross Country Event at Gresham’s<br />

It has been a very busy week for the sports teams<br />

at Sacred Heart with a variety of activities taking<br />

place both within school and outside. In October we<br />

took 24 children from Y3-6 to compete in the annual<br />

cross country event at Gresham’s. This is always a<br />

well-supported event with over 35 schools taking<br />

part and 250 children competing in each age group.<br />

Everyone involved did really well and all the children<br />

were a real credit to the school. There were some<br />

very strong performances from all the children who<br />

all competed the course. Thank you to Mr Parker,<br />

Miss Hart, Miss Wookey and all the parents who<br />

came to watch for their support.<br />

Sacred Heart School Netball Team book their place<br />

to represent West Norfolk in the County Netball<br />

Finals at UEA<br />

Well, what a tournament it was, with a magnificent<br />

display from Alice, Hannah, Charlotte, Lucy, Hattie,<br />

Cassandra, Sophie, Bonnie and Leah. There were 10<br />

schools split into 2 leagues, with Sacred Heart being<br />

in the toughest League. We drew our first game 4-4<br />

to a very strong Springwood side and then went onto<br />

win our next 3 games, eventually coming second in<br />

the table on goal average. This meant that we had<br />

to play Litcham (who had won their group) in the<br />

semi-finals. A very good win set up a Final between<br />

us and Springwood and despite going down 3-0 in<br />

the first few minutes we came back really strongly<br />

to win 8-6 and be crowned Champions! So now it is<br />

off to the County Finals for this group on Saturday<br />

17th November. Well done girls an outstanding<br />

performances watched by Mrs Calvert and our new<br />

mascot Maisy.<br />

Jeremy Hodges (Sports Coach)<br />

Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

World Mental Heath Day<br />

#HelloYellow - Yellow nails! This<br />

was the way our students chose<br />

to support ‘Young Minds’ raising<br />

awareness of children and<br />

young people’s mental health.<br />

They were busy spreading the<br />

word that there is help available<br />

for those young people in<br />

need and their parents/carers.<br />

Statistics show that young people’s mental health and<br />

wellbeing has never been so important and just how big –<br />

and growing – the problem is for young people in the UK.<br />

Bonjour, Hola, Guten Tag, Ciao, Olà ‘Hello’ To The<br />

European Day Of Language.<br />

The taste of Europe truly arrived at TNHA with our<br />

students able to sample many different types of food<br />

popular in that part of the World. The day also included<br />

the opportunity for several<br />

languages to be heard<br />

around the academy<br />

promoting cultural diversity<br />

and rich range of speech<br />

from different nations. This<br />

stems from the Council<br />

of Europe’s conviction<br />

that linguistic diversity is a<br />

tool for achieving greater<br />

intercultural understanding<br />

and a key element in the<br />

rich cultural heritage of our<br />

continent. This comes from<br />

the Council of Europe’s conviction that linguistic diversity<br />

is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding<br />

and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our<br />

continent.<br />

Rugby Masterclass.<br />

Aspiring players representing TNHA at U16 rugby seized<br />

the opportunity for a coaching session at Welford Road,<br />

home of the Leicester<br />

Tigers. The event which<br />

was run by one of their<br />

community coaches who<br />

shared their expertise.<br />

expertise of specific<br />

skills and plays.This was<br />

followed by a group<br />

photo on the pitch with the players and a ‘question and<br />

answer’ session<br />

Academy Open Evening<br />

A busy and exciting evening lay ahead for potential Year<br />

5 & 6 students as the visited TNHA on our Open Evening.<br />

Parents, carers and children were welcomed by the<br />

Principal, staff and Student Leadership Team and toured<br />

the academy gaining information and insight into the<br />

subjects and facilities on offer. Competitions and inspiring<br />

displays greeting our visitors as they experienced the<br />

culture and ethos of our academy aimed at ensuring our<br />

students are ‘determined to be the best that they can be’.<br />


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

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

will be as follows:-<br />

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

will be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 4th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist – All Saints Day<br />

3.30pm<br />

All Souls service<br />

Wednesday 7th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Thursday 8th<br />

7.30pm<br />

RBL Festival of Remembrance<br />

Sunday 11th Armistice Day/Remembrance Sunday<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

10.45am<br />

The Act of Remembrance<br />

(Beginning at the town War Memorial,moving to the<br />

parish church.)<br />

Wednesday 14th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 18th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

United Benefice Sung Eucharist:<br />

(preacher the Venerable Ian Bentley, Archdeacon of<br />

Lynn – followed by:- 11.15am Family Service)<br />

Wednesday 21st<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 25th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 28th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

NB Sunday 2nd December Advent Sunday<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm<br />

Advent Carol Service<br />


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

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

parish church (except August and December).<br />

Each session has a themed ‘Sharing Circle’;<br />

illustrated and acted stories from the Bible;<br />

children’s discussions; songs; prayers; and birthday<br />

celebrations. The next meeting will be in church at<br />

10.00am on 17th November. All are welcome.<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 8th November in the<br />

Church Rooms, Campingland, when the subject will<br />

be “Mother Julian of Norwich”. Enquiries to Anne<br />

on 336328<br />


As we pointed out in the September <strong>Newsletter</strong>, the<br />

popular Parish Church Christmas Bazaar is to be held<br />

on Saturday 24th November from 9.00am until 12<br />

noon and this will include a Prize Draw (first prize<br />

£100). As usual the Parish Church will be grateful for<br />

donations towards the numerous ‘stalls’ eg Bric-a-<br />

Brac, ‘Gifts’, Tombola and Bottle Tombola, ‘Jewellery’,<br />

‘Cakes’, to name just a few, although, please note, no<br />

clothes please. Any contributions/donations may be<br />

left in church from 9.30am Friday 23rd November.<br />

Thanking you in anticipation.<br />

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


Advance notice: The planning for this year’s Christmas<br />

Tree Festival (it begins on Saturday 1st December) is<br />

going well. Look out for more details in December’s<br />

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


As we approach the Centenary of the Armistice<br />

ending the First World War, it will complete our Four<br />

years and One hundred days of commemoration.<br />

A Remembrance Net is situated in the South West<br />

corner of the Church, where you are invited to<br />

place a card with your “Prayer”, “Remembrance” or<br />

“Thoughts”. Whilst in church please take the time<br />

to view the display by the War Memorial Chapel,<br />

where you will find details of the 112 Men, from the<br />

Parishes of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Sporle with Palgrave, who<br />

made the ultimate sacrifice. On the evening of the<br />

11th at 7.05, we will be taking part in “Battle’s Over”,<br />

a Nation’s Tribute with the Church bells “Ringing<br />

out for Peace”. The Remembrance Net cards will be<br />

offered up in prayer, during the Morning Service on<br />

the 18th, when the newly appointed Archdeacon of<br />

Lynn, the Venerable Ian Bentley will be preaching.<br />

We Will Remember Them.<br />

Bernard Hunt<br />


I look forward to receiving filled shoe boxes on<br />

Saturday 10th November between 10am and midday<br />

in the parish church (St Peter & St Paul, <strong>Swaffham</strong>).<br />

On behalf of the parish church I thank everyone who<br />

has supported this year's appeal, early indications<br />

suggest it's going to be a successful year.<br />

Linda Burton, tel: 01760 720205.<br />


Friends Of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Infants<br />

Thank you for everyone who bought bags of second<br />

hand clothes in during September. We made £96<br />

and we now all have clean wardrobes!<br />

Our next event we hope for your support at is PRIZE<br />

BINGO on Friday 9th November, doors open 7.00 for<br />

7.30 pm. Great prizes including family ticket for the<br />

Christmas Pier Show at Cromer. Raffle at half time<br />

too. It will be held at <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Infant Nursery<br />

School, White Cross Road.<br />

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

Fri Nov 2nd 9.30am Power of Prayer. Hafod, Shoemaker<br />

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

Sun Nov 4th 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. Parish Church Rooms Campingland<br />

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

Thurs Nov 8th 2.30pm Thursday Group. "Keeping safe<br />

in a digital age. " Question and answer session with<br />

Robert Parsonage.<br />

Fri Nov 9th 9.30am Power of Prayer. Hafod, Shoemaker<br />

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




NB. There is no service at Parish Church Rooms that<br />

morning.<br />

Fri Nov 16th 9.30am Power of Prayer. Hafod, Shoemaker<br />

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

Sun Nov 18th 10.45am Morning Worship followed<br />

by refreshments. Parish Church Rooms Campingland<br />

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

Thurs Nov 22nd 2.30PM Thursday Group. "Remember<br />

when.....?" Time to reminisce with friends. Refreshments served.<br />

Fri Nov 23rd 9.30am Power of Prayer. Hafod, Shoemaker<br />

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

Sun Nov 25th 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. NB WE HOPE TO HOLD THIS SERVICE IN<br />

OUR OWN METHODIST CHURCH. 01760 722611.<br />

Fri Nov 30th 9.30am Power of Prayer. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Methodist Church.<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 />


ICENI<br />


www.iceni.info 01760 722800<br />

The Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7RB<br />

10<br />

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

I have mixed feelings about Traditional Jazz. I like<br />

the way the players perform with a sense of fun<br />

and good humour. The most memorable evening<br />

of trad jazz I ever experienced was in the Green<br />

Dragon pub in Thetford. The band had a great banjo<br />

player, a sound I love, and would you believe it, not<br />

just one but two tuba players. One pumped out<br />

the bass line at the back and the other played as a<br />

front-line soloist! October’s guests were the Nene<br />

Valley Jazz Men, which is as near to a traditional jazz<br />

band as we get. The line-up was leader Bill Brewer<br />

- doubling on trumpet and trombone, Neil Brewer<br />

– clarinet and sax, Ed Read – lead guitar and Martin<br />

Haley – rhythm guitar, Malcolm Ashby - drums and<br />

Geoff Scollard – bass. Their repertoire reaches as<br />

far back as 1917, which is when the first ever jazz<br />

recordings were made by Columbia records - of the<br />

Original Dixieland Jazz Band. An early number they<br />

played was the 1923 'I’m Gonna Lock my Heart and<br />

Throw Away the Key'. Their rendition of 'The Old<br />

Rugged Cross' (first heard in 1912 as a Methodist<br />

evangelist hymn), captured the spirit of the original<br />

New Orleans marching bands admirably. I must<br />

admit that I think that trad bands sound best in<br />

the open air, or a large barn – to me the band was<br />

rather overpowering in the much smaller environs<br />

of the jazz club. The number I enjoyed most was<br />

'Nevertheless' which was the slowest piece of<br />

the evening. It commenced with some delicate<br />

and soulful singing from Neil, followed by gently<br />

swinging solos from Ed and Bill whose solo finished<br />

on a deliciously fruity, low pedal note, ending with<br />

a beautifully lyrical and inventive solo from Peter<br />

on clarinet. Just before we finished we heard a<br />

hair-raising version of 'The Sheik of Araby' which<br />

charged along like a rocket from beginning to end.<br />

Appropriately, given that the centenary of the<br />

WW1 Armistice is coming up shortly, we finished<br />

with the 1918 number 'Till we Meet Again' (not to<br />

be confused with the WW2 'We’ll Meet Again').<br />

Next up:<br />

Ed Read - guitar and Laura - vocals with George King<br />

- sax and Mike Smith - bass.<br />

Tuesday 13th November 7.30pm at the Conservative<br />

Club, London Street, PE37 7DD. £7 on the door.

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Wow, I’ve won an award! This feels so special because<br />

it was from the Lionesses, who themselves do so<br />

much in the community. The evening was for the<br />

Lion’s centenary year. It was a lovely evening made<br />

even more special with getting this award. This lovely<br />

award was for my work in the community. I have been<br />

doing this job for 30 years and I can honestly say that<br />

every day has been a joy. However, I couldn’t do this<br />

job with out my brilliant staff and my directors who<br />

support me every day. I may not have another 30<br />

years in me, but boy will I try!<br />

What a visit, this lovely lady came in to give us a<br />

fantastic amount of money. This has been donated<br />

by <strong>Swaffham</strong> bingo, which is held at the Conservative<br />

Club every Wednesday. £500 is a lot of money and<br />

of course will be well spent, I have so many projects<br />

that I want to put into action, this will go a long way<br />

to helping. Our thanks goes to Linda, Norman and Ian<br />

and of course Hoss.<br />

This thank you goes to all the people who have<br />

donated an array of craft materials to us. We have<br />

some wonderful things such as materials for card<br />

making, glitter, sparkles, stickers, wool, stamps, paper<br />

of every description, feathers and so much more. We<br />

will use every scrap of everything in no time, we have<br />

some wonderful art projects in the pipe line.<br />

How nice it is to receive a phone call offering help,<br />

this is what happened to us and we now have a very<br />

well stocked larder. Thank you to the pupils of the<br />

Sacred Heart Convent who generously donated a<br />

lot of their harvest goodies to us. Everything will be<br />

much enjoyed by our clients and creatively used by<br />

our chef, I can’t wait to see what Jenny comes up with.<br />

I had the pleasure of spending a morning at Plowright<br />

Surgery whilst the flu clinic was in progress, I was<br />

there with a stand to inform people about our day<br />

service. Thank you to the friends of the medical centre<br />

who gave their time to help on the morning and who<br />

kept me well hydrated. There was also the surprise of<br />

receiving a wonderful donation of £262.80, made up<br />

of money taken that morning and from book sales.<br />

Many thanks for thinking of us, it is heart warming to<br />

know the community is behind us.<br />

Time is rushing by and before I knew it Autumn had<br />

arrived and this brought a visit from the Baptist<br />

Church. These two lovely people were weighed down<br />

with the produce given at their harvest festival, such<br />

a varied array of goodies. Everything that was given<br />

will be used. Our chef was delighted with the goods<br />

and her menus will reflect the food that was given. To<br />

all the very generous people who gave for the festival<br />

please accept our heart felt thanks.<br />

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

2pm Wednesday, November 21st<br />


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

Following a trial run a few weeks<br />

ago, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions took the<br />

opportunity to use the Petanque<br />

Court at Narborough Community<br />

Centre for a Boules competition.<br />

Under the watchful eye of David and Bobbie Elsom,<br />

who are seasoned veterans of the game, the singles<br />

matches were played with varying degrees of skill. Lion<br />

President, Alan Jude, remained undefeated during the<br />

afternoon and was crowned champion.<br />

With the Harvest Festivals well under way in schools<br />

and churches, some of the food they have collected<br />

has been donated to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Food Bank.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions have put on six extra trips to take<br />

the donated food from <strong>Swaffham</strong> to the distribution<br />

centre in Dereham, where it is made up into boxes<br />

suitable for individuals or families. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions<br />

have been doing a regular fortnightly trip, delivering<br />

the donated food to Dereham for the past four years.<br />

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

busy schedule to visit the world famous Henry Blogg<br />

Museum in Cromer, followed by a guided tour of the<br />

all-weather Tamar lifeboat. The day started with a<br />

slide show about the history of the Cromer lifeboat<br />

and Henry Blogg. Coxswain Henry Blogg was a local<br />

man who became a national hero. During his 38 years<br />

as coxswain, he carried out 387 rescues and helped<br />

to save 873 lives. He was awarded many honours,<br />

including three Gold and four Silver Medals from the<br />

RNLI, the George Cross for general war service and<br />

a British Empire Medal. To this day, he remains the<br />

most decorated person in RNLI history. The group<br />

then went to the lifeboat station where they were<br />

met by Derek Hines, chairman of the Cromer RNIL,<br />

who gave a tour of the 32 ton Tamar class lifeboat<br />

and explaining that it cost £2.7m and had a range of<br />

110 miles with a crew between 5 and 7. At the end<br />

of a very enjoyable and informative visit the Lions<br />

presented him with a cheque for £100.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held a Sight Awareness Day in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place, supported by the Guide Dogs<br />

for the Blind, NNAB and D.A.Seaman Optometrists.<br />

The Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Cllr Colin Houghton, took a<br />

blindfold walk around <strong>Swaffham</strong> with Helen Sismore<br />

from Guide Dogs for the Blind. He encountered numerous<br />

obstacles including A Frames, bollards and cars badly<br />

parked, all of which cause major problems for people<br />

with impaired vision. He was also shown the importance<br />

of tactile paving and the proper use of the controlled<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

Beauty is in the eye of the holder<br />

so says Shakespeare, but he didn’t<br />

know of the aids available to help<br />

“beauty”. I wonder what he would have said if<br />

he saw just some of the array of cosmetics that<br />

greeted members at our September meeting. Our<br />

beauty consultant explained the contents and<br />

uses of just some and used members as models.<br />

How many items I wonder do tv characters use<br />

both to enhance their looks or disguise their<br />

features for some of the ghouls etc. As the year's<br />

end approaches November will be our AGM<br />

and committee members elections take place.<br />

Members have a chance to put forward ideas for<br />

outings, speakers etc. Sporle WI meet every 3rd<br />

Tuesday of the month, 1:45 - 4 pm.<br />

Beachamwell & District WI<br />

In October, Beachamwell WI<br />

celebrated 100 years of women’s<br />

suffrage, with a dramatic<br />

presentation about the long campaign to get votes<br />

for women. Written and performed by members<br />

of the group and illustrated by a backdrop of<br />

photos, pictures and cartoons from the time,<br />

the presentation explored the story of these<br />

remarkable women, using the testimony of both<br />

ordinary and famous suffragists who bravely dared<br />

to break free from the expectations of their times.<br />

The audience even sang some of the suffragist<br />

anthems, the last of which, sung for the first time<br />

at a meeting in London to celebrate women over<br />

30 getting the vote in 1918, was “Jerusalem”! We<br />

were delighted to welcome a number of visitors,<br />

who all enjoyed an entertaining and thoughtprovoking<br />

evening.<br />

In November, we have our Annual Meeting, but<br />

it will not be all business, as first there will be<br />

a talk from Tina Burdett about the East Anglian<br />

Children’s Hospice.<br />

Looking ahead, we are hoping that more visitors<br />

will join us for a Christmas special event on 6th<br />

December, as we will be entertained by the music<br />

and comedy of the “West End Waiters”. More<br />

details next month.<br />

The WI’s popular Christmas Fayre will be held this<br />

year on Saturday, 1st December, at the new times<br />

of 11.30-2.00. As usual, there will be our pop up<br />

café, with soups, rolls and mulled wine, plus many<br />

items on sale: hand crafted gifts, decorations,<br />

cakes and preserves.<br />

Visitors are always welcome to come along to WI<br />

meetings. Any enquiries to Maggie Mackenzie<br />

01366 327023 or Helen Ranger 01366 328589.<br />

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

Greetings to all old and new choir members.<br />

You may have heard the sad news that The Rainbow<br />

Community Choir has now disbanded. However,<br />

fear not, you'll be thrilled to learn that we<br />

have risen again with a new name and a new<br />

choir leader.<br />

So, welcome to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Voices, a brand new<br />

choir with an exciting new range of songs, including<br />

folk, blues, country and western and maybe<br />

a bit of gospel thrown into the mix!! We are so<br />

looking forward to welcoming and working with<br />

our very talented new choir leader.<br />

Our new term commences on Tuesday 18th September<br />

at 7.30 at our usual venue, The <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre.<br />

There are 13 familiar faces in the new choir who<br />

would love to see "the old faces and friends"<br />

back amongst us and also any new comers. So,<br />

do come along on the 18th September to see<br />

what's on offer - it may be the kind of new choir<br />

you are looking to join. It is a completely free session,<br />

open to everyone and a great chance for us<br />

all to meet up again.<br />

For further information please contact:<br />

Norman on 01760 724510 or<br />

email normanrevill1951@btinternet.com<br />

The Pickenhams WI<br />

Carolyn Vincent opened the meeting<br />

and introduced our Speaker Liz Nally<br />

a local Quilter. Liz showed us some of<br />

her beautiful Antique quilts, hand sewn in The North<br />

of England, Wales, America and some which she had<br />

made herself more recently. This was followed by<br />

tea and biscuits. Then down to business.<br />

Future events:<br />

Anne Francis — Gentle exercises to music in the<br />

church 1st and the 29th of November from 11am<br />

until 12noon. A lovely way to enhance your morning.<br />

Members also continue to have monthly coffee and chat<br />

meetings at various venues in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and sometimes<br />

the Blue Lion in North Pickenham. Also cinema visits and<br />

have recently taken up ten pin bowling.<br />

Next Meeting — it is our Annual General Meeting.<br />

Date 13th of November.<br />

Our Speaker will be Muriel Small who is<br />

Demonstrating Sugar Craft. An expert and we will<br />

be able to have a go. The Competition is three<br />

decorated biscuits with a Christmas theme.<br />

Are you interested? Contact Carolyn 01760 755089<br />

or Melanie 01760 440446.<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club hosted their first Vice<br />

Presidents lunch of the season on October 6th. A<br />

group of 35 supporters gathered for an entertaining<br />

couple of hours, and enjoyed another exceptional<br />

lunch provided by Tania. The planned match which<br />

should have followed was unfortunately cancelled at<br />

the last moment by the opposition, but it gave the<br />

Club the opportunity to announce the presentation<br />

of a cheque for £250 to <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Litcham Home<br />

Hospice. This money was raised on the Relay Together<br />

day in July, when the Rugby Club organised a balloon<br />

race, initially for their own funds. The event was<br />

such a success that it was decided to donate some<br />

of the profits to a local cause. Earlier this season<br />

a Memorial Match was held to remember Club<br />

members who have sadly passed away in the last 30<br />

years. This annual game selects a charity each year,<br />

and this year, over £500 was raised for the Tapping<br />

House Charity.<br />

Silver Social<br />

Silver Social is back in <strong>Swaffham</strong> with its autumn<br />

programme, returning to the library with performance<br />

‘Music of Our Ancestors,’ by African musician, Anna<br />

Mudeka. On the back of her workshop at the start of<br />

October, Anna will be performing a one off daytime<br />

show on Friday 9th November, 2pm – 4pm, tickets<br />

are £5 in advance or on the door.<br />

On Wednesday 14th November, 2pm – 3:30pm<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, residents can<br />

try something different by joining Carl and Joe<br />

for a creative session that explores songs, music<br />

and instruments, in a relaxed and welcoming<br />

environment. It’s free and no experience necessary.<br />

Edinburgh Fringe award winners Bowjangles- a string<br />

quartet with a difference - will be performing their<br />

vibrant and energetic show ‘Excalibow,’ 2pm – 3:30pm<br />

on Tuesday 27th November at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

rooms. Tickets are £5 including refreshments.<br />

Everyone is welcome to come along and if you or a<br />

friend needs free transport assistance, please let us<br />

know. To book tickets or transport:<br />

community@breckland.gov.uk, 01362 656870,<br />

www.thesilversocial.com<br />

The Club will be holding its 7th Annual Fireworks<br />

Display on Sunday November 4th ,with the gates<br />

open at 5pm, before the display follows at 7pm.<br />

Last year’s display was much better attended than<br />

previous years and the supply of food was stretched<br />

to the limit! Lessons have been learnt, and the<br />

amount of money to be spent on the fireworks has<br />

also been increased to give an even better display.<br />

Regular Activities @ <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

Bounce and Rhymetime: Every Tuesday during term<br />

time, 11.15-11.45am. Drop in for songs and music<br />

for pre-schoolers and parents/carers. Free.<br />

Breckland Customer Services: Every Tuesday 10am-<br />

1pm & Fridays 1-5pm. Free.<br />

Computer Buddy Sessions: Every Tuesday 10am-<br />

12noon. Book or drop in for computer support.<br />

Most Thursday and Fridays 2-4pm. Booking<br />

required. Free.<br />

Games Afternoon: Every Thursday starting, 2-4pm.<br />

Drop in for a friendly chat over a cuppa and a game<br />

of Scrabble, draughts or dominoes. Free.<br />

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Beachamwell’s Countryfile Ramble<br />

The children of Beachamwell, their parents, other<br />

grown-ups, and Monty the dog, completed a<br />

Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need on Sunday<br />

7th October 2018. The two-and-a-half mile circular<br />

route took ramblers across fields, through woods<br />

and along the quiet road to Shingham and back to<br />

Beachamwell. We passed pigs and horses in their<br />

fields; saw an owl box and tree trunks with holes<br />

made by woodpeckers. It was discovered that is took<br />

nine children holding hands to measure the girth of<br />

a five hundred year-old oak. At Laundry Cottage<br />

we met a washer-woman with her pile of newly<br />

washed sheets. Back at the village hall, squash and<br />

biscuits brought the ramble to a close. Thank you to<br />

everyone who rambled – and donated their pocket<br />

money – they are all stars! Fifty pounds for raised for<br />

Children in Need.

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

Since the last <strong>Newsletter</strong>, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lioness Club<br />

has been very busy. Firstly, at the Lions Centennial<br />

Awards evening held on 12th September in the<br />

Assembly Rooms, our Club President Anne Dryden was<br />

very pleased to present Georgie Bell with a Centennial<br />

Award plaque, due to her outstanding service to the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> community and surrounding area.<br />

She has been the Day Service Manager at the Merle<br />

Body Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong> for nearly thirty years. She is<br />

full of enthusiasm and, despite the demands of her<br />

job, she always has a smile, and finds time to actively<br />

fund raise for the centre.<br />

Then the weekend after the Awards ceremony,<br />

lionesses Karen and Anne attended the opening of<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Hospital’s new beautiful<br />

garden,where we met up with friends for a chat over<br />

tea and cake.<br />

September 28th : Besides our fund raising, we<br />

find time to socialise and enjoyed ourselves over<br />

dinner at the East Garden Chinese restaurant<br />

The following morning a few lionesses and lion<br />

helped with the Lifeboat collection around the<br />

town.<br />

Our business meeting on the 4th October started<br />

with a presentation to a very special person Gill<br />

Creed, of a Lion's Centennial Certificate Award.<br />

She was nominated for this award by lioness Sue<br />

Harris who presented her with the award. Lioness<br />

President Anne Dryden explained that Gill Creed<br />

raised around £250,000 for many Charities<br />

locally and nationally over 30 years. Some of the<br />

beneficiaries of Gill Creed’s fund raising were<br />

a scanner for Q.E. Hospital, Kings Lynn, Mobile<br />

Breast screening unit, Breast Cancer Care Unit<br />

at Q.E Hospital, Kings Lynn, Merle Body Centre,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and Litcham Home Hospice, St Peter<br />

and St Paul 's Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Hospital, Papworth Hospital, Pancreatic Cancer<br />

Charity, Children with Cancer, Children with<br />

Autism, Macmillan and many, many more.<br />

The following weekend, Saturday 22nd September,<br />

we hosted the the great BIG Macmillan Cancer<br />

Support coffee morning at the Assembly Rooms.<br />

It was a great success, and as a result, our Club<br />

was thrilled to donate a cheque of £565 to<br />

Macmillan Cancer Support. We would like to say<br />

a great big thank you to everyone who supported<br />

this worthy event.<br />

Gill will be holding a Ball at Lynford Hall,<br />

Mundford on the 17th November for the<br />

National Autistic Society. She is also currently<br />

training for the London marathon next year for<br />

the same charity.<br />


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

We had a super recital on Saturday 29th September when international concert<br />

pianist and organist, Olga Stone entertained us in the Parish Church. Then her<br />

husband, Ian gave a most interesting and amusing talk on the Sunday all about<br />

how to avoid polar bears if you happen to come across one (mostly in the<br />

arctic).<br />

As always, we would be pleased to welcome anyone over 55 to join Age Concern.<br />

The membership subscription is £5 per year. Our Membership Secretary Vicky<br />

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

afternoons, usually on the last Tuesday in each month, 2 pm in the Assembly<br />

Rooms (in house) and join there. We also organise trips out by coach, three or four per year, John<br />

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

Upcoming events are:<br />

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

• December 18th (Note Date) - Christmas Show, Great Yarmouth (Trip out)<br />

• January 31st 2019 - New Year Party – Pot of Gold, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew (in house)<br />

• February 26th – Protecting the Royal Family – talk (in house)<br />

For <strong>Swaffham</strong> Support Services, please see our advert below. Our office in the Community Centre<br />

is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm from where an Information Pack<br />

for both Buddying and Befriending can be obtained. Please contact Lorraine in the office, phone<br />

07393 981 295.<br />

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

Clarke, 720140, Treasurer, James Dean, 720756; Trips Organiser, John Clarke, 720140; Membership<br />

Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Air Cadets<br />

The sky’s the limit for 1894 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Squadron<br />

On the 9th of September 4 cadets for 1894 <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Squadron travelled to RAF Cranwell to have a flight<br />

in A Grob Tutor, which is a 2 seater training aircraft<br />

used by the RAF. Before we went up we sat through<br />

the safety briefing which is watching a safety video,<br />

wearing and learning how to operate a parachute,<br />

and also being taught how to open the canopy in<br />

the event of an emergency. After that you are kitted<br />

up in a flight suit, a helmet, and some gloves. I was<br />

allowed to wear my own sunglasses which were<br />

very snazzy aviators. Whilst we taxied out to the<br />

runway my pilot asked me what I want to do and I<br />

said lots of aerobatics and he certainly delivered,<br />

we did things like mid-air stalls and loops, and it was<br />

pretty fantastic. This was my first time flying, and I<br />

was allowed to perform one of the loops and also<br />

fly about for a couple of minutes, which was really<br />

fun. On the day the weather wasn’t too bad, mostly<br />

overcast with big spots of blue sky and some general<br />

wind. Luckily, they were big enough patches of blue<br />

skies to do the aerobatics. Overall it was a fantastic<br />

experience and I’m pretty sure the other cadets who<br />

flew would agree.<br />

Cadet Hugh Crouchman<br />

If you are interested in joining as a cadet (minimum<br />

Year 8 (12) to 16), please contact oc.1894@<br />

aircadets.org for more information.<br />

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

On the 6th October, we held a concert at the<br />

Assembly Rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong> featuring the Marham<br />

Military Wives Choir and Kings Lynn Male Voice Choir.<br />

Our thanks to both choirs who provided a wonderful<br />

evening for those present. Thanks also to Claire<br />

Dunne at Ceres Bookshop who sold tickets for the<br />

concert on our behalf. The evening raised £700 for<br />

Home Hospice Funds. Should you wish to see either<br />

choir again in the near future, then the Marham<br />

Military Wives Choir have a concert at Kings Lynn<br />

Town Hall on the 30th November (7 for 7.30pm - £15<br />

per head to include glass of wine and mince pie) and<br />

Kings Lynn Male Voice Choir have their Xmas Concert<br />

at Kings Lynn Minster on the 13th December.<br />

Each year, we organise a Christmas draw and this<br />

year it will take place at Tesco, <strong>Swaffham</strong> at 5pm<br />

on the 8th December. We will be in Tesco selling<br />

tickets from the 20th to the 25 November and will<br />

also be selling them at the Rotary Xmas Fayre in the<br />

Assembly Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong> on the 1st December.<br />

They are also available from our office at 19 Brocks<br />

Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. First prize is £250, second prize is<br />

£150 and third prize is £100.<br />

Have you ever thought about volunteering? We<br />

need volunteers to help us to provide the wide range<br />

of services that we offer – our most pressing need at<br />

the moment is for drivers to cover transporting our<br />

patients to hospital appointments as necessary.<br />

If you are interested then please ring our coordinator,<br />

Wendy Martin, on 01760 722937.<br />


Iceni Youth Clubs<br />

Youthie:<br />

8 years to year 6 Mondays 5:30pm – 7:00pm .<br />

Youth Voice:<br />

Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm 2nd and 4th<br />

Wednesdays of each month<br />

Youthie Plus:<br />

Years 6, 7 and 8 Thursdays - 5:30pm – 7:00pm<br />

Youthie Hub:<br />

Year 9 to 19 years Thursdays - 7:30pm – 9:00pm<br />

Staff are happy to give information, guidance and<br />

advice. Call us for further details on: 07772 852 284<br />

https://www.facebook.com/groups/iceniyoungpeople<br />

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reg no: 277789<br />

The Charity is currently inviting applications<br />

from individuals under the age of 21, living<br />

in the Breckland District Council area,<br />

seeking financial assistance in cases of need<br />

for such items as books, tools, equipment,<br />

instruments, outfits plus educational<br />

trips; including assistance for those leaving<br />

school, in preparation for taking up further<br />

education or apprenticeships.<br />

The Trustees will be meeting in October to<br />

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and therefore look forward to receiving fully<br />

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our website<br />

www.hamondeducationalcharity.org.uk.<br />

If further information is required please<br />

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Calling all<br />

budding artists<br />

Gallery Iceni<br />

needs you!<br />

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

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

like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

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

interested, then please call us on<br />

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

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena<br />


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

Branch<br />

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building better families<br />

Tai Chi for health<br />

Tai Chi has been found to be beneficial for:<br />

• Helping relieve arthritis<br />

• Improving balance & posture<br />

• Toning muscles<br />

• Improving mobility<br />

• Promoting good health<br />

• Physical & mental wellbeing<br />

Our classes are relaxed, friendly, fun,<br />

& a good way of meeting new friends.<br />

01760 723102 or 07587 567406<br />

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East Dereham<br />

Tuesday 11am<br />

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

Wednesday 10am<br />

Friday 10am<br />

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We’ll meet again<br />

@the Connie<br />

annual Remembrance Dance<br />

Saturday 10th November .<br />

Lois ‘Legs’ Laurelle. Ticket entry only £7.50

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

November sees the return<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA’s popular<br />

day schools. This time<br />

the subject is Imperial China. The course covers<br />

more than 4,000 years of China’s turbulent past<br />

and brilliant cultural achievements, when dynasty<br />

succeeded dynasty, through to the period of decay<br />

and exploitation by the West in the 19th century.<br />

Tutor David Prynn explains that the course aims to<br />

provide a full understanding of modern China, a<br />

country undergoing dramatic change. Topics covered<br />

include China’s landscape and people; continuity in<br />

China’s civilization and culture; the great dynasties;<br />

strengths and weaknesses of the imperial system<br />

of China and the decline and fall of the Chinese<br />

empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The<br />

course takes place on Saturday 24 November, 10am -<br />

4pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, Campingland,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7RD. The course fee is £15. Course<br />

places must be booked in advance on 01760 723558<br />

or online at wea.org.uk<br />

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

Some of our members in a visit to Ely Museum,<br />

Old Gaol, tried out a cell for comfort but decided<br />

it was not for them! The history of the town itself<br />

is also excellently covered through the centuries.<br />

Particularly striking was the role that East Angiia<br />

served during WWII, especially the RAF. A large map<br />

showed the sites of the very many air bases which<br />

were in the region, all bar three now disappeared.<br />

After lunching together the Group returned to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> in their respective vehicles.<br />

Our next meeting at the museum is on November<br />

12th. Please note that our December meeting<br />

will only be open to existing members. For any<br />

information regarding the history group please email<br />

littlebethany7@gmail.com<br />

Highway problems<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020.<br />

Give the location of the problem and a telephone<br />

number where further information can be obtained.<br />

Faulty street lights can be reported at the Town Hall<br />

during office hours or by telephoning Norfolk County<br />

Council 0344 800 8020. Reports should give a precise<br />

location of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit www.norfolk.gov.uk.<br />

Search: Street Lights/Pot Holes<br />

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

Meets in the Community Centre,<br />

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

at 6.30pm.<br />

11 th November, Sheila James, Clenchwarden.<br />

25 th November, Shelley Youell, Crowland.<br />

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

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

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

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

29th Oct - 10th Nov Poppy Appeal fortnight.<br />

Saturday 3rd Nov <strong>Swaffham</strong> Street Collection.<br />

Thur 8th Nov Festival of Remembrance, 7.30pm, St Peter<br />

and St Paul's Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Collection for Poppy Appeal.<br />

Sun 11th Nov Wreath laying ceremony at the War<br />

Memorial 10.30am. Those wishing to join the<br />

parade please meet at infant school, whitecross<br />

road at 10.15am. After the wreath laying ceremony<br />

all to proceed please to St Peter and St Paul's for the<br />

Service of Remembrance. Collection to be taken in<br />

aid of the Poppy Appeal.<br />

Tues 20th Nov AGM 8PM Con Club. Open to all. Over<br />

the past few months we have increased our numbers<br />

and it would really be making a statement if, in this<br />

Centenary year, we could increase them further.<br />

Anne Thorp Hon President &Poppy Appeal Organiser<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Relief in Need Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1072912<br />

Relief in Need is a Registered Charity which meets 6 times<br />

a year, offering grants for a specific purpose for the relief<br />

of persons resident in the area of benefit (i.e. <strong>Swaffham</strong>)<br />

who are in need, hardship or distress. Application Forms<br />

are available from the Town Hall or reliefinneed@<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club<br />


SUNDAY 4 th NOVEMBER 2018<br />

Gates open 5pm<br />

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OAPs/Children: £3.00(5-16yrs)<br />

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Benefits for the elderly<br />

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

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

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

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

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

the way to make those claims.<br />

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

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

• Will be better informed<br />

• Know their rights<br />

• Are claiming their entitlements<br />

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

pension credit, council tax benefit etc<br />

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

those benefits.<br />

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

• Benefit entitlement checks.<br />

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

housing, care issues etc.<br />

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

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

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

venue that is deemed suitable.<br />

To find out more about<br />

benefit checks, call the Age<br />

UK Norfolk advice line on<br />

0300 500 1217,<br />

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

Icenima - You decide<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

more comedy, drama or documentaries?<br />

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

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

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

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

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

please get in touch.<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Twinning Associaton<br />

50 Years of Twinning – September 22nd 2018<br />

Our Mayor, Colin Houghton, Cllr Paul Darby and<br />

members of the Twinning Association attended<br />

a reunion of our three towns, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Couhe<br />

and Hemmoor in France to celebrate 50 years of<br />

Twinning. A remarkable feat, which started before<br />

the EU and will continue beyond Brexit, with the<br />

signing of a new modern Charter take us forward<br />

for at least another 50 years and reaffirmed our<br />

commitment of friendship and understanding and<br />

the continuation of exchange visits.<br />

enjoy from such events and hopefully avoid conflict<br />

ever again. A connection has now been established<br />

between French and English teachers in Nicholas<br />

Hamond Academy and A. Brouillet College in Couhe.<br />

That evening, after the formal events, we were<br />

treated to a Civic Dinner with entertainment and<br />

the following day it was the turn of the Twinning<br />

Association to provide a beautiful lunch complete<br />

with emotional speeches. The weekend was over<br />

far too quickly but memories were of wonderful<br />

hosts, meeting new and old friends and having a<br />

wonderful time.<br />

The new Charter was signed by the Mayors of<br />

the three towns and Chairmen of the Twinning<br />

Associations in the ‘Les Halles’ the medieval market<br />

hall in the centre of Couhe before commemorative<br />

plaques exchanged. Prior to the Charter signing it<br />

was agreed to continue work on more exchanges<br />

between professional, sports, youth groups and of<br />

course choirs. We can all learn, communicate and<br />

Come on people of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, join us in Twinning,<br />

it is for everyone! Don’t worry if you can’t speak a<br />

foreign language, there are plenty of people who<br />

are there to help. We stay with hosts in their homes<br />

and reciprocate when they visit us. We hold various<br />

fundraising events each year to enable us to host<br />

on a six yearly cycle. We have already had a formal<br />

invitation to attend Hemmoor in Germany in 2020.<br />

If you are a group who is interested in an exchange<br />

visit please contact cecilia.cogliatti@virgin.net.<br />

Cecilia Cogliatti, Chairman.<br />


Downham Grange<br />

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market<br />

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new<br />

purpose-built development in Downham Market.<br />

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

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

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

The new season started in September with a splendid<br />

concert by Norwich Baroque of music by Vivaldi,<br />

Handel, Rameau, Pachelbel, and the English composers<br />

Purcell and Mudge. The musicianship of the players<br />

was outstanding, and we look forward to hearing some<br />

of them again on October 21st when Norwich Baroque<br />

Quartet comes to the Assembly Rooms. Our third<br />

Baroque concert, to round off the season, is a return<br />

visit of Tale Dolce Musica, “such sweet music”, whom<br />

we first heard last year. The group consists of soprano,<br />

flute, oboe, bassoon and harpsichord continuo, in a<br />

range of combinations, playing more of this wonderful<br />

baroque music which is especially suited to the size and<br />

acoustics of the Assembly Rooms where the concert<br />

will take place, on Sunday November 18th at 3pm.<br />

Tickets are available in advance, priced at £9 for<br />

members and £12 for non-members, from Ceres<br />

Bookshop 01760722504 and the Green Parrot 01760<br />

724704, and on the door. Everyone is welcome; we look<br />

forward to seeing you!<br />

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

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

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

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

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

independence and social inclusion.<br />

The home has been designed to meet the needs<br />

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

care. This exciting new development meets our<br />

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

needs and providing the highest standards of care.<br />

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is<br />

focused around each person’s individual needs and<br />

wishes. We value and respect how each person<br />

chooses to spend their day.<br />

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs<br />

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly<br />

experienced and receive on-going training to make<br />

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.<br />

We really want to make a difference<br />

to the lives of the people we care for.<br />

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

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

to making the design and layout<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

dementia.<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings and environment. It<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents every day.<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

people to take part in the daily living<br />

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

days to feel at home<br />

because the staff are<br />

so welcoming and<br />

caring”<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

downham.manager@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

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World Transplant Games Donations<br />

My name is Patricia Mandall and I am raising funds<br />

to cover my expenses associated with attending the<br />

World Transplant Games in Newcastle with any surplus<br />

going towards the Transplant Sport UK who actively<br />

support organ donation. Around 15 years ago I started<br />

to get breathless and was finally diagnosed with<br />

Dilated Cardiomyopathy,<br />

enlarging of the heart, for<br />

which there is no cure. I<br />

would need a transplant.<br />

Eventually, despite being<br />

on medication, my<br />

condition worsened so<br />

that even the simplest<br />

of tasks were a struggle.<br />

I was referred to Royal<br />

Papworth Hospital where<br />

I was prodded and tested<br />

for three days; I was put<br />

on the list but the outlook of a match was small due<br />

to immunity issues. After two and a half years and one<br />

false alarm I had a transplant and my life was given back,<br />

albeit with a strict regime of immunity medication.<br />

I have taken part in three British Transplant Games<br />

and although not the most athletic, I hope I can raise<br />

awareness of organ donation and thank the donor<br />

family who have given me back my life.<br />

Please register on the NHS Organ Donation Register by<br />

on 0300 123 23 23 or at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.<br />

You can donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/<br />


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

President’s Corner<br />

Our work for the Burke family has continued<br />

with Planning Permission, Building Regulation,<br />

Breckland Council and Occupational Therapy<br />

approvals received.The work to provide a new<br />

facility for Jo started on site on the 19th October<br />

with a completion date before Christmas.This<br />

will provide a Clinical Area and Shower Room<br />

with special equipment for Jo’s needs.This latest<br />

phase has continued the help already given by<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions and ourselves.<br />

By the time you read this our Visual Arts Festival<br />

will have finished and I am sure we will have raised<br />

another significant sum of money with which we<br />

can support our local and International Charities.<br />

The Festival was launched by Rebecca Louise<br />

Law who was very inspiring, being passionate<br />

about natural beauty and nature, creating Floral<br />

displays across the world.<br />

We strive to support local charities wherever<br />

we see the need but we cannot ignore the<br />

International challenges that are occurring in an<br />

ever increasing numbers due to Climate Change<br />

and Global Warming.Following on from the<br />

Philippines earthquake in early October we then<br />

had the dreadful Indonesian Tsunami.<br />

This has killed at least 250,000 people and<br />

affected at least 2.4million people in total. These<br />

natural disasters around the world are occurring<br />

at an alarming rate, earthquakes, wildfires,<br />

Tsunamis, floods in Greece, Majorca, hurricanes<br />

last month again in southern USA, leaving people<br />

grieving the losses of loved ones and destroying<br />

properties.Our Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> being<br />

part of Rotary International responds to these as<br />

much as we can - working in partnership with the<br />

Rotary supported SHELTERBOX Organisation. We<br />

have given many of these when disasters occur<br />

and in particular the Philippines and Indonesia<br />

last month.<br />

Each Shelterbox typically contains a tent designed<br />

to withstand extreme weather conditions, water<br />

purification tablets, tools and other necessities to<br />

help a family survive after a disaster. The contents<br />

of the Shelterbox are tailored to the nature and<br />

the location of the disaster.<br />

These efforts by our Club follows and ties in with<br />

our theme for the year which is the Environment.<br />

So in relation to this theme we had an excellent<br />

talk by John Fleetwood of The Woodland Trust,<br />

who told us of the amazing work carried out by<br />

them.Trees are facing many imported diseases<br />

together with great danger to our Ancient<br />

Woodlands that are not protected against<br />

modern everyday threats and major works.He<br />

also gave us advice regarding our forthcoming<br />

50th Anniversary project of planting 50 Trees to<br />

commemorate this - advising that incorporating<br />

hedges as well would be an excellent way to<br />

augment this planting scheme in <strong>Swaffham</strong> &<br />

District.<br />

If you know of such sites where trees or hedges<br />

are needed or required to enhance any areas<br />

please contact us.<br />

We have also had a very interesting and informative<br />

update from the Town Team Chair David Wickerson.<br />

He told us about their aims, the success of the Park<br />

Run Scheme On Hamonds playing field and their<br />

objects for the Town generally.<br />

We now look forward to the celebration of our<br />

Club’s 49th Charter Night on the 19th November<br />

to commemorate the Club’s founding.We also have<br />

Rotarian Mark Little of the Rotary Club of Norwich<br />

St. Edmund visiting us to talk about Slavery. Mark<br />

is the Chairman and Founder of the Rotary Action<br />

Group against Slavery which has now become an<br />

International force. I will be writing about this in<br />

the next <strong>Newsletter</strong> in December.<br />

Lastly I would like to say thank you to Mayor<br />

Colin, The Town Council and all those involved at<br />

The Market Cross in commemorating thise who<br />

died in the First World War.<br />

Malcolm Whittley<br />


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

Another visit from Alison Findlay from the Royal<br />

Horticultural Society saw two days of strenuous<br />

gardening by a willing army of volunteers of all ages<br />

at the Community Garden on Campingland.<br />

Some turf has been lifted to allowing planting of<br />

plants and sowing of seed with the sods bundled<br />

into hessian sacks for the edging of a raised herb bed<br />

in the shape of a horseshoe.<br />

Students from Nicholas Hamond Academy and<br />

Sacred Heart School were instructed in how to safely<br />

plant drought resistant plants in enriched soil and<br />

sow wild flower seed in more nutrient starved soil.<br />

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

I hope that those of you who attended our last<br />

Viennese Orchestra Event on the 13th Oct enjoyed<br />

the performance again. They are such a wonderful<br />

group and they tell me they always enjoy coming to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Some people who might have liked to come<br />

tell me they would have if the performance had been<br />

in an afternoon. We have tried both with mixed results.<br />

An opportunity to thank Mrs B Summerville, who<br />

opened her gardens to the public and made a donation<br />

to us.<br />

We are maintaining the newly revamped garden at the<br />

rear of the Hospital. We have added some additional<br />

planting and will soon be doing bulbs. With our new<br />

gazebo we plan to have an external Christmas tree.<br />

Regarding Christmas preparations, we are thinking<br />

ahead. A new supply of “Friends” Christmas cards are<br />

here, so please support us by purchasing some. We<br />

have them at our events and they are on sale at Hospital<br />

reception. We are also supporting the usual practice of<br />

making sure all patients in over the Christmas period<br />

receive presents. We are supporting Hospital staff to<br />

ensure a programme of pre Christmas activities and<br />

entertainment for patients. We have confirmed that<br />

we are participating in the “Christmas Tree Festival” in<br />

church the first week of December and will have a table<br />

at the Rotary Christmas event.<br />

Looking ahead to next year, we hope to be assisting<br />

with the purchase of some new “purpose designed”<br />

bedside chairs for patients. Also we hope that the<br />

Health Trust will support the idea of an extension to the<br />

existing main day/dining room.<br />

In the new year, once the Methodist church is fully back<br />

open we will hold more of our Coffee mornings.<br />

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Alison will be back for one more visit in November<br />

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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>'s World War 1<br />

We have been working on collecting information<br />

about <strong>Swaffham</strong> during the First World War. It<br />

has been interesting to see through the family<br />

details how much society changed during the<br />

latter half of the 19th into the 20th century.<br />

Whereas most of the parents of the young<br />

men were labourers or farm workers many of<br />

the next generation became shop assistants,<br />

warehousemen, porters, clerks, joined the<br />

army or navy before the war or even servants<br />

or footmen. And the majority of these left the<br />

town – never to return. Searching for them<br />

in the 1911 census so many went – mainly<br />

to London. It was a bad time in Norfolk.<br />

Agriculture was hit by technology, changes in<br />

farming methods, transport of food by rail and<br />

refrigerator ships.<br />

So far we have collected 601 names – including<br />

three women – who served from <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

during the war. Their names will be displayed<br />

on the railings outside the Town Hall and<br />

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

In 1911 the population of <strong>Swaffham</strong> was<br />

3234 - that makes around 19% of the total<br />

population. It's not that simple, of course.<br />

Some named on the Roll of Honour of 1917<br />

worked in the town, some had already left<br />

but their family was still here.<br />

The war consumed the whole town. There were<br />

many sales of work, fetes, concerts, lectures,<br />

flag days, games nights, dances, sock knitting -<br />

all to raise money for various causes – such as<br />

providing stationery for soldiers and prisoners<br />

of war, sending eggs and goody boxes. Belgian<br />

refugees came. Soldiers were stationed here.<br />

The Red Cross, Girl Guides, Scout movement<br />

and Defence Corps – all played an active part in<br />

providing for the troops.<br />

There are 91 names on the war memorial. The<br />

last was added in 2002. There are also a couple<br />

of mistakes – It should be Albert Bloom, not<br />

Alfred. It is quite interesting to see who was<br />

included in this list and who was not. Our<br />

total is 97. 60 were killed in action – mostly<br />

in France.18 died from wounds received. 19<br />

from other causes. Photographs are few but<br />

fortunately we have the Liber Vitae compiled<br />

by the Baptist Church of the time which lists<br />

and has photos of most of those who died.<br />

The Regiments they served in were many. Most<br />

began soldierly life in the Norfolks but moved<br />

on to regiments all over the country and even<br />

forces abroad. Some joined the navy. Some –<br />

towards the end of the war – became airmen.<br />

Most served abroad. Most came back but often<br />

not to <strong>Swaffham</strong>, as the 1939 register shows.<br />

Throughout the war years newspapers report<br />

on pleadings from employers to exempt their<br />

employees. Women were often left to hold the<br />

fort. Older children were given exemption from<br />

school attendance to work on the land. There<br />

were deserters, escaped German POWs, dozens<br />

of cases of bike lamp offences, inadequate<br />

housing. Should pubs open late for the farm<br />

workers or close early to avoid drunkenness<br />

amongst soldiers stationed in town. Workhouse<br />

inmates were offered turnips instead of<br />

potatoes in short supply.<br />

Many thanks to the volunteers who have<br />

contributed to this project and to Breckland<br />

District Council for awarding us a grant for the<br />

project. The e-book which will come from this<br />

research will be online in November.<br />

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FoSM (Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum)<br />

We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life<br />

Membership payment of just £10 for an individual<br />

and £15 for a family. This gives you free access to all<br />

the museum galleries for life. For more information<br />

please contact Secretary James Dean 01760 720756<br />

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The 100 Club<br />

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A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of<br />

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prize of £100 in May and November. For more<br />

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Friends’ Events 2018<br />

This year the Mulled Wine Party will be held in<br />

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by the committee of the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Museum. These help to raise funds towards the<br />

upkeep and ongoing expense of running a local<br />

museum. Open to non-members too.<br />

Further details contact Secretary on 01760 720756 .<br />

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New FoSM Committee Members Wanted<br />

The present committee has vacancies and would<br />

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At the last monthly meeting<br />

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an extremely interesting presentation about Assassins,<br />

Traitors and Spies. With no script to refer to and with no<br />

slides, Martin set the scene and narrated the stories of<br />

three historical assassination attempts which were only<br />

made possible by the use of illegally obtained passports.<br />

As a civil servant for over 22 years Martin had amassed<br />

a collection of over 800 early and interesting passports<br />

from around the world. Martin is also an accomplished<br />

author and had copies of his 7 novels for sale at the end<br />

of his presentation. At November’s meeting Sir Henry<br />

Bedingfeld will give a presentation about Heraldry.<br />

Wissey U3A members are still going to a series of reenactments<br />

about the trial of Suffragette Miriam Pratt in<br />

Norwich Castle. Members have reported how fantastic<br />

the productions have been and members can look<br />

forward to more re-enactments which will continue<br />

through until early December.<br />

Members were impressed by a U3A exhibition during<br />

Kings Lynn’s ‘Heritage Week’ which focused on ‘Imports<br />

and Exports through Kings Lynn in the 18th and 19th<br />

centuries. If arrangements go to plan, members will also<br />

be able to visit the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local<br />

History. The museum is housed in Fakenham’s former<br />

gasworks which is now the only complete town gasworks<br />

in the country. The Gasworks produced gas from the<br />

heating of coal for 120 years before its closure in 1965.<br />

The Croquet group has now closed for the winter period but<br />

will hopefully restart in May 2019. The group was originally<br />

started by Tony Evans in 1995 when the Wissey U3A was<br />

formed. Although Jim Donald has been the group’s leader<br />

since 1996, Jim decided to step down and hand over the<br />

lead to another member. Many, many thanks to Jim for<br />

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If you have a hobby or pastime which you would like to<br />

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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts<br />

This winter, the Sainsbury Centre will present an<br />

important reappraisal of the work of Ken Kiff (1935–<br />

2001), one of the most original artists working in<br />

Britain at the end of the twentieth century. In the first<br />

museum exhibition of Ken Kiff for almost 25 years, The<br />

Sequence focuses on a unique series of almost 200<br />

acrylic paintings on paper, which he began in 1971 and<br />

continued to work on intermittently until his death.<br />

The Sainsbury Centre’s exhibition will bring together<br />

60 of The Sequence paintings, in the largest ever<br />

presentation of works from across the series. Hung<br />

sequentially, the installation will reveal the evolution<br />

of Kiff’s ideas from their tentative beginnings to the<br />

expansion of key themes as the series progressed.<br />

The exhibition will feature a number of important works<br />

that were included in Kiff’s 1986 Serpentine Gallery<br />

solo exhibition. Also included in the exhibition will be a<br />

number of previously unseen and unfinished paintings<br />

from late in the series which were found in Kiff’s studio<br />

at his death. These will be hung in counterpoint to a<br />

triptych he began during his National Gallery Residency<br />

in 1991, to reveal how ideas explored in The Sequence<br />

related to his entire oeuvre.<br />

Kiff was elected a Royal Academician in 1991, and<br />

from 1991 to 1993 worked as Associate Artist in<br />

Residence at the National Gallery. His work was<br />

exhibited internationally and was included in major<br />

public collections including Tate Britain; The British<br />

Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;<br />

and MOMA, New York. Kiff was also acknowledged<br />

as a great teacher and worked for many years in the<br />

painting department at Chelsea School of Art and Royal<br />

College of Art, in additional to other British art schools.<br />

His approach to painting was enormously challenging<br />

to a dominant, critical hegemony that viewed painting<br />

primarily through the prism of theoretical standpoints,<br />

rather than as a form of affirmative visual poetics –<br />

one made apparent through thoughts and objects<br />

engendered by the processes of painting itself.<br />

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication<br />

Ken Kiff: The Sequence edited by Emma Hill with essays<br />

from Emma Hill and thoughts from artists who knew<br />

and worked with Kiff.<br />

Supported by Marlborough Fine Art<br />

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From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

I start my article this month with the<br />

“Dads Army” day held in <strong>Swaffham</strong> during<br />

September. By all accounts it was a great<br />

day and congratulations to all those<br />

who organised and helped on the day. It was a good<br />

example of how to attract more people to visit and<br />

keep <strong>Swaffham</strong> as a Town where things happen. I have<br />

seen some negative comments/complaints, and this<br />

will always be the case. However, what I would want<br />

to see is that any negative issues are taken up through<br />

the proper channels and if people do have such issues,<br />

then seek to talk to me or our Town Clerk. As I have<br />

said before I will always seek to be available to see<br />

individuals or groups. I may not always be able to agree<br />

with you, but I will listen.<br />

The reason I missed the Dads Army day was that I was<br />

away to Couhe in France, with our Twinning Association,<br />

for the 50th Anniversary of the Towns Twinning charter.<br />

All of the group had a fantastic few days. Our hosts<br />

excelled themselves in looking after us and kept us<br />

fully occupied. It was a special moment when the 3<br />

towns formally signed our new 50th Charter and I felt<br />

privileged to be the one signing on behalf of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The new Charter resides at the Town Hall if you would<br />

like to see it. (Copies in French and German too)<br />

The Buttercross work continues. I appreciate it has<br />

caused some disruption, but I hope you will agree<br />

when you see the finished result, that it was worth the<br />

wait. As with all projects there is a lot hidden behind<br />

the scenes, that you cannot see... It should be finished<br />

before the Xmas lights event/switch on.<br />

A public meeting was held on Monday 8th October to<br />

provide more information and explanation regarding<br />

the Councils proposals regarding the “Days Field” site.<br />

Thanks to all those attending and participating. It is a<br />

new challenging venture if we finally decide to proceed<br />

as outlined. Councillors will not agree to progress this<br />

unless we are convinced of both the financial return<br />

to the Town and the practicalities. A copy of the slide<br />

presentation is available and a list of “frequently asked<br />

questions” has been updated following the meeting.<br />

During October you will have seen the start of our<br />

special “Poppy display”. We give thanks to all those<br />

individuals and groups who have contributed items<br />

for the displays. Many thanks also to those shops/<br />

business who have allowed us space in their windows<br />

and outside. I hope you are taking the opportunity to be<br />

adding your own personal poppy to the wider display.<br />

(the more the merrier). This of course all leads up to the<br />

Remembrance Day events on the 11th Nov.<br />

As usual please feel free to contact me at the Town Hall<br />

Cllr Colin Houghton Mayor 2018/19

In Touch With Your Town<br />

Town Centre Works<br />

Quinn Construction Ltd are<br />

approaching the final stages of the<br />

Town Centre Works, which involves<br />

the replacement or repairs of the<br />

paving stones under and the steps to the Buttercross.<br />

The columns are also being repaired and repainted, so<br />

a lot of cosmetic work to our Grade 1 Listed Building.<br />

There was a lot of consternation caused by first of<br />

all the building of a brick built 3-phase power supply<br />

cabinet, then the 4 days of chaos caused by UK Power<br />

Network being on site to connect the power, taking a<br />

day longer than expected. Who would be a contractor<br />

working in the Centre of any Town? If you cough or<br />

sneeze it is reported on social media and woe betide<br />

if you commit the heinous crime of drinking a cup of<br />

tea in public... It is a fixed contract price, except for<br />

any contingencies found underground or unforeseen<br />

problems, so please be kind… The 15-week contract<br />

is to complete the following: -<br />

• Overhauling the electrics - to enable sockets for events<br />

• Levelling the raised ridges of the cobbles - to take<br />

away trip hazards and make the area more usable<br />

for the public<br />

• Adding new seats and light bollards – going in<br />

around the Buttercross<br />

• New street lights being erected - to light up the<br />

car park, with some new electrical sockets for<br />

Market traders to use<br />

• New electric car charging points - at either side<br />

of the car park<br />

• New car park meters – to enable Breckland<br />

Council to manage the 2-hour free parking - there<br />

are no plans for car park charges<br />

• Free WiFi - will be available in the Town Centre<br />

The Town Centre Works are currently progressing<br />

on time and within budget. All work is scheduled to<br />

finish by 23rd November. The Council respectfully<br />

ask for your patience during this time, disruption<br />

will be kept to a minimum and it is Business as<br />

Usual. Please note there will be two further car park<br />

machines installed after the 23rd November, but this<br />

will involve re-siting of any builders’ compound away<br />

from the Central area, as the ticket machines will<br />

be located in the Town Pit and the Pedlars Car Park<br />

respectively, this is a separate contract being carried<br />

out for Breckland Council.<br />

Christmas Light Switch-On And Christmas Market<br />

Please get yourself booked in for the Christmas<br />

Light Switch-On and Christmas Market which will be<br />

a Sunday once more later this year. We have more<br />

stalls booked than at this time last year, so don’t<br />

miss out for the event on Sunday 2nd December<br />

from 12 noon until 6pm as the Christmas Market<br />

is always well attended and the Switch-On taking<br />

place at 5pm. A full afternoon's entertainment, with<br />

a visit from ‘Father Christmas’ and Live Reindeer.<br />

We really would be grateful to anyone wishing to<br />

volunteer their services to help us with this festive<br />

community event, or if you want to book a stall,<br />

please contact the Town Hall 01760 722922 or<br />

E-mail enquiries@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

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The Town Council must decide soon what happens<br />

in 2019 with the Christmas lights. We are at the<br />

end of a three-year contract at the end of January,<br />

so will it be keeping the lights on or turning the<br />

lights off throughout the year? We also no longer<br />

have <strong>Swaffham</strong> Trade Association putting in 50%<br />

of the cost, so Councillors must decide whether<br />

to increase their funding, keep it at the same<br />

level or reduce it. What are your thoughts? Have<br />

you enjoyed the lights these past few years? The<br />

Council’s commitment in recent years has been<br />

£6,000, with this year more than £10,000, what do<br />

you think should or shouldn’t happen?<br />

Days Field Public Meeting – 8th October<br />

(Application to borrow up to £6,000,000 to the Ministry<br />

of Housing, Communities & Local Government)<br />

The Town Council hosted an initial Public Meeting<br />

on 8th October at the Town Hall and have agreed to<br />

hold a further Public Meeting before any decision is<br />

made to draw down any Public Works Loan. It was<br />

explained that the process the Council are going<br />

through at the current time is ‘data collection’ for the<br />

application to the Ministry of Housing, Communities<br />

and Local Government for permission to borrow up<br />

to £6,000,000. The big decision comes much later, as<br />

the Town council, if they obtain the permission, can<br />

then decide whether they will borrow money or not,<br />

depending on which option they go for.<br />

The three options are as follows: -<br />

1. To sell the land freehold with the Outline Planning<br />

for 51 houses<br />

2. To go into partnership 50/50 with a developer<br />

3. To borrow money and build out the site<br />

The aim is to achieve best value for the Town for<br />

Day’s Field, each option is still on the table, it is just<br />

that options two and three are worth more money<br />

to the Town than option one, which is of course the<br />

easiest option. With options two and three it may be<br />

possible to own up to eight houses, which would be<br />

assets owned by the Town and any incomed derived<br />

from the rents, could be invested back into the<br />

Town. With option three whilst this would only be<br />

possible with a loan, the aim is to build out the site,<br />

and realise a much higher profit at the end of the<br />

project, so that the loan is not only repaid in full, but<br />

the profit available to the Town is much higher.<br />

There is a FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)<br />

section on the Town Council website www.<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk which will be updated<br />

early in November with all the Questions raised<br />

during correspondence or at the Public Meeting.<br />

There is already a lot of information on there, but<br />

a lot of work to do in updating this too! Further<br />

details will follow in future editions of the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong>, in local press releases or on social media.<br />

Battle’s Over – A Nations’s Tribute 11th November<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> will be participating in the WW1 Beacons<br />

of Light on 11th November 2018. The Town Council<br />

in association with the Royal British Legion will<br />

be hosting a short ceremony at the War Memorial<br />

from 6.30pm, where all of the 91 names on the War<br />

Memorial will be read out and remembered. There<br />

will be prayers and two minutes silence, before

moving to the front of the Assembly Rooms to light<br />

a Beacon. Everyone is welcome to attend, this is<br />

your chance to pay your personal and community<br />

tribute to those millions that gave their lives for their<br />

country during the dreadful darkness of four years of<br />

War 1914 – 1918.<br />

Town Council Elections & Referendum<br />

Your Town Councillors will now have one-eye on<br />

May next year, as the Local Government Elections<br />

will take place once more for both <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council and Breckland Council. The Town Council<br />

recently agreed to do two taster events “Do you<br />

want to be a Councillor?” one before the end of<br />

2018 at 5pm on Wednesday 12th December, leading<br />

into the Full Council meeting later that evening and<br />

another as we get a little nearer the election date on<br />

Thursday 28th February 2019 at 6.30pm-8pm. These<br />

events will be targeting anyone who is thinking about<br />

standing for election but would like to know a little<br />

more about the Town Council before they take the<br />

final step. How do we operate? What services do we<br />

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<br />

fit in with Breckland Council and Norfolk County<br />

Council? All of this and the opportunity to ask any<br />

question you like relating to Council business???<br />

In My Back Yard<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development<br />

of our Town. It is about the use and development of<br />

land over the next 20 years. The plan will set out a<br />

vision and aspirations for the future development of<br />

the Town and will be an important document that<br />

will help influence and control the way our Town<br />

changes in the future, including any new housing<br />

developments.<br />

This is the 9th article designed to give you the latest<br />

information.<br />

The Pre-submission consultation period finished at<br />

the end of August. Thank you to all who submitted<br />

their views and comments. We also received<br />

some preliminary comments from organisations<br />

like Norfolk County Council and Breckland district.<br />

During September our task has been to go through<br />

everything received and see how we can update/<br />

review the draft plan. This has taken some time and<br />

thanks to the working group for all their analysis and<br />

consideration. At this time of writing we are now<br />

making the agreed amendments to the draft plan<br />

and an updated version is being prepared. The Town<br />

full Council will get an opportunity to sign the revised<br />

draft off.<br />

As you may also know, Breckland Council themselves<br />

are in the final stages of developing their own<br />

“Local Plan”. The timing of this is in some ways<br />

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helpful as our Towns Neighbourhood plan has to<br />

sit alongside Breckland’s Plan. We understand that<br />

Breckland themselves are still considering some final<br />

amendments to their plan, so bearing this in mind<br />

we are now considering when would be the best<br />

time to submit our latest draft to them.<br />

Please have a look at both documents as they very<br />

much set out our local scene for many years to come<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 />

Town Council Dates<br />

Wednesday 14th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Monday 26th – Open Spaces Committee meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Tuesday 27th – N Plan -Steering Group<br />

10.00am<br />

Planning committee<br />

1.30pm<br />

All at Council Chamber, 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 />

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