Swaffham Newsletter

December 2018

December 2018


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December 2018<br />


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Students from The Nicholas Hamond<br />

Academy proudly present their<br />

giant poppy made of recyclable plastics<br />

The poppy was presented to the Mayor Colin Houghton<br />

& Judy Anscombe, Chair of Governors to be added to the<br />

display outside the Market Cross Cafe. Read more on p.8<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 /SCALGA<br />

16 Lionesses<br />

18 Age Concern<br />

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

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

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

30 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Hospital LoF<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 />

In-house design of advertisements available<br />

Please telephone Iceni Partnership on<br />

01760 722 800 to discuss your requirements<br />

or email swaffhamnewsletter@gmail.com<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

32 Museum Matters<br />

34 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town FC/Town Team<br />

35 RBL/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club/U3A<br />

37 Mayor's Parlour/Iceni Writers<br />

38 Town Council<br />

Merry Christmas to our readers!<br />

The Iceni Partnership would like to wish all our readers<br />

a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A big<br />

thanks goes to all the volunteers and contributors<br />

who make the <strong>Newsletter</strong> possible. We look forward<br />

to seeing what 2019 will have in store!<br />

Community Learning<br />

At<br />

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

Food Shopping on a Budget<br />

Join a free fun course to improve your skills.<br />

Learn hints for making the most of your food shopping budget.<br />

Compare prices and special offers or share tips with other members of the group.<br />

Best of all enjoy some tasty meals!<br />

Taster Session<br />

Monday 3rd December<br />

10:00 am to 12:00 noon<br />

(Free - 5 week course to follow in the New Year)<br />

To book a place<br />

Give your name and contact details<br />

to Jonathan, Don or Clare at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Or email robert.jordan2@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

www.norfolk.gov.uk/adultlearning<br />

@NorfolkCLS<br />

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Norfolk Community Learning Services

Upcoming Events<br />

Holme Hale Christmas Bazaar Saturday 1st December, 10am to<br />

3pm, Holme Hale Village Hall. Join us for a chance to buy some amazing gifts<br />

from a range of sellers. We will have a tombola, various games and activities for<br />

children, refreshments will be available to purchase.<br />

North Pickenham Christmas Fayre Saturday 1st December 2018,<br />

11am to 2.30pm, St Andrew's Church, North Pickenham. There'll be crafts;<br />

woodwork; gifts; stocking fillers; decorations; jams and marmalades; chutneys<br />

and pickles; cakes and biscuits; sweets; books and puzzles; and much more. Fun<br />

activities for children. Refreshments, tombola, games and competitions! If you<br />

would like a stall at the Fayre, contact Carolyn Vincent on 07828 633015; 01760<br />

755089; or email: carolyn@ourgardenshed.co.uk<br />

Rotary Club Christmas Fayre<br />

Saturday 1st December, 9.30am to 2.30pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Free<br />

entry.<br />

Festive Afternoon Tea<br />

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Mental Health Association AGM<br />

Thursday 6th December, 3.15pm, Merle Boddy Centre, Station Yard, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

We hope you will be able to join us. All welcome.<br />

World Wars Performance/Commemoration 7pm, December<br />

6th, Great Dunham Village Hall. Run by Great Dunham School, entrance will be<br />

free but those wishing to attend will need to tell the school in advance to ensure<br />

that all parents can attend. The commemoration will include details about all<br />

the men, where they lived, what jobs they had, where they fought and died and<br />

are buried or commemorated. There will be song, dance and poetry from the<br />

period. The Last Post will be played by a bugler.<br />

Pheonix Singers Performance 'Its the Most Wonderful Time of the<br />

Year'. The Pheonix Singers are to perform their latest production in the newly<br />

re-furbished Methodist Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong> on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm.<br />

Admission costs £7 including refreshments.<br />

Quiz and Chips December 7th, Great Dunham Village Hall, for 7.30pm.<br />

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

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

up a table of 4/5/6 and come along for an enjoyable fun evening. Christmas<br />

themed Fancy Dress competition. To book ring Mike asap on 01328 701533.<br />

Children's Christmas Party Sunday 9th December, 11am to 2pm,<br />

Holme Hale Village Hall. Come to our fun Christmas party with a disco, games<br />

and great food will start the Christmas period off with a bang!<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club - The Colin Mason Quartet With<br />

Eileanora, Keyboard & Vocals plus Tap Robinson, Guitar. Tues 11th Dec, 7.30pm,<br />

Conservative Club, London Street PE37 7DD. £7 on the door.<br />

Norman 01760 722384. Geoff 01366 328730<br />

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

(hot food from 12.30 to 2.30), Great Dunham Village Hall. Come and enjoy a<br />

sociable pre-Christmas gathering with your neighbours. Everyone welcome and<br />

Shepherds Pie is on the menu.<br />

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

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

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

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

Free Tai Chi Taster Session Friday 4th January 2019, 10.00am,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7RB. The way we<br />

move, breath stand and walk, and even sit can have a positive effect on our<br />

general heath. There are very few of us today who do not spend much of our<br />

time feeling tense. The hectic pace of modern living and lack of exercise leaves<br />

us tired and exhausted. You need some form of exercise that gently and steadily<br />

relaxes the body, and most importantly refreshes the mind! Tai chi is an exercise<br />

that develops both the physical, mental, external and internal health of the<br />

body; it also achieves well-being and balance in your life! Call or email to save<br />

your space: academytaichi@yahoo.co.uk, 01760 723102 or 07587 567406.<br />

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

Thu 6 Dec: On Stage: Lamphouse Theatre presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST –<br />

suitable for age 6 upwards. 6:30pm £10 (under 21s £8)<br />

13 performances from Sat 15 Dec to Sat 29 Dec: On Stage: WIND IN THE<br />

WILLOWS 2 – seasonal treat based on characters (including Mole, Badger, Ratty<br />

and Mr Toad) created by Kenneth Grahame. Some days have matinees at 3pm<br />

and some have evenings at 7pm. Ticket prices vary according to performance at<br />

either £12 or £16 (under 21s £8 or £10).<br />

Tue 15 Jan: On Screen: NT Live! from Almeida Theatre: KING RICHARD THE<br />

SECOND starring Simon Russell Beale. 7pm £15<br />

Sat 26 Jan: On Screen: NT Encore: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA starring Ralph<br />

Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. 2pm £15<br />

Art Exhibitions in Foyer Gallery: until 13 Jan – a celebration of the artistic talent<br />

by pupils at our local primary schools. Open free at all performance times.<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<br />

on 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<br />

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,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Join us for a free 2 course 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<br />

Hall 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<br />

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

722504<br />

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

07702 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:<br />

01760724617<br />

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

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

724470<br />

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

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

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<br />

please contact John or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email swaffhamplayers@<br />

gmail.com<br />

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

Academy, 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<br />

Fiona 07768211087<br />

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

Contact 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 –<br />

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

The Art Studio Modern Art Evening Classes By Peter Henry<br />

PGCE, BA. Tuesdays 7-9pm Church Rooms, Campingland. Refreshments.<br />

Adults/all 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<br />

701545<br />

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

£2. 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<br />

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

01760 723740<br />

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

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

- 11am. Looking at and discussing a small bible passage. Oasis Centre 01760<br />

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 8pm<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

hotmail.com<br />

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

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

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

3rd Tuesday <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. Tel: David Thorogood<br />

01760622751 The Royal British Legion (Women’s Section)<br />

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Valentine Barker Court,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, from 2-30pm – 4-30pm. All welcome, you do not have to be<br />

ex- service personal or have connection with the Armed Forces. Please<br />

Contact Frances on 01760 724445 or Iris on 01760 721430,<br />

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

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

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,<br />

7pm.<br />

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

further information please ring Celia on 01362 687316<br />

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

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

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<br />

Month, 10.30am Assembly Rooms. Ladies over 18 welcome. Meg<br />

Dorling: 01760 722139 meg_dorling@msn.com<br />

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy 6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm<br />

Seniors (16+) , Holme Hale Village Hall IP25 7DP<br />

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

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

Belinda 01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235 Email: Belinda_Bush@<br />

hotmail.com<br />

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

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

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@<br />

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<br />

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

Clare 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:<br />

01760724617<br />

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Support, information and social activity.Refreshments provided.<br />

01603 763556<br />

Arts Lounge beginners/refreshers art classes Weds, Thurs &<br />

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

5<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<br />

7:30pm at Lydney House, Norwich Road. All abilities welcome! Steve Ward<br />

01366 328567<br />

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

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> WI Church Rooms, Campingland. 1st Wed 2pm Telephone<br />

Fiona Walker on 01760 722879.<br />

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

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

Henchmans Beginners games night. A night of games especially<br />

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

for beginners and those wanting to dip their toes in the games pond.<br />

Refreshments available. From 7pm. 13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 01760<br />

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,<br />

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

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

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops<br />

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

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

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

to book.<br />

Baby Signing Classes -Sing and Sign<br />

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

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

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

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

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<br />

please contact John or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email swaffhamplayers@<br />

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<br />

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

01603 629558<br />

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

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

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

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy<br />

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

7DP<br />

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

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

Fiona 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<br />

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

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

materials and refreshments. Call 01760 723624<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

phone 01485 520628.

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

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

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

- £3.50. Colin McCallum. 07905278857 or www.happidojomarhamjudoclub.<br />

btckco.uk<br />

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

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 01760 788427. New players always welcome (over 18)<br />

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Kate Davies 01760 622254<br />

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

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

Kirtan for Health 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 on<br />

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

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

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

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

RAF Marham Food and Craft Market 1st Thursday 12am to 5<br />

pm. Sandringham Centre Upper Marham PE33 9NP (Behind Spar) 07766<br />

078123<br />

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

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

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: 01760<br />

723377<br />

Pilates 3 – 4pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Call Di Graham – 01328<br />

851970 – before your first session.<br />

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

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

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

2nd Thurs of the month, 7 pm: Jill Neale 01760 723466<br />

RockaVoX Every Thursday, 7pm - 9pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Contact Tiggy on jdtmusic@hotmail.co.uk for more information.<br />

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy 6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors<br />

(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 +. Contact<br />

01760 722800 for more info.<br />

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

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

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 Rooms,<br />

Campingland. Girls aged 10-16yrs invited to join. Contact 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, 15<br />

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

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

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, eyesdown<br />

7.45pm Contact Mrs Hennessy 01760 337540<br />

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

the Friday preceding the 2nd Sunday of the month. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01760<br />

724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 6.30 for £3.<br />

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

Coffee Morning At Ashill Community Centre 2nd Friday every<br />

month, 10am until noon. 01760 441 651<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henchmans Early Friday Night Magic at Henchmans, 13 Station Street. 2pm<br />

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. £1.<br />

www.facebook.com/oasiscentreswaffham<br />

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

£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 hall.<br />

No tuition given, bring your own materials. Free intro then £2 per week. 01760<br />

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 the<br />

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, 10am to noon. On the 3rd<br />

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

‘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 £10<br />

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

Henchmans Warhammer Day. Join us for a day of playing, painting and<br />

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

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

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

& accessories. Terrain/accessories and rules for in-store battles are provided.<br />

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

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

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

davidwickerson@btinternet.com<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY<br />

Henchmans Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game from 12 noon until 4pm. £2.50 per<br />

person.Regular friendly tournaments. Konami registered store. Henchman’s, 13<br />

Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plowright Place Halloween 2018<br />

Following their amazing Anglia in Bloom effort,<br />

Plowright Place excelled once more as they hosted<br />

their third Halloween celebration with support from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council and local residents. This year<br />

was bigger and better and was well received by the<br />

children and their families.<br />

There were lots of spooky interactive games for<br />

children of all ages to engage with and the opportunity<br />

to earn a trick or treat. No child went away empty<br />

handed. Other games included 'bush tucker trial'<br />

traditional apple bobbing, hook a duckula, wack a<br />

rat, spiders hoopla and pumpkin toss. There was also<br />

face painting and an "old sparky" photo point.<br />

The weather was kind to us yet again, allowing us<br />

to deliver yet another fantastic event of smoke, UV<br />

& strobe light effects along side some spooky props.<br />

A big thank you to the following, without their<br />

support events like this wouldn't happen: Plowright<br />

Place businesses, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council, Tesco,<br />

Combat Airsoft, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Raceway and the group of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> residents who gave up their time to help.<br />

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

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

Most of Norfolk’s libraries, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

included, now have the Open Library system running<br />

which allows access to the library for longer hours,<br />

Sundays included. You will need to register to use<br />

the Open Library service which can be done in the<br />

library at one of our staffed sessions.<br />

*Library Available<br />

Mon-Fri 8am-7pm<br />

Saturday 8am-4pm<br />

Sunday 10am-4pm<br />

*During times when<br />

the library is available,<br />

without staff, you can<br />

access it using the<br />

Open Library system.<br />

Staffed Hours<br />

Tuesday 10am-7pm<br />

Thursday 10am-7pm<br />

Friday 1-7pm<br />

Saturday 10am-4pm<br />

Regular events at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

Tuesday<br />

• Bounce and Rhymetime at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, 10-<br />

10.30am (term time only). Songs, rhymes and stories<br />

for pre-school children and their parents/carers. No<br />

need to book. Call the library on 01760 721513 for<br />

more information.<br />

• Digital Support at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, 10am-12noon.<br />

Help with getting online, filling in forms, setting up<br />

an email address etc. Book or drop in. Call the library<br />

on 01760 721513 for more information and booking.<br />

Thursday<br />

• Digital Support at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, 10am-12noon.<br />

Help with getting online, filling in forms, setting up<br />

an email address etc. Book or drop in. Call the library<br />

on 01760 721513 for more information and booking.<br />

• Games afternoon at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, 2-4pm.<br />

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

of Scrabble, cribbage or dominoes, or relax with<br />

some colouring. Call the library on 01760 721513<br />

for more information<br />

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The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />



A ‘sea of red poppies’ can be seen all<br />

round the town and particularly at the<br />

Market Cross in <strong>Swaffham</strong> where the<br />

outside is covered in a red carpet of contributions<br />

from local businesses and schools etc. This is part<br />

of the town’s celebrations of the 100 years of the<br />

end of WW1 and remembering the sacrifice of those<br />

involved. TNHA were proud to take along our giant<br />

poppy made of recyclable plastics. (Presented to the<br />

Mayor, Colin Houghton & Judy Anscombe, Chair of<br />

Governors).<br />


Along with children at Cherry Trees Academy, and<br />

serviceman and woman from RAF Marham, our<br />

students joined what was a moving tribute marking<br />

the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice when<br />

guns fell silent. They wrote their own poems and<br />

sang the song made popular by the Poppy Girls ‘The<br />

Call (No Need to Say Goodbye)’.<br />


Students joined in the award-winning initiative<br />

‘Legacy 110’ project participating in a trip to the<br />

battlefields, museums and graveyards of WW1, and<br />

having the honour of laying a wreath in the Last Post<br />

Remembrance Service at the Menin Gate, Ypres.<br />

Sponsored by the Institute of Education, the project<br />

aims for each student to create an enduring legacy<br />

by impacting upon at least 110 people within their<br />

local community, guided by their History Teacher.<br />

(Originally aiming for the total number of people<br />

reached by 2019 to equal 888,246 – the number of<br />

British & Commonwealth soldiers who fell during the<br />

First World War). We eagerly look forward to their<br />

project!<br />


Army cadets, Air cadets, Brownies, Guides & Scouts<br />

uniforms could be seen amongst the usual school<br />

dress at TNHA, as part of the commemorations<br />

honouring ‘the fallen’. A huge display stands proudly<br />

in the foyer of the academy featuring poppies made<br />

by students as their tribute.<br />

Sacred Heart Convent<br />

A busy week for the Reception class at Sacred Heart<br />

During the half term holiday Mrs Clifton, Olivia and<br />

Isobel correctly guessed the weight of a 35kg giant<br />

pumpkin. (their prize – the pumpkin itself!) The<br />

Reception children then helped to cut, grate and<br />

chop to make delicious pumpkin soup. The boys and<br />

girls have carefully counted the (enormous) seeds so<br />

everyone can now grow their own. The Reception<br />

children then started work on the shell of the<br />

pumpkin, making a giant pumpkin face. And what<br />

does every good pumpkin farmer need? A scarecrow,<br />

so the next task was to make a scarecrow which the<br />

children christened, Bob. The childrens’ scarecrow<br />

will now enter into Westfields Care Home Scarecrow<br />

Competition – Good luck Reception!<br />

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

The December Services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church<br />

will be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 2nd ADVENT SUNDAY<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Advent Carol Service<br />

Wednesday 5th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 9th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.00pm St John Ambulance Carol Service<br />

Wednesday 12th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 16th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 19th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 23rd<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm Carol Service<br />

Monday 24th CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

4.00pm Christingle Service<br />

11.30pm Midnight Mass<br />

Tuesday 25th CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

10.00am Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 30th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

NB<br />

Wednesday 2nd Jan<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 6th Jan THE EPIPHANY<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong<br />

The week-long CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL (our<br />

eighth) begins in the Parish Church on Saturday 1st<br />

December. There will be 29 trees decorated by local<br />

charities and refreshments will be available every day.<br />

Open from 10.00am to 4.00pm (11.00am to 4.00pm<br />

on Sunday 2nd). Please come along, admission is free,<br />

and everyone will be very welcome (including dogs).<br />

Wednesday 12th December. 7pm, Churches Together<br />

Town Carol Concert in the Assembly Rooms.<br />


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

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

meeting will be at the later time of 11.00am on<br />

Thursday 13th December in the Vicarage, by kind<br />

invitation of the Vicar. This will be the Christmas<br />

Meeting which will be followed by a Shared Lunch.<br />

Enquiries to Anne on 336328<br />

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

Dates for December 2018<br />

Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th December<br />

Fellowship Prayer 9.30-10.30am<br />

Sunday 2nd December (1st Sunday in Advent)<br />

Toy Service with Holy Communion 10.30am<br />

Sunday 9th December (2nd Sunday in Advent)<br />

Morning Service 10.30 am<br />

Sunday 16th December (3rd Sunday in Advent)<br />

Morning Service with Holy Communion 10.30am.<br />

Sunday 23rd December (4th Sunday in Advent)<br />

Morning Service 10.30am<br />

Carols by Candlelight 6pm<br />

Tuesday 25th December<br />

Christmas Day Service 10am to 10.45<br />

Friday 28th December<br />

Social and Games Evening in Church Hall 7.30pm<br />

Sunday 30th December<br />

Morning Service 10.30am<br />

All are most welcome to join us to worship together<br />

at any of the above Services and will receive a<br />

warm welcome. This is a special time of year as we<br />

celebrate the coming and birth of Jesus.<br />

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

Do you remember the millennium? The days before<br />

were full of anticipation, excitement and hope that the<br />

the next 1000 years would bring a better world. I was<br />

helping to prepare a large family party for millennium<br />

eve when I fell and broke my arm. I went to the party,<br />

plastered up, arm in sling, watching others enjoying<br />

games and dancing, feeling sorry for myself.<br />

During the evening, unexpectedly, someone with a<br />

microphone asked me to tell everyone what my hopes<br />

and dreams were for the next millennium. I said what<br />

was uppermost in my mind - that my broken arm<br />

would heal quicky, so I could get on with my life.<br />

The next person who answered the question said<br />

she hoped for peace throughout the world; others<br />

following said for every single person to feel loved and<br />

cared for, justice for all, food to be shared so no-one<br />

went hungry, for more joy and happiness, and so it<br />

went on.<br />

Thinking it over later I realised my mistake - on a<br />

momentous occasion like the millennium, all I could<br />

think of was my own (temporary) situation. I forgot<br />

the bigger picture.<br />

During December we see all around us reminders of<br />

the world we all hope for; on cards, decorations, in<br />

the special music we hear. If we can all look beyond<br />

our busy preperations to see the "bigger picture" of<br />

peace, love, caring, bringing joy and happiness to<br />

those around us and beyond, how much better would<br />

our family life, towns, villages, country and beyond<br />

be. I remember a song from around 2000:<br />

'Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me'.<br />

1 st December – 8 th December<br />

St. Peter & St. Paul Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The countdown is on for our eighth<br />

Christmas Tree Festival starting<br />

on Saturday 1st December until<br />

Saturday 8th December at 4pm<br />

Refreshments will be served every day<br />

With 29 trees decorated by local charities<br />

Do not miss coming along this year.<br />

Open every day from 10am to 4pm<br />

Sunday 11am to 4pm<br />

Admission FREE<br />

Everyone very welcome<br />

For details contact Gill Creed on<br />

01760 724559 / 721237<br />

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

N.B. Venue SHOULD be at our own Methodist Church building.<br />

Sat 1st Dec 9am - 12 noon Christmas Coffee Morning<br />

with stalls. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church and Schoolroom.<br />

All morning breakfast £5.<br />

Sun 2nd Dec 10.45am Morning Worship with Rev<br />

Andrew King followed by refreshments.<br />

Thurs 6th Dec 2.30pm Nativity Narratives. Advent<br />

Bible study with Rev. Liz Jolly.<br />

Fri 7th Dec 9.30am - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Fri 7th Dec 7.30pm. Concert by The Phoenix Singers<br />

& St Withburga Hand Handbell Ringers followed by<br />

festive refreshments. Admission £7.<br />

Sun 9th Dec 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Wed 12th Dec 7pm Churches Together Carol Concert<br />

in the Assembly Rooms.<br />

Thurs 13th Dec 2.30pm Thursday Group Advent<br />

Service followed by refreshments.<br />

Fri 14th Dec 9.30am - 10am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sun 16th Dec 10.45am. Carol Service led by Rev<br />

Andrew King followed by refreshments.<br />

Fri 21st Dec 9.30am - 10am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Sun 23rd Dec 10.45am. Local Arrangement followed<br />

by refreshments.<br />

Mon 24th Dec 3pm. Crib Service.<br />

Tues 25th Dec 10am Christmas Service led by Rev.<br />

Andrew King.<br />

Sun 30th Dec 10.45am. Morning Worship followed<br />

by refreshments.<br />

Just Hair/London Marathon Charity Ball<br />

Just Hair/London Marathon Charity Ball for The<br />

National Autistic Society. We would like to say a Huge<br />

Thank you to everyone who supported our Charity<br />

Ball at Lynford Hall on Saturday 17th November.<br />

Special thanks to all our sponsors; Keith Dickerson,<br />

Jayne Cross and Lucy Dickerson of Thain Wildbur<br />

Dereham, Christine Moore of Necton Labour<br />

Supplies, Gill, Keith, all the girls and customers of<br />

Just Hair, Tony and Maggie Abel of Abel Homes, Gary<br />

Evans ( DJ Gaz) Jim and Karl of Big Smiles Photography,<br />

Royal Stud Sandringham, Wildbloods, Pedlars Gold,<br />

Starlings, Laurie of Bespoke Cheesecakes, Amanda<br />

Gulliver Jary of Jarrolds Norwich, Man Utd Football<br />

Club, Norwich City Football Club, Ben Powley, Tanya<br />

Pitt, Teresa Allen, Dean Moulton, Joan Simmons,<br />

Karen Bowman, Necton Windmill, Val and John<br />

Camish, Emma Wilson of 2cHolidays, Kay of The<br />

Market Cross, Hannah Wing, Mike of The Busy Bee<br />

and Lynford Hall.<br />

We thank all our families and friends who came<br />

on the evening, helping us to raise a grand total of<br />

£10,065. You are all amazing as always, we thank<br />

you all from the bottom of our hearts.<br />

Love from the Just Hair Marathon Team<br />

Gill, Tanya, Lucy, Terry and John xxxxx<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Sister Frances visited with two very lovely young<br />

ladies to give us a cheque for £180, which was<br />

raised by the pupils of the Sacred Heart. This was a<br />

very unexpected surprise, but a very welcome one.<br />

I was invited to give a talk about the centre at the<br />

school's morning assembly and I loved every second.<br />

The school made my visit such a delight. Thanks to<br />

everyone who took part in my demonstrations, to all<br />

who asked such brilliant questions and of course to<br />

all who listened to my talk.<br />

Some of my craft minded clients put their hearts and<br />

souls into producing such a lovely poppy display and<br />

with some Norfolk rocks. The poppies were displayed<br />

in the East of England Coop funeral's window; thank<br />

you for giving us the space.<br />

After a wonderful meal perhaps this wasn't the best<br />

idea, but rock and roll was on the radio, so a jive was<br />

in order. Hazel and Doug put me through my paces -<br />

they certainly have got twinkle toes!<br />

We are a stand-alone charity so we have to constantly<br />

fundraise. This is a plea for if you have a hidden<br />

bottle of wine you're just not going to drink, or a gift<br />

you will never use. Please could we have them so we<br />

can use them for prizes for our forthcoming events.<br />

I would like to thank the community for helping us<br />

whenever we ask, you never let us down.<br />

Fundraising: We have placed around the town some<br />

wonderful gifts to win, so please have a go. At the<br />

moment they are in Red Lion, Ceres bookshop, Hair<br />

Unique, Tea Pot Cafe and the White Hart, but you<br />

may find them in other places too, it's only a pound<br />

a square.<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their 4th<br />

annual Trolley Dash at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

Tesco store. Pauline Adams ticket<br />

was draw out to do the Dash, as<br />

she has walking difficulties the Lions<br />

allowed her to nominate a stand in. Reg Reynolds, a<br />

family friend, stepped up to the challenge. In the 90<br />

seconds allowed, Reg managed to collect £80 worth of<br />

goods much to the delight of Pauline. The £466 profit<br />

will go to <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice Support.<br />

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Five members of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions helped with the<br />

pumpkin carving at the Iceni Youth Club. With eighteen<br />

pumpkins supplied by Tesco, the eight to eleven year<br />

olds soon got into the carving mode. The Lions ensured<br />

that the young people, many dressed in Halloween<br />

costumes, had a good time carving a variety of different<br />

designs whilst being safe. The pumpkins went on display<br />

at the Halloween event in Plowright Place.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held the first of two events to mark<br />

the 100 years since the end of the 1st World War at the<br />

Barn Theatre. The play Momentous Times, performed<br />

by Three’s Company, would have graced any West End<br />

stage. It was a dramatic presentation of the extraordinary<br />

experiences of five women in Europe during World<br />

War 1. The audience of sixty were captivated by the<br />

compelling, moving, and funny journey through the<br />

lives of the five women. During the performance the<br />

bells of the parish church were ringing, which added to<br />

the atmosphere. The evening raised £467 for the British<br />

Red Cross, who have been actively involved in conflicts<br />

throughout the world.<br />


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the Royal British Legion to do two days collecting for<br />

the Poppy Appeal at Tesco, especially at this time when<br />

remembering the 100 year anniversary of the end of<br />

the 1st World War.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> saw one of the largest parades in recent<br />

history to mark Armistice Day. The parade included<br />

most of the local organisations and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions<br />

were among the service groups there. Lead by the<br />

band, the parade went from the Infant School to the<br />

War Memorial, where Lion President, Alan Jude, laid a<br />

wreath along with other leaders.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were delighted to support Trisha<br />

Mandall as she attempts to win more medals at the<br />

World Transplant Games in Newcastle on 17th -24th<br />

August 2019. Trisha, who is a volunteer at the Merle<br />

Boddy Centre, is a member of the Royal Papworth<br />

Transplant team, where she had a Heart Transplant in<br />

December 2011. She has already won two gold medals<br />

for archery and ball throwing, plus one silver medal<br />

for the 3k run at the<br />

British Games held<br />

in Liverpool. Trisha<br />

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Newcastle; she will<br />

also take part in the 3k<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

The well and appropriately dressed<br />

Witches of Sporle who refreshed<br />

themselves with delicious soup and<br />

tasty desserts, have packed their broomsticks<br />

away. With Guy Fawkes all forgotten we now get<br />

down to dealing with WI business. November<br />

sees the year’s review of activities, outings, bank<br />

balances and the election of the 2019 Committee.<br />

This year all existing committee members, with the<br />

exception of the treasurer, are standing again. We<br />

have a volunteer to be the club’s new treasurer so<br />

our money will be in safe hands. Members have<br />

their chance to put forward ideas for forthcoming<br />

speakers, activities, outing or any items they think<br />

maybe of interest to fellow members. Christmas<br />

lunch is one such item!<br />

Sporle & District Afternoon WI every 3rd Tuesday<br />

of the month from 2pm till 4pm. Members start<br />

arriving from l.45pm in time to buy their raffle<br />

tickets, inspect the sales table, pick up their WI<br />

Gazette and meet with friends. Our speaker is first<br />

to entertain us, then we break for tea/coffee and<br />

cake followed by WI news, raffle and the meeting<br />

usually ends with a poem or entertaining verse. So<br />

ends an afternoon of friendship and interest and<br />

who knows what else!<br />

The Pickenhams WI<br />

At the beginning of our meeting we<br />

sang the National Anthem and Iris<br />

read us a piece about the woman's<br />

work role during the devastating First World War<br />

while the men were away fighting. They certainly<br />

kept the home fires burning.<br />

Our AGM progressed, the reports were read and<br />

the same officers and committee returned for<br />

one more year. Our speaker Muriel Small gave us<br />

a lovely demonstration and talk about sugar craft<br />

and members had a go.<br />

During the last month members have enjoyed<br />

-: Ten Pin Bowling, Coffee and Chat at the Blue<br />

Lion and a delicious Autumn Lunch prepared by<br />

Pentney WI.<br />

Future events include -: 1)WI Bottle Stall at the<br />

Church Christmas Fair on 1st Dec. 11am — 2.30pm.<br />

2) West Tofts Carol Service on Sunday 9th<br />

December at 6pm.<br />

The next Meeting is our Christmas Party Tuesday<br />

11th December at 2pm when we will be entertained<br />

by a member of the Magic Lantern Society.<br />

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

The November meeting of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

WI took place on 7th November in the<br />

Church Rooms at 2pm. We have changed<br />

the times for the winter period so that members do not<br />

have to come out in the cold and dark. November is the<br />

month when we have our AGM. This is when we vote<br />

our new committee in and choose our president for the<br />

coming year.<br />

We have our WI advisor to assist us so that we get things<br />

right and is independent from us. We are also hoping<br />

to team up with another local WI so we are looking<br />

forward to welcoming them to our group. When the<br />

business was finished we had tea and biscuits and drew<br />

the raffle. The meeting closed at 4pm. We welcome<br />

visitors and new members, so if you are interested<br />

phone our secretary on 01760 722879.<br />

W. Acre Halloween & Bonfire Night<br />

With rain, thunder and hailstones the West Acre<br />

Halloween and Bonfire night on 27th October was<br />

nearly a complete washout and so we have to<br />

expend our deep gratitude to everyone who came<br />

out to support us regardless of the weather. Luckily<br />

most of the rain was during the set up and held off<br />

for the evening and the fireworks display. Everyone<br />

seemed in good spirits (excuse the pun!) with lots<br />

of children entering the fancy dress competition, a<br />

busy BBQ and all of the soup, mulled wine and a<br />

barrel and half of real ale being sold. We would like<br />

to express our thanks for all the kind donations for<br />

our raffle prizes and to all the very wet volunteers<br />

who put so much time and effort into what could<br />

have been a complete washout. Against all the<br />

odds, surprisingly we made a small profit of just<br />

over £360. Not as much as usual but very much<br />

appreciated. Thank you.<br />

West Acre Village Hall Committee<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 />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club’s 8th Annual Firework display<br />

was once again considered a big success. The Club’s<br />

event organiser, Chris Upton, rallied his troops and<br />

provided over 800 people with an entertaining and<br />

enjoyable evening.<br />

With stalls and food<br />

available from 5pm<br />

the crowd gradually<br />

filled the ground<br />

and clubhouse,<br />

and at 7pm the<br />

display began with<br />

a bang. A slightly<br />

longer and bigger<br />

display this year was<br />

delivered by Milky<br />

Brook’s men which<br />

everyone said was<br />

certainly worth it,<br />

and after last year’s problems with the supply of food,<br />

no chances were taken and there was plenty to go<br />

around. Although the date has yet to be confirmed,<br />

next year’s event will almost certainly be on the first<br />

Sunday in November as it always has been, as we<br />

look forward to the 9th year in a row. Fundraising to<br />

keep the Club financially secure, and at the same time<br />

support the community, is always a difficult balance<br />

and whilst all the profits from the Fireworks Display are<br />

retained by the club, there are many events during the<br />

rest of the year which donate to local causes. Over the<br />

course of the last 5 years the Club has given in excess<br />

of £4000 to local charities and has also provided free<br />

use of the facilities to many other charitable groups<br />

for fundraising functions.<br />

Rugby, like many other sports generally, is struggling<br />

to maintain player numbers at the levels of 15 years<br />

ago and the Club relies heavily on its local support<br />

both off the pitch and on it. The Mini and Youth<br />

section work hard to keep youngsters interested in<br />

the sport by providing fully qualified coaching every<br />

Sunday morning from October to April. To maintain<br />

this facility, Peter Harris, one of our older members,<br />

recently walked from Yarmouth to Kings Lynn on a<br />

sponsored walk and raised £560 to provide kit for our<br />

“players of the future”.<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 />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.<br />

SCALGA<br />

Greetings from the allotments.<br />

We have had a very mild autumn and we were<br />

picking blackberries, raspberries and tomatoes until<br />

early November. The odd broad bean plant has<br />

popped up where the earlier crops were and they are<br />

flowering, whether we will get a small crop or not it<br />

will be interesting to see. The strawberry plants also<br />

have green fruit on them.<br />

Since the changing of the weather from autumn to<br />

winter the allotments as usual are slowing down.<br />

Hopefully maintenance of sheds and poly tunnels<br />

etc. has been done and we are all set for the<br />

seasonal weather. Unfortunately we had to cancel<br />

our Halloween night. The weather beforehand<br />

was awful and as it takes time and effort to erect<br />

shelter “just in case”; we decided not to go ahead.<br />

Also there were many other things going on in the<br />

town the same evening. A shame but there’s always<br />

next year. As you saw on the front cover of the last<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong>, our retiring member Bill Twiddy certainly<br />

did grow the biggest pumpkin.<br />

At the last Forum meeting Chaired by the Town Clerk<br />

for the Council, where a gratifying number of our<br />

SCALGA members attended, the discussions were<br />

quite lively and questions asked, especially relating to<br />

management and expenditure. Unfortunately, there<br />

will be no further Forum meetings in the foreseeable<br />

future but we will keep members informed.<br />

The Council felt it would be fair to allow non SCALGA<br />

members a voice and have formed a sub-committee<br />

Chaired by Paul Darby and aided by Paul McMahon.<br />

Site representatives were to be appointed by The<br />

Council in order to give plot holders who are not<br />

members of SCALGA a fair chance of speaking their<br />

mind. We presently have “walk rounds” checking the<br />

plots with a Council employee who we value on these<br />

inspections. This has worked well as SCALGA are able<br />

to inform the Council at the time when a plot that<br />

may look unkempt is in fact due to the plot holder<br />

being ill and needing time or any other valid reason.<br />

On the other hand we are able to warn a member<br />

if their plot is not up to scratch and subsequently<br />

avoid them getting a warning letter from the Council.<br />

The welfare of livestock is also monitored. We have<br />

helped the Council on many occasions with such<br />

issues. The newly formed sub-committee we have<br />

been told, will also attend these inspections. We look<br />

forward to their input concerning non- members<br />

that we may not have knowledge of.<br />

Merry Christmas to you all, I already have my sprouts<br />

on the stove to ensure tenderness for Christmas day.<br />

Jennifer Edwards<br />

If you are interested in taking a plot or a starter<br />

plot, please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on<br />

07919888870 or 07919888870<br />

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Myers Playing Field<br />

Myers Playing Field Trustees are very pleased with<br />

the results of the hedge trimming recently completed<br />

at their Shoemakers Lane site. The work had to wait<br />

until after the nesting season had finished, but<br />

also needed to be done when the ground was still<br />

hard enough to accommodate the large machinery<br />

necessary to trim the overgrown hedge.<br />

Before work<br />

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

We have had a busy month making up Christmas<br />

shoeboxes of gifts to be sent abroad for the “Love in a<br />

Box” charity. We have been to our Region Lions meeting<br />

held at the Chequers at Wimbotsham and have also<br />

hosted our District Lioness Meeting held in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

which was attended by our National Lioness Chairman<br />

Jeanette Morgan, who came down from Pontefract to<br />

visit us, and our Lions District Governor, Lion Mandy<br />

Hawksley from Bungay Area. We were also delighted<br />

to welcome guests from Sleaford Lioness Club, as from<br />

next July their Club will be a part of our new District.<br />

Some of us went to Thetford Lionesses 30th Anniversary<br />

Lunch at Thetford Golf Club and we also enjoyed a lovely<br />

Dinner Dance with the Chelmsford Lionesses who were<br />

also celebrating their 30th Anniversary.<br />

On November 11th President Anne Dryden laid our<br />

wreath at the Remembrance Service at the War<br />

Memorial.<br />

After work<br />

The field was originally donated to the Town by<br />

Frederick Myers in 1952 for the “health, well-being<br />

and recreation of the inhabitants of the Parish of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>” and since then has been used by various<br />

sporting groups including Cricket, Hockey, Football<br />

and Bowls. Much of the daily maintenance is carried<br />

out by the three groups who still use it on a regular<br />

basis but the Trust is responsible for major expenses<br />

and has to charge these sports clubs for the use of<br />

the field.<br />

With little spare money to pay for a major scheme<br />

like this, the prospect of raising some much needed<br />

funds through the Bags of Help scheme running at<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Tesco store could not be overlooked.<br />

The Trust duly applied, and when they were awarded<br />

a grant of £1000. It meant that the hedge on the<br />

boundary could be trimmed by a significant amount<br />

to reduce the future maintenance costs. The field is<br />

currently used by over 300 people on a regular basis<br />

throughout the year with ages ranging from 6 to 80,<br />

who will no doubt be thankful to the staff at Tesco<br />

for their help in making this possible.<br />

We paid a visit to Homestart at the Community Centre<br />

and gave them a donation, as their funding has been<br />

cut in the Norfolk area and many centres have been<br />

closed.<br />

By the time you read this we will have held our Children<br />

in Need Bingo night at the Conservative Club. All the<br />

prizes and the use of the room are donated not to<br />

mention the services of our Bingo caller Norman<br />

Purple, so every penny we take goes to Children in<br />

Need. Our thanks go to you all for your support of this<br />

event, contributors and Bingo enthusiasts alike.<br />

In December we will have a Christmas tree in the Church<br />

Festival and be running a tombola stall at the Rotary<br />

Christmas Fayre in the Assembly Rooms. We wish you<br />

all a happy and peaceful Christmas.<br />


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

At the end of October, we had a couple of most interesting talks – by Able Care<br />

in relation to providing live – in home care and from Macmillan Nurses on cancer<br />

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

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

Vicky 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 Rooms<br />

(in house) and join there.<br />

We also organise trips out by coach, three or four per year, John Clarke (see below)<br />

is the contact. Upcoming events are:<br />

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

• January 29th 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 />

• March 19th – Talk on Oxburgh Hall (in house)<br />

• End April – Possible trip out / Theatre Show<br />

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

Our office in the Community Centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm from<br />

where an Information Pack for both Buddying and Befriending can be obtained. Please contact Lorraine<br />

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

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

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

Vicky Slater, 627031.<br />

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Befrienders & Hospital<br />

Buddy Drivers Needed<br />

You can make a difference<br />

Befriending Client<br />

"I really look forward to seeing my Volunteer<br />

Befriender. He always cheers me up.”<br />

Hospital Buddy Client<br />

“Having someone with me at my appointment,<br />

took away all the worry.”<br />

We now have<br />

our 2019<br />

calendars on<br />

sale, pop in for a<br />

coffee! And pick<br />

up a copy!<br />

(suggested donation<br />

£5.99)<br />

EMAIL: swaffhamsss16@outlook.com<br />

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

Marham Mum's Tireless Fundraising<br />

A Norfolk mum, whose son died when he was just<br />

two years old, is celebrating the incredible lifesaving<br />

legacy that she’s made in his name. In the 30 years<br />

since her son, Daniel, died from acute myeloid<br />

leukaemia (AML), Janet Qualters has raised over<br />

£100,000 for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.<br />

Creating a remarkable legacy in Daniel’s name, Janet<br />

is also responsible for recruiting more than 1,000<br />

people to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register with<br />

at least ten of these people being called up to donate<br />

to someone in desperate need of a potentially<br />

lifesaving transplant.<br />

Janet and Daniel five weeks before he died<br />

Janet has received the news that she has been<br />

shortlisted for the Shirley Nolan award for special<br />

recognition at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards,<br />

which are being held at the Tower of London. The<br />

awards are held annually by the charity as a chance<br />

to recognise those who go above and beyond in<br />

supporting Anthony Nolan. The award is named after<br />

the charity’s founder Shirley Nolan, a mother who<br />

never gave up on her vision to create the world’s first<br />

bone marrow register to find a match for her son,<br />

Anthony, and others in need of a lifesaving transplant.<br />

Janet said: ‘When Daniel died, I didn’t cope with it<br />

at all well and I became quite ill. It took me a few<br />

years but I bounced back’. ‘I found that helping raise<br />

awareness and funds and recruiting potential stem<br />

cell donors actually helped me recover and I felt<br />

that I was doing it not only for Daniel, but through<br />

Daniel. If it had not been for Daniel I would not have<br />

achieved what I have.’<br />

Janet, now a funeral civil celebrant, spent her years<br />

at RAF Marham tirelessly fundraising – organising<br />

everything from skydives, cycles and runs, to raffles,<br />

cake sales and a 1940s themed ball.<br />

Henny Braund, Chief Executive at Anthony Nolan,<br />

said: ‘What Janet has achieved in the 30 years since<br />

Daniel’s death is nothing short of remarkable. Every<br />

pound raised, and person recruited to the Anthony<br />

Nolan register, has created a lifesaving legacy in<br />

Daniel’s name that will continue to save the lives of<br />

people in desperate need for many years to come.'<br />

To find out more about Anthony Nolan, or to sign up<br />

to the stem cell register, visit www.anthonynolan.org.<br />

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

By now we will have had our third concert on a<br />

Baroque theme, this time of music for woodwind<br />

with harpsichord accompaniment. The trio of<br />

concerts with a common thread has proved very<br />

successful and we may plan a future programme<br />

round another artistic theme.<br />

Our Christmas event, on Sunday December 9th at<br />

3pm, is a member's afternoon when the voices of<br />

The Pot of Gold will sing seasonal songs to, for, and<br />

with us at the Community Centre. We hope as many<br />

members as possible will be able to come along and<br />

enjoy the music, refreshments and company at this<br />

beginning of the Christmas season.<br />

The January event, as in previous years, is a children’s<br />

afternoon with another visit from Garlic Theatre<br />

puppets on Sunday January 20th. Look out for<br />

further details in the New Year.<br />

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

The Jazz Club is lucky to have two guitarists regularly playing<br />

for us who are both masters of the instrument – Lee Vasey<br />

and Ed Reed – the latter led the group at our November<br />

event. The rest of the line-up was Laura - Vocals, George<br />

King – Sax & Clarinet and Mike Smith – Electric Bass. The<br />

numbers that stand out include Caro Emerald’s That Man<br />

which was a lively piece with an unusual ‘sprung’ rhythm.<br />

This was followed by a laid back Our Day Will Come sung<br />

as a duet by Laura and Ed with some great embellishments<br />

from George. Exactly Like You produced a long and well<br />

constructed solo from Ed. For Smooth Mike took a solo,<br />

and the sax and bass duetted unaccompanied which I<br />

think is a first for the club. The second half opened with<br />

an up tempo arrangement of It Don’t Mean a Thing if<br />

it Ain’t Got That Swing. George’s strong solo flowed into<br />

a fine solo from Ed and ended with some good interplay<br />

between sax and bass. The singing for Won’t You Come<br />

Home Bill Bailey was shared by George and Ed and went<br />

down particularly well. I think Laura’s most memorable<br />

songs were I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby and<br />

powerfully earthy renditions of At Last and I Just Want to<br />

Make Love to You.<br />

George switched to clarinet for Stranger on the Shore<br />

demonstrating just what a beautiful number this can<br />

be. The good old Norfolk jazz standard "Hev Yew Gotta<br />

Loight, Boy?" played as a Bossa Nova saw Ed as both<br />

singer and guitarist. Another light-hearted piece I Had<br />

Someone Else Before I Had You (and I’ll Have Someone<br />

After You’ve Gone) ended the evening with really swinging<br />

performances all round. I especially appreciated Mike’s<br />

sound quality in a great solo. Given the absence of both<br />

drums and keyboard he had the job of maintaining steady<br />

tempo and rhythm throughout the evening, both of which<br />

he managed superbly.<br />

Next up: The Colin Mason Quartet with Eileanora -<br />

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Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm at The Conservative<br />

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Free Meal Monday<br />

Iceni Partnership have now held two 'free meal monday'<br />

sessions and have received lots of positive feedback<br />

from attendees. The idea stemmed from <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Fridge and using leftover ingredients to<br />

create a wholesome vegetarian lunch that anyone can<br />

enjoy without any payment.<br />

At the last event on 19th November a light main course<br />

of cous cous, falafel, houmous, pitta bread, salad and<br />

yoghurt dressing was followed by a not so light dessert<br />

of bread and butter pudding!<br />

Our next meal will be on 17th December from 11am till<br />

1pm in the Assembly Rooms. Please call Iceni Partnership<br />

on 01760 722800 if<br />

you'd like to attend,<br />

so we have an idea<br />

of numbers to<br />

cater for. We look<br />

forward to seeing<br />

some new faces<br />

dining with us.<br />

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal<br />

On behalf of the Samaritan's Purse I am very pleased<br />

to inform you that a total of 230 beautifully wrapped<br />

filled shoe boxes were collected. This total included<br />

contributions from the <strong>Swaffham</strong> C. of E. Junior<br />

School, and The Sacred Heart School. My very<br />

sincere thanks to you ALL for your generous support,<br />

which is very much appreciated. Linda Burton,<br />

coordinator of this years Operation Christmas Child<br />

Shoe Box appeal for St Peter & St Paul's church.<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society<br />

December: There is no NarVOS indoor meeting. Happy<br />

Christmas to you all.<br />

Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre,<br />

Sacred Heart Convent School, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Access and<br />

parking from Sporle Road.<br />

Please come along to this illustrated talk by James Lowen,<br />

entitled: 'Britain’s Best Wildlife Weekends'.<br />

James Lowen is a wildlife travel guide, photographer and<br />

writer. The title of James’s talk reflects the name of one<br />

of his books. This book was the first guide featuring 52<br />

weekend-sized breaks highlighting the best of British<br />

wildlife - from tiny silver-spotted skippers to gargantuan<br />

basking sharks, from seabird skyscrapers to autumn<br />

fungi. Most appealing.<br />

Visitors most welcome. Admission £2 on the night if you<br />

are not a NarVOS member. For more information about<br />

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

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

Picture courtesy of Peter Coombes<br />

An unusual sight for users of the Theatre Street car<br />

park last month - an old barn used since 1985 for the<br />

sale of antiques and furniture with its roof now only<br />

a skeleton. Since then the roof timbers have been<br />

completed removed and the building is awaiting<br />

total conservation and conversion into three flats.<br />

The flint walled barn was probably constructed<br />

around 1820 after the Great Fire of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

completely destroyed a huge area including the<br />

timber buildings in Back Lane. It is shown on the<br />

1841 town map, standing almost next door to the<br />

Fisher Theatre built in 1822 and by the time of the<br />

map, Back Lane had been re-named Theatre Street.<br />

It appears to have been used for general agricultural<br />

purposes originally but from the end of the 19th<br />

century became stabling for the heavy horses used<br />

by the new <strong>Swaffham</strong> Co-operative Society (as their<br />

travelling shops) until they were replaced by motor<br />

lorries. Some time in the 1940s or early 50s it is<br />

believed that the barn was used for cookery lessons<br />

for local schoolgirls. In the 1970s it became a store for<br />

Dickersons, the game dealers. During the years the<br />

whole building became in a poor state of repair, with<br />

the gable end threatening to collapse, together with<br />

internal walls. At least it is one piece of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

history that will not disappear!<br />

The History Group sends seasonal greetings to all<br />

readers. Our meeting will resume in January 2019.<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 />

Sequin Art 50 years in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Sequin Art Limited based in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk has<br />

announced a new strategic move to develop the<br />

business by investing in a new online channel. The<br />

company moved to Norfolk in 1968 and is celebrating<br />

50 years in <strong>Swaffham</strong> this year.<br />

Sequin Art is a family run business in its second<br />

generation. It was founded in 1962 by Stuart Marcus,<br />

who started a small-scale games and toys<br />

manufacturing and wholesale business in London<br />

called KitFix Hobbies Limited. Stuart’s ambition saw<br />

the company develop into an accomplished business<br />

that exports Sequin Art products worldwide.<br />

The company produces almost 1 million units in<br />

their purpose-built facility in <strong>Swaffham</strong> every year<br />

and is a market leader for these unique crafts. The<br />

company supplies Sequin Art to over 20 different<br />

countries, including the USA, Russia, Australasia<br />

and many EU countries. Following the appointment<br />

of a new General Manager, Neil Clark and an inhouse<br />

marketing team, Sequin Art is focussing on<br />

strengthening their brand and growth through<br />

internal expansion. This month, the company entered<br />

a business to customer market for the first time<br />

and launched their brand-new website featuring a<br />

fantastic range of products and exclusive designs<br />

that are available to all craft fans to buy directly from<br />

the official Sequin Art team.<br />

Neil Clark, General Manager of Sequin Art has said: “I<br />

feel privileged to be in the position to lead the Sequin<br />

Art team through this important transitional period<br />

for the business. The team here today has a great<br />

opportunity to build upon the strong foundation<br />

developed over the last 56 years. Today’s consumers<br />

want the option of shopping online, which is why we<br />

have decided to embark on this journey and in doing<br />

so we aim to create an exceptional online experience<br />

for all our customers. We have a fantastic product<br />

which we believe passionately in and that's why we<br />

are confident that our expansion into online sales will<br />

only serve to add strength to our brand which in turn<br />

will support ongoing sales through our Distributor<br />

and Retail channels.”<br />

Artichoke & Strattons fundraiser<br />

Artichoke Fashion Show & Strattons lunch in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> raised over £2000 for Neuroblastoma UK<br />

on Wednesday 17th October 2018 in the Assembly<br />

Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. A champagne<br />

reception, lunch, fashion show<br />

and talk by designer James<br />

Lakeland on 17th October<br />

at the Assembly Rooms in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> raised over £2000 for<br />

Neuroblastoma UK.<br />

It’s the third year Strattons Hotel has collaborated with<br />

Sarah Simonds and Artichoke to support the valuable<br />

work of this research charity. Without the generous<br />

support of many people who gave their time it would<br />

not have been possible to achieve such a wonderful<br />

total. Special mention must go to Meg Heale, Sister<br />

Francis and the students of the Sacred Heart Convent<br />

School who worked front of house at the lunch to a<br />

very high standard.<br />

To date £8000 has been raised via this partnership<br />

for Neuroblastoma UK in memory of Rafe the first<br />

grandchild of Les and Vanessa Scott, directors of<br />

Strattons Hotel.<br />

On average, every week, two families in the UK will<br />

learn that their child has neuroblastoma. NUK’s<br />

mission is to find a cure for neuroblastoma through<br />

funding leading research projects to deliver new,<br />

effective and kinder treatments for these children.<br />

Vanessa said; “Our first grandson Rafe, was born<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> in the old Strattons Hotel CoCoes Café<br />

building on March 10th 2004. He was diagnosed<br />

with stage 4 Neuroblastoma when he was not much<br />

more than a year old. Rafe died before he was three<br />

years old. This year he would have celebrated his<br />

fourteenth birthday”. The Neuroblastoma Society<br />

funds crucial research which is carried out by scientific<br />

experts in cancer centres and universities all around<br />

the UK. The society relies entirely on the generosity of<br />

voluntary donors – individuals, companies and trusts –<br />

to continually fund new research projects to produce<br />

new and better treatments to save more children’s<br />

lives. Sarah Simonds and Artichoke have supported,<br />

and fund raised for many charities over the years.<br />

Sarah’s shops can be found in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Ely.<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 />

9th December, Penny Francis, Saham Hills.<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 />

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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 />


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

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

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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 />

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Iceni Rural Writers<br />

This month, Iceni Writers welcomed both visitors and<br />

workshop leader, Martin Figura, published poet from<br />

Norwich area. We were asked to bring a photograph<br />

of personal significance and an object that mattered<br />

to us. Martin guided us through writing exercises,<br />

discussing respective photos and looking at another<br />

poet's work that described a character, the setting and<br />

the time period. Then we were given time to create<br />

a poem based on our own photo we had brought to<br />

the workshop. Some members volunteered to read<br />

out their poems and Martin gave constructive and<br />

positive feedback.<br />

Here is an example of a poem that a workshop visitor<br />

produced:<br />

Interruption<br />

Where dust rolls into the sea<br />

for a time,<br />

we forget we're pushing 40.<br />

Maybe it's 1995,<br />

and reaching the next level of Zelda<br />

was " the responsibility, man," ( it was).<br />

Like Gravity had its' work cut out.<br />

On the Pier, I put on my lipgloss in secret,<br />

A fugitive, stealing kisses we don't deserve.<br />

By Amy Hart.<br />

Although Iceni Writers is at capacity, there is a<br />

waiting list, and people interested in joining or future<br />

workshops, should contact Secretary - Leah Spencer,<br />

01366 328536.<br />

President’s Corner<br />

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

As I write we have not fully collected final figures for<br />

our Visual Arts Festival and the final art exhibition<br />

at its end. However we do know that it was another<br />

great Festival, promoting the Arts in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and District with a sizeable profit to enable us to<br />

continue to support our Charities. The final part The<br />

art exhibition was particularly successful with 300<br />

works of art on display of which 20 % sold. Thanks<br />

are due to the public who supported us and our<br />

club members who worked so hard throughout the<br />

Festival and our sponsors Abel Homes.<br />

On Saturday 1st December 2018 we hold our Annual<br />

Christmas Fayre at the Assembly Rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

9.30 am - 2.30pm<br />

This is the 11th Fayre we have held and it contains<br />

gifts, cards, cakes, tombola, raffle and charity stalls<br />

from at least 20 local charities and voluntary bodies<br />

that support us and <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District. We are<br />

expecting The Assembly Rooms to be full again. The<br />

1st Fayre had an excess of income over expenditure<br />

of a little over £200,last year after paying the costs<br />

of hiring the Assembly Rooms we had a surplus of<br />

just £300. One “tradition” which has contributed<br />

to this success is donors buying back bottles which<br />

were donated ! So we provide a shop window for<br />

the voluntary bodies and charities and the last Fayre<br />

in 2017 raised something over £2000 to spend on<br />

local projects.<br />

We do not ask every stall holder how they got on but<br />

usually ask one or two for an indicator. Last year 1st<br />

timers TOSH were delighted to clear £100 and asked<br />

to come back this year. Georgie was very happy to<br />

raise over £200, saying her unsold cakes would be<br />

served to Monday’s Merle Boddy clients - she later<br />

reported the final figure was £230. Litcham School<br />

raised well over £500, a fantastic amount, well<br />

deserved given the effort they and their supporters<br />

put in to provide such a tempting range of delicious<br />

food. It is no more than a guestimate but those the<br />

day is organised for could have raised more than<br />

£20,000 over the 10 years of The Fayre.<br />

Next year in our 50th Club Anniversary we have<br />

booked the Assembly Rooms for The Fayre on<br />

Saturday 30th November 2019. Please come and<br />

support us this year.<br />

This Year’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter & St<br />

Paul’s Church <strong>Swaffham</strong> begins on Saturday 1st<br />

December and runs until Saturday 8th December<br />

(tree collections day)<br />

In last month’s column I mentioned Rtn. Mark Little<br />

of the Rotary Club of Norwich St. Edmunds who came<br />

to talk to us regarding modern day slavery. He first<br />

became aware of the amount of slavery prevailing<br />

in the world after watching a TV programme on the<br />

subject several years ago. He felt that the Rotary<br />

movement should do something about this and so<br />

formed The Rotary Action Group against Slavery. This<br />

has now grown to a wordwide movement within<br />

Rotary. He has contacts with governments around<br />

the world (including our own and has met with<br />

Teresa May on the subject). Millions are still enslaved<br />

around the world including those in our own country.<br />

Mark is leading this Rotary movement. He spoke<br />

to us last month with a passion, mentioning the<br />

horrible amount of child slavery that exists as well<br />

and reminded us that as individuals we have a joint<br />

responsibility to end this obnoxious crime of modern<br />

slavery.<br />

So we now look forward to celebrating our 50 years<br />

of serving our local community of <strong>Swaffham</strong> &<br />

District. Next month we will start our photographic<br />

competition called “ Capture <strong>Swaffham</strong> “ where all<br />

are encouraged to photograph the town, to arrive<br />

at a modern collection of photographs to record<br />

the Town and form a record as Leslie Kendle the<br />

boot mender did all those years ago. More details<br />

regarding this in next month’s issue.<br />

On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> may I thank the residents and businesses<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District for their support for our Club<br />

in 2018 and wish them a very Happy Christmas and<br />

good health and prosperity in 2019.<br />

Malcolm Whittley<br />

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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 />

87 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk. PE37 7AQ Tel:01760721022<br />

EAT<br />

come and enjoy our fresh homemade<br />

food using local produce also<br />

see our specials boards for more<br />

choice. Please book for evening<br />

meals with our delicious menus<br />

The Pink Box<br />

If you need sanitary<br />

products, there is now<br />

a basket located in<br />

the Community Centre,<br />

please help yourselves.<br />

Dog lovers<br />

wanted<br />

For short stays and holiday cover<br />

Companionship, friendship<br />

and fun are guaranteed!<br />

• Dogs to suit your lifestyle<br />

• Trial stays to ensure compatibility<br />

• Full support and advice<br />

• Join our local host community<br />

01485 205715<br />

Tania.Stowe@barkingmad.uk.com<br />

BarkingMad.uk.com<br />


Qualified and Insured<br />

Have a warm relaxing and restful<br />

sleep in one of our newly completely<br />

refitted and refurbished rooms<br />

choice of Doubles, Twins or Family.<br />

Come and go as you please.<br />

SLEEP<br />

For appointments and enquires<br />

contact Donna Smith on<br />

01760-336527 or 07905825333<br />

9 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Road, Cockley Cley PE37 8AW<br />

DRINK<br />

Enjoy a refreshing cool drink with a<br />

great choice of draught beers and<br />

lagers also try our real ales and a<br />

large choice of spirits and mixers.<br />

www.redlionswaffham.co.uk E-Mail: redlionswaffham@gmail.com<br />


With the weather<br />

turning cooler, please<br />

consider making a<br />

donation of ingredients<br />

to the fridge to give<br />

someone a hot meal.<br />


Tapas Bar<br />


to assist our work with Armed<br />

Forces Veterans and their Families,<br />

across the County.<br />

We have vacancies for Case Workers,<br />

Fund Raisers and other supportive<br />

roles.<br />

If you have time and interest to<br />

spare, please contact:<br />

SSAFA Norfolk on 01760 724261<br />

ssafa.org.uk Registered Charity No.210760<br />

Established 1885<br />

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association<br />


RELAX IN A<br />





SWAFFHAM 01760 724396<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 />

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

A slightly quiet time now in one respect. We are<br />

maintaining the newly revamped garden at the rear<br />

of the hospital. We have added some additional<br />

planting and bulbs. With our new gazeebo we plan<br />

to have an external Christmas tree.<br />

Regarding Christmas preparations...a new supply<br />

of “Friends” Christmas cards are here, so please<br />

support us by purchasing some. We have them<br />

at our events and they are on sale at hospital<br />

reception. We are also supporting the usual practice<br />

of making sure all patients in over the Christmas<br />

period receive presents. We are supporting<br />

hospital staff to ensure a programme of pre<br />

Christmas activities/entertainment for patients.<br />

We have confirmed that we are participating in<br />

the “Christmas Tree Festival” in church, the first<br />

week of December and will have a table at the<br />

Rotary Christmas event.<br />

This is an opportunity to thank those businesses<br />

in town who support us by hosting one of our<br />

collection boxes. These are of great value to us. If<br />

you think you might be able to help us by hosting<br />

one of our boxes, we would love to hear from you<br />

Looking ahead to next year, we hope to be<br />

assisting with the purchase of some new “purpose<br />

designed” bedside chairs for patients. Also we<br />

hope that the Health Trust will support the idea<br />

of an extension to the existing main day/dining<br />

room. In the new year, once the Methodist church<br />

is fully back open we will hold more of our coffee<br />

mornings.<br />

For more information or enquiries please contact<br />

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

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



Even ironing!<br />

Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<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 />

600kg<br />


WW1 Project Now Online<br />

View on our website - www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk.<br />

Not all names have been uploaded yet nor all town<br />

research done<br />

But do have a peek now. It will updated at<br />

intervals. Next update Jan 2019<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage will be closed from 22nd<br />

December until mid February. During this time<br />

we will be cleaning the galleries, enhancing some<br />

displays and preparing for a new exhibition<br />

Here are some ideas on how you can spend some<br />

time while you wait for it to be open again<br />

1. Look up the <strong>Swaffham</strong> WW1 Project on our<br />

website.<br />

2. Find stories, photos or even memories of local<br />

people during WW1 send them across to us.<br />

3. Get some exercise by walking our <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Christmas Quiz What's the date trail below.<br />

4. Choose a preloved book from our considerable<br />

collection. Only 50p per book. Our bookshelf is just<br />

inside the front door. Outside with Pam on a Saturday.<br />

5. Do you like our dazzling white Butter Cross?<br />

Would it be better if it were more colourful? Pick up<br />

a colouring sheet and show us how colourful you can<br />

make it.<br />

6. Buy a lifetime membership to the Friends of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum. See our website for details and<br />

forms.<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri. Sat: 10am to 1pm<br />

Prices: adults £3. Concessions £2.50 Children 5<br />

and over £1. Family tickets available.<br />

Trending Now - visit us there for up-todate<br />

news and events<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum, Town Hall, London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DQ<br />

Tel: 01760 721 230<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage Christmas Quiz<br />

What's the date? A trail around the town<br />

Can you find the dates on the structures in town?<br />

Answers in January's issue<br />

Down Ash Close<br />

(clue - not as far as Strattons)<br />

In Plowright Place<br />

On the wall near the library<br />

(this is very faded –<br />

see what you think). Clue - ivy<br />

On what was The White Horse<br />

pub (you might need binoculars)<br />

On a wall down an alleyway<br />

On the Settlement Stone<br />

On the Old Post Office<br />

On the National School<br />

On the old Grammar School<br />

On the Cornhall<br />

On Pte Alfred Twaites WW1 grave<br />

(clue – think Baptist graveyard)<br />

FoSM (Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum)<br />

We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life<br />

Membership payment of just £10 for an individual<br />

and £15 for a family. This gives you free access to all<br />

the museum galleries for life. For more information<br />

please contact Secretary James Dean 01760 720756<br />

or jamesdean@uwclub.net<br />

The 100 Club<br />

Run by the Friends - open to ALL<br />

A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of<br />

£40, £20 or £10 each month with special extra<br />

prize of £100 in May and November. For more<br />

information contact Stan Roberts Tel: 07825885254<br />

or stanroberts4@icloud.com<br />

November draw - £40 No.28 / £20 No.4 / £10 No.23<br />

Museum - Winter Closing<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum will be closing on Saturday Dec<br />

22 to allow for essential work on new displays and<br />

cleaning. It will re-open on Monday February 11 at<br />

10am. The Museum Shop will re-open on Friday Jan<br />

4 and each Friday during the ‘closed period’ from 10-<br />

3pm and on Saturdays 10-1pm.<br />

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• Sole trader accounts <br />

• Company accounts <br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Football Club<br />

Unchartered territory for the Pedlars, clinching a<br />

win and a dream ticket into the third round of the<br />

Buildbase FA Vase. An unusual Sunday fixture due to<br />

Essex opponents May & Baker ground-sharing with<br />

Barking Rugby Club, but the squad made the effort<br />

and together with the twelfth man of Committee<br />

Members, and regular faithful supporters took the<br />

party bus on the two hundred mile round trip.<br />

Another fantastic all round team effort with the<br />

victory clinched two minutes into added time by<br />

substitute Luke Reed, finishing from eight yards.<br />

Two world class saves from keeper Tommy Rix, but<br />

the combined team performance and spirit earning<br />

the victory and progression into the next round<br />

which will see a home fixture against Stowmarket<br />

Town on the 1st of December. The Pedlars now in<br />

the last sixty four and club history in the making with<br />

getting this far.<br />

We would love to see as many people as possible<br />

heading down the Lane on the 1st December to<br />

cheer the Pedlars on in this great achievement for<br />

both the club and the town! It is a 15:00 KO and for<br />

this game only, children’s entry is free! Adults - £5.00<br />

and Concessions - £3.00. Usual member discounts<br />

apply on the gate and bar. UP THE PEDLARS!<br />

Photo by Eddie Deane<br />

Norfolk to get £13m boost to fix<br />

pot-holes on county’s roads<br />

I am pleased to report the county’s roads are set<br />

to receive a £13m budget boost. Chancellor Philip<br />

Hammond announced in the budget that local<br />

authorities would share £420m for road maintenance.<br />

And Norfolk County Council believes its share from<br />

that pot will be £13.3m. We have not had our official<br />

letter yet, but the indications based on standard<br />

funding figures is that our share will be about £13.3m.<br />

Cllr Ed Colman<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Team Update<br />

Festive Greetings to all.<br />

Another year is almost over but 2018 has seen<br />

several initiatives from your Town Team so here is an<br />

update on just two of those:<br />

Parkrun<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Parkrun held its inaugural event on<br />

May 28th and we have just celebrated the 26th<br />

consecutive Saturday that at 9.00am every week our<br />

volunteers give their time to set up, organise and<br />

monitor our 5k – 3.1 miles in old money – walk, jog<br />

or run or a combination of all three at the Nicholas<br />

Hamond Academy. So why not join us next Saturday<br />

– it is completely free – all you have to do is go on line<br />

at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/swaffham and click<br />

on the register link to obtain your unique parkrun<br />

number and barcode.<br />

Since May, 774 people of all ages from 5 to over 75<br />

have taken part and completed 1,975 circuits. For<br />

an average of 76 participate each Saturday with<br />

times ranging from just over 17 minutes to one<br />

hour; so come along and join us for regular exercise<br />

promoting health and wellbeing with likeminded<br />

residents and visitors alike in a relaxed, very friendly<br />

and non-competitive atmosphere – you will have no<br />

regrets!! Look out for details of our festive parkrun<br />

on Saturday December 22nd. Fun for all ages!!<br />

Look us up on Facebook -<br />

https://www.facebook.com/swaffhamparkrun<br />

Community Garden<br />

In February we applied for a £500 grant from the<br />

Royal Horticultural Society to create our <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Garden. In addition to the funds for plants<br />

and equipment we would also have the services of<br />

an RHS advisor to provide guidance in the creation<br />

and planting process. We were selected in April as<br />

one of only two successful Norfolk applicants!!<br />

After several planning sessions, work started on the<br />

Campingland in July with further sessions – after the<br />

summer drought - in October and November. Thanks<br />

to the invaluable and generous help of several local<br />

businesses, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary, the Escape Project<br />

on Tumbler Hill, the Nicholas Hamond Academy,<br />

the Sacred Heart School, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Youthie and<br />

volunteers the garden is almost complete with<br />

trees and hedging to be added in January along<br />

with signage. Look out for the date of our official<br />

opening in the January <strong>Newsletter</strong>. In the meantime<br />

please visit the garden with its herb bed, its soft<br />

fruit bushes, its wild flower border and plant filled<br />

gabions, not forgetting our Story Telling Circle for use<br />

by children and adults alike!! And keep an eye open<br />

for our daffodil, iris and crocus display in the Spring!!<br />

We are currently putting together our Volunteer<br />

Team to work together to ensure that the garden<br />

is maintained and kept an attractive addition to<br />

town’s green spaces. So to all you keen gardeners/<br />

allotment holders can register your interest to join<br />

us by emailing in the first instance davidwickerson@<br />

btinternet.com. Thank you.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Approximately 1000 people, including many childrens'<br />

organisations, gathered at <strong>Swaffham</strong> War Memorial on<br />

Remembrance Sunday. A large parade, led by Parade<br />

Marshal Max Reeve, marched through the town to join<br />

those already assembled, to participate in the service<br />

led by the Rev. Janet Allen of St Peter & St Paul Church.<br />

The town mayor, Cllr. Colin Houghton, led the wreath<br />

laying, followed by the Rt. Hon. Liz Truss, MP, the Royal<br />

British Legion and other local organisations. Earlier, at<br />

6am, Mr Brian Baxter, aged 86yrs had piped the tune<br />

"The Battle's Over", a piece that was being played all<br />

over the country at that time, to remember the signing<br />

of the Armistice, which, although signed earlier, did not<br />

come into effect until 11am. Finally, at 6.30pm, people<br />

gathered once more at the War Memorial where prayers<br />

were led by Rev. Janet Allen, after which the names of<br />

the 91 <strong>Swaffham</strong> men who lost their lives were read out,<br />

some by Bernard Hunt from St Peter & St Paul Church,<br />

and others by young people. Following this The Last<br />

Post was played and the two minute silence observed.<br />

Those who had gathered were then ushered to the<br />

front of the Assembly Rooms to await the lighting of the<br />

beacon by the mayor, which once again was being done<br />

countrywide at 7pm. Then, at 7.05pm the church bells<br />

rang out and the Town Crier Nigel Wilkin did a specially<br />

written Cry for Peace. Royal British Legion chairman<br />

Barrie Thorp commented, "All in all a very memorable<br />

day when <strong>Swaffham</strong> remembered not only those who<br />

lost their lives, but gave thanks too for the end of that<br />

dreadful war and for the freedom we enjoy to live as<br />

we do. We at the Legion would like to thank all who<br />

came along and supported us."<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club<br />

November's program included a chance<br />

for members to revisit some earlier<br />

works with the help of a knowledgeable<br />

expert photographer, re-evaluate and<br />

understand where possible improvements could have<br />

been made. The months second meeting, a competition<br />

evening where images submitted will be projected, has<br />

the themed subject "Images taken<br />

strictly within the last thirty days". An "Open" competition<br />

will also form part of the evening's programme. There is<br />

only one meeting in December and as is our club's custom<br />

it will be our annual Christmas celebration dinner.<br />

The club, which meets on the first and third Wednesday<br />

of each month has a full programme of events, speakers,<br />

exhibitions and internal and inter-club competitions<br />

planned. It is also pleased to offer tutorials at all levels,<br />

concerning the many aspects of photography and it's<br />

associated equipment.<br />

For further information please visit the club's website<br />

www.swaffhamcameraclub.com.<br />

November's program included a chance for members to revisit some<br />

earlier works, and, with the help of a knowledgeable expert<br />

photographer, re-evaluate and understand where possible<br />

improvements could have been made.<br />

The months second meeting, a competition evening, where images<br />

submitted will be projected, has the themed subject "Images taken<br />

strictly within the last thirty days". An "Open" competition will also form<br />

part of the evenings program<br />

There is only one meeting in December, and as is our club's custom it<br />

will be our annual Christmas celebration dinner.<br />

The club which meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month<br />

has a full program of events, speakers, exhibitions and internal and<br />

inter-club competitions planned. It is also pleased to offer tutorials at all<br />

levels, concerning the many aspects of photography and its associated<br />

equipment.<br />

For further information please visit the Clubs website<br />

www.swaffhamcameraclub.com .<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

At the last monthly meeting on 6th November, Sir<br />

Henry Bedingfeld of Oxburgh Hall gave a very interesting<br />

presentation about Heraldry. Sir Henry’s status in the<br />

Society of Heraldry is ‘Norroy’ and ‘Ulster Coat of Arms‘.<br />

Sir Henry is the president of the Norfolk Heraldry Society<br />

which he founded in 1976. His presentation included a<br />

résumé about the origins of Heraldry and its history up<br />

to the present day. Sir Henry showcased his own works<br />

which included Coats of Arms for Sir Elton John and Sir<br />

George Martin. Sir Henry was accompanied by his wife<br />

Lady Mary who sat with other U3A members throughout<br />

Sir Henry’s presentation.<br />

The speaker on 3rd January will be Robert Ferguson<br />

who will talk about the ‘Fight for Africa’ and endangered<br />

species such as rhinoceroses. ‘Wildlife Photography’ will<br />

be the subject of a presentation by David Mason on 7th<br />

February.<br />

Wissey U3A members are still going to a series of reenactments<br />

about the trial of suffragette Miriam Pratt in<br />

Norwich Castle. Re-enactments will continue until early<br />

December.<br />

A visit to the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local<br />

History is to be arranged for early 2019 since it has been<br />

’moth-balled’ for the Winter. The museum is housed<br />

in Fakenham’s former gasworks which is now the only<br />

complete town gasworks in the country. The Gasworks<br />

produced gas from the heating of coal for 120 years<br />

before its closure in 1965.<br />

Although the Croquet group has closed for the winter<br />

period, it will hopefully restart in 2019 with a new leader<br />

taking charge. There has been interest for a new ‘Line<br />

Dancing’ group and the hunt is on for a leader. Once a<br />

leader steps forward, arrangements for group meetings<br />

can be made.<br />

If you have a hobby or pastime which you would like to<br />

share with others why not make enquires about joining<br />

the Wissey U3A. There are currently 335 members<br />

who take part in a wide variety of activities such as art,<br />

meditation, rambling and soft-ball tennis. The Science &<br />

Technology group are liaising with the UEA on a project<br />

studying ‘Sleep, Genes and Memory’ which could find a<br />

relationship between sleep and the risk of Alzheimer’s.<br />

The U3A is an international movement whose aims are<br />

the education of retired members of the Community<br />

or those in their ‘Third Age' of life. U3A membership is<br />

open to any individual who by definition is not in fulltime<br />

gainful employment, so anyone working ‘part-time’<br />

can also apply for membership. Monthly meetings are<br />

held at Holme Hale’s Pavilion on the first Thursday of the<br />

month from 09.45 until 12.00 mid-day.<br />

For more information about the U3A movement, go to<br />

www.u3a.org.uk or visit the Wissey homepage at www.<br />

u3asites.org.uk/wissey. Annual membership of the<br />

Wissey U3A is usually £10 but is currently only £7 until<br />

April 2019.

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Iceni Rural Writers<br />

Members of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> based writing group,<br />

Iceni Rural Writers, have produced a pamphlet titled<br />

‘100 Years from Then’, an anthology of poetry and<br />

prose inspired by WWI. The contributions to the<br />

pamphlet were developed from a workshop held<br />

in the Community Centre, and led by Norfolk based<br />

poet and writer Sue Burge.<br />

The group is grateful to The Armed Forces Community<br />

Covenant: World War 1 Fund for supporting the<br />

project. Look out for copies of the pamphlet in your<br />

local library, schools, bookshop, cafes, museum,<br />

surgeries, community centre. The pamphlets are not<br />

for sale; so when you find one read it and leave it for<br />

somebody else to enjoy.<br />

Charlie Dearden,<br />

Chair Iceni Rural Writers<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club<br />

Coaching for beginners and improvers.<br />

For more information or to join the club please<br />

contact Geoff on 01760 722262<br />

Community Fridge Donation<br />

A big thank you to the lady who kindly donated<br />

leftover food from her wedding reception<br />

before she had to dash off to the airport for her<br />

honeymoon! These geneorous acts are always<br />

greatly appreciated and make a real difference to<br />

people in the community.<br />

From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

So much to comment on this month.<br />

Firstly Remembrance Sunday and all the<br />

preparations that led up to this day. I hope<br />

you agree that the town did us all proud<br />

by making sure that this anniversary was<br />

properly commemorated. The display around town<br />

and in St Peters Church was fantastic , so many thanks to<br />

everyone who participated and those who contributed<br />

poppies and other display material. The Service at the<br />

War Memorial was “extra special” and the event to<br />

light our “Town Beacon” was very moving as we all<br />

remembered the sacrifices of our predecessors.<br />

The work around the Buttercross is now complete. It<br />

has been disruptive to some and thank you for your<br />

patience. There was a lot of unseen work done by<br />

the contractors. I hope you like the end result and the<br />

new facilities. The brick structure housing the new<br />

electricity supply has caused a lot of comment. It was<br />

needed where it is located. The Council are looking at<br />

ideas to make the exterior more attractive, so it will<br />

blend in better.<br />

As you get this article it will just be coming up to our<br />

Christmas market and lights switch on. I hope you will<br />

be there that Sunday to join in the fun. A lot of time<br />

and effort goes into the planning and we seek to make<br />

it attractive and interesting for all age groups, so please<br />

come and support the event.<br />

You may have seen in the press that I was invited to do<br />

a “blindfolded walk” around town to help highlight the<br />

difficulties that blind people face. It was an education<br />

to me to do this as you do not imagine the issues you<br />

can come across. Navigating around items on our<br />

pavements, crossing roads, knowing where vehicles<br />

are (or might be) are all aspects you come across. Those<br />

of us with our sight take all these things for granted. I<br />

would like to appeal to everyone in town, please try to<br />

think how you might help in making life easier for our<br />

blind people, especially regarding items that we put<br />

out on pavements, including dust bins.<br />

We are still awaiting news on the future of the Green<br />

Britain Centre. As you recall this is owned by Breckland<br />

Council and they are considering its future use. The<br />

Town Council has expressed an initial interest in the<br />

site, but it is early days as to what may happen.<br />

Turning to leisure facilities in our town. We have long<br />

known that our existing facility is totally inadequate for<br />

our needs. The good news is that Breckland Council is<br />

now undertaking a “feasibility study” examining what<br />

future provision the town should have. Consultations<br />

have started this month and I am sure that a wide range<br />

of ideas will be forthcoming. This is long overdue and<br />

we will await with interest any findings or ideas for the<br />

future. More news in the New Year on this.<br />

Our Neighbourhood Plan discussions have moved on.<br />

Please see the article in this newsletter entitled “In<br />

my back yard” The Town Council is signing this off for<br />

submission to Breckland Council<br />

The council's initial ideas on the future of the land<br />

known as “Days Field” has caused some interest with<br />

many and there has been articles in the press.<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

'In Touch with your Town' is put<br />

together by the Town Clerk Richard<br />

Bishop or occasionally by the<br />

Deputy Town Clerk Claire Smith. It<br />

deals with some of the most topical items of the<br />

day and the odd item where the Council want to<br />

share information with the Town.<br />


By the time you are reading this Quinn Construction<br />

Ltd will have finished the main contract for works<br />

in the Town Centre, the 15-week contract was to<br />

complete the following: -<br />

• overhauling the electrics - to enable sockets for<br />

events<br />

• levelling the raised ridges of the cobbles - to<br />

take away trip hazards and make the area more<br />

usable 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<br />

the 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 />

Please note there will be two further car park<br />

machines installed after the 23rd November,<br />

but this will involve re-siting of any builders’<br />

compound away from the Central area, as the<br />

ticket machines will be located in the Town Pit<br />

and the Pedlars Car Park respectively, this is a<br />

separate contract being carried out for Breckland<br />

Council. Next month there will be details of how<br />

to use the new facilities, as some things are still<br />

in progress outside of the contract that will be<br />

better to roll out as one, when all of the details<br />

are available.<br />

There will be details circulated to Market Traders<br />

individually and there will be further details<br />

available in respect of the car charging points<br />

and the free Wifi. The information will probably<br />

be launched on social media before the next<br />

newsletter.<br />


The Christmas Light Switch-On and Christmas<br />

Market on Sunday 2nd December from 12 noon<br />

until 6pm as the Christmas Market is always well<br />

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attended and the Switch-On taking place at 5pm.<br />

A full afternoon's entertainment, with a visit from<br />

‘Father Christmas’ and Live Reindeer. A full report<br />

on this event next time.<br />

REMEMBRANCE – 100 years commemoration events<br />

A month of local commemoration of 100 years<br />

since the end of WW1 in <strong>Swaffham</strong> culminated<br />

at the weekend with the traditional Act of<br />

Remembrance at the Town War Memorial. This<br />

year the town also took part in the national<br />

‘Battle’s Over’ tribute.<br />

Town Mayor, Colin Houghton, launched The<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Poppy Display back in August, the idea<br />

was for the whole town to join in and help create<br />

a really special commemorative display and how<br />

they delivered. Everyone joined in from churches<br />

and businesses to schools and local community<br />

groups. Businesses throughout the town set up<br />

their own window displays or offered space to<br />

display creations from community groups. The<br />

centre piece has been the display of poppies at<br />

the Market Cross Café, but the whole town looked<br />

fantastic. It was so good to see <strong>Swaffham</strong> at its<br />

best, both aesthetically with the displays and<br />

the community spirit it brought in the process.<br />

In the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, the<br />

weekend saw the completion of their Four Years<br />

and One Hundred Days of commemoration. A<br />

Remembrance Net was set up in the church where<br />

visitors could place a card with their Prayer,<br />

Remembrance or Thoughts as well as a Display by<br />

the War Memorial Chapel, with details of the 112<br />

Men, from the Parishes of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Sporle<br />

with Palgrave, who made the ultimate sacrifice. As<br />

always, the Royal British Legion worked tirelessly<br />

organising and planning the events. On Thursday<br />

evening they held their annual Remembrance<br />

Concert at the Parish Church. Well attended as<br />

always, the entertainment included the Convent<br />

School Choir and Dancers and Dereham Town<br />

Band. Then on Sunday the morning the Act of<br />

Remembrance brought the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

together with representatives from the Legion,<br />

all branches of the civilian and military uniform<br />

services and Scouting and Guiding groups.<br />

On Sunday the town joined the national ‘Battle’s<br />

Over’ tribute starting with a Lone Piper, Brian<br />

Baxter, playing Battle’s O’er at 6am. In the<br />

evening there was a Service at the War Memorial<br />

followed by the lighting a WW1 Beacon of Light,<br />

the Town Crier’s Cry for Peace Around the World<br />

and the church bells Ringing Out for Peace. A<br />

fitting end to a special month for the town.<br />

“Do you want to be a Councillor?”<br />


The Town Council are running two taster events<br />

“Do you want to be a Councillor?” one at 5pm on<br />

Wednesday 12th December, leading into the Full<br />

Council meeting later that evening and another as<br />

we get a little nearer the election date on Thursday<br />

28th February 2019 at 6.30pm-8pm. These events<br />

will be targeting anyone who is thinking about<br />

standing for election but would like to know a<br />

little more about the Town Council before they<br />

take the final step. How do we operate? What<br />

services do we run? What land and property do<br />

we manage? What are we responsible for? What<br />

exactly does a Town Councillor do? What is the<br />

role of the Town Council within the community?<br />

How does the Town Council fit in with Breckland<br />

Council and Norfolk County Council? All the things<br />

you ever wanted to ask about a Town Council ???<br />


The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a<br />

community-led document for guiding the future<br />

development of our Town. It is about the use and<br />

development of land over the next 20 years. The<br />

plan will set out a vision and aspirations for the<br />

future development of the Town and will be an<br />

important document that will help influence and<br />

control the way our Town changes in the future,<br />

including any new housing developments. This is<br />

the 10th article designed to give you the latest<br />

information.During September our task was to<br />

go through comments received and see how we<br />

could update/review the draft plan. This took<br />

some time and thanks to the working group for<br />

all their analysis and consideration. In October<br />

work continued on the background “supporting”<br />

documents that have to accompany the main<br />

plan and these are now ready. We have now<br />

finalised the draft plan and the Town full Council<br />

have signed this latest draft off at its November<br />

meeting. The plan has been submitted formally<br />

to Breckland District Council with the supporting<br />

documents. We then have a period of waiting<br />

until an “independent examiner” is appointed<br />

and reviews the plan.<br />

As you may also know, Breckland Council<br />

themselves are in the stages of developing their<br />

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own “Local Plan”. Work on this continues until<br />

into the new year. The timing of this is helpful<br />

in many ways to us as our Towns Neighbourhood<br />

plan has to sit alongside Breckland’s Plan and<br />

cannot be contradictory to it. Please have a look<br />

at our documents as they very much set out the<br />

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 12th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 17th – Market Committee meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 18th – N Plan -Steering Group 10.00am<br />

Planning committee 1.30pm<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 025<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 121<br />

Cllr Steven Allen<br />

07825 801 605<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

01760 721 022<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

01760 722 524<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

01760 788 519<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

01760 722 604<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

01760 720 608<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 720 114<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722 611<br />

01760 622725<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and<br />

Cllr Ian Sherwood 07795 236878<br />

twitter@ CllrIanSherwood (your.cllr@breckland.gov.uk)<br />

Your County Councillor is Cllr Ed Colman<br />

07940 406356 / email ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Officers<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Twitter - @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk<br />

Claire Smith - Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator<br />

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall Opening Times<br />

Monday 9.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday : 9:30am-1pm

Make more of<br />

your visit and enjoy<br />

delicious home-made<br />

delights in our superb<br />

Downham Market<br />

Homestore Café<br />

From gifts to toys, furniture to finishing touches, you’ll find<br />

everything you and your home needs at Reeds.<br />

reedshomestore.co.uk | find us on facebook<br />

Reeds Homestore | Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DS | 01366 382213<br />

Reeds Furniture & Bed Centre | Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely CB6 3NX | 01353 669754<br />

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