Swaffham Newsletter

January 2019

January 2019


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January 2019<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/U3A<br />

15 Rugby Club /SCALGA<br />

16 Age Concern<br />

17 Lionesses/WEA<br />

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

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

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

28 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts/LoFs/<strong>Swaffham</strong> History<br />

30 Museum Matters<br />

33 Mayor's Parlour<br />

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

Happy New Year to all of our readers<br />

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

In 2018 we celebrated 30 years since the work of<br />

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

patients and their families.<br />

As the year has come to a close I wanted to say a<br />

huge thank you to everyone who has supported our<br />

charity. If you have attended any of our fundraising<br />

events or have donated money to us, we appreciate<br />

every penny we receive. Without this support we<br />

would not be able to help those in our community<br />

who are suffering with serious ill health.<br />

On behalf of all the staff and volunteers I wish you all<br />

a Happy Christmas and a healthy 2019.<br />

Wendy Martin, Co-ordinator<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 />

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SNL Volunteers<br />

A polite notice to all of our delivery volunteers, if you<br />

have any of our delivery bags at home, please could<br />

you return them to the Town Hall as we are starting<br />

to run low.<br />

Also, if you know of anyone who might be interested<br />

in joining our volunteer team, on either a temporary<br />

or permanent basis, then please spread the worsd.

Upcoming Events<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<br />

way we move, breath stand and walk, and even sit can have a positive<br />

effect on our general heath. There are very few of us today who do<br />

not spend much of our time feeling tense. The hectic pace of modern<br />

living and lack of exercise leaves us tired and exhausted. You need some<br />

form of exercise that gently and steadily relaxes the body, and most<br />

importantly refreshes the mind! Tai chi is an exercise that develops both<br />

the physical, mental, external and internal health of the body; it also<br />

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

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

Icenima Film Screening Weds 16th Jan, 2pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre. Film TBA. Tickets purchased on door.<br />

Free Meal Monday Monday 21st Jan, 11am - 1pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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

ingredients from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Fridge. To book a place please<br />

call Iceni Partnership on 01760 722800.<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) Tuesday 29th<br />

January 2019, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

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

along to this illustrated talk by James Lowen, entitled: 'Britain’s Best<br />

Wildlife Weekends'. James Lowen is a wildlife travel guide, photographer<br />

and writer. The title of James’s talk reflects the name of one of his<br />

books. This book was the first guide featuring 52 weekend-sized breaks<br />

highlighting the best of British wildlife - from tiny silver-spotted skippers<br />

to gargantuan basking sharks, from seabird skyscrapers to autumn fungi.<br />

Most appealing.<br />

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

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

call Ian Black on 01760 724092.<br />

An Evening Of Clairvoyance On Friday 8th Feb at 7.30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Spiritual Awareness Group are holding an evening of clairvoyance at the<br />

Community Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong> with our popular trance medium Barry<br />

Potter from Leicester. Tickets £6 on the door. All proceeds will be for our<br />

nominated charity of the year - Homestart <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Please note that<br />

this event is for over 18 years of age<br />

The Colin Mason Quartet with David Taylor on Saxophone. Tues<br />

12th February at 7.30 at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, London Street.<br />

PE37 7DD. Ticket price will be £8. Happy New Year Everyone! Norman<br />

01760 722 384 and Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

Desert Rats D-Day Dinner & Dance 6th April 2019, 6.30pm for<br />

7pm, Lynford Hall Hotel, Mundford IP26 5HW. £44 per person (advance<br />

booking required). Period or smart dress. Includes 3 course meal with<br />

tea or coffee and entertainment from 1940's Swingtime Sweetheart<br />

singers, Piper & DJ AndyV8. Carriages at 12.59am. Contact Debbie Wells<br />

on 01366 347316 or email desert.rats.events@gmail.com.<br />

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

Sun 20 Jan: Launch event to meet the photographers behind a brand new<br />

exhibition in the Foyer Gallery: ‘THE WORLD THROUGH THE LENS’ by an<br />

exciting new collective DECENT EXPOSURE. Exhibition runs until 10 March.<br />

Tue 15 Jan: On Screen: NT Live! from the Almeida Theatre in London;<br />

THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND starring Simon Russell Beale.<br />

7pm. £15<br />

Sat 26 Jan: On Screen: NT Encore for a MATINEE showing of ANTONY AND<br />

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

Thu 31 Jan: On Screen: NT Live! from the National in London; I’M NOT<br />

RUNNING – an explosive new play by David Hare. 7pm. £15<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 />

Holme Hale Whist Club Meets at Tony Evans Centre of Holme Hale<br />

Village Hall on the First and Third Tuesdays @ 1.30pm. Contact Mrs Sue Ludlow<br />

on 01760 441660 for more details.<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 Royal British Legion (Women’s Section We<br />

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 Weds of month,<br />

10am-12noon. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Support, information and social<br />

activity.Refreshments provided. 01603 763556<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club 1st and 3rd Weds of every month, 7 for<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 Methodist church room on the first Wednesday at<br />

2pm. Telephone 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> VIPs A social club suitable for those with failing sight and<br />

degenerative medical conditions. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre 4th Wed<br />

(except August) 1.30-3.30pm £4. 01760 722800.<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 Jnrs, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors (16+) , Holme Hale Village Hall IP25 7DP<br />

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

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

the month. 7 for 7.30 at the Village Hall, Station Road. £4 with refreshments.<br />

Email:massinghamfilmnight@gmail.com or 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 pm.<br />

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

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

whilst serving the community. All ladies welcome. Tel: 01760 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.<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. No<br />

tuition given, bring your own materials. Free intro then £2 per week. 01760 724615<br />

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

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

Brown 07970105771<br />

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

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

Yoga at Dunham Village Hall 10.30am till 12.00pm, £8 per session,<br />

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 />

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

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

its doors!<br />

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

in December, following a<br />

major refurbishment. This has been<br />

possible thanks to support from<br />

central Methodism as well as various<br />

funding bodies. Local people have<br />

supported the church’s Pinnacle<br />

Appeal over the past four years and helped to raise<br />

£350,000 for the regeneration.<br />

The new interior undoubtedly has a ‘wow’ factor, fresh<br />

and bright with movable furnishings in an open and<br />

welcoming space for the congregation and community<br />

alike, to enjoy.<br />

The first public event to be held in the church was the<br />

annual Christmas Fayre and Big Breakfast. As well as<br />

the traditional Methodist hospitality, there was a good<br />

array of gifts to be bought from the stalls in the Fayre<br />

and it provided an excellent opportunity to view the<br />

new interior.<br />

On Sunday 2nd December at 10.45am, the Revd Andrew<br />

King led the first service in the newly refurbished church<br />

with blessing and dedication of the various features in<br />

the building including a new back-lit cross. There will<br />

be an official opening event in the spring of 2019.<br />

Every week day throughout December the church,<br />

dubbed, “The Chapel in the Market Place”, was open<br />

between 10am and 12 noon when all were welcome to<br />

step in and find out more.<br />

People also had the chance to speak to artist Eddie<br />

Goodridge who is painting a spectacular mural across<br />

one whole wall of the interior. Eddie is a member of the<br />

Institute of East Anglian Artists and has been creating<br />

the mural since November. Refreshments were<br />

available from the new servery in the church and there<br />

was a 5 minute “pause for thought” each day reflecting<br />

on the theme of Christmas.<br />

In this new year, all are welcome to visit and view the<br />

new facilities which we hope will be a welcome addition<br />

to the community spaces in the town. As well as the<br />

church’s own programme of events, the new space and<br />

the existing school room are available for hire and all<br />

details can be found on the church’s website at www.<br />

swaffhammethodistchurch.org.<br />

Let your curiosity get the better of you!<br />

Contact for more information about <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Methodist Church Geraldine Allen 07976 286645<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 />

The Business Of Animals & Creepy Crawlies<br />

All businesses must operate successfully including a<br />

Zoo! This allows them<br />

to care for a variety of<br />

animals from around<br />

the world (including the<br />

rather large cockroach<br />

introduced to one of<br />

our Year 10 Business<br />

students when they<br />

visited Banham Zoo).<br />

As well as enjoying<br />

a seminar, students toured the zoo to investigate<br />

the products and services offered and learnt about<br />

marketing and customer services.<br />

Let’s Dance<br />

We all know that dance is at the heart of every culture<br />

embracing multiple genres, styles and traditions. A<br />

new dance class at the academy is already proving<br />

popular with our students enjoying learning various<br />

dance routines. Before long they will be performing<br />

to audiences in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and beyond!''<br />

Deciding The Future<br />

It’s not an easy process choosing which university to<br />

select when contemplating the next step in further<br />

education after school and the process can be a little<br />

overwhelming. Our Year 13 students were invited<br />

to a Decision Making Session with a representative<br />

from the University of East Anglia where they were<br />

encouraged to ask questions about what they should<br />

consider when receiving their ‘offers’. The thought<br />

provoking session suggested considering points such<br />

as “What do you consider important about where<br />

you live?” and “Is the university a ‘good fit’ for me?"<br />

Meet Our Budding Entrepreneurs<br />

Create a gadget aimed at reducing our carbon<br />

footprint - this was the task given to our students<br />

in a recent Humanities lesson. Students considered<br />

the effect of emissions produced by both the<br />

general public and mass market and how their idea<br />

could minimise the effect. The project resulted in<br />

an excellent and innovative range of ideas with<br />

students creating prototype models, posters, adverts<br />

and presenting their pitches in front of an audience<br />

in true ‘Dragon’s Den’ style. Amongst the results<br />

was a redesigned aircraft wing which captured the<br />

attention of their peers and teaching staff. Look out<br />

for these budding entrepreneurs in the future!<br />

Tnha On Top Form At West Norfolk Championships<br />

TNHA students achieved success in the recent West<br />

Norfolk Event when our Girls Years 10/11 Basketball<br />

Team were crowned champions. Our cross country<br />

team were also on top form with 4 students making<br />

the West Norfolk Team and one gaining the title of<br />

West Norfolk Champion.<br />

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

The January Services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church will<br />

be as follows:-<br />

Wednesday 2nd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 6th THE EPIPHANY<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong BCP<br />

Wednesday 9th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 13th THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 16th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 20th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am Family Service<br />

Wednesday 23rd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

Sunday 27th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 30th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion BCP<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 3rd February CANDLEMAS<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong<br />

The Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity<br />

This is something in which, in this country, the<br />

majority of Christian denominations are involved.<br />

This year the initial meeting locally will be held<br />

in the church of Our Lady of Pity at 10.00am on<br />

Friday 18th January. This will be followed by a<br />

brief service on Saturday at 10.00am in the Baptist<br />

church and the Sunday service will be held in the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist church at 3.00pm. The rest<br />

of the week (to 25th) is marked by short 10.00am.<br />

services as follows:- Monday 21st in the parish<br />

church of St Peter & St Paul: Tuesday 22nd in the<br />

Methodist church: Wednesday 23rd in the Baptist<br />

church: Thursday 24th St Peter & St Paul: Friday<br />

25th Our Lady of Pity.<br />

The meetings are open to all comers and we<br />

hope this event will be well supported also by the<br />

members of the participating congregations.<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of the MU usually meets on<br />

the 2nd Thursday of the month and the next meeting<br />

will on Thursday 10th January in the Baptist Church<br />

Room (please note change of venue). Coffee/tea is<br />

served from 9.30am and the meeting proper starts at<br />

10.00am. This will be the AGM which will be followed<br />

by our New Year speaker, Mr Andy Mash. Parking is<br />

available in the Old Station Yard. Enquiries to Julie on<br />

720041<br />

Buzzbox<br />

A hive of activity for young families at 10.00 am to 12.00<br />

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

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

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

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

The next meeting will be in church at 10.00am on 19th<br />

January. All parents and children are most welcome.<br />

Christmas Bazaar – Thank You<br />

On behalf of the Parochial Church Council, Sheila Fowler<br />

and Anne Handley would like to thank the many people<br />

who contributed to the success of the 2018 Christmas<br />

Bazaar, the stall holders, those who gave to the wide<br />

variety of stalls, those who were involved in the supply<br />

and serving of the refreshments, and the generosity of<br />

those who came and supported the event by buying<br />

from us, we raised just under £3000 which will go some<br />

way to meet the Parish Church’s regular expenditure of<br />

£1700 per month. We could not have achieved any of<br />

this without your help. So, again, many thanks.<br />

Christmas Tree Festival – Thank You<br />

The parish church would like to say a big ‘Thank You’<br />

to Gill and Keith Creed, and their many helpers, for<br />

organising this year’s very successful Christmas Tree<br />

Festival which was our 8th. As many as 29 charities<br />

benefitted from the generosity of those who visited<br />

the church in such large numbers (including children<br />

from local schools) and we are grateful to all the charity<br />

volunteers that took part. In addition, we would also<br />

like to thank Susan Butler and her willing team of<br />

helpers and all those who provided the refreshments<br />

in church during the festival. Their efforts are also<br />

much appreciated.<br />

The Children's Society Home Money Boxes<br />

Would those who are able to do so please bring their<br />

Children's Society 'Home Money Box' to St Peter & St<br />

Paul's Church on Sunday 13th January 2019 at the 9.30<br />

am service? There will be prominently placed a suitable<br />

container for them. Alternatively I will arrange to collect<br />

the box from your home as soon as possible after that<br />

date. In advance I thank you for your cooperation and<br />

for generously supporting the Children's Society. Any<br />

queries please contact me:- Linda Burton Tel: 01760<br />

720205.<br />

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Big Lottery Funding Opportunities<br />

If you would like to apply<br />

for funding between £300<br />

and £10,000 you can apply<br />

online for our Awards for<br />

All Grants. See our website<br />

for more details:- https://<br />

www.biglotteryfund.org.<br />

uk/funding/under10k<br />

If you are looking for<br />

funding for over £10,000 and your project helps to:-<br />

• Shape the spaces and places in your local community.<br />

• Strengthen relationships and bring people together.<br />

• Enable people to work together to address issues at<br />

the earliest possible stage<br />

Then did you know that the Big Lottery Fund has a<br />

new way of working?<br />

In order to make its funding more accessible than<br />

ever before, to as many community groups as<br />

possible, we no longer expect groups to fill out an<br />

application form. You can speak directly about your<br />

project to your local funding team.<br />

Funding Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk is Rachael<br />

Luckin, contactable via email on Rachael.Luckin@<br />

biglotteryfund.org.uk<br />

It will help us to have a greater understanding of<br />

your project proposal if you could provide us, in<br />

the first instance, with the answers to the following<br />

questions:-<br />

• What is your organisational history and track record<br />

of service delivery?<br />

• Who are your beneficiaries and what challenges do<br />

they face?<br />

•What does your project involve?<br />

• How have you and your beneficiaries established the<br />

need for your project?<br />

• How have your beneficiaries been involved in the<br />

design and potential delivery of your project?<br />

• Where, geographically, will your project be delivered?<br />

• How much funding do you need, what for and over<br />

what period of time?<br />

• What difference will your project make?<br />

• How will you measure these differences?<br />

• Finally, what will happen to your project at the end of<br />

the lifecycle of potential funding?<br />

If you can answer all of these questions, then why<br />

not contact your local funding team to talk about the<br />

opportunity to apply for Big Lottery Funding for your<br />

local organisation. The team look forward to hearing<br />

from you very soon!!<br />

Churches Together<br />

After a busy lead up to Christmas, the churches quieten<br />

down a little in January, but of course we are still in<br />

the Christmas season and the parish church will be<br />

celebrating Epiphany on Sunday 6th January. That is<br />

the day we focus on the wise men’s arrival at the crib,<br />

and it’s another festival which has inspired a lot of lovely<br />

music. The Choir of St Peter & St Paul’s will be singing<br />

Evensong on 6th January (3.30 p.m.), partly to Anglican<br />

chant but with an Epiphany anthem and hymns.<br />

Epiphany continues for 4 weeks, and overlaps with<br />

the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which comes<br />

round from 18th to 25th January each year – this year<br />

we are thinking about Indonesia, the largest country<br />

in South East Asia. Indonesia is made up of over<br />

17,000 islands, has 1, 340 ethnic groups, considerable<br />

religious diversity, and 740 languages (but one shared<br />

national language): we will be reflecting on how they<br />

seek to work collaboratively across those groupings,<br />

as they face many issues of economic justice and the<br />

challenges posed by religious radicalization. Each year<br />

the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity focuses on a<br />

different country, which can offer fascinating insights<br />

into peoples lives in other parts of the world. Details of<br />

all the events are listed, and all are welcome – with the<br />

main service being on Sunday 20th at the Methodist<br />

Chapel at 3 p.m.<br />

Wishing you a very happy 2019, wherever it may lead<br />

you.<br />

Revd. Janet Allan, Vicar of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Sporle<br />

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

Sat 5th Jan 9.30 am 12noon Coffee Morning run by<br />

Womens' Section Royal British Legion.<br />

Sun 6th Jan 10.45am. Covenant & Commissioning Service<br />

led by Revd. Andrew King. Followed by refreshments. All<br />

welcome.<br />

Thurs 10th Jan 2.30pm. Thursday Group. Beetle Drive held<br />

in School Room. A time of fun and fellowship.<br />

Fri 11th Jan 9.30am - 10am. Power of Prayer. School Room.<br />

Sat 12th Jan 9.30am - 12noon. Coffee Morning run by<br />

Brownies & Guides.<br />

Sun 13th Jan 10.45am. Morning Worship led by Mrs Vera<br />

Dye. Followed by refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Wed 16th Jan 7pm Churches Together. All welcome.<br />

Thurs 17th Jan 2.30pm. Bible Study with Revd. Liz Jolly. All<br />

welcome.<br />

Fri 18th Jan 9.30am - 10am. Power of Prayer. School Room.<br />

Sat 19th Jan 9.30am - 12noon. Coffee Morning run by<br />

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

Sun 20th Jan 10.45am. Morning Worship led by Revd.<br />

Phillip Butcher. Followed by refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Sun 20th Jan 3pm Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All<br />

welcome.<br />

Tues 22nd Jan 10am -12noon. Week of Prayer for Christian<br />

Unity. All welcome.<br />

Thurs 24th Jan 2.30pm Thursday Group. A time of fun and<br />

fellowship. Also a talk by Miss Muriel Bean.<br />

Sat 26th Jan 9am -12noon. Coffee Morning run by<br />

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

Sun 27th Jan 10.45am. Morning Worship. A Local<br />

Arrangement. Followed by refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Thurs 31st Jan. Bible Study with Rev Liz Jolly. All welcome.<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Thank you to a parishioner from the Baptist church<br />

who gave us a mega amount of craft materials.<br />

We had great fun going through it all and a lot of<br />

future projects are in the pipe line.<br />

Many of our clients enjoy the feel of soft toys, so<br />

thank you Sebastian for giving us some of your<br />

treasured cuddlies.<br />

We have had several hampers dotted around<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and the one I did from the centre was<br />

won by the boys at A.V.S.<br />

A craft event was held by Julia Willis and many<br />

of her crafting friends, the proceeds from the<br />

refreshments have been donated by this lovely<br />

bunch. The grand total of £200 came our way,<br />

that's a lot of tea, coffee and cake! Thanks so much<br />

for thinking of us. Julia's late dad made us such a<br />

wonderful set of dominos which have been well<br />

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

Norman popped in to see us with a fantastic<br />

donation in the sum of £500. This was gratefully<br />

accepted by the lovely Ann. We are so very grateful<br />

for the support of <strong>Swaffham</strong> bingo (Norman, Linda<br />

and Ian)and of course to all the loyal bingo players.<br />

What a knitter! This beautiful double size blanket<br />

was completed in only a few days by the very<br />

talented Jeanette. It is one of the prizes that has<br />

been placed around <strong>Swaffham</strong>, this one is in Hair<br />

Unique.<br />

The call went out for unwanted gifts and you lovely<br />

people answered. Thanks to Sarah, Hazel, Madge,<br />

Pam and Mrs Caley who have given us some lovely<br />

things.<br />

At the Rotary Christmas Fair we had a cake stall.<br />

Thanks to everyone who made us such delicious<br />

cakes and pastries. We made £153.35. A big thank<br />

you also to the Rotary for such a lovely community<br />

event.<br />

We are in great need of puzzles, the ideal ones are<br />

'house of puzzles' 250 big pieces. But you know us,<br />

any make would do as long as they are big pieces,<br />

so please if you don't want them any more we<br />

would be very grateful to some new additions to<br />

the few we have.<br />

Due to retirement we are looking for two new<br />

directors, if you would like to know more please<br />

contact Eddie Doran on 01760 725220. If there is<br />

someone out there that likes a challenge where<br />

funding is concerned and knows their way around<br />

the application forms we would love to hear from<br />

you, we are in need of direction.<br />

Pheonix Singers<br />

The Pheonix Singers entertained a capacity audience<br />

in the Methodist Church on 7th December. It was a<br />

privilege to perform in the newly refurbished space<br />

and the mix of music and words was a perfect start<br />

to the Christmas festivities.<br />

Once again, this choir gave a polished performance<br />

of seasonal music, both old and new, in perfect<br />

harmony. It was obvious to all present that they<br />

enjoy what they do. Some very amusing anecdotes<br />

were recited by choir members and by a complete<br />

contrast, the St Withburga Handbell Ringers played<br />

some traditional carols. Hot<br />

mince pies and warm spiced<br />

fruit punch was served during<br />

the interval, this was included<br />

in the ticket price. Proceeds<br />

from the evening will go to the<br />

Methodist Church.<br />

The Pheonix singers perform for worthwhile<br />

causes and their next concert in the summer will<br />

be in support of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Litcham Home<br />

Hospice. Please keep watching for details nearer<br />

the time in your local <strong>Newsletter</strong> and don't miss the<br />

opportunity to hear this talented group of singers.<br />

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

Following a very successful Trolley<br />

Dash, at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Tesco store,<br />

where Pauline Adams won £80<br />

worth of food; <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions<br />

were able to hand over a cheque<br />

for £468, from the proceeds, to <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham<br />

Home Hospice Support.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions are helping collect food at the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Tesco Store for FoodShare over a four<br />

day period. Food collected will be topped up by<br />

Tesco with a 20% monetary donation. FoodShare is<br />

a charity fighting hunger and tackling food waste.<br />

They distribute good food that would otherwise<br />

go to waste to frontline organisations supporting<br />

vulnerable people. Last year, FoodShare provided<br />

over 95663 projects with enough food for 36.7<br />

million meals.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were out supporting Children in<br />

Need with their Pudsey who visited the Assembly<br />

Rooms, the Friday<br />

Indoor Market and<br />

Tesco. The generous<br />

people of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

always support this<br />

worthy cause, with £5<br />

and £10 going into the<br />

collection bucket with<br />

all the coins.<br />

The second event of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions marking the 100 years since the<br />

end of 1st World War was a sell-out Variety Show<br />

in the Assembly Rooms. The show, compared by<br />

Nigel Wilkins the Town Crier, included the shanty<br />

band Pot of Gold, the ever popular Phoenix singers,<br />

Biddy Vogel with her very talented daughters playing<br />

some wonderful classical music. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players,<br />

who had the audience in tears of laughter and the<br />

evening was brought to a close with a sing along<br />

with the Ukulele Band. The evening raised £1432<br />

for Scott’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved<br />

Armed Forces children.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their annual Christmas Party<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Over sixty guests<br />

enjoyed a three course meal followed by dancing to<br />

Pam & John. It was a great way to start the Christmas<br />

festivities as Lions embark on their tour of RAF<br />

Marham and the local supermarkets with their Santa<br />

Sleigh.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions Santa took the opportunity to call<br />

in to the Tesco Children’s Christmas Party, much to<br />

the delight of the young children and the parents.<br />

With over thirty excited children Santa was kept busy<br />

distributing presents.<br />


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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

November’s meeting, our AGM, was a<br />

good afternoon. First we had a lovely<br />

flower arrangement demonstration<br />

– with beautiful flowers and lucky winners of the<br />

arrangements. After tea and cake, an important part<br />

of any WI afternoon, the AGM business went smoothly<br />

with the “new committee” in place to take us into the<br />

New Year. At time of writing we have not had our last<br />

meeting of 2018 – Christmas Lunch - which is sure to be<br />

a joyous occasion. 2019’s programme looks varied and<br />

interesting covering such topics as tourism, working<br />

dogs and one of our members reliving her memories of<br />

a turbulent time, to mention just a few.<br />

Our 1st meeting of the New Year is on Tuesday 15th<br />

January 2019 – when our yearly subscription is due.<br />

Sporle Afternoon WI each 3rd Tuesday of the month<br />

l.45pm – 4pm – guests always welcome.<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 />

Discover Blakeney Rowing Club<br />

Blakeney Rowing Club is a friendly, active club of just<br />

over fifty active rowers of all ages. There are two St<br />

Ayles Skiffs – Hoi Larntan and Bluejacket – and these<br />

have been built by club members with both social<br />

and competitive rowing in mind. Usual outings are<br />

towards Blakeney Point in the summer and across the<br />

peaceful Norfolk Broads during the winter. There is<br />

always a refreshment stop in beautiful surroundings<br />

and conversation always sparkles across the water.<br />

The boats are in frequent use with two or more<br />

outings each week. Recently, twelve rowers travelled<br />

the length of the Caledonian Canal in Bluejacket, ably<br />

assisted by the crew of the canal barge Ros Crana.<br />

What a great adventure! If you are interested in social<br />

rowing, racing, or simply trying a new activity in the<br />

New Year, browse some excellent action photographs<br />

and further information on the club website at<br />

crablakeney.wordpress.com to gain a full impression<br />

of all aspects of club life. Alternatively, contact Tom on<br />

01263-761570 to arrange an outing. Life jackets and full<br />

instruction will be provided. You are allowed three free<br />

rows before deciding whether to join and no previous<br />

experience is necessary. Safety-aware, experienced<br />

rowers will always be present. What are you waiting<br />

for? Find out more today.<br />

Barry Howes.<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

There was no Speaker at the monthly<br />

meeting on 6th December, instead<br />

members indulged themselves with<br />

a choice of mulled wine or Prosecco, cheese straws and<br />

mince pies, tea, coffee and biscuits. A ‘Brain-teaser’ was<br />

provided to amuse members until the Great Dunham<br />

Hand-bell Ringers treated members to a selection of<br />

extremely pleasant sounding carols. The Bell Ringers were<br />

then followed by ‘Timescape’: a duo from Fakenham who<br />

sang a variety of Christmas songs from the 1940’s and<br />

1950’s.<br />

The Speaker on 3rd January will be Robert Ferguson who<br />

will talk about the ‘Fight for Africa’ and endangered species<br />

such as rhinoceroses. ‘Wildlife Photography’ will be the<br />

subject of a presentation by David Mason on 7th February.<br />

The meeting on 4th April will be given by a representative<br />

of the Nat West Bank entitled ‘Friends against Scams’. This<br />

will be a presentation in conjunction with Norfolk Trading<br />

Standards and the Police.<br />

Wissey U3A members concluded their visits to Norwich<br />

on 3rd December to see a re-enactment about the trial<br />

of Suffragette Miriam Pratt in Norwich Castle. A visit to<br />

the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is to be<br />

arranged for early 2019.<br />

The Croquet group will hopefully re-start in 2019 with a<br />

new leader taking charge. The Great Dunham Hand-bell<br />

Ringers obviously inspired those interested in joining<br />

a proposed new group since a list for interest was filled<br />

almost immediately. The new group should be up and<br />

ringing early in the New Year! A list for interest in ‘Line<br />

Dancing’ was well supported so a Line Dancing group may<br />

also take shape early in 2019.<br />

By the time this <strong>Newsletter</strong> is edited, printed and<br />

distributed, 61 members of the Wissey U3A will have<br />

already enjoyed a delicious Christmas Lunch in The Pedlar<br />

Suite of the George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<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. Group leaders only need an interest in<br />

a subject and be prepared to share their knowledge with<br />

other like-minded members. There are currently 335<br />

members who take part in a wide variety of activities such<br />

as Meditation, Pub Lunches, Rambling, Table Tennis and<br />

Ten-pin Bowling. The Science & Technology group are<br />

liaising with the UEA on a project studying ‘Sleep, Genes<br />

and Memory’ which could find a relationship between<br />

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 full-time<br />

gainful employment, so anyone working ‘part-time’ can<br />

also apply for membership. Monthly meetings are held at<br />

Holme Hale’s Pavilion on the first Thursday of the month<br />

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 />

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U3A is usually £10 but is currently only £7 until April 2019.<br />

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

At the end of November we had a terrific concert by a group of six male plus two<br />

female singers, West End Waiters. Being shall we say of a fairly senior age themselves,<br />

they connected strongly with our audience and a great time was had by all. They will<br />

return. We would still be pleased to welcome anyone over 55 to join Age Concern.<br />

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

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

usually on the last Tuesday in each month, 2 pm in the Assembly Rooms (in house)<br />

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 />

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

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses had a busy time in December,<br />

enjoying our socials as well as our fund-raising and<br />

welfare. We had a fun time at the Thetford Lionesses<br />

Christmas Quiz and Supper evening where we entered<br />

two teams of four. Of course we didn’t win but we made<br />

a valiant effort and were not far behind the winners.<br />

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

Two contrasting courses are on<br />

offer from <strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA in the<br />

New Year. On Monday evenings<br />

from 28 January Our Star System … and Beyond is<br />

an introduction to astronomy looking in particular<br />

at our own star system – the sun and its planets.<br />

Tutor Glen Barrett will also be exploring some of the<br />

mysteries of outer space: black holes, pulsars, dark<br />

matter and dark energy. And ultimately: what is the<br />

future for our universe?<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 />

We had our Christmas tree in St. Peter & Paul’s Christmas<br />

tree festival, thank you to all who kindly put a donation<br />

into our bucket.<br />

For trips out, our contact is John Clarke. Acting Chair, Barbara White, 720756, Deputy Chair, Barbara<br />

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Befrienders & Hospital<br />

Buddy Drivers Needed<br />

In a more light-hearted vein, film and television<br />

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We also ran our tombola stall at the Rotary Christmas<br />

Fayre in the Assembly Rooms, the two events together<br />

have raised a good amount for our charity fund.<br />

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At the time of writing, we are doing our usual bit of<br />

helping our Lions club with the Pensioners’ Christmas<br />

Party held again at the Convent school.<br />

A Happy New Year to one and all.<br />

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

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

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

You are welcome to attend the first session as a<br />

‘taster’ for £7 with no obligation to continue. Fees<br />

may be waived for those in receipt of benefits. More<br />

information is available at www.wea.org.uk where<br />

you can also sign up in advance to attend. However<br />

there is no requirement to book in advance: just<br />

come along and you will be very welcome. For<br />

further information please phone 01760 723558.

Celebrating 50 years of Rotary in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Capturing the Essence of <strong>Swaffham</strong> throughout the Year.<br />

12 months of capturing the ordinary and the extra-ordinary, the places,<br />

the action & events and the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Artist’s Name:…………………………………………………………………<br />

Address:………………………………………………………<br />

……………………………………………………….<br />

……………………………………………………….<br />

Telephone Number: …………………………………………….…<br />

Email …………………………………………………………………….<br />

Title Medium Date taken<br />

Digital / print<br />

Signed : …………………………………………<br />

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Younger than 11 years old<br />

Ring the one that is applicable<br />

Digital / print<br />

Parent/Guardian Signature ………………………………………………………………<br />

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

2. Quarterly competition with the winners published in the Rotary section of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

3. A maximum of 2 entries per 3 months per person which can either be digital or print format<br />

4. The entry form must be fully completed and readable<br />

5. Parent/Guardian approval is needed for all entrants under 18 years old<br />

6. All entries must be Still Photography, and taken with a camera, (film or digital), phone, polaroid – No<br />

videos will be accepted as part of this competition<br />

7. The entries can be Black & White or Colour<br />

8. Print size: Minimum 4”x2” (100mm x 150mm); Maximum 10”x 12” (250mm x 300mm)<br />

9. Prints must be mounted on board which will be no bigger than 30cm x 40cm.<br />

10. Digital sizes: 1900 pixels x 1200 pixels; file size no greater than 2MB in jPeg format<br />

11. Prints can be submitted at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum; Digital entries can be submitted via SD card to the<br />

Museum or by following the instructions on the website www.swaffhamrotary.org.uk.<br />

12. Please mark the envelop clearly “Capture <strong>Swaffham</strong>” and the competition quarter. Ensure the<br />

envelope is sealed. The Capture Committee is not responsible for any loss or damage.<br />

13. The photograph must have been taken within the 6 months prior to its submission<br />

14. There is no entry fee.<br />

15. Quarterly winners may be asked that their entries be used and included in any future publicity or<br />

commercial art work (such as calendars, postcards etc)<br />

16. Entry by the end of the Quarter (March, June, September, December) of the Quarters’ competition;<br />

results by the 15 th of the following month and published in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

17. Entry forms are available at Ceres Bookshop, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Museum & Rotary Club website<br />

18. The Capture <strong>Swaffham</strong> Committee will judge the submissions and they reserve the right to refuse<br />

entry without explanation.<br />


President’s Corner<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 5<br />

In 1969 The Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> was given its Charter<br />

and started its 50 years of service to the community of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and district.<br />

So from the first of this month we start to celebrate those<br />

50 years with a year long programme of events that the<br />

Club has devised spread out over that period.<br />

To summarise as from 1st January our photographic<br />

competition will start - called “Capture <strong>Swaffham</strong>" and<br />

we will launch it officially on the 4th January. This is a<br />

competition for all in the town, young and old, and its aim<br />

is to capture the Essence of <strong>Swaffham</strong> throughout the<br />

year of 2019. Twelve months of capturing the ordinary<br />

and the extra-ordinary, the places, the action and events<br />

and the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The best photographs will<br />

be displayed in the Museum, exhibited and compared<br />

alongside Leslie Kendle’s old photographs that he<br />

collected all his life and which are now in the Musueum.<br />

The dates for this will be announced during the year.<br />

Entry forms detailing the rules, categories and general<br />

information are at The Museum and Ceres Bookshop<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and these rules are shown in the panel<br />

adjacent to this article.<br />

All the annual events of the club will also have a 50th<br />

anniversary theme. Our national President Donna<br />

Wallbrook will visit the club for our 50th Charter Night<br />

Dinner in November. We have already produced and<br />

are selling a Cook Book with the profits going to my<br />

President’s Charity this year, The Samaritans. We wish<br />

to plant 50 trees/hedges in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District with<br />

the support of The Woodland Trust and are contributing<br />

to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Garden as part of that<br />

initiative. We are planning a one-day charity exhibition<br />

and conference. All the local, national and international<br />

charities the club has supported over the years will be<br />

invited to display information with an open invitation<br />

to the public, schools, other Rotary clubs, service<br />

organisations and community support groups. A town<br />

trail is planned in conjunction with the Museum to show<br />

the many important buildings and areas of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The Christmas Fayre last<br />

month was again a great<br />

success with the local<br />

charities displaying their<br />

wares and information<br />

in the Assembly Rooms.<br />

Again, Litcham School<br />

ran their Christmas Cafe<br />

and their musicians<br />

entertained everyone so<br />

well - all to raise money<br />

towards a piano that the school needs. I am pleased to<br />

say that they made enough money on the day to be able<br />

to order that piano. Thank you all again for your support.<br />

YEARS<br />

19<br />

We have continued to support the Burke family in their<br />

necessary extension to their house to accommodate<br />

Sophie’s needs. This should be completed by the time<br />

you read this article. Sophie’s mother Jo came to talk to<br />

our club in December to give us an update and to tell<br />

us more about Sophie’s problems, the dreadful Ehlers-<br />

Danlos syndrome, which Jo and also son Tom have to a<br />

lesser degree. We were so moved by their strength and<br />

Sophie’s courage, tenacity and bravery in coping with<br />

this dreadful condition. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions and ourselves<br />

have been so pleased to help the family.<br />

At our recent 49th Charter Night Dinner the response<br />

to the toast to the guests was given by past Rotarian<br />

Chris Parsons. In his excellent speech he alluded to<br />

the guest speaker of the night Veronica Sekules of The<br />

Groundwork Art Gallery in King’s Lynn (who linked her<br />

gallery’s work to the environment) and our club’s theme<br />

for the year also the environment and linking the two<br />

together. He went on to say that we live today in an<br />

era in which human activity, for the first time, is the<br />

dominant influence on climate and the environment.<br />

Global warming is already 1 degree C above preindustrial<br />

levels. The Paris Climate Agreement seeks<br />

to limit global warming to below a further 1.5 degrees<br />

C and yet major nations are busy withdrawing from<br />

that agreement - we have about 12 years to limit the<br />

climate change catastrophe. The climate problem has<br />

a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable in our<br />

society. He said that much of our work internationally<br />

is to respond to disasters across the globe, many<br />

as a result of climate change, including wild fires,<br />

droughts, tsunamis and other extreme events. So it<br />

was appropriate with those words in our minds that we<br />

arranged to display a Rotary Shelterbox in the Market<br />

Place following the remarks I made about them in the<br />

November <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>. The tent was erected<br />

and all the contents shown. The lovely Downham<br />

Market Preparatory School Choir sang to support us<br />

and a collection was made for Shelterbox.<br />

On behalf of our Club we wish you all a very Happy,<br />

Healthy and Peaceful New Year.<br />

Malcolm Whittley

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

With the dreadful Brexit saga dragging on it<br />

really does refresh the spirit to turn to the Arts<br />

(or sport!). The Jazz Club is certainly a great place<br />

to relax and unwind. We were all looking forward<br />

to another visit from Eileanora for our December<br />

meeting, but unfortunately she was ill and unable<br />

to come. Nothing daunted, band leader/ drummer<br />

Colin Mason at the last minute was able to book<br />

another keyboard player, Ryan McCaffrey. Not<br />

only is Ryan an excellent keyboard player, he<br />

also brought along his tenor saxophone on which<br />

he also excels. We were lucky that Ryan - who<br />

usually plays in and around London - was back<br />

in the area. As well as this, Colin also booked a<br />

great young trombonist, Robbie Germeno. I was<br />

very interested in his instrument which is not the<br />

usual B flat narrow bore trombone used by most<br />

jazz trombonists, but was a B flat and F trombone<br />

used mainly by orchestral players as it has a more<br />

mellow sound. The rest of the line up was Chris<br />

Kirk - trumpet, Jeff Scullard - electric bass and<br />

Tap Robinson - guitar and of course Colin Mason<br />

on drums. One piece that stands out for me is<br />

Georgia on My Mind which was played at a very<br />

slow tempo. One of the great things about really<br />

slow jazz numbers is how the players love to put in<br />

lots of notes to each beat, rather than just playing<br />

long notes. I think at a slow beat they have more<br />

time to think about their improvisation as they<br />

go along. This number really suited the beautiful<br />

sound Robbie produces.<br />

I really enjoyed the upbeat Horace Silver number<br />

The Preacher which finished the first half, especially<br />

Jeff’s clever bass solo which ended the piece. In All<br />

the Things You Are Colin once again demonstrated<br />

his exemplary brush work. The piece I enjoyed<br />

most was Groove Merchant in which Ryan pushed<br />

the Hammond Organ’s buttons and played his best<br />

keyboard solo of the evening, and Chris showed<br />

just how good he is at flutter-tonguing.<br />

Tap really came into his own when he played the<br />

Country & Western number San Antonio Rose<br />

whilst Chris and Robbie took a well-earned rest.<br />

The band concluded the evening with a jazzed up<br />

version of Jingle Bells sending everyone home<br />

with some much needed Christmas spirit! No<br />

Session in January.<br />

Next up: The Colin Mason Quartet with David<br />

Taylor on Saxophone. Tues 12th February at 7.30<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, London Street.<br />

PE37 7DD Ticket price will be £8. Happy New<br />

Year Everyone! Norman 01760 722 384 and Geoff<br />

01366 328 730<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Happy New Year!<br />

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal has, at the<br />

time of writing, reached £24,000! This is amazing as<br />

we can continue to collect through fundraising until<br />

the next Poppy Appeal begins. I know of people who<br />

are going to have coffee mornings and perhaps a pub<br />

quiz so why not join in?? My thanks to all who helped<br />

in whatever way, with an especial thank you to<br />

Ruffles Boutique who raised over £2,500 by holding<br />

a fashion show. It was a fantastic evening enjoyed by<br />

all, so thank you Mandy and all your 'girls', including<br />

the D-Day Darlings. I know that both our veterans<br />

enjoyed having a dance with some of them! My<br />

thanks, too, to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club, who held a<br />

Silent Auction for a painting that had been donated<br />

to the Poppy Appeal. After being on display in the<br />

Arts Lounge for many months (my thanks to Colin)<br />

the painting sold for £150, turning talent into cash.<br />

We would like to thank the Air Cadets and Army<br />

Cadets for all their help at Remembrance time. As<br />

usual, they were a credit to this town and to their<br />

generation. You might like to know that the Air Cadets<br />

are affiliated to the Legion and the Army Cadets are in<br />

the process of becoming affiliated too. We recognise<br />

the importance of the younger generations taking<br />

on responsibility for Remembrance.<br />

We at the Legion are always seeking to 'grow ' our<br />

membership, and with that in mind I would like to<br />

just say that you need not have served in any of the<br />

armed forces to become a member. It has become<br />

apparent that quite a few people think that you do.<br />

All are welcome, in fact the more the merrier because<br />

others will have ideas on talks, outings, socialising. It<br />

would be lovely to see younger members too.<br />

At our AGM in December, Jim Holland, who had<br />

been our Branch Treasurer for about twenty years,<br />

stood down. He has done a great job in keeping our<br />

finances in order and we would like to say, publicly,<br />

THANK YOU, JIM. Thankfully we were able to fill the<br />

positition by juggling jobs around. Dave Thorogood<br />

is now Treasurer and Jo Scott has taken on the<br />

role of Secretary. Our RAF Marham representative,<br />

Dave Richards, is to leave the Air Force in the next<br />

few months and he has already recruited two<br />

replacements as representatives of RAF Marham.<br />

Dave has been our station rep since around 2002<br />

and has done a really brilliant job in poppy selling<br />

on base raising in excess of £30,000 towards the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch Poppy Appeal total. He will be<br />

sadly missed but we look forward to working with<br />

the new reps, one Royal Air Force and one Royal<br />

Navy.<br />

Ann Thorpe<br />

Western Link options to join Norwich<br />

NDR to A47<br />

One of the election promises I stood on in May 2017<br />

was that Norfolk County Council would finish the job<br />

we started and link the Norwich Northern Distributor<br />

Road to the A47. I am pleased to report progress is<br />

being made, there is a long way to go but the Council<br />

have now published four possible options for the<br />

missing Western Link. Building this link will ensure that<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> residents and residents within Breckland<br />

are able to access to benefits of the NDR, ensuring<br />

economic growth is spread across the County as well as<br />

a reduction in journey times. The options will be subject<br />

to a public consultation, which will run from November<br />

26 until January 19, I urge you all to take part in this and<br />

let the Council know which option you prefer. I firmly<br />

believe delving this Road in the interests of the whole<br />

of Norfolk.<br />

What are the options?<br />

Option A: Single carriageway upgrade to A1067 to<br />

Lenwade and B1535 to A47 Wood Lane junction<br />

at Honingham, using existing bridge at Attlebridge.<br />

Length: 7.2 miles. Cost: £60m. Estimated to carry about<br />

10,000 vehicles a day by 2040.<br />

Option B: New dual carriageway and A1067 upgrade.<br />

New route to east of Weston Longville linked to A47 at<br />

Wood Lane junction. Two alternatives to link to A1067.<br />

New junction at Attlebridge, using current bridge or<br />

2,165ft long viaduct over Wensum, joining A1067<br />

east of Attlebridge. Length: 5.2 miles. Cost: £155m.<br />

Estimated to carry about 30,000 vehicles a day by 2040.<br />

Option C: New dual carriageway and A1067 upgrade.<br />

Link to A47 at Wood Lane. New junction to take route<br />

between Weston Longville and Ringland, crossing<br />

Wensum on 2,362ft long viaduct. Length: 3.9 miles.<br />

Cost: £153m. Estimated to carry about 32,000 vehicles<br />

a day by 2040.<br />

Option D: New dual carriageway and A1067 upgrade.<br />

New route west of Ringland, linked to A47 either at<br />

Taverham Road junction or closer to the current Easton<br />

roundabout junction, crossing Wensum on 2,165ft<br />

viaduct. Second viaduct over Tud. Length: 3.6 miles.<br />

Cost: £161m. Estimated to carry about 31,000 vehicles<br />

a day by 2040. Any questions please email ed.colman.<br />

cllr@norfolk.gov.uk or call me on 07940 406356.<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 />

6 January Krys Godly Beachamwell<br />

20 January Penny Francis Saham Hills.<br />

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

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

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

Tel: 01553 616200<br />

www.asklily.org.uk<br />

Helping adults in west<br />

Norfolk get involved in<br />

their community<br />

• Personal Alarms monitored<br />

24/7 for £2.96 per week<br />

plus installation<br />

• Pendants can be<br />

worn either around<br />

the neck or wrist<br />

• Keysafes allowing<br />

relatives & emergency<br />

services access<br />

to your home<br />

• Assistive<br />

Technology -<br />

including falls<br />

pendants and<br />

smoke detectors<br />

Telephone information line<br />

Online directory<br />

Lily Advisor home visits<br />

Community locations<br />

in association with<br />







Please contact<br />

the Careline<br />

Community Service<br />

team today on<br />

01553 616200 or<br />

visit our website<br />

careline-cs.org.uk<br />

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Benefits for the elderly<br />

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

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

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

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

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

the way to make those claims.<br />

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

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

• Will be better informed<br />

• Know their rights<br />

• Are claiming their entitlements<br />

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

pension credit, council tax benefit etc<br />

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

those benefits.<br />

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

• Benefit entitlement checks.<br />

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

housing, care issues etc.<br />

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

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

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

venue that is deemed suitable.<br />

To find out more about<br />

benefit checks, call the Age<br />

UK Norfolk advice line on<br />

0300 500 1217,<br />

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

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club<br />

The 5th of December saw members<br />

and their guests enjoying a festive<br />

meal in the Green Room of the<br />

towns George Hotel for an evening<br />

with surprisingly few camera's in evidence. This<br />

dinner event was the last meeting for the club in 2018<br />

allowing members time to plan, possibly capture<br />

and prepare their competition entries around their<br />

other seasonal<br />

commitments, in<br />

readiness for our<br />

first meeting of<br />

2019 on the 16th<br />

The 5th of December saw members and their guests enjoying a festive meal<br />

The 5th of December saw members and their guests enjoying a festive meal<br />

in the Green Room of the towns George Hotel for an evening with surprisingly<br />

in the Green Room of the towns George Hotel for an evening with surprisingly<br />

few camera's in evidence<br />

few camera's in evidence<br />

January, with<br />

images reflecting<br />

favourite shots<br />

of 2018. The club<br />

which meets on the first and third Wednesday of<br />

each month has a full program of events, speakers,<br />

exhibitions and internal and inter-club competitions<br />

planned. It is also pleased to offer tutorials at all<br />

levels, concerning the many aspects of photography<br />

and its associated equipment.<br />

For further information please visit the club's<br />

website: www.swaffhamcameraclub.com.<br />

This dinner This event dinner was event the was last the meeting last meeting for the for club the in club 2018 in allowing 2018 allowing members members<br />

time to plan, time possibly to plan, possibly capture capture and prepare and prepare their competition their competition entries entries around around<br />

their other their seasonal other seasonal commitments, commitments, in readiness readiness for our for first our meeting first meeting of 2019 of 2019<br />

on the 16th on the January, 16th January, with images with images reflecting reflecting favourite favourite shots of shots 2018 of 2018<br />

The club The which club meets which on meets the first on the and first third and Wednesday third Wednesday of each of month each month has a has a<br />

full program full program of events, of events, speakers, speakers, exhibitions exhibitions and internal and internal and inter-club and inter-club<br />

competitions competitions planned. planned. It is also It pleased is also pleased to offer to tutorials offer tutorials at all levels, at all levels,<br />

concerning<br />

concerning<br />

the many<br />

the<br />

aspects<br />

many aspects<br />

of photography<br />

of photography<br />

and its<br />

and<br />

associated<br />

its associated<br />

equipment.<br />

equipment.<br />

For further information please visit the Clubs website<br />

For further information please visit the Clubs website<br />

www.swaffhamcameraclub.com .<br />

www.swaffhamcameraclub.com .

Downham Grange<br />

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market<br />

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new<br />

purpose-built development in Downham Market.<br />

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

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

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

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

Branch<br />

01760<br />

725801<br />

http://www.family-action.org.uk<br />

building better families<br />

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

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

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

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

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

independence and social inclusion.<br />

The home has been designed to meet the needs<br />

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

care. This exciting new development meets our<br />

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

needs and providing the highest standards of care.<br />

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is<br />

focused around each person’s individual needs and<br />

wishes. We value and respect how each person<br />

chooses to spend their day.<br />

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs<br />

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly<br />

experienced and receive on-going training to make<br />

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.<br />

We really want to make a difference<br />

to the lives of the people we care for.<br />

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

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

to making the design and layout<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

dementia.<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings and environment. It<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents every day.<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

people to take part in the daily living<br />

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

Linda White, chair of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual<br />

Awareness Group, was delighted to present a cheque<br />

for £650 from monies raised during the year from<br />

our Sunday services and evenings of clairvoyance<br />

to Colin Houghton, chair of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cottage<br />

Hospital League of Friends and Irene Gibbons, one<br />

of their fundraisers. This money will go towards the<br />

purchase of 2 specialised bedside chairs for the use<br />

of the patients.<br />

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us<br />

during the year with our fundraising efforts, next<br />

year's charity will be <strong>Swaffham</strong> Homestart.<br />

We were also very pleased to donate £100 to the<br />

Brambles Animal Sanctuary at Downham Market.<br />

Linda White, our chair, presented a cheque to Sue<br />

Duffield. Sue has been running this sanctuary for 15<br />

years and specialises in caring for elderly cats, dogs,<br />

horses, rabbits and those with problems that mean<br />

they cannot be rehomed. No animal is put to sleep.<br />

Sue would be very grateful for any old towels,<br />

bedding or donations towards tombolas etc. These<br />

can be dropped off at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Vets at Tower<br />

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

We would like to thank everyone who has supported<br />

us this last year and helped us raise the monies<br />

for this worthy cause and the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Hospital League of Friends.<br />

Tai Chi for health<br />

Tai Chi has been found to be beneficial for:<br />

• Helping relieve arthritis<br />

• Improving balance & posture<br />

• Toning muscles<br />

• Improving mobility<br />

• Promoting good health<br />

• Physical & mental wellbeing<br />

Our classes are relaxed, friendly, fun,<br />

& a good way of meeting new friends.<br />

01760 723102 or 07587 567406<br />

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East Dereham<br />

Tuesday 11am<br />

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

Wednesday 10am<br />

Friday 10am<br />

www.academytaichi.co.uk<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

days to feel at home<br />

because the staff are<br />

so welcoming and<br />

caring”<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

downham.manager@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

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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 />

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

After all the excitement and bright lights of Christmas<br />

come the dark days of January, dark when we get<br />

up in the morning and dark as we get home in the<br />

afternoons. We have to make the most of the low<br />

winter sun, nature in its dormant state, and take<br />

cheer from the reappearance of winter jasmine,<br />

scented vibernum and our loyal snowdrops.<br />

January at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts means an event for children<br />

and a return visit of our friends, the wonderful<br />

Garlic Theatre puppets. This year the story they<br />

are bringing is “Three Little Pig Tails”, a retelling of<br />

an old favourite with a new twist. The show will be<br />

suitable for children aged 3 years and upwards and<br />

adults of all ages! There will also be scrumptious<br />

refreshments! Garlic Theatre puppets will be at the<br />

Community Centre on Sunday January 20th at 3 pm.<br />

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

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday period. Do spare<br />

a thought for all our emergency workers and care staff<br />

who look after our ill and vunerable people. We are<br />

continuing to maintain the newly revamped garden at<br />

the rear of the Hospital. We have added some additional<br />

planting and bulbs. Within our new gazeebo we placed a<br />

Christmas tree and decorations. Thank you to those who<br />

purchased “Friends” Christmas cards. I hope you liked<br />

the designs. Thanks also to those of you who supported<br />

our stall at the Rotary Christmas Fair on 2nd December.<br />

Finally, thanks to Mrs Pegg and supporters who held the<br />

craft fair in November and December in support of us.<br />

All patients in over the Christmas period received their<br />

presents as usual. I hope you enjoyed the “Christmas<br />

Tree Festival” in church on the first week of December.<br />

It's always a great display and draws in many visitors.<br />

Looking ahead to next year, we hope to be assisting with<br />

the purchase of some new “purpose designed” bedside<br />

chairs for patients. Also we hope that the Health Trust<br />

will support the idea of an extension to the existing main<br />

day/dining room. In the new year, once the Methodist<br />

church is fully back open, we will hold more of our coffee<br />

mornings.<br />

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

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

houghton789.plus.com<br />

Even ironing!<br />

Tracy 01362 820 966<br />

Caroline 01953 882 154<br />

Tickets are available from Ceres Bookshop (01760<br />

722504) and The Green Parrot (01760 724704), and<br />

on the door, priced at £7 members and £10 nonmembers,<br />

and children come FREE. We look forward<br />

to seeing you. Everyone is welcome!<br />

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

Members of the group enjoyed a festive afternoon<br />

tea in the White Hart restaurant on December 10th.<br />

It was an opportunity to mark 10 years since the<br />

group was founded although only a few of its original<br />

members are still with us. Over the decade we have<br />

produced ‘The Book of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’ for the museum<br />

and 25 individual booklets on various local topics, all<br />

of which are still on sale in the museum shop.<br />

The staff of the White Hart produced a selection of<br />

mouth watering home made goodies for us, even a<br />

special vegan savoury for one member. Our thanks<br />

to all concerned.<br />

The first meeting for 2019 will be on Monday 14th<br />

January at the museum. We still welcome new<br />

members. For any further details of the group please<br />

contact: littlebethany7@gmail.com<br />



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<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 />

1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Girl Guides Photo taken in Hospital<br />

Week (Carnival) in 1932.<br />

Can anyone name anyone, please?<br />

The photo states that Emily Backhouse is the Captain<br />

and a Miss Clark the Lieutenant. We assume that<br />

Emily is the one with the lanyard.<br />

Emily was matron of the Cottage Hospital before she<br />

enlisted in the Territorial Nursing Service in 1915,<br />

serving on HMS Mauretania. She had returned to<br />

the Cottage Hospital again with her sister Alice by<br />

1920 and left for London between then and 1943.<br />

She died in 1963 leaving her husband John James<br />

Marshall whom she had married in 1914 but seems<br />

to have retained her maiden name until the 1940s.<br />

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Can you help?<br />

Does anyone know of any<br />

living family of George<br />

Ward (1893 – 1975).<br />

Born in <strong>Swaffham</strong> of a<br />

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

family and a soldier in<br />

WW1 in the Norfolk<br />

Regiment and Royal<br />

Field Artillery. We have<br />

been approached by a<br />

gentleman who has his<br />

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his family.<br />

His parents were James<br />

and Lucy (nee Dixon).<br />

He had an older brother<br />

James William and two sisters Emma and Alice.<br />

After James died in 1902 Lucy married John Blyth(e)<br />

and George had 2 half brothers, Lesley and Arthur,<br />

and a half-sister Amy.<br />

George married Anna Alice Davison in Smallburgh<br />

in 1930 and a son William Edward was born in 1931.<br />

There may have been a previous marriage.<br />

Please contact us if you have any information.<br />

Thank you.<br />

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We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life<br />

Membership payment of just £10 for an individual<br />

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November £100 prize – No.16<br />

December draw - £40 No.67 / £20 No.18/ £10 No.56<br />

Museum - Winter Closing<br />

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February 11 at 10am. If you would like to assist with<br />

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From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

Again, much to comment on this<br />

month. Firstly, I hope you all<br />

enjoyed a healthy and peaceful<br />

holiday period. A new year<br />

dawns and I hope it is going to be<br />

prosperous for all. A final word on<br />

our Remembrance displays of Poppies; I want to<br />

thank everyone who contributed again as it was<br />

such a wonderful response.<br />

The Buttercross is now complete and I hope<br />

you like the finished project. The brick structure<br />

housing the new electricity supply has caused<br />

a lot of comment however it was a UK Network<br />

Power requirement and the location and size was<br />

dictated by them. The Council are however looking<br />

at ideas to make the exterior more attractive, so<br />

it will blend in better.<br />

I hope many of you got to our Christmas Lights<br />

Switch On event with market and funfair last<br />

month. A lot of time and effort goes into the<br />

planning and we seek to make it attractive and<br />

interesting for all age groups. We were very lucky<br />

with the weather and I feel the day went well for<br />

all involved: traders, entertainment and Santa was<br />

kept busy, so thanks to him and his supporters.<br />

The Christmas lights certainly brighten up the<br />

town and encourage visitors to stop. The town<br />

seems to be getting more of the “Thursford” buses<br />

stopping and this is great for local businesses.<br />

It is always sad to see long established businesses<br />

leaving, however as they say, “as one door closes,<br />

another opens”. Our vacancy rate for shops is very<br />

good compared with most and so we can look<br />

forward to new businesses coming into the town.<br />

I hope many of you have taken the opportunity<br />

to visit the “Community Garden” at the north<br />

end of the Campingland. It has taken more<br />

shape recently; our thanks go to all the volunteers<br />

and benefactors who have made this happen.<br />

Unfortunately, there has been some minor<br />

vandalism, so please do report these to the police<br />

Regarding the “Blindfolded Walk” around Town,<br />

which I mentioned last time. I would like to ask<br />

all shop owners and cafes etc to remain aware of<br />

the problems associated with advertising boards,<br />

outside seating etc as these can be hazardous to<br />

navigate around.<br />

Still no further news on the future of the Green<br />

Britain Centre. As you recall this is owned<br />

by Breckland Council and they are currently<br />

considering its future use. The Town Council has<br />

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expressed an initial interest in the site however it<br />

is still early days as to what may happen, but we<br />

do understand there is a lot of interest in the site.<br />

On 1st Dec I was pleased to get to see <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town football Cub play at home against<br />

Stowmarket. I had the opportunity to meet both<br />

teams and officials and whilst our team played<br />

well the result was a “draw” which means a replay.<br />

Turning to Leisure facilities in our town. We have<br />

long known that existing town leisure facilities are<br />

totally inadequate for our needs however the good<br />

news is that Breckland Council is now undertaking<br />

a “feasibility study” examining what future<br />

provision the town should have. Consultations<br />

have started, and I am sure that a wide range of<br />

ideas will be forthcoming. This is long overdue<br />

and we will await with interest any findings or<br />

ideas for the future. More news, hopefully, soon<br />

on this.<br />

Our Neighbourhood Plan discussions have moved<br />

on, please see the article in this newsletter<br />

entitled “In my back yard” You may recall that in<br />

our plan we did identify a number of “Community<br />

Action Projects” that don’t fit into the main plan,<br />

but were identified as important issues for the<br />

town. So that these do not get forgotten, the town<br />

Council, at its December meeting, considered a<br />

proposal to set out how best these projects might<br />

be progressed. The intent is to involve interested<br />

groups and individuals who have a desire and<br />

interest in the respective projects. More info<br />

available soon.<br />

The Council's early ideas on the future of the land<br />

known as “Days Field” have caused some interest<br />

and concern with many residents and there have<br />

been articles in the press. Following the public<br />

meeting in October we have updated our list of<br />

“Frequently Asked Questions”. On the council<br />

website to help explain our thinking and answer<br />

many of the initial questions posed to us. Please<br />

take the opportunity to look at the FAQ’s at www.<br />

swaffhamtowncouncill.gov.uk. Work is being<br />

undertaken on further detail and, as promised,<br />

another public meeting will be organised.<br />

Finally, local elections are coming up in May<br />

2019. In preparation an open session was held on<br />

12th December at the Town Hall and prospective<br />

councillors were given the opportunity to learn<br />

more about what is involved in being a Town<br />

Councillor. Another open session is planned for<br />

February 2019 - it’s still not too late if you want<br />

to get involved and put yourself forward for<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

'In Touch with your Town' is put together<br />

by the Town Clerk Richard Bishop or<br />

occasionally by the Deputy Town Clerk<br />

Claire Smith. It deals with some of the<br />

most topical items of the day and the<br />

odd item where the Council want to share information<br />

with the Town.<br />


Quinn Construction Ltd have finished the main contract<br />

for works in the Town Centre: -<br />

• overhauled the electrics - to enable sockets for events,<br />

these were used for the first time at the Christmas Lights<br />

Switch On and now each week by Market traders on a<br />

Saturday<br />

• levelled the raised ridges of the cobbles - to take away<br />

trip hazards and make the area more usable for the<br />

public, a great improvement<br />

• new seats and light bollards – located around the<br />

Buttercross, all seats face in towards the Buttercross, this<br />

hasn’t pleased everyone, and the subtle lighting now<br />

shows off this Grade 1 listed building<br />

• new street lights - now light up the car park<br />

• new electric car charging points - at either side of the<br />

car park, these are for electric cars, it will be an offence<br />

for an ordinary car to park in these spaces. These spaces<br />

are now hatched green to encourage drivers of ordinary<br />

cars to park elsewhere.<br />

• new car park meters – to enable Breckland Council to<br />

manage the 2-hour free parking - there are no plans to<br />

charge, but everyone will need a ticket, otherwise you<br />

will receive a different type of ticket and a fine. Trial<br />

scheme starting in the new-year, Breckland Council will<br />

launch this.<br />

• Free WiFi - will be available in the Town Centre,<br />

there has been problems caused by BT in installing a<br />

new broadband line. We hope to announce full details<br />

next month, this will be<br />

a free service, but with a<br />

download limit.<br />

Please note there will be two<br />

further car park machines<br />

installed in the new-year,<br />

but this will involve re-siting<br />

of any builders’ compound<br />

away from the Central area,<br />

as the ticket machines will<br />

be located in the Town<br />

Pit and the Pedlars Car<br />

Park respectively, this is a<br />

separate contract being<br />

carried out for Breckland Council. Breckland have also<br />

decided to reline the whole of the car park, this will be<br />

done in January too!<br />


The Christmas Light Switch-On and Christmas Market<br />

took place on Sunday 2nd December, and we did such<br />

a good job in booking the mild fine weather. It was a full<br />

afternoon of entertainment, with a visit from ‘Father<br />

Christmas’ and Live Reindeer, with 36 stalls booked in for<br />

the Christmas Market, what could possibly go wrong?<br />

We needed the public to turn out and support the event<br />

and how they did in their thousands. The atmosphere<br />

was great and how good that so many of the town’s<br />

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shops stayed open, with Plowright Place needing a<br />

special mention here. Everything built up during the<br />

day working towards the Christmas Lights Switch On at<br />

5pm, just imagine what would be said if after all the work<br />

that had gone on in the Town Centre for the town to be<br />

plunged into darkness, but no <strong>Swaffham</strong> has its lights for<br />

another year and the event was a great success. The date<br />

has just been confirmed for 2019, so please put Sunday<br />

1st December in your diary.<br />

Light up <strong>Swaffham</strong> Christmas Raffle<br />

And the winners were....<br />

1st prize - £200 - Ticket No 0823 – Mr Colin Cromer<br />

2nd prize - £50 - Ticket No 0827 – Mr Alex Duck<br />

3rd prize - £25 - Ticket No 0557 – Mrs Stibbon<br />

4th prize - £25 - Ticket No 0096 – Mrs Johnson – donated<br />

to next year's event<br />

5th prize - Food Mixer - Ticket No 0873 – Mr Bennett<br />

6th prize - Baileys Hamper - Ticket No 0691 – Mrs Bartram<br />

7th prize - Waitrose Hamper - Ticket No 0205 – Mrs Allen<br />

8th prize - Magnum of Demi Sec - Ticket No 0278 – Mr<br />

Adcock<br />

9th prize - Meal for two at The Red Lion PH - Ticket No<br />

0114 – Mr Bolton<br />

10th prize - Santa breakfast for two at the White Hart PH<br />

- Ticket No 0855 – Mrs Chatlin<br />

11th prize - Xmas Eve personal visit from Santa - Ticket<br />

No 0746 - Rachel<br />

12th prize - Chocolate mint collection - Ticket No 0788 –<br />

Mr/Miss Gibbon<br />

Thank you to…. ALL that helped in any way to make this<br />

a very special event for the Town. We will give a shout<br />

out to some of the key people involved below, in the<br />

hope that others wont be offended if they are not on<br />

this list, they are all on Santa’s nice list and a big thankyou<br />

must go the Santa himself for turning out during<br />

his busiest time of the year and staying until every child<br />

had seen him, complete with his own elf. Our Town Crier<br />

Nigel Wilkin did a sterling job as MC for the day under the<br />

Buttercross, did any of you hear the extra ‘Oyez’ cry Nigel<br />

did live on Radio Norfolk as the event kicked off around<br />

midday. Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest Queen Sophie<br />

Little found the treasure in Nigel’s hat.<br />

We had signs and barriers to put out and dismantle, roads<br />

to close and re-open, stalls to put up and take down, a<br />

Grotto to create and put away until next year, stalls to<br />

manage, raffle tickets to sell, things to happen at certain<br />

times, toilets to clean, litter to pick and floors to sweep.<br />

Our special thanks to the following: -<br />

• Jill Creed, Just Hair - The Red Lion – Waitrose – TK<br />

Drakes and CJ Electrical<br />

• Kurt Oliver and his security team from the White Hart<br />

• <strong>Swaffham</strong> Councillors for braving the weather<br />

throughout November on the Market<br />

• Charlie, Christmas Trees - for supplying the Christmas<br />

Reindeers in the grotto.<br />

• Santa’s helpers for setting up his Grotto – open from<br />

1pm for visitors to see Santa<br />

• Santa’s helpers wrapping Xmas presents.<br />

• Arnie’s Attic and Bell’s funfair<br />

• Fakenham Town Band - Thursford Organ - The Oasis<br />

Centre – Chrissy & John (Timescape)<br />

• St John’s Ambulance and the local Fire Brigade<br />

• Stewart & Debbie Bell – for the Christmas flags around<br />

town<br />

• Our team of volunteers, especially Eddie Godden,<br />

Andrew Francis and Nigel Wilkin<br />

• Town Councillors and Town Council staff, up at the crack<br />

of dawn and there clearing up at the end<br />

“Do you want to be a Councillor?”<br />


The Town Council will be running the second of two taster<br />

events “Do you want to be a Councillor?” as we get a<br />

little nearer the election date on Thursday 28th February<br />

2019 at 6.30pm-8pm. If you are thinking about standing<br />

for election but would like to know a little more about<br />

the Town Council before they take the final step. How do<br />

we operate? What services do we run? What land and<br />

property do we manage? What are we responsible for?<br />

What exactly does a Town Councillor do? What is the<br />

role of the Town Council within the community? How<br />

does the Town Council fit in with Breckland Council and<br />

Norfolk County Council?<br />

All the things you ever wanted to ask about a Town<br />

Council???<br />

With an early deadline for the newsletter copy this month,<br />

the Town Council will have co-opted a replacement for<br />

Cllr Steve Allen who resigned at the November 2018<br />

meeting. At the time of writing there are at least two<br />

expressions of interest in filling the casual vacancy. In<br />

the meantime, we will give our grateful thanks to Steve<br />

Allen for the three and a half years he has served on the<br />

Council.<br />


The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development of<br />

our Town. It is about the use and development of land<br />

over the next 20 years. The plan will set out a vision and<br />

aspirations for the future development of the Town and<br />

will be an important document that will help influence<br />

and control the way our Town changes in the future,<br />

including any new housing developments.<br />

This is the 11th article designed to give you the latest<br />

information.<br />

During September our task was to go through comments<br />

received and see how we could update/review the draft<br />

plan. This took some time and thanks to the working<br />

group for all their analysis and consideration.<br />

In October work continued on the background<br />

“supporting” documents that have to accompany the<br />

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main plan and these are now ready<br />

The draft plan was finalised and the full Town Council<br />

signed it off, at its Nov meeting. The plan has been<br />

submitted formally to Breckland District Council with<br />

the supporting documents. We now have a period of<br />

waiting until an “independent examiner” is appointed<br />

and reviews the plan.<br />

As you may also know, Breckland Council themselves<br />

are in the stages of developing their own “Local Plan”.<br />

Work on this continues until into the new year. The<br />

timing of this is helpful in many ways to us as our Towns<br />

Neighbourhood plan has to sit alongside Breckland’s<br />

Plan and cannot be contradictory to it.<br />

Please have a look at our documents as they very much<br />

set out the local scene for many years to come.<br />

It will be great in 2019 to have an adopted plan to help us<br />

guide the future of our Town.<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 9th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. 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 />

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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



SUPER<br />


ON SOFAS &<br />


WE WON’T BE<br />


*<br />

BIG<br />


ON BEDS &<br />


THE BIG<br />

WINTER<br />

SALE<br />


PRICES<br />

DOWN<br />

ON DINING &<br />


EASY<br />


OPTION<br />

SPREAD<br />

THE COST!<br />


FAB<br />



& FLOORING<br />

STARTS<br />

10am BOXING DAY<br />

IN ELY<br />

STARTS<br />





Lancaster Way Business Park<br />

Ely CB6 3NX<br />

T: 01353 669754<br />

CLOSED Fri 21st - Tue 25th Dec<br />

Open Boxing Day 10.00 - 5.00<br />



Bridge Street, Downham Market<br />

PE38 9DS<br />

T: 01366 382213<br />

Open Christmas Eve 9.00 - 4.30<br />

CLOSED Boxing Day<br />



Wales Court, Downham Market<br />

PE38 9JZ<br />

T: 01366 383429<br />

Open Christmas Eve 9.00 - 4.30<br />

CLOSED Boxing Day<br />

reedshomestore.co.uk<br />

find us on facebook<br />

Normal hours 9.00 – 5.00 resume Thursday 27th December. All our stores will be open 9.00 – 4.00<br />

on New Year’s Eve. Ely will be open 10.00 – 4.00 on New Year’s Day.<br />

* Reeds will beat any competitor’s price within a 50 mile radius. Internet sales excluded.

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