Swaffham Newsletter

Feb 2019

Feb 2019


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newslet ter<br />

Merle Boddy manager Georgie<br />

celebrates 30 years at the centre<br />

February 2019<br />

Read more in Merle Boddy's column on p.11<br />

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

8 School Speak<br />

10 Church News<br />

11 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

14 WI/ <strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness<br />

16 Age Concern<br />

17 Town Team/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

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

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

21 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Hospital LOFs<br />

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

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

28 <strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group/U3A<br />

Iceni Christmas Day Lunch<br />

Christmas Day 2018 saw 100 local residents coming<br />

together for a free Christmas lunch in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms. The annual event, coordinated<br />

by local charity Iceni Partnership, is now in its fifth<br />

year and has gone from strength to strength thanks<br />

to the continued support of local businesses and<br />

individuals donating their time and produce.<br />

This year the event received a substantial donation<br />

from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Waitrose as part of their ‘community<br />

matters’ scheme, which was very gratefully received.<br />

This combined with the donations of independent<br />

retailers in the town made for a wonderful day.<br />

As well as receiving a full meal with all the trimmings,<br />

guests were also treated to a raffle with a large<br />

variety of donated gifts. Yet again the feedback<br />

received from guests was extremely positive and<br />

everyone attending left with a full belly and a smile<br />

on their face. Well done <strong>Swaffham</strong>!<br />

Please telephone Iceni Partnership on<br />

01760 722 800 to discuss your requirements<br />

or email swaffhamnewsletter@gmail.com<br />

Advertisers - We operate an industry standard<br />

pre-paid system of billing. We have not increased<br />

our rates in 2019 and our 6 for the price of 5 offer<br />

will be available to all.<br />

30 Museum Matters<br />

33 Mayor's Parlour<br />

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

Community Fridge Success<br />

Since opening in December 2017 the community<br />

fridge in <strong>Swaffham</strong> has been a huge success story.<br />

Thanks to the support of local businesses in the town<br />

we receive regular donations of fruit, vegetables<br />

and baked goods. The primary aim of the fridge is<br />

to prevent perfectly edible food from being thrown<br />

away into landfill and we're pleased to annouce that<br />

so far we have saved a total of 3 tonnes of food from<br />

being thrown away! As well as this the fridge has also<br />

helped people to be directed towards other groups<br />

and organisations in the community centre.<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 />

1<br />

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 />

New Screen Printing Session Fri 1st Feb 10am-2pm. The Old Art<br />

Room <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Learn how to design, make and print your own screen<br />

on many different surfaces. £20 the session additional cost for materials.<br />

Tel 01760 337181 or email jane on je.clark176@btinternet.com<br />

New Adults Textiles & Mixed Media First Saturday of the<br />

month starting Sat 2nd February, 10am-2pm £15 The Old Art Room<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Additional cost for materials.01760 337181 or email jane on<br />

je.clark176@btinternet.com<br />

New Textiles Evening Class 1st Wednesday of the month starting<br />

Feb 6th, 7pm-9pm. From Traditional to Contemporary textiles. The Old<br />

Art Room, <strong>Swaffham</strong> £10 the session additional cost for materials.01760<br />

337181 or email jane on je.clark176@btinternet.com<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 />

Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning Saturday 16th February, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Methodist Church, 9.30am-12noon.<br />

Elvis Presley Evening 16th February, 7pm, Tutankhamuns, Plowright<br />

Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Local impersonator also includes a burger & knicker bocker<br />

glory. All for £19.95 - limited spaces. Book now by calling Sue on 01760 724396.<br />

Free Meal Monday Mon 18th Feb, 11am - 1pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms. Join us for a free 2 course vegetarian meal.<br />

Beauty And The Beast February 21st-23rd, nightly at 7.30pm. Feb<br />

23rd Matinee 3pm. This year’s traditional pantomime will be performed by<br />

TOSH at the Nicolas Hamond Academy. Directed by Local Dame Eddie Gee,<br />

Musical Director Steve Kemp and The Hilgay All Stars Band. This will be our most<br />

ambitious show to date with some stunning scenes, magical song and dance<br />

numbers and comedy to suit the whole family! This promises to be the show<br />

of the year and possibly the best Pantomime <strong>Swaffham</strong> has ever seen! Tickets<br />

available from The Arts Lounge 01760 723624. Prices are adults £10, children<br />

and concessions £8. With a family ticket of two adults and two children @ £30.<br />

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

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

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

Please come along to this illustrated talk by Dan Pollard, entitled: 'Managing<br />

the Denver Complex'. Denver Sluice has played a vital role in the drainage of<br />

The Fens since the 1600s. And who better to talk about managing the present<br />

Denver Complex than Dan Pollard from the Environment Agency who own the<br />

site. Dan lives and works at Denver Sluice dealing with all the responsibilities<br />

of flood risk, navigation, conservation, water abstraction, land drainage and<br />

fisheries. Quite a challenge.<br />

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

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

01760 724092.<br />

"Women and Words" An evening of readings by Iceni Writers, Friday,<br />

8th March, venue TBC.<br />

Live Music with The Strollers Saturday 23rd March, Pentney Village<br />

Hall PE321JD, 7.30pm - 11.30pm. Tickets cost £8 and can be obtained by<br />

contacting Janis Bell on 07887 983568. Bring your own food and drink.<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 />

Fri 8 Feb and Sat 9 Feb: On Stage with the Westacre Theatre Company: A MAN<br />

OF LETTERS by Tim Firth. 7:30pm. £12 (£8 for under 21s)<br />

Fri 15 Feb: On Screen with a Valentine’s Special: A STAR IS BORN [15] 2017<br />

starring Lady Gaga. 7 for 7:30pm. £12 including welcome cocktail and nibbles.<br />

Sat 16 Feb: On Stage with a Touring Production featuring Ben Watson: THE<br />

HISTORY OF EVERYTHING IN 60 MINUTES (more or less). 7:30pm. £15<br />

Wed 20 Feb: Wednesday Film: COCO [PG] 2017 2pm. £8<br />

Wed 27 Feb: Wednesday Film: THE SQUARE [15] 2017 2pm. £8<br />

For all of February: THE WORLD THROUGH THE LENS – new photographic<br />

exhibition from freshly formed collective ‘Decent Exposure’. Free to view at all<br />

performance times or by prior arrangement on 01760 755007.<br />

4<br />

Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

on 01760 441175<br />

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

tutoring and tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art Studio. 10am<br />

until 12.15 £10 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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Stroke Support Group meet on the 3rd Monday of the<br />

month at The Maltings on Cley Road, 10:30am until 12:30pm. Call Sarah Neall<br />

on 7507 494103 for further details.<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 7pm - 8.30pm at Great<br />

Cressingham Village Hall. More details 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 £10 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<br />

Royal British Legion (Women’s Section) We meet the 2nd<br />

Tuesday of the month at Valentine Barker Court, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, from<br />

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

personal or have connection with the Armed Forces. Please Contact<br />

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. Town Hall, 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 11am 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 />

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 />

Conservative Party, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch meets every 3rd<br />

Wednesday every other month. The next meeting is at the Conservative Club,<br />

20th February. 10am coffee, 10.30am start. All welcome.<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 />

5<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 />

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 for<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops 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 />

Baby Signing Classes -Sing and Sign <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre (Dickens Room). Help your baby to communicate before speech with<br />

our award winning music classes. 10am Stage 2 14mths - 2yrs. 11am Stage<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

Village Hall, PE32 1TQ. £3 per player. Call Phillip on 01760 755337<br />

St. John Ambulance - <strong>Swaffham</strong> (Adults) Every Wednesday<br />

7.30pm - 9.30pm First Aid training 18 years upwards. 07900927233<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> 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 11.30am <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

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

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

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

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

TOSH community drama group meets from 7pm to 9pm at the<br />

Methodist Rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong> More details 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 £10 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.<br />

Happidojo Marham Judo Club Sandringham Centre<br />

PE33 9NP Contact Colin McCallum on 07905 278857 or www.<br />

happidojomarhamjudoclub.btckco.uk for details.

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 Julia 720041<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. Methodist<br />

Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Girls aged 10-16yrs invited to join. Contact<br />

07769294414<br />

Acoholics Anonymous Every Friday at 1pm in Parish Rooms at St<br />

Dominic’s RC Church,Howdale Rd, Downham Market<br />

Adult Ballet For Beginners 6:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

Age Concern-<strong>Swaffham</strong> Support Services at Community Centre<br />

Volunteer recruitment 10.30am - 12.00 noon 1st Friday of the month<br />

Adult Tap 7:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit<br />

Acrylic/Oil painting workshops Arts Lounge Gallery Studio, 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 />

6<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 />

Screen Printing Session 10am-2pm. The Old Art Room <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Learn<br />

how to design, make and print your own screen on many different surfaces.<br />

£20 the session additional cost for materials. Tel 01760 337181 or email jane on<br />

je.clark176@btinternet.com<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 />


<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 />

Childrens Sewing and Textile 2nd Saturday Monthly for over 7-14 yrs<br />

10-1.15pm at The Old Art Room <strong>Swaffham</strong>. £15 a session addtional cost for<br />

materials 01760 337181 or email Jane on je.clark176@btinternet.com<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 />

Over 14's Textiles The Old Art Room <strong>Swaffham</strong>. 10am-2pm £15 a session<br />

addtional cost for materials 01760 337181 or email Jane on je.clark176@<br />

btinternet.com<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 />

Silver Social launch new events<br />

The Silver Social programme is back in January<br />

2019 with a host of new events and workshops<br />

for Breckland residents, including the award<br />

winning cabaret act Mat Ricardo, plus the fabulous<br />

Glass House Dance Group and their Hollywood<br />

musical extravaganza workshop. The project,<br />

which launched in 2017, offers daytime activities,<br />

including workshops and performances, aimed at<br />

older residents in rural communities.<br />

Following Glass House Dance in January, the worldclass<br />

juggling, magician and illusionist Matt Ricardo<br />

will be touring rural venues in Breckland in early<br />

February. His sleight of hand, knife throwing and<br />

stand-up comedy will certainly have audiences<br />

captivated and laughing in the aisles. Matt will<br />

be showcasing his variety performance show in<br />

Ashill, East Harling, Attleborough, Shipdham and<br />

Necton from 4th - 8th February 2019. Tickets for<br />

Matt’s wonderful show are just £5 and include<br />

refreshments.<br />

Paul Claussen, Executive Member of Place<br />

commented “Silver Social is an award winning<br />

programme which offers something a little different<br />

to daily life in Breckland. Not only does it help<br />

bring people together to socialise in their local<br />

community, but it’s an excellent opportunity to meet<br />

new friends and neighbours within their local area. I<br />

would ask residents and local groups to come along<br />

to the Silver Social performances and participate in<br />

the wonderful workshops and see for themselves<br />

how life changing it can be.” The scheme is funded<br />

by the National Lottery, The Arts Council, Norfolk<br />

County Council, Breckland Council and Public Health<br />

England. For further information on the events or to<br />

book your place visit www.thesilversocial.com”<br />

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

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

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends group hosted a Films<br />

from the Archive event in December at which<br />

short films from the East Anglian Film Archive<br />

on the theme of local railways were shown to an<br />

appreciative audience of railway and local history<br />

enthusiasts. Similar evenings on different themes<br />

are planned in the future with Royalty in Norfolk<br />

being the next on Friday 25 January, 7.15-8.15pm.<br />

The library ran a fun-packed Micro:bit Jam session<br />

toward the end of last year for youngsters to learn<br />

how to code a microcomputer to make their own<br />

games. Following from this, a regular Saturday<br />

afternoon Code Club for children aged 8-12 has<br />

been introduced to the library’s regular programme<br />

of activities. Code Club will be running in half-term<br />

series, with the next starting in early March.<br />

More fun with technology is planned with a range<br />

of exciting events involving codable caterpillars,<br />

robot unicorns, stop motion animation and digital<br />

music coming to<br />

Norfolk Libraries<br />

in February 2019<br />

as part of DigiFest:<br />

a celebration of<br />

digital making. At<br />

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

there will be a<br />

Discover 3D Print<br />

workshop on Saturday 2 February, 2-4pm, (for 8-11<br />

yr olds) and a Build Your Own Scribblebot activity<br />

on Tuesday 26 February 3.45-5.15pm (for 7-11 yr<br />

olds). For a full list of events go to www.norfolk.<br />

gov.uk/digifest. Contact <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library on<br />

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




Local Dog Lovers’ Solution to Loneliness<br />

Volunteer dog cuddling is being offered by Barking<br />

Mad (North West Norfolk) as an antidote to the<br />

problem of loneliness in modern society. For those<br />

who are retired or work from home and are spending<br />

large chunks of time alone, caring for a waggy-tailed<br />

companion on a temporary basis and meeting other<br />

like-minded dog lovers could really help to overcome<br />

feelings of isolation.<br />

The perception of loneliness as mainly an issue for<br />

the older generation is now proving inaccurate, as a<br />

study from the Office for National Statistics suggests<br />

that young adults are more likely to feel lonely<br />

than older age groups. Due to huge advances in<br />

technology, the number of freelancers and remote<br />

workers is rising, with an article in Business Leader<br />

claiming that a ‘third of business owners think that<br />

workforce will work remotely by 2020.’<br />

Tania Stowe of Barking Mad said,<br />

“Whilst remote working has obvious advantages,<br />

working alone under pressure and not having the<br />

physical presence of a team to support you can lead<br />

to loneliness that can’t be fixed by any kind of app.<br />

Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine<br />

cuddles (far better than any virtual hug) but also<br />

the motivation to go and take a walk at lunchtime,<br />

increasing the likelihood of adhering to New Year<br />

fitness resolutions.”<br />

The community of Barking Mad host families mainly<br />

consists of active retired people and those who<br />

either work from home, or have extended periods<br />

away from work. It offers the opportunity to care<br />

for dogs in your own home, while their owners are<br />

away on holiday. Hosts experience all the benefits of<br />

dog companionship without any of the emotional or<br />

financial responsibilities of full time pet ownership<br />

and they receive 24/7 support from the Barking Mad<br />

team.<br />

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad<br />

host, you can call Tania Stowe on 01485 205715 or<br />

visit www.barkingmad.uk.com/local/norfolk/westnorfolk<br />

Consultation on new primary school<br />

The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia began a<br />

consultation on 7th January to open a new Catholic<br />

primary school in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. This will be on the site of<br />

the current Sacred Heart School, a fee-paying school<br />

that is due to close at the end of the summer term<br />

2019. The consultation will run until 15th February<br />

2019 and asks parents, staff and the local community<br />

for their views about opening a new Catholic primary<br />

school.<br />

Helen Bates, Assistant Director for Schools, said:<br />

“The possibility of opening a non-fee paying Catholic<br />

primary school in <strong>Swaffham</strong> is extremely exciting<br />

and a very rare opportunity. We have not opened<br />

any new Catholic schools in Norfolk in decades. The<br />

nearest Catholic schools to <strong>Swaffham</strong> are in King’s<br />

Lynn and Costessey in Norwich, which many parents<br />

feel is too far for primary-aged children to travel.<br />

If successful, this new school will build on the long<br />

tradition of excellent education and community<br />

service at Sacred Heart School. We need to hear from<br />

as many people as possible during this consultation<br />

to understand if there is widespread support for the<br />

new primary school.”<br />

There is a consultation document that provides more<br />

details which can be found at www.rcdea.org.uk/<br />

sacredheartva. There are also drop-in sessions being<br />

held at Sacred Heart School where Diocesan officers<br />

will be available to answer questions and provide<br />

further information. These are on:-<br />

• Thursday, 17th January 2019, 3.30pm-5.00pm<br />

• Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 6.30pm-8.00pm<br />

Sacred Heart School is also holding an Open Day on<br />

Saturday, 9th February 2019 between 10.00am and<br />

12 noon which will provide an opportunity to have<br />

look around the school’s first-class facilities.<br />

The final decision on whether to open the new<br />

Catholic primary school will be made by Norfolk<br />

County Council and is expected by the end of April<br />

2019.<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Student Safety In Partnership With Local Police<br />

Norfolk Constabulary were welcomed into the<br />

academy to present to students on subjects which<br />

are so important in today’s world, helping them<br />

to understand how to keep themselves safe. The<br />

Safer Schools Partnership aims to build positive<br />

relationships and to demonstrate a commitment to<br />

promoting a safe climate of learning and prevention<br />

of crime. All students involved were able to ask<br />

questions and are now better informed on topics<br />

including Child Exploitation, Healthy Relationships<br />

and Internet Safety. A very worthwhile project.<br />

Creativity In The Classroom<br />

There was certainly some creative learning happening<br />

in one of our classrooms<br />

as students learned about<br />

the different religions in<br />

the world. Students made<br />

a piñata full of facts,<br />

cooked various dishes and<br />

made bunting. What an<br />

interesting and inspiring<br />

way to learn!<br />

Honouring An Incredible Young Man!<br />

You will remember the fundraising campaign by our<br />

students earlier in the year for this incredible young<br />

man and his family. Archie Ramshaw developed a<br />

very rare form of anaemia and is currently recovering<br />

after a bone marrow transplant in a London hospital.<br />

He has stayed strong and despite his ordeal has<br />

simply never given up! His ready smile and resilience<br />

in the face of this illness has meant that he has won<br />

a KLFM 2018 Young Hero Award. Unfortunately, he<br />

was not well enough to attend in person but the<br />

radio station was able to ‘FaceTime’ him during the<br />

ceremony. His friends at the academy have helped<br />

him stay strong by keeping in touch regularly and<br />

sending him parcels containing his favourite things<br />

whilst he has been in hospital which has meant such<br />

a lot to Archie and his family. Very well done Archie<br />

for receiving this Award. The students and staff wish<br />

you well on your road to recovery and are proud that<br />

you are part of our community.<br />

​Busy Designing<br />

One particular area of the academy has been buzzing<br />

with the sound of various tools and equipment as<br />

students designed and made door signs as part of<br />

the resistant materials part of their course. There<br />

really were some great ideas produced.<br />

A Little Treat<br />

Hopefully your New Year resolutions are going<br />

well and you can award<br />

yourself a little treat. A<br />

perfect example are some<br />

chocolate cupcakes made<br />

in our Food Technology<br />

area and taken home to<br />

celebrate a family birthday.<br />

This quick and easy recipe<br />

is as follows:<br />

• 60g good quality (70%) cocoa powder.<br />

• 4 to 5 tablespoons boiling hot water<br />

• 175g unsalted butter, softened<br />

• 175g caster sugar<br />

• 120g self-raising flour<br />

• 1 level teaspoon baking powder<br />

• 3 eggs. (Bake at 150 degrees for 10-15 mins).<br />

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

Fri 1st Feb 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 2nd Feb 9.30am -12noon. Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 3rd Feb 10.45am. Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Thurs 7th Feb 2.30pm. Bible study led by Revd.Liz Jolly.<br />

Third of a series of five.<br />

Fri 8th Feb 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 9th Feb 9.30am -12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 10th Feb 10.45am. Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Thurs 14th Feb 2.30pm. Thursday Group. Talk by Tony<br />

Pearce about the Falklands.<br />

Fri 15th Feb 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 16th Feb 9.30am -12noon. Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 17th Feb 10.45am. Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Thurs 21st Feb 2.30pm. Bible Study led by Revd.Liz Jolly.<br />

Fourth of a series of five.<br />

Fri 22nd Feb 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 23rd Feb 9.30am -12noon. Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 24th Feb 10.45am. Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Thurs 28th Feb 2.30pm. Thursday Group.<br />

Churches Together<br />

Can you spare some time to co-ordinate Christian Aid<br />

collection and information in <strong>Swaffham</strong>? Churches<br />

Together in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District is looking to find<br />

someone who would be able to co-ordinate the<br />

street collection for Christian Aid Week. This involves<br />

arranging collectors from the four churches to cover<br />

4-6 "stations" in either 1 or 2 hour slots from 9am to<br />

1pm. There are other duties involved and for more<br />

information please contact Martin Burton on 720205<br />

who will be able to give you more details. Hopefully<br />

there will be someone who feels able to take this on<br />

to continue <strong>Swaffham</strong>'s involvement with Christian Aid.<br />

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

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

be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 3rd<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist for Candlemas<br />

3.30pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 6th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 10th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 13th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

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Sunday 17th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am Family Service<br />

Wednesday 20th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 24th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 27th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

NB<br />

Sunday 3rd March<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong (BCP)<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 14th February in the Baptist Church<br />

Room (please note the venue). Coffee/tea is served<br />

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

10.00am. This month’s speaker will be Mrs Jenny Bell,<br />

on “My journey to becoming a published author”.<br />

Enquiries to Julia on 720041<br />

Buzzbox<br />

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

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

parish church. Each session has a themed ‘Sharing<br />

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

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

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

10.00am on 16th February. All parents and children<br />

are most welcome.<br />

Christmas Bazaar – Thank You – Oops!<br />

Last month, in the Christmas Bazaar “Thank You”<br />

the parish church reported on the very excellent<br />

result. Unfortunately, in doing so it was stated that<br />

the revenue would “go some way to meet the Parish<br />

Church’s regular expenditure of £1700 per month.”<br />

In fact that should have read “….£1700 per week”.<br />

Advance Notice: Women’s World Day Of Prayer<br />

The 2019 Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at<br />

2.00pm on Friday 1st March when those present will<br />

be part of a great wave of prayer encircling the globe<br />

– starting as the sun rises over Samoa and ending<br />

many hours later, back in the Pacific at sunset. We<br />

will be praying and sharing with people in over 120<br />

countries and islands around the world. It is literally a<br />

world-wide event that has been held for many years.<br />

The service is the responsibility of a different country<br />

every year, and this year it has been prepared by a<br />

group of Christian women in Slovenia. The WWDoP<br />

service in <strong>Swaffham</strong> is a Churches Together event,<br />

and this year it will be held in the parish church.<br />

Please note, men are also most welcome!<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Before Christmas several businesses in the town had<br />

hampers and other goodies to sell squares for our<br />

charity. Each board had 90 squares and every one was<br />

sold, so the biggest of thank yous go to Hair Unique,<br />

Teapot Cafe, Red Lion, White Hart, Ceres book shop<br />

and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Bingo. You are all awesome!<br />

When I first came through the doors I knew this is<br />

where I wanted be, it just felt so right. I can honestly<br />

tell you everyday has been a joy. I have been so<br />

lucky to have met some fantastic people: Clients,<br />

volunteers, staff and people from many organisations<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and further a field. Without the help from<br />

these people and the<br />

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

it would have been so<br />

much tougher, I may<br />

not have another 30<br />

years, but boy will I<br />

try, so please come<br />

with me on my next<br />

part of this adventure.<br />

Day centres are a<br />

much needed part of<br />

keeping well, to both<br />

clients and loved ones,<br />

so let's keep reminding<br />

the powers that be. We<br />

have a voice and we<br />

can use it. My love and<br />

thanks goes to everyone who makes me what I am.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Christmas Tree Festival just keeps getting<br />

better, again there was such a selection of beautiful<br />

trees in the church. My thanks goes to Jill and all<br />

who helped her over the week. All of our clients got<br />

involved with doing the decorations and very much<br />

enjoyed this activity. We're already thinking of this<br />

year's theme.<br />

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Over the month of December we really got in to<br />

the Christmas spirit: From making wreaths and<br />

flower arrangements, to singing carols and making<br />

Christmas cards and decorations. We also had the<br />

pleasure of Senor Momento coming in to entertain<br />

us, as well as Christmas lunches - that's a lot of turkey<br />

and trimmings for anyone, but we managed it! If it's<br />

not too late, happy new year to you all. If you have<br />

any unloved presents we would be happy to receive<br />

them to help with our fundraising. Thank you.<br />

These are two of the<br />

winners from the<br />

squares, which were<br />

sold at Tesco. Ray<br />

won the leaf blower<br />

and Wendy won the<br />

doll's house. Well<br />

done and thank you<br />

for taking the time to<br />

participate. Thanks<br />

also to Tesco for<br />

letting me have the<br />

space in their store.

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> had a wonderful evening<br />

touring the married quarters at<br />

RAF Marham with Santa in his<br />

sleigh. The Lions had notified<br />

Marham of the route the sleigh would take, which<br />

enabled the families to come out with their children.<br />

With cameras flashing it was difficult to see who<br />

were more excited, mums and dads or the children.<br />

Santa’s Marham tour is one of the most rewarding<br />

events that <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions do in the community,<br />

especially when you see the joy and smiling faces of<br />

the children.<br />

Following a very successful variety show, held in<br />

November, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were able to hand over<br />

a cheque for £1500 to Brendan Holmes of Scotty’s<br />

Little Soldiers, the charity that helps children who<br />

have lost a parent whilst serving in the military.<br />

Calling all<br />

budding artists<br />

Gallery Iceni<br />

needs you!<br />

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

Lunch at the Sacred Heart Convent School; the<br />

seventy guests enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner<br />

with all the trimmings. The vegetables were prepared<br />

by the Lions, who are now experts at peeling and<br />

chopping. Most of the food was bought with a<br />

donation from the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Tesco Store. It was all<br />

systems go on the morning with the chef being one of<br />

the teaching staff from the Sacred Heart School with<br />

her band of Lion helpers. The guests were welcomed<br />

with a glass of sherry by Lion President, John Collins,<br />

with a response by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Mayor, Colin<br />

Houghton, who praised the Lions for their work in<br />

the community and said that this was the 34th year<br />

that the Lions had provided a Christmas Lunch for<br />

the seniors. The Lionesses acted as waiting staff with<br />

the help of the Mayor. After the meal the guests<br />

were entertained with bingo provided by councillor<br />

Paul Darby and Christmas carols led by Sue Rogers.<br />

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

The Lionesses worked hard over the Christmas<br />

period: Having our tree in the Church Festival, our<br />

Christmas tombola at the Rotary Fayre and helping<br />

the Lions with the Pensioners Christmas Party,<br />

which was a happy and successful occasion as usual.<br />

We chilled out by having a lovely Christmas meal<br />

together at The Station pub.<br />

For our January meeting we got together at President<br />

Anne’s home where we had a short business meeting<br />

planning our future activities and events for later in<br />

the year, including our Annual Lioness Conference<br />

coming up in February. The meeting was followed by<br />

a delicious buffet and social – a great way to start the<br />

New Year off!<br />

At the Iceni Partnership, we are always looking<br />

for new art groups, or individuals who would<br />

like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

If you or someone you know would be<br />

interested, then please call us on<br />

01760 722 800 or pop into the office and speak<br />

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena<br />


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Rooms. Please call 01760 722800 if you’d like to attend,<br />

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• mon 18th feb<br />

• mon 18th march<br />

• mon 15th april<br />

• mon 20th may<br />

• mon 17th june<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

Sporle afternoon WI members and<br />

their guests rounded off 2018 with a<br />

Christmas lunch. That “man in red”<br />

paid us a visit with gifts for the ladies a sporting<br />

chance card for the gentlemen guests, one of which<br />

did have a winner! A raffle completed the afternoon<br />

and everyone went home in a happy mood ready<br />

for the seasonal festivities. January 15th kicked off<br />

2019 with a Beetle Drive – always a fun event to<br />

mix members up and give us all a chance to catch<br />

up with friends not seen since “last year”. The new<br />

membership cards will be available and we can<br />

see how varied the New Year’s speakers will be<br />

from charity fund raisers to a member's personal<br />

memories of her life which is very varied – and so<br />

interesting!! 2019 is going to be a big year for the<br />

WI as it celebrates its 100 years – so bound to be lots<br />

of “extra” events. Whoops! I forgot to mention the<br />

tea and cake – a must for any meeting!<br />

The title of our speaker in February is “Service with a<br />

smile”, a talk on tourism.<br />

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

l.45pm – 4pm – Guests welcome £3.50 per person<br />

Beachamwell WI<br />

In December, Beachamwell WI<br />

celebrated Christmas with musical<br />

and humorous entertainment from<br />

the West End Waiters, a group that supports Motor<br />

Neurone Disease Research. We were delighted to<br />

welcome lots of visitors, and we hope they enjoyed<br />

the evening as much as the members did.<br />

We started the new year, as usual, with our Resolutions<br />

Evening where we discussed the proposals for this<br />

year’s national WI campaign focus. In this year’s<br />

shortlist, three of the proposals concerned women’s<br />

health issues; “Ending the taboo around menstrual<br />

health”, “Pelvic floor education”, and “Don’t fear the<br />

smear”. Two proposals had an environmental theme;<br />

“Improving plant biosecurity” and “Trees – improving<br />

the natural landscape”. Lastly, there was “A call<br />

against the decline in local bus services”. Lively and<br />

frank discussions ensued, and members will now vote<br />

for the resolution they wish to be taken forward at a<br />

national level. The evening finished with a quiz.<br />

At February’s meeting there will be a talk by Penelope<br />

Watkins on “Know your shape, enjoy your assets.” It<br />

promises to be an uplifting evening! In March, local<br />

writer, Jackie Bennett will give us an illustrated talk<br />

on the subject of her latest book, “Britain’s Island<br />

Gardens”.<br />

Beachamwell WI meets at 7.30 on the first Thursday<br />

evening of each month in Beachamwell Village Hall.<br />

The group is friendly and informal, prospective new<br />

members and visitors are very welcome to join us.<br />

Just turn up on the night, or phone Leah Spencer<br />

(01366 328536) or Helen Ranger (01366 328589)<br />

Maggie Mackenzie<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> W.I.<br />

Our New Year's meeting on 2nd<br />

January was a Social Gathering with a<br />

couple of changes included.<br />

The two <strong>Swaffham</strong> W.I. groups have now joined<br />

into one. We have also changed venues & now<br />

meet together in the Methodist Church Rooms on<br />

London Street. Our President opened the meeting<br />

and gave us an update on the business involved. We<br />

started with a lovely poem on friendship and then<br />

had snacks of fruit punch and shortbread. There was<br />

then a discussion on the six resolution choices put<br />

forward for the Annual W.I. & Federations meeting<br />

to be held in June 2019. There were also some light<br />

hearted quizzes which certainly kept us guessing! It<br />

was a great start for our monthly meetings which<br />

are held on each first Wednesday. The next is on<br />

6th February with Tina Birchett speaking on EACH<br />

Childrens Hospice starting at 2pm.<br />

Do come for a visit to see if you would like to join<br />

us, you will be very welcome. For more information<br />

phone our secretary Fiona Walker on 01760 722879.<br />

The Pickenhams WI<br />

For our December Meeting members<br />

were entertained by the fascinating<br />

“Magic Lantern Show” by Richard and<br />

Jan Rigby. We also enjoyed a delicious Christmas Tea<br />

and members kindly donated £75 in lieu of a secret<br />

Santa towards the Leeway Trust, a local charity.<br />

In January Carolyn welcomed us to the first meeting<br />

of the New Year and introduced our speaker Iris<br />

Saxon. Iris told us about her exciting time on the<br />

TV programme “Bargain Hunt” with Timothy<br />

Wonnacott. Iris then showed us a few of her own<br />

interesting collectables. After a welcome tea and<br />

biscuits, Carolyn took us through some various<br />

happenings with our busy W.I.<br />

Next meeting is at 2pm, 12th February in St.Andrews<br />

Church. Speaker— Melanie Hilton, talking about<br />

“Jane Austen's London”<br />

Competition- A copy of your favourite novel and a<br />

paragraph about why!<br />

If you would like to give us a go please contact.-<br />

Carolyn Vincent- 01760 755089 or Melanie Cousins<br />

- 01760 440456<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 />

3 February, Sue Hind, King's Lynn.<br />

17 February, Linda Rae, Ashill.<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 />

Iceni Youth Clubs<br />

Youthie:<br />

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

Youth Voice:<br />

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

Wednesdays of each month<br />

Youthie Plus:<br />

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

Youthie Hub:<br />

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

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

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

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

Just before Christmas, almost a full coach of our members went to the Christmas<br />

Spectacular Show at Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Theatre and a great time was<br />

had by all. If you would like to join our Group (a registered charity) and are over 55,<br />

please come along to one of our free entertainment afternoons, usually on the last<br />

Tuesday in each month, 2 pm in the Assembly Rooms (in house) and join there. You<br />

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membership subscription is £5.<br />

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is the contact. Upcoming events are:<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 />

• May 28th AGM (in house)<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Team Update<br />

All of a sudden 2019 is upon us! 2018 was a very<br />

busy year for your Town Team with several initiatives<br />

being started and working together with various<br />

organisations in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and beyond to meet our<br />

objectives of improving the quality of life in our town.<br />

One of those initiatives was our Community Garden<br />

project which saw individual volunteers together with<br />

participation from the Nicholas Hamond Academy,<br />

the Sacred Heart Convent and the Iceni Partnership<br />

work towards creating an area on the Campingland<br />

that will hopefully be enjoyed by residents and visitors<br />

alike whilst encouraging local wildlife as the year<br />

progresses. With much appreciated support from the<br />

ESCAPE Project at Tumbler Hill and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

we are now planning our final planting session of<br />

trees and hedging on February 4th. In addition we<br />

are very grateful to Laserfast, a local business located<br />

on the Eco Tech site, for providing us with signage for<br />

the garden, which will hopefully be unveiled during<br />

the planting session. Do come and join us on the<br />

4th, you will all be very welcome!!<br />

Our <strong>Swaffham</strong> parkrun continues to flourish with<br />

over 100 participants for the last two weeks. At<br />

9.00am every Saturday morning the Nicholas<br />

Hamond Academy playing field on Brandon Road is a<br />

hive of activity for those of all ages and abilities who<br />

either run, jog or walk the 5km course. Parkrun has<br />

recently established a new initiative for GP practices<br />

to encourage patients to take more exercise as a<br />

possible alternative to medication and we are pleased<br />

that our three practices in town have indicated their<br />

willingness to be part of this programme. Please<br />

come along and enjoy the company and add parkrun<br />

to your list of New Year resolutions for 2019!! You<br />

can register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk<br />

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Looking ahead we have now been entrusted by<br />

our Town Council to take the lead on several of the<br />

Community Action Projects which resulted from the<br />

public consultation aspect of our Neighbourhood<br />

Plan. Watch this space for details of new initiatives<br />

from your Town Team in our regular <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

updates as we move forward into the New Year. These<br />

include improving access to, and public awareness<br />

of, walking and cycling opportunities in and around<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>; looking at the concept of “greening” and<br />

pedestrianisation of the Market Place; encouraging<br />

more niche market retailers to take up shop premises<br />

in the town; and creating and supporting initiatives<br />

for a cleaner <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Finally, we are establishing<br />

a Town Team Facebook page and a new <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

website so please watch out for news of further<br />

progress on all of the above in the <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

Any comments or offers of help are always<br />

appreciated and should be directed in the first<br />

instance to davidwickerson@btinternet.com.<br />

Thank you.<br />

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

It was great to hear The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew at<br />

our members’ gathering in December where they<br />

entertained us with their cheery songs and goodhumoured<br />

leg-pulling. Their buoyancy is guaranteed!<br />

Often the writers and poets who come to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

are well established and widely known. This month<br />

we welcome a young poet, Lewis Buxton, who is<br />

already making a mark, and whose enthusiasm for<br />

words takes him all over the country, performing<br />

his own work and encouraging others in schools<br />

and at poetry workshops. He will be accompanied<br />

by some of his poet friends. Lewis Buxton studied<br />

English Literature and graduated from the University<br />

of East Anglia in 2014. He has had poems published<br />

in Ambit magazine, Oxford Poetry and Ink, Sweat<br />

and Tears. In 2016 Lewis and his colleague Harriet<br />

Creelman founded TOAST, a poetry organisation<br />

dedicated to encouraging emerging poets. He<br />

has worked extensively with the Writers Centre<br />

in Norwich, and has headlined stages at The<br />

Roundhouse in London, The Olympic Park, The Royal<br />

Festi va l H a l l , a n d l o ca l l y at th e No r wi ch Arts C entre.<br />

If you look up Lewis on the internet, you find a young,<br />

energetic, thoughtful, passionate and very engaging<br />

performer.<br />

Lewis and Friends will be at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms on Sunday February 24th at 3pm. Tickets,<br />

priced at £9 for members and £12 for non-members,<br />

are available from Ceres Bookshop 01760 722504<br />

and The Green Parrot 01760 724704, and on the<br />

door. We hope to see you there. All welcome!

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 />

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home made cake in Patisserie Iceni.<br />


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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 />

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Enjoy a refreshing cool drink with a<br />

great choice of draught beers and<br />

lagers also try our real ales and a<br />

large choice of spirits and mixers.<br />

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to assist our work with Armed<br />

Forces Veterans and their Families,<br />

across the County.<br />

We have vacancies for Case Workers,<br />

Fund Raisers and other supportive<br />

roles.<br />

If you have time and interest to<br />

spare, please contact:<br />

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President’s Corner<br />

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

After our Christmas and New Year break we started<br />

our 50th Anniversary year long celebrations with<br />

the launch of “Capture <strong>Swaffham</strong>" quarterly<br />

photographic competition as I have described in the<br />

last issue. This took place at the Town Museum on<br />

the 18th January.<br />

The application forms are available from Ceres<br />

Bookshop, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Museum and the Rotary<br />

Club website and were included in last month’s<br />

Centre pages of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> . The first<br />

winners will be announced at the end of March 2019<br />

and further application forms will appear in the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> in March, June and September.<br />

As I have said before the competition is open to all<br />

and there are separate sections for young people<br />

who we do hope will join in.<br />

The age groups (based on 30th June 2018)<br />

1. + 18<br />

YEARS<br />

2. Less than 18 years and older than 11 years.<br />

3. Younger than 11 years old.<br />

You are asked to ring the appropriate age when<br />

submitting the form.<br />

As part of our plant 50 Trees for <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District<br />

initiative we have consulted The Woodland Trust<br />

who pointed out that hedges as well as trees are<br />

a very important part of this contribution to the<br />

Environment. Accordingly we have had a meeting with<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Clerk who was very supportive<br />

and our ideas that we discussed have been passed to<br />

the Council’s Open Spaces Committee for discussion.<br />

We now await their advice and opinion before we<br />

can take it further.<br />

At the time of writing this report we are planning<br />

to plant (with the help of ESCAPE!) a Prunus Snow<br />

Goose in the Community Garden in Campingland as<br />

part of our tree programme and this is scheduled for<br />

the 4th February 2019.<br />

I enclose our Club’s recent Press release giving a<br />

short history of some of our past achievements over<br />

the past few years and the programme of events<br />

relating to our 50 th Anniversary Celebrations.<br />

Press Release<br />

The Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> is celebrating 50 years<br />

serving the community of <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District.<br />

Formed in 1969, a group of local people held an<br />

inaugural meeting on the 9th June 1969 followed by<br />

a Charter dinner and dance on the 19th November<br />

1969.<br />

The members soon began to arrange events to raise<br />

funds for chosen local, national and international<br />

charities.<br />

Other significant events since 1969 include:-<br />

• In 1972 support for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Round Table in<br />

running the Town Carnival.<br />

• Twinning with French Rotary Club of Rue Baie de<br />

Somme, France in 1975<br />

• In 1976 the Rotary Club formed the PROBUS Club<br />

which still thrives today.<br />

• November 1980 three <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary members<br />

delivered a caravan to the Southern Italy Earthquake<br />

disaster area<br />

• Founding a Rotaract Club for young people in 1980<br />

• 1992/96 hosting overseas students, Chika from<br />

Japan and Pollyanna from Brazil<br />

• Supported and hosted I week of the European<br />

Youth Camp<br />

• In 1996 the Club held its first Charity Art Exhibition<br />

in the village hall at Mundford. Over the past 22<br />

years the event has developed into the successful<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Visual Arts Festival, one of the<br />

Clubs main fund raising events.<br />

• In 1997 a club member Michael Cornwell lead a<br />

team of young professionals to East Africa on a Group<br />

Study Exchange<br />

• 2003/04 Malcolm Whittley became first Club<br />

member to become Rotary District 1080 District<br />

Governor<br />

• Formed separate company to produce, manage and<br />

market Rotary Centennial Steiff Bears to celebrate<br />

100 years of Rotary International.<br />

• The first lady to become Rotary District 1080<br />

District Governor Dorothy Pulsford-Harris was also a<br />

member of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club.<br />

• In 2005 the Club celebrated the Centenary of<br />

Rotary International and in the same year welcomed<br />

lady members into the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club.<br />

• In 2013 the Club presented its first Annual Charity<br />

Golf Day with the support of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Golf Club.<br />

It is now a feature of the Club's charity fund raising<br />

activities.<br />

Malcolm Whittley<br />

President<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club - Review of 2018<br />

Looking back over 2018, I think that the year<br />

was particularly memorable for the number of<br />

outstanding female vocalists who appeared.<br />

In May we had Melody Brooker with Swing That<br />

Thing, returning in August with her own trio. Also<br />

in May we were lucky enough to have Helen Welch<br />

who had flown in from the States for a brief visit to<br />

see her family in Norwich. (Helen has appeared on<br />

Broadway and has her own TV show over there.)<br />

In June, Club favourite Eileanora cheered us all up<br />

with her usual sparkling brand of entertainment.<br />

Can anyone play The Entertainer better than her?<br />

For July we welcomed Stella Goody in what was<br />

the most extraordinary evening we have ever<br />

had at the Club. It was the night when England<br />

beat Columbia and got through to the K.O. stage<br />

of the World Cup. Stella managed to incorporate<br />

England’s progress in the penalty shoot-out by<br />

singing the scores as she went along. Then the<br />

Club joined in the celebrations, along with those<br />

watching the match on the TV in the bar.<br />

In September Kari Hewett from Canada appeared<br />

with her pianist husband Roger, plus a backing<br />

group led by Lee Vasey. Kari and Roger are both<br />

members of Cirque du Soleil and visited us during<br />

a short break during their UK tour.<br />

In November Laura was the featured vocalist, with<br />

a backing group led by Ed Reed on guitar. The two<br />

demonstrated what a great understanding there is<br />

between the two of them.<br />

Our visitors from overseas, Helen, Kari and<br />

Roger, all stressed at the end of the evening, how<br />

great it was to perform to such an attentive and<br />

appreciative audience in a real jazz club.<br />

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

Taylor on Sax. Tuesday 12th February, 7.30pm at<br />

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

£8 on the door.<br />

Happy New Year from Norman and Geoff.<br />

New fund to support innovative<br />

community-led wellbeing projects<br />

Do you belong to a group that<br />

wants to make major changes to the<br />

health and well-being of your local<br />

community? Maybe you have a BIG<br />

idea, but need seed funding to test<br />

drive it with local residents? Whether it’s to make<br />

a radical change or you are simply looking to make<br />

life healthier and more fulfilling for your community,<br />

Breckland Council is inviting residents, charities and<br />

community groups to apply for an exciting new fund,<br />

targeted at nurturing and developing innovative<br />

projects which will help improve the health and wellbeing<br />

of Breckland’s residents.<br />

Being delivered in partnership with Norfolk County<br />

Council Public Health, the fund is seeking to support<br />

projects which tackle three key well-being themes:<br />

loneliness, increasing physical activity and improving<br />

the health of children and young people. Groups can<br />

apply for funding of up to £3000 to help develop<br />

creative and innovative projects which have never<br />

been tried before in Breckland or are even UK firsts.<br />

The fund can also be used to help support existing<br />

projects to diversify and increase their scope,<br />

making them become fully established, successful<br />

and widespread across Breckland.<br />

Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland’s Executive Member<br />

for Place, commented: “This innovative funding<br />

project is looking to inspire and nurture dynamic and<br />

ground-breaking projects that will see local solutions<br />

put in place to tackle local issues and make a real<br />

difference to Breckland residents. I’m excited to see<br />

what life-changing ideas our local groups can deliver.”<br />

For further information on the Healthy Communities<br />

Fund and to download an application pack visit<br />

https://www.breckland.gov.uk/community-funding.<br />

The deadline for applications is 22 February 2019.<br />

For further information contact community@<br />

breckland.gov.uk or 01362 656870.<br />

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

I hope the new year has started well for you. It's always<br />

sad to have to take down Christmas decorations etc,<br />

but this is all done and packed away for another year.<br />

The feedback we have received from staff, patients<br />

and relatives about Christmas arrangements at<br />

the hospital has all been positive and it is nice to<br />

think that the “Friends” have helped make being in<br />

hospital at that time of year that bit more pleasant.<br />

Not too long to Spring and we are awaiting to see<br />

how our bulbs etc in the new garden come through.<br />

We will also do some additional Spring/Summer<br />

planting. As already indicated, one of our main<br />

projects this year is to purchase some specially<br />

designed bedside chairs for patient use. These are<br />

latest 'state of the art' and are much more flexible in<br />

use than what we have at present.<br />

An opportunity to thank again all of you who<br />

purchased our Christmas cards. Also the donations<br />

we receive from all sorts of fundraisers and families.<br />

These are much appreciated.<br />

If any of you have a special interest or desire to<br />

support our work, then please do contact me for<br />

an informal chat on 01760 336025 or email colin@<br />

houghton789.plus.com.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

Benefits for the elderly<br />

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

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

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

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

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

the way to make those claims.<br />

The awareness campaign began 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 benefit checks, call the Age<br />

UK Norfolk advice line on<br />

0300 500 1217,<br />

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

20 21<br />

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!!

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The January meeting was the first of 2019, and saw members having a chance<br />

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Icenima - You decide<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

more comedy, drama or documentaries?<br />

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

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

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

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

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

please get in touch.<br />

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

The January meeting was the first<br />

of 2019, and saw members having<br />

a chance to reprise their favourite<br />

images produced in 2018.<br />

Background discussions concerned the latest bit of kit<br />

Background discussions concerned the latest bit of kit acquired during the<br />

acquired during the festive season and preparation<br />

festive<br />

for its use<br />

season,<br />

to capture<br />

and preparation<br />

winning images<br />

for its<br />

for<br />

use<br />

the<br />

to<br />

diverse<br />

capture winning images for the<br />

diverse range of range competition of competition subjects subjects found found in the in club's the club's 2019 programme.<br />

2019 programme.<br />

Our first Meeting during February is an illustrated talk which will give members<br />

Our first Meeting during February is an illustrated<br />

an insight into "An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer's Year",<br />

talk which will give members an insight into "An<br />

East Anglian Our Wildlife second February meeting is a<br />

Photographer's Year". print Our competition themed as "Frame<br />

second February meeting<br />

within Frame". The club's new<br />

is a print competition<br />

judging regime will also be<br />

themed as "Frame within<br />

Frame". The club's<br />

introduced<br />

new<br />

for the first time at this<br />

judging regime will meeting. also be<br />

The introduced club meets for the on first the time first and at this third meeting. Wednesday of each month. And is rightly<br />

proud The club of its meets established, on the first ongoing, and third reputation Wednesday catering of for, and assisting<br />

photographers<br />

each month and<br />

of<br />

is<br />

all<br />

rightly<br />

abilities<br />

proud<br />

within<br />

of<br />

its<br />

its<br />

convivial<br />

established,<br />

environs.<br />

ongoing reputation catering for and assisting<br />

For photographers further information of all abilities please visit within the Clubs its convivial website<br />

www.swaffhamcameraclub.com environs.<br />

.<br />

For further information please visit the club's<br />

website: www.swaffhamcameraclub.com.<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 />

few camera's in evidence<br />

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

time to plan, possibly capture and prepare their competition entries around<br />

their other seasonal commitments, in readiness for our first meeting of 2019<br />

on the 16th January, with images reflecting favourite shots of 2018<br />

The club which meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month has a<br />

full program of events, speakers, exhibitions and internal and inter-club<br />

competitions planned. It is also pleased to offer tutorials at all levels,<br />

concerning the many aspects of photography and its associated equipment.<br />

For further information please visit the Clubs website<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 />

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

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

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

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

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

independence and social inclusion.<br />

The home has been designed to meet the needs<br />

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

care. This exciting new development meets our<br />

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

needs and providing the highest standards of care.<br />

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is<br />

focused around each person’s individual needs and<br />

wishes. We value and respect how each person<br />

chooses to spend their day.<br />

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs<br />

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly<br />

experienced and receive on-going training to make<br />

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.<br />

We really want to make a difference<br />

to the lives of the people we care for.<br />

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

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

to making the design and layout<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

dementia.<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings and environment. It<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents every day.<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

people to take part in the daily living<br />

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

days to feel at home<br />

because the staff are<br />

so welcoming and<br />

caring”<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

downham.manager@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

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

We were unable to hold our annual Tree of Lights event in<br />

December due to the closure of the Green Britain Centre<br />

earlier in the year. We therefore had to rethink what we<br />

could do to remember those who are no longer with<br />

us. We decided to have a new Memory Tree which was<br />

created in our meeting room at 17 Brocks Road by 2 very<br />

talented people. The Memory Tree is pictured below.<br />

Matt Colman of Green Man Woodlands designed and<br />

produced the tree trunk and the amazing owl which sits<br />

proudly on the tree top. The rope design of the tree was<br />

created by one of our Assistant Co-ordinators, Georgie<br />

Roberts, an accomplished artist, assisted by Linda Lines,<br />

one of our volunteers. This wonderful tree was adorned<br />

with hundreds of dedications from relatives remembering<br />

their loved ones. Although we very much missed our<br />

evening service, the new arrangements were very well<br />

received. The Memory Tree will now be left in place all<br />

year and will be available for relatives for dedications for<br />

birthdays, anniversaries and other remembrance days.<br />

As we have done for many years, we organised a Xmas<br />

Draw with 3 cash prizes of £250, £150 and £100. Tesco<br />

allowed us to be instore selling tickets for a 5 day period<br />

prior to the draw. The lucky winners were drawn by Candy<br />

Chapman from Tesco at 5pm on the 8th December. After<br />

printing costs and prize monies, we raised over £1000.<br />

We also took part in the Xmas Tree Festival at St Peter and<br />

St Paul Parish Church. Our thanks to David and Kay Gulliver<br />

for all their work in decorating the tree prior to the event<br />

and for stewarding on our behalf during the event.<br />

Our fundraising team will shortly be meeting to finalise<br />

our fundraising programme for the next 12 months or so.<br />

There are some events already organised. On the 22nd<br />

March we are holding a Quiz at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative<br />

Club starting at 7.30pm. To enter teams (up to 6 persons),<br />

contact Adrian Adcock on 01760 724304 or 07741418781<br />

or by e-mail – adrian.adcock@talktalk.net. The cost is £5<br />

per head.<br />

On the 11th May, we will be holding our annual Street<br />

Collection in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. We still need volunteers – if you<br />

are interested then please ring our Co-ordinator, Wendy<br />

Martin on 01760 722937 or call in at our office at 17-19<br />

Brocks Road (just up the road from Tesco).<br />

Relax Kids classes in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Relax kids is a new venture in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre. It's an international franchise used in<br />

numerous countries specialising in relaxation and<br />

mindfulness for children of all ages. The classes<br />

teach children to understand how they can calm<br />

their bodies and minds down. The children learn<br />

a series of skills such as breathing, massage,<br />

stretching and positive self talk. At present we are<br />

starting young with our little starz classes aimed<br />

from 2.5 upwards. These classes aid sleep, reduce<br />

tantrums and support emotional development.<br />

Classes for older children are presently focusing<br />

on aiding calm and relaxation whilst inspiring<br />

confidence and self belief, and are rightly described<br />

as a kid's Confidence Bootcamp.<br />

Studies in schools using relax kids methods have<br />

noted an improvement in child understanding,<br />

controlling emotions, confidence and positive<br />

behaviour.<br />

Relax kids is used nationally by a number of CAHMS<br />

providers. The sessions are play based with an<br />

emphasis on fun.<br />

To book a class or ask any questions please contact<br />

Deb, your relax kids coach at relaxkidsnorfolk@<br />

outlook.com<br />

1st year initial<br />

joining fees<br />

1st year initial<br />

Association<br />

joining fees<br />

Under 65 yrs<br />

Single<br />

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

Branch<br />

01760<br />

725801<br />

http://www.family-action.org.uk<br />

building better families<br />

Over 65 yrs<br />

Single<br />

Under 65 yrs<br />

Joint<br />

Join us on face book for up to<br />

date information on events<br />

Over 65 yrs<br />

Joint<br />

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W. Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group<br />

Hello from West Norfolk CCG...I imagine your first<br />

thought on reading this was who are West Norfolk<br />

CCG? Well, the fact that most of you had this thought<br />

was the reason I decided to reach out to you. West<br />

Norfolk CCG is the NHS organisation which buys,<br />

or as we call it commissions, the NHS services you<br />

use every day. We pay for GP and hospital services,<br />

mental health services, the ambulance service, the<br />

community nursing service. In fact, the only NHS<br />

services that we don’t buy are pharmacies, opticians<br />

and dental services.<br />

I am Paul Williams, the chairman of the CCG, and I<br />

was a full time GP in Upwell for 30 years until I took<br />

partial retirement last summer, I still do one session<br />

a month in Upwell and spend a lot of time working<br />

at the CCG. For some time I have been writing a<br />

blog on our CCG website and you can read previous<br />

entries here www.westnorfolkccg.nhs.uk. Recently,<br />

however, I became aware that my words were only<br />

reaching a small proportion of the people we serve<br />

and I am keen to reach as many local people as<br />

possible. I want local people to understand what we<br />

are doing to provide healthcare, what problems we<br />

have and I want to give you advice about how you<br />

can best access our services and stay healthy.<br />

As you probably know the trusts who run the Queen<br />

Elizabeth Hospital and the area’s mental health<br />

services are both in special measures at the moment.<br />

That means they have extra scrutiny and help to<br />

reorganise themselves to ensure the service you,<br />

the patient, experience in the short time you have<br />

contact with the health services gets better. We are<br />

doing what we can to support them to deliver those<br />

improvements and I think we will all see significant<br />

changes in how those services are delivered in the<br />

coming year or two.<br />

There have been stories in the media recently raising<br />

the fear of losing services at the Queen Elizabeth<br />

Hospital. In truth there have been no decisions taken<br />

to do anything to threaten the future of the hospital<br />

and I want to assure you the CCG understands that<br />

we need a hospital in King’s Lynn and we will be<br />

doing all we can to ensure its continuation.<br />

So what changes are going to happen? The key<br />

theme to all the plans in place is integration, which<br />

essentially means working more closely together.<br />

At the moment there is an enormous amount of<br />

money spent on health and social care but those two<br />

broad areas are funded separately and by different<br />

organisations. Communication and seamless working<br />

is difficult when the services are fragmented in<br />

this way. In an effort to improve this and get better<br />

integration the government formed STPs - yes more<br />

confusing abbreviations. STP stands for Sustainability<br />

and Transformation Partnership. They are essentially<br />

a way to bring together all the organisations who<br />

are involved in delivering health and social care to<br />

enable more seamless working which should reduce<br />

waste and improve the patient experience.<br />

In our area the STP covers Norfolk and Waveney, an<br />

area which includes 5 CCGs, three large hospitals, and<br />

is mostly covered by Norfolk County Council. There<br />

is one provider of community health care and one of<br />

mental health services and there are many district<br />

councils and even more voluntary organisations<br />

involved in delivering health and social care in this<br />

large area. In order to make things more manageable<br />

the area is sub divided and we have a west division<br />

within the STP which is focused on delivering that<br />

improved integrated care to you.<br />

I chair the Local delivery Group in the West which<br />

is the group where all the organisations I have<br />

mentioned above come together to plan how we<br />

can work more smartly and more closely together to<br />

improve services. I will go into more detail about this<br />

in future issues, but already we have seen practical<br />

improvements as a result of that closer working.<br />

We now have what we call West Norfolk escalation<br />

avoidance team (West NEAT) where a group of NHS<br />

and social care professionals drawn from a range of<br />

different disciplines and based at St James’ Hospital in<br />

King’s Lynn act as a single point of contact for health<br />

and care professionals such as GPs, community<br />

nurses, mental health workers, paramedics from the<br />

ambulance service, social workers or therapists.<br />

The aim of the NEAT is to make sure the patient gets<br />

the help and support they require. If they really do<br />

need to go to hospital they will, but in most cases<br />

they are helped to stay at home where they want to<br />

be. Sometimes voluntary groups will be able to offer<br />

some ongoing support to ensure other issues in the<br />

person’s life are addressed, such as loneliness.<br />

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

A belated picture of the history group enjoying<br />

their special celebration tea before Christmas,<br />

when we were commemorating a decade working<br />

as a group. One of the topics of conversation round<br />

the table was the continuation of various research<br />

projects for 2019. Some members are undertaking<br />

their own special research, often with the aim of a<br />

new booklet for the group to publish, whilst others<br />

continue to work with the museum on different<br />

projects that are being undertaken there.<br />

In this connection, the museum is anxious to add<br />

to their archives for the developing Conflict Gallery.<br />

Whilst much work has been done on WWI and WII,<br />

there is a shortage of personal memories regarding<br />

later military events in which local people may have<br />

been involved. Also 'conflict' can mean protests and<br />

there was one particular protest in which <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

'starred' just before Christmas in 1958. It was a<br />

demonstration against the Thor nuclear warheads<br />

being stored at the former USAF airbase at North<br />

Pickenham. CND supporters flooded into the town<br />

and made for the airbase with much controversy.<br />

Several well-known people were arrested during<br />

violent scuffles, including Pat Arrowsmith, leader of<br />

the protest group. Local MP Sidney Dye was quick<br />

to visit the site and immediately went to Parliament<br />

to make his views known about how the protesters<br />

were being treated. On the way back to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

he died in a head-on collision with another car.<br />

The events made headlines in most of the national<br />

newspapers of the time.<br />

1958 is still withing living memory and it is hoped<br />

that there will be people, even if young at the time,<br />

who can add to our present knowledge. If you<br />

can help please contact the museum's voluntary<br />

manager, Sue Gattuso. The History Group can be<br />

contacted at littlebethany2@yahoo.com.<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

‘Friends Keep You Young’ was the message in a recent<br />

newspaper article which suggested that joining a<br />

community group could help to keep one's brain<br />

young. Studies indicated that maintaining strong social<br />

networks seemed to be linked to a slower cognitive<br />

decline and those who took part in clubs and societies<br />

were mentally sharper in middle age. Importantly, for<br />

those who have a wide social circle of friends and all the<br />

activities that go with it can benefit from the release<br />

of endorphins which give immune systems a feel-good<br />

boost. It was also suggested that laughter sparks the<br />

production of the feel-good chemical dopamine and<br />

reduces the production of the stress hormone cortisol.<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<br />

is open to any individual who by definition is not in<br />

full-time gainful employment, so anyone working ‘parttime’<br />

can also apply for membership. Wissey U3A<br />

meetings are held at Holme Hale’s Pavilion on the first<br />

Thursday of the month from 09.45 until 12.00 mid-day.<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<br />

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

with other like-minded members. Remember: ‘Friends<br />

Keep You Young’.<br />

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

talked about the ‘Fight for Africa’ and endangered<br />

species in the world. Robert’s presentation, which<br />

included the problems facing rhinoceroses and tigers,<br />

was brilliant and much enjoyed by U3A members.<br />

‘Wildlife Photography’ will be the subject of a<br />

presentation by David Mason on 7th February. The<br />

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

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

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

Trading Standards and the Police.<br />

A visit to the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local<br />

History and a First Aid course by the St Johns Ambulance<br />

Service are events to be arranged for early 2019.<br />

The Croquet group will re-start in 2019 and by the time<br />

this <strong>Newsletter</strong> is published, a new Bell Ringing group<br />

should have already met for the first time and will meet<br />

regularly in Great Dunham’s village hall. There was<br />

much interest in ‘Line Dancing’ so a new group may also<br />

be formed early in 2019. A ‘Beginners Bridge’ group<br />

may also be arranged for Wissey members if there is<br />

enough interest.<br />

There are currently 338 members who take part in a<br />

wide variety of activities such as Rambling, Scrabble,<br />

Table Tennis and Ten-pin Bowling. The Wissey U3A is<br />

fortunate to have a member who has made 3 Arctic<br />

journeys on Russian Icebreakers and as a member of<br />

the Science & Technology group he will be giving a<br />

presentation entitled ‘The North West Passage’. Part<br />

1 will be on 11th February concluding with part 2 on<br />

11th March.<br />

For more information about the U3A movement, go<br />

to www.u3a.org.uk or visit the Wissey Homepage at<br />

www.u3asites.org.uk/wissey. Annual membership of<br />

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February 11 at 10am.The Museum Shop is open on<br />

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administrative duties. For more information please<br />

contact Steve Gregory (Volunteer Co-ordinator) via<br />

our website.<br />

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We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life Membership<br />

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From the Mayor’s Parlour<br />

I hope the New Year has got off to<br />

a good start for you and your loved<br />

ones and everyone enjoyed the<br />

Christmas lights across the town. I<br />

personally feel they certainly made<br />

the town look very attractive and<br />

thanks goes out to all the shops and<br />

businesses who contributed to the overall display.<br />

At this time of year, we the Council are reflecting on<br />

the work undertaken last year and starting to plan<br />

our new budget for the 2019/20 financial year. We<br />

always strive to look to produce a budget that keeps<br />

your council tax as low as possible whilst maintaining<br />

a good level of local service to our residents.<br />

The Council, at its finance meeting at the end of<br />

January will consider adopting a new budget and<br />

whilst considerable work is being undertaken as I<br />

write, I sincerely hope that we can keep any rises as<br />

low as we can.<br />

Last year we did have some criticism about the council<br />

not being “open enough”, this is absolutely not the<br />

case and I would remind everyone that our council<br />

meetings are all open to members of the public – your<br />

opportunity to come along to watch, listen and voice<br />

your thoughts during the public session - all minutes<br />

of meetings and financial accounts are published on<br />

the council website – www.swaffhamtowncouncil.<br />

gov.uk.<br />

Equally there is an open offer to any resident or<br />

concerned community group to request a meeting<br />

with myself/the Town Clerk/other Councillors to<br />

raise issues. We may not always be able to give you<br />

the answers you would like to hear, however we will<br />

always listen and help where we can.<br />

Normally in this newsletter there is an article entitled<br />

“In my Back Yard” which is all about the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Neighbourhood Plan, however we await news from<br />

Breckland district council on our submission and will<br />

let you know the outcome when it is available.<br />

In the meantime, as mentioned last month, we are<br />

developing the “Community Action Projects” – these<br />

are the issues identified as not being part of the<br />

Neighbourhood Plan but needing attention. You may<br />

recall that in our plan we did identify a number of<br />

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“Community Action Projects” that don’t fit into the<br />

main plan but were identified as important issues<br />

for the Town. So that these do not get forgotten, the<br />

Town Council at its December meeting considered a<br />

plan to set out how best these might be progressed.<br />

The intent is to involve interested groups and<br />

individuals who have a desire and interest in the<br />

respective projects . More info available soon.<br />

At the time of writing this a meeting is planned in<br />

January with the Breckland District Council appointed<br />

consultants to discuss the future for Leisure Facilities<br />

in our area. I feel that it should be possible to get our<br />

many views and ideas across about our needs and<br />

there is a real possibility that we can achieve some<br />

significant improvements.<br />

We have some good news that Norfolk Constabulary<br />

have submitted plans for the building of a new state<br />

of the art police complex on land between Waitrose<br />

and the Green Britain Centre. This is a welcome boost<br />

for our Town to have this new base here with the<br />

possible opportunity for some new employment for<br />

the town. We wait with anticipation the plans being<br />

agreed by Breckland for the Green Britain Centre and<br />

we hope there will be continued improvement for<br />

the area and the town – watch this space.<br />

So, another interesting and busy year ahead to look<br />

forward to.<br />

Cllr Colin Houghton Mayor 2018/19<br />


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In Touch With Your Town<br />

'In Touch with your Town' is put<br />

together by the Town Clerk Richard<br />

Bishop or occasionally by the Deputy<br />

Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals with<br />

some of the most topical items of the<br />

day and the odd item where the Council want to<br />

share information with the Town.<br />

Town Centre<br />

New electric car charging points - at either side of<br />

the car park, these are for electric cars only, it will<br />

be an offence for an ordinary car to park in these<br />

spaces. These spaces<br />

are now hatched green<br />

to encourage drivers of<br />

ordinary cars to park<br />

elsewhere. The cost is<br />

£2.50 for an hour charging,<br />

instructions are at the two<br />

charging points. Electric<br />

car owners are using these<br />

charging points, and this<br />

will increase over time.<br />

New car park meters – to<br />

enable Breckland Council to manage the 2-hour free<br />

parking - there are no plans to charge, but everyone<br />

will need a ticket, otherwise you will receive a<br />

different type of ticket and a fine. Trial scheme<br />

starting later this year, Breckland Council will launch<br />

this, there are still meters to be installed in Pedlar’s<br />

Car Park and in the Town Pit, this work is scheduled<br />

and at the same time the two meters in the Central<br />

Car Park will appear, the electrics are already in situ<br />

for these.<br />

Free WiFi - will be available in the Town Centre,<br />

there has been problems caused by BT in installing<br />

a new broadband line, which is now complete, and<br />

we have a router, it is just the extender to cover the<br />

Town Centre and management software, then we<br />

will be up and running. We had hoped to be able<br />

to announce full details this month, however this<br />

will be a free service with a download limit. We will<br />

announce on social media when it is available and,<br />

in the newsletter, next month.<br />

Town Council Elections<br />

“Do You Want To Be A Councillor?”<br />

The Town Council Elections are coming up on<br />

Thursday 2nd May and with that in mind, the<br />

Town Council will be running the second of two<br />

taster events “Do you want to be a Councillor?” on<br />

Thursday 28th February 2019 at 6.30pm-8pm as<br />

we are getting a little nearer the election date. It<br />

is encouraging that our first event attracted some<br />

potential candidates, and since then others have<br />

expressed an interest too!<br />

If you are thinking about standing for election but<br />

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would like to know a little more about the Town<br />

Council before they take the final step. How do we<br />

operate? What services do we run? What land and<br />

property do we manage? What are we responsible<br />

for? What exactly does a Town Councillor do? What is<br />

the role of the Town Council within the community?<br />

How does the Town Council fit in with Breckland<br />

Council and Norfolk County Council? All the things<br />

you ever wanted to ask about a Town Council???<br />

New Co-Opted Councillor<br />

The Town Council co-opted former Deputy Mayor<br />

Stewart Bell as a replacement for Cllr Steve Allen<br />

who resigned at the November 2018 meeting. So<br />

welcome back Stewart, it is good to see him fully<br />

recovered after a serious illness brought his term of<br />

office to a premature end the last time round. It was<br />

sad that this was during his year as Deputy Mayor,<br />

and as such did not get to serve as Mayor in the final<br />

year of the previous Town Council, perhaps his time<br />

will come after the May elections – we shall see...<br />

Days Field<br />

An early draft of a financial and general risk assessment<br />

was circulated to Councillors and considered by the<br />

Council at their December meeting. It was decided<br />

that as this document was only 75% complete that<br />

it was not ready to be shared publicly. The initial risk<br />

analysis had highlighted the risk of this long-term<br />

project, that a new Council coming in could overturn<br />

any of the outgoing Council’s strategic or long-term<br />

decisions, before they could be fully implemented.<br />

There were other factors to consider too, not in the<br />

least of these is the uncertainty caused by the Brexit<br />

debate. It was therefore deemed to be eminently<br />

sensible to defer a final decision on which of the<br />

three options that were still on the table for Days<br />

Field. It would be much better for a new Council<br />

coming in to agree their policy moving forward<br />

and have sufficient time to implement within their<br />

four-year term of office, and after all issues are fully<br />

addressed.<br />

There are other on-going issues to resolve with<br />

Days Field relating to the current Outline Planning<br />

Permission for 51 houses. The Council has to decide<br />

whether to push ahead with an application for<br />

Reserve Matters, and application for Full Planning<br />

consent or a further application for Outline Planning<br />

permission, as extensions on time limits are no<br />

longer granted. This decision is time limited, and<br />

will be taken by the current Council, in order to<br />

preserve the investment in the current Outline<br />

Planning Permission which expires before the new<br />

Council come into office. Similarly, the previously<br />

reported application for permission to borrow up to<br />

£6 million will also proceed, to enable the incoming<br />

Council the ability to consider the three options that<br />

would be open to them. If permission to borrow is<br />

refused, then the options will be reduced to two.<br />

The necessity or urgency to hold a Public Meeting<br />

early in 2019 has therefore passed, and this will be<br />

re-scheduled by the new Town Council coming in<br />

after May 2019, when they have had sufficient time<br />

to consider all the information to hand, so watch<br />

this space...<br />

Other News<br />

The outgoing Council still have a lot of work to<br />

conclude as the period January to April in 2019 will<br />

be a busy one. A few snippets are as follows: -<br />

• Christmas Lights – it was decided to cease the threeyear<br />

contract with the Christmas Decorators and<br />

purchase the lights to enter into a new arrangement<br />

for the coming festive season. A budget has been<br />

agreed and a date has been set for the Christmas<br />

Lights Switch-On and Christmas Market of Sunday<br />

1st December – if you want to help or get involved,<br />

please let us know at the Town Hall.<br />

• Events Budget – it was decided to cut the events<br />

budget to £5,000 from its previous figure of £10,000.<br />

The reason being that in the three years it has<br />

existed, the average spend has been £5,000 each<br />

year. It is also thought that most events should be<br />

self-funding or could attract[] match funding grants<br />

from external sources. A review of the grants criteria<br />

is also necessary moving forward.<br />

• Annual Budget – will be agreed by the Council<br />

on 28th January, details will be published on the<br />

Council’s website and summarised in the March<br />

edition of the newsletter. This is an important budget<br />

as it will be the legacy to pass on to the new Council<br />

in May, the financial year starts in April 2019.<br />

• Annual Accounts – need to be completed for the<br />

year end to 31st March 2019, internal auditors<br />

Auditing Solutions Ltd will scrutinise everything<br />

towards the end of April and PKF Littlejohn have<br />

requested a date in early June for the external audit.<br />

All audit documents are publicly available either<br />

through the Town Council website or by request at<br />

the Town Hall.<br />

• Antingham’s – the outgoing Council hope<br />

to conclude talks with Heygate farms for the<br />

Antingham’s in the coming months, certainly<br />

negotiations will be on-going.<br />

• Business as usual – our Saturday Markets will<br />

continue week by week, we are still the Burial<br />

Authority for the Town, and our Allotments and<br />

other Opens Spaces or Amenities still have to be<br />

cared for.<br />

• Preparation for the New Council – preparation<br />

is already underway to ensure that there will be a<br />

smooth transition to the new Council coming in and<br />

training will be scheduled as appropriate for new<br />

Councillors, to ensure that they can play a full part<br />

in the proceedings from their first meeting.<br />

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Highway problems<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020.<br />

Give the location of the problem and a telephone<br />

number where further information can be obtained.<br />

Faulty street lights can be reported at the Town Hall<br />

during office hours or by telephoning Norfolk County<br />

Council 0344 800 8020. Reports should give a precise<br />

location of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit www.norfolk.gov.uk.<br />

Search: Street Lights/Pot Holes<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Monday 11th - Full Town Council meeting, 6.30 p.m.<br />

- 9.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 18th - Market meeting, 6.30 p.m. - 9.00<br />

p.m. Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 26th - Planning meeting, 12noon. Council<br />

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 />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

07825 801 605<br />

01760 720 608<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

01760 721 022<br />

01760 720 114<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 722 524<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Brenda Bowler<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 788 519<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cllr Jan Buckley-Stevens<br />

Cll Anne Thorp<br />

01760 722 604<br />

01760 722 611<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

01760 622725<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr Paul Darby, Cllr Shirley Matthews and<br />

Cllr Ian Sherwood 07795 236878<br />

twitter@ CllrIanSherwood (your.cllr@breckland.gov.uk)<br />

Your County Councillor is Cllr Ed Colman<br />

07940 406356 / email ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Officers<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Twitter - @<strong>Swaffham</strong>Clerk<br />

Claire Smith - Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator<br />

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall Opening Times<br />

Monday 9.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday : 9:30am-1pm



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