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March 2019<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

newslet ter<br />

Community Garden's offical sign is<br />

unveiled and final trees are planted<br />

Find out more by reading David<br />

Wickerson's article on p.17<br />

published by


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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

7 School Speak<br />

9 Church News<br />

11 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

14 WI<br />

16 Age Concern<br />

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

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

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

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

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

28 Wissey U3A<br />

30 Museum Matters<br />

33 Mayor's Parlour/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

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

Women and Words<br />

Popular local entertainers Three’s Company and the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> based women’s writing group Iceni Rural<br />

Writers will be celebrating International Women’s Day<br />

in the Pedlar Suite at the George Hotel on Friday 8th<br />

March. For over a century now people have joined<br />

together on International Women’s Day to mark the<br />

social, economic, cultural and political achievements<br />

of women. Three’s Company have entertained many<br />

local groups with their readings and on this occasion<br />

will present an anthology of poems by women writers<br />

from around the world. Members of Iceni Rural Writers<br />

will read pieces of their own work and there will also<br />

be an open mic slot for other local writers male and<br />

female. If you would like to read please contact 01366<br />

328536.<br />

Organiser Leah Spencer said: “Iceni Rural Writers held<br />

a similar event last year and it was very successful.<br />

It is a great opportunity for our group to share work<br />

with a wider audience”.<br />

Women and Words takes place on Friday 8 March<br />

at 7.30pm in the Pedlar Suite of the George Hotel<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tickets are £5.00 from Ceres Bookshop<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> or by phoning 01366 328536 or on the door.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Relief in Need Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1072912<br />

Relief in Need is a Registered Charity which meets 6<br />

times a year, offering grants for a specific purpose for<br />

the relief of persons resident in the area of benefit<br />

(i.e. <strong>Swaffham</strong>) who are in need, hardship or distress.<br />

Application Forms are available from the Town Hall<br />

or reliefinneed@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.<br />

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 you<br />

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

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

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

permanent basis, then please spread the word.


Upcoming Events<br />

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

8th March, 7.30pm in the Pedlar Suite of the George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tickets<br />

are £5 and available from Ceres Bookshop or on 01366 328536.<br />

Merle Boddy Race Night 9th March, 7.30pm at the Conservative Club.<br />

Tickets are £5 available from Georgie on 01760 724527. Bread and cheese<br />

buffet included in the price.<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 />

'The Wonders of Migration' - illustrated talk Nar Valley<br />

Ornithological Society (NarVOS), Tuesday 26th March 2019, 7.30pm at the Barn<br />

Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent School, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Access and parking from<br />

Sporle Road. Please come along to this illustrated talk by Ieuan Evans, entitled:<br />

The Wonders of Migration. Ieuan Evans will talk to NarVOS about the incredible<br />

journeys that birds make and will help to unravel the mysteries of bird migration.<br />

Ieuan is a director of the British Trust for Ornithology and will doubtless have the<br />

latest information at his fingertips. Visitors most welcome. Admission £2 on<br />

the night if you are not a NarVOS member. For more information about this<br />

meeting or NarVOS call Ian Black on 01760 724092<br />

Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Infants Prize Bingo Friday 29th March 7pm<br />

for eyes down 7.30 pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Infant School. All our normal great prizes,<br />

raffle and refreshments.<br />

Save the Children Coffee Morning Saturday 6th April, 9am till<br />

12pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Take some time out and come along to<br />

enjoy one of our coffee mornings with exciting stalls.<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 1 and Sat 2 Mar: On Stage with the Westacre Theatre Company: THE SECRET<br />

LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA by Steven Berkoff - the relationship between Danish<br />

Prince Hamlet and the beautiful Ophelia through the letters they write to each<br />

other. 7:30pm. £12 (£8 under 21s)<br />

Wed 6 Mar: Wednesday Film: THE WIFE (2017) [15] {100 minutes} starring<br />

Glenn Close. 2pm. £8<br />

Wed 13 Mar: Wednesday Film: PETERLOO (2018) [PG] {154 minutes} starring<br />

Rory Kinnear 2pm. £8<br />

Fri 15 and Sat 16 Mar: On Stage with the Westacre Theatre Company: A<br />

WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE starring Issy Huckle in one of Alan Bennett’s<br />

Talking Heads. 7:30pm. £12 (£8 under 21s)<br />

Wed 20 Mar: Wednesday Film: FIRST MAN (2018) [PG] [141 minutes} starring<br />

Ryan Gosling 2pm. £8<br />

Wed 27 Mar: Wednesday Film: THE WILD PEAR TREE (2018) [15] {188 minutes}<br />

2pm. £8<br />

Until 10 Mar: THE WORLD THROUGH THE LENS – exciting photographic show.<br />

From 11 Mar: ANNUAL SHOWCASE – art exhibition from John Hughes’<br />

masterclasses.<br />

All displays in the Theatre’s FOYER GALLERY are free to view, open for all<br />

performances and also during weekdays by prior arrangement.<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> Voluntary Stroke Group meet on the 3rd Monday of<br />

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

Neall 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 />

TUESDAY<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 />

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) Meetings<br />

held quarterly 3rd Tuesday at Town Hall, 7pm. Next meetings in 2019,<br />

16th April, 16th July, 15th October.<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 />

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 />

WEDNESDAY<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 />

7th April, 10.30am start. Speaker Dr, Richard Butler D.L. 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 />

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 />

5<br />

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

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club 1st and 3rd Weds of every month, 7 for<br />

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

01366 328567<br />

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

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> WI 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 />

THURSDAY<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.<br />

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

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

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

Community Hall. No experience or equipment needed. £2


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 Church<br />

Rooms. Girls aged 10 - 16yrs invited to join. Contact 07769294414<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art, Printing and Paper Craft Session at The Old Art Room<br />

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration and printing presses in a modern<br />

equipped Art &Textile Studio. 10am until 12.30 £10 Tel.01760 337181<br />

Bingo at Narborough Community Centre Doors 7pm, eyes-down<br />

7.45pm Contact Brenda 01760 337916<br />

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

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

724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oasis Messy Church 6pm every 3rd Friday Fun event for all ages. £1.<br />

www.facebook.com/oasiscentreswaffham<br />

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

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

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 />

SATURDAY<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 />

What’s Going on in <strong>Swaffham</strong> in 2019?<br />

We made it to Spring! Hopefully by the time you<br />

are reading this we’ll be appreciating some lovely<br />

March sunshine (can you put a jinx on the weather?)<br />

and looking forward to the summer. 2018 was an<br />

amazingly busy year with lots of events and activities<br />

right across the Iceni area and no doubt 2019 will be<br />

better. Keep up with What’s Going On by following the<br />

Facebook and Twitter pages or check the Events on the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council website. In the meantime,<br />

here are some dates for your 2019 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Diary.<br />

• Strictly Ruffles Fashion Show, Wednesday 22nd<br />

May. Need to refresh your wardrobe but not sure<br />

where to start? A super evening helping to raise funds<br />

towards the Christmas Lights.<br />

• Sheep Fair, Saturday 25th May. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market<br />

will be celebrating all things ‘woolly’ with expert crafts<br />

and demonstrations.<br />

• Dad’s Army Day, Saturday 3rd August. DON’T<br />

PANIC! After a successful first year in 2018 the Dad’s<br />

Army troop are returning to <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

• Classic Car Day and Autojumble, Sunday 25th<br />

August. Another regular favourite returning. We’ve<br />

booked a fine, dry day this year…<br />

• Christmas Lights, Sunday 1st December. Needs no<br />

introduction, a great way to get your Christmas season<br />

started.<br />

Sue Dent<br />

Events & Projects Support Officer<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and Watton Town Councils<br />

07776 507658, wattonswaffhamevents@gmail.com<br />

Sacred Heart School<br />

Sacred Heart School at the Mid Norfolk Cross Country<br />

Championships in Dereham.<br />

Fourteen students from the Lower and Senior school<br />

ran at the mid Norfolk cross country championships<br />

at Dereham. For once it was a sunny day and the<br />

conditions were ideal for running. Once we arrived<br />

we discovered that the course had changed slightly<br />

and was now a little longer but this did not deter<br />

our band of enthusiastic runners who went out<br />

and gave it their best. Everyone ran really well and<br />

handled the longer course with great determination.<br />

Both Bonnie and Hattie- from Year 11 achieved top 5<br />

places and will go on to represent the region at the<br />

county tournament at Langley School. We are very<br />

proud of all our runners and hope that Bonnie and<br />

Hattie will do well at Langley School.<br />

Local woman's big shave for charity<br />

A massive well done to Donna Moore for her recent<br />

head shave fundraiser, which saw her raise just over<br />

£700 in total for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis<br />

Society, a charity who support people living with<br />

rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid<br />

arthritis to be able to live the life they want to. The<br />

head shave took place on Thursday 31st January,<br />

in Donna’s workplace Westfields in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, with<br />

residents, colleagues, friends and family there<br />

to watch! Plus a live video feed on Facebook for<br />

those who couldn’t be there to watch too! I’m sure<br />

you’ll agree that the amount raised is amazing, so a<br />

massive thank you to all who donated, and a huge<br />

well done to Donna! Your friends and family are all<br />

very proud of you.<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

#COMMUNITY FRIDGE<br />

270kg<br />

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The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Friends In Warmer Climes<br />

Letters from considerably warmer climes arrived<br />

for our students studying Spanish. They are looking<br />

forward to continuing close links with their pen<br />

friends from Seville and learning more about life in<br />

that region from their peers.<br />

Fun At Any Time Of The Year!<br />

Christmas may seem like a distant memory but that<br />

didn't stop students enjoying the traditional panto<br />

'Aladdin' at the<br />

Norwich Theatre<br />

Royal. Sweets,<br />

drinks and ice<br />

creams in hand<br />

the group settled<br />

down to be<br />

entertained for<br />

the evening by<br />

the excellent cast (even receiving a special mention<br />

from Widow Twanky!) Big smiles and laughter from<br />

all proved that that a Panto is a hit any time of the<br />

year!<br />

Passionate About Business<br />

Our budding entrepreneurs met local businesswoman,<br />

Jane Clark, owner of The Old Art Room in <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

when she kindly agreed<br />

to visit the academy.<br />

Along with an engaging<br />

presentation Jane<br />

answered questions<br />

from our students<br />

studying business and<br />

shared the fact that<br />

‘being passionate about what you are doing’ is a<br />

major part of success.<br />

Safer Internet Day – Coffee Morning<br />

Parents joined the Safeguarding Team, for a coffee<br />

morning, focusing on how to keep our students safe<br />

on the Internet. Two officers from Breckland Police<br />

joined us to answer questions and offer guidance.<br />

Advice and resources were shared with parents and<br />

there was lots of discussion about the issues facing<br />

our young people using the Internet and ways to<br />

help protect them.<br />

Children’s Mental Health Week<br />

“Look after your body – both inside and out” – that<br />

was the message from students and staff during<br />

Children’s Mental Health Week. Students gave<br />

examples of simple things that made them happy<br />

keeping in mind that physical wellbeing can also help<br />

our mental wellbeing. Students are pictured with<br />

two of the academy staff who are Mental Health<br />

First Aiders. More information can be obtained from:<br />

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/<br />

Making A Splash<br />

Making a splash at the recent European Forces<br />

Swimming League Divisional Competition, held in<br />

Wuppertal Germany,<br />

was TNHA student<br />

Joshua Barber.<br />

He competed in 5<br />

races in the 13-15<br />

years’ category, 100<br />

butterfly, 200m, 100<br />

Free, 200 Medley<br />

relay and 200 Free<br />

relay. His team, the Lakenheath Barracudas, placed<br />

2nd out of 7 international competing teams (just<br />

missing victory). What a great effort!<br />

Jill Hambright<br />

PA to Principal/Admin. Manager/Clerk to Governors<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

01760 726152<br />

Email: Jill.Hambright@tnha.org.uk<br />

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

Well this new year is speeding by. We have begun<br />

to organise events so thought better let you know<br />

some of them.<br />

Prize Bingo will be on Friday 29th March 7.00 pm<br />

for eyes down 7.30 pm. All our normal great prizes,<br />

raffle and refreshments.<br />

Summer Fete is on Saturday 13th July, so mark your<br />

diaries now. Anyone that would like a stall please<br />

contact us. Any local groups that could do a display<br />

to make this a fun day please let us know. Email<br />

suechittock@btinternet.com<br />

We thank everyone that supports our events, so that<br />

we can buy equipment for the school, pay for buses<br />

for trips and much more.<br />

The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul<br />

The 2019 March services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church<br />

will be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 3rd<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 6th Ash Wednesday<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 />

Sunday 17th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice 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 />

(followed by the Annual Parochial Church meeting)<br />

Wednesday 27th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 31st Mothering Sunday<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist for all the family<br />

NB<br />

Wednesday April 3rd<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 7th<br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm E vensong (BCP) - note the time<br />

The Parish Church – East Window<br />

The Church needs to restore its beautiful East Window<br />

and this will cost a great deal of money – current<br />

estimates are in excess of £160,000. A small proportion<br />

of this might be grant funded, but the Church is expected<br />

to raise the balance. The Parochial Church Council is<br />

delighted that "Pot of Gold - <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew"<br />

will be performing a concert in the Parish Church on<br />

Saturday 23rd March as part of its fund-raising effort<br />

(see the advert elsewhere in this <strong>Newsletter</strong>). Tickets<br />

cost £8 (including refreshments) and are currently<br />

available through Ceres Bookshop in London Road, Just<br />

Hair in Station Street and also Norman Revill from whom<br />

further details may be obtained Tel 07530 898833.<br />

Please support this concert.<br />

Easter Flowers In The Parish Church<br />

The church flower group will be arranging the Easter<br />

flowers again this year. If you would like to contribute<br />

to the cost of these flowers, perhaps in memory of a<br />

loved one, please give your donation and the name of<br />

the person being remembered to one of the Church<br />

Wardens:- Ralph Clarke or Sheila Fowler.<br />

Churches Together Lent Meetings<br />

Lent is the period of 40 days beginning on Ash<br />

Wednesday, which comes before Easter in the Christian<br />

calendar. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation<br />

before the celebrations of Easter and by observing<br />

the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's<br />

sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.<br />

Members of the congregations of the churches that are<br />

involved in Churches Together in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

hold evening meetings and frugal lunches together<br />

every year, during Lent, and the dates of these are<br />

listed below. All the evening meetings are held in the<br />

Methodist Chapel, and each week the leader is from<br />

one of the contributing churches. The Frugal Lunch,<br />

held the day afterwards, is hosted by the church that<br />

led the previous evening.<br />

March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and April 4th Anglicans<br />

leading in the Methodist Chapel,. 7pm<br />

March 8th Frugal Lunch at St Peter and St Paul's, 12pm<br />

March 15th Frugal Lunch at the Baptist Church Rms, 12pm<br />

March 22nd Frugal Lunch at the Methodist Chapel<br />

Rooms, 12pm<br />

March 29th & April 5th Frugal Lunch at Our Lady of Pity<br />

Rooms, 12pm<br />

Everyone is invited to the meetings and lunches.<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

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

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

on Thursday 14th March at 10.00am. This will be a<br />

Corporate Communion in the parish church, that will be<br />

presided over by the vicar, the Revd Janet Allan. Coffee/<br />

tea is served afterwards. Enquiries to Julia on 720041<br />

Buzzbox<br />

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

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

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

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

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

The next meeting will be in church at 10.00am on 16th<br />

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

The Children's Society<br />

The annual opening of the C.S home money boxes<br />

raised £1108.56 for the Society, my sincere thanks for<br />

the continued support of the home money box holders.<br />

If anyone would like to give room in their home for a<br />

Children's Society money box, I will be pleased to hear<br />

from them. All donations large or small are gratefully<br />

received - to borrow a phrase "Every Little Helps". For<br />

further information please contact me:- Linda Burton<br />

coordinator C.S money boxes for St Peter & St Paul<br />

Church, tel:- 01760 720205. Thank you.<br />

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal-2018<br />

The 230 shoe boxes collected from St Peter & St Paul<br />

Church were part of consignments of 511,200 shoe<br />

boxes which were delivered to thousands of churches<br />

for distribution to very needy children in Eastern<br />

Europe, Africa, Central Asia and The Middle East.<br />

Specific countries cannot be named for the safety of the<br />

ministry living and working in restricted areas. My very<br />

sincere thanks to everyone who supported the appeal.<br />

Linda Burton coordinator OCC shoe box appeal -<br />

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

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

Church Notices<br />

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

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

Sun 3rd March 10.45am. Celebration of Holy<br />

Communion with Revd. Andrew King followed by<br />

refreshments.<br />

Tues 5th March 10am - 12noon 'The Meeting Place'<br />

drop - in. Also the Traidcraft stall.<br />

Tues 5th March Soup & Pancakes 11.30am. £5.<br />

Thurs 7th March 10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent<br />

Course.<br />

Thurs 7th March 'The Meeting Place ' drop - in 10am<br />

- 12noon.<br />

Thurs 7th March 2.30pm. Bible Study with Revd Liz<br />

Jolly.<br />

Thurs 7th March 7pm. Lent Meeting.<br />

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

Fri 8th March 10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent<br />

Course.<br />

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

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

by refreshments.<br />

Mon 11th, Tues 12th, Wed 13th and Thurs 14th<br />

March 10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent Course.<br />

Thurs 14th March 'The Meeting Place ' drop -in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Thurs 14th March Thursday Group 2.30pm. A talk by<br />

Jill Bowers on her life as a WREN.<br />

Thurs 14th March 7pm. Lent Meeting.<br />

Fri 15th March 9.30am. Power Of Prayer.<br />

Fri 15th March 10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent<br />

Course.<br />

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

Sun 17th March 10.45am Morning Worship followed<br />

by refreshments.<br />

Mon 18th, Tues 19th, Wed 20th, Thurs 21st March<br />

10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent Course.<br />

Thurs 21st March 'The Meeting Place' drop -in. 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Thurs 21st March 7pm. Lent Meeting.<br />

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

Fri 22nd March 10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent<br />

Course.<br />

Fri 22nd March 12noon. Frugal Lunch.<br />

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

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

by refreshments.<br />

Mon 25th, Tues 26th, Wed 27th, Thurs 28th March<br />

10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent Course.<br />

Thurs 28th March 'The Meeting Place ' drop -in. POT OF GOLD - SWAFFHAM SHANTY CREW<br />

POT OF GOLD - SWAFFHAM SHANTY CREW<br />

10am -12noon.<br />

Thurs 28th March 2.30pm. Thursday Group. Talk by<br />

Mavis about The Home Guard.<br />

Thurs 28th March 7pm. Lent Meeting.<br />

Fri 29th March 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Fri 29th March 10am -11am. Simply Psalms Lent<br />

Course.<br />

Sat 30th March 9.30am -12noon. Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 31st March 10.45am. Mothering Sunday Service<br />

with Revd Andrew King. Followed by refreshments.<br />

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

Members of our group take on various research<br />

projects through the year, sometimes on behalf<br />

of the museum or for their own interests. As has<br />

been mentioned before, one member Michael<br />

Medlar (together with his wife Sheila) has been<br />

looking into pre-Reformation wills left by <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

residents.<br />

Photo credit: Pete Coombes<br />

At our last meeting he gave us an illustrated talk on<br />

his then latest findings including the testaments<br />

of four men and one woman, Katherine Kipping,<br />

whose will of 1520 also contained an itemised<br />

inventory of all her goods, down to the last item<br />

of the contents of her considerable wardrobe<br />

and her jewellery. Four wills from <strong>Swaffham</strong> men<br />

were also discussed, including one - a priest -<br />

who left money to 70 churches. Man or woman,<br />

each testator's first concern was for the welfare<br />

of their soul, leaving money to the church and<br />

clergy to sing or pray for them to ease their way<br />

through Purgatory. In Mrs Kipping's case, apart<br />

from <strong>Swaffham</strong> church, she left money to several<br />

churches including St Andrew in Barton Bendish<br />

(where she had previously lived) including the<br />

repair of their bells.<br />

Since his talk Michael and Sheila have researched<br />

several more wills, including more <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

women. From these they are gradually learning a<br />

lot more about the lives of 16th century females in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, which hopefully will result in a booklet<br />

being produced by the history group later in the<br />

year. The history group can be contacted on<br />

littlebethany7@gmail.com<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

ST PETER AND ST PAUL’S CHURCH<br />

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Merle Boddy Centre<br />

We were given some cups and saucers from the<br />

WI afternoon group. Unfortunately they have now<br />

finished operating, but we have made full use of the<br />

crockery and are helping our feathered friends at the<br />

same time. The crockery was made into bird feeders<br />

as can be seen in the photo below. John did a fine job<br />

of filling the cups with all the goodies to see them<br />

through the cold weather.<br />

Peter is a good old Norfolk boy and I love talking about<br />

old <strong>Swaffham</strong> with him especially when he talks about<br />

his time at <strong>Swaffham</strong> electric board shop (that's where<br />

the Green Parrot is now) and when the market was so<br />

big it took all day to walk around. Aren't memories just<br />

the most wonderful thing ? When someone shares the<br />

11<br />

same as you it's magical; conversation just flows, who<br />

cares if it's about years ago, we are communicating,<br />

that is just wonderful. New year and yet again fund<br />

raising is on my mind. It seems a never ending job but<br />

it has to be done. Please, if you have a bit of time to<br />

help or you would like to organise a function, or have<br />

unwanted gifts you could donate please could you ring<br />

me, Georgie, on 01760 724527. We are also looking<br />

for new directors, so if you're interested get in touch.<br />

Did your kids have lots of games bought for them for<br />

Christmas that they are already bored with? We are<br />

looking for things like 'Connect 4' and similar for our<br />

clients. I do keep going round the charity shops, but no<br />

luck yet, so if you don't want games anymore please<br />

can we be their new owners!<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 March, Nick Kenning, Aylsham<br />

17 March, Wendy Barnard, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

31 March, David Schiesser, Huntingdon<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 />

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

at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club<br />

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Simon Brown<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their most<br />

successful quiz for many years, with<br />

over 100 people attending. The<br />

World Quiz attracted 19 teams who<br />

were allocated a country together<br />

with the country’s flag. At the start of the quiz, in<br />

true Olympic fashion, one member from each team<br />

paraded in carrying their flag, accompanied by their<br />

national anthem. With a keenly fought completion<br />

Morocco and Australia tied, with Morocco winning<br />

the tie question. The evening raised £1000 for Lions<br />

charities.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions were please to support <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Cricket Club with a £250 cheque to send Billy Staines<br />

on a level 2 coaching course. The club based at Myers<br />

Playing Field, have Saturday and Sunday teams,<br />

competing at the highest level of local cricket. With a<br />

membership of forty, there is an emphasis on training<br />

the younger members, allowing them to play in games<br />

with no pressure.<br />

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

the collection for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Lions<br />

worldwide support visually impaired people with<br />

a variety of programs to help them integrate into<br />

society. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions collect and send spectacles to<br />

Chichester for onward shipping to France for recycling,<br />

they have sent over 100 thousand pairs to date.<br />

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

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

like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

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

interested, then please call us on<br />

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

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions continue to support local charities,<br />

especially those that work with children. Home-Start<br />

is one of those charities that are working with young<br />

families and have had their funding cut by Norfolk<br />

County Council. Their volunteers work alongside<br />

parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with<br />

the stresses and strains of life and make sure they<br />

have the skills, confidence and strength they need to<br />

nurture their children.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions had the town rocking to the sound of<br />

The Strollers at their Valentine Dance held in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms with over 60 people dancing to<br />

the sound of the 60’s. A romantic evening for one<br />

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engagement. The successful evening which raised<br />

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Beachamwell WI<br />

In February, Beachamwell WI<br />

welcomed Penelope Watkins who<br />

gave us a most enjoyable talk<br />

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

started with an overview of fashion trends in<br />

the 20th century and brought along examples of<br />

the underwear which underpinned the changing<br />

shapes; that got us reminiscing about those strange<br />

pink corsets our mothers used to wear! Penelope<br />

went on to give some useful advice about how to<br />

buy clothes with a better fit and some excellent<br />

tips about flattering styles. Her talk was both<br />

informative and entertaining.<br />

On March 7th, our speaker will be local writer,<br />

Jackie Bennett, talking about gardens featured<br />

in her latest book – “Britain’s Island Gardens”.<br />

Visitors, even if you are not thinking of joining<br />

our WI, are most welcome to join us at a charge<br />

of £3.50. We meet on the first Thursday of each<br />

month at 7.30 in Beachamwell Village Hall. The<br />

group is friendly and informal. Prospective new<br />

members are always welcome to come along<br />

to one meeting and look us over, free of charge.<br />

Just turn up on the night or contact Leah (01366<br />

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

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

Our February meeting on<br />

Wednesday 6th.was held at 2pm.<br />

in the Methodist Church Rooms on<br />

London Street.<br />

We now have over 40 members with the two<br />

combined W.I Institutes plus some new members.<br />

Our President started with an amusing &<br />

appropriate Valentine's poem. We were then given<br />

an update on events & finances before our speaker<br />

began. This month it was Tina Birchett from EACH<br />

Children's Hospices. This gave us a great deal<br />

of information on 'giving care & support to lifethreatened<br />

children & their families'. Also how<br />

funds are raised & support given to 360 children<br />

with this number rising each year. They are in the<br />

process of building a new centre 'The Nook' a stateof<br />

the-art hospice in Norfolk which is planned to be<br />

finished this year.<br />

Our next meeting is on Wed.6th.March at 2pm with<br />

David Morton speaking on 'The Wonder of Light'<br />

Do come for a visit & see if you might like to join us.<br />

For more information phone our secretary Fiona<br />

Walker on 01760 722879<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

The New Year began with an opportunity<br />

to great friends not seen since last year!<br />

Subscriptions paid, raffle tickets bought,<br />

sales table visited, gazettes collected and tucked safely<br />

away for reading at home, tea and cake consumed and<br />

then down to the business of the day! WI Meetings<br />

should always have an element of learning and so it<br />

was - “which way do the winners go and who stays<br />

put”! What were we doing – playing Beetle of course<br />

– almost a tradition at Sporle’s January meeting but an<br />

amusing of somewhat frustrating way to start the year.<br />

Raffle drawn and a poem to close the meeting and<br />

we all look forward to next month’s meeting Tuesday<br />

March 19th entitled “The Work of the Dogs Trust”<br />

Sporle Community Centre 1.45 pm for 2pm start until<br />

4pm – Visitors always welcome £ 3.50 per time.<br />

The Pickenhams WI<br />

Our President opened the meeting<br />

with a remembrance of a previous<br />

member Dorothy Heyhoe who has<br />

died aged 93 years. Dorothy was a member for 45<br />

years, a true country WI lady.<br />

Group activities this month include :- coffee and chat<br />

at the Market Cross, ten pin bowling at Dereham and<br />

exercises to music with the lovely Anne Francis in the<br />

church at North Pickenham. These are open to the<br />

village folk.<br />

Future Plans include-:<br />

• A trip to the NorwichTheatre Royal to see Pam Ayres,<br />

plus making our own banner to carry in Norwich<br />

Cathedral to a service, both of which are part of the<br />

100 year celebrations of the Norfolk W.I. this year.<br />

• A local walk to raise funds for the women of the<br />

world on 2nd May.<br />

• Trip to Gayton Hall gardens in the Spring/summer.<br />

• Trip to Thursford by coach on 23rd of December to<br />

see their amazing Christmas Show.<br />

Finally it was time for our speaker Melonie Hilton, a<br />

British writer of romantic novels who described to<br />

us Jane Austin's London, with its buildings, brothels,<br />

poverty and squalor amongst the poor. A very<br />

interesting and informative talk.<br />

The Competition - “your favourite book and a<br />

paragraph about why" was won by Sylvia Sexton and<br />

Joan Baker.<br />

After a welcome refreshment break, Carolyn our<br />

President, presented Colin Houghton the chairman of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Hospital League of Friends with a cheque<br />

for £185 the proceeds raised from our Trading Stall .<br />

This money will go towards the cost of some special<br />

Armchairs for the patient's rehabilitation.<br />

Next Meeting: 12th March 2pm in the church. Speaker:<br />

Philip West - “Norfolk crabs, cliffs and coasts - an<br />

opportunity to enjoy our local delights!" Competition:<br />

A photograph of the Norfolk coast. Anyone interested<br />

contact Carolyn - 01760 755089 or Melonie 01760<br />

440456.<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 />

At the end of January our members turned out in force for our Annual New Year Party. We had terrific<br />

entertainment from the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew (Pot of Gold)<br />

and thanks to donations from Tesco and Iceland, each member<br />

had some special party food and drink. We were particularly<br />

grateful to all the work put in by Irene and the catering team to<br />

organise this. If you would like to join our Group (a registered<br />

charity) and are over 55, please come along to one of our<br />

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

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

there. You can also contact our Membership Secretary Vicky,<br />

see details below. The annual membership subscription is £5.<br />

Upcoming events are:<br />

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

• April 25th (note date) – Trip out, Shell Museum etc<br />

• May 28th AGM (in house) plus Quiz<br />

• June 18th (note date) Broads sailing trip – Wroxham to Horning<br />

For trips out, our contact is John Clarke, 720140. Acting Chairman, Barbara White,<br />

720756, Deputy Chair, Barbara Clarke, 720140, Treasurer, Keith Nash, 724801;<br />

Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031. For the AGM, our Committee is keen<br />

to encourage members of Age Concern to volunteer as new Committee members,<br />

especially to help organise the various events we are already planning for the rest<br />

of the year. Anyone interested, please contact Barbara White, phone as above, or<br />

barbarawhite346@btinternet.com.<br />

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

and District<br />

We need Volunteer Hospital<br />

Buddies<br />

Do you have 1-2 hours free a week?<br />

Do you enjoy driving?<br />

Are you caring, compassionate and a good listener?<br />

If you answered ‘YES’ We need you!!<br />

You could help local, older people attend essential<br />

medical appointments that they otherwise would not<br />

be able to attend……..<br />

Please call, email or drop in for a chat at The Community<br />

Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong> (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am to 4pm)<br />

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club<br />

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club are a group of very<br />

friendly people that like to play carpet bowls twice a<br />

week (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2-4) in West<br />

Acre village hall £2 per afternoon.<br />

Each year we enter a team of 4 into a competition<br />

called "Let's Get Active" where we play home and<br />

away games from other villagers in the West Norfolk<br />

area. We have been doing this for a few years now and<br />

have come runners up twice before but last year we<br />

went 1 better and won. The picture shows chairman<br />

Brian Roberts holding the winning trophy with Betty<br />

Lilley, behind them are Toni Clarke and Mike Pye.<br />

We also have a team of 4 that play at Lynn Sport once<br />

a month, 2 teams of pairs that also play once a moth<br />

at Lynn Sport and occasionally play on a Sunday when<br />

there is a Charity Match being held.<br />

Currently there are 20 members in the club not only<br />

coming from West Acre but also Castle Acre, <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

Whissensett, Downham Market and Middleton. It's<br />

a great enjoyable and fun game to play and all are<br />

welcome no matter what age, (our eldest is in his 90's<br />

and youngest is 14 yrs). The equipment is provided .<br />

Any more information you can contact Belinda Bush<br />

01760755184 (answer machine) or email Belinda_<br />

Bush@hotmail.com<br />

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

We are almost there! A team of stoic volunteers braved<br />

the elements early last month to bring the finishing<br />

touches to the SCG, well at least as far as we could<br />

given the time of year and the weather conditions<br />

on the day. Ably assisted by our Royal Horticultural<br />

Society Advisor Alison Findlay and by Katy Fullilove<br />

with her team from the Escape Project, two large bags<br />

of bark mulch were distributed on the Story Telling<br />

Circle, which we invite groups of all ages to use and<br />

enjoy, and on the flower/herb beds; heritage apple<br />

trees and border hedging were planted, the Laserfast<br />

stainless steel sign was erected and in the afternoon<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary arrived to plant their kindly donated<br />

feature tree celebrating their 50th anniversary of<br />

Rotary in the Town. In addition the area bordering the<br />

Antinghams was cleared and generally tidied up to<br />

improve the overall appearance of the Garden.<br />

However, there is and will be continuing work with<br />

hopefully better weather in the Spring when we will<br />

be working with the Youthie Group to construct the<br />

Bug Hotels that we were not able to build before the<br />

darker nights descended.<br />

This entire initiative would not have been possible<br />

without the valued hands on activities from those<br />

mentioned in previous <strong>Newsletter</strong> updates and from<br />

those local businesses who graciously donated various<br />

necessary elements of the Garden – we thank you all.<br />

Looking to the future we are now actively looking<br />

for keen and not so keen new gardeners to join the<br />

team and work with our existing volunteers to take<br />

part in maintaining and looking after the Garden as it<br />

matures and grows in the warmer weather. This is an<br />

exciting project to be involved in and we hope that we<br />

can all not only enjoy working together but learn from<br />

each other to improve our gardening knowledge and<br />

skills. To facilitate this concept we have decided to<br />

make the second Friday of each month a Community<br />

Garden morning starting on March 8th at 10.00am. So<br />

why not come along and join us on the Campingland<br />

to find out how you can contribute to the project.<br />

You can contact us with any questions or comments<br />

at either davidwickerson@btinternet.com or<br />

enquiries@iceni.info. In the meantime to welcome<br />

Spring, do watch out for the flowering bulbs planted<br />

in November – Happy Gardening!<br />

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Welcome to <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre<br />

Feel free to pop in and admire our<br />

gallery of work by local artists<br />

and then treat yourself to tea and<br />

home made cake in Patisserie Iceni.<br />

GALLERY<br />

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For appointments and enquires<br />

contact Donna Smith on<br />

01760-336527 or 07905825333<br />

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87 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk. PE37 7AQ Tel:01760721022<br />

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SLEEP<br />

Enjoy a refreshing cool drink with a<br />

great choice of draught beers and<br />

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

large choice of spirits and mixers.<br />

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CELEBRATING<br />

President’s Corner<br />

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

As reported in my column last month we duly planted<br />

the Prunus Snow Goose tree in the Community<br />

Garden on the 4th February - as also reported<br />

elsewhere in this <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

YEARS<br />

The Garden is now really beginning to take shape<br />

with a lovely new sign and will be an excellent asset<br />

for the Town over the years as it continues to flourish.<br />

My President’s charity this year is the Samaritans<br />

and our 50th Anniversary Cook-Book is now in profit<br />

having paid off our printing costs (£5 per copy still<br />

available at Ceres Bookshop!) On the 11th February<br />

we presented a cheque to Gill Sale, director of the<br />

branch in King’s Lynn representing the profit so far<br />

from the sale of the books.<br />

in £435 being given to Gill.<br />

A quote from a Samaritans<br />

caller, “Samaritans are there<br />

when all your friends are<br />

asleep and when you’re<br />

alone in the world. When<br />

you're full of thoughts you<br />

don’t understand, it's good<br />

to get them out”<br />

Our Club theme this year<br />

is the environment and so<br />

appropriately last month we had a very inspiring<br />

visit from a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from<br />

the USA, Madi Vorva age 21. She is a graduate of<br />

Pomona College, California, where she majored in<br />

environmental analysis. Shocked by the plight and<br />

imminent extinction of the orangutan in Indonesia<br />

she started campaigning at the age of 12 to get the<br />

major companies of the world to change to use<br />

sustainable Palm Oil. She started campaigning Girl<br />

Guides USA to source responsible palm oil in their<br />

cookies (probably the biggest seller of cookies in<br />

the US) then partnering with Advisers, The Packard<br />

Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists<br />

she grew her Middle School project to a national<br />

media campaign that reached 10 million customers,<br />

involving Michelle Obama on the way! These efforts<br />

led to Girl Scouts USA to announce a sustainable<br />

policy with Kellogg’s and Wilmar (trader of 45%<br />

of the world’s Palm Oil) to adapt a de-forestation<br />

tree commitment. Today Madi is the Community<br />

Engagement Specialist at Michigan University on<br />

sustainability cases within the University School<br />

for Environment and Sustainability. She is pursuing<br />

her Master’s in environmental policy at Cambridge<br />

University through the support of Rotary’s Global<br />

Grant Scholarship. As you can imagine her talk and<br />

presentation were amazing proving that there are<br />

people in the USA that do care about what we are<br />

currently doing to our planet.<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

A simple solution to wasting less through<br />

the sharing of good quality food.<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

Community Centre, The Campingland,<br />

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

The book was put together by Thea and Rotarian<br />

David Morris and my wife Sue and has many excellent<br />

recipes and reminiscences by Rotarians, their families<br />

and partners. The cook book has also generated<br />

over £120 in donations to the Samaritans, resulting<br />

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

We kicked off our 2019 season with The Colin Mason<br />

Quartet - Colin Mason drums, Chris Kirk trumpet,<br />

Mark Ferguson piano, Mike Smith bass – along with<br />

Ryan McCaffrey guesting on saxophone. Ryan was<br />

born in King’s Lynn and started piano lessons when<br />

he was 8 years old, and clarinet when he was 12. He<br />

became interested in jazz after a music teacher at<br />

school played some Miles Davis tracks to the class.<br />

He asked his teacher “Which is the best instrument<br />

on which to play jazz? Clarinet or oboe?” Obviously<br />

clarinet was the answer and he took up sax as well<br />

when he was 16.<br />

After passing Grade 8 on piano he studied at the<br />

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for four years. He<br />

moved to London in his 20’s to try his luck on the<br />

jazz scene and played with such established artists<br />

as Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey and Trevor Tomkins. He<br />

says his best ever gig was when he went to Russia as<br />

a dep and cites his main influences (as well as Miles<br />

Davis) as Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver and Bill Evans.<br />

The number I enjoyed most from the first half was<br />

On Green Dolphin Street played as an upbeat bossa<br />

nova, which is unusual but worked well. Chris’s<br />

trumpet playing here was particularly effective.<br />

The second half began with the Latin number<br />

Mambo Inn, which I presume was a celebration of<br />

the England Cricket Team winning at least one of<br />

their Test matches against the West Indies! The next<br />

two numbers were outstanding as Ryan reached<br />

ever more remote harmonic regions and Colin<br />

displayed his wonderful brush work making the skins<br />

really sing. Best of all was Miles Davis’s So What.<br />

Everyone played brilliantly and I thought Mike’s bass<br />

solo towards the end was masterful, especially the<br />

way he calmed everything down to a soft repeated<br />

rhythm at the bottom of the register in readiness for<br />

the reprise of the main theme.<br />

I must make special mention of Mark who travelled<br />

all the way from Lincoln to play for us. Every one<br />

of his solos was a gem. A great night ended with<br />

thunderous and well-deserved applause.<br />

Coming up:<br />

Tues 12th March at 7.30 ‘The Art of the Trio’ with Phil<br />

Brooke guitar, Simon Brown piano, Ivars Galenieks<br />

bass. Then on 9th April, Lee Vasey & Friends <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conservative Club. 23 London Street. PE37 7DD. £8<br />

on the door. Geoff & Norman<br />

Networking Group Celebrates First Year<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> group of East Anglian Women in<br />

Business (EAWIB), celebrated its first anniversary on<br />

Thursday 10th January 2019. The networking group<br />

marked the occasion with cake and conversation.<br />

East Anglian Women in Business was created by Ward<br />

Gethin Archer Director and Family Law Solicitor, Sarah<br />

Fairbrother, to provide a local forum where business<br />

women can meet, interact and support each other<br />

in developing their businesses and careers. Sarah<br />

Fairbrother recognised that outside of Cambridge<br />

and Norwich there were very few networking<br />

opportunities in the local smaller towns. From the<br />

outset, the aim has been to enable women to form<br />

strong links with other local women in an informal<br />

and friendly setting. There has been a great response<br />

from business women in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area, with<br />

the networking group attended by a range of local<br />

businesses. The monthly meetings are free to attend<br />

with refreshments kindly provided by sponsors, Ward<br />

Gethin Archer solicitors and Grow Your Business<br />

accountants.<br />

Ward Gethin Archer Family Law Solicitor and founder<br />

of EAWIB, Sarah Fairbrother, said: “I am thrilled that the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> group is well established and look forward to<br />

the next year of East Anglian Women in Business. The<br />

meetings are a great platform for women to network<br />

and to exchange ideas and knowledge. Any women<br />

interested in joining a meeting should come along, new<br />

members are always welcome.” The meetings follow<br />

the same format each month, with everyone given<br />

the chance to introduce themselves and explain what<br />

it is they do. There is a speaker, sometimes someone<br />

from the EAWIB group, followed by the opportunity<br />

to network. Unlike many networking groups, there<br />

are no membership fees, no requirements to give<br />

referrals and no minimum number of meetings that<br />

you must attend. The <strong>Swaffham</strong> meeting takes place<br />

each month from 10.30am until 12 noon at The<br />

White Hart Inn, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The timing is designed to<br />

accommodate the commitments that women often<br />

have in the early mornings and evenings. In addition<br />

to <strong>Swaffham</strong>, other EAWIB networking groups run<br />

in King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Dereham and Ely.<br />

Anyone wishing to attend the meetings should visit<br />

www.eawib.co.uk to register online.<br />

Visitors to EAWIB meetings are assured of a warm<br />

welcome. For Further Information please contact<br />

Sarah Fairbrother on 01553 667250 or email sarah.<br />

fairbrother@wga.co.uk<br />

Just Hair London Marathon<br />

Our Just Hair London Marathon run is getting nearer<br />

and nearer and thanks to all our wonderful friends,<br />

families and amazing customers at Just Hair we<br />

have already raised an unbelievable £15,000 for The<br />

National Autistic Society. A charity very close to our<br />

hearts as our nine year old nephew Cole Dickerson<br />

was diagnosed with Autism at the age of four.<br />

Autism affects not just the individual but the whole<br />

family. Things that many families take for granted<br />

like visiting places such as play parks, zoos, holidays<br />

and even popping to the shops can be extremely<br />

overwhelming for someone on the spectrum. The<br />

National Autistic Society offers support, help and<br />

information for families, individuals and schools.<br />

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and<br />

helping to raise awareness and understanding.<br />

We have two more events planned before our run;<br />

the first is a Coffee Morning at the Assembly Rooms<br />

on March 13th 10-12. Mark Jackson our hero from<br />

Barclays Bank, Fakenham is going to match fund for<br />

us. Our second event is on Saturday 6th April when<br />

our great friend Kay from the Market Cross is hosting<br />

a Hog Roast for us with Impsons Butchers cooking<br />

the Hog Roast, and entertainment by Pot Of Gold –<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew.<br />

We look forward to seeing you at our events and<br />

promise you all after our Marathon run we will give<br />

you all a rest from fund-raising until the Christmas<br />

Tree Festival.<br />

Much love, Gill, Keith, all the girls at Just Hair and our<br />

Marathon team, Xxx<br />

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

Desperately Seeking Storage - Can You Help?<br />

If you would like to support your local Amateur<br />

Dramatic Society, and have an empty outhouse, barn<br />

or garage available in or near to <strong>Swaffham</strong>, perhaps<br />

you can help us out!<br />

Unfortunately, due to the closure of the Church<br />

Rooms on Campingland we have recently lost our<br />

scenery storage facilities and are seeking somewhere<br />

to store and work on scenery for our forthcoming<br />

productions. We have been providing entertainment<br />

for the <strong>Swaffham</strong> community ever since our very first<br />

production in 1970 and hopefully will continue for<br />

many more years to come.<br />

Ideally we need a space the size of a double garage,<br />

with a power supply to enable us to work on our<br />

scenery and props. Alternatively an outhouse or<br />

single garage size space would suffice for temporary<br />

storage.<br />

If you think you may be able to help, then please call<br />

our stage manager on 01760 721568.<br />

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

Congratulations to Derek Pinner<br />

whose photograph, shown below,<br />

entitled "Where's the Grub" was<br />

the overall winner in the January<br />

competition at the club.<br />

There was a packed attendance of members for<br />

Kevin Sawfords entertaining and informative talk<br />

on "An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer's Year"<br />

at the meeting on the 6th February.<br />

Entries for the February print competition themed<br />

as "Frame within a Frame" will be Judged on the 20th<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 />

Congratulations to Derek Pinner whose photograph, shown below, entitled<br />

"Where's the Grub" was the overall winner in the January competition at the<br />

club.<br />

February at the club's meeting which will take place<br />

at the community<br />

centre.<br />

The club meets on<br />

the first and third<br />

Wednesday of<br />

each month and<br />

is rightly proud<br />

of its established,<br />

ongoing, reputation catering for, and assisting<br />

photographers of all abilities within its convivial<br />

environs.<br />

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

website: www.swaffhamcameraclub.com<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 />

There was a packed attendance of members for Kevin Sawfords entertaining<br />

The club which meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month has a<br />

and informative talk on "An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer's Year". at the<br />

full meeting program on the of 6th events, February. speakers, exhibitions and internal and inter-club<br />

competitions planned. It is also pleased to offer tutorials at all levels,<br />

Entries for the February print competition themed as "Frame within a Frame"<br />

concerning will be Judged the on many the 20th aspects February of at photography the clubs meeting and which its will associated take place equipment.<br />

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For further information please visit the Clubs website<br />

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photographers of all abilities within its convivial environs.<br />

For further information please visit the Clubs website<br />

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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 />

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 />

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

On the 22nd March, we are holding a quiz at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. The quiz starts at<br />

7.30pm, costs £5 per head and teams of up to 6<br />

people are needed. Early booking is recommended<br />

as we are limited to the number of teams that can<br />

be accommodated. To book a place for your team,<br />

please contact Adrian Adcock on 01760 724304 or<br />

07741418781 or alternatively the Home Hospice<br />

Office on 01760 722937.<br />

Our annual street collection is booked for the 11th<br />

May and further events are in the course of being<br />

finalised. Further details will follow in the next issue.<br />

By the time you read this report, we will have<br />

been involved with<br />

the Snowdrop walk at<br />

Lexham Hall, this having<br />

taken place on the 17th<br />

February. Our thanks<br />

to Mr & Mrs Foster at<br />

Lexham Hall for giving<br />

us this fundraising<br />

opportunity.<br />

If anybody is interested in volunteering with the<br />

Home Hospice then please ring Wendy Martin, our<br />

co-ordinator, on 01760 722937.<br />

free meal Mondays<br />

Join us for a free vegetarian meal on the third Monday of the<br />

month. Lunch is served from 11am till 1pm in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

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

• mon 21st Jan<br />

• mon 18th feb<br />

• mon 18th march<br />

• mon 15th april<br />

• mon 20th may<br />

• mon 17th june<br />

dates for 2019:<br />

• mon 15th july<br />

• mon 19th aug<br />

• mon 16th sept<br />

• mon 21st oct<br />

• mon 18th nov<br />

• mon 16th dec<br />

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experienced and receive on-going training to make<br />

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.<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 />

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

Not too long until 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. One of our main projects this year is to<br />

purchase some specially designed bed side chairs for<br />

patient use. These are latest “state of the art” and<br />

are much more flexible in use than what we have at<br />

present. We are exploring costs at the moment.<br />

We continue to be pleased by the donations and gifts<br />

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

These are much appreciated.<br />

A date for your diary. Our Next Coffee morning at the<br />

Methodist Church will be on Sat 9th March. Please<br />

join us if you can.<br />

We are exploring dates to hopefully book a return of<br />

our very popular Vienesse Orchestra.<br />

Each year we hold an Annual General Meeting usually<br />

in May. Date to be confirmed. These meetings are<br />

open to all and full year accounts are available<br />

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

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

informal chat.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

01760 336025 colin@houghton789.plus.com<br />

Swaefas Swail Wassail<br />

On Saturday 19th January a very special event took<br />

place at the ESCAPE allotments and community<br />

orchard at Tumbler Hill. Around 50-60 people came<br />

together at the site to take part in the 'wassail', an<br />

anicent celebration that is believed to help bring<br />

a good cider apple harvest for the following year.<br />

The crowd enjoyed hot mulled apple juice before<br />

forming a precession down to the orchard with<br />

flaming torches and banging drums.<br />

In the orchard a bonfire was lit and a willow sculpture<br />

of a woman was burnt. The burning of the old willow<br />

woman made way for a new improved one to take<br />

her place, symbolic of the new growing year and the<br />

cycle beginning again. The evening was made all the<br />

more magical by the bright full moon and the nearby<br />

murmaration of starlings filling the sky above.<br />

Following the wassail, many of the crowd made their<br />

way down to the<br />

community centre<br />

for hot soup and an<br />

evening of dancing<br />

at a traditional<br />

celidh. There was<br />

also a bar and raffle,<br />

with all money made<br />

going back into the running of the ESCAPE project.<br />

Pot Of Gold : <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew<br />

2018 was a fantastic maiden voyage of a year for the<br />

land based <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew. We have sung<br />

at clubs, pubs, churches, garden fetes, residential<br />

homes, <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Dementia Cafe and charity<br />

events. We helped raise money for the RNLI, Scotties<br />

Soldiers, <strong>Swaffham</strong> and Litcham Home Hospice and<br />

the wonderful church at Houghton on the Hill.<br />

We are an eclectic bunch of musicians who sing sea<br />

shanties and folk music accompanied by a melodeon,<br />

a couple of guitars and a banjo and we really enjoy<br />

keeping the spirit of the songs we sing alive in the<br />

21st century. So we would love to welcome you at<br />

one, or all, of our events.<br />

2019 kicked off with singing shanties and folk songs<br />

to an enthusiastic audience of over 100 at the Age<br />

Concern Christmas party held in the Assembly Rooms,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. But the main event for 23 March is at St<br />

Peter and St Paul Church in <strong>Swaffham</strong> in support of<br />

the fund raising appeal for the restoration and repair<br />

of the beautiful William Wailes window at the East<br />

End of the Church above the High Altar. Tickets (£8<br />

incl refreshments) can be obtained through Ceres<br />

Bookshop in London Street, Just Hair in Station<br />

Street or from Norman Revill (07530 898833)<br />

On Saturday, 6 April, we will be at The Market Cross<br />

singing for the National Autism event arranged by<br />

Gill Creed.<br />

You will also be able to catch us on the Sunday Live<br />

Show recorded by West Norfolk Radio on 19 May<br />

between the hours of 7.00 – 10.00 pm.<br />

We have many other bookings this year and<br />

a full list can be seen on our website: www<br />

potofgoldswaffham.co.uk. We’d love to meet you.<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

David Mason was the Speaker on 7th February.<br />

David delivered a brilliant presentation about<br />

Wildlife Photography. Members in the Holme Hale<br />

Pavilion were entertained by David’s sharp wit and<br />

sharper images of birds, deer, fish and other wildlife<br />

to be found in Norfolk. The Pavilion was packed with<br />

U3A members who really enjoyed David’s talk which<br />

was delivered without the aid of notes for over one<br />

hour. The subject of Ian Bedford’s talk on 7th March<br />

is Garden Bugs and should be most entertaining and<br />

especially so for the many garden enthusiasts in the<br />

U3A. The presentation by a representative of the Nat<br />

West Bank entitled ‘Friends against Scams’ had been<br />

postponed but will feature in the U3A’s programme<br />

of talks later in the year. The talk in conjunction with<br />

Norfolk Trading Standards and the Police is sure to be<br />

very popular with U3A members.<br />

On 11th March members of the Science & Technology<br />

group were treated to a presentation by one of its<br />

members who had made 3 Arctic journeys on Russian<br />

Icebreakers. His presentation described a trip to<br />

Greenland on an Ice-breaker and illustrated the<br />

living conditions of the Inuit Nunaat, or Greenlandic<br />

peoples living in coastal village communities and<br />

the Capital Nuuk. Members were told that the<br />

population of Greenland, the largest island in the<br />

world, was roughly fifty-six thousand and almost a<br />

quarter of those lived in the capital city. The talk will<br />

be concluded on 11th March with a film entitled ‘The<br />

North West Passage’.<br />

The proposed ‘Bridge for Beginners‘ group had<br />

sufficient interest to enable the organisers to start<br />

the group which will be held every Monday in a<br />

member’s home. The newly formed Bell Ringing<br />

group now meets regularly in Great Dunham’s village<br />

hall.<br />

The Line Dancing group met for the first time earlier<br />

in the month and meetings are planned to continue<br />

twice monthly. Those who attended the first meeting<br />

had a brilliant time and, as suggested in last month’s<br />

article, much laughter increased the production of<br />

the feel-good chemical dopamine and reduced the<br />

production of the stress hormone cortisol. An added<br />

bonus was that the release of endorphins gave<br />

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members’ immune systems a feel-good boost.<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<br />

‘part-time’ can also apply for membership. Wissey<br />

U3A meetings are held at Holme Hale’s Pavilion on<br />

the first Thursday of the month from 09.45 until<br />

12.00 mid-day.<br />

If you have a hobby or pastime which you would like<br />

to share with others why not make enquires about<br />

joining the Wissey U3A. Group leaders only need an<br />

interest in a subject and be prepared to share their<br />

knowledge with other like-minded members.<br />

A recent surge in membership applications means<br />

that there are now 354 members who take part in<br />

a wide variety of activities such as Art, Bridge and<br />

Classical Music appreciation.<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 />

the Wissey U3A is currently only £7.<br />

The Body Observed: Magnum Photos<br />

23 March – 30 June 2019<br />

The Body Observed is a major new photography<br />

exhibition organised by the Sainsbury Centre and<br />

Magnum Photos, will include over 130 works from<br />

the 1930s to the present. The exhibition will explore<br />

how Magnum photographers have turned their<br />

lens to the human body, examining issues such as<br />

identity, intimacy, sexuality and ritual, to voyeurism<br />

and performance amongst others.<br />

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Susan Meiselas | Miguel<br />

Rio Branco | Alessandra<br />

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The exhibition will include<br />

well-known images such<br />

as Eve Arnold's portraits<br />

of Hollywood icon Joan<br />

Crawford, and Philippe<br />

Halsman's Dalí Atomicus,<br />

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the photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert<br />

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New York but offices soon followed in London and<br />

Paris. They are now recognised as one of the bestknown<br />

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Conflict and Consequences. The Beginnings.<br />

A different kind of Gallery.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage has been awarded a grant from The<br />

Heritage Lottery Fund to put together an exhibition of<br />

memories of conflict. The aim is to collect, store and<br />

use memories of war and conflict so that they are not<br />

only an abiding legacy in and of our town but also to<br />

consider what conflict brings us. This is a two- year<br />

project and the gallery will evolve during the period. To<br />

start it off we have attempted to put together a display<br />

of artefacts, photos and texts as well as prompts - all<br />

based on <strong>Swaffham</strong> - to help people think about what<br />

war was and is and its effects. There is a notebook to<br />

jot down your thoughts, memories or ideas and you can<br />

put short comments on the display boards using post-it<br />

notes. You leave contact details with the stewards if you<br />

would like to be become a Volunteer Memory Maker or<br />

be interviewed by them.<br />

In our Butters Room we are also hosting the Rotary<br />

Photographic Competition entries. Because it has only<br />

just begun and so that there is something to see we<br />

have put in a random selection of photos of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and its people in more modern times. These will be<br />

replaced as entries from the competition are fed to us.<br />

Because we wish to encourage local people to<br />

participate in both of these exhibitions we are offering<br />

free entry to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage on a Saturday morning<br />

throughout 2019. Or become a Friend and have lifelong<br />

free entry. Donations are always gratefully received.<br />

We are an independent museum, receiving no state or<br />

county aid and supported only by the Town Council and<br />

occasional hard-fought grants.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum,<br />

Town Hall, London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DQ<br />

Tel: 01760 721230<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri.<br />

Sat. 10am to 1pm<br />

Prices:<br />

adults £3.<br />

Concessions £2.50<br />

Children 5 and over £1.<br />

Family tickets available.<br />

Saturdays – free entry<br />

Museum Opening<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum is open. Come and see new displays.<br />

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, a small admission charge applies.<br />

Sat 10am-1pm. For 2019 we are offering FREE entry to the<br />

Museum on Saturdays (10am - 1pm).<br />

FoSH (Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage)<br />

We support the Museum financially.<br />

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life Membership<br />

payment of just £10 for an individual and £15 for a<br />

family. This gives you free access to all the museum<br />

galleries for life.<br />

For more information please contact Secretary James<br />

Dean 01760 720756 or jamesdean@uwclub.net<br />

FoSH 100 Club<br />

Run by the Friends - open to ALL<br />

A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of<br />

£40, £20 or £10 each month with special extra prize<br />

of £100 in May and November. For more information<br />

contact Barbara White Tel: 01760 720756 or<br />

jamesdean@uwclub.net<br />

Prize winners:<br />

February draw - £40 No.53 / £20 No.54 / £10 No.11<br />

Friends AGM<br />

7.30pm on Thursday, March 21 in the Mullenger<br />

Room, Community Centre and not in the Assembly<br />

Rooms as previously advised. We would be delighted<br />

to hear of anyone who is prepared to join the<br />

committee to help organise events in the year.<br />

Contact James Dean jamesdean@uwclub.net or<br />

01760 720756.”<br />

Wanted:<br />

A volunteer to take Minutes in our Trustee Meetings<br />

and type them afterwards. These are held monthly<br />

on Monday mornings (10-12noon approx). Suitable<br />

person may also be willing to assist with other small<br />

administrative duties. For more information please<br />

contact Steve Gregory (Volunteer Co-ordinator)<br />

01760 755596<br />

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Online directory<br />

Lily Advisor home visits<br />

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pendants and<br />

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The Phoenix Singers<br />

The Phoenix Singers were delighted to be able to<br />

present a cheque for £500 to <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Methodist<br />

Church from the proceeds of their last Christmas<br />

Concert. Mr Barry Thorpe accepted the cheque on<br />

behalf of the Church and said ‘what a wonderful<br />

evening it had been – the large audience had enjoyed<br />

good entertainment with tasty refreshments, so was<br />

a win, win all round’. Don’t miss the Phoenix Singers’<br />

next performance on 12th July in the Community<br />

Centre when proceeds will go to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

Litcham Home Hospice. Do come along to enjoy the<br />

music and support your local community at the same<br />

time.<br />

Phoenix Singers present Barry Thorpe with a cheque for £500 towards<br />

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

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

Garlic Theatre Puppets are becoming old friends and<br />

it is always a treat to see what they have brought<br />

this time. Iklooshar told the tale of The Three Little<br />

Pigtails, and brightened up a wintery afternoon for an<br />

appreciative audience of children and their adults.<br />

Whatever the weather in the meantime - snow, frost,<br />

wind or rain - the temperature is bound to rise when<br />

Barry Tyler and his Band return to play their special<br />

brand of Dixieland Jazz at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

on Saturday March 30th at 7.30 pm. We can be sure<br />

of another good evening.<br />

Tickets are available from Ceres Bookshop (01760<br />

722504) and The Green Parrot (01760 724704), priced<br />

at £9 members and £12 non-members, and on the<br />

door. Come and join the fun. All welcome!<br />

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Mayor's Parlour<br />

The new parking machines for the<br />

Town Centre Market Place and<br />

Pedlars Car Park should be with<br />

us soon. These will be managed<br />

by Breckland Council, who own<br />

these car parks – look out for more<br />

information and notices which will be<br />

displayed prior to commencement to let people know<br />

about the proposed two hour maximum stay before<br />

a ticket is enforced. Theatre St Car Park will remain<br />

a free car park and is to benefit shortly from much<br />

needed resurfacing work.<br />

The railings at the traffic lights are again under repair,<br />

as this is a recurring issue the Council will be talking<br />

again with Highways and Norfolk County Council to<br />

see if a suitable long term solution can be found.<br />

Regarding the shops in town, it was sad to see “Pedlars<br />

Gold” close, due to retirement, however it is great to<br />

see that the premises have been very quickly turned<br />

around and now we welcome ‘The Works” to the<br />

town - let's all hope it is a success.<br />

As mentioned before our “shop vacancy rate” is very<br />

low in <strong>Swaffham</strong> compared to most, we continue to<br />

have a strong presence of independent businesses<br />

and we welcome and hope to continue to support all<br />

our businesses that make the town a great place to<br />

visit.<br />

On sports and leisure, we had a very interesting<br />

and productive meeting with the Breckland Council<br />

appointed consultants to get our views across<br />

regarding improved provision in our Town. More<br />

information on how discussions progress will be<br />

shared in due course.<br />

There is no further definitive news from Breckland<br />

Council on the proposed plans for the Green Britain<br />

Centre, we understand they are considering a number<br />

of applications which can only be good for the town<br />

bringing in investment and possibly more employment<br />

for the town. As soon as we hear of anything, we will<br />

share that.<br />

The Council budget for 2019/2020 was discussed<br />

and signed off at the Council Finance meeting at the<br />

end of January 2019. I am delighted to say that the<br />

Council have worked hard to keep our expenditure as<br />

low as possible and this has resulted in us being able<br />

to increase our local precept by only 1%. At the time<br />

of writing we await the figures from Breckland and<br />

Norfolk County Council. The Council have formally<br />

written in support of retaining facilities/new school on<br />

the Sacred Heart Convent School site, we have always<br />

been grateful for the fantastic support they give our<br />

Town. Let’s all hope it works out well<br />

I continue to keep in touch with many of our local<br />

clubs/groups/charities and I am always pleased to get<br />

invites to come and meet with you and help you keep<br />

up to date with Town Council news. Please contact<br />

me if interested.<br />

Colin Houghton, Town Mayor<br />

01760 336025


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<br />

the day and the odd item where the Council want to<br />

share information with the Town.<br />

Town Centre - Free Wi-Fi<br />

Wi-Fi is now available in the Town Centre, this free<br />

service has a download limit, so you won’t be able<br />

to stream live TV or download and watch films etc.<br />

However, you should be able to search the internet,<br />

to e-mail and interact on social media.<br />

Town Council Elections<br />

The Town Council Elections are coming up on<br />

Thursday 2nd May and if you want to stand for<br />

election the election packs are available at the Town<br />

Hall. The timetable is as follows: -<br />

Publication of Notice of Election 20th March<br />

Deadline for receipt of Nominations 3rd April – please<br />

do not send these to the Town Hall<br />

(N.B. Nomination papers received by Breckland<br />

Council after this time will be rejected)<br />

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated 4th<br />

April<br />

Town Council Budget<br />

The Town Council set their budget for the 2019-20 at<br />

their meeting held on Monday 28th February where<br />

is was decided to set a Precept of £407,500 which<br />

is an increase of 1% on the current year or £1.57 at<br />

Band D. This budget is set by the outgoing Council,<br />

this is the first budget prepared in recent years<br />

without the Council Tax support Grant. The Ministry<br />

of Housing, Communities and Local Government have<br />

given us a bit of respite from the possible inclusion<br />

in the referenda policy, that Principal authorities<br />

must contend with. This is the second of three years<br />

where Town and Parish Councils are excluded from<br />

this, as a percentage increase would otherwise be<br />

set by government and if the Council was mindful<br />

to go above this, then they could do so only if they<br />

had the approval of the Town at a referendum.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> continues to be a busy Council and an<br />

active Town. The challenge is always there, the aim<br />

never changes, as we try and achieve more with less.<br />

At the same time the Council try to provide value for<br />

money for the services we deliver to the Council Tax<br />

payer, this is our overriding aim. <strong>Swaffham</strong> is a very<br />

special market town, and this budget will see that it<br />

continues to make progress, to thrive and improve<br />

in the future. The Town Council cannot do it on their<br />

own, they need to carry with them the community<br />

that they serve and those community groups that<br />

wish to work in partnership, working together we<br />

can achieve so much more.<br />

#swaffhamhour<br />

Please use the free Wi-Fi in the Town Centre to join<br />

in #swaffhamhour every Friday morning between<br />

9am – 10am only on TWITTER. This is a chance for<br />

the local Twitterati to get behind <strong>Swaffham</strong> and get<br />

it trending if only for a brief moment in time each<br />

week. The Town Council have agreed to trial this for<br />

a three-month period, and we are doing our best to<br />

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give a platform for those of you who do want to talk<br />

up the town. If you join in for the full hour great, if all<br />

you can do is spend five or ten minutes, then anything<br />

would be appreciated. In five minutes, you can do a<br />

couple of tweets and several retweets in that time.<br />

Please try and remember to use the hashtag for the<br />

full #swaffhamhour the hashtag makes it easier for<br />

people to search. Similarly, #swaffham would also<br />

be appreciated. We have made a start in February,<br />

so let’s get behind this campaign in March and April,<br />

and then we will review whether the time and day<br />

is right, whether it has worked or not and whether<br />

it will continue. Feedback your thoughts on Twitter<br />

or by e-mail to the Town Hall. This is something that<br />

other towns do on Twitter, so we are giving it a go,<br />

Facebook is not really the forum for this type of<br />

initiative. There are already notice boards, pages and<br />

platforms available on Facebook. Please join us on a<br />

Friday 9am – 10am for #swaffhamhour promote your<br />

business, club or charity or #<strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Event Dates for your Diary<br />

Wednesday 22nd May at the Assembly Rooms -<br />

Strictly Ruffles Fashion Show. Doors open at 6.30 for<br />

a 7pm start. Tickets are available from Ruffles and are<br />

£10 (to include a glass of bubbly or juice) all funds<br />

raised will go to fund the Christmas Lights. Saturday<br />

25th May to run alongside the usual Saturday Market<br />

the sheep fair will be back, more details to follow.<br />

Saturday 3rd August – Dads Army Day<br />

Back by popular demand Dads Army Day will be on<br />

the market place and in Plowright place again this<br />

year. The team from the Dads Army Museum in<br />

Thetford will be bringing their unique vehicles and<br />

characters and there will be music and entertainment<br />

from singing duo Timescape<br />

Sunday 26th August –<br />

Classic Car Rally and<br />

Family Fun Day<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

in conjunction with<br />

Norfolk Vehicle club will<br />

be holding the classic<br />

car rally at the recreation ground on 26th August.<br />

This event has been very successful over the last two<br />

years and has raised funds for improving facilities at<br />

the Rec.<br />

Recreation Ground News<br />

Refurbishment of the Recreation Ground Toilets –<br />

As a much visited area for leisure and events, and<br />

following an initial offer from Mr J Edwards, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council will be working with local people and<br />

businesses for this project. Mr J Edwards, Mr G<br />

Edwards, Bespoke Norfolk and CJM electricals have<br />

offered resources and their time free of charge to get<br />

these toilets back in use. The planned refurbishment<br />

will bring very basic facilities that will be as vandal<br />

proof as possible and relatively easy to maintain. We<br />

hope the new toilets will be ready in the near future.<br />

Dog Walking - At the last open spaces meeting Cllrs<br />

were concerned that Dogs were causing problems on<br />

the Rec. There was particular concern that some dog<br />

walkers were not cleaning up after their dogs. There<br />

have been a number of incidents with dogs being<br />

allowed to roam off their leads in an area where<br />

young children are playing. Other incidents of dogs<br />

being allowed to foul on the outdoor Gym equipment<br />

have also been reported. The Town Council have<br />

placed posters asking owners to keep dogs on leads<br />

but these have been removed almost as soon as they<br />

are put up. We are now investigating putting in place<br />

a Public Space Protection Order that may state that<br />

dogs must be kept on a lead or possibly to ban dogs<br />

from the Rec altogether.<br />

In My Back Yard<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan is a communityled<br />

document for guiding the future development<br />

of our Town. It is about the use and development of<br />

land over the next 20 years. The plan will set out a<br />

vision and aspirations for the future development of<br />

the town and will be an important document that<br />

will help influence and control the way our town<br />

changes in the future, including any new housing<br />

developments.<br />

This is the 12th article designed to give you the latest<br />

information.<br />

In the February Town Council meeting it was<br />

unanimously agreed to appoint an Independent<br />

External Examiner, who was recommended by our<br />

Neighbourhood Plan Consultant, whose key role is to<br />

review the draft plan and provide feedback to help us<br />

build a stronger plan.<br />

The external examiner has now reviewed the plan<br />

and given some initial, positive, feedback which<br />

the Steering Group have reviewed and provided<br />

additional requested information. We now await<br />

the external examiner's final report which we hope<br />

to have by the time this <strong>Newsletter</strong> hits doorsteps in<br />

March.<br />

Please take the opportunity to look at the<br />

Neighbourhood Plan documents as they very much<br />

set out the local scene for many years to come. It will<br />

be great this year to have an adopted plan to help us<br />

guide the future of our Town.Keep up to date on the<br />

Town Council Website www.swaffhamtowncouncil.<br />

gov.uk<br />

Contact details: Rachel Leggett, project manager<br />

swaffhamplan@gmail.com<br />

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Highway problems<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020.<br />

Give the location of the problem and a telephone<br />

number where further information can be obtained.<br />

Faulty street lights can be reported at the Town Hall<br />

during office hours or by telephoning Norfolk County<br />

Council 0344 800 8020. Reports should give a precise<br />

location of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit www.norfolk.gov.uk.<br />

Search: Street Lights/Pot Holes<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Monday 13th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 18th – Relief in Need meeting<br />

4.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 25th – Open Spaces meeting<br />

6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 26th - Planning meeting<br />

12noon. Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 025<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 121<br />

Cllr Robert Bartram<br />

Cllr Terry Jennison<br />

01760 721 022<br />

01760 720 608<br />

Cllr Stewart Bell<br />

Cllr Sheila Lister<br />

07885636924<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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