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April 2019<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions organised a flippin'<br />

good pancake race at Plowright Place<br />

Pictured: Raceday winners Zak Stones and Andy Fernandes Byline. Photo credit: Archant 2019<br />

Find out more in the Lion's article on p.12<br />

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

8 School Speak<br />

9 Church News<br />

11 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

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

16 Age Concern<br />

17 SCALGA/Home Hospice<br />

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

20 WEA/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players<br />

22 Camera Club/Rural Writers<br />

26 <strong>Swaffham</strong> History Club<br />

28 Wissey U3A/Silver Social<br />

30 Museum Matters<br />

31 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts/Lionesses<br />

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

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

Directors Needed at Merle Boddy<br />

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

is the charity (reg. charity no.1050124) which runs<br />

the Merle Boddy Day Centre. The organisation was<br />

formed over 30 years ago and has gone from strength<br />

to strength since the days when the day centre was<br />

only open 1 or 2 days per week. As readers of this<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong> know, the Merle Boddy Centre is now<br />

open 5 days per week and is an important part of life<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The charity is currently looking to recruit<br />

some new directors and the Chairman, Eddie Doran,<br />

would like to invite anyone who has a little time, some<br />

energy and a lot of interest and enthusiasm to contact<br />

him to find out out more and to ask any questions you<br />

may have. Eddie can be reached on 01760 725220 or<br />

evdoran@btinternet.com.<br />

<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 />

Just Hair Coffee Morning<br />

A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported<br />

our coffee morning in the Assembly Rooms on<br />

Wednesday 13th March. You are all amazing as always<br />

with your never ending support. Thank you so much to<br />

all our girls, family and friends for all their help on the<br />

morning. Special thanks to Mark Jackson of Barclays<br />

Bank, Fakenham for match-funding us, helping us to<br />

raise a grand total of £2,625. We would also like to say<br />

a massive thank you to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions for sponsoring<br />

us with such a generous donation, bringing our total<br />

raised so far to an unbelievable £18,800 for the National<br />

Autistic Society. Thank you everyone.<br />

With love Gill, Keith, Tanya, Lucy, Terry, John and all the<br />

girls at Just Hair. Xxx<br />

SWAFFHAM<br />

#COMMUNITY FRIDGE<br />

450kg<br />

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Upcoming Events<br />

Save the Children Coffee Morning Saturday 6th April, 9am till 12pm,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Take some time out and come along to enjoy one<br />

of our coffee mornings with exciting stalls.<br />

Desert Rats D-Day Dinner & Dance 6th April 2019, 6.30pm for 7pm,<br />

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

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

entertainment from 1940's Swingtime Sweetheart singers, Piper & DJ AndyV8.<br />

Carriages at 12.59am. Contact Debbie Wells on 01366 347316 or email desert.<br />

rats.events@gmail.com.<br />

Lions Charity Race Night Saturday 6th April, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms. First race 7.30pm, £10 a head - fish and chip supper included. Proceeds<br />

go to East Anglian Air Ambulance and Home Start.<br />

Tuesday 16th April.<br />

SNAP Meeting Come and meet your local <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood<br />

Action Partnership team (SNAP) at the Town Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 16th April.<br />

to discuss your concerns<br />

Conservative Club Meeting Wednesday 17th April. Arrive at 10.15 with<br />

Speaker at 10.30, your local Conservative Branch will hear a deputy Lieutenant<br />

speak on his roles and responsibilities at the Conservative Club. Political update,<br />

Raffle, coffee and biscuits. All welcome<br />

Real Housewives of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Fashion Show Wednesday 17th April,<br />

7pm at the George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Tickets £10 including a glass of Prosecco<br />

available from Artichoke and Cocoes. Please call 01760 724948 for more details.<br />

Proceeds to Neuroblastoma UK.<br />

Easter Bingo Hosted by STFC. 7pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, 23 London<br />

Street, PE37 7DD. Cash prizes and a raffle. Eyes down 7:30pm. All welcome.<br />

The 'Great Cressingham Gnome Hunt' Easter Saturday 20th April, 1.30<br />

to 4pm at Great Cressingham Village Hall. Treasure Hunt £1, all correct entries<br />

win a chocolate prize, basket of chocolate eggs for one lucky winner. Decorated<br />

Easter “hat” competition open to children and adults, why not bring an entry?<br />

Fun for all the family - free entry. Pop along for a chat, cuppa, cake, stalls, raffle<br />

and more.<br />

Learn to Sign Starts Wednesday 24th April, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre. Runs at the same day and time for 6 weeks. Topics covered<br />

include: basic deaf awareness, lip reading and greeting. This is a non accredited<br />

course. Cash payment of £40 must be received in full to secure a place. Contact<br />

Lorraine Bussens on 01553 773399 or email patricia@wnda.org.uk.<br />

St Georges Quiz Hosted by <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions. Wednesday 24th April,<br />

7.30pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Raffle / bar (own drinks not allowed). £8 a<br />

head, teams up to 6 members. Supper included Contact Dennis: 07810 773601.<br />

An Evening Of Clairvoyancy With Carole Wilson Thursday 25th April,<br />

8pm - 11.30pm, The White Hart, 2 London Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DG.<br />

The White Hart invites you to join us for and evening of clairvoyancy and spiritual<br />

engagement with Carole Wilson, internationally renowned psychic consultant<br />

medium and tutor. Engagement starts from 7.30pm and advanced booking is<br />

highly recommended as spaces are limited to ensure an intimate experience.<br />

Reservations by phone 01760 724295 or email info@whitehartswaffham.co.uk.<br />

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

Tuesday 30th April 2019, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart Convent<br />

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

to this illustrated talk by Alison Charles, entitled: 'RSPCA Wildlife Centre, East<br />

Winch'. We are delighted to welcome Alison Charles, Centre Manager at the<br />

nationally famous RSPCA Wildlife Centre at East Winch. The centre cares for<br />

seals, birds, hedgehogs and wildlife in general, so we are most fortunate to<br />

have Alison give us an insight into the remarkable work carried out by her team.<br />

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

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

01760 724092.<br />

West Acre Village Fete Saturday 15th June, 1pm - 4pm, in the lovely<br />

grounds at Abbey House (behind the Church). £1 adults, 50p children (5-16<br />

years). Events include: welly wanging, duck racing, rifle shooting competition,<br />

nail bashing game, coconut shy, human fruit machine, bowling for the pig and<br />

tombola. Also birds of prey, art\crafts and West Acre Garden plant stalls + raffle,<br />

bar, BBQ, Trout and tea & cake stall. Charity No. 1163696.<br />

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

Thu 4, Fri 5, Sat 6, Fri 12, and Sat 13 April: On Stage with the Westacre Theatre:<br />

BLITHE SPIRIT, a supernatural comedy by Noel Coward. 7:30pm. Tickets on<br />

opening night are £12 adults, £8 under 21s; otherwise £16 adults, £12 under<br />

21s. Optional supper for pre-booking before the Fri performances.<br />

Thu 11 April: On Screen Live! from the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West<br />

End: ALL ABOUT EVE starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James. 7pm £15<br />

Wed 17 April: On Screen Live! from Stratford Upon Avon: The Royal Shakespeare<br />

Company’s AS YOU LIKE IT. 7pm £15<br />

Thu 25 April: On Stage from the INK Writers’ Festival: the 7 very best short plays<br />

from over 300 entrants. 7pm £12<br />

Fri 3 and Sat 4 May: On Stage from The Pantaloons: THE ODYSSEY, a new<br />

comic adaptation. 7:30pm £15 Optional supper for pre-booking before the Fri<br />

performance.<br />

Starting on Tuesdays from 30 April: EXPERIMENTAL WATERCOLOUR Workshops<br />

with Janette Williams 10:30am to 1pm. £100 for 10 sessions.<br />

All of April: Art Exhibition in the Theatre’s Foyer Gallery: THE ANNUAL<br />

SHOWCASE from the John Hughes’ masterclasses. Free to view, open for all<br />

performances, and other times by appointment.<br />

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Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

on 01760 441175<br />

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

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 />

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 />

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 />

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 />

5<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 />

Life Drawing Class Courses cost £8 per class starting Wednesday 27th<br />

March until May. 6.30pm to 9pm in the Dickens Room at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre. To book visit http://www.lifedrawingeast.co.uk or call<br />

Digby 07921 037773<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, £6.50 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 />

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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 01760 622725<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 are<br />

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

Year 1 & 2 performed the story of Moses at their<br />

class assembly today. We showed how Moses was<br />

chosen by God to do a special job for him. Everyone<br />

worked as a team and should be very proud of their<br />

performance.<br />

Years 4-6 French Trip 2019: - 16 weeks to go and<br />

counting!<br />

We are all really looking forward to our visit to France<br />

in June and the second set of letters to our French<br />

penpals is already underway! The French trip is one<br />

of Sacred Heart School's highlights for the primary<br />

pupils. Sandy beaches, Nausicaa, the sealife centre<br />

in Boulogne-sur-Mer, the Chocolaterie, a snail farm<br />

and meeting our penfriends from a French primary<br />

school are just a few of the highlights of the trip.<br />

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The Plowright Story<br />

The Plowright Story is a<br />

new book which helps us<br />

understand the development<br />

of the town of <strong>Swaffham</strong>. This<br />

history of the metal-working<br />

family traces the progress of<br />

the Plowrights from modest<br />

beginnings in the 17th<br />

century to their status as<br />

prominent business and civic<br />

figures in the 19th and early<br />

20th centuries. As we move<br />

through the generations, we<br />

go from the period of skilled individual craftsmen and<br />

on to the industrial era with its heat, noise and smoke.<br />

The story touches on many points of interest: the<br />

Plowright's first industrial base, the origins of the<br />

old gas-works, the connection with Plowright, Pratt<br />

& Harbage of King’s Lynn, construction of Plowright<br />

Place, the daughter who went to Hollywood and<br />

a family friendship with Queen Mary. These and<br />

other intriguing facts are woven into this account of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s industrial heritage. The book has more<br />

than 100 illustrations and photographs.<br />

The Plowright Story is available from 1st April and<br />

may be purchased from Ceres Bookshop and from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage/Museum.<br />

Volunteers Needed For WNDA<br />

West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) are looking for<br />

kind, patient and helpful Hearing Support Volunteers<br />

in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> area. Our Hearing Support Volunteers<br />

support people who wear NHS hearing aids. They do<br />

this by:<br />

• explaining how the hearing aids work and how<br />

to look after them • helping people put them in<br />

properly • supplying and replacing batteries •<br />

replacing tubing • cleaning the hearing aid and<br />

mould • diagnosing faults and repairing where<br />

possible • making referrals to Audiology • providing<br />

information on assistive technology • referring<br />

people to the Sensory Support unit.<br />

We provide full training and supervised sessions until<br />

our volunteers feel confident to visit people in their<br />

own homes, care homes and to provide cover at our<br />

monthly drop-ins at GP surgeries. You can volunteer<br />

for as little as two hours a month.<br />

Volunteers will need to be checked by the Disclosure<br />

and Barring Service (formally CRB) and will be provided<br />

with training for dealing with Vulnerable Adults.<br />

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation<br />

and provide a vital service to deaf and hard of hearing<br />

people. We would love to hear from you if you feel<br />

that you would be interested in this rewarding role.<br />

Our volunteers say that watching someone put their<br />

hearing aids in and being able to hear again is an<br />

amazing feeling; it makes such a difference to their<br />

lives. Please join our small, friendly team and make<br />

a difference to the lives of many isolated people.


The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Exhibition Of Cake!<br />

Nestled amongst the books down at the<br />

local town library recently, was a wonderful and<br />

rather ‘tasty’ looking art exhibition of cakes (the nonedible<br />

kind) made by our Year 7 students. During<br />

their study of the American artist, Wayne Thiebaud,<br />

best known for his paintings of food and everyday<br />

objects, the students produced their own versions.<br />

They learnt how to design and construct a 3D ‘cake’<br />

using mediums such as paper mache, tissue paper,<br />

beads, clay etc.<br />

The colourful and incredibly realistic looking exhibits<br />

were admired by visitors and showed off the talents<br />

of our young group of artists.<br />

Artists Visit Curwen Print Study Centre<br />

Art students at the academy were lucky enough to<br />

visits the Curwen Print Study Centre in Cambridge<br />

recently. Established as an educational Fine Art<br />

Printmaking charity in the late 1990s the Centre has<br />

established a reputation for excellence in its field.<br />

Our budding artists worked on two different printing<br />

techniques being dry point and lino printing with the<br />

theme ‘natural forms’. The work they completed will<br />

form part of their examination coursework.<br />

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

The April services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church will be as<br />

follows:-<br />

Wednesday 3rd<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 7th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 10th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Palm Sunday 14th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist (with palm crosses)<br />

Wednesday 17th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Maundy Thursday 18th<br />

8.00pm<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Good Friday 19th<br />

11.00am<br />

The Churches Together Act of<br />

Witness(begins in the Parish Church, processing to the<br />

Buttercross)<br />

Holy Saturday 20th<br />

8.00pm<br />

Easter Sunday 21st<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 24th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 28th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

NB<br />

Wednesday 1st May<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 5th May<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />

Easter Vigil & 1st Eucharist of Easter<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist – All Age Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />

• April 4th Catholics leading in the Methodist Chapel<br />

@7.00pm<br />

• April 5th Frugal Lunch at Our Lady of Pity Rooms @<br />

12:00 noon<br />

Everyone and anyone are invited to the meetings and<br />

lunches.<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

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

2nd Thursday of the month - now in the Baptist Rooms<br />

- and the next meeting will on Thursday 11th April at<br />

10.00am. The speaker will be Mr Terry Huggins from St<br />

Thomas’ church, Norwich on the subject of ‘Modernday<br />

Slavery’. Coffee/tea is served from 9.30am.<br />

Enquiries to Julia on 720041<br />

Buzzbox<br />

Buzzbox is a ‘hive of activity’ for young families at 10.00<br />

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

in the parish church. Each session is varied, and with<br />

a themed ‘Sharing Circle’, together with illustrated and<br />

acted stories from the Bible, and/or activities, crafts,<br />

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

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

10.00am on Holy Saturday when we will be making<br />

‘Easter Gardens’ as a craft activity.<br />

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

Coffee Morning<br />

St George’s Day – Tuesday 23rd April 2019, in the Parish<br />

Church, 10.00am – 12 noon, £1pp. ‘Bring and Buy’ stall<br />

and a Raffle.<br />

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

at<br />

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

London Street<br />

A Night Out With The ‘Bouncers’<br />

Drama students eagerly jumped aboard our mini bus<br />

bound for the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, to<br />

see the impressive new production of the famous<br />

comedy ‘Bouncers’. The students in Year 10 will use<br />

this play as part of their GCSE Drama Study Course.<br />

Written by Jon Godber, the play uses monologues<br />

and flashbacks to give insight into its characters who<br />

struggle with the moral dilemmas that arise from<br />

their job, as well as the disillusionment that this<br />

causes towards their culture.<br />

How Will You Play Your Cards?<br />

This quote found in one or our corridor encourages<br />

students to be determined and focused to achieve<br />

success.<br />

Easter Flowers In The Parish Church - Reminder<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 and is a season of reflection and preparation<br />

before the celebrations of Easter, during which<br />

Christians recall Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal<br />

into the desert for 40 days. During this period members<br />

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

in Churches Together in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District, as a<br />

demonstration of Christian unity, hold evening meetings<br />

and frugal lunches together every year, and the dates of<br />

the remaining Evening meetings and Frugal Lunches are<br />

as follows:-<br />

• March 28th Catholics leading in the Methodist Chapel<br />

@ 7.00pm<br />

• March 29th Frugal Lunch at Our Lady of Pity Rooms<br />

@ 12:00 noon.<br />

presents<br />

Jazz Club<br />

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

Lee Vasey Trio<br />

with Ian Hireson bass and Matt Furness drums<br />

guests Stella Goody vocals and Pete Oxborough clarinet & saxophone<br />

Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

April 9th<br />

Tickets on Door £8<br />

Norman 01760 722 384<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

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

April 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th,<br />

12th, 15th, 16th and 17th: 'Simply Psalms' Lent<br />

study 10am - 11am with refreshments.<br />

Tues 2nd April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in. 10am<br />

-12noon. Monthly Tradecraft stall.<br />

Thurs 4th April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Fri 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April: Power of Prayer<br />

9.20am.<br />

April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th: Coffee Morning 9.30am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Sunday 7th April: 10.45am. Morning Worship with<br />

Revd Phillip Butcher. Followed by refreshments.<br />

Tues 9th April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Thurs 11th April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Thurs 11th April: Thursday Group 2.30pm.<br />

Sun 14th April: 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

Mrs Vera Dye. Followed by refreshments.<br />

Tues 16th April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Thurs 18th April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Thurs 18th April: Maundy Thursday Service 7.30pm,<br />

led by the Revd Andrew King.<br />

Fri 19th April, Good Friday: 11am Churches Together<br />

meet at Parish Church before proceeding on Walk<br />

of Witness to the Buttercross. Then to Methodist<br />

Church for final part of Tragedy to Triumph, followed<br />

by Hot Cross Buns.<br />

Sun 21st April, Easter Sunday: 10.45am Celebrate<br />

the Risen Lord as the Cross of Tragedy is transformed<br />

into the Cross of Triumph. Communion Service with<br />

Revd Andrew King.<br />

Tues 23rd April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

Thurs 25th April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

- 12noon.<br />

Thurs 25th April: 2.30pm. Thursday Group with<br />

Roger Newstead and 'Anne bit of Nostalgia'.<br />

Sun 28th April: 10.45am. Morning Worship followed<br />

by refreshments.<br />

Tues 30th April: 'The Meeting Place' drop in 10am<br />

-12noon.<br />

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

On February 14th a group of players from <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rugby Club visited the ladies of Westfields Care<br />

Home. This was a repeat of the visit made to Meadow<br />

House the previous year, and each of the residents<br />

were treated to a red rose and a Valentine's kiss<br />

from the younger members of the Club. The evening<br />

was enjoyed by both the ladies and the players and<br />

Captain Matthew Clarke said afterwards,<br />

“As a club we are focused on our local community,<br />

hosting fundraisers, attending open days and<br />

showing our support for businesses. We planned the<br />

visit in early January, and it took just a few minutes<br />

for the lads to say yes. In today’s society we live in<br />

such fast-paced world, where everything is deemed<br />

'important' and we have so little time to fit anything<br />

else in. We sometimes forget how important in life<br />

the community and those that form it is. This is why,<br />

for me it was vital that, as a local club, we gave those<br />

who have given so much in the past and present, our<br />

appreciation. What better way to make a change to<br />

their daily lives, than an evening visit to celebrate a<br />

day on which you appreciate others. For me and my<br />

team it was the least we could do and it certainly<br />

went down extremely well!”<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Another lovely surprise visit from Carol who not only<br />

came with lots of bits and pieces for our craft activities,<br />

but £185 in cold, hard cash. Thank you for supporting<br />

us, it's so nice to know the community is behind us.<br />

Valentine's Day started off with heart shaped toast<br />

with raspberry jam, followed by Valentine craft<br />

hearts every where! The tables were festooned with<br />

vintage table cloths and heart shaped table centres.<br />

Lunch was scampi, chips and peas with scrummy<br />

heart shaped jam sponge pudding and pink custard.<br />

Everyone received a red box containing chocs for<br />

that extra little bit of Valentine's magic. If that wasn't<br />

enough, a chocolate cake had been donated by a<br />

friend of the centre which made a lovely addition to<br />

our afternoon tea. We all need a little bit of a warm<br />

fuzzy feeling and this was achieved with lots of talk<br />

about how we celebrated Valentine's when we were<br />

a little younger.<br />

accepted this wonderful donation of £500 from Linda<br />

on behalf of everyone at the Merle Boddy Centre.<br />

Thank you also to Norman and Ian and of course to<br />

Paul.<br />

I had the pleasure of giving the members of the<br />

Shipdham Wives a talk this month. The ladies made<br />

my evening so enjoyable, lots of laughing with the<br />

serious bits slipped in. Thank you for helping out<br />

with the malteser quest and ladies your singing was<br />

just pitch perfect.<br />

We are very proud to display this plaque, it is a<br />

symbol of the support we receive from the members<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary. Thank you all for your continuing<br />

support of our work<br />

Well who would think in February we could sit<br />

outside in our short sleeves! A chat and a cuppa,<br />

what a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Dennis<br />

and I shared a joke or two and got an early vitamin<br />

D rush.<br />

Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church<br />

Holy Week<br />

Saturday 13th April: Vigil mass for Palm Sunday 5pm<br />

(Methodist Church Watton)<br />

Sunday 14th April: Mass of Palm Sunday Our Lady of<br />

Pity <strong>Swaffham</strong> 8.30am & 10.30am<br />

Thursday 18th April: Maundy Thursday: Mass of the<br />

Lord's Supper: 7.30pm<br />

Friday 19th April: Good Friday: Celebration of the<br />

Passion of the Lord; 3pm<br />

Saturday 20th April Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil<br />

in the Holy Night: 8pm<br />

Sunday 21st April: Easter Day. Mass: 8.30am &<br />

10.30am.<br />

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Who would believe how long we have been using<br />

this money? Well, we went back in time to the old<br />

pennies and 10 shilling notes. The stories of how<br />

much pocket money we had, or in many cases what<br />

we did not have, how much a loaf of bread cost and<br />

how much our first wages were. It was strange to<br />

see the old money, but it brought back such lovely<br />

memories and funny stories, so it's a must for<br />

another day.<br />

Words don't usually fail me, but what can I say except<br />

thank you so much for your continued support, you<br />

are just such a fantastic bunch of people. Brenda<br />

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

Following a very successful launch<br />

of their promotional video for<br />

'Message in a Bottle', explaining<br />

how the bottle works, Keith<br />

Mitchell the narrator was awarded<br />

an Oscar in true Academy style for his performance by<br />

Lion President John Collins.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their very successful annual<br />

Pancake Race in Plowright Place with 34 contestants,<br />

some in fancy dress. There were Lions, Flying Foxes<br />

and a Father Christmas all trying to beat the speedy<br />

teams from the Sacred Heart School, who were the<br />

eventual winners. The event put on by <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Lions is for fun and keeping the tradition of Shrove<br />

Tuesday pancake races. The winning team were<br />

presented with an engraved frying pan stating they<br />

were <strong>Swaffham</strong> Pancake Race Champions 2019 by<br />

Lion Past President Pam Tallon.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions hosted a Lions Zone meeting at the<br />

Community Centre on Tuesday 19th February. Zone<br />

Chairman, Paul Southerton, welcomed the guests<br />

from five Lions clubs and updated the meeting on<br />

decisions that had been taken at cabinet. Following<br />

the reports from the clubs on their activities, Lion Liz<br />

Godden gave an interesting talk on the Lions Young<br />

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very busy at <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Tesco store over a two day<br />

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A group of twelve Lions visited the RAF Marham<br />

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a two hour guided tour by Steve Roberts MBE, the<br />

curator. With 38 years’ service Steve was able to give a<br />

fascinating tour that went through the history of RAF<br />

Marham, from its early days through to the present<br />

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

For our May event the club welcomed Phil Brooke<br />

on guitar, Simon Brown on piano and Ivars<br />

Galenieks on double bass. Early on Phil mentioned<br />

the evening would reflect the recent passing -<br />

within a few days of each other - of André Previn<br />

and Jaques Loussier. Both had connections with<br />

Jazz and classical music; Previn composed and<br />

conducted and played both classical and jazz<br />

piano, whilst Loussier re-interpreted the work of<br />

the classical masters in a jazz idiom, especially<br />

Bach. Another major influence was pianist Oscar<br />

Peterson who often performed in trios with the<br />

great bass player, Ray Brown.<br />

The factor that unites all the above is how they<br />

preferred to play jazz in a small group where each<br />

player shares a common vision of how the music<br />

should sound and each has a major influence on<br />

the outcome at all times. Ivars, especially in the<br />

absence of a drummer, drives the music along with<br />

an almost percussive force. He perfectly illustrates<br />

my point that each member of a trio is of equal<br />

importance if it is to work well. He is always<br />

prominent and has as many solos as the guitar and<br />

piano. His bowed improvisations are as stunning<br />

as they are unusual. His bowed low notes shook<br />

the whole room. A performance of I’ve Grown<br />

Accustomed to her Face was played on request as<br />

a tribute to André Previn’s arrangements - for jazz<br />

trio - of the songs from My Fair Lady, a best-selling<br />

LP in the 60s. After a perfectly improvised ending,<br />

Phil commented that he’d never played it before!<br />

And there were shades of Loussier heard in Con<br />

Alma with the bass line lifted from Bach’s Air on<br />

the G String. What completely knocked me out was<br />

Phil’s arrangement of Richard Rogers’ It Might as<br />

Well be Spring. It started with the bass and guitar<br />

playing in totally different tempi and rhythms that<br />

slowly came together to become a unified swinging<br />

tempo, at which point the piano joined them - a<br />

truly magical moment!<br />

I wish I had the space to give an analysis of every<br />

number, there was so much of interest in each<br />

of them. Suffice to say they received a prolonged<br />

ovation from our discerning audience, many of<br />

whom, as they left, asked how soon the trio would<br />

return. We hope this will be in November.<br />

Coming up:<br />

Tues 9th April The Lee Vasey Trio with guests Pete<br />

Oxborough, clarinet and saxophone, and Stella<br />

Goody, vocals.<br />

Tues 14th May The Bays River Jazz Group.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, 23 London Street<br />

PE37 7DD. £8 on the door. Geoff & Norman<br />

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Beachamwell WI<br />

At our March meeting, we welcomed<br />

local writer, Jackie Bennett who<br />

entertained us with a talk about the<br />

making of her latest book, “Britain’s Island Gardens”.<br />

Her talk gave a taste of her book and focussed on<br />

gardens in a selection of the islands she visited, from<br />

Orkney to the Scillies. The talk was illustrated with<br />

beautiful photographs taken by Richard Hanson. The<br />

talk also included some<br />

of the hazards involved<br />

in producing such a<br />

book, from seasickness<br />

to misbehaving drones!<br />

At a time of dark<br />

nights and dull days,<br />

the evening gave us a<br />

lovely, timely reminder<br />

of what a beautiful<br />

country we live in. We<br />

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

and we hope they enjoyed the evening as much as<br />

the members did.<br />

Next month, on April 4th, Susi Hancock will give us<br />

a talk about how to keep fit and supple, with easy<br />

exercise ideas. Looking ahead, our May meeting<br />

which is a Storytelling session with Diana Mullis will<br />

be held in Barton Bendish village hall, because of<br />

local elections. As always, prospective new members<br />

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

Leah 01366 328536 or Helen 01366 328589<br />

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

Our March meeting on Wed 6th was<br />

held in the Methodist Church area.<br />

This gave us much more space than<br />

in the Methodist Café/social area at our previous<br />

meeting. We had a talk by David Morton on 'The<br />

Wonder of Light'. This was extremely informative<br />

and interesting but a bit 'mind blowing' to realise<br />

how much we depend on the use of light on<br />

gadgets in our every day life. He also informed us<br />

how much this was likely to increase in the future.<br />

Next month on the 3rd of April we are going back<br />

to our evening meeting starting at 7.30 pm at the<br />

same venue. The talk will be by Sue Gattuso from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum. This we know will be very<br />

good, so do come and join us for a visit at a cost<br />

of only £2 and you might decide to join our group.<br />

For more information phone our secretary Fiona<br />

Walker on 01760 722879<br />

The Pickenhams WI<br />

Members welcomed Philip West<br />

with his excellent slides of the North<br />

Norfolk coastal towns and villages<br />

from Wells to Cromer in times gone by. They brought<br />

to life the reality of the poverty and hard lives of<br />

the fishermen, the local villagers and the dedicated<br />

life boat men before tourism arrived and the area<br />

prospered. This was followed by Tea and Biscuits.<br />

Matters arising - Anne Francis exercises in the church<br />

25th April. 11am- 12noon. Open to all. The Meeting<br />

closed with the Alberta Creed.<br />

Next month's meeting date is 9th April, 2pm in the<br />

church. Speaker - Phyllida Scriven, a Norwich writer<br />

and Biographer. Competition - 3 Homemade Hot<br />

Cross Buns. Ring Carolyn Vincent 01760 755089 for<br />

further details.<br />

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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

Sporle WI who meet on the 3rd<br />

Tuesday of each month enjoyed an<br />

unusual speaker at our February<br />

meeting. She used to work in a Tourist information<br />

centre and told us of the “amusing things people<br />

say” and how they don’t mean what they say. For<br />

instance “I’m from Japan, can you tell me how to get<br />

home?” Obviously the tourist wanted to get back to<br />

her hotel but where was that? Anecdotes like this<br />

make the working day a pleasure and our speakers<br />

memory made for a few laughs and giggles for our<br />

members on a dreary February afternoon. Several<br />

members had returned from exotic holidays and<br />

others were about to embark on theirs so lots to talk<br />

about over our tea and biscuits. Members voted to<br />

resume the craft afternoon and the book group and<br />

to see if there are any theatre shows coming up to<br />

interest us. Calendar Girls although not a club outing<br />

was enjoyed by many members who went to see it.<br />

Next month (April) is our birthday tea when we<br />

have entertainment, provided by 3’s Company, to<br />

accompany our tea and cake. News of forthcoming<br />

WI events, a raffle and time to catch up with friends<br />

before the “deed of the day” is read.<br />

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

1.45pm – 4pm – visitors always welcome.<br />

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

At the end of February we had a particularly good turnout for our afternoon talk which was by David Reeves<br />

whose subject was “Protecting the Royal Family”. Quite fascinating. If you haven’t been to one of our meetings<br />

before, and you are 55 years or over, do please come along to one of our “in house” meetings (see below). You<br />

can join our Group (a registered charity) there – we usually meet on the last Tuesday in each month, 2 pm in<br />

the Assembly Rooms. You can also contact our Membership Secretary Vicky, see details below. The annual<br />

membership subscription is £5.<br />

Upcoming events are:<br />

• April 25th (note date) – Trip out, Shell Museum and the Muckleborough Collection. (“Seashells and Bombshells”).<br />

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

• June 18th (note date) – Trip out, Broads sailing trip – Wroxham to Horning and Bure Valley Railway.<br />

For trips out, our contact is John Clarke, 720140. Acting Chairman, Barbara White, 720756,<br />

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

Vicky Slater, 627031. General factotum – James Dean 720756. For the AGM on May 28th our<br />

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

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

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

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SCALGA<br />

Greetings from the allotments.<br />

As it is early days as far as growing is concerned<br />

there is nothing much to report. We were able to<br />

get ahead with planting potatoes and broad beans<br />

as the weather was so mild and sunny, up to 20<br />

degrees one day. Other years we have not put<br />

the potatoes in until mid April so if we don’t get a<br />

really cold snap we may be lucky to be eating the<br />

baby new ones earlier this year.<br />

The geese have also started laying early and keep<br />

hiding nests all over the place. At this time of the<br />

year we let them have access to the whole area<br />

and they keep our grass in perfect condition. Once<br />

the crops start we will have to confine them to<br />

their normal stamping ground. They are extremely<br />

inquisitive and clever and can find a hole in the<br />

fence in moments even though we have checked<br />

(so we think). I put a shrub in the greenhouse with<br />

the door slightly open last week and today noticed<br />

that it has been neatly lifted from the pot and<br />

eaten!! They don’t miss a thing. If you have a grassy<br />

area like an orchard or a bit of garden you can’t<br />

manage to keep mowed, get a couple of geese.<br />

Not only will they keep it in pristine condition they<br />

will fertilize it and disperse any wild flower seeds<br />

into the bargain. Needless to say they are excellent<br />

guard dogs and extremely funny to watch.<br />

Sadly we lost our enormous, male Norfolk Black<br />

Turkey. He and his wife were given to us almost 10<br />

years ago. Every year around Christmas time we<br />

wondered if he would still be in his pen and not on<br />

someone’s table! Luckily he has had a good life and<br />

just went to sleep in the sun one day. I’m happy<br />

to report his wife and 2 daughters and still going<br />

strong.<br />

Our membership has increased nicely and new<br />

members are taking on the starter plots eager to<br />

experience fresh produce. Even on a small area<br />

it is surprising what some people can manage to<br />

produce.<br />

Every year we start with fresh hope that this will be<br />

the perfect growing year. Watch this space!<br />

Coming up this year we have as follows:-<br />

• May The AGM<br />

• August The SCALGA BBQ<br />

• September The afternoon Tea<br />

• October Halloween BBQ.<br />

All dates to be announced.<br />

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

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

07919 888870 or 07919 888870.<br />

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

In our report last month we mentioned that we<br />

had been invited to staff and run the Snowdrop<br />

Walk at Lexham Hall on the 17th February. It was a<br />

beautiful sunny day, more like May than the middle<br />

of February. Visitors came in their hundreds to<br />

enjoy the wonderful array of snowdrops, a lovely<br />

walk and the refreshments on sale. Our team<br />

running the event was made up of Home Hospice<br />

staff and volunteers and other supporters who<br />

were prepared to give their time to help the cause.<br />

Our grateful thanks to everybody involved and to<br />

Mr & Mrs Foster at Lexham Hall for the invitation.<br />

The day itself raised in excess of £5000 for our<br />

funds. As an organisation, we need to raise around<br />

£100,000 per annum to continue to provide the<br />

wide range of services that we offer. To do this, we<br />

are reliant on donations, legacies and our own and<br />

third party fundraising.<br />

By the time you read this, our Quiz at the<br />

Conservative Club will have taken place and we<br />

will be looking forward to our Street Collection in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> which is scheduled for the 11th May.<br />

On the 12th July, The Phoenix Singers have arranged<br />

a performance at the Community Centre and will<br />

be donating the proceeds to us. Our thanks to<br />

them for this kind gesture.<br />

For many years now, <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Lions<br />

Club have organised Pancake races in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

on Shrove Tuesday. Our staff have supported this<br />

event every year. Fancy dress has been the order of<br />

the day each year and this year was no exception.<br />

Our team did not win but would claim to be the<br />

best dressed team taking part. Well done to Sarah<br />

and Kim.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

Address:………………………………………………………<br />

……………………………………………………….<br />

Age Group (based on 30 th June 2018):<br />

+ 18 years<br />

CELEBRATING<br />

President’s Corner<br />

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

It was good to see our purple crocus blooms again<br />

as they re-surfaced last month. The purple is<br />

significant to the “purple4polio” campaign which<br />

is raising awareness for Rotary’s battle to eradicate<br />

polio now and forever; life-saving polio drops on<br />

mass polio immunisation days in the countries who<br />

still have the disease, their little finger is painted<br />

a purple dye so it is clear that they have received<br />

their life- saving vaccine.<br />

YEARS<br />

We are delighted that Sophie Burke’s extension<br />

is now complete and in use. Sophie continues<br />

to battle her dreadful illness with courage and<br />

fortitude. As a Club we have been so pleased to<br />

have been of some assistance in the extension to<br />

give her a better quality of life.<br />

The “Capture <strong>Swaffham</strong> “ photographic competition<br />

is gathering pace with the first quarter of entries<br />

being judged at the end of last Month. The details<br />

of the winners will be at the Museum. Two of the<br />

entrants are shown below.<br />

……………………………………………………….<br />

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

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

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

Younger than 11 years old<br />

Ring the one that is applicable<br />

Title Medium Date taken<br />

Digital / print<br />

Digital / print<br />

Signed : …………………………………………<br />

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

(when appropriate)<br />

The Rules.<br />

1. The subject of any entry must be relevant to and reflect the life, activities, history, people of<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

entry without explanation.<br />

www.swaffhamrotary.org.uk<br />

Rotary’s pledge for a polio free world was made<br />

in 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic<br />

countries and hundreds of new cases every single<br />

day. In 2017 there were only 22 cases in the entire<br />

world but as long as there is only one single case<br />

anywhere children everywhere are at risk. So all<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> can help - we are having an afternoon<br />

tea on Wednesday 15th May in <strong>Swaffham</strong> at the<br />

Church of St. Peter & Paul 2-4pm to raise funds for<br />

the polio campaign - everyone is welcome so do<br />

come along and have some delicious home-made<br />

cakes and enjoy a cup of tea with us.<br />

Last month we held a Frugal Lunch kindly hosted<br />

by Sarah & David Impey at The Lydney House Hotel<br />

where we raised a further £100 added to the funds<br />

for my President’s Charity this year, The Samaritans.<br />

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Alongside this article is the entry form for the<br />

next quarter, April, May and June and this is also<br />

available at the Museum, Ceres Book shop and the<br />

Rotary website.Entries must be in a mount and<br />

handed in to the Museum,Ceres Bookshop or any<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotarian.


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

Tudor Costume and Royal Portraits<br />

Tudor royals and aristocrats dressed to impress. Their<br />

clothing was rich, extravagant<br />

and exotic. Learn more<br />

about these fashions and the<br />

people who wore them, and<br />

why, at WEA <strong>Swaffham</strong> day<br />

school: Hoods, Hosen Furs &<br />

Farthingales on Saturday 6<br />

April, 10am to 4pm. The tutor is<br />

Jean Smith, who has led many<br />

popular courses in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

in recent years. The fee for this<br />

course is £15, and places should be booked in advance.<br />

Looking forward to May, Michael Nash returns to lead a<br />

seven-week course Development of the Royal Portrait.<br />

Michael’s last presentation on Royal Jewels was highly<br />

entertaining, and his new course is sure to be both<br />

informative and engaging, as he looks at both the art<br />

and the symbolism of the paintings of our kings and<br />

queens. The course starts on Friday 3rd May, 10am to<br />

12 noon. The fee is £52. You are welcome to attend<br />

the first session as a ‘taster’ for £7 with no obligation<br />

to continue. Fees may be waived for those in receipt<br />

of benefits.<br />

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

Centre, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7RD. More<br />

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

can also sign up in advance to attend. Booking and<br />

further information also available Tel: 01760 723558.<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 />

14 April, David Schiesser, Huntingdon<br />

28 April, Barbara Price, March<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> Players<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players are rehearsing hard for their next<br />

production. The show, “A Little of What you Fancy”,<br />

is a lively mix of Victorian and later songs, sketches<br />

and monologues in an Old-Time Music Hall format.<br />

Sue Baxter is bringing all her directorial experience to<br />

bear on coordinating the wide variety of personalities<br />

who will contribute to the evening. These include<br />

the ever popular John Hooker, who will be acting<br />

as Master of Ceremonies. Other performers include<br />

most of the members, from the founder and current<br />

President of the Society to the youngest promising<br />

recruit.<br />

The show will be presented in an informal setting at<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, where the design<br />

and construction team won a nomination for an<br />

award with the set for “Boeing Boeing” last October.<br />

Performances will take place at 7-30pm on Friday<br />

26th and Saturday 27th, and invitations are being<br />

issued to local care homes for a slightly shorter<br />

matinée performance on the Saturday afternoon.<br />

Tickets for the public performances are priced at<br />

£8.00, and are available by telephone from Brian<br />

Hubbard on 01760 721899, or behind the bar at the<br />

Conservative Club.<br />

Free Hypnotherapy Taster Session<br />

Fully qualified hypnotherapist, Tessa Woods, of<br />

Woods Hypnotherapy is offering a free hypnotherapy<br />

session to all prospective clients. Sessions will take<br />

place at one of the consultation rooms at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre.<br />

Hypnotherapy can be used to deal with the following<br />

issues:<br />

• Weight loss<br />

• Stress, anxiety and panic attacks<br />

• Smoking<br />

• IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)<br />

• Confidence, wellbeing and relaxation<br />

• Hypnosis fro dentistry<br />

• Fears, phobias and habits.<br />

To book your session contact Tessa on 07784 429608<br />

or email woodshypnotherapy@outlook.com<br />

Company No: 4257830<br />

Charity No: 1101814<br />

reg no: 277789<br />

The Charity is currently inviting applications from<br />

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

Breckland District Council area, seeking financial<br />

assistance in cases of need for such items as<br />

books, tools, equipment, instruments, outfits plus<br />

educational trips; including assistance for those<br />

leaving school, in preparation for taking up further<br />

education or apprenticeships.<br />

The Trustees will review and consider all<br />

applications received. Application forms can be<br />

found on our website:<br />

www.hamondeducationalcharity.org.uk.<br />

If further information is required please contact<br />

the Clerk via email at:<br />

contact@hamondeducationalcharity.org.uk<br />

Iceni Youth Clubs<br />

Youthie:<br />

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

Youth Voice:<br />

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

Wednesdays of each month<br />

Youthie Plus:<br />

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

Youthie Hub:<br />

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

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

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

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

Iceni Partnership invite<br />

members of the public to<br />

attend our AGM<br />

Tuesday 14th May, 4:30pm,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms,<br />

PE37 7AB<br />

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Poetry and Prose at the George Hotel<br />

On international Women’s Day 8 March, an enthusiastic<br />

audience braved the rain to enjoy Women and Words, a<br />

celebration organised by Iceni Rural Writers. An anthology<br />

of writing from around the world, was read by Three’s<br />

Company and ten local writers read pieces of their own<br />

poetry and prose. Phil Hawtin, one of the writers said ‘It<br />

was a really well balanced choice of programme...great<br />

evening!’<br />

If you would like to find out more about Iceni Rural Writers<br />

contact Leah Spencer (secretary) on 01366 328536.<br />

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

Entries for the February print<br />

competition themed as "Frame<br />

within a Frame" were externally<br />

judged on the 20th February at<br />

the community centre. Congratulations to Alan<br />

Peggs whose photograph, "Shy Bird", can be<br />

viewed on the club web-site, was finally adjudged<br />

the winner.<br />

There was a packed attendance for Cameron<br />

McDonald's informative talk entitled "Wedding<br />

Photography" at the clubs first meeting in March.<br />

The 20th March meeting is the Clubs AGM.<br />

Following the formal business of the AGM an<br />

open print competition will be held to assist in<br />

the selection of images for entry in the April<br />

Competition with the Lakenheath Club.<br />

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

each month and is rightly proud of its established,<br />

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

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

few camera's in evidence<br />

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

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

their other seasonal commitments, in readiness for our first meeting of 2019<br />

on the 16th January, with images reflecting favourite shots of 2018<br />

ongoing reputation catering for, and assisting<br />

photographers of all abilities within its convivial<br />

environs. Please note currently the club role is<br />

closed for new memberships, with a waiting list<br />

in operation. For further information please visit<br />

the Clubs website www.swaffhamcameraclub.<br />

com.<br />

The club which meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month has a<br />

full program of events, speakers, exhibitions and internal and inter-club<br />

competitions planned. It is also pleased to offer tutorials at all levels,<br />

concerning the many aspects of photography and its associated equipment.<br />

For further information please visit the Clubs website<br />

www.swaffhamcameraclub.com .<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 />

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 />

meals cooked with ingredients donated to swaffham community<br />

fridge. we look forward to dining with you!<br />

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

Branch<br />

01760<br />

725801<br />

http://www.family-action.org.uk<br />

building better families<br />

Tai Chi for health<br />

Tai Chi has been found to be beneficial for:<br />

• Helping relieve arthritis<br />

• Improving balance & posture<br />

• Toning muscles<br />

• Improving mobility<br />

• Promoting good health<br />

• Physical & mental wellbeing<br />

Our classes are relaxed, friendly, fun,<br />

& a good way of meeting new friends.<br />

01760 723102 or 07587 567406<br />

e:academytaichi@yahoo.co.uk<br />

East Dereham<br />

Tuesday 11am<br />

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

Wednesday 10am<br />

Friday 10am<br />

Boasting 62 en-suite bedrooms, the home has<br />

been finished to the most luxurious standards,<br />

with extra-wide corridors, a variety of large<br />

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

rooms with kitchenette areas that help to promote<br />

independence and social inclusion.<br />

The home has been designed to meet the needs<br />

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

care. This exciting new development meets our<br />

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

needs and providing the highest standards of care.<br />

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is<br />

focused around each person’s individual needs and<br />

wishes. We value and respect how each person<br />

chooses to spend their day.<br />

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs<br />

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly<br />

experienced and receive on-going training to make<br />

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.<br />

We really want to make a difference<br />

to the lives of the people we care for.<br />

With this in mind we have built the<br />

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

to making the design and layout<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

dementia.<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings and environment. It<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents every day.<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

a ‘home from home’. We encourage<br />

people to take part in the daily living<br />

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

days to feel at home<br />

because the staff are<br />

so welcoming and<br />

caring”<br />

2019 Annual Events:<br />

29th June - Caribbean Day<br />

4.00pm till late.<br />

27th July - Gin Extravaganza<br />

4.00pm till late.<br />

More dates for your diary to come later……..<br />

and don’t forget the many clubs & organisations<br />

that frequent the club, call in and ask for details.<br />

Under 65 yrs<br />

Single<br />

Over 65 yrs<br />

Single<br />

Under 65 yrs<br />

Joint<br />

Over 65 yrs<br />

Joint<br />

1st year initial joining fees £5.00 £5.00 £10.00 £10.00<br />

1st year initial Association £2.00 £2.00 £4.00 £4.00<br />

www.academytaichi.co.uk<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

downham.manager@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />

joining fees<br />

Total 1st Year £24.00 £22.00 £42.00 £38.0<br />

Thereafter<br />

£17.00 £15.00 £28.00 £24.00<br />

Annual full membership<br />

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Life Drawing East Classes<br />

Life Drawing East is really pleased to begin delivering<br />

life drawing classes in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and supporting<br />

people in Breckland to develop their artist potential.<br />

Through the guided study of a life model participants<br />

will develop observational drawing skills and learn a<br />

variety of techniques that will help improve all levels<br />

of artistic practice. All abilities welcome. Participants<br />

are guided throughout the weekly drawing course<br />

and by the end of the course attendees will be able to<br />

work with greater awareness of drawing and painting<br />

the form and develop confidence and an individual<br />

vision without feeling daunted by technique. The<br />

course is led by Digby Chacksfield, Founder of Life<br />

Drawing East. Digby has an MA in Arts Education<br />

from Norwich University of the Arts. He has taught<br />

art, design and photography at GCSE. A Level, BTEC<br />

and degree level. He has developed arts in business<br />

practice, arts therapy and group team drawing for<br />

business and sports teams.<br />

"Drawing is a practice based activity and regardless<br />

of your experience drawing from life is a great way of<br />

strengthening overall observation skills, connecting<br />

with the world around you and find a sense of<br />

empowerment through developing a skill that when<br />

expressed is unique to each individual.” says Digby.<br />

Many people attend life drawing for different<br />

reasons: just for fun, to boost learning to support a<br />

qualification - GCSE, A Level, Degree or postgraduate<br />

portfolio or coursework, enhance existing artistic<br />

practice, as a way processing difficult experiences,<br />

as an escape, to develop a new skill or career, to<br />

develop skills for working with illustration, game<br />

design or animation.<br />

Digby says “There is no right way to do drawing but<br />

through observational drawing you can learn how<br />

to express yourself through practising the formal<br />

elements of drawing, understanding proportion and<br />

using different materials and techniques to find your<br />

own style.”<br />

Life Drawing Classes start on 27 March and run<br />

weekly on Wednesday at 630 to 9pm until May.<br />

Participants can pay weekly £8 per session or for 10<br />

weeks in advance. For further information and to<br />

book visit www.lifedrawingeast.co.uk or call Digby<br />

on 07921 037773<br />

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

This Edwardian view of the Market Place, posted in<br />

1908, is still very recognisable today if you stand<br />

by the main bus stop, looking across to Boots. It<br />

shows the road to Kings Lynn and the various<br />

businesses operating 110 years ago.<br />

The home of Salisbury Conservative Club originally<br />

had been a wing of the famous Crown Inn which<br />

closed some time just before the turn of the<br />

19th century. The roof line remains practically<br />

unaltered, today with the Wellbread bakery on the<br />

left and a ladies' fashion store to the right.<br />

The building on the left next door then contained<br />

two businesses, the larger (with the blinds down)<br />

was Christopherson's pharmacy - its sign by the<br />

upper windows reads "Motor Spirit, Accessories",<br />

so the town was already well up with the modern<br />

trend of motoring. This shop and the one to its<br />

right was eventually bought out by Boots and later<br />

rebuilt to the present modern chemist.<br />

By the trees the shop with white paint at the<br />

bottom is now a charity shop.<br />

The message written on the rear of the postcard<br />

is somewhat unusual. The sender just writes to<br />

the recipient in Ringwood: 'Hope weedkiller has<br />

proved most effective!'<br />

The history group can be contacted at:<br />

littlebethany7@gmail.com<br />

Relaxed and friendly<br />

Artists of all abilities<br />

are more than<br />

welcome.<br />

weekly classes,<br />

private 1 to 1’s,<br />

parties, and sessions<br />

to fit your<br />

requirements<br />

Classes from 27 March 2019<br />

cost £8 per class or<br />

pay for 9 sessions and receive the 10th free<br />

www.lifedrawingeast.co.uk<br />

07921 037773<br />

The Dickens Room,<br />

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

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

Weekly on a Wednesday 6:30-9pm<br />

Dog lovers<br />

wanted<br />

For short stays and holiday cover<br />

Companionship, friendship<br />

and fun are guaranteed!<br />

• Dogs to suit your lifestyle<br />

• Trial stays to ensure compatibility<br />

• Full support and advice<br />

• Join our local host community<br />

01485 205715<br />

Tania.Stowe@barkingmad.uk.com<br />

BarkingMad.uk.com<br />

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INDEPENDENT FAMILY<br />

FUNERAL DIRECTORS<br />

CHAPMANS &<br />

THORNALLEY<br />

FUNERAL SERVICES<br />

Lynn Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk PE37 7AY<br />

24 Hour Caring Personal Service<br />

Pre-Paid Funeral Plans<br />

Private Chapels of Rest<br />

Memorials<br />

01760 721305<br />

www.tfs.co.uk<br />

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MANAGED BY THE<br />

THORNALLEY FAMILY


Wissey U3A<br />

Ian Bedford’s talk on 7th March about Garden Bugs<br />

was both entertaining and educational for the many<br />

garden enthusiasts in the Wissey U3A. Ian explained<br />

how there were good and bad bugs in gardens and how<br />

they could be identified. On the 4th April Mark Walsh<br />

will be giving a talk about Music Halls entitled ‘Now<br />

there’s a funny thing’. The Wissey U3A’s AGM will take<br />

place on 2nd May. A presentation by a representative<br />

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

had been postponed but will feature in the U3A’s<br />

programme of talks later in the year. The talk which is<br />

in conjunction with Norfolk Trading Standards and the<br />

Police is sure to be very popular with U3A members.<br />

A presentation on 11th February about Arctic journeys<br />

on Russian Icebreakers by Duncan Hector was followed<br />

by a film of his entitled ‘The North West Passage’ on<br />

11th March. Members of the Science and Technology<br />

group were treated to a rare glimpse of life aboard an<br />

Icebreaker and the unforeseen circumstances for the<br />

ship’s crew and passengers when terrorists attacked<br />

the World Trade Centre in 2001.<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 12.00<br />

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 />

Members of the Wissey U3A can take part in a wide<br />

variety of activities such as Wine Appreciation,<br />

Rambling, Ten-pin Bowling and Line Dancing.<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 />

Science and Technology Member, Duncan Hector completed his presentation<br />

about ‘The Arctic’ by showing a film he made about his journey through the<br />

‘North West Passage’ as a passenger on a Russian Ice Breaker.<br />

Silver Social: Licensed to Trill<br />

Opera and musical theatre lovers will be entertained<br />

throughout Breckland when the Opera Dudes tour<br />

with Silver Social from 8th April to 12th April. Described<br />

as two modern day Mario Lanzas, the duo perform<br />

some of the world’s most loved operatic and musical<br />

scores in their own unique vocal arrangements with a<br />

dose of comedic edge to ensure the audience are both<br />

clapping and laughing down the aisles. The duo, who<br />

will be performing their fabulous James Bond inspired<br />

show will be visiting Ashill, East Harling, Attleborough,<br />

Shipdham, and Necton.<br />

The Opera Dudes, who have performed in over 50<br />

operas and delivered 3000 concert performances in<br />

major theatres and concert halls across the UK, are<br />

actually comprised of former Cambridge scholar and<br />

an ex-builder turned international operatic tenor. Tim<br />

Lole and Neil Allen have performed in magical musical<br />

venues including Convent Garden, Glyndebourne,<br />

London St Pauls, New York and with the stunning<br />

Scottish Opera company. Their show ‘Licensed to Trill’<br />

is being performed as part of the Silver Social Project,<br />

which offers exciting daytime arts events in the heart<br />

of Norfolk, promoting engagement and participation<br />

among older residents in rural communities. Talking at<br />

the launch of the tour programme, the Opera Dudes<br />

stated “We will be offering a unique cocktail of funny<br />

stories, singalongs and heart-rending music that will<br />

leave the audience both shaken and stirred.”<br />

Paul Claussen, Executive Member of Place commented<br />

"Silver Social is nationally recognised programme<br />

which offers something a little different to daily life in<br />

Breckland. Not only does it help bring people together<br />

to socialise in their local community, but it's an excellent<br />

opportunity to meet new friends and neighbours<br />

within their local area. I would ask residents and local<br />

groups to come along to the Silver Social performances<br />

and participate in the wonderful workshops and<br />

see for themselves how life changing it can be." The<br />

scheme is funded by The Arts Council England, Norfolk<br />

County Council and Breckland Council. Tickets for the<br />

show are only £5 with tea and cake included, whilst<br />

assistance with transport to and from the show can be<br />

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The Monique Slaven Room and its<br />

Sporle with Palgrave Collection<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage's Archaeology Room has been<br />

renamed the Monique Slaven Room in honour of the<br />

work done by the metal detectorist in the fields of<br />

Sporle with Palgrave over almost 30 years.<br />

Monique's hobby brought to light a huge variety of<br />

objects from Stone Age flint tools to 20th century<br />

military badges and children's toys. One of her proudest<br />

moments was uncovering the Mid-Norfolk hoard – a<br />

collection of medieval silver coins which is still being<br />

added to today by later detectorists. The hoard is<br />

unusual in content and experts believe that Sporle was<br />

a commerce base during the 14th to 15th centuries.<br />

Monique died last year aged 91 and had been a<br />

favourite steward of the museum for many years until<br />

shortly before her death. The renaming of the room is<br />

a fitting tribute.<br />

Friends, family and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage staff joined<br />

together to join in the renaming celebration when the<br />

new doorplate was unveiled by her daughters Jane and<br />

Isabel.<br />

The family also brought in more<br />

items from Sporle found in<br />

Monique's house including this<br />

badge. On the reverse it has IPS.<br />

Top scorer 1989. What does IPS<br />

mean? Does anyone remember<br />

who this belonged to? What it was<br />

for? How he or she lost it?<br />

Isabel brings <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage more items to add to the Collection.<br />

Scan the QR code for a short pdf<br />

booklet about Sporle and the<br />

Collection<br />

Galleries<br />

The Ben Emmerson Room - <strong>Swaffham</strong> Treasures<br />

The Monique Slaven Room – Archaeology and the<br />

Sporle with Palgrave Collection<br />

The David Butters Room – The Rotary Capture<br />

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

Conflict and Consequences – The Effects of conflict<br />

on a small market town and its environs<br />

The Carter Connection - The story of Howard Carter<br />

and the Discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.<br />

The winner of the name the flint competition for<br />

February was "Cappi". The winner receives a free<br />

family ticket to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage.<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 />

March draw - £40 No.79 / £20 No.92 / £10 No.89<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 />

To keep up to date join us on our website:<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk or follow us on facebook<br />

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

Three very different poets, each reflecting the world<br />

through their own eyes, Molly Naylor, Anna Cathenka<br />

and Lewis Buxton, read and recited their poetry to an<br />

appreciative audience in the Assembly Rooms at end of<br />

February. Poetry has become a much more mainstream<br />

art form, with writers’ workshops encouraging wider<br />

participation and nurturing talent. Long may it continue.<br />

Our April date will be filled by the Ella McCready<br />

Trio, formed by the singer Ella McCready, with Ivan<br />

McCready on cello and Ian McGregor on piano. The trio<br />

has a repertoire which highlights the decades of musical<br />

experience they bring together, including contemporary<br />

covers, traditional jazz standards, rock, folk songs, and<br />

classical music, from Pachelbel’s Canon to the latest<br />

tracks from the likes of Sam Smith and Adele. So we can<br />

expect a programme of very varied music on Sunday<br />

April 28th at 3 pm in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. This<br />

will be an exciting concert by a young singer with a<br />

wonderful voice, who has been singing at gigs and<br />

festivals since she was 15. Listen to her on You Tube,<br />

and then come and hear her in person!<br />

Tickets, priced at £9 for members and £12 for nonmembers,<br />

are available from Ceres Bookshop (01760<br />

722504) and The Green Parrot (01760 724704), and<br />

on the door. We look forward to seeing you. All are<br />

welcome!<br />

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

Three <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses attended MD (National)<br />

Lioness Conference at Doncaster in February and<br />

had a great time as usual, with interesting speakers,<br />

workshops and entertainment for the whole<br />

weekend. We helped with the Marie Curie Cancer<br />

Care collection at Tesco, and had fun with a team in<br />

the Lions Pancake Race in Plowright Place on Shrove<br />

Tuesday.<br />

On 30th March we will be holding our Easter Egg<br />

Tombola in the Assembly Rooms to raise funds for<br />

the Lions Eye Project, to provide Eye Test equipment<br />

which can be used in local schools for detecting<br />

potential eye problems in children.<br />

Our next big fund-raiser will be a Supper Dance and<br />

Grand Draw to be held at Stanley’s on Saturday 17th<br />

May, to help the Homeless. There will be a Disco<br />

and a Swing Dance Demonstration of Jump, Jive and<br />

Swing. Tickets are £20 and are available on 01760<br />

723377.<br />

Breckland Society’s Cold War Project<br />

The Breckland Society has received a National<br />

Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £9410 for an exciting<br />

new heritage project, The Cold War in the Brecks.<br />

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery<br />

players, the project focuses on the dramatic story of<br />

the Cold War 1945¬¬–1990 from the perspective of<br />

local communities in Norfolk and Suffolk.<br />

The Brecks, covering some 370 square miles of inland<br />

Norfolk and Suffolk and located within easy range<br />

of Continental Europe, played a crucial role in the<br />

post-Second World War standoff between the West<br />

and the Communist bloc. Many important military<br />

activities took place here, from the installation of<br />

nuclear weapon bases to the development of Top-<br />

Secret bunkers and radar and communications hubs.<br />

Yet this unique chapter of local history, characterized<br />

by deterrence and defence, has never been<br />

systematically researched before.<br />

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage<br />

Fund, the project is open to everyone and will<br />

explore different aspects of the Cold War heritage.<br />

Participants will be able to choose from a range<br />

of different activities, including archival research<br />

looking for images and documents about the Cold<br />

War; learning how to identify and record military<br />

structures such as bunkers, both on the ground and<br />

from aerial photographs; visiting sites that played a<br />

key role in the Cold War struggle; and interviewing<br />

Cold War participants, both military and civilian, so<br />

that an oral history archive and illustrated report can<br />

be produced at the end of the project.<br />

The Cold War Project will be launched in late February;<br />

the date and venue to be announced. All are welcome<br />

to come and find out more about the project and<br />

what opportunities it offers to get involved. The<br />

Society’s project manager, Ken Delve, says: “The<br />

Brecks area and its immediate surroundings included<br />

a significant number of RAF and American air bases,<br />

and as such was very much central to the deterrent<br />

nature of the Cold War. Whilst such bases were<br />

vital, they had to be protected, as did the general<br />

population, and of course there were segments<br />

of society that protested the entire concept. The<br />

Cold War in The Brecks project will be looking at all<br />

aspects of this critical period in European history, in<br />

which The Brecks played a central role. The project<br />

will provide a broad opportunity for people of all<br />

ages and backgrounds to become involved, either<br />

as part of the project, providing information on<br />

their experiences of this period, or by following the<br />

progress and viewing the results.”<br />

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of the National Lottery<br />

Heritage Fund East of England, said: “Thanks to<br />

money raised by National Lottery players we are<br />

delighted to support this project, to enable more<br />

people to explore the impact of the Cold War on the<br />

Brecks”.<br />

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Hard to believe that my year as your<br />

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you get to meet and represent such<br />

a broad section of our Community<br />

and discover more about what people do who help<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> thrive and remain a great place to live. I<br />

have greatly enjoyed meeting and having dialogue<br />

with them.<br />

So, looking to the elections, make sure you get out<br />

and use your vote so that we get a good broad<br />

selection of Councillors appointed.<br />

You will see from the separate article "In my Back<br />

Yard" that things are moving on significantly with our<br />

Neighbourhood Plan. The Independent examiner<br />

now has it and we are near the very final version<br />

which will come out to you for our local referendum.<br />

An important part of the Plan is what are called<br />

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Turning to the issue of all our "Green spaces" the<br />

Council acquires more and more of these as the<br />

Town expands. We do get complaints about litter<br />

and dog mess. I would appeal to all our residents to<br />

respect these places and ensure they remain clean<br />

and tidy. One of our Community action issues is to<br />

focus on litter and recycling. Apart from "clean up<br />

days" please help where you can with local initiatives.<br />

I would also be interested in hearing from you about<br />

views and ideas about what more we could\should<br />

do to promote more recycling.<br />

As usual I am available and contactable via the Town<br />

Hall and more than happy to come and talk to groups<br />

about current issues or concerns.<br />

Cllr Colin Houghton, Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong>


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 Council Elections<br />

There has been a lot of interest shown in becoming<br />

a Town Councillor recently with over 20 potential<br />

candidates attending a ‘Do you want to be a Councillor<br />

event’ on the 28th February, more than we have had<br />

previously. At the ballot box on 2nd May residents of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> will be able to vote for their 13 Councillors<br />

who will take office the following week at the Town<br />

Hall, when the Council meet for the first time on<br />

Wednesday 8th May. If you want to stand for election<br />

the election packs are available at the Town Hall, but<br />

you need to be quick as the deadline for nominations<br />

is coming up fast. The timetable is as follows: -<br />

Publication of Notice of Election 20th March<br />

Deadline for receipt of Nominations 3rd April –<br />

please do not send these to the Town Hall (N.B.<br />

Nomination papers received by Breckland Council<br />

after this time will be rejected) Publication of<br />

Statement of Persons Nominated 4th April<br />

Traveller Incursion – Orford Road<br />

Where do we start? The recent Traveller incursion<br />

at the Orford Road Playing Field started on Friday<br />

22nd February by a forced entry, the lock remained<br />

intact, the gate was severed off just below the lock.<br />

The Police and Breckland Council were informed<br />

immediately, notice was served on Monday 25th<br />

February by Bailiffs, at which point it was established<br />

that the travelling community were in <strong>Swaffham</strong> for a<br />

funeral. It was then established with the local funeral<br />

Director that the funeral would not be until Friday<br />

8th March. After consulting with the Police, Bailiffs,<br />

Breckland Council it was decided by the Town Council<br />

to tolerate the unauthorised encampment until the<br />

funeral had passed. This decision was not taken<br />

lightly, it was therefore decided not to go through<br />

with an expensive enforcement, simply to move the<br />

problem to elsewhere in the Town and face larger bill<br />

to be paid by the Council Tax Payer. The Town Clerk<br />

visited the site with the Police, to seek cooperation<br />

and in an effort to keep a clean site, establishing that<br />

the travellers would leave soon after the funeral. A<br />

greater Police presence was in the Town throughout<br />

the time and in particular on the day of the funeral,<br />

after which the travellers left the site. On the morning<br />

of Saturday 9th March, the site was clear. Behind the<br />

scenes, the authorities were working together, this<br />

was Breckland Council, Bailiffs, Police, Town Council<br />

and Funeral Director. It took an incredible amount of<br />

time and resources, to reach the point of a traveller<br />

free site. Only then, could the clear-up operation<br />

begin.<br />

The site inspection photographs show a substantial<br />

amount of garden waste dumped at the site,<br />

particularly hedge and tree cuttings. Several black<br />

sacks of general waste, five kitchen sinks, three large<br />

gas bottles, a shopping trolley, food waste containers<br />

from another district, broken toys, brick rubble,<br />

paint sprayer, various other items, plus a substantial<br />

amount of dog and human excrement, the latter<br />

complete with toilet paper, strategically placed<br />

in hedge rows or amongst the undergrowth. The<br />

Town Council outside staff carried out the clean-up<br />

operation, by hiring in the necessary equipment and<br />

skips to get the waste off site and mulch the garden<br />

waste into chippings. At the March Town Council<br />

meeting a policy and protocol was agreed, and<br />

budgets were set to address the clear-up expense<br />

and to review the vulnerability of all sites in the<br />

town to look at long-term improvements, in order<br />

to make it more difficult for another unauthorised<br />

encampment. The situation from start to finish was<br />

difficult, unsatisfactory, upsetting, worrying and left<br />

the Council in a no-win situation throughout. No-one<br />

in the Town was happy with the situation, least of all<br />

the Town Council, but steps are being taken to make<br />

things more difficult and to enable the Council to act<br />

quicker should similar occurrences happen in the<br />

future. In general Councillors agree that it is better<br />

to spend money on prevention, than repeatedly on a<br />

clear-up operation. The reality is, that it will take far<br />

more resources and possibly a change in law to fully<br />

address all of the associated issues.<br />

The Oaklands – Revamp For Play Area<br />

Good news for The Oakland Play Area, as the Town<br />

Council’s Project Support Officer Sue Dent has<br />

secured a £24,500 grant to revamp this well used<br />

Children’s Play Area, that had become a bit tired in<br />

recent years. This work will be programmed for the<br />

coming months, precise timings will be published in<br />

the newsletter. The grant has come from the Ministry<br />

of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s<br />

“Pocket Parks Plus” initiative, with a very tight<br />

deadline, as the fund is now closed. We look forward<br />

to getting this work done in the near future and to a<br />

grand opening event later in the year.<br />

Town Centre - Free Wi-Fi<br />

Thank you for your positive comments regarding the<br />

Town Centre Wi-Fi, this is a free service that has a<br />

download limit, so you won’t be able to stream live<br />

TV or download and watch films etc. However, you<br />

should be able to search the internet, to e-mail and<br />

interact on social media.<br />

Event Dates for your Diary<br />

• Wednesday 22nd May – Fashion Show at the<br />

Assembly Rooms - Strictly Ruffles Fashion Show.<br />

Doors open at 6.30 for a 7pm start. Tickets are<br />

available from Ruffles and are £10 (to include a glass<br />

of bubbly or juice) all funds raised will go to fund the<br />

Christmas Lights.<br />

• Saturday 25th May – Sheep Fair to run alongside<br />

the usual Saturday Market the sheep fair will be back,<br />

more details to follow.<br />

• Saturday 3rd August – Dad's Army Day<br />

Dads Army Day will be back on the market place and<br />

in Plowright place again this year. The team from<br />

the Dads Army Museum in Thetford will be bringing<br />

their unique vehicles and characters and there<br />

will be music and entertainment from singing duo<br />

Timescape<br />

• Sunday 25th August – Classic Car Show and Family<br />

Fun Day<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council will be holding the classic car<br />

show and family fun day at the recreation ground on<br />

25th August. This event has been very successful over<br />

the last two years and has raised funds for improving<br />

facilities at the Rec.<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 will<br />

influence and control the way our town changes in<br />

the future, including any new housing developments.<br />

This is the 13th article designed to give you the latest<br />

information.<br />

We have now received the Independent External<br />

Examiners final report and the Steering Group met<br />

on March 4th 2019 to consider his recommendations<br />

and carry out a factual check of the report; this was<br />

the very last meeting of the Steering Group and it<br />

was an opportunity to thank our Neighbourhood Plan<br />

Consultant, Rachel Leggett for the support provided<br />

to get us to the final stage of the process.<br />

We expect the date of the Referendum to be on 2nd<br />

May 2019 (same day as the Local Council Elections)<br />

and hope to give you confirmation of this in the April<br />

edition of the <strong>Newsletter</strong>, the confirmation date is<br />

just beyond our <strong>Newsletter</strong> deadline for this month’s<br />

edition. It will be great to have an adopted plan to<br />

help us guide the future of our Town.<br />

Please take the opportunity to look at the<br />

Neighbourhood Plan document as they set out the<br />

local scene for many years to come.<br />

Keep up to date on the Town Council Website www.<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Contact details: Rachel Leggett, project manager<br />

swaffhamplan@gmail.com.<br />

Highway problems<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020.<br />

Give the location of the problem and a telephone<br />

number where further information can be obtained.<br />

Faulty street lights can be reported at the Town Hall<br />

during office hours or by telephoning Norfolk County<br />

Council 0344 800 8020. Reports should give a precise<br />

location of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit www.norfolk.gov.uk.<br />

Search: Street Lights/Pot Holes<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Wednesday 10th - Full Town Council meeting, 6.30<br />

pm - 9.00 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 15th – Market meeting, 6.30 pm. - 9.00 pm,<br />

Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 23rd – Allotment Sub-Committee meeting,<br />

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Wednesday 24th - Town Assembly, 6.30 pm - 9.00<br />

pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Monday 29th – Full Finance meeting, 6.30 pm - 900<br />

pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Tuesday 30th - Planning meeting, 12noon, Council<br />

Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Colin Houghton 01760 336 025<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner 01760 336 121<br />

Cllr 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<br />

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