Swaffham Newsletter

June 2019

June 2019


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June 2019<br />


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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions support local<br />

business owners with their<br />

London Marathon challenge<br />

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

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

Iceni Partnership<br />

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

The Campingland<br />

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

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council - details at rear of magazine.<br />

Deadline for editorial and advertising is the<br />

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Contents<br />

4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events<br />

7 School Speak<br />

9 Church News<br />

11 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

14 WI/Magpie Centre<br />

16 Age Concern<br />

17 SCALGA/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library<br />

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

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

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

23 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

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

28 U3A/Silver Social<br />

30 Museum Matters<br />

31 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hosptal LOFs/Lionesses<br />

32 <strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA/Royal British Legion<br />

35 Mayor's Parlour<br />

36 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

Just Hair London Marathon Run<br />

After months of training we all made it across the<br />

finish line. It was an amazing and emotional day for<br />

us all and will remain with us forever.<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk<br />

Iceni Partnership is a charity, working to empower, enrich,<br />

promote and add lifestyle value to all people in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and surrounding parish areas. Initiatives including hosting<br />

help programmes, community project funding, events,<br />

meetings, affordable hall hire which includes both the<br />

Community Centre and the Assembly Rooms.<br />

The Community Centre, which has a long-standing reputation<br />

for its service to the local community and the positive impact<br />

on the lives of it service users, is committed to promoting<br />

excellence and inclusivity within all the services it offers.<br />

Due to retirement, we have an opportunity for a full time,<br />

permanent Community Centre Manager to manage both the<br />

Community Centre and the Assembly Rooms: to ensure and<br />

improve the performance, productivity and efficiency of the<br />

two venues through effective operations, whilst supplying<br />

excellence in customer service.<br />

For further information on Job Description and Application,<br />

please visit www.indeed.co.uk<br />

Closing date 14th June 2019<br />

We would like to thank so many people for all their<br />

support and generosity. We have been overwhelmed<br />

by all the support we have received from all our<br />

families, friends, businesses, organisations and even<br />

strangers. All our customers at Just Hair and everyone<br />

at Thain Wildbur, Dereham and all their clients. We<br />

thank each and every one of you from the bottom of<br />

our hearts for helping us raise an amazing £26,750<br />

for The National Autistic Society.<br />

With love Gill, Tanya, Lucy, Terry and John.<br />

xxxxx<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.

Upcoming Events<br />

Car Boot Sale <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club, Saturday 1st June from 10am – 2pm<br />

with a charge of just £5 per car entry. Cars will be allowed access from 9am and<br />

this is open to anyone and everyone who fancies earning a few pennies whilst<br />

clearing out their garage or loft before the summer arrives. The bar will be open<br />

and hopefully we will also have a food stand there as well. All proceeds will of<br />

course go towards the club. To book your pitch, contact us on 07384 424325 or<br />

email desloyd8@aol.com.<br />

Necton FOSA Summer Fair Saturday June 15th, 11.30am - 2pm. To book a<br />

stall contact Romana at nectonfosa-stalls@outlook.com<br />

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

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

include: welly wanging, duck racing, rifle shooting competition, nail bashing<br />

game, coconut shy, human fruit machine, bowling for the pig and tombola. Also<br />

birds of prey, art\crafts and West Acre Garden plant stalls + raffle, bar, BBQ, Trout<br />

and tea & cake stall. Charity No. 1163696.<br />

Celebrating 100 years Archive items from West Acre Miniature Furniture<br />

will be on view at West Acre Village Fete - Saturday 15th June 2019 From 1 – 4<br />

pm. Today the original pieces are much sought-after by collectors. Demonstration<br />

pieces on view and fabrics for sale in aid of West Acre Village Charities.<br />

Barton Bendish Bargain Hunt Saturday 22nd June, 9am - 1pm. Car boot<br />

set up from 8am. • Garage Sale (£10.00) • Car Boot (£7.50) • Table Top (£5.00)<br />

Enquiries & Booking contact: Robin on 01366 347790. Refreshments and maps<br />

available from Village Hall (PE33 9GF)<br />

Come & Sing Day Come and sing Borodin's Polovtsian Dances at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Church on 22nd June starting with registration at 9.30 for 10am start. Details and<br />

registration form on http://www.midnorfolksingers.org thank you<br />

'Desert Rats' Association Fundraiser Sunday 23rd June, High Ash,<br />

Thetford Forest, Thetford IP26 5BZ. 10.30am - 3.30pm. £3.50 entry, under 12s<br />

free. Memorial service at 1pm. 40s singers, military vehicles, marching band,<br />

various stands, food & drink. Enquiries contact: Debbie on 01366 347316 or<br />

email: desert.rats.events@gmail.com.<br />

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) Social Evening<br />

Tuesday 25th June 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 a NarVOS Social Evening including short presentations on: • Birding in the<br />

Atlantic Rainforests of Brazil • Logging Bird Sightings on Birdtrack • Action for<br />

Swifts. Allan Hale will talk about Brazil, Ken Bayliss about BirdTrack and Annie<br />

Bird about Swifts. Just part of the NarVOS Social evening where we invite<br />

members and visitors to bring along books, photographs, paintings or anything<br />

else of wildlife interest to this social and informal meeting.<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 />

North Pickenham Village Fun Day Saturday 29th June, noon<br />

onwards at Johnson's Playing Field. Hot food and drinks, pop up pub, trade<br />

stands, games, raffle, mini golf, quoits, horseshoe, buzz bar. Tug of war 3pm -<br />

4pm. Music with Lee Vasey at 1pm and Whyman/Yve Mary B at 4pm.<br />

Sporle Open Gardens Sunday 30th June, 12 - 5pm, maps from<br />

Community Centre. Refreshments available from 2pm.<br />

Beachamwell Open Gardens Sunday 30th June 2019, 12 noon – 5 pm. A<br />

large variety of beautiful gardens. Light lunches and teas in the Village Hall. The<br />

Shanty Singers will be singing on the Village Green at 2pm and 4pm. There will be<br />

plants for sale and a raffle. Tickets £5 and children free. All proceeds to the Friends<br />

of St Mary’s Church. Enquiries 01366 328811.<br />

Dog Show and Family Fun Day Sunday 14th July, 10am - 4pm at the East<br />

Park, Holkham Estate NR23 1SF. Free entry, parking £3 per car. Gates open 1am,<br />

with doggie classes from 11am - 4pm. Lots of fun activities for your dog, together<br />

with a huge array of children's entertainment including circus acts, climbing wall,<br />

pet 'cuddle corner', funfair stalls and much more. For more information contact<br />

Wells Community Hospital Trust on 01328 711996 or admin@wellshospital.co.uk.<br />

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

Wed 5 June: On Screen Live! from the Royal Shakespeare Company: TAMING OF<br />

THE SHREW by William Shakespeare 7pm £15<br />

Wed 12 June: On Screen: COLLETTE (2018) [15] 111 minutes 2pm £8<br />

Thu 13, Fri 14, Sat 15, Thu 20, and Fri 21 Jun all at 7:30pm; Sat 22 Jun at 3pm and<br />

7:30pm: On Stage with The Westacre Theatre Company: THE LADYKILLERS £16<br />

adults, £12 under 21s.<br />

Wed 19 Jun: On Screen: THE FAVOURITE (2018) [15] 119 minutes 2pm £8<br />

Sun 23 Jun: LitFest 2019: Meet the Author JEREMY PAGE 3pm £15<br />

Wed 26 Jun: VICE (2018) [15] 132 minutes 2pm £8<br />

Thu 27 Jun: On Screen Live! from The National Theatre: SMALL ISLAND 7pm £15<br />

Fri 28 and Sat 29 Jun: On Stage with Bloomin’ Marvellous: THE TROUBLE WITH<br />

TEAPOTS 7:30pm £12 adults, £8 under 21s.<br />

Until 16 Jun: Art Exhibition in the Theatre’s Foyer Gallery: GREAT MASSINGHAM<br />

ARTISTS AT WESTACRE THEATRE – a hub of three artists within the Castle Acre Trail<br />

as part of Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios weekends from 10am to 5pm 1 and<br />

2 Jun; 8 and 9 Jun.<br />

4<br />

Regular Meetings & Events<br />

MONDAY<br />

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

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

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

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 until<br />

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. Find<br />

dates in <strong>Newsletter</strong> ad.<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: 01760724617<br />

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

Museum. New members always welcome – no charge. Tel 01760 724470<br />

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

Assembly Rooms,7:30pm. All welcome. Contact Peter Young 01760<br />

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 the<br />

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

on 7507 494103 for further details.<br />

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

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. Contact<br />

01760 722800 for more info.<br />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cubs Meet Tuesday 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Scout Hut at<br />

Cockley Cley. For boys and girls aged 8 to 10 1/2. New members welcome. For<br />

more information contact Group Scout Leader, Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687<br />

gsl1stswaffham@gmail.com<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Army Cadets TA Centre, Sporle Rd 7.30-9.30pm. Ages 12 –<br />

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

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

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

Adults/all abilitiesEmail: salsum06@aol.com/01760 720540<br />

Bounce and Rhyme Time 10-10.30am at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library. Fun<br />

with songs and rhymes for pre-school children and their parents/carers.<br />

Stay and chat afterwards. Contact 01760 721513 for more info. Breckland<br />

Customer Services, 10am-1pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library. IT Support, 10am-<br />

12noon at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library. Help with getting online with our IT Support<br />

volunteer. Contact 01760 721513 for more info and booking.<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 />


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, 3rd<br />

Tuesday <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. Tel: David Thorogood 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 2-30pm<br />

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

have connection with the Armed Forces. Please Contact Frances on<br />

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@btinternet.<br />

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 Seniors<br />

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

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

£2 per session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome.<br />

Tel: 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 />


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: 01760724617<br />

Dementia Café first Weds of month, 10am-12noon. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

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

01603 763556<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01366 328567<br />

5<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 />

7.30pm. 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 people<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

winning music classes. 10am Stage 2 14mths - 2yrs. 11am Stage 1 6mths -<br />

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

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 01760<br />

723102 or barbara.smith58@yahoo.co.uk<br />

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

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

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

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

Methodist Rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong> More details Fiona 07768211087<br />

Whist Drive Bradenham Village Hall, 7:30pm. All welcome. 01760 440038. £3<br />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Beavers Meet Thursday 6 to 7:15 at the Scout Hut<br />

at Cockley Cley. For boys and girls aged 6 to 8. New members welcome. For<br />

more information contact Group Scout Leader, Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687<br />

gsl1stswaffham@gmail.com<br />

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

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

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

materials and refreshments. Call 01760 723624<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

&Textile Studio. 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 £10 Tel.01760 337181<br />

Games and Colouring Afternoon 2-4pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library. Join<br />

us for a friendly chat and a cuppa with board games and colouring materials<br />

available. Contact 01760 721513<br />

IT Support 10am-12noon at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library. Help with getting online with<br />

our IT Support volunteer. Contact 01760 721513 for more info and booking.<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<br />

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

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

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

8.30pm Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196

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. Contact<br />

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 Pavilion,<br />

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 per<br />

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

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 Market<br />

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

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

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 />

Breckland Customer Services 1-5pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 6.30pm 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 courses<br />

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

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

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

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

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

www.facebook.com/oasiscentreswaffham<br />

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

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

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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 Acre<br />

£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 723102<br />

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

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

please contact Jayne on 07544974342<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bingo Club Community Centre last Sat in month, 7pm for<br />

7:30pm start. £2.50 annual membership, 50p for visitors.<br />

Paul Darby 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 ‘Sharing<br />

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

prayers; and birthday celebrations. All are welcome. Children’s Art Club<br />

1st Saturday of the Month. 10am until 12.15 £10 All Equipment, Snack and<br />

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 />

Code Club 2-3pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library. Have fun learning to code, for 8-12 yr<br />

olds. Contact 01760 721513 for more info and booking.<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 weekly<br />

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 Sat.<br />

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

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

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 improvers<br />

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

Sacred Heart School<br />

Sacred Heart School Year 5 went on a rock-climbing<br />

trip to Highball Climbing Centre in Norwich.<br />

We learned climbing skills including using autobelays,<br />

belaying for each other (holding someone’s<br />

climbing rope to keep them safe) traversing, and<br />

bouldering – which is climbing with no ropes or<br />

harness! Everybody enjoyed everything, but the<br />

auto-belays were very popular because we could<br />

jump off at the top of the wall and fly back down.<br />

We had pizzas, chips and apple juice for lunch<br />

and we also got the chance to look at climbing<br />

equipment like ice axes and crampons, and to<br />

watch new climbing routes being set.<br />

Nicola and Archie Year 5<br />

New Primary School in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

New Primary Voluntary Aided Catholic School<br />

(3 - 11 years) in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia<br />

consulted on a proposal to establish a new primary<br />

VA school for 210 pupils, on the site of the Sacred<br />

Heart School, in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, with a 25-place<br />

maintained nursery class, from 1 September 2019.<br />

The Local Authority Decision Maker, Sara Tough,<br />

Executive Director Children's Services, considered<br />

the school organisation proposal and approved the<br />

opening of a new primary VA Catholic school from<br />

1 September 2019.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Infant and Nursery School<br />

Vandalism to Forest School<br />

Since September we have been running Forest School<br />

sessions throughout the week, enabling each pupil<br />

of the school to access the Forest area at the School,<br />

These sessions enable the children to connect with<br />

nature, experience the seasons, learn about flora<br />

and fauna, construct dens, climb trees, problem<br />

solve, use real tools, fire lighting and building. These<br />

sessions are invaluable to the children as not only<br />

are they learning about their natural world their<br />

self-esteem and confidence is increasing. The Forest<br />

School was set up through the teaching assistants<br />

fundraising, parents and local company donations<br />

and the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Infant and Nursery<br />

School raising funds. It took a lot of effort and hard<br />

work. It is as such a community project for the<br />

children of the community.<br />

Since opening the Forest School in September 2018,<br />

we have received three break ins. The first break in<br />

items were damaged and stolen. Over the Easter<br />

holidays we have received two further break ins. The<br />

first which happened between the close of school<br />

on Friday 5th April and Saturday 13th April. During<br />

this break in, a tree was forced down and chairs were<br />

smashed on the play bus on the field. This incident<br />

was reported to the police by myself on Saturday<br />

13th April as I found the damage. On return to School<br />

yesterday, Tuesday 23rd April, I was absolutely<br />

devastated to find that the forest school area had<br />

suffered yet another mindless attack. This time it<br />

was the worst. The swing had been ripped down<br />

and broken, the wooden see-saw broken in half, the<br />

willow tunnel and willow dome had been ripped/<br />

pulled up in places, the forest boundary fence had<br />

been forced in three places, a bird table had been<br />

smashed to pieces, the compost bin overturned,<br />

and cider cans left over the forest floor. It is so<br />

heartbreaking as we have worked so hard to make<br />

this area into a rich learning environment for the<br />

children. It has taken us two days to clear the mess<br />

and destruction left so far, but there is still a way to<br />

go. All incidents have been reported to the police.

LLARD’<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Guide Dogs For The Blind Appeal<br />

Students at the academy have been<br />

busy supporting the Guide Dog appeal. We hope to<br />

raise enough money to<br />

take part in the puppy<br />

graduation scheme and<br />

to follow 3 Guide Dogs on<br />

their journey from tiny<br />

puppies to ‘Graduation’!<br />

Many thanks to Gill<br />

& Yasmin (Kings Lynn<br />

Branch) for being our<br />

special guests at our<br />

assembly and telling us<br />

more about Guide Dogs<br />

andoned for several hours, staff took this little duckling to the<br />

SPCA Rescue Centre at West Winch to give him the best chance of<br />

re all hoping for a happy ending! Read more about their amazing<br />

ww.rspca.org.uk/local/east-winch-wildlife-centre.<br />

E YOU …<br />

OF WORK’<br />

and their importance to their human owners.<br />

• Every hour another person in the UK goes blind<br />

• The charity rely on donations to continue lifechanging<br />

work negative impact.<br />

• Each Guide Dog costs £56,000 to train<br />

Mission ‘Mallard’<br />

After being abandoned for several hours, staff took<br />

this little duckling to the safety of the RSPCA Rescue<br />

Centre at West Winch to give him the best chance of<br />

survival. We are all hoping for a happy ending! Read<br />

more about their amazing work: https://www.rspca.<br />

org.uk/local/east-winch-wildlife-centre.<br />

Think Before You…<br />

Many of us enjoy all aspects social media and use it<br />

as part of our daily lives. It is important however that<br />

we all should ‘THINK’ before we post to avoid any<br />

negative impact.<br />

One of our noticeboards with a reminder to all!<br />

8<br />

The ‘World Of Work’<br />

Students from Year 10 were fortunate enough to have<br />

the opportunity to experience the ‘world of work’<br />

outside of secondary education. Students took up<br />

voluntary work placements over a weeklong period<br />

with over 100 employers. We received many positive<br />

comments from both students and employers alike<br />

with several students earning themselves part-time<br />

employment. The academy would like to thank all<br />

the local employers who took part in the scheme and<br />

gave our students this very worthwhile opportunity.<br />

Many of us enjoy all aspects social media and use it as part of our daily lives. It is<br />

important however that we all should ‘THINK’ before we post to avoid any<br />

(Pictured) One of our noticeboards with a reminder to all!<br />

Year 10 were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to experience the<br />

rk’ outside of secondary education. Students took up voluntary work<br />

er a weeklong period with over 100 employers. We received many positive<br />

m both students and employers alike with several students earning<br />

rt-time employment. The academy would like to thank all the local<br />

o took part in the scheme and gave our students this very worthwhile<br />

ictured – a student taking a well-earned break from his ‘duties as a chef’).<br />


rtment at the academy would like to support the<br />

aviour Strategies Courses offered locally for<br />

s of students with ASD/ADHD. Designed to help<br />

hildren’s challenging behaviour the course offers<br />

ice on how to manage it. Devised by clinical<br />

working in West Norfolk this course is<br />

d to all families awaiting assessment or who have<br />

ved a diagnosis of the condition.<br />

A student taking a well-earned<br />

break from his duties as a 'chef’.<br />

Local Courses Offer Support<br />

The SEN Department at the academy would like to<br />

support the Positive Behaviour Strategies Courses<br />

offered locally for parents/carers of students with<br />

ASD/ADHD. Designed to help understand children’s<br />

challenging behaviour the course offers tips and<br />

advice on how to manage it. Devised by clinical<br />

psychologists working in West Norfolk this course is<br />

recommended to all families awaiting assessment<br />

or who have recently received a diagnosis of the<br />

condition.<br />


Mon 10 th , 17 th & 24 th June 2019<br />

(10am to 12.00pm)<br />

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

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

or<br />

Mon 8 th , 15 th & 22 nd July 2019<br />

(10am to 12.00pm)<br />

St. James’ Clinic, Extons Road, Kings Lynn.<br />

To book a place contact: Clare Peak:<br />

Tel. 01760 720302<br />

email: clare.peak@family-action.org.uk

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

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

will be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 2nd<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm<br />

Choral Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 5th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Thursday 6th<br />

7.00pm<br />

Archdeacon’s Visitation<br />

Sunday 9th The Day of Pentecost – Whit Sunday<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

4.00pm<br />

Confirmation Service<br />

with the Bishop of Lynn<br />

Wednesday 12th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 16th Trinity Sunday<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am<br />

Family Service<br />

Wednesday 19th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 23rd<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 26th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 30th Patronal Festival (St Peter and St Paul)<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm<br />

Songs of Praise<br />

NB<br />

Wednesday 3rd July<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 7th July<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />

Holy Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Choral Evensong<br />

Buzzbox<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

10.00am on 15th June when the topic will be “The<br />

Trinity”. All are welcome.<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

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

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

Rooms - and the next meeting will on Thursday 13th<br />

June. The speaker will be Sister Francis from the<br />

Sacred Heart Convent. Coffee/tea is served from<br />

9.30am. Enquiries to Julia on 720041.<br />

Christian Aid Week<br />

The 2019 National Christian Aid week took place<br />

between the 12th – 18th May as previously<br />

announced, and once again the <strong>Swaffham</strong> street<br />

collectors, organised by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Churches Together,<br />

were out and about on Saturday 18th May. The<br />

results were most encouraging and the generosity<br />

of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> people (and others in town on that<br />

morning) was really heart-warming. Thank you to all<br />

the collectors and for the support Churches Together<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District received from many people.<br />

The day’s total was £328 with the possibility of<br />

further donations.<br />

Churches Together<br />

A date for your diaries. <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Churches<br />

Together members and friends are invited to come<br />

along to a `Bring n Share` picnic on Saturday 8th<br />

June from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The venue is The<br />

Community Centre, Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Please<br />

come along to share a friendly social afternoon -<br />

hopefully bathed in warm sunshine.<br />

Parish Church Stewarding<br />

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) try to keep the<br />

parish church open during the day, for visitors and<br />

those wishing to have some solitude or personal and<br />

silent prayer. The PCC also tries to ensure that there is<br />

at least one steward at all times to welcome visitors.<br />

Most of the stewards (sometimes called ‘churchsitters’)<br />

come from members of the congregation,<br />

but the PCC would like to encourage anyone else,<br />

who would like to assist in this way, to volunteer<br />

the occasional hour or so. This would be much<br />

appreciated and if you wish to be involved in this way<br />

please contact Mrs Sheila Fowler 01760 722224<br />


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

Sat 1st June 9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning in aid of<br />

Church funds.<br />

Sun 2nd June 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Tues 4th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in. A warm, friendly atmosphere where you can relax<br />

and chat over a free tea/coffee. Also Traidcraft stall.<br />

Thurs 6th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in.<br />

Fri 7th June 9.30am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 8th June 9.30am -12noon Coffee Morning in aid<br />

of Church funds.<br />

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

refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Tues 11th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in.<br />

Thurs 13th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in.<br />

Fri 14th June 9.30am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 15th June 9.30am -12noon Coffee Morning in aid<br />

of Church funds.<br />

Sun 16th June 10.45am Fathers Day Service with 2nd<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Guides And Brownies. Service to be taken<br />

by Rev Andrew King. Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

All welcome.<br />

Tues 18th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in.<br />

Thurs 20th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in.<br />

Fri 21st June 9.30am Power of Prayer.<br />

Fri 21st June 10am - 2pm all welcome to look at what's<br />

been achieved in the church. Light refreshments<br />

served.<br />

Sat 22nd June NB. No Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun 23rd June 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Tues 25th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in.<br />

Thurs 27th June 10am -12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in.<br />

Fri 28th June 9.30am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat 29th June 9.30am -12noon Coffee Morning in aid<br />

of Church funds.<br />

Sat 29th June 6pm. Free Family Film Night. More info<br />

at The Meeting Place.<br />

Sun 30th June 10.45am Service led by Worship<br />

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

Strattons Hotel Marathon Fundraising<br />

Our grateful thanks to everyone who supported<br />

Strattons Hotel ‘London Marathon’ runners. It was<br />

Dominic and Les’s first ever marathon and they<br />

managed to run it in 3 hours 23 minutes and 3 hours<br />

34 minutes respectively. Les and Dom were running<br />

to fundraise for Neuroblastoma UK.<br />

Neuroblastoma is a disease in which cancer cells<br />

form in nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest,<br />

or spinal cord. On average in the UK, 2 families per<br />

week discover that their child has neuroblastoma.<br />

The charity Neuroblastoma UK directly supports<br />

research projects aimed at finding new, effective<br />

and kinder treatments for these young children.<br />

As there are no paid staff or plush offices, 95% of<br />

all donations directly fund the research. The run<br />

secured £8000 for the charity. A special thank you to<br />

Sarah at Artichoke for arranging a fundraising fashion<br />

show and to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions for their unexpected<br />

generous contribution.<br />

Les said, ‘Although I have been a runner for nearly<br />

forty years, the 26 miles was a first for me and the last<br />

3miles came as a bit of a surprise. My first grandson<br />

was taken ill quite suddenly aged just over one year<br />

old. The subsequent diagnosis of Neuroblastoma left<br />

him facing a long, painful and ultimately unsuccessful<br />

treatment in Hospital. We want to help other children<br />

and their families facing this frightening disease.’<br />

Calling all<br />

budding artists<br />

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

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

like to showcase their work in our<br />

gallery in the community centre.<br />

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

interested, then please call us on<br />

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

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena<br />


Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Who said presents need to be expensive? We have<br />

made some lovely flower brooches to wear and some<br />

very pretty flower pictures to display on our board. We<br />

then celebrated Mother's Day with a tasty chocolate<br />

cake for afternoon tea.<br />

It seems an age ago<br />

now, but just to say<br />

that Easter was a fun<br />

filled time with crafts,<br />

games, quizzes and<br />

of course an Easter<br />

egg for everyone.<br />

We just have to have<br />

our chocolate fix,<br />

although I must say<br />

not just at Easter!<br />

A visit from a recently rescued puppy was of great<br />

delight to our clients. This lovely dog's name is Amber<br />

and she belongs to Jo, one of our support staff. My<br />

dog who is a permanent fixture at the centre met her<br />

with interest in his eyes. As you know, animals are of<br />

great help to people with dementia and mental health<br />

problems, so again we are ahead of the game.<br />

On the 31st March 1973 Red Rum won the Grand<br />

National for the first time, so we thought that we would<br />

celebrate this great horse with a day of fun We had<br />

horsey games, quizzes and shared some horse related<br />

facts. There is nothing we can't celebrate here at the<br />

centre.<br />

So, we thought we would give Coca Cola a try, it was<br />

met with the same reaction that it was probably met<br />

with in 1886! Some fors and against, with 'I would rather<br />

have a cuppa', but we did have a laugh with some of the<br />

comments about this new drink, 'may never catch on'<br />

was another comment!<br />

We had a very nice man come to the door with 5 jigsaw<br />

puzzles. Mr Johnson, thank you for your kind gift, they<br />

are already on the go and a lovely addition to our<br />

collection.<br />

Tickets are now on sale for our murder mystery evening<br />

on 22nd June at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. The<br />

evening will include a hog roast and dessert with 1960s<br />

music and attire. £25 a ticket. Ring Georgie on 01760<br />

724527 to book.<br />

On St George's Day we had flags out blowing in the<br />

breeze and looking very resplendent in the sunshine.<br />

We had roast beef with all the trimmings along with<br />

apple pie in the oven, a St George's day quiz and stories<br />

of how it used to be celebrated by our clients. A lovely<br />

day had by all.<br />

We may not be anywhere near Japan, but this is our<br />

take on a Japanese cherry blossom tree. It has a way<br />

of just making us smile. It's pretty in pink and just so<br />

delicate, such hard work done by our clients, they are<br />

just so amazing with their skill.<br />

Jeanette, our crochet wonder woman, has been busy<br />

making us wonderful blankets for our winter raffle.<br />


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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions are proud to<br />

sponsor two local people in this<br />

year’s London Marathon, both<br />

receiving £150. Les Scott, from<br />

Stratton’s Hotel, is running for Neuroblastoma UK<br />

and Gill Creed, from Just Hair, has a team of five<br />

running for the Autistic Society. Gill's niece, Lucy<br />

Dickerson, has a son who was diagnosed with Autism<br />

when four years old, now nine he attends a special<br />

school in Dereham. Les’s first grandson, Rafe, was<br />

taken ill quite suddenly aged just over one year old.<br />

The subsequent diagnosis of Neuroblastoma left him<br />

facing a long, painful and ultimately unsuccessful<br />

treatment in Hospital. He died without reaching his<br />

third birthday in 2006.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions joined in the Lions' Beach Clean Up<br />

of 5 beaches in and around Hunstanton. 18 Lions and<br />

Lionesses were kitted out by the local council with<br />

pickers, gloves and sacks and spent over 2 hours<br />

cleaning up the beaches.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions responded to a call for help, in<br />

providing kitchen equipment and craft items for<br />

the John Chapman Centre, which is housed in the<br />

Maltings' Care Home. The centre, which is open four<br />

days a week, has up to thirty five people attend and<br />

they enjoy a cooked meal and join in various craft<br />

activities. Simon Fowler, chair of the Lions welfare<br />

team, helped to start the centre many years ago,<br />

which was opened by Princess Anne.<br />

Maureen Rutland was one of twenty seven winners<br />

in this year’s Lions' Easter Basket draw, when number<br />

30 was the bonus ball on the National Lottery. The<br />

baskets which were in local businesses raised over<br />

£1200 which will good to Lions good causes.<br />

Following a busy few weeks, 34 Lions took time out<br />

for a meal at the College of West Anglia in Kings Lynn.<br />

The evening was themed as a St George's night, with<br />

the meal being prepared and cooked by the students<br />

under supervision as part of their training. All agreed<br />

that the evening was a great success and thanked the<br />

students for all their hard work.<br />


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Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

Tuesday April 16th Sporle celebrated<br />

its birthday – no-one is sure exactly<br />

how old we are but each year we have<br />

a birthday tea party-sometimes at Sporle Community<br />

Hall and sometimes out in a restaurant or café. This<br />

year was no exception and two members prepared a<br />

delicious cream tea for us all. All dainty sized morsels<br />

of “naughty but nice” things from sandwiches to<br />

cake and scones with cream and jam- no one went<br />

home in the least bit hungry. We were entertained<br />

by “3’s a crowd” but there was only 2 of them. One<br />

lady was unable to make it but the two ladies gave<br />

us an amusing, funny, thought provoking show and<br />

all the poems and anecdotes made the afternoon<br />

a very happy occasion. After the WI news and<br />

information of forthcoming events the raffle brought<br />

the meeting to a close and we look forward to June’s<br />

speaker whose title is ‘The Life of an Author'.<br />

P.S. Apologies to our May speaker for my error in<br />

telling everyone she has 5 children when in-fact she<br />

only has 3!<br />

Sporle WI each 3rd Tuesday of the month 1.45pm –<br />

4pm - visitors always welcome.<br />

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

After a very interesting talk on the<br />

Arctic Peninsular with photographic<br />

presentation by Sue Gatuso from<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum at our April meeting, May<br />

was the month for discussion and voting on the WI<br />

Resolutions to be selected at our National Annual<br />

Meeting held in Bournemouth in June. This was<br />

followed by a well-stocked Auction including a set of<br />

Patio furniture, conducted with a lot of humour and<br />

persuasion by two of our members!<br />

A card-making workshop held recently proved so<br />

successful and will be repeated in July.<br />

Update On The Magpie Centre<br />

The quiz with hog roast supper, held on April 27th at<br />

Stowbridge Village Hall, was a fantastic success. More<br />

than 100 eager trivia experts in 18 teams tackled a<br />

wide range of questions, plus dingbats and mystery<br />

pictures. Highlight of the evening was, of course,<br />

the food: the hog roast, with vegetarian option, plus<br />

salads and desserts made by volunteers. The evening<br />

raised £1,000 for the Magpie Centre, home of West<br />

Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, one-third<br />

of whose £130,000 annual budget has to be raised<br />

by events such as this, so we are hugely grateful to<br />

everyone who participated.<br />

Note for your diary: the next Quiz with Hog Roast will<br />

take place at the same time and venue on Saturday<br />

October 19. Watch this space for details of how<br />

to book. Next up is the Magpie Centre Open Day,<br />

scheduled for Sunday June 23 from 11.00 am to 3.00<br />

pm at Wallington Hall, South Runcton, PE33 0EP. Find<br />

us on the A10, about three miles north of Downham<br />

Market. Admission is FREE and there’s plenty of<br />

parking, so now’s your chance to find out who we<br />

are and what we do. In a nutshell, we provide 130<br />

riding and carriage driving lessons a week to people<br />

of all ages and with a wide range of physical and<br />

learning disabilities. The Open Day will feature pony<br />

rides, carriage drives, demonstrations and lots of<br />

fun for the children. Refreshments, including locallysourced<br />

burgers, tea, coffee, cold drinks and cakes<br />

will be available all day. What’s not to like? We look<br />

forward to seeing you at the event.<br />



Meanwhile a guided back-stage tour of the Theatre<br />

Royal in Norwich has been arranged for this month<br />

and a floral demonstration is on the programme for<br />

Wednesday 5th June, 7.30pm.<br />

Visitors very welcome, contact Secretary: phone<br />

01760 722879.<br />

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

In April our more intrepid members had a coach visit to what was called “Sea Shells and Bomb<br />

Shells”, ably organised by John Clarke. The sea shells bit was the “Shell Museum” at Glandford<br />

and the bombshells part was the huge Muckleborough Military Collection at Weybourne – most<br />

impressive. We normally arrange three or four trips out per year with the remaining monthly<br />

meetings “in house”. If you haven’t been to one of our events before, and you are 55 years<br />

or over, do please come along to one (see below) where members enjoy a free afternoon of<br />

entertainment. You can join our Group (a registered charity) there – we usually meet on the last<br />

Tuesday in each month, 2 pm in the Assembly Rooms. You can also contact our Membership<br />

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

Upcoming events are:<br />

• June 18th, Trip out, Broads sailing – Wroxham to Horning and Bure Valley Railway. Leave bus stop at 9.30 am<br />

and Theatre Street at 9.40 am (note earlier leaving times)<br />

• July 30th Talk on The Samaritans and “Call my Bluff” (In house)<br />

• August 29th Summer party (in house)<br />

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

Clarke, 720140, Treasurer, Keith Nash, 724801; Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031. General factotum –<br />

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SCALGA<br />

Greetings from the allotments<br />

Unfortunately, because we have to send our<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong> well in advance I have been unable<br />

to be up to date with current “happenings” at the<br />

Allotments.<br />

In the past we have had petty theft and silly damage<br />

done. A few sheds have been broken into but on the<br />

whole this is an aggravation. In Late April however,<br />

things turned really nasty. A pack of children made a<br />

habit of invading both Tumbler Hill and Shouldham<br />

Lane sites. Not only did they damage, they stole<br />

Cock and Hen birds. The cocks, we are told, can<br />

be used for cock fighting but the poor hens were<br />

mutilated by having their combs and wattles cut off<br />

and left dead or dying in a hedge near the Fakenham<br />

Road. This cruelty is beyond the pale even the most<br />

off hand gardeners were appalled. The Police were<br />

involved and have given SCALGA the utmost support.<br />

Unfortunately, real proof is needed in the shape of<br />

photos or positive eye witnesses. Steps have been<br />

taken to try to safeguard plot-holder’s sites. This<br />

cannot however bring back what has been lost. It is<br />

in the interest of everyone to stay alert and PLEASE<br />

contact the Police. It may not seem that action is<br />

being taken but cases are built and information<br />

amassed ready for use.<br />

On a happier note, things are growing apace. We<br />

had a very dry start in April just when young plants<br />

need the most water. The sweet corn romped away<br />

but the potatoes were very slow to show, we hope<br />

that they will catch up and be ready for eating with<br />

summer salads.<br />

Our starter plots are currently fully let and planted. It<br />

was a slow start but the warmer weather encouraged<br />

people to “have a go”. Even on a small area it is<br />

surprising what variety can be achieved.<br />

When sowing seeds it is best to plant in rows so<br />

when they pop through you can tell seedlings from<br />

weedlings. I also sprinkle a bit of dark compost over<br />

them, again to highlight where they are. Manys the<br />

time in a fit of efficiency I have gaily started to dig up<br />

plantlings.<br />

Fail safe annuals are: - Love in the mist (nigella),<br />

Californian poppies, cornflowers, larkspur, poached<br />

egg plant, Ladybird poppy and Opium poppy. These<br />

alone can give a lovely show without too much toil<br />

and angst.<br />

Forward dates for your diary<br />

• Best Kept Allotment judging. 10th July 2019.<br />

• BBQ 11th August 3pm.<br />

• Afternoon Tea and Prize giving. 8th September<br />

2018 2pm at the Regent Rooms.<br />

• Christmas Get Together. 14th December 7.30 pm<br />

at the Methodist Church School room.<br />

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

please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on 07919<br />

888870.<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, The Pightle, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DF<br />

Tel 01760 721513<br />

Book Groups<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library’s new book group, the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Sleuths, is focusing on stories of murder, mystery and<br />

intrigue. The group meets every second Friday of the<br />

month to talk about the books they’ve been reading<br />

and will be discussing My Criminal World by Henry<br />

Sutton at their next meeting. Book groups are a very<br />

popular and sociable activity to get involved with and<br />

are supported by the Norfolk Library and Information<br />

Service with special terms for reservations and loan<br />

periods as well as access to a large collection of titles<br />

with multiple copies available. Speak to a member<br />

of staff at the library if you would like to join a book<br />

group, or perhaps start a group of your own.<br />

Library Friends<br />

The Library Friends are busy planning some super<br />

summer events at the library! Between 21st-23rd<br />

June 2019, communities up and down the country<br />

will be getting together to celebrate kindness, respect<br />

and all we have in common at part of the Great<br />

Get Together in honour of the late Jo Cox MP. You<br />

are invited to join the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends on<br />

Saturday 22 June, 1-3pm for their Strawberry Tea<br />

Great Get Together event for a friendly chat and a<br />

cuppa with sandwiches, scones and strawberries.<br />

Booking is required, and the Strawberry Tea will<br />

cost £1.50 per person. Funds raised will go towards<br />

future community events organised by the library<br />

friends group. Find out more about the Library<br />

Friends at their next meeting on Tuesday 21 May,<br />

4.30-5.30pm – all welcome.<br />

Open times<br />

Staff available: Tuesday 10am-7pm, Thursday<br />

10am-7pm, Friday 1-7pm & Saturday 10am-4pm.<br />

Open Library allows <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library to be open<br />

longer: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 8am-<br />

4pm & Sunday 10am-4pm. Registration is required<br />

to use the library during Open Library sessions.<br />

Speak to a member of staff for more information<br />

and to register.<br />


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

Icenima presents...<br />

Icenima<br />

Screenings at 2pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month<br />

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

For May’s session we welcomed Bays River Jazz,<br />

which consists of Mark Jolly, electric violin - Peter<br />

Pease, guitar - John Temple, sax and clarinet - Ian<br />

Hireson, bass guitar - Diana Hare and Hugh Lynch,<br />

vocals.<br />

Having a violinist is a first for the Club. The violin is<br />

a great rarity in Jazz for two basic reasons. Firstly<br />

it has a comparatively soft sound (which is why<br />

symphonic orchestras can have up to 32 of them at<br />

a time!) and secondly, nearly everyone who takes<br />

up the violin expects to be playing classical music.<br />

Mark started on the instrument at an early age in<br />

his parents’ folk group, before moving on to Jazz.<br />

Also, playing an amplified instrument overcomes<br />

the lack of volume.<br />

Mark has an excellent technique, exemplified in his<br />

ability to play double stopping (ie. playing on two<br />

strings at once) for long stretches. I really liked his<br />

silky tone and his sparing use of vibrato, though he<br />

can use it quite passionately as demonstrated in<br />

'Dream a Little dream of Me'.<br />

One of the most interesting pieces was their<br />

version of the Glen Miller Big Band classic 'In the<br />

Mood' which worked surprisingly well in such a<br />

small group and really swung.<br />

Hugh sang a much appreciated tribute to Doris<br />

Day who had passed away the previous day. Diana<br />

got the second set off to a lively start with 'All of<br />

Me' and followed it up with 'That Old Black Magic'<br />

which had some good sax soloing. 'As Time Goes<br />

By' - sung by Hugh - had an interestingly sparse<br />

intro, just bass and guitar, with some great violin<br />

interjections once he started to sing.<br />

The evening ended with a really beautiful<br />

performance of 'Cry Me a River' with Diana and the<br />

band making a perfectly balanced sound.<br />

Coming up:<br />

Tuesday 11 June at 7.30 Melody Brooker, vocals -<br />

and her Trio (Not as previously advertised)<br />

Tuesday 9 July at 7.30 The Colin Mason Quartet<br />

with Eileanora - vocals and keyboard. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conservative Club, 23 London St PE7 7DD. Entry £8.<br />

Information from Geoff 01366 328730 or Norman<br />

01760 722384.<br />

Wednesday 19 th June, 2pm<br />

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

Tickets: £5.00<br />

For more info call 01760 722800<br />

or visit www.icenipartnership.info<br />

Icenima - You decide<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

more comedy, drama or documentaries?<br />

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

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

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

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

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

please get in touch.<br />


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

AGM<br />

We are glad to have made it safely to the end of<br />

another year of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts, and grateful to all the<br />

artists who came to entertain us.<br />

In the autumn the concerts we planned turned<br />

into a Baroque Season, which was a great success.<br />

The chamber orchestra Norwich Baroque, Norwich<br />

Baroque Quartet, and Tale Dolce Musica brought<br />

wonderful performances of the wide variety of music<br />

from this period.<br />

To celebrate Christmas we again joined in the Parish<br />

Church Festival of Trees, and collected money for<br />

the charity Musicians in Hospitals. The <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Shantymen came to sing for us at our members’<br />

afternoon.<br />

Believing wholeheartedly in the value of live<br />

performances, we repeated our invitation to Garlic<br />

Theatre Puppets for our children’s afternoon. We<br />

had a good audience of enthusiastic and attentive<br />

children, but there would have been room for more!<br />

We had a really good audience for the poetry of<br />

Lewis Buxton and friends Anna Cathenka and Molly<br />

Naylor. There seems to be a real interest in this form<br />

of writing, and they were well received.<br />

The evening of Traditional Jazz with Barry Tyler was<br />

nearly a disaster, with one car broken down near<br />

Lakenheath, and the banjo player having a lapse of<br />

memory! But the band minus one started only half an<br />

hour late, and were immediately forgiven by the jazzlovers;<br />

and when the banjo player, who was also the<br />

singer and had driven all the way from Surrey, arrived<br />

just as the second half was about to start, he was<br />

greeted with a cheer – what a hero!<br />

Local talent, Ella McCready has a wonderful voice and<br />

is now making her mark further afield. Accompanied<br />

by her father, Ivan, on cello and Ian McGregor on<br />

piano, she sang a wide range of songs with remarkable<br />

maturity, and the calls for an encore signalled the<br />

appreciation of her listeners.Thanks go to everyone<br />

who has helped us this year; to the artists who journey<br />

to <strong>Swaffham</strong>; to our membership who encourage us;<br />

and to all our audiences who support us.<br />

Our new programme will be out soon. We look forward<br />

to seeing you next season, starting in September with<br />

the Sheringham Shantymen.<br />

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

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

This scene of <strong>Swaffham</strong> may still be recalled by<br />

older residents of the town. It is a postcard of the<br />

Pedlar town sign and has the date September 1961<br />

written on the back, although the photograph may<br />

have been taken in the late 1950s.<br />

Thank goodness all the various road signs have<br />

been removed from the positions shown, so the<br />

Pedlar can now be seen in his true glory. Looking<br />

down London Street the shop with its blinds down<br />

was the Aldiss Drapery department, a company<br />

which had been trading since the early 1860s. The<br />

tall white building further down was originally<br />

Plowrights, the famous ironmongers, before it was<br />

converted into the present shopping arcade. The<br />

name of Plowright was first mentioned in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

parish records as early as 1457.<br />

The building between Aldiss and Plowrights is<br />

Fitzroy House, the then home of the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rural District Council. This is now an estate agents<br />

with various offices above.<br />

The History Group still welcomes new members,<br />

particularly anyone interested in undertaking<br />

research. Our next meeting is due to take place on<br />

Monday 10th June, from 2pm/4pm at the museum.<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 />

9 June, John Ennis, Whittlesea<br />

23 June, Jackie & Keith Parsons, Downham Market<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 />

22<br />

Women’s Pension Campaign<br />

Gaining NCC Support<br />

Norfolk campaigners adversely affected by pension<br />

reforms have gained the support of Norfolk County<br />

Council to help them keep their plight on the agenda.<br />

Members of the Norfolk Broads – PAIN (Pension<br />

Action in Norfolk) Group met the Leader of the<br />

Council Andrew Proctor at County Hall to hear that<br />

the Council had almost unanimously passed a motion<br />

to back more than 45,000 women in the county<br />

who were born<br />

in the 1950s<br />

and 1960s and<br />

have had their<br />

state pension<br />

age increased<br />

twice, from 60<br />

to 66 by 2020.<br />

Mr Proctor will<br />

now write to<br />

the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to<br />

call on the Government to reconsider transitional<br />

arrangements for affected women.<br />

The Norfolk Broads do not expect the state pension<br />

age to go back to 60 but they do claim women were<br />

given insufficient personal notice by the Government<br />

about the changes. Many have been left in financial<br />

hardship as they were unable to make alternative<br />

pension plans in time. The Group’s leaders, Lynn<br />

Nicholls, Lorraine White and Annette James, thanked<br />

Judy Oliver, County Councillor for Sheringham and<br />

Chairperson of the NCC Pensions Committee, for<br />

her help and for putting the motion forward to the<br />

full Council. They said “we are delighted to gain<br />

this support which helps keep the pressure on the<br />

government to right a wrong affecting not only us<br />

but our children and grandchildren in the future”.<br />

The group, which has over 200 members, campaigns<br />

against the increase in state pension age for women<br />

born in the 1950s and 1960s. A judicial review into<br />

statepension changes is due to be heard in London<br />

on 5 and 6 June.<br />

To find out more search norfolkbroadsPAIN on<br />

Facebook or emailnorfolkbroadspensions@gmail.com.<br />

Swift Awareness Week<br />

June 22nd to June 30th.<br />

As many of you know, Swifts are a declining species,<br />

and Narvos, (Nar Valley Ornithological Society) are<br />

promoting awareness by holding an information stall<br />

on <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market on Saturday, June 29th. There<br />

will be Swift nest boxes for sale, information, survey<br />

details and a chance to find out more.<br />

Please come and support us, and in the meantime,<br />

it would help if you notice the date they return and<br />

location.<br />

Many thanks, Narvos Committee.


President’s Corner<br />

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

The last month has been a mixture of planning for<br />

future events for our continuing celebration of our<br />

50th Anniversary (which goes on until 31st December<br />

2019) and the preparation for the next Rotary year<br />

which starts on the 1st July 2019 with our next<br />

President Steve Ward.<br />

Last month we followed up our donation to the<br />

work of Leeway by inviting their Residential Service<br />

Manager and their Manager of Safe Houses to talk to<br />

us. They gave illuminating and moving presentations<br />

on the work of Leeway who support adult, children<br />

and young people who are experiencing domestic<br />

abuse. The latter does not just mean violent<br />

behaviour. They use the terms domestic violence and<br />

YEARS<br />

This year we are again sponsoring a young candidate<br />

for RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Award. This is an<br />

intensive leadership experience at Graffham Water<br />

lasting one week. Young people from ages 18 to<br />

30 develop their skills as a Leader while having fun<br />

and making connections. Every year thousands of<br />

young people take part at similar venues around the<br />

Country, our area using the excellent facilities and<br />

trainers at Graffham Water. The course which costs<br />

between £500-£600 involves a challenging outdoor<br />

experience, group games,trust events,ropes course,<br />

business methods, public speaking and problemsolving<br />

skills, thus teaching values such as democracy<br />

equality and peace. We have found that those<br />

participating return home much wiser and stronger<br />

in so many ways after this excellent course for young<br />

people.<br />

abuse to describe the physical, psychological, sexual<br />

or financial abuse that takes place within an intimate<br />

or family-type relationship and forms a pattern of<br />

coercive and controlling behaviour. Their stories of<br />

typical case studies were moving and upsetting.<br />

The end of this month is the end of the second<br />

quarter of our “Capture <strong>Swaffham</strong>” photographic<br />

Competition so you still have 4 weeks to submit your<br />

entry.<br />

Once again our Rotary Club are pleased to sponsor<br />

the £1200 fee for Professional Writer Helen Moss<br />

to become the Professional ‘Writer in Residence’<br />

at Litcham School. Following our past support<br />

excellent award winning results have resulted from<br />

the pupils there due to her continuing input. Helen is<br />

also organising and will judge a writing competition<br />

between infant schools in the area.<br />

Again we are organising our annual Stroke Awareness<br />

day on June 8th at the Assembly Rooms 9am to<br />

1.30pm. Come along and have your blood pressure<br />

checked for free. We know that we have saved lives<br />

in the past by organising this day.<br />

23<br />

Last month we were horrified to learn of the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Infants School Reading Garden had<br />

been vandalised for the 3rd time since it opened<br />

in September. Their higher level teaching assistant<br />

and Forest School leader Cara Butters spoke of her<br />

heartbreak at yet another mindless attack in which<br />

the swing was ripped down and broken, the wooden<br />

see-saw was split in half and the willow dome was<br />

pulled up in places. They had worked hard to make<br />

this area a rich learning environment for the children.<br />

Therefore I visited the School, saw the site and spoke<br />

with the Head Teacher Marion Link regarding the<br />

help we could give. I am pleased to say that the Club<br />

immediately voted to donate £200 towards their<br />

crowd- funding Appeal to remedy the damage.<br />

Meanwhile as a Club we continue to enjoy fellowship<br />

on a weekly basis. If you would like to learn more<br />

about Rotary and potential membership for both<br />

sexes or ways in which your business might be<br />

involved, please do contact me to arrange a chat<br />

on 01760 722111 or by email at malcolmwhittley@<br />

yahoo.co.uk.<br />

This is my last <strong>Newsletter</strong> contribution as incoming<br />

President will take over next month. It has been a<br />

pleasure for me to write this column this past year,<br />

hoping to tell people in <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District some of<br />

the Community help and support we strive to give to<br />

the area.<br />

Malcolm Whittley

Downham Grange<br />

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market<br />

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new<br />

purpose-built development in Downham Market.<br />

We provide meaningful person-centred exceptional care for those in<br />

need of residential, respite, nursing or dementia care.<br />

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

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

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

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

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

independence and social inclusion.<br />

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

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

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

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

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

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

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

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

chooses to spend their day.<br />

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

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

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

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

We really want to make a difference<br />

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

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

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

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This new home will enable us to<br />

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The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

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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 />

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• mon 15th july<br />

• mon 19th aug<br />

• mon 16th sept<br />

• mon 21st oct<br />

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

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

The clubs new<br />

The<br />

programme<br />

club's new programme<br />

of events and<br />

of events<br />

meetings wa<br />

and meetings was launched with a<br />

received evening of stunning photographs of African wi<br />

well received evening of stunning<br />

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you. We soon realised a camera lens does not offer<br />

photographing British wildlife, glad that animals in the U<br />

much protection from a determined subject.<br />

have the teeth or demeanour and built in ability to plan t<br />

realised a camera lens does not offer much protection fr<br />

subject.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players have completed their run of “A<br />

Little of What you Fancy”. The show, was in the<br />

popular Old Time Music Hall format, and included<br />

a variety of songs and sketches, old favourites<br />

as well as some more modern offerings. Nearly<br />

all the active members of the society took part,<br />

showcasing a wide range of talents and styles. It was<br />

presented in the friendly, intimate atmosphere of<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. Audiences joined<br />

in enthusiastically with the chorus numbers, and<br />

seemed to thoroughly enjoy their evening.<br />

We will be holding our AGM later in May. Apart from<br />

the usual agenda items, we will be discussing our<br />

next play, to be presented on 18th and 19th October,<br />

possible ways to expand our types of show to appeal<br />

to the widest audience, and ways to celebrate our<br />

50th anniversary next year.<br />

New members are always welcome, and are invited<br />

to contact the Secretary, Nicky Dawkins, on 01760<br />

721568.<br />

The next meeting was our yearly photography competi<br />

competition with the Lakenheath club, displaying<br />

Lakenheath club, displaying talents in both projected an<br />

talents in both projected and printed images.<br />

.Lakenheath<br />

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year's as one event. all, with both clubs looking forward to next<br />

The next meeting was our yearly photography competit<br />

year's event.<br />

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year's Our event. First June meeting will be an illustrated talk by<br />

Chris Our First Bell on June "Storm meeting Chasing", will at be which an illustrated members of talk by Ch<br />

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competition.<br />

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Our First June meeting will be an illustrated talk by Chri<br />

Chasing", at which members of other clubs are cordially<br />

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

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visit the clubs website www.swaffhamcameraclub.com<br />

28th 29th and 30th June<br />

The floral theme is “ALL THE SAINTS”<br />

The church will be open as usual from<br />

9.00 am until 4.00 pm approx.<br />

and refreshments will be available.<br />

SONGS OF PRAISE service 6.00 pm<br />

Sunday 30th<br />


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Wednesdays<br />

Starting Wednesday 5 June 2019<br />

7.00 to 8.30pm<br />

at<br />

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

The Campingland, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Postcode for Sat Nav: PE37 7RD<br />

On-site parking available<br />

£35 per 5-week block<br />

For more information and to book contact:<br />

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Wissey U3A<br />

On the 2nd May there was a Special General Meeting<br />

(SGM) which was a precursor to the Annual General<br />

Meeting (AGM) on 4th July. The SGM, which was well<br />

attended, enabled members to question, discuss<br />

and debate the work done by members on the<br />

Committee. A presentation by a representative of<br />

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

will be on 6th June. This presentation, which is in<br />

conjunction with Norfolk Trading Standards and the<br />

Police, is sure to be very popular with U3A members.<br />

There was a visit to the Museum of Gas and Local<br />

History in Fakenham on 16th May which will be<br />

followed by another visit on 20th June.<br />

The U3A is an international movement whose<br />

aims are the education of retired members of the<br />

Community or those in their ‘Third Age' of life.<br />

U3A membership is open to any individual who by<br />

definition is not in full-time gainful employment,<br />

so anyone working ‘part-time’ can also apply for<br />

membership. By definition, the U3A is non-political<br />

and non-religious. Wissey U3A meetings are held at<br />

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

month from 09.45 until 12.00 mid-day.<br />

Membership of the Wissey U3A can help those<br />

who may be living alone and feeling isolated or for<br />

anyone who has recently moved to the local area<br />

and would like to make new friends. As one member<br />

said, ‘The U3A has enhanced my social life, allowed<br />

me to form valued new friendships and provided me<br />

with knowledge and entertainment.' Another spoke<br />

of an immediate introduction to a community and<br />

realising that it’s never too late to learn something<br />

new. Members of the Wissey U3A can take part in a<br />

wide variety of activities. Currently, some activities<br />

do have waiting lists however members can ask to<br />

join groups such as ‘Family History’, Rambling, Tenpin<br />

Bowling and Walking. There are currently over<br />

30 interesting activity groups. If you have a hobby or<br />

pastime which you would like to share with others<br />

why not make enquires about joining the Wissey<br />

U3A. Group leaders only need an interest in a subject<br />

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

other like-minded members.<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 £10.<br />

Daredevil pilots celebrated in new show!<br />

This year is the centenary of one of the greatest<br />

moments of aviation history and a truly British first<br />

– the first ever non-stop flight across the Atlantic,<br />

completed by British aviators Capt John Alcock and<br />

navigator Lt. Arthur Brown. To mark the occasion<br />

the nail-biting, side-splitting true story of this<br />

daredevil flight has been turned into a rip roaring<br />

play and is set to tour Breckland rural venues as<br />

part of Breckland Council’s Silver Social project.<br />

‘Those Magnificent Men’, by acclaimed writing duo<br />

Mitchell & Nixon, tells the story of the intrepid<br />

duo who made the first non-stop transatlantic<br />

flight in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy<br />

bomber, flying not only through dense fog, sleet,<br />

snow and hail – sometimes upside down – from<br />

Canada to Ireland. Starring Radio 4 regular David<br />

Mounfield (‘Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show’)<br />

and writer/performer Brian Mitchell (‘The Ministry<br />

of Biscuits’), they will endeavour to tell the epic<br />

tale with just cardboard, two stools and some leftover<br />

props!<br />

The Silver Social project is an ambitious programme<br />

of daytime events aimed at older people, in<br />

community venues across Breckland. The project<br />

uses a range of art forms, delivered by professional<br />

artists, to promote participation and independent<br />

living in our communities. The Silver Social holds<br />

events in libraries, village halls and other familiar<br />

community spaces, in target areas across Breckland<br />

including Dereham, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Attleborough,<br />

Watton, Thetford, Ashill, Necton, Shipdham and<br />

Harling. The scheme is funded by the Arts Council<br />

England, Breckland Council and Norfolk County<br />

Council. Transport can be arranged for participants<br />

with travel issues.<br />

The show will be<br />

touring between<br />

3rd June to 7th June<br />

at Ashill Community<br />

Centre, Harling Old<br />

School Village Hall,<br />

Attleborough Town<br />

Hall, Shipdham All<br />

Saints Church and<br />

Necton Community<br />

Centre. The show<br />

runs from 2 p.m. to<br />

3.30pm with tickets<br />

just £5, which includes refreshments. For more<br />

information on Silver Social events, including how<br />

to purchase ‘Those Magnificent Men’ tickets visit<br />

www.thesilversocial.com, call 01362 656870 or<br />

email community@breckland.gov.uk.<br />


Book Presentation<br />

with Graeme Sheppard<br />

Monday 10 th June<br />

2pm to 4pm<br />

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

Fee only £3 on arrival<br />

Graeme Sheppard,<br />

a retired London<br />

police officer, gives a<br />

presentation about<br />

his book.<br />

This covers a case on<br />

which he has done<br />

years of investigation

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 />

Also available on application<br />

• Guided walks<br />

• Talks<br />

• School Activity Day - Carter meets Tutankhamun<br />

• Loan Boxes for schools, groups or families<br />

Museum Opening<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum is open. Come and see new<br />

displays. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, a small admission<br />

charge applies. Sat 10am-1pm. For 2019 we are<br />

offering FREE entry to the Museum on Saturdays<br />

(10am - 1pm).<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 />

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 />

May draw - £40 No.29 / £20 No.77 / £10 No.41<br />

WANTED – Volunteer Stewards<br />

For ‘front of house’ – to welcome visitors, explain<br />

Museum, work in shop and TIC. Steward sessions<br />

are 3 hours – 10am-1pm, and 1-4pm<br />

Contact Steve Gregory – Volunteer Co-ordinator –<br />

on (01760) 721230 or 755596<br />


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

Now into spring and our newish garden at the<br />

rear of the hospital is looking good. We hope to<br />

maximise its use for both occasional events and<br />

primarily for the wellbeing of the patients.<br />

As you are aware the hospital beds are always full<br />

and the staff cope daily with more patients of a<br />

higher dependency. Also, because the hospital<br />

has a large catchment area it does mean at times<br />

that local <strong>Swaffham</strong> residents can not access all<br />

services.<br />

We are still in dialogue with the Hospital Trust<br />

regarding the purchase of the “high tech” patient<br />

bedside chairs. More news soon.<br />

Thanks to all who supported the last coffee<br />

morning at the Methodist Church. Our next one<br />

is planned for Saturday 21st September.<br />

On Wed 15th May we participated in the annual<br />

“health roadshow” in town. This is where lots of<br />

organisations associated with health matters get<br />

together to promote well being and keep you<br />

informed.<br />

Our last fundraising event was on Saturday 18th<br />

May in the Assembly rooms at 7pm. This timewe<br />

had something new, James Parry, a Norfolk based<br />

writer talked about a lady called Emma Turner<br />

who is a well known photographer and naturalist.<br />

It was a social evening with a welcome drink,<br />

cheese and wine, plus pay bar. It proved to be an<br />

entertaining evening.<br />

On the afternoon of Sunday 14th July we plan to<br />

hold a garden party/fete at the hospital seeking<br />

to involve as many patients as possible. More<br />

publicity on this later. Bring the children as well.<br />

On 7th September it will be time again for our<br />

town street collections. Help is always welcome<br />

for this, so lend a hand if you can.<br />

On a more formal note, as a charity we hold an<br />

annual general meeting to formally adopt last<br />

year's accounts and a chairman's report. This took<br />

place at 2pm on Monday 13th May in the meeting<br />

room at the hospital. It was an open meeting and<br />

gave the opportunity for members of the public to<br />

learn more about what we do. As ever we welcome<br />

new people to join our small committee and help<br />

us with our activities. If you think you might be<br />

interested, call me for an informal chat.<br />

We have received some lovely letters and<br />

donations from past patients and their families.<br />

As ever be assured we put the money to good use.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

01760 336025<br />

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

The Pride of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Lionesses have been giving our usual helping hand<br />

serving refreshments<br />

at the Blood Donor<br />

sessions in the<br />

Assembly Rooms.<br />

Three Lionesses took<br />

part in our Zone<br />

Project, litter picking<br />

on the coast. Our new<br />

Lioness Thelma joined<br />

President Anne and<br />

Karen, and we were<br />

sent to Snettisham to clean up any plastics and other<br />

rubbish on the beach there. Happily it was a sunny<br />

day, and there wasn’t too much litter, we collected<br />

one bin bag full between us in a couple of hours.<br />

In May most of our time was taken up selling tickets<br />

for our Grand Draw, which took place at our 1950s<br />

Supper Dance held at Stanley’s on 17th May. Thanks<br />

to Asda, Tesco and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market for allowing us<br />

to sell our draw tickets. Hopefully we will have made a<br />

good amount to donate to Charities for the homeless.<br />

On the social front, we entered a team in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Lions St. George’s Quiz, and some of us went to see<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players Music Hall “A Little of What<br />

you Fancy”, which was an enjoyable and entertaining<br />

evening.<br />


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

British Radicalism:<br />

From the Peasant's Revolt to the present<br />

In Britain we have a long and fascinating history of<br />

individuals and groups who have asked awkward<br />

questions of the establishment and challenged the<br />

status quo. We are proud of our rights and freedoms<br />

and look back on a long history of struggles to<br />

transfer power from the rich and powerful, usually<br />

the king, to the ‘common’ people. Magna Carta, the<br />

Peasants' Revolt, the Levellers, the Great Reform Act<br />

and the Suffragettes have all played their part in this<br />

radical tradition.<br />

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

I am delighted to announce that the<br />

2018 Poppy Appeal now stands in<br />

excess of £25,000 and will continue<br />

until September 2019.<br />

In April we held an Awards Evening,<br />

where something like 67 awards were presented by the<br />

County Poppy Appeal Organiser Lynn Hatch.<br />

Certificates are awarded for 5 and 10 year service.<br />

There are also different badges brooches and tie pins<br />

for those whose service amount to 15 and 20 years.<br />

That is really good going but for those stalwarts who've<br />

served even longer there are 30, 35, 40 and also 55 and<br />

60 year medals and Bars.<br />

In a forthcoming day school organised by <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

WEA tutor Chad Goodwin will be examining these<br />

events and movements and looking at their place<br />

in British history. He will also address the questions:<br />

does any unfinished business remain? are there still<br />

more freedoms to fight for? In the current era of<br />

political uncertainty this course is bound to have a<br />

special relevance and be particularly stimulating and<br />

thought provoking.<br />

As always for WEA courses no skills or experience are<br />

needed - just bring an open mind, and a willingness<br />

to join in the discussions.<br />

British Radicalism from the Peasant's Revolt to<br />

the present takes place on Saturday 29th June<br />

2019, 10am to 4pm. The venue is the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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

7RD. The fee for the course is £15 and places<br />

should be booked in advance either online at wea.<br />

org.uk (where more information is available) or Tel:<br />

01760 723558. Please bring a packed lunch – tea<br />

and coffee provided at refreshment breaks.<br />

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• 26 collectors received their 5 year certificate.<br />

• 22 collectors received their 10 year certificate.<br />

• 3 collectors received their 15 year brooch /tie pin.<br />

• 8 collectors received their 20 year badge.<br />

• 2 collectors received their long service 30 year medal.<br />

• 3 collectors received their 35 year Bar.<br />

• 3 collectors received their 40 year Bar.<br />

• 1 collector, Mrs Frances Barker, incredulously received<br />

both her 55 and 60 year Bars.<br />

As Poppy Appeal Organiser for <strong>Swaffham</strong> I would like<br />

to once again thank everyone who helped last year -<br />

you weren't all invited to the Awards Evening, simply<br />

because there wouldn't have been enough room! But<br />

you are all equally important to me and the Poppy<br />

Appeal.<br />

Anne Thorp, Poppy Appeal Organiser,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> RBL

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If you need sanitary<br />

products, there is now<br />

a basket located in<br />

the Community Centre,<br />

please help yourselves.<br />

Even ironing!<br />

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Caroline: 01953 882 154<br />

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

Jazz Club<br />

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Melody Brooker<br />

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Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

June 11th<br />

Tickets on Door £8<br />

Norman 01760 722 384<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

London Street<br />

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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 11 years Mondays 5:30pm – 7:00pm .<br />

Youthie +:<br />

11yrs to 13yrs Thursdays 5.30pm – 7:00pm<br />

Youthie Hub:<br />

14yrs to 18yrs Thursdays - 7:30pm – 9:00pm<br />

1-2-1 support and referrals can be arranged for young<br />

people aged 11yrs - 19yrs. Staff are happy to give<br />

information, guidance and advice.<br />

Call us for further details on: 01760 722800<br />

or email iceniyouth@gmail.com.<br />

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Elections now over, a new Council has<br />

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4 years. At the first Council meeting,<br />

which took place on Wed 8th May I am<br />

pleased to confirm that Cllr Jill Skinner<br />

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elected as Mayor for 2019/20. Newly<br />

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Also, a personal thank you to those of you who voted<br />

to support me as a Town Councillor for the next 4 years.<br />

I must also take this opportunity to thank our Town Hall<br />

staff and all previous Councillors for their support to me<br />

over the last year, and the many community groups and<br />

organisations across <strong>Swaffham</strong> for their valuable input<br />

into making <strong>Swaffham</strong> our great Market town.<br />

On local news, firstly to say that we understand the<br />

independent report on the future of Leisure facilities for<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> is now with Breckland and hopefully will be<br />

released fairly soon. Work on renovating the toilet block<br />

at the Recreation Ground, Haspall’s Road has started,<br />

and you will soon start to see the results - thanks goes<br />

to a number of local business people who, alongside<br />

the council are undertaking much of the work.<br />

By the time you get this we will have held our second<br />

successful “Sheep Fair” on the market – it promised to<br />

be bigger and better than last year, so I hope you all<br />

enjoyed the day.<br />

It’s a 2nd year of annual events - with Norfolk Day<br />

on Saturday July 25th and Dads Army Day with the<br />

Thetford museum volunteers and Timescape joining us<br />

again on Saturday 3rd August.<br />

The 3rd annual Car Event and Family fun day is<br />

scheduled for August Bank Holiday Sunday at the<br />

Recreation Ground and promises to be an attractive<br />

and enjoyable day out for everyone.<br />

Unfortunately, there is no update on the future of the<br />

Green Britain Centre – as you may recall this property is<br />

owned by Breckland Council who are currently seeking<br />

new tenants<br />

Finally, I was so pleased that a majority vote was<br />

recorded to adopt the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Neighbourhood Plan.<br />

This has been 3 years in the making and with the support<br />

of the community we now have a comprehensive<br />

development plan that certainly gives the town a lot<br />

more influence on planning matters.<br />

Cllr Jill Skinner will be writing the future articles and I<br />

wish her every success in leading <strong>Swaffham</strong> forward<br />

Cllr Colin Houghton<br />

Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong> 2018/19<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

'In Touch with your Town' is put<br />

together by the Town Clerk Richard<br />

Bishop or occasionally by the 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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council Annual Report 2018-19<br />

Mayor's overview of the year 2018-19<br />

A report by the Mayor Cllr Colin Houghton given to<br />

the Annual Town Assembly on 24th April 2019: -<br />

Forthcoming Elections - 4 Councillors are not<br />

standing for re-election, Cllrs Brenda Bowler and Jan<br />

Buckley-Stevens have served for 4 years, both Anne<br />

Thorp and Terry Jennison have served for much<br />

longer and both have served the town as Mayor. In<br />

the Breckland elections Cllr Shirley Matthews was<br />

standing down after serving 28 years as a Breckland<br />

Councillor. All retiring Councillors were thanked for<br />

their service to the town.<br />

Neighbourhood Plan – all were encouraged to<br />

vote at the referendum. A Yes vote would earn<br />

the Plan the same status as Breckland Local Plan,<br />

when determining planning applications for the<br />

development of the town. Tribute was paid to<br />

our willing band of volunteers working alongside<br />

Councillors, Staff and Rachel Leggett and her team of<br />

experts. It has been a labour of love at times, and a<br />

lot of hard work getting a credible document that can<br />

be used for the next 20 years - our grateful thanks<br />

to all, but especially Rachel who has steered the<br />

Steering Group through to the end.<br />

Events - the Town Council have been involved in the<br />

past year with the re-launch of a Sheep Fair in May,<br />

a spectacular visit of the Grenadier Guards Band in<br />

June (in conjunction with the RB Legion), a Vintage<br />

Car Event and Funday on the Rec, a Dad’s Army Day<br />

at the Market, the town rising to the occasion with<br />

fantastic Poppy Displays all around the town with<br />

the Market Cross as a focal point in the Town Centre,<br />

and of course the Christmas Lights Switch-on and<br />

Christmas Market in December.<br />

Market - 4 years ago we were also part of the 800-<br />

year celebrations for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market. The Market<br />

has slowly but steadily had an upturn in the past 12<br />

months. The Auction is as popular as ever. There<br />

is a good selection of stalls, always with room for<br />

more. We have 10 new market stalls purchased in<br />

conjunction with Watton Town Council, following<br />

a successful joint grant application. This project is<br />

due to launch very soon, and we hope can take our<br />

Market onwards and upwards to the next level.<br />

Twinning - our twinning partnership with Couhe in<br />

France and Hemmoor in Germany reached its 50-<br />

year milestone back in September 2018. The Mayor<br />

led a contingent from the town to Couhe, and a new<br />

twinning charter was signed, after working on a<br />

modification to bring the partnership pledge up to<br />

date and hopefully to stand the test of time for the<br />

next 50 years. The world has changed immeasurably<br />

in the past 50 years, and yet the friendships remain<br />

strong between the three towns, who celebrate their<br />

different cultures and their similarities.<br />

Watton and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Focus Group - continue to<br />

meet bi-monthly and this liaison is starting to pay<br />

off dividends, with the appointment of Sue Dent<br />

our Project Support Officer last June, working across<br />

the two towns 18.5 hrs each week in Watton and<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Already Sue has brought in grants<br />

in excess of her annual salary and has raised the<br />

profile of the town in many mediums, promotion<br />

is on-going, event organisation is building, and the<br />

building blocks are being laid for a solid foundation<br />

for the future in both towns. There is so much more<br />

to do though...<br />

Days Field - was previously up for sale for 18 months<br />

or so, it is currently off the market. The Town Council<br />

narrowed down their options to a straight sale, a<br />

partnership arrangement or to borrow £6 million to<br />

build out the site. Each option has different merits<br />

and potential benefits to the town, as the Council<br />

would like to retain some of the housing to rent in<br />

the private sector as an income generator. There was<br />

a Public meeting that started to debate some of the<br />

complex issues surrounding this potential project.<br />

It was then decided by the Council to defer a final<br />

decision to the new Council following the elections<br />

in May, likely to be around July 2019. It remains a<br />

potential windfall for the town. The Town Council<br />

are currently going through a re-application process<br />

for outline planning permission for 51 dwellings, this<br />

is in order to protect their investment in the site,<br />

whichever option is finally chosen to take the project<br />

forward.<br />

Town Centre Project - the Buttercross has been<br />

refurbished, with a lot of the stonework being<br />

replaced and the columns have been repaired and<br />

repainted. The electrics have been brought up to<br />

date, with a power supply to the Buttercross, lit<br />

bollards surrounding the Buttercross and lights<br />

underneath the dome. Some of the cobbles have<br />

been flattened out or repaired, there are now power<br />

points for Market traders to plug into, there are two<br />

electric car charging points and 6 new streetlights.<br />

The most controversial issue for this project was a<br />

brick built UKPN power supply cabinet, to power<br />

all of the electrics and two car park ticket machines<br />

for Breckland Council. It was something that was<br />


equired by UK Power Network and the Town Team<br />

have come up with a way of disguising it, by moving<br />

some of the display panels to three sides of the<br />

structure and removing the triangular boards which<br />

are also close to the Buttercross. This work should be<br />

completed sometime in May or early June.<br />

Flags and Flag Poles – another new initiative this<br />

year, was to purchase 100 flags and flag poles, a<br />

combination of Union Jacks, St. George’s Cross and<br />

Norfolk Flags were put up around the Town. The<br />

Council will be repeating this from 1st May through<br />

to the end of September this year + ad-hoc days/<br />

events.<br />

Air Quality – we are still awaiting DEFRA’s response<br />

to the Air Quality Action Plan prepared by a Steering<br />

Group including representatives from Norfolk County<br />

Council, Breckland Council and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council. Some of the proposed actions we hope can<br />

be taken forward in the years to come, as we try<br />

and address this very serious issue, mainly in Station<br />

Street, but in the area from the traffic lights to the<br />

mini roundabout on the A1065 too!<br />

Network Improvement Strategy – we have had an<br />

interim report; we await a more detailed report. This<br />

carries on from the work that was started last year<br />

with Norfolk County Council. <strong>Swaffham</strong> was one of<br />

five towns receiving £20,000 to get their strategy<br />

completed. The idea being to provide baseline data<br />

to support the case for improvements to mitigate and<br />

complement the development of the town. The key<br />

to the next stage is to get money allocated in order to<br />

get some of the improvements implemented.<br />

Breckland Local Plan – is almost there, we hope to<br />

have a fully adopted plan later this year.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> – remains a good source of<br />

information, and we are grateful to Iceni Partnership<br />

for their commitment to keeping a high standard<br />

community newsletter coming through our doors.<br />

Grateful too to our willing team of volunteer<br />

deliverers who deliver to every door in the Town.<br />

There is always room for more volunteers, as we<br />

would like to reduce the burden on our current band<br />

of volunteers, even if it is to cover for their holidays<br />

now and again. If you would like to help, we would<br />

like to hear from you.<br />

Leisure Centre Feasibility Study – we were invited<br />

with other stakeholders to a meeting with the<br />

consultants at the start of this process back in<br />

February. The brief is to carry out this feasibility study<br />

for a dry facility to enhance or replace the current<br />

Leisure Centre at Hamonds Academy site. The results<br />

of the study are currently awaited, as Breckland have<br />

a meeting with the consultants later this week and<br />

the final report is expected in mid-May, just after the<br />

Local Council elections.<br />

37<br />

Any Other Business – there is of course so much<br />

that we could have mentioned in this report, things<br />

that are dealt with day to day, and by the Council at<br />

every Council or Committee meeting. Not in the least<br />

of these in recent months has been dealing with a<br />

traveller incursion at the Orford Road Playing Field<br />

and the subsequent clear-up operation. There is often<br />

issues in need of our attention, to that aim there is<br />

a public open forum at every Council meeting of 15<br />

minutes where you can ‘have your say’ and address<br />

the Council.<br />

FINANCE: Budget 2019-20 & Accounts 2018-19 by<br />

the Town Clerk Richard Bishop<br />

Precept - <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council decided to put up<br />

their Precept (Council Tax) to £156.56 at Band D at<br />

their Budget meeting in January for 2019-20 starting<br />

this month, an increase of £1.57 per year. Councillors<br />

also agreed to take advantage of an increase in their<br />

Council Tax Base from 2538.80 to 2602.90 as the Town<br />

is expanding there are now more people living in the<br />

Town to share the Council Tax burden, otherwise the<br />

increase could have been higher. This has meant that<br />

the Town Council have been able to increase their<br />

Precept from £393,500 to £407,500, thus following<br />

a 5.6% increase for the previous financial year with<br />

a 1% increase in the year just started on 1st April. As<br />

the Town expands it means that the Town Council is<br />

taking on more Play Areas, Open Spaces and Street<br />

Lights, so the additional income will be needed to<br />

pay for more services delivered locally.<br />

The Budget - The outgoing Council has just set the<br />

budget for the incoming Council; they are in the final<br />

stages of their 4-year term. The task as always is to<br />

see that there are sufficient funds to manage the<br />

services and facilities we have in the Town, whilst<br />

not burdening the Council Taxpayer with larger than<br />

necessary increases in what they have to pay.<br />

Council Tax Support Grant - For 2019-20 Breckland<br />

Council have finally removed the Council Tax Support<br />

Grant, having reduced it year on year over the past<br />

three years. The Town Council must now manage<br />

this loss of income by monitoring its expenditure to<br />

ensure good housekeeping.<br />

Council Tax - Government have given us a bit of<br />

breathing space at least one more year on the<br />

question of whether Parish & Town Councils should<br />

be included in a referendum policy (which both<br />

Breckland and County Council have now), whereby<br />

a percentage increase is set by government and<br />

local councils can only go above this by winning a<br />

referendum. The coming years will see many more<br />

changes and challenges put before the Town Council.<br />

The Council Taxpayer in <strong>Swaffham</strong> at Band D last year<br />

paid £1,790.74 this was shared out as follows: -<br />

£1,322.73 County Council, £83.88 Breckland Council,

to pay.<br />

Council Tax Support Grant - For 2019-20 Breckland Council have finally removed the Council<br />

having reduced it year on year over the past three Highway years. The problems Town Council must now manage th<br />

Highway problems should be reported to Norfolk<br />

monitoring its expenditure to ensure good housekeeping.<br />

County Council: Tel. 0344 800 8020. Give the<br />

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Street Lights/Pot Holes<br />

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£229.14 Police, £154.99 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

Projects - for the future:<br />

• Sale of former Day’s Field allotment site - a Council<br />

decision has been deferred to the new Council, now<br />

not likely to happen until July at the earliest.<br />

• Improvements to Public Toilets – needs to come<br />

together as a project in July to meet the funding<br />

deadline of December 2019 for Section 106<br />

drawdown. Time is tight, and this will take a concerted<br />

effort to pull this project round, as clarification is<br />

being sought with the developer for how this money<br />

Projects - for the future:<br />

can be spent.<br />

• Use for land purchased for a swimming pool -<br />

the Town Council two years ago re-affirmed that<br />

this land<br />

<br />

is for a swimming pool, at least for the<br />

remainder of this Council's term which has now<br />

come to an end. This matter will be on the Finance<br />

agen d a i n Ju l y fo r th e n ew C o u n ci l to co n s i d er.<br />

Extra responsibilities and General Reserves - The<br />

Town Council currently has come to terms with extra<br />

responsibilities that public toilets, play areas and<br />

other functions discarded by higher authorities can<br />

bring. The general revenue reserves balance has<br />

been consolidated this past two years. Our Internal<br />

Auditor came to our office at the Town Hall last<br />

Wednesday, he has given us another good report, as<br />

we (councillors and staff) continue to work hard to<br />

put the Town Council in a position where we make<br />

a <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

difference for the benefit of all who work, live and<br />

visit <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council - Annual Accounts 2018-19<br />

The Income & Expenditure accounts for the accounts<br />

at year ending 31st March 2019 are as follows: -<br />

Copies of the accounts are available on request at<br />

the Town Hall.<br />

Town Council Dates<br />

Sale of former Day’s Field allotment site - a Council decision has been deferred to the ne<br />

likely to happen until July at the earliest.<br />

Wednesday 12th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30pm - 9pm Council Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

Improvements to Public Toilets – needsMonday to come 17th together – Market as meeting, a project 6.30pm. in July - 9pm. to meet the<br />

December 2019 for Section 106 drawdown.<br />

Tuesday<br />

Time<br />

25th -<br />

isPlanning tight, and<br />

meeting,<br />

this12noon. will take<br />

Council<br />

a concerted<br />

Chamber, Town Hall.<br />

project round, as clarification is being sought with the developer for how this money can be<br />

Use for land purchased for a swimming pool - the Council two years ago re-affirm<br />

for a swimming pool, at least for the remainder of The thisTown Council's Council term which has now co<br />

matter will be on the Finance agenda in July for<br />

Mayor<br />

the<br />

–<br />

new<br />

Cllr Jill<br />

Council<br />

Skinner<br />

to<br />

01760<br />

consider.<br />

336 121<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Keith Sandle 07766 407870<br />

Extra responsibilities and General Reserves - The Town Council currently has come to<br />

responsibilities that public toilets, play areas and other functions discarded by higher authori<br />

general revenue reserves balance has been consolidated this past two years. Our Internal Auditor<br />

at the Town Hall last Wednesday, he has given us another good report, as we (councillors and staf<br />

hard to put the Town Council in a position where we make a difference for the benefit of all who<br />

Cllr Judy Anscombe<br />

Cllr Lindsey Beech<br />

01760 724285<br />

Cllr Stewart Bell<br />

07885636924<br />

Cllr Wendy Bensley<br />

01760 722 524<br />

Cllr Paul Darby<br />

01760 622725<br />

Cllr Graham Edwards<br />

Cllr Brendan Homes<br />

07503 192974<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

01760 723 205<br />

Cllr Ian Pilcher<br />

Cllr Keith Sandle<br />

07766 407870<br />

Cllr Les Scott<br />

01760 720 465<br />

Cllr Jill Skinner<br />

The Income & Expenditure accounts for the accounts at year ending 31 st March 2019 are as follows<br />




984 Bank Interest/Charges 482<br />

393,500 Precept 0<br />

876 Un-earmarked Capital Reserves 0<br />

28,143 Earmarked Capital Reserves 237,187<br />

0 Earmarked Revenue Reserves 6,943<br />

2,764 Town Hall 26,183<br />

8,678 Administration & Misc. 199,740<br />

28,887 Market 18,798<br />

5,930 Events 6,400<br />

0 Northwell Pool 1,745<br />

0 Outside Equipment & Vehicles 17,183<br />

6,848 Allotments 9,154<br />

32 Toilets & TIC 16,483<br />

22,638 Cemetery & Churchyard 34,884<br />

2,000 Open Spaces 64,798<br />

9,819 Amenities & Agency 38,540<br />

0<br />

511,099 TOTAL 678,521<br />

Copies of the accounts are available on request at the Town Hall.<br />

TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS - Turnout 35.08%<br />

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01760 336121<br />

Breckland Councillors:<br />

Cllr David Wickerson 01760 725741<br />

david.wickerson@breckland.gov.uk<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 />

Breckland District Council<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk Tel: 01362 656870<br />

For all enquiries regarding: Planning, Refuse Bins,<br />

Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits.

• 1172 (81.5%)<br />

voted in favour<br />

of a YES<br />

• 334 (18.5%)<br />

voted in favour<br />

of a NO<br />

Turnout 30.59%<br />

June Editorial 2019<br />


Name of Candidate Home Address Description (if any)<br />

ANSCOMBE Judy Ann Independent 908 Elected<br />

BARTRAM Robert 652<br />

BEECH Lindsay Jayne Conservative Party Candidate 767 Elected<br />

BELL Stewart Earnest Charles Conservative Party Candidate 755 Elected<br />

BENSLEY Wendy Ann Conservative Party Candidate 739 Elected<br />

DARBY Paul Conservative Party Candidate 768 Elected<br />

EDWARDS Graham John Residents4Residents 961 Elected<br />

GEE Eddie 531<br />

HOLMES Brendan Independent 798 Elected<br />

HOUGHTON Colin Conservative Party Candidate 758 Elected<br />

LISTER Sheila Joy 513<br />

MARTIN Lee Conservative Party Candidate 664<br />

MATTHEWS Shirley Mary Conservative Party Candidate 805 Elected<br />

MORGAN Natasha Dawn Labour Party 416<br />

NAVARRE Joanna Labour Party 528<br />

PILCHER Ian William Residents4Residents 934 Elected<br />

SANDLE Keith Independent 1028 Elected<br />

SCOTT Leslie Independent of National Politics 886 Elected<br />

SKINNER Jill Marion Independent 1167 Elected<br />

WOODS Robbie Conservative Party Candidate 675<br />

ZIELINSKI John Edward Andrew Labour Party 479<br />

BRECKLAND COUNCIL ELECTION RESULT – (<strong>Swaffham</strong> Ward) - Turnout 34.55%<br />

Name of Candidate Description (if any) Number of votes<br />

COLMAN Ed Conservative Party Candidate 946 Elected<br />

DARBY Paul Conservative Party Candidate 833<br />

NAVARRE Joanna Labour Party 608<br />

SHERWOOD Ian Conservative Party Candidate 876 Elected<br />

WICKERSON David Sydney Independent 1187 Elected<br />

ZIELINSKI John Labour Party 511<br />


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