Swaffham Newsletter

September 2019

September 2019


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September 2019<br />

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership<br />


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Another successful Dad's Army<br />

Day at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market<br />

Read more on the town council's article on p.38<br />


Nicholas<br />

Hamond<br />

Academy<br />

p.7<br />

Merle<br />

Boddy<br />

Centre<br />

p.11<br />

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

History<br />

Group<br />

p.33<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/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club<br />

16 Age Concern<br />

18 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

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

26 Museum Matters<br />

27 Hospital LOFs<br />

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

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

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

36 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses/WEA<br />

37 Mayor's Parlour<br />

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

Our Breckland Lottery<br />

Iceni Partnership is now one of the charities<br />

supported by 'Our Breckland Lottery'.<br />

Our Breckland Lottery is a weekly lottery draw<br />

run by Breckland County Council to raise money<br />

for local charitable organisations and community<br />

groups. Tickets cost £1 each, with 50% of this going<br />

to the charity/organisation of your choosing and a<br />

further 10% to other good causes. Cash prizes of up<br />

to £25,000 are available each week, with winners<br />

announced online.<br />

Iceni Partnership is hoping we can sell enough tickets<br />

to fund a kit of supplies for or 'free meal Monday'<br />

sessions, which are currently run on a monthly<br />

basis. At present we are having to rely on volunteers<br />

bringing their own pots/pans/utensils etc. to cook<br />

with. Any extra funds would also help to cover the<br />

room hire and any additional expenses for store<br />

cupboard ingredients. Perhaps we may even be able<br />

to make the event more regular.<br />

Our current sales target is 50 tickets, so if anyone<br />

is able to purchase a ticket, we would be extremely<br />

grateful.<br />

Tickets can only be purchased online at: www.<br />

OurBrecklandLottery.co.uk. Here you can select the<br />

Iceni Partnership as your charity of choice.<br />

Breckland Community Shed Network<br />

Breckland Community shed network has been<br />

launched to tackle litter in the area. The Breckland<br />

Community Shed Network will provide local<br />

residents, schools and voluntary community groups<br />

within the district access to litter pick equipment<br />

and basic gardening tools, which they can use free<br />

of charge to clean up their local area. Each market<br />

town within Breckland is hosting and managing their<br />

own shed, making it easier and more convenient<br />

for volunteers to borrow equipment, regardless of<br />

where they live. In <strong>Swaffham</strong> the litter picking kit is<br />

now available to borrow from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.<br />


Upcoming Events<br />

Conservative Party, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch Held every other month on 3rd<br />

Wednesday. Next meeting on Wednesday 3rd September, 10 for 10.30am in the<br />

Conservative Club. By request - Essential Basic Training by St John's Ambulance<br />

Trainer. Email shirleymatthews1234@gmail.com.<br />

An evening with Galton Blackiston 7th September at Westacre<br />

Theatre, 7pm. An evening with Galton Blackiston,award winning Michelin<br />

Starred chef and food writer and Co owner of Morston Hall (Hotel and<br />

Restaurant) in North Norfolk. The tickets are £15 and will include a taste of beer<br />

and a bite.<br />

Barton Bendish 10th Annual Art, Photography & Craft Exhibition & Sale<br />

Saturday 14th September 10am - 5pm, Sunday 15th September 11am – 5pm<br />

Barton Bendish Village Hall & St Andrew’s Church, Barton Bendish (PE33 9GF)<br />

will be transformed into art galleries, showcasing a large variety of talented, local<br />

and well known artists, photographers and crafters. All art exhibited is available<br />

for purchase with proceeds to benefit St Andrew’s Church and the Village Hall.<br />

Admission is £1 (children free). Home-made cakes, teas and light lunches will be<br />

available. Enquiries: bartonbendishevents@gmail.com.<br />

People Helping People Conference<br />

Presented by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club. Wednesday 18th September 2019, 10am<br />

till 4pm in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Over 30 charities and community<br />

organisations, presentations. Connecting volunteers to the charity sector,<br />

helping people to help others. Free entry. Refreshments available. For more info<br />

email: denis.bishop@btinternet.com. Charity No 1061027.<br />

Last Night at the Proms Concert<br />

St Botolphs Church, Grimston, Saturday 21st September at 7.30pm (doors open<br />

at 6.45pm). With The Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band. Tickets £10, including a drink.<br />

Please call David on 01553 674286 or Joy on 01485 600402. Tickets at the door<br />

subject to availability.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts presents Sheringham Shantymen<br />

Sea Shanties and Folk Music, Saturday 21st September 2019, 7.30pm,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Tickets £12 / £9 members, under 18’s free (unless<br />

otherwise stated). Tickets available on the door for every event or in advance<br />

from Ceres Bookshop (01760 722 504) and The Green Parrot (01760 724704)<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Enquiries: 01760 328648. Refreshments available at all events.<br />

www.swaffhamarts.co.uk<br />

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

Tuesday 24th September 2019, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart<br />

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

Please come along to this illustrated talk by Paul Fuller, entitled: 'The Pearl of<br />

Africa – the Birds and Mammals of Uganda'. Uganda, well known for trips to<br />

see Gorillas, is often overlooked by birdwatchers and safari travellers. However,<br />

Uganda has snow-capped mountains, impenetrable forests, wetlands, dry<br />

savannah, good visitor facilities and friendly people – offering so much for any<br />

natural history enthusiast. Visitors most welcome. Admission £2 on the night if<br />

you are not a NarVOS member. For more information about this meeting or<br />

NarVOS call Ian Black on 01760 724092<br />

Band In The Barn Saturday 28th September, Stackyard Farm, North<br />

Pickenham PE37 8LE. Featuring: The Lee Vasey Band. Licensed Bar, soft drinks<br />

and food available. Tickets: £10 pp, 7pm to Midnight. Raising money for East<br />

Anglian Air Ambulance. Contact Sally Warner 07747 465266.<br />

Fashion Show By Allez Chic ladies boutique in Castle Rising accompanied by<br />

Jo Allen of Colour me Beautiful Image Consultants. Wednesday 2nd October in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church, Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £10 including<br />

light refreshments. Tickets available from <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice,<br />

17-19 Brocks Road. Tel: 01760 722937 or Ceres Bookshop, 20 London St. Tel:<br />

01760 722504. All proceeds in aid of <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice. Polite<br />

request - no stilletos please.<br />

An afternoon in the company of James Parry 6th October at<br />

West Acre Thetare, 3pm. Tickets £15 and includes a delightful afternoon tea<br />

in the company of James Parry, a Norfolk based writer whose work spans art,<br />

heritage and natural history.<br />

Sacred Heart Auction Auction of vintage school furniture and other<br />

general goods including sports equipment at Sacred Heart Sports Hall on 31st<br />

October 2019.<br />

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

Sat 7 Sept: On Stage as part of LitFest 2019 – Meet the Author GALTON<br />

BLACKISTON. 7pm for £15 including beer and a bite<br />

Thu 12 Sept: On Screen Live! FLEABAG 7pm for £15<br />

Thu 19 Sept: On Screen Encore! THE LEHMAN TRILOGY (all 3 parts on a single<br />

evening) 7pm for £15<br />

Thu 26 Sept: On Screen Encore! ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS 7pm for £15<br />

Sat 5 Oct: On Stage with The Pantaloons Theatre Company: OTHELLO 7:30pm<br />

for £15<br />

Sun 6 Oct: On Stage as part of Litfest 2019 – Meet the Author JAMES PARRY 3pm<br />

for £15 including light tea<br />

From 9 September onwards: In the Foyer Gallery: THROUGH A YOUNG MIND by<br />

Rosie Chandler<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 Leader<br />

Adrian Searle on 07771 603409 or group Secretary Ali Plomer on 01760 441175<br />

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

and tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art Studio. 10am until 12.15 £10<br />

Tel.01760 337181 je.clark176@btinternet.com<br />

Central Norfolk Dog Training Club Hilborough Village Hall, Westgate<br />

Street, Hilborough, Norfolk IP26 5BN. 4 classes available, from puppies to<br />

intermediate. Every Monday from 6.30pm. Tel: Chris 07745 892417<br />

Citizens Advice <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, 10am until 12:30pm<br />

Crochet Lessons Courses for complete beginners to include all materials to<br />

get you started. Each course consists of 3 x 2 hour sessions starting September<br />

2019. Monday mornings in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. For prices and all relevant information<br />

contact Caroline Partridge on 07880 742657 or email caroline@thepartridges.net.<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 />

Hi-5 Allsports 5.30pm - 6.30pm Hi-5 Allsports kids club (5-14 years old) ALL<br />

different types of sports at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club.<br />

5.30pm - 6.30pm RABBLE for adults all different types of sports at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rugby Club.<br />

Kickboxing Club Juniors 5+ 5pm – 6pm, Inters 6-7pm, Adults 7pm – 8.30pm<br />

Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196<br />

Playdayz – Parent/toddler group Sacred Heart School 9.30-11.30am<br />

term time only. £1 per session/per family (includes a snack)Contact: Tor Howman<br />

07854 736 920<br />

Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Meets at The George Hotel - 1st Monday of the<br />

month, 12:45 for 1pm, other Mondays 7 for 7:30pm. Tel Claire Dunne 722504<br />

Seniors Keep Fit 6.15pm at Stanley’s, Lynn Road Tel Gemma on 07702<br />

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> Museum.<br />

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 724120<br />

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

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

or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email swaffhamplayers@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, West<br />

Acre 01760 755337 for details and to book, 9 -16 years<br />

TOSH community drama group meets 7pm - 8.30pm at Great Cressingham<br />

Village Hall. More details Fiona 07768211087<br />

Youthie 5.30 - 7pm, age 8 - yr 6. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Contact 01760<br />

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 />

Alcoholics Anonymous <strong>Swaffham</strong> Weekly 7pm - 8pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Ctr. The Campingland, PE37 7RB. Fully wheelchair accessible.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Army Cadets TA Centre, Sporle Rd 7.30-9.30pm. Ages 12 – 18.<br />

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

Studio Modern Art Evening Classes By Peter Henry PGCE, BA. Tuesdays<br />

7-9pm Church Rooms, Campingland. Refreshments. Adults/all abilitiesEmail:<br />

salsum06@aol.com/01760 720540<br />

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

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

afterwards. Contact 01760 721513 for more info. Breckland Customer Services,<br />

10am-1pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library. IT Support, 10am-12noon at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library.<br />

Help with getting online with our IT Support volunteer. Contact 01760 721513<br />

for more info and booking.<br />

Breckland Customer Services 10 -5pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library.<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 701545<br />

Child Health Clinic at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Children Centre. 01760 721101 1st Tuesday<br />

monthly 1.15 - 2.45pm run by local Health Visiting Team<br />

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Coffee Morning, third Tuesday at<br />

10:15am. Methodist Hall, London Street. Tel: David Moore 01760 723740<br />

CAMEO Coffee 10am-noon. ‘Come And Meet Each Other’. Free tea, coffee<br />

& hot chocolate in a relaxed cafe style setting. Discovery Hour: 10am - 11am.<br />

Looking at and discussing a small bible passage. Oasis Centre 01760 723175<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 Village<br />

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

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 />

Karate Club Every Tuesday in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms 6pm-7pm, this is<br />

open to everyone aged 6+, first session is free! Contact details are as follows,<br />

Mob: 07767 721558 Email: officetskr@gmail.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 at<br />

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 Tuesday<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. Tel: Jo Scott 01760 721277.<br />

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

the month at Valentine Barker Court, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, from 2-30pm – 4-30pm. All<br />

welcome, you do not have to be ex- service personal or have connection with<br />

the Armed Forces. Please Contact Frances on 01760 724445 or Iris on 01760<br />

721430,<br />

The Royal Elizabethan Lodge Meets alternate Tuesdays, 8pm in the<br />

Conservative Club. Tel: W Rogers 01760 720632 or S Trattle 01760 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 Patchwork,<br />

Knitting, Crochet, Cross Stitch etc 7-9pm, £1.<br />

Tel Adrienne 01760 336268<br />

Slimming World Conservative Club, 10am. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Asssembly Rooms<br />

5.30pm & 7.30pm. Edyta 07428 516814<br />

SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Partnership) Meetings held<br />

quarterly 3rd Tuesday at Town Hall, 7pm. Next meetings in 2019, 16th April,<br />

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

Sporle WI 3rd Tuesday, 1.45pm ready for our speaker at 2pm. For any further<br />

information please ring Celia on 01362 687316<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> St John Ambulance Cadets 7.15pm until 8.45pm,10 to 17<br />

year olds. Natalie Rudd on 07771620634/natalie.rudd@btinternet.com<br />

Taekwondo 6:30 - 7:30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre 01760336044<br />

Tai Chi beginners welcome East Dereham at 11am 01760723102<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Wellbeing Group Are you feeling low, or recovering from<br />

ill health? Just want to meet other people? Make new friends at Community<br />

Centre, every Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00. Contact Family Action. 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. £2 per<br />

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

01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235 Email: Belinda_Bush@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@hotmail.<br />

co.uk £5<br />


1st <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rainbows Term time only, 17:00-18:00 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Infant<br />

School. Girls aged 5 to 7 yrs. Tracey Clements 07770236689<br />

2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Brownies Term time only, 18:00-19:30. Meeting at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> First School. Girls aged 7 to 10 yrs invited to join. Contact Clare Smith<br />

07917468057 or Chrissie Brown 07970104771.<br />

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

every other month. The next meeting is at the Conservative Club, 7th April,<br />

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. 01603<br />

763556<br />

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

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

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

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

Bingo <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club 7:00 – 9:00pm (eyes down for 7:30). Nonmembers<br />

30p entry.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Camera Club 1st and 3rd Weds of every month, 7 for 7:30pm at<br />

Lydney House, Norwich Road. All abilities welcome! Steve Ward 01366 328567<br />

Creative Textile Certificate 10 Week Course at The Old Art Room, 93<br />

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

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

dementia and their families/carers. Assembly Rooms. 01362 687316.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> WI Methodist church room on the first Wednesday at 7.30pm.<br />

Telephone Fiona Walker on 01760 722879.<br />

Healing Rooms The Oasis Centre, Cley Road 11am - 12noon. Book a session<br />

to experience the healing power of Jesus. Tel: 01760 723175<br />

Henchmans Wednesday 7pm-11pm – Tabletop and Roleplaying Games.<br />

Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13 Station Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL.<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 Patchwork,<br />

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<br />

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

and 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<br />

award 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 Church,<br />

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

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

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

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

St. John Ambulance - <strong>Swaffham</strong> (Adults) Every Wednesday 7.30pm -<br />

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 723102<br />

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

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

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy 6pm - 7pm Jnrs, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors (16+)<br />

, Holme Hale Village Hall IP25 7DP<br />

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

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

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

£3<br />


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

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 Market<br />

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

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

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 start<br />

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 us for<br />

a friendly chat and a cuppa with board games and colouring materials available.<br />

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 the<br />

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 PE33 9NP Contact<br />

Colin McCallum on 07905 278857 or www.happidojomarhamjudoclub.btckco.<br />

uk for details.<br />

Henchmans Thursday 7pm – 11pm. Board games and card games for over<br />

18s. Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13 Station Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL.<br />

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

Hall. No experience or equipment needed. £2<br />

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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 – 8.30pm<br />

Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196<br />

Kirtan for Health Relax and enjoy the meditative benefits whilst singing/<br />

chanting beautiful songs and ancient mantras. Sessions every other Thursday.<br />

£6 including refreshments. For details contact Chris on 07957 405823 or<br />

chrissywillis57@yahoo.co.uk<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 />

Move it or Lose it Club Exercise classes for the over 60s. Thursdays from<br />

11am till 12pm in the Regency Room at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Starting<br />

Thursday 5th September. You can book your place, or just turn up. Contact Jo on<br />

07941 086603 or Sam on 07925 602862 for more information.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lioness Club First Thurs of every month, 7.30pm in Our Lady of<br />

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

the community. All ladies welcome. Tel: 01760 723377<br />

Pilates 3 – 4pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Call Di Graham – 01328 851970<br />

– 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 2nd<br />

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, 09.45<br />

- 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 01760<br />

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 Dominic’s<br />

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 the<br />

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

724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com<br />

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

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

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

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

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

- 7:30. All welcome<br />

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

Henchmans Friday 7pm – 11pm. Friday Night Magic & other trading card /<br />

collectible card games. Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13<br />

Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL.<br />

Hi-5 Allsports 5.00pm - 6.00pm Hi-5 Allsports kids club (5-14 years old) ALL<br />

different types of sports at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club.<br />

5.00pm - 6.00pm RABBLE for adults all different types of sports at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rugby Club.<br />

Iceni Lunch Club <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, £6.50 for two courses and<br />

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

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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. www.<br />

facebook.com/oasiscentreswaffham<br />

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

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

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

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

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

je.clark176@btinternet.com<br />

Senior Snooker (60 years +) @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy, West Acre £4<br />

per session Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760 755337<br />

Sporle Art Group Meets every Friday at 1pm-3pm. in the community hall.<br />

No tuition given, bring your own materials. Free intro then £2 per week. 01760<br />

724615<br />

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

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

07970105771<br />

Tai Chi for Health 10am. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. Tel: 01760 723102 or<br />

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

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

contact Jayne on 07544974342<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Bingo Club Community Centre last Sat in month, 7pm for 7:30pm<br />

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 Saturday<br />

of each month, in the parish church. Each session has a themed ‘Sharing Circle’;<br />

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

and birthday celebrations. All are welcome. Children’s Art Club 1st Saturday<br />

of the Month. 10am until 12.15 £10 All Equipment, Snack and Drink provided Tel.<br />

01760 337181<br />

Childrens Sewing and Textile 2nd Saturday Monthly for over 7-14 yrs 10-<br />

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

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 Saturday 10am – 5pm. Warhammer Day. £5.00 for the whole day.<br />

Call or message us to pre-book a time slot to play (essential during busy periods).<br />

We provide all scenery and terrain. Refreshments available. 01760 788427.<br />

Henchmans, 13 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LL.<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 01760<br />

337 392 karenpentneycountryclub12@yahoo.co.uk<br />

Pilates Class 9-10.15am All Saints Centre, Church Lane, Boughton. Beginners<br />

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 knitters<br />

who meet at Leziate Village Hall on the 2nd Sat. 01553 765870<br />

SUNDAY<br />

Henchmans Sunday 12 – 4pm. Yu-Gi-Oh. A mixture of casual and competitive<br />

play for beginners and experienced players. Play fee £3.50 for the day + OTS<br />

tournament entry £1. OTS pack awarded to all players as well as OTS packs for<br />

the top finishers. Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13 Station<br />

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 Healing<br />

and 6:30pm to 8:30pm Service at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

As we know, not all learning takes place in<br />

the classroom. TNHA students have been<br />

‘out and about’ on various adventures<br />

taking advantage of the good weather. Local residents<br />

may well have met our young Year 7 geographers<br />

practising data collection and interviewing members of<br />

the public, in an effort to find out the most important<br />

feature in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and gain opinions on environmental<br />

damage.<br />

Meanwhile our GCSE students visited Overstrand to<br />

complete fieldwork studies concentrating on the impact<br />

of the coastal process on management of the coastline<br />

and the local community. Students considered the<br />

beach profile, sediment analysis and wave movement<br />

to gain insight into the process. Local residents and<br />

tourists were also interviewed to see how they were<br />

affected and how much they were aware of efforts<br />

being undertaken to protect the shoreline.<br />

On slightly more adventurous endeavours, ‘zipping’<br />

across zip lines, balancing on low ropes, and navigating<br />

an obstacle course, were<br />

just some of the activities<br />

that students tackled<br />

enthusiastically during<br />

their trip to the Hautbois<br />

centre in Coltishall. Each<br />

activity offered different<br />

challenges, encouraging<br />

participants to use a<br />

variety of physical and<br />

mental skills to achieve<br />

their potential. Using<br />

teamwork, they called<br />

upon their resilience and communication abilities<br />

(amongst much fun and laughter!).<br />

At the close of term, there were of course some<br />

inevitable ‘farewells’. The July evening sun shone<br />

on the arrivals at the TNHA Prom in the picturesque<br />

setting of Lynford Hall. Vintage cars, sports cars, lorries<br />

and even an ambulance brought our guests to their<br />

special evening of celebrations. There were some<br />

very beautiful dresses and some very smart suits<br />

(including one rather amazing version of powder blue<br />

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and pineapples – which is certain to be remembered!)<br />

Students had a great time, dancing late into the evening<br />

and crowning their Prom King & Queen. We wish them<br />

well as they move on with the next phase of their young<br />

lives. What a lovely way to celebrate the end of their<br />

studies at TNHA.<br />

Sadly, after 33 years with us students and staff said a<br />

fond farewell to Mrs Waters one of our favourite and<br />

most long serving members of staff. Students presented<br />

her with a ‘long service medal’ - which she has certainly<br />

earned and decorated her classroom with balloons,<br />

bunting and banners. We wish her a long and fun filled<br />

retirement!<br />

Lastly, we say a huge welcome to all our new students<br />

joining us in September, the<br />

majority of whom are from<br />

local primary schools. Many<br />

have already spent time<br />

at TNHA on ‘taster days’<br />

and we look forward to<br />

seeing them in their smart<br />

new uniform ready to start their studies with us in the<br />

Autumn Term.<br />







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What are we looking for? Our Governors may come to us through a variety of routes and with a<br />

range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work<br />

together for the benefit of TNHA and are the link between the Academy and the community it serves.<br />

We are currently looking for a new Community Governor and would be delighted to hear from<br />

anyone who may be interested in joining our team (closing date - Monday 30 th September 2019).<br />

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The Magpie Centre<br />

Now that the students have returned to school or<br />

college and parents take a well-earned breather, it’s<br />

time to start thinking about autumn activities.<br />

Once again, you’ll need to put your thinking caps on<br />

for the Quiz with Hog Roast supper, (or vegetarian<br />

option) scheduled for Saturday October 19 at<br />

Stowbridge Village Hall, Downham Road, Stowbridge<br />

PE34 3PE. All proceeds from this will go to the Magpie<br />

Centre, home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled<br />

Association. Doors, and the licensed cash bar, selling<br />

wine, beer, cider and soft drinks, open at 7.00 pm for<br />

a 7.30 pm start. Tickets are £11 each and include the<br />

Hog Roast, plus a full menu of salads and delicious<br />

desserts, plus of course a hugely convivial and<br />

thought-provoking evening with friends old and new.<br />

Teams of 4 to 8 are usual, but singles and couples are<br />

welcome to compete individually or make up teams<br />

on the night. Pre-booking is essential, so call 01553<br />

828935 or email c.dudley@success-in-english.co.uk<br />

to secure your places.<br />

And now a call for help: as you can imagine, with<br />

an organization comprising horses, riders, grounds<br />

and facilities, which need to be maintained, we are<br />

always on the lookout for volunteers. Our most urgent<br />

requirement, currently, is for able-bodied people to<br />

help with paddock maintenance. This might suit keen<br />

gardeners who want to remain active over the winter<br />

months. We also need people able or willing to train<br />

to lead a quiet pony during lessons, or walk beside a<br />

rider, to help them maintain balance and interpret the<br />

instructor’s directions. This is known as ‘sidewalking’<br />

and is an important role in helping riders to improve<br />

their communication skills.<br />

To find out more about joining our friendly team, call<br />

the Magpie Centre on 01553 810202.<br />




We shall be holding our Annual General Meeting<br />

on Thursday 5th September at 3.15pm<br />

in the Merle Boddy Centre,<br />

Station Yard, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

We hope you will be able to join us.<br />

All welcome.<br />

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

After a deserved summer break, a team of over<br />

30 players, parents and supporters spent two days<br />

preparing the grounds and clubhouse at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Rugby Club ready for the start of the 2019 season.<br />

With games having taken place in August against<br />

teams from Wymondham and Dereham the final<br />

warm-up game will be on 7th Sept when the Annual<br />

Memorial game is played. Players from Watton,<br />

Dereham, Fakenham and West Norfolk will compete<br />

against a <strong>Swaffham</strong> side, in memory of past players<br />

and members who are no longer with us. Each year<br />

the money raised by the players and supporters goes<br />

to a designated charity and this year’s good cause will<br />

be The British Heart Foundation.<br />

The league season will kick off with an away trip to<br />

Lowestoft, followed over the next two weeks with<br />

games against teams from Norwich and Crusaders.<br />

The Norwich game will be supported by a second XV<br />

fixture when The “Breckland Barbarians” will host<br />

West Norfolk 2nd XV following the first VP lunch of<br />

the season.<br />

Breckland Barbarians is a new side, formed between<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and Watton and used as a stepping stone for<br />

younger players, whilst at the same time giving some<br />

of the older players a chance at occasional games. It is<br />

hoped that this will be the impetus needed for both<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and Watton to develop their own second<br />

XVs in years to come.<br />

The junior section are also looking to expand, and with<br />

some new faces on the coaching and organisational<br />

side, have three weeks of training on Sunday mornings<br />

starting on 1st September. Age groups range from<br />

under 6 to under 15s with an Under 18 Colts side also<br />

playing regular fixtures, and all will be looking forward<br />

to a full fixture list from Sept 22nd.<br />

With England looking like serious contenders for this<br />

year’s Rugby World Cup it is hoped that regular TV<br />

screenings of the early morning games, followed by<br />

local fixtures, will encourage new players to join the<br />

Club. The new website at www.swaffhamrugby.co.uk<br />

is gradually being upgraded so anyone interested will<br />

be able to get the relevant information about matches,<br />

training sessions and contacts.<br />

Silver Social Theatre Shows<br />

Critically Acclaimed show brought to Rural<br />

Breckland Communities.<br />

Tangram Theatre will be performing “The Origin<br />

of Species” for residents in October. The show is a<br />

joyful, exhilarating musical comedy about Charles<br />

Darwin, whose (r)evolutionary ideas would change<br />

humanity forever - and his real life race to finish<br />

fittest in the discovery of evolution. The Origin of<br />

Species has now been performed over 200 times at<br />

leading international venues and festivals including<br />

the Royal Albert Hall and Natural History Museum,<br />

receiving critical acclaim and standing ovations<br />

across the world.<br />

The performance is part of Silver Social, an exciting<br />

daytime touring arts programme, aimed at older<br />

people in rural communities in Breckland. The<br />

project, which is run by Breckland Council and<br />

funded by Arts Council England, Breckland Council<br />

and Norfolk County Council Public Health, brings<br />

something a little different to daily life in towns<br />

and villages across Breckland, Norfolk, through<br />

alternating circuits of creative workshops and live<br />

performances held in familiar community venues.<br />

Whether you want to meet new people over a<br />

cuppa, take part in new social pursuits, or you know<br />

a neighbour or family member who might like to join<br />

a new group, we aim to bring high quality accessible<br />

arts in a friendly, familiar space.<br />

Residents can catch the show at the following<br />

venues:<br />

• Monday 7 October, 2pm-3:30pm – Ashill<br />

Community Centre<br />

• Thursday 10 October, 2pm-3:30pm – Shipdham<br />

All Saints Church<br />

• Friday 11 October, 2pm-3:30pm – Necton<br />

Community Centre<br />

Tickets are just £5, tea and cake is included! Free<br />

Transport can be arranged to any of our venues from<br />

residents' homes for those without access to a car or<br />

public transport.<br />

Tickets can be paid on the door, however people are<br />

advised to reserve their place in advance via www.<br />

thesilversocial.com or by calling 01362 656870.<br />

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

Sun Sept 1st 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Tues Sept 3rd 10am- 12noon The Meeting Place<br />

drop in with Traidcraft stall.<br />

Thurs Sept 5th 10 - 12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in. New to <strong>Swaffham</strong>? Lonely? A warm welcome<br />

awaits you. Free refreshments.<br />

Fri Sept 6th 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Join us in<br />

praying for our world.<br />

Sat Sept 7th 9.30am - 12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun Sept 8th 10.45am Morning Worship followed by<br />

refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Tues Sept 19th 10 - 12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in.<br />

Thurs Sept 12th 10 - 12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in.<br />

Thurs Sept 12th 2.30 pm - 4pm Thursday Group<br />

is back, with the AGM followed by a Beetle Drive.<br />

Refreshments served. All welcome.<br />

Fri Sept 13th 9.30am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat Sept 14th 9.30 - 12noon Coffee Morning for<br />

Church funds.<br />

Sun Sept 15th 2nd <strong>Swaffham</strong> Guides & Brownies join<br />

us to celebrate the Harvest.<br />

Tues Sept 17th 10 - 12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in.<br />

Thurs Sept 19th 10 - 12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in.<br />

Fri Sept 20th 9.30am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat Sept 21st 9.30am - 12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun Sept 22nd 10.45am Morning Worship followed<br />

by refreshments. All welcome.<br />

Tues Sept 22nd 10- 12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in.<br />

Thurs Sept 26th 10 - 12noon The Meeting Place drop<br />

in.<br />

Thurs Sept 26th 2.30pm - 4pm Thursday Group.<br />

Talk by June Finch entitled "Caring from 6 to 80". All<br />

welcome.<br />

Fri Sept 27th 9.30am Power of Prayer.<br />

Sat Sept 28th 9.30 -12noon Coffee Morning.<br />

Sun Sept 29th 10.45am Morning Worship followed<br />

by refreshments. All welcome.<br />

NB. Sometimes we will meet in the adjoining school<br />

room, accessed down path to side of chapel.<br />

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

The September services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Parish<br />

Church will be as follows: -<br />

Sunday 1st<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00pm<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 4th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 8th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 11th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 15th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

(a united service with the<br />

Sporle congregation)<br />

Wednesday 18th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 22nd<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

11.15am<br />

Family Service<br />

Wednesday 25th<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 29th<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

NB<br />

Wednesday 2nd Oct<br />

10.00am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 6th October<br />

8.00am<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30am<br />


6.00pm<br />

Evensong (BCP)<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<br />

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

‘Sharing Circle’; illustrated and acted stories from<br />

the Bible; children’s discussions; songs; prayers;<br />

and birthday celebrations. The next meeting will<br />

be in church at 10.00am on 21st September when<br />

the topic will be ‘Making a joyful noise’. All are<br />

welcome.<br />

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Advance Notice<br />

The Parish Church Harvest Festival will soon be<br />

upon us again, and so thought is now being given<br />

to the next big thing, our very popular Christmas<br />

Bazaar – Yes! Christmas! It will be held on Saturday<br />

23rd November 9.30am to 1.00pm. This is one of<br />

the major fund-raising events of the parish church<br />

and we will be grateful for donations towards the<br />

numerous stalls. If you are able to help in any<br />

way, with items to sell (not clothes), or help in a<br />

practical way please contact Sheila Fowler. A little<br />

nearer the time more information will be given.<br />

Thank you in anticipation.<br />

Sheila Fowler 01760 722224 (Organiser).<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of the Mothers’ Union<br />

will be meeting on Thursday 12th September in<br />

the Baptist Church Room as usual, beginning at<br />

10.00am. The speaker will be Dr. Sue Gattuso,<br />

manager of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum, on “The Spelman<br />

Library “, which is part of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s history.<br />

Enquiries to Julia on 720041<br />

Churches Together In <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

Our next meeting will be on the 11th September<br />

in the Baptist church when we hope to welcome<br />

Rev’d Jacqui Horton, the new Methodist Minister<br />

and Fr. Mark Hackerson, the new Catholic Priest.<br />

Operation Christmas Child<br />

Please note that the shoe box appeal – OCC – will<br />

again be co-ordinated<br />

on behalf of the parish<br />

Church, by Mrs Linda<br />

Burton. More details will<br />

follow in the October<br />

edition of the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong>. For further information please contact<br />

Linda Burton tel: 01760 720205.<br />

Thank You<br />

Many thanks to those who supported our Gift Day<br />

for the parish church in August. The total raised so<br />

far comes to an amazing £2186.51, inclusive of gift<br />

aid to be reclaimed. We are most grateful for this<br />

valuable contribution to sustaining the life of our<br />

church at the heart of the community.<br />

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

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

Aiden is taking the lead in our game of<br />

snakes and ladders and also helping with<br />

a puzzle. Our clients are enjoying having<br />

Aiden here as part of his work experience,<br />

Aiden is a pupil at Litcham School.<br />

Monica kindly brought us a bag of one and two pence<br />

pieces to do something with. I'm pleased to say my<br />

wonderful ladies came up this lovely butterfly made<br />

up from coloured pennies and sparkly bits. This lovely<br />

picture is proudly displayed on our wall for all to see.<br />

We attended the Necton Festival, what a fantastic<br />

day; weather warm and sunny, music all day, food<br />

from several countries to enjoy, and of course a well<br />

stocked bar. We had a display at the festival which was<br />

very well received, but I must admit I took time out to<br />

have a wonderful meal supplied by Cyprus Flavours.<br />

We are one of the charities to be helped this year<br />

from the event which had its most successful year<br />

ever, my thanks goes to everyone who were involved<br />

in the event.<br />

When I think of a walk, my thoughts go to a mile or<br />

two, but this wasn't what Jo had in mind when she<br />

said she was going to do a walk and get sponsored for<br />

doing it. Jo walked 61 miles from the Chilterns to the<br />

Avery Stones, following the historical ridgeway walk<br />

across the North Wessex<br />

Downs . We all applaud this<br />

lady for her true grit and<br />

determination to see this<br />

epic walk right through to the<br />

last inch. Jo and her husband<br />

Alan, who was there for<br />

all the walk with her, have<br />

proven you can do anything if<br />

you put your mind to it.<br />

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Just look at our fantastic team of golfers, from left<br />

to right, Val Oaks, Dave Willis, Claire Smith and Keith<br />

Harris Doy. They represented the Merle Boddy in a<br />

charity event held at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Golf Club. This<br />

brilliant golfing event was organised by the Rotary Club<br />

and the mood in the club house after the game was of<br />

sheer pleasure and enjoyment of a game well played,<br />

and of course the money which they raised of which<br />

we are one of the recipients is the icing on the cake.<br />

To everyone who took part and of course to all the<br />

Rotarians and other organisers as well as <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Golf Club who hosted the event, many, many thanks.<br />

All went well for our afternoon tea, the room was<br />

full to capacity. On the menu was homemade quiche<br />

and salad, cream scones and of course lashings of<br />

tea and cake! Thank you to everyone who supported<br />

this event and to all you wonderful cake makers who<br />

brought a smile to all of us (and a few more pounds on<br />

the scales!), but so well worth it.<br />

The centre celebrated Norfolk day with flags and<br />

bunting on our building and in the centre we had<br />

Norfolk sayings, poems and of course a good old quiz.<br />

Players were given landmarks of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and had<br />

to guess where they were. There was lots of laughing<br />

when I slipped into my native Norfolk speak, 'cos you'll<br />

all know what I'm<br />

on about my ole<br />

beauties'.<br />

It's that time<br />

again, the A.G.M<br />

has come at<br />

some speed, so<br />

if you would like<br />

to come and hear<br />

what we do and of course meet us you will have a<br />

warm welcome. 5th September, 3-15pm here at the<br />


Campingland PPG<br />

Slimming World Talk<br />

In a change to Campingland Patients Participation<br />

Group meetings we have arranged the next one<br />

in the Buxton Room at the Community Centre,<br />

(opposite the Campingland Surgery), on Wednesday<br />

11th September. We have also changed the time<br />

– the event will start at 3.00pm. This is to try<br />

and encourage more people to attend these very<br />

informative meetings. We hope it will suit people<br />

better and that we get a good attendance. If it<br />

works we will consider making it more permanent.<br />

This next talk is by Slimming World on Wednesday<br />

11th September, (3.00pm – 5.00pm). I am sure<br />

this is close to a lot of people’s hearts as being<br />

somewhat trimmer is very good for our health, feel<br />

good factor and mental contentment. I know this<br />

from personal experience when I used to weigh<br />

96kgs and on 5 diabetes tablets a day – lost weight<br />

now sitting at 75kgs and on 1 tablet a day!!! Cost<br />

me a bit in new clothes though! Obviously there<br />

will be no pressure to join slimming world- that’s<br />

a purely personal choice. This, I’m sure, will be a<br />

very good and entertaining talk with handy tips on<br />

weight loss and fitness.<br />

We look forward to seeing you there.<br />

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

are pleased to announce<br />

that following the success of 2017<br />

“Lion’s Den”<br />

they are open to applications<br />

for funding for a current project<br />

from charities and organisations located in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and the outlying areas<br />

Selected applicants will be invited to come to the<br />

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

on Wednesday 9 th October at 6:30 p.m.<br />

when they will be asked to present their case to a<br />

panel of Lions Club members<br />

Cheques will be presented to successful applicants<br />

by the Lion President at the end of the evening this<br />

will be recorded with photos taken by the local press<br />

For further information and application form please<br />

email<br />

bobbieelsom@gmail.com<br />

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

When approached by the theatre<br />

group 3’s Company, to see if the<br />

Lions would put on their play,<br />

Brecks to Broads, the Lions were<br />

only too pleased. The audience, in the Barn Theatre,<br />

were taken on a magical bus tour from Yarmouth to<br />

the Brecks and around the coast, with song, poetry<br />

and verse by well-known Norfolk people including,<br />

Nelson, Stephen Fry and the Pedlar of <strong>Swaffham</strong> to<br />

name a few. The evening, which would grace any<br />

West End stage, was a roaring success and raised<br />

£400 for the Norfolk Blood Bikes.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions held their annual Petanque<br />

competition at the Petanque pitches at the<br />

Narborough Community Centre. Trisha Mandall,<br />

who is going to represent Great Britain at the<br />

Transplant Games, playing Petanque, was guest<br />

of honour. After three rounds and a playoff, the<br />

reigning champion Alan Jude who retained his title<br />

was awarded the trophy by Lions Vice President<br />

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

are pleased to announce<br />

that following the success of 2017<br />

David Elsom.<br />

“Lion’s Den”<br />

they are open to applications<br />

for funding for a current project<br />

from charities and organisations located in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and the outlying areas<br />

Selected applicants will be invited to come to the<br />

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

on Wednesday 9 th October at 6:30 p.m.<br />

when they will be asked to present their case to a<br />

panel of Lions Club members<br />

Cheques will be presented to successful applicants<br />

by the Lion President at the end of the evening this<br />

will be recorded with photos taken by the local press<br />

For further information and application form please<br />

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

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Beachamwell WI<br />

Our speaker at August’s meeting was<br />

Brian Heard, whose talk, “In Search<br />

of the Smoking Gun” included stories<br />

from his long career as a forensic scientist. For many<br />

years, he worked at New Scotland Yard and there<br />

helped to “put away” many notorious villains including<br />

the Krays and Richardsons. He regaled us with many<br />

grisly and gruesome stories. Despite that, or maybe<br />

because of it, he gave us a thoroughly enjoyable<br />

evening !<br />

In August , we also organise an extra garden meeting,<br />

which this year will involve a trip out to West Acre<br />

Gardens. I think there may be cake !!!<br />

On September’s meeting, our speaker, Jeanette<br />

Moser will tells us of her extraordinary life story, to<br />

illustrate that “There’s a book in everyone”. As usual,<br />

visitors are welcome to come and join us, as are any<br />

prospective new members who want to look us over<br />

in which case the visitor’s fee of £3.50 is waived.<br />

Maggie Mackenzie<br />

Sporle Afternoon WI<br />

The WI had a wonderful day's outing<br />

for their July meeting. A coach trip<br />

to East Ruston with a cream tea and<br />

lots of time to fully enjoy these majestic gardens.<br />

The owners had opened the garden just for Norfolk<br />

WI members and friends to help celebrate our 100<br />

years. These gardens are always colourful and well<br />

maintained and a must for any visitor to the area.<br />

Our August speaker will be a welcome return for one<br />

of last year's best entertainers – the Young Farmer<br />

who talked about cows – was well remembered. She<br />

has progressed now and returns with Around the<br />

World with tales anew.<br />

September sees a really interesting topic with the<br />

History of Silver Cross Prams & Pushchairs. Many of us<br />

will well remember these “posh” prams, something<br />

we don’t see many of these days with the modern<br />

pram/pushchair. Christmas lunch is sorted as per<br />

the member's choice and WI news and forthcoming<br />

events will be discussed. The afternoon will not be<br />

complete without tea and cake, the raffle and a<br />

“poem” of some kind.<br />

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

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

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

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

Our August session took place after the deadline<br />

for this issue of <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong>, so instead of<br />

the usual write-up of the evening, what follows is<br />

information received in advance from Stella Goodey.<br />

Stella Goodey’s Glocal Allstar Quintet with Stella<br />

Goodey, Vocals - Lord Arsenal, Piano and Trumpet -<br />

Colin Bray, Piano, Vibes & Sax - Keith Donald, Double<br />

Bass and John Petters, Drums. (‘Glocal’ reflects both<br />

their local and global origins: Stella herself was<br />

brought up in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and now lives in Norwich.)<br />

Stella has sung with the Count Basie Orchestra USA,<br />

Kenny Ball’s Jazz Men, the Cy Laurie Reunion, and<br />

The Humphrey Lyttleton Band. She has been resident<br />

in The Martinez Hotel in Cannes and recorded with<br />

The Jack Parnell Trio and The Dave Newton Trio. She<br />

is specially known for her renditions of Bessie Smith<br />

Blues and the Billie Holiday Classics.<br />

Next up:<br />

• Tues 10th September at 7.30: From the US – Helen<br />

Welch, Vocalist with Lee Vasey and Friends.<br />

• Tuesday 8th October at 7.30: Ed Reed, Guitar<br />

and Laura, Vocals with Mike Smith, Bass and John<br />

Wilmott, Sax.<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, London<br />

Street PE37 7DD. £8 on the door. Information from<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730 or Norman 01760 722 384.<br />

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

at<br />

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

Jazz Club<br />

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

Lee Vasey Jazzjamband<br />

Lee Vasey (guitar), Matt Furness (drums), Ian Hireson (bass)<br />

& Pete Oxborough (clarinet & saxophone)<br />

with singer Helen Welch back by popular demand from The States<br />

Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

September 10th<br />

Tickets on Door £8<br />

Norman 01760 722 384<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

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

At the end of July a good turn-out of our members heard a most interesting talk on the<br />

Samaritans by their local Deputy Director–Events and Talks, Michael Upton. Anyone feeling the<br />

need for some support can talk to them 24hrs per day, 365 days per year on a freephone help<br />

line, 116 123, available 24 hrs per day.<br />

Our “in house” events are usually held in the Assembly Rooms, on the last Tuesday each<br />

month, starting at 2 pm. If you haven’t been to one of these before, please just turn up (unless<br />

there is an outing scheduled) where members can enjoy a free afternoon of entertainment. You<br />

can join our Group, a registered charity, there. You can also contact our Membership Secretary Vicky, see details<br />

below, to join. The annual membership subscription is £5. In addition to the “in house” events we also organise<br />

outings arranged by John Clarke. (See below for contact details). Upcoming events are:<br />

Tel: 01553 616200<br />

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Helping adults in west<br />

Norfolk get involved in<br />

their community<br />

• September 18th (note date) All day outing to the Black Country Museum.<br />

• October 29th Talk (in house) on the History of Schools by Rosemary Steer.<br />

• November 26th (in house) West End Waiters<br />

• December 10th (note date) Outing to the Thursford Spectacular Christmas Show (evening)<br />

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

720140, Treasurer, Keith Nash, 724801; Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031. Secretary – James Dean<br />

720756<br />

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Lily Advisor home visits<br />

Community locations<br />

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President’s Corner<br />

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

July saw the very successful Golf Day with Funds being<br />

raised for our Local Charities of The Merle Body Centre<br />

and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. There were 19<br />

teams and a very competitive day’s golf was enjoyed<br />

by everyone during what turned out to be a boiling hot<br />

day. Drinks stations were in place around the course to<br />

ensure no one was left too thirsty!<br />

Over £3000 was raised for the 2 Charities- and the<br />

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As always we are especially grateful for our sponsors,<br />

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at<br />


Over 30 charities and community groups will be there, Refreshments availableTHE ASSEMBLY ROOMS, SWAFFHAM<br />

supported by 4 keynote speeches during Forthe more day, information contact E: denis.bishop@btinternet.com<br />

Wednesday Wednesday 18 th 18 September, th 10am 2019- 4pm<br />

including the National Lottery. The Fayre will be opened<br />

Charity No 1061027✓ Over 30 charities and 10.00am community to 4.00pm organisations ✓Presentations<br />

by General Francis Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt, GCB,<br />

CBE, MC, DL.<br />


County, National & International charities ✓ Helping people to help others<br />

The day is based on people helping others and making<br />

aware to our community the vast level of local and nation<br />

✓Connecting volunteers to the charity sector ✓ Helping people to help others<br />

resources available to us all.<br />

✓Refreshments<br />


available<br />

The day is open to all and refreshments are available.<br />

Over 30 charities and community organisations<br />

Once this is over, the Club will be into full steam getting<br />

FREE ENTRY - EVERYONE Presentations WELCOME!<br />

ready for the Visual Art Festival which will start at the<br />

Local, County, National and International charities<br />

Beginning of October.<br />

For more information Connectingemail: volunteers denis.bishop@btinternet.com<br />

to the charity sector<br />

Helping people to help others<br />

Refreshments available

Bringing Style with a personal<br />

touch into every home<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival<br />

October 2019<br />

4 years ago Poppi Interiors relocated to the town from their previous premises at Narborough. The business<br />

has been running for 12 years with Traci the owner having more than 20 years experience in furnishings and<br />

interiors - the combination makes a wonderful small business that goes from strength to strength.<br />

Seeing a small shop become available in the town, Traci says “it was perfect timing, just what we were<br />

looking for, we were already widely covering <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the wider area, it is a lovely town and the we are<br />

so lucky to have so much support. From a lovely comment about our window displays to returning<br />

customers, we are so lucky to work with such lovely people. Every job<br />

is different and unique and thats how we look after our customers. We<br />

engage with them to make sure they get exactly what will be right for<br />

them, factoring in practicality and also to be visually pleasing. If you<br />

look at this kind of job as sales it doesn’t work its about having a<br />

passion for interiors teamed with knowledge, skills and<br />

experience”<br />

Poppi Interiors offer a range of services, all types of blinds,<br />

hand made curtains, upholstery, cushions… the list goes on<br />

it seems if you can make it from fabric then the possibilities<br />

are endless, they also offer an alteration service for curtains.<br />

Team this with the retail shop side offering lamps, candles,<br />

gifts and home accessories and a visit to Poppi Interiors will<br />

Þll you with inspiration. The main core of the business is the<br />

bespoke service, a full measure to Þt service with a wonderful<br />

array of poles and fabrics you will without doubt Þnd the best ranges around. ÒWe invest hugely in<br />

our pattern books and sampling” says Traci, “it has to be current but diverse for all tastes and<br />

styles and budgets and for a range of uses”. It is a home of leading brands across all products,<br />

fabrics, poles, trimmings, blinds. Brands such as Sanderson, Silent Gliss, Voyage amongst many<br />

more long standing leaders in the market place.<br />

The one thing that is also surprisingly successful is lampshades, “It is difficult to buy nice lampshades” says Traci, we make whatever the<br />

customer needs, either using their own frame or a new one, we recently completed a refurbishment of 14 traditional lampshades for a customer,<br />

the Þnished result was quite stunning, with many Þnished in silks with trimmings to match.<br />

The business also works much further aÞeld, Òthis year we have completed work in Ipswich, Kent and more recently Louth, North Lincolnshire, it<br />

was a large project including poles, curtains, blinds, upholstery and lampshades we did it all really. A delightful couple to work with and a very<br />

pleasing end result, we used a lot of william Morris Fabric it was a listed property and the style<br />

Þtted perfectly but we also used a beautiful<br />

hand cut appliqué fabric for the master<br />

bedroom, it took 3 months to manufacture<br />

the cloth, to say cutting into it was tense is<br />

an understatement! <br />

Master bedroom furnishings - louth<br />

Poppi Interiors really do offer a wonderful<br />

service and if your thinking of some home<br />

improvements maybe call now and beat the<br />

Christmas rush you really will have a home<br />

you will enjoy for a very long time.<br />

Poppi Interiors<br />

19 Market Place <br />

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

Norfolk<br />

PE37 7LA<br />

Tel: 01760 722541<br />

www.poppiinteriors@aol.co.uk<br />

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The annual <strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival’s<br />

Art Exhibition and Sale of Works aims to become<br />

the art show of choice and inspiration<br />

for the wealth of artists who live<br />

and work in Norfolk.<br />

The Festival also hosts many exciting events,<br />

all detailed here...<br />

Emma Biggs<br />

Mosaics<br />

An illustrated talk by the local mosaic artist,<br />

teacher and painter, followed by questions,<br />

with fizz and canapés<br />

Saturday 5 October 7.00-9.00pm<br />

Cockley Cley Hall<br />

Cockley Cley near <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 8AG<br />

Tickets £15 in advance only<br />

Adam Foulkes<br />

Stylish but silly!<br />

The Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning<br />

animator and director talks about his work for<br />

TV and screen. Adding flair and fun<br />

Thursday 10 October 7.00-9.30 pm<br />

The Nicholas Hamond Academy<br />

Sixth Form Centre, Brandon Road,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DZ<br />

Tickets £10 students £5<br />

The exhibition...<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Visual Arts Festival<br />

Art Exhibition and Sale of Works<br />

Spotlighting the wealth of artists in Norfolk with over<br />

300 inspiring works of art on show and for sale<br />

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

Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7AB<br />

Friday 25 October 7.00-9.00pm<br />

Special preview evening with the exhibiting artists,<br />

with fizz, canapés and free catalogue<br />

Tickets £7<br />

Saturday 26 October<br />

9.00am-4.00pm Admission free<br />

Sunday 27 October<br />

10.00am-4.00pm Admission free<br />

Cora Mullenger<br />

Trees: A mixed-media workshop<br />

A three hour practical workshop using mixed media<br />

to explore different techniques to depict trees.<br />

Suitable for all abilities. Refreshments available<br />

Monday 14 October 1.30pm-4.30pm<br />

Beachamwell Village Hall<br />

1 Warren Bungalow, Beachamwell PE37 8AU<br />

Tickets £12 numbers limited to 15<br />

Three’s Company<br />

Every Picture Tells A Story<br />

The well-known local theatre group has compiled a<br />

special anthology of poetry, prose and music inspired<br />

and illustrated by art. New production for the Festival<br />

Friday 18 October 7.30-9.30pm<br />

The George Hotel<br />

Station Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7LJ<br />

Tickets £7.50<br />

Rob Spray<br />

Barely Believable<br />

A candid talk about posing nude for artists<br />

followed by a (partly clothed!) life drawing session<br />

Monday 21 October 1.00-4.00pm<br />

Beachamwell Village Hall<br />

1 Warren Bungalow, Beachamwell PE37 8AU<br />

Tickets £6 or £12 with life drawing session<br />

Advance purchase of tickets recommended for all events<br />

Tickets available from The Ceres Bookshop<br />

20 London Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DG<br />

Telephone 01760 722504<br />

For the fulll programme go to www.swaffhamvisualartsfestival.co.uk<br />

Organised by the Rotary Club of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Charity no.1061027

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

Branch<br />

01760<br />

725801<br />

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

building better families<br />

Tai Chi for health<br />

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

• Helping relieve arthritis<br />

• Improving balance & posture<br />

• Toning muscles<br />

• Improving mobility<br />

• Promoting good health<br />

• Physical & mental wellbeing<br />

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

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

01760 723102 or 07587 567406<br />

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

East Dereham<br />

Tuesday 11am<br />

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

Wednesday 10am<br />

Friday 10am<br />

www.academytaichi.co.uk<br />




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24 Hour Caring Personal Service<br />

Pre-Paid Funeral Plans<br />

Private Chapels of Rest<br />

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Fashion Show<br />

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Ladies Boutique in Castle Rising<br />

Accompanied by Jo Allen<br />

Wednesday 2nd October<br />

In the newly regenerated<br />

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

Arrive 7.00pm for 7.30pm start<br />

Tickets £10-Includes light refreshments<br />

Tickets available from:<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice, 17-19 Brocks Road<br />

Tel: 01760 722937<br />

Ceres Bookshop, 20 London St, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Tel: 01760 722504<br />

All proceeds in aid of<br />

Polite Request– please no stilettos, thank you<br />

www.swaffhamandlitchamhomehospice.co.uk<br />


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

Great Get Together Strawberry Tea with Library Friends<br />

The sun shone and the strawberries and cream<br />

reminded everyone of Wimbledon. Jo Cox would have<br />

been proud of the Great Get Together at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Library on Saturday 22 June. We were outside the<br />

Library with sun shades, tables and chairs, cream teas<br />

and great company. It was like taking an espresso<br />

and croissant al fresco on a Parisienne side street.<br />

Loads of people came, mostly complete strangers<br />

and left with firm friends and promises to meet up<br />

in the future. The Library Friends group did us proud<br />

with nonstop coffees, teas, sandwiches and scones.<br />

All in all a terrific day!<br />

If you would like to find out more about the Library<br />

Friends group and how you can support <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Library, please join us at one of the Library Friends’<br />

meetings. Their next meeting will be their inaugural<br />

AGM taking place at the library on Tuesday 10th<br />

September, 4-5pm. All welcome.<br />

Computer Courses<br />

A series of free and friendly courses to help you<br />

get online. Book onto one or more of the sessions.<br />

Contact the library for more information and booking.<br />

• Beginners: Thursday 3 October 1-2pm<br />

Learn how to use a mouse or touchscreen and how<br />

to use the internet and email. Find out how to stay<br />

safe online.<br />

• Email: Thursday 10 October 1-2pm<br />

Learn how to set up and use email. Find out about<br />

attachments and using online forms.<br />

• Online Shopping: Thursday 17 October 1-2pm<br />

Learn how search for and buy items you want online.<br />

Discover how to save money and stay safe online.<br />

• Job Hunting: Thursday 24 October 1-2pm<br />

Learn how to job hunt online and how to fill in online<br />

forms. Find out more about jobs and interviews and<br />

Universal Credit.<br />

Poetry Writing Workshop<br />

Interested in writing? Iceni Rural Writers invite you<br />

to join a workshop with Lewis Buxton on Friday 11<br />

October 12 – 2pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre.<br />

Cost £10.00<br />

Lewis is a poet, performer and arts producer. In<br />

2018-19 his pamphlet ‘Weight’ was selected as one<br />

of the Poetry School & Nine Arches Press Primers<br />

Volume 4 poets. Lewis was the recipient of the<br />

2018 UEA Literacy Festival Bursary for Creative<br />

Writing. His work has been published in Magma,<br />

Ambit & Oxford Poetry. He is Director of TOAST, a<br />

live poetry event and workshops project designed<br />

to support poets in the U.K. He has performed in<br />

theatres and at literary festivals across the country.<br />

He teaches creative writing in schools and libraries<br />

for organisations like The Poetry Society, The Poetry<br />

School & The National Centre for Writing. He is a<br />

First Story writer-in-residence and currently lives in<br />

Norwich.<br />

Numbers limited. To book a place contact Leah<br />

Spencer 01362 681896<br />

2:09/3:10<br />



We are the<br />

champions<br />

At The Paddocks Care Home, we<br />

believe in a healthy, active lifestyle<br />

– one in which our residents can<br />

feel like winners. That’s why we<br />

personalise each day to meet the<br />

individual activity needs of our<br />

residents and their families.<br />

And hearing their laughter<br />

is music to our ears.<br />

The Paddocks<br />


CALL 01760 722920 TO ARRANGE YOUR VISIT<br />

www.castlemeadowcare.co.uk<br />

Facebook: Thursday 31 October 1-2pm<br />

Find friends and family and learn how to share<br />

pictures and updates and how to keep your data safe.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Opening Times<br />

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

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-4pm<br />

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

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

member of staff for more information and to register.<br />

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

Tel 01760 721513<br />

Donations of food<br />

are always gratefully<br />

received. If you have<br />

any ingredients to<br />

spare you could help<br />

give someone a meal.<br />


Galleries<br />

• The Ben Emmerson Room - <strong>Swaffham</strong> Treasures<br />

• The Monique Slaven Room – Archaeology and the<br />

Sporle with Palgrave Collection<br />

• The David Butters Room – The Rotary Capture<br />

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

• Conflict and Consequences – The Effects of conflict<br />

on a small market town and its environs<br />

• The Carter Connection - The story of Howard Carter<br />

and the Discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.<br />

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 />

New Donation<br />

We have recently been donated this painting of<br />

Cromer beach. It was painted by Peter Charlesworth<br />

who ran <strong>Swaffham</strong> Art Group for many years. Can<br />

anyone give us more information about the artist?<br />

Request for information<br />

from a gentleman who was born in Gore Lane,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Does anyone know where it is? or was?<br />

New Gallery Launch<br />

September sees the official launch of our Conflict<br />

and Consequences Gallery.<br />

Although currently the exhibition concentrates on<br />

World Wars I and II, the focus of the gallery is to<br />

get us to think about what conflict is and what the<br />

consequences are. For example: How does conflict<br />

affect music, fashion, toys? What benefits have<br />

come from conflict – perhaps Velcro? Space travel?<br />

Medicine? How can conflict best be resolved (Ah – if<br />

we could only know the definitive response to that<br />

question!).<br />

Over the following months we are seeking volunteers<br />

as Memory Makers. This may entail interviewing<br />

people,helping with research, going into residential<br />

homes, visiting town organisations and using<br />

objects/artefacts from the Museum to encourage<br />

discussion and stimulate memories that will help fill<br />

in gaps in our records/knowledge. Some may find<br />

items to loan to us that tell a story about conflict.<br />

We would like to see the whole display in that gallery<br />

change over 2020. Can you help?<br />

Contact swaffhamheritage@gmail.com; telephone<br />

01760 721230 or pop in to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage.<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 />

Dates For Diary – Friends Events<br />

(Guest welcome)<br />

Sunday 8th September – BBQ 12 noon, Community<br />

Centre - contact Secretary James Dean 01760 720756<br />

or jamesdean@uwclub.net<br />

Sunday 15th September - Sheringham 40’s Weekend<br />

Please book via Christine on 724825<br />

FoSH 100 Club<br />

Run by the Friends - open to ALL<br />

A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of £40,<br />

£20 or £10 each month with special extra prize of<br />

£100 in May and November. For more information<br />

contact Barbara White Tel: 01760 720756 or jamesdean@uwclub.net<br />

August draw - £40 No.55 / £20 No.88 / £10 No.100<br />

WANTED – Volunteer Stewards<br />

For ‘front of house’ – to welcome visitors, explain<br />

Museum, work in shop and TIC. Steward sessions are<br />

3 hours – 10am-1pm, and 1-4pm<br />

Contact Steve Gregory – Volunteer Co-ordinator –<br />

on (01760) 721230 or 755596<br />

2020 Trip to London<br />

Join our trip to see King Tut and the Egyptian Treasures<br />

- Wednesday, 8th April 2020.<br />

The Friends are organising a trip to see the exhibition<br />

“Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh”.<br />

Many of these artefacts were discovered by Howard<br />

Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. The exhibition<br />

is currently on a world tour, having already visited<br />

Paris and Los Angeles. On conclusion of the tour, the<br />

exhibition is to be housed permanently in the new<br />

Cairo Museum.<br />

The visit will be by coach from <strong>Swaffham</strong> to the<br />

Saatchi Gallery in London and cost per head including<br />

entrance fee and transport will be £48 per person.<br />

Booking priority to Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

members. Contact Barbara White on 01760 720756<br />

(or email barbarawhite346@btinternet.com) as soon<br />

as possible. Anyone else interested in joining the trip<br />

should also contact Barbara to discuss availability.<br />

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

On Saturday 17th August we had stall at an event<br />

organised by one of our ex committee members at<br />

her home in Brandon Road. All money raised will go<br />

to charities.<br />

A future fundraising event for your diary, this time<br />

something new. James Parry, a Norfolk based writer<br />

will give a talk about a lady called Emma Turner who is<br />

a well known photographer and naturalist. It is to take<br />

place on Wed 4th Sept in the evening at the Assembly<br />

Rooms. There will be a welcome drink, cheese and<br />

wine, plus pay bar. Tickets are available through the<br />

usual Ceres Bookshop and “Just Hair”. Try not to miss<br />

this, as it will be worthwhile.<br />

On Wed 18th Sept we are pleased to be in the<br />

Assembly rooms supporting <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary who<br />

are hosting a Charity Event with lots represented.<br />

On 7th September it will be time again for our town<br />

street collections. Help is always welcome for this, so<br />

please contact me if you can lend a hand.<br />

On a more formal note, as a charity we held our annual<br />

general meeting on Monday 13th May to formally<br />

adopt last year's accounts and a Chairman's report.<br />

The report and minutes are available on request.<br />

Next Coffee morning at the Methodist Church is<br />

Saturday 21st September.<br />

We also received a cheque from the Town Council<br />

being half of the money raised by the past Mayor's<br />

charity in 18/19. The other half went to the Merle<br />

Body Centre.<br />

Our Garden at the Hospital is enjoying good use<br />

and the new plants are much more established. The<br />

garden is maintained by volunteers from our small<br />

committee who do a great job.<br />

As ever. we welcome new people to join our small<br />

committee and help us with our activities. If you think<br />

you might be interested, call me for an informal chat.<br />

If you have any unwanted items at home we always<br />

appreciate them as raffle prizes at our events, so give<br />

me a ring and we can collect or they can be left at<br />

Hospital reception.<br />

We continue to receive lovely letters and donations<br />

from past patients and their families. As ever be<br />

assured we put the money to good use.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

01760 336025<br />

26<br />


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

On the 28th July, Kate and<br />

John Davies, members of<br />

our fundraising committee<br />

hosted a Cream Tea Garden<br />

Party to raise monies for<br />

our charity. The weather<br />

could have been better, as<br />

it rained for most of the<br />

afternoon. Having said this, those attending enjoyed<br />

a very sociable afternoon with around £650 being<br />

raised. My sincere thanks to John and Kate and to<br />

those who helped make the event the success it was.<br />

The 12th September is the next date for your diaries.<br />

We are holding a frugal lunch at Stanleys on Lynn<br />

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> between 12 noon and 2.30pm<br />

with tickets priced at £7.50.Tickets for the event<br />

or further information can be obtained from our<br />

Office at 17-19 Brocks Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong> cost (01760<br />

722937).<br />

On the 2nd October there is a Fashion Show at the<br />

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

which is being organised by Linda Burton with profits<br />

from the evening coming to us. Timing is 7pm for a<br />

7.30pm start. Tickets cost £10 each, this price does<br />

include light refreshments. Tickets are available from<br />

our office (details above) or from Ceres Bookshop at<br />

20 London Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The Fashion Show is<br />

by Allez Chic who have a Ladies boutique in Castle<br />

Rising, near Kings Lynn. They will be accompanied<br />

by Jo Allen, a Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultant.<br />

Jo who has been a Colour and Style Consultant for<br />

13 years will be explaining the “Secrets to Style”,<br />

sharing some of her expertise on how to choose<br />

colours and styles of clothing.<br />

Adrian Adcock<br />

Treasurer<br />



732kg<br />

TOSH Community Theatre Group<br />

TOSH would like to thank everyone who came to see our<br />

last production: ‘Musical Memories’ and ‘Mystic Myrtle’.<br />

Our next extravaganza will be a pantomime at Great<br />

Cressingham Village Hall on the 20th and 21st February<br />

2020.<br />

We will be having a read-through for the production on<br />

Monday 9th September 2019, at Great Cressingham<br />

Village Hall, and Wednesday 11th September at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church Rooms both at 7pm.<br />

If you fancy having a go and joining this friendly group,<br />

you will be made very welcome, whatever role you may<br />

be interested in – on or off stage!<br />

We are particularly looking for a musical director, so if you<br />

are talented in that direction you will be extra welcome!<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Dementia Café<br />

The 7th August opening of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Dementia Cafe<br />

was attended by the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shanty Crew, who<br />

entertained us with songs and anecdotes, which we<br />

joined in with, singing and clapping along. We also<br />

had some musical instruments of our own to play.<br />

A good time was had by all. There was tea, coffee,<br />

biscuits and our usual activities of jigsaws, colouring<br />

and word searches etc, but no quiz this month.<br />

Helpful phone numbers were given where needed<br />

and there was plenty of chat and laughter.<br />

Our next cafe will be on Wednesday 4th September<br />

at 10am in the Assembly Rooms. If you are suffering<br />

with dementia, or caring for someone, why not some<br />

along and join us, we're a happy bunch and you'll be<br />

very welcome.<br />

Celia, Sue & Jenny<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Fridge<br />

We are pleased to inform you that the Community<br />

Fridge continues to be a huge success and in July of<br />

this year we broke our current record, with just over<br />

700 kilos of food saved from landfill in that month<br />

alone. We have also started to see donations from<br />

new businesses and organisations, but more are<br />

always welcome, so please keep spreading the word<br />

to anyone you think may be able to help.<br />

The Pink Box<br />

If you need sanitary<br />

products, there is now<br />

a basket located in<br />

the Community Centre,<br />

please help yourselves.<br />

Work with<br />

us<br />

Looking for a career<br />

where your contribution<br />

is genuinely valued?<br />

Be part of our caring<br />

community<br />

Join our charity now<br />

and make a difference<br />

Call our people team to<br />

find out more about our<br />

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Iceni Youth Clubs<br />

Youthie:<br />

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Youthie +:<br />

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Move it or Lose it<br />

We are Sam & Jo and are very excited to be<br />

launching a fitness class in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The sessions<br />

are designed specifically for the over-60s, we<br />

currently run classes in Colkirk, Beetley, Fakenham,<br />

Gayton and Reepham, as part of a campaign to<br />

help people to stay young by improving strength,<br />

balance and overall health as they age.<br />

We are on a mission to keep the over 60s and<br />

people with mobility issues moving, by encouraging<br />

them to come along to an exercise class with a<br />

difference designed by Move it or Lose it founder<br />

Julie Robinson as seen on BBC's “How to Stay<br />

Young”. This class is known as FABS, which stands<br />

for Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength.<br />

The FABS programme combines exercises that have<br />

been scientifically proven by the Centre for Healthy<br />

Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham<br />

to turn back the clock.<br />

We want to make a real difference to the community<br />

and to get this age group feeling great about<br />

themselves again. There are very few accessible<br />

fitness sessions within the more rural areas for<br />

older people who still want to keep fit and feel<br />

great. The sessions are fun with great music and are<br />

a fantastic way to get together with other people in<br />

the area. We also like to incorporate a short social<br />

natter after the class with a complimentary cup of<br />

tea and a biscuit.<br />

The exercises are easy to follow and can be done<br />

seated or standing, they are not about people<br />

dressing in lycra ready to hit the gym or do a high<br />

intensity session, FABS is for people who want to<br />

live longer, happier, healthier lives.<br />

If you don’t move it, you lose it!!<br />

We ensure there's a warm welcome for everyone<br />

who attends.<br />

Thursdays, 11am–12pm, the Regency Room at<br />

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


Exercise Classes For The Over 60s<br />

with Jo & Sam<br />

All Exercises Can Be Done Seated or Standing<br />

Regency Room in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

First Class Starts On Thu 5 th Sept, From 11am - 12pm<br />

Then Every Thursday 11am - 12pm<br />

£4.50 per class or 5 classes for £20<br />

(price includes tea & biscuits after class)<br />

You can book your place or just turn up on the day<br />

For more information call:<br />

Jo: 07941 086603 or Sam: 07925 602862<br />

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

It was a bit of a gamble. We had never done anything<br />

quite like it before, and on the day there was some<br />

serious competition – the Wimbledon Men’s Final.<br />

But there was a fantastic response to our Last Night<br />

of the Proms concert on a sunny Sunday afternoon<br />

in July, and everyone enjoyed it: great music and<br />

great fun.<br />

The new <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts programme of events for<br />

2019 – 20 is now available, and can be found at the<br />

library, the Community Centre, the Town Hall and<br />

Ceres Bookshop. They are still in the same yellow<br />

format. Our posters, however, are going to look a<br />

bit different this year, starting with the one for the<br />

Sheringham Shantymen, but they will still carry our<br />

logo on the yellow background in the design. We<br />

hope you like them.<br />

The last time the Sheringham Shantymen were here<br />

the snow came down, and we struggled to get home.<br />

This time they are our opening show in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms on Saturday September21st at<br />

7.30 pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are on sale,<br />

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

Ceres Bookshop 01760 722504 and The Green<br />

Parrot 01760 724704. The Shantymen are always<br />

popular, so get your tickets early!<br />

There is a lovely range of events this year, something<br />

to suit all tastes, so we hope you will be able to<br />

make it to the ones that take your fancy.<br />

Everyone is welcome!<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 />

1 September, Peter Wiggins, Littleport<br />

15 September, Paul Malochowski, Little Fransham<br />

29 September, Michelle Leader, Terrington<br />

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

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

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

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

Instead of our usual indoor meeting, some of the<br />

Group took a short journey to Kings Lynn Museum<br />

last month, to see their newest exhibitions.<br />

A few items from the Snettisham treasure, mainly the<br />

last layer of the main Snettisham Hoard (discovered<br />

in the late 1990s) were on show.<br />

The other main exhibition was on 'journeys' with<br />

much emphasis on the pilgrimages to Walsingham<br />

in medieval times when Kings Lynn was still called<br />

Bishop's Lynn. Walsingham was probably the second<br />

most important pilgrimage site in England in those<br />

days.<br />

A vast collection of pilgrim badges and allied items<br />

were mainly collected from the mud of the Purfleet<br />

by local schoolchildren in Victorian times.<br />

Our photograph (courtesy of Peter Coombes) shows<br />

close ups of a selection of these types of 'tourist<br />

souvenirs'. The production of these metal objects was<br />

usually undertaken by local religious establishments<br />

which provided them with much needed funds. The<br />

very bottom item shown is part of a stone mould<br />

used for manufacture and was found at Pentney<br />

Abbey.<br />

There were hundreds of badges with representations<br />

of the Annunciation, particularly popular with<br />

pilgrims to Walsingham.<br />

Another popular souvenir was some form of ampuila,<br />

a small container to hold, perhaps, Holy Water, which<br />

would be hung around the neck - often in the hope<br />

of a miraculous cure. An example is shown - number<br />

21 in the third row of the photograph.<br />

Also many visitors would buy a special purse to hold<br />

all their precious souvenirs, and item 42 is a replica<br />

purse frame from the late 1500s.<br />

All in all the pilgrimage exhibition was fascinating<br />

and threw much light on the religious beliefs and<br />

rites before the country became Protestant.<br />

The history group still welcomes new members. For<br />

details contact: littlebethany2@yahoo.com.<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

Trees and Shrubs - presented by Richard Hobbs<br />

On July 25th, despite the very hot weather, 65<br />

members of Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

attended our monthly meeting to hear Richard<br />

Hobbs talking about trees and shrubs. Richard, a<br />

career botanist and previous Director of Norfolk<br />

Wildlife Trust is a sought after speaker and currently<br />

a panel member of BBC Radio Norfolk's "Garden<br />

Party" answering listeners' questions. Richard gave<br />

a highly informative and well illustrated talk on<br />

trees and shrubs from around the world with many<br />

fascinating insights into their lifecycle, appearance,<br />

use and management. The talk started with the<br />

Ginkgo biloba tree, one of the oldest species of<br />

living tree which grows up to 80 feet tall and in<br />

Britain is called the Ginkgo maidenhair, as the leaves<br />

are like the maidenhair fern. The Hawthorn tree is<br />

more suitable for small gardens and has lovely red<br />

flowers. Whereas the European Larch, which was<br />

introduced to Britain in the 17th century and can live<br />

for 250 years, is a much larger tree native to the high<br />

mountains of central Europe. The mighty oak tree<br />

comes in many varieties with the most number of<br />

species found in North America, such as the Pin oak,<br />

a flowering oak that produces both male and female<br />

flowers (catkins). The oak is very long lived, one slide<br />

showing a pollarded oak 850 years old. The cork tree<br />

is also part of the oak family and provides Portugal<br />

with one of its biggest industries, supplying 50% of<br />

the world's cork needs. Richard showed slides of<br />

the trees being stripped of their cork layer, which<br />

is about 3 inches thick, revealing a red trunk until<br />

the cork grows back, which takes about 10 years.<br />

Other long lived trees include the ash tree, which<br />

can live to over 400 years old or longer if coppiced.<br />

One of the longest lived trees is the olive tree, which<br />

was first cultivated some 7,000 years ago in the<br />

Mediterranean, although fossil evidence indicates it<br />

had its origins some 20-40 million years ago. There<br />

are confirmed radiocarbon dating studies of olive<br />

trees over 2,000 years old which are still producing<br />

fruit! Despite its great age the olive tree is a relatively<br />

short and squat tree that rarely grows more than<br />

8-15 metres and has a gnarled trunk. The olive<br />

tree sends out long roots horizontally searching for<br />

water, with roots up to 2.3 kilometres having been<br />

recorded. Almost everyone in the audience learned<br />

something new about trees from Richard’s excellent<br />

presentation, which stimulated numerous questions<br />

from the appreciative members present.<br />

Our September meeting is on Thursday September<br />

26th, 2.30pm at Holme Hale Pavilion, when our<br />

speaker Jane Steward will present “Reviving the<br />

Medlar”. New members are always welcome.<br />

www.ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com<br />

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Downham Grange<br />

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market<br />

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new<br />

purpose-built development in Downham Market.<br />

We provide meaningful person-centred exceptional care for those in<br />

need of residential, respite, nursing or dementia care.<br />

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

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

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

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining<br />

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

independence and social inclusion.<br />

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

of people who require nursing and dementia<br />

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

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual<br />

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

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

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

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

chooses to spend their day.<br />

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

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

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

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

We really want to make a difference<br />

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

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

home to the highest specifications,<br />

giving particular consideration<br />

to making the design and layout<br />

suitable for people living with a<br />

dementia.<br />

This new home will enable us to<br />

continue to provide high-quality<br />

surroundings and environment. It<br />

will ensure our staff deliver quality<br />

of service and improve the quality of<br />

life of our residents every day.<br />

The staff at Downham Grange go<br />

that extra mile to make the home<br />

feel comfortable and relaxed. We<br />

like Downham Grange to feel like<br />

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

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

activities as well as other ongoing<br />

activities that take place throughout<br />

the day.<br />

“It took me just a few<br />

days to feel at home<br />

because the staff are<br />

so welcoming and<br />

caring”<br />

Downham Grange Care Home<br />

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,<br />

Norfolk PE38 9PA<br />

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861<br />

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

www.kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk<br />


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

At the beginning of July we started our new Lionisic Year<br />

2019-2020 with our new Club President, Lioness Nicola<br />

Claxton at the helm. We said farewell to our outgoing<br />

President Anne Dryden as she prepared to set off to St.<br />

Lucia to stay with family and have a well-earned rest,<br />

after a busy and successful year as our Lioness President.<br />

At our changeover evening which was held at Norfolk<br />

Woods Resort at Pentney, Anne handed over the Chain<br />

of Office to our incoming President Nicola.<br />

Anne was presented with<br />

gifts from the Lionesses<br />

as a token of our<br />

appreciation for all the<br />

fantastic work she has<br />

done as our President<br />

over the last year.<br />

Our new President Nicola<br />

has now also taken<br />

on the role of District<br />

Lioness Chairman, and<br />

will therefore be chairing<br />

our 3 District meetings<br />

per year, and also visiting<br />

all the other Lioness Clubs in our new District CE, which<br />

means travelling as far afield as Chelmsford in the south,<br />

and Sleaford in the north.<br />

We ran our “Play Your Cards Right” game stall at<br />

the Community Hospital Garden Fete and had a fun<br />

afternoon there, raising £30 for the Hospital League of<br />

Friends.<br />

Some of us went to support our Lions Club event, the<br />

“From Brecks to Broads” entertainment evening, and 7<br />

of us supported the <strong>Swaffham</strong> & Litcham Home Hospice<br />

Afternoon Tea and enjoyed it regardless of the rain!<br />

On August Bank Holiday Sunday we will be found at<br />

the Classic Car Rally on the Recreation ground with our<br />

Tombola stall and Bric-a-brac, so hopefully the weather<br />

will be fine.<br />

Future Events - We will be holding a Macmillan<br />

Coffee Morning on 21st September hosted by Lioness<br />

Karen, and a Ladies Pudding Quiz on 11th October<br />

at the Catholic Church Meeting Room. Lots to look<br />

forward to!<br />

For more information about the Lioness Club call us<br />

on 01760 723377.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA Courses for September<br />

In September two very contrasting courses are<br />

on offer from <strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA. Popular tutor Mary<br />

Fewster returns with more local history, this time<br />

looking at warfare and defence in East Anglia from<br />

the time of the Middle Ages to 1914. Topics will<br />

include castles, fortified houses and walled towns,<br />

and the involvement of all classes of people, from<br />

generals and admirals to the ordinary men mustering<br />

with their pikes and muskets. Rebellion, civil war and<br />

invasion threats all feature in our region’s history.<br />

Town records, account books, diaries, letters,<br />

memorials, and buildings all tell their stories, and<br />

form part of the course. Defence of the Realm begins<br />

on Monday 23 September at 7.30pm.<br />

Costume dramas are a staple of film and TV, but<br />

how accurate are the often lavish costumes we<br />

see? <strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA’s second course sets out to<br />

answer this question when tutor Ian Chipperfield<br />

investigates how eighteenth century clothing was<br />

worn, who made it and how much it cost. The range<br />

of clothing from court wear to the humble servant is<br />

included using contemporary sources and research<br />

on surviving garments in museum collections.<br />

Dressing the Eighteenth Century Woman begins on<br />

Friday 27 September at 10am.<br />

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

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

7RD. The fee for each course is £62, comprising<br />

eight weekly sessions of two hours each. You can<br />

either enroll by phone on 0300 303 3464 or online at<br />

www.wea.org.uk where you can also find out more<br />

information about these and other WEA courses.<br />

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Mayor's Parlour<br />

Dear all, another month has come and<br />

gone, these summer days definitely<br />

make one more productive I find.<br />

There’s nothing like an evening with<br />

TOSH, which all happened at Great<br />

Cressingham village Hall. A lovely<br />

enthusiastic bunch of people ranging from very young<br />

to middling age group, it was a treat to be entertained<br />

with their dancing, singing and acting. I did enjoy it and<br />

look forward to the next production<br />

We did have that spell of extremely hot weather, the<br />

hottest day was when I went to RAF Marham for the<br />

Family Day, it was fantastic. I was allowed to take some<br />

of my grandchildren who loved trips round the aircraft,<br />

simulators and various rides, the bumper cars were a<br />

favourite. There was of course the show itself, the Red<br />

Arrows were amazing as usual. I do remember that the<br />

public used to be able to attend these Days but security<br />

has been very much stepped up probably due to the<br />

Lightning plane which is now based there. I think we<br />

were all wilting a little bit at the end of the day and I<br />

took home some happy, but tired children.<br />

The other Friday afternoon I joined Sally Palmer<br />

and her group of young people as they wanted to<br />

demonstrate that people can be perceived incorrectly,<br />

we all wore hoodies, I’m trusting more about this is in<br />

the newsletter. A lovely lot of young people, it was good<br />

to see you all and many thanks to Sally for all she does,<br />

she’s got a wonderful rapport, only wish she had more<br />

time to give.<br />

Dad's Army Day on the market was a great success,<br />

the sun shone and there was a real buzz about the<br />

place. We love putting these events on but they do cost<br />

money, we shall be looking for sponsors to help out<br />

next year.<br />

By the time of writing my next newsletter I should<br />

have a definite idea as to whether we are able to take<br />

our ideas for the Green Britain forward. This is going<br />

to be considered by Breckland at the end of the week,<br />

if they give us the go ahead we would obviously have<br />

to get a business plan in place, not to mention surveys<br />

etc, at the end of this we would put it out to a public<br />

consultation. All very exciting for <strong>Swaffham</strong> if we do get<br />

the go ahead, but it will take a few months to compile<br />

as you can imagine.<br />

The council have their own gazebo on the market now,<br />

a weekly Councillor Surgery which seems to be going<br />

well. We do welcome your thoughts and this gives us<br />

an opportunity to talk to residents and tell you what is<br />

happening, what the Council can or can’t do and more<br />

importantly why and of course it’s also a chance for you<br />

to come and say hello.<br />

Having survived the gale force winds and rain at the<br />

weekend those weeds look a lot easier to pull, I must<br />

get on!<br />

All the best, Jill

In Touch With Your Town<br />

'In Touch with your Town' is put<br />

together by the Town Clerk Richard<br />

Bishop or occasionally by the Deputy<br />

Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals with<br />

some of the most topical items of the<br />

day and the odd item where the Council want to share<br />

information with the Town.<br />

Recreation Ground Toilets<br />

Work is now completed at the Recreation Ground<br />

Toilets to reinstate the facilities. Please take note the<br />

roof has been painted with anti-climb paint. If you go<br />

up there you will end up being covered in a not very<br />

pleasant sticky grease. The doors have a timed lock as<br />

the facilities will not be available after dark, we will<br />

publish the opening times when they are agreed by<br />

the Council. There is a disabled toilet, and this can<br />

be opened by a RADAR key. Local tradesmen and the<br />

Town Council have worked together to get these toilets<br />

open. Our grateful thanks go to James Edwards from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Stoves, and Craig McColl from CJM electrical<br />

who have put in their own time and resources into the<br />

project. The toilets were open for the first time at the<br />

recent Classic Car and Family Fun Day on Sunday 25th<br />

August.<br />

Filming At The Council Meetings<br />

The Council Meetings are filmed and streamed ‘Live’<br />

on the Council Facebook site, with both the July and<br />

August meetings now available on You-Tube. The Live<br />

link allowed residents to view the meeting and listen to<br />

the debate for the first time. All Full Council meetings<br />

going forward will now be streamed and available on<br />

Facebook. It does show democracy in action and you<br />

may not agree with all of the discussions. Social Media<br />

is a very good tool for communicating to the general<br />

public, and the Town Council welcome your comments<br />

good or bad. All we do ask is for the comments to be<br />

courteous. Comments that are rude, or offensive,<br />

will not be tolerated, particularly if they are targeted<br />

towards any individual Councillors or Staff. You will see<br />

from the live feed, that Councillors don’t always agree<br />

with each other, or with recommendations by Staff,<br />

but together we work for the benefit of all who live,<br />

work or visit <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The Council’s Social Media<br />

Policy is on the website www.swaffhamtowncouncil.<br />

gov.uk<br />

Town Councillor Surgery At <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market<br />

The Town Council continue to hold a weekly ‘Town<br />

Councillor Surgery’ at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market. Please come<br />

along and talk to your local Councillors about any of<br />

your concerns, they will be there from 10am – 1pm<br />

every Saturday. This is proving to be popular to date<br />

and the interaction directly with Councillors seems to<br />

be appreciated – thank you for your positive feedback<br />

Town Councillor – New E-Mail Addresses<br />

Please look out for all of your Councillors new e-mail<br />

addresses, as we have given each Councillor a<br />

dedicated e-mail address just for their Council work.<br />

This is help us meet the standards of the General Data<br />

Protection Regulations. These are now published in<br />

this newsletter and on the Council’s website.<br />

Iceni Partnership<br />

It is always a pleasure to attend events in the<br />

Community Centre, although the recent event to<br />

say goodbye to Don Saunders Manager of Iceni for<br />

the past 8 years was always going to be tinged with<br />

sadness. Don will be missed of course, but the success<br />

story goes on and that is part of Don’s legacy to the<br />

Town. Always a pleasure to work with and to tackle<br />

whatever came through the door and to resolve the<br />

odd challenge thrown his way from the Town Council.<br />

So, we sincerely thank him for that and wish him well<br />

for the future. To be a witness to Jurgita’s personal<br />

tribute, was an absolute privilege, as it summed up<br />

everything, that we all knew about Don. We also take<br />

this opportunity to wish Claire Cotterill Iceni’s new<br />

Manager, all the very best in her new job. We look<br />

forward to working with her and her team, supporting<br />

them and working in partnership as always for the<br />

benefit of the Town.<br />

Christmas Light Switch-On<br />

Unbelievably we are mentioning the Christmas<br />

word once more, as we are taking bookings for the<br />

Christmas Light Switch-On which will be on Sunday<br />

1st December later this year. If you are interested<br />

in helping out or would like to book a Stall, then we<br />

would be pleased to hear from you at the Town Hall.<br />

Please contact Hannah Duggan E-mail administrator@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01760<br />

722922 – thank you.<br />

Dad’s Army Day, Saturday 3rd August<br />

There was something for everyone at <strong>Swaffham</strong> on<br />

Dad’s Army Day. The town and market were taken<br />

back to the 40s by the Dad’s Army team who paraded,<br />

danced and sang,<br />

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

Market.<br />

Jill Skinner, Mayor<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> said<br />

“It was fantastic to<br />

see the town and<br />

market getting<br />

involved in the<br />

event, it really brought the Market Place to life. The<br />

Dad's Army Team and Timescape singers put on an<br />

amazing show, and it was great to see the children<br />

getting involved.”<br />

The Walmington-on-Sea platoon from the Dad’s<br />

Army Museum in Thetford were ‘on parade’ with<br />

the unmissable Jones the butchers van. While music<br />

from the singing duo Timescape and the Street Organ<br />

from Thursford really brought the 40s to life. This<br />

year for the first time<br />

there were free rides<br />

for children on some<br />

vintage ‘swing chairs’,<br />

today’s generation<br />

seemed to enjoy the<br />

‘old fashioned’ thrills<br />

and didn’t want to get<br />

off at the end of their<br />

ride!<br />

There were displays<br />

and stalls from military<br />

enthusiasts and<br />

charities including ‘Memoirs of a Desert Rat’ by Chris<br />

and Maureen Page, military vehicles from the time and<br />

the GHQ Auxillaries who took over the garden at the<br />

White Hart for some secret planning. We were very<br />

pleased to welcome local military groups who support<br />

our present day armed forces in many different ways<br />

including SSAFA, Royal British Legion and Help for<br />

Heroes.<br />

There was a great choice of food around the Market<br />

and town from a special BBQ from Papworths to<br />

amazing Afternoon Tea from the Indoor Market café.<br />

Thanks to the Red Lion and Pedlars Café who made<br />

sure that the platoon were well fed and refreshed<br />

throughout the day. All this alongside the amazing<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market and Auction.<br />

The Town Council<br />

Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner<br />

CllrSkinner.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Keith Sandle<br />

CllrSandle.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Judy Anscombe<br />

CllrAnscombe.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Lindsay Beech<br />

CllrBeech.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Stewart Bell,<br />

CllrBell.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Wendy Bensley<br />

CllrBensley.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Paul Darby<br />

CllrDarby.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Graham Edwards<br />

CllrEdwards.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Brendan Holmes<br />

CllrHolmes.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Colin Houghton<br />

CllrHoughton.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Shirley Matthews<br />

CllrMatthews.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Ian Pilcher<br />

CllrPilcher.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Les Scott<br />

CllrScott.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

38 39<br />

Officers:<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk,<br />

@<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 0722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall opening times:<br />

Monday 9.30am – 1.00pm. 1.30pm – 4.00pm<br />

Tuesday - Friday – 9.30a.m – 1.00pm.<br />

Town Council Committee meeting dates<br />

• Tue 3rd – Transport, Access & Environment<br />

4pm- 5.30pm<br />

• Wed 11th - Full Town Council meeting<br />

6.30pm - 9pm (streaming live on Facebook – @<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>TownCouncil)<br />

• Mon 16th - Market, Events & Tourism<br />

6.30 pm - 8pm Relief in Need – 4pm – 5.30pm<br />

• Mon 23rd - Recreation & Community Services<br />

6.30pm – 8pm<br />

• Tue 24th - Planning & Built Environment<br />

4pm – 5.30pm<br />

• Mon 28th – Finance<br />

6.30pm – 8pm<br />

Your Breckland District Councillors:<br />

Cllr. David Wickerson<br />

01760 725 441<br />

david.wickerson@breckland.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Ian Sherwood<br />

07795 236 878<br />

ian.sherwood@breckland.gov.uk<br />

Cllr Ed Colman - also your Norfolk County Councillor<br />

07940 406 356<br />

ed.colman@breckland.gov.uk/ ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Breckland District Council<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk<br />

01362 256 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,<br />

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits.<br />

Highway issues<br />

Norfolk County Council – www.norfolk.gov.uk – 0344<br />

800 8020<br />

For Highway issues & faulty street lights:<br />

- Highways - please give the location of the issue and<br />

a telephone number where further information can be<br />

obtained.<br />

- Faulty streetlights – please give the precise location<br />

of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit the website and search for Highways<br />

or Street Lights to report your concerns.

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