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November 2019

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership

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NEWS EVENTS INFORMATION

Nicholas Hamond Academy's

'worry box' for mental health

Read more about how students raised awareness on p.8

REGULARS

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Boddy

Centre

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Swaffham

Lions

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Swaffham

Rotary

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4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events

7 School Speak

8 Magpie Centre/Dementia Café

9 Church News

11 Merle Boddy Centre

12 Swaffham Lions/Lionesses

14 WI Clubs

16 Age Concern

Christmas Gift Donations

As Christmas approaches, we are getting things in

order for our annual free lunch on 25th December

at the Assembly Rooms. We are very lucky to receive

lots of help with food from local businesses in the

town. However, we could also benefit from individual

donations of small gifts such as chocolates, toiletries

etc. for our raffle. If you have anything suitable to

donate, you can drop them off at the Iceni office.

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18 Swaffham Rotary

19 SCALGA/Swaffham Camera Club

20 Swaffham Players

24 Swaffham Jazz Club/Pot of Gold

26 Museum Matters

27 Hospital LOFs

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833kg

Swaffham

Christmas Lunch

In the Parish Church of

ST PETER & ST PAUL

SWAFFHAM

25 th December,

Midday to 3pm, with food

served at 1pm

Swaffham Assembly Rooms

Iceni Partnership invite you to

join us for a free lunch and afternoon of

Saturday 23 rd November 2019

9.30am – 1.00pm

Christmas Prize Draw

- 1st Prize £100 -

and many other prizes

entertainment on Christmas Day.

If you would like to attend please

contact us on 01760 722800

~ Raffles ~ Tombolas ~ Refreshments ~

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cakes ~ gifts ~ books ~ scarves

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Upcoming Events

Swaffham Rugby Club Fireworks Night Sunday 3rd November,

Swaffham RUFC, N.Pickenham Rd PE37 7QX. Gates open 5pm, fireworks 7pm.

BBQ, refreshments and bar. Side stalls and kid's stands. Tickets: Adults £5, OAPs/

Children (5-16 yrs) £3. Children under 5 free. Family ticket inc. 2 adults & 3

children £10 (saving £9). Tickets on the gate or available from the Rugby Club

Thursday nights 6.30-8pm or Sunday mornings 9.30am - 12pm.

Hannah Maxwell in “I AMDRAM” Writer, storyteller, Edinburgh

Fringe star performer. 7pm, Monday 4th November, Great Massingham Village

Hall. Welcome drink, two-course meal, show: £19.50, pay at the door. Booking

essential! Please book by contacting massinghamfilmnighht@gmail.com by

Sunday 3rd Nov. This evening is open to non-members. Bring friends and family.

We Will Remember Them Thursday 7th November, 7.30pm at

Swaffham Parish Church. Swaffham Branch of Royal British Legion presents a

programme of entertainment in aid of The Poppy Appeal. A collection will be

taken on the evening.

Soundbath With Sally Carter Friday 8th November 2pm - 4pm

Pickenham Hub (formerly the primary school), South Pickenham Road, North

Pickenham, PE37 8LG. £10. Bring a mat, cushions, blanket or anything to lay

down on, or we can provide a chair if needed.

Desert Rats Association Remembrance Day Sunday 10th

November, 10.30am at High Ash, Thetford Forest IP26 5BZ. A service to

commemorate all servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice

over the centuries in defence of our nation. For more information please visit

the website: www.desertrats.org.uk.

Cheese & Wine Evening 7pm onwards, Saturday 16th November

Pickenham Hub (formerly the primary school), South Pickenham Road, North

Pickenham, PE37 8LG - - Tickets £12. Alternative of pâté if you don’t want

cheese. Cash bar. Tickets from Karen Farnsworth 01760 440027

Christmas Wreath Demonstration 7pm, Tuesday 19th November

– -Pickenham Hub (formerly the primary school), South Pickenham Road, North

Pickenham, PE37 8LG . £7.50 to include a drink and nibbles Tickets from Cherry

Cook 07899 918504.

Traditional Christmas Craft Fayre Sat 23rd November, 9am-3pm,

The Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Swaffham. Free entry. Tombola and

refreshments. Lots of handmade goods for Christmas. In aid of Swaffham

Community Hospital.

Christmas Fayre Saturday 23rd November, Pickenham Hub (formerly the

primary school), South Pickenham Road, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG - 10am –

4pm. Come and get some individual gifts for Christmas. If you would like to have

a stall please book through the Events page on the Pickenham Hub Facebook

page, or Hayley Stevens 07919 020 223

Sacred Heart Barn Crafts Design your own Christmas cards, Monday

25th November, 10.00am – 2.00pm 17 Mangate St, Swaffham PE37 7QW. Cost

£20. Use a range of different printing and paper techniques All materials, tea

and coffee provided. Bring your own packed lunch. Contact srfrancis8@hotmail.

co.uk for more information.

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) Illustrated Talk

Tuesday 26th November 2019, 7.30pm at the Barn Theatre, Sacred Heart

Convent School, Swaffham. Access and parking from Sporle Road.

Please come along to this illustrated talk by Chris Knights, entitled: Farmland

Birds. Visitors most welcome. Admission £2 on the night if you are not a NarVOS

member. For more information about this meeting or NarVOS call Ian Black on

01760 724092

Necton Primary School Christmas Fayre. Thursday November 28th

4.30-6.30pm. Grotto, raffle, tombola, BBQ, refreshments, children's craft stalls

and games.

Britain’s Bad Boys of Magic Friday 6 December, 2pm-3:30pm –

Necton Community Centre. Silver Social brings another exciting performance

to Breckland in December that is not to be missed! Britain’s Bad Boys of Magic,

Kane & Abel will be touring the rural community with their show Breaking the

Magicians’ Code. Tickets are just £5, tea and cake is included! Free Transport

can be arranged to any of our venues from residents' homes for those without

access to a car or public transport. Tickets can be paid on the door, however

people are advised to reserve their place in advance via www.thesilversocial.

com or by calling 01362 656870.

Westacre Theatre www.westacretheatre.com 01760 755800

Wed 6 Nov: On Screen YESTERDAY (2019) [15] 116 mins Written by Richard

Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle 2pm for £8

Thu 7 Nov: On Screen National Theatre Live Broadcast HANSARD starring

Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings 7pm for £15

Sat 9 Nov: On Stage PEARLS FROM THE GRIT from the Poetry People about

Lowestoft’s fishing community 7:30pm for £12

Wed 13 Nov: On Screen A DOG’S WAY HOME (2019) [PG] 96 mins 2pm for £8

Thu 14 Nov: On Screen National Theatre recorded at London’s Bridge Theatre A

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy

directed by Nicholas Hytner. 7pm for £15

Fri 22, Sat 23, Fri 29, and Sat 30 Nov: On Stage with The Westacre Theatre

Company HAPPY JACK written by John Godber and starring Westacre favourites

Karen Bates and Richard Morgan 7:30pm for £16 (£12 for under 21s)

Thur 28 Nov: On Screen National Theatre recorded at The Old Vic PRESENT

LAUGHTER written by Noel Coward and starring Andrew Scott 7pm for £15

Regular Meetings & Events

MONDAY

1st Swaffham Scouts 7-9 at Cockley Cley, Iceni Village, Scout Hut.

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

Adrian Searle on 07771 603409 or group Secretary Ali Plomer on 01760 441175

Art Class at The Old Art Room 93 Market Place. Techniques, tutoring

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

Tel.01760 337181 je.clark176@btinternet.com

Carpet Bowls - Pickenham Hub (formerly the primary school), South

Pickenham Road, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG Mondays 2.30pm – 4.30pm £10

joining fee, then £3.00 per session. Contact Keith Saunders 07771 936 686

Central Norfolk Dog Training Club Hilborough Village Hall, Westgate

Street, Hilborough, Norfolk IP26 5BN. 4 classes available, from puppies to

intermediate. Every Monday from 6.30pm. Tel: Chris 07745 892417

Crochet Lessons Courses for complete beginners to include all materials to

get you started. Each course consists of 3 x 2 hour sessions starting 7th October

2019. Monday mornings in Swaffham. For prices and all relevant information

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

Free Meal Monday Every 3rd Monday of the month, 11am - 1pm,

Swaffham Assembly Rooms. Join us for a free 2 course vegetarian meal. Find

dates in Newsletter ad.

Hi-5 Allsports 5.30pm - 6.30pm Hi-5 Allsports kids club (5-14 years old) ALL

different types of sports at Swaffham Rugby Club.

5.30pm - 6.30pm RABBLE for adults all different types of sports at Swaffham

Rugby Club.

Kickboxing Club Juniors 5+ 5pm – 6pm, Inters 6-7pm, Adults 7pm – 8.30pm

Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196

Pheonix Singers Meets every Monday at 7pm in the Methodist Church

school room.

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

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

07854 736 920

Rotary Club of Swaffham Meets at The George Hotel - 1st Monday of the

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

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

197994/07425 607667

Swaffham 1894 Squadron Air Training Corps 7.00 - 9.30pm.

TA Centre, Sporle Road, Swaffham. Ages 13 to 18 years. Tel: 01760724617

Swaffham History Group 2nd Monday, 2 – 4pm, Swaffham Museum.

New members always welcome – no charge. 01760 724470. jbaz@go-plus.net.

Swaffham Lions Meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at Swaffham

Assembly Rooms,7:30pm. All welcome. Contact Peter Young 01760 724120

Swaffham Players every Monday and Wednesday, 7:30pm Baptist Church,

Swaffham. If you are interested in joining a fabulous team please contact John

or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email swaffhamplayers@gmail.com

Swaffham Voluntary Stroke Group meet on the 3rd Monday of the

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

on 7507 494103 for further details.

Junior Snooker & Billiards 4-7pm @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy, West

Acre 01760 755337 for details and to book, 9 -16 years

TOSH community drama group meets 7pm - 8.30pm at Great Cressingham

Village Hall. More details Fiona 07768211087

Youthie 5.30 - 7pm, 8 -11 yrs. Swaffham Community Centre. Contact 01760

722800 for more info. Holiday times announced on Facebook.

TUESDAY

1st Swaffham Cubs Meet Tuesday 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Scout Hut at

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

more information contact Group Scout Leader, Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687

gsl1stswaffham@gmail.com

Alcoholics Anonymous Swaffham Weekly 7pm - 8pm at Swaffham

Community Ctr. The Campingland, PE37 7RB. Fully wheelchair accessible.

Swaffham Army Cadets TA Centre, Sporle Rd 7.30-9.30pm. Ages 12 – 18.

www.norfolkacf.org 2907pea@armymail.mod.uk 07899 189 973 The Art

Studio Modern Art Evening Classes By Peter Henry PGCE, BA. Tuesdays

7-9pm. Refreshments. Adults/all abilities Email: salsum06@aol.com/01760

720540

Bounce and Rhyme Time 10-10.30am at Swaffham Library. Fun with

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

afterwards. Contact 01760 721513 for more info. Breckland Customer Services,

10am-1pm at Swaffham Library. IT Support, 10am-12noon at Swaffham Library.

Help with getting online with our IT Support volunteer. Contact 01760 721513

for more info and booking.

Breckland Customer Services 10 -5pm at Swaffham Library.

Swaffham Bridge Club The Church Rooms, Church of Our Lady of Pity

31, Station Street. Swaffham PE37 7HP 6.30pm for 6.45pm. Sue 01328 701545

Carpet Bowls - Pickenham Hub (formerly the primary school), South

Pickenham Road, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG Tuesdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm £10

joining fee, then £3.00 per session. Contact Keith Saunders 07771 936 686

Child Health Clinic at Swaffham Children Centre. 01760 721101 1st Tuesday

monthly 1.15 - 2.45pm run by local Health Visiting Team

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Coffee Morning, third Tuesday at

10:15am. Methodist Hall, London Street. Tel: David Moore 01760 723740

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

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

Looking at and discussing a small bible passage. Oasis Centre 01760 723175

Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art

&Textile Studio. 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 £10 Tel.01760 337181

Holme Hale Whist Club Meets at Tony Evans Centre of Holme Hale Village

Hall on the First and Third Tuesdays @ 1.30pm. Contact Mrs Sue Ludlow on

01760 441660 for more details.

Jump, Jive & Swing Swaffham Community Centre, 7.45pm. Classes 8pm

until 9.45pm with social dancing until 10.30pm. www.jumpjiveswing.com

Karate Club Every Tuesday in Swaffham Assembly Rooms 6pm-7pm, this is

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

Mob: 07767 721558 Email: officetskr@gmail.com

Knitting, Crochet And Sewing Group - Pickenham Hub (formerly

the primary school), South Pickenham Road, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG.

Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm. £3 a session. Contact Treasure Kipping 01760 441150

Pickenhams’ WI 2nd Tuesday 2pm St Andrew’s Church (not August)

PROBUS Club of Swaffham Meet second Tues of the month for lunch at

the George Hotel, 12.30 for 1pm. Rod Goddard 01760 722 834 rodgoddard@

hotmail.com

Royal British Legion, Swaffham & District Branch 8pm, 3rd Tuesday

Swaffham Conservative Club. Tel: Jo Scott 01760 721277.

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

the month at Valentine Barker Court, Swaffham, from 2-30pm – 4-30pm. All

welcome, you do not have to be ex- service personal or have connection with

the Armed Forces. Please Contact Frances on 01760 724445 or Iris on 01760

721430,

The Royal Elizabethan Lodge Meets alternate Tuesdays, 8pm in the

Conservative Club. Tel: W Rogers 01760 720632 or S Trattle 01760 721760

Swaffham Rugby Football Club Tuesday Seniors Training 7:30 - 9

Seniors Keep Fit 3pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit

Stitch, Mardle and Mend A group of keen crafters covering Patchwork,

Knitting, Crochet, Cross Stitch etc 7-9pm, £1.

Tel Adrienne 01760 336268

Slimming World 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Stanley's. Use

Asda's carpark. Edyta 07428 516814

SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Partnership) Meetings held

quarterly 3rd Tuesday at Town Hall, 7pm. Next meeting in 2019 15th October.

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

information please ring Celia on 01362 687316

Swaffham St John Ambulance Cadets 7.15pm until 8.45pm,10 to 17

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

Taekwondo 6:30 - 7:30pm Swaffham Community Centre 01760336044

Tai Chi beginners welcome East Dereham at 11am 01760723102

Swaffham Wellbeing Group Are you feeling low, or recovering from

ill health? Just want to meet other people? Make new friends at Community

Centre, every Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00. Contact Family Action. Tel: 01760 725801

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy 6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors

(16+) , Holme Hale Village Hall IP25 7DP

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club West Acre Village Hall, 2 - 4pm. £2 per

session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome. Tel: Belinda

01760 755184 or Betty 01760 755235 Email: Belinda_Bush@hotmail.com

Weight Watchers 5:30-6.30pm Swaffham Community Centre.

Nikki 07970316054

Yoga at Great Dunham Village Hall 10.30am till 12.00pm, £8 per

session, please contact Jayne on 07544974342

Yoga at Necton Community Centre

2pm till 3.30pm, £8 per session, please contact Jayne on 07544974342

Zumba With Becks Swaffham Assembly Rooms 7-8pm bectuff@hotmail.

co.uk £5

WEDNESDAY

1st Swaffham Rainbows Term time only, 17:00-18:00 Swaffham Infant

School. Girls aged 5 to 7 yrs. Tracey Clements 07770236689

2nd Swaffham Brownies Term time only, 18:00-19:30. Meeting at

Swaffham First School. Girls aged 7 to 10 yrs invited to join. Contact Clare Smith

07917468057 or Chrissie Brown 07970104771.

Conservative Party, Swaffham Branch meets every 3rd Wednesday

every other month. All welcome.

Swaffham 1894 Squadron Air Training Corps 7:00-9:30pm.

TA Centre, Sporle Road, Swaffham. Ages 12 (yr8) to 18 years. Tel: 01760724617

Dementia Café first Weds of month, 10am-12noon. Swaffham Assembly

Rooms. Support, information and social activity. Refreshments provided. 01603

763556

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

10-1pm or 1.30-4.30pm, £25 per session Call 01760 723624

Bingo First Wednesday of every month, Holme Hale Pavilion. Eyes down

7:30pm. Cash prizes. Tel: June Hewing 01760 441327

Bingo Swaffham Conservative Club 7:00 – 9:00pm (eyes down for 7:30). Nonmembers

30p entry.

Swaffham Camera Club 1st and 3rd Weds of every month, 7 for 7:30pm

at Lydney House, Norwich Road. All abilities welcome! lynibbitson@gmail.com

Creative Textile Certificate 10 Week Course at The Old Art Room, 93

Market Place Swaffham. Tel Jane 01760 337181

Dementia Café Free cafe offering support, information for those living with

dementia and their families/carers. Assembly Rooms. Call Celia 01362 687316.

Swaffham WI Methodist Church on first Wednesday at 2pm during winter

months. Telephone Fiona Walker on 01760 722879.

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

to experience the healing power of Jesus. Tel: 01760 723175

Henchmans Wednesday 7pm-11pm – Tabletop and Roleplaying Games.

Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13 Station Street,

Swaffham PE37 7LL.

The Swaffham and District Branch of the Labour Party

meets in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm, last Weds of the month.

Stitch, Mardle and Mend A group of keen crafters covering Patchwork,

Knitting, Crochet etc. From 10am at Market Cross Inn, Swaffham

Oasis Wednesday Worship: 10am - 11am. Worship and prayer

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

Place Swaffham are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Two sessions each

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

and refreshments. Call 01760 723624 to book.

Baby Signing Classes -Sing and Sign Swaffham Community Centre

(Dickens Room). Help your baby to communicate before speech with our

award winning music classes. 10am Stage 2 14mths - 2yrs. 11am Stage 1 6mths

- 14mths. Term time only. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact

Andrea 07905 061336 or Email kingslynn@singandsign.co.uk

Swaffham Players every Monday and Wednesday, 7:30pm Baptist Church,

Swaffham. If you are interested in joining a fabulous team please contact John

or Nicky on 01760 721568 or email swaffhamplayers@gmail.com

Swaffham Veterans Snooker Group (60+) 10am-1pm at West Acre Village

Hall, PE32 1TQ. £3 per player. Call Phillip on 01760 755337

St. John Ambulance - Swaffham (Adults) Every Wednesday 7.30pm -

9.30pm First Aid training 18 years upwards. 07900927233

Swaffham VIPs A social club suitable for those with failing sight and

degenerative medical conditions. Swaffham Community Centre 4th Wed

(except August) 1.30-3.30pm £4. 01760 722800.

Tai Chi beginners class 11.30am Swaffham Community Centre 01760 723102

or barbara.smith58@yahoo.co.uk

http://www.academytaichi.co.uk

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

,Holme Hale Village Hall IP25 7DP

TOSH community drama group meets from 7pm to 9pm at the Methodist

Rooms in Swaffham More details Fiona 07768211087

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

Youth Club - Pickenham Hub (formerly the primary school), South Pickenham

Road, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG. For ages 11 – 18 years old. Every Wednesday

6pm – 7.30pm. Tuck shop. Come and chill. Contact Cherry Cook 01760 440 544

THURSDAY

1st Swaffham Beavers Meet Thursday 6 to 7:15 at the Scout Hut at

Cockley Cley. For boys and girls aged 6 to 8. New members welcome. For

more information contact Group Scout Leader, Carolyn Cooper 07816 208687

gsl1stswaffham@gmail.com

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

Place Swaffham are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Two sessions each

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

and refreshments. Call 01760 723624

Beachamwell WI 1st Thursday 7.30pm. New members or visitors always

welcome. Contact Maggie 01366 327023 or Helen 01366 328589

Swaffham Bridge Club See Tues for details. 6.30pm for 6.45pm start

except for the first Thursday in the month 2pm to 6pm

Café at The Pickenham Hub Every Thursday, 9.30am - 4pm, with hot

food 10am - 3pm. In the former primary school, South Pickenham Rd, North

Pickenham PE37 8LG.

Swaffham Countrysiders Every second Thursday of the month. 7 -

8.30pm. Part of the Young Farmers for 10 - 16 years old. At Pickenham Hub

(formerly the primary school), South Pickenham Road, North Pickenham, PE37

8LG. https://norfolkyfc.co.uk/countrysiders.php for more information and

programme of events.

Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration in a modern equipped Art

&Textile Studio. 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 £10 Tel.01760 337181

Games and Colouring Afternoon 2-4pm at Swaffham Library. Join us for

a friendly chat and a cuppa with board games and colouring materials available.

Contact 01760 721513

IT Support 10am-12noon at Swaffham Library. Help with getting online with

our IT Support volunteer. Contact 01760 721513 for more info and booking.

Great Massingham Film Night Great films every third Thursday of the

month. 7 for 7.30 at the Village Hall, Station Road. £4 with refreshments.

Email:massinghamfilmnight@gmail.com or phone 01485 520628.

Happidojo Marham Judo Club Sandringham Centre PE33 9NP Contact

Colin McCallum on 07905 278857 or www.happidojomarhamjudoclub.btckco.

uk for details.

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Henchmans Thursday 7pm – 11pm. Board games and card games for over 18s.

Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13 Station Street, Swaffham

PE37 7LL.

Holme Hale Carpet Bowls Every Thursday 7-9pm, Holme Hale Community

Hall. No experience or equipment needed. £2

Iceni Stitchers Ladies group meeting on 3rd Thursday of the month at

Swaffham Community Centre, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Kate Davies 01760 622254

Kickboxing Club Juniors 5+ 5pm – 6pm, Inters 6-7pm, Adults 7pm – 8.30pm

Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196

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

chanting beautiful songs and ancient mantras. Sessions every other Thursday.

£6 including refreshments. For details contact Chris on 07957 405823 or

chrissywillis57@yahoo.co.uk

RAF Marham Food and Craft Market 1st Thursday 12am to 5pm.

Sandringham Centre Upper Marham PE33 9NP (Behind Spar) 07766 078123

Mothers’ Union The Swaffham branch of the Mothers’ Union – the largest

organisation within the Church of England – usually meets on the 2nd Thursday

of the month. Enquiries to Julia 720041

Move it or Lose it Club Exercise classes for the over 60s. Thursdays from

11am till 12.30pm in the Regency Room at Swaffham Assembly Rooms. Starting

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

07941 086603 or Sam on 07925 602862 for more information.

Swaffham Lioness Club First Thurs of every month, 7.30pm in Our Lady of

Pity Catholic Church rooms, Station St., Swaffham. Enjoy friendship whilst serving

the community. All ladies welcome. Tel: 01760 723377

Pilates 3 – 4pm, Swaffham Community Centre. Call Di Graham – 01328 851970

– before your first session.

Slimming World 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Necton Village Hall.

Swaffham Rugby Football Club Seniors 17+ training 7:30-9,

Swaffham Sparklers Swaffham branch of the Red Hat Society meets 2nd

Thurs of the month, 7 pm: Jill Neale 01760 723466

RockaVoX Every Thursday, 7pm - 9pm, Swaffham Community Centre. Contact

Tiggy on jdtmusic@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Tom’s Kickboxing Academy 6pm - 7pm Juniors, 7pm - 8.15pm Seniors

(16+) , Shipdham Pavillion IP25 7LU

U3A The Wissey U3A 1st Thursday of the month at Holme Hale Pavilion, 09.45

- 12 noon. Annual Memb. £10. Contact 01760 721247.

Weight Watchers 10-11am Swaffham Community Centre.

Cheryl 07941 319 742

Youthie Plus 5:30 – 7pm, 11 - 13 yrs, Swaffham Community Centre. Free entry.

Contact 01760 722800 for more info. Holiday times announced on Facebook.

Youthie Hub 7.30 - 9pm, 14-18 yrs, Swaffham Community Centre. Contact

01760 722800 for more info. Holiday times announced on Facebook.

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club West Acre Village Hall, 2 - 4pm. £2 per

session. Equipment and refreshments provided – all welcome. Tel: Belinda 01760

755184 or Betty 01760 755235

Email: Belinda_Bush@hotmail.com

FRIDAY

2nd Swaffham Guides Term time only, 18:30 - 20:30. Methodist Church

Rooms. Girls aged 10 - 16yrs invited to join. Contact 07769294414

Acoholics Anonymous Every Friday at 1pm in Parish Rooms at St Dominic’s

RC Church,Howdale Rd, Downham Market

Adult Ballet For Beginners 6:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit

Age Concern - Swaffham Support Services at Community Centre

Volunteer recruitment 10.30am - 12.00 noon 1st Friday of the month

Adult Tap 7:15pm See Monday’s Senior’s Keep Fit

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

Place Swaffham are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Two sessions each day,

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

refreshments. Call 01760 723624 to book.

Art, Printing and Paper Craft Session at The Old Art Room

93 Market Place. Techniques, Tips, Inspiration and printing presses in a modern

equipped Art &Textile Studio. 10am until 12.30 £10 Tel.01760 337181

Bingo at Narborough Community Centre Doors 7pm, eyes-down

7.45pm Contact Brenda 01760 337916

Swaffham Bellringers Practice St. Peter & St. Paul Church, 7:30pm on the

Friday preceding the 2nd Sunday of the month. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01760

724944/lindaringer0447@gmail.com

Swaffham Carpet Bowls Community Centre. 2 hours from 6.30pm for £3.

Tea & biscuits inc. Call Alan on 01760 723 910

Coffee Morning At Ashill Community Centre 2nd Friday every month,

10am until noon. 01760 441 651

Games Evening & Social 2nd Friday/month Swaffham Baptists Church Hall

- 7:30. All welcome

'Get Online' Free drop in sessions for anyone requiring help with emails,

online job searches, form filling etc. 11am - 12pm, Swaffham Community Centre.

Swaffham’s Green Gym Friday 8.30am Recreation Ground, Haspalls Rd

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

collectible card games. Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13

Station Street, Swaffham PE37 7LL.

Hi-5 Allsports 5 - 6pm Hi-5 Allsports kids club (5-14 years old) ALL different types of

sports at Swaffham Rugby Club. 5 - 6pm RABBLE for adults.

Iceni Lunch Club Swaffham Community Centre, £6.50 for two courses and

tea/coffee every Friday 12.30pm. 01760 722 800

Indoor Market Swaffham Assembly Rooms 9am-2pm, free entry.

Refreshments, various stalls… bookings contact Haydn 07957 862 239

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

Oasis Messy Church 6pm every 3rd Friday Fun event for all ages. £1. www.

facebook.com/oasiscentreswaffham

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

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

Screen Printing Session 10am-2pm. The Old Art Room Swaffham. Learn

how to design, make and print your own screen on many different surfaces.

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

je.clark176@btinternet.com

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

per session Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760 755337

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

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

724615

Swaffham Senior Section Term time only. 19:30- 21:00. For young women

aged 14 to 25yrs. Contact Tracey Clements 07770236689 or Chrissie Brown

07970105771

Tai Chi for Health 10am. Swaffham Community Centre. Tel: 01760 723102 or

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

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

contact Jayne on 07544974342

SATURDAY

Swaffham Bingo Club Community Centre last Sat in month, 7pm for 7:30pm

start. £2.50 annual membership, 50p for visitors.

Paul Darby 01760 622725

Buzzbox A hive of activity for young families, 10am to noon. On the 3rd Saturday

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

illustrated and acted stories from the Bible; children’s discussions; songs; prayers;

and birthday celebrations. All are welcome. Children’s Art Club 1st Saturday

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

01760 337181

Childrens Sewing and Textile 2nd Saturday Monthly for over 7-14 yrs 10-

1.15pm at The Old Art Room Swaffham. £15 a session addtional cost for materials

01760 337181 or email Jane on je.clark176@btinternet.com

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

olds. Contact 01760 721513 for more info and booking.

Henchmans Saturday 10am – 5pm. Warhammer Day. £5.00 for the whole day.

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

We provide all scenery and terrain. Refreshments available. 01760 788427.

Henchmans, 13 Station Street, Swaffham PE37 7LL.

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

addtional cost for materials 01760 337181 or email Jane on je.clark176@

btinternet.com

Parkrun Every Saturday at 9am on the filed adjacent to the Nicholas Hamond

Academy, Brandon Rd, Swaffham. For further details contact David Wickerson:

davidwickerson@btinternet.com

Pentney Country Music Club www.pentneycowlsclub.co.uk weekly 01760

337 392 karenpentneycountryclub12@yahoo.co.uk

Pilates Class 9-10.15am All Saints Centre, Church Lane, Boughton. Beginners

welcome. £8 per session. 07515834729

Pokemon; Yu-Gi-Oh! Magic: The Gathering for beginners alternate Sat.

www.henchmans.com. Children welcome. 10.30am – 2pm

Swaffham Market Traditional market, now 800 years old! Every Saturday

6am until 3pm. Swaffham Market Place. Details 01760 722 922

Swaffham Rugby Football Club SwaffhamRUFC@outlook.com

West Norfolk Crafters & Needleworkers Stitchers, crafters and knitters

who meet at Leziate Village Hall on the 2nd Sat. 01553 765870

SUNDAY

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

play for beginners and experienced players. Play fee £3.50 for the day + OTS

tournament entry £1. OTS pack awarded to all players as well as OTS packs for

the top finishers. Refreshments available. 01760 788427. Henchmans, 13 Station

Street, Swaffham PE37 7LL.

Kuk Sool Won Narborough Com. Centre 5.30 - 6.30pm. 07541261713

Pentney Indoor Bowls Club bowls coaching for beginners and improvers

Sundays 10am - 12noon. G Freezer 01760 722262

Star Wars @ Henchmans 12-4pm www.henchmans.com

Swaffham Rugby Football Club Minis 10:30-12. Games see Saturday

Snooker @ The Norfolk Snooker Academy West Acre

3 hours play £9. Facebook - Norfolk Snooker Academy 01760-755337

Spiritual Awareness Group Most Sundays 5:15pm to 6:30pm for Healing

and 6:30pm to 8:30pm Service at Swaffham Community Centre

The Nicholas Hamond

Academy

Conquering a fear of heights, TNHA Teacher,

Sarah Cooper, took on the challenge to

Skydive out of a ‘perfectly good plane’ raising funds for

Cancer Research. On a glorious

sunny day, along with a friend,

she took the plunge and

after a few heart pounding

moments was able to enjoy

the glorious Fenland from

above. Well done ‘Miss’, the

staff and students are proud

of you and your commitment

to such a worthy cause!

Looking for adventure a little

further from home a group of

our students embarked on a trip to Barcelona to immerse

themselves in the Spanish culture. Whilst visiting the

Gothic Quarter students were able to appreciate the

ancient buildings in the once Roman village, along with

Gaudi’s architecture at the Parque Guell and Sagrada

Familia including his stunning mosaic work. A stop for

lunch was thoroughly enjoyed in Parque de Ciutadella

with its beautiful paddling fountains in what is the

greenest oasis in Barcelona.

A visit to Camp Nou, Barcelona Football Stadium with

Messi’s interactive room and a walk through the club’s

history gave the trip a sporty twist. Students tested

their skills with a masterclass in flamenco dancing which

resulted in a good night’s sleep for all after expending

so much energy. A walk though Las Ramblas which cuts

through the heart of the city led on to the famous market

of La Boqueria with amazing food on show. Winding

down towards the end of their trip, students had the

opportunity to visit the waterfront harbour of Port Vell

and the stunning golden coastline of Cap Salou before

starting the journey home and returning to a damp wet

Swaffham with wonderful memories and a renewed

interest in their Spanish studies.

Furthering our students’ curiosity regarding language and

culture TNHA celebrated European Languages Day with

a variety of ‘mouth-watering’ food on display. A range

of tasty treats from various countries was available for

students to sample and a hungry and enquiring throng

arrived keen to take part.

Whilst exploring the culture of other parts of the world

is important, so too

is the responsibility

of preparing our

students for life in

modern Britain. We

have been looking at

actively promoting

and understanding

the British Values of

democracy: - the rule

of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance

of those with different faiths and beliefs. Students will

continue to investigate

these core values

further considering

topics such as Brexit,

how parliament works,

respect, extremism and identity.

As well as understanding modern culture we must also

learn to take care of our mental health. Marking World

Mental Health Day and in order to help raise awareness,

TNHA students had access to a ‘worry box’ where they

could write down any worries or concerns they may have

about themselves.

Questionnaires were also provided encouraging ‘positive

daily self-reflection’ and a ‘Coping Toolbox’. Our Year 7

students studied how the brain works and the need to

value how each other’s brains work in different ways.

Importantly their studies provided them with the tools to

be able to identify ways to promote their own emotional

wellbeing; who, how and why to ask for support when

needed and being a supportive friend.

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Lastly, how about watching football, interviewing sports

stars and getting paid to write about it? That certainly

sounds like it could be someone’s dream job! The

academy welcomed a Sports

Journalist into a Year 8 assembly

who is lucky enough to do just

that as a career. Later in the

day student placed themselves in his shoes preparing

to interview sporting hero, Mo Farrah. This activity is

part of the academy’s drive to highlight different careers

available upon leaving education.

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Friends of Swaffham Infant update

The children are now settling back into the new

school year with the new starters approaching

the end of their first term in Reception. The Forest

School is a particular highlight of the week, the

children get to spend half a day out in the wood

learning about wildlife, making crafts and engaging

with their environment first-hand. The children

always come out of school very dirty but very

happy!

As well as new starters to the school there is a new

committee for FOSI who have met and are already

planning events and coming up with ideas to raise

much needed funds for the school. The first FOSI

event is the popular Bingo evening on Thursday

7th November at the school. Doors will open at

7:00 and starts at 7:30. There will be great prizes

and a raffle, refreshments will be available. All are

welcome and the proceeds will go towards the

school.

We are always looking for new members to join the

FOSI so if you are interested then please contact

the FOSI secretary Gemma Clark: gemthe4th@

yahoo.co.uk.

Fashion Show "A Hugh Thank You"

My sincere thanks to those who supported the

Fashion Show held on the 2nd October in Swaffham

Methodist Church. I am very pleased to inform

you that a total of £1005.50 was raised for the

Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice which was an

excellent amount. I also thank very much those

who assisted me before and during the event, it

was very much appreciated.

Linda Burton

Royal British Legion

The Remembrance Day Parade will leave Whitecross

Road at 10.35am and march along London Street

behind Fakenham Band, to the War Memorial for a

short service and wreath laying ceremony, and two

minutes silence before proceeding to the Parish

Church for the main service. Please join the British

Legion in Remembrance.

Free Meal Monday Anniversary Lunch.

On Monday 21st October Iceni Partnership hosted

a one year anniversary meal at its monthly 'free

meal Monday' event. To mark the occasion, guests

were treated to a special birthday cake as well as

the usual free 2 course meal made from donated

ingredients.

This month will sadly be the final ever free meal

Monday, as we look to refocus our energies into

new projects in the new year. However, those who

attended wanting to learn more about cooking on a

budget will be able to attend a free 10 week 'living

heathy' course delivered by Norfolk County Council

in the Assembly Rooms, starting in the new year.

The course begins on Thursday 9th January, if you

would like to book a place, get in touch by calling

0344 800 8020 or email learner.services@norfolk.

gov.uk.

We would like to give a big thanks to everyone who

volunteered at or attended any of our free meal

Monday events over the past 12 months. Please

stay in touch, we are sure to have more exciting

opportunities available in the future.

Swaffham Arts

The Sheringham Shantymen, a classical concert with

Ensemble East, and now for something completely

different. Julie Hewitt and David Rees of Dreamcast

Productions conjure up with great finesse the

atmosphere of 1930’s music with a wonderful

programme of songs from that era. Some of the most

well-known, long-lasting and best loved romantic

popular songs were written in this period, and will go

on being performed by singers all over the world for

a long time to come. Some were written for musical

comedies on film, some for the live performance of

a singer in front of a dance band, or as a member of

a jazz band.

We are delighted that Julie and David are bringing

their show to Swaffham Assembly Rooms on Sunday

November 24th at 3 pm. Tickets are available, priced

at £9 members, £12 non-members and under 18’s

free, from Ceres Bookshop (01760 722504), The

Green Parrot (01760 724704), and on the door. It will

be an afternoon to remember!

Our December event falls early in the month, on

Sunday December 8th at 3 pm at the Community

Centre, when local naturalist and writer, Mark Cocker,

will be coming to talk about his work on current

environmental issues. More details next month. All

welcome!

The Meeting Place

Swaffham Methodist Church lent their support

to the Macmillan Nurses by holding a Macmillan

Coffee Morning.

There were plenty of lovely home-made cakes,

coffee and chatter. We were very pleased to be

able to host this event which raised £209.30 for a

really worthwile cause. Our thanks go to all who

baked, served on the day or bought coffee and

cakes, helping us to achieve that result.

Local Piano Tuition

Hello, my name is Roger James and I am a local

piano teacher based in Little Fransham.

I've been playing music now for over 25 years and

have been in various bands. I've been teaching for

over 12 years and enjoy playing all styles of music.

I've taught students from as young as 8, to as old

as 95. I believe music should be fun, so I like to

keep my lessons lighthearted, which has seen

great results. Many of my students have gone on

to complete ABRSM exams or have even joined

bands. Please feel free to contact me for more

information on 07555 373588 or 01362 687598.

Swaffham Methodist Church

Fri Nov 1st 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

Sat Nov 2nd 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning

organised by RBL Women's Section

Sun Nov 3rd 10.45am. Morning Worship followed by

refreshments.

Tue Nov 5th 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place drop

in. Free refreshments and a warm welcome await you.

Thurs Nov 7th 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in with free refreshments.

Fri Nov 8th 9.30am. The Power of Prayer.

Sat Nov 9th 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning

organised by 2nd Swaffham Guides & Brownies.

Sunday 10th Nov Remembrance Sunday. Meet at war

memorial 10.35am, no service at Methodist Church.

Tues Nov 12th 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in. Free refreshments.

Thurs Nov 14th 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in. Free refreshments.

Thurs Nov 14th 2.30pm-4pm. Thurs Group. "Anne's

mission to see a puffin".

Fri Nov 15th 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

Sat Nov 16th 9.00am-12noon CHRISTMAS FAYRE.

Gifts, books, puzzles, red stall, cakes & savouries. Also

serving bacon or sausage in a roll alongside normal

Saturday Coffee Morning.

Sun Nov 17th 10.45am. Morning Worship followed by

refreshments.

Tues Nov 19th 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in with free refreshments

Thurs Nov 21st 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in with free refreshments.

Fri Nov 22nd Power of Prayer.

Sat Nov 23rd 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning

organised by the Swaffham Hospital League of Friends.

Sun Nov 24th 10.45am. Morning Worship followed by

refreshments

Tues Nov 26th 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in with free refreshments.

Thurs Nov 28th 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in with free refreshments.

Thurs Nov 28th 2.30pm-4pm. Thursday Group. Talk

by Frances Charles.

Fri Nov 29th 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

Sat Nov 30th 7pm. Wildlife presentation by local

wildlife photographer Stephen Durrant. Free entry &

refreshments. Framed photographs available to view

& purchase.

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The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The November services in Swaffham parish church

will be as follows:-

Sunday 3rd

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist – All Saints Day

3.30pm All Souls commemoration service

Wednesday 6th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Thursday 7th

7.30pm Royal British Legion

Festival of Remembrance

Sunday 10th Remembrance Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion

10.45am The Act of Remembrance (beginning

at the town War Memorial, moving to the parish

church)

Wednesday 13th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 17th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist

11.15am Family Service

Wednesday 20th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 24th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 27th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

NB Sunday 1st December Advent Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

6.00pm Advent Carol Service

children’s discussions; songs; prayers; and birthday

celebrations.

The next meeting will be in church at 10.00am on

16th November when we will be thinking about

Advent and making Christmas decorations. All are

welcome.

Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the Mothers’ Union will be

meeting on Thursday 14th November in the Baptist

Church Room as usual, beginning at 10.00am. The

speaker will be the Revd Canon Heather Butcher.

Enquiries to Julia on 720041

Swaffham Parish Church Christmas Bazaar

As was pointed out in last month’s Newsletter, the

Parish Church Christmas Bazaar is to be held on

Saturday 23rd November at the new times of 9.30am

to 1.00pm.

This is one of the major fund-raising events of the

parish church and we are always grateful for donations

towards the numerous stalls. If you are able to help

in any way, with items to sell (no clothes please), or

help in a practical way please contact Sheila Fowler

(01760 722224) or Anne Handley (336328). The

Bazaar will include a Prize Draw (first prize £100) and

numerous ‘stalls’ eg Bric-a-Brac, ‘Gifts’, Tombola and

Bottle Tombola, ‘Jewellery’, ‘Cakes’, to name just a

few.

Swaffham Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival

The planning for this year’s Christmas Tree Festival

(from Saturday 30th November until 7th December)

is going well. Look out for more details in the

displayed advert.

OCC Shoe box appeal

Please bring your filled shoe boxes to St Peter & St

Paul Church on Saturday 9th November between

10am and midday. This will be the final day for me to

collect in the shoe boxes, I will be unable to receive

any boxes after that date. Any queries, please contact

me, Linda Burton 01760 720205. Thank you.

Merle Boddy Centre

On the 18th September the Rotary held

a charities fayre where we had a stand

along with many other charities. The day

was so well run and a lot of networking

was done, as well as the public being able to get a

feel for what is out there and the valuable work being

done in the community. Thank you to the ladies who

gave us a lovely surprise of a buffet lunch and kept us

well hydrated through out the day.

I was invited again this year to have a stand at the

1st flu clinic at Plowright Medical Centre. I really

enjoy these events, talking to some really lovely

people throughout the morning. The teas, coffee

and cake went down a storm. Jane who was the

chief refreshment co-ordinator of the day did a

roaring trade, it was a donation if people wished to

give and you most certainly did. Takings from the

refreshments, combined with the money from the

morning and from book sales meant we received a

lovely donation.

The time of year for warmer clothes and not so much

sunshine is here, but mother nature always gives us

something to smile about. We at the centre decided

Autumn was coming in like a lion, every client had a

hand in this handsome chappies' creation.

We were very lucky to have been taken under the

wing of R.A.F Marham for their charity fundraising

year. We received a wonderful donation, I would

like to thank everyone who was involved in the

fundraising activities throughout the year. This

wonderful donation will go a long way towards

paying for our new heating.

We will be holding a race night on 23rd November

starting at 7.30pm at Swaffham Conservative Club.

Tickets are £5. Come and try your luck at a big win,

we would love to see you there. For more information

ring Georgie on 01760 724527. Only drinks bought

on premises can be consumed.

Autumn is with us and the Baptist Church held their

Harvest Festival. People were so very generous

and how did I know that? Well we were the lucky

recipients of a car full of goodies. Heather and Bill

came in with their usual smiles, clutching such an

array of delicacies, that I just didn't now where to

look first! Our in house chef Jennie made a delicious

apple pie today and this is just the start of using

goods from this great bounty of food. Many, many

thanks to you all.

After a terrible rainy day on Tuesday, sunshine was at

full pelt for Wednesday and there was music in the

air from Ian, which is always much enjoyed by our

clients. Today was a little different, Ian came down

not only to sing, but to present us with a cheque. A

wonderful voice and a really lovely man, thankyou

you so much for being such a great supporter of the

Merle Boddy Centre.

Buzzbox

A hive of activity for young families. 10am to 12 noon.

On the 3rd Saturday of the month, in the parish

church (except August and December).

Each session has a themed ‘Sharing Circle’;

illustrated and acted stories from the Bible;

Advance Notice

The Churches Together Festival of Carols will be

held this year in Swaffham Parish Church on 12th

December at 7.00pm. The Dereham Salvation

Army Band will be playing, so do come, it will be a

wonderful seasonal get-together for all-comers.

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Swaffham & District Lions

Retired local solicitor and founder

member of Swaffham Lions; Simon

Fowler, receiving a certificate in

recognition of thirty-five years’

service for the club. Simon has been chair of various

committees as well as being President the award was

presented by Lion President John Collins.

Swaffham Lions held their bi annual Lions Den at

Swaffham Community Centre, with the audience

waiting in anticipation for the different groups to give

their presentation. The stars of the evening were the

young people from the Guides and Brownies who

received an ovation from the audience.

£2500 was shared out on the evening, between

TOSH, 2nd Swaffham Brownies, 2nd Swaffham

Guides, Louise Thompson and Swaffham Rugby Club.

Swaffham Lionesses

Swaffham Lionesses have been busy fundraising and

socialising at the same time, with their Macmillan Big

Coffee morning which was held at Karen's home. We

had a lovely selection of cakes provided by Lionesses

and friends, and raised a fantastic £463. Many thanks

to all those who supported us.

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pioneering blood cancer charity. With the winning

ticket drawn on Sunday evening, Shelagh Hutson was

delight and shocked to see she would be doing the

Dash. Prior to the Dash, Shelagh was shown the isles

she could collect items for her trolley. With a predetermined

plan Shelagh manage to fill her trolley

with £70 worth of goods. After expenses the Dash

raise £400 for the cancer charity.

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On 11th October we held a Ladies Quiz and Pudding

Night at our meeting room at the Catholic Church. It

was a fun evening with a naughty selection of desserts

being served at the interval. Thanks to all the teams

that took part, we raised £200 for our Charity account.

On Friday 15th November we will be holding our Bingo

Night for Children in Need at the Connie, 7.30pm start.

All are welcome.

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Sporle Afternoon WI

Some speakers topics can evoke

memories of times gone by, quite

as September’s did. He talked of

the history of the Silver Cross prams and brought a

few samples along with him. How many of us had

looked with envy at these when we were expecting a

happy event, but “finances were tight in our day” an

expression well used these days when talking to the

younger members of our families! A very enjoyable,

trip down memory lane.

After our usual refreshment break, Sporle’s WI

business of the month was discussed, birthdays gifts

given and the raffle was drawn.

Last month’s fashion show was very enjoyable – how

stimulating seeing a model wearing the clothes –

and seeing ourselves in the same items, maybe!

The events groups are recommencing after the

summer break – the book group with several

recommendations of members summer reading, the

craft group hopefully nearing the end of their target

and the theatre group's next outing – “oh no they’re

not – oh yes they are” all booked.

November’s meeting is the AGM with committee

members to be elected and after the refreshment

break an opportunity to try our hand at making a

Christmas wreath.

Sporle Afternoon WI every 3rd Tuesday of the month

1.45pm – 4pm

Swaffham WI

At our October meeting we had an

unexpected surprise when one of

our well travelled members stepped

in at the eleventh hour to give us a talk on her

recent camping trip through Italy, as our planned

speaker was unable to attend. Marina shared her

experiences of travelling with her husband, visiting

some interesting camp sites off the beaten track.

The weather forecast for our fund-raising walk

around the Arboretum at Lynford was for torrential

rain, however we managed to dodge the heavy

showers during the actual walk and recovered

afterwards with a very nice lunch at the Hall.

Some of our members will be attending Audition

Days to hear a selection of new speakers for the

coming year and we have invitations to WI harvest

meals to look forward to which are always popular.

Our new committee will be elected at our AGM in

November when we will also be having a cake sale to

raise funds towards our Christmas lunch. Meetings

in the Swaffham Methodist Church starts at 2pm on

the 1st Wednesday of each month and visitors are

most welcome.

Contact Secretary on 01760 722879.

The Pickenhams WI

Members gave Carolyn our president

a big welcome back from her visit to

Canada. While she was away Carolyn

attended a local group W.I meeting at Tweed

in Ontario where she gave them a Powerpoint

presentation about our W.I. In Norfolk and the U.K.

Voting slips for Recruiting and Reelecting our

committee in 2020 were handed out ready for the

AGM next month

Then it was the turn of our speaker - Stephen

Amer who started the Voice Cloud. An organisation

which is about singing for your wellbeing both

mentally and physically. He runs choirs for a variety

of people including - youngsters with behavioural

problems, dementia groups, palliative care groups

and corporate events to promote bonding. Stephen

took us through our paces with singing a few well

known songs and gave us hints on how to improve

our performance. It was a very interesting and

enlightening talk.

The competition - “your favourite piece of music and

why” was won by Joan Baker with Sue Pick second.

Then after a welcome break of tea and biscuits back

to business. Our meeting ended with the Alberta

Creed in honour of our Canadian connection.

Matters arising - Members will be attending various

local and county meetings to represent our WI.

Coffee and chats continue and the knitting group at

the hub on Wednesday afternoons.

Future Plans -

The Christmas Fair at the hub on the 23rd November.

10am - 4pm. The WI are running a cake stall.

Christmas Party bring and share at the Hub on 11th

December 12 midday - 2pm.

Thursford Spectacular on 23rd December by Coach.

November Meeting (2pm at the church) - Our AGM

followed by a talk and demonstration of his beautiful

walking sticks by a local man - Ian Rose.

Enquiries - Carolyn Vincent - 01760 755089

Melonie Cousins - 01760 440456

Beachamwell WI

On 3rd October, Beachamwell WI

welcomed Tracy Ward, who had

kindly agreed to come at short notice

when our planned speaker could not make it. Tracy

described how a craft course she had attended

had kindled an enthusiasm for mosaic making, a

hobby which is now evolving into a business. Her

enthusiasm was infectious as she showed us how

she set about designing and executing a new piece.

She showed us some of the tools she used and a few

members had a go themselves. A really interesting

evening.

Our November meeting is always our Annual

Meeting, but before the business meeting this

year we will be having a “Show and Tell” session to

share some of our favourite craft pieces. Visitors are

welcome to join us for the first half of the evening.

This year, we will be holding our Christmas Fair on

November 23rd, from 11.30 to 2pm in the village

hall. There will be refreshments (mulled wine, soup,

filled rolls, sausage rolls and cakes), so why not come

and join us for lunch? As usual, there will be unique

hand crafted items and our “Good as new” stall.

Bargains galore!

Maggie Mackenzie

Beachamwell WI

Christmas

Fayre

Saturday 23 rd November

11.30 – 2.00pm

Beachamwell Village Hall

Crafts, gifts, festive foods

Pop up café

Come for lunch !

www.stovesman.co.uk

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Age Concern Swaffham & District

In September, a party of our members went to the Black Country Museum, which proved to be

most interesting although with the travelling involved made for a long day. Normally, we meet

on the last Tuesday each month, starting at 2pm, in the Assembly Rooms (in house), to hear a

speaker or have some other form of entertainment. Just turn up; there is no charge although we do

pass round collecting boxes for voluntary donations. Sometimes an outing is planned instead (see

below). You can join our Group, a registered charity, by contacting Membership Secretary Vicky,

see details below. The annual subscription is £5. Outings are arranged by John Clarke.

Upcoming events are:

November 26th (in house) West End Waiters

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

• January 28th 2020 (in house) Annual New Year Party with Barry Tone.

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

720140, Treasurer, Keith Nash, 724801; Membership Secretary, Vicky Slater, 627031. Secretary, James Dean 720756

A very important part of our work continues to be operating Swaffham Support Services, the details of which are given

in our advert below. In October we completed three years of the five year project funded by the National Lottery’s

Community Fund.

MNDA Volunteer 'Visitors'

A rewarding way to make a difference

“Being a Motor Neurone Disease Association Visitor

is a very rewarding role. It gives me a boost when

I have made a difference for someone living with

MND”.

Do you enjoy listening to and helping people? Are you

looking for a volunteering role which fits in around

your family, work, studies and other commitments?

By giving just two to four hours a week, Association

Visitors can have a huge impact.

As an Association Visitor you will maintain contact

with people with MND, their families and carers

by phone, email or face to face visits. The role

is a challenging but rewarding one. By offering

confidential emotional support, accurate information

and help to access the right services and equipment

you can enable people affected by MND to live their

life more easily and to make informed choices.

For more information on how you can become an

Association Visitor please contact Lindsay Goward

our local Regional Care Development Adviser on

07876 574923 or email her at lindsay.goward@

mndassociation.org. Alternatively, you can find out

more about MND, the Association, the Visitor role

and apply online at www.mndassociation.org.

Do y

Befrienders & Hospital

Buddy Drivers Needed

Do you have 1-2 hours free a week?

Do you enjoy driving, or maybe just visiting a lonely

elderly person near to you?

Are you caring, compassionate and a good listener?

If YES, we NEED you to join our team of fantastic

Volunteers…

We are here to improve the quality of older

people’s lives in Swaffham & the villages nearby

Offering a wide variety of affordable transport to get you on the move.

SWAFFHAM FLYER

A regular, fully accessible,

service for the Swaffham area.

DIAL-A-BUS

A fully accessible, door to door

service for the rural communities.

GO TO TOWN

A regular, local bus service,

operating in multiple locations.

VOLUNTEERS

A door to door service provided

by our volunteer drivers. Covering all kinds of

transport from GP, Hospital and Dental

appointments to social trips.

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EMAIL: swaffhamsss16@outlook.com

www.swaffhamsupportservices.co.uk

The Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham. PE37 7RB

The @LITTLE_BIG_BUS service you can trust

Please call 01760 720906,

email enquiries@wnct.co.uk

or visit www.wnct.co.uk

for all your transport needs!

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Registered Charity Number: 1069180


CELEBRATING

President’s Corner

Swaffham 5

What a busy month it has been during September

for both the Club & me. I have been thoroughly

enjoying myself being involved in the Alzheimer’s

Society Memory Walk and helping the Club run the

Swaffham Charities’ Fayre to name just 2.

Alzheimer Society is my charity for the year, so it

was a pleasure to take part in the Memory Walk at

the Royal Norfolk Showgrounds, Norwich. It was a

simple decision – 6km - can that be that far, surely

not?

YEARS

To make fund raising easy, the Society was linked up

to JustGiving (a charity fund raising site on t’internet)

and we were only asked to raise £160 each. Blimey,

how are we going to achieve that?! Once registered

for the walk, there came a load of bumpf and advice

how to raise the cash, which was a great help, forms

galore to fill in – oh - and a T shirt. On the day of the

walk there was not a cloud in the sky, it was warm

with a slight breeze! There were about 600-odd of

all ages, all dressed in a variety of Society regalia,

accompanied in the most part by family dogs. At the

end of the day Rotarians Eve & Nancy, and Jenny & I

raised over £920, probably over £1000 as we know

a few people donated directly to the Society and cut

out the “middleman”.

Soon after the Walk there was the Charities’ Fayre

It was superbly organised by Rotarian Denis and

Lord Dannatt gave the opening address. There were

over 30 charities stalls and the day was interspersed

by talks from the Samaritans, Lottery Community

Fund, The Big C and Alzheimer Society. There was a

great buzz about the hall and was well attended by

the public. Lord Dannatt spent 90 minutes moving

from stall to stall, very intent in understanding

each charity’s role and the challenges they face in

providing their services.

The Fayre was an absolute success. The amount

of discussions between the stallholders was lively

and particular interest was taken in the Community

Lottery’s presentation in how to apply for additional

funding.

Other events during the month for the Club

included the fascinating talk given by Rotarian Suzie

Clipson on the eradication Polio around the world

and the work Rotary has done to lead that work

together with the

UN agencies. I had

the great pleasure

of welcoming a new

member Stephanie

Williams to the

Club; in supporting

The Escape Project

with a donation

to improve their

irrigation system, in

return they hosted

a splendid lunch for

the Rotarians based on vegetables grown by the

Project.

The Capture Swaffham challenge still continues with

the winners for Quarter 3 shown below.

SCALGA

Greetings from the Allotments.

September remained warm with higher than normal

temperatures and whilst not pleasant we were

thankful for the rain when it came. Norfolk was lucky

enough to escape the worst of the very high winds the

latest hurricane from the Atlantic produced. We have

our fair share of wind, us Nor Folk calling them the

lazy wind as it goes through you rather than around

you. On the Shouldham Lane allotments in particular

it seems as if a giant hand has picked up barrels, chairs,

chicken feeders etc. and thrown them about. It is a

real struggle to keep poly tunnels from blowing away.

Last year we had to resort to a large net thrown over

the top and anchored down at the sides. We have

now replaced the polythene cover and felt it was a job

well done until at the very last section my husband

noticed a small sign saying “this way out.” Of course

we had it the WRONG way out. Hey Ho we are now

self- watering on damp days and we can testify that if

you fit the stuff the wrong way it drips!!

It was reported that on Tumbler Hill there were some

shed thefts, the police were informed. We had hoped

that we had finished with this type of problem.

We have three more starter plots available.

Unfortunately due to ill health the plot holder has had

to give up. Now is the time to take a plot on as time can

be spent by getting the area ready for next year’s crops.

These small plots are really good for people with not

much time or the less robust as you can pack a lot of

different things into a small space. The added bonus

is that a shed, water, grass cutting, etc. is provided.

You are only required to pay a very low monthly fee

with no obligation to continue beyond a month if you

decide it is not for you. We are continuously being

reminded of the benefits of exercise and wellbeing;

this is the ideal way to enjoy both.

Just an update on the Turkey situation. Houdini turns

out to be Houdina!! But is still an escape artist and has

now taught her sister the trick as well. We eventually

made a secure pen and double wrapped it with orange

site netting. Much to their disgust they couldn’t get

out of there but unfortunately the Geese thought

they could get in to steal the food. Of course one got

its head stuck, thankfully our friend Gary noticed and

released it before it expired. Fortunately it was time to

open all our allotments for the Geese to crop the grass

and gave them something else to think about.

Once the young turkeys were big enough we put them

next to the chickens, bad move, every day we came

to feed them they were out again wandering all over

the place demanding food. And looking through the

fence at the chickens like exiles. A quick snip of their

flight feathers and sink or swim they went in with the

gang. With a bit of luck they won’t start wanting to

get out again.

Forthcoming events:

Christmas Get Together. 14th December 7.30 pm

at the Methodist Church School room.

If you are interested in taking a plot or a starter

plot, please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on

07919 888 870.

Swaffham Camera Club

The warm-up for our entertaining evening at Lydney

House was Allan Coleman, talking about his love of

photography and showing us some of his beautifully

engineered vintage cameras. His first was a late 50s

German-made Ilford Sportsman. He was once in

a boat off Adelaide, pursuing a competitor in the

America’s Cup, the prestigious sailing competition.

If he managed to keep up to get a good shot of the

race, perhaps he should have been participating!

The main event was training from our very

knowledgeable ex-pro member, David Spain. Macro

relates to extreme close-up photography of small

subjects such as coins, stamps and insects where tiny

details are visible. We learnt that it is not always best

to get as close as possible to a tiny subject as less of

it will be in focus.

The subject of the competition at our previous

meeting was Still Life.

Fork Lift by Bill Beeson

This was won by Bill with his ingenuously simple

image, Fork Lift. Curiously, in second place was

Stewart with Fork handles, an equally inventive shot

of four forks in the foreground with four lit candles

reflected in a mirror.

The Open Competition was tied by Lyn with a Banded

Demoiselle and Alan Peggs with his coastal scene of

Thornham Coal Barn.

Congratulations also goes to Lyn for coming

second in Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s recent Commons

Competition.

Male adder (detail) by Lyn Ibbitson-Elks

Our next competition is Photographs of Swaffham.

For further information on the club’s activities or

membership enquiries, please visit the club’s website

www.swaffhamcameraclub.com.

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Swaffham Rugby Club

FIREWORKS NIGHT!!!!

KLFM

Father

Christmas

Grand Raffle

1st Prize £200.

SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2019

Live Nativity

Fun

Fair

A tour of KLFM studios.

& other prizes.

Fakenham

Brass Band

Gates open 5pm

FIREWORKS 7.00PM

• BBQ/REFRESHMENTS/BAR

• SIDE STALLS & KIDS STANDS

Light Switch

on 5.00pm

Timescape

RockavoX

Thursford

Organ

Ticket Costs:

Adults £5.00

OAPs/Children: £3.00(5-16yrs)

Children under 5 FREE!!

Family ticket inc. 2 x adults, 3 x children £10.00, (saving of £9.00)

SWAFFHAM RUFC

North Pickenham Road

PE37 7QX

www.pitchero.com/clubs/swaffham

Pay on the gate or Tickets on sale at:

Swaffham Rugby Club

Thursday Nights 6:30-8pm

Sunday Mornings 9:30pm-12pm

Over 30 Years Experience in

Over 30 Years Experience in

Over Repairs 30 Years & Experience

Repairs

Servicing: in

& Servicing:

Repairs & Servicing:

Garden Machinery Garden Machinery

Garden Machinery

Over 30 Years Power Experience Tools

Power Power Tools

in

Construction Equipment*

Repairs & Mobility

Servicing:

Mobility Scooters Scooters

Mobility Small Scooters

Engines Small Engines

Small Engines

Construction Equipment*

Garden Machinery

Power Tools

LEEA Trained Engineer* LEEA Trained Engineer*

Construction Deryck Equipment* Wales: Deryck 07456 037068 Wales: 07456 037068

Mobility The Old Scooters

Train The Shed, Old Station Yard, Shed, Swaffham. Station Yard, PE37 7HP. Swaffham. PE37 7HP.

LEEA www.quickfixrepairs.co.uk

Trained Engineer*

Small Engines

www.quickfixrepairs.co.uk

Deryck Wales: 07456 037068

The Old Train Shed, Station Yard, Swaffham. PE37 7HP.

LEEA www.quickfixrepairs.co.uk

Trained Engineer*

Deryck Wales: 07456 037068

The Old Train Shed, Station Yard, Swaffham. PE37 7HP.

www.quickfixrepairs.co.uk


JOIN THE MOVE IT OR LOSE IT CLUB

Exercise Classes For The Over 60s

with Jo & Sam

All Exercises Can Be Done Seated or Standing

Regency Room in Swaffham Assembly Rooms

First Class Starts On Thu 5 th Sept, From 11am - 12pm

Then Every Thursday 11am - 12pm

£4.50 per class or 5 classes for £20

(price includes tea & biscuits after class)

You can book your place or just turn up on the day

For more information call:

Jo: 07941 086603 or Sam: 07925 602862

@ the Connie

23 London Street

Swaffham

Norfolk

PE37 7DD

01760 721353

9th November— 40’s & 50’s a themed night with

Swaffham Players

Tickets £7.50 (to include food)

14th December— Disco ,Glam Rock night.

21st December— SkaSouls (members party night)

31st December, New Year Eve —

DJ Steve Greensides. Tickets £10.

Tai Chi for health

Tai Chi has been found to be beneficial for:

• Helping relieve arthritis

• Improving balance & posture

• Toning muscles

• Improving mobility

• Promoting good health

• Physical & mental wellbeing

Our classes are relaxed, friendly, fun,

& a good way of meeting new friends.

01760 723102 or 07587 567406

e:academytaichi@yahoo.co.uk

East Dereham

Tuesday 11am

Swaffham

Wednesday 10am

Friday 10am

www.academytaichi.co.uk

Shirley House

Under Over Under Over 65

23 London Street

65 yrs 65 yrs 65 yrs yrs

Single Single Joint Joint

01760 721353

1st year initial joining fees £5.00 £5.00 £10.00 £10.00

1st year initial Association £2.00 £2.00 £4.00 £4.00

joining fees

Total 1st Year £24.00 £22.00 £42.00 £38.0

Thereafter

Annual full membership

£17.00 £15.00 £28.00 £24.00

FUNERAL SERVICES

INDEPENDENT FAMILY

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

CHAPMANS &

THORNALLEY

FUNERAL SERVICES

Lynn Road, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7AY

24 Hour Caring Personal Service

Pre-Paid Funeral Plans

Private Chapels of Rest

Memorials

01760 721305

www.tfs.co.uk

OWNED &

MANAGED BY THE

THORNALLEY FAMILY

Swaffham

Branch

01760

725801

http://www.family-action.org.uk

building better families

reg no: 277789

The Charity is currently inviting applications from

individuals under the age of 21, living in the

Breckland District Council area, seeking financial

assistance in cases of need for such items as

books, tools, equipment, instruments, outfits plus

educational trips; including assistance for those

leaving school, in preparation for taking up further

education or apprenticeships.

The Trustees will review and consider all

applications received. Application forms can be

found on our website:

www.hamondeducationalcharity.org.uk.

If further information is required please contact

the Clerk via email at:

contact@hamondeducationalcharity.org.uk


Pot Of Gold : Swaffham Shanty Crew

At Harwich Ha’penny Pier And Beyond

We are the

champions

September 22, The Crew left Swaffham on our very

first “tour bus” to sing in one of the top locations

for shanty music in the country ~ Harwich. We were

delighted to be joined by Celia and her friends from

the Swaffham Dementia Café as well as our friends

and families, known as The Potties.

There was an amazing buzz on The Pier in the

fabulous sunshine when we started our set. Celia,

her friends and The Potties joined us to give a rousing

rendition of 'Soon May The Wellerman Come' and

from thereon in everybody was hooked. There are

pictures of the day and short videos of our songs on

our website below.

We’ve had a terrific year raising funds for charities

including the RNLI, All Saints Church Shipdham’s

glorious Peace Centenary Memorial Window,

Swaffham’s St Peter & St Paul’s Church East Window

designed by William Wailes, The National Autistic

Society at The Market Cross to name but a few. We’ve

sung in care homes, at garden parties, in churches, at

sports centres, festivals, and carnivals.

We performed at Lynn’s International Hanse

Festival in bright sunshine, contrasted by the soggy,

but incredible day at Wells Carnival. In addition,

we sang at The Necton Festival, GressFest at

Gressenhall, Beachamwell Open Gardens and have

been broadcast on West Norfolk Radio and Essex’

Shrimp Shack radio on 105.7 FM. We’ve loved the

tremendous enthusiasm and support from all our

varied audiences.

Early next year we are planning to do special

concerts for the Merle Boddy Centre and Swaffham

and Litcham Home Hospice Support and we'll post

details of these on our website and in the Swaffham

News.

Our aim is to support and help local charities raise

funds. If you would like us to come along, please visit

our website www.potofgoldswaffham.co.uk or email

stevecprice@hotmail.com. We’d love to hear from

you.

Swaffham Jazz Club

For our October meeting we welcomed back Ed

Reed-guitar, Laura-vocals, John Wilmot-saxophone

and Mike Smith-bass. Ed was born and brought

up in King’s Lynn and knows Swaffham well. As a

teenager he used to travel down by train early on

a Saturday morning to work on one of the fruit and

veg stalls on the Market. For his eleventh birthday

Ed wanted a bicycle but to his surprise his parents

bought him a guitar. He says he was not so much

disappointed as intrigued - along with the guitar

was Bert Weedon’s ‘Play-in-a-Day Guitar Tutor.’

His real disappointment was that by the end of the

day he still hadn’t mastered the instrument!

His early influences were Eric Clapton and Jeff

Beck. When he was twenty he got married, left

home and was hard up, and realised he could earn

good money playing in local bands. He joined Geoff

Stinton’s Music Men. They were good enough to

appear on the same stage as Sacha Distel at St

Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. His favourite guitarists

now are Joe Pass and Johnny Smith.

Ed has been working with Laura as a popular duo

for almost ten years. I thought Laura got better and

better as the evening went on and in the second

half was singing with great vitality and passion.

Ed was superb in both accompanying and soloing.

John hadn’t played at the Club for some time so it

was good to hear him again. His solos - unlike most

modern jazz saxophonists - were always melodic

and easy to listen to. Mike, as always, was solid

throughout - but it’s a pity he only played one solo.

Coming up:

Tuesday 5 Nov at 7.30pm, The Art of The Trio:

Phil Brooke guitar, Simon Brown piano and Ivars

Galenieks bass.

Tuesday 10 Dec at 7.30pm, The Colin Mason

Quartet with Eileanora vocals and keyboard. Entry

£8. Swaffham Conservative Club, 23 London St.

PE37 7DD.Information from Geoff 01366 328730

or Norman 01760 722384.

2:09/3:10

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS – QUEEN

RESIDENTIAL CARE | DEMENTIA CARE | RESPITE CARE | SHORT BREAKS

At The Paddocks Care Home, we

believe in a healthy, active lifestyle

– one in which our residents can

feel like winners. That’s why we

personalise each day to meet the

individual activity needs of our

residents and their families.

And hearing their laughter

is music to our ears.

The Paddocks

45 CLEY ROAD, SWAFFHAM, PE37 7NP

CALL 01760 722920 TO ARRANGE YOUR VISIT

www.castlemeadowcare.co.uk

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This was taken in 1986

FoSH (Friends of Swaffham Heritage)

We support the Museum financially.

Our Membership Scheme is a one off Life Membership

payment of just £10 for an individual and £15 for a

family. This gives you free access to all the museum

galleries for life.

For more information please contact Secretary James

Dean 01760 720756 or jamesdean@uwclub.net

A few weeks ago we received some scrapbooks for

our archives from the Youth Club in the 1980s.

Do the photos bring back any memories?

We have many scrapbooks in our archives from the

early 20th century to current newspaper clippings.

One of our projects is cataloguing them onto

spreadsheets and eventually consolidating them

all so that they become one searchable database.

This is something a volunteer could do at home

with a computer and Excel. If you would like to

help please contact Swaffham Heritage.

With the mayor, Paul Ison

Galleries

• The Ben Emmerson Room - Swaffham Treasures

• The Monique Slaven Room – Archaeology and the

Sporle with Palgrave Collection

• The David Butters Room – The Rotary Capture

Swaffham Display

• Conflict and Consequences – The Effects of conflict

on a small market town and its environs

• The Carter Connection - The story of Howard Carter

and the Discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Also available on application

• Guided walks

• Talks

• School Activity Day - Carter meets Tutankhamun

• Loan Boxes for schools, groups or families

Swaffham Museum,

Town Hall, London Street,

Swaffham PE37 7DQ

Tel: 01760 721230

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri.

Sat. 10am to 1pm

Prices:

adults £3.

Concessions £2.50

Children 5 and over £1.

Family tickets available.

Saturdays – free entry

To keep up to date join us on our website:

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk or follow us on facebook

FoSH 100 Club

Run by the Friends - open to ALL

A yearly subscription of £20 could win a prize of

£40, £20 or £10 each month with special extra

prize of £100 in May and November. For more

information contact Barbara White Tel: 01760

720756 or jamesdean@uwclub.net

October draw - £40 No.12 / £20 No.58 / £10 No.71.

Dates For Diary

Friends Events (guests welcome)

• Sunday 1 December – noon Mulled Wine Event

Community Centre. Contact James Dean 01760

720756.

WANTED – Volunteer Stewards

For ‘front of house’ – to welcome visitors, explain

Museum, work in shop and TIC. Steward sessions are

3 hours – 10am-1pm, and 1-4pm

Contact Steve Gregory – Volunteer Co-ordinator –

on (01760) 721230 or 755596

FoSH Events

Many thanks for those who came

to our Quiz & Chips evening in

October. Our next big event is

the Annual Mulled Wine Party

to be held in the Community

Centre at 12 noon on Sunday,

1st December – a nice and easy

date to remember. You can still

go to the switching on of the

town illuminations afterwards! Cost will be £8, pay

on the door. The Friends’ membership numbers are

still going up as are those joining the 100 Club – we

now have over 90 in the scheme. Monthly prizes are,

£40, £20 and £10 with a bonus prize of £100 at the

end of May and November. Our trip to see the King

Tut exhibition in London next year (April 8th) is all

but sold out. If you would like further information on

any of the above, please contact Barbara White on

01760 720756.

Swaffham Community Hospital LOFs

A quieter month before the Christmas build up.

Sometimes when patients are admitted to hospital,

they do not arrive with all their basic essentials for

the stay. This is were the "Friends” can help, we

provide some funding to help cover the cost of any

such needed basic essentials.

On Saturday 23d November, we will be holding

another of our coffee mornings in the Methodist

Church. These are well attended, thanks to those

who help, those who provide the food and of course

those of you who support the mornings.

On Saturday 30th November, we will be attending

the Rotary Christmas Fayre, held in the Assembly

Rooms.

The rear garden at the hospital continues to thrive

and we have recently been undertaking some

substantial trimming of large hedges and trees.

Thanks again to those on our committee who spend

significant time keeping the garden looking so great.

It will soon be time for bulb planting.

Christmas looms ahead and as in past years we will

be active in making sure staff and patients are looked

after. Amongst other things we provide funding to

ensure all patients in over Christmas receive gifts on

Christmas morning. We will also be working with

hospital staff to organise some entertainment in the

build up to Christmas. At the beginning of December

we decorate and erect trees. We will have our usual

Christmas tree in the Parish Church as part of their

annual festival.

If you have any spare artificial Christmas flowers or

decorations, these would be welcome. We can come

and collect them or they can be left at reception.

Each year we sell Christmas Cards on behalf of our

charity. These are available at our events and also

can be purchased at the hospital reception.

As ever if you are interested in joining our small

committee, do ring me for an informal chat

Colin Houghton (Chairman)

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Swaffham Air Cadets

September has been another busy month for 1894

Swaffham Air Cadets. On the 15th of September 8

cadets from the squadron along with cadets from

1249 Dereham Squadron and 864 Watton Squadron

supported the Dereham and Swaffham Royal Air Force

Association with their annual Battle of Britain Parade

through Dereham town centre.

From left to right - Warrant Officer Kate Metcalfe, Sergeant Emily Cox,

Corporal Leanna Dorling, Cadet Oliver White, Sergeant Alex Grapes,

Corporal Jack Turner, Corporal Maisie James, Cadet Samuel Blackaby,

Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Skinner. Photo by Liselle Dorling

From left to right – Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Skinner, Corporal Maisie

James, Sergeant Emily Cox, Corporal Jack Turner and Cadet Oliver

White. Photo by Kate Metcalfe

Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice

We have now finalised the details of our annual

Chrismas Draw. Tesco have very kindly given

permission for us to sell tickets instore from

Wednesday 27th November to Saturday 30th

November inclusive.

Tickets will also be on sale from our stall at the Rotary

Club Xmas Fayre at the Assembly Rooms, Swaffham

on the 30th November and are also on sale now

from our office at 19 Brocks Road, Swaffham – just

up the road from Tesco. We are offering 3 prizes –

First prize £250, Second Prize £150 and Third prize

£100. Winning tickets will be drawn at 5pm on the

7th December at Tesco.

A few weeks ago, the Phoenix Singers organised a

concert at the Community Centre, Swaffham raising

funds for us. On the 30th September, they presented

us with a cheque for £350. Pictured below is Adrian

Adcock, Hospice Treasurer, receiving the cheque

from them.

We have now finalised the details of our annual Xmas Draw. Tesco have very kindly given permission

for us to sell tickets instore from Wednesday 27 th November to Saturday 30 th November inclusive.

Tickets will also be on sale from our stall at the Rotary Club Xmas Fayre at the Assembly Rooms,

Swaffham on the 30 th November and are also on sale now from our office at 19 Brocks Road,

Swaffham – just up the road from Tesco. We are offering 3 prizes – First prize £250, Second Prize

£150 and Third prize £100. Winning tickets will be drawn at 5pm on the 7 th December at Tesco.

A few weeks ago, the Phoenix Singers organised a concert at the Community Centre, Swaffham

raising funds for us. On the 30 th September, they presented us with a cheque for £350. Pictured

below is Adrian Adcock, Hospice Treasurer, receiving the cheque from them . The Phoenix Singers

have supported our organisation for many years now and we are extremely grateful to them.

Swaffham History Group

The promised new booklet on Tudor life in the

town is now on sale at the Museum, see picture.

The following evening the cadets competed in the

Norfolk & Suffolk Wing Drill Competition at RAF

Honington. The team, consisting of 13 cadets and lead

by Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Skinner, had a uniform

inspection and had to complete a set drill sequence.

Although we were knocked out during the heats, the

squadron performed well in both the inspection and

the drill sequence. Squadron Leader Jason Allan, one

of the judges said ‘I was proud to see them all so smart

and doing well, they have all come so far in a short

period of time. Well done to all the cadets and staff.’

Photo by Kate Metcalfe

The same week, on the 20th of September, the

squadron returned to RAF Honington to compete in the

Norfolk & Suffolk Wing Banner Drill Competition. This

is the first time in known history that the squadron has

taken part in this competition. The team, consisting of

5 members and lead by our Banner Bearer Sergeant

Emily Cox, had another uniform inspection and again

had to complete a set drill sequence, including some

solo banner manoeuvres. The squadron finished 3rd

overall, narrowly missing out on 2nd place by 3 points.

Warrant Officer Kate Metcalfe commented ‘I am

extremely proud of the time and effort the team put

in to enter this competition. To achieve 3rd on our first

time entering this competition is phenomenal.’

The squadron also ran a successful Air Rifle Training &

Target Shooting day with 864 Watton Squadron and

1109 Thetford Squadron. There were a total of 12

cadets in attendance, 7 of whom were provided with

full training and a weapons handling test. All cadets

had a chance to shoot the air rifle during the course of

the day. Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Skinner, Corporal

Maisie James, Corporal Leanna Dorling, Corporal Jack

Turner, Cadet Oliver White & Cadet James Youds were

all successful in gaining their Trained Shot badge, along

with 5 cadets from the other 2 squadrons. Sergeant

Emily Cox narrowly missed out on her Marksmanship

Badge having already achieved the Trained Shot

badge.

From left to right – Corporal Maisie James, Cadet Warrant Officer Alex

Skinner, Cadet Oliver White with their Trained Shot Badge targets. Photo

by Kate Metcalfe

Are you 12 or over (year 8 and above) and are

interested in finding out what the Air Cadets has to

offer? Why not come along and see what we have

going on and what you could get involved in.

If you are interested in joining please contact WO

Kate Metcalfe on oc.1894@aircadets.org for more

information.

The Phoenix Singers have supported our organisation

for many years now and we are extremely grateful

to them. On October 2nd a Fashion Show, organised

by Linda Burton was held at the Methodist Church

in Swaffham, raising £1005 for us. Linda worked

tirelessly to ensure that the event was the success it

undoubtedly was – our grateful thanks to her.

Our frugal lunch at Stanleys, Lynn St, Swaffham on

the 12th September raised £350 – an event enjoyed

by all those who attended.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, then

either call our Co-Ordinator, Wendy Martin on 01760

722937 or call in at our office at 19 Brocks Road,

Swaffham.

Adrian Adcock

Treasurer

On October 2 nd , a Fashion Show, organised by Linda Burton, was held at the Methodist Church in

Swaffham, raising £1005 for us. Linda worked tirelessly to ensure that the event was the success it

undoubtedly was – our grateful thanks to her.

Our frugal lunch at Stanleys, Lynn St,Swaffham on the 12 th September raised £350 – an event

enjoyed by all those who attended.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, then either call our Co-Ordinator, Wendy Martin on

01760 722937 or call in at our office at 19 Brocks Road, Swaffham.

Adrian Adcock

Swaffham Spiritual Awareness Group

Meets in the Community Centre,

Beech Close, Campingland, Swaffham

at 6.30pm.

10 November, Linda Rae, Ashill

24 November, David Sciesser, Huntingdon

We offer healing from 5.30pm prior to our Sunday services

Our trained healers can help with various types of pain and tension from

stress. This service is free although donations are gratefully received.

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Treasurer

Its author, Michael Medlar, gave the Group a talk

on a different topic at our last meeting - the 1845

Map of Swaffham, the earliest printed large scale

map which shows all the parish.

The map is useful for all researchers as it shows

what the town was like almost 200 years ago, with

details of the owners and occupations, of all the

buildings in Swaffham and with an accompanying

reference book giving the land use, e.g. arable,

pasture, common etc.

The map was published by John Sewell Gowing, a

local bookseller who also ran a subscription 'News

Room and Book Club'.

A copy of the map is on the wall next to the Museum's

archive room with copies of the reference book in

the archive room.

In October/November 1845 there seems to have

been a lot happening in the town according to local

newspaper reports. These included a shortage of

wheat and barley at the market which had pushed

the prices 10% higher than those being achieved

at Norwich Market. The vicarage house and

premises, together with the garden, was to be sold

by auction at the Crown Inn on the 17th November

and tenders for 'lighting with gas certain parts of

the Parish of Swaffham’ had to be submitted by

17th November.

For details of the History Group please note there

is a new contact address: jbaz@go-plus.net. Our

chairperson for the past 10 years had now ‘retired’

though will still be helping in various ways.


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The home has been designed to meet the needs

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Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is

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Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs

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We really want to make a difference

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With this in mind we have built the

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This new home will enable us to

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The staff at Downham Grange go

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Celebrating 50years of Rotary in Swaffham

“CAPTURE

SWAFFHAM”

Photographic Competition

Capturing the Essence of Swaffham throughout

the Year - the ordinary and the extra-ordinary,

the places, the action & events and the people of

the Town.

Quarterly Open Competition culminating in an

annual exhibition at the end of 2019

Free entry & Open to all ages and ability

Entry forms are available from Ceres Bookshop,

Swaffham Town Museum and can be downloaded

from the Rotary Website

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Swaffham WEA

Devils and Disguises: Drama before Shakespeare

William Shakespeare dominates the history of drama

to such an extent that it is easy to overlook the fact that

there was already a rich variety of theatre and plays in

Britain before Shakespeare’s time. The Medieval theatre

was a source of both entertainment and education,

covering a wide variety of styles and subject matter. As

well as religious plays, some of the most popular genres

of the times included morality plays, farces, masques

and drama.

In a forthcoming day school organised by Swaffham

WEA tutor Katharine Jewell explores the vibrant and

spectacular drama of the Middle Ages. This ranges

from dramatic mystery plays to the often bawdy East

Anglian plays, where we will encounter saints, sinners

and devils, as well as learning how to put on a play in

Medieval East Anglia.

As always for WEA courses no special skills or experience

are needed. Everyone is welcome to join this course.

Drama before Shakespeare takes place on Saturday

30 November 2019, 10am to 4pm. The venue is the

Swaffham Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham,

PE37 7RD. The fee for the course is £20 and places

should be booked in advance either online at wea.org.

uk or Tel: 0300 303 3464. Please bring a packed lunch –

tea and coffee provided at refreshment breaks.

Mayor's Parlour

Definitely a chill in the air, I’ve

resisted putting on the heating but

can see it won’t be long before I

do, jumpers on first. I really don’t

know where September went,

Rotary had their Charity Fair which

was a great success and Keith Sandle, Deputy

Mayor and I spent a good few hours going around

the stalls and listening to the presentations. One

of the charity promotions Rotary will be putting

forward soon is the collection of bras and knickers

to be sent overseas, there, I’ve said it, so there’ll be

no surprises when this project comes out. The day

the Fair was held my claim to fame was being the

first member of the council to get a parking ticket,

I’d got my ticket but placed it upside down, how

stupid was that!

My day out at Mildenhall with Brenda Bowler was

good, we were attending the Joan Mann Sports Day.

There was a lot of enthusiasm amongst the young

people many of whom had severe disabilities,

everyone had a good time, plenty of hot dogs and

cake, and lots of noise.

I’m really into toilets these days, the Rec toilets are

great and were refurbished totally by volunteers,

thanks to James Edwards for organising his troops

and also for Sheila Lister for believing it could be

done. Really disappointed though that we’ve had to

close them for a while because of vandalism, after

all that hard work. As for the toilets in the town,

it’s really time for a change, at the moment they

cost us approx. £20,000 a year which is really too

much for town to afford, most towns have reduced

their toilet responsibilities either having none

or two to three. Our idea is to have two disabled

toilets, hopefully vandal proof and gender neutral.

This is obviously a big reduction but as you all know

these toilets have been under a lot of scrutiny

for years and people have not been pleased with

what they have found, we really hope these will be

clean and practical. Look out for the consultation

in November on public toilets, as we need to know

what you really think.

We are really pleased

the Saturday Councillors

council surgery is going

well every Saturday at

the Market, do keep

coming along with your

ideas and comments. See

you around.

Best wishes,

Jill, Mayor of Swaffham

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In Touch With Your Town

'In Touch with your Town' is put

together by the Town Clerk Richard

Bishop or occasionally by the Deputy

Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals with

some of the most topical items of

the day and the odd item where the Council want to

share information with the Town.

Public Toilets – Consultation

The Town Council are consulting the general public

in November on changes they would like to make

at the Public Toilets adjacent to the Shambles.

Stage One is the last of six projects to be funded

from Tesco Section 106 money and this would bring

about a project that is sustainable in the long term

for the Town. The plans are on the Town Council

website www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk on

home page, please feedback your thoughts good or

bad to the Town Clerk Richard Bishop townclerk@

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

The project is in two stages, the first of which is to

reduce the number of toilets to just two or three

cubicles, that would be Gender Neutral. The problem

areas of the toilets have been the common areas in

both the Gents and Ladies, which are quite large

spaces that has encouraged misuse such as drugs,

vandalism and anti-social behaviour. This adds to

the cost of maintenance and repair, also presenting

a dim view of the Town. It is not a situation that is

sustainable in the longer term for the Town Council

and the Town as a whole. Very rarely are the current

toilets used to their full capacity, so to reduce the

size and number of toilets is not seen as a reduction

in service, as public toilets will be available.

By reducing the size and number of the toilets,

it would free up space that could be converted as

office space as Stage Two and rented out, using the

income generated to maintain the toilets. The Toilets

currently cost the Town approximately £20,000 to

maintain, which equates to almost 5% of the Precept.

The aim is to have the building cost neutral, so that

it is never a burden on the Council Taxpayer in years

to come but can provide a service to the Town in the

Town Centre, for the foreseeable future. It can free

up money that can be spent on other pressing issues

in the Town and free up staff who will be needed to

maintain new open spaces and play areas at Redland

Park or Swans Nest, as they become available from

next year.

Public Toilets Consultation – ‘Have your say’ 1st to

30th November 2019 www.swaffhamtowncouncil.

gov.uk at the Councillor Surgery at Swaffham Market

every Saturday or at the Town Hall – thank you.

Recreation Ground Toilets - Vandalism

We have been grateful for voluntary labour and

fundraising to get the Recreation Ground Toilets into

a condition to be open to the public, after more than

a decade of being out of use. It is sad that the efforts

of some have been spoilt by the behaviour of others,

as mindless vandalism has blighted the opening few

weeks of the toilets being available to the general

public. In a matter of days, new light fittings have

been ripped off the ceiling and soap dispensers

pulled off the wall. A cubicle lock has been broken

and the daily occurrence of putting all the paper

towels in the sink, then filling it with water, so that

they can’t be used. The Town Council have had no

choice but to temporarily close the toilets, reverting

to being open for events at the Rec. The Council will

be considering this matter again at their November

meeting.

Sadly, it is just so predictable, the same old boring

criminal damage takes no-one by surprise, and as a

consequence already the Town Council have been

put in an impossible situation. If anyone knows any

details or sees any of the vandalism as it happens,

please call the Police on the 101 number. The Town

Council would really like to have these toilets open

to the public, so that the facilities can be used. This

situation will not be tolerated, as the cost of repair

comes from the public purse, paid for by your Council

Tax.

On a brighter note…

Christmas Light Switch-On

Sunday 1st December 12noon – 6pm

Plans are really taking shape now for the Christmas

Lights Switch on event this year – we have Santa’s

Grotto in the Assembly Rooms; a LIVE nativity scene

in Plowright Place; lots of festive market stalls; the

funfair and a packed entertainment programme

on the Buttercross, hosted by KLFM Radio with

performances by Timescape, Fakenham Town Band

and Thursford Organ to name a few.

The Lights Switch On will be at 5pm followed by a

Christmas Raffle with a £200 cash first prize, KLFM

studio tour and lots of local business raffle prizes to

be won. Look out for an event programme and raffle

tickets that will be available from the Town Hall, local

businesses and the Saturday market.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the

day - if you want help or would a stall, please

contact Hannah Duggan E-mail administrator@

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01760

722922 – avoid disappointment get those bookings

in ASAP, as the spaces are filling up fast, since we

released the details last month - thank you.

More Christmas Lights

Swaffham town will be a little brighter this Christmas

thanks to a £1,000 prize of festive lights from the

Blachere Illumination Company. STC entered the

competition run by ‘Revive and Thrive’, the task was

to produce a 10-minute film, shot only on a mobile

phone, promoting the town to ‘a tourist interested

in heritage’. Cllrs Keith Sandle and Les Scott took up

the challenge with Wayne Griffiths overseeing the

filming and scripting. The film made it to the top 10,

earning STC a place at the final in Birmingham where

the winners were chosen. Swaffham didn’t make

it into the top 3 but were very pleased to receive

£1000 to spend on Christmas lights.

The film can be seen on YouTube, by searching for

‘Swaffham’ and ‘Blachere’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfsPEmp2EsI

Car Parking – 2-Hour Monitoring

The early signs of the trial appear to be very good, as

there are spaces in the Town Centre on most days.

The Town Council have taken note of the re-occurring

issue of three hours parking, instead of two. This was

put forward by the Town Council when the trial was

talked about last year, after taking account of concern

raised by residents. There will be review in February

of next year, as we look with Breckland Council at

whether the trial has been successful or not. In the

meantime, please send in your comments good or

bad to the Town Hall, so that we can represent your

views during the review. Please remember though,

that the car parks are owned by Breckland Council

and they will ultimately have the final say. We will do

our best to ensure that the local voice is heard.

A-Frames On Pavements

Thank you to all the businesses who responded

positively to our recent plea to move their A-frame

boards advertising their premises in the Town Centre,

either to the side of their business or to the edge of

the pavement on the roadside. The aim is to keep

the central area of the pavement clear, similarly give

good access to all the drop-kerbs, crossings and in/

out of the shops. This has already made the world

of difference to anyone using the pavement with a

mobility scooter, a wheelchair, a pram or a pushchair.

Some businesses in the Town Centre had a recent

visit from two members of our new Transport, Access

and Environment Committee recently, requesting

that some of the A-frame boards are moved. Just to

clarify and confirm that the Town Council have no

power to enforce any change, however it should be

noted that your Town Council are carrying out this

task to assist our Norfolk County Council Highway

Engineer, who does not have the resources to make

a polite enquiry. If the A-frame chicane on the

pavement returns at some point in the future, then

the Transport Committee may consider a return visit,

hopefully this will not be necessary. Norfolk County

Council do have the authority to remove the signs

if they are causing an unnecessary or unreasonable

obstruction. Thank you again, to the majority of

businesses who have been only too pleased to move

their signs, your care and attention is appreciated.

The Town Council

Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner

CllrSkinner.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Keith Sandle

CllrSandle.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Judy Anscombe

CllrAnscombe.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Lindsay Beech

CllrBeech.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Stewart Bell,

CllrBell.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Wendy Bensley

CllrBensley.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Paul Darby

CllrDarby.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Graham Edwards

CllrEdwards.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Brendan Holmes

CllrHolmes.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Colin Houghton

CllrHoughton.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Shirley Matthews

CllrMatthews.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Ian Pilcher

CllrPilcher.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Les Scott

CllrScott.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

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Officers:

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk,

@SwaffhamClerk

Claire Smith – Deputy Town Clerk

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator

administrator@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Swaffham Town Council

Tel: 01760 0722 922

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Town Hall opening times:

Monday 9.30am – 1.00pm. 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday - Friday – 9.30a.m – 1.00pm.

Town Council Committee meeting dates

• Tue 5th - Transport, Access & Environment – 4pm-

5.30pm

• Wed 19th - Full Town Council - 6.30 pm - 9pm

(streaming live on Facebook – @SwaffhamTownCouncil)

• Mon 18th - Market, Events & Tourism - 6.30 pm - 8pm

• Mon 25th – Recreation & Community Services –

6.30pm – 8pm

• Tue 26th - Planning & Built Environment - 4pm – 5.30pm

Your Breckland District Councillors:

Cllr. David Wickerson

01760 725 741

david.wickerson@breckland.gov.uk

Cllr. Ian Sherwood

07795 236 878

ian.sherwood@breckland.gov.uk

Cllr Ed Colman - also your Norfolk County Councillor

07940 406 356

ed.colman@breckland.gov.uk / ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk

Breckland District Council

www.breckland.gov.uk

01362 656 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits.

Highway issues

Norfolk County Council – www.norfolk.gov.uk – 0344

800 8020

For Highway issues & faulty street lights:

- Highways - please give the location of the issue and

a telephone number where further information can

be obtained.

- Faulty streetlights – please give the precise location

of the light and the number on the column.

Alternatively visit the website and search for

Highways or Street Lights to report your concerns.


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