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January 2020

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership


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Your Local Wedding Fair

For those of you haven't already heard, Iceni

Partnership are excited to be hosting our first ever

wedding fair in the Assembly Rooms on Sunday 8th

March from 11am - 3pm.

We hope the event will

showcase what a wonderful

reception venue our building

can be as well as helping to

promote a variety of trusted

local suppliers, such as

caterers, cake makers, florists

and much more.

There will be a goody bag

for the first 50 attendees,

filled with wedding related

goodies and discounts. If you would like to attend,

please let us know via Facebook, where there is a link

to our eventbrite page. We can also be contacted by

email: or over the

phone on 01760 722800.

At present we still have some supplier spaces left.





Upcoming Events

Crochet Workshops for Complete Beginner Starting on January 13th

for 3 weeks. 10.30 am - 12.30pm in the tea room at Ceres Bookshop. Watton

classes start January 14th, 7-9pm in the Methodist Church Rooms. Please contact

Caroline Partridge on 07880 742657 or email

BINGO Wednesday 15th January - Doors open from 7pm for 7.30pm start. £6

a book. Pickenham Hub (formerly the Primary School), South Pickenham Road,

North Pickenham, PE37 8LG.

Soundbath with Sally Carter Friday 24th January - 2pm – 3.30pm. A

soundbath is a way of relaxation while listening to healing instruments such as

crystal bowls, singing bowls, chimes, drum rattles and many more. These are

played around you and the room, immersing you in a range of sounds creating

a feeling of peace and harmony. You can lay back, close your eyes and enjoy

the benefits of sounds and vibration, including helping with anxiety, depression,

sleep and general wellbeing. Suitable for all. Cost £10.

Bring a mat, cushions, blanket or anything to lay down on, or we can provide

a chair if needed.. Pickenham Hub (formerly the Primary School), South

Pickenham Road, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG.

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) Illustrated Talk

Tuesday 28th January 2020, 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 PC James Wonnacott, entitled: 'Rural

and Wildlife Crime'. James Wonnacott is a Rural and Wildlife Crime Officer with

Norfolk Police. What does this role mean to you - dealing with sheep rustling,

theft of wild birds’ eggs, hare coursing, theft of farm machinery and perhaps

much more? Come along to NarVOS to find out! Almost certainly you will be

able to put your questions and observations to James.

Visitors most welcome. Admission £4 on the night if you are not a NarVOS

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

01760 724092.

Kate Dimbleby - Sing Happy Silver Social is happy to welcome back

Kate for her now show, in which she weaves classic songs from the last 60 years,

with stories about the human voice and mesmerising layered vocals from her

critically acclaimed album, Songbirds. She will be at Ashill Community Centre on

Monday 3rd February from 2pm - 3.30pm, then at Necton Community Centre

on Friday 7th February from 2pm - 3.30pm. Tickets are £5. If you need transport

please get in touch at least 3 working days before the event. To book call 01362

656870 or email

The Colin Mason Quarter with friends Swaffham Jazz Club at

Swaffham Conservative Club. Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 on

the door. Contact Norman on 01760 722384 or Geoff on 01366 328730.

Regular Meetings & Events


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

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

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

Phoenix Singers Meets every Monday at 7.30pm 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.

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

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.


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

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. 07899 189 973

The Art Studio Modern Art Evening Classes By Peter Henry PGCE,

BA. Tuesdays

Arts & Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room

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

Textile Studio. 9.30am until 11.45am, and, 12.30pm until 2.45pm. £10. 01760


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, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG Tuesdays 7 –

9pm £10 joining fee, then £3 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

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.

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:

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

The Meeting Place 10am - 12 noon, Swaffham Methodist Church.

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@

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


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/

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:

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. £5


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. The only consecutive months are Jan, Feb and August,

Spet. Meet in Salisbury Room in Shirley House, London St. 10am for 10.30am

start. Coffee served. Entry £3. 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


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!

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

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

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


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


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

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

Arts & Crafts, Textiles and Dressmaking at The Old Art Room

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

Textile Studio. 10am until 12.15pm, and, 12.45pm until 3pm. £10. 01760


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. for more information and

programme of events.

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. 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.

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

Just a Cuppa Every Thursday 2-4pm. Come along for a friendly chat and a

cuppa every Thursday at Swaffham Library. Colouring materials and a selection of

games and puzzles are also available

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

The Meeting Place 10am - 12 noon, Swaffham Methodist Church.

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 Ball 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 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



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


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

Embroidery with Brenda Sortwell at The Old Art Room. 93 Market

Place, Swaffham. Techniques, tips, and inspiration. 10am until 2pm. £18. 01760


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.

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

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


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

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


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

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

contact Jayne on 07544974342


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

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.

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

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

Pentney Country Music Club weekly 01760

337 392

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. 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

West Norfolk Crafters & Needleworkers Stitchers, crafters and knitters

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


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

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

Happy New Year from staff & students!

The end of the year has been a busy one

not just with the approach of Christmas but

many other activities too. The first of our Curriculum

Days saw students learning ‘off timetable’. Amongst

the subjects discussed were attitudes around mental

health. Showing maturity and thoughtfulness the

session was very successful with students thinking of

ways to support their own mental wellbeing.

During our chilly weather we were delighted to

welcome our guest from considerably warmer climes,

Fernando Batalla, Principal of Taronja Spanish School

in Valencia, who gave a seminar in his native tongue

to students at the academy with the aim of promoting

cultural awareness. We heard about traditions, customs

and festivals that make Spain a unique and different

country. Students responded very well to the content

delivered in Spanish and are excited about the prospect

of a study trip to Valencia in the future.

Chilly or not, our Year 10 Business Studies students

wrapped up warmly and enjoyed a trip to Banham

Zoo to learn how it operates. Naturally the zoo must

run as a successful

business to allow

it to continue to

play a part in the

conservation and

care of its variety

of animals from

around the world.

They investigated

how market research is used to find out customer needs

as well as studying the customer services offered. An

introduction to Milky, the eagle owl was also part of this

unique experience!

When the school day is over for some, there is plenty

of activity in our Performing Arts Facility. Around 30

Junior school students along with 25 of our own have

been ‘treading the boards’ at the weekly Drama Club.

Learning confidence and teamwork skills through

improvisation and performing sketches, these young

people have enjoyed working together. Some of the

quotes from the youngest include “It’s been great to

perform on a big stage and work with scripts” & “We

meet new people, it is fun doing plays with them”. The

older students have been just as complimentary adding

“they are great to work with, always so energetic” &

“they are really enthusiastic”. Building on the success

of their collaboration, students are working towards a

performance at Easter - something we all look forward


Our stage was also put to good use on our recent

Prize-giving & Awards Evening when we celebrated the

success of students from across the academy gaining

various awards in areas such as academic achievement,

attendance, perseverance & improvement. We were

also delighted to welcome back our alumni who

were presented with their Exam Certificates from

the summer and had a chance to catch-up with their

peers and staff. Our guest speaker for the evening was

Flying Officer Kerridge

from RAF Marham

who is an ex-student

of the academy and

whose speech was

inspirational and well

received by all.

Finally, we catch up on

our Christmas activities:- Poppy Sandford-More, Year

7, was the proud winner of the Academy Christmas

Card Competition. Her

wonderful creation was

sent to all local schools and

contacts with our good

wishes for the Season.

Our students chose two

good causes to support

during December, the

first being the Swaffham

Foodbank and the second

being socks stuffed with

essential items for the

homeless. (We must add

thanks to parents/carers

and members of the public who also supported our

appeals together with Anglia Sports & School Wear,

our uniform provider, who donated all the socks!). We

are extremely proud of our students for demonstrating

care and compassion for those less fortunate.



Swaffham CE Junior Academy

Swaffham Junior

Academy To Become All-

Through Primary School

Swaffham Junior Academy

has announced that it is to

open a Reception class in

September 2020 – the first

move towards becoming a

full primary school.

At the same time, the

school is to change its

name to Swaffham CE

Primary Academy to reflect

that fact that it is moving towards teaching children from

Reception right through to Year 6. Backed by the Diocese

of Norwich Education and Academies Trust, the move

will see significant investment in facilities and resources

at the school, with a brand-new bespoke Early Years and

Key Stage 1 teaching area being created in the first half

of 2020, ready to welcome its first children in September.

The academy, which was rated Good by Ofsted in 2018

and which has a reputation as being warm, welcoming

and friendly, says that the change from a junior school to

an all-through primary presents fantastic opportunities.

“This is an exciting time for our school as we add a

Reception class and invest in facilities and resources for

all ages,” said head teacher Nicola Kaye. “We are creating

outstanding learning environments, both inside and

outside, that will stimulate learning and engage children.

We have a proven track record as a Junior Academy

and are committed to providing the best possible start

to every child’s school life, giving them the skills and

experiences to ensure their wellbeing now and the

success in the future. The plans we have for our new

Early Years area will create stimulating new learning

environments, perfect for delivering fun, engaging and

challenging lessons based on the needs of the children.”

The 2018 Ofsted report particularly praised the

academy’s work to promote personal development and

welfare. The school’s core values of 'respect, teamwork

and challenge’ encourage pupils to work together and

support each other,’ wrote the inspector.

Applications for places in the new Reception class at

Swaffham Primary Academy are now open, with a

deadline for applications of 15th January 2020. Further

information can be found on the Norfolk County Council

website at


Swaffham CE Junior Academy Introduces New Four-

Legged Teacher

Children at a Swaffham CE Junior Academy are being

encouraged to learn to love reading – by a new fourlegged

member of staff. The school has recruited Lunar,

a 17-month old labrador, as a ‘Reading Dog’, visiting the

school one day a week to listen to children read.

“Some young people can become nervous and stressed

when reading to others, but when reading to a dog, they

become less self-conscious and more confident, as they

perceive the dog as non-judgemental,” said head teacher

Nicola Kaye.

“Research has shown that children start to look forward

to the reading experience, and that a reading dog

encourages positive social behaviours and enhances selfesteem.

“After less than a term at the school Lunar is already very

popular amongst the children, and there is a noticeable

effect with those who get to read to her.”

Lunar comes to school with her owner Jane Baxter, a

retired carer. Jane and Lunar attended specialist animal

behaviour training before starting at the school in


“Reading is so important; if a child can read, it opens

up so many opportunities,” she said. “Even with those

children who are nervous about reading out loud, having

Lunar there calms them down and brings them out

of themselves. It is really rewarding to see how their

confidence grows week on week.”

Swaffham Pair take Gold and Silver at Gymnastics


Two budding Olympians from Swaffham Junior Academy

have carried off a double medal haul after taking Gold

and Silver at the King’s Lynn Gymnastics Club Open

Competition held at Lynnsport. Nine year-olds Erin

Weedon and Izzy Gotts took first and second place in the

Tumbling, and now move to the Mini-Elite Group, where

they will continue their training. The pair were competing

against young gymnasts from across Norfolk and the

Fens at the event. Both girls have been doing gymnastics

for two years now, and they train two evenings a week,

each session lasting two hours.

Gold medal winner Erin, from Swaffham, has ambitions

to be a professional Olympic gymnast, while silver medal

winner Izzy, also from the town, plans to become a

gymnastics coach.

“The whole school is very proud that our pupils took Gold

and Silver at the championships,” said Swaffham Junior

Academy head teacher Nicola Kaye. “They have worked

so hard to get to the standard they have achieved, and

there is no reason that they shouldn’t go on and achieve

their Olympic ambitions.”

The Magpie Centre

Join The Magpie Centre’s Coffee Morning Week!

Winter always takes its toll on the Centre’s funds,

with extra hay and rugs required for the 12+ horses

and ponies in the care of West Norfolk Riding for the

Disabled Association, based at the Magpie Centre,

Wallington Hall, plus carriage driving lessons can

be suspended because of bad weather.

Could you hold a Coffee Morning to raise funds

for the Centre? Magpie Coffee Morning Week is

scheduled for Sun Feb 9 – Sat Feb 15, 2020, so no

excuses if you work fulltime!

This could be your chance to catch up with friends

you haven’t seen for a while, plus raise money for

a worthy cause.

How you run it is your choice: maybe a modest

charge for admission, and/or a price for tea/coffee/

cakes, or possibly a Bring and Buy, in which visitors

bring, for example, baked goods, jams, chutneys,

etc. for sale, the profits from which go to the

Magpie Centre.

You might also decide to run a raffle or tombola,

which could boost your profits considerably, but

don’t forget to get a float so you can give people


We are aiming for 100 Coffee Mornings, throughout

West Norfolk, Wisbech, Fakenham and Ely and if

each one made even £20 – that would be £2,000 –

which equals 500 bales of hay for our ponies - so if

you could host one, need advice on how to do it, or

need posters/flyers printed, we can help. Do let us

know: 01553 810202. We’d be truly grateful.

For your information, West Norfolk Riding for

the Disabled Association Charity No is:1143390.

Company No: 765610.

To boost your publicity, inform your local radio

station. Visit click on What’s On and

then Submit Your Event. For Radio Norfolk it’s’sOn For the press: and newsdesk@ . They’ll be delighted to hear from

you. And –be sure to share plans for your event on

social media!

Swaffham Methodist Church

January 3rd 9.30 am Power of Prayer



January 5th 10.35am Covenant Service with Rev.

Jacqui Horton, followed by refreshments.

January 7th 10am - 12noon. The Meeting Place

with Traidcraft stall. New year- new friends.

January 9th 10am- 12noon The Meeting Place.

January 9th 10am - 11am Climate Action Group.

January 9th 2.30 pm Thursday Group. Talk by Rev

Jacqui Horton.

January 9th NEW "Talk Jesus " house group.

Contact Mike or Jan Hills 721995

January 10th 9.30 am. Power of Prayer.

January 11th 9.30am-12noon. Coffee morning

organised by British Legion Women's Section.

January 12th 10.45am. Morning Worship followed

by refreshments.

January 14th 16th The Meeting Place. 10am-


January 17th 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

January 18th 9.30am-12noon. Coffee morning in

aid of Church funds.

January 19th 10.45 am. Morning Worship followed

by refreshments.

January 21st 23rd 10am- 12noon. The Meeting


January 23rd 10am- 11am. Climate Action Group.

January 23rd 2.30pm. Thursday Group. Speaker


January 24th 9.30 am. Power of Prayer.

January 25th 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning

organised by 2nd Swaffham Guides.

January 26th 10.45am. Morning Worship followed

by refreshments.

January 28th, 30th. 10am- 12noon. The Meeting


January 31st 9.30am. Power of Prayer.



The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The January Services in Swaffham parish church will

be as follows:-


8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

3.30pm Evensong BCP

Wednesday 8th

10.00am Holy Communion BCP


8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 15th

10.00am Holy Communion BCP

Sunday 19th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist

11.15am Family Service

Wednesday 22nd

10.00am Holy Communion BCP

Thursday 23rd


Reflective service for Week of

Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday 26th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 29th

10.00am Holy Communion BCP


Sunday 2nd February CANDLEMAS

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

3.30pm Evensong


A hive of activity for young families at 10.00 am to

12.00 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. The next meeting will be in church at

10.00am on 18th January. When the theme will be

craft and activity relating to David and Goliath.

All parents and children are most welcome.


The Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity

This is something in which, in this country, the

majority of Christian denominations are involved,

and begins on Saturday 18th January - the theme

for the week being, “Unusual Kindness”. Here in

Swaffham the week begins with a short reflective

service in the Baptist Church at 10.00am and all the

weekday services begin at this time in the various

churches, as follows: Monday 20th at the Swaffham

Methodist church; Tuesday 21st at Our Lady of Pity;

Weds 22nd at Swaffham Methodist church;

Thurs 23rd at the parish church; Friday 24th Our Lady

of Pity. There will also be a service on Sunday 19th at

3.00pm at the Baptist church.

The meetings are open to all comers and we hope this

event will be well supported also by the members of

the participating congregations.

Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the MU usually meets on

the 2nd Thursday of the month and the next meeting

will on Thursday 9th January in the Baptist Church

Room as usual. Coffee/tea is served from 9.30am

and the meeting proper starts at 10.00am. This

will include the AGM which will be followed by our

New Year speaker, Major Diana Bennetts from the

Salvation Army. Parking is available in the Old Station

Yard. Enquiries to Julie on 720041

Christmas Bazaar – Thank You

On behalf of the Parochial Church Council, Sheila

Fowler and Anne Handley would like to thank the

many people who contributed to the success of

the 2019 Christmas Bazaar, the stall holders, those

who gave to the wide variety of stalls, those who

were involved in the supply and serving of the

refreshments, and the generosity of those who came

and supported the event by buying from us: we

raised £3749.73 (this includes a most generous £500

donation), all of which will go some way to meet

the Parish Church’s regular expenditure of £1700

per week. We could not have achieved any of this

without your help. So, again, many thanks.

Christmas Tree Festival – Thank You

The parish church would like to say a big ‘Thank You’

to Gill and Keith Creed, and their many helpers, for

organising this year’s very successful Christmas Tree

Festival, which was our 9th. As many as 29 charities

benefitted from the generosity of those who visited

the church in such large numbers (including children

from local schools) and we are grateful to all the

charity volunteers that took part. In addition, we

would also like to thank Susan Butler and her willing

team of helpers and all those who provided the

refreshments in church during the Festival. Their

efforts are also much appreciated.

Merle Boddy Centre

Happy new year from all at the Merle

Boddy Centre, let the mayhem begin!

2020 we know will be a challenge, just like

all the other years, but you know us, we

are up for it. With the help from all our friends (you

know who you are) we will come through, perhaps

not unscathed, but content to know we do are best

and we are a happy bunch of staff, volunteers and

clients with a warm, friendly day service. We are

having a 'meet the staff and directors' along with

coffee and cake on 18th January, 10am until 1pm,

pop in and say hello

We hosted a race night in November, thank you to all

who bought the horses and to Woody, Kim, Janet and

Alan for your work on the tote and the commentary

of the races. A final thanks to Hoss for letting us host

it at the Conservative Club and to everyone who

attended the evening. The total made was £761.

Whilst I was thanking everyone for helping at the

race night, Noman and Linda had a surprise up their

sleeves. They presented me with another large

cheque from Swaffham bingo. So lots of love and

thanks to both Norman and Linda and of course not

forgetting Ian and all the bingo players.

We had a lovely day at the Rotary Christmas Fayre,

our table was full of Christmas goodies and the most

delicious baked goods. Thanks to all my wonderful

bakers for such delectable cakes, biscuits and fancies.


Acts of kindness: Linda and

Robert put together this

lovely hamper to raffle off.

It was part of the prizes we

had at the race night, the

lady who won was over the

moon with the lovely items.

Due to the kindness of

several people we have had

some super craft materials

given us and we are having

great fun creating new ideas. You can view some of

these fantastic items on our Facebook page.

I hope many of you managed to go and view the

fantastic array of trees in the church. This event just

keeps getting better, thanks to Jill and Keith for all

your hard work and of course all the volunteers. We

love being part of this event.

Who says you have to battle

the weather for a good game of

golf, George is doing very nicely


Looking to the future

Sadly but inevitably, we have

clients depart from our service, for

a variety of reasons. This means

that, presently, we have spaces

on ​two days. If you are a carer of a person living

with dementia, please come and talk to us or ring

on 01760 724527 for a chat. We offer a very 'family

friendly' service for your loved ones, in a warm and

caring environment. All the staff are local girls with

a wealth of knowledge, so if you or someone you

know are seeking to have some respite, then please

do contact us, without hesitation. We will help you.

Swaffham & District Lions

Swaffham Lions supported Children

in Need 2019 with Pudsey collecting

outside the Assembly Rooms and at

Tesco’s store. The children loved to

give Pudsey a hug, whilst the mums

wanted selfies. The collection raised £551.46.

Swaffham Lions Santa took time out of his busy

schedule to visit the Dementia Café in the Assembly

Rooms and present a cheque of £300 to cover the

room hire costs for a year. Celia Batty, one of the

organisers, was thrilled with the cheque and said

that it was a great help and supported the 24 people

who attend the monthly meeting where they have

entertainment and guest speakers. Whilst there

Santa thanked all the volunteers for their work, then

distributed presents to the group, including the


Following a very successful quiz Swaffham Lions

handed over a cheque for £800 to Meadow House

for sensory equipment. The Lions attended a

demonstration of the equipment and were very

impressed with the way it helped the residents

improve their mobility and social skills, At the cheque

hand over the residents were very keen to have their

picture taken with the cheque.

Swaffham Lions have for the past two years sponsored

the Maths award at the Nicolas Hamond Academy.

This year the award went to Eliza Williams, which

was presented by Lion President John Collins. John

said that he and the Lions were proud to be able to

give the prize to such an able and caring person.

Eliza citation read, throughout her career Eliza has

always worked to the best of her ability. She showed

extreme dedication throughout the GCSE course

and her work ethic both in and out of school was

exceptional. On top of this she was an absolute joy to

have in the classroom. She is always polite, respectful

to anyone she interacts with and will help anyone

she can. Eliza always had high aspirations for herself

and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind she will

be a fantastic, caring and compassionate paramedic.


A team from Swaffham Lions, supported by the

Lionesses, managed the three-day Tesco Food Bank

collection for the 3rd year. The Foodbank collection is

held once a year in Tesco’s stores in partnership with

FoodShare and the Trussell Trust. Tesco also donate

20% of the amount of food collected in cash.


Swaffham Lions wish you a happy

Christmas and peaceful New Year

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Swaffham Rugby Club

Following successful completion of the RFU’s reaccreditation

process, Swaffham RUFC was presented

with their RFU Accreditation Certificate by Roger

Pierson, Eastern Counties’ RFU Council Member.

The Certificate was accepted by the club’s chairman,

Richard Morrissey after the Minis Festival of rugby

with Lowestoft and Yarmouth on Sunday, 8th

December. The re-accreditation is a great achievement,

demonstrating the club’s commitment to rugby’s core

values: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline

and Sportsmanship and occurs every 24 months after

the club has gained initial accreditation. This process

replaced the Seal of Approval award which Swaffham

RUFC was one of the first clubs in Eastern Counties to

have achieved.

Swaffham Dementia Café

The Dementia Café on 4th December was a

Christmas Party where we passed the parcel and

guessed what was in the sock, before being visited

by Father Christmas who distribiuted small gifts to

everyone. The Lions also visited and presented us

with a generous cheque, a nice Christmas present,

for which we thank them very much. Then the

morning finished with Christmas songs sung for

us by Ian Clews, who had previously donated very

generously to fund our party.

Swaffham Camera Club

The subject of our most recent competition was

Macro, which can be of anything small, as long as the

subject is rendered life-size or larger. The winner was

Alan Pegg, with a photograph of a Common Darter.

Swaffham Lionesses

The Lioness club has been busy over the Christmas

period, and we also have two prospective new

members attending, so things are looking good for

the New Year.

Our Bingo Night at the Conservative club, together

with generous donations, made £300 for Children

in Need. This event was followed by our Christmas

Tombola stall at the Christmas Fayre held in the

Assembly Rooms, and we thank all who contributed

to the success of these events.

Second was Stuart (he always seems to be the

bridesmaid!) with a lovely close up shot of a snail in


Christmas has come early for Alan as he also won the

Open Category, with Those magnificent men in their

flying machines.

November was a busy month at the Rugby Club with

plenty going on, on and off the pitch. The season had a

slow start for the seniors with only a handful of games,

but results since have been promising with 3 wins in a

row in the Eastern Counties league. Support from our

lively crowd of Vice Presidents has once again been

amazing at our regular pre match lunches, and a full

house is expected for the Xmas celebrations on 14th

December when the Club will play host to Holt.

The World Cup may not have ended as we had all hoped

but good numbers turned out over three Saturdays for

a “full English” early in the morning to see England get

through to their fourth final appearance. The Junior

section of the Club has been well attended with several

new players at different age groups from minis up to

u-16, and results have been good as the Club continues

to perform above their weight.

The Annual Fireworks display, early in November,

attracted a crowd of 1500 people to the Club. Each

year, the crowd seems to get bigger and the fireworks

better, and we are always looking at ways to improve

the evening and provide Swaffham with an event for

the town. On the following Sunday players from the

Rugby Club, Football Club, Cricket Club and Golf Club

jointly laid a wreath in the town at the Remembrance

Day parade.

Now I must thank all the lovely people who have

supported us since October 2018, when I took over

the running of the café after the Alzheimers Society

pulled out. Members have enjoyed visits from the

Swaffham Heritage Museum, Pot of Gold, Ian Clews

and the Wissey U3A line dancing group.

We have been financially supported by, from among

others, the Rotary, the Lions, Ian Clews and of course

Tesco, who have supplied our refreshments.

Finally I must thank the ladies who volunteered to

help, as I couldn't do it without them. Irene, Val and

Yvonne who are our refreshment ladies and Sue and

Jenny who help me. A very big thank you to you all.

There will be no cafe in January, so have a very happy

Christmas and see you on 5th February 2020.


We very much enjoyed our Christmas Dinner at The

Windmill, Necton. Very nice food, great company.

Susie Hancock organised the raffle, and Stephen

Ward our ex-Chair won a fine bottle of wine. It was

such a pleasant evening, we might be going there


The Club’s next meeting is on January 15th and the

subject is Altered and Edited, with an external judge.

This will give members the excuse to play around

on their laptops editing photos, when they should

really be making themselves useful over Christmas.

Anyone interested in coming to a meeting or joining

the Club can email: We

meet at Lydney House, Swaffham.

We also had our Lioness tree in the St. Peter and

Paul’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, and the

church looked a picture with all the beautifully

decorated trees around it.

We celebrated with the Lions at the Christmas Dinner

Dance in the Assembly Rooms with entertainment

by The Strollers, and as usual we helped our Lions

club to put on the Pensioners’ Christmas Lunch

which was held at the Convent School.

The Lioness mission is “to enjoy fun and friendship

with like-minded individuals, whilst serving the

needs of the community and the wider world.”

We wish you all a Happy New Year For more

information call us on 01760 723377.



Age Concern Swaffham & District

Normally, our members 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. If

you haven’t been before, 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 Barbara Clarke, see

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

Upcoming events are:

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

• February 25th (in house) The marvellous Georgie Bell, manager of the Merle Boddy Day Care Centre will tell all

about the superb work she and her staff do to look after people with mental disabilities.

• March 31st (in house) Dr Eric Sommerville – a talk, subject to be decided

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

Membership Secretary, Barbara Clarke, 720140, Treasurer, Keith Nash, 724801, 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.

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Befrienders & Hospital

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Swaffham WEA

Swaffham WEA Courses for January

Swaffham WEA continues its courses in January with

another pair of contrasting subjects. Ian McLachlan

has lectured on many aspects of aviation history at

Swaffham but he still manages to find interesting

topics. This time he returns to Swaffham to explore

the various mysteries and unexplained occurrences

that have been a constant feature throughout the

story of flight. What happened to band leader

Glenn Miller? Was Amelia Earhart a spy? Five

aircraft flew into the Bermuda Triangle and never

emerged. What were Foo Fighters? All this and

much more in Aviation Mysteries: Myths, UFOs

and Ghosts which begins on Monday evenings at

7.30pm on 20th January 2020

In complete contrast our second course steps back

600 years to the world of Geoffrey Chaucer. Widely

recognised as the father of English literature

Chaucer was not only the author of The Canterbury

Tales, but he also had a career in the civil service

as a bureaucrat, courtier, diplomat, and he was a

member of parliament. Tutor Geoffrey Platt will

be leading this study of Chaucer and 14th century

England. Geoffrey Chaucer: Civil Servant and Poet

begins on Friday mornings at 10am on 24th January


The venue for both courses is the Swaffham

Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham, PE37

7RD. The fee for each course is £62, comprising

eight weekly sessions of two hours each. Please

enrol in advance either by phone on 0300 303 3464

or online at where you can also

find out more information about these and other

WEA courses.

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Tai Chi for Health

Happy New Year Everyone

‘In the Chinese Zodiac calendar it is the year of the Rat!’

The Rat is the first of all the zodiac animals. According

to one myth the Jade emperor said the sequence would

be decided by the order in which the animals arrived to

his party.

The Chinese zodiac runs in a 12 year cycle. Rat people

are believed to be very industrious, thrifty, diligent and

positive people. They have energetic personalities, but

despite seeming weak and not being able to perform

hard physical work, they enjoy longevity. For a healthy

life, Rats must remember to eat breakfast, do moderate

exercise and remain cheerful, I think that could be said

for us all.

Exercise and balance in Chinese culture is of great value.

Researchers for the European Journal of Preventive

cardiology have found that older people who regularly

perform Tai Chi were less likely to suffer high blood

pressure and were physically stronger. Tai Chi which has

grown in popularity throughout the world is made up

of slow, deliberate repetitive movements and is based

on co-ordination and relaxation rather than muscular

tension. It is believed that focusing the mind solely on

the movements helps to bring about a state of mental

calm and clarity.

New Tai Chi Classes Starting in January in Swaffham and

Yaxham. academytaichi@ 01760 723102

The Pheonix Singers

On Friday 6th December The Pheonix Singers

entertained a full and enthusiastic audience to a

selection of Christmas music at Swaffham Methodist

Church. The programme included some popular

pieces and some not so well known. Together with

their guests, who entertained everyone with their

amusing anecdotes, it was a most enjoyable evening

of entertainment. The evening ended with some

rousing audience participation singing some favourite

carols. This group of ladies never fail to give a polished

performance, with great harmony singing and

accompanied by a superb pianist and their conductor.

Don't miss out on their next concert in the summer.



Catherine Riedlinger



Give your home the finish it deserves

One to One tutoring for 3-7 year olds

• One to One tuition in Maths, English and all

KS1 Subjects.

• One to One tuition to be school ready for

Nursery and Reception pupils.

• Flexible after school session times to fit a

busy schedule.

• Pupil Specific Lessons Plans.

• Tutoring base in Swaffham.

• 23 Years Primary Teaching Experience.

• Full DBS Checked.

• Flexible Payment Plans.

• Sessions available from £20 per hour.

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(01760) 751091

Book your free, no obligation

Induction Session

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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

01760 722 800

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.

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

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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




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


£17.00 £15.00 £28.00 £24.00

Annual full membership


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:

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Welcome to Swaffham

Community Centre

Feel free to pop in and admire our

gallery of work by local artists

and then treat yourself to tea and

home made cake in Patisserie Iceni.



OPEN WEEKDAYS 9AM - 5PM 01760 01760 722800

The Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB

With the weather

turning cooler, please

consider making a

donation of ingredients

to the fridge to give

someone a hot meal.

Calling all

budding artists

Gallery Iceni

needs you!

At the Iceni Partnership, we are always looking

for new art groups, or individuals who would

like to showcase their work in our

gallery in the community centre.

If you or someone you know would be

interested, then please call us on

01760 722 800 or pop into the office and speak

to our gallery co-ordinator Jelena

The museum is closed between

23 December and 17 February.

From 3 January to 15 February the TIC and

shop are open (weather permitting) every

Friday 10 to 3 and Saturday 10 – 1

New Year's quiz. Swaffham is associated with several nationally and locally famous or

well-known people. Can you identify them?

1. What GW had nothing to do with butter?

2. What EH was a member of the French Resistance?

3. What JB didn't give the town a place to put up a tent?

4. What HP was a famous actress?

5. What EN had a famous sailor son?

6. What EH was associated with a famous sailor?

7. What AKW improved torpedoes?

8. What JC found gold underneath his own apple tree?

9. What SJC had a famous archaeologist son?

10. What JB was invented by WEJ, a Swaffham Inspector of Nuisances

11. What WC painted the iconic portrait of his famous brother.

12. What HC created the model of Swaffham in the 1930s. It is now in Swaffham Heritage

13. What reasonably local SF starred as a lawyer in a drama set in and around Swaffham?

14. What WJ , associated with "Germany Calling", is supposed to have lodged on Station Street?

15. What EB is said to have spent some time at the Convent school?

16. What BR was a well-known local artist?

17. What OM wove for a living?

18. What TR was in the Guinness Book of Records for speaking rapidly?

19. What WCS was razor thin

20. The discovery of which HC was never recognised by either government or academic institutions?


1. George Walpole (3rd Earl of Orford) who gave the town the Buttercross in 1983

2. Evelyn Hamilton (Helsen) who retied to Swaffham. She was a world record holder in long distance cycling.

3. Rector Dr John Botright who gave Swaffham Campingland in 1463

4. Hilda Plowright.

5. Edmund Nelson. The Nelson family lived in Swaffham before moving to North Norfolk. A son, Horatio, was

baptised in Swaffham church, but he died as a baby.

6. Emma Hamilton, Nelson's mistress, frequently came to Swaffham which was a gentry entertainment hub at

the time.

7. Admiral Arthur Knyvet-Wilson VC. Born, lived, died and buried in Swaffham

8. John Chapman, the Swaffham Pedlar. He built the north aisle in the church.

9. Samuel John Carter – a well-known Victorian animal portrait painter. He was born in Swaffham and is

buried in Swaffham. His painting of horses at Snails Pit farm hangs upstairs in the Town Hall.

10. James Bigglesworth (Biggles) by William Johns. He was sanitary inspector in Swaffham before he joined up

in World War I.

11. William Carter. Howard Carter's brother, His portraits of his uncle Henry William and aunt Emma hang in

Swaffham Heritage. Henry William was born in Swaffham and retired to Holly Lodge.

12. Harry Carter – Howard's 1st cousin, once removed. Well-known for his carved village and town signs. Harry

moved from London to Swaffham and is buried in Swaffham.

13. Stephen Fry. The TV series was Kingdom.

14. William Joyce – Lord Haw Haw. So "they" say!

15. Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress and then wife. Unfortunately no evidence has been unearthed.

16. Ben Ripper. Well -known barber and artist of local scenes. He is also H. Carter's 1st cousin, once removed.

17. Oliver Meek who for many years had a basket weaving workshop on Station Street.

18. Tyrone Roberts – auctioneer for many years at Swaffham Market.

19. William Charles (Razor) Smith was a Surrey slow bowler in the early 20th century. He worked at

Surridge's, the cricket bat maker, in Ash Close. Called Razor Smith because he was razor thin.

20. Howard Carter, discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.

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

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

December draw - £40 No.58 / £20 No.36 / £10 No.28.

November’s £100 draw won by No.27

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

Paperback books required

Please bring any paperback books no longer

required on your bookshelves

to our Museum shop during

opening hours. They will be

sold and all proceeds go to the

Museum funds.

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Swaffham Community Hospital LOFs

On Sat 23d November we held another of our coffee

mornings in the Methodist Church. This raised £130

for our funds, thanks to those attended.

On Saturday 30th November we participated in

the Charity Fair,organised by Rotary, held in the

Assembly rooms. It was mainly for publicity, but we

sold Christmas cards and some odds and raised £50.

At last we have had delivery of 4 of our new

electric bedside chairs. These should prove to be of

major benefits to patients and staff. Once we have

had a little experience of these, we will consider

supporting more.

In early December we put up the Christmas tree in

the parish church as part of their festival. I hope you

were able to visit and support us. At the end of the

week the tree is taken to the hospital to add to the

others for the enjoyment of all.

In early December we also decorate the public

areas at the hospital. It brightens up the areas for

the patients and visitors. The new garden has been

decorated as well, it looks great.

Thank you to everyone who purchased Christmas

cards from us.

With the support of hospital staff, a fantastic

programme of entertainment was arranged for

the patients during December. Thank you to all

of you who kindly gave up your time to come and

entertain us. The “Friends” provided hospitality for

the visitors.

As an example of the kindness that we experience,

we had a call late November to say that a nursing

home resident had passed away and that in his

will he had donated his collection of model cars to

the Friends. Some of us went to collect them and

found over 100 of them. We are looking at the best

options for selling them and the funds will go into

our charity account.. So kind of him to think of us.

On behalf of the committee can I take this

opportunity to thank everyone who supports us. I

hope you enjoyed your Xmas and that 2020 gets off

to a good start for you.

As ever if you are interested in joining our small

committee, do ring me for an informal chat

Colin Houghton (Chairman)

01760 336025


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Downham Grange

State of the art, loving care in Downham Market

Welcome to Downham Grange Care Home, a striking new

purpose-built development in Downham Market.

We provide meaningful person-centred exceptional care for those in

need of residential, respite, nursing or dementia care.

Boasting 62 en-suite bedrooms, the home has

been finished to the most luxurious standards,

with extra-wide corridors, a variety of large

spacious and comfortable lounges and dining

rooms with kitchenette areas that help to promote

independence and social inclusion.

The home has been designed to meet the needs

of people who require nursing and dementia

care. This exciting new development meets our

Kingsley care ethos, responding to individual

needs and providing the highest standards of care.

Like all Kingsley Healthcare Homes, our care is

focused around each person’s individual needs and

wishes. We value and respect how each person

chooses to spend their day.

Our strong ethos of person-centred care runs

through everything we do. Our staff are all highly

experienced and receive on-going training to make

sure that we deliver only the very best quality care.

We really want to make a difference

to the lives of the people we care for.

With this in mind we have built the

home to the highest specifications,

giving particular consideration

to making the design and layout

suitable for people living with a


This new home will enable us to

continue to provide high-quality

surroundings and environment. It

will ensure our staff deliver quality

of service and improve the quality of

life of our residents every day.

The staff at Downham Grange go

that extra mile to make the home

feel comfortable and relaxed. We

like Downham Grange to feel like

a ‘home from home’. We encourage

people to take part in the daily living

activities as well as other ongoing

activities that take place throughout

the day.

“It took me just a few

days to feel at home

because the staff are

so welcoming and


Downham Grange Care Home

Clackclose Road, Downham Market,

Norfolk PE38 9PA

Tel 01366 387054 Fax 01366 385861

A different sort of accountant

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Next to War Memorial

01760 723830

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club



Decorations for your Home at Xmas - Presented by

Jane Dalton

In our final monthly meeting prior to Xmas the Ashill &

Holme Hale Garden Club had a bumper turnout of 68

members come to watch Jane Dalton use foliage from

our gardens and nature to make an astounding range

of decorations for your home at Xmas. Jane is an expert

flower arranger, craft maker and artist based in Norfolk.

Jane treated members and visitors to an excellent and

engaging demonstration of how to produce stunning

door wreaths, Xmas window and mantelpiece displays,

using greenery and berries from your garden along

with moss and wood collected from nature and a few

added baubles. She explained how to construct her

creations as she was making them, so giving members

the knowledge and ideas to create their own Xmas

decorations. In creating her door wreaths Jane used a

plastic backed oasis ring onto which she arranged her

foliage in sections to produce alternating colours of

variegated and dark green leaves, always going in one

direction. Jane then demonstrated how to wire pine

cones into small bunches to then put into the wreath.

In addition Jane showed how you can bring to life an

old wicker container by painting it or indeed spray paint

rose hips or flower heads to give a more christmassy

look to your decoration. Jane also demonstrated how

by using a triangle shaped oasis that you then cover

on all sides with either green or variegated leaves you

can make a mini Xmas tree decoration. At the end of

the demonstration Jane very gener-ously donated all

her creations to the monthly raffle. Not surprisingly

there was a record sale of raffle tickets for the ten Xmas

decorations created by Jane during the meeting. So

some lucky members got to ‘deck their halls’ early with

some professionally created Xmas decorations.

The club Annual Lunch is on Thursday January 16th

at the Windmill in Necton. Our next monthly meeting

is on January 23rd at 2.30pm at Holme Hale Pavilion

when our speaker Tony Goode will talk about “Growing

Alpine for the Time Challenged”.

New members are always welcome so come along and

join us.

Swaffham Lunch club

A new social and fun

community idea for Swaffham

and surrounding villages.

I would like to start a new

monthly lunch club in Swaffham.

For a small subscription fee,

members will be treated to a nutritious home cooked

meal, created with ingredients provided by local

buisnesses. As a club it will be non profit making. It

will be run for and by its members.

If enough people join, I am confident it would thrive

as a club and we could even begin to offer more than

just a meal each month, for example trips out and

other social activities. However, this all depends on

numbers, so the more the merrier!

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact

Mark Grady by emailing swaffhamlunchclub@

Air Ambulance Fundraising

On Friday 14th November 2019, Sharon and Gordon

Clouting and Esther Cooper went to visit the East

Anglian Air Ambulance to present a large cheque for

the grand total of £1606. This money was raised from

a summer coffee morning and knitting and raffling 4

Paddington bears.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank

everyone who supported this very worthy cause.


Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice

In November, our Home Hospice Co-ordinator,

Wendy Martin, was absolutely delighted to receive a

very generous donation of £1,000 from the Litcham

Historical Society. On behalf of the Home Hospice

Team, we sincerely thank David Sheppard and all

the members of their society for choosing our

organisation. This money will go a long way to help

us to continue to provide our services within the

local community.

Within our organisation, our staff and volunteers

have many different roles to fulfil, in order for us to

provide the support and services that we do. One

thing that is shared across all of our roles, is the

immense privilege we feel when meeting all of the

amazing people that we do, by way of our patients,

their carer’s, family and friends. The bravery and

courage that we witness on a daily basis is an

inspiration and truly humbling.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported

us throughout what has been another very busy

year during 2019. Although we are part funded by

the NHS, as an organisation we need to raise two

thirds of our annual costs (amounting to £100,000

a year), to provide the services that we do free of

charge, and so we rely on donations and fundraising

within our local communities. We could not do what

we do without your support, and we are immensely

grateful for it.

As we welcome in 2020, we wish you all a peaceful

New Year, and again express our sincere thanks for

your continued support.

Sarah Leggett

Deputy Co-ordinator

Swaffham Spiritual Awareness Group

Meets in the Community Centre,

Beech Close, Campingland, Swaffham

at 6.30pm.

5 January, Penny Francis, Saham Hills

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.

Swaffham History Group

Our meeting for November at the Heritage Centre,

Swaffham, included a talk by Louise Gayton J.P. who

gave the group a talk on 'Norwich Crown Court', how

it works, procedures, and other matters of interest.

Louise told us of her initial training as nurse and

midwife which made an important insight into her

time being spent in the workings of the 'Family Court'.

A painful reminder of the difficulties that some of

our families face and have to cope with today. Also

included was the participation in a case study where

we had to decide if the person in question was guilty

or not. Most of the group gave the right answer but, as

far as the sentencing was concerned we were of wide

and differing opinions, being a harsh or of a lenient

nature (at one stage a 'Black Cap' was mentioned).

Following the conclusion of matters regarding the

law we then moved onto a discussion regarding the

'Heritage Centre' when Sue Gattuso gave the group a

short introductory talk on the procedures in accessing

the Heritage Centre archives, how they can be used,

who to contact, availability, and what you can and

cannot do. As some of our members use this most

valuable resource for their projects, etc. this was

most welcomed.

Finally we came to the discussion of the History

Group's annual Christmas meal. The menu was

agreed upon, the numbers taken and the courses

decided. This year our venue is the White Hart Inn,


For details concerning the History Group please

Phone 01842 879140 or Email jbaz@go-¬

Swaffham Jazz Club

We ended the year with our traditional offering of

the Colin Mason Quartet, featuring Eilanora, who

sang with great passion and played the piano with

a fiery intensity. We enjoyed several jazzed up

Christmas numbers - always a great way to start the

festive season. No meeting in January. Next up is The

Colin Mason Quartet and Friends on Tuesday 11th

February, 7.30pm at Swaffham Conservative Club,

London Street PE37 7DD. Entry is £8 on the door.

Geoff 01366 328730. Norman 01760 722384.

Swaffham Arts

We were very glad to have a full house for the nature

writer Mark Cocker, who spoke eloquently and

passionately about the state of our wildlife today.

We are all more aware now of how much damage

has been done, but he described the work of Octavia

Hill who established the National Trust so people

could have free access to open land; he talked about

the women who campaigned against the killing of

birds for feathers on hats, the beginning of the RSPB;

and praised the acts of Parliament which created

the National Parks – all positive measures which

recognise the value of nature in our lives. It was a

very inspiring afternoon.

We are now in the dark days of the winter, when the

weather may be cold and wet, or frosty and snowy,

but we are here to provide a cheery afternoon for

children and grown-ups in the company of the ever

popular Garlic Theatre, which is coming to Swaffham

Community Centre on Sunday January 12th at 3

pm with a new puppet


This year the show is

about a zany family

of Eggs on Legs,

and the crazy things

that happen around

them. No doubt we

can “eggspect” some

cracking jokes! This

is billed as a show for

children, but everyone

who is young at heart is very welcome! Tickets are

available, priced at £9 members, £12 non-members,

from Ceres Bookshop 01760 722504 and The Green

Parrot 01760 724704, and on the door. Accompanied

children are free. We hope to see you there!

FoSH Mulled Wine Party

We had a wonderful afternoon at the Mulled Wine

Party on the 1st December with appetizing food,

excellent entertainment and lovely 'get together'

conversation. We sadly didn't have as many people

in attendence as we were expecting due to illness.

A big thanks to Peter & Carol Harris who still sent

a cheque for £16 despite being unable to attend.

If anyone else wishes to donate, please make your

cheque payable to Friends of Swaffham Museum

and either leave at the Museum for my attention or

send to me at Gainford, Campingland, Swaffham,

PE37 7RB. With many thanks and All Best Wishes for


Barbara White

Mayor's Parlour

Dear all, by the time you read this, you

will be starting to think of plans for

2020, with another calendar to start

filling in, I’d like you to put 8th May in

as a Save the Day.

It is VE Day and to celebrate we are

having a Street Party Event in the town

as they did at the end of World War 2. I’ve decided to

combine it with my Civic Reception, I’ll keep you informed

as the arrangements unfold.

I spent an evening at the Air Cadets presentation Awards,

they really are a very impressive bunch of young people,

not to mention their instructors who are absolutely

dedicated. I now have an official Mayors Cadet and look

forward to telling you more next time.

It was a pleasure to also attend Nicholas Hamond School

awards evening, it made me remember those far off

teenage years! The young people were great, I’ve got a

lot of time for teenagers, perhaps it was remembering

those awkward, exciting, confusing experiences a long

time ago!

The centre of Swaffham was buzzing on Sunday 1st

December as the town got ready to switch on the

Christmas Lights for 2019. There was a great selection

of stalls, a live animal nativity scene in Plowright Place,

the fun fair, Santa was in the Assembly Rooms and there

was a great programme of musical entertainment on the

Buttercross hosted by KLFM Radio DJ Adam Newstead.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who

worked so hard to make this event possible, from the

volunteers to the many local businesses who kindly

donated raffle prizes and who supported the event

with the new event brochure. Feedback has been very

positive from traders, businesses and visitors however

there are always things to improve upon next year.

I’ve been reading about Holt, Fakenham and Watton who

have hosted some big events such as Music Festivals,

carnivals etc , these are run by volunteers in their towns

and they all have websites to promote the events.

We love Swaffham and want to enjoy this town and

encourage other people to enjoy it with us. Would there

be any people out there who would come forward

to take this on in the way these towns have. I have to

mention that Necton ran a very successful Music Festival

in the summer and that’s only a village, let’s get and see

how it’s done. I and other councillors would be delighted

to meet and see how this could be achieved. I’ll be

finding out in the meantime how this all works in other

towns, let’s meet in the New year have a very Happy and

Blessed Christmas Jill

At last we have the Tesco’s Section 106 money, this has

been five years in the coming and has meant a lot of futile

office time being spent trying to get it, not the fault of the

Town Council. The last bit of this money will hopefully

refurbish the town toilets, we’ve asked for comments

from the town, thank you to those who contributed.

I’m looking forward to the Town Carol Service on

Thursday, it is a good time of year to brighten up this

dreary weather plus of course it’s Polling Day, all will be

revealed by the time you read this.

Hopefully next time we speak I’ll have more news about

ongoing Council matters take care of yourselves




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.

Transport, Access and Environment Committee

The Transport, Access and Environment Committee

was formed in summer 2019 and meets every

month to address the important agenda of traffic,

air pollution, parking and the environment. These

are closely related issues: heavy traffic using the

A1065 through the heart of Swaffham damages our

environment and gives rise to polluted air, measured

a while ago as in excess of legal norms. Access to

the town means the challenge of improving traffic

flow, providing convenient parking, and facilitating

walking and cycling in safe conditions. Our precious

environment requires protection and enhancement,

a vital aim but difficult to achieve as long as heavy

vehicles pass through.

So, the Transport Committee is on the case. Our

strategy - on the Town Council website - tries to

tackle all of these. We advocate advisory diversions

for heavy goods vehicles until we realise the goal of

a relief road for the town (we’re one of the very few

Norfolk towns without a relief road – why?). Steps

have been taken to free up parking in the centre,

with positive results. Air pollution remains a serious

challenge until such a time as polluting traffic is

diverted from the town. But we are urging more

extensive and accurate pollution measuring in hot

spots such as schools and narrow roads, combined

with greening measures and changed driver

behaviour (stationary vehicles with engines running

are a hazard - to the environment and our children’s

health). Our aim is a clean and green environment

for a historic town whose infrastructure has been

neglected far too long.

What do you think? Are we dealing with issues

you and your family care about? Please look at our

strategy and feedback to us, - in person, by letter or

email, via the Town Council website, at the Saturday

market surgery, or contact your town councillors.

Christmas Light Switch-On – Sunday 1st December

Adam Newstead from KLFM, Colin Rigby the local

Manager of Tesco, Father Christmas and the Town

Mayor Cllr Jill Skinner turning on Swaffham Christmas

Lights. Our grateful thanks to ALL to attended,

participated, helped or volunteered. To all our

entertainers and stall holders, without whom there

would be no event. We are truly sorry that not all


children’s health). Our aim is a clean and green environment for a historic town whose infrastructure has

been neglected far too long.

children got to see Father Christmas on this occasion, Public Toilets Consultation

What unfortunately do you think? Santa Are had we to dealing be somewhere with issues else you in the and your family Thank care you about? to all Please who made look comments at our strategy on the Town

and early feedback evening, to as us, it - is in such person, a busy by letter time of or the email, year. via the Town Council’s Council proposals website, at for the the Saturday Public market Toilets at the

Arrangements were changed just 9 days prior to the Shambles. The scheme will go ahead in 2020, funded

surgery, or contact your town councillors.

event and our only alternative was to have no visit by Section 106 money from the Tesco development in

CHRISTMAS from Santa LIGHT at all. SWITCH-ON We will do – our Sunday best 1to st December organise the Town. The majority of comments were in favour of

Adam things Newstead differently from in 2020 KLFM, and Colin are Rigby already the discussing local Manager of Tesco, the scheme, Father Christmas the economics and the of Town running Mayor the building





Skinner turning

of ‘timed






could be


sold in at cost neutral to the Town was clearly understood.

advance, to avoid disappointment.

To reduce vandalism and design out problem areas

were seen as the way forward. So, the compromise of

reducing the number of toilets available will proceed

once a contractor is appointed. Thank you once again

for your comments, there were of course some who

were against the scheme, your comments were not

rejected out of hand. Where appropriate the Council

will take on board the constructive criticism, but the

current layout is creating problems that need to be


Town Hall – Open In The New-Year

Swaffham Town Council offices at the Town Hall

closed down on Friday 20th December and re-open

at 9.30am on Thursday 2nd January 2020. Happy


Our Thank grateful you for thanks supporting to ALL to our attended, Christmas participated, Raffle – here helped or volunteered.

January Full



all our entertainers and stall

holders, is a list without of the prizes whom and there winning would tickets. be no All event. winners We are truly sorry












to see



has also

Christmas have been on this notified, occasion, at the unfortunately time of writing Santa had (12th to be somewhere

been pushed

else in


the early

a week


to 6.30pm

as it is




a December) busy time of there year. are still Arrangements five unclaimed were prizes, changed but just 9 days

January Editorial 2020

15th prior January to the event 2020, and to allow our only time alternative for items to be put

was we to are have hopeful no visit that from the Santa lucky winners at all. We will claim do our their best to organise forward things for differently the agenda. in 2020 and are already

discussing prize soon. the possibility of ‘timed tickets’ that could be sold in advance, to avoid disappointment.

Raffle Prize List 2019

Donated by




1 Swaffham Council £200 Cash 218

2 KLFM Radio tour of studio & sit in on a show 858

3 Papworths gift voucher 633

4 The Works Surprise bundle of goodies 768

5 Pedlars Hall Café - Al Voucher for 4 Sunday Roast meals 544

2 Children - Xmas breakfast with

6 White Hart PH - Kurt & Laura Oliver

Santa 535

7 Shelley's gift voucher 56

8 Innovations gift voucher 114

9 Bike Electric gift voucher 822

10 Fountain Fresh gift voucher 112

11 ABC Meats gift voucher 664

12 GR Bunnings & Co - fishmongers 1kg sliced Smoked salmon 451

13 Norfolk in a Box - Lee Martin Food box voucher 792

14 Lilac Nurseries - Cecil Dixon gift voucher 241

15 Get Stuffed - Alex Buckenham gift voucher 816

16 Routs Fishmongers - Nick Finnis gift voucher 978

17 Porters Nurseries - Kevin Porter gift voucher 105

18 Bellas Beds - Tony Peace gift voucher 777

19 Christies Cheeses - Aaron Christie gift voucher 393

20 Baxters Household goods - Simon Baxter gift voucher 148

21 PPS Pet Supplies - Sarah Whybrow gift voucher 812

22 House Clearance/bric a brac - David Hurrell gift voucher 876

23 Lewis' Speciality Bread - Lewis Newton gift voucher 307

24 Carol's Collectibles - Carol Parker gift voucher 576

25 Supersox - Lawrence Whitcombe gift voucher 1

26 All Jam - Earl Ratcliffe gift voucher 821

27 Watchman & Wife - David Smith gift voucher 522

28 Tutankhamun's - Steve & Sue Allen gift voucher 980

29 Curry with Love gift voucher 259

30 Red Lion PH - Rob & Karen Bartram party gift voucher 430

31 Haydn Eagle Orchid 349

The Town Council

Mayor – Cllr Jill Skinner

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Keith Sandle

Cllr. Judy Anscombe

Cllr. Lindsay Beech

Cllr. Stewart Bell,

Cllr. Wendy Bensley

Cllr. Paul Darby

Cllr. Graham Edwards

Cllr. Brendan Holmes

Cllr. Colin Houghton

Cllr. Shirley Matthews

Cllr. Ian Pilcher

Cllr. Les Scott



Richard Bishop – Town Clerk,


Claire Smith – Deputy Town Clerk

Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator

Swaffham Town Council

Tel: 01760 722 922

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 7th - Transport, Access & Environment – 4-


• Mon 13th - Market, Events & Tourism - 6.30- 8pm.

• Wed 15th - Full Town Council - 6.30 - 9pm

(streaming live on Facebook – @SwaffhamTownCouncil)

• Tue 17th - Planning & Built Environment - 4 – 5.30pm

• Mon 20th - Recreation & Community Services – 6.30

- 8pm

• Wed 22nd – Estates, Heritage/Town Hall & Site

Maintenance – 6.30-8pm

• Mon 27th – Finance – 6.30 -9pm

Your Breckland District Councillors:

Cllr. David Wickerson

01760 725 741

Cllr. Ian Sherwood

07795 236 878

Cllr Ed Colman - also your Norfolk County Councillor

07940 406 356 /

Breckland District Council

01362 656 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits.

Highway issues

Norfolk County Council –

– 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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T: 01366 382213

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