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February 2020

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership


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Swaffham prepares to feel

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4 Upcoming Events / Regular Events

7 School Speak

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9 Swaffham Rotary

10 Church News

11 Merle Boddy Centre

12 Swaffham Lions

14 Library News/Camera Club

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Iceni Christmas Lunch 2019

On 25th December 2019, the Assembly Rooms was

full once again for the annual free Christmas Day lunch

organised by Iceni Partnership.

As always the event was only made possible due to the

invaluable efforts of local businesses and volunteers,

who ensured guests were treated to a delicious cooked

meal with all the festive trimmings. A special thanks has

to go to our head cook, chef Phillipe, and his fantastic

kitchen team, as well as Iceni staff and their families

and children, who sacrificed their Christmas Day at

home to help out.

In the weeks leading up to the event we were

overwhelmed by the number of raffle gifts donated,

meaning no one left empty handed. Everyone deserves

a present for Christmas, for many though the greatest

gift was that of the warmth, companionship and sense

of community offered.



Brandon Road, Swaffham, Norfolk. PE37 7DZ.


The Nicholas Hamond Local Academy Committee is made up

of community, parent & staff governors.

Our governors may come to us through a variety of routes and

with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience,

but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit

of TNHA & are the link between the academy and

the community it serves.

We are currently looking for new community

governors and would be delighted to hear from anyone who

may be interested in joining our team.

Being a governor can be enjoyable, stimulating & rewarding.

If you are interested, please discover more about the role

via our website, or contact:

Jill Hambright - Clerk to the Governors

Email: T. 01760 726152


Upcoming Events

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

Colin Mason Quartet and Friends Swaffham Jazz Club Tuesday 11

th February. Swaffham Conservative Club, 23 London Street, PE37 7DD. Starts at

8pm. £8 on the door. Information from Geoff 01366 328730 or Norman 01760


Snowdrop walk & Open Garden Lexham Hall PE32 2QJ, signed off

B1145, 2 miles west of Litcham. Sunday 9th February in aid of St Andrews East

Lexham and YANA. Sunday 16th February in aid of the Norfolk and Norwich

Association for the Blind. 11 am - 4 pm. Adults £6. Children free.

Homemade refreshments. Plants for Sale. Dogs on leads welcome.

'A Portrait of Jewels' Talk by The Arts Society of King's Lynn. Following

'missing treasures through canvas' by Andrew Prince, jewellery designer for

Downton Abbey and The Young Victoria. Thursday, 13th February 2pm. West

Winch Village Hall, PE33 0JY. Tickets £6. Refreshments available.

Conservative Branch Coffee Morning 19th February, 10 for

10.30am at Conservative Club. Speaker - Cllr. Sam Chapman-Allen, Leader of

Breckland Council. £3. All welcome.

Bingo Wednesday 19th February, Doors open from 7pm for 7.30pm start. £6

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

North Pickenham, PE37 8LG.

Sinbad And The Golden Chalice It’s pantomime time again with

your friends from TOSH Community Theatre Group! This pantomime is suitable

for young and old and contains all the traditional ingredients – songs, dances,

excitement, hilarity and audience participation. Be ready to cheer, hiss, boo

and ‘Oh no it isn’t!’ to your hearts’ content, as the heroes and villains come

face to face. Who will survive? Who will win? Who will marry and live happily

ever after? Taking place on Friday February 21st at 7.30pm and Saturday 22nd

February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Great Cressingham Village Hall. Tickets

£8/£7 concessions from Bridget 01760 724680 or Sally 07160 756433.

Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) Illustrated Talk

Tuesday 25th February 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 Allan Hale, entitled: Birding the

High Andes of Colombia. Allan Hale always conjures up a fascinating talk for

NarVOS, and this one is no exception. It delves into Allan’s trip to Colombia,

searching for the endemic birds of the Andes, from the river valleys to the

mountain tops. There are colourful birds, including an array of hummingbirds,

and, quite bizarrely, a Crab-eating Fox half way up a mountain. 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.

Pickenham Hub Quiz With Grub Friday 28th February, 7pm

Pickenham Hub (formerly the Primary School opposite Brecklands Green),

South Pickenham Road, North Pickenham, PE37 8LG. Teams of up to six people,

£7 per head including a Ploughman’s Supper. Bar available. Plenty of parking

space. To book, please telephone Melanie Cousins on 01760 440456.

Save the Children Coffee Morning Saturday 7th March, 9am - 12pm

at Swaffham Assembly Rooms. Take some time out and come along to enjoy

one of our coffee mornings with exciting stalls.

The Ella McCready Trio Swaffham Jazz Club Tuesday 10th March.

Swaffham Conservative Club, 23 London Street, PE37 7DD. Starts at 8pm. £8

on the door. Information from Geoff 01366 328730 or Norman 01760 722384.

Quiz & Chips 7pm, Friday 20th March at Great Dunham Village Hall. Fish

and Chips or Chicken and Chips served at the interval. To reserve places contact

Mike Upton on 01328 701 533.

Westacre Theatre 01760 755800

Wed 29 Jan at 2pm: On Screen – Wednesday Film DOWNTON ABBEY £9

Fri 31 Jan at 7pm: On Screen – Recorded Live 42ND STREET £15

Wed 5 Feb at 2pm: On Screen – Wednesday Film ALL IS TRUE £9

Wed 12 Feb at 2pm: On Screen – Wednesday Film THE AFTERMATH £9

Fri 14, Sat 15, Fri 21, and Sat 22 Feb at 7:30pm: On Stage – The Westacre Theatre

Company presents THE MAINTENANCE MAN £16 adults, £12 for under 21s

Thu 20 Feb at 7pm: On Screen – NT Live CYRANO DE BERGERAC starring James

McAvoy £15

Wed 26 Feb at 2pm: On Screen – Wednesday Film CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE

ME? £9

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 07745 714249 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 10.30am - 12.30pm at The Tea room, Ceres Book Shop.

Booking essential. 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.

Home Education Group – Meet alternate Mondays £5 per family per

session. Parent must stay with children. Contact Cecelia Howe 07518 233 150

At Pickenham Hub (formerly the Primary School), South Pickenham Road, North

Pickenham, PE37 8LG.

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

Plowright Place. Call Trevor on 07585707196

Knit it. Hook it. Stitch it- a new group for knitters , crocheters and stitchers

who would like to meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month , starting

January 27th 7pm-9pm. £3 per session to cover room hire at The Church Room,

Church of Our Lady of Pity, 31 Station Rd, Swaffham PE37 7HP. Contact Caroline

Partridge on 07880 742657.

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. Call 01842 879140 or email jbaz@

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:

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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

The first month of 2020 has been a

busy one at TNHA and involved our

Year 10 History students, who are off on

their travels in March, learning more about their

forthcoming adventure at a recent Information

Evening. They will embark on an exciting 3 day

fully-guided educational visit to Munich and

Nuremberg in Germany, allowing them to see firsthand

the key sites associated with the creation

and ultimate collapse of Weimar, Germany. It will

also provide students with a valuable insight into

the subsequent rise of Hitler and the Nazi regime,

which forms part of their GCSE studies. Students

will visit some of the most historically important

sites associated with this period.

On visits closer to home,

our students were off to the

theatre to see the ‘Cinderella’

Pantomime in Norwich,

featuring two T.V. stars

(Amanda Henderson from

‘Casualty’ as one of the ugly sisters and David Witts

from ‘Eastenders’ as the Prince). There are plans

afoot to visit London’s West End to enjoy ‘The

Woman in Black’ in the Spring, the plot of which

concerns a mysterious spectre that haunts a small

English town, (an absolute must for our Year 11

Drama students studying live theatre as part of

their GCSE examination in the summer).

Raising the profile of issues affecting our young

people is one of our responsibilities at the academy.

The Spring Term will

focus on two main areas

being mental health and

County Lines. Firstly,

there is now more

than ever, heightened

awareness over mental health issues. Students

have identified signs to ‘look out for’ such as factors

involving stress, body image and depression as

well as ways to manage them for example regular


exercise, healthy eating and ‘talking about issues

worrying them’.

Secondly, and also of national concern, is County

Lines (when drug gangs from big cities expand their

operations to smaller towns, often using violence

to drive out local dealers

and exploiting children and

vulnerable people to sell

drugs). Both this topic and

mental health awareness

have been covered extensively in assemblies across

the whole academy together with discussions and

various activities aimed at alerting our students

about potential risks.

On another note, any visitors would have been

excused for thinking that students were studying

Art in a recent Maths lesson when a stunning

pattern appeared on one of our classroom

windows. In fact they had designed the Sierpinski

Triangle discovered by Waclaw Sierpinski, a Polish

mathematician whilst learning about fractals (or

never ending patterns).

Lastly, we are looking for community governors to

join our existing Local Academy Committee. Our

governors may come to us through a variety of

routes with a range of different backgrounds, skills

and experience, but they are all volunteers who

work together for the benefit of TNHA & are the link

between the academy and the community it serves.

Being a governor can be enjoyable, stimulating &

rewarding and we would be delighted to hear from

anyone who may be interested in joining our team.

If you would like more information, please discover

more about the role via our website, or contact: Jill

Hambright - Clerk to the Governors, Email: office@ or Tel. 01760 726152.

Beachamwell WI

The January meeting of Beachamwell

W.I saw an in depth and lively

discussion about the proposed

national WI resolutions for 2020. We looked at the

lack of regulations in the UK for using female crash test

dummies in car safety tests; the need to encourage

more people to register as potential stem cell donors;

a national campaign to end modern slavery; the need

to encourage people to talk more openly about death

and dying as well as protecting the earth’s rapidly

diminishing helium deposits, a gas which cannot be

produced artificially. We all learnt so much about each

of the subjects and came away with the urge to learn

yet more.

On February 6th our speaker will be Michael Willett who

will be giving a talk and demonstration on the Magic of

Making and Playing Period Musical Instruments. March

5th sees Simon White giving a presentation on the

Gardens of East Anglia. Even if you are not thinking of

joining the W.I, visitors are always warmly welcomed

on the first Thursday of each month at Beachamwell

Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. There is a small charge

of £3.50 per visitor (refreshments are included). Any

enquires, please contact Maggie on 01366 327023 or

Helen on 01366 328589.

Swaffham WI

We held our first meeting of the

new year in January at 2pm at the

Methodist Church Rooms as a social

gathering. Two new members joined us and were

made very welcome. Many discussed the Christmas

events and festivities held in the town in December.

Future dates were given for the various sub-groups,

ie. tenpin bowling, knit and knatter and theatre trips.

A vote was taken on which Campaign Resolution

members thought should be selected and sent to the

WI Federation. Number 4 "time to talk about death

and dying" had a slight majority, with Number 3 "End

modern slavery" a close second.

Programmes for 2020 were given out with details of

monthly speakers. The next one being entitled "Her

knitted Majesty" to be held at 2pm on Wednesday

5th February in The Methodist Church Rooms on

London Street. Come and join us, better still, bring a

friend. For more information phone 01760 336049.

The Pickenhams' WI

On 10th December we held our

Christmas Party (Bring and Share

lunch). Carolyn, our President,

started with a warm welcome to everyone to our first

party at the new Pickenham Hub (formerly the village

school). Following a short business meeting we all

signed a joint Christmas card, which was circulated,

together with a collection box for donations to

the Leeway Trust (a local Women's Refuge). Our

afternoon continued with a Christmas Quiz as well as

Christmas Dingbats. Then as a secret surprise we were

entertained by David Harper playing the bagpipes at

2pm! David played a wide selection of music and it

was a very enjoyable and truly festive occasion.

On 14th January our New Year meeting was held

at 11am at Broom Hall, Saham Toney. There were

3 birthday posies to be given out. Our programme

of meetings and speakers for 2020 was handed out.

Members rejoined for the coming year. We considered

and voted on the WI

Resolutions, which

cover several serious

issues for us to assess

which would be of

the most relevance

to us all. We also

considered events

that we had hosted

or attended in

December, including

the WI Carol Service

at St Andrew's

Church, North

Pickenham, the

Norfolk Federation Centenary Celebrations at King's

Lynn and our group outing to the Thursford Christmas

Spectacular! We then reviewed the correspondence

and our WI finances. Our competition ('Your favourite

Christmas Card') was won by Ann, with Christine

coming 2nd. Carolyn finished by saying that our WI

meetings are about Fellowship, Fun and Food, as well

as community involvement. We remember women

who are greatly troubled by problems that might

seem insurmountable.

Our meeting was followed by our delicious Broom

Hall lunch, which was greatly enjoyed!

Future Plans:

• Cinema Club -"Little Women" - check on venue and


• Hotter Shoes, King's Lynn - visit planned for Monday

20th April at 6.00pm;

We now have a refreshments team for any future


Enquiries welcome - Carolyn Vincent - 01760 755089

Melanie Cousins - 01760 440456


Swaffham 5


President's Corner

Christmas is now over, and I

hope all of us have enjoyed

the warmth and company of friends and relations and

are now recovering from the excesses of the holiday


Needless to say, the Rotary members enjoyed their

Christmases with a party which was split in two events

this year starting off at the End of the Pier show on

Cromer Pier. I have never laughed so much in the

middle of a December afternoon! Then it was back

to an excellent evening dinner at the George when

the president (or was it Father Christmas?) came and

cheered everyone up with presents and the odd “ho

ho” .

The evening also offered the occasion to welcome a

new member, Mike Dwyer . Its great to see the Club,

now in its 50th year still attracting members.

The next big event that we are now planning is our

Annual Charity Golf Day on Monday 20th July 2020

at Swaffham Golf Club. The event is now open for

entries from teams of 4 - gents, ladies or mixed in

an 18 hole stableford competition. The entry fee will

include a 2 course meal. The day will include all the

usual on course prizes with a raffle and quality auction

to round off the event. A great day’s golf for great

LOCAL Charities!

Contact and entry form from: W: www.swaffhamrotary. E:

The final entries have been received and have now

been curated in one of the Swaffham Museum rooms.

First of all, many thanks to all the people who entered

and went about capturing the essence of what

Swaffham is today.

The overall winners, best in show, are:

• Swaffham Reflections by Mike Gattuso

• Swaffham Buttercross by Derek Pinner

• Swaffham Churchyard by Malcolm Whittley

Highly recommended:

• Swaffham Buttercross and Market by Andrew


• Church Door by Alan Pegg

• Market Cross at Night by Stephen Ward

The Show is being assembled during January and will

be open when the Museum opens in February. The

Collection will remain on display until April when it

will make way for the VE reflections in May.

Swaffham Methodist Church

Sat 1st February 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning

organised by Swaffham Scouts.

Sun 2nd February 10.45am. Morning Worship led by

Rev Philip Butcher, followed by refreshments.

Tues 4th February 10am- 12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in, with Traidcraft stall.

Thurs 6th February 10am- 12noon, The Meeting

Place drop in. 7pm, Talking Jesus, exploring sharing

your faith. (Session 5)

Fri 7th February 9.30am. Power of Prayer

10.15-11am. Talking Jesus. (Repeat of Session 5)

Sat 8th February 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning in

aid of Church funds.

Sun 9th February 10.45am. Section Service led by

Rev Jacqui Horton. Followed by refreshments.

Tues 11th February 10-12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in.

Thurs 13th February 10-12noon, The Meeting

Place drop in. 2.30pm-4pm, Thursday Group. Guest

speaker Deacon Jen Woodfin.

Thurs 13th February 6pm-7pm. Talking Jesus.

(Session 6)

Fri 14th February 9.30am. Power of Prayer followed

by repeat of Session 6 Talking Jesus.

Sat 15th February 9.30am-12noon, Coffee Morning

in aid of The Leprosy Mission. 6pm, Half-Term Family

Film Night. Free admission to the screening of a

popular Disney U-rated film. Call in at the Church to

find out what's showing.

Sun 16th February 10.30am. Morning Worship led

by Aileen Fox and followed by refreshments.

Tues 18th February 10-12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in.

Thurs 20th February 10-12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in.

Fri 21st February 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

Sat 22nd February 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning

organised by the Royal British Legion.

Sun 23rd February 10.45am. Morning Worship. Local

Arrangement led by the Worship Leaders.

Tues 25th February 10-12noon, The Meeting Place

drop in. 11.30am-1pm, Soup & Pancakes.

Thurs 27th February 10-12noon, The Meeting Place

drop in, with Green Pastures Christian Bookstall.

2.30pm-4pm, Thursday Group. Talking about our

favourite Bible verses.

Fri 28th February 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

Sat 29th February 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning

organised by 2nd Swaffham Guides.

Swaffham Methodist Church extra

The Meeting Place drop in is 1 year old on 4th

February. How time flies! Just to remind everybody

that our drop in is a warm, safe, friendly place to

be. Also EVERYBODY is welcome. Drop in for a free

cuppa next time you're passing.

Susan Jones, a new member of our Church is a yoga

instructor and has formed Yoga4Breath, a class that

meets each Wednesday 10am -11am in the newly

refurbished Church. Aimed at older people, this is

chair yoga. Susan charges £5 per session and at the

end of each term a percentage of what she makes

is donated to charity. Last term just under £40 was

donated to MIND.



The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The February services in Swaffham parish church will

be as follows:-

Sunday 2nd

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Candlemas Sung Eucharist

(including the annual ATC Parade service)

3.30pm Evensong (BCP)

Wednesday 5th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 9th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am United Benefice Sung

Eucharist with the Bishop of Lynn

Wednesday 12th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 16th

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist

11.15am Family Service

Wednesday 19th

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 23rd

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 26th Ash Wednesday


Holy Communion with ‘Ashing’

& hymns


Sunday 1st March




Holy Communion

Sung Eucharist

Evensong (BCP)

Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the MU usually meets on

the 2nd Thursday of the month and the next meeting

will on Thursday 13th February in the Baptist Church

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

the meeting proper starts at 10.00am. This month’s

speaker will be Ms Kathy Gray from the Norfolk Plant

Heritage Society whose topic will be “Diversity of

British Gardens”. This is an open meeting and all are

welcome. Enquiries to Julia on 720041


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 15th February.

All parents and children are most welcome.

Valentine’s Day Coffee Morning

10.00am – 12 noon, in the Parish Church in aid of

the Church Flower Fund. £3.00 Coffee and Cake with

Raffle & Tombola.

2020 World Day Of Prayer

The 2020 World Day of Prayer service is a Churches

Together event and will be held at 2.00pm on Friday

6th March in the Swaffham Methodist Church, when

those present will be part of a great wave of prayer

encircling the globe. All are most welcome!

Churches Together Lent Meetings

Lent is the period of 40 days beginning on Ash

Wednesday, which this year falls on 26th February,

and comes before Easter in the Christian calendar.

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before

the celebrations of Easter and by observing the

40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's

sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

Members of the congregations of the churches that

are involved in Churches Together in Swaffham

and District hold evening meetings during Lent. All

the evening meetings are held in the Methodist

Chapel, and each week the leader is from one of the

contributing churches. Please watch out for further

details. Everyone is invited to the meetings.

Churches Together Reports

The Town Festival of Carols that was held on 12th

December was a great success despite it being

Election Day and a cold and wet evening. The

children from the Catholic School and the Salvation

Army Band contributed to a great occasion, made

even better in the beautiful setting of the Church.

The retiring collection amounted to £406.54 which

was shared equally between the Merle Body Centre

and EACH Children’s Hospice. Also, a £100 donation

was made to Dereham Salvation Army Band.

Knitted Angels: These were distributed in various

places about the town, to children going to school,

and to several Swaffham Care Homes, and ‘Thank

you’ letters have been received’

Christmas Tree Festival: It has been reported that

the tree for Churches Together had raised £48.51p

for Christian Aid.

Foodbank Update: There are a lot more people

asking for food and the Foodbank is holding more

food parcels than it did 12 months ago. A high volume

of donations has been received recently including,

on Christmas Eve, offerings weighing 683.3kg. Many

of these were private donations from individuals.

The volunteers have worked hard dealing with the

increase in ‘clients’, and the handling of the extra

goods for packing.

The Churches Together AGM will be held on

Wednesday 6th May at 7.00pm in the Catholic

Church Rooms.

Merle Boddy Centre

At times of sadness some people's

thoughts go to how they can make the

best use of things that a loved one has

left. I am so happy to say this happened

to our advantage, a lady who I have known for most

of my life sadly lost her husband of many years.

Mary didn't just want his chair to be discarded to an

unknown source so Mary donated a beautiful leather

rise and fall chair to the Merle Boddy Centre. It is

already a big hit with our clients and will be well used

for years to come. Thank you again Mary for your kind


Linda with help from Norman, Ian and of course all

the Swaffham bingo players had a tombola at one

of their weekly events and the money raised was

donated to us. Not only the tombola, but two 90

cards were done, the winners were Jazz Mummery

and Chris Howard. Well done ladies and of course a

massive thank you to you all, your friendship means

so much to us.

10 11

A game of YU-GI-OH was played at Henchmans and

the trade of tins for game packs was the order of the

night, the tins of goodies were then donated to us,

such a lovely gesture thanks to all who took part and

to Keith who organised the event.

The carol service was such a lovely event to be part

of, a full church and everyone in full voice helped by

the Salvation Army band. The nativity was performed

beautifully and the refreshments that had been

organised by Pat were scrummy. We were delighted

to be asked to help and also very pleased to have

received a donation from the event.

I never think it's too late

to say happy new year,

so, we at the Merle

Boddy centre wish you

health and happiness for


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

Following a busy year, Swaffham

Lions took time out to enjoy their

annual Christmas Party. With

the Assembly Rooms beautifully

decorated, the Lions and friends enjoyed a fourcourse

meal followed by dancing to the Strollers.

Swaffham Lions held their annual Seniors Christmas

Lunch at the Sacred Heart School, over 70 people

sat down to a traditional Christmas Turkey lunch.

The guests, many of whom were collected by bus,

were welcomed by Lion President John Collins and

offered a welcoming drink of sherry. He thanked the

Sisters for the use of the dining room and kitchen,

St John Ambulance and the Lionesses. The Mayor,

Jill Skinner, mingled with the guests before lunch,

which was served by the Lionesses. Entertainment

was provided by the Phoenix Singers who sang

Christmas Carols and Paul Derby with three rounds

of bingo. A visit by Santa gave an opportunity for the

guests to have their photo taken with him. The lunch

was planned by the Lions Welfare team, headed

up by Bobbie Elsom, which involved preparing the

vegetables supplied free of charge by Tesco, cooking

the meal, finishing with washing up all the pots and



Like a lot of people

around the world, the

Lions are shocked by the

devastation caused by the

fires in Australia. Swaffham

Lions have contributed

£250 to the Lions Clubs

International Foundation

who have sent $343,000

to Australia in support.

Swaffham Lions have also supported the Lions fund

for the floods in Northern England.

Volunteers Needed For WNDA

West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) are looking for

kind, patient and helpful Hearing Support Volunteers

in the Swaffham area. Our Hearing Support Volunteers

support people who wear NHS hearing aids. They do

this by:

• explaining how the hearing aids work and how to

look after them

• helping people put them in properly

• supplying and replacing batteries

• replacing tubing

• cleaning the hearing aid and mould

• diagnosing faults and repairing where possible

• making referrals to Audiology

• providing information on assistive technology

• referring people to the Sensory Support unit.

We provide full training and supervised sessions until

our volunteers feel confident to visit people in their

own homes, care homes and to provide cover at our

monthly drop-ins

at GP surgeries.

You can volunteer

for as little as two

hours a month.

Volunteers will

need to be

checked by the

Disclosure and

Barring Service

(formally CRB)

and will be provided with training for dealing with

Vulnerable Adults.

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation

and provide a vital service to deaf and hard of hearing

people. We would love to hear from you if you feel

that you would be interested in this rewarding role.

Our volunteers say that watching someone put their

hearing aids in and being able to hear again is an

amazing feeling; it makes such a difference to their

lives. Please join our small, friendly team and make a

difference to the lives of many isolated people.

Our Climate– Need for Urgent Action

We don’t always realise how fortunate we are to live

in a country where climate isn’t seen as a problem

at present although we do complain about the

weather! But given the appalling fires in Australia

and the ever-increasing risk of flooding in many

countries and islands due to global climate change

and the resulting rise in sea levels, we need to take

stock of what might happen in the future.

A new analysis (November 2019) supported by

11,000 signatories from leading world scientists,

based on 40 years of data has listed six steps that the

worlds’ nations need to take as soon as possible, if

we are to avert the coming catastrophe.

• abandon fossil fuel use;

• reduce atmospheric pollution;

• restore natural ecosystems;

• shift from animal-based to plant diets;

• contain economic growth and the pursuit of



affluence and stabilise the human population (sounds


This area, East Anglia, is particularly susceptible

to any rise in sea levels and if the forecasts for the

emissions of carbon dioxide and the increase in

global warming continue, within 30 years extensive

areas south of The Wash will be flooded as well as

areas along the east coast of Norfolk and the coasts

of Suffolk and Essex.

With all this in mind, a number of local residents

have set up a group known as Swaffham Climate

Action which it is hoped will be able to influence

our local politicians and indeed all householders and

businesses to do what they can to deal with some of

the issues listed above. Both Norfolk County Council

and Breckland District Council are already taking

steps in this direction and we have set up liaison

meetings with council members to discuss what

further action can be taken. In addition, we will be

aiming to advise local people of the options available

to them individually, by holding public meetings.

If anyone is interested in hearing more and perhaps

joining our group please contact either:

Colin Abbiss (Chairman) Tel: 01760 723118, email: or

James Dean (Secretary) Tel: 01760 720756, email


We are the


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



Swaffham Library News

Home Library Service

This service bring books and spoken word CDs on a

regular monthly basis to people who are unable to

get to a library either for a short period, or longer

term. Reading materials are based on individual

taste and preference. Our Royal Voluntary Service

volunteers are a friendly, familiar face and provide

a useful check on your safety and well-being. If you

are interested in using the service either for yourself

or know a person who could benefit from it, please

contact the library on 01760 721513.

Computer Courses

Thursdays 6, 13, 20 & 27 February and 5 March,


A series of free and friendly courses to help you get

online. Choose from Getting Started for Beginners,

Using Email, Shopping Online, Job Hunting Online

and Using Facebook. Contact the library on 01760

721513 for more information and booking.


3D pens, racing inchworm robots, choose-your-own

adventures and adorable digital kittens– just some of

the exciting free events coming to Norfolk Libraries

in February 2020 as part of DigiFest – a celebration

of digital making.

At Swaffham Library;

• Coding with Kittens – a fun introduction to HTML

coding. Tuesday 25 February 4-5pm. Best for children

aged 9-12.

• Create your own film using stop motion animation.

Saturday 29 February 2-3.30pm. Best for children

aged 8-11.

Find more events and book at

digifest or speak to library staff.

Swaffham Library Open Times

Staff available: Tuesday 10am-7pm, Thursday 10am-

7pm, Friday 1-7pm & Saturday 10am-4pm.

Open Library allows Swaffham Library to be open

longer: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 8am-

4pm & Sunday 10am-4pm. Registration is required

to use the library during Open Library sessions.

Speak to a member of staff for more information and

to register.

Swaffham Library, The Pightle, Swaffham PE37 7DF.

Tel 01760 721513.

Swaffham Camera Club

Congratulations goes to Lyn Ibbitson-Elks for being

Runner-up in a national competition run by the

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). The worthy

winner was an atmospheric shot of a Chilean

Flamingo taken at Slimbridge which appeared on the

cover of the latest Waterlife magazine.

'Photography is one of the main ways we

communicate about the world. It’s the easiest

way to save a precious memory or share a special

moment. But capturing an instant in time isn’t just

about securing a memory - it can help you appreciate

your life more every day. Photography is one way to

be fully present in the moment, to breathe and to

experience what you’re looking at, not only through

your eyes, but through all your senses. It can help

you see the world - and indeed your own life - with a

fresh perspective’, WWT jury.

Lyn says: ‘This common blue damselfly was trapped

in a spider’s web and after some thought I decided to

extricate it - a delicate procedure, but I managed to

release it. It was still for a while and I hope I can be

forgiven for convincing myself that this expression

was a smile of gratitude.'

The jury says: ‘This image offers a fresh perspective

on a hard to photograph species. The eye-level

approach has captured an endearing pose - with

the damselfly appearing to hug the stamens - and

focused on the big eyes.’

Lyn entered this photo in the last Swaffham CC

competition of 2019 and was given 14 out of 20 -

oh well, you can’t please them all! The photo also

appears in the latest Waterlife magazine and will

feature on the WWT website, throughout 2020…

Anyone interested in coming to a meeting or joining

the Club can email: We

normally meet at Lydney House, Swaffham, but

occasionally at the Community Centre.

Swaffham Men's Shed

Swaffham may be seeing the beginnings of the

formation of a Men’s Shed Group. We were

pleased to host a preliminary meeting on the

evening of Thursday 19th December as a result

of some enquiries and resulting discussion on

Swaffham Town’s Facebook pages. Whilst only an

initial get together, the attendance was in double

figures with a decent number of others expressing

interest albeit unable to attend. Due to the time

of year and risk of losing momentum, another

meeting was scheduled for mid-January with a

view towards starting a local marketing campaign

around the town to reach those who don’t use

social media, of which there may be many.

This article is our opportunity to help spread

the word, though look out for more evidence of

marketing around Swaffham in due course. We

look forward to supporting this latest volunteering

venture. If you’re interested in joining the group

or supporting it in any way, please contact us for

details of those already looking into the venture.

What are Men’s Sheds?

To be regarded similar to that of a garden shed,

but bigger! A place to pursue practical interests

at leisure, to practise skills and enjoy making and

mending. The difference is that garden sheds and

their activities are often solitary in nature while

Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social

connections and friendship building, sharing skills

and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.

Sheds are whatever the members want them to

be. Although labelled sheds, they often aren’t

sheds at all. They can be empty offices, portable

cabins, warehouses, garages, and in at least one

case, a disused mortuary. Some Sheds are purpose

built workshops, but they rarely start out that way.

Many don’t have premises at all in the beginning

and instead form a group that meets regularly for

the social connection, company and camaraderie

until they can find somewhere to kit out with tools.

Many Sheds get involved in community projects

too – restoring village features, helping maintain

parks and green spaces, and building things for

schools, libraries and individuals in need.

If you would like to get involved or find out more,

then contact Iceni Partnership on 01760 722 800

or email


Men’s Shed

Swaffham Lionesses

The Pride of Swaffham.

The New Year started well with a good meeting at

President Nicola’s home, when we looked back

on our successful Christmas activities and looked

forward to the coming year.

We all enjoyed our day helping at the Pensioners’

Christmas Party which is organised by the Swaffham

Lions club together with Lionesses’ help.

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

Paul’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, and thanks to

all who put donations into the bucket for our Charity

Account. Lioness Janet has also been boosting our

Charity funds by selling some of our Bric-a-brac on

her stall in the Assembly Rooms.

Future Fund raising for the coming year is being

planned, with Tombola, Treasure Hunt and a Dinner

Dance in the pipeline, and we will also be doing our

bit for the environment by doing some litter picking

around the town. If there is an area near you which

needs clearing then let us know and we may be able

to help.

We are looking forward to our annual Lioness

Conference weekend which this year will be held at

Marks Tey near Colchester, so not too far to travel

this time. A bit of business and a lot of fun !

The Lioness mission is “to enjoy fun and friendship

with like-minded individuals, whilst serving the

needs of the community and the wider world.” For

more information contact us on 01760 723377.

Swaffham Lionesses.



Age Concern Swaffham & District

If you are not already a member of Age Concern, you can join at one of our monthly meetings

usually held in the Assembly Rooms on the last Tuesday each month, starting at 2 pm (in house),

to hear a speaker or have some other form of entertainment. Just turn up, there is no charge

on the day although we do pass round collecting boxes for voluntary donations. Sometimes an

outing is planned instead (see below), normally organised by John Clarke. You can also 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:

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

• April 28th (in house) 21st Birthday Party of Age Concern Swaffham

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

(Reminder – the trip to see the “King Tut” exhibition in London by coach is on the 8th April: there are two or three

places available only – if interested, please contact Barbara White).

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

given in our advert below. Due to an expanding service, we would very much like to recruit more volunteer drivers

to take people to surgeries and hospitals, under our “hospital buddy” scheme. Please use the contact below for

any initial enquiry.

Do y

Befrienders & Hospital

Buddy Drivers Needed

Do you have 1-2 hours free a week?

Do you enjoy driving, or maybe just visiting a lonely

elderly person near to you?

Are you caring, compassionate and a good listener?

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


We are here to improve the quality of older

people’s lives in Swaffham & the villages nearby

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


A regular, fully accessible,

service for the Swaffham area.


A fully accessible, door to door

service for the rural communities.


A regular, local bus service,

operating in multiple locations.


A door to door service provided

by our volunteer drivers. Covering all kinds of

transport from GP, Hospital and Dental

appointments to social trips.



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Your Local

Wedding Fair

Wedding cake displayed with pride of

place in front of the striking LED wall.

organised by

Sunday 8th March

11am - 3pm

Swaffham Assembly Rooms

As the date of our inaugural wedding fair gets

ever closer, we can't wait to see our beautiful

Assembly Rooms bustling with excited brides

and grooms to be, alongside a wide range of quality,

afforfable local suppliers.

The fair is completely free to attend and the first 50

attendees will receive a complimentary glass of fizz

and a goody bag. We will have several caterers and

cake makers in attendance, so make sure you save

some space in your bellies if you're coming after

lunch! We also have a number of entertainment

acts, as well as flowers, cars and much more.

The Parish church St Peter & St Paul in Swaffham will

also be in attendance. With the church just a stone's

throw from the Assembly Rooms, the two venues can

combine to make a perfect wedding day experience.

If you would like any more information, please

visit our Facebook page:

yourlocalweddingfair or contact us on 01760 722800

or email

Above and below: The stunning red regency room,

with it's tall windows and grand marble fireplace,

looks great dressed with luxurious accessories.

The blue ballroom, perfectly accented with

gold sequin runners and satin chair sashes


• Cris's Cakes - Cake 07711 209308

• Precious Petals - Fresh Flowers 01328 700529

• Wedding to Remember - LED wall,

artificial flowers, props, table dressing. 07518 902633


Exercise Classes For The Over 60s

with Jo & Sam

All Exercises Can Be Done Seated or Standing

Regency Room in Swaffham Assembly Rooms

Every Monday 2pm - 3pm & 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

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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As part of our commitment in investing in young

people, Iceni Partnershop are extremely proud of

the work our dedicated youth team and loyal band

of volunteers and young leaders, who work tirelessly

to fulfill a programme to improve the outcomes

and promote positive life experiences of our young

people in Swaffham and surrounding villages.

Meet the team

• Jo is our Lead Youth Leader and

she is responsible for Admin and

day to day running of all our youth

projects. Social media, & over-seeing

the Staff team at Iceni Youth.​ Jo is also

our 1-2-1 counselling/support Youth

worker. Jo worked and qualified with

Norfolk County Council/MAP where

she worked for many years.

• Robyn is a Youth Support

volunteer worker. Robyn organises

Community fundraising events and

supports Jo with Projects, Admin and

co-ordinating the program. Robyn

is interested in Human Rights and


• Lizzie is a Youth Support

volunteer worker, who is interested

in child development in the younger

ones. Lizzie has supported running

of our community fundraising events

and regularly takes on supporting our

young volunteers and leaders in the kitchen and with

running the tuck shop.

• Debbie is a YouthSupport

volunteer worker and she is

very experienced and patient,

particularly when working with the

younger children who may need

additional support, particularly with

social interaction.

• Rikki is a Youth Support volunteer

worker. Rikki always raises a smile as

he is very happy to have fun and dress

up etc with the young people, but

equally he is very sensitive, caring

and intuitive. Rikki was a youth club

member some years ago and his reason for helping is

out is he got so much from our Youthie when he was

a teen, that he wants to give us something back.


Our Youth Groups


Mondays 8-12yrs 5:30 -7pm, Swaffham

Community Centre

Youth club with a tuck shop. Fun activities organised

by the staff and the young

people. Young people are

supported and invited to

take part in fun activities

and to learn a range of

social and life skills, or they

may simply come in to relax

with their friends. Young

people help us put together

an engaging programme of

trips and activities.


Thursdays 13-18yrs 5pm-6:30pm, Swaffham

Community Centre

Mind-Full is a space during the week, for young

people to come in to chill. It is an ideal place to

make new friends especially if you are transitioning

to a new school, or have just moved into the area.

and for those who prefer to meet somewhere that

is more laid back. There is the opportunity to learn

new skills, such as, cooking and food preperation.

The aim is that young people have a place of their

own where they feel supported when they need, or

they may simply come in to relax with their friends.

There are free activities that will be planned and

organised by staff and the young people.

1-2-1 support is available for anyone that wants it.

Youthie Hub

Thursdays 13-18 yrs 6:30pm-8:30pm, Swaffham

Community Centre

Youth Café with a tuck shop. Fun, free activities are

organised by the staff & by the young people. Young

people are invited to take part in fun activities and

to learn a range of social and life skills, or they may

simply come in to relax with their friends. 1-2-1

support is available, as well as Information guidance

and advice. They also help us to make decisions and

put together an engaging programme of trips and


We have had adjust our entry prices slightly.

• All adults: £3

• Young people: £1

• Family tickets: £7

But we are introducing Donation Saturdays on the

first Saturday in each month. Just a donation gives

you access to all galleries. First Donation Saturday

is 7th March. Alternatively, become a friend and

have lifelong free access. Application forms at

Swaffham Heritage.

VE Day celebrations

We are collecting memories or

stories about the war and VE

day celebrations in Swaffham.

From a "Swaffham Speaks" project we did ten years

ago we already have a few snippets. But it would

be wonderful to have more. Can you help? Contact

Sue or Veronica at Swaffham Heritage.

"We used to collect

'industrial pies' made

at the Co-Op bakery

in Swaffham for farm

workers as extra


"We spent many an

evening counting

planes from North

Pickenham going

out and then in the

morning when they



"The gas masks

were designed to be

amusing. Mine was a

Mickey Mouse."

Swaffham Heritage


Saturday 15 th February

10am – 1pm


"A parachute came down near

our house on Castle Acre Road.

Dad rushed home fearing it

was a German but found a very

frightened young English airman

sitting on a chair in the hall

drinking a cup of tea."

"As soon as I was 18

I joined the NAAFI.

This was in the big

Assembly Rooms."

See all of the Rotary Capture

Swaffham photographs in either

printed or digital format.

"We had about three

Italians (POWs)

used to work on the

farm and they were

wonderful at making


"The black Americans

did all the donkey

work. They used to

drive all the trucks and

we used to jump and

get a ride on the lorries

at the bandstand."

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

Museum Opening

The Museum will reopen on Monday Feb 17. Our

opening times will be: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Sat 10am-

1pm. A small admission charge applies.

Museum shop & TIC is open each Friday (10-3) and

Saturdays (10-1) from January 3. After Feb 17, the

Shop and TIC will be open during Museum opening


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


Prize winners: January draw - £40 No.68 / £20 No.22

/ £10 No.17.

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.

Tutankhamun Exhibition

8 th April 2020, Saatchi Gallery, London, £48 pp (Coach

& Entrance). This coach trip organized by the Friends

of the Museum is proving very popular. ONLY FOUR

tickets left.

If you would like to join this 'once in a Lifetime' trip

please ring for an Application Form.

Up to March 12th please contact Barbara White on

(01760) 720756 email

After March 12th contact John Clarke on (01760)

720140. email

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Swaffham Community Hospital LOFs

The start of a new year and the hospital is as busy

as ever. All the decorations have been packed away.

Some new floral displays are now in place to brighten

things up.

As reported we have had a delivery of 4 of our new

electric bedside chairs. These should prove to be of

major benefit to patients and staff. Once we have

had a little experience of these, we will consider

supporting more.

There are also some “toilet walking aids” that we

wish to purchase. These provide extra security for

the patients and help the staff.

As an example of the kindness that we experience,

we had a call in 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.

We also continue to receive donations from families

who have had relatives in our care. These are greatly


We have booked in 2 dates for coffee mornings at the

Methodist Church. They are Saturday 14th March

and Saturday 19th Sept.

We are always open to ideas that the public might

have for improvements that we could help with at

the hospital. Do contact us to share any thoughts

you might have. We do have access to officials at

the hospital trust and we are represented on the

Patients advisory Group.

As ever if you are interested in joining our small

committee, do ring me for an informal chat

Colin Houghton (Chairman)

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The Silver Social

Sing Happy with Kate Dimbleby

Following a very successful workshop in Breckland

Libraries in January, Kate Dimbleby is returning to

Breckland in February and will be performing her new

show Sing Happy in various Breckland community

venues listed below. Sing Happy is sure to have you

singing and laughing along as Kate weaves classic

songs from the last 60 years, with stories about the

human voice and mesmerising layered vocals from

her critically acclaimed album, Songbirds. Following

the show, Kate will be back with us in March, touring

our library circuit again with a Sing Happy Workshop

where Kate will teach participants some of the songs

from the show. Kate was hugely popular when she

last toured with us, so please do get in touch to

reserve your place in advance.

These workshops and performances are part

of The Silver Social, an exciting daytime touring

arts programme, aimed at older people in rural

communities in Breckland. The project, which is run

by Breckland Council and funded by Arts Council

England and Breckland Council, brings something a

little different to daily life in towns and villages across

Breckland, Norfolk. Whether you want to meet new

people over a cuppa, take part in new social pursuits,

or you know a neighbour or family member who

might like to join a new group, we aim to bring high

quality accessible arts in a friendly, familiar space.

See below for more information.

• Monday 3 February – 2pm-3:30pm Ashill

Community Centre

• Friday 7 February – 2pm-3:30pm Necton

Community Centre

To book visit our website www.thesilversocial.

com; phone 01362656870 or email community@

Swaffham & Litcham Home

Hospice Support Ltd

Firstly, my thanks for your support with our fundraising

events during 2019 and also to those who have

organised or supported events in Swaffham and the

surrounding villages where we have benefitted from

the monies raised.

Our Xmas draw raised just under £1000 with the

winning tickets being drawn at Tesco at 5pm on the

7th December. My thanks to Tesco for allowing us

to sell tickets instore for a 4 day period at the end of

November, to all who purchased tickets, and to the

team of volunteers who manned the stall instore as

well as selling tickets individually to family , friends and


On the 20th March, we will be holding a Quiz at

Swaffham Conservative Club starting at 7.30pm.

The cost will be £5 per head, and we are looking for

teams of up to 6 people. Entries to Adrian Adcock on

01760 724304 or 07741418781 or by e-mail – adrian. We have organised a quiz on an

annual basis for several years now. They have always

proved popular so early booking is advised.

On the 10th May, the gardens at Holme Hale Hall will

be open to the public to enable us to raise funds for our

organisation. Further details will be advised in future

editions of this newsletter

Adrian Adcock, Treasurer

The Magpie Centre

Magpie Centre Gallops Into The New Decade

The New Year started well for the Magpie Centre, home

of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, with

the arrival of a new pony, plus some generous grants,

which will enable the Centre to expand its activities.

A grant of £4,233 from the Flux Family Fund through

the Norfolk Community Foundation will be used to train

two members of staff to deliver Equine Assisted Therapy

(EAT) sessions, designed for people with mental health

challenges. The EAT programme is scheduled to start

in June 2020. And to provide a secure workshop and

storage facility for the Centre’s maintenance equipment,

the Making a Difference Community Dividend awarded

the Centre £2,000.

The Magpie Coffee Morning week runs from Sunday

February 9, through Saturday February 15, so there’s still

time to get organized and hold yours. If you need advice

on how to host a coffee morning, or need posters/flyers

printed, we can help. Just call the Centre on 01553

810202. For your information, the West Norfolk Riding

for the Disabled Association Charity No is: 1143390.

Company no: 765610.

We have various daytime slots available for riders during

the week, especially on Mondays, so if you or anyone

you know has a physical and/or learning disability and

might like to take up riding, call 01553 8100202 and

request a rider application form. When this is completed

and returned, the participant will be invited to an

assessment, which is free of charge, and if they then

wish to book regular lessons, they will be slotted into a

group (maximum 4 riders) of similar ability.




West Norfolk Aviation Society

At the beginning of our meeting at the Mundford

Bowls Club on Tuesday the 7th, Mundford champion

of good causes, Rod Billen, began the evening’s

programme by announcing that, after a red-tape

dispute, his considerable efforts had not been in

vain and consent has been given for a permanent

memorial to be erected at the WW2 Lancaster

Bomber crash site in Thetford Forest (MR 52.493126

– 0.639661). An inaugural ceremony is to be held at

the site on 21st March at 1pm and all are invited to

attend this and the Bowls Club later, between 2pm

and 3pm, for tea and cakes.

After the raffle and bowls club banquet, Techie Fred

proposed the idea of registering the attendance of

members with the employment of a card reader

system. There were no formal objections to the

concept being trialled.

Fred preceded his own presentation by giving a

résumé of his personal interesting background and

then proceeded to illustrate, with the assistance of

‘Powerpoint’ and accompanying downloads, various

instruments, their advantages and weaknesses;

this included the pitot tube and the angle of attack


Viewers were then invited to watch a cartoon

depicting a race between various animated antique

aeroplanes; it was easy for them to be recognised by

such a well-informed audience.

Fred’s final showing depicted a lone pilot of a light

passenger aircraft flying from Tampa Executive Airport

to St. Peters, Clearwater FL. This demonstrated

the intensity of concentration necessary to control

an aeroplane and, at the same time, maintain a

continual dialogue with air traffic control.

The evening ended peacefully and we were invited

to return to the venue next month, Tuesday the 4th,

to sample ‘David's Mystery Movie Night’.

More information is available on the website: http://

Swaffham History Group

It seems ages now since the Group met for their first

ever Christmas Dinner (in the past it has always been

a tea). This time we enjoyed the full festive spread

(with vegetarian options) at the White Hart and the

meal was thoroughly enjoyed with excellent service.

By the time this is printed we should have had our

first meeting of 2020 when the Group was due to

examine its full archive - now a mammoth document

- which has been put together by our Archivist, Barry


It is hoped that it will not be too long into the new

year before some new booklets will be published by

the group, including another shedding more light into

Swaffham in Tudor times.

For more details regarding the Group please phone

01842 879140 or email

Wellbeing Group Christmas Party

Ian Clews (aka Señor Momento) played for the

Wellbeing group’s Christmas party in Swaffham’s

Community Centre on 18th December 2019.

Although the party started off with a few Christmas

songs the music soon turned, by popular request,

to livelier Rock and Roll classics.


Swaffham Jazz Club

As there is no meeting in January here are some thoughts

on listening to jazz in a relatively small, intimate venue,

rather than a large concert hall or theatre.

I recently went to a jazz evening in a large hall set out in

theatre style rows of seating. If you wanted a drink you

had to hold your glass all evening, or put it down on the

floor and risk it being knocked over. If you wanted to slip

to the bar to avoid the interval crush you were likely to

disturb the whole row, and those sitting behind you. In

the interval at this venue I went looking for the loo, got

lost, and ended up opening a likely looking door only

to find it was a room set aside for the band, who were

sitting there in splendid isolation.

How much better it is to sit around a table with your

drink and also, if you get up during the music, not bother

anyone else. It’s great to be able to talk to members of

the band before they start playing, during the interval

or at the end of the evening. Also, in our intimate set

up, most of our bands are happy to play requests –

sometimes we are invited to make them. This rarely

happens in a large venue.

All the musicians who play for us say how much

they enjoy playing to our attentive and appreciative

audience, rather than in a pub where they end up

providing back-ground music to a wall of chat.

Another great feature of our club is of course Norman’s

fabulous raffle with its generous number of varied


Thanks to all our regular supporters in 2019 and we

look forward to seeing you again in 2020. Happy New

Year from Norman and Geoff.

Coming up – all welcome.

Tuesday 11 February Colin Mason Quartet and Friends

Tuesday 10 March The Ella McCready Trio

Swaffham Conservative Club, 23 London Street, PE37

7DD. Starts at 8pm. £8 on the door.

Swaffham Spiritual Awareness Group

Meets in the Community Centre,

Beech Close, Campingland, Swaffham

at 6.30pm.

2 February, John Ennis, Peterborough

16 February, Linda Rae, Ashill

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 Arts

Garlic Theatre brought another delightful and

entertaining puppet show to the Community Centre in

early January, the month when, over recent years, we

have put on a programme designed for children, but

the skill and imagination, the craftsmanship and artistry

can be appreciated and enjoyed by people of all ages.

This month we welcome “Musical Offering”, a recently

formed ensemble, led by the violinists Graham and

Alison Cracknell, who recently moved to Norfolk and

are already making a mark on musical life in the area.

The ensemble draws together friends who have worked

in professional chamber orchestras based in London

and abroad over many years. Their aim is to show the

rich diversity of music from the Baroque and Classical

periods, and to share the heart-warming enjoyment of

the wealth of music from that time. The programme

they are going to perform is entitled “Fathers and

Sons” (with Friends), the fathers and sons being the

Bachs and the Mozarts, and the friends, William Boyce

and George Philip Telemann, and will include some

of our best loved and favourite pieces of music. The

concert will take place on Sunday February 23rd at 3

pm in Swaffham Assembly Rooms. Tickets, priced at £9

members and £12 non-members, are available from

Ceres Bookshop (01760 722504) and The Green Parrot

(01760 724704), and on the door. This will be a lovely

concert. We look forward to seeing you!

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 8am -- 4pm 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.


Mayor's Parlour

Dear All, Now all the ‘decs’ are

down, diets are commenced and

everyone back to work, the council

resumes, our first job being to get

the budget sorted. We are working

very hard to keep the precept

down and be fair to all the Town expenses.

My visits over Christmas were great, I was down for

Iceni, Meadow House and the Community Hospital.

Iceni was dressed up beautifully with lots of things

to do for the residents, Meadow House was a long

stay as they were having a party which was great

fun. The staff and residents are all wonderful and

so good to be with.

The hospital was also very welcoming and very

busy, it was good to learn about the new approach

to nursing, almost seems as though it’s going full

circle and back to the good old days!

I was disappointed to learn that the facility for

taking x-rays at the Community Hospital has not

been resumed, despite the available equipment,

due to lack of staff from the QE, let’s hope one day

they will think again, it was very convenient.

Prior to Christmas Swaffham Rotary went into action

and provided hundreds of bare root hedgerow for

Haspalls Rd Recreation Ground, when these come

to fruition they will enhance this area enormously.

I’d like to thank Swaffham Rotary very much for this

and their continued support in the town.

Having mentioned Swaffham Rotary I must thank

the Iceni Partnership also for their wonderful

Christmas lunch and Swaffham District Lions for

their great work within the town, what would we

do without you all.

A word about the Recreation Ground toilets, these

are closed at the moment unfortunately, due to the

vandalism, if things don’t improve they will stay

closed and only be open for events. This is such

a shame after all the work done by our generous


As for the Green Britain Centre the investigations

are still ongoing, ultimately it will come out to the

town for your opinions.

VE Day arrangements,

8th May 2020, are in

full swing, headed by

council members and

you the public, thank

you for those taking


Look after yourselves

and I’ll speak again



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.

VE Day Celebration on the

Market Place, Friday 8 th May 3pm

– 7pm. The Town Council will be

inviting the families of Swaffham

to come and celebrate the 75th

anniversary of VE Day. Bring a

picnic, dress in 40s style, just

come along to enjoy the music,

dance and family entertainment

in the Market Place.

On the Day there will be:

• Music and Dancing on the Buttercross

• A family picnic

• Military, Charity and Community Group Stalls

• Best 40s dress competition

• Funfair rides at 1940s prices

• Hot Food – priority given to local businesses

• Children’s Activities

What’s Going On

• On the day the Market Place and the road will be

closed from 9am to 9pm

• The Friday Indoor Market will go ahead but will

close at 1pm

• There will be a commemorative Parade and

Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church. The Service

will start at 2pm.

• The Town will join in with the National

Commemorations including:

• 2.55pm The last post / 3.00pm Piper

playing Battle’s O’er. This will mark the start

of the Family Celebrations

• 6.55pm The Cry for Peace / 7.00pm Ringing

Out for Peace. Which will mark the end of

the Picnic in the Market Place

What will you do?

The Town Council would like to invite all Swaffham

businesses to be part of the event, Can you provide

refreshments or a children’s activity, or sponsor

part of the event?

Help Swaffham to celebrate VE Day 75 in style, let’s

paint the town Red, White and Blue with bunting,

flags and 40’s window displays. Please let us know

what you are planning.

Christmas Light Switch-On

No sooner that we turn on the lights in December,

we seem to be packing them away again for another

year and talking about the next one. At the time of

writing, there is an on-going debate about whether

it should be on a Friday or a Sunday, so the date

can’t be confirmed just yet. Hopefully by the time

the March newsletter gets to your door the date

will be settled and we can let you know. We’ll put it

out there on social media and our website as soon

as we can.

Town Council Budget

The annual deliberations for the Town Council

Budget have been taking place in December and

January and there will be no increase in the amount

that Council Taxpayers have to pay from last year

on the Town Council section of your Council Tax.

A 0% increase has therefore been agreed for the

forthcoming financial year 2020-21 commencing

on 1st April 2020. The Town Council always try to

give value for money for the services and facilities

that they manage.

Annual Town Assembly

The Annual Town Assembly this year will be held

on Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 6.30pm in the

Council Chamber at the Town Hall. There will be

annual reports from various community groups as

well as your Town Council at the end of their first

year since the local council elections last May. Look

out for the agenda which will be available on our


Live Streaming Of Monthly Meetings

You can still see democracy in action LIVE from

the Town Council’s Facebook page on the second

Wednesday evening every month, from the comfort

of your own armchair. We are aware that there

have been some sound issues, we are working to

try and resolve this in the coming months.

Councillor Surgery

You can come and meet your Town Councillors every

Saturday at Swaffham Market 10am – 1pm. Bring to

their attention that burning issue or perhaps you

want to volunteer to help out at one of the Town’s

events. Whatever your enquiry, the Councillor will

listen to your concerns and if it is a complaint, then

it will be dealt with as swiftly as possible.

Telephone System

In the run up to Christmas our telephone system

was causing us problems, with no incoming calls

getting through and no answerphone. The Town

Council had already made a decision to replace the

system, which was installed back in 2005 when the

Town Hall Extension was opened. We are now back

up and running, complete with a new digitalised

system that has brought us back up to date. It

will take us a while to use all of the features, but

gradually we are getting the hang of things and

at least we now have calls going in and out of the

Town Hall. Thank you for your patience, we were

just as frustrated as you were…

Allotment Vacancies

Please note that we have some allotment vacancies

at our Shouldham Lane site. Any enquiries please

to Kerry at the Town Hall 01760 722922 or


All allotment holders should also celebrate that

the Allotment Rents have been frozen for the

forthcoming year 2020-21.

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 4 th - Transport, Access & Environment 4- 5.30pm

• Wed 12 th - Full Town Council - 6.30 -9pm

(streaming live on Facebook – @SwaffhamTownCouncil)

• Mon 17 th - Market, Events & Tourism - 6.30 - 8pm.

• Tue 25 th - Planning & Built Environment - 4 – 5.30pm

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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