Swaffham Newsletter

May 2021

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May 2021

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership


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Swaffham springing back

to life following lockdown

See p.10 to find out plans for re-opening the community

Read about on p.7

The Clubs popular image competition evening returned for the second meeting of the March, with

members competing with images in three cateogories, adjudicated by an external Judge.

The Judge Jim Bennett faced the daunting task of reviewing an entry field of nearly 120 images,

although by some foresight on the part of the competition organisers had had a chance, by the

wonders of modern computer magic, to preview the images prior to the evening's event.

The Images placed first in the Three Categories are shown below and were:-

Abstract:- "Snow, ice,ballon " by Susi North-Hancock, Open:- "Roses in Ice" by Alan Peggs,

Pets:- "Fetch" by Janet Thorpe

The team at Iceni Partnership eager to welcome back guests to Swaffham Community Centre










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Well done to all participants in the hotly contested competition evening. There are only two

categories for the April competition evening being "Spring Flowers and Blossom" and "Open" and

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3 Swaffham Rotary

5 School Speak

6 Church News/Community Hospital

7 Iceni Lockdown Competition

8 Hospital LoF's/Pickenhams WI

10 Iceni Partnership

13 SCALGA/Swaffham Lions

14 History Group/Men's Shed

15 FofSH/Camera Club

17 Mayor's Parlour

18 Town Council


President’s Corner

Swaffham 5

I sat down to write this the

day after the sad news of

the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was

announced. Unsurprisingly the news media were

full of heart felt tributes and details of his many

achievements over his long

and fulfilling life. Apart

from his impressive Naval

service, as Queens Consort

he had undertaken 22,219

solo engagements and given

5,493 speeches by the time

he retired from public life in

August 2017 at the age of 96.

He was a patron, president

or member of over 780

organisations. I am delighted

to say that this included a number of Rotary Clubs,

including two in Norfolk.

Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’. In the forward

to a Rotarian’s book “The Golden Wheel” the Duke

wrote ”The motto would be irrelevant if there was no

selfishness in the world, but the temptation to cheat,

to exploit and to dominate for the sake of personal

wealth and power has always been a feature of human

existence and the chances are that it always will be.”

There can be no better example of Service Above

Self than he set. Our thoughts and those of Rotarians

everywhere are with Her Majesty The Queen and

the Royal Family following the passing of His Royal

Highness, a true friend of Rotary.

By the time this edition is published we will have had

over two weeks experiencing the greater freedoms

Stage Two of the lockdown map brought. Let’s

hope customers flock back to support the Swaffham

businesses which have been forced to keep their

doors shut for what seems like an age.

Looking further afield, it is encouraging to see that

at least the seasons are unaffected by the pandemic

which remains a blight on our lives. Amongst the things

I have missed in the past few weeks is a walk through

a wood carpeted in snowdrops. But at least I can

look forward to seeing masses of bluebells, my local

favourite is Foxley Wood. Whereas I have only limited

success with the snowdrop plants I have bought over

the years, we seem to have more bluebells in the

garden every year without doing much. I attribute

this to the many blackbirds we see digging lawn or

border with great effort and determination. All I have

to do is replant them in a more appropriate spot at

the end of the season,

An unwelcome “planting”

continues to occupy a couple

of Rotarians. A while back they

signed up to town initiative

to keep a road clear of litter.

Sadly, it is an ongoing task. A

local TV programme recently

featured a litter collector who

said his hope was that people



could be persuaded to take all their rubbish home. No

one would disagree with that. Meanwhile, we need a

strategy to keep our town tidy.

Very recently Surfers Against Sewage launched the

Million Mile Clean; a new campaign to connect beach

cleaning action throughout the year, with targets of

100,000 volunteers walking 10 miles whilst cleaning

the places they love. No beach in Swaffham (apart

from that brief period when ITV were filming an

episode of Kingdom)? No problem! Tidy Britain Group

are running the Great British Spring Clean - 28 May to

13 June 2021 to clear litter from our streets, parks and


But do we need to participate in either? Would it be

better to consider a re-launch of our town initiative

when Covid restrictions permit?

If you want to find out any more about our Club,

including our upcoming Charity Golf Day on Monday

19th July, please visit our website – http://www.

swaffhamrotary.org.uk– or e mail me club_president@


John Wallace

North Pickenham Hub Re-opening

17th May Pickenham Hub Re-opens.

South Pickenham Road, Nth Pickenham PE37 8LG

Hub PopUp Bar opens Friday 21st May 4pm -12pm

Contact No. 07879 214651

The Nicholas Hamond Academy

The Pandemic Didn’t Stop Tnha Continuing Our

Support Of Our Local Community

At TNHA the students and staff have been working

hard in support of our local community despite the

restrictions of Covid.

At the height of the pandemic we supported various

projects such as: Red Cross Posters - This idea was

initially put forward by our teachers and was taken

further by TNHA in discussions with a local town

counsellor. The Red Cross resources (posters) were

coloured by our younger students and sent to all

those people in isolation and delivered via the food

packages made up by the White Hart Pub in the

town which quickly became the ‘hub’. Posters were

also given to those people who were visited by town

counsellors; ‘Thank you Wall’: The landlord of the

White Hart Pub started a ‘thank you wall’ noticed by

TNHA on the local Swaffham Facebook Page.

The landlord was contacted and was delighted to

add posters made by the students honouring and

thanking those responsible for keeping the country

going at the height of the pandemic namely NHS,

carers, supermarket workers, police etc. These were

laminated and put up outside the pub by academy

staff; Christmas Tree Trail: Businesses etc. were

approached by Meadow House Nursing Home and

asked if they would take part in a Christmas Tree Trail

in order to encourage people to get ‘out and about’

in the fresh air and count how many trees they could

find on the trail. TNHA’s tree stood in the library

window facing the road; Student Christmas Cards:

The academy made contact with the Iceni Partnership

who were delivering hampers to those senior citizens

who would normally have joined the Lions for their

Christmas lunch. Students made Christmas cards

which were delivered to Iceni to include in those

hampers; Mid-Norfolk Foodbank: Students and staff

at the academy collected a huge amount of food for

the local foodbank serving Swaffham and the local

area delivered by the academy.

Whilst we have not asked for money during the

pandemic, due to many people suffering hardship,

we are still endeavouring to help charities where we

can. We are currently collecting crisp packets in aid


of the local Air Ambulance and are doing very well

so far.

As the country is slowing ‘opening back up’ we are

therefore very hopeful that our current plans can

continue. We are in the process of collaborating with

the Swaffham Lions regarding an Essay Competition

and our Assistant Principal is taking this forward.

We are also delighted that they are to hold their

Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch at the academy in

December. The hall has been offered free of charge

and our wonderful catering and caretaking staff are

also donating their time at no cost.

We are also pleased to add that we will be taking part

in the town’s commemorations of Howard Carter in

whatever form that may take and are currently in

discussion with the organisers in this regard. Finally

the academy contacted the Merle Body Centre in the

town before the pandemic and had always planned

a summer fundraising day. This will take place as a

non-uniform day with the funds donated towards

the purchase of a specialised chair costing in excess

of £500.

We will of course continue our efforts in working

with the local community and would be very pleased

to hear of any future projects that our students and

staff may take part in. Please email us at office@


Heartwood CE VC Primary

The Studio at Heartwood Primary

At the beginning of the Spring

term, Heartwood opened the

doors to ‘The Studio’; a new and

dedicated space to art and design

Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School

in our school. The children have the opportunity to

gain new experiences, discover their artistic talents

We were excited to open our doors to welcome back all our families on as

and contribute to collaborative art projects which

Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School.

are then celebrated and displayed throughout the St Peter and St Paul's Swaffham

We have missed our families and children dearly The May over services the COVID-19 in Swaffham closure.

school. We invite the children to The Studio in small

parish church will

The children have enjoyed being back in school, be as follows, seeing and their are friends still subject and

groups, allowing us to give effective feedback and

to the pandemic


support to all children. So far we have led weekly

restrictions: -

sessions with Years 2 and 3. Year 2 enjoyed creating

Sunday 2nd May 5th Sunday of Easter

a portrait art piece based on Gustav Klimt’s work.

9.30am Parish Eucharist CW

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In Heartwood Forest school sessions, our children Venue and will details achieve to be and announced develop

confidence and self-esteem through hands Thursday on learning 13th May experiences, Ascension Day trying

more risky activities such as tree climbing, building 10.00am fires, using real Holy tools Communion and CW

den building.

Sunday 16th May 7th Sunday of Easter

9.30am Parish Eucharist CW

Sunday 23rd May Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

Please visit our website to find out more about our 9.30am wonderful school Parish Eucharist CW


Sunday 30th May Trinity Sunday

9.30am Parish Eucharist CW

At the time of writing, we are pleased to report

Year 3 have been working together to recreate Van

that limited choral singing has resumed, and we

Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’. They were each given a

look forward to restarting congregational singing as

section of the original piece and used acrylic paint

soon as it is permitted. Updates on services, both

on their canvas. We looked at Van Gogh’s style, using

in church and virtual (streamed on Facebook), will

short brush strokes and applied this to our work. be advertised each week under ‘Services’ on the

The canvases all fit together to form our recreation Swaffham Parish Church website https://www.

of the famous painting. The Studio has been a great swaffhamparishchurch.org and notified via the

success so far; allowing the children to deepen their Swaffham Parish Church Facebook site. Similarly,

knowledge of art history, develop their skills and opening the church for private prayer and for visitors

confidence in art and design, as well as providing a will be announced there.

calming, safe space to support the children’s wellbeing.

We can’t wait to invite more groups of our interested in assisting with stewarding during visiting

We would be glad to hear from anyone who would be

wonderful pupils through the doors soon!

hours, in the hope of maximising the opening of the

To share our passion for reading, at Heartwood church building in the summer – contact by email, by

Primary and Nursery School the school community website, or ring 622241 and leave a message. Many

have created a Community Book Hive for all of the thanks.

Swaffham community to enjoy. We are delighted to Christian Aid Week

have stocked it full of adult, children and baby books! Christian Aid Week was founded by the Christian

These are free to keep or borrow, just help yourself! Church, and every May, for more than 60 years,

If you have any unwanted books, please pass on the thousands of churches across Britain and Ireland

reading love by adding it have collected vital cash to help the world's most

to the collection for others vulnerable people. The 2021 Christian Aid week will

to enjoy too. Thank you to take place between the 10th – 16th May (please

those who have already look out for the National TV campaign). However,

donated. Enjoy and spread

and on the advice of Christian Aid nationally, due

the word- the books are for

to the current Covid restrictions there will not be a

Swaffham street collection this year, instead people

all ages of the community to enjoy.

are being encouraged to donate online.


Swaffham Methodist Church

Swaffham Methodist Church were once again able

to open for Worship on Easter Sunday, with all

correct corona virus restrictions in place. Services

will continue to be held at 10.45am on Sundays,

but please contact Anne, on 01760722611, as we

need to make sure we have enough space to keep

everyone safe.

St Mary’s Church, Houghton On The Hill

St Mary’s Church at Houghton on the Hill has

been closed during lockdown, but we are actively

preparing to re-open to visitors from Monday 17 May.

In early March we were saddened by the death of

Bob Davey who discovered, restored and cherished

St Mary’s and the extraordinary 11th century wall

paintings which his work revealed. We look forward

to welcoming visitors who have heard of Bob’s legacy

and want to see for themselves this beautiful Church

and its peaceful gardens.

This summer we plan to host musical and other

events in celebration of the fact that this year, unlike

last, the restrictions imposed by the pandemic

should be lifted. So please mark your diary with a

bell ringing event on Saturday 29 May from 2pm,

St Mary’s Annual Thanksgiving Service on Sunday

18 July at 3pm, and a recital by Donald Bousted on

Saturday 31 July at 4pm. And of course please visit

the Church any afternoon from 17 May and enjoy a

guided visit.

Full details of the Church and how to become a Friend

of St Mary’s can be found at www.houghtonstmarys.

org.uk, or follow us on Facebook.

Swaffham Community Hospital L of F's

By the time you read this some of the restrictions

to our daily lives will have been lifted and we look

forward to more freedom in May. As time has gone

on I must admit it has been harder to keep our spirits

going. However, when feeling a bit low it is still best

to remember all those less fortunate, including those

who have to be admitted to hospitals, including ours.

I hope many of you may now have had your second

dose of the vaccine. The situation in care homes

has improved and it is good news that at least more

direct contact with loved ones is now possible.

Our NHS colleagues, as ever, are doing a great job

with current patients and it has been possible to

reduce some of the extra beds that had to be used

in the day room. As before we are delivering further

supplies of refreshments and hand creams for the

staff as a token of appreciation. Just before Easter

we were pleased to deliver about 90 Easter eggs,

enough for all patients and staff.

The hospital is likely to be obtaining more local

washing machine facilities so that more can be

handled in-house. We will see if we can help this

in any way. There is still no sign of us being able to

commence any fundraising activities so I continue

with my suggestion that if you would like to help,

a good way is to participate in our coin collection.

The idea is to ask you all to consider whether you

would like to have a jam jar or tin at home in which

you might donate any spare change over the coming

weeks. It would be a small way of recognising the

fantastic service our NHS colleagues are giving over

this difficult period. If you would like to do this, the

donations could be left at hospital reception or if you

ring me I can arrange collection. We have had some

continuing response to this and I would like to thank

those of you who have already contributed.

The Rotary Club in Swaffham have advised us that

they plan to hold a Charity Golf Day on Monday 19th

July. The proceeds are to be split between us and

another local charity. So...all you budding golfers, if

you would like to participate, put this date in your

diary and contact Rotary to express your interest.

Nothing further to report at the moment on any

capital schemes.

As spring is upon us we are looking to refresh plants

in our garden so as to keep it as attractive as possible.

We are really keen to attract new people to join

our small committee (especially after the loss of a

member) . Do ring me for an informal chat, I promise

it won't be too onerous, so why not give us a try.

It is important that we all follow the latest

Government guidelines, so stay safe and well.

Colin Houghton (Chairman)

01760 336025

Iceni Lockdown Photo Competition

As lockdown restrictions are being eased, we will be

sad to see our photo competiton coming to a close,

but are pleased that it hopefully signals another step

closer to freedom and normality.

We would still be more than happy to receive

pictures of Swaffham life though, which we may

still be able to include on our front covers. As usual,

these can be emailed as high resolution pdf or jpegs

to swaffhamnewsletter@gmail.com.

• Pets & Animals

This handsome male pheasant was captured by Paul

Easton. We love the detailing in the feathers.

• Plants & Nature

This beautiful bumblebee feeding on a flower bud

was sent in by .... It's lovely to see a sight like this,

although everything is bursting into life again now,

it's still rather nippy! At the time of writing in mid

April, we have had snow and hail!

• In Your Neighbourhood

We love this stunning wintery sunset captured by

Jonathan Millward in Stow Bardolph, back at the

start of the year.

Another snowy scene, this time looking over the back

of Antinghams in Swaffham, taken by Elaine Besfor.

• Black & White

This stunning hare would have been a worthy

contender in the 'pets and animals' category too. Sent

in by our star contributor Paul Easton. A big thanks to

Paul and everyone else who has kept our spirits up

the past few months with your lovely pictures.

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What's happening in Swaffham

With restrictions being eased, Iceni Partnership are thrill ed to be throwing open our

doors once more to a wide range of local clubs, inividual s and organisations.

Room Hire

Iceni Partnership offers a wide selection of

comfortable and freshly decorated room space

available to hire for any ocassion; from individual

office space, to conferences, or parties and events

we can provide you with everything you need for

very competitive prices.

Rooms hired in the Community Centre come

with access to full IT and administration services,

including printers, scanners and free wi-fi.

Our buildings are certified covid-secure and all

rooms are provided with their own hand sanitiser.

One of our newly decorated meeting rooms

Weddings & Parties

Both Swaffham Community Centre and the

Assembly Rooms are perfect spaces for parties

and events. The Community Centre is a light and

modern space with free on site parking, full kitchen

facilities and a great outdoor patio area.

The Assembly Rooms offers Regency splendour in

the heart of town and is the perfect venue for a

wedding reception, with St Peter & St Paul's parish

church just a couple of minutes walk away.

Whatever the occasion or theme, we can help

make your event one to remember with bespoke

packages tailored to your needs and budget. We

have a team of trusted recommended suppliers

who can dress the space with table cloths, chair

covers and sashes and much more.

We can also help you to organise catering, whether

it be an informal buffet or full waiter service with

champagne and canapés.

For for information on booking either building for

your event, please contact Iceni Partnership on

01760 722800 or email enquiries@iceni.info.

The Regency Room dressed for wedding reception

Returning hirers:

Swaffham Community Centre

• Little City Norfolk

• Hartbeeps

• Table Tennis

• Move it or Lose it

• Zumba

• Well-being Group

• Rock Choir

• Rock a Vox (by JDT music academy)

• Line Dancing

• Counselling Services

• WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

• Yoga

• Pilates

• French Discussion Group

• Spiritual Awarness Group

• Kuk Sool Won

• Saracen Martial Arts

• Nishikaigan Aikido Club

• Band Rehearsals

Swaffham Assembly Rooms

• Messaround West Suffolk

• Kumon Tuition

• Mark Farnham School of Tae Kwando

• Friday Indoor Market

• Quilters

• Stitchers & Dressmakers

• Gong Baths

For more information on any of the groups listed

above please contact us on 01760 722800.

Alternatively, many groups can be contact via their

individual Facebook pages.

Little City Norfolk

We have loved welcoming back Little City Norfolk

to the Community Centre. Little City is a miniature

pop up street where your toddler can let their

imagination run wild and play at being a shopkeeper,

firefighter, doctor, vet, hairdresser and more! An

immersive and interactive role play experience

that's fully mobile - bringing the fun to you!


email: anna@littlecityuk.com tel: 07500 936384

Hartbeeps - North & W. Norfolk

Another group for little ones we have recently

welcomed back is Hartbeeps.

Hartbeeps offer big fun with their stimulating and

contemporary music/play based classes and parties

for babies and young children. Hartbeeps are the

most original musical baby, toddler and pre-school

classes on the planet.


email: anna@hartbeeps.com



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Come and explore the wide

range of treatments and

therapies available.

Beauty treatments are offered

on an exclusive one to one

basis within a private salon.

Set within the grounds of an

18th century barn in Swaffham,

the relaxing salon boasts a unique,

contemporary environment.

At Beauty @ the Barn you leave your

cares and worries at the door and

embrace a time when you can focus

on your well-being and enjoy the full

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Greetings from the allotments

Since I last reported the weather has improved

immensely, thank goodness. Potatoes are in and

the general spring planting is in hand. Most of the

preparations are done but the very high winds and

morning frosts have hindered work. I’ve just watched

Monty Don planting potatoes, why is it mostly lovely

and sunny in his garden? I did learn one thing however,

if there is a shortage of space you can drop the potato

in a hole chit upwards and cover. As long as they are

deep enough the frost won’t get them and as they

grow mulch them up rather than heap up.

What a happy day it was on the 30th March when the

chickens were allowed out. We gave ours free range

over the whole area, they were like children in the

playground. I must say that they made a good job

of scrapping the edges and clearing lots of rubbish,

although my everlasting pea plant suffered a bit.

Swaffham & District Lions

With the pandemic causing

the loss of spectacle recycling

venues, the closures of opticians,

Swaffham Lions recycling bin at

Tesco remained open and has collected 70 pairs

during the last lockdown. Since Swaffham Lions have

been collecting, they have sent over 100,000 pairs of

spectacles to be recycled and forwarded on to needy

countries. We try not to use the term glasses, as we

have had drinking glasses donated in the past, rather

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Befrienders & Hospital Buddy Drivers Needed

In the current pandemic it is amazing how many people

have volunteered to help those that have had to shield

due to age or health. Hopefully, lots of you have found

this extremely rewarding and may like to continue as the

restrictions lighten. If you have enjoyed helping others

and have an hour or two to spare a week or enjoy driving,

we would love to hear from you. We need caring

compassionate people like yourselves to join our

fantastic team of volunteers to help elderly people to get

to medical appointments or just to stop an elderly person

from being lonely. Please call us for an informal chat to

see how you could help. Thank you.

We are here to improve the quality of older

people’s lives in Swaffham & the villages nearby

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The Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham. PE37 7RB

Although I said we would not bother with a polytunnel

again we have weakened and have just assembled

the frame. Because we get very high winds at the

Shouldham Lane sites we have attached the frame to

large sleepers in the hope that when the cover is on it

will not take off as did the last one.

The bees have started to visit again, attracted by the

early blossom, Lavender, primrose, marigolds and

particularly Buddleia are favourites. They also need

water so a small container with stones in can look

pretty and serve as a waterhole.

As mentioned before our newer plot holders are

striding ahead, we really admire the enthusiasm

and thought that has gone into planning their space.

Sheds, summer shading, seating and surrounds for

beds has occupied the cold months and now it’s all

systems go.

We have a couple of starter plots at Shouldham lane.

If you decide you want a try at gardening in a smaller

area, please contact us on the number below.

As always, enjoy your gardening. The best is to come.

Please note below change to date of our AGM.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dates for your diary

• AGM, 23rd June 7.30pm, Swaffham Assembly Rooms.

• Other events TBC, subject to easing of restrictions.

If you are interested in taking a plot or a starter plot,

please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on 07919 888870.

With the Lions still unable to meet in person they

continue their monthly meetings on Zoom. This

month they invited Lions Vice District Governor,

David Pope, to give an update on the work the Lions

are doing in the district. He thanked the club for all

for work they are doing in the community, especially

with their foodbank collections.

Lion David took the opportunity to recognise

Swaffham Lions members with long service awards:

• Diana Merchant - 10 years

• Chris Rainbow - 15 years

• David Spooner - 15 years

• Dennis Tallon - 20 years

• John Ludlow - 35 years

• David Merchant - 35 years


Swaffham History Group

William Goulds Printers Shop, late 1800s

William Gould's shop was located in a premier

position at the corner of Mangate Street and the

Market Square at an important road junction

opposite the 'George Hotel' in Swaffham. Gould's is

an old well established store which William Gould

took on in 1853 dealing in printing, stationery, bookbinding

and additionally, a dealer in fancy goods.

This was a substantial building occupying some three

levels with shop frontages at two sides for the display

of goods for sale.

All types of printing, styles and layouts were

undertaken in the workshops at the rear of the

building for commercial and also private purposes,

with the additional service of book-binding.

The shop required staff to service both the shop front

and also the printing and book-binding services. Due

to this William employed up to two domestic servants

to take care of the household matters, assistants for

the shop and at times he trained apprentices in the

necessary book-binding skills required.

The shop was demolished in c1950 and the site was

purchased by The Trustee Saving Bank which built

the bank that you see today on the corner.

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Swaffham Men's Shed

We have been the lucky recipients of a lathe,

complete with turning chisels, dust extraction

kit, and a hot press for veneering, from Katherine

Browning and her brother Keith. It was their late

father’s, and when Katherine heard about us she

spoke to her brother and they thought it would be

a fitting remembrance for her father to donate it to

us. Keith delivered it all the way from Manningtree,

where it had been in storage. A very big ‘thank

you’ to both of them.

We have also received

a number of tools and

tool boxes from Beth

Ingram of Norwich

Road, and a box full

of PPE equipment

from UK Men’s Shed

Association so we

have a good start for

when we can start

to meet later in the

year. In addition, we

have been gifted some

laptops from Norfolk County Council via ‘Better

Together’ a Norfolk charity that helps Men’s Sheds.

Having a good selection of tools and equipment

means that members are able to carry out projects

and make items for re-sale, and that skills such as

woodturning can be passed from one member to

another. If anyone has any tools or wood/metal

working equipment they would like to donate we

will make sure they are put to good use - please

contact James Allen at albro@hotmail.co.uk.

If you would like to join us Fred, fngrange@

yahoo.com or telephone 07484113832, or Colin,

candjyorke@gmail.com, telephone 07923627552,

can supply membership forms.


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Friends of Swaffham Heritage

Although we have not been able to hold any fund

raising events during the last year of lockdown, we

are now hoping to get going this summer, so two

dates for your diary. First of all we will be holding our

Annual General Meeting on Friday 16th July at 7pm in

Swaffham Community Centre. You are most welcome

to join us then. New members are welcome too. We

need to elect a new leadership team: Chairman,

Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and other

The Clubs popular image competition evening retur

The club's popular image competition evening

members returned for competing the second with meeting images of March, in three with cateogori

members competing with images in three

The categories, Judge Jim adjudicated Bennett by faced an external the daunting Judge. task of re

although The judge by Jim some Bennett foresight faced on the the daunting part of the task comp

of reviewing an entry field of nearly 120 images,

wonders of modern computer magic, to preview th

although by some foresight on the part of the

competition organisers had had a chance, by the




of modern

placed first


in the


Three Categories

to preview

are s

committee members to run the organisation; we Abstract:- the images "Snow, prior to ice,ballon the evening's " by event. Susi North-Hancock

The are a Clubs registered popular charity. image Secondly, competition we are planning evening returned Pets:- The images for "Fetch" the placed second by Janet first meeting Thorpe the three of the Categories March, with are

members to have our competing annual summer with images barbecue in three on Sunday cateogories, shown adjudicated below and by were:- an external Judge.

afternoon, 29th August. We will give you further

The details Judge later. Jim Bennett faced the daunting task of reviewing an entry field of nearly 120 images,

During the past year however, we have still been

although able to support by some Swaffham foresight Heritage on the (the part Museum) of the competition organisers had had a chance, by the

wonders with the of funds modern that have computer accumulated magic, from to preview past the images prior to the evening's event.

events and from our ‘100 Club’ prize draw. So we

have contributed a substantial sum The Clubs to popular help image the competition evening returned for the second meeting of the March, with

The Images placed first in the Three Categories are shown below and were:-

members competing with images in three cateogories, adjudicated by an external Judge.

Swaffham Heritage purchase a state-of-the-art A3


scanner, enabling









Susi North-Hancock,

scan and

Open:- "Roses in Ice" by Alan Peggs,

The Judge Jim Bennett faced the daunting task of reviewing an entry field of nearly 120 images,

Pets:- copy the "Fetch" hundreds by Janet of fragile Thorpe documents

although by






on the part of the competition organisers had had a chance, by the

wonders of modern computer magic, to preview the images prior to the evening's event.

museum. The copies will then, it is hoped, be put

on line for anyone to study. We have The Images also placed provided first in the Three Categories are shown below and were:-

Abstract:- "Snow, ice,ballon " by Susi North-Hancock, Open:- "Roses in Ice" by Alan Peggs,

a grant of £5000 towards the refurbishment of the

Pets:- "Fetch" by Janet Thorpe

Howard Carter Room at the museum, which will

be undertaken in connection with the Carter 2022

celebrations next year, being the 100th anniversary of

the discovery by Carter of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

In the meantime however, we have a small problem

in having insufficient committee members to enable

us to carry out our work. The committee meets

5 or 6 times a year for an hour or so to conduct

business, so if you have some time to spare and are

Abstract:- 'Snow,

interested, we would like to hear from you (contact

ice, balloon' by Susi



Friends’ 100 Club

Open:- 'Roses in Ice'

Since we last reported we have had two draws in our

by Alan Peggs,

‘100 Club’ Prize Draw as follows:

Pets:- 'Fetch' by Janet

• February 1st no 72, 2nd no 27, 3rd no 9.

Thorpe. Well done

• March 1st no 12, 2nd no 41, 3rd no 65.

to all participants in

Cheques will be winging their way to our lucky

the hotly contested


Well done to all participants competition

in the hotly contested c

Finally, it is with some sadness that we will be losing

two of our most stalwart fundraisers, Barbara Dean

(White) and James Dean, in June. Barbara and James

are moving from Swaffham to Saffron Walden, to be

nearer family. Barbara has served as our Treasurer,

and James as our Secretary, for several September.. years. We

wish them all the best in their new adventure.

John Zielinski

acting Secretary, Friends of Swaffham Heritage

email: friendsofswaffhamheritage@yahoo.com

Swaffham & District Camera Club

categories evening. There for the are April only competition two categories evening for the being "

April competition evening being "Spring Flowers

the club anticipates another bumper crop of stunnin

and Blossom" and "Open" and the club anticipates

another bumper crop of stunning images.

The club assists and and encourages photographers photographers of of a

new all abilities. venue "The It looks Churchill forward Room" to reconvening at the Swaffham at its C


new venue "The Churchill Room" at the Swaffham

Conservative Club, hopefully from the first of

For September. further For information further information please contact please us contact by e-mail

us by e-mail at richardludlow@compuserve.com

Well done to all participants in the hotly contested competition evening. There are only two

categories for the April competition evening being "Spring Flowers and Blossom" and "Open" and

the club anticipates another bumper crop of stunning images.

The club assists and encourages photographers of all abilities. It looks forward to reconvening at its

new venue "The Churchill Room" at the Swaffham Conservative Club, hopefully from the first of

For further information please contact us by e-mail at richardludlow@compuserve.com

14 Well done to all participants in the hotly contested 15 competition evening. There are only two

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Dear All,

Here we go again, an ease up of regulations

and the hope that this will progress to

better times so that meeting family, friends

or otherwise becomes a reality for a while at least.

Coming through the town Monday it was good to see

Swaffham coming alive again, the market is back to

full capacity Saturday plus the auction.

There have been some concerning issues taking

place on Haspall’s Rd playground, broken glass, lots

of rubbish, noise etc, apparently, it’s all on Facebook.

If anybody actually observes this, please could they

contact the police, they will only do something if

they have a contact from the public.

Basically, there probably needs more checking of

these areas later in the evening. I do feel however

that a lovely open space is going to attract young

people with nowhere else to go.

That brings me onto my favourite subject of facilities

for the youth in Swaffham which are few. We are as

you know a growing town, there is nothing set aside

specifically for youth and I feel strongly that we need

to address this.

When I first came to Swaffham I helped a couple

of evenings a week at the old youth club, now the

Community Centre, it was packed most evenings, it

was their place and it worked. I really hope this will

be taken seriously, especially with the new estates

around town. Some people say the youth of today’s

needs are different because of technology, I don’t

think so. There’s a need for interaction as shown

during this Covid run, the majority of children were

dying to get back to school! I do hope this will

eventually be addressed in some form or other. I

have written to Breckland, to ask them who is going

into the GBC and when as they have promised money

from this to enhance the facilities in the town. Also,

we are still waiting for our Sport and Leisure Report, I

appreciate people are busy but we have been waiting

a long, long time.

If we are not careful we will end up a dormitory town,

tennis, netball, gymnastics, hockey are but a few

where people have to go out of town for, we do need

facilities now, not in ten years’ time. I feel I’m on my

soap box now, let’s hope something can be done, we

refer to our Neighbourhood plan, I’m wondering just

how much has been achieved!

I’m saying this as if the town might have a great say in

all this, unfortunately it doesn’t and it’s mainly up to

Breckland who decides things so, on we go!

It’s my honour to represent the Council and Swaffham

Town at service at our Parish Church, St Peter and

Paul’s on Friday remembering HRH Prince Philip. I do

remember him for being very handsome, energetic

and most of all a very good man. He lived to be a very

great age and his selflessness towards progression

was astounding also his love of youth and how they

could be helped. I’m happy to say that I did get the

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, didn’t progress

anymore as it was out to work until I went nursing.

It seems like yesterday when everything was

blooming last year and now we are back again to the

lovely Spring which aims to be more sociable than

the last!

Take care of yourselves,

Best wishes, Jill

The Town Council

Mayor – Cllr. Jill Skinner


Deputy Mayor – 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


Cllr. Kurt Oliver



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.

Good News For Swaffham

Two grants have been awarded to Swaffham under

the Norfolk County Council Parish Partnership

scheme, which are match funded by the Town

Council. New signs will go up on Brandon Road to

guide motorists to Theatre Street free car park via

Haspall’s Road and Cley Road. This should limit the

build-up of cars in the town centre and encourage

people to park and visit our shops, pubs, and cafes.

The Town Council wants this work to begin soon

as the ‘staycation’ traffic begins to build up this

summer. Bears Lane will benefit from the second

grant awarded to Swaffham, this time with work to

improve the surface of the Lane and make it easier

for use by walkers and cyclists. These are both

issues that have been prominent on our Transport,

Access, and Environment Committee agenda, so it

is good to see their hard work rewarded. The Parish

Partnership scheme has been running for several

years now, it always takes matching investment from

the Town or Parish themselves, but with limited

budget at County Council, not every application can

be funded. So, it is really good news, that these two

improvement schemes can go ahead.

Meetings Zoomed Out And Coming To Land…

The virtual world that has become the new normal

for the Town Council over the past year, comes

to an abrupt halt on 7th May. The Covid-19 law

(400+ pages of it) was extended by government

recently to the end of 2021, with the exception

of allowing virtual meetings to continue. A letter

from the Ministry of Housing, Communities &

Local Government, confirmed this on 29th March,

although it is likely that some form of permanent

legislation may follow at some point, but for

the moment at least it is no longer legal to hold

virtual meetings after 7th May. There could still be

an 11th hour change to this, as on 21st April the

Lawyers in Local government, with the Association

of Democratic Officers and Hertfordshire County

Council have an administrative court case being

heard, to declare that the existing provision to allow

local authorities to meet remotely should remain.

(Deep intake of breath) Sometimes, common sense

can appear to be somewhat alien to the law…

It was subsequently decided in the circumstances

to make provisional arrangements for socially

distanced face-to-face meetings after 17th May,

this has resulted in a larger venue being used (the

Assembly Rooms) and some meeting dates being

changed, full details will be circulated in due course.

The first necessary change was the Full Council/

Annual meeting scheduled for 12th May, which has

now been put back a week to 19th May, to meet

government guidelines. The July meeting list is not

fully developed, this will follow with a programme

for the remainder of the year, all being well the

meetings should be possible in the Council Chamber

at the Town Hall from this point on, subject to a

satisfactory Covid-19 risk assessment, which is also

necessary when using the Assembly Rooms as an

alternative venue. Full details will be circulated

when available. It may be necessary to limit faceto-face

attendance by members of the public, but

in order to do this, the meetings will need to be

streamed live.

Norwich Road Developments

We now have two developments underway on

Norwich Road, Persimmon on the North side are

moving forward at pace and Barratts on the South

side have just made a start on site. The Town

Council have been engaged in talks regarding

the provision of street lighting and open spaces,

including play areas on each of the sites. Agreement

has been reached for the Town Council to take on

the street lighting with a satisfactory commuted

sum coming to the Town. The open space and play

area provision will be managed by an independent

management company on behalf of each site.

There is bound to be some disruption in the area

whilst the building works are in progress, not in the

least in the necessity at some point to stop up the

footpath from North Pickenham Road to Norwich

Road via Monks Path. It goes through the centre of

what will be a building site and eventually there will

be a slightly diverted, but improved path/cycleway

that enters into the site from Norwich Road. There

are no details available in terms of dates when the

closure would be necessary, but the developers may

exercise their right to have two six months closures,

or up to a year, whilst the work is being completed.

Swan's Nest Development

The Open Spaces and Play Area for Stages 1, 2 and

3 will by the time you read this be in the Town

Council ownership and will be managed with other

open spaces and play areas within the Town. The

developers Abel Homes are also providing 8 litter/

dog bins throughout the first three stages of this

site. A satisfactory commuted sum was negotiated

some years back and comes to the Council with the

conveyance. The Town Council have also agreed

to take on street lighting for all five stages of the

development. Recent discussions have commenced

regarding the provision of open space and the

possibility of an outdoor gym area located on stages

4 and 5, which will complete the development. The

public footpath from Brandon Road to Watton Road

is a Norfolk County council responsibility.

Swaffham Market

Our Saturday Market continues to defy the odds,

by surviving a global pandemic, something our

forefathers certainly did not contemplate when

setting out on their venture back in 1215. It is

heartening to be writing this report, just as all of

our traders are invited back again to the Market,

following an essential stalls only period, this includes

Helen and Paul with their fabulous outdoor Auction.

We obviously have erred on the side of caution, as

we start opening up after this latest lockdown. We

of course want the Market not only to survive, but

to thrive in the years ahead, as we march onward

to the 900th anniversary and the 1,000th, sadly

there is little chance that any of us will be around to

win the raffle of the day in 2115 or 2215 or to stage

another Medieval Market as we did back in 2015.

However, we can visit our Market every Saturday

as the weeks and months go by. Remember, our

traders are there whatever the weather and their

mere presence increases the footfall in the Town on

a Saturday, for our many local businesses who are in

the Town every day of the week. Please take extra

care when you visit our Market, remember the

hands, face, and space rules, keep us all safe, keep

us trading, give our stalls a visit, feel the warmth

of their smile, as they welcome you back to the

Market Place. Don’t forget our bricks and mortar

businesses too though, now more than ever they

need your support, so shop local, eat and drink

local, and love Swaffham…

Sad News

Urgent arrangements were put in place in line with

the Town Council’s Mourning Policy on Friday 9th

April 2021, following the sad passing of His Royal

Highness the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip at

the age of 99. In respect of the Union Flag flying at

half-mast at the Town Hall, until after the funeral on

Saturday 17th April. A message of condolence on

behalf of the Town, was immediately placed on the

Town Council’s website and this was followed with

guidance to an on-line Book of Condolence, in line

with Covid-19 guidance, for both Breckland District

and Buckingham Palace. Our deepest sympathy to

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all the Royal family.

Swaffham Town Council

Tel: 01760 722 922


Town Hall opening times:

Monday 9.30am – 1pm. 1.30pm – 4pm

Tuesday - Friday – 9.30am – 1pm


Richard Bishop – Town Clerk



Claire Smith – Deputy Town Clerk


Hannah Duggan – Office Administrator


Town Council Committee

meeting dates - MAY 2021

(please check with website www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

just in case there are any changes)

• Tue 18th – Market, Events & Tourism – 6.30pm

(Assembly Rooms)

• Wed 20th - Full Town Council - 6.30pm

(Assembly Rooms)

• Tue 25th - Planning & Built Environment –

4.00pm (Assembly Rooms)

• Tue 25th – Recreation & Community Services –

5.30pm (Assembly Rooms)

Breckland District Council


01362 656 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits.

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

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

Highway issues

Norfolk County Council – www.norfolk.gov.uk

– 0344 800 8020

For Highway issues & faulty street lights:

- Highways - please give the location of the issue and

a telephone number where further information can

be obtained.

- Faulty streetlights – please give the precise location

of the light and the number on the column.

Alternatively visit the website and search for Highways

or Street Lights to report your concerns.












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