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August 2021

August 2021


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August 2021

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership


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Swaffham's 'Covid Quilt'

Find out more about the topical work of a team of local

crafters and stitchers on the article on p.17

The competition evening in June was for images in the following two categories "Apparatus " and

"Open". In a well supported and high scoring evening the following images, "Crop Spraying

Apparatus" and "I flipping hate posing for Christmas cards", both submitted by Paul Easton were

declared the winning entries and are reproduced below.







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Castle Acre Events

The Friends of Castle Acre Church are holding an Art

Exhibition in St. James Church, Castle Acre with a

Preview Evening on Friday 30th July, 7 - 9pm. Tickets

to include wine and catalogue are £5.

Saturday 31st July 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1st August

12 noon - 4.30pm, tickets £2.50 with catalogue.

NGS are holding open gardens at Tudor Lodgings and

Minns Barn, which will make for a jolly day out in our

lovely village. Tickets from Sheila Chambers 01760

755868/Rebecca Moore 01760 755885 or on the door.

Iceni Ready To Give A Warm Welcome

Now that restrictions have been eased, we are very

pleased to be able to invite the general public back

into our buildings after such a long break.

Swaffham Community Centre has been much

improved over the past year with freshly decorated

rooms, a new reception area and a covered seating

area on our secure patio with attractive planters.

If you have an upcoming party or event, we can now

offer the best experience yet. Included in our prices

is free wi-fi, free on-site parking and access to a fully

equipped kitchen.

To find out about room hire at the Community Centre

or Swaffham Assembly Rooms you can get in touch

with Iceni Partnership on 01760 722800.

Details of groups operating at either building and

how to join can be found on our website: www.

swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk. We look forward to

seeing both new and familiar faces with us soon.

Nishikaigan Aikido Club in the Buxton Hall

at Swaffham Community Centre

We are recruiting at The Nicholas Hamond Academy…

Student Transport Officer

Required ASAP.

15 hours per week. Term Time only. Monday to Friday working both the AM & PM school


Salary £6,074.47 per annum.

We have opportunities for minibus drivers to join our friendly team, providing a safe, professional and courteous

transport service for our students.

Candidates will need to be confident in interacting with children and be able to maintain a good atmosphere on

the bus. Drivers will need to have a warm and flexible approach, be able to show initiative and work well on their

own and as part of a team.

To find out more or to apply please visit www.tnha.org.uk or pop into the academy for an application form.

The Nicholas Hamond Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and

volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual

orientation or religion.


The Nicholas Hamond Academy

As the final year draws to a close for our Year 11

students we wish them well on the next stage of

their journey. They have worked extremely hard

during their last weeks with us for several weeks

completing ‘in class’ assessments and coursework

that will go towards their final Teacher Assessed

Grades. When we started this process back in

March, no one really knew what challenges we

would face in doing this, but it is to the credit of the

students that they have tackled these challenges

head on. They have worked diligently, with purpose

and have shown a positive attitude in some very

difficult circumstances.

The staff who have worked closely with these

students during the past few months have all been

impressed with the way they have approached the

end of their time at the academy. This has been all

the more impressive given the constant disruption

that they have had to their education over the last

couple of years due to the Covid pandemic. Staff

received some lovely and heartfelt ‘thank you’

cards from students along with some lovely gifts.

excellent education but also excellent pastoral care

throughout their time with you. I know that this

takes hard work and dedication from a team of

staff. Thank you to you all for everything that you

have done and continue to do for our children”.

“Please pass on my thanks to this member

of staff - she is a wonderful person and I would like

to thank her personally for all she has done for my


After the initial disappointment at having to cancel

our 2021 Leavers’ Prom, following a government

announcement, we are delighted to have been

able to rearrange this after gaining opinions from

students. Although delayed until September we

have no doubt this will not dampen spirits and all

will thoroughly enjoy this traditional event donning

their formal gowns & suits marking their next steps

and saying ‘goodbye’ to their high school years.

After a farewell to one year group follows a ‘warm

hello’ to another! We are busy holding Transition

Evenings and Transition Days for our new starters

in September. Students from local primary schools

are able to have a taste of life at TNHA before they

start with us in the new academic year often taking

away any worries they have about attending ‘big

school’. We all look forward to seeing ‘new faces’

and welcoming them into the TNHA family.

Finally, if you were ‘out and about’ recently you

may well have seen our students participating in

the Keep Britain Tidy’s Great Big School Clean (part

of the campaign’s million-mile mission). Wearing

high-vis vests and armed with litter pickers, gloves

and bags they ensured that the area outside the

academy was free from any rubbish. We were

extremely impressed by their determination to be

‘the best that they can be’ ensuring that they are

great role models to all at the academy.

We have also received some wonderful comments

from our parents/carers and we are delighted to

share a few of these:-

“I would appreciate it if you could pass on

my thanks and appreciation to ALL staff members,

‘Y’ has had an incredible and interesting (due to

Covid) time at TNHA. We have seen him grow into

the young confident young man he now is. Many

thanks to everyone who has had some part in ‘Y’s’

High School path”.

“We have four children at TNHA including

one in Year 11. They have all received not only an


Heartwood CE VC Primary

Sports day at Heartwood was a little

different this year due to the restrictions not

enabling our parents and carers to attend.

the children had an incredible time though and loved

the competitive sports.

At Heartwood we value sport and provide a wide

variety of opportunities and experiences for our

children to develop their skills. Exercise is important

for physical and mental health. We offer sports extracurricular

clubs for free for our children, and these

include football, multi-sports, yoga and running.

We have a strong partnership with ICS coaching who

provide bespoke football training and sessions with our

key stage 1 and 2 children weekly, in addition to their

P.E sessions. Some of these sessions extend to after

school and the holidays. We pride our large football

pitch which we share with the community and our aim

is for every child to

leave Heartwood as

a skilled footballer.

Other sports we

provide include

swimming, dance,

tennis, rounders

and netball.

Upcoming events at

St Mary’s Church,

Houghton on the Hill

St Mary’s Church at Houghton on the Hill re-opened on 17

May and we have been welcoming visitors to the church

since then - open from 2 to 4pm every day for a guided tour

of the church and its remarkable wall paintings

We have a busy schedule of events this summer, these are:

• A recital by Donald Bousted, composer and specialist in

ukulele and guitar, on Saturday 31 July at 4pm

• The annual Church Thanksgiving Service

Sunday 8 th August at 3pm (a change of date from

July because of covid restrictions)

• A concert by Graham and Alison Cracknell

Sunday 22 nd August at 4pm, mixing classical, jazz, show

tunes and other music.

• A welcome return by the Pot of Gold - Swaffham Shanty

Crew on Saturday 4 th September at 4pm.

Light refreshments will be available after each event

Details of all of these and how to register is available on our

website or by email at admin@houghtonstmarys.org.uk

Capacity is limited in our tiny church, so please get in touch very soon!



Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The main August services in Swaffham parish church

will be as follows (see our website at https://www.

swaffhamparishchurch.org/ for further details).

Sunday 1st



Sunday 8th


Sunday 15th



Sunday 22nd


Sunday 29th


Sung Eucharist


Sung Eucharist

with Archdeacon of Lynn

Holy Communion

Sung Eucharist

Sung Eucharist

Sung Eucharist

Church is now open again daily for private prayer

and for visitors - times as advertised on our website

as there may be slight variations whilst we set up

revised rotas of stewards.

Introducing Reverend Victoria Venmore-Rowland,

Assistant Curate, Swaffham and Sporle:

Tori grew up in Norfolk, and studied at the Norwich

School of Art and Design, completing a degree in

Creative Writing. After graduation, she moved to

Essex and met her now-husband Luke, and followed

him into the military. They served together in the

Royal Air Force, working on Harriers as Weapons

Technicians, before returning to Norfolk in 2010

to serve at RAF Marham. After ten years in the Air

Force, Tori felt that God has a different purpose

for her, and she left to train for ordination at Ripon

College Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire in 2018. She was

ordained deacon in 2021 and moved to Swaffham,

to take up the role of Assistant Curate in the Benefice

of Swaffham and Sporle. Her husband Luke is a fulltime

dad, and they have three children: Cora, Lexi

and John.

Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the Mothers’ Union usually

meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month and.

Enquiries to Julia on 720041

Swaffham Baptist Church

Swaffham Baptist Church welcomes all

to our Sunday Service every Sunday at

10.30am followed by refreshments. The Church is

on Station Street, Swaffham with parking available

on the old Station car park. We look forward to

welcoming you.

Swaffham Methodist Church

• Sun 1st August, 10.45am Morning Worship and

Celebration of Holy Communion with Rev Jacqui


• Sun 8th August, 10.45am Morning Worship led by

Anne and Barrie, Worship Leaders.


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• Sun 22nd August, 10.45am Morning Worship led by

Sandra and Mike, Worship Leaders.

• Sun 29th August, 10.45am Morning Worship led by

Rev Dr Graham Pickhaver.

Please see Church website for details of other activities

held in the Church.

Food For Thought

Barbara Easton, Vice President of the Methodist

Conference, wrote:

"God sees us just as we are, 'on the cutting room

floor', with all our individual quirks and idiosyncrasies.

Like fabric for a quilt, in our Maker's eyes we are each

beautiful and treasured. Each piece 'makes ' the quilt

by being there but, at the same time, each piece is

'made' by becoming part of the whole. Our challenge

is to make that wholeness a reality - weaving together

a community that embraces all people, in their infinite

variety, with their differing back - stories and present


Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club

Website: ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com/

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.

comGarden Club to begin meeting again in July

After last month’s false dawn, the Garden Club

monthly meetings will now begin on Thursday July

22nd starting at 2.30pm in Holme Hale Pavilion. We

have re-organised our speakers so that award winning

garden designer Chris Deakin will now present at our

July meeting talking about the principles of ‘Garden

Design’. Our August monthly meeting on Thursday

August 25th will now have the ever popular Dr Ian

Bedford talking on how useful wasps are for our

gardens in a presentation entitled ‘The Trouble

without Wasps’. We have sufficient space to apply

any social distancing measures required and still

accommodate all members. New members are also

most welcome.

We have now re-scheduled our Annual Flower Show

for 2021 and combined it with our Annual Fruit &

Vegetable Show for 2021 and we will now hold the

combined show on Sunday August 28th. This event

is open to all members and the general public from

2-4.30pm to view all the entries and have a lovely

cuppa and cake and see who wins the prizes. So come

along for a floral, fruit and vegetable extravaganza.


Swaffham History Group

Charles William Kerridge was born in 1861 in Dickleburgh,

Norfolk. He was the second son and fourth child of four

sons and three daughters born to James Cooper and

Anna (Little) Kerridge of Dickleburgh, Norfolk. Charles

W's father was the village butcher in Dickleburgh and at

the early age of nineteen years Charles W. was assisting

in his father's butchers shop and being taught the trade

of butchering. In the early 1880s Charles W. had left his

father's premises and was working in the London area

where he met and subsequently married Mary Ann

Emily Morley in 1886 in Westminster, London.

Green & Kerridge, (far left) Station St, Swaffham.

Shortly after the birth of their first born son in 1887

premises were found in Swaffham, Norfolk, which had

been the long established butchery business of Charles

Hall. Charles W. rented the premises from John Green,

set up and ran his butchery business, from premises in

Station Street, with his wife Mary Ann Emily; two sons

and two butchers assistants.

'CHRISTMAS MEAT SHOWS. All the butchers here have

a fine display of beef, mutton, &c. Mr Kerridge has killed

five bullocks, averaging 69 stone each, also two purebred

Norfolk sheep, one fed by S.K. Green of Cawston,

weighing 91/2 stones, and several other sheep. E.D.P.


For details regarding the Group please phone 01842

879140 or Email jbaz@go-plus.net

Nar Valley Ornithological Society

Wednesday 25th August, 7.30pm, Indoor meeting at

the Assembly Rooms, 1 Market Place, Swaffham, PE37

7AB. More info at www.narvos.org.uk

Please come along to this illustrated talk by Paul Fuller,

entitled: Spitsbergen: Land of the Midnight Sun,

Home of the Ice Bear. This talk is by NarVOS member

Paul Fuller who has travelled widely over the years

in search of birds and wildlife, and tonight we will

see and hear of his adventures to the frozen North.

Paul will look at the wildlife and scenery of the high

Arctic, from tundra to glaciers, seabirds to seals, and

the top Arctic predator, the Polar Bear. 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.

01760 336029

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Swaffham PE37 7DQ. Tel: 01760 721230

Email: swaffhamheritage@gmail.com

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri. Sat. 10am to 1pm

Prices: adults £3. Children 5 and over £1.

Family tickets available.

To keep up to date join us on our website:


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Swaffham Heritage Volunteers

We have not been idle over lockdown!

Over the last four years volunteers at the museum

have been carrying out an audit of every artefact and

document we possess. The ladies in the attic storerooms

log and photograph each item, and another enters the

details and photo onto a museum database. We have

now got as far as our large collection of coins, having

gone through beer bottles, medical instruments, small

farming equipment, kitchenware, fossils, Stone Age

tools etc etc etc. They are about two thirds through!

Meanwhile another volunteer has indexed and

photographed all of our collection of paintings, drawings

– anything that hangs on a wall. We have recently been

donated a Swaffham poster from the 1953 Coronation

That will come out on display nest year!

Other volunteers have indexed all of our archive

document boxes. Most of these have now been

scanned by yet another volunteer, so we can easily

find and view information without having to open all of

the over 100 boxes. Another has been working on the

Convent archive – and now we have just received the

Sacred Heart School archive from Sister Francis. More

on this later.

Some of our museum stewards have taken on extra

indexing, cleaning and fixing work.

All of this work continued during lockdown when the

museum was closed - when necessary and possible at


We are very grateful for all the work our volunteers do.

And it is good to know that the people who work in our

often praised, independent museum are all volunteers.

Howard Carter snippets

A question we are frequently asked is whether Howard

really did live in Swaffham as a child or an adult. The

real answer is that there is no written evidence, but

there are several pointers: which indicate that he had

a long relationship with the town.

In his Who’s Who entry he himself wrote that he was

born in Swaffham, which is untrue – he was born in

London. We know he was brought here almost at birth.

We know he did not attend regular school because of

poor health. And we know that he spent his holiday

afternoons rambling about the country, “watching

the winning ways of insects and birds.” Which sounds

much more like Swaffham than Kensington.

We know that the family paid long and frequent visits

to the house on Sporle Road, and that in the 1881

census two of his brothers were lodging as boarders

at Hamond’s School, then on Campingland. Ironically

in the same census Howard was at home in London.

We know that his father was so much a Swaffham man

that when he died in 1892 his body was brought from

London to Swaffham for burial in the churchyard.

Friends of Swaffham Heritage

Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, we will not

be running the Summer Barbecue this year. Sorry to

those who were looking forward to this event.

By the time you are reading this, we shall have had our

Annual General Meeting, which was on Friday 16th July,

and will now, we hope, have a new committee in place.

This will enable us to plan ahead with more confidence

a programme of fund-raising events in support of the

Swaffham Heritage Centre (the Museum).

However, we always welcome more help! So let us know

if you are interested, particularly over the coming year

when we want to give maximum support to Swaffham

Heritage in the Carter 2022 events, celebrating the

100th Anniversary of the discovery by Howard Carter

of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Howard Carter, of course,

grew up in Swaffham, and at this time the Carter Room

in the Museum is being substantially refurbished using

funds contributed by the Friends.

The 100 Club winners for June

1st – no 91 - £40, 2nd – no 6 - £20, 3rd – no 4 -£10

The 100 Club is a steady contributor of funds for

Swaffham Heritage, run exclusively by the Friends of

Swaffham Heritage for its members.

There are now a number of places available in the £100

Club for members of the Friends of Swaffham Heritage.

A share in the 100 Club costs £20 a year, for which you

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SINCE 1999

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.


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Fakenham Walking Rugby Group

Fakenham Walking Rugby group has reported a large

influx of new members since its June restart. Ten

new members have joined regulars on Wednesday

evenings for their sessions and after three weeks are

showing excellent new skills. All the new members

are new to rugby and half are ladies.

If you are looking for a new sport why not join us for

a taster session. We meet every Wednesday at the

clubhouse at 18.50 and sessions last an hour.

For more details contact Jeffrey Pearce jdpearce@


Book Group at West Acre Theatre

The First Wednesday of the month at 7pm

What can the book group do for you?

• Introduce you to authors

you've never heard of and

a variety of books that you

haven't tried before.

• Re-introduce you to old


• The opportunity to discuss

your ideas (and lots of other

things too!) with people who

have read the same book.

• A chance to make new friends.

• A reason to get out of the house - and let's face

it, we all want to do more of that! All of this can be

yours in a safe, friendly environment.

• The book group links in closely with the Lit

events held at West Acre Theatre and provides an

opportunity to meet authors face to face.

Books We Have Read This Year To Date:

• 'Hamnet' by Maggie O Farrell

• 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernardine Evaristo

• 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens

For more information, please contact Lynette

Brinsdon: e: lynettesa@aol.com t: 07900 570765

St John Day Celebration

Swaffham St John Ambulance members are grateful

to Swaffham Town Council for helping to celebrate

St John Day on 24th June and for their continued

support. The council turned the lights on the

Buttercross green for this special day. Members from

the Swaffham St John Unit joined Swaffham Town

Mayor Judy Anscombe as the evening light faded.

Although covering first aid events has been hit hard

by the Covid pandemic the members at Swaffham

have been keeping busy. Unit Manager, Natalie

Rudd has been taking part in the vaccine programme

by volunteering for vaccination shifts at the Castle

Quarter in Norwich and the Corn Exchange in Kings

Lynn. Bethany Howarth, Youth Lead, has been

providing the youth members with online meetings

and activities to keep them working towards their

Grand Prior Award. The Unit’s logistic team, Jock and

Lesley Gardner, have offered support where needed.

The Area Manager, Rob Rowling (from Swaffham

and former Swaffham Unit Manager) has been

busy interviewing and recruiting for the vaccine

programme as well as supporting existing members

in our area.

As restrictions are eased and events are beginning

again Swaffham St John Ambulance members are

looking forward to getting back to providing first aid

cover at local events.

Anyone interested in becoming a member, either

adult or youth (10 to 17 year olds) can find information

at www.sja.org.ok


Swaffham Rugby Club

We’re back! It’s the 40th anniversary season of the

formation of Swaffham Rugby Club, and wonderful to

see light at the end of the tunnel. We are delighted that

Clubs and players across the country we will soon be

able to resume training and progress towards contact

fixtures, and a full Eastern Counties League programme

which is due to start on September 18th away at West

Norfolk. Although the planned music and entertainment

on July 4th was cancelled, some rugby was able to go

ahead, and four teams from Dereham, Fakenham and

Swaffham played a knockout competition, under very

friendly conditions. Those that came to watch, were

treated to some exciting ball skills, though not much

tackling, and it was a great opportunity to blow away

some of those cobwebs and take the first steps back to


Swaffham & District Camera Club

The competition evening in June was for images

in the following two categories "Apparatus " and

"Open". In a well supported and high scoring evening

the following images, "Crop Spraying Apparatus"

and "I flipping hate posing for Christmas cards", both

submitted by Paul Easton were declared the winning

entries and are reproduced below:

The competition evening in June was for images in the following two categories "Apparatus " and

"Open". In a well supported and high scoring evening the following images, "Crop Spraying

Apparatus" and "I flipping hate posing for Christmas cards", both submitted by Paul Easton were

declared the winning entries and are reproduced below.

We are now hoping to reorganise a Return to Rugby

Fun Day, which will be full of family entertainment on

September 4th. The Clubhouse will be open and there

will be child-friendly games and entertainment plus a

barbeque. Anyone who wishes to come and see what

we have to offer for all ages is welcome, and during

the afternoon the seniors will be hosting Watton in our

Annual Memorial fixture to honour those members no

longer with us.

The Junior section will be starting their season the next

day (Sunday Sept 5th) and it is this group which has been

affected by the pandemic the most. Numbers attending

at the last session in June were down dramatically and

we have also lost several of the coaches who helped

with these age groups. We are desperate to find new

faces who are willing to spend an hour or two a week

to develop our future players. So if you have the time,

and are prepared to get the RFU qualifications (paid

for by the Club), which all our coaches need, then

please contact Rob Salter via the website at www.


Meanwhile, the Club AGM was held on July 2nd with

no changes to the structure and committee, but a

determination to start the new season with renewed

enthusiasm under new skipper, and ex Junior player,

Max Thompson. Lots of work has been done to the

excellent facilities we have, including an upgrade to the

floodlights, allowing us to play League matches with

3pm kick offs during the winter months. The Senior

players have now begun training on Thursday nights

from 7.30pm and are looking forward to seeing some

new faces to strengthen the current squad. Max can be

contacted on 07960 270745.


Our Outdoor shoot in July was held in and around Castle acre, the weather held off, however a

small matter of football did reduce attendance. Those who took part were rewarded with some

spectacular photo opportunities, the images from which will undoubtedly appear in open

competitions later in the season. Of note each outdoor shoot is specifically themed around a

different subject and technique where of course we all learn new tricks. During this period monthly

competition evenings remain on the Zoom platform. July's theme being "Product Images" and there

is also the ever popular "Open" section

The club looks further forward to September, and beyond, when it hopes to be able reconvene for

its regular meetings indoors, al-beit under any regulations in force at the time, at its new venue The

Churchill Room in the Swaffham and District Conservative Club

The club assists and encourages photographers of all abilities.

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

Our Outdoor shoot in July was held in and around

Castle Acre, the weather held off, however a small

matter of football did reduce attendance. Those who

took part were rewarded with some spectacular

photo opportunities, the images from which will

undoubtedly appear in open competitions later in

the season. Of note each outdoor shoot is specifically

themed around a different subject and technique

where of course we all learn new tricks. During this

period monthly competition evenings remain on the

Zoom platform. July's theme being "Product Images"

and there is also the ever popular "Open" section.

The club looks further forward to September and

beyond, when it hopes to be able re-convene for

its regular meetings indoors (al-beit under any

regulations in force at the time) at its new venue The

Churchill Room in the Swaffham and District

Conservative Club.

The club assists and encourages photographers of all

abilities. For further information please contact us

by e-mail at richardludlow@compuserve.com

Our Outdoor shoot in July was held in and around Castle acre, the weather h

small matter of football did reduce attendance. Those who took part were re

spectacular photo opportunities, the images from which will undoubtedly ap

competitions later in the season. Of note each outdoor shoot is specifically

different subject and technique where of course we all learn new tricks. Dur

competition evenings remain on the Zoom platform. July's theme being "Pro

is also the ever popular "Open" section

The club looks further forward to September, and beyond, when it hopes to

its regular meetings indoors, al-beit under any regulations in force at the tim

Churchill Room in the Swaffham and District Conservative Club

The club assists and encourages photographers of all abilities.















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Ian Clews (aka Senior Moment) Plans to Support

More Good Causes in the Local Area

Covid 19 has been a terrible virus killing many people

and devastating countless families around the world.

No one can under estimate the sadness and isolation

which people have endured during many months

of lockdown. I have been fortunate enough to find

things to do since the first lockdown began to twist

and distort our lives. My life before the pandemic

was very busy as I was the chairman of the Wissey

U3A and organiser of a number of group activities.

For many years I have also been raising money for

local organisations at various events. For months

everything ground to a halt but hopefully, as you

read this Newsletter, the current lockdown may be

eased enough for me to continue raising money for

good causes.

Tel: 01760 721247 / 0788067958

for booking details or

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Swaffham Jazz Club


Swaffham Conservative Club

London Street

Cash for Dementia Cafes: Swaffham (above) & Downham Market (below)

is back


Jazz Club


Lee Vasey Jam Jazz Band

with guest vocals Stella Goody

Tuesday 7:30pm

August 10th

Cash on door £10

Norman 01760 722 384

Geoff 01366 328 730



I’ve been busy learning new songs and, hopefully,

improving my guitar playing (we shall see). Most

recently, when lockdown restrictions were eased, I

was invited to play at the Buttercross by Swaffham

Town Council and I played in Plowright Place. With

money I had left over from last year I gave some to

a new group in Swaffham called ‘Men’s Sheds’. They

do work for people and other small groups around

the town.

Here’s hoping I’ll be able to give more cash to local

good causes !

So, if you’re thinking about celebrating a Birthday,

Anniversary, Wedding or any other event - contact

me soon on 01760 721247.

Merle Boddy Centre

After many years of dedicated and loyal

support of the Merle Boddy Centre,

James Dean steps down from the Chair

of Swaffham & District Mental Health

Association, as he leaves Swaffham for a new home near

Saffron Walden. All of us

& District Mental Health Assoc Ltd.



to be held at


associated with the Merle

Body Centre had found

his leadership to be strong

and influential. Now we

are pleased to have David

Morris to take his place in

the Chair. David has direct

experience in the work of

charities and the related

responsibilities, especially

with such matters as

Grant applications and the

essential Fund Raising. Continuity is thus assured.

Merle Boddy Centre has emerged from a torrid period of

difficulties, in a remarkably strong and secure position.

This has been supplemented positively with ongoing

financial support from Norfolk County Council Adult

Social Care. They supported their clients, who would

normally attend the Centre, superbly throughout the

period of closure. Furthermore, the determination and

dedication of the on-site care personnel, had enabled

the Centre to reopen services as early as last September,

despite the restrictions and difficulties relating to Covid


Apart from provision of essential care services, the year

has been enhanced by some wonderfully generous

fund-raising activities and kind donations from local

individuals, local associations and local businesses. All

so gratefully received and so valuable.

Now it is time to be getting back to business as normal,

with activities for our clients, as protocols are eased.

Our team works each day, to create motivation and

entertainment. The time is now becoming right, at long

last, for increasing daily attendance to get back up to

pre-Covid levels. There are a few 'empty' chairs available

on some days of the week. Please call the Centre for

information. Also see our web site merleboddy.org.uk

which incorporates an easy facility for donations.

DAY 12 th JULY at 7.00 pm

ht refreshments available.

Swaffham Jazz Club

These are uncertain times when it comes to planning

ahead for live events. All Norman and I can do is to hope

that if/when restrictions are lifted in June they are not

brought back again by the time we hope to open! We

have decided to aim for a start date of Tuesday 10th

August with Lee Vasey and Friends as our guests at the

Conservative Club, 23 London Street, PE37 7DD, starting

at 7.30 pm and £10 on the door. We look forward to

seeing you.

Norman 01760 722 384 Geoff 01366 328 730


Community Hospital L of F's

By the time you are reading this I sincerely hope that

most restrictions are lifted and that masks become

something that we can choose to wear or not. Like

most of you I have become weary of most aspects of

lockdown and it will be a great relief to return to as

much normality as possible. I hope most of you now

have had your second dose of vaccine.

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

current patients and the situation at the Hospital has


We are still awaiting update on the Hospital's plans 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.

We are likely to be replacing 2 televisions in the patient

side rooms as they have been damaged.

IMPORTANT DATE: We held our AGM on Monday 19th

July at the Hospital. It was mainly the normal official

business. If you would like a copy of the minutes or my

report, please let me know.

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

continuing response to this and I would like to thank

those of you who have already contributed.

The Rotary Club in Swaffham held a Charity Golf Day

on Monday 19th July. The proceeds are to be split

between us and another local charity. Thank you to all

who participated and made it a great day.

Nothing further to report at the moment on any capital


We have been maintaining and improving the garden

so as to keep it as attractive as possible. It is looking

really good and thanks to our volunteers who keep it

so. We are looking at the possibility of extending the

rear garden down the side of the hospital to improve

the outlook from one of the wards. At the moment the

patients look out on just grass and a hedge, so it would

brighten their view.

Back on fundraising, we hope when possible to restart

our Coffee mornings at the Methodist Church. Also

does anyone have a special interest or hobby or

specialist knowledge on a subject that they think might

interest others? If so, why not give me a ring to see

whether there might be interest in holding an event

based around it.

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?

Colin Houghton (Chairman)

01760 336025

Barton Bendish Open Gardens

Barton Bendish prepared for its Open Gardens Day for

over a month. Last year it was done virtually on social

media. This year’s fears about ever-changing Covid

regulations, natural caution after a year of Lockdown

and the unpredictable weather kept organisers

guessing about what kind of numbers to expect.

Volunteers, including some American servicemen,

gathered at St Andrew’s to weed and tidy up the

churchyard, apply gravel to areas around the church,

apply beeswax to ancient doors and spring clean.

The community library was spruced up and plans

made to dispose of the significant surplus of books,

DVDs and LPs. We only have so much space for the

library, valuable as it is as a community asset. It was

heart-warming to see the community coming together

for the good of the village.

The day itself couldn’t have been better. 536 people

visited the village and a number of its gardens. Over

£6,000 was taken during the day – probably the most

successful Open Gardens ever. There was a clear sense

of delight amongst visitors that, having done very little

for so long, to be involved in such a lively event was

very welcome.

Barton Bendish punches above its weight and does

so because there are enough people willing to get

involved. Of course, we have to be organised by the

PCC which is a real powerhouse. The only sad thing

perhaps was listening to so many people expressing

their sorrow and surprise that the pub is closed and

its future is still uncertain.

It was good to see the newly extended, vastly

improved Village Hall unleashed on the public. It is a

credit to the present village and a fitting memorial to

those who put hours of devoted service into it over

many decades.


Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice

Could you be someone to help us make a difference?

Are you a new resident who has moved into one of the

many new housing developments in Swaffham? Are

you looking for a rewarding venture by way of voluntary

work to help support a local charity such as Swaffham

and Litcham Home Hospice Support? Maybe you are an

existing Swaffham resident looking for a new challenge

or wanting to give something back to the community?

We are looking for new volunteers to help provide the

invaluable work that we do within the local community

and surrounding villages. Our volunteers have many

roles, and any new members would be joining a lively,

cheerful and positive team of like-minded helpers. We

support people who have received a cancer diagnosis

and those who have received a palliative diagnosis. We

offer both the patient and their family practical and

emotional support to help them through their journey

and to help meet their needs by supporting them in

their own home.

We do this in a variety of ways such as providing

transport with a friendly driver to take patients to

hospital and GP appointments, staying with the patient

and supporting them throughout their appointment.

We run several different support groups to offer

friendship and respite in an understanding and safe

environment. For those unable to attend a group, we

have volunteers who provide Home Companionship.

Our befriending service with a familiar face and a

listening ear to chat to over a cup of tea. We also have

our Fundraising Team who work hard to arrange a

variety of events throughout the year and always look

forward to welcoming new members and great ideas

for fundraising.

Our volunteering roles offer many different

opportunities to anyone who would like to give some

of their spare time to help others in need. We welcome

and embrace the skills that our volunteers bring to our

organisation and value their contribution greatly. If

you are interested in volunteering, we would love to

hear from you which you can do by contacting Wendy

Martin our Co-ordinator, on 01760 722937 to have a

chat and find out where you could help us to continue

to make a difference.

Finally, we would like to give our sincere thanks to the

Swaffham Lioness Club who presented Home Hospice

recently with a cheque for the sum of £100. We rely

heavily on the continued support and kind donations

made to us. With the lifting of the COVID restrictions

due to take place which should enable us to resume

our full services, we need your support and donations

more than ever to help to continue to provide our vital

services free of charge to all those that need it within

our local community. We sincerely thank all of you who

have remembered us and continued to support us.

Rob Young

Fundraising Volunteer

A patchwork of memories & feelings

A team of crafters proudly displayed their ‘Covid

Quilt’ in Swaffham. Organiser Adrienne Taylor was

inspired when she saw the ‘Threads of Survival’

quilt project and contacted friends and relatives to

get them involved. Most of the quilters are from

Swaffham but with some help drafted in from Essex.

Each square expresses how it’s creator felt about

the past year and the impact of Covid on their lives.

Some are ‘thank-yous’ for the brilliant work of the

NHS and dismay at the terrible impact and loss of life.

Others are reflections on lock-down or the discovery

of surprising and unexpected pleasures found in a

less busy life.

Cllrs Lindsay Beech and Paul Darby visited the team

along with Cllr Stewart Bell, the Deputy Mayor of

Swaffham, who said “I’m so pleased to see the

quilt before it goes ‘on tour’ and hope that it will

find a home in Swaffham when it returns. I am so

impressed, not just by the craft and skill that has

gone into the squares, but the thought and emotions

that they express. I’m sure everyone will recognise

themselves in some of them.”

The Quilt was being finished at the Swaffham

Assembly Rooms today and is then going on a

National Tour.

Adrienne Taylor



Greetings from the allotments

We have had vast swings in the weather since

our last letter. We went from wet and chilly to

30 degrees then back to wet and fairly mild. No

wonder we have had the start of potato blight and

my roses and Honeysuckle have a white powdery

mildew. A quick burst of the rose spray has helped

the flowers but the only thing for the potatoes is to

keep cutting the affected leaves or cut them down

entirely. It’s a bit early because the potato will stop

growing after that. We grew Vivaldi this year, a 2nd

early that can also be a keeper . It is also supposed

to be lower in carbs. Here’s hoping.

I have just read in my Curious Gardener’s Almanac

that hanging dead tomato plants from the branches

of apple trees can prevent blight, of burning them

underneath if you are able.

We had our early strawberries from the poly tunnel

and have just had the last of the older plants. Our

new bed produced a few but really (hopefully) we

should get a good crop next year. We have to be

vigilant with the nets over the fruit as the birds

tend to find their way underneath then get stuck.

Every day we check for the poor things. Usually

gorged with fruit and unable to get out. Today I

rescued a young blackbird.

As I mentioned before most of the edible produce

is at least 6 weeks behind but with the extra rain

and warmth everything is bursting with growth.

We have never had peas climbing to the top of

the pea cage nor have our onions been so full. No

matter how well you water there is nothing like

a good steady rain, unfortunately the grass and

weeds like it too!!

We had our first Committee Meeting and it has been

decided to hold our annual BBQ combined with a

scarecrow making competition for plot holders and

their families. Whether you are SCALGA members

or not all will be welcome. The only cost will be

£2.50 per head for the food.

Please come and join us so we can all get to know

more of our neighbours.

Forward dates for your diary

• BBQ & Scarecrow building - 15th August,

Shouldham Lane Plot 42. Cost £2.50 per head for

food. There will be a raffle.

• Afternoon tea and prizegiving - 12th September,

The Assembly Rooms 3pm

• Other events to be announced

If you are interested in taking a plot or a starter

plot, please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on

07919 888870.


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Caroline: 01953 882 154

Mobile: 07927 161 201


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CELEBRATING President’s Corner

Swaffham A couple of days after I wrote in

last month’s piece about that big

yellow bird in the sky I was in the garden when I realised

that the air ambulance pilot was indeed looking for a

suitable place to land. It was so low and so close that

when it disappeared behind the house opposite I was

convinced it had landed on the main road. Not so, but

very close in an adjacent field. Sometime later I was

talking to an East Anglian Air Ambulance fund raiser

outside a major supermarket and he told me how their

fund-raising activities have been curtailed by Covid

19 and how important individual donations were to

maintaining this vital service.

A recent speaker at one of our Monday club meetings

by Zoom was from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. He

explained that they were unable to deliver a number of

their services due to Covid, but his main message was

how they had managed to adapt others and deliver

them in a Covid safe way. They had upgraded their

website support for families and they were developing

a new service in conjunction with the NHS for the

hospice at Milton. Inevitably their fund raising has

been seriously affected, but they were well ahead with

planning for events this Autumn and next year. He

then asked us a question – How much has the Rotary

club contributed to EACH? Of course, none of us had a

clue. Apparently, it tops £20,000.

These two events set me thinking. What we have

contributed to East Anglian Air Ambulance, recently

and previously, plus our combined contributions to

EACH over the years comes from our Charity Account.

Payments into that account arise from events we have

organised over the years which have been supported

by YOU the residents of Swaffham and surrounding

district. Using the medium of this Newsletter and the

local press we have expressed our thanks for your


My chat with the EAAA fund raiser was a reminder of how

important individual donations are. I write this a week

before what has been badged “Freedom Day” when

restrictions imposed to defeat Covid19 are due to be

lifted. We expect to be able to resume our programme

of fund-raising events to support good causes, always

ensuring compliance with whatever guidance on good

practice will replace legal requirements.

So, it is particularly appropriate for me to say thank

you again for your past support and to ask for your

support for future events which we will publicise in

the Newsletter. Our 25th Art Exhibition will be held in

Assembly Rooms at the end of October. Before then

you will see us at the Saturday Market in September

promoting the Art Exhibition and in particular the raffle

and explaining more about Rotary and our plans.

Meanwhile, if you want to find out any more about our

Club, please mail me club_president@swaffhamrotary.


John Wallace



Swaffham & District Lions

Swaffham Lions continue to focus

on helping the environment with

spectacle recycling, collecting food for

food bank and recycling ink cartridges. This

month the Lions sent 134 ink cartridges for recycling.

Unfortunately, more than 375 million empty ink and

toner cartridges are thrown out every year, and most

of them end up in landfill. To get some perspective

on that fact, this means that 11 cartridges per second

create waste of 3,000 tonnes of plastic, 2,500 ferrous

metals, 400 tonnes of aluminium & 26 kilograms

(about 58 pounds) of precious metals. On top of all this,

that 3,000 tonnes of plastic can take up to well over a

couple of hundred years to degenerate.

You can donate food, spectacles and ink cartridges

at the Lions Sunday Food collection in the Assembly

Rooms 10-12 or Swaffham Community Centre.

Swaffham Lioness Lions

The Pride of Swaffham

The Lioness Club held its final meeting in June, in the

form of a garden party at President Nicola’s home. It

was lovely to meet each other all together face to face

after such a long time. Not to be deterred by Covid

setbacks, we are organising our rather belated 30th

Anniversary celebration at The George Hotel in August.

We have distributed all our remaining Lioness Club

Charity Account funds now, as we move forward to

become fully fledged members of our Lions Club. As a

new Club Branch of Swaffham & District Lions we will

now start to build up our Charity funds again.

We have donated to the Swaffham & Litcham Home

Hospice, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Lions

Sight Cameras Project, Brain Tumour Research, and

Swaffham Scouts and Guides.

It is with sadness that we have to report the passing

away of one of our founder members, Honorary

Lioness Rosemary Skea. She was a dedicated Lioness

for so many years until she eventually had to move

into her Care Home at Little Dunham. She was a keen

photographer and thanks to her enthusiasm, we

have many beautiful Lioness Scrapbooks which are a

wonderful record of our Club activities over the years.

She will be greatly missed.

Swaffham Lioness Lions

WEA - Swaffham Branch

Having spent the last year on zoom, we

are eagerly anticipating our return to

the Community Centre in September, and have a full

programme of courses booked. They will follow our

normal schedule - Monday evening, Friday morning

and a Day School.

However, there will be a change in the way the classes

are delivered. Our pool of tutors who live within

travelling distance of Swaffham is shrinking. So in

order to have a wider range of topics and tutors, we

are going to have the tutor on the big screen, instead

of in the room with us. Many thanks to Jonathon and

Claire who have set it all up for us, and helped with a

highly successful trial run.

The Iceni Partnership have provided us not only with

the screen, but with a webcam and multidirectional

microphone. So everyone should be able to see

and hear all the proceedings. "In other words, the

course should run in exactly the same way as when

the tutor is in the room with us - the students do

not need to worry about grappling with technology.

If you think you might be interested, you can email

us at: SWAFFHAM.branch@wea.ac.uk

We will then be able to notify you of all the course

details once they have been confirmed by our

Regional Office.

Three Plus Tea

We are a small group whose aim is to raise funds for

local charities Norfolk by hosting homemade afternoon

teas, sometimes with a speaker, sometimes just for the

joy of cake and conversation.

The events are to be

held in the Assembly

Rooms in Swaffham

on the first Sunday

afternoon of the

month. The first, on

Sunday September 5th

at 3.00 PM features

Dame Stella Rimington,

the former Director

General of MI5, now an

author. Copies of her

books will be available

for purchase on the

day provided by Ceres Bookshop. Afternoon tea will be

served after her talk.

Tickets cost £15 per person from Ceres Bookshop in

Swaffham. This event is being held in aid of The Norfolk

Hospice, formerly known as Tapping House.

Contact Ceres Bookshop: 01760 722504 or Lynette:

07900 570765


Swaffham Library News

Swaffham Library, The Pightle, Swaffham PE37 7DF Tel:

01760 721513

Opening times: Tuesday and Thursday 10am-7pm,

Friday 1-7pm and Saturday 10am-4pm

Visit to:

• Browse the shelves

• Book to use a library computer as well as study space

• Pick up handy Grab and Go bags of books for adults

and children that library staff have selected and collect


• Collect a free COVID LFD kit, toiletries or sanitary


• Parents can use the baby-weighing scales to weigh

their baby or toddler

• Digital support - face-to-face help with getting online

with sessions every Thursday, 4.30 and 5.45pm (call

01760 721513 to book)

To find out more about any of our services the library

helpline number is 01603 774777. We continue to

offer a range of eBooks and activities online. Please

check www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries as well as “What’s

On in Norfolk Libraries” https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/


Let the kids go wild with reading this summer

Visit your local library to register your children for

the Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 5 –

11 and pick up their free packs from 10th July. Every

week there will be different activity-sheets available

throughout the summer holidays. These activities will

be in a bag of books hand selected by staff although, of

course, children can also choose their own books.

This year the theme of the challenge is World Wildlife

Heroes and is running in partnership with the Reading

Agency and the World Wildlife Fund. If your child loves

nature, the environment, animals, bugs and slugs this

challenge is the perfect opportunity to foster a love

of reading. Most importantly the Summer Reading

Challenge is fun and engaging for children. In addition

it can support your child to keep up with their reading

during the long summer holiday and nurture a life long

love of books with all the benefits that brings.

The Library and Information Service is also hosting some

exciting children’s author and storytelling events online.

Including award winning author, vet, and wildlife

enthusiast Gill Lewis and children’s TV presenter, author

and vet Jess French. To find out more and to book on

to our events visit our Norfolk Libraries webpage and

follow the links to the Summer Reading Challenge.

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.

New Sport & Leisure Centre For Swaffham

Swaffham Town Council were recently asked by

Breckland Council to convey their two acres of

land adjacent to the Green Britain Centre as a

potential site for a new ‘Sport & Leisure Centre’ for

Swaffham. A decision was taken by Councillors at an

extraordinary meeting on 19th July 2021 to agree to

this request. There will be a covenant that restricts

the use of the land to a ‘Sport & Leisure Centre’ in

perpetuity. Further details will be released as they

are known, but the aim of this decision is to meet

Policy COM 1. i. of the Neighbourhood Plan: the

provision of an improved or new indoor sports and

leisure centre. The Mayor Cllr Judy Anscombe stated

“This decision taken by the Town Council is in line

with the aims and objectives that emerged out of

our Neighbourhood Plan. In early consultation, our

young people showed support for more facilities

for indoor physical leisure activities. The allocation

of this site is a valuable contribution that gives

certainty to Breckland Council to now deliver a

much needed improvement in the sport and leisure

offer for Swaffham."

The Town Council look forward to working

collaboratively with Breckland Council to see this

project come into fruition. I am very pleased that

Swaffham will now benefit.”

Asset Review + Feasibility Study & Business Plan For

The Barn

Work is still in progress by our consultants Ingham

Pinnock, as we reach about the half-way stage of

the commissioned work in this regard. A workshop

with Town Councillors took place on 21st July,

where various options were discussed and this is a

pre-cursor to some public consultation that will be

coming very soon, before the final conclusions are

drawn and any recommendations will then follow. To

date the work completed is as follows: -

• Financial analysis of Council properties /

programmes complete

• Consultation with Historic England & Breckland

Council re: HS HAZ complete

• Literature review complete

• Asset information pro-forma – almost complete

• Consultation with Breckland Council re: growth

plans and market towns more generally pending a


Grant Success For Orford Road Play Area

Councillors were notified recently of a successful

grant application made by Project Grant Support

Officer Sue Dent, just prior to her contract ending on

30th June. We wish Sue well in the future and thank

her for all her work over the past three years.

The funding is to be allocated as follows: -

• Seating And Picnic Area £7,500

• Over 8’S Play Area £35,000

• Under 8’S Play Area £30,000

The Grant to be received is £72,500, with the Town

Council providing 3rd party funding of £7,793.75 in

3rd party funding to FCC Recycling UK Ltd, so the net

gain is £64,706.25 – the Deputy Clerk Claire Smith

will be the Lead Officer for delivery of this project

via the Assets & Open Spaces Committee. It is hoped

to go out to tender for this project shortly. This is an

exciting project for Orford Road Play area, following

the recent consultation event conducted on-line and

on site – we now look forward to the much-needed

revamp of this play area.

Christmas Lights & Christmas Market

Some dates for your diary as we have a working group

that have started to plan ahead to our Christmas Light

Switch On and Christmas Market, which this year

(road closure permitting) will be over the weekend of

Saturday 4th/Sunday 5th – we have a Working Group

meeting on 3rd August at the Town Hall, if anyone

is interested in joining us to help out as a volunteer,

please do get in touch with the Town Hall 01760

722922 or reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

If we are able to close the road over the two days,

there are some exciting plans to do something a little

different this year, with the possibility of an Ice Rink.

The switch-on itself will be on the Sunday 5th as

usual, but we really hope that we can give Swaffham

something to look forward to this Christmas, having

had to cancel last year because of Covid.

Meetings, Live Streaming And Covid Safe Measures

Third time lucky, we managed to Live Stream the

Full Council meeting on 14th July, and this was

seen live by at least 30 people… Not much in the

way of interest compared to some live streamed

events on social media, but 10 times as many as our

regular attendance in person. It is rather strange

seeing real people in the same room to begin with

and unless we are having a honeymoon period, so

far (fingers crossed) everyone is playing nicely. We

have had some good-humoured debates and a lot of


interesting decisions have been taken. Up until the

July meeting, we had a couple of failed attempts on

the live streaming. As we make our way face-to-face

back in the Town Hall, here is another important


The Town Council decided to keep their socially

distanced meeting layout in the Council Chamber,

and stay with some of the Covid safe measures, such

as regular use of hand sanitiser and entering the

building fully masked until you reach your seat, when

the mask can be removed and to leave the building

fully masked until you get outside. These are relatively

easy measures to follow, as we are clearly not out of

the woods yet, despite the legal requirements being

removed on 19th July, this is just common sense until

such a time it is deemed safe.

Similarly, our Covid safe screens will remain in place

at the Town Hall reception for the foreseeable future.

Everyone wants an end to the Pandemic and to see

off Covid, or to learn to live with it as part of our

normal lives, no-one wants another lockdown to be

necessary, just because we did not take care for this

next period of time. We are nearly there Swaffham,

let's take care of each other and everyone play their


The 2021 Classic Car Show & Family Fun Day

is coming up fast on Sunday 29th August. There has

been plenty of interest and we have the additional

new online booking system for entering cars via the

town website www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

under the heading 2021 Car Show. Alternatively email

reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or call the

office 01760 722922. Stall and car boot application

forms can be downloaded as well or obtained from

the office. Look out for any last-minute updates on

social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Swaffham Town Council

Tel: 01760 722 922


Town Hall opening times:

Monday 9.30am – 1pm. 1.30pm – 4pm

Tuesday - Friday – 9.30am – 1pm


Town Council Committee

meeting dates - AUGUST 2021

• Wed 11th – Full Council – 6.30pm. Town Hall

• Mon 16th – Market, Events & Tourism – 6.30pm.

Town Hall

• Tue 31st - Planning & Built Environment – 4pm.

Town Hall


The Town Council

Mayor - Cllr Judy Anscombe


Deputy Mayor - Cllr Stewart Bell


Cllr. Lindsay Beech


Cllr. Nayna Bass


Cllr. Wendy Bensley


Cllr. Paul Darby


Cllr. Graham Edwards


Cllr. Colin Houghton


Cllr. Shirley Matthews


Cllr. Kurt Oliver


Cllr. Ian Pilcher


Cllr. Les Scott


Cllr. Jill Skinner



Richard Bishop – Town Clerk


Claire Smith – Deputy Town Clerk


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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