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September 2021

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership

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EVENTS INFORMATION

Nostalgic Tea Time Fun

Read about Iceni Partnership's VJ day celebration fun

at Swaffham Assembly Rooms on page 10

REGULARS

Merle

Boddy

Centre

p.7

Swaffham

History

Group

p.14

Swaffham

Rotary

Club

p.17

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Contents

3 School Speak/Church News

4 Ashill & Hale Gardening Club

7 WI/Merle Boddy

8 Age Concern

9 Museum Matters

10 Swaffham Jazz Club

12 Climate Action Group/NarVOS

13 Wissey U3A/Swaffham WEA

15 Swaffham Lions

17 Swaffham Rotary/Magpie Centre

18 Three Plus Tea

20 Town Council

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PRIMARY & NURSERY SCHOOL

In September 2020, Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery school

became Heartwood CE VC Primary & Nursery School.

We are a wonderful and caring school community.

We adopt the Danish Hygge approach (pronounced Hue-gah) to

living well that focuses on being in the moment and embracing

the feelings of warmth, simplicity and togetherness.

We plan opportunities throughout the school day to come

together as a school family. This begins by starting the day

having breakfast together, chatting and sharing stories.

Our school environment is calm, neutral and we use a wide range

of natural materials for the children to experience and use.

Nursery

school from

3 years old

Learn to Love - Love to Learn

Telephone: 01760 721357

Email: head@swaffham.norfolk.sch.uk

Website: www.heartwood.norfolk.sch.uk

Heartwood CE VC Primary

Sat 25th September 10am-4pm

Mon 27th September 4-6pm

We are opening our doors to the public

to visit our Heartwood art exhibition.

The exhibition will include beautiful art created

during our sessions in ‘The Studio' by our wonderful

children aged 3-9. Inspired by historical and modern

artists from all over the world! All welcome!

Swaffham Methodist Church

• Thurs 2nd September 10 - 12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. Relax with friends and a coffee.

• Fri 3rd September 9.30am - 10am. Power of Prayer

• Sun 5th September 10.45am. Morning Worship led

by Rev Rosemary Wakelin.

• Tues 7th September 10.30 - 12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. New to Swaffham? Come and make new

friends.

• Thurs 9th September 10.30 - 12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. Free refreshments. 2.30pm-4pm.

Swaffham Friendship Group. Sharing our ups and

downs of lockdown. All welcome.

• Fri 10th September 9.30am - 10am Power of Prayer.

Sun 12th September 10.45am. Morning Worship led by

Worship Leaders. All welcome.

• Tues 14th September 10am-12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. All welcome. Free refreshments.

• Thurs 16th September 10am-12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. All welcome. Free refreshments.

• Fri 17th September 9.30am-10am. Power of Prayer.

• Sun 19th September 10.45am. Harvest Festival with

Deacon Jen Woodfin.

• Tues 21st September 10am-12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. Friendly welcome awaits you.

• Thurs 23rd September 10am-12noon. The

Meeting Place drop in. Join us for a chat over coffee.

2.30pm-4pm. Swaffham Friendship Group. Talk and

presentation about "Gliding" by Mr. David Mansell. All

welcome.

• Fri 24th September 9.30am-10am. Power of Prayer.

• Sun 26th September 10.45am. Morning Worship and

Holy Communion with Rev Jacqui Horton.

• Tues 28th September 10am-12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. All welcome. Free refreshments.

• Thurs 30th September 10am-12noon. The Meeting

Place drop in. All welcome. Free refreshments.

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The main September services in Swaffham parish

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

www.swaffhamparishchurch.org/ for further details).

Sunday 5th

9.30am Sung Eucharist

6.00pm Evensong

Sunday 12th

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 19th

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 26th

9.30am Sung Eucharist

Church is now open again daily for private prayer and

for visitors from 9 am until 4 pm outside of services.

Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the Mothers’ Union usually

meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Enquiries to

Julia on 01760 720041.

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Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club

Website: ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com/

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com

Hooray Meetings start again! - Climbing Plants and

Wall Shrubs

After a gap of 17 months the Garden Club started

meeting once again in July. A total of 53 members turned

out to listen to Barry Gayton present a very informative

talk on ‘Climbing Plants and Wall Shrubs’. Barry is a well

known presenter on Radio Cambridgeshire’s gardening

advice programme and was head gardener of the King’s

House garden in Thetford. His own ‘Desert World’

garden in Santon Downham is full of arid and tropical

plants. Barry started his talk by reminding the audience

that what grows up can also trail down and as such

gives lots of opportunities for gardeners to colourfully

cover their fences and walls. By using your walls and

fences as supports for climbing plants and wall shrubs

you markedly increase the number of plants you can

have in your garden. Barry advised us that you should

aim to plant your climbers about 18 inches (45cm) from

your wall or fence and use a stick to guide it to grow up

the wall/fence. Barry proceeded to show and discuss a

wide range of climbing plants and walls shrubs to give

your garden colour all year round, not just in spring

and summer but also autumn and winter. He stressed

the importance of pruning to keep rampant climbers

in check and the best times to prune, as well as the

correct growing conditions for the various plants and

shrubs. Barry’s vast knowledge shone through the talk

and led to a lively Q & A session once the talk was over.

It was heartwarming to see members able to meet up

again and chat in the tea break. There was also lively

business at the plant stall where members brought

their spare plants to share with their fellow gardeners.

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday August 26th

at 2.30pm at Holme Hale Pavilion when our speaker will

be the highly entertaining Dr Ian Bedford, who will talk

about the importance of wasps in our garden in a talk

entitled ‘the trouble without wasps’. Our September

meeting will be held on Thursday September 23rd when

Bob Coutts will talk about ‘Gardening for the Autumn’.

The Garden Club will hold its re-scheduled Horticultural

Show on Sunday August 29th at Holme Hale Pavilion.

The show will encompass both our annual flower

show and our fruit and vegetable show. The show will

be open to the general public between 2.30-4.30 pm

to view all the entires and see who won the prizes for

each category. Tea/Coffee along with tasty homemade

cakes will be available, so come along to see the best

flowers and vegetables in the area.

New members are always welcome so come along and

join us at one of our monthly meetings and also come

to our Horticultural Show on August 29th.

Pickenhams WI

During July we have had two

meetings. Firstly, on 6th July (via

Zoom) our speaker was Helen Green

telling us about the Girl Guides archive, providing a

treasure house of Norfolk's Guiding History. Helen

told us that 70% of women in this country have

been in the Guides.

On 20th July we met once again for a regular

meeting, following months of Lockdown and Zoom

meetings! Our President, Carolyn, gave us a warm

welcome with a special welcome to our 2 new

members. Then our speaker Steve Burns, (Dr Vinyl)

from Radio Norfolk, entertained us by playing the

following favourite hits from the ‘60s: The Beatles

‘She Loves You’; The Rolling Stones ‘Can’t Get No

Satisfaction’; The Four Seasons ‘Cheri Baby’; Lesley

Gore ‘It’s My Party’; Cliff Richard ‘We’re all going

on a Summer Holiday’; Elvis Presley ‘It’s Now or

Never’; Petula Clark ‘Downtown’; Cilla Black ‘You’re

My World’; The Union Gap ‘Gone Girl’; The Love

Affair ‘Everlasting Love‘; The Dave Clark Five ‘All of

the Time’; Manfred Mann ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’;

Herman & the Hermits ‘Something tells me’; Roy

Orbison ‘Pretty Woman’ and finally, Gerry Marsden

‘When you Walk’. Carolyn thanked Dr Vinyl for the

wonderful entertainment, which several of us had

been unable to resist dancing to.

Also, during August, we have visited Broom Hall

for Afternoon Tea and gone on a tour of South

Pickenham Winery.

September events:

• MacMillan Coffee Morning, Monday, 13th

September, 10.30am at St Andrew's Church, North

Pickenham - all welcome.

• WI Meeting - Tuesday 14th September at 2.00pm

in St Andrew's Church, North Pickenham, when our

speaker will be Dr Sue Gattuso, Manager of the

Swaffham Heritage Centre, with her stories of the

Antarctic. The competition will be 'A photo of an

Autumn Scene'.

• Community Litter Pick St Andrew's Church, North

Pickenham, Sunday 26th September at 2pm - tea

and biscuits on return!

If anyone would like more information, please

contact: Carolyn Vincent, President of The

Pickenhams' WI on 01760 755089 or Melanie

Cousins, Secretary, on 01760 440456.

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Sporle WI

We had our July meeting at Margaret's

Tea Rooms in Swaffham. We are still

not ready to meet in our usual hall,

we will review again in September. In the meantime

Margaret's Tea Rooms have offered us a small outside

barn in their garden area, which is perfect for us!

We have managed to continue with our meetings

during this pandemic, except for when we have been

in 'Lockdown' of course. Thumbs up to our members

for being prepared to meet outside through all kinds

of weather!

At July's meeting we decorated rocks, as you can see

in the picture below. It was a lovely meeting with

refreshments from the Tea Rooms and lots of chat

and social time too. We even managed to talk about

WI 'business'!

For our next

meeting in

August we are

meeting for

lunch and some

retail therapy!

The Pheonix Singer are Back!

How good it is to see the clubs and societies in our

town slowly getting back to normal after so long. The

Pheonix Singers have not been together for almost a

year and at last we are back finding our voices.

We are looking forward to a few weeks of voice training

and vocal exercising and hope to be in full rehearsing

mode very soon.

It was nice to be asked to provide the entertainment

for the VJ day celebrations in August, put off from last

year's VE day celebrations due to Covid restrictions. It

was really good to see so many enjoying the occasion.

In September we will begin to plan the music for a

Christmas concert to be held in The Methodist Church

in early December. This will be our first opportunity for

fund-raising in such a long time. Please give us your

support and make it a joyous experience for us all.

Merle Boddy Centre

The Merle Boddy Centre provides a

warm and friendly Social Day Care

Service for people living with mental

health problems, including dementia and other

disabilities, in Swaffham and surrounding areas.

This summer Merle Boddy Centre clients have

enjoyed three major

sports events. First up to

‘Kick Off’ in June clients

took part in their own

version of the Euro's

Football Tournament,

playing for MBC England

of course! And they

won the penalty play off.

Then in early July, we

‘visited’ Wimbledon, to

see the action on ‘Centre

Court’ at Merle Boddy Centre. The traditional

Strawberries and Cream were served at ‘Pimms

O’Clock’, with a ‘Pimms’ style punch. And then to

top that in late July, it was off to the Olympics! With

a variety of novel events based on the Olympic

events, Gold Medals were won by all in Team MBC.

Major events included the ‘false teeth’ 100metres

(yes, that’s right – false teeth – don’t ask me – and I

think it was probably 10 metres), and the ‘airplane

glider’ long jump! We also had our own versions of

basket ball, beach volley

ball and skate boarding.

Medals were presented

to the Team MBC athletes

by our MBC ‘Olympics

President’, Georgie, and

the team coaches.

In between that we

managed to celebrate

America’s Independence

Day on the 4th of July,

enjoying hotdogs and

fries. Our clients and staff

have had great fun with

these lively activities.

Before closing off, we

should mention that a team of our supporters,

playing as Team MBC, took part in the Rotarian's

recent annual fundraising golf tournament at

Swaffham Golf Course and won! Well done and

thank you to them and Swaffham Rotary, and also

to the event sponsors, Adrian Flux Insurance.

If you want to know more, find us on Facebook –

search for 'Merle Boddy Centre' – or call the Centre

on 01760 724527.

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outings charges don’t break the bank and are really

good value for a day out.

Tuesday 28th September at 2pm in the Swaffham

Assembly Rooms, we present Senor Momento

(aka Mr Ian Clews) who will delight us with a varied

selection of golden oldie songs, music, and general

entertainment. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

Thursday 21st October, we have an outing to Holkham

Hall. The coach will be leaving Swaffham at 9am and

returning to Swaffham around 4 30pm. After Holkham

there will be a stopover in Wells-next-the-Sea for

people to get lunch and enjoy the sea air.

The cost will be £30 per head. John will be taking

money for the trip at the September meeting and

on that day. The charge does not include lunch as it

is difficult to cater for everyone's requirements, but

there are plenty of options in Wells.


MUSEUM

MATTERS

Starting now we are beginning our work to celebrate

Howard Carter – someone who was never celebrated

by Government or Academia for the greatest

archaeological discovery ever made.

We want to put that right. But we can’t do it without

your help.

The Carter Gallery at the museum is 15 years old and

needs a little TLC. But it is our most popular room and

we want to tell our visitors about Howard’s life and

work in Egypt as well as his discovery of Tutankhamun’s

tomb in 1922 – something that the archaeologists of

the time said didn’t exist.

As you know, the museum is entirely manned by

volunteers and we would love to have more to help us

in our work. There are walls to be painted, pictures to

be fixed and as we move forward there will be many

more opportunities to help. We would like to make

this a real community event and so are also looking

for volunteers who could video the transformation,

help us create vlogs and blogs and be our social media

experts – a chance for our younger people to add to

their DoE award or their CV?

Are you an aspiring journalist; a children’s author; an

artist? We are looking for volunteers to help make a

written, drawn and audio journal of our preparations,

work and events so that it all becomes part of our

archive and will be available to everyone online.

Our dedicated website will be up and running very

shortly – keep an eye on the museum’s website and

facebook page for more information.

And this is just the beginning. More to follow.

The Swaffham Men’s Shed is leading the way and is

already working on changing the look of the Gallery.

What are Rusty and Doug making for us? All will be

revealed on our website soon.

Swaffham Heritage,Town Hall, London Street,

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.

Friends of Swaffham Heritage

We held our Annual General Meeting on Friday 16th

July and now have a new committee, including some

new officers, in place. This will enable us to plan

ahead, with more confidence, a programme of fundraising

events in support of the Swaffham Heritage

Centre (the Museum).

At the meeting Gillian Peters was elected as our Vice-

Chair, John Wallace as our Treasurer and John Zielinski

as our Secretary. However, we had no nominations for

a new Chair so Sue Gattuso has kindly agreed to carry

on as acting Chair until we are able to fill the role.

We were also unable to fill the role of Membership

Secretary, but two of our committee members have

undertaken to work on our membership list which

needs updating into a digital spreadsheet format so

that we can easily email members or create address

labels for envelopes. We also now have two other

committee members in addition to the above officers,

making six committee members in all.

We always welcome more help. If you particularly

have a keen desire for organising fundraising events

or for helping and taking part let us know as over

the coming year 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.

The 100 Club winners for August are:

• £40 – no 75

• £20 – no 72

• £10 – no 30

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 get to participate in the monthly draw,

which has prizes of £40, £20 and £10, and also twice a

year a special prize of £100.

For further information contact the Friends

of Swaffham Heritage Secretary by email

friendsofswaffhamheritage@yahoo.com, or see our

webpage, http://www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk/

community/swaffham-museum-12715/friends-ofmuseum/

or call in to the Museum.

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Iceni's VJ Day Tea Dance

On Wednesday 4th August Iceni Partnership

invited local residents to attend a wartime themed

tea dance to commemorate VJ day at Swaffham

Assembly Rooms. This was to make up for VE day

celebrations unable to go ahead due to the dreaded

c-word!

In attendance were Swaffham Dementia Cafe,

The Pheonix Singers and Ian Clews aka 'Senor

Memento' and other guests. Lots of classic wartime

tracks were performed getting people up on their

feet, despite having bellies full of cream teas! The

scones and Victoria sponge, along with plenty of

tea and coffee, were all complimentary and baked

with love by our very own Jelena.

The Assembly Rooms looked great decorated with

vintage table cloths, crockery and lots of bunting,

balloons and flags.

Many of the guests also made a big effort to dress

up and look the part. We're so glad everyone who

attended had such a good time. Many said they

would love for it to be a regular event, so watch

this space!

If you would like to hire the Assembly Rooms for

your own event, please get in touch with us on

01760 722800, we'd be happy to help.

Swaffham Jazz Club

This special evening, with every seat filled, opened

with Lee Vasey’s expression of sheer joy and

excitement at the prospect of the Jazz Club’s first

evening of live music after 17 months of lockdown

and constraints due to the pandemic - to the

rapturous applause of an exuberant audience.

Lee on guitar was joined by Pete Oxborough on

clarinet and sax, Matt Furness on drums, and Ian

Hireson on bass. Guesting with the band were Stella

Goody, vocals and Simon Nelson on trumpet and

flugelhorn horn. Leader of the well-known DixieMix

Band, Simon was making his first visit to the club.

He is a superb player with a great technique, whose

improvisation was always full of invention.

Pete Oxborough is a very welcome regular who,

during the evening, told me something of himself.

Born and brought up in Beccles, he first became

interested in jazz at the age of seventeen when he

started listening to the Benny Goodman Band. He

soon took up the saxophone and amazingly is entirely

self-taught, never having had a lesson in his life. He

says he then heard Buddy de Franco play clarinet

and took that up as well. He enjoyed listening to

Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, and his friend Acker Bilk,

eventually becoming a great fan of Miles Davis.

He now lives in Norwich which he says has all the

facilities you could ever wish for. He loves the Norfolk

coastline, particularly Overstrand, for its peace and

tranquility.

I would like to end with a short tribute to George

King, who died earlier this year during lockdown.

He mainly played alto and tenor sax or clarinet. He

was also a good pianist, in fact he stood in at the

last minute on piano at the Club’s first ever session

over six years ago and performed at the Club several

times. Preferring to be known as ‘King George’ he will

be greatly missed, not just as an excellent musician

but also for the great jokes he reeled off during the

session - which would bring the house down!

Next up we have:

Bays River Jazz on Tuesday 14 September at 7.30 pm,

Swaffham Conservative Club, 23 London St. PE37

7DD. Entry: £10 cash on the door.

More information from Geoff: 01366 328 730 or

Norman: 01760 722 384

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Swaffham Climate Action Group

2020 will be remembered for a long time -

the year of the pandemic when the world

was brought to a standstill by a virus. The Met

Office has reported that 2020 was one of the top ten

years for sunshine, rainfall and heat in recent times.

Is there a connection?

During the last few years there have been countries

in many parts of the world experiencing extreme

weather conditions. Droughts have allowed fires to

devastate huge areas of western North America and

Canada. Australia, and more recently Siberia and

Turkey have also had forest fires.

Heavy rain has caused flooding in parts of China

and, closer to home, Germany and other European

countries. More recently and even nearer to home,

Edinburgh, then Peterborough and Norwich have

experienced flooded houses and shops. In older

towns and cities, the infrastructure of roads and

sewers was not built to cope with these quantities of

water. The rainfall has been described as 'tropical',

not as 'English' rain !

Is there a clue here to the connection between

Covid 19 and Climate Change?

In the northern hemisphere, tropical conditions

are moving northwards - with higher temperatures

come tropical diseases. Similarly in the southern

hemisphere.

Westacre Conservation Team

Would you like to volunteer to be part of a work

party with the Westacre Estate Conservation team,

to clear Crassula from three pingos at Gayton Thorpe

Common?

Crassula helmsii, known as

swamp stonecrop or New

Zealand pigmyweed, is an

aquatic or semiterrestrial

species of succulent plant

in the family Crassulaceae.

Originally found in Australia

and New Zealand, it has been

introduced around the world. In the United Kingdom,

this plant is one of five introduced invasive aquatic

plants which were banned from sale from April

2014. This is the first ban of its kind in the country.

It is highly invasive and extremely damaging to our

native flora and fauna.

The work will probably take a few days to complete

depending on the number of volunteers and the first

date is 25th September. Meeting point will be at

10am at Abbey Yard, off River Road. Plenty of free

parking available.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please email

Fraser at fraser@westacre-estate.co.uk. Thank you.

Nar Valley Ornithological Society

Wednesday 29th September, 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 Graham

Sherwin, entitled: 'A Year Filming Wildlife'

NarVOS member, Graham Sherwin, produces

wildlife films and videos. Graham’s presentation

covers one year of

filming wildlife, mostly

within Norfolk but also

including footage from

around the UK and from

France. The presentation

will comprise stills

and video of Birds,

Mammals, Butterflies

and Dragonflies

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.

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Swaffham WEA

Since last month we have been able to

have a test run with our new way of

delivering courses. 3 tutors kindly volunteered to

help us. They were connected remotely to the “Big

Screen” in the Dickens Room. It was a great success.

The tutors could all hear and see us, wherever we

went in the room, and we were able to see and

hear them too. This means the classes can still be

fully interactive, with the normal discussions, and

question and answer slots. In other words, they

should be able to run exactly as if the tutor is in the

room with us! Jonathan will be there to sort out all

the IT problems that might arise!

The 3 tutors were very complimentary of the system.

One commented that the only thing missing was the

delicious cakes.

We have 3 courses planned for the coming term:

Monday evening, Friday morning and a Day School

in December. Unfortunately these are not yet on the

WEA website, for enrolment. However, we will send

out course details, just as soon as they are available,

to anyone who emails us at: SWAFFHAM.branch@

wea.ac.uk. Enrolment can be either online, or by

phone on: 0300 303 3464

Alternatively, we have a stall booked at the Assembly

Rooms for Saturday 4th September when we will be

able to answer any queries, and have all the details

for the courses running in the Autumn term. Do drop

in and have a chat with us!

Swaffham Conservatives

Our next Branch Coffee Morning is Wednesday 15th

September, 10am for 10.30am, £3 in the Salisbury

Room at the Conservative Club. All welcome. Our

speaker will be Giles Orpen-Smellie, the recently

elected Police Crime Commissioner. Come, listen and

Have Your Say!

Wissey U3A

Three’s Company Update

In 2013 three members of Westacre Theatre

Company – Irma Fowler, Lesley Mardle and Leah

Spencer – decided to perform poetry and prose in

aid of charity and Three’s Company was born.

Photographed: L to R – Irma Fowler, Leah Spencer, Lesley Mardle

Retired, but certainly not retiring, we threw ourselves

into our new project, keen to promote poetry and

prose to audiences in churches, village halls and

other small scale venues and to raise money for

charity. With a schedule taking us from Wisbech

in the west to Norwich in the east, we raised funds

for our chosen charities and also supported other

local charity groups in their fundraising efforts. We

loved entertaining audiences and introducing them

to poets and authors, or perhaps reminding them of

writers they had long forgotten.

Of course performances stopped during the

pandemic, but more seriously for us, one of our trio –

the wonderful Lesley Mardle – died of ovarian cancer

in July 2020. We were deeply saddened by Lesley’s

death, but knew that she would want us to go on,

and so Irma and I have now begun live performances

again, this time in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer. Our

latest anthology is ‘An After Lockdown Litany’, a lighthearted

look at the impact of Covid on everyday life.

Most of our 12 anthologies last for 30-45 minutes,

ideal for WIs, U3As etc. If you would like details of

how to book a performance for your group or society

please contact me.

Leah Spencer leah@wissey.co.uk or t: 01362 681896

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Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion Swaffham Branch

are very pleased to be able to announce

that our meetings have resumed. If anyone is interested

in joining the RBL, we meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the

month at the Conservative Club at 8pm.

Soon, our thoughts will turn to Remembrance Sunday

and the Poppy Appeal. If you're interested in helping

this year contact the Poppy Appeal Organiser, Anne

Thorp on 01760 722611 She will be only too pleased to

hear from you.


SCALGA

Greetings from the allotments

As predicted, the warmth and higher than average

rainfall we have experienced has boosted the plants.

Within a week we went from having just a few beans

to having to pick every day. The courgettes, as usual,

are growing into marrows overnight and one of our

new plot holders was heard asking her husband if he

wanted something with courgettes for dinner, the

answer was a resounding NO!

We have noticed that a large number of plot

holders have deliberately left patches of wild

flowers to encourage butterflies and bees. We

have also noticed structures such as insect hotels.

However, unfortunately we don’t seem to have any

Hedgehogs but others nearer

the surrounding fields seem to.

I read today that a Ladybird will

eat up to 150 aphids in a day

so encourage them into your

greenhouses or gardens.

We are looking forward to

our summer BBQ this coming

weekend. This year we have opened it to members

and non-members. We also have a Scarecrow

competition for the children. We will report on the

winners in the next issue.

We now have some starter plots available on Tumbler

Hill and Shouldham Lane. Happily, the people that

were working them have all (but a couple who had

illness) moved on to half or full-sized plots. This is the

idea of the starter plot; it gives one a taste of growing.

If it is not for you then

we have designed the

agreement so that you

can just hand them

back without penalty

and a full refund for

unused months. The

costs are £3.00 a month

for the first plot, £1.50

for the second and the

third is free. Please

call the number on the

bottom of the page.

If you get a bumper

crop of blackberries this year you may like to try

making blackberry cordial that will last a long time

in a dark cool place. It’s cheap easy and more natural

than the manufactured varieties.

Forward dates for your diary

• Afternoon tea and prizegiving - 12th September at

3pm in The Assembly Rooms.

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

please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on 07919

888 870.

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Swaffham History Group

The Swaffham History Group held its first meeting in

August 2021 since the lockdown pandemic began in

March 2020.

James Alpe in his shop doorway in the market area of Swaffham.

Photo c1900 courtesy of Swaffham Heritage.

James Alpe was a saddle and harness maker by trade

with retail premises in the Market area of Swaffham.

He was born in 1848 in Swaffham and married Maria

Wales on 20th October 1867 at East Dereham,

Norfolk. Interestingly, James brother Frederick

married Eliza Wales, the younger sister of Maria.

James was the second son of three born to Robert

and Ann (Barber) Alpe.

James's father, Robert Alpe, was employed at the

Swaffham Brewery as the Brewers Managing Clerk

and Robert's birth is registered as being born in 1816

as a British subject in Gibraltar.

It would suggest that on leaving school James took

an apprenticeship at Trundle's, saddler and harness

maker Swaffham where he learned the skills of the

trade. At the age of twenty and with the death of

Mr Trundle, James took the opportunity of acquiring

(probably with the help of his father) a ready-made

business, not forgetting that he was now married

and the business had its own living quarters. James

and Maria went on to raise a family of four sons and

three daughters.

For details regarding the Group please phone 01842

879140 or Email jbaz@go-plus.net.


Swaffham & District Lions

Swaffham & District Lions continue

with their recycling programme. Lion

Adrian Adcock is taking 2000 pairs of

spectacles to Chichester Lions which is

the main collection point in England. They will be

sorted before being sent to Medico France in Le

Havre for grading, the graded spectacles are then

sent to eye hospitals in developing countries. over

the past years Swaffham Lions have sent over 100k

pairs of spectacles from the collection points at

Tesco, the Doctors surgeries and the opticians. Also

amongst the consignment were a number of hearing

aids which the Lions also recycle.

As part of their commitment to support the local

community, Swaffham Lions answered the call from

the Iceni Partnership to help with their Tea Dance

with cream teas. The dance which was held in the

Assembly Rooms as part of the Dementia Café

programme of involving local suffers. The Lions acted

as waiting staff for the cream teas as well as engaging

with guests about times past.

Pictured: Iceni Manager Claire Cotterill, Lions

President Tony Lakey with Lions Peter Young and

David Merchant.

A big thank you to all who donated to the Swaffham

Lions and Necton Co-op food collection this week,

the donations are making a big difference to families

and other in these difficult times. This week we

collected a massive 127kg of food together with £2 in

donations. Pictured Lions David & Diana Merchant.

Swaffham Lions continue with their Sunday Food

Collection and ink cartridge collections, over 150kg's

of food and 30 ink cartridges were collected in July.

The food is transported by the Lions to Dereham to

be sorted and returned to Swaffham in the form of

food parcels. Pictured George & Mal Figura.

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Magpie Centre News

Springboard for August at the Magpie Centre, home

of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association is

the second pilot session of Tea With a Pony. People

living with dementia and their carers can meet,

socialize over tea and cakes, and meet some of our

ponies.

The first pilot was in November 2019 but roll out of

the programme has been delayed by the pandemic,

so after the August pilot Tea With a Pony sessions are

scheduled monthly from September.

Equine Assisted Learning Therapy, in Association

with MIND for the benefit of people living with

mental illness, is also scheduled to recommence in

September.

Meanwhile two of our intrepid West Norfolk RDA

Trustees, Jan Calvert and Andy Beeston, are to

undertake the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) on

August 22nd, all donations welcome, large and small,

in recognition of their efforts.

To sponsor Jan and Andy either send a cheque

payable to WNRDA, to the Magpie Centre, Wallington

Hall, South Runcton, PE33 0EP or visit www.

justgiving.com/fundraising/jancalvert or donate via

our website: www.rda-westnorfolk.org.uk

Hide and go Sniff

When I discovered the awesome power of a dog’s

nose and saw first-hand how much joy sniffing

brings to the lives of pet dogs, I knew scent sports

were for me and my dog. When I realised there

were a multitude of other benefits, (increased

confidence, reduced reactivity, the ability to tire

a dog out without running a marathon, increased

bond between dog and human, to name but a few),

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Rotary

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CELEBRATING President’s Corner

Swaffham After months of wondering -

will it / won’t it, can it / can’t

it – I am delighted to say our Charity Golf Day went

ahead and was a great success. The weather was set

fair, maybe a little too warm for those with the later

tee off times, and the course was in tip top condition.

As a non-golfer, I am relaying what I was consistently

told by all the players I spoke to during the day. The

event concluded with a delicious lunch provided by

Chef Ian and his team and the prize giving.

YEARS

By the time you read this we will have presented

cheques to the two charities to benefit from the day.

If you want to see the list of prize winners please

visit our website - address below.

Anyone who uses the

Recreation Ground in

Haspalls Road might

have wondered what

happened to the hedging

Rotary had planted some

time ago. So did we. On

close inspection we found

that the majority of the

whips were growing but

were being crowded out

by a variety of weeds. Two afternoons of hard work

by members and friends have turned the tables.

Now we hope the young trees will grow quickly and

crowd out any more weeds.

We are now working hard to make our 25th Art

Exhibition a success. This year I am delighted to say

four local schools have accepted our invitation to

exhibit some of their pupils’ work. Further details are

available elsewhere in this edition of the Newsletter.

Between now and then we will be on the Saturday

Market with further information about the Art

Exhibition and Swaffham Rotary Club and the Rotary

movement in general.

Meanwhile, if you want to find out any more

about our Club, please mail me club_president@

swaffhamrotary.org.uk.

John Wallace


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 £20 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

Afternoon tea with award winning crime writer

Elizabeth Haynes

in the wonderful surroundings of Swaffham Assembly

Rooms on Sunday 3rd October at 3pm.

Have you ever wanted to write a book? They say that

everyone has at least one book in them. Would you like

to find out? Maybe you have started a book or thought

seriously about it during lockdown. You might just be

intrigued to know how authors start writing.

Every year in November an organisation called

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) helps

thousands of people all over the world on the road to

writing a book. The challenge is to write 50,000 words

in the month of November.

Elizabeth Haynes is the local liaison person for

NaNoWriMo. She has written books that are published

in over 30 countries and in 20 languages. Elizabeth will

be accompanied by Hayley Webster and Donna-Louise

Bishop, both of whom have participated in NaNoWriMo

and become published writers as a result.

Elizabeth has written thrilling

books that delve into the

darkness within us all, police

procedural books, a reexamination

of the facts of

an unsolved Victorian murder

(with a wonderfully twisting

conclusion) and her latest is an

immersive three-way love affair

between two people and an island.

Tickets cost £15 and are available from Ceres Bookshop

in Swaffham. Tel number. 01760 722504

Further information phone Lynette on 07900570765.

The ticket price includes full afternoon tea, the talk,

opportunity to ask questions, get advice and buy books

provided by Ceres Bookshop.

(If you have special requirements or queries about the

food please make us aware of these when booking

tickets). All money raised will go to Mundesley

Volunteer Lifeboat, Elizabeth's chosen charity.

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Sainsbury Centre

Appointment of new Director

UEA and the Board of the Sainsbury Centre have

appointed Jago Cooper as the new Director of the

Centre and Professor of Art and Archaeology, who

starts on Monday 15th November.

Professor Cooper has spent more than 20 years

working on a diverse range of cultural projects

around the world, always centred on the study and

communication of visual and material culture.

After ten years as Head of the Americas Section

at the British Museum and Director of the Santo

Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American

Research, these collaborations have led to a series

of innovative exhibitions, artistic commissions and

international exchange programmes that challenge

traditional museum practice.

With a particular interest in using digital technologies

to reach new audiences and cut across multiple

academic disciplines, his work spans the subjects

of art, museology and archaeology. In addition to

his books and exhibitions, Jago has also written and

presented a series of BBC documentaries based on

his research and international collaborations.

Professor Cooper said:

“Since its inspired creation in the 1970s, the Sainsbury

Centre has always been a place that breaks the

rules in how Art and Culture should be seen and

experienced. I am absolutely delighted to be joining

such an inspirational institution that brings powerful

stories to a global audience through its outstanding

collections. I can’t wait to start working with the

team to develop further the exciting programme of

upcoming exhibitions, acquisitions and collaborative

projects inspired by the Sainsbury collection and

in many ways also by the world-leading research

carried out at UEA.”

Dominic Christian, Chair of Sainsbury Centre board,

said: “It with enormous pleasure and great warmth

that we are delighted to welcome Jago as the new

Director of the Sainsbury Centre. He is truly an

outstanding talent.


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CHAPTER THREE

BOOK GROUP

OUR FRIENDLY AND STIMULATING

BOOK GROUP WOULD BE PLEASED

TO WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

We meet on the morning of the first Thursday

of every month in the centre of Swaffham.

Our choice of books is wide,

from modern to historic,

biography to thrillers,

and everyone’s views

are welcome.

We share opinions over a

cup of coffee and enjoy

wide ranging discussion.

Why not come and join us

and start the Autumn with

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In Touch With Your Town

'In Touch with your Town' is put

together by the Town Clerk Richard

Bishop or occasionally by the Deputy

Town Clerk Claire Smith. It deals with

some of the most topical items of the

day and the odd item where the Council want to share

information with the Town.

SWAFFHAM TOWN COUNCIL – ANNUAL REPORT -

Mayor's overview of the two years 2019-21

A report by the Mayor Cllr Judy Anscombe given to the

Annual Town Assembly on 29th July 2021: -

Covid-19 Pandemic

We have had three national lockdowns since March

2020, businesses across the country closing, and

followed by a gradual re-opening, with those that are

left facing major challenges, set by health and safety

issues to keep everyone safe. The vaccine roll-out has

been successful, but we need to keep up that positive

momentum moving forward and not be complacent

in our approach, as things start to get back to relative

normality now that most restrictions have been lifted.

For the moment, the Town Council will keep their

socially distanced layout for meetings in place and

will continue to wear masks on entering and leaving

the buildings. We as employers will ensure that

measures are in place to keep our staff, councillors,

and members of the public safe. “A heartfelt ‘thank

you’ to all volunteers who worked tirelessly and

selflessly, throughout the lockdown, helping others

and those in greatest need; Swaffham became ‘one

community’ and should be proud of how everyone

pulled together”.

Elections/Co-options

Since the Council took office in May 2019, there have

been two resignations from Keith Sandle and Brendan

Holmes respectively and co-options took place with

Kurt Oliver and Nayna Bass filling the vacancies. Other

new Councillors who were elected in May 2019,

include Cllrs Lindsay Beech, Graham Edwards, Ian

Pilcher and myself.

Breckland Ward Councillors Ian Sherwood and Ed

Colman were re-elected in 2019, and they were joined

by Cllr David Wickerson who had previously served as

a Town Councillor. Cllr Ed Colman was also recently reelected

as County Councillor too. Here we are already

well past the half-way mark, with less than two years

now until the next Town Council elections in May

2023.

Events

Events have almost been non-existent this past 18

months, as so much was planned and then cancelled

because of Covid. It was disappointing to have to

cancel the VE & VJ Day celebrations. We managed a

few low-key events such as the Best Kept Gardens,

Christmas Tree competition etc. Fingers crossed we

can now start in August with the return of the Vintage

Car Rally & Funday on the Rec, plans are underway for

20

a two-day Christmas event 4th/5th December, and the

Remembrance events should be able to go ahead later

this year too!

Market

In our 806-year history Swaffham Market has never

had such a crisis to contend with as the Covid-19

pandemic. We closed the Market for a 6-week period

last year, then re-opened as a food and essential

supply Market only, then stall by stall got the numbers

back up to a full capacity. It took a tremendous effort

to put in place safety measures, to give the choice of

buying fresh goods outside in the Market place. This

was recognised nationally by the Government, as

Swaffham Market’s re-opening measures were held up

as an exemplar to good practice on the Cabinet Office

website. Then our ‘Market Committee’ were national

winners of a Market Heroes 2021 Market Team (Small

Market) Award run by NABMA (National Association

of British Market Authorities – what an accolade for all

associated with our Market.

Awards

As well as the award achieved for the Markets

Committee, last year we achieved Highly Commended

for the Buttercross lighting scheme in the Street

Design Awards, and Town Council have just won

an award under the CPRE Good Lighting Practice

for the Council’s Street Lighting Policy, to recognise

work which will have a long-term impact to reduce

unnecessary lighting (and save energy) associated

with local development.

Twinning

Our twinning partnership with Couhe in France and

Hemmoor in Germany has had to be put on hold, with

the planned bi-annual civic visit post-poned in 2020

and in 2021; it is hoped this can go ahead in September

2022 in Hemmoor.

HAZ/Cultural Consortium -Town Delivery Plans - MTI

(Sustainable Swaffham)

Swaffham secured Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) funding

from Historic England and we are working with them

and Breckland Council on the delivery of this project

over the next three years. The HAZ project is to

support heritage and future planning projects in and

around Swaffham Market Place public realm.

The Cultural Consortium is an off-shoot of this, to

deliver Cultural Events in that same period, if further

funding can be secured. At the same time Breckland

Council have invested in an initiative to have a Town

Delivery Plan for each of the five Breckland Towns, the

study for Swaffham is taking place in September and

October, so we wait to see what emerges from that.

The Market Towns Initiative (MTI) has a Sustainable

Swaffham aim and we are starting to see some positive

results emerge from this, such as Bike Racks and new

Planters.

Green Britain Centre

The GBC was a subject of much discussion: The Town

Council were trying to negotiate an asset swap for the


benefit of the town, a straight swap of Days Field for the

GBC. The issues were well documented regarding this

proposal and resulted in Breckland Council eventually

selling the property to Arbortec Forestwear. A global

company who will be relocating from Kings Lynn,

bringing a significant amount of job opportunities to

the town. The Town Council are pleased that there

is now a substantial investment in the town and the

prospect of employment for some local people.

Swimming Pool Land

The two-acres of land owned by the Town Council,

purchased with a covenant that it can only be used

for the purpose of building a community sports &

leisure facility for the Town, is often referred to as

the ‘Swimming Pool Land’. The intention was that this

purchase back in 2007-08, was going to kick start the

long push for a swimming pool by the then Swimming

Pool Association.

An opportunity recently presented itself to the Town

Council, to secure further investment in the Town.

Breckland Council identified the two-acre site as their

preferred option for a new ‘sports & leisure’ centre

for the town and asked if the Town Council would gift

the site (freehold) as their contribution towards this

project. The Town Council agreed to release this site,

with just one covenant that it should only be used

as a site for a sports and leisure centre in perpetuity,

otherwise it would revert once more to Town Council

ownership. These finer details are being resolved with

the Council’s solicitor, but it will mean that Swaffham

will have a new stand-alone facility in the next couple

of years.

Sacred Heart Barn Theatre & Swimming Pool

The Town Council are now at an advanced stage in their

acquisition of the Barn Theatre and Swimming Pool for

an agreed price of £325,000. They have commissioned

consultants Ingham Pinnock Associates, who are

preparing a Feasibility Study and Business Plan; this

work concludes in September.

A Steering Group will be formed to look at how to

bring the facility into community use and bridge the

gap between Town Council ownership and a new

management structure.

There are two areas which are likely to be managed

separately:

1. the Barn building. The town council’s ambitions for

the Barn are predominately for a Creative Arts and

Culture Centre, and to offer facilities that currently

doesn’t exist within the town.

2. the Swimming Pool. The outdoor pool at the Barn

needs major investment but is an opportunity for a

new facility subject to securing funding for renovation.

There will be public consultation shortly on the options

open to the Council, carried out by the consultants.

LATE EXTRA – if you are interested in serving on the

Steering Group please let us know at the Town Hall…

Assets Review

The aim of the Assets Review is to come up with a

coherent strategy for the future use of town council’s

portfolio of buildings and land, and to deliver social

and economic outcomes for the town in line with

aspirations and policies identified in the Swaffham

Neighbourhood Plan.

Days Field

The site was previously up for sale for 18 months or so

and was a key bargaining chip in the GBC negotiations;

It was declared surplus to requirements some 17 years

ago, and the current Council is the sixth that has had

it on their agenda. A decision was taken this month

to sell Days Field and the Town Council are talking to

Land Agents, with a view to appointing next month

to offer the land for sale. The Council will maximise

and reinvest the proceeds back into the Town and

to address options emerging from the Asset Review,

including the acquisition of the Barn. So, Days Field

will be back on the Market in the not-too-distant

future.

Any Other Business

There is of course so much that we could have

mentioned in this report, things that are dealt with

day to day, and by the Council at every Council or

Committee meeting. There are often issues in need of

our attention, to that aim there is a public open forum

at every Council meeting of 15 minutes where you can

‘have your say’ and address the Council. We also try to

keep you up to date via the Swaffham Newsletter or

by Social-Media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Don’t forget too that you can always call in at the Town

Hall if you prefer to see one of our staff.

Cllr Judy Anscombe, Mayor of Swaffham

SWAFFHAM TOWN ASSEMBLY – FINANCE REPORT

29.07.21 by the Town Clerk, Richard Bishop

STC Budget 2020-21

The budget set this year is for 2020-21 financial year.

The current Town Council were half-way through their

first year.

The revenue reserves were severely tested in 2019-20,

as unforeseen problems occurred with the drawdown

of the Section 106 money for our Town Centre project,

the Town Council were left with an outstanding claim

of £117,000 that has been unpaid for much of 2019.

This was a sum that represents more than half of the

Council’s Reserves, leaving little room for manoeuvre

financially. Breckland Council reimbursed the Council

late in 2019, following approval from Tesco and

Millngate of the final project for £53,000 for public

toilet refurbishment.

The Council Taxpayer in Swaffham at Band D last year

paid a total of £1,861.81 this was shared out as follows:

£1,362.28 County Council

£88.83 Breckland Council

£253.14 Office of the Police & Crime

Commissioner

£156.56 Swaffham Town Council

The money raised by the £156.56 was £407,500 which

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the Town Council then use for their expenditure, this is

the Council Precept. For 2020-21 next year the budget

is looking at making an increase of £12,000 which will

give the Town Council £419,500, which under normal

circumstances would mean a larger increase in Council

Tax, but due to an increase in the Council Tax Base this

year it will mean at Band D the Council Tax will remain

at £156.56 (an increase of 0%) taking into account the

new Council Tax base of 2,680.4

STC Budget 2021-22

The budget set this year is for 2021-22 financial year.

The Town Council budgeting for the year starting in

April 2021, just one month away from the half-way

point through their four-year term, bringing us to

the end of their second full year as Town Councillors,

the election in May 2019 seems just five minutes

ago. When the budget was set last January, no-one

had mentioned Covid-19 or used their crystal ball

to predict we would have to contend with a global

pandemic for the financial year of 2020-21. So,

not something Councillors campaigned for in their

run up to the election or that you could say we had

contingency plans in place to safeguard the Council’s

finances, or indeed to operate on a day-to-day basis.

New skills have had to be learnt whilst getting on with

things, coping with whatever circumstance is thrown

at us and a whole new ‘virtual world’ has been thrust

upon the Town Council. Anxiety levels have certainly

been raised, as the angst of not meeting ‘face to face’

has taken its toll, staff/councillors have found a way

of getting the job done and the overall workload has

been relentless.

The Council Taxpayer in Swaffham at Band D last year

paid a total of £1,929.87 this was shared out as follows:

£1,416.51 County Council

£93.78 Breckland Council

£263.07 Office of the Police and Crime

Commissioner

£156.51 Swaffham Town Council

The money raised by the £156.51 was £419,500 which

the Town Council then use for their expenditure, this is

the Council Precept. For 2021-22 next year the budget

is looking at making an increase of £6,450 which will

give the Town Council £425,950, which under normal

circumstances would mean an increase in Council

Tax, but due to an increase in the Council Tax Base

this year it will mean at Band D the Council Tax will be

£156.51 (an increase of 0%) taking into account the

new Council Tax base of 2,720.70.

Councillors were notified recently of a successful grant

application for Orford Road Playing Field 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

September Editorial 2021

September Editorial 2021

gain The is Grant £64,706.25 to be received –Officer is £72,500, for delivery with of the this Town project Council providi

via Recycling

The Grant

the Assets UK

to be

Ltd,

received

& Open so the Spaces net

is £72,500,

gain Committee. is £64,706.25

with the Town

It is –Officer

Council

hoped for delivery

providin

to hoped

Recycling

go out to go

UK

to out

Ltd,

tender to tender

so the

for this for

net

this

gain

project project

is £64,706.25 shortly.

–Officer for delivery

hoped to go out to tender for this project shortly.

Swaffham Town Council - Annual Accounts 2019-20

The SWAFFHAM Income & Expenditure TOWN accounts COUNCIL for the accounts

SWAFFHAM TOWN COUNCIL - ANNUAL

ANNUAL

ACC

ACC

at The year Income ending Expenditure 31st March accounts 2020 are for as the follows: accounts - at year ending The Income & Expenditure accounts for the accounts at year ending 3

SYNOPSIS OF THE ACCOUNTS 2019-20

SYNOPSIS OF THE ACCOUNTS 2019-20

INCOME DETAILS EXPENSES

INCOME DETAILS EXPENSES

1,079 Bank Interest/Charges 568

1,079 Bank Interest/Charges 568

407,500 Precept 407,500 Precept 0

Un-earmarked Capital Reserves 0 Un-earmarked Capital Reserves 0

194,501 Earmarked Capital Reserves 46,528

194,501 Earmarked Capital Reserves 46,528

Earmarked Revenue Reserves 18,950

0 Earmarked Revenue Reserves 18,950

2,020 Town Hall 22,908

2,020 Town Hall 22,908

53 Administration Misc. 337,150

53 Administration & Misc. 337,150

30,248 Market 9,161

30,248 Market 9,161

6,374 Events 4,313

6,374 Events 4,313

Outside Equipment Vehicles 10,974

0 Outside Equipment & Vehicles 10,974

4,094 Allotments 1,981

4,094 Allotments 1,981

17 Toilets TIC 9,053

17 Toilets & TIC 9,053

21,143 Cemetery Churchyard 3,828

21,143 Cemetery & Churchyard 3,828

25,010 Open Spaces 39,969

25,010 Open Spaces 39,969

7,962 Amenities Agency 35,198

7,962 Amenities & Agency 35,198

500 Swaffham Emergency Action 500

500 Swaffham Emergency Action 500

700,502 TOTAL 541,080

700,502 TOTAL 541,080

The accounts have been internally audited by Auditing

Solutions

The accounts

Ltd and

have

externally

been internally

audited

audited

by PKF

by Auditing

Littlejohn.

Solutions Ltd The accounts have been internally audited by Auditing Solutions Ltd a

SWAFFHAM TOWN COUNCIL - ANNUAL ACC

Swaffham Town Council - Annual Accounts 2020-21

The Income Expenditure accounts for the accounts

The Income Expenditure accounts for the accounts at year ending at The year Income ending & Expenditure 31st March accounts 2021 are for as the follows: accounts - at year ending 3

SYNOPSIS OF THE ACCOUNTS 2020-21

SYNOPSIS OF THE ACCOUNTS 2020-21

INCOME DETAILS EXPENSES

INCOME DETAILS EXPENSES

314 Bank Interest/Charges 798

314 Bank Interest/Charges 798

419,500

419,500

Precept

Precept 0

Un-earmarked Capital Reserves

0 Un-earmarked Capital Reserves 2,675

2,675

13,388

13,388

Earmarked

Earmarked

Capital

Capital Reserves

Reserves

69,640

69,640

0

Earmarked

Earmarked

Revenue

Revenue Reserves

Reserves

4,000

4,000

9

Town

Town

Hall

Hall 22,031

22,031

1,000

1,000

Administration

Administration & Misc.

Misc.

340,285

340,285

18,251

18,251

Market

Market 5,097

5,097

1,943

1,943

Events

Events 694

694

0

Outside

Outside

Equipment

Equipment & Vehicles

Vehicles

9,093

9,093

8,439

8,439

Allotments

Allotments 2,530

2,530

7

Toilets

Toilets &

TIC

TIC 5,160

5,160

25,642

25,642

Cemetery

Cemetery &

Churchyard

Churchyard 4,709

4,709

658

658

Open

Open

Spaces

Spaces 4,396

4,396

3,236

3,236

Amenities

Amenities &

Agency

Agency 27,163

27,163

500

500

Swaffham

Swaffham

Emergency

Emergency Action

Action

500

500

492,886

492,886

TOTAL

TOTAL 498,772

498,772

The The accounts accounts have have been been internally internally audited audited by by by Auditing Auditing Solutions Solutions Ltd Ltd

Solutions Littlejohn. Littlejohn. Ltd and externally audited by PKF Littlejohn.

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The Town Council

Mayor - Cllr Judy Anscombe

CllrAnscombe.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Deputy Mayor - Cllr Stewart Bell

CllrBell.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Lindsay Beech

CllrBeech.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Nayna Bass

CllrBass.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Wendy Bensley

CllrBensley.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Paul Darby

CllrDarby.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Graham Edwards

CllrEdwards.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Colin Houghton

CllrHoughton.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Shirley Matthews

CllrMatthews.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Kurt Oliver

CllrOliver.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Ian Pilcher

CllrPilcher.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Les Scott

CllrScott.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Cllr. Jill Skinner

CllrSkinner.SwaffhamTC@gmail.com

Officers:

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Claire Smith – Deputy Town Clerk

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Swaffham Town Council

Tel: 01760 722 922

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Town Hall opening times:

Monday 9.30am – 1pm. 1.30pm – 4pm

Tuesday - Friday – 9.30am – 1pm

reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Town Council Committee

meeting dates - SEPTEMBER 2021

• Tues 7th – Transport, Access & Environment – 4pm.

Town Hall

• Wed 8th – Full Council – 6.30pm. Town Hall

• Mon 20th – Market, Events & Tourism – 6.30pm.

Town Hall

• Mon 27th – Assets & Open Spaces – 4pm. Town Hall

• Tue 28th - Planning & Built Environment – 4pm.

Town Hall

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Breckland District Council

www.breckland.gov.uk

01362 656 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits

Your Breckland District Councillors:

Cllr. David Wickerson

01760 725 741

david.wickerson@

breckland.gov.uk

Cllr. Ian Sherwood

07795 236 878

ian.sherwood@

breckland.gov.uk

Cllr Ed Colman - also your Norfolk County Councillor

07940 406 356

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

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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