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November 2021

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5 School Speak

6 Parkrun

9 Garden Club/NarVOS

10 Rugby Club/Community Hospital

12 Swaffham Men's Shed

13 Home Hospice/History Group

14 Swaffham Lions/Camera Club

15 WI's/Royal British Legion

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22 Swaffham Town Council

Iceni Partnership News

We thought you'd like to know...

We are delighted to have been chosen by 'Authors,

Books and Cakes' as the beneficiary charity for

their November Fundraising Afternoon Tea at the

Assembly Rooms and we cordially invite you to join

us. 'Authors, Books and Cakes' are a group of local

ladies who love books and baking. They blend these

together to bring authors to readers and afternoon

tea to cake lovers raising money for local charities

along the way...what could be better?

November's Afternoon Tea, on Sunday 7th November,

will support Iceni Partnership and our continued work

in the community to help local residents, provide

inviting and accessible community venues for groups

and societies and continue to provide Swaffham

Newsletter and Swaffham Community Fridge.

Fawkes in the Walks

Fawkes in the Walks is back

with a bang. The area’s

biggest free fireworks

display and bonfire returns

to The Walks in King’s Lynn

on Friday 5th November

2021. Fawkes in the

Walks, organised by the

Borough Council of King's

Lynn & West Norfolk,

brings thousands of local

residents, and visitors from near and far, to Lynn’s

beautiful park to see a traditional bonfire and a

dazzling firework display.

The fun will start at 6pm, when the park will be

packed with stalls and rides. Cllr Harry Humphrey,

the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, will light

the bonfire at 6:30pm, The Chebbs perform on stage

at 7pm and the firework display is scheduled to begin

at 8pm.

Fawkes in The Walks is free to attend. A voluntary

collection will be made on the evening to help

cover the cost of the event, and every donation is

appreciated. Children should be accompanied by an

adult. People are advised not to bring pets to the

park during the evening. This is an organised display,

private fireworks and sparklers are not permitted

in The Walks. Please do not bring firewood for the

bonfire as this will not be accepted.

Please come along and enjoy Afternoon Tea and

fabulous entertainment from Three's Company, a

duo of West Acre Theatre Company fame, who will

entertain us with some fun and laughter entitled

'After Lockdown Litany'.

Swaffham Lioness Lions

The Pride of Swaffham

In September the Lionesses held their MacMillan

Coffee Morning at the home of Lioness Thelma. It

was a lovely sunny morning, ideal for coffee and

cake in the garden! Thelma and her daughter made

us all very welcome, and with a wonderful spread

of sandwiches, pastries and cakes, we had an

enjoyable and successful event which raised £240

for MacMillan Cancer Care.


We'll also enjoy a book swap too, so if you've finished

your latest read, why not bring it along and swap it

for another?

Tickets are available from Swaffham Community

Centre and Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham at £15 each.

If you require further information please do not

hesitate to contact the team at the Community

Centre or Lynette on 07900 570 765.

We look froward to seeing you for a great Sunday

Afternoon event.


We will be holding a Cake and Cardcraft afternoon

at the Catholic Church rooms at 2.30pm on Saturday

20th November. This will be £5 per head including

tea/coffee and cakes, and an opportunity to be

creative and craft your own cards at our card making

session. To book a place call us on 01760 723377.

Swaffham Lioness Lions

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The main November services in Swaffham parish

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

www.swaffhamparishchurch.org/ for further


Sunday 7th

Sunday 14th

Sunday 21st

Sunday 28th

9.30 am Sung Eucharist

3.30 pm All Souls service

8 am Holy Communion

(traditional language)

10.45 am Act of Remembrance

at Swaffham War Memorial

8 am Holy Communion

(traditional language)

9.30 am United Benefice Sung Eucharist

9.30 am Advent Sunday Sung Eucharist

6 pm Advent Carol Service

There will also be a Book of Common Prayer traditional

language Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 10 am.

Church is now open again daily for private prayer and

for visitors from 9 am until 3pm outside services.

A Christmas Coffee Morning will be held on

Saturday 27th November from 9.30 am to 12noon

in the Parish Church, with an opportunity for a little

seasonal ‘meeting and greeting’. There will also be

a few stalls, and the popular annual Christmas Cake

Raffle, the winners of which will be drawn at 12noon.

Any enquiries, to the vicar, for the attention of the

Reverend John Handley.

Mothers’ Union

The Swaffham branch of the Mothers’ Union usually

meets on the 2nd Thursday of the

Month. This month’s meeting is on 11th November

at 10 am in the Baptist Church Rooms, when the

speaker will be Lottie Taylor, Christian Aid. Enquiries

to Julia on 720041.

Swaffham Methodist Church

• Tues 2nd Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place drop

in. Warm welcome. Free tea/coffee.

• Thurs 4th Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place drop

in. All welcome.

• Fri 5th Nov 9.30am. Power of Prayer. All welcome to

join us in praying for our world.

• Sun 7th Nov 10.45am. Morning Worship led by Mrs

Elizabeth Wright. Refreshments served afterwards.

• Tues 9th Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place drop in.

• Thurs 11th Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in.

• Thurs 11th Nov 2.30pm-4pm. Swaffham Friendship

Group share favourite Remembrance Time poems.

• Fri 12th Nov 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

• Sun 14th Nov 10.45am. REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE


short Service in Parish Church.

• Tues 16th Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place drop in.

• Thurs 18th Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in.

• Fri 19th Nov 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

• Sun 21st Nov 10.45am. Morning Worship & Holy

Communion with Rev Jacqui Horton. Refreshments


• Tues 23rd Nov 10-12noon. The Meeting Place drop

in .(Green Pastures Christian bookstall. Get those last

minute gifts and cards.)

• Thurs 25th Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place

drop in. 2.30pm-4pm. Swaffham Friendship Group. Talk

by Chrystal and Michael Peck.

• Fri 26th Nov 9.30am. Power of Prayer.

• Sun 28th Nov 10.45am. Morning Worship led by

Worship Leaders Sarah and Geraldine. Refreshments


• Tues 30th Nov 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place drop in.

Swaffham Methodist Church recently held a MacMillan

Coffee Morning and were very pleased to be able to

send a cheque for £450.18 to the MacMillan nurses. Our

thanks to all who supported the event.

The Phoenix Singers

The nights are drawing in, there is a chill in the air and

the Phoenix Singers are well and truly into rehearsals

for their Christmas Concert.

Yes! Fingers crossed we hope to hold our Christmas

Concert on Friday 10th December at 7.30pm in

Swaffham’s Methodist Church.

As numbers will be restricted this year, tickets will not

be sold at the door. Instead, tickets will only be available

from Ceres Book Shop (thank you Claire) price £7 (cash

only) from Monday 1st November. When they’re gone,

they are gone so remember to get there early to avoid

disappointment. We hope to see lots of new faces as

well as familiar ones in the audience. Come and join in

our ‘Happy Christmas’ festivities.

Heartwood CE VC Primary

History Article

At Heartwood CE VC Primary and

Nursery School we have been

immersing ourselves in History this

half term with Victorians and Tudors. The children

have loved learning about the lives of people from

our past and how very different life was.

We have been learning through a drama-based

approach called Mantle of the Expert. The children

take on the role of ‘experts’ and are taught their

History through a series on tasks based on an

imaginary task/job. For example in Year 4 the

children have been learning all about Henry VIII

by being Tudor house restorers (experts) and

preparing a run down Tudor house to become a

Tudor museum. They have learned about Tudor

houses, the people that worked there, their lives,

King Henry VIII and how powerful he was, how he

changed the church and how priests were scared

to practise their faith.

The children have loved their learning and have

been engrossed with the drama aspect. It has been

great to see how much they have learned and how

the drama has brought the History to life.

Year 4 were also lucky enough to visit Ancient

House in Thetford to experience more of Tudor life.

The Year 3 children will be having a Victorian Day

in school to learn all about life as a Victorian child,

and how different it is to school today.

Swaffham CE Primary Academy

In September, we saw the return of the Primary

School Sports events to our school. This has always

been an exciting part of the PE that is provided at

Swaffham Primary Academy and it has been missed

by all of the children. We are delighted for its return.

11 children from Years 5 & 6 represented our school

in a Tag Rugby Festival on the amazing Nicholas

Hamond playing field. The children took part in

‘coaching’ style games and a round-robin event

whereby every school plays each other once.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and

were great ambassadors for the school. We feel

great pride in every child who took part.

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


Welcoming children and families to the library is a

priority for us and we’d like every child to have a

library card and to feel confident reading. Supporting

children to read for pleasure brings them lifelong


For younger children our popular Bounce and Rhyme

sessions are back at Swaffham Library. No need to

book, just drop in for fun songs and rhymes in a

relaxed and friendly environment every Tuesday

10.30-11am. Suitable for under 5s and their parents/


We’re also running a series of BookTrust Storytime

sessions on Thursdays 10.30-11am, 4th November

to 9th December. Come along to enjoy stories and

free activities! Booking is recommended for these

Storytime sessions, although drop-ins are welcome

space permitting. Suitable for under 5s and their





Swaffham Parkrun

Come And Join Us!

Swaffham parkrun in now back up and running or

walking after the Covid break.

Every Saturday morning at 9am there is a secure

and free organised event at the Swaffham Infant

Academy and Nicholas Hamond Academy playing

fields on Brandon Road where you can walk, jog or

run a 5k course and enjoy the company of others of

all ages and abilities.

We have a core of Volunteers who act as Marshals,

Time Keepers, Bar Code Scanners and a Tail Walker

to ensure your safety and equally important, whilst

as this is NOT a race, that your times are recorded

so that you can keep track of your own performance

on a weekly basis. A quote from one of our regulars

says it all:

"I am a very senior person and for most of my life

have not been that interested in this kind of sport/

exercise, however, since going along on a Saturday

morning to Swaffham parkrun I have thoroughly

enjoyed it, crossing the finish line is rewarding and

for a short time exhausting, it’s fun and of course

excellent exercise."

If you have not already done so you can register with

parkun at www.parkrun.org.uk/register where you

will be given an individual number and barcode to

allow your times to be recorded so that you can look

up the published results each week.

So whether you have ideas of leading the pack or just

enjoying the regular exercise that comes with the

company of like minded folk, you will all be made

very welcome. More detail can be found at https://

www.parkrun.org.uk/swaffham/ where you will also

find the results page. We look forward to seeing you

all soon.

David and Andy – Event Directors

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Ashill, Holme Hale & District Garden Club

Ashill, Holme Hale & District Garden Club

Website: ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com/

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com

Getting Your Garden Ready For Autumn & Beyond

Our September meeting was an extremely informative

and hands-on presentation by professional gardener

Bob Coutts. Bob, who was head gardener at

Somerleyton Hall for many years, gave an engaging

talk on how to prepare your garden for Autumn and

the coming winter. Bob started his talk by saying that

Autumn was the time of year to enjoy the fruits of your

labours earlier in the year by harvesting your fruit and

vegetables, such as apples, pears, carrots, onions and

beetroot. Also giving tips on how best to store them. In

addition he gave advice about how to cut your summer

and autumn raspberry canes and pruning your other

fruit bushes.

Authors, books and cakes

Authors, books and cakes invites you for Afternoon

Tea on Sunday 7th November at 2.30pm at Swaffham

Assembly Rooms .

Three’s Company will entertain us with ‘After Lockdown

Litany’. Other activities on the day include a 'big book

swap' (bring along a book and swap it for another or

buy a book for only £1.00) and a 50/50 raffle.

Money raised will be in aid of Iceni Partnership, the

charity that manages Swaffham Community Centre.

The Iceni Partnership was formed in 2001 and works

to empower, enrich, promote and add lifestyle value

to all people in Swaffham and surrounding villages.

They co-ordinate initiatives including hosting help

programmes, events, society meetings, affordable

hall hire and enabling community project funding.

We support all members of society including the more

vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Tickets: £15. Available from Ceres Bookshop.

Further information contact Lynette on 07900


Thank you all who supported the fundraising event

on the 5th September with Dame Stella Rimington.

£1952.50 was raised for Norfolk Hospice.

Last year we received

over 62,000 alarm

calls, and 97% of them

were answered within

60 seconds.

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(GPS tracker)




To find out more, call us on 01553 616200

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Bob also gave a practical demonstration on how to take

hardwood and softwood cuttings at this time of year to

increase your plant stock for future years. In response

to a question of why you place cuttings around the very

edges of your pot, rather than centrally, Bob explained

that this location was the driest place and so resulted in

less wet rot and improved root development.

In the second half of the meeting Bob demonstrated

how to plant a large outdoor container with a wide

range of bulbs placed at different levels to provide

a succession of flowering interest for the coming

spring. He completed his container with a top layer of

wallflowers and pansies to provide colour throughout

the winter months.

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday October

28th at 2.30pm when our speaker, Angela Marshall,

will present a talk on ‘Helping Norfolk Hedgehogs’. Our

November meeting will be held on Thursday November

25th at 2.30pm when Brenda Tubbs, Pres-ident of

Great Ellingham & District Flower Club, will give an

Xmas themed flower arranging demonstration entitled

“Especially For You”.

All meetings are held at Holme Hale Pavilion. New

members from anywhere in the district are always

welcome, so come along and join us at one of our

monthly meetings.

Nar Valley Ornithological Society

Wednesday 24th November, 7.30pm at Swaffham

Assembly Rooms, 1 Market Place, Swaffham, PE37

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

Please come along to: An Evening with Chris Knights

It’s a while since we had an evening with Chris Knights,

so we look forward eagerly to his presentation – on

whatever wildlife subjects and locations he chooses.

Chris is well known as a farmer, conservationist,

award winning photographer and film maker.

Whatever topic Chris chooses, it is bound to be

enthralling, entertaining and informative with superb

photography. 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.


Swaffham Rugby Club

Swaffham Rugby Club will celebrate the 40th

Anniversary of their formation in November, and will

also be hosting the tenth annual firework display,

which is being held this year on the evening of Sunday

7th November.

The years have flown by since 10 rugby stalwarts met

in a back room of the Red Lion pub on a dreary night

in October 1981 to discuss the idea, Within a couple

of months a full team had been assembled and on

December 6th 1981, Swaffham RUFC played Thetford

3rds for the first of many games they were to play

against them that season!

In the first 20 years, a ground was purchased and a

wooden clubhouse built with money raised through

raffles, discos, car boot sales and non-stop fundraising.

By 2000, the old wooden shed had been outgrown

and with a large Lottery grant and more hard work,

the current brick building was opened in November

2001. The last 20 years have been very much a roller

coaster ride on the field, with some notable highlights

and occasional let downs, but the Club has grown in

stature and has been always been proud of its strong

partnerships with many local societies and charitable


This season has got off to an intermittent start with

games being called off due to lack of opposition

but it is unfortunately a situation which is going to

repeat itself as fewer players in the county are now

playing rugby than before. On a brighter note, one of

our senior members, Ben Davidson, completed the

London Marathon this year in a time of 4 hours and

56 minutes whilst raising several hundreds of pounds

towards Alzheimer’s research.

Later this month there will be an Invitational dinner

and we have managed to track down over 60 club

officials from the last 40 years who will be attending

a lunch before an Eastern Counties game against local

rivals Dereham. The celebrations will continue at

the end of the season when we are planning a 40th

anniversary ball with over 150 guests in attendance.

Our current player recruitment programme has seen

several new players appear but we are always looking

to increase squad numbers.

All the home games during November December and

January will now be played under floodlights with a

three o'clock kick off which should make it easier for

those having to work on Saturday mornings.


Community Hospital L Of F's

Its good to see that we are returning to more “near

normal”, although certain shops/business are still

asking us to be careful and considerate to others.

Many of us, are now becoming eligible for the Covid

booster jab and also the Flu jab. I hope you are able to

take advantage of these.

Our NHS colleagues, as ever, are continuing to provide

great levels of care as the pressure continues and

builds up for what is likely to be another busy winter


As mentioned last time, we have recommenced

discussion with the Trust about the use of the existing

rear conservatory. The latest proposal is to convert

it for use as a dedicated therapy area which can

be utilised as a facility to help prepare patients for

their return to home. Another idea is to improve the

kitchen facilities in the main day room. Finally, we

would like to explore with the staff how we might

improve their environment in their staff/rest room.

We have continued to provide some “goodies” for

staff to help keep up morale.

I continue with my suggestion that, if you would like to

help, a good way is to participate in our coin collection.

The idea is to ask you all to consider whether you

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

you might donate any spare change over the coming

weeks. It would be a small way of recognising the

fantastic service our NHS colleagues are giving over

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

donations could be left at Hospital Reception or if you

ring me I can arrange collection. We have had some

continuing response to this and I would like to thank

those of you who have already contributed.

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. Following the approval to extend the garden at

the side we have put in raised beds and planted them.

Previously the patients looked out on just grass and a

hedge, so the view is now much improved.

Looking ahead to Christmas, we are not sure yet what

internal decorations we will be allowed to have. We

will certainly be decorating the garden area. You may

know that it has been our tradition to supply Christmas

presents (on Christmas morning) to all the inpatients.

We will be continuing this year.

To help with fundraising, 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

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Swaffham Men's Shed

Down at the Shed we have been making great progress,

with members making exhibits for the 100th anniversary

of the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard

Carter which is being held by Swaffham Museum next

year, and making items for sale and for the Christmas

Market where we will have a stall on the Sunday.

In addition we have now gained planning permission

for our new building, the materials for which will be

provided by Nick Crane of Crane’s Garden Buildings.

By the time of publication, his team will have put in

the foundation slab and the materials will have been

delivered and it will then be a team project to construct

the sections and erect the shed.

We have been very fortunate in being donated a good

number of tools and other items. One of the items

is a renovation project of a lovely little 19th century

organ. Alas we do not have the time or space with all

that is going on to deal with this, so if anyone would

like to take it on please contact James Allen on info@

swaffhammensshed.co.uk. He’s also the guy to contact

for a membership form if you would like to come down

and join us.

We have regular sessions on Tuesday and Thursday

from 10am to 12 noon (mainly woodwork based) and

Thursday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 with modelmaking,

chess and other activities (not forgetting that the bar is

open! So come and see what you are missing down at

the rugby club on North Pickenham Road.

Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice

At Home Hospice it has been a very busy time since

the COVID-19 restrictions lifted back in July and we

are delighted to report that all our services are now

back up and running fully with the re-introduction

of our transport service and support groups. It has

been wonderful to be able to invite all those we help

to support back into the groups and words cannot

describe how amazing it feels for the Home Hospice

team to be back with you all again. Equally we have

been left in no doubt just how important it is and

what it means to all those who have attended so far.

We are also very excited to let you know about our

Nearly New Sale which will take place at our premises,

17 Brocks Road, Swaffham, on Thursday 25th and

Friday 26th November from 10am until 4pm on both

days. Everyone is warmly invited to come along and

find a fabulous bargain to help us raise vital funds for

our charity. We are looking for additional items to add

to the sale, so if any of you have any unused or preloved

clothing and accessories, or possibly some wellintentioned

but unwanted gifts at home, then please

contact us, we would love to hear from you and would

be very grateful to receive any of these items for

inclusion in the sale. It will be cash sales only on the

day. There will be light refreshments of tea and coffee

available. Please come along and support us, it would

be great to see you.

With the full re-introduction of our services, we

are looking for new volunteers to help provide

the invaluable work that we do within the local

community and surrounding villages. In particular, we

are currently looking for volunteer drivers. Could you

help us? We provide transport with a friendly driver to

take patients to hospital and GP appointments, staying

with the patient and supporting them throughout

their appointment.

In addition, our Fundraising Team who work hard

to arrange a variety of events throughout the year,

always look forward to welcoming new members and

great ideas for fundraising.

Whatever the role, you 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

cancer journey.

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.

Sarah Leggett

Deputy Co-ordinator


Swaffham History Group

The baking of bread in the early days was well

regulated in England and in some parts of the country

the baker’s oven was used by the community who

brought their dough to be baked and had to pay for

the privilege.

In some towns there was a bell which was tolled

when the baker had his oven ready, so that the town

or village people might know when to take their

loaves and pies to be baked. It is known that fines

could be imposed for baking in your own oven.

Julian Spicer (of Wakefield) was fined 2d for baking

bread in her own oven without the licence from the


In larger towns, female retailers known as ‘Hucksters’,

delivered the bread from house to house, and these

dealers, on purchasing the bread from the bakers,

were privileged by law to receive thirteen batches for

the price of twelve, hence the expression 'a baker’s

dozen' and this was the extent of their profits.

Walkers Wakefield.

The Bakehouse at Lanes bakery. Photo courtesy of Swaffham Heritage.

Behind and to the side (eastern) of 'The George

Hotel' there was a bakery named 'Lanes' which had

a staff of at least six in the 1920s. The old bakery

was taken over and incorporated into the Hotel and

now all that remains is the surround of the baking

oven set into the wall. Rumour has it that when the

bakery was stripped of its hardware, the ovens, and

other heavy items plus all of the rubble and debris

was thrown into the cellars of the building and

sealed over.

For further details of the History Group please Phone

01842 879140 or Email jbaz@go-plus.net

Swaffham & District Lions

Swaffham Lions held a coffee morning

together with book and cake sales in

the Assembly Rooms in aid of the Merle

Boddy Centre. With over 100 people

attending, the room was buzzing, especially following

the Covid-19 shut down when it was difficult to

attend functions. The event raised over £1100 for a

very worthy cause. Georgie Bell, the centre manager,

was thrilled with the money raised and thanked the

Lions for their support not only for the centre but the

work they do in the town.


The entries for the last two competition

meetings covered a diverse range of topics

Showcasing, in part, club members attempts

at Landscape, Flora and Fauna based subjects

some of the highly rated entries are shown


some of the highly rated entries are shown

The below:- entries for the last two competition

meetings Swaffham covered a diverse & District range of Camera topics Club

Showcasing, The in entries part, club for members the last two attempts competition

meetings covered a diverse range of topics,

The at competition Landscape, evening in August Flora was for and Fauna based subjects

images showcasing, the following two categories in " part, club members attempts at

Summer " "Open". In a well supported


and Landscape, of the highly

high scoring evening the Flora following images and rated Fauna entries based are subjects. shown Some of

By Alan Peggs, "Valley Gardens" and "Gannet

below:- the highly rated entries are shown below:-

and Chick", were worthy winners, with

Stephen Wards "Dales Valley" and Trevor

"Sun Rays at Thornham" by Alan Peggs

Vincent's "Brown Hawker" coming close

second in their respective categories.

Well done Alan, for again sweeping the board

with your stunning images. We reproduce the

Images placed in first and second positions

for all to enjoy :-

"Sun Rays at Thornham" by Alan Peggs

"Triplets" by Richard Ludlow

"Dead Straight" by Chas Youens

After a long enforced break the club

resumes normal meetings on the 1st

September, in the Churchill Room, at The

Swaffham and District Conservative Club with

an externally judged Print evening with

images from our recent trip to our training

officer David Spain's magnificent five acre

gardens. and other "in the garden" images,

plus of course the popular "Open" category.

There will also be a short electoral session

within the meeting. We look forward to

greeting Members, Re-joiners and new

potential members at this and future


"Sun Rays at Thornham" by Alan Peggs

The club caters for, and assists photographers

of all abilities. For further information please

contact us by e-mail at


"Triplets" by Richard Ludlow

Pickenhams WI

At our September meeting, our

speaker was unable to join us and so

Carolyn created some entertainment

by asking some of our members why they had

moved to Norfolk. The answers were very varied

and interesting. Later in the month we carried out

a litter pick around the village.

On Tuesday, 12th October our speaker was Jeremy

Whigham, a Trustee of St Mary's Church, Houghton

on "Dead the Hill. Straight" Jeremy gave by Chas us a Youens photo tour of historic

Norfolk churches, dividing the photos into groups;

The second some meeting were of round of October tower sees churches, the or thatched

club's roof training churches. officer In David one Spain instance giving (St one Mary, Burgh St

Peter on the River Waveney) - the architect, Samuel

of the regular presentations from his camera

Boycott, in 1726 designed a tiered church tower

basics based series.

"Dead on This an Straight" Italian presentation model. by Chas Jeremy is


entitled covered different

"Setting church you camera features, up including manual" angels the in talk roofs (St Mary's

The will second include Gissing, meeting "hands All Saints on" of October sections Necton, sees using St Peter's the Swaffham) -

club's members training and


many officer equipment.

more. David Rood Spain screens giving were one also a feature

Jeremy covered; the finest example (in the country)

of the regular presentations from his camera


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include Sadly, "hands this of the summary month

on" sections cannot The next,

using do and justice final to the many

competitions beautiful of photographs this calendar shown year being to us by Jeremy.

members own equipment.

Wednesday At our 3rd Annual November. Meeting The on competitions

9th November, we will

also welcome Magnus the Therapy Dog.

A will change be for of prints, the monthly and one programme will be themed now

On Saturday, 4th December at 2.00pm the Village

puts "Timepieces" competition Green Ukulele the meetings other Society will as be the will "Open". first entertain us in the

Wednesday church, of North the month Pickenham. The next, This and will final be open to

The club caters for, and assists photographers

competitions families of to this attend calendar as well year as WI being members.

of all abilities. For further information please


If anyone

3rd November.

would like




information, please

contact contact: us by e-mail Carolyn at Vincent, President of The

will be for prints, and one will be themed


Pickenhams' WI on 01760 755089 or Melanie

"Timepieces" Cousins, the Secretary, other will on be 01760 "Open". 440456.

Swaffham WI

After being in 'lockdown' for months

it was a great relief to get all members

back together again. We did this at

Swaffham Community Centre on the Campingland at

2.30pm on Wednesday 1st September with speaker

Rosie Wilkins on 'Wise Woman Anglo Saxon'

Then on Wednesday 6th October we had another

speaker, Jackie Horton, on the 'Life of Jane Austin'.

We also had a number of new members who were

very welcome. We meet on the first Wednesday of

every month at the Community Centre and visitors,

who we hope might become members, are always


A big thank you to all who contributed to the Lions

Sunday collection and Necton Co-op, we collected

34.96kg of food and household items. In the picture

Nicola Claxton & Janet Bloomfield, we also collect ink

cartridges and spectacles.

"Sun Rays at Thornham" by Alan Peggs


"Triplets" by Richard Ludlow

The second meeting of October sees the club's

training officer David Spain giving one of the regular

presentations from his camera basics series. This

presentation is entitled "Setting your camera up in

manual" the talk will include "hands on" sections

using members own equipment.

A change "Dead of the Straight" monthly by programme Chas Youens now puts

competition meetings as the first Wednesday of

The the second month The meeting next, of and October final competitions sees the of this









Spain giving

3rd November.


The competitions will be for prints, and one will be

of themed regular "Timepieces" presentations the other from will his be "Open". camera

basics The club series. caters This for, presentation and assists photographers is entitled of all

"Setting abilities. you For camera further up information manual" please the talk contact us

by e-mail at richardludlow@compuserve.com.

will include "hands on" sections using

members own equipment.

The club caters for, and assists photographers

of all abilities. For further Royal information British please Legion

contact us by e-mail Swaffham at Royal British Legion invite


you to a Concert, to be held in the

Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul on Thursday

11th November at 7.30pm. We are celebrating

100years since the formation of the Legion nationally.

Performing will be The Phoenix Singers, Swaffham

Players, Ian Clews, with readings by some of the

Swaffham Rangers. All are welcome. This is a free

event but there will be a collection on behalf of the

Poppy Appeal.

Important Announcement

There will be a remembrance

parade this year followed by the

wreath laying at the war memorial

on Sunday 14th November.


We have various groups including 'Knit and Natter'

and ten-pin bowling. Various outings are also now

possible to organise. This has already been done for a

Christmas dinner at The George Hotel for December.

Wednesday 3rd November will be our AGM, but

there will be something amusing to follow.


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Merle Boddy Day Centre

The Merle Boddy Day 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 the surrounding area.

This time we simply must blow the trumpet for two of

our star supporters, the Swaffham and District Lions

Club, and Sarah Symonds, the founder of the shop

and fashion brand Artichoke.

The Lions organised a coffee morning to raise funds

for us on Saturday 18th September in the Assembly

Rooms. It was a great success, raising an astonishing

amount of well over £1000! Coffee or tea were

provided as part of the entry fee, with home-made

cakes for sale, for those who don’t have to worry about

their waistlines. A raffle was held with lots of prizes

on offer. Centre Manager, Georgie, and her deputy,

Steph, helped out, and were delighted to meet many

old friends and make new ones. We want to say what

an enormous difference this makes to us, and to thank

all our friends in the Lions Club for their hard work in

putting this on.

At the beginning of October, Sarah Simonds opened

her new shop at No 1 London Street, just off the

Market Place in Swaffham. Artichoke is a Swaffham

brand that has previously run events and contributed

funds to good causes, so when it came to opening

her new shop Sarah chose to run an opening event

in aid of the Merle Boddy Centre. As well as donating

a significant percentage of the profits from the shop

and online sales, Sarah and her colleague, Donna,

also ran a raffle and a ‘silent auction’ on Facebook,

collecting over £500.

Our Centre Manager, Georgie, attended the shop

opening ceremony on behalf of the Centre. We can

only say how profoundly grateful we are to Sarah and

Donna for this.

Of course, we also love those of you who contribute

small amounts and what you can afford, and we are

now in the process of organising donations through

the JustGiving website and app; more on this later.

If you are interested in our work and would like to be

involved, we are looking for volunteers, particularly

with business experience, to join our management

committee. We always welcome too, volunteers to

help with fund raising.

If you want to know more, find us on Facebook

@merleboddycentre or see our website www.

merleboddy.org.uk or call on 01760 724527.



CELEBRATING President’s Corner

Swaffham If this edition of the Newsletter

is published on what I think is

the “usual” date - the last Thursday of the preceding

month - then our Art Exhibition starts tomorrow!

Please come and view about 250 exhibits by mainly

local people plus exhibits from four local schools

sometime over the coming weekend. On the other

hand, if publication is again delayed by production /

delivery problems, then sorry you may have missed

it. Hope you can join us in 2022!

However, our next event is less than a month

away. Our Charity Christmas Fayre takes place in

The Assembly Rooms on Saturday 27th November.

Already three quarters of the available stalls have

been taken by local charities and voluntary bodies

and we expect the remainder to be snapped very

soon. Please come and support the groups which

do so much to make Swaffham a vibrant place. Shop

early (at least for me) for Christmas!


Six months ago I wrote about littering, and referred

to a number of initiatives at the time. One was the

Million Mile Clean; a campaign to connect beach

cleaning action throughout the year, with targets of

100,000 volunteers walking 10 miles whilst cleaning

the places they love. Another the Tidy Britain Group

the Great British Spring Clean. I concluded with

couple of questions – “Does Swaffham need to

participate in either?” Would it be better to consider

a re-launch of our town initiative?”

No response, perhaps not surprising since there is no

provision for letters to the Editor in the Newsletter.

Sadly, the problem has not gone away. A small group

of us tackled the footpath between Campingland

and London Street recently. In just about an hour

we amassed a collection of mainly cans and bottles.

So with some regret, I repeat my conclusion that we

need a strategy to keep our town tidy.

As this is most likely the last edition of the Newsletter

you will read before Christmas, may I wish everyone

a joyous time and a healthier New Year.

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

please visit our website: swaffhamrotary.org.uk.

There is also a link where you can send me message.

John Wallace



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Greetings from the allotments

Well, by the time you read this we will be into

November. The real growing season is almost at a

close and most of the plots “put to bed” for the

winter months. Plot holders that grow through the

winter will have their Sprouts and cabbage plus

Garlic in. For Garlic they say plant on the shortest

day and harvest on the longest. I never had much

luck but one plant stubbornly keeps growing year

after year.

We are sincerely hoping that our polytunnel will

survive the winds this year, our last one was blown

across 5 plots and ended up in shreds. We did try

to grow tomatoes and cucumbers the following

year but they really didn’t do well in pots. This

year we had a bumper, mould free, crop of both. I

know that many gardeners have wonderful success

just growing at home but I think the allotments

being quite high and exposed are not the right


Did anyone get a good crop of walnuts? The trees

around us have been stripped by Squirrels, does

this herald a bad winter to come? Certainly there

are an enormous amount of berries about, my

Cotoneaster is covered.

The wildlife around the plots is amazing. We have

Magpie, Pheasant, Partridge, huge Crows and Owls.

Something quite large has been flattening the grass

in certain patches, hopefully not Mr. Fox. There is

certainly enough food about to keep the birds in

particular, fit and healthy. I know the beautiful cock

Pheasant regularly feeds from our chicken feeder.

He must be at least 5 by now. The chickens and

Turkeys don’t seem to mind.

We have no forward dates for the diary. This is the

last Newsletter until the Spring. We wish you all a

very Happy Christmas and a better 2022.

If you are interested in taking a plot or a starter

plot, please call Graham or Jennifer Edwards on

07919 888870.

Swaffham Climate Action Group

Our group has been pre-occupied with

the upcoming COP26, United Nations

International Conference on Climate Change,

which will be hosted by the UK in Glasgow from 31st

October to 12th November. The last international

agreement in 2015 committed all countries to keep

global warming well below 2 degrees and to aim for

1.5 degrees. So far plans to keep to this ambitious

target do not look enough so it will be tough challenge

for all world leaders to agree on the changes needed.

One of the SCA aims is to raise awareness of the

climate emergency and encourage everyone to help

prevent further global warming. The best way for

you to follow COP26 events as they happen is on

the YouTube channel or on Twitter, just search for

COP26. Some of our members will be taking part

in a more active way. The Norfolk Hub of the COP26

Coalition is organising a rally on Saturday November

6th starting at City Hall at 1pm and moving through

the city to Chapelfield Gardens. The coalition is a

broad gathering of different organisations to mark


Our group is concerned with the biggest effect of

climate change on East Anglia - increased flooding.

The map shows the result of a one metre rise in sea

level, predicted to happen from warming of around 2

degrees. Climate Central have made this map using a

wide range of credible published science and you can

search an interactive version online.

You are most welcome to join us!

If you are interested in joining our informal group,

please contact Colin Abbiss on 01760 723118 or Cathy

Mumford on 01760 721847 or cathyjmumford@

gmail.com. Monthly meetings are on Thursday

mornings at 10am, and we hope to continue in

person but please contact us for details. If you are

not able attend, you are still most welcome to join

the group, contribute with suggestions and receive

all meeting notes and information.

Swaffham WEA

Day School “A Christmas Carol on Film”

“A Christmas Carol” is such an icon that

the “spirit” of the story has entered our understanding

of the Christmas season. It embodies the importance

we attach to our midwinter celebrations, and the

transforming power of a generous gift.

According to Halliwell’s Film Guide there is one film

entitled “A Christmas Carol”, made by MGM in 1938.

The magazine Variety described it as “top production,

inspired direction and superb acting”. The footnote

in Halliwell’s says see “Scrooge”.

Under “Scrooge” there are three British-made films,

one dating from 1935; the next made in 1951 starring

Alastair Sim and including Jack Warner, Michael

Hordern and Hermione Badderley; and the third

from 1970 featuring Albert Finney, Alec Guinness

and Edith Evans. And then there are the more recent

films, and cartoon versions

including Mr Magoo and

Mickey Mouse! If we were

making it today I wonder

who would we cast as


Swaffham WEA will be

running a Day School

entitled “A Christmas Carol

on film” at the Community

Centre on Friday 10th

December from 10am to 3pm, with breaks for coffee

and tea (provided) and lunch (bring your own).

The tutor will be James Clarke, who knows all there

is to know about films and film making! Come and

learn about the stories behind the films; compare the

actors taking on the roles; and join in the discussions

about your preferred version!

For further details, and to enrol in advance, contact

wea.org.uk or phone 0300 303 3464. Please quote

the course number C 2228484. The cost is £20, but

you may be eligible to attend for free. All Welcome.



Swaffham Jazz Club

For our October session we

welcomed ‘The Art of the

Trio’ - Phil Brooke guitar,

Simon Brown piano and

Ivars Galenieks double bass.

The absence of a drummer

means that the percussive

drive, which characterises

jazz, depends on the pizzicato

coming from the bass. Ivars makes a big sound so

you don’t really need a drummer.

I particularly liked ‘Tea for Two’ which ended the first

half. It really took off, with the bass laying down a

steady beat while the guitar and piano played across

the beat. In the second half, which was mainly

audience requests, I enjoyed most the sensitive

performance of ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley

Square’ which faded away beautifully to nothing at

the end. The session ended with a super-charged

version of ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ which took the

breath away!

During the interval Phil told me he first got interested

in the guitar by listening in his early teens to the

Beatles which prompted him to buy a cheap guitar.

At first he played by ear and later learnt to read

music. In his early 20s he became more interested

in jazz and liked to listen to Barney Kessel and Wes

Montgomery, two popular jazz guitarists at the time.

Brought up in Loughborough, he remembers his first

visit to Norwich was when he played in a pop group

at the Samson and Hercules Ballroom, opposite

the Cathedral. He now lives in Norwich and is a

full-time professional, both playing in bands and

teaching University students from Cambridge and

Norwich. He enjoys writing arrangements for big

bands, gardening and going for long walks in the

countryside. His guitar is now an expensive Yamaha

designed by the well known guitarist Martin Taylor.

Next up: Tuesday 9th November at 7.30 is Chris Kirk’s

quintet ‘Swing That Thing’ at Swaffham Conservative

Club £10 (cash) on the door. Contact Geoff on 01366

328730 or Norman on 01760 722384.

Wissey U3A

The Wissey U3A is affiliated with

the national organisation whose aim is to encourage

people in the ‘third age’ of life, that is, no longer in full

time employment, and thus mainly those now enjoying

retirement, to meet and share their knowledge. We

are a friendly group of people who like to have a laugh

as we learn, and to live life to the full. We would love to

welcome new members.

Our monthly meeting takes place on the first Thursday

of each month in The Pavilion at Holme Hale. We have

excellent speakers on a very wide range of topics.

Last month we enjoyed a presentation by ‘Chanter’s

Jigge’ on the history of street music from medieval to

Victorian times, including outstanding dexterity on

a great number of musical instruments both old and


On Thursday 4th November we will be hearing a talk

by Keith Thomas, titled ‘My Experiences in the RAF’.

Why not attend as a visitor and ‘test the water’? Please

make yourself known at the Welcome Desk. Doors

open from 9.45am, for refreshments and socialising,

and the meeting starts at 10.30am.

However, the monthly meeting is only part of our

activities. We also have many Activity Groups who

meet to share their expertise on all manner of subjects.

The idea is that we learn from each other and everyone

is treated as an equal. No lecturing and no testing!

If you would like to know more, please contact our

Chairman, David Moncaster, by emailing him at:

d.moncaster@btinternet.com or telephone him on

01760 724755.

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 Complete The Purchase Of

The Sacred Heart Barn Theatre & Pool

At long last following a lengthy period of due

diligence by the Town Council, the Sacred Heart Barn

and Swimming Pool have finally been secured by

Swaffham Town Council. With the property featuring

heavily in on-going work commissioned to consultants

Ingham Pinnock, a feasibility study and business

plan are now well underway. The newly appointed

Barn Steering Group met for the first time on 30th

September and have been set the task of establishing

a management structure for the building, to bring the

newly publicly owned premises into community use

and working alongside the consultants in the coming

weeks. There is no fixed date for a grand opening,

all of these plans will have to be subjected to public

scrutiny and then a way forward will be agreed. In

order to bring the facility into community use some

refurbishment and improvements will be necessary,

this is part of the brief for the new Steering Group.

of the new Steering Group. It is so good to finally

get started now on the nitty gritty of this project

as this is where the hard work starts. We have only

just had our first meeting, the day after we finally

acquired the Barn itself and before we had been

handed over the keys to the building. There are lots

of ideas and lots of enthusiasm to make this project

work for the wider Swaffham community. It is both

a relief to get to this stage and daunting at the same

time for the task ahead. Rest assured we will do our

best now to get things moving as soon as we can,

but please be patient. There is a lot of work to do

behind the scenes, and we will do our best to keep

the public informed of progress through the local

press, our website, social media and the Swaffham


Town Mayor Cllr Judy Anscombe

“Swaffham Neighbourhood Plan stated that ‘there

is opportunity for more to be happening locally,

and with more space in which to be doing so in the

form of community buildings’. The need for new

or improved facilities also highlighted cinema and

theatre capacity. The Town Council hopes that with

the acquisition of The Barn, an exciting vision for

an Arts & Craft, Theatre and Cinema Hub can be

facilitated for use by the community in our growing

town. The Barn provides us with flexible space to

cater for different organisations and groups, and for

all ages. Once the work on a Business Plan has been

completed by our Barn Steering Group, together

with our consultants, we will present the findings

in a public consultation, so that the vision can be

shared with you all.”

Campingland Patient Participation Group

Campingland Patient Participation Group now have

a change of officers, Ann Newmeir has taken over

as Chairperson, Frank Nicholls is the Secretary and

Michael Atkinson remains Treasurer.

Prior to moving to Swaffham, Ann started a PPG in

Essex, where she was chair for 11 years. She is also

Treasurer of Thetford United Reformed Church and

editor of their weekly newsletter. She has been a

committee member of Campingland PPG for 3 years.

Chairman of the Barn Steering Group Cllr Jill Skinner


“It is fantastic that the Town Council now own the

Barn, and I am honoured to be elected Chairman

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Lighting Award For Swaffham

Swaffham Town Council received a Certificate of

good lighting practice from the CPRE at an award

ceremony at Dereham Memorial Hall on Thursday

16th September. The award recognises schemes

which keeps light pollution impacts to a minimum

in the rural environment. All entrants demonstrating

best practice to minimise light pollution were

recognised and their innovative and appropriate

lighting designs will be held up as exemplar schemes.

Mayor of Swaffham Cllr Judy Anscombe accepted the

award with Chair of the Council Planning Committee

Cllr Les Scott (See attached photo and supporting

information from CPRE).

Swaffham Mayor Cllr Judy Anscombe stated

“It is good to get recognition from CPRE for both our

lighting policy and our dark skies clause within our

Neighbourhood Plan. We worked hard on both of

these documents and have used them to good effect

when negotiating with developers or commenting

on their planning applications. The attention to

detail is what makes the difference in planning, as

you only get one opportunity of getting things like

this right.”

Cllr Les Scott stated

“I am quite proud of the fact we manage to positively

influence developers at the planning stage, we may

not make the final decision on planning matters, as

Breckland Council are the planning authority. But

the Town Council Planning Committee are certainly

the eyes and ears of the local people, so our

observations and our local knowledge are reflected

in our Neighbourhood Plan and our lighting policy,

helping us achieve a better result for the town.”

SAM 2 – speed recognition cameras

The Town Council own two SAM 2 speed recognition

cameras, which are moved around various locations

in the Town. Recently we have had a problem with

the cameras being turned around to face away

from the road, it has been on a daily basis since the

Camera was placed in New Sporle Road. The purpose

of the Cameras is to try and slow down the through

traffic and tampering with the Camera is a criminal

offence. There is a possibility that long term damage

will be caused to the Camera, the approximate cost

of replacement is £3,000. The replacement cost

would be met by the Council Tax Payer, so a plea from

your Town Council is to keep a look out for anyone

tampering with the SAM 2 in any location, please

phone the Police in the first instance and let the

Council know of anything suspicious –as someone

somewhere knows who is doing this - thank you.

Christmas Market Weekend

A Christmas market, ice skating and live nativity is set

to entertain families at the annual Christmas event

in Swaffham, which promises to be bigger and better

this year. Swaffham’s Christmas light switch-on is a

festive event which attracts families from across the

county. After the coronavirus pandemic cancelled

festivities last year, the event has now been spanned

across a whole weekend – which has some new


It will be held on the weekend of December 4th and

5th and the official light switch-on will take place

at 5pm on the Sunday. Kicking off on the Saturday,

families will have the opportunity to ice skate or

attend the town’s usual market. On the Saturday

evening we have Live music in the Town Centre with

the Little Mix Tribute Band LMX and a Food Market.

Deputy Clerk Claire Smith stated

“Normally we have a Christmas Light switch on

event on the Sunday but we are extending it

to include the Saturday. It is going to be really

good fun. We definitely felt that we need to have

something nice to look forward to this year and

we want to encourage lots of families to come out

and enjoy themselves. We have had people get

in touch saying they are excited. The event is also

being sponsored by a lot of local businesses which

is great. On the Sunday, the event – which spans

across the town centre and market place – will also

see Santa in his grotto at the Assembly Rooms as

well as Liver animal nativity and a Funfair. A festive

themed market will be held selling seasonal food,

drink and gifts and more live performances. It is a

popular local event and we usually get a good turn

out. We have quite a few new residents in Swaffham

with the new development so we are hoping they

come along to see what it is all about.”

You can buy a ticket in our Christmas Raffle, first

prize is £200. If you are interested in booking a stall

for the Saturday 8am – 3pm or 5pm – 10pm slots or

for the Sunday 12noon – 6pm then please contact

the Town Hall reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.

gov.uk as we only have VERY limited space, so avoid

disappointment and get booked in. Telephone 01760

722922 and we will send you a form or call in and

collect one from us at the Town Hall.

Swaffham Town Council

Tel: 01760 722 922


Town Hall opening times:

Town Hall opening times:

Monday to Thursday: 9.30am - 1pm (lunch) 1.30 - 4pm.

Friday: 9.30am - 1pm


Town Council Committee

meeting dates - NOVEMBER 2021

• Wed 10th – Full Council – 6.30pm. Town Hall

• Mon 15th – Market Management Committee –

6.30pm. Town Hall

• Mon 22nd – Assets and Open Spaces – 6.30pm.

Town Hall

• Tue 30th - Planning & Built Environment – 4pm.

Town Hall

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.

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

Cllr. Ian Sherwood

01760 725 741

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











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