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June 2022

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Swaffham gets Platinum

Jubilee celebration ready!

Find the full event listings for the weekend on p.23

year saw the clubs long delayed annual interclub competition with

hosted this time by Lakenheath. Swaffham won this event by a small

"Scented Spring Star Flower " by Alan Peggs, shown below was awarded a

on the evening.



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3 Iceni Antics/School Speak

4 School Speak/Church News

5 Jazz Club/ School Speak

6 W.Acre Bowls Club/Swaffham Clean Up

8 History Group/Garden Club

9 Swaffham Jazz Club/Camera Club

11 NarVOS/Men's Shed/Hospital L of F's

13 Swaffham Climate Action/Lionesses

14 SCALGA/Swaffham Golf Club

17 Swaffham Rotary/ Magpie Centre

18 Swaffham & Pickenhams WI Groups

19 Carter22/Friends of Swaffham Heritage

20 Merle Boddy Centre

21 Wissey U3A/Swaffham Town Council

Hamond Educational Trust

Hamond Educational Trust Trustees have unanimously

agreed to establish a Platinum Jubilee Fund of £10,000

which will be used to assist a student or students resident

in Breckland, under the age of 21 when accepted for a

university degree or a vocational course commencing

in 2022. In awarding this grant the funds will be spread

over the period of the degree or vocational course for

a maximum of four years. Each student will be required

to complete a Platinum Jubilee Fund application form,

which will need to include two (2) References, one of

which will need to be from a member of staff from his

or her educational establishment. Each application will

be considered by the HET on it’s merits and the decision

of the Trustees will be final. Successful candidates will

be asked to furnish an acceptance letter from their

institution of choice prior to any award being given.

In setting aside this fund the Trustees sincerely hope

that they will be able to assist and encourage a student

or students to apply for the course of their choice, which

might otherwise be unattainable for financial reasons.

Interested applicants in the first instance should contact

our Clerk at janetsmith.otter71@btinternet.com who

will be able to provide a copy of the Application Form

and any further information. The closing date for

applications will be June 30th.

Iceni Antics

It was recently pointed out to us that although the

majority of people now use the internet, there are

still quite a few, particularly the elderly, that do not

and may be missing out on finding out what is going

on locally.

Therefore, a suggestion is that if you have a

neighbour who may be new to the area or

unable to access a computer that you make them

aware of what is available on our website (www.

swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk) and point them in

the direction of the Community Centre where our

office is based.

We are always more than happy to welcome new

faces and give them details of all the varied activities

that take place both here and at other facilities

throughout the local area. As well as this we are

also a good base to sign-post to organisations that

offer specialist advice and support for a wide range

of issues such as social isolation, family issues,

employment and much more.

Heartwood CE VC Primary

Would you like to make a difference

for the next generation at Heartwood?

Heartwood Primary are looking for

an inspirational member from the

community who would like to be a governor at our

school. Do you have the skills and passion to join

the board in continuing to ensure excellence for all

children at the school? We meet half termly on a

Monday 4-6pm and there are opportunities to visit

the school and contribute regularly.



If you are interested and would like to know more,

please contact Emily McMillen the Headteacher on



As always, we are delighted to share a

little of our news from the academy. At the

end of May we honoured our new Student Leadership

Team with a ceremony during which they received their

bespoke ties and badges in front of peers and family

members. Here at TNHA we strongly believe in building

an environment in which every student feels that their

voice is heard and the Student Leaders work closely with

each other and staff within the academy to ensure we

continue to make our academy ‘the best it can be’.

This year’s student leadership team have made many

changes that included: designing and deciding on a new

school tie that will be available for our incoming Year 7’s,

secured £3,000 of funding towards sustainability projects

around the academy and have voted to support a number

of charities in non-uniform events - to name only a few!

We believe being part of the student leadership team

also enables our students to build additional lifelong skills

beyond the classroom such as: communicational skills,

leadership, teamwork, organisational skills, confidence

and becoming entrepreneurial.

May also saw the grand re-opening of our student library.

We are now the proud owners of a truly transformed

resource and owe thanks to the Hamonds Educational

Trust whose welcome grant enabled us to receive a large

supply of new books via Ceres Bookshop in the town.

We warmly welcomed guests from the community to

share the moment with our students.

Along with the warmer weather, June brings another

busy month for TNHA. Particularly notable is that this

marks the start of the exam season for our senior students

and the culmination of all the hard work they have put

in over the last few years. They have been excellent in

terms of their attitude towards this important time and

we have no doubt that their efforts will pay off. After a

rather tumultuous time in terms of the pandemic we are

particularly proud of them all!

Along with the rest of the UK we will be celebrating

the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. To mark the occasion

some senior members of the community will join us

for an Afternoon Tea organised by ourselves and the

Swaffham Lions. Our students will be busy cooking

sweet treats to share with our guests along with their

memories throughout the Queen’s reign. We also plan a

Street Party for our students along with plenty of Union

Jack decorations and music from the era to create a

celebratory atmosphere. There will be an abundance of

activities with a 'Jubilee theme’ to mark this momentous


Finally, towards the end of the month, our numbers will

increase for two days as our new students from local

primaries join us for transition days. These are designed

to help them settle into life at the academy and join us

full of confidence, eager to start in September as part of

‘our TNHA family’.

Swaffham Methodist Church

• Sat 4th June NB No Coffee Morning - Jubilee


• Sunday 5th June 10.45am. Big Sunday. Morning

Worship followed by refreshments.

2pm - 4pm. Jubilee Jamboree. Swaffham Methodist

Church is pleased to be part of the Royal Afternoon

Street Party on Sunday 5th June from 2-4pm. Come

and join the Jubilee fun! Activities taking place

include: Mask making, Goodie Bags for Kids, Games,

Light refreshments, Royal Film (rolling continuously)

inside the Church.

• Tues 7th June 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place

Drop In. All welcome.

• Sun 12th June 10.45am. Morning Worship led by

Rev Jacqui Horton. Refreshments served afterwards.

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

Drop In. All welcome. Free tea/coffee.

• Sun 19th June 10.45am. Morning Worship led

by the Worship Leaders. Refreshments served


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

Drop In. Free tea/coffee. Bright, friendly atmosphere.

All welcome.

• Fri 24th June 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone

01760722611 for details.

• Sun 26th June 10.45am. Morning Worship

led by Rev Elizabeth Bellamy. Holy Communion.

Refreshments afterwards.

The Coffee Morning and Plant Sale held in aid of

Ukraine was very well attended and raised £500.

Our thanks to all. Please be aware that Church

Coffee Mornings, held in our School Room have

recommenced on the 1st Saturday of each month

except June. Outside organisations are also holding

coffee mornings, so please look for the posters.

You might also like to know that Susan Jones runs

Yoga on Tuesday evenings 6.30pm-7.30pm. She also

does Chair Yoga on Wednesday mornings 10.30am-

11.30am. Call 01760 722 611 for Susan’s details.

Swaffham Mothers’ Union

This year the Swaffham Branch of Mothers’ Union

celebrates 121 years of active membership here in our

community. We shall be holding a special service in

our parish church on 9th June at 2pm to celebrate the

work of our organisation, both past and present.

What exactly is Mothers’ Union and how did it start?

The organisation began in 1876 as the inspiration

of one woman - Mary Sumner - a vicar’s wife. She

understood the difficulties and challenges of

motherhood and set up a meeting of parish mothers

to offer mutual support. Her plan was radical in its

day as it involved women of all social classes coming

together plus motherhood was promoted as an

important profession.

From these simple beginnings has grown a worldwide

movement with over 4 million members in 83 countries.

In fact it is the largest lay-led Christian organisation in

the world, and closer to home in Norfolk alone there

are 38 groups. With the size of the organisation in

the UK and our close links with local communities the

Government frequently consults Mothers Union on

social policy issues.

In recent years MU is not restricted to mothers or even

women, but all are welcome who share our Christian

values of strengthening and supporting marriage and

family life in all its variety in the modern world.

So what do we actually do in our Swaffham branch?

We hold monthly meetings for prayer and fellowship

with interesting speakers, as well as social events. In

addition we involve ourselves in many projects such as:

providing Christmas gifts for men in Wayland Prison to

give to their children, provide emergency toiletries for

hospital admissions in the Queen Elizabeth hospital,

fundraise for Away From It All holidays(AFIA) for

families in need, support teenage mums with baby

essentials, support refugee groups settling in Norwich

or locally, provide hand- crafted knitted goods for local

maternity units- and so much more! Some members

involve themselves with the children’s activities at

Swaffham parish church, to which we are affiliated.

We are also involved with international projects at

different times of the year. For example every year

around the time of Mothering Sunday, Mothers

Union encourages branches to fund- raise for “Make

a Mother’s Day”, to support parenting and literacy

projects around the globe.

We’re very proud that our group here in Swaffham

is still as committed as ever to the basic principles

established by Mary Sumner 146 years ago and of

those Swaffham ladies 121 years ago.

We always welcome new members, so if you would

like to join us for a “taster” session please contact

our Branch Leaders – Julia Higbee (01760 720041) or

Denise Gore ( 01328 258329)

The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The June 2022 services in Swaffham parish church

will be as follows:-

Sunday 5th

9.30 am Sung Eucharist for Pentecost

6.00 pm Royal Songs of Praise

Wednesday 8th


Thursday 9th

Holy Communion (BCP)

2.00 pm Mothers’ Union Anniversary

Sunday 12th (Trinity Sunday)

Service Preacher: the

Bishop of Lynn followed

by celebration tea

9.30 am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 15th

Sunday 19th

10.00 am Holy Communion (BCP)

8.00 am Holy Communion (traditional


9.30 am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 22nd

Sunday 26th

10.00 am Holy Communion (BCP)

9.30 am Patronal Festival Sung Eucharist

Church is open daily for private prayer and for visitors

from 9 am until 4 pm outside services.

See also our website: https://www.

swaffhamparishchurch.org/ and our Swaffham

Parish Church Facebook page and via Twitter @


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West Acre Carpet Bowls Club

On Sunday 27th March, four members from West Acre

Carpet Bowls Club travelled to Wiggenhall to play in

the final of the “Mayor's Shield” (which should have

taken place in 2019 but due to the COVID outbreak it

had to be cancelled).

Two members of the team that should have played

had sadly passed away (not covid related). Mike Pye

(who also ran Whissensett Carpet Bowls club) and

Betty Lilley, also known on the Bowling circuit as

“Windmill Betty”, due to her bowling her bowl and

then standing back and waving her arm like a windmill

sail trying to persuade the bowl to land near the jack!

They are both deeply missed, as is Vera Firth who

came from Downham Market and also passed away.

Luckily we had two other players who were willing to

step in and take their place; Mick Turpin and Gordon

Coulting, along with Sheila Elliot and Chairman, Brian

Roberts, which won the shield 44 – 14 points.

We have welcomed some new members to the club.

A husband and wife from Roydon and a gentleman

from Necton.

Anybody wishing to come and join our very friendly

club are most welcome. You do not need any

equipment as all is supplied, just a comfortable pair

of shoes. We play Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

from 2 – 4 pm at West Acre Village Hall. £2 per day

and refreshments are provided.

Anybody wishing to join or want to know more can

contact me via email: Belinda_Bush@hotmail.com

or leave a message on my phone: 01760 755 184 and

I will get back to you.

Mayor's Shield Winners 2019 – 2020 From left to right: Gordon

Coulting, Sheila Elliot, Mick Turpin, and Chairman, Brian Roberts

Swaffham Clean Up

Since the middle of February, an intrepid band of

volunteers have met up each Sunday morning to

undertake litter picking throughout the town and

beyond, from the southern end of Brandon Road to the

north end of Castle Acre Road, and from the western

end of Cley Road to the eastern end of Norwich Road

plus almost all the roads around the town.

In just over 12 weeks 450 bags of litter have been

collected from our streets and footpaths plus

assorted larger items that have been found discarded

into hedgerows and ditches. The litter and rubbish

collections are taken away each week by Breckland

Council, who have provided the hi-vis gilets, rubbish

sacks and litter grabbers for the volunteers. Many

of you will no doubt have seen us in our hi-vis gilets

brandishing our litter grabbers and rubbish sacks, and

we have had many nice comments from passers by.

Town Councillor Graham Edwards, who has led the

initiative from the start said, “Everyone who helped to

achieve this should be very proud of what they have

done and have achieved. “

Although in the first few weeks a substantial amount

of litter accumulated over several years was removed,

this is unfortunately a never-ending job, as you can

probably imagine. Some people say that litter picking

should be done by the Council, which is fair comment,

although they will probably say it cannot be afforded

from the Council Tax. But if the Council do not do it

then who will?

In the meantime, the Swaffham Clean Up crew are on

the job because, like you, we want our town to look

clean and tidy, and we cannot wait for someone else

to do the job.

Want to join in? It’s simple, we meet up on Sunday

morning at 10 30 outside the Greyhound pub in town.

You can also check us out on

Facebook, search in Facebook

for Swaffham Clean Up,



where you will find further

details, and see postings about

the sites we have cleaned up.

View Swaffham Newsletter Online at: www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk


Campingland Patient Group

Campingland Patient Group joined with Norfolk

Healthwatch on Friday 6th May 2022 to hold a patient

survey at the surgery.

Anyone who didn't attend the surgery that day but

would like to take part in the Survey are welcome to

contact us, at anewmeir1@sky.com or 0788751656.

We welcome hearing from you and hope to see some

of you when we have our bookstall in the Saturday

market on 21 May 2022.

Chair - Ann Newmeir - anewmeir1@sky.com or


Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club

Website: ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com/

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com

Spring has well and truly arrived in our Gardens

May has brought us some lovely spring warmth,

although the last month has been a little dry for

our gardens. At our April meeting we moved from

the garden to the field as Helen Reeve gave a very

entertaining talk on her career journey to owning a

large herd of Waveney-Dexter cows in mid-Norfolk.

As this talk was not related to gardening topics our

report this month will focus on tasks that you could

be doing in your garden or allotment at this time of


Our next meeting (May 26th) will have Jim Paine

of Walnut Tree Garden Nursery

present a talk on ‘All about treesright

tree, right place’. Our June

Meeting (June 23rd) will be a talk

by the TV forecaster Chris Bell on

‘Weather Forecasting’. All meetings

are held at Holme Hale Pavilion and

start at 2.30pm. New members

from anywhere in the district are

always welcome, so come along

and join us at one of our monthly meetings.

To the Swaffham Newsletter.


Swaffham History Group

Camp-ball or Camping, was a great game in the

Eastern counties and probably a parent of modern

football. "Get campers a ball To camp there withall".

was a Norfolk couplet of the 15th century, and a

dim memory of the game is preserved in field

names, such as Camping Land, Camping Close and

Camping Ground. There is a Camping Land abutting

the churchyard in Swaffham and others in East

Bilney, Stiffkey and elsewhere.

The game is said to include athletics and that a

player must be a good boxer, runner and wrestler.

By 1930 it was stated as "an ancient athletic game

at ball and now almost superseded by cricket which

was a less hardy sport".

A sketch by Ben Ripper of Campingland c/o Swaffham Heritage.

Campingland, Swaffham, belongs to the town and

was bequeathed in 1475 by the vicar as a place for

public sport. It is recorded that archery butts were

erected in this area.

For further details of the Swaffham History Group

please contact 01842 879140 or EMail jbaz@goplus.net

Swaffham Jazz Club


Swaffham Camera Club

The Start of the new club year saw the clubs long delayed annual interclub com

On Saturday at about 3pm I picked up the phone and

The Start of the new club year saw the

heard a message from Chris Lakenheath Kirk apologising Camera that his Club, hosted this clubs time by long Lakenheath. delayed annual Swaffham interclub won this

band Swing That Thing couldn’t margin. play at One the of Club its entries on "Scented competition Spring with Star Lakenheath Flower " Camera by Alan Club, Peggs, hosted shown b

The Start of the new club year saw the clubs long delayed annual interclub competition with

Tuesday because two members Lakenheath this Camera time Club, by hosted Lakenheath. this time by Lakenheath. Swaffham won won this event this by a small

perfect had contracted score by Covid. the I judge event by

margin. on One the of its entries evening.

"Scented Spring Star Flower " by Alan Peggs, shown below was awarded a

immediately rang Norman and he managed to contact perfect a score small by the margin. judge on the evening. One of its entries "Scented Spring Star

Lee Vasey who agreed to put a band together to do the Flower" by Alan Peggs, shown below was awarded a

session, for which we are extremely grateful.

perfect score by the judge on the evening.

The line-up was Lee on guitar, Ian Hireson bass guitar,

James Lewis drums, Chris Lee trumpet and flugelhorn

and Diana Hare vocals. Chris was the only one who

hadn’t played for us before, coming all the way from

Great Yarmouth. He looks just like Pukki (the NCFC

striker) with the same beard, height and build, and

A full programme of topics, talks and demonstrations for the club year has been arranged . Now

just like the striker he has a strong delivery, a sound as

post pandemic, after nearly two years of disruption, the club is pleased to return to its normal buzz

straight as a well-struck penalty carrying clearly through of photographic activity.

the air.

Meeting at 19:00 for 19:30 on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at the Swaffham

Conservative Club . The Club is open to everyone above the age of 18 and welcomes skills from

One of the best moments of the evening was Chris beginners to enthusiasts, irrespective of the image taking equipment they are using.

playing a beautiful solo introduction to 'I’ll remember For further information please contact us by e-mail at richardludlow@compuserve.com

April'. after which Lee stormed in with a great swinging

solo accompanied by some crisp drum breaks from

James. The number ended with just the three of them A full programme of topics, talks and demonstrations

together producing wonderfully intricate counterpoint for the club year has been arranged . Now post

that would have made Bach proud.

pandemic, after nearly two years of disruption,

During the interval I interviewed A full programme Diana, for whom of topics, the talks club and is demonstrations pleased to return for to its the normal club year buzz has of bee

this was a third visit. She was post born pandemic, brought after up in nearly photographic two years of activity. disruption, the club is pleased to retu

Cromer and came from a musical

Meeting at 19:00 for 19:30 on the first and third

of photographic activity.

background. Her mother, who ran

Wednesday of each month, at the Swaffham

the annual Cromer Music Festival,

Conservative Club . The Club is open to everyone

Meeting at 19:00 for 19:30 above on the the first age and of third 18 and Wednesday welcomes of skills each from month, a

played the piano and sang.

Diana started to sing herself Conservative Club . The Club beginners is open to everyone enthusiasts, above irrespective the age of of the 18 image and welc

at the age of five. One of taking equipment they are using.

beginners her to enthusiasts, irrespective of the image taking equipment they are

earliest memories is visiting her

For further information please contact us by e-mail at

grandparents every Sunday for afternoon tea, when richardludlow@compuserve.com

For further information please contact us by e-mail at richardludlow@compus

her grandma would play jazz piano and boogie-woogie.

She now sings regularly at the Norwich Jazz Club and

at Lee Vasey’s Jazz Nights at Salhouse Lodge. Her

favourite jazz singers are Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London

and Melody Gardot. She has brought up three children.

Her eldest plays the piano, the next plays the flute and

her youngest is a talented composer who aims to go to

music college. Diana also told me she loves cold water

swimming in the River Yare. When I asked her where

abouts, she replied “Anywhere feasible!”

Diana is a great jazz singer and relates very well to her

audience. Before she sang Come Fly with Me she told

us that she chose this to celebrate receiving a letter

that day from the Passport Office informing them that

her son would get his passport in time for their holiday!

Next up:

Tuesday 14th June - The Equinox Jazz Quartet - at

Swaffham Conservative Club, London Street. PE37 7DD,

starting at 7.30 pm. £10 cash on the door.

Further information from Geoff 01366 328730 or

Norman 07944 795 282

The Hive at Great Cressingham

Our Winter Wellbeing series was enjoyed by people

from across Norfolk and as far as Bedfordshire and

in particular the session on Coping with Change

which was presented by Kate Jones, Community

Development Co-ordinator with Norfolk and Waveney

Wellbeing Services.

Now we are well and truly into our current series,

Spring into Summer. Fourteen people came to Healing

Bowls and enjoyed the experience of Himalayan

singing bowls presented by Alison Taylor-Smith of the

British Academy of Sound Therapists.

At our last event, a labyrinth was mowed in the grounds

and was the focus of a session on Celtic spirituality. In

June we are holding a Jubilee Sing and Open Day at The

Hive (4th June) a talk on Climate Change (18th June)

and Celtic Journeys (24th June). For more information

follow us on facebook.com/GreatCressinghamHive

or email thehiveplace@gmail.com

'To Go' bags for those in need

Anyone who is in need can take the ‘To Go’ bags

from libraries, free bags of sanitary products,

essential toiletries, cleaning items and warm bags

will help to reduce people’s household spending

over the winter; by not having to buy these items,

people can use their money to spend on other

household bills (especially over the winter, when we

see an increase in utility bills) and other essentials,

including food.

• Tricky Period To Go

- 1 pack of regular sanitary pads

- 1 pack of large/night-time pads

Also available are sustainable sanitary products

with Tricky Period Sustainable bags containing

either menstrual cups and washable sanitary pads.

• Toiletries To Go

- Deodorant, body wash, shampoo, toothbrush,

toothpaste, soap and hand gel

• Keep Warm and Go

- Gloves, thermal top, socks, scarf, blanket and hat

- Emergency survival bivi bag

-For people who are homeless

• Cleaning To Go

- Available from end of February 2022

Just a Cuppa

At our weekly Just a Cuppa sessions we have added

in the option of hot chocolate, cuppa soup and

wrapped snacks over the winter months. Just a

Cuppa is on at Swaffham every Friday 2.30-4.30pm


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Wednesday 29th June at 7.30pm

Indoor Meeting at The Assembly

Rooms, 1 Market Place, Swaffham.

PE37 7AB. Our June meeting is always

more of a Social Evening. There will be a short

introductory talk by John Fuller entitled:

“Amarelo, Verde and Azul- The Colours of Brazil”

showing the colourful birds and wildlife of the Pantanal,

the largest wetland in the world.

This month refreshments will be free of charge. Please

come along, relax and circulate. You can also view a

variety of natural history interests, books, artwork, etc.,

brought along by members. This is a good chance to

chat to friends and learn more about NarVOS events.

Visitors welcome. Admission £4 on the night; free to

NarVOS members.

For more information contact Ian Black on 01760

724092 or go to www.narvos.org.uk

Swaffham Community Hospital L Of F's

We had some initial ideas about marking the Queen's

Jubilee at the Hospital but much depended on what

is possible from the Trust's perspective. We looked at

the possibility of an afternoon tea party for patients,

staff and visitors, but this has turned out not to be

possible. We now plan to decorate the garden and

provide some treats instead.

We have had a preliminary discussion with the Trust

about a new Capital scheme and plans are being

drawn up. More on this later in the year.

We have a meeting planned for Monday 13th June

at 2pm at the Hospital. This will also be our AGM at

which we will formally adopt last year's accounts etc.

If you would like to attend you are welcome or if you

wish I can send you a copy of the papers.

The coin collection idea is still helping us, and thanks

again to those who contribute this way.

Regarding the front garden of the Hospital, we, the

Friends, have plans to enhance what is there and look

to make it more maintenance free. As we are a very

small group we would really welcome any voluntary

time to help maintain the gardens. Might you be able

to volunteer any time for this ?

Colin Houghton

(Chairman) 01760 336 025

Swaffham Men’s Shed

Firstly, a big thank you to Tesco and all those who

supported us in the blue token scheme. We have been

awarded the £1500 top grant and will spend the funds

on equipment and accessories to expand activities in

our new Crane Garden Buildings shed.

We also wish to thank North Pickenham Wind Farm

Community Fund/Norfolk Community Foundation and

Arnold Clark Community Fund for their generous grants

which will be used to purchase and fit out a shipping

container for storage of materials and finished items

made by members for sale to raise funds.

The new model group is thriving with as many as

14 turning up on a Thursday evening. Members are

involved in building a model railway layout, model

aircraft, building a kit remote control car, Meccano

and a wooden a model Viking ship. The group meets

on the 1st Sunday in the month 10am to 5pm as well

as Thursday evenings 7pm to 9.30pm. It is totally up

to members what activity they would like to pursue so

why not come down and see what’s going on?

We will be holding an Open Day and grand opening of

the new Crane Garden Buildings shed on 30th July so

please put this date in your diary and come down to

see what we get up to. Details will follow and will be

published in July’s newsletter.

If you are interested in joining Swaffham Men’s Shed

why not come down and have a chat and a cuppa?

We meet at the Rugby Club on North Pickenham Road

every weekday morning 9.30 – 12.30 and Saturday

afternoon 2 – 5 pm, and Thursday evenings 7.30 – 9.30.

For membership enquiries telephone: 07395 028

399, or e-mail: info@swaffhammensshed.co.uk, and

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Swaffham Lioness Lions

The Pride of Swaffham

The Lioness Club is keen to get out

and about in the community again, and

at Easter we once again held our popular

Easter Egg Tombola in the Assembly Rooms, and

together with the sale of some of our Bric-a-brac,

we made £250 for the charity Sargent Cancer Care

At the end of April we did another litter picking session

along the old railway line, and in May we supported

the Carter 22 project, holding a mosaic tile making

session at our Club meeting room at the Catholic

Church with surprisingly good results! An enjoyable

and productive morning was had by all of us.

On June 6th as our Jubilee celebration we are holding

a Queen’s Pudding Quiz with lots of delicious puds to

choose from at the quiz interval, naughty but nice!

Swaffham Climate Action


We are pleased to announce that

SCA now has a website where we can

share useful factual information about

climate change and how we can all help: https://


Many thanks to Nick Doe for setting this up, we hope

to add much more to it in the coming months and

welcome suggestions. If you have any ideas about

what you would find helpful please let us know on

the contact details below.

Nicholas Hamond Academy

Our chair, David Jones, and vice-chair, David Elsom,

were pleased to talk about climate change to the

Year 8 assembly at the Nicholas Hamond Academy

recently. We appreciate the opportunity to do this

and very much look forward to continuing interacting

with the school in a positive way for the community.

Climate friendly tip of the month:

Here is some handy advice from one of our members

on the most efficient way to pack your fridge:

• Best temperature is 3 or 4 degrees centigrade.

• Remember it is warmest at the top and in the door.

Top Shelf...Cooked food.

Centre...Dairy produce inc. milk (Not in the door

that is the warmest place)

Bottom...Packed meat and fish.

Drawer...Veg and fruit.

Door...Jams, sauces and fruit juice.

Swaffham Social was a great opportunity to talk

group and we were pleased to have a list of potential n

good level of interest in our stand. It was lovely to see th

and social groups in the community. The Community Fridge is a brilliant

waste, a big contributor to climate change. By using the Community Fridg

we only buy the food we need, and ensuring it is all used, we can all mak

estimated 9.5 million tonnes of food waste is created annually in the UK a

landfill it releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. If you have lef

food it can often be frozen or recycled into another recipe and a piggy bank

to put in the money saved can be a good incentive.

We have resumed monthly in person meetings in February but will

format of alternating between morning meetings in person and Zoom mee

so please get in touch to find out the latest. Contact Cathy Mumford

cathyjmumford@gmail.com or David Jones on 01760 722468

dljdav@gmail.com. Anyone with an interest in climate awareness in the

welcome to join us. If you are not able attend, you can still join the gro

suggestions, and receive all meeting notes and information.

If the younger members of the family take over the

responsibility of putting the shopping

away it is a good way of earning their

pocket money, a contribution to less

food waste, keeping food for longer,

and is a measure towards saving the


Future meetings

Some meetings will centre around a presentation on

any aspect of climate change to keep us all informed,

other meetings will have a business format. Our

meetings are usually on the second Thursday of

each month at the Methodist Church at 10am but

please check for details with either Cathy Mumford

on 01760 721847 / 07799 642271, cathyjmumford@

gmail.com or David Jones on 01760 722468 / 07806

435066, dljdav@gmail.com. Anyone with an interest

in climate awareness in the community is most

welcome to join us at any meeting. If you are not

able attend, you can still join the group, contribute

with suggestions, and receive all meeting notes and


















Greetings from the allotments

Good news for the beginning of May, it was announced

that chickens etc could be let out. The length of the

restriction was really hard this time. Plot holders said

there was a lot of pecking and bullying going on.

Those kept indoors began to suffer with the heat. We

all felt that it really was time.

The long dry spell in April held back some crops.

Broad beans for instance are at all different stages of

growth. Some put their potatoes in early and risked

frosts, others waited as long as early May. Everything

catches up in the end though.

We have had regular visits from some small deer,

they are too large for Muntjac some thought they

were Roe. Hopefully they are just passing through as

they will enjoy the produce before we get to it!

We are really lucky with our wildlife. Plot holders

have built 5 star plus hotels for bees, hedgehogs, you

name it there’s a house for them. Walking round we

admire the thought that has gone into structures for

both humans and animals. This year I think we should

have a competition for the most innovative designs.

I wrote last time that we had to drastically cut back an

old grape vine. Our fingers were crossed that it would

survive. I know you hear that in spring the sap rises,

well, it was dripping out of the cut ends. I have heard

it said that you can hear the sap rising in large trees?

This was amazing. We treated the raw ends and it

seems to be putting extra strength into the growth

of the new tendrils. It won’t be long before the new

structure we built is covered.

As there has been a huge turnover in the Council Office

Personnel we are not sure who is actually dealing

with the waiting lists and the general management

of the allotments. We are at present looking into this

as people have been patiently waiting for plots to

become free.

That’s all for now, other than many hours being put

in to get everything going we really don’t have many

“doings” but I am pleased to announce the following:-

Forthcoming Events

• AGM - Wednesday 8th June 7pm in the Regency

room of the Assembly Rooms

• BBQ - Sunday 24th July. 3pm Plot 42 as usual.

Starter Plots

These have all now been let.

Founders’ Day at Swaffham Golf Club

As part of our Centenary year, we decided to hold a

History Exhibition at the Club, organised by one of

our members, Ann Howarth.

For the past two years, Ann has been researching

our seventeen Founding Members and has traced

descendants, who have shared photographs and

information. History is a hobby of Ann’s - a passion

even - so this has been a labour of love, but it has still

been a huge task.

During the week of the Exhibition (2-8 May),

descendants of six founding members joined us at

the Club. Our first President was Richard Morden

Harbord Hamond, later 10th Baron Suffield, of The

Manor House, Swaffham. Pictured below at the

Exhibition are the current Lord Suffield with a life size

photo of his grandfather, Ann Howarth and our Ladies

Captain, Ann Ewer.

We are fortunate to have had support from other

Swaffham groups. The local History Group and

Swaffham Museum have both helped Ann with

research. The Swaffham & District Camera Club has

offered help with photographing events. And local

businesses are generous in supporting our Centenary

events throughout the year. W H Brown sponsored

our Founders’ Day.

We invited Dr Sue Gattuso, manager of Swaffham

Heritage, to view the Exhibition on the Opening

Day when she joined sixty others for ‘Afternoon Tea

and Viewing’. We are delighted that the Exhibition

has been such a success. In fact, more has come to

light during the week, just by talking to visitors and

finding out about their stories. Ann will be updating

the information before passing it on to Swaffham


Swaffham Golf Clubhouse is open for food and drinks

every day of the week. Our Family Day on 10th July

is advertised in this edition of Swaffham Newsletter

– open to all and free to enter. But you don’t need to

wait till then! Please pop in – you will be made very


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Magpie Centre News

Magpie Riders Fly High At Regional Competition

Disabled riders from throughout East Anglia gathered

at the College of West Anglia’s Milton campus on

Sunday May 8 to contest the Riding for the Disabled

Association (RDA) Regional Dressage competition.

Riders are grouped according to their level of disability,

and of the West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled team,

based at the Magpie Centre, Wallington Hall, five of the

six strong team placed first or second in their classes,

and won through to the RDA National Championships,

to be held at Hartpury College, near Gloucester, on July


Seasoned competitors Michelle Alflatt and Aynsley

Calvert, riding new mounts, Sully and Ava, respectively,

both won their classes. Michelle piloted Sully to victory,

with an excellent mark of 69.3%, while Aynsley won

both his dressage class and the Countryside Challenge

qualifier. This last is like a mounted obstacle course

and, despite Ava stopping to peer at a cardboard hen,

the pair achieved top marks.

Said Michelle: ‘Sully was a very good girl, and I was

delighted with my marks. I just hope we can consolidate

this with a win at the Nationals.’

But competing at the Nationals doesn’t come cheap,

so, although the riders pay their own entry fees, plus

travel and accommodation costs, West Norfolk RDA will

need to foot the bill for horse transport and stabling, as

well as staff transport and accommodation. Watch this

space to find out how you can help.

Entries are still open for the Charity Ride, scheduled

for June 12, with routes of various lengths, around

Wallington Hall estate. The shorter ride is even suitable

for riders on lead rein, so, even if the ground remains

hard, but you and your horse fancy a gentle saunter,

off-road, in lovely surroundings, visit our website;

www.rda-westnorfolk.org.uk for details of how to


Looking further ahead, the Magpie Centre Craft Fair

and Have A Go Dog Agility event, Saturday, June 25, has

already attracted more than 40 stallholders! However,

the more the merrier, as they say, so if you’d like to

take a 3 metre wide pitch, at a cost of £10, just visit our

website, as above, or call Jan on 07715 467866. The

event runs 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, with set-up starting

at 8.30 am.

General admission is £2.00 for adults and free for

under-16s. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Cost for Dog Agility is £2 per attempt. Bring your pooch

and Have a Go!







President’s Corner

I am sure that most of you, like

me, have enjoyed seeing all kinds

of productions at West Acre Theatre. How many, like

me, have never seen a production by their group of

young people? I thought I was about to put that right

when a diary clash got in the way. My plan was to attend

a performance of 'Remote', a new play commissioned

by the National Theatre’s Connections, their annual

nationwide youth theatre festival. The Club had decided

to donate to the Youth Group monies received after the

Service of Celebration for the life of Alan Jones, one of

our members. Alan, a retired Headmaster, had a lifelong

interest in the all arts including the performing arts. His

widow Lesley was accompanied by our President Elect

and his wife who were absolutely blown away by the

performance. The same diary clash prevented me from

attending a conference. If I am honest, I was nowhere

near as disappointed this time, conferences have never

really been my thing. However, in retrospect I wish I could

have been at this one. The President of the Rotary Club

of Kyiv International gave a presentation on the work

her Club is doing. I have seen a video of her presentation

which is amazing. I am told the emotional impact on the

delegates at the conference is without precedent and can

see why.

Oksana told us about the work Rotarians are doing with

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), helping with the

evacuation of places under siege and in taking food and

medical supplies to hospitals and those unable to leave.

Amongst the examples she gave was the support given

to train crews who can never leave their trains so they

provide food to them and other railway personnel: and

volunteers are also collecting and looking after the pets

families had to leave behind when they fled.

During her presentation Oksana mentioned as if it did

not matter that she was herself an IDP and that her

husband is trapped in a town under Russian control and

she has not heard from him. Rotarians in the area are

being supported by Rotaract members (young persons)

and other volunteers so impressed by the work they

are doing. As our District Governor said when thanking

her for the presentation, the Rotary motto is “Service

Above Self” and he could not think of a better example.

Neither can I. Had I been faced with such a challenge in

my time as President of this Club could I have risen to the

challenge? In all honesty I think not.

This is the last piece I will write as Rotary President,

Malcolm Whitley succeeds me at the end of June. Thank

you for reading this and the other pieces I have written.

I hope you have found them informative of the work of

Rotary locally, nationally and internationally.

If you would like to view the video I have mentioned above,

please e mail me - club_president@swaffhamrotary.org.

uk. To find out more about our Club, please visit our

website – http://www.swaffhamrotary.org.uk.

John Wallace

Swaffham WI

Our last meeting was held on

Wednesday 4th May at 2.30pm at

the Community Centre and went

very well. Cards and small presents were given to

three members with May birthdays.

An amusing 'Big 70's' poem was read by a member.

Our President gave details of the 'Resolution' which

was chosen Nationwide & will be discussed in

June at the Annual meeting in Liverpool and then

submitted to the Government.

As we did not have a speaker for this meeting a

number of unusual and amusing events were held.

Many of our members brought along photos of

when they were babies or young children. These

were laid out on a table for us all to try and identify.

This was great fun and raised many a laugh! A

quiz was also held with a question list on various

descriptions and abilities that fitted our members.

This helped new members to mix and get to know

many more friends.

Another table was covered with details on many

future outings for members to sign if interested in

coming along. These included:

• St Mary's Church Houghton-on-the-Hill tour

•Ten Pin Bowling (resuming at last after the


• Knit & Natter group

• Japanese Embroidery Balls Workshop,

• Walk in grounds of Lynford Arboretum

• Dale Farm Dereham

• Sandringham Stud

and plenty more in future dates...

Our next meeting on Wednesday 1st June will also

be held at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. We

will all be dressed in red, white and blue, if possible,

to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We will

also be holding a cheese and wine buffet for this

special occasion.

If you wish for more information please contact our

President Pauline Senton on 01760 788046 or our

Secretary Christiane Hewitson on 01336 328128.

Pickenhams WI

Over the past two months we have

had very interesting speakers. In April

our speaker was Peter Goodrum,

who gave an entertaining

talk about the history of the

Jarrold Department Store in


Geophysical Survey - Campingland Dig


The firm Magnitude In May carried our speaker this out, was

spending a day George and a half Cooper, recording who the

told us of his adventures

area to find possible sites to excavate. Their

volunteering with the Sea

report will be


on the


Carter22 website

He also


soon as it appears. told us First about indications the Goldfish is that

they can trace Club, the which Free School was formed opposite in the

Pightle. 1942 by Mr C A Robertson,

a manufacturer of air-sea rescue equipment. He

formed an exclusive club for airmen who had survived

a ditching We at sea, are owing anxious their to lives know to their more life about jacket the air

and dinghy. The Goldfish Club: gold for the value of

raid shelter from 1940 which is said to

life, and fish for the water.

have been opposite what is now the

Church Rooms and was a snake like

trench, probably covered with earth from

digging the trench. If you know of any

elderly people who remember it – please

let us know.


www.carter22.co.uk e: swaffhamheritage@outlook.com

Geophysical Survey - Campingland Dig

The firm 'Magnitude' carried this out, spending a day

and a half recording the area to find possible sites to

excavate. Their report will be on the Carter22 website

as soon as it appears. First indications is that they can

trace the Free School opposite the Pightle.

We are anxious to know more about the air raid shelter

from 1940 which is said to have been opposite what

is now the Church Rooms and was a snake like trench,

We do know that a community air raid shelter has been identified under an adjoining

probably covered with earth from digging the trench.

property on what was once glebe land, and wonder

We then held our regular meeting. Our President, If you



the two

of any




people who remember it

Carolyn, presented one of our members with a – please let us know. We do know that a community

certificate for being a member of the group for 50 air raid shelter has been identified under an adjoining


Mosaic groups are beginning property to blossom. on what Don’t was miss once glebe the chance land, and of wonder if

On 14th May many of us went creating to see Jack your Clarkson own tile for the the pyramid. two are Check linked. the website and flyers for

perform at the Swaffham Assembly details Rooms. A very

Mosaic groups are beginning to blossom.

Don’t miss the chance of creating your

own tile for the pyramid. Check the

entertaining evening indeed! On 24th May some of

us met for coffee at Margaret's Cafe in Swaffham.

Future The Events talk on Howard Carter – Son of Swaffham drew website a capacity and flyers for details.

• Wednesday, audience 1st at June the Methodist we are holding Church a Bring April & and raised The talk over on £200 Howard for Carter – Son of Swaffham drew

Share afternoon EACH. It tea may in be a member's repeated garden, in November wearing if there is a capacity enough audience demand. at the Methodist Church in April

Jubilee colours.

and raised over £200 for EACH. It may be repeated in

November if there is a enough demand.

• Friday 3rd June we are running a Cake Tombola

On 29-30 June Tut is off to The Norfolk Show! If you

at the On Pickenham 29-30 June Hub, as Tut part is of the off Summer to The Fayre Norfolk Show!

are planning on going – please pop in and visit our

being held there.

If you are planning on going – please pop in and visit display. our display.

Next Meeting - Tuesday 14th June at 2.00pm - our

An up to date schedule is now available online on the

speaker will be Jane Rose-Land - a nutritionist with

Carter22 website and at the Heritage Museum. There

ideas, An recipes up to and date suggestions schedule for is a now more available varied diet. online on the are Carter22 still a few dates website of events and at to the be confirmed Heritage – Museum. new

If anyone would like more information, please contact: updates will be issued as soon as these are confirmed.

Carolyn There Vincent, are still President a few of dates The of Pickenhams' events to be WI confirmed – new updates will be issued as soon as these

Please note in your diaries 11 September Family Fun

on 01760 are confirmed. 755089 or Melanie Please Cousins, note Secretary, your diaries on 11 September Day 11am Family – 3pm Fun And Day follow 11am us on – Facebook 3pm to see

01760 440456.

And follow us on Facebook to see photos, videos and



videos and updates

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Friends of Swaffham Heritage

This year we are encouraging our members to take

part in the Carter 22 events, particularly helping with

stewarding events and helping in workshops. When

we have details we will be contacting our members

to let them know how to volunteer to help with the

events and workshops.

For later on in the year we are discussing how to

revive our fundraising activities, after being dormant

over the last couple of years due to the pandemic.

The 100 Club

The 100 Club is a steady contributor of funds for

Swaffham Heritage, run exclusively by the Friends of

Swaffham Heritage for its members.

Winners for May 2022 were:

• £40 – no 2136

• £20 – no 2197

• £10 – no 2153

There are still numbers available in the 100 Club for

the present year that commenced in October 2021.

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. If you join the Club part way

through the year, you will only pay for, and be entered

for the remaining quarters of the year eg if you join

before July you would pay £5 for the remaining


For further information contact the Friends

of Swaffham Heritage Secretary by email

friendsofswaffhamheritage@yahoo.com, or see our

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


or call in to the Museum.

Merle Boddy Day Centre

The Merle Boddy Day Centre provides

a warm and friendly Social Day Care

Service for people living with dementia

including mental health problems

and physical disabilities, in Swaffham and the

surrounding area.

A big thank you once

again to the Swaffham

Conni Bingo Club. In

April, the Club donated

an amazing £500 to the

Centre. Linda Powley

from the Club came

along to the Centre and

presented the money

to Les, one of our

valued staff members.

Linda is becoming quite

a regular visitor and

always gets a warm


Talking of the Conni, Georgie, our Centre Manager, is

organising a ‘Race Evening’ there in July to raise funds

for the Centre. The event will be on Friday 8th July at

7 30pm. All are welcome. There will be 8 ‘races’, with

8 ‘horses’ in each. You can buy a share in a ‘horse’

and if it wins you will get a share of the winnings. Just

like Fakenham Races, but you don’t have to travel so

far, or worry about the weather! Please look out for

further details.

Looking ahead, Georgie has in mind a Quiz night

some some in the autumn.

As we all know costs are rising for almost everything,

and that goes for the Centre too. The donations

we receive from organisations like the Swaffham

Conni Bingo Club, and also from individuals are an

important part of our income. One way of giving is by

a provision in your Will, and we have been pleased to

receive such legacies. Please see below for details of

how to donate to the Centre.

At the Merle Boddy Centre, we have just renewed

our lease for the old railway station from Breckland

Council. New management committee member,

Richard Anscombe, negotiated this on our behalf

with Breckland Council. The new terms of our lease

which Richard obtained mean that we can plan ahead

with much more confidence.

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

involved, we always welcome 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 the Centre on 01760

724527. Also you will find on our website a fundraising

page, where you can click on the link to donate.

Aged 40-74?

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feeling great, if you’re over forty

you may be at risk of heart

disease, stroke, kidney disease,

diabetes or dementia.

A FREE NHS Health Check can

help you reduce these risks and

make sure that you stay healthy.

Call 0808 175 0413 or visit


In partnership with

The Wissey U3A

Our monthly meeting on Thursday

5th May comprised our Annual General Meeting.

This was well attended with over 70 members

present. Business conducted included the approval

of the Annual Accounts for the Financial Year ended

31st March 2022, and the re-appointment of our

Independent Examiner. The election of the Committee

included a new Treasurer, who is taking over from our

retiring Treasurer, who has given 6 years excellent

service, for which our gratitude was expressed. Also

retiring after several years’ loyal service, was our

Refreshments Organiser, to whom we also said a big

“Thank you”.

After the business part of our meeting we enjoyed

two short slideshows. The first was produced by our

Photographic Group demonstrating their excellent

standard of interesting and varied photographs taken

over the last few months. The second was from our

Garden Visits Group showing some lovely gardens at

differing seasons, together with some images from

members’ own gardens. These slideshows were a

perfect way to counterbalance the rather tedious

business of an AGM and were greatly appreciated by

the membership present.

Due to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we will not be

meeting in June, but our Activity Groups will continue

to meet and enjoy their shared interests.

Our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 7th July

when our guest speaker will be Mike Petty who will

give a talk on ‘Cambridge Stories’.

For further information, please contact the Chairman,

David Moncaster, on telephone number 01760 724755

or email him at: d.moncaster@btinternet.com

Free NHS Health Checks Available

at Swaffham Community Centre

If you are aged beween 40 and 74 years then you

could be eligible for a free NHS health check, courtesy

of Reed Wellbeing.

These checks are currently taking place at Swaffham

Community Centre on Mondays from 9am to 4.30pm.

To check your eligibility and to book an appointment visit

the Reed Wellbeing website: norfolkhealthchecks.

reedwellbeing.com or call 0808 175 0413.

20 21

King's Lynn summer events

programme announced

• Sunday 12 June: Hanse Festival, Town

and King’s Staithe Square. Following a flag parade

through town, there will be children’s games, dancing

and music on King’s Staithe Square. Boat racing on

the river.

• The borough council is pleased to be supporting

Festival Too. A free, unticketed, event held in King's

Lynn over three weekends. More details about this

year will be given by the

Festival Too committee.

This year it will be held

on King's Staithe Square

on Saturday 25 and

Sunday 26 June. Then

the Tuesday Market

Place will host live music on Friday 1, Saturday 2,

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July.

• Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July: Folk in the Town,

Tuesday Market Place.Two days of traditional folk,

Americana, folk rock, bluegrass and everything in

between, all live and free in the Tuesday Market Place.

• Sunday 31 July: Soulful Sunday, Tuesday Market

Place. A day of soulful music in the Tuesday Market


• Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August: Hanseatic

Festival of Watersports, South Quay. Motorboats

race up to 100mph along the Ouse, in this highoctane

spectacle. People can watch the action from

the historic waterfront of King’s Lynn.

• Sunday 14 August: Mods and Rockers, Tuesday

Market Place. Scooter and motorbike enthusiasts

gather for a look back at these 60s subcultures.

• Sunday 21 August: 90’s/00’s Day, Tuesday Market

Place. Enjoy music from the 90’s and 00’s in the

Tuesday Market Place.

• Sunday 28 August: Simple Sounds, Tuesday

Market Place. Sit back in the Tuesday Market Place

and enjoy some simple sounds.

• Sunday 4 September: The Mini Meet, Tuesday

Market Place. The Tuesday Market Place fills with

vintage and modern examples of this iconic car. Sign

up now at west-norfolk.gov.uk/minimeet

• Sunday 11 September: Classic Car Day, Tuesday

Market Place. This very popular event returns, as

part of Heritage Open Day organised by King's Lynn

Civic Society. Sign up now at west-norfolk.gov.uk/


In Touch With Your Town

Orford Road Play Area

Work has now begun on the new

Orford Road play area, the plan as

published earlier in the year including

a revamped under 8’s area and new

equipment for over 8’s. This is quickly coming together

nicely and is due to be open this month. Please keep

an eye on our social media platforms, website and

noticeboards for further information, updates and

confirmed dates of our opening event.

Orford Road Play Area Theft

As some of you may have seen on our online platforms,

we reported that a new piece of play equipment had

been stolen. A duck spring rocker was taken from

inside the enclosed site, on or around the evening of

Tuesday 3rd May/early hours of Wednesday morning.

Several boxes had been opened and rummaged

through but only the pictured item was taken. This is

very upsetting, having worked so closely

with the residents to enhance the area.

The police are aware and anyone with

any information is to contact them

directly quoting the following reference:


Market Place Trees

Although these trees are managed by Breckland,

many of you will have noticed that multiple trees

around the marketplace have been pollarded. This

was due to CCTV visibility and regrowth purposes.

Jubilee High Street Trail

Breckland have arranged The Platinum Jubilee High

Street Trail, which will see shop windows all across

Breckland decorated to celebrate the Queen’s

Jubilee. 10 crowns are to be located across each

individual town, with a competition to be won. Five

lucky winners will be awarded a Royal Breckland day

out for their family. For more information please visit


Take Part In

The Breckland

Platinum Jubilee

High Street Trail!

The Queen has lost her favourite

crown and needs your help!

Explore our fve market towns, Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham,

Thetford and Watton, between Monday 16 May and Sunday 19 June

2022 to fnd at least 10 golden crowns hiding on our high streets.

Classic Car Show

Booking 5 lucky winners is now will open be awarded for a this royal year’s family classic car show,

day out in Breckland .

please visit our website for further information and

Find the activity sheet on the other side of this fyer,

booking forms.

pick up from any participating businesses

or download at breckland.gov.uk/


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'In Touch with your Town' was put together this

month by Communications Officer Meg Felton, to

share information with the Community and Town.

Mayor - Cllr Stewart Bell

Breckland District Council


01362 656 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits

Your Breckland District Councillors:

Cllr. David Wickerson

01760 725 741



The Town Council


Deputy Mayor - Cllr Judy Anscombe


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


Helen Carrier – Deputy Town Clerk


Cllr. Ian Sherwood

07795 236 878



Cllr Ed Colman - also your Norfolk County Councillor

07940 406 356

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

Town Council Committee

meeting dates - JUNE 2022

• Wed 8th - Full Town Council – 6.30pm

• Mon 20th - Market Committee - 6.30pm

• Tue 21st - Planning & Built Environment

Committee – 4pm

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.

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











You will not be disappointed! Visit us now and take advantage of our low Sale prices in all departments.


Opening Times: Mon – Sat 9am to 5pm in Downham and Ely | Sunday 10am to 4pm in Ely only

In order to allow all our staff to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, both our stores will be

closed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June.

Check out our website reedshomestore.co.uk | Find us on facebook for the latest updates

REEDS Furniture, Flooring, Bed Centre & Homestore, Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DS T: 01366 382213

REEDS Furniture, Flooring & Bed Centre, Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely CB6 3NX T: 01353 669754

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