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March 2023

March 2023

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March 2023<br />

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Step into Spring at an<br />

NGS garden this March<br />

Find out about local gardens open this month on page 13<br />


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Contents<br />

3 Iceni Antics/Library News<br />

4 Church News<br />

5 School Speak<br />

7 Local WI Groups<br />

8 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions/Merle Boddy<br />

9 The Hive/Magpie Centre<br />

11 Wissey u3a/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

12 Jazz Club/Walking Group<br />

13 Ashill & Hale Garden Club<br />

14 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary/History Group<br />

16 NarVOS/<strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA<br />

17 Museum Matters/ Climate Action<br />

18 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library News<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, The Pightle, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DF Tel 01760 721513<br />

Staffed opening times: Tuesday and Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday<br />

1-7pm and Saturday 10am-4pm<br />

Warm Library<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library is one of the area’s warm spaces and<br />

we're offering free hot drinks and cuppa soup during<br />

staffed open times. In addition there are various groups<br />

and activities you can take part in at the library.<br />

Bounce and Rhyme – every Tuesday 10.30-11am. Join<br />

us with your pre-school children for songs and rhymes.<br />

Stay and chat afterwards with toys for the little ones.<br />

Stitch and Chat – every Tuesday 3-4.30pm. Join our<br />

newest group for some stitching & chatting over a cuppa.<br />

Storytime – every Thursday 10.30-11. Drop in for stories<br />

and simple activities for pre-school children and their<br />

parents/carers.<br />

Lego Club – every Thursday 4-5pm. Get creative with<br />

Lego at this fun after-school session for children aged 5+.<br />

Just a Cuppa - Saturday 10.30am-12noon. Drop in to<br />

have a good old chat over a friendly cuppa. Board games<br />

and colouring are available.<br />

Storytime - Thursday mornings, 10.30-11am, always a<br />

super fun activity for your pre-school children, but it will<br />

be extra special throughout March when we’ll be reading<br />

a selection of BookTrust recommended titles. There'll be<br />

books, activity sheets and more - and as always, for free!<br />

Iceni Antics<br />

Sarah from Iceni Partnership completed a two day<br />

mental health first aid course at the end of January.<br />

This training was delivered by Mental Health First Aid<br />

England in conjunction with Breckland Council and<br />

the charity Mind.<br />

The training has equipped Sarah with the skills and<br />

knowledge needed to know how to appropriately<br />

respond to someone who may be experiencing a<br />

mental health crisis or emotional distress.<br />

If you are worried about yourself or someone else,<br />

talking to someone like Sarah can be a good starting<br />

point on the journey to getting help. As mentioned<br />

in previous articles, we have several<br />

organisations based here at the<br />

Community Centre who we can<br />

signpost people to for specialist<br />

advice and support.<br />

At the start of February we were very fortunate to<br />

receive an extremely generous donation of locally<br />

sourced venison mince from The Country Food Trust,<br />

which we used to make a cottage pie for our Friday<br />

Lunch Club on Friday 3rd February. The meal went<br />

down very well with our diners, as was demonstrated<br />

by all the empty plates coming back to the kitchen!<br />

We still have plenty more, so future meals might<br />

include bolognaise or chilli con carne.<br />

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Our lunch club takes place every Friday at midday at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre and costs just £5 for a<br />

two course cooked lunch followed by tea and coffee.<br />

If you would like more details or to book a place, get<br />

in touch on 01760 722800.

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul<br />

The main March services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church<br />

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

swaffhamparishchurch.org/ for updates and further<br />

details):<br />

Sunday 5th March<br />

9.30 am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 8th<br />

10am<br />

Thursday 9th<br />

10am<br />

Sunday 12th<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 15th<br />

10am<br />

Sunday 19th<br />

8am<br />

(with the Archdeacon of Lynn)<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Mothers’ Union Corporate<br />

Communion<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion<br />

9.30 am United Benefice Sung<br />

Wednesday 22nd<br />

10am<br />

Sunday 26th<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 29th<br />

10am<br />

Eucharist for Mothering<br />

Sunday<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Annual Meeting of Parishioners (for election of church<br />

wardens) and Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be<br />

held on Wednesday 22 nd March at 7pm for 7.30pm<br />

Lent Course: Discipleship as Improvisation – a course<br />

written by Revd Canon Edward Carter (St Peter<br />

Mancroft), based on the book of this title by Sam<br />

Wells. This will run in St Peter & St Paul’s at 11am<br />

on Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March in<br />

church. All welcome.<br />

Church is open daily for private prayer and for visitors<br />

from 9am until 3pm (4pm from Sunday 26th March)<br />

outside services. Further details of church services and<br />

events on our <strong>Swaffham</strong> Parish Church Facebook page<br />

and via Twitter @swaffhamchurch<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of the Mothers’ Union usually<br />

meets on the 2 nd Thursday of the month. Enquiries to<br />

Julia on 720041. The 9th March meeting Is a corporate<br />

Holy Communion service In church at 10am.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church<br />

• Fri 3rd March 9.30am. Power of<br />

Prayer - praying for a needy world.<br />

Phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 4th March 9.30-12noon.<br />


Enjoy a cuppa and chat with<br />

friends. Home made cakes.<br />

• Sun 5th March 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

Jackie Woor. Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

• Tues 7th March 10-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In with a visit from the Green Pastures Christian<br />

bookshop. Cards, books, gifts etc. Free refreshments.<br />

All welcome.<br />

• Thurs 9th March 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group. Talk by Maj Rod Goddard ‘Growing up in<br />

Norfolk.’ Free refreshments.<br />

• Fri 10th March 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sunday 12th March 10.45am. Morning Worship led<br />

by our Worship Leaders. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 14th March 10-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Warm welcome awaits you.<br />

• Fri 17th March 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Please<br />

phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 18th March 9.30-12noon. COFFEE MORNING<br />

organised by the Royal British Legion.<br />

• Sun 19th March 10.45am. MOTHERING SUNDAY<br />


afterwards.<br />

• Tues 21st March 10-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. Warm friendly atmosphere, free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Thurs 23rd March 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group. Chit Chat afternoon - chance to catch up with<br />

friends. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 24th March 9.40am. Power of Prayer. Please<br />

phone 01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 25th March 9.30-12noon. COFFEE MORNING<br />


• Sun 26th March 10.45. Morning Worship led by the<br />

Worship Leaders. Refreshments served.<br />

• Tues 28th March 10-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. All are welcome. Free refreshments.<br />

• Fri 31st March 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Please<br />

phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />


SAT 1st APRIL.<br />

TNHA News<br />

With the darkest of the winter months<br />

behind us we are of course looking<br />

forward to Spring. As always, we have had some<br />

very exciting times at the TNHA recently. A group<br />

of our students represented the academy at a<br />

prestigious event in London. Following collaboration<br />

with ‘Never Such Innocence’ founded by Lady<br />

Lucy French OBE, a charitable organisation that<br />

promotes the voices of young people on the subject<br />

of conflict, studentswere invited to share their work<br />

with a group of esteemed guests at the Houses of<br />

Parliament.<br />

In November 2021, ‘Never Such Innocence’ visited<br />

the academy to conduct song writing workshops<br />

with several English classes on the theme of<br />

remembrance. On the day of the sessions students<br />

had the opportunity to work with a recording artist<br />

Otto; the result of which was the creation of a song!<br />

Fast forward a year and students were thrilled<br />

to be asked to perform their song at the event at<br />

Westminster. The day began with a visit to the<br />

famous Hackney Road Studios in Bethnal Green to<br />

record the song with a sound engineer.<br />

Students were able to experience the process of<br />

professional recording and very much enjoyed singing<br />

together in the booth before previewing their work<br />

with the engineer. A quick hop on the tube saw the<br />

group at their next stop, the Houses of Parliament.<br />

After walking through the great Westminster Hall<br />

to see the commemoration plaque where the late<br />

HM Queen Elizabeth had lain in State, students were<br />

shown to one of the select committee rooms to meet<br />

with the other performers and guests. In attendance<br />

at the event were Lady Lucy French, Rachel de Souza<br />

(Children’s Commissioner for England), several MPs<br />

and high-ranking representatives from the Ministry<br />

of Defence. Students had the honour of closing the<br />

event with their fabulous song and despite a few<br />

nerves, did themselves and the academy extremely<br />

proud. We would like to once again congratulate the<br />

students who performed and all who took part in the<br />

original workshops last year, you have really helped<br />

to put the achievements of TNHA on the map!<br />

More locally, students have been working alongside<br />

artist Ian Brownlie to create an intervention into<br />

the gallery at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum. Over the next 12<br />

weeks the group, (who have signed up for the Young<br />

Museum Associates Programme), will be creating<br />

work around the theme of conflict. They will 'disrupt'<br />

the gallery in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum and create an<br />

exhibition to spark younger people's interest. During<br />

the first workshop, our students created Zines (a selfpublished<br />

work) filling their own Zine with collaged<br />

imagery relating to <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the town’s history.<br />

Finally, our second curriculum day of the year<br />

students were taken off their usual timetables to<br />

enjoy various sessions based around PSHE and<br />

Careers topics, appropriate to the Year group they<br />

are in. Curriculum Days run to compliment the tutor<br />

time and LOOL lessons students experience and<br />

prepare them for life in modern Britain. At TNHA we<br />

believe it is crucial to deliver a broad and balanced<br />

curriculum that enables our students to develop in<br />

many diverse aspects of life and to build confidence<br />

and resilience. This will in turn allow them to be<br />

prepared for their adult lives and to engage with<br />

society. We welcomed many visitors delivering<br />

sessions to include: - first aid, careers, dangers of<br />

smoking and vaping, internet safety, puberty, STEM,<br />

radicalisation, gambling addition, good spending<br />

habits, interview skills, similarities and differences<br />

in religions, dangers of drugs, healthy relationships,<br />

road safety, mental health and exam stress.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> WI<br />

We held our last meeting on<br />

Wednesday 1st February at 2.30pm<br />

in the Community Centre.<br />

This was our AGM which started with us singing<br />

'Jerusalem' and we welcomed four new visitors. A talk<br />

was held by Meg Dorling our W.I. Federation Adviser.<br />

This gave us updates and latest details on resolution<br />

votes, annual fees etc.<br />

The votes for new committee members were also<br />

announced with two new ones elected.<br />

Our Treasurer gave details of the previous year's<br />

income, outgoings and account balance.<br />

Four members with birthdays in February were given<br />

cards and small presents.<br />

Our Social Secretary Hazel Catlett gave ideas for<br />

futures events.<br />

It was also suggested that in 2023 we might do<br />

walks around local towns i.e. Kings Lynn, Watton or<br />

Norwich. Maybe a visit to Sandringham Stud, South<br />

Pickenham Winery or Langham Glass in Fakenham?<br />

A very busy bring and buy was also held with two<br />

long tables containing items all brought in by our<br />

members. This went extremely well and raised a fine<br />

amount towards funds.<br />

The next day on 2nd February, twenty of us went to<br />

see the Musical 'Kinky Boots' at the Norwich Theatre<br />

Royal. This was extremely entertaining and well<br />

presented.<br />

The next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday<br />

1st March 2.30pm in the Community Centre. A quiz<br />

will be held and a competition depicting a photo or<br />

picture of spring.<br />

We have already booked an outing on 8th March in<br />

Norwich for "Hidden Under Street Tours".<br />

Should you need any more information please contact<br />

our President Pauline Senton on 01760 788046.<br />

Pickenham's WI<br />

On 14th February we met at St<br />

Andrew's Church, North Pickenham,<br />

for our regular meeting followed by<br />

our Annual Meeting. We had updates on the planting<br />

of our Jubilee Tree (a beech tree) in the churchyard<br />

as well as the display in church of the Green Hearts<br />

created by members. 5 of us reported back on an<br />

extremely enjoyable visit to see 'Kinky Boots' at<br />

Norwich Theatre Royal, performed by the Norfolk<br />

& Norwich Operatic Society. This month we also<br />

enjoyed meeting for coffee at the Market Cross Cafe.<br />

After a break for refreshments, we then held our<br />

Annual Meeting. Carolyn has decided to step down<br />

as President and we welcomed Carol Richards as our<br />

new President. Joan gave a vote of thanks to Carolyn<br />

for all she has done over the past 8 years, including<br />

keeping the group active on-line through lockdown.<br />

The charity we will support for 2023 is the Merle<br />

Boddy Centre, <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Forthcoming Events:<br />

• Sunday, 5th March some of us are going to hear<br />

the author, Jill Dawson, at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre, Campingland at 2pm. Tickets are £20, to<br />

include afternoon tea. Funds are in aid of the Kings<br />

Lynn Night Shelter.<br />

• We have been invited by the Wayland Group WI<br />

to go along on Wednesday, 22nd March at 7.30pm<br />

when the speaker, Susan Parry, will talk on 'My night<br />

in the crime museum'.<br />

• Women Walk the World - On 29th April we will start<br />

our walk from St Andrew's Church at 2pm and meet<br />

back at the church for tea/coffee.<br />

• Coronation Celebration on Tuesday, 9th May at<br />

Houghton on the Hill church at 2pm, when we will all<br />

take a dessert to share and the competition will be a<br />

home-made crown!<br />

Next Meetings:<br />

• Tuesday, 14th March - Sarah Harris, an Ornithologist<br />

with the British Trust, will tell us about our native<br />

birds and their habitat, especially seabirds.<br />

• Tuesday, 11th April - Cherry Cook will show us her<br />

amazing Fused Glasswork.<br />

If anyone would like more information, please contact<br />

our President, Carol Richards on 07873 744971 or our<br />

Secretary, Melanie Cousins on 07840 814417.<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions Club<br />

On a global scale the Lions International<br />

Disaster Relief Fund is sending urgently<br />

needed funds to the Lions of Turkey to<br />

set up a Disaster Relief following the devastating<br />

earthquakes there. Lions International is also in the<br />

process of supplying generators to Ukraine where<br />

electricity is vitally needed.<br />

At our own Lions Club help with the Foodbank<br />

continues, transporting the collected food donations<br />

to the assembly hub in Dereham and returning to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> with food parcels for distribution.<br />

Our traditional Pancake Race was held on Shrove<br />

Tuesday at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre with teams of<br />

2 racing against each other for the honour of winning<br />

the Frying Pan trophy.<br />

Unfortunately due to the temporary closure of the<br />

main hall in the Assembly Rooms our planned event,<br />

Chanters Jigge, had to be cancelled.<br />

Socially we have a Sunday Lunch planned at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Golf Club and another fun Ten Pin bowling evening<br />

with a meal at Fakenham. We will have a PR stall in the<br />

Market in March and on 17th -19th March some of us<br />

will be going for a great weekend at the Lions District<br />

Convention, which this year will be held at Dunston<br />

Hall near Norwich.<br />

We now have a new venue for our regular Lions Club<br />

meetings, these now take place at the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre on the 3rd Monday of every month<br />

at 7.30pm.<br />

The Branch Club (Lionesses) meet on the first Monday<br />

of the month at the Catholic Church meeting room at<br />

7.30pm.<br />

Coming up:<br />

Cardcraft afternoon with Tea and Cake, Saturday 11 th<br />

March, 2.30 - 4.30pm at the Catholic Church meeting<br />

room, Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Cost £5, including all<br />

you need to make your own cards. Everyone welcome.<br />

Book on 01760 723377.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Lions and Lionesses<br />

20's Plenty For Us Campaign<br />

Community Speed Watch<br />

We would love your support! If you<br />

appreciate the benefits to all by<br />

slowing the traffic down, do consider<br />

joining our Speed Watch Group. To<br />

receive a Norfolk Constabulary application<br />

form (either in person or digitally), please email:<br />

swaffham@20splentyforus.org.uk<br />

Update Regarding <strong>Swaffham</strong>'s<br />

20's Plenty For Us Campaign<br />

ful (and well-attended) meeting was held on<br />

October at the Assembly Rooms to discuss the<br />

to reduce the speed limit throughout <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

The Merle Boddy Day Centre provides<br />

a warm and friendly Social Day Care<br />

Service for people living with dementia<br />

including mental health problems and physical<br />

disabilities, in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding area.<br />

As we told you last month, we have a trainee<br />

Occupational Therapist with us at the moment.<br />

Francesca is undertaking the renown course in<br />

Occupational Therapy at the University of East<br />

Anglia, which requires a period of practical work with<br />

a suitable organisation. This is one of those win-win<br />

situations; Francesca gets to complete her practical<br />

training with a well established and professionally run<br />

organisation, while the Merle Boddy Centre gets the<br />

benefit of some new and exciting ideas. We are so<br />

pleased that she has fitted in so well and is getting<br />

the good practical training she needs. Our Clients<br />

are certainly benefiting from this initiative, which we<br />

hope will become established with future Occupation<br />

Therapy students from the University of East Anglia.<br />

We currently have places available for new clients; so<br />

if you think your loved one might benefit from a day<br />

with us, why not give our Centre Manager a call to<br />

find out more.<br />

If you are interested in our work and would like to<br />

be involved, we always welcome volunteers, friends<br />

and supporters to help us. We also welcome your<br />

donations, small as well as big. You can give by visiting<br />

our website and clicking on Fundraising, where we<br />

have a link to JustGiving. If you want to know more,<br />

find us on Facebook – @merleboddycentre – or see<br />

our website - www.merleboddy.org.uk – or email<br />

to us at office@merleboddy.org.uk - or phone the<br />

Centre on 01760 724527.<br />

Your local PIT STOP<br />

Pit Stops bring men together through<br />

activities and conversations to build<br />

friendship and connection. The weekly<br />

Pit Stops in <strong>Swaffham</strong> began on Tuesday<br />

7th February at the Community Centre between<br />

2pm and 4pm. They run every Tuesday except public<br />

holidays. Our Pit Stop gatherings bring men together<br />

men through activities and conversations to build<br />

friendships and connections with other guys. There<br />

is no charge to attend Pit Stops and refreshments are<br />

free. As the Pit Stops get underway in <strong>Swaffham</strong> we<br />

will explore what activities can be set up for Pit Stop<br />

members at other times of the week. Pit Stops are for<br />

any adult men including those who identify as male.<br />

For further information please contact Dave: E:<br />

david@menscraft.org.uk M: 07549 854018.<br />

The Hive at Great Cressingham<br />

Our Spring programme has just got underway, with<br />

four events in February and nine more in March and<br />

taking us up to the 2nd of April. We hope there is<br />

something to interest everybody. Reflective sessions<br />

include Celtic Journeys on 17th March (St Patrick’s day)<br />

and Thoughts on Thursdays on 23rd March when the<br />

topic will be, What next for our world? On successive<br />

Fridays, 10 th , 24 th and 31 st March we’ll be hearing<br />

variously about the 20th Century History of Russia,<br />

about the inner workings of the British Military and<br />

about the work of Lyn’s House in Cambridge and their<br />

research into intellectual disability – all fascinating<br />

topics presented in an interactive way. The season<br />

ends with Music for Body, Mind and Soul (clarinet and<br />

piano) and a Casual Choir. If you haven’t visited The<br />

Hive in Great Cressingham, then A Walk on the Wild<br />

Side on Saturday 18th March is a great opportunity to<br />

enjoy our lovely setting. We have long and abundant<br />

hedgerows at The Hive that are home to many nesting<br />

birds and we have to pick our moment to maintain<br />

them, much to the birds’ annoyance, but hopefully<br />

providing them with thicker vegetation to support<br />

their nests.<br />

Geraldine Allen and Susan Jones - maintaining<br />

hedges for nesting birds at The Hive<br />

If you would like more information about our<br />

programme, Springtime at The Hive, do visit our<br />

facebook page: GreatCressinghamHive or the<br />

information on Eventbrite where you can book for<br />

any of our free events: https://tiny.cc/9853vz.<br />

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The Magpie Centre<br />

Ceilidh, Quiz and Craft Fair for Magpie Centre<br />

Social activities for the Magpie Centre, home of West<br />

Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, got off<br />

to a fantastic start for 2023, with a Ceilidh held at<br />

Stowbridge Village Hall on Saturday January 28th.<br />

The event attracted 90 participants, who ‘tripped the<br />

light, fantastic toe’ to the accompaniment of Take The<br />

Floor, whose caller didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, and<br />

who got everybody up and dancing.<br />

Said Sue Richardson, a new recruit to the Magpie<br />

fundraising team: ‘The Ceilidh went fantastically well,<br />

and we made £870 profit for the Magpie Centre.’<br />

‘The feedback was brilliant, and most of the<br />

participants want to be contacted when we do the<br />

next one. This may be scheduled for September, so<br />

watch this space!’<br />

Sue continued: ‘We should especially like to thank<br />

Tesco, Hardwick, for much of the food, plus Beart’s<br />

of Stowbridge; Church Farm Rare Breeds; The Purple<br />

Patch and Fakenham Races for the wonderful raffle<br />

prizes they donated, as well as the team of volunteers<br />

who advertised the event, helped with setting up,<br />

provided salads and puddings, and also donated<br />

raffle prizes.’<br />

As Sue summed up the event: ‘It was good to see<br />

everyone enjoying a dance and having fun.’<br />

As we move towards Spring, we have a Quiz Night with<br />

Hog Roast Supper (plus veggie alternative) scheduled<br />

for Saturday, April 22, at Stowbridge Village Hall,<br />

Downham Road, Stowbridge, PE34 3PE. Teams of<br />

4 – 8 people are welcome or come along and make<br />

up a team on the night. Bring Your Own Drinks (and<br />

glasses). Tickets are £12.50 each.<br />

To book: call: 07715 467866 or email: magpieccfcraft@<br />

outlook.com.<br />

Now for the Craft Fair, Saturday June 3 at the Magpie<br />

Centre, 10 am – 4pm at Wallington Hall, South<br />

Runcton, PE34 0EP.<br />

Stalls, 3m wide, are available at £10 per pitch in the<br />

indoor school, To book call 07715 467866 or email:<br />


Just Call Nick<br />

T: 01760 720123<br />

M: 07376 500020 or 07376 111190<br />

E: swaffhamhandymanservices@gmail.com<br />


Ben Burgess Beeston Dereham Road, Beeston, Norfolk PE32 2LE<br />

01328 701347 | www.benburgess.co.uk<br />

Open Mon - Fri 08:00 to 18:00 | Sat - 08:00 to 12:00<br />

Emmerdale and Yorkshire Weekend<br />

Full day and guided tour of the Emmerdale set and locations<br />

Friday 9 th June-Sunday 11 th June 2023<br />

£235.00<br />

South Coast Explorer<br />

Bournemouth, Poole Harbour, Beaulieu<br />

Monday 29 th May-Friday 2 nd June<br />

£435.00<br />

Please ring on 01328 701531or visit www.peelingscoaches.co.uk for full details<br />

Manor Farm Patient Participation Group<br />

Since April 2015 it has been a contractual requirement<br />

of NHS England for all GP practices to have a “Patient<br />

Participation Group”. Unfortunately the original Manor<br />

Farm Medical Centre PPG folded some time ago. With<br />

the help of the Practice Management Team, in an<br />

effort to meet this contractual requirement, a small<br />

core group have met to create a new group but we are<br />

looking to encourage more patients to join the group.<br />

A PPG is a group of patients and GP Practice staff who<br />

meet to discuss practice issues and patient experience<br />

to help improve the service.<br />

There are several reasons why Manor Farm Medical<br />

Practice should have an active patient group as its<br />

purpose is seen for the main part to:<br />

• Give patients and practice staff the opportunity to<br />

meet and discuss topics of mutual interest<br />

• Provide a means for patients to become more<br />

involved and to make suggestions about the<br />

healthcare service offered<br />

• Explore patients’ concerns and patient surveys<br />

contributing to action plans and help monitor<br />

improvements<br />

Having a PPG that represents the diversity of the patient<br />

population is important in making sure the GP practice<br />

is meeting the needs of its patients. So whether you are<br />

new to the area or have lived in <strong>Swaffham</strong> all your life<br />

we would like to hear from you. We are actively looking<br />

to recruit members to the group. Once established it<br />

is anticipated that we have 4 meetings a year which<br />

is not a big commitment but hopefully should help<br />

to develop the patient/practice link. If you would<br />

like more information<br />

please email<br />

mfmcppg22@gmail.<br />

com or if you would<br />

prefer you can phone<br />

our Chair (Jill Skinner)<br />

on: 07775635308<br />

View <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> Online<br />

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

Wissey u3a<br />

Our guest speaker at our February<br />

monthly meeting was David Mason. His presentation<br />

on ‘Photography in Breckland’ captivated us with<br />

stunning images of birds, animals, plants and scenery.<br />

As he modestly told us, he had once won the Countryfile<br />

photography competition and since then his hobby<br />

has become something of an obsession. We certainly<br />

appreciated the results.<br />

On Thursday 2nd March our guest is Cathy Shelbourne<br />

who will propose ‘A Toast to William Hoste’ a protégé<br />

of Lord Nelson.<br />

The monthly meeting is only one side of the u3a. We<br />

also have over 20 Activity Groups organised by our<br />

members, where shared interest and knowledge of a<br />

wide variety of subjects make an ideal focus for new<br />

friendships. For example, our Photography Group had<br />

a trip to Walsingham last month to enjoy the<br />

snowdrops.<br />

We are keen to recruit people from all backgrounds<br />

and age groups, the only condition being that you are<br />

not in full-time employment. For further information<br />

contact our Chairman, David Moncaster, on 01760<br />

724755 or email him at: d.moncaster@btinternet.<br />

com or visit our website: https://www.wisseyu3a.org<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

If you read the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts piece in last month’s<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong>, forget it! The only things that remain the<br />

same are the date and time, 25th March at 7.30pm,<br />

and the cellist in the quartet, Ivan McCready; otherwise<br />

it is all change.<br />

The quartet is now called “Chaos Collective” and its<br />

members are Caroline and Fran on violins, Rachel on<br />

viola and Ivan on cello. Between them they have a<br />

wide experience of making music in this country and<br />

abroad, playing with orchestras, chamber groups and<br />

pop bands. They are now based in Norfolk and play for<br />

a wide variety of audiences, including charity events<br />

and weddings, meaning that they don’t have musical<br />

boundaries and will play anything from classical pieces<br />

to musicals and pop. So we are delighted that they will<br />

be coming to <strong>Swaffham</strong> on March 25th.<br />

Now for the next change: the venue. Since the problems<br />

at the Assembly Rooms ruled out an event there for the<br />

time being, we are lucky that the Methodist Church<br />

was available on that day, so the concert will be taking<br />

place there instead.<br />

So, Chaos Collective will be giving a concert at the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Methodist Church on Saturday 25th March<br />

at 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale at Ceres Bookshop<br />

(01760 722504) and at the Green Parrot (01760<br />

724704), priced at £15, and on the door. We hope to<br />

see you there – all welcome!<br />


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club<br />

At the end of our very successful December session<br />

several people said both to Norman and me how<br />

disappointed they were in having to wait till March for<br />

our next event. I would like to take this opportunity to<br />

explain why we take this two month break.<br />

Firstly, most of our musicians don’t live in, or even<br />

close to <strong>Swaffham</strong>. They usually come from Norwich,<br />

Great Yarmouth, the Cambridge and Wisbech area<br />

and further, some even from London. Our feeling is<br />

that the worst of the winter weather usually occurs<br />

in January and February, which means our musicians<br />

may have to drive long distances through foggy, icy or<br />

snowy conditions to get to <strong>Swaffham</strong> and back home<br />

again.<br />

Secondly, in the event of bad weather, one or more<br />

members of the band may find it’s too bad to risk<br />

driving along our exposed rural roads, while the rest<br />

of the band turns up, which means the quality of the<br />

music will suffer.<br />

Thirdly, in bad weather our audience number is -<br />

quite understandably - likely to dwindle. This means<br />

our cash flow will suffer and we will not be able to<br />

pay the band.<br />

As it happens, for March we welcome the group Jazz<br />

Signs, made up mainly of fairly local musicians, though<br />

one of them is from Wisbech. The band was originally<br />

booked to make its debut at the Club last year, on<br />

13th September. As it was only a few days after the<br />

Queen had died Norman and I agreed it would not be<br />

appropriate to go ahead, and postponed it. So …<br />

Coming Up:<br />

• Tuesday 14 March: Jazz Signs<br />

• Tuesday 11 April: Nigel Portass Quartet, 7.30 -<br />

10pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, 23 London<br />

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DD. £10 cash on the door.<br />

More information from Norman: 01760 722384 or<br />

Geoff: 01366 328 730.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Walking Group<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Walking Group is a small friendly group<br />

of keen walkers who enjoy the countryside and<br />

cake. Meeting every Wednesday at 9.30am and<br />

every Sunday at 10.00am in various locations<br />

around <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding villages to<br />

enjoy a walk from around 3 to 6.5 miles. Afterwards<br />

enjoying Tea, Coffee &<br />

Cakes/biscuits.<br />

For more information<br />

and details on the next<br />

walk, please contact<br />

Graham Lathwell on<br />

07486 901 948.<br />

Authors, Books and Cakes<br />

Save the Dates<br />

Exciting events happening in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. We are<br />

welcoming a range of authors to share with us<br />

information about the books they have written and<br />

their research.<br />

• 5th March - Jill Dawson, author of eleven prized novels<br />

• 2nd April - Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on the Train.<br />

• 14th May - Panel of authors writing crime books based<br />

in our local area. Panel will include Joy Ellis, David Blake<br />

and J.M. Dalgliesh.<br />

• 11th June - Robin Ince from the Infinite Monkey Cage<br />

on Radio 4.<br />

• 10th September - Louise Doughty, author of Apple<br />

Tree Yard and Platform Seven.<br />

• 8th October - Alison Weir, acclaimed historical fiction<br />

author.<br />

• 5th November - Sarah Perry, author of The Essex<br />

Serpent and Julie Walker, author of ‘Bonny and Read’.<br />

(Two women pirates of the 17 th Century).<br />

All Events will be held at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

at 3pm. Tickets cost £20 and include a full afternoon tea.<br />

To avoid disappointment please book a place at Ceres<br />

Bookshop, tel number: 01760 722504.<br />

For further information please phone Lynette on 07900<br />

570765. All money raised in aid of Norfolk Charities.<br />

Afternoon Tea in the Assembly Rooms <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Afternoon Tea at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre<br />

With award winning Author Jill Dawson.<br />

5 th March 3.00 PM<br />

Jill Dawson will talk about her<br />

writing and her latest book The<br />

Bewitching, which tells the true<br />

16th century story of a nineyear-old<br />

girl who accuses her<br />

neighbour of being a witch,<br />

with dire consequences for<br />

all. The event will be chaired by<br />

Author Guinevere Glasfurd.<br />

Tickets are on sale at Ceres Bookshop <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Tel Number: 01760 722504. (Shop Hours 9-2PM during<br />

January,9-4PM February onwards)<br />

£20 to include Afternoon Tea<br />

For further Information phone Lynette<br />

on 07900 570 765.<br />

(Or when the shop is closed).<br />

All money raised will be in Aid of Kings Lynn Night Shelter.<br />

Spring into a Garden open for the<br />

National Garden Scheme<br />

Three Spring gardens are opening across the county<br />

to support the National Garden Scheme charities<br />

during March. The brightly coloured bulbs of spring<br />

are emerging ready for a splendid show for our<br />

garden visitors.<br />

These early gardens offer opportunities to get out<br />

into the countryside, enjoy woodland walks and a<br />

time to appreciate narcissus and all the other spring<br />

flowers, as well as that essential cup of tea and piece<br />

of cake.<br />

• Sat 18th March East Ruston Old Vicarage, NR12 9HN<br />

(12-5.30pm) Adm £13 Chd £2. Light Refreshments.<br />

Variety and all year-round interest to explore in this<br />

amazing 32-acre exotic coastal garden.<br />

• Sun 26th March Gayton Hall, PE32 1PL (11am<br />

- 4.30pm) Adm £6 Chd free. Home-made teas. 20<br />

acres where paths wind through a watery landscape,<br />

slightly wild and wooded with an abundance of<br />

spring bulbs. Dogs on leads.<br />

Gayton Hall in the Spring<br />

• Sun 26th March Mannington Estate, NR11 7BB<br />

(11am - 4pm) Adm £6 Chd free. Light Refreshments.<br />

20-acres feature shrubs, lake and trees. The garden<br />

surrounds moated medieval manor. A special feature<br />

is the garden wildlife. Variety of trees and shrubs<br />

Dogs on leads.<br />

County organiser Julia Stafford Allen said “It can<br />

be so lovely to get outside at this time of year and<br />

these great gardens have opened for us for many<br />

years and we are so fortunate to have them in the<br />

Scheme."<br />

Before visiting a garden, please check the website<br />

www.ngs.org.uk for up to date information.<br />

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Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

Website: ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com/<br />

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

Attracting Birds to Your Garden<br />

Our first meeting of 2023 was held on a bright January<br />

afternoon when some 70 members enjoyed a very<br />

informative talk on how to attract birds to your garden.<br />

Our speaker was Neil Spinks who has a background in<br />

the seeds industry and is also a keen garden birdwatcher.<br />

His talk covered not only which are the bests seeds for<br />

garden birds but also types of feeders and the different<br />

nest boxes available.<br />

Neil began his presentation by talking about the different<br />

seeds that are available and which bird species are<br />

attracted by what seeds. Neil stressed the importance<br />

of placement of feeders. In particular you need to place<br />

them near a tree or other close-by escape routes, so<br />

small birds can easily get away if a Sparrowhawk comes<br />

looking for smaller prey.<br />

The final area that Neil covered was nest boxes, covering<br />

what size nest box you need depending on what birds<br />

you hope to attract. The RSPB website gives details of<br />

sizes if you want to construct your own. This website<br />

also gives advice about placement of nest boxes in<br />

your garden and what height to place them and how to<br />

attach them.<br />

Upcoming Meetings<br />

• Our next meeting is on February 23rd when Pauline<br />

Harper will be talking about growing your own vegetables<br />

in a talk entitled 'Vegetables - From Plot to Pot'.<br />

• Our March meeting (March 23rd) will be given by<br />

Geoff Hodge on the topic of 'Propagating Plants for<br />

Free'.<br />

(All meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the<br />

month at Holme Hale Pavilion and start at 2.30pm.<br />

New members from anywhere in the district are always<br />

welcome, so come along and join us at one of our<br />

monthly meetings.

Rotary President's Corner<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> A part of our Rotary meetings (held on the<br />

1st and 3rd Monday evenings at 6.30pm at The George<br />

Hotel) is that we have interesting and informative talks<br />

as part of that get together. Last month we had the<br />

history of an additional and important slogan of Rotary<br />

ethics, THE 4-WAY WAY TEST (In addition to our Motto<br />

‘Service above Self’)<br />

1. Is it the TRUTH ?<br />

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?<br />

3. Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?<br />

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?<br />

The Test originated in 1932 when a flagging US<br />

company, saddled with enormous debt turned its<br />

fortunes around by the Rotarian Director Herbert J<br />

Taylor. He had the inspiration to make and use this<br />

slogan in all has dealings with his competitors, his<br />

clients and his staff in all that they said, think or did.<br />

That test was totally used and turned the company<br />

around.From the bankrupt condition the company<br />

paid its debts in full, paid dividends and has a present<br />

value of over two million dollars. Herbert then went on<br />

to be President of Rotary International several years<br />

later after the slogan was universally accepted by the<br />

movement.<br />

The other talk we had last month was by our Club<br />

member Rev'd Ray Burman who has just visited The<br />

Holy Land. He gave a detailed illustrated talk on his<br />

experiences where he went to many of the historical<br />

places referred to in the Bible. In Jerusalem the Garden<br />

Tomb - where one can still see the marks left by the<br />

boulder stone which once covered the entrance to the<br />

tomb, The church of the Holy<br />

Sepulchre, the Sea of Galilee,<br />

the site of the sermon on the<br />

mount and Bethlehem. He told<br />

us how moved he was to stand<br />

on the very spot that Jesus had<br />

stood in the newly discovered<br />

first century synagogue. The<br />

visit left a deep impression on him as you would<br />

expect, the Holy Land told a powerful story of its own.<br />

At the opening of the month, on the 6th March, we<br />

hold our Membership and Information Meeting at<br />

The George Hotel, the invitation and details of which I<br />

referred to in the February <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

The world continues to experience disasters and<br />

in addition to Ukraine we now have the appaling<br />

earthquakes in Turkey/Syria. We in our <strong>Swaffham</strong> Club<br />

have always tried to respond to disasters and we will<br />

support the victims of the earthquake through the<br />

Rotary Shelter Box Scheme and give a further £1000<br />

to assist Scott Waites with his ninth trip to support the<br />

people of Ukraine by supplying Generators.<br />

Malcolm Whittley<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group<br />

It's just a thought, but has anyone ever wondered<br />

why there are so many ducks wandering around the<br />

market area of <strong>Swaffham</strong>? Well one answer is that<br />

they can sense (or even a smell) that there used to be<br />

ponds in the area which during modern times have all<br />

been covered over (except one). Our History Group<br />

highlighted the town ponds (six in total) back in 2017<br />

when one of our members researched the subject.<br />

1. The Town Pit as it was named is now the parking<br />

area in front, to one side of the Greyhound Inn.<br />

2. North Pond, and the only survivor. Many innkeepers<br />

fetched water from this pond for brewing.<br />

3. Mangate Street Pit was at a depression and could<br />

have been a spring.<br />

4. Lynn Road Pit, Westgate, on the old drovers road<br />

from West Acre to <strong>Swaffham</strong> where cattle, etc used<br />

to congregate before coming to market.<br />

5. Brides Pit, just off the London Road, which has the<br />

legend that a horse bolted and drowned the bride of<br />

a wedding party.<br />

6. Snails Pit, down the Cley road and a favourite for<br />

ice skaters during the winter months.<br />

The booklet 'Walking on Water' is available at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage and gives an insight to the subject<br />

of water and <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

For further details of the History Group please contact<br />

01842 879140 or e-mail; jbaz@go-plus.net.<br />

Campingland Patient Participation Group<br />

*We are a non-political, non-sectarian group of<br />

patients, representing patients*<br />

We are your ‘voice’. So if you want to complain,<br />

compliment, are concerned, or just want to let off steam<br />

contact us on 07887 516565 or anewmeir1@sky.com.<br />

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NarVOS<br />

Wednesday 29th March 2023 at 7.30pm Indoor<br />

meeting at The Assembly Rooms, 1 Market Place,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7AB.<br />

“The Ecology of Weeting Heath and its Conservation<br />

Management” Presented by James Symonds.<br />

James is the warden at NWT Weeting Heath and is<br />

very enthusiastic about the range of invertebrates,<br />

the flora, grassland fungi and other taxonomic<br />

groups to be found there. He will explain about the<br />

management techniques used to create the ideal<br />

conditions for these species, such as the grazing<br />

approach and ground disturbance. In addition to<br />

the ornithologically famous stone curlews and the<br />

woodland specialties such as spotted flycatcher,<br />

there are numerous rare plants and invertebrates<br />

found on Weeting Heath, which is one of the finest<br />

remaining Breckland grass heaths. Come and learn<br />

more on the night.<br />

Stone Curlew at NWT Weeting Heath<br />

Please come along. Visitors welcome. Admission £4<br />

on the night; free to NarVOS members.<br />

For more information contact Ian Black on 01760<br />

724092 or go to www.narvos.org.uk<br />

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www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> WEA<br />

Over the years we have run a number of<br />

popular and well-attended courses on<br />

art: the Art Treasures of East Anglia, Royal Portraits,<br />

the Art of the Italian Renaissance, Dutch Painting,<br />

the Pre-Raphaelites and Art History in 100 Paintings.<br />

For the second Day Course this spring term we have<br />

another one on art, entitled “Artistic Communities”,<br />

led by Rosanna Eckersley. She will talk about one<br />

community based in Great Bardfield in Essex, and<br />

the more famous community of artists in St Ives in<br />

Cornwall.<br />

Rosanna says “Artists in Great Bardfield exchanged<br />

ideas, organised village exhibitions and, importantly,<br />

valued all forms of art and craft. Our one<br />

day course will therefore focus on water-colours and<br />

oils, fabric designs, and on a range of print forms –<br />

wood engravings, lino cuts, screen prints and more.<br />

We particularly focus on Edward Bawden and Eric<br />

Ravilious, who together discovered the Essex village<br />

of Great Bardfield as a place to live and work, and<br />

not too far from the opportunities to exhibit in<br />

London. In contrast we look at artists who made their<br />

lives and their art in St Ives, far from London. They<br />

created many fascinating and beautiful avant-garde<br />

paintings and sculptures, these often inspired by the<br />

sea. Artists include Alfred Wallis, Barbara Hepworth,<br />

Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Peter<br />

Lanyon.”<br />

The course, reference number C2229219, will be<br />

held at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre on Saturday<br />

March 25th from 10am to 3pm, with breaks for<br />

refreshments (provided) and lunch (bring your<br />

own), and will cost £25.<br />

You can enrol in advance online wea.org.uk, or by<br />

phone 0300 303 3464 and speak to a friendly voice.<br />

We are keen to re-establish courses in person at<br />

the Community Centre now that the worst of covid<br />

seems to be passing, but you can also find a host of<br />

other courses online at wea.org.uk, offering a very<br />

wide range of subjects and skills, and is well worth<br />

a look.<br />

MUSEUM<br />


www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

Open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri & Sat 10am to 1pm<br />

Last entry to collection half an hour before closing<br />

Prices: adults £3. Children 5 and over £1. Family tickets available<br />

Tel: 01760 721230 Email: info@swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

Coronation Challenge<br />

One thousand volunteers needed!<br />

8 May 2023<br />

At the Coronation of Queen<br />

Victoria the whole town of 2000<br />

people was fed on the Marketplace<br />

with roast beef, plum pudding and<br />

“an abundance of strong beer”.<br />

The 2023 Coronation Challenge<br />

Can we seat 1000 people on the<br />

Marketplace and give them a<br />

snack?<br />

Date: 8 May 2023 (Coronation Volunteers’ Day)<br />

Time: 11am<br />

Location: Marketplace<br />

No charge, no frills, no fun, no strong beer, - all we ask<br />

is an hour of your life and bring your own chair. Please<br />

book this date in your diary now.<br />

For more details on this and other events in 2023 keep<br />

an eye on our social media pages and our website<br />

swaffhamculture.org which will become live shortly.<br />

Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

100 Club<br />

The 100 Club is a steady contributor of funds for<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage, run by the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage exclusively for its members.<br />

Winners for February 2023 are:<br />

• £40 – no 2296<br />

• £20 – no 2221<br />

• £10 – no 2253<br />

Cheques are on their way to our lucky winners!<br />

For further information about the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage contact the Membership Secretary by<br />

email stuartclapton@aol.com, or see our webpage,<br />

on the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage website http://www.<br />

swaffhammuseum.co.uk/community/swaffhammuseum-<br />

12715/friends-of-museum/ or call in to<br />

the Museum.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Climate Action<br />

Climate Friendly Tips of the month<br />

There are several easy cost free ways<br />

to both save money and energy and<br />

so help to save the planet. You may have<br />

heard these on the radio and in the media but it’s still<br />

good to have a reminder:<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Social was a great opportunity to talk<br />

group and we were pleased to have a list of potential n<br />

good level of interest in our stand. It was lovely to see th<br />

and social groups in the community. The Community Fridge is a brilliant<br />

waste, a big contributor to climate change. By using the Community Fridg<br />

we only buy the food we need, and ensuring it is all used, we can all mak<br />

1. Turn down your boiler temperature<br />

estimated 9.5 million tonnes of food waste is created annually in the UK a<br />

2. Turn off or turn down radiators in rooms<br />

you are not using<br />

landfill it releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. If you have lef<br />

food it can often be frozen or recycled into another recipe and a piggy bank<br />

3. Turn appliances off at the socket when you<br />

are not using them<br />

to put in the money saved can be a good incentive.<br />

We have resumed monthly in person meetings in February but will<br />

4. Wash clothes at a lower temperature, 30<br />

degrees is usually hot enough!<br />

format of alternating between morning meetings in person and Zoom mee<br />

so please get in touch to find out the latest. Contact Cathy Mumford<br />

5. Ditch your tumble dryer or use it less<br />

cathyjmumford@gmail.com or David Jones on 01760 722468<br />

6. Close all your curtains at night<br />

dljdav@gmail.com. Anyone with an interest in climate awareness in the<br />

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

7. Use an energy tracker if you have a smart meter<br />

suggestions, and receive all meeting notes and information.<br />

Search “Help For Households” to see more details as<br />

well as low cost and spend to save tips.<br />

Solar Panel Group Purchase<br />

We now have enough potential participants to approach<br />

a supplier and will be sending out more information<br />

soon but it is not too late to express your interest so<br />

please contact us below if you would like to add your<br />

name to the list. There is no commitment at this stage<br />

and it could significantly lower the cost and enable a<br />

more efficient process and choice of installation.<br />

Come and join us!<br />

Our meetings are usually on the second Thursday in each<br />

month at 10am in the Methodist Church. We warmly<br />

welcome anyone with an interest in climate change<br />

and how we can reduce our impact on the climate as<br />

a community. If you would like more information, or to<br />

check on the next meetings, please get in touch with<br />

either David Jones on 01760 722468 / 07806 435066,<br />

dljdav@gmail.com. If you are not able attend, you can<br />

still join the group, contribute with suggestions, and<br />

receive all meeting notes and information.

In Touch With Your Town<br />

Elections<br />

District and Town/Parish Elections are<br />

scheduled to take place on Thursday<br />

4 May 2023. Check out the Breckland<br />

website – www.breckland.go.uk/elections<br />

for more information on dates, nominations and the new<br />

ID requirements.<br />

Budget for 2023-24<br />

The Town Council have agreed the precept for the<br />

forthcoming year at £494,500, a 5% increase on last year.<br />

There will be a synopsis of the budget and what it will mean<br />

to people across the town in next month’s issue.<br />

War Memorial<br />

The newly painted telephone box is the centre piece of<br />

the new War Memorial revamp and has a wide range of<br />

books available. Please feel free to borrow or donate books,<br />

however, please do not leave bags of books inside or outside.<br />

Alongside the new flower beds, trees, memorial plaques<br />

to the late Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh keep<br />

a look out for more information to come on the plans to<br />

complete the renovation.<br />

Litter Bins<br />

Following a successful partnership and funding from the<br />

Town Estate Charity you will notice we have shiny new<br />

litter bins in the town; some with larger capacity and some<br />

additional locations. A huge thank you goes to the Town<br />

Estate Charity for their support and generous grant funding<br />

for this project. The old litter bins have been distributed<br />

around the wider town to help us keep <strong>Swaffham</strong> clean<br />

and tidy; three of the old bins have been added to laybys<br />

on the Norwich Road which have in the past fallen foul<br />

of serious littering, mainly from that most famous of local<br />

food outlets!<br />

Talking of litter it would be remis not to recognise and<br />

give huge thanks to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Clean Up group – a group<br />

of stalwart local residents who give up their free time on<br />

a Sunday morning to litter pick across the town. Check<br />

out the Facebook page @<strong>Swaffham</strong>cleanup for details on<br />

how you can join and help the fight against litter and keep<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> tidy.<br />

Benches<br />

Alongside the litter bins you will also note that the benches<br />

in the town centre have been replaced too and now match<br />

the bins around the Buttercross. Not wishing to waste<br />

anything the old benches have been recycled around the<br />

wider town to replace some old and damaged benches.<br />

With all the work being done to tidy up, renew and replace<br />

old assets the town is certainly gearing up for a lovely<br />

summer and hopefully more visitors and residents to the<br />

town centre.<br />

Allotments<br />

Great news, there are in excess of 180 allotment plots in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, across Tumbler Hill and Shouldham Lane sites.<br />

We are currently at full capacity, and have a waiting list<br />

as the allotments are well sought after. This is a fantastic<br />

achievement for the town as the allotments are constantly<br />

sought after and are recognised as some of the best in the<br />

county. Well done to all our allotment holders who spend<br />

countless hours maintaining and enjoying the sites.<br />

Market<br />

The King’s Coronation is on Saturday 6 May 2023 and<br />

the market traders will be out in force to help celebrate<br />

with residents and visitors to the town. Breckland District<br />

Council have offered <strong>Swaffham</strong> a big screen to broadcast<br />

the Coronation and plans are being discussed with the<br />

Market Committee and Council on how the weekend can<br />

be planned to mark the occasion.<br />

Public Toilets<br />

The public toilets are always in use however there are times<br />

when people can be inadvertently locked in – in these<br />

situations we ask that you try not to panic as you can still<br />

get out - you just need to press the release switch at the<br />

same time as push the door and it will open. The toilets<br />

are currently cleaned everyday Monday – Friday however<br />

from the beginning of March they will also be cleaned on<br />

a Saturday and Sunday morning. This will help ensure the<br />

toilets continue to be a great asset to the town.<br />

Cemetery<br />

Following a Health & Safety review there have been some<br />

changes afoot at the Cemetery recently:<br />

• The old, dying hedge has now been successfully replaced<br />

at the Brandon Road cemetery. Advice was taken from<br />

two separate arborists who both advised on using a laurel<br />

hedge instead of the previous hawthorn. The new laurel<br />

hedge will match the existing side hedge and, as it will grow<br />

quickly, it will help to maintain privacy for cemetery visitors.<br />

• The outside team have conducted topple testing across<br />

the cemetery - checking the stability of the headstones.<br />

Regrettably many have failed the test and so you soon see<br />

stakes, rope and notices added to the ‘unstable’ headstones<br />

asking relatives to get in touch to resolve the issues. This<br />

will be the last Topple testing that will be conducted in the<br />

cemetery as per current government guidelines.<br />

The Cemetery is a huge asset and one the Council are fully<br />

committed to ensuring is maintained and improved; watch<br />

this space for more information on future planned projects.<br />

Council opening hours and entrance<br />

The council are pleased to confirm new office opening<br />

hours for the public. With immediate effect the council<br />

offices will be open Monday – Thursday 10-4pm and Fri 10-<br />

1pm. To support the new opening times the access to the<br />

council offices will be through the main Town Hall entrance<br />

– the back yard entrance on Cley Road will be used for<br />

deliveries only. New signage will be placed at the front of<br />

the Town Hall – if visiting why not take the opportunity to<br />

browse through the Museum Tourist Information Centre<br />

and book up a museum visit for a later date. We don’t do<br />

bus passes though!<br />

Council communications<br />

A new refreshed council website is due to go live from early<br />

March. The new website will focus on the key deliverables of<br />

the council, the council assets, and a new invoice payment<br />

option. We are also looking to update the noticeboard at<br />

the front of the Town Hall with a new Council only dedicated<br />

noticeboard.<br />

Northwell Pool<br />

Following recent meetings with Anglian Water<br />

representatives and a local resident it has been confirmed<br />

that Northwell Pool is an ‘operational surface water<br />

overflow’ area and as such, despite our best intentions,<br />

we are unable to change it into a bonafide duck pond.<br />

Anglian Water have, however, promised to organise a<br />

cleanup of the pool and surrounding area; Norfolk County<br />

Council are looking to replace the broken benches with<br />

new and we have entered into an annual pest control<br />

contract to address and manage the vermin in the area.<br />

This is a positive outcome for the town and the residents<br />

in Northwell Pool Area. Our thanks to everyone involved in<br />

getting this sorted. We will share photos once completed.<br />

Barn Theatre Complex<br />

In September 2021 the Council took the decision to<br />

purchase the barn complex on Mangate St from the Sacred<br />

Heart Convent – flat, theatre and swimming pool. It’s a<br />

large complex and over the last 17 months the Council have<br />

been working to repair some dilapidation as well as liaise<br />

with the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Swimming Pool Association about the<br />

pool potential. It’s a huge project, so on Weds 8th February<br />

the Council met to review the progress and the decision<br />

was taken to organise a Public Consultation event to be<br />

held on Weds 8th March at the Town Hall – an opportunity<br />

to hear what you, as residents, would like to see happen<br />

with the complex. Further details of the proposed Public<br />

Consultation will be shared in the near future. Get your<br />

thinking caps on now.<br />

Save the date!<br />

Classic Car Show - Sunday 27th August. A long standing<br />

annual event planned for this year.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall opening times:<br />

Monday to Thursday: 9.30am - 1pm (lunch) 1.30 - 4pm.<br />

Friday: 9.30am - 1pm<br />

reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Breckland District Council<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk<br />

01362 656 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,<br />

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits<br />

Your Breckland District Councillors:<br />

Cllr. David Wickerson<br />

01760 725 741<br />

david.wickerson@<br />

breckland.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Ian Sherwood<br />

07795 236 878<br />

ian.sherwood@<br />

breckland.gov.uk<br />

Cllr Ed Colman - also your Norfolk County Councillor<br />

ed.colman@breckland.gov.uk / ed.colman.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Town Council Committee<br />

meeting dates - MARCH 2023<br />

• Monday 27 February, 6.30pm Do you want to be a<br />

Councillor?<br />

• Tuesday 28 February, 4pm Planning Committee<br />

• Tuesday 7 March, 4pm Transport Committee<br />

• Wednesday 8 March, 6.30pm, Full Council<br />

• Monday 20 March, 6.30pm, Market Committee<br />

• Monday 27 March, 6.30pm, Assets & Open Spaces<br />

Committee<br />

Did you know...all council meetings include a 15 minute session<br />

set aside for public participation. This is your opportunity to<br />

put questions to your Councillors about things that matter<br />

to you and the town. Why not come along and see how your<br />

Councillors manage the council's affairs.<br />

Highway issues<br />

Norfolk County Council – www.norfolk.gov.uk<br />

– 0344 800 8020<br />

For Highway issues & faulty street lights:<br />

- Highways - please give the location of the issue and<br />

a telephone number where further information can<br />

be obtained.<br />

- Faulty streetlights – please give the precise location<br />

of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit the website and search for<br />

Highways or Street Lights to report your concerns.<br />

The Town Council<br />

Mayor - Cllr Stewart Bell<br />

CllrBell.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Deputy Mayor - Cllr Judy Anscombe<br />

CllrAnscombe.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Lindsay Beech<br />

CllrBeech.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Wendy Bensley<br />

CllrBensley.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Paul Darby<br />

CllrDarby.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Graham Edwards<br />

CllrEdwards.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Colin Houghton<br />

CllrHoughton.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Shirley Matthews<br />

CllrMatthews.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Ian Pilcher<br />

CllrPilcher.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Les Scott<br />

CllrScott.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Cllr. Jill Skinner<br />

CllrSkinner.<strong>Swaffham</strong>TC@gmail.com<br />

Officers:<br />

Richard Bishop – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Helen Carrier – Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

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