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April 2023

April 2023


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April 2023<br />

Your free town newsletter published by Iceni Partnership<br />


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version available to view at www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />


Stellar season of scrums at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club<br />

Read about the Club's recent activity in the article on p.18<br />


Iceni<br />

Antics<br />

p.3<br />

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

& District<br />

Lions Club<br />

p.5<br />

Merle<br />

Boddy<br />

Centre<br />

p.16<br />

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Contents<br />

3 Iceni Antics/Library News/WEA<br />

4 Church News<br />

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

8 Community Hospital/Speed Watch<br />

9 Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Group<br />

11 Authors, Books & Cakes<br />

13 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage/WI/The Hive<br />

14 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary/NarVOS<br />

16 Merle Boddy/Climate Action<br />

17 Wissey u3a/Pit Stop<br />

18 Rugby Club/<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<br />

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

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

various groups and activities you can take part in at<br />

the library.<br />

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

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

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

little ones.<br />

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

newest group for some stitching and chatting over a<br />

cup of tea.<br />

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

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

and their parents/carers.<br />

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

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

5 and over.<br />

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

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

games and colouring are available.<br />

Iceni Antics<br />

At the end of February we were thrilled to receive<br />

a cheque from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual Awareness Group.<br />

Each year the Group donates proceeds from their<br />

various events throughout the year to a chosen local<br />

charity. In 2022, Iceni Partnership were lucky enough<br />

to be the chosen one! Donations like this are always<br />

hugely appreciated as we don't receive any external<br />

core funding for the work we do, so thank you!<br />

Linda Jane White from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Spiritual<br />

Awareness Group presenting the cheque<br />

to Jonathan Reed from Iceni Partnership<br />


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

This is just advance notice of a Day School<br />

we will be putting on after Easter. On<br />

Saturday 20th May, Mary Fewster will be coming to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre to run a course entitled<br />

“The Beauty of Holiness” when she will talk about the<br />

significance of the objects used in, or to decorate, the<br />

churches and chapels in East Anglia.<br />

Mary says “whether they were elaborate and costly<br />

items which emphasised the awe and majesty of God<br />

and the piety of the donor, or simpler and everyday<br />

objects which focussed on the humility and earthly<br />

life of Christ, they can tell us of the faith and priorities<br />

of those who built and furnished our churches over<br />

the last fifteen hundred years”.<br />

Mary is well known to us through all the courses she<br />

has run over the last several years. We have learnt<br />

so much from her, looking at different aspects of<br />

life in East Anglia from early times. We can heartily<br />

recommend her if you are a newcomer.<br />

The day will run from 10am to 3pm, with breaks for<br />

refreshments and lunch (bring your own). You can<br />

enrol now by phoning 0300 303 3464, or by going<br />

online wea.org.uk. The reference number for the<br />

course is C2229630, and the cost is £25.<br />

We look forward to seeing old friends and new faces.<br />

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

The main April 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 2nd April<br />

9.30am Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist<br />

6 pm Sung Evensong<br />

Wednesday 5th<br />

10am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Thursday 6th Maundy Thursday<br />

8pm Eucharist of the Last Supper<br />

followed by the Watch till 11pm<br />

Friday 7th Good Friday<br />

11am<br />

The Churches Together Act of<br />

Witness<br />

Saturday 8th Easter Eve<br />

8pm Easter Vigil and first Eucharist<br />

of Easter<br />

Sunday 9th Easter Sunday<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 12th<br />

10am<br />

Sunday 16th<br />

8am<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 19th<br />

10am<br />

Sunday 23rd<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 26th<br />

10am<br />

Sunday 30th<br />

9.30am<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion<br />

United Benefice Sung<br />

Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

United Benefice Sung<br />

Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

United Benefice Sung<br />

Eucharist<br />

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

from 9am until 4pm outside services.<br />

Further details of church services and events on our<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Parish Church Facebook page and via Twitter<br />

@swaffhamchurch<br />

Bishop’s Lent Appeal<br />

The Bishop's Lent Appeal 2023 will help to raise money for<br />

the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge hospice building, which will<br />

increase capacity for end of life specialist care in Norfolk<br />

and Waveney. Funds received will be in memory of The<br />

Venerable Ian Bentley, who was Archdeacon of Lynn. If<br />

you wish to contribute, there will be an opportunity in<br />

our second collection bowl at the back of church or via<br />

https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/news/lent/<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

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

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

Julia on 720041. In place of an April meeting, MU will<br />

gather c.1.30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday (April 6th) to<br />

greet the Student Cross pilgrims at St Peter & St Paul<br />

Church.<br />

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

NB The Saturday Market will be<br />

meeting here on Saturdays when<br />

we don’t have coffee mornings, so<br />

refreshments will still be available.<br />

• Sat 1st April 9.30am-12noon.<br />

Church Coffee Morning and Cake<br />

Stall.<br />

• Sun 2nd April 10.45am. PALM SUNDAY. Morning<br />

Worship led by Mrs Elsie Warby. Refreshments<br />

afterwards.<br />

• Tues 4th April 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

• Fri 7th April For Good Friday events and timings<br />

please refer to Anglican Church notifications.<br />

• Fri 7th April 'Tragedy to Triumph' at the Methodist<br />

Church follows the 'Witness of the Cross' on the<br />

Market Place. Join us for Hot Cross Buns.<br />

• Sun 9th April 10.45am. Easter celebration led by<br />

Rev. Jacqui Horton, with the cross transformed with<br />

spring flowers. Holy communion celebrated. All<br />

welcome.<br />

• Tues 11th April 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

• Thurs 13th April 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group chit-chat afternoon. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 14th April 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 16th April 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

the Worship Leaders. Refreshments served.<br />

• Tues 18th April 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 21st April 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Please<br />

phone 01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 22nd April 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning in<br />

aid of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Girl Guides .<br />

• Sun 23rd April 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

Rev. Rosemary Wakelin. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 25th April 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

• Thurs 27th April 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group. Rosemary Nattriss gives a talk entitled 'A Little<br />

Bit Of Sweet Stuff'.<br />

• Fri 28th April 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Please<br />

phone 01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 30th April 10.45am. Big Sunday when all the<br />

Churches in our Circuit Worship together even when<br />

they’re not in the same place. Refreshments served.<br />

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

I’m sorry I can’t give you a write up of the 14th March<br />

session with Jazzsigns, as it was too late to catch the<br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong>’s deadline. Instead, here is some background<br />

information on the band.<br />

Based in West Norfolk, the band members are Dave<br />

Barker (Keyboard), Ed Taylor (Guitar), Paul Mason<br />

(Drums), Ted Fuller (Bass Guitar), Terry Hope (Trumpet<br />

and Percussion) and Cate Downes (Vocals). Their<br />

drummer Paul Mason is son of Colin Mason, a founding<br />

member of the Club. Colin played regularly for us for<br />

several years but very sadly died last year. It is great that<br />

Paul is continuing the connection with us.<br />

Jazzsigns had only just formed in early 2020, when<br />

they had to stop playing together for the duration of<br />

lockdown. I first heard them live when they played on<br />

Oxborough Village Green last June as part of the late<br />

Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. At the end lots of people<br />

went up to thank the band and say how much they’d<br />

enjoyed the music. We therefore booked them for their<br />

debut here in September last year, but this was cancelled<br />

due to the Queen's passing, so this performance was<br />

finally their first appearance at the Club.<br />

Coming Up:<br />

The Nigel Portass Quartet, Tuesday 11th April 7.30 - 10<br />

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

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

information from Norman 01760 722 384 or Geoff<br />

01366 328 730.<br />

Easter Day 2023<br />

9 th April : 10.45 am<br />

• Easter Celebration<br />

• Transformation of the Cross<br />

• Optional Holy Communion<br />

• An Easter Egg for everyone!<br />

All Ages Welcome<br />

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

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

Our traditional fun Pancake Race was<br />

held on Shrove Tuesday on Campingland<br />

outside <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre. The<br />

winners of the Frying Pan trophy being The<br />

Sacred Heart School. Plenty of fun was had by all.<br />

Socially we had an excellent Sunday Lunch at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Golf Club, where 20 of us attended and all<br />

thoroughly enjoyed.<br />

In March the Lioness Branch Club held a Cardcraft<br />

afternoon at their meeting room at the Catholic<br />

church with tea, coffee and cake. Some excellent<br />

Birthday and Easter cards were made and the money<br />

raised will go to support Muscular Distrophy.<br />

On the fundraising front we met at Lion George’s<br />

home to prepare the Easter Egg baskets to be raffled.<br />

They have been distributed to local businesses, clubs<br />

and pubs along with a card of 59 squares at £1 each.<br />

The winning square will be the number drawn as the<br />

National Lottery Bonus Ball on Easter Saturday 8th<br />

April. We will also be having our usual Lioness' Easter<br />

Egg Tombola on the Saturday Market.<br />

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

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S U N D A Y 1 6 T H A P R I L A T 4 P M<br />

Breckland Hand Bell ringers will join us to welcome the arrival of spring<br />

and opening of St. Mary’s for the summer months.<br />

S U N D A Y 7 T H M A Y A T 4 P M<br />

We celebrate Coronation weekend with the return of Serendipity, the<br />

trio of woodwind players who delighted us on last year’s visit.<br />

S A T U R D A Y 2 7 T H M A Y A T 4 P M<br />

Daniel and Beth of the prize winning ‘Flute and Frets’ professional duo<br />

will bring a range of music from medieval to contemporary.<br />

S A T U R D A Y 1 7 T H J U N E A T 4 P M<br />

In a musical first for St. Mary’s Church, the North Norfolk Opera will<br />

perform arias from favourite operas.<br />

S U N D A Y 2 N D J U L Y A T 4 P M<br />

Now midsummer, we warmly welcome guitar player Estevao Devides<br />

who will introduce a repertoire of modern and classical music.<br />

S A T U R D A Y 2 9 T H J U L Y A T 4 P M<br />

The return of Pot of Gold Shanty Crew brings a regular favourite at St.<br />

Mary’s summer concerts.<br />

S U N D A Y 2 0 T H A U G U S T A T 4 P M<br />

Graham and Alison Cracknell on keyboard and violin will bring our<br />

summer programme to a resounding close.<br />

Full details at: www.houghtonstmarys.org.uk/news-and-events#Events<br />

Advanced bookings priority for the Friends of St. Mary's<br />

To join as a Friend of St. Mary's see our website<br />

Wine and light refreshments will be available<br />

Parking at the Church<br />

www.houghtonstmarys.org.uk<br />

admin@houghtonstmarys.org.uk<br />

St. Mary's Church, Browns Lane, Houghton-on-the-Hill,<br />

North Pickenham, PE37 8DB<br />

Registered Charity No. 1069758

Senor Momento’s Post Covid Update<br />

Covid really hampered Senor Momento’s fund raising<br />

activities however, when restrictions were relaxed,<br />

fund-raising opportunities for the Alzheimer’s Society<br />

and local good causes could resume. Many thanks to<br />

the businesses of Plowright Place, the George Hotel<br />

and Valentine Barker Court for their contributions<br />

during 2021.<br />

In 2022, the Red Nose Fun Day and a collection for<br />

Ukrainian Refugees raised over £150.<br />

A celebration for 50 years tenancy of the Greyhound<br />

Inn raised £180.<br />

More cash was raised by collections from the<br />

Women’s British Legion, Holme Hale’s Summer Fete,<br />

an Oktober Fest at Saham Toney and <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

Christmas Lights switch-on.<br />

Other monies were raised from birthday parties to<br />

club celebrations. Here’s hoping that 2023 will see<br />

many more bookings to raise cash for the Alzheimer’s<br />

Society and local good causes. Bookings can be made<br />

by phoning Ian on 01760 721247.<br />

The latest beneficiary was the Dementia Café which<br />

meets on the first Wednesday of the month at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Speed Watch<br />

Fed up with speeding traffic?<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Speedwatch volunteers are slowing traffic<br />

in 10 locations around the town; if you would like to<br />

volunteer we can try to encourage more responsible<br />

driving, reduce pollution and make <strong>Swaffham</strong> a safer,<br />

cleaner, healthier place. Contact <strong>Swaffham</strong> Speed<br />

Watch at swaffhamcsw@gmail.com<br />

Community Hospital LoF's<br />

With Easter approaching, it's time to plan our usual<br />

support to patients and staff by providing Easter<br />

Eggs and goodies to brighten up their days. Tesco<br />

will hopefully support us again by asking shoppers<br />

to donate eggs for the Hospital. Still on the topic<br />

of celebrations, we plan to mark the up-coming<br />

Coronation with decorations and, if possible, an event<br />

for the patients. More on this next time.<br />

We are currently replacing a fridge-freezer for the Staff<br />

Room and replacing another TV in the wards that had<br />

stopped working.<br />

Another initiative about to start is that each weekend<br />

we will supply a small selection of newspapers and<br />

magazines for the patients. At the moment it is left to<br />

individual patients to sort out their own.<br />

Our Fundraising is very limited and the main sources<br />

are from bereavements and the coin collections. Please<br />

if you can continue to save small change, in say, a jar or<br />

tin, it can be dropped off at the hospital reception, or I<br />

could collect. It is always much appreciated.<br />

We will be starting again to spend more time in the<br />

rear garden to tidy up from Winter and make sure that<br />

it's looking it's best. If you fancy helping a bit give me<br />

a call.<br />

Our major scheme to enlarge the hospital day room<br />

with more facilities for patients is progressing. We<br />

have plans from the Trust and the early tender process<br />

is starting. Will keep you posted on progress.<br />

As usual our small committee would welcome<br />

newcomers, so if you want to learn more of what we<br />

are about, please call me.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

07767 262108<br />

Animal Warden Services<br />

We Need Your Help<br />

As you may have noticed we have a problem with dog<br />

fouling in the area again and we need your help to<br />

catch whoever is responsible.<br />

We are proud to say that there are some wonderful<br />

dogs in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, and 99% of dog owners are<br />

genuinely lovely and responsible. However, sadly<br />

someone is allowing their dog to foul around town<br />

and then not cleaning up. There is no excuse and we<br />

need to find them and keep our Town clean.<br />

• Please clean up after your pets, wherever you are.<br />

• Please join our fight against dog fouling, and report<br />

offenders.<br />

• If you witness anyone failing to clean up after their<br />

dog please report them on: 01362 858500 or email:<br />

info@animalwardenservices.co.uk<br />

Dog fouling is not only socially unacceptable; it is<br />

also a criminal offence. We are working hard to catch<br />

everyone who continues to break the law.<br />

The National Garden Scheme<br />

A-May-Zing Colours In The Gardens Open For The<br />

National Garden Scheme<br />

During the month of May the days become longer and<br />

warmer and Summer is definitely on its way. Gardens<br />

are getting into shape with herbaceous borders coming<br />

into growth. There are 11 gardens opening this month<br />

providing a wide range of design and variety. Lakes<br />

and ponds come to life and azaleas, rhododendrons<br />

and bluebells bring a burst of colour.<br />

Pre-booked tickets can be purchased online for all<br />

gardens listed, and at most gardens, it will be possible<br />

to turn up and pay at the gate. Refreshments will be<br />

available at the majority of gardens, and entry for<br />

children is free unless otherwise stated.<br />

Sunday 14th May<br />

• Holme Hale Hall, <strong>Swaffham</strong> IP25 7ED<br />

12-4pm adm £7 chd free. Light refreshments.<br />

Walled kitchen garden with soft palette of herbaceous<br />

plants which include some unusual varieties.<br />

Greenhouse, vegetables, trained fruits, and roses.<br />

130-year-old wisteria. Wildlife friendly with wildflower<br />

meadow.<br />

Sunday 21st May<br />

• Lexham Hall, Litcham, PE32 2QJ<br />

11-5 adm £7.50 chd free. Light refreshments.<br />

Mature garden of variety and year-round interest, with<br />

walled garden. Rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and<br />

magnolias in woodland, set in parkland.<br />

Open By Arrangement<br />

• Hoe Hall, Hall Road, Dereham, NR20 4BD<br />

Book direct with owner https://findagarden.ngs.org.<br />

uk/garden/43423/hoe-hall Adm £7 chd free. Tea and<br />

cake option available on booking.<br />

Spectacular white wisteria walk within walled garden,<br />

many old roses and a pool with water lilies.<br />

Our gardens never stand still, and each year their<br />

busy owners try to bring something new. At Holme<br />

Hale Hall, Simon Broke reports “Last Autumn we took<br />

200 years of silt out of our island pond, renewed the<br />

sluice and the water level has now returned. We have<br />

created two walkways for our visitors to enjoy: one<br />

around the island and the other round the outer edge<br />

of the pond.”<br />

Before visiting a garden, we advise checking for any up<br />

to date information at our website www.ngs.org.uk<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

Ashill, Holme Hale &amp; District Garden Club<br />

Growing Vegetables for the Kitchen<br />

Our February meeting was very timely considering the<br />

sudden shortage of vegetables on our supermarket<br />

shelves. Pauline Harper, a Norfolk & Norwich<br />

Horticultural Society Judge and prize vegetable grower,<br />

gave a very informative talk on how to grow your own<br />

range of vegetables for the kitchen.<br />

Pauline started her talk by demonstrating how to<br />

prepare your soil for growing vegetables and how much<br />

you can grow in a relatively small space. She also covered<br />

whether you use a ‘No Dig’ approach and raised beds<br />

for easier access. Pauline then gave advice on how to<br />

grow all the major vegetables available one can in the<br />

UK, providing information on when to plant, harvest<br />

and store the various crops. Pauline also gave excellent<br />

insight on how to maximise your space by planting<br />

companion vegetables between other crops, such as<br />

growing lettuces between your rows of broad beans.<br />

Pauline covered both cold composting approaches and<br />

hot composting, use of hotbin composters can enable<br />

even small gardens to produce good peat-free compost<br />

in around 90 days, also good way to prevent your food<br />

waste going into landfill. Pauline finished her talk by<br />

covering some of the pests and diseases you might<br />

have to deal with when growing vegetables along with<br />

providing solutions on how to deal with them.<br />

Upcoming Meetings<br />

• Our next meeting is on March 23rd and will be given<br />

by well known Garden commentator and writer Geoff<br />

Hodge on the topic of 'Propagating - Plants for Free'.<br />

• Our April meeting will be on April 27th and will be<br />

given by Dr Tony Leech, who will talk about 'Fungi -<br />

Friend or Foe?'<br />

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

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

from anywhere in the district are always welcome, so<br />

come along and join us at one of our monthly meetings.<br />

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Monday 8 May 2023<br />

at 7:00 pm<br />

A regal organ recital by ex Canterbury Cathedral<br />

organist David Flood and soprano Alice Platten, <br />

2022 BBC Chorister of the Year Finalist<br />

Tickets on the door from 6:30pm - £10 to include wine<br />

in aid of The Friends of Castle Acre Church<br />

Charity Reg No 803210<br />

Last year we received<br />

over 62,000 alarm<br />

calls, and 97% of them<br />

were answered within<br />

60 seconds.<br />

We are here to help.<br />

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Coronation Concert<br />

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Monday 8 May 2023<br />

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A regal organ recital by ex Canterbury Cathedral<br />

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2022 BBC Chorister of the Year Finalist<br />

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Authors, Books and Cakes<br />

Don’t delay booking for…<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 />

• 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<br />

Cage on Radio 4.<br />

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

Tree Yard and Platform Seven.<br />

• 15th October - Alison Weir - acclaimed author of<br />

historical fiction. The event will include music by<br />

Pearlintheegg, historical musicians.<br />

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

Serpent and Julie Walker whose debut novel was ‘Bonny<br />

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

All events will be held at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms at<br />

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

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

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

Bookshop - tel: 01760 722504. For further information<br />

please phone Lynette on 07900 570765.<br />

Chat & Play<br />

For parents, babies and toddlers<br />

This group has been running since November 2022<br />

and we have been happy to see mums and dads,<br />

grandparents, babies and toddlers attend. Time for<br />

adults to share together, have refreshments, and for<br />

toddlers to learn to play and socialise. We have several<br />

babies who love to share a large blanket on floor and try<br />

to touch each other. Lots of equipment available, thanks<br />

to The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions, East of England Co-op and local<br />

donations.<br />

We now meet at Heartwood Primary School, Whitecross<br />

Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong> on the second Tuesday of the month<br />

from 9-11 am. No meeting in April as Easter holidays,<br />

so next one will be 9th May. All Welcome. Any queries<br />

contact Sue on 07765 037235<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

Green Light Trust<br />

New course dates for Oxburgh Hall have been<br />

announced<br />

There are no age restrictions on these courses and our<br />

oldest participant to date has been 84! There are no<br />

cost implications either if you decide to take part, even<br />

if transport is an issue for you we can organise this too.<br />

Join in with the activities and learn at your own pace.<br />

Courses are designed to:<br />

• improve mental and physical wellbeing<br />

• increase confidence and self-esteem<br />

• reduce anxiety and social isolation<br />

• improve social and communication skills<br />

• teach new practical and life skills<br />

• build an appreciation and knowledge of the natural<br />

environment<br />

Types of activity include:<br />

• Tree & hedge planting • Formative tree pruning<br />

• Coppicing • Scrub & ride maintenance • Green<br />

woodwork • Hedge laying • Hay raking by hand •<br />

Making green wood structures • Creating living willow<br />

structures • Willow weaving • Botanical surveys •<br />

Breeding bird surveys • Woodland art and crafts •<br />

Animal homes • Bush craft (shelters, fires and cooking)<br />

• Whittling • Green skills<br />

Lunch & refreshments are provided and boots and<br />

waterproofs are available to borrow for those who don't<br />

have them<br />

“This is the best day of the week for me. Learning new<br />

skills, chatting and laughing, it’s the best therapy. Takes<br />

all your worries away for a day.” - Course participant<br />

New Dates @ Oxburgh Hall<br />

• Thursday, 20th April 2023 : Earth Rebuild and Support<br />

Course - open to all ages (meet every Thurs for 12 weeks)<br />

• Tuesday, 11th July 2023 : Earth Rebuild and Support<br />

Course - open to all ages (meet every Tues for 12 weeks)<br />

• Friday, 6th October 2023 : Earth Rebuild and Support<br />

Course - open to all ages (meet every Fri for 12 weeks)<br />

• Monday, 16th October 2023 : Earth Rebuild and<br />

Support Course - open to all ages (meet every Tues for<br />

12 weeks)<br />

Women at Oxburgh Hall<br />

• Monday, 17th July 2023 : Earth Women’s Wellbeing<br />

course – this course is for women only (meet every Tues<br />

for 12 weeks)<br />

• Wednesday, 4th October : Earth Women’s Wellbeing<br />

course – this course is for women only (meet every<br />

Weds for 12 weeks)<br />

Find out more on the website: https://www.<br />

greenlighttrust.org/ or contact me on the details below.<br />

Ali Jagger<br />

Participant Engagement Co-ordinator (PEC), Norfolk<br />

m: 07596 863278<br />

e: ali@greenlighttrust.org<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 />


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

This month we bring you news of some of the events<br />

that the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage are putting on.<br />

First off, we have a tour of the West Tofts Army Training<br />

Area/STANTA on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th May.<br />

This promises to be an interesting insight to the area<br />

which is normally out-of-bounds to the public. This is a<br />

coach tour only. If you would like to go please contact our<br />

membership secretary – contact details below. Tickets<br />

- £7.50 for Friends and £9 for others. Unfortunately<br />

numbers are limited.<br />

Then on 17th September, we have a trip to Sheringham<br />

for a 1940's themed day. Tickets will be £10 for Friends<br />

and £12.50 for others. Later on in November, we will be<br />

going to the Ely Cathedral Christmas Market, with the<br />

likely cost of £20 for Friends and £25 for others. Of course,<br />

you can always join the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage to<br />

take advantage of first offer of tickets and the lower price!<br />

The Friends are also very involved with the Heritage Action<br />

Zone events, including the Horkey on 24th September.<br />

More about this later.<br />

100 Club<br />

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

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

exclusively for its members.<br />

Winners for March 2023 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2226 • £20 – no 2282 • £10 – no 2208<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 email<br />

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

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

co.uk/community/swaffham-museum-12715/friends-ofmuseum/<br />

or call in to the Museum.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium<br />

2023-2024 Main Events<br />

See the website swaffhamculture.org and social media<br />

for more details and for volunteer forms (also available at<br />

the museum)<br />

• Mon 8th May - Coronation Cream Tea Challenge,<br />

10am-1pm Marketplace.<br />

• Sun 13th Aug - Food Event - TBC, Marketplace.<br />

• Sun 24th Sept - <strong>Swaffham</strong> Harvest Horkey, 11am to<br />

3pm, Marketplace.<br />

• September Organisations Day Marketplace, date and<br />

time TBC.<br />

Other events<br />

• <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players costumed guided walk around the<br />

town Summer. Dates and time TBC.<br />

• Non-denominational Harvest Thanksgiving, September.<br />

Dates and times TBC.<br />

Stories of the Marketplace<br />

A web based project of the buildings, people and<br />

gatherings over the years. We welcome volunteers to<br />

help with research, memories and photographs for this<br />

ambitious project. Other events may be added.<br />

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

We held our last meeting on<br />

Wednesday 1st. March at 2.30pm in<br />

the Community Centre. Many tables<br />

were laid out for a quiz held by Jo and John Percival.<br />

This went very well with many different themes to<br />

be answered on individual sheets. One table winning<br />

having made the most correct answers.<br />

In March two members had birthdays and were given<br />

cards and small presents.<br />

Dates and details were given on boards for members<br />

to complete if wishing to join them. These included<br />

a Pentney lunch on 24th April, Sandringham Stud on<br />

15th June and Watton History walk on 28th June.<br />

Details for usual meetings in March were given for 'knit<br />

& natter' and 'bowling ' get-togethers.<br />

The March competition was 'Spring Flowers' in<br />

either pictures or paintings, this had many lovely<br />

presentations.<br />

We had an outing on 8th March to look forward<br />

to which many members had already booked. This<br />

was The Shoebox at Castle Meadow in Norwich for<br />

'Hidden Street tours'. The shop name coming from<br />

the former 'Ponds' one of the city's oldest shoe fitters.<br />

The tour was led by Lisa, a local storyteller and history<br />

enthusiast. The journey took us down two flights of<br />

stairs to explore the layers of architecture dating from<br />

the 15th century. This was so very interesting and<br />

beautifully presented.<br />

Our next meeting will be on 5th April, 2.30pm at the<br />

Community Centre. The talk will be 'Postman's Park'<br />

by Susan Parry. Our competition will be 'A Posy of<br />

Spring Flowers' Membership fees are also due in April.<br />

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

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

secretary Christiane Hewitson on 01366 328128.<br />

The Hive<br />

Update from The Hive at Great Cressingham<br />

The Spring Time season at The Hive has just finished and<br />

attendance at events has been good in spite of the wet,<br />

cold and windy weather! A very diverse programme in<br />

March ranged from a yoga workshop, through three<br />

inspiring talks, to an enjoyable circular walk taking in<br />

historic features such as the wind and watermill at<br />

Little Cressingham and stretches of the Peddars Way.<br />

Reflective occasions included a Celtic celebration for St<br />

Patrick’s Day and our new series, Thoughts on Thursdays<br />

– Listen Well, How to be Happy, and What Next for our<br />

World? The season ended with a music fiesta with the<br />

Spring Sing choir and Music for Body, Mind and Soul.<br />

Events are already lining up well for the next season when<br />

we will be able to make good use of our lovely setting in<br />

Great Cressingham. For more information please follow<br />

our facebook page - /GreatCressinghamHive/ or contact<br />

us on thehiveplace@gmail.com.

Rotary President's Corner<br />

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

In my last article for the <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

I mentioned that Rotary gives service to our local<br />

community but also internationally. Since then we have<br />

seen more of the aftermath of the dreadful earthquakes<br />

leaving one and a half million men, women and children<br />

homeless on living on the streets. As stated we therefore<br />

immediately gave enough money to Shelterboxes for 3<br />

units at £590 each. The Shelterbox organisation which<br />

is linked to Rotary are one of the first responders to any<br />

disaster all over the world such as these earthquakes. A<br />

sturdy green Shelterbox is designed to help people who<br />

have lost everything. They are filled with practical tools<br />

that create the framework for everyday life such as a<br />

family tent (£350) giving families a safe place to sleep<br />

at night, emergency water purification unit for safe<br />

drinking water (£60) a shelter kit, packed full of tools<br />

(£30) a high thermal quilted blanket (£7) solar lights<br />

(£11) etc. among the contents.<br />

On Saturday 4th March we set up a collection point and<br />

Pop-Up Art sale (which featured paintings by our local<br />

Rotary Club artist member Denis Bishop) in the Council<br />

Gazebo at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market. We were so pleased to<br />

raise over £500 with Gift Aid towards Shelterbox and<br />

we thank the kind, generous people of the Town who<br />

supported us.<br />

NarVOS<br />

Wednesday 26th April 2023 at 7.30pm.<br />

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

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

“The Unique Life of a Ranger on Blakeney Point”<br />

Presented by Ajay Tegala.<br />

Ajay Tegala is a wildlife presenter, conservationist,<br />

countryside ranger and naturalist. With a degree and a<br />

decade of experience in Environmental Conservation,<br />

Ajay has chalked up 20 television appearances<br />

across the five main channels, including the<br />

popular BBC nature programmes Countryfile, Coast<br />

and Winterwatch.<br />

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The actual Shelterbox that was on display in the Gazebo<br />

is now in The White Hart on the Market place for viewing<br />

(and donations!)<br />

Last month we also had an interesting and inspiring<br />

talk from Mick Oliver on the work of the Little Miracles<br />

Charity. This is a multi-award winning registered Charity<br />

that supports families that have children with additional<br />

needs, disabilities and life-changing conditions<br />

from birth to 25. They provide a non-judgemental<br />

environment where they use their holistic approach to<br />

support the needs of the whole family.<br />

As we stated at our successful Membership Evening<br />

last month we meet at the George Hotel on the first<br />

and third Monday of the month at 6pm for 6.30pm for<br />

a meal, get together and usually a speaker. We would<br />

be pleased to see visitors and if you would like to hear<br />

more please see our website: www.swaffhamrotary.<br />

org.uk or telephone me on 01760 722111<br />

Malcolm Whittley<br />

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In addition to presenting a film on Springwatch 2021,<br />

Ajay has also worked as a researcher and story<br />

developer on the series at Wild Ken Hill. Ajay has<br />

earned respect as the ranger on Britain’s first coastal<br />

reserve, Blakeney Point in north Norfolk. This is the<br />

subject of his book “The Unique Life of a Ranger”<br />

first published in 2022, which gives an insight into his<br />

unique experiences protecting wildlife on a remote<br />

stretch of England’s east coast. In his spare time, Ajay<br />

conducts wildlife surveys on farmland in the Norfolk<br />

Broads, championing and monitoring the success of<br />

habitat creation for nature on farms. He has a great<br />

love for the East Anglian landscape, is passionate<br />

about conservation grazing and fenland habitat<br />

restoration.<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 />

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 />

Coronation Celebration<br />

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Sunday<br />

9.30am<br />

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In aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1146420<br />

Pitches by invitation only<br />

Coronation Celebration<br />

Heirlooms Car Boot Sale<br />

Sunday 14 th May 2023<br />

Admission £5 per person, Children under 16 free<br />

Refreshments available, free car parking<br />

Pitches by invitation only<br />

In aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1146420<br />

Admission £5 per person, Children under 16 free<br />

Refreshments available, free car parking<br />

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Pitches by invitation only<br />

Admission £5 per person, Children under 16 free<br />

Refreshments available, free car parking<br />

Pitches by invitation only<br />

In aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity<br />

Registered Charity No. 1146420<br />

Admission £5 per person, Children under 16 free<br />

Refreshments available, free car parking

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

The Merle Boddy Day Centre provides a<br />

warm and friendly Social Day Care Service<br />

for people living with dementia including<br />

mental health problems and physical disabilities, in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding area.<br />

Once again we sing the praises of our friends at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conni Bingo. In February they presented Georgie, our<br />

Centre Manager, with £500. Thank you so much. Georgie<br />

tells us that when she writes to thank them for their<br />

wonderful donations, it makes them cry. Luckily it brings<br />

big smiles to all at the Centre!<br />

Last month we told you about Francesca, and this month<br />

we want to share with you some of the work done by<br />

our clients which Fran has been helping and encouraging<br />

them with.<br />

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

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

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

small as well as big. You can give by visiting our website<br />

and clicking on Fundraising, where we have a link to<br />

JustGiving.<br />

If you want to know more, find us on Facebook – @<br />

merleboddycentre – or see our website - www.<br />

merleboddy.org.uk – or email to us at office@merleboddy.<br />

org.uk - or phone the Centre on 01760 724527.<br />

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

Solar Panel Group Purchase<br />

We currently now have over 40<br />

households interested in taking up our<br />

Solar Panel Group Purchase so we have<br />

contacted various providers in order to obtain the best<br />

solution to suit all requirements. A presentation by our<br />

preferred local supplier was held in the Methodist Hall<br />

on Friday 3rd March whereby the various solutions<br />

were outlined to all that attended, the supplier is now<br />

currently contacting each household to survey and quote<br />

for the individual requirements. If you are considering<br />

solar panels and would like to join this scheme please<br />

see contact details below.<br />

Next Meeting 13 th April<br />

Will be an open meeting to all when we will have a<br />

presentation on Rewilding in the local area, you are<br />

welcome to come along, forthcoming presentations<br />

include “The need to go carbon negative” and<br />

“Sustainable Food Choices”.<br />

Please come along to one of our meetings held on the<br />

second Tuesday of the month at 10 am in the Methodist<br />

Church Hall. We warmly welcome anyone with an<br />

interest in climate change and how we can reduce our<br />

impact on the climate as a community. If you would<br />

like more information contact David Jones on 01760<br />

722468 / 07806 435066 or email dljdav@gmail.com.<br />

If you are not able to attend our meetings but would<br />

still like to contribute with suggestions please email to<br />

receive meeting notes and information.<br />

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

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

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

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

waste, a big contributor to climate change. By using the Community Fridge, making sure that<br />

we only buy the food we need, and ensuring it is all used, we can all make a difference. An<br />

estimated 9.5 million tonnes of food waste is created annually in the UK and if this goes into<br />

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

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

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

We have resumed monthly in person meetings in February but will be trying out a new<br />

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

so please get in touch to find out the latest. Contact Cathy Mumford on 01760 721847,<br />

cathyjmumford@gmail.com or David Jones on 01760 722468 / 07806 435066,<br />

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

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> has been associated to lawn bowls since 1956<br />

when <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club was formed but the<br />

game of bowls originated many years ago. The oldest<br />

bowling club in England is Southampton Old Bowling<br />

Green which was first used in 1299. There are thirtyfive<br />

affiliated County Bowling Associations, to which a<br />

total of 2,700 Clubs are in membership nationwide.<br />

So, why do people play lawn bowls? Because Lawn<br />

Bowls is a low impact activity that combines hand-eye<br />

co- ordination with cognitive skills and balance to get<br />

the asymmetrical bowls closest to the jack. It improves<br />

aerobic fitness and balance. Lawn bowls is kind to the<br />

muscles and joints, can be played by people of any age<br />

and is a good form of physical activity, making it all<br />

inclusive. This is one reason it's always been so popular.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club will be holding an open<br />

weekend on the 13th and 14th May between 10am<br />

and 4pm each day and would like to invite anyone who<br />

thinks they might like to ‘have a go’ to come along and<br />

do just that. The Club is situated at the Myers Playing<br />

Field, Shoemakers Lane, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7NT.<br />

Should you need any further information please call<br />

John Griffiths on 07485 624087 or Brian Cocksedge on<br />

07939 982094.<br />

Wissey u3a<br />

The guest speaker for our March<br />

meeting was Cathy Shelbourne whose talk was<br />

entitled ‘A Toast to William Hoste’, a protégé of Lord<br />

Nelson. Although everyone present knew of Lord<br />

Nelson, it seemed none of us knew, or had heard<br />

of, William Hoste, even though he too was a Norfolk<br />

man! It was a most interesting talk about his life from<br />

going to sea at the age of 12, to meeting Nelson and<br />

becoming one of the great frigate captains of the<br />

Napoleonic wars. It wold appear from the records<br />

that he became a favourite of Lord Nelson, whom<br />

he came to regard as a father figure. He was made<br />

a baronet and later knighted, therefore becoming<br />

Captain Sir William Hoste. Cathy gave an excellent<br />

talk which also included some pictures of historical<br />

records. There was also a display of some excellent<br />

artwork from members of the Art Group.<br />

The guest speaker for our next meeting on Thursday,<br />

6th April, is Andy Moore. who will be giving a follow<br />

up talk on Bexwell airfield.<br />

Just another reminder that renewal subscriptions are<br />

due by 1 st April. New members are very welcome. We<br />

hold monthly meetings at Holme Hale with a speaker<br />

and refreshments, and there are many different<br />

activity groups that can be joined. If you would like<br />

more information please contact the Chairman,<br />

David Moncaster, tel: 01760 724755 or email:<br />

d.moncaster@btinternet.com or general information<br />

about the u3a can be found on the website www.<br />

wisseyu3a.org.uk<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

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Your local PIT STOP<br />

New MensCraft Pit Stop in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The brand new Pit Stop took place<br />

for the first time at the beginning of<br />

February. Nearly a dozen men came along, which<br />

was a great start to this new venture.<br />

Pit Stops are organised by MensCraft, a Norfolk<br />

based charity, supporting the well-being of men<br />

through a range of programmes and activities. We<br />

believe that happier and healthier men make for<br />

better brothers, partners, fathers, sons, colleagues<br />

and friends.<br />

The Pit Stop brings men together through activities<br />

and conversation to build friendship, connection<br />

and a sense of belonging. The inspiration for these<br />

Pit Stops is the idea of men functioning best when<br />

they have the solidarity of their own pit crew:<br />

other men who they can regularly check-in with<br />

for support, understanding, laughter, light- hearted<br />

and stimulating discussion and activity.<br />

MensCraft’s first Pit Stop started in Norwich a<br />

couple of years ago, and this has led to the number<br />

of new Pit Stops growing across the whole county –<br />

including <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The Pit Stops give guys a chance<br />

to meet, socialise and bond with other men in a<br />

safe and relaxing environment as well as taking part<br />

in different group activities – from board games and<br />

cards to visual arts and crafts. Other activities such<br />

as visits to local sights, sporting activities, angling<br />

are all possible depending on the interests of the<br />

Pit Stop members.<br />

All men aged 18+ are welcome. There’s no cost for<br />

attending Pit Stops, and tea / coffee and biscuits<br />

are provided free of charge. Whatever your<br />

circumstances or situation we’d be glad to see you<br />

and ensure you’d be made to feel welcome. Come<br />

along, join in and see for yourself!<br />

For further details please contact Dave on:- Email:<br />

david@menscraft.org.uk or Mobile: 07549 854018<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.

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rugby Club<br />

By the time you read this, the 2022/23 league<br />

season will be over. At the time of writing,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Seniors are second in the league, and<br />

fingers crossed we will remain in the top two at the<br />

end of the season.<br />

The performance in this season means that<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> are entered in the Junior Norfolk Cup.<br />

Come along and watch some competitive grass<br />

roots rugby and support those magnificent men<br />

on April 1st when we welcome Norwich II, and on<br />

April 22nd when we host Dereham. Kick Off 3pm.<br />

Our Under 16 squad have played some great rugby<br />

this season, and we are very keen to give all young<br />

people a taste of rugby.<br />

We welcome new young people to come along to<br />

either of the following sessions:<br />

• Contact training is open to Boys aged 12 to 17<br />

– Training Wednesdays at 6:30pm, and Sundays<br />

at 10:30am. Matches on Sundays. Contact Ed on<br />

07880 795462.<br />

• Non - Contact is open to Boys and Girls over 14<br />

– Training Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Contact Ruth on<br />

touchunion@swaffhamrugby.co.uk.<br />

We launched The Touch Union in January this year<br />

– and we now have a regular mixed group enjoying<br />

this friendly version of our sport, both former<br />

players getting back into our sport, and newcomers<br />

who want to give rugby a try and get fit with like<br />

minded people. Ciaran hadn’t played for some<br />

years, and came along to Touch as a way of getting<br />

back into our sport. On the 4th March, he made his<br />

debut in our Senior team, and scored a try!<br />

Sponsors, Vice Presidents, Life Members, Club<br />

Members and Guests enjoyed the last Lunch of the<br />

season on the 4 th March. A great event, followed<br />

by a great game of rugby when <strong>Swaffham</strong> won<br />

74:3 against Holt after a very competitive game.<br />

VP membership benefits include free attendance<br />

to our 5 lunches throughout the season. New VP<br />

members are always welcome - to find out more<br />

contact vpsecsrufc@btinternet.com.<br />

In Touch With Your Town<br />

Dog Fouling<br />

We have received multiple reports<br />

from residents regarding dog fouling<br />

around <strong>Swaffham</strong>. We have contacted<br />

the Animal Warden for more signs, but if<br />

you do see any dog mess, please report them to info@<br />

animalwardenservices.co.uk or call 01362 858500.<br />

Budget 2023-24<br />

This is a synopsis of the Budget agreed by the Town<br />

Council back in January 2023 for the financial year 2023-<br />

24 commencing from 1 April 2023. There is an increase<br />

in the Town Council section of the Council Tax of 5%<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> NEWSLETTER April 2023<br />

this year, which is well below inflation, the percentage is<br />

Dog Fouling<br />

adjusted<br />

We have received<br />

to<br />

multiple<br />

take<br />

reports<br />

account<br />

from residents<br />

of the<br />

regarding<br />

increase<br />

dog fouling<br />

in the<br />

around<br />

Council<br />

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

Tax<br />

We have contacted the Animal Warden for more signs, but if you do see any dog mess,<br />

Base as the number of Council Taxpayers have increased<br />

please report them to info@animalwardenservices.co.uk or call 01362 858500.<br />

since last year, this always helps to have the information<br />

Budget 2023-24<br />

ahead This is a synopsis of the of the final Budget deliberations. agreed by the Town Council This back is in a January legacy 2023 budget<br />

for the<br />

financial year 2023-24 commencing from 1 April 2023. There is an increase the Town<br />

set Council by section your of the Council outgoing Tax of 5% this Council, year, which is to well below be inherited inflation, the percentage by the<br />

is adjusted to take account of the increase in the Council Tax Base as the number of Council<br />

incoming Council due to be elected on 4 May at the local<br />

Taxpayers have increased since last year, this always helps to have the information ahead of<br />

government the final deliberations. elections.<br />

This is a legacy budget set by your outgoing Council, to be inherited by<br />

the incoming Council due to be elected on 4 May at the local government elections.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council Gross Expenditure Gross Income Net Expenditure<br />

Synopsis of BUDGET 2022-23 2023-24 2022-23 2023-24 2022-23 2023-24<br />

Capital 1169 606 1774 1709 -605 -1103<br />

Earmarked Revenue reserves 205 125 21 47 184 78<br />

Town Hall 40 49 0 1 40 48<br />

Administration & Miscellaneous 350 388 0.5 1 349.5 387<br />

Market 5.5 5 30 37.5 -24.5 -32.5<br />

Events 16 7 13 9 3 -2<br />

Northwell Pool 0 0 0 0 0 0<br />

Barn Theatre 39 2 0 0 39 2<br />

Barn Flat 1.5 1.5 0 0 1.5 1.5<br />

Barn Swimming Pool 1.5 13 0 0 1.5 13<br />

Outside Equip & Vehicles 12 10 0 0 12 10<br />

Allotments 3 3 9 9 -6 -6<br />

Public Toilets 3 4.5 0 1 3 3.5<br />

Cemetery & Churchyard 6 6 22.5 24.5 -16.5 -18.5<br />

Open Spaces 13 16 1 0.5 12 15.5<br />

Amenities & Agency 37 47 7 18 30 29<br />

Contingencies & Reserves B/fwd. 918 1362 493 293 425 1069<br />

Elections<br />

2819.5 2645 2371 2150.5 448.5 494.5<br />

Elections<br />

District and Town/Parish Elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 4 May 2023.<br />

Check out the Breckland website – www.breckland.go.uk/elections for more information on<br />

District dates, nominations, and and Town/Parish the new ID requirements. Elections are scheduled to take<br />

place Please note on that Thursday the newly elected 4 Town May Councillors 2023. will Check sign their out declaration the of Breckland<br />

office at<br />

their first meeting at the Town Hall on Wednesday 17 May 2023 starting at 6.30pm. There<br />

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

will be three meetings held on the same evening. The Annual Town Assembly will be held at<br />

information and followed by the Annual on Meeting dates, and a nominations, full council meeting. and the new ID<br />

requirements. Please note that the newly elected Town<br />

Councillors will sign their declaration of office at their first<br />

meeting at the Town Hall on Wednesday 17 May 2023<br />

starting at 6.30pm. There will be three meetings held on<br />

the same evening. The Annual Town Assembly will be<br />

held at and followed by the Annual Meeting and a full<br />

council meeting.<br />

Barn Theatre Complex - Community Consultation<br />

At the time of writing, the first community consultation<br />

was well attended, and the survey is posted on the<br />

website. We will collate the information gathered and<br />

update residents in the next newsletter or check our<br />

social media pages for current updates.<br />

New Town Council Website<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

We are pleased to announce we have a new website<br />

launched on Wednesday 8 March, you will be able find<br />

information on meetings, Councillors, and services. The<br />

site features direct links to organisations, clubs, and<br />

societies around <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Our aim was to make the<br />

website more accessible and easier to navigate.<br />

Save the date!<br />

Classic Car Show – Sunday 27 August. A long-standing<br />

annual event planned this year– keep an eye out for more<br />

communications on what is planned by the car event<br />

volunteers.<br />

Chances Charity<br />

Chances is a partnership between Norfolk County Council,<br />

Future Projects, Norfolk Citizens Advice, Voluntary Norfolk,<br />

and Citizens Advice Diss and Thetford. Chances are part<br />

funded through the European Social Fund with the<br />

remainder of funding being generated within the county.<br />

Chances is delivered locally with a team of experienced<br />

advocates working in each district of Norfolk.<br />

Who is it for?<br />

Chances is here to help people who are:<br />

• Currently unemployed or unable to go into work<br />

(because of health reasons, caring responsibilities etc)<br />

• Aged 18 or over (consider people over 16 in exceptional<br />

circumstances)<br />

• Live in Norfolk<br />

•Have the legal right to live and work in the UK<br />

• Motivated to move forwards and make life changes<br />

What does Chances do?<br />

The Chances team of Advocates offer 1:1 guidance to<br />

help individuals:-<br />

•Search and prepare for a job<br />

•Improve their skills – e.g., through training or education<br />

•Get into work if they have health issues – e.g., help you<br />

access services<br />

•Overcome practical issues – e.g., finding transport, route<br />

planning and childcare<br />

•Improve their wellbeing through sport and other<br />

activities<br />

Chances would love to talk to you more about what they<br />

do. To arrange or to speak to a member of the team,<br />

please contact us on 01603-222904 or email chances@<br />

norfolk.gov.uk<br />

If you have any queries about any of the items mentioned<br />

or would like to hear more updates on projects etc, please<br />

contact <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council on telephone 01760<br />

722922 or pop in and see us. Remember we don’t do bus<br />

passes, however Norfolk County Council do.<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 />

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 />

Town Council Committee<br />

meeting dates - APRIL 2023<br />

• Wednesday 12th April - 6.30pm - Full Council<br />

• Monday 17th April - 6.30pm - Market & Tourism<br />

• Monday 24th April - 1pm - Finance Full Council<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 />

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

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall opening times:<br />

Monday to Thursday: 10am - 4pm.<br />

Friday: 10am - 1pm.<br />

reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Ian Sherwood<br />

07795 236 878<br />

ian.sherwood@<br />

breckland.gov.uk<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 />

Cllr. Stephanie Cooper<br />

Cllr. Graham Eves<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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