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May 2023

May 2023

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May 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 />


Mosaic memorial unveiled<br />

Read about the community crafting effort to create a<br />

lasting pyramid monument for 'Carter 22' on page 12<br />

L to R: Dave Crow, Carolyn Ash, Sue Gattuso, Lilian Ross, Steward Bell, Shirley Matthews<br />


Iceni<br />

Antics<br />

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Ashill<br />

& Hale<br />

Garden<br />

Club<br />

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Merle<br />

Boddy<br />

Centre<br />

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Contents<br />

3 Iceni Antics/Library News<br />

4 Church News<br />

5 School Speak/WEA<br />

7 NGS/ Ashill & Hale Garden Group<br />

8 NarVOS/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts/RBL<br />

10 Local WI's<br />

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

12 Museum Matters<br />

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

15 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary/SCALGA<br />

16 Merle Boddy/Wissey u3a<br />

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

18 Town Council<br />

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Iceni Partnership<br />

Iceni Antics<br />

We are excited to host our Coronation celebration<br />

which will be a special themed afternoon tea<br />

version of our usual Friday Lunch Club on Friday 5th<br />

May at midday.<br />

Each guest will receive a small keepsake to take home<br />

and there will be a raffle of Coronation themed prizes.<br />

The room will be dressed in a suitably patriotic way,<br />

with red, white and blue decor.<br />

The cost will be the usual £5 per person and we still<br />

have some spaces available, so call us now on 01760<br />

722800 to book a place.<br />

With the weather improving, we have been enjoying<br />

our covered patio area again. Our blossom tree and<br />

the tulip bulbs we planted in the Autumn have put on<br />

a lovely Spring display.<br />

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Thursday 4 May 3.00 ‐ 4.00 | THOUGHTS ON THURSDAYS<br />

Saturday 13 May 11.00 ‐ 3.00 | RETREAT ‐ THE ART OF SEEING<br />

Friday 19 May 3.00 ‐ 4.30| CELTIC JOURNEYS ‐ PRAYER<br />

Saturday 24 June 2.30 ‐ 5.00 | SUMMER SING ‐ CASUAL CHOIR<br />

Friday 30 June 11.00 ‐ 12.30| LETS TALK ABOUT IT . . . RUSSIA PART 3<br />

Vising<br />

speaker<br />

Carole<br />

Irwin<br />

Thursday 1 June 3.00 ‐ 4.00 | THOUGHTS ON THURSDAYS<br />

Saturday 17 June 11.00 ‐ 3.00 | WALK AND TALK<br />

Follow us on<br />

facebook<br />

All our events are<br />

free ‐ donaons<br />

welcomed<br />

Email: thehiveplace@gmail.com<br />

Chalk Hill, Great Cressingham, Norfolk IP25 6NP<br />

Find us with What3Words: winds.fuzzy.stages<br />

E: thehiveplace@gmail.com T: 07976 286 645<br />

Vising<br />

leader<br />

Jane<br />

Leach<br />

Thursday 6 July 3.00 ‐ 4.00 | THOUGHTS ON THURSDAYS<br />

Friday 14 July 3.00 ‐ 4.30 | LYN’S HOUSE COMMUNITY PROJECT<br />

Saturday 22 July 11.00 ‐ 3.00 | SUMMER PICNIC FUN<br />

Book at<br />

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Keep up to date with everything going on at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms on<br />

our website: www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk.<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 />

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.

St Peter and St Paul, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

The May 2023 services in <strong>Swaffham</strong> parish church will<br />

be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 7th<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6.00am Evensong (BCP)<br />

Wednesday 10th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 14th<br />

9.30am Said Holy Communion<br />

11.30am Rogation Sunday United<br />

Benefice Service at<br />

Sporle (details t.b.c.)<br />

Wednesday 17th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 21st<br />

8.00am Holy Communion (said)<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Wednesday 24th<br />

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sunday 28th<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist for Pentecost<br />

For updates, see also our website: https://www.<br />

swaffhamparishchurch.org/ and our <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Parish Church Facebook page and via Twitter @<br />

swaffhamchurch<br />

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

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

is normally held in church at 9am Monday – Friday.<br />

Saturday Coffee and Cake is every Saturday except 6th<br />

May (Coronation).<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

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

meets on the second Thursday of the month.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Mothers' Union invite you to their next<br />

meeting on Thursday May 11th at the Baptist Church<br />

Rooms. Susan Smith will be giving a talk called "My<br />

Grandma - memories of Life in a Northumbrian mining<br />

village in the 50's and 60's". Coffee at 9.30 for 10am start.<br />

The Oasis Centre<br />

A church in the heart of the community<br />

Sundays weekly<br />

• 10am: Praise & Prayer<br />

• 10.30am: Tea & Coffee<br />

• 11am: Worship, Teaching and Communion<br />

Wednesdays weekly<br />

• 10am Worship & Prayer<br />

The Oasis Centre, Cley Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7NP T: 01760 723175<br />

@oasiscentreswaffham<br />

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

• Tues 2nd May 10am-12noon. The<br />

Meeting Place Drop In. Join us and<br />

catch up with friends over free tea/<br />

coffee. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 5th May 9.30am. Power<br />

of Prayer. Please phone Anne<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 6th May Please note there will be no coffee morning<br />

due to the coronation of King Charles III. Please see church<br />

notice board for events.<br />

• Sun 7th May 10.45 Morning Worship led by some of<br />

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

• Tues 9th May 10-12noon. The Meeting Place Drop In.<br />

A warm and friendly environment for meeting old friends<br />

and new. Free refreshments.<br />

• Thurs 11th May 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship Group<br />

with guest Rev Jacqui who wants us to "guess the<br />

mystery objects ". I'm sure it will be a fun afternoon. Free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Fri 12th May 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Please<br />

phone Anne 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 13th May 9.30am. Church coffee morning and plant<br />

stall. Lovely atmosphere to catch up with friends and<br />

enjoy home made cakes with tea and coffee. Proceeds<br />

for Church funds.<br />

• Sun 14th May 10.45am. Morning Worship led by Dee<br />

Moden. Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

• Tues 16th May 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

• Fri 19th May 9.30. Power of Prayer. Phone Anne 01760<br />

722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 21st May 10.45am. Morning Worship led by some<br />

of our Worship Leaders. Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

• Tues 23rd May 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

book stall. Absolutely everybody is always welcome. Free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Thurs 25th May 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group with what sounds like a rather fascinating talk by<br />

Sandra Simm, entitled, "T-shirts, tales and tunes". Free<br />

refreshments. NB this is the final meeting until Sept 14th.<br />

• Fri 26th May 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone Anne<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 28th May 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

Deacon Jen Woodfin. Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

• Tues 30th May 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place Drop<br />

In. Free refreshments. Come along and enjoy a chat.<br />

TNHA News<br />

We are very grateful for the turn in the<br />

weather and the arrival of Spring at the<br />

academy. As you would expect we stay busy with a<br />

varied curriculum and the availability of many clubs<br />

and after school activities.<br />

Most recently, our Creative Arts Faculty have recruited<br />

several Student Ambassadors who lend a student voice<br />

and feedback on trips, events and clubs. The focus of<br />

the teaching team is to develop an even greater range<br />

of opportunities for students both in the academy<br />

and beyond. Recently our young aspiring artists have<br />

staged a ‘gallery take over’ at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum<br />

and their creative talent has been on display there for<br />

all to see.<br />

The Key Stage 3 Drama Club have been working towards<br />

their Christmas showcase (it will be here sooner than<br />

you think…). In January, auditions were held for this<br />

year’s school play, ‘The Demon Headmaster’. A cast<br />

of nearly 30 students have since been rehearsing very<br />

hard, and we are all looking forward to an amazing run<br />

of performances at Westacre Theatre in June. Tickets<br />

will be on sale after Easter. Our music department<br />

continues from strength to strength with a large<br />

number of students taking up individual peripatetic<br />

lessons and there are packed practice rooms every<br />

lunchtime. This year has seen students have their<br />

first use of music tech using the new i-pads. We are<br />

particularly excited to see the growth of this aspect of<br />

music within the curriculum.<br />

As often as possible we invite guest speakers into<br />

our assemblies and we have been lucky to welcome<br />

some exciting and knowledgeable visitors over the<br />

last month. Our younger students were treated to<br />

an engaging visit from the Army who gave an insight<br />

into the varied careers available in this part of the<br />

Armed Services. Students also had the opportunity<br />

to be ‘put through their paces’ with workshops run<br />

by the team. They were tested on their ability to use<br />

teamwork, communication and leadership skills as<br />

they completed a variety of interactive tasks. Our<br />

students were complimented by our visitors for their<br />

enthusiastic approach and determination to succeed.<br />

Our older cohort had a visitor from the Access Creative<br />

College to discuss with them the variety of courses<br />

they offer post-16, such as gaming, esports, music,<br />

media and computing. Access Creative College then<br />

had a lunchtime stand in the main foyer to talk with<br />

any students interested in such careers in the future.<br />

Our last guest was from Norfolk Police who joined<br />

assemblies on the importance of e-scooter safety,<br />

including how to keep safe and the laws surrounding<br />

their use.<br />

Finally, although we do not often share achievements<br />

of staff, we felt that two of them were worthy of a<br />

mention this month. Mr. Baxter, who is the ICT Network<br />

Manager for TNHA, Iceni & Hockwold academies<br />

and ably supports us all day-to-day, has somehow<br />

found the time to undertake a Level 5 certification in<br />

Operational Management, which was completed over<br />

18 months alongside his normal duties. The training<br />

course covered leadership, management, finance and<br />

communication which was then examined through a<br />

combination of an hour-long presentation of a project<br />

completed within 6 weeks and a lengthy formal Q&A<br />

session. Then, there is the case of our disappearing ICT<br />

Technician, Mr. Jenkinson, who we have been seeing<br />

much less of recently. After tipping the scales at 25 stone<br />

6 lbs, he has lost almost 6 stone so far since September<br />

last year - which is a truly amazing achievement. Along<br />

with his wife they have been nominated for Slimming<br />

World Couple of the Year - for many of us losing just a<br />

few pounds is a struggle. We are delighted to recognise<br />

these tremendous achievements both requiring<br />

tremendous dedication and commitment.<br />

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

WEA is an organisation that has been<br />

running for over 100 years, offering<br />

lifelong learning in a wide variety of topics chosen by<br />

the local people. It dates from a time when education<br />

for many people was very limited, so groups got<br />

together to organise evening classes in subjects they<br />

were interested in.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> branch was reformed about 20 years ago,<br />

and is a thriving group. During the time of covid<br />

courses were offered online, and for those that<br />

followed that route it worked well. But students at<br />

the AGM last year said they really wanted courses in<br />

the Community Centre with the tutor present, so this<br />

year we have been running day schools which have<br />

been much appreciated.<br />

Now it is time for our annual review, so <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

WEA will be holding the AGM on Tuesday 16th May<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, starting at 2.30pm.<br />

There will be refreshments and a guest speaker. We<br />

are hoping that over the next year we can rebuild<br />

and offer a range of courses like we had before covid.<br />

Please come, support our branch and bring your<br />

ideas! All will be welcome, old friends and new faces.<br />

We have one more day school to come, and are<br />

really looking forward to seeing Mary Fewster again,<br />

teaching her course “The Beauty of Holiness” about<br />

the sacred objects used in religious services, or as<br />

decoration, in the churches and chapels of East Anglia.<br />

The day course will be held at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community<br />

Centre on Saturday May 20th from 10am to 3pm,<br />

with breaks for refreshments and lunch (bring your<br />

own). You can enrol in advance for this course, ref<br />

C2229630, either online wea.org.uk, or by phone<br />

0300 303 3464.<br />

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The National Garden Scheme<br />

Joyful June sees an Abundance of Gardens Open<br />

Enjoy the summer scents and colours in the rich<br />

variety of gardens opening across the county for the<br />

National Garden Scheme next month.<br />

Sunday 11 th June<br />

• Elsing Hall, Hall Road, Elsing, Nr Dereham, NR20 3DX.<br />

10-4 adm £8 chd free. Home-made teas.<br />

10 acre garden and park with significant collection of old<br />

roses, walled garden, formal garden, Gingko avenue &<br />

viewing mound.<br />

• High House Gardens, Blackmoor Row, Shipdham IP25<br />

7PU. 12-5 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas.<br />

3 acre well-developed plantsman's garden with colourthemed<br />

herbaceous borders, an extensive range of<br />

perennials & shrubs, box-edged rose and shrub borders,<br />

large vegetable garden.<br />

• The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, Hillington,<br />

Kings Lynn, PE31 6BH. 9–5 adm £4 chd free. Light<br />

refreshments. Dogs allowed. Plants for sale.<br />

2 acres planted in 2016 and created by volunteers to<br />

provide a peaceful space for residents, staff and visitors.<br />

Includes a variety of cottage garden plants, a wildlife<br />

pond and a vegetable patch.<br />

Sunday 18 th June<br />

• Manor House Farm, Wellingham, Fakenham, PE32<br />

2TH. 11-5 adm £6.50 chd free. Home-made teas. Dogs<br />

allowed.<br />

Much-loved, mature romantic country garden filled with<br />

variety and colour. Old fashioned roses, grasses, tree<br />

peonies.<br />

Friday 23 rd June<br />

• Silverstone Farm, North Elmham, Dereham NR20 5EX.<br />

Evening opening 6-8 adm £6.50 Wine. Dogs allowed.<br />

Formal garden of 2 acres home of designer George<br />

Carter, divided into various rooms, a palette of evergreens<br />

& ornament.<br />

Mary Ferneley, a regular visitor to open gardens told<br />

us “June is the perfect month to visit gardens open for<br />

the National Garden Scheme; they are at their best and<br />

even if you are not a gardener you can enjoy swallows<br />

flying high above, borders brimming with colour and the<br />

scents of summer”.<br />

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

any up-to-date information: ngs.org.uk<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

Propagating - Plants For Free!<br />

Our March meeting had well known garden writer Geoff<br />

Hodge presenting a very informative and humorous<br />

talk and demonstration on propagating plants from<br />

your own supply for free. Geoff has 35-year background<br />

as a freelance gardening writer, author and radio and<br />

TV broadcaster and his aim is to help and advise on all<br />

gardening matters.<br />

While mentioning some aspects of seed propagation,<br />

his demonstration was focused on vegetative plant<br />

reproduction - i.e. different types of cuttings and how to<br />

go about producing good healthy plants from these. He<br />

demonstrated how to take stem cuttings, and that they<br />

should be taken just above a node. He recommended<br />

putting cuttings straightaway into a plastic bag, which<br />

should then be sealed and kept in the fridge until they<br />

can be planted, to avoid water loss.<br />

Geoff went on to show how to make a suitable medium<br />

in which to grow cuttings; i.e. seed compost mixed<br />

with vermiculite, and stressed the importance of not<br />

compressing it too much. He also stated that he adds<br />

water before use, and demonstrated how to get the right<br />

consistency of compost for the cuttings.<br />

In the next part of the demonstration Geoff showed how<br />

to plant the cuttings, after adding a little hormone rooting<br />

powder, and how and where to store them. After a break<br />

for tea, the talk covered different types of cuttings, i.e. soft<br />

wood, semi-ripe and hardwood, each of which requires<br />

different methods of propagation to ensure success.<br />

Geoff finished his presentation by talking about internodal<br />

cuttings, layering and air-layering. Members found<br />

the whole presentation very engaging and left armed<br />

with the knowledge and confidence to do their own<br />

cuttings and produce plants for free!<br />

Upcoming Meetings<br />

Our April meeting (April 27th) will be given by Dr Tony<br />

Leech, who will talk about ‘Fungi - Friend or Foe?’. Our<br />

May meeting (May 25th) will be given by Andrew Sankey<br />

on ‘Colour in the Garden’. All meetings are held on the<br />

4th Thursday of the month at Holme Hale Pavilion and<br />

start at 2.30pm. New members from anywhere in the<br />

district are always welcome, so come along and join us at<br />

one of our monthly meetings.<br />


NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly Rooms,<br />

1 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7AB<br />

Wednesday 31st May at 7.30pm “Birds<br />

seen in the County of Norfolk since 1850”<br />

Presented by Neil Coe.<br />

Neil Coe is a well-known and experienced member<br />

of NarVOS. His love of birding has brought him into<br />

contact with many bird species across the County.<br />

In his presentation he is hoping to share some of<br />

his more unusual findings whilst giving a panoramic<br />

overview of the range of avian species which birders<br />

may be fortunate enough to encounter in Norfolk.<br />

In his own words: “My experience in birding goes back<br />

as far as my childhood, when at the age of ten I nursed<br />

an injured Stone Curlew back to health! I am now,<br />

according to my grandchildren, an old man of 77! but<br />

still have the burning passion for our feathered friends<br />

and been fortunate to travel to foreign parts to satisfy<br />

my desire for the exotic! However, some years ago at<br />

a NarVOS meeting a comment was directed to me<br />

with regard to the wonderful birds that from time to<br />

time have graced our great county in addition to our<br />

bountiful residents! Therefore, it is my aim to illustrate<br />

those birds to any persons that do not wish to endure<br />

airports etc., but would still like to see the little and<br />

large and the pretty and the plain of our county!”<br />

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

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

information contact Ian Black on 01760 724092 or go<br />

to www.narvos.org.uk.<br />

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

We obviously had to take a break in putting on arts<br />

events during the covid pandemic, and our first venture<br />

back was in September 2022 in the Church of St Peter<br />

and St Paul. Last year’s AGM was conducted on Zoom,<br />

but this year we are glad to be holding our meeting<br />

in the Assembly Rooms on Sunday 21 st May at 3 pm.<br />

As our return to putting on concerts has been widely<br />

welcomed, we shall be able to review what we have<br />

done so far this year, and set out our plans for the<br />

coming season.<br />

Over the years there has been a wide variety of<br />

entertainment after the business of the meeting is<br />

concluded. Following on from the concert in March we<br />

are delighted that Ivan McCready, the cellist with Chaos<br />

Collective, has agreed to come and play some solo cello<br />

music for us. The cello is a most beautiful instrument<br />

and we look forward to hearing it played in all its moods.<br />

The AGM is an opportunity to meet and have time to<br />

chat, We always welcome ideas from members and<br />

friends, and look forward to seeing as many as can come<br />

on that day. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts AGM Sunday 21st May,<br />

3pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

Community Hospital LoF's<br />

A brief update this time. All the goodies delivered to<br />

patients and staff in time for the Easter weekend.<br />

A couple of important dates to note please:<br />

• Saturday 20th May - our Hospital coffee morning at<br />

the Methodist Church from 9.15am - 12noon. Come<br />

and support us and enjoy some home made treats.<br />

• Monday 22d May - 2pm at the Hospital in Sporle<br />

road. The League of Friends AGM. Open to the public.<br />

Agenda available on request or just turn up on the day.<br />

Please keep up the coin collection idea, this does help<br />

and gratefully received.<br />

More next time on our scheme to improve/extend<br />

the day room. As ever, any questions/comments do<br />

contact me.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman) 07767 262108<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Silhouette Soldier<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Royal British Legion wanted to add a WW1<br />

Silhouette Soldier to the current War Memorial adjacent<br />

to the Market Place as a mark of respect to those who<br />

served our nation. In able for this to proceed it needed<br />

the approval of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council and during<br />

consultations the Council advised that they would<br />

award a grant to help fund the project, which The Royal<br />

British Legion are thankful for. Mr Peter Garner of PGMS<br />

was contracted to fabricate the Soldier and Mr Richard<br />

Burns of Breckland Finishing to powder coat it in order it<br />

was weather proofed. The unveiling of the soldier will be<br />

26th April with General Page to unveil and Cllr Stuart Bell<br />

our Town Mayor in attendance together with other local<br />

councillors and members of The Royal British Legion.<br />

Poppy Appeal Update<br />

David and Bobbie Elsom have taken on the role of Poppy<br />

Appeal organisers. We are grateful to have people<br />

joining us who are keen to make a difference to our<br />

Armed Forces community and their families.<br />

Our RBL meeting for May will be on 16th at 8pm at the<br />

Con Club. More new members welcome.<br />

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

We held our last meeting on<br />

Wednesday 5th April at 2.30pm in<br />

the Community Centre .<br />

Our speaker was Susan Parry on 'Postman's Park'<br />

in London. The name of this park was because the<br />

original postal sorting office was nearby. However,<br />

the interest was under a long wooden roof covering<br />

54 memorial tablets of people who had died in<br />

acts of heroism from 1856 to 2007. The majority of<br />

heros being mostly from trying to save others from<br />

drownings or fires. These covered the ages of 8 to<br />

61. The details of many tablets were shown on screen<br />

and explained in detail by Susan. Although very sad it<br />

was extremely interesting and well worth visiting, if<br />

possible.<br />

The April competition was 'A Posy of Spring Flowers'<br />

and the voting donations went to ACWW 'Pennies<br />

for Friendship' the collection contained many silver<br />

coins, of course.<br />

We had cards and small presents for 3 members with<br />

April birthdays. Plus a box of small Easter eggs for a<br />

raffle prize by guessing the number of eggs contained<br />

in the box. This was won by a member who gave the<br />

nearest guess at 127.<br />

Annual Membership fees were collected and boards<br />

with details of future outings to be completed by<br />

those interested as soon as possible.<br />

These included:<br />

• Sandringham Stud on 15th June.<br />

• A guided walk on Watton's History on 28th June.<br />

• Peter Beale's Roses, near Attleborough on 26th July.<br />

• South Pickenham Vineyard on 13th September.<br />

Pickenham's WI<br />

On 11th April our speaker was one<br />

of our members, Cherry Cook, who<br />

showed us some of the beautiful<br />

Fused Glasswork that she has been making at home<br />

for the past 5 years or so. Cherry told us how she<br />

had first become interested when a speaker at our<br />

meeting a few years ago had shown us how to make<br />

glass coasters. The speaker had then taken them back<br />

to fire in her kiln and we had had them delivered to<br />

us a few days later. Cherry had become inspired. She<br />

bought her own kiln and her interest in glass making<br />

has become very absorbing and enjoyable for her.<br />

After this fascinating talk, we broke for tea and<br />

then held our business meeting. Our Spring Review<br />

rehearsals had continued to go well and our<br />

performance of 'Lady Ruby's Lost Riches' was held<br />

on 15th April. Some of our members went to the<br />

Pentney lunch on 24th April. Our walk to celebrate<br />

'Women Walk the World' took place on 29th April.<br />

Forthcoming events:<br />

• Sunday, 7th May at 3.00pm - Coronation Afternoon<br />

Tea, St Andrew's Church, North Pickenham, £5 adult,<br />

£3 children.<br />

• Tuesday, 23rd May - Some members are going to<br />

the Norfolk Federation Annual Meeting at the Theatre<br />

Royal, Norwich<br />

• Thursday, 25th May - 10.30-4.30 - Live streaming of<br />

the WI National Annual Meeting at New Buckenham<br />

Village Hall.<br />

• Saturday, 10th June - 10am-2pm - WI Table Top Sale<br />

at St Andrew's Church - Teas, Coffees and Cake will be<br />

served.<br />

Next Meeting: Tuesday, 9th May 2023 - 2.00pm at<br />

St Mary's Church, Houghton-on-the-Hill (Bring and<br />

Share picnic)<br />

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

At the time of writing, <strong>Swaffham</strong> seniors have won<br />

the first two Norfolk Junior Cup games, and are<br />

second in our group. The top two teams in the group<br />

will play against each other at Wymondham on 29th<br />

April for the Norfolk Salver. Kick Off 11am. Fingers<br />

crossed for our next two games! Keep an eye on<br />

our Facebook pages to find out if <strong>Swaffham</strong> will be<br />

contesting the final!<br />

Thanks to all those who came along to support Those<br />

Magnificent Men at home games in the 2022/23<br />

season – it really does make a difference!<br />

Although the season is drawing to a close, we<br />

have decided to maintain our popular Touch Union<br />

sessions at 7pm on Tuesdays. We launched The<br />

Touch Union in January this year. We now have a<br />

regular mixed group of all ages enjoying this friendly<br />

version of our sport, both former players getting<br />

back into our sport, and newcomers who want to<br />

give rugby a try and get fit with like minded people.<br />

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

The Lioness Branch Club Easter Egg<br />

tombola stall was held in the Saturday<br />

indoor market, which at present is being<br />

held in the Methodist Church. Many thanks to all who<br />

supported this. The money raised will be donated to<br />

Muscular Distrophy.<br />

The Lions PR stall was out again in the Market place<br />

on a Saturday. Although the weather wasn’t great,<br />

we spoke to quite a number of people, giving out<br />

our information leaflets about our Club and the<br />

Lions International organisation. We also handed<br />

out several of our free “Message in a Bottle” plastic<br />

bottles, which should be kept in the fridge, and<br />

contain all your relevant medical information, should<br />

a medical emergency arise at home.<br />

Dates were given for 'Knit & Natter' and bowling gettogethers.<br />

Our next meeting will be on 3rd May at 2.30pm in<br />

the Community Centre. This will be to celebrate the<br />

coronation of King Charles III.<br />

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

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

our secretary Christiane Hewitson on 01366 328128.<br />

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

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

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

Why not come along to North Pickenham Road any<br />

Tuesday at 7pm and try The Touch Union it’s a noncontact<br />

rugby format that’s open to everyone over<br />

14 no matter their gender, age, skill or experience.<br />

Join us for a fun-filled, fast-paced game that will<br />

leave you feeling amazing.<br />

There will be no charge for participation for the<br />

remainder of the 2022/23 season.<br />

For further information, please contact Ruth<br />

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

Forthcoming Events:<br />

• We will be holding our popular Annual Lions<br />

Club World Quiz on Friday 19th May, this time<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, teams of up to 6,<br />

staring at 7.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Please book<br />

your team with Lions on 01760 724304.<br />

• We are also doing a Sponsored Walk on May<br />

20th in support of Magic Breakfast, a charity which<br />

provides free healthy school breakfasts to children at<br />

risk of hunger in disadvantaged areas of the UK. This<br />

will be a 5mile walk around the Ashill area, finishing<br />

with a well- deserved lunch at The White Hart, Ashill.<br />

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

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MUSEUM<br />


www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage has spent some weeks working<br />

with a group of students from The Nicholas Hamond<br />

Academy on a project in our Conflict and Consequences<br />

gallery. Through Lino prints and text they explored<br />

their thoughts and feelings about the theme of the<br />

gallery and added their own favourite artefacts. It was<br />

both enjoyable and illuminating to share stories with<br />

the young people and we hope that it will encourage<br />

others to appreciate that history isn’t always about<br />

ancientness but that what we are living today is part of<br />

his (and her) story.<br />

The image shows a man and a woman modelling<br />

protective overalls which the students decorated.<br />

Previously they were models of a man wearing a demob<br />

suit and a woman dressed as a WRVS volunteer.<br />

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Don’t forget the Corporation Challenge<br />

Details are on the website swaffhamculture.org. Or<br />

contact swaffhheritage@outlook.com. Or pop into<br />

the museum. The next event is 12th June “Mapping<br />

the Marketplace”. A pop-in event from 10am to 3pm<br />

in the Assembly Rooms’ Regency Room and led by the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group. If you are interested in the<br />

history of the marketplace; if you have memories of<br />

working or owning any of the shops or if you would like<br />

to help with research - this is for you.<br />

The Unveiling of the Mosaic<br />

L to R: Dave Crow, Carolyn Ash, Sue Gattuso,<br />

Lilian Ross, Steward Bell, Shirley Matthews<br />

The Community Mosaic Pyramid, created by the<br />

people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> under the artistic hands of mosaic<br />

designer Carolyn Ash, was unveiled on Saturday 15th<br />

April outside the Methodist Church on London Street,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. It was unveiled by Shirley Matthews who has<br />

recently been made an honorary citizen of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

for all the work she has done in and for the town over<br />

many years and Lilian Ross, a resident in The Paddocks<br />

care home who created a mosaic tile aged 106.<br />

The project was funded by Heritage England as a<br />

cultural event within the High Street/Heritage Action<br />

Zone initiative and was one several events in the town<br />

to celebrate the life and work of Howard Carter. Around<br />

300 people of all ages created tiles and many more<br />

helped with the behind the scenes work.<br />

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

The Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage held their Annual<br />

General Meeting on Wednesday 22nd March in the<br />

Regency Room at the Assembly Rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

There was a good turn out of members. Chair, Dr Sue<br />

Gattuso commented on the role the Friends have now<br />

taken on, leading the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium<br />

over the next year with the Heritage Action Zone events<br />

with finance from a grant from Historic England. Stuart<br />

Clapton, Membership Secretary, outlined a programme<br />

of visits and excursions prepared by the Friends, including<br />

a trip around the STANTA military training ground at<br />

West Tofts in May, a day out at the Sheringham 1940s<br />

theme weekend in September, and, near the end of the<br />

year, a coach trip to the Ely Cathedral Christmas Market.<br />

The Treasurer, John Wallace, reported that the Friends<br />

finances are in good shape. John also has his work<br />

cut out in overseeing all the invoices and payments in<br />

connection with the Heritage Action Zone events this<br />

coming year. Later, after the close of the AGM, Sue, in her<br />

capacity as the Director of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage, thanked<br />

the Friends for their support and gave a comprehensive<br />

talk on this year of Heritage Action Zone events which is<br />

being labelled “Under the Eye of the Buttercross”.<br />

This follows the successful year of “Carter 22”. She also<br />

talked about the financial help received from the Friends<br />

in the remodelling of the Carter Gallery in the Museum.<br />

During the meeting the current members of the Friends<br />

committee were confirmed in office by the assembled<br />

members.<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 April 2023 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2270 • £20 – no 2217 • £10 – no 2259<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 https://www.<br />

swaffhammuseum.co.uk/support-us#friends-ofswaffham-<br />

heritage or call in to the Museum.<br />

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

As the March session missed the deadline for that issue,<br />

here is an account of it. The evening was dedicated to<br />

Doreen Parr who sadly passed away recently. Doreen<br />

supported the Club for 8 years right from the start in our<br />

King’s Arms days, before we moved to the Conservative<br />

Club. Our condolences to her family and friends.<br />

We welcomed for the first time Jazz Signs; Dave Barker<br />

(keyboard), Ed Taylor (guitar), Paul Mason (drums), Ted<br />

Fuller (electric bass), Terry Hope (trumpet) and Emily<br />

Gore-Rose (vocals).<br />

The layout looked rather odd; the rhythm section<br />

and guitar clustered together, on, and in front of the<br />

stage, with Terry on his own well to the left. So it was<br />

very ‘stereophonic’ with the trumpet’s big bold sound<br />

from the left and the rest playing as a tight-knit unit.<br />

We would like to thank Emily for standing in at the last<br />

moment for Cate Downes, their regular vocalist. Emily<br />

has a good ‘jazz feel’ and went down very well. The band<br />

has a great asset in Terry, who not only played some fine<br />

solos, but was also a great compère both informative<br />

and funny!<br />

The band stood out not just for the high quality of<br />

individual solos, but also for its well rehearsed intros.<br />

and endings. We hope they will come back soon.<br />

Unfortunately I missed the April session. What follows<br />

has kindly been written by a newcomer to the Club,<br />

Grahame Poole. This was a first for us at SJC. We had<br />

come to see Graeme Culham (drums) Nigel Portass<br />

(keyboard) and John Willmott (sax) who we had seen<br />

a number of times. John played in the first jazz band I<br />

ever saw - “Rent Party” a jump jive band playing round<br />

London in the early 80s. The singer, Tom Melvin, was<br />

new to us and a pleasant surprise. The band as usual<br />

did not disappoint. Tom’s vocal was a great addition to<br />

the line up. And the band they rocked!<br />

If you enjoy the American Songbook I can recommend<br />

one of the regular jazz evenings at SJC. A very pleasant<br />

evening with very agreeable staff and members.<br />

Next month’s line up looks great — Ivars on bass is an<br />

excellent player, and in the distant past I have played with<br />

Mark Jolly who is an outstanding violinist. Phil Brooke is<br />

a new name to me but I look forward to hearing him.<br />

Coming Up:<br />

Phil Brooke’s Jazz Trio:<br />

Phil Brooke (guitar), Mark Jolly (jazz violin), Ivars<br />

Galenieks (double bass).<br />

Tuesday 9th May 7.30 - 10 pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative<br />

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Rotary President's Corner<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Another month passes and at last the<br />

signs of Spring are emerging - with this in mind the Club<br />

is holding a 'Gardener’s Question Time'. Gardening<br />

makes us feel better and now the warmer weather<br />

approaches we thought it would be helpful to have<br />

some local experts to help with queries and advice.<br />

We are lucky to have the services of Jeremy Darby, an<br />

international specialist in fruit and berry plants. Olley<br />

Forrest, Head Gardener for Lord and Lady Fairhaven of<br />

Kirtling Tower Estate - a 25 acre garden. Barry Dayton,<br />

Desert World, an expert on cacti, orchards and regular<br />

on BBC Cambridgeshire. It will take place in The Pedlar’s<br />

Suite of The George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong> on 20th May<br />

at 7.30pm. The bar will be open and the entrance<br />

fee is £8. All the proceeds going to the victims of the<br />

Ukraine War. Tickets are available via our website www.<br />

swaffhamrotary.org.uk or at the door on the night.<br />

Last month we held a Wine Tasting in Oxborough<br />

Village Hall, being the second such event we have held<br />

there. It featured wines carefully chosen to pair with<br />

equally carefully selected cheeses. Everyone seemed<br />

to enjoy the evening very loudly! The event was held<br />

as a fund raiser for the relief efforts for the earthquake<br />

victims in Turkey/Syria and £530 was raised. This with<br />

Gift Aid added plus a small addition from our Charity<br />

Account enough money was raised to add to the<br />

collection featured in last month’s <strong>Newsletter</strong> to fund<br />

a 5th Shelterbox. This means that the Club has donated<br />

virtually £3000 to this dreadful disaster.<br />

At the time of writing this column Scott Stones of Waites<br />

& Stones has left for his 8th visit to the War Zone of the<br />

Ukraine. We have been very pleased to have helped him<br />

financially with his wonderful humanitarian challenge.<br />

This time he is transporting mainly Generators, as well<br />

as the aid donated by the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District.<br />

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SCALGA<br />

Greetings from the allotments<br />

It is a long time since I wrote our news from the plots. It<br />

seems to have been a long and tedious winter followed<br />

by so much rain. We have not been able to get our<br />

potatoes in and whilst some would say early April is too<br />

soon, others have planted. Last week we had bright sun<br />

but a frost in the early morning so still the earth was not<br />

warming as it should. I did take the plunge and put some<br />

earlies in potato bags. Others use tyres and stack them as<br />

they need heaping. I think a lot of gardeners (especially<br />

with small areas) are looking for alternative methods<br />

for growing spuds. Thank goodness for the internet and<br />

Facebook. There is a huge mine of information to be had.<br />

I decided to put my broad beans into pots to start them<br />

off, we’ll see how they progress. Other than that I and<br />

others are again starting the seeds off in cells. It will be<br />

interesting to see if they are ahead of stuff grown directly<br />

into the soil. Belt and braces, I’ll do both as it gets warmer.<br />

This year we have had more Avian Flu and the birds have<br />

been locked up for even longer. Unfortunately, this causes<br />

hen pecking and outright fighting.<br />

Because of a problem with the Regency Rooms in the<br />

Assembly rooms we have not been able to book our AGM<br />

until the 7th June. We hope to see you there. We are<br />

looking for volunteers to take over the running of SCALGA<br />

and more Committee members.<br />

Forthcoming Events<br />

• SCALGA AGM 7th June, 7pm to 8.30pm. Tea and coffee<br />

will be served. We hope to see you there.<br />

Campingland PPG<br />

Campingland Patient Participation Group are hosting<br />

an open meeting : “Better Care For Armed Forces<br />

Veterans” on 24th May 2023 at 1pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre on the Campingland. This event<br />

is open to everyone, regardless of which surgery you<br />

attend.<br />

The speakers will be:<br />

• Air Commodore Kevin Pellatt<br />

• Norfolk Armed Forces Commissioner<br />

• Dr Andrew Hayward NHS GP Advisor.<br />

If it is possible to let us know you are attending it<br />

would help for us to know numbers, or if you require<br />

more information ring: Ann – 07887 516565 or<br />

anewmeir1@sky.com<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 />

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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 />

Many of you will probably not be aware that the Merle<br />

Boddy Day Centre is actually overseen by a charitable<br />

organisation called the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Mental<br />

Health Association (SDMHA for short). The SDMHA has<br />

a board of directors who are all volunteers and receive<br />

no remuneration for being directors. The purpose of<br />

the board is to look after the finances and some of the<br />

administrative business of the Centre, allowing the<br />

professional paid staff to concentrate on the core service<br />

to our clients.<br />

This month we are bidding farewell to three of our<br />

directors who, after long service, have decided to step<br />

down from the board: they are Ian Pilcher, Sue Pilcher,<br />

and Stan Sole. Ian and Sue have worked tirelessly over the<br />

past three years to get the Centre finances into shape, and<br />

thanks to their efforts we are now on a sound footing, with<br />

sufficient reserves to meet all our financial obligations.<br />

This was despite the significant challenges of the lockdown<br />

period during the Covid-19 pandemic when we could not<br />

operate, and as a result lost a lot of income. Stan has been<br />

involved with the facilities of the Centre including heating<br />

and lighting. We are indebted to them for their many<br />

hours of diligent work for the Centre, bearing in mind that<br />

this was purely voluntary with no remuneration.<br />

We are now on the lookout for new volunteers to join<br />

our board and help us take<br />

forward the work of the<br />

Centre.<br />

At the end of March we<br />

had a second visit from the<br />

wonderful PAT (Pets And<br />

Therapy) dog Hugo and his<br />

handler. Lots of attention<br />

to this gorgeous boy and<br />

no wonder after looking at<br />

that smile! Just one of the<br />

amazing interactions we have had last month.<br />

We also had great fun getting ready for Easter. We loooove<br />

Easter Eggs!<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 and<br />

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

Wissey u3a<br />

The guest speaker at our April<br />

meeting was Andy Moore, whose talk on the short<br />

WWII history of Bexwell Airfield, also known as RAF<br />

Downham, kept us fascinated with little-known<br />

facts, and many amusing anecdotes regarding the<br />

personnel who served there. Andy also brought<br />

with him a large collection of old photographs and<br />

mementos relating to his subject, which members<br />

were able to inspect after the meeting.<br />

On Thursday 4th May we shall be having our Annual<br />

General Meeting, which all members are encouraged<br />

to attend. It is important that The Wissey u3a is<br />

seen to be operating in an accountable and proper<br />

manner as required by the Charity Commission.<br />

Non-members may attend but will not be able to<br />

vote. The St Catherines Belles, a team of handbell<br />

ringers, will entertain us, after the business of<br />

the AGM has been concluded, and there will also<br />

be a short slideshow of photographs taken by our<br />

Photography Group, one of the 20 Activity Groups<br />

organised by our members.<br />

At our monthly meeting on Thursday 1st June, our<br />

guest speaker will be Saffron Summerfield, whose<br />

presentation is titled ‘When Birds Sing’. This will be<br />

a digitally illustrated, Inspirational talk with her own<br />

recordings of birdsong and calls, photos and videos.<br />

Why, how and when do birds sing? How birdsong<br />

is good for our well-being. Also, how they have<br />

influenced our greatest poets and composers. Tips<br />

on how to identify birdsong in gardens and parks.<br />

Monthly meetings are held at The Pavilion, Holme<br />

Hale. We open for refreshments and socialising<br />

from 9.45am with the meeting starting at 10.30am.<br />

More information is available from Chairman,<br />

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

d.moncaster@btinternet.com or visit our website:<br />

www.wisseyu3a.org.uk<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 />

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 />

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

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

David Blake 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<br />

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

Century).<br />

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

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

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

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

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

information please phone Lynette on 07900 570765.<br />

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

Wanted<br />

If you have seen buildings like this around the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place? We need your assistance<br />

with information regarding their occupiers, owners,<br />

unusual stories relating to these buildings. It is for<br />

a very important project that the <strong>Swaffham</strong> History<br />

Group are undertaking in conjunction with heritage<br />

England. There is a workshop planned for 12th June<br />

2023 at the Assembly Rooms between 10am till 3pm.<br />

If you think you can help us with our enquiries please<br />

come along and view what we have accomplished so<br />

far, you may hold that vital piece of information we<br />

are seeking.<br />

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

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

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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 />

Careline<br />

alarm<br />

Buddy<br />

Button<br />

(GPS tracker)<br />

Vibby<br />

Fall<br />

Detector<br />

To find out more, call us on 01553 616200<br />

or visit careline-cs.org.uk and careandrepair-wn.org<br />

Supra<br />

Keysafe<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

Mayors Civic Reception<br />

The Mayor Cllr Stewart Bell and<br />

Consort Mrs Debbie Bell held a<br />

Showman’s Themed Civic Reception<br />

at George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Dignitaries,<br />

councillors, local charities and local groups were<br />

entertained by live singers and dancers, the event was<br />

an amazing tribute to the work done by the Mayor<br />

and councillors over the past year.<br />

Cllr Shirley Matthews was made Honorary Citizen of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Shirley has been Mayor of <strong>Swaffham</strong> seven<br />

times, with 36 years of service as a Town Councillor, as<br />

well as serving for many years as both a Breckland and<br />

Norfolk County Councillor, her dedication to public<br />

service also extends to serving for many years on the<br />

executive of the Norfolk Association of Local Councils.<br />

At her first meeting on 13 May 1987, she was greeted<br />

by the Town Mayor Cllr Paul Ison, also elected to the<br />

Town Council that year was Cllr Paul Darby, who was<br />

also present at her last Full council meeting on 12th<br />

April 2023, Shirley was tasked with saying a prayer<br />

prior to the meeting and left the Council with the<br />

wise words of Reinhold Niebuhr. “God grant me the<br />

serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the<br />

courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to<br />

know the difference.”<br />

Mayor Cllr Stewart Bell & Consort Debbie Bell<br />

Town Clerk Richard Bishop stated “Shirley served on<br />

five of her seven occasions as Mayor during my time<br />

as Town Clerk, she served the town well, as she was<br />

a good chair as well as doing the civic side of things<br />

with dignity, grace, and authority. Never afraid to take<br />

difficult decisions, and as Mayor remaining apolitical,<br />

despite remaining a staunch Conservative, and there<br />

are many examples of this on record. My standout<br />

memory of Shirley as Mayor was in our twin town of<br />

Couhe, as Shirley addressed our French and German<br />

friends in their own language, before addressing the<br />

English contingent too! It was a proud Town Clerk<br />

moment, when I thought to myself, I wish all our<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> residents were here to stand and applaud<br />

her, as she did <strong>Swaffham</strong> proud. But this she did, time<br />

and time again, and there could be no-one more<br />

deserving of the accolade of Honorary Citizen of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>.”<br />

Mayor Cllr Stewart Bell & Cllr Shirley Matthews<br />

King’s Coronation<br />

To celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III,<br />

Breckland District Council and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

have jointly funded a mobile LED screen, this will be<br />

located at the Market Place on Saturday 6th May,<br />

showing the King’s Coronation in the morning and Top<br />

Gun: Maverick at 6.30pm. On Sunday 7th May Roald<br />

Dahl’s Matilda,The Musical will be showing at 2.30pm<br />

and the Coronation Concert from 7pm. Please bring<br />

your own chairs and picnics or visit one of the fantastic<br />

local establishments in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Elections<br />

District and Town/Parish Elections are scheduled to<br />

take place on Thursday 4th May 2023. Check out the<br />

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

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

new ID requirements.<br />

Breckland Council<br />

Notice of persons nominated:<br />

Judy Anscombe, Paul Darby, Jacob Morton, Leanne<br />

Smart, Bob Wade, and David Wickerson.<br />

Norfolk County Council<br />

Notice of persons nominated:<br />

Terry Land, William Nunn, and Josie Ratcliffe.<br />

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

Notice of uncontested election:<br />

Lindsay Beech, Stewart Bell, Wendy Bensley, David<br />

Braithwaite, Stephanie Cooper, Paul Darby, Graham<br />

Edwards, Caroline Ellerbeck, Graham Eves, Sarah<br />

Pickard, Leslie Scott, Jill Skinner, and John Zielinski.<br />

Thank you to our Retiring Councillors and Welcome<br />

to our new Councillors.<br />

In addition to Cllr Shirley Matthews standing down<br />

after 36 years, two other Former Mayor’s in Cllr Colin<br />

Houghton (eight years) and Cllr Judy Anscombe (four<br />

years), with former Chair of Finance Cllr Ian Pilcher<br />

(four years), all retiring from the Council 5 days after<br />

the 4th May election date, paving the way for the<br />

newly elected unopposed Council to take office from<br />

their first meeting on 17 May 2023 at 6.30pm.<br />

Please note that the newly elected Town Councillors<br />

David Braithwaite, Caroline Ellerbeck, Sarah Pickard,<br />

and John Zielinski; will sign their declaration of office<br />

at their first meeting at the Town Hall. There will be<br />

three meetings held on the same evening. The Annual<br />

Town Assembly will be held at and followed by the<br />

Annual Meeting and a full council meeting.<br />

Save the date!<br />

• King’s Coronation – Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May.<br />

• Sheep Fayre – Saturday 3rd June.<br />

• Classic Car Show – Sunday 27th August. A longstanding<br />

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

out for more communications on what is planned by<br />

the car event volunteers.<br />

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

mentioned or would like to hear more updates on<br />

projects etc, please contact <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

on telephone 01760 722922 or pop in and see us.<br />

Remember we do not do bus passes however Norfolk<br />

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 - MAY 2023<br />

• Weds 10th May 6.30pm - Full Council<br />

• Mon 15th May 6.30pm - Market Committee<br />

• Weds 24th May 1pm - Assets & Open Spaces 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 />

<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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Looking for a new throne or just<br />

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Our Downham Market store has been helping to furnish homes since 1906.<br />

King George and Queen Elizabeth paid us a visit back in the 1930s.<br />

As we welcome our fifth monarch since we opened, we welcome you<br />

to come and enjoy everything we have to offer.<br />


In order to allow all our staff to celebrate the King’s Coronation,<br />

both our stores will be closed on Saturday 6 th May.<br />

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

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