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August 2023

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Contents<br />

3 Community Garden/SCC<br />

4 Church News<br />

5 Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

7 NarVOS/Relief in Need<br />

8 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts/Lions/U3A<br />

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

10 NGS/Authors, Books & Cakes<br />

11 Local WI's/The Hive<br />

12 Museum Matters<br />

13 Jazz Club/Royal British Legion<br />

14 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary/Phoenix Singers<br />

16 Climate Action Group<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Garden<br />

Interested in gardening and plants? <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Garden Needs You!<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Garden is looking for<br />

volunteers to join the enthusiastic team taking care<br />

of their garden at the Church end of Campingland<br />

in town. We meet on a regular basis every second<br />

Wednesday of the month plus additional gatherings<br />

on an “as needed” basis for watering or other essential<br />

maintenance. We also take care of “Anne’s Garden”<br />

on the Recreational Ground in Haspalls Road. We are<br />

a small group who enjoy the time spent togther on<br />

the Gardens in addition to the social aspect of getting<br />

together in the fresh air to put the world to rights!<br />

Why not come along on a second Wednesday<br />

afternoon from 2pm onwards to meet the Team<br />

and find out how you can help with this important<br />

community asset. We look forward to seeing you<br />

soon! Alternatively call David on 01760 725741 if you<br />

would like to chat. Thank you.<br />

The SCG Team<br />

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Dates for your diary...<br />

• Sunday 13th August. 10am to 4pm<br />

On the Marketplace and in the Assembly Rooms.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Food and Artisans’ Fair with stalls,<br />

demonstrations, exhibitions and a cookery theatre<br />

with guest Mary Kemp. And a climbing Wall for the<br />

Adventurous. Come and find out about local cuisines,<br />

as well as those from distant places and the whole<br />

cycle of food. Discover bees, sculpture, wood working,<br />

silver smithing, weaving, fleeces and much more...<br />

AND<br />

Sunday 24th September. 11am – 3pm<br />

On the Marketplace<br />

Reviving the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Harvest Horkey. A space<br />

full of fun and afterwards 'Thinking of Harvest' - a<br />

picnic non-denominational Harvest Thanksgiving on<br />

Campingland.<br />

More next month!

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

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

will be as follows:-<br />

Sunday 6th<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00am<br />

Wednesday 9th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 13th<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 16th<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 20th<br />

8.00am<br />

9.30am<br />

Wednesday 23rd<br />

10.00am<br />

Sunday 27th<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Holy Communion (said)<br />

United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Presider and preacher: the<br />

Venerable Catherine Dobson,<br />

Archdeacon of Lynn<br />

Holy Communion (BCP)<br />

Sung Eucharist<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. Saturday Coffee<br />

and Cake is every Saturday.<br />

Mothers’ Union<br />

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

meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. The August<br />

meeting will be on Thursday 10th. Enquiries to Julia<br />

on 720041.<br />

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

• Tues 1st August 10-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

Free refreshments. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 4th August 9.30. Power of Prayer. Phone 01760<br />

722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 5th August 9.30am. Church Coffee Morning.<br />

Come along and enjoy coffee/tea, cakes, and have a<br />

chat with friends. Also home baking stall.<br />

• Sun 6th August 10.45am. Morning Worship led<br />

by Mr Quentin Stephen MA. Refreshments served<br />

afterwards.<br />

• Tues 8th August 10-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

• Wed 10th August 10am-3pm. ‘DAY OUT AT THE<br />

SEASIDE.’ All welcome to join in a themed fun day at<br />

our Church. See our notice board for further details<br />

nearer the time.<br />

• Fri 11th August 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 13th August 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by the Worship Leaders. Refreshments served<br />

afterwards.<br />

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

Drop In. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 18th August 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 20th August 10.45am. Morning Worship and<br />

Celebration of Holy Communion with Rev Jacqui<br />

Horton . Refreshments served afterwards.<br />

• Tues 22nd August 10-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. Come and make new friends. Free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Fri 25th August 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 27th August 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

with the Worship Leaders. Refreshments served<br />

afterwards.<br />

• Tues 29th August 10-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Everyone welcome.<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 />

Discovering Vikings in the<br />

Brecks<br />

The Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape<br />

Partnership has been busy revealing<br />

and celebrating the key role of the Brecks in the story<br />

of Vikings in Britain. We are often told that the most<br />

important date in English history is 1066, the year in<br />

which Duke William of Normandy defeated the Anglo-<br />

Saxon King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings,<br />

earning his title ‘the Conqueror’ and claiming the English<br />

throne. However, the Battle of Hastings also marked the<br />

end of a 600-year period during which many aspects<br />

of the East Anglian landscape that we recognise today<br />

emerged. From the middle decades of the 9th century,<br />

Anglo-Saxon East Anglia was an integral part of the Viking<br />

world, which spanned the North Sea basin. In the year<br />

AD 869, the Brecks area became a focus for the Viking<br />

Great Army, which made camp in Thetford and killed the<br />

East Anglian King Edmund in battle.<br />

As the successful ‘The Vikings; history on your doorstep’<br />

exhibition closes at Ancient House Museum in Thetford,<br />

a 360-degree tour is being created<br />

to continue to make this fascinating<br />

story accessible online, and BFER<br />

partners the Breckland Society<br />

publish the much-anticipated, and<br />

fascinating research report ‘River<br />

Raiders: Anglo-Saxon and Viking<br />

Breckland’, which features a new<br />

walking trail around the town.<br />

With research workshops and report editing undertaken<br />

by Dr Richard Hoggett, the report is the result of many<br />

dedicated volunteers undertaking new research into the<br />

Anglo-Saxon and Viking history, bringing the discoveries<br />

together in a 128-page report that will be available in<br />

hard-copy (while stocks last) and online on the Brecks.<br />

org website, and that of the Breckland Society.<br />

James Parry of the Breckland Society said: “The<br />

River Raiders project gave our team of volunteers an<br />

unparalleled opportunity to get to grips with one of the<br />

most fascinating chapters in the history of the Brecks.<br />

From archival research into Viking place-names and<br />

recreational activities to looking at the evidence of<br />

battles and burial sites, they were able to<br />

make real contributions to knowledge and understanding<br />

of the Viking and Anglo-Saxon heritage in our area. The<br />

illustrated report stands as an excellent account of their<br />

research and the success of the wider project. We are<br />

especially grateful to Dr Richard Hoggett for his expertise<br />

and input.”<br />

To celebrate this, a launch event will be held at the<br />

Guildhall on the 11th of July at 11.00am, with a guided<br />

walk (2.7miles) around the new Anglo-Saxon and Viking<br />

Thetford Trail. See www.brecks.org/bfer/ for booking<br />

and details.<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

Sweet Peas & The Annual Flower Show<br />

June was a busy month for the garden club, with both<br />

our normal monthly meeting, all about Sweet Peas,<br />

followed 3 days later by the Club’s major event of the<br />

year, the Annual Flower Show.<br />

Sweet Peas - How To Grow<br />

Them & Show Them<br />

Prize winning sweet pea grower<br />

Stephen Foster, a chartered<br />

accountant by day, gave an<br />

colourful presentation on how to<br />

grow and show sweet peas. We<br />

all love the beautiful flowers that<br />

sweet peas produce in summer,<br />

but they can be tricky to grow<br />

and if you intend to show them then you certainly need<br />

to know your stuff and have a lot of patience. Stephen<br />

explained that he starts the process by sowing his seeds<br />

in October, so they are in full bloom to show them in<br />

June (Norfolk Show time). Stephen always uses the<br />

Spencer type of sweet pea, with 4 flowers per stem.<br />

Stephen covered what compost to grow them in, when<br />

to put them out, how to tie them up to support them,<br />

how to layer them once they get very tall and finally<br />

how to show them. The Annual Flower Show<br />

The club held its annual Flower Show on Sunday June<br />

25th. With well over 200 entries, spread across 14<br />

classes and with over 45% of members submitting<br />

entries, this year's flower show was the most successful<br />

to date. In addition to a bumper crop of entries to the<br />

show, when the judging was complete and the hall<br />

opened to the general public, we had excellent numbers<br />

visiting the show. Attendees enjoyed viewing both the<br />

floral displays, crafts and baking entries as well as the<br />

entertainment and refreshments available.<br />

The plant stalls did great business in selling both a large<br />

range of plants generously donated from members<br />

own gardens and also some donated from Didlington<br />

Nurseries. The show finished with a very entertaining<br />

auction of remaining tombola prizes led by club member<br />

Richard Leighton, which had everyone in fits of laughter.<br />

Our July monthly meeting (July 27th) will be a talk<br />

by Ken Abel on ‘Growing and Caring for Hostas’. Our<br />

August meeting (August 24th) will incorporate our Fruit<br />

& Vegetable Show and a Gardener’s Question Time<br />

panel, after a brief AGM. August is the start of our club<br />

year, so annual membership renewal time, with the<br />

cost remaining at £6 for 23/24.<br />

All meetings are held at Holme Hale Pavilion and start<br />

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

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

of our monthly meetings.<br />

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Indoor meeting at The Assembly<br />

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PE37 7AB, Wednesday 30 August 2023<br />

at 7.30pm “Birding the Arctic Circle”<br />

The subject of the talk by Neil Glenn is Birding the<br />

Arctic Circle, especially in Spring where species<br />

which winter in Britain and<br />

breed in Finland and Norway<br />

can be encountered. The talk<br />

features speciality species of<br />

the far north and photos by<br />

professional photographers<br />

such as Jari Peltomakki.<br />

Neil Glenn is a freelance writer and tour leader for<br />

Avian Adventures, Oriole Birding and Naturetrek, as<br />

well as being Chair of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers<br />

and a patron of the Birding For All Charity which aims<br />

to ensure access to reserves is open to everyone. He<br />

has written the definitive guides Best Birdwatching<br />

Sites in Norfolk and Yorkshire as well as articles<br />

for many publications including BBC Wildlife, Bird<br />

Watching and Birdwatch Magazines.<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 />

Norfolk & Waveney<br />

Integrated Care System<br />

£86m Investment In Three New Diagnostic<br />

Centres To Be Built At Region’s Hospitals<br />

People across Norfolk and Waveney will be able to have<br />

imaging faster and earlier diagnoses thanks to three<br />

new diagnostic centres set to be built in the region over<br />

the next two years. A project to create new outpatient<br />

imaging buildings at each of the three hospitals in<br />

Norfolk and Waveney has been given the green light by<br />

the Department of Health and Social Care and will see<br />

£85.9 million capital invested, the largest investment in<br />

the region for over 20 years.<br />

The new facilities will be based at the James Paget<br />

University Hospital, the Norfolk and Norwich University<br />

Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn.<br />

Each of the sites will house MRI and CT scanners as<br />

well as X-ray and Ultrasound imaging. These are used<br />

for diagnosis and monitoring of a very wide range of<br />

conditions, including cancer, heart disease, stroke,<br />

respiratory diseases, trauma, musculoskeletal diseases,<br />

neurology and, most recently, COVID-19. To help deliver<br />

the scans, there will be more staff recruited including<br />

radiographers, radiologists and support staff.<br />

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity is also kindly<br />

supporting this project by pledging £1.6m for imaging<br />

equipment. This collaborative approach between<br />

hospitals and the wider Norfolk and Waveney Integrated<br />

Care System (ICS) to deliver these services will:<br />

• Increase capacity for diagnostic imaging<br />

• Separate GP referrals and Outpatient appointments<br />

from Inpatient and Emergency demand, improving<br />

waiting times<br />

• Improve health outcomes with earlier diagnoses<br />

• Provide modern, bright facilities and state-of-the-art<br />

equipment to improve the experience for patients & staff<br />

• Standardise practices and collaborative working in<br />

Imaging services across the three hospitals<br />

Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney, Rt Hon Patricia<br />

Hewitt, said: “I am delighted to see this investment<br />

being used to significantly increase our imaging<br />

capacity adjacent to our hospital sites across Norfolk<br />

and Waveney. It’s vital we do all we can to see and treat<br />

people as efficiently as possible; this will no doubt help<br />

us to diagnose people more quickly. We are determined<br />

to help people lead longer, healthier and happier lives.”<br />

Regional Clinical Lead for Imaging, and NNUH Chief of<br />

Clinical Support Services, Dr Richard Goodwin said: “The<br />

approval for this investment in imaging to go ahead<br />

is very welcome and takes us one step closer to our<br />

shared aspiration to transform how imaging and other<br />

diagnostic services are provided for the whole of Norfolk<br />

and Waveney.”

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

In June the Lioness Branch Club Pudding<br />

Quiz in the end raised a final total of £387<br />

which has been donated to Young Lives v<br />

Cancer, and we thank everyone who supported<br />

this event. The Lions Club also donated £100 to the<br />

Lions International disaster relief fund, and £100 to<br />

the charity Nelson’s Journey, in memory of Lion Colin<br />

Mowles. Lion President David paid an enjoyable visit<br />

to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Wellbeing Group and gave a talk on<br />

the Lions Organisation.<br />

At the end of June after a successful year, we held<br />

our President’s Handover with a lovely evening meal<br />

at The George Hotel. Lion President David Merchant<br />

handed over the chain of office to Lion Nicola<br />

Claxton, who takes over as new President of both<br />

the Lions Club and the Lioness Branch Club. We are<br />

looking forward to another year of fun, fellowship<br />

and community service.<br />

In July we helped with the Foodbank collections at<br />

Tesco, and on 6th August we will be manning the<br />

entry gates, as usual, at the Wayland Show and giving<br />

out children’s safety wristbands. On 27th August we<br />

will be at the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Vehicle Spectacular, selling<br />

programmes and running our Charity tombola stall.<br />

Fingers crossed for good weather!<br />

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

Wissey u3a<br />

Our guest speaker at our July<br />

monthly meeting was Bernard Lockett, who gave<br />

an extremely entertaining talk on ‘The Heritage of<br />

Gilbert and Sullivan’.<br />

This also included<br />

some video clips from<br />

performances of G<br />

& S to illustrate the,<br />

often very amusing,<br />

points being made.<br />

At our next monthly<br />

meeting which will<br />

be on Thursday 3rd<br />

August our guest speaker will be Debbie Gill who will<br />

present a talk titled ‘A Passage to India’.<br />

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

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

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

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

new friendships. We are keen to recruit people from<br />

all backgrounds and age groups, the only condition<br />

being that you are not in full-time employment.<br />

For further information contact our Chairman, David<br />

Moncaster, on 01760 724755 or email him at:<br />

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

https://www.wisseyu3a.org<br />

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

Following the success of our two concerts this year<br />

we are very pleased to be working on new events<br />

for the autumn season. The first concert will be a<br />

return visit of the orchestra Ensemble East, in the<br />

Church of St Peter and St Paul at 7.30 pm on Saturday<br />

September 23rd. Last year the music was chosen to<br />

reflect historical <strong>Swaffham</strong>, celebrating rural life and<br />

the remembrance of those lost in war. This year the<br />

programme will include Symphony No 40 by Mozart,<br />

two beautiful pieces by Debussy and Faure, and the<br />

“Classical” Symphony by Prokofiev.<br />

We cannot mention tickets without thanking Claire<br />

and her staff at Ceres Bookshop for all the years of<br />

displaying our posters and handling our ticket sales.<br />

We have been immensely grateful for their support.<br />

I am sure I speak for many when I say how much<br />

we will miss the bookshop itself. What a wonderful,<br />

friendly, efficient service it has provided for the town.<br />

So our tickets will still be on sale at The Green Parrot<br />

01760 724704 as before and on the door, priced at<br />

£15. We thank them, too, for their help over many<br />

years. There are so many wonderful events to enjoy<br />

all over the county during the summer months. We<br />

hope to see you in September in <strong>Swaffham</strong>!<br />

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

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

721513. Staffed opening times: Tuesday and Thursday 10am-<br />

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

What’s On for Children at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library -<br />

August 2023<br />

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge! Read 6<br />

books over the summer holidays and collect rewards<br />

for your reading!<br />

• Bounce and Rhyme - Every Tuesday 10.30-11am<br />

(pre-school)<br />

• Sporty Stories - Every Thursday 10.30-11am (3-6 yrs)<br />

• Lego Club - Every Thursday 4-5pm (5yrs+)<br />

• Ready Set Move - Thursdays 3rd and 17th August<br />

2-3pm (3-5 yrs)<br />

• Lego Sports Day - Friday 4th August 2.30-3.30pm<br />

(5yrs +)<br />

• Stop Motion Sports Day - Friday 11th August<br />

3-4.30pm (8-14 yrs). Booking essential<br />

• Pokemon Club - Saturdays 12th & 26th August 12-<br />

1pm (all ages)<br />

• Shake It Up Dice Activity - Thursday 24th August<br />

2-3pm (5yrs+). Booking essential<br />

• Autism Friendly Meet-up - Saturday 26th August<br />

10.30am-12noon (all ages including adults)<br />

Take part in our fun treasure hunt and design your<br />

own football shirt competition<br />

throughout the summer!<br />

For more information and<br />

booking visit www.norfolk.<br />

gov.uk/libraryonline or speak<br />

to library staff.<br />

Campingland PPG<br />

Campingland Patient Participation Group are pleased<br />

to announce we now have a full Committee who all<br />

look forward to assisting patients and the practice.<br />

We are currently planning more events<br />

For more info contact : anewmeir1@sky.com or<br />

07887 516565<br />

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The National Garden Scheme<br />

Enjoy A Day Out In A Gorgeous Garden<br />

August is the holiday season and so why not take<br />

the family and enjoy an inexpensive day out in a<br />

gorgeous garden open for the National Garden Scheme.<br />

You don’t have to be a gardener in order to enjoy a<br />

garden, children go free, dogs are welcome in many of<br />

our gardens and more often than not a delicious tea<br />

awaits you. Jim and Jenny Clarke will be having plant and<br />

craft stalls at their open day at Brick Kiln House.<br />

Sunday 7th August<br />

• Brick Kiln House, Shotesham, Norwich, NR15 1UJ<br />

10-4 adm £6 chd free. Home-made teas. Dogs welcome.<br />

2 acre country garden with colourful borders,<br />

contemporary-designed pergola, sculptures and a<br />

stream running through a diversely planted wood.<br />

• 33 Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 6TB<br />

10-5 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas.<br />

A surprising and large suburban garden with an exciting<br />

mix of exotic and tropical plants.<br />

Sunday 13th August<br />

• Bluebell Barn, Lyng Hall Lane, Wood Norton,<br />

Dereham, NR20 5BJ<br />

11-5 adm £4 chd free. Pre-booking essential. No<br />

refreshments. Dogs welcome.<br />

Garden with colourful borders and meadow in total<br />

covering 2.5 acres. Newly planted by the current owners<br />

over the past 3 years an example of what can be achieved<br />

in a relatively short time.<br />

• Severals Grange, Holt Road, Wood Norton, NR20 5BL<br />

1-5 adm £6 chd free. Prebooking essential. Home-made<br />

teas. Dogs welcome.<br />

These gardens are a perfect example of how colour,<br />

shape and form can be created by foliage plants from<br />

large shrubs to small alpines. Wide range of ornamental<br />

grasses and variety of herbaceous plants.<br />

Sunday 27th August<br />

• Cobweb Cottage, 51 Shingham, Beachamwell,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 8AY<br />

10-5 adm £4 chd free. Home-made teas. Dogs welcome.<br />

Small, delightful cottage garden with mixed borders.<br />

Sunken greenhouse, pergola, productive ornamental<br />

kitchen garden with bees and chickens. Wildlife pond<br />

and plants for sale.<br />

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

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

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

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

keen walkers who enjoy the countryside and cake.<br />

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

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding villages to enjoy a<br />

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

Tea, Coffee & Cakes/biscuits. For more information<br />

and details on the next walk, please contact Graham<br />

Lathwell on 07486 901 948.<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 />

Authors, Books and Cakes<br />

Afternoon Tea with an Author at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms<br />

Next events will be on:<br />

• Sunday 10th September - Louise Doughty for<br />

the Norfolk Hospice, author of Appletree Yard and<br />

Platform Seven.<br />

• Sunday 15th October - Alison Weir for the King's<br />

Lynn Night Shelter, widely acclaimed historical<br />

fiction author.<br />

• Sunday 5th November - Sarah Perry and Julie<br />

Walker for the Norfolk Hospice, authors of The Essex<br />

Serpent and Bonny & Read.<br />

From 12th May all tickets can be bought from The<br />

Green Parrot in <strong>Swaffham</strong> or online at the Norfolk<br />

Hospice or by phone: Lynette 07900 570765.<br />

Thank you all who continue to support the events<br />

and help us raise money for charity.<br />

The Sunday afternoon teas will continue to support<br />

independent bookshops. We are pleased we will<br />

be supported by Bookbugs and Dragon Tales. (Tel<br />

Number 01603 964022). You can order any books<br />

from the bookshop.<br />

Pickenham's WI<br />

Our July WI meeting was held in St<br />

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

when we were greatly entertained by<br />

Stephen Amer, with his presentation 'Singing for Well<br />

Being'. Stephen said that singing is shown to help<br />

our mental health and he then led us through songs<br />

that are well-known and popular with all of us, such<br />

as, 'When you're smiling' and 'I'll never find another<br />

you'. Other WI activities in July include walks at<br />

Lynford Arboretum, coffee at Margaret's Tea Rooms<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and a visit to Dale Farm in Dereham to<br />

view the garden and have afternoon tea.<br />

Next Meetings:<br />

• Tuesday, 8th August - WI Mystery Tour - an annual<br />

event which never fails to interest and entertain us.<br />

• Tuesday, 22nd August at 2pm - President's Tea Party<br />

• Tuesday, 12th September - our speaker will be Sarah<br />

Bunn, BREAK Fundraising Manager.<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 />

The Hive at Great Cressingham<br />

Looking back and looking forward<br />

It has been a great summer series at The Hive with<br />

faces familiar and new for both the regular events,<br />

and for the special speakers. We are well into our third<br />

year of activity now and really seeing the benefits of a<br />

place which has creativity, spirituality and well-being<br />

as its focus. There are many individual stories from<br />

those who have benefited and as a growing gathering<br />

we are all experiencing memorable moments that<br />

are informative, intriguing and uplifting. Our final<br />

event of the season, Summer Picnic Fun, made good<br />

use of the grounds and had a taster programme of<br />

the many different kinds of activities that The Hive<br />

hosts. The next season is in the planning and will<br />

be advertised here in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> in<br />

September. All are welcome! In the meantime, to find<br />

out more and look back on recent events, do drop in<br />

on our facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/<br />

GreatCressinghamHive/<br />

Outdoor poetry reading on a Walk and Talk from The Hive<br />

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

Our meeting, on Wednesday 5th July<br />

commenced at 2.30pm with a warm<br />

welcome given by our President to<br />

the speaker for the afternoon Mr Stuart Burrell from<br />

Heritage Wills based in Norwich and his assistant. Stuart<br />

gave a very interesting and informative talk about the<br />

importance of making a will. He also advised about<br />

the benefits of making a Lasting Power of Attorney<br />

document. The talk finished with a question and answer<br />

session which proved helpful as many questions were<br />

forthcoming. A vote of thanks was given to Stuart and<br />

his assistant at the end of his presentation.<br />

The President announced that four ladies were<br />

celebrating their birthdays in July and each were given a<br />

card and a small gift.<br />

A group of members visited the Sandringham Stud in<br />

June and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing<br />

the King's horses. The guided walk in Watton led by the<br />

Town Cryer was also very interesting as the local history<br />

of the town unfolded.<br />

No competition was held for July as two of the ladies<br />

had lovingly made a variety of delicious cakes to sell on<br />

behalf of WI funds. The cakes disappeared very quickly<br />

some eaten with our afternoon cup of tea or coffee<br />

whilst others had their purchases wrapped up to take<br />

home.<br />

Boards were available before and after the meeting to<br />

sign up for future outings and events:-<br />

• ACWW( Associated Country Women of the World)<br />

walk at Lynford Arboretum on Friday 14th July.<br />

• Outing to South Pickenham Vineyard on Wednesday<br />

13th September.<br />

• An outing has been arranged to Langham Glass, with<br />

the option to have a go at blowing the glass too, this will<br />

be on Friday 6th October.<br />

Dates were given for Ten Pin Bowling on 12th July at<br />

Fakenham and Knit and Natter on 24th July.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd August<br />

at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. As August is our<br />

Birthday Month and we will be having a Celebration<br />

Party including entertainment from Three’s Company<br />

subject being “Tea for Two“ .<br />

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

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

or our Secretary Christiane Hewitson on 07389 813386<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<br />

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

It was with sadness that we learned a few months ago<br />

of the death of James Dean which we reported at the<br />

time. As well as having several other interests in charities<br />

and societies in his adopted home town of <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

James was also for some time the Chair of the parent<br />

organisation of the Merle Boddy Day Centre. We are<br />

now delighted to learn that in his will, James has left a<br />

wonderful donation of £1000 to the Centre. Our best<br />

wishes go to James’ widow, Barbara.<br />

It was too late last month to tell you about the Open<br />

Garden Day at the home of Kit and Susie Chalcraft in<br />

London Street on 10th June. Kit and Susie received<br />

donations from visitors amounting to £436 for the Merle<br />

Boddy Day Centre. A big thank you to Kit and Susie, and<br />

what a lovely garden! Who would know, just a short<br />

distance from the busy main road.<br />

On the same day Tesco in <strong>Swaffham</strong> sent us some lovely<br />

flowers during the month, to brighten us all up!<br />

Meanwhile the ladies of Pickenham WI had a name<br />

the Teddy competition and raised £25 to donate to the<br />

Centre. Thank you ladies.<br />

Lots of activities have been going on at the Centre during<br />

the month including quite a lot of baking (and eating!).<br />

As usual we have had a variety of stimulating games like<br />

word association, and fun games like giant Snakes and<br />

Ladders. We also have had an ongoing<br />

theme of ‘Under the Sea’, including stories of mermaids,<br />

singing about a yellow submarine, and learning about the<br />

fishes and other creatures who live in the sea.<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> High Street<br />

Heritage Action Zone<br />

Work has progressed in <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s High Street<br />

Heritage Action Zone this month with funding coming<br />

from Historic England and Breckland District Council.<br />

The overall aim of the project is to improve the heritage<br />

and vitally of the centre of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The building grants programme has expanded with<br />

repair work now taking place to Jewellery Unique on<br />

the Market Place. This property is having the traditional<br />

lime mortar repaired and new guttering to ensure the<br />

historic building is in good condition in years to come.<br />

Work is also continuing to the Assembly Rooms where<br />

render repairs have taken place and the first coats<br />

of paint have been applied. The new paint system<br />

is breathable and will help maintain the Georgian<br />

building. Further work is needed to repair the windows<br />

on the front façade and the work should be complete<br />

in early August.<br />

On Church Walk new lighted<br />

bollards have been installed.<br />

These will provide light along<br />

this approach to the Market<br />

Place. In August new bus shelters<br />

with real time information and<br />

green roofs will be installed so<br />

look out for these changes. The<br />

next main event for the cultural<br />

programme is food and artisans<br />

fair on Sunday 13th August.<br />

If you own or lease a<br />

historic property around the<br />

Marketplace and are interested in a grant next year to<br />

repair the building or to create a traditional shopfront<br />

then please get in touch – Joe.Warburton@breckland.<br />

gov.uk<br />

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

We were pleased but slightly surprised to be asked<br />

to play June’s meeting of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club. As a<br />

band, Sidecar Sadie and the Champagne Charlies,<br />

we describe ourselves as “jazzy” rather than ‘jazz’.<br />

Norman assured us that the club hosts a wide variety<br />

of music including Classical and other forms outside<br />

the jazz genre. Normally we would play a handful of<br />

well-known jazz numbers mixed in with pop, soul, ska<br />

and other genres. This event gave us the welcome<br />

opportunity to put all our jazz favourites together<br />

in one performance with a few of our jazzed-up pop<br />

numbers.<br />

The performance started off nervously as we knew<br />

we lacked the skill of many of the recent virtuoso jazz<br />

performers who have played the club. Sidecar Sadie<br />

and the Champagne Charlies repertoire is a good mix<br />

of well-known songs that everybody knows and can<br />

sing along to. As we warmed up so did the audience<br />

and we soon noticed them singing along.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club has a very friendly and warm<br />

audience and is situated in a function room of the<br />

Conservative Club. If you haven’t been I strongly<br />

recommend you pick one of their evenings and go<br />

along. The music is well selected with a range of<br />

different styles of both jazz and other forms of music.<br />

I will certainly be keeping an eye on the upcoming<br />

programme and returning as an audience member to<br />

this very welcoming club.<br />

Thanks to Norman and the club members for inviting<br />

Sidecar Sadie and the Champagne Charlies to play<br />

and we hope we will see you again soon.<br />

Next up:<br />

Equinox Jazz Quintet, Terry Loane, Piano: Danny<br />

Silverstone, Sax: Greg Loops, Bass: James Lewis,<br />

Drums; Chris Lee, Tumpet. Tuesday 8th August at<br />

7.30pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club, 23 London<br />

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

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

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

The Magpie Centre<br />

Magpie Centre Gets Two New Ponies<br />

The Magpie Centre, home of West Norfolk Riding for<br />

the Disabled, has now acquired two new mounts,<br />

which will cut waiting lists and enable more people<br />

to ride and carriage drive at the Centre. Twiggy, a<br />

‘ride and drive’ piebald cob, was kindly donated by<br />

Crane Buildings, and Daphne, a grey Dartmoor pony,<br />

suitable for smaller riders, is on long term loan.<br />

Within a few days of arriving, Twiggy made her<br />

mark by excelling at the RDA Regional Dressage<br />

competition, ridden by Annabelle Glegg. They won<br />

their class with a score of just under 74%, and now<br />

look forward to representing West Norfolk RDA at the<br />

National Championships at Hartpury College, Glos on<br />

July 15/16.<br />

Said Annabelle, ‘I’d only ridden Twiggy a few times<br />

before the competition, but thought we’d give it a<br />

go, just for fun. She was a really good girl, and I was<br />

delighted with the result,’ she added.<br />

For a family day out at modest cost, July 29 what<br />

better than the Magpie<br />

Centre Open Day, 11.00 am<br />

to 3.00 pm at Wallington<br />

Hall, South Runcton, PE33<br />

0EP. Admission is £1 per<br />

person (under 5’s free), free<br />

parking, BBQ and refreshments available all day.<br />

This event aims to showcase the Centre’s activities,<br />

with equestrian demonstrations, carriage drives and<br />

children’s games. No dogs allowed at this event, so<br />

please leave your canine friends at home.<br />

For a bird’s eye view of ‘who we are and what we<br />

do’ at the Magpie Centre, you might like to view our<br />

new video, very generously made for us by the Team<br />

Lewis Foundation. Just visit www.rda-westnorfolk.<br />

org.uk and click on the About Us tab. Here, you can<br />

also explore opportunities for volunteering and/<br />

or become a Friend of Magpie for a small monthly<br />

donation. If you do not have internet access, just call<br />

the Centre on 01553 810202 for details.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

News Update<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Branch<br />

of the Royal British Legion is now<br />

registered to provide Branch Community Support<br />

(BCS). This means that we are able to offer advice<br />

and support to all beneficiaries (serving and former<br />

military personnel, their dependants and carers)<br />

including hospital and home visits and telephone<br />

contact. Contact should be made via the RBL Contact<br />

Centre on 0808 802 8080 or by e mail to info@<br />

britishlegion.org.uk.<br />

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Rotary<br />

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

President's Corner<br />

Hello. Our new President Rev.<br />

Ray Burman asked whether I'd<br />

like to write some of the Rotary <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

columns, so here goes!<br />

On 10th July we held our annual Golf Day at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Golf Club. This year marks the tenth anniversary of this<br />

event which so far has raised over £30,000 for local<br />

charities, the beneficiaries this year being Norfolk &<br />

Waveney Prostate Cancer Support, and Headway, the<br />

brain injury association. We are most grateful to our<br />

generous sponsors Key's Auctioneers and Valuers, to<br />

Tim Blyth from Key's (seen in the picture with Rotarian<br />

Keith Golden and feathery friend) for conducting the<br />

“Auction of Experiences”, and to Adrian Flux Insurance<br />

for their continued support.<br />

Our next major fund-raiser, the Visual Arts Festival, will<br />

take place in the Autumn. An Antiques & Collectables<br />

Valuation Day will be held on 21st October at the<br />

George Hotel, and the Art Exhibition itself is in the<br />

Assembly Rooms from 27th-29th October.<br />

As a fairly new Rotarian who does well to organise<br />

beans on toast, I've been impressed to see how the<br />

fund-raising projects are planned and executed, the<br />

members bringing their experience and expertise<br />

along the way.<br />

One of our President's main ambitions this year is<br />

to boost <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary membership. This would<br />

enable more projects to be organised to the benefit of<br />

the individuals and charities we support.<br />

I've found the fortnightly meetings to be very friendly<br />

occasions. Often, following a meal, there will be a<br />

speaker. Sometimes it may be a representative from<br />

one of the charities we support. Recently we've also<br />

had interesting talks from a mountaineer, a silversmith<br />

and a journalist as well as from our own members.<br />

If you would like to find out more about Rotary or to<br />

come along to a meeting and see what goes on you<br />

would be most welcome. Please contact our President<br />

through our website www.swaffhamrotary.org.uk<br />

Richard Skinner<br />

The Phoenix Singers<br />

Swing Into Summer<br />

On Saturday evening 8th July in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre the Phoenix Singers opened their<br />

programme with Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” which<br />

certainly lived up to the name. It was entertainment<br />

all the way, with a menu of swing music and amusing<br />

anecdotes performed with their usual flair and good<br />

harmony singing, under the baton of Musical Director<br />

Sue Gattuso. This concert was planned for enjoyment<br />

of singers and audience alike with the added bonus<br />

of a performance of “Summertime’” by Liz Starling<br />

their accompanist. The perfect weather and intimate<br />

atmosphere, in a beautifully decorated room,<br />

turned the event into an evening of pure delight.<br />

Refreshments during the interval and a superb<br />

raffle, to raise funds for a local charity, also added to<br />

the fun. Everyone left with a smile on their face.<br />

Of course an evening like this does not happen<br />

without a lot of preparation. In addition to weeks of<br />

rehearsals, members of the Phoenix Singers provided<br />

the refreshments, table decorations and many of the<br />

raffle prizes (our other main contributor being Saxon<br />

Agriculture). During the afternoon much hilarity<br />

occurred when putting up the bunting and tables to<br />

make sure the venue was just right for a Summer’s<br />

evening of light entertainment.<br />

The Phoenix Singers will be part of the Remembrance<br />

Service at the Parish Church in November, in the<br />

meantime they will be rehearsing for their next<br />

concert in December – make sure you don’t miss it!<br />

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 />

Two <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum volunteers were honoured<br />

by nominations from colleagues as community<br />

volunteer champions at the recent Royal Norfolk<br />

Show Tribute.<br />

Countywide 700 volunteers were congratulated by HM<br />

Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, The Lady Dannatt MBE,<br />

officials and visitors to the Show.<br />

Colin Mockett was nominated as a representative<br />

volunteer of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. The<br />

Service carries out home safety visits and delivers<br />

safety activities for schools under the “Crucial Crew”<br />

programme. Colin, for 30 years a retained/on-call<br />

firefighter in Hampshire, joined the NFRS six years ago<br />

when he retired to <strong>Swaffham</strong>. He has been a volunteer<br />

at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage for the same number of years.<br />

Sue Gattuso, volunteer manager of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

Museum and Lead of “Under the Buttercross 2023”<br />

represented all of the volunteers from the town and<br />

elsewhere who have taken part, and will be taking part,<br />

in the many events in <strong>Swaffham</strong> as part of the Historic<br />

England funded Cultural Consortium programme,<br />

amongst which were the creation of the tile mosaic<br />

commemmorating the work of Howard Carter, and this<br />

year’s Coronation Cream Tea Challenge when over 1300<br />

people sat down to a cream tea on the Marketplace.<br />

“Volunteers are always a necessary and highly prized<br />

part of any event.” Sue explained. “And their willingness<br />

to take part is overwhelming. Whatever their service<br />

may be, without their dedication the community could<br />

not thrive”<br />

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

There are still a few places left for our coach trip to<br />

the Sheringham ‘40s theme weekend on Sunday 17th<br />

September. If you are interested in going, contact<br />

our Membership Secretary, Stuart Clapton – contact<br />

details below. Tickets for Friends are £10, and for<br />

guests/others are £12.50.<br />

Later in the year on Friday 17th November we have<br />

a trip to the Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair. Tickets for<br />

this coach trip and entry are now on sale, Again,<br />

please contact Stuart if you would like to go. Tickets<br />

are £20 for Friends and £25 for guests/others; this<br />

includes the £5 entry fee. The deadline for booking<br />

for this event is the end of September. Payment for<br />

either event can be handed in at the Museum in an<br />

envelope please, marked for the attention of the<br />

Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage and, importantly, do<br />

include your details i.e. name, address, or phone<br />

number, or email address.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage trustees have invited the Town<br />

Councillors to a tour of the Museum at 5.30pm on<br />

Wednesday 27th September and hope that many of<br />

them can come along. The Town Council provides a<br />

grant to support the work of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage. The<br />

trustees are then inviting the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage to come along from 6 30pm on the same<br />

day, in recognition of the support of the Friends; all<br />

Friends are invited.<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 July 2023 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2208<br />

• £20 – no 2296<br />

• £10 – no 2253<br />

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

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

Heritage contact the Membership Secretary by<br />

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

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

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

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

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


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Borough Council of Lynn & W. Norfolk<br />

King's Lynn summer events programme announced<br />

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has<br />

announced its programme of King’s Lynn events for<br />

2023. Cllr Simon Ring, Cabinet Member for Tourism,<br />

Events and Marketing, said: "Events in King’s Lynn are<br />

always well supported by our residents. Despite the<br />

inclement weather over Coronation weekend many<br />

still came and enjoyed the activities in King’s Staithe<br />

Square. The aim of this schedule is to encourage<br />

people into King’s Lynn town centre to support our<br />

local retailers and hospitality businesses.”<br />

Events organised or supported by the borough council<br />

announced so far are:<br />

• Sunday 13th August: Mods and Rockers, Tuesday<br />

Market Place. Scooter and motorbike enthusiasts<br />

gather for a look back at these 60s subcultures.<br />

• Sunday 27th August: 90’s/00’s Day, Tuesday<br />

Market Place. Enjoy music from the 90’s and 00’s in<br />

the Tuesday Market Place.<br />

• Sunday 3rd September: The Mini Meet, Tuesday<br />

Market Place. The Tuesday Market Place fills with<br />

vintage and modern examples of this iconic car. Sign<br />

up now at west-norfolk.gov.uk/minimeet<br />

Sunday 10th September: Classic Car Day, Tuesday<br />

Market Place. This very popular event returns, as<br />

part of Heritage Open Day organised by King's Lynn<br />

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

classiccarday<br />

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

Action<br />

Along with the news that the hottest<br />

day ever recorded globally was July 3rd<br />

(average global temperature 17.01⁰C),<br />

countries are experiencing extreme weather<br />

conditions. This includes an intense heat dome in the<br />

Southern USA, heat waves in China and North Africa,<br />

flooding and landslides in Japan and torrential rain<br />

in Vermont. If you are interested in finding out more<br />

to<br />

and<br />

put in<br />

learning<br />

the money saved<br />

how<br />

can<br />

individual<br />

be a good incentive.<br />

and community action,<br />

such as our solar panel group purchase, can help then<br />

come along to one of our meetings. They are usually<br />

on the second Thursday of each month at 10am in<br />

the Methodist Church but there may be some visits<br />

coming up over the summer so best to check with us<br />

on the date and time of the next meeting. We warmly<br />

suggestions, welcome and anyone receive all with meeting an notes interest and information. in climate change<br />

and how we can all help to reduce our impact. Please<br />

get in touch with either Cathy Mumford on 01760<br />

721847 / 07799 642271, cathyjmumford@gmail.com<br />

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

dljdav@gmail.com.<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 />

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 />

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Fakenham Walking Rugby Group<br />

The Fakenham Walking Rugby Group are always on<br />

the look-out for more new members to join-in with<br />

this excellent team sport activity.<br />

Based at the Fakenham Rugby Club’s Stringer Ground,<br />

off Old Wells Road, on the edge of Fakenham town<br />

itself, the current group of members is drawn from<br />

across north and mid-Norfolk.<br />

Walking Rugby is a relatively new sporting activity - in<br />

a similar vein to both Walking Football and Walking<br />

Netball - and aims to attract, in the main, people who<br />

are in their forties or older, both men and women.<br />

Walking Rugby itself is a fun team-based game and<br />

it is a great way of introducing an element of lighthearted<br />

exercise into your weekly routine. However,<br />

it is a much less physical / less contact sport than<br />

its standard counterpart - with the main aim of<br />

participating, competing, and enjoying all the benefits<br />

of a team sport.<br />

It is attractive to both ex-players and those who are<br />

completely new to the game of rugby; being a much<br />

simpler version of the traditional game.<br />

Players do not need to have any specialist equipment<br />

to join-in; but they need to wear suitable clothing<br />

and footwear for playing on a natural<br />

grass pitch surface.<br />

Our Walking Rugby Group sessions take place on<br />

Wednesday evenings throughout the year at the<br />

Fakenham Rugby Club ground, arriving at 6.45pm for<br />

a 7pm start.<br />

Sessions last for an hour, beginning with a gentle<br />

warm-up before game- time.<br />

There is also a great social side to the Group, and the<br />

possibility of fixtures played against other Walking<br />

Rugby Groups.<br />

Please do come along and join us on a Wednesday<br />

night - your first ‘taster session’ will be free-of-charge.<br />

Contact the Organiser, Jeffrey Pearce, for any further<br />

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National Trust Felbrigg Hall<br />

One of the best examples of a Cabinet<br />

Room is conserved at Felbrigg Hall in<br />

Norfolk<br />

Restored to its former glory following a fiveyear<br />

conservation project, work in the Cabinet Room<br />

at the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk draws<br />

to a close with the re-dressing of one exceptional<br />

window. Situated at the end of an array of State<br />

Rooms that escalate in grandeur, restoration of the<br />

Cabinet has included the cleaning and re-instating of<br />

paintings, wall hangings, furniture and carpet. The<br />

ambitious project has culminated in the commission<br />

of replica silk damask curtains to match the original<br />

set, which were first introduced to the room around<br />

1830 by Felbrigg’s then owner, Admiral Windham.<br />

The room itself was originally the late 17th century<br />

Drawing Room, which was square and panelled,<br />

until the bay window was added in 1751. It was then<br />

that William Windham II transformed this space<br />

into a Cabinet to display pictures and objects he<br />

had collected on his European Grand Tour. In August<br />

2018, work began to restore the room to its former<br />

glory, today it is one of the last surviving and most<br />

complete Grand Tour Cabinets to be found anywhere<br />

in England.<br />

Senior Collections & House Manager, Louise Green,<br />

called upon an extensive list of specialists to help The<br />

National Trust complete this conservation project,<br />

with the re-dressing of the historic window overseen<br />

by Textile Historian, Annabel Westman. The three-bay<br />

window had lain bare for many years, only its original<br />

gilt cornice box and pelmet remaining.<br />

The National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall is open to visitors<br />

Saturday to Wednesday, increasing to seven days a<br />

week from 22nd July – 6th September, when you can<br />

see the fully restored Cabinet Room for yourself.<br />

In Touch With Your Town<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council have a new<br />

Clerk and Deputy Clerk<br />

Helen Carrier Town Clerk<br />

“I am really pleased to be working as<br />

your Town Clerk. I am a local person and<br />

have been visiting <strong>Swaffham</strong> with my family since<br />

I was a small child. I live in Denver, near Downham<br />

Market with my family and lots of animals. I have been<br />

a parish clerk for over 15 years and, having worked as<br />

Deputy Clerk in <strong>Swaffham</strong> for the last 18 months, feel<br />

ready to step up to the challenge of Town Clerk. We<br />

have a great team at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council both in<br />

the office and outside team and I am so pleased that<br />

Leanne has joined us as Deputy Clerk.”<br />

Leanne Jarrett Deputy Town Clerk<br />

“I have worked as a parish clerk for 13 years and am<br />

very excited about the new challenge at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council. My role includes looking after the<br />

cemetery, allotments, market and assets and open<br />

spaces. In my spare time I enjoy running and baking.”<br />

Town Noticeboard<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council have identified a need for a<br />

new noticeboard for Town Council meeting papers<br />

and news items. This will be placed at the memorial<br />

site in the centre of town. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

will use this to share news and information with the<br />

community. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council look forward<br />

to continually engaging in conversation with the<br />

community in the local area.<br />

Car Show<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are excited to bring the Classic<br />

Car Show and Family Fun Day back to <strong>Swaffham</strong> on<br />

Sunday 27th August. It is a popular event that the<br />

community are looking forward to. The event will<br />

have stalls, a car boot as well as many classic vehicles<br />

to view.<br />

Armed Forces Day<br />

On 19th June <strong>Swaffham</strong> raised the flag for the Armed<br />

Forces Day. Mayor Stewart Bell, Town Clerk Helen<br />

Carrier and Deputy Town Clerk Leanne Jarrett were<br />

present from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council.<br />

Playparks<br />

The Recreation Ground under 8’s play park is<br />

permanently closed due to vandalism.<br />

Orford Road play park has been a target once again<br />

for vandalism, this has been reported to the police.<br />

Grounds Team Update<br />

Ryan Folker, our newly appointed Grounds<br />

Maintenance Operative has passed his three-month<br />

probation period.<br />

Northwell Pool<br />

We have had complaints about vermin at Northwell<br />

Pool. Northwell Pool is an Anglian Water operational<br />

facility and is not a duck pond. We ask you not to feed<br />

the ducks as this encourages the vermin to occupy<br />

the area. If you have any enquires regarding this issue,<br />

please contact Anglian Water directly.<br />

Message from Stewart Bell<br />

“I had the privilege of attending the Blue Skies<br />

presentation at Hamonds High School. It was great<br />

to see the young community being supported. I am<br />

looking forward to attending many other events this<br />

month such as the Desert Rats memorial service and<br />

the RAF Mildenhall change of command event.”<br />

Save the date!<br />

• Food & Artisan Fayre – Sunday 13th August. An<br />

event held at the Assembly Rooms and Market Place<br />

celebrating handcrafted food.<br />

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

annual event planned for this year,<br />

applications are open on the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

Website. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor this<br />

event then please get in touch.<br />

Have your say!<br />

Did you know that all council meetings include a<br />

15-minute session set aside for public partcipation.<br />

This is your opportunity to put questions to your<br />

Councillors about things that matter to you and<br />

the town. Why not come along and see how your<br />

Councillors manage the councils’ affairs. Alternatively,<br />

you can watch and listen to the monthly Full Council<br />

meetings that are live streamed on Facebook @<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>towncouncil<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 />

<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 />

Mayor - Cllr. Stewart Bell<br />

bell@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Deputy Mayor - Cllr. Paul Darby<br />

darby@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Lindsay Beech<br />

beech@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Wendy Bensley<br />

bensley@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. David Braithwaite<br />

braithwaite@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Stephanie Cooper<br />

cooper@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr Graham Edwards<br />

edwards@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Caroline Ellerbeck<br />

ellerbeck@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Graham Eves<br />

eves@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Sarah Pickard<br />

pickard@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Leslie Scott<br />

scott@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Jill Skinner<br />

skinner@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. John Zielinski<br />

zielinski@cllr.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Officers:<br />

Helen Carrier – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Leanne Jarratt – Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Breckland District Council<br />

www.breckland.gov.uk<br />

01362 656 870. For all enquiries regarding: Planning,<br />

Refuse Bins, Housing, Recycling, Licensing & Benefits<br />

Your Breckland District Councillors:<br />

Cllr. David Wickerson<br />

david.wickerson@<br />

breckland.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Jacob Morton<br />

Jacob.Morton@<br />

breckland.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. Judy Anscombe<br />

Judy.Anscombe@<br />

breckland.gov.uk<br />

Cllr. William Nunn<br />

William.nunn.cllr@<br />

norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Highway issues<br />

Norfolk County Council – www.norfolk.gov.uk<br />

– 0344 800 8020<br />

- Highways issues - please give the location of the<br />

issue and a telephone number where further<br />

information can 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 />

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