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<strong>Sept</strong>ember 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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


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


Town's Food & Artisans'<br />

Fair a big hit with visitors<br />

Read all about the event in the article on page 5<br />

FOOD &<br />

Artisans’<br />

FAIR<br />


Swaffham<br />

& District<br />

Lions Club<br />

p.8<br />

Swaffham<br />

Rugby<br />

Club<br />

p.16<br />

Swaffham<br />

Town<br />

Council<br />

p.18<br />

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Contents<br />

3 WEA/Swaffham Sparklers/Iceni Antics<br />

4 Church News<br />

5 Swaffham Rotary/Cultural Consortium<br />

7 Swaffham Arts/Hospital/NarVOS<br />

8 Swaffham & District Lions/Merle Boddy<br />

9 Wissey u3a/Royal British Legion<br />

10 Swaffham History Group<br />

12 Ashill & Hale Garden Club/NGS Norfolk<br />

15 Local WI Groups<br />

13 Jazz Club/Friends of Swaffham Heritage<br />

14 The Magpie Centre/Authors, Books & Cakes<br />

16 Climate Action Group/Rugby Club<br />

18 Swaffham Town Council<br />


Swaffham WEA<br />

WEA has gone through several changes<br />

in the last couple of years, and some<br />

tutors have stopped being official WEA lecturers and<br />

now operate as guest lecturers. Mary Fewster will be<br />

returning to Swaffham Community Centre in <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

as a guest lecturer running a 3 week course, part 1 of<br />

“Health, Medicine and Social Care”, the development<br />

and practice of care through the centuries. We have<br />

booked her to carry on with part 2 in the spring term.<br />

Mary has taught several very interesting topics over the<br />

years, and we look <strong>for</strong>ward to this latest area of history.<br />

It is good to be feeling more relaxed about meeting in<br />

groups again, but in the meantime we have lost our<br />

Friday morning slot, so our courses will be running<br />

on Wednesday afternoon beginning on Wednesday<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember 20th from 2pm to 4pm. We will, of course,<br />

break <strong>for</strong> a cup of tea midway!<br />

The enrolment process has changed slightly, but you can<br />

still go online: wea.org.uk or phone: 0300 303 3464.<br />

Now we must enrol first, and they will ask <strong>for</strong> payment<br />

(£36) later. The course reference number is Q 00011225.<br />

Mary is a very popular lecturer, and we look <strong>for</strong>ward to<br />

seeing old friends and new faces <strong>for</strong> her latest course.<br />

Swaffham Sparklers<br />

Swaffham Sparklers annual coffee morning to support<br />

the MacMillan Cancer<br />

With the help of the local community and other Red Hat<br />

groups we raised over £700 last year <strong>for</strong> Macmillans.<br />

Swaffham Sparklers feel that this an important charity<br />

with many of us living with a cancer diagnosis or<br />

supporting someone in our family so it was decided that<br />

we would run the event to support the wonderful work<br />

done by Macmillan Cancer support in providing physical,<br />

emotional and financial support.<br />

Alongside the coffee morning there will tombola,<br />

jewellery, preloved clothes and more. This year's coffee<br />

morning will be held at Swaffham Conservative Club<br />

on Friday, 22nd <strong>Sept</strong>ember from 10am - 2 pm.<br />

All are welcome to come and support this wonderful<br />

charity. If you can’t make it to this coffee morning there<br />

will be others in and around Swaffham on different<br />

days and times.<br />

Sue Travis Co-Queen, Swaffham Sparklers<br />

Iceni Antics<br />

Since the start of 20<strong>23</strong> Iceni Partnership have<br />

been running the Swaffham Social Group (<strong>for</strong>merly<br />

known as Age Concern) once a month on a Tuesday<br />

afternoon at Swaffham Assembly Rooms.<br />

Activities organised so far have included an afternoon<br />

tea with therapeutic guinea pigs, illustrated talks and<br />

musical per<strong>for</strong>mances.<br />

In July the activity was a workshop with Sarah, who as<br />

well as working at Iceni, is also a trained florist. The<br />

workshop was making 'kokedama' balls - the Japanese<br />

equivilant of a hanging basket which consists of<br />

a plant that has its roots wrapped up in moss. Indoor<br />

'fittonia' plants were used, which should grow nicely<br />

in their new homes with a regular misting of water.<br />

There is still plenty more to look <strong>for</strong>ward to this year,<br />

with coach trips to Sheringham and Ely and a Theatre<br />

per<strong>for</strong>mance yet to come. If you would like to find out<br />

more about the group, contact us on 01760 722800.<br />

In August we were lucky enough to receive several<br />

boxes of store cupboard items from Swaffham Police.<br />

Pictured below is Beat Manager PC Justin Johnson<br />

with Iceni Partnership manager Claire Cotterill and<br />

our volunteer Charlotte.<br />

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If you would like to know more about what we do,<br />

visit our <strong>web</strong>site: www.swaffhamcommunityhub.<br />

co.uk. Alternatively, you can call us on 01760 722800<br />

or please feel free to pop into the office and see<br />

us in person. We are open between 9am and 4pm,<br />

Monday to Friday.

St Peter and St Paul, Swaffham<br />

Services <strong>for</strong> <strong>Sept</strong>ember 20<strong>23</strong> - All are Welcome<br />

Sunday 3rd<br />

9.30am<br />

6pm<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong<br />

Sunday 10th<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 17th<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung<br />

Eucharist joined by the people<br />

of Sporle<br />

Sunday 24th<br />

Harvest Thanksgiving weekend<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3pm Community Harvest<br />

Thanksgiving on The Campingland -if<br />

wet in the parish Church.<br />

Sunday 29th<br />

Michaelmass Day<br />

9.30am<br />

United Benefice Sung<br />

Eucharist joined by the<br />

people of Sporle<br />

Mid week service every Wednesday Morning - 10am<br />

Holy Communion (said)<br />

Saturdays Coffee and Cake 9.30am to 12noon<br />

The Church is open daily <strong>for</strong> Private Prayer and <strong>for</strong><br />

Visitors between 9am and 4pm<br />

The Swaffham Mothers Union Branch meets on the<br />

second Thursday of the month in the Baptist Church<br />

Room. There will be no meeting in <strong>Sept</strong>ember.<br />

Enquiries to Julia on 01760 720041.<br />

The Vicar The Revd Janet Allan retired on 21st July<br />

and we wish her and James well <strong>for</strong> the future. There<br />

follows a period of vacancy whilst a new parish priest<br />

is sought.<br />

Contact may be made via the <strong>web</strong>site: www.<br />

swaffhamparishchurch.org or 01760 725051.<br />

Swaffham Methodist Church<br />

• Fri 1st <strong>Sept</strong> 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

(Contact 01760 722611 <strong>for</strong> venue)<br />

• Sat 2nd <strong>Sept</strong> 9.30am. Church Morning with Home<br />

Baking Fundraising Stall. Please feel free to join us.<br />

• Sun 3rd <strong>Sept</strong> 10.45am. Morning Worship led by the<br />

Worship Leaders and followed by refreshments. All<br />

welcome.<br />

• Tues 5th <strong>Sept</strong> 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place Drop<br />

In. Free refreshments. Come along and meet new friends<br />

<strong>for</strong> a chat.<br />

• Fri 8th <strong>Sept</strong> 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Contact 01760<br />

722611 <strong>for</strong> venue.<br />

• Sat 9th <strong>Sept</strong> 9am-5pm. Swaffham Heritage Weekend.<br />

Church open with tea/coffee/biscuits. Come and have a<br />

look at our lovely old building, bring your children to see<br />

the mural, sit quietly or join others <strong>for</strong> a chat.<br />

• Sun 10th <strong>Sept</strong> 10.45am. Morning Worship, led by<br />

Rev Jacqui Horton and including the Celebration of Holy<br />

Communion. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

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

In. Feeling lonely? New to Swaffham? A warm welcome<br />

awaits you. Free refreshments.<br />

• Thurs 14th <strong>Sept</strong> 2.30pm. Swaffham Friendship Group<br />

reconvenes after the Summer break. Rev Jacqui is leading<br />

a’Guess the Object’ game. Refreshments served.<br />

• Fri <strong>Sept</strong> 15th 9.30. Power of Prayer. Contact 01760<br />

722611 <strong>for</strong> venue.<br />

• Sat <strong>Sept</strong> 16th 9.30-12noon. Coffee Morning organised<br />

by the Swaffham Players.<br />

• Sun 17th <strong>Sept</strong> 10.45am. Morning Worship led by the<br />

Worship Leaders. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 19th <strong>Sept</strong> 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place Drop<br />

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

• Fri 22nd <strong>Sept</strong> 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Contact<br />

01760722611 <strong>for</strong> venue.<br />

• Sat <strong>23</strong>rd <strong>Sept</strong> 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning<br />

organised by the Royal British Legion.<br />

• Tues 26th <strong>Sept</strong> 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place Drop<br />

In. Great atmosphere. Free refreshments. All welcome.<br />

• Thurs 28th <strong>Sept</strong> 2.30pm. Swaffham Friendship Group.<br />

Rosemary Nattriss talk entitled ‘A little bit of sweet stuff.’<br />

Refreshments served.<br />

• Fri 29th <strong>Sept</strong> 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Contact<br />

01760 722611 <strong>for</strong> venue.<br />

• Sat 30th <strong>Sept</strong> 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning<br />

organised by Swaffham Guides.<br />

If your organisation would like to hold a coffee morning<br />

using our premises please contact David on 07806<br />

435066. Still a few Saturday spaces left.<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, Swaffham PE37 7NP T: 01760 7<strong>23</strong>175<br />

@oasiscentreswaffham<br />

Rotary<br />

Swaffham<br />

President's Corner<br />

I have been volunteering with<br />

Rotary ever since I joined in<br />

1994 and although I originally joined <strong>for</strong> my own<br />

selfish reasons, it didn’t take me long to realise that<br />

I could make a difference to people less <strong>for</strong>tunate<br />

than myself by working with other members. The<br />

fulfillment I get out of Rotary is knowing I have done<br />

something to help improve someone else’s life.<br />

Also Rotary should be about having fun. Dr. Seuss<br />

said, “Fun is good” I mean, if Rotary isn’t fun, why<br />

would you turn up to meetings? Over the nearly<br />

thirty years I’ve been a Rotarian, I believe I have<br />

made a difference to our local and international<br />

communities, but the added bonus is I’ve had fun.<br />

Our world today is fast-paced, and it’s easy to <strong>for</strong>get<br />

how important it is to contribute to our community. If<br />

everyone in the world made an ef<strong>for</strong>t every day to<br />

have a positive impact on someone’s life, especially<br />

people they don’t know, the world would be a vastly<br />

better place. If you are interested in finding out<br />

more about Rotary then please contact me via our<br />

club <strong>web</strong>site www.swaffhamrotary.org.uk<br />

Reverend Ray Burman<br />

President Swaffham Rotary Club<br />

Open with a Welcome<br />

Saturday <strong>Sept</strong> 9 th<br />

9.00 am – 5.00 pm<br />

Sunday <strong>Sept</strong> 10 th<br />

12 noon – 4.00 pm<br />

There is a special Heritage service on Sunday<br />

10 th at 10.45 am to which anyone is welcome<br />

Swaffham Methodist Church<br />

Swaffham Cultural Consortium<br />

Swaffham and its neighbourhood and visitors came<br />

out in <strong>for</strong>ce <strong>for</strong> the Food and Artisans’ Fair on the<br />

Marketplace. With a wide selection of foods, drinks<br />

and the cooking theatre, as well as a superb display<br />

of craftmanship in the newly decorated Assembly<br />

Rooms, there was plenty <strong>for</strong> visitors to enjoy.<br />

A clanging bell constantly announced the arrival of a<br />

youngster (and adults) at the top of the climbing wall.<br />

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered,<br />

participated and attended.<br />

The event was organised by the Swaffham Cultural<br />

Consortium and funded by Historic England as part of<br />

the High Street/Historic Action Zone initiative.<br />

Please note and put in your diary<br />

The Consortium’s last Marketplace event <strong>for</strong> this year<br />

is the Harvest Horkey on 24th <strong>Sept</strong>ember, followed<br />

by a non-denomination Harvest Thanksgiving<br />

Gathering on Campingland.<br />

The Horkey – a tradition that goes back at least 100<br />

years is a funfair which will fill the Marketplace. There<br />

will be a small one off charge of £3 <strong>for</strong> unlimited rides<br />

and there will be both traditional and modern rides<br />

<strong>for</strong> all ages. Tickets can be bought at the museum in<br />

advance. The Horkey is from 11am to 3pm.<br />

Following the Horkey celebrate Harvest at a Gathering<br />

on Campingland. Bring your own picnic and chair<br />

– both can be left at the parish church under safe<br />

keeping during the Horkey.<br />

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NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly<br />

Rooms, 1 Market Place, Swaffham PE37<br />

7AB Wednesday 27 <strong>Sept</strong>ember 20<strong>23</strong><br />

at 7.30pm “W.H. Hudson: A Victorian<br />

naturalist with strong East Anglian connections”<br />

Conor Mark Jameson, an award-winning writer and<br />

naturalist will talk about the Victorian naturalist W.H.<br />

Hudson, following publication in August 20<strong>23</strong> of his<br />

book ‘Finding W. H. Hudson the Writer Who Came to<br />

Britain to Save the Birds’, the first biography to focus<br />

on Hudson’s role as a campaigner <strong>for</strong> nature and<br />

supporter of the women who founded the RSPB.<br />

Conor Jameson has written <strong>for</strong> the Guardian, BBC<br />

Wildlife, the Ecologist, New Statesman, Africa<br />

Geographic, NZ Wilderness, British Birds, Birdwatch<br />

and Birdwatching magazines and has been a<br />

scriptwriter <strong>for</strong> the BBC Natural History Unit. He is a<br />

columnist and feature writer <strong>for</strong> the RSPB magazine,<br />

Nature’s Home. He is the author of Silent Spring<br />

Revisited, Shrewdunnit and Looking <strong>for</strong> the Goshawk<br />

and has worked in conservation <strong>for</strong> over twenty years.<br />

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

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

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation contact Ian Black on 01760<br />

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

Presented<br />

by Julian<br />

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Thursday 14 <strong>Sept</strong>ember 3.00 ‐ 4.00 | THOUGHTS ON THURSDAYS<br />

Saturday <strong>23</strong> <strong>Sept</strong>ember 11.00 ‐ 3.00 | WALK AND TALK<br />

Thursday 12 October 3.00 ‐ 4.00 | THOUGHTS ON THURSDAYS<br />

Thursday 19 October 11.00 ‐ 12.30| MILITARY MEMOIRS . . . ‘BOY SERVICE’<br />

Saturday 28 October RETREAT ‐ FRAMES<br />

11.00 ‐ 3.00 | OF REFERENCE<br />

Saturday 11 November 2.30 ‐ 4.30 | YOGA TO STRETCH AND BREATHE<br />

Saturday 25 November 2.30 ‐ 5.30 | AUTUMN SING ‐ CASUAL CHOIR<br />

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Thursday 9 November 3.00 ‐ 4.00 | THOUGHTS ON THURSDAYS<br />

Friday 17 November 3.00 ‐ 4.30| CELTIC JOURNEYS ‐ SEASONS<br />

Sunday 10 December 2.30 ‐ 5.30 | CHRISTMAS PLAY READING<br />

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Swaffham Community Hospital<br />

Firstly a thank you to Swaffham Football club. Some<br />

years ago they ran what was known as the "Hospital<br />

Cup" competition. Through Covid etc. it did not run,<br />

but this year it has been rescued and the Friends have<br />

received a generous sum from the competition. Lets<br />

hope it runs again next year.<br />

As be<strong>for</strong>e with our fundraising activities being<br />

curtailed, I would ask again <strong>for</strong> your support with our<br />

home coin collections. Any loose change you can put<br />

aside over time is very welcome.<br />

A reminder of our next coffee morning at the church<br />

on Saturday morning the 21st October.<br />

As you are probably aware our main mission <strong>for</strong> the<br />

"Friends" is to provide those extras <strong>for</strong> the patients<br />

and staff, that the main NHS does not. One thing we<br />

find is that quite a few new patients come to Swaffham<br />

with virtually no personal items such as toiletries or<br />

even nightclothes. To help address this we work with<br />

the staff to ensure there is a small local supply of<br />

such items to give to those who need them. We also<br />

provide "treats" from time to time. In recent times<br />

we have provided "Activities" materials to help the<br />

patients fill in the day and keep them active mentally.<br />

Work continues in the gardens and we are pleased<br />

that the new plants in the front are now getting more<br />

established.<br />

If you are interested in knowing more of what we do,<br />

please give me a call on 07767 262108<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

Swaffham Arts<br />

We are looking <strong>for</strong>ward to the return visit of Eastern<br />

Ensemble, who will be giving a concert in the Church<br />

of St Peter and St Paul, Swaffham, on Saturday<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember <strong>23</strong>rd at 7.30 pm. We are so lucky to have<br />

such a beautiful venue <strong>for</strong> an orchestral concert; the<br />

acoustics are much appreciated by the musicians.<br />

The programme will consist of Mozart’s Symphony<br />

No. 40 in G K550, one of Mozart’s final works, dark<br />

and emotional; Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane, a<br />

piece that features harp and strings; Faure’s Masque<br />

et Bergamasque, light-hearted music; and Prokofiev’s<br />

Symphony No. 1 in D opus 25 “Classical”. The leader of<br />

the orchestra is Christine Rayfield, and the conductor<br />

is Philip Hesketh. The orchestra’s per<strong>for</strong>mances have<br />

been enjoyed wherever they play in the county.<br />

Tickets are on sale, priced at £15, from The Green<br />

Parrot, 01760 724704, and will be available on the<br />

door. This concert is part of Swaffham’s celebration<br />

as a Market Town with a vibrant social, commercial<br />

and artistic life. We are grateful to Swaffham Cultural<br />

Consortium and Historic England <strong>for</strong> their support <strong>for</strong><br />

this event.

Swaffham & District Lions Club<br />

In July 3 Lions (Lioness Branch club<br />

members) visited Essex to attend a Charter<br />

Anniversary Afternoon Tea put on by the<br />

Lions Lioness Club of East Anglia, and had a lovely tea,<br />

meeting up with many of our friends in the south of<br />

the District.<br />

On 6th August the Lions were out in <strong>for</strong>ce at the<br />

Wayland Show, manning the entry gates as we<br />

have done <strong>for</strong> many years now, and also giving out<br />

Children’s wristbands. These bands have the parent’s<br />

mobile phone number written on them, so if a child<br />

gets lost, the parent can be contacted straight away.<br />

The weather wasn’t too bad, only a quick downpour<br />

at about lunch time!<br />

Why do Lions choose to become Lions?<br />

By seeking to make a difference in the world, Lions<br />

create an even greater difference in themselves.<br />

There are various reasons why people choose to<br />

donate their time, often depending on where they<br />

are in their life journey.<br />

The choice to volunteer is, perhaps, seeking<br />

something new and rewarding. Someone who may be<br />

looking towards developing their future aspirations<br />

and personal fulfilment. Maybe you are one of those<br />

kinds of people. It’s in your personality and character<br />

and you are meant to be involved. Where there’s a<br />

need, there’s a Lion.<br />

We welcome your interest in Swaffham and District<br />

Lions Club and encourage you to contact us. For more<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation, please contact David on 01760 441260<br />

or adminlead@lions105ce.org.uk<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

The Merle Boddy Day Centre provides<br />

a warm and friendly Social Day Care<br />

Service <strong>for</strong> people living with dementia<br />

including mental health problems and physical<br />

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

We are pleased to report that we have two new<br />

members of staff, Rebecca and Bethany, who have<br />

joined our dedicated professional team at the centre<br />

looking after our lovely clients. This is timely, as we<br />

now have an increased number of clients.<br />

You might recall that we told you about Francesca,<br />

who was working towards her qualification at the<br />

University of East Anglia as an Occupational Therapist,<br />

and was coming to the centre <strong>for</strong> work experience.<br />

Fran has now finished the course and has started<br />

with us within the last few weeks. She has been<br />

employed at the centre as an occupational therapist/<br />

administrator. She is working 5 days a week, one of<br />

those days will be paid <strong>for</strong> by the UEA from <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

as we have applied to join a dementia study and we<br />

are pleased to say that we have been selected, Fran<br />

will be the contact. (Of course, our clients’ privacy<br />

and confidentiality will always be respected.)<br />

We currently are looking <strong>for</strong> people with business or<br />

charity experience to join our management board<br />

as we have recently lost some key board members.<br />

This may interest you if you are recently retired or<br />

work part-time and want be active in the community.<br />

It is purely voluntary work; the Merle Boddy Day<br />

Care Centre is run by the Swaffham and District<br />

Mental Health Association, a charitable not-<strong>for</strong>-profit<br />

company.<br />

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

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

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

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

our <strong>web</strong>site and clicking on Fundraising, where we<br />

have a link to JustGiving.<br />

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

@merleboddycentre – or see our <strong>web</strong>site - www.<br />

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

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

724527.<br />

Wissey u3a<br />

The speaker <strong>for</strong> our August meeting<br />

was Debbie Gill who gave an extremely interesting<br />

and in<strong>for</strong>mative talk on India and her family trade<br />

connections to the country. Originally from Glasgow it<br />

was in the early 19th century that a great grandfather<br />

went to Bombay and set up a successful sawmill<br />

business. At that time India was ruled by the East India<br />

Company, but dissatisfaction with company rule led<br />

to the Indian Rebellion in 1857 and was afterwards<br />

taken over by the British Raj. There was the plague in<br />

1896. It was in 1947 that India was partitioned into<br />

the Dominion of India and Dominion of Pakistan. With<br />

many photographs Debbie gave us a fascinating insight<br />

into life in India and her family history there.<br />

Our next meeting is on Thursday 7th <strong>Sept</strong>ember when<br />

the guest speaker will be Sarah Doig whose talk is<br />

entitled ‘Norwich at Work’.<br />

Our monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday<br />

of every month at the Pavilion in Holme Hale. New<br />

members are very welcome, and if you are interested<br />

in learning more about the u3a, the <strong>web</strong>site is www.<br />

wisseyu3a.co.org, or contact our Chairman, David<br />

Moncaster on 01760 724755 <strong>for</strong> further in<strong>for</strong>mation.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Swaffham Branch of the Royal British<br />

Legion will hold their meeting at 8pm<br />

at the Con Club on Tuesday 19th<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember. All are welcome to join us. It doesn’t matter<br />

if you’ve never served in the Armed Forces.<br />

Special Note To Veterans<br />

We would love to meet with you and hear your stories.<br />

We all need each other.<br />

Campingland PPG<br />

Campingland Patient Participation Group are pleased to<br />

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

<strong>for</strong>ward to assisting patients and the practice. We are<br />

currently planning more events. For more info contact :<br />

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

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Coffee Morning <strong>for</strong> East Anglian<br />

Air Ambulance<br />

Coffee & Cake Experience in the Garden<br />

Join Sharon and Gordon in their garden at 100 London<br />

Street, Swaffham <strong>for</strong> a morning of refreshments<br />

in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance on Friday 8th<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember from 10am - 1pm.<br />

Entry is £5 per person, which includes ether a sausage<br />

roll or shortbread, a slice of homemade cake and a<br />

tea, coffee or cold drink.<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation call 01760 725654. We look<br />

<strong>for</strong>ward to seeing you.<br />

watch repairs<br />

Swaffham<br />

Indoor Market<br />

Now back at Swaffham Assembly Rooms<br />

managed by<br />

crafts<br />

plants<br />

refreshments<br />

free parking<br />

Open every Friday * from 9am - 2pm at Swaffham Assembly Rooms<br />

*check the ‘what’s on’ page of our <strong>web</strong>site <strong>for</strong> details of roll-over Saturday markets<br />

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

local food<br />

bric a brac<br />

10<br />

Swaffham History Group<br />

Swaffham History Group, which normally meets on<br />

the second Monday of the month, now has a new<br />

Chairperson, Monika Rieger-Ridd. Monika, a long<br />

standing member of the group, succeeds Barry Ellis.<br />

Barry continues to look after the Group’s archives. In<br />

addition, Pete Coombes remains as Financial Controller,<br />

and Gerry Brown continues as the Group Secretary.<br />

The Group usually meets at 2pm in the museum learning<br />

room. Anyone can join and there is no subscription. Our<br />

chief interest is the history of Swaffham and surrounding<br />

district; some of us undertake research of the rich history<br />

of Swaffham, its buildings and people, while others<br />

come along just to hear about it. We also have invited<br />

speakers to present interesting, locally related, historical<br />

topics, and have outings to places of historic interest<br />

in the region. If that sounds like something that would<br />

interest you, please feel free to drop in <strong>for</strong> a ‘taster’.<br />

Many of you will be aware of the current Historic Action<br />

Zone initiative that started in 2022 with the Carter 22<br />

theme, and is continuing this year with the theme of<br />

‘Under the Eye of the Buttercross’. As part of the latter,<br />

the History Group were commissioned by the Swaffham<br />

Cultural Consortium to undertake detailed research of<br />

the Town’s historic Market Place, taking in the three sides<br />

of Market Place plus the Shambles. This will include the<br />

history of the various premises, their uses and different<br />

owners, not <strong>for</strong>getting some of the characters and<br />

families who played a role in the businesses. On 12th<br />

June, the History Group held an event in the Assembly<br />

Rooms called ‘Mapping the Market Place’, to which<br />

members of the public were invited to come along and<br />

help us fill in some of the gaps in our understanding<br />

of what shops and businesses stood where and who<br />

some of the memorable characters were. It was quite a<br />

success, with not only current local residents dropping<br />

in, but also people who had grown up in Swaffham and<br />

the surrounding district and then moved away; we had<br />

a visit from someone from Hert<strong>for</strong>dshire who recounted<br />

her childhood in Swaffham.<br />

Our research is now concluded, and Barry Ellis has done<br />

a phenomenal job in pulling everything together. Part of<br />

the commission was to produce an illustrated written<br />

account. After some discussion in the Group, it was<br />

agreed that we will produce a series of booklets, block<br />

by block, of Market Place. How many will depend on the<br />

final editing of the material, but the aim is to have these in<br />

the museum shop in early spring next year. The booklets<br />

will include ‘then and now’ photos, with old and new<br />

maps, as well as historic details, timelines and accounts,<br />

and stories related by those who we interviewed. It is<br />

also the aim to have an interactive presentation on the<br />

Swaffham Cultural Consortium’s <strong>web</strong>site using some of<br />

the material. Details will be available on the SCC <strong>web</strong>site<br />


The National Garden Scheme<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember and there is still plenty of colour<br />

in the garden<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember is upon us already but there is still plenty<br />

of colour in the garden. The two gardens opening <strong>for</strong><br />

the National Garden Scheme this month are a joy and<br />

not to be missed. At High House, Shipdham you will<br />

find a delightful plantsman’s garden, with traditional<br />

shrub borders and orchard. There is an exciting mix of<br />

exotic and tropical at Waldemar Avenue and garden<br />

owner Sonja feels that “To make a garden is to believe<br />

in tomorrow”. Both gardens will have inexpensive<br />

plants <strong>for</strong> sale.<br />

Sunday 3rd <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

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

6TB. 10-5 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas.<br />

A surprising and large suburban garden with different<br />

areas which include a mix of exotic and tropical plants<br />

combined with unusual perennials. There is a quirky<br />

palm-thatched Tiki hut, a treehouse draped in plants<br />

and a wildlife pond with rare plants.<br />

Sunday 10th <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

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

IP25 7PU. 12-5 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas.<br />

Opening <strong>for</strong> twenty years <strong>for</strong> the National Garden<br />

Scheme. A Well-developed plantsman's garden in<br />

3 acres with colour themed herbaceous borders, an<br />

extensive range of perennials & shrubs. box edged<br />

rose and shrub borders, large vegetable garden.<br />

If you have a garden you wish to share and would like<br />

to open your garden <strong>for</strong> the National Garden Scheme<br />

please contact fiona.black@ngs.org.uk<br />

Be<strong>for</strong>e visiting a garden visitors are advised to check<br />

the <strong>web</strong>site ngs.org.uk <strong>for</strong> up-to-date in<strong>for</strong>mation.<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

How to Grow & Care <strong>for</strong> Hostas<br />

Our July meeting was all about Hostas. Our speaker<br />

was Ken Abel who came from East Suffolk to enlighten<br />

us on how to grow and care <strong>for</strong> our Hostas. Ken is a<br />

prize winning grower of Hostas and Pelargoniums and<br />

gave a well illustrated talk on all the different aspects<br />

of growing Hostas. Hostas are widely cultivated<br />

herbaceous perennial shade-tolerant foliage plants that<br />

are native to northeast Asia (e.g. China, Japan, Korea)<br />

and was named in honour of the Austrian botanist<br />

Nicholas Host.<br />

Ken discussed how to care <strong>for</strong> hostas, and the advantages<br />

and downsides of growing in pots, as opposed to<br />

planting directly in the ground. If grown in pots it is<br />

important to give a nitrogen feed to get best results. It<br />

is best to let the leaves die naturally over winter rather<br />

than cutting them off as they wilt. Common pests of<br />

hostas are snails and slugs, the snail usually eats from<br />

the middle of the leaf, while slugs will start from the<br />

edge. A good remedy to deter slugs is to spray with a<br />

garlic infused solution, which can be made by boiling up<br />

a full globe of garlic cloves in water and straining off. Ken<br />

finished his talk by going through many of the different<br />

types of hostas you can grow in your garden, with a<br />

surprising number of options available.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

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

Annual Fruit & Vegetable Show, with 11 classes of entries<br />

covering all fruit and vegetables and also homemade<br />

Jam. In addition there will be a brief AGM followed by a<br />

Gardeners’ Question Time panel, where<br />

4 experts will answer members gardening queries. The<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember meeting (<strong>Sept</strong> 28th) will be presented by<br />

Kathy Gray on The Diversity of British Gardens, which<br />

will include a discussion on plant heritage. Monthly<br />

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

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

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

come along.<br />

Swaffham Jazz Club<br />

Un<strong>for</strong>tunately, I missed our July session featuring Jazz<br />

Signs, so I cannot give an account of the evening, but<br />

Norman tells me that we had a full house and the<br />

band were excellent!<br />

For our August session we welcomed another great<br />

band, Equinox, with Terry Loane — piano, Danny<br />

Silverstone — sax, Greg Loops — bass, James Lewis —<br />

drums and guest Chris Lee — trumpet and flugelhorn.<br />

They have a great jazz feel and I enjoyed all the solos<br />

from everyone. I will single out just one, James’<br />

splendid drum solo towards the end, in a number<br />

called Saint Thomas. At one point he put down his<br />

sticks and played drums and cymbals with his hands.<br />

It was a per<strong>for</strong>mance of a virtuoso.<br />

I took the opportunity during the interval to interview<br />

trumpeter Chris. He told me he was born and brought<br />

up in Cheltenham. In his early teens he played the<br />

bugle in a local Church Lads Brigade band. When<br />

he was 16 he heard a record of the brilliant modern<br />

jazz alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and was ‘blown<br />

away’ so he bought a trumpet and taught himself<br />

to play jazz. His favourite players were Miles Davis,<br />

Chet Baker and Clark Terry. In his early 20’s he joined<br />

a funk band, ‘Pigbag’ which had a single (Papa’s Got a<br />

Brand New Pigbag) that went to number three in the<br />

charts and they appeared on ‘Top of the Pops’. Chris<br />

went on a world tour with the band and he still gets<br />

royalties <strong>for</strong> their recordings.<br />

However, the band split over becoming more of a jazz<br />

band or staying as a pop group. As a result , when he<br />

was 25 he moved to London where he made a living<br />

as a session player, at one point playing with ‘The<br />

Police’.<br />

After 35 years in London, Chris and his wife decided<br />

to move to Norfolk and settled in a small village near<br />

Acle. They like the open spaces and walking their two<br />

dogs in the countryside and on the beach.<br />

He is a serious chess player and played <strong>for</strong> a chess<br />

club in London and now plays mostly online.<br />

Next up: Melody Brooker and her Quartet. Tuesday<br />

12 <strong>Sept</strong>ember at 7.30 am. Swaffham Conservative<br />

Club. <strong>23</strong> London Street PE37 7DD. £10 cash on the<br />

door. More in<strong>for</strong>mation from Norman 01760 72<strong>23</strong>84<br />

or Geoff 01366 328730.<br />

Friends of Swaffham Heritage<br />

We are looking <strong>for</strong>ward to our coach trip to the<br />

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

<strong>Sept</strong>ember. If you are interested in going, there may<br />

still be places available, so contact our Membership<br />

Secretary, Stuart Clapton – contact details below.<br />

Tickets <strong>for</strong> Friends are £10, and <strong>for</strong> guests/others<br />

are £12.50.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

<strong>for</strong> booking <strong>for</strong> this event is the end of <strong>Sept</strong>ember.<br />

Payment <strong>for</strong> the Christmas Fair event can also be<br />

handed in at the Museum in an envelope please,<br />

marked <strong>for</strong> the attention of the Friends of Swaffham<br />

Heritage and, importantly, do include your details<br />

ie name and address, or phone number, or email<br />

address. If you do hand it in at the museum, please<br />

do so at least a week be<strong>for</strong>e the end of <strong>Sept</strong>ember.<br />

Swaffham Heritage trustees have invited the Town<br />

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

Wednesday 27th <strong>Sept</strong>ember and hope that many of<br />

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

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

trustees are then inviting the Friends of Swaffham<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 so mark your diary or calendar!<br />

100 Club<br />

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

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

Heritage exclusively <strong>for</strong> its members.<br />

Winners <strong>for</strong> August 20<strong>23</strong> were:<br />

• £40 – no 2265<br />

• £20 – no 2227<br />

• £10 – no 2220<br />

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

Emails and letters will shortly be going out to remind<br />

members of the 100 Club to re-subscribe as our<br />

draw year commences in October and runs until<br />

next <strong>Sept</strong>ember (don’t ask me why!) New numbers<br />

starting <strong>23</strong>…. will then be issued. If you are not already<br />

a member of the 100 Club, you can apply to join.<br />

For further in<strong>for</strong>mation about the Friends of Swaffham<br />

Heritage contact the Membership Secretary by<br />

email stuartclapton@aol.com, or see our <strong>web</strong>page,<br />

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

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

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

12<br />


The Magpie Centre<br />

Magpie Centre Open Day Is A Huge Success<br />

A West Norfolk charity’s Open Day, making a return<br />

post-Covid, netted welcome donations <strong>for</strong> two<br />

charities. The Magpie Centre, home of West Norfolk<br />

Riding <strong>for</strong> the Disabled Association, at Wallington<br />

Hall, hosted an exciting day <strong>for</strong> the local community<br />

on Saturday July 29, which raised a total of £1890 <strong>for</strong><br />

the Centre. The day included a host of equestrian<br />

demonstrations, including an introduction to side<br />

saddle riding <strong>for</strong> Yard Manager Natalie Dade, an<br />

equine physiotherapy session, an Equine Assisted<br />

Learning Therapy lesson, and a sample lesson <strong>for</strong> a<br />

group of RDA riders, to showcase the Centre’s work.<br />

In addition, the event gave an opportunity <strong>for</strong> the<br />

Norfolk Writers’ Exchange, a group of creative writers,<br />

to present donations of £350 each to the Magpie<br />

Centre, and to West Norfolk Deaf Association. The<br />

Norfolk Writers’ Exchange published an anthology of<br />

poems and short prose entitled ‘Changing Tides’ and,<br />

having covered publication costs, divided the profits<br />

between the two charities.<br />

Said ‘Changing Tides’ editor, Tim Cashmore, ‘The<br />

Norfolk Writers’ Exchange are thrilled that our<br />

creative endeavours have been able to raise funds<br />

<strong>for</strong> two worthy local charities, as well as supporting<br />

Biddles, a local printer, and giving enjoyment to the<br />

readers of our anthology.’<br />

There is no doubt that the donations were much<br />

appreciated. Anna Pugh, Manager, West Norfolk Deaf<br />

Association, explained how their cash would be used:<br />

‘We always need money <strong>for</strong> our Children and Family<br />

Services, including our Baby Sensory Group. Up to<br />

90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents,<br />

and those families need support in managing their<br />

expectations and enabling their children to attain<br />

their full potential,’ she said.<br />

The Magpie Centre cash has been earmarked <strong>for</strong> a<br />

project which helps Young Carers. Said West Norfolk<br />

RDA Chairwoman Mrs Bee Ford: ‘This will enable us<br />

to run our hugely popular sessions <strong>for</strong> Young Carers<br />

this summer. We didn’t manage to secure a grant this<br />

year, but with the generosity of people via JustGiving,<br />

and this donation from the Norfolk Writers’ Exchange,<br />

we have been able to run the sessions’.<br />

Swaffham Walking Group<br />

Swaffham 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 />

Swaffham 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 in<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

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

Lathwell on 07486 901 948.<br />

Swaffham Speed Watch<br />

Fed up with speeding traffic?<br />

Swaffham 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 Swaffham a safer,<br />

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

Watch at swaffhamcsw@gmail.com<br />

Authors, Books and Cakes<br />

Afternoon Tea with an Author at Swaffham<br />

Assembly Rooms<br />

Next events will be on:<br />

• Sunday 10th <strong>Sept</strong>ember - Louise Doughty <strong>for</strong><br />

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

Plat<strong>for</strong>m Seven.<br />

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

Lynn Night Shelter, widely acclaimed historical<br />

fiction author.<br />

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

Walker <strong>for</strong> 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 Swaffham 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 <strong>for</strong> 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 />

On 8th August our we went on<br />

our annual WI Mystery Tour. This<br />

is arranged <strong>for</strong> WI members plus<br />

friends and this year we had a very unusual coach<br />

outing, starting at The Goat Shed Farm Shop and<br />

Café at Honingham. After this very pleasant coffee<br />

and cake break, we carried on to the How Hill Field<br />

Study Centre by the River Ant near Ludham. There<br />

we were given a fascinating talk and slide show about<br />

the Wherry Boat, Hathor, which we later walked<br />

down to see. Hathor belonged to the Colman family<br />

of mustard fame and the interior is decorated with<br />

Egyptian hieroglyphs. After lunch we explored the<br />

beautiful and extensive How Hill grounds, including<br />

going on board Hathor and also visiting the Toad Hole<br />

Cottage Museum.<br />

Our final stopping point on our way back home, was<br />

Alby Barn and Craft Centre just south of Cromer,<br />

where we enjoyed tea as well as seeing the craft<br />

shops. Many thanks to Beth, who organised this highly<br />

enjoyable and interesting trip <strong>for</strong> us. This month we<br />

have also had our annual President's Tea Party.<br />

Next Meetings:<br />

• Tues 12th <strong>Sept</strong> - our speaker is Sarah Bunn, BREAK<br />

Fundraising Manager;<br />

• Tues 10th Oct - our speaker is Joan Hocking - Mezzo<br />

Soprano.<br />

If anyone would like more in<strong>for</strong>mation, please contact<br />

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

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

Swaffham WI<br />

Our August Meeting on Wednesday<br />

2nd at 2.30pm was a celebration of<br />

Swafham W.I.’s 48th Birthday. We were<br />

all warmly greeted by our President and introduced to<br />

three new ladies who we hope will be joining us. The<br />

President then gave out small gifts and cards to three<br />

of our members who had birthdays in the month. We<br />

were pleased to hear that she and Janet had survived<br />

and thoroughly enjoyed<br />

their Gliding day which<br />

had been arranged <strong>for</strong><br />

any daring WI members.<br />

A short business meeting<br />

followed which included<br />

details of those going on<br />

the two outings organised<br />

<strong>for</strong> <strong>Sept</strong>ember, the visit to<br />

WI Federation Office Open Day which includes a walking<br />

Treasure Hunt around Norwich and a visit to South<br />

Pickenham Vineyard later in the month. Fifty metres<br />

of brightly coloured<br />

bunting adorned the<br />

hall, made by one of<br />

our members. The<br />

tables were decorated<br />

with bright baskets of<br />

flowers and the many<br />

varied plates of food,<br />

which were provided by the members, made <strong>for</strong> an<br />

extremely cheery atmosphere.<br />

We were entertained by “Three’s Company" who<br />

per<strong>for</strong>med a production of “Tea <strong>for</strong> Two” a variety of<br />

poems and prose the focus being on Spring, Summer,<br />

Autumn and Winter which was very entertaining and<br />

provided many laughs and joy <strong>for</strong> us all. The President<br />

thanked the per<strong>for</strong>mers on behalf of the members.<br />

A birthday cake specially decorated completed the<br />

celebrations and a good time of fellowship and was<br />

enjoyed by everyone. Boards were available be<strong>for</strong>e<br />

and after the meeting to sign up <strong>for</strong> future outings and<br />

events:-<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 />

The next Ten Pin Bowling Session will be on 20 th<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember.<br />

Knit and natter will not be held in August due to the<br />

holiday season.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6 th <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. The speaker will<br />

be Cheryl Cade and the subject will be “Cheesy Chats”<br />

together with Cheese tasting.<br />

Should you wish <strong>for</strong> any more in<strong>for</strong>mation please<br />

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

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

14<br />


Swaffham Climate Action<br />

Action<br />

Everyone is welcome to our regular<br />

monthly meetings, usually on the second<br />

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

Methodist Church, alternating between<br />

business style meetings and engaging talks and<br />

discussions on climate change and environmental<br />

issues. Details of talks will be posted on our Facebook<br />

page, Swaffham Climate Action Group, please follow<br />

us and share posts with your friends! If you have an<br />

interest in climate change and the environment do<br />

come along and join us, we hope to find ways that our<br />

community can collectively have a positive impact.<br />

Please get in touch with either Cathy Mum<strong>for</strong>d on<br />

01760 721847 / 07799 642271, cathyjmum<strong>for</strong>d@<br />

gmail.com or David Jones on 01760 722468 / 07806<br />

435066, dljdav@gmail.com to check on meeting<br />

dates and times.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<strong>for</strong>mat 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 Mum<strong>for</strong>d on 01760 721847,<br />

cathyjmum<strong>for</strong>d@gmail.com or David Jones on 01760 722468 / 07806 435066,<br />

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

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

suggestions, and receive all meeting notes and in<strong>for</strong>mation.<br />

Swaffham Players<br />

This Autumn a bunch of Swaffham Players amateurs<br />

will be per<strong>for</strong>ming in “A Bunch of Amateurs" a<br />

play written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. This<br />

established writing partnership, well known <strong>for</strong><br />

the satirical show "Spitting Image”, have created a<br />

masterly and <strong>for</strong> us, an accurate observation of what<br />

it is like to be the member of an amateur dramatics<br />

group. The message contained in this hilarious, but<br />

respectful, observation of amateur dramatics has<br />

created with us a new enthusiasm to continue the<br />

hobby that we get so much pleasure from.<br />

Swaffham Rugby Club<br />

Swaffham RUFC are planning to celebrate the start of<br />

the 20<strong>23</strong>/24 season with a Family Fun and Volunteer<br />

Engagement Day on the 2nd <strong>Sept</strong>ember at North<br />

Pickenham Road.<br />

Having been promoted to Eastern Counties Division<br />

One North at the end of last season, our Senior players<br />

have been preparing in Thursday training sessions<br />

since mid July. Our popular Touch Union sessions<br />

have continued on Tuesdays throughout the summer,<br />

and by the time you read this, our Youth section will<br />

be back in action on Wednesday and Sunday. Our<br />

Mini’s section will restart on Sunday 24 th <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

at 11am.<br />

In addition to grass roots rugby in Swaffham, we<br />

are looking <strong>for</strong>ward to the Rugby World Cup which<br />

starts in France on Friday 8th <strong>Sept</strong>ember, with the<br />

final on Saturday 28th October. Most members will<br />

be supporting England, and all will be cheering on<br />

England’s No 15 Freddie Steward, who started playing<br />

at Swaffham.<br />

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The discipline of a busy rehearsal schedule becomes a<br />

joy when characters come alive and there is so much<br />

laughter! We look <strong>for</strong>ward to sharing this with you so<br />

make date in your diary – Friday and Saturday, 20th<br />

and 21st October.<br />

This bunch of amateurs is looking <strong>for</strong>ward to sharing<br />

“A Bunch of Amateurs” with its community.<br />

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There aren’t many towns in England who can claim<br />

association with a player in a national team, whatever<br />

the sport! Come on Swaffham, support Freddie and<br />

England!<br />

All are welcome to come along to North Pickenham<br />

Road on Saturday 2nd. We are planning a President’s<br />

Game, demonstrations of Touch Union, rugby<br />

themed activities <strong>for</strong> younger visitors, bouncy castles,<br />

barbecue and our bar will be open too!<br />

We are a Family Friendly Community Club run by<br />

volunteers – we welcome to our club new players in<br />

all sections and anyone who would like to get involved<br />

both on or off the pitch.<br />

Come along on Saturday 2nd and get a taste of what<br />

we do. Entry is FREE.<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

Bus Shelters<br />

Swaffham town have new bus<br />

shelters with real-time in<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

screens and environmentally friendly<br />

grass roofing. The advanced eco-bus<br />

shelters are replacing older bus stop shelters based<br />

in the town centre and are part of Norfolk County<br />

Council's Bus Service Improvement Plan and are the<br />

first shelters featuring these advanced digital and<br />

eco-designed features in Norfolk.<br />

throughout the day. It was a great event with a positive<br />

atmosphere. It was wonderful to see the community<br />

enjoying this free day of fun.<br />

This summer make sure you know how to be dog<br />

safe. The Dogs Trust are providing free dog safety<br />

masterclasses <strong>for</strong> parents and caregivers which<br />

you can access on The Dogs Trust Education and<br />

Community team Eventbrite.<br />

Swaffham Town Council have received numerous<br />

complaints about dog fouling in the town and are<br />

in the process of placing new signs across the town.<br />

Your dog has done their duty so now it is time to do<br />

yours, bag it and bin it!<br />

Swaffham 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 />

Vandalism update on bus shelters<br />

Swaffham Town Council have been in<strong>for</strong>med of<br />

vandalism on the new bus shelters. This is very<br />

disappointing. The Police have been in<strong>for</strong>med and<br />

the Crime Prevention Officer at the Borough Council<br />

of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will be reviewing<br />

CCTV from the area.<br />

Grass cutting update<br />

The external contractors are in the process of cutting<br />

the grass areas in Swaffham. Swaffham Town Council<br />

are inviting tendors <strong>for</strong> future grounds maintenance<br />

to ensure that grass is cut in a timely manner during<br />

the next grass cutting season.<br />

Artisans & Food Fayre<br />

On 13th August Swaffham Cultural Consortium held an<br />

Artisan and Food Fayre in the town centre. The event<br />

hosted a variety of stalls, food and entertainment<br />

Save the date!<br />

Afternoon tea with authors – Sunday 10th <strong>Sept</strong>ember.<br />

Author Louise Doughty <strong>for</strong> Norfolk Hospice at the<br />

Assembly Rooms.<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 Swaffham Town Council<br />

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

Town Council Committee<br />

meeting dates - SEPTEMBER 20<strong>23</strong><br />

• Wednesday 13th 6:30pm Full Council<br />

• Monday 18th 6.30pm Market & Tourism<br />

• Tuesday 26th 11am Planning & Built Environment<br />

• Wednesday 27th 1pm Assets & Open Spaces<br />

Did you know...all council meetings include a 15 minute session<br />

set aside <strong>for</strong> 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 />

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 />

in<strong>for</strong>mation 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 <strong>web</strong>site and search <strong>for</strong><br />

Highways or Street Lights to report your concerns.<br />

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