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October 2023<br />

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


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


Town bids fond farewell<br />

to Family Action's Clare<br />

Read all about Clare's time at the charity on p.12/13<br />

"Countless people have benefited from her<br />

support, kindness and compassion"<br />

"She is an inspiration to us all with her passion<br />

and commitment"<br />

"Clare has always made time to listen and<br />

guide with humour and kindness."<br />

"She will be a hard act to follow and<br />

will be greatly missed"<br />

"The passion and professionalism that<br />

underpins her work is an inspiration."<br />


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

Heritage<br />

Action<br />

Zone<br />

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

Rotary<br />

Club<br />

p.14<br />

Wissey<br />

u3a<br />

p.21<br />

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Contents<br />

3 Lions/High St Heritage Action Zone<br />

4 Church News<br />

5 Local WI Groups<br />

7 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts/Hospital/NarVOS<br />

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

9 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players/National Heritage<br />

12 Farewell to Clare Peak<br />

14 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary/Silver Swans<br />

17 Climate Group/Community Hospital<br />

18 NGS/Ashill & Hale Garden Club<br />

20 Jazz Club/The Magpie Centre<br />

21 History Group/Wissey u3a<br />

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

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

On bank holiday weekend the Branch<br />

Club Lionesses were at the Classic Car<br />

Show on the <strong>Swaffham</strong> recreation ground,<br />

selling programmes at the gates and also running<br />

our own Tombola and Bric-a-brac stall. Everyone<br />

enjoyed a lovely sunny day until about 1.30 when a<br />

thunderstorm and torrential rain put paid to it!<br />

Our next fund-raising event will take place on Sunday<br />

24th September when we will be holding an Afternoon<br />

Tea for Macmillan Cancer Support at Lioness Karen’s<br />

home.<br />

A Lions' social event is planned for the 8th October<br />

when we will be paying a visit to the Old Hall in King’s<br />

Lynn, followed by Sunday lunch at Wenn’s.<br />

On Saturday 28th October our Lions Zone will be<br />

hosting a Social Evening at Great Dunham Village Hall<br />

from 7pm-10pm, with a Beetle Drive and Hot Supper.<br />

This is open to anyone, cost £7 per person. Please call<br />

01760 336296 to book.<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> High Street<br />

Heritage Action Zone<br />

It has been an exciting and busy summer period for the<br />

High Street Heritage Action Zone project (HSHAZ). The<br />

building works have been continuing and there have<br />

been successful events taking place on the Market Place.<br />

The HSHAZ work to the front façade of the Assembly<br />

Rooms is now complete – it is looking fantastic and the<br />

building has had the Regency Room's roof repaired,<br />

render repairs and new breathable paint applied which<br />

will allow the building to remain in a good state of<br />

repair. The smaller scale repairs were also completed<br />

to Jewellery Unique which were also completed using<br />

traditional materials. The main new project are the<br />

heritage shopfronts to Tutankhamun’s and Mr Chips.<br />

The shopfronts are a reconstruction based on the<br />

original photographs with Tutankhamun’s being based<br />

on an original International Stores shop front which was<br />

a chain store which used to occupy the building. The<br />

photographs show the original shop front and the new<br />

design to be started in October.<br />

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20's Plenty For Us Campaign<br />

Community Speed Watch<br />

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

appreciate the benefits to all by<br />

slowing the traffic down, do consider<br />

joining our Speed Watch Group. To<br />

receive a Norfolk Constabulary application<br />

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

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

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

20's Plenty For Us Campaign<br />

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

Monday 3 October at the Assembly Rooms to discuss the<br />

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

to 20mph.<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

The campaign has now received full backing from<br />

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

Colman, Norfolk County Councillor for <strong>Swaffham</strong>. He says:<br />

"I am fully supportive of trialling the 20mph speed limit<br />

across the whole of <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The 20's Plenty For Us<br />

group in <strong>Swaffham</strong> has worked hard to pull together a very<br />

compelling case for a trial period of at least six months to<br />

see if the 20mph speed limit can improve the safety of<br />

roads throughout the town for pedestrians, cyclists and<br />

motorists. It is clear that there is strong local support for<br />

the campaign and Norfolk County Council is now working<br />

on how this is taken forward, and will announce further<br />

details shortly on the timescale and work required between<br />

now and potential implementation."<br />

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

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New bus shelters with real time information and green<br />

roofs were also installed over the summer with support<br />

from the High Street Heritage Action Zone and Norfolk<br />

County Council. They will help support green transport<br />

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

There was a successful heritage craft fair and food<br />

festival which took place on the 13th August and please<br />

look out for the Harvest Horkey on the 29th September<br />

– this Harvest Fair has been taking place in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

for over 100 years. These events run by the Cultural<br />

Consortium are playing a vital role in enlivening the<br />

centre of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

If you own or lease a historic property around the<br />

Market Place 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 />


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

Services for October 2023<br />

Sunday 1 st October<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6pm Evensong<br />

Sunday 8th October<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 15th October<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

joined by the people of Sporle.<br />

Sunday 22nd October<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 29th October<br />

9.30am United Benefice<br />

Sung Eucharist joined by the<br />

people of Sporle.<br />

3.30pm All Souls Service<br />

An opportunity for those journeying through<br />

bereavement to come together to remember in<br />

prayer before God their departed loved ones.<br />

Mid week service every Wednesday Morning<br />

10am Holy Communion (said)<br />

Saturdays Coffee and Cake<br />

9.30am to 12noon<br />

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

visitors between 9am and 4pm<br />

Choir Practice on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to<br />

8.15pm - meets in Church. New voices welcome.<br />

A Bible Study Group meets – on Wednesday 4th<br />

October at 2.30pm at 15 Wroxham Avenue. New<br />

members welcome.<br />

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

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

Room 9.30am for 10am. All welcome. On 12th<br />

October the Speaker is Phil Jesson on Modern Day<br />

Slavery. Phil volunteers for the “Unseen Organisation”<br />

This is an open meeting – all welcome. Enquiries to<br />

Julia on 01760 720041. New members welcome.<br />

Contact may be made via email: swaffhamchurch@<br />

gmail.com or 01760 725051<br />

Weddings at Church<br />

Are you interested in having a wedding at church in<br />

2023,24 or 25? <strong>Swaffham</strong> Church is a beautiful setting<br />

for your special day. Not only is it a Grade 1 listed<br />

building but it has an excellent choir, outstanding<br />

bells and is the perfect venue for your special day.<br />

If you are interested in booking a wedding please<br />

contact:- adrian.bell4@uwclub.net or 01760<br />

627039. Also if you are interested in being married<br />

at St Mary's Church Sporle please contact me as well.<br />

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

• Sun 1st October 10.45am HARVEST FESTIVAL and<br />


Jacqui Horton.<br />

• Tues 3rd October 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In.<br />

• Fri 6th October 9.30am-10am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Phone 01760 722611 for details.<br />

• Sat 7th October 9.30am-12noon. Church Coffee<br />

Morning and Stall selling Books and Jigsaws.<br />

• Sun 8th October 10.45am. Morning Worship led<br />

by Quentin Stephen. Refreshments served.<br />

• Tues 10th October 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. All welcome.<br />

• Thurs 12th October 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group. Speaker Quentin Stephen.<br />

• Fri 13th October 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Contact 01760 722611 for details.<br />

• Sat 14th October 9.30am-12noon. Coffee<br />

Morning organised by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Scouts.<br />

• Sun 15th October 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

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

• Tues 17th October 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. Free refreshments. Friendly<br />

atmosphere. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 20th October 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Contact 01760 722611 for details.<br />

• Sat 21st October 9.30am-12noon. Coffee<br />

Morning organised by the Hospital League of<br />

Friends.<br />

• Sun 22nd October 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by Deacon Jen Woodfin. Refreshments served.<br />

• Tues 24th October 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. Everyone welcome.<br />

• Thurs 26th October 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group. Sharing our memories of growing up. Free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Fri 27th October 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Please<br />

phone 01760722611 for details.<br />

• Sat 28th October 9.30am-12noon. Coffee<br />

Morning organised by TOSH am dram group.<br />

• Sun 29th October 10.45am. Big Sunday. Led by<br />

Rev Jacqui.<br />

• Tues 31st October 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. All 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 />

Pickenham's WI<br />

Our speaker at our September<br />

meeting was Sarah Bunn, Break<br />

Fundraising Manager, who explained<br />

that the purpose of Break is to improve life for<br />

vulnerable young people. The organisation started in<br />

East Anglia in 1968 and provided holidays for children<br />

with disabilities. Now care is provided all the way<br />

through their lives, when and where it is needed, as<br />

sometimes the cycle continues. Norfolk, Suffolk and<br />

Cambridgeshire are now covered by Break. Care is most<br />

often for children aged 8-13 and everything possible<br />

is done to help the young person, with community<br />

support, activity breaks and therapeutic services.<br />

Projects include 'Staying close, staying connected' as<br />

well as providing care and support. Financial support<br />

is much appreciated; every £1 donated saves £2 in<br />

social care. There is a Coffee Break van that goes<br />

along to events. Sarah has worked for Break for over<br />

20 years and is fully committed to the need to ensure<br />

that no young person is left on their own; Break will<br />

provide the care when it is made aware of a problem.<br />

Following a tea break, we held our meeting and<br />

welcomed two new members. Our President, Carol,<br />

gave us a resume of the summer, including our very<br />

successful Mystery Tour to How Hill. Plans are now<br />

underway for our forthcoming events, including the<br />

Annual Norfolk Federation Meeting on 13th October.<br />

Next Meeting: Tuesday 10th October - our speaker is<br />

Joan Hocking - Mezzo Soprano.<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 />

<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> WI<br />

Our meeting, on Wednesday 6th<br />

September commenced at 2.30pm<br />

with a warm welcome given by our<br />

President to the speaker for the afternoon Cheryl Cade<br />

a Somelier who gave a presentation about Cheese<br />

Tasting. We experienced blind tasting and cheese<br />

served on different types of crackers to explain how the<br />

taste can be enhanced. Norfolk Goats Cheese and local<br />

Blue Cheese were included and we learnt many useful<br />

tips on storage and quantity required when preparing<br />

a cheese board. It was a very entertaining presentation<br />

and several questions followed. A thank you was given<br />

by one of the members at the end of his presentation.<br />

Before our business meeting the President gave out<br />

the sad news of the passing of Eileen Lawrence one of<br />

our long time members. A minutes silence was held in<br />

memory of Eileen who will be deeply missed.<br />

Three ladies were celebrating their birthdays in<br />

September and each were given a card and a small gift.<br />

Three other ladies joined us as visitors and we hope<br />

they enjoyed the afternoon.<br />

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

sign up for future outings and events.<br />

The outing to South Pickenham Vineyard is taking place<br />

on Wednesday 13th September and a good number will<br />

be attending.<br />

The next Ten Pin Bowling session will be on Wednesday<br />

20th September meeting at the Theatre Street car park.<br />

Knit and Natter meeting for September wll be on<br />

Monday 25th September 2pm.<br />

The Pentney Autumn Lunch is on Monday 23rd October.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th October at<br />

2.30pm in the Community Centre the speaker will be<br />

David Jones and the subject Hidden Histories. We will<br />

also be holding a Craft Sale consisting of items made by<br />

members.<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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NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly Rooms,<br />

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

Wednesday 25 October 2023 at 7.30pm<br />

“Geology of the Breckland”<br />

Tim Pankhurst is the Regional Conservation Manager at<br />

Plantlife International which is at the heart of a worldwide<br />

network that is spearheading the<br />

race to save wild flowers, plants<br />

and fungi. We need wild plants and<br />

fungi to survive. Unfortunately, both<br />

wild flowers and pollinators are<br />

disappearing rapidly. The Breckland<br />

heath and woodland form a unique<br />

and richly diverse ecosystem<br />

providing habitats for the notable species of birds and<br />

fauna which are special to this area of East Anglia.<br />

Tim’s role in applying threatened plant conservation<br />

programmes here in East Anglia is critically dependent on<br />

understanding the Breckland Geology which underpins<br />

this outstanding landscape and supports the intriguing<br />

Breckland Flora. Tim’s presentation gives us a perfect<br />

opportunity to understand how we might support our<br />

environment and what makes Breckland special.<br />

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

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

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

www.narvos.org.uk<br />

Hope<br />

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Sunday<br />

15 th October<br />

11am - 12 noon<br />

A café style service<br />

Coffee + donuts from 10.30am<br />

‘JAM’ for school age children<br />

Meet people – Make friends<br />

Hear how Jesus changes + helps lives<br />

Contemporary music<br />

Healing prayer available<br />

Festive North Yorkshire<br />

Festive North Yorkshire<br />

Monday Monday 18 th December 18 th December – Friday 22 – Friday nd December 22 nd 2023 December 2023<br />

Four Four nights nights Dinner Dinner Bed & Breakfast Bed & Breakfast at The Royal at Whitby The Royal Hotel Whitby Hotel<br />

Holiday Holiday Highlights Highlights<br />


• HISTORIC<br />

• FESTIVE<br />






Price £394.00 (based on two sharing)<br />

Price £394.00 (based on two sharing)<br />

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

By the time you are reading this our trip to the<br />

Sheringham 1940s weekend will have taken place;<br />

all the places were taken and everyone was looking<br />

forward to a great outing.<br />

We have now fully booked the Ely Cathedral<br />

Christmas Market and<br />

are looking forward to<br />

that in late November.<br />

The Friends of<br />

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

committee have now<br />

started to plan for<br />

trips and events next<br />

year, so keep an eye<br />

out for notices in the<br />

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

and on the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage website.<br />

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

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

Wednesday 27th September as the Town Council<br />

provides a grant to support the work of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage. The trustees also invited the Friends of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage to come along from 6.30pm on<br />

the same day, in recognition of the support of the<br />

Friends; we hope that the visit was enjoyed by all.<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 September 2023 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2296<br />

• £20 – no 2220<br />

• £10 – no 2207<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 resubscribe as our draw<br />

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

September. New numbers starting 23…. will then be<br />

issued. If you are not already a member of the 100<br />

Club, you can apply to join. It’s £20 for the year, for a<br />

chance to win one of the monthly prizes of £40, £20<br />

and £10, and a twice a year the chance to win £100!<br />

You also have the satisfaction of knowing that your<br />

subscription helps the work of our museum, even if<br />

you don’t win.<br />

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

Heritage and the 100 Club contact the Membership<br />

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

webpage, on the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage website https://<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk/support-us#friendsof-<br />

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

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

A Bunch Of Amateurs – Rehearsals In Full Swing<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Players are busy rehearsing their latest comedic<br />

offering “A Bunch of Amateurs”, written by Ian Hislop and<br />

Nick Newman.<br />

The play recounts the problems encountered by a<br />

struggling amateur theatre group who decide to stage<br />

a production of “King Lear”. They are joined in this<br />

endeavour by fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson<br />

Steele, who they have recruited in a desperate attempt to<br />

save their theatre, a converted barn, which is under threat<br />

due to lack of council funding. Their guest star is under<br />

the impression that he is playing the role at Stratford<br />

upon Avon with the RSC, instead of which he is joining a<br />

cast of amateur actors in the village of Stratford St John<br />

in Suffolk. This proves to be a great blow to his greatly<br />

inflated ego which along with further misunderstandings<br />

ensure that rehearsals rarely run smoothly.<br />

This extremely cleverly written and well observed play<br />

should provide its audience with a funny, uplifting and<br />

enjoyable evening out.<br />

Performances- October 20th/21st at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conservative Club 7.30pm Tickets available from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club and The Market Cross Café<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place. £10 each.<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

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The National Trust<br />

New National Trust Book Looks Behind the Doors<br />

Of 60 Buildings, Spanning 900 Years of History<br />

The National Trust cares for over 10,000<br />

historic buildings, more than 300 of which are open to<br />

the public. They span 900 years of architectural design.<br />

From an Italianate Palace built to display fine art at<br />

Ickworth to an atomic testing site on the Suffolk coast,<br />

they span a myriad of designs, styles and purposes.<br />

Popular TV presenter, architect and life member of<br />

the National Trust, George Clarke has written the<br />

introduction. While previous books about National Trust<br />

properties tended to focus on their historic owners and<br />

the collections they acquired, this new book puts the<br />

buildings themselves firmly in the spotlight.<br />

Packed with fascinating information about architectural<br />

periods, styles and influences, it also provides fresh<br />

insights into the work of the UK’s ground-breaking<br />

historic architects and the people who commissioned<br />

them. The book concludes with a detailed glossary of<br />

architectural terms that will help readers understand<br />

National Trust places in more depth and detail than ever<br />

before.<br />

Buildings are vast and intimate, and they speak of<br />

wealth, poverty and human endeavour. They showcase<br />

the richly varied regional building styles, materials and<br />

techniques found across England, Wales and Northern<br />

Ireland, and embody skills, traditions and knowledge<br />

passed down through generations.<br />

They are also a record of changing ways of life, social<br />

division and political and religious struggles. Buildings<br />

such as Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk show the lengths to<br />

which people went to hide their religious beliefs during<br />

the Reformation.<br />

Oxburgh Hall<br />

Oxburgh Hall, in Norfolk, is a high-status house typical<br />

of the Tudor period, with a spectacular gatehouse,<br />

handsome brick-built exterior and surrounding moat.<br />

The bold choice of brick as the principal material<br />

at Oxburgh is a grand architectural statement,<br />

demonstrating the status and self-confidence on the<br />

part of the Bedingfield family, who built the hall in 1482.<br />

Followers of Catholicism faced a very precarious time<br />

during the English Reformation and had to go to great,<br />

and potentially claustrophobic lengths, to hide their<br />

faith. The priest’s hole at Oxburgh is a rare surviving<br />

example of one of these places of sanctuary.

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

Ukraine Independence Day celebration 'a feast of<br />

vibrant colour'<br />

Please find attached photos from yesterday's<br />

celebration of Ukraine Independence Day: around<br />

150 people came to enjoy the activities and<br />

entertainments on offer.<br />

The event heard from the Mayor, Cllr Margaret<br />

Wilkinson, Leader, Cllr Terry Parish, and the council's<br />

Cabinet Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing,<br />

Cllr Simon Ring. They spoke of the good relations<br />

between the people of west Norfolk and the Ukrainian<br />

community, and their hope that the people of Ukraine<br />

would once again enjoy the ability to celebrate with<br />

a true feeling of freedom. A number of other cabinet<br />

members and councillors attended in support.<br />

Manor Farm Medical Centre PPG<br />

Manor Farm Medical Centre PPG first met in November<br />

2022 and although we have elected our Chair, Treasurer<br />

and Minute Secretary our progress has been quite<br />

slow during the 11 months since our inception. We do<br />

have a core group of six enthusiastic members none<br />

of whom have previous experience of membership of<br />

a PPG. We have therefore had to rely on the guidance<br />

of the Manor Farm Medical Centre Practice Manager<br />

who represents the Practice at our meetings. Earlier<br />

this year a new Practice Manager, Sara Briggs, joined<br />

Manor Farm and with her previous experience of<br />

working with PPGs has been able to guide us in<br />

understanding the role of PPGs Campingland PPG have<br />

also been helpful in giving advice as to our function.<br />

Our principle aims as a PPG are quite simple, they<br />

are to:<br />

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

meet and discuss topics of mutual interest<br />

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

involved and to make suggestions about the healthcare<br />

service offered<br />

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

contributing to action plans and help monitor<br />

improvements.<br />

Hopefully you will have seen our notice board in the<br />

main waiting area where we will soon be displaying our<br />

Constitution and Terms of Reference. We also hope<br />

to display some photos of our members to enable<br />

patients to recognise us.<br />

Our Group have offered to help at flu vaccination<br />

clinics when required hopefully you will see us there.<br />

Unfortunately there has been some problems setting<br />

up a group email address, however until this can be<br />

resolved we are contactable via manorfarmreception@<br />

nhs.net attention of Sara Briggs.<br />

Last year we received<br />

over 62,000 alarm<br />

calls, and 97% of them<br />

were answered within<br />

60 seconds.<br />

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Martin Chisholm, Assistant Director: Operations and<br />

Commercial, said: “This was the second time we have<br />

celebrated Ukraine Independence Day in west Norfolk<br />

and what a celebration it was! In an event jointly<br />

organised by the council and the local Ukrainian<br />

community, there was music, poetry and dancing,<br />

crafts and a feast of vibrant colour. We also used the<br />

opportunity to showcase King’s Lynn’s historic trading<br />

links with northern Europe. It was a privilege to work<br />

with some of our refugees to stage the event and I am<br />

delighted that so many people came along to enjoy<br />

themselves. The atmosphere was fantastic.”<br />

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Campingland PPG<br />

Campingland Patient Participation Group are pleased to<br />

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

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

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

anewmeir1@sky.com or 07887 516565

Farewell Clare - <strong>Swaffham</strong> is going to miss you!<br />

After over 20 years working for Family Action here in <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

Clare Peak retired from the charity at the end of September.<br />

We wish Clare all the best and hope she gets some well earned rest!<br />

Q & A with Clare Peak<br />

Q: Tell us, Clare, about your first day at Family<br />

Action in <strong>Swaffham</strong>?<br />

A: It was 4th September 2002. At that time Family<br />

Action was known as the Family Welfare Association<br />

and was based in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cottage Hospital. My<br />

first role was as a Family Support Co-ordinator<br />

within the WellFamily service in a small team<br />

consisting of Gill, Linda, myself and our manager<br />

Gerry. I am proud to say that the WellFamily Service,<br />

which began in 1998, is still supporting <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

families to this day. I was so nervous as I had just<br />

qualified as a Social Worker but I was made to feel<br />

very welcome. I hadn’t heard of the Family Welfare<br />

Association before but when I saw the job and<br />

asked my dad about it (he worked for NCH at the<br />

time) about it he said the charity did ‘old-fashioned,<br />

community-based social work’ and this really<br />

appealed to me. Family Action has always focused<br />

on developing services to help and support people in<br />

their own communities and making a difference to<br />

their lives. From the earliest days I knew I wanted to<br />

be a part of that.<br />

Q: What are some of the highlights of your time<br />

with Family Action?<br />

A: I have had so many highlights with Family Action<br />

that I will need to pick just a few.<br />

The first which comes to mind was when I was part<br />

of a group from Family Action who accompanied<br />

children and their families to Downing Street to<br />

present a Child Poverty Action Group petition to<br />

the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. We went through the<br />

famous gates into Downing Street and the children<br />

presented the petition to Tony Blair himself. He then<br />

invited all of us into number 10 and I didn’t have<br />

to be asked twice! It was such an unexpected and<br />

exciting honour. We then took the children on the<br />

London Eye and it was just an amazing day for all<br />

involved. The family from Norfolk had never been<br />

on a train to London before and it was all a great<br />

adventure.<br />

I was nominated by Family Action to attend a Royal<br />

Garden Party at Buckingham Palace at which HM the<br />

Queen was present. I went with other Family Action<br />

colleagues including Emmanuel Kode and it was a<br />

very special occassion. I was lucky enough to also be<br />

invited to another Garden Party at Sandringham.<br />

In 2019, our Escape Allotment Project, based in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, was invited to participate in the Family<br />

Action garden at the Chelsea Flower Show which<br />

went on to win a gold medal. A group of our staff,<br />

volunteers, students and service users helped to<br />

prepare the garden and they had a wonderful day<br />

and a unique experience.<br />

The Escape Allotment Project went on to design and<br />

build a show garden at the RHS Tatton Park Flower<br />

show last year and won a silver gilt and just this<br />

year designed and built a garden at the inaugural<br />

‘Sandringham in Bloom’ event. Also based at<br />

Escape, another highlight was seeing the first cohort<br />

of students completing and getting their certificates<br />

for the Level 2, City & Guilds Certificate in Practical<br />

Horticulture Skills including some students with<br />

additional needs. For some attending this was the<br />

first qualification they had ever achieved.<br />

The growth of our Neurodiversity Support Services,<br />

which work with families in Norfolk and Waveney<br />

and in West Suffolk, has been another great<br />

achievement. Finding new ways to engage with and<br />

support families and develop this service during the<br />

Covid crisis and period of lockdown was particularly<br />

challenging and I am proud of the job we did.<br />

I am also immensely proud of the number of<br />

volunteers in many of our services for whom<br />

volunteering eventually led to paid employment<br />

within Family Action.<br />

Q: And what makes you proud outside of work?<br />

A: First and foremost, my family. My husband and I<br />

have four children and six grandchildren ranging in<br />

age from 2 to 16 years. I am immensely proud of each<br />

of my children. Our eldest son is a Police Sergeant,<br />

the next is a Paramedic, the next son toured the<br />

world as a professional dancer and is now settled<br />

down as an Estate Agent and my daughter, also in<br />

the Police force, played rugby for England Women<br />

Under 21 team for two seasons. Most importantly<br />

though they are all good people with good values.<br />

When I look back, I am also very pleased and proud<br />

that I managed to successfully return to education<br />

while also raising a family. This was only possibly<br />

because of the love and support of family, friends<br />

and my wonderful husband.<br />

Q: What piece of advice would you give to teenage<br />

Clare?<br />

A: Be true to yourself and worry less about what<br />

people think.<br />

Q: What are you planning for your retirement?<br />

I will continue to volunteer for King’s Lynn Child<br />

Contact Centre which is a truly worthy cause and I<br />

am considering further volunteering opportunities.<br />

I sing (I use the term loosely!) in a community choir<br />

so will continue with this. I have no doubt there will<br />

be plenty of childcare and I hope lots of coffee with<br />

old and new friends.<br />

I am moving house which will keep me occupied for<br />

quite a while and I am also starting the Level 2 C&G<br />

Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills at ESCAPE<br />

the week after I retire!<br />

I was fortunate enough some years ago to be<br />

funded by Norfolk County Council (and supported by<br />

Family Action) to complete a Post Qualifying Degree<br />

in Children and Families and a Post Graduate<br />

Certificate in Practice Education so I hope to continue<br />

as a Practice Educator.<br />

Q: If you were Prime Minister for a day, name<br />

three things you would do?<br />

A: 1. Insist that my government embraces and<br />

reflects Family Action’s values and behaviours!<br />

2: Raise taxes and invest in services for the benefit<br />

of all.<br />

3: Ensure that the most vulnerable in society are at<br />

the heart of government thinking.<br />

Q: What would you like to say to friends/<br />

colleagues/service users who may be reading<br />

this?<br />

A: Just a simple, ‘Thank you’ - Thank you for the<br />

support you have given me over the past 21 years.<br />

• Thank you to Family Action colleagues who I do<br />

not meet every day but without whom I could not<br />

have done my job, in areas such as HR, IT, Finance<br />

and Fundraising.<br />

• Thank you to my line manager Julie for all her<br />

support and for always making me feel valued.<br />

• Thank you to the people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and beyond<br />

who have used our services.<br />

• Thank you to the Market Cross and Costa in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> for fortifying me with skinny lattes!<br />

• Thank you to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre and<br />

Iceni Partnership who are the most thoughtful and<br />

attentive landlords.<br />

• Thank you to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council who have<br />

always been so supportive.<br />

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Silver Swans<br />

Have you heard of Silver Swans?<br />

In 2017, the Royal Academy of Dance started ballet<br />

classes for the over-55s. With Covid, these also moved<br />

online and now classes are taught all over the world,<br />

in the comfort of your own home! Sarah joined Janet<br />

Lomas School of Dancing online in 2022, after classes<br />

at Dizzie’s Dance Studio in <strong>Swaffham</strong> closed.<br />

The RAD will be holding a Silver Swans Gala Day on<br />

1st October, and Janet Lomas School was one of<br />

10 picked to make a video to be shown on the day.<br />

Sarah’s teacher, Johanna, has edited together footage<br />

from her many students, from Canada, USA, France,<br />

Germany, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and even<br />

on a narrowboat! Sarah filmed her section at the<br />

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

Rotary<br />

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

President's Corner<br />

Having driven past the base<br />

very many times, I was eager to<br />

accept an invitation to visit RAF Marham in company<br />

with twenty or so fellow <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotarians and<br />

guests. After passing security we were briefed by<br />

Warrant Officer Mo Howard MBE on the history of<br />

the base, and how it operated.<br />


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Angela Rippon is the Silver Swans’ Ambassador, so<br />

she will be closely followed and supported by her<br />

Swans on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Queen<br />

Camilla is also an enthusiastic Silver Swan!<br />

Silver Swans is open to all, you don’t have to have any<br />

previous experience or dance training. It’s a beautiful<br />

way to exercise and be part of the ballet world, it’s<br />

never too late to shine!<br />

The Janet Lomas School of Dancing’s online classes<br />

have been featured on ITV Tonight’s ‘How to Age<br />

Well’ with Martin Kemp., Woman’s Weekly, Breathe<br />

Magazine and RAD@Home. If you’d like more<br />

information about online Silver Swans classes, please<br />

visit: www.janetlomasdance.co.uk.<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

I hadn't realised that it had been an airfield as long<br />

ago as 1916, when aircraft were deployed to head<br />

off Zeppelin airships. Things really geared up though<br />

in the Second World War when Wellington bombers<br />

flew from Marham. Since then Vulcans and Tornadoes<br />

have taken off there, though now it is home to the<br />

F35 Lightning, a state- of-the-art fighting aircraft.<br />

After a visit to the Heritage Centre, RAF Marham's<br />

fascinating museum, we boarded a bus and toured<br />

the station, learning about the workplaces and lives<br />

of the RAF Squadrons based there as well as the many<br />

civilians employed on the base.<br />

It was a memorable day, and many thanks to WO Mo<br />

Howard MBE and the other officers and staff we met<br />

who took time out to show us around on the other<br />

side of the fence.<br />

Local resident and haulage business owner Scott<br />

Stones has regularly been driving a truck to the<br />

Ukraine loaded with essentials to help with the relief<br />

effort there. We are very pleased that Scott is now a<br />

member of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Club. We look forward<br />

to offering him all the assistance we can to aid further<br />

such trips.<br />

In the meantime we are busy organising our 'Antiques<br />

& Collectables Valuation Day' on October 21st at the<br />

George Hotel, and 'Art Exhibition' 27th - 29th October<br />

at the Assembly Rooms, which together form the<br />

'<strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary Visual Arts Festival'. For further<br />

details please visit www.swaffhamrotary.org.uk.<br />

Richard Skinner<br />




Is it valuable? What's it worth?<br />

What's it's history?<br />

All items will be accepted from furniture,<br />

jewellery, china through to toys and comics etc.<br />

Three experts from Keys Auctioneers will give<br />

their verdicts at <strong>Swaffham</strong>'s "Antiques Roadshow".<br />

Bring it all to the Pedlar's Suite, The George Hotel,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> on Sat 21st October 9:30am to 4PM.<br />

Event sponsored by<br />

£2 per item; £5 for 3<br />


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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Climate &<br />

Environment Group<br />

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

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

You may have noticed the new title?<br />

We have decided to change the name<br />

of the group from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Climate Action<br />

to better reflect our interests. Initally the focus was<br />

entirely on climate change but this has expanded to<br />

include many environmental issues and these are all<br />

interconnected. We look forward to launching a new<br />

logo to put in very the money soon. saved At the can be August a good incentive. meeting we welcomed<br />

Kevin Holland from The Solar Shed who gave some<br />

interesting answers to our varied questions on all<br />

aspects of renewables.<br />

Tip of the month – reduce your food waste<br />

8 – 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are<br />

estimated to come from food waste. A large<br />

proportion suggestions, and is receive wasted all meeting before notes it and gets information. to the shops but<br />

there are still many ways we can help to reduce waste,<br />

you probably do some already as it makes sense and<br />

saves money too:<br />

• Check your fridge and cupboards before you go<br />

shopping and make a list<br />

• Try to plan your meals for the week ahead<br />

• Don’t buy more than you need<br />

• Store food in the fridge if it will deteriorate at<br />

ambient temperatures<br />

• Freeze any leftover food to eat another time, or use<br />

in future cooking. Frozen<br />

vegetables can easily be<br />

used later to make tasty<br />

soups, curries, risottos<br />

and stir fries, and fruits<br />

used in delicious cakes<br />

and desserts.<br />

• When eating out or getting a takeaway only order<br />

what you will be able to eat<br />

Come and join us<br />

Everyone is welcome to our regular monthly<br />

meetings, usually on the second Thursday of each<br />

month at 10am in the Methodist Church, alternating<br />

between business style meetings and engaging talks<br />

and discussions on climate change and environmental<br />

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

page, <strong>Swaffham</strong> 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 Mumford on<br />

01760 721847 / 07799 642271, cathyjmumford@<br />

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

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

dates and times as they can vary.<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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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Hospital<br />

Writing this at the time of our Sept mini heat wave. Lots<br />

of extra watering at the Hospital gardens and a special<br />

delivery of ice creams and lollies for the patients and<br />

staff. A special mention again for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Football<br />

Club. They kindly run what is known as the Hospital<br />

Cup competition and I was grateful to attend the<br />

Club to receive a generous cheque from them. This<br />

competition seems to date back to the very early<br />

1900s. I personally do not know the history of this<br />

but would like to find out more. Do any of you know<br />

about the early history. Perhaps a past relative/family<br />

member may have had a connection. Any info would<br />

be welcome.<br />

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

Methodist Church on Saturday 21st October. Please<br />

come and see us to enjoy some home made goodies.<br />

On Saturday 25th November the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

Club are organising a Charity Fair in the Assembly<br />

rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. All charities are welcome and we<br />

will have a stall. As well it is possible that the "Friends"<br />

will be invited to run the refreshment stall, and if so<br />

we will provide all the items and any profit made will<br />

come to the Friends Charity.<br />

AS in the past, another plug for our Coin collection<br />

Scheme. Please keep putting your small change away<br />

and it can either be collected or dropped off at Hospital<br />

Reception.<br />

A mention of what we do for patients arriving in<br />

Hospital. Sometimes they turn up with only the<br />

clothes they have on. We therefore have a supply<br />

of emergency items to help them out. This includes<br />

toiletries, so if you have any spare or wish to donate,<br />

these would be welcome.<br />

As ever I am pleased to be contacted, as below.<br />

Colin Houghton (chairman)<br />

07767 262108<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Our next meeting will take place at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conservative Club on 17th October at 8pm.<br />

Please remember that you don’t have to have served in<br />

the armed forces to attend our meetings. I’m pleased<br />

to say that we are increasing our membership so lots of<br />

good humoured banter.<br />

Message from our Chairman<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District Branch of the RBL, as well as<br />

collecting for the Poppy Appeal, is now able to offer<br />

support to Veterans and their dependents through<br />

the Branch Community Support Programme. We have<br />

trained volunteers willing to visit and talk to Veterans<br />

in difficulty, and can help them obtain the support they<br />

may need. Contact us via the RBL helpline (0808 802<br />

8080), Veterans Gateway (0808 802 1212), or at info@<br />


The National Garden Scheme<br />

October; Autumnal with a touch of the<br />

Exotic and Tropical<br />

‘I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’<br />

(Anne of Green Gables). The month which is a<br />

rewarding and fruitful time of year for gardeners and<br />

there is still plenty for visitors to enjoy at these two<br />

beautiful gardens opening for the National Garden<br />

Scheme. Remember your visit can make a difference<br />

and help to raise money for the nursing and health<br />

charities that the Scheme supports.<br />

Sunday 1st October<br />

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

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

This popular private garden has all year-round<br />

interest with a walled kitchen garden growing a soft<br />

palette of herbaceous plants which include some<br />

unusual varieties. Also a greenhouse, plenty of<br />

vegetables, trained fruits, and roses. Wildlife friendly<br />

with wildflower meadow.<br />

Holme Hale Hall, August 2017<br />

Saturday 14th October<br />

• East Ruston Old Vicarage, NR12 9HN<br />

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

There are an amazing 32 acres to explore in this exotic<br />

coastal garden, with a variety of interesting areas and<br />

an exciting mix of plants you will not be disappointed.<br />

We advise that you check our website for any up-todate<br />

information www.ngs.org.uk<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

AGM, Fruit & Vegetable Show and a GQT<br />

Our August meeting was a busy one, we held our AGM<br />

prior to holding our annual Fruit & Vegetable show<br />

followed by a Gardeners Question Time Q&A with a<br />

panel of experts.<br />

AGM<br />

A total of 66 members attended the August meeting<br />

to hear a review of the club’s 2022-2023 activities from<br />

our Chair, Neville McBrien, as part of the AGM. The<br />

annual financial accounts were also adopted and the<br />

management committee for the coming club year (August<br />

2023 to July 2024) was also appointed. Membership<br />

remains strong with over 100 members signed up as of<br />

July 2023. The annual membership fee for the coming<br />

club year was kept at £6, which provides access to 11<br />

monthly meetings, including refreshments.<br />

Annual Fruit & Vegetable Show<br />

There was a good number of entries from members to<br />

the 11classes of the club’s Annual Fruit & Vegetable show.<br />

Vegetable classes included lettuces, tomatoes, potatoes,<br />

onions and courgettes, while the fruit entries included<br />

pears, chillies, apples and berry fruits. Our independent<br />

judge, David Taylor, had the difficult task of picking the<br />

winning entries to each class, with a large number of<br />

entries in the tomatoes and fruit classes in particular. The<br />

winners of each class were presented with certificates.<br />

Gardener’s Question Time<br />

After a well earned tea break the meeting re-convened<br />

with a panel of 4 experts, which included our judge<br />

David Taylor, along with club members Pam Rutty, Jezz<br />

Hookham and Peter Banbury. Our panel of experts dealt<br />

with a range of questions. The session was a lively one with<br />

views from the panelists and the audience contributing<br />

to an entertaining and informative interchange of ideas<br />

on all things horticultural.<br />

Upcoming Meetings<br />

Our October meeting (October 26th) will have Barry<br />

Gayton presenting both a talk on ‘Cacti for their Beauty’<br />

as well as conducting a Cacti clinic.<br />

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

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

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

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


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

Recently I was interested to hear that the London<br />

music establishment has (for the first time since<br />

starting in 1992) awarded the Mercury Prize for<br />

the ‘2023 Album of the Year’ to a Jazz band - the<br />

Ezra Collective Quintet. The leader of the band was<br />

so surprised he fell off his chair! In an acceptance<br />

speech he said they now wanted to play at the<br />

Royal Albert Hall, and then the Emirates Stadium.<br />

Personally, I prefer to listen to small Jazz groups in a<br />

Jazz Club and leave the large venues to the Big Bands.<br />

For example, the 17-piece Ted Heath Band of the<br />

60s and 70s played every Sunday afternoon at the<br />

London Palladium.<br />

For our September session we welcomed the vocalist<br />

Melody Brooker with her Quartet: Paul White, piano:<br />

Colin Borrville, guitar: Joel Human, double bass: Dave<br />

Jackson, drums.<br />

Melody told us during the evening that Paul is her<br />

Dad. We’ve never had another band with this<br />

combination, but it certainly works well! Melody has<br />

a strong voice and the rhythm section know how to<br />

swing, and each one is a great soloist. The audience<br />

were totally absorbed for the whole of the evening. I<br />

certainly enjoyed Melody’s singing but the highlight<br />

for me was a purely instrumental number towards<br />

the the end of the evening called “Cute” - a Count<br />

Basie number. Each musician played superbly, and<br />

with wonderful solos coming one after the other.<br />

The climax was a long drum solo — everyone was<br />

spellbound.<br />

As Dave Brubeck once put it: “…that wonderful<br />

atmosphere that you find only in a well-run Jazz Club”.<br />

Next up: The James Lewis Quartet.<br />

Tuesday 10 October at 7.30 am, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Conservative Club. 23 London Street PE37 7DD.<br />

£10 cash on the door. More information from<br />

Norman 01760 722384 or Geoff 01366 328730<br />

The Magpie Centre<br />

A Busy Autumn Lies Ahead For The Magpie Centre<br />

The evenings may be drawing in, and ponies growing<br />

their winter coats, but there are no signs of slowing<br />

down at the Magpie Centre, home of West Norfolk<br />

Riding for the Disabled Association, based at<br />

Wallington Hall, South Runcton, PE33 0EP.<br />

Children aged from five years are welcome to join us<br />

for some spooky fun at half term on Thursday 26th or<br />

Friday 27th October (various times available).<br />

There will be an hour of treats, no tricks!, to include<br />

a Halloween Crafting Session, a Spooky Ride and a<br />

Treat to take home. The cost is £25 per child, and<br />

Fancy Dress is encouraged. To book or for more info,<br />

email: magpiecentrewnrda@hotmail.co.uk.<br />

And on Saturday November 25th, we shall be holding<br />

a Quiz Night with Hog Roast Supper (plus vegetarian<br />

option) at Stowbridge Village Hall, Downham Road,<br />

Stowbridge, PE34 3PW. The meal includes a huge<br />

range of salads and home-made desserts. Dare I say<br />

‘All You Can Eat’? Doors open at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm<br />

start. Bring your own drinks. Teams of 4 – 8 people are<br />

usual, but singles and couples are welcome to make<br />

up teams on the night. To book tickets, £12.50 each,<br />

call: 07715 467866 or email: magpiecentrewnrda@<br />

hotmail.co.uk. All proceeds go to the Magpie Centre.<br />

And finally, a note to readers who are responsible for<br />

booking speakers for their local friendship groups. If<br />

your group would like to know a bit more about Riding<br />

for the Disabled in general and the Magpie Centre in<br />

particular, we have speakers who would be happy<br />

to come along, in exchange for a small donation to<br />

Magpie Centre funds. Just call the Centre on 01553<br />

810202 to be put in touch with a local speaker.<br />

Wissey u3a<br />

Our guest speaker at our September<br />

monthly meeting was Sarah Doig whose illustrated talk<br />

titled, ‘Norwich at Work’, proved to be a fascinating<br />

history of the City’s importance as a manufacturing<br />

base since mediaeval times.<br />

Taking us through the centuries since then, right up<br />

to the present time, and explaining the many changes<br />

that have taken place over the period, we were given<br />

a comprehensive and most interesting insight of the<br />

development of ‘A Fine City’.<br />

At our next monthly meeting which will be on<br />

Thursday 5th October our guest speaker will be<br />

Charlie Haylock, presenting Charlie and “The Dig”.<br />

This is an intriguing look behind-the-scenes in the<br />

making of the Netflix film ‘The Dig’ which is based on<br />

the novel of the same title about the famous Sutton<br />

Hoo ship.<br />

Charlie Haylock with Ralph Fiennes<br />

Photo by Larry Horricks / Netflix © 2021<br />

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

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

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

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

friendships.<br />

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

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

not in full-time employment.<br />

For further information please visit our website:<br />

www.wisseyu3a.org or email our Chairman at:<br />

d.moncaster@btinternet.com or telephone him on<br />

01760 724755.<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group, normally meets on the<br />

second Monday of the month at 2pm in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Museum learning room. Anyone can join and there is<br />

no subscription except an annual registration fee of<br />

£1 (this so that our Group Secretary, Gerry, can keep<br />

the register of members up-to-date).<br />

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

surrounding district; some of us undertake research<br />

of the rich history of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, its buildings and<br />

people, while others come along just to hear about it.<br />

We also have invited speakers to present interesting,<br />

locally related, historical topics, and have outings to<br />

places of historic interest in the region. If that sounds<br />

like something that would interest you, please feel<br />

free to drop in for a ‘taster’.<br />

The History Group has been very involved in the<br />

‘Mapping the Market Place’ project and we will be<br />

publishing a series of booklets on this theme early<br />

next year. These will be on sale in the Museum shop.<br />

To produce the booklets we have been fortunate<br />

to acquire an A3 laser printer with a grant from the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium funds from the ‘Under<br />

the Eye of the Buttercross’ Historic Action Zone<br />

project. This will enable us to produce the booklets<br />

at an affordable price. The booklets will include<br />

‘then and now’ photos, with old and new maps, as<br />

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

stories related by those who we interviewed during<br />

the project. It is also the aim to have an interactive<br />

presentation on the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium’s<br />

website using some of the material. Details will be<br />

available in due course on the SCC website https://<br />

www.swaffhamculture.org/<br />

Did you know that the History Group has produced<br />

many booklets over the last decade or so, covering<br />

many aspects of <strong>Swaffham</strong> history? One of our most<br />

popular series is about the pubs of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, of<br />

which there were more than 30 in the early 20th<br />

century! These are all on sale in the Museum shop.<br />

The Group’s earliest publication was the ‘Book of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’ which is still available.<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

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In Touch With Your Town<br />

Car Show<br />

On Sunday 27th August <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council held the annual Classic<br />

Car Show and family fun day. It was a<br />

great day enjoyed by many. It was great<br />

to see the community enjoying this free family event.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council would like to thank Kerry<br />

Furnass, Graham Watkinson, Des Barlow, DJ Emmo,<br />

KL1 Radio, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionesses, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Army<br />

Cadets, Breckland District Cllr Jacob Morton and<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Councillors for their help on the day.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Christmas Light Switch on event<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are excited to announce<br />

that the Christmas Light Switch on event will be<br />

held on Sunday 3rd December between 10am-5pm.<br />

There will be a Christmas market, craft stalls, Santa's<br />

Grotto, funfair and entertainment throughout the<br />

day. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are now accepting stall<br />

applications for the Christmas food and craft market.<br />

Application forms are available online at: www.<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk. Tickets for Santa’s<br />

Grotto will be released nearer the time.<br />

Tesco<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council have secured a space in<br />

Tesco’s Stronger Starts funding project. Look out for<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council’s Community Defibrillator<br />

project in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> store. Supporting this project<br />

may mean the installation of a new Defibrillator in<br />

the town for community use.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Youth Group Festival<br />

On Saturday 28th October <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

are hosting an event to bring Youth Groups in the<br />

area together. It will be great to see the young<br />

people of <strong>Swaffham</strong> come together to celebrate<br />

their groups. There will be an opportunity to deliver<br />

a demonstration of their groups activities.<br />

If you are involved with a youth group and<br />

would like to take part in this event, please get<br />

in contact with Leanne Jarrett on deputyclerk@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<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 />

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 />

Town Council Committee<br />

meeting dates - OCTOBER 2023<br />

• Wednesday 11th 6:30pm Full Council<br />

• Monday 23rd 1pm Finance<br />

• Tuesday 24th 11am Planning & Built Environment<br />

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

minute session set aside for public participation. This<br />

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

about things that matter to you and the town. Why<br />

not come along and see how your Councillors manage<br />

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 />

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