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November 2023

November 2023

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November 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's Assembly Rooms<br />

Restored to former glory<br />

Read all about the grand unveiling on the article on p.3<br />


TNHA<br />

News<br />

p.7<br />

Royal<br />

British<br />

Legion<br />

p.9<br />

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

Town<br />

Council<br />

p.18<br />

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Contents<br />

3 Iceni Antics<br />

4 Church News<br />

6 School News<br />

7 Community Hospital<br />

8 <strong>Swaffham</strong> WI/Wissey u3a<br />

9 Rugby Club/Royal British Legion<br />

11 Museum Matters<br />

12 The Hive/Climate Group<br />

13 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

15 Jazz Club/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts/WEA<br />

16 History Group/Pickenhams WI/NarVOS<br />

17 Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Group<br />

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


Iceni Antics<br />

On Friday 29th September we welcomed over<br />

100 guests to view our completed renovation of the<br />

Assembly Rooms.<br />

The building was a buzz<br />

with activity. We had<br />

the building decorated<br />

with some stunning<br />

silk flower displays and<br />

table dressings from<br />

Goldsmith's Weddings<br />

& Events. We had<br />

beautiful background<br />

music from local duo<br />

Heartstrings and<br />

delicious handmade<br />

canapés from the Market Cross Café.<br />

We had lots of special guests, including representatives<br />

from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council, Historic England,<br />

Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council, as<br />

well as local MP and former prime minister Liz Truss.<br />

Speeches were read out by Iceni Partnership manager<br />

Claire Cotterill and Managing Director Dennis Tallon.<br />

Guests were then free to mingle and enjoy the<br />

wonderful atmosphere whilst sipping on Prosecco.<br />

A big thank you to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rangers who offered<br />

their time to stand in as waitresses for the evening.<br />

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If you would like to find out about hiring the<br />

Assembly Rooms for your event visit the website:<br />

www.swaffhamassemblyrooms.co.uk or give us a call<br />

on 01760 722800.<br />


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

Services for November 2023<br />

Sunday 5th November<br />

9.30am<br />

3.30pm<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong.<br />

Sunday 12th November Remembrance Sunday<br />

10.40 am Act of Remembrance at War<br />

11.10am<br />

Sunday 19th November<br />

8am<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 26th November<br />

9.30am<br />

Memorial<br />

Act of Remembrance at Church<br />

Holy Communion<br />

United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

joined by the people of Sporle.<br />

Sung Eucharist<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 for Private Prayer and for<br />

Visitors between 9am and 3pm<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 1st<br />

November 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.<br />

On 9th November it is “Christmas Craft”. Enquiries to<br />

Julia on 01760 720041. All welcome.<br />

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

gmail.com or 01760 725051.<br />

Parish Church Christmas Events<br />

Christmas is nearly here and we at the Parish Church<br />

would like to help you prepare for this festive season,<br />

so, we are going to hi-jack one of our regular Saturday<br />

Coffee Mornings and make it a Christmas Bazaar<br />

event; the usual cakes and coffee will still be on offer.<br />

This will be on Saturday 25th November, exactly one<br />

month before the big day itself.<br />

First and foremost will be the very tempting homemade<br />

cake stall including Meg's miniature Christmas<br />

Cakes which are much appreciated by those who<br />

live alone and with Anne's family-sized Christmas<br />

Cake, iced and decorated on offer as a raffle prize in<br />

their stall. Other specific itemed stalls will be some<br />

wonderful wood-turned items from the Rev. John;<br />

hand-knitted items including scarves and pram<br />

covers; books and puzzles; and a hats and scarves<br />

stall with a mirror in attendance to ensure you make<br />

the best choice. The other stalls will be a mixture of<br />

goods, including Olive's very popular pickled onions!<br />

Some of you no doubt will be pleased to hear of<br />

the one different stall we have this year; it is being<br />

presented by the talented team of flower arrangers<br />

who keep our church looking so lovely all-year round.<br />

They are offering their surplus stock-in-trade of<br />

whatever all flower arrangers should need to do a<br />

good job and no doubt an odd tip or two could pass<br />

their lips if required.<br />

You will not be bored - there will be everything from<br />

cards to calories to gifts galore on offer. Come and<br />

enjoy the atmosphere (it was heart-warming last<br />

year) with a coffee and cake whilst considering what's<br />

on offer to help your personal celebration of the<br />

season and - Oh! How could I forget to mention the<br />

main raffle of the day, with the 1st prize being - you'll<br />

never guess - a Christmas Hamper!<br />

We look forward to welcoming you to our lovely<br />

church for the first of our 2023 Christmas Events.<br />

Following the excitement of our Bazaar, the following<br />

Saturday, 2nd December, the church will have been<br />

transformed into a mini forest with the arrival of<br />

Christmas Trees and extra decorations inside and<br />

outside of the church by a local sculptor. This will<br />

last until Tuesday 14th December. This timescale<br />

will encompass two weekends, the first Sunday (3rd)<br />

when we will be holding our Advent Carol Service at<br />

3pm (and simultaneously the Christmas Light Switchon<br />

will be taking place on the Market Place) and<br />

on Sunday 10th December at 6pm the Mid-Norfolk<br />

Singers have chosen <strong>Swaffham</strong> this year to sing their<br />

Christmas programme which includes parts of Bach's<br />

Christmas Oratorio alongside Christmas carols and<br />

songs. Our church is up and running and we look<br />

forward to welcoming your presence with us.<br />

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

Methodist Church<br />

Saturday<br />

2 nd December<br />

9.30am – 12 noon<br />

Charity Registration No. 1163777<br />

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

• Fri 3rd November 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 4th November 9.30am. CHURCH COFFEE<br />


COLLECTABLES.” Please join us. Homemade cakes.<br />

• Sun 5th November 10.45am. Morning Worship led<br />

by Mrs Aileen Fox. Refreshments served. All welcome.<br />

• Tues 7th November 10-12. The Meeting Place Drop<br />

In. Free refreshments and good company in pleasant<br />

safe environment. All welcome.<br />

• Thurs 9th November 2.30-4pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Friendship Group “Driving Miss Daisy". All welcome.<br />

Refreshments served.<br />

• Fri 10th November 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

Contact 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 11th November Coffee Morning in aid of the<br />

Poppy Appeal organised by the ladies of the Royal<br />

British Legion.<br />

• Sun 12th November UNITED SERVICE for<br />


by Canon Stuart Nairn.<br />

• Tues 14th November 10-12. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In with visit from the Green Pastures Christian<br />

Book Shop. Cards, gifts etc. Free refreshments. All<br />

welcome.<br />

• Fri 17th November 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 19th November 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

and Holy Communion officiated by Rev Jacqui Horton.<br />

Refreshments served. All welcome.<br />

• Tues 21st Nov 10-12. The Meeting Place Drop In.<br />

Come and make new friends. All faiths or none, you<br />

will receive a warm welcome.<br />

• Thurs 23rd November 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Friendship Group. Barrie Thorp will entertain with<br />

Monologues and Funny Tales.<br />

• Fri 24th November 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 25th November 9.30-12. Coffee Morning<br />

organised by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Guides.<br />

• Sun 26th November 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by Mrs Elizabeth Wright. Refreshments served<br />

afterwards.<br />

• Tues 28th Nov 10-12. The Meeting Place Drop In.<br />

Open to all. Free refreshments.<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Primary Academy<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Primary Academy given 'good' Ofsted rating<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Church of England Primary Academy, part of<br />

the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust<br />

(DNEAT), been rated ‘good’ in every category following<br />

two visits from inspectors in June 2023.<br />

The inspectors said pupils enjoy coming to school both<br />

to learn and to spend time with their friends, and they<br />

feel safe and happy in school. It also highlighted that<br />

bullying was rare and pupils know they will be supported<br />

by adults with worries they may have, as well as strong<br />

provisions for pupils with special educational needs and<br />

disabilities.<br />

Nicola Kaye, headteacher, said: “Our ‘good’ Ofsted report<br />

is a true testimony of the hard work and dedication<br />

of our whole school team of staff, pupils, families and<br />

governors. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Primary Academy has been on an<br />

incredible journey since changing status from a junior to<br />

a primary in September 2020.<br />

We have worked hard to design an ambitious curriculum<br />

from reception through to Year 6. We are delighted that<br />

Ofsted recognised this and stated in their report that<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> ‘learning builds Primary year on year’ Academy and ‘pupils given have 'good' frequent<br />

Ofsted opportunities rating to develop their learning and experiences<br />

beyond the classroom’.”<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> C of E Primary Academy<br />

celebrates the good Ofsted rating<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> CofE Primary Academy celebrates the good Ofsted rating (Image: DNEAT)<br />

Oliver Burwood, DNEAT's chief executive, said: “The<br />

trust is delighted that <strong>Swaffham</strong> Primary Academy has<br />

received a ‘good’ grading and supports the children in its<br />

community to do well. Nicola and her team have worked<br />

extremely hard to achieve this, with the added pressure<br />

that growing from a junior to a full primary brings."<br />

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been rated ‘good’ in every category<br />

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Nicola Kaye, headteacher, said: “Our ‘good’ Ofsted report is a true testimony of the<br />

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The Oasis Centre<br />

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

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Sundays weekly<br />

<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 />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Criss Cross<br />

Introducing <strong>Swaffham</strong> Criss Cross!<br />

The new network that links together<br />

churches and Christians in the town.<br />

Look out for our Facebook page and<br />

news of future events [we are holding a town Carol<br />

Service in the Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 13th<br />

December at 7 pm - all welcome]. If you would like<br />

to receive a monthly mailing via email which gives<br />

news of individual church events as well as shared<br />

events, requests for prayer, and other updates, then<br />

please email <strong>Swaffham</strong>CrissCross@gmail.com. This is<br />

open to anybody to receive. The previous structure of<br />

'Churches Together in <strong>Swaffham</strong>' has come to an end<br />

but we hope that this new way of developing Christian<br />

community, building relationships, and improving<br />

communication will prove a fitting successor to it, and<br />

be another strength to the community in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The Norfolk Writers’ Exchange<br />

The Norfolk Writers’ Exchange Welcomes<br />

New Members<br />

Autumn evenings are drawing in, and thoughts are<br />

turning towards indoor pursuits, so now’s the time<br />

to embrace your creative writing ambitions. Whether<br />

you want to scribble a story; write for radio; pen a<br />

poem or initiate a novel, the Norfolk Writers’ Exchange<br />

is here for you. We are a small, friendly group of<br />

writers, some of us published, others aspiring, based<br />

in West Norfolk, who meet every month in Pott Row,<br />

and would love to welcome some new members.<br />

The Norfolk Writers’ Exchange began in 2016 and our<br />

meetings provide a forum where writers can share<br />

their work in a supportive environment, overcome<br />

the dreaded ‘writers’ block’ and share tips on how<br />

to negotiate the complicated world of publishing. All<br />

this accompanied by tea/coffee and biscuits, plus the<br />

occasional cake and fizz!<br />

Our first anthology, entitled ‘Changing Tides’, is an<br />

eclectic mix of poetry, short prose and extracts from<br />

longer works, published in November 2022, with<br />

profits being divided between West Norfolk Deaf<br />

Association and<br />

West Norfolk<br />

Riding for<br />

the Disabled<br />

Association.<br />

Would you like<br />

to join us? To<br />

find out more,<br />

head over to<br />

our Facebook page: 'The Norfolk Writers’ Exchange',<br />

or call Sue on 07774 609357 for more details.<br />


September saw us welcome back our<br />

students to school with a particularly big<br />

‘hello’ to our new students and families. At TNHA<br />

we are keen for our students to have an all-round<br />

educational experience. We know how important their<br />

academic studies are, but we are also conscious that<br />

we want our young people to have a range of wider<br />

experiences. We are really fortunate in the academy<br />

that we have lots of staff who are happy to give their<br />

time to provide these opportunities and there are<br />

lots of occasions where our students can enrich their<br />

education beyond their lessons in the classroom. Lunch<br />

time clubs include crafts & chess where students can<br />

enjoy a quiet hobby, Horrible Histories where students<br />

leave feeling truly ‘horrible’, Art and Drama Clubs<br />

where creativity flows, PE Clubs allowing the ‘sporty’<br />

to flourish, Duolingo Club & The Language Café where<br />

languages are celebrated & Rock Club where students<br />

can learn more about the naturally occurring elements<br />

of our earth and their properties.<br />

Our newest students in Year 7 had their first trip out of<br />

the academy to Norwich Castle<br />

for an exciting maths adventure<br />

starting with a meeting with the<br />

Master of Arms, a defender of<br />

the Castle. They measured and<br />

assessed weapons used to attack<br />

and defend a castle, calculated<br />

the height of the Castle Keep,<br />

used their maths skills to<br />

investigate the water supply and played strategic<br />

games for a siege of the castle. Real ‘medieval maths<br />

fun!’<br />

A little closer to home our keen geographers have been<br />

studying microclimates and were ‘out and about’ the<br />

site to find out if one exists at TNHA. They were looking<br />

at moisture, temperature, vegetation, soil, elevation<br />

etc. and took their findings back to the classroom for<br />

discussion.<br />

In the MFL corridor we celebrated the European Day<br />

of Languages. A great many students visited not only<br />

to eat the wonderful array of foods but also to take<br />

part in the various activities on offer. Students entered<br />

a baking competition and brought their Europeanthemed<br />

cakes into school. The talent on display was<br />

truly amazing and they tasted pretty good too!<br />

Now that autumn has arrived, we inevitably think<br />

of Halloween and the fun that it brings. We would<br />

encourage all to stay safe when ‘trick or treating’<br />

making sure areas visited are well lit, to carry a torch<br />

or wear reflective clothing and only to visit homes with<br />

their outside lights on. Finally, we are excited to report<br />

that rehearsals are well underway for the Christmas<br />

Panto and Musical Evening and we cannot wait to see<br />

what is in store for us all!<br />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Hospital<br />

Firstly thank you to those who came and supported<br />

us at our Coffee morning recently at the Methodist<br />

Church. We were pleased to be asked if we would like<br />

to run the refreshments at the upcoming Charity Fair<br />

(organised by Rotary). This is to be held on Saturday<br />

25th November in the Assembly Rooms. It is an<br />

opportunity for local Charities to come and publicise<br />

what they do. We will have a stall on the day. Please<br />

come along. Profit from the catering will come to the<br />

League of Friends.<br />

Our "Home Coin Collection" scheme is still running. I<br />

had a nice surprise when an anonymous gentleman<br />

left a large bag of coins at my home. Thank you for<br />

your support. Any change you can collect at home for<br />

us can be left at Hospital reception or collected.<br />

We have recently done our Autumn tidy up at the<br />

hospital gardens, if you have any plants or bulbs going<br />

spare, then we can use them for the new year.<br />

Thoughts are already turning to Christmas, but we are<br />

at this time not sure how much decoration we will be<br />

allowed to do because of "control of infection" issues.<br />

As usual we will ensure all in-patients receive gifts on<br />

Christmas Day and that goodies are provided for the<br />

staff too.<br />

I have in the recent past told you of the preliminary<br />

discussions with the Hospital Trust about the<br />

League supporting the expansion of the Day Room<br />

area/facilities. This includes demolition of the rear<br />

conservatory, which is little used and past its best. The<br />

Trust is now asking us to consider an alternative scheme<br />

which revolves around expanding the Physiotherapy<br />

and Occupational therapy services provided to<br />

patients and out-patients. They feel such a scheme<br />

would provide better value for money and benefit the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community more. We will look at this in<br />

detail once the Trust gives us more information.<br />

As ever we welcome any prospective new members<br />

to join our small group. Give me a call for an informal<br />

chat.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

07767 262108.

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

On Wednesday 4 th October our<br />

President commenced the meeting<br />

at 2.30pm with a warm welcome to<br />

the speaker for the afternoon David Jones, a local<br />

resident, with a title for his talk “Hidden Histories”.<br />

A new visitor was also welcomed together with two<br />

returnees. Our President then gave out the sad news<br />

that another long term member Wynn had passed<br />

away and a minute's silence was held in her memory.<br />

Before David’s talk the members were able to<br />

purchase items from a lovely craft stall, provided by<br />

industrious ladies of the WI, which included hand<br />

knitted toys, Christmas decorations, marmalade,<br />

plants and other gifts for Christmas.<br />

Three ladies were to celebrated their birthdays in<br />

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

David commenced his extremely interesting talk by<br />

encouraging us all to “open our eyes when out for a<br />

walk, where ever it may be, to take in the beauty of<br />

the natural world and our surroundings”. He talked<br />

on the geology of Norfolk, map reading, place names<br />

and their origin, the Georgian influence on the town<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong>, the octagonal workhouse, long gone,<br />

which was situate on Watton Road which covered 32<br />

parishes and many other interesting facts and details<br />

were given about our local surroundings. A big thank<br />

you was given to David for his very thought provoking<br />

talk. Boards were available before and after the<br />

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

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

18th October meeting at the Theatre Street car park.<br />

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

16th September at 2pm. The Pentney Autumn Lunch<br />

is on Monday 23rd October. WI Christmas Lunch will<br />

be at The George Hotel, <strong>Swaffham</strong> in early December.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st November<br />

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

be Juliet Webster and the subject will be The Yellow<br />

Caravan.<br />

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

contact our President Pauline Senton on 01760<br />

788046 or our Secretary Christiane Hewitson on<br />

07389 813386.<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 />

Wissey u3a<br />

The speaker for our October<br />

meeting was Charlie Haylock and his subject was the<br />

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

on the uncovering of the ship at Sutton Hoo. He<br />

had been contacted and asked to work with Ralph<br />

Fiennes as his dialect coach to guide him to the right<br />

accent for his role as Basil Brown, the famous Suffolk<br />

born archaeologist.<br />

This talk was highly entertaining and very funny<br />

as he gave much detail of various incidents and<br />

happenings throughout the time working with Ralph<br />

Fiennes and other actors on the film. He told how he<br />

and Ralph went into local cafes and pubs so Ralph<br />

could practise his Suffolk dialect with the locals. As<br />

one would expect, he ended with an excellent and<br />

accurate Suffolk accent.<br />

He also went on to explain how accent is not the<br />

same as dialect; how there should be pauses in<br />

certain phrases, the speed it is spoken and the<br />

difference between actual pronunciation of vowels<br />

which makes the difference between local dialects.<br />

A very interesting and informative talk.<br />

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

2nd November, will be Richard Hill, a retired National<br />

Trust Project Manager who will give an illustrated<br />

talk titled ‘How do you solve a problem like Knole?’<br />

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

interested in learning more about the u3a, our<br />

website is www.wisseyu3a.org or contact our<br />

Chairman, David Moncaster on 01760 724755 for<br />

further information.<br />

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

Having been promoted to Eastern Counties Division One<br />

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

played three games against very strong competitors.<br />

Whilst we are still striving for our first victory, we take<br />

hope from the fact that we are not bottom of our<br />

league! The squad have competed fiercely in all three<br />

games, and to their credit have never given up!<br />

We have really struggled to recruit and retain young<br />

players in the 11 to 17 age groups, and as a result<br />

have had to pause training sessions. We really want<br />

to restart these sessions – anyone with young people<br />

in this age group is invited to contact Ed at edward@<br />

goldentreesurgeons.com.<br />

We continue to run Touch sessions at 7pm on Tuesdays<br />

– whilst contact sessions are paused, we invite anyone<br />

over 14 to come along to these increasingly popular<br />

sessions.<br />

We restarted Minis sessions on Sundays at 10:30, and<br />

are pleased that numbers in this section are increasing<br />

– please come along to the club at 10:30 any Sunday<br />

and join in!<br />

Off the pitch, preparations for our annual Bonfire and<br />

Fireworks on Sunday 5th November are well underway.<br />

We have held entrance charge at last year's prices and<br />

look forward to welcoming everyone. Gates open at<br />

5pm, with fireworks at 7pm. Come along early, enjoy<br />

the food stalls, bar and attractions and avoid the rush!<br />

Cash Only at the gate!<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. Contact chair@swaffhamrugby.<br />

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A Huge thank you!<br />

Sharon and Gordon Clouting would like to thank<br />

everyone that has supported us throughout another<br />

successful year of fundraising on behalf of East Anglian<br />

Air Ambulance. Earlier this year we held a Yard Sale<br />

also selling items online, our main event is our annual<br />

“Coffee & Cake in the garden” which we held on the<br />

8th September. Along<br />

with donations from<br />

people who were unable<br />

to attend the event on<br />

the day, a magnificent<br />

£792 was raised.<br />

We would like to take<br />

this opportunity to give a huge thank you to our<br />

dedicated helpers & cake bakers as without them this<br />

event could not take place. With the generosity of<br />

our supporters, a grand total of £1,540.00 has been<br />

raised this year.<br />

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Already our new Poppy Appeal<br />

Organiser has been very busy sorting<br />

out his teams for Poppy selling.<br />

The Poppy fortnight runs from October 30th until<br />

November 11th.<br />

• Saturday 4th November - Street Collection.<br />

• Thursday 9th November - we are holding our Annual<br />

Festival of Remembrance at 7.30pm in the Parish<br />

Church. There will be a collection at this event for the<br />

Poppy Appeal.<br />

• Friday 10th November - 10.45am we will gather at<br />

the War Memorial to support our local schools for a<br />

short service and 2 minute's silence.<br />

• Saturday 11th November - it is, of course,<br />

Remembrance Day and once again we will mark our<br />

respects at the War Memorial joining, we hope with<br />

people from the community for the 2 minute's silence.<br />

The ladies of the Royal British Legion are also holding<br />

a Coffee Morning on Saturday 11th November, at the<br />

Methodist Church. Proceeds to the Poppy Appeal.<br />

• Sunday 12th November - is Remembrance Sunday,<br />

with the Parade led by Fakenham Band, and Wreath<br />

laying prior to the 2 minute's silence. Afterwards there<br />

will be a service in the Parish Church led by Canon<br />

Stuart Nairn.<br />

Our November meeting on 21st will be the AGM.Since<br />

the last AGM we’ve appointed a new Chairman, and<br />

have a Standard Bearer in training. The Branch also<br />

has a new Poppy Appeal Organiser. The AGM is the<br />

time when we look to our Members to fill potential<br />

vacancies.<br />

Happily, we are still seeing new members join us which<br />

is very encouraging. One of the latest members to join<br />

is well known in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Peter Harris. Never one to<br />

sit still for long, in spite of being 84 years young, Peter<br />

expressed a desire to walk 100 miles over a number of<br />

days and for people to sponsor him.<br />

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and hopefully be enjoying a well earned rest!<br />

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New artefact for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

The museum has just acquired a<br />

cross belonging to Rev Avann who<br />

lived for some time in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and was vicar of Sporle for 23 years.<br />

Arthur Alfred Avann was born in<br />

1853 in Canterbury and became<br />

curate at Cockley Cley in 1890.<br />

At that time he lived on Mangate<br />

Street in <strong>Swaffham</strong> with his<br />

widowed mother and where<br />

two school boys aged 12 and 10<br />

boarded. Whether he taught them<br />

at home, or whether they attended<br />

the Grammar School in <strong>Swaffham</strong> is not known. In 1893<br />

he was presented the living of Sporle with Palgrave<br />

where he ran a boarding school of about eight boys<br />

plus a few from the village in the newly built vicarage.<br />

This was essentially a choir school and the school<br />

master was Mr Barham who was also the local church<br />

organist. The school was still in existence in and beyond<br />

1911. He was very exercised about the First World War<br />

and his messages to the village were highly patriotic.<br />

He began a Scout Troop in Sporle – at that time the<br />

Scouts were usually boys and young men who were not<br />

old enough to enlist but undertook voluntary duties in<br />

their home locations. He equipped his troop with brand<br />

new Martini .303 rifles with bayonets and then struck<br />

a deal with the Volunteer Training Corps in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

- who were drilling with wooden rifles —for the use of<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> shooting butts in return for the lend of<br />

the rifles. The scouts patrolled the town and villages by<br />

night, warned the police of approaching zeppelins and<br />

marshalled the public plane spotters at Narborough. The<br />

troop frequently joined with the Defence Volunteers on<br />

drills and exercises and were well known locally for their<br />

accompanying drum and bugle band. Rev Avann retired<br />

as vicar of Sporle in 1916 and in 1939<br />

is recorded at living at no.6 Mangate<br />

Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>. He was still working<br />

with the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Boy Scouts in<br />

1928. He died in 1945 aged 91 and<br />

is buried in <strong>Swaffham</strong> churchyard.<br />

The cross bears the inscription The<br />

Rev A.Avann; from; F.R.M.; PEERS; AD<br />

1914. Is this a name? A group? Can<br />

anyone help?<br />

We are now in the process of planning trips for 2024,<br />

after the successes of our trips in 2023, particularly<br />

noting the one to the STANTA army training area<br />

last May. There are lots of ideas, and in coming<br />

editions of the <strong>Newsletter</strong> we will go into more detail.<br />

Remember, those who have joined the Friends of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage get to have first choice and also a<br />

discount on the price. In addition, they have lifetime<br />

free admission to the museum. Ask at the museum<br />

about becoming a Friend or use the contact details<br />

below or on the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage website.<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 October 2023 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2322<br />

• £20 – no 2396<br />

• £10 – no 2302<br />

Note that the new numbers begin with 23. Cheques<br />

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

Emails and letters have gone out to remind members<br />

of the 100 Club to resubscribe as our draw year<br />

commenced in October and runs until next September.<br />

New numbers starting 23 are now issued. Numbers<br />

beginning 22 are no longer valid. So if you were in the<br />

100 club previously, please sign up again, if you have<br />

not already done so, and get your updated number.<br />

If you are not already a member of the 100 Club,<br />

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 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 />


The Hive at Great Cressingham<br />

The Hive at Great Cressingham in November<br />

The Autumn Season at The Hive is well underway and<br />

we have already enjoyed two out of three sessions<br />

of Thoughts on Thursdays, a discussion group sharing<br />

ideas and experiences on topics of the moment.<br />

We have also enjoyed the late summer sun on local<br />

walks around Great Cressingham and enjoyed a third<br />

talk from <strong>Swaffham</strong> local resident, Rod Goddard, on<br />

growing up in Norfolk and being part of the armed<br />

services from Boy Service onwards.<br />

The four events at The Hive in November include a<br />

Yoga Workshop focussed on the benefits of stretching<br />

and deeper breathing (Saturday 11th 2.30-4.30pm),<br />

a creative session on Celtic Seasons (Friday 17th<br />

3.00-4.30pm) and our now regular Casual Choir in its<br />

Autumn Sing (Saturday 25th 2.30-5.30pm).<br />

For more information please follow our facebook<br />

page - /GreatCressinghamHive/ or contact us on<br />

thehiveplace@gmail.com. All our events are free<br />

with donations welcomed. Come for a taster!<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

<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 />

Recently we visited the rewilding project<br />

at Westacre Estate and were very grateful<br />

for the invitation from Alec Birkbeck to join<br />

a group from West Acre Parish Council. Alec, and<br />

Environmental Manager Fraser Bradbury, guided us<br />

on a beautiful walk through woodland, land reverted<br />

from arable agriculture and wet woodland with many<br />

pingos. to put the The money project saved can is be intended a good incentive. to create a natural<br />

corridor through the estate linking existing wild<br />

habitats with new areas and is managed to improve<br />

biodiversity. We saw examples of regeneration, many<br />

of the Iron Age pigs, and some Exmoor ponies, but<br />

the White Park cattle were elusive! The walk showed<br />

just a taster of many footpaths and the maps of<br />

these suggestions, can and be receive accessed all meeting at https://www.westacre.info/<br />

notes and information.<br />

rewilding-maps There is an overall map, individual<br />

maps for each area, and information for dog walkers.<br />

Tips of the month – make your garden more climate<br />

and wildlife friendly<br />

Some of these are for the more ambitious amongst<br />

you, if you need more information then the Royal<br />

Horticultural Society or Wildlife Trust websites are<br />

great sources. Just doing one of these will help!<br />

• Reduce your use of mowers and tools which use<br />

fossil fuels. Use of hand tools<br />

can keep you fit too!<br />

• Invest in a water butt to collect water for dry periods<br />

• Only buy peat free compost, peat harvest releases<br />

carbon into the atmosphere<br />

• Compost your garden and domestic green waste,<br />

either by creating your own or<br />

using the local council green collection, or try creating<br />

biochar.<br />

• Grow your own flowers to attract many insects<br />

including butterflies. Cutting flowers from your own<br />

garden is very satisfying and can have a lower carbon<br />

footprint than shop bought flowers.<br />

• Use hedging instead of fencing<br />

• Create a mini meadow or a mini pond using a barrel<br />

or old sink<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. If you have<br />

an 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 />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

The Merle Boddy Day Centre provides<br />

a warm and friendly Social Day Care<br />

Service for people living with dementia<br />

including mental health problems and physical<br />

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

We were so delighted recently when our friends at<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church donated a lot of food<br />

and treats for our clients, as well as £78 in cash. Many<br />

thanks to them, it was so kind.<br />

A great big thank you to Necton Parish Council; from<br />

their Necton Festival they have sent us a huge cheque<br />

for £1867! Sums like this are very important to us as<br />

much of our operation runs into several thousand<br />

pounds. The majority of the fees paid by clients only<br />

cover our professional staff costs, but there are many<br />

of expenses such as rent which are not covered by<br />

them. Of course, that is not to say that small donations<br />

are not important; we are so grateful for them and<br />

they “all add up” (just like Tesco clubcard points!) So<br />

please keep giving whatever you can. And also have<br />

fun and support events like Necton Festival and the<br />

Connie Bingo which in turn supports us.<br />

We have also got some exciting things in the pipeline<br />

and will be joining in with the scarecrow trail in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> with donations of Pumpkins from Algy’s<br />

Farm Shop and straw from the Simon Rope.<br />

At the moment we are also completing a lot of<br />

preparations for Halloween and Christmas including<br />

lots of decorations, and baking cakes and tarts.<br />

We have been so lucky in recruiting new staff since<br />

the summer, and we now have an excellent crew of<br />

support workers under the guidance of Georgie and<br />

Steph. Our clients could not be in better hands.<br />

We also are fortunate to have Francesca on<br />

board. As you might recall, Francesca is a qualified<br />

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operation. Francesca has also taken on much of the<br />

office administration, freeing more time for Georgie<br />

and Steph to spend with our clients and their carers.<br />

Getting to know our clients’ carers is so important<br />

with our work; a quick or, sometimes, a long chat with<br />

Georgie gives her an insight into each client’s needs<br />

and personality.<br />

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

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

our website and clicking on Fundraising, where we<br />

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interesting. She began with the historical use of herbs<br />

as medicines, many which are still used today with a<br />

more scientific understanding. Then she moved on to<br />

the caring institutions where the sick were looked after<br />

with a particular reference to houses in Norwich. The<br />

last session was about the attitudes to and treatment<br />

of mental illness, which was often enlightened and<br />

supportive in a way we would value today. It was a shame<br />

that the number of students was uncharacteristically<br />

small. Normally Mary would attract many more people.<br />

Her courses are always so well researched and delivered.<br />

Maybe it was the change of day and time, to Wednesday<br />

afternoon at 2pm; maybe it was the changed and<br />

somewhat off- putting enrolment system that WEA had<br />

put in place; maybe it was still a hangover from covid<br />

and a reluctance to gather in a group?<br />

We are sorry that we have had to change the day,<br />

but certain things have changed around us since the<br />

lockdown interruptions. The enrolment system is being<br />

simplified so that it is less daunting, and you can still pay<br />

by cheque in the branch if you wish. We are mindful of<br />

the continuing need for ventilation and fresh air, and<br />

there is always plenty of space. So we do hope that<br />

when she returns in the spring there will be some more<br />

students to hear her. Part 2 will start on Wednesday<br />

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for a cup of tea and a biscuit and a chat in the middle of<br />

the afternoon. Do come and join us if you can!<br />

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

After the success of last year’s concert we were very<br />

pleased when Ensemble East said they would like to<br />

come again. They love the acoustics in the Church of St<br />

Peter and St Paul and appreciate the warm reception<br />

from the audience. The concert took place on Saturday<br />

23rd September with an interesting programme of music.<br />

It began with a classical piece, Mozart Symphony No 40<br />

written in 1788, which many would have heard before,<br />

but it was played with such freshness and delicacy it was<br />

like hearing it for the first time. It finished with Prokofiev<br />

Symphony No1 which followed the classical form but was<br />

first performed in St Petersburg in 1918 at a time when<br />

Russia would have been in turmoil. In between came<br />

two pieces of French music: Debussy’s Danse Sacree et<br />

Profane, written for strings and harp, with the harp played<br />

beautifully and expressively by Olivia Jageurs; and Faure’s<br />

Masque and Bergamasque Suite, light-hearted theatre<br />

music written in 1919, making quite a contrast of mood.<br />

We are grateful again for the support of the church,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium and Iceni Partnership.<br />

They helped to make it possible to bring orchestral music<br />

of this kind to <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Thanks too to our audience! We<br />

look forward to bringing more music in the future.<br />

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

In October I had the pleasure of performing at<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club with a group of inspiring<br />

musicians, and after a very enjoyable concert was<br />

approached to write a short review of the evening at<br />

the club. Although I was satisfied with my own playing<br />

on the night, it would of course be improper for me<br />

to review my own performance!<br />

With that in mind, I’ll attempt to simply describe the<br />

actual lineup of musicians and our choice of material.<br />

The selection of instruments and performers that<br />

appear together on any given night varies, and at the<br />

performance in October we had with us for the first<br />

time a very fine player of the violin, which led to fresh<br />

interpretations of the tunes that we played. The full<br />

line-up of musicians was:<br />

• Terry Loane (piano)<br />

• Ian Hireson (bass)<br />

• James Lewis (drums)<br />

• Mark Jolley (violin)<br />

• Diana Hare (vocals)<br />

This combination gave a rather unique flavour to the<br />

music and produced some wonderful improvisation<br />

from both violin and piano, each one complimenting<br />

the other and with Diana providing a great selection<br />

of songs, I think it<br />

worked very well.<br />

The choice of vocal<br />

and instrumental<br />

tunes always play a<br />

significant part in the<br />

overall performance,<br />

and I would say our<br />

choices fitted the lineup perfectly on the night.<br />

Jazz, simply put, is by its very nature an improvisational<br />

form of music, which as a musician is really exciting to<br />

play as one never quite knows what will happen, but<br />

occasionally there are some really unique moments<br />

when everyone comes together and the music<br />

swings. Last night at <strong>Swaffham</strong> I think I can safely say<br />

it did!<br />

I always enjoy playing the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club where<br />

we are always made welcome. With the comfortable<br />

seating, a well-stocked bar and the sound quality<br />

of the room ensuring a clear and enjoyable musical<br />

experience, It's the ideal place to relax and enjoy a<br />

great evening of jazz!<br />

Next up is the Equinox Jazz Quartet from London with<br />

guest Chris Lee on trumpet/ flugelhorn.<br />

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

You might notice that we are now called ‘The <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

History Group’. This was decided when we adopted a<br />

new constitution at our AGM last July. This change is<br />

to emphasis that our main preoccupation as a group<br />

is specifically with the history of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the<br />

surrounding area, rather than a more general scope<br />

of history. This might seem a bit pedantic, but arises<br />

because during the past year we have been very much<br />

involved with the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium<br />

Heritage Action Zone project, in particular ‘Mapping the<br />

Market Place’, and realised that there is a huge amount<br />

of the history of <strong>Swaffham</strong> that has still to be recorded.<br />

One of the aspects of this is the history of <strong>Swaffham</strong> in<br />

living memory.<br />

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

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

Town Council chamber, accessible via the Museum<br />

(there is a lift to the Council chamber). Anyone can<br />

join and there is no subscription except an annual<br />

registration fee of £1 (this so that our Group Secretary,<br />

Gerry, can keep the register of members up-to-date).<br />

As well as historic research, we also have invited speakers<br />

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

and have outings to places of historic interest in the<br />

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

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

You can find out more about us online in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage website at https://www.swaffhammuseum.<br />

co.uk/history/swaffham-history-group or just drop in<br />

at our next meeting date. New members are always<br />

welcome; you are not required to do any research or<br />

have any qualifications, just obviously an interest in our<br />

local history.<br />

Manor Farm PPG<br />

On Saturday 7th October PPG members Jill, Paul<br />

and Bridget helped with the organisation at the first<br />

Saturday morning flu vaccination session and at last<br />

felt that the Patient Group were beginning to “make<br />

a difference”. We hope to be represented at all the<br />

upcoming flu vaccine sessions. Our email account is<br />

now up and running and is being monitored regularly.<br />

You can contact us on mfcpppg22@gmail.com to share<br />

your experiences of being a patient at Manor Farm –<br />

good and bad!<br />

We have accepted an invitation from Campingland PPG<br />

to have a stand at their Wellbeing Roadshow on 25th<br />

October in the Assembly Rooms from 10am - 2pm and<br />

hope that many of you visited us and were able to have<br />

a chat.<br />

You may have noticed that Manor Farm have kindly<br />

let us have our own Notice Board in the main waiting<br />

room: it is situated to the left side of the tv screen. We<br />

intend to use this for information sharing and hope you<br />

will take the time to check on what we are doing as well<br />

as our aims and objectives as a group.<br />

NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly Rooms,<br />

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

Wednesday 29 November 2023 at 7.30pm<br />

“My Life as a Gamekeeper – Friend or Foe?”<br />

Nigel Davies, the much-respected gamekeeper, has<br />

worked on Stow Estate since 1972. His role has altered<br />

and expanded greatly since those early years and<br />

now his work includes more of the conservation and<br />

protection of nature. He is keen to pass on his extensive<br />

knowledge and experience of all things “countryside”<br />

and leads many walks including dawn chorus walks and<br />

deer watching. From the hundreds of bird boxes on the<br />

estate, thousands of birds have been ringed over the<br />

years revealing some fascinating facts about wild birds’<br />

movements. This will be a presentation with a difference<br />

– you will not just be gazing at a screen; there will be<br />

real examples to illustrate his talk. Come and share his<br />

enthusiasm for his life’s work.<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. Please note, there will be no indoor<br />

meeting during December.<br />

Pickenhams WI<br />

Our WI Meeting in October was<br />

hugely entertaining, with our guest<br />

being Joan Hocking, Mezzo Soprano.<br />

Joan told us that she has always loved singing, even<br />

singing to the dog when she was a child! She has<br />

performed with operatic societies and now is a<br />

soloist. Joan then entertained us with her range of<br />

songs, including James Bond's 'Goldfinger', 'I could<br />

have danced all night' from My Fair Lady, 'When she<br />

loved me' from the film Toy Story and 'When you<br />

walk through a storm'. Our competition had been to<br />

submit our favourite song or piece of music and Joan<br />

then sang what she had selected as the winning entry<br />

'Que Sera Sera', memorably sung by Doris Day.<br />

After this wonderful performance, we had our tea<br />

break and then held our meeting. Our WI Group Walk<br />

was on Wednesday, 18th October, when we met in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> at 9.30am. Some of our members went<br />

to the Autumn lunch on 23rd October at Pentney.<br />

Future events include having a Cake Tombola stall<br />

at the Christmas Fayre at the Hub on Sunday, 19th<br />

November. A "Buddy" system is being set up so that<br />

those members not on email will be contacted by a<br />

Buddy member about relevant dates.<br />

Next Meeting: Tuesday 14th November - our speaker is<br />

Leonard Priestly - Truck Driver and Removal Man!<br />

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

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

Secretary, Melanie Cousins on 07840 814417<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Group<br />

The Diversity of British Gardens<br />

Our members were treated to a captivating talk<br />

in September by Kathy Gray on the Diversity of<br />

British Gardens. Kathy gave a wonderfully illustrated<br />

presentation of 4 gardens of major national significance<br />

in the British Isles. The initial garden discussed was<br />

Borde Hill in West Sussex which is a 200+ acre garden<br />

which includes parklands planted with specimen trees.<br />

The next garden Kathy presented was the simply<br />

gorgeous garden at Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire<br />

(pictured below).<br />

When Lesley Jenkins moved back to her former<br />

childhood home of Wollerton Old Hall in 1983 she<br />

quickly discovered that the great age of the site<br />

demanded formality in the gardens’ design. She<br />

created three north-south and three east-west vistas.<br />

This design provides interest throughout the calendar<br />

year, with gardens resplendent in spring, summer and<br />

autumn due to the diversity of planting in the differing<br />

garden rooms.<br />

A garden closer to home was next, with the winter<br />

garden at the Cambridge University Botanic gardens. This<br />

masterpiece of planting has produced a garden that is<br />

not only stunning in the winter months, but is also lovely<br />

to walk through in the summer, as experienced by many<br />

of our members on our recent day-trip to the Gardens on<br />

a lovely sunny day in early September. The final garden<br />

Kathy talked about was the Logan Botanic Gardens on<br />

the Galloway peninsula in the west of Scotland. Here the<br />

Gulf Stream and a wide shelter belt protecting against<br />

salty winds allow southern hemisphere plants such as<br />

tree ferns to flourish in a northern climate.<br />

Throughout the presentation Kathy spoke knowledgeably<br />

of the different plantings in each garden and their<br />

importance in maintaining a wide range of plant species.<br />

Kathy finished her talk with a brief overview of the Plant<br />

Heritage Society, which is passionate about maintaining<br />

the diversity of plants in British Gardens.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

Our November meeting (Nov 23rd) will be given by<br />

Simon Harrap who will be talking about Wildlife Garden<br />

Ponds. Monthly meetings are held on the 4th Thursday<br />

of the month at Holme Hale Pavilion and start at 2.30pm.<br />

New members from anywhere in the district are always<br />

welcome, so come along.<br />

16 17<br />

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

West Norfolk won big at this years annual Anglia in<br />

Bloom. The public open space teams at the borough<br />

council are celebrating with several trophies and<br />

certificates.<br />

Six counties across East Anglia took part in the campaign,<br />

with 120 people attending the awards that took place in<br />

Huntingdon on 20 September. This year King’s Lynn was<br />

judged virtually, with no in-person visit from the judges,<br />

and picked up trophies for the Best Coronation Display<br />

in Tower Gardens, Mintlyn won Best Crematorium and<br />

Cemetery and Best Churchyard at the Minster. Gold<br />

Awards were given to the Public Open Space team for<br />

Tower Gardens and The Walks, The Wenns also won<br />

gold for best pub/restaurant/shop frontage.<br />

Elsewhere in King’s Lynn, Goodwins Hall scooped a silver<br />

gilt certificate in the nursing or care home category,<br />

South Wootton Parish Council were celebrating a silver<br />

gilt certificate for The Green and gold for Wootton Park.<br />

The public open space team also celebrated with<br />

a trophy for the best coastal award in Hunstanton.<br />

Elsewhere in the town there was another trophy for<br />

Northfield Allotments in best grow your own. Certificates<br />

were awarded for the wildflower verge planting<br />

(conservation/biodiversity), Redgate Hill roundabout<br />

(sustainable planting), Boston Square Gardens (garden<br />

for special needs) and Esplanade Gardens (best local<br />

authority display).<br />

Downham Market won a silver gilt certificate in the town<br />

category and The Gables in Dersingham won a silver gilt<br />

certificate too.<br />

Cllr Bal Anota, Cabinet member for Property and<br />

Corporate Services, said: “This is a fantastic result for<br />

the many people who make a difference in our public<br />

open spaces. Council staff care passionately about our<br />

parks and green spaces so these are well deserved<br />

wins for them but there are also many volunteers and<br />

community groups that make a real difference in west<br />

Norfolk and they deserve recognition too. To win Anglia<br />

in Bloom you must involve your community, encourage<br />

biodiversity and raise the standards of the environment.<br />

These awards show that we are doing just that. I would<br />

like to thank our staff and many others who make west<br />

Norfolk such a great place to live.”

In Touch With Your Town<br />

Town Council Notice Board<br />

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

installed a new notice board for<br />

Town Council information and news.<br />

You can find it located at the memorial<br />

area in the town centre.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Clean Up Group<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Clean Up Group have hit an amazing<br />

milestone of collecting 1,500 bags of rubbish from<br />

the streets of <strong>Swaffham</strong>. This is a great achievement<br />

and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council congratulate this team<br />

for their accomplishment.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Greener Guild<br />

The community group, ‘<strong>Swaffham</strong> Greener Guild’<br />

have gained approval from Norfolk County Council<br />

to tidy the bottom of the trees along the high street<br />

near Iceland.<br />

Macmillan Coffee Morning<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council would like to thank everyone<br />

who supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning as<br />

part of the celebration<br />

the World’s Biggest<br />

Coffee Morning event.<br />

The event managed to<br />

raise £186 for Macmillan<br />

Cancer Support.<br />

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

are looking forward to<br />

fundraising for this again<br />

next year on a bigger<br />

scale.<br />

The Assembly Rooms<br />

On Friday 29th September the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council team attended an event to celebrate the<br />

completion of the restoration of the Assembly<br />

Rooms in <strong>Swaffham</strong>. The Grade II listed Assembly<br />

Rooms have been at the heart of <strong>Swaffham</strong> life<br />

since they were built in 1776 and it is a vital part<br />

of community life, hosting events, a weekly market,<br />

weddings and functions. A £200,000 repair and<br />

restoration project was carried out with funding<br />

from the High Street Heritage Action Zone, The<br />

Iceni Partnership and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council. This<br />

beautifully restored building will continue to be at<br />

the centre of community life for years to come.<br />

Helen Carrier, Town Clerk, said: "It's been a pleasure<br />

to work collaboratively with Iceni Partnership,<br />

Historic England, and Breckland Council to restore<br />

this elegant Georgian town landmark. Thanks must<br />

go to the Iceni Partnership team who have overseen<br />

the project and managed the collaboration so<br />

efficiently to restore the building to its original<br />

splendour."<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Christmas Light Switch on event<br />

The Christmas event is fast approaching, and<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are excited to announce<br />

some details. The event will be hosted by KL1 Radio<br />

and will be running from 10am-5pm. There will be a<br />

Christmas market, funfair, Santa’s Grotto and<br />

entertainment from Fakenham Town Band, The Rock<br />

Choir and local school choir groups.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are holding ‘The Quiet<br />

Hour’ 10am-11am, where local care homes and the<br />

SEND community can enjoy the festivities at their<br />

own pace.<br />

Tickets for Santa’s Grotto are now live so do not<br />

hesitate to book your slot.<br />

There is still time to apply for a stall on the Christmas<br />

market, head to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council’s<br />

website for more information.<br />

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

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

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

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

Town Council Committee<br />

meeting dates - NOVEMBER 2023<br />

• Wednesday 8th 6:30pm Full Council<br />

• Monday 20th 6.30pm Market & Tourism<br />

• Tuesday 28th 11am Planning & Built Environment<br />

• Wednesday 29th 12.30pm Assets & Open Spaces<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. Alternatively, you can watch and<br />

listen to the monthly Full Council meetings that are<br />

live streamed on Facebook @<strong>Swaffham</strong>towncouncil<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 />

18 19<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 />

<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 />



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