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by visiting Oxburgh Hall<br />

Read about all the festive activies on offer on p.16<br />

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Contents<br />

3 Heritage Action Zone<br />

4 Church News<br />

6 The Hive/Royal British Legion<br />

7 History Group/Community Hospital<br />

8 Climate Action Group<br />

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

12 Rugby Club/Merle Boddy<br />

13 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary/Wissey u3a<br />

16 National Trust/Garden Group<br />

17 Local WI Groups<br />

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

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

Heritage Action Zone<br />

The final project for this year is now underway<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s High Street Heritage Action Zone.<br />

The works to both Mr Chips and Tutankhamun’s is<br />

underway on these properties in central <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

The scaffolding is now up to allow these repairs.<br />

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The works has been split into two phases. The first<br />

phase is to repair the historic windows and upper<br />

levels of these properties. The work will be completed<br />

to ensure as much of the original material is kept and<br />

that these features will be in good condition moving<br />

forwards. These works are due to finish before the<br />

end of November.<br />

The second phase of the works is to install two new<br />

heritage shopfronts. Tutankhamun’s was originally<br />

an International Stores shop. This was a chain store<br />

whose objective was to sell tea directly to the<br />

customers and could be found on High Streets across<br />

the country. The shop front installed is designed<br />

based on the original photograph of this former store<br />

and will give the shop fronts a more traditional feel.<br />

To ensure the quality of the work the project is grant<br />

funded by Historic England and Breckland District<br />

Council and overseen by conservation accredited<br />

architects Kings and Dunn.<br />

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

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

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

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


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

Sunday 3rd December<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

6pm Advent Carol Service<br />

Sunday 10th December<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 17th December<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

joined by the people of Sporle.<br />

6pm Christmas Carol Service<br />

Sunday 24th December<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

11.30pm Midnight Mass of the Nativity<br />

with the Bishop of Lynn<br />

25th December Christmas Day<br />

10am United Eucharist with Carols<br />

joined by people from Sporle<br />

31st December<br />

10am United Sung Eucharist<br />

joined by people from Sporle.<br />

Mid week service every Wednesday Morning<br />

10am Holy Communion (said)<br />

Saturdays Coffee and Cake (2nd, 9th & 16th Dec)<br />

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

Visitors between 9am and 3pm.<br />

Choir Practice on Tuesday evenings<br />

From 7.15pm to 8.30pm - meets in Church new voices<br />

welcome.<br />

Bible Study Group meets on Wednesday 6th<br />

December at 2.30pm at 15 Wroxham Avenue new<br />

members welcome.<br />

Christmas Tree Festival<br />

Our glorious Christmas Tree Festival is in full swing<br />

this year. Opens 2nd December until 12th December<br />

10am to 4pm. Following the success of last year’s<br />

Christmas Tree Festival, we hope that the 2023 event<br />

will be even more spectacular! 32 trees will grace our<br />

historic and beautiful Church, each one sponsored<br />

and decorated by a local charity or organisation.<br />

Jo Pluckrose, local artist, will again showcase her<br />

amazing wirework sculptures during the festival. This<br />

year's installation will take the form of a giant chain of<br />

daisies suspended high above the central aisle. The<br />

Christmas Tree Festival is FREE to enter. We hope you<br />

will take the time to visit your Church and experience<br />

the joy, peace, hope and goodwill it offers to all at<br />

Christmas. Please give as generously as you can to the<br />

charities involved.<br />

Christmas Concert<br />

10th December 2023 at 6pm Mid Norfolk Singers<br />

present J.S.Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Parts 3 and 4)<br />

plus Carols and Christmas Songs.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Mothers’ Union<br />

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

the Thursday 14th December in the Baptist Church<br />

Rooms at 11am for their Christmas meeting of<br />

Carols and Readings. Contact: Julia Higbee for details<br />

01760 720041. Contact may be made via email:<br />

swaffhamchurch@gmail.com or 01760 725051.<br />

Modern Day Slavery Talk<br />

On Thursday 12 th October the <strong>Swaffham</strong> branch of<br />

the Mothers’ Union were pleased to welcome Phil<br />

Jesson, who spoke to us about the very relevant and<br />

serious issue of slavery in the UK and the rest of the<br />

world. Phil works for a charity called Unseenuk.org<br />

and this charity provides safe houses and support in<br />

the community for survivors of trafficking and modern<br />

slavery, and aims to work in collaboration with police,<br />

the government and other organisations to try to end<br />

slavery.<br />

Modern day slavery exists worldwide, and exists in<br />

many forms in the UK, including in our area. This might<br />

be the trafficking of children and other vulnerable<br />

people into criminal activities such as drug running.<br />

It can include sexual exploitation, forced labour on<br />

farms, nail bars and car washes to name a few. Phil<br />

also brought to our attention that we ourselves might<br />

be unwittingly using slave labour with the choices we<br />

make in our purchases, go to www.slaveryfootprint.<br />

org to find out more.<br />

Using fair trade products, for example coffee, tea<br />

and chocolate ensures that the workers receive fair<br />

payment for their work. He encouraged us to research<br />

the origin of the products we buy. We also can make a<br />

difference by being more aware of situations that do<br />

not seem right locally; signs of neglect of workers and<br />

fearfulness. The Unseenuk.org website gives more<br />

information.<br />

There is a helpline number which is 0800 121<br />

700 or any concerns can be reported online at<br />

modernslaveryhelpline.org. Thanks to Phil Jesson,<br />

we felt that we were better informed about this<br />

important subject.<br />

The Oasis Centre<br />

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

Sundays weekly<br />

• 10am: Praise & Prayer<br />

• 10.30am: Tea & Coffee<br />

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

Wednesdays weekly<br />

• 10am Worship & Prayer<br />

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

@oasiscentreswaffham<br />

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

• Fri 1st Dec 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Contact 01760<br />

722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 2nd Dec 9.30-12noon Church Christmas Fayre<br />

& Coffee Morning.<br />

• Sun 3rd Dec 10.45am. All Age Worship led by Rev<br />

Jacqui, with the Brownies & Guides. Advent choc<br />

calendar for each family. All welcome. Refreshments<br />

served afterwards.<br />

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

In. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 8th Dec 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Fri 8th Dec 7.30pm. The Phoenix Singers Present The<br />

Colours Of Christmas. Admission £8. Refreshments &<br />

raffle.<br />

• Sun 10th Dec 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

Rev Elizabeth Bellamy. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

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

In.<br />

• Thurs 14th Dec <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship Group<br />

Christmas Meal. 12-12.30. Queries see Anne.<br />

• Fri 15th Dec 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Phone 01760<br />

722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 16th Dec 10am-4pm. Display Of Christmas<br />

Nativity Sets In Church. Refreshments in School Room<br />

adjoining.<br />

• Sun 17th Dec 10.45am. Morning Carol Service Led<br />

By The Worship Leaders. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 19th Dec 9am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

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

• Wed 20th Dec 7pm. Carols By Candlelight.<br />

• Fri 22nd Dec 9.30am. Power of Prayer.<br />

• Sun 24th Dec 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

the Worship Leaders. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Mon 25th Dec 10am. All Age Christmas Day Worship<br />

led by Rev Jacqui Horton.<br />



• Sun 31st Dec 10.45am. BIG SUNDAY. Refreshments<br />

served afterwards.<br />

Display of<br />

Nativities<br />

Saturday Dec 16 th<br />

9.30 am – 4 pm<br />

Coffee in the hall 9.30 – 12<br />

All ages welcome! Free entry<br />

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

1, London Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DD<br />

Town<br />

Carol Concert<br />

Wednesday 13 th Dec 2023<br />

7 pm<br />

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


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The Hive at Great Cressingham<br />

Frames of Reference at The Hive<br />

The Hive promotes itself as a place of creativity,<br />

spirituality and well-being. All three of these<br />

characteristics came together last month in a special<br />

session called Frames of Reference led by Revd Jonny<br />

Bell from Holt Methodist church, who is a graduate<br />

in Fine Art of the Chelsea College of Art and Design.<br />

Frames of Reference took the shape of questioning,<br />

reflection and artistic expression and included time<br />

for discussion of both well-known pieces of art as well<br />

as artwork brought along by the people taking part.<br />

Refreshing, challenging and affirming.<br />

This was just one of four November events at The<br />

Hive. Coming up in December are a special evening<br />

of Poetry and Music on Saturday 2nd to celebrate<br />

the season of advent and an afternoon of Christmas<br />

play-reading on Sunday 10th , both with seasonal<br />

refreshments.<br />

For more information please follow our facebook<br />

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

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

donations welcomed.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

November was a very busy but<br />

worthwhile month, with our new<br />

Poppy Appeal Organisers really<br />

giving it their all. We were saddened to hear, during<br />

Poppy Appeal time, that Verena Hartley had passed<br />

away. Verena used to fill many of the slots at Waitrose<br />

and was such a beautiful soul.<br />

Our Festival of Remembrance held on 9th November<br />

in the Parish Church was a resounding success. Our<br />

thanks go to the Phoenix Singers, pupils from the<br />

Nicholas Hamond Academy, members of the RBL<br />

who read poems, Dereham Town Band and our<br />

very own Richard Winch, accompanied by Sarah<br />

Rodgers. Our thanks also go to our honoured guests,<br />

Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk Lady Georgina Roberts,<br />

Baroness Gillian Sheppard of Northwold, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Mayor Cllr Stewart Bell, along with Town and<br />

District Cllrs, and the RBL County President Lt Gen<br />

Jonathan Page. Many thanks also to Canon Stuart<br />

Nairn for allowing us to use the Church.<br />

On 10th November pupils from the Sacred Heart<br />

School and also Heartwood School were joined by<br />

members of the RBL, Town Cllrs and general public<br />

to join in a Service led by Father Mark Hackeson.<br />

The children read prayers that they had composed<br />

themselves. The Last Post was played and the Silence<br />

observed. As I spoke to the children afterwards one<br />

asked “who was that man”, meaning Father Mark. I<br />

explained he was the Catholic Priest. The little boy<br />

said, “I thought he was the Pope!”<br />

Armistice Day was commemorated at the War<br />

Memorial with a good turnout on a very cold day. The<br />

Street Collection was also held on the 11th and we<br />

thank those who stood out in the cold. The Women’s<br />

Section also ran a Coffee Morning .<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> really turned out in force to commemorate<br />

Remembrance Sunday. Many children took part in<br />

the Parade this year, which was led by Fakenham<br />

Town Band. Warrant Officer Keith Rix was the Parade<br />

Marshal. After the wreath laying, which included one<br />

laid by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Mayor Cllr Stewart Bell, there<br />

was a short service led by Canon Stuart Nairn, in the<br />

Parish Church, also well attended. Wreaths were<br />

placed in the Church by the Chairman of the RBL and<br />

pupils from Hamonds Academy.<br />

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

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

meets on the second Monday of the month<br />

at 2pm in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council chamber,<br />

accessible via the Museum (there is a lift to the<br />

Council chamber). Anyone can join and there is no<br />

subscription except an annual registration fee of £1<br />

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

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

Our focus is on the rich history of <strong>Swaffham</strong> but we<br />

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 />

At our recent meetings we have been thinking about<br />

places of interest we would like to visit in 2024;<br />

more details to come. We have also been reflecting<br />

on the past year’s activities and events during the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium’s ‘Under the Eye of<br />

the Buttercross’ theme in which the group took part<br />

in the ‘Mapping the Market Place’ event. Early next<br />

year we hope to be publishing the first of our booklets<br />

on this theme.<br />

Finally, The <strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group wish you all a<br />

very Happy Christmas and New Year!<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 which will be in February.<br />

New members are always welcome; you are not<br />

required to do any research or have any qualifications,<br />

just obviously an interest in our local history.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Men's Shed<br />

You may or may not be aware that a Men's Shed is in<br />

existence at The Rugby Club in North Pickenham Road.<br />

Explanation as to the purpose of such associations is<br />

available on Google. Apart from other benefits, it is<br />

mentioned that physical fitness is considered to be<br />

very beneficial therefore, member Peter Harris has<br />

proposed to start a walking group for members and<br />

other interested parties.<br />

You can be assured from the outset that the exercise<br />

will be very gentle...so do please do get in touch with<br />

Peter on 01760 723152 if you are interested in finding<br />

out more about what he has planned.<br />

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

Firstly, another thank you to those that are continuing<br />

to support our coin collection at home scheme. Your<br />

change does add up and is greatly appreciated. As ever<br />

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

By the time you are reading this we will have had<br />

the Rotary's Charity Fair day in the Assembly Rooms.<br />

The Friends are doing the catering for the day, with<br />

proceeds going to our charity. If you attended I hope<br />

you found the day interesting and enjoyed our catering.<br />

The Christmas Tree Festival is just on so come along,<br />

enjoy the spectacle and support the local charities<br />

at the same time. Christmas arrangements for the<br />

hospital patients are well in hand; with "goodies"<br />

being supplied for the staff to cheer them up.<br />

Still no certain plans from the Trust about premises<br />

improvements, so we have to be patient until they<br />

decide on their priorities.<br />

I have mentioned before that some patients do arrive<br />

at the hospital with virtually only the clothes on their<br />

back. We seek to have a supply of toiletries etc for<br />

them to use, so if you have any spare items you might<br />

want to donate then they can be left at Reception for<br />

the Housekeeper.<br />

Finally, there are some senior staff changes at the<br />

hospital for the new year including a new Ward<br />

Manager.<br />

This will be the last article for 2023 so I'd like to<br />

take the opportunity to thank my colleagues on the<br />

Committee, all of the hospital staff and of course you<br />

for your support. I hope your Christmas goes well and<br />

wish you all the best for 2024.<br />

Colin Houghton, Chairman<br />

07767 262108<br />

Caram Voice in Norfolk<br />

Volunteer With Children<br />

Looking for a fun volunteering opportunity that fits<br />

around your other commitments? Want to help some<br />

of our most vulnerable children and inspire them<br />

towards better, brighter things?<br />

For some children in care, most adults in their<br />

lives are social workers or other paid professionals.<br />

Please consider becoming an Independent Visitor,<br />

a volunteer who visits a child for a few hours each<br />

month to build a valuable and consistent relationship<br />

by spending time together doing fun activities.<br />

Thorough training and support provided, as well as<br />

reimbursement of reasonable expenses.<br />

To find out more about volunteering as an Independent<br />

Visitor with Coram Voice in Norfolk please email :<br />

norfolk@coramvoice.org.uk, or visit coramvoice.org.<br />

uk and select current vacancies.<br />

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

& Environment Group<br />

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

Climate & Ecology Bill<br />

We have recently been asking local<br />

councils to support the Climate & Ecology<br />

Bill which has the backing of MPs and peers from<br />

all political parties. This proposed legislation would<br />

create a legal commitment to follow the science on<br />

tackling the climate-nature crisis. The Zero Hour is a<br />

campaign group specifically behind the bill and it is<br />

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

asking for all councils to vote in support of this UKwide<br />

legislation. More than 230 councils across the<br />

UK nations have now voted to back the bill. The Zero<br />

Hour hopes to bring as many councils on board as<br />

possible to give local MPs the mandate to advocate for<br />

this private member’s bill in Westminster. The climate<br />

and nature crisis is not a party political issue. It’s an<br />

suggestions, and receive all meeting notes and information.<br />

exceptionally difficult challenge for any government,<br />

local or national, to face. Councils can play a vitally<br />

important role by showing national politicians that the<br />

public are ready for serious action to be taken.<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 />

There is more information at https://www.youtube.<br />

com/watch?v=wXIVs-sW5y4. At the time of writing we<br />

do not know what the response from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council and Breckland District Council has been but<br />

we are hopeful that they will support this bill. In reality<br />

it is imperative that emissions are reduced to<br />

below Net Zero to protect the planet, and for the lives<br />

of our children and grandchildren.<br />

Come and join us<br />

On Thursday 14th December, from 11am to 1pm,<br />

instead of our regular meeting we are holding a<br />

bring and share Christmas lunch in the Methodist<br />

Church, drinks will be provided. All are welcome<br />

to come and talk to us about the issues around the<br />

climate emergency and crisis in nature, and how we<br />

as a community can work together to have a positive<br />

impact. Just pop in for a chat!<br />

Everyone is welcome to our regular monthly meetings,<br />

usually on the second Thursday of each month at<br />

10am in the Methodist Church. Please get in touch<br />

with either Cathy Mumford on 01760 721847 / 07799<br />

642271, cathyjmumford@gmail.com or David Jones<br />

on 01760 722468 / 07806 435066, dljdav@gmail.com<br />

to check on meeting dates and times as they can vary.<br />

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The Phoenix Singers<br />

The Phoenix Singers Celebrate Christmas<br />

Please note that the date on the poster in November's<br />

edition of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> was incorrect -<br />

the concert is on Friday 8th December.<br />

Here we are getting into the Swing of the Christmas<br />

Season with the shops already festooned with gifts<br />

and decorations. Let us get your Christmas spirit<br />

moving with our usual selection of festive music and<br />

carols at our concert to be held in the Methodist<br />

Church on Friday 8th December at 7.30pm.<br />

You can look forward to an evening of words and music<br />

together with our guests THREE’S COMPANY, with<br />

refreshments and a popular raffle during the interval,<br />

to get you in the mood for your own celebrations.<br />

Always a good evening’s entertainment, so don’t miss<br />

out. Tickets are £8 (incl. Refreshments) and are on<br />

sale in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum. The Phoenix Singers look<br />

forward to seeing you there.<br />

Carols at Mintlyn Crematorium<br />

A popular Christmas carol service returns to Mintlyn<br />

Crematorium on Wednesday 6th December 2023 at<br />

7pm. The crematorium, which introduced this familyfriendly<br />

carol service in 2018, has raised hundreds of<br />

pounds for charity. This year they will be supporting<br />

The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, as well as the<br />

Mayor’s charities. Guests will be invited to make a<br />

voluntary donation for a special message tag to place<br />

on the Christmas Tree of Memories.<br />

The Chapel will open from 6:30pm with the service<br />

starting at 7pm and led by civil celebrant Kathy Collins,<br />

with music provided by resident Mintlyn organist Mr<br />

Jonathan Chaddock. Cllr Bal Anota, Cabinet Member<br />

for Property and Corporate Services at the borough<br />

council, will be providing one of the readings and<br />

Deputy Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Paul<br />

Bland, will also be attending the service.<br />

This is a free event for everyone to attend but, due<br />

to its popularity, a ticket will be required for entry.<br />

Alternatively, the service will be webcast for those<br />

unable to attend, please email mintlyn@westnorfolk.gov.uk<br />

or telephone 01553 630533 for tickets<br />

or webcast log-on details. Mintlyn Crematorium is<br />

located on Lynn Road, Bawsey, King’s Lynn PE32 1HB.<br />

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

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

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

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

10.00am in various locations around <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the<br />

surrounding villages to enjoy a walk from around 3 to 6.5<br />

miles. Afterwards enjoying Tea, Coffee & Cakes/biscuits.<br />

For more information and details on the next walk, please<br />

contact Graham Lathwell on 07486 901 948.<br />


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

The Equinox Jazz Quartet (EJQ) made a return visit to<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club on 14th November. This was<br />

their third gig in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and as ever they performed<br />

with local guest musician Chris Lee on trumpet and<br />

flugelhorn. So when EJQ play in <strong>Swaffham</strong> they are<br />

really the Equinox Jazz Quintet!<br />

The band is based in London and performs regularly<br />

in and around the capital, but their drummer is well<br />

known Norwich-based jazz musician James Lewis. The<br />

other members of the band are Danny Silverstone<br />

(alto sax) Greg Loops (bass) and Terry Loane (piano).<br />

EJQ’s repertoire consists mainly of tunes written by<br />

– or made famous by – the great names in Jazz, such<br />

as John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.<br />

The programme also included EJQ’s own version of<br />

“Got My Mojo Working” the blues song made famous<br />

by Muddy Waters’ 1957 recording. The evening<br />

finished with a spirited version of the Sonny Rollins<br />

classic number "St. Thomas" featuring an extended<br />

drum solo by James – a great ending to a great<br />

evening.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Jazz Club is taking a break until March<br />

2024. Events will take place at 7.30 pm on the second<br />

Tuesday of each month at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative<br />

Club, 23 London Street, PE37 7DD. More information<br />

from Norman 01760 722384 or Geoff, 01366 328730.<br />

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

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Louis Coates guitar Ian Hireson bass<br />

Mark Jolly violin James Lewis drums<br />

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

The day trip to the Ely Cathedral Christmas Market<br />

was fully booked and we hope that everyone who<br />

went had a good time. We are now in the process of<br />

planning trips for 2024 and will probably be repeating<br />

the trip to Ely. Lots of ideas have been floated<br />

including, for example, a day trip to Felixstowe and in<br />

the New Year 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. The membership fee<br />

to join the Friends is a one-off Life membership fee of<br />

£10 for an individual or £15 for a family (two adults<br />

and two children under 16 years of age living at the<br />

same address). This gives you free access to all the<br />

museum galleries for life.<br />

Ask at the museum about becoming a Friend or<br />

use the contact details below or on the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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 November 2023 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2368<br />

• £20 – no 2360<br />

• £10 – no 2307<br />

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

on the way to our lucky winners! Emails and letters<br />

went out to remind members of the 100 Club to<br />

resubscribe as our draw year commenced in October<br />

and runs until next September. New numbers starting<br />

23…are now issued. Numbers beginning 22.. are no<br />

longer valid. So if you were in the 100 Club previously<br />

please sign up again, if you have not already done so,<br />

and get your updated number.<br />

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

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

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

£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 />

Finally, the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage wish you all<br />

a very Happy Christmas and New Year!<br />

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

Heritage see our webpage, on the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

website https://www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk/<br />

support-us#friends-of-swaffham-heritage , or email<br />

to friends@swaffhammuseum.co.uk , or call in to the<br />

Museum.<br />

For the 100 Club contact the Membership Secretary<br />

by email stuartclapton@aol.com.<br />


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

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone<br />

who supported our 12th annual Community Bonfire<br />

and Fireworks event on the 5th November. After a<br />

very changeable week, the weather on Sunday was<br />

very kind to us and although the ground underfoot<br />

was wet, the skies remained clear and rain free<br />

throughout the event.<br />

We try to keep our<br />

admission fees affordable<br />

in order that as many<br />

members of the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community can celebrate<br />

bonfire night together and<br />

this year we were delighted<br />

with the number of people<br />

who turned up and were<br />

overwhelmed by the<br />

positive feedback on social<br />

media.<br />

Our club is run entirely by volunteers, without<br />

whom we could not stage this event. Thanks to all<br />

members, friends and relatives who turned out to<br />

set up, man stalls and bar, or clear up afterwards, not<br />

forgetting that hardy band who put leaflets through<br />

doors! Thanks also to our neighbours for their<br />

understanding with the number of pedestrians and<br />

cars who descended on the area, to the stallholders<br />

who came along and offered attractions to visitors,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Men’s Shed for marshalling and of course<br />

St John’s Ambulance for attending. Once again,<br />

thanks to the <strong>Swaffham</strong> community for coming along<br />

and supporting this event. Don’t wait till November<br />

3rd 2024 to come and visit us again!<br />

December 9th will be our last home game of the year<br />

when we will welcome Dereham RFC. Kick Off on<br />

our floodlit pitch will be 3pm. Everyone is welcome<br />

to come along and support Those Magnificent Men,<br />

and perhaps enjoy a festive moment together in the<br />

bar afterwards!<br />

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

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

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

both on or off the pitch.<br />

Contact chair@swaffhamrugby.co.uk<br />

Merle Boddy Centre<br />

The Merle Boddy Day Centre provides a<br />

warm and friendly Social Day Care Service<br />

for people living with dementia including<br />

mental health problems and physical disabilities, in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and the surrounding area.<br />

At the Centre we all enjoyed the Halloween Tricks and<br />

Treats, and had a very spooky time!<br />

Although it’s still several weeks away, as the Christmas<br />

jingle says, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas<br />

here and we have just got cracking on our Christmas<br />

decorations. None of your last minute stuff here!<br />

We wish all our lovely clients, their carers and everyone<br />

a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.<br />

We are still looking for people with business or charity<br />

experience to join our management board and bring in<br />

some key skills. This may interest you if you are recently<br />

retired or work part-time and want be active in the<br />

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

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

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

company.<br />

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

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

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

small as well as big. You can give by visiting our website<br />

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

JustGiving.<br />

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

@merleboddycentre – or see our website -<br />

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

office@merleboddy.org.uk -<br />

or phone the Centre on 01760 724527.<br />

Rotary<br />

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

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

“If you have any strange old<br />

items hanging around the house,<br />

bring them along to see if they're worth anything.” My<br />

witty neighbour laughed. “OK, I'll bring my husband!”<br />

It was fun to stop and chat while delivering leaflets<br />

for our <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary 'Antiques and Valuation Day'<br />

and 'Art Exhibition'. These are both done and dusted<br />

now and the proceeds will be put to very good use<br />

in support of our local causes. We are very grateful<br />

to Keys Auctioneers of Aylsham for generously<br />

sponsoring these events.<br />

Our 'Christmas Charities Fayre' is also behind us now,<br />

so apart from our Christmas party it's just regular<br />

meetings until the New Year. The planning for the<br />

'Beer Festival' next May is already well in hand.<br />

As a fairly new Rotarian, I am gradually learning<br />

about how the club operates Worldwide. I now know<br />

that there are over 46,000 clubs worldwide with 1.4<br />

million members. Rotary plays a very large part in<br />

the eradication of polio across the world. We raise<br />

funds to provide Shelterboxes for families who have<br />

lost homes through disaster or conflict. By organising<br />

local events we raise funds to help local charities such<br />

as Headway, Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Support,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Men's Shed and many more.<br />

If you think you might be interested in coming along<br />

to a meeting to find out more about <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary<br />

please get in touch via our website:<br />

swaffhamrotary.org.uk<br />

You would be most welcome.<br />

Richard Skinner<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

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Wissey u3a<br />

At our last monthly meeting on<br />

Thursday 2nd November Richard Hill, a recently<br />

retired National Trust Project Manager, gave a very<br />

interesting and informative illustrated talk about his<br />

work on the £21 million restoration project at Knole<br />

House in Kent. This was not a technical talk about<br />

restoring an old building but a fascinating insight into<br />

the process of determining a vision for the property<br />

that would greatly improve a visitor’s experience and<br />

understanding of the history of the largest private<br />

house under the National Trust’s care.<br />

The opportunity was also taken to create a state-ofthe-art<br />

Conservation Studio within the footprint of<br />

a previously disused and derelict outbuilding. Well<br />

worth a visit if you’re down in Kent.<br />

Our December meeting will be our Christmas Party<br />

(for existing members only) and we look forward to<br />

being entertained by the local choir ‘Rockavox’.<br />

At our first meeting of the New Year, on Thursday 4th<br />

January 2024, our guest speaker will be Don Mobley,<br />

who will give an illustrated talk about US Military<br />

Aviation.<br />

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

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

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

Moncaster on 01760 724755 for further information.

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

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Village Hall, with a Beetle Drive and hot<br />

supper. Local clubs competed for the “A47 Trophy",<br />

which was won by the Norwich North Alpha Lions, and<br />

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people in this way for profit or even theft is a disgrace<br />

and we want to raise as much awareness as possible to<br />

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The council is writing to all users of the service to warn<br />

them but it is also trying to raise awareness in the<br />

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being scammed out of money altogether.”<br />

The council has advised users of the Careline Community<br />

Service to be cautious when people call. The council will<br />

never ask for money upfront. (The service is paid for,<br />

usually through a monthly direct debit, but there is no<br />

separate charge for the box.) Members of staff will always<br />

clearly identify themselves as calling from Careline<br />

Community Service and will be in uniform, and carrying<br />

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the council on 01553 616200 if they have any doubts.<br />

The digital switchover is part of a national programme<br />

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council’s pendant service, Careline Community Service,<br />

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The Lioness Branch Club held another Pudsey’s<br />

Pudding Quiz in November, a fun quiz with lots of<br />

delicious puddings being served at the interval. This<br />

has made around £300 to go to Children in Need. The<br />

Lions are also collecting for Children in Need at Tesco,<br />

along with promoting our Diabetes Awareness stand.<br />

We took part in the Health Promotion Day at the<br />

Assembly Rooms organised by the Campingland<br />

Surgery where we ran our “Message in a Bottle” stall<br />

giving away a number of our plastic bottles which store<br />

one’s medical information in case of an emergency.<br />

We have recently helped with the Poppy collections<br />

and laid our Lions and Lioness wreaths at the War<br />

Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. We will be<br />

collecting in Tesco for the Foodbank at the beginning<br />

of December.<br />

Looking forward to Christmas, we will have our<br />

Christmas Tree in the Church Tree Festival, will be<br />

running our Christmas Tombola stall in the Assembly<br />

Rooms, and also preparing for the usual Pensioner's<br />

Christmas Party at The Nicholas Hamond Academy.<br />

Our “Santa” charity collections will be taking place at<br />

both Tesco and Waitrose in the run up to Christmas.<br />

Season’s Greetings to you all,<br />

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


National Trust<br />

Christmas Days out at Oxburgh Estate<br />

Join us as we celebrate the festive season at<br />

Oxburgh Estate this December!<br />

• Dec the Halls from 1st December<br />

Explore Oxburgh Hall transformed for Christmas, with<br />

candles, twinkling lights, and real-life Christmas trees.<br />

Wander through the state rooms and admire the<br />

traditional decorations that grace the hall. There is also<br />

a trail and Christmas themed activities to be enjoyed by<br />

the little ones.<br />

Visit our Servants Hall tearoom and discover a selection<br />

of delicious festive treats, from sweet treats to festive<br />

drinks, or pop by the shop to purchase the perfect<br />

Christmas present, treat or souvenir.<br />

Join us in the grand Saloon to hear some of your favourite<br />

festive tunes being played by our volunteer pianist * .<br />

*<br />

Saturday and Sunday dates only. This activity is<br />

dependent upon volunteer availability.<br />

• Story telling with Father Christmas<br />

Bring the magic of Christmas alive and join Father<br />

Christmas for a magical yuletide tale in The Potting<br />

Shed, the home of Oxburgh’s second-hand bookshop.<br />

After the story, Father Christmas will have a small gift for<br />

you to take home. Please note that each child requires a<br />

ticket and due to space limitations in The Potting Shed,<br />

only 1 free accompanying adult is permitted per child.<br />

This event doesn’t include general admission to site.<br />

Standard admissions charges apply to the property to<br />

non-members on arrival.<br />

• Festive Wreath Workshop<br />

Come and get into the festive spirit with us and create<br />

your own beautiful luxury wreath to adorn your door at<br />

our Festive Wreath Workshop, in collaboration with The<br />

Floral Sistas. Local florists, Floral Sistas, will teach you<br />

all the techniques you need and using foliage from the<br />

Oxburgh Estate and natural decorations, together, you<br />

will create a beautiful traditional festive wreath. Tickets<br />

also include a tea or coffee, served with a festive treat. All<br />

tools, equipment and guidance will be provided. Tickets<br />

to this event also include entry to Oxburgh Hall and the<br />

Esatate so once you’re done with being creative, you’ll<br />

be able to enjoy the delights of Oxburgh decorated for<br />

Christmas. Tickets are priced at £65.00 per person.<br />

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Group<br />

Growing Cacti for their Beauty<br />

Barry Gayton of Desert World at Santon Downham,<br />

and regular contributor to the Radio Cambridgeshire<br />

gardening programme, shared his extensive knowledge<br />

of growing cacti with members at the October meeting.<br />

Barry has over 13,000 different species of cacti in his<br />

large greenhouses at Desert World. After the grasses,<br />

cacti has the next largest number of different species,<br />

with some 25,000. They come in a vast array of sizes<br />

and shapes and as long as your are patient they produce<br />

some amazing floral displays when they do flower.<br />

Barry began his talk by explaining how to grow cacti from<br />

cutting or a seed, something he has done with virtually<br />

all his own cacti.<br />

Barry explained the difference between cacti and<br />

succulents. All cacti are succulents but not all succulents<br />

are cacti. While succulents can have spines, cacti have<br />

a cluster of spines around each areole, whereas some<br />

succulents have individual spines but are not cacti. An<br />

agave is not a cacti but a Christmas cacti is a true cacti as<br />

it has small clusters of spines.<br />

Barry proceeded to present slides showing the different<br />

species of cacti and their beautiful floral displays. One in<br />

particular captivated the audience, namely the ‘Queen<br />

of the Night’. On this climbing cacti each flower only<br />

opens for 4 to 5 hours on a single night each year, the<br />

large white flowers can be over 12 inches in diameter<br />

giving off a sweet fragrance. The reason it flowers at<br />

night is because it is pollinated by bats or moths. The<br />

talk ended with a lively Q&A with numerous questions<br />

from the audience which Barry, using his encyclopaedic<br />

knowledge of cacti, comprehensively dealt with.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

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

Simon Harrap, who will talk on Wildlife Garden Ponds.<br />

The Club Christmas party will be held on December 14th<br />

and our next monthly meetings will be held on Thursday<br />

January 25th, when Martin Davey will talk on ‘Pests and<br />

Diseases’. Meetings are held at Holme Hale Pavilion and<br />

start at 2.30pm.<br />

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

welcome, so come along.<br />

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

Our meeting, on Wednesday 1 st<br />

November commenced at 2.30pm<br />

with a warm welcome given by our<br />

President to the speaker for the afternoon Judith<br />

Webster. Followed by a reading of a poem by Philip<br />

Larkin called MCMXIV which is about the optimism of<br />

young men queuing up to enlist in 1914 war. Larkin<br />

wrote the poem in 1964 when some critical distance<br />

from both wars had been reached.<br />

The President announced that this month eight ladies<br />

were celebrating their birthdays and each were given<br />

a card and a small gift and were serenaded with the<br />

Happy Birthday song. Judith then introduced the<br />

meeting to the title of her talk “The Yellow Caravan”.<br />

In the year 1912 three intrepid lady’s decided to travel<br />

around Norfolk in a yellow horse drawn caravan and<br />

cooked over an open fire. They wore long dresses, the<br />

custom in that era, and visited some notable towns<br />

including <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Judith read the poem that they<br />

had written about their adventure and also provided<br />

slides to give more of an atmosphere. It was a very<br />

illuminating talk and thoroughly enjoyed by all.<br />

The competition for the month was in line with the<br />

talk by Judith, for something in the colour yellow.<br />

A beautiful yellow plate was chosen as the winning<br />

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

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

• WI Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 6th December.<br />

• Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church 2nd –<br />

11th December.<br />

• Rotary Christmas Fayre Saturday 25th November<br />

9am to 2pm in the Assembly Rooms.<br />

• Coach trip to the V&A Museum in London 1st<br />

February 2024 to see: re: Imagining Musicals<br />

Exhibition.<br />

• WI National Annual Meeting 2024 at the Royal<br />

Albert Hall 4th - 5th June.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd January<br />

2024 at 2.30pm in the Community Centre and will<br />

include a Bring and Buy.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> W.I. wish you all a happy and peaceful<br />

Christmas and New Year.<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 />

Pickenhams WI<br />

Our speaker at our WI Meeting in<br />

November was Leonard Priestley,<br />

Truck Driver and Removal Man.<br />

Leonard outlined his family history for us and said that<br />

from an early age he had always wanted to drive a lorry.<br />

And so it happened; 55 years ago, he was taken on by<br />

Smedley's as a driver. He visited corner shops with<br />

their deliveries. The most outstanding visit was when<br />

the manager wouldn't accept the delivery and after<br />

Leonard had asked for a refusal note (which wasn't<br />

forthcoming) they ended up having a fight, knocking<br />

over all the food deliveries in the process. The police<br />

were called and even, in spite of this, Leonard kept his<br />

job! In 1971 he was made redundant and he set up<br />

his own flower delivery service and removal company,<br />

including pianos. In one piano he found nude photos<br />

of the owner but she snatched them away when she<br />

saw them in his hand!<br />

After this entertaining talk, we moved on to our meeting.<br />

Our WI Group Walk had been cancelled because of<br />

the inclement weather. We will resume them in 2024.<br />

Our President, Carol, read out the WI Resolutions and<br />

we will consider them again at our Christmas Lunch.<br />

Future events include our WI Christmas Party at the<br />

Hub on 12th December, when we will have a Bring<br />

& Share lunch, plus entertainment by 3's Company.<br />

There is a Ukulele Concert at St Andrew's Church,<br />

North Pickenham at 2pm on Saturday, 16th December,<br />

to which everyone is welcome. In the New Year we will<br />

have lunch at Broom Hall on Tuesday, 23rd January.<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 />

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In Touch With Your Town<br />

Remembrance Day<br />

It was great to see so many people at<br />

the Remembrance Day ceremonies<br />

between Friday 10th November and<br />

Sunday 12th November paying tribute<br />

to the courage and dedication of those who served.<br />

These events acted as a poignant reminder of the<br />

human cost of conflict. Thank you to the volunteers<br />

for their hard work in organising the ceremonies and<br />

for giving the community an opportunity to express<br />

their gratitude for the sacrifices made by those who<br />

served and pledged a commitment to fostering a<br />

peaceful world.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council secured funding from the<br />

Love Your Market Breckland fund to help host two<br />

events in town:<br />

LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> will see live performances on the<br />

Buttercross to enjoy on the first Saturday of the<br />

month May-August.<br />

Seasonal Wool Decorations<br />

Seasonal Wool Decorations aims to decorate<br />

the Buttercross with knitted items that are<br />

created through a community effort. If you are<br />

interested in being involved, contact comms@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

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

Bring your little ones for a special visit to Santa.<br />

Capture the wonder on their faces as they share<br />

their Christmas wishes and receive a small gift to<br />

make their season extra bright. Tickets are £3.50<br />

and can be booked online. Visit our website for<br />

booking information.<br />

Embrace the spirit of the season at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Christmas light switch on event on Sunday 3rd<br />

December between 10am-5pm. The day will be<br />

filled with festive delights from heartwarming choir<br />

performances as well as a craft and food Christmas<br />

market. The Christmas market will showcase local<br />

artisans and some delicious seasonal treats. The<br />

event will be hosted by KL1 Radio and will feature<br />

performances from Jay Harrison, The Ukulele<br />

Band, The Rock Choir, Heartwood School Choir and<br />

Fakenham Town Band.<br />

Don’t forget we are holding ‘The Quiet Hour’<br />

between 10-11am for residents from local care<br />

homes and the SEND community.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are working with The Big<br />

C Charity to put on a Christmas lantern parade led<br />

by a Donkey and Pony. The community/local groups<br />

and schools are warmly invited to create a lantern<br />

to bring to the parade to raise money for The Big<br />

C Charity. The Lantern Parade will commence at<br />

3:30pm.<br />

Shelly's Bistro in <strong>Swaffham</strong> was named as the best<br />

Café/Bistro in the whole of England for the year at<br />

the Food Awards England 2023.<br />

Mrs Czarnecki who opened the business in 2017<br />

said, “I was shocked enough to win the region<br />

category, let alone the whole country. It is a huge<br />

achievement for a tiny little bistro in the middle of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>. Everyone says our breakfast is the best in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and now we can say it is the best in the<br />

country."<br />

Save the date!<br />

Meet your Councillors Coffee Drop in, Tuesday 19th<br />

December, 11am-1pm, Town Hall Christmas Light<br />

Switch on Event, Sunday 3 December 10am-5pm<br />

Meet Your Councillors<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are hosting a ‘Meet Your<br />

Councillors’ event with mince pies and refreshments<br />

on Tuesday 19 December 11am-1pm at the Town<br />

Hall. All are welcome. Any donations on the day will<br />

be donated to The Big C Charity.<br />

Town Council Christmas closing dates:<br />

Friday 22nd December 2023 – Wednesday 3rd<br />

January 2024<br />

Town Council Committee<br />

meeting dates - DECEMBER 2023<br />

• Monday 4th 12pm HR & Governance<br />

Have your say! Did you know all council meetings include a 15<br />

minute session set aside for public participation. This is your<br />

opportunity to put questions to your Councillors about things<br />

that matter to you and the town. Why not come along and see<br />

how your Councillors manage the council's affairs. Alternatively,<br />

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

that are 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 />

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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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