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February 2024<br />

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

SWAFFHAM<br />

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Contents<br />

3 TNHA/Climate Group<br />

4 Church News<br />

6 WEA/<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts/Rotary<br />

8 NarVOS/u3a<br />

9 Library News/Rugby Club<br />

11 Garden Group/Community Hospital<br />

12 Museum Matters<br />

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

14 NGS/Local WI Groups<br />

17 Merle Boddy Centre<br />

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

PAY MONTHLY<br />

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TNHA News<br />

We are all getting used to the colder<br />

winter weather and ‘business as usual’<br />

as February arrives and all the festivities are well and<br />

truly behind us. Our Year 11 students have recently<br />

had 3 weeks of GCSE mock examinations under ‘real<br />

conditions’ which gives them experience of what is to<br />

come in the summer. Younger students in Year 7 and 9<br />

have been lucky enough to welcome to the academy<br />

award winning young adult writer Simon James Green<br />

and Norwich based poet Lewis Buxton. They were<br />

involved in various creative workshops on how to<br />

build characters, explore various themes and were up<br />

on their feet taking part in a mixture of drama bases<br />

activities to help them consider the backstory of their<br />

characters.<br />

Meanwhile, in the History Department, it was with<br />

delight that one of our teachers found, lurking in the<br />

back of his cupboard, an admissions ledger from the<br />

old Hamonds School from 1918. The entries are all<br />

handwritten and documents when students were<br />

admitted and left roll for varying reasons. Many local<br />

people will know that the school in <strong>Swaffham</strong> was<br />

opened after the Lord of the Manor, Sir Nicholas<br />

Hamond, left what was then the princely sum of £1,000<br />

to build and endow a school for boys which was first<br />

built, shortly after his death in 1725, on the Campingland<br />

behind the church. The school moved from the original<br />

site in 1896 into the town with room for 32 boarders<br />

and by 1922 had 130 boys on roll with 30 boarders. This<br />

later became the town’s VI form. (What a find!)<br />

Instead of following their usual study programme, our<br />

students were taken off timetable on the first curriculum<br />

day of the academic year recently when they were given<br />

the opportunities to explore topics relevant to their age<br />

group to include:- apprenticeships, festivals, parties,<br />

clubbing and drugs, knife crime, pornography, road<br />

safety, interview skills, R.E., trade unions, manosphere<br />

and misogyny, T-levels, life skills, first aid, the dangers<br />

of sending intimate photographs, how to choose<br />

options, puberty, careers, drugs and the law, gambling,<br />

danger of social media, STEM learning session with<br />

personnel from RAF Marham, P.E. & healthy lifestyles &<br />

relationships. Most of these sessions were delivered by<br />

outside providers who are experts in their field.<br />

Lastly, warm clothing was very much the order of the<br />

day when students visited Holt County Park learning<br />

problem solving skills involving an orienteering course.<br />

They used their stills to navigate around a set course<br />

within the park boundaries. Further trips out of school<br />

include a trip to the Palace Theatre in London’s West<br />

End to be entertained by the play - Harry Potter and<br />

the Curse Child and to Norwich Theatre Royal to enjoy<br />

Shrek the Musical!<br />

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

Environment Group<br />

The January meeting was a very exciting one<br />

with the launch of our new logo acknowledging<br />

the new group name! The incorporation of environment<br />

into the title illustrates the inextricable link between all<br />

environmental issues and climate change. Alongside this<br />

we welcomed a panel from Breckland District Council<br />

(BDC) and Norfolk Climate Change Partnership (NCCP).<br />

We were pleased to hear from Cllr Helen Crane (Executive<br />

Member for Waste, Environmental Health, Licensing &<br />

Sustainability), Jason Cole (BDC Executive Director), Greg<br />

Pearson (NCCP Partnership Manager) and Jonathon Ward<br />

(NCCP Net Zero Innovation & Delivery Manager) and hear<br />

their responses to the many questions from the audience.<br />

Helen gave an update on the Sustainability Strategy which<br />

included progress in installation of LED streetlights to<br />

85%, measured reductions in carbon emissions from BDC<br />

and it’s contractors, and solar panels on Dereham Leisure<br />

Centre.<br />

This exemplary work along with liaison with the Tyndall<br />

Centre for Climate Change Research on behaviour change<br />

is hoped to encourage communities to lower their own<br />

emissions while acknowledging that this is difficult to<br />

achieve. Jonathan explained that <strong>Swaffham</strong> has been<br />

selected as the community in Breckland that will take part<br />

in the NCCP Net Zero Communities Project. This hopes<br />

to identify the barriers to individuals and different sectors<br />

of the community in reducing their carbon emissions and<br />

find out where support is needed. The project will be<br />

launched in March so you will hear more soon!<br />

Key issues raised in questions were the need for a full<br />

20 mph zone in <strong>Swaffham</strong> (although this is an issue for<br />

Norfolk County Council), the continued installation of gas<br />

boilers in new builds and lack of solar panels (planning is<br />

constrained by national legislation) and the apparent need<br />

for more partnership working between councils and work<br />

on behaviour change. Questions were too numerous to<br />

mention here showing the keen level of interest.<br />

Come and join us<br />

As always everyone is welcome to our regular monthly<br />

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

at 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 on<br />

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

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

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

swaffhamchurch@gmail.com<br />

or 01760 725051<br />

Services for February 2024 to which all are Welcome<br />

Sunday 4th February Feast of Candlemass<br />

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple<br />

9.30am<br />

3.30pm<br />

Sunday 11th February<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 18 February<br />

8am<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 25 February<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion<br />

United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Mid-week service Wednesday Mornings<br />

10am<br />

Ash Wednesday 14 February<br />

10am<br />

Holy Communion (said)<br />

Sung Eucharist with Ashing if<br />

desired<br />

The 40 days of Lent begin – a time for personal<br />

reflection and re-assessment of priorities.<br />

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

Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th February<br />

Shrove Tuesday 13 February<br />

10am to 12 noon Pre: St. Valentine Coffee Morning<br />

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

Visitors between 9am and 3pm<br />

A Bible Study Group meets on Wednesday 7th and<br />

21st February at 2.30pm at 15 Wroxham Avenue.<br />

New members welcome.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Mothers' Union Branch<br />

Thursday 8 February 2024, 11am In the<br />

Baptist Church Rooms. Speaker: Caroline<br />

Dudley from Riding for the Disabled -<br />

West Norfolk, We offer support for each<br />

other within our group and keep other MU groups in<br />

our prayers. We are always happy to welcome new<br />

members or visitors to our monthly meetings Contact:<br />

Julia Higbee for details 01760 720041.<br />

World Day of Prayer<br />

The 2024 World Day of Prayer service has<br />

been prepared by an ecumenical group of<br />

Christian women from Palestine, the land in<br />

which Jesus was born, ministered, and died, and where<br />

the Christian faith began and is rooted. As we participate<br />

in this service, we are part of a great wave of prayer, in<br />

native languages, encircling the globe, beginning as the<br />

sun rises over Samoa, continuing as it makes its way<br />

around Earth, ending back in the Pacific as the sun sets.<br />

We will be joining with people in over 146 countries<br />

and islands around the world, to pray with and for the<br />

people of Palestine, who are having such a dreadful<br />

time at present.<br />

The service in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

this year for the World<br />

Day of Prayer will be in the<br />

parish church of St Peter<br />

& St Paul on Friday March<br />

1st at 2pm. The theme<br />

this year is “I beg you to<br />

bear with one another in<br />

love.” Please do come and<br />

join us – ALL are welcome.<br />

For enquiries ring 01760<br />

336328 or 01760 720205.<br />

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

Wishes you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.<br />

• Fri 2nd February 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. We<br />

continue in 2024 to pray for our needy world. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 3rd February 9.30am-12noon. CHURCH<br />

COFFEE MORNING AND STALL. This month the stall<br />

will be selling jigsaw puzzles and books.<br />

• Sun 4th February 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by some of our Worship Leaders. Refreshments<br />

served afterwards.<br />

• Tues 6th February 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In welcomes you to come along and<br />

chat, make new friends. Free refreshments.<br />

• Thurs 8th February 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group meet for an afternoon of fun, chatter and<br />

refreshments. Today’s Speaker is Jo Trick and her<br />

humourous talk is entitled. ‘Life with Bertie’.<br />

• Fri 9th February 9.30am. The Power of Prayer.<br />

Phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 10th February 9.30-12noon. COFFEE MORNING<br />

ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION.<br />

• Sun 11th February 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by Mr Tony Hey. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 13th February 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. Warm friendly atmosphere to spend<br />

time with friends.<br />

• Tuesday 13th February 11.30am -1pm. SOUP &<br />

PUDDING. A selection of lovely warming soup and<br />

puddings. No charge but donations are gratefully<br />

received.<br />

• Wed 14th February Ash Wednesday Act of Worship<br />

9.30am, followed by a Lent Bible Study. 10am-11am.<br />

ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY taken by Rev Jacqui.<br />

• Fri 16th February 9.30am. The Power of Prayer.<br />

Phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 18th February 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by Mr John Hull. Refreshments served.<br />

• Tues 20th February 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. Popular with people from all walks of<br />

life. Come and see for yourself. Free refreshments.<br />

• Wed 21st February 10am-11am. Lent Course.<br />

• Thurs 22nd February 2.30pm. Thursday Friendship<br />

Group. Speaker tbc.<br />

• Fri 23rd February 9.30am. The Power of Prayer<br />

group meets. Please phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 25th February 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

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

• Tues 27th February 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In. New to <strong>Swaffham</strong>? Would like to<br />

make new friends? Come and join us. All welcome.<br />

Free refreshments.<br />

• Wed 28th February 10am-11am. Lent Course.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church<br />

38 Station Street, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, Norfolk PE37 7HP<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Baptist Church is a caring<br />

and friendly congregation. As a<br />

united church body, we seek to<br />

explore and deepen our Christian<br />

life together by serving God in the<br />

local community. If you are interested in finding out<br />

more about the Christian faith or if you are a Christian<br />

looking for a loving and friendly fellowship, then you<br />

will find a warm welcome at any of our services or<br />

activities.<br />

*A warm welcome is extended to all*<br />

SUNDAYS<br />

• 10:00 - 10:30 – Weekly prayer time in the church<br />

hall prior to regular worship service.<br />

• 10:45 – Weekly Morning Worship Service, followed<br />

by fellowship with Tea/Coffee/biscuits served in the<br />

hall.<br />

MONDAYS<br />

• 10:00 – 12:30- Foodbank Distribution Centre Open<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

• 19:00 – 20:30 – The 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the<br />

month- Bible study in the church office.<br />

www.swaffhambaptistchurch.org.uk<br />

t: 01760 725684<br />

e: swaffhambc2020@outlook.com<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 />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

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Rotary<br />

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

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

“In the Bleak Midwinter”, so<br />

starts Christina Rosetti's poem<br />

published in 1872 and later put to music by both Harold<br />

Darke and Gustav Holst. February always seems to me<br />

to be the bleakest month of the year though thankfully<br />

it's also the shortest. The long winter evenings have<br />

been put to good use though by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotarians<br />

for hatching plans for our fund raising efforts during<br />

2024.<br />

To our regular events, the Golf Day and the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Arts Festival, this year will be added the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Beer<br />

Festival. Masterminded by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotarian Kurt<br />

Oliver, Sunday May 26th promises to be a lively day.<br />

Snacks, music, and of course lots of premium beers<br />

will be of offer in the Assembly Rooms. Watch out for<br />

further details!<br />

It's always miserable to hear of Rotary Clubs, or for that<br />

matter any other charitable groups, shutting up shop.<br />

Our own club came close to closing during lockdown<br />

when holding meetings became so difficult. So it's very<br />

gratifying to be able to say that our membership is<br />

growing. Our President Ray Burman recently welcomed<br />

Nayna Bass as a new member and granted Honorary<br />

Membership to Sue Whittley, Zoe Waites, Julia Wallace<br />

and Mariia Pryzhlei.<br />

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

On Saturday 24th February we will be<br />

holding a Day School at the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre run by art historian Fiona<br />

Fitzgerald on the subject “Women in Art 1500 – 2000”.<br />

Who were they? And why do we know so little about<br />

them? Fiona’s course will help us to gain an insight<br />

into ways in which art education, studio set-ups and<br />

writing about art have enabled some members of<br />

society to become well-known whilst others remain<br />

obscure. Fiona has previously run two courses on<br />

art with us, one on sculpture and the other on a<br />

history of art in 100 paintings. Her courses are always<br />

interesting and thought- provoking, and this subject<br />

will break new ground for many of us. The course will<br />

run from 10 am to 3 pm with a breaks for coffee and<br />

lunch (please bring your own lunch). The course code<br />

is Q 00013239 and the cost of the day is £25.<br />

Then on Wednesday 28th February Mary Fewster<br />

will return to the Community Centre with part 2 of<br />

her course about “Health, Medicine and Social Care”.<br />

Mary’s knowledge is based on detailed research and<br />

local references, and she gives us a much greater<br />

appreciation of our own history. Tea or coffee will be<br />

served from 1.30pm, and the course will run from<br />

2pm to 4pm on 28th February, 6 th March and 13 th<br />

March. The cost of the 3 week course is £36, and the<br />

course code is Q00013188.<br />

You can enrol online at wea.org.uk, or by phone on<br />

0300 303 3464 to speak to a friendly voice. We hope<br />

to see old friends and new faces!<br />

At the time of writing another candidate for<br />

membership has been proposed which is very pleasing.<br />

Here's to longer evenings and all best wishes from<br />

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

Richard Skinner<br />

Keep up-to-date with everything going on at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre & <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms by<br />

visiting the 'what's on' page of our website:<br />

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

or scan the QR code below<br />

#iceniswaffhamhub<br />

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

We are delighted to welcome back Chaos Collective,<br />

the string quartet that<br />

plays everything! They will<br />

be at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms on Saturday 16th<br />

March at 7.30 pm as our<br />

contribution to rounding<br />

off the celebration of all<br />

things <strong>Swaffham</strong> that has<br />

been taking place over<br />

the last three years. We don’t yet know what they will<br />

be playing, but we do know that the evening will be<br />

great fun and very enjoyable.<br />

Tickets priced at £12 are available from The Green<br />

Parrot 01760 724704 and the Community Centre<br />

01760 722800.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts is grateful to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural<br />

Consortium and Historic England for their support<br />

in putting on this concert. And we look forward to<br />

bringing more musical events to <strong>Swaffham</strong> in the<br />

months to come.<br />

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Wissey u3a<br />

Monthly Meetings:<br />

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 1st February<br />

when our guest speaker will be Pat Alker from Project<br />

Dukem talking about their work in Ethiopia, which<br />

is focused on<br />

helping young<br />

people, including<br />

HIV/AIDS orphans.<br />

Last time:<br />

At our first meeting<br />

of the New Year<br />

on Thursday 4th<br />

January 2024<br />

our guest speaker Don Mobley gave an illustrated<br />

talk about US Military Aviation in East Anglia. This<br />

fascinating talk gave us a tremendous amount of detail<br />

about the extent and range of the USA’s involvement<br />

in our region over many years, which continues today,<br />

particularly at Lakenheath. The presentation ended<br />

with a dramatic video clip showing a pilot’s eye view<br />

of flying a modern fighter plane. We now know what<br />

it’s like flying upside down at high speed and low level.<br />

Not for the faint-hearted!<br />

Looking forward:<br />

At our March meeting, in addition to our guest speaker,<br />

our Art Group will be mounting an exhibition of their<br />

recent work.<br />

Interested?...<br />

Please visit our website www.wisseyu3a.org and if<br />

you are interested in attending one of our meetings<br />

as a guest to ‘test the water’ ring David Moncaster on<br />

01760 724755 or email d.moncaster@btinternet.com.<br />

We meet on the 1st Thursday of each month in The<br />

Pavilion at Holme Hale, with doors opening at 9.45am<br />

for socialising and refreshments, and the meeting<br />

starting promptly at 10.30 am. We finish by 12 noon.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Happy New Year Everyone!<br />

Please note: there is no Legion meeting in February.<br />

Next meeting will be 8pm on Tuesday 19th March at<br />

the Con Club.<br />

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

Date for the diary: March 16th at 7.30pm at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms. Chaos Collective will perform a<br />

concert of music to celebrate the achievements of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium's events and findings<br />

of the past three years, devoted to appreciating the<br />

qualities of our town.<br />

We hope you will be able to come. More details later.<br />

NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly<br />

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

PE37 7AB. Wednesday 28th February<br />

2024 at 7.30pm Carlton Marshes From<br />

Arable Desert to Wonderous Wetland Presented<br />

by Matt Gooch<br />

Matt’s career with Suffolk Wildlife Trust saw<br />

him create and develop Carlton Marshes Nature<br />

Reserve near Lowestoft under a successful Heritage<br />

Fund application and he now leads the North East<br />

Reserves team to ensure the reserves move forward<br />

for wildlife and people in Suffolk. Matt has been in<br />

post from before the Carlton Marshes Project began<br />

and will take us through a whistle stop tour of its<br />

destruction in 1968 to the wonderous wetland it is<br />

today and what more could come.<br />

With the Heritage Fund and investment of over £4<br />

million in 1000 acres of wildness, the transformation<br />

of Carlton Marshes into the southern gateway to<br />

the Broads National Park is complete. The reserve<br />

is also one of the best sites in East Anglia to see<br />

grasshopper and other reedbed warblers. The<br />

grazing marshes are also ideal for wintering wildfowl<br />

and breeding waders with lapwing and redshank<br />

displaying through the spring and large numbers of<br />

wigeon, teal and snipe in winter.<br />

Working from the ground up, Matt spent much of<br />

his early years in the Suffolk Countryside and then<br />

working on farms, he found a passion for wildlife and<br />

people, leading to roles with East Suffolk Council,<br />

Natural England, the Environment Agency and<br />

Suffolk Wildlife Trust. As a real wildlife enthusiast<br />

Matt is a birder and can normally be found in the<br />

East Anglian countryside with binoculars and kids,<br />

with his dog on a lead.<br />

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

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

information contact Paul Fuller on 07999 857209 or<br />

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

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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 />

<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 />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library Friends was established 10 years<br />

ago in 2014 to assist the Library in <strong>Swaffham</strong> to raise<br />

additional funds to buy little extras to equip the<br />

building. Volunteers also assist at events put on by<br />

the Library. There are a number of Friends Groups<br />

dotted throughout the County.<br />

During the year, the Friends put on their own events,<br />

usually on a Friday evening and one of the best<br />

attended are the Film Nights. These are free to the<br />

public, but as there are refreshments available, a<br />

donation is always gratefully accepted.<br />

Our next event is on the 9th February at the Library<br />

starting at 7.30pm. This is entitled 'Norfolk Holidays'.<br />

A selection of short films courtesy of the East Anglian<br />

Film Archive. Doors open at 7pm. As there is limited<br />

space, booking is recommended. Look out for our<br />

posters around the town!<br />

For more information about the Library Friends<br />

contact Paul Lucas: paul.lucaspl.sl@gmail.com.<br />

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

Is it really the end of January 2024 already?<br />

After a series of away games in the first half of the<br />

season, we are pleased to advise that our Senior<br />

Squad have six home league games in the remainder<br />

of the 2023/24 season. On 3rd February we welcome<br />

Lakenham Union for a 2.15pm Kick Off, and on the 17th<br />

we welcome Beccles for a 3pm Kick Off. We look forward<br />

to welcoming everyone in our community to see some<br />

very competitive grass roots rugby at North Pickenham<br />

Road and perhaps enjoy a drink in our clubhouse.<br />

Our Touch Rugby sessions on Tuesdays at 7pm continue<br />

to attract participants of all ages and genders. Our Mini’s<br />

session on Sundays at 10:30am are growing steadily.<br />

The Senior Squad train on Thursdays at 7.30pm.<br />

New participants in all the above sections of our<br />

Club will be warmly welcomed – just turn up and get<br />

involved!<br />

We hold 5 pre-match lunches in the season for our<br />

Vice Presidents, Club Members and their invited guests<br />

which are a very popular ‘warm up’ to some of our<br />

home games!<br />

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

volunteers. Anyone who would like to get involved both<br />

on or off the pitch, or would like to explore sponsorship<br />

opportunities, please contact us on the email below<br />

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Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Group<br />

Wildlife Garden Ponds<br />

Gardeners are keen to attract most forms of wildlife<br />

to their garden (with the exception of Muntjac deer)<br />

and one of the best ways is to have a wildlife pond in<br />

your garden. Thus we were fortunate to have Norfolk<br />

naturalist and author Simon Harrap, who runs a<br />

wildflower nursery on the Bayfield estate near Holt,<br />

give us an excellent presentation in November on<br />

how to establish a wildlife pond in your garden.<br />

Simon started his talk with how to best construct a<br />

pond in your garden. Simon warned against water<br />

lilles, unless you have a large pond/lake as they<br />

take up a great deal of space. Good oxygenators<br />

such as the free floating hornwort will help keep<br />

your pond healthy and offer great cover for newly<br />

hatched species. Simon also warned about using<br />

invasive aquatic plants in your pond, as once they<br />

get established they are difficult to get rid of and<br />

can completely dominate a pond to the detriment of<br />

both other plants and wildlife. Plants such as Crasula<br />

Helmsii from New Zealand (New Zealand pigmyweed),<br />

which has been banned from sale due to its invasive<br />

nature but still found in ponds around the UK. It is<br />

wise not to accept plants for your pond that you do<br />

not know the origin or species, even if donated.<br />

The wildlife you can attract include many species of<br />

dragonflies, pond skaters, frogs, toads and newts.<br />

Unless you have a large pond fish are not advisable<br />

as they eat tadpoles and need sufficient space. Most<br />

importantly you should enjoy your pond and the<br />

wildlife it attracts, accepting that nature may adapt it<br />

from your original design.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

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

January 25th, when Martyn Davey will talk on ‘Garden<br />

Pests and Diseases’ and our February meeting will be<br />

given by Andrew Sankey on ‘Rethinking your Garden’.<br />

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

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

are always welcome, so come along.<br />

Community Hospital LoF's<br />

I hope your new year has got off to a reasonable<br />

start. There are lots of flu/cold viruses about at the<br />

moment including my own "sniffles".<br />

Christmas at the Hospital seemed to go well and the<br />

patients and staff appreciated the presents and all<br />

the garden lights and decorations.<br />

Now the garden is back to normal and it will be a<br />

few more weeks before another tidy up.<br />

I have to say yet another thank you to those of<br />

you who are still contributing to our home coin<br />

collections. We have had 4 in recent weeks and it<br />

always pleases me how much your jars can contain.<br />

It may not seem much as you put your change into<br />

the container but it soon adds up.<br />

As mentioned last time the Ward/Hospital Manager<br />

has now retired and the "Friends" look forward to a<br />

continuing good working relationship with the new<br />

team.<br />

Our financial year ended 31.12.23 so we will soon<br />

be finalising that year's accounts and sending to<br />

our external auditor. Copies of the accounts will be<br />

available in due course.<br />

If any of you have any ideas related to the "Friends"<br />

I am always happy to hear from you. As ever if you<br />

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

contact me.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

07767 262108<br />

Authors Books and Cakes<br />

2024 will see the return of a selection of awardwinning<br />

authors to <strong>Swaffham</strong> on Sunday afternoons<br />

in the Assembly Rooms with a delightful afternoon<br />

tea while raising money for the Norfolk Hospice. All<br />

events will commence at 3pm. Doors open at 2.15pm.<br />

(Except 6th October which will be an all-day event)<br />

Dates for 2024:<br />

• 3rd March Cressida Mc Claughlin Hosted by Heidi<br />

Swain.<br />

• 21st April Nicci French hosted by Deidri O’ Brien.<br />

Save the following dates and a full programme to<br />

follow in the next <strong>Newsletter</strong>.<br />

• 12th May<br />

• 9th June<br />

• 8th September<br />

• 6th October A day with authors from across East<br />

Anglia.<br />

• 3rd November<br />

Tickets can be obtained from The Green Parrot in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> or online from Norfolk Hospice. For further<br />

information contact Lynette on 07900 570765.<br />

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MUSEUM<br />

MATTERS<br />

www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

Financed with a grant from Historic England and<br />

with support from other organisations and voluntary<br />

groups, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium for over two<br />

years has organised many events.<br />

We have together to take part in<br />

an Archaeological Dig, a Cream<br />

Tea Challenge, a Community<br />

Mosaic, a Harvest Horkey and<br />

Thanksgiving<br />

and a Food and<br />

Artisans’ Fair. We have enjoyed Tea<br />

with Tut, the Tentmakers of Cairo and<br />

concerts in the Church. The<br />

weather has been our friend<br />

(except the heat for the dig – that was a bit too much!).<br />

Moreover, you have generously given donations to<br />

several local charities. Now it is all coming to an end.<br />

Time and money are running out. But there is still one<br />

final event to come:<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage Week - 9th-16th March 2024<br />

During this week we shall discover the history of some<br />

of the shops and businesses around the Market Place.<br />

Perhaps meet some of past <strong>Swaffham</strong> People. Who<br />

knows that Captain Johns of Biggles fame was once the<br />

town’s sanitary inspector?<br />

Who knows that the airman who put together the plan<br />

for refuelling planes for the Falklands War did it all on<br />

a calculator bought on <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market for £3? Who<br />

knows that three of Admiral Nelson’s siblings were<br />

born on London Street and were baptised in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Church? Just for example.<br />

There will be a 40's Tea Dance Plus on Wednesday<br />

13th afternoon in the Assembly Rooms with live music<br />

for dancing, refreshments and entertainment. On<br />

Saturday 16th the Assembly Rooms will have creative<br />

crafts for the children, a free mosaic workshop by<br />

Carolyn, music from a Rock Choir; a memory slot for<br />

Keith Skipper – lots of us will remember him from<br />

Radio Norfolk. He went to school at the Grammar<br />

School on the Market Place and has many tales to tell.<br />

And to top everything the finds from the dig will be on<br />

display and the Mapping the Marketplace website will<br />

be launched, plus screens of videos and photographs<br />

of events over two years. And to round off the day<br />

and the whole experience – a Concert organised by<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts in the evening.<br />

Don’t miss it – put it in your diary NOW!<br />

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

This year many exciting ideas for day trips have been<br />

suggested including:<br />

• Felixstowe – Museum, Landguard Fort, Harbour<br />

Viewpoint, and seafront and towncentre;<br />

• Spalding Tulip Festival Saturday 11th May or Sunday<br />

12th May;<br />

• Cromer ‘60s Festival Saturday 8th June;<br />

• Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum;<br />

• The Muckleburgh Collection;<br />

• Ely Christmas Market;<br />

• Thursford Christmas Spectacular.<br />

We aim to do three or four of these, depending on<br />

what members of the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

choose. Members should email Stuart (see contact<br />

details below) to nominate their choices. The trips<br />

will be open to all but, as usual, members will get first<br />

dibs on tickets, including a preferential price.<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 members of the Friends of<br />

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

Winners for January 2024 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2333<br />

• £20 – no 2385<br />

• £10 – no 2321<br />

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

the way to our lucky winners! If you are not already a<br />

member of the 100 Club, you can apply to join. It’s £20<br />

for the year, for a chance to win one of the monthly<br />

prizes of £40, £20 and £10, and a twice a year the<br />

chance to win £100! You also have the satisfaction<br />

of knowing that your subscription helps the work of<br />

our museum, even if you don’t win. You have to be a<br />

member of the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage to take<br />

part. Also, you could consider joining the Friends of<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage. The current membership fee to<br />

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 />

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. For the 100 Club and for trips contact the<br />

Membership Secretary, Stuart Clapton, by email<br />

stuartclapton@aol.com<br />

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

The New Year has started fairly quietly<br />

after all the activities of the festive period.<br />

We collected a total of £1300 with our Santa<br />

charity collections at Waitrose and Tesco in the run<br />

up to Christmas, and we thank everyone who very<br />

kindly supported us, a great result.<br />

Lions Club President<br />

Nicola Claxton had<br />

the pleasure of<br />

presenting a cheque<br />

for £250 to Sadie<br />

Grist and all the<br />

young stars of the<br />

production “Grimm’s<br />

Tales” at Westacre<br />

Theatre. The money will be used to help support the<br />

work the theatre does<br />

for children and young<br />

people in the local area.<br />

Our next event will<br />

be the Pancake Race<br />

which will be held on<br />

Shrove Tuesday, the<br />

13th February on the<br />

Campingland.<br />

For more information email the Lions on<br />

swaffhamlions@gmail.com.<br />

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

People start 2024 with a sociable Hunstanton walk<br />

78 people started the New Year with a 3 mile walk in<br />

Hunstanton on Monday 1 January 2024, organised<br />

by the borough council and West Norfolk Walking<br />

for Health.<br />

Cllr Simon Ring, Cabinet member for Tourism, Events<br />

and Marketing, said: “It’s good to see that 78 people,<br />

and a few dogs, joined in the gentle 3 mile walk that<br />

started at St Edmund’s Chapel Ruins, near the Old<br />

Lighthouse. The weather was good and the sociable<br />

walk took in many beautiful parts of the town. This<br />

was a wonderful way to see in the new year and is<br />

the first of many events planned for Hunstanton in<br />

2024."<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 />

We did not meet in January, as the museum is<br />

normally closed then. Our next meeting will be on<br />

12th February, when Dr Sue Gattuso will be speaking<br />

about an old <strong>Swaffham</strong> family, the Spelmans, and the<br />

library they bequethed to the parish. We will also<br />

be considering visits to places of historical interest,<br />

including other museums in our region.<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.<br />

Alternatively, please email theswaffhamhistorygroup@<br />

gmail.com for further information. New members<br />

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

research or have any qualifications just, obviously, an<br />

interest in our local history.<br />

"We have new events planned this year including<br />

walking football, group tai chi, beat the tide, flower<br />

arranging and a classic car event. Also we have<br />

returning favourites like the Battle of the Bands<br />

and Soap Box Derby back in its rightful place in<br />

September to wrap up the summer events season<br />

for west Norfolk.”<br />

Find out more about planned events in Hunstanton<br />

at west-norfolk.gov.uk/hunstantonevents.<br />

Walking for Health run a regular programme of<br />

walks throughout the borough. They are a registered<br />

charity and experienced at leading safe, friendly and<br />

sociable walks.<br />

More details can be found at wnwfh.org.uk.<br />

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The National Garden Scheme<br />

The Norfolk National Garden Scheme's<br />

Snowdrop Festival<br />

Banish the dark days of winter with a wonderful<br />

visit to our Snowdrop gardens. These delightful little<br />

white flowers are the harbingers of spring, and these<br />

Snowdrop gardens open their gates to the public<br />

from February and into March. There is something for<br />

everyone, either those who simply enjoy a woodland<br />

walk through a carpet of snowdrops, or those with an<br />

interest in growing different varieties. Why not take<br />

an fascinating tour and learn from the enthusiasts?<br />

“At Lexham Hall we are expecting a good show<br />

of snowdrops, as we have been clearing areas<br />

of brambles. This provides a little more light and<br />

encourages growth" said Anthea Foster, owner of<br />

Lexham Hall which has been opening for the Scheme<br />

for over 50 years. Year-on-year we have noticed an<br />

increase in families visiting, as children who go free,<br />

delight in seeing these little flowers. More people are<br />

discovering the joy of getting out and enjoying a walk<br />

through snowdrops, and of course there is the added<br />

bonus of tea and cake."<br />

Sunday 4th & 11th<br />

February (11am-4pm)<br />

• Lexham Hall (nr Litcham,<br />

PE32 2QJ) Adm £6, chd free.<br />

Light refreshments. Dogs<br />

welcome on leads. Parkland<br />

with lake and river walks<br />

surround C17/18 Hall (not<br />

open). Year-round interest<br />

and in February enjoy a<br />

lovely ramble through the woods and borders carpeted<br />

with snowdrops and some winter shrubs. Walk back<br />

through the walled-garden with its crinkle-crankle wall.<br />

Sunday 18th February (11am-4pm)<br />

• Bagthorpe Hall Bagthorpe, King’s Lynn, PE31 6QY.<br />

Adm £5, chd free. Light refreshments. Dogs welcome on<br />

leads. A delightful circular walk which meanders through<br />

a splendid display of snowdrops naturally carpeting a<br />

woodland floor, and then returning through a walled<br />

garden.<br />

Thursday 22nd & Saturday 24th February (11am-1pm<br />

& 2pm-4pm)<br />

• Old Hall Farmhouse Little Wood Lane, Swanton Novers,<br />

Melton Constable, NR24 2RE. Adm £10. Pre-booking<br />

essential, please visit www.ngs.org.uk for information<br />

& booking. Light refreshments in aid of local church. This<br />

garden is new to the Scheme, and you can enjoy a morning<br />

or afternoon visit to this charming garden full of snowdrop<br />

cultivars, hellebores and other winter-flowering plants.<br />

The owner will welcome you and give an introduction to<br />

collecting and growing snowdrops.<br />

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

Our meeting, on Wednesday 4th<br />

January 2024 commenced at 2.30pm<br />

with the annual Bring and Buy which<br />

this year covered three tables full of many different<br />

items. It proved to be of great interest to the members<br />

and lots of purchases were made. There were four<br />

ladies celebrating their birthdays in January and they<br />

received a card and a small gift each.<br />

Our President then gave out the short list of W.I.<br />

Resolutions to be voted on by the February meeting<br />

at the latest. Each member has a vote for one of<br />

the four resolutions to be recommended by Norfolk<br />

Federation of W.I. which will then be debated at the<br />

National Annual Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall in<br />

June 2024. The Resolution selected will be presented<br />

to the Government.<br />

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

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

Bowling sessions recommence on Wednesday 17th<br />

January 2024.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th February<br />

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

the AGM. We shall all be sad that our President<br />

Pauline Senton will be standing down after five<br />

years of service to <strong>Swaffham</strong> W.I. We all appreciate<br />

the dedication, time and hard work that Pauline has<br />

given as our President and are glad that she will be<br />

remaining as a member. A new President will be voted<br />

in and also some new members elected to stand on<br />

the committee.<br />

After our business meeting on 7th February the<br />

speaker will be our W.I. Advisor, Meg Dorling and<br />

the subject is on “Keeping Bees.”<br />

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February,<br />

so our competition for the month will be choosing<br />

an interesting item coloured purple from entries<br />

provided by the members.<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 />

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Pickenhams WI<br />

We had a Bring & Share Christmas<br />

lunch at the Pickenhams Hub in<br />

December, with great entertainment<br />

from 'Three's Company'.<br />

We were very well entertained by a Ukulele Concert<br />

at St Andrew's Church on Saturday, 16th December,<br />

with four of our members doing some Christmas<br />

readings. It was with great sadness that we learned<br />

later in the month of the passing of our dear friend<br />

and member Sylvia Sexton who had been such a help<br />

and support to all of us for so long. Sylvia's funeral<br />

service was at the church on 10th January, followed<br />

by tea at the Market Cross Cafe in <strong>Swaffham</strong> for the<br />

family and friends of Sylvia.<br />

Our January meeting was at Broom Hall, Saham<br />

Toney, followed by a lovely lunch. Our President,<br />

Carol, brought along a table quiz for us all to exercise<br />

our brains in deciphering. Our February meeting will<br />

be our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 13th February at<br />

2.00pm at St Andrew's Church, North Pickenham. We<br />

will not have a speaker but will be holding a Beetle<br />

Drive. We look forward to welcoming our members,<br />

plus any visitors who wish to come along and join us.<br />

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

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

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

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including mental health problems and physical<br />

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

You may have realised that we did not in fact have<br />

our Annual General Meeting in December. It was felt<br />

that it would not be appropriate in the circumstances<br />

of the then sudden critical illness of our dear<br />

colleague, Jo Sutterby. Sadly Jo subsequently passed<br />

away just before Christmas. Our deepest sympathy<br />

and condolences go out to Jo’s family for this<br />

devastating event. Centre Manager, Georgie Bell<br />

said, “I have worked with Jo for over 6 years; she was<br />

such a lovely person to work with, a very experienced<br />

care support worker, and dedicated to our clients.<br />

She will be sorely missed by all at the Centre.”<br />

S&DMHA manager, Francesca Grapes said of Jo,<br />

“She was a fantastic colleague; her love of crafts and<br />

gardening was in regular discussion with clients and<br />

staff alike and we will miss her love and dedication<br />

for the centre and everyone in it.”<br />

We recently had a very kind donation from the<br />

family of Edward Carter from a collection taken at<br />

his funeral. Donations like this are so appreciated,<br />

helping us to run the centre.<br />

We eventually held our Annual General Meeting at<br />

the Centre on 11th January. Our accounts for the<br />

year to the end of March 2023 were approved so<br />

that they can be filed at the Charity Commission.<br />

Plans looking ahead were also discussed, particularly<br />

for the period 2024-25.<br />

Work is in progress at the Centre to create more<br />

space for activities to take place and allow us to<br />

explore more ideas and activities in the future. This<br />

will include our outside spaces as well.<br />

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

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

and supporters to help us. In particular we would<br />

love to hear from you if you are interested in the<br />

provision of care of those who suffer from dementia<br />

and would be interested in becoming a Trustee<br />

of our parent charity, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

Mental Health Association. We also welcome your<br />

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

visiting our website and clicking on Fundraising,<br />

where we have a link to JustGiving.<br />

The Merle Boddy Day Care Centre is run by the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Mental Health Association.<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 - or phone the Centre<br />

on 01760 724527.<br />

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Manor Farm PPG<br />

The members of the Manor Farm Patient Group<br />

(somewhat belatedly) wish you all a healthy and<br />

happy 2024. We were busy in the months leading<br />

up to Christmas with our members helping with<br />

the successful flu vaccine programme. We also had<br />

a presence at the Wellbeing market organised by<br />

Campingland PPG where we were able to meet and<br />

chat to some of the patients who attend Manor Farm.<br />

We put up a Christmas Tree and some decorations<br />

in the waiting rooms to bring some Christmas cheer<br />

for the patients and staff of the Practice, if you did<br />

visit the surgery during December we hope we<br />

brightened your visit.<br />

At our December meeting we welcomed two new<br />

members Carol Blackmore and Jeanette Reynolds, it<br />

is good to see our numbers growing.<br />

If you have a concern and would like initially to<br />

speak to someone or if you are interested in joining<br />

us and want to know more about our role within<br />

the practice please contact us in the first instance by<br />

email mfmcppg22@gmail.com<br />

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

are to:<br />

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

meet and discuss topics of mutual interest.<br />

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

involved and to make suggestions about the<br />

healthcare service offered.<br />

Our notice board is located in the main waiting room<br />

on the outer wall by the television screen if you are<br />

in the waiting room do check this as we endeavour<br />

to keep patients up to date with our activities and<br />

items which affect the patients of Manor Farm<br />

Medical Centre.<br />

The Magpie Centre<br />

Magpie Centre looks forward to Spring<br />

Now that the festive season is fading into memory,<br />

it’s time to look forward to the spring. And what<br />

better way to put a spring in your step than a<br />

Ceilidh/Barn Dance? The Magpie Centre, home of<br />

West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association is<br />

running this event, which features a caller and a live<br />

band, on Saturday, 17th February at Stow Bridge<br />

Village Hall, Holme Road, Stow Bridge PE34 3PW.<br />

7.30 pm – 11.00 pm. Tickets, at £17.50 per adult<br />

and £8.50 per child (13 years and under), include<br />

a Hog Roast supper (with vegetarian option). Bring<br />

your own drinks. This bright start to 2024 is bound<br />

to be popular, so to book your places now, call<br />

01760 337056 or email suer2006@hotmail.co.uk.


In Touch With Your Town<br />

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

successful in obtaining grant funding<br />

from Breckland to hold community<br />

events in the town. The grant will fund<br />

live music events, flower displays and<br />

seasonal crafts that will decorate the Buttercross.<br />

Seasonal Decoration Crafts<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council have planned to use<br />

some of this funding to support the community<br />

with decorating the town with handcrafted items<br />

throughout the seasons. The project aims to decorate<br />

the historic Buttercross with knitted, crocheted and<br />

fabric items created by the community. If you or your<br />

community group are interested in being involved<br />

in this project please get in contact with comms@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk. The first focus is to<br />

create Spring flowers for March and April.<br />

improve community well-being and provide services<br />

to better the lives of the residents of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council welcome any opportunity<br />

to hear the views of the community.<br />

EIBE<br />

EIBE contractors are due to return to Orford Road<br />

play area to replace the concrete outside of the<br />

under 8’s play area in January/February.<br />

TTSR<br />

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

with TTSR Limited for the maintenance of the open<br />

green spaces across the town. As part of this contract<br />

there will be wildflower areas being installed in<br />

Spring.<br />

Festival of Flowers<br />

Funding has been gained to create eye catching floral<br />

displays throughout the town, forming a trail across<br />

the town centre. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council hope that<br />

this project will draw footfall to the town, benefitting<br />

the local shops/organisations. This project is due to<br />

be operational in late Spring, early Summer.<br />

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

LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> is a project designed to bring a<br />

series of live music events to the town centre during<br />

market operating times to add some dynamic<br />

entertainment. If you are a performer or a group<br />

who would like to be involved in this project, please<br />

contact comms@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.<br />

Meet Your Councillors Coffee Drop In<br />

Thank you to those who came to the ‘Meet your<br />

Councillors Coffee drop in’. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

are committed to working with the community to<br />

Woodland Trust Grant<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council have been granted three<br />

hundred saplings to plant at Orford Road from the<br />

Woodland Trust. The saplings will be delivered and<br />

planted in March.<br />

Tesco fund<br />

Thank you to all who supported the ‘Community<br />

Defibrillator’ Tesco grant. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council will<br />

find out in due course how much will be contributed<br />

to the purchase of a community defibrillator.<br />

Breckland District Council’s Local Plan Public<br />

Consultation Events<br />

• Thursday 1 February, 10am-1pm – Attleborough<br />

Charter Market (in<br />

front of the Town<br />

Hall), Queen's<br />

Square, Attleborough<br />

• Tuesday 6<br />

February, 10am-1pm<br />

– Dereham Market,<br />

Market Place,<br />

Dereham<br />

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

Tel: 01760 722 922<br />

www.swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Hall opening times:<br />

Monday to Thursday: 10am - 4pm.<br />

Friday: 10am - 1pm.<br />

reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Mayor - Cllr. Stewart Bell<br />

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

Deputy Mayor - Cllr. Paul Darby<br />

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

Cllr. Lindsay Beech<br />

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

Cllr. Wendy Bensley<br />

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

Cllr. David Braithwaite<br />

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

Cllr. Stephanie Cooper<br />

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

Cllr Graham Edwards<br />

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

Cllr. Caroline Ellerbeck<br />

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

Cllr. Graham Eves<br />

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

Cllr. Sarah Pickard<br />

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

Cllr. Leslie Scott<br />

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

Cllr. Jill Skinner<br />

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

Cllr. John Zielinski<br />

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

Officers:<br />

Helen Carrier – Town Clerk<br />

townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Leanne Jarratt – Deputy Town Clerk<br />

deputyclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Town Council Committee<br />

meeting dates - FEBRUARY 2024<br />

• Wednesday 14th 6.30pm Full Council<br />

• Tuesday 27th 11am Planning & Built Environment<br />

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

a 15 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 not<br />

come along and see how your Councillors manage the<br />

council's affairs. Alternatively, you can watch and listen to<br />

the monthly Full Council meetings that are live streamed<br />

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 />

Highway issues<br />

Norfolk County Council – www.norfolk.gov.uk<br />

– 0344 800 8020<br />

- Highways issues - please give the location of the<br />

issue and a telephone number where further<br />

information can be obtained.<br />

- Faulty streetlights – please give the precise location<br />

of the light and the number on the column.<br />

Alternatively visit the website and search for<br />

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

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