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March 2024

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Contents<br />

3 TNHA/Church News<br />

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

8 Climate Group/Community Hospital<br />

9 Wissey U3A/Jazz Club<br />

11 NarVOS/Authors, Books & Cakes<br />

12 Museum Matters<br />

13 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions/WI<br />

14 NGS/Ashill & Hale Garden Group<br />

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

17 Merle Boddy/Royal British Legion<br />

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


<strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium<br />

The culmination of 3 years of events from the launch<br />

in January 2022 to the Finale on 16th March 2024<br />

There will be a lot going on in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

Week between Saturday 9th March and Saturday<br />

16th March. Make sure you have a programme of<br />

events – out now on our website, social media and<br />

around the town.<br />

Just a few things to whet your appetite!<br />

Saturday 9th Historic boards in some of the Market<br />

Place shops. We need your help to fill in the gaps!<br />

Museum activities for children. Free entry.<br />

Wednesday 13th Wartime Tea Dance. Military<br />

vehicles from the time to commemorate the 80th<br />

anniversary of the Ringmasters at North Pickenham.<br />

Who remembers the Christmas parties?<br />

Saturday 16th<br />

• Rock Choir<br />

• Launch of the Mapping the Marketplace website<br />

• Mosaic workshop<br />

• Children’s activities<br />

• The Finds from the Campingland Dig<br />

• Displays from the schools and Literacy Project<br />

• Group tours by the Historic England Listing Team<br />

• Photos from all the events<br />

• Breckland’s input and the future<br />

• Old Hamondian Keith<br />

Skipper on the role <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

has played in his life as a<br />

journalist, broadcaster, author<br />

and “wandering mardler”<br />

• <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts concert<br />

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TNHA News<br />

With the arrival of March, we are all hoping<br />

that the worst of the weather is behind us<br />

and looking forward to Easter and more<br />

‘Spring Like’ temperatures!<br />

Our students are enjoying all aspects of fitness at<br />

the academy, with recent interform basketball and<br />

dodgeball, sporting fixtures against other local schools<br />

and taking part in a National Basketball Competition<br />

based around the American Basketball League.<br />

Students have also welcomed the opening of a new<br />

fitness suite at the academy with funds gained from<br />

Active Norfolk. Equipment for use includes 6 rowing<br />

machines, exercise bikes, boxing bags, ‘chin-up bars’<br />

and ‘battle ropes’.<br />

Outside of school, and following on from the recent<br />

West Norfolk Cross Country event earlier this year, 5<br />

of our students have qualified for the County finals. On<br />

what was a rain-soaked day students ‘gave their all’ in<br />

representing the academy.<br />

In rather more sedate pursuits, however still on a<br />

sporting theme, students continue to embrace reading<br />

and have taken part in a competition ‘Make it a Goal to<br />

Read’ which focussed on reading football biographies.<br />

Each student read two appropriately themed books<br />

and their names were put into a draw. The winner read<br />

biographies of Halland and Stirling which chronical<br />

the individual journeys of these two inspiring players.<br />

Prizes included a football donated by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

FC and a selection of signed photographs donated by<br />

Norwich City.<br />

In order to engage a<br />

younger audience and<br />

to celebrate National<br />

Storytelling Week, a<br />

group of our students<br />

were delighted to<br />

visit to local primary<br />

schools to share<br />

books. Their listeners were very enthusiastic, engaged<br />

and asked lots of questions. The aim of National<br />

Storytelling Week is to inspire a whole new generation<br />

of storytellers and celebrate the practice and value of<br />

telling and sharing stories.<br />

Looking towards the future, our careers team have<br />

been busy helping students make choices around their<br />

studies. The academy has welcomed both the UEA<br />

and Poultec into Year 9 assemblies who gave valuable<br />

information as to what subjects are required for which<br />

careers pointing, them towards subject choices for<br />

the start of their GCSE courses. Current Year 10 and<br />

11 students have had the benefit of one-to-one advice<br />

from a Careers Advisor giving them guidance on ‘next<br />

steps’ whether it be post-16 study or apprenticeships.<br />

We would like to take this opportunity to wish<br />

everyone a Happy Easter and look forward to starting<br />

the Summer Term in April!<br />

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

swaffhamchurch@gmail.com<br />

or 01760 725051<br />

Services for March 2024 (to which all are Welcome)<br />

Sunday 3rd March<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

3.30pm Evensong<br />

Sunday 10th March – Mothering Sunday<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 17th March – Passion Sunday<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 24th March – Palm Sunday<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Maundy Thursday – 28th March<br />

7.30pm Sung Eucharist – Stripping of<br />

Altar and Vigil 7pm to 10pm<br />

Good Friday – 29th March & Easter Eve 30th March<br />

services to be confirmed<br />

Sunday 31st March – Easter Day<br />

Christ is Risen, Alleluia!<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist<br />

Mid-week service Wednesday Mornings<br />

10am Holy Communion (said)<br />

The 40 days of Lent began on 14th February an<br />

opportunity for a time of personal reflection and reassessment<br />

of priorities<br />

Saturdays Coffee & Cake<br />

9.30am to 12noon on Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd<br />

March<br />

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

Visitors between 9am and 3pm<br />

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

20th March at 2.30pm at 15 Wroxham Avenue. New<br />

members welcome.<br />

Easter Flowers<br />

March 31st is the date for Easter Sunday this year. As<br />

is our custom we shall celebrate this festival with hope<br />

and joy in the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul's. If<br />

you would like to make a cash contribution towards the<br />

cost of the Easter flowers, in memory of a loved one,<br />

we would be most grateful. Donations may be given to<br />

Sheila Fowler, the Church Warden, in an envelope with<br />

your name and the name of your departed loved one to<br />

be remembered. A list of those being remembered will<br />

also be in Church over this Great Festival of New Life.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Mother's Union Branch<br />

Thursday 14th March Mothers Union Corporate<br />

Communion 2024, 10am at St .Peter & St. Paul Church<br />

We offer support for each other within our group and<br />

keep other MU groups in our prayers. We are always<br />

happy to welcome new members or visitors to our<br />

monthly meetings Contact: Julia Higbee for details<br />

01760 720041.<br />

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

• Saturday 2nd March - 9.30am-12noon Church<br />

Coffee Morning and Stall.<br />

• Sunday 3rd March - 10.45am Morning Worship<br />

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

All welcome.<br />

• Tuesday 5th March - 10am-12noon The Meeting<br />

Place Drop In - all welcome.<br />

• Wednesday 6th March - 10am-11am Lent Bible<br />

Study Part 4 (Lent with the beloved disciple) - all<br />

welcome.<br />

• Sunday 10th March - 10.45am all welcome to our<br />

all age worship for Mothering Sunday - led by Rev<br />

Jacqui Horton - refreshments served.<br />

• Tuesday 12th March - 10am -12noon the Meeting<br />

Place drop in - all welcome.<br />

• Wednesday 13th March - 10am-11am Lent Bible<br />

Study Part 5 (Lent with the beloved disciple) all<br />

welcome.<br />

• Thursday 14th March - 2.30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Friendship Group. Speaker Michael Upton from<br />

The Samaritans. All welcome.<br />

• Sunday 17th March 11.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by Miss Anna Hall. Refreshments served. All<br />

welcome.<br />

• Tuesday 19th March 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place drop in with a visit from the Green Pastures<br />

Christian book shop. All welcome.<br />

• Wednesday 20th March 10am-11am Lent Bible<br />

Study Part 6 (Lent with the beloved disciple). All<br />

welcome.<br />

• Sunday 24th March 10.45am Morning Worship<br />

led by Dee Moden. Refreshments served. All<br />

welcome.<br />

• Tuesday 26th March 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place drop in. All welcome.<br />

• Wednesday 27th March 10am-11am Lent Bible<br />

Study. Last in the series.<br />

• Thursday 28th March 2.30pm <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Friendship Group. Rev Jacqui shares with us her<br />

special crosses. All welcome.<br />

• Friday 29th March Good Friday. All welcome to<br />

gather with us at the Methodist Church at 11am<br />

for the final part of tragedy to triumph (the nails).<br />

Join us afterwards for hot cross buns.<br />

• Saturday 30th March 9.30am-12noon. Coffee<br />

Morning organised by Bridget Knock.<br />

• Sunday 31st March 11.45am after the<br />

transformation of the cross from tragedy to<br />

triumph we celebrate Easter Sunday with worship<br />

and holy communion. Service led by Rev Jacqui<br />

Horton. Refreshments served. All welcome.<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 and<br />

friendly congregation. As a united<br />

church body, we seek to explore and<br />

deepen our Christian life together by<br />

serving God in the local community.<br />

If you are interested in finding out more about the<br />

Christian faith or if you are a Christian looking for a<br />

loving and friendly fellowship, then you will find a<br />

warm welcome at any of our services or activities.<br />

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


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

Fountain Of Life Church, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

folchurch.co.uk<br />

Find us on Instagram & Facebook: folchurchswaffham<br />

We are a new, friendly congregation with modern,<br />

charismatic style worship. We are linked to Fountain<br />

of Life Church in Ashill.<br />

You are very welcome Sunday mornings in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre, Campingland. 9:30am for tea,<br />

coffee and chat, service starts at 10am.<br />

Special Services:<br />

• Palm Sunday - 24th March<br />

• Easter Sunday - 31st March<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our first meeting of 2024 was held on Monday 12th<br />

February, when Dr Sue Gattuso gave us a fascinating<br />

lecture about the Spelman Library which was<br />

bequeathed to the Town of <strong>Swaffham</strong> in the later 17th<br />

century, by Clement Spelman, whose uncle Francis<br />

Spelman, had been a Jesuit priest. The wider Spelman<br />

family were mixed Catholic and Protestant followers,<br />

sometimes even among siblings!<br />

The library contains some 400 volumes, which was<br />

immense for those times. Interestingly around a quarter<br />

of the books relate to Roman Catholic theology, perhaps<br />

not so surprising given the donor and his relative. It is<br />

still something of a mystery why he left the books to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, as he had never resided here, but around<br />

that time there is thought to have been some revival<br />

of Roman Catholicism in the area although not related<br />

to the Bedingfields. At the time of his death in 1679 he<br />

lived in St Mary Magdalen in the Marshland fens.<br />

The bequest was specifically to the Town, and not to the<br />

Parish. From that time the Library was mainly held in the<br />

parish church of St Peter and St Paul but now resides in<br />

the Library at Norwich Cathedral.<br />

We will be meeting next on Monday 11th March at our<br />

usual venue. Then in April we have a visit arranged to<br />

the Narborough Museum; more details on that at the<br />

March meeting.<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<br />

in at our next meeting. Alternatively, please email<br />

theswaffhamhistorygroup@gmail.com for further<br />

information.<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 />

Castle Quilt & Craft Group<br />

(Formerly Castle Quilters)<br />

Are you looking for a friendly, creative group in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>? Come and try us. Starting in January we<br />

will be meeting on the first Monday of each month at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre on Campingland. The<br />

first meeting is free, thereafter we charge £24 per<br />

annum. We would love to welcome new members.<br />

We hold occasional workshops.<br />

Contact Margaret on 07767 435090 or Linda on<br />

07884 077191.<br />

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

Dear Members and Friends,<br />

We hope you are keeping well, warm, dry and rooted<br />

during this season of cold winds and rain!<br />

We are very pleased to present our next event:<br />

Chaos Collective is coming to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms on Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm, bringing<br />

another varied concert of classical and popular music.<br />

They delighted a packed audience in the Methodist<br />

Church last year with their imaginative programme<br />

and entertaining presentation.<br />

The programme this year will include Handel’s Queen<br />

of Sheba, film music from The Lion King by Hans<br />

Zimmer and Spring by Max Richter. They will also play<br />

quartet music by Shostakovich and Dvorak.<br />

Tickets for this concert priced at £12 are available now<br />

from The Green Parrot 01760 724704 and <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Community Centre 01760 722800, and on the door.<br />

We are grateful to <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium and<br />

Historic England for support for the concert which<br />

will mark the conclusion of three years of events<br />

celebrating <strong>Swaffham</strong> past and present. We hope you<br />

will be able to join us!<br />

With best wishes from all at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Arts<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library News<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, The Pightle, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37 7DF<br />

Tel 01760 721513<br />

Staffed opening times: Tuesday and Thursday 10am-<br />

7pm, Friday 1-7pm and Saturday 10am-4pm<br />

Shardlake’s Norwich – talk by Paul Dickson<br />

Looking at episodes in Kett’s Rebellion and celebrating<br />

CJ Sansom’s novel, Tombland. Friday 22nd March,<br />

7pm. Tickets £5 including refreshments. Book online<br />

at www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries or speak to staff. A<br />

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

Call us today 01760 724424<br />

www.hayesandstorr.co.uk<br />



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

Environment Group<br />

It is maybe a little late for New Year’s<br />

resolutions but we have a few simple and<br />

easy changes you can resolve to make for 2024 which<br />

will benefit the planet!<br />

• Ditch single use water bottles and invest in a refillable<br />

one.<br />

• Use it alongside a re-usable hot drinks cup which<br />

you can take to your favourite coffee shop to use<br />

instead of a disposable cup<br />

• Think about all the other single use products you<br />

could live without; paper napkins, cutlery, food wrap<br />

• Annoy your family and friends with your virtuous<br />

activities until they feel obliged to join you. Reusable<br />

cups and bottles make an ideal birthday present!<br />

• Start slowly with one day a week so don’t use your<br />

car or have a meat free day, for example, and then<br />

add another day a week, gradually building up.<br />

• Watch this space for more simple tips!<br />

Come and join us<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. The March meeting<br />

will be a talk and discussion led by Colin and Janet<br />

Abbiss on their experiences with food and cooking in<br />

a climate friendly way. Please get in touch with either<br />

Cathy Mumford on 01760 721847 / 07799 642271,<br />

cathyjmumford@gmail.com or David Jones on 01760<br />

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

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

Community Hospital LOF's<br />

A short update this time as not a lot of NEW news to<br />

share. The committee recently agreed that we would<br />

help to improve morale amongst staff, by supporting<br />

them with supplies of refreshments for the Staff<br />

Room. The staff as usual are under pressure and we<br />

felt this would give them a little boost.<br />

Already looking ahead to Easter and I am approaching<br />

Tesco to see if they will help us again by having a<br />

trolley, nearer the time, for shoppers to donate Easter<br />

eggs for the patients. If needed the "Friends" will top<br />

up supplies to ensure all patients benefit.<br />

My usual thanks to those of you who continue to<br />

support us by your home coin collections. Please<br />

continue as this does help us.<br />

From March we will resume work in the Hospital<br />

gardens, so if by chance you have any surplus plants<br />

do let us know and we will find a home for them.<br />

Happy to be contacted by anyone who would like<br />

more info on what we do.<br />

Chairman, Colin Houghton<br />

07767 262108<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Youth Literary Project<br />

27th April, 9am - 4pm, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms<br />

Programme for the day:<br />

• 9am – 4pm Work of children/ young people who<br />

participated in the project to be displayed exhibited<br />

in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Library, local shops and <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Assembly Rooms.<br />

• 10am – 4pm Refreshments and pop-up book shop<br />

for sale in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly Rooms. Books<br />

provided by 'Bookbugs and Dragon tales' shop in<br />

Norwich.<br />

• 11.30am -12.30pm Come and listen, talk and meet<br />

the authors of a range of children’s books.<br />

Martin Ferguson - a Norwich based author; his books<br />

tend to be for teen/young adults 12+. His main works<br />

are treasure hunting and adventure.<br />

Costas Andreou - has written about The Nose Family<br />

aimed at children 3-8 years of age. He will be reading<br />

and talking about his books.<br />

• 1pm – 2pm Visiting author, aimed at teenage<br />

audience. Polly Crosby, a well-known East Anglian<br />

Author of The Illustrated Child, The Unravelling, and<br />

Vita and the Birds, who will be publishing her first<br />

novel for teenagers. Polly, Lives in Norwich with her<br />

husband, son and a rescue cat called Dali. Polly, is<br />

passionate about nature and this inspires her writing.<br />

• 2:15pm – 3:15 pm Visiting storyteller. Tilly the<br />

Talespinner - aimed at primary age audience. An<br />

eclectic storyteller and spoken word artist, spinning<br />

tales and word wonders for audiences of all ages in<br />

a wide variety of settings - from firesides and festivals<br />

to retreats and riverboats. Tilly’s style of telling is<br />

diverse and responsive to the occasion and listeners.<br />

She is just as likely to be found in a woodland setting<br />

spinning yarns to a small number of small folk and<br />

their families as to be found on stage at midnight<br />

spinning subversive poetic narratives.<br />

• 3:30pm – 4pm Prize Giving Ceremony<br />

Y2, Y3, Y4 Categories:<br />

• Outstanding • Most original idea • Made me smile<br />

• Exciting use of language<br />

Year 8 Categories:<br />

• Outstanding • Most original idea • Made me smile •<br />

Most interesting characterisation • Vivid description<br />

• Dynamic dialogue<br />

Thank you to the sponsors and resident author for<br />

making this event possible. For Further information<br />

contact Claire at Iceni Partnership on 01760 722800,<br />

or Lynette on 07900 570765.<br />

Wissey u3a<br />

Our next meeting will be on Thursday<br />

7th March when our guest speaker will be Adrian<br />

O’Dell who will be showing a film ‘Stefan’s Journey<br />

and in his footsteps’. This is about his father, a Polish<br />

Airman, and retracing his WW2 escape, 80 years on.<br />

Followed by a Q & A session.<br />

In addition to our guest speaker, our Art Group will<br />

mount an exhibition of their recent work.<br />

At our previous meeting on Thursday 1st February<br />

our guest speaker was Pat Alker from Project Dukem<br />

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

on helping young people, including HIV/AIDS orphans.<br />

This was a very challenging illustrated talk which<br />

prompted some interesting questions and a generous<br />

response to the after-meeting retiring collection for<br />

the charity.<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 />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

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

I am sad to inform you that the fine bass player Ivars<br />

Galenieks has passed away after battling with cancer<br />

for some time. Ivars was an outstanding performer<br />

on the string bass and played at the Club several<br />

times with the Norwich-based group The Art of the<br />

Trio. He will be sorely missed in both the classical and<br />

jazz scenes in Norfolk.<br />

Our regular jazz fans will know that we are now over<br />

our mid-winter break. Why do we avoid January and<br />

February? Because in severe weather conditions our<br />

numbers will be low so we risk not covering our costs.<br />

Also, none of our musicians live in <strong>Swaffham</strong>; some<br />

come from as far away as Wisbech, Great Yarmouth<br />

and even London, and driving home a long distance<br />

at night through snow or fog is not easy.<br />

Many of our regulars will know I have missed the last<br />

two sessions due to ill health, and I am very grateful<br />

to Norman for managing the evenings single-handed.<br />

Not going out much recently I have been listening<br />

to my bedside radio quite a lot. There are two<br />

regular jazz programmes on Radio 3, J to Z (Saturday<br />

afternoons) and Jazz Record Requests (Sunday<br />

afternoons), though I find I do tend to turn them<br />

off after two or three numbers. What I miss is the<br />

atmosphere you get when the musicians are playing<br />

to a live audience and there is interaction between<br />

performers and listeners. It’s rather like watching<br />

football on television for a match played in an empty<br />

stadium.<br />

Norman and I look forward to seeing you all at the<br />

first session of the New Year, which I promise you will<br />

be a great live experience!<br />

Coming up: Jazz Signs, 12th March at 7.30pm. £10<br />

cash on the door. Dave Baker piano, Ed Taylor guitar,<br />

Paul Mason drums, Ted Fuller bass, Terry Hope<br />

trumpet and Catherine Downes vocals.<br />

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Geoff 01366 328730

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NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly Rooms,<br />

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

Wednesday 27 March 2024 at 7.30pm<br />

Birding Senegal & the African West Coast<br />

Presented by John Geeson and his partner Sue, who<br />

have both been birding around the world for many<br />

decades, and at the end of 2022, they joined a small<br />

group birding tour to Senegal (which actually started<br />

and finished in The Gambia) run by Birding Ecotours.<br />

Senegal, a former French colony on the west coast<br />

of Africa, is mostly within the Sahel Zone, a band of<br />

typically arid habitats which straddles the continent<br />

of Africa to the south of the Sahara. The tour itinerary<br />

included both saline and freshwater wetlands, forests<br />

and rivers as well as large tracts of dry savanna and<br />

Acacias. Everywhere, bird life<br />

was abundant and spectacular,<br />

with over 300 spp.recorded<br />

in the two weeks; amongst<br />

these were many waterbirds<br />

and waders, a fine selection<br />

of raptors and colourful<br />

groups like Bee-eaters, Rollers,<br />

Kingfishers and Hornbills.<br />

Unlike the gloom of UK winter, the continuous bright<br />

sunshine was excellent for photography, and John will<br />

be showing a tempting selection of the birds they saw.<br />

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

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

For more information contact Paul Fuller on 07999<br />

857209 or go to www.narvos.org.uk<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 />

Authors Books & Cakes<br />

2024 sees the return of a selection of award-winning<br />

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

Assembly Rooms with a delightful afternoon tea.<br />

Opportunity to meet well known authors, meet<br />

new authors while raising money for Tapping House<br />

Norfolk Hospice. All events will commence at 3pm.<br />

Doors open at 2.15pm, apart from 6th October, which<br />

will be an all-day event.<br />

• 3rd March - Cressida Mc Laughlan in conversation<br />

with Heidi Swain<br />

• 21st April - Nicci French - pseudonym for the writing<br />

partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean<br />

French, who write psychological thrillers.<br />

• 12th May - Lisa Jewell - a British author of popular<br />

fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, After The Party,<br />

Then She Was Gone, The Family Upstairs, Invisible Girl<br />

and The Night She Disappeared. Her latest book None<br />

of This is True was published last July.<br />

• 9th June - C L Taylor - the eight times Sunday<br />

Times bestselling author of ten gripping stand-alone<br />

psychological thrillers: The Accident, The Lie, The<br />

Missing, The Escape, The Fear, Sleep, Strangers, Her<br />

Last Holiday, The Guilty Couple and her newest book.<br />

• 8th September - Susan Lewis - a British author living<br />

in the west of England who has written 50 novels as<br />

well as an autobiographical memoir – Just One More<br />

Day with a follow-up memoir One Day at a Time.<br />

• 6th October - Day with East Anglian Authors.<br />

Hosted By Sarah Perry, who wrote The Essex Serpent.<br />

11am: Sarah Perry in conversation with Stephen<br />

Buro and DL Taylor<br />

12.30pm: Polly Crosby, author of Vita and the Birds.<br />

Panel with Karen Agenlico, Rachel Hore and Kate<br />

Sawyer.<br />

Refreshments will be available all day to purchase.<br />

Day Ticket for all 3 events is £15.<br />

• 3rd November - by popular demand Alison Weir,<br />

Melita Thomas and Pearl in the Egg duo who will be<br />

providing Tudor music.<br />

Tickets for all events can be obtained from The Green<br />

Parrot in <strong>Swaffham</strong> or online via the 'Event' page on<br />

Tapping House's website:<br />

www.norfolkhospice.org.uk<br />

For further information contact Lynette on 07900<br />

570765.<br />


MUSEUM<br />


www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

The Museum is now open again after a very busy<br />

closed season. Come and enjoy the transformed foyer<br />

and shop and see if you can spot what has changed.<br />

We have a fantastic new acquisition!<br />

The workings of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Workhouse Turret<br />

Clock made by W.H.Young in 1836. William Henry<br />

Young was a clockmaker in <strong>Swaffham</strong> around 1825 to<br />

the 1850's when he moved to Cambridge where he<br />

died in 1883.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Union Workhouse was on Watton<br />

Road in The Oaks area. Only the infirmary still exists<br />

and is now a private house. It was built in 1836 and<br />

was a hexagonal shape. Unfortunately, the clock is<br />

not shown on the existing plan of the building and we<br />

only have photographs of the front of the building.<br />

The Workhouse was closed as such in 1919 and its<br />

sale agreed in 1920. However, it wasn’t immediately<br />

demolished. Some residents were still there during<br />

the 1920's until places were found elsewhere and<br />

it was also used for school lessons in laundry and<br />

cooking.<br />

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

Just to remind you, the suggestions for day trips for<br />

the Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage this year are:<br />

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

Viewpoint, and seafront and town centre<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 />

The aim is 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 />

The Historic England / Breckland Council / <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Cultural Consortium <strong>Swaffham</strong> Historic Action Zone<br />

(HAZ) project comes to an end this month. The<br />

Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage have enjoyed being<br />

part of the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium, helping to<br />

organise the various events for the two themes,<br />

‘Carter 2022’ and ‘Under the Eye of the Buttercross’,<br />

over the last two years. The final week starts on the<br />

8th March and finishes on the 16th, with several<br />

events going on – details can be found elsewhere. We<br />

hope you will enjoy them.<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 February 2024 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2310<br />

• £20 – no 2309<br />

• £10 – no 2301<br />

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

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

Our meeting, on Wednesday 7th<br />

February 2024 commenced at<br />

2.30pm with a warm welcome from<br />

our President Pauline Senton, followed by the singing<br />

of Jerusalem.<br />

After five years of leading <strong>Swaffham</strong> Afternoon W.I.<br />

Pauline is standing down from her duties as President<br />

however, we are very happy to report that she will be<br />

remaining with us as a member.<br />

There were four February birthdays and each of the<br />

ladies were given a small birthday gift and card and the<br />

singing of Happy Birthday to all.<br />

As this was our Annual Business meeting the outgoing<br />

President Pauline read out her Annual Report followed<br />

by a Report from the Secretary and finally the Finance<br />

Officer’s Report stating that she too would be standing<br />

down from office after many years of keeping the<br />

finances in order. A round of appreciation was given to<br />

in thanks to them all.<br />

Finally, the W.I. Resolutions votes were collected in<br />

and the <strong>Swaffham</strong> W.I. choice will be forwarded to the<br />

Norfolk Federation. Voting then took place by ballot for<br />

the incoming President for 2024, will be Ruth Barnes<br />

who will be heading up the Committee which includes<br />

some new faces. Congratulations were given to Ruth<br />

on her new role and the new Committee members.<br />

We were then given a very interesting talk about<br />

Keeping Bees by Meg Dorling our W.I.Advisor which<br />

included pictures of her beautiful garden and her bee<br />

hives. Also the equipment required to look after bees<br />

correctly.<br />

The completion for February items to be the colour<br />

mauve was a great success, the winning item was a<br />

large mauve glass vase in the shape of an owl.<br />

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

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

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

28th February 2024.<br />

Norfolk Federation of W.I. Meeting at the Theatre<br />

Royal Norwich is on Monday 18th March and the guest<br />

speaker will be Janet Street-Porter.<br />

The competition for March will be a Spring posy or<br />

small Spring flower arrangement.<br />

At the end of the meeting Pauline, Josie and Sylvia<br />

were each presented with beautiful Orchids as a thank<br />

you for all their hard work over the years.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March<br />

2024 at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. The speaker<br />

Kathy Dentten’s subject “What you can do with a Nun’s<br />

Habbit.”<br />

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

contact our President Ruth Barnes on 01760 638227<br />

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

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

The annual <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions' Pancake Race<br />

was held on Shrove Tuesday, the 13th<br />

February on the Campingland, with lots of<br />

fun for schools and adult teams alike. The weather<br />

was a little bit drizzly at times, but that didn’t dampen<br />

the spirits of those who took part.<br />

Entrants have to run the course with a pancake in a<br />

frying pan, and must toss the pancake at the halfway<br />

mark, preferably without dropping it on the ground!<br />

There was plenty of enjoyment and some close,<br />

exciting races to cheer on.<br />

There were school teams from the Nicholas Hamond<br />

Academy, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Junior School and the Sacred<br />

Heart School. In the end the Nicholas Hamond<br />

Academy were the winners.<br />

In the Adult races there were entries from Ward<br />

Gethin Archer, Longson’s Estate Agents and Meadow<br />

House Care home with Longsons claiming the victory<br />

in the final.<br />

We intend to continue our tradition of Pancake<br />

Racing in 2025, and hopefully get even more teams<br />

involved next time.<br />

In March we are raffling Easter Egg baskets around<br />

the town in local pubs and businesses, and the<br />

Lioness Branch Club will be holding their usual Easter<br />

Egg tombola in the Friday Market at the Assembly<br />

Rooms on 22nd March.<br />

For more information email the Lions on<br />

swaffhamlions@gmail.com<br />

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The National Garden Scheme<br />

“March winds and April showers bring forth<br />

May flowers”<br />

March is an interesting time for garden visitors when<br />

the spring bulbs and early blossoms are beginning to<br />

bring colour into the garden.<br />

Sat 2nd March<br />

• Hindringham Hall, Blacksmith Lane, Hindringham,<br />

NR21 0QA (10.00-16.00) Adm £8, Chd free.<br />

Light refreshments inc hot soup and sausage rolls as<br />

well as teas, in aid of Hindringham Church.<br />

Delightful garden which surrounds a moated Grade II<br />

Tudor Manor (not open). Working vegetable garden,<br />

Victorian nut walk, formal beds, bog and stream<br />

gardens. Wheelchair access. No dogs.<br />

Sat 16th March<br />

• East Ruston Old Vicarage, NR12 9HN (12.00-5.30)<br />

Adm £13, Chd £2. Light Refreshments.<br />

All year-round interest displayed in a variety of different<br />

types of garden which include walled, rose, fruit,<br />

vegetable, cutting mediterranean and exotic. Topiary<br />

and box parterres. Containers to die for, and rare and<br />

unusual plants abound in 32 acres. Wheelchair access.<br />

No dogs.<br />

Sun 24th March<br />

• Gayton Hall, PE32 1PL (12 – 5.00) Adm £6, Chd free.<br />

Home-made teas.<br />

20 acres of semi-wild and wooded garden, where paths<br />

wind through a watery landscape. Good display of spring<br />

bulbs and a variety of unusual trees. Some wheelchair<br />

access. Dogs on leads.<br />

• Mannington Estate, NR11 7BB (11-4.30) Adm £8, Chd<br />

free. Light Refreshments - home-made.<br />

20-acres feature shrubs, lake and trees, period garden<br />

and sensory garden. The medieval manor (not open) is<br />

surrounded by a moat. A special feature is the garden<br />

wildlife and wildflowers. Variety of trees and shrubs.<br />

Wheelchair access. Dogs on leads.<br />

Details of gardens can be found in the booklet or on our<br />

website and some gardens require pre-booked tickets<br />

available from the website. It is advisable to check our<br />

website for any up-to-date details on ngs.org.uk to find<br />

your perfect garden.<br />

Ashill, Hale & District Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

Garden Pests & Diseases<br />

The Garden Club’s first meeting of 2024 dealt with the<br />

tricky subject of how to deal with pests and diseases<br />

in your garden. Thankfully we had an expert on hand<br />

in Martyn Davey to help us find solutions.<br />

Martyn was formerly senior lecturer at Easton &<br />

Otley Horticultural College and now works as head<br />

gardener for Nurtured in Norfolk. Martyn started<br />

his talk by highlighting the increasing difficulty for<br />

amateur gardeners in accessing many of the chemical<br />

and biological solutions previously available, but now<br />

either banned or only available to the commercial<br />

sector. Martyn went through a list of pests that<br />

gardeners encounter which included slugs, snails and<br />

vine weevils to name a few.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

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

February 22nd, when Andrew Sankey will give a<br />

presentation on ‘Rethinking your Garden’. Our March<br />

meeting (28th) has Kristopher Harper talking on ‘Care<br />

and Maintnenance of Fuchsias’.<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 />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

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

Renowned Lynn Artist Celebrated in New Exhibition<br />

A new exhibition showcasing works by local artist<br />

Christopher Thomas Page is providing a colourful<br />

snapshot of King’s Lynn in the first half of the twentieth<br />

century.<br />

‘Views of Lynn: The Watercolours of C T Page (1866-1952)’<br />

runs until 20th April in the Fermoy Gallery at St George’s<br />

Guildhall. The free exhibition features a selection of<br />

Page’s colourful watercolours of town scenes. Page lived<br />

in King's Lynn from the 1880s until his death in 1952.<br />

He took a great interest in the town's heritage and was a<br />

skilled taxidermist and the first paid curator of the town's<br />

museum and art gallery.<br />

Schools CT Page-inspired Art Exhibition<br />

As part of its on ongoing educational outreach<br />

programme Jane Hamilton, Learning and Engagement<br />

Officer at St George’s Guildhall and Lesley Williams, a<br />

local artist, delivered workshops in three local schools –<br />

Tilney All Saints CofE Primary, Anthony Curton Primary<br />

and Howard Junior - where children responded to the CT<br />

Page paintings.<br />

They looked at buildings in King’s Lynn, both old and<br />

modern, and sketched architectural features before<br />

producing a painting of a building that is significant to<br />

them. The paintings were then put together to form a<br />

group collage.<br />

The exhibition of children’s artwork runs from Thursday,<br />

15th February - Saturday 2nd March. Open 11am - 3pm<br />

every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in The Shakespeare<br />

Barn.<br />

The St George’s Guildhall project, which is supported by<br />

funding from the Towns Fund, will see the refurbishment<br />

of Britain’s oldest working theatre and the formation of a<br />

new creative hub on the site.<br />

The works will create an inspiring, welcoming, and historic<br />

space for arts, entertainment, creativity and learning with<br />

something for everyone to enjoy and experience.<br />

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Provided by the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

Mental Health Association Ltd<br />

The Merle Boddy Day Centre provides<br />

a warm and friendly Social Day Care Service for<br />

people living with dementia including mental health<br />

problems and physical disabilities, in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the<br />

surrounding area. We have exciting new plans for the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Mental Health Association which<br />

runs the Merle Boddy Day Centre and hope that by the<br />

time you are reading this we will have taken a major<br />

step forward. So next month we hope that we shall be<br />

able to share some of our plans with you.<br />

In the meantime, back at the Centre…<br />

It’s definitely chilly outside these days, so we have been<br />

busy making something to help the birds and wildlife<br />

around the Centre get<br />

through the winter<br />

months. We are also real<br />

romantics here at the<br />

Centre, so in the run up<br />

to Valentine’s Day we<br />

were busy making little<br />

gifts for our sweethearts.<br />

Caring for a loved one<br />

with dementia or with<br />

similar disabilities is<br />

hard work, even though<br />

it is something done<br />

with love and affection.<br />

Carers sometimes need time to themselves to get on<br />

with things but may be worried about entrusting the<br />

care of there loved one to others. The Merle Boddy Day<br />

Centre offers just that assurance, where our clients are<br />

treated with the utmost respect and dignity. There’s<br />

always something going on including stimulating crafts<br />

and games, and also times for music and reminiscing.<br />

So we offer a ‘taster’ session for those considering short<br />

periods of day care to see how it works. Please contact<br />

us if you would like to look into this – see the contact<br />

details below.<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. In particular we would love to<br />

hear from you if you are interested in the provision of<br />

care of those who suffer from dementia and would be<br />

interested in becoming a Trustee of our parent charity,<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Mental Health Association.<br />

We also welcome your donations, small as well as big.<br />

You can give by visiting our website and clicking on<br />

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

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

merleboddycentre – or see our website -<br />

www.merleboddy.org.uk<br />

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

phone the Centre on 01760 724527.<br />

Campingland PPG<br />

Thank you to all those people who support us by<br />

buying books - which is our only form of income.<br />

Also, for your kind<br />

donations of secondhand<br />

books. To arrange<br />

delivery or collection<br />

please contact Ann on<br />

anewmeir1@sky.com<br />

or 07887 516565. They cannot be left in the surgery.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

2023 Poppy Appeal<br />

We would like to say a huge thank<br />

you to all the generous residents of <strong>Swaffham</strong> who<br />

donated to the 2023 Royal British Legion Poppy<br />

Appeal. With monies still coming in the final figure<br />

has yet to be confirmed but the total raised is likely to<br />

be approximately £25,000. Grateful thanks must also<br />

go to our steadfast volunteers who turn out every<br />

year for one two or more collecting sessions in our<br />

supermarkets and on-street collections. Without these<br />

loyal supporters of all ages it would not be possible<br />

to have such a successful poppy appeal year on year.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> really does have some amazing people who<br />

are very generous in their support of good causes.<br />

Thank as well to all the shops and pubs of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

who collect money and distribute poppies on our<br />

behalf.<br />

More News<br />

Thanks for all who came to our Coffee Morning at<br />

the Methodist Church on Saturday 12th February this<br />

raised £95 for Branch Funds: it was good to see old<br />

friends and new.<br />

On Friday 1st March at 7:30pm we are hosting a Quiz<br />

Evening at The Conni. The Quiz will be presented by John<br />

and Jo who hosted our very successful quiz evening in<br />

October last year, and they return by popular request.<br />

Teams are limited to 6 people at £3 per head. To book<br />

your team please phone Dave on 07898 210162.<br />

Saturday 8th June<br />

Many of you will be aware that 6 h June this year is 80th<br />

anniversary of D-Day and across the country there will<br />

be many celebrations – <strong>Swaffham</strong> included.<br />

In conjunction with <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch of the Royal British Legion are<br />

organising an evening of celebration 1940s style in the<br />

Assembly Rooms on Saturday 8 th June. The evening<br />

will include performances by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Players and<br />

Three’s Company and a swing band to dance the night<br />

away. There will be an update on this event next month.<br />

Next Meeting of <strong>Swaffham</strong> RBL - Tuesday 19th<br />

March at 8pm at the Conni. New members are always<br />

welcome.<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

Seasonal Community Decorations<br />

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

brighten up <strong>Swaffham</strong> by adding<br />

knitted/crochet and fabric items to<br />

areas in the town. Swaĭam Town Council<br />

would like to thank the community groups that<br />

have been supporting the initative to decorate the<br />

Buttercross with wonderful Spring themed crafts.<br />

If you would like to be involved we have resources at<br />

the Town Hall for you to use so please get in contact<br />

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

Festival of Flowers<br />

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

from Breckland to create eye catching floral displays<br />

throughout the town which will form a trail across<br />

the town centre in late Spring/early Summer.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council will provide a planter and<br />

compost - the content is up to you. Myhills have<br />

kindly offered to support this project by providing<br />

discount on the products needed to deliver this.<br />

Choose wildflowers, bulbs, herbs etc – the choice<br />

is yours! If you would like to be involved or<br />

require more information, please email comms@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or pop to see us in the<br />

Town Hall.<br />

Youth Group Fayre<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are back with a new date<br />

for the Youth Group Day at the Recreation Ground.<br />

This event is now taking place on Saturday 15th June<br />

2024 10am-2pm. If you would like to know more<br />

about the youth groups available in the town then<br />

come along and explore the options.<br />

If you are part of a Youth Group and you are<br />

interested in attending please contact deputyclerk@<br />

swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

Sheep Fayre<br />

The annual Sheep Fayre is returning on Saturday<br />

11th May. Save the date and pop along to celebrate<br />

the historic Market town that is <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

D-Day 80<br />

On Thursday 6th June 2024 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

will commemorate 80 years since the D-Day landings<br />

in Normandy. As a community we will honour the<br />

sacrifices and achievements of the individuals who<br />

participated in the D Day landings and World War<br />

II by lighting the Beacon at 9.15pm on the car park<br />

outside of the Market Cross. We hope this presents<br />

as an opportunity to bring together community<br />

members of all ages to commemorate this occasion.<br />

On Saturday 8th June <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council will be<br />

working in conjunction with the Royal British Legion<br />

to put on a D-Day 80 event at the Assembly Rooms –<br />

more information will be available soon.<br />

Town Council Budget<br />

The Town Council have agreed the precept for the<br />

forthcoming year at £549,621.51, a 15% increase on<br />

last year. There will be a synopsis of the budget and<br />

what it will mean to people across the town in next<br />

month’s issue.<br />

Save the date!<br />

• Festival of Flowers – Late Spring/early Summer<br />

• Seasonal Decorations Late March<br />

• LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> – Saturday 4th May<br />

• Sheep Fayre – Saturday 11th May<br />

• D-Day 80 – Thursday 6th June<br />

• Youth Group Day – Saturday 15th June<br />

• Classic Car Show – Sunday 25th August<br />

Date of Council meetings<br />

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

• Full Council Wednesday 13th March 6.30pm<br />

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

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

11am<br />

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

12.30pm<br />

Have your say!<br />

Did you know that all council meetings include a<br />

15-minute session set aside for public participation.<br />

This is your opportunity to put questions to your<br />

Councillors about things that matter to you and the<br />

town. Why not come along and see how your<br />

Councillors manage the councils’ affairs. Alternatively,<br />

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

meetings that are live streamed on Facebook<br />

@<strong>Swaffham</strong>towncouncil<br />

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

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

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

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

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March 8: 11 – 12.30<br />

Weather Watch (Talk)<br />

March 1: 11 – 12.30<br />

Celc Journeys<br />

February 24: 11 – 3<br />

Retreat Day<br />

February 17: 3 – 4<br />

Stretch and Breathe<br />

February 15: 3 – 4 (Chat)<br />

Thoughts on Thursdays<br />

also February 29 / March 28<br />

February 11: 3 – 4<br />

Bring a Book! (Chat)<br />

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March 9: 2.30 – 4.30<br />

Yoga Workshop<br />

March 16: 2.30 – 5.30<br />

Spring Sing (Casual Choir)<br />

March 22: 11 – 12.30<br />

Norfolk Nostalgia (Talk)<br />

March 24: 2.30 – 5.30<br />

Open Play Reading<br />

March 30: 11– 3<br />

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