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Heritage Week Events<br />

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See more pictures of activities from the week on page 9<br />

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

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Contents<br />

3 RBL/Community Hospital<br />

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

5 Church News<br />

6 Jazz Club/Bowls Club/The Hive<br />

8 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions<br />

9 Cultural Consortium<br />

11 NarVOS/Rotary<br />

12 History Group/FoSH<br />

14 Garden Club/NGS Norfolk<br />

15 Merle Boddy/Manor Farm PPG<br />

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


Royal British Legion<br />

Poppy Appeal 2023<br />

I am pleased to report that nationwide<br />

the 2023 Poppy Appeal was a huge<br />

success; with donations totalling in excess of £50m.<br />

In <strong>Swaffham</strong> our volunteers and local businesses and<br />

organisations helped raise over £27,000, however this<br />

is not the final figure as donations are still coming in.<br />

Our sincere thanks go to all those who contributed to<br />

raising this amazing amount.<br />

Our RAF Bear<br />

As part of <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s appeal we ran a competition to<br />

win a teddy bear dressed in RAF uniform. Courtesy of<br />

the RAF this bear was flown to Kuwait, then Kenya and<br />

onto Somalia and back again. We asked people to guess<br />

the correct number of miles he travelled, by putting<br />

their name on a square against a mileage figure they<br />

thought was correct. I am pleased to announce that the<br />

winner of the Bear was Anne Thorpe with an entry of<br />

11,614 miles.<br />

Quiz Night – 1st March 2024<br />

On Friday 1st March we held a Quiz Night @the Conni<br />

with John and Jo as our quizmasters. The evening was<br />

well supported with a total of 15 teams so the room<br />

was full to capacity. Competition was strong with the<br />

evening ending in a tie break between three teams,<br />

with the eventual victors being “The Pride of <strong>Swaffham</strong>”<br />

– <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lionnesses. Well done! We hope to arrange<br />

more quizzes in the future.<br />

Diary Date - Saturday 8th June – D-Day Celebrations<br />

There will be an evening of 40`s style entertainment<br />

in the Assembly Rooms to celebrate the D-Day 80th<br />

Anniversary. Plans are well underway for this joint<br />

venture between the <strong>Swaffham</strong> RBL and <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council. It will be street party themed with various<br />

40's style entertainment booked. This will be a “ticket<br />

only” event and we hope that tickets will be on sale next<br />

month. This will be an opportunity, if you wish, to dress<br />

in 40s style and enjoy the songs popular during the war<br />

years.<br />

NEXT MEETING OF SWAFFHAM RBL - Tuesday 16th April<br />

at 8pm at The Conni new members are always welcome.<br />

Community Hospital LOF's<br />

As indicated last month, Tesco in <strong>Swaffham</strong> agreed to help<br />

us in our plan to provide Easter eggs for all the patients.<br />

Thanks to them and you the public for your support.<br />

A date for your diary - Saturday 6th April - Coffee Morning<br />

at the Methodist Church to raise funds for the Hospital.<br />

Lots of home made goodies available.<br />

Our Coin collection at home scheme is really helping us<br />

so please keep collection your small change. As ever it can<br />

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

As the weather has improved we have started again in<br />

maintaining the front and rear Hospital Gardens. Any<br />

spare plants, especially small shrubs, that you can spare<br />

would be welcome.<br />

The Hospital is as busy as ever and the staff are working<br />

hard. That is one of the reasons that we are supplying the<br />

Staff Room with extra provisions to help keep up morale.<br />

As I have explained in earlier articles we still sometimes<br />

get patient admissions where they arrive with only the<br />

clothes on their backs. To help address this the "Friends"<br />

ensure that the Hospital Housekeeper has some funds to<br />

purchase basic essentials for their stay<br />

Happy to provide more info on what we do. Give me a call<br />

on 07767 262108.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

Narbeck Junior Billiards League<br />

Narbeck Jnr Billiards League Coaches its 600th player!<br />

The West Acre based N.J.B.L introduced its 600th<br />

player to cue-sports recently when <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

boys Marcus Martinen, Arthur Martinen and Rene<br />

Stankievice (pictured) tried Snooker and Billiards for<br />

the first time.<br />

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The League has been running on Mondays afternoons<br />

after school since 1997 and welcomes all youngsters<br />

over the age of 7 years.<br />

During this time approaching 250 players have<br />

competed in the league proper, with 13 or our players<br />

becoming national Junior Champions.<br />

Matches and training take place on Mondays between<br />

3.30pm and 7.30pm with no experience needed.<br />

All coaching staff are NGB accredited.<br />

For more detail please contact the NJBL on 01760-<br />

755337, or welham308@yahoo.com or visit our<br />

Facebook page.

Are you aged 65+ and live in <strong>Swaffham</strong>?<br />

NHS Norfolk and Waveney, the Borough Council<br />

of King’s Lynn and Breckland Council are delivering<br />

a project to help people keep active, safe and<br />

independent in their own home.<br />

We can offer the following services for FREE<br />

• Handyperson service – Following a home<br />

assessment, we can fit low level prevention measures<br />

to help keep you safe in your home; for example hand<br />

rails, half steps, stair rails, key safes etc. All minor<br />

adaptations are free of charge.<br />

• Exercise classes suitable for your ability to help you<br />

stay mobile and active. These can be provided in a<br />

community setting or on a one-to-one basis in your<br />

home by a personal trainer.<br />

To register for these services, please contact Breckland<br />

Council by email communitysupport@breckland.gov.<br />

uk or telephone 01362 656870 and request a Welfare<br />

Officer. Please note this service is only available for<br />

residents of <strong>Swaffham</strong> and the following villages:<br />

Beachamwell, Beeston, Beetley, Croxton, Cockley<br />

Cley, Foulden, Gt and Lt Dunham, Great Cressingham,<br />

Litcham, Lexham, Lynford, Mileham, Mundford,<br />

Narborough, Oxborough, Rougham, Sporle,<br />

Stanford, South Pickenham, South Acre, Tottingham,<br />

Wellingham, Weeting, Weasenham and Whissonsett.<br />

This project is currently funded until September 2024<br />

and is subject to availability.<br />

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

It was a brass player in Ensemble East who asked us if<br />

we were interested in inviting Cawston Brass Band to<br />

play in <strong>Swaffham</strong>, and when we listened to the clips<br />

of them playing on their website we realised how<br />

good they are.<br />

Formed in 1886, Cawston Band is the East Anglian<br />

Brass Band Associations reigning Champion Band.<br />

They have contested nationally at a number of venues<br />

including Wembley and Harrogate International<br />

Conference Centre. Over the years they have<br />

progressed through the competitive sections, and are<br />

now in the First Section nationally.<br />

Locally they have played all over Norfolk: in Norwich<br />

Cathedral, Wymondham Abbey, Eaton Park, Cromer<br />

Lifeboat Station and the Fat Cat Brewery Tap.<br />

So we have invited them, and they will be coming to<br />

play in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

on Saturday May 18th at 7.30pm. They play a wide<br />

repertoire to suit the occasion, from classic brass<br />

band music to Queen. We will have more details next<br />

month. Tickets will be £12. We hope to see you there!<br />

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

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

Services for April 2024 - all are Welcome<br />

Sunday 7th April<br />

9.30am<br />

6pm<br />

Sunday 14th April<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 21st April<br />

8am<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 28 April<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 5th May<br />

9.30am<br />

11.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Holy Communion<br />

United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Said Communion<br />

Rogation Service at Town Farm,<br />

Sporle -followed by picnic Lunch<br />

Mid-week service Wednesday Mornings 10am Holy<br />

Communion (said)<br />

Tuesday 23rd April - 12 noon St. George’s Day Lunch in<br />

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

Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th & 28th April<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 3rd and<br />

17th April at 2.30pm at 15 Wroxham Avenue. New<br />

members welcome.<br />

Choir Practice 7.15pm to 8.15pm - Tuesday evenings -<br />

New Voices welcome.<br />

Bell Practice 7.30pm to 9pm Friday evenings. Contact<br />

may be made via email: swaffhamchurch@gmail.com<br />

or 01760 725051.<br />

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

Thursday 11th April - Mother's Union<br />

Speaker Maggie Anderson from Baby<br />

Basics, West Norfolk. We offer support for<br />

each other within our group in our prayers.<br />

We are always happy to welcome new members or<br />

visitors. Contact: Julia Higbee for details 01760 720041.<br />

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

• Tues 2nd April 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place Drop<br />

In. Open to all for free refreshments and friendship.<br />

• Fri 5th April 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Praying for<br />

our needy world. Phone 01769722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 6th April 9.30am-12noon. Church Coffee Morning<br />

and Home Baking Stall.<br />

• Sun 7th April 10.45am. Morning Worship led by the<br />

Worship Leaders and followed by refreshments.<br />

• Tues 9th April 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place Drop<br />

In. Free refreshments. A warm welcome awaits all.<br />

• Thurs 11th April 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship Group.<br />

Deacon Jen talks about ‘Finding God in the everyday ’.<br />

All welcome.<br />

• Fri 12th April 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 13th April 9.30-12noon. Coffee Morning in aid of<br />

the Hospital League of Friends.<br />

• Sun 14th April 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

Deacon Jen and followed by refreshments.<br />

• Tues 16th April 9.30am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Many are finding it a great place to be. Free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Fri 19th April 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sat 20th April 9.30am-12noon. Coffee Morning in aid<br />

of The Royal British Legion.<br />

• Sun 21st April 10.45am. Morning Worship led by Mrs<br />

Avril Temple and followed by refreshments.<br />

• Tues 23rd April 9.30am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. A warm and friendly atmosphere where<br />

everyone can enjoy meeting old friends and new. Free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Thurs 25th April 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship Group<br />

meet. All welcome.<br />

• Fri 26th April 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 28th April 10.45am. Morning Worship led by the<br />

Worship Leaders and followed by refreshments.<br />

• Tues 30th April 9.30am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Bring your knitting or crochet or just have a<br />

good chat over free refreshments.<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 united<br />

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

deepen our Christian life together<br />

by 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:<br />

folchurchswaffham<br />

We are a new, friendly congregation<br />

with modern, charismatic style worship.<br />

We are linked to Fountain 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 />

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<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club<br />

The 2024 outdoor bowling season is fast approaching<br />

and once again <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Bowls Club is<br />

preparing to take part in local league and County<br />

bowls competitions. Last season was a mixed bag<br />

for the Club in that one team was unfortunately<br />

relegated and four others finished in mid-table<br />

placings. However, there was some success in the<br />

Monday evening Rosie Smith League where the team<br />

finished as Champions.<br />

The Club has a good membership and apart from the<br />

above-mentioned competitions we hold afternoon<br />

bowling sessions every Tuesday and Thursday,<br />

together with a number of social events throughout<br />

the year.<br />

Each year we hold an open weekend and this year<br />

we will open the gates on Saturday 11th and Sunday<br />

12th May 2024 from 10am to 4pm each day. So, if<br />

you are interested in joining a friendly and sociable<br />

Club why not give it a go. All you need to do is turn up<br />

with a pair of flat shoes and the Club will provide the<br />

rest. There will be Members on hand to ‘show you<br />

the ropes’ and tea and coffee will be provided. Our<br />

bar will be open too.<br />

You can find us at: Myers Playing Field, Shoemakers<br />

Lane, Cley Road, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 7NT<br />

For further information call 07485 624087.<br />

The Hive, Great Cressingham<br />

It has certainly been a fertile time at The Hive over<br />

the past two months with many different activities<br />

to share our values of ‘creativity, spirituality and<br />

well-being’. The Hive community has gathered for<br />

a great variety of events and brought new people<br />

with them and others have found their way to us<br />

through various avenues of advertising, including the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> – thank you!<br />

We have walked (on Easter Saturday) talked at<br />

Thoughts on Thursdays, listened to fascinating<br />

presentations on Norfolk Life (Rod Goddard) and how<br />

to read the skies – Weather Watch (David Jones). We<br />

have reflected in Celtic Journeys for St David’s Day<br />

and the Retreat with creations of poetry, jigsaw and<br />

almost-Easter bonnet.<br />

We have stretched and breathed in yoga and the<br />

Spring Sing casual choir, brought books and read<br />

plays. We are now beginning to look forward to the<br />

new season when, with warmer weather, we can<br />

enjoy the beautiful natural setting of The Hive in<br />

Great Cressingham.<br />

To find out more, visit our facebook page - https://<br />

www.facebook.com/GreatCressinghamHive<br />

or contact us at thehiveplace@gmail.com<br />

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

Before the March session, which featured Jazz Signs I<br />

met up with Paul Mason the band’s drummer,<br />

son of Colin Mason who was the Club’s resident<br />

drummer in the early days.<br />

Paul was born in Wisbech, but the family moved to<br />

Wereham where he was brought up. In his teens<br />

he was into Rock music and particularly liked The<br />

Jimi Hendrix Experience and Led Zeppelin and<br />

especially their drummers – Mitch Mitchell and<br />

John Bonham. He wanted to take up the drums<br />

like his Dad, but didn’t have a kit to play on as<br />

Colin had just sold his to buy their first family car.<br />

When Colin saw young Paul’s interest in becoming<br />

a drummer he bought him a snare drum. Gradually<br />

tom-toms, cymbals, a high hat and bass drum<br />

followed.<br />

Paul, together with some friends, formed their first<br />

band, Crackletube, and were soon playing in local<br />

venues. They then re-formed as Meadowlane.<br />

Paul stopped playing when he went to Uni. He<br />

then got married and didn’t take up the drums<br />

again until his mid-thirties. Colin once more<br />

helped Paul buy a kit, such that his son Harry<br />

(Colin’s grandson) also grew up hearing the sound<br />

of drums and he too wanted to play from an<br />

early age. Harry, now fifteen, is drummer in the<br />

Downham Market Swing Orchestra.<br />

Colin was a founder member of Jazz Signs but<br />

when he became ill, Paul sat in to help out. He<br />

then became their regular drummer when Colin<br />

sadly passed away.<br />

Outside of music, Paul likes to “be in the open<br />

air close to nature”. He particularly enjoys fishing,<br />

especially when he is on a Norfolk beach, wading<br />

through the surf with his fishing rod in his hands.<br />

He also brews his own beer, but not necessarily at<br />

the same time.<br />

Next up: Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm Dave<br />

Jackson Quartet.<br />

Ivan Garford piano, Derek Saville vibraphone, Joel<br />

Human bass and Dave Jackson drums.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. 23 London Street<br />

PE37 7DD. £10 cash on the door.<br />

More information from Norman 01760 722384 or<br />

Geoff 01366 328730<br />

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

at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club<br />

Dave Jackson Jazz Quartet<br />

Ivan Garford piano<br />

Jazz Club<br />

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

Tuesday 7:30pm<br />

April 9 th<br />

Cash on door £10<br />

Call us today 01760 724424<br />

www.hayesandstorr.co.uk<br />

London Street<br />

Dave Jackson drums<br />

Joel Human bass Derek Scurll vibraphone<br />

Norman 01760 722 384<br />

Geoff 01366 328 730<br />

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

The Lions, Lionesses and partners recently<br />

got together for an evening out at the<br />

Russian Restaurant Rasputin in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Market Place. It was a really enjoyable social occasion<br />

with excellent food being served.<br />

Easter Egg baskets are around the town in local pubs<br />

and businesses, being raffled off for our Charity funds,<br />

and the Lioness Branch Club run their usual Easter<br />

Egg tombola stall this time in the Friday market at the<br />

Assembly Rooms.<br />

We recently sent our Lioness quiz team to take part<br />

in the British Legion Quiz to raise funds for the Poppy<br />

Appeal, and guess what, we won!<br />

Authors Books & Cakes<br />

Sunday 3rd March saw the return of a selection of<br />

award-winning authors to <strong>Swaffham</strong> in the Assembly<br />

Rooms with a delightful afternoon tea. Cressida Mc<br />

Laughlan was in conversation with Heidi Swain,<br />

enthralling people from as far as Birmingham,<br />

Bedford and Clacton on Sea with tales of their<br />

books and writing ways. Participants were reluctant<br />

to leave until they had their photo taken with their<br />

favourite author.<br />

The next event on the 21st April is with Nicci French,<br />

pseudonym for the writing partnership of<br />

journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French who<br />

write psychological thrillers. Limited tickets still<br />

available.<br />

Don’t delay booking for:<br />

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

of popular fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party,<br />

After The Party, Then She Was Gone, The Family<br />

Upstairs, Invisible Girl and The Night She Disappeared.<br />

Her latest book None of This is True was published in<br />

July 2023.<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 />

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

Many thanks to everybody who have taken part<br />

between January 2022 and March 2024<br />

The time is up; the money spent.<br />

Enjoyment by the ton.<br />

Dig and Craft and Dance and Food,<br />

Our job superbly? done<br />

We brought together old and young<br />

And spent town time together.<br />

Important too, for every “do”<br />

We welcomed sunny weather.<br />

So many thanks to everyone<br />

Who came, who worked, who backed us.<br />

And glad that, although not quite perfect,<br />

Nobody has sacked us.<br />

Images of The Final events: 9th – 16th March<br />

West Norfolk Rock Choir on the Buttercross<br />

Chaos Collective Concert in the Assembly Rooms<br />

Buttercross illustration by student from TNHA<br />

Our Lions District Convention takes place every<br />

March, this year’s being held at Dunston Hall near<br />

Norwich. Lions International is a worldwide service<br />

organisation, and the goal for the coming year is<br />

to reach 1.5 million members globally. In May our<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Club will be welcoming two Lion visitors<br />

over here from New Zealand.<br />

Sadly the Chat and Play group we have supported<br />

has now closed, but the organiser Sue Chittock has<br />

kindly donated the surplus funds to our Club. We are<br />

using this donation to support a young Lion member<br />

(a Leo) in our District called Sophie, who has Cerebral<br />

Palsy and needs help to purchase a specialised trike<br />

to help her get around.<br />

The 40th Charter Anniversary of <strong>Swaffham</strong> & District<br />

Lions Club will be celebrated on the evening of<br />

Saturday 25th May in The Pedlar Suite at The George<br />

Hotel. Any members, ex-Lions and Lioness members,<br />

families, friends and supporters are very welcome to<br />

join us for this special occasion Dinner & Dance, cost<br />

£35. Please phone us on 07736 795678 if you would<br />

like to come along. For more information email the<br />

Lions on swaffhamlions@gmail.com.<br />

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

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

novels as well as an autobiographical memoir – Just<br />

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

Time. Susan will be in conversation with Kate Jewell.<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 Buro<br />

and DL Taylor<br />

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

2.30 Panel discussion with Karen Agenlico, Rachel<br />

Hore and Kate Sawyer. Refreshment will be available<br />

all day to purchase. Day Ticket for all 3 events. £15.<br />

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

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

be providing Tudor music. Opportunity to meet well<br />

known authors and new authors while raising money<br />

for the Norfolk Hospice. (Lisa Jewell and Kate Sawyers<br />

books are both currently in the Times ten best books).<br />

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

2.15pm. Except the 6th October which will be an allday<br />

event.<br />

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

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

information contact Lynette on 07900570765.<br />

Junior Academy clay sculpture of the Buttercross<br />

Finds from the Campingland Dig<br />

Iceni Partnership ladies at the 40's Tea Dance<br />

Mosaic workshop items<br />

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NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly Rooms,<br />

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

Wednesday 24th April 2024 at 7.30pm<br />

The Birds and Wildlife of the Holkham NNR<br />

Presented by Andrew Bloomfield<br />

Andrew (Andy) Bloomfield is an experienced birdwatcher<br />

and naturalist born at Holkham North Norfolk where he<br />

works as a Conservation Warden on the Holkham Estate.<br />

A child of the 60’s, Andrew was born on the Holkham<br />

Estate, went to school in Wells and has lived his life in<br />

North Norfolk. He has been able to combine his hobby<br />

of Birdwatching with that of his career as a Warden<br />

on the Holkham National Nature Reserve - the envy of<br />

many I am sure! Andrew is also a singer of rock and roll,<br />

a former UK Old School Wrestler and a dedicated father.<br />

He wrote Birds of the Holkham Area in 1993 and had<br />

major contributions in The Birds of Norfolk 1999 and The<br />

Turn of the Tide 2005 along with many smaller articles<br />

in a range of ornithological journals. His illustrated talks<br />

and guided wildlife tours are always in demand.<br />

Andrew’s knowledge of the Holkham NNR is second to<br />

none, covering all aspects of wildlife and fauna within<br />

the Holkham Estate. However it is as a “Birder” that<br />

Andrew excels and his ornithological observations and<br />

photography will I know be enjoyed by all.<br />

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

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

For more information contact Paul Fuller or Alan Schpot<br />

via paul.fuller123@btinternet.com<br />

or alan.schpot@talktalk.net or go to www.narvos.org.uk<br />

Rotary<br />

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

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

Talks from guest speakers form an<br />

important part of our fortnightly<br />

meetings at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotary. Many speakers tell us<br />

about local charities and the work they do to benefit<br />

the community. Through our fund-raising activities<br />

we are able to consider helping them with a donation<br />

or perhaps some practical assistance.<br />

Alice Stevenson told us recently about the Boom<br />

Project which she runs as part of the Benjamin<br />

Foundation. It is estimated that there are between six<br />

and twelve thousand young carers in Norfolk, young<br />

people relied on by members of their family who<br />

cannot live without support. These youngsters often<br />

show poor socialising skills, they may have irregular<br />

school attendance and often feel isolated.<br />

The Boom Project organises fortnightly meetings<br />

so that young carers can briefly step away from<br />

their duties and get together for chat and some fun<br />

activities.<br />

Alice mentioned the problem of arranging transport<br />

to the meetings for those living in remote locations.<br />

Alice was thanked by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rotarian Kurt Oliver<br />

after her informative talk.<br />

KS Tree Care<br />

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landscaping & fencing needs<br />

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<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 />


In the February <strong>Swaffham</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> I mentioned<br />

our plan for a Beer Festival to be held on May 26th.<br />

This event has proved to be difficult to arrange on<br />

this date and has now been postponed. I'll keep you<br />

posted!<br />

Richard Skinner<br />


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The <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. Anyone can join and there is no subscription<br />

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

During our recent meeting on 11th March, we<br />

discussed the imminent publication of the books<br />

about the history of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Market Place shops<br />

and premises prepared by The <strong>Swaffham</strong> History<br />

Group. The proposal is to produce four books<br />

respectively for the East, West, and North sides, and<br />

the Shambles.<br />

At our last meeting in February group member and<br />

treasurer Peter Coombes showed us a first prototype<br />

copy for the books, and thought that it would be<br />

quite a task to prepare a book for just one side in<br />

time for the finale of the HAZ project and the end<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage Week on Saturday 16th March.<br />

However, Peter surprised us all by presenting three of<br />

the books at our meeting in March.<br />

Peter produced the books using publishing software,<br />

but it took many, many hours of work to compile<br />

them. We are so grateful to Peter for his tremendous<br />

effort in bringing these books out in time for the final<br />

weekend of the HAZ project.<br />

The three books about the East and West sides of<br />

Market Place, and the Shambles respectively, were to<br />

be on show in the final event of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

Week on Saturday 16th March at the Assembly<br />

Rooms. The books will, we hope, go on sale in the<br />

Museum Shop from April.<br />

At the same time, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage is launching<br />

an interactive website with some of the information<br />

from the books.<br />

For our next meeting at 2pm on Monday 8th April<br />

we will be going to Narborough Museum. It is<br />

proposed to meet up at<br />

1.30pm in Theatre Street<br />

(<strong>Swaffham</strong>) car park, and<br />

car share for the trip to<br />

Narborough.<br />

For our meeting in<br />

May we will probably<br />

be convening in the<br />

museum learning room;<br />

to be confirmed.<br />

You can find out<br />

more about us online in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage<br />

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

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

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 />

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

We have now decided that the day trips for the<br />

Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage this year will be:<br />

• Spalding Flower Festival, Sunday 12th May<br />

We’ll spend a couple of hours at Springfields Shopping<br />

Outlet before the onward journey to the Festival<br />

showground. There will be 50+stalls along with food<br />

stalls and games. You can also view all the floats from<br />

the parade on Saturday (40+) which will be parked<br />

around the grounds. Coach Cost, Friends £15.00,<br />

Guest’s £18.00<br />

• Felixstowe Museum & Landguard Fort, Thursday<br />

11th July<br />

Visiting the Felixstowe Museum, and the Landguard<br />

Fort situated at the entrance to the port of<br />

Felixstowe. You can also visit the Nature Reserve and<br />

Bird Observatory and maybe take a trip on the foot<br />

ferry to Harwich which runs daily. Both the Museum<br />

and Fort have cafés and there is also the Viewpoint<br />

Café which serves snacks and meals daily. Coach Cost,<br />

Friends £17.50, Guest’s £20.00 Note: The cost of entry<br />

to the Fort and to the Museum is extra, but they do<br />

offer a reduced rate if visiting both places, also English<br />

Heritage members get free entry to the Fort.<br />

• Bressingham Gardens & Steam Museum, Thursday<br />

12th September<br />

Trip to visit Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum<br />

on a Steam Day, entry includes Bressingham Steam<br />

Experience, Dad's Army Collection, Bressingham<br />

Gardens (both Dell and Foggy Bottom gardens),<br />

unlimited narrow gauge railway rides and three (non<br />

consecutive) rides on the Gallopers Roundabout.<br />

Cost for Coach Friends £12.50, Guest’s £15.00 Plus<br />

cost of entry Adult/Senior £13.50, Child £8.50.<br />

Anyone wishing to go to the Spalding trip on the 12th<br />

May, please book early with Stuart (contact details<br />

below) and arrange payment either by dropping<br />

cheque or cash into the Museum marked 'Spalding<br />

12th May' or by bank transfer quoting 'Spalding' as<br />

reference we would be grateful.<br />

100 Club<br />

Winners for March 2024 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2331<br />

• £20 – no 2347<br />

• £10 – no 2385<br />

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

Secretary, Stuart Clapton, by email stuartclapton@<br />

aol.com. For further information about the Friends of<br />

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

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

co.uk/support-us#friends-of-swaffham-heritage, or<br />

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

to the Museum.<br />

2024 SUMMER OF MUSIC<br />

S A T U R D A Y 4 T H M A Y A T 4 P M<br />

Serendipity, a trio of marvellous performers on flute, clarinet and<br />

bassoon return, presenting a selection of classical and modern music.<br />

S U N D A Y 2 N D J U N E A T 4 P M<br />

Estevao Davides, the classical guitarist who thrilled our audience last<br />

summer, returns with a programme of classic and modern guitar pieces<br />

S A T U R D A Y 2 2 N D J U N E A T 4 P M<br />

Josh Kemp Jazz Duo bring the vibrant sounds of saxophone and guitar -<br />

a first excursion for us into the sounds of jazz.<br />

S U N D A Y 7 T H J U L Y A T 4 P M<br />

A welcome return of Graham and Alison Cracknell on keyboard and<br />

violin.<br />

S U N D A Y 1 4 T H J U L Y A T 3 P M<br />

St Mary’s annual Thanksgiving Service<br />

S A T U R D A Y 3 R D A U G U S T A T 4 P M<br />

A first performance at St. Mary’s by Leo Popplewell, a talented young<br />

musician on the cello presenting a broad classical repertoire.<br />

S A T U R D A Y 2 4 T H A U G U S T A T 4 P M<br />

David Flood, formerly of Canterbury Cathedral, will host a performance<br />

by his daughter and son in law, both classically trained singers.<br />

S A T U R D A Y 7 T H S E P T E M B E R A T 4 P M<br />

And finally, our wonderful supporters the Pot of Gold Shanty Crew will<br />

close our summer season with rousing songs of the sea!<br />

Full details at: www.houghtonstmarys.org.uk/news-and-events#Events<br />

Wine and light refreshments will be available<br />

Parking at the Church<br />

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North Pickenham, PE37 8DB<br />

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The National Garden Scheme<br />

What better place to enjoy Spring than in a<br />

garden open for the National Garden Scheme.<br />

Why not book a private view to one of our gardens?<br />

Chestnut Farm, West Beckham near Holt opens for the<br />

National Garden Scheme this month. Matured over some<br />

60 years under the careful guidance of the extremely<br />

knowledgeable garden owners, John and Judy McNeil<br />

Wilson, you will find all sorts of little treasures. The garden<br />

has been opening its gates for many years, and the McNeil<br />

Wilsons are living proof that gardening is good for you.<br />

Many gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme<br />

are open By Arrangement which means that a group of<br />

friends, clubs and societies can have a private tour by<br />

booking directly with the garden owner and arranging a<br />

time which suits them. By arrangement gardens are listed<br />

in our booklet, on the website https://ngs.org.uk/norfolkby-arrangement/f<br />

and are also listed below:<br />

Sunday 14th April<br />

• Chestnut Farm, Church Road, West Beckham, Holt<br />

NR25 6NX. (Open 11-5) Admission £5. Chd free. Also<br />

open by arrangement for groups Feb - July. Wheelchair<br />

access is tricky if wet. Dogs allowed. Plants for sale. Light<br />

Refreshments.<br />

Mature 3 acres of garden developed over 60 years by<br />

the owners. Collections of many rare and unusual plants<br />

and trees. Seasonal flowering shrubs. Wood anemones,<br />

fritillary meadow, wildflower walk, pond and small<br />

arboretum. Always something new.<br />

By Arrangement Gardens to visit in April & May<br />

• Cobweb Cottage, 51 Shingham, Beachamwell,<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, PE37 8AY contact 01366 328428<br />

susannahbunting@btinternet.com<br />

• The Old Rectory, School Road, Catfield Great<br />

Yarmouth NR29 5DA contact 07887 584790<br />

penny.middleditch@me.com<br />

• Manor Farm, Coston, Coston Lane, Wymondham,<br />

NR9 4DT contact 07754 584471<br />

• Old Manor Farmhouse, The Hill, Swanton Abbott,<br />

Norwich, NR10 5EA 07768376621 info@hostebarn.com<br />

• Wretham Lodge, East Wretham, IP24 1RL<br />

01953 498997 grdalexander@btinternet.com<br />

For any up-to-date information: www.ngs.org.uk<br />

Ashill, Hale & District Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

Rethinking Your Garden<br />

The Garden Club’s February 2024 meeting saw the<br />

return of the excellent gardening lecturer Andrew<br />

Sankey; who gave an engaging presentation on<br />

rethinking your garden. Andrew is a nationally<br />

recognised expert on the English Cottage Garden,<br />

published garden author and lecturer.<br />

Andrew’s talk was full of ideas for re-designing parts<br />

of your garden, such as hiding eyesores, creating<br />

new borders, making the garden low maintenance or<br />

putting in a feature.<br />

Andrew started his presentation by covering some<br />

basic principles when re-designing your garden and<br />

finished his presentation with a lively Q&A from the<br />

members, who went away full of ideas on how to redesign<br />

parts of their garden.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

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

March 28th when Kristopher Harper will be talking<br />

on ‘Care and Maintenance of Fuchsias’. Our April<br />

meeting (April 25th) will have David Riches will be<br />

giving advice on care of House plants and Succulents.<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 />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

Mental Health Association<br />

at the Merle Boddy Day Centre<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Mental Health<br />

Association provides a warm and friendly social day care<br />

service at the Merle Boddy Centre for people living with<br />

dementia, including mental health problems and physical<br />

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

Our exciting new plans for the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District<br />

Mental Health Association, which runs the Merle Boddy<br />

Day Centre, are progressing at pace and we hope to<br />

be able to share these with you in the near future! In<br />

the meantime we continue to provide our caring day<br />

service at the Merle Boddy Centre with our dedicated<br />

professional staff. This much needed community service<br />

will continue to be a key part of our plans.<br />

Keeping active and developing skills are things we<br />

encourage in our lovely clients. Trying something new like<br />

tapestry making or decoupaging some beautiful pots and<br />

flowers makes us feel more Spring like.<br />

We always welcome your donations, small as well as<br />

big. 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 />

– @<strong>Swaffham</strong> And District Mental Health Association –<br />

or see our website - www.merleboddy.org.uk<br />

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

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

Manor Farm PPG<br />

In his role as Interim Practice Manager David Brammer<br />

has been able to update the group on various initiatives<br />

being undertaken at Manor Farm Medical Centre.<br />

Draft plans have been approved for the redesign of the<br />

reception area. It is hoped that this will enable staff to<br />

give an improved, efficient and confidential service.<br />

It was confirmed that Manor Farm Medical Practice will<br />

be signing up to deliver the Spring Covid Boosters (over<br />

75’s and immunosuppressed). It is planned to deliver<br />

them at the surgery on Saturdays towards the end of<br />

April that the Enhanced Access Service is running.<br />

The Practice has asked the PPG to conduct a patient<br />

survey bi-annually and we are talking with them to<br />

ascertain how they envisage this being run and what<br />

their anticipated outcome will be to ensure the right<br />

questions are asked.<br />

Enhanced Hours Service run by the Primary Care<br />

Network (PCN) is now fully operational with Manor<br />

Farm functioning as the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hub. The service<br />

which runs alternate weeks on Saturdays and week<br />

day evenings with Bridge Street Downham Market<br />

will enable patients who are registered with surgeries<br />

locally to book an appointment to see a clinician/<br />

practitioner on Saturdays 09:00 – 17:00 and weekdays<br />

18:30 - 20:00. This Enhanced Service is run by the PCN<br />

totally independently from the Practice and is for all<br />

patients registered at local surgeries in <strong>Swaffham</strong> and<br />

Downham Market. All the Practices in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

and Downham area will have access to book into these<br />

clinics, these appointments are shared out equally to<br />

ensure that all surgeries have equal access. The PCN<br />

hope that this service will improve patient access to<br />

general practice by having weekend and evening<br />

appointments available. For more information about<br />

this service contact your own practice reception team<br />

during normal opening hours to book an appointment.<br />

They will provide you with the time, date, and venue<br />

for your appointment. Please note this is NOT a walk-in<br />

service and is available by booked appointment only.<br />

If you need urgent medical advice when the surgery is<br />

closed, you should continue to call NHS 111.<br />

Some of the services offered within the Enhanced<br />

Access are:<br />

• GP Consultations<br />

• Health Care Assistant appointments<br />

• Cervical Screening<br />

• Spirometry<br />

• Medication<br />

•Nurse appointments including: dressings, asthma<br />

and diabetes reviews, contraception reviews<br />

For more information about the PPG our notice board<br />

is located in the main waiting room on the outer wall<br />

by the television screen if you are in the waiting room<br />

do check this as we endeavour to keep patients up<br />

to date with our activities and items which affect the<br />

patients of Manor Farm Medical Centre.<br />

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Llandudno<br />

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Monday 3 rd June – Friday 7 th June 2024<br />

£435.00 per person<br />

Monday 3 rd June – Friday 7 th June 2024<br />

£435.00 per person<br />

PAID TILL Highlights: MARCH 24<br />

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Full Day Guided Tour of North Wales<br />

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

Our Senior Team have displayed skill and strength of<br />

character and continuous improvement in their first<br />

season in Eastern Counties Division One North – the<br />

final league game of the season against Lowestoft and<br />

Yarmouth will take place at North Pickenham Road on<br />

6th April.<br />

Following this game, we go into 3 weeks of Norfolk<br />

Junior Cup fixtures, two of which will be at home:<br />

• 13th April v Norwich 2nds (3pm kick off)<br />

• 27th April v North Walsham 3rds (3pm kick off)<br />

As always your support of our Community Club is<br />

much appreciated, but especially for these last few<br />

fixtures when our team continues to improve.<br />

There is a possibility that we could, for the third year<br />

running, make our way to the Norfolk Big Rugby Finals<br />

Day at Diss on May 4th.<br />

We look forward to welcoming everyone in our<br />

Community to see some very competitive grass roots<br />

rugby at North Pickenham Road and perhaps enjoy a<br />

drink in our clubhouse.<br />

Our Touch Rugby sessions on Tuesdays at 7:00<br />

pm continue to attract participants of all ages and<br />

genders.<br />

Our Mini’s have visited both West Norfolk and North<br />

Walsham festivals, given a very good account of<br />

themselves and had a great time too! Training takes<br />

place at 10:30am on Sundays.<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 />

The final Vice Presidents lunch of the season will take<br />

place on the 6th April. New VP’s who would like to get<br />

involved in the 2024/5 season should get in touch.<br />

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

entirely by volunteers – anyone who would like to<br />

get involved both on or off the pitch, or would like<br />

to explore sponsorship opportunities, please contact<br />

chair@swaffhamrugby.co.uk<br />

Wissey u3a<br />

Our next monthly meeting will be on<br />

Thursday 4th April when we will have a return visit of<br />

“Three’s Company” with a new comedy routine.<br />

At our meeting on Thursday 7th March our speaker<br />

was Adrian O’Dell who showed a film ‘Stefan’s Journey<br />

and in his footsteps’. It was a very moving experience<br />

to watch this fascinating retracing of his Polish father’s<br />

WW2 escape 80 years ago and his eventual arrival in<br />

the UK to join the war effort against the Nazis.<br />

In addition to our guest<br />

speaker, our Art Group<br />

mounted an exhibition of<br />

their recent work.<br />

Please visit our website<br />

www.wisseyu3a.org and<br />

if you are interested in<br />

attending one of our<br />

meetings as a guest to<br />

‘test the water’ ring David<br />

Moncaster on 01760<br />

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 />

Pickenhams WI<br />

Our speaker at our March WI Meeting<br />

was Tom Day, National Trust Area<br />

Ranger for the Oxburgh Estate and Peckover. The<br />

competition was 'a printed photo of our favourite<br />

landscape' - it was very interesting to see the entries!<br />

Also during March we have enjoyed meeting at<br />

Margaret's Cafe for coffee and cake and going for<br />

a WI walk at Lynford Arboretum. We have also<br />

provided refreshments at the Pickenham Hub for the<br />

Easter Craft Fayre. Two of us attended the Wayland<br />

WI meeting when the speaker told members about<br />

her travels 'Around the World in 23 years with the<br />

US Air Force'! Several members went to the Norfolk<br />

Federation Annual Meeting at the Norwich Theatre<br />

Royal, when the guest speaker was none other than<br />

Janet Street-Porter!<br />

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 9th April at<br />

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

when we will be entertained by the Necton Handbell<br />

Choir. The competition will be 'a home decorated<br />

Easter bonnet' and it will be very interesting to see<br />

the variations that will be brought along!<br />

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

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 />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

Saplings<br />

On Wednesday 13th March and<br />

Saturday 16 March Heartwood CE VC<br />

Primary School and the local Scouts,<br />

Cubs, Beavers, and Police Cadets all<br />

supported <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council to plant saplings<br />

at Orford Road play area. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council<br />

would like to thank the staff team at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council, the local youth community, Cllr Beech and<br />

Cllr Braithwaite for their support with this. There will<br />

be 315 saplings planted in the area this year.<br />

Brightening up the Buttercross<br />

In an attempt to brighten up <strong>Swaffham</strong>, <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council have been working with community<br />

groups to create a fantastic display of floral crafts<br />

spiralling the pillars of the historic monument, the<br />

Buttercross. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council would like to<br />

thank the community of crafters in <strong>Swaffham</strong> for their<br />

dedication to this cause. The next mission is to create<br />

poppies for the commemoration of 80 years since the<br />

D-Day landings on Thursday 6th June.<br />

If you would like to be involved <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council have resources at the Town Hall. Please<br />

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

Howard Carter Memorial<br />

Head to the memorial site in the town centre to see<br />

the new memorial space for Howard Carter. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council would like to thank Mike Marfleet for<br />

his donation of the plaque that commemorates the<br />

achievements of Howard Carter. It is a great addition<br />

to the town.<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 />

• Full Council - Weds10th April 6.30pm<br />

• Finance Monday - 22nd April 1pm<br />

• Planning & Built Environment - Tues 30th April 11am<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 />

50th Anniversary of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council<br />

1st April 2024 marks the 50th Anniversary of <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council, which came into being on 1st April<br />

1974. This followed the Local Government Act 1972,<br />

which lead to hundreds of small District Councils<br />

being amalgamated into large District Councils across<br />

England and came into force in April 1974. This was<br />

supposed to be in pursuit of efficiency.<br />

Before April 1974, <strong>Swaffham</strong> town within the civil<br />

parish of <strong>Swaffham</strong> had been governed by the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Urban District Council (the UDC). At the<br />

same time the civil parishes around <strong>Swaffham</strong> came<br />

under the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Rural District Council (the RDC).<br />

Both councils had their offices in <strong>Swaffham</strong>; the UDC<br />

in the Town Hall, and the RDC in 30/32 Market Place,<br />

the building next to Fitzroy House.<br />

In April 1974, Breckland District Council came into<br />

being, taking over from not only <strong>Swaffham</strong> UDC and<br />

RDC, but also the Borough of Thetford, the UDCs of<br />

Dereham and Attleborough, and several rural district<br />

councils around those towns.<br />

The <strong>Swaffham</strong> UDC did all the things that are now<br />

done by Breckland Council, including important<br />

roles such as determining planning applications, and<br />

building, maintaining and letting council housing, as<br />

well as for public health; the UDC was responsible for<br />

all the sewers around the town, and for the sewage<br />

treatment works along Watton Road.<br />

The UDC also had some delegation from Norfolk<br />

County Council to undertake highway maintenance<br />

on minor roads. It also did all the things that the<br />

present Town Council does, including looking after<br />

public open spaces and the cemetery.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> UDC built practically all of the council<br />

houses we have in <strong>Swaffham</strong> during a period from the<br />

1920s until the 1970s, the last ones being the flats<br />

in Queen Street, which were just completed in 1974.<br />

Minutes of the Town Council from 1974 indicate that<br />

the members of the Town Council were quite unhappy<br />

with the new Breckland Council policy on housing;<br />

Breckland Council did not build any more council<br />

houses in <strong>Swaffham</strong> in any significant numbers.<br />

The leader of the UDC was called the Chairman of<br />

the Council; <strong>Swaffham</strong> had never had a Mayor until<br />

the Town Council came into being. One of the Town<br />

Council’s first acts was to resolve that the leader of<br />

the Council would be styled as ‘the Mayor’ and the<br />

deputy leader as ‘the Deputy Mayor’! In fact, the<br />

Town Council is no more than a Parish Council but<br />

like similar towns was permitted under the Local<br />

Government Act 1972 to call itself a Town Council and<br />

to have a Mayor.<br />

An early tussle between the new Town Council and<br />

Breckland Council was the status of the Saturday<br />

Market. At first Breckland Council claimed control<br />

of it, stating it was a street market under the Sale of<br />

Food and Drugs Act 1876. However, thanks to Town<br />

Councillor RE Drake, who undertook considerable<br />

research, the Town Council proved that the Saturday<br />

Market was actually a Charter Market from around<br />

AD 1215, granted to the local parish, that being<br />

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

The following 50 years from the establishment of the<br />

Town Council have seen many changes, but some<br />

things do not change. One of the last councillors on<br />

the old UDC, and then on the new Town Council, was<br />

a certain youthful Councillor Graham Eves! Graham<br />

has not, of course, been a councillor for all those 50<br />

years, but has returned to the Town Council recently<br />

with the wisdom of those years to bring to the<br />

council. Graham recollects that on the UDC he had<br />

some responsibility for allocating council houses, and<br />

says it was very satisfying to be providing people with<br />

their chance of decent housing.<br />



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