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New shopfronts mark<br />

the end of 'HAZ' Project<br />

Find out what happens next in the regeneration of town on p. 3<br />


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Contents<br />

3 HSHAZ/WEA/Phoenix Singers<br />

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

5 Church News<br />

6 TNHA/Jazz Club<br />

8 <strong>Swaffham</strong> Lions/Authors, Books & Cakes<br />

9 Environment Group/Hospital LoF's<br />

11 NarVOS/Magpie Centre<br />

12 History Group/FoSH<br />

14 Garden Club/NGS Norfolk<br />

15 Open Studios/Lynn Borough Council<br />

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

19 Wissey u3a/Manor Farm PPG<br />


High Street Heritage Action Zone<br />

The High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ)<br />

Partnership including Breckland Council, Historic<br />

England, <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council and the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Cultural Consortium has now come to an end after<br />

4 years. The final projects to complete the were the<br />

new shopfronts at Mr Chips and Tutankahmun’s and<br />

the new information boards. The shopfronts were<br />

based on the original photographs and designs and<br />

both businesses are now reopen, so please go and visit<br />

these premises.<br />

The wayfinding boards give residents and visitors some<br />

historical information about key buildings in the centre<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong>. Please scan the QR code on the signs or<br />

visit swaffham-heritage.co.uk where you can find out<br />

more about the history of all the buildings around the<br />

Market Place.<br />

This is not the end of heritage regeneration in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

because Breckland Council has proudly announced<br />

that a new project will continue for a further 3 years<br />

with funding secured from Historic England and The<br />

National Lottery Heritage Fund to create an expected<br />

£1M budget to deliver heritage and community<br />

projects in the town. Central to the new phase of<br />

the project is the continuation of the community<br />

grants scheme. The initiative aims to restore and<br />

revitalize 9-12 historic buildings within the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

conservation area, breathing new life into the heart of<br />

the town. The grant scheme will empower more local<br />

businesses to reclaim key historical features, ensuring<br />

that <strong>Swaffham</strong>'s high street remains a source of pride<br />

for generations to come. Additionally, further public<br />

realm works will focus on creating a greener, safer, and<br />

more appealing space for residents and visitors alike.<br />

Through careful consultation and planning, the project<br />

aims to foster a sense of community ownership. In<br />

tandem with physical restoration efforts, the project<br />

will also deliver vital community engagement and<br />

training initiatives. These programmes, funded by The<br />

National Lottery Heritage Fund, will provide essential<br />

skills and education to building owners, landlords, and<br />

young people in the building trade.<br />

If you own a historic property in the Market Place<br />

area and are interested in a grant please contact Joe.<br />

Warburton@breckland.gov.uk.<br />

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

Unfortunately we had to cancel the three<br />

week course in February and March, but<br />

Mary Fewster will be running a Day School on Saturday<br />

18th May at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre, Campingland,<br />

to complete her overview of hospitals, medicine and<br />

health care. She will discuss the steps leading up to the<br />

establishment of the National Health Service in 1948,<br />

which was set up to provide medical care for all, free at<br />

the point of use.<br />

We are all aware of the shortcomings and difficulties in<br />

our health services at present, and there may be time<br />

to think about what can be done to improve the current<br />

situation. But it will be interesting to look back at the<br />

conditions prevailing in the late nineteenth and early<br />

twentieth century to remind ourselves of the progress<br />

since that time.<br />

Mary is an excellent speaker with great knowledge based<br />

on research of original documents, and we can be sure of<br />

a thought provoking and enlightening day.<br />

The course, reference Q 00015292, will start at 10 am<br />

and finish at 3pm, with a break for coffee (provided)<br />

and lunch (bring your own). You can enrol in advance by<br />

calling 0300 303 3464, or go online wea.org.uk and look<br />

for <strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch. The cost of the course is £25.<br />

WEA is open to all, and we look forward to seeing old<br />

friends and new faces.<br />

The Phoenix Singers<br />

The Phoenix Singers’ 45th Anniversary<br />

The Phoenix Singers have regularly held concerts to<br />

raise money for good causes. Eight ladies formed the<br />

choir in 1976 and currently there are 22 members<br />

who meet on Monday evenings in the Methodist<br />

Church Rooms to rehearse. They recently gave £250<br />

to the church and donated £500 to a local charity.<br />

Their next concert will be on Saturday 6th July in the<br />

Community Centre to celebrate 45 years since the<br />

choir was formed.

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 />

We are really looking forward to Cawston Band coming<br />

to the Church of St Peter and St Paul <strong>Swaffham</strong> on<br />

Saturday May 18 th at 7.30 pm. The band, currently<br />

the foremost brass band in East Anglia, has a long<br />

tradition of fine playing, and offers a wide repertoire<br />

of music, from traditional brass band music to Last<br />

Night of the Proms, and even a tribute to Queen.<br />

Previously they have played in Wymondham Abbey<br />

and Norwich Cathedral, and we are sure they will<br />

sound wonderful in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Church.<br />

With the closure of Ceres Bookshop last year, and<br />

now of the shop at The Green Parrot, we have had<br />

to find new box offices. We are very grateful to the<br />

two outlets that have come forward to help us: the<br />

Community Centre at Campingland and <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Museum. Tickets, priced at £12 (cash preferred),<br />

are available in advance from the Community<br />

Centre 01760 722800 and<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum 01760<br />

721230, and on the door.<br />

We hope to see you there!<br />

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

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

Sunday 5th May<br />

9.30am said Communion<br />

11am Rogation Sunday service<br />

– prayers for the farming community at Town Farm<br />

Sporle at a time when fields are water logged.<br />

Followed by Picnic lunch.<br />

Thursday 9th May Ascension Day<br />

10am Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 12th May<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

11.30am Holy Communion at Sporle<br />

Friday 17th May<br />

10am to 12 noon<br />

Coffee Morning at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Church for Flower<br />

Festival in August 2024<br />

Saturday 18th May<br />

Concert in <strong>Swaffham</strong> Church. 7.30pm Cawston Brass<br />

Band<br />

Sunday 19th May Pentecost Sunday<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

Sunday 26th May Trinity Sunday<br />

9.30am Sung Eucharist <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

11.30am Holy Communion Sporle<br />

Monday 1st May at 6pm <strong>Swaffham</strong> Annual Church<br />

Meeting. An opportunity to review the past year and<br />

for the public to ask questions of the Church Council<br />

– followed by elections for the new Church Council<br />

for 2024 to 2025<br />

Mid-week service Wednesday Mornings<br />

10am Holy Communion (said)<br />

Saturdays Coffee & Cake<br />

9.30am to 12noon on Saturdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th<br />

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

Visitors between 9am and 4pm<br />

A Bible Study Group meets on Wednesdays 5th and<br />

18th May 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<br />

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

gmail.com or 01760 725051.<br />

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

Thursday 9th May, Speaker: Marie-Lyse<br />

Numuhoza, Subject: from Refugee to<br />

Trustee. We offer support for each other<br />

within our group in our prayers. We are<br />

always happy to welcome new members or<br />

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

720041<br />

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

• Friday 3rd May 9.30am. The Power of Prayer group.<br />

Phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Saturday 4th May 9.30am-12noon. Church Coffee<br />

Morning with Plant & Outdoor Items Stall. Homemade<br />

cakes, friendly atmosphere.<br />

• Sunday 5th May 10.45am. Morning Worship<br />

led by Rev Anne Richardson. Refreshments served<br />

afterwards.<br />

• Tuesday May 7th 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop-In. All welcome for free refreshments.<br />

Make new friends, meet with those you know.<br />

• Thursday 9th May 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group. Talk about ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’<br />

• Friday 10th May 9.30am. The Power of Prayer<br />

group. Phone 01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sunday 12th May 10.45am. Cafe-Style Church. Led<br />

by the Worship Leaders.<br />

• Tuesday 14th May 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop-In. Enjoy fun and friendly chatter. Free<br />

refreshments.<br />

• Friday 17th May 9.30am. The Power of Prayer<br />

group. Phone 01760 722611 for venue.<br />

• Saturday 18th May at 3pm there is to be a talk<br />

organised by the Methodist Historical Society on the<br />

history of Methodism in <strong>Swaffham</strong> entitled 'A Ready<br />

Congregation'. Rev Jacqui will speak about the history<br />

and Sarah Rodgers about the recent refurbishment.<br />

The afternoon begins with a short devotional time<br />

and there is a tea to follow the talk (donations<br />

invited). If you would like to stay to the tea please<br />

book with Sandra Simm on 01760 720306.<br />

• Sunday 19th May 10.45am. Morning Worship with<br />

Holy Communion. Today we celebrate Pentecost.<br />

Worship led by Rev Jacqui Horton. Refreshments<br />

afterwards.<br />

• Tuesday 21st May 10am-12noon. The Meeting<br />

Place Drop-In with a visit today from the Green<br />

Pastures pop-up shop. Free refreshments.<br />

• Thursday 23rd May 2.30pm. <strong>Swaffham</strong> Friendship<br />

Group meet for the final time before the Summer<br />

break. Speak to Anne Thorp for details.<br />

• Friday 24th May 9.30am. The Power of Prayer<br />

group. Ring 01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sunday 26th May 19.45am. Trinity/Aldersgate<br />

Sunday. Morning Worship led by the Worship Leaders.<br />

Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tuesday 28th May 19am-<br />

12noon. The Meeting Place Drop-<br />

In. Free refreshments, safe space<br />

and good company.<br />

• Friday 31st May 9.30am. The<br />

Power of Prayer group. Phone<br />

01760 722611 for venue.<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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TNHA News<br />

Just like that we find ourselves in May and<br />

the exam season for our senior students is<br />

in full swing through this month and next.<br />

During what can be a stressful time they have been<br />

given various strategies and tools to help plan their<br />

revision, along with the opportunity to attend further<br />

intervention sessions, to make the most of their time<br />

before they sit each subject. They have decided on a<br />

venue for their prom and are busy looking for dresses<br />

and suits to look their best on the night.<br />

Our drama students are currently busy rehearsing<br />

for their summer play and building on the success of<br />

previous years, have decided to take on an extremely<br />

ambitious project ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller. This<br />

will be performed at Westacre Theatre at the end of<br />

June. We are all very excited to see the finished product<br />

and various props have been arriving at the academy<br />

adding to the anticipation of what is to come.<br />

Meanwhile, our musicians have enjoyed continuing<br />

their learning using ukeleles and guitars as well<br />

as rapping sessions, taking part in a performance<br />

assessment where they have shown how effectively<br />

they can stay in time with each other. Our senior<br />

students have been working hard to devise<br />

performances to showcase in the summer term and<br />

plan to tour some of the primary schools as well as<br />

perform at the Norfolk Show.<br />

Turning to our engineers. Two teams one from Year<br />

8 and the other from Year 9 took part in a ‘scrapbot’<br />

competition at the University of East Anglia. Each group<br />

created a robot out of recycled materials ready to take<br />

part in a series of challenges set. We are absolutely<br />

delighted to report that our Year 9 team, with ‘Robert<br />

the Robot’, came first out of 12 groups from various<br />

schools and our Year 8s came fourth! They all worked<br />

incredibly hard and we are extremely proud of them. A<br />

further group of students were invited out of school on<br />

a trip by the PA Foundation via the Jon Egging Trust. The<br />

group were tasked to make an eco-car out of certain<br />

materials provided to them. In groups of 3 and 4 they<br />

were given a brief (a country, along with information<br />

on rainfall, sunshine hours, the physical geography<br />

etc). Each group had to choose which energy source<br />

they were going to use (solar, hydroelectric, wind or<br />

thermal), design features of the car and explain why<br />

it was ingenious and how they worked as a team.<br />

The results were truly excellent, well thought out and<br />

worthy of high praise.<br />

Finally, we were delighted to visit Westfields Care<br />

Home recently when students and residents enjoyed<br />

cups of tea and coffee as they chatted whilst gathering<br />

their memories of the Queen. One resident had just<br />

turned 100 years old and received one of the last<br />

birthday messages from Queen Elizabeth whilst others<br />

recalled meeting when she visited their school. Their<br />

work has been displayed in the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Assembly<br />

Rooms as part of the Town’s Heritage Project.<br />

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

For our April session we welcomed the Dave Jackson Jazz<br />

Quartet: Dave Jackson on drums, Ivan Garford piano, Joel<br />

Human double bass and Derek Scurll vibraphone, plus<br />

guest David Franklin on tenor and soprano saxophones,<br />

which really made the band a quintet for the evening.<br />

I cannot remember when we last had a vibraphone<br />

so it was a real treat to see and hear a vibraphonist at<br />

work. It has a distinctly clear sound, rather like a celestial<br />

xylophone. To watch Derek playing the instrument is like<br />

watching a ballerina move to the rhythm. It was also<br />

interesting to observe how he and pianist Ivan played off<br />

each other as they took turns to improvise.<br />

David Franklin on saxophone injected a lot of driving<br />

energy to each number. I especially liked his soprano solo<br />

in Bye Bye Blackbird.<br />

Dave is an absolutely superb drummer with a phenomenal<br />

technique as was particularly demonstrated in Basie’s<br />

‘Cute’.<br />

The second half started with a lovely atmospheric piece<br />

for piano and vibraphone composed by Ivan himself. He<br />

described how the inspiration came to him while strolling<br />

peacefully along Dunwich beach during Covid lockdown,<br />

Dunwich having once been a thriving medieval port and<br />

capital city of the kingdom of East Anglia. Now washed<br />

completely away by the sea, he explained how some<br />

say that during severe storms the bells of lost churches<br />

can be heard from beneath the waves, as was mystically<br />

represented within this piece. To me it was a little gem of<br />

a piece, and a great contrast to the rest of the evening’s<br />

music.<br />

More observant audience members will have spotted<br />

that Dave placed his drums on the floor rather than the<br />

stage, as did Paul Mason last month, both for the same<br />

reason that the stage being wooden, and hollow, acts as a<br />

sound amplifier, rather like the hollow body of a stringed<br />

instrument. The problem is that when the stage amplifies<br />

the bass drum, it sounds more like the cannons in<br />

Tchaikowsky’s 1812 Overture than a musical instrument.<br />

Colin Mason (Paul’s drummer father) used to get over<br />

this on the stage by discreetly stuffing a blanket inside his<br />

bass drum!<br />

Both Dave (drums) and Joel (double bass) return next<br />

month playing with Melody Brooker.<br />

Next Up:<br />

Tuesday 14th May at 7.30 pm Melody Brooker and her<br />

Quartet. Melody vocals, Colin Burvill guitar, Joel Human<br />

double bass, Dave Jackson drums and Paul White piano.<br />

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

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Norman 01760 722 384 or Geoff 01366 328 730.<br />

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

We hope you all had a happy Easter<br />

break, and many thanks to everyone who<br />

supported our Easter Egg Basket raffles<br />

around the town, and our tombola stall in the Assembly<br />

Rooms.<br />

Lions Collection Stall - 18th May<br />

We have a stall on the Market on the 18th May, where<br />

we will be collecting the following items:<br />

• Old Spectacles and Hearing Aids<br />

• Used Batteries<br />

• Foods for the Foodbank (non perishables)<br />

We will also be giving out “Message in a Bottle”<br />

containers for storing your important medical<br />

information in the fridge in case of emergency.<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.<br />

On Saturday 6th April the <strong>Swaffham</strong> and District Lions<br />

Club President Nicola Claxton met up with Heart 2<br />

Heart volunteer carer Victor Knight to present him with<br />

a cheque for £250 towards the installation of a new<br />

defibrillator into an old phone box at the busy Haspalls<br />

Road/London Street junction in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Mr. Knight volunteers for the Norfolk based Charity<br />

Heart 2 Heart, whose purpose is to raise funds for the<br />

purchase and installation of defibrillators throughout<br />

the County. There are now over 270 defibrillators in<br />

Norfolk, and approximately 15 of these are installed<br />

in disused phone boxes. Once the installation is<br />

registered, the location of any defibrillator can be<br />

found on-line. The Charity also provides free CPR and<br />

Defibrillator training sessions.<br />

Recently we enjoyed another social evening with tenpin<br />

bowling at Fakenham, and this time the trophy was<br />

won by Lion George Figura, with Lioness Lion Sylvia<br />

Carroll winning the ladies' trophy. The trophies were<br />

presented by our Welfare chairman Lion Tony Lakey.<br />

For more information email the Lions on swaffhamlions@<br />

gmail.com<br />

Authors Books & Cakes<br />

Booking for the afternoon tea events raising funds for<br />

The Norfolk Hospice has gone very well and we sold<br />

out of tickets for Nikki French on 21st April sold out<br />

weeks before the event. Tickets are also sold out for<br />

Lisa Jewell on 12th May. Lisa Jewell is a British author<br />

of popular fiction. Her latest book None of This is True<br />

was published in July 2023 and the Saturday Times<br />

best seller.<br />

All future event Ticket can now be purchased at<br />

Pedlar's Patch in <strong>Swaffham</strong> or online on the Tapping<br />

House Norfolk Hospice website.<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 />

Cost of ticket £20, includes a full afternoon tea.<br />

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

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

50 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 />

Cost of ticket £20, includes a full afternoon tea.<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 />

- 12.30 - 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. Cost of tickets £15.<br />

• 3rd November - Alison Weir, Melita Thomas and<br />

Pearl in the Egg duo who will be providing Tudor<br />

music. Cost of ticket £20, includes a full afternoon tea.<br />

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

2.15pm. Except 6th October which will be an all-day<br />

event. For further information contact Lynette on<br />

07900 570765.<br />

Charity Coffee Morning<br />

Just Hair and The Market Cross are holding a Coffee<br />

Morning on Wednesday 15th May<br />

10am until 12pm at the Assembly<br />

Rooms, <strong>Swaffham</strong> in aid of the<br />

East Anglian Air Ambulance and<br />

Norfolk St John Ambulance.<br />

There will be a cake stall, raffle,<br />

and bring and buy stall. Tickets<br />

are only £1 for coffee/ tea and biscuits. Tickets are<br />

available from Just Hair or The Market Cross or you<br />

can pay at the door. Looking forward to seeing you all.<br />

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

Environment Group<br />

At our March meeting Janet and Colin Abbiss<br />

talked about their experiences with plant<br />

based eating, motivated by the fact that around 25% of<br />

carbon emissions arise from food consumption. They<br />

included a very colourful slide show which illustrated<br />

the diverse range of ingredients which can be served in a<br />

tasty plant based diet. Seasoning and appetising sauces<br />

to replace gravy are essential for delicious plant based<br />

meals. Props included a pan sized oven which enables<br />

low energy cooking of whole meals especially when<br />

fueled by solar energy, and using this to fuel induction<br />

hobs and microwaves can reduce the energy consumed<br />

when preparing meals too.<br />

Their top three tips to start a journey towards plantbased<br />

eating were:<br />

1. Buy a wide variety of fresh local produce from the<br />

Saturday market and greengrocers<br />

2. Start with two meat free days each week<br />

3. Grow herbs on your windowsill<br />

Our group meets monthly, usually on the second Thursday<br />

of each month at 10am in the Methodist Church, and we<br />

alternate between a talk or visit and business meetings.<br />

Our meetings are a good forum to exchange ideas<br />

and information. Anyone is most welcome to join us<br />

at individual meetings or on a regular basis and if you<br />

are not able to attend meetings at present you are still<br />

welcome to join our mailing list so that you can be kept<br />

informed. It is best to check on meeting times as these<br />

can sometimes vary. If you have ideas about a relevant<br />

talk or visit which you would find interesting, we are very<br />

open to suggestions. To find out more please get in touch<br />

with the Secretary Cathy Mumford on 01760 721847 /<br />

07799 642271 or cathyjmumford@gmail.com.<br />

Community Hospital LoF's<br />

A short update this month. First thanks to those of you<br />

who supported our Coffee morning at the Methodist<br />

Church on the 13th April. It was good to see some<br />

regulars and new attendees. The Easter eggs we<br />

provided for patients went down well. We are also<br />

supporting the staff by making donations of supplies to<br />

the staff room to help keep them refreshed.<br />

Thanks also to those of you who have donated plants for<br />

the Hospital garden. We have done some spring tidying<br />

and will continue to keep ontop of it. As the weather<br />

improves more patients will be able to enjoy the garden<br />

and benefit from getting outdoors.<br />

As ever we would welcome anyone who might like to<br />

join our small group. Consider giving me a call to find<br />

out more.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

07767 262108<br />

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Señor Momento<br />

Fundraising 2023/2024<br />

Well, 2023/24 was a busy time again for Ian Clews<br />

(AKA Señor Momento) to entertain in the local area.<br />

Of note has been the opportunity for Ian to run a<br />

total of 10 ‘Open Mic Nights’ in the Old Bell Public<br />

House, Saham Toney near Watton. Each event allows<br />

musicians and others to practice their art in a safe<br />

and friendly environment. The events take place on<br />

the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm until<br />

11pm. There is no charge for admission.<br />

In September Ian entertained Weasenham’s residents<br />

at their Summer Fete.<br />

Once again, Bradenham’s Retirement Club invited<br />

Ian to entertain their members again at the club’s<br />

Christmas party. Other events locally were the 40’s<br />

Tea Dance for <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Heritage Week in the<br />

Assembly Rooms, Age Concern and <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s<br />

Dementia Café, Westfields, Holmwood House, The<br />

Paddocks, and The Old Maltings care homes. Monies<br />

paid for entertaining were donated to various<br />

charities and good causes: these were the Breast<br />

Screening Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,<br />

Kings Lynn, the Alzheimer’s Society, the <strong>Swaffham</strong> &<br />

Litcham Home Hospice, the Merle Boddy Centre, the<br />

Downham Market and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Dementia Cafes.<br />

Acknowledging the benefits of DIY for individuals and<br />

the good work done locally, Ian also gave a donation<br />

to the Men’s Shed group which is located next to<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Rugby Club.<br />

A total of £1,400 was donated to the aforementioned<br />

charities and good causes.<br />

If you are planning an event and you’d like more<br />

information, please contact Ian on 01760 741247 or<br />

email him on iclews@btinternet.com.

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NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly Rooms,<br />

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

Wednesday 29th at 7.30pm The Meaning<br />

of Geese Presented by Nick Acheson<br />

Nick grew up in North Norfolk, squelching through salt<br />

marshes and cycling quiet lanes in search of wildlife, and<br />

still enjoys that to this day. Since his earliest days he has<br />

been enthralled by birds, mammals, insects, plants and<br />

other creatures. Nick travelled to Bolivia for 3 months to<br />

participate in a study of migrant birds, 10 years later he<br />

came home from his 3 month stint having travelled the<br />

length and breadth of Bolivia, across South America and<br />

in Australia and India -wow!<br />

Nick works for The Norfolk Wildlife Trust and is an<br />

Ambassador for the Trust promoting wildlife around the<br />

county of Norfolk. Nick is also the editor of the Norfolk<br />

Wildlife Trust “Tern” magazine. In February 2023 Nick<br />

published a book entitled “The Meaning of Geese” the<br />

story of seven lock down months in 2020/21, during<br />

which he cycled 1200 miles around North Norfolk on his<br />

mother’s 40 year old bicycle in search of Geese. “The<br />

Meaning of Geese” was judged the East Anglian Book of<br />

the year in 2023.<br />

Nick is an experienced broadcaster with a wide range<br />

of credits. He has appeared on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and<br />

many times on BBC Radio 4. I am sure that you will enjoy<br />

Nick’s presentation and his exuberant enthusiasm which<br />

I’m sure will make this an evening to remember.<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 or alan.schpot@<br />

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

The Magpie Centre<br />

Magpie Centre offers a Summer of Fun For Families,<br />

Dogs and Horses<br />

First up is our Craft Fair, 10am – 3pm, Saturday 8th June<br />

at the Magpie Centre, Wallington Hall, South Runcton<br />

PE33 0EP. Find us on the A10 three miles north of<br />

Downham Market. The Craft Fair will be under cover,<br />

in the indoor school, with fully wheelchair-accessible<br />

surface. A few stalls are still available at £12 per 3<br />

metre space, although more than 30 have already<br />

been allocated. To book your space, just contact<br />

07715 467866 or email: magpieccfcraft@outlook.com.<br />

Visitors will be asked for a small admission charge,<br />

refreshments will be available throughout the day<br />

and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.<br />

This event will again feature the popular ‘Have a Go’<br />

Dog Agility, with a knowledgeable organiser on hand<br />

to give you pointers on how to introduce your pooch<br />

to this activity. No prior experience of Dog Agility is<br />

required by dogs or handlers, so why not give it a try?<br />

And for our equestrian readers, entries will soon<br />

open for the Hoofbeats Pleasure Ride, scheduled for<br />

Sunday 30th June. This is a great opportunity for offroad<br />

hacking in the lovely grounds of Wallington Hall,<br />

with rides of varying lengths, including one suitable<br />

for riders on lead rein. Visit the Hoofbeats website for<br />

details of how to enter.<br />

Magpie Centre Awarded National Lottery Grant<br />

Big news this month is that the Magpie Centre, home<br />

of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association,<br />

is to receive a grant from the National Lottery<br />

Community Fund.<br />


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

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

of keen walkers who enjoy the countryside and<br />

cake. Meeting every Wednesday at 9.30am and<br />

every Sunday at 10am 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 />

The funds, £80,000 per year for three years, will<br />

mainly be used for Learning Through Riding, a<br />

project which will provide riding, carriage driving<br />

and/or Equine Assisted Learning Therapy sessions<br />

to homeschooled children and those with additional<br />

needs throughout West Norfolk. Many of these<br />

children are neurodiverse.<br />

The project will use the Riding for the Disabled (RDA)<br />

tracking tool to measure participants’ progress in six<br />

key areas: Communication, Confidence, Enjoyment,<br />

Horsemanship, Physical changes and Relationships.<br />

Parents of homeschooled children with additional<br />

needs who feel their child would benefit from being<br />

part of the Magpie Centre’s community of horse<br />

lovers are welcome to contact the Centre on 01553<br />

810202. An assessment (trial ride) will be arranged,<br />

free of charge, and if the child enjoys it, they will be<br />

slotted into a small group with others of similar ability.<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 (this so that<br />

our Group Secretary, Gerry, can keep the register of<br />

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

For our meeting on Monday 8th April, we were at the<br />

lovely Narborough Museum, where the curator, David<br />

Turner, was our host. The museum is located just on<br />

the edge of Narborough, along the Pentney Road<br />

out of Narborough at Meadway, almost opposite<br />

the old Railway Station. David had kindly opened the<br />

museum for us on a Monday, our usual meeting day.<br />

The museum is full of many interesting artefacts<br />

relating to Narborough, particularly in relation to the<br />

RAF, first at RAF Narborough, then at RAF Marham.<br />

There are also pre-historic items recovered in the<br />

surrounding farmlands, including bones of different<br />

megafauna that used to roam the area and stoneage<br />

implements. There is a fascinating large scale<br />

model of Narborough village as it was around 1950,<br />

made by a local artisan. For many years it wasn’t able<br />

to be displayed because of it’s size, but now has a<br />

permanent home in one of the museum rooms.<br />

The museum also houses a large collection of books,<br />

documents and maps for those who want to research<br />

the local history and geography of Narborough. An<br />

added delight is the bird-hide along the end of the<br />

museum. This looks out on the old drainage ditch<br />

of the former railway embankment, now a small<br />

wetland wonder. Bird- feeders attract a wide variety<br />

of birds and some 30 or 40 different species have<br />

been spotted there.<br />

To round off the afternoon David and his chatty<br />

volunteer crew served us tea, coffee and cakes –<br />

yummy! Our thanks to David and his colleagues.<br />

For our next meeting on Monday 13 th May, we will<br />

be meeting in the Learning Room at the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Museum, our usual venue.<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 />

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

As announced in last month’s <strong>Newsletter</strong> our<br />

proposed trips this year are:<br />

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

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

11th July<br />

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

12th September<br />

There may still be tickets available for the Spalding<br />

trip on the 12th May, please call Stuart (contact<br />

details below) who you can also contact if you wish to<br />

go on the other trips.<br />

We held our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday<br />

20th March in the Assembly Rooms. It was fairly<br />

well attended and Chairman, Dr Sue Gatusso, gave<br />

a report of the past year's activities, including the<br />

support given by the Friends towards the Heritage<br />

Action Zone (HAZ) events organised by the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Cultural Consortium with grants from Historic England<br />

over the last couple of years. Sue, who is also a Trustee<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage, which oversees the Museum<br />

and Archives, explained that she had stepped down<br />

as the Museum Director at the end of December and<br />

was now looking forward to spending more time in<br />

the Archive Room, getting that in order. Meanwhile,<br />

things were happening with the Museum, shop and<br />

Vistor Information Centre (VIC), which guest speaker,<br />

Tim Lynch, spoke about later on.<br />

Treasurer, Veronica Hutchby, reported that the<br />

Friends’ finances were in good shape, partly thanks to<br />

the profit from the trips organised by our Membership<br />

Secretary, Stuart Clapton, and his wife and committee<br />

member, Janice. Stuart gave a brief report about the<br />

trips, which had all been well attended and thoroughly<br />

enjoyed by those who went.<br />

Finally, Tim gave an interesting report on the changes<br />

to the Museum, the shop and the VIC, bringing all upto-date<br />

with a new payment system, a revamp of the<br />

entrance hall, changes to the museum rooms, and a<br />

complete make-over of the shop, which will now be<br />

branded as The <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shop, and concentrating<br />

on locally related items and products.<br />

100 Club<br />

Winners for April 2024 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2352<br />

• £20 – no 2319<br />

• £10 – no 2342<br />

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

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

aol.com<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 />


The National Garden Scheme<br />

May, a merry month for the garden visitor<br />

What better place to enjoy the beautiful<br />

blooms of May than in a garden open for the<br />

National Garden Scheme.<br />

Sunday 12th May<br />

• Barton Bendish Hall, Fincham Road, Barton<br />

Bendish, King’s Lynn, PE33 9DL. 11am - 5pm. Adm<br />

£6.50 (cash only) chd free. Home-made teas. Plants<br />

for sale. Partial wheelchair access. No dogs.<br />

Traditional private country estate garden, 10 acres<br />

set within farmland. Woodland drive, orchard, south<br />

facing terrace, lawns with herbaceous borders.<br />

Informal area around pond. Working walled<br />

kitchen garden with soft fruit, espaliered fruit trees,<br />

vegetables, cut flowers and pelargonium scented<br />

glasshouse.<br />

• Holme Hale Hall, Holme Hale, <strong>Swaffham</strong>, IP25 7ED.<br />

12-4pm. Adm £8, chd free. Light refreshments. Plants<br />

or sale. Partial wheelchair access. Dogs allowed.<br />

Walled kitchen garden designed by Arne Maynard<br />

and replanted in 2016/17. Soft palette of herbaceous<br />

plants which include some unusual varieties and<br />

provide long season of interest. Greenhouse,<br />

vegetables, trained fruits, and roses. 130-year-old<br />

wisteria. Wildlife friendly with wildflower meadow<br />

and renovated island pond. Historic buildings.<br />

Sunday 19th May<br />

• Lexham Hall, Litcham, PE32 2QJ. 11am-5pm adm<br />

£8.00 chd free. Light refreshments in aid of the<br />

Norfolk Hospice. Dogs allowed.<br />

Parkland with lake and river walks surround C17/18<br />

house (not open). Formal garden with terraces, roses<br />

and mixed border. Traditional working kitchen garden<br />

with crinkle-crankle wall. Rhododendrons, azaleas,<br />

camellias and magnolias in woodland, set in fine<br />

parkland.<br />

Many of our gardens are also open ‘By Arrangement’<br />

which means clubs, groups or a party of friends<br />

can book directly with the owner for a private tour.<br />

A group visiting Hoe Hall last year described it as<br />

‘Norfolk’s secret garden’. Open for just a few weeks a<br />

year, owner Vicky suggests ‘Come and enjoy a private<br />

visit to our garden, where the wonderful wisteria will<br />

fill your senses with fragrance, there is only a brief<br />

window of opportunity, so book now - ngs.org.uk<br />

Ashill, Hale & District Garden Club<br />

Care and Maintenance of Fuchsias<br />

Our expert speaker at the club’s March meeting was<br />

Kristopher Harper, who holds the national Collection<br />

of fuchsias of James Lye cultivars, which number over<br />

100 varieties. Kristopher, who runs a small nursery in<br />

Norwich (mail order only) specialising in Fuchsias, gave<br />

a hands on practical presentation of how to grow, care<br />

and maintain fuchsias, including how to take cuttings.<br />

Kristopher started by giving a short history of James<br />

Lye, a Victorian era gardener from Market Lavington<br />

in Wiltshire, who died in 1906. He was renowned for<br />

hybridising hundreds of fuchsia cultivars during his<br />

career as a gardener at Clyffe Hall in Market Lavington.<br />

Back in 2009 Kristopher Harper established the James<br />

Lye Fuchsia Collection as a hobby to preserve, research<br />

and archive the legacy of James Lye.<br />

There are two types of Fuchsia, hardy and half-hardy,<br />

the half-hardy types needing a frost-free environment<br />

over winter. Kristopher advised that the best time<br />

to take cuttings is in the autumn or early spring. He<br />

propagates very small cuttings in autumn and places<br />

them in tiny pots. Kristopher suggests it is best to<br />

water from below to avoid mould growth on the soil<br />

surface. Both seaweed and tomato feed work well as<br />

a liquid fertiliser during growth. Kristopher stressed<br />

the importance of keeping plants healthy and strong<br />

to limit pests, such as gall mite, whitefly or greenfly.<br />

Fly infestations can be managed naturally with use of<br />

nematode solutions. There is no real cure for gall mite,<br />

so cut off infected areas and bag and bin it. Kristopher<br />

also stated it was important not to let plants get<br />

potbound. This informative and engaging presentation<br />

was rounded off by a lively Q&A session between<br />

Kristopher and club members.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

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

April 25th when David Riches will be giving advice<br />

on The Care of House Plants and Succulents. The<br />

May monthly meeting will be on Thursday May 23rd<br />

when the ever popular Bob Coutts will give a practical<br />

demonstration of pruning through the seasons.<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 />

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

Can you beat the Hunstanton tide?<br />

A fun and challenging 10k or 5k run set in the beautiful<br />

coastline of Hunstanton is returning this June. Beat the<br />

Tide is to return on Sunday 2nd June 2024. The event<br />

starts on the sand outside the Alive Oasis in Hunstanton<br />

with a mass warm up just before 9am and runners of<br />

all levels are invited to enter to take part through the<br />

borough council website now at west-norfolk.gov.uk/<br />

Hunstantonevents.<br />

There are 250 places available in total for club runners<br />

and athletes, joggers, parkrunners, alongside families,<br />

whatever fitness level you’re at. Beat the Tide is both a<br />

5k event and a 10k event with entrants choosing on the<br />

day which distance they will run. The £15 entry fee is to<br />

be split between event costs and a donation to the RNLI.<br />

Runners will begin the beach run at Groin 12 and<br />

complete a 5k loop, running mainly towards Heacham<br />

and back. 10k runners will complete two loops. Medals<br />

will be awarded to male and female runners finishing 1st,<br />

2nd and 3rd in the 5k and 10k events (at approximately<br />

10:15am). All other finishers will not be timed or placed<br />

by the organisers.<br />

All entrants will receive a special Beat the Tide medal<br />

(make sure you go through the finish funnel). Weather<br />

conditions permitting, runners should have about 1 hour<br />

30 mins to beat the tide. Should the tide beat you, then<br />

you can choose to go around the groins or complete the<br />

run on the prom.<br />

10k runners must be aged 15 or over on the day of the<br />

event. Children under 11 years old may only enter the<br />

5k if an adult enters and runs with them. Because the<br />

event is a low cost, charitable one, all entrants will pay<br />

the same entry fee, irrespective of distance or age. Dogs<br />

may NOT take part and are not allowed on the beach<br />

in the summer. All runners must collect and display an<br />

event number on their shirts. They will receive an event<br />

medal as they pass through the finish funnel ONLY if<br />

they are wearing their number.<br />

Further information will come with the joining<br />

instructions prior to the event.<br />

The event is organised by the Borough Council of<br />

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk with support from West<br />

Norfolk Athletic Club (WNAC) and volunteers from<br />

the Hunstanton parkrun. The event is a charity event<br />

with funds being raised for the RNLI. KL1 Radio is also<br />

supporting the event.<br />

North Norfolk Open Studios<br />

Castle Acre & District Trail<br />

A number of artists and craftspeople will be showcasing<br />

their work as they take part in this year's Open Studios<br />

event. Between 25th May - 2nd June 2024 we will be<br />

opening up our workplaces to visitors so that we can<br />

meet and chat in our Norfolk workshops, gardens and<br />

studios and also give you the opportunity to buy direct<br />

from the Artist.<br />

Our local Art Trail follows a route around Pentney, West<br />

Bilney, West Acre and Castle Acre to view and buy work<br />

from these eleven creatives. Visit them all in a day or<br />

spread your enjoyment over the nine days.<br />

• Kurt Moore Blackborough End – Lino printmaking,<br />

painting<br />

• Rick Hadfield Pentney Lakes – Painting, portraits<br />

• Jo Moss Pentney Lakes – Art gallery, books, ceramics<br />

• Jo Pluckrose Pentney - Wire sculpture, jewellery,<br />

mixed media, photography<br />

• Chrissie Lines East Walton - Silver jewellery, illustrative<br />

and life drawing<br />

• Jo Colman West Acre - gold leaf embellished paintings<br />

• Carolyn Ash West Acre – Mosaic, mixed media<br />

• Rosy Prue West Acre – Mixed media, textiles, painting<br />

• Helen Breach Castle Acre – Figurative, abstract,<br />

mixed media<br />

• Les Williams Castle Acre – City and landscapes in<br />

watercolour/pen & ink<br />

• Janette Williams Castle Acre – Painting, pastels,<br />

linocut and art tuition<br />

From raku-fired, slab-built ceramics, figurative fine<br />

art to abstract expressionism and statement metal<br />

sculpture to textural textiles and jewellery, there is<br />

something for all tastes and price points.<br />

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Llandudno<br />

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Royal British Legion<br />

Poppy Appeal 2023<br />

Remembrance Day 2023 may be a<br />

distant memory for some but not for<br />

our appeal organisers Dave and Bobbie Elsom who<br />

arranged a “thank you evening” on 17th April in<br />

Assembly Rooms to acknowledge the loyalty of our<br />

much valued poppy volunteer collectors with many of<br />

them receiving service awards to recognise their work<br />

for the appeal over many years. One of our volunteers<br />

received an award for 65 years of loyally collecting for<br />

the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.<br />

The Royal British Legion hosted a coffee morning at<br />

the Methodist Church on Saturday 20th April.<br />

Future Event<br />

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

With tickets priced at £20 per head now on sale at<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Hall our preparations to celebrate the<br />

80 th anniversary of the D-Day Landings continue<br />

to go well. This is a “ticket only” event with a street<br />

party theme – there will be a “cash only” bar. 40's style<br />

entertainment has been booked including light<br />

comedy sketches and a swing band. This will be an<br />

opportunity, if you wish, to don 40's style dress at a<br />

40’s street party and enjoy the popular music of the<br />

war years.<br />

This event is being organised by the Royal British Legion<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch with the support of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town<br />

Council, The Iceni Partnership and Breckland District<br />

Council. With numbers limited you are advised to get<br />

your tickets as soon as possible as there will be no<br />

admission on the door for anyone without ticket.<br />

Next Meeting<br />

Tuesday 21st May 8pm at The Conni - visitors are<br />

always welcome you do not need to have a military<br />

background to join us.<br />

Pickenham's WI<br />

At our April WI Meeting we were greatly<br />

entertained by the Necton Handbell<br />

Choir. We were encouraged to participate and it was<br />

a really memorable event. Also during April, we have<br />

enjoyed meeting at Margaret's Cafe for coffee and<br />

cake and going for a WI walk from Ashill Community<br />

Centre, followed by coffee.<br />

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 14th May at 2pm<br />

at St Mary's Church, Houghton on the Hill, when we<br />

will all take along a bring and share lunch.<br />

Future events include meeting at 9.30am at Holme<br />

Hale Pavilion on Wednesday, 8th May for a WI walk.<br />

We will also be meeting at Margaret's Cafe, <strong>Swaffham</strong>,<br />

on Tuesday, 28th May for coffee.<br />

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

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 our<br />

Secretary, Melanie Cousins on 07840 814417<br />

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

On Wednesday 3rd April Ruth Barnes,<br />

who was elected as our new President<br />

at the 4th March W.I Meeting, welcomed all the<br />

members and those visiting our meeting for the first<br />

time. Ruth then gave out the sad news of the passing<br />

of our eldest member Irene Evans aged 97 years old.<br />

There was a two minutes silence for all to reflect on<br />

the memory Irene we then joined together in the WI<br />

prayer.<br />

Our speaker for the afternoon was Peter Goodrum<br />

from Norwich who gave a really interesting talk on<br />

vintage “Saturday Night Telly!”.<br />

Based on a book he had recently<br />

written where he researched<br />

the changes of Saturday Night<br />

TV from the 1950’s to date.<br />

It proved to be a “trip down<br />

memory lane" for many of the<br />

ladies and commenced with<br />

Dixon of Dock Green 1955 –<br />

1976. We all remembered<br />

his opening words on each episode “evening all”!<br />

Names and programmes from way back came to<br />

mind. Refreshments were then served.<br />

Birthday wishes followed where small gifts and<br />

cards were given to four Members celebrating their<br />

birthdays in April. The president then explained that<br />

there was a change to our monthly raffle, which<br />

is very popular, to enable three prizes to be won<br />

which seemed to be welcome by all. The monthly<br />

competition to raise funds has now been changed<br />

working our way through the alphabet. April was<br />

"A” which generated a large number of entries and<br />

was won by an African Hunter carved in wood from<br />

Mozambique. In the evening, following the meeting,<br />

several ladies went to the Theatre Royal to see a<br />

special performance of Calendar Girls which was<br />

attended by W.I. members from all over Norfolk.<br />

A really good time was had by all! Boards were<br />

available before and after the meeting to sign up for<br />

future outings and events including an ACWW walk<br />

at Castle Acre on 13th May and a trip to Hampton<br />

Court Palace in June.<br />

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

17th April meeting at the Theatre Street car park.<br />

The Competition for the month of May will be any<br />

interesting article beginning with the letter “B”.<br />

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

at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. There will be a<br />

Quiz kindly organised by John and Jo Percival.<br />

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

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

638227 or our Secretary Christiane Hewitson on<br />

07389 813386<br />


Fakenham Rugby Club<br />

Walking Rugby: Fun And Fitness Combined<br />

Are you ready for an enjoyable sporting<br />

experience? Want to get active in 2024? You do? Well,<br />

Walking Rugby could provide you with the answers.<br />

Every Wednesday at 6.45pm, winter and summer,<br />

enthusiasts gather at Fakenham Rugby Club to take<br />

part in a great game played in a sporting and sociable<br />

atmosphere. The activity is open to all levels of ability<br />

and the rules can be very quickly learned. There are<br />

no scrums or lineouts. After some warm-up activities,<br />

two teams face each other across a reduced pitch:<br />

players walk and pass the ball as in traditional rugby<br />

and tackle by touching an opponent with two hands.<br />

Games last for an hour with stops for hydration.<br />

Participants, men, and women, are usually over fifty<br />

and made up of those with no rugby experience, some<br />

past rugby experience or maybe some experience of<br />

other team games. All who play agree that Walking<br />

Rugby is fun! So, come along and enjoy a new activity.<br />

You will be made very welcome. Your first session will<br />

be free, and coaching will be available at every step.<br />

For more information, look at our website at www.<br />

pitchero.com/clubs/fakenhamrufc.<br />

You can also contact the organiser, Jeffrey Pearce, at<br />

jdpearce@btinternet.com<br />

Hope to see you soon!<br />

Manor Farm PPG<br />

As we enter May I hope that the<br />

majority of Manor Farm patients who are eligible<br />

for Summer Covid Boosters (over 75 and immunosuppressed)<br />

have been contacted and have been able<br />

to benefit from being able to go to their own surgery<br />

to have this done.<br />

Those who have attended already may well have<br />

met some of the Patient Group members who have<br />

volunteered to be available to help with the smooth<br />

running of the process of getting everyone who<br />

requires to be vaccinated.<br />

We are advised by David Brammer (interim Practice<br />

Manager) that the refurbishment of the reception<br />

area is proceeding as planned and it is hoped both<br />

patients and staff will benefit from this in due course.<br />

Manor Farm is at present advertising for a salaried GP<br />

to join the practice and I am also advised that Pam<br />

Gaddens has now left the practice and Manor Farm is<br />

advertising for a new Reception Lead.<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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Wissey u3a<br />

Sadly, ‘Three’s Company’ had to<br />

cancel their visit to us on 4th April but we will try to<br />

re-arrange their visit at a later date. Therefore, we<br />

were very grateful that one of our own members<br />

stepped in at the last minute and volunteered to<br />

bring forward his presentation, which had been<br />

scheduled for October. Thus we enjoyed: ‘The<br />

Valiant Years’ by Barry Raphael. Based on his ‘firsthand’<br />

experience, this fascinating and illustrated talk<br />

featured some Pathé newsreels and highlighted the<br />

role of the Vickers Valiant bomber aircraft in the UK’s<br />

independent nuclear deterrent defence system in the<br />

post-war era, which also included local interest due<br />

to RAF Marham’s involvement.<br />

Our next monthly meeting will be our AGM on<br />

Thursday 2nd May. Obviously this is for existing<br />

members but we are keen to recruit new members<br />

from all age groups and backgrounds. The only<br />

constraint is that you should not be in full-time<br />

employment.<br />

Further details are available on our website<br />

www.wisseyu3a.org or email our Chairman, at<br />

d.moncaster@btinternet.com or ring him on 01760<br />

724755.<br />

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

www.swaffhamcommunityhub.co.uk<br />

In Touch With Your Town<br />

Community Craft Project<br />

Our town recently witnessed the magical<br />

culmination of a community craft<br />

project that brought together residents<br />

of all ages and backgrounds. Inspired by<br />

a shared love for our town and a desire to beautify its<br />

centre, locals crafted an array of stunning flowers. These<br />

handcrafted blooms now adorn our beloved Buttercross,<br />

infusing it with colour, vibrancy, and a profound sense of<br />

community pride. The project serves as a testament to<br />

the power of unity and creativity, showcasing the beauty<br />

that can blossom when neighbours come together for a<br />

common purpose.<br />

On Friday 22nd March the project was unveiled with<br />

the support of Costa Coffee<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> who sponsored the<br />

event by providing beverages<br />

for the community members<br />

who actively participated. This<br />

project was funded through<br />

the Love Your Market Town<br />

initiative from Breckland<br />

Council and Norfolk County<br />

Council.<br />

The next stage of the project is to<br />

create poppies to place up in June to commemorate the<br />

80th anniversary of D-Day. If you would like to be involved<br />

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

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

Wildflower Swans Nest<br />

In an initiative to enhance the town's green spaces,<br />

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

and the contracted<br />

grounds maintenance<br />

company TTRS, has<br />

embarked on a project to<br />

plant wildflower areas on<br />

the Swan’s Nest residential site. These vibrant patches<br />

of native flora are set to not only beautify the landscape<br />

but also to provide vital habitats for local wildlife. Stay<br />

tuned as the town blossoms with natural charm!<br />

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

On Saturday 4th May,<br />

Jay Harrison will be<br />

performing on the<br />

Buttercross during<br />

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

operating times. This<br />

project has been<br />

funded through the<br />

Love Your Market<br />

Town initiative from<br />

Breckland District<br />

Council and Norfolk<br />

County Council.<br />

Save the date!<br />

LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> – Saturday 1st June<br />

LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> is returning in June with Sam Cook<br />

performing on the Buttercross during market operating<br />

hours.<br />

Sheep Fayre – Saturday 11th May<br />

The Sheep Fayre is returning this year with the support<br />

of Church Farm Stow<br />

Bardolph, the Norfolk Guild<br />

of Spinners, Weavers and<br />

Dyers as well as craft stalls.<br />

D-Day 80 – Thursday 6th<br />

June<br />

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

will be lighting the beacon at 9.15pm.<br />

D-Day 80 event – Saturday 8th June<br />

The Royal British Legion, Iceni <strong>Swaffham</strong> Hub and<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are working together to bring a<br />

D-Day commemoration evening at the Assembly Rooms,<br />

head to our website for more information on the event<br />

and to book your ticket.<br />

Young Trader Market – Saturday 8th June<br />

An extended market showcasing young market traders.<br />

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

An event to provide more information to the community<br />

about the youth group offering in the local area.<br />

Classic Car Fayre – Sunday 25th August<br />

The Classic Car Fayre is returning. Head to our website<br />

for more information. Applications will be available from<br />

the Town Hall or through the website.<br />

Date of Council meetings<br />

• Full Council Wednesday 8 May 6.30pm<br />

• Market & Tourism Monday 20 May 6.30pm<br />

• Planning & Built Environment Tuesday 28 May 11am<br />

• Assets & Open Spaces Wednesday 29 May 12.30pm<br />

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

or would like to hear more updates on projects etc,<br />

please contact <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council on telephone<br />

01760 722922 or pop in and see us.


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