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June 2024

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Contents<br />

3 WI Groups<br />

4 Church News<br />

5 Community Hospital/Lions<br />

6 School News<br />

8 Jazz Club/Authors, Books & Cakes<br />

9 NarVOS/Youth Literary Project<br />

11 Climate Group/W.Acre Gallery<br />

12 History Group/u3a/FoSH<br />

14 Museum/Garden Club<br />

15 NGS Open Gardens<br />

17 British Legion/The Hive<br />

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


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

Our meeting, on Wednesday 1st May<br />

2024 commenced at 2.30pm with a<br />

welcome from our President Ruth Barnes and two<br />

visitors were welcomed to the afternoon and we hope<br />

that they enjoyed their time with us. Three ladies<br />

celebrate their birthday in May and received cards,<br />

gifts and the Happy Birthday song too. Following<br />

the singing of Jerusalem, President, Ruth led a short<br />

business meeting and our Secretary Christiane talked<br />

about the W.I. Resolution "Dental Health Matters”<br />

being sent through by the Norfolk W.I. to be proposed<br />

at the W.I. National Meeting at the Albert Hall, London.<br />

Our President will be arranging an informal gathering<br />

in early June for all new members to meet the<br />

Committee and find out more about the W.I.and how<br />

and why it was started.<br />

We were entertained very professionally with a quiz<br />

organised and presented by John and Jo Percival with<br />

questions on Advertising Slogans, Classical Music<br />

Connections and General Knowledge. A good time was<br />

had by all. Following on from the quiz refreshments<br />

were served and delicious cakes, made by some of the<br />

members, were on sale to<br />

raise funds for the Norfolk<br />

based “Keeping Abreast"<br />

charity. Whilst enjoying<br />

tea and cakes the monthly<br />

competition the letter “B"<br />

was judged. The winning<br />

object being decorative wooden blocks with bees on<br />

them, saying “Bee Kind, Bee Happy, Bee Thankful”.<br />

The Information Boards were on display for outings<br />

in May, which included; The Annual ACWW Walk<br />

(Associated Country Women of the World) on Monday<br />

13th May; meeting at Castle Acre Castle Car Park at<br />

10.30am; a guided visit at West Acre Gardens and<br />

plant nursery with a cuppa to follow on Wednesday<br />

22nd May.<br />

Jo is looking for book lovers to join her long running<br />

Book Club, if this is for you please contact Christiane<br />

on the number below who will be able to give more<br />

information.<br />

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

15th May 2024, meeting at Theatre Street Car Park at<br />

the earlier time of 10.30 am.<br />

The competition for June will be an item of interest with<br />

the letter “C”. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday<br />

5th June at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. The<br />

speaker will be John Cushing on the Subject “Thursford<br />

Christmas Spectacular”.<br />

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

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

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

Pickenham's WI<br />

We held our May WI Meeting at St<br />

Mary's Church, Houghton-on-the-<br />

Hill. We sat inside the church as the weather was<br />

too unpredictable to have our picnic outside in the<br />

church grounds. Our members were made to feel<br />

very welcome by the steward who was there to greet<br />

all visitors and to outline the fascinating history of the<br />

church. Some members of our group had not visited<br />

the church before and all enjoyed it greatly, both<br />

because of the history and the atmosphere inside the<br />

church. Our President, Carol, had prepared a quiz for<br />

us with rounds on a variety of questions relating to<br />

food and drink, such as, food measurements, drinks,<br />

seasonal foods and cakes and pastry. It was quite<br />

challenging!<br />

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

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

a WI walk from Holme Hale Pavilion. The walk was<br />

circular and we ended the morning with coffee at the<br />

Pavilion.<br />

Forthcoming events are as follows:<br />

• Saturday, 8th June from 2pm - Village D-Day<br />

celebrations at The Pickenhams Hub - the WI stall will<br />

have a selection of cakes and savouries using wartime<br />

recipes;<br />

• Wednesday, 19th June at 9.30am - The WI walk<br />

will start and finish at the Pickenhams Hub where<br />

morning coffee will be available (to be confirmed<br />

nearer the date);<br />

• Tuesday, 25th June at 10.30am - Coffee at the<br />

Pickenhams Hub (to be confirmed nearer the date).<br />

• A garden visit will also be arranged for June<br />

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11th June at 2pm<br />

at St Andrew's Church North Pickenham, when our<br />

speaker will be Ralph Jackman who will tell us 'How<br />

to be a Roman Empress' - it sounds most intriguing!<br />

The competition will be to bring in jewellery fit for<br />

an Empress. We look forward to welcoming our<br />

members, plus any visitors who wish to come along<br />

and join us.<br />

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

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

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

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

Services for June 2024<br />

Sunday 2nd June<br />

9.30am<br />

6.00pm<br />

Sunday 9th June<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 16th June<br />

8am<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 23rd June<br />

9.30am<br />

Sunday 30th June<br />

9.30am<br />

Sung Eucharist<br />

Evensong<br />

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

Holy Communion<br />

United Benefice Sung Eucharist<br />

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

Sung Eucharist United Service<br />

Patronal Festival of St. Peter &<br />

St. Paul<br />

Mid-week service Wednesday Mornings<br />

10am Holy Communion (said BCP)<br />

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

on Saturdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June<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 />

19th June at 2.30pm at 15 Wroxham Avenue. New<br />

members are always most 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 />

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

Meeting Thursday 13th June. Speaker: Joy<br />

Taylor. Subject: What is Life?<br />

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

group in our prayers. We are always happy<br />

to welcome new members or visitors. Contact: Julia<br />

Higbee 01760 720041<br />

Church Lunch<br />

Thursday 6th June 12noon – 2pm. £10 - tickets from<br />

Sheila (01760 722224) or Dorothy (01760 722960)<br />

Parish Church Stewarding<br />

The church is usually open during the day (see above)<br />

for visitors and those wishing for solitude or personal<br />

and silent prayer. The Parochial Church Council (PCC)<br />

tries to ensure that there is at least one steward<br />

(preferably two) at all times to welcome visitors. The<br />

stewards (church-sitters) are usually members of the<br />

congregation, but the PCC would like to encourage<br />

anyone else, who would like to assist in this way, to<br />

volunteer the occasional hour or so. This would be<br />

much appreciated and if you wish to be involved in this<br />

way please contact: Mrs Sheila Fowler 01760 722224<br />

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

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

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

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

congregation. As a united church body, we<br />

seek to explore and deepen our Christian<br />

life together by serving God in the local<br />

community. If you are interested in<br />

finding out more about the Christian faith<br />

or if you are a Christian looking for a loving and friendly<br />

fellowship, then you will find a warm welcome at any<br />

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 />

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

• Sat 1st June 9.30am-12noon. Church Coffee<br />

Morning & ‘Anything and Everything’ fundraising<br />

stall. Homemade cakes, coffee/tea etc.<br />

• Sunday 2nd June 10.45am Morning Worship which<br />

will be a Parade Service with the Brownies and Guides<br />

and including five baptisms. Led by Rev Jacqui.<br />

• Tues 4th June 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Everyone welcome. Free refreshments and a<br />

warm welcome awaits you.<br />

• Sun 9th June 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

Aileen Fox. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 11th June 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Join us for a good chat in a safe environment.<br />

• Sat 15th June 10am-12noon. Coffee Morning run<br />

by the Guides and Brownies.<br />

• Sun 16th June 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

John Hull. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 18th June 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Free refreshments. Good company.<br />

• Fri 21st June 9.30am. Power of Prayer. Contact<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 23rd June 10.45am. Morning Worship led by<br />

the Worship Leaders. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

• Tues 25th June 10am-12noon. The Meeting Place<br />

Drop In. Very popular for dropping in to have a chat<br />

over a coffee.<br />

• Fri 28th June 9.30am. The Power of Prayer. Phone<br />

01760722611 for venue.<br />

• Sun 30th June Big Sunday when all the churches in<br />

the circuit use the same material for the service. Rev<br />

Jacqui leads. Refreshments afterwards.<br />

Community Hospital LOF's<br />

Now into early June and everyone at the Hospital is<br />

making the most of the better weather. At this time<br />

of the year the garden is at its best and provides a<br />

relaxing space for patients and staff.<br />

A date for your diary is Sunday 14th July when we will<br />

be holding a special "garden party" in the afternoon.<br />

Tea/cakes plus music and stalls will be on offer. The<br />

general public as well as patients, visitors and staff<br />

will all be welcome and hopefully we will be blessed<br />

with good weather. Please let others know who<br />

might come and support us. Any money raised will<br />

be reinvested into the upkeep of the gardens.<br />

Another important date is 2pm on Monday 10th June.<br />

This is when we will hold the Annual General Meeting<br />

for the Charity. This includes the formal adoption of<br />

the Accounts for the year ended 31.12.23. Anyone<br />

is welcome to attend. Papers will be available at the<br />

meeting but if you would like to receive them in<br />

advance, do please contact me on the number below.<br />

Colin Houghton (Chairman)<br />

07767 262108<br />

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

Another Branch Club Pudding Quiz<br />

Coming Up!<br />

Monday 3rd June, 7.30pm at the Catholic<br />

Church room. This time it’s entitled a “Baby<br />

Boomers Quiz.” Cost £7 per person including plenty<br />

of yummy puddings served at the interval! Please<br />

call the Lioness Branch Club to book your team<br />

on 01760 723377. The Charity we are supporting<br />

this time is “Baby Basics”, which provides help and<br />

support for young mums with newborn babies. We<br />

have purchased a baby bath and on the evening<br />

we hope to fill it with baby items – nappies, baby<br />

toiletries, clothes, etc. any donations will be<br />

gratefully received.<br />

In May the Lions Club and Branch Club welcomed<br />

visiting Lions Patrick and Mary from Te Kauwhata<br />

Lions Club, New Zealand, by hosting a buffet at the<br />

George Hotel in their honour. The evening was<br />

enjoyed by all, and bannerettes from the Clubs were<br />

exchanged. They are touring round the country,<br />

including having paid a local visit to Narborough<br />

where one of Mary’s ancestors once owned<br />

Narborough Hall.<br />

For more information email the Lions on<br />

swaffhamlions@gmail.com<br />

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TNHA News<br />

We are always absolutely delighted<br />

to take part in community events and<br />

we are very proud to have been able to be part of<br />

the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage Project recently. Students<br />

researched the town in bygone days as well as using<br />

their imagination as to what the future may hold.<br />

Their ideas ranged from a new monument, an ecofriendlier<br />

town with plenty of green space to forms of<br />

space age transportation.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Primary Academy<br />

EYFS and KS1 children from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Primary<br />

Academy had an exciting visit from PC Johnson<br />

recently. The children found out all about the<br />

important jobs the police do and were taught about<br />

road safety including the 'stop, look, listen' phrase.<br />

The children tried on different types of Police hats<br />

and were able to ask questions. Questions included<br />

how PC Johnson became a Police Officer, what the<br />

best part of his job was and what the different parts<br />

of his uniform were for.<br />

They also thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the local<br />

Westfields Care Home as part of their investigations<br />

and chatted with residents to discover their memories<br />

of the late Queen. Their work was on show at the<br />

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

You may recall another project our younger students<br />

undertook as part of the Youth Literary Project, where<br />

they produced some truly excellent assignments after<br />

a workshop with guest author Belona Greenwood.<br />

This was displayed by various participating businesses<br />

in the town with a Prize Giving at the Assembly<br />

Rooms, judged by local author Polly Crosby.<br />

Still in creative mode, our keen English students took<br />

part in a poetry recital where they had to learn and<br />

recite two poems (one pre 1914 and one written post<br />

1914) at the academy competition which was no<br />

mean feat. Their work was filmed and entered into<br />

the National Competition run by Poetry at Heart. The<br />

finalists from each region will be announced shortly.<br />

Lastly, a huge thanks to everyone who attended our<br />

Student Led Prize Bingo Evening. The hall was packed<br />

with guests with ‘dabbers at the ready’. The evening<br />

raised well over £700 towards the Year 11 prom<br />

taking place on 4th July this year, at the Knights Hill<br />

Hotel, in Kings Lynn.<br />

Mrs Laura McWilliam, EYFS KS1 Lead, said "The<br />

children had a great time and we are so happy<br />

Norfolk Police could help us provide hands-on real life<br />

learning experiences for our children. They absolutely<br />

loved it and were so happy to have the chance to sit<br />

in the back of the Police car. They have even produced<br />

some brilliant writing about the visit. We are very<br />

proud of our relevant, broad and balanced curriculum<br />

in school. Last term we had the fire engine visit too<br />

which again, the children loved! If you feel you have a<br />

talent or skill to share or can bring in anything exciting<br />

to support the children in their learning, do contact<br />

the school office as we would love to hear from you."<br />

Call us today 01760 724424<br />

www.hayesandstorr.co.uk<br />



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

I am writing this before<br />

our May session<br />

otherwise it would be<br />

too late to appear in<br />

the June edition. To<br />

meet the deadline I<br />

took the opportunity<br />

to interview Ivan<br />

Garford who played<br />

piano at our April<br />

session.<br />

I have enjoyed Ivan’s<br />

piano and bass playing<br />

for a long time now, in<br />

a variety of venues ranging from a wedding reception in<br />

a farm yard to a classical concert in a concert hall.<br />

Ivan was born and brought up in a farming family near<br />

Wisbech. They did not have a piano in their house.<br />

However when he was taken to his mother’s uncle’s<br />

house where there was a piano, from the age of six<br />

he would sit down and pick out tunes he heard on the<br />

radio and television. His uncle was so impressed that he<br />

gave Ivan the piano for nothing (though he kept the two<br />

brass candle holders from the front of the instrument!).<br />

At school, aged eight, Ivan started to learn the cello<br />

which he played in the orchestra on Saturday mornings<br />

at the March Music Centre. He switched to the double<br />

bass when he was seventeen and played in the<br />

university orchestra where he studied for his Degree in<br />

Music. It was at Uni that he started playing jazz piano<br />

in a local band and he was soon being asked to play in<br />

other bands as well. Since leaving Uni Ivan has made his<br />

living as a full-time musician, teaching and playing the<br />

piano and not just classical and jazz but also rock and<br />

soul music … etc.<br />

He also composes original pieces, one of which — a<br />

duet for piano and vibraphone — he played at the start<br />

of the second half of our April session.<br />

At the end of our chat he casually remarked that he was<br />

currently practising Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances<br />

for a piano duet — you have to be a virtuoso to play<br />

anything written by Rachmaninov! As well as being<br />

a multi-talented musician, he takes a great interest in<br />

photography.<br />

We look forward to Ivan’s next visit to the Club in<br />

September.<br />

Next up:<br />

•Tuesday 11th June at 7.30pm – Equinox Jazz Quintet<br />

Terry Loane, piano: Danny Silverstone, sax: Greg<br />

Loops, bass: James Lewis, drums: Chris Lee, Trumpet.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Conservative Club. 23 London Street, PE37<br />

7DD. £10 cash on the door. Norman 01760 722384 or<br />

Geoff 01366 328730.<br />

Authors Books & Cakes<br />

The afternoon teas with authors to raise funds for The<br />

Norfolk Hospice has grown in popularity and the last<br />

two events have sold out.<br />

Future events to look forward to:<br />

• An unexpected bonus, Will Dean, popular crime<br />

writer, will be in the UK from Sweden where he now<br />

lives with his wife and their four year old, to launch his<br />

latest novel. Will Dean's books, you might already know<br />

include Dark Pines, Red Snow and The Last Passenger.<br />

Will Dean will be at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Community Centre on<br />

8th June at 3pm. Doors open at 2.15pm. (Please note<br />

venue for the event). Tickets £10 and to include a hot<br />

drink and a piece of cake.<br />

Crime writer Will Dean<br />

Assembly Room Events<br />

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

Times bestselling author will be in conversation with<br />

Elizabeth Haynes. Cost of ticket £20, includes a full<br />

afternoon tea.<br />

• Sunday 8th September. Opportunity to meet<br />

novelist Susan Lewis. A British author living in the<br />

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

an autobiographical memoir. Kate Sawyer, best selling<br />

author of This Family will host the event. Cost of ticket<br />

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

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

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

- 11am - Sarah Perry in conversation with writers<br />

Stephen Buro and D.J Taylor.<br />

- 12.30pm - Polly Crosby, author of Vita and the<br />

Birds will be talking to Leanne Fridd from Book Bugs<br />

and Dragon Tales about writing for adults and now<br />

teenagers.<br />

- 2.30pm - Panel discussion with authors Karen<br />

Angelico, Rachel Hore and Kate Sawyer, chaired by<br />

Sarah Perry.<br />

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

of tickets £15<br />

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

Weir and Melita Thomas will be back in <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

talking about their writing and love for all things Tudor.<br />

NarVOS<br />

Indoor meeting at The Assembly<br />

Rooms, 1 Market Place, <strong>Swaffham</strong> PE37<br />

7AB Wednesday 26 June 2024 at 7.30pm<br />

Birds of NarVOS Presented by Paul Fuller<br />

Paul Fuller, a lifelong birder and current chairman of<br />

NarVOS, will host our June meeting. This will take on<br />

a slightly different format to our usual annual midyear<br />

members event. It will incorporate a two-part<br />

presentation covering an overview of bird recording<br />

within the Nar Valley area followed by a gallery of<br />

images from NarVOS contributors allowing us to<br />

showcase members photographs and present some of<br />

the variety of the many species recorded by the society.<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<br />

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

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

West Acre Carpet Bowls Club<br />

The Carpet Bowls Club are currently looking for new<br />

members to come and join the club. It’s a very friendly<br />

and fun organisation where you can socialise whilst<br />

playing a game and meet members from other clubs.<br />

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from<br />

2-4pm in the village hall. Everybody is welcome, no<br />

matter their age or ability. The first afternoon is free,<br />

then it's £2.50 per session, with a subscription fee of<br />

£5 for the year. Refreshments are provided.<br />

If you want to you can enter some league competitions,<br />

but not everyone wants to do this, which is fine. We<br />

have recently had some very good wins and our<br />

trophy shelf is filling up.<br />

Players L-R: Sheila Elliot, Mick Turpin, (myself, Belinda Bush) & Ron Blyth<br />

No equipment is needed as we provide it. You just<br />

need to wear comfortable flat shoes.<br />

So if you would like to come and join us, or would<br />

like to know more, then you can either contact our<br />

Chairman Andy Cameron on 01553 844346/07483<br />

885310, or myself Belinda Bush on 01760 755184 or<br />

my email Belinda_Bush@hotmail.com.<br />

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

<strong>Swaffham</strong> shops hosted more than their normal<br />

products and special offers during the last week of<br />

April. Stories written by children at <strong>Swaffham</strong> Primary<br />

School and Year 8 at Nicholas Hamond Academy formed<br />

a story trail throughout the town, part of a celebration<br />

of the children’s exciting, imaginative, responses to<br />

the theme of harvest. A theme chosen to reflect the<br />

town’s agricultural connections, as well as the presence<br />

of Ceres, Roman Goddess of farming, who stands in all<br />

weathers on top of the Buttercross.<br />

The project was a team effort by Lynette Brinsdon and<br />

Sarah Woodworth supported by Iceni Partnership,<br />

Historic England and <strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Cultural Consortium.<br />

Lynette, along with Jo Marchant, is organiser of<br />

'Authors, Books and Cakes' which invites leading literary<br />

figures to the town for coffee, cake and conversation.<br />

Over the years this has raised a significant amount of<br />

money for local charities and Lynette felt it was time<br />

to do something for the children and young people of<br />

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

Local writer, scriptwriter and creative facilitator Belona<br />

Greenwood spent a week in residence at each school<br />

to encourage and inspire the children to write. All the<br />

stories were entered into a competition and the winners<br />

received their book token prizes by lead judge novelist<br />

Polly Crosby, whose debut young adult book This Tale is<br />

Forbidden is on sale now.<br />

The celebration day held in<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>’s Assembly Room on<br />

Saturday 27th April featured<br />

much of the children’s work<br />

on show, alongside a display<br />

in the library and the trail.<br />

Local children’s book writer<br />

Costas Andreou whose series of books About The Nose<br />

Family were on sale with plenty of activities for younger<br />

children, as well as books on sale from Book Bugs and<br />

Dragon Tales and a Q&A session with Polly Crosby talking<br />

about writing for teenagers. There was also storytelling<br />

from Tilly the Talespinner, plus there was plenty of tea<br />

and homemade cake on offer.<br />

Although the day started quietly during a morning of<br />

heavy rain, the rooms quickly filled up in the afternoon.<br />

The story trail was a great success, as parents and children<br />

with maps sought to find their stories. The shops taking<br />

part reported that they noticed people peering through<br />

their windows, with excited children looking for their<br />

work. Even those without a connection to the project,<br />

spent their lunchtimes reading the children’s work.<br />

A huge thanks is due to all those who supported the<br />

project, the schools and all the children who took part.<br />

We hope 2024’s event will be the first of many, making<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> a truly creative and cultural hub.<br />

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

Environment Group<br />

At our April meeting Rod Goddard was<br />

voted in as our new Chair, taking over<br />

from David Jones. Many thanks to David for his<br />

leadership over the last three years. We discussed<br />

tips on reducing our water use and this is particularly<br />

important in East Anglia and South East where the<br />

aquifer which supplies much of our drinking water<br />

is becoming depleted. Reducing the frequency of<br />

bathing and showering and the time or amount of<br />

water used are key ways that households can make a<br />

useful impact. Low water cisterns, use of a bowl for<br />

washing fruit and vegetables, and turning off the<br />

tap while cleaning your teeth will all help to reduce<br />

domestic consumption.<br />

We were sad to hear that key members Janet and<br />

Colin Abbiss are leaving <strong>Swaffham</strong> to start a new<br />

chapter in their lives in Denbigh, Wales - an exciting<br />

move for them. Back in 2019 they organised meetings<br />

at the Methodist Church on the climate crisis and<br />

this led to the formation of our group, chaired by<br />

Colin throughout Covid. We have enjoyed many<br />

thorough and detailed updates on climate science<br />

from him as well as talks on air engines and biochar<br />

and only last month a joint presentation on climate<br />

friendly cooking. We have all benefitted from their<br />

experience which included very close involvement<br />

in the Green Britain<br />

Centre. They will<br />

be sorely missed<br />

and we would like<br />

to thank them<br />

wholeheartedly for<br />

their enthusiasm<br />

and positivity, and<br />

wish them all the very best for the future.<br />

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

Thursday of each month at 10am in the Methodist<br />

Church and we alternate between a talk or visit and<br />

business meetings. The next business meeting will<br />

be on the third Thursday 20th June at the regular<br />

time and venue. It is best to check on meeting times<br />

as they can vary. Anyone is most welcome to join<br />

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

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

you are still welcome to join our mailing list so that<br />

you can be kept informed. If you have ideas about a<br />

relevant talk or visit which you would find interesting,<br />

we are very open to suggestions. To find out more<br />

please get in touch with the Chair, Rod Goddard,<br />

on 07873 792862 or rodgoddard@hotmail.com<br />

or Secretary, Cathy Mumford on 07799 642271 or<br />

cathyjmumford@gmail.com.<br />

West Acre Gallery<br />

Norfolk Artist Scores a Hat Trick at West Acre Gallery<br />

A Norfolk-based artist is gearing up for her third<br />

exhibition of paintings at the West Acre Gallery near<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong>, the first artist to have accomplished this<br />

triple achievement.<br />

The one-woman exhibition, by Susan Vaughan<br />

Williams, runs from Saturday 15th June to Saturday<br />

22nd June inclusive, daily from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.<br />

Entitled ‘Fractured Force – paintings to feed and fire<br />

curiosity’, her work seeks to represent the fractured<br />

world we live in.<br />

As Susan describes it: "The injustices and madness of<br />

the world drive me to paint as a way of understanding<br />

and framing perspective and, in the process, hopefully<br />

to furnish positivity. Using my fingers to apply and<br />

manipulate paint is a great way of turning frustration<br />

into colourful hope!"<br />

Susan, who lives in Great Bircham, studied at St<br />

Martin’s School of Art in London and followed this<br />

with a visual merchandising course. This led her to<br />

several years as Display and Exhibition Designer with<br />

the Christian Dior fashion house.<br />

As a full time painter for the last decade, Susan<br />

says: "My art neither conforms nor preaches. It is<br />

unshackled and intense, bold and colourful. With<br />

oil paint as my preferred medium, I create strong<br />

pieces that have complexity and depth or a powerful<br />

simplicity, revealing themselves not all at once, but<br />

over time. My work comes from an inner space<br />

of concerns, thought and imagination, but often<br />

includes elements of the natural, human or industrial<br />

landscape, absorbed through sensory experiences<br />

rather than observational studies."<br />

Admission is free. To see Susan’s colourful and<br />

exciting work, and enjoy a few light refreshments<br />

on the opening day, come along to the West Acre<br />

Gallery, Abbey Farm, River Road, West Acre, Norfolk<br />

PE32 1UA.<br />

And for a sneak preview of her individual style, visit:<br />

www.susanvaughanwilliams.co.uk.<br />


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

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

through the year on the second Monday of<br />

the month at 2pm (no meeting in January). Anyone<br />

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

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

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

Our Chairperson, Monika Reiger Kidd, attended the<br />

Annual Town Assembly on Wednesday, 8th May,<br />

and gave a verbal report to the assembled Town<br />

Councillors and residents about the past eventful year<br />

for The <strong>Swaffham</strong> History Group. Monika recounted<br />

in particular the participation in the ‘Mapping the<br />

Market Place’ event for the HAZ project ‘Under the Eye<br />

of the Buttercross’ for which TSHG were asked by the<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Cultural Consortium to undertake detailed<br />

research about the buildings, businesses and people<br />

over the last two or three centuries.<br />

TSHG has now produced four books based on this<br />

research which are available from the <strong>Swaffham</strong> Shop<br />

in the museum. Three of the books relate respectively<br />

to the west, north and east sides of Market Place,<br />

and the fourth relates to the Shambles. In particular,<br />

Monika noted the work of Sue Gattuso and Barry<br />

Ellis in pulling all the information together, and Peter<br />

Coombes, who designed and printed the books.<br />

Monika also thanked TSHG Secretary, Gerry Brown,<br />

for keeping the group register up-to-date, meetings<br />

notifications, sending out the minutes, and organising<br />

refreshments for our meetings throughout the year.<br />

You can find out more about us online in the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

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

co.uk/history/swaffham-history-group or just drop<br />

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

theswaffhamhistorygroup@gmail.com for further<br />

information.<br />

Wissey u3a<br />

At our AGM on Thursday 2nd May we elected the<br />

Committee for the coming year, as follows:<br />

• Chairman – David Moncaster<br />

• Vice-Chair – Pam Rutty<br />

• Secretary – Laurene Henderson<br />

• Treasurer – David Henderson<br />

• Committee Members – Jan Hayes-Griffin, Ann Barber,<br />

Jane Hammans and Pat Weir.<br />

Our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 6th<br />

June when David Jones will give a presentation on<br />

‘Climate Change’.<br />

We are always keen to recruit new members from all<br />

age groups and backgrounds. The only constraint is<br />

that you should not be in full-time employment.<br />

Further details are available on our website www.<br />

wisseyu3a.org or email our Chairman, at d.moncaster@<br />

btinternet.com or ring him on 01760 724755.<br />

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

Our day trip to the Spalding Flower Festival went<br />

ahead on Sunday 12th May and we were lucky with<br />

some very nice weather. The day was enjoyed by all.<br />

Our other proposed trips this year are:<br />

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

11th July<br />

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

12th September<br />

If you would like to go on either of these trips, please<br />

contact Stuart (contact details below).<br />

100 Club<br />

Winners for May 2024 were:<br />

• £40 – no 2387<br />

• £20 – no 2321<br />

• £10 – no 2322<br />

Special Prize £100 – no 23?? - next month!<br />

Previously we were able to offer our 100 Club Draw<br />

numbers only to Friends of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Heritage, but<br />

we are now pleased to be able to offer them to<br />

non-members as well. The annual cost per number<br />

(October through to September) is £20 and new<br />

numbers are issued at the start of the draw year<br />

in October. You can still apply in June for the July,<br />

August and September draws for £5 a number if<br />

there are any available (ask Stuart).<br />

The draw is made every month with prizes of £40,<br />

£20 and £10, plus a special £100 prize twice a<br />

year, in June and December. This is a good way of<br />

supporting our fundraising that helps the <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Heritage and Museum, while having a chance of<br />

winning a money prize.<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><br />

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

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

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

in to the Museum.<br />

Norfolk & Waveney Integrated Care Board<br />

Major boost for mental health services in Norfolk &<br />

Waveney with announcement of new NHS Talking<br />

Therapies service<br />

People in Norfolk and Waveney experiencing anxiety<br />

and depression are to benefit from an enhanced new<br />

NHS Talking Therapies service providing tailored care<br />

and support as close to their home or place of work as<br />

possible. The new service, which has been shaped by<br />

service users, families, carers and clinicians together,<br />

will see support offered from more than double<br />

the existing locations across Norfolk and Waveney,<br />

bringing personalised care and support closer to those<br />

who need it.<br />

The new multi-partnership approach brings together<br />

voluntary, community, social enterprise and statutory<br />

(VCSE) organisations and will ensure people in Norfolk<br />

and Waveney can get quick and easy access to talking<br />

therapies services, enabling them to live their lives<br />

with improved mental health.<br />

The contract award for NHS Talking Therapies, known<br />

locally as Wellbeing Services has been announced<br />

today by NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care<br />

Board (ICB). The new contract will start on 1 September<br />

2024 and will be in place for a minimum of five years.<br />

NHS Talking Therapies are effective, confidential and<br />

free treatments delivered by trained clinicians, online,<br />

on the phone or in person. A range of therapies are<br />

offered depending on people’s symptoms, from<br />

guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT),<br />

counselling for depression, to interpersonal therapy<br />

(IPT) and mindfulness based cognitive therapy.<br />

Patients will be able to continue to self-refer into the<br />

new service or ask their GP to refer them. The services<br />

are available to anyone aged 16 or above and living in<br />

Norfolk and Waveney.<br />

The new service will result in a number of additional<br />

sites where NHS Talking Therapies will be delivered<br />

from, across Norfolk and Waveney. Mobile access<br />

will also be developed, taking services out into<br />

local communities, making treatment and support<br />

as accessible and as convenient as possible and<br />

improving patient experience and outcomes.<br />

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Norfolk<br />

and Waveney ICB, said:<br />

“This innovative new multi-partnership approach will<br />

provide the improvements that local people have asked<br />

for, resulting in an expanded and improved access to<br />

tailored treatment and support for people who would<br />

benefit from talking therapies. This is a really positive<br />

step forward in our ambition to improve outcomes<br />

and experiences for local service users, families and<br />

carers across Norfolk and Waveney, and will make<br />

seeking help as convenient, quick and straight-forward<br />

as possible."<br />

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> 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 />

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MUSEUM<br />


www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk<br />

New! Live To Explore On Computer, Phone Or Tablet<br />

Explore the history of the Marketplace buildings and<br />

the people and businesses who occupied them.<br />

Funded by Historic England this concludes the 2022-<br />

2024 grant for events on and around the Market<br />

Place. The research was by The <strong>Swaffham</strong> History<br />

Group and <strong>Swaffham</strong> Museum Archives’ team. But it<br />

is not the end. The intention is to develop the site to<br />

include more areas of the town and further slices of<br />

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

Now It’s Your Turn!<br />

We know that there will be errors and parts that are<br />

not complete. In some cases it is already out of date<br />

as businesses close and new ones take their place.<br />

Please help us by using the 'Get in Touch' page to fill<br />

us in so that we can alter and expand the website.<br />

Ashill, Hale & District Garden Club<br />

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

Email: ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com<br />

House Plants and Succulents<br />

Our April meeting focused on the ever popular topic<br />

of houseplants with the added bonus that our speaker,<br />

David Riches, was also an expert on succulents. A<br />

recipient of the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society<br />

President’s medal, David has over 40 years of experience<br />

in growing houseplants and succulents and shared his<br />

knowledge with over 70 members in attendance.<br />

David started his talk with a few do’s and don’ts in<br />

growing and caring for houseplants. In particular do<br />

use bottom heat on cuttings when first getting them<br />

started. Don’t use rainwater on young cuttings due to<br />

presence of pathogens, although once they are well<br />

rooted rainwater is fine. Don’t move Christmas Cactus to<br />

different locations as they will drop their leaves. Do feed<br />

your pot plants with a liquid fertiliser such as miracle<br />

grow with a few drops of seaweed solution. David<br />

then went on to talk about specific houseplants, such<br />

as Begonias, Orchids, Chrysanthemums and African<br />

Violets. A particular tip David provided with respect to<br />

Orchids was that they prefer rainwater and to be fed<br />

with water in which a banana skin has been soaked.<br />

David spent some time talking about propagation of<br />

houseplants. In particular he noted that many plants<br />

can be propagated from a cut leaf. This includes African<br />

Violets and Streptocarpus.<br />

The meeting finished with a lively Q & A in which<br />

members quizzed David about their own houseplants<br />

and there was good business for the plants for sale.<br />

Upcoming Meetings & Events<br />

The 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. The<br />

club's main event of the year the Annual Flower Show is<br />

on Sunday June 30th and is open to the general public<br />

from 2- 4.30pm where in addition to viewing the 200+<br />

entries, there will be refreshments, a plant sale and<br />

tombola. Entry is free and all are welcome.<br />

All events 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 />

Surprise Town Centre Garden Open<br />

Sunday June 16th 10am-12pm and 2pm- 6pm at The<br />

Malthouse, 39 London Street, PE37 7DD. No charge,<br />

but any donations welcome for Merle Body Centre.<br />

The National Garden Scheme<br />

June Is The Most Joyful Time To Visit Gardens<br />

Open For The National Garden Scheme<br />

There are so many beautiful gardens to visit this month<br />

and what a diverse collection. Twenty private gardens,<br />

from cottages, farmhouses to historic halls. Take morning<br />

coffee in the inspirational hospice garden with its great<br />

access for wheelchairs or enjoy a fascinating evening<br />

guided tour in a walled garden restored by a community.<br />

Sunday 2nd June<br />

• The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, Wheatfields,<br />

Hillington, Kings Lynn, PE31 6BH. 9–1. Adm £4.50, chd<br />

free. Light refreshments. Dogs allowed. Plants for sale.<br />

Excellent wheelchair access.<br />

2 acres planted in 2016 and created by volunteers to<br />

provide a peaceful and friendly space for residents, staff<br />

and visitors. Includes a variety of cottage garden plants,<br />

perennials, shrubs and trees with a wildlife pond and a<br />

vegetable patch.<br />

Sunday 9th June<br />

• Elsing Hall, Hall Road, Elsing, Nr Dereham, NR20<br />

3DX. 10-4. Adm £8, chd free. Home-made teas. Picnics<br />

allowed in car park, C15 fortified and moated manor<br />

house (not open).<br />

10-acre garden and park with significant collection<br />

of old roses, walled garden, formal garden, terraced<br />

garden, ginkgo avenue, & viewing mound, moongate<br />

and interesting pinetum.<br />

• High House Gardens, Blackmoor Row, Shipdham IP25<br />

7PU. 12-5. Adm £6, chd free. Home-made teas. Plants<br />

for sale. Partial wheelchair access.<br />

3-acre, well-developed plantsman's garden maintained<br />

by the current owners. Colour-themed herbaceous<br />

borders with an extensive range of perennials, boxedged<br />

rose and shrub borders, large vegetable garden.<br />

Woodland garden, pond and bog area, orchard and<br />

small arboretum.<br />

Sunday 23rd June<br />

• Broadway Farm, The Broadway, Scarning, Dereham,<br />

NR19 2LQ. 11-5. Adm £5, chd free. Home-made teas.<br />

Visits also by arrangement. Dogs allowed.<br />

Half acre cottage garden surrounding C14 clapboard<br />

farmhouse. A plantswoman’s garden with colourful<br />

herbaceous borders containing a wide range of perennial<br />

and woody plants. A well planted wildlife pond.<br />

Before visiting a garden, we advise checking the website<br />

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

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Manor Farm PPG<br />

June has arrived and hopefully<br />

the summer weather will continue to be good. The<br />

majority of Manor Farm patients who are<br />

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

immunosuppressed) have hopefully been contacted<br />

and have been able to benefit from being able to go<br />

to their own surgery to have this vital preventative<br />

vaccine. Those who have already had the booster may<br />

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

who have volunteered to be available to help with the<br />

smooth running of the process of vaccination.<br />

Some of the Patient Group members have requested<br />

the opportunity to observe the work carried out by<br />

the receptionists at the Practice as they are the front<br />

line of the Medical Centre and the one member of<br />

staff who we all come into contact with either on the<br />

phone or in person. Two of our members individually<br />

sat and observed the receptionists practice and were<br />

impressed by their patience and professionalism when<br />

dealing with patients either on the phone or at the<br />

desk whilst working under pressure. We understand<br />

MFMC plan to initiate a new administration<br />

staff training scheme once the new reception is<br />

established and we therefore hope that once this has<br />

been completed members of the group will be able<br />

to observe the reception procedures again. At this<br />

stage I would advise that all members of the Group<br />

are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and<br />

are therefore authorised by the Manor Farm Medical<br />

Centre to observe working practice in this way.<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. New<br />

members are always welcome our next meeting at<br />

Manor Farm on Monday 4th June at 4:30pm when<br />

we hope that Emily, Practice Matron, will be talking<br />

us about the surgery and CPR training.<br />

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

Our Senior team have displayed skill and strength<br />

of character and continuous improvement in their<br />

first season in Eastern Counties Division One North,<br />

and in the Norfolk Junior Cup competition. We are<br />

delighted that they will continue in this Division for<br />

the 2024/25 season. After a lively end of season<br />

celebration, our seniors will take a well earned<br />

break, and start training again in June on Thursday<br />

evenings at 7pm.<br />

Our Mini’s have given a very good account of<br />

themselves and celebrated the end of the season<br />

together after their last training session. They will<br />

restart in September on Sundays at 10:30am after<br />

the school summer holidays.<br />

Now in its second season, our Touch Rugby squad<br />

has a core of regular participants of all ages and<br />

genders, who will continue to train on Tuesdays at<br />

7pm throughout the summer.<br />

New players will be warmly welcomed in all sections<br />

of our club. Just turn up and get involved.<br />

We couldn’t have provided opportunities for players<br />

of all ages and skills to participate in our sport<br />

without the support on and off the pitch of our<br />

dedicated coaches, partners, parents, volunteers<br />

and staff who ensure the smooth running of our<br />

Community Club. Our thanks to them all. If you<br />

would like to join them, please get in touch with<br />

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

Our thanks also to our Vice Presidents who through<br />

their generous donations and company at our<br />

5 lunches throughout the season provide much<br />

needed support and joined in with other spectators<br />

on the touchline! We welcome new VP’s for the<br />

2023/24 season – if you are interested, please<br />

contact vpsecsrufc@btinternet.com<br />

Without the generosity of our Sponsors and<br />

Partners running our Community Club would not be<br />

possible. Sincere thanks to them all. We welcome<br />

new Sponsors and Partners to allow us to continue<br />

providing the opportunity for our sport in <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

We look forward to welcoming old friends and<br />

making new ones when the 2024/25 season starts<br />

in September.<br />

Royal British Legion<br />

Thank You To Our Volunteer Poppy<br />

Collectors<br />

On 17th April we held a “Thank you”<br />

evening to acknowledge the loyalty of our much<br />

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

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

the appeal over many years.<br />

Saturday 6th June – D-Day Anniversary<br />

As I write this article for the June newsletter members<br />

of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Royal British Legion are very busy with<br />

the final preparations for the events marking the<br />

D-Day 80th anniversary.<br />

• 7:30pmTo commemorate the allied forces who<br />

played a part in this momentous military operation<br />

the Royal British Legion (<strong>Swaffham</strong> Branch) will be<br />

paying their respects along with representation from<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council by laying a wreath at the<br />

town’s war memorial. All those wishing to attend will<br />

be most welcome<br />

• 8:00pm The national proclamation by <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Crier<br />

• 9:15pm National beacon lighting in front of<br />

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

Saturday 8th June<br />

In June 1944 there were street parties held across<br />

the UK – now 80 years on <strong>Swaffham</strong> RBL are hosting<br />

a “Street Party” in the Assembly Rooms. This event<br />

(supported by <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council the Iceni<br />

Partnership and Breckland District Council) is “ticket<br />

only” tickets are priced at £20 per head with limited<br />

numbers available. Tickets are on sale at <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Hall and we hope all those attending enjoy the<br />

1940’s evening of fun and entertainment planned –<br />

1940s dress optional! If you wish to come you are<br />

encouraged to get your ticket early as there will be<br />

no admission without a ticket on the door.<br />

NEXT MEETING of <strong>Swaffham</strong> Royal British Legion<br />

- Tuesday 18th June 8pm at The Conni - visitors are<br />

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

background to join us.<br />

The Hive, Great Cressingham<br />

There’s a whole load of good things happening at The<br />

Hive in June and July.<br />

Thoughts on Thursday 6th June at 3pm takes the topic<br />

of ‘Who runs the world?’, leading with a fascinating<br />

TED Talk by Ian Bremmer. On Friday 14th June, Celtic<br />

Journeys explores how to do ‘waiting’ meaningfully and<br />

well. Guest speaker, Angela Clark, leads a conversation<br />

about Poverty on Friday 21st June.<br />

The month rounds off with our casual choir for a<br />

Summer Sing on Saturday 29th June.<br />

July begins with another Thoughts on Thursday 4th<br />

July, asking the question, “Is science stuck?”. Our<br />

Retreat Day on Saturday 6th July ponders, ‘Wisdom’.<br />

The summer season ends on a high on Saturday 13th<br />

July with “Poetry for a Summer’s Day” and a cream tea.<br />

Something for everyone! Details are always on our<br />

facebook page: @GreatCressinghamHive.<br />

If you are new to the area, do come and sample one of<br />

our sessions. Events are free with donations welcomed.<br />

Charity Coffee Morning<br />

Coffee morning for the EAAA and the Norfolk St<br />

John's Ambulance.<br />

Just Hair and The Market Cross would like to say a huge<br />

thank you to everyone who helped in anyway and<br />

supported our coffee morning in the Assembly rooms<br />

on Wednesday 15th May. We raised an amazing total<br />

of £2,000 to be shared equally between them both.<br />

Thank you all so much as always, with love from us<br />

all Xxx<br />

16<br />


In Touch With Your Town<br />

Earth Day<br />

On Saturday 20th April <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Market celebrated Earth Day. It was<br />

great to see the Master Composters<br />

and Breckland Waste Reduction Officers<br />

in the town discussing their initiatives with the<br />

residents of <strong>Swaffham</strong>.<br />

Sheep Fayre<br />

The annual Sheep Fayre in <strong>Swaffham</strong> on Saturday 11th<br />

May was a vibrant celebration of the town's historical<br />

market, featuring rare breed sheep brought in by<br />

Church Farm Stow Bardolph along with an engaging<br />

stall and information boards. The event was also<br />

enriched by the presence of the Norfolk Guild of<br />

Spinners, Dyers, and Weavers, along with a craft<br />

stall from Family Action's ESCAPE project. The<br />

fayre successfully created a lively and welcoming<br />

atmosphere, drawing the community together to<br />

appreciate and celebrate their heritage. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council would like to thank all the organisations<br />

involved for their contribution to this successful event.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council are pleased to announce that<br />

on 8th May 2024 at the Annual Town Assembly, the<br />

Town Council appointed Cllr Darby as Mayor and Cllr<br />

Beech as Deputy Mayor.<br />

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

On Saturday 4th May Jay Harrison performed live on<br />

the Buttercross as part of the LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> project,<br />

funded by Breckland District Council and Norfolk<br />

County Council’s Love Your Market Town initiative. This<br />

event seamlessly blended live music with the bustling<br />

market atmosphere and<br />

it was great to see the<br />

community enjoying this<br />

free event. <strong>Swaffham</strong><br />

Town Council would like to<br />

thank Jay Harrison for his<br />

engaging performance.<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 />

• D-Day 80 – Thursday 6th June<br />

National Fish and Chip Day – purchase your subsidised<br />

fish and chip voucher from <strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council on<br />

the Buttercross between 8-9pm on Thursday 6th June.<br />

This voucher can be redeemed at Mother Hubbards or<br />

Mr Chips on the night of the event. Please bring your<br />

chairs and find a place to commemorate D-Day 80 on<br />

the Market Square car park.<br />

<strong>Swaffham</strong> Town Council will be lighting the beacon at<br />

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<br />

a D-Day commemoration evening at the Assembly<br />

Rooms, head to our website for more information on<br />

the event 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 />

• LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> – Saturday 6th July<br />

LIVE in <strong>Swaffham</strong> is returning in June with Jo Jenkins<br />

performing on the Buttercross during market operating<br />

hours.<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<br />

from the Town Hall or through the website.<br />

Date of Council meetings<br />

• HR & Governance Monday 3rd June 12pm<br />

• Full Council Wednesday 12th June 6.30pm<br />

• Planning & Built Environment Tuesday 25 June 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 on<br />

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


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