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One of the Oldest Books on Earth

- still answering Today’s Big Questions Begun about 3500 years ago and completed in about AD 90, the Bible is unique. No other book has predicted the future of the nations in general, and Israel in particular, with such astonishing accuracy and authority as the Bible, to the extent that we can virtually pinpoint where we are today in the unfolding of God’s plan for the Earth. Only the Bible clearly tells us how the current turmoil in the Middle East will end and how the perplexing problems of our day will be solved once and for all. Only the Bible really has the answers to today’s problems of oppression, global catastrophe, suffering and death. Come to The Bible for Today exhibition and be amazed with what is contained in one of the oldest books on Earth.

The Bible for Today Exhibition Bibles, displays, videos & lunchtime presentations in the Guildhall, Thetford Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th Sep tember Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 5.00, Saturday 9.30 to 2.00 (God willing) Arranged by the Christadelphians

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Experience the exciting world of contemporary art, craft and design, in a classic rural setting. A modest fair with food and drink, music and entertainment, and contemporary art to see, enjoy and buy… (including plant swapping, bowling for a pig, exchange of local food products).

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The BISTRO will reopen on Friday 9th September with our usual range of wholesome food at very reasonable prices.

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A Night at the Races Saturday 3rd September Opens 7.30pm - 1st Race 8pm Non Members Welcome 50p Entrance Fee For information contact Chairman 01842 762915

Thetford Women’s Institute The Thetford W.I. Regret that due to unforeseen circumstances we have postponed the open day planned for September 17th in St Cuthberts Church Hall. Please look out for a future date.


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Thetford United Reformed Church Scarecrow Festival 23rd - 24th September 2011 Come along between 10am and 4pm each day and see more than 20 scarecrows produced by local organisations and schools.

QUESTIONS?? An evening exploring issues that are on everybody’s minds. Thursday 8th September at 7:00pm at the United Reformed Church Earls Street, Thetford Exploring issues around:

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Entry is free, but a charge is made for programmes which include Prize Draw entry and Mouse Trail. Refreshments, games, light lunches, tombola For more information contact Julian on 01842 750548

Ever wondered whether you are “in” or “out”? Does the Church accept and welcome you no matter who you are? Am I allowed in Heaven? • Is there a Hell? Whatever your belief, or if you have none, then why not come along and join in the discussion?

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Unite to Fight Litter Posters now displayed in food and drinks outlets in town, to make people aware of the £80 fine imposed on litter louts in Thetford, have been designed by Thetford Youth Council, adding their ideas to those of the Thetford Litter Campaign. The posters are part of ongoing work by Thetford Litter Campaign, Thetford Police and Breckland District Council to combat littering, and this time target disgarded take-away food and drinks. Margaret Ince, of the Thetford Litter Campaign, says “ The Thetford Youth Council members are young people who respect

their environment and have pride in their Thetford. Let us hope that their good example will make residents of all ages think twice before dropping any type of rubbish on the ground.” Many thanks to all the retailers who are displaying the posters and to Pat Pearson for the duplicating.

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continues to be so throughout the English-speaking world, influencing the expressions we use in everyday speech. Unfortunately, many copies sit on bookshelves gathering dust and will never wear out with use. At the coronation of British monarchs they are presented with a copy of the Bible, with these words "Our Gracious Queen (or King), we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom, this is the royal Law, these are the lively Oracles of God." Those volumes gathering dust show that not everybody agrees with these words, and in many cases people have not even opened the pages to see for themselves, nor have they realised how many lives were lost in the efforts to make God's Word available in our own tongue.

Thetford and the King James Bible As much of the English-speaking world is celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible, you may wonder why we link Thetford with this illustrious book. The connection is King James himself. In 1603 the king stayed in Thetford to enjoy some hunting in the area, lodging in his regional palace, now known as the King's House. The following year the monarch held the Hampton Court Conference (in a somewhat grander palace) at which the decision was taken to produce a new version of the Bible in an effort to satisfy and unite all factions within the established church. The aim was not to create a completely new translation. The translators wrote "Truly, good Christian reader, we never thought from the beginning that we should need to make a new translation, nor yet to make of a bad one a good one, but to make a good one better, or out of many good ones, one principal good one, not justly to be excepted against" - from The Translators to the Reader, the preface to the 1611 King James Bible.

Much has been said this year praising the King James Bible for its beautiful English and its memorable phrases yet few have touched on the fact that the Bible itself, when accurately translated into any language, is God’s message to mankind, revealing His plan for the world and answering man’s most urgent questions. Sadly, many people, even Christians, fail to appreciate its content. King James came to Thetford to hunt deer before commissioning his famous work. The Bible for Today Exhibition comes to Thetford to help those hunting for solutions to the perplexing problems facing mankind. It can be seen in the Guildhall from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th September, 10.00 - 5.00 Tuesday to Friday, and 9.30 - 2.00 on Saturday.

The greatest influence was that of William Tyndale, the first to translate and have printed the New Testament from the Greek, and the Pentateuch and Jonah from the Hebrew. John Wycliffe's prior translation had been from the Latin Vulgate, itself a translation from the original languages, and copies had been handwritten. Both men were ambitious to have God's Word available to everyone, not just the clergy, many of whom could not understand the language of the Latin texts they were expounding, but were relying on inserted translations of variable quality and were 'reading between the lines'.

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fascinating as it sounds.

Common Sense Club is back in session

Finally, adopting a format recommended by members last year, we end on Friday 4th November with a Question Time that will feature speakers from across the political spectrum. The former Norwich MP Ian Gibson and the sitting member for Cambridge, Liberal Julian Huppert, have already agreed to join the panel. Final listings in our next.

Come the Autumn; come the Common Sense Club. Thetford's lecture and discussion group, formed in the wake of the Tom Paine Bicentenary Celebrations, is back in session. The first of three meetings will be held on Friday 30th September in the Old School of Thetford Grammar School. Did the great man practise what he preached? Sheffield academic Laura Kirk's interest in the history of political ideas leads her to consider Paine's indifference to female subordination, alongside the use by his contemporaries, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Marquis de Condorcet, of Paine's own political arguments to espouse women's emancipation.

Despite all this talk of clubs and members, the meetings are open to all, at no cost, with tickets at the door. However, to help us assess numbers for the organisation of the night, you are invited to book in advance by telephoning the Grammar School Office, 01842 752840.

The name 'Common Sense Club' deliberately echoes that of the meetings of the Headstrong Club which Paine took part in as a young man in Lewes, Sussex. Similar discussion groups, of all political persuasions, existed across the country in the eighteenth century and Alan Cardew returns to the Club on October 14th to talk about Kit-Kats, Jacobins & Drones. His survey of Clubs and politics from 1688 to the present day will be every bit as

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Thetford Past and Present

It is believed that a pre-historic trackway, known today as the Icknield Way, forded the rivers Thet and Little Ouse where the Nuns' Bridges stand. Today, many centuries later it is still a very important river crossing. The past photograph was taken in the early years of the 20th century. Past photograph from the David Osborne collection.

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Thetford Dolphins 28 Dolphins’ swimmers took part in this year’s County Challenge at Dereham in June and they were a real credit to the club. There were some superb swims with Dolphins swimmers taking top 6 places in 45 events.

Let’s talk baby… Tommy’s is a charity set up to fund pregnancy research and provide reliable information to pregnant women. They believe every parent has the right to a healthy pregnancy and baby and want to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030. There is now robust evidence to show that women who smoke, have a poor diet or carry excessive weight during pregnancy are more likely to have poor pregnancy outcomes. Many women are not aware of the link between their lifestyle and the health of their baby, and Tommy’s aim to raise awareness and provide free, accurate up-to-date advice for parents-to-be via their website ( and telephone midwife service (0800 0147 800 or, specialising in providing advice on healthy lifestyle choices. This service is in addition to the support and advice your midwife and GP provide.

Grace McGill achieved a fine set of results and broke three Club Records. First places were gained by Luke Collins, Annie Clark-Massey, Abbie Farrow, Grace McGill and Isabelle Trayton. The swimmers gained 58 PBs between them which is a reflection of just how hard they have been training, and credit must also go to coaches Terry Clucas and Lindsey Cox for their part in the swimmers' development. Swimmers attending the event were: Alexandra Ashley, Francesca Ashley, Georgiana Bird, Annie Clark-Massey, Luke Collins, Amie Copp, Morgan Copp, Molly Dyson, Elise Gray, Abbie Farrow, Bethany Farrow, Georgia Foster, Georgina Free, Eryn Freeman, Macaulay Harvey, Heidi Last, Ruby Last, Liam Levy-Twomey, Grace McGill, Isabella O’Brian-Miller, Zachary O’Brian-Miller, Samuel Overland, Sam Rolph, Isabelle Trayton, James Trayton, Aiden Try, Haydn Trett and Sam Worsnop.

The ‘Let’s Talk Baby’ Campaign is all about promoting the 5 point plan to give parents the best chance of having a healthy baby: 1. Nutrition in Pregnancy - get the vitamins and minerals you need, in particular folic acid, vitamin D and iron. Ask your midwife if you qualify for free vitamins through the Healthy Start scheme. 2. Weight in Pregnancy - being obese whilst pregnant increases the risk of complications in pregnancy. 3. Exercise in Pregnancy - keeping active in pregnancy helps your wellbeing as well as relieves aches and pains and reduces stress levels. 4. Smoking in Pregnancy - smokers giving up as early as possible in pregnancy increases the chances of having a healthy baby, your midwife and GP can give you lots of support. 5. Mental Health in Pregnancy - Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health issues in pregnancy, support is out there so speak to your midwife or GP for more information.

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THETFORD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB Thetford Town Football club started the season with a 3 -1 at Long Melford during August we also had a FA cup match at Walsham.

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We are holding a race night on Saturday 22nd October tickets are £5 includes Sausage and Chip supper. Please contact me on if you would like tickets.

The Croxton Road Community Association meeting is on Monday September 12th at 7.30pm, at the Croxton Road Christian Centre Church of Nazerene. Concerns of the community will be heard first, before we discuss the future needs of Thetford.

If you would like to help with some sort of sponsorship of a match, player or other opportunities please contact Up coming home First team Fixtures

Our A.G.M. is on Monday 3rd of Oct - 7pm doors open. Refreshments at 7.15pm Meeting will start at 7.30pm Please support our local community.

Saturday 10th Sept Long Melford FA Vase 3pm Saturday 19th Sept Ipswich Wanderers 3pm Saturday 1st Oct Stowmarket Town 3pm

We are looking for a new secretary, and if you are local and would like to support our funding, please use the bottle bank at the Norfolk Terrier Pub.

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Would you like to have a say about the services provided by this surgery? We would like to hear your views! About You? l You have to be registered as a patient of School Lane Surgery. l You are a community minded caring individual. l You will have the opportunity for involvement in decisions about the range and quality of services provided. About Us? l Re-imbursement for out of pocket expenses. l On-going commitment to listening to our patients. l On-going commitment to acting on patients views and concerns. l Constructive contributions to quality improvement. If you are interested, please call into the surgery for an application form or Tel: 01842 753115

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Keystone Area Voluntary Organisations Helping local voluntary and community groups to work together; supporting them to deliver more activities and services; enabling them to learn new skills; creating a strong sustainable voluntary sector for the benefit of the whole community.

KAVO Networking Lunch Tuesday 27th September 1pm - 2pm At The Keystone Innovation Centre, Thetford

Launch of Breckland’s Older People’s Forum A fantastic new forum providing a voice for older people living in and around Breckland launches on 5th October 2011. This is a chance to have your say about matters that affect you. If you want to be a part of this exciting new venture then please come along to Breckland Council offices in Dereham at 10am on Wednesday 5th October. Membership is free and all you need is to have an interest in older people’s issues and a desire to improve the lives of people living in the area. For more information call Laura Apps-Green on 01362 656870.

KAVO presentations include • The digital Switch over happening 9th & 23rd November - KAVO has been given a grant to help voluntary groups in Thetford and Brandon learn more about the digital switchover and what help their clients could receive.

• National Community organisers program Update - Keystone is one of 11 Kickstarters for the national Community Organisers programme, part of the Government’s Big Society. Sadie Harvey, Assistant Director at Keystone, will be talking about how the programme and community organisers will be working locally. To book a place call 01842 768 367 or email-

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Your Health, Your Problem? We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t do things that we knew were harmful to our health. A burger here, cigarette there, or sneaky drink after work may make us feel good at the time, but in the long run may ultimately cause us problems. As a GP I’m often asked for help, a quick fix or a tablet to “make it all go away”, but I’m afraid to say for many health problems there is no quick fix. When we’re young we feel immortal, and so develop habits which ultimately lead to health problems, but it’s only as we age that we realise this. Youth is wasted on the young, and hindsight is a wonderful thing. Obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even types of cancer could arguably be caused by our lifestyles. People often present to their doctor in the hope of an instant cure, and often when it’s too late. We can treat diseases, manage conditions, but when it comes to cure in the strictest sense of the word, that is more of a challenge. Life etches itself indelibly upon us, and by definition it’s tolls are difficult to erase. There is no pill for a better life. So what can we do to change our health behaviour, to develop good habits, and change our lives for the better? Step 1: acknowledge you have a problem, and accept that it is YOUR PROBLEM; Step 2: identify the barriers that prevent change, be they financial, social, or environmental. Sometimes this might involve making some difficult and painful decisions; Step 3: educate yourself. Find out what it is you need to do to make the change, be it self help, or speaking to someone who might know e.g. health trainer, nurse, doctor, family, friend, priest… Step 4: Break every big problem into smaller ones, write them down, and cross off each problem when you’ve solved it; Step 5: measure your success, be it weight lost, money saved by not buying cigarettes, lower cholesterol etc. I can’t profess to having the recipe for success, but acknowledging we have room for improvement, by obtaining an internal locus of control, we can begin to make real changes for the better.

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If you have any questions, would like to know anything about or would like to get involved with the Thetford Players, please contact us at:

The Thetford Players, or call me on 07846 330797. Bob Waple, Chairman - Thetford Players

The Thetford Players are going from strength to strength. Rehearsals are well underway for our open air production, Three In The Air’. This is three one act plays, two comedies and a drama, that are being performed open air at Mundford and Barnham Village Halls, and as part of the Thetford Festival 2011, in Riversdale Gardens on the 3rd September and the Forgotten Garden on 4th September, both Thetford performances start at 5.30pm. Tickets will be £4 and are available from Leaping Hare. The profits from each performance is split between the players and the venue.

Following the success of our Summer Craft Fair (despite the rain!), The Thetford Players are hosting another Craft Fair. This will take place in the Carnegie Room on Saturday 22nd October 2011, from 10am until 3pm. If you wish to have a stall at this event, they are £10 each. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We will also let local clubs / societies / organizations have a stall for their own fundraising purposes too. Please email or call for a booking form to the details below. Please come along and support the local businesses. Become a ‘Friend of the Players’. As a Friend of the Players you will get two complementary tickets to the first night of the productions within the membership year, a copy of the quarterly Players Newsletter, you name listed in all Players programs and included in all mailing sent out. To become a member of the Friends of the Players, it will cost you £15 per year. But as an introductory offer anyone joining now will be members of ‘The Friends’ until September 2012(14 months). If you are interested in becoming a ‘Friend’ then please contact me and I will get a membership form to you.

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Pantomime Time is looming again for the Players, this year we are truly setting ourselves a challenge, and the people of Thetford have stepped up to it. Not only did three of our members write the script for Cinderella, but when we held the auditions 56 people came to try out for parts. There was so much talent in the Guildhall that night, that it was a really difficult job for the casting panel to decide. But it looks like it will be a great show. Tickets will go on sale at Leaping Hare on the 1st October 2011, and the Performances are January 12th, 13th and two on 14th (1pm and 5pm).

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“The Brecks” Indoor Bowling Club Leisure Centre Thetford Hi There, You know that open door you see as you wander up to the medical Centre, you know, that one where people are walking up and down a green carpet, and you say to yourself, “I wonder what that is” well, believe it or not, that’s us, “The Brecks”, a lovely club of warm and friendly people, who, like many of you today, enjoyed the long warm summer days, and the golf, Tennis, cricket and many other sporting activities you participate in, but now, that odd twinge here and there, restricts all that, so now it’s a more leisurely pastime, and whats more, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Soon, the dark and wintry days and nights will arrive, and the rain and snow may curtail all your sporting activities, but, not here in “The Brecks”, we cater for all your needs, juveniles too, no matter what the weather is like, so why not join us, come on, give it a go. Come and have a taster first, no charge, and if you like it, we will offer you free coaching. If it is not to your liking, fair enough, you’re under no obligation to join, we’ll just be pleased that you’ve had a go, who knows, it may surprise you. If you wish to find out more, just give me a ring, Geoff. Mealing, on Thetford 765972, and I’ll be duly to pleased to fumish you with all the details.

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Mondays 6.00pm - 7.00pm Wednesdays 6.30pm - 7.30pm Thetford Academy North Site Mundford Village Hall Tues 6pm-7pm Contact Pauline on 01842 766297 13 White Hart Street, Thetford IP24 1AA

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LEAPING HARE Belmont House, 20 King Street, Thetford, IP24 2AP Tel: 01842 751975

As many of our regular visitors are already aware the Tourist Information Centre has moved into Belmont House, 20 King Street, Thetford (opposite Greggs) and is now part of the Community Interest Company Leaping Hare. The location has enabled us the increased space to offer a number of new services namely the development and sale of a range of Thetford giftware, in addition to those sold on behalf of the Dad’s Army & Charles Burrell Museums. We also stock a number of locally themed books, which have proved very popular with visitors and residents alike. The normal service of National Express Coach bookings still exists, as well as acting as local agents for Coach Services, Chenery Travel & Easton Coaches that provide day excursions from Thetford.

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it The MEND programme descends on Thetford again and if you haven’t booked your place yet, now is the time! If you have a child that is 7-13 years old and you are concerned that they may be an unhealthy weight, then this 10 week programme could really help you and your family out.

Recently we have been promoting and selling tickets for the Thetford Festival, and also have the Heritage Open Days brochure for those who are interested in gaining access to some of our Heritage buildings that might not normally be accessible, namely Riversdale, Thetford Grammar (Old School Room), King’s House, as well as our usual attractions Charles Burrell Museum , Dad’s Army Museum and Ancient House Museum. There will also be two guided walks by local historian David Osborne which will take place on Saturday 10th September at 10:30am & 1:30pm, for more information about these and the heritage open days contact David 01842 751975 or call into the TiC and pick up a brochure. The tourist information service is still provided voluntarily and has been so since the Town & District Councils cut the service in March 2008. We have continued to deliver and indeed improve the service with additional opening hours because we passionately believe that Thetford has a fantastic History & Heritage. It attracts a huge number of visitors a year, some 9,500 will pass through the doors of the TiC this year which is testimony to that passion. However in addition to the town’s visitors we feel we provide a very important service to local residents. The TiC has become a key source of information, fielding questions such as local bus timetables, signposting to other local groups and organisations such as the CAB, local sports clubs and community groups. This has enabled us to build a solid support to many who have begun to rely on us. Please try and support the services we do offer, and for those that regularly do we thank you.

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For both kids and adults, the sessions are fun and definitely not about lecturing or telling you what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ or ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. What they do offer is an opportunity for kids to play games in a place that is completely safe and comfortable, with the aim of helping you to understand the small changes that your family could make to lead healthier and happier lives. There is no cost to the programme, yet you get to be involved in food tasting and supermarket tours amongst other activities. The programme begins on Monday 19th September, so book your place early! Call Toby on 01603 761122.

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Our Christmas in Vegas nights are selling well – Saturday 10th December has already SOLD OUT so please make sure you get your tickets soon as Thursday 8th and Friday 9th are also proving very popular. Don’t forget that you can buy just 1 ticket or as many as you like,which means it’s ideally suited to absolutely everyone from a couple to a large works party. Our next event is the Black Tie & Tiara Ball on 8th October – very few tickets left for this one so if you were planning to come, get in touch quick! Hot on it’s heels comes our Halloween Party with live band Wapscallions – great opportunity to dress up and fantastic value at just £10. Tickets are also flying for our swing night on 12th November – so once again the message is clear, don’t leave it too late to reserve your tickets else you will miss out!

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2011 Prom Winner Purely You in White Hart Street is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Prom Queen Competition. Chrystal Hart aged 16 from the Thetford Academy received the First Prize of £50.00. Nirvana – Rose

Whittred aged 16 from St Benedicts in Bury St Edmunds chose an evening bag for her runner up prize to the value of £20.00. Everyone who bought their dress from Purely You had a chance to enter the competition. Thetford Town Manager Susan Glossop judged the Competition and presented the prizes.

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Thetford in Bloom 2011 Competition The Mayor of Thetford Councillor Derek Mortimer hosted an afternoon tea for the winners of the competition in the Council Chamber, King’s House, Thetford. Shadwell Stud sponsored the competition with vouchers for bedding plants from Shadwell.

Best Front Garden


1st Mr. R Carpenter 54 Fairfields - £75 Voucher 2nd Mrs. D Waldron 53 Thyme Close - £50 Voucher 3rd Mr. P Stannard 2 Melford Bridge Road - £25 Voucher


Best Business Floral Display Mr Jason Chappell The Bell Hotel - Voucher £75

Left to right are: Martin Wixey (Shadwell Stud), Jason Chappell, Mr Stannard, Mrs Waldron, Mr Carpenter and Derek Mortimer Mayor of Thetford


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Thetford Rotary Club Thetford Rotary Club are pleased to announce that Andrew Read has taken over as Club president.

The club had raised money for its own projects, which included donations to Aquabox, (a scheme whereby filtration systems can be sent at a moments notice to where a major natural disaster has occurred and where there is a shortage of clean water) but also assistance was given to The Motor Neurone Disease Society More locally money was also donated to local schools for Vocational & language awards, The Thetford club also continued to donate to Rotary International Foundation, who in partnersip with the Bill Gates Foundation are seeking to provide the money needed to eliminate polio world wide. Incoming president Andrew thanked Stephen for his hard work over the last year and said how much he was looking forward to the coming year and meeting the challenges that it will bring. Yours in Rotary Colin Mackay (Public Relations Officer)

At their recent meeting held at the Thomas Paine Hotel, Andrew Read, an accountant took over from outgoing President Stephen Davey. Stephen thanked all the members for their support over the last 12 months and commented how busy the club had been.

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The Thetford Bhangra Group danced for the Thetford WI at the United Reformed Church in July 2011. Dancers are Safina Karim, Vasanti Patel, Sylvia & Lynn.

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Gardeners & Allotment Holders of Thetford Hi gardeners! September is the onset of autumn, so let’s hope we have all the potatoes dug up and put in a dark place. It should be somewhere frost free, so they go through the winter. This is the time that growing plants are slowing down, so we can slow down a bit ourselves. The summer annuals are going over, but the autumn flowering shrubs and perennials are coming into their own, and showing off their autumn colours.

with our President Maureen and John Lister, and chairman Rachel and David Woods. Then to my delight Terry and his wife Anthea came to see my allotment. He gave me some good advice about some of the things on my allotment. This has made my year! I follow Terry on and in the Gardening News. Well that's all for this month, but if I can help in any way with gardening hints, please don't hesitate to contact me on or 01842760244 or 07867974544. Bye for now until next month! Yvonne.

There is plenty of tidying up to do, but be careful in the flowerbeds, as the autumn bulbs are shooting up. From now on you can start to prepare the soil for next year. Did we say a little respite? There is always something positive and constructive to do in your garden. Over the allotment pick apples, pears, and plums as they ripen. Harvest sweetcorn as it ripens too. There is nothing better than putting 2 cobs of corn straight in the pot to cook and then on to the plate with a knob of butter, yummy! I have harvested some lovely cauliflowers this year, with plenty of broccoli and calabrese, the greyhound cabbages have grown really big too. The weather was not too good at the beginning of the year, but even the runner beans, which were slow to start, are now giving of their best.

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Gardening with Old Grandad

some photographs of the children’s section in the annual produce show. Be good and stay safe old Grandad .

Hi boys and girls, The best part about growing vegetables is eating them. Now is the time to harvest your crops, onions, shallots and garlic should be lifted, dried out, and tied in bunches, these can then be hung up in a frost free shed for use over the winter.

You can freeze a lot of the vegetables, peas, broad beans, french beans and runner beans can all go in the freezer. Remove the peas from the pods and fill freezer bags with enough peas for a family serving, the same can be done with broad beans.



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French beans and runner beans need to be sliced but I think this a job for an adult, but you can help to put the beans in the bag. Carrots can be left in the ground and pulled when needed, so can beetroot, cabbages, lettuce and radish. Abby and Coner have been very hard at work getting their crops in, and I have been told Abby will be doing the same again next year at her Nans new house and Coner will be on his patch again next year. That's all for now so stay safe and next month we will be showing



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Thrilling Young voices building as the fifty-strong singers processed into the hall. High. Plangent. “Wonder and mystery be to this place”. A spine-tingling opening to the Chills and Thrills concert which rounded off Thetford Voices’ fifth Summer Workshop for 6-16 year olds last month.

Ghost Train (‘Roller Ghoster’). There was even a foray into light opera - Chris as Sir Roderic Murgatroyd (from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore) ably abetted by a choir of Spectral Ancestors in telling us what dark pleasures can be enjoyed ‘When the Night Wind Howls’. For one young participant ‘it could have been more scary!’ but for the audience of a hundred parents and friends in the Grammar School’s Williamson Hall it was the Frankenstein Effect: out into the world again with batteries recharged.

It was not all to be so ethereal as the record number of participants explored their dramatic theme; as the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of two days hard but enjoyable rehearsal spilled into the song and dance of ‘Zombie Mambo’ and ‘Monster Mash’. Song leaders Laura Miller and Christopher Wray (back in Thetford after a charismatic tenure as Director of the Thetford Singers) fashioned accomplished performances of John Rutter’s ‘Magical Kingdom’ and the spiritual ‘Dem Bones’ as the group divided on age lines. In the main, however, it was all ages working successfully together, in unison and harmony, to conjure up RLS’s eerie horseman, galloping through ‘Windy Nights‘, and recreate the awful excitement of riding Roller Coaster and

The Workshop was generously sponsored by Breckland Council and the D’Oyly Carte Trust. A Retiring Collection in aid of EACH raised £143.98 The next Thetford Voices event is our Christmas Carolling on 20th & 21st December.


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Recruiting young people who want to make a difference

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Breckland Youth Council is up and running and looking to attract more young people keen on improving the lives of other youngsters in the district. Some of the existing youth councillors are leaving to further their education, many of them outside of the district.

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Youth councils give young people the opportunity to have their voice heard, have an impact on making decisions, make improvements in their area and meet likeminded youngsters. Since the formation of the Breckland Youth Council in February 2009, the group has achieved a great deal within the district. It has awarded £20,000 to young people in Breckland for youth projects and supported district council members by giving its opinion on decisions that affect young people in Breckland. Last November it launched its first campaign to tackle stereotypes that exist between different generations. Youth Council Chairman Stuart Green was elected this year as a district councillor for Dereham - Humbletoft, making him the youngest district councillor in the country! Cllr Stuart Green said; ”I was able to put myself up for the challenge of standing for election thanks to the time I’ve spent as a Youth Councillor. It has helped me to overcome my shyness and confidence issues and I believe passionately that young people do have a voice and need to be represented.” To get involved with the youth council, find out additional information or request an application pack please contact Steph Barnard 01362 656870. Deadline for applications 30th September 2011.

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European Contributions in the Sikh Army 1822-1849

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Anglo–Sikh Study Day Saturday 24th September

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This year, Thetford Anglo Sikh Heritage Day is focussing on the Anglo Sikh Wars and the role of the Sikh military. At the Ancient House Museum, some of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh’s uniforms will be on display. The museum has also put together a series of lectures during the afternoon.

Cavalcade of Sikh Troops

Bobby Singh Bansal The only independent province in India that was not under the rule of the East India Company was the Punjab, where numerous European mercenaries had been enlisted into the services and armies of Maharajah Ranjit Singh much to the resentment of the British authorities at Calcutta.

Clash of the Lions

For the first time, three of the most renowned Sikh history experts will be lecturing together in the town. At Thetford Library, facsimiles of the Elveden View books will be available for visitors to look through between 10am and 3pm. Ancient House Museum will be free to visit throughout the day. Author, Bobby Singh Bansal will outline how European mercenaries were used to hold back the British advance towards the Punjab. Harbinder Singh, Director of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail will discuss the wars between the East India Company and the Sikh Kingdom during the mid 19th century. Peter Bance, author and historian will look at the outcomes of the Anglo Sikh Wars and the effect on Maharajah Duleep Singh, his family and the wider Sikh community.

Ancient House Museum Visit the museum and enjoy our display of artefacts, including Maharani Jind Kaur’s grave marker and for one day only, Prince Frederick Duleep Singh’s uniform. Free admission 10 am - 5pm. Last admission 4.30pm

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Battle of Chillienwallah

Harbinder Singh In 1839 with the death of Ranjit Singh , as his son Duleep Singh was merely 9 months old , the die was cast for a military showdown as the lions of the Khalsa army and the British regiments prepared to face each other on the Battlefields. This talk will look at those momentous encounters and their enduring legacies.

Maharajah Duleep Singh, Sovereign, Squire & Rebel Talk Peter Bance A favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, discover the intriguing and unexpected story of the last Maharajah of the Punjab and his family after Maharajah Duleep Singh was removed from the Punjab.

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Learn to Cross Stitch Saturday 3rd September • 2 - 3pm Cost: £1/50p** Discover this traditional craft and make a butterfly motif to take home. Materials and tuition provided. Suitable for beginners, adults and children aged 6yrs+.

Heritage Open Day Saturday 10th September • 10am - 4pm Community event • FREE ADMISSION Discover how we look after the beautiful timber framed building housing our museum collection. Meet our conservation officer and talk to the staff about how to look after objects that you want to keep for many years.

Submission of 8 year old Duleep Gov Hardinge

An audience with Queen Victoria Don’t forget to come along to our events throughout the Thetford Festival!

Tuesday 14th September • 7:30pm Evening talk organised by the Friends Cost: Free to members or £3 Meet Rachel Duffield from NMAS, as she becomes Queen Victoria for the evening

Anglo Sikh Heritage Study Day

Events for September

Saturday 24th September • 10am - 5pm Free admission (last admission 4:30pm) Afternoon Talk Programme starting at 2pm Advanced booking essential

World War Two Local Secrets and Stories Exhibition Saturday 25th June - 21st April 2012 • 10am - 5pm Cost: admission charge only Find out about everyday life in Norfolk during WW2 as told by local people.

The Home Front: Living in Thetford in the Second World War Thursday 1st September • 2:30 - 3:30pm Thetford Festival afternoon talk Advanced booking essential • Cost: £2/£1.50* Join Frank Meeres from Norfolk Record Office and discover what life was like in Thetford during WW2, using historical documents and images from the NRO collections.

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Coming in October Free Admission to Museum A Doctor at the Workhouse Britain’s first black mayor Saturday 1st October • 2:30 - 3:30pm Afternoon talk Advanced booking essential • Cost: £2/£1.50* Discover the story of Dr Allan Glaisyer Minns and the role of a Poor Law Medical Officer in St Barnabas Workhouse, Thetford with Stephen Pope from Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse. New Craft Workshop – open for bookings now!

Pulpware Course for Adults Saturday 8th & Saturday 29th October Morning session: 10.30am – 12.30pm Afternoon session: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Adult Craft Workshop • Cost: £10/£8* Advanced booking essential due to limited places. Learn about the unique history of Thetford Pulpware and try your hand at making a pulp bowl. All materials provided, but please bring an apron or wear suitable attire. Participants must attend both morning or afternoon sessions.

Ancient House Summer Opening Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm Friday 1st April - Friday 30th September 2011 Adult £3.70 - Conc £3.10* Young Person (4-16) £2.00 NMAS Museum Pass Free Friends of the museum Free *Visitors with disabilities, over 60s and students ** Friends of the Museum & NMAS Museum Pass holders For more information: Tel. 01842 752599 (Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm) or email

A GREAT NIGHT OUT With the biggest dance club in the world! An exciting, funky & stylish partner dance It’s totally addictive!! We make learning to dance fun, easy & relaxed no complicated footwork Meet people, have fun & keep fit all whilst learning to dance No need to book, just turn up with or without a partner!

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The night was a huge success and rave reviews were received. ‘A pleasure to watch the student’s direct, write and perform this outstanding production’ Dr Harris, Director of TA6

‘Fallen Stars’ land in TA6

‘You deserve every success, a great performance, well done’ Pat Sparkes, Site Manager Thetford Academy

‘Songs were sung about them, prayers whispered for them, sacrifices offered to them; they were Gods.’

‘Real talent, wonderful script, superb acting, funny and intense at times, five stars’ Anonymous

Last week a group of seven students from across The Thetford Academy became the first ever to produce and perform an original play that was created entirely by them as part of several qualifications including a Gold Arts Award. Overseen by Arts Award Advisor Helen ThomasJones, the production team consisted of Co Directors Demi O’Shea and Patricia Monarca, and Writer Laura Rae; Year 13 Performing Arts students from the Sixth Form Theatre Company; 6th Sense. The cast was made up of four students; Rachel Twelftree (Year 14) and Joe Handley (Year 13) also from 6th Sense and Ellie Giles (Year 10) and Lacey Timlin (Year 11) Drama students from across both sites of The Thetford Academy. Cast members auditioned for their roles and then began their journey.

‘Wonderfully written script, clear and precise direction, some lovely improvised moments and scene changes were excellent’ Miss Best, Lead Professional Drama, Thetford Academy

The play titled “Fallen Stars” follows typical teenager Evie (Rachel) as she is pursued by two strange men convinced that she is the Stars that disappeared from the skies 18 years ago, causing what was known as ‘The Black Sky Crisis’. The men visit her at different times; Hyatus (Joe) a student in Evie’s physics class harasses and stalks her during the day and Kianay (Ellie) the kinder and gentler of the two visits her whilst she sleeps at night. They reveal their true identities as the Sun and the Moon and confess that they are both in love with the Stars and are both trying to win her back. Evie must choose between the Sun who banished her out of jealousy and the Moon her long lost love whilst battling with the decision to accept or reject the revelation. The script was written as part of Laura’s BTEC unit in Scriptwriting in April, and given to Gold Arts Award students Demi and Patricia to direct. To attain the Gold Arts Award qualification candidates must show arts leadership; in the girl’s case they had to direct, market and oversee the whole production process. Demi & Patricia have been working through their Arts Challenge as Directors and Arts Leadership as Event Organisers. The play was performed to an audience of 40 friends, family, staff and students in the South Site drama studio on Thursday 14th July at The Thetford Academy.

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Breckland Cats Protection It’s been a hectic July and August and we have taken in 34 cats/kittens. Thank goodness rehoming picked up with lots of kittens going to lovely new homes and 4 adults also.

New from old for EACH Over the past 9 weeks students in years 8 & 9 at Thetford Academy have been reconstructing and recycling clothing from the charity EACH. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices support families with children who have life threatening illnesses.

Molly Crane & Emily Westgarth with their designs.

Textiles Teacher Julie Miller said “the students have created some stunning garments with material and old clothes that what would have normally been thrown away or discarded. The students also decided to add the finishing touches which brings an outfit alive. I really feel proud that the girls have done this in order to support young children who are going through some challenging times, with severe illnesses.”

We really need to home some more adult cats as we have had some of them for quite a while now. The 2 young boys shown below have been in a pen since April and are wistfully looking out at their fosterers garden wishing they could find a loving home. They are gorgeous, shiny black boys, neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped and would like a home together. They are 14 months old and playful and affectionate.

We have 11 kittens living out in the woods that we would like to help but at the moment we don’t have the space so please adopt from us and help us to help them.

The clothes will be on display in the EACH shop in Thetford over the summer.

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September at Thetford Library Programme of Events

Reading Group Friday September 30th, starting at 2.30pm.

On Saturday 10th September, the Thetford Health Trainers will be at Thetford Library to offer advice about your health & alcohol. Drop in any time between 10am - 1pm to chat to the team.

The Book Club Friday September 30th, 5.45pm - 6.45pm.

Opening Hours

Also on Saturday 10th September, the library will be taking part in the town’s Heritage Open Day with a display about Thetford’s 13 ages. This is a drop- in event.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-6:00pm Wed 8:30-1pm • Fri 8:30-7pm • Sat 8:30am-4pm

Continuing the heritage theme, on Saturday 24th September, the library will be taking part in the Anglo – Sikh Heritage Day. Drop in any time between 10am 3pm to view copies of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh’s photograph album “Elveden Views” and biographies and information about the family.

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Baby Bounce & Rhyme Times Tuesday September 13th, 10.30am -11.00am. Tuesday September 27th, 10.30am - 11.00am.

Taking Small Steps Together The new Autumn/Winter programme 2011 brochure is now available. If you fancy a short, locally led walk, where you are encouraged to walk at your own pace, then call Malcolm Bellingham on 07747 077159 or email Visit for further information.

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Advertising Index Accountants Page Breckland Accountancy 7 Simark 34 Stacey and Partners 27 Appliance Repairs J & M Appliance Repairs 3 Bathroom and Kitchen Installions Cronin and Crisp 37 Thetford Bathroom & Kitchen 11 Bingo Winners Bingo 23 Bowling Mr.Gs 15 Builders Steve Newman 43 Ricky Chrystal 50 Carpets Touch Class 37 Thetford Carpet Warehouse 3 Carpet Cleaning Powerclean 36 Cleaning Services Dusty Springclean 6 Computers Services Kybird Computer Services 38 Crafts, Wool and Haberdashery Berties 15 Curtains Dena Curtains 8 Dancing Jazzercise 34 Ceroc 34 Drainage Aqua Drainage Solutions 33 Driving School DREWS Driving School 17 Electrical Brunning Electrical Services 8 Flooring Services SC Flooring Ltd 37 Fitness Zumba Fitness 15 Gardening Betts 25 Roots and Routes 24 Mick Rodick 24

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Property Maintenance Page D.P. Services 25 Steve Newman 25 Barry Carter (Roofing) 6 Dones Building Services 37 CNC Building Services 37 Micks Building Services 25 Removals Simon Long 22 Restaurants & Shops The Mulberry 28 Stationery Supplies Denny Bros 17 Stonemasons H. Brett and Son 3 Tattoos Skin Styles 30 Taxi 21st Century Taxis Front Cover Kes Cabs 3 FarewayTaxis 3 Tiles & Tiling Thetford Bathroom & Kitchen 24 Upholstery Supplies Comfort Zone 33 Vehicle Dismantlers Balas Auto Dismantlers 6 Vehicle Maintenance / Accessories Vickers Motors 23 Thetford Autoparts 28 Gorse Motors 38 M&S Breckland Motors 28 Ames Nissan 29 Road Runner 29 Abbey Garage 28 Vehicles Purchased DSR Auto’s 3 Vehicle Rental Easyfleet 26 Wedding Bridal Gowns Purely You 18/19

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