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Dear Readers, Last month I wrote, it won't be long until spring arrives, how wrong could I be! As I write we are in the grips of winter again. Maybe by the time you read this the weather will behave itself! There are lots of articles of interest again this month, hopefully something for everyone. Best Wishes Marje

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Thetford Open Gardens June 23rd 2013

Thetford Friends of St. Nicholas Hospice

Quiz ‘n’ Chips

One of the loveliest days in the Thetford calendar and all in a good cause. There will be the usual mix of gardens old and new and all lovingly tended by their owners.

Saturday 27th April 2013 7pm for 7.30pm

Thetford Grammar School

Fish and Chip Supper • £7.50 person

If you would like to join in and help raise much needed funds for our local hospice St Nicholas Hospice Care please call Liz on 01842 753872 or Rachel on 01842 762165 Thetfo

For more information or to book your table (4 people per team)

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In addition to the above there will be services of Holy Communion each Wednesday at 10.30am and each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Morning Prayer at 9.00am.

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SPRING FAYRE April 6th 9.45 to 11.45

Bargains Galore

Cakes • Books • Jigsaws • Collectables, Bric-a-Brac and Plants

Saturday 20th April at 9.45am Gifts • Bric-a-Brac • Books

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The Royal British Legion Thetford TABLE TOP & CAR BOOT SALE

Come and Enjoy an Evening with

Sunday 14th April 2013 • 8am till 1pm The Table Top Sale will be in the dinner hall at Norwich Road School, whilst the Car Boot Sale will be in the playground £5 a table/pitch (payable on the day)

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We have a limited number of tables for use, but you are more than welcome to bring your own Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Hot Dogs will be on sale There will also be sweets available to buy for the children Call Ed Godfrey on 07748 503297 to reserve a table or pitch. These table top and car boot sales will be running every 2nd Sunday from April until December (apart from November when it will be the 3rd Sunday!) make sure you have booked your table/pitch now.

Barnham Village Hall

SPRING is just around the corner which means DAFFODIL TEAS are here again do come along to Barnham Village Hall

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April 6th 2 - 4:30pm

Meet us every Sunday 3:15 at the Carnegie Hall for afternoon tea, worship, study of the Bible and great fellowship. We have Rainbow KidZ club for children, as well as Youth Groups.

A wide selection of home made sandwiches, scones, cake and a pot of tea for only £3.50 All proceeds for the Village Hall Fund.

King Street Baptist Church King Street, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2AP

Please check our website for more church details and events coming at www.hopechurchthetford.org or add See you there! Hope Church Thetford on Facebook.

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Refreshments available Saturday 20 April 9.30am to 1.00pm King Street Baptist Church, Opposite Poundland Call 013667 289 797 To book your table at only £5 per table

Mundford Road Allotment Club

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Twigs Way on Wednesday 17th April at 7pm The British Legion Rooms, Market Place, Thetford

Saturday 27th April, 8:30 – 10am at Cloverfield Community Church. Come and join us for a sumptuous cooked breakfast With a talk by Canon Bob Baker Cost: £5 / person. If you would like to come, please contact Rod Back (01842 750302), rodback1@aol.com

There will be a small entrance charge to cover costs. Any profit will be shared between

Help for Heroes & The Royal British Legion Refreshments will be available.

About Twigs Way Twigs Way is a freelance lecturer, historian, and broadcaster about allotments and gardens past and present. She often broadcasts on Radio Four. Twigs has also published a number books on a variety of subjects connected with the social histories of both allotments and gardens from Garden Gnomes to Digging for Victory and more.

Thetford Christians Together AGM April 29th at 7.30pm at Liberty Church, Kelvin Place. This is an open meeting and all are welcome. Come and hear what has happened over the year Be part of the plans for new initiatives in the coming year. Contact Corinne for more details corinnebrindle@talktalk.net

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RSPB Events Tuesday 16th & 23rd April Free Thetford River Guided Walks. Join the friendly and knowledgeable RSPB Brecks Guides for a guided walk along the Thetford river walkways, looking out for the great wildlife that can be found. River and woodland birds, plants and if we’re lucky a Kingfisher or Otter sighting! 1pm-2:30pm. Meet at the Captain Mainwaring statue in town. Please bring outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear and binoculars if you have any. Donations welcome. To book please contact:thebrecks@rspb.org.uk 01842 756716

Volunteering with the RSPB There are fantastic opportunities to volunteer with the RSPB Brecks Team in Thetford, Brandon and the surrounding area while making a real difference and getting out in this wildlife packed landscape. You could join in on any of the following: 1. Help out with our events: A great opportunity to help run our 2013 events. 2. Campaign Champion: Believe in the work of the RSPB? Here’s your chance to spread the word. Interested? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact:thebrecks@rspb.org.uk / 01842 756716

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LEAPING HARE Belmont House, 20 King Street, Thetford IP24 2AP Tel: 01842 751975 • www.leapinghare.org Some of you will already be aware that one of the Leaping Hare team, David Brooks, is starting a new full time job soon as Thetford Town Council’s Guildhall/Carnegie Complex co-ordinator. He will still be very much involved with Leaping Hare events but will not be able to cover the Box Office and Information Office that we have all come to rely on so much. Firstly a HUGE thank you to David for the role that he has covered for a long time – and for those of you that weren’t aware – voluntarily too. So now Leaping Hare enters a new phase and we are looking forward to inviting more volunteers on board to help us keep the office open and vibrant. There are a number of new plans in the pipeline, including a new community shop, but the first will be new opening times. From 1st April Leaping Hare Information & Box office opening hours will be Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm. It will be business as usual for your National Express tickets and usual Box Office events and of course you can always contact us via our website www.leapinghare.org and Facebook pages, so we look forward to seeing you very soon. If you would like to offer your help in volunteering, please get in touch and let us know how many hours you can ‘donate’.

Musical Mania Present

25th - 27th April

Curtain up 7.30pm (Doors open at 7.00pm)

Carnegie Room, Thetford An evening of uplifting & inspirational songs from stage & Screen Tickets Adults £7.50, Concessions £5.00 Available from

Leaping Hare Belmont House, King Street Thetford 01842 751975 Please note that tickets are sold for allocated seating, which means that you select where you sit at the time of buying your tickets, so to get the best seats make sure you book early to get the seats that you want. Plus we are using the new Rake seating. Posters Sponsored by the Reader Family

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South Suffolk Show 2013 The South Suffolk Show is taking place on Sunday 12th May, and is looking forward to welcoming you through its gates! Featuring old time favourites including: a craft marquee; a food hall; trade stands; vintage farm machinery; classic cars; children’s entertainments and funfair; a ‘Gardener’s Delight’ area; and cattle, sheep, pig, donkey and horse classes.

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Come along to the “South Suffolk” and experience a Great Day out Admission: Adults £10, Children 5-15 & Senior Citizens £5, Family Ticket £25 (See website for advance purchase discounted ticket details)

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Thetford Past and Present

Modern homes, recently completed, occupy Sweyn Close where some of the first houses built under the Thetford Town Development Scheme or ‘London Overspill’ had stood since the late 1950s. The past photograph was taken in April 2004. Past photograph from the David Osborne collection.

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THETFORD TOWN COUNCIL King’s House, King Street, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2AP Tel: 01842 754247 • Fax: 01842 762567 Email: mail@thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk Town Council Offices Opening Hours: Public counter service available from 9.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. Monday to Friday


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PUBLIC NOTICE THETFORD TOWN COUNCIL MAYOR-MAKING (Annual Meeting of the Council) The Large Court, The Guildhall, Thetford Tuesday 7th May 2013 at 7 p.m. Followed by the

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING at 7.45 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend Electors on the current electoral register may ask questions S. Glossop Acting Town Clerk King's House, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2AP

Play Areas Update There are eight play areas in Thetford that are currently owned by Breckland Council. These sites are the subject of discussion regarding the possibility of transferring these to Thetford Town Council. Prior to any possible hand-over, Councillors from the Thetford Town Council Amenities Committee undertook a site visit to all locations to ascertain their condition. In addition to this, Councillors invited members of the public to submit their own thoughts on the current condition of the sites and held an open evening in the Town Council Chamber and sought possible ideas as to ways in which the play areas could be improved. There is broad agreement that all sites are in a very poor state of repair, with a mixture of under investment, poor management, misuse and vandalism over many years taking their toll. In the past, it is apparent that if a piece of equipment required maintenance or repair, it was simply removed. Last year Breckland Cabinet member Mark Kiddle-Morris asked the Town Council to produce a ‘wish-list’. This has been compiled to identify what immediate actions need to occur to improve the play areas in the short-term, prior to any hand-over to Thetford Town Council. This ‘wishlist’ has now been submitted to Breckland Council and we await their response.


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New Town Clerk

Let me introduce myself to you as your new Town Clerk, a position that I am very much honoured and excited to be taking up. I am looking forward to getting involved in the community and am thrilled to be arriving at a time when so much development of the Town and surrounding area is scheduled. I have been married for 30 years to my lovely and supportive wife Jacqueline and have two fairly grown up children (Victoria and Stephen) who are still semipermanently living at home! Originally from a mining community in South Yorkshire, I Joined the RAF in 1979 aged just 16. I have specialised in the personnel ďŹ eld for the last 34 years, although more recently I have been involved in project and events management as well looking after a team of accountants. Having served in three NATO Headquarters appointments I was also seconded to the British Embassy in Athens, Greece for three years. As a result of my work at RAF Marham and also for the instigation and running of a mentoring scheme for special needs children, I received both the MBE and Meritorious Service Medal in respective New Years and Queens Birthday Honours Lists; something that I am very proud of. I have been settled in Norfolk for the last 11 years but have been commuting to and from RAF Northolt in Middlesex for the last two of those. I am very much looking forward to the challenges of working for Thetford Town Council and I hope to meet as many of you as possible when I am out and about in Thetford. Maurice Howard MBE FInstLM MCGI


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Mayor Making

Thetford lays claim to one of the oldest mayoralties in the country, with over 800 years of the office. The historical power associated with the town is represented by an impressive collection of regalia, including the Sword of State (one of only 27 towns in the country to have the honour) and the Ceremonial Mace (a replica of that in the Houses of Parliament). Henry VIII granted the privilege of a sword of office and a sword bearer in 1532. The current Sword of State and Great Mace were donated to the town by Sir Joseph Williamson in 1675. The next opportunity for you to see the regalia will be the annual Mayor making ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday 7th May in the Guildhall at 7pm. Our current Mayor, Councillor Terry Lamb, has presided over an incredible year of national celebration with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics last year. To mark such a momentous year, he has authorised an official photograph of the current full council, which will be hung in King’s House.


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Town Centre Floral Hanging Baskets 2013 If you would like to sponsor a hanging basket the cost is set at £35 for this year. There will be a roll of honour displaying the names of everyone who participates in the scheme outside the Town Council offices. However we welcome any donations towards the cost of the baskets. This could be a very pleasing way of marking a birthday, Father’s Day or an anniversary by having a basket of flowers in honour of your loved ones hanging in the centre of the town during the summer months. If you would like to join in the campaign, please fill in the slip below detailing the name of the person or business to be displayed in the roll of honour. Return it together with a cheque made payable to Thetford Town Council marked for my attention. Thanking you in anticipation of your support. Susan Glossop (Town Manager) Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Club: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Address: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...................................................................................................................................................................... .

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Dog Fouling - Keep Thetford Tidy! Recently, there has been an increase in the number of reports of dog fouling. This is a problem that affects all parts of our town and is something that provokes strong reactions – and rightly so.

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What can I do to help reduce the dog fouling in my area? Although we conduct random and covert patrols all over Breckland we still need your help. We never ask anyone to confront dog fouling offenders, however there are still things you can do. Local people often know who the offenders are and are able to directly help tackle the problem. PLEASE report anyone failing to clean up on 01362 858500 info@animalwardenservices.co.uk with as much information as possible. We keep the source of information confidential and use it to ensure we have the best chance of catching the irresponsible person who doesn’t clear up when their dog fouls.

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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! A New Town Crier for Thetford Thetford Town Council is pleased to announce that they now have a new Town Crier. Mike Wabe was born in Norfolk in 1950 and has had an interesting career to date. He spent 23 years as a RAF Policeman being posted in a variety of locations within the UK, Germany, Cyprus and the Gulf, the latter just after the first Gulf War. He then worked for Autoglass management for several years before joining the Prison Service. Upon retiring from the Prison Service in 2010 he immediately became a School Inclusion Manager, where he dealt with all things behavioural. Mike moved to Thetford Academy last Summer. Mike has also taught numeracy, literacy and calligraphy in adult education establishments. Having always been interested in history, he also joined a re-enactment group and soon obtained quite a store of medieval kit. This led to giving talks about medieval life and many of you may have seen him giving his ‘Life in Medieval England’ presentation. Recently, he has become very interested in the role of the Town Crier and his research led him to offering to become one. The first occasion you will see him out and about is Saturday 30th March, Easter Saturday. There is so much going on in town that day with the reopening of the Dad’s Army and Charles Burrell museums, Thetford Player’s Spring Fair and Thetford’s EGG-cellent hunt to name but a few, we think our Town Crier will be kept very busy!

Thetford Festival 24th August – 8th September 2013 Thetford Town Council is pleased to support this year’s Thetford Festival, organised by Thetford Tourism & Heritage Partnership (TTHP). Now in its fourth year, this year’s programme is shaping up nicely and if you would like to have your event included you need to act quickly if you want to be guaranteed inclusion within this year’s programme. Sponsors and advertisers are also now being sought with various packages available to suit all budgets. Contact Karen-Emma White or Corinne Fulford at info@leapinghare.org or 07802 701911 or call into Leaping Hare Information Office in King Street for further information.


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Thetford Night Markets 2013 After the successful introduction of the night markets last year, they are set to return with the first on Friday 3rd May 5:30pm - 9:30pm in the Market Place. The Night Market is a unique blend of local crafts, the less mainstream market stalls, together with a mix of food vendors and live music. Jo Cooper, one of the organisers, said ‘Thetford Night Market is more than just a market it is a whole social experience where families can come and browse the trader’s stalls, have a bite to eat from the various food vendors and sit and relax while some of the best local musicians entertain them’. The Night Market team is a collaboration between Thetford Town Council and the SoRT iT town team and they are really excited that this year the evenings have been moved to Fridays from Tuesdays, in response to customer feedback. We look forward to seeing even more of you at these great events and the new Friday night slot should enable more families to come down and enjoy the experience too. Summer Night Market dates for your diary are: Fridays 5:30pm - 9:30pm 3rd May; 24th May; 28th June; 26th July and 30th August.

If you are interested in having a stall or providing entertainment, please contact David Brooks on 07553 388554 for more information or visit the Town Council website www.thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk Further information about SoRT iT can be found on www.sortit-trust.co.uk and will be available at the Night Markets.


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On the 3rd March Tacklemania held their first charity match at the Nunnery Lakes Thetford. The match was held in aid of ‘Improve’ a local based charity that deals with mental health issues.

Tacklemania would also like to thank Tinker for the use of the lake free of charge. After the great support of the match Tacklemania based in Guildhall Street, Thetford are already looking at other venues to stage the next charity match.

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Do injury claims make the world a safer place? You may have seen in the news recently a family speaking about the loss of their relative, Bradley Coker, who was killed in a plane crash whilst on a skydiving trip in New Zealand. The plane had been converted from an agricultural plane into a skydiving plane. The subsequent investigation found that the conversion of the aircraft had been poorly managed and that two of the tandem masters had taken drugs prior to the flight. The skydiving company had not carried out any weight and balance calculations to ensure that the plane was stable when flying, so the plane’s centre of gravity was too far to the rear. When the plane took off it was uncontrollable so it veered upwards, span to the side and crashed into the ground. Under New Zealand’s legal system a prosecution against the company was unlikely and there was no right to sue the company. New Zealand’s no fault compensation scheme paid the Cokers only £2,744 but this did not even cover the cost of getting Bradley’s body back to the UK. The Cokers argued that safety standards had been poor because companies were not being held to account for their neglect of health and safety. So does a right to pursue a claim make people/companies take their duties more seriously? Does it make this world safer? Should people have the right to pursue injury claims where a person or company has neglected health and safety issues?

In the UK, over the years, sensible regulation and enforcement of regulations has made our roads, streets and places of work much safer places to be. There are now far less deaths and injuries on our roads and at work compared to twenty years ago. The criminal legal system allows companies and directors to be prosecuted so it provides a deterrent to companies who may consider taking a casual approach to health and safety and it punishes those who do. Our legal system provides the right to sue a party who has negligently or unlawfully caused injury. The right to sue means that skydiving companies, employers, drivers, landlords, councils, and many others, are forced to take health and safety seriously if they do not want to face court proceedings. We do still encounter businesses who repeatedly ignore complaints about safety hazards, often until a claim is pursued against them. Fortunately, once we commence claims we frequently receive calls to say that, finally, the dangerous machine has had a guard fitted, that a slippery floor has been replaced or that a broken pavement has been repaired. If we had a system where nobody was accountable for their actions, there would be little to encourage people to take health and safety seriously. Some enterprises would place the importance of profit over safety and there would be little to deter them from doing otherwise. Taylor Vinters specialise in personal injury claims and we are a top-rated personal injury practice in Legal 500. If you or anyone you know has been injured as a result of an accident which was not their fault, contact Mick Upton on 01223 225 205 for a free, no obligation consultation.

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27 Lynda MooreTEMPLATE:TEMPLATE 27/03/2013 14:06 Page 1

Thetford Flower Club’s New Chairman

We have many challenges ahead along with, flower festivals, a cheese and wine evening and an open evening later in the year. If you think you might like to watch an expert design beautiful flower arrangements (which you could win, they are raffled for just a £1 a ticket) or participate in a workshop with our vice chairman Mary Griffiths, why don't you come along or join our outings? We meet at the United Reformed Church in Earl Street on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm - followed by coffee, tea and biscuits and a chance to make new friends and enjoy our love of flowers. Visitors welcome at £3. First visit free with a flower club member. Mrs Lynda Moore Press Officer and New Chairman.

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As the Thetford Flower Club's new Chairman my charity for 2013/2014 will be East Anglia Children Hospice (E.A.C.H) and especially their branch at Quidenham Nr. Thetford. As a social worker, for the Norfolk County Council, I had some contact with Quidenham Hospice and was impressed with the quiet, caring way the staff and volunteers worked with the terminally ill and sick children and the support they give to parents and siblings. Since my retirement in 2009 I have continued to support Quidenham Hospice by selling my silk flower vases at local craft fayres raising almost £700 to date which I hope to continue to raise at least £1000 personally. I have been a member of Thetford Flower Club since moving to Thetford, with my son and daughter in 1976, supporting the hard working committee, and am still the Press Officer as well as the Chairman for the next two years.

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Jack Pilling Art Gallery The Jack Pilling Art Gallery anniversary of its first year has been celebrated with the Town Council repairing the central heating, it’s happening now. While we were having fun Pauline Macro won the raffle, a print of a Tiger by award winning artist Leigh Shelton.

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workshop billed as GIANT and its popular Summer Holiday workshop early in August: watch this space. None of this would be possible without the generosity of local and national sponsors. Thetford Music Project is delighted to acknowledge the ongoing support of the Shadwell Estate, Norfolk Community Foundation and the DʼOyly Carte Trust, Thetford Grammar School and Thetford Garden Centre. This year we are delighted that the Mayor, Cllr Terry Lamb, has granted us complimentary use of the Carnegie Rooms for our Summer Concert on July 11th, while once again we have been helped by the Rotary Club of Thetford, through a grant to provide sheet music for its singers and instrumentalists.

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David O'Neale with three of his successors as TMP Director

Well into its twelfth year, under the enthusiastic leadership of a new director Ann Smith, TMP is delighted to report that its very first director David O’Neale has accepted the position of Honorary President. David, who was diagnosed last year as suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, joined us in 2001 soon after the triumph of the Thetford Pageant he masterminded and is warmly remembered as a tireless founding director whose good-humour, intricate organisation and fundraising over four years were vital in establishing the Project and its place in the community. It is great to have him on board again. Having grown from its first 35 members, TMP now has 86 6-16 year old students, learning the full range of instruments and singing and playing in ensembles, while another two dozen younger children follow the ‘minimaestros’ foundation course. Responding to these healthy numbers (but there is always room for more!), new ukulele and African drumming classes have been introduced, while February saw the successful launch of a supper-time Jazz Band. Meeting from 5.30 - 6.30 at the Diamond Academy, the Band is for experienced players and Jazz beginners, adults and students alike.

Rotaryʼs Vocational Service Chairman Tom Muir with Ann Smith and members of the Singing Group with some of the music purchased.

If you are interested in learning more about our activities, joining the Jazz Band or developing a budding interest in singing or playing an instrument, do look at our website www.thetfordmusicproject.org.uk or telephone Ann Smith on 07765 994066.

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Thetford Grammar School’s young actors have been the toast of the town again this year as they performed their annual production before half term. The 2013 production saw a complete change from the previous two years as the students created a modern slimmed down version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Thetford Grammar School young actors have been celebrating success this month as the Drama department received excellent results from this year’s London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts examinations. Highest awards went to Holly Day and Margaret Bohn who achieved distinction in the Silver award category. This is one below the highest accolade that the London Academy can bestow and reflects well on the effort that the girls have put in over the years.

The show was split into four distinct quarters with groups of students each taking responsibility for their own mini show. As a result The Pardoner’s Tale was produced by a Year 9 group involving: Rob Bailey, James Young, Will Inman Alfie Bloomfield and Ben Doyle. Meanwhile a younger group of Year 8 students involving Angus Pringle, Nicholas Woodhouse, James Sibley, Toby Culling, Louis Dunn and Oliver Remiongton, produced ‘The Knights Tale’ The WAGS of Bath saw Georgina Sheldrake and friends take liberties with The Wife of Bath Tale; while The Nun’s Priest Tale saw Year 7 students such as Kudzi Garikayi, James Gornall and Hannah Khan bring the house down as the funky chickens.

Other successful candidates were Matthew Sibley and Andrew Simpson who achieved pass grades in their level 3 examination, alongside Cecily White and Amelia Perry who gained merits in their level 1 award. Ben Doyle (pictured) also achieved excellent grades in his level 1 performance. Ms Irving paid tribute to the hard work of the students and made the point that all the pupils study LAMDA during their breaks or lunchtimes and so they achieve these grades through hard work and without the luxury of time. URSDAY SDAY - TH ENU TUE M E IX F ked Only o - Pre Bo CING PRIX SES £25 R INTRODU U O C 3 , S £19.50 2 COURSE

Director Ms Irving also paid tribute to the technical crew who make all the shows possible. She went on to say that ‘this has been the fourth successful big production by the school in the past four years and each time the shows have been a bigger success which is a testimony to the hard work of all the students involved.’

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Wise Archive Captures Visually Impaired People’s Memories

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WISEArchive, a Norwich based voluntary organisation, which collects and preserves people’s memories, met a group of visually impaired people at the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind on Friday 15 March 2013. It was a learning curve for the volunteers but everybody left feeling it had been a huge success! Violet spoke of her memories in domestic service: “Start work at 5 o’clock in the morning and you worked until nearly 10 o’clock (PM)! Your wages were £10 a year.” Denis worked for 36 years for Diamond H Controls in Norwich. “I really enjoyed it … they had a good record of employing disabled people and I thought this was really good, I was earning money, I was paying my way. When you’re disabled and you can get a job, you really feel as though you’re the KING OF THE CASTLE!”

The Thetford Breathe Easy Group had a good day at the Breckland Older Peoples Forum, which was held in Dereham on Tuesday 12th March, Lady Joyce Hopwood, gave a speech and several agencies that support older people and their families were in attendance, the AGM followed with cakes and refreshments. Cllr Carl Clark.

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33 Dr Matt Piccaver:Layout 1 26/03/2013 19:35 Page 1

Before the 1940's, it was very common, with 61,000 cases and around 3000 or so deaths. This fell dramatically after the introduction of the vaccine. So you can see that it's well worth having the vaccine.

Diphtheria Immunisation Dr Matt Piccaver

The Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis immunisation, or DTP, is one of the increasing number of immunisations we receive as a child in the UK. These immunisations are valuable in preventing illnesses in our children. Diphtheria is now a rare condition in the UK, so much so, that many doctors practising in the UK will never see it. There have only been a handful of cases over the past 20 years, and almost all in people returning from areas where it is much more common. I will probably never see a case in my career.

People still die of diphtheria, particularly in the developing world, so we shouldn't underestimate the importance of the vaccine programme. It's a safe vaccine, with few side effects, but if you want to know more, ask your practice nurse. For the technically minded, more information can be found at: http://immunisation.dh.gov.uk/category/the-greenbook/. It is aimed at medical professionals however, so be wary of some of the jargon. Next time, tetanus. Ref: "The Green Book." Immunisation. Web. 09 Mar 2013

So if it's so rare, why immunise? Well it's down to the vaccine programme that this potentially fatal infection is so rare. Diphtheria causes an upper respiratory tract infection, something akin to a cold, caused by a toxin producing organism. It can cause a sore throat, and a membrane can grow across the top of the throat. Our lymph nodes enlarge (people often call these “glands”) and swelling around the neck. Some people may carry the infection without knowing it. It takes anywhere up to five days to develop symptoms, and those who are not treated can continue to spread the infection for up to a month after. We catch it through droplets, so coughs, sneezes, snot and phlegm (glamous job this!). The toxic chemical made by the Diphtheria bug can effect the nerves, heart and adrenal glands (small glands on the top of your kidneys, that make...well...adrenaline amongst other things). This can cause death through heart failure and paralysis. Gruesome.

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the Quiz Night planned for the 18th of April has been cancelled. We are very sorry to disappoint you but due to a number of things it has become impossible to run this event. On a brighter note, we list all the items that were purchased in the last year: Books for the childrens' corner; The T.V. screen in the waiting area; Portable baby scales; Portable ECG monitor; P3 x Pulse Omimeters; piCO + Smokerlyzer; Water cooler and coming soon the Ambulatory Monitor. Thanks to everyone who contributed their time and effort to raise the money for these items! Any future donations will be put towards purchasing items to benefit the patients. With the kind co-operation of 'About Thetford' we will keep you informed of any future developments.

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MUSEUM OF THETFORD LIFE

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The collections at Ancient House Museum contain a rich variety of textiles. On display you can find 18th Century lace and 19th Century beadwork. In the stores are fine examples of patchwork, cross stitch and embroidered costume. During the renovation work in 2005, fragments of ribbon, pins and buttons were discovered under the floorboards of one of the upstairs rooms, indicating that someone was once sewing in the building. The museum is fortunate in having skilled groups of volunteers who work with the collections and are willing to share their skills. Textile Day gives the Museum the opportunity to showcase the wide variety of skills our volunteers have, and for visitors to enjoy a fun, handson taster experience. Speaking about the event, Karen-Emma White said “Here at Ancient House, we are so lucky to have volunteers with some amazing skills who can produce the most beautiful work. Even better, they are very keen to share their skills and to teach people from the beginning. This means we can offer the opportunity for someone who has always fancied a go, to do just that without worrying about expensive classes or buying lots of equipment. We are keeping traditional crafts alive.”

Textile Day starts at 10:30am on Wednesday 3rd April and is suitable for all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to try silk painting, knitting, dyeing, spinning, blackwork embroidery, molas work, felting and drop spindling. This year The Saori Shed is joining us for the first time to demonstrate Saori weaving on a loom.

Regular groups meeting at the Museum include ‘Knit and Knatter’, for drop in knitting sessions and the ‘Stitch in Time’ embroidery group. Since 2010, Mary Watkins from Diss Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers has been teaching a small group of enthusiastic ladies how to spin. This group meets on a Tuesday morning twice a month. Currently there is space for beginners to join us, if you are interested then please come and see us.

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Events for the Easter Holidays and April Hard Times: Thetford 100 years ago

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Saturday 26th January – July 13th EXHIBITION - Life for the poor in the early 1900s had barely changed since early Victorian times. This exhibition examines how terrible working conditions, poor sanitation and housing, typhoid epidemics, fear of debt and the workhouse were everyday threats for some.

Thursday 25th April • 10:30 - 11:30am Under 5s drop-in session • Cost: 50p per child Come and explore, play, listen to a story, enjoy some fun sheep activities and create your own mini sheep to take home.

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Tuesday 2nd & Thursday 18th April • 10:30am Community event • Free, but please book in advance Wool, needles and light refreshments provided. Contact Sue Ketchell for further information on 01842 752599.

Textile Day Wednesday 3rd April • 10:30pm start Family Discover Day • Cost: £1/50p** Discover the beautiful textiles in the museum collections and explore a range of exciting textile crafts. Try some dyeing, spinning, stitching, felting and weaving with our skilled volunteers. Demonstrations from the Diss Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers and The Saori Shed.

Life Below Stairs Friday 12th April • 11am - 2pm House Alive drop-in event • Cost: Free with admission Join our costumed characters, The Thetford Treasures, to find out about life as a Victorian servant. Try your hand at washing, table laying and cleaning with vinegar.

The Victorian Farming Year Tuesday 16th April • 2:30pm start Afternoon talk organised by the Friends Cost: Free to members or £5 non-members, Please book in advance Join Stephen Pope and discover what life was like on a farm over 100 years ago in rural East Anglia.

Saturday 27th April • 1 - 3pm Community event • Cost: Free Join us and meet our ‘Stitch in Time’ volunteer group, find out about their projects and the skills they have. The group would like to encourage some new members or meet people who would like to learn from them.

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Coming in May Mardle and Make Tuesday 7th May • 1:30 - 3pm Community event Cost: Free, donations for tea and coffee please Join us to craft, chat and have a cup of tea or coffee. Easy projects available if required or bring your own.

Night at the Museum Friday 17th May • 6pm - 9pm £5 or £4** Advanced booking essential Come and explore behind the scenes at Ancient House after dark!

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Egg-citing Easter Events! The Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 class at Thetford Grammar Junior School have recently been enjoying their topic of ‘Barnaby Bear travels around the world’. This has involved learning about the landscape, climate, food and traditions of various countries, including Germany. In particular, the pupils aged 3 ½ to 6 have been learning about German Easter traditions and had great fun painting blown eggs and hanging them on an Easter tree. The EYFS and Year 1 classroom has also been transformed into a springtime scene displaying the outdoor signs of the season, from flowers to spring-born animals.

Thetford Rotary Club Thetford Rotary Club aided by the Inner Wheel Club collected for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Appeal at Tesco’s Thetford. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the shoppers £1672 was raised for the charity. The photos show Gary Goodchild of Rotary sporting a hat which caused great hilarity and his wife Carol from Inner Wheel.

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The activities then finished with an arts and crafts Easter card making session and baking traditional Easter nests. “The pupils really enjoyed their cross-curricular work on the theme of Easter. It developed their global awareness of Easter traditions around the world whilst also enthusing their creative side through art, design and cookery.” – Mrs Butler-Hand, Head of Junior Department. Pupils and staff at Thetford Grammar Junior School would like to wish readers a very happy Easter holiday.

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42 Thetford Society:TEMPLATE 27/03/2013 02:10 Page 1

The Klicks Wow Birthday Celebrations The March meeting of the Thetford Society was pleased to welcome local historian David Osborne, replacing at short notice the scheduled speaker who had been taken ill.

160 people were at the Carnegie Room to celebrate the 80th birthday of Michael Lewis on the 2nd March.

The event, with a 30’s theme was organised by his wife, June and included singing by a new group called “The Klicks” who are members of the Thetford Players.

A capacity audience heard David speak with his usual carefully-researched scholarship on Thetford’s mills and malting sites. He gave a history of milling from the earliest primitive grinding stones through to the present day when only two watermills exist. The malting industry was once an important part of Thetford life, although very little evidence now remains. The next meeting in April will be a talk on the Great Hospital in Norwich to which a later visit is planned. A further trip is scheduled to Barchman trees who supplied the trees for the recently planted Jubilee Avenue, initiated by the society. All are welcome to the meetings held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at the URC.

Thetford Inner Wheel Marion Maule from Bedford entertained and enlightened members and guests with a talk about weird and wonderful wedding customs round the world. A profit of £548 was made from the supper evening and will go to Inner Wheel charity funds. So far this year the club had donated to Age Concern Thetford, the Fulmerston Families Centre, Acorn House at Addenbrookes, the Thetford Food Bank, Sightsavers, and other charities both National and International. They recently sent tubes of toothpaste to Mercy Ships who are about to start a further dental programme in Africa. Marian de Bass - Club Correspondent

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44 Healthy Living:TEMPLATE 27/03/2013 02:02 Page 1

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Thetford Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Terry Lordan, the Local Policing Commander for Thetford and Attleborough, is also pleased to have put this team in place and whilst acknowledging its importance going forward, he wanted to recognise the achievements of his wider team in Thetford this past year.

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Inspector Lordan highlights the huge reduction in ‘priority crimes’ over the previous twelve months. Priority crimes include: house burglary, vehicle crime, garage and outbuilding burglaries, street assaults and robberies. Between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 there were 464 of these crime types recorded in Thetford. Since 1st April 2012 and 6 March 2013, this figure has dropped to 368, so with just three weeks of the month to go a 25% reduction on the past year is in sight, which represents a fantastic achievement. Inspector Lordan said: “Through increased partnership working and a hard-working flexible team in Thetford, we have been able to achieve some extremely positive reductions in priority crime this past year.”

A new dedicated policing team for Thetford town centre has been launched. The team is comprised of Sgt Steve Burke, PC Keith Kenny and PCSO Sharon Caws, who will provide a direct link with businesses in the town and a visible presence for members of the public. They will continue to build on the links already made with schemes such as Shop Watch, whereby staff in the stores have a radio to communicate with each other if they have been targeted by a shoplifter.

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The team will also focus on combating anti-social behaviour in the town centre, such as alcohol misuse, littering and dog-fouling. Sgt Burke said: “All of us in the team live and work in Thetford and have been based here for a number of years, so we have a real enthusiasm and vested interest in the town centre. “We believe this team will provide good reassurance for members of the public and businesses alike, as we will provide familiar faces in the town centre and we want everyone to get to know us and feel comfortable in approaching us.”

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46 Library April:Library 27/03/2013 13:42 Page 1

April at Thetford Library! Board Games Mornings

Easter Activities for Children Drumming and Percussion Workshops Learn about pulse, tempo and dynamics through playing beats, games and rhythms from around the world. No experience necessary! Thursday April 11th, 10.30am -11.30am (5-7 years) Thursday April 11th, 11.30am -12.30am (8 years +) Booking essential for these FREE workshops- please contact the library to reserve a place. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Computer Skills Course for Jobseekers • Help with using the Internet • Help with CVs and job applications • Help with preparing for interviews This FREE six week course starts on Thursday April 18th, 10am - 12 noon. To book a place please contact David Nichols at Thetford Library on 01842 752048. Supported by Jobcentreplus

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NEW Books and Buggies Meet Up! Are you a parent/carer with children aged 0-4 years? Why not come to the library on a Monday morning to meet with friends for a chat and listen to a story. These FREE sessions are held every Monday between 10am - 11.30am and you are welcome to stay for the whole session or drop – in.

NEW Thetford Writers Group Are you a budding Rowling, Motion or E.L. James? Whether you want to write diary entries, poems, prose or an epic trilogy come to this new group where you can help, listen and share your work. The April meetings will take place in the library on Friday 5th April and Friday April 19th, 5.45pm - 6.45pm.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme Times Songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers and their parents/carers Tuesday 16th April • 10.30am - 11.00am Tuesday 30h April • 10.30am - 11.00am No need to book, just drop in for these fun, free sessions and meet some new friends at the library!

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Advertising Index Accountants Page 38 Breckland Accountancy Stacey and Partners 37 45 Simark Appliance Repairs 3 J & M Appliance Repairs Aerial Supply and Installers Aerial Services 30 Bathroom and Kitchen Installions Plumbsure 29 Cronin and Crisp 6 Bingo Winners Bingo 21 Blinds Norwich Sunblinds 8 Builders Neil Cates 41 Micks Building Services 32 SPL Builders 44 Chrystal Builders 44 Carpets Thetford Carpet Warehouse 10 Carpet Cleaning Powerclean 43 Cleaners Sew Clean 34 Kleen and Tydee 29 Computers Services Kybird Computer Services 47 Marks Computer Repairs 38 Curtains Dena Curtains 46 Bailiwick IT 19 Dancing Jazzercise 35 DIY Supplies TX3 26 Dog Grooming Elles Beaus & Belle 21 Double Glazing Maintenance Cloudy2Clear Windows 20 Electrical Brunning Electrical Services 21 MTS Electrical Services 6

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