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Circulation 11,000 copies

Issue 82 August 2012

Your Local Independent Community Magazine


- one of the many events in this year's Thetford Festival

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Dear Readers, July has disappeared in a haze of rain; I know that should be sunshine! It doesn’t help to be fixated on the weather but this is a year for celebrating being British! So with that in mind I hope you take time out from the Olympics to read this month’s magazine, there are several really good special offers in the adverts, so please try to keep Business local where you can. Kind regards Marje

Deadline for September Issue is 15th August



PUBLIC NOTICE Moving Thetford Forward The next meeting of the Moving Thetford Forward Programme Delivery Panel will be held on Thursday the 20th September in the Seminar Room at the Innovation Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford 10am-12pm. The public are welcome to attend and can submit question to the panel in writing either through or to Moving Thetford Forward, Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE

SEVEN-DAY TAXI SERVICE Competitive Rates - Contracts Welcome Distance No Object!

Phone: 01842 766900 Mobile: 07979 267 938


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Heating Systems • Boiler Changes Servicing & Landlord Checks Bathroom & Shower Installations Cooker and Hob Installations Power flushing & De-Scaling All Small Works Undertaken

Hotpoint, Hoover, Zanussi, Bosch, AEG, Siemans, Creda, Servis, Indesit, Whirlpool, Electra, Beko. Same day / next day repairs 15 Mile radius of Thetford • All repairs guaranteed NO CALL-OUT CHARGE

Thetford: 01842 762255 speak to Gwyneth or Jim direct

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£50 - £500 Paid for Cars

Mob: 07793 844901 • Eve: 01842 879118

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If you would like to advertise your business please contact or call Marje on

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DEADLINE for Sept. Issue 15th Aug Publisher: About Thetford Limited 131 Nunnery Drive, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 3EP Tel: 01842 761549 • email:

The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information contained within this magazine, the publishers take no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by it’s contributors, in any advertisements or for any loss arising from nonpublication of any advertisement. Reproduction of any part of this publication without permission of the publishers is strictly forbidden. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher

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At The Church on the Way Admiral’s Way Estate IP24 2JZ Tickets £5 each or 2 for £8 From the Leaping Frog, King Street or on the door Refreshments available - All proceeds to the Roof Fund Please note Wellspring is having a summer break after this & reopens on Friday Sept 14th

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Town Car Boot Sale

Friday 7th September at 7:30pm Pete Oxborough/Phil Brook Jazz Quartet

The Thetford Friends of St. Nicholas Care will be holding several Car Boot Sales on the School Lane Car Park start at 06.00 to 12.00. Dates are all Sundays and they are 6th August and 30th September. Charity stalls are free but £5 to other stall holders. Facilities are a view of the 2 Rivers, the Thet and Ouse plus teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams fiom the Wendy Raphael kiosk.

Tickets £12.50 including Buffet Supper Licensed Beer & Wine bar open from 7pm Tel Mrs. Morfoot 01953 498286 Proceeds for St Margaret's Church Breckles


Toilets are at Cage Lane and five car parks adjacent.

Community Garage & Yard Sale August 11th 9am till 4pm

Helping Hands P.T.A.

Car Boot Sale Norwich Road School

Thetford FM

2nd Sunday of Every Month 8a.m. till 1p.m. until 14th October Pitch Fees £5 advance booking or £6 on the day


For bookings please contact: Eddie on: 07748 503 297


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BARNHAM FETE 2012 Sunday 9th September, 1-4pm Get your Union Jacks out again for another day of Fun at the Fete as this year’s theme is

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Bring friends and family up to the Village Hall for a BBQ lunch or tea and cakes (or both!). Munch on cup cakes, ice cream, pop corn and candy floss while watching an energetic Zumba Display and our marvellous Morris Dancers.

10 HOURS £150

Official Opening Ceremony at 1pm

Offer ends 31/08/2012

performed by Gp. Capt. Andy Hall, Station Commander of RAF Honington.

Will he be made to go down the HUGE inflatable slide?! (even bigger than the one at the Jubilee celebration!)


All the traditional stalls and entertainment will be there... Books • Bric-a-brac • Toys and Teacup Rides • Face Painting • Crockery Smash and Coconut Shy...Plants Bottle Stall • Splat the Rat and Bowling for the Pig. Hay rides available plus more children’s games than ever! The Bar will be open all afternoon offering soft drinks, wine and beer. Buy lots of Raffle Tickets to be in with a chance of winning the £100 Top Prize sponsored by Brookes Landscapes, or a £80 Meal at Dine India, and many other lovely raffle and auction prizes! For raffle tickets, please contact Sarah Rush on 01842 890095 For any further information contact Elizabeth Holland on 01842 890522


Phone Alec on 07775 77775 97 For rates and availability.

Willow Property Management

St Cuthbert's Thetford 8.00am Holy Communion every Sunday 5th August 10.30am All Age Service 6.30pm Evensong 12th August 10.30am Holy Communion 19th August 10.30am Morning Prayer 26th August 10.30am Holy Communion


Olympic offer Half price window cleaning this month.

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Every Wednesday there is a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am

FrOGS - Friends of Grove Surgery

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EDUCATION EVENING Thursday 9th August 2012 Commence 7.30 p.m. at Grove Lane Surgery Dr Edwards a GP from our own surgery to talk on PREVENTING HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES Followed by Questions and Answers Raffle - All are Welcome The Table Top Sale held in June raised a total of £130 Thank you to all who helped with this event Watch out for details of our Autumn Quiz Night

Tattoo Studio

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Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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Norfolk Wildlife Trust is running the following free wildlife workshops and walks in and around Thetford during August 2012:

Collection and Delivery Service Available

Wild Norfolk - Wildlife Walk Walk with the Warden Exploring NWT East Wretham Heath

Mob: 07932 359832 Tel: 01842 764006

Tuesday 7 August, 10am–12pm Join the warden and discover the wildlife of NWT East Wretham Heath and learn how the site is managed. Start point: NWT East Wretham Heath, off the A1075 Thetford Road (TF 913887) Details: FREE.. No need to book, just turn-up and join in. Approximate distance, 2 miles.

Breckland Cats Protection Tel: 01842 810018 I don’t think people mean to be cruel but some are taking on animals and not giving them any veterinary treatment at all so that what is a simple condition like ear mites or sticky eyes becomes a major problem with kittens even losing their eyes through it. Owning an animal is a privilege not a right and they rely on their owners to keep them healthy and happy. How would you feel if mites were crawling around in your ears and no one helped relieve the itching.

Wild Norfolk - Adult Wildlife Workshop The History of Warrens in the Brecks Sunday 19 August, 10am–1pm Step back in time with Anne Mason as she takes you on a journey through the history of warrens in the Brecks. Includes visits to warren sites in and around Thetford.

I also know that there are a lot of people out there who are incredible and even pay for treatment for strays that they feel sorry for and also feed the cats left behind by people who move. Without the help of these people we would not be able to cope so a big thank you to all of them.

Location: Thetford Forest Details: FREE. Booking essential – 01603 598333.

Wild Norfolk - Adult Wildlife Workshop Introducing Pond Invertebrates Wednesday 22 August, 10am–3pm There are some fantastic creatures that can be found living in freshwater, join us and discover how to identify some of the more common species.

We still have little Jessie but this month we are advertising Buster because he is such a lovely, friendly boy. He is approx 1-2 years old, neut, micro chipped, vaccinated and just waiting for the right person to offer him a home for life where he won’t be abandoned again.

Location: BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU Details: FREE. Booking essential – 01603 598333

Wild Norfolk - Wildlife Walk The Wildlife of BTO Nunnery Lakes

We are hoping to book St Cuthberts Hall for Saturday 11th August 9.30am to 1.30pm so look out for us and come and see the cats and kittens looking for homes.

Thursday 30 August, 2-4pm Join Nick Moran from the BTO and discover the amazing wildlife found on this reserve. Start point: Nuns’ Bridges Car Park, Nuns’ Bridge Road, Thetford (TL 873824) Details: FREE.. No need to book, just turn-up and join in. Approximate distance, 2 miles.

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Thetford Past and Present

In the early years of the 20th century the ivy-clad house in the foreground was the home of a local doctor but when the past photograph was taken about 1930, it was the Central Hotel. The Angel public house can be seen next door. Past photograph from the David Osborne collection.

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What can you do to help? The website will keep you up to date with initiatives and you can, of course, cancel routine clinic appointments on it. Did you know that patients failed to turn up, or contact the surgery, for 161 appointments last month? This is average and so frustrating for staff and other patients waiting for an appointment. You may have an idea of how to manage this. An ideas sheet is on the website, but you can always ask for one at Grove Surgery reception.

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If you could make your doctor’s surgery work just for you what would it be doing? Medical staff and patients would probably come up with the same list and realistically those hopes are unlikely to be met within our NHS resources, but Grove Surgery, with its PPG, want to make any positive changes it can, to give the best to the patients who rely on it.

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Introducing the SoRT iT! Pledge

Paul Milton

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SoRT iT! is thrilled to announce that Lovewell Blake’s Thetford office is the first corporate member to formalise an exclusive offer to SoRT iT! members. Paul Warren and Paul Milton are Business Service Managers and have more than 50 years experience between them, dealing with all sizes of business in and around the Thetford area. They regularly deal with business start ups and are keen to assist. The firm are committed members of SoRT iT! and agree that it makes clear sense for local business to assist each other in this way. Initial consultations will be free of charge and once someone has signed up to SoRT iT! (ÂŁ25 for corporate membership, ÂŁ5 for individual) they will receive free advice as and when they need it for the first 3 months, without obligation. One of SoRT iT!s founding members Corinne Fulford said “It’s a fantastic offer for anyone looking to set up in business and we couldn’t be more pleased that Lovewell Blake Thetford have chosen to assist SoRT iT! members in this way – it’s exactly the development we are looking to achieveâ€?

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Thetford has a new Chaplain to the Workplace.


For ten years David Freeman did a wonderful job visiting factories, shops and offices around the town representing the churches of Thetford. He also served as the Chaplain to the Mayor of Thetford for a number of years and to the Police and Fire Service in the area. Mr Freeman retired at the end of last year. Dave Devine is employed one day a week by Thetford Christians Together as the new Chaplain to the Workplace. He brings a wealth of experience as someone who knows what it is to work in industry, retail and catering. Dave is available every week to visit old and new clients on a rotation basis and his easygoing manner enables most people to relate to him with confidence. He will be ready to listen to people’s concerns and problems and share words of hope and encouragement. Dave does not impose his beliefs on others, but if people want to talk with him about his Christian faith he will be pleased to chat with them and answer any questions they may have.

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Iain from Roots and Routes would like to welcome everyone to summer. Remember to think about watering tubs and planters, fishpond levels, clearing out downpipes and gutters, weed spray and feeders. Landscaping and gardening tools available soon.


We are pleased to offer the delivery of sand plus aggregates and other building materials in the Thetford area for private and commercial use. All prices include free delivery in the Thetford area. For deliveries outside of the Thetford area contact Iain on 01842 751408


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– HMRC can and will track you down if you choose to break the rules’.

What to do if you have not paid the right amount of tax HMRC will probably be contacting letting agents for details of landlords on their books. They will probably trawl through housing benefit lists. They will probably get access to US service personnel housing lists. They might ask banks and building societies for lists of buyto-let mortgage applicants and they will probably have access to other data to assist them in identifying potential tax evaders.

Tax Clinic HMRC Task Force to target Buy-to-let landlords in East Anglia In this latest article on topical tax issues, Colin Chamberlain of Lovewell Blake LLP Chartered Accountants focuses on a recent announcement by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to set up a task force to target buy-to-let landlords in East Anglia. On 31 May, HMRC issued a press release stating that, as part of an overall crackdown on tax evasion, tax avoidance and tax fraud, it will be setting up a task force to target property landlords in East Anglia, London, The Midlands and The North-East. HMRC anticipates that this property rentals task force will recover around £17 million for the Treasury coffers. In the press release, Exchequer Secretary David Gauke MP said ‘we have made it clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion - everyone needs to pay the taxes they owe in full. We are determined to crack down on the minority who choose to break the rules. It is not fair that at a time when most hard-working people are paying the right tax, others are trying to get out of paying what they should’.

Therefore it is quite likely that someone who has been evading tax will be getting an unwelcome letter from HMRC. The best course of action for someone who has been evading tax in respect of income from any source (not just income from property letting) is to contact a qualified tax adviser for professional advice. It is far better to come forward and make a voluntary disclosure than to wait for HMRC to uncover the problem. An experienced tax adviser will ensure that the underpaid tax and any interest is correctly calculated and that you receive the lowest possible penalties. The tax adviser will probably also be able to help avoid a criminal prosecution and may help you to avoid being ‘named and shamed’ under the deliberate defaulters scheme, which could lead to your name being printed in all major newspapers in the UK.

Other HMRC Campaigns The property landlords task force is one of many campaigns by HMRC to target tax evaders. Since January 2010 a total of 29 initiatives have been announced covering the following:

Mile Eland, HMRC’s Director General of Enforcement and Compliance said that the task force ‘will bring together specialists from across HMRC to tackle tax dodgers. If you have paid all your taxes you have nothing to worry about. But deliberately evading tax you should be paying can land you with not only a heavy fine but possibly a criminal prosecution as well. This is not an empty threat

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Sat’s Joy for Queensway Junior! Joy and Success for Queensway Community Junior Children! The hard work and ability of children at Queensway Junior School was proved this month as the school achieved its highest ever SATS pass rate. The pupil’s victory of 72% reached Level 4 or better in Reading, 63% reached Level 4 or better in Writing and 81% reached Level 4 or better in Maths, highlights the upward trend of attainment for Queensway Junior School.

Before these latest campaigns were launched, HMRC operated the Offshore Disclosure facility followed by the New Disclosure Facility for individuals with unpaid tax linked to offshore accounts and assets.

The School, which has shown its transformation after working its way out of Special Measures in May, also achieved 45% Level 5 in Reading. It has been a great effort by all the children who show that with the right teaching they can achieve and be a match for any child, anywhere in the country. Coming out of measures and reaching government targets shows what great teamwork between children, home and school can do! Well done to our amazing Y6 children!

When dealing with HMRC it pays to work with a professional. Colin Chamberlain is a Chartered Tax Adviser. Colin is very happy to help clients who wish to make a voluntary disclosure of tax liabilities to HMRC or those clients who have already been contacted by HMRC. Colin can be contacted at or on 01842 755032.

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It’s been such a disappointing summer, weather wise I mean. Sometimes we just feel we need something to give us a boost and make ourselves feel brighter.

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Skin Rejuvenation is a great treatment. It evens out the skin tone, brightens the complexion, It helps with fine lines and wrinkles as it aids the skin to produce more collagen. Thread veins can be treated very successfully with this treatment and also pigmentation marks, Solar lentigines (age spots) caused by sun damage and freckles.

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On average 1-3 treatments are needed at 4 week intervals for best results. Top up treatments may be necessary in the future to help maintain these results.

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For optimum collagen stimulation we would recommend 6 treatments at 4 week intervals. Lisa Stallings, Halcyon Days Skincare Ltd Telephone: 01284 704991

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Another Three In The Air The Thetford Players Monopoly Race On Saturday 18th August, the Thetford Players are hosting a MONOPOLY RACE, in London. Teams will start at Hyde Park, and then have 5 hours to visit as many of the locations on the London edition of the Monopoly board. The teams will be getting sponsors to help raise money for the Players charity of the year, the East Anglia's Children's Hospices, (EACH). People can still enter a team by emailing: and asking for a registration pack. We are hoping to raise a target of £1500, and people can donate by sponsoring a team, or by donating via Just giving Or by texting TPMR99 £1 to 70070. (If you wish to increase the amount you just change the £1 to any of the following, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.).

As part of the Thetford Festival 2012 and following on from the success of last year’s ‘Three in the Air’, the Thetford Players bring you 'Another Three in the Air'. Three short plays, two comedies and a drama, to entertain you in the way that theatre was originally performed, open air. Friday 24th August - Kings House Gardens - 6.30pm Saturday 25th August - Kings House Gardens - 4pm Sunday 26th August - Riversdale Gardens - 2.00pm Bring along your chairs and a picnic if you wish, and sit back and enjoy the surroundings of these lovely gardens while the Thetford Players perform for your enjoyment. Our plays this year are: Split Ends - Comedy written by Frank Vickery No Picnic - Drama by George MacEwan Green Camp Confidence - Comedy by Diana Raffle (Please note that all three plays will be performed at all three performances) Tickets are £5 each, and are now available from Leaping Hare, Belmont House, King Street, Thetford. 01842 751975




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Thetford Institute recently celebrated their 66th birthday in style by having a birthday/Jubilee/Olympics themed party at the Bidwell Centre just outside of Thetford. With a membership of 50, over 40 ladies were able to join in with the fun of the evening. The evening began with a traditional Jubilee tea party complete with birthday cake, and we followed this with our own Olympics games. The cross-country became a treasure hunt and the weightlifting entailed guessing the weight of a bag of shopping! We also had our own version of a 25-metre sprint. There was plenty of laughter all round.

The first meeting of the new Inner Wheel year was held in the garden of the new President Carol Goodchild. Amazingly the sun shone down on members and their partners who were treated to a delicious supper provided by Carol. To thank her past President Marie Muir presented her with a bouquet of flowers at the end of a very enjoyable evening. The club is looking forward to an interesting year of speakers and fundraising events.

DISCOUNT MOTs At the end of the evening we were able to wish bon voyage to two of our members Lynn Ready & Marilyn Bartrup who have just set off on a senior back-packing adventure. These two ladies made the decision to embark on this challenge a year ago, and have spent the year in preparation. They began their journey in Japan where they visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. We are in regular touch with them and will follow their journey throughout the year. Watch this space! If you wish to find out more about Thetford W.I. please call Rose Peterson on 01842 754273.

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18-19 Garden Pages August:Garden 23/07/2012 21:44 Page 1

Gardeners & Allotment Holders of Thetford Hi Happy Gardeners! or should I say frustrated gardeners! What a few months we have had. Rain, rain and more rain, although I will say it has done wonders for the fruit this year. I have already picked about 10 kilos of strawberries. The raspberries are starting to ripen and the tayberries are too, with gooseberries not far behind. It seems that all the fruits love the wet, as long as they do not drown in it. This is the month when you can enjoy some of the other fruits of your labour. I have been eating peas, carrots, broad beans, new potatoes, an abundance of lettuce, and radishes too. I will say that some things are a bit late to harvest this year, but don't worry, they will soon make up time. I would normally be eating tomatoes and cucumbers about now, but they are a little bit behind, even though they were planted on time.

hoeing and she picks up all the worms and insects. So, I take her a treat over each time I go, often dried mealy worms, which she just loves. Well, that is all for this month, happy gardening to you all. There will not be a speaker in August, just our barbeque on the 4th August. The Annual show is on September 1st at the Church on the Way. If there is anything I can help you with, be sure to contact me on 07867974544 or email me on Bye for now Yvonne.

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Gardening with Old Grandad Hello Boys and Girls, It’s about time it stopped raining, it’s beyond a joke now, the cold weather and wet conditions has infested us gardeners with big slugs and snails They are everywhere eating all our crops I must have picked a bucket full of them off my plants, and took them to the forest to release them.

to do is wait and see what happens under the soil, the plants are looking good at the moment.

It will take them a few years to get back to my garden! Last month I said I would tell you about my attempts to grow vegetables for the Annual show in September. It started in September last year when I made four raised beds at my allotment, digging the soil out to a depth of 1 mt and passing it through a sieve as I replaced it into the beds, once the beds were full I left them alone to over winter.


These holes were for parsnips, in another part of the bed I made 50, 60 cm deep holes for carrots now I had to fill the holes. The mixture I used was, fine sieved soil, fine sieved compost and a mixture of root fertilizers. It took two full barrow loads of this mix to fill the holes and a lot of hard work, but now I could The winter did its job, and by put my feet up until planting time. February the soil had settled down a good 30 cm below the top of the March was quite warm so at the raised bed. It was now time to beginning of the month I planted the prepare the seed stations, with a seeds of the parsnips and carrots in long 30 cm iron pole and about 1.5 their correct station 3 seeds of mts long, I began to make deep parsnips and about 6 carrot seeds, holes in bed. It was quite hard work now I had to wait for them to but I managed to make 25, 1 mt germinate. Germination was quite deep holes, turning the pole round quick, about 3 weeks, I thinned the and round until I had made a cone small seedlings, so there was 1 shape in the soil. plant to each station, now all I have


Next month I will tell you about my shallots. It was Allotment judging last month and I am pleased to tell you Conor Higgins won the junior cup and a new gardener Levi Fuller won the young gardeners cup well done to them both. Well that's all for now, enjoy your holidays and stay safe. Old Grandad.




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Thetford should be really proud of itself and it's residents, being able to put on such a good show with the Open Gardens on Sunday 24th June. At the start, the heavens opened, but the day brightened and gardeners and visitors alike had a most enjoyable day raising ÂŁ3872.99 for St Nicholas Hospice Care. There were an enormous variety of gardens, some small courtyard ones containing many pots and other larger ones with lakes and vistas to the river. A lot of interest was shown in Thetford's Forgotten Garden, which is a community garden, including a school expressing an interest in using it as an outside classroom.

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Council Newsletter August 2012:June 2008 Town Council Newsletter 23/07/2012 09:02 Page 21

THETFORD TOWN COUNCIL King’s House, King Street, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2AP Tel: 01842 754247 • Fax: 01842 762567 Email: Town Council Offices Opening Hours: Public counter service available from 9.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. Monday to Friday

Dear Resident

Acting Town Clerk: Susan Glossop

Welcome to the Summer edition of the Town Council newsletter. The Town Council were very pleased that the Jubilee Celebrations were such a success and so well supported. There was such a buzz in the town with so many people enjoying themselves, and it was such a relief that the day was fine. There are so many people and businesses to thank in making the day a success, so a very big thank you to every-one who gave either time, funding and support. On the following pages you will find news relating to forthcoming events which will happen through the summer. The Red Lion has now reopened with J D Wetherspoon as the tenant, it is good to see the building refurbished and in use again. In August work will start on the enhancements to the area outside Boots in King’s Street, this will create an area for performing arts and events. This work is based on the public consultation event held on the 27th February in King Street. The completion date for the work is mid November. In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 (Chapter 20) which has made significant changes to the standard regime to the code of conduct for Local Councils, Thetford Town Council has adopted the Breckland code of conduct. This can be viewed on the Town Council website. The register of Councillors disclosable pecuniary interest and other registrable interests will be published on the Breckland website which will have a link to the Town Council website. There will also be hard copies available at the Town Council offices. To keep up to date and informed you can attend the Council meetings which are held in the Council Chamber, King’s House. The date of the next meeting is on the 25th September. The Council meetings are preceded by an Open Forum starting at 7.00pm. The Open Forum provides fifteen minutes for the press and public to ask questions and pass comments. You can also go online to the Town Council website on where you can find Council news, agendas and minutes of past meetings.

Council Newsletter August 2012:June 2008 Town Council Newsletter 23/07/2012 11:44 Page 22

THETFORD TOWN COUNCIL EMPLOYS NEW GUILDHALL COMPLEX COORDINATOR Thetford Town Council is pleased to welcome the newest member of the team Sarah Williams who will be Coordinating the Guildhall Complex in Thetford. Sarah is experienced in working with community groups including, providing community training events and providing marketing help and support. Sarah’s role within the Council will be a varied one and will include providing caretaking support, increasing building usage and maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. Sarah Williams said “This is a really exciting opportunity for me to find out more about all the community events that take place in Thetford. I will not only be encouraging community groups to use these buildings but I will be actively organising future events for the benefit of the Town. In the future I envisage holding events such as wedding fairs, craft fairs and encouraging local Universities and Colleges to come into the Town and provide educational activities to our young people”. “The feedback I have received from both new and old customers has been amazing. People can’t believe that a building as large as the Carnegie Rooms, with such a wonderful stage, exists within the Town Centre. “An important part of my work will be to increase the usage of the Guildhall Complex which is a grade 2 listed building and a real asset for the Town. I will be encouraging local companies, community groups and private parties to make an appointment to look around these beautiful and historic rooms which can accommodate up to 100 people. More importantly Thetford Town Council wants to support groups that provide a community benefit. A room within the Guildhall Complex can be hired from as little as £10.00 an hour (day time use) by those groups that meet the Council criteria”.

If you would like more information about hiring either the Carnegie Room or Guildhall Complex or would like to pass on your feedback or suggestions please contact Sarah Williams on 01842 754009 or email .

Council Newsletter August 2012:June 2008 Town Council Newsletter 23/07/2012 11:44 Page 23


In memory of Ted & Queenie Butters The Wereham House Hotel St Cuthbert's Tuesday Coffee Morning Lovewell Blake Ltd Simon Long Removals Ltd Lesley & Terry Sheldrake Graham & Marika Sigley Mr Roy Carpenter Thetford Twinning Association Rotary Club of Thetford Specsavers Thetford Mrs Patricia E Bowen Thetford Royal British Legion Thetford Bulldogs FC TheThetford Priory and Holy Sepulchre Sites Mr for Bryan Skull It is proving to be very Mr & Mrs Roy Brown The Castle Park play area was completed in time Christmas. The Council has entered into a contract with English Heritage, has provided Mrs of Sarah Inner Wheelis Club popular which very Thetford pleasing. The replacement the Wilson old which equipment with all new funding to enable the Council to take responsibility for the day-to-day management of equipment was made possible by the organisations listed below funding the scheme. The Studio Hudson Property Services these important sites. There is now a gate to the Priory site, unlocked first thing in the Carpet Warehouse Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar morning and locked at dusk. is hoped that thisThetford will offer a greater measure of Thetford TownItCouncil Breckland Council protection. There is also a dedicated litter collection service around both sites, with the Co-Operative Funeralcare Breckland Accountancy Services Big Lottery Wren litter Stacey bins emptied regularly. Talking of which‌ Discover Hair & Round Partners Table Shadwell Stud Ltd Lioness Club B Neal Century Logistics Ltd Thetford (Breckland)Mrs Litter and Dog Waste Bins Haines Watts Chartered Accountants Bob Jest Art Group June & Michael Lewis Miss Margaret Ince Jeyes Ltd Mr Gerald Bass Thetford Flower Club About Thetford Ltd Thetford Women's Institute Thetford Grammar School Royal Air Force Association Thetford Glass Co Ltd (Thetford & District) Warburtons Silverthreads (Cloverfield Church) C J Engineering Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Searle Electrical Ltd Royal British Legion Mike & Corinne Brindle Ray & Alison Key Thetford Garden Centre The Thetford Society

Council Newsletter August 2012:June 2008 Town Council Newsletter 23/07/2012 09:14 Page 24 & 25

Thetford’s Day Market Tuesdays & Saturdays Traditional markets have struggled in recent years the length and breadth of the country, the changing dynamic of the High Street and the growth of supermarkets have undoubtedly changed our shopping habits. However, ask local people what they would like to see in a town centre and a vibrant and thriving market will be on the list. The Mary Portas review suggested we continue to help markets play an important role in our town centres. As a Charter Market town, Thetford should be no different, but nostalgia alone will not resurrect the traditional markets and like shopping malls and supermarkets we need to create a new shopping experience.

This is something the Town Council has learned and will strive to introduce into our traditional day markets. We have now purchased a 6m x 3m pop up market stall and are looking to support new start up traders to take on a market stall, thereby reducing the risk and initial costs a new trader may have before they have tested their potential market. We are also looking to theme some of our markets to encourage more families to make the market a place to visit, enjoy and buy! Markets have for many years been the heart of a community, but it is also a collection of small businesses, and these can only survive if we support and use them. More and more people are re-discovering the great produce available and at great prices. Why not take up the challenge and make a conscious effort to support our markets and our town centre businesses? The only way to ensure that we attract more traders to the market and the town, is to increase the demand – let’s all contribute to a really positive story of regeneration and success, rather than risk losing another heritage asset. The Tuesday and Saturday markets already include a Baker, Fishmonger, Butcher, Fruit & Vegetable stalls complimented by food vendor, sweets, plants and flowers, homemade cakes & savouries, pound goods, CD’s & DVD’s, computer products and much more.......

The night market has shown that by offering that ‘something extra’ with music and entertainment, a market can still draw customers.Traders at the night market have reported brisk and positive trading, visitors to the market have commented on the ambience, diversity and social aspect of the market.

If you are a market trader or maybe you are thinking about trying to expand your craft business or you have a good idea and want to test the water - contact David on 01842 751975 to check out pitch cost and availability.

Council Newsletter August 2012:June 2008 Town Council Newsletter 23/07/2012 09:14 Page 24 & 25

Thetford’s Day Market Tuesdays & Saturdays Traditional markets have struggled in recent years the length and breadth of the country, the changing dynamic of the High Street and the growth of supermarkets have undoubtedly changed our shopping habits. However, ask local people what they would like to see in a town centre and a vibrant and thriving market will be on the list. The Mary Portas review suggested we continue to help markets play an important role in our town centres. As a Charter Market town, Thetford should be no different, but nostalgia alone will not resurrect the traditional markets and like shopping malls and supermarkets we need to create a new shopping experience.

This is something the Town Council has learned and will strive to introduce into our traditional day markets. We have now purchased a 6m x 3m pop up market stall and are looking to support new start up traders to take on a market stall, thereby reducing the risk and initial costs a new trader may have before they have tested their potential market. We are also looking to theme some of our markets to encourage more families to make the market a place to visit, enjoy and buy! Markets have for many years been the heart of a community, but it is also a collection of small businesses, and these can only survive if we support and use them. More and more people are re-discovering the great produce available and at great prices. Why not take up the challenge and make a conscious effort to support our markets and our town centre businesses? The only way to ensure that we attract more traders to the market and the town, is to increase the demand – let’s all contribute to a really positive story of regeneration and success, rather than risk losing another heritage asset. The Tuesday and Saturday markets already include a Baker, Fishmonger, Butcher, Fruit & Vegetable stalls complimented by food vendor, sweets, plants and flowers, homemade cakes & savouries, pound goods, CD’s & DVD’s, computer products and much more.......

The night market has shown that by offering that ‘something extra’ with music and entertainment, a market can still draw customers.Traders at the night market have reported brisk and positive trading, visitors to the market have commented on the ambience, diversity and social aspect of the market.

If you are a market trader or maybe you are thinking about trying to expand your craft business or you have a good idea and want to test the water - contact David on 01842 751975 to check out pitch cost and availability.

Council Newsletter August 2012:June 2008 Town Council Newsletter 23/07/2012 09:02 Page 26

THE THETFORD FESTIVAL 2012 Thetford Town Council are pleased to support this year’s Thetford Festival, organised by Thetford Tourism & Heritage Partnership (TTHP). This year’s programme is included within this month’s About Thetford magazine, so make sure you take advantage of all the events on offer – many of which are completely free of charge or include special Festival offers. The Festival follows close on the heels of the Jubilee event – we are so lucky to have such a lot going on in our town. The Mayor, Councillor Terry Lamb will make appearances on the opening night of the Festival, beginning with Thetford Academy’s Art Exhibition at the Charles Burrell Museum. The museum will open every day throughout the week long exhibition but will hold a special preview evening on Friday 24th August 4.30pm – 6pm. He will then arrive at King’s House, where he will be greeted by 4 camels, which our local primary schools have been busy decorating. They will be judged at 6pm and then 2 of them will travel to Thetford Garden Centre and Thetford Library where people will be able to see them throughout the Festival. Finally, the Mayor will arrive in King’s House Gardens, where he will officially declare the Festival open and then settle down to enjoy Thetford Players ‘Another Three in the Air’, which will start at 6.30pm. There will be 3 chances to see the plays over the weekend. After the Saturday performance (4pm), ‘A Soiree of Songs and Arias’ will be performed by The Kamaris Duo, John and Krunella Moorman. John is a fine Tenor and has an extensive repertoire, as does his wife Krunella, a Mezzo Soprano and they are looking forward to entertaining you. They will be joined by Bass Baritone, Martin Oinn and Paul Dawson on Piano. It is the first time they have treated Thetford Festival to such an event and if you are unable to see them on the opening night, then they are performing again on Saturday 1st September at the United Reformed Church 3pm. Another Festival first will be the Jack Pilling Art Gallery Annual Open Art Competition – but hurry as entries must be in by 8th August. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 5th September at 7pm. Don & Pam Goveia are working very hard on the Gallery and it s really proving to be a great success. Are you aware that the Town Council regularly put on FREE band concerts for you to enjoy? On Sunday 2nd September is the next free concert and ‘Timescape’ will be performing in King’s House Gardens 2.30pm 4.30pm. Timescape are a wonderful group of singers specialising in songs from the 1940's from stage & screen - what a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The King’s House Gardens will also play host to ‘A Big Day Out in Thetord’, an Anglo-Sikh Heritage Family Event 12 - 4pm. Sikh historian & author Peter Bance will be giving a talk and be available for book signings, questions and answers. There will be children’s craft activity, face painting, Indian themed food and other stalls. Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara display traditional Sikh sword dancing and a dance workshop by Jaya dance, where you can learn some Bhangra and Bollywood moves.

Council Newsletter August 2012:June 2008 Town Council Newsletter 23/07/2012 17:34 Page 27

A Big Day Out in Thetford Explore and discover your local heritage on Saturday 8th September from 10am. Ancient House, Museum of Thetford Life

Free admission all day. Watch the annual conservation clean in the Victorian kitchen. Exhibition on Mapping Thetford. 10am - 5pm

Charles Burrell Museum Museum

Open. 10am - 4pm

Dad’s Army Museum

Museum & Marigold Tea Rooms Open. Special exhibit about WWII Thetford defensive structures. 10am - 4pm

Thetford Grammar School

Old School Hall & monastic ruins. Tom Paine mural and archive exhibition. 10am – 1pm


Victorian house & garden. Small exhibition of the building’s history. 10am – 1pm

King’s House

Council chamber & town regalia on display. 10am – 1pm

King’s House Gardens

Anglo-Sikh Heritage Family Event. Midday – 4pm

Thetford Library

Exhibition of Duleep Singh Collection. 9am – 1pm

United Reformed Church

Visit Thetford’s oldest non-conformist church for teas & coffee. Midday – 2pm

Jack Pilling Art Gallery

Thetford Guildhall – teas & coffee. Exhibition about the history of Upstairs in the Guildhall the Guildhall. 10am – 4.30pm

British Trust for Ornithology Headquarters, The Nunnery

Nunnery buildings and gardens open. 10am – 1pm

The Watermill 12 St Audreys Mill Lane

Guided visit to remains of mill workings, including small exhibition on Pulp Ware. 10am – 1pm

Masonic Hall The Old Coffee Mill Bridges Walk

Information about the building’s use as a watermill. 10am – 4pm

Thetford’s Industrial Guided walk with David Osborne

Trail Meet at Charles Burrell Museum 10.30am.

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NIGHT MARKETS are they the next big thing?


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Night markets are certainly not a new concept if your travels have taken you to the Far East, many resorts and cities in this part of the world have always enthralled the visitor with a heady mix of street food, music and fresh produce. But can this concept be transferred to the colder climes of the UK? Night Markets are springing up all over the country and we are pleased to say that Thetford has paved the way in this area, embracing the concept of creating a real social focus, providing an area to relax and enjoy musical entertainment as well as browse an eclectic mix of arts & craft stalls sitting side by side with specialist food vendors.

This new venture collaboration between Thetford Town Council and group SoRT IT! launched on Tuesday 26th May and was very well supported. Three nights have now been successfully delivered and we have two remaining Tuesdays 28th August and 18th September from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Our August date promises to be an extra special event as part of the Thetford Festival fortnight, when we will have prizes to be won and giveaways for the kids, together with a children’s entertainer and another fantastic line up of musical entertainment to compliment the market stalls, make sure you come down and support the Night Market.

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The 10th National Students Art Exibition Sophie Townsend, a Sixth Form Art student from The Thetford Academy, has been down to London this week with her art teachers to see her work hung in the internationally renowned Mall Galleries on the Mall near Buckingham Palace. Her large self portraits which she paints with acrylic using her fingers were selected by The Royal Society of British Artists to hang in The National Students Art Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the outstanding work produced by school children and sixth form students from around the country and the standard is exceptionally high, only 240 paintings and photographs are framed and chosen to be shown alongside paintings by members of the Royal Society of British Painters. The show was opened by Mr. Nigel Carrington, Rector, The University of the Arts London, he praised the students work and the support that they receive from their families and teachers and he hopes that many will go on to study degrees in the London Art Colleges and Universities. Now, you too can have the chance to see Sophie’s paintings as they will be on show as part of The Thetford Academy Art Exhibition at The Charles Burrell Museum from Sat 25th August - Sat 1st September as part of the Thetford Festival - make sure you read the enclosed programme for full details.

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Outstanding Extravaganza Concert Brings the House Down! The applause could have been heard in the next town; such was the success of Thetford Music Project’s endof-year concert, held at Queensway Junior School on the evening of 12th July. With the hall filled to bursting with children, parents and friends alike, the air was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. TMP members did not disappoint, delighting listeners with a vast array of musical numbers, ranging from instrumental solos (keyboard, drums, guitar, violin, voice, clarinet, saxophone….) to small group items (Clarinet Choir, String Ensembles), to larger ensembles: Band, two Rock Groups, Singers, Djembe and the very special – and hugely successful - Mini Maestros.

The Minis, as they are affectionately called, are our youngest TMP members who, since pilot sessions began in February, have been working behind the scenes at a very supportive Forest Academy (Brandon), to deliver a hugely entertaining and moving performance consisting of ukuleles, sticks, spoons and boom-whackers, all expertly led by tutor Jessica Berners. Mini Maestros will be moving to Thursday TMP at Queensway Infants School in September and any children between the ages of 5 and 8 who are interested in taking up this extremely popular session are invited to apply without delay via the TMP website.

At the interval, the following awards were presented: Chair's Cup: Outstanding Achievement Award – Bronwyn Watkins Outstanding Musical Ability – Jacob Dean Exceptional Commitment – Charlotte Hewett, Harriet Hewett and Elliott Sanders Excellent Progress – Briony Greathead and Pippa Hatt Most Promising Newcomer – Tom Collett (drums) and George Mooney (saxophone) Most Helpful Student – Bobby Greathead In addition, TMP proudly announced their latest ABRSM instrumental exam results: Pippa Hatt: Piano Grade 1 Izabella O’Farrell: Clarinet Grade 1 (distinction) Yasmin O’Farrell: Clarinet Grade 1 (distinction) Goodbyes were also said to long-standing TMP members Fiona Ellerby and Bronwyn Watkins, who are both leaving to pursue their studies. As the evening drew to a close, Mayor Councillor Terry Lamb gave an address and Director Polly Fenn thanked tutors and helpers for their hard work. Colin Armes, 100 Club Promoter, presented Robert Rickard, Chair of Trustees, with a cheque for £1300 to support TMP’s vital funds. The concert was rounded off with a spirited rendition of We are Family by the Clarinet Choir, with the Director joining in.

On a more personal note, I write to tell you that I will be leaving TMP in Sept. I have been Director for three years now and it is time for me to move on to new things. I'm really pleased to have made such a difference to the lives of Thetford and surrounding area's young musicians, and am happy to hand over directorship while it is in such a strong position, having more than doubled our membership numbers since 2009. It will be business as usual come Sept when a new director will be in place. TMP resumes on Thursday September 13th. Applications are welcome; please apply without delay to avoid disappointment. Further information regarding all the sessions offered at Thetford Music Project can be found on the TMP website Vacancies: An Administrator and a Front of House volunteer are sought to assist in the running of the weekly sessions. Please contact the Director Polly Fenn on 07765 994066 or via the website.

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Year Ends on a High Note Exciting Week for Linguists Thetford Grammar Schools linguists have just returned from another exciting week having participated in a French exchange with families from the town of Compiegne. A group of 20 went on the trip and stayed with their French counterparts who had visited Thetford earlier in the year. Many activities had been organised for the group, but the first day of the trip the students spent time in lessons at the school of College Monod, alongside their exchange partners. Y9 pupil Angus Bailey said ‘it was an interesting experience being in a French school as all of us took part in the lessons.’ He went on to say ‘we were learning about all things, from the French Revolution to teaching English to younger students.’ The evening was spent in the town hall where the mayor greeted the group before two students of Thetford Grammar School gave speeches on behalf of the school to local dignitaries. The next few days were spent visiting the sites in and around Compiegne, including visits to Chantilly Castle, The Armistice Clearing Site, Napoleon’s Chateau, The Memorial of Internment and Deportation and The Cités Des Sciences, in Paris. The best activity for many though was the theme park ‘Park Asterix’ where a fantastic day was spent on the rides and rollercoasters. Student Sam Sayer said “It was brilliant fun, with lovely weather” In the evenings all the French families socialised, putting on activities such as bowling, football matches and even going to a music festival. As well as making the trip more enjoyable, these evenings helped the students feel more settled and socialise with the local kids and make new friendships. The trip has been regarded as a great success, with many students making good new friends and already planning on going on the next exchange back. Student William Follis said “by immersing yourself in another culture I improved my French” and student Hannah Yager said “it was an enjoyable, steep learning curve, powered by the neverending socialising”.

Thetford Grammar School’s young musicians have been ending their year on a series of high notes with the publication of the results from the latest round of Associated Board Royal School of Music examinations. The examinations were held in the ancient surroundings of the Old School building during the spring and yet again the youngsters achieved excellent marks for their efforts. Leading the way were the school’s pianists, many of whom were sitting music exams for the first time. Amongst these successes were Frank and Ruby Freeman who passed their Grade 1asessment along with Max Elders and Katie Doyle who joined them on the roll of honour. However the highlight of the piano awards went to Omar El Oakley who achieved Grade 5 with a comfortable pass; closely followed by talented young pianist Oliver Remington who attained a Grade 2. Vocalists were well represented also as Emily Bell gained an impressive distinction in her first singing exam, whilst namesake Emily Scott achieved an equally noteworthy Grade 5 with her performance. Students of Woodwind and Strings were also amongst those students being assessed by the Royal School of Music; and Thetford Grammar School’s pupils excelled themselves with more success. Holly Simpson, who also plays in the Thetford Grammar School Orchestra, achieved Grade 4 in the Flute, while William Amies attained a Grade 2 on the Violin. Finally William Pettit joined them with Grade 2 for his performance on the Guitar. This has been an excellent year for Thetford Grammar School’s Music Department with many of its young pupils constantly achieving new standards of excellence and Dr Stoppard the school’s Head of Music said that she was ‘delighted with the results.’ .

The trips organiser Mr Spencer said “sometimes it was difficult to tell who was who, it was total intergration”. He also said “It was the best exchange the school had ever put on”.


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Souvenirs were handed out as a memento of this Diamond Jubilee event. There was also many stalls selling their wares raising funds for their Charities. Pauline Quadling Centre Manager said "we don't do rain", and it didn't, so it was a wonderful day, much fun was had by all. Would like to send our Thanks to David Freeman who played good old sing along songs on his keyboard all afternoon. and a big thank you to Breckland District Council, Norfolk County Council and Age UK for their funding grants.

Riversdale held Diamond Jubilee Cream Tea in the wonderful setting of the Riversdale Garden in support of the Queens Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday 5th June. Over 135 people attended from sheltered homes in Thetford and surrounding areas, and many members of the public, lots of flag waving and singing. it was brilliant listening to all their memories of the Queens Coronation as they sat there with their sandwiches, cream scones and iced cup cakes.

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Thetford Grammar School’s young engineers have recently returned from inspecting some of the world’s most iconic motor cars at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. The students were attending a special exhibition designed to display some of the machines that have added that special glamour to the James Bond movies; and in addition the lads were given a privileged tour of the Museum itself. The tour organiser was Mr Spencer, Thetford’s Head of Sixth Form, who has arranged many visits down the years, and being a sports car enthusiast he could not resist the chance to pass on some of his enthusiasm to the group of fascinated pupils. During the trip the group saw all manner of Bond cars from the 2008 Aston Martin DBS featured in Quantum of Solace, to the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, as well as the 1937 Phantom lll RollsRoyce from Goldfinger. Year 9 student Will Tomkins said that ‘it was one of the best trips he had been on’ while Year 7 student, James Sibley said that ‘it was fantastic’ Once the Bond exhibition was over the young car enthusiasts spent time in the remainder of the museum to marvel at the institution’s wonderful collection with its examples of World Record Breakers like Bluebird, ‘TV Star’ cars like Del Boy’s Reliant Regal and rare oddities like the giant orange on wheels. On leaving, Year 8 student Alfie Bloomfield said that ‘it was amazing to get up so close to the cars.’ At the end Mr Spencer said that ‘the school likes to give our pupils as a wide a range of interests as possible and trips like this build close relationships as well as broadening the pupils horizons.’



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Ten teams took part in the Thetford (Breckland) Lioness Clubs Summer Quiz. The money raised (approximately £170) will go towards the Lioness charities.. Edukit, Quidenham Hospice, and Cystic Fibrosis.

Overall, a third of the day's events culminated in new PBs being recorded, Daniel Clarke achieved two, sisters Beth and Abbie Farrow achieving one each, as did Jake Clarke, Georgina Free, Grace McGill, Charlotte Cronk, and Katherine and Oliver Mold. Thetford ended the day holding onto their 2nd round third place position. This series of galas are for swimmers aged 13 and under so there's much hope for the Club's future talent and no doubt a proud day for many. Well done Dolphins!

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LEAPING HARE Belmont House, 20 King Street, Thetford, IP24 2AP Tel: 01842 751975 Leaping Hare is once again very pleased to be providing Box Office services for the majority of Thetford Festival events, utilise the service to obtain tickets or for further information. We must congratulate TTHP for putting on such a great programme of events – there really is something for everyone! We will also be putting on two of our own events – Sat 1st Sept is an evening with Gary Winter, ‘Britain’s Michael Buble’. If you came to our Casino nights at Christmas last year you will need no persuading that Gary really is a great entertainer – and all for just £10. The Laughing Hare’s next Comedy Club is on Friday 7th Sept, with another great line up of comedians. Our events always represent excellent value for money and our Comedy Club is no exception but for the Festival we are bringing you an amazing special offer – tables of 6 pay just £8 per person instead of the usual £10. As with all the Festival events, booking is adviseable to ensure that you don’t miss out – so here’s your job for the weekend, grab a calendar and work out which events you are going to and then BOOK early to avoid disappointment – simples! A list of our event dates for your diary are now available from 20 King Street - next one to have on the horizon is the Cricket Club’s Autumn Gala Ball on Saturday 20th October. Those that came to last year’s ball will know that it is worth every penny of the £32.50 ticket price, including a fabulous 3 course dinner with waitress service and dancing to ‘Larry and the Streamers’ – so get saving and dig out your posh frocks, this one will be well worth it!

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Dad’s Army Museum loves Thetford Festival time of year and this time has no less than three events for you to enjoy. On Sat 25th Aug (10 – 3pm) we thought it might be rather nice to invite our old friend, the original van back to Walmington-on-Sea to celebrate one of our latest new exhibits - a beautiful miniature version. With the help of Thetford Coach Services and their lovely old Routemaster bus, the museum is also launching an all new tour of the filming locations outside Thetford. There is so much to see that there will in fact be two different tours – both depart from in front of the museum at 10.30am, one on Sat 25th Aug and one on Sat 1st Sept. The Dad’s Army walking tours are as popular as ever at £7.50 per head including tea/coffee and biscuits in Marigolds Tea rooms. The new outside location tours are £14.95, also including light refreshment but if you would like to take advantage of both tours there is a special Festival price of £25 for both. As if all that wasn’t enough, there will also be a G.I Day on Tues 4th Sept, where you can discover all about Thetford’s WW2 American connections.

CHARLES BURRELL MUSEUM Charles Burrell Museum is preparing for it’s first ever Thetford Academy Art Exhibition. The museum is housed in the old paint shop in Minstergate and you have probably walked past it many times, without realising what is inside. Well, this is your chance – for the first time, the museum is opening it’s doors every day from Saturday 25th August – Saturday 1st September 10am – 2pm. With 2 extra dates of Tuesday 4th and Saturday 8th September and a special preview evening on Friday 24th August 4.30pm – 6pm you have lots of opportunity to discover for yourself both this incredible building and some fantastic artwork and sculpture created by Thetford’s young people and all for FREE! checked by the club, and if you don't have your FA level1 the club will put you through it. Also needed is some more players for u18's. Thetford Bulldogs FC are pleased to announce that not only have they received a 3 year grant from Grass Roots for new teams in the club, but they have also received a sporting England grant which is for the whole club and can only be used for courses and CRB's, this is such great news for the club, all coaches, players and parents deserve this, thank you.

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Breathe Easy Our Committee led by our charasmatic Chairman Anthony James Oakley otherwise known as "Tiny" met at Cloverfields Community Church Wednesday 18th July, for a summer celebration and shared lunch.

Margaret Rutter Fetes and Functions Manager, had a wonderful time with guest speaker Carol Doherty representing, Public Health NHS, also enjoying an afternoon of music with popular local musician Brian Roy who had everyone on their feet. We have just heard that we were successful in getting a £250.00 grant from Thetford Town Council which we give thanks for and over £50.00 was raised at the raffle on the day, we have now bought a Gazebo and two tables, which when not in use can be hired out at very reasonable rates to the community. We are gradually growing in numbers and many health professionals have now signed up with the group which is giving us a wealth of presentations from different health agencies across the region so there is never a dull moment at our meetings, leaving us all well informed on health issues across Thetford.

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Streetvibes Success I attended as an honoured guest and an avid supporter of "Streetvibes" annual summer performance with over 300 people of all ages from across Thetford enjoying a fantastic night of street dance at the Carnegie rooms. "Streetvibe" the very popular dance group gave their annual summer performance on 14th July to a rapturous audience, over 70 children and youth make up the dance group, over an hour and a half of performances put together by, Kelly Eastwood, "Streetvibes" choreographer who has put so much work into making this one of the most successful dance groups around. Everyone could see the amazing amount of talent and hard work the youngsters had put in to make this a brilliant night, the diversity of their performances left us breathless, so I would like to say a big thank you, best wishes in the future and they can count on my continued support, all of Thetford should be very proud of the work and commitment that has given so many youngsters a positive role and something that could put them into the limelight in the future, there were so many budding stars in the making. For details of joining streetvibe go to their facebook page Cllr Carl Clark

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August Programme of Events at Thetford Library! Story Lab - Summer Reading Challenge 2012 Step into Story Lab, and you’re off on an imaginative adventure that knows no bounds. The brainchild of Prof. Cortex, the Story Lab’s on board computer, Story Lab is a five-sided hi-tech HQ that attracts stories from all over the world and sends them spinning throughout the cityand beyond! Here you can read, collect, share, create, transmit and broadcast stories.

August. All children must be accompanied by an adult at events.

Arts and Crafts with the RSPB Thursday 23rd August, 10.30am – 11.30am. Come and make wildlife craft! Suitable for children aged 5-11 years.

The following events are all part of The Thetford Festival.

Like all Summer Reading Challenges, Story Lab is divided into three stages, and as children read library books over the summer, they collect stickers to help the Story Lab kids complete each stage. They also collect Mungler cards! On completion, children will receive a medal and a certificate!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Story and Craft Session Tuesday 28th August, 10.30am – 11.30am. Come and listen to the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” story and do some crafts!

The Thetford Festival Camel

If your children have not already joined Story Lab, why not pop down to the library and get them signed up!

will be in the foyer from Saturday 25th August to Monday 10th September. Pop in and take a look!

FREE child tickets for the following children’s events will be available from Thetford Library from Thursday 2nd




Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge Presentation Ceremony Monday 3rd September Drop in any time between 10am – 5pm to be presented with a medal and certificate for completing the Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge!

A Big Day Out in Thetford Heritage Open Morning

Curtains Pelmets & Tiebacks Blinds Cushions & Bed Throws Curtains Shortened from £10 Trousers Shortened £7.50p

Saturday 8th September, 9am –1pm. Drop in to view materials about Thetford’s history, copies of “Elveden Views”(Prince Frederick Duleep Singh’s photograph album) and biographies and other information about the Maharajah Duleep Singh. No need to book; just turn up on the day.

Reading Group Friday 31st August, starting at 2.30pm.

The Book Club Friday 31st August, 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Free Measuring Service Collection & Delivery Service Available Over 20 Years Experience

Opening Hours Tel: 01842 752048 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 5:30pm Wed 8:30-1pm • Fri 8:30-7pm • Sat 9:00am-1pm Thetford Library, Raymond Street,Thetford IP24 2EA email:

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