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Dear Readers,


June 2010 has been an especially proud month in the history of Thetford, a time to celebrate with our flags flying as we had the privilege to take part in the Welcome Home Parade. The television crews were here in quick succession, twice within one week. The town was also alive for the unveiling of the Captain Mainwaring statue when the television cameras made their first appearance. Stories and pictures galore this month. Happy Reading - Marje

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Cheering and Flag waving welcomed our boys home. Hundreds gathered and lined the streets, more heads and hands appeared from upstairs windows, some clapping, some waving flags, to create a truly fantastic welcome, and show of appreciation, as D Squadron marched through the town centre. Children and teenagers from local schools, many organisation, groups, and war veterans were among the crowds who were so keen to show their gratitude. D Squadron, from nearby RAF Honington, who recently finished their tour of duty in Afghanistan arrived at Melford Common. Led by IRTR Pipes and Drums and the Band of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, D Squadron marched along Castle Street, across past the Market Place where their Group Captain Nick Bray took the salute as they marched past and on into King Street. Official photographs were taken on the steps outside Kings House, with the public giving one last show of their support, before D Squadron were greeted with a civic reception for them and their proud families, in the picturesque Kings House garden. What a wonderful day and opportunity for the whole of Thetford Community to say, thank you for making us so proud to be British and Welcome Home.

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Many thanks must go to Thetford Town Manager, Susan Glossop and to Thetford Town Council for the organisation of this wonderful home coming parade. On the eve of Armed Forces Day, the Welcome Home Parade gave everyone a chance to fully show their appreciation of the bravery and sacrifice which throughout the year are upmost in our minds. Every opportunity is taken by many organisations throughout the town to support our Heroes through the charity Help for Heroes, many of these events have been featured in About Thetford and it would be impossible to list them all. One example was the recent very well supported St Georges Day Concert, and another such event held by the Rugby Club is on page six.

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Thetford Rugby Club

Thank You

After the successful Help for Heroes day held at Thetford rugby club last year, the club wanted to make the event even bigger this year, by involving more local clubs. We asked Thetford Town football club and Thetford golf club to be part of the event and together we raised £3486.62

I would like to thank every-one who came out and supported the homecoming parade on Friday 25th June of D Squadron Joint Chemical Biological and Nuclear Regiment from their six month deployment in Helmand Province it was especially pleasing to see all of the school children waving their flags.

After pre-match photos, the game kicked off at 1200 to a good turnout at the Thetford Town. A great game was played by both teams. The combined side from RAF Honington and Marham put out a good performance but lost to the better side Thetford town, final score 5-2

The parade started at 11.00am from Melford Common and was accompanied by a full marching band from the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and the Pipes and Drums of IRTR. The air was full of pride and emotion as the parade came into view along Castle Street on their way to the Market Place where RAF Honington Station commander Group Captain Nick Bray and Lt-Col Gavin Thompson took the salute.

The rugby then kicked off at 1500 after warming up session, and pre-match photos. The first half was played with Great Spirit of the event and was evenly matched throughout; at half time RAF team from Honington and Marham was just in the lead by 5 points. The second half was played very well by both sides, again very evenly matched. The Thetford side gave everything they had, to bring back 3 points against the combined side. The final score was 5-3 to RAF Honington and Marham.

The parade continued into King Street to the sound of loud cheering, and onto White Hart Street to fall out in White Hart Street car park. Then the official photographs were taken outside King’s House where again the cheering and warmth for these young soldiers spilled out.

The Golf then tee off at 1530 at Thetford Golf club, both teams were in great sprits before the round started, but Thetford rugby clubs golf team soon found out that they were in grave danger of a thrashing. They put everything they could in against the combined side but soon found out that they were no match. Final score was 9-8 to the combined side.

The soldiers and their families were then given lunch in King’s House gardens where they could finally relax with a beer provided by Greene King. They were overwhelmed by the warmth and emotion and hospitality shown to them by a relatively small market town. Finally I would like to thank the Town Council staff for the organisation of the event and all the support agencies who played their part. Special thanks to Greene King for supplying the beer and the British Legion for setting up and serving it. Sure Start for providing a Nursery Nurse to man the lost children post and Routes and Roots for carrying out an emergency pressure clean to remove spilt paint in King Street on Friday morning.

After all the games Thetford’s rugby club President, Bill Smith presented the BAE system trophy and the speeches were made, thanking everybody for their support, and for why we where here raising the money. With the presentation over we started the raffle and auction this raised £730. With the support from Air cadets collecting monies on the day, Shadwell sponsoring the rugby match, monies raised from companies and the public we raised a final grand total of £3486.62.

Then onto Saturday where the Thetford branch of the Royal British Legion organised the Armed Forces Day Parade on Market Place and at twelve noon, I laid a wreath on the War Memorial. Again a time to show our gratitude to the past and present Armed Forces.

We would like to thank everybody for their support throughout this year’s event and we are looking to make next years event even bigger, if you or your club would like to joins us next year and think that you could take on the combined RAF teams and help raise money for Help for Heroes, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Thetford Rugby Club.

This week end has made me so proud to be Mayor of Thetford and made me realize why I love to live here. The Mayor of Thetford Councillor Pauline Quadling

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Thetford Past and Present

Photographed from the Town Bridge in the early 1930s and the present day, the Haling Path is a reminder of the Thetford Navigation when horse-drawn barges known as 'lighters' regularly transported all sorts of goods between Thetford and the sea port of Kings Lynn. Today, the Haling Path is one of several attractive walks along the Little Ouse river. Past photograph from the David Osborne collection.

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What a fabulous week of Dad’s Army celebration in Thetford to mark the unveiling of the Captain Mainwaring statue.The event kicked off in true style with the Walmington-on-Sea Players (WOSPs) and the stage play ‘Dad’s Army Comes Home’. Ian Gower, famous for sitcom adaptations, directed the production and we can’t thank him enough for the amazing job he did. front of house are crucial. Jo Van der Hulks was in charge of an excellent team backstage and Karen-Emma White led an outstanding wardrobe crew. The Front of House was led by Dad’s Army Museum volunteers with teas and coffees being provided by volunteers from the Thetford Art Centre. We were also helped by numerous local businesses and so many others that we cannot possibly list them all here – but we thank you. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s input and Thetford I hope has something else to be proud of as a result.

Close to 1,000 people saw the performances over the week and the feedback received has been wonderful. Many had seen the National Tour with Leslie Grantham and commented that they felt the Thetford production was better! It is testament to the hard work that every one has put in and the sacrifices made. The cast were amazing, from Frazer’s eyebrows to the Kapitan’s ‘zoggy chips’ the audience were left in no doubt as to the characters on stage. As with any show, the backstage part of the production, the costume and the

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We had wonderful weather leading up to D A Day but on Saturday as we began the early morning preparations the heavens opened. However, we were inundated with all things forties – from beautiful vehicles to dancers and people showed that the British Bulldog spirit was as alive as ever – Mainwaring would have been proud of the turn out! He would also be proud of the commitment shown by so many to make the statue happen. H.G. Matthews from Buckinghamshire made the bricks for the beautiful arrow design, TJM Domestic Groundworks prepared the site and laid them all and David Robbins from Roots and Routes braved some pretty horrendous weather to ensure that the turf looked superb. Breckland Council then made good the surrounding area.

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Sean Hedges-Quinn with his beautiful scuplture, the Captain Mainwaring statue

Dad's Army writer David Croft OBE and Warden Hodges, Bill Pertwee sit alongside 'Napolean'

Our Mayor, Pauline Quadling welcomed everyone to the town and Stuart Wright detailed the hard work that had been undertaken by the Dad’s Army Museum Volunteers and of course all the many people that have donated either directly or indirectly through the various fundraising events that the Museum have been running. Unfortunately Jimmy Perry OBE was delayed on route but David Croft OBE was happy to unveil the statue solo. Jimmy came later and both authors were very pleased with the sculptor’s (Sean Hedges-Quinn) work.

Even Winston Churchill (Alan Kempton) gave his seal of approval

What would Elizabeth say? Mrs Fox, Pamela Cundell, sneaks a quick cuddle with the Captain

1940s re-enactors join in the fun


The Plymouth, a US Navy staff car

The Mayor gets to ride in the original Jones' butchers van courtesy of the Patrick Transport Museum Birmingham



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We had wonderful weather leading up to D A Day but on Saturday as we began the early morning preparations the heavens opened. However, we were inundated with all things forties – from beautiful vehicles to dancers and people showed that the British Bulldog spirit was as alive as ever – Mainwaring would have been proud of the turn out! He would also be proud of the commitment shown by so many to make the statue happen. H.G. Matthews from Buckinghamshire made the bricks for the beautiful arrow design, TJM Domestic Groundworks prepared the site and laid them all and David Robbins from Roots and Routes braved some pretty horrendous weather to ensure that the turf looked superb. Breckland Council then made good the surrounding area.

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Sean Hedges-Quinn with his beautiful scuplture, the Captain Mainwaring statue

Dad's Army writer David Croft OBE and Warden Hodges, Bill Pertwee sit alongside 'Napolean'

Our Mayor, Pauline Quadling welcomed everyone to the town and Stuart Wright detailed the hard work that had been undertaken by the Dad’s Army Museum Volunteers and of course all the many people that have donated either directly or indirectly through the various fundraising events that the Museum have been running. Unfortunately Jimmy Perry OBE was delayed on route but David Croft OBE was happy to unveil the statue solo. Jimmy came later and both authors were very pleased with the sculptor’s (Sean Hedges-Quinn) work.

Even Winston Churchill (Alan Kempton) gave his seal of approval

What would Elizabeth say? Mrs Fox, Pamela Cundell, sneaks a quick cuddle with the Captain

1940s re-enactors join in the fun


The Plymouth, a US Navy staff car

The Mayor gets to ride in the original Jones' butchers van courtesy of the Patrick Transport Museum Birmingham



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Ronnie Grange from the original Dad's Army stage show and Frank Williams Timothy Farthing the Vicar

Other Dad’s Army stars also took their place beside the statue including Pamela Cundell Mrs Fox, Timothy Farthing the Vicar, Philip Madoc the U Boat Commander, Michael Knowles and John Clegg. There has been a steady stream of people coming to have their photo taken beside him, which was always our hope and long may it continue!

Pictures courtesy of Gary Maynard Photography

Mick Whitman as Captain Mainwaring with friends from the Barmy Army Film Club


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Bill Pertwee Unveils Dad’s Army Portrait Popular Dad’s Army star, Bill Pertwee, unveiled a portrait of the star by local artist Lyn Aylward. The picture is currently on display at the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford. work and congratulated Lyn on the likeness she achieved.

Bill Pertwee, who played Warden Hodges in the popular sitcom Dad’s Army, visited Thetford on Saturday 19th June to unveil the painting and attend the Dad’s Army Museum celebrations. Dad’s Army was filmed in and around Thetford from 1968 - 1977. The unveiling, which took place in a packed Dad’s Army Museum, saw a delighted Bill come face to face with this new work by local artist Lyn Aylward. Bill applauded the

Lyn said “Although I was a little nervous about one of my pictures being unveiled in a room so full of people, I was really delighted by Bill’s reaction. I am very grateful to Bill for allowing me to paint his portrait and for his kind words at the unveiling.” The painting was made in oils and depicts Bill at the museum. Lyn is a member of the Norfolk group Breckland Artists and regularly exhibits figurative and portraiture paintings in galleries across Suffolk and Norfolk. She works in both oils and acrylics.

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Dads Army Combat Boot Camp Every Saturday morning at 10:00 in Castle Park, and at 6:30pm on Thursday evenings at Thetford Leisure Centre, a group of individuals gather together. They are there to get fit, and to do it they’ve joined up with Combat Boot Camp. The group who turned up on Sat 19th were greeted by Valerie Bullard founder of Combat Boot Camp, and Bob Gillbank who was a PTI for the Anglia Regiment.

Combat Boot Camp also run 3 day and 7 day residential courses where you can drop a dress size in a week! The weather was not too kind with showers blowing through all the time, but that did not dampen the spirits of the dozen who came. Every session is different and today’s theme was to be lifting and carrying, with a bit of running in between. Even though the routine was tough they were all smiling and laughing too, when they could catch their breath. Some were clearly fit whilst others were not quite yet, but everyone did the best they could. Combat Boot Camp welcome people of all ages and sizes and levels of fitness, as long as you’re ready to try your best, you will come away with a real sense of achievement, and burnt off lots of calories. Combat Boot Camp run courses in military style fitness training using ex military PTI’s (physical training instructors). The Saturday group is a one hour training session that is tough enough for you to burn up over 600 calories. PTI Bob said the training sessions would be hard, very hard, but never too hard. And he expects everyone to take part in all the exercises to the best of their ability.

So if you fancy getting fit, and having fun doing it, come along on Sat at 10:00 am pay your £4 training fee, and wear yourself out. With no membership to worry about, give it a go you can only loose weight. For more information about training courses see the website at: Everyone who came today paid £4 for the training, and all monies raised for the day were donated to the Dad’s Army Fund. Pictures and editorial courtesy of Gary Maynard Photography

Thank you From Cllr Pam Spencer, last years Mayor, now Deputy Mayor. I would like to thank all those people who donated to my charities at the Mayor’s Ball last April. Through the generosity of the guests, I was able, together with monies collected through the year, to divide the monies and give a cheque for £858 to The Friends of St. Nicholas Hospice, and a similar cheque to The East Anglian Air Ambulance. Also the Breckland Cats’ were given a donation of £83.

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Thetford Safer Neighbourhood Team Safer Thetford Action Group

Secure your vehicle Officers are reminding motorists to remove valuable items from their vehicles. In recent weeks there has been an increase in the number of vehicle break-ins where items such as iPods and sat navs were stolen. Motorists are advised to take the following security measures:

Each month the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) will use this page to update you on any local community issues and on our three current priorities. The three priorities are chosen by YOU the local community. These priorities are then focused on for twelve weeks at a time by the SNT. The SNT panel includes Police, Breckland District Council, Thetford Town Council, Flagship Peddars Way Housing Association and the Fire Service.

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Music for a Summer Evening Thetford Singers are presenting a varied programme of music of several persuasions ideally suited to a sultry summer evening. The performance on Friday 9th July is in Kings House Gardens, King Street, Thetford and on Saturday 10th July in Hockwold Village Hall, both starting at 7.30 p.m. This concert marks a couple of "firsts", namely the Singers first open-air concert, and the first actual concert under the baton of newly appointed Music Director Dr (MUS) Alan Howard who came to the rescue as a stand-in when the post became vacant in January and has now accepted a more permanent appointment.. The programme includes a section of European Choral music, arrangements of familiar Spirituals, English and Welsh Folk Songs, a selection from West Side Story, and the full version of The Lord is my Shepherd, forever associated with the TV sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley". The Kings House Garden performance will be slightly abbreviated on 9th July and will be FREE to enter. Seating is limited but there is ample room for the audience to bring a folding chair, stool or rug to spread on the grass. Thetford Singers regularly support the charity CLIC (cancer and leukemia in children) so voluntary donations will be welcome. Tickets for the full programme at Hockwold on 10th July may be purchased from TIC Thetford (tel. 751975) or at the door price ÂŁ6 (concessions ÂŁ5). Refreshments will be available in the interval from the licenced bar

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We’re doing it for Team Green Britain - why don’t you? Thetford Grammar School Team Green Day

Following on from our ‘Switch On to Switch Off’ activity, the children wanted to see even more energy saving bulbs as well as more people remembering to turn off the lights. More complex suggestions were to design and make solar panels and wind turbines! All in all there are a lot of ideas of what the children would like to include in the School Green Code and as a school we hope to include as many of them as possible over the next year. Miss Sulley, Assistant Head of Junior School said: ‘Today we are inviting the students to take control of how the school manages its carbon footprint. We have started to think about how to improve the school’s potential emissions, but now want the children to take the initiative. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn to care about their environment as well as experience how individually they really can make a difference.

On 17th June Thetford Grammar School joined in Team Green Day and more than 140 children wrote down their ideas and posted them in the box! There was a wide range of suggestions from both Junior and Senior School. The children wanted more plastic bottle recycling bins, compost bins as well as even more recycling paper bins. There were several children who were interested in the biodiversity activities – particularly bug hotels.

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Half Term Heroes






TEL: 01842 766222 Two ten year old school friends, Harry Piltchford and Isaac Hurry- Palmer, were enjoying the lovely weather on a day out with family and friends during the half term break. The boys had enjoyed cycling and using their dingy before swimming in the popular river at Knettishall Heath, which was really packed due to the lovely weather. Two groups of teenagers were splashing and diving near Harry, who had just bombed into the water when both Harry and Isaac saw a little girl, probably about four to five years old go to jump in the river. They shouted’ Don’t it’s a bad idea’, but she didn’t hear. The situation was serious as the water was exceptionally deep, but thanks to the quick thinking of both young boys the danger was to be averted. Harry, who was in the water, quickly grabbed the little girl as he saw her go under. However, he was struggling to tread water as she was too heavy for him to support. Isaac shouted frantically for help. A teenage girl heard the commotion, quickly coming to Harry’s aid and together they pulled the little girl to safety. The little girl’s mother appeared, blissfully unaware of just how much danger her daughter had been in, or that both Harry and Isaac had been half term heroes. Both their Mums are, quite rightly, really proud of Harry and Isaac for their quick thinking and team work.

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Bugsy a Winner Creative Partnership is a Government initiative to bring creativity into schools. To access this funding there is a rigorous process and a few hoops to jump through! The process included a mini performance of Bugsy Malone in Norwich by the school children with Helen Jones, Laura and Kayleigh Sands and Tyler Bragger taking the roles. Queensway Community Junior School were successful and were rewarded with two years funding to help bring creativity to the school. The Quicksilver Theatre Company in London have been the facilitators of the creativity programme since January and thanks go to Katie Boon who has been absolutely brilliant at co-ordinating the Quick Silver input. With more creativity to follow in the not too distant future all that is left to say is Watch This Space!

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Anyone for sausages can be seen on and is the accumulative work of class 5LB. The story is about a little girl Katie who while playing a monkey, Mitzie Bitzie Bo, appeared and fell down the side of a mountain. Katie saved Mitzie Bitzie Bo and took him to school. Later Katie and the monkey fell in love and Katie kissed him and became a monkey! They went to the forest and made a home in a banana tree. Super Pig was looking for people to save when he flew into the mouth of an enormous Dragon. Normally you might think this would be the end for super pig but 5LB had more in store for super pig before he became sausages. I hope you have a chance to watch the animation on you tube link anyone for sausages. To achieve this work 5LB divided into table groups which each made a character for the story boards. These were placed on a light board connected to a computer and camera. Connection no.3 left a shadow to show where the next animation went. They had a good understanding of the process, and like the name of the animation all suggestions were democratically chosen from.

Pictured left to right - Dianne Wood, Oliver Robertson, Kimberley Whur and Jhon Costa

Following the creativity funding, the first creativity project has now been very successfully completed with the publishing of the Storytopia Book, which is the published work of the whole school, making Queensway Junior a school of budding authors. Storytopia was launched ready for the two evening performances of all the classes’ creative work. On each night one hundred and fifty parents attended to see the two delightful animations produced by the film makers as well as singing, dancing and acting.

6DE specialised in music and song writing. One story was about a boy who went to the beach looking for Jim and then converted to verse, each child had part of a song with a finished time of 1.5 minutes. Kimberley Whur played a bright pink Clarinet. Dianne Wood said she was proud to be on the cover of Storytopia. When asked to recommend a really good bit the spontaneous answer from the children was when Aliens went to Mexico and melted. They all liked working on the project because it fired their imaginations working on each other’s ideas and inputs.

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About Education………………..Robert Ogden writes It is unbelievable that we are almost at the end of another school year and this one will have a particular poignancy as our two high schools prepare for closure and then to be opened as a merged brand new Academy in September. This will be the start of something really exciting and must be approached with optimism, ambition and hope because our young people deserve to receive the best education possible in buildings that are fit for purpose. It might be a few short years before the buildings are changed completely but I am convinced that the staff of both current schools will provide an outstanding level of service. September will also see another difference because for the first time in almost 33 years there will be no member of the Ogden family working in or attending a Thetford school. My wife will be retiring from Redcastle Furze School this summer having previously worked in Drake School and I will be leaving my post at Charles Burrell Humanities School after 32.5 years to take up the post of Vice Principal at the new Academy in King’s Lynn. With our children having attended a range of schools in the area, namely Raleigh, Drake, Admirals, Rosemary Musker, Charles Burrell and Methwold, and then two of our children also having worked as either a teaching assistant or an examination invigilator for short periods in the town, it seems like an end of an era. However, I do intend to remain as a governor at Bishop’s Primary School. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years. It really does not feel like almost 33 years since I arrived at the then Staniforth School and I hope that you can all see it as a great compliment to our town that the Academy in King’s Lynn are keen to “import” the Thetford model of doing things. I was delighted on the 9th June to be invited by the Ambassador of Japan and the Chairman of the Great Britain Sasakowa Foundation to a reception at the Japanese Embassy in London to celebrate 25 years of the foundation. This was the charity that arranged and funded the visit to Japan in October 2008 that twelve of our sixth formers were privileged to visit Japan. The Earl of St Andrew, the Ambassador and Mr Sasakowa all gave speeches and it was wonderful to meet up with the team who organised our trip and to hear more positive comments about our young people and how well they had represented our town during the visit.

Looking back I have been really fortunate to travel with our pupils and students to a range of places over the years. Three continents, Europe, America and Asia, six countries, the USA, France, Belgium, Japan, Holland, Germany and I have lost count of the number of trips to London, Norwich, Alton Towers and other places of interest. Many of you will remember visits to the World War One battlefields, or football matches in Belgium and Holland, some will recall our fantastic visit to New York going up the Empire State Building, the then World Trade Centre Towers and the foggy trip around Manhatten before visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This year’s Easter Visit to Paris epitomised everything that is wonderful about these educational visits with young people acting as marvellous representatives for our town. As we move towards the summer school holidays I am delighted to tell you that through the Full Service Extended School, and particularly the partnership working efforts of Sharni Cleverley, the FSES Family Links worker, a programme of activities will be available for our young people and children. Please watch out for it as it should make for a great summer. Well, it is time for me to finish this particular monthly report. I shall be continuing to live in Thetford and keeping my involvement with the Riversdale Centre and the United Reformed Church and I will be regularly writing for this great magazine but rather than it being About Education it will morph into About Community. Once again thank you for all your support over the years and I am sure that you will forgive me for using the motto of Charles Burrell School to sum up what I personally feel about our town and our community. “Together, we make the difference”. Robert G. Ogden


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NHS Norfolk Chair supports Thetford Healthy Town Sheila Childerhouse, Chair of NHS Norfolk, has spoken of her support for Thetford Healthy Town, and is urging local residents to get involved in the project. Mrs Childerhouse, who lives near Thetford, said: "The health and wellbeing of people in Thetford was made a top priority with the launch of 'Thetford Healthy Town'. "The aim continues to be to help local people adopt a healthy lifestyle, and NHS Norfolk is proud to publicise the project." NHS Norfolk teamed up with Breckland Council and a host of other organisations to deliver the two-year action plan under the Thetford Healthy Town banner. Mrs Childerhouse officially launched the initiative on September 24, 2009, with Breckland Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Benefits, Theresa Hewett. Mrs Childerhouse, whose family have farmed in Norfolk for generations, said: "Thetford is somewhere that has lots of exciting opportunities and we are pleased that the public are grasping them. Thetford Healthy Town is a huge opportunity to accelerate the progress we have made in improving people's lifestyles and lives. Our main goals are to get people to take part in more physical activity, encourage healthier food choices, and tackle obesity. We aim to create an environment which promotes healthy living, and a range of activities for people of all ages. We are delighted to work with Breckland District Council on this project, and hope that this partnership working will benefit residents around the area." Mrs Childerhouse is particularly keen to support 'Sustrans Bike It', an initiative which to encourages people to leave the car in the drive and cycle instead. A keen cyclist herself, she recently took part in the Ride for Life for the third year running, raising funds for East Anglia's Children's Hospices. She said: "Department of Health figures show that obesity costs the NHS £1 billion a year. Still, fewer than one in five people in Norfolk are doing the recommended 5 x 30 minutes exercise per week, and fewer than one in four people are eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. "We understand that in today's 24/7 society, it can be difficult to adopt a healthy lifestyle all the time. That's why Thetford Healthy Town was created - to make it easier for people to become more healthy through a range of exciting activities, from gardening to dancing and boxing to walking. "Life expectancy in Norfolk is between 78-82 years. In some parts of Thetford it is 74.7 years - and Thetford Healthy Town aims to address that. This is a fun way to meet new people, make new friends, and do something enjoyable at the same time." If you have an idea which you would like to talk to us about, or if you would like to find out more about Thetford Healthy Town, then please contact Holly Gilbert or Carol Doherty on 01842 757350 or

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Green Ventures “Hi. My name is Owen and I am 10 years old. I got a nice surprise this week from my mum. My old bike was too small for me so my mum took me to the Green Ventures shop in Thetford (39 Brunel Way). I didn’t know there was such a place and couldn’t believe all the bikes they have there! The men who work there were really nice and friendly and helped me choose a bike which was right for me. I chose a green Kawasaki. They also explained to me how they got all the bikes and how they repair or fix bikes people no longer want. Some bikes they receive are from the land fill sites and are really good and can be used again. People also donate old bikes they no longer want. They have bikes at the shop which look really great which you can buy straight away. My mum also bought a nice blue bike so we can go riding together. I CAN’T WAIT!” For further information about the project please contact Alan Flack/Chris Norton on 01842 821459 or email

Men’s Health Week A huge THANK YOU to Parkwood Leisure Centre and local Fire Fighters from Thetford for their the time and enthusiasm when they joined us at the famous ‘yellow gazebo’ which is now a familiar site within your town. On Tuesday 15th June, during ‘Men’s Health Week’, with the sun shining down, staff from Parkwood Leisure Centre bought a rowing machine into the town centre. Unsuspecting shoppers were taken aback when a fire truck stopped outside the gazebo and 5 burly Fire Fighters got out and took it in turns to ‘row’ to show support for the event. Some children were also lucky enough to look inside the fire truck and ask the fire fighters questions. There was a serious message however, as physically active men are likely to be healthier in a number of ways including lowering their risk of diabetes, bowel cancer, dementia and depression. Got a question or want to speak to a member of the team?

Got an idea of how you could get young people moving more and eating well? All 11-19 year olds in Thetford are being given the opportunity to get their ideas heard and put into action! Groups can apply for up to £1000 towards projects that get other young people in Thetford more physically active and eating healthily. There is lots of support in Thetford to lead a healthier lifestyle but is there something missing that would help you and other young people to be more physically active and help you to eat more healthily? For more information contact one Holly Gilbert on 01842 757350/ Applications must be received by 31st July!!

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healthy meal ideas One of the main reasons people eat an unhealthy diet is that they just don't have the time or money to make something nutritious and reasonably low fat. We all know how it is - you come home from work or outside exhausted and hungry and wolf down a cheese toastie and then order a take-away for the whole family. With a little bit of inspiration and planning, however, you can eat tasty, healthy food that doesn't break the bank - every day of the week! It can even save you money.

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Thetford Food & Drink Festival This years Thetford Festival is being held between 25th August and 5th September where there will be a range of fantastic activities for everyone to get involved in. On the final day, Sunday 5th September, there will be a charity fun day with both a sponsored walk and cycle ride led by Malcolm Bellingham (Walking for Health Coordinator) and Georgie Burr (Bike it Officer). Following these activities, you will be able to celebrate your achievement at the Thetford Food & Drink Festival. The Food & Drink Festival will take place at the Guildhall and will be a celebration of many different cuisines bringing together all the fantastic food and drink suppliers and catering outlets we have locally. If you have a food or drink business and would like to take part, then please contact Holly Gilbert on 01842 757350/ to discuss how you can be involved or if you would like to book a stall. During the Thetford Festival there will be lots of fun and food related activities leading up to the 5th September. Look our for the next newsletter for more details of how you can be involved!

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Priory Research Services Priory Research Services would like to ask your opinion about the Thetford Healthy Town programme and the various projects that have been delivered. We are keen to find out about the impact that the Thetford Healthy Town programme has had in your local area, whether you have benefited from any of its projects and what you think of the Thetford Healthy Town programme overall. To do this, we a inviting you to answer: • Questionnaires for children from 5 – 13 years (supervision necessary) • Questionnaires for young adults 13 – 18 years • Questionnaires for adults The questionnaire should take 5-10 minutes of your time. If there are questions you do not wish to answer that is fine, however your response to the questions will be of immense benefit to the research. Purpose of the Research: To find out your thoughts and opinions of the delivery and benefits of the Thetford Healthy Town and the projects it has delivered. What will be required of you: You will be asked to answer relevant questions and invited to expand on your answer if you wish. There are no right or wrong answers so please answer as freely and honestly as you can.

unless you wish otherwise. The only exception to this is if there may be perceived harm to yourself or other persons. Participation: Your participation in this research is completely voluntary. You reserve the right not to answer any question if you wish. Questionnaire forms can be found at in the “Healthy News/Questionnaires” button on the home page, alternatively if you require a hard copy then please write to the address below. Please return to all questionnaires to: or send to: Sue Smithhurst, Priory Research Services, Europa House, 40 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2RL. Want more information? Tel: 01493 855421. Please let Priory research know you heard about this from ‘About Thetford’. Any questionnaires received by 31 August 2010 will be entered into a draw to win a £50 healthy food hamper. **All questionnaires received by 31 August 2010 will be entered into a draw to win a £50 food hamper. Those participants under 18 years who win the food hamper must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Balance, Mind & Body Exercise Referral Scheme Launches in Thetford Referrals for the ‘Balance, Mind & Body Exercise Referral Scheme’ are now being taken from GPs with classes beginning 17th July. If you feel you would like to do more exercise but don’t know quite where to start or how to go about it, then this scheme could be for you. In particular it is aimed at those with negative lifestyle habits (such as poor diet or low levels of physical activity) or medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, respiratory disease, unhealthy weight or mental illness. Exercise can help manage these conditions and improve your energy levels as well as general feeling of wellbeing.

All of the classes are run by an experienced instructor who will help to motivate you as well as build your confidence in exercising. Once referred to the scheme you can attend any of the classes which run throughout the week at various locations across Thetford. Each class costs just £2.50 and you can enjoy as many of them as you like. To be referred to the scheme please book an appointment at your surgery with either your GP or Nurse. Alternatively if you would like a bit more information then please contact Michelle Jermy on 07725 582817/

Balance Mind & Body incorporates body conditioning, Pilates, circuits, seated exercise, supervised gym sessions, Back 2 It Strength & Stretch and lifestyle workshops.

‘Free Balance, Mind & Body Exercise Referral Session’ If exercise was in a pill we would all take it! Thetford Healthy Towns is offering one FREE exercise session, the first step to a new you? Terms & Conditions: Must be referred by a local health professional, see your surgery for further details. Offer available on all community classes starting the week commencing 19th July.

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Low sugar healthy snacks for kids We wouldn't let our kids eat sugar straight from the sugar bowl. But we tend not to think about the sugar hiding in the other things they eat and drink. Excess sugar can mean excess energy which in turn can lead to stored fat in the body and diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. To prevent this, many families are making Sugar Swaps. They're swapping food and drink with added sugar for stuff that's lower in sugar or sugar free. In particular, more than a quarter of the added sugar in kids' diets comes from sugary drinks. So swapping to water, milk (ideally semi-skimmed), sugar free drinks, sugar free squash, or unsweetened fruit juice really makes a difference.

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Competition Winner Congratulation to local resident Bernard Brooks who won Thetford Garden Centre gift vouchers worth £50 by correctly answering May’s competition about Norfolk RCC – community gardening project. Bernard, who is now retired, has lived in Thetford since 1965 and was thrilled to win the garden centre vouchers as he is in the middle of redesigning his garden and said the vouchers will come in handy. Though now retired, Bernard has been an active person all his life and loves DIY, gardening and being out in the fresh air. He said “Being active in body also keeps the mind active. People should make use of what is on their doorstep”

5 a day fruit and veg Eating more fruit and veg is important for us all, but how many of us actually manage to eat 5 A DAY? Fruit and veg are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre which may help reduce the risk of nasty diseases like cancer and heart disease. So it’s important for kids to eat a variety of at least five portions of fruit and veg every day. What’s more it can be easier than you think to give kids five portions of fruit and veg a day. Canned, frozen, 100% juice and dried fruit and veg all count towards 5 A DAY as well as fresh produce. You can keep the costs down too by buying canned and frozen fruit and veg which doesn’t go off as quickly and buying fresh fruit and veg when it’s in season is usually cheaper. There are so many ways of getting to five portions a day. Why not try adding vegetables to favourite foods such as spaghetti bolognaise or mixing them into a sauce to give it more colour and flavour. Or, how about giving a handful of tasty raisins as a treat? All school dinners include at least two portions of fruit or veg so that’s another way of getting them toward their 5 A DAY.

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A novel way to catch up with friends! Running or walking is a fantastic way to get around and explore the lovely parks and forest we have right outside our front doors, and if you encourage friends or family to join in it can be a very sociable activity too! Being with others can help motivate you to keep going and really see improvement in your general wellbeing and energy levels. How about meeting friends for a catch up and a walk by the river instead this summer, or head into the forest for an adventure with the family.

Challenge Yourself! So why not challenge yourself this summer and make the most of those long evenings or sunny mornings? Six ladies did so back in March when the Run in Thetford club launched and they now have successfully completed the 5km Race for Life run; a feat not deemed realistic just a few months ago! Set yourself realistic goals and having something to aim for; it’s the perfect time to get in training for the sponsored walk and cycle ride coming up in September!

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Summer Holidays are on their way and the Joy of Food has the perfect activity to keep the children happy! On the 27th July, students from years 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to have a go at “Asian style cookery” held at the Charles Burrell School! Years 10 and 11 will then be able to have their turn on the 28th July. On 3rd August students from years 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to have a go at “Asian style cookery” held at the Rosemary Musker High School. Years 10 and 11 will then again have their turn on the 4th August. All sessions will run from 9.30-14.00 and will be a great chance to experiment and have a great time! Pupils from any school can attend the FREE sessions. Places are LIMITED, so contact Sean West on 01842 768305 / 07786 363499 or email to book a place.

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“Joy of Food is holding a supermarket roadshow outside Tesco (Big main store) in Thetford on Wednesday 21st July 2010. There will be tastings, encouraging you the best way to write shopping lists, providing you with information about your '5 A DAY', and advising the residents how they can engage with Joy of Food in making the small changes to help you on the way to a healthier lifestyle”SEE YOU THERE!.

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to hold Summer Concert To celebrate the end of a successful year of music making, Thetford Music Project is holding a Summer Concert on Thursday 8th July, at Queensway Junior School, Hillary Road, Thetford, IP24 3DP. The concert will start at 5pm prompt. This is a public event and open to all who are interested in attending, whether you are a prospective member, parent, or simply a lover of music and all things Thetford. Entry is £3 per adult and includes a programme and refreshments. Children are welcome free of charge. The evening will also include an awards ceremony and raffle. Anyone wishing to donate a prize for the raffle is asked to contact Colin Armes, 100 Club promoter, on 01842 761758.

Radio Thetford was launched in January after station founder, 20 year old Samuel Ball, announced plans on Facebook. Soon the community was coming on-board with the idea, and in February, a team of presenters took shape. Now the station has over 1000 people listening to their programs.

Thetford Music Project meets on Thursdays in term time to provide school-aged children with opportunities to learn to play musical instruments and take part in ensembles. A charitable organisation, we aim to keep costs low for our students. For further details see our website or ring us on 07765 994066. New members are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a most enjoyable occasion! Thetford Music Project - The Place to Be! Director: Polly Fenn Registered Charity No. 1121851

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As the station has built up it has forged relationships with local businesses and organsations, and in March, Arco in Bury St. Edmunds kindly donated 25 printed polo shirts for the team and promotional team to show their support. Radio Thetford also works in conjunction with ‘Wellspring’, which is a new concept for the Community, held in the multipurpose facilities of the Church on the Way on Admirals Way Estate. Wellspring is offering the chance to receive radio broadcast training and learn new skills and the chance to try and present their own slot on Radio Thetford. Samuel says: "Radio Thetford is 100% community focused, and our statement ‘For the People, By the people’ is what we believe in”, he added; "Over the summer we have loads of exciting activities coming up which people can get involved with and to raise our profile around the town" Visit to tune in. By Katie Snowdon

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Green Gym at The Bishop’s C of E Primary School Thursday the 3rd of June was a beautiful sunny morning at the Bishops C of E School on the Abbey Estate. A group of volunteers from the Thetford Green Gym, the BTCV charity came together for a bit of a green workout. The project aim was to create 3 raised growing beds for the school. The volunteers came to help with physical task of creating the raised beds and the heavy lifting and moving of the soil. The raised beds will allow the children to learn about growing their own food, and how to look after and care for the environment. I joined them whilst they had a well deserved refreshment break. All the volunteers were enthusiastic about the project, not least the three Austin sisters, Zoe, Jade, and Rebecca. Everyone was happy to be there, and feeling good about doing something for the community. And the bonus for them was that the hard work was helping them to keep fit, whilst having fun and making friends. The event was organised by Jane Delaney of BTCV, Carl Clark Pastoral Outreach worker and Thetford Healthy Town. The frames for the raised beds were kindly donated by Thetford Healthy Town, and the topsoil all 20 tons of it was donated by Darren Thorpe of the Kings Lynn Depot of British Sugar.

The BTCV Green Gym run projects all over Thetford using volunteer’s from all sections of the community. Their aims are to improve both the physical and mental health of the volunteers whilst benefiting the environment and community at the same time. A big Thank You to the volunteers: Jane Delaney, Carl Clark, Sisters Zoe, Jade, and Rebecca Austin, James Warren, Jean Bennett, Graeme Cobb, Darren Bunclark, Sue Taylor, Mary Andrew and Steve Thompson. To take part in any of the BTCV Green Gym activities please contact Jane Delaney 0n 01842 757349 or via email:

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The sessions taught the pupils how to help prevent food poisoning by understanding the four C’s - cooking, cleaning chilling and contamination.

Pupils take part in Food Safety Week Food Safety Week is an annual national campaign which focuses on the simple precautions that consumers can take to avoid food poisoning. This year, Breckland Council’s Food and Health & Safety team worked in partnership with the Council’s Youth Engagement team to bring important food safety messages to primary school children in a way that is fun and interesting.

Food safety and hygiene is particularly important during the summer months - when levels of food poisoning soar. There are around 120,000 extra cases of illness recorded across the UK when the weather is warmest

The sessions offered a range of interactive activities for the children to get involved with and all pupils were given a promotional pack complete with stickers, posters and a puppet. Pupils from Norwich Road, Thetford, Garbaldisham Primary, Ashill Primary, Mileham Primary and Sporle Primary School were introduced to Grubeye, the star character of the Food Standards Agency GermWatch campaign, which highlights the importance of food safety and hygiene at home. Pupils were tasked with building their own Grubeye, and the winners received a photograph of their grubeye on a key ring.

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Hi! The weather has been a bit up and down this year, so it is really hard to know what is going to happen this month. Things are beginning to grow. The veg on the allotment seem to have taken time to get going, but now we should be having a few young carrots and lettuces. The tomatoes are getting there but very slowly, but the peas have started to pick up at last. The potatoes have picked up after the late frost we had in the beginning of the year, which set them all back. We had our garden club summer show last month and although the roses are very late this year, we had a good display even though mine have taken their time to come out. The show was great and we had more entrants this year than ever before for a summer show. Well done every one! My lilies are only now starting to come out, but it will be breathtaking when they do, as that heady perfume is wonderful. Really this month we should be getting some of that produce that we have planted on the plate or in the vases. The birds have been busy again this year, the blackbirds are on their 3rd nest and I have seen a thrush in the garden this year for the first time since I have lived here. We also have had a pair of gold crests on the waterfall bathing. Then a week ago they brought their babies into the garden to drink. What a wonderful sight to see! Well, keep up with the weeding and planting lettuce and radishes. Hopefully the warmer weather is round the corner so we can enjoy the fruits of our labours. Some of the fruit is now beginning to ripen. I have been eating the strawberries, and black currants will soon be ready along with the red currants. Also look out for Mr Keith Goldsmith who from time to time has a plant sale outside St Cuthbert's church. He would very much like to see you all. I like to help sometimes but being such a busy women it is not always possible. Well that's all for this month except to say happy gardening and I will be back next month. If you need any help or to ask anything please contact me

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Before I go, I opened my garden to the public for open gardens last month and had a really lovely day and would like to thank those who came to look at our garden and gave me some really nice comments. It was also really nice to see our mayor Pauline Quadling, even if she caught me cleaning the pump out in the pond! Thank you again. Yvonne.

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Hello boys and girls, I bet you are already getting excited about the long summer holiday starting at the end of the month. I used to love this time of the year, it gave me the chance to do what I loved best tending my garden, which my dear old dad had given me, and watching the birds nesting. I had a small plot, which was 3metres by 3metres, quite small, but you can grow a lot of vegetables in a plot that size. Mainly I kept my family supplied with salads throughout the hot summer. It was nice to be heaped with praise by my 3 sisters and 2 brothers, who were all older than me. Fond memories of the long hot summers of the late nineteen fifties and early nineteen sixties. So what can you be getting on with now? Keep setting lettuce, radish and any other salad crops. Try some mixed leaves like rocket, leaf beet and harvest when young and tender. It is so simple to do. Fill a pot with compost and level it, then get some seeds of different leaves, mix together and set a small amount into the pot and lightly cover with more compost. Water and place in the sun. Keep watered and once the seeds sprout set another lot. Once the leaves are 60 cm tall they are ready, snip off the leaves and wash and drain toss in a bowl, mix in other salad items and enjoy. I want to thank all those people who came round and enjoyed our garden on Sunday 13th June. Meeting so many gardeners and sharing our thoughts was great, and it was also nice to hear so many of you are growing vegetables in pots and these were not young gardeners. Well that's it for now hope you all keep safe and well, bye for now. Bye for now.

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Members of the 3rd Thetford Scout Group’s Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Iceni Explorer Scout Unit at their recent AGM.

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity 3rd Thetford Scout Group had a lot to celebrate at their recent AGM and Badge Night. During the evening the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts (ranging from 6 – 14 years old) invested new members in all sections, taking their numbers (including adult leaders) to a record 100+. New members also joined the Iceni Explorer Scout Unit (14 – 18 year olds) and a host of awards and badges were presented during the evening. Mike Dixon, representing the South West Norfolk Scout District at the meeting, said “the reason this group is so successful is because they have fun!” Scouter-in-Charge, Stephen Hunt, was pleased to tell the packed audience of members and their families about the training for various activities that adults and young leaders have undertaken over the last year. He said “with certificates to lead rock climbing, abseiling, archery, shooting and narrow boating the 3rd Thetford leadership team are probably the best qualified in the county!” Stephen Hunt was also proud to announce that a 24 year long project, started when he was with the 1st Aylesbury Scout Group, has also come to fruition - the narrow boat “Harboro Adventure II” is now berthed at its mooring on the River Ouse. The boat, originally a 1936 brickies’ boat, has been stripped and re-built by numerous Scouts and helpers from both Aylesbury and Thetford since its acquisition in 1986. Space to work on the 48 foot long narrow boat was kindly provided by the Elveden Estate, the Norfolk Rural Community Council helped with a grant

for essential equipment to complete the work and Breckland District Youth Council Fund helped to pay for leaders to undertake RYA helmsman training. Some final minor works are being completed and an official opening is being planned and will be announced soon. Like its namesake ”Harboro Rocks”, the Derbyshire farmhouse run by 3rd Thetford and used by a number of groups, “Harboro Adventure II” is set to provide outdoor adventure and training opportunities for local Scouts and Guides for many years to come. Members of the group are now wondering what project they can turn their hands to to provide Harboro Adventure III! Talking of adventure, two of Thetford’s Iceni Explorer Scout Unit told the meeting about how they were selected from 70 Norfolk Explorer Scouts to be members of the 36-strong Norfolk contingent going to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden next year. Rachael Davis and Matthew Tippett thanked those who had supported their recent fund raising efforts “walking to Sweden” threelegged whilst dressed in Swedish costume! During the next two months bag packing in Sainsbury’s and Tesco is also being organised by the pair who each need to find £2000 to fund their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Mike Dixon was absolutely right when he said Scouts in Thetford have fun! If you would like further information about Scouting in Thetford please call Stephen Hunt on 01842 761130.

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Can you help with vouchers? Thetford Girlguiding District are collecting the Tesco's & Sainsbury's school and club vouchers, both stores have now stopped issuing them and 1st Thetford Guides are short of 600 Sainsbury's vouchers to purchase a camcorder that needs 6390 vouchers. We have Tesco vouchers that we are planning to buy outdoor activity equipment to help the girls enjoy themselves and to get fit!!! Please if you have either vouchers going spare please let me know, I can collect them in the Thetford area. We have to submit them by 8th July. Thank you in advance for your help & I look forward to hearing from you all soon. Caroline - 1st Thetford Guide Leader Tel: 01842 821581

'The 1st Thetford Youth Day Event took place on Saturday 29th May and Thetford Girlguiding had 3 stalls offering Tombola, Cakes and Bric a Brac to help raise funds for our 100 years celebrations. We would like to thank the '1109 (Thetford) Squadron ATC' for arranging this event, although the rain deterred visitors we enjoyed the day and thank our customers for their support. If you would like to donate to this cause or have any girls aged 5 to 14 years old interested in joining us, then please contact Lorna Thompson on 01842 762251 for further information.'

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Thetford Academy a student’s view My name is Joshua Caitens-Smith and I currently go to Rosemary Musker High School which, at the end of the summer holidays, will be Renamed “North Campus” in light of the new academy.

All in all I think that the new academy is a good idea for the current students as they will see some immediate changes to their school life and to the future pupils as they will have a much better system of education with less social boundaries as the two Thetford schools will be merged together. Joshua Caitens-Smith

There have been mixed views about the academy from students as well as teachers, one of the main worries of the proposal, is if the students currently attending Rosemary Musker High School and Charles Burrell Humanities School will have a place in the new academy. The answer to that is yes, all students who are at either school will not have to re-apply to get a place in the academy.

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Some of the students at both schools have their own views on the academy and one of them is from a student in the current year ten of Rosemary Musker. “I don’t really see how the schools becoming an academy will affect me, because I’m not going to be in school that much longer so what is the point?”. In my opinion “the point” of the new academy is to make Thetford a better learning environment for future students who may choose to study here. The academy will be receiving more funding, which in turn will be in the interests of the students as it will provide better facilities for them, this could include new gyms at the North and South campuses; more school trips which would be beneficial to the students learning as it is a more “hands on” approach to learning than in a classroom; A new uniform, which will be free of charge to the students, will be issued. This includes a blazer with the new academy logo, school ties, and school jumpers. A new P.E. kit will also be issued for free and this consists of a polo shirt, a rugby top and socks, all in the colours of the new academy.

The event was very well attended and despite the heavy rain in the afternoon, the event was very successful. The ATC would like to thank all the local companies who sponsored us and donated prizes for the raffle. Also a big thank you to Lord Fisher who allowed us to use his land for the event. Next years Fun Day will be on Sunday 29th May 2011

The academy will be split up into three different campuses, the North Campus, the South Campus and the Forum. Each campus will specialise in different areas. One will be leading on the Arts and Literacy; one on Science, Maths and Technology; while the third (the Forum site) will be focused on Vocational and Hands-on learning. Some students have wondered whether they will be able to easily get from one campus to another but this has been solved as part of the funding will be going towards transport for the students which will involve bus

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Thetford Open Gardens It was another lovely day for the fourth Thetford Open Gardens. 38 gardens were on view to the public ranging from the small, neat and compact, many of which had ponds, to the much larger gardens, which sweep down to the river. 12 gardens, which had not previously been open were on show this year. This makes the day additionally attractive to those who have visited in previous years and it is very gratifying that so many people in Thetford are wanting to become involved in a day which brings the town together in support of St Nicholas Hospice. Visitors are constantly surprised and impressed by the beauty and interesting features provided by our town. On the day, there was something for everyone interested in gardens and plants, and the hosts were only too happy to help with information and stories of how their gardens began and evolved. Lunches and teas were available and many stopped in beautiful surroundings to partake. The Probus Club also held a luncheon at Mike and June Lewis' and they have donated the profits to the Open Gardens for St Nicholas Hospice. Very grateful thanks go to all those who participated in any way at all to make the day such a success. To date, the sum raised for the Hospice is £4886.03, which is fantastic. Neville Lockwood, the photographer, has generously offered copies of 2 discs of his photographs of the day for £5.00 the set – the money going to the Hospice. Those who wish to purchase a set, please will they contact Liz Hodgson on 01842 753872

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Wednesday 28th July - 11am – 2pm Family drop-in activity - Cost: £1/50p* Cost: admission charge only Discover beautiful scrapbooks from the collection at Norfolk Record Office, and learn how they were put together. Make a page to take home.

Holiday Blues? Join in the fun at Ancient House Looking for something interesting to do during the summer holidays? Take a look at the museum’s holiday programme, there’s something for everyone! July sees the beginning of our programme and culminates at the beginning of September with the Thetford Festival.

Learn to Knit Saturday 31st July - 2 – 3.30pm Community event • Free, but please book in advance Join our knitting taster sessions. Wool, needles, patterns and tuition provided. Suitable for all ages and abilities

This year, the museum team has taken inspiration from the new Maharajah exhibition; there are plenty of art based activities to try and a brand new House Alive event, looking at the suffragette movement. Another new activity is the two day film making workshop for children, Lights, Camera, Action! The children will learn how to write a script, use a camera and produce a short film – in this case a guide to the Ancient House featuring all their favourite bits of the museum!

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Summer Holiday Fun! Family drop-in activities 11am - 2pm Wednesday 28th July Victorian Scrapbooks

Thursday 12 August Indian Elephant Day

Discover beautiful scrapbooks from the collection at Norfolk Record office, and learn how they were made. Make a page to take home. £1/50p Museum Pass Holders & Friends

See the amazing elephants knitted by the ’Knit and Knatter’ group, make an elephant mask, join our parade to the library, and listen to some stories. £1/50p Museum Pass Holders & Friends

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Friday 6th August Suffragettes: Votes for Women

Friday 20th August Victorian Washday

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Make Amazing Music Once again this Summer, 6-16 year olds in Thetford have the chance to sing together and perform for an invited audience through a Singers’ Workshop from Thetford Voices. Marvellous Songs will bring together the amazing, the wonderful and the fantastic in a programme of great songs and interesting styles, learnt over two days and guaranteeing a fun concert for all ages.

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Song leader Laura Middleweek and her experienced team are joined by Alan Helsdon of the Norfolk Singing History initiative who will have some local tall tales and good choruses to add to the mix. In their fourth year, the fully supervised TV Workshops have proved a popular addition to the list of things to do in the long summer holiday, with many singers returning each year. Through generous sponsorship, this year again from the D’Oyly Carte Trust and from Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Community Foundation, costs are once again kept to a small administration charge of £5 (£3 for a single day). We look forward to seeing old and new participants in 2010.

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Marvellous Songs runs from 9.30 - 3.45 on Wednesday 11th August and 1.307.45 on Thursday 12th (concert at 7.00) in the Williamson Hall of Thetford Grammar School. To book, and for further information, pick up a leaflet locally or contact John Weeks, Thetford Voices Administrator on 01842 820060 or at

Kralovska Obora Chamber Choir Visit Thetford During the first week of July a 10-strong a capella chamber choir from Prague will be visiting Thetford and Bury St Edmunds for a short concert tour. Thetford Grammar School is delighted to invite Kralovska Obora to perform at their Old School venue where they will be joined by Thetford’s own new “Thursday Nights” ladies singing group and Thetford Grammar School’s “Vocalise” choir. Kralovska Obora’s main focus is classical Czech and European music, performing pieces from the very beginning of musical notation, through medieval and renaissance periods to compositions from the 20th Century. The choir’s leader is the talented musician, multiinstrumentalist and conductor Vaclav Lahodny.

Lahodny means delicious in Czech! From its inception the choir has included singers from around Prague, who meet to perform at festivals such as Easter and Christmas Kralovska Obora regularly perform concerts in the very special and acoustically splendid setting of a 13th century Cistercian monastery in Southern Bohemia, The Zlata Koruna - Golden Crown. In addition to concerts in Czech churches, monasteries and castles, Kralovska Obora has also performed in Vienna and Leipzig. Contact was first made with the Kralovska Obora choir during a visit by members of Thetford Grammar School to the village of Lidice which was devastated by Nazi atrocities during World War II. TGS Head of Sixth form Stephen Spencer has organised the choir’s visit and is pleased that members of the school and the wider Thetford community have the opportunity to enjoy something out of the ordinary. Tickets for the concert on Tuesday 6th July at 7 pm are £5, available from Thetford Grammar School 01842 752840.

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In a further bid to promote healthy living in Thetford, the All Being Well Roadshow took place on the town Market Square on 2nd June. The All Being Well Campaign aims to encourage healthy eating, regular exercise and good mental health through taster sessions, demonstrations and activities. As well as the chance to try your hand at Bollywood and Flamenco dancing there were a number of stalls offering advice on healthy foods and exercise, as well as information on mental health and advice on weight management. BBC Norfolk Radio hosted the event, and was joined by over 20 organisations including Thetford Healthy Town, Active Norfolk, Norfolk Stop Smoking Service and West Suffolk MIND; providing an opportunity to promote and share information, advice and guidance on their services. There was information on the Breckland Schools Sport Partnership and Football in the Community were giving children the chance to have a kick about. Free information packs were handed out, as well as free fruit and free stepometers. It was nice to see lots of local people taking an interest and getting involved!


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Laburnum Grove Caribbean Carnival and Football Extravaganza On Wed June 16th Laburnum Grove Housing with Care Scheme held their annual Extravaganza to help raise funds to finance activities and outings for their clients. This year manager Pearl Mumford, and her activities team arranged a Caribbean Carnival, and with the world cup football upmost in minds decided to add a football theme to the carnival too!

Next up was an aptly named display, Juggling Inferno, by Tim Marston. His enthralling performance justified his very descriptive name, juggling up to three flaming brands, displaying his skills with fire eating before finally breathing fire just like the mythical dragons. Tim, who normally entertains at weddings, is based in Kendal in the beautiful Lake District and drove all the way to Thetford to be part of this really enjoyable day.

The event was opened by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Pam Spenser and the festivities began with a display of Limbo Dancing from Amber, in the car park at the front of the building. It wasn’t long before she had the clients and guests clapping along to the music and even managed to get several volunteers to dance under the limbo bar! Amber originally from the tropical island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean travelled up from London to entertain us. Then, when everyone had moved inside the main event of the day followed, the carnival procession weaved through the main lounge led by the carnival king, (Grandad) David Friend and queen Evelyn Ollington, to the accompaniment of familiar Caribbean music the steel drums, played by Octavius. A delicious lunch was then served to the clients and guests, approximately one hundred people, by the staff and volunteers who were brightly dressed in either Caribbean or football related costumes. A specially baked carnival cake was cut by June Kenward and Karen knight from Social Services, and a welcome song sung by Peter Kenward who volunteered to be the MC for the day. Another cake especially baked for the day was auctioned off to add to the amenity fund. Please mention the About Thetford Community Magazine when responding to advertisements


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Sally Meets Sharon in a Chance Meeting at Sainsburys

Keystone Area Voluntary Organisations promotes a local volunteering opportunity each month.

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Sally Foster, who lives in Suffolk, popped into Sainsburys on her way home from work in London, where by chance Sharon was collecting money for a very new branch of the St John’s Ambulance here in Thetford. Coincidently, Sally had been with the St Johns for fifteen years while living in Surrey and had given this up due to the pressure of her daily commute. Sally and Sharon started chatting, and Sally said she would like to help as she popped some coins in the bucket. Sally raised £500.00 by talking to her bosses at Lloyd’s Register in London, and they generously provided the donation. Many thanks went to Lloyds and Sally who is hoping to find the time to join the fundraising committee. Sally has links to the town through relatives here. Sharon was literally over the moon as the group started from scratch last September, and this will help towards the cost of much needed uniforms, radios, stationery etc. The group collect plastic bottles and aluminium cans. These may be dropped off at Select in Town or to Sharon at 1 Hillary Road. Please ring 07940 029 510 if you have a large quantity for collection. Sharon said ‘We are out for First Aid Duties within the Community’.

Keystone Development Trust is looking for 4 enthusiastic individuals to act as Trustee Board members on a voluntary basis.

Keystone Development Trust is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee delivering community projects and social enterprises to meet local people’s needs. Whilst we welcome applications from anyone committed to the work of the Trust, we would particularly welcome applications from younger people (over 18) to ensure our Board reflects the local community. If you wish to discuss the position of Trustee further please contact Neil Stott on 01842 754639 Closing date is Wednesday 31st July 2010. For an application pack visit our website contact us via e-mail at by telephone on 01842 821445.

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Breckland Council has received the keys to the new state-of-the-art £1.3m, John Room House in Thetford, which will provide accommodation for single homeless people across Breckland. The keys were received by Breckland Council’s Executive member for Housing, Paul Claussen, from Robert Carter of RG Carter Construction, the company commissioned to refurbish and adapt the original building and construct a new housing block adjacent to the original building.

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All bricks and windows from the original building have been cleaned and re-used, and the whole site has been built to the latest eco-standards. A brand new two-storey building made up of 12 moveon flats, designed to act as a stepping stone for residents on the way to moving into their own home, has been built using modern design techniques. The building comes complete with a grass roof, chosen for its biodiversityand eco properties. and windows on the lower floor have been coated preventing people seeing in.


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Paul Claussen said: “The difference that has been made to the hostel in such a short space of time is incredible and I know it will be very much appreciated.


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July at Thetford Library This month we have included details of our summer holiday activities for children which run through July and August.

Programme of Events Summer Reading Challenge – Space Hop! The theme of this year’s reading challenge game for children is cosmic travel. It starts on Friday 23 July and finishes on Saturday 4 September. Don’t forget to come in and register so that you can collect your freebies and enjoy reading your books over the summer holidays. Meet a Magistrate - Friday 9 July 10-12 noon Have you ever wanted to know what happens in a Magistrates’ Court and how Magistrates reach their decisions? Do you have a burning question about sentencing? Well now’s your chance to find out more! There is no need to make an appointment just come along for an informal chat.

Summer Specials! - Baby Bounce & Rhyme for parents/carers and their babies and toddlers Free, just drop-in, no need to book! Please come along and enjoy songs and rhymes followed by refreshments and a chance to browse the books. Wednesday 28 July from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Wednesday 4 August from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Wednesday 11 August from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

families to enjoy the sessions safely. Please collect your tickets (1 per child) from the Library in advance of the event. TICKETS FOR SUMMER EVENTS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE WHERE POSSIBLE FROM MONDAY 5 JULY. Monday 26 July 10:30am-11:30am ‘Space Hop around the Universe’ Come and enjoy a story followed by activities on a space theme. Monday 2 August 10:30-11:30am World War 2 with the Ancient House Museum Thursday 5 August 2 sessions, 10:30-12:00 and 2:00-3:30pm Alien and space themed event using recycled materials. Customize a rag bag with Waste Management from Norfolk County Council and Breckland Council. Monday 9 August 10:30-12:30pm Re-vamp’ workshop with Breckland Council. Use recycled household objects and rubbish to make toys and games. Tuesday 10 August 10:00-12 noon Fabric Painting’ with Breckland Council Monday 16 August 10:30-11:30am Elizabeth 1 will be paying a visit toThetford Library (with the Ancient House Museum) Tuesday 17 August 10:30-12 noon ‘Drumming/ Percussion workshop’ with Breckland Council

Reading Group Friday 30 July between - 2:30 - 3:30pm. To join, and obtain copies of the book/s please call the library on 01842 752048.

The Book Club July meeting is Friday 30 July from 5:45pm-6:45pm. If you enjoy meeting new people and reading books please come along (and bring a friend too!) Refreshments available. For more information please call Kyra on: (01842) 752048 or e-mail

Thursday 19 August 2 sessions, 10:15-11:15 and 11:30-12:30 Learn about the Egyptians! Come along and enjoy this fun, free session with Swaffham Museum including crafts and activities. Thursday 26 August 10:30-12 noon ‘Drumming/ Percussion workshop’ with Breckland Council

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Breckland Council’s Pride in Breckland team will be installing a gate to stop people using an alleyway as a public convenience and causing criminal damage. The alleyway which links King Street with the rear of Well Street in Thetford has been regularly used by groups of people who cause problems for local shopkeepers. But the new gate will put a stop to the problems and make residents and traders feel safer. The gates will block both ends of the alleyway preventing pedestrians from using the alleyway between the hours of 18:30 and 07:30 with only shopkeepers, the police and fire crews having a key to it. The gate was decided upon after concerns were raised by the Thetford Task Force, the Police and a local residents association. Richard Wills, Pride in Breckland Co-ordinator said: The Pride in Breckland team had a discussion and came up with some ideas and then worked with local shopkeepers to find a way of getting a gate put in." The alleyway gate is funded by Pride in Breckland and will be installed by July.

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Thetford ( Breckland ) Lions Club 37th Anniversary Charter The Thetford (Breckland) Lions Club held their 37th Anniversary Charter Luncheon on Sunday 23rd May at the Wereham House. In attendance were the newly elected Mayor of Thetford Cllr Pauline Quadling and Cllr. Derek Mortimer. Guests also came from Newmarket to help with the celebrations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at the Wereham House for such a lovely meal, and to all those who helped with the arrangments. Lion John Wood - President

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