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  • Issue 54 2010

    Your Local Independent Community Magazine

    Circulation 10,500 copies

    Thetford Healthy Town p25 - p32 Connies 100th Birthday p37

    01379 688580The Design Centre, Fysons Farm, Thetford Road, North Lopham, Diss IP22 2HQ

    www.diss-windows.co.uk email: sales@diss-windows.co.uk

    See Page 45

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  • Visit our Showroom,or we can visit you.

    For a FREENo Obligation Quote

    Call 01379 688580


    We do Kitchens

    Open 7 days a week Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pmTHE DESIGN CENTRE FYSONS FARM THETFORD RD NORTH LOPHAM DISS IP22 2HQ

    Truly Affordable Made to Measure just for You No Gimmicks or Hard Sell


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    Gorse Industrial Estate Barnhamwww.gorsemotors.co.ukinfo@gorsemotors.co.uk

    01842 890304M 07737 151916 (til 7pm)

    Servicing all makes and models includingnew cars, keeping manufacturers warranty

    FREE MOTwith an Eliteplus ServiceEconomy Power Plus Tuning

    7 Daysa Week




    Established 20 Years

    Servicing and Repairs on allMakes & Models

    Engine Management Diagnostics

    Fault Code Reader Tyres & Exhausts

    (Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Tested)

    Open Monday - Friday 8am - 6pmand Saturdays 8am - 1pm

    VICKERSMOTORS LTDThe Female Friendly Garage

    Good Honest Service

    Telephone:01842 765122


    23 Brunel Way, Thetford,Norfolk IP24 1HP



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    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 noresponsibility for the accuracy of statements made by its contributors, in any advertisements or for any loss arising from non-publication of any advertisement. Reproduction of any part of this publication without permission of the publishers is strictlyforbidden. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher

    Publisher: About Thetford Limited131 Nunnery Drive, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 3EP

    Tel: 01842 761549 email: aboutthetford@googlemail.com

    If you would like to advertise yourbusiness please contact

    aboutthetford@googlemail.com or call Marje on

    01842 761549 07754 034 015DEADLINE for May Issue 15th April

    For a Reliable Taxi Serviceat a Fair Price.Local, Long Distance,Airports, Special Rates for Contractsand Regular CustomersAlwaysuse a Licensed TaxiBe Safe Be Secure

    Fareway Taxi

    Phone01842 76-38-65

    Dear Readers,I hope you enjoy reading all the articles about the manygood deeds that go on in the town, that have beencontributed this month, there are a lot of unsung heroes inThetford.

    I would also like to say thank you for all the good wishes,support, and oers of help we have received over the pastfew weeks. We are really grateful and will be taking theseoers up soon!

    We have been told to expect a date for Trevors operationany day now so would really appreciate any copy for MayIssue as early as possible.

    Thanks again, Best Wishes, Marje.

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    Competitive Rates - Contracts Welcome

    Distance No Object!

    Phone: 01842 766900

    Mobile: 07979 267 938


    01842 755 22201842 755 222

    A2B TAXISA2B TAXIS4, 7 and 8 Seaters

    Airports Night Clubs Long Distance

    Call or Email for a Quote or Bookingthetfordtaxisa2b@msn.com

    Self-Employed Owner Drivers WantedBreckland Executive & Wedding Cars

    Call 07706 139 469brecklandexecutive.cars@hotmail.co.ukFor that special occasion, Day or Night

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    OrganiserMrs Brenda Webb89 Lovell GardensWatton, ThetfordNorfolk IP25 6TY

    Tel: 01953 885 55907776 364456wheelerevents@aol.com

    SecretaryMs Sandra Wheeler

    91 Admirals WayThetfordNorfolk

    IP24 2TJ

    Tel: 01842 75177807818 827 601



    Breckland Leisure & Waterworld CentreCroxton RoadTHETFORD

    NorfolkIP24 1JD


    Sunday 18th April 201010am till 3pm

    Admission FREE(Donations on door appreciated)

    In aid of Asperger Youth Group

    ThetfordCharity No. 1074699



    The South Suffolk ShowAmpton Racecourse, Ingham Nr Bury St. Edmunds

    (Follow the signs off the A134)

    SUNDAY, MAY 9th 2010

    A Traditional Agricultural ShowFeaturing

    Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Horses, Craft Marquee, Food Hall, Trade Stands of all types,Public Catering, Fun Fair and Vintage Machinery.

    Ring attractions to include The Flying Gunners, and Stallions of Substance,with displays by the West Suffolk and Eastern Counties Motor Club, Hawk Experience

    Falconry Display Team, Suffolk Gundog Club and the EATC with Terrier Racing.Come along to the South Suffolk and experience a Great Day out.

    Admission: Adults 8, Children 5-15 & Senior Citizens 5, Family Ticket 25(See website for advance discounted ticket bookings form)


    For further information Tel: 01638 750879 or view www.southsuffolkshow.co.uk

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    Thetford(Breckland)Lioness Club

    Thetford Lionesses collected 106.00 from therecent Mothers Day stall - to be donated to the AirAmbulance and other Lioness Charities. ThetfordLionesses also collected 1,228 from the Marie Curiecollections and would like to say a big thank you toeveryone that supported these two events.

    Thetford Town Centre

    Residents Assc.

    Please note: Meetings are now onthe second Monday of the month and

    NOT Thursdays as previously

    Monday 12th April 7.00pm, Riversdale CentreEveryone welcome

    Tel Margaret Findlay 01842 824884

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    WORSHIPEvery Sunday 10.45 - Coffee after Service

    Church Of The Nazarene, Croxton RoadA Welcoming Friendly Church Led By Pastor Robert Barker

    Worship Group-Sunday School-Children's Friday ClubThursday Evening Meetings

    Free Coffee Morning Every Wednesday 10.00am-12.30pmFriendly Worship For All The Family

    Phone Number 01842 820114Warmly invite you to join us for Sunday Worship Mornings - 10.45am

    followed by tea and coffeeAll Age Service 2nd Sunday morning each month

    Evenings - 6.30pm for Informal ServiceMid week activities during term time include: Girls Brigade (Mondays) and House Groups (variable)

    For more information contact:Pastor: Rev David Champion 01842 762066

    Secretary: Liz Pearce 01842 752382

    King Street Baptist Church, Thetford

    Church of the NazareneWelcomes you to our free

    coffee morning every Wednesday10.00 - 12.30pm

    Why not pickup a bargain at thesametime on our bric-a-brac stalls

    on display every week.A Surprise Dip for the children.

    Thetford Over 60sLunch Club

    A Club for older people run by volunteers

    Do come and join us on:

    Tuesdays at Riversdale Wednesdays at St. Michaels 12.30pm

    4 for a freshly cooked meal with tea or coffeeTransport available

    Thursdays and Fridays for our Pub Club.Telephone: 763722 for information

    The Thetford Friends of St.Nicholas Hospice CareTable Top Sale on Saturday 17th April at the courtyard St. CuthbertsChurch and on 15th May, 19th June, 17th July and 21st August.

    For stall security as you unload your car, please speak to Don and hewill keep an eye on your valuables. Also table with items from St.Nicholas Hospice Care Warehouse, mainly new, in their originalpackaging and reasonably priced.

    Start setting up 07.00hrs for 08.00hrs - 12.00hrs, market day. Pitchfees 5. Please phone Don on 01842 753645 to book a pitch, limitedspaces will be on a first come first served basis.

    Car Boot Sales at Thetford Rugby Club, on the Mundford Road, onSundays. Pitch fees 5. The times are 06.00hrs to 12.00hrs. 25th April30th May, 27th June, 25th July and 29th August.

    Don Goveia - Chairman The Thetford Friends of St. Nicholas Hospice Care

    THETFORD ST. JOHN FELLOWSHIPInvites all retired members, ex members and any

    helpers that were involved with St. John to join them onthe first Wednesday of each month.

    We Meet in St. Cuthberts Church Hall at 2pm

    Diary of EventsApril 7th Dinner at the TerrierMay 5th AGMJune 2nd Bee Keeping................Arthur ChasneyJuly 7th CrossroadsAugust 4th Visit to Dads Army MuseumSeptember Flower and Plant QuizOctober 6th My Varied Career...................................JoNovember 3rd Arts and Crafts Session by MembersDecember 1st Get together and Buffet

    EASTER PRAISE CONCERTEaster Sunday 7pm

    At The Church on the WayAdmirals Way Estate Thetford


    SPEAKERS VISITS OUTINGS COMPETITIONSOr just a friendly chat over a cuppa

    Table Top Sale & Car WashingTable Top Sale