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Issue 54 2010 Your Local Independent Community Magazine Circulation 10,500 copies Thetford Healthy Town p25 - p32 Connie’s 100th Birthday p37 01379 688580 The Design Centre, Fysons Farm, Thetford Road, North Lopham, Diss IP22 2HQ www.diss-windows.co.uk email: [email protected] See Page 45

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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: [email protected]

    See Page 45

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    Gorse Industrial Estate [email protected]

    01842 890304M 07737 151916 (til 7pm)

    Servicing all makes and models includingnew cars, keeping manufacturers warranty

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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: [email protected]

    If you would like to advertise yourbusiness please contact

    [email protected] or call Marje on

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

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    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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    OrganiserMrs Brenda Webb89 Lovell GardensWatton, ThetfordNorfolk IP25 6TY

    Tel: 01953 885 55907776 [email protected]

    SecretaryMs Sandra Wheeler

    91 Admirals WayThetfordNorfolk

    IP24 2TJ

    Tel: 01842 75177807818 827 601

    [email protected]


    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 & Car WashingSaturday 3rd April

    Barnham Village Hall, 10am - 1pm5 for a table/5 for a car wash

    Call 01842 890 198 to book tables

    Refreshments available.

    In aid of World Challenge Tanzaia 2010

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    Royal British Legion

    Thetford Branch

    Menin GateYpres Weekend 2010

    10th 12th September 2010190.00 approx.

    If interested contact Mandy on 01842 750592or John on 01842 762621

    The Festival & Concert CommitteeOrgan RecitalFriday 14th May

    by Norwich Cathredral Organist at St. Cuthberts Church

    to Celebrate the 100th Birthday ofSt. Cuthberts Organ.More details to follow

    SILVERTHREADSOver 60s Afternoon TeaTuesdays 2pm till 4pm

    Cloverfield Community CentreFor more information Contact

    Mrs Moya Brown 01842 761863

    30 Real Ales Hog RoastLive Music

    Festival Merchandise Supporting Charity BTO

    Daily Entrance Fee 3or Starter Pack 10

    (includes entrance fee, beer tokensand a souvenir glass)

    Tickets available from Thetford Tourist Information Centre01842 751975

    There will also be an Italian Market on the Market Place on Monday 3rd May

    Beer FestivalBeer FestivalBeer Festival1st, 2nd and 3rd May

    Carnegie Room Cage LaneThetford IP24 2BA

    Saturday and Sunday 12 noon -11pmMonday 12 noon till beer runs out

    1st, 2nd and 3rd MayCarnegie Room Cage Lane

    Thetford IP24 2BASaturday and Sunday 12 noon -11pmMonday 12 noon till beer runs out

    1st, 2nd and 3rd MayCarnegie Room Cage Lane

    Thetford IP24 2BASaturday and Sunday 12 noon -11pmMonday 12 noon till beer runs out

    being held on the

    Abbey EstateFriday 16th July

    If youve been involved in a carnival before you may like tohelp. We are looking for Dance Bands, Samba Bands, infact any

    type of musical band.The procession leaves from

    Bishops C of E Primary School at 2pm.Its an all day event

    with performances in the evening at the school.

    We welcome all school involvement, Business Sponsorship andlook forward to hearing from costume makers and designers.

    Local agency involvement for further information please contact

    Carl Clark 01842 754902 or 07766 635 378



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    Royal BritishLegion

    Thetford BranchThetford Branch Royal British Legion is located onThetford Market Place. We have a membership ofapproximately 300 members.

    The aim of The Royal British Legion:To provide welfare support for Serving and Ex-ServicePersonnel and their dependants.

    At Thetford Branch we have 2 Welfare Case Officers MrRab OKane and Mr Alan Bird whose details are availablefrom the Club on The Market Place. In the last 11 monthsThetford Branch has taken 12 Welfare cases resulting infinancial assistance to the region of 18,000.

    To seek assistance from The Royal British Legion anapplicant only needs to have served 7 days in HM Forcesor be a dependant of someone who served 7 days in HMForces. If you know of anyone or are yourself in need ofassistance either contact the Club direct or 01842762213

    The Branch has a Branch meeting on the FirstWednesday of each month which is for members and wewill be trying to have guest speakers each month.

    Aprils Entertainment at our Club includes a quiz nighton Saturday 17th April 2010 at 2000hrs, teams of 4people and is open to non members.

    On Saturday 24th April we have a St. GeorgesCelebration with a Cockney Comedian and Sing alongnight price is 4.00 for non members on the door andincludes a Fish & Chip Supper. Serving Personnel areallowed free entry on production of a Service IdentityCard. Also on the night there will be a promotion ofGreene King IPA Ale at 2.00 per pint.

    Membership forms are available from the Club so whynot come in for a look and see whats on offer.Membership isnt restricted to Serving and Ex-ServicePersonnel everyone is eligible to join.

    For Further Information contact:

    Pete Rae 01842 75007907702 087429

    Email - [email protected]

    Our opening times:Monday 2 to 5pm during schoolterm-time only, plus late opening once a month till 8pm

    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9-5 (closed for lunch 1-2)

    Wednesday 9-12

    Saturday 9-1

    Next late openings:Monday 26th April & Monday 24th MayFor further details or appointments,.......please call in or phone 01842 762581

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  • Thetford Past and Present

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    Thetford Borough Council began building Newtown in the early 1920s, on 9 acres of land they had acquired soonafter the end of the 1914-18 War. It was the Borough Council's second large housing scheme; the first was theCorporation Dwellings, off the Bury Road, that were completed just prior to the commencement of the 1914-18 War.

    Past photograph from the David Osborne collection.

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    No Fix No Fee - Evenings and Weekends

    Broadband & wireless network setup computer

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    installation new builds sound advice

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    Home Visiting Foot Health Practitioner

    Alison LaytonMCFHP MAFHP

    For all your foot health needsNails Cut, Corns, Calluses etc.

    Call: 07904 684959

    Podiatrist/ChiropodistBSc (Hons) MChS

    Castle Osteopaths49 Castle Street Thetford. IP24 2DL

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    Wellspring is a new concept for the community, it is tobe held in the multipurpose facilities of the Church onthe Way on Admirals Way Estate. Every Friday variousclubs and groups will be taking place in the building andthis will possibly extend to other days of the week in thefuture. The underlying concept is: Well being for bodyand soul by providing healthy wholesome activities forall ages. Clubs and groups that are available at themoment are:

    Fitness and Wellbeing ClubLight exercise and aerobics are on offer from 6.30-7.30pm every Friday. This club is run by a professionalfitness and sports teacher with the services of aregistered nurse who together can give advice andencouragement for a tailor made personal fitnessprogramme. There will also be a free lending library offitness and aerobic DVDs. All of this for just 1 per weekor 10 for 3 months membership! Pure fruit smoothiesare also on offer after the sessions!

    Art and Craft GroupFor all ages and levels, including children. There will bea range of options available every Friday. Materials willbe supplied, but you can also come along and do yourown thing in the company of other interested people! Thisis just 1 for adults or 50p for children, per session from7-9pm. There will also be occasional demonstrationsfrom experts starting with a short Digital Photographycourse on 7, 21 May & 18 June.

    Thetford Community RadioThis new online radio station: www.radiothetford.co.ukthat has been extensively covered in the media,broadcasts live on a Friday evening as well as at othertimes. Budding DJs and presenters are welcome tocome along and get involved in this exciting project freeof charge!

    Wellspring Social ClubTable tennis, snooker, darts etc, plus a non-alcoholicdrinks bar, Internet access and a chillout area are on offerevery Friday 8-10pm. There will also be regular Quiznights as advertised. Membership is free and all ages arewelcome.

    Time for Tea CafOpen every Friday from 10am-2pm & 6-10pm. Pop infor morning coffee or light lunches (the cheese sconesand cakes are legendary!). Light evening meals areserved from 6pm as well as healthy snacks throughoutthe evening. People can come along to their club orgroup and purchase some good quality refreshmentsbefore or afterwards.

    Knit and Natter GroupAvid knitters or learners can come along for an eveningof knitting, sharing tips and ideas as well as enjoying thecompany You dont even have to knit you can justnatter! This takes place in a corner of the Caf.

    English Conversation for MigrantsThis group, which is free of charge, is open to all forwhom English is a second language. Its not a languageclass just a relaxed opportunity to improve your spokenEnglish and try out what to say in different situations, likeshopping, eating out, visiting the Post Office etc. No oneis put under pressure and everyone is welcome from allnationalities - but remember the only language that isspoken is English! (Bring a dictionary!) Sessions run from7.45-8.30pm and 8.45-9.30pm.

    Music ExperimentationThose who have always fancied trying to play a musicalinstrument but never had the chance or the courage totry are welcome to come along and enjoy having a go ina non-pressured environment. This activity is free ofcharge.

    BookshopBooks, cards and CDs will also be available for salethroughout the evening.

    Start date: Friday 23rd April 2010. Everyone isWELCOME (children under 13 must be accompanied bya parent please). Other groups can apply for space on aMonday or Tuesday daytime or evening. Phone: 01842753654. See the website for further information:www.wellspringthetford.co.uk

    Coming soon to Thetford

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  • Planning a Wedding Spring always seems to be the time couples start

    planning weddings. I suppose because they visitseveral wedding fares at this time even though itmight be the wedding is not until much later inthe year. Anyway, we have to start somewhere!

    Many of our clients visit us for various types oftreatments and need advise on how to get thebest from their treatments and the timescaleinvolved to book between visits to the salon. Forexample facials are great to have prior to awedding but ideally we would recommendplanning several months before and having afacial every month over a 5/6 month period. Thatway the therapist gets used to treating your skinand we can design the treatments around whatsgoing in your life.

    Stress plays a big role in affecting all of our livesand planning a wedding or any big event is noexception. Also, our clients may need bodywaxing and this is best done with the rightamount of weeks in between ( 4-6 ) to getmaximum benefits.

    Nails and feet need to be kept in order too withmanicure & Pedicures usually at 4-6 weekintervals. Planning extra treatments such as lashtinting and brow tinting all need to have a patchtest carried out prior each treatment. The tintusually lasts 4-6 weeks.

    Bridal make up is best practiced about a monthbefore, really to make sure you are happy with itand get use to wearing some if you dontnormally, especially the lipstick. It should be keptas natural as possible with colours to flatter theskin tones.

    Men need to make sure they are looking wellgroomed too! They may need their nails tendedtoo, possibly back or chest waxed, skin caretreatments designed for shaving irritations anddefinitely hair trimmed.

    Lisa Stallings, Halcyon Days Skincare LtdTelephone: 01284 704991

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    Friendly modern salon with air conditioningspecialising in all aspects of hair

    Bridal and special occasionspackages available

    4 Anna Gurney Close, Thetford

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    straightners for sale

    19 Guildhall StreetThetford, Norfolk

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    Tel: 01842 763145

    Welcomes all to come andtry out our hairdressing skills

    The Thetford TeamPeter, Denise, Jane, Fiona, and Anneka

    Good Salon Guide


    Please call Marion for a consultation 01842 821817 or 07768 931289

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    DofE Success at 1109 (Thetford)

    SquadronSix cadets from 1109 Squadron recentlyachieved the Duke of Edinburgh's BronzeAward. The award is a culmination ofmany months of work on an approvedprogramme of activities. During whichthey demonstrated both a commitment tothe community, and the achievement ofstretching personal goals. The Awardconsists of four activities at the Bronzelevel; volunteering, physical achievement,skills and expeditions.

    Having completed the Bronze Award,cadets have the opportunity to broadenand further develop their personalachievements with participation in Silverand Gold Award categories.

    The following Thetford cadets achieved theDofE Bronze Award:

    Flt Sgt S Mudd Flt Sgt A StantonSgt S Collomb Cpl J MacDonaldCpl C Browne Cpl A Lange

    Within the Air Training Corps (ATC), cadetsat 1109 (Thetford) Sqn have many uniqueopportunities not generally availableoutside of the ATC. These include takingthe controls of a fully aerobatic Grob Tutoraircraft under expert instruction, gliding,climbing, scuba diving, sports, expeditionsand helping out in the local community.

    If you are aged 13-17 and are looking todevelop new skills, and/or experience newchallenges, then please telephone theSquadron Headquarters on: 01842890929 on a Tuesday or Thursday eveningbetween 7pm and 9.30pm. Alternatively,the last Thursday of every month is 'NewRecruit' night when interested teenagerscan attend accompanied by theparent/guardian to learn more about thelife at 1109 Squadron and the ATC. Thesquadron parades at RAF Barnham Camp,Bury Road, Thetford.

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    Thetford SchoolsWorking Together

    Raleigh Infant School and Nursery hosted a Judo workshopfor year one and two children in the Thetford Gifted andTalented Partnership. Children from Raleigh Infant,Queensway Infant and Redcastle Furze school attendedand enjoyed an exciting workshop led by Judo coach JoTippett. The children had the opportunity to work alongsidenew friends to complete a range of Judo activities.

    The children learnt about the origins of Judo, Japanesewords, grappling moves and throwing techniques. Byronyear 1 said It was really exciting I enjoyed learning howto throw my partner. The session was a great success!

    Children developed their good PE skills further by trying anew sport. As a school Raleigh works hard to provide arange of learning experiences and opportunities for ourchildren.

    Mrs Tippett leads a Judo club at the Scout Hut school onThursday evenings, for children and adults.Please call 01842 763708 for more details or visitwww.kumojudoclubthetford.co.uk

    Inner Wheel Club'The Inner Wheel Club of Thetford took part

    in a 'Mamouth Quiz' in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

    Members of the club hosted a supper and quiz eveningat Croxton village hall. Twelve teams of six people tookpart in a very varied and challenging question time - itwas great fun!!

    The winning team (pictured above) which wasappropriately team No. 1, scored 81 out of 100 points.President of Inner Wheel Eileen Kitson thanked allmembers and friends who had attended and hadcontributed in any way to make it a very enjoyableevening. The event raised 640 and this sum will bedonated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

    Keith Gooch

    Howlett Way Thetford

    Norfolk IP24 1HZ

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  • Breckland Brass Band March 2007

    Brandon, situated in the heart of the Thetford forest inEast Anglia on the Suffolk /Norfolk border, is the home ofthe Breckland Brass Band.

    The band was conceived over a Christmas drink in thedirectors' office of Messrs. Green Bros. Ltd. in 1950 andin the following month - 21st January 1951 - the bandhad its first rehearsal in the works canteen.

    The instruments and music were provided by MessrsTom and Frank Green and Mr Harold Bowes wasappointed bandmaster. At that time all members wereemployees of the company and numbered some thirtyinexperienced but very keen men and boys. In fact, onlythree had any experience of brass banding. Thekeenness of all concerned was shown by the fact thatthe band was able to give its first public performance onthe occasion of the Armistice Day Parade and service inthe same year - just under ten months from the firstrehearsal.

    Over the years the band has achieved many successesin the contesting field, including the title of Suffolk CountyChampions on no fewer than three different occasions.In addition, the band has played all over the EasternCounties at both parades and concerts and has rarelymissed providing festive music in the town andsurrounding area at Christmas.

    The band owes a great deal to the first band master,Harold Bowes, a hard task master and one whomaintained such a high standard in the band. It was asad loss when he passed on in 1968. The baton wasnow handed on to Peter Bowes, son of Harold Bowes,who had been with the band from the beginning as atrombone player.

    In November 1971 the band left the company andadopted the name 'Breckland Brass Band'. Thisindependence gave the band a new zest and revitalisedspirit and also allowed ladies to join and partake for thefirst time. After a very successful first year in 1972 theband were able to have all the instruments overhauledfor the first time in the band's history and at the sametime all the instruments were converted to low pitch. Itwas hoped at the time the band would be able to investin a new set of instruments but at a cost then of4,000/5000 this was not to be.

    By 1980 the number of members had dropped to 10 andthe conductor made it known that he was hanging up hisbaton. At the time the remaining members were unsurewhat path to follow but decided unanimously to attemptto keep the band going at all costs. One of the originalmembers had heard that Christine Webber (Anglia TV)would be interested in conducting the band, sheaccepted the offer, and the evening she arrived to takethe band for the first time many ex members decided toreturn to the fold.

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  • Membership 2010Currently there are 27 members on the band books, twoof whom have been in the band from the very beginning,namely John Field, Bb Bass player (current chairman)and Peter Zipfell, principal euphonium. However, we areactively searching for new members of all disciplines toboost and improve the band as we enter 2010. If youare interested in joining us please contact :-

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    We will be very pleased to hear from you.Breckland Brass Band is a non competing band atpresent and concentrates all of its considerable efforts

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    Ace Day at LotusRace Team members of the 3rd Thetford Scouts and IceniExplorers paid a visit to the Lotus factory.

    Walking past a Colin Chapman classic racer and a morerecent F1 car, with a glance at Chris Boardmans Olympicbike they headed for the three champion Lotus Soapboxes.These are 4 wheeled cars that gravity speed down hillsreaching speeds in excess of 60 mph.

    The Scout cars are to be pedalled on a flat surface for 24hours, but soon discussions on drag coefficients, Akermannsteering design and material selection was in full flow. Therace being prepared for is in June and is a national event.

    Much work is left to be done, but as team leader KatieTippett says now that we have seen the Lotus cars it givesus a clear idea what we have to do and we are really gratefulto the designers for spending time with us.

    Leader Stephen Hunt thanked Lotus and others such asGreen Ventures for their support enabling the project to goahead at almost nil cost.

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    Society Staff Work Hardto Reach their Peak(S)!Two members of staff at N&P (Norwich andPeterborough Building Society) Thetford, are leavingthe comfort of their branch behind, to tackle theYorkshire Three Peaks challenge for a local charity.

    wanted to do something to help with fundraising andbecause her condition challenges her physically, I felt itwould be fitting to take part in a physical challengemyself. David has experience of hill walking so weagreed, along with our partners, that we would attemptthe Yorkshire Three Peaks. We have been regularlywalking over the last few months, mainly locally andalong the North Norfolk coast to build up our distances,and we have also trained on hills in Derbyshire. If anyonewould like to support our challenge, they can do so byvisiting the Thetford branch where we have oursponsorship form.

    David said: When Alison told me what she wanted to doand why, I thought it was a brilliant idea. As Alison hasno experience of hill walking, I thought I could help outwith the navigation side of things. As the training hasbeen going on now since back in October, it has meantthat post Christmas bulge was kept well at bay! Im reallylooking forward to it and hope that we can raise a goodamount for our local charity.

    During the Easter break, Alison Arnold, customer adviser,and David Cordner, financial planner at N&P Thetford, 16King Street, are going to attempt to complete theYorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in less than 12 hours.Its a 24 mile trek, which involves 5,000 feet of ascentand descent. Alison and David have decided to use theirsponsorship to support the local Bury St Edmunds branchof the MS Society.

    The MS Society is a charity which supports thoseaffected by multiple sclerosis, and their families. It canaffect people of any age, and there are currently over100,000 in the UK who have it. The Society fundsresearch into MS, runs respite care centres, providesgrants, training and education on the disease too. Formore information, visit www.mssociety.org.uk.

    Alison said: An old school friend of mine has MS, agedjust 37, and has been fundraising for the MS Society. I



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    Members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain, alocal charity engaged in the practise and promotion ofTaoist Tai Chi internal arts of health, are raising fundsto help rebuild schools in Haiti following the devastatingearthquake.

    The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain is a member ofthe International Taoist Tai Chi Society (ITTCS) and runsTai Chi classes throughout the country, including Suffolkand Norfolk, helping people in local communities recoverand improve their health through the practice of thisancient Chinese art.

    The International Taoist Tai Chi Society whose headquartersis in Toronto, Canada, has a history of helping in theaftermath of disasters, such as the 2004 tsunami. TheSociety made a pledge of $25 000 to the Montreal-basedFoundation Paul Grin-Lajoie, which has been focusing oneducational development in Haiti since 1976.

    Members in Great Britain have so far donated 6300 tosupport this pledge but due to the generosity of themembers worldwide the Society was able to present$100,000 CDN to the Foundation on Saturday 20thFebruary at the annual Chinese New Years Banquet inMontreal. Donations are still coming in and will continueto be presented to the Foundation as they accumulate.

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  • What a great month March has been for the ArtsCentre, we have had two excellent exhibitions; firstlyDavid Harrisons Painting & Drawings which drewmuch praise from all our visitors, and rounding off themonth the Seasons Open Exhibition.

    It is also very encouraging to report that the 2010Exhibition Calendar is now fully booked and we have infact taken 3 exhibition bookings for 2011, such seems tobe the demand to exhibit work at Thetford Arts Centre.

    The first of our Saturday Arts Demonstrations has kickedoff with two local but multi talented artists Leigh Shelton& Di Taylor demonstrating Glass Painting and PaintingRoses respectively. It has been pleasing to see both werewell attended, in fact Dis session was an overwhelmingsuccess with space (or lack of it due to demand) beingthe real issue. My thanks to both artists, and we lookforward to both returning later in the year demonstratingother areas of their artistic repertoire.

    Next Demonstration:The next demonstration on 17th April is by Anni Watsonwho will be showing us the ancient art form Lucetting,which is a form of cord braiding using a Lucett, a twopronged fork. Lucetting was thought to be introduced bythe Vikings, so as we celebrate 1000 years since theviking invasion of Thetford by Sweyne Forkbeard, Anniwill I am sure take a gentler approach.

    April ExhibitionsThis months exhibitions showcases the talents of thoseinvolved with Thetford Family Centre, followed by ourViews of Thetford Calendar Competition.

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    The Views of Thetford Competition is in partnership withthe Thetford Society, and 12 entries will be selected bya combined judging panel to be reproduced andpublished as the Thetford Calendar 2011.

    We are hoping for a large entry and of a high standard,why not come and see for yourself. They will be on showfrom Monday 19th April through until Saturday 1st May

    Workshops: Following the success of David Harrisons Exhibition lastmonth, we are very excited and pleased to announcedthat David will be working with the Thetford Arts Centremuch more in the future. The association will commencewith a 4 week learn to draw for beginners workshopbeginning on Thursday 6th May 7pm-9pm. The fourweek course costs 20 and bookings are currently beingtaken ~ however it advisable to book early as places arelimited, tel: 01842 766599

    We are also offering a Craft Workshop for anyone, of anyability, who wants to come along and try different Arts &Crafts. The first 2 hour session costs 2.50 and beginsTuesday 11th May 1.30-3.30pm. Why not come alongand try something new or just enjoy a social craftafternoon with like-minded people.

    Please come and support your local Arts Centre ~ pay usa visit next time you are in town, and if you have a talent,skill, or an idea/suggestion that may help us deliver whatyou want or you can even offer some time to helpthrough volunteering, please contact Sandy tel: 01842751975.

    To keep up to date with all our exhibitions, events andworkshops and much more by visiting our website ~www.thetfordartscentre.org.uk.

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    spring into actionspring into actionWelcome to the spring edition of the Thetford Healthy Town newsletter. Over the past6 months over 20 projects have been launched to help you improve your health, byincreasing your physical activity and helping you to make small changes to your diet.

    This month your newsletter includes just some of the great examples that areavailable to you as part of the Thetford Healthy Town programme. If you areinterested in joining in, then please contact the appropriate project leader detailsare on the centre pages.

    This month there is also a new competition with a fantastic prize on offer, read on tofind out more or visit our web page: www.thetfordhealthytown.co.uk


    Bike It!The Sustrans Bike It project continues to gain momentumin Thetford. Dr Bike sessions have been run at Raleigh andDrake Infant Schools as well as The Bishops C of E PrimarySchool. Pupils brought their bikes into School where theywere safety checked and minor repairs were carried out.

    Bishops C of E Primary School are also taking part in anational virtual bike race. Every journey pupils make toschool counts for miles, and they are currently in 16th placeout of 434 schools nationally! Well done Bishops! Thechildren love cycling and 16 dedicated cyclists even turnedup in the snow to get a free breakfast! One Bishops Schoolpupil, Josh Murad (pictured above ), also won our calendarcompetition and is now the proud owner of a new bike!

    Pupils from Reception and years 1 and 2 at the BishopsSchool, as well as Raleigh and Drake Infant Schools, arealso soon to have their very own 'virtual race'. The schoolthat travels the furthest will win 4 green venture bicycles!

    Both Queensway and Admirals Junior Schools will also bejoining in the fun shortly, having just signed up for the BikeIt project. If your school is not yet taking advantage of this

    fantastic scheme, then please contact the Bike it Officer,Georgie Burr on 01842 757349 / 07973 128206.

    As well as helping schools Georgie has also been showingSt. Johns Ambulance Youth Club how to repair puncturesand talking generally about bike care.

    Free Bike Check-UpIf you would like to get a free check-up for your bike thencome along to the opening of the Thetford Meet Up Caf(former Redcastle Furze Community Centre) on Thursday8th April (2pm - 4pm) where Georgie will be running a DrBike session.

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  • 1940s Dance Classes at the Carnegie Rooms

    Dance classes will begin in September at the Carnegie Rooms. We will berunning two classes: 'Swing Jive' classes together with a new class for thosepeople who have already been through the beginner's class and wish to learn'Boogie Woogie'.

    For a full list of available dates and any further information please contactCorinne Fulford on 07802 701911 or visit www.dadsarmythetford.org.uk


    Delia has been attending the Norfolk RCC CommunityGardening training sessions at the Riversdale CommunityCentre since February when they began. Married and livingin Thetford, Delia is a full timeMum to her three children.Before starting her family Deliaworked as a nurse, howevergardening is one of herinterests and she is attendingthe classes to develop hergardening knowledge whichshe can then pass on toher children.

    We asked Delia a fewquestions:

    What have you learntfrom the classes?Lots of informationabout composting,some pointers aboutpruning. What to dowith the soil in theraised beds after winter and aboutplanting broad beans and tomato seeds.

    What is the best part of the training?Learning about gardening as well as new plants and usefultips. Meeting with a friendly group, all with similarinterests.

    How are you using what you have learnt?Planting the seeds at home that I have been given to meon the course, pruned my fruit trees. Will change somethings with my compost bin after todays session!

    Has attending the classes changed any of your plans?I am planning to help in the gardening club at one of mychildrens school. Also to get into my own garden more.

    Are there any health benefits in attending the classes?

    Its encouraging me to go out in myown garden, which has been beneficial

    to my general health (fresh air, light anddigging etc). Also, from a social point of

    view, it is good to meet other people, andwe have a laugh which is always a good


    What would you say to others thinkingof attending the gardening classes?

    It is a very informative course about generalgardening and growing vegetables; very

    informal and friendly.

    If you would like to have a go at growing yourown vegetables then come along and get

    involved! All are welcome to attend the GrowYour Own Gardening classes, we just ask that

    you book your free place with us so we knowhow many people to expect, as spaces are

    limited. The garden is fully accessible. Futurecourses are planned for 12th April, 26th April, 10th May,24th May, 7th June, 12 June (Saturday), 21st June and the26th June (Saturday). All sessions are 10am - noon at theRiversdale Centre, Tanner Street, Thetford.

    If you would like to attend any of the training sessions orfind out more please book withLucinda Leonard at Norfolk RCCTel 01362 698 216 or email:[email protected]

    Riversdale Community Gardening Project

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    Dare to be different... Military fitness sessions for Thetford residents

    A taster programme of beginners Ballroom and Latin danceclasses has scored top marks with Thetford residentsattracting a regular following of over 50 keen dancers, andorganisers have decided to continue the classes for afurther 16 weeks.

    Funded through the Thetford Healthy Town initiative andorganised by Breckland Council, the Ballroom and Latindance classes began in January and have attractedBreckland residents of all ages, and range from those withlittle or no experience to more practiced dancers.Instructors Xavier and Joanna Navarre have covered thebasics of Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Jive, Cha Cha Cha andSamba and in future sessions will tackle tango, rumba,paso doble and jive.

    After a short break, the classes will resume on Wednesday21st April at the Carnegie Rooms from 8 - 9.30pm, whenthe cost will be 3.50 per session.

    Breckland Council Executive Member for Communities andBenefits, Theresa Hewett said -

    We were overwhelmed by the fantastic take-up of theBallroom and Latin dance classes, and are delighted thateveryone is keen to continue. Were hoping that the

    numbers will continue to grow new members are alwayswelcome. This is a great opportunity for anyone whosalways wanted to have a go at old-time dance, or perhapsjust wants to get out, get fit or meet new friends.

    Debra Ridgeway, who has been attending the classes said -

    I am having great fun; it makes me laugh and I amkeeping fit. I was worried about going along on my own,but the dance leaders and the group are so welcoming. Iwould encourage everyone to give it a go!

    No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome, withor without a partner! No booking is necessary. For furtherinformation contact Sam Dawson on 01362 656870 oremail [email protected]

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    As part of the Thetford Healthy Town project, Combat Boot Camp will be runningmilitary style training sessions in locations across the town over the comingmonths, including some free sessions sponsored by the project.

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  • Date Time Activity Venue and DetailsThu 1 April 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney (see contacts below)

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Fri 2 April 18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Sat 3 April 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)Tue 6 April 3.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney.Thu 8 April 10.00 12.00 Multi-Sports Session Abbey Neighbourhood Centre (2)

    (5-11 years) Contact Stefan Clifford for more information (see contacts below)10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney14.00 16.00 Dr Bike Thetford Meet Up Caf (former Redcastle Furze Community Centre)18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)

    Fri 9 April 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at Thetford Riverside Kiosk (4 miles)18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)

    Sat 10 April 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    Sun 11 April 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane DelaneyMon 12 April 10.00 12.00 Grow Your Own Gardening Riversdale Centre (booking with Lucinda essential see contacts below)

    14.00 Walking for Health Meet at Santon Downham Forestry Commission car park (2.5 miles)Tue 13 April 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane DelaneyThu 15 April 10.00 12.00 Multi-Sports Session Abbey Neighbourhood Centre (2)

    (5-11 years) Contact Stefan Clifford for more information10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)

    Fri 16 April 10:00 Walking for Health Meet at East Wretham Nature Reserve car park on A1075 (3 miles).18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)

    Sat 17 April 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    Mon 19 April 11.30 Running Club Meet at Thetford Leisure Centre14.00 Walking for Health Meet at Thetford Riverside Kiosk (2.5 or 3.5 miles).

    Tue 20 April 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane DelaneyWed 21 April 20.00 21.30 Ballroom & Latin Dancing Carnegie Rooms (3.50)Thu 22 April 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Fri 23 April 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at Thetford Castle Street car park (3 miles)

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Sat 24 April 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)13.00 15.00 Street Dancing (11-16 years) Breckland Leisure Centre (2)

    Mon 26 April 10.00 12.00 Grow Your Own Gardening Riversdale Centre (booking with Lucinda essential see contacts below)11.30 Running Club Meet at Breckland Leisure Centre.14.00 Walking for Health Meet at Rishbeth Wood/Warren Lodge, B1107 (4 miles)

    Tue 27 April 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane DelaneyWed 28 April 20.00 21.30 Ballroom & Latin Dancing Carnegie Rooms (3.50)Thu 29 April 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Fri 30 April 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at Brandon Country Park main car park (1.5 miles)

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  • Date Time Activity Venue and DetailsSat 1 May 0.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)13.00 15.00 Street Dancing (11-16 years) Breckland Leisure Centre (2)

    Tue 4 May 3.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney16.00 17.00 Boxing Breckland Leisure Centre (2)

    Wed 5 May 20.00 21.30 Ballroom & Latin Dancing Carnegie Rooms (3.50)Thu 6 May 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Fri 7 May 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at Thetford Riverside Kiosk (1 or 2 miles)

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Sat 8 May 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)13.00 15.00 Street Dancing (11-16 years) Breckland Leisure Centre (2)

    Mon 10 May 10.00 12.00 Grow Your Own Gardening Riversdale Centre (booking with Lucinda essential see contacts below)11.30 Running Club Meet at Breckland Leisure Centre14.00 Walking for Health Meet at Thetford Castle Street car park (3 miles)

    Tue 11 May 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney16.00 17.00 Boxing Breckland Leisure Centre (2)

    Wed 12 May 20.00 21.30 Ballroom & Latin Dancing Carnegie Rooms (3.50)Thu 13 May 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Fri 14 May 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at Knettishall Heath Country Park,main car park (2.5 miles)

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Sat 15 May 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)13.00 15.00 Street Dancing Breckland Leisure Centre (2.50)

    Mon 17 May 11.30 Running Club Meet Breckland Leisure Centre14.00 Walking for Health Meet at West Harling Heath car park (3 miles)

    Tue 18 May 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney16.00 17.00 Boxing Breckland Leisure Centre (2)

    Wed 19 May 20.00 21.30 Ballroom & Latin Dancing Carnegie Rooms (3.50)Thu 20 May 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Fri 21 May 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at Thetford Riverside kiosk (2.5 or 3.5 miles)

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Sat 22 May 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)13.00 15.00 Street Dancing Breckland Leisure Centre (2.50)

    Sun 23 May 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane DelaneyMon 24 May 10.00 12.00 Grow Your Own Gardening Riversdale Centre (booking with Lucinda essential see contacts below)

    11.30 Running Club Meet at Breckland Leisure Centre14.00 Walking for Health Meet at Knettishall Heath Country Park main car park. (2.5 miles)

    Tue 25 May 13.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney16.00 17.00 Boxing Thetford Leisure Centre (2)

    Wed 26 May 20.00 21.30 Ballroom & Latin Dancing Carnegie Rooms (3.50)Thu 27 May 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane DelaneyFri 28 May 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at indicator post 6 on B1106 between

    Elveden and Brandon (2.5 miles)Sat 29 May 13.00 15.00 Street Dancing Breckland Leisure Centre (2.50)

    9 out of 10 of our kids today could

    grow up with dangerous amounts of

    fat in their bodies. This can cause life-

    threatening diseases like cancer, type

    2 diabetes and heart disease

    Did you knowDid you know Did you knowDid you knowDried, canned and frozen fruit and vegetables

    all count towards your 5 a day. Its important

    to eat lots of fruit and vegetables as they may

    reduce our chances of getting diseases like

    some cancers and heart disease.

    May what when whereMay what when where

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  • META Health working closely with migrant workers

    META Health has been working closely with the migrantworker community of Thetford to gauge awareness ofservices provided by health professionals, and to increaseunderstanding of and access to the services available.META Health has also been focusing on informing clients ofthe importance of registering with a GP and has activelyassisted those who have not already done so to ensure thatthey do become registered.

    Keystone Development Trust is delighted to announce thelaunch of a new NHS and META Stop Smoking Service. Theservice is aimed at providing a free, easily accessibleservice, to guide and support migrant workers in Thetfordwho wish to stop smoking. The project is off to a greatstart, with several clients already signed to up and havingundertaken the first session.

    For more information on META Health and META StopSmoking Services please contact Danielle Ross on 01842754639 or [email protected]uk.

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    METAThetford Opening Hours:Monday 10.00 17.00Tuesday 10.00 17.00Thursday 10.00 17.00Friday 13.00 19.00Saturday 9.30 13.30

    Coming Soon. . Boxing!!!

    Breckland Council and Parkwood Leisurehave teamed up with Attleborough BoxingClub to organise boxing courses at ThetfordLeisure Centre with effect from Tuesday4th May 2010. Sessions will be open to11 - 16 year olds and will be at a cost of 2.00. Parental consent will be required.

    For more information, please contact Stefan Clifford,Sports Development Officer at Breckland Council. Tel: 01362 656 336 or email:[email protected]

    Walking for HealthThe Thetford Walking for Health group have beencontinuing their twice weekly meetings and on the 7thFebruary put on a special 8 mile walk along the Pingo Trailsituated halfway between Thetford and Watton.

    Fifty-three walkers and 3 leaders enjoyed the gentle pace,and at the half-way point stopped for a picnic in the idyllicsurroundings. The weather was very kind to them on theday considering the conditions that they have had to put upwith over the last 3 months!

    If you would like to join them on their regular walks inThetford and the surrounding area, then please contactMalcolm on 01842 757351 or email: [email protected]


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  • eat well move more live longereat well move more live longer

    Would you like to help?As part of the Thetford Healthy Town programme, Priory Research Services will be offering a two day course inCommunity Action Research Methods on 19th and 20th April. The course will run from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm on eachday, and will be held at the Wereham House Hotel,Thetford.

    This training will provide you with the skills necessary to become a peer action researcher for the Thetford HealthyTown Programme. You could be involved in helping to put together a questionnaire and taking part in data collectionwhich will assist in measuring the effectiveness of the Healthy Town Programme in Thetford.

    The training will equip you with the required skills to do this which include:

    Communication skills Active listening skills Questionnaire design Information on different types of questions to ask How we do research in our community What is community action research

    If you would like to take part in this opportunity, or would like any further information, please contact a member of thePriory Research Services team on 01493 855421 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected] Alternatively, you can email the Thetford Healthy Town programme office:[email protected]

    The BTCV Thetford Green Gym has been working tirelessly at the BTONunnery Lakes site over the last few months carrying out conservationactivities. The outside tasks are FREE, beneficial to the environment andthe participants physical and mental health, as well as being great fun!The group has at last finished one of its missions of scrub clearance alongthe old railway track. The project was overseen at all times by hard taskmasters - The Girls (as pictured in the background!) Upcoming taskswill also include litter picking, work in the community and more sessionson our home site at the BTO.

    Come along and enjoy the benefits too!For more information, please contact Jane Delaney on 07836 624135 or email: [email protected]

    Green Gym

    Green Ventures

    Green Ventures is a bike re-use project that collects bikesbefore they go to landfill from waste recycling centre andalso donated from the public. The bikes are then taken totheir retail outlet at Unit 4, Brunel Way, Thetford, IP24 1HP.A small selection of bikes are also available from ourfurniture shop unit at 53/54 York Way, Thetford IP24 1EE

    We have a range of childrens and adult bikes ranging frommountain bikes to road bikes and all are available forpurchase and all bikes sold are checked by a qualifiedbicycle mechanic and come with a 30 day warranty.

    If you have a bike you no longer use and would like todonate it then please [email protected] or Tel: 01842 821459

    Opening Hours (Brunel Way): Tuesday to Friday from 11 5pm (York Way): Thursday to Friday from 10 4pm, Sat 10 2pm

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  • eat well move more live longereat well move more live longer

    The Joy of Food

    Cant cook, but want to? Confused about recipes? Then youneed The Joy of Food! Its informative, fun and free. Wecan help you start a healthier lifestyle.

    We are all about eating for pleasure and cooking for yourhealth. What we eat can make so much difference to theway we feel so we believe that good habits start in thekitchen. The Joy of Food shows you how to buy, prepareand enjoy inexpensive healthy food. You get the opportunityto try new recipe ideas and learn to cook with confidencefor free.

    We offer a fresh approach to cooking with our sessions thatemphasise hands-on experience, inspirational teaching aswell as having fun. Participants can taste new foods,experience different ways of preparing and cooking andlearn to make meals that will make mouths water.Everyone gets the opportunity to actually cook a meal andthen sit down together and enjoy eating it.

    The Joy of Food is available to all 14 to 30 year olds, sowhy not come along with your friends and family and seejust how easy and enjoyable healthy eating can be? Theprogramme consists of four 3-hour cooking and eatingsessions, usually over a four week period. Courses arebeing held in your local community centres.

    For further information and to book a place on a course,contact Sean West on 01842 768305 / 07786 363499 oremail: [email protected]

    CompetitionWe are holding a competitionthis month for a family to wina Locally Sourced HealthyFood Hamper worth 50.

    Simply answer the following question:Who is the person that you would contact if youwanted to learn more about how to cook deliciousfood on a Joy of Food course?

    How to enter:Either send your answer on a postcard with your name,address and telephone number to Carol Doherty, ThetfordHealthy Town Programme Office, The Limes, 32 BridgeStreet, Thetford, IP24 3AG by Midnight on Monday 12April 2010, or Enter via the website atwww.thetfordhealthytown.co.uk

    The closing date for entries is midnight on 12 April 2010and the winners name will be chosen at random from allthe correct answers and published in the next newsletterand on the web site. The Programme Managers decisionis final. Entries will not be accepted from anyoneassociated with The Joy of Food. The winner will beinformed within seven days of the closing date.

    Its really important to have fibre in

    your diet,

    it helps to keep our guts healthy. T

    ry having

    wholemeal instead of white toast fo

    r breakfast

    or having a wholegrain cereal like b

    ran flakes

    instead of more sugary options, thes

    e small

    changes can make a big difference!

    Did you knowDid you know

    Adults need to be active for 30 minutes, 5times a week. You dont have to get these all atonce as you can collect them in 10 minutebouts throughout the day.

    Did you knowDid you knowThetford Green Travel Map

    Norfolk County Council will be launching a new Green TravelMap for Thetford on Wednesday 7th April 2010 at theMarket Place. Come along and join in the fun which willinclude stalls, exhibitions and practical advice.

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  • Ancient House


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    Events in AprilMoving Stories Exhibition Making Thetford Home

    Saturday 16th January - Saturday 5th June This new exhibition explores the fascinating storiesof some of the people who have moved to Thetfordand made it their home, from pre-historic times tothe present day.

    Textiles DayTuesday 6th April 11am 3pm

    Family Drop-in eventCost: 1/50p Friends & Museum Pass Holders

    Have a go at traditional textile crafts in the Museum,all materials provided. Cost includes admission tomuseum

    Victorian ServantsFriday 9th April 11am 2pm

    House Alive drop-in eventCost: admission charge only

    What was it was like to be a Victorian servant? Learnabout cooking on a Victorian range, how they washedtheir clothes and cleaned the house

    The Village CraftsmanTuesday 20th April at 7.30pm

    Friends talk - Free to Friends, non-members 3.00A look at times past, when every village had a wealthof skilled craftsmen by Stephen Pope fromGressenhall Farm & Workhouse.

    Knit and KnatterThursday 22nd April at 10.30am

    Community event - Free, but please book in advanceJoin the museums established knitting group. Wool,needles and light refreshments provided. ContactSue Ketchell for further information.

    Learn to KnitSaturday 24th April at 2 3.30pm

    Community event - Free, but please book in advanceJoin our knitting taster sessions. Wool, needles,patterns and tuition provided. Suitable for all agesand abilities.


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    Norfolk WorkhouseThursday 29th April at 3 4pm

    Afternoon talk, advance booking essentialCost: 2/1.50*

    Uncover the history of our local workhouses and the impactof the 1834 Poor Law with Stephen Pope from GressenhallWorkhouse & Farm.

    Ancient House Spring/Summer Opening Times:

    1st April - 30th September 2010 Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

    AdmissionAdults 3.50 - Concessions* 2.90Young Person (4-16 years) 1.90

    Under 4 years FreeFriends membership 3/1.50

    *Visitors with disabilities, over 60s and studentsDiscount for family groups

    ** Tuesday Saturday from 1 June 2010

    For more information Tel: 01842 752599 (Mon-Frid 10am-5pm) or email

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  • Link-Up Hosts Thetfords Mayor

    In her capacity as Patron of Link-Up, Brecklands TalkingNewspaper for the Blind, the Mayor, Councillor Pam Spencervisited one of their fortnightly recording sessions in ThetfordGrammar School on Thursday 18 March.

    The Mayor and her Consort were given an explanation of howeach script is collated from local newspaper articles and thenedited to reflect a spread of news across the main towns andvillages in the Breckland area. The Mayor sat-in on a productionsession and was able to see the readers and the producer inaction. A tour of the post-production facilities then followedwhere she saw the high-speed tape copying machines anddegausser in operation. She then joined the team of checkersand verifiers who carry out test sampling of every tape.

    There are always vacancies for volunteers to work with us inLink-Up but at the moment we are in need of more producers.The job does not require any previous technical knowledge ason-the-job training will be given. So if you have always fancieda go at being an audio producer, youre welcome to give it a try.

    Everyone is invited to come along to the Link-Up Annual GeneralMeeting to talk to some of our current volunteers and hear whatvolunteer roles are available and how we can all help inproviding a valuable and unique service to those among us whoare visually impaired. The AGM will be held in the RiversdaleCentre in Tanner Street, Thetford on Thursday 22 April 2010beginning at 7.30 pm. For more information, please ring01953-498609.

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    Link-Up recording equipment

    Mayor and Consort in Studio

    The Mayor joins Link-Up tape checkers

    Pictured above: Vera puts tapes in envelopesPictured left: Mayor being shown Fast Copying Machines

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  • Happy Birthday Dear Connie Ilott

    Born and brought up in Duncan Terrace,Highbury, Connie moved to Thetford in the latesixties with her family to join Thetfords Londonoverspill. Almost forty years later Conniecelebrates her 100th Birthday with family andfriends at Priors Mead where she has residedfor the past four years. Connie is settled,happy and keeps the staff on their toes!

    Members of staff say they really enjoy havingConnie as a resident, especially her wickedsense of humour! She is very mentally alert andremembers all their birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

    Connie has four children, one son lives in Australia, sixgrandchildren of whom one lives in Germany, two greatgrandchildren in Australia and a great great grandchild onthe way. Connie has always been and still is fiercelyindependent and very protective of her family who alwayscame first. Most of Connies hard working life was spentraising her family, her late husband Reginald being awayfighting in Burma during WW2.

    However, while in Highbury Connie often took six weekstemporary work before Christmas at Mount Pleasant PostOffice. She was so good at pronouncing Welsh names shewas often asked to work six weeks after Christmas!

    Connie who has lived through two world wars has seenlots of changes in the world, and has had lots ofexperiences. On the 19th March 2010 Connie had a newexperience celebrating her 100th Birthday with a specialcard from the Queen, a visit from the Thetford Mayor,Councillor Pam Spencer, and partying with all her familyand well wishers made it a truly memorable day.

    The Riverside Kioskwill be opening again 24th April

    (depending on the weather!)

    We look forward to seeing all our regularCustomers and also hope to welcome newones to one of Thetfords prettiest spots by theriver where we serve drinks, snacks,ice-creams and sweets seven days a week!

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  • 38Please mention the About Thetford Community Magazine when responding to advertisements

    the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest is most vital.Community First Responders aim is to bridge this gapfrom the time of the 999 call to the time that theambulance arrives.

    This year our fundraising campaign aims to raise asmuch funds as possible for our own responderequipment which will benefit all of Thetford and localvillages. We are organising key events this year that willhelp us towards our goal and are looking for public helpand support to help us to achieve this. If you could helpus in organising a fundraising event, or would like toorganise an event on our behalf, or just make a donationplease contact our fundraising co-coordinator AdrianAskew on 07955 501472.

    If you would like to become a member and train as aCommunity First Responder, whilst learning new lifesaving skills (training is provided free by East Of EnglandAmbulance NHS Trust) please contact Thetford schemeco-ordinator Karen Dixon on 07867 895312 or [email protected]

    In future editions of About Thetford Magazine we will beproviding statistical information on how many call-outsour volunteers have responded to each month.

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    Thetford Community First Responders are a voluntaryregistered charity (Charity Number 1047987), whosemembers regularly assist the NHS Ambulance Service,by responding to numerous different categories of 999calls. These include: people in cardiac arrest, strokevictims, anaphylaxsis, diabetes problems, fitting, chestpains and shortness of breath.

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