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  • Offices in Thetford 01842 754161, Brandon 01842 813466 & Mildenhall 01638 716039

    Your LOCAL multi-award winning independent estate agents have been shortlisted for more NATIONAL awards!

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    Your Local Independent Community Magazine

    Circulation 11,500 copies

    Issue 113 April 2015

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    Randale Care are pleased to announce the launch of their Homecare Service, delivering quality personal care in and around Thetford. We would be pleased to visit you or your loved one to assess needs, and develop a structured Care Plan aimed at providing a high quality service tailored to the individual at home. Our Carers are all highly trained and well qualified, and our team has many years experience in the sector. We are based at Red House Residential Home in Kilverstone, where we also offer a Day Care service and long term residential care for the local community.

    Please contact us for further information on 01842 753122.

    Day care Service

    Join us at Red House

    Transport available

    01842 753122 redhouse@randalecare.co.uk

    Homecare Service

    Supporting independent living at home

    Flexible care plans

  • Welcome to Aprils About Thetford

    Magazine...Your magazine this month is parti

    cularly egg-citing with

    plenty of news and information about things to keep

    you occupied during the Easter period. Our ever popular

    whats on section contains details about numerous

    Easter events as well as the Thetford Garden and

    Allotment Clubs Spring Show.

    With all those extra calories being consumed in the

    coming weeks, what better time to spare a moment to

    think about your health. Theres numerous health related

    articles and adverts this month, including details of the

    Health Awareness Day on the 11th April, so why not pop

    along and see what its all about?

    The I remember when section certainly went down well

    last month and we have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of

    the letters and e-mails sent to us on this. Sadly we cant

    publish all of them but weve chosen the letter sent to us

    by Mr James Ladipo this month, detailing Thetford in the

    1950s - thank-you for sharing this with us.

    The Ancient House Museum article on page 42 is also

    a must read this month. We thoroughly enjoyed Karens

    regular blog about her recent visit to India.

    Wishing all our readers and advertisers an enjoyable and

    restful Easter break.Best wishes, Terry, Ricky and Mich


    New e-mail address for all articles, adverts etc: aboutthetfordmagazine@googlemail.comContact us: 07742157967 Address: 21 Crecy Mews, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2ZB

    Please mention the About Thetford Magazine when responding to advertisements3

    Publisher; In And About Thetford Ltd, C/o 21 Crecy Mews, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2ZBWhilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information contained within this magazine, the publishers take no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by 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 strictly forbidden. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher

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    Inside this month...Page 2 - New advertiser - RandalePage 4 - New advertiser - Safe HousesPages 6 & 7 - Your Whats On guidePage 8 & 9 - I remember when and Thetford Past and PresentPage 10 - U3A report - one year onPage 15 - News from Charles Burrell Centre - buy your shares now!Page 16 - Furry friends...Page 17 - Environment sectionPage 19 - News form Thetford CouncilPage 21 - 23 - Updates from our excellent local groups in ThetfordPage 44 - 45 - Sports section incl. details of the Moonwalk efforts

  • family

    Isnt always blood, its the people in your life who WANT YOU - in theirs


    Little Cressingham, Thetford IP25 6NT

    Safehouses , The Old School House, Fairstead Lane,


    There is no such thing a typical Foster Carer, they are from varied backgrounds and differing lifestyles. They are ordinary people ..

    If you are interested in fostering

    please call us on 01953 885215 for an informal chat or email us on:

    Safehouses is a well established, independent, Ofsted OUTSTANDING Fostering Agency operating throughout the South East and East Anglia

    and we are looking for Foster Carers in YOUR AREA!

    In order to become a foster carer you need: a spare bedroom, time, patience, be able to work in partnership with a variety of people, be open to training and ongoing development, have basic IT skills, and if you have birth children we would prefer them to be over 5 years of age.

    doing an extraordinary task!

    WE CAN OFFER YOU: 24 hour support, 365 days a year

    A strong, stable knowledgeable Social Work Team Training Opportunities and peer support groups

    Sessional and therapeutic support for the children and young people in placement.

  • Send your Community Hero nominations to; Community Hero, About Thetford Magazine C/o 21 Crecy Mews, Thetford, IP24 2ZB or e-mail:

    aboutthetfordmagazine@googlemail.com Deadline for May edition will be 15th April

    April 2015

    This months Community Hero title is awarded to somebody who works tirelessly to support other local families, despite having a family of her own and a full-time night shift job at a local supermarket.

    Both Victoria Bush and Dave Shrewsbury have nominated Michelle Gray over the past few months. Victoria said; On behalf of many families in Thetford, I would like to nominate Michelle as Community Heroine of the month. Along with her loyal team, Michelle has devoted her time and energy over the past 13 years to running the Thetford Toy Library. Her experiences with her own children and as a childminder led her to realise how vital good play sessions are to the well-being of the whole family, and the Toy Library began life allowing everyone to access high quality toys at low prices. This fabulous community hub now not only provides toys, but play sessions including cooking, arts and crafts and music for pre-school children, as well as Saturday sessions for older children and events such as Easter Egg hunts and discos.

    Michelle works nights at Sainsburys so that she can be available for the 5 play sessions a week which the service now provides since their move to bigger premises earlier this year. Victoria said that During a discussion about what we would do if we won the

    Monday Club to benefit from 50 donationIn March's edition Vera Rhodes won Community Hero of the month, after a great response we would like to tell you a bit more our winner. On the 5th January 2007 the Cottage Cospital closed down. As Vera already lived at Kings Court she asked if she could carry on the daycare by using the lounge on their premises. Every Monday, with the use of the lounge, non residents are dropped off by driver Allan who works for Norse. Allan also collects their lunch which is provided by the Terrier Pub and Vera provides the dessert. On Wednesday, the residents of Kings Court have an art class and take part in the bingo. Vera has two helpers; Julia and Ellen who help with the crafts on Mondays with the non residents, Ellen also helps with the quizes. Between Vera, Ellen, Julia and the members of the Monday Club they produce amazing crafts which they sell and then either donate the money to charity or use this to take the members for a Christmas Dinner. Vera would like her reward of 50 to go towards her Monday Club. Vera has 4-5 places available for anyone who wishes to join the Monday Club. Please contact the About Thetford Magazine for more details on 07742157967.

    lottery, Michelle simply said It would be great because I could give up work and be at the Toy Library full time that is the sort of person she is!Congratulations Michelle, were delighted to award you Community Hero status and you now have 50 to spend with an advertiser of your choice courtesy of our sponsor - Thetford Garden Centre.

    Please mention the About Thetford Magazine when responding to advertisements5

    Michelle with Shane Hinkley from Thetford Garden Centre

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  • Thetford Garden & Allotment ClubSPRING SHOW

    Saturday April 11th - Viewing 1.30 - 2.30at the Church on the Way

    Come and see our colourful display of Tulips, Daffodils, Pansies, Primroses,

    Simnel Cakes, Easter Bonnets etc.

    Entrance free - Refreshments - Tombola

    Charity Car Booton Tesco Car Park ( Superstore )

    Easter Sunday 5th April0700 - 1400hrs

    Hot Food & Drinks available

    All proceeds go to the Stewat Howard Memorial Fund for C.R.Y. (Cardiac

    Risk in the Young). Pitches 6 in Ad-vance or 7 on the day

    Tickets available from the Customer Service Desk - Tesco Superstore Kilvestone Thetford