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Issue 121 December 2015
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...advice for life
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Welcome to Decembers About Thetford
As I type, theres a brief flurry of snow outside - its
most definitely turned colder of late! Whilst however the
weather may be distinctly chilly, theres plenty to see and
do this month to warm our hearts and souls.
Tickets for the Thetford Players panto are now on sale,
(oh yes they are!), see page 4. This time of year is always
particularly busy for our local churches see pages 34 &
35 for details of services coming up, including carols. Id
also like to highlight a Christmas themed quiz night that
Im organising to support the Charles Burrell Centre, see
details on page 17. Theres also some timely shopping
advice on page 33 from the local CAB as well.
Could I urge all residents to participate in the Norfolk
County Council consultation on potential budget cuts?
These could have significant impact in Thetford. Visit the
website for more information: https://norfolk.citizenspace.
May I take this opportunity to wish all our readers,
advertisers and delivery staff a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.
Best wishes, Terry Jermy (Editor)
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Inside this month...Page 5 - Update from Thetford U3APage 6 - Christmas Whats OnPage 8 - 9 - Leaping HarePage 15 - Past and PresentPage 10 - 13 - Local group updatePage 16 - Community CornerPage 18 - Local group focus - FOTSPage 19 - Garden & Allotment ClubPage 26 & 27 - Ladies PagesPage 29 - Grammar School newsPage 30 & 31 - Ancient House MuseumPage 34 - 35 - Church ServicesPage 37 - Business Matters columnPage 39 - Fly-tipping report
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Thetford U3A contributes to health and wellbeing
Thetford U3A now has nearly 350 members but Chair of the Trustees, Lynn Ready says, Weve only just scratched the surface. There are many more retired people in and around Thetford who would benefit from membership, but they just dont know about us yet. Im hoping we can reach out to them, because there is no doubt membership can be life-enhancing and contributes to health and wellbeing.
With over fifty active interest groups, ThetfordU3A is the largest voluntary organisation of its type in the region. Those interest groups cover a whole range of subjects, as well as sports and just plain getting together and having fun. As one member recently said, I aim to play racquet sports at least until Im 90 and he regularlyplays tennis and badminton. Just belonging to one or two of the groups can help to keep mind and body active so keeping fit longer and having a better quality of life. Another member said, When I joined Thetford U3A, I thought it might be a bit stuffy and formal, but not a bit of it, its more like play-group for grown ups. Ive made more friends in the few months since I joined than in all the time since I retired over 10 years ago!. Recently Thetford U3A got together with the Royal Voluntary Service and helped to organise a successful Health and Wellbeing Fayre, held at the local Carnegie Room.
If you or someone you know might be interested in the U3A, please contact us through our website at www.thetfordu3a.org, or just come along to one of our regular monthly meetings at the Carnegie Room (opposite the Library). The next meeting open to the public is on Thursday 28th January at 2pm.
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Morning sessions Tuesday and Thursday
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Pictures: Thetford U3A Groups top right - Wine tasters visit Wyken Vineyard. Top right, one below, a
meeting of the Quiz group, and bottom left, the Art Group pay homage to Girl with a pearl earring.
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The Christmas Story
with the children of Thetford Voices
Conductor: Chris Parsons Piano: Pip Jepson
Wednesday 16th December The Guildhall, Thetford 7.30 pm
Tickets: 7, concessions 6 from Leaping Hare, Thetford 01842 751975
www.thetfordsingers.org.uk Thetford Singers is a registered charity (No 269142) and a member of Making Music
NEW - Thetford Library Local History GroupA chance to find out about the librarys local history
collections. Will meet on the third Friday of each month at Thetford Library, 10.30am 12 noon.
next meeting: Friday 18th DecemberCommunity History Group Volunteers required Thetford
for the above new group which started in October 2015.
NEW Chatterbooks Book Club!Fun activities based around reading for children aged
8-11 years. Meets monthly at Thetford Library on Fridays 4pm-5pm. Next meeting 29th January
For more information and to book a place please contact Kathryn on 01842 752048 or email:
Mondays for pre-school children at Thetford Library!Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time now alternates fortnightly on Mondays during term time with Books and Buggies
Baby Bounce & Rhyme TimeSongs & Rhymes for babies and toddlers and their
parents/carers, 10.30am 11.00am at Thetford Library Monday 14th December
No need to book for these fun, free sessions!
Books and Buggies Meet UpA chance to meet with friends and share books
together. Meets fortnightly, 10.00am -11.30am onMonday 7th December. You are welcome to stay for the
whole session or drop-in.
Story Time Activities with Sure Start at Thetford Library
On Wednesdays, 10.00am 11.00am during term time. These fun sessions with Sure Start in the library are free and are held in the library during term time. No need to book, just turn up on the day! For further
information please contact Sure Start on 01842 766438
Thetford Audio Book Club with NNABAre you visually impaired? Come and enjoy audio books
with people who understand.Friday December 11th,10.30 am -12.00 noon.
To find out more please call Mark or Elaine:01603 629558 or email: [email protected]
Thetford Reading GroupThe December meeting is on Friday 11th December
starting at 2.30pm.
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The Book ClubThe Book Club meets monthly on a Friday evening.
The December meeting will take place on Friday 11th December, 5.45pm 6.45pm.
NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME TO BOTH GROUPS
For more information on all our groups, events or volunteering opportunities please contact Kathryn/
David on 01842 752048 or email: [email protected]
Christmas Opening HoursThurs 24th December 8.30am -5.00pm
Fri 25th December CLOSEDSat 26th December CLOSEDSun 27th December CLOSEDMon 28th December CLOSED
Tues 29th December 8.30am 5.30pmWed 30th December 8.30am 1.00pmThurs 31st December 8.30am 5.00pm
Fri 1st January CLOSEDSat 2nd January 9.00am 1.00pm
Fri 4th Dec Ghost WalkFri 4th Dec Zumba Xmas Celebration PartySat 5th Dec Wildlife Recorders at BTOSun 6th Dec Breckland Brass Carol ServiceWed 9th Dec Norfolk Terrier QuizThurs 10thSun 13th Dec Methodist FestivalEvents & Christmas Tree FestivalFri 11th Dec Fish 'n' Chip QuizSat 12th Dec BeatleManiaSun 13th Dec CBC Christmas QuizWed 16th Dec Thet Singers Christmas StoryThurs 17th Dec Knit & KnatterFri 18th Dec Mayors Candlelit ServiceTues 22nd Dec Thetford Voices ChristmasHoliday WorkshopSun 10th Jan 2016 Loki Winter SprinterFri 15th Jan Ghost WalkSat 15th,16th,22nd,23rd Jan Peter Pan PantoFri 29th Jan T.A.R.A. AwardsFri 29thSat 30th Jan WellMade Th