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  • 01842 754161

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    Your Local Independent Community Magazine

    Circulation 11,500 copies

    Issue 116 July 2015

    Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2015

    10am - 5pm

    01842 810317 . [email protected] . fengate farm, weeting, IP27 0QF



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    Steam Engines, Tractors, Vintage Vehicles, Classic Cars & Motorcycles, Heavy Horses, Trade & Craft Stalls, Dog Agility, Miniature Steam Railway, Helicopter & Tank Rides,

    Fairground, Restaurant, Bars and much more!

    fun for all the family!

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  • Welcome to Julys About Thetford

    This months edition brings you news of a whole range

    of events and activities taking place locally - the Weeting

    Steam Rally is soon upon us and the annual Thetfords

    Great Festival is just around the corner - theres a few

    sneak peaks of whats in store throughout the magazine.

    Proms in Kings House Gardens takes place on the 19th

    July, and a fun day at Red House on 25th July - never

    let it be said that there is nothing going on in Thetford!

    With the school holidays fast approaching Im sure that

    parents will be pleased to see a number of activities

    available for children. Thetford Library continue to

    provide a whole number of fun services plus theres the

    Thetford Voices singing workshops for 3 - 18 year olds

    coming up and Cartoon Club by Danielle Adams. Plus

    you could win one of 10 Discovery Day passes with the

    competition at the Ancient House Museum on page 43.

    The Town Council pages this month give you the chance

    to sponsor the ever popular hanging baskets and theres

    information about topics of local interest including

    allotment and cemetery news.

    Deadline for August edition is the 15th July.

    Best wishes, Terry Jermy

    E-mail address for all articles, adverts etc: [email protected] us: 07742157967 Address: 21 Crecy Mews, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2ZB

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    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 4 - Thetfords Great Festival newsPage 5 - Review of Open GardensPage 7 - News from Thetford PlayersPages 18 - 20 - News from local groupsPage 21 - Pension advice from the CABPage 22 - Thetford Past and PresentPage 23 - Whats On locallyPage 26 - Open Day at Charles BurrellPages 30 - 31 - Timely advice about the dangers of too much sunPage 33 - Community Hero for JulyPages 39- 41 - Gardening, nature and environmental newsPage 43 - Win a Discovery Day Pass!Pages 44 - 46 - Sports section

  • Theres a lovely buzz around this years festivalalready as another packed programme has beenassembled for us to enjoy. The full programme willbe delivered with next months About Thetfordmagazine, a different format this year but with thefestivals distinctive bright orange cover and logo.This year the centre pages will provide you witha complete day by day running order of whats on.

    Some events need your attention right now of course - get these dates in your diary andyour application forms in where needed. If youre not sure, get in touch and ask us. Music ArtsProject will be hosting free music workshops for 7 to 18 year olds featuring how to be a DJ,samples and loops and working on your vocals. Held in Kings House Gardens, make sureyou have the dates and times in your diaries. We have the brand new Water WorksChallenge. If you enjoy working in water-based media, then this is for you! Every day will bea new challenge, leading to a final paint off and then an exhibition of everyones work. It iscompletely free to enter and for all ages and abilities, lessons included. The Bake Offcompetition is back with more classes this year, mixing bowls at the ready ladies andgentleman! Another welcome addition to this years Festival is the Panto Dame Pageant, TheBeauty Pageant to end all Beauty Pageants! Have you got a budding Dame in your workplaceor group of friends? A brilliantly funny night awaits - dont delay, get your tickets now.

    Information, entry forms and event tickets are all available NOW from the Festival Box Officeat 20 King Street. Tel 01842 751975

    Last years dames from Panto Dame Pageant


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    Huge success for 0pen Gardens 2015

    Well, what a wonderful day we had, starting with the excitement of Radio Norfolks Treasure Quest programme. The open gardens team were making smoked salmon sandwiches and listening to a very helpful lady guessing they needed our extra garden, which would have made it number 28! Still Sophie found the right garden in the end, by which time a small crowd of neighbours had gathered, so now we know the people of Thetford listen to radio Norfolk!

    Although it was a dull and somewhat cloudy day, it didnt deter our visitors, (from as far away as Edinburgh!) In fact they seem to have had more energy to visit more gardens and pick up lots of plants to take home with them. Our gardenhosts do love the

    engagement of their visitors and are often willing to dig up offshoots, or cuttings of their prized plants to share.

    There were plenty of refreshment stops to keep folk well fuelled, as our gardens were quite spread out this year. Some tried to sample them all, but for others the smell of bacon rolls wafting down Arlington Way proved irresistible, and they enjoyed this beautiful garden

    There was of course a serious point to the day, raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, our local hospice,which cares so brilliantly for lots of people in our Thetford community. Last year we made a huge percentage leap on previous years, and this year we have surpassed 7K for the first time!.I would like to publicly thank ALL those involved, the gardeners, the plant sellers, the raffle ticket sellers, the cake makers, waitresses and those washing up, the Facebook and Twitter followers, and all the generous people who made Thetford Open Gardens such an all round success.

    The lucky prize winners have received their prizes and the lucky numbers were:- 1st prize 00740, 2nd prize 01556, 3rd prize 05438, other winners were 05465, 02654,00304,05325,01165,01823,00061,03041,00930,03678,04598 and the lucky programme prize the bee picture, was won by a keen gardener in Thetford! Best wishes, Rachel Woods

  • Starting in July our Summer Reading Challenges!

    Become a Record Breaker this summer with the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 at Thetford Library. Discover AMAZING world records as

    you read your way through your choice of library books, collecting stickers as you go to complete your fold - up poster. New for 2015 a Record Breakers challenge for

    pre school children get the whole family reading.

    Pick up your poster at Thetford Library and look out for special Record Breakers themed events. For library opening times visit:

    Find out more at the Summer Reading Challenge website :

    For 11 18 year olds let your ImagiNation go wild with ideas for art, music, photography, poetry inspired by the books you enjoy over the summer. Pick up your

    ImagiNation booklet at Thetford Library and mobile library over the summer

    Record Breakers, Summer Reading Challenge 2015 produced by the Reading Agency, in association with

    Guinness World Records TM and delivered by libraries.All our Summer Reading challenges launch on Saturday 11th July & can be joined anytime during

    the summer holidays!

    Also starting on Saturday 11th July is Discover Arts Award with Thetford Library and the Ancient House

    Museum. This is an exciting award scheme for children aged 5 years and over and will run until 31st October giving lots of time to complete. Children take part in a range of activities to find out about creative art forms from painting to singing, d

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