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    Issue 120 November 2015

    Thetford Christmas Lights Switch OnFriday 27th November, 6pm. More details Page 7.

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  • Welcome to Novembers About Thetford

    Christmas is most definitely around the corner, evidently

    so, judging by the abundance of Christmas Fayres

    taking place this month, highlighted on page 20. And of

    course the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on, taking

    place on the 27th November. Remember this year as you

    busily go about your Christmas shopping to support local

    retailers wherever possible, particularly given that for

    every 1 spent with a local retailer, 63p on average stays

    in the local economy. And of course, if youre buying from

    advertisers seen here, please do mention the magazine.

    Theres very much a Remembrance theme to this

    months edition with full details of the Remembrance

    Parade on Sunday 8th November, and the concert on

    Friday 6th. Our community group focus for the month

    is the Salvation Army, with one of their volunteers Tilly

    Swaep being recognised as a Community Hero. Talking

    of heroes, a special report by Philip Bujack on the Polish

    role in the Second World War can be found on pages

    34 & 35. Best wishes, Terry Jermy (Editor)

    E-mail address for all articles, adverts etc: aboutthetfordmagazine@googlemail.comContact 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 2 - Thomas Paine Hotel Page 5 - Community HeroPage 6 & 7 - Town Council updatePage 12 - 15 - Civic society reportsPage 17 - Thetford Past & PresentPage 18 & 19 Childrens activitiesPage 21 - 25, Gardening & EnvironmentPage 26 & 27 - Community newsPage 30 - 32 - Ladies pagesPage 36 & 37 - Business updatesPage 41 - Cats cornerPage 43 - Advice column from CABPage 44 & 45 - Leaping Hare pagesPage 47 - Religious news updatesPage 48 & 49, Ancient House MuseumPage 52 - 54 - Sports News

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    Let your hair down and have some fun at the Christmas funfair on the ferris wheel,

    helter skelter, swing boats and tea cups! Plus, dont miss our singing elves or a ride on the donkeys and our very own Elveden Express land train!

    FATHER CHRISTMASVisit Father Christmas and tell

    him your Christmas wishes in his magical woodland grotto or over

    breakfast or afternoon tea in our AA Rosette restaurant. Each

    child will receive a traditional gift and Norway Spruce sapling

    to grow back at home.

    CHRISTMAS TREESOur quality Christmas tress will be available daily from Saturday 28th November. Choose from

    three different varieties and have your chosen tree towed to your car by one of our gorgeous Newfoundland dogs for a charity donation on selected weekends.

    FOOD & DRINKFrom premium Norfolk Bronze turkeys to fine wine and luxury

    hampers, you will find everything you need in our food hall

    for an extra special feast this Christmas! View the full butchery

    offering on our website below.

    GIFT SHOPPINGFind some stunning gifts in our homeware shops, from jewellery

    and accessories to art and cookware. Our Christmas shop is now open and brimming with decorations to transform your

    home into a winter wonderland!

    PARTIES & DININGGet together with friends, family or colleagues and join us for a

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    We are very pleased to announce that this month, not one but two Community Heroes have been awarded this title, in reflection of their fantastic contribution to our community. Octobers Hero is Wendy Serjeant and Novembers is Tilly Swaep.

    Tilly SwaepTilly, is a woman well known and recognised in Thetford,and who can often be seen outside St Cuthberts Church on the fundraising stall during the week - a demonstration of her dedicated and invaluable work with the local Salvation Army. Tilly has been an avid supporter of the Salvation Army which has changed the lives of many community members, bringing hope back into their lives. Tillys involvement has spanned over the years from helping with coffee mornings to promoting and spreading the good work of the charity. Tilly has become a living example of Christian values and one who thinks nothing of throwing herself into fundraisingevents and being an active charity group member. Tilly brings and instills positivity and humour to every day and her enthusiasm for community work is wholly impressive. For many years Tilly has embodied Christian teachings and devoted a huge part of her life to the charity. Something that we believe is highly moving and which should be recognised.

    Wendy Serjeant David Osborne, a local Historian and former student of Wendys, has nominated Wendy for the CommunityHero title, as someone who for decades has demonstrated excellent community spirit. David says, I have known Wendy for around 55 years, she is such an enthusiastic and inspiring person who never gives up. She is a very intelligent lady who has helped many young people over the years. Many

    community members may remember Wendy fromThetford Secondary Modern, where she was involved in an abundance of after school music and drama clubs. Her community work has not stopped there, Wendy has participated in many community based projects such as the Thetford Elders Luncheon Club, Age Concern and Action for Children. She is also a Licensed Reader involved in the Fountain of Life Network and hasexcelled at being an ambassador for our town. More recently Wendy has taken an active role as the projectleader of Thetford Methodist Players Community organising and presenting entertaining drama performances for the local town folk. Wendy has worked without complaint over the years taking a practical approach to each and every project, motivating morale and developing Thetfords community spirit. Echoing Davids view and the view of many community membersthat know her, Wendy is a true inspiration to the entire community and a massive thank you is due for all of the hard work that you have achieved over the years!

    Huge congratulations to Tilly and Wendy. We are delighted to award you both with the Community Hero status. Each will now receive a 50 voucher to spend with an advertiser of their choice, kindly sponsored by Thetford Garden Centre.

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