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A Your Social event was held on Saturday at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham which connected people with activities going on in the area.

People who run groups and activities in the town such as gardening DIY, from crafts to choirs were present to chat to those looking for things to do.

The event was organised by the Iceni Partnership who manage the community centre and assembly rooms.

Swaffham Your Social Event at the Assembly Rooms organised by The Iceni Partnership on Saturday 22nd January. Some of the people involved in the event LtoR, Sarah Green, Pam and Dennis Tallon, Claire Cotterill, Jelena Ulase, Jonathan Reed, Judy Anscombe (Swaffham Mayor), MLNF-22PM01183
Swaffham Your Social Event at the Assembly Rooms organised by The Iceni Partnership on Saturday 22nd January. Some of the people involved in the event LtoR, Sarah Green, Pam and Dennis Tallon, Claire Cotterill, Jelena Ulase, Jonathan Reed, Judy Anscombe (Swaffham Mayor), MLNF-22PM01183

Manager Jonathan Reed said: "There were 20 stall holders and about 200 attendees, we were packed all day."

Between 10am and 2pm visitors were able to see what activities are on offer, from being new to the area or simply looking for a new hobby.

A Swaffham couple who tirelessly volunteer in their community were recognised with an award.

Special presentation of a certificate of recognition by Breckland Council Chairman Roy Brame to Fabian Eagle (chair of Swaffham Town Council Markets Committee) and Pam and Dennis Tallon (Swaffham Community Fridge) at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham on Saturday January 22. Presentation from left, Roy Brame, Stuart Bell (Swaffham deputy mayor), Fabian Eagle. MLNF-22PM01181
Special presentation of a certificate of recognition by Breckland Council Chairman Roy Brame to Fabian Eagle (chair of Swaffham Town Council Markets Committee) and Pam and Dennis Tallon (Swaffham Community Fridge) at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham on Saturday January 22. Presentation from left, Roy Brame, Stuart Bell (Swaffham deputy mayor), Fabian Eagle. MLNF-22PM01181

Dennis and Pam Tallon who are members of Swaffham and District Lions Club currently organise the community fridge based at the community centre in Swaffham.

A special presentation of a certificate of recognition by Breckland Council Chairman, councillor Roy Brame, was made to the couple who had been nominated by Swaffham's mayor Judy Anscombe.

Also receiving an award was councillor Fabian Eagle, chair of Swaffham town council markets committee.

Special presentation of a certificate of recognition by Breckland Council chairman Roy Brame to Fabian Eagle (chair of Swaffham Town Council markets committee) and Pam and Dennis Tallon (from Swaffham Commuinty Fridge) at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham on Saturday January 22. Presentation from left, Dennis and Pam Tallon with Roy Brame. MLNF-22PM01182
Special presentation of a certificate of recognition by Breckland Council chairman Roy Brame to Fabian Eagle (chair of Swaffham Town Council markets committee) and Pam and Dennis Tallon (from Swaffham Commuinty Fridge) at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham on Saturday January 22. Presentation from left, Dennis and Pam Tallon with Roy Brame. MLNF-22PM01182

Jonathan Reed said: "Stewart Bell, councillor for Swaffham Town council and mayor Judy Anscombe thanked everyone present.

"The award was celebrating that during his tenure , people in the community that may be unrecognised by some in the community are today's focal point.

"Mr and Mrs Tallon organise the community fridge by picking up food six days a week from local supermarkets that would otherwise go into landfill or incinerated.

"The following day people can come and collect the food.

"Anyone can take the food which is not out of date and it helps some people who otherwise may struggle.

"They have distributed some 600 kilos of food that otherwise would have been wasted.

"The community fridge is in the foyer in the community centre and people queue and chat to each other so there are lot of positives.

"At the moment due to Covid-19 it is one person at a time at the fridge which is then cleaned and sanitised. "

"Stewart Bell nominated Fabian Eagle who did a lot of work for the Saturday market making it Covid -safe."

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