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Financial support for Swaffham Men's Shed as community centre stays active during pandemic




A community group has donated £500 to a market town team aiming to reduce social isolation for men.

Pictured below is Alan Jude of Swaffham Lions presenting a cheque to support the new Men’s Shed in the town.

Men’s Shed are in the process of building new premises at the community centre where men can participate in a range of creative and practical activities. They can also just meet and have a cup of tea and a chat.

LtoR Back, Fred Grange and Colin Yorke,LtoR Front, Howard Cardus (Chairman Swaffham Mens Club), Alan Jude (Swaffham and District Lions President Alan Jude). Picture: Paul Marsh
LtoR Back, Fred Grange and Colin Yorke,LtoR Front, Howard Cardus (Chairman Swaffham Mens Club), Alan Jude (Swaffham and District Lions President Alan Jude). Picture: Paul Marsh

A spokesman for Swaffham Lions said: “We consider this particularly important with the isolation and loneliness caused by the restrictions in meetings and movement by the Covid-19 pandemic.” Picture:

District councillors leant a helping hand with a project to create a sensory garden at a market town community centre.

Breckland councillor Peter Wilkinson and David Wickerson are pictured below being directed by Sarah Green of the Iceni Partnership.

Peter Wilkinson and David Wickerson help out at the Iceni Community Centre in Swaffham. Picture: SUBMITTED
Peter Wilkinson and David Wickerson help out at the Iceni Community Centre in Swaffham. Picture: SUBMITTED

The Iceni Community Centre is currently the scene of a project to remove bamboo from the patio area in order to build raised beds for a sensory garden.

Swaffham Men’s Shed are carrying out the project for Iceni, and the bamboo roots have been proving tough to budge – they have been there for at least 14 years. Breckland Council is keen to support Men’s Shed.

Donations of food continue to be collected at a market town community centre in aid of those in need during the coronavirus crisis.

Pictured with some of the supplies is Swaffham Community Centre and Iceni Partnership manager Claire Cotterill.

Swaffham Community Centre manager Claire Cotterill with just some of the supplies at the Swaffham Community Fridge
Swaffham Community Centre manager Claire Cotterill with just some of the supplies at the Swaffham Community Fridge

The community fridge is located at the back of the Campingland centre with those in need allowed to use the main entrance to help themselves.

The centre has asked people to only take what they need and to think of others, and has also pledged to help save food waste. The community fridge returned back to the community centre in July.



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