Welcome to Dereham Fringe Festival . . .
Busybodies Stage School was established in 1984 and has an outstanding reputation in the Theatre Industry. The School trains young people from 2 years to 19 years in Acting, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Acro, Singing, Musical Theatre, Public Speaking, Drama, Music and Theatre Skills. Outstanding examination results with the Royal Academy of Dance for Ballet, IDTA and ISTD Tap and Modern, ABRSM music and LAMDA drama; this school offers training to join the professional world.
Students reach advance levels by 16 years and go on to Laine Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford, Arts Educational, Tring, Elmhurst and other top London Colleges.
Our own PINK premises on Shipdham Road, Toftwood (opp. Rash’s Green Ind Est) make the school a family and safe home to many. We provide fully accredited and qualified teachers with experience and high standards to develop each pupil’s needs.
Everyone is welcome and we build confidence, expression and enjoyment in every class. Please do email, text or call us anytime.
Nickie.email@example.com Phone: 07770581404 firstname.lastname@example.org
JDT Music Academy opened its doors to the public in 2001, allowing local musician Janel Spalding to pursue her dream of building and running a music studio that would give people from all walks of life the opportunity to embrace music in a friendly and relaxed environment. Our vision is to encourage, facilitate nurture creativity within every individual who walks through our doors. The facilities at JDT are complimented by a team of enthusiastic and hard-working tutors who specialise in different instruments and genres of music. Each member holds an enhanced CRB certificate and had ungone a rigorous training programme. Two of its elements are RockavoX and K-OS!
Janel or Nia at 01362 694817; email@example.com
RockavoX was established in 2012 as a rock choir with a difference. Thought to be the only one of its kind in Norfolk, aimed at people aged 16+ years, the group learns and performs popular and contemporary rock and pop songs, old and new. Regular performers at Sangertevne Festival in London, recent performance venues include Disneyland Paris and Trump Towers, New York.
K-OS! outstanding student performance group based at JDT in Dereham. They can boast of recent performances at Norwich Access to Music Festival, Dereham Carnival and at Trump Tower and Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in New York. The band goes from strength to strength with a blend of covers and original songs, and this is a great opportunity to showcase their talents, and demonstrate their progress as musicians.
Norfolk Blues Society (See also Harmonica Worksop in the Meeting Room)
Formed in 2012 Norfolk Blues Society is a not for profit organisation which aims to preserve and advance the tradition and future of live Blues music in Norfolk. We have a growing membership whose small annual fee of £12 covers the cost of our regular jam sessions, concerts, educational work and NBS web sites. The monthly jam sessions are held at Tracks, North Elmham and the Walnut Tree Shades in Norwich. These are free and open to all, including non-members and friends. We organise and sponsor blues jam workshops in schools and have sponsored a local media student to cover the Dereham Blues Festival, which we initiated and ran for its first three years. The society has also inspired the formation of several new local bands, a blues choir and is in the process of becoming a registered charity.
Contact via www.norfolkbluessociety.org.uk
Young Blues Music Extravaganza After they delighted a big and knowledgeable crowd on Dereham Railway Station during the Dereham Blues Festival 2017, it is a real pleasure to welcome this really talented group back to Dereham. This time they are indoors and it is a delight to offer them time on the same stage that has recently been graced by such blues luminaries as Andy Fairweather Low, Dr Feelgood, Mud Morganfield and Paul Jones. They are certainly some of the most talented young musicians in East Anglia, playing blues with their own verve and youthful exuberant style.
Foot-loose Modern Jive Join us for a free taste of Modern Jive. Foot-loose Modern Jive is an exciting partner dance which is a fusion of Jive, Salsa, Rock n Roll and Blues danced to music from Swing to Chart hits. Fun and VERY easy to learn classes, suitable for everyone 16years and above. You don’t need to bring a partner. Regular weekly classes held at Dereham Memorial Hall every Tuesday 7.45pm to 10.30pm, beginners and intermediate, FIRST NIGHT FREE !
Act Too Performing Arts One of the most talented, experienced, and sought after local performing arts coaches, Jeanie Woods, the director of the professional team at Act Too in Dereham delivers a free one hour workshop for all ages and abilities. No experience necessary ! Is this where you begin to unlock your undiscovered potential ? An opportunity to seize with both hands !
John Warner, U3A's very own monologist and raconteur with a droll, laconic delivery, John brings out examples from his endless collection of comic monologues from the days of the music hall. Best known of these, ‘The Lion and Albert’ was immortalised by the super star of the age, Stanley Holloway, who was just the tip of an enormous iceberg of talented comics who toured the halls with their own creations. Entertainment is always guaranteed from the coffee morning circuit hero, Mr Warner. A free show to make you chuckle aloud.
Gareth Tucker – Blues Harp Workshop Gareth is a professional musician and music teacher who specialises in the blues harmonica. This is your chance for an hour’s tuition for a fiver. Free yourself from guilt – bring that mouth organ out of the kitchen drawer, and learn to play something. Prove you can do it, be ready with your party piece at the next family gathering! You can be next Paul Jones !
Anna Mudeka, Mbira research and development. Zimbabwean star, Anna Mudeka will be talking about and paying the mbira, the instrument of her homeland. Known in the west as the thumb piano, this instrument is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Mbira music has the same status that Bach, Beethoven and Mozart enjoy in Europe, with some pieces having existed for more than one thousand years.
Anna will be talking about the mbira’s role in the community, its influence in the political situation in Zimbabwe and its religious role. Hear the sound of the Mbira and the voice used to communicate with the spirits of ancestors. The audience will be encouraged to join in and have a go at playing the Mbira.
Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01362 822194 for details of the Anna Mudeka Foundation.
Meeting Point CASH BINGO Something deliciously different from Meeting Point! Join into a lunchtime session of cash bingo and have fun with friends.
FOYER, GALLERY/BAR/GARDEN ROOM
Tables and Stalls
Dereham Oddfellows Friendly Society Let us celebrate our friendship month together. For over two centuries, we have been helping people live happy lives & enjoy the brighter side of life.
We are here for everyone, from all walks of life and ages. We believe in a community bonded by friendship, care and charity. We host a range of social events in the Dereham area from an afternoon get-together on the 2nd Tuesday monthly at the Wellspring family centre and then again for coffee / lunch on the 3rd Thursday.
For more information contact our Secretary Paula 01362 696536
or visit www.oddfellows.co.uk
Norfolk Federation of WIs (Womens Institutes) The WI is the largest women's organisation in the UK and aims to offer women opportunities to influence local, national and world issues affecting the lives of families and the communities in which they live and to learn new and traditional skills.
Here is Norfolk, there are 164 WIs so there is bound to be a WI near you, offering a programme of monthly meetings, special events, maybe craft, walking or lunch groups etc.; the choice is endless. Each WI offers different opportunities but you will be sure of a warm welcome.
For further details contact the Norfolk Federation: Tel: 01603 624580
E Mail: email@example.com
or follow us on our website www.norfolkwi.org.uk or on Facebook
Dereham Band was originally formed on 20th August 1931 when a Mr Frost of Reepham was elected the first bandmaster. The first concert was played in the Assembly Rooms in Dereham on 20th March 1932.
Throughout the fifties and sixties Dereham Band saw local and regional contesting success as well as town engagements and parades. The latter forms large part of the band’s remit today. A flourishing youth band in the 1970’s prepared many musicians for the senior band – many of whom are still playing today.
The band room was purchased in 1983 and today we are preparing for its refurbishment.
The Band, and the Training Band which was set up last year, rehearse on Thursday evening.
For more information please contact the secretary.
Secretary – Mrs Jane Broscombe – 01362 692374 / 07732 747532
Dereham U3A started 6 years ago, and now has a membership of well over 500 from the town and local area. We have a monthly meeting with a speaker, but the main activity takes place in the many interest groups and this is where people get to know each other properly. The emphasis is on doing something interesting in a social and enjoyable way.
You do not need any qualifications to join, it is for anyone in their ‘Third Age’ of life and not in full time employment. Recent research has shown that taking part in physical and mental activity and active socialisation helps to ward off dementia and depression. I think that’s what we all want!
Check out the website u3asites.org.uk/Dereham to find out more.
The Forget Me Not Café People who have a family member with dementia are invited to come together to our friendly and supportive café. Participants are invited to relax, enjoy a coffee and have a little TLC themselves. The café has good links with various support agencies who can offer professional advice. Dereham Baptist Church sponsor the use of their hall on the third Thursday monthly and the group meets at 10.15 a.m. The café runs very informally, with the emphasis on fun and chatter for everyone.
Contact details: Mary Varns - 01362 696372 : Steffi Spooner – 01362 693969.
1st Dereham Scout Group was started in 1908 when two brothers Reggie and Archie Milk bought a copy of Baden Powell's “Scouting for Boys”. The brothers with some friends put BP`s ideas into practice, putting us among the oldest Scouts in the world.
Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to Society.
Activities carried during the last year include-: Entertaining old folk, helping with the water meadows, Camping all year round including survival skills, Canoeing, climbing, Deer stalking, Archery, Hiking, Next year we will be at the International Jamboree.
St Nicholas - your parish church - past, present and future St Nicholas Church has been a place of worship for over 700 years and seeks to share God’s love within the community of Dereham. Many people come for the large number of weddings, Baptists and funerals as well as school services.
There is regular worship on Sundays and weekdays. Messy church, for children and their families, is usually held during school holidays and offers a range of activities including crafts and games and finishes with worship and food. Café Church, in nearby Church House, offers an informal monthly service with free tea and cake !
Special services are held for such as Mothering Sunday and Harvest Festival. The three Christmas Eve Christingle services last year, together with the Midnight and Christmas Day communions, attracted over 1300 adults and children.
Visitors are most welcome.
Canon Sally Theakston -Team Rector of Dereham and District, Chair of House of Clergy.
The Rectory, 1 Vicarage Meadows, Dereham. 01362 693680 STheakston@aol.com .
Dereham and Caudebec-Les-Elbeuf Twinning Association was formed in 2004 as a result of a Twinning Charter signed between the Councils of the two towns. Caudebec-les Elbeuf is situated in Normandy 20 kms south of Rouen on the River Seine. The objects of the Charters are….to foster and develop mutual understanding and respect between the people of Dereham and Caudebec-les-Elbeuf. The towns make exchange visits at least once in each year and the Dereham Association holds other social and fund-raising events throughout the year. Membership is open to all people of Dereham and the immediate area. It is not necessary to speak French.
Contact Jim Stebbings; Chairman. firstname.lastname@example.org or 01362 693277
Dementia Friendly Dereham is a group of like-minded individuals from a range of different backgrounds who have been growing increasingly aware of the impact of Dementia on the lives of people in our community. In some cases we have had personal experience of this condition in our lives and families. We believe as a group that it is vital all those with Dementia should be able to live a full and active life and we want to be part of that whenever possible.
As a group we have one simple goal which is…to provide information and guidance for carers and people living with Dementia in our local community…of Dereham and district.
We also want to contribute to the Dementia awareness work in our community engaging with local business including shops, schools, churches and other voluntary groups.
Contact details – Nicholas Clipson (Hon. Secretary), c/o Dereham Meeting Point, Jubilee Suite, St Withburga Lane, Dereham
Dereham Meeting Point was first established in 1988 and has continued to run successfully as a valued facility for members of the local community who are 55, disabled and those who have dementia. The aim of the centre is to create a warm, friendly atmosphere, with staff and volunteers offering support whenever needed.
We are open 5 days a week from 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday and Thursday 9.00am to 4pm Tuesday Wednesday and Friday.
A home made two course lunch is available every day and refreshments are served throughout the day. There is an array of entertainment and activities on offer with a varying programme of outings and events.
Our website address is webjam/dereham meeting point.
Contact details : Shonette Mooney, Manager 079401196584 email@example.com
Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Since 1966 Norwich Mind has been working hard to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health and we continue this drive as well as supporting people in their recovery and campaigning for better mental health services for all and central to our work is the promotion of wellness and recovery; we believe that with the right support and resources everybody can create a life that feels meaningful irrespective of the presence of symptoms.
To do this we rely on the support of our local community, organisations and events like this to get people talking about mental health, allowing people to share their stories and find the right help and support so that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Contact – Sarah Ingram 01603 432457 or 07554331223; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.
You’ll find us in many communities, helping to give girls a head start in life and encouraging them to be happy, self-confident and curious about the world they live in and the difference they can make. However, Girlguiding isn’t just for girls. There are many volunteers who give their time as Leaders for guiding units and get to share with the girls the fun of events and activities as well as learn new skills. Other volunteers take on administrative responsibilities or offer help in other ways drawing on their varied backgrounds.
Contact – email@example.com; more information at www.girlguiding.org.uk or www.girlguidingnorfolk.org.uk
Dereham Carnival In just two years Dereham Carnival has become established as a prominent community event, major fundraising organisation and generator of good publicity for the town. As the dust settles on this year’s Carnival, come and see us to help review the event, give suggestions and make offers to help for next year, and look together at other activities, such as the Christmas Lights.
Contact – www.derehamcarnival.co.uk 07393 928801
Dereham Baptist Church Dereham Baptist Church is a community of more than 200 people which has been at the heart of Dereham for more than 200 years. Our church seeks to support and enrich the lives of the wider community by meeting people’s needs and we have a track record of bringing transformation though compassion, care and practical action. Led by our ministers Nigel Bayley and Dave Ward, we have a calling to make a difference, especially among those who are disadvantaged, disconnected and disillusioned. We love to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, and to enable them to belong in the fullest way to our broader community life, helping to make Dereham a great place to live and work.
Contact Mike Rose : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dereham Cancer Care We are a charity run entirely by volunteers since 2002, providing support to cancer patients, their families and carers living in Dereham and the surrounding area. The caring team from our Support and Information Centre offer extensive Macmillan cancer literature, and information on support and back up services to help you through a difficult time. Our community led ‘Moving On’ project centre supports those who are ready to move forward with support, with workshops and monthly coffee mornings, musical singalongs and demonstrations, backed by Big C and Macmillan. Do call in and take a look, or come and relax over a cuppa with friends old and new.
Contact: 01362 698527, Baldings Yard Cowper Road, Dereham NR19 2DA
Dereham Walkers are Welcome Dereham became a Walkers are Welcome town in June 2016. Dereham Walkers are Welcome strives to
· Make the town an attractive destination for walkers, with top quality information on local walks;
· Offer local people and visitors excellent walking opportunities;
· Ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted;
· Contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies
· Encourage the use of public transport.
Full information, with guides to local walks is available at www.DerehamWaW.org.uk, or contact Ken Hawkins by email at email@example.com, or phone 07505 426750.
Traidcraft Traidcraft’s Vision is ‘A world freed from the scandal of poverty, where trade is just, and people and communities can flourish’. I sell Traidcraft * (food, cards and craft) and I am also a Fairtrade Campaigner. As such I approached the Council a while ago and they agreed that Dereham should become a Fairtrade Town. This hasn’t yet happened; the process of gaining accreditation from the Fairtrade Foundation * should not be too hard. I am looking for any interested people to join me in this worthwhile venture. Let's go for it!”Kate Baldry at firstname.lastname@example.org *www.traidcraft.co.uk * www.fairtrade.org.uk
Friends of JDT This is the volunteer support group of fundraisers who work to further the aims of JDT, the town’s own music academy, specialising and leading drum teaching. JDT came into being in 2005, and today boasts an enviable reputation for its educational attainments and community involvement. Its aims are ‘to encourage, facilitate and nurture creativity within every individual that walks through our doors, and to provide tailor-made packages to suit the needs of every individual’. Contact is via 01362 694817 or email@example.com.
Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall is voluntary group of community enthusiasts who got together in 2013. Our brief is to fill the gaps left by professional promoters and bring a rich mix of events into the Hall, to appeal to all ages and every interest. As we have grown in strength and confidence, we have increased the number and range of the events we can offer, and at present we promote something every month. We recently introduced a monthly successful monthly film night, and especially enjoy working in partnership with other local groups. We now produce the six monthly brochure of events at the Memorial Hall, which has a print run of 15000 copies. If you fancy helping to promote a show, or publicise it, or work as a steward on the night, get in touch and give it a try. The more of us there are, the more we can put on, the better we’ll serve the community, and the more valuable will be the Memorial Hall in the local scene. Talk to us at our stand or call tim or marilyn on 01362 696900.
The Friends of Dereham Hospital began in 1953 to supplement the services provided by the hospital for the health, welfare and comfort of the patients; by providing facilities, buildings and equipment which may be required for the treatment of patients, and to provide a link between the hospital and the community they serve. We also provide amenities and equipment for use within the clinics at the hospital.
Thanks to support from the community we have provided equipment, furniture, televisions etc. We recently furnished a quiet room for staff to discuss patient care, a room for relatives to stay overnight with very ill patients, and renovated the dining and day rooms with furniture, curtains, pictures and chairs to make their stay a pleasurable experience. For years now we have purchased daily newspapers for patients use.
Contact Joanne Sebire firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Not all local community groups can be present on the day, for a variety of reasons. There will be an Information Table, where people can pick up information and literature from Buy Local, Dereham Antiquarians, Dereham Windmill, Dereham Lions, buylocal and others.
Throughout the day in the Gallery, Foyer and Garden Room, free entertainment will pop up. Not all of it can be announced yet, but to whet your appetite, there will be the wonderful, extraordinary, brilliantly infuriating Sid Bowfin. Classically trained virtuoso violinist and youthfully elegant street festival veteran, you’ll be talking about him for weeks afterwards !
Then there’s the buskers – is that a Ukelele Band I hear and is that a professional circus act?
FOOD AND DRINK
And there’ll be burgers, hot dogs, teas and coffees in the garden area, ices and soft drinks in the bar.
· Remember that free parking at Morrisons is limited to 3 hours only
· Entry for most events is free !
· Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall will be very grateful for any offers of help with stewarding and helping generally