SEC AGM 2013

We are planing to hold our next AGM on WednesballoonsPic3day, May 15th at Swaffham Community Centre.

You can find the Centre just past the library on The Camping Ground, Swaffham, PE37 7RB. The cafe will be open for great refreshments served by the Iceni Partnership staff.

From 2.00pm to 5.00pm we are featuring displays of our current projects, including Marham Voices, our Heritage Lottery funded oral history activity. You can also talk to us about the start of our new project, Enterprise Arts, designed to deliver a new gallery and arts space, teaching space and community ICT service from a new building in the town.

We would be delighted to see anyone who wished to volunteer to support our projects, or who might be happy to consider joining the SEC board. Our AGM formally starts at 5.00pm on the 15th.

You can find detaiils of all our activities on our home page here.

Check our Marham Voices here.

We are planning to run a community bus service betweeen Marham and Swaffham on the day, to make our event easier to get to from the village. Watch this space for further details…

Marham Voices – listening to stories

listeningimage2-mSandringham Enterprise is delighted to have been generously awarded a substantial sum of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund – with the generous support of Cambridge University and its Cambridge Community Heritage team – to undertake an oral history and historic record project for Marham and its surrounding area.

Marham Voices project will last about a year and we will create a web based oral archive of people’s stories about our area, as well as producing a history of the community, concentrating on the changes in our landscape across the 19th and 20th Centuries.

We will, in the coming Spring of 2013, be holding open public events to encourage you to tell your story and get involved in our project. Our volunteers, trained in the collection of oral history, will be able to support you through the process.

When we receive permission from our generous funder, the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will be building out and launching a Marham Voices web site – here you will find all the details about the project, how to join in and the programme of activities we’ll plan with you.

In the meantime, if you wish to express an interest in taking part in Marham Voices you can email the team at mystory (@) – or use the contact us form on the Sandringham Enterprise web pages here.

We’d love to hear from you and hear your voice too!

Beans are about!

beansTogetherPicWe have just posted the web pages for beans – the new enterprise support network we will work hard to keep active in the Marham community.

beans is intended to be a useful resource for those residents who have started, or are thinking of starting, a new enterprise in our rural community.

If you would like to volunteer to help us organise our network meetings, or contribute to our resources list – or write articles for our web site or secBLOG – you can subscribe with your email address here.

We’ll let you know when our network meetings take place and occasionally send you updates and news from the beans team.

You can subscribe to the beansBLOG for free updates too. You can see articles on new start-ups, paying your tax and why ethical enterprise is such a good contributor to community health.

We are also establishing a beansDIRECTORY, where you can advertise your business to others. In the future, we will publish the directory in other formats and places, thereby spreading the word about Marham enterprise.

See you at our next network meeting?

Christmas Fair – cold outside, warm welcome within

As we were unpacking our bits and pieces for the stalls at the Marham Christmas Fair the temperature only rose above zero very grudgingly.

The Marham Infant School, Mrs. Webb, the Head and her team offered everyone a great, warm welcome and a wonderful space to hold the event. Smiles all round. In the end the sun shone, Santa arrived and the ice-rink was fully booked all day.

There was a great range of goods on offer, from jewelry, fabrics, children’s books, handbags and a myriad supply of other seasonal items. The raffle table was groaning with donated prizes and tickets sold briskly from their vantage point near the entrance.

The young people of the airplay team served up fantastic pork rolls, with all the seasonal trimmings. They also played some very lively, contemporary music in the ‘jammin’ space too.

The school tea and coffee crew worked flat out all day – with everyone very appreciative of a hot drink on such a cold day.

By the time darkness fell some 250 people had strapped on their skates and glided, slithered and tumbled around the ice rink. Thank you to everyone who booked their sessions and contributed to SEC.

A special thank you to Lloyd and Charlotte for braving the cold all day rink-side and for their energy in organising such a popular attraction.

Roll on the Summer Fair…I wonder if we could get surfing into the playground?

Image: Anonymised picture of skaters at the Christmas Fair 

Enterprise Christmas Fair?

christmasDecoration66We are planning to hold a Christmas Fair this coming season.

Do you have talents as a card maker, jewellery maker, or with cakes or knitting?

Do you spend time in the autumn in the kitchen making pickles, chutneys or jam?

Why not sell them at the Community Enterprise Christmas Fair? Whatever your idea or items we can find space for you. Sell the things you have made, talk to other people who make things and who knows?

Maybe a new community service might emerge from your chat. Get enterprising and have some seasonal fun too.

To find out more contact Rita Broomfield on her usual number (ext. 7884) or send Rita a message from the contact us page on our main website here.

From the SEC team – making enterprise an all year season.

Making a splash on Families Day

waterSplashPicDon’t forget to drop by the SEC tent on Families Day – we’ll be Zorbing next door – can you keep dry?

Come along and see if the children can keep their balance on the water? You can pop in to see us then, have a look at volunteering opportunities, talk to someone about your group or community business idea.

We’ll also tell you where the Centre building is at too!

We’ll be happy to see you on the day.

(Our Zorbing installation is created for SEC by the same professional team as last year. The profit we make from our small entrance fee to the pool all goes to your local charity…)

Families Day is at RAF Marham on August 11th, 2011.

Saving your baby?

baby77Pic-mMany parents do not really understand the techniques needed to help their small infants in moments of crisis.

There are times when your intervention could be vital.

We are holding a resuscitation class in the Centre on Thursday 23rd June at 1.00pm.

There will be a creche available and you can book by calling Jo Tagg at Swaffham SureStart Children’s Centre on 01760 721101.

You can find our baby rescue page here on our Centre web site.

The Sandringham Centre – supporting parents and carers with small children…

National Family Week 30th May – 5th June 2011

nationalFamilyWeekButtonNational Family Week is a series of events and activities designed to bring families together, provide inspirational family fun and let you have access to some family focused special offers too.

The campaign website is available here at

The mixture of live events and venues participating are supported by politicians, celebrities and a large array of companies and service providers from all sectors. You can see their support here.

There is sure to be an event during the week near you and you can use the National Family Week web site to check out your area.

You can also register your own event or activity on the site too.

Have a great time celebrating National Family Week this summer.

Tendering workshop – find out how!

storageBoxPicNorfolk County Council is keen to to help bidders to navigate the county procurement process as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Particularly when, in the current economic climate, there is greater competition and an increased awareness of alternative sector providers by buyers.

The County Procurement team are offering an opportunity to get practical help and advice on commissioning and tender procedures in March of 2011.

This free event aimed at alternative education provision will be held at the Breckland Resource Base, London Road, Dereham, NR19 1AS. Between 4.00pm and 6.00pm on Wednesday 2nd March, 2011.

You can reach the Centre by telephone on 01362 692839.

Places are limited to 45 in number and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you are a social enterprise, or community organisation with a service mission, you can contact the team at…

Surf’s up for Seniors in Kings Lynn Library

keyboardPicAre you are over 60 years old?

If you are interested in learning about computers, the internet and email, then the library in Kings Lynn will be running a series of courses for beginners in the New Year.

The first course will run for six weeks, on Wednesday mornings from 10.00am – 12.00noon, beginning on 5 January.

There will be a small group of learners on each course, and you’ll be helped along the way and given time to work at your own pace.

If you are interested, and can commit to the six weeks, please contact the library on 01553 761393.

You can see more events on the library web pages here.