The Breckland Society Programme of Events for 2017

The Society organises a varied programme of events throughout the year. For further information please email For ongoing projects, please visit our Projects page.

The Breckland Society also produces a quarterly newsletter, which is sent free to all members and includes information on recent and forthcoming events. You can view and download archived issues here.

Please note that where there is a charge for an event you are asked to reserve your place by sending payment to the secretary at Beck Springs, Beckett End. Foulden. Thetford. Norfolk. IP26 5AF

Friday July 28th 6.30pm

A Tour of Thetford’s Town Centre Inns, Pubs & Beer houses – Past & Present. Led by David Osborne

Good Woman, Old Market Street c1905. The little girl is Florrie Clarke who was appointed Thetford’s Town Crier in 1916.

Meet at Coffee Mill Car Park, Thetford. School Lane, Thetford IP24 2AG

The event involves a 45 minute stroll and an illustrated talk in the Thomas Paine Room at the Bell Hotel.

Members free, non-members £3. Please book in advance via


Sunday 27th August 10.00am – 12 noon

A guided walk in the SWT reserve at Market Weston Fen

to see (we hope) the Grass of Parnassus in bloom.

 Lying in a shallow valley created by a tributary of the Little Ouse and fed by chalk springs, Market Weston Fen avoided the onslaught of 20th century drainage and agricultural improvement that damaged so many fens. It is one of the finest fragments of valley fen in East Anglia. For 25 years SWT owned just one piece of the fen jigsaw until, in 2006, a generous legacy from David Feavearyear helped to buy the adjoining blocks of fen to more than double the size of the nature reserve. Small wetlands are particularly vulnerable to damage from changes in water level and water quality on neighbouring land. Grass of Parnassus grows where cool air flows in low peatland meadows and wetlands which get easily misty and catch the first night frosts. At the end of summer the blooming flowers used to be a sign to peasants to start reaping and hay-work, and in fact the plant’s Swedish name means ‘hay-work’.

Members free, non-members £3. Please book in advance via


Friday 22nd September 7.oopm

Witches and Devils: Folklore and Poisonings – a look at the darker side of fungi.

A Talk by Dr. Tony Leech

In Foulden Village Hall. Vicarage Road, Foulden IP26 5AB

The heaths, forests and woods of Breckland harbour a host of fungi. Most are harmless and relatively tasteless, some make very good eating and a few are poisonous. Dr. Leech’s talk will concentrate on the latter group and and some of the “darker deeds” of those who make use of them.

Members £5, non-members £8.  (Includes a glass of poison/wine)

Please book in advance via

 Friday October 13th 7.00pm

Talk by Jeff Hallett (President of the Suffolk Punch Society)
At Thetford Grammar School Bridge St, Thetford IP24 3AF (to be confirmed)

Members £5, non-members £8.

Please book in advance via


Sunday November 19th 10.00am – 12.00 noon

Tour of the BTO Nunnery Lakes Reserve Thetford IP24 2PU

guided by Paul Stancliffe and Su Gough

Members free, non-members £3. Please book in advance via


Saturday 16th December 7.00pm

Ancestral Voices. A Royal Progress

Ancestral Voices is a collaborative project between Sarah Doig, Tony Scheuregger and Jane Scheuregger. They combine their experience, skills and passions to produce some rather special and unique results. Sarah, Tony and Jane also play in Hexachordia, a trio of early music specialists who give concerts and lunchtime recitals across the country. Between them they play an array of period musical instruments.

In the summer of 1578 Queen Elizabeth the First made a progress into East Anglia. This progress had the twin objectives of showing the Queen and her court in all their splendour to the people of a hitherto unvisited part of the realm, and of reducing the pockets of Catholicism which persisted. We follow the sovereign’s eleven-week journey and recreate the sights and sounds of this spectacular event through the eyes of local people.

The performance will take place at Cockley Cley Hall PE37 8AG

by kind permission of Sir Sam and Lady Roberts

Members £12, non-members £15 in advance. £15/£20 at the door

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