Memories Inspire Poetry Sessions

Silver Social has been visiting community venues across the district this week, holding workshops with award winning poet, Martin Figura. Chatting about memories, the sessions were centred on the poem 'I Come From,' encouraging participants to remember the sights, sounds and smells of their early years. 

Martin encouraged everyone to have a go at automatic writing, allowing ideas to flow before trying to craft this into the first draft of a poem. Some participants brought objects to trigger memories and Martin had a range of inspirational objects including a vintage camera, records and a book detailing 81 ways with potato! 

Residents of Attleborough creating their own poetry

Residents of Attleborough creating their own poetry

Silver Social workshop at Swaffham Wellbeing Group

Silver Social workshop at Swaffham Wellbeing Group

Martin returns to Breckland with a tour of his performance, Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, in which he contemplates love, loss & when to let go. Tickets are £5, including refreshments - full details here. 

Celebrate Volunteer Week & Become a Silver Social Volunteer

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Make a difference to older people in your local community and become a volunteer for Breckland Council's Silver Social Project. 

The Project is delivering an ambitious programme of daytime events to community venues across Breckland, promoting participation and independent living to older people in rural communities. Until 2020, workshops and performances held by professional artists are taking place in Ashill, Necton, Shipdham, Mattishall, Harling, Dereham, Attleborough, Swaffham, Watton and Thetford. Upcoming Events. 

We are looking for a team of enthusiastic and welcoming volunteers to help support events in these areas, ensure the Project reaches its target audience and with our support, to sustain the project's aims beyond 2020. 

We are developing two volunteer roles within Silver Social:


There are a number of ways you can get involved in the Project:

As a Silver Social Event Support Volunteer, your role is to act as an advocate for the Project and provide essential support to the Project Coordinator at Silver Social events. You will help set up event space; greet artists and participants at sessions; organise refreshments and help to clear down and collect evaluation data and feedback after an event. This role is an opportunity to gain experience in event organisation and to develop new skills within a community project. You will also have the opportunity to watch world class arts performances – for free!


As a Silver Social Volunteer Promoter, your role is to act as an advocate for the Project and help promote Silver Social events in your area. Using both traditional and online methods, this will be done through the distribution of publicity material; word of mouth recommendation and promoting activities at local clubs and groups, as well as sharing online content through social media and event listing websites. This role is an opportunity to gain experience in event promotion and organisation, with the potential to join a wider network of volunteer promoters running your own events, in partnership with Creative Arts East.


To support the Project with any of the above, get in touch! 

Volunteering for the Silver Social is an unpaid position, but is an opportunity to gain experience on a nationally recognised arts project, with the potential to develop your own community programme. Travel expenses will be covered.

Time commitment:

Approximately 3 – 5 hours a month (flexible). Exact days dependent on programming schedule.


Sophie Soto (Project Co-Ordinator) / 01362 656870

or fill in details below:


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Dementia Action Week 2018

It's Dementia Action Week 2018 and Silver Social are proud to deliver a full programme of  events designed to be enjoyed by all older people, including those affected by Dementia. 

Award winning poet Martin Figura, will be exploring poetry and writing from memory in a series of free workshops, held in community venues across Breckland. From 4th - 6th July, catch Martin at one of the daytime sessions - full details here

For more information on Dementia Action Week and how you can get involved, click here

Summer Programme Announced

Silver Social are delighted to announce a new summer programme of events, including free workshops & ticketed performances, by a range of artists in venues across the district. 

Award winning poet Martin Figura, contemporary dancers Spiltmilk and the musical comedy 'Ministry of Biscuits,' are touring spaces including libraries, museums, village halls & community centres, as Silver Social continues to bring high quality, accessible arts to your doorstep. 

All workshops are free to attend (voluntary donations welcome) & performances are only £5 per ticket. Free local transport is available to all Silver Social events, for those without access to a car or public transport. 

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To find out more:  upcoming events here. 

To reserve tickets, book transport or make an enquiry, get in touch: 


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Ladies of Spiltmilk Bring Love to Norfolk

Silver Social  is thrilled to welcome the ladies of Spiltmilk Dance to our rural villages, for a series of workshops based on their new show, The Little Love Cabaret

Offering creative session including movement exercises, storytelling, craft and of course, tea and cake! Focusing on love; it's not just about romance - we're interested in all the things that make life brilliant - stories of favourite recipes, hobbies, or places are all be welcome too. 

Join us to share stories, have a boogie, listen to favourite songs, get creative and have lots of laughs!


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Decadent Designs at New Biscuit Workshop

Silver Social is pleased to welcome specialist print artist Vicki Johnson, back to Breckland for the latest series of art-based workshops, touring libraries in the market towns. 

Residents have been given the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild and design their own fancy biscuit, using paint, collage and stamping techniques. The free sessions are linked to the upcoming 'Ministry of Biscuits' performance - a farcical post-war comedy, where fancy biscuits are outlawed and "bland is grand." 


With all materials (and biscuits!) provided, participants were able to use a range of coloured and textured papers, letter and shape stamps and acrylic paints, to produce their own 'Wanted' biscuit.

This week the workshop will be visiting Dereham, Swaffham, Attleborough and Watton libraries, no booking necessary. Full details here. 



Kate Dimbleby Performs for Silver Social

After a successful series of workshops across Breckland's libraries and rural villages, Silver Social was delighted to welcome back Kate Dimbleby for the delivery of the first ever Silver Social live performances.

Visiting Ashill, Harling, Shipdham, Mattishall and Necton, Kate performed her solo show 'Songbirds' to an afternoon audience, which incorporated songs from her album and a mixture of storytelling and improvisation. Tickets were only £5 and included refreshments (tea, coffee and cake!) during the interval. 

The second half of Kate's show included plenty of audience interaction, a treat for those who hadn't been able to attend the workshop sessions earlier in the year.

Whilst Kate's tour was a limited 5 performances, Silver Social is already looking ahead to its next live show, 'Ministry of Biscuits,' which will be performing in libraries this June. Tickets can be booked by calling 01362 656870 or emailing

Click here for a full list of upcoming events.


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First Silver Social Performance with Kate Dimbleby

The Silver Social Project is delighted to welcome the return of internationally acclaimed singer, Kate Dimbleby, to select villages in Breckland. After a successful second tour of group singing workshops, Kate will take to the spotlight as she performs her solo show, ‘Songbirds,’ in a one-off daytime events at community centres and village halls 19th - 23rd March.     

From a famous family of voices, Kate explores her soulful voice through original, a capella songs, influenced by great singers such as Peggy Lee and Nina Simone and has been described as “an artist absolutely at the top of her game,” – Tom Robinson, Radio 6 Music.

Kate Dimbleby’s ‘Songbirds’ Tour - All performances 2:30pm – 4pm

Monday 19th March at Ashill Community Centre

Tuesday 20th March at Harling Old School Hall

Wednesday 21st March at Shipdham All Saints Church

Thursday 22nd March at Mattishall Church Rooms

Friday 23rd March at Necton Community Centre

Tickets for Kate’s performance are £5 and can be booked by calling 01362 656870 or e-mailing Tickets will also be available to buy on the door. If you would love to attend but need assistance with transport, please get in touch on 01362 656852.

Click here to see full details of Events


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