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We bring together Thetford’s community, tourist information and unique history.
We love our town

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Thetford means everything to us at Leaping Hare. It’s our town – the place where some of our team grew up, certainly the place we call home. Thetford is both a thriving local community and a tourist hotspot, where vibrant live events and up-and-coming businesses exist alongside a rich and varied history.

Meet the team

Corinne is one of our directors and oversees the day-to-day management of our projects and services. Born in Thetford, she attended Thetford Grammar School, as did Thomas Paine. Her passion for all things Thetford has grown over the years and “giving back to the community” took on a whole new meaning when she helped to set up the Dad’s Army Museum in 2007. Thetford has a lot going on and providing a central hub – both in person and online – where that can be celebrated remains her key goal.

Corinne Fulford

Thetford super-fan Simon is one of our directors and makes sure the finances run smoothly. He grew up in the town, attended Thetford Grammar School (where he met Corinne) and enjoys living in Thetford today. Over the years Simon has played an active part in supporting the community, having been one of the original founders of the Dad’s Army Museum, although much prefers being back of house. When he’s not volunteering for us he runs his own company, Simark Accountants, which – luckily for us – is based above the shop.

Simon Skull

Jake joined as a volunteer in 2013, completed a BTEC National Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and has played a key role in our story. A keen runner, Jake took on the Great Barrow 10 in 10 challenge to raise funds, sponsored by Hughes and mentored by Thetford parkrun founder Mel Sturman. Jake is a keen esports enthusiast and enjoys tabletop games. Sadly, we had to make Jake redundant amid the Covid 19 pandemic but he continues to support our work, currently leading our new Leap into Thetford films.

Jake Shannon

Denis has volunteered with us since 2013, having stood down from a very demanding job and having also been involved with Save the Children for 20 years. Despite being profoundly deaf, people-friendly Denis loves volunteering for us – and we thank his husband Stephen for allowing him to! A keen swimmer at Breckland Sports Centre (health permitting), Denis is also a member of the U3A wine club and a keen follower of Thetford Singers – he thinks they’re fantastic.

Denis Brewer

Friday Girl Rachel loves the town of Thetford and its environment – including her own garden. This led her to become involved in the hugely popular Thetford Open Gardens, which now raises £12,000 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice every year. Rachel is enthusiastic about the many things to do in the town – among her favourites are Thetford Singers and Thetford Flower Club.

Rachel Woods

Mike is passionate about history in general and Thetford in particular. He is our Monday volunteer, one of our tour guides, our coinstriker and more. In his spare time (!) he is a professional toastmaster, runs the successful theatrical murder-mystery evening Murder Most Foul and is currently Watton’s town crier. He also gives presentations on a wide variety of historical subjects for groups and organisations.

Mike Wabe

Friday volunteer Roger is chairman of the Thetford branch of the Royal British Legion. The former Royal Navy and HM Coastguard man has lived in the town for 12 years; he very much enjoys the community and volunteers because he wants to give back.

Roger Smith

Lynn is our Tuesday girl in the shop but is also heavily involved in helping with research, currently working on the Forgotten Soldiers project. Lynn was the founder of Thetford U3A and currently runs the art, craft and holiday groups (she organises group holidays for members). Her main passion is travel. She also gives talks on her Pensioner’s Gap Year and Marigold Hotel Experience.

Lynn Ready

Karen is one of our directors. Although her role is largely advisory, she has a wealth of experience having previously worked for Ancient House Museum, Visit Ely and the very popular About Thetford magazine (delivered to every house and business in Thetford and beyond). Karen has been actively involved in town events and is a member of Thetford Tourism and Heritage Partnership and Thetford Open Gardens committee.

Karen-Emma White

We are empowered by a wonderful team of volunteers spanning a range of age, ability and talent. We provide a safe environment for people who want to give back to their community or to build confidence and become work-ready.

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