Calls for improvements to Wisbech junction

Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter
Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

I am afraid to say that, sooner or later, a cyclist is going to be killed or seriously injured riding over the zebra crossing at the start of Churchill Road near the Freedom Bridge roundabout in Wisbech.

On more than one occasion I have seen drivers slam on their brakes to avoid hitting a bike that has appeared out of nowhere on the crossing.

Could someone from Cambs Constabulary advise me if the law has changed? It is my understanding that zebra crossings are for the use of pedestrians, not cyclists – as are the pavements leading up to them.

Wisbech police station is a stone’s throw from this crossing. Is it possible for someone (police officer or PCSO) to monitor this danger point, with the hope of saving a life and educating cyclists?

David Hammond,

Wisbech.

HOMELESS

Thanks for donations

I am a support officer for Fenland Young People and work at The Staithe Homeless Hostel in Wisbech on behalf of CHS.

We take in 16-24year olds, homeless and vulnerable through no fault of their own.

As a charity we rely on donations. We are lucky enough to receive donations from local people and businesses so that we can cook a Christmas dinner on December 22 for 21 of our young people.

Many of us take for granted a warm home, clean bed and hot food at this time of year when it’s cold and wet outside.

I would like to say a big thank you to those who are donating and helping us.

Pam Hobbs

REMEMBRANCE

Worked hard to remember

I would like to reply to the letter sent by Thelma Hannam which has caused distress to many people who have worked hard to remember the men commemorated on the Outwell Memorial.

On November 9 the Outwell Memorial was the scene of a moving ceremony to commemorate the men of the villages of both Outwell and Upwell who died in the Great War and the Second World War.

A contingent of wreath bearers processed from Beaupre School following the British Legion Standard carried by Gareth Crookes. A service, led by Rev David Ely and Rev Paul Skillings, took place at the memorial and the wreaths were laid; a further service then took place in the Church.

The memorial was clean and tidy with some poppies left from a service held on August 4 to mark the outbreak of the Great War. A service was also held on July 12 when the History Group held a commemoration event to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War.

The event was well attended and lots of people came to see the materials. There are two memorial books of information about each of the men who died available in St Clement’s Church.

They are the result of an ongoing project to gather material so that the sacrifice of these men is always remembered. Information about the project has been extensively advertised with requests for information being made in The Citizen and other local papers – we have been given a lot of material as a result of this.

The History Group started meeting in July 2013 and continues to meet on the first Tuesday of each month between 2pm and 3.30pm. We are now extending our project to include the men who died in the Second World War and we hope to have a memorial book available by May 2015, which is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Far from not caring, the people of Outwell care very much about the men who gave their lives and they have collected (and made available) information to ensure that there is more than just a name on the memorial.

As Mrs Hannam is apparently unaware of all the work done to commemorate The Fallen we would like to extend an invitation to her to attend a meeting of the History Group and maybe contribute to the work we are doing on the Second World War.

Margaret Lake,

Outwell.

POPPY APPEAL

Thank you

A big ‘thank you’ to the people of March who have donated £19,208.09 so far for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Our thanks to the many volunteers who helped us this year, to all the businesses who took part, to the organisers and supporters of the Band Concert at St Peter’s Church, which raised £1,398.30, and to Linda and Terry Stevens at March Braza Club, who worked with us to raise £600 at the annual poppy dance.

Each year more people come to the Legion for help and the cost of that help is increasing. That is why the Poppy Appeal is so important.

Thank you March, on behalf of those who will now benefit from your support.

Kay and Alec Larham,

Poppy Appeal Organisers,

March Royal British Legion.