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At the November meeting, held at the Braza Club, Elm Road, members were entertained by Sean Moyses, a talented musician with a magical touch with instruments especially the banjo.

After an enjoyable performance, members were served with coffee and biscuits and a raffle was held and arrangements for the Christmas lunch and party to be held in December were finalised.

New members needing fellowship and support are welcome. The first meeting of 2016 will on The first Wednesday of January.


All Saints’ Church

Vestry Hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church. To arrange weddings, baptisms and banns etc.

Services this week are Sunday, 8am, Holy Communion and 10.30am Morning Service. All Welcome.

The next coffee morning is on Friday, November 20, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome .

The Christmas Bazaar will be on November 27 at The Village Hall, 10am


Inter Faith Forum

As part of its contribution to the National Interfaith Week, Wisbech Interfaith Forum has arranged a conversation between local high schoolers and their Muslim and Sikh counterparts. This will occur on the afternoon of Friday, November 20, at the United Reformed Church, Castle Square. The Sikh youngsters are bringing along the musical instruments which they use in their worship and the Muslim youth will be displaying some examples of Islamic Art and calligraphy.

Older readers will have a chance to see the Art and calligraphy later in the evening when they will also be addressed by a speaker from Leeds, Susan Bayliss. The evening event begins at 6.30 pm, not 7. 30pm as previously advertised and will conclude with some samples of food from many regions of the world.

Wisbech has the unique reputation of being the only market town in East Anglia which is participating in this week.

Sean Finlay, from the forum, said: “We are immensely grateful to our local sponsors, including the Hudson Foundation and the Robert Hall Trust whose generosity enables us to showcase our town as a progressive, tolerant society, despite the many challenges which we face.”

The Rev John Filsak, minister at the church, said: “We are very pleased to see this historic building playing host to a modern gathering, demonstrating that the church continues to have a positive role to play in society. This is also a chance for people to see the considerable improvements which have occurred in the structure of the building in the recent past. “

Hickathrift House

Hickathrift House received a donation of six twiddle muff comforters from the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers which were presented to general manager Sue Scarlett by Trudie Smart, the West Norfolk Organiser.

They will be used on the Memory Lane unit for residents who enjoy tactile experiences as each muff is colourful and has numerous accessories which can be ‘twiddled’ with.

The Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers has 2,404 members and 107 groups around the county knitting and stitching for charity. They meet monthly as a group but also knit in their own homes to provide various items for any number of projects across the globe.

Hickathrift is hoping it will be able to support the Norfolk knitters in the future and started by making a donation of wool. Anyone who would like to make donations of wool can take it along to the home and it will be passed on.


Ladies Probus

The latest meeting, held at the Woolpack Arms, Terrington St John, was enjoyed by 33 members

Derrick Buckenham, president of Wisbech Branch Royal British Legion, gave a moving talk on the war and the poppy fields

Our thanks go to him.

New members always welcome call 01945 774264

Business & Professional Men’s Club

Rick Wilson, club chairman, welcomed 38 members and guests to the November meeting held at The West End Restuarant Wisbech where they enjoyed a 3 course Carvery Dinner.

The guest speaker for the evening was Alan Rogers MBE, who has appeared on TV’s Richard & Judy and BBC Inside Out programmes. Alan, a retired traffic policeman based in Warwickshire, gave members an amusing talk on his life in the traffic department. He was thanked by member Tim Gower.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9, when the guest speaker will be Drew Cameron, an impressionist who appeared on TV’s Britain Got Talent programme.

Model Railway Club.

Gerald Cross modelled a piece of walling for the station platforms on the club’s layout at last Monday’s meeting.

Brian Baylis took a break from making tea for the club members and operated the layout with rolling stock members Daniel Reid, John Sleeth, Gerald Cross and Daniel Cousins had taken to the meeting. New members are always welcome and the club can be contacted by email at or tel 01366 380224.

Fenland Family History Society

Researchers have been very busy with their twice-monthly sessions on family research. The Wisbech Library sessions have been very busy, it is good to see so many bringing along their laptops and learning how to access the library resources which include two subscription sites for free.

Wisbech Library sessions are on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am-noon. There is also a monthly research session at Wyevale Garden Centre in Crowland, on the second Tuesday of the month, 11am-3pm.

The next meeting, on Thursday, November26, in St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech, from 7 -9pm will be more of a social event, it being the last meeting of the year.

The society’s promotion stand and display will be in Walpole St Peter’s Church on Saturday, November 28,for their Advent Festival.