Members observed a minute’s silence to remember the atrocity in Paris.
Guest speakers were Leah Templeman and Major Norman Lark from Chatteris British Legion. Leah talked about the youth section of the branch and their achievements and awards.
Nearly 50 members and guests attended the latest meeting in the Bricstan room at the Parish Church.
There was a surprise presentation to Rtn Mike Royce, who was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire, to add to his previous award, for his continued hard work and dedication to the Rotary cause and the club.
Sarah Woods gave an illustrated talk on her earlier life living in Panama with the natives in their villages. She has written about her experiences in a book, given talks and appeared alongside Alan Titchmarsh. Profits from the evening are being sent to SOS Children’s villages and are expected to be around £400.
Come and Be Heard
Chatteris Come and Be Heard welcomed four visitors from the private hearing aid group ‘Hearing Healthcare’ as speakers. Founder Chris Carr brought three members of staff along.
The company was recently called upon by Elvis Costello, when playing at a Cambridge theatre, to provide ear pieces for his band.
All members were given the opportunity to see inside their own ears, using the latest technology.
In January Norman Larke will speak. For more information call Hilary on 01354 695317.
All Saints’ Church 200 Club
Latest winners: Mrs Litman and Mr N Hall. Both win £6.
Fenland Family History Society
Members enjoyed a special meeting for the last meeting this year.
Childhood photos were matched to members present, causing a great deal of laughter. The exchange of ideas on how to break down family research brick-walls was useful. Members enjoyed a festive buffet and drinks.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 28, 2016, in St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech, from 7-9pm. Speaker will be Susanah Farmer.
The promotion stand will be in St Augustine’s Church, Wisbech, on Saturday for their Christmas Tree Festival. Watch out for the very special Family History Tree in Peckover House, Wisbech, in their ‘Christmas Tree’ event on the first and second weekend of December.
You will also find members offering help with family research on Saturday, December 12, at the special craft fair in the RAFA Club at Astral House, 22 Lynn Road, Wisbech. Call in and meet members at any of these events.
The society is already taking bookings for 2016 to attend various events giving an added interest to the events held by many different groups. For more information please phone 01945 587723, or check the website www.fenlandfhs.org.uk
National Service RAF Association
Members met for their monthly meeting at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March. Ray Grint was thanked for laying the wreath on Remembrance Sunday. Graham also marched in the parade with Ray. Graham also represented the group at three local schools.
This year’s membership fee for national will only be £5 with group members paying £1 each monthly subscription.
Liz Stannard from Circle Anglia was the speaker on Making Money Count. She controls a budget of £1,000,000 from the National Lottery to be used over five years.
Graham thanked Liz. The next meeting is on Monday, December 21, at 10am at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, contact Graham on 01354 657686.
Chairperson Marilyn Pryke welcomed members.
Final orders were taken for Christmas lunch. Marilyn was the auctioneer of donated goods.
A Christmas raffle was held with several winners. The football winner was Marilyn Pryke. Refreshments were served by Carol Leet Vera Jackson and Val Fernee.
The next meeting will be on December 9 at Mendi’s, Wisbech, for Christmas lunch 12.30 for 1pm. The first meeting in the new year will be on Wednesday, January 13, at 2pm.
Winners of £5 in the 10 week draw were: week 5, S Cliss, N Whatley and A Duller; week 6, L Bridgement, M Beeston and E Barlow.
March St Mary WI
The November meeting featured a talk and slides by Janet Towsin and Rosemary Higgs on chateaux and flower gardens of France.
The annual dinner was held on November 19. About 50 guests and members attended. Val Ware and Margaret Sparrow also attended.
Val proposed the toast after which the cake, made by Christine Wilson, was cut. Members were entertained by Mr James, who got everyone singing. A draw, organised by Betty Smith, ended a special evening.
Richard and Joan Munns will give a talk on Toys From the Past at the Christmas buffet at St Peter’s Church Hall.
The club has been running a Peace Poster competition on behalf of the District for several years, with some very excellent entries.
This year March has won the District competition and the winning poster will now go into the Multiple District Competition.
The title of this year’s competition was Share Peace. The club’s District had over 1,000 entries in total, so to win is a massive achievement for Holly Fevyer of Neale-Wade, March.
If you would like to hear more from March Lions, they are on Facebook.
Give them a like and find out what they have been doing.
If you would like information about joining the club contact Derek Rutter at email@example.com
Raise The Roof
A great night was had on November 21 when The B Sides played at the village hall. The evening was well supported by villagers and thanks go to Jane Rich in organising the event and all who attended.
The next Raise The Roof event will be on December 10 at 7.30pm and is a Christmas Carol concert with the Clarkson Singers.
Entry is £3.50 and includes a complimentary glass of mulled wine, tea or coffee and mince pie. An array of festive stalls will be present. All profits go to the £10,000 target to replace the roof.
Village Gardening Club
Mary Larham of Manea School of Gardening was speaker at the November meeting. Part of her talk was in the form of a quiz to demonstrate how many plants have been introduced since the Ice Age.
Lynn Wakefield announced bookings were now closed for the Christmas party in December. John and Jackie Lawrence and Marian Sherry organised the refreshments, Shirley de-Groome organised the plant bring and buy and mug sales and John and Barbara Hobart organised the raffle.
There will be no January meeting, the annual AGM will take place in February. For information on future meetings and joining the club, contact Shirley de-Groome on 07811 997721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Fingers Gardening Club
Gussie opened the annual meeting with the sad news that Ian, a member for a long time, had died. A minute’s silence was observed.
Ian will be sadly missed for his cheerful nature and wonderful sense of humour and members’ thoughts are with his wife, Jean.
Gussie has resigned as chairman after a long time. The new chairman is Val, who has been a member for some years. Raina has taken over the post of programme secretary. The rest of the committee remains unchanged.
The next meeting is on December 8 and will include the Christmas party. The meeting after that will be on January 19 at the Methodist Church, Upwell, 7pm for 7.30pm start. New members welcome, contact Val on 01945 772247.
All Saints’ Church
Vestry Hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange weddings, baptisms and banns, etc.
Services: Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10.30 Holy Communion. All welcome.
The next coffee morning is on Friday at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.
Beavers meet in the village hall at 6pm on Thursday. Term time only. Cubs meet at St Peter’s Junior school on Wednesdays at 6.30pm.Term time only.
Wisbech U3A met on November 12 at St Peter’s Hall, Wisbech. Guest speaker was Guy Pidsley who gave talk entitled “Santa Clause”, in which he told of his work as Father Christmas.
The Bird Watching group had 20 members visit the swan feeding at Welney.
The next meeting will be on December 10 at St Peter’s Hall at 2.30pm when the Christmas Party will take place. Members will entertain with songs, poems and sketches in the style of an Old Time Music Hall. They are encouraged to wear period costume and there will be a prize for the best decorated hat.
The U3A offers a social and learning experience for retired or semi-retired persons. See the website www.u3asites.org.uk/wisbech or call Joan Keep on 01945 871380.
Wisbech Centre WI
Deborah welcomed everyone to the meeting. She gave birthday gifts and cards to Eileen and Anne. Anne read the secretary’s report and Pauline gave the treasurer’s report.
Deborah reminded everyone of the forthcoming trip to the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, a quiz night at Tydd St Giles and the Christmas party.
The meeting continued with the annual meeting. Pauline gave the treasurer’s report, her last report as treasurer. Anne gave the secretary’s report, remarking that it had been a very busy year. She made mention of the growing membership and that the centennial year is not far away.
Deborah gave her review of the year as president. She welcomed Carol to the committee and thanked all committee members for their work throughout the year. She thanked Pauline, especially, for her sterling work as treasurer and gave her a gift.
Jean T of Elm WI acted as teller and Deborah was unanimously re-elected to be president for the coming year. She thanked Jean and presented her with a gift. Greta thanked Deborah and the committee for all their hard work.
After business it was time for refreshments, cakes and drinks served by Joan and her helpers. Speaker was Anne B from Wisbech Centre WI, who had prepared a very amusing and informative talk about the history of the bathroom.
The next meeting is tomorrow (Thursday), 2pm, at the Rosmini Centre. The speaker will be Mr Neville Palmer.
NHS Retirement Fellowship
The November meeting was held at the Rosmini Centre.
It was opened by the chairman. The minutes of October’s meeting were read and signed as correct.
Speaker was George Dunlop who gave a talk and presentation on the history of Wisbech Fire Brigade from 1607-2014.
A bring and buy sale was held and money raised will be sent to the East Anglian Children’s Hospices.
There will not be a meeting in December. The Christmas dinner will be on December 9.
The Fellowship welcomes new members and anyone who has worked for the NHS in any capacity can join.
They meet on the last Wednesday of the month in the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech. For details call Jenny on 01945 860589.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
See the notice board on Church Terrace or in the south porch of the church for service and Mass times. The church office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-noon, Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am.
The church hall is available for events. To book or enquire ring 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon to speak to Gay or at any other time leave a name and number and she will get back to you.
Vestry time is by appointment to ensure more flexibility. Please ring 01945 585447 to book an appointment for weddings, baptisms, banns and other issues you may have.
Wisbech Model Railway Club
Members fitted station name signs for the club’s layout. Alan Earle made the signs from plastic and printed the wording on photo paper. He also made a sign for the station car park and this is the area members plan to model next.
Richard Stowe has completed modelling a Class 04 locomotive into a model of a locomotive seen on the Wisbech and Upwell line. It will run on his N gauge model of the Wisbech Upwell line.
The club can be contacted by email at email@example.com or tel 01366 380224.