Anne Chambers welcomed 37 members and a visitor, Linda Fenner, to the first meeting of the year.
The results of the table-top sales were given and the newsletter was read. Arrangements were made for the co-operative entry into the Produce Show.
It was agreed to take part in “Clean for the Queen” and members will meet on March 8 to tidy the village.
Speaker for the evening was John Cutteridge who owns “Mega Plants” in Doddington. He explained how easy it is to grow tropical plants, bamboo, camellias and rhododendrons.
He answered questions from the audience giving many handy hints and was thanked by Valerie Gobie.
Refreshments were served by Sue Tyers and Jackie Yarker.
The competition was for something interesting made of wood and 20 points were awarded to Heather Day and Brenda MacKenzie. There were eight winners in the raffle.
The speaker at the next meeting on March 3 will be Gail Johnson who will talk about “Midwifery through the Ages” and the competition will be for something interesting made of china. New members are always welcome.
A quiz night in aid of the All Saints’ Church bells appeal will be held in Elm Primary School on March 18.
The event will start from 7pm. Bring your own food and drink, snacks and glasses will be supplied. A prize draw will be held. The cost is £6 per person. Call 01945 464823 to book a table.
Fenland Stamp Club
The next meeting is tomorrow (Thursday), starting at 1.45pm in the Upper Parlour of Trinity Methodist Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech.
It will feature a display of Shipping Issues. It could be a very interesting display and showing areas around Australia. The club hopes there will be a good turn-out.
Rotary Club of March
The swirl of the kilt and lilt of the pipes set the tone for the Rotary Club of March’s Burns Night Celebration on Monday, January 25. Some 90 members and guests from across the Fens, Spalding to Chatteris enjoyed a superb evening of traditional festive fare and ‘Wee Rabbie’s’ poetry.
The recitations and vocal ability to master the broad dialect added much good-hearted humour.
The addition of Piper, Kathryn Johnstone from the Peterborough Pipe Band, renditions of traditional Scottish airs, with the haggis being addressed by Alistair Hopkins, former Beadle in Wisbech, transported members over the border.
A dram preceded the haggis, with the Selkirk Grace delivered by Nick Kime. Past president Godfrey Smith addressed the Lassies, whose response was graciously delivered by Lesley Bishop.
The meal closed with dessert, Cranachan. Humorous recitations were attempted by brave Rotarians and the evening closed with a universal rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
Breathe Easy Fenland
A total of 27 members of the support group for anyone in the Fens affected by lung problems – patients, family, or friends – were treated on Thursday to an enlightening talk by Steve Bass, the Senior Environmental Health Protection Officer from FDC, on Air Pollution and what is being done in an effort to improve the environment in the Fens.
They were also able to ask questions of the speaker.
This was the first of the group’s regular meetings in 2016 – held at 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, in March High Street, on the first Thursday of each month – and next month they will hear from the chairman of Breathe Easy Kings Lynn, who will talk about her recent lung transplant.
Membership, including refreshments, is entirely free, and if you would like to join, just come along at 1.45 pm, or ring Sylvia on 01354 651821 for more information.
You will be welcomed by a most friendly group of people with similar lung problems as you. They aim to help you to live with lung disease and are a happy group – why not give them a try?
Marshland St James
Members met on Tuesday, the first meeting of the new year and a remarkable and memorable one.
Tim Meakin, florist and gardener, created three fabulous flower arrangements – ranging from a hand-held bouquet, to a glorious candle creation for Valentine’s day and a staggeringly beautiful lily composition. These were raffled to three lucky winners.
Gill Fox organised a flower charade game for social time, which caused much mirth, and members spent time signing up for forthcoming events.
Sue Askew gave an up-date on the progress of the new Community Hall project and members offered their whole-hearted support for the forthcoming fund-raising events.
Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, March 1, when the guest speaker will be Linda Godfrey. She will demonstrate the art of cake decoration. There will also be a cake stall, provided by members to raise money for the new Community Hall project.
Membership is growing, with new faces and new ideas and new enthusiasm. New members always welcome.
Charity bingos will be held in the village hall on February 11, March 10, March 17 and March 24. Eyes down at 7.30pm. Contact 01945 700276.
All Saints’ Church
Vestry hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange weddings, baptisms, banns, etc.
There will be no vestry hour today (Wednesday). Instead there is a service at 7pm for the imposition of ashes.
Services this week are 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Family Service. All welcome.
The next coffee morning is on Friday, February 19, 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.
Fifty Plus Club
At the meeting next Tuesday, February 16, the speaker will be Angelo Errico from Collective Legal Solutions and the talk is entitled ‘Tax, Care and Toy Boys’. If you think this may be of interest to you, please come along.
The meeting on March 15 will be an afternoon of entertainment with Dave Walters.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at Wimblington Parish Hall, Addison Road, from 2-4pm. If you think you might be interested in joining the club why not come along to one of the meetings for a ‘taster’. You would be most welcome.
Contact Pat Hart on 01354 740654 for more details.
Wisbech Camera Club
An exciting evening featured guest Alan Payne, lecturer in photography at the College of West Anglia Wisbech.
He showed his own images and talked of how to use the rule of thirds and open space to bring out the best in your images. He also gave tips on how to use Adobe Photoshop software.
He was thanked for a very entertaining and informative evening by new club chairman Mr Roger Newton.
Chairperson Mavis Shailes welcomed everyone to the January meeting.
After members had paid their yearly subscriptions, she spoke about the activities planned for this year and also about guest speakers that the members would like to invite.
Two new members were welcomed; they had asked if they could sit and listen to how the club worked.
Refreshments were served by Joan and Diane, as Brenda was away. The raffle was organised by Freda and Margaret, and the lucky numbers were picked by members.
The next meeting is at 1pm on Wednesday, February 17, at the Rosmini Centre and everyone is welcome to attend.
Model Railway Club
Club members Richard Stowe and Daniel Cousins added some new trees to the club’s model railway and John Sleeth painted two level crossings during the club’s latest meeting.
Richard has completed four of his diesel locomotives by adding their numbers and British Railways emblems.
The club meets every Monday from 6.45pm-9.15pm in the Upper Room of St Peter’s Church Rooms, Wisbech. New members always welcome.
Fenland Family History Society
The February meeting is on Thursday, February 25, at St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm talk.
This month the group is moving into a slightly more advanced area of family history – that of “Researching Military History”. The speaker will be Jonathan Farmer, who will be telling how to find our military ancestors.
There will be the usual book stall and library stall and refreshments at the end of the evening.
Visitors welcome, £2. Free parking adjacent to the hall. For more details please ring 01945 587723.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
Services: Sunday 8am Holy Communion, except every fourth Sunday; 10am Sung Mass Family Service every fourth Sunday. Monday 8am Mass. Wednesday 11am Adoration; 12pm Mass. Thursday 9.15am Prayers for healing; 10am Healing Mass. Friday 8am Mass; 5pm Confessions. Saturday 9am Mass.
Vestry hour is now by appointment only to ensure more flexibility, at St Peter’s Lodge, Love Lane.
You can book weddings, baptisms and banns by ringing 01945 585447.
The church office is open on Fridays 10am-noon and Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am.
The church hall is available for events. To book or enquire please ring the church office on 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon. At any other time please leave a name and number and someone will get back to you.
Wisbech Diabetes UK Group
The group’s next meeting is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome, there are no membership requirements and light refreshments will available, with free entry.
It is being held on Wednesday, February 17, from 7pm-9pm in the Community Room, Tesco Wisbech Extra, Cromwell Road, Wisbech, PE14 0SF.
For more information, contact: 01945 463436; email diabetes.wisbech@ btinternet.com or visit the website http://wisbech. diabetesukgroup.org