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Elm

Elm WI

Our first meeting of the year was well attended, although it was not a good start for our president Jean Toms who unfortunately had a fall and broke her wrist. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope she will be back with us very soon.

There were apologies from Jean and also Jeanette, who recently broke her leg. It seems as though we have a broken bone brigade within our WI.

In Jean’s absence, vice-president Barbara Smart took the meeting, supported by secretary Marjorie Cotterill and treasurer Sheila Ward.

Members were welcomed and one visitor, Mrs Williams. Barbara St was thanked for her lovelt daffodil arrangement, a reminder of spring around the corner. Birthday greetings and pens were given to Trudy Gann and Olive Spurr.

Sheila, our treasurer, took yearly subscriptions and there was an invite from Friday Bridge WI to their quiz on March 6 in Friday Bridge Tower Hall.

The board went round for members to enter their names, if wishing, to attend the following events: Public affairs, March 2, at March Youth and Community Centre; L/S ten pin bowling, Ely, March 5; L/S darts, dominoes and scrabble, March 16, March United Services Club.

Refreshments were served by Barbara St, Trudy, Sheila and Nina, the raffle conducted by Nina, the register by Eileen and the press report by Barbara Sm. The competition was supervised by Zoe, the Something Beginning With the Letter ‘C’ was judged by Mrs Williams and points awarded to: Marjorie, Zoe and Eileen, all two points, and Barbara Sm, Natalie, Nine, Jane and Barbara St, all one point. Card bingo games were organised by Marjorie.

A menu was available for members to choose their meal on Thursday, February 19, at the Sportsman in Elm, 12pm-12.30pm.

The next meeting is on Monday, February 16, at 7pm, when the speaker will be the Reverand Parkinson with his life story.

Come and see what a lively, enthusiastic lot we are – you could be inspired to join us!

Emneth

Women’s Institute

Emneth WI held its first meeting of the year. Speaker was Robert Lockerbie a community fire officer who gave a talk on fire prevention in the home. The coming year’s meetings were discussed and members were able to see the variety of speakers that are planned such as the next meeting we will be learning how to make knitted bracelets with wire. Refreshments were served by the committee. Competition winners were Eiluned Reed for the flower and Betty Jermey for the letter I. Next meeting is on March 5, new members are always welcome to come along. Next months competition letter will be J.

Fenland

Fenland Stamp Club

The next meeting of the Fenland Stamp Club is on Thursday, February 12 in the Upper Parlour of Trinity Methodist Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech. There will be a display of Aerophilately from Australia and France. The meeting will start at 1.45pm and all stamp collectors will be made welcome. Cups of tea or coffee will be available at the interval. All welcome for an interesting journey!

Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy (the support group for anyone in the Fens affected by lung problems – patients, family, or friends) held their first meeting of the year on February 5 at St Peter’s Church Hall, March, and were pleased to welcome four new members who joined some 30 regular members to enjoy a most informative and interesting talk by Dr.Robert Winter, OBE, Consultant Respiratory Physician from Addenbrookes Hospital. Next meeting will be on March 5 If you would like to join us for this, or future meetings, please ring Sylvia on 01354 651821 for more information. Membership is entirely free and you will be most welcome.

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Gorefield

Gorefield Ladies’ Group

Jean Brown welcomed everyone to the January meeting. A presentation was given by Leisa Nichols-Drew, forensic scientist, Senior educator and

University lecturer. Leisa demonstrated how finger prints from some members,and footwear tests were highlighted. The group also did fibre tests

from their own clothes, a very interesting question and answer session followed. Chris Ashton thanked Leisa and refreshments were served by

Brenda Pehl, Margaret Tuck and Christine Scott.

The next meeting is at Gorefield Village Hall on Wednesday, February 25, at 7.30pm when Tony G will talk about his ‘Life in Music’.

New members welcome

Leverington

Friendship Club

Chairman, Marilyn Priyke opened the meeting and welcomed members and a guest.

Birthdays were celebrated for Jane Shaw and Margaret Deal.

The auctioneer of items donated by members, was Marilyn Pryke, with the proceeds going to the club fund.

The winner of the football was Vera Jackson.

A raffle was held and the winners were Vera Beeston, John Gregory and Val Fernee.

The bingo caller was Maggie Poole and the winner was Phyl Lynch.

Tea was served by Vera Jackson, Carol Leet and Janet Luff.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 18th February at 2PM and will be the A.G.M.

March

Rotary Club of March

The Sport of Kings provided an ideal evening’s entertainment for over 80 members, and guests of the Rotary Club of March at their annual Race Night

held at the Conservative Club, on Saturday, January 31. Proceedings were conducted by Captain Ayres and “Honest Steve Bradshaw” ran the Tote on behalf of the Conservative Club, who also provided the projection equipment and commentary

A fine light meal of traditional sausages, mash and peas, with desert to follow, set up the punters for their flutter. Betts Butchers in Station Road, supplied the banger, while Baron Morris od Stonea, as ever, the “spuds”. With eight races, and investment of 50p a time, no one cleaned up or was taken to ‘the cleaners’. This popular event is the largest fund raiser for the Rotary club, and all proceeds will be used to support Rotary Charities both local and national throughout the coming year. It is estimated that a little in excess of £850 will result.

At the regular monthly Business Meeting, The President, Godfrey Smith, announced with regret, the sad death of Rotarian Michael Ogden, 82, a stalwart of Rotary, and the March community.

Those present stood, paying silent tribute to this gentleman.

It had been the intention that evening to present the cheque for £2,550 to Magpas. The result of the Big Meal Raffle held over several weeks in late 2014. However, the weather asserted its self, with snowfalls in early evening. This prevented the representatives of Magpas from attending, being forced to turn back at Chatteris.

It was resolved to send the cheque direct as soon as was convenient. This will now be delivered to Magpas H.Q. on Friday 6th February.Other business conducted was of an inter committee nature.

Library

Do you run or belong to a group in March or the surrounding villages? At March Library we have introduced a new information board in the Piazza unit which is situated in the main entrance of the library and we would welcome A4 posters advertising your group’s details and regular meeting dates. One off events for groups and charities can also be advertised free of charge. Businesses or profit making events are able to advertise for a small charge.

Marshland St James

WI

Marshland St James WI members battled through freezing wind and rain to enjoy their first meeting for 2015. Speaker was Lee Bagshaw from the newly opened South Lynn Fire Station, who gave advice about safety in the home, showed a scary video of a mock up fire in a living room and had us all laughing at his fire fighting anecdotes.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 3, at the Jubilee Hall at 7pm. The speaker is Chris Carr from Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre.

It’s £3 per meeting as a visitor and people can join the WI only £36 for the year with a monthly meeting plus a magazine bi-monthly and access to exciting events and courses at our Federation college in Oxford.

Walpole St Peter

Rainbow Quilters

he next meeting will be on Saturday, February 14, in Walpole St Peter Village Hall from 10am 4pm. £5 a session. Bring your own lunch, coffee and tea provided. Our January group meeting saw many new projects get started, including pretty patchwork bags, table/bed runners, a black and cream designed quilt and a little boy’s bed quilt illustrating many forms of toy transport. Everyone works on their own projects with help and advice from one another. New members always welcome. The group meets monthly on the second Saturday of the month. Please phone 01945 587723 for further information.

Walsoken

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 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Morning Worship. All Welcome

The next coffee morning is on Friday February 13th at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.

Cubs meet at St Peters Junior School On Wednesdays at 6.30pm term time only

Beavers meet at The Village hall on Thursdays at 6pm term time only.

Wisbech

National Health Retirement Fellowship

The January meeting of the NHRF, Wisbech branch was held on Wednesday, January 28, at the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech. and was attended by 37 members.

The minutes from the November meeting were read and signed as correct. There was no meeting in December but everyone enjoyed the annual Christmas dinner, held at the Black Bull.

There are still places available on the holiday to Tenby in May. Suggestions were requested for the outings for this year. These are to be confirmed. The annual conference will be held in the Leeds Central Hotel this year from July 3 to 6. Anyone who wishes to go should inform the secretary.

The speaker for the afternoon was Mr Brian Payne. He gave an interesting talk on the history of Wisbech Prison. He was hoping to also discuss the workhouse but time ran out and he will return at a later date for that. Tea and biscuits were served and the raffle was drawn.

New members are welcome to join the Fellowship. It meets on the last Wednesday of every month in the Rosmini Centre and anyone who has worked for the NHS in any capacity is very welcome to join. Anyone who is interested please ring Jenny on 01945 869589.

Royal Society of St George, Fenland branch

The first bi monthly meeting of 2015 was held on February 3 at Mendis, Wisbech, where members were welcomed by Chairman Rhys Williams. The Branch at present has 29 members and will be making an all out effort during the next two months to increase membership. It is planned for St George’s Day to organise once again the best dressed window competition and a cup will be presented to the winning display. Also on St George’s Day members will be canvassing in

the town and a joint event will be held in The Globe, Market Place, to celebrate this special day.

It was also proposed that the branch will man a stall on Sunday, April 26, in March where thousands of people come every year again to celebrate this event. On the social side it is planned to organise outings to a Prom concert at Burleigh House and Ladies Day at Huntingdon Race Course.

The next meeting is planned for Tuesday, April 7, 7pm at The Globe, Market Place, Wisbech. Any person interested to know more about the branch can go to our web site www.fenlandbranch.webs.com

Wisbech Arthritis Club

The January meeting took place on January 21. The chairman welcomed everyone and get well wishes were sent to Norma. Best wishes also go to Brenda who has now retired after running the Wool Shop in Wisbech for 65 years. Members hope she will enjoy her retirement.

After the members had paid their yearly subscriptions, the chairman told members about the activities planned for this year, and also about the guest speakers who had agreed to visit the club this year.

Refreshments were served by Brenda and Diane and the raffle was organised by Freda and Janet. The winning numbers were selected by the Chairperson, who was helped by Sylvia.

The next meeting is at 1pm on Wednesday, February 18, at the Rosmini Centre.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church

Service times for St. Peter and St. Pauls Church Wisbech are: 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 once a month on the secondnd Wednesday 6 - 7 at St. Peters Lodge Love Lane Wisbech.

On February 17, the church is having a Pancake Supper in St. Peters Church Wisbech this will be a fun event and all are welcome but we do need people to pre book so contact Angie Manning on 01945585447 if you would like to come to this event

Wimblington

Wimblington Fifty Plus Club

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17. Sue Morris will be relating her experiences as a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, at Wimblington Parish Hall, Addison Road from 2-4pm. Newcomers welcome.

Contact Pat Hart on 01354 740654 for more details.