Anne Chambers welcomed members to the November meeting and Gemma Watts read the minutes of the previous meeting.
Natalie Jolly gave a report of the Federation Day and Linda White volunteered to lay the poppy wreath on Remembrance Sunday. The speaker for the evening was Doreen Reed, who entertained with her amusing poems and tales of everyday life. She was thanked by Margaret Playford. Margaret Patterson gave out the results of the competition for something interesting coloured purple – Heather Day was awarded 20 points, Anne Chambers and Valerie Gobie 18, Chris Oakes and Mavis Gamsby 15 and all the other entries were awarded 14 points.
Next month’s meeting will be a Christmas party and the competition colour will be red.
A whist luncheon organised by the leisure and sports committee was enjoyed by members from all parts the Isle. Val Ware, federation chairman was MC. A hot lunch of jacket potatoes and sausages was served midway through the tournament. The meat was provided by S Curtis Butchers, of Emneth. Desserts made by the committee were served by Janet, Sheila, Beryl and Val. Congratulations went to high scorers Jeanette Makeman, Tydd St Giles, playing lady, Janet Burnam, Parson Drove, playing gent, second lady Nad Stokes, March Stone Cross, second gent Eileen Lock, Elm. Consolation, Val Ware, Tydd St Giles.
In charge of selling raffle tickets, Barbara, Lorna; kitchen duties Sheila, Janet and Beryl. Janet thanked everyone for coming. Thanks also to Val for being MC. At the next whist lunch, the shield will be played for. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Pat Williamson.
All Saints’ Church
Winners of the 200 Club are: Angela Prudden and Trudy Gan, both have won £6.
Fenland Farm Machinery Club The club held its second meeting of the winter programme at March Conservative Club.
Chairman Paul Hayes welcomed 42 members and introduced Will Lawton, from Horsch UK, who gave a detailed presentation on the history of the company and the wide range of farm equipment it manufactures.
The evening was arranged by Ben Burgess, machinery dealers of Coates, Whittlesey.
A vote of thanks was given by vice-chairman Greg Gowler.
Fridaybridge WI The November meeting on November 9 was held in Tower Hall where the president, Ann, welcomed 14 members, with apologies from Joy, Peggy, Varina and Janet W.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Delia was presented with the Isle Cup for her winning entry in the Isle Cup competition. Her card to celebrate 100 years of the WI had received full marks.
Hazel took names for outings and transport was arranged for the Try-it-Day, the quiz night at Tydd St Giles and the Carol Concert. A birthday gift was given to Brenda, who also received a book of stamps for reaching 40 points in the monthly competition.
The annual meeting opened with reports given by treasurer Janet, secretary Joan and president Ann. Ann was re-elected as president.
After refreshments Delia demonstated how we could decorate gift bags, giving us many ideas before giving us the opportunity to produce our own. Many members chose Christmas as a theme. We were all very pleased with our efforts and Delia was thanked by Connie.
The competition results were announced with five points going to Ann and Hazel. After the raffl,e members were reminded that the next meeting will be on December 14 when we will be making table decorations with Ann Purt.
Mary Watt, the chair, opened the meeting and welcomed members, guests and the evening’s speakers Penny Stocks and Brian Massingham and Roger, who then gave agtalk and slide show on the work and the dedication needed by volunteers who help to keep Wisbech in Bloom.
November birthdays celebrated were Carol Payne, Maggie Poole and Doreen Wheeler.
After the talk members and visitors enjoyed cheese and wine refreshments.
Joan Janz and Beryl Bradbrook organised the raffle.
Next meeting will be the Christmas party on 8th December 8 in the hall at 7.30pm.
Chairperson Marilyn Pryke opened the meeting and welcomed members and a guest. She thanked John Gregory for organising the coach trip to Springfields the previous week.
Orders were taken for the Christmas lunch on December 9.
Birthdays were celebrated for Maggie Poole, Janet Luff and Doreen Wheeler.
The auctioneer of donated items was Marilyn Pryke.
The winner of the football was Derek Clarke.
Raffle winners were Bill Allen,Val Fernee , Janet Luff and Maggie Poole.
The bingo caller was Maggie Poole and the winners were, Phyl Lynch, Vera Beeston, Alan Beakhouse and Fred Shorten
Refreshments were served by Val Fernee, Vera Jackson and Carol Leet.
The next meeting will be on November 25 at 2pm.
March U3A met on Wednesday and listened to a talk by Dr Martyn Thomas about ‘Fenland Ague’.
The Christmas Meeting, on Wednesday, December 9, is for members only and will include refreshments and entertainment. The next meeting, at which potential members will be made very welcome, is on Wednesday January 13, at 2pm in the Community Centre, Station Road, March. The speaker will be Polly Howat on ‘Storytelling: Myths and Legends of the Fens and Beyond.’
For full details please see the website www.u3asites.org.uk/march or telephone 01354 659905. n Continued on page 39