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Friends of the Library

The annual meeting was held on October 21. There were no changes to the committee with Margaret Allen as chair, Barry Payne as vice-chair, Tavia Wignall treasurer and Viv Marsden as secretary. No change in the remaining committee members.

In her annual report, Margaret said the group had a successful year, with the main fundraiser in August. The garden make-over was a big project but, with help from local firms and a superb design by Tavia, it looks so much better and has been nominated by Street Pride for one of the best drought gardens.

FROLIC has provided rails to go around the library, so that groups and individuals can exhibit their art work, and shelves to go on the end of the bookcases. Members actively support the Read it Again scheme and have presented Glebelands and Kingsfield with sets of books.

One of the highlights of the year was hosting an evening with best-selling author Jim Kelly. This was very well supported and there are plans to invite other authors.

Treasurer Tavia Wignall gave the financial report. These are healthy. Margaret thanked Barry, Tavia, Viv and all the committee for their hard work and commitment.

The next meeting is on November 18 in the Vermuden Room. Next coffee morning is on November 7 at 10.30am.

Women’s Institute

At the October meeting Claire McGinley demonstrated different methods of print making and members were able to try out their own designs. The vote of thanks was given by Sharon.

The next – and annual – meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12, at 7pm in the King Edward Centre when the president and committee for 2016 will be chosen.

Members were asked for nominations for the committee and to consider standing themselves.

The members’ competition at the next meeting is ‘Poppies’ and the ACWW letter is ‘I’. There will be a bring and buy stall at the end of the meeting. For further information please contact Dorothy on 01354 695664.


All Saints’ Church

200 Club Draw – Winners: Mrs L O’Connor and Mr N Buttress, both £6.


National Service RAF Association

The branch held its monthly meeting at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March.

A short business session was held before members, family and guests enjoyed hearing William, John and Ray talk about their time spent in the RAF. They all had very different trades and had tales to tell about their square bashing days. Graham thanked them all.

Everyone then enjoyed a delicious lunch and a well-supported draw was held for club funds.

The next meeting is on Monday, November 15, at the Oliver Cromwell. Contact Graham on 01354 657686 for more information.


Village hall

Leverington village hall rang out to the wonderful sounds of 50s and 60s music by Tony G.

An enthusiastic and appreciative audience enjoyed an evening of laughter and nostalgia. Carol and her helpers provided the lovely buffet.

Look out next year for a return visit by Tony G.

Friendship Club

Vice chair Phyl Lynch opened the meeting and welcomed members.

Donated goods were auctioned with proceeds going to club funds.

Birthdays were celebrated for John Gregory and Phyl Lynch. The winner of the football was Sylvia Giles.

Raffle winners were Maggie Poole, Alan Beakhouse and Violet Bellamy. The bingo caller was Maggie Poole and winners were John Gregory, Joan Garner, Angela Gregory and Val Fernee.

Refreshments were served by Vera Jackson, Val Fernee and Janet Luff.

The next meeting will be on November 11 at 2pm.

Friends of Leverington Church

A pre-Christmas market will be held in St Leonard’s Church, Leverington, on Saturday, 10am-noon.

It’s an opportunity to buy that extra special Christmas gift as well as your fruit, veg, cakes and other goodies. With over 20 stalls it promises to be the biggest market so far this year and there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Admission is free and the coffee shop will sell cakes to eat in or take away, as well as the famous Leverington sausage rolls. All money raised goes towards helping to make St Leonard’s welcoming and comfortable.

The ever-popular Christmas Market is on December 12 and will run from 10am-1pm. Santa has promised to be there, so put the date in your diary.


Manea Utd FC

Winners of 10 week draw, week three: Phil Fox, L Taversham and M Newman; week four: St Taylor, M Page, S Spendelow.

Royal British Legion

Poppy Appeal

The annual tombola for the Poppy Appeal was held in the village hall and raised £405. Winner of the £20 Tesco voucher was Andy Capps.

Children’s prizes went to Mollie Fox, Kim Birley and Leila Evans.

Draws were run by Janet Tweed and Evelyn Wells. The auction for the bottle of whiskey raised £14. Chairman Sylvia Tuck thanked everyone for prizes and help. Lesley Kennedy, Poppy Appeal organiser, presented Mrs Tuck with a 20-year badge for Poppy collecting in the village. Winner of the lottery bonus ball was Mary Carter, no 11.


Raise the Roof

September result for the monthly prize draw: £50 – No 029 Mrs M Baldry; £50 – No 047 Jo Miller; £25 – No 051 Tony Hale; £25 – No 065 Peter Barnes; 1st mystery prize value £20 – No 075 Charles Cutler; 2nd mystery prize value £20 – No 009 Kerry May.

There have been 14 different lucky winners over the last three monthly draws and tickets are now on sale for the draws in November and December.

Contact Bill Espley on 01945 700404 to ensure your participation! The bigger the response, the more prizes and mystery prizes the organisers can give.


Royal British Legion Club

The club is holding its AGM on November 15 at 10.30am. Paid-up club members only.

Green Fingers Gardening Club

Gussie welcomed members and introduced Mick Burns and his wife Diane. It was Mick’s second visit to the club and, as before, it was a very interesting talk.

Mick and Diane gave a talk and showed excellent photos of the plants and wildlife seen on their holiday in Australia.

Gussie thanked them and reminded members to fill in their nomination papers during the refreshment break as the annual meeting will be held in November.

The refreshments were served by David and Yvonne. Gussie reminded members that a programme secretary is urgently needed as the post has been vacant for some considerable time.

Gussie also urged members to attend the annual meeting so they could put forward any ideas they may have for the coming year.

The November meeting will be the annual meeting and, in December, members will have their Christmas party.

The first meeting of the New Year will take place on January 19 and the speaker is Charles Nelson on heathers. All welcome. Meetings are held at the Methodist Hall at Upwell at 7pm for 7.30pm. The first visit is free.


All Saints’ Church

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

Services this week: Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10.50am Remembrance Service . All welcome. Please gather at the war memorial for the start of the service.

The next coffee morning is on Friday, November 13, 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.


Centre WI

Deborah welcomed everyone to the October meeting, especially Mandy as a new member. She thanked Linda for the flowers on the officers’ table, and gave Janice a birthday gift and card.

Anne read the secretary’s report and members decided an outing to Stamford would celebrate the Institute’s next birthday in style.

Carole has sent a photograph of the WI Centennial Garden sponsored at St Peter’s Church to the Federation for inclusion in their centenary archive.

Pauline gave the treasurer’s report. Refreshments were served by Joan, Hazel and Brenda, then members settled down to watch Anne P demonstrate an arrangement of autumn flowers before, under her instructions, they all made our own arrangement.

Members took something beautiful home and were amazed that the same flowers could produce such different arrangements. Thank you Anne!

Several members attended the Federation Day at Wisbech St Mary.

The next meeting is tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm at the Rosmini Centre.

Wisbech Stroke Club

Members enjoyed an evening of entertainment at a performance of “Kiss me Goodnight Sergeant Major” by WAODS at the Institute in Wisbech.

Although there was obviously a serious aspect in remembering events of two World Wars, the enthusiasm of the cast, especially some of the really young members, encouraged much audience accompaniment to many well-known songs.

With monologues and interesting facts about the part Wisbech played in the wars it would be surprising if most people did not learn something.

Wisbech and District Stroke Club provides information, social, leisure, learning and other activities for stroke survivors and their carers. Call 07501 980603 or email for more details.

Wisbech Model Railway Club

Members have been busy detailing the station and station platform on the club’s model railway.

Gerald Cross has been working hard adding the brick sides to the platform and platform edging. Daniel Cousins has painted and added some people to the platform.

Richard Stowe and Alan Earle cut some pieces of plywood to be screwed to the front of the layout. This will give the model railway some protection when being exhibited and will be painted to look like a brick wall.

NHS Retirement Fellowship 
Wisbech branch

The October meeting was held in the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech.

The meeting was opened by the chairman. Minutes were read and approved.

The Christmas lunch will be held at the Black Bear on December 9, 12pm for 12.30pm.

The holiday next year will be to Cliftonville, leaving on May 16, and will be for five days.

A survey had been sent from Region requesting information about any problems with rural public transport.

The speaker for the day was Ed Johnson, operations engineer for the North Level Drainage Board, who gave a most educational and interesting talk on drainage in the Fens, how it works, how it is funded and why it has to be done. He was thanked for his talk.

Tea and biscuits were served and the raffle was drawn. Next month will be the bring and buy sale.

The branch welcome new members to the Fellowship and anyone who has worked in the NHS in any capacity is eligible to join. They meet on the last Wednesday of the month at the Rosmini Centre at 1.30pm. If you are interested please ring Jenny on 01945 860589.

Wisbech and District Camera Club

The club welcomed Chris Forster EFIAP DPAGB FBPE, vice-president of Rolls-Royce Photographic Society, to present a talk ‘The Journey after ABPE’.

After explaining the differences between club and national photographic competitions, Chris showed how he progressed from Associateship of British Photographic Exhibitions (ABPE) to Fellowship (FBPE) – a three-year endeavour which he had charted meticulously.

It was fascinating to follow the fortunes of various images through the judging process as his understanding of what makes an award-winning image developed.

Many thanks to Chris, whose entertaining talk will surely inspire more members to venture on to the national stage.