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Elm

All Saints Church

200 Club winners for Thursday, October 1: D Green and J Barnes, both £6.

Emneth

WI

Harvest supper was enjoyed by members from Elm, Friday Bridge, Tydd St Giles, March Morning, March St Mary, Val Ware, Federation chairman, plus Emneth members.

Janet Kenworthy, president of Emneth, welcomed everyone and said grace. The meal was served by members of Emneth WI.

Pam Handley was auctioneer and many home-made cakes and pies, along with fruit and vegetables, were auctioned off.

Entertainment was provided by the Teddy’s Boys skiffle band and a sing-along was enjoyed by all.

The next meeting is on November 5 and the letter will be O.

Gorefield

Gorefield Ladies Group

Jean Brown welcomed everyone to the September meeting.

Marilyn Clarke, member of The Tai Chi for Health Institute, gave a brief history of Tai Chi after which Marilyn, Elaine, Gwen and Jean demonstrated the Sun, Yang and Yang Fan Styles of movement.

Thanks were given by Chris Ashton and refreshments were served by Val Goult and Gwen Harrington.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 28, at Gorefield Village Hall, at 7.30pm, when members will have an Autumn Special Evening.

New members welcome.

Leverington

Leverington Friendship Club

Chairperson Marilyn Pryke opened the meeting and welcomed members.

Mary Cardi‘s birthday was celebrated. Fish and chips were served for lunch, with refreshments served by Carol Leet, Vera Jackson and Val Fernee.

The auctioneer of donated items was Marilyn Pryke. A raffle was held with several members winning a prize.

The quiz winner was Team Marilyn and four other teams came a very close second.

John Gregory is organising a Christmas shopping trip to Springfields on November 4. Coach fare is £5. For more information ring John on 01945 463970.

The next meeting will be on October 14 at 2pm.

March

March Flower Club

Mellissa Sheldrake will be the demonstrator at the meeting on Tuesday, October 13, and her title will be “The Language of Flowers”.

Members will recall she visited in February and gave a delightful evening with a talk on “A box of tricks – her auction finds”.

The club meets at Trinity Church Hall at 7pm. Visitors are welcome.

Newton

Gardening Club

The annual produce competition in September, once again organised by Shirley de-Groome, was well attended, but with slightly less entries than usual.

The chairman welcomed everyone and handed out the competition voting forms. He also talked about the forthcoming meetings.

The best fruit display and beverage was won by Mike Bedford; best vegetable display by new member Clive Godfrey; best jam by Hilary Godfrey, Lynn Wakefield won the best chutney, Val Wallas one the best flower arrangement, and Wendy Fulbrook won the best pickle and marmalade.

There was also an additional competition for the best 10th anniversary mug design, which was also won by Wendy Fulbrook.

Morris Arnold organised the raffle and Dee Markham and Jenny Clark organised the refreshments.

Speakers in October and November were confirmed, and the Christmas party in December. For more information regarding future meetings and joining the club, please contact Shirley de-Groome on 01945 870060 or email shirley.degroome@btinternet.com

Walsoken

All Saints’ Church

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

Services this week: Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Harvest Festival family service. 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

University of the Third Age

Wisbech U3A met on September 10 at St Peter’s Hall.

Guest speaker was Francis Barclay, who gave a talk entitled “Going behind bars” in which he told of his experiences as a prison officer. Following his talk he answered many questions from the audience. The Board Games Group met at Octavia View on September 25 and enjoyed a Dutch game called Sjoelbak or shuffleboard – a cross between shove halfpenny and bagatelle.

Visits were made by two parties to Sutton Bridge and they were shown around the bridge and allowed into the control room. Sixteen members went on a visit Parliament and had an interesting time being shown around.

The next meeting will be tomorrow (Thursday) at St Peter’s Hall at 2.30pm when the there will be a return visit by David Reeve, retired Royal protection officer, who will be talking about the Sandringham Flower Show.

U3A offers a social and learning experience for the retired or semi-retired. If this is you, why not find out what is on offer?

For details about joining, see the website www.u3asites.org.uk/wisbech call Joan Keep on 01945 871380 – or just come along.

Wisbech Model Railway Club

Members enjoyed seeing a DVD of an N-gauge model railway of Sutton Bridge which Richard Stowe jointly built and exhibited in the past.

Unfortunately the popular layout no longer exists and all that remains is the model of the swing bridge at Sutton Bridge which Richard brought along for all to see.

The club’s layout was up with its buildings in place and members spent some time running trains.

Club members Daniel Cousins and Alan Earle visited Spalding Model Railway Club’s open weekend in Pinchbeck where some model railways could be viewed.

Pictures of the model of Sutton Bridge and the layouts at Spalding Model Railway Club’s open weekend can be seen on the club’s Facebook page.

Details about the club and the link to the club’s Facebook page can be found on the club’s website www.wisbechmrc.webs.com

NHS Retirement 
Fellowship Wisbech branch

The September meeting was held on September 30 at the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech.

The meeting was opened by the chairman who welcomed 40 members. The minutes of the August meeting were read and signed.

Two new members joined and there was a guest from King’s Lynn.

The secretary gave a report from the regional meeting.

The 2017 holiday was discussed. Members hope to go to Kent for five days. Three excursions would be included.

The Christmas dinner will be held at the Black Bear in early December. Numbers are required.

The Harvest Festival Service was led by the Rev Sandra Gardner, who also gave the address. She was thanked for a lovely service. Marjorie Cotterell was thanked for playing the organ.

John Richmond gave a wonderful demonstration of flower arranging. He made three lovely displays which were then auctioned. He was thanked for a most enjoyable display.

An auction was then held of produce brought in by members.Tea and biscuits were served.

New members are welcome. Anyone who has worked in the NHS in any capacity is able to join.

The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month in the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech. If you are interested ring Jenny on 01945 860589.