The monthly meeting was held in Elm Community Centre, with Barbara Smart, vice-president, taking the meeting, assisted by Marjorie Cotterell (secretary) and Sheila Ward (treasurer).
Barbara thanked Nina and Zoe for organising the garden fete, which was a great success. Marjorie, Jeanette and Barbara St were thanked for their help.
Birthday pens were presented to Marjorie and Eileen, Jean will receive hers at the next meeting.
Marjorie read the minutes of the last meeting and dealt with correspondence and Jeanette gave a report on the meeting of Women of the Great War.
Sheila gave financial details, which included the garden party profit.
Barbara St was thanked for the flowers for the officers’ table, which were won by Sheila in the raffle.
Members’ night began with mementoes with Jeanette, Natalie, Shirley, Marjorie and Eileen. A quiz was organised by Eileen.
Barbara Sm has stood down as vice-president and Jeanette is taking over.
Press notes were taken by Trudy, raffle and convalescence coins were handled by Jeanette and refreshments by Sheila, Trudy and Sally.
Next month’s meeting is on August 17, with a cookery demonstration and the competition for something beginning with the letter ‘I’.
Fenland branch of the NS (RAF) Association
The Fenland branch of the National Service (Royal Air Force) Association had a good turn-out for their July meeting at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March.
Speaker Andy Campbell, a former full-time RAF serviceman who spent the last ten years of his service at RAF Whyton, gave a talk with slides about the Pathfinders Museum.
He explained why the Pathfinders were formed and the work they were involved in.
Next month’s meeting is on August 17 at 10am at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel.
New members are welcome, contact Graham Wesley on 01354 657686.
Isle of Ely
Isle of Ely Society for The Blind
The group, which helps blind and visually-impaired practically and socially in North East Cambridgeshire, took a party of members by coach to the Cromer ‘End of Pier Show’.
Lunch was held at the ‘Red Lion Hotel’ near the pier. Members commented how excellent the show was and the day was immensely enjoyed by all.
If any visually-impaired people would like to contact the group, they are based in the Town Hall, Market Place, March.
The society runs monthly meetings in Ely, March and Wisbech and also provides IT lessons in its Resource Centre once a week. Contact 01354 656726 for more details.
Tydd St Mary
Members of the club and the Good Companion from Sutton St James enjoyed an outing to Wroxham Barns and on to Horning for an hour-and-a-half ride on the Norfolk Broads. The weather was kind and a good time was had by all.
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 10.30am Holy Communion. All welcome.
The next coffee morning is on Friday, August 14, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.
Ten members were given a guided tour of the Facet Centre in Marwick Road, March, meeting several of the students there.
Facet gives disadvantaged and disabled people the chance to learn new life skills, including woodwork, gardening, art or computer skills. The centre has around 115 people on its register.
At their regular meeting at Mendis in Wisbech Rotary Club members were given a talk by Jo Marriott, from the Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, which is run by the Sue Ryder Charity.
The hospice supports many people with a range of life-threatening illnesses and costs £2.7m per year to run.
As Thorpe Hall is now 360 years old and unsuitable for in-patient care it is now only used for administration and some day care and training classes, and a new 12-bed state of the art unit has been built in the grounds of Thorpe Hall.
Chairperson Mavis Shailes welcomed members. Guest speaker was the Rev Janet Phillips, who spoke about her trips to Mexico and showed photos of the places that she had visited.
This was very interesting and the chairperson thanked her for the talk.
Refreshments were served by Brenda and helpers. The raffle was organised by Freda and Janet and the chairperson and Janet picked the winning numbers.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
Please see the notice board in Church Terrace or in the south porch of the church for service and mass times.
The church office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-noon, 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 to speak to Gay, or at any other time leave a name and number and Gay will get back to you.
Vestry time is now by appointment to ensure more flexibility.
Please ring 01945 585447 to book an appointment for weddings, baptisms, banns and other issues you may have.
NHS Retirement Fellowship
The July meeting was held on Wednesday at the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech, with 33 members attending.
The minutes of the June meeting were signed as correct.
Three members attended the annual conference in Leeds. They reported back on subjects discussed.
Speaker for the day was Alan Reeve, with his dog Star, and he was accompanied by Marie and her dog, Blue. They discussed dogs for the disabled and both told how they had come to have their respective dogs.
Alan and Marie were thanked for a most enlightening afternoon, as were the dogs! Tea and biscuits were served and the raffle was drawn.
New members are welcome to join the Fellowship and anyone who has worked for the NHS in any capacity is eligible to join.
They meet on the last Wednesday of every month at the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech. If you are interested in joining, give Jenny a ring on 01945 860589.
On August 12 members will be going to Hunstanton, boarding the coach at 10am at the Rosmini Centre.
The next meeting will be at 1pm on Wednesday, August 19, at the Rosmini Centre and everyone is welcomed.
Wisbech Model Railway Club
Members have been adding further details to the club’s Hungate Bridge layout.
Daniel Cousins has added some farmers and their tractors to a sheep field near the front of the layout and Daniel Reid has added some swans to the river on the quarry section of the layout.
These added new details, as well as other models, can be seen on the club’s website wisbechmrc.web.com
Members have now turned their attention to adding working semaphore signals to the model railway with Richard Stowe completing one of the signals.
John Sleeth has been assisting Richard in how many more signals will be needed and where to place them correctly.
If anyone would like to join the model railway club or would like further information about the club, contact via email@example.com or telephone 01366 380224.
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