The February meeting was held on February 18 at the King Edward Centre.
Following a welcome by the chairman, Elwyn Wakefield, announcements were made regarding the groups and planned outings to Greenwich, Kew Gardens and the National Archives and several other trips.
The theatre group briefed the members about some very good deals that had been organised to West End and local theatres.
The meeting heard an excellent talk about the origins, history and qualities of pearls by Jason Middleton, a gem buyer supplying high quality jewels to the jewellery trade.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 17, at 10am at the King Edward Centre. All retired and semi-retired are most welcome.
President, Sharon Selman, welcomed members and the evening’s speaker to the February meeting.
The minutes of the January meeting were read and signed and forthcoming events brought to members’ attention including a darts, dominoes and Scrabble evening and the Isle of Ely Federation AGM.
Speaker, Jonathan Revett, gave a talk and powerpoint presentation entitled ‘Deathcaps and Dead Man’s Fingers’ about mushrooms, toadstools and fungi. Sharon gave the vote of thanks.
Cakes for refreshments were made by Susan and Pam.
The next meeting is on Thursday, March 10, at 7pm in the King Edward Centre. Speaker will be Veronica Hewins with a demonstration of Indian cookery and talk about Indian spices and her life in India.
Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details contact Dorothy on 01354 695664.
Chairman Les Payne welcomed 46 members to the February meeting.
He introduced Mr David Edwards, who gave an interesting talk and slideshow on Doddington, showing lots of old photographs going back to the late 1800s. Les thanked David for an entertaining afternoon.
Outings were finalised for 2016. Tea, coffee and biscuits were served by the tea committee. The draw was taken by vice-chairman Mr Roger Briggs and the auction of goods donated by members was conducted by the chairman, assisted by the treasurer.
The next meeting is on March 17 in the Church Room at 2pm, with entertainment by singer Mr Dave Parry.
Fenland Archaeological Society
The society presents a talk by Gary Rossin, entitled “Digging Sedgeford: A People’s Archaeology” at Mendi’s in Wisbech on Tuesday, March 8.
For the past 20 years a group of volunteer archaeologists have camped in a field in the Norfolk village of Sedgeford to explore 5,000 years of human settlement, from the early Bronze Age to the First World War.
Every summer, experts and amateurs work alongside each other to learn how our ancestors lived, worked and died in a very ‘ordinary’ piece of English countryside.
This talk is about the story so far and starts at 7.30pm. Mendi’s is at 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech. Entrance is £2 for non-members.
Fenland branch National Service (RAF) Association
The group met at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March, on February 15. Graham welcomed two new members.
The speaker was from Nene Valley Railway and gave a film show and talk on the railway. He was thanked by Bill Thorpe.
The next meeting is on Monday, March 21, at 10am at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel. New members welcome.
The speaker will be Dr Ian Wesley. Call Graham on 01354 657686 for more information.
Royal British Legion Women’s Section
The branch held their annual tombola in the village hall and raised £400 for branch funds.
Winner of the Tesco £20 voucher was Margaret Whitehead and children’s prizes went to Tyler Wixted, Niamh Sammon and Katie Knowles.
The draws were run by Janet and Lynolia.
Last house money – four winners won first line, second and full house, Rita Grainger.
Chairman Sylvia Tuck thanked everyone for the prizes and help. Winner of the Lottery bonus number, 42, was M Beckett, who donated the £30 to branch funds.
March St Mary WI
The president opened the February meeting. Members enjoyed an afternoonof games of whist and bird bingo.
Birthday cards given to Eileen Ransome, Diane Philpot and Edna Moore. The draw was arranged by Betty Smith.
Competition points for something beginning with ‘B’ – Joyce Henchman 9; Irene Driver, Joan Mack, Edie England 8; Marie Whittlesea, Diane Philpot 7; Sue Selby 4.
Members then went to the fish shop for an enjoyable fish and chip tea.
The next meeting on March 10 will have Philip Upchurch as speaker on the Old Black Dyke Band. It will be held in St Peter’s church hall from 2.30pm-5pm.
Tydd St Mary
The club met on February 25 in the Village Hall. Chairman, David Beeton, welcomed 21 members, including Marilyn Dawson and Jean Shepherd, back after a period of illness.
Birthday greetings were sung to Ida Atkinson. Members were reminded that the next meeting will be a sausage/chicken lunch gathering at 12.30pm for 1 pm lunch.
Members enjoyed an afternoon of card playing and bingo. The caller was Mavis Giggins. During the tea interlude the raffle and Lucky Squares winners were drawn.
Winners in the raffle were Ida Atkinson, Ellen Beeton and Edna Payne. The Lucky Squares winners were Ralph Gore, Mavis Giggins, Barbara Hallam and Margaret Hines.
The auction of goods was conducted by David, assisted by Arthur Leonard. Tea ladies were Ellen Beeton and Shirley Spring.
For more details about the club ring David on 01945 420654 or speak to a member.
Green Fingers Gardening Club
Val opened the meeting and welcomed local historian, Bill Smith, who gave an interesting talk and showed photos of Fenland villages in days-gone-by. He was introduced by Raina and Connie gave the vote of thanks.
Refreshments were served by Yvonne and David. A competition was held for an arrangement of foliage on a 9-inch plate. The winner was Gail J.
Val gave out notices including details of a trip to Peckover House in June.
Ronnie and Mary organised the raffle. The results of the monthly flower competition were announced by Dora.
The next meeting will be on March 15 when David Staines will talk about begonias. It will be held in Upwell Methodist Hall at 7pm, all welcome. Further information from Val on 01945 772247.
All Saints’ Church
Vestry Hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange weddings, baptisms and banns,etc.
Services: 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Family Service for Mothering Sunday. All welcome.
The next coffee morning is on Friday at 10am in the community room. All welcome.
Beavers meet in the village hall at 6pm on Thursday. Cubs meet at St Peter’s Junior school on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, both term-time only.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
Services: Sunday – 8am, Holy Communion (except every fourth Sunday); 10am Sung Mass; family service every fourth Sunday. Monday – 8am, Mass. Wednesday – 11am, Adoration; Noon – Mass. Thursday – 9 15am, Prayers for healing; 10am, Healing Mass. Friday – 8am, Mass; 5pm, Confessions. Saturday – 9am, Mass.
Sunday School is at 10am, all children are welcome. Vestry hour is now by appointment only to ensure more flexibility, at St Peter’s Lodge, Love Lane. You can book weddings, baptisms and banns by ringing 01945 585447.
The church office is open on Fridays 10am-noon and Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am.
The church hall is available for events. To book or enquire ring 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon. At any other time leave a name and number and someone will get back to you.
Wisbech Centre WI
Members and visitors were welcomed to the first meeting of 2016 by Gill, one of the vice-presidents, and birthday gifts were given to Susan, Joan B, Anne S and Helen.
The minutes of the last meeting were read by secretary Anne and members were reminded about future events as outlined in the Isle of Ely News. Carole gave the treasurer’s report and members were advised that June would now take over welfare,
The WI birthday outing will be to Stamford and members were reminded of the date and times. Gill told about the bursaries available for members to attend courses at Denman College.
Joan, Helen and Linda served refreshments, and then the speaker for the afternoon was introduced.
Margaret Ringham demonstrated and spoke about ‘One Stroke Painting’ a technique she had learned in order to produce intricate and beautiful pieces of work that were painted onto different surfaces, including soap.
Members were invited to look at examples of Margaret’s work and then to have a go themselves. Shirley thanked Margaret for her talk.
The next meeting is at the Rosmini Centre at 2pm tomorrow (Thursday), when the speaker will be Mr Roger Rawson, with a slideshow and talk about Wisbech.
The next meeing is at St Peter’s Hall, Wisbech, on Thursday, March 10, at 2.30pm.
Guest speaker will be Kate Phillips, a former member, who will talk about her business of producing replica pottery. Kate specialises in making pottery items used by historical re-enactment groups throughout the country. Kate will be wearing medieval costume.
Non-members interested in joining the U3A are welcome to attend.
The U3A offers a social and learning experience for retired or semi-retired persons. For details about joining see the website www.u3asites.org.uk/wisbech or call Joan Keep on 01945 871380.
Wisbech Model Railway Club
Member John Sleeth donated some 00 gauge people for the club’s model railway and Daniel Cousins fixed them to the scenery.
John also painted a white line on one of the station’s platforms and used some grey paint to detail some roadways.
Daniel has started to build a footbridge this week to go on to the station.
The club meets every Monday at 6.45pm in the Upper Room of St Peter’s Church Rooms, Wisbech.
Wisbech Camera Club
The subject for this week was the East Anglian Federation portfolio. Mrs Judy Hodgson operated the laptop and projector to show all the entries for this year’s competition.
Some Wisbech members had acceptances – namely David and Judy Hodgson, Di and Mike Burns, Mr Pat Ringham and Trish Wilcox, who has left the club since the competition was held.