What’s happening in Fenland

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BENWICK

Forget Me Not Club

The club held its Christmas dinner and party in the village hall, partly financed by a grant of £900 by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Burnt House Farm, Windfarm Community Benefit Funds.

Chairman, Anne Wall, welcomed members and guests with a special guest Mark Judd from Judd’s Travel.

A and M Caterers provided a full Christmas dinner. Terrina, Marie and Kathy were presented with a voucher for all their hard work with the catering over the year. Dennis and Ernie were presented with sweets and chocolates. Anne, Janet and Olive were presented with flowers and chocolates. Thelma made beautiful table decorations. David and Valerie provided the entertainment which was throughly enjoyed. The meeting finished with Auld Lang Sayne.

CHATTERIS

Chatteris Women’s Institute

President Brenda Church welcomed members and visitors to the last meeting of 2014, along with the speaker Mrs Sheila West and her helper, Mrs Shirley Massey, who taught how to make Christmas swags.

The WI business for the month was dealt with before Sheila and Shirley were introduced and demonstrated the basics of making Christmas swags. Members had a turn at making their own. Sheila Druce gave the vote of thanks.

Mince pies and shortbread were then served with coffee or tea, followed by presentations of certificates and annual competitions. Maureen Royce was awarded the Sulston Cup for craft for her knitted hat, Patricia Ashmore won the Benson Salver for the most points gained in the monthly competitions through the year and Sharon Selman received a certificate for the most coins for friendship raised during the year.

The results of the December competitions were announced and the draw held.

Members were asked to read their WI Life magazines as the shortlist for the 2015 NFWI resolutions would be discussed at the January meeting.

The next meeting will be tomorrow (Thursday) at the King Edward Centre. The speaker will be Mrs Margaret Sparrow who will talk about Memory Boxes. The competition is ‘Something you would put in your memory box’ and the ACWW competition is any item beginning with the letter A.

For further information contact Dorothy on Chatteris 695664.

Chatteris Royal British Legion

Chatteris Royal British Legion will be holding its next meeting at 2.30pm on Monday, January 12, at Chatteris Working Men’s Club.

ELM

All Saints 200 Club

Results, December 24: Mr R Warby, £150; Mrs L O’Connor, £50; Miss S Johnson, £25; Mrs J Sirrett, £25.

FRIDAY BRIDGE

Senior Citizens’ Club

The club held its last meeting of the year when 50 members enjoyed a Christmas lunch catered for by Maggs (R Plater) of Wisbech.

Members celebrated the birthday of Louise Chandler, who was 100 on Christmas Eve. The club provided a birthday cake made by another member of the club, Maisie Bassett, and Louise’s daughter Jean was invited. The next meeting is today (Wednesday) at 2pm.

GOREFIELD

Gorefield Ladies Group

The December meeting was a Christmas carvery meal at the Station Bar, Wisbech St Mary. The group were looked after by Trevor, who was thanked by Chris Ashton.

The next meeting will be at Gorefield village hall on Wednesday, January 28, at 7.30pm, with Leisa Nichols-Drew, forensic select subject specialist. New members welcome.

MARCH

2nd March Scout group

The group collected over £400 for the Papworth Trust. They spent Saturday, December 6, bag packing at the Tesco store in March, and collected £877.46.

They donated half to disability charity Papworth Trust, which supports local older and disabled people and their families.

WISBECH

Wisbech Stroke Club

The club has again been successful in obtaining funding for its monthly exercise sessions. The Ridgeon’s Community Fund, in association with the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, have agreed funding for a second year for the professionally-led exercise sessions provided by Shelley Extend for the benefit of members.

The club provides information, social, leisure, learning and other activities for stroke survivors and carers and meets on the second and last Friday of each month at the Wisbech Library at 1.15pm. For more information telephone 07501 980603 or email peterfewster@btinternet.com

St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church

Services – Sunday 8am Holy Communion, 10am Sung Mass. Family Mass is the fourth Sunday of every month which will include the 8am Communion service.

Weekday Mass 8am Monday, Friday and Saturday, noon Wednesday, Thursday prayers for healing 9am, healing Mass 10am. The prayer circle is at 10am on Wednesdays.

All are welcome to any or all of these. During the winter Vestry Hour will be every second Wednesday, 6pm-7pm, at St Peter’s Lodge, Love Lane, to arrange weddings, baptisms and banns.

Children Society

The Wisbech Committee of the Children’s Society have had a successful year of fund raising.

In December £150 was raised when a Christmas cake, iced by Barbara Sandall, was raffled in Hardy’s Delicatessen. The winner was Mr Chris Wright.

Also in December, parishioners from Wisbech St Mary sang carols around the village and were able to make a kind donation of £100 to the Children’s Society.

Other fundraising included a coffee morning in May at Wisbech Cricket Club which raised £434 and a cookery evening by Caroline Kooreman in September which raised £790.

In addition two quizzes at St Peter’s Hall raised a further £1,200. The next fundraising event will be a quiz on March 6. For more details please telephone 01945 589320.

The committee would like to thank all their supporters for their involvement during 2014 and look forward to various activities during 2015.