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Royal Naval Association

The meeting was opened in prayer by S/M A Chandler with a minute’s silence for those who had crossed the bar. Minutes of the last meeting were read and accepted. Our standard will be paraded at March RBL on August 24 along with others to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the March RBL. Items from the monthly circular were read out with a report on the RNA Brightlingsea Branch standard rededication. A description of the proposed Royal Navy memorial to be erected at the National Memorial was made available to members. The tot commiseration day along with a hog roast was well attended by members at Rev A Chandlers house. There are no social events this month due to holidays. The next event is a barbecue on September 8 followed by our Trafalgar Night dinner on the 19th. On November 22 we have a mystery trip and on December 12 we hold our Christmas party. In January a New Year’s party will be held. Our Treasurer said we have a healthy bank account. Several members had received medical treatment this month and are recovering well. The meeting closed in prayer followed by a finger buffet, the rum raffle was won by S/M Gerry Lane. The next branch meeting is at 20:00 hrs on September 12 at March Conservative Club, new members are welcome.

Rotary Club

On Monday, August 12, the club was given a presentation by Charlotte Darlow, the area fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support. She was introduced to the club by Nick Kime, Charlotte explained that Macmillan works in partnership with other organisations, including Boots, to achieve its aims and that it campaigns for better cancer care. All this is achieved thanks to loyal and committed supporters; over 98% of their income in 2012 came from voluntary donations and fundraising. There is a very active and successful local fund raising committee covering March and Chatteris which last year raised around £18,000 and at 11am on Sunday, September 8, it is organising a 5km walk starting and finishing in West End Park in March. Anyone who wishes to take part can obtain more information by email at or by calling 07961-507515. John Orbell thanked Charlotte on behalf of the club and presented her with a donation of £50.

Cruising Club

Two new members were welcomed. The minutes of the last meeting were agreed. Seven boats along with several members going by road attended our cruise to Upwell last weekend and it proved to be a very enjoyable day. Six new members have applied to join and these were accepted into the club. The treasurer reported that our finances are on the up and presented £25 cheque to the woman’s section of the RBL. The winch is due to be wired shortly, all those who helped to lay the cable and erect the control frame were thanked. Three lawn mowers on site are now working correctly and the main grass has been cut. Members who have moorings were reminded that they need to be trimmed regularly. Two signs have been donated to the MCC for the mooring also two life buoys that will be placed on brackets near the moorings. We are hoping to erect a shed on site to store equipment once permission is obtained from the RBL. The new mooring is approaching completion. Our next events after the barbecue this Sunday are a river cruise (date and time to be arranged). On August 24 we support the RBL 65th anniversary celebrations in the afternoon, members voted to run the wine to water stall donating 15 bottles of wine. Free river trips will be available by MCC members for those attending. A social evening quiz and buffet on September 28 in the RBL Club. It was suggested a themed night be organised for our laying up supper, this will be on the agenda and open to suggestion at the next meeting. It was voted unanimously that MCC present a wreath on Remembrance Sunday. The raffle was won by R Slade, a buffet prepared by K Larham was enjoyed after the meeting. Next meeting is Friday, September 6 at 7.30pm-8pm at the RBL March.

Royal British Legion Women’s Section

A successful Poppy Picnic was held on the waterfront when members got together bringing food and draw prizes. The money raised by donations and the draw was given to Kay Larham, poppy organiser for the Poppy Appeal. Chairman Val Crain was presented with a donation by March Cruising Club at their recent meeting which was appreciated by all the members. The second recipe book is selling well and is available from The Toy Box in Station Road or at the Club. Books will also be available at British Legion Club 65th Birthday Celebrations on 24 August where the members will be manning a stall for the Benevolent Fund. The next meeting is on Tuesday, September 10 at 7.30pm at the British Legion Club, West End. New members are very welcome.



Held their August meeting at Heacham at a member’s seaside bungalow. After the business meeting they all enjoyed fish and chips supper followed by strawberries and cream. A quiz was organised by one of the visitors who also judged the competition for something beginning with N which resulted in: 6pts Gwen Jones, 4pts Sue Askew. Gill Fox and Joy Smalley, 3pts Tracy Middleton and Joan Thompson, 3.5pts Glenda Webb and 2pts Chis Pomfrett, Nanette Rose and Kate Phillips. Next meeting on September 3 is the harvest meeting with a ploughman’s supper. The speaker is Kirtyn Samolsis and the competition something beginning with O.


Friendship Club

The fortnightly meeting was held in the village hall. Chairman David Beeton welcomed members and birthday greetings were sung to Betty Payne, George Goody and Terry Bailey. Prayers were offered for all unable to attend for whatever reason. The raffle was organised by Marina Deans, winners were Audrey Mac Kinder, Ellen Beeton and Rosemarie Martin. The lucky squares game was organised by Edna Payne, winners were Rosemarie Martin, Marylyn Dawson, Audrey Hallam and Marina Dawson. Members played games of cards and bingo, the caller was David. Goods donated by members were auctioned by David assisted by Carol Gore and Millie Curson; funds raised going to support the club. Anybody interested in joining our club would be most welcome. For more information ring David on 01945-420654 or speak to a member.  


All Saints Church

Vestry hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church. This is for arranging weddings, baptisms and banns etc. Services this week are Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am morning worship. All welcome. The next coffee morning is on Friday, August 30 at 10am in the community room in the church.


Fenland Belles

Chairwoman Elaine welcomed members and guests to West Walton Village Hall on August 8. The speaker was Mike Petty, writer and lecturer on Cambridgeshire and the Fens. Our subject was on ‘Witches and Ghosts’. Hostess Edna gave vote of thanks. Refreshments were then served by Paula and Coral, Pat ran the competition table and Wendy the raffle. The barbecue at Hilary’s takes place on the 17th in her garden, music by Simon. Crown Lodge at Upwell is the venue for the next evening meal on September 26. Christmas Fair is on our meeting night November 14, we hope many villagers will come along, starting at 6pm. Jacqui reminded everyone that tickets are now available to reserve on 01945-880959 for Cabaret Showtime, November 23, 8pm in West Walton Village Hall, featuring Sean Moyses and Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer. Next meeting Thursday, September 12. Information from Elaine on 01945-366346.


B&P Club

Members attended an open forum meeting at the Rose and Crown Hotel on Wednesday, August 14. Members discussed and debated various items for the next year, including meetings and speakers. Derrick Holmes, chairman, inducted John Wilcox, a retired police officer as a new member. It was announced that the annual golf day on September 5 is now sold out. The next meeting on Wednesday, September 11 will be ladies night at the Rose and Crown Hotel when the main guest speaker will be Eddie the Eagle, winner of ITV’s Splash, supported by Billy Flywheel, a comedian and after dinner entertainer. For further details of events or how to become a member go to


Members were treated to an informative and interesting afternoon by Jeanette Moser who spoke of her experience in the Rhodesian Police Force before it became Zimbabwe. She demonstrated a number of useful self defence techniques which older people could use to overcome an attacker. Several members volunteered as “attackers” and were impressed at the ease with which she was able to free herself. Chairman Tony Homden advised members of various events taking place at area, regional and national levels. Two interest groups are closing but others are being formed. The next meeting will be held on September 12 at 2.30pm at St Peter’s Hall, Wisbech when the speaker will be Eddy Godd who will talk about beekeeping. The U3A offers a social and learning experience for retired or semi retired persons. If you fit this description why not find out what is on offer. For details about joining see our website, call Joan Keep on 01945-871380 or just come along.

Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society

The society last meeting was a visit to Narborough Hall Gardens. Members were given a guided tour of the gardens and were impressed with how the gardens have evolved to support and sustain the house and thriving business and become a local employer. Our next meeting, Tuesday, August 27, will be our prize presentation evening followed by a social evening. This will be held at 7.30pm at Emneth Central Hall. All welcome. For further information please contact Jill Brown 01945-464453.

Probus 2

The monthly meeting took place at Mendi’s Restaurant, Wisbech. The president welcomed members. Portfolio holders gave their reports. After lunch the guest speaker, Derek Nightingale spoke of his life from his school days through his teacher training and life as a teacher and later as a headteacher and then as an Ofsted inspector. Wisbech Probus 2 welcomes new members and is open to retired and semi-retired professional and businessmen to promote friendship among members and other activities for their mutual benefit. For further details contact Gerry Woodhouse on 01945-464520.