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Here's the fortnightly Hidden Gems (Culture Focus) column with Lorena Hodgson of Red Barn Creative...

Writing just before Christmas, I’m looking forward to some time at home and seeing my family.

I hope it has been a good break for everyone and you’re ready for whatever the new year may bring.

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While it’s technically just another day, I still spend some time thinking and planning. With the “Our Social History” project under way, I’m looking forward to seeing more of you at the heritage talks and creative activities I’m running as part of it.

We’ll also be doing some fun tech stuff like using VR to see the town in a different way – and to make accessible some parts of the town that are difficult to access. “Watch this space” as they say!

As I suggested in a previous column, a couple of people have been in touch to ask me to share their requests and information.

Firstly, the library in Wisbech has a Friends group and they would like to invite people to join them in creating activities, events and social meet-ups for the community, raising awareness of the library and its services.

Meeting regularly, they are involved in various arts projects, run events themselves, and work with the library on particular events – such as poetry day, or whatever other ideas you may have. Go in to the library and ask about taking part.

The other organisation that has been in touch is Wisbech Charities – one of the oldest charities, interestingly – who run the Almshouse known as King John’s House.

They have some studio flats available to rent, for “single individuals currently living in the Wisbech area and with a genuine need for accommodation that cannot be met by other means”.

Almshouses are generally for older people, often widows or widowers.

The flats are part-time, warden controlled, but applicants must be able to live independently. Email Petronella Topnaar on wisbechcharities@gmail.com or call on 07718 918535.

Happy New Year everyone, thankyou for reading, and thankyou for supporting the organisations I mention here and, of course, supporting my projects as well.

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