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CULTURE FOCUS (HIDDEN GEMS): Extended monthly lecture series will last into summer




For this week, I’m pleased to include my fellow trustee at Wisbech’s Civic Society, Paul Eden, with this introduction to our next talk.

Since its formation in 1939, the Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust has helped promote and expand the town’s cultural life while remaining focused on its primary mission “to stimulate local interest in the preservation of the architectural beauty of the town and to encourage the creation of good modern buildings that generations to come will consider worthy of preservation”.

The winter lecture series has become a regular Society feature, enjoyed by members and visitors alike.

Group Captain Jim Beck, Station Commander at Royal Air Force Marham, will be the guest for Wisbech Society’s Zoom event on 12 April.Photo Caption (credit: Cpl Simon Armstrong/© UK MoD Crown Copyright 2021) (45737046)
Group Captain Jim Beck, Station Commander at Royal Air Force Marham, will be the guest for Wisbech Society’s Zoom event on 12 April.Photo Caption (credit: Cpl Simon Armstrong/© UK MoD Crown Copyright 2021) (45737046)

It comes as no surprise that Covid caused the cancellation of traditional lectures, although two delivered via Zoom received favourable reports.

With Covid also causing the cancellation of the Society’s traditional summer outings in 2020 and again this year, the trustees have decided to offer an extended monthly lecture series lasting into the summer.

Zoom will never recreate the atmosphere of a speaker in the room, but the trustees have decided to make the most of the opportunity it provides for introducing guests and formats that might otherwise have been impossible.

The first of these is planned for Monday, April 12 at 7.30pm, when Group Captain Jim Beck, Station Commander at RAF Marham, will be in conversation with trustee Paul Eden.

Previously a frontline Tornado pilot, Group Captain Beck now flies the F-35 Lightning, the RAF’s latest combat aircraft, from RAF Marham, where the fifth-generation stealth jet is based.

The Group Captain will speak about his job leading one of the UK’s most important Defence establishments, the role of the station and its personnel in the local community and, of course, the F-35.

Paul Eden is a professional aviation writer and editor, as well as a Wisbech Society trustee, which promises to bring a unique element to the conversation.

Dipping into his extensive contacts, he has plans for more Society Zoom events, including an in-conversation session with a Lancaster pilot from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

For details as they become available, check the Society’s website www.WisbechSociety.co.uk, and Facebook and Twitter feeds @WisbechSociety



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