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CULTURE FOCUS (HIDDEN GEMS): Thriving Wisbech businesses on the move




Everything seems to be changing at the moment. It’s the season for it, I think. Or perhaps it’s the changes in the way we live because of the pandemic and the imminent changes because of Britain leaving the EU, making us take stock of what we do, how we run our businesses, and how we can adapt.

Some business changes I’m aware of: Bygones Cafe moving along Little Church Street in Wisbech to their new larger premises.

Still offering takeaways but also a sit-in service, fully compliant with the latest rules, they’re a beacon of positive attitude and hard work in the town.

Lorena took this picture in her garden
Lorena took this picture in her garden

Sarah’s Flowers is also on the move. Changes to the way people shop have meant Sarah doesn’t need a town centre site, but can keep her customers and still grow her business from her new place on Lynn Road (see her social media for details).

Fascinating Food have taken over the Octavia View cafe, on South Brink – their menus and special events look amazing, I must get myself over there soon!

Etcetera has new people running it, so I’ll be finding out more and bringing them to you soon.

Lorena took this picture in her garden
Lorena took this picture in her garden

I’ll be doing more writing – this time for The Fens Magazine – so look out for that in town and through your door.

Walsoken Walking Library is a project I’ve worked with since its inception, with advice; connecting to others; promotional material and business support.

Asta Siskiene, the founder, tells me: “Working with others means a lot to me as it’s the only way to achieve the most,” which is refreshing to hear in these difficult times.

Their latest offer, in collaboration with Rima’s Ladies Arts UK CIC, is 400 special packs with sweets and craft treats for children as an alternative to Halloween.

Their ‘HUNT AND FIND’ Covid-secure packs will be found on your walks around most villages and Wisbech town itself this half term.

It’s a lovely time of year to go for a walk – do send in your photos and places of interest to the Citizen’s letters page to give us all a look at some positive and uplifting photos and stories.

My photo is from my garden, I like the small worlds to be found on branches, particularly at this time of year.



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