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CULTURE FOCUS (HIDDEN GEMS): Wisbech Community Hub work progressing well

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The development work on the Community Hub and its studio is coming along fast.

Plenty of work to do, but it’s great to get so much interest and support from the organisations in the area who can see what a great benefit this will be to the town.

If anyone has spare time to join in with the management of it, or the running of it, or a couple of hours to help out when we start running activities, please do get in touch: hello@etceteracommunityhub.org.uk

The Community Hub's studio in Alexandra Road, Wisbech.
The Community Hub's studio in Alexandra Road, Wisbech.

Also, all community groups, organisations and cultural places, please do let me know what you’re planning over the next few weeks and months as it would be great to share with you the work of the hub and promote your place and activities as much as our own.

We really see this as a way to bring people together and share all the good things happening in and around the town.

The Heritage Centre part will be a particularly interesting area as we look in more detail at the town’s history.

Octavia Hill, of course, has her own fantastic museum just down the road on South Brink, and there’s plenty of information about Thomas Clarkson at the museum, but it will be great to have space to put on exhibitions about Lilian Ream and her photographs (in the building that was her studio) as well as promoting the work of William Godwin and his wife and daughter (wait and see, if you don’t already know about them!).

Alongside the life and works of these interesting people, there are plenty of lesser known, but still as interesting, characters and families that we can feature and show to you – there’s a number of books produced by the Wisbech Society that are currently for sale at
Etcetera that we will, of course, be keeping, and with a set of history books on Wisbech and the Fens, we’re sure you will find a range of interesting subjects to read and chat about when we’re open for heritage visits.

As well as the books, we’re keeping plenty of other ‘Etcetera classics’ as Ray and Jan will have a set of shelves for the items they know are popular with shoppers.

Alongside them, we’ll have shelves ready for anyone who sells local produce or makes their own art, crafts and models – let us know if you’d like a shelf.

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