Fenland neighbourhood news

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Chatteris Morning WI

There was a very good turn-out for the July meeting. Terri Simmons was welcomed as the newest member.

Jean Lawrence from “Hearing Dogs For Deaf People” gave a wonderful talk about her life with a hearing dog and brought along Dino, who was so well-behaved.

Good wishes were sent to Kay Parr, Marcelle Buddle, Lorraine Bailey, Mary Barrett, Angela Lloyd, Jenny Wolfe, Enid Watkinson, Olive Norman, Sylvia Carpenter and Sandra Allen, who all have birthdays in July and August.

The summer lunch is on Friday and the annual strawberry tea on Friday, August 14.

The next monthly meeting is on Friday, September 11, at 10am when members can “have a go at sugar craft” with Ruth Sindall. There is no meeting during August.

Meetings are held at the King Edward Centre at 10am on the second Friday of each month. New members and visitors always welcome.


Fenland Family History Society

The July meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech. doors open at 7pm.

Speaker will be Liz Carter, who will be talking about finding a skeleton or mystery in our family and showing different ways to view the information found.

There will be no meeting in August and the meeting on Thursday, September 24, will be the AGM when the guest speaker will be the president, the Rev Canon Wim Zwalf.

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings with a charge of £2. For further information please ring 01945 587723.


March Society

Following the eighth AGM of the Society, Edna Stacey shared some vivid childhood memories of life in March during World War Two.

The March Museum was originally the school attended by Edna; Eastwood House was used as a base for soldiers; Westwood House was the base for civil defence. There was an air raid shelter in Burrowmoor Road and premises in Gaul Road were used as a searchlight station. Iron railings in town were taken away and street lights were dimmed or turned off (resulting in many accidents).

On one particular night in 1940 Coventry was heavily bombed and Edna recounted how, even though the city is some 80 miles away, the bombing could be felt in March. Wave after wave of bombers flew over March that night. The only people in March killed by a bomb were a group of evacuees when a bomb fell on their house.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays March was packed with shoppers. Many fetes took place at Maze House in High Street – all proceedings going to the war effort. The Palace Cinema was used as a dance hall – much enjoyed by American servicemen.

On D-Day hundreds of aircraft flew over March – St Wendreda’s tower being used to co-ordinate flights from all directions. At 3pm on May 8, 1945, March church bells rang out to signal VE day.

The next event is a ‘Walk in Norwood Road Nature Reserve’ with Spencer Holland on Wednesday, August 12, at 6.45pm. Everyone is welcome but please book a place through the Society’s website www.themarchsociety.org.uk or by email info@themarchsociety.org.uk Members £2 and non-members £3.

Marshland St James


Thanks to all the members of Elm, Emneth, Friday Bridge, Watlington and Welle who joined Marshland St James WI for their July meeting.

Sian Fox came to speak about her career as a home economist. She gave anecdotes of her childhood in Wales with her granny’s advice that ‘a girl with a bit of knowledge about food is always a good thing’.

She was involved with Jamie Oliver in his campaign to improve school meals and is still banging the drum for good nutrition.

Everyone enjoyed tea and cake and it was good to share the evening with so many good friends. The next meeting is the group’s garden meeting on August 7.

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Friendship Club

The club held their fortnightly meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday.   Chairman David Beeton welcomed 17 members.

Birthday greetings were shared with Cyril Collins, Mollie Leonard and Carol Gore. Members absent through health issues were remembered in prayers.

Games of cards and bingo were played, caller for the bingo being David Beeton. A raffle organised by Arthur Leonard and assisted by David was drawn. Winners were Edna Payne, Cyril Collins and Ida Atkinson.

Lucky squares was organised by Edna Payne. Winners were Mollie Leonard, Millie Curson Arthur Leonard and Ellen Beeton.

Goods donated by members were auctioned by David, assisted Shirley Spring and Arthur Leonard, the funds going to support the club. Many thanks to those who brought goods for sale and those who purchased them.

The next outing will be to Wroxham Barns and then on to Horning for a trip on the Broads on July 30. A few seats may be available, £8.50 for the coach and £6 for the boat trip. Ring David on 01945 420654 for more information.


All Saints’ Church

Vestry Hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange 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, July 31, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.


Probus Club

The club held its annual meeting on July 16 at the King of Hearts in West Walton.

The annual meeting followed the lunch when the officers gave a brief report and the out-going president, Neil McLean, installed Martin Constable as the new president and David Galloway as the new secretary.

The next meeting will be on August 20 at the same venue.

Breathe Easy Group

The next meeting of the Breathe Easy Group, Wisbech, is on Tuesday, July 28, at Onyx Court, Norfolk Street, Wisbech, PE13 2NE.

There will be two speakers, as well as the usual raffle (prizes always welcome).

There will also be a tea or coffee break. Don’t forget carers and friends are very welcome and it’s all free, with no hidden charges.

For more information contact David Setterfield by email at: david-setterfield@sky.com or phone 07878 3262545.

Ladies Probus

The club had another good meal at the Woolpack. There was no speaker due to some of the ladies going on a tour of Elgood’s Brewery.

The next event is the president’s coffee morning on Friday, 10am-noon, at the Royal British Legion, Upwell. All welcome.

Model Railway Club

Members of the club have been busy for the past two weeks working on the scenery of the club’s model railway Hungate Bridge.

Gerald Cross continues to work on the scenery of the new Cooper’s yard and has kindly donated some buffer stops for this model.

Members have been adding details to the station, with Daniel Cousins donating some model people and other details such as benches which he added to the model with help from club member Daniel Reid. Pictures of this can be seen on the club’s Facebook page.

The club meets on Mondays in the upper room of the St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech 6.45pm-9pm.

Wisbech Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society

Members and guests visited Barry Gayton’s garden at Santon Downham in June. It was a lovely summer’s evening and Barry gave a very interesting and entertaining tour of his garden. The evening concluded with a meal at Arbuckles, Downham Market.

The speaker for the meeting next Tuesday (July 28) is Rodney Tibbs on ‘Restoring a Cottage Garden’. All welcome to attend, admission charge £2. Emneth Central Hall is not available in July and therefore this meeting will be held in the Emneth Methodist Chapel hall.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church

Please see the notice board in Church Terrace or in the south porch of the church for service and mass times.

The church office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-noon, Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am.

The church hall is available for events. To book or enquire ring the church office on 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon to speak to Gay. At any other time please leave a name and number and Gay will get back to you.

Vestry time is now by appointment to ensure more flexibility. Please ring 01945 585447 to book an appointment for weddings, baptisms, banns and other issues you may have.