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Chatteris

Rotary Club

Since the start of July the club has been on two visits – to Horseshoe Farm gardens, between Chatteris and Somersham; and last week they visited a private collection of antique farm tractors and machinery followed by a bar meal at the Cross Keys Inn.

Rtn Gerald Day organised a barbeque on July 27. Around 30 people attended and £160 was raised for International funds and will be donated to “Lend with care”.

Club members attended the leavers’ assembly at local primary schools to present shields. The shields are given to the best boy and girl for their contribution to school life and helpfulness to others.

The club has been sent a certificate from District 1080 for its contribution to community events and organising the cycle ride for Prostrate Cancer.

Come and Be Heard

The group held their annual cream tea, with 25 members enjoying fresh strawberries, scones, jam and cream.

During the afternoon volunteers from Cambridge Help for Hearing (formerly Camtad) were on hand to help members with any problems with their hearing aids and offer advice on how to keep them in good condition.

Next month is the summer outing to Dent’s of Hilgay, near Downham Market.

The group meets on the last Friday of the month at Lyon’s Court and welcomes anyone with hearing difficulties, and their partners.

For more information call Hilary on 01354 695317.

Doddington

WI

Anne Chambers welcomed Val Ware, president of the Isle of Ely WI, to the August meeting, together with visitors Jackie Garcia and Ann Pound.

Gemma Watts read the minutes and also a letter of thanks from the Carnival committee for the refreshments served at the children’s sports afternoon.

Gemma also thanked for the bursary to Denman College where she had made a pattern and a skirt which she was wearing.

Speaker for the evening was Jenny Gibb, who entered the room wearing a Turkish costume.

She told of how she went on a solo first holiday abroad on a small cruise to Turkey. She immediately fell in love with the view and decided she wanted to live there.

She eventually returned to Turkey and told of her amusing adventures where she found romance. She was thanked by Natalie Jolly.

Refreshments were served by Sue Satchwell and Wendy French.

Val Ware judged the competition for something interesting coloured “yellow” and gave top marks to Heather Day, Suzanne Tucker and Anne Chambers. Next month’s colour will be “orange”. There were six winners of the raffle.

Next month’s meeting will be an Indian cookery demonstration by Veronica Hewits.

Meetings are held in the chapel and start at 7.15pm on the first Thursday of te month. Visitors are welcome.

MURROW

Village Hall ‘Raise the Roof‘fund

Results of the July monthly draw. No 037 Margaret Wilshaw £50; No 104 Betty Brown £50; No 058 Julia Barnes £25; No 097 Mick Carey £25.

The next draw will be held on Friday, August 28, at the Bell Inn, Murrow.

Anyone wishing to join the next series of draws (October, November and December) should contact Bill Espley on 01945 700404 and register their interest in advance.

Tickets cost £6 which covers three monthly draws. Your participation is much appreciated in raising funds for extensive, urgently-needed repairs to the village hall roof.

Tydd St Mary

Friendship Club

The club held their fortnightly meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday.   

Chairman David Beeton welcomed 17 members and birthday greetings were shared with George Goody and Betty Payne.

A report was given on the outing to Wroxham Barns and Horning Broad, ideas for the Harvest Festival in September and the club birthday in November were discussed and names were taken for the next outing to Gressenhall Museum and Workhouse.

During the afternoon games of cards and bingo were played. Caller for bingo was Mavis Giggins and during the afternoon a raffle organised by Arthur Leonard and assisted by David was drawn. Winners were Mollie Leonard, Audrey Hallam and Millie Curson.

Lucky squares was organised by Edna Payne. Winners were Margaret Hynes, Iris Merrison (guest), Mavis Giggins and Audrey Hallam.

Goods donated by members were auctioned by David, assisted by Shirley Spring and Arthur Leonard, the funds raised going to support the club.

Many thanks to those who brought goods for sale and to those who purchased them.

Walsoken

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, August 28, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.

Wisbech

Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society

Members and guests enjoyed an illustrated talk by Rodney Tibbs on ‘restoring a cottage garden’. He showed the transformation from a wilderness to a wonderful cottage garden.

The group’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 25, when Trevor Harrison will talk on ‘unusual plants and their propagation’.

He will also bring a selection of plants for sale.

Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting, visitors pay £2. The society meets at 7.30pm at Emneth Central Hall.

Model Railway Club

Members of the club put up the whole model railway this week, enabling club members to bring up their own locomotives and rolling stock to run on the model railway.

Richard Stowe was able to place the newly-constructed signals in their places on the model to make sure they are in the best place.

Daniel Cousins and Brian Baylis have been updating the club’s website and many pictures of the latest buildings and details can be seen at wisbechmrc.webs.com

Business and Professional Men’s Club

Chairman Rick Wilson welcomed 33 members and guests to the August meeting held at Mendis in Wisbech.

A total of 64 members enjoyed a fantastic evening on The Broads with a three-hour boat trip, buffet and entertainment by David Fox.

The grand ball on October 3 is almost sold out, with only six tickets available.

Speaker for the evening was Roger Rawson who gave a slide show and talk on Pubs in the Borough in the 50’s, which totalled 288. He was thanked by Phillip Tolley.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 9, at Mendis when the guest speaker will be George Russell the up-and-coming racing driver who is expected to race Formula 1 in the future.