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In her fortnightly Culture Focus (Hidden Gems) column, Lorena Hodgson of Red Barn Creative, discusses goings-on at the Wisbech Hub.

Thank you to everyone who came in to the Hub to buy Kevin Rodgers’ new book about the Octagon Chapel after I wrote about it last time.

It was lovely to meet fellow heritage enthusiasts and to know that people read what I write here!

Tony Bennett's model of the Mayflower (52746728)
Tony Bennett's model of the Mayflower (52746728)

Kevin has brought in some more copies, and also the book he wrote about the Coronation celebrations through the years in the town.

This last week or so I’ve also met a number people interested in using the Hub, including a book club, a glass artist and further health and well-being sessions from Healthy You.

Alongside the heritage chats coming soon, we’re going to be quite busy over the next few months. We’ll post information on our social media and also put something in the windows, so come in and check what we’re up to.

Talking of windows, we have a fantastic new addition to the Heritage Centre. Tony Bennett made a model of the Mayflower to mark the 400th anniversary of its epic journey, and we now have it in the community window alongside the awards that Wisbech in Bloom have won over the years.

We’ll add more items as we get them, so you can see mini displays even when we’re closed. With thanks to Tony, and the Museum, for sharing this model with us.

We’ll write up some information on the whole story of the Wisbech people who travelled to the New World on this ship at a later date, but do come to the Hub to see the model.

I’ve also met Fenland’s new creativity and cultural development officer, Jaime-Lea Taylor. A group of cultural organisations and individuals got together a few months ago to work on what we could do to promote and share the area’s opportunities for taking part in what we have to offer.

The Arts Council have funded Fenland District Council to support us all by providing this new post.

Jaime-Lea is local to Wisbech, and is a keen photographer and inspired by Lilian Ream, so we’ve already found plenty to talk about!

If you’d like to find out what’s going on, see more heritage and creative activities, or get involved in providing them, just get in touch by email on hello@etceteracommunityhub.org.uk or come in to the Hub at 7 York Row and leave your details.



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