Julie Smith from Chatteris Community Archives was guest presenter for the August meeting.
Julie showed photos which had not been seen before and members became involved in a discussion on the subjects. They learned more about their town and the people who used to live there.
The September meeting will be on Monday, September 7, from 2pm, at Emmanuel Church Hall, Chatteris.
Michael Smith, who is a Falconer, will be bringing some of his birds with him and discussing the history and other facts about Falconry. All adults welcome. Admission £2.
Participation, with all members showing off their skills, was the theme of this month’s meeting held in Elm Community Centre.
President Jean Toms welcomed everyone and was assisted by Marjorie Cotterill, secretary, and Sheila Ward, treasurer.
Barbara St was thanked for her beautiful flower arrangement for the officers table.
Birthday greetings were given to Natalie. Majorie then dealt with correspondence. A board went round for members wishing to attend forthcoming events.
Zoe and Nina then took over and gave out three cupcakes to each member, which they were asked to decorate. All the materials were available and it proved great fun.
Members voted for their favourite and Barbara Sm took first prize and Zoe second. Each received a gift.
Refreshments were served by Sheila and Natalie, register and press report Barbara Sm, raffle Nina, competition Zoe.
The competition was for something beginning with ‘I’. Points awarded – Natalie, Barbara Sm, Barbara St, Shirley, 3; Eileen, Nina, Jane, 2.
The next meeting is on Monday, September 29, and will be the harvest festival. Members are asked to bring produce for Marjorie to auction.
National Service (Royal Air Force Association)
The Fenland NS (RAF) Association branch met at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March.
Members and guests enjoyed a very interesting talk by Sue Morris about her life as one of several deputy lord lieutenants of Cambridgeshire.
She spoke of how people are selected for the position and some of the work she has been involved with.
Next month’s meeting is on September 21 at 10am. New members welcome. Contact Graham Wesley on 01354 657686.
Chairperson Marilyn Pryke opened the meeting and welcomed members.
Sylvia Giles’ birthday was celebrated.
Kath Wersching was the auctioneer of donated goods.
The football was won by Derek Clarke. Raffle winners were Edna Brittain, Maggie Poole and Vera Beeston.
Bingo caller was Maggie Poole and winners were Margaret Deal, Kathleen Clarke, Angela Gregory and Maggie Poole.
Refreshments were served by Carol Leet, Vera Jackson, Sylvia Giles and Janet Luff.
John Gregory is organising a coach trip to Waterside Garden Park on September 23, cost £8. Anyone interested, please call John on 01945 463970.
The next meeting will be on September 2.
Stone Cross WI
The group held their meeting on August 13 at Trinity Church Hall. Speaker was Jane Sills, who gave an interesting talk on the restoration of Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden.
Competition results – Eileen Bradbury 10, Julie Coulthurst and Audrey Goodyear 9, Linda Higgins, Joan Perring and Ann Wall 8, and Shirley Stacey and Nad Stoker 7. Raffle winners were Gwyneth, Marjorie, Nad, Linda W, Mary, Jenny and Joan.
Next month’s meeting is on Thursday, September 10, at 7pm at Trinity Church Hall when the speaker will be Sid Wales, a children’s book author, talking about ‘Life’. Visitors and new members always welcome. Refreshments available.
March Family History Society
At the July meeting David Rooney (former head of the Neale Wade School) gave an interesting talk on the Cambridgeshire Village Colleges and Community Education.
He said that Henry Morris had the vision and courage to make villages the hub of the community where people would prefer to stay.
He wanted to build good secondary schools in villages. In 1932 he became chief education officer for Cambridgeshire and Sawston was the first Village College.
Henry travelled to the USA to put a case forward to the Spelman Fund to fund further Village Colleges. He returned with a cheque for £2.4million and Bottisham and Linton were the next villages to have Village Colleges.
Village Colleges were at their best in the 1970’s and early 1980’s when many people flocked for evening classes and multiple other activities following Henry Morris’s vision that all things must be available for the whole community. The horizon was clouded when Mrs Thatcher became Prime Minister. Budgets were cut, Village Colleges struggled to keep going; a lot has been lost since 1986.
The group’s next meeting is on Tuesday, September 1, at 7pm at March Library with films from the Cambridgeshire Archives. All welcome.
Members and guests enjoyed a sunny summer evening’s stroll along the wooden walkways that criss-cross Norwood Road Nature Reserve.
Spencer Holland, volunteer warden for the Wildlife Trust, led a fascinating tour round the Reserve whilst explaining its features, history, ongoing work and future plans.
The Reserve has been allowed, where possible, to grow naturally and there is now an abundance of wild flowers, shrubs and trees inhabited by a variety of fauna. Insect life is abundant and a huge ‘insect hotel’ has recently been constructed. A wide range of birds visit the Reserve, including woodpeckers, coots and moorhens.
March is indeed fortunate in having the Norwood Road Nature Reserve and its team of volunteers. It is both a wildlife jungle and a peaceful oasis – yet it is very close to the busy town centre.
The next society event is on Wednesday, September 9, at 7pm in March Library with ‘FenArch-Finding our feet’ when Alex Fisher will give an overview of FenArch’s archaeological activities since it started in 2009. Everyone is welcome and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits.
Heritage Open Days 2015 run from Thursday, September 10, to Sunday, September 13, when there is the opportunity to celebrate March’s heritage with walks, talks, tours and activities. For more details look at the March Society website www.themarchsociety.org.uk and the national website http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
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 at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.
Miles Pateman addressed an audience of 25 in the United Reform Church. Miles, who hails from Tydd St Giles, had just completed a year’s pastoral placement in the Anglican parish of Stroud Green in Tottenham, London.
His audience were keen to learn how this Fenman viewed living in a part of London which has witnessed such a significant change in its demographic make-up.
In introducing Miles, Fr Paul West from St Peter’s paid tribute to his period as a pastoral assistant in St Peter’s which occurred in the year before he went to London. Miles’ talk was followed by a question and answer session.
Ian Collins-McDougall, from the Wisbech Interfaith Forum, who had organised the event, shared with the meeting plans for the marking of Interfaith Week 2015 in November. There will be samples of music from various faith traditions, including sitar and Sikh harmonium players. It is also hoped to secure some examples of Islamic art and calligraphy which will be on public display.
Wisbech Model Railway Club
Club members have enjoyed a second week of having the whole lay-out up with John Sleeth, Daniel Cousins, Gerard Cross and Daniel Reid all bringing along locomotives and rolling stock to run on the lay-out.
Richard Stowe started to put some new points in the goods yard which, when completed, will add some operational interest to the lay-out. A narrow boat was added this week to the river and is moored up on a boatyard previously modelled by Alan Earle.
The club meets at 7pm-9pm at the Church Hall in Wisbech every Monday, except bank holidays.
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 please ring 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon to speak to Gay, or at any other time 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.