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September’s meeting celebrated three members’ birthdays – Barbara Ward, Pam Handley and Betty Pears.

The harvest supper was discussed and planned ready for next month. Prizes of mugs were given out to Betty Jeremy, Eiluned Reed and Janet Kenworthy. Eiluned also received a thimble for points so far in the competitions.

Winner of this month’s competitions was Eiluned Reed for the letter N with a nutmeg and flower of the month, a rose.

The speaker was Mr Ernie Hall who took members on a tour of Europe through the lens. Sue Locke and Mavis Chapman made the refreshments.

Next month is the harvest supper, starting earlier than usual at 6.30pm.


Fenland Stamp Club

The club will be starting a new season on September 10 with 15 meetings over the eight months until April 2016.

There is a full programme of meetings, including four in-house sessions and guest speakers.

The meeting place is in the Upper Parlour of Trinity Methodist Church on Church Terrace, Wisbech, PE13 1BL.

In September, October, March, April the meetings start at 7.30pm and in November, December, January and February the meetings start at 1.45pm.

The first meeting of the season is to pay your subscription (£7) and then display anything starting with A or B (e.g.Ants, Aircraft, Australia and/or Belgium, Battles, Beetles).

The meeting on September 24 is a display of the stamps of France and Colonies.

If you have an interest in stamps then please come and join the group and see what is being displayed – and then, hopefully, join them.

Fenland Family History Society

The September meeting on Thursday, September 24, will be the AGM. Following the AGM the president, Wim Zwalf, will be giving a talk entitled “ Lies, Damned Lies in Family History”.

The October meeting on Thursday, October 22, will feature a talk by Robert Parker, who is “Searching for William”.

Both meetings will be held in St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Visitors welcome, £2, free parking in the car park adjacent to the hall. For further information please phone 01945 587723.

The Annual Family History Day will be held on Saturday, September 26, from 10am-4.30pm at St Peter’s Church Hall. Special sessions will also be held in Wisbech Library and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

Various Family History Societies will be attending as well as experienced researchers such as Tom Diog and Martin Edwards. Refreshments will be available all day, including ploughman’s lunches.


Friendship Club

Chairperson Marilyn Pryke opened the meeting and welcomed members.

Birthdays were celebrated for Vera Jackson and Angela Gregory.

Kath Wersching was the auctioneer of goods donated by members.

The football was won by Richard Barritt. Raffle winners were, Vera Jackson, Edna Brittain and Kathleen Clarke.

The bingo caller was Maggie Poole and the winners were, Voilet Bellamy, Kathleen Clarke , Vera Beeston and Maggie Poole.

Refreshments were served by Val Fernee, Vera Jackson and Carol Leet.

There are still seats available on the coach trip to Waterside Garden Park on Wednesday, September 23, cost £8. Please call John on 01945 463970 for more information. The next meeting will be on September 16.

Marshland St James


Members met on Tuesday at 7pm at the Jubilee Hall. Speaker was the erudite and highly amusing Simon Prior from ‘Framin Art’ shop in Downham Market.

He spoke about his journey from his childhood in Birmingham to his exciting and very varied career as an RAF pilot and then to Downham Market.

Members discussed the progress of their Resolution (opting out system for organ donation) and expressed their hope that having to make a determined effort to opt out rather than registering ‘in’ would boost the numbers of potential organs and tissues on offer. They enjoyed a very funny social time, cake and a good time was had by all. New members always welcome.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm at the Jubilee Hall, Smeeth Road, Marshland St James, when a Master Baker, Graham Beeken, will be speaking and demonstrating how to make a plait.


Gardening Club

There was a good turn-out for the talk on streptocarpus growing by Ian Davies of the National Streptocarpus Society at the August meeting.

Ken Sherry brought along a large selection of his own personal collection and also some for sale which were snapped up quickly.

Morris Arnold organised the raffle, Shirley de-Groome ran the plant bring and buy and Marian Sherry and Jackie Lawrence organised the refreshments.

The October meeting will feature a talk on putting begonias to bed for the winter by Dave Staines.

For more information regarding future meetings and joining the club, please contact Shirley de-Groome on 01945 870060.

Tydd St Giles

Methodist Chapel

There will be a harvest coffee morning on Saturday from 10am to noon, with stalls selling home-made cakes, preserves, etc, produce, bric-a-brac, books and more.

Ground coffee or tea with home-made scones and muffins will be available all morning. The harvest service on Sunday will be conducted by Rev Peter Dewdney. The soloist is Eurig Jones with Mollie Rollins at the organ and will start at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to these events.


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 Battle of Britain Service. All welcome.

The next coffee morning is on Friday at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.

The church will be open on Friday for a talk by the churchwarden, Peter Wadlow, at 3pm for English Heritage weekend.


Fifty Plus Club

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 15, and the speaker will be Jacqui Huggings talking about The Life, Times and Memories of a Fen Girl.

For the October meeting the club will be holding an ‘Afternoon at the Races’ to raise money for its charity, which this year is Marie Curie.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at Wimblington Parish Hall, Addison Road, from 2-4pm.

If you think you might be interested in joining the club why not come along to one of the meetings for a ‘taster’, you would be most welcome.

Contact Pat Hart on 01354 740654 for more details.


Wisbech and District Flower Club

The chairman, Yvonne, opened the meeting and welcomed demonstrator, Adele Kent.

Adele gave a varied and interesting demonstration and a vote of thanks was given by Yvonne.

At the next meeting on Monday, September 21, in St Peter’s Church Hall at 7.30pm, the demonstrator will be Alan Smith from Ipswich. Alan has visited before and is always entertaining.

His theme will be ‘Floral Magic’. Members look forward to a good demonstration. New members and guests are most welcome.

Arthritis Club

The club met on Wednesday, August 19. The chairperson Mavis Shailes welcomed members.

Best wishes were sent to Alice and Rosie, who are unable to attend because of health reasons. Members said they had really enjoyed the trip to Hunstanton. Thanks go to the chairperson, who organised it, to the coach company Fowlers and also to the staff at the Rosmini Centre for their help.

Refreshments were served by Diane and helpers. The raffle was organised by Diane. Mavis selected the winning numbers. The next meeting is the Harvest Festival, for which members are asked to bring fruit, vegetables and flowers which will be blessed by the vicar.

This meeting will be at 1pm on September 16 at the Rosmini Centre and everyone is welcome.

Friends of the Wisbech Hospital

The monthly meeting was chaired by Malcolm Bruce, who carried out last month’s visit with Pauline.

The committee were pleased to hear that lots of improvements projects have commenced at the hospital, including refurbishments on Trafford and a new waiting room in Minor Injuries, for which the Friends are funding toys for a children’s area. MSK Physio have also benefited from some minor refurbishments supported by the Friends.

The treasurer reported income of £2,563.90, including £2,500 from the Robert Hall Trust which will go towards new electric beds for Trafford Ward. There was no expenditure as the treasurer is currently awaiting invoices for gifts that have only just been received. Requests approved this month were waiting room chairs for MIU, name boards for Trafford, an Auto Lensmeter for Outpatients and repairs to couches in MSK physio. Plans were finalised for the Flora, Food and Fizz evening at the hospital on September 25. Tickets are available by phoning the hospital or from any committee member.

The Friends website has now been superseded by a Facebook page which can be found by searching for ‘Friends of the Wisbech Hospitals’.

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