Members enjoyed their four-course Christmas lunch at the King Edward Centre on December 8.
The catering was provided by Chatteris Caterers. This was organised by vice-chair Freda and she was thanked by chairman Geoff on behalf of the club.
Presents were distributed to every member and a free raffle was enjoyed by all. Geoff thanked everyone for coming and wished them a Happy Christmas and Joyous New Year.
The next meeting will be January 12, 2016.
Members met for their AGM and Christmas party. Annual reports were given by the committee members.
President, Anne Chambers, gave her address and thanked everyone for their hard work in making 2015 another very successful year.
Gill Jolley was presented with the Ellington Cup for her iced Christmas cake. Valerie Gobie was asked to thank her son, Carl, for the gifts he had kindly donated.
The winner of the 2015 Competition Cup was Anne Chambers with 198 points, second was Chris Oakes with 196 points and Suzanne Tucker was third with 195 points. There were 20 members who had gained over 100 points during the year.
Judith Cornwell conducted the election of the 2016 president and Anne Chambers was re-elected. The committee was also re-elected with two new members. Natalie Jolly was elected as vice-president.
Father Christmas handed out Christmas presents. A selection of puddings and cheeses were served by the committee and everyone joined in with a puddings quiz.
The competition was judged by Peter Oakey and 20 points were awarded to Chris Oakes, Anne Chambers and Suzanne Tucker. There were 11 raffle prizes won. The meeting ended with everyone singing carols.
The next meeting is on February 3 when John Cutteridge will give a talk about garden plants. The competition will be for something interesting made of wood.
Chairman Les Payne welcomed 51 members to the over 60s Christmas luncheon in the village hall.
Members enjoyed a traditional lunch provided by J’s Caterers, of Chatteris. The chairman thanked Derek and his staff for their excellent service.
The choir from Lionel Walden School entertained with carols. Les thanked the children, headmistress Mrs Barnard-Taylor and teacher Mrs Naughton.
The draw was conducted by Jenny Nash. A separate draw was made by Roger Briggs, vice-chairman, for a Christmas cake made and donated by member Mrs Lomax.
Presents were given to the chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer and committee members, plus the ladies of the tea committee, for their help during the year.
The next meeting will be on January 21 at 2pm in the Church Room to discuss entertainment and outings for 2016.
Jean Toms, president, welcomed everyone to the AGM in Elm Centre, with a special welcome to BOT adviser Denise Hall.
Jean was assisted by Marjorie Cotterell, secretary, and Sheila Ward, treasurer.
Marjorie’s report outlined all of the activities the group had taken part in during the year, including Federation events, meals, meetings and speakers.
Sheila’s report outlined finances. The statement of accounts has been verified and signed by the official accountant.
In her report Jean thanked members for their support and loyalty throughout the year, Marjorie for doing an excellent job, Sheila for her efficiency, Barbara Sm for her press reports, Barbara St for flowers for the officers’ table, Janette for helping in her absence, Eileen for her home-made cards and the proceeds she donates to the group’s funds, and the refreshment ladies.
Denise took over for the election of a new president and Janette was elected. She was thanked by Jean, who presented her with a gift.
Barbara Sm was the winner of the shield for gaining most points in the monthly competitions.
Jean signed a letter to MP Steve Barclay supporting the idea of more care in choosing a place for patients with mental health problems.
Results of the competition organised by Zoe for something beginning with ‘L’ – Marjorie, Nina, Barbara Sm, Barbara St 3 pts; Natalie, Eileen, Janette 2 pts.
Roles for the evening – register and press reports, Barbara St; newsletters, Marjorie; raffle, Janette; competition judged by Sheila; Barbara Sm thanked all officers for their hard work during the year.
The next meeting is the Christmas party on December 21. The New Year meal is on January 13 at The Sportsman.
All Saints’ Church
200 Club winners: Mrs D. Goldspinks and Mr M Claxton. December 3 – B. Holland and E. Lock. All win £6 each.
Chairperson Marilyn Pryke welcomed members to the Christmas lunch.
Birthdays were celebrated for Jo Parkinson and Derek Clarke. Edna Brittain was presented with cards and gifts as she is leaving to move to a different area.
Edna has been club treasurer for several years. Marilyn thanked her for her help and support. She will be greatly missed by all and members wish her many years of happiness in her new home.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 13.
Manea UFC 10 week draw
Winners of £5 for week 9 – Sue Lawrence, Rosemary Hankins, Phil Hawes. Main draw: £100 – H Beeston; £50 – B Lilley; £25 – M Lovegrove, B Billimore; £15 – Mgt Scotney; £10 – Mr J Carter. Thanks to all ticket sellers.
Fenland Farm Machinery Club
The club held its monthly meeting at the Conservative Club, March.
Chairman Paul Hayes welcomed members and introduced Howard Warnes and David Broad from Massey Ferguson who gave a detailed presentation on the complete range of combine harvesters.
The evening was arranged by Sid Lunn of TNS Ltd, of Littleport. A vote of thanks was given by vice-chairman Greg Gowler.
The first meeting of the New Year is on Thursday, January 7, at 7.30pm at the Conservative Club, March.
Tydd St Giles
The annual Christmas carol service will be held at Tydd St Giles Methodist Chapel on Sunday at 2.30pm. This will be conducted by Mrs Sue Askew, and the soloist is Eurig Jones.
Christmas refreshments will be served after the service. A warm welcome is given to everyone.
All Saints’ Church
Vestry Hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange weddings, baptisms and banns, etc.
Services: Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Morning Worship, all welcome. 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight. Christmas Eve Crib Service 4pm. Midnight Communion 11.30pm. Christmas Day service 10am.
Wisbech and District Camera Club
Members enjoyed a very entertaining presentation by two leading club members and inveterate travellers.
Di and Mike Burns drove a camper van down Australia, coast-to-coast from Darwin, across the arid deserts of the Red Centre, to Adelaide – a journey of nearly 2,000 miles.
Great images of wombats, kookaburras, Uluru and termite mounds dressed up like scarecrows were supplemented by a talk that ranged across every aspect of this huge and varied country.
Di and Mike made you think not only that they’d had a great adventure but also you really could do something like that yourself.
The club meets on Mondays at 7.30pm at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.
Wisbech Ladies Probus
A total of 28 ladies met at the Woolpack Arms, Terrington St John, for their Christmas lunch and were entertained by the Clarkson Singers. A good time was had by all.
Wisbech Model Railway Club
Club member Richard Stowe has been making the club’s model railway some trees. Members Daniel Cousins and Richard spent the last meeting fixing down the trees.
Richard Stowe has been working on the layout’s electric uncouplers so that trains can be uncoupled without touching with hands.
Alan Earle has been modelling the station car park. He modelled the tar and has started to add fencing.
The club meets every Monday at the Upper Rooms of St Peter’s Church Hall between 6.45pm-9.15pm.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
See the notice board on Church Terrace or in the south porch of the church for service and Mass times.
The church office is open on Fridays 10am-noon, Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am.
The church hall is available for events to book or enquire.
Please ring the church office on 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon to speak to Gay.
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.
December events: Tomorrow (Thursday) 6.30pm Bulley Davey Carol Concert. Friday 6pm Thomas Clarkson Academy Concert to raise money for refugees.
Thursday, December 24, 5pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Crib Service, all are welcome; 11 30pm (not 11pm as stated last week) Midnight Mass, all welcome. Friday, December 25, 10am, Christmas morning Mass, all welcome.