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The first meeting of 2016 was held on January 14 at the King Edward Centre. President, Sharon, welcomed members and the essential business of the meeting was conducted. Two members were given cards for their birthdays during January.
The speaker was acupuncturist, Anthony Sigrist, who told how he became interested in acupuncture, the training he undertook and the conditions which may be helped by acupuncture. Sharon gave the vote of thanks.
Members signed up for several events to be held in the Isle of Ely during the next two months, including a coffee morning, a jigsaw competition morning and a 10-pin bowling day.
Competition results were announced and the raffle drawn.
The WI’s Craft Group meets on the second Monday of each month and the book group on the fourth Thursday.
The next monthly meeting is on Thursday, February 11, at 7pm in the King Edward Centre. Speaker will be Jonathan Revett with‘Death Caps and Dead Man’s Fingers – Mushrooms, Toadstools & Fungi’.
The competition is a photo of ‘mushrooms, toadstools or fungi’ and the ACWW letter is ‘L’. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details contact Dorothy on 01354 695664.
Royal British Legion Women’s Section
The branch celebrated its 70th birthday with a party at The Skoulding Suite in the Town Hall.
Mayor of March, Coun Robert Skoulding, opened the celebrations and was welcomed by Carole Gowing, branch chairman.
Carol Cox, chairman of Fenland District Council, attended with Marie Skells, county president of RBLWS, with members from other branches including Chatteris, Guyhirn and St Ives.
Members and guests included some long-term members, making the occasion so much appreciated.
Refreshments were organised by members with help from the Brownies, who have helped at other fundraising events. They received applause for the work they carried out.
Music was supplied by the duo Back Two, encouraging many members to take to the dance floor. The party concluded with the birthday cake, made by secretary, Linda Mitchell, being cut by March president, Betty Smith, with the assistance of the Brownies handing out the cake.
The branch held an auction and raffle and, together with ticket sales, raised £225 for the Benevolent Fund.
Fenland Farm Machinery Club
On Thursday 23 members visited the British Sugar Factory at Wissington, near King’s Lynn. After a presentation by Dan Downs, head of agriculture, the party was taken on a tour of the factory, the largest of its kind in Europe.
The day ended with a buffet lunch and the chairman, Paul Hayes, thanked Steve Mackinder, area manager, and his colleagues for organising the event.
Tydd St Mary
The club held their second fortnightly meeting of the New Year in the Village Hall on Thursday.
Chairman David Beeton welcomed 18 members and, after the club hymn, those who were unwell were remembered in prayer. Birthday greetings were sung Jack Burton.
Games of cards and bingo were played. Caller for the bingo in the absence of Mavis was David. After tea and biscuits, the raffle organised by Carol Gore was drawn. Winners were Barbara Hallam x2, and Millie Curson.
The lucky squares game was organised by Edna Payne. Winners were Audrey Hallam, David Beeton and Ralph Gore.
Goods donated by members were auctioned by David, assisted by Carol Gore, funds raised going to support the club. David thanked everyone for their contribution.
The club next meets on Thursday, February 11. Anyone interested in joining would be made welcome. Ring David on 01945 420654, or contact a club member.
Playing field regular events
Football training Tuesdays 6pm-7pm, u7s – u11s, contact Barrie Carter for further information on 07713 506477.
Football training Thursdays 6pm-7pm, u18s, contact Dave Roberts for further information on 07867 488760.
Car boots starting Thursday, April 7. For further information contact Ros on 01945 773604.
All Saints’ Church
Vestry hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange weddings, baptisms and banns, etc.
Services this week: 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Holy Communion. All welcome.
The next coffee morning is on Friday at noon (please note the later start time on this occasion), in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.
Beavers meet in the village hall at 6pm on Thursday, term time only.
Cubs meet at St Peter’s Junior School on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, term time only.
The Wisbech branch of the Royal Air Force Association has been presented with a cheque for £115.08 for the branch welfare fund by Civilian Instructors M. McCloy and S. Andrews of the 272 Squadron Wisbech Air Cadets.
Martin and Stuart organised a sponsored bike ride and made a similar donation to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The Association is holding its AGM on Thursday, February 18, at 8pm. All members are invited to attend and, should they wish to nominate someone to serve on the branch committee please send it to the Astral House, 22 Lynn Road, Wisbech, before the meeting day.
Wisbech Model Railway Club
In preparation for a forthcoming model railway exhibition on February 27 at Dereham, which the club’s model railway will be attending, Richard Stowe and John Sleeth spent the meeting checking the electrics of the layout.
John Roughton has been adding passengers to his carriages and rail cars with the help of club member Alan Earle.
The club meets every Monday in the Upper Room of St Peter’s church hall, Wisbech,between 6.45pm-9.15pm, telephone 01366-380224.
Wisbech Centre WI
The first meeting of the New Year will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm at the Rosmini Centre. The speaker will be Margaret Ringham and the topic for the afternoon is ‘One Stroke Painting.’
The last meeting was the Christmas party in December. Birthday gifts and cards were given to Val and Shirley. Vanessa read the secretary’s report and Carole gave the treasurer’s report.
Members enjoyed Christmas cake, made and decorated by Vanessa, and other delicious refreshments and then settled down to listen and watch as Neville Palmer, a local artist, talked about the changes in his life and work over the past 50 years. June thanked Neville for his talk.
If you are are retired or semi-retired then join them to learn about ‘The Life and Memories of a Fen Girl’ to be told by the excellent speaker Jacqui Huggins at the monthly meeting in St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech, on Thursday, February 11, starting at 2.30pm.
Wisbech U3A’s many interest groups can be viewed at: http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=248&page=0
New members welcome.
NHS Retirement Fellowship
The January meeting of the Wisbech branch was held at the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech, on Wednesday.
The meeting was opened by the chairman and the minutes of the November meeting were read and signed as correct.
Ideas for day trips this year were requested and it was decided to go to Cromer in September.
The next regional meeting will be held in Bury St Edmunds on February 11. Members will attend.
Speaker was Sue Stevenson who entertained with part two of her hilarious saga of Puddle Paddock, the property and land that she and her husband bought 20 years ago.
She amused with tales of the antics of the animals they had, various encounters with rats and many disasters and the successes of their ventures. She was thanked for a thoroughly enjoyable talk.
Anyone who has worked in the NHS in any capacity is welcome to join the Fellowship. Contact Jenny on 01945 860589.
Friends of the Wisbech Hospitals
The meeting was chaired by Malcolm Bruce. Income for the month of December was noted as £1,751.75 with over £300 raised from the Christmas with Cantus evening. Expenditure totalled £66,562.94 from outstanding invoices for purchases.
One request was received from the Outpatient department to convert an existing slit lamp to enable it to be used for OCT imaging in macular clinics at a cost of £5,065.
The committee were happy to approve funding for this to enable the service to continue locally for Wisbech patients.
Wisbech and District Flower Club
The first workshop of the New Year was taken by John Richmond.
Members attending were asked to exchange their containers and flowers with each other and to create a new design.
The second workshop of the year will be on Monday, February 15, in St Peter’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. For a list of requirements please telephone Yvonne on 581360 or John on 582758.
The March meeting will be the AGM, followed by a demonstration by Barbara Collins.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
Services – Sunday: 8am Holy Communion, except every fourth Sunday; 10am Sung Mass Family Service every fourth Sunday. Monday: 8am Mass. Wednesday: 11am Adoration; 12pm Mass. Thursday: 9.15am Prayers for healing; 10am Healing Mass. Friday: 8am Mass; 5pm Confessions. Saturday 9am Mass.
Vestry hour is now by appointment only to ensure more flexibility, at St Peter’s Lodge, Love Lane. You can book weddings, baptisms and banns by ringing 01945 585447.
The church office is open on Fridays 10am-noon and Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am.
The church hall is available for events. To book or enquire ring the church office on 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon. At any other time leave a name and number and someone will get back to you.