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Mr Freddie Grounds MBE left, Mrs Aspinall middle, Captain Victor Lucas right ANL-160104-084437001
Mr Freddie Grounds MBE left, Mrs Aspinall middle, Captain Victor Lucas right ANL-160104-084437001


Come and Be Heard

The 18th annual meeting was held at Lyon’s Court, with 20 members attending.

Chairman, Cheryl Cornwell, read her annual report and thanked the committee for their support.

Sandra Boswell, treasurer, read out the accounts and Peter was thanked for auditing them. The committee was re-elected en bloc and a new member, Keith O’Hara, was welcomed to the committee.

The meeting ended with a bingo game using playing cards, organised by Freda. All members enjoyed hot cross buns with their cups of tea.

The next meeting is on April 29, when Emmanuel Ladies Choir will entertain. For further information, contact Hilary on 01354 695317.

Royal British Legion Women’s Section

Last month the branch celebrated its 70th birthday with a party with members and friends from other branches, an afternoon tea with invited guests and an anniversary concert at the parish church.

The birthday party was attended by over 90 members and invited guests from local branches.

Mrs Janice Baynes, chair, was presented with the Royal British Legion Women’s Section certificate commemorating the anniversary by Mrs Eileen White, secretary of RBLWS Cambridgeshire.

Mrs Freda Aspinall, RBLWS Cambridgeshire president, presented a lifetime membership award to Mrs Winnie Weedon, who has been a member for 64 years. Freda was then surprised with an award of her own – the Golden Award for service to RBLWS for 54 years, at local, county and national level.

Jan presented certificates of appreciation to Mrs Joyce Mitchell and Mrs Jane Busby for their work with the local branch. A birthday cake was cut by Mrs Aspinall, Mrs Weedon, and branch president, Mrs Brenda Allen.

An afternoon tea party at the Cross Keys Hotel was attended by invited guests including Mr Freddie Grounds MBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Capt Victor Lucas, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, and Freda Aspinall, county president.

The three cut a birthday cake and later in the evening the county patron, Mrs Jane Lewin-Smith, joined guests for the anniversary concert.

The RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band, led by band master Graham Sheldon, together with the Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir, entertained ‘a full house’.

The Chatteris RBLWS and branch standards were paraded and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant thanked everyone for attending and Chatteris branch RBLWS for inviting him. He wished them continued success in their work to raise funds to support service men and women, past and present, and their families.

Jan Baynes, chair, and the committee thank everyone involved, especially Anne Wells, who co-ordinated events and cooked several wonderful birthday cakes.


Coldham Residents Action Group

The group held an Easter egg hunt for children on the playing field – 21 children took part.

They all received an egg and there were special prizes for the best decorated egg and bonnet; and for the children who found the Easter chick and bunny. These were donated by Tesco of Wisbech.

Winners were: Best Easter bonnet – Celeah Webb; best decorated egg – Jacob Lowe; finder of the Easter chick – Max Coote; finder of the Easter bunny – Jacob Lowe.

The next event is a race night on April 15 at the GER Club, March. Racing starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, £5, include a hog roast roll and roast potato supper, from John Brand at 4 Union Cottages, Coldham, tel 01945 860830.


All Saints’ Church

200 Club winners: J Rhodes and G Stokes. Both win £6.


Leverington Church

On April 9 between 10am and noon the Friends of Leverington Church will host their indoor market. On sale will be fresh veg and flowers, preserves, plants, plus a host of custom craft stalls.

New this month is a Very Nearly New stall which will be donating all proceeds to the Leverington Letter.

The café will serve the ‘famous’ Leverington hot sausage rolls, plus home-baked cakes and individual delights and tea and coffee. It’s a lovely social event. Free entry. Art exhibition

An exhibition will be held between April 15 and 24 in the church, open to the public, with free entry.

It is open from 10am-5pm on weekdays and noon-5pm on Sundays. Organisers are keen to see entries from younger artists this year.


A quiz will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 7.30pm, preferably for teams of four. Entry is £10 per team (£3 each for extra members). Light refreshments will be available.

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea will be served in the village hall on Saturday, April 23, from 2.30pm-4.30pm in celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty.

Full details at http://www.leveringtonchurch.org/events/index.html


Manea UFC

Winners of the 10 week draw are: week five – Rita Granger, Tina Thompson, L Pidley; week six – T Rolfe, Jean Wells and M Lilley. Each win £5.


March Lions

The Lions are helping FACET by supporting a new Safe Place Scheme to help vulnerable adults and those with learning difficulties through the purchase of identity cards which will be carried by them.

Shops and other premises in the area will be encouraged to display posters/signs to say that they will provide a safe place if the person becomes distressed. The card will have the person’s name on it and a telephone number to contact so that the person can be supported and, if necessary, collected.

The Lions ran an Easter egg competition again this year in partnership with Haart estate agents and raised £64 for local causes the Lions support throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who supported. The winners will be contacted shortly.

If you would like to hear more from March Lions, they are on Facebook. Give them a ‘like’ and find out what they have been doing. If you would like any information about joining, email Derek Rutter at derek@rutter.force9.co.uk

Tydd St Mary

Friendship Club

In the absence of chairman, David Beeton, (on a hospital run) Shirley Spring, the treasurer, welcomed 18 members to the village hall.

They enjoyed card playing and bingo. Caller was Mavis Giggins. During the tea interlude the raffle and Lucky Squares winners were drawn.

Raffle winners were Marilyn Dawson, Barbara Hallam and Ellen Beeton. Lucky Squares winners: Mavis Giggins, Edna Payne, Joan Ringer and Millie Curson.

The auction of goods donated by members was conducted by David (arrived late) assisted by Millie Curson. Tea ladies were Ellen Beeton and Shirley Spring.

For information about the club ring David on 01945 420654 or speak to a member.


Green Fingers Gardening Club

Val opened the meeting and Raina introduced the speaker, David Staines, who gave an amusing and interesting talk on propagating begonias. He also gave interesting tips.

Refreshments were served by David and Yvonne, while Val gave out the notices. Amendments to the constitution were agreed.

There will be a miniature garden in a seed tray at the April meeting when the speaker is John Parrish on ‘wine and wildlife’.

Ronnie and Mary oversaw the raffle and Dora announced the results of the flower of the month contest.

The next meeting will be on April 19 at Upwell Methodist Hall, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. New members welcome. Call Val on 01945 772247.


All Saints’ Church

Vestry Hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange weddings, baptisms, banns, etc.

Services: 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Morning Worship, all welcome.

The next coffee morning is on Friday, April 15, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.

Bingo is being held in the village hall at 7pm on Friday.

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.


Interfaith Forum

On Sunday, May 8, Wisbech Interfaith Forum is running a coach to the Bhaktivedanta Manor near Watford. This was bequeathed to the Hari Krishna community by Beatle, George Harrison.

Cost is £5, which includes a simple vegetarian lunch provided by the community. The coach leaves Somers Road car park at 8.30am and plans to be back in Wisbech by 6pm at the latest.

If you are interested, email b.khetani@btinternet.com or seanfinlay@aol.co.uk

NHS Retirement Fellowship

The March meeting was held at the Rosmini Centre and was opened by the chairman, with 30 members attending.

Next month’s meeting will be the AGM. Nominations for new committee members need to be in by then.

The June outing to the tram museum in Crich will be on June 15. Pick-up time will be 7.30am.

The trip to Cromer will be on September 7, stopping at Holt on the way for coffee and then on to Cromer for the End of Pier show in the afternoon. Pick-up time will be 9am.

The 40th anniversary of the NHS Retirement Fellowship is in 2018 and the secretary has been asked if there would be interest in attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace. There was a lot of interest!

Speaker for the afternoon was David Reeve MBE, a retired chief superintendent of police, who had spent the last 12 years of his career in charge of royal security in West Norfolk.

He told of events and incidents that had happened to him while working for the Royal Family. He was thanked for an entertaining afternoon.

New members are welcomed to the Fellowship. Anyone who has worked for the NHS in any capacity can join. If you are interested ring Jenny on 01945 860589.

Wisbech Centre WI

Deborah welcomed members to the March meeting, as well as several visitors. She thanked Linda for the spring flowers and gave birthday gifts to three members.

Anne read the secretary’s report, and the correspondence, including a lovely note from Connie, a former member of many years, saying how much she had enjoyed her time as a member.

Carole read the treasurer’s report and then refreshments were served by Ann, Mandy and Joan before Deborah introduced speaker for the afternoon, Roger Rawson, who talked about Wisbech past and present and showed many slides of the town.

Greta thanked Roger for his most interesting talk.

About 30 members enjoyed an outing to Stamford.

The next meeting is at 2pm at the Rosmini Centre tomorrow (Thursday).

Speaker will be Dr Eric Somerville and his subject will be Edith Cavell.

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