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At the April meeting members were shown a film “Memories of the Fens” by Lauren Stonebridge. Also the work done by the Great Fen Project was shown and discussed.

The next meeting is on June 1, 2pm, in Emmanuel Church Hall. Clare Ashmeade will talk about her shop, “The Queen’s Shoes”. All adults welcome. Non members £2 – includes refreshments.


The Engage in the Afternoon event for June 10, 2pm-3.30pm, will be a film show, hosted by Julie Smith, entitled ‘Rich Soil Rich Heritage’ showing how East Cambridgeshire has been shaped by the people who live there.

Entry free, refreshments are provided. Donations are appreciated to cover the cost of the speaker and refreshments.


All Saints Church

200 Club winners for May 21 are: Joan Craven and Mrs E Oram, £6.


Fenland Family History

Members enjoyed a talk by Mike Petty at the April meeting.

The next meeting is tomorrow (Thursday) in St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech, 7pm-9pm. Speaker will be Anne Barnes on the history of sanitation through the ages. Everyone welcome.

The team of experienced researchers will hold their monthly computer family research session in Wisbech Library on June 2, from 10am -noon, to help beginners and also try to help others progress with their research.

All help is free. If you are unable to attend on a Tuesday call on 01945 587723 and they will try to make another date to meet you.

Friday Bridge


President Ann Haines welcomed everyone to the institute’s 64th birthday celebrations.

Connie Gravett is to be the delegate at the centenary AGM and will vote as members wished against the NFWI resolution ‘Failure to care’.

Speakers Brian Massingham and Penny Stocks, assisted by Roger Rawson, gave an excellent presentation describing the preparation made annually to enter the Anglia in Bloom national competition.

During the buffet supper Roger showed pictures of Wisbech past and present.

The competition Y for Yellow, had 14 entries, including sunflowers and dandelions. Hazel and Hilda reached 40 points and were awarded their book of stamps.

The birthday cake was made and decorated by Janet Kell and ceremonially cut by Joyce King. Ann gave the birthday toast to the continued success of Friday Bridge WI.

Yard Sales Day

Yards Sales Day will be June 13. Village yards bookings and enquiries are taken by Bob on 860907.

Refreshments will be served and a fundraising bric-a-brac stall held in St Mark’s church yard for the church repairs, donations for the stall collected by Diane on 860650.

Stalls can be booked in the church yard, call John on 860533. A special thank you to Mavis and Basil who started the event nine years ago to raise funds for the Lunch Club.

This year the funds raised are being donated to the ‘Back On My Own Two Feet’ appeal for Billy Lee of Wisbech St Mary.


March St Mary Women’s Institute

The president welcomed everyone to the May meeting. Speaker was Claire Ashmeade from the Queen’s Shoes Shop in Ely. She brought along some colourful shoes and handbags. Eileen thanked her for the talk.

Teas were served. A birthday card was given to Marie.

Points for items in orange – nine, Joyce Henchman; seven, B Smith; five, Christine Wilson, Eileen Ransome, Joan Mack; four, Barbara White.

The draw was arranged by Betty.

Next month’s speaker is Doreen Lenton on “Flowers summer is coming”. The meeting is on June 11 in St Peter’s Church Hall, 2.30pm- 5pm.

Family History Society

At the May meeting Tom Doig gave a talk and presentation on ‘Farming with Steam’.

He showed pictures of many accidents involving the steam engines.

On June 2 there is no meeting – instead an outing to Suffolk with Mike Petty.

March Lions

March Lions have supported Fox Narrowboats (http://www.foxboats.co.uk/) with their charity fundraising by taking a trip down the river through March.

They raised £200 for EACH (http://www.each.org.uk/).

March Society

Members had a very pleasant and informative evening’s ‘Architectural Highlights’ stroll in the area around Robingoodfellow’s Lane, looking at houses and other buildings with different, sometimes unique, architectural styles.

Andrew Clarke, secretary of the Society, pointed out examples of interesting or unusual porches and windows as well as other details. He also showed how high quality wood was used in the structure of many of the buildings. Local historian Edna Stacey added stories about the buildings.

The June event is on Wednesday, June 10, at 7pm in March Library when Mike Petty will give an illustrated presentation ‘Reflections on the history of the Ouse Washes: a history of the Old and New Bedford Rivers and their area’.

Tea, coffee and biscuits. Members £2 and non-members £3.


Gardening Club

A total of 18 members went on the outing to Elton Hall on Sunday, May 17.

After refreshments in the cafe section of the adjoining garden centre, they were taken on a guided tour of the house and gardens by four of the Elton Hall guides.

The next meeting will be another visit to Ken and Marian Sherry’s garden on June 21.

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

Tydd St Mary

Friendship Club

The club held their fortnightly meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday.

Chairman David Beeton welcomed 22 members and greetings were sung to Ellen Beeton, Mavis Giggins and Freda Pearson whose birthday will occur before the club meets again.

A minute’s silence was held for Rosemarie Martin, who has passed away.

Games of cards and bingo were played. Caller for bingo was Mavis Giggins. A raffle, organised by David, was drawn. Winners were Barbara Hallam, Ralph Gore and Millie Curson.

Lucky squares was organised by Edna Payne. Winners were; Ellen Beeton, George Goody and Edna Payne.

Goods donated by members were auctioned by David assisted by Shirley Spring, the funds raised going to support the club.

Members were reminded of the club outing to Little Melton and the Norfolk Coast tomorrow (Thursday).

The club meets fortnightly and anyone over 60 is invited to join. Ring David on 01945 420 654 or speak with a member.


Village Hall Yard Sale

The village hall is organising a first-ever yard sale on Sunday, June 7, 9am-2pm, with 27 yards already booked in and still plenty of time to book.

The village hall will be the focal point for people to purchase a map at 20p, giving all the details of the houses taking part. Visitors will be able to use the facilities and buy light refreshments (tea, coffee and cake.

If anyone wishes to book a yard, contact Linda on 01945 774145. Proceeds are to be divided between Upwell Village Hall and Upwell Community Primary School.

Upwell Playing Field Committee

The committee are busy planning their annual July Summer Fayre.

Date booked is Sunday, July 12, with a bouncy castle, etc, stalls, W.D.K.R.C.,Emneth Karate, LJ’S Dance academy, classic cars To book a stall contact Christine on 07947422677.

Upwell St Peter’s Church

The church is busy planning the annual Patronal Flower Festival on Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.

A concert is being held on Friday, June 26, starting at 7.30pm with performances from G & S Choir, singing songs from the shows and “Teddys Boys”.

The church will be open daily 10am until 6pm, with light refreshments and raffle tickets on sale. Saturday 10am a coffee morning with stalls, bric-a-brac, plants, cakes, etc.


All Saints’ Church

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

Services this week: Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Morning Worship. All welcome.

A flower festival will be held from June 13-17, more details to follow.

A concert will be held by Phil Wait and Bert Harris on June 13, at 7.30pm.Tickets £3.

Community hog roast, June 19. Tickets £8.50, book early to avoid disappointment on 01945 587952.

The next coffee morning is on Friday, June 5, at 10am in the community room. Everyone welcome.

Cubs meet at St Peter’s Junior School on Wednesdays at 6.30pm term-time only.

Beavers meet at the village hall on Thursdays at 6pm term-time only.


Friends of the Wisbech Hospitals

The treasurer’s report recorded income last month of £1167.47 but no expenditure.

Malcolm and Sally Bruce, who carried out the monthly visit in April, reported they had seen several of the recent gifts purchased by the Friends being used by services, and received grateful feedback from staff.

There are still some outstanding estates works to be carried out which the Friends have pledged to fund, and it is hoped these will commence soon.

The committee approved the purchase of a bariatric bed for Trafford Ward at an approximate cost of £8870.

Up-to-date news and events can be found on the website www.friendsofthewisbechhospitals.co.uk

Probus Club

The speaker at the Wisbech Probus May 2 luncheon was William Evans, who spoke about his life as the personal assistant to Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma and the many famous people he encountered during his long service at Broadlands, the country house of Lord Mountbatten.

Ladies Probus

Wisbech Ladies Probus met at Woolpack, Terrington St John, on May 12.

Lunch was enjoyed by 27 members and a talk by Margaret Barnard was enjoyed about 70 years on the board.

New members welcome, contact Alison Schultz 01945 774264.

Camera Club

For the DPI of the year competition the judge Malcolm English had to choose a winner from 140 images.

Results – Creative: 1st - Help by Di Burns, 2nd - We will remember them - Trish Wilcox, 3rd - Solar - Andy Gutteridge.

Land/seascape: 1st - Fenland Landscape - Ernest Eaton, 2nd - First Watch - Ernest Eaton, 3rd - Here comes the sun - David Hodgson.

Mono: 1st - Girl with Glasses - Alan Waddington, 2nd - The Old Truck - Roger Newark, 3rd - The Window Cleaner - Judy Hodgson.

Natural history: 1st - Limkin feeding on Apple Snail - David Hodgson, 2nd - Mallard - Ernest Eaton, 3rd - Greater Kudu - Di Burns.

New exhibitor: 1st - Baby Dylan - Laura Wiffen, 2nd - Sunset over flooded field - Laura Wiffen, 3rd - Going Bananas at Foodcycle - Laura Wiffen. Open: 1st - Roof thatcher - Ernest Eaton, 2nd - Free as a Bird - Di Burns, 3rd - Canoe Splash - Andy Gutteridge.

Portrait: 1st - Redhead with Feathers - Andy Gutteridge, 2nd - Mud Man - Roger Newark, 3rd - Its Cold - Pat Ringham.

The overall winner of DPI of the year was “Help” by Di Burns.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church

Services: Monday – 8am Mass; Wednesday – 11am Adoration; noon Mass; Thursday – 9 15am Prayers for healing, 10am Healing Mass; Friday – 8am Mass, 5pm Confessions; Saturday – 9am Mass.

Vestry hour is every Wednesday 6-7pm at St Peter’s Lodge, Love Lane.

The church office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am –noon, Thursdays 9.30am–11.30am.

The church hall is available to hire 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 please leave a name and number and Gay will get back to you.

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