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Senior Citizens Club
Chairman John Granger welcomed 42 members and handed out birthday cards and gifts to Gladys Blazey and Shirley Allen.
The minutes of the last meeting were read by Eileen Granger, club secretary. Shirley Allen gave the financial report. Linda Pennicott sold raffle tickets and did the draw.
Wally Blazey did the football tickets and winners were: Linda Pennicott and Gladys Blazey. Alan Day sold bingo tickets and did the calling. Winners were: Eileen Phillips, Barbara Joyce, Margaret Godfrey, Linda Pennicott, Sheila Wright, Margaret Merrison, Barbara Driver, Sheila Levett and Betty Johnson.
Maisie Bassett and Mary Chapman did the refreshments assisted by helpers. The next meeting is today at 2pm.
A large audience of local wildlife and bird enthusiasts enjoyed an information packed talk at March Society’s latest meeting.
Charlie Kitchin, RSPB site manager at Nene Washes, explained that the primary purpose of the Washes is to act as a flood storage area to protect arable land from flooding. The RSPB acquired the land round the Washes in 1982.
Unlike other Washes, the Nene Washes (running between Whittlesey and Guyhirn) do not get massive flooding in winter. This means they have better quality grass and attract many more winter and nesting birds. For example there are increasing numbers of Whooper Swans – currently estimated at over 1,000 – arriving from Iceland in winter.
Unfortunately annual numbers of Bewick’s Swans, which fly from Russia via the Baltic States, are declining because they aren’t travelling as far west as previously.
Wigeon numbers have increased dramatically and the Nene Washes site has become one of Britain’s most important habitats for these ducks – last winter it was estimated that there were some 20,000 wigeons there.
Teal, pintails, shovelers, black-tailed godwits, snipes, redshanks, lapwings and cranes are amongst the wide range of birds that now visit the site.
Other wildlife seen in the area includes hares, water voles, grass snakes and even some crabs.
The March Society meets on the second Wednesday each month.
The group’s February event will be on Wednesday, February 11, at 7pm in March Library when Quinton Carroll, Cambridgeshire archaeologist and Historic Environment team manager, will give an illustrated talk on ‘Stonea Camp, the Iceni and the Romans’.
Everyone is welcome. Members £2, non-members £3, including tea, coffee and biscuits.
March Conservative Club
A little bit of Scotland came to town with the annual Burns Night celebrations at March Conservative Club.
As always there was a good turn-out and guests were greeted in the foyer by Piper Cameron Brownlie from Peterborough Pipe Band.
Then the haggis was piped into the dining hall and the address to the haggis was given by Mr John Lundigran.
The meal opened with cock-a-leekie soup followed by traditional haggis, mash and neeps. Next, roast beef and a sweet of cream, fruit and biscuits. Diners were serenaded by the bagpipes then a selection of Scottish ballads.
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 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Family Service. All welcome.
The next coffee morning is on Friday, February 13, at 10am in the community room in the church. 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.
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The club held their fortnightly meeting in the Village Hall on January 29.
Chairman David Beeton welcomed 19 members and birthday greetings were sung to Jack Burton, whose 90th birthday will occur before the next meeting.
The afternoon featured the annual meeting, including the chairman and treasurer’s reports.
The following members had given indication that they intended to stand down due to age and infirmity – Marina Dean and both Arthur and Mollie Leonard. The remaining members were re-elected to serve a further term of office.
A vote of thanks was recorded for those standing down in recognition for all their endeavours in the past.
During the afternoon a brief game of cards and bingo were played. Caller for the bingo was Mavis Giggins.
After tea and biscuits, the raffle organised by Carol Gore was drawn. Winners were Margaret Hynes, Ellen Beeton and Audrey Bright.
In the lucky squares game organised by Edna Payne winners were Betty Payne, Audrey Hallam, David Beeton and Mavis Giggins.
Goods donated by members were auctioned by David, assisted by Millie Curson; the funds raised going to support the club.
David thanked everyone for their contribution. The club next meets on Thursday, February 12.
Anyone interested in joining the club would be welcome. Ring David on 01945 420654, or contact a member.
Wisbech Centre WI
The last meeting of 2014 was held on December 4 and was the Christmas party.
Deborah welcomed everyone and thanked Gill for the flowers for her table.
Reports were given by Anne and Pauline, secretary and treasurer respectively.
All members received a Christmas card and gift of a WI diary. Deborah gave birthday cards and gifts to Anne, Shirley and Val.
Speaker was Ann Purt, who shared her expertise and knowledge about flowers , enabling members to make a beautiful Christmas basket arrangement to take home.
The next meeting will be on February 5, when Val Standen will give a talk entitled ‘Treading the Boards.’ It is at 2.15pm at the Rosmini Centre.
There was a very good attendance at the first meeting of the New Year to hear local historian Bill Smith give his illustrated talk on the history of the Wisbech Canal.
Chairman Tony Homden welcomed three new members and thanked those who had worked so hard to make the Christmas party a success.
Speaker at the next meeting on February 12 will be Sue Stephenson with “Are we sorted yet”. The meeting will start at 2.30pm at St Peter’s Hall, Wisbech.
The next coffee morning at Octavia View will be on February 20, from 10am to midday.
The U3A offers a social and learning experience for retired or semi-retired persons .
If this is you, why not find out what is on offer?
For details about joining see the website www.u3asites.org.uk/wisbech call Joan Keep on 01945 871380, or just come along.