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Chatteris Rotary Club
Chatteris Rotary Club held its 39th Charter Night at the Cross Keys Hotel on Monday, April 27.
A total of 41 members and guests were welcomed by club president Donald Ashmore.
The guest speaker for the evening was the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Captain Victor Lucas, who spoke about his role as High Sheriff and of his career as a sub-mariner.
Mr Ashmore also inducted new member Andrew Hay into the club during the evening.
Come and Be Heard
David Edwards was the speaker for Chatteris Come and Be Heard at the monthly meeting.
His talk and slide show of old Chatteris gave everyone lots to talk about, remembering sights and streets of long ago.
Several members were able to add information to pictures of places from their young days and all thoroughly enjoyed the talk.
The group next meets on May 29 when the speaker will be Pippa Scrimshaw about medication.
All those with hearing difficulties and their partners are welcome. For more information contact Hilary on 01354 695317.
All Saints’ Church
Latest winners at All Saints’ Church 200 Club are Mr P. Smithee and Mrs L. Fenn, both receiving £6.
A very interesting and entertaining evening for Elm Women’s Institute.
Julia Barnes and her friend gave a talk, accompanied by slides and photographs, of the life of an orphanage in Nepal. A vote of thanks was given by Jean Toms.
Refreshments were served by Sheila, Trudy and Sally. The business part of the meeting was presided over by Jean Toms, assisted by: Marjorie Cotterell, secretary, and Sheila Ward, treasurer.
Apologies were given by Eileen, Jeanette and Olive. Marjorie dealt with correspondence.
Members put their names down for trips to whist/luncheon at Friday Bridge on May 29; coffee, cake and conversation at Tydd St Giles on June 1; literary lunch at Elgoods on June 23; visit to the Suffragettes and Soldiers Museum of Docklands on July 1.
Thanks to Barbara St for the beautiful flower arrangement on the officers’ table. Nina was in charge of the raffle.
The competition for something beginning with the letter F was judged by Julia. Points awarded: three, Marjorie, Natalie and Jane; two Nina, Barbara Sm, Barbara St, Jean and Shirley.
Elm garden fete will be held on June 20 when cakes and preserves are required. These can be taken to Barbara at Terra Firma, St Giles Grove.
The next meeting is May 19 at 7pm. Sheila gave the financial update.
The May meeting was fun and members enjoyed an interesting talk by Rex Freeman on growing old disgracefully – not hiding away getting old, but being involved in the local community of which the WI is a part. New members are needed to join the fun and not grow old gracefully.
Members were informed about the coming AGM in London celebrating 100 years of the Women’s Institute.
The next meeting is on June 4 and the letter L for the competition. Speaker will be Mr Stuart Limpus. n You can email your reports to email@example.com
Gorefield Ladies’ Group
Jean Brown welcomed members to the April meeting.
Guest speaker was Russell Jacklin, Technical Support Manager with John Lewis Partnership.
Russell told of the 150-year history of John Lewis, from John Senior opening his first shop in Oxford Street in 1864 to the opening of a giant automated warehouse near Milton Keynes in 2009, with a second to be completed this year.
After a question and answer session, thanks were given by Chris Ashton.
The draw was taken and Gwen Harrington won the John Lewis gift voucher kindly donated by Russell.
After the draw refreshments were served by Eileen Dunn and Brenda Stamp.
The next meeting of Gorefield Ladies’ Group is at Gorefield Village Hall, 7.30pm, on Wednesday, May 27, when Dr Eric Somerville will talk on ‘Quacks and Quackery’. New members welcome.
Manea United Football Club
Winners of the 10 week draw are: T Dunham, £100; Mrs Boylin, £50; J Furnell, £25; Mrs Ward, £15; D Lilley, £10; P Short, £5.
March Royal British Legion
A Service of Dedication for March Royal British Legion’s new standard was held at St Peter’s Church.
The service, conducted by Rev Jenny Webb, was attended by standards from around the county, local dignitaries, RBL county officers and members of the branch, women’s section and Royal Naval Association.
The new standard was presented by March branch chairman and standard bearer Peter Mitchell, escorted by Chris Harley and Colin Doncaster. President Barry Howlett gave the exhortation. Joe Goodman, of March ATC, played Last Post and Reveille.
The celebration continued with refreshments at the branch headquarters at March Royal British Legion Club.
MARSHLAND ST JAMES
Marshland St James WI
Members enjoyed an informal ‘At Home’ meeting on Tuesday at the Jubilee Hall.
They played cards, dominoes, made several crafty items and Gill’s hilarious group game had everyone hooting with laughter.
Lee Chapman, chairman of the Marshland St James and District Sports and Community Centre Committee, gave an update on the development of the proposed new community centre.
The plans looked exciting and members offered their support in raising funds for the new hall, which will be available for many new clubs in the village.
If you would like to join members in a ‘Ceilidh’ with the ‘Rusty Relics’ on Saturday, June 20, at 7pm (£7 on the door) do come along and join in the fun.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 2, at 7pm when the speaker will be the very funny Dr Somerville on ‘Quacks and Quackery’.
All are welcome.
TYDD ST MARY
Tydd St Mary Friendship Club
Members held their fortnightly meeting in the Village Hall on May 6.
Chairman David Beeton welcomed 17 members, the members unable to be attend were remembered in prayers.
During the afternoon games of cards and bingo were played. Bingo caller was Mavis Giggins.
Mid-afternoon a raffle, organised by Ralph Gore and David was drawn, winners were Jack Burton, Ralph Gore and Ellen Beeton.
Lucky squares organised by Edna Payne, winners were Audrey Hallam, Edna Payne, Carol Gore and Jack Burton.
Goods donated by members were auctioned by Arthur assisted by Carol Gore the funds raised going to support the club. Many thanks to those who brought goods for sale.
Names were taken for the club outing to Little Melton and the Norfolk Coast on May 28.
Seats are still available. If you are interested, ring David on 01945 420 654.
Royal British Legion
Secretary Alison Schultz opened an open day on April 26 when people came from far and wide, old members and new members alike, who came to see the newly decorated club room.
The branch wanted to show the village what it had to offer. It is a slowly growing group with big potential for the village and membership is slowly increasing.
The group is asking people living in the surrounding villages to look at the boards to see what it has to offer and come and support its events.
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 Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Morning Worship.
The next coffee morning is on Friday, May 22, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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.
Wisbech Flower Club
Yvonne opened last month’s meeting and welcomed the demonstrator, Jacqui Aldous.
‘Fun and games’ was her theme and afterwards Linda gave a vote of thanks for an entertaining demonstration.
The next meeting is on Monday, May 18, at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall.
This will be an open meeting with National Demonstrator Lee Berrill. Lee’s theme is Along the Garden Path.
Admission for members is £5 and non-members £6.50. All are welcome.
More details are available from Yvonne on 01945 581360.
Wisbech Ladies Probus
The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Woolpack, Terrington St John at noon, with lunch at 12.30pm.
It is currently looking for new members to keep the club growing. Please contact club president Alison on 01945 774264.
There is a speaker each month during the two-course meal and coffee.
The Wisbech Arthritis Club met on April 15. Chairperson Mavis Shailes welcomed everyone.
Get well wishes were sent to Alice and Norma; members hope to see them at the meetings soon.
The chairperson thanked Diane for taking over the duties of treasurer for the afternoon.
Refreshments were served by Brenda and helpers and the raffle was organised by Freda and Janet.
Lucky numbers were selected by Mavis and Diane. The raffle prizes were Easter eggs donated by the members. Every member went home with one Easter egg.
The special guest at the next meeting will be comedian and entertainer Pat Nearney.
He is well-known around the club and holiday camp circuit in Norfolk.
The date of August 12 has been set for the trip to Hunstanton.
The next meeting is at 1pm on Wednesday, May 20, at the Rosmini Centre.