Neighbourhood news from Fenland
David Smith gave the presentation at the July meeting and everyone found his talk “400 Years of Fen Skating” very interesting. He has agreed to come back next year with a different talk.
The next meeting will be on Monday, August 3, in Emmanuel Church Hall at Chatteris, 2pm-4pm.
Julie Smith from the Chatteris Community Archives will be giving the presentation, showing photographs recently donated to the archives. Some of the photos will be of people or buildings which are not named, but someone from the audience may know them.
All adults welcome, £2 admittance includes refreshments.
Chairman Les Payne welcomed 35 members to the July meeting in the Reading Room.
He introduced Mrs Harrison and Mrs Norton, and the choir from Lionel Walden School. The youngsters entertained with a selection of songs.
The chairman thanked the children and their teacher for a very entertaining afternoon and members showed their appreciation.
Silence was observed for Rose Bedford, who had recently died.
Sue Beale gave a short talk about getting a walking group started in the village. This will be discussed at the next meeting.
Names were taken for outings to Wroxham on July 21 and Skegness on August 18.
The draw was taken by Mrs Cutteridge and goods brought by members were auctioned by the treasurer, assisted by the vice-chairman.
The next meeting is on August 20 in the Reading Room, which will be the tea party and meeting at 4.45pm and 5pm.
All Saints’ Church
The final draw for the 200 club has been held. Winners are: B Coates, £150; N Buttress, £50; J Feviour, £25; J Sirret, £25. The 200 Club will start again in September.
Fenland Family History Society
There will be a small family history display in Walpole St Peter’s Church on Saturday, August 15, from 11am-4pm. The event is a display of craft and quilting by the Rainbow Quilters and Walpole Art and Craft Club.
The Society does not hold a main monthly meeting in August, but its experienced researchers will be attending two different venues a month helping people with their on-line family research. Everyone welcome to both venues.
On the first Tuesday of each month at Wisbech Library, the next session is from 10am-noon, using all the library facilities to help people attending with their family research. The Society offers its services for free. You do not have to have family in this area.
On the second Tuesday of the month researchers will be offering help with family research in Wyevale Garden Centre, Crowland, from 11am-3pm. For further information please call 01945 587723.
Isle of Ely
The Isle of Ely held its annual quiz in March Youth and Community Centre, with 60 members and friends taking part.
Val Ware, federation chairman, welcomed everyone. Pat Williams, chairman of the leisure and sport committee, prepared the questions and was also scorer. Val was quiz master.
Top scorer was March Stone Cross WI with Joan Perring, Audrey Goodyear, Linda Wilson and Nad Stoker. They were presented with the shield by Pat.
Consolation prizes went to Dorothy Danes, Joan Feekings, Dorinda Franklin and Kathleen Weedon, Chatteris WI.
Margaret, Janet and Evelyn served refreshments while Ann and Barbara were in charge of the raffle.
Chairperson Marilyn Pryke opened the meeting and welcomed members.
Richard Barritt’s birthday was celebrated.
Frances Dewhurst, director of the charity Cambridgeshire Hearing Help, gave a talk about hearing problems and the help available.
Kath Wersching was the auctioneer of donated items.
The winner of the football was Carol Leet. Raffle winners were Alan Beakhouse, Kathleen Clarke and Sylvia Neill.
Bingo caller was Ben Pratt and winners were Kath Wersching, Carol Leet and Edna Brittain.
Refreshments were served by Vera Jackson, Val Fernee and Carol Leet.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 5, at 2pm. New members welcome, for more information call Marilyn on 01945 466915.
Royal Naval Association
The branch marked the Admiralty’s decision to stop the rum ration during a celebration at the home of the Rev Anthony and Helen Chandler.
Rum rations were stopped in July 1971.
Around 50 members and guests, some with black pins, commiserated together. After a service conducted by Rev Chandler, they enjoyed a hog roast and home-made desserts.
Ex-submariner Ted Rasell was the ‘Rum Bosun’ for the day. Experienced for many years with this toast, he continued the custom of the ‘Queen’s Tot’ (left-overs) – but bowed to pressure in sharing the excess out!
The branch held a community commemorative remembrance evening at the Conservative Club and set out to reproduce the ambience and costumes of World War II for the 56 attendees.
Fourteen WWII veterans were invited but, sadly, owing to ill health and infirmity, only 10 were able to accept.
They included Dick Housden and Harold Markham, both holders of the Arctic Star and the Ushakov Medal; Derek Harman, who was present on USS Missouri at the surrender of the Japanese; Bill Perrin, who also served in the Korean war; and George Jupp, holder of the Burma Star.
The evening began with an air raid warning and a recording of Neville Chamberlain’s ‘We are at War’ speech, followed by a speech of welcome by branch president, Bill Barry.
After the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph the Rev Fr David Addington said grace.Songs of the era formed a background to the meal and the president proposed the loyal toast followed by a further toast to guests by Ship Mate Les Lane.
A recording of the speech by Winston Churchill made on VE day, followed by the ‘all clear’, was played. The evening ended with a live entertainer. Thanks go to S/M Pat Tickner, who headed the small organising committee that made the whole event possible, and to the community for the financial support the branch received.
Stone Cross WI
At the monthly meeting speaker for the evening was Christopher South from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
Competition results – Pat Day 10, Diana Hall 9, Eileen Bradbury and Julie Coulthurst 8, Nad Stoker and Val Stacey 4 and Doris Beckwith and Carole Goodyear 3.
Raffle winners were Marjorie, Pat, Eileen, Julie, Nad, Daisy, Ann W and Ann B.
The next meeting is on August 13 at Trinity Church Hall at 7pm. The speaker will be Jane Sell talking about the ‘Restoration of Ramsey Abbey Walled Garden’. Visitors and new members welcome.
The Lions held a barbecue for the National Autistic Society. The £615 raised will go towards use in Cambridgeshire to help with the difficulties that families have when someone suffers from the life-long condition. The Cambridge branch of the National Autistic Society supports and gives services which can make a positive difference to families.
They also run a number of support groups and clubs for sufferers and their families.
The branch was very grateful for the generous donation and will use the money to improve and extend the services they deliver throughout Cambridgeshire.
Tydd St Giles
The theme for this year’s flower festival is “cause for celebration”. This will be held on Saturday from 10am-noon.
Coffee, tea with home-made scones and blueberry muffins will be available, plus stalls selling home-made cakes and preserves, produce, bric-a-brac, etc.
The service on Sunday will be conducted by former Minister Rev Rachel Larkinson. Eurig Jones will be the soloist. It will start at 2.30pm, followed by tea and cakes. Everyone is very welcome.
Green Fingers Gardening Club
Gussie opened the meeting and introduced the speaker, Neil Timm of Fern Nursery Binbrook, who gave a talk on the many varieties of fern and growing methods. He was thanked by Gussie.
Refreshments were served by David and Yvonne. Neil judged the flower competition organised by Dora.
The plant sale at Upwell playing field raised £126 for Tapping House Hospice. The annual meeting is coming up and the club needs a new chairman and programme secretary.
The next meeting is on August 18, the summer supper, and on September 15 Richard Simpson will give a talk on lawn care.
Meetings are held at Upwell Methodist Hall on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information call Gussie on 01945 772568.
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. All welcome. The next coffee morning is on Friday at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.
Members were entertained to an excellent talk on Magic in the 18th Century by Ian Kebble.
A new group has been formed for players of board games. The first meeting was on Friday at Octavia View Cafe.
The picnic was held at the Little Ranch caravan site and fishing lakes at Begdale, courtesy of Carol and Mike Day, with back ground music provided by the recorder group.
The next meeting is on August 13 at 2.30pm in St Peter’s Hall, Wisbech. The guest speaker will be Kieren, who is the manager of the Fitness Centre at Tesco. His subject will be keeping fit.
U3A offers a social and learning experience for the retired or semi-retired. For details about joining see the website www.u3asites.org.uk/wisbech call Joan Keep on 01945 871380, or just come along.
Deborah welcomed everyone to the July meeting, particularly Maeve, Janice and three visitors from Watlington WI.
The flowers for the president’s table were provided by Anne P. Birthday cards and gifts were given to Dawn, Alison, Hazel W and Jan.
Anne, secretary, and Pauline, treasurer, gave their reports and Deborah drew attention to the next Federation meeting when Prue Leith will be the speaker.
Anne gave her report from the AGM at the Royal Albert Hall attended by the Queen. Deborah then introduced Frances Dewhurst from Cambs Hearing Help who spoke about her work.
Members brought along many craft items they had made and refreshments were a little special for this meeting – taking the form of a strawberry tea. Members of the committee, ably led by Joan, served this.
The next meeting takes place on Thursday, August 6, at 2pm at the Rosmini Centre when the speaker will be Shirley Bell.
Clifford Cross Auctions
Richard Barnwell of Clifford Cross Auctions Ltd conducted an antiques and collectors sale at the Wisbech Auction Halls over July 16 and 17.
Very little remained unsold and the next auction for antiques and collectables will be in November. Items for this sale are now being accepted.
A total of over 750 lots were offered for sale at the latest event.
The date of the next antique and collectors’ sale is November 19 and 20, with a bicycle and effects sale on September 2.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church Wisbech
Please see the notice board on Church Terrace or in the south porch of the church for service and Mass times.
The church office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-noon, Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am.
The church hall is available for events to book or enquire, please ring the church office on 01945 582508 on Fridays between 10am and noon to speak to Gay, or at any other time please leave a name and number and Gay will get back to you.
Vestry time is now by appointment to ensure more flexibility. Please ring 01945 585447 to book an appointment for weddings, baptisms, banns and other issues you may have.
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