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As the Parade Marshal, I’d like to thank everyone who took part or supported the March Town Remembrance Parade Sunday 8th November 2015.

There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into bringing this event together by many organisations and individuals, some of whom have been supporting this event for years, my part is the easy bit, I do the shouting.

I am especially pleased that each year more youth organisations ask to take part alongside our veterans. Hopefully this will guarantee the event in the future and will help the young to understand the significance Remembrance. I am always immensely impressed by the dress, turnout and bearing of all those who take part from the youngest to the oldest, everyone on parade gives their best.

Sadly this will be the last time we have 42 Engineer Regiment on parade – because of cost cutting they are no longer permitted to participate in parades further than 10 miles from base. A loss, but they have enhanced our parade for the last two years for which we are grateful.

I can’t name every organisation or individual but the event simply would be possible without the continued support from the Police, Cambridgeshire Highways, the British Red Cross, our Army and Air Cadets, March Brass 2000 and to all those people who give up their time for free to run the organisations that take part.

We should all feel extremely proud we have honoured our fallen and injured.

Major N Spencer MBE RE

Parade Marshal

A credit to all

On behalf of the Royal British Legion Chatteris I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one who attended the Remembrance Parade and service here in Chatteris last Sunday, from the many hundreds who lined the streets and all the marchers including, our Sikh and Indian friends from Peterborough., The ATC March Band, ACF Chatteris, Scouts Guides and Brownies Cromwell Community College and Kingsfield School, Chatteris Boxing Club, and Chatteris Youth Football.

We were Joined by Colonel Roger Herriot, Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridge, and his wife Lynn, FO Joanne Smyth from RAF Wyton and TSgt Robert Murray USVF, from RAF Alconbury. Included also were the many other organisations and clubs within the town, and also the MP’s representative and Councillor Carole Cox, of FDC, Rotary, Probus, Salvation Army, both WI organisations, Good Companions and many more. A total of 39 wreaths were laid on behalf of these organisations, Col Herriot took the salute and the parade marched from Furrowfields car park to the War Memorial. The Parish Church had few seats empty and the collection amounted to £579.45 – a credit to all who attended.

Our thanks also go to the March Constabulary for providing police and security cover. This was the best attend Remembrance Day since I became Parade Marshall in 2001, our grateful thanks to all who contributed and attended this event. Especially the children of the town.

Norman Larke

RBL Chatteris


First report

It’s been a month now since I was elected to serve Chatteris and UKIP on Cambridgeshire County Council and I would like to bring residents up to date as to what I’ve been doing.

Five days after election, I found out who was in charge of the drainage on roads around the town and, after some discussions, the blocked drains are going to be freed up. We must bear in mind that there are a lot of other jobs that need attention as well, however, I have been assured the drains will be done soon.

Plastic bollards have recently been placed on a green space in a residential area. These are being a nuisance to residents who have lived there for 20 or so years without the things – why this was done defeats the imagination. I am finding out why this was done and hope to get them removed.

Some elderly people in so-called warden controlled houses are paying for a warden that comes for six hours a week, so I’m told. Why only six hours is what I’m asking? Is it only six hours a week that the frail and elderly get sick? Or need help? I’m trying to find out who the responsible people are for their plight.

Good news for residents in Westbourne Road, I’ve been given a date today when that will be resurfaced, March 2016, again, it is a little way off but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

This week I will learn on which committees I will serve and I hope to report monthly just so you know what you’re paying for.

Cllr Richard Mandley


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