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Tickets open for series of FREE heritage talks across Fenland

A series of free heritage talks will be held across Fenland in the New Year, thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Tickets reservations have now opened for the talks, with each one being limited to 50 or fewer seats.

The events are being held in all four towns in Fenland and have been organised by Cllr Elisabeth Sennitt, Chair of Fenland District Council’s Culture, Arts, and Heritage Committee.

Diane Calton-Smith.
Diane Calton-Smith.

She said: “I’m delighted funding has been secured to hold this series of heritage talks across Fenland. They are completely free to attend, and there’s also free transport to the talks available from FACT for those who genuinely need it.

“The idea behind these events is to promote local historical awareness and provide socialisation for Fenland residents who might be chronically lonely during the post-Christmas winter months. All the talks will be an hour long and be followed by a Q&A session to further discussion.”

The Whittlesey talks will be given by London Brickwork Archivist Andrew Mortlock and local historian Maureen Watson, while the Wisbech talks will be given by local author and historian Diane Calton Smith.

Elisabeth Senitt-Clough.
Elisabeth Senitt-Clough.

The Friends of March Railway Station will lead the March talks, and there will be a further option for 20 people to go on a tour of the disused but restored older platform.

Finally, the Chatteris talks will be given by well-known Chatteris man and former county, district, and town councillor Alan Melton.

The talks are being held weekly on Tuesdays between 9 January and 26 March next year. Tickets are all available through Ticket Source and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alan Melton.
Alan Melton.

Whittlesey – all talks will be held at the Childers Club at 6pm on January 9, February 6, and March 5.

Wisbech – all talks will be held at Wisbech Castle at 7pm on January 16, February 13, and March 12.

March – all talks will be held at The Braza Club at 7pm on January 23, February 20, and March 19.

Chatteris – all talks will be held at the King Edward Centre at 7pm on January 30, February 27, and March 26.

Cllr Sennitt Clough added: “I’d like to give thanks to Arts Council England for their generosity in funding these events, and to More Muzic Radio and Whittlesey Rotary Club for their support in kind.”

Cllr Chris Seaton, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Arts, Culture and Heritage, added: “It’s great to see this series of heritage talks being held in our district. I’m sure they will provide a fantastic opportunity for anyone experiencing loneliness to enjoy a social evening out, meeting new people, and learning about the history of their local community.”

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