What’s happening in Fenland
Chatteris Come and Be Heard
The group held its Christmas lunch at Lyon’s Court. A total of 24 members attended.
Entertainment was provided by husband and wife duo Replay. There were many prizes in the raffle and a small gift was given to each member.
The next meeting is January 30 when Ramsey Wildlife Trust will be giving a talk.
Anyone with hearing difficulties and their partner is welcome. For more information contact Hilary on 01945 695317.
Chatteris Morning Women’s Institute
December has been a busy month with two meetings in the lead-up to Christmas. On December 5 members had their monthly meeting.
On December 12, 48 members enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch cooked by the committee. Lunch was followed by seasonal songs from The U3A Singers.
The lunch closed with the drawing of the raffle and the distribution of presents from Secret Santa.
Monthly meetings are held at The King Edward Centre at 10am on the second Friday of each month. New members are always welcome.
Members will have their New Year meal at lunch time on January 16 at Worzals in Wisbech.
At the meeting on January 9, the speaker will be from the Fire Service. There is a coffee morning on January 23, 10am-noon.
For more information call president Mrs Jane Tibbitts on 01354 696810.
Royal British Legion Women’s Section
The section welcomed members and friends to their Carol Concert at Chatteris Working Men’s Club.
The Salvation Army led the service and members enjoyed mince pies and sausage rolls provided by the committee.
Jan Baynes, chair, and the committee wish all members and supporters a very Happy Christmas.
About 30 people took part in carol singing at Coldham, accompanied by March Brass Band.
The event was organised by Coldham Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) Ltd and each child was given a Christmas selection box. Soup, sausage rolls and hot drinks were served by committee members.
Members met in the Elm Community Centre for their monthly meeting.
Jean Toms presided, assisted by Marjorie Cotterell, secretary and Sheila Ward, treasurer. Jean welcomed members and one visitor Kathleen.
Barbara St was thanked for the lovely floral arrangement for the officers’ table. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jeanette.
Members were very proud to receive the silver salver for having gained the most new members. Congratuations to Nina, who won the shield for having gained the most points in the monthly competitions. She will receive an engraved shield at the next meeting.
Jeanette introduced the speaker, Kathy Cornell, on her experiences, particularly with children, in her career as a social worker.
Refreshments were served by Sheila, Trudy, Eileen. Reports were given by president Jean, Marjorie and Sheila.
All Saints 200 Club
Winners were Mrs Formoli £6, and Mrs A. Hall £6.
Royal Society of St George (pictured)
At an extraordinary meeting the branch appointed new officers for the coming year.
Chairman, Rhys Williams; treasurer and secretary, Wendy Lyons; almoner, John Smith and press officer Peter Dennis.
Former chairman Steve Clark was thanked for founding the branch. Steve remains as a member and a presentation will be made to him at the February meeting.
The branch meets every other month at Mendis, Wisbech, on the first Tuesday at 7pm. For more information see the website: www.fenlandbranch.webs.com
Connie welcomed everyone to Tower Hall. Ann Haines was elected unanimously as president for the coming year and the duties of the new committee were announced.
Connie and Joyce were congratulated and the silver cup was presented to them to share for the most points in the monthly competitions. Janet Kell conducted the raffle and Joan Arnold supervised the December competition, the letter T for trees.
Members enjoyed a festive bring and share buffet supper and gifts from Secret Santa’s sack. There was a special gift for Ken Gravett, acknowledging all the extra help he has given throughout the year.
The evening finished with party games, organised by Ann, Connie and Joan D.
Senior Citizens’ Club
Chairman John Granger welcomed 38 members and gave out birthday cards and gifts to Wally Blazey, Anne Western and Linda Pennicott.
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. Winners were: Marjorie Oxbury and Kath McEwan. Wally sold bingo tickets and did the calling.
Winners were: Marjorie Oxbury, Glad Blazey, Alan Merrison, Margaret Barron, Marian Stannard, Mirium Green and Marjorie Bycroft.
Bowls winners were: Ernie Peachey, Barbara Driver, Alan Merrison and Margaret Merrison. Maisie Bassett and Marian Stannard did refreshments, assisted by helpers.
March Lions were at B&M with Santa and his sleigh. They collected £248.72 to be used in the future for local causes.
The Lions carried out their Santa on Tour on two days through different parts of the town.
One hundred and two members, guests and visitors from Wisbech, Ely and Chatteris, enjoyed a three-course festive meal at the Christmas party.
President Godfrey Smith welcomed everyone and Christopher Bishop gave a Christmas message.
A raffle raised £334 for Home Start Fenland. The evening was rounded off by an hour of music, and mirth, provided by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter, Johnny Dee.
n Owing to pressure of space some Your Fenland reports have been held over to our December 31 edition.