What’s happening in Fenland
Chatteris Rotary Club
On March 30, Nilesh Patel came and spoke to us about his work at the Sue Ryder home in Peterborough. He gave a powerpoint show of the new buildings that are due to open this summer and of various fundraising activities that support such a scheme.
During the evening the 25 members and guests held a raffle and the proceeds were presented to Nilesh by club president Donald Ashmore at the end of the evening (photo attached if wanted).
On April 20, members attended Chatteris museum for a preview of a forthcoming exhibition there on the ‘Ancient Human Occupation of Chatteris’. One of the oldest flint tools ever discovered was found in Chatteris and has been dated to about 780,000 years ago! There was a replica of a bronze sword that was 3,500 years old, which was also found close by. The talk was followed by a meal in the Bricstan Room.
On Monday, the club held its annual Charter Night Dinner at the Cross Keys in Chatteris, and welcomed the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Victor Lucas, as its guest of honour.
Chatteris British Legion Women’s Section
The group celebrated Easter at the April meeting, when the competition for ‘an Easter bonnet’ was won by Betty Howlett with Janet Chapman second.
Members enjoyed a Beetle Drive, after formal business agreed voting for several motions to be debated at the RBL Women’s Section annual conference in Bournemouth.
Members were informed that £425 was raised by the Easter raffle, which was drawn by Gloria and Tina of The Old Bakery Tea-Rooms & Restaurant, Chatteris.
Funds raised by the branch are for the Women’s Section Benevolent Fund, providing care and support to the Armed Forces community. Winner of the 1st prize was Paul Fisher (Slow cooker and Easter hamper), 2nd Martin Hill (Easter egg hamper), 3rd Angie Adams (bottles hamper). There were 17 other prizes.
After welcoming the members, the Chairman presented a review of the year’s activities and a report on behalf of the Treasurer. Following this, it was proposed that the same committee be
re-elected for 2015-16. This was agreed unanimously.
Following the coffee break, the members enjoyed a talk by Chris Dingley from Collective Legal Solutions entitled “Tax, Care and Toy Boys!” This was most informative, particularly regarding financial planning in later years. This included advice on wills, powers of attorney and family trusts.
On July 16 Chatteris U3A will be having a talk by ‘TroopAid’; a charity which supplies kits to our troops who have been injured in combat and lost all their personal belongings. It would be wonderful to see as many people as possible attending to hear about this most worthy cause. Please note your diaries.
The next general meeting will be held on Thursday 21st May, at 10am at the King Edward Centre, when the speaker will be David Palmer talking about auctioneering. New members are most welcome.
Pleas contact the Membership Secretary on 0771 6858286 or www.u3asites.org.uk/Chatteris for further information.
Royal British Legion
VE Day Afternoon Tea will be held on May 9, 2-4pm, Conservative Club, Chatteris, all welcome, prices from £3 which provides tea, sandwiches & desert. This will be followed by a VE Day Evening Party, Conservative Club, Chatteris. 7 PM. Live music, dancing and a singalong. All welcome. Adults £3, Children £1. Proceeds from both events to the Poppy Appeal. Chatteris Branch RBL Social Evening and Quiz Night on May 11. All welcome at the Working Men’s Club, Chatteris, eyes down 7:30 PM.
The Branch has been awarded the Lister Cup Runner Up Certificate of Merit in the RBL 2014/15 National Awards, again not bad considering our size. This follows on from us winning the Cambs County Efficiency award back in January, based on all our activities and initiatives. Chairman, Norman Larke will collect the award at the National RBL conference next month.
Bring along your knitting, crochet, embroidery or whatever craft project you are working on to the The Three Tuns on Fridays from 10am-noon.
Winners of the All Saints Church 200 Club are: Mrs S Rhodes and Mrs G Ingle. They have won £6 each.
The Fenland & District Coeliac Group would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported members with their attendance to ensure a successful outcome for these events, and hopefully for their continued support at our planned events during the rest of the year. A great evening was had by all who attended the Bingo at Whittlesey Conservative Club, with many shops and individuals providing us with the prizes for this event, 20 places were booked for a meal at The George at Stamford in March again all places were taken and a lovely meal was had by all, 40 people had a lovely Afternoon Tea in March, Royal Exchange Tea Parlour and 32 people our largest number yet attended a Fish and Chip Night in Market Deeping. Here is a list of our future planned events:- Saturday 16th May, Coffee Morning incorporating with this will be a mini food fair with Voakes Pies, Glutafin (with Ayshea doing a cookery demonstration with samples to taste afterwards), Sensitive Souls, Giant
Cookie Company, Becky’s Cakes, come on down and purchase some of these products. Tombola will also be held along with refreshments on sale. The annual meeting takes place also on this day. This is being held at St. John Ambulance Hall, Whittlesey PE7 1LT from 9.30am until 4.30pm with the AGM between 1pm and 3pm. Further details on this event please call Kim Jackson on 01733 351419.New venue for this event Leverington Village Hall, Gorefield Road PE13 5AS. Saturday 30th May 9.30am until 12.30pm a Coffee morning with Becky’s Cakes again in attendance, refreshments and tombola. Also attending will be The Ship Inn from Brandon Creek near Southery, Downham Market, who have received rave reviews for their Gluton free menu and especially their range of pie dishes, they will be doing a pastry demonstration during the morning. Further details for this event please call John Buffham on 01733760325. Saturday 20th June yet another new venue for this coffee morning, Derby & Joan Hall, South Street, Bourne PE10 9LY form 10.30am until 12.30 pm a tombola, a cookery demonstration by Anna from Juvela, Becky’s cakes will also be sold on the day. For details of this event please call Irene Henson on 01733208368.Further events in the planning are 3 course lunch at The Ship Inn, Fish and Chip night both in September. Food Fair in October, Christmas meal at The George, plus three more coffee mornings details to follow.
Family History Society
FENLAND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Our team of experienced researchers from the Fenland Family History Society will be in Wisbech Library on Tuesday 5th May from 10 – 12 noon for our monthly COMPUTER RESEARCH SESSION. The team aim to help anyone dropping into the session with their family research, your family do not have to come from this area. Last month we helped two different people searching for a lost parent. We use all the library facilities to help beginners and also try to help others progress with their research. All help is FREE. If you are unable to attend on a Tuesday please call us on 01945 587723 and we will try to make another date to meet you.
In addition a small team of family historians will also be present in Wyevale Garden Centre in Crowland on the second Tuesday of the month that is Tuesday 12th May offering help with family research. You will find them in the restaurant from 11am onwards. Further information call 01945 587723.
Fenland Stamp Club
The last meeting of the season for members of the Fenland Stamp Club will take place on Thursday 30th. April at 7.30pm when the annual meeting will be held with reports from the Officers and the programme for next season will be decided. The group hopes to have a good turnout and after members are expected to show X, Y or Z.
Our meeting place is the Upper Parlour of the Methodist Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech
Cambs. PE13 1BL. We hope to start again on Thursday 10th. September.
National Service Royal Air Force Association
The Fenland branch of the National Service RAF Association held its monthly meeting at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March, on Monday last week at 10am. Members were informed about trips that can be arranged if enough people are interested. William Churchill, a member, gave an account of his two years national service spent as a fireman camp and also as a Royal Protection Firefighter in the RAF. He was thanked by Graham. Next meeting is Monday, May 18, when Ray Grint will be the speaker. New members welcome. Contact Graham Wesley on 01354 657686
March Family History Society – At the April meeting Maureen James gave an interesting talk and presentation on Cambridgeshire Folk Tales. She started by explaining how folk tales were told by being handed down by word of mouth. The stories evolved, bits were added where they fitted and many were attributed to local people and places.
Stories were told anywhere that people gathered, while working in the fields, mothers to try to keep children in bed, men whilst drinking in the ale houses and women whilst spinning – hence ‘spinning a yarn’. Tales were taught about community transgressions and exploits, beliefs and superstitions spread.
Next meeting: Tuesday 5th May, March Library 7pm – Tom Doig ‘Farming with Steam’. All welcome.
Ron Bateman, founder of the auction, will be the speaker at the Museum evening on Friday, May 8 at St Peter’s Church Hall, March. With a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and over 40 years in the antiques trade, Mr Bateman is the Senior Valuer and Director of the renown Stamford firm. He has a wide interest in fine paintings and prints, books, clocks, object’art and pre-18th century furniture as well as portrait miniatures and items of unusual architectural interest. He will be talking about the auction house, what it is like to work there, possibly a few anecdotes about interesting or unusual items they have seen and then may either value and talk about items brought in by the audience or may bring a few things of interest himself.
This promised to be a very interesting and popular evening starting at 7.30 pm, admission is £3.00 per person (members £2.00) including refreshments.
March Probus Club
Thirty-seven members were present at Tuesday’s meeting of the club and menus were distributed for the luncheon in June. Members are looking forward to the ‘Mississippi’ boat trip on 12th June and to the Oysters and Apples outing in July. The members then enjoyed a talk given by Mr David Wright who has recently retired after working for the Ambulance Service for 35 years. As a keen sportsman he became very interested in sports related injuries and their treatment and pursued this interest by joining the Chatteris branch of the St. John Ambulance . His interest grew and after working in local government for six and a half years he entered the Ambulance Service as a full time worker. Mr Wright gave an account not only of his career, the various stages and training through to his becoming a member of the Rapid Response Unit, but also of the work carried out by the Service. A question and answer session brought the talk to a close and Mr Wright was thanked by the chairman for what had proved to be a most interesting morning. The date of the next meeting is Tuesday 5th May when the speaker will be Mr Steven Barclay. MP.
MARCH WILDLIFE GROUP
March Wildlife Group has arranged its seasonal guided walk round Gault Wood, Grange Rd. March. (near the golf course) on Sunday, May 10, at 2.30p.m. Meet in the car park. Everyone is welcome and it is free.
March St Mary
The president opened the April meeting after the singing of Jerusalem. The minutes were read and signed. The afternoon’s speaker was Karen Mucklin, who came and showed members a range of exercises. She gave tips on keeping healthy with good diet and walking. Christine thanked Karen for coming making it a fun afternoon. Tea and refreshments were served. A quiz, arranged by Sue, was won by Betty Smith. Points awarded in the competition for one blue item were: 10 points, Marie Whittlsea, Christine Wilson, Eileen Ransome, Sue Selby; nine points, Joyce Henchman, Betty Smith, Barbara White; eight points, Edie England and Joan Mack. The draw was organised by Betty Smith. Next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14, when Claire Ashmead will give a talk on The Queen’s Shoes. The social half-hour is entitled Mega Hoy. The competition is for one item in yellow.
Tydd St Mary
The club held their fortnightly meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday. Chairman David Beeton welcomed 22 members and after the club hymn birthday greetings members were reminded of the outings booked to date; the first of which is an outing to the Village Inn Carvery at Little Melton on May 28.
Members were also reminded that they will meet next on Wednesday, May 6, because the Hall will not be available on the Thursday (General Election Day).
Games of cards and bingo were played, caller for the bingo being Mavis Giggins. A raffle, organised by Ralph Gore, was drawn. Winners were Marilyn Dawson, Edna Payne and Millie Curson.
Lucky squares was organised by Edna Payne. Winners were; Doris Chandler, Neville Barnes x (2) & Edna Payne.
Goods donated by members were auctioned by David, assisted by Shirley Spring, the funds raised going to support the club. Many thanks to those who brought goods for sale and for those who purchased them.
Anyone interested in joining the club should contact a member or ring David on 01945 420654.
Green Fingers Gardening Club
Chairman, Gussie, opened the meeting and welcomed Joe Sharman form Monksilver Nurseries. Unfortunately, the attendance was rather low mainly due to several of the members being on holiday. This was a pity as Joe gave an excellent talk and slideshow on Spring and Summer Colour in the Garden. He followed this with a very good question and answer session. He also brought a large selection of plants to sell. It was very enjoyable.
Yvonne and David served the refreshments and Dora and Daisy did the raffle. Dora also oversaw the monthly competition. Gussie gave out the announcements. At the May meeting, the speaker will be Barry Gayton on wildflowers in Britain. There will also be a photograph competition. This will be on May 19 at Upwell Methodist Hall as usual.
If you are interested come along for a visit. This will be free and may encourage you to join as a member. For more information call Gussie on 01945 772586.
All Saints’ Church
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 Holy Communion. All Welcome
The next coffee morning is on Friday, May 8, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome .
Cubs meet at St Peters Junior School On Wednesdays at 6.30pm term time only
Beavers meet at The Village hall on Thursdays at 6pm term time only.
WISBECH 3rd Wisbech Scouts and Guides
A coffee morning will be held at The Robert Hall Centre, St. Augustine’s Road, Wisbech. on Saturday, May 9, at 10am-1pm. The event will be raising money for the centre funds, which is home to 3rd Wisbech Scouts and Guides. Coffee and cakes, tombola and limited edition shoppers for sale.
In the last week Wisbech Camera Club has won two major competitions, the North Anglian Challenge Trophy against 4 other clubs and the prestigious Brotherhoods Cup against 14 other clubs.
The scores were North Anglian Challenge Trophy , Wisbech 127 pts, Kings Lynn 114.5 pts, Brancaster 113.5 pts, Hunstanton 108.5 pts, Heacham 99.5 pts
Brotherhoods Cup, 1st place - Wisbech 141 pts, 2nd - Deeping 133 pts , joint 3rd - North Norfolk PS/Bedford 131 pts.
A fantastic achievement for Wisbech Camera Club
Wisbech St. Peter and St. Pauls church
Services are: Sunday - 8am Holy Communion except every fourth Sunday, 10am Sung Mass, Family Service every Fourth Sunday; Monday -8am Mass; Wednesday -11am Adoration, 12pm Mass; Thursday - 9 15am Prayers for healing, 10am Healing Mass; Friday - 8am Mass, 5pm Confessions; Saturday - 9am Mass.From May vestry hour will be every Wednesday between 6 and 7 at St. Peters Lodge Love Lane.