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Chatteris Morning WI

The February meeting started with the usual business and news, taken by vice-president Rosemarie Croucher, in the absence of president Jane Tibbitts.

This was followed by a talk by Karen Coppin on Chiropody and Podiatry. Karen has her practice in March.

The vote of thanks and a donation were given by Rosemarie Croucher. Karen explained that the donation would be going to help rescued dogs, a passion of hers, who needed operations and medical care.

Chatteris Morning WI meet every second Friday of the month at10am at the King Edward Centre, King Edward Road, Chatteris. They also hold regular coffee mornings and lunches. Visitors are also welcome. For more details contact president Mrs Jane Tibbitts on 01354 696810.

Chatteris Women’s Institute

In the absence of the president the February meeting was taken by vice-president, Kathleen Weedon.

She welcomed members and the speaker to the meeting. A minute’s silence was held in memory of former member, Stella Stephenson, who had passed away earlier in February.

The secretary read the minutes of the January meeting and various forthcoming events from the Federation newsletter. Names were taken for the Darts, Dominoes and Scrabble evening in March and the Federation annual meeting in April.

Speaker for the evening was Neil Callan who spoke about the development of the English silver spoon. He brought along a number of silver spoons and gave an amusing and informative talk about the reasons for their different shapes and sizes and how they had changed from Roman times to the present day.

During the refreshment break he judged the competition for an small silver item.

The next meeting is on Thursday, March 12, at 7pm in the King Edward Centre. The speaker will be Ian Mason who will talk about the ‘Ancient Human Occupation of Chatteris’.

Visitors and new members are always welcome. For details contact the secretary, Dorothy, on Chatteris 695664.


100th Club

Treasurer Beatie Kingham welcomed 32 members, including three new members, and one guest to the February meeting in the Reading Room. Apologies were received for 16 members unable to attend, including the chairman.

Beatie welcomed David Edwards, who gave an interesting talk and slide show, entitled A Walk Around Doddington, showing the village as it was in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Angela thanked David and the members showed their appreciation.

Outings were finalised for 2015. Tea, coffee and biscuits were served by the tea committee.

The draw was taken by the secretary, Angela Cutteridge, and the auction of goods donated by Josie Smyth.

The next meeting is on March 19 in the Reading Room at 2pm when Angela Cutteridge will be giving a flower demonstration.


Women’s Institute

Jean Toms welcomed everyone to the monthly meeting held in Elm Community Centre. She was assisted by Marjorie Cotterell, secretary, and Sheila Ward, treasurer.

It was very nice to see Jean and Jeannette back and Jean welcomed the speaker, the Rev Parkinson, who gave an interesting account of his experiences as a chaplin. He was thanked by the president.

Refreshments were served by Trudy, Sally and Sheila. Refreshment co-ordinator was Barbara St. Marjorie dealt with the correspondence.

Flower arrangements were provided by Barbara St for the officers table. Sheila gave an update on finance and gave details of new members fees.

Birthday greetings were given along with pens for Barbara St and Barbara Sm. The competition for something beginning with D was supervised by Nina and judged by the Rev Parkinson. Points: three for Barbara Sm, two for Barbara St and one for Eileen, Jeanette, Nina and Shirley.

Jeanette was in charge of the raffle. Register and press report – Barbara Sm. The next meeting is Monday, March 30, at 7pm.


Senior Citizens’ Club

Chairman John Granger welcomed 40 members and gave a birthday card and gift to Marjorie Oxbury, who will be 90.

The 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: Barbara, Joyce and Hilda Hearn. Wally sold bingo tickets and did the calling. Winners were: Barbara Driver, Barbara Fountain, Alan Merrison, Ray Chapman, Linda Pennicott and Barbara Joyce.

Masie Bassett and Marian Stannard did refreshments, assisted by helpers. The next meeting is today at 2pm.


March Stone Cross WI

The birthday dinner was held in January at Cassanos. The February meeting was held at Fossils Galore where members had a tour and talk about the exhibits.

The next meeting is on Thursday, March 12, at 7pm at Trinity Church Hall, March, when the speaker will be April Hammond on ‘Self Help for Better Medical Care’. New members and visitors always welcome. Refreshments available.

Camera Club

The club held its annual natural history competition for the Roy Tomkins Memorial Trophy on February 19. It attracted a high standard entry of 38 prints and projected images.

Ray Kimberley from the Swavesey Camera Club was the judge. Winner of the trophy was Albert Horton with a colour print entitled Wall Brown Butterfly; joint runners-up were Allan Howe with a colour image of a cormorant taking flight and Mel Harris with a colour print of a grey heron.

Allan Howe, chairman, thanked Ray and complimented him on his knowledge of the various subjects the photographs presented to him.

March Flower Club

Julie Woods will be the demonstrator next Tuesday. Her title will be “From Bud to Bloom and Beyond”. Members meet at Trinity Church Hall at 7pm. Visitors are welcome.

March St Mary Women’s Institute

President Marie welcomed members to the February meeting. Secretary Christine read the minutes, federation letter and dealt with forthcoming events.

Members enjoyed an afternoon of games of whist, bingo and trionimo. Winners were presented with chocolate.

The draw took place, after which members went to a local fish and chip shop for tea.

Points for one item indigo in colour: Joan Mack, 10; Betty Smith, nine; Marie Whittlesea, eight; Christine Wilson, eight; Sue Selby, seven; Edie England, six.

The next meeting is on March 12 when the speaker is Christine Brown on ‘nits to knitting.’ The competition is for one item green in colour.


Newton Gardening Club

The first meeting of the year was the club’s AGM. The chairman welcomed everyone and thanked them for all their hard work.

A preview of the latest DVD of gardening club events was shown, put together by Lynn Wakefield.

Barbara Hobart and Sue Gomm organised the refreshments, Morris Arnold the raffle and Shirley de-Groome a plant and vegetable bring and buy table.

The next meeting will be a talk on begonia growing by Dave Staines of the East Anglian Begonia Society. For more information contact Shirley de-Groome on 01945 870060.


Green Fingers Gardening Club

Gussie opened the meeting by introducing Mark Clingo from MAGPAS and presented him with a cheque for £300 which had been raised by members during the year.

Mark gave a talk on the work of MAGPAS and stressed how important it is to receive donations as this is their only source of income.

Gussie introduced Jack Bennett, who gave a talk on Writers and their Gardens.

David and Yvonne served refreshments and Ronnie and Val did the raffle.

The next meeting is on March 17 when Dr Charles Norton will talk on heathers in Upwell Methodist Hall at 7.30pm.

Ring Gussie on 01945 772586 for more information.


Methodist Chapel

There will be a country market coffee morning at the chapel on Saturday, from 10am to noon, with various stalls selling home-made cakes and preserves, produce, bric a brac, books, etc. Coffee, tea and home-made scones and blueberry muffins will be available all morning.

The service on Sunday will be conducted by Rev David Ely and will start at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Upwell Playing Field Committee

The committee held a very successful Valentine’s Dance at Upwell Hall, with a ploughman’s supper.

Music was provided by local band Sounds Familiar. A raffle was held and all proceeds from the evening will be going into the Pavilion Fund.

The next event is the first of five horse and pony shows, to be held at Upwell Playing Field on Saturday, April 18.

The first class is at 9.30am, judge Natasha Walters.


All Saints’ Church

Vestry Hour is on Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church to arrange weddings, baptisms and banns, etc.

Services this week: 8am Holy Communion and 10.30am Morning Worship, all welcome.

The next coffee morning is on Friday, March 13, at 10am in the community room in the church. Everyone welcome.

Tomorrow (Thursday) ‘Tony G’ is performing in church at 7.30pm. Tickets £5.

Cubs meet at St Peter’s Junior School on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, term-time only.

Beavers meet at the village hall on Thursdays at 6pm, term-time only.


Camera Club

The club held its third league competition with 18 mono prints, 24 colour prints and 37 DPIs for judge, Alan Livingstone.

Mono print top scorers were “Holly” by Nigel Thompson, and “Reflection”, also by Nigel Thompson, both scoring 10.

Colour print top scorers were “Candle in the Wind” by Cliff Marsh and “Stranded Wrack” by Mike Burns, both scoring 10pts.

DPI top scorers were “New Horizon” by Mike Sherman, “Gutweed” by Mike Burns and “Redhead with Feathers” by Andy Gutteridge. A great night featuring some superb images from all members.

University of the Third Age

Guest speaker Sue Stephenson made her second visit to Wisbech U3A, describing in her usual highly amusing way the continuing development of her small holding at Gedney Drove End.

Chairman Tony Homden welcomed two new members.

There will not be a speaker at the March meeting as this will be an open meeting, to which members of the public will be invited, to show the range of activities members are involved in. It will start at 2.30pm at St Peter’s Hall, Wisbech, on March 12.

The next coffee morning at Octavia View will be on the March 20, from 10am to noon.

U3A offers a social and learning experience for retired or semi-retired people. For details about joining see the website www.u3asites.org.uk/wisbech call Joan Keep on 01945 871380, or just come along.

NHS Retirement Fellowship

The February meeting was held in the Rosmini Centre on February 26 and attended by 38 members.

It was opened by the secretary in the absence of the chairman and the minutes of the January meeting were read and signed.

There was a committee meeting on February 17 when it was decided the first outing of the year would be to Bletchley Park on June 10. The destination of the September trip is to be confirmed. Suggestions are welcome.

Speakers for the next year were announced. The speaker for the day was Melanie Murdoch, Home Services Manager from Age UK Cambridgeshire, who explained the many roles of the organisation – ranging from answering queries to providing an advocacy service, a visiting service, a home help service and day centres. They would welcome volunteers for the visiting service and to help in the day centres. Her talk was enjoyed by everyone and she was thanked for a most interesting session.

Tea and biscuits were served and the raffle drawn.

The fellowship welcomes new members. It meets on the last Wednesday of the month at the Rosmini Centre Wisbech at 1.30pm. Anyone who has worked in the NHS in any capacity is welcome. If you are interested phone Jenny on 01945 860589.

Whirly Birds

At the February meeting Bill Smith showed films from the local area and anecdotes from the 1950s and 1960s.A meal was arranged for March 4 at the Black Bear.

The next meeting will be on March 18 at the Salvation Army hall at 2pm when Ann Purt will demonstrate Easter flower arrangements.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church

Services: Sunday 8am Holy Communion, 10am Sung Mass. Family Mass is the fourth Sunday of every month which will include the 8am Communion service.

Weekday Mass 8am Monday, Friday and Saturday, Wednesday 11am Adoration noon Mass, Thursday prayers for healing 9 15am, healing Mass 10am, the prayer circle is at 10am on Wednesdays, Friday 5pm confessions.

All are welcome to any or all of these. During the winter months Vestry Hour will be every second Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm, at St Peter’s Lodge, Love Lane, to arrange weddings, baptisms and banns.

n You can email reports of your meetings to news@fenlandcitizen.co.uk Please ensure they arrive by 9am on Friday. You can also post them to the Citizen at Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1HL. Please ensure posted items arrive by Thursday.

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