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Friendship Club: The meeting began with members reading cards and looking at photographs that are training to be guide dogs and which visited at the last meeting.

There are still a few spare places for the Wroxham outing on July 7. The coach will be leaving Elm at 9am and the Horsefair at 9.15am. Please ring Betty on 01945 589784 or Gladys on 01945 582762.

Other club issues were discussed and the meeting continued with bingo. Winners were: Stella 3, Vera 1, Betty 3, Elaine 2, Loise 1, Coral 2, Gladys 1, Sylvia 1, Margaret 1, Peggy 2.

Caller for bingo was Colleen and refreshments were served by Peggy and Stella. The weekly raffle was organised by Betty.

As it is the outing on June 7 the next meeting will be on June 21 starting at 1.30pm when there will be an auction.


St Mark’s Church: More than 50 stalls have been booked for a yard sale event in Friday Bridge and Elm over the weekend of June 4/5.


Village Gardening Club. Outing to Stody Lodge near Holt. Members enjoyed the trip to see the Lodge’s large collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, together with acers, conifers and the Japanese Water Gardens. Unfortunately, several of the maturer rhododendron specimens had been damaged by the two recent bad winters and had to be severely pruned. Most of the members took advantage of the tea and cakes sold for Arthritis Research. Thanks to Nigel Wakefield for driving the minibus. For details about the club Shirley de-Groome 01945-870060.


Fenlands Church: On May 22, Paul Chapman spoke about ‘Being Real and Staying Real’. During morning services children have their own groups. The evening was the annual meeting with tea and worship.

On May 21 there was a Ladies Breakfast led by Margaret Gerrard. Fiona Castle, the wife of the late Roy Castle, will be speaking for a Ladies Breakfast at Bedford Hall in Thorney on June 4 at 8.45am. If Ladies from any other church group are interested in hearing her speak, call 01945 420297.

Wednesday is a busy day at the Church Centre with ‘Coffee and Chat’ from 10.30am to 1pm. Play and Chat for mothers and toddlers is from 1.30pm to 3pm in the Welbrook Hall (except school holidays).

Almost every Wednesday there is bible study in either the Church or House Groups from 7.30pm to 9pm. Check with your local contact or see the Church programme.

There will be special Sunday events on June 19 and July 3 and 10, as part of the summer programme.

Plans are in hand for the next children’s holiday club from July 25-29.

For information about the future ‘Alpha Course’ or other activities email: FenlandsChurch@talktalk.net visit our website: www.fenlandschurch.co.uk or call 01945-420297.


Women’s Institute: At the May meeting held in the Community Centre members were welcomed by president Valerie Ware.

She introduced demonstrator Ann Purt who showed everyone how do a floral arrangement and members were then able to do one for themselves. Mrs Purt was thanked by Ann Balls.

A birthday handkerchief was presented to Linda Cragg and the Flower Cup to Mollie Rollins who had gained the most points during the year.

Arrangements were made for members who wished to attend the group meeting at Parson Drove and the WI outing will be to Hampton Court in August.

The monthly competition was for a flower arrangement in a cup and saucer and the flower competition was also held.

The two resolutions to be voted on at the annual general meeting in June were discussed, Barbara Tinsley will be the delegate at the meeting.


Parish Council: Held its AGM and full council meeting. As the first meeting after the elections, the first business of the AGM was to elect a new chairman. Mrs Prue Lester took the reins from the retiring chair, Neil Morgan. The AGM saw the structure of council committees discussed and the internal auditor appointed. New members were welcomed and thanks for the huge contribution he had made the council and to the community were given to Mr Morgan who stood down at the elections.

At the ordinary meeting, members heard that PCSO Steve Ross was returning to his responsibilities in Upwell.

Parish Council: Members voted to co-opt Chris Robinson on to the council. Following the elections on May 5 only 12 residents stood for the 13 seats.

A letter from Richard Merrison was received in answer to requests for information about the history of the railings along Town Street. The letter was full of memories from the time when the fence was installed in 1956. Mr Morrison remembers the works being carried out by his grandfather Joe Gissing who was a steam roller driver and foreman of the mobile road gang working out of the Barton Road depot (part of the then Isle of Ely Highways department). The Council is to ask if the letter could be reproduced in the council newsletter.

The next meeting of the Council is June 6 at 7.30pm in Upwell village hall. Meetings are open to the public.


Rotary Club: On May 13 club held a charity concert at the Trinity Methodist Church, Wisbech. The proceeds going to “Hope and Homes for Children” which works with children, their families and communities across Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. The audience were entertained by four different groups of musicians from Wisbech Grammar School comprising of the school chamber choir, a steel pan quartet, a string ensemble and brass ensemble. Other entertainment was supplied by Keith Aplin singing folk songs, Mary Conway and the Cockney Sparrows singing London cockney songs and supporting acts provided by Rotary members.

Thanks to all who helped or performed during the evening, especially the school. It is hoped the concert will raise over £600.

Talking Newspaper: Members manned the charity stall in Wisbech on Saturday May 7. In a mixture of sunshine and showers there was a steady flow of customers. A total of £200 was raised and the newspaper is grateful for the support of the community.

The Talking Newspaper produces three monthly tapes or CDs, two reporting news and the other a variety of items provided by a number of readers. Anyone interested in receiving any, or all of the recordings should contact secretary Barbara Terry Tel 01945 773805.

Whirly Birds: At the May meeting Susan Reid talked about the benefits of the Alexander technique.

Afetr refreshments members discussed changes which could be made to improve the National Health Service.

A meal was arranged at the Fenland Restaurant in Wisbech on June 1. The next meeting is on June 15 when Brian Jones will be the speaker.