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ll through this terrible weather and harrowing pictures of flooded fields and houses on the television, I have wondered why the media did not flock to Fenland to ask us, the water management experts, how we manage to live mainly below sea level and manage our water so that we don’t flood. I’ve had well meaning friends from other areas phone me and say that they feel so sorry for me living where I do to which I have had to reply, we are good at water, we know how to cope with excess and indeed on the hundred foot washes we take the Midlands water as well. In fact I’ve been there today, to meet the RSPB and look out across the deliberately flooded washes towards Ely Cathedral and watch the waterfowl bobbing around on the waves. And not for the first time I have thought, what a wonderful place this is to live, dramatic landscape, a sky that touches the ground or so it seems sometimes and really wonderful wildlife. BBC Countryfile keep asking for suggestions as to where they should film next – let’s all write to them and tell them Fenland is of course where they can come and learn how to manage water and wildlife in an area that is only 80 miles from London and Birmingham. We are an undiscovered gem – or maybe we just want to keep it that way! * If you fancy contacting Countryfile – the email is countryfile@bbc. or you can write to Countryfile BBC Broadcasting House Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR > Front cover by Rob Morris

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As part of my grassroots sports funding campaign I recently held a very productive meeting with Cllr Will Sutton and David Cole of March Amateur Boxing Club, Bob Williams of Box Cleva and Mark Abberley, the Chief Executive of the Amateur Boxing Association of England, in Parliament to discuss issues surrounding the lack of funding received by March Boxing Club. Following the meeting the Chief Executive of the Amateur Boxing Association has committed to visiting the March Club and supporting a bid for funding. I have also arranged a meeting with Sport England and the Amateur Swimming Association to discuss the lack of funding for the March Marlins Swimming Club. Having visited the club, I saw first-hand what a great job the coaches do. With 220 members including 12 county level swimmers, and over 70 in the pool training on the night I was there, the club is a success story that the whole community should be proud of. I am supporting the club in their desire for more hours in the pool locally, and hope this will be looked at constructively in the coming weeks.

At a time when household budgets are tight the free paint given to community groups and the discounted prices for members of the public is a great local asset

it is pleasing to hear that 6 new fibre broadband cabinets went live in March during December 2013 and January 2014 as part of the Connecting Cambridgeshire Scheme. It is time that people in rural areas were able to enjoy a reliable broadband connection – in many cases their businesses and livelihoods are dependent on it. March County Councils deserve praise for ensuring the roll out of superfast broadband here before most other areas of the country. I am delighted to be lending my support to The Silver Line national helpline, as well as Age UK Cambridgeshire’s ‘Wrap Around Winter’ campaign. Both services offer older and lonely members of the community information and advice to give them a helping hand and companionship this winter. It is vitally important that older people who have made valuable contributions to our country and communities have the support and companionship they deserve in their older years. Call the Silver Line on 0800 470 80 90 or Age UK Cambridgeshire on 0300 6669860 for more information. I continue to campaign for better value for money in government spending, which including unearthing details of huge payoffs for NHS bosses – some of whom never actually left the NHS – covered recently as the front page lead story in The Times. I also recently met with the Secretary of State for Health to push for the better allocation of funding for local GPs which remains an issue.

Another local success story is the recycling of paint, which members of the public can access at the new premises of the Community RePaint scheme on Commercial Road in March. It was a pleasure to open their new site, and at a time when household budgets are tight the free paint given to community groups and the discounted prices for members of the public is a great local asset. It is also good for the environment too that paint which previously would be disposed of as waste in now recycled. For more information email admin@ or visit More and more of us now use the internet. So

It is vitally important that older people who have made valuable contributions to our country and communities have the support and companionship they deserve in their older years

To find out more about my work in Parliament and campaigns locally, or to let me know your views, please visit my website at www.stevebarclay. net. Alternatively you can follow me on twitter at @stevebarclaymp or like me on facebook at 6

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Celebrating 15 years in business! March Podiatry Practice was started in March 1999, by Podiatrist SarahJane Hooper, since then the practice has grown considerably. We are pleased to celebrate our 15 years in business with an Open Day at our new clinic, located at 47 - 49 High Street, March, PE15 9JJ, on Saturday 22nd March 2014 from 9am to 1pm.

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We are all very excited about our new clinic and are looking forward to giving you the chance to have a look around. We will have special offers available on the day and members of the team will be available to talk to you, so they can answer questions you may have about the vast range of treatments now available, to see if they can help you. We hope to have Yoga and Tai Chi taster sessions if you wanted to give these a try. Now we have larger premises we offer a full range of Chiropody for all of your foot problems,

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March Chamber – Can your business afford to miss out? We’d like to answer the six questions all local businesses should be asking about March Chamber of Commerce:1. Who are we? The Chamber is made up of representatives from businesses based in and around March. Our members include those from newly established businesses to the oldest and largest companies operating on our high street and in our town. 2. What do we do? The Chamber is here to promote every business in town. We intend to explore every avenue to find the best ways to achieve this aim. The Chamber is currently looking at setting up a directory website to include all the retail, wholesale and service businesses in town so that the people of March (and those further afield) can be made aware of what the town has to offer. We are actively involved in the organisation of the St Georges Fayre which brings approximately 10,000 people into the town centre. This event presents an ideal opportunity, we feel, for the businesses in town to let people know what they can offer. 3. When do we meet? The Chamber meets on the second Monday of each month. 4. Where do we meet? Please contact the Chamber President Nigel Coley on 01354 653393 or via email for details of where our next meeting will be held. 5. Why do we do it? Put at its most simple we want March to prosper and grow! The members of the Chamber are passionate about getting and keeping people supporting businesses in March. We believe that our meetings are also a great way to meet fellow business people to share ideas and experiences. Put at its most simple we want March to prosper and grow! It is our intention that every single person in March thinks about any purchase or service “can I get that in March?” 6. Can my business afford not to be involved? We know the answer to this is NO! If you want to be part of this vibrant group who want to see your town and its businesses prosper and grow then come and join us! 10

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You are likely to see some variations of this email, as it is easy for fraudsters to amend the details and continue targeting people. BCRC’s cyber security specialist said “the email is difficult to block as the subject headers change frequently.” He also said: “Provoking a panicked, impulse reaction has become a very common scam technique for cyber criminals. Opening the attachment allows the criminal to spy on the victim, use their computer to commit crime, or steal personal and financial information. Always be careful with suspicious emails, do not click on a hyperlink or a .exe file unless you are sure the sender is genuine. To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report online at http://www.


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t has been estimated that one in three people die without making a Will. Most of us don’t like to think about what will happen when we die, but making a Will could be the best thing we can do for our loved ones. It can give them certainty that they are doing what you would have wanted at one of the most difficult times they will face. By making your Will you are giving your instructions as to what you want to happen with your property and belongings. Some people will say that they don’t have enough money to worry about making a Will or that their family know their wishes about how their assets are to be divided amongst the family. Unfortunately if you don’t make a Will then the law will dictate who will benefit from your estate. These days, where cohabitation and merged families are more commonplace, these strict rules of intestacy may not deal with your estate in the way you would wish. For instance: • If an unmarried couple are living together in a property which is owned by just one of them and the property owner dies their partner could find themselves homeless; • Where a married couple have children from previous relationships, their spouse could inherit everything and their biological children may receive no part of their estate; • Biological children and step-children are treated differently under the law even if you consider them all to be your children. It is easy for step-children to be disinherited where there is no Will.

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Pet’s Corner

By Best Friends Veterinary Group, 3 Upwell Road, March

PE15 9DT

Pet Insurance – Getting the Best Deal for You & Your Pet As pet owners we never want to have to make a decision on treatment for our furry family members based on cost, we want to do what is going to be best for them. However this can often be expensive, for example a broken leg can cost over £2,000 to fix, or a lifelong condition such as diabetes or a heart problem cost over £60 per month for treatment.

an ongoing illness, and will the policy cover your pet’s treatment for life? Furthermore, if your pet is unlucky enough to suffer from multiple unrelated conditions

if you don’t know to ask the right questions you could have a nasty surprise when you come to claim

For many of us these kinds of costs would be difficult to cope with (and they certainly put our own free healthcare in perspective), however sometimes families have no alternative but to make heartbreaking decisions about their pets, that they would otherwise not choose because of the financial implications. This is where pet insurance comes in and is why Vets tend to encourage you to have your pet covered. But beware, not all pet insurance is equal and if you don’t know to ask the right questions you could have a nasty surprise when you come to claim. The cost of pet insurance will obviously vary dependant on the type of pet you have, as well as things like its’ breed and age. Much like car insurance, the range of things covered by pet insurance can also differ, making a policy that looked like a good deal based on it’s cost per month, a bad deal when for example your pets emergency treatment costs £2,000, but the policy limit (even for an accident) is a lot lower than this.

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in the same year, will you be able to claim on each separately. Ask if the policies claim limits apply to each unrelated condition and if they recharge every year? You should also ask what the excess for any policy would be, as most Vets will need this paid at time of treatment. Pet insurance is a great way to protect you and your pet from the unforeseen future, ensuring that the funds are available to treat them should they need it. Most local Vets will be more than happy to advise you on a quality pet insurance provider so call or pop in for a chat.

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Matters We bring you items of interest for your home and community.

If there is something you’d like us to cover or you have something to say please get in touch at: Discovering March, Benwick Road, Ind. Est, Benwick Road, Whittlesey, PE7 2HD

The New Horizon Bus will be at the locations below for the public to talk to their council representatives and the police in the run up to the next Rural Forum In April. The public will be encouraged to complete community questionnaires which will go forward to the forum day and help to set the next Rural priorities in April. Monday 24th March between 8.30-12pm in Addison Road Wimblington. 1-5pm The George public house forecourt Doddington. Tuesday 25th March between 8.30-11.30 in High Street Benwick. You are also invited to the Rural Forum which will be held on Monday 7th April 2014 in Benwick Village Hall between 7-7.30pm more details in next month's Discovering March 32

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Fenzone Youth Council

Set up seven years ago as part of Young People March (YPM), Fenzone Youth Council (FYC) provides an opportunity for young people in March to become decision makers for all young people in the area. Anyone aged 11-25 can join the council which currently has 11 members who meet every 4-6 weeks. A member since the beginning, Vice Chair Charlie Manders further explained why the council was formed and what kinds of issues are discussed at meetings “The council was set up because we wanted to get young people involved in the YPM centre and to help young people around the community. “There had been a lot of slating of young people and the centre, so the council was a way to show young people are good and that they can help the community. “At meetings we discuss how we can keep the centre up and running, how we can help the community, things we can do to get a more positive reputation for young people and the centre, and how we can attract new people to join the council or visit the centre.” Chairwoman Lauren Goode explained how the council helps the YPM centre “Everything the council does is all based around YPM and it is all about young people and volunteers coming together to organise activities and events, and deciding what happens to the money. “We‘ve also arranged coffee mornings, fun days, organised trips and recently started an internet cafe for the over 50’s which allows young people to gain work skills through volunteering while teaching the over 50’s basic IT skills.” If you’re interested in joining the council vice chair Charlie Manders explained how you can “They can come into the YPM centre and they’d be advised on how they can get involved, most of those who join do so by asking existing members, and we explain to them what we do and try to make it sound as appealing as possible. “Once they’ve joined we make them feel part of the team, we have team building exercises and try and make it a positive experience.” For more information on Fenzone Youth Council and the Young People March centre, visit or call 01354 650645

Do something special… Become a Foster Carer Cambridgeshire County Council needs more foster families to help transform lives and meet the needs of local children and young people. Although the service has seen an increase in enquiries they still need to encourage more people to make that call and consider fostering. People become Foster Carer because they want to give children and young people a home for as long as they needed it. There are so many positive changes that a families love and commitment can make and anyone who has a caring nature should consider fostering. Every child is different so we need different Foster Carers. If you have a spare room and can offer stability, security and the positive experience of a loving family then we want to hear from you. You might be: • Married, in a civil partnership, single or living with a partner • From an ethnic background

• In work, unemployed or retired Recruiting local people will mean that children and young people can live in their own community, continue to attend the same school and maintain contact with their family and friends. In return we offer generous allowances including a start up package, 24 hour support and full training. Call our freephone number on 0800 052 0078 or email

Orchard Windfalls 2014 now open The Tree Council has funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned orchard planting projects during National Tree Week, 29 November to 7 December 2014. Schools and community groups are eligible for funding, but must meet to the following criteria: Children under the age of 16 must be actively involved in the planting process. Planting must take place on publicly accessible land, usually in public or charity ownership. The School or Community Group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs. Apple and pear trees on selected root stocks are the only trees eligible for funding. Planting must take place during National Tree Week. The fund is open to projects where the total tree planting costs are between £100 and £700. Eligible costs include the cost of the trees and any reasonable cost of necessary supports and aids: stakes, ties, guards, fertiliser, mulch and soil amelioration (where conditions make this appropriate). The project costs should total at least £100 in order for the application to be eligible for consideration. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2014.To find out more, please visit

Bogus Trading Standards Officer by Graham Whitby (Police Liaison Officer, Rogue Traders, Cambridgeshire) Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is warning people to be extra vigilant after a resident was asked to hand over thousands of pounds to doorstep scammers claiming to be Trading Standards officers. On this occasion no money was handed over. The bogus Trading Standards Officer told the individual, who cannot be named, but lives in the Cambridge area, that the money was needed so that they could release compensation awarded by the courts following the prosecution of offenders from an earlier scam which occurred at their home. Genuine Trading Standards officers would never act like this and would never ask residents to pay money for the services they provide. All officers carry official identification which you can check. If you think you have been a victim of a Rogue Trader, please report this by contacting Cambs Police on 101 or Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0845 4040506

In partnership with Ely Foodbank, who come under the Trussell Trust, a Foodbank has been opened in March. The Foodbank currently distributes food to local people in crisis on Tuesdays (1-2.30pm) from Powerhouse Church. Clients need to obtain a voucher before collecting food. People can donate food at collection points in Sainsbury and Iceland stores. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with Foodbank March 2014 Discovering 33 in any way. please contact Barbara Taylor at



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Philip Hawkins (Head of Conveyancing)

Dack Pearson Solicitors

Legal Corner

Advice from the experts

Are you buying a house jointly with someone else? It is essential that you should give some thought to what will happen in the future, whether you are buying as a married couple or as partners. Whatever your own individual circumstances you will need to consider what may happen when your present relationship ends whether by death, separation, divorce or other cause. If you are buying property jointly there are two types of ownership you should consider:-

“Beneficial Joint Tenants” Means that you will own the property in equal shares, and that on death of either of you, the property will become the sole property of the survivor. This is the usual basis for those buying as husband and wife and especially as first time marriages. “Tenants in Common” If you buy on this basis it means that you

own the property in specified shares (which may well still be equally). In the event of the death of a joint owner the share of that partner will not transfer to the other partner automatically and instead forms part of that partner’s estate and will be dealt with by his or her will. Married and unmarried couples should also think about how much of the deposit each partner is putting up for the purchase and how best to preserve this if a breakup were to occur. The courts have considerable discression when making decisions over houses within divorce proceedings and take into consideration child welfare. If you have any doubts as to your own position please ask our conveyancing team for advice.

The right advice now can help to avoid problems in the future.

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On the waterfront Trevor Beavis sings the praises of March’s waterside


ne of the pleasing things about March is the riverside vicinity. The old course of the River Nene (not to be confused with Wisbech’s tidal Nene) meanders between high banks through the town centre and has charming riverside walks, Nene Parade and West End. The thatched Ship Inn, dating from around 1700, is frequented by water people who tie narrow boats and cruisers to convenient wharfs. Several cottages go back to the eighteenth century and the Ship had a dungeon for drunks! It has interesting timber beams. West End on the opposite side of the bridge is different. The walkway is at least a mile long, the river banks well treed and laid out with lovely gardens, a pleasant feature for watermen cruising from far away, Bedford and even Leeds for instance. Several buildings date from the seventeenth century, some with Barnack stone probably obtained from the dissolved abbey at Thorney. A March Churchwarden recorded that a ‘ man and a boy’ presumably with a horse and a tumbril, received a few pence for fetching material from the Abbey, principally to repair St Wendreda’s Church. I think some found its way to West End! Billy Barker, a bargeman at March, plied his craft along the river. In the mid nineteenth century he joined the gold rush to American and Canada.


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This March native is said by Canadians to have founded British Columbia. Barkerville is named after him. He became a wealthy man but died a pauper. Flanking the river, the magnificent park, the envy of other towns, came into being about fifty years ago. A March Councillor and the writer queried the state of a field between Gaul Road and the abysmal river. Following an article in a local newspaper, the field was purchased and transformed into the present park.. Almost certainly, the field would have attracted speculators and builders and march would have lost the great asset it now has. River users are amply provided for and are merely a stone’s throw from March Town shopping centre. There is a well used Marina. What better can you have than that? The old Nene once gave access to Whittlesey Mere, southern England’s largest fresh water lake. The river was March’s principal highway to Cambridge and Ely and the town’s fisherman attended numerous fisheries along its length, catching mainly eels which are a form of payment to the Bishop’s of Ely in centuries gone by. The Nene is still a useful asset to March and belies its location in the Fens. Visitors compare it to a Thameside environment. That says it all.

The Middle Level Watermen's Club -

over fifty years old but still sailing on with new ventures When the Middle Level Waterman's Club was founded back in 1963, the waterways had fallen into neglect and many were closing. Since then the Sixteen Foot, Twenty Foot, Forty Foot, Reed Fen, Pophams Eau and Bevils Leam have almost doubled in width and depth. In 1963 many sections of the level were impassable after May to the average inboard or outboard motor due to weed problems. Now the situation is very different with waterways open and new facilities. Recently the Club acquired a new site which they named Skouldings Rest. It's near Marylebone Bridge and is now a new purpose built slip way which is another advantage for members. It was designed by the Watermans for water users.

Actively welcoming new members The Club are keen to welcome new members and feel they have much to offer. Use of their facilities, regular get-togethers and meetings, help, comradeship and much expertise amongst the existing members to help those new to boating. Don't have a boat? You'll still find much to interest you and if you are thinking of getting a boat, then learning something about the waterways first is very helpful. Jeff Walters is Rear Commodore and Billy Barry is Commodore and they are keen to promote the Club and share their knowledge more widely. “We work as a team” they told me, “it's not about job titles!” The Watermans are very much part of the community. On the St George's Day Festival they bring boats up the river and cover them in flags while for Christmas they provide the lights on the Town Bridge and along the river by the Ship Pub. They look upon the Club as a away to promote harmony and comradeship on the waterways. They also have a Junior section and are very keen to get younger people involved in the rivers and waterways.

they can be operational or they can fund raiseit's all part of the team. Trevor told me that Skouldings Rest was invaluable to them. “It means 100% to us as without people like March Middle Level Waterman's Club we wouldn't be able to practice our searches in a practical way and potentially then be able to save lives locally!” The Club is affiliated to the Association of Nene River Clubs, the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs and the East Anglian Waterways Association. http://www. You can find out more about Search and Rescue and volunteer too at www.camsar. org/

Search and Rescue Now they are helping with Search and Rescue too by providing the Shouldings Rest facility free of charge to Search and Rescue who are based at March Fire Station. These are volunteers from all walks of life but their priority when working is to save life and limb. Thanks to Awards for All they have a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), trailer and kayaks. I spoke to Claire who is so far the only operation woman on the team. She very much wants to encourage other women to join – March 2014

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Photographs by kind permission of Peter Upton

..March in the town


by Jennifer Lawler

he March March march is a walk across the Fens from March to Cambridge of about 30 miles. Taking place on the last Saturday of March, it was invented in 1979, via Wimblington, Doddington, Chatteris, Somersham, Earith, Willingham, Long Stanton, Oakington and through Girton to Cambridge centre.(1) Hares are a distinctive feature of the grassy Fenland plains in March. March marks the beginning of Spring and Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday means ‘shriving’, a day when people confessed their sins and were forgiven. This is a celebration when all of the rich food was eaten up and pancakes made. In Ramsey the Pancake Bell was rung.(2) In parts of Cambridgeshire children played games and sang songs under arches of brambles.(3) The following day Ash Wednesday is the beginning of six weeks of Lent until Easter. People fasted, having just one meal a day and not eating dairy products or meat, which was replaced by fish. In Fenland eels were often used to pay for rentals and tithes at the beginning of Lent. March lands, including several fisheries, were once owned by the Bishop of Ely and various religious houses. Lords of the manors and the abbots of Fenland monasteries were often paid rents in fish in Lent. In 1578 William Bunting was paid five shillings by St Wendreda’s churchwardens for carrying fish to Sir Francis Hynd and Master Sargent Shoots.(4) March has many fine buildings originally standing in large grounds. In March 1914 Frederick Grounds and Son received instructions


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from Mr Charles Amos’ will to sell by auction at the Griffin Hotel on Wednesday March 25th at 7 o’clock in the evening, ‘all that Excellent Brick-built and Slated Residence Known as ‘Dartford Villa’ situate on the Dartford-road and having a frontage thereto of 89 feet ..with Out-offices, Outbuildings, Gardens and Paddock at the back, containing..3 roods and 34 perches’. It was ‘bounded on the north by Property of Mr John Ward, on the East by Property of Middle Level Drainage Commissioners and others, on the South by Dartford-road, and on the West by the Road to Dartford Fields’. (Princes Walk) ‘The Paddock is now in the occupation of Mr Harry Smith.’ ‘The House contains Entrance Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room, 4 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Large Pantry, Wash-house, Coal-house and Out-offices. The Outbuildings comprise Workshop, Stable, Coach-house and Two Large Buildings, all timber-built with Galvanised Roofs.‘(5)

1 2 Fenland Notes and Queries, Vol I, Jan 1907 to Oct 1909 Peterborough 1909, p. 95. 3 Porter Enid, 1969 Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore, Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC London p106. 4 St Wendreda’s Churchwardens Accounts 1578 5 The Cambridgeshire Times Friday March 13th 1914

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Events Diary - March 5th First Time Live - Youth Tour. Youth tour is

coming to , March. The tour will feature two worldclass orchestras: City of and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, both renowned professional orchestras with a strong track record of delivering projects for young people. For more information call 01354 60600

8th RHS Growing for Success talk hosted by:

of Gardening. No Work Gardening! Join Bob Flowerdew as he shares ways to reduce or eliminate unnecessary chores and get more flowers fruit and produce with much less work. From 2pm at Delamare Young Plants, Station Road, Wisbech St Mary PE13 4RY Please book to avoid disappointment on 0845 612 1253 and quote booking ref:11047. RHS Members £8.50, non members £10.

8th Charity Darts Event, G.E.R. Sports Club,

Robingoodfellowes Lane, March - Great auction and grand draw. Everyone welcome. 11.30am for 1pm Draw. Auction normally commences about 5.30pm – last year there were over 100 unique lots! All proceeds witll be donated to the Oncology Department at Peterborouch City Hospital – Helping Local People with Cancer. These already include items such as Newcastle United shirt signed by Peter Beardsley.

8th Friends of Nature Reserve Work Party, 10am

Friends of March Railway Station Work Party, 10am           March Street Pride Work Party, Meet 10am at George Campbell Leisure Centre. For more information please contact Fenland District Council Street Pride Co-ordinator on 01354 654321

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£2) with refreshments included. For more information call 01354 655300.


Young Cambs Has Got Talent 2014 at The Town Hall, March. Young people aged 10-19 (increased to 25 for young people with additional needs) are encouraged to follow in the footsteps of last years winner. For more info call 01480 494333


 Enjoy Lambing Weekend at Pigeons Farm. A chance to see new baby lambs, baby rabbits, guinea pigs, piglets and chicks. Little Bo Peep will be visiting to help with the lambs. Farm machinery for the children to explore, with tractor and trailer rides. For more information call 01733 271020


Illustrated Talk ‘Flora around Huntingdon’ by Lynne Farrell. Organised by March Wildlife Group at , March at 7.30pm with £2 entry. For more information call 01354 653 277


March Street Pride Work Party, Meet 10am at George Campbell Leisure Centre. For more information please contact Fenland District Council Street Pride Co-ordinator on 01354 654321


Wimblington Film club are showing ‘Sunshine on Leith’. Following a near-fatal tour of duty, squaddies Davy and Ally make an exuberant return to . Ally’s girlfriend Liz, who’s Davy’s sister, fixes her brother up with pretty pal Yvonne to celebrate. As we know, the course of true love isn’t always predictable, but as this is a feel-good film everything turns out all right in the end. Film commences 2pm £2.50 tickets.


9th Sovereign Quarter Horses All Breed Western

 Friends of Rings End Nature Reserve – Newt Survey, 6pm. For more information please contact Fenland District Council Street Pride Coordinator on 01354 654321

9th Fossil Hunting Trip to Kings Dyke organised by

 Ladies Night at Play 2 Day. Ladies Nights are a great combination of friends, Ten Pin Bowling food, drink and of course shopping! 7.00-11.00pm and you can get your prepaid tickets from Reception of by calling us on 01945 450629.

Show SQH Challenge Unaffiliated Show High Point for Adult, Youth and Non QH at this show. Show is Open to all breeds. For enquiries call 07811 134 893 Fossils Galore, for more rmation call 01354 278 089


Lads and Ladies Night at Play2day Lads & Ladies Nights are friendly and fun. Bring a few friends or leave them behind and get some new ones! from 6.00-11.00pm For more information call 01945 450629


‘The Archaeology of Briggs Farm, Thorney’ by Richard Mortimer, organised by March and District Museum Society, at St Peter’s church Hall, High Street, March from 7.30pm, Admission £3 (members



Mothers Day Special at Fossils Galore. Mothers receive free tea or coffee and a free crystal hunt. For more information call 01354 278 089


Mothers Day at Pigeons Farm are hosting a special mothers day lunch, where mums get free entry to the farm. Booking is essential. For more information phone 01733 271020.

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Commumity Courses in March at March FE – call for a full list or phone 01354 653148 March Rainbow Savers (a new credit union) will

be open at the Fenland@yourservice shop, Broad Street, each Wednesday, 10am - 2pm. For more details or if you are interested in volunteering there, call Ross McGivern at Fenland District Council on 01354 654321 or email

New fitness classes

Monday 7pm Fitness Bootcamp Westwood school.6 week course and pay as you go. Monday 8pm Toning class Westwood school. 2 week course and pay as you go. Thursday 7pm Pilates Neale wade school. Friday 7pm Fitness Bootcamp Neale wade school. 6 week course and pay as you go. Contact 07793942893 and website

Regular Events Every Monday

• FenLenz - Photography Group meet at Georges the last Monday of every month at 7pm. A friendly group of people interested in photography, everybody is welcome.

Second Monday

• 10.30 – 12 noon - Therapeutic Art Group, Express Yourself. The Town Hall, March. Lesley Cuthbert 07540 703645 Holly Trundle 01354 610592. Everyone welcome – complete beginners upwards!

Every Tuesday

• Westwood Junior School Zumba 7pm Pay as you go

Every Wednesday

• Rugby Training 7pm at March Rugby Club – Training is free • March Dog Training Club at March FE Centre

Every Thursday

• 19.45-20.30 Armegeddon Circuit Training £6.00 payg or pre -booking on line • March Town Hockey Club 19.30 -20.30 at Neale Wade all levels welcome 13 plus age.

Every Friday

• Ballroom Dancing for Improvers 19:30-20:30. and Ballroom Dancing for Beginners 20:30-21:30. Both at - The Allgood School of Dancing Doddington Village Hall, Benwick Road, Doddington, PE15 0TG

3rd Monday of the month

• Now 4 Knitting 14.00 Free March Library 0345 045 5225

2nd Tuesday of the month

• Woman's Section of the Royal British Legion meet at the March RBL Club at 7.30pm

3rd Wednesday of the month • Folk Night March RBL

First Saturday of the month

• 10am- 12 noon Over 18s Carry out manual work in Gault Wood such as tree trimming, hedge cutting, planting and bird box erection.

March Youth Club 10 to 14 Year olds Every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8.00pm Trinity Hall, High Road, March (down the side of the Trinity Church). Contact: Debbie Hamilton - Young Peoples worker on 07500100463 or 01354 750355

Review: Hugh Lupton’s one man show ‘On Common Ground’ at the March Town Hall Arts Centre on Friday 31st January 2014.

I had recently discovered John Clare’s poem ‘I am’ while writing a school poetry resource. I was amazed how this poet captured exactly what it was like to suffer as my husband did when he showed the first signs of a disease that robbed him of his mind. I learned that John Clare, too, had lived near Peterborough and had ended his days in a lunatic asylum. Thus, when I saw Hugh Lupton was offering an evening of entertainment based on the life and work of John Clare, I had to go. I was expecting a quiet, ‘academic’ evening full of facts and poetry reading. The evening Hugh presented was much more enthralling than this! Hugh demonstrated that rare ability to tell a tale in a mesmerising way so that you cannot help but listen and be amazed. In our current bite-sized attentiondeficit world we rarely appreciate what Hugh showed us: it is much more interesting and effective if you can be drawn into the world of another, in our case, John Clare, by hearing tales that lead you on a long journey packed with colourful images, events and personalities. Before the event, I mentioned the poem ‘I am’ and Hugh immediately related it to me – he was thoroughly immersed in John Clare and his poetry. Without reference to a single piece of paper, this true story teller held us transfixed for hours. His prose was eloquent in its own right, slipping seamlessly between simple narration you would hear while sitting round the fire, poetic interludes that infused you with the rhythm and thoughts of a long journey and historical facts that put everything meaningfully in place, while the spirit of John Clare constantly appeared and reappeared providing the foundation of this wonderful event. This was indeed a rare, highly entertaining and intriguing experience that I would not have missed for the world! Fables, Tales and Folklore’ next presents Malcolm Busby telling the tale of Nancy the Waterman, a tale of sex, violence and cross-dressing in Victorian Cambridge, on Friday 25th April 2014 at 7.30 pm at March Museum, High St., March. Tickets from Johnson’s Hardware, Dartford Rd or email: bookings@

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Club Guide

General Info

Fenland District Council Fenland Hall County Rd, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 8NQ. 01354 654321 For Police ring 101 non emergency number or 999 if crime is active.


Royal British Legion Club Rookswood Road, West End, March March & Chatteris Talking Newspaper Association Riverside Studio, Town Hall, Market Place March. Volunteers welcomed. RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch 37-39 High Street, March March Rotary Club March Conservative Club – Mondays at 7.30pm Drinksense – Fenland 20a Deerfield Road, March. March Lions Club Oliver Cromwell Hotel, High Street.

Breathe Easy Fenland (part of the British Lung Foundation’s support network)

Meets at St.Peters Church, March, first Thursday of each month at 2p.m. New members welcome at 1.45: just come along. 1st March Scout Troop Gavin Philpott 07971 810 352

Club listings are free. Please email

Churches St Wendreda’s Church Wimblington Road, March Trinity Church (Methodist/United Reformed) High Street March contact tel 01354 653166 St Peter’s Church High Street March St Mary’s Church, Westrea St John’s Church Station Road, March Our Lady of Good Counsel (Roman Catholic Church) Centenary Baptist High Street, March March Evangelical Fellowship Upwell Road, March For details of all Churches in March march/churches/churches/ Fenland Community Church Usually meet at the Scout Hall behind Sainsbury’s Supermarket Power House Church City Road, March Jim McIntyre 01354 653060 Providence Baptist Church Burrowmoor Road, March Jonathan Stevens (Pastor, Providence Baptist Church)


March 01354 656841 The Riverside Practice 22 MaryleCornerstone Practice bone Road, March 01354 661922 26 Elwyn Road, March 01354 606300 Doddington Medical Centre - 01354 Mercheford House - 28 Elwyn Road, 740311


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March Chess Club - RBL, West End – Every Tuesday evening March and District Model Railway Club - RBL, West End – Every Wednesday evening The March Society March Library – First Wednesday of the month. www.themarchsociety. March Camera Club British Red Cross Hall, Robingoodfellowes Lane. March and District Museum, Society - High Street, March www. Open every Wed and Sat 10.30am – 5.30pm Fenland Farm Machinery Club March Conservative Club, Creek Road March. First Thursday of month October to March. Fable, Tales and Folklore – Fenland. Venues throughout March and Fenland Craft Club March Marwick Centre, Marwick Road including Mend and Make. Wisbech Riding Club Regular Meetings at Sovereign Quarter Horses, March March and District Amateur Operatic Society (MADAOS) Meet every Tues 7.30pm and Thurs 8.00pm at MYCC building in March. New members welcome. Doddington Whist Drive Every Monday at 2.00 pm in Methodist Church Hall March Senior Citizens’ Club Every Tuesday 3.45pm at the United Services Club. March Whist Drive Friday at 2.30pm at The United Services Club Doddington Whist Drive held every Monday at 2.00 pm in Methodist Church Hall March Brass 2000 meet at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, St Johns Road, March every Monday. Beginner’s 5.45 6.45pm. Main band 7 - 9.00pm. WEA – short courses. March Conservative Club, Creek Road. Cambridgeshire Supernatural Investigators - Based in Chatteris Work Club at March Library every Thurs 10-12 noon Chrissie 07771778124 or Sue 01354 754764. www.cambridgeshire. March Twinning Association 01354 654699 Silver Circle a club for the over 55’s Meet Monday at the United Services Club, Deerfield Road, March. 2 for 2.30p.m. start for an afternoon of various games. Tea and coffee and provided.

Cambridgeshire Family History Society March Branch March Library, City Road – First Tuesday of the month Middle Level Watermans Club

March Flower Club

Demonstrations and refreshments. Meet every second Tuesday of the month except January and August. Doors open 6.30 for 7.0pm start at Trinity Church Hall. June Dempsey secretary 01345 650963

Friends of March railway station

Meetings every 2 months in The room under the footbridge stairs Platform 1 March railway station at 6.30pm. Contact or March Rotary Club held at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March PE15 8RD at 7.30pm every Monday (except Bank Holidays), Website: homepage.php?ClubID=489

March Cruising Club headquarters March RBL Club, 27 West End

river cruises, rallies and social events. Slipway/winch available to members. Secretary 656034 RAOB Locomotive Lodge. Meets Thursday evenings at 8-10pm at the Braza Cub, Station Road, March. New members welcome. Lodge Secretary, John Wood 01354-658633

March and District Probus Club

meet at March Conservative Club, Creek Road, March, on first and third Tuesday of each month. 10.30am - 12 March U3A an active and friendly group for retired and semi-retired people. Meet on the second Wednesday in the Main Hall of March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, between 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome. Contact Margaret Edgley on 01354660620


GER Sports and Social Club home of Cambridge County darts, also outdoor bowls club. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March. George Campbell Leisure Centre, City Road, March.


March Town United F.C. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March

March Cycling Club We are seeking to recruit more cyclists of any ability and age. Contact 07789548350 or visit twitter @fennsCC March Town Cricket Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. Tel.01354-652029 March Squash & Racket Ball Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. March Town Bowls Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March, PE15 9NY March Town Hockey Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. Senior training on Thursdays at 7.30pm, and junior training is on Tuesdays at 7pm. Contact 01354 740199. Estover Playing Field Estover Playing Field Association – football pitches available for hire. Open to all. Tel. 01354 65340 March Athletic Club March Bears Rugby Club March Golf Club Grange Road, March, PE15 0YH 01354 652364 March Conservative Bowls Club Creek Road, March PE15 8RD 07833932083 March Badminton Club Venue Neale Wade Sports Centre Club Nights Tuesdays Contact 01354655363 or March & District Table Tennis Club Neale Wade Sports Centre. Club night is on a Tuesday night 7.00 to 9.30pm. New or old players always welcome. Please contact Steve Mason 01354 650454 or 07818030586.

March Soccer School A local FA Charter Standard Youth Football Club for boys and girls. All welcome. 07753 690393 or March Rifle Club Upwell Road, March, PE15 9DT. 01354 696271 BRAZA Short Mat Bowls Club Meet at the BRAZA club Elm Road March (next to the station) on Tues & Wed afternoons at 2pm and on Thurs evening at 7pm. Beginners welcome. Contact 01354 657981 March Indoor Bowls Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March PE15 8HS 01354 655621


All Saints Interchurch Primary School County Road, March 01354 659000 Burrowmoor Primary School Burromoor Road, March 01354 652330 Cavalry Primary School Cavalry Drive, March 01354 652814 Maple Grove Infant School Maple Grove, March 01354 653337 The Neale-Wade Academy Wimblington Rd, March 01354 606000 Thomas Eaton School Wimblington. 01354 740392 Westwood Community Junior School Maple Grove, March 01354 653033


20TwentyProductions Skoulding Suite, March Town Hall Arts opportunities for young people in Fenland. PlayRight Theatre Company St Peters Church Hall, High Street. Termtime theatre group and holiday clubs. Fenland All Starz Cheerleading Squad St John’s Church Hall, Station Road. Boys and girls welcome Young People March City Road, March 01354 650645 Also includes Fenzone Youth Council 1220(March) Squadron ATC Headquarters Building, Gas Road, March. 01354 651788. Estover Girls Under 11’s Burrowmoor School 01354 661437 Fun United For young people 10-19 with additional needs, every Tuesday 7-9pm. FACET, Marwick Centre, Marwick Rd, March, PE15 8PH. Contact Papworth Trust on 0800 952 5000 or email

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With the old season on Fenland Drains and rivers closed from March 14th until June 16th many anglers will now be heading to the many stillwaters right across the area. Thankfully March anglers and those in the surrounding villages and towns do not have very far to travel to enjoy some fine stillwater action. In fact we are blessed with some of the best carp fisheries in the area. Decoy Lakes at near Whittlesy is perhaps the best known as their results go country wide each week. It is a very popular fishery and with eleven lakes to choose from you will be spoilt for choice. A top class fishery and well worth a mid week trip as weekends are very busy with matches. For a quieter more relaxed days action why not try Railway Lakes situated not far from Whittlesey Station. The fishery has two lakes the larger deeper of the two has carp to 30lb plus and often attracts specimen anglers to its banks. Many prefer to fish the smaller, shallow pool though, if you are after lots of bites, a mixed bag of fish and still the chance of some hard fighting carp them this could be the one for you. Just out of March on the Turves road is Kingsland Fishery, yet another cracking stillwater within minutes of the town centre. The fishery has three pools on it, two of which are full of hard fighting carp, the third is a silver fish pool for those that prefer to fish lighter lines and smaller hooks for tench, bream, chub, ide and smaller carp. This is a fine water for catching carp off the surface, but you may have to wait a little longer yet until the warm weather arrives. If you want to go a bit further there is Northey


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By Ken Wade Park, situated at the Peterborough end of the North Bank Road has fast gained a fine reputation for a pleasant days fishing in very peaceful surroundings. There are quite a few lakes to choose from and the beauty of this fishery is that it’s rarely really busy so you are all but guaranteed a swim and it’s not a match fishing venue. Finally we have East Delph Lakes just minutes from Whittlesey town centre going out towards the Dog and Doublet Sluice. The recent flood waters stopped anglers from getting to the fishery but by now the fishery should be back in full swing. It’s very popular with both match and pleasure anglers and well stocked with a good mix of fish, something for everyone in fact.


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