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Inside this issue Achieve Optimal Health With Toni Wilkes Acupuncture page 13

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FACT Opens New Community Hub in March page 25

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Introduction

Welcome to Your December Issue. For most people, December means just one thing… Christmas! Yes, it’s that time of year again when everyone’s thoughts turn to December 25th and this month’s issue is guaranteed to get you in the mood for the big day with plenty of Christmas themed articles! Whatever your faith, the festive holiday season is the time when families invariably join together to celebrate and take a well-earned break from the stresses and strains of everyday life before we get ready for another new year... it doesn’t seem possible that the Millennium was almost twenty years ago! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers, contributors and advertisers who have supported us throughout 2019. We always endeavour to supply you with the best possible publication each month, but it would be impossible without your help, so please keep up the good work and keep us informed of your activities in the New Year. So, on behalf of all the staff on the magazine I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. See you in 2020!

Andy

A very warm welcome to this, our last issue of 2019. December is a time for both reflection on what’s gone and anticipation for what’s around the corner of the new year. We can think about what we’ve achieved; those places we’ve visited and new people who may have come into our lives; others who we’ll see no more, but whose memory will remain strong. I prefer to look forward, though, and those new year resolutions are already in the planning stage! In the meantime, on behalf of all of the team here, my sincere thanks go out to everyone who has helped us in any way this year, especially our advertisers and contributors, with their regular features, wonderful advice and suggestions. All the very best to you all for Christmas and for 2020 – good luck, but most importantly, good health!

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And finally, a quick note from our Sales Manager Paula! I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of our advertisers, contributors and readers for all their support over the last twelve months! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year... looking forward to 2020!

Paula x

Inside Highlights 6 ............... Christmas Cheer at Paninis 8 ............... Trevor Langley's Wine Guide 12 ............. March Podiatry 14 ............. Be Fabulous 16 ............. Christmas Thoughts from Holly-Jean 17 ............. Lyncroft Care Home Open Days 18 ............. Fraser Dawbarns 20 ............ Village Life With Jayne Whytock 22...............A Few Christmas Greetings 24 ............ Steve Barclay MP 25 ............ FACT – Your Community Transport 26-27 .... Community Matters 30 ............ AA Whittlesey Computers 32-33 .... Christmas Novelty Hunt: Win £50! 34 ............ March Museum with Peter Wright 35-38 .... Christmas at Waterside Pullout 40 ........... Gardening Tips for December 42 ............ History with Trevor Bevis 50 ............ Consumer Advice 56-57 .... What's On In December 58 ............ This Month at The Movies 62 ............ Centuries Quiz 63 ............ Club Guide 64-65 .... Business Directory With thanks to:

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Christmas Cheer

Paninis Throw Open their Doors to All on Christmas Day

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nce again, Barty is inviting one and all to come and celebrate Christmas Day at Paninis, and it’s all on the house!

Last year, forty-seven people shared their Christmas meal with Barty and his dedicated team of helpers over two sittings. There will be two sittings again this year – one at 12 Noon and the second at 2pm. Barty can host twenty-five people at each sitting, so fifty lucky people will be assured of the most fabulous time on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day Menu Glass of sherry on arrival ))))) Soup )))))

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There will be a Christmas present for all the diners, (courtesy of Clarion Housing Association), and entertainment throughout the day provided by the popular local group, Back Two. So, if you would like to spend Christmas Day in some great company, or know somebody who would, make sure you book as soon as possible, as places are in high demand. Transportation, to and from Paninis, is available to those who need it. To book your place, or to volunteer to help on the day, please call into Paninis or contact Barty on 07913 189714.

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Wine - Six Christmas Crackers

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or Christmas festivities wines always find general favour. Which wines, what with and when, however, need not be so complex. I selected some popular choices, that satisfy many situations and which also pair with food, admirably. Not forgetting Santa (and his grown-up helpers!), when he does his rounds, a joyful sherry is always welcome! For Christmas morning, Bucks Fizz has become a regular, traditional option for many. A mix of two parts orange juice and one part champagne, can incorporate your favourite champagne. I like a champagne that is powerful, elegant and crisp. Bucks Fizz can also be purchased ready mixed, in bottles.

To accompany turkey, Merlot can be classed as a lighter wine option. Chilean Merlot is wonderful and Clos Apalta Casa Lapostolle is excellent. This darkcoloured production is bold and voluptuous and a great recommendation for a wine to enjoy around the Christmas table. Goose has a stronger flavour than turkey and Pinot Noir makes a splendid accompaniment. Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough, from New Zealand, pairs well with the rich flavours of goose. The complex palate is well-balanced for this wine, which is regularly chosen as a pairing for this dish.

splendid by itself. The Grant’s production (a favourite tipple of Queen Victoria, I am informed), makes a brilliant tasting addition to a rich and fruity Christmas punch, as well as being a fabulous pairing with Christmas pudding.

Port is a trusted favourite for ending a meal, particularly with cheeses. A favourite of mine is Graham’s. The deep ruby-red colour entices to the dark, fruity bouquet, which furthers the enjoyment for the mouthfeel and palate, with a long finish. We cannot forget Santa, of course! A good idea (in my opinion) is to leave a very acceptable sherry for Santa – and his grown-up helpers! Fernando de Castilla Classic Pedro Ximenez I find to be a sherry that goes on pleasing. Big on flavour and sweetness, this is very good and elegant. I know, I know, it’s that time of year again. But, if it works, it works! I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy the drinks (if you wish to) that suit you. Merry Christmas! As always, enjoy!

Trevor Langley

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injury caused by small repetitive injuries that occur at a rate faster than the body can heal them. Your podiatrist can assess your feet, diagnose your problem and make recommendations for self-care at home, and provide a treatment plan to help solve your problem.  Contact us today, on 01354 651200, for information about how we can help your foot problem, and like us on Facebook, for all the latest updates and offers.

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Just To Say Thank You... - By Lauren Siddons

A Christmas message and treat just to say a massive thank you to all! I have been fortunate enough to have created some beautiful content with some of the best suppliers that have been featured in wedding blogs and magazines, and most importantly I have loved being a part of some beautiful brides’ special days. Again none of this would have been possible without your continued love, support and recommendations so from the bottom of my heart thank you, As a Christmas treat from me, below is a voucher that you can cut out and bring into the salon to receive an extra 25 percent added on to any gift voucher amount! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I cannot wait to see what 2020 brings!

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from Holly-Jean h, Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year, some would say! Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it - you feel it, you know it, you believe it. It’s not under the tree, it’s around it and inside all of the people you love. Now, all of the cheesy quotes are out of the way - let’s get real about Christmas.

You’re stressed about what to buy your significant other. You’re worried about whether you’ve got enough wrapping. What on earth is a turtle dove? And who even knows exactly how long to cook a turkey for?! Christmas can be a stressful time of year. Crikey, I’m even stressed about how many times I’ve said the word Christmas in this article already. But why does it even have to be stressful? It should be the happiest time of the year, spent with your family, laughing, eating and smiling. Christmas is a funny time of year; some people don’t choose to celebrate it, and some of us have been wearing ‘Ho Ho Ho’ pyjamas, watching ‘Elf’ for the last three months. Some people go big, some people go small, and whichever of these categories you fall into, that is perfectly okay. I love Christmas; I love all of the festivities. From towns and villages lighting up the streets to just sitting by the tree with your family on the 25th. Every single part of Christmas, the food, the happiness, the weather- I just can’t get enough Christmas. Mince pies, Brussels sprouts, the lot. And, this may be the case for you and your family too. However, this article is not just for the turkey-dressed, Christmas-obsessed. This article is also for those that don’t celebrate Christmas- whether it’s not practised in your faith or that you just don’t enjoy the holiday- that is okay. The way you celebrate Christmas and have done for all of your life will live with you forever. It is not just a tradition, but a lifestyle. Different people celebrate Christmas very differently- I used to have a friend who would sit at the table on the 25th, with her family, with a takeaway pizza. Are you in Magaluf singing along to Michael Buble- is that what you do? Do you roast chestnuts and watch the Queen’s speech? Are you the slightly tipsy relative who shows up late and breaks one of the kids’ presents? Or are you pleasantly sat at home on Christmas Day, enjoying the company of those around you? To me, it doesn’t matter. Presents don’t have to be a thing, nor a big dinner or even any Christmas songs, (though I am partial to a bit of Mariah Carey this time of year!) It doesn’t matter if you don’t celebrate it, if you go over the top on celebrating, or if you can’t wait until the holiday is over! As long as you’re happy- then that is surely all that matters. Also, if you find that you don’t enjoy this time of year, for whatever reason, please just know that you’re not alone in that. However you feel, that’s okay, as long as you don’t feel alone.

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Lyncroft Care Home Host Successful Open Days To Showcase Luxury Refurbishment Lyncroft Care Home on Clarkson Avenue in Wisbech enjoyed a successful weekend recently, showcasing the extension and refurbishment project that has been ongoing for the past few months. The new areas of the home were declared officially open when the ribbon was cut by the Mayor of Wisbech, Councillor Michael Hill and the Rt. Hon. Stephen Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire. During the weekend, over one hundred visitors had the opportunity to take a tour of the home, meet the staff team and sample the delicious food on offer. The residential care home has an additional fourteen en-suite bedrooms, plus refurbished lounge and dining areas, bistro café and even its own pub! Brenda Durrington, Home Manager at Lyncroft Care Home, explained, “The refurbishment of the home is already having a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of our residents and their families. People appreciate having more places to relax and enjoy visits with their families. Having such a wonderful, fresh and spacious environment makes all the difference to people”. Other new areas of the home include a hairdressing salon, spa room, and library. The home features

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quiet seating areas in corridors where residents can rest for a moment and enjoy the themed décor. The interior design has been carefully chosen to offer opportunities for reminiscing, using old photographs from the local area and talking points, with themes such as vintage motoring with maps, books, and items to look at or read.

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When Will Grandparents Be Recognised? ASKS DANIEL SIMS, FAMILY SOLICITOR AT FRASER DAWBARNS

With Christmas around the corner, many families will be making preparations to spend time together over the festive period. However, in cases where parents have separated or divorced, this is not always so straightforward. While both parents automatically retain the right to see their children after a relationship breaks down, grandparents do not, and this can sometimes make it difficult for them to see their grandchildren. It can be heart-breaking to be denied the opportunity to spend time with your grandchildren, but a recent study has shown that this situation is not uncommon. In some areas, as many as one-third of grandparents have been restricted from seeing their grandchildren, and many believed that parental divorce or separation had played a role in this. If, after a relationship or marriage comes to an end, the separated parents cannot agree on the living and contact arrangements for their children, either one can make an application to the court for an order, setting out the arrangements. The law presumes that it is in the best interests of the child to have both parents involved in their upbringing. However, there is no such presumption in favour of grandparents spending meaningful time with their grandchildren. Whilst grandparents can initiate legal proceedings, the court must give them permission to start a case, and will have to consider the connection that they have, and any risk that the case could cause harm and disruption to the child. The courts do recognise the importance of a relationship between the grandparent and grandchild and, when an application for contact is made by a grandparent, it is often granted unless there is a good reason why it should not be. However, the reality is that grandparents face additional hurdles when fighting for contact.

Last year, it seemed as though some of these hurdles were going to be removed. In the summer of 2018, some MPs called for a change to the Children Act to ensure that relationships between grandparents and grandchildren were maintained in the event of parental separation. The House of Commons suggested amending the law to extend the presumption of involvement to include grandparents, and to remove the requirement to apply for permission. Unfortunately, these proposals did not get off the ground, and at the current time, the legal position for grandparents remains unchanged. Calls for legal reform continue, and it is hoped that this will be addressed in the future, so that the law will come to formally recognise the role that grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives. The family solicitors at Fraser Dawbarns LLP are always happy to offer advice, and have experience assisting grandparents who are making an application to the court for access to grandchildren, as well as helping with a range of family disputes. We offer a range of pricing options and levels of involvement, so we are able to tailor our service to best fit your needs.

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But the real story of Santa Claus started in far away Turkey (no pun intended!). Saint Nicholas was a Bishop who had a reputation of giving to the poor of his community and showing great kindness to children. One of his neighbours could not afford the dowry for his daughter’s wedding and legend has it that Saint Nicholas dropped a bag of gold coins down the chimney which landed in a stocking that was hung on the chimney breast to dry. After the man found out who had given this gift, he was sworn to secrecy, but the story soon got out and every time someone received an unexpected gift it was said that it was from Saint Nicholas. As with all stories over the generations it grew and soon word had spread across to other countries of a magical man who delivered presents of toys to the children on Christmas Day.

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We all recognise Santa’s bright red suit, and many say that this is a result of an advertising campaign run by Coca Cola but in fact it originates from the fact that Bishops wore red and white robes. Sadly, nowadays Christmas has become for many a long drawn out campaign of adverts trying to persuade us to spend large amounts of money on toys that our children don’t always want and often seldom need. The true meaning of giving gifts to our loved ones has too often become a battle to see who can spend the most and give the most. But the true essence of Christmas is a time to be thankful for what we have to show love and appreciation for those around us and to bring some magic back into the lives of the child. Let them just for a while believe that Santa is magical, that the toys are made by elves and they all live in the North Pole. He doesn’t get the toys from leading retailers and they are delivered by a man in a red suit who travels on a sleigh pulled by reindeers. He can get right around the world in one night and still be home before we wake up. So, on Christmas Eve keep the magic going and listen out for those sleigh bells and hooves on the roof for maybe it really is magic after all. DE CE M BE R 2 0 1 9


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TACKLING MODERN SLAVERY, SECURING A NEW BREXIT DEAL AND MORE INVESTMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS – By Steve Barclay MP

It’s been a very busy few weeks in Westminster, Brussels and here in North East Cambridgeshire. As many readers will be aware, I have been serving nationally as Brexit Secretary for almost a year. A key part of my role has been negotiating with EU nations to help secure a new Brexit deal. Initially, we were told this was an impossible task. But after many weeks of hard work and determination, we managed to negotiate a good new deal that allows us to deliver on the referendum result and get Brexit done. After constant stalemate in Parliament, the upcoming General Election will now be an opportunity to end the deadlock and get on to other priorities. 

areas nationally to achieve this status and it is a real boost to our local schools. It means we get additional investment to help train and attract the best teachers, which improves the provision of education locally. The Government recently announced it was making an additional £18m available for this scheme, which is great news for our schools, teachers, and most importantly, children.

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Between now and election day on December 12th I will, as ever, be out and about in the community, including as part of my local campaign. Please do come and say hello and have a chat. I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas.

Away from the Brexit negotiations, I recently attended the Rosmini Conference that aims to tackle modern slavery in our area. This is an issue I have repeatedly highlighted over the years and the Rosmini Conference was a useful chance to discuss best practice. It’s a great privilege to be in a position to highlight the importance of tackling this terrible, largely hidden, crime and to work with the local police, council, Rosmini Centre, Ferry Project and others to identify where it occurs. Another issue I hope to continue making progress on is our status as an Education Opportunity Area. We’re one of only twelve

Pictured from left: Steve Barclay and Prime Minister Boris Johnson with European Union representatives Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier

To find out more about my work in Parliament or local campaigns, visit my website or follow me on social media: www.stevebarclay.net

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A safe and welcoming environment for information on local services, where you can make yourself a cuppa, meet others within the hub or just have a good old-fashioned chat with the staff working in the hub. Staff will be on hand to make phone calls for you to help set up services and help you with any paperwork you’re struggling with. You can also book onto the exciting new trips that FACT is in the process of arranging. On offer too will be regular drop in sessions with other professional organisations so you can chat with them or listen to see what they have to offer. Launch date is Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 10am. The hub thereafter will be open Monday-Thursday at 10am-2pm. No appointment needed, just pop by – FACT staff look forward to welcoming you.

The Fenland Flag depicts a rousing tiger which is an historical nod to the nickname ‘Fen Tigers’, which was first used of local inhabitants by Dutch engineers who arrived to help with the drainage of the Fens. It then has a blue and yellow backdrop which represents the agricultural prosperity of the region and the waterways and rivers. Dozens of car stickers, bunting and boat pennants have been made in an effort to spread the word. FACT Community Transport are supporting the Fenland Flag as it’s important to us that local organisations and groups work together to build a strong community feel. Our buses will have the flag ‘flying’ proudly whilst travelling throughout Fenland, Huntingdonshire and East Cambs. If you spot one please give the driver a wave and comment on our page stating where you have seen it. Please come along and enjoy a mince pie and a cuppa on Mince Pie Monday – 11am until 2pm on December 16th, 2019. Enjoy a chat and catch up with friends, old and new. All are welcome! For further information on our services, please call FACT on (01354) 661234.

In other news, a flag to represent the traditions and importance of the Fenland region has been created by a writer from Ely. James Bowman hopes that the grand-looking Fenland Flag will become as notable as the Black Country Flag which has risen to fame in the West Midlands. If you would like to follow the progress there is a Facebook page ‘Fenland Flag’ which has more details.

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Matters ‘TREE-CYCLE’ THIS CHRISTMAS TO SUPPORT HOSPICE CARE

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Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice’s popular charity tree-cycling is back, helping local people recycle their real Christmas trees while raising vital funds for the hospice. The scheme, first launched by Nene Valley Tree Services last year, saw recycled Christmas trees raise more than £400 which could pay for 21 hours of hospice care. This year the charity Christmas tree-cycling service will be bigger and better than ever, with collections now available directly from people’s own homes on January 4th and 11th, 2020. In return for a £10 donation, Christmas trees will be collected and chipped into mulch to be used in the beautiful grounds of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and donated to local farms. This means residents who chose to Tree-Cycle in support of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall will not only raise vital funds for local families needing care from the hospice but reduce landfill and support local farming businesses too. Rachel Hancock, community fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice said: “Following the interest we received last year for Christmas tree chipping, we will this year be offering a collection service from people’s homes. So why not reduce the worry of what to do with your real tree after the festivities have ended, and carry on the season of goodwill by choosing to tree-cycle your tree in support of our hospice?” Local residents can call 01733 225999 to see whether collections are available in their postcode. For more information on Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice visit www.sueryder.org/thorpehall 

LOOK OUT FOR PIG DYKE MOLLY THIS FESTIVE SEASON The Pig Dyke Molly Dancers will be out and about in Cambridgeshire over the Christmas and the New Year season. Many readers will have already seen them roaming around the streets in a bewildered fashion and dancing in spots around towns dressed in their colourful black and white attire. Molly dancing is said to be a division of Morris dancing, but far more sophisticated and subtle. They do not need the stIcks, bells or hankies as props for dancing, relying on the sheer elegance of their art form to entertain the public. Starting in mid-December they can be found carol singing along Oakdale Avenue in Peterborough and on New Year’s Eve will be dancing around in every pub, alehouse, party or hostelry that will accept them in the Whittlesey area. All the money that they collect from these two events is donated to Macmillan Cancer Care. Each year they raise in excess of £1000 and estimate that over the years they have donated about £18,000 to this charity. Pig Dyke Molly consists of a very broad variety of characters with very differing professions and backgrounds. They have an age range between eight and eighty and mixed sexes and have a striking visual appearance and vibrant dancing style coupled with unique music that has led to them being so successful. The group – which has doubled its number of dancers in the past two years – will be appearing at the Whittlesey Straw Bear festival in mid-January 2020.

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PARK WORKERS GET THEIR SKATES ON… Work on a state-of-the-art skate park facility in West End Park, March is expected to be completed soon. The park’s old metal frame structure, which was more than 15 years old, has been removed to be replaced with a bigger, free-form concrete construction. The materials used will be harder wearing and is considered the best surface for skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders. The park is already well used by residents from the town, and Doddington and Wimblington – from primary age children, right up to adults over 30. But design improvements are expected to make the facility even more popular and will also allow beginner and expert users to use the equipment at the same time thanks to different level areas. The £120,000 improvements have been part funded by Fenland District Council (£90,000) and through a £30,000 grant from the Amey Community Fund. A stakeholder group with March Town Council and Young People March was key in getting the project moving and gathering community feedback to shape the final design. More than 450 comments were received in the space of just two weeks during public consultation. Councillor Jan French, deputy leader of Fenland District Council and district and town councillor for March West, said: “I'm delighted to see this project coming to fruition. The skate park is a great asset to March, but the new and improved facility will ensure it benefits future generations of young people for many years to come.” Checking out progress on the new skate park are (from left): Cllr Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder for the environment; Cllr Jan French, deputy leader of FDC and district and town councillor; Phil Hughes, FDC’s head of leisure services; Kev Wilkins, FDC’s horticultural officer; and Simon Bell, FDC’s leisure and open spaces contract manager

WAYNE’S A WORTHY WINNER March firefighter Wayne Marshall has won the ITV Pride of Britain regional final for his local charity work Wayne, and his wife Kay, were invited to be guests at a star-studded London awards ceremony and he was also featured on the ITV news. He received the award for fundraising for MAGPAS air ambulance, collecting £30,000 in two years by organising indoor spinning events.

GRANTS TO HELP RESIDENTS KEEP WARM AT HOME Homeowners are being offered help to reduce their energy bills and keep warm and well in their homes this winter thanks to a new grant scheme from Fenland District Council. Grants are available from the council’s Better Care Fund to install first-time gas central heating or to cover some, or all, of the cost of repairing or replacing broken or inefficient household boilers and electric storage heaters. The funding will help qualifying residents to save money on their fuel bills and improve the energy efficiency of their homes while keeping them warm and cosy. The scheme is available to Fenland residents who own their property and have bills and benefits registered to that address. Homeowners must also receive a means tested benefit to qualify for the scheme or have a low household income with high energy bills. Elderly residents, those with a young family, pregnant women or residents with a health condition made worse by the cold, could also qualify. To find out more about the grant scheme and to check if you qualify, visit: www.fenland.gov. uk/heatinghelp or contact the council on 01354 654321.

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Laptops A few pointers here – avoid any laptop with only 32Gb SSD/’Memory’. After a few updates/ upgrades from Microsoft, you will find that feature upgrades cannot be installed due to lack of hard drive space. Also, don’t be tempted by 1Gb/2Gb hard drives. Most people do not need nor use this space, only if you are downloading and saving films or thousands of photographs will this be needed. Rather, go for a laptop with a 120Gb/ 240Gb SSD. A solid state drive performs up to 10x faster than an ordinary hard drive. Laptop performance is significantly improved, and over time the laptop will not slow down as it would with a normal hard drive. Also, look out for laptops with either i3/i5 processors. Again, they will perform significantly better than laptops fitted with a Pentium processor. However, a Pentium processor with an SSD will perform equally as well as an i3/i5 without an SSD. Chromebooks are, relatively, inexpensive. However, you will need to bear in mind that this uses the ‘Chrome’ operating system, which cannot always support some of the features you may want to use and which are readily available from Microsoft Windows. However, once you are used to some of the differences, they are an excellent laptop for surfing and emailing. A final point here – if you are buying a laptop to replace an existing but slow laptop, why not consider having the existing laptop ‘refurbished’? With a new SSD, clean and paste and upgraded RAM, you may find you then have a laptop performing at the specification of a £400/500 laptop, at a relatively modest cost of £169-£209, so don’t hesitate to seek our advice.

Gaming Towers Only buy one of these if you are sure you don’t want a new Xbox or PlayStation console. Then decide what games you want to play and check the specification of gaming tower required to play those games. Next, whatever GPU (graphics card) is required, go for either the next level GPU or, preferably, two steps up. That way you will be over-specifying your tower and building in redundancy for future games’ GPU requirements. An excellent moneysaving tip here is to choose AMD processors over Intel. In virtually all testing, AMD performs the same, if not better, than the equivalent Intel processor at a significantly lower cost. Games Consoles You basically have two main choices here. Either a PlayStation console or an Xbox console. From our perspective there is little to choose between the two, so do a little Googling and make your choice. Also, as it’s Christmas, ensure you buy a console from a retailer providing a good selection of ‘free’ games. Tablets The choice here is between Apple and Android. With your Apple ID and features (especially if you have an Apple iPhone) you can do more with an Apple than Android. However, for general browsing, YouTubing and emailing, you can buy very good tablets starting from £120. In fact we do an eight core, 64Gb memory 8Gb RAM tablet here in the shop for only £99. That compares to iPad prices of £450-£1000. Hope this feature helps a little with your selection and wishing all our past and present customers and readers a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Happy computing! Deborah, Len, Liam and Oliver

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– By Peter Wright (on behalf of March & District Museum) Dobson had also visited. These two were arrested along with Mary and appeared before Chatteris magistrates on February 18th, 1842.

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William Stratton married Sarah in 1824, but when he died in 1828, her mind was confused, and she returned to the care of her mother. By about 1838, Sarah had disappeared. Those who made enquiries as to her whereabouts were told that she had been committed to an asylum. When in the early weeks of 1842, Mary became ill, young Mary Ann Gibson was employed to care for her. Unable to get up, Mary Simpole instructed Gibson to take meat and potatoes to feed her daughter. The door of her room was fastened by a nail through two staples and the plate of food had to be passed through a hole in the wall. Gibson looked through the hole and was shocked to see a naked woman with grey hair thickly matted. Her nails were nearly three inches long and the floor of the room was covered in excrement. Not surprisingly, Gibson was frequently ill from the stench of the house and resolved to tell what she knew. As a result of Gibson’s declaration, the police were called. When they opened the door, the stench was so bad they would not enter. Sarah was doubled up on two chairs with her head raised but she refused to come out. When the police retreated, she rushed to her mother’s bed and covered herself with the bed clothes. A woman was called to dress her. Gibson stated that during her time at the house, Sarah’s younger brother William had called daily and Uncle Charles

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Sergeant William Morris of the local police gave evidence. He stated the stench of whole house was disgusting. The floor of the room was covered in human soil with foot marks all over. The window was covered in wire netting and iron bars to prevent escape. The furnishings were two chairs supporting a board within the frame of an old bedstead. Water was coming through the ceiling of the room below. Morris was instructed to take the woman, who he described as a lunatic, to the Doddington Union workhouse. The magistrates consulted for about 30 minutes. They found the case against the two men unproven and they were discharged. Mary Simpole was remanded to Cambridge Castle Gaol to appear before Cambridge Assizes charged with cruelty. This distressing and evil affair caused great sensation. As the accused was taken from the court, the police had difficulty protecting her from a hostile crowd. There was a final twist in this sorry story. Before the case could come to court, Mary Simpole died in her cell. An inquest declared natural causes. The body was conveyed back to March for burial at St. Wendreda’s Church. Frederick J. Wise, a March solicitor, was fully acquainted with the case. He was to have represented the defendant and wrote the following month in mitigation. In a lengthy letter he said, that until her illness, Mrs Simpole had cared for her daughter with regular meals and fruit and washed her regularly. However, the daughter was disposed to bouts of extreme violence and would shred all her clothes to rags until she had none. Also, she would smash all the earthenware bowls provided for her toilet. It was not until the onset of illness that care was neglected. He said nothing to explain why Sarah’s nails were so extremely long. A Sarah Simpole, aged 57, was recorded as dying at Camberwell, London in 1865. This may have been in the local asylum. Museum Opening Hours are 10.30am-3.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday. Entry is FREE.

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December 2019 1st March Christmas Market from 10am-3pm. Official opening by the Mayor at 10am. There will also be live entertainment, Santa's Grotto, mulled wine, speciality foods, free rides on the Market Place, Winter Wonderland in the Town Hall, quality gifts and so much more! 2nd Christmas Quiz at Ye Olde Griffin Hotel, March. From 8pm! 2nd Christmas Bingo at March United Services Club. Eyes down at 7.30pm. Members only.  7th This year's annual Fenland Music Centre Association's Christmas Concert, will take place at St Peter's Church, High Street, March. All eight of the FMCA's orchestras, bands and ensembles will be playing music ranging from classical to modern, along with festive carols featuring as the main event. Conducted by Ceri Griffin & Beth Letts. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets available at the door; adults £7, concessions £5, accompanied children free. Refreshments and raffles are available during the break. All proceeds go toward the FMCA's continued educational music work within the local community. For more details visit fenlandmusiccentre.org.uk This event is sponsored and organised by friends and volunteers of the FMCA. 7th Winter Wonderland at March Library, from 10am-3.30pm. A fun-packed day full of performances, craft activities, games, refreshments, family photoshoots and the chance to give your wish list to Santa. Please see our separate programme for times, prices and full details. No need to book, all welcome. 7th Coffee Morning at the Holy Trinity Church, Coates. From 10am-Midday. There will be stalls, a raffle, Christmas gifts and more. All welcome.  8th Carols accompanied by Manea Silver Band, followed by hot drinks and mince pies. All welcome. It starts at 3pm at the Trinity Church, High Street, March.  10th Age UK Community Hub at March Tesco, Hostmoor Avenue. From 9.30am-11.30am. 10th Christmas Open Mic night at The Sportsman, Chatteris! From 7.30pm! Everybody is welcome. Full PA provided and it will be live streamed.  13th Santa is coming to Doddington once again and will be making his way around the village to see everybody! Please come out and say hello! Starting at Brickmakers Arms Lane at 6pm. Please find more details on www.doddingtoncarnival.co.uk 14th Santa will again be making his way around Doddington to see everybody. Starting from the bottom of Wood Street at 5pm. Please find more details on www.doddingtoncarnival.co.uk 15th Santa makes his way around Doddington once again! Today starting from Washbrook Motocross at 4pm. Please find more details on www.doddingtoncarnival.co.uk 14th Christmas Bazaar, 10am-12pm at St Thomas Church, Pondersbridge. All things ‘Christmassy’, crafts, gifts, home cooking, floral items. Whatever the weather, enjoy refreshments, sitting by our wood burner stoves whilst children take in the atmosphere with Father Christmas. Free entry. 14th Wrong Jovi Live at March United Services Club. Tickets are £10. For more information or to book, please call 01354 657271.  14th Friends of March Library Coffee Morning, from 10.30am12pm. Come along for a drink and biscuits and be entertained by the March Mummers! This is always a very popular event and we would love to see you there! Everyone is very welcome. 56

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14th Cliff Allman live at March Braza Club. Songs from the 50s to the present day. 14th Doddington Court's Christmas Fayre will be from 1pm-4pm. Christmas is fast approaching and we're getting in the festive spirit here Doddington Court! We think there's no better way to kick off the festive season than with a Christmas Fayre. We've got a fantastic day lined up for our residents and members of the public with raffle, games, mince pies and a variety of stalls selling handmade gifts and cakes. 16th Age UK Community Hub at March Library, from 10.30am-12.30pm. 17th Age UK Community Hub at Wimblington Parish Hall, from 2pm-4pm. 20th Christmas Dinner and Dance at March United Services Club, from 7pm. Members £17.50, non-members £21. This includes a three-course meal and a live band, Abbey Road 5. For more information, please call 01354 657271. 21st ‘A Night with the Rat Pack & 1950s’ Juke Box Legends of Rock & Roll’ by Alan Becks. GER Sports & Social Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March. Doors open at 7pm Show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets £5 in advance or £10 on the door. Call: 01354 652335. 21st Ramshackle Daddies live at The Sportsman, Chatteris, from 9pm-late. Free entry! 22nd Family Christingle service, followed by drinks and mince pies. All welcome. It starts at 3pm at the Trinity Church, High Street, March. 24th Christmas Eve Children's Party at March United Services Club, with Johnny Jaffa Cake. £2 per child.  24th Christmas Eve Dance at March Braza Club. Bingo from 7.30pm, Music from Billy G & The Heartbeats from 8pm. Just £4 entry.  31st New Year's Eve at March United Services Club. With live band Party Central and a disco. From 8pm-late. £6 members, £9 non-members.  31st New Year's Eve at The Braza Club, March. 8pm-late. Bingo at 7.30pm. Dancing to 'Off the Record' – a great 60s’ band. Tickets are £8 at the bar. Members only. 

Regular Local Events

Mondays March Silver Circle is an over 50s club which meets at the March United Services Club, every Monday afternoon, playing various games and various other activities. Bingo at The Sportsman, Chatteris, every two weeks (excluding Bank Holidays). Eyes down from 7.30pm. Cash prizes and raffles. Intrigue Circle of Light presents an evening of clairvoyance every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) at The Braza Club, Elm Road from 7.30pm-9pm. Each session will be £3, in aid of charity. For more info contact Barbara on 01354 655093. The Royal Air Force National Service Association meets on the third Monday each month at 10am at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March. All welcome! For more info contact Graham Wesley, chairman, on 01354 657686. March Ukulele Group at the Rookswood Club from 7pm, everyone welcome.

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December 2019 The Wisbech IPMS Scale Model Club meets twice monthly at the Community Room of Wisbech Tesco, on the second and fourth Monday between 7pm and 10pm. All scales, genre, and experience welcome. The Wisbech and District Flower Club meets on every third Monday of the month, from 7.30pm at St Peter's Hall. For more information, please contact Yvonne on 01945 581360. Mondays & Wednesdays Chatteris Tennis Club – our friendly club welcomes all ages and abilities. Four hard tennis courts – two with floodlights. Coaching available. From 6pm. Please contact Karen on 01354 695014 www.chatteristennis.com Tuesdays Chair based exercise with Lynn Curry at Doddington Court (next to Doddington Hospital). From 11am. For more info, please call Lynn on 01733 204286. Boogie Tots from 10am-11am at March Town Hall. For more information, contact Gary Tustin on garytustin25@gmail.com March And District Amateur Operatic Society. Join us to sing, dance, and act in a musical, pantomime, or concert. Rehearsals at March Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30pm-9.30pm. New members welcome. Email contactmadaos@gmail.com or find MADAOS on Facebook. Painting group in Eastrea Village Hall. This painting group has been meeting in the Eastrea Village Hall between 1pm and 4pm every Tuesday for five years. Contact Sue on 01733 205241. Fenland Family History Society. Our computer research sessions are free to anyone interested in researching their family history and who needs help with their research no matter where your family originated. Our experienced researchers offering their help will be in Wisbech Library every first Tuesday of the month from 10am-12noon in the upstairs events rooms. Contact Bridget 01945 587723. The March Probus Club meets at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel from 10.30am-12pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. We offer interesting speakers and a welcoming friendly group of retired and semi-retired men with all sorts of interests. M.O.B. Dance Classes at The Sportsman, Chatteris. Dance Styles Include House, Hip-Hop, Locking, New Style, Fusions and Wacking/Commercial. Ages 11 and under: 5pm-6pm. Ages 12+: 6pm-7pm. £3.50 per lesson. For more information, contact Kyanne on 07896 595635. Or, email m.o.b.dance00@gmail.com Wednesdays March Can't Sing Choir. From 6.30pm-8.30pm at Trinity Hall, March. Doors open at 6.15pm. Entrance fee is only £3.50 on the door. All abilities welcome. For more information, please contact Val on 07952 639495. Parkinson's March Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm at The Braza Club, Station Road, March. This is a friendly group, everyone is welcome. £1 per time. Come along for a 'taster' session! For more information please contact Wendy Summerlin, Chair, on 01354 661997. Thursdays Children’s Karate, ages four + at 5.35pm, at March Community Centre. Adults Kickboxing (age 13+) at 7.15pm. New beginners welcome on Thursdays. March Lunch and Film Club meets on the first Thursday of each month in March Town Hall. Tickets are just £12 each and can be purchased from Paninis in advance of the showings, which are organised by Fenland Arts Association. People join the club for free, but as members they purchase their meal from Paninis and the film is provided at no cost.

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See our Facebook page Discovering March Magazine for more events and offers. March Camera Club meets in the Pathfinder Suite at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, from 7.30pm. Its website is: marchcameraclub.org.uk The club also has a Facebook account for up-to-date news. March Duplicate Bridge Club meets at the Braza Club 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start. Contact George Jupp on 01354 652586. Other Art Group - meets in March Library every Thursday afternoon at 2pm-4pm. We do have occasional workshops & demos. Contact details if you wish to join ring Chris on 0790 5895460 or Linda on 0756 2013063. Line Dancing for Beginners & Improvers at Coates Public Hall, 7.15pm-9pm, Admission £3 (includes tea and biscuits). Very friendly class. Contact Maureen on 07890 756857. The March branch of the Royal Naval Association meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm for 8 pm at the Conservative Club, Creek Road, March. New members always welcome; there is no need to have served in the Royal Navy. Fridays Mum and Baby classes at March Community Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm. Fenland Music Centre Association Orchestras and Ensembles for all ages and abilities. Meets every Friday evening (during school term time), between 6pm and 9pm, at the March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, PE15 8LE. Please see our website for full details: www.fenlandmusiccentre.org.uk Saturdays Hereward Ukulele Group meets at the Braza Club on the first and third Saturday of each month, starting at 10.30am. We would welcome ukulele players of all abilities and have a couple of spare ukuleles for anyone who would like to give it a try. March Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club meets first Saturday of the month at Cassanos, High Street, March from 9.30am. Come and join the tribe for some food and banter. No fees just pay for your own breakfast. March Rotary Club Wastepaper Collection. Bring your clean newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cardboard to March Rotary Club at the lorry park on City Road (behind Iceland). Every second Saturday of the month, 8.30am-10.30am. All money raised by recycling the paper-based materials will be donated to local charitable causes. Sundays Fenland Foragers meet every second Sunday of the month, in the car park for the Nature Reserve, Rings End PE15 0BE, to help preserve the nature reserve. This group includes free forest schooling and bushcraft for children. For more information, please call Hayley on 07962 337988.

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Entertainment

CROMWELL ROAD, WISBECH PE14 0RG

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Cats

Jumanji: The Next Level

Spies in Disguise

It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas!

We're excited about...

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, released on December 19th. The First Order now vastly outnumber those willing to take a stand, and with both Han and Luke out of the picture, the onus to make things right falls to Rey, Finn, and Poe. Enemies, long since thought dead, make a return and new legends will be born in this conclusion of the Skywalker saga. We’re expecting epic lightsabre duels and thrilling space battles, as Rey’s journey continues and the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, marking the end of an era. Tickets are already on sale and kick off with a midnight showing and a triple bill for those who like to unwrap their presents early! Cats, released on December 20th, sees Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical transform into a breakthrough cinematic event with an all-star cast, featuring Sir Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Taylor Swift and many more. Based in London’s cobbled streets and alleys, on the night of the Jellicle Ball, Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench) will pick one cat to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be born into a new life. The film is directed by Tom Hooper, in his second musical film following 2012’s Les Misérables, and we think this is the ‘purrfect’ addition to our Christmas line-up for musical fans, old and new!

Family picks

CBeebies Christmas Show is once again coming to the big screen on November 31st and December 1st. The show is an adaption of fairy-tale classic Hansel and Gretel and will again feature many of CBeebies most popular talent, including, for the first time – Waffle the Wonder Dog! Audiences will also 58

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get a chance to see exclusive, additional content specially made for the cinema. Jumanji: The Next Level, released on December 11th, reunites Dwayne Johnson and co as Spencer (Alex Wolff) disappears and his friends return to Jumanji to save him in the form of their avatars. Chaos ensues when Spencer’s grandfather, Eddie (Danny DeVito), and friend (Danny Glover), get sucked into the game before any of the young characters can select their avatars. Jumanji: The Next Level will see the players explore unknown parts from the arid desert to snowy mountains to escape the world’s most dangerous game. Spies in Disguise flies onto our screens on December 26th. Superspy, Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith) and scientist, Walter Beckett (voiced by Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is…. not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into a brave, fierce, majestic…. pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.

Just for you

With tickets already on sale, don’t miss out on our showings of ROH: Live: Nutcracker on December 17th and our now traditional It’s a Wonderful Life on December 24th to get you in the Christmas mood. Fancy a mid-week movie treat? Sign up to our online membership (for free) and get tickets to any of our films for just £5 on Monday to Friday before noon and all day every Tuesday and Wednesday. Plus, you’ll also get the latest news and offers straight to your inbox. DE CE M BE R 2 0 1 9


MARCH UNITED SERVICES CLUB

SAT 14TH DECEMBER

WHITTLESEY MUSIC NIGHTS PRESENT

WRONG JOVI

8PM – ALL TICKETS £10

CHRISTMAS EVE 3-6PM

CHILDREN’S PARTY

£2 PER CHILD (INCLUDES GIFT FROM SANTA)

THURS 2ND JANUARY JACK & THE BEANSTALK DOORS OPEN AT 3.30PM SHOW STARTS AT 4PM ADULT & CHILD TICKETS £5 EACH

NEW YEAR’S EVE

LIVE MUSIC FROM PARTY CENTRAL 8PM UNTIL LATE

Bring your own nibbles £6 MEMBERS, £9 NON-MEMBERS

BOXING DAY

BINGO & FAMILY PARTY EYES DOWN AT 12.30PM Bring your own nibbles

Tickets on sale now

THE FUNCTION HALL IS AVAILABLE TO HIRE FOR PARTIES & WEDDINGS ETC – PLEASE CALL US TO ENQUIRE.

March United Services Club 1 New Road, March PE15 9AN Telephone: 01354 657271 Email: uscmarch@yahoo.com

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Churches Together in March

Christmas Services & Events 2019 St Wendreda’s, The Avenue 1st December (Sunday) 4pm Joint Churches Choral Advent service 22nd December (Sunday) 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4pm Christingle Service Christmas Day 11am Family Communion St John’s, Station Road 8th December (Sunday) 3pm Fenland District Council Carol Service 15th December (Sunday) 4.30pm Christingle Service 22nd December (Sunday) 4.30pm Carol Service Christmas Eve 10am Holy Communion 4.30pm Nativity Play Service 11.30pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 9.30am Christmas Communion with Carols St Peter’s, High Street 15th December (Sunday) 3pm Christingle Service (ending the tree festival) 22nd December (Sunday) 11pm Sunday Service with Nativity Play 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4pm Family Crib and Carol Service 11.30pm Midnight Communion Service Christmas Day 8am Holy Communion 11am Christmas Communion with Carols St Mary’s, Westry 22nd December (Sunday) 3pm Candlelight Carol Service Christmas Day 9.15am Christmas Communion with Carols

Our Lady of Good Counsel, St John’s Road Christmas Eve 11.30pm* Midnight Mass *Please check website for time Christmas Day 9am Mass at St Peter & St. Paul Church, Chatteris 11am Sung Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, March Trinity (Methodist United Reformed), High Street 8th December (Sunday) 3pm Carols with Manea Silver Band 22nd December (Sunday) 10.30am Carol Service 3pm Christingle Service Christmas Day 10am Christmas Morning Worship at Centenary Centenary Baptist, High Street 1st December (Sunday) 10.30am Café Sunday – The Star 22nd December (Sunday) 6pm Carols by Candlelight Service Christmas Day 10am Christmas Celebration Evangelical Fellowship, Upwell Road 22nd December (Sunday) 4.30pm Carols followed by refreshments Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas Thanksgiving March Community Church, Community Centre, Station Road 22nd December (Sunday) 10.30am Christmas Service Fenland Community Church (Scout Hall Behind Sainsbury’s) 15th December (Sunday) 10.30am Joint Christmas Carol Service with March Community Church N.B. The above service is specially designed for people with learning disabilities, their friends, relatives and carers.

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BAR MEALS AVAILABLE. OPEN FOR LUNCHES ON WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS Meals from £5 and Desserts £2 Planning a Wedding or Party? Come and see our Function Room and Lounge. Competitive hire charges for a large, comfortable room. Need catering? We can supply all your needs! Please contact us for more information.

DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE CLUB

Saturday 1st: CHRISTMAS FAYRE & AFTERNOON TEA with entertainment from ABBA – Just The Girls. £10pp, few tickets left!

Sunday 15th & 22nd: CHRISTMAS CARVERIES with starter, main, dessert, cheese & biscuits and tea/coffee. £18pp. Almost sold out!

Friday 6th: FILM NIGHT: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION Free entry, all welcome, bar meals available.

Wednesday 18th: CHRISTMAS LUNCH Booking is essential!

Sunday 8th: CHILDREN’S FILM SHOW 2pm start with a visit from Santa.

Christmas Eve Enjoy a relaxed evening before the big day with sausage rolls and mince pies. The Christmas Draw will take place this evening.

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For more information contact the Club on

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or find us on Facebook

Boxing Day CHILDREN’S PARTY All welcome. New Year’s Eve PARTY Dancing to Avalon, carved buffet included in the price of £20pp.

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Something a little different this month:

Centuries ? ? ? Quiz ? ? ? 1) If a person reaching 100 years of age is called a ‘centenarian’, what is a ‘super-centenarian’? 2) In which year did Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, pass away at the age of 101? 3) Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, has been the longest-living member of the British royal family. True or false? 4) Jeanne Calment is recognised as the oldest person to have ever lived, (and whose age has been independently verified). How old was she: 110, 117, 122 or 130? 5) What name was given to the Roman army officer who commanded a group of 100 men (80 legionaries and 20 servants and orderlies)? 6) Abbreviated to ‘cwt’, how much does a ‘hundredweight’ weigh? 7) Which is the longer distance, 100 yards or 100 metres, and by how much? 8) Identify the language where ‘one hundred’ is expressed as a) cento; b) einhundert; c) ett hundra; d) sto; e) cien. 9) What is the ‘FTSE 100’? 10) What curious name was given to the series of conflicts between England and France between 1337 and 1453?

The Sporty Bit... 11) Against which team did Geoff Boycott score his hundredth first class hundred? 12) Which English batsman has scored the most Test centuries? 13) Now known as Supersport Park, which country would play their home Test matches at Centurion Park? 14) When the All Blacks beat Japan in 1995 to record the highest ever World Cup rugby union score, how many points did they score, 110, 125 or 145? 15) Who is the only English rugby union player to have won over 100 caps? 16) Which two England players, recently in Japan for the World Cup, are nearing their century of caps? 17) Who has won the most caps for England at soccer, with 125? 18) There have been eight other England footballers who have won over 100 caps. Which two of these are currently managers, one in Scotland and the other in the Premiership? 19) How many balls do you need to score exactly 100 in a frame of snooker? 20) What incredible feat did Ronnie O’Sullivan achieve in March 2019, in the winning frame of the Players Championship snooker final? ANSWERS: 1) Someone reaching the age of 110, 2) 2002, 3) False, (Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, died aged 102 in 2004), 4) 122, 5) Centurion, 6) 112 pounds (50.8 kg.), 7) 100 metres (equivalent to 109.36 yards), 8a – Italian, b – German, c - Swedish, d – Polish, e – Spanish, 19) A stock market index comprising the top 100 capitalized UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, 10) ‘The Hundred Years War’, 11) Australia, 12) Alastair Cook, 13) South Africa, 14) They won 145 – 17, 15)Jason Leonard (with 119), 16) Ben Youngs, Dan Cole, 17) Peter Shilton, 18) Steven Gerrard (Rangers) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea), 19) 25, 20) He notched up his 1,000th century break!

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Club Guide Sport

Finesse Personal Training Mon: Over 60s Gentle exercise 2pm at Catholic Church, Bootcamp 6.45pm, Clubbercise 7.30pm at Westwood School. Tues: Clubbercise 9.30am, Pilates 10.30am at Braza Club & 5.15pm at Witcham. Weds: Total Toning 6.30pm at Facet Centre. Thurs: Clubbercise 6pm, Pilates 7pm at Westwood School. Sat: Bootcamp 8am at West End Park. For more information visit www.finessept. co.uk or on 07793 942893  Pro Martial Arts School March Train at Neale-Wade Academy (Thursdays) - Contact Stuart Harris on 07756 407968 for more details. March Braza Bowls Club Wednesday and Saturday afternoon roll ups will resume in early April. All equipment will be provided. For info contact 01354 654634. Ladybirds Netball Club Train Mondays in March. Juniors 6-7pm, Adults 7-8pm. All levels welcome. Please contact us for more info: ladybirdsncmarch@hotmail.com March Town Cricket Club The Pavilion, Burrowmoor Rd, March PE15 9RS Tel:01354 652029 Committee Meetings are held on 2nd Tuesday in each month. The Club is open 6 days per week from 7pm. www.marchtowncricket.com Facebook: March Town Cricket Club BRAZA Short Mat Bowls Club Meet at the BRAZA club Elm Road March on Tuesday at 2pm and on Thursday at 7pm. Beginners welcome. Contact 01345 652586 brazashortmatbowlsclub.clubbz.com GER Sports and Social Club Home of Cambridge County darts, also outdoor bowls club. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March. www.germarch.co.uk March Town United F.C. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March www.pitchero.com/clubs/ marchtownunited Neale-Wade Gymnastics Club For children aged five and up, classes three days a week. Contact Head Coach Alan Todd 01354 692437 March Cycling Club We are recruiting more cyclists of any ability and age. Visit facebook.com/ mcc-MarchCyclingClub or @fensCC March Squash & Racket Ball Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. www.marchsquashclub.org.uk Estover Playing Field Association Football pitches available for hire. Open to all. Tel. 01354 653540 March Golf Club Grange Road, March, PE15 0YH 01354 652364 www.marchgolfclub.co.uk

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March Conservative Bowls Club Creek Rd, March PE15 8RD 07833 932083 March Badminton Club At Neale Wade Sports Centre. Tuesday club night 7-9.30pm, Wednesday 7-8.30pm beginners + pay and play £4, Thursday 8-9.30pm beginners-intermediate pay and play £4. Contact us on our facebook page: March badminton club Yoga Classes Meet at March Community Centre on Tuesdays at 4.30-5.45pm and 6-7.15pm and Wednesdays 10-11.15am and at Elm Primary School on Wednesdays 7-8.15pm. Contact: Peter 07905 601585, email: pabamullins206@ntlworld.com March Triathlon Club Meets on Tuesday nights at 8pm to 9.30pm for swim training at the George Campbell sports centre in March. Contact details for anyone interested are at  Marchtriathlonclub@gmx.co.uk

Clubs & Groups

Friends of March Library Supporting and promoting the library within the community. Join us at our coffee mornings on the last Saturday of every month, from 10.30am to 12 noon. Members and non-members are always welcome. Royal British Legion March Branch Meets on first Tuesday of month at 7.45pm, Rookswood Club, 27 West End, March. New members welcome, Contact Secretary 01354 652470. Boogie Tots March Town Hall, 10-11am Tuesdays Tel 07807 951771 Wimblington Village Choir Every Monday at 7pm. Parish Hall, Addison Rd, Wimblington PE15 0QT. New members welcome. No formal audition, just a pitch test as we have 4 part harmonies. £3 per week to cover hall and printing costs. Please contact Chris 07831 83535, Pat 07985 027515 or Maureen 01354 741894 March Solo Group For those who have lost their partner through bereavement. Meets in Trinity Church Hall, March PE15 9LH, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10.30am. Tel 01354 656181 or email mish.panspatch@btinternet. com for more information. Wisbech IPMS Scale Model Club Meets twice monthly at the Community room of Wisbech Tesco, on the 2nd and 4th Monday between 7pm and 10pm. All scales, genre and experience welcome. www.wipms.co.uk March Brass 2000 Rehearsal every Monday in St Peter's Church, March main band from 7-9pm Beginners classes held Mondays from

6.15-6.45pm. £2. Brass instruments supplied if required; further details at www.marchbrass2000.co.uk March & District Model Railway Club The Rookswood Club, Rookswood, 27 West End March, PE15 8DP 01733 204997. Mike Wyldbore (Secretary): secretary@mdmrc.co.uk www.mdmrc.co.uk March Street Pride Volunteer Group Litter picks take place on the last Tuesday of every month. We meet at the George Campbell Leisure Centre at 10am. New volunteers are always welcome to join us, equipment is provided. Contact 07572 203157. Email murray1944@outlook.com Lisa Dickinson’s Dance Mania Dance classes consisting of commercial pop, performance ballet, tap, top of the tots for the little ones and adult classes. Weds-Fri after school and evenings, Thurs & Sat mornings at March Community Centre. Contact Lisa: 07933 796485, email: lisa.df@hotmail.co.uk March & District Amateur Operatic Society (MADAOS) Join us to sing, dance, and act in a musical, pantomime or concert. Rehearsals at March Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. New members welcome. Contact us on contactmadaos@gmail. com or find MADAOS on Facebook.

Charities

Churches

20TwentyProductions Skoulding Suite, March Town Hall Arts opportunities for young people. Tel: 01354 652769 Email: katherine@20twentyproductions. co.uk   PlayRight Theatre Company St Peters Church Hall, High Street, March. Term-time 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 www.ypm.org.uk Also includes Fenzone Youth Council 1220 (March) Squadron ATC Headquarters Building, Gas Road, March. 01354 651788. 1220@ aircadets.org www.1220atc.org.uk Fun United For people 10-19 with additional needs, every Tuesday 7-9pm. FACET, Marwick Centre, Marwick Rd, March. Contact Papworth Trust 0800 952 5000 or info@papworth.org.uk. 1st March Scout Group facebook.com/1stMarchScoutGroup Activities for young people, male and female, aged 6-18, Gavin Philpott 07971 810 352. Email info@1stMarchScouts.org.uk

Trinity Methodist/United Reformed Church High Street, March PE15 9LH Minister 01945 461947 St Wendreda’s Church Wimblington Road, March St Peter’s Church High Street, March St John’s Church Station Road, March Providence Baptist Church Burrowmoor Road, March. Jonathan Stevens (Pastor) March Evangelical Fellowship Upwell Road, March. Dennis Jordan (Pastor) 01354 656390 Centenary Baptist High Street, March St Mary’s Church Westrea Our Lady of Good Counsel (Roman Catholic Church) St John’s Road, March Fenland Community Church Usually meet at the Scout Hall behind Sainsbury’s Supermarket www.fcc.uk.net Elim March March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March. PE15 8LE www.elimmarch.org.uk

March & Chatteris Talking Newspaper Association Riverside Studio, Town Hall, Market Place March. Volunteers welcomed. Call 01354 651892 RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch 37-39 High Street, March. Branch Office Tel: 01354 653164 March Rotary Club Held at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March, at 7.30pm every Monday (except BH) www. rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage. php?ClubID=489 Drinksense Fenland 20a Deerfield Road, March. Call 01354 650457 March Lions Club Oliver Cromwell Hotel, High Street. email marchlionsclub@gmail.com Breathe Easy Fenland (part of the British Lung Foundation’s support network) Meets at St.Peters Church, March, first Thursday each month at 1.45pm and 2pm. New members welcome at 1.45pm. For more information please call 01345 680466 Macmillan Cancer Support March and Chatteris fundraising group, volunteers welcomed. Call 07801 307050 for information.

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TREE SURGERY

ALL ASPECTS OF TREE SURGERY FOR WISBECH, MARCH, CHATTERIS AND SURROUNDING AREAS: • Felling, shaping and pruning • 24hr emergency service • Stump grinding and removal • All waste removed • Fully insured CALL TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTATION

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POND MAINTENANCE

Pete’s

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Nigel’s Vehicle Repairs of March CAR RESTORATION RESPRAYS & ACCIDENT REPAIRS MOT PREPARATION • WELDING ALLOY WHEELS REFURBISHED

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OSTEOPATHS

MARCH OSTEOPATHS www.gurusingh.org.uk STUBBORN PAIN AND STIFFNESS DAMAGES LIVES. GENTLE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR BACK, NECK AND JOINT PAIN. FOR THE WHOLE INDIVIDUAL.

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Tree & Landscaping Services • All types of tree topped, shaped/pruned • All varieties of hedge trimmed • Fence work undertaken • New patios laid or your existing one power-cleaned • All rubbish removed from site!

All customers are offered a 7 day cooling off period All enquiries to:

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A. BANKS Garage Services

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AIR CONDITIONING SERVICING MOT PREPARATION AND REPAIRS SERVICING & REPAIRS TYRES – FITTING & PUNCTURE REPAIR TRACKING & WHEEL BALANCING DIAGNOSTIC & SYSTEMS TESTING

Tel: 01354 279261 • Independent family run business • Town centre location • Comfortable waiting room and viewing area • Competitively priced tyres • Free tyre pressure checks • MOT Class I, II and IV testing station We also do puncture repairs, tracking, wiper blades and bulbs.

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For all your self-drive hire requirements

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CARS • VANS • LUTONS MINI BUSES (7 to 17 seats with seatbelts)

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7.5 TONNE WITH TAIL LIFT Daily, Weekly & Monthly Rates Contract Hire • Continental Hire RAC Cover • Collection & Delivery Competitive prices include:

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FISHERS OF MARCH

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T 01354 651777 M 07872 563373 2 WHITTLESEY ROAD, MARCH PE15 0ER Opposite Meadowlands Retail Park, on the roundabout Open 7 Days (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm)

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Units 1-2 Marina Business Park Marina Drive March PE15 0AU

EVERY car sold with:

NEW MOT Oil & Filter Service

6 Months Warranty Pre-Delivery Inspection Can’t Afford The Car You Love? Poor Credit History?..No Problem!

We are happy to take in any part exchange vehicle and always look to offer a great price.

We Offer Finance!!

01354 648480 December Coupon When purchasing a vehicle from us, bring this token and recieve either: ÂŁ500 MINIMUM Part Exchange Value

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Sale Offers

Blue, White, Orange, Grey. Find something to catch your eye. Discounted prices are now available on brand-new models in stock, including over £15,000 saving on a new Touareg or £4,500 off the iconic Golf.

Utterly irresistible offers from Robinsons Volkswagen (Peterborough) Storeys Bar Road, Eastern Industry, Peterborough, PE1 5YS Telephone: 01733 312213 www.robinsonsvolkswagen.co.uk Find us on: /VolkswagenRobinsons

@Robinsons_VW

Available exclusively from Robinsons Volkswagen dealers between 1st November and 17 December, 2019. Selected models only. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 and electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO2 figures (known as WLTP). The CO2 figures shown however, are based on a calculation designed to be equivalent to the outgoing (NEDC) test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. For more information, please see www.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/wltp or consult your retailer. Data correct at 11/2019. Figures quoted are for a range of configurations and are subject to change due to ongoing approvals/changes. Please consult your retailer for further information. Official fuel consumption figures for the Volkswagen range model range in mpg (litres/100km): Combined 0 (0) – 217.3 (11.1). Combined CO2 emissions 0 – 205 g/ km.

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