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Nichola plans to make the classes fun and friendly to suit everyone’s needs and wants to hear from expectant mums about what they are looking for. She said: “I plan to hold weekly evening courses and weekend day courses in the new year but will also be able to hold one-to-one sessions if requested. “I would like people to contact me to let me know what they would like to get out of the classes. The classes will not just be for first-time mums but also for those who have already had children.

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“I have been lucky enough to have had a good experience with the birth of my own children and I want to help other women have a similar or even better experience. I am quite a calm person and want to ensure that other young mums don’t feel intimidated by the prospect of giving birth and looking after their new-born babies.�

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Welcome to Your December Issue. Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure you are all beavering away to get ready for the big day. This month’s issue includes plenty of Christmas themed articles designed to get you in the mood for the festive break including our special seasonal treasure hunt. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers, contributors and advertisers who have supported us over the course of 2018. We always try to produce the best possible publication each month and report on what’s happening in the local community, but it would be impossible without your help. On behalf of all the team I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. See you in 2019!

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The last month of 2018! What a year! The year that Discovering Wisbech was born! I’d like to say a huge thank you to not only the whole team (more like a family) who make these magazines so brilliant monthly, but also, a big thank you to you, our readers for contributing and advertising in this fantastic magazine. Here’s to an even better 2019. Discovering magazines are feeling festive and bringing you some fantastic Christmassy events, brilliant articles and so much more! December is the time to sit with your loved ones and reflect on the year and think about what is to come for 2019. So, what is to come next year? Honestly? No one can be certain. But, what we can be certain of is that, waiting at your door every month will be this happy little magazine, ready to give you news and updates about your local area. It will be filled with love and care, as we hope your Christmas time is. I’ve written a little bit about Christmas on page 42. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we hope you have a brilliant time and a happy new year.

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Wisbech Highlights

4......................Christmas Fayre 6......................History Page. 8......................Be Fabulous.

9......................Arts with Aldo Lerubino. 10 - 11..........Flourishing Births. 12....................March Podiatry. 14....................Holiday with us! 18....................Fraser Dawbarns. 20 - 21.......Community News! 24...................Garden News. 26...................Recipe Page. 28...................Bygones. 32...................Coyote. 34...................Diamond Byte. 38...................Almary Green. 42...................Christmas with Holly Jean! 44...................Steve Barclay’s December news

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46 - 47......Whiting and Partners. 53 - 55.......What’s On. 52...................Light Cinema. 56...................Clubs Guide. 58...................Bumper Christmas Quiz.

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59...................School News. 60...................Directory Page. 61 - 62........Christmas Novelty Hunt

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Wisbech Christmas Fayre Sunday December 9th : 10am – 3pm

Visitors to Wisbech on December 9th are in for a fabulous, festive treat! A whole host of exciting festive fun awaits shoppers. Children will have the chance to meet Santa and his real, live reindeer on Hill Street. Little ones can enjoy free rides on the teacups by the Rose and Crown and on a miniature steam train at Market Street from 10am – 3pm. Make sure you are in the Horsefair Shopping Centre, Bus Station at 12 noon, to be in with a chance of winning the ‘Best-Dressed Christmas Costume’ competition. Everyone is encouraged to wear Christmas fancy dress and the best costume will be judged by the Mayor of Wisbech, who will be awarding prizes kindly donated by Wisbech Rotary. As well as a prize for the best dressed child, there will be a second category for best dressed adult too! Don’t forget to pay a visit to the library. Renowned

illustrator of the children’s picture book, ‘Snow’, Carolina Rabei, will be creating a fantastic collage to which children will be able to make and add items on the day. There will also be story-time, face-painting and refreshments to enjoy … not to mention a performance from Wisbech Ukulele at 11am! There will be plenty for adults too, with live music, festive food and over one hundred stalls in the Market Place and surrounding streets, for that perfect gift. Confirmed musical acts include the acclaimed Rock Choir, Wisbech Drum Corps and Bar Six, to name but a few. They are guaranteed to have you rocking around the Christmas tree! Free parking will be available for visitors in all public car parks, as well as the Horsefair Shopping Centre. For more information on the fancy dress competition, please visit www. horsefairshoppingcentre.co.uk For regular updates leading up to the event,follow us on Facebook @ fenlandevents and @WisbechChristmasFayre.

Food Safety Seminars – Great Success and More to Follow (hopefully!) Plans are in the pipeline to hold regular, free, food safety seminars for businesses following the success of an event hosted by Fenland District Council. Representatives from more than twenty food businesses attended the free seminar, which was organised by the Council’s environmental health team and held at Fenland Hall last month. Following a welcome from Cllr David Oliver, attendees heard from food safety and public health experts on a variety of subjects, including food allergies and intolerance, food poisoning, effective cleansing and disinfection and safety of vacuum-packed foods. Feedback questionnaires showed 93% of respondents felt the presentations 4

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on the day were either good or very good, with many asking for regular similar events. Trevor Darnes, Senior Environmental Health Officer at Fenland District Council, who organised the event, said: “It was great to welcome lots of different food businesses from across Fenland and give them the opportunity to improve and update their food safety knowledge and understanding. Many representatives said they found it really useful and would like us to hold further seminars

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in future, which we’re definitely going to look at doing.” The free food safety seminar was held in addition to the Council’s usual food safety course, which is recognised as suitable training for employees in the food/catering sector. The next training course is being held on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, from 10am - 1pm, at the Council’s offices in Melbourne Avenue, March. The course costs £40 per person and can be booked online at www.fenland. gov.uk/foodtraining. de ce m be r 2 0 1 8


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Best Dressed Christmas Costume Competition 12 noon at the Bus Station Prizes for Best Dressed Child and Adult, kindly donated by Wisbech Rotary

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History

‘If It Wasn’t for Those in Between’ by Roger Powell, Wisbech Society.

Wisbech is an archipelago of urban spaces, a congeries that has resulted from a series of historical accidents. The result poses problems of through access and of use, because the town was not planned as an organic unity but, like Topsy, it just grew. Probably the original settlement was to the north of the Nene; this is where a Saxon cemetery has been discovered on the Aldi site. However, in A.D.1000, Oswui and Leofric gave the vill of Wisbech to the abbots of Ely. The abbots and later the bishops chose to build their castle to the south of the river. This created a new focus and also brought about one of the first barriers in the form of the Nene, which is one of the features that divide the town. Nevertheless, a market was developed at the foot of the castle walls, whose line is preserved in the western building line of the Market Place, and together with the church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, these three features formed a viable unit. Archaeological investigation in Church Terrace has led to the suggestion of a canal linking the castle moat to the Welle Stream, a route of access for the bishop and his officers. To the north of the Market Place, access was needed to the Nene, and traces of this are to be found in the narrow passageways which link it to the river. As these lost their original function they fell largely into neglect and all, except one, lie derelict rather than providing pleasant and safe pedestrian throughways. They are one of the throughways of Wisbech which have suffered from lack of use. The next major change in the town scene was the erection of fine domestic buildings on the Brinks. They now became another focus, but as they lay on important through-roads, they could not play the role of leisure spaces.

A fourth urban space was created when Medworth demolished Thurloe’s mansion and built the castle estate. This provided an excellent feature but also a space alongside, and in part rivalling, the Market Place whose original role had been to service the castle and form an organic whole. Now the town had four foci, (the Old Market, the Brinks, the Market Place and the Castle Estate) with little rationale to link them up. The Victorians created new spaces like the Park and the Kings Walk cemetery, (now Tillery Field), often with only tenuous physical links to the original spaces. They also created a further rupture in the traffic flow by constructing the canal. This brought goods to the Nene but set up a physical boundary between Wisbech and New Walsoken, which has been continued by the Churchill Road’s dual carriageway. In the Twentieth century, the Horsefair development created a third space alongside the Castle Estate and Market Place. So, there are three spaces with little thought as to how they relate to the thoroughfares of the town. The Horsefair is pedestrianised but the Market Place, which also should be an ambulatory area, remains a car park and a proposed thoroughfare. Many of its commercial functions have been leached by the Horsefair, but on market days it comes alive and prompts the thought of more outside cafes and street furniture like fountains which enliven such spaces in other European towns. Skateboarders make use of Museum Square, and although there may be some criticism of that use, it serves as a reminder that we all ought to actively repossess these urban pedestrian spaces and not abuse them as car parks. The development of out-of-town retail and entertainment areas, together with the demise of town centre supermarkets, has further weakened the town’s heart. So the plan of Wisbech consists of illogical paradoxes and anomalies. Its system of thoroughfares must be established in a rational fashion and so too must be its urban spaces and their mutual relationship, functions and interaction.

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We bring you items of interest of Art in our community. If there is something you’d like us to cover or you have something to say please get in touch with Holly:

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The First Christmas Card by Aldo Ierubino, Art Historian The very first printed Christmas greeting card to be sent employing the new ‘Penny Post’ public postal delivery service (which had started in 1840), was sent in December 1843. This was the beginning of the custom of sending a card through the post which has survived to this day. The custom was started in Britain by Sir Henry Cole, (1808-1882), Assistant Keeper of the new ‘Public Record Office’, (later called the Post Office). It was his idea to expand the use of the postal system through the introduction of an affordable postal charge – one penny – thus extending the use of the postal system to almost anyone. The cost of postage was further reduced to one halfpenny for items such as cards that were sent unsealed, and so began the annual deluge of Christmas cards.  Cole wanted to create in effect a universal postal system, and this he did through the introduction of the cheaper rate postal charge, but it was the ‘invention’ of the printed ‘Christmas card’ which was the masterstroke. To that end he involved a close friend and Royal Academician, John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), asking him to design a Christmas card that could be commercially printed.  Horsley was a trained academic painter, and an illustrator, who specialised in scenes of everyday life, much in the tradition of Dutch painting. He was distinguished by being chosen as one of six artists to paint frescoes in the House of Lords; however, it is as the designer of the first Christmas card that he is now remembered. One thousand cards were printed and sold at

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one shilling each. When the cost of the card was added to the one penny postal charge this amounted to a total expenditure of £6.58 at today’s prices, therefore not exactly affordable by anyone, except the wealthy. However, the success of this venture quickly popularised the practice of sending Christmas cards and by 1900 it was widespread throughout Britain and Europe. The card was of a relatively simple design made up of three panels framed by a wooden trellis around which vines spread, and within which are depicted suitable moralising messages about Christmas. The centre panel shows a convivial scene of family merrymaking, whilst the flanking panels show acts of benevolence and charity. The Dickensian overtones are probably no more than a coincidence, but it is hard to overlook the fact that Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” was also published in December 1843. The pre-printed ‘To’ and ‘From’ at the top and bottom of the card, enabled the personalisation of the card, which otherwise carried a simple greeting: ‘A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You’. It was published at Summerly’s Home Treasury Office, 12 Old Bond Street, London. It is interesting to note that the card was not universally approved and that the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge, as noted by Dickens, was alive and well, for some disapproved because it showed a child being allowed to drink a glass of wine!

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Flourishing Births Nichola plans to make the classes fun and friendly to suit everyone’s needs and wants to hear from expectant mums about what they are looking for. She said: “I plan to hold weekly evening courses and weekend day courses in the new year but will also be able to hold one-to-one sessions if requested. “I would like people to contact me to let me know what they would like to get out of the classes. The classes will not just be for first-time mums but also for those who have already had children.

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oung March mum Nichola Neal has set up a new company to provide antenatal classes in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas.

The 34-year-old mother of three has formed Flourishing Births to provide other young mums with the information, skills and confidence needed to manage childbirth and care for the new-born.

“I have been lucky enough to have had a good experience with the birth of my own children and I want to help other women have a similar or even better experience. I am quite a calm person and want to ensure that other young mums don’t feel intimidated by the prospect of giving birth and looking after their new-born babies.” Nichola – who has been working as a library assistant at Whittlesey and Wisbech and is about to start a new role at Fenland District Council – will hold the first classes early in the New Year. More details are available at her website www.flourishingbirths.com and on Facebook at flourishingbirths and you can contact Nichola direct on 07749 456790 or email flourishingbirths@hotmail.com

She was inspired to set up the company following the birth of her own children, Harry (10), Libby (8) and three-year-old Teddy. She said: “I learned such a lot from my own experience of childbirth and baby care that I wanted to support other mums to help give them a good experience.” Nichola, who lives in Burnet Gardens, March, has studied hard to gain her Antenatal Educator Diploma and is now on the Register of the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT). Flourishing Births aims to provide mothers-to-be with a calm and confident birth and to inspire them to feel great about themselves whatever birth choices they may face.

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The Winds of Change

BY DANIEL BALL, PARTNER AND HEAD OF THE COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENT

This is partly because of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) where a power generator sells the energy it produces directly to a buyer. PPAs are long-established in the US and are becoming more common in Europe. By finding installations with sufficient power requirements it is possible to sell all the power generated by a renewable energy project to the private sector at pre-agreed prices, giving more certainty to investors.

For years, the UK Government offered a range of subsidies for clean energy projects, providing grants for those setting up commercial renewable energy plants and offering reductions on energy bills for homeowners who installed solar panels on their houses. This helped to create many small plants supplying energy to the National Grid and also helped the Government to reach its legally binding obligation to cut carbon emissions. This all changed when the Government scrapped subsidy payments for onshore wind projects. With the withdrawal of subsidies, investment in the wind sector dropped. The private sector won’t commit to projects that don’t produce suitable returns, instead looking to alternatives for higher returns on investment. Similarly, in other renewable sectors, such as solar, as subsidies decreased investment in the sector was pared back. However recent figures suggest that this is changing.

The main reason, however, is the return on investment that the private investor can now yield. This has partly come about due to the reduction in the cost of generating power from wind and solar sources. The technology is becoming more efficient by recovering more energy when in operation and thus driving the cost down. The cost of the turbines and solar photovoltaics used in renewable projects has also come down, so the sector has gained the benefits of both reduced capital outlay and increased generation. Battery technology often goes hand in hand with renewables. Wind and solar plants frequently use vast arrays of batteries to store generated energy. Despite huge advances in battery technology in recent years, the cost of these limits the potential for returns. This sector is developing very quickly, so although it remains a ‘watch this space’ opportunity for now it is a very exciting prospect for the near future. Having worked with a number of developers and landowners on renewable energy projects, it is an exciting prospect that technological development is now providing opportunities for people to set up profitable renewable energy sites without relying on subsidies.

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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 with Holly:

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The Talking Newspaper – What’s That All About Then? The Wisbech and District Talking Newspaper organisation is looking for more people to benefit from the free-of-charge service it offers to the blind, visually impaired and people that may have difficulty reading the printed word for other reasons.

audio material produced by this group each month, based on local news and magazine articles? The material is supplied in MP3 format on a USB memory stick that may be listened to on a free issue playback machine, specially designed for use by blind people.

free service, please contact Kim Machlachlan on 07908 258778.

Advancing technology in eye care treatment has thankfully reduced the number of people with sight impairment over recent years, so much so that the volunteers that run the Talking Newspaper will soon outnumber the beneficiaries.

The memory sticks are sent out in pouches that have a reversible label for their easy return, again specially designed for use by people with visual impairment. The delivery and return of these pouches is also provided totally free of charge by Royal Mail. So if you or someone you know that may be interested in taking advantage of this completely

We are also looking for a volunteer who would be comfortable with using our recording equipment and would be prepared to give up a couple of hours on a Monday or Thursday evening, once a month. Naturally, training will be given if required. Anyone interested in this position should contact Andrew Neve on 01945 870023.

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Silver Monday On the third Monday of every month, Wisbech Rotary holds a film show for the over 60s at the Light Cinema. We are delighted to announce that our film on December 17th is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. Doors open at 9.30 am and the film starts at 10.30am. Tickets are £3, to include tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits, and are available from Val Smith on 01945 860596 or Bill Redmayne on 07831 838075. Tickets are selling fast – get yours now, then come along and “rediscover your inner Freddie”! 20

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We will arrange a visit by one of our volunteers to deliver a playback machine and ensure that the recipient (and/or carer) is comfortable with the use of the equipment.

Foodbank’s Supplies Boosted by Generous Donations – but Help is Still Needed The Fenland, King’s Lynn and Peterborough branch of Unite Community Union have raised £100 to buy food for Wisbech Foodbank. The urgently-needed items for families and single people in crisis were handed over to co-ordinator, Margaret Gibbs, on Friday November 2nd by union branch chair, Amy Broad. Margaret said: “Generous donations from school Harvest Festivals, and from groups like Unite, have helped us build up a stockpile of food. But with the rollout of the Universal Credit benefit in the area, demand has never been so high. And with winter coming and Christmas ahead, families are really going to feel the pressure. We’ll be working flat-out to help them through

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hard times. Our warehouse stock will go and we will rely on the continuing support of local people to build it up again.” The Foodbank always needs donations of food, and is keen to hear from volunteers who can join the team collecting, sorting and distributing parcels. If you can help, or if you need help, please contact Margaret at 07933 572054 or info@wisbech. foodbank.org.uk. Unite Community Union campaigns on important issues for a fairer deal for people, holds regular local meetings and welcomes new members. Anyone can join. For more information, contact Steve at steve.cawley@yahoo.co.uk. de ce m be r 2 0 1 8


Lions Benefit from “Shab to Chic” Generosity Nicky Jarvis at “Shab to Chic” in Emneth recently presented Wisbech Lions’ President, Chris Gay, with £402. This was from her raffle to celebrate the second birthday of “Shab to Chic”. Nicky kindly gave all the proceeds from the raffle to Wisbech Lions Club and said that she was able to do this due to the generosity of her wonderful customers and friends, and outstanding support from her family. Vice-President, Marilyn Batrick, stated that it was wonderful when small businesses, such as “Shab to Chic”, help local groups in the community and Wisbech Lions are truly grateful for this support.

World War Two Veteran, Jim, Shares His Memories Mr James Sutton (Jim), now 96, is one of the oldest surviving veterans of World War II, in the area. He was recently cared for at Arthur Rank Hospice in Wisbech, having been referred from Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

upper deck bridge with twin mounted Lewis machine guns); that’s from the North African Campaign; and that’s the ItalianSicilian campaign - we invaded and got them back; and that’s the 1939-1945 Star.”

His granddaughters describe him as “always having been very dapper”. They took care to make sure he was surrounded by a few of his most treasured possessions whilst he was in the Hospice. His bed is turned towards the patio windows, giving him a view of the Hospice gardens. Facing back into the room, on a cabinet, is Jim’s framed display of five World War II medals. He points a finger to each medal in turn and explains: 

At the age of 18, Jim joined his ship, HMS Valiant, at Davenport. He explains:

“That’s the King George V Imperial War medal: that one’s for being in the War at all. They weren’t so much for what we did, they were more about where we were when we did it. That’s from France and Germany, (when all the troops were going ashore in Normandy, my action station was up on the d e c em b er 2018

“She was just finishing a refit and turned out to be the most heavily armed ship in the fleet. When I joined my ship, there were four of us: HMS Valiant, HMS Warspite, HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson. They comprised what we called ‘Force H’. Based in Malta, it was our job to go in and sort out any problems in the Mediterranean. We had this call that they were having a bit of bother in Italy, getting the troops ashore at Salerno Bay. So away we went.” When asked about how he felt about it at the time, Jim responds:  “You had a job to do and you just

got on with your job, that’s all. Part and parcel of it. While that was blasting off, I was in our 4.5 gun turret. I was a gun lag, firing the guns. You were given a job to do, so you did it.” Does he feel proud of having served his country?  Jim’s answer is a modest one: “It wasn’t just me there were lots more like me.”   Having had his symptoms stabilised - thanks to the expertise of Arthur Rank Hospice’s doctor and nurse team – Jim was discharged from the Hospice’s care on November 2nd 2018 and was planning to mark this year’s Armistice Day together with his granddaughters, with a small, but special, celebration in his Cottenham Court Nursing Home.  Arthur Rank Hospice cares for more than 3,600 patients each year across the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech, and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. 

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Your Garden

DECEMBER Gardening Tips Well, we are already in December and coming up to the shortest day, which means that we are on our way to the next season. However, over the next two to three months we tend to see some of the worst weather; however, there are always jobs that can be done in the garden or allotment. Some gardeners put their allotment or vegetable patch “to bed” for the winter by covering the ground in plastic sheeting, or weed suppressant to keep weeds at bay: it also keeps the ground a little warmer for early spring planting and prevents heavy rain from washing away the soil’s nutrients. Before putting the covering down, it is worth digging the plot well and adding plenty of well-rotted organic material. There are one or two crops that you can still plant, such as garlic (if the soil is not frozen or waterlogged); new crowns of rhubarb or existing ones, divided and re-planted; bare-root fruit trees and bushes; and raspberry and blackberry canes. To divide rhubarb, lift the crown and, with a sharp spade, divide it into sections, each with a bud. Re-plant each section, in well-manured ground, with the bud just showing. Some jobs to do this month include: • Continue topping up compost and leaf mould bins. • If you intend to grow peas or beans next year, dig in plenty of organic matter as they require nutrient-rich soil. • Lift the last of your carrots, turnips and beetroot and put a mulch of straw around parsnips to prevent them being frozen into the ground. • As long as the soil is not frozen you can continue winter digging. • Earth up Brussels sprouts stems to keep them secure from strong winds and remove any brown or yellow leaves. • Make sure your winter brassicas are netted to prevent pigeons eating them. • Keep picking leeks and parsnips but, if the weather is very wet, check that the leeks are not getting water-logged and rotting. • December is the ideal time to prune apples and pears, gooseberries and currants. Autumn raspberries can be pruned right back to ground level between now and February.  If you feel the need to do some jobs you can always check over your tools in the shed to make sure that they are safe and fit to use next season. Clean the metal and wipe it over with something like 3 in 1 oil. Clean and wipe down all wooden handles with linseed oil. It not only preserves the wood but makes them more comfortable on the hands. Check for pests and diseases on any produce in store, especially for rat and mouse damage. Have a happy Christmas and a well-earned rest after a good year on the vegetable patch. Here’s to a fruitful 2019! Happy gardening!

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Eat the Season

mulled wine This festive favourite is easy to prepare and tastes like Christmas in a glass!

Method • Place all the ingredients into a large saucepan (not aluminium) and gently heat, stirring occasionally so the sugar does not stick.

Ingredients

• You’ll need 10 minutes preparation time, followed by 20 minutes cooking time.

Serves 6-8 people 2 bottles of inexpensive red wine 100g soft, light brown sugar 3 oranges, cut into 6 wedges 3 lemons, cut into 6 wedges 500ml orange juice 2 tsp mixed spice

• You can give extra spice to the drink by adding a little extra sugar and a dash or two of brandy.

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• Using a ladle, carefully pour the wine into sturdy glasses. Include a wedge or two of fruit, and a prune, in each glass.

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CHRISTMAS DAY 2018

Christmas is fast approaching and we are once more opening our doors to those who might not have anyone else to share it with. Will you be on your own? Do you know someone who will be on their own? We are opening our doors on Christmas Day from 12-2pm and offering Christmas Dinner to those who would otherwise have no-one to share their day with. In return, all we are asking is a minimum ÂŁ10 donation to Wisbech Lions Club as every penny helps this fantastic local charity. Pre-booking is essential to help us with preparation and planning and can be done in person by visiting the Cafe or by telephoning 01945 580866. WE CANNOT ACCEPT WALK-INS ON THE DAY.

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Let’s Start Prawn Cocktail Liver Pate, Toast & Garnish Homemade Soup of the Day Tempura Prawns, Side Salad & Choice of Dip Garlic Mushrooms, Side Salad & Choice of Dip

The Main Event Brie, Mushroom & Cranberry Wellington Roast Beef, Turkey or Pork served with Roast Potatoes, Creamed Potatoes Yorkshire Pudding, Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets & Seasonal Vegetables

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Bridget runs the business with the help of two cooks and two other staff with Mick helping out at weekends and when he is not working as a processes and systems specialist with Knowles Transport. Mick said: “It has been something that we had been thinking about doing for a long time but had never got around to it. We have been extremely pleased with how it has gone so far. We have attracted a lot of interest by word of mouth and have had some fantastic online reviews.”

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March couple have brought a taste of the past back to the town by opening a traditional vintage tea room.

Mick and Bridget Cook have been overwhelmed by the positive response they have received from customers since opening Cook Family Vintage Tea Room in Robingoodfellows Lane, March. The business – which offers breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and Sunday roasts – has already attracted loyal customers of all ages since first opening in June this year with the popularity of their traditional food and decor being highlighted with comments on their Facebook page. “Wow, wow, wow. This is a lovely little gem of a place” “Could not recommend Cook’s family vintage tea room enough! You are really spoilt for choice here with the food and drinks!” “Visited the tea room today. What a beautiful place. The staff were attentive friendly and made you feel very welcome” “Can't recommend enough! The food and tea was beautiful, such a range to choose from. Decorated wonderfully. Happy, kind staff and owners” 34 30

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She said: “We offer traditional food in a vintage setting. We are bringing nostalgia back. People have commented that the premises look nothing from the outside but resemble their nan's house inside. I often hear our customers talk about how it brings back many happy memories of visiting their nans' homes when they were younger. “Everything has been incredibly well received, particularly our traditional specials like bacon and onion roll, and homemade cakes and afternoon teas which are even really popular with youngsters.” Cook Family Vintage Tea Room, which can be booked for functions, also offers an outside catering service. Mick says that the premises – situated in the old Red Cross building – can currently seat 27 people but there are plans to increase this as well as developing the outside area to cater for additional customers. Cook Family Vintage Tea Room, Robingoodfellows Lane, March PE15 8HL. Winter opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. Tel: 01354 658934 Email: cookie197338@yahoo.co.uk

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Handmade Cakes & Afternoon Teas

Vintage Sweet Shop Inside Tearoom

Sunday Dinners Now Being Served Free on-site parking available Robingoodfellows Lane, March PE15 8HL Tel: 01354 658934 Find us on Facebook: Cooks Family Vintage Tea Room

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COYOTE BAR & DINER No 9 New Inn Yard Union Street Wisbech PE13 1DJ

Telephone: 01945 464111 Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 9.30am-12 midnight Friday and Saturday 9.30am-2am Sunday 11am-12 midnight. Last orders for food 9pm every night

Karaoke/Disco every Saturday from 9.30pm Large selection of Gin & mixers available – ask at the bar

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Fantastic New Menu! Christmas Opening Hours Christmas Day & Boxing Day: Closed Thursday 27th December: 9.30am-12 Midnight Friday 28th December: 9.30-2am Saturday 29th December: 9.30-2am Sunday 30th December 11am-12 Midnight New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-2am Come and welcome in the New Year with us with live entertainment! New Years Day: Closed From Wednesday 2nd January we are open normal hours (see above)


Single or Group Bookings Welcome

Christmas Menu Starters

Prawn Cocktail • Breaded Mushrooms Selection of homemade pate & chutney with toast

Main Courses Roast turkey, beef, or chicken breast with roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, stuffing balls, yorkshire puds and gravy. Salmon fillet with hollandaise sauce, new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Desserts Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, custard or cream. Baileys cheesecake • Hot apple pie with custard or cream Creme Brûlée • Selection of ice cream

Coffee & Mints £29.95pp. Available 7 days a week. Pre-book from 1st December 2018. Deposit required to secure booking.

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New PC/Laptop for Christmas? Now What? - Advice from Diamond Byte Solutions

So, you’ve either got yourself or the kids a new PC/ Laptop for Christmas, or are thinking about getting one in the sales. “Hooray,” you/they cheer as they unwrap their surprise – “we want to use it NOW!” (If you haven’t, but are thinking of getting one, check out our guide here https://diamondbyte.co.uk/laptopbuying-guide/) Let’s have a quick reminder of our top tips you need to get it up and running and some of the actions you should undertake when you first turn it on to make it safer, faster and better prepared for the future. Install Windows Updates Depending on when Windows was installed on your computer, there may be many updates, some of them large, to download. Connect the PC to the Internet, go to Settings, then System and Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates. Your system will search for updates, which you will need to download and install. Reboot your computer and do it again… and again… until the update check fails to return new entries. Be patient, it may take some time. Customize Do create a user account and password. Only forgo this step if you’re 110% sure no one else will want to gain access to this PC. Ever. If the computer is to have multiple users, it really is a must.

Clean out the cr*p… Large PC manufacturers install software on their computers at the factory. These “extras” are referred to as bundleware, bloatware, shovelware, and perhaps the most accurate, cr*pware. Download PC Decrapifier, a FREE tool that scans your PC for known bloatware, then allows you to delete it all in one click!…then fill it up again!

You may also need to set your language, time zone, and clock and calendar. We would also advise adjusting the power settings, especially if you’ve got a laptop that is unplugged while in use. The “high performance” pre-sets will run the battery down faster.

Of course, you needed to make room for your own stuff, although we can’t decide for you what editing tool, a media manager, Web browser and e-mail. And there are free alternatives for almost any program you might need – see our previous blog for a list of things we’ve recommended over the years.

Install an Anti-virus program As we’ve mentioned numerous times in previous blogs, keeping your PC safe from malware and viruses is crucial.

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Managing Inheritance Tax Liabilities by Tony Sharpe, Chartered Financial Planner

For those who may be affected by a future Inheritance Tax liability, good estate planning can be important. Tony Sharpe explains… If you own your own home and have built up significant wealth through judicious savings and investments, then you may have concerns about the impact that Inheritance Tax (IHT) may have on the estate that you leave for your heirs.   Every individual has an IHT-free allowance of £325,000, known as the Nil Rate Band (NRB).  If you are married or in a civil partnership, you can leave as much of your estate as you like to your partner without incurring an IHT charge (but not if you are a cohabitee).  If you leave some or all of your estate to someone other than your spouse or civil partner, then that part of your estate will count towards your NRB and anything over the allowance will be subject to a 40% IHT charge.   If you have any unused NRB on your death, you can pass it on to your spouse or civil partner, so the surviving spouse/civil partner can potentially amass a combined NRB of up to £650,000.   There is a further IHT allowance for anyone who is passing their main residence, (or its value), on to their direct descendants - broadly speaking, this means children and grandchildren, whether natural or not.  Depending on the value of the property, this could give an additional NRB of up to £125,000 to an individual who dies in the 2018/19 tax year – and is due to go up to £175,000 by 2020/21.  If unused, this element can also be passed on to a spouse/civil partner on death, giving a total potential combined

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NRB for a qualifying couple of £1 million in 2020/21. If your estate will exceed the relevant NRB, there are measures that you can employ to mitigate a potential future IHT charge, such as exemptions, gifts, trusts, certain types of investments and bequests to charity. Of course, there is also the option of life insurance, which won’t reduce the amount of IHT, but will ensure that some or all of the bill will be paid. Good planning throughout your lifetime can help to ensure that the value of your estate is managed to keep your future IHT liability under control.   This article is based on our understanding of current tax rules which are subject to change. Tony is a Chartered Financial Planner from Almary Green Investments Ltd – a Chartered firm of Independent Financial Advisers with offices in Wisbech, Norwich and Lowestoft.   To discuss financial planning for you or your business, contact Tony on 01945 429518 or e-mail him at tony.sharpe@ almarygreen.com. 

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he “C. word”. The one we’ve been thinking about since August. The one that shops have been advertising since October. The one that makes me feel all warm and excited, but also, the one that makes my bank account shake and shudder. That’s right! You guessed it! CHRISTMAS!  Let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, I am more excited than a kid at... well, Christmas I guess?  I think I’m quite a mature person. I deal with things well, hide my excitement for most things behind sarcasm and wit. But Christmas? Stuff me in a turkey and shove a bow on it because I am there. I’ve been singing all the songs for months, I keep craving Brussels sprouts with every meal, weird I know, I keep accidentally telling people what I’ve bought them. I’m like an oversized six- year-old when it comes to Christmas.  So, while you’re reading this, get the mince pies out and stick some Michael Buble on. It’s about to get Christmassy.  Let me tell you a little bit about my Christmas. When I was younger, the first thing that would get me excited was the Nativity. Oh yes, two hours of my mum sat in a crowd of parents, waiting to see two minutes of little me, with a tea-towel on my head as one of The Three Wise Men (I wasn’t a pretty child), only to see her slip out of the fire exit, once I’d said my three lines. 

Decorating the tree - this will always be one of my favourite traditions. Every year, I go to my grandad’s and decorate his tree for him. Christmas is always at my grandad’s house. It’s so incredible to see his eyes light up, as his tree does too. 42

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Christmas songs in the car - this is a big-un for me. I just love Christmas songs. If you see a little black car driving through March, blasting out Slade and Mariah Carey whilst singing along, loudly and embarrassingly, that’s me.

My mum complaining about the Christmas chocolates and Advent calendars being in the shops too early - but eating nothing but chocolate snowmen in September. Ah, the festivities! My auntie showing up late on the 25th of December, a little drunk and sleepy, complaining because we opened our presents without her - if you’re late, that’s your problem, not mine.  In all seriousness, my Christmases have been some of the best memories of my childhood. Not because of presents or the food, although it’s a perk, but because of family. As I get older, I think less about the presents, and more about just being with everyone, laughing and spending precious moments together. 

If you have young children, don’t take it for granted that all they care about is their presents. Don’t think that these moments won’t stay with them forever. I don’t remember what presents I got back in 2004 or, for that matter, 2017! I remember the moments spent by the sides of the ones I love. Make your memories, eat your sprouts and have a wonderful Christmas. 

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Wishing everyone in Wisbech a merry Christmas and a very happy new year - By Steve Barclay MP

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would like to wish everyone in Wisbech and across Fenland a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. With two young children at home, it is a particularly special time of year both personally and for our community, and it is also an opportunity to take stock.

2018 has seen progress in a number of areas locally, in particular for our schools, where the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area programme is well underway. As one of just twelve places nationally in this flagship scheme, all local teachers now have access to free courses to secure extra professional qualifications to develop their careers. Teach First has started placing teachers with Fenland schools, and a majority of our primary schools are now involved in research projects enabling them to benefit from the latest teaching techniques being developed by national experts. My literacy campaign, ‘Read to Succeed’ entered its third year, with over 2,000 books given to local Year 4 and 5 schoolchildren. Well done to all the children who read six books, and thanks to the parents, grandparents and carers who encouraged them and for the local businesses, councillors and residents who donated books. As a Health Minister, I am delighted with the £8 million improvements being undertaken at North Cambs Hospital. I visited the hospital in August to see the building work at Rowan Lodge, which is now complete, and is a great facility for physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Ensuring that there are more services closer to home is so important for our community, rather than having to make long journeys to acute hospitals outside the constituency.

Wisbech Castle has been given a new lease of life thanks to the work of a fantastic team of volunteers

On transport this year, progress has been made in areas like the opening of the Ely bypass which helps the whole of Fenland economically. In other areas, progress has moved forward but at a slower pace than I would have liked. We now have funding confirmed for construction of King’s Dyke Crossing in Whittlesey helping journeys to Peterborough, and Wisbech Rail is moving closer towards its destination, following the positive news that £3.25 million has been committed for the next phase of work by the Combined Authority. My recent constituency-wide parish and town council roundtable brought together parishes with key decision-makers from across the county, and I am hosting similar ‘roundtables’ with headteachers and arts groups in the next couple of months. This helps ensure we make the most effective case possible in securing new investment locally. Sport and healthy activity remain a key focus, so it was great news that Active Fenland secured extra money this year. Thanks to Steve Tierney, Sam Hoy and a fantastic team of volunteers, Wisbech Castle has been given a new lease of life this year after the team spent much of the summer repairing restoring and rejuvenating this historic building and its gardens. Above all, Wisbech and Fenland continues to show a fantastic community spirit.  This was particularly the case at the moving centenary services last month to mark the end of the First World War. As we celebrate Christmas, we do so remembering those who served in the past, and with thanks to those serving our community over this festive period.

To find out more about my work in Parliament and campaigns locally, visit my website or follow me on social media:

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FREE ENTRY, FREE TOURS, FREE PARKING Wisbech Brewers Elgood & Sons Ltd will be opening their doors to shoppers and beer lovers for their annual Christmas Special Weekend on Saturday December 1st and Sunday 2nd. Doors open at 11am on both days. During the two days, visitors can take a tour of the brewery, explore the beautiful gardens, sample Elgood’s award-winning ales, and order beer for the festive season. Parking, entry to the Visitor Centre and Gardens, and the Brewery Tours are all FREE!

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The Brewery Shop will be offering the full range of Elgood’s bottled beers for sale, as well as a selection of attractive gifts. Light refreshments will be available from the licensed café-bar. As in previous years, there will also be a range of stalls offering locally-made gifts and crafts for that more unusual Christmas present. Tickets will be on sale for a raffle to be drawn on the Sunday afternoon. Proceeds will be added to the on-going fundraising on behalf of Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, and a presentation will be made on the day. For those who can’t make it for the weekend’s event, the Brewery Shop situated in the North Brink Offices, is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and there is an on-line shop, offering homedelivery.

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Check out what the big screen has to offer as the holiday season unwraps. The ever-popular Nutcracker is brought to us from the Royal Opera House on December 3rd and 9th. The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet, and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Community matters to us, so come along to our ‘dementia-friendly’, Bing Crosby classic, White Christmas, on December 10th. ‘Dementia-friendly’ screenings are made that much more special by providing you with free refreshments, supplied to us by Iceland Foods, and live interval entertainment with Sally Rose and Paul Hayward of Back Two. Tickets are £5, and all carers go in for free, with no need for a CEA card. DC Comics’ lord of the seas is getting his own solo feature in Aquaman on December 14th. Jason Momoa reprises his role from 2016’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. The film’s supporting cast includes Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren and Nicole Kidman, as we follow Aquaman being forced to reconcile his loyalties to the surface world with his role in the undersea Kingdom of Atlantis, which has become increasingly hostile to the humans polluting the oceans. The supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins Returns comes to our screens on December 21st. The official sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins stars Emily Blunt as everybody’s favourite magical nanny. The film is set in 1930s’ depression-era London. Drawn from a wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ additional seven books, it’s sure to be a toe-tapping, family 58 52

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extravaganza, with Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters and Dick Van Dyke also starring. Tickets are now on sale for January 5th and 6th, for one of the most popular live acts in the world, as the king of waltz, Andre Rieu, returns with his 2019 New Year’s Concert from Sydney. Take a front-row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with Andre and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema. Booking is advisable for this ever-popular show. Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Why not treat your loved ones to a Light Cinema voucher? Cards are available in three different designs, and can be added to our exclusive movie-reel tin, presentation case. You can pick them up in person at the cinema, or if you don’t feel like braving the cold, order online for delivery by post. We also sell e-Gift cards online, which work just like our normal gift cards, and can be exchanged for cinema tickets, snacks and drinks. Just load your card from £10 to £100 and we’ll e-mail it within minutes, either direct to you or the person you want to treat. Head to our website for more details.

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Events - December 2018 1st - Christmas Craft Session at Wisbech Library from 10 am - 11 am. Come along and make some amazing Christmas crafts. Book your place at the Wisbech library counter to come and join in with this fun and interactive event. £2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1st - 2nd -  Elgood’s Brewery Open Weekend from 11 am - 4 pm. FREE Brewery tours, FREE garden entry, refreshments and crafts on site, get your Christmas Elgood’s ales. 1st - Glennfield Christmas Fair from 1 pm - 4 pm. Festive

Fair with a variety of stalls, raffle and refreshments and a few surprises too. We look forward to seeing you there! Glennfield Nursing Home Money Bank, Wisbech PE13 2JF. Contact: Katie Doiley E-mail: katie.doiley@excelcareholdings. com Telephone: 01945 581141.

1st - Fenland Music Centre Christmas Concert at St. Peter’s

Church, High Street, March. There will be three orchestras, a concert band, swing bands and ensembles. Doors open at 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start. Adults £7 and concessions £5. Accompanied children go free! There will also be refreshments and a raffle. For more information, please visit www.fenlandmusiccentre.org.uk.  

1st - The Contacts at the Ex-Services Club from 9 pm. Soul

Night Free entry and open to members and non-members! Entertainment nights are open to everyone. If you would like to use the club on a regular basis, we would like you to become a member. Single membership £25: Double membership £30. For more information, please call 01945 584672.

2nd - 20Twenty’s Winter Wonderland 2018 is going to be

packed with lots of fun and games! Come and join us at March Town Hall from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm for a fun festive day - plus there is only a £1.50 entry fee for children; adults are free! Our Winter Wonderland includes craft stalls, face paint and a mini quiz for adults, plus mini shows throughout the day (times for mini shows are: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm). We also have Mrs Claus’s cafe to warm yourself up with hot chocolate. Finally, we have a Christmas carnival stall where you could win some amazing prizes! Can’t wait to see you there to celebrate Christmas!

2nd - March Christmas Market from 10 am - 3 pm. March

celebrates its 6th Annual Christmas Market! There will be over 100 stalls from which to buy that perfect present, live entertainment to enjoy and tasty festive food to savour. Visit the Town Hall and discover Winter Wonderland and even meet the big man himself on the Market Place.

2nd - Secret Garden Christmas Market- from 10 am - 3 pm. We are holding another Christmas Market this year. Come along to get your Christmas shopping in! Free parking, food and drink available. For more information, please call 01945 585044.

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is back for his Christmas Special: Christmas With Cricket! For one day only at 2pm and again at 6.30pm. Joined with special guests May Marion, Ian Larkin and students from Nine Lives Theatre Company! Come and join us for a variety show full of Christmas cheer! Tickets available from Etcetera - at the Tower Ballroom, Wisbech Institute, Scrimshires Passage, PE13 1BA.

2nd - Mayor of Wisbech’s Charity Bingo, raising funds for organisations in and around Wisbech at Walton Highway Village Club from 6 pm.

3rd - Hearing clinic with Clearer Hearing at March Podiatry Practice from 9 am - 1 pm. To book your appointment, please call Clearer Hearing on 01480 300955. 3rd - Regular Fundraising Bingo at St Augustine’s. Doors open 6.30 pm and eyes down 7.30 pm. 4th - Christmas Fundraising Bingo to raise money for the

Teenage Cancer Trust on behalf of ALDI Wisbech - at Wisbech Town Football Club from 6 pm. Eyes down at 7.30 pm.

5th - Boogie Buddies at March Community Centre. Co-

ordinated dancing for adults! First session free, from 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm. For more information please contact Julie on 07535290534.

7th - Family fun Christmas quiz at March Town Hall. There

are rounds suitable for the whole family – Only £1 per person, with teams of between 4 and 6. Doors open at 7 pm, starting at 7:30 pm, raising money for our National Theatre Connections group. The group will perform in Norwich next year and possibly get to perform at the National Theatre in London! This is one of their fundraising activities hosted by members of the group, so it would be great if you could come along and support them, but more importantly, have a fab time! Booking is required for this quiz, to do so please contact Geri: 01354 652769 or geri@20twentyproductions. co.uk.

7th – ‘After Hours Live - Papa G’. ‘After Hours Live’ is a

monthly live music event that takes place on the first Friday of every month in Wisbech, the heart of the Fens. It combines first-class entertainment with a twist of faith. Performers come from far and wide across the UK, as well as some great home-grown local talent. The doors of Octavia’s café open at 7pm and the kettle is put on the boil, brewing up steaming cups of tea and luscious cappuccinos and lattes. Free entry means that you can come and enjoy the comfortable cafe atmosphere and still be able to afford a cup of your favourite beverage and maybe even treat yourself to an indulgent slice of cake! Some performers may also bring CDs they have recorded or books they have written that will also be available on the night. Profits made in the café go to our local homeless charity, The Ferry Project.

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and refreshments provided - places limited, booking essential. Suitable for all, from beginners to experienced crafters.

8th - Christmas Festival, Craft and Gift Fair from 10 am - 4 pm. Join us for our Christmas Festival, Craft and Gift Fair at Friday Bridge’s Tower Hall. It promises to be a magical Christmas market stocked with a wide range of high-quality cards, gifts, decorations and more. Tower Hall, Maltmas Drove, Friday Bridge. PE14 0HW. For more information, please contact Victoria Bunting on alromacosmetics@gmail.com.

15th - ‘Lil Mix’ at March United Services Club from 8 pm. Little

8th - 16th - Selected rooms of Peckover House will be

decorated for Christmas with festive floral arrangements. We will also be including Christmas trees brought in by community groups to reflect and continue the Peckovers’ legacy and involvement in the community. Music by local choirs and musicians. Mulled wine and homemade mince pies available in the Reed Barn. House open from 11 am - 4 pm (last admissions at 3.30 pm.)

Mix Tribute band with a disco! £8 Children, £10 Members, £12 Non-Members. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

15th - Luxury Christmas wreath-making workshop at Upwell

Hall, from 10 am - 1 pm. £25 per person, this includes all materials. Places must be booked by December 10th. To book your place, please call 0792197505.

17th - Wisbech Rotary Club Silver Monday Film – “Bohemian

9th - Wisbech Model Railway Club are holding an Open

Rhapsody”. On the third Monday of every month, Wisbech Rotary, in partnership with the Light Cinema and Tesco, holds a film show for the over-60s, preceded by tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits. Doors open at 9.30 am and the film starts at 10.30 am. Tickets are already selling fast, so get yours soon and come along and rediscover your inner Freddie Mercury. Tickets are £3, to include tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits, and are available from Val Smith on 01945 860596 or Bill Redmayne on 07831 838075.

11th - Craft and Laugh from 2 pm - 4 pm. At the United

21st - Christmas Dinner and Dance at March United Services Club from 7 pm. £16.50 for members, £20 for non-members. This price includes a three-course meal! While you eat, listen to the live band!

Day, with two certain layouts and a third, subject to being completed in time. Admission to all is FREE, as donations are being sought for Club funds. Between 10 am - 4 pm. Reformed Church in Wisbech. £7 per session - crafting materials

24th - Children’s Christmas Party at March United Services

Club from 1.30 pm - 6 pm. Live entertainer - Mr Marvel and a Disco! There will also be a visit from Santa! £2 entry per child.

24th - Christmas Eve Market from 7.30 am - 1 pm. For those

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fresh food purchases, orders and last minute gifts. On Wisbech Market Place. For more information, please contact the Town Council on 01945 461333 or info@wisbechtowncouncil.org.uk.

31st - Disco/Karaoke at the Men of March. From 8 pm.  

Regular Events & Clubs

Best Dressed Christmas Costume Competition 12 noon at the Bus Station Prizes for Best Dressed Child and Adult, kindly donated by Wisbech Rotary

FREE parking available in all car parks including the Horsefair For more information please contact marketsandevents@fenland.gov.uk or 01354 654321

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Shedders and Fixers Group meet on a regular basis in Wisbech St Mary; call Andrew on 07789 222882 , John on 01945 700070 or Brian on 07899 060160 for more details. Open to both men and women. Monday Wisbech IPMS Scale Model Club meet 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 Boogie Tot’s runs every Monday at the Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech, from 10 am - 11 am. For more information, please contact Gary Tustin on garytustin25@gmail.com Prize Bingo at the VIP Lounge, Chapel Road, Wisbech, PE13 1RG. Doors open at 6 pm, eyes down for 7.15 pm. For more information, please call 07711 038674. Mixed Badminton for Social Games at fun prices. Only £2 at the Hudson Centre, Wisbech, every Monday from 7 pm - 8 pm. All abilities are welcome. Coaching and equipment provided if necessary. 

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The Royal Air Force National Service Association meet on the third Monday each month, at 10 am, at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March. All welcome! For more information, please contact Graham Wesley, Chairman, on 01354657686. Wisbech Model Railway Club Monday from 7 pm to 9 pm in Room 1 of The Institute, Hill Street, Wisbech. For further enquiries, please phone 07707885718 or e-mail: wisbechmrc1@gmail.com. It is with regret, there is no wheelchair access. Tuesday M.O.B. Dance class at the Sportsman, Chatteris. £3.50 per person.  Ages 11 and under, 5pm - 6pm; Ages 12+ 6pm - 7pm. All abilities welcome. Come and learn a range of dancing styles with Kyanne! For more information, please call Kyanne on 07896595635.  Walking Football every Tuesday at the Hudson Centre, Wisbech. £2 a session.  Forever Fit sessions - short mat bowls, new age curling and table tennis every Tuesday from 11:30 am -1 pm, £2 a session. Yoga at the Oasis Centre, Wisbech, every Tuesday from 1:30 pm -  2:30 pm. Free entry! Walking group, every Wednesday from 11 am at the Oasis Centre, Wisbech. Free entry. WEDNESDAYS Every Wednesday Morning (Term time only.) The Spinney, Wisbech adventure playground - Stay and Play. 10.30am - 12pm. Huge sandpit, soft play, arts and crafts and other fun activities. All children under the age of 5 years welcome. Refreshments and snacks included. Free Admission. Please contact 07500 100464. Fenland Archaeological Society. Meets at Mendi’s restaurant, Old Market, Wisbech from 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. New members and non-members always welcome. Please see our website for full details www.fenarch.org.uk. WOMEN’S BADMINTON 14+ Hudson Leisure Centre, Wednesdays 7pm 8pm, £2 equipment & coaching provided. March Can’t Sing Choir. Every Wednesday Evening at Trinity Hall, March. 6:30pm – 8:30pm  - only £3.50 on the door. Contact : Val 07952 639 495. Walking Football March, at Elm Road’s Sports field. From 10 am - 11 am. £2. Everyone welcome, just turn up! Tea and coffee afterwards.  ThursdayS Walking Netball every Thursday from 9:30 am -  10:30 am at the Hudson Centre, Wisbech, £2 a session.  The Wisbech Warblers meet every Thursday from 6.45 pm - 8.30 pm at the Methodist Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech. Parking is free and plentiful in St Peters Car Park, opposite. We are a karaoke style (but no solos!) singing group for all ages and abilities. It costs just £3.50 per week, with a reduced fee for the first week. Also free tea, coffee and biscuits at half time!  FridayS Table Tennis, every Friday from 1 pm - 3 pm at Wisbech Table Tennis Club, £1 a session.  Fenland Music Centre Association Orchestras and Ensembles for all ages and abilities. Meets every Friday evening (during school termtime), between 6 pm and 9 pm, at the March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, PE15 8LE. Please see our website for full details: http:// www.fenlandmusiccentre.org.uk. SUNDAYS Wisbech Junior Parkrun is a FREE, weekly, timed run for 4-14 year olds, and takes place at 9.00 every Sunday morning in Wisbech Park. Since starting at the end of May, we have built our own parkrun community, with an average weekly attendance of around 40 runners and walkers, plus around 20 volunteers. The 2 km course is fully marshalled to provide a safe, friendly environment for everyone. You can participate however you wish - run, walk or jog. Children are free to participate on their own, or with a parent/guardian. Everyone is welcome, whether it be to run, volunteer, or just to watch. Find out more at www.parkrun.org.uk/ wisbechjuniors, or search for ‘Wisbech junior parkrun’ on Facebook.

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Throne Of Grace Pentecostal Church located in the heart of Wisbech Town Centre

Our service

Sunday - Celebration Service from 12:00pm Wednesday - Bible study from 6:00pm

Our upcoming events 23rd December 2018 Christmas Carol 12:00PM

31st December 2018 Watch Night Service 10:00PM -12:30PM

United Reformed Church Building, 6 Union Place, Castle Square, Wisbech PE13 1EH T: 07479 022106 E: info@rccgthroneofgracewisbech.org or throneofgraceuk@gmail.com Website: rccgthroneofgracewisbech.org D I S C O V E R I N G

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Entertainment Churches

St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church Church Terrace, Wisbech PE13 1HP 01945 582508 The King’s Church Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech PE13 2PE, 01945 467413 Our Lady & Saint Charles Borromeo Church 69 Queens Rd, Wisbech PE13 2QR 01945 583466 Wisbech Baptist Church Hill St, Wisbech PE13 1BD, 01945 461291 Parish Church of All Saints Walsoken The Rectory, Church Rd, Wisbech PE13 3RA, 01945 583740 Trinity Methodist Church 17 Church Terrace, Wisbech PE13 1BL St Augustine’s Church St Augustine’s Road, Wisbech, PE13 3AH 07874 245683 Wisbech and Long Sutton URC Church Castle Mews, Wisbech PE13 1EH 01945 461782 Wisbech Christian Spiritualist Church Castle Mews, Wisbech PE13 1EH 01945 461782 RCCG, (Redeemed Christian Church of God), Throne of Grace 6, Union Place Castle Square, Wisbech, PE13 1EH, 07479 022106 St. Leonard’s Church 35 Gorefield Road, Leverington, Wisbech PE13 5AS, 01945 581486 Erratum Church Mews, Falcon Rd, Wisbech PE13 1AU The Parish Church of All Saints Elm Main Road, Elm, Wisbech PE14 0AF Methodist Church 7 Cannon Close, Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech PE13 4RB St John the Baptist’s Church Parson Drove, Main Road, Wisbech PE13 4LF St. Paul’s Church High Road, Gorefield, Wisbech PE13 4NY The Salvation Army John Thompson Road, Wisbech PE13 2NF, 01945 461416 Friends Meeting House 23 N Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 55 Tinkers Drove, Wisbech PE13 3PQ

Schools

Wisbech Grammar School 47 N Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JX 01945 583631 Orchards Church of England Academy Cherry Rd, Wisbech PE13 3NP 01945 583799 Thomas Clarkson Academy Corporation Road, Wisbech PE13 2SE 01945 585237 Elm Road Primary School 55 Elm Rd, Wisbech PE13 2TB 01945 584591 Ramnoth Junior School Ramnoth Rd, Wisbech PE13 2JB

Club Guide 01945 583690 Clarkson Infant and Nursery School Trafford Road, Wisbech PE13 2ES 01945 584867 St Peter’s Church of England Junior School Trafford Road, Wisbech PE13 2ES 01945 583570 Meadowgate Academy Meadowgate Lane, Wisbech PE13 2JH, 01945 461836 Leverington Primary Academy 104 Church Road, Leverington, Wisbech PE13 5DE, 01945 584915 Nene Infants and Nursery School Norwich Road, Wisbech PE13 2AP 01945 583907 Marshland High School 75 School Rd, West Walton, Wisbech PE14 7HA, 01945 584146 Cambian Wisbech School 32 Somers Road, Wisbech PE13 1JF 0800 138 1184 West Walton Primary School 95 School Rd, West Walton, Wisbech PE14 7HA, 01945 583620 Wisbech St Mary Church of England Academy Church Road, Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech PE13 4RJ, 01945 410312 Peckover Primary School Leverington Road, Wisbech PE13 1PJ 01945 584741 Gorefield Primary School 69 High Road, Gorefield, Wisbech PE13 4NB, 01945 870321 TBAP Unity Academy - Fenland 2 Algores Way, Wisbech PE13 2TQ 01945 583235 Marshland St James VC Primary School and Nursery School Rd, Wisbech PE14 8EY 01945 430378 Magdalene House North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JX 01945 586780

Rd, Wisbech PE13 2PE, 07771 644460 Avaddon Academy 27 Boleness Rd, Wisbech PE13 2RB 07798 872447 Pro Martial Arts School Harecroft Rd, Wisbech PE13 1RL 07932 962397 Stars Kickboxing Wisbech Town Football Club, 405 Lynn Road, Wisbech PE14 7AL, 07912 790988 The Poppy Rooms 1, Alexandra House, 33 Alexandra Road, Wisbech PE13 1HQ 01945 586971 Fenland Running Club Chapel Rd, Wisbech PE13 1RG Chestnut Farm Equestrian Centre 109 St Paul’s Rd S, Walton Highway, Wisbech PE14 7DD, 01945 581688 Wisbech Karate School Hudson Leisure Centre, Harecroft Road, Wisbech PE13 1RL 07843 414433 Ironworks Gym 3, Europa Way, Wisbech PE13 2TZ 01945 585800 Yoga Classes Meet at the Trinity Methodist Church on Monday’s 7-8.15pm and Elm Primary School on Wednesday’s 7-8.15pm. Tutor Name Peter, Mobile: 07905 601585, email:pabamullins206@ ntlworld.com

Sports

Clubs

Wisbech Town FC 380 Lynn Road, Wisbech PE14 7AL 01945 581511 Wisbech Rugby Club Chapel Road, Wisbech PE13 1RG 01945 481500 24/7 Fitness Gym Cromwell Road, Wisbech PE14 0RG 01945 584869 Leverington Sports and Social Club Church Road, Leverington, PE13 3RA PE13 5DE, 01945 465082 Wisbech Lawn Tennis Club Harecroft Rd, Wisbech PE13 1RL 07747 637648 Fenland Gymnastics Academy 21 Algores Way, Wisbech PE13 2TQ 07895 982059 Wisbech Town Cricket Club Harecroft Rd, Wisbech PE13 1RL Lakers 5 Anglia Way, Wisbech PE13 2TY 01945 466900 Shapers Gym 18 North St, Wisbech PE13 1NP 01945 589100 The Mark Farnham Schools of Tae Kwon-Do Queens Community Centre, Queens

Youth

Alove Youth Centre John Thompson Rd, Wisbech PE13 2NF, 01945 461416 Queen Mary Centre Queens Rd, Wisbech PE13 2PE 01945 581444 8 - 16 Fenland Archaeology Wisbech & Fenland museum, Museum Square, Wisbech PE13 1ES 07542 312 692. Boogie Tots Queen Street Mary Centre, 10am – 11am Mondays. Tel 07807 951771 Wisbech Sea Cadets 19 Sandyland, Wisbech PE13 1NX 01945 870003 Wisbech & District Ex-Services Club Alexandra Road, Wisbech PE13 1HQ 01945 584672 Wisbech Working Men’s Conservative Club 29 Hill St, Wisbech PE13 1BD 01945 583746 Walton Highway Village Club New Club Site, Walton Highway, Wisbech PE14 7DF, 01945 582479 Friendship Club Meets every other Tuesday at St Raphael Club, Love Lane, Wisbech, 2-4.15pm. Contact Mrs Betty Dodman (secretary), Paradise Lodge, 11 Mansell Road, Wisbech, PE13 2SP. Thursday Tea Dance Club Meets every Thursday in Walsoken village hall 2pm to 4pm contact Mrs Angela Weldon on 07761730178. NHS Retirement Fellowship Meets 1.30pm-4pm the last Wednesday of the month in the

Rosmini Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech, Kirkgate Church Walsoken. Contact Mrs Jenny Sirett 01945 860589 Monday Senior Citizens Club Meets every other Monday in St Raphael Club, Love Lane,Wisbech, 2-4pm. Contact Mrs Janet Stevens 01945 588231 or Pat Alen 01945 582559 The Kit (Keep in Touch) Club Meets third Wednesday of month in Robert Hall Centre, St Augustines Road, Wisbech, 10am-noon. Contact Miss Penny Duce 01945 881383. Good Companions Meets every other Thursday in Wisbech St Mary Village Hall, 2-4.30pm. Contact Mr B Hayden 01945 410708 or Anthony Norris 01945 410452 Age Concern Lunch Club Meets every two weeks on a Tuesday in the Bridge Inn, Wisbech St Mary, 12-2pm. Contact Mrs M Palmer 01945 410511. Clarkson Singers Octavia Hill’s Birthplace Museum Trust, Tuesday Evenings from 7 pm - 9.30 pm. www.choirsites.co.uk/Clarkson Wisbech and District Historical Vehicle Club 1st Monday of every month at 7.30 pm at Elgood’s Stadium. www. brmmbrmm.com/wisbech Wisbech Stroke Club 2nd & last Friday every month 1.15pm at Wisbech library. 07501 980603 or brian.sandall@virgin.net Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper Looking for volunteers and “listeners” to output three one hour memory sticks each month. Secretary Kim Maclachlan on 07908 258778 or Chair Ann Shippey on 01945 583916. St Augustine’s Day Centre St Augustine’s Parish Centre, St Augustine’s Road, Wisbech, PE13 3AH 01945 585595

Museums

Wisbech and Fenland Museum Museum Square, Wisbech PE13 1ES, 01945 583817 Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum Old Lynn Road, West Walton, Wisbech PE14 7DA, 01945 461771 The Castle Museum Square, 1-2 The Crescent, Wisbech PE13 1ES, 07831 616127 Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House 7 South Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JB 01945 476358

Doctors’ Surgeries

Clarkson Surgery 9 De Havilland Road, Wisbech PE13 3AN 01945 583133 Trinity Surgery 29 St Augustines Road, Wisbech PE13 3UZ, 01945 476999 Parson Drove Surgery Main Rd, Parson Drove, Wisbech PE13 4JA, 01945 700223 North Brink Practice 7 North Brink, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1JU, 01945 660460


Christmas Extravaganza! This year's Christmas Extravaganza will take place on the Buttercross and nearby streets on Saturday, December 8th at 3.30pm-7pm with the lights of the town Christmas tree being switched on by our Lady Mayor at 4pm. There will be tombolas, hot food stalls, games, circus performers and all the usual fairground rides. The hugely popular photo booth has been sponsored by – and will be hosted by – Malcolm James Estate Agents. After positive feedback from last year's event, visitors will again be able to purchase wristbands for £5 which will allow multiple goes on various games and rides. We have local businesses to thank for their support and we look forward to seeing lots of you enjoying the music, singing and dancing, carol singing and of course Santa's Grotto.

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What is the name of the fruit sauce which is a 14) What job was first taken by James Edgar in 1890? traditional accompaniment to the Christmas turkey? (Clue: “Yo Ho Ho”!)

2)

Which nickname for Hollywood sounds ‘Christmassy’?

15) Which word, associated with Christmas, comes from a Greek word meaning, ‘We can act anything’?

3)

In which ocean is Christmas Island?

16) Who is Aladdin’s mother?

4)

Who popularised the Christmas tree in England in the 19th century?

17) Which two names of Santa’s reindeer mean ‘Thunder’ and ‘Lightning’?

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18) Who made the headlines in 1906 by refusing Christmas dinner? Which carol contains the words, ‘Be near me Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay / Close by me forever 19) Popular Christmas houseplant, named after J.R. and love me I pray’? Poinsett, US Minister to Mexico.

6)

Why was Boxing Day so named?

7)

Traditionally, after kissing someone under the mistletoe, what should you then remove? (Careful – it’s a family quiz!)

8)

What kind of 'bread' is traditional at German Christmas markets?

9)

Which mind-boggling and very frustrating device, named after its inventor, was one of the best-selling Christmas gifts of 1980?

10) Which biblical town's name means 'house of bread' in Hebrew? 11) What is the English equivalent of a Norwegian 'Julekaka'? 12) Where, in literature, was it always winter but never Christmas?

20) What bird did Queen Elizabeth I decree should be eaten at Christmas? 21) Which charity ceased in 1989 after five years, in which time it had raised £90 million? 22) What did Harry Potter get as a Christmas present during his first term at Hogwarts? 23) The words ‘God and sinners reconciled’ are from which Christmas carol? 24) In which year did Barbie first appear under the Christmas tree – 1949, 1959, 1969 or 1979? 25) Which former Hollywood child star once said, "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked me for my autograph."

13) What is the birthstone colour of someone born on Christmas Day?

ANSWERS 1) Cranberry, 2) Tinseltown, 3) Indian Ocean, 4) Prince Albert, 5) After the custom of giving ‘Christmas boxes’/tips to workmen/tradesmen, 6) Away in a Manger, 7) One of the berries (for good luck), 8) Gingerbread (Lebkuchen), 9) Rubik’s cube, 10) Bethlehem, 11) Christmas cake, 12) Narnia, 13) Turquoise, 14) He was the first department store Santa, 15) Pantomime, 16) Widow Twankey, 17) ‘Donner’ and ‘Blitzen’, 18) The jailed ‘Suffragettes’, 19) Poinsettia, 20) Goose, 21) Band Aid, 22) Invisibility cloak, 23) Hark the Herald Angels Sing, 24) 1959, 25) Shirley Temple.

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FAST, FRIENDLY and PROFESSIONAL

Meadowgate Academy, Wisbech Meadowgate Academy’s Sixth Form has been extremely busy over the last few months - here’s a little bit about what they’ve been up to!

T: 01733 748710 T: 0800 788 0549 M: 07512 394975

DAB & FM aerials Digital aerial installations Storm Damage & Repairs IRS & Commercial Sky and Satellite installs Telecommunications CCTV Extra points TV set ups TV wall mounting We also offer OAP Discounts

The Sixth Formers have returned from a very successful week’s residential trip to France. The fifteen students were accompanied by eight staff to the PGL Chateau de Grande Romaine, www.airborneaerials.co.uk located outside Paris.  The group explored the market of the small town of Fontainebleau, completing a town trail and shopping challenge, DD DW DB Airbourne Aerials 1/8 Page JULY16.indd which required them to speak a little French!  

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We ate lunch beneath the Eiffel Tower, took a cruise along the River Seine and climbed up to the Sacre Coeur basilica in Montmartre. Back at the Chateau, students enjoyed making crepes, taking part in a Mini Olympics, swimming and a disco.   The final day was spent at Disneyland, where the students enjoyed the rides and the amazing parade.  We are so proud of the students who experienced everything, (including eating snails), with enthusiasm and have made memories which will last them a lifetime!  They were a credit to the Academy. 

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40 years experience with dogs Hand stripping & nail cutting Animal taxi service Collection and delivery service Micro Chipping Special Offer: £10 per dog – further discount available for 2 or more dogs. Free Puppy Services available

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The Sixth Form also organised a Coffee Morning on Friday October 5th, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. It has become a regular fixture in the Academy’s calendar and is well supported by students, parents, carers and our local residents.  Students from the Academy’s coffee shop, Bramley’s, were on hand to serve hot drinks, and a vast array of beautiful cakes were donated by school parents, carers and staff.  It was a very successful event, raising £338.62 for our local Macmillan group. Meadowgate Academy turned pink on Friday October 19th, with staff and students enjoying a day of fun, games and a staff “gunging” to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.  The final total has yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be around £250.    The Academy also wore pink to remember a student, J Hollis, who sadly passed away in the summer, and it was his wish to be remembered by “wearing pink and having fun”.  It would have been his 18th birthday that day, and he would have thoroughly enjoyed the fun and frolics, especially the gunging of teaching assistant, Jesse Bate, who bravely endured the pink gunge! 

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WHERE TO FIND YOUR FESTIVE NOVELTIES Holiday With Us 33 Market Place

Evison 19 High Street

Coyote Bar & Diner No.9 New Inn Yard, Union Street

Maxey Grounds 1 South Brink

Whiting & Partners 2 The Crescent

Valiant 102 Norfolk Street

Wisbech Angling 43 Market Place

Bygones Café 4-6 Church Street

Mortgage Ability 5 Church Mews

The Barber Shoppe 42 Market Place

Pizza Crazy 6 High Street

Library 5 Ely Place

Coakley Opticians 9 York Row

Etcetera 7 York Row

Robert Goddard 6-8 Bridge Street

Ambitions Personnel 18 Church Mews

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C4 CACTUS Feel 110 5DR 5 years Hire Purchase 0% APR Representative £2,750 deposit

£249 a month**

Official Government Fuel Consumption Figures (Range) Urban Cycle, Extra Urban, Combined (litres per 100km/mpg) & CO2 emissions (g/km); Highest: Dispatch Combi HDi 160 6-speed automatic L1H1: Urban 9.0/31.4, Extra Urban 6.8/41.5, Combined 7.6/37.2, CO2 199g. Lowest: Citroën C4 Cactus Blue HDi 100 manual Touch EGS: Urban 3.5/80.7, Extra Urban 2.9/97.4, Combined 3.1/91.1, CO2: 82g. Fuel consumption figures quoted are achieved under official EU test conditions. Intended as a guide for comparative purposes only. Figures may not be reflected in actual on-the-road driving conditions. *Available when purchased on Elect 3 finance plan. Final payments apply on selected models, one payment of £3,488 for C1, £5,083 for C3, £7,752 C3 AIRCROSS. Price & offer applies to retail sales of qualifying models ordered & delivered 01/11 - 31/12/2018 & include VAT, delivery to dealer & number plates, Government Registration Fee & 12 months’ graduated vehicle excise duty. **No final payment on C4 Cactus Hire Purchase agreement. Finance subject to status. A guarantee may be required. Over 18s only. Finance provided by and written quotations available on request from PSA Finance UK Limited (company registration number 01024322) t/a Citroën Financial Services, Quadrant House, Princess Way, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1QA, UK. Citroën Financial Services is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Robinsons Motor Group is acting as a credit broker and is not a lender. To finance your purchase/lease we may introduce you to a limited number of lenders. Offers & prices correct at time of going to press from participating Dealers. Terms & conditions apply. Please ask us for details. Subject to stock availability.

ROBINSONS CITROËN PETERBOROUGH 01733 462347 STOREYS BAR ROAD, EASTERN INDUSTRY, PETERBOROUGH, PE1 5YS www.robinsonsmotorgroup.co.uk/citroen


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Discovering Wisbech issue 008, December 2018  
Discovering Wisbech issue 008, December 2018  
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