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Inside this issue pages 4-5
Top Picks For Canada pages 6-7
New Menu For Coyote Bar & Diner pages 24-25
Issue 9 / January 2019
Dance Fit With Conan
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Super Science Morning Saturday 2 February 2019 09:30-13:30 For children currently in Year 5 A morning of discovery for children to ﬁnd out more about the world of Science in our Senior School laboratories; spending time working on experiments and learning new skills with our expert teaching staff. Spaces are limited for this exciting opportunity, so call 01945 586 750 or email email@example.com to book your child’s place.
Open Morning Saturday 23 March 2019 10:00-12:30 This is another opportunity to look round our School and discover more about all the other opportunities available at WGS; from Sport, Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Academic and Music; we truly offer an all-round education that inspires. We are also proud to be part of The Good Schools Guide and pride ourselves on offering a positive environment for children to truly discover who they are…
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Welcome to Your January Issue. Happy New Year everyone! Here at Discovering Magazines we hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, and that you’re ready for an even better new year. It’s been a fantastic year for us, and we are excited for what 2019 has to offer. We hope to bring you lots more interesting content, make some brilliant new relationships with businesses to feature in our magazine and also, make people happy with another year of fantastic publications! We understand that you may be tired from all of December’s festivities, so, we haven’t bombarded you with too many events this month! But we have got an abundance of brilliant articles, community news on pages 16 and 17 and so much more! Happy New Year everyone and enjoy this edition.
4 - 5.............Dance Fit with Conan. 6 - 7.............Holiday with us! 8 - 9 ...........Slimming World. 10....................Wiltshire Farm. 12....................March Podiatry.
14....................Art with Aldo Ierubino. 16 - 17.........Community News. 18....................Wisbech History. 20...................Diamond Byte. 21....................Wicker World.
New year … new me? Hmm. I don’t quite think that will happen. However, the new year means so many wonderful things to come! As you read through your magazine, I hope you enjoy the content and think about your own thrilling year ahead! If you’re looking at your New Year’s resolutions and wondering how you’ll get your bikini body, take a look at pages 4 and 5, Dance Fit with Conan! There’s more to find out about the art in and around Wisbech, page 14, and the history too on page 18! The first edition of 2019 offers advice, knowledge about the local area, and even a bit of fun and puzzling too! Enjoy it all and have a happy New Year.
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24-25...........Coyote. 30...................Fraser Dawbarns. 32...................Finances with Almary Green. 34 - 35......Whiting and Partners. 36...................January’s Quiz! 37...................What’s on at the Light Cinema. 38...................Happy New Year from Holly. 40 - 41.......What’s On. 42...................Clubs Guide.
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DANCE FIT WITH CONAN Patricianne Jones, a lady who has been attending Conan’s class for two years, says “I wanted something fun to do. Other classes are too cliquey for me, and it’s Conan that changed my perspective on that. Absolutely everyone is welcome, all shapes, sizes and ages. I’ve got two left feet, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Even when one of us can’t do something, because of Conan’s huge amounts of dancing experience, he always knows a way around the things we find too hard. I’ve noticed that in the two years I’ve been coming, my general fitness has improved no end.”
Conan Nicholas runs Dance Fit with Conan, in Wisbech, a class that gets you to let your hair down and have fun, whilst getting fit! For the average person - keeping fit is hard! And Conan understands that and wants to make a change. Conan understands that not everyone, including himself, is a ‘gym person’. He personally doesn’t feel as though a ‘gym environment’ is the right one for him. And so, although he makes sure that fitness is something he helps people with, he will never call himself a ‘fitness instructor’, he works hard to make sure that the environment he teaches in, is a fun and safe place for people who want to get fit in a fun way, and make friends whilst doing it. There is no judgement, and no talking about weight loss. Conan says, ‘We know why we come to class, we want to be healthy and active. Nobody needs fitness ramming down their throats.’ Dance Fit runs various different classes, from beginner classes, over-55s classes, themed classes and so much more! However, this is not a traditional dance class. Although it is based on dancing and fitness, the class also looks to improve other aspects of a regular person’s life. 60-70% of those who attend Conan’s class admit that they were once too nervous to dance in front of people. However, as soon as they joined, their confidence grew hugely in all aspects of life. Not only does his class improve confidence, but also, it has proved to have a significant impact on the mental health of those attending. Elaine Borland says “This guy is fabulous. A year ago, I lost my husband, and I was so low before I started attending his class. But, since joining, I have met so many new friends and had so much fun, helping me through such a difficult time. I come to three classes a week and no matter how I am feeling before I come to class, I always know I’ll leave absolutely buzzing.”
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Conan is very passionate about his dancing. He grew up in a family that was very interested in dance. And so, he was supported and encouraged to pursue his dream. After training as a professional dancer in Wisbech, he went on to gain a full scholarship at a London dance school - the Urdang Academy, from which he graduated three years later. Conan toured all over the world, dancing on cruise ships and in pantomimes and even working for Disney in Tokyo for a year. He came back home, to Wisbech, as he missed his hometown and wanted to bring his experiences of dance back here. ‘Dancing is in everyone’. Conan believes that everyone can dance, when you’re supported and happy, with people that you get on with, you can become the confident, happy and healthy you, that you want to be. Although it can be scary to join a class and do something completely out of your comfort zone, it’s so worth it. He classes his pupils as more of a family, and he says that there is non-stop laughter throughout so many of his sessions. His pupils say, ‘Even if you’re a little shy or scared, you have no reason to be. Everyone is being silly and just having fun, without judgement. Conan’s voice is always the loudest of the lot, and that helps a lot of us to let go and just have the best time in his company.’
Another lady who has been attending for two years is Rosalyn Staveley. After Rosalyn injured her wrist, she had to take a break from her favourite sport, tennis and was looking for another way to keep herself fit and active and found that Conan’s class did just that. After two years, she says that she feels like one big family, and is so happy that she joined. Conan attacks each class with a ‘100%’ attitude. He says that he physically cannot do something if he isn’t putting 100% into it. Because, if he isn’t giving it his all, how can he motivate and inspire others to do so? Not only does he do various classes, with so many dancing styles to pick and choose from, but he also does parties and social events for everyone! The dance teacher also wants to inspire more men to dance. Within his travels, he found that in places such as Spain and South America, men were dancing everywhere. And this is something he wants to bring into England. He states that ‘everyone can dance, but first, they have to try.’ Within the new year, Conan will be bringing new classes into the equation, and he is hoping to help and inspire so many new people, to let their hair down, have fun, keep fit and dance. ‘We’re all at the class for different reasons, but we are all there having fun’. january 2019
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Top Picks for Canada
By Ellie Cuthbert
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Canada spans over a massive nine million square km and is filled with natural beauty, from huge glaciers to secluded lakes and majestic wildlife. Its cities are clean, safe and friendly, attracting millions worldwide. Here are some of the top things to do on a journey through Canada:
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER The Rocky Mountaineer is a Canadian rail-tour company offering over sixty-five vacation packages. Guests can choose from four unique rail routes, which travel through iconic destinations such as Seattle (USA), Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer is an alldaylight train, meaning guests don’t miss a moment of the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. The rail service season runs from mid-April through to mid-October.
LAKE LOUISE Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park and is known for its beautiful turquoise, glacier-fed lake, surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and the iconic Fairmont Chateau. There’s a vast array of activities at Lake Louise. Take to the mountains for skiing, relax in the world-famous hot springs, take a hiking adventure, or skate on the frozen lake in winter for a truly spectacular experience. NIAGARA FALLS There are several boat tours of Niagara Falls, taking you right into the heart of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to give you a ‘full mist experience’. There are even night-time boat tours, including an illumination cruise to see the Falls in a whole new light. To stay close by, a popular hotel choice is the Sheraton on the Falls, which features spectacular views of the Falls and
offers on-site dining, shopping, and spa treatments. WHALE WATCHING With one of the longest coastlines in the world, there are plenty of places to go whale watching in Canada. Thirty-three whale species roam the waters of Canada’s coastline, so it’s prime territory for chasing these incredible mammals. The top three destinations for whale watching in Canada are Tofino, Tadoussac and Cape Breton Highlands. If you’re interested in discovering more about journeying through Canada, then join us for our “Canada and Alaska Evening” on February 20th, 2019, at the Crown Lodge Hotel in Wisbech. Joining us will be First Class Holidays, a multi award-winning tour operator, who offer first-hand experiences of Canada and Alaska. To register for this event, and for more information, please visit www. holidaywithus.co.uk/events
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Matters Our conventional image of a winter landscape, at least in the tradition of Western culture, is dominated by the imagery that emerged in the Netherlands in the 16th century and developed during the Golden Age of Dutch Art in the 17th century. Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569) often referred to as ‘Peasant Bruegel’ because of his paintings representing rural activities and festivals, produced a number of works which set the scene for what was to become the winter landscape genre in its own right. Bruegel’s ‘Hunters in the Snow’, 1565, is a wellknown painting which has been reproduced in many guises and even figuring in the enigmatic Soviet science fiction film, ‘Solaris’, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1971). This painting far from being a naturalistic representation of December/ January or, more broadly, winter set in an observed landscape, is an entirely invented topography, (such Alpine landscapes are not to be found in the Netherlands), which serves a different function. In the context of Netherlandish art and the wider cultural and religious values of the time, this is a moralising image that calls upon well-known Christian concepts that relate to the nature of life and human existence. The clues to the meaning are to be found in the subject of winter itself; the tiny figures skating and enjoying the pastime of curling, the birds, the fire in front of the tavern and the tavern sign hanging precariously by just one hook depicting a saintly figure kneeling before a lamb, the hunters, and, barely visible in the right-hand lower section, a man with a catapult hunting for birds. Winter signifies the death of the year and the struggle to survive; skating on ice is a symbol of the precariousness of life, whilst the curling points to
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distraction. Birds symbolised the human soul which is always in danger of being ensnared by the Devil in the different guises of the hunter. Whilst the fire being prepared before the tavern, nominally for the singeing of the pig, points to sacrifice or feasting and can be read as the sign of gluttony. The precariously hanging sign with its religious imagery points to blasphemy and the ignoring of religious values in favour of revelry. Although this sounds rather sombre and somewhat negative, it is not a criticism of the artist or of the values of Christian Europe; instead, it points to the ingenuity of the artist to generate such powerfully iconic visual images, and yet at the same time convey a meaningful moralising message required by patrons and viewers alike. This creative ingenuity can also be seen in Bruegel’s painting ‘Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap’, 1565. With its more persuasive Netherlandish winter topography and employing a similar range of imagery, it is perhaps more perplexing, because of the prominence of the bird trap in the lower right-hand side of the painting. Although the bird trap is a simple deadfall created by the heavy door, supported on a single vertical stick to which is attached a rope that leads towards a window, (behind which we must assume the hunter is waiting to spring the trap), its symbolic significance cannot be ignored. Such traps were probably a simple winter survival activity in a hamlet such as the one depicted here, by the banks of a frozen river upon which peasants are skating and curling and therefore could be read as just an amusing rural scene. However, its use here relates directly to the tradition of moralising woodblock prints depicting the Devil as a hunter, lying in wait to trap souls represented by birds. The true meaning of the work emerges: the invisible hunter is the demonic presence who, by subterfuge, will draw the birds to their deaths, thus reminding the viewer that life is precarious, like skating on thin ice, and that the soul is always in danger of being ensnared by evil.
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Royal Invitation for Wisbech Garden Town H.R.H. The Prince of Wales has invited partners behind plans to regenerate Wisbech to his new housing development in Cornwall, to learn more about how its principles for urban planning could support Wisbech Garden Town proposals. Prince Charles extended the invitation to Fenland District Council, Anglian Water and other organisations leading the Wisbech Garden Town proposals during his visit to Wisbech on Tuesday November 27th. An exhibition on plans for the town’s future was showcased at the town’s St Peter and St Paul Church, where His Royal Highness met a number of organisations, charities and volunteers, to find out about the work they do in the local community and learn more about projects in the area. Gary Garford, Corporate Director for Fenland District Council, Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Anglian Water, and Russell Beal, Anglian Water’s Wisbech 2020 Programme Manager, spoke to The Prince about the garden town concept and how it was created from the partnership Wisbech 2020 Vision project, which aims to bring jobs, infrastructure and investment to the town.
for Building Community. Like the garden town’s ambitions, Nansledan has been designed to champion sustainable development environmentally, socially and economically. It will evolve into a community of more than 4,000 homes over the next forty years to help meet Newquay’s future business, housing, educational and health needs.
green credentials, including a new country park to provide surface water attenuation, leisure opportunities and new woodland.”
Mr Simpson said: “HRH was really keen to see how The Prince’s Foundation could support the development of the Garden Town proposal for Wisbech. The ambition’s regeneration plans for the town will help the local economy to grow and prosper.
The Prince’s invitation comes just weeks after partners submitted a bid to Government for Wisbech Garden Town to join its Garden Communities programme.
Developed in 2016, Wisbech Garden Town seek to regenerate Wisbech through the growth of housing and the economy, with 13,200 homes over the next forty years and 11,000 new jobs, as well as new shops, schools, public spaces and community facilities.
“We’re really proud to be a part of this work, and helping to put together the town’s 2020 Vision for the future which embodies sustainability and will enhance the quality of life for those living there, principles which are both equally championed by The Prince.”
During the meeting, The Prince invited partners to visit Nansledan, a 218-hectare urban extension of Newquay in Cornwall, led by the Duchy of Cornwall with support from The Prince’s Foundation
Mr Garford said: “It was wonderful to see Prince Charles taking such an interest in Wisbech and its plans for the future. He was particularly interested in the Garden Town’s flood mitigation work and its
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Mr Beal added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Wisbech, and we will be delighted to visit Nansledan and explore how The Prince’s Foundation can get involved at the earliest opportunity.”
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched the Garden Communities prospectus in August to offer local authorities and private sector partners renewed support for creating high-quality, locally supported, new communities. Successful bids will receive tailored government assistance, including resource funding, advice from Homes England and cross-government brokerage to overcome barriers to delivery. Successful proposals will be announced later this year. january 2019
Peeping Pebbles Project To help to support children’s communication and language skills, funding was made available for settings in Cambridgeshire that could be applied for. Four local settings, (Ladybirds Day Nursery, Murrow Pre-School, Leverington PreSchool and Parson Drove PreSchool) worked together and put in a bid. This was successful and they are now working together on a number of projects.
One of these is the Peeping Pebbles Project, where parents will be invited to decorate pebbles with their children, and then they will ‘hide’ the pebbles in plain sight around the three villages and in Wisbech Park. When the pebbles are found, it is hoped that the parents will talk to the children about the colours and shapes, and if they are related to a story or rhyme
that they know. Parents will be asked to take a photograph of the pebble and upload it to a Facebook page. The details will be on the back of the pebble, with a short caption of good words and sentences that were used. The pebbles are to be decorated in the next few weeks and then hidden during the first week in December.
‘I Heart Wisbech’ Team Needs Your Views! Do you live or work in Wisbech? What do you love about the town and what would you do to improve it? Those are the questions being asked in a new ‘I Heart Wisbech’ campaign to gather people’s views and use them to help develop future services and projects in the town.
what could be improved. The feedback will be used to develop key themes in community development and to hopefully uncover the next generation of social action champions in the town. So, if you have a great idea on how to improve Wisbech, we would love to hear from you.”
The campaign has been launched by the ‘I Heart Wisbech’ team, which is made up of a number of local community organisations, along with Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland District Council and Wisbech Town Council.
The campaign links to the ongoing Wisbech 2020 Vision and its work to tackle local issues and deliver future health, economy and infrastructure improvements.
Volunteers have been out and about in the town centre, gathering views, and an online survey has been launched asking three questions : What do you love about Wisbech? How would you make it better? and What would you like to do about it? The survey is available at www. smartsurvey.co.uk/s/JLTXO/ and is expected to run until January 2019. Russell Rolph, of Support Cambridgeshire, who is managing the project on behalf of the ‘I Heart Wisbech’ team, said: “Those who live, work and invest in an area are the best people to ask on what’s right about where they live, and j anua ry 2019
work in Wisbech beginning in December.
Survey responses will also be shared with consultants appointed to produce the Growing Fenland Market Town Master plans. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority awarded £150,000 to Fenland District Council towards the creation of masterplans for March, Chatteris and Whittlesey, and recently awarded a further £50,000 for Wisbech.
Councillor Chris Seaton, Leader of Fenland District Council and Wisbech 2020 Core Vision Group member, said: “I Heart Wisbech is a collective conversation with people from all parts of the Wisbech community about what they love about the town, what they’d change, and what they would like to do about it. As a team, we’re hoping to reach many more people and really build up a picture of what people think about Wisbech and understand how we can support even more resident-led activity.”
The plans will identify potential improvements and opportunities for future economic growth in each town, with the aim of attracting even larger amounts of funding to help deliver their ambitions. The consultants, Metro Dynamics, will be carrying out six weeks of intensive community consultation in each of the towns, with
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The Wisbech Riots of 1913 by Dr Eric Somerville, Wisbech Society
The Riot Act was read in Wisbech in October 1913. The public disturbance was the result of protests following the suicide of a much-loved medical practitioner, Dr Horace Dimock, who had provided medical care in the town for the poor and low paid under the terms of the National Insurance Act of 1911. In January 1913, Dr Dimock joined Drs. Harry and William Groom, the only other practitioners in Wisbech willing to implement the Act. The British Medical Association was against the scheme, fearing it would impact on doctors’ incomes. Wisbech doctors, Henry Meacock and Charles Gunson, as Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively of the local division of the BMA, had persuaded most of their colleagues to “tow the BMA line” and not participate. The story began soon after Dr Dimock’s arrival in the town in January 1913. He claimed there was a persecution
campaign against him by those doctors boycotting the Act. Then, in the summer of 1913, Drs. Meacock and Gunson began receiving anonymous, scurrilous and ultimately libellous postcards. Dr Meacock suspected Dr Dimock from the outset and reported the matter to the local police. An undercover investigation was mounted jointly with The Post Office, and post boxes were kept under surveillance. It transpired that, when the offending postcards were found in the boxes, Dr Dimock had been seen earlier posting mail in them. Handwriting analysis confirmed that the block capital lettering on the postcards corresponded with known examples of Dr Dimock’s handwriting, leading to his arrest on October 24th 1913. He strenuously denied the charges and was bailed to appear before magistrates a week later. That weekend he went to stay at his mother’s home in Stretham, near Ely. He had planned to return on the Monday in time for an afternoon surgery. His waiting room in the Crescent was full of patients that afternoon when the news of his death reached Wisbech. He had died that morning of an overdose of morphine and barbiturate. The mood in Wisbech was one of grief, mixed with anger. The details of the libel case were not yet common knowledge and many thought Dr Dimock had been hounded to his death by members of his own profession, principally Drs. Meacock and Gunson. On the evening of October 30th 1913, a crowd of about five thousand gathered in the Market Place to express their dismay at Dr Dimock’s death. However, a sizeable minority, estimated at around one thousand, set off for Dr Meacock’s house at 14 North Brink, stoning the property and breaking many of the windows. They then turned their attention to Dr Gunson’s property in the Crescent (No 7). By this time police reinforcements had arrived, and the Mayor, Thomas Blazeby,
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tried reasoning before reading the Riot Act in the early hours of October 31st, standing under a street lamp in the Crescent. This was the signal for a police charge with truncheons drawn, which dispersed the mob. There was further rioting that weekend, contained by a heavy police presence, although shop windows were broken with fireworks and bottles thrown at the police. By November 3rd, the riots were over with only sporadic minor disturbances. With his death, the case against Dr Dimock was dropped. Dr Meacock, who had been the subject of much criticism in the national press, ‘went public’, denying Dimock’s allegations of persecution. He also revealed details of the anonymous mail he and others had received, whereupon nurses at Addenbrooke’s Hospital recalled that they too had received similar postcards when Dimock worked there, as did a doctor who had lodged with him when they were medical students. The case against him seemed irrefutable. Something positive did emerge from those events in 1913 however. In 1914, possibly as a result of the adverse publicity, all but two or three doctors in the Isle of Ely relented and agreed to provide health care for those covered by the National Insurance Act of 1911.
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If you run your own business, many issues can give you sleepless nights and one of the most common of these is a difficulty with an employee. Tribunal claim fees were abolished last year so if an employee wants to bring a claim they can now do so with little risk. Since then, the number of claims to employment tribunals has risen, reaching around 110,000 over the past year. This figure doesn’t count claims that were either dropped or settled before getting to tribunal. Despite the high number of claims, only 536 unfair dismissal claims ended with the employee receiving compensation but the time and expense of going through a claim is something employers will wish to avoid, and by taking certain steps you can reduce your exposure to a claim. As a starting point, you should make sure that the essentials are in place: • Use written contracts of employment. Give these some thought so they aren’t just generic but cover what you need. If you have an issue with an employee, the contract will give you and the employee something to go back to. • Review your contracts periodically. Employment law changes all the time and employers often make the mistake of using the same contract
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When we talk to clients about later life planning, there are many factors to consider to get the most out of your wealth for you and your chosen heirs. Tony Sharpe explains. Average life expectancies have been going up for some years now and many of us can expect to live well into our 90s. Large numbers of those in or near retirement will need to provide for around thirty nonearning years: it’s a prospect that requires careful planning. The most immediate concern for clients approaching their retirement years is usually what retirement income they can enjoy with the pension savings they have built up while working. There are several ways to access your pension savings and it is important to understand all the options before taking irrevocable decisions about your pension pot. The next pressing concern is often how you and your family will cope if a family member needs long-term care. Care fees can make major inroads into family wealth and planning can be critical to ensure an estate isn’t totally depleted.
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A) The Alphabetical Quiz – The Letter K
The idea is that all the answers to the following questions begin with the letter K, and follow each other in alphabetical order, as shown in the first two answers given. 1)
Which Franz wrote ‘Metamorphosis’? – Answer: Kafka.
13) What capital city stands at the convergence of the Blue Nile and the White Nile?
What name is given to a lightweight, waterproof, hooded anorak? – Answer: Kagoule.
14) In slang, you put this … on something, which means that it’s ruined or comes to an end.
What title was given to German and Austrian emperors?
15) Which Val played Batman in the film ‘Batman Forever’?
What submachine-gun takes its name from its Russian inventor?
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The Australian national rugby league team go by what nickname?
18) What movie monster's home was Skull Island?
This soft white clay, used to produce porcelain, is sometimes called ‘China clay’.
What popular form of amateur singing derives from the Japanese word for ‘empty orchestra’?
With Astana as its capital, what is the ninth largest country in the world?
Which two brothers played the title roles in the 1990 film ‘The Krays’?
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Take the first number and follow the instructions until you reach the answer. Try it first without pen and paper and don’t even think about a calculator! 1) 3: + 3, x 3, 2) 49: + 36, x 3,
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This Month at the Movies with The Light Cinema Wisbech
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New year, new ﬁlms! Check out what January has to offer... Preview the movie everyone will be talking about! We’re thrilled to be offering our customers an exciting and exclusive preview screening this month to see a brand-new ﬁlm ahead of its ofﬁcial release. We’re not going to tell you what it is but they’re always something special, hand-picked by us and is guaranteed to be an advance preview screening so you will be one of the very ﬁrst to view. Tickets are on sale now for our mystery screening on January 3rd. Community matters to us, so come along to our ‘dementia-friendly’ screening on January 10th of American romantic comedy-drama The Apartment starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. 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.
Crumb’s superhuman ﬁgure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. Mary Queen of Scots, released on January 18th, explores the turbulent life of Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 years old, widowed at 18, we follow her attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England as the course of history is played out on screen by Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies proves this historical drama to be a must see. Fancy a mid-week movie treat? Check out our offer! Sign up to our online membership (for free!) and get tickets for just £5 Monday-Friday before Noon and all day every Tuesday and Wednesday, any ﬁlm. Plus, get the latest news and offers straight to your inbox. Head over to our website and start saving.
The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, hits the big screen for the ﬁrst time on January 11th. Stan & Ollie are brought to life by Steve Coogan and John. C. Reilly as the pair embark on what becomes their swan song – a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain as their love of performing, as well as for each other endures as they secure their place in the hearts of the adoring public. Join us on January 18th with an all-star cast including Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy for Glass. Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track a disturbed man with 24 personalities. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass ﬁnds Dunn pursuing j anua 60 D IryS 2019 C O
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How to Bite the (Nutri) Bullet – Resolve to Just Be Yourself!
ast year, I wrote an hilarious article, (even if I do say so myself!) about the New Year, and I’ve been sat here for an hour trying to write one to top it. But, one of my new, New Year’s resolutions is to not beat myself up; to push myself to be better, but also to accept when something is good and give myself praise for it, instead of constantly trying to top it. Also, I can’t stop laughing at myself and this funny article. So, enjoy, and Happy New Year all. The New Year is upon us, Christmas gets put away for another year, the holiday adverts start on TV and we’re all sat with a box of ‘Celebrations’, before starting our “New Year’s diets” for the sixth year running.
I’d never been one to try and change at the start of the year- but holiday ads mean bikini bodies and bikini bodies mean me looking down at ‘Tina the talking tummy’ and ‘cellulite Sally’ and feeling, a little… bleugh! So last year, I decided enough was enough. This was my year. I jogged to the shop, bought some veg and a NutriBullet and there was no stopping me. So, I thought I’d let you into my personal New Year’s Resolutions from last year…and how I’m still learning from them. Day one - I’ve started my diet, the NutriBullet is in the dishwasher from my “breakfast smoothie!” Which was very…green. I drank it fast, but I feel good. I’ve done a total of 25 sit-ups and 15 squats, and do you know what? I think I may have lost weight already! Today I tried ‘courgetti spaghetti’ and that’s all I have to say on that matter. I’ve also been a lot more organised- I’m so glad I bought all of those notebooks and diaries for my to-do lists and what not! Feeling brighter than ever, why didn’t I start sooner? I’ve got this! Day four - Still keeping on, I’ve got endless lists and recipes stuck on my fridge! Still feeling fresh as a daisy and, it’s not been a walk in the park, but it’s all good. Nearly had a moment where I gave it all up, put the lists in the shredder and bought a large pizza but, alas, I am strong. Day five - The healthy smoothies are starting to bother me. Last night I had a dream that I devoured a chocolate cake the size of a small child. I’m still
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keeping up with it, but Lord help me if I even smell an ounce of chocolate! Day seven - Is a week in too early for a cheat day? Day ten - Ten days have passed, I feel as though I am a wilting flower. Whilst everybody slept last night, I snuck downstairs and demolished a loaf of bread - no butter, no jam. Dry, white bread. I’m an animal. February 1st – Hmm, well it seems a month or so has passed, and, I don’t actually know where my NutriBullet went, I put all the vegetables in the bin (they were starting to taunt me with awful remarks) and I’m still the same size as I was last year. Back fat Betty and I, we’re still companions. But here’s where the moral of the story lies. You see, I’m looking back at my 2018 New Year’s resolutions and thinking that I failed. However, did I really? I didn’t turn into a supermodel, I didn’t become the most organised person, who wakes up at 6am and drinks kale smoothies, (which are as awful as they sound.) I realised that actually, I don’t need fad diets. Instead, I found healthy foods that I actually enjoy, and didn’t have to force down, and I encouraged myself by realising that I don’t need this huge change. I don’t need to re-invent myself and actually, for all of us doing that every single year, what are we doing?! We are literally setting ourselves up for disappointment! Last year, I didn’t change entirely- but I changed little things to make myself happier. Small improvements, day by day. Whether it’s losing that little bit of weight, getting more organised or even learning to pamper yourself and relax more. Change your life, sure. But don’t torture yourself to make you any other version of you than you were meant to be. And as long as you’re healthy within yourself and happy…then really, what needs to change anyway? Be brave, safe, and have a year to remember!
Holly - Jean x january 2019
Price Freeze for Garden Waste The subscription fee for Fenland District Council’s garden waste collection service has been frozen for another year after a successful second year of the service. With more than 20,500 subscriptions this year, the service has continued to be self-funding – with the council making enough savings to be able to freeze the price again for 2019/20. The £40 annual subscription fee, which was first introduced in 2017/18, will stay the same for the third year running, ensuring it remains amongst the lowest priced authority garden waste services in the East. All new and existing customers paying for the fortnightly service by annual direct debit will also benefit from a continued discounted direct debit cost of £36. Existing annual direct
debit customers will have their subscriptions automatically renewed in February at £36, ready for the garden waste service to start in April 2019. New customers wanting to sign up by direct debit can do so from December 1st 2018, online, with customer service staff on hand to help residents complete payments and set direct debits up if required. The number of subscriptions this year represents 45% of all domestic properties in the district and the income will continue to contribute more than £500,000 again towards the council’s required savings. Online information about the garden waste service helped inform local residents and a competent online payment system helped 18,700 customers sign up for subscriptions online.
Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “I would like to thank everyone who signed up to our garden waste collection service for this second year to continue to recycle their garden waste. The price freeze for next year has been made possible thanks to the successful continuation of the service and helps ensure as many people as possible can continue to recycle their garden waste.” For more information on the garden waste service and to sign up, visit www.fenland.gov. uk/gardenwaste or visit one of Fenland’s four @ Your Service shops and community hubs. Customers wanting to pay for subscriptions by cash or card, at a cost of £40 per subscription, can do so from January 4th, 2019.
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Events - January 2019 1st - Bank Holiday! Happy New Year everyone! 5th - Exotic Cat Society Show from 12.30 pm, at Tydd St Giles Community Centre. Admission is £2.50.
5th - Mindfulness and Meditation workshops at Wisbech
Library from 10 am. For just £10 for 2 hours, we will do our best to empower people through mindfulness and meditation, improving their wellbeing and happiness.
8th - Craft and Laugh at the United Reformed Church,
Wisbech, from 2 pm - 4 pm. £7 per session - crafting materials and refreshments provided - places are limited, booking is essential. Suitable for all, regardless of experience! To book, please call Julie on 07500369087.
13th - Fun Dog Show at the Fenland Equestrian Centre from 1
13th - Showjumping Show at the Fenland Equestrian Centre from 9 am. 16th - Waterlees Community Forum. Have you got something to say about Waterlees? Come along and find out what is happening in the area, and how you can input to its future. At the Oasis Centre from 7 pm. For more information, please call Chris on 01945461526. 18th - Friday Fish ‘n’ Chips at The Bell Inn, Murrow, every Friday between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm.
18th - Wedding Open Evening at Sarah’s Flowers, Market Street, Wisbech. From 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm. There will be a selection of hand-picked local suppliers trying to network and support each other. Brides and grooms will be able to attend and speak to local professionals, at no cost to them, to try and keep business local and all under one roof. We hope to run these quarterly, and supply special offers at some opportunities.
19th - March Library are celebrating National Obesity Week. Everyone Health will be in the library offering free health checks, a nutritionist will be offering nutritional advice, and March Boxing Club will be giving exercise advice and demonstrations. From 9.30 am - 2 pm.
20th - Sparkling Events Wedding Fair from 11 am - 3 pm. At the Bull Hotel, Peterborough.
20th - Festival of Swans at Welney Wetland Centre. 10am -
12noon & 1pm - 3pm: Wildlife filming drop-in workshop, 10am - 3pm: Family activities, including bird feeder making, swan ring making, 12noon: Swan feed, 2pm - 3pm: Hare walk, 3.30pm: Swan feed, 6.30pm: Floodlit swan feed. www.wwt.org.uk/ wetland-centres/welney/
21st - Festival of Swans at Welney Wetland Centre. 10am 12noon & 1pm - 3pm: Wildlife filming drop-in workshop, 10am - 3pm: Family activities, including bird feeder making, swan ring making, 12noon: Swan feed, 2pm - 3pm: Hare walk, 3.30pm: Swan feed, 6.30pm: Floodlit swan feed. www.wwt.org.uk/ wetland-centres/welney/ 40
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21st - Heart Brides Wedding Dress Sale at Elme Hall, Wisbech.
From 5 pm - 8 pm, there will be a fantastic sale of brand new wedding dresses from sizes 6 up to 30. Once you try on your dress and decide it’s the one for you, you can either pay in full and receive a free veil and tiara, saving you £250, or put a deposit of £100, to secure any of the dresses. So much variety, from vintage lace, classic, tea length, fairytale and so much more - don’t miss out!
26th - Saga Louts live at Walton Highway Village Club from 8.15 pm. Free to members, £5 for non-members. 28th - Engage in the Afternoon from 2 pm - 3.30 pm, at March
Library. Local music historian Kevin Rodgers will entertain us with the music of Buddy Holly, commemorating the anniversary of his death, (on February 3rd 1959).
30th - SEN Night at Play2Day, Guyhirn. Special night, just for children with special needs. From 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, we turn off the music and machines and reserve the venue just for you. For more information, including prices, please call Play2Day. 31st - Live your Life workshop at Orton Hall, Hotel and Spa,
PE2 7DN. From 9.30 am - 4 pm. Our Live your Life workshops are one-day, interactive workshops for people affected by lymphoma. These events help you to take control of how you decide to live with, and beyond, a lymphoma diagnosis, either towards the end of treatment or on watch and wait. The workshops are relaxed and informal, giving you the opportunity to share your experiences, meet others in a similar situation and find further local help and support.
Regular Events & Clubs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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: email@example.com. It is with regret, there is no wheelchair access.
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Events - January 2019 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 throughout the year. 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! Whittlesey Concert Band rehearse from 7.45pm – 9.15 pm at the Methodist / United Reformed Church, Whitttlesey. We welcome wind, brass and percussion players of all ages (around Grade 4 standard and above), who would like to join a friendly and dedicated group of wind musicians. Weekly rehearsals are treated as a time for relaxation and socialising, as well as focused work in order to achieve a good standard of performance. Please see our website for further information whittleseyconcertband.com Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Poppy Competition Winner The winner of our ‘Spot the Poppy Competition’ in the November issue was Paul Woodham from Wisbech. He discovered it on page 13 in the 3D Grass advert.
Thank You from the Fenland Music Centre Association The FMCA would like to warmly thank the generous support shown by the audience, at their annual Christmas Concert on Saturday December 1st. A total of £711 was raised on the night which will help volunteers continue to bring music and educational opportunities to the local community. A packed St. Peter’s Church in March, saw the FMCA put on one of their best performances to date. Conductors Ceri Griffin, Beth Letts and Theo Letts created the perfect festive atmosphere with their choice of repertoire that was performed by no less than three orchestras, two bands and three ensembles. Their spokesman commented, “A well-attended Christmas Concert is vital to our charity and enables us to continue to serve budding musicians of any age or ability, throughout the local community. We would like to thank everybody that made tonight’s concert possible and wish them all a very Merry Christmas!”
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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
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
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
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
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 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 email@example.com 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
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
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
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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE IN WISBECH AND ACROSS NORTH EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE – By Steve Barclay MP
appy New Year to everyone in Wisbech and across North East Cambridgeshire. Selfimprovement is a big focus this time of year with getting ﬁt, healthy and being more active amongst the top New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
Now the festivities are over, it is a good time of year to take up a new sport or become more active. Active Fenland is leading the way in helping people to get active which is both good for their health and provides good fun through taking up new hobbies. I have seen ﬁrst-hand the fantastic impact Active Fenland has had on our community since 2015, after I secured £250,000 for the council to fund the three-year project and drive participation in sport. Thanks to the work of the Active Fenland team the programme of walking football, no strings badminton, table tennis, swim ﬁt and much more has been a great success. In 2018 a further £325,000 was awarded to Fenland and Peterborough to continue their work for a further three years.
(Wisbech) has already signed up to this and I look forward to hearing how the programme beneﬁts the employees who work there. If you are interested in taking up a new sport, meeting new people and being more active, I urge you to get involved in some of the activities which Active Fenland is providing in your local area. No matter what your age, ability or level of mobility there is something on offer, from walking football, chair-based exercises, beginners running sessions and activities for children. Information about what is on offer is readily available on the Active Fenland Facebook page @ActiveFenland or online at: www.newvisionﬁtness.co.uk/whats-on.html I would like to congratulate Active Fenland activator Lauren Bremner and everyone who has either taken part or helped run sessions. It is great to see the wide range of affordable activities which have been made available across North East Cambridgeshire, making sport accessible to all.
The Active Fenland team has also supported the development of Parkrun in Whittlesey and the Junior Parkrun in Wisbech and has some excellent new projects in the pipeline such as working with local businesses to promote staying active and being healthy in the workplace. Greencore
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MEN UNITED IN SONG 2019: SUPPORTING PROSTATE CANCER UK New Year, new you? Looking for a fresh challenge, new skills and a great social scene to boot? Then look no further… Following its phenomenal success over the last few years, Men United in Song is back for 2019, once again raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Launching in March, the project will sign up 40 local men with a range of previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 10 weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on Saturday 11th May. To date the project has engaged hundreds of local men, raising many thousands of pounds for the charity, as well as inspiring similar projects across the country – a fantastic result! John, from Moulton Chapel, says “I was looking for something new to do and Men United in Song seemed like a great way of meeting new people and supporting a good cause. I wasn’t sure what to expect and it was quite a steep learning curve! I didn’t realise before that not everyone in a choir sang all the same thing together, there are harmonies too, and when it all comes together it sounds absolutely amazing! The whole experience was fantastic and performing in the concert was the icing on the cake!”
like a great opportunity!” says Adam from Thorney. “Turning up for the first rehearsal was daunting, but I immediately felt comfortable singing in such a relaxed environment. The highlight for me was knowing that we were creating something amazing for such a great cause. I’ve met all sorts of people, from farmers to accountants to new dads - without this project we would never have had the chance to meet and discover how we can really sing. I would highly recommend the experience!”
money for this very important charity. It’s always a pleasure and a privilege to work with them.”
Men United In Song is not all about the singing or even about the fundraising, there’s a fantastic social scene too! Ultimately, it’s about a group of men getting together in a shared enterprise, which of course is the idea behind Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign, and why the charity seemed such a good fit for the project.
For further information contact Jo on 01733 425194 or email menunited@peterboroughsings. org.uk
William Prideaux, director of Men United in Song, says “Year on year, we see men of all ages from all walks of life get stuck into this project, producing fantastic results over a relatively short period of time both in terms of the progress they make and the sound they produce in the final concert and in terms of raising
Men United In Song kicks off with introduction sessions on 27th and 28th February and 2nd March at the John Mansfield Campus in Peterborough. Absolutely no previous experience is required to join, just a willingness to get involved and give it your best shot! “We’re not looking for 100 percent in musicality, but 100 percent in enthusiasm” says William. “Why not give it a go, it just might be the best thing you’ve done in a very long time!”
Introduction sessions will be at the John Mansfield Campus PE1 4HX on Wednesday 27th February (7.30-9.30pm), Thursday 28th February (7.30-9.30pm) and Saturday 2nd March (2-4pm). Please call/email to register. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings from 7.45pm-9.45pm at the John Mansfield Campus, Western Avenue, Peterborough PE1 4HX. The Men United In Song concert will be at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 11th May 2019.
“Having seen Men United in Song advertised in previous years and been tempted to get involved, I finally got the impetus to go for it when my father was diagnosed” says Martin from Bourne. “Although the idea initially filled me with some trepidation, the experience proved to be extremely enjoyable and fulfilling. It’s a very rewarding opportunity whilst raising vital awareness and funds for the continuing fight against prostate cancer.” “I wanted to improve my singing and Men United in Song seemed j anua ry 2019
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