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Happy Mother's Day

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“Freedom of Wisbech”

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Yo u r f a v o u r i t e c o m m u n i t y l i f e s t y l e m a g a z i n e – P R I C E L E S S

Issue 11 / March 2019

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Discover who you are...

Whole School Open Morning Saturday 23 March 1000-1230 From Kindergarten to 6th Form

SENIOR SCHOOL TASTER DAY FOR CHILDREN CURRENTLY IN YEAR 5 Saturday 11 May 0930-1500 This is an exciting opportunity to discover more about Senior School life by experiencing bite-sized lessons which include; Science, Art & Textiles, Design & Technology, Drama, Maths, Geography and Food & Nutrition.

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Welcome to Your March Issue. This year is absolutely flying by. A minute ago it was the New Year, and now it’s Mother’s Day! Soon, we will blink and it’ll be Christmas again. But, not before reading this fabulous edition of the magazine, for the month of March. This month we bring you some “mum-related features”, a few travel pieces based on Africa and Tenerife, many community-based pieces on what a fantastic town Wisbech is, and so much more! So, are you celebrating Mother’s Day at an event from our “What’s On” section? Be sure to check out what is featured in there this month. Happy Mother’s Day, and remember … “a mum is like a button, they hold everything together.”

Claire x

Not everyone has a mum, but I guarantee we all have someone who inspires us, loves us, cares for us, and wants us to be the best we can be, and to me, that’s a mum. My mother is all I could ever hope to be; I’m so grateful and lucky to have been blessed with a mum like her. All I am, she helped me to be. Now, some of you may be reading this and being fed up of all of the “commercial” holidays: Christmas, Valentine’s, Mother’s Day. Well don’t you worry, this magazine is full of so much more than just that! Have a flick through and see what you like, but I guarantee there’s a little something for everybody. Enjoy everyone!

Holly - Jean x


Wisbech Highlights

3......................Welcome to March!

4......................Footwear fitting specialists for kids! 6......................Adventures of Africa. 8......................Mother’s Day Quiz! 12....................Get rid of that fungal nail infection. 14....................A Happy Holly-day! 15....................Let the ‘Big Fizz’ put sparkle into your

outdoor event.

16 - 18.........Community Matters. 19....................Fenland Timber has built a big reputation. 20...................Training courses for the Haulage


24...................Are you concerned about going

into care?

26...................Love your buildings..or lose them. 28...................Coyote Bar. 30...................Buying or selling land? 34...................Has your double glazing steamed up? 36...................History at Wisbech General Cemetery. 38...................MTD ‘live’ in April. 40...................“Freedom of Wisbech” Honour

bestowed on two worthy groups.

44 - 45......What’s On. 47...................This month at the movies. 48...................Club Guide.

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50...................Diamond Byte Offer - Advice to keep

your PC healthy.

52...................Directory. 54...................Art Matters - Exhibition Review.

With thanks to:

Fraser Dawbarns, March Podiatry, Almary Green, Diamond Byte Solutions, Holiday with us group, Zebedee Shoes, Wisbech Society, Taleyna Fletcher

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Footwear Fitting Specialists for Kids A

t Zebedee Shoes we pride ourselves on our specialist fitting service and excellent customer satisfaction, creating a relaxed and welcoming environment for you and your child. To celebrate our ten years in business, we are bringing to you some information which makes our store stand out from the crowd. All our staff are fully trained to fit orthotics, specialist fittings, including wide feet and slim feet. This training can take up to a year to get well equipped in dealing with all those different types of feet. Over the years, we have made it our priority to make sure that every child that comes through our doors has the best experience in having their shoes fitted. We look at the individual needs of the customer and try to provide the best quality and fit of shoes for that purpose. We work closely with podiatrists and clinics who are medically

trained, should we need them, and Liz, the owner, is a V.T.C.T. (Vocational Training Charitable Trust), qualified reflexologist and who has also passed through examinations with the Society of Shoefitters. We try to make shoe shopping an enjoyable experience and not something you dread to do. Over the years, we have built up very special relationships with our customers, based on trust and customer service. Here are just some of the services we offer: • We cater from birth up to an adult size 12. • We fit specialist orthotics, splints, inserts etc. • We help with supportive shoes/ boots for hyper-mobility, in- toeing etc. • We offer advice, should you think you need to have your child checked for any foot problems.

• We run appointments out of hours for special needs customers and busy mums. • We run appointments during the busy “back to school time” for mums who work or have more than one child to fit. • We have parking facilities at the rear of the shop.

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Adventures of Africa

By Erin Lakey

Travel Consultant

The ‘Holiday With Us’ Group recently teamed up with ‘African Pride’ to host an African Evening with customers who are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime journey. African Pride is a tour operator that builds dreams for those travelling to Africa, The Indian Ocean, Oman and The United Arab Emirates. As a company, they have over 150 years’ worth of travel experience and, like ourselves, they are fully independent. Being independent allows them to be completely unbiased when tailor-making a holiday which they base on your requirements and wishes. In the language of Swahili, safari means “journey”. We took our clients on a journey through Africa’s most popular reserves, landscapes and landmarks, including the following: Botswana is one of the most popular safari destinations with its breathtaking experiences of wildlife. Here you’ll be able to spot herds of elephants and buffalos gathering together; hippos, crocodiles and birds will be seen around the lagoons; and if you travel further south, you will see zebras and antelopes which attract predators like lions, wild dogs and cheetahs. To get to Botswana, you can fly direct with British Airways to either Cape Town or Johannesburg, and then transfer to either Maun or Kasane. African Pride offer a wide range of tailor-made safari tours across Africa to experience the finest game viewing, accompanied by experienced guides. Extend your safari tour with a visit to one of the greatest attractions in Africa, Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is recognised as one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. There is a range of trails you can take which

offer a truly unforgettable sight of the falls. Thrill-seekers can view its expanse from a height on a helicopter tour, or experience the falls up-close whilst white water rafting. Cape Town in South Africa offers an extensive range of activities and attractions. Experience one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, and the most iconic landmark of South Africa, Table Mountain. Or swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach. If you’re travelling all that way, why not make the most of it? You can “twin centre” your safari with a city stay, or even travel to the Indian Ocean and end your dream relaxing on the white sand, gazing at the clear blue seas. To discover more about this incredible continent, get in touch with our travel experts on 0800 167 0232. Take a look at our upcoming travel evenings by visiting www.holidaywithus.co.uk/events

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Toning Tables & Beauty Treatments WHO CAN USE TONING TABLES?

Anyone who wants to lose inches without building muscle. It is ideal for people who cannot or wish not to participate in strenuous activities, yet want to keep their body supple and trim. The tables can be used by anyone with heart problems, muscular or skeletal problems, arthritis, and those recovering from injury

WHAT WILL I ACHIEVE? Increased Flexibility, Strengthen Muscle, Achieve Inch loss, Improve Posture & Circulation, Relieve Stress & Tension

OTHER TREATMENTS AVAILABLE Massage, Holistic Therapies, Reflexology, Nails, Facials Manicure & Pedicure, Waxing. We also do Gelish Nail Paint, Manicure & Pedicure & Waxing.


PER SESSION - £5.50 with membership, 5 beds per session, session time 1 hour

Inch loss, increased flexibility and mobility of the joints, toning and tightening of all major muscle groups. Posture and circulation will improve, stress and tension will be relieved, and well-being enhanced.


Comfortable, soft clothes such as T-shirt, leggings, and socks. Sorry, no denim or studded garments may be worn. There is a wide range of medical benefits for conditions such as ME, MS, Scoliosis plus many others.

OPENING TIMES Monday 8.30-7.00, Tuesday 8.30-4.00, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 8.30-7.00, Friday 8.30-4.00

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Telephone 01945 586971 Mobile 07443 505759 Find Us On Facebook

Mother’s Day Quiz All of the following questions are linked in some way to the most important person in anyone’s life – mum!


According to the proverb, what is ‘the mother of invention’?

11) In which Beatles song does ‘Mother Mary come to me’?


Which alcoholic spirit is affectionately known as ‘mother’s ruin’?

12) Who played Jennifer Saunders’s mother in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’?


When does ‘Mothering Sunday’ take place in the UK?

13) Nacre is more commonly known as ‘Mother of _ _ _ _ _’?


Who played the role of Frank Spencer in ‘Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em’?

14) In the pantomime, who is Aladdin’s mother?


Who was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I?


Which group’s fifth studio album was entitled ‘Atom Heart Mother’?

16) In the song, where was ‘Mother Kelly’s Doorstep’?


In which Indian city did Mother Teresa found her ‘Missionaries of Charity’?


What was the name of Superman’s mother?


What was the name of the Greek King of Thebes who fell in love with his own mother?

15) Who was the famous mother of Liza Minelli?

17) If a horse’s father is a sire, what is its mother called? 18) Who was the last Empress of India? 19) What did Old Mother Hubbard find in her cupboard?

20) True or False – The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong’s mother’s maiden name was Moon? 10) Who is Pebble’s mother in ‘The Flintstones’?

❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀ ANSWERS 1) Necessity, 2) Gin, 3) The fourth Sunday in Lent, 4) Michael Crawford, 5) Anne Boleyn, 6) Pink Floyd, 7) Calcutta (Kolkata), 8) Lara, 9) Oedipus, 10) Wilma, 11) Let it Be, 12) June Whitfield, 13) Pearl, 14) Widow Twanky, 15) Judy Garland, 16) Down Paradise Row, 17) Dam, 18) Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, 19) Nothing, because it was bare, 20) False – the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin’s was!





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You are invited to this free event.

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Rosmini Centre, 69 Queens Road 9:00am & 11.00am, 3:30pm, 5:30pm & 7:30pm Tel: Tina 07798 894 639

Wisbech Rugby Club, Chapel Road 9.30am & 11.30am Tel: Sally 07919 410 258


Outwell Village Hall, Wisbech Road 9:30am & 5.30pm Tel: Jo 07527 646 062

Emneth Central Hall 9:30am Tel: Carrie 07876 636 833




Elm C of E Primary School 5:30pm & 7:30pm Tel: Carrie 07876 636 833

Sports & Social Club, Church Road 5:30pm & 7:30pm Tel: Rachel 07768 526 360



Wisbech Rugby Club, Chapel Road 5:30pm & 7:30pm Tel: Sally 07919 410 258

slimmingworld.co.uk 0344 897 8000

Queen Mary Centre, Queens Road 8:30am & 10.30am Tel: Sally 07919 410 258





SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION THE INSTANT, DISCREET, COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO HAIR LOSS AND THINNING HAIR Instant hair loss solutions without the need for hair pieces, toupees, surgery or using expensive and time consuming products every day! Also known as SMP, Scalp Micropigmentation uses specialist needles to implant coloured ink into the scalp, face or body to replicate and replace lost hair follicles. We can correct a receding hairline, disguise crown/pattern baldness, camouflage scars, create a full head of follicles or simply target certain spots. Our specialist has over 10 years experience in the Micropigmentation field and has treated hundreds of happy clients. We offer a free consultation at our March or Ely Salon where we can answer any questions you have and devise your treatment plan. The treatment is non invasive, affordable, discreet and will include a second treatment 2 weeks later. You will leave us feeling confident and looking years younger after your treatment – the secret can be yours!



Call us on 01354 278300 or 01353 661277 www.mycosmeticclinic.co.uk

Beauty by Evolution SEMI-PERMANENT MAKE-UP AND SCALP MICRO SPECIALISTS Our expert is an advanced colour correction and removal specialist and has over 10 years’ experience in creating perfection both in Semi-Permanent Make-up and Scalp Micro Tattooing, creating instant results. Free consultation by appointment. Ample free parking right outside. CROMWELL HOUSE, WISBECH ROAD, MARCH, CAMBS PE15 8EB 01354 278300 | OPEN TUESDAY TO SATURDAY & LATE NIGHT TUESDAY & THURSDAY Call us or pop in to secure your appointment


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Get RID of that Fungal Nail Infection! Fungal infections occur when microscopic fungi enter the nail usually due to trauma to the nail. Fungi that are already present in or on your body can also reproduce and spread through the nail, causing nail infections. The fungi thrive between the toes in the moist warm environment of socks and shoes.

Fungal nail infections can affect eight percent of the population at any one time. They can be unsightly, and people are often embarrassed by the way they look. It may affect part of the nail, the entire nail, or several nails. Common signs of a fungal nail infection include a distorted nail that may be discoloured; it may lift off from the nail bed and become brittle and thickened. Podiatrists have been researching new methods for treatment, and we are now delighted to offer ‘The Lacuna Method’. This involves drilling multiple holes across the fungal area. We then direct anti-fungal

spray into the holes and spray across the nail plate. The treatment involves this spray being re-applied at home every day and returning to us in six weeks for a review. This treatment has proved to give very effective results, it is relatively painless and no anaesthetic is required. We allow about an hour for the treatment. Our podiatrists can discuss with you multiple treatment options, including the Lacuna Method, and we can help you to have nicer nails in time for summer....

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• Free hearing tests • State of the art rechargeable hearing aids which are compatible with all mobile phones • Effective painless wax removal • Noise protection You can visit us at one of our local clinics: St Ives Practice 13 The Broadway St Ives PE27 5BX Tel: (01480) 300955

“When someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem.”

Wisbech Practice 31 High Street Wisbech PE13 1DE Tel: (01945) 466386

For information on any of the services we provide, or to discuss your specific requirements, please get in touch.

Email: info@clearerhearing.co.uk Regular clinics at March Podiatry – call for further details

All courses are run in the Peterborough and Fenland area

www.clariantraining.com All our courses are fully inclusive of any assessments, books, certificate, and training materials or any other costs. The price you see is the only price you pay. All our courses are nationally recognised and certificated by awarding bodies. All courses are assessable. IOSH MANAGING SAFELY 4 DAY COURSE COST: £475.00. DATES: 8th-11th April 2019 This is the new version 5 of the popular 4-day IOSH accredited course which is designed for managers, supervisors, union reps and team leaders who are responsible for the safety of their colleagues. You will receive a new V5 IOSH managers certificate on completion. IOSH MANAGING SAFELY 1 DAY REFRESHER COURSE. COST: £180.00. DATE: 18th APRIL 2019 If you hold or have completed an IOSH 4 day Managing Safely course within 5 years of your certificate date, then save costs, update your CPD and competence by completing our 1 day IOSH refresher training course. This updates and re-qualifies your skills and knowledge with the latest legislation and H&S updates. You will receive a new V5 IOSH managers certificate on completion. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION 1 DAY COURSE. COST: £180.00 DATE: 30TH APRIL 2019 This 1-day IOSH approved course focuses on the procedures and techniques to help identify the immediate cause, underlying cause, and root cause of an accident, incident or near miss in the workplace. This course will also prepare you to create clear and concise formal reports and make logical cost effective proposals to prevent accidents happening again, thus cutting out costs to your business financially, morally, and ensure you comply with legal compliance as set by the HSE. EMERGENCY FIRST AID 1 DAY COURSE (HSE Approved) COST: £75.00 DATE:11th MARCH 2019 This new level 3 practical first aid course is designed to enable the delegated person to practice the key skills needed to respond promptly, safely and effectively in the event of a medical emergency. valid for three years from the awarding date.

FIRST AID AT WORK (HSE Approved) 3 DAY COURSE. COST £150.00. DATE: 5/6/7th MARCH 2019. This course provides the employees with the skills and knowledge required to meet the required standards of workplace health and safety based on your workplace risk assessment. All the essential aspects of first aid are covered in detail, and after the successful completion of the assessments of competence, attendees will be awarded the first aid at work certificate, valid for three years from the awarding date. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID 1 DAY COURSE. COST £90.00. DATE: 17th APRIL 2019 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a recognised training course, designed to teach you how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and provide help on a first aid basis. The course is delivered by a quality assured instructor. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID 2 DAY COURSE. COST £170.00. DATE: 24/25th APRIL 2019 Identify the early stages of a mental health problem, and be trained to support someone who’s dealing with a mental health issue. Help stop someone from self-harming or hurting others. Support stop mental ill health from worsening, and assist someone have a quicker recovery. Guide someone towards proper professional help. Break the stigma of a mental health problem. The course is delivered by a quality assured instructor. FIRE SAFETY / WARDENS 1 DAY COURSE. COST £95.00. DATE: 28TH MARCH 2019 This level 2 qualification provides employees with the knowledge to let them carry out designated duties relating to fire safety and emergency procedures in the workplace, for example as fire wardens or fire marshals. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the responsible person to appoint and provide adequate training for one or more ‘competent persons’ to assist with fire safety and safe evacuation in the workplace.

Tel/Fax: 01733 204343 Mob: 07703 174288 Clarian House, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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A HAPPY HOLLY-DAY! - by Holly-Jean

As I’m writing this, I’m on the plane home from my first holiday abroad since I was a child! I’ve been in Tenerife for seven days with my boyfriend and his family! And, for someone who is pretty terrified of airports and flying – I smashed it! No crying on the plane and I got there in one piece. Both my boyfriend and I dislike flying, so we were clinging onto each other the whole journey there, but it was absolutely fine!

Something else I refuse to accept is that I do not wear sensible footwear. I learn this on the next day when I manage to break my toe, due to my flip flops. I stayed in the flip flops for the whole holiday, and on the last day managed to stack it on the stairs, face planting the floor in front of an amused group of Spaniards.

Now, saying that. Although the flight was smooth, clumsy Holly was on holiday and she was ready to do many embarrassing things.

Nursing my burns and my toe, I go to bed, only to realise that things have been taken from my hotel room. Nightmare. Little things aren’t too bad. But the thing I decided to get the hump about was my childhood teddy going missing. After a lot of shouting I got her back and teddy bear in Spanish is ‘peluche’.

Firstly, we get to the airport, and of course it has to be me that ‘goes off’ in security. After an alarm starts, my shoes, jacket, jumper had to be removed and then I was quite aggressively searched by a scary Spanish lady. The worst was over. Or, so I thought. This is my first adult passport and so it clearly needed signing. Clearly. In fact, everyone told me multiple times to sign my passport. It said it everywhere. What did I do? Forget to sign my passport. First day: I get bitten by a wild cat (I named her Catarina) and decided that the reason she didn’t like me was because she was an exclusive cat, and for someone who went for an all-inclusive holiday, I wasn’t allowed to touch her. On the second day, I enjoyed a little too many of the all-inclusive cocktails. In fact, as soon as I entered the bar, the bartender had two poured for me ready. Which, I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed about, or proud of. Third day, I’m burnt. Severely burnt. Lobster burnt. Despite everyone telling me that I will burn and that I should be wearing cream, I refuse to and apparently prefer looking ridiculous and saying ‘ouch’ with every move I make. 14


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Also, to reinforce the idea that I am in fact a child even though I’m 18, I missed my family and dogs a lot. And no matter where we were, if I saw a dog, I would just burst out crying. Other than that, I wasn’t too bad. Although everyone that was with me was astounded by my appetite. IT’S A BUFFET THAT YOU’VE PAID FOR. If you don’t get two or three plates at every meal then what are you doing?! However, some people get a bit rude at buffets. There was a little boy, aged about eight or nine, who decided to push in front of me. This was not a good idea. I said jokingly to my boyfriend, not realising how loud I was, ‘well that was rude, push him over.’ Which ended in the little boy turning around to look at me with tears in his eyes and my boyfriend saying to me, ‘if he has a big dad who will beat me up, I will claim to not know you.’ So overall, brilliant time. In all honesty, it was really lovely. I think leave your little town every now and then, make memories and stories and cherish them forever, but also cherish your home. Ma Ar R ch CH 2 0 1 9 m

Let The Big Fizz Put the Sparkle into Your Outdoor Event! The Big Fizz is a vintage Rice Beaufort horse trailer that has been lovingly converted into a mobile bar available to hire for parties, weddings, corporate events or any other special occasion that you’d like to celebrate. The Big Fizz is elegantly finished in matt black to suit the traditionally British design of the trailer. It is perfect for garden parties, weddings and any outdoor event. We are able to set beautiful displays surrounding the trailer to really bring your event to life. We have rustic crates, foliage, flowers, lanterns, twinkling lights and we will do our best to provide any special requirements that you may have! There is always a minimum of two members of staff provided when you hire The Big Fizz mobile bar. They can serve from the trailer bar or around your event, according to your preference. THE BIG FIZZ MOBILE BAR IS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE WITH A FULLY-STOCKED BAR, INCLUDING: CHAMPAGNE, PROSECCO, GIN, WINES, SPIRITS, BOTTLED BEER, ‘FEVER-TREE’ MIXERS and SOFT DRINKS  

• Horse trials and eventing. • Winter food and drink markets.

We can also tailor-make a bespoke drinks package specifically for your event.

• Horticultural and agricultural county shows.

Additional events we can cater for:-

• Corporate entertaining.

• Polo, cricket and rugby matches.

• Outdoor theatres.

• Food and drink festivals.


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• The types of events we cover are: Festivals, Shows, Craft Fayres, Weddings, Parties, Christenings, Anniversaries, Corporate Events, Charity events etc.

• Our Professional, friendly, uniformed staff are all fully trained. • Fully licensed and certified.





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:


Find Your Fenland Ancestors as They Were Recorded Down the Centuries Descendants worldwide can now trace their Fenland ancestors’ lives back to the 16th century online through the handwritten church registers which recorded them, thanks to a ground-breaking project. Cambridgeshire Family History Society (CFHS) has teamed up with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, where the registers of thirty-two parishes are lodged for safe-keeping, to get them scanned and digitised for all the world to see. Classical history graduate, Tristan Goodfellow, from Murrow, has been carrying out the painstaking work in the museum archives since last May, funded by the CFHS. In addition, the CFHS, which will be paid by the public for each image of a page bearing specific names, has pledged through the museum’s refounders scheme to contribute a substantial sum over five years to its everyday running costs. Tristan said: “This project will save the church registers from damage through over-much handling. A lot of the handwriting is old-fashioned or shaky and some of the records are in Latin, from the days when what the parish priest wrote could be the only record made of a person’s existence. But they recorded the names and relationships of local people through christenings, marriages and funerals. They’re fascinating to historians, but also and especially to people whose families came from the Fens.”

So far, Tristan has fully or partially scanned and uploaded 29,000 register pages from Friday Bridge, Gorefield, Guyhirn, Marshland, Murrow, Newton, Outwell, Parson Drove, Southea, Terrington St Clement, Tydd St Giles, Upwell and Wisbech St Peter. There are roughly 21,000 more to go. He sends the pictures he has taken, once he has uploaded each parish’s registers, to the site where so far the names of 70,239 individuals have been matched with transcriptions made by the family history society’s volunteers. Cambridgeshire Family History Society Chairman, David Copsey said: “We are excited about our partnership in this venture with Wisbech and Fenland Museum – it means for the first time we can offer people an online view of the actual pages their ancestors’ lives were recorded in. There are no nationally-kept records before 1837 – so it really is a first.” The scanning machine Tristan uses is on loan from Cambridgeshire archives, which are being relocated from Cambridge to Ely. The CFHS is careful to ensure that any information about living people is not made available. * Find more details about the project and how you can access the parish register records of your family, if they’re held at Wisbech and Fenland Museum, on www.cfhs.org.uk and/or www.wisbechmuseum.org. uk.

New Sessions to Help Families Get Active Together A series of free, term-time sports and activity sessions, aimed at getting Fenland’s families more active together, has been launched. Families can now enjoy a new weekly, family sports club in March and Wisbech, a weekly family Bootcamp session in Chatteris, and a parent and teen Clubbercise class in Wisbech, as part of the county’s ‘Active Families’ initiative. An exciting new virtual treasure hunt game has also been launched to get families enjoying the outdoors together, and help develop children’s literacy skills through fun challenges, questions and photo and video rounds. Using the same GPS-tracking as “Pokémon Go”, the free Mobile Adventures app by Wild Goose can 16



be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android, and Apple’s App Store for the iPhone – with the first treasure hunt available to complete now in Wisbech Park; the activation code can be found on the Active Fenland website. The sessions are delivered in Fenland by Fenland District Council’s Active Fenland team and partners, with additional funding from Clarion Futures. Councillor Mark Buckton, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People, said: “A recent report from Sports England showed that less than one in five children across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are meeting the guidelines of more than sixty minutes of physical activity every day, which could lead to long-term health issues. “Active Families is a great way to help address this, m a r ch 2 0 1 9

Building Works Start at Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre! It’s been an exciting start to 2019 for the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, an Arthur Rank Hospice Charity service, serving Wisbech and the Fens. Following design and consultation which took place at the end of last year, Coulson’s Building Group started expansion and redevelopment works on January 2nd this year.  The Treatment Centre based at North Cambs Hospital provides a range of free out-patient care and support services to people with a life-limiting condition and their families, in the Fens.  The building project will expand current facilities and adjacent rooms into purpose-built spaces, allowing the specialist team to care for and support growing numbers of patients with increasingly complex needs. Due to the importance of the care offered to the community, during the building works, the Treatment Centre’s team continues to welcome patients in and out of their day therapy, complementary therapy and treatment sessions each day. Meanwhile, swift progress is being made by builders in the previously vacant adjoining rooms. Existing walls have been knocked down and new ones erected, creating what will be the dedicated treatment and clinical rooms, therapy and hairdressing spaces, office and lounge area.   The project has been predominantly funded through the generosity of The Hudson Foundation, The Friends of Wisbech Hospitals and the Robert Hall Charity.  Plasterers and electricians are progressing well and the build team is currently on track to complete this phase of the works by March 15th.  The Treatment Centre team will then move into the newly extended and developed areas, so refurbishment of their current facilities can begin on March 25th. and get parents more active too. Not only can families reap the health benefits of being more active regularly, but it also provides an opportunity for quality family time, away from screens, and helps with concentration and learning.” Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said: “Children need to be encouraged to enjoy outdoor spaces more, and this is a great and fun approach to helping families get fit together; we are delighted to be providing our support to this initiative.” The new term-time Active Families sessions are : • Family Sports Club. A weekly ‘turn up and play’, after-school session for families. For children aged 5+, one participating adult per family minimum. Free. - Oasis Centre, Wisbech, Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm - Neale Wade Academy Sports Centre, March, Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm m a rch 2 0 19

Internal works are due to be completed by the end of April. Michelle Knight, Matron of the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, explains the critical difference these improvement works will make, not only for patients but also for the staff and volunteer team: “In the last few years, it’s become more and more apparent that we needed to improve the facilities for patients here at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre. We have a wonderful staff and volunteer team – as recognised by CQC inspectors recently - and I’m so delighted that our facilities will soon match their excellent standards of care. The impact of the changes will be huge, especially when it comes to enhancing privacy for our patients, compared to what is possible in our current very restricted space.”   The local community has shown great support for the project, raising funds and awareness, with individuals taking on personal challenges or donating to the Alan Hudson DTC Appeal and local businesses supporting the effort. Some funds remain to be raised to allow completion of the project, particularly for a make-over of outdoor spaces and garden areas. Businesses and individuals who would like to offer support are invited to contact Project Development Officer, Phillippa Ashcroft on 07766 733062 or phillippa.ashcroft@arhc. org.uk. To find out more about the building plans, visit arhc.org.uk/alan-hudson-day-treatment-centre.asp. Many people do not realise that the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre is funded only partly by commissioned income, with the remaining amount charitably fundraised by the local community. Their support is critical - not only to this expansion and redevelopment project – but also to help fund the Treatment Centre’s daily running costs. • Family Bootcamp. A Bootcamp class for families with children aged 9+. Ideal for all abilities, including beginners. Cromwell Community College (gymnasium), Chatteris, Thursdays, 5pm-6pm, one participating adult per family minimum. Free. Advance booking required via e-mail at activefenlandbookings@fenland.gov.uk • Parent and Teen Clubbercise. The dance workout that feels like a party! Rosmini Centre, Wisbech, Fridays, 6.30pm-7.30pm, for children aged 11+. Free. No advance booking necessary, but please check the Active Fenland website for upcoming dates. • Wild Goose Treasure Hunt. Ideal for children aged 4-10. New treasure hunts across Fenland coming soon! To find out more and download the app, visit: www.activefenland.org and look under the ‘What’s On’ section.




The Oasis Community Centre, Wisbech Chris Stevens is the manager at the Oasis Community Centre in Wisbech, which is owned by the Wisbech Community Development Trust, a small charity run by local residents. The Centre is based in the heart of the Waterlees ward, which is the most deprived in Cambridgeshire. They work with a host of partners to bring local services to the community and this is how they generate their income, from the hire of rooms, as they don’t receive any core funding.  There is always a buzz around the place and this is due to the variety of activities that are taking place. These range from karate, craft, yoga, “Over 55s” social group, Age UK Day Centre, bingo, IT, Weight Management, Active Fenland activities and much, much more.  They also have toast here on a Thursday, which is run by ‘People & Animals’ and this is for families to help with socializing people and dogs. Cambridgeshire County Council also runs a Children’s Centre and Nursery in some of the rooms that they hire from them. Chris and the team also apply for grants to put on confidence building courses, which have been very successful over the last ten years, and it is great to see what a difference this makes to people’s lives. They are also involved in the “Waterlees in Bloom” group, which is made up of local volunteers whose aim is to brighten up the ward.  There aren’t any flower beds on the ward, which are the responsibility of the local council; all areas are managed by volunteers and they achieved Gold last year at the Anglia in Bloom awards.  Also, they received an award, for the second year running, for their Community Spirit and this is something that this ward has in abundance. Chris says that it is a great place to live and work.  He has been there since 2006 and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. The team have been successful in securing a grant from the People’s Health Lottery to do a Waterlees Community Plan and this involves speaking to residents to find out what they like about the ward, their concerns and issues, what they would like to see on the ward and how can they help the team to achieve this.  As part of this project, Chris and the team are recruiting local residents, from all walks of life, to become Community Champions and it is those residents who are speaking to their friends, family and neighbours. They are providing people with training and mentoring, to help them build up their confidence to become the voices of the future.  Two of the Community Champions are now running a photography group, teaching residents how to use their smartphones, to obtain some fantastic results. 18



One of the things the Trust is looking into is leasing the waste ground beside the Centre, which is currently owned by CCC, to build an extension to incorporate a multi-purpose Sports Hall, Community Café (run by the community) and a designated Youth Room. Clarion have been improving Lime Avenue, which has an astroturf area, children’s play area and now a nice picnic area.  They are also going to have an outside gym, which will be of benefit to the whole community. FDC has commissioned a new skate park, which hopefully will be completed in February.  This was also thanks to a large donation from Clarion. Clarion also run a really successful Job Club at the Oasis Centre, every Wednesday and had great success in getting residents into employment.  From this club, they identify training needs and then fund courses, which are delivered free to participants. Everyone is welcome to attend. The team on the Waterlees Ward are entering some exciting times, and it is great to see the residents finally getting the same opportunities that the rest of Cambridgeshire have benefited from for so long. If you are interested in finding out about hiring any of the rooms (there is always a caretaker on site, even in the evenings and weekends), or finding out about what volunteering opportunities are available, or more information about the community plan, then please phone Chris on 01945 461526. m a r ch 2 0 1 9

Fenland Timber Has Built a Big Reputation Fenland Timber has built an impressive reputation over the past three years. The Wisbech St Mary-based company – runner-up in last year’s Fenland Enterprise Business Awards – supplies high-quality design, build, and installations for sheds, fencing, decking and other bespoke timber based products. Started by Sam Frankham in January 2016 and registered as a limited company in April 2017 it prides itself on the quality of its craftmanship and strives to exceed customers’ expectations with its locally-sourced timber products. Sam (33) said: “I started as a landscaper in 2009 but always wanted to do this and so far, business has been good. We are coming up to the busy time of the year when people are keen to get outside and start new projects and we are here to help. “We currently have a 10-week order book for our bespoke sheds and can supply everything a customer wants with all types of designed doors, windows and glazing and also summer houses. Most of our work is for domestic customers with the majority coming from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire



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Paying for care is something that worries many clients. Jim Duvall, Financial Planner at Almary Green, looks at some of the issues involved. The possibility of needing long-term care is something that concerns many clients. Families are worried about being able to afford a good standard of care and about the erosion of family wealth that may result from many years of paying care fees. The average weekly care home fees in the East of England in 2017, according to the Laing Buisson Care of Older People UK Market Report 29th edition 2018, were around £670 for residential care, rising to £980 for nursing care. Care for those with dementia was a little higher. State help for care fees is available



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Love Your Old Buildings …or Lose Them! By Taleyna Fletcher, Townscape Heritage Officer, The Wisbech High Street Project A free and practical guide has been launched to help owners of historic properties to maintain their buildings and preserve them for years to come. When Fenland District Council were putting together the bid for the Wisbech High Street Project from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Conservation Officers asked how the project could help owners of listed buildings in the district. Wisbech has more than 250 listed buildings, and discussions with FDC conservation team and other heritage professionals indicated that there was a need for more advice on simple maintenance and guidance about conservation for many owners and occupants of older and listed buildings. A lack of information and guidance can often result in the use of inappropriate techniques, materials and contractors being used to undertake works on older buildings which undermines their historic value and can impact adversely on their condition. So to address this issue, as part of the “Activity Plan”, the High Street Project is delivering a series of workshops providing practical maintenance and conservation advice to owners and occupants of listed buildings. All owners were contacted last



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Wisbech General Cemetery: From Decline to Revival as a Stunning Heritage Community Venue by David Crouch, Wisbech Society

Located in North End, Wisbech, close to ASDA, Wisbech General Cemetery was established in 1836, following the mid-19th-century fashion for public cemeteries laid out along the lines of a formal garden. Wisbech was probably ahead of its time for a relatively small, provincial town. Public cemeteries to make money out of death were a nineteenthcentury phenomenon. A group of prominent non-conformists purchased approximately three acres of garden land on the outskirts of town and, in 1841, the Wisbech General Cemetery Company was formed. The site was designed as much for the living as for the dead and was laid out with gravel paths, lawns and flowering shrubs with a wall with railings and gates alongside Leverington Road. A chapel, costing £500, was erected in 1848. Designed by a local architect, Robert Adam, it was built in the fashionable neo-classical style and subscribers could choose their form of religious or secular ceremony. Altogether, 6,571 people were buried in the cemetery, most of them in multiple graves and often with no headstone. Many prominent residents of Wisbech were buried here during the 19th century, including Samuel Smith, the celebrated local photographer. Ten soldiers who died in this country from wounds received during the First World War are buried in the cemetery. In 2018, the centenary of the World War 1 armistice, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission placed a new headstone at each of the unmarked graves. Towards the end of the 20th century, the number of burials declined, with only six burials in the 1960s, and in 1972, the cemetery finally closed. The site became neglected and nature and vandals took over. From 1978, Wisbech Society strongly resisted plans by the Council to clear the monuments and demolish the chapel, and instigated a scheme to clean up the historic cemetery, survey, and then record the burials and headstones. A Friends group was formed in 1992 and still continues to diligently tend the

‘pocket park’, retaining the trees and plants as a conservation area to preserve this valuable woodland wildlife habitat, so important to the social history and heritage of Wisbech. In 2014, the Society, with the support of the Friends, purchased land to create a new entrance, making the chapel more accessible and visible from North End. It was named ‘Lambert’s Way’ after Basil Lambert, a benefactor of Wisbech Society. Encouraged by this success, the Society decided to seek Heritage Lottery funding to restore the derelict chapel. The two-stage application began in late 2014 and came to fruition in Spring 2017 with an award of over £300k towards the project. Donations from members, local organisations and companies, together with significant funds from Wisbech Society, enabled the project to proceed. Work commenced in January 2018 and the restoration was completed in October 2018. This renovated, Grade II listed, chapel is available for hire by groups and organisations, providing a unique venue for functions or meetings. The modern facilities include a kitchenette, accessible WC and can accommodate up to sixty people with seating for fifty. There are tables for meetings, a projector and a large screen to facilitate talks and exhibitions. A large roof lantern and art fusion glass in the windows create a light and airy atmosphere while the coloured ceramic squares made by children from Peckover School, inserted into the original floor slabs, add brightness to the interior. A programme of events is being implemented for 2019 and a number of walks, talks and exhibitions will take place during the year. Details will be available on the websitwww. wisbechgeneralcemetery.org. An open afternoon is being held on Thursday, March 7th, 12noon to 4 pm for interested parties to find out about the facilities and booking arrangements. Contact co-ordinator@ wisbech-society.co.uk for further information.




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“Freedom of Wisbech” Honour Bestowed on Two Worthy Groups Local councils are permitted to bestow the title of “Honorary Freeman” to “persons of distinction and any persons (or groups) who (which) have in, the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services to the borough (or town)”. The freedom is an honour to recognise the significant and valuable services rendered to the borough (or town) by that person (or group). At a special meeting of Wisbech Town Council held on January 29th 2019, in the Council Chamber at Wisbech Town Hall, the Council conferred the honour of the freedom of the town of Wisbech upon two local community groups; those being Wisbech in Bloom 2018, (in recognition of the invaluable work that this group undertakes, on a voluntary basis, to enhance the attractiveness of the town and to help “put it on the map” through the success that this group achieves), and the Vivien Fire Engine Trust, (in recognition of the invaluable work that this group undertakes, on a voluntary basis, in supporting and promoting the town and its



history, as well as its participation in numerous civic and community events in Wisbech and beyond). At the meeting, councillors voted unanimously on the nominations to bestow this honour upon these two groups. The first group to be presented by the Mayor of Wisbech, Councillor Peter Human, with a freedom scroll, (bearing the


Council’s coat of arms and the seal of the town, signed on behalf of Wisbech Town Council by the Mayor and the Town Clerk) was Wisbech in Bloom, then followed by the Vivien Fire Engine Trust. Following the completion of the formal business by the Council, the Mayor invited all those present at the meeting to remain for refreshments.

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Events - March 2019 2nd - Live music at the Ex-Services Club from 9 pm. Four bands

will be playing a mixture of covers and original songs. These 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.



- Planning and Community Infrastructure Committee Meeting at the Council Chambers. For more information, please call Terry Jordan, Town Clerk, 01945 461333.

9th - Three of a Kind at the Ex-Services Club from 9 pm. Live

Music,( ’60s and ’70s). These 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.

11th - Family Bingo at Marshland Hall, PE14 8JB, from 6.30 pm.

Eyes down at 7.15 pm. Come along for family bingo with lots of great prizes, a bonus game and a cash game. There will also be a raffle and a tombola, and even a free children’s game if we have enough kiddies on the night!

16th - Story Making Workshop at Wisbech Library from 2 pm.

Tickets are £2.50 per person. Suitable for children aged 5+. Join ‘Stand Tall Theatre’ as they engage young children and their families in the creation of their own stories which they will then bring to life using storytelling techniques.

16th - The Gangsters at the Ex-Services Club. These 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. 18


- Wisbech Town Council Meeting from 7.30 pm to be followed by Planning and Community Infrastructure meeting, in the Council Chambers. For more information, please contact Town Clerk, 01945 461333.

18th - Planning and Community Infrastructure meeting at 9 pm, in the Council Chambers. For more information, please contact Town Clerk, 01945 461333.

21st - Christian Aid ‘on tour’. We’re delighted to invite you to ‘Christian Aid on Tour’ at St Peter and Paul, Wisbech. We will be offering a lively mix of film, talk and discussion to promote Christian Aid Week 2019. It is based around our work in Sierra Leone which has been made possible by legacy giving plus our climate change campaigning. We’ll also share ideas about alternative ways to fundraise and success stories by local organisers. “This is a chance for local supporters to meet and be inspired by what they hear. We have an amazing opportunity to change the world”, Regional Coordinator - Pam Richardson. 23rd - Inspiring Women Craft and Gift Fair from 10 am - 4 pm.

Alchemical Romance returns to host their second Inspiring Women Craft and Gift Fair at Tower Hall, Friday Bridge. After a successful first year, 2019 promises to be even better! Following on from International Women’s Day and just in time for Mother’s Day, come and see our wide range of high quality, handcrafted goods and find mum that special something. Or simply pop in for a naughty-but-nice slice of cake, courtesy of our wonderful WI. 44



23rd - Jessie’s Ghost at the Ex-Services Club from 9 pm. These

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.

24th - Fossil Hunting trip to Hunstanton with Fossils Galore. All ages welcome, from 12 pm - 3 pm. Tickets are available from www.fossilsgalore.com.

25th - ‘If Clothes Could Speak’ from 7 pm at Wisbech Library.

Doors open at 6.45 pm. Tickets: £7 standard, £4/£5 concessions. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes, plus an interval. Suitable for: Adults and Young People (14+ yrs). Classworks Theatre use a large selection of heritage clothing to present an interactive experience where they share the stories of the people who owned them and reflect on the times they lived in. Many items come from people who lived in Cambridgeshire. Audiences can handle and try on garments from other countries, cultures and eras. Licensed bar.

27th - CCVS Funding opportunities from 10.30 am at the

Council Chambers. We have a really wide range of funders coming and it would be great to get a good response from groups in Wisbech. Featuring: Heritage Lottery Fund, John Lewis Partnership, Living Sport, Healthy Fenland Fund, Big Lottery Fund and Tesco Bags of Help. CCVS is a registered charity set up to champion and support community and voluntary groups, and promote volunteering across Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Fenland.

29th - The Rose and Crown Hotel, Wisbech, are proud to be

welcoming Murder Mystery Productions, who will be hosting our Murder Mystery evening from 7 pm – late, and there will be a three course meal included in the price of tickets. Tickets are £39.50 per person. Book now on 01945 589800 or e-mail info@ theroseandcrownhotel.com, to avoid disappointment.

29th - Wisbech Music Society 2018/2019 Season - Aleksander

Tsvetkov from 7.30 pm. Alex Tsvetkov (formally playing as Alex Florian) will give a piano recital. Alex graduated from the Music Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He has given many concerts as soloist and accompanist, including several very successful concerts in Wisbech. In previous concerts Alex has excelled in playing works by Liszt, Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. His programme for this concert has yet to be finalised but promises to be diverse and may include music by Chinese and Bulgarian composers. Tickets available in advance or on the door. Adults £10, Students (over 18) £7, accompanied children free. In the Russell Hall, Wisbech Grammar School North Brink PE13 1JX.

30th - Walpole Art and Craft Club. Those crafty ladies of the Walpole Art and Craft Club, who raise so much money for charity, are at it again. They will be holding a very special CRAFT FAYRE in Walpole St Peter Village Hall 10a.m – 4p.m. They will have on sale all their lovely handcrafted items, including cards, jewellery, knitted, crocheted and needle worked items and so much more. There will also be refreshments and Tombola available. We look forward to seeing you there. If you would like a stall please contact Lynne 01945 780447 or Christine 01945 489953. m a r ch 2 0 1 9

What's On

Sponsored by Wisbech Town Council

Events - March 2019 30th - Lego and Board games at Wisbech Library. From 10.30

am - 11.30 am.

30th - Swing Wing 2019 from 7.30 pm. Doors open from 6.30 pm. £10 Ticket - available from Ray and Jan Hutchinson at the Thomas Clarkson Academy. For more information, contact Jan or Ray Hutchinson on 01945 584595. 30th - Mother’s Day Fun Day at Fossils Galore, March. Mums

get a free tea or coffee, along with a free go in our Crystal Hunt!

30th - FCMA are currently recruiting young musicians, under the age of 21, to take part in an afternoon of fun, musical entertainment, that will be open to the public. This afternoon starts at 4 pm at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Chatteris. Although this session concludes at 6 pm, be sure to stick around to hear the young musicians in FCMA’s Musical Showcase, from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm. Tickets are just £3. 30 - FCMA’s Musical Showcase for young musicians. This event is generously being funded by Stainless Metalcraft Ltd, th

Chatteris. It is also being kindly supported by the Chatteris Rotary Club. From 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Chatteris. Tickets are just £3. Please come along to support local, young musical talent.

March 9th and 10th - Southern Steam Gala: Guest locomotives, (‘Terrier’, 662 Martello and ‘Schools class’, Repton) will join resident locomotive, the magnificent ‘Battle of Britain Class’, 92 Squadron, for this weekend. Expect multiple running and the chance to ride behind, all for one fare. 

March 23rd and 24th - Open Weekend: Free admission to Wansford and Overton stations. Get behind the scenes of the NVR, visit the workshop, signal box and more for free.

Tickets online at www.nvr.org.uk Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Old Great North Road, Stibbington, PE8 6LR • Telephone: 01780 784444

Regular Events & Clubs Monday Three Counties Running Club meet at Wisbech Police Station, 7 pm 8 pm. Sessions are free for anyone. If you wish for more information, or to join this club, please visit www.threecountiesrc.org or search Three Counties Running Club, on Facebook. Wisbech and District Camera Club, who are coming up to their 70th anniversary in January 2020, meet at Elgood’s Fenland Stadium, 380 Lynn Road, PE14 7AL, on a Monday night throughout September to May. For more information or to join, please contact Secretary David Hodgson on 01945 465126.  Wisbech IPMS Scale Model Club meets twice monthly at the Community Room of Wisbech Tesco, on the 2nd and 4th Monday between 7 pm and 10 pm. All scales, genre and experience welcome. For more information, please visit www.wipms.co.uk. 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.  Boogie Tots 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.  March Ukelele Group at the Rookswood from 7 pm, everyone welcome. TUESDAy Three Counties Running Club meet at Wisbech Park, from 9.30 am. Sessions are free for anyone. If you wish for more information, or to join this club, please visit www.threecountiesrc.org or search Three Counties Running Club, on Facebook.  The Fenland Family History Society meets at Wisbech Library from 10 am - 12 noon on the first Tuesday of the month. These are drop-in sessions where we try to help visitors with their family research. Walking Football every Tuesday at the Hudson Centre, Wisbech. £2 a session.  Forever fit session’s 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! March And District Amateur Operatic Society. Join us to sing, dance, and act in a musical, pantomime, or concert. Rehearsals at March Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. New members welcome. Contact us on contactmadaos@gmail.com or find MADAOS on Facebook.

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Painting group in Eastrea Village Hall. This painting group has been meeting in the Eastrea Village Hall between 1 pm and 4 pm every Tuesday for five years. The contact for the group is Sue on 01733 205241. WEDNESDAY Three Counties Running Club meet at Leverington Sports and Social Club from 7 pm - 8 pm. Sessions are free for anyone. If you wish for more information, or to join this club, please visit www.threecountiesrc. org or search Three Counties Running Club, on Facebook.  Walking group, every Wednesday from 11 am at the Oasis Centre, Wisbech. Free entry. The Wisbech Badminton Babes (WBB), meet at the Hudson Leisure Centre every Wednesday evening from 7-8pm for pay and play. Just turn up. Cost is only £2. No experience is necessary as equipment is provided. Some ladies also attend special coaching sessions, also every Wednesday at the Hudson from 6-7pm. Cost is £2, payable on the court.  THURSDAY Walking Netball every Thursday from 9:30 am -  10:30 am at the Hudson Centre, Wisbech, £2 a session.  FRIDAY Three Counties Running Club meet at Long Sutton Church at 7 pm. Sessions are free for anyone. If you wish for more information, or to join this club, please visit www.threecountiesrc.org or search Three Counties Running Club, on Facebook.  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 term time), between 6pm and 9pm, at the March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, PE15 8LE. Please see our website for full details: http:// www.fenlandmusiccentre.org.uk. SATURDAY Wisbech and Fenland Museum’s special family Saturdays! From 10 am - 4 pm. There will be different events on, so for more information, please look at the website www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk or drop in! This will only be until the 12th February so be quick!  SUNDAY The Fenland Foragers meet every second Sunday of the month in the car park of the Nature Reserve at Ring’s End. This group meets to help preserve the nature reserve. Also, this group includes free forest schooling and bush craft for children. Please call Hayley on 07962337988 for more information.




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This Month at the Movies with The Light Cinema Wisbech

Fighting With My Family

Captain Marvel

What Men Want

The Great Escape with Dan Snow

Marvel-lous Movie Selections This March Ready to rumble onto our screens on March 1st, Fighting With My Family gets its big screen release. Based on the true story of Norwich born Saraya-Jade Belvis and inspired by the Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, this film tells the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Jack who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. As we journey with them, we see Saraya make her way from unknown Norfolk girl to stardom under the bright lights of female pro wrestling and prestigious WWE. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant and produced by Dwayne Johnson, who also stars in the film as himself and alter ego The Rock, there is tension, drama and a great deal of comedy sprinkled in. Marvel’s first female led superhero film, Captain Marvel is released on March 8th with an all new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes the universe’s most powerful of heroes. When galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the centre of the storm. Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury and Jude Law also stars. March 22nd is time to get inside the minds of men in What Men Want, the gender-swapped remake of Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy What Women Want. Ali is fed up of being constantly boxed out by her male colleagues in her profession as a sports agent but gains the incredible and unexpected ability to hear men’s thoughts which she then uses to outsmart the men and get ahead. 60 I S2 0C19O m aD rch



Book your tickets now for The Great Escape with Dan Snow: A Gala Screening, showing on March 24th. On the 75th anniversary of The Great Escape, this commemorative event features the D-Day Darlings and special guests culminating with a gala screening of the remastered 1963 cult film starring Steve McQueen. The Triumph TR6 motorcycle ridden by Steve McQueen in the dramatic fence jump scene will also make a rare appearance on stage. Disney’s Dumbo flies onto our screens on March 29th, introducing Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. This new live action film expands the classic and beloved story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished, and dreams take flight. 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 to 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.

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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 01945 583690

Club Guide 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 The Alexandra Road Bowls Club meets at the Wisbech Conservative Club, PE13 1HQ. For more information on this club, please contact Chairman Perry Hall on 01945 588875 CMB Bowls Club on Railway Road; for more information, please contact Paul Bennett on 01945 480857


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 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. Wisbech Mixed Bridge Club Meet every Thursday 6.45pm at WWMCC, 29 Hill Street, Wisbech. No partner necessary. Call 01945 464608 for more details.


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

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Exhibition Review: Whistler and Nature, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge by Roger Powell, Art Historian. James Whistler’s life (1834-1903) was one of recurrent removals. By the time he was thirty, he had lived in America, Russia, France and England. From 1860 onwards, London became his base but not his home. Two incidents help us to understand how to look at his art. In 1877, John Ruskin, the renowned Victorian art critic, art historian and artist, accused Whistler of “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face” with his Nocturne in Black and Gold, (exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery 1877). To which Whistler responded: “I have perhaps meant to indicate an artistic interest alone in my work, divesting the picture from any outside sort of interest which might have been otherwise attached to it. It is an arrangement of line, form and colour first”. The ‘spat’ resulted in a famous libel suit between the two men that was heard at the Old Bailey the following year, which resulted in a ‘pyrrhic’ win for Whistler: he was awarded one farthing in compensation. The case led to Whistler’s bankruptcy and made the work almost unsaleable; however, it did highlight the emerging debate between established art values and the new ‘aesthetic movement’ that pointed the way towards ‘modern art’. Possibly his most famous painting was Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1 (1871), better known as ‘Whistler’s Mother’ and thought of as an icon of motherhood. It is much more concerned with composition and relationship of its components rather than its subject. Whistler places his mother in the painting, but uses her as a compositional object rather than the subject. Off centre, the oblique dark mass of her dress sets up a rhythm with the oblong of the hanging on the left and the oblongs of the two black framed pictures, with the centre being her hands. This points to the way in which Whistler’s art is a mixture of the figurative and the abstract with possibly the latter given greater importance. 54



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