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Welcome to Your May Issue. Would you believe it’s been a whole year since Discovering Wisbech started? I cannot tell you how proud we are as a team of this local, fantastic magazine. And, not only are we so proud, but so grateful for so many people - for our fabulous team who put so much love, care, hard work, and effort into generating this magazine, month in and month out; our contributors and advertisers who help us generate such amazing content; our distributors and printers who are absolutely invaluable to us; and last but certainly not least... YOU! We are so thankful for all of our readers - there wouldn’t be a magazine without you and so thank you for picking it up every month and loving it as much as you do. So, we hope you enjoy our ‘birthday’ edition - we have so much for you to get reading, get interested and get involved with this month! 

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Happy Birthday Discovering Wisbech Magazine! So far, it’s been a lot of hard work from everyone involved, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s paid off as we all love the magazine, don’t we?! Here at Discovering Magazines, we get excited for new editions, to see all of our efforts come to light and to see all of our readers loving it, as they have since day one. I personally feel so lucky to be involved with such a wonderful team - anyone who works for Discovering, anyone who helps with the magazine in any way, or even is just a reader, is a part of a team and a family, in my opinion, and I couldn’t be happier to be playing a part in it. So thank you all! This month, we have some absolutely incredible content for you! With new topics and lots of interesting stories, I think it’s the best publication yet! And, I hope you agree. So, everybody, the weather is getting warmer, your favourite local magazine has fallen on your doorstep - go and enjoy it and have a fantastic month, from your family, the Discovering Team.

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3.....................Welcome to May’s magazine! 4....................Media Production. 6.....................Adventure Touring with Holiday with Us! 8....................Stronger for Longer with Active Fenland. 10...................March Podiatry. 12...................Art Matters with Aldo Ierubino. 14...................Words from Mayor James Palmer. 15...................Zebedee Shoes. 16 - 17........Community Matters. 18...................Tax-Efficient investments with Almary Green. 19...................McIntosh’s - trading since 1963. 20 - 22......Community Matters. 24..................‘Small Town’ by Holly Jean. 26..................History with the Wisbech Society. 27..................The Secret Gin Festival. 28..................The Recipe for Chargrilled Potato Salad! 30..................‘Food is the fuel of life’ with Wiltshire Farm Foods. 32..................The Royal Blue Meat Company. 36..................Fraser Dawbarns. 42..................Manufacturing and Change with Whiting and Partners. 44..................Advice from Diamond Byte. 48.................‘Interesting and Curious Facts of Yesteryear’ with Chris Donald. 50..................Puzzle Page. 53..................This month at The Light Cinema. 54..................Stamford Shakespeare Company. 56 - 57......What’s On. 58 ................Club Guide. 59..................Fenland Family History Society. 62..................Introducing the new Volkswagen T Cross. With thanks to:

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

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Would you like to stay ‘Stronger for Longer’? Want to know more about how to stay fit and healthy? Why not attend one of our Strength and Balance MOTs, coming soon to Fenland, (Wisbech, March, Chatteris, and Whittlesey)! The MOTs will contain a series of easy physical tests that can be done sitting down, to highlight areas in which you could improve your strength and balance. You’ll also be able to chat with a qualified consultant. Since the launch of the ‘Stronger for Longer’ campaign back in October, over 100 new people have joined strength and balance classes around the county, and are now stronger and steadier. Over 2,300 people have also downloaded our Supersix leaflet, which is helping people to do strength and balance exercises at home at least twice a week. For more information about ‘Stronger for Longer’ and to download some exercises you can do at home, go to www.cambridgeshire.



To help you stay ‘Stronger for Longer’, there are also classes in the area with Forever Active: • Strength & Balance – Level 3, Christchurch Community Centre, Upwell Road, Christchurch, PE14 9LL. Wednesdays 09.30 – 10.30. Contact Kathleen Henderson: 078805 43821. • Strength & Balance – Level 3, Methodist Church Hall, New Street, Doddington, PE15 0SP. Fridays 13.30 – 14.15. Contact Becky Adams: 07928 026509. • Strength & Balance – Level 3, St Peter’s Church Hall, High Street, March PE15 9JR. Fridays 14.45 – 15.30. Contact Becky Adams: 07928 026509. • The George Campbell Leisure Centre, March, (PE15 9LT) also has a 50+ Chair-Based Aerobics class on Thursdays, 10.30am 11.30am. • One attendee to a regular Strength and Balance class said, “The class has helped me with my walking, strength, balance, and posture, along with confidence outside of the class. I can see the difference in myself; I do a lot of walking and since


going to classes I am now able to walk that bit longer without any problems – which means I can go out more and enjoy time with my friends.” • Active Fenland also runs a Forever Fit session at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech (PE13 1RL) on Tuesdays, 11.30 am 1pm, which includes short mat bowls, table tennis and new age kurling, with tea and coffee provided. This is a friendly session open to everyone, just £2 per session. Further to this, Active Fenland has a gentle yoga session that runs on Tuesdays, 2.30pm - 3.30pm at The Oasis Centre, Wisbech (PE13 3NR) for free. This yoga works for beginners and those who may need some adaptations, such as using a chair to work with in order to gain flexibility and strength. To book a place, please e-mail activefenlandbookings@ • Everyone Health also runs an hour walk from the Oasis Centre on Wednesdays at 11 am. For more information on these, please contact sarahhall@ 551 6407 or just turn up on the morning! The ‘Stronger for Longer’ campaign involves a range of partners, including Active Fenland, Cambridgeshire County Council, local NHS, Living Sport, and Forever Active.

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

All the Rembrandts, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - February 15th – June 10th 2019 by Aldo Ierubino, Art Historian Some art historians and cultural historians would argue that looking at the creative output of ‘dead white male artists’ such as Rembrandt, is probably a waste of time and no longer appropriate, in terms of modern gender politics and aesthetic values. However, this overlooks the simple fact that art is always a product of its moment, and directly driven by political, social and economic conditions. The critical function of art is to re-present its unique moment, without which it is mere decoration. It is only when we understand something of artistic practices, subject matter and the sensibilities of the potential viewers/collectors in their own time, that an artefact will begin to make sense. We are all familiar with the stereotypes of Rembrandt, but if we choose to look anew and inform ourselves, at least about his life and career in the context of when he lived, then it may be possible to arrive at our own evaluation of what it means to make coloured marks on a two-dimensional surface and to consider this a significant creative activity. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will enable you to take a fresh look at this European artist.

Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul (1661) far from being a biblical subject is an elegiac evocation of the acceptance of old age and its depredations. The subject is Rembrandt himself, his face carefully observed via a mirror, represents the topography of age, experience, and perhaps disappointment. It is the perfect antidote to vanity and its moral, as well as spiritual dangers. Rembrandt looks resigned to his mortality, and like the putative subject, St Paul (Saul on the road to Damascus), his eyes have been opened by light to the truth. However, it is through the use of light and colour that Rembrandt achieves this surface imbued with potential meaning for the viewer. The raking light from the top left magnifies the shadowy undulations of his furrowed brow and picks out his sallow skin and bulbous nose. Similar observations can be applied to Isaac and Rebecca (1665-69) also known as The Jewish Bride, a work in which the surface is articulated by light, colour, and texture through brushwork. In this work, it is the luminescence of Isaac’s right sleeve which dominates the surface, drawing our eye away from the tender moment towards that which is truly an aesthetic surface in its own right divorced from its representational function.

Two pre-conceptions about Rembrandt may shape your view: he was a successful artist working in Amsterdam in the 17th Century, a period that is referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Dutch Art’; and that in the 1640s his career and personal life took a dramatic downturn, which saw him become a poor, lonely, artist with few commissions. Among the twenty-two paintings on display, there are two late works that stand out.




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Reconnecting the town by rail has been a long-standing community priority for Wisbech. Since my election as Mayor, it has been a priority for the Combined Authority too. A rail link through March to the greater network will open up more job opportunities and places to study and reduce congestion on our roads. Wisbech should have the same access to the wider economy that many other towns of its size have. The Combined Authority Board has recently allocated £3 million to progress the return of a rail link to Wisbech. This includes up to £1.5 million for a study to satisfy what is known as the ‘GRIP 3b’ stage of Network Rail’s eight-stage process for bringing rail infrastructure projects to completion. The study will suggest the best place for a station, develop the necessary design work, and explore how the rail route will fit around the A47. Stephen Barclay MP and I will be meeting with the consultants carrying out this study this May. I will be pushing for the work to be brought back to the Board by February 2020 at the latest so residents have more clarity on the next steps. On the A47, Wisbech residents will know that complete dualling from Wisbech to Peterborough is long overdue. I, like many others, have been held up by slow-moving vehicles on the A47 and seen the road safety issues that this causes. Smaller schemes like the forthcoming improvements to the Guyhirn junction are welcome but are not nearly enough on their own. The Combined Authority’s Board recently


approved an approach to dual the road in one single scheme, as opposed to the usual, time consuming, bit-by-bit schemes we have seen over the years. This plan could accelerate delivery by as much as six years. I will be working closely with the Government to secure funding. The A47 project is all-important for opening up growth in Wisbech and across the whole of North East Anglia. The Combined Authority Board has also injected £10.5 million into the Wisbech Access Study to build much-needed upgrades to the road system around Wisbech. This swift action follows a £1.5 million Business Case which identified the best value for money schemes. They include a new signalised staggered junction at Cromwell Road and Bridge Lane, improvements at the junction of the A1101 Elm High Road, a roundabout at Weasenham Lane and a new roundabout at the junction of the A47 and Broadend Road. All of the upgrades will be completed by October 2021. Without these improvements, the ambitious housing growth earmarked for Wisbech will not be sustainable.

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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

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.

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 excel in their field should we need them for advice 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.

• 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.

Over the years, we have built up very special relationships with our customers, based on trust and customer service.

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

Young Musical Talent Goes To Work they had practised just that same afternoon, which left a full audience completely blown away!

In a brave feat of musical ingenuity, the Fenland Music Centre Association recently held its first ever Youth Musical Showcase and Orchestral Concert at St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Chatteris. Following an afternoon’s Musical Workshop, sixteen talented young local musicians took to the stage to perform individual pieces that ranged from Vivaldi to Charlie Parker, on a full array of orchestral instruments, (including trombones, violins, saxophones, flutes, piano, and harps). There then followed a full orchestral concert in the evening, whereby all the ‘workshop musicians played pieces

The event was generously sponsored by Metalcraft (Chatteris) Ltd, with Martin Lawrence, (Community Fund Chairman), presenting a cheque to Nyree Scott, (FMCA Chairperson), for the hire of the church. The event was also supported by the Tesco store in March and the Rotary Club of Chatteris, who supplied and served refreshments during the interval. Overall, the event raised an impressive £223.30 for the FMCA charity, all of which will go towards the running of weekly orchestras, bands and ensembles that practise at March Community Centre every Friday from 6pm to 9pm. (www.fenlandmuscicentre. The FMCA would like to thank everybody involved for all their hard work and financial help. Plans are already under way to repeat this magical event next year!

May is Victorian Month at the Museum. The Wisbech and Fenland Museum is celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday this month with some great activities for children and adults, linked to its exhibition of African objects collected on an ill-fated 1841 expedition up the River Niger. Many of the strikingly beautiful textiles and artefacts from the collection have never been seen by the public before; they have been in the museum archive since they were donated by William Peckover in 1854. Curator, Robert Bell, said: “As the museum itself is an almost perfectly-preserved Victorian treasure house, we decided to bring out this amazing collection in memory of a well-intentioned mission, supported by Prince Albert and Her Majesty’s government as well as the Peckover family. The Niger expedition set off in three steamships upriver from the Niger delta with the aim of promoting trade in goods, not slaves – but tragically more than half its members were killed by fever within a month, and their mission was abandoned.” The goods were brought along the river by the 16



expedition’s naturalist, Dr. William Stanger of Tydd Gote, who was one of a handful of European survivors. They were sold from his estate after his death in 1854. The exhibition runs from May 11th to June 15th. From May 28th to June 1st, there’s a free half-term holiday craft workshop at the museum from 11am to 3pm daily, where children can try making masks inspired by African art and other crafts, and add their contribution to a floor-map of West Africa which traces the course of the mighty River Niger. On Saturday, May 18th, from 11am to 3pm, adults and children alike can drop in for a free “Hey Clay! Make and Create in Clay” session with local artist Rachel from Big Sky Arts. Come along and have a go. On May 24th - 25th, all ages are welcome to follow the museum’s Victoria and Albert Trail for Victoria’s bicentennial. You’ll be invited to find objects from the Great Exhibition of 1851, including model dinosaurs bought as souvenirs 170 years ago. may 2019

Wisbech Rose Fair 2019 The best time to visit Wisbech is during the Rose Fair, and this year it is from Wednesday July 3rd to Saturday 6th. Rose Fair was started by St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church over fifty years ago when funds were needed for the restoration of the building. A local rose grower donated hundreds of rose buds which were sold by the church people to raise funds. The tradition of Rose Fair has continued and, at this time, the whole town becomes involved in four days of spectacular flower displays in the churches and tourist venues. It started by selling roses in the church and strawberry teas in the Church Hall, and each year it grew a little more. The Flower Festival was born and other churches began to join in; today St. Peter and St. Paul’s church is famous for its magnificent flower displays and Rose Fair is recognised as the premier Flower Festival of East Anglia. Flower arrangers come from surrounding areas to be part of the festival, using both local and exotic blooms, donating their time and talent to produce some of the most amazing and fantastic displays that take your breath away. Trinity Methodist Church, The Baptist Church and The United Reform Church all have flower displays, as do Peckover House and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace. All of these offer refreshments, so you can rest awhile in between visits. When Rose Fair started, it was to raise funds to repair St. Peter’s church roof, and now, just over fifty years on, the roof and some masonry is in need of repair again. This time the cost is almost half a million pounds, and while a grant has been awarded from The Heritage Lottery Fund, the church has to match fund to comply with the grant, so this year we need your very valued support more than ever. The stalls in St. Peter’s gardens are under new management and we hope to offer a greater variety of goods and a new area for casual stall holders. If you, or someone you know, would like

more information on hiring a stall, please go to the Rose Fair website (address below). Please come and have a very enjoyable day or even two; you will be warmly welcomed and all of Wisbech will be forever grateful for your presence. Refreshments are available in many venues around the town; St. Peter’s Church Hall offers snacks in the self-service area as well as set meals with waitress service. If you wish to book in advance, please go to the web page www. and this will give you information on how to contact other organisations taking part in Rose Fair as well. There is a twentyfour-hour answer machine service for St. Peter’s Church on 01945 582508. Each year, on the Saturday of Rose Fair, Wisbech Round Table organise floats, and local schools, businesses and organisations dress the floats for the parades at 11am and 2pm. The whole of Wisbech and surrounding areas seem to descend into the centre of town to watch. For more information, please ring Angie Manning on 01945 585447.

may 2019




Your Finances

Tax-Efficient Investments

by Anthony Ashton, Independent Financial Adviser The UK tax regime offers many opportunities to be tax-efficient with your investments. Anthony Ashton, Independent Financial Adviser at Almary Green, looks at some of the possibilities. There are many different factors to consider when building a financial plan for clients. Investment performance is, of course, important but it is also critical to ensure that we take into account the potential tax liability that comes with investment returns. ISAs are one of the basic building blocks of a taxefficient investment strategy. The ISA limit for the new 2019/20 tax year remains at ÂŁ20,000 which can be held in cash investments, stocks and shares or a mixture of both. Returns on ISA investments are largely free of income tax or capital gains tax while they remain in the ISA framework. Pensions remain a key element of a tax-efficient investment strategy. Contributions to pension schemes qualify for tax relief at your marginal rate of tax. Basic rate tax relief is automatically added to your contribution but higher and additional rate taxpayers can claim further relief via their selfassessment tax return. Growth in the fund is largely tax-free and, when drawing from your pension savings, the first 25 percent is normally free of tax. Other tax-efficient investment opportunities do exist but many of these involve significant levels of risk and are therefore only suitable for certain people. Advice from an independent financial adviser will help you make sure that you adopt a strategy that is suitable for your specific circumstances including the income




tax band into which you fall, your risk profile and your future needs and requirements. Any opinions expressed in this article are subject to change and not advice. The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to change. Smith & Pinching and Almary Green are Chartered Financial Planners. If you would like a no-cost exploratory review to discuss your retirement planning with an adviser from either Smith & Pinching or Almary Green call us today on 01603 789966 or email

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McIntosh’s – Trading Since 1963 McIntosh’s is a friendly, family-owned business, run by mother and daughter. We have been trading since 1963. We were relocated from Norfolk Street to a family-owned shop in Little Church Street in 2015. We supply casualwear, workwear and safety boots that are all under one roof, (sizes: small to 6XL shoe sizes: 2 – 16). We stock many well-known brands such as Castle, V12, AirWair, Magnum, Caterpillar, Lee Cooper, Champion, Tuff Stuff, Espionage, Dickies, Supertouch and Uneek, to name just a few. We also offer an embroidery and printing service on all garments. Our stock includes lots of casual clothing from jeans, polo shirts and shorts to coats, shirts and socks. If we don’t have what you require in our stock, we can always look through our vast range of suppliers’ catalogues. Our opening times are Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm. All major credit cards are accepted. You can also follow us on Facebook.

McIntosh’s : 22-23 Little Church Street, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 1BG. Tel no. 01945 584571

McIntosh’s Large sizes available in work or casualwear - size range small to 6XL • Safety boots, shoes, wellies & trainers • Hi viz vests, jackets, trousers, hoodies & fleeces • Work boots, walking boots & wellies • Waterproof jackets, trousers, boilersuits & bib & brace • Shirts, Tshirts, polos & fleeces • Thermals, socks, gloves & underwear • Jeans, trousers, shorts, bodywarmers, coats & boilersuits

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Lady Chadwyck-Healey to Become President of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Lady Chadwyck-Healey has accepted the title of President of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. As an official representative and figurehead of the Hospice, she will help raise the profile of the Hospice and develop its network and influence within the wider Cambridgeshire community. As President, Lady Chadwyck-Healey will also take on ceremonial duties supporting the Hospice by attending events, hosting receptions and presenting awards. Her appointment comes at the end of Lynn Morgan’s tenure, as Sharon Allen takes over the role of CEO on Monday April 1st. Lady Chadwyck-Healey has a long history of involvement in fundraising campaigns and charity events. She has provided valuable support to EACH, Cancer Research UK, Emmaus, Kettles Yard, and Young Carers in Cambridgeshire; District Citizens’ Advice Bureau (where she is a Patron), Wallace Cancer Care (Patron and Trustee), and SOS Children’s Villages UK (Chair of Trustees); as well as volunteering for Home-Start. She has worked for the Inside Out Trust, setting up training programmes in women’s prisons, and was a co-founder of the charity Parents in Prison, which nurtured links between parents in prison and their children. An alumnus of Anglia Ruskin University, she now lives in Cambridge with her husband Sir Charles Edward Chadwyck-Healey and has three children and six grandchildren. Director of Fundraising and Communications, Donna Talbot, explains how delighted the Charity is with her appointment: “Lady Chadwyck-Healey brings a wealth of experience and understanding to the role of President of Arthur Rank Hospice and has the passion and influence to wonderfully support us in the coming years. We look forward to collaborating closely with her to further enhance our profile and impact, as we continue to deliver excellent, innovative and compassionate specialist and community-based palliative care in Cambridgeshire.” Describing how she first came to know of the Cambridge-based Hospice, Lady Chadwyck-Healey says: “More than twenty years ago, a great friend of mine, Anne Mathias, talked to me about the Hospice when it had just opened on Mill Road. I knew many people who went to the Hospice and heard wonderful things about it. It outgrew its original site - which is fondly remembered by so many people - but at its new location in Shelford Bottom, the warmth and compassion endures and are evident the moment one walks in. It has a unique 20



atmosphere which prevails throughout the Hospice; I think that this is due to the inspirational guidance of Lynn Morgan.” “Lynn came and showed us the drawings when she was looking for funding for the new Hospice. She explained the plans in detail, and we were very impressed by her professionalism, commitment, and vision. This vision has now been fulfilled. The Hospice at Shelford Bottom is a place of colour and light, and the well-being of patients has been the focus from concept to completion.” Having been a guest at the Hospice on many previous occasions, her first visit as newly appointed President gave Lady Chadwyck-Healey the opportunity to meet and chat to staff, as well as patients attending one of the Hospice’s Day Therapy sessions. She said: “This new Hospice is a truly outstanding building in a wonderful location, a centre of excellence, recently recognised as outstanding by CQC – and this is complemented by the inspirational way that the Charity is run, with staff from all departments working together.” Her admiration for the Hospice has increased, having experienced its care for close friends: “A friend died here at the beginning of the year. Everyone who visited her was impressed by the care she received and the way in which everything that she wanted was done to make her more comfortable, including a glass of whisky. Visitors could park easily, visit at any time of day or night and stay as long as they wished. Every patient is cared for in a totally individual way by experienced staff, and everything is tailored to suit their needs. The Hospice is a place which takes away the fear of pain and death, a place of safety and reassurance.” Talking about her feelings on being appointed she adds: “I felt tremendously honoured to be asked to be President. We are very fortunate to have such an exceptional Hospice in this region and I look forward to working with the new CEO, Sharon Allen.” New CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Sharon Allen OBE, comments: “We’re delighted at the prospect of working together with our new President as the Hospice moves into the next exciting chapter of our history. Lady Chadwyck-Healey speaks of being ‘tremendously honoured’ at the invitation to become our President, we are both honoured and grateful that she has accepted.” may 2019

Grant Funding for Small and Medium Businesses Small and medium businesses in Cambridgeshire can access grant funding and free energy efficiency reviews, thanks to ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) funding. The ‘Business Energy Efficiency’ programme can potentially provide grant funding up to a maximum of £20,000, or 25% of project costs, to eligible

businesses for energy efficiency improvement measures, such as LED lighting, heating, insulation and solar PV. The pot of grant funding is limited, and businesses are urged to register their interest by June 30th 2019 at  or call 01733 882549 or e-mail

Bid to Spread the Reading Bug A new bookshop, teeming with titles, is helping to perpetuate Octavia Hill’s determination to spread the word about the joy of reading in the town where she was born. The Octavia Hill Society, a registered charity dedicated to promoting awareness of the ideas and ideals of the town’s most famous daughter, has established, at 4 Post Office Lane, Wisbech, the Clock Bookshop, which draws its name from the newly refurbished Clock Tea Room at the Birthplace House nearby. Everything from biography to cookery titles is set to tick the boxes for book lovers and bargain hunters, and the crowded shelves include novels and antiquarian works, books on crafts, nature, health, military matters and travel, as well as titles tailormade for children and adolescents. Octavia Hill, the Wisbech-born social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust, was the driving force and treasurer of the influential Kyrle Society, which was founded by her sister, Miranda, to bring beauty home to the people and which spawned thirteen daughter branches. One element of the Kyrle Society’s campaign was a ‘Books for All’ enterprise when public library provision was still in its infancy in the Victorian era, and in 1877 the Society’s literature branches started sending books all over the United Kingdom to communities which had requested them. In a bid to demonstrate that Octavia Hill’s methodology is not only achievable but also valid today, the Society has taken a lease on the premises for six months and it is hoped that the shop will become a clearing house for may 2019

second-hand books for the whole of Wisbech and the surrounding area. Readers can donate books to the shop and, at the end of the period, any good quality volumes left unsold will be offered to applicants free of charge. Money raised by the sales will be considered as donations to the Octavia Hill Society, which is the primary friends’ support group for Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House at 7 South Brink. The shop was opened by Charlotte Gilsenan, the new Chief Executive Officer of Bankside Open Spaces Trust, which runs Red Cross Garden, a key part of the most important Octavia Hill site in London. Wisbech mayor, Councillor Peter Human, welcomed the valuable addition to the town. Volunteer Carol Scott, one of a three-strong team currently running the shop, said, “Our hope is that the people of Wisbech will welcome this additional service to our community, and it will enable them to donate their books to a good cause, as well as giving, as Octavia Hill did, access to books for people of all ages.” She added that people interested in helping to man the store would be asked to do two-hour slots and that those wishing to be involved should leave their details at the shop, which opens on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.




Mechanical, Electrical and Building Services Engineers (MANE) and ‘The Free Assist Scheme’ The following information reached us recently from Kevin Wright, explaining his recent involvement with the ‘Free Assist Scheme’. “I run a newly-established company, and we started trading in January 2019. We are a very small, multi-skilled company that undertakes plumbing, heating, gas, electrical and building services. We are ‘Gas Safe’, ‘OFTEC’ and ‘NICEIC’ accredited for gas, oil and electrical works. I have previously worked as a Director for a plc company and smaller local contractors over the years and am qualified in many disciplines. I came from a struggling background and I feel lucky to be where I am today and, as a result, want to give back to those who most need help.

boxing coach and who, as a builder full-time during the day, has given all of his time free to set up the charity, rent a derelict building and slowly refurbish this rented building, out of his own pocket. We have offered to undertake essential electrical works that are needed; I have been donated the materials to do the works by a national supplier. I want to promote both Spalding Boxing Academy and the ‘Free Assist’ scheme which we will be running and aiming to grow. There will be a webpage set up with essential application criteria, of which we will from there choose the successful recipients. (They will need to satisfy certain criteria to prove they cannot fund the essential works themselves.)

I am organising and will be running a series of ‘Free Assist’ days, the aim of which is to help private individuals and/or charitable organisations who are struggling to finance having essential improvement work or essential maintenance works undertaken, offering my own labour services, totally free of charge.

Works that ‘DIY Assist’ may get involved in would range from plumbing and heating works, electrical works and small building works. We aim to partner with other skills and suppliers moving forward, and would look to update our story on an ongoing basis.”

My first project will be for Spalding Boxing Academy, a charitable organisation set up by a

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Kevin Wright (DipNDEA, DipDEA) – Director.

Wisbech Art Club Wisbech Art Club was established in 1933 in conjunction with the Wisbech Working Men’s Club and Institute and formed with an initial membership of twenty-four. The club was affiliated with the Wisbech Society and, although the Institute was predominately a men’s club, ladies could join the Art Club as it was a subsidiary, and its first exhibition was held in 1933. The Club was also open to members wishing to do crafts and pottery, and in 1945 the annual subscription was fifteen shillings, (75p), with a sixpenny, (2½ p) fee for attendance at meetings! The Club holds two exhibitions each year, in the summer and winter, in the Hudson Room of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech. The Graham Gardiner/Hunter Rowe Awards are given to the first, second and third-best pictures in the summer exhibition, as well as the Linda Savill Flower Painting Trophy for the President’s Award. The Club aims to provide a meeting place for local aspiring and more experienced artists in all media, 22



and meets once per week throughout the year on Friday evenings, usually in the Elm Centre, but with outdoor venues through the summer months. A weekly programme of subjects is provided for inspiration and challenge, together with at least four demonstrations and three model sessions, together with several day-long workshops. During meetings, more experienced members offer help and advice to fellow members to enable them to improve. The Club welcomes new members, but because of the size of the room we use, there is a restriction on numbers and there is sometimes a waiting list for full membership. We do, however, currently have a few vacancies for new members and we also have an Associate membership which allows Associates to attend demonstrations and other special events. (Words by Clive Bilcliff, Publicity Officer of the Wisbech Art Club) may 2019

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SMALL TOWN By Holly-Jean

For now, my roots will keep me warm. But one day, they may not. I may want to travel this world and get lost for a little while. They say you ‘never know until you go’ but maybe we do. These people who travel around might just have the right idea - not tied down to anything, not part of a ‘clique’, they don’t have to adhere to the social expectations of a small town or even be a part of any town. Now doesn’t that sound amazing? No nosey neighbours that like a little bit of gossip, peeping through their blinds at you and you having to pretend you’ve not seen… nothing like that. But I guess that also means no community? No family? No stories when you’re old about the places you used to go? See, the thing about March and all of the surrounding villages and towns is that there is a lot of community spirit. Don’t get me wrong, neighbours can be annoying, and parts of the community are a bit questionable. But, it’s a big family, nonetheless. You will find that you have the same aggravations as that old lady down the street that you’ve never spoken to. You will find that you don’t like the way your neighbour plays his music loud, but I bet he’d help you out if you needed. I was recently speaking to a friend who grew up in this ‘small town’ and moved to a city, Nottingham in fact. And, she was amazed at how much I knew about everyone around here, I’m a bit of a gossip mind you, but also – it’s the small-town mentality! 38 24


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I bet you know things about everyone too!... just me? Oops. Although it must be absolutely brilliant to live in a place where nobody knows you or your past, you can walk through the street wearing what you want, doing what you want without a care in the world, and certainly without anyone talking about it at the hairdressers the next day! But the thing is, people will still talk, they just won’t know your name. They’ll still talk about ‘that girl’ who had toilet roll hanging off their shoe, for example, but they just don't know who ‘that girl’ is. And I personally find that sad. I want to leave a mark on this world in so many ways and being a part of a community certainly comes into that. Whether that’s helping out by buying locally, supporting local events or charities – whatever it is, it’s important. And, by helping your small town grow, you’re leaving your mark in little ways! So, if you’re out and shopping, maybe have a think about popping to the family-run shop down the road from you, maybe use local traders and work people – do all you can to help your small town, be nice to your neighbours and be the little change that helps your little town!

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The Poor Laws and Poor Relief in Wisbech - Part One

by Eric Somerville, Wisbech Society

The Poor Laws were first enacted in the 14th century and only repealed with the introduction of the Welfare State in the 1940s. They were ostensibly devised to provide a minimum level of well-being and social support, (poor relief ), for those individuals incapable of doing so for themselves. In reality, early ordinances were repressive, designed to control begging and vagrancy, and subsequent legislation was aimed at reducing demand and therefore the cost of poor relief. Originally, charity had been the basis of relief and a religious obligation. Alms were doled out by the monasteries although it is unclear if, when or from where, Wisbech might have been in receipt of such largesse. By the 14th century, this system was failing as religious orders distributed less of their wealth, and the role of relief provision was assumed by religious guilds. These were groups of the middle-class laity, (yeomen), who became responsible for parish administration. In Wisbech, the Guild of the Holy Trinity was preeminent in this regard and was to support the poor in the town for the next two-hundred years. Religious guilds were dissolved, along with the monasteries, in the mid-16th century and the burgesses of the newly created Wisbech Corporation became responsible for providing for the poor. Funds to pay for relief came from weekly collections, the interest in town stock and the profits on the

sale of goods made by the poor in the community, using materials bought in by the burgesses for the purpose wool, hemp, and jute. However, as in other parts of the country, this was soon not enough and the legislation was required in the form of the Elizabethan Poor Law 1601. The crux of this was a levy on properties called the poor-rate which was collected in every parish and supervised by churchwardens. Indoor relief was provided for the very young, the very old or the infirm in poor houses or alms-houses. For the able-bodied, outdoor relief in the community was delivered, usually in kind or with work for wages. Over the next two-hundred years, the burgesses received more than thirty substantial benefactions and bequests in aid of the poor. Often donors would state how their money should be spent: some stipulated it should be on shelter in the form of alms-houses. There is a record of an alms-house in Wisbech as early as the reign of King John and there are subsequent references in 1477 and 1512 to almshouses located “to the north of the churchyard”. These were named after King John and may have been a rebuild of that earlier property. Between the early 17th century and the end of the 19th century, several sets of alms-houses were built in the town, either with bequests or endowed by wealthy residents. Some of these were replacements for earlier dilapidated shelter for the poor. By the 18th century, the cost of providing for paupers, particularly those in receipt of outdoor relief, was still rising and becoming prohibitive. The poor were migrating to more generous parishes, and Wisbech was regarded as one of these. New rules for residency, and therefore qualification




for relief, were introduced but something more radical was needed. This was the workhouse where able-bodied paupers were admitted and set to work, with the profits from their labour funding their keep. The first dozen workhouses opened in larger towns and cities but soon smaller towns were following suit and Wisbech’s first workhouse opened in 1722, built at a cost of £2,000 by the burgesses. Located in Albion Place off Nene Quay at the entrance to the Horse Fair, it could accommodate three-hundred but usually, there were fewer than one-hundred inmates. The burgesses paid the workhouse master a price per pauper per week based on the expected price of wheat (and therefore bread) in the coming year. The money came from the poor-rate supplemented by the profit from work done by the inmates – spinning, baking, brewing, and laundry. Workhouse relief was undoubtedly more cost-effective. However, the numbers receiving the more expensive – and more acceptable – outdoor relief continued to rise inexorably. In this, Wisbech was no exception. By 1832, the cost of relief in England and Wales had increased by 400% in fifty years and so the government set up a Royal Commission with a view to curbing costs. To be continued next month

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Secret Gin Festival – June 7th and 8th 2019 With over twenty years of experience between them, Stacey Martin and Gemma Chapman decided over a few gins in 2017, that they would dip their toes into the ever-growing gin industry, with the idea of sharing local, national and international gins with their local community. This was the birth of ‘2BoozyBirds’.

Mile Tree Brewery for the ale drinkers; and a Prosecco stall for those who like a bit of bubbly in their life. If you’re peckish after a few gins, Bramblebee Farm will be able to help you out with delicious food available, with a range of options, including vegetarian. Just to complete the setup, Bespoke Cheesecake Creations will also be there!

2BoozyBirds hit the ground, running, in January 2018, and haven’t looked back. They have hosted a number of tasting events as well as supporting local charity events, and working with local organisations to complement their events. July 2018 saw them

Tickets are £12.50pp. Included in your ticket price are: a takehome Copa glass, a gin booklet, the opportunity to meet local/ national distillers and taste their products, and live music from Cutting Will, Milly Hunt, and Simon Rodgers.

host Wisbech’s first Gin Festival, which was such a roaring success they are hosting this event again this year. The festival itself is fully under cover, with outside areas to sit and enjoy the sunshine - which we are confident will make an appearance! Camping pitches are available for the weekend, directly from the Secret Garden Touring Park, Wisbech. In addition to an extensive choice of gins, there will also be Stacey’s Cocktail Bar,(in partnership with The Ely Gin Company); a showcase of 2BoozyBird’s growing selection of rums, (including the popular 65% Pineapple Grenade);

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CHARGRILLED POTATO SALAD Warmer days can only mean one thing - barbecues! Jersey Royals are firmly in season so give your humble potato salad a crispy, smokey edge with this tasty recipe...


• Boil the potatoes in a pan for around 10 mins or until just tender; drain. • If using a gas barbecue, preheat to medium-high, or if using charcoal wait until the coals are glowing and the flames have died down. Grill the potatoes for 10-15 mins, turning often, until crisp and golden.

Ingredients Serves 6 1.25kg new potatoes, halved

• Mix the remaining ingredients and season. Stir in the potatoes and serve.

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• Hot & Cold Food • Eat in or take away • Sandwiches, baguettes, salad, wraps, jacket potatoes • Fresh coffee & selection of syrups • Fully Air Conditioned • Free WiFi • Additional seating upstairs • Waitress service

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We Believe Food is the Fuel of Life It’s fuel for the mind, fuel for the body, and fuel for living and laughing. That’s why, for over twenty-five years, Wiltshire Farm Foods has been delivering delicious food for you to enjoy, whenever you like. We take pride in bringing the joy within food to life. Whether that’s what’s on the plate or through the friendships you make with your local Wiltshire Farm Foods team, we strive to bring this joy to our customers every day. With over three hundred dishes to choose from, suiting all tastes, appetites and dietary requirements, Wiltshire Farm Foods is the UK’s leading provider of home-delivered frozen meals. Each recipe is developed by our chefs to precise nutritional standards – in line with the British Dietetic Association guidelines and Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering. We’re also a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, and proud supporters of British food and farming industries. We use sustainable ingredients, whenever we can.


That’s why we have a satisfaction guarantee. If our food doesn’t hit the spot, we’ll replace it for free, because good food can put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

Christmas is fast approaching and we are once more opening our doors to those who might not have anyone else to share it with. Will you be on your own? Do you know someone who will be on their own?


We are opening our doors on Christmas Day from 12-2pm and offering Christmas Dinner to those who would otherwise have no-one to share their day with. In return, all we are asking is a minimum £10 donation to Wisbech Lions Club as every penny helps this fantastic local charity.


Pre-booking is essential to help us with preparation and planning and can be done in person by visiting the Cafe or by telephoning 01945 580866. WE CANNOT ACCEPT WALK-INS ON THE DAY.

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The Royal Blue Meat Company We are a local family from Wisbech looking to offer the community high standard and exceptional quality meats, with locally-sourced products, and full traceability back to the farm. We feel this is important to support small local businesses. With all of our new staff, we have over fifty years of experience in the meat industry, trained to City and Guilds standards. We are also stockists of black pudding from Fruitpig and apple juices from Waterfall Orchards, both of which are produced locally in Wisbech, as well as a selection of condiments to enhance meat, including J D Seasonings, as recommended by “Slimming World”.Besides our traditional retail butchery, we also supply catering butchery to 32


several local establishments in Wisbech. On taking over the business, we have kept the same prices and offers, and also added a new range of products such as handmade sausages and burgers, along with oven-ready meat dishes.With the summer fast approaching, we will be offering a creative range of barbecue products, many of which will be in our “3 for £10” range.

midweek would be ‘Mexican Madness’ half-chicken, and a weekend treat would definitely have to be the local fillet of beef. Our customers are very positive in regard to the changes in the shop and the range of products that we now offer. Please come and give us a try - we can personally guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Shaun, Mandy, and the team.

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“Sorry mate I didn’t see you” is unfortunately something that bikers hear all too often. Government statistics for 2017 show that while fatality figures for most road users are falling, motorcyclist deaths have increased by nine percent. The roads can be a dangerous place for those on two wheels. This won't come as a surprise to motorcyclists who are fully aware that many motorists don’t see them coming even when ‘looking’ in their direction. It has been shown that when a driver is looking out for a car, their brain is less likely to register a motorcycle. This is cold comfort, however, if you are injured or your bike has been damaged. Can you claim for lost earnings or damaged equipment as the result of a collision? If the driver didn’t look or didn’t see you, they could be guilty of driving without due care and attention, a criminal offence. A conviction here could be useful in proving a civil claim for damages. If you weren’t in view when the other motorist started their manoeuvre, they could avoid blame for the accident. Accidents can happen, and when no one is to blame, no one is liable for damages. Can you claim if your accident was caused by the road surface? The maintenance of a road will either be the responsibility of Highways England or the local county council. The Highways Act 1988 states that the authority has a duty to repair defects such as potholes within a reasonable time of their discovery. If the defect that caused your accident was unreported, you may not have grounds for a claim.

Road repairers have a duty not to leave materials on the road. If debris left on the road causes an accident, you could have grounds to make a claim. The same applies to mud on the road from farm vehicles or an oil or diesel spillage from a commercial vehicle although it can be difficult to prove who left the mud or contaminant on the road surface, limiting your opportunity to claim. What should I do if I am involved in an accident? For the best chance of a successful claim, you should gather as much evidence as you can at the scene, in particular: • The names and addresses of any witnesses. • Photos of damage to your bike and other vehicles involved. Include number plates and any points of collision. • Photos of the road surface or debris affecting it. • Photos of the road or junction where the accident occurred. Get pictures from various angles, identifying where the accident happened and the direction of each vehicle's travel. Litigation solicitor Neil John is a keen biker. He knows what it is like to be a vulnerable road user and can help you with your claim. Contact Neil today, what have you got to lose?

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Has Your Double Glazing Steamed Up? Established for over a decade Cloudy2Clear windows have become a leading company for glass replacement. Issues with double glazing can often be gradual and may only be noticed during a clear sunny day or during the winter. A failed glass unit may no longer provide you with the protection you need or be energy efficient. Why not spend a few minutes checking your home to see if you have any failed double glazing? If you act now you can avoid these problems. Now, you may think you need to replace the

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Manufacturing and Change How can my manufacturing businesses respond to change? A question that is often asked of Keith Day and other members of the Whiting & Partners specialist Manufacturing Group Among the largest and most recent innovations in the manufacturing industry is the concept of the ‘internet of things’ or IoT. The term applies to the connectivity of any devices of every type and size by an invisible network enabling them to interact. It is reshaping how entire industries function. The United Kingdom is currently the world’s eighth largest industrial nation. If the current growth trends continue, we will break into the top five by 2021. UK manufacturing currently employs 2.6 million people and contributes £6.7 trillion to the global economy. Manufacturing has long been an industry which embraces change. For manufacturing, in particular, we’ve seen new industries continue to rise and play an even bigger part in our lives. Two examples are 3D printing and Drones. They each have a multitude of uses and both have become very accessible and affordable to the average person. Advances in manufacturing have improved Small Medium Enterprises access to IoT thanks, in the main, to the fall in costs for technology like software platforms and other tools which assist with operations and efficiencies. The result should be a saving in time and resources. Many small businesses have implemented IoT in a number of ways: • • • • •

Digital twins – replication of developing products in a digital form. Supply chain management – tracking and tracing of the inventory system. Self-dependent systems – self-healing automated systems. Workshop mirroring – automation of the production process. Smart pumping – sensor metrics.

Given the current situation surrounding ‘Brexit’ an element of uncertainty remains in this sector as it does in many others with concerns around rising production costs and workforce recruitment and retention. Our Manufacturing Group can help, we meet regularly throughout the year, with representatives from our offices across the region discussing current matters impacting on the manufacturing sector. We also ensure that we are up-todate with any legislative changes. For more information about our services for manufacturing businesses visit our website or call your local office for a FREE initial consultation.




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Advice on Chrome Password Manager - Advice from Diamond Byte Solutions Here at Diamond Byte, we will be explaining to you about the Chrome Password Manager - a fantastic service which uses the Chrome browser to deliver the service; therefore it will work on every device that supports Chrome - Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux platforms. To start using Google’s password manager, sign into Chrome with your Google account. From Chrome’s Settings, click the “Advanced sync settings” button and ensure Chrome is set to sync passwords. (Note that, if you choose to encrypt your passwords with “your own sync passphrase”, you won’t be able to access your passwords on the web. Smart Lock for Passwords on Android won’t function, either.)

delete the passwords associated with each different website.

You also need to check that Chrome is set to offer to save your passwords. From the Settings screen, search for “passwords” and ensure “Offer to save your web passwords” is enabled under “Autofill and forms.”

Chrome will also offer to automatically generate a random (and very secure) password when you sign up to websites for the first time. Do note that this feature isn’t enabled by default — it’s a hidden flag. Type chrome://flags into Chrome’s address bar and press Enter to access the list of flags. Locate the “Enable password generation” flag and set it to “Enabled.”

To save a password, just go to a website and sign in normally. Chrome will ask if you want to save the username and password you used on that website, and you can agree. The next time you visit the website’s login page, Chrome will automatically fill in your username and password.

To access, manage and view all your passwords within Chrome’s Password Manager, go to chrome:// settings/passwords, (you will need to enter your Google account password to access it.) Here you will see a list of all the passwords that Chrome has saved for you. You can change or

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JT Landscapes can deal with all your garden requirements, from tree-work Roller Garage Doors – Industrial Shutters – to Awnings fencing and patios. Grills – Glass Verandas Retractable/Fixed The Upwell-based business was started by We also supply sectional garage doors Thomas Crosby seven years who with his and composite frontago, doors brother John carries out the work throughout the March and Wisbech area as well as throughout Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. Thomas, who has been in the landscaping High Security | High Quality | Wide Range of Colours business for the past 15 years, said: “We have Fully Insulated | Quiet, Smooth Operation been very busy lately because of the good Remote Controlled | Emergency Override weather and have transformed a lot of back gardens and have carried out a lot of fencing work. I’m up every morning at six and I really enjoy what I do. Some people look forward to their holidays, but I look forward to going to work and take pride in carrying out a professional job for our customers.” JT Landscapes: Tel: 01945 897177 or 07852 349118. Email: jtlandscapes4@

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Welcome to “Interesting and Curious Facts of Yesteryear”

Chris Donald

Every month we will be looking at historical facts, some general and some to do with local areas. The life of the historian, whether they be professional or amateur, has changed dramatically since the birth of the internet just over twenty-five years ago. If you go to Peckover House, the National Trust property on North Brink, Wisbech, one of the things that always amazes visitors is the library. It is massive, and along one side of it is a bookcase covering the whole wall; there are certainly plenty of books! But, what many visitors don’t realise is that there were once bookcases on both sides of this mammoth room. 

school, he wrote to his father asking for money to buy books, so many that, as well as the library, he kept even more books in a room on the other side of his house. But, despite all this, and despite being a multi-millionaire, he didn’t have the knowledge that we have. And, the reason for this is the internet.  In my research into the life of Jane Stuart, Wisbech’s secret princess, I have been able to get very old books by just typing in their names on the internet.  In a matter of no time, the internet comes up with a vast array of old books for sale in a variety of countries, too.  Anyway, enough about the internet. I look forward to the coming months

Alexander Peckover had a love of books, even in his youth. At boarding

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A) The Alphabetical Quiz – The Letter M

The idea is that all the answers to the following questions begin with the letter M, and follow each other in alphabetical order, as shown in the first two answers given. 1)

What pasta comes in the form of short narrow tubes? – Answer: Macaroni.

13) Name the Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera, otherwise known as ‘The Town of Titipu’.


Island republic lying off Africa’s east coast. – Answer: Madagascar.

14) Which famous English poet wrote ‘Paradise Lost’?


Sixty-year-old singer, once married to Guy Ritchie.


What name is given to the hot, molten rock 16) What do you ‘put on to’ something which will ruin material generated deep within the earth’s crust? its chances of success?


Six balls bowled without a run scored gives you what?


Which infectious disease literally means ‘bad air’? 18) What type of animal is a mandrill?


What name is given to a man born on, or living in, the Isle of Man?

19) Which famous TV comedian changed his name from Eric Bartholomew?


Who is The Roman God of War?

20) What is the name of Sherlock Holmes' arch enemy?


What name is given to the day before Good Friday?

21) On which river does Moscow stand?

10) Which food-sounding rocker was born Michael Lee Aday? 11) Which novel by Franz Kafka sees a man transformed into a giant insect? 12) What activity became popular after the football World Cup in Mexico in 1986?

15) What name is given to the ceremonial headdress of a bishop?

17) Born in Paris in 1840, who was regarded as the leader of the Impressionist art movement?

22) What is Robert Burns’s "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie"? 23) Tobermory is the main settlement on which Scottish island? 24) In which German city does the Oktoberfest beer festival take place? 25) What name is used to describe a group of crows?

B) Train That Brain!

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) 27:



2) 13: x 3, - 5, half of it, - 9, square it , - 6, + 50% of it, - 11, ¾ of it



3) 156: x 3, - 83, 20% of it, + 98, x 3, - 67, + ½ of it, + 77, + ¼ of it




/3 of it, x 2, - 3, 20% of it, square it, + 8, x 2, - 12, half of it

4) 92: x4, + 668, + 75% of it, + 194, x 2, + 876, 90% of it, x 2, - 675 =


ANSWERS Section A: 3) Madonna, 4) Magma, 5) Maiden, 6) Malaria, 7) Manxman, 8) Mars, 9) Maundy (Thursday), 10) Meatloaf, 11) (The) Metamorphosis, 12) Mexican (wave), 13) (The) Mikado, 14) (John) Milton, 15) Mitre, 16) Mockers, 17) (Claude) Monet, 18) Monkey, 19) (Eric) Morecambe, 20) (Professor) Moriarty, 21) Moskva, 22) Mouse, 23) Mull, 24) Munich, 25) Murder. Section B: 1) 11, 2) 57, 3) 955, 4) 8127.

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Stamford Shakespeare Company Throughout the summer, from June 11th to August 31st this year, the Stamford Shakespeare Company presents a season of plays at the stunning Rutland Open Air Theatre. Described by ‘The Sunday Times’ as “One of the finest things to do this summer”, and ‘The Stage’ as “One of England’s premier alfresco theatre venues”, it really is an experience not to be missed. This summer the Company are proud to present three fantastic plays: Set in Albania in the early 19th century, garnished with live music and glorious costumes, Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, “Twelfth Night”, containing some of his finest comic characters, is a merry tale of unrequited love, shipwrecked twins, cross dressing, mistaken identity and drunken revels. The hilarious antics of roguish Sir Toby Belch, foolish Sir Andrew Aguecheek, pert Maria and prim Malvolio will delight audiences, young and old. Shakespeare’s epic tragedy “Julius Caesar”, where political and military rivalries spiral out of control, is one of his most gripping plays and features some

of his greatest characters. In this powerful drama set in Ancient Rome, Brutus and Cassius, fearing the growing domination of Julius Caesar, plot his death. But when, on the Ides of March, the dictator is assassinated, Mark Antony unleashes the rage of the people against the conspirators. Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, a wonderful, supernatural comedy set in the late 1930s, portrays the trials and tribulations of novelist Charles Condomine, who foolishly holds a séance to research his latest book. When the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, accidentally summons the spirit of his first wife, Elvira, his life descends into chaos. How will Charles cope, caught between two wives, one dead, the other very much alive? The theatre is situated in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall, where last summer over 33,000 people experienced the magic of a visit to this unique venue. Enjoy a picnic in the glorious gardens, then take your seat, protected from summer showers, and see a stage like no other.

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Events - May 2019 1st - Maypole Dancing Demonstration (Schools Competition) at 10 am. Celebrate May Day in a traditional way by watching local schoolchildren dance around the maypole on Centenary Green. Free to watch. For more information, please contact Peter Clayton by e-mailing 1st - Elgood’s Brewery and Gardens opens, from 10am,

for the new season until December 20th. For more information, please call 01945 583160 or e-mail info@

1st - Family Quiz raising funds for the football club and gardens from 6 pm. At Peckover Primary School. For more information, please call 01945 584741. 3rd - Oasis Centre - Love Your Home Events from 10

am - 1 pm. Fun DIY and craft activities, free refreshments and lunch, CCORRN Pop Up Paint Shop, CCORRN Pop Up Scrapstore and so much more. For more information, please contact or call 01354 607667.

4th - Fun Dog Show at 11.30 am. Raising money for

Rough and Smooth Collie Rescue UK and Cancer Research UK. Car Boot Field, Emneth, Wisbech, Cambs, PE14 8BG. For more information, please contact Hayden Feetham

4th - Bookbinding Exhibition at Peckover House.

Demonstrations will be held with the chance to take part in book craft activities on specific dates. Normal admission applies to non-NT members - see prices on our website. Donations towards materials would be welcomed.

6th - May Bank Holiday! 6th - The Big Ben story at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House from 2.30 pm. The event will be followed by a talk on ‘The Big Ben story’, the story of the great clock and bell of Westminster and the boxer, Benjamin Caunt. For more information, please call 01945 476358.

7th - Community Engagement at Wisbech Library from 10 am - 11 am. A drop-in session with local PCSOs and Fenland District Council’s Community Safety Project Officer.

11th - Bookbinding Exhibition at Peckover House.

Demonstrations will be held with the chance to take part in book craft activities on specific dates. Normal admission applies to non-NT members - see prices on our website. Donations towards materials would be welcomed.

11th - Library Friends’ Coffee Morning at Wisbech Library from 10 am - 12 pm.

13th - Family Bingo at Marshland Hall from 6.30 pm. Come and join us for our brand new Bingo Nights in 2019! Family Bingo is on every 2nd Monday of the month. Doors open at 6.30 pm, eyes down at 7.15 pm. 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. Contact details: tracy@ 14th - Queen Mary Centre - Love Your Home Events

from 10 am - 1 pm. Fun DIY and craft activities, free refreshments and lunch, CCORRN Pop Up Paint Shop, CCORRN Pop Up Scrapstore and so much more. For more information, please contact or call 01354 607667.

16th - Connie’s Colander at Wisbech Library from 3 pm - 4


17th - March Jive Club have everyone’s favourite band

- The Kingcats! We guarantee that the dance floor will be full all night! A great crowd pleaser, plus, a supporting DJ! Any enquiries, go to Andy and Donna 01353776229. The entrance fee will be £10 on the door from 7.30 pm at the Braza Club.

18th - Saturday Storytime at Wisbech Library from 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm.

May 3rd - Fish and Chips Eve train May 4th - BH (Sat) Wallace & Gromit May 11th & 12th - Steam Punk May 12th - Afternoon Tea NVR May 19th - Thomas Big Adventure

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Events - May 2019 18th – Book Sale at Wisbech Library from 9.30 am - 4


25th - Bookbinding Exhibition at Peckover House.

Demonstrations will be held with the chance to take part in book craft activities on specific dates. Normal admission applies to non-NT members - see prices on our website. Donations towards materials would be welcomed.

25th - Elmer Stories and Crafts at Wisbech Library from 2 pm - 3 pm. 25th – June 2nd - Hunt the Hedgehog - children’s trail at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House from 1 pm, available daily in standard opening hours, £3 including small prize.

For more information, please call 01945 476358.

25th - Outwell Festival 2019 at Outwell Basin and the playing field from 1 pm. Saturday - raft races, live music and barbecue (entry to races is free - fancy dress encouraged). Sunday - live bands, funfair rides, facepainting and much more! Please e-mail outwellfestival@ for rules, entry forms and further information about the races - stall/attraction bookings email 27th - Bank Holiday. 31st - Lego and Board Games at Wisbech Library from 10.30 am - 11.30 am. 

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 - The 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. 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.  March Ukelele Group at the Rookswood from 7 pm, everyone welcome. TUESDAy Homework Club at Wisbech Library from 4 pm - 5 pm.  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 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.

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Rehearsals at March Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. New members welcome. Contact us on or find MADAOS on Facebook. 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 Games Club at Wisbech Library from 2 pm - 3 pm. 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. 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 ‘Rhymetime’ at Wisbech Library from 10.30 am - 11.30 am.  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 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:




Entertainment Churches

St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church Church Terrace, Wisbech PE13 1HP 01945 582508 The King’s Church Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech PE13 2PE, 01945 467413 Our Lady & Saint Charles Borromeo Church 69 Queens Rd, Wisbech PE13 2QR 01945 583466 Wisbech Baptist Church Hill St, Wisbech PE13 1BD, 01945 461291 Parish Church of All Saints Walsoken The Rectory, Church Rd, Wisbech PE13 3RA, 01945 583740 Trinity Methodist Church 17 Church Terrace, Wisbech PE13 1BL St Augustine’s Church St Augustine’s Road, Wisbech, PE13 3AH 07874 245683 Wisbech and Long Sutton URC Church Castle Mews, Wisbech PE13 1EH 01945 461782 Alexandra Road Christian Spiritualist Church Alexandra Road, Wisbech Sheila 01553 766284 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@ 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. Wisbech and District Historical Vehicle Club 1st Monday of every month at 7.30 pm at Elgood’s Stadium. www. Wisbech Stroke Club 2nd & last Friday every month 1.15pm at Wisbech library. 07501 980603 or 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

Doctors’ Surgeries

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

Family History

FENLAND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY At our March meeting, our members joined forces to look at what we call ‘brick walls’ where we struggle to get information for our family research. We were able to share information and hopefully break through the walls. One member had a problem with an aunt who changed her name and her age to hide the fact she had four illegitimate children. Another had several generations of their forefathers having several marriages, so the woman was known by various surnames. It is always a challenge but a great sense of achievement when you get the results.  Computer sessions are free and offer help to anyone interested in family history.  Our experienced researchers will help you and show you how to use all the library facilities to do your own research.  Or, they will work alongside you doing your research.  You will find them in Wisbech Library on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am – 12 noon in the upstairs events room.  Sadly, our second research session in Wyevale will cease in April, as the Garden Centre in Crowland will close at the end of April.  We are looking for another Fenland venue for our sessions.*  Our monthly meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month in Wisbech Library from 7pm – 9pm. Including a speaker, a book shop and a reference stand, our researchers will be on hand to help with research at the beginning of the meetings. Our next meeting will be on Thursday May 23rd; our guest speaker will be Robin may 2019

Hine, whose talk will be ‘Patterns of Nonconformity in Wisbech’. For our June meeting on Thursday June 27th, we have been invited to attend a talk by Robert Bell to be held in the Wisbech Museum from 7pm – 9pm. Our meetings are open to everyone, and we ask visitors for a donation of £2.  Events Our team will be out and about this month, attending various local events with our interesting displays. You will find us on May 11th at St Augustine Church Wisbech for their 150th anniversary; our display will match their theme, ‘Weddings through the Ages’. We’re also at Elgood’s Brewery on May 12th, with an interesting display in the Thatched Barn, followed by The Walpole St Peter Flower Festival from May 31st for four days. We match our imaginative display to the theme of the Festival, ‘Transport through the Ages’.  If you would like us to attend your event, please contact us. 

Special talks Our two members who give talks will be attending meetings for a Ladies Group in Elm and the Holbeach Ladies, plus a Ladies Group in Walpole Cross Keys.; they give talks on various subjects to local groups. The talks include ‘The Fun of Family History’,  ‘My Naughty Great Aunt Eliza’, ‘The Angels of St Clements Church’,  ‘Jane Davyes- a much Married Lady’, ‘ The Inspector of Nuisances’ and ‘The Ups and Downs of being a JP’.   For information about any of the above, please call Bridget Hunter on 01945 587723. *As Wyevale Garden Centre in Crowland is closing, we are looking for another venue for our researchers to attend. We offer our services for FREE and by doing so we attract visitors to the venues we attend. If you can help, please contact Bridget Hunter on 01945 587723






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Introducing the New Volkswagen T-Cross Welcome to the family: The T-Cross is the latest practical, cool and versatile addition to Volkswagen’s fast-growing SUV range. Even more suitable for the city than the T-Roc, and more compact than the Tiguan – but just as sophisticated as both including numerous assist systems which had previously been reserved for higher vehicle categories. As versatile and practical as its larger siblings and combined with an attractive design, the new T-Cross is a flexible model with numerous customisation options and maximum recognition value – a typical Volkswagen. Numerous standard assist systems elevate this compact SUV from the competition. Always a standard feature are the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking System; the lane keeping system Lane Assist; Hill Start Assist; as well as Blind Spot Monitor lane change assist, with integrated Rear Traffic Alert. Optionally available are also the Driver Alert System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Park Assist. The newest Volkswagen SUV has also been innovatively digitalised: as a result, wireless charging

makes sure your smartphone battery is always sufficiently charged, encouraging you to play your favourite songs directly from your smartphone or via streaming services. The optional “Beats” sound system including features, such as a 300 W 8-channel amplifier, and separate subwoofer in the luggage compartment will impress music lovers. The Keyless Access locking and starting system is optionally available, as is the digital cockpit featuring 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and the most recent generation of the “Active Info Display”. Available in a choice of two petrol, turbocharged engines with displacement of 1.0 litres, which comply with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard. The entry-level petrol engine with 95 PS is combined with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 115 PS variant is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, or with the highly efficient seven-speed DSG. Compact, but far from small: be it more legroom for passengers or more space in the luggage compartment – any plan can be easily realised, thanks to the rear seat bench that can be moved by fourteen centimetres. Interior background lighting and premium upholstered seats maximise the style in the space. The carefully balanced combination of casual style, refined practicality and extreme cost-effectiveness is aimed at a young and young-and-heart public who are keen to express their positive attitude to life in a self-confident and distinctive way. However, they clearly also like to keep a watchful eye on costs and maximise benefits associated with their chosen ride. Available in a choice of four models from £16,995, test drive now at Robinsons Volkswagen in Peterborough.




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vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Offer available until June 30th 2019. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO2 figures (known as WLTP). The CO2 figures shown however, are based on a calculation designed to be equivalent to the outgoing (NEDC) test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. For more information, please see or consult your retailer. Data correct at 03/19. Figures quoted are for a range of configurations and are subject to change due to ongoing approvals/changes. Please

Official fuel consumption figures for the Volkswagen T-Cross range in mpg (litres/100km): combined 44.8 (6.3) – 48.7 (5.8). Combined CO2 emissions 111–115 g/km.

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