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Issue 22 / February 2020

and the surrounding villages

Inside this issue Factxxxxxx Transport xxxxxxx - All The Facts xxxxxx About The Fact xxxxxxxxx Community Hub PAGE 13

xxxxxx Poppy Rooms - Thexxxxxxx 3D Ultimate xxxxxx Body Sculpting xxxxxxxxx Clinic PAGE 13

xxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxx Withxxxxxxxxx Gorka Marquez & Karen Hauer! PAGE 13

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


Welcome to Your February Issue. A very warm welcome (unlike the weather!) to our February issue. It’s at times like this that it really hits me just how quickly time is flying – was it really four years ago that we were reminding our ladies that this is a “Leap Year” and yes, you can traditionally, this year on February 29th, get down on one knee and propose to your loved one? (Get ready fellas!!!) What’s more, this month we’ve got Valentine’s Day on February 14th where we can all stoke those romantic fires, so let’s ignore all the rain and gales out there and cosy up inside and enjoy this month’s collection of features, advertisements and ideas brought together for you by our wonderful team.

Claire x

February, Chapter 2 of 12. These are the months I love - don’t get me wrong, Christmas and winter are brilliant, spending time with the family, eating all the food. I love it! Autumn? Such a calm, lovely season. Summer? I’m all for summer. Give me cocktails and sun every day of the week, my alltime favourite! But, there’s just something about early springtime that gets me so excited. I love new beginnings, and some would say that January is the month of new beginnings, but for me, it’s February/March time! New leaves on the trees, baby animals! Everything about it I just love! Also, not having to defrost my car every morning sounds brilliant, I’m looking forward to that. So! What have we got in store for you this month? - lots of Valentine’s Day bits and bobs, of course, but we have so much more! Such as, The Poppy Rooms have introduced the new HydrO2 facial! Read all about that on pages 6 and 7! Our fantastic new kids puzzle page is on page 43; they’ll love that! Enjoy the read and have a brilliant month!

Holly - Jean x

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Inside Highlights 3.....................Welcome to Discovering Wisbech, February. 4....................Top reasons to book your holiday early - The Holiday With Us Group. 6 - 7............3D HydrO2 Facial, at Poppy Rooms. 8....................Valentine’s Day treats with March Podiatry. 9.....................All the facts about ‘The Hub’. 10...................“Love is in the air...try not to breathe!” Holly Jean. 12...................Recipe Page. 13...................Slimming World - meet the Wisbech Team. 15...................Community Matters. 18 .................Community News. 20................. February Gardening Tips. 24-25..........Competition Time. 26..................‘End of Life’ for Windows 7 - Diamond Byte Solutions. 30..................Change is in the air, by Steve Barclay M.P. 32..................Local History by Eric Somerville, Wisbech Society. 34..................Art Matters. 36 .................Workplace Injuries with Fraser Dawbarns. 38 - 39......Whiting & Partners. 40 ................The Puzzle Page - Valentine’s Day Treat! 41...................New Movies for February with The Light Cinema. 42..................Club Guide. 43..................Kids Puzzle Page. 44.................What’s On this month! 45..................Local History and Directory Business Feature of the month!

07903 776211 | marketing.discoveringmagazines@gmail.com Op. Director - Andy Armstrong | 07780 922214 Accounts and Sales - Cheryl Jakes 01733 686255 | accounts@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Group Editor - John Schwarz | editor.bourne@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Editor - Holly-Jean | holly@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Design - Emma Gunner | Sarah Gumbley | Rob Harradine | Andy Beavis

With thanks to:

Fraser Dawbarns, March Podiatry, Diamond Byte Solutions, Wisbech Society, Trevor Langley, Ellie Cuthbert

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Top Reasons to Book Your Holiday Early

By Ellie Cuthbert

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As the festive season has come to an end and the winter weather is well and truly upon us, now is the time to visualise yourself unwinding on a sandy cove, discovering exotic cultures or exploring spectacular landmarks. There are several reasons for why the start of the new year is the perfect time to book your next getaway. Here are just a few… • With high demands for booking a family break in the school holidays, booking early is the best way to grab your getaway before prices rise. You’ll also get the best chance of enjoying free child places and low deposits, with the best pick of the hotels and destinations on offer. • Booking early means more choice. Be first in line and have your trip tailored to your needs, getting first dibs on your destination, room type, flight times and departure airports. If you’re planning a family break, then it may be trickier to get exactly what everyone wants from a holiday if you don’t leave time to tick off everyone’s requirements. The more time you have to find the perfect accommodation and plan your itinerary, the more likely you are to please the whole family. What’s more, tickets for excursion trips are limited so the sooner you nab your spot, the better.

• Booking just after Christmas doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of our tour operators offer lower priced deposits at the start of the year, meaning you only have to worry about paying a small deposit up front, allowing you to settle the balance at a later date. January/February is also the time to grab the best deals with fantastic savings for your next getaway. Why not kick your year off with something to look forward to? Being independent we can package together anything you desire worldwide, dealing with a wide range of suppliers. All our staff have extensive experience in travel and have worked on our high street for many years. Let us do the hard work for you; we search thousands of low-cost flights, hotels and transfers to ensure you receive the best holiday at the best price, and we aim to beat any high street or online quote. Get in touch with the team today, we’re open seven days a week in January. For your chance to WIN a seven-night cruise, visit www.holidaywithus.co.uk.

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hat better way to show you care than to give a gift that will make your loved one feel wonderful! Treat your loved one to a relaxing reflexology treatment, or one of our many types of massage therapy this year for Valentine’s Day.

These treatments are the perfect way to balance the demands of a busy life, to aid relaxation and improve well-being. They are also great for stress relief. Reflexology is a non-invasive, natural, relaxing and enjoyable form of pressure therapy which is great for everyone. It involves massage and compression being applied to the reflex points on your feet, hands or face. These points make up a mini-map of the whole of your body including each organ, gland and body part. During reflexology you can tell exactly which reflex points feel out of balance and which parts of your body they relate to. The point of the treatment is to tease out blockages, thus returning your body to its optimum condition.

mobility; it can dramatically reduce stress and ease tension. Massage can help to reduce headaches/ migraines, cramps and spasms, and massage is also said to improve the immune system. We offer Aromatherapy massage, which uses organic essential oils, and Swedish massage, which blends various techniques, to address the specific needs of the client. Sports massage therapy is used to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Plus, where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively.

We offer a wide range of massage therapies that involve the systematic and manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue for therapeutic purposes, promoting health and well-being.

Pregnancy massage is available after the first trimester; it can help to reduce anxiety, back and leg pain, improve sleep, and decrease the levels of the stress hormones. Regular massage sessions throughout pregnancy are a great way to relieve these problematic physical symptoms of pregnancy.

The benefits of massage include improved circulation to the massaged area and stimulated muscles. This can help to improve flexibility and

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ALL THE FACTS ABOUT THE HUB The FACT Community Hub is now open from Monday to Thursday between 10am-2pm. Visitors popped in for a recent open day to see what the Hub was all about and they enjoyed tea and cake and chatted to staff who explained what was on offer. The Hub is an exciting new service where a very warm welcome will be awaiting all visitors. Its purpose is to offer a safe environment for visitors, whether members or non-members, to access information on local services, make themselves a cup of tea, meet others or just have a good old-fashioned chat with the staff who are available to help you. Staff are available to make phone calls for you to help set up services. They also understand that some paperwork that arrives on your doorstep can seem complicated, and consequently can help you deal with it. If you are a member you will also be able to book onto regular and new exciting trips. If you are not


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Love is in the Air... TRY NOT TO BREATHE! By Holly Jean


alentine’s Day. You all came to my article hoping that it wouldn’t be about the dreaded Valentine’s Day... well guess what?

Yes, you’ve got it, it’s that time of the year when some people are excitedly browsing their local high street, looking for the perfect gift to get their significant other, some people are hitting the pubs, hard. Some ignore the whole event, some embrace it! I don’t know if you can tell the type of person I am just by reading this? I used to feel very differently about Valentine’s Day. Mainly because up until I was about fifteen, I had never had a Valentine, I was a little bit chubby and I’ll be honest, a bit weird! But that’s fine, we get there in the end. Nevertheless, at the time I was cynical and sarcastic about the whole thing that was ‘love’. My family are still very pleased to let my boyfriend know that I was once quoted, years ago, saying that if I ever received roses from a boy, then I would proceed to shove them somewhere... sideways. Looking back, I’m still not sure as to why

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I was so angry! Also, my boyfriend is very pleased that I changed my mind. So anyway! Valentine’s Day! Probably the most hated time in the calendar. And I get it! It’s overly commercialised. It’s a bit over the top. But, at the end of the day, it’s all good fun, isn’t it? And, if you hate it so much that it’s making you miserable, picture this and we’ll see if it makes you smile. It’s February 13th, 8 pm. You’re ‘people watching’. Seeing all the panicked boyfriends and fiancés run around the shops, not husbands Valentine’s traditions seemingly die when vows are taken – looking for a lady who ‘looks like the size of my girlfriend’. The Pandora store is heaving. All the florists are trying to swim their way through the sea of red roses in their shops. Everyone that isn’t fussed about Valentine’s Day is doing the inevitable, drowning their sorrows in the pub. In all seriousness, Valentine’s Day really isn’t that bad if you just embrace it! Tell everyone you love them, eat all of the chocolate and just have a great time. And, if all else fails, I’ll see you at the pub? We fall in love by chance, we stay in love by choice.

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ROAST CHICKEN & ROOT VEG It’s that time of year when we’re all thinking that we should be eating more vegetables! Well, with parsnips and carrots in abundance, this recipe definitely ticks that box! This roast is so quick and easy, you could cook it midweek!



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1 Preheat the oven to 200ºC (gas mark 6). 2 Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken for two minutes on each side. Transfer to a large roasting tin with all the vegetables and stir in the thyme, honey and Worcestershire sauce. 3 Bake for thirty minutes then drain most of the excess juice and reserve. Bake for a further ten minutes before serving with the reserved juice as gravy. 4 Enjoy!

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MEN UNITED IN SONG 2020: SUPPORTING PROSTATE CANCER UK Looking for a fresh challenge, new skills and a great social scene to boot? Then look no further… Following its phenomenal success over the last few years, Men United in Song is back for 2020, once again raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Launching in February, the project will sign up forty local men with a range of previous singing experience (including none), to rehearse over ten weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on Saturday May 9th. To date, the project has engaged hundreds of local men, raising many thousands of pounds for the charity. “The whole experience was extremely rewarding and exciting,” says Stuart from Bourne. “You get to see what your voice is really capable of and to share a few pints with a great bunch of guys from all walks of life, who you might not normally meet. The sense of achievement when you finally get to perform in front of an audience in the concert is amazing. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.”

“While I’d sung karaoke before, I knew that this would be very different!” says James from Market Deeping. “I learned so much in just a few weeks and made some really great friendships too. A fantastic experience, thoroughly recommended!” Men United in Song is not all about the singing or even just about the fundraising; there’s a fantastic social scene too! Ultimately, it’s about a group of men getting together in a shared enterprise, which of course is the idea behind Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign. Men United in Song kicks off with introduction sessions on February 27th (6pm – 10pm) and 29th (2pm – 6pm) at the John Mansfield Campus in Peterborough, (PE14HX). Absolutely no previous experience is required to join, just a willingness to get involved and give it your best shot! For further information, contact Jo on 01733 425194 or e-mail menunited@peterboroughsings.org.uk.

Recycling Volunteers Launch a New Website Recycling champions in Fenland are helping to make recycling easier than ever with the launch of a new ‘what goes where’ website. Fenland District Council’s ‘Getting It Sorted’ recycling volunteers have launched their website – www.gettingitsorted. org – thanks to grant funding from local wind farm developments. The website has been designed to help people with their recycling, with a quick and simple search tool to illustrate what goes where and tips on how you can reduce or reuse your waste. It is particularly useful to identify whether more complex items are recyclable, such as disposable coffee cups, bubble wrap and electricals. Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said, “It’s great that money, set aside for community benefit from local wind farm developments, has been used by our volunteers to develop a new website that can help improve residents’ recycling knowledge. Some of our residents have told us they’re not sure what can and can’t be recycled, and find recycling f e brua ry 2020

symbols on packaging confusing, but this will go some way to help.” The website is mobile-friendly and can be viewed in six languages. It is also in its test phase, and feedback from the community is welcome. The ‘Getting It Sorted’ volunteers have also set up their own Facebook page to raise further awareness of recycling – just search for ‘Getting It Sorted Volunteers’. Interested in becoming a recycling volunteer? You can find out more about what the volunteers do in the community and the different roles available at www.fenland.gov.uk/volunteers. Funding for the website was provided from three local wind farm community funds, which offer grants to groups living near wind farm developments to help them deliver projects which have an environmental benefit. To find out more about the Whitemill Environment Fund, the Ransonmoor Community Fund, and the Glassmoor Local Environment Fund, visit www.fenland.gov.uk/grants.




Everyone Health – Delivering NHS Health Checks in Your Community What is an NHS Health Check?


he NHS Health Check is a national programme offering a health check-up every five years to adults in England aged 40 to 74 without a pre-existing cardiovascular condition. One of the largest prevention programmes of its type in the world, it is designed to help prevent and detect early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower the risk. If you are in the 40-74 age group without a preexisting condition, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years.

confirmed and it was agreed he would return after three months to see if the changes in lifestyle he was implementing would improve his results enough to avoid medication. Andy returned after three months to find his GP happy as he confirmed his cholesterol had reduced to a healthier level and he had lost 9.1kg, meaning he would not need medication – just to continue with what he was doing! Andy said: “Everyone Health provided a very beneficial and good service, a worthwhile visit that has turned things around for me.” How can you get involved? You can make an appointment for your NHS Health Check by: Tel: 03330 050093 Email: eh.changepointcambs@nhs.net www.everyonehealth.co.uk/cambs

Everyone Health delivers these important checks in local community clinics across Cambridgeshire, you will find us in libraries, community centres, at local events, church halls, pop-up shops in town centres – we also deliver in workplaces. The check takes about 20-30 minutes. You will meet with a trained professional who will check your blood pressure and cholesterol, they will record your height, weight, age, gender and ethnicity. You’ll also be asked some simple questions about your family history and choices that may put your health at risk. Once you’ve had your NHS Health Check, your results will be discussed with you and you’ll be given personalised advice on how to maintain or improve your health which will help you lower your risk of developing any of the conditions screened for. Andy H, who had an NHS Health Check at our Pop-up Shop in Huntingdon earlier this year, was informed his cholesterol was high and would need to visit his GP for discussion and medical advice about how this could affect him. Andy also took advice away with him from the Everyone Health practitioner about changes he could implement in the meantime to improve his health & lifestyle. At the GP appointment after a further blood test Andy’s results from the NHS Health Check were 16



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‘Fake Taxi Driver’ Warning in Wisbech Fenland District Council is warning people of the dangers of using ‘fake’ taxis, following reports of an unlicensed driver operating in Wisbech. The authority has launched an investigation with support from police after being made aware of claims on social media of an illegal taxi picking up passengers in the area. Councillor Sam Clark, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder responsible for licensing, said, “We’re urging people to take care when using taxis, following reports of a bogus driver. We are working with police to actively look for the vehicle and would urge anyone with information to get in touch.” “If you get into an unlicensed vehicle, you are taking big risks with your personal safety,” she added. “Neither the driver nor the vehicle will have been subject to the very stringent checks we carry out and insist on, to ensure the safety of the public. The vehicle could be unroadworthy and neither the driver nor their passengers are insured. They are breaking the law and could face being arrested, going to court, getting fined and receiving points on their licence. In Fenland, only hackney carriages are allowed to pick up from a rank or be flagged down. They have a white licence plate on the rear and a roof light with the word TAXI on them. All other licensed vehicles must be pre-booked with a licensed operator.” Anyone who suspects someone is acting as an unlicensed taxi driver is urged to contact the

Council’s Licensing team on 01354 654321 or e-mail: licensing@fenland.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can report it online at: www.fenland.gov.uk/ licensingcomplaints. Stay #TaxiSafe with our top ten tips: • Always use a licensed hackney carriage or a licensed private hire vehicle. • Book your private hire journey by phone or in a taxi office. If possible, pre-book your return journey before going out. • Let a third party know the details of your journey. •

Never approach or accept a journey from a private hire driver off the street. Only taxis (hackney carriages) are allowed to pick up customers off the street.

• When your booked private hire arrives, make sure the driver can confirm your name and your destination. Check this before you get in the vehicle. • Check the vehicle has a rear licence plate and an internal licence plate. Make a note of the licence number or take a photo of it. A driver will not mind you doing this for your peace of mind. If he/she does challenge you, refuse to travel with them. • Check the driver’s photo ID. If the driver is unable to show you a badge, do not get in the vehicle. • Always sit in the back, behind the driver. • Never share a taxi with a stranger. • If you are drunk and on your own, consider calling a family member and ask them to pick you up.

‘Family Saturdays’ at Wisbech Museum Wisbech and Fenland Museum is holding a fantastic free Dinosaur Adventure Day on Saturday February 1st, when everyone in the family is welcome to search through its galleries for real dinosaur relics, as well as take part in themed crafts, between 11 am and 3 pm. For an extra £3.50, Wisbech-based VAR Experiences will be offering the virtual reality chance to explore a prehistoric landscape at the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. During this exhibition, the museum will be closed to the public, other than those attending the event. But while it’s closed to the public, the museum’s staff and volunteers won’t be putting their feet up. 18



Instead, they’ll be getting the amazing exhibits out of their original Victorian cases and giving them a long-overdue deep clean. Curator, Robert Bell said, “People have shown us how much they care about the museum in the last couple of years and visitor numbers are well up. We have a great programme planned for 2020, but we want to do our collection proud and show everything off at its very best. We didn’t want to shut down altogether while we’re cleaning so we’re offering ‘Family Saturdays’, where we’ll be open from 11 am to 3 pm. To find out details of what’s on, just drop in on a Saturday, or look at our website www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk. ” fe br u a r y 2 0 2 0

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CHANGE IS IN THE AIR – By Steve Barclay MP

The arrival of the new decade has been accompanied by a new Parliament, breaking free of the frustrating gridlock of recent years following the General Election. Parliament feels very different, in particular with a new Speaker and so many new faces on the green benches. There is clarity of purpose where before there was stalemate. As I write this at my desk in 9 Downing Street, home to the Department for Exiting the European Union, we know we will be leaving in a matter of days on January 31st. The legislation has been approved by the House of Commons. Job done for the teams of officials who support me and fellow Ministers. Rarely will occupants of Downing Street have left in such positive circumstances.

A new year is also the time we start up our planning in the constituency office for our annual Read to Succeed campaign. I loved reading as a child and see it as the gateway for local children to progress. It is a source of great pride that the Bishop of Ely, local councillors of different politics, and so many businesses and residents support our literacy scheme, and I will continue to work with local schools and libraries to deliver more books. A benefit of the General Election campaign was having more time at home after a busy year, which involved a lot of travel to European capitals as part of our negotiations. Our family dog seemed to enjoy the extra walks too! 2020 will bring new challenges and opportunities for us all. May I wish you a happy New Year, and a wonderful new decade.

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Wisbech Bonesetters by Eric Somerville, Wisbech Society

John Minnett Mason and his son, George, were bonesetters who practised in Wisbech in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Bonesetters, who usually had no medical training or qualifications, dealt with injuries, reducing joint dislocations and ‘setting’ broken bones. However, they also employed massage and joint manipulation to relieve the general aches and pains common among those engaged in heavy manual work. Bonesetting was an art dating back millennia. An Egyptian papyrus from 1552BCE gives details of realigning, bandaging and splinting fractures. Some doctors delegated the treatment of musculoskeletal problems to bonesetters believing the management of such issues was beneath them. Others were sceptical, regarding bonesetters as quacks who made improbable claims about correcting ‘misplaced bones, tendons and ligaments’. However, patients often consulted bonesetters in preference to doctors. The person in pain was not concerned with how his or her pain was relieved, only

the results – and bonesetters were effective and didn’t charge as much as doctors! Eventually, some members of the medical profession began to embrace bonesetting and some bonesetters sought medical qualification. In World War One, orthopaedics as a medical specialty was born and this, along with physiotherapy, diminished the role of the bonesetter. The manipulative therapies, osteopathy and chiropractic, practised today could be construed as the legacy of the bonesetters. There were families of bonesetters in which the skills were handed down from generation to generation, as was the case with the Mason family. John Mason’s father, unusually for the time, was both a doctor and a bonesetter and practised in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. John Mason was only nineteen when in 1826 he moved to Walsoken and proclaimed his abilities as a

bonesetter. He had been apprenticed to his father, and though relatively inexperienced, he soon acquired a good reputation locally. Having married and with a growing family, he moved into Elm House, a spacious property on Elm Road, from where he practised. His reputation soon spread beyond the Fens and patients travelled great distances to avail themselves of his care. He also played a part in local politics being elected a councillor in 1866, becoming mayor in 1874 and an alderman a year later. John Mason died in 1886, but not before he had passed on his bonesetting skills to his sons, Frederick and George. Frederick, born in 1835, went to practise as a bonesetter in Lincoln. George, born in 1845, first qualified in medicine before choosing to practise as a bonesetter, though of course his wider knowledge of medicine proved a great advantage. He took over his father’s practice on his death and he had clearly inherited his father’s ability because soon patients were travelling from far and wide to consult him. George worked up until a few days before his death in 1920. Wisbech was fortunate to have had the services of the Masons for nearly a century and with George’s death a wealth of experience was lost that no amount of modern medical training could replicate.




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Journey to Italy: The Peckovers on the Grand Tour, 1872. Exhibition at Peckover House, Wisbech: February 22nd – November 2020 by Aldo Ierubino When Algernon Peckover and his two daughters, Susanna and Wilhelmina, accompanied by their courier, set off on the Grand Tour of Italy in March 1872, they were embarking on a major journey that was to last some fifty-three days and cover approximately 3,200 miles. The primary function of the Grand Tour was less to do with travel for its own sake or simply ‘taking a holiday’, and much more to do with completing the cultural education of the social elite. The focus of that cultural education from the 16th century onwards was the Classical world and the Renaissance. The earliest English Grand Tour travellers were drawn to Florence, Rome, Venice and Naples because of their status in relation to their understanding of the development of European culture. This fascination for Italianate culture was fuelled by the proliferation of books and prints on the subject that

were being published from the end of the 17th century. This was added to by the tales of returning travellers who brought with them an understanding of European art, music, literature and architecture. During the time that the Peckovers spent in Italy visiting the key artistic centres, especially Florence and Rome, they had the opportunity to see all the major works of art, sculpture and architecture, that formed the canon of Classical and Renaissance culture. Their experiences were recorded in a Tour Journal that provides insights into the sensibilities of an elite Wisbech family and the Victorian interest in all things Italianate. Algernon’s interest in architecture, along with the artistic skills required to pursue these interests, especially drawing, sketching and painting, is evidenced by the large number of watercolour sketches and drawings made during the Tour. These, along with the monochrome photographs purchased from museums and galleries – the forerunners of the modern postcard – formed a record of all that they had seen, which then could be shared with family and friends. At the core of the Grand Tour experience was the opportunity to see first-hand the great works of Antique and Renaissance art. In the 1870s (where these had only been encountered as engravings in books), to see




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If you are injured at work, your injury is only one of the things you have to worry about. You may be concerned about being disloyal to your employer and may even be anxious about speaking to a solicitor because you are worried that once you do, you will be pressured into making a claim. Even if you aren’t sure about whether you will pursue a claim, there are certain things you can do after an injury which will make your life easier in case you decide to make a claim later. Straight after your injury, you should contact the first aider at your workplace for immediate treatment and you should also visit a doctor or hospital if necessary. Getting treatment for your injury should always be your primary concern. You should report the injury to your colleagues and manager so that any potential hazards can be made safe but also so that there is a record that the injury took place. As part of this process you should make sure that the incident is recorded in your workplace’s accidents book. If your employer won’t record your injury, you should make a written request. Having a copy of this in your personal email account’s sent items will be evidence that you have tried to report the accident. We recommend that you keep records of how your injury has affected you. This should include photographs of your injuries as well as a diary of pain and any ailments stemming from your injury. Keeping track of any expenses and losses caused by your injury is very helpful if you decide to pursue a claim. This can include loss of earnings, costs of care and much more. You should also be aware that you are only able to make a claim within three years of the accident or

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Imminent IR35 changes April is only a few weeks away and that is the fast-approaching deadline for changes to who determines IR35 status. The clocks will have gone forward; the evenings will be longer and our advice to free-lancers is to review their contracts now on HM Revenue & Customs updated online tool CEST - an acronym for ‘Check Employment Status for Tax’. Writes Vanessa Pearson. Before you access the programme just make sure you read and understand the opening health warning paragraphs. When you have answered the questions relating to substitution, control and nature of the work, the updated tool will give HMRC’s view of your employment status. CEST is also available to end-clients to assess their workforce in advance of April 2020. Feedback in conversations we are having with our contractor clients indicates that, in many cases, this process is already happening.

But what if you disagree with the engager’s assessment? Unlike the public-sector rules that have been in place since 2017, the draft legislation for the private sector includes a ‘Client-led Status Disagreement Process’, a rather wordy description for what is effectively an appeals process. Once the end-client or employer has been informed that a contractor disagrees with the decision, they have 45 days to respond. If they fail to do this, the client will be liable for all employment taxes. If, on consideration, the original assessment was correct, the client must inform the contractor of this and state the reasons. However, if they reach a different conclusion, the client must give the contractor a new ‘Status Determination Statement’ and indicate that the previous one has been withdrawn. As long as the information entered is accurate, HMRC has stated it will stand by the results of the CEST tool, so keeping a copy is recommended. We can help with IR35 insurance for the costs of professional representation, if your status is later challenged by HMRC and contract reviews if a more in-depth opinion is needed.

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For all you Romantics! UK NUMBER ONE ʻLOVEʼ SONGS Fill in the gaps, either with the title or the performer:


Ray C - - - - - - : I Can't Stop Loving You (1962)

10) Jennifer R - - - : The Power Of Love (1985)


The Beatles: She L - - - - You (1963)


The R - - - - - - - - Brothers: You've Lost That Loving Feeling (1965)

12) U - - - : (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You (1993)


Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My - - - - - - - - Goes) (1970)


Little J - - - - O - - - - - : Long Haired Lover From - - - - - - - - - (1972)


- - - C: I'm Not In Love (1975)


Showaddywaddy – Under The M - - O - L - - - (1976)


S - - - C - - - : Tainted Love (1981)


F - - - - - - Goes To Hollywood: The P - - - - Of Love (1984)

11) Phil Collins: A G - - - - - Kind Of Love (1988)

13) Wet Wet Wet: Love Is A - - A - - - - - (1994) 14) B - - - - - - : Crazy In Love (2003) 15) Leona Lewis: B - - - - - - - Love (2007) 16) J - - : Everybody In Love (2009) 17) R - - - - - - feat. C - - - - - Harris: We Found Love (2011) 18) John Newman: Love Me A - - - - (2013) 19) David G - - - - - : Lovers On The Sun (2014) 20) Justin B - - - - - : Love Yourself (2015)

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ANSWERS 1) Charles, 2) Loves, 3) Righteous, 4) Rosemary, 5) Jimmy Osmond – Liverpool, 6) 10CC, 7) Moon Of Love, 8) Soft Cell, 9) Frankie – Power, 10) Rush, 11) Groovy, 12) UB40, 13) All Around, 14) Beyonce, 15) Bleeding, 16) JLS, 17) Rihanna – Calvin, 18) Again, 19) Guetta, 20) Bieber.



Birds Of Prey...


Sonic The Hedgehog

The Call Of The Wild

New Movies For February We're excited about...

Birds Of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, released on February 7th, has Margot Robbie back on our screens as Gotham City’s lovable crime queen. The volatile former psychiatrist is searching for a new purpose following her break up from The Joker, and soon finds allies in Black Canary and Huntress as they bond together to save a young girl from evil crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Expect lots of laughter and plenty of brutality in this never seen before tale of Gotham girl power. A fresh adaption of Jane Austen’s beloved Emma is released on Valentine’s Day with Anya TaylorJoy as the latest meddlesome matchmaker. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Family Picks Robert Downey Jr returns to the big screen on February 7th with Dolittle, a fantasy/comedy adventure in which he plays the famed, and eccentric, animal loving doctor. When the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail in search of a cure, joined by his menagerie of animal friends which include an anxious gorilla (Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird brained duck (Octavia Spencer), an upbeat polar bear (John Cena) and a headstrong parrot (Dame Emma Thompson). Sonic The Hedgehog speeds onto our screens on February 14th in his own live-action adventure f Fe E brua BRUA ry RY 2020

comedy. Sonic must navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his new found human friend Tom (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to stop the villainous Dr Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The Call of The Wild, released on February 21st tells the story of a domesticated dog called Buck who is stolen from his California home and sold to freight haulers in the Yukon. Based on Jack London’s 1903 novel of the same name, this exciting action-packed adventure explores the timeless relationship between man and dog, and the inevitable primitive instincts that draw Buck away from civilisation and humanity towards the lawless and harsh wilderness.

Don’t Miss Out

Tickets are selling fast for Kinky Boots The Musical, which struts onto our screens on the 4th and the 9th. Filmed at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, this Tony, Grammy and Olivier award winning musical from pop icon Cyndi Lauper is inspired by true events, telling the story of two people with seemingly nothing in common who learn to embrace their differences.

Just for you Fancy a mid-week movie treat? Get tickets to any of our films for just £5.95 on Monday to Friday before noon and all day every Tuesday and Wednesday. As always, we also have loads of accessible screenings and family specials scheduled in for winter, so keep an eye on our full film listings at lightcinemas.co.uk

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Entertainment Churches

St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church Church Terrace, Wisbech PE13 1HP 01945 582508 The King’s Church Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech PE13 2PE, 01945 467413 Our Lady & Saint Charles Borromeo Church 69 Queens Rd, Wisbech PE13 2QR 01945 583466 Wisbech Baptist Church Hill St, Wisbech PE13 1BD, 01945 461291 Parish Church of All Saints Walsoken The Rectory, Church Rd, Wisbech PE13 3RA, 01945 583740 Trinity Methodist Church 17 Church Terrace, Wisbech PE13 1BL St Augustine’s Church St Augustine’s Road, Wisbech, PE13 3AH 07874 245683 Wisbech and Long Sutton URC Church Castle Mews, Wisbech PE13 1EH 01945 461782 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 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 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

Club Guide 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 Black Cat Bowls Club The Avenue Sports Ground, March PE15 9NY. Paul Bennett 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 3rd Wisbech Scout Group The Robert Hall Centre, St Augustine’s Road, Wisbech PE13 3AH, 07747 771944 or rhcbookings@outlook.com 3rd Wisbech Guiding Group The Robert Hall Centre, St Augustine’s Road, Wisbech PE13 3AH, 07747 771944 or rhcbookings@outlook.com 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. The De-Havilland Club Home of the Wisbech R.A.F.A. Branch. 22 Lynn Road, Wisbech, PE13 3DJ. (01945 584108). www.rafawisbech. co.uk. Membership available to all, not just RAF, please feel free to visit and hopefully become a member.” Clarkson Singers Octavia Hill’s Birthplace Museum Trust, Tuesday Evenings from 7 pm - 9.30 pm. www.choirsites.co.uk/Clarkson

Fenland Stamp Club, Wisbech. Meets at Upper Parlour, Trinity Methodist Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech, Cambs. PE13 1BL on the first and third Thursday each month up to and including April 2020. Contact Richard Lewis 01945 700594. 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 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

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

Kids Wordsearch Can you find these words hidden in the grid? They’re all related to the valentine’s day

February Love

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Cards Romance



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Joke Corner My new girlfriend works at the zoo. I think she’s a keeper. What did one boat say to the other? Are you up for a little row-mance? What did the caveman give his Valentine? Ugs and kisses!

What's On

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Events - February 2020 1st - Charity Night in aid of the Cancer Wellness Centre at

March United Services Club, PE15 9AN. Featuring DJ Pounds and DJ Lombarz, The Groovy Gang and Scooted’n’Booted. From 9 pm - late. Tickets are £5.

3rd - Planning and Community Infrastructure Committee Meeting at The Council Chambers, from 6.30 pm. For more information, please contact the Town Clerk on 01945 461333. 3rd - Assets Management Committee Meeting at The Council Chambers from 7.30 pm. For more information, please contact the Town Clerk on 01945 461333. 5th - Age UK Community Hub at March Library from 10 am – 12 noon.

7th - Strength and Balance Class with Active Fenland and

Let’s Get Moving Cambs, at The Wisbech Oasis Centre, from 10.30 am - 1 pm.

10th - Bingo Night at The Sportsman, Chatteris. Eyes down at

7.30 pm. For more information, please visit our Facebook page, @thesportsmanchatteris. or visit www.sportsmanchatteris.com.

10th - Age UK Community Hub at Whittlesey Library from 10 am - 12 noon.

14th - Valentine’s Day! 14th - Strength and Balance Class with Active Fenland and Let’s Get Moving Cambs, at March Library from 10.30 am - 1 pm.

17th - Wisbech Town Council Meeting at The Council Chambers from 7.30 pm. For more information, please contact the Town Clerk on 01945 461333. 17th - Planning and Community Infrastructure Committee Meeting at The Council Chambers, from 8.30 pm. For more information, please contact the Town Clerk on 01945 461333. 22nd - Morning Glory (Oasis tribute band) at the Crown Public House, Outwell, 9 pm start.

23rd - Stardust Circus at March Community Centre, PE15 8LE.

Comedy, magic, circus acts and so much more! Super Half Term Fun! One-show-only at 3 pm. Tickets: Adults £12, Children £10. To book now, please call 07752 218805.

23rd - March Cons Club Quiz! The longest-running quiz

night in March! From 7.30 pm. £2 per person. All Welcome!

24th - Bingo Night at The Sportsman, Chatteris. Eyes down at

7.30 pm. For more information, please visit our Facebook page. @thesportsmanchatteris. or visit www.sportsmanchatteris.com.

26th - Strength and Balance Class with Active Fenland and

Let’s Get Moving Cambs, at Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club, from 11 am - 1.30 pm.




26th - Age UK Community Hub at Wisbech Library from 1.30

pm - 3.30 pm.

26th - Age UK Community Hub at Chatteris Library from 10 am - 12 noon. 29th - The Old Nene Golf and Country Club’s Wedding

Show. Free entry! From 11 am - 3 pm. Wedding dresses, decor, photography, cakes, music, DJs and more. For more information, please visit www.theoldnene.co.uk. PE26 2XQ. 01487 815622.

Regular Events & Clubs Monday Wisbech Model Railway Club meets every Monday from 6.30 pm - 9 pm at The Institute, Hill Street. However, it is with regret that Under 16s MUST now be accompanied by a responsible adult in order to join us. If anybody requires further information, then please e-mail wisbechmrc1@gmail.com or telephone 07707885718. The Wisbech IPMS Scale Model Club meets twice monthly at the Community Room of Wisbech Tesco, on the second and fourth Monday between 7 pm and 10 pm. All scales, genre, and experience welcome. WEDNESDAY Fenland Archaeological Society Meet at Mendi’s restaurant, Old Market on 4th Wednesday each month at 7:30pm. Contact info@ fenarch.org.uk THURSDAY Fenland Stamp Club, Wisbech meets at Upper Parlour, Trinity Methodist Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech, Cambs. PE13 1BL on the first and third Thursday each month up to, and including, April 2020. Contact Richard Lewis 01945 700594. The March branch of the Royal Naval Association meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm for 8 pm at the Conservative Club, Creek Road, March. New members always welcome; there is no need to have served in the Royal Navy. March Lunch and Film Club meet at March Town Hall on the first Thursday of each month. Tickets are £12 each and can be purchased from Panini’s in advance. People can join the club for free, but as members, they purchase their meal from Panini’s and the film is provided at no extra cost. Tea and coffee is also included in the price and served after the meal. This regular event is organised by Fenland Arts Association. 20Twenty - We currently run three theatre groups which perform musical theatre, acting, singing and dancing. All groups will perform at least one main show each year alongside other community performances, including March GER Christmas Cracker, St George’s Fayre and our fundraising events. The first session is always a free introductory session to provide your child with a chance to decide if they believe they will enjoy being a member. The Youth Theatre sessions run during school term time at March Town Hall as follows: “Double Act”, Ages 6 - 11. Tuesdays, 5pm - 6.30pm. Cost £4 per session at March Town Hall; “All-Stars”, School years 7 and 8. Thursdays, 5pm - 7pm. Cost £5 per session at March Town Hall; “Boundless”, School years 9 - 13. Tuesdays, 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost £5 per session at March Town Hall. GLEE CLUB - Jess Davis runs this high energy group on a Wednesday evening at March Town Hall from 5 pm - 6.30 pm. If you love dancing to great songs, then this is a group for you. The cost is just £2.50 with the activity suitable for those aged 10 - 19. To find out more about this club please e-mail Jess. Fenland and Shotokan Karate Club train at Cavalry Primary School every Friday. For Juniors, it’s from 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm. Family classes are 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm and adults train from 7.30 pm - 9 pm. No joining fee, no monthly fee and, also, the first lesson is free! For more information, please e-mail info@fenlandkarate.club or call Darren Dennis on 07881777694

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Interesting and Curious Facts of Yesteryear (Unusual, fascinating and sometimes amusing, by the author of “Wisbech’s Secret Princess,” Chris Donald.)

For thousands of years, man has enjoyed a drink or two. But there have been many occasions where people have had too much and ended up the worse for it. And so it is in the Fens that there have been tales told, some humorous, some sad, like the one which follows: One night in 1851, three men were drinking at the Queen Victoria beer house in Wisbech. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the men finally left the inn and headed for the canal (now Churchill Road on the Northside nearest Walsoken). Near to Blackfriars Bridge, Hugh Suddlestone, a tailor, who had had far too much to drink, staggered between the wall and the railings, fell and rolled down the bank and into the water. It was too deep for them to wade in and pull him out so one of his friends ran to get Mr. Wallace,

the surgeon, whilst the other went to the Robin Hood pub to get help. He found Charles Yorke, and the two of them rushed to the canal and pulled the man to the side of the bank with a long hook. Two policemen soon arrived at the scene and, alas, carried the dead body to the Robin Hood inn. At the inquest, it was stated that he accidentally drowned while in a state of intoxication. Lastly, a humorous story to finish with. In 1885, some men were drinking and smoking at the Royal. There were to be two hangings the following day and they were trying to place bets on who would go there in the dark and climb the hanging post. No one dared but Mr. Wilkins said he would go to the cemetery at midnight and go to the corner where they kept a collection of bones and bring

one back. So, just before midnight, he set off, not knowing that somebody had already gone before him and was lying in wait. He found the pile of bones and picked up a skull. Immediately a morbid voice cried out, “That’s mine!” He dropped the skull in shock, but then picked another skull up. The voice shouted out even more, “That’s mine!” “You little liar,” he said, “you ain’t got two!” whereupon he grabbed one of the skulls, went back to the pub and won the bet. Some of the information used in this article came from work done by Mr. Oldham who made a study of Wisbech pubs. There have been 140 pubs in the Wisbech area! Interestingly, Mr. Oldham who gathered all this information didn’t drink at all and was teetotal all his life!

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• Hypno chemo. • Pain relief.  • Sports hypnosis.  These are just a few of the areas where hypnotherapy can help. If your particular issue is not listed, then please contact Tim Pinning, to see how hypnotherapy can help you.


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

Can’t Afford The Car You Love? Poor Credit History?..No Problem!

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Right up your street for over 200 years

Looking forward to the next 200! For five generations we have been helping clients buy, sell, let and manage property and land in this area. Whether it be your home, farm, factory or development site, talk to the Agents with local knowledge and professional expertise, who are an established part of your community.

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Discovering Wisbech issue 022, February 2020  

Discovering Wisbech issue 022, February 2020