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Issue 23 / March 2020

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Inside this issue Orchard House Care Home - Respite Care Offer

Treat Your Mum This Mother's Day at Coyote Bar Diner

What's On This Month at The Light Cinema

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Welcome to Your March Issue. A warm welcome to you all. Mother’s Day already - it’s on March 22nd by the way! “Life doesn’t come with a manual - it comes with a mother” is an old saying which springs to mind. We all need help in finding our way through all the various ups and downs of life, and there, right from day one has been that wonderful (sometimes), smiling (often) and loving (always) lady we are proud to call “Mum”. This month, we include several “mum-related features” and also look towards Easter, fast approaching early next month. Let’s hope by then we’ll have turned the corner weather-wise, dried ourselves out and started thinking of those long, warm summer days to come. Finally, from all of us mums, thanks in advance for the flowers, chocolates, perfume and big hugs, as we try our hardest … without a manual!

Claire x

Spring, a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be’. Well, here we are, everybody! The month of March. 2020 is literally flying by, but what have we got to offer you this month? We’ve got bundles of events and lovely things to do in Wisbech and the surrounding area, pages and pages of Community Matters - what a fantastic Community you live in! And so much more. The Winter has felt bleak and long, but if we had no Winter, Spring would not be so pleasant! Step outside, look at the flowers and trees starting to bloom and let’s all look forward for the Spring ahead. I would like to say a big Happy Mother’s Day to my Mum. Thank you for absolutely all that you are and do, always. And Happy Mother’s Day to every mum out there! Have a wonderful month everybody and enjoy your beautiful Discovering Wisbech Magazine.

Holly - Jean x

Inside Highlights 3.....................Welcome to your new Discovering Wisbech Magazine! 4....................Good News for our Health Service! 6.....................Fenland Family History Society 8....................Ways to manage Anxiety with March Podiatry 9.....................History with Chris Donald 10...................Top Picks for Canada - Holiday With Us 12 - 13........Community Matters 14...................Steve Barclay - Incinerator Concerns 22..................Recipe Page! 28..................How will the good work plan affect you? Fraser Dawbarns. 30..................Community Matters 32 - 33......Community Matters 34 - 35......Whiting & Partners 36..................Famous Mums 37..................Diamond Byte 38..................What’s On! 39..................What’s On at The Light Cinema 40.................Club Guide 41...................Mother’s Day Quiz 42..................Regular History with Eric Somerville 43..................Chat over a Cuppa! 44.................Art Matters 45..................Kids Puzzle Page

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

Discovering Wisbech is published by a local team and is not associated with any other business. Care is taken to ensure that the content and information is correct, however we cannot take any responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by any errors. Permission must be granted to reproduce, copy or scan anything from this publication. For a copy of our contributors’ guidelines please email info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

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Good News for Our Health Service! Slimming World has recently been working closely with ‘Everyone Health’ in the local area to help raise awareness of how healthy eating and a more active lifestyle can aid depression, anxiety and many other medical conditions. ‘Everyone Health’ offer a free twelve-week referral scheme allowing those eligible to join their local Slimming World Group, where they are supported to implement changes to their lifestyle and learn all about Slimming World’s amazing Food Optimising Plan. Here is what some of the members who have taken advantage of this scheme have to say ...

Nicola - “Losing 1st 2lb means that both my blood pressure and cholesterol are much lower now.” If you would like more information about the free referral scheme, then please call ‘Everyone Health’ on 03330 050093, or contact any of the local Slimming World Consultants below.

Nicola - “I have lost 6st 10lb in just twenty-one weeks and as well as feeling great, I am much more confident in myself and am loving the wide variety of foods I can enjoy.” Gabi - “I have lost 6st 7lb and am now walking un-aided. I love staying to group every week and have made so many new friends along the way.” Claire - “I have just received the best news ever from my GP - I am diabetes-free! I couldn’t have done it without the extra support from my consultant and the other members of my group.” Jane - “Being five stone lighter has allowed me to reduce my medication.”

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FENLAND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Family research can be rewarding and fun and often turns up some strange questions. I was with a lady once, helping her research her family; we had gone back about four generations when we failed to find a marriage. We knew the first child was born in 1873, so we searched around that date but failed to find one. After widening my research, I found one about twenty-five years after the first child was born. I remembered the work I had done years ago on marriages. “Handfast marriages” were quite common at one time. The couple would hold hands in a public place and loudly announce they were to be known as man and wife, then a bell or loud noise was made to let everyone know. They were stopped in England but still continued in Scotland into the 1940s. Hence, the “Gretna Green marriages”, with the blacksmith’s anvil being struck to announce the ‘marriage’. In addition, the very poor could not afford a church wedding; they had the banns called and, on the last calling, the groom would be in church, and the bride waiting outside. There would be a symbolic stepping over a stick to join them together in front of their families and the congregation. I guess the couple I was researching needed a marriage certificate, hence the very late civil marriage. Fenland Family History Society meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month in Wisbech Library from 7pm to 9 pm. Everyone is welcome, members are free, and visitors are asked to make a £2 donation. Our next meeting, on Thursday March 26th, will be led by Margaret Lake offering help for the family historian.




Computer Research Sessions: We hold two sessions a month. You will find us in Wisbech Library on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am to 12 noon. We will also show you how to access all the library facilities, including two subscription sites, free through the library. The second session is in the restaurant at Baytree in Hilgay, on the second Monday of the month from 11 am to 2.30 pm. Our researchers will help you research your family, no matter where they originated. Sessions are free, whilst donations to help pay for the hire of the room are always welcome. Talks by our speakers: Our two speakers give talks to local clubs and groups, on various subjects, with seven titles to choose from: “The Fun of Family History”, “My Naughty Great Aunt Eliza”, “The Ups and Downs of Being a Magistrate”, “The Angels of St Clement’s Church”, “Jane Davyes - a Much Married Lady”, “My Grandfather the Inspector of Nuisances” and “The Tragic Tale of the Blacksmith’s Family”. Please call Bridget on 01945 587723 for information about any of the above.

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Are You Looking For Ways To Manage Anxiety?


e’ve all likely experienced the feeling of anxiety, whether it’s butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, tension headaches, an upset stomach, or tightness in the chest — all natural occurrences when adrenaline is pumping. But there is a difference between everyday anxiousness and clinical anxiety. Our adrenal glands start flaring whenever we’re in a dangerous situation or potential conflict, activating the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism, or when we’re a bag of nerves ahead of delivering a speech, a must-win sports game, or walking up the aisle, for example. That’s anxiety. But this becomes generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) when the fear or worry doesn’t abate, escalating into a sense of impending doom, constant ruminating, catastrophising, and, in some cases, panic, it can be all-consuming, debilitating, and distressing.

Stress Hormones Anxiety has the same effect on our bodies as stress, it triggers the autonomic nervous system, leading to a spike in the release of adrenaline and cortisol — the ‘stress hormones.’ Too much adrenaline can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes; too much cortisol can affect our health in numerous ways — including increasing blood sugar levels, suppressing the immune system, and constricting blood vessels. When these hormones are released into the bloodstream, the liver produces more glucose, which is what provides the energy to activate our ‘fight or flight’ mechanism, ultimately leading to an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol levels, all of which disrupts our immune system, energy levels, and sleep.

Understanding anxiety is the first step in managing it. In knowing its erratic nature, we can obtain a better sense of triggering situations and how our anxiety operates — and that’s where MEDITATION comes in. Anxiety is a cognitive state connected to an inability to regulate emotions. But research shows that a consistent meditation practice reprogrammes neural pathways in the brain and, therefore, improves our ability to regulate emotions. Through meditation, we familiarise ourselves with anxiety-inducing thoughts and storylines. We learn to see them, sit with them, and let them go. In doing so, we learn two important things: thoughts do not define us, and thoughts are not real. We are then able to gradually change our relationship with anxiety, differentiating between what is an irrational episode and what’s true. Meditation is not a quick-fix strategy; it does take a long-term approach. Should you have severe anxiety, or if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, always speak to a health care professional to talk through your options and figure out how to make meditation a component of an overall treatment programme. We run weekly classes for meditation with Hayley Snow, from New Horizon's Counselling and Hypnotherapy Centre, please contact us for more information.


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Interesting and Curious Facts of Yesteryear

(Unusual, fascinating and sometimes amusing, by the author of “Wisbech’s Secret Princess,â€? Chris Donald.) Whilst television and film producers present period dramas so accurately, they all fail with one thing and that is ‌ teeth! The makers of these programmes spend thousands of pounds and many hours of study making the facts as accurate as possible. We are used to people, especially actors, having perfect teeth, all white and straight, but dentistry is not an old profession so the people from the past are not being represented in their true light. In olden days, the only dentists were barbers and blacksmiths. They could do one thing and one thing only, and that was, if a person had a tooth that was hurting, they could pull it out. In the 17th century, sugar was not a common food and very expensive to buy. Hence, only the well-off could afford it and so they had the worst teeth, while the poor people fared much better. It became fashionable to have black teeth and those that couldn’t afford sugar would blacken their teeth to make it look as if they could!


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So, what has this got to do with Wisbech? Jane Stuart, one of the natural children of King James II came to Wisbech after her father had fled to France. She spent over fifty years living a humble life in the town, and we are indebted to John Peckover for being the only person to gather details of her life story. Later on, his son and grandson would publish the story. John collected anecdotes he had been told about Jane and most of them were about what she did, but it also included one detail about her looks. He mentions her teeth. Not only was it surprising that she lived to the age of eighty-eight, (the average life expectancy was thirty-five at that time), but she had all her teeth, and they were very white, as white as a baby’ teeth. Her father died, aged sixty-five, in 1701 in France. His heart, brain, entrails, and flesh from his right arm were given to different convents and colleges, but the rest of him was laid to rest in a side chapel in Paris. Whilst his body was on view, many people went to see it and were amazed at the condition of his body, but also, how exceptionally white his teeth were. There is a story that one man, amazed at the teeth, tried to pull one out so he could give it to his girlfriend! Jane Stuart’s brilliant teeth were no doubt hereditary!

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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:


Council Leaders Welcome MultiMillion-Pound Investments in Fenland District Council leaders have welcomed a multi-million-pound investment boost from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) which will bring jobs, economic growth and much-needed new homes to Fenland. The investment includes a £7.5m commitment to stimulate local business productivity and invest in skills training, as well as £1.3m for the development of up to forty new homes. The Board of the Mayoral Combined Authority agreed funding for key projects at its meeting recently, when approval was also given to Fenland’s four ‘Growing Fenland’ Masterplans for Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor, James Palmer, said, “I’m proud that the Mayoral Combined Authority I lead is reversing the long decades of under-investment in our Fenland towns. I’m determined that nobody should be left behind and our Masterplans for Growth are all about ensuring these communities share the economic success we’re building across the whole region - and have a real say in how their unique and historic towns evolve to embrace new opportunity.” Created as part of the CPCA’s Market Town Masterplans for Growth programme, the bold regeneration plans were developed by Fenland District Council with representatives from local authorities, businesses, schools and the community in each of the towns. The plans will now be used to bid for a share of a £5m pump-prime funding earmarked by the CPCA to implement market town plans across Cambridgeshire. Investments agreed by the Board for Fenland include: •


• £3.1m from the Local Growth Fund to create a Manufacturing Launchpad in Chatteris. • £997,032 from the Local Growth Fund to develop new business space at Fenland District Council’s South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris. • £400,000 from the Local Growth Fund to develop skills facilities at March Community Centre. •

£1.3m from the Affordable Housing Programme (non-grant) to acquire a residential development site in Manea for up to forty new homes, possibly including eleven affordable homes.

Leader of Fenland District Council, Councillor Chris Boden, said the funding was fantastic news for the district and demonstrates confidence in Fenland’s economic future. “I’m delighted our district is set to benefit from millions of pounds of investment,” he said. “It will help our businesses to thrive, give our people the skills they need and generate new jobs, while paving the way for attracting further investment. It will also enable the construction of quality new homes which might otherwise not have been developed; helping to support Fenland’s housing growth objectives.” Councillor Ian Benney, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, added, “It’s great to see the CPCA inject regional growth investment into some of Fenland’s key economic projects. It’s exciting news for the district as it will provide local people with new skills training opportunities and give firms the support they need to scale up, become more productive and increase their local and global reach.”

£3m from the Local Growth Fund for a construction training/incubator in Wisbech – a new facility on the College of West Anglia site to facilitate construction skills around modern methods of construction.



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Peterborough Sings! - A Choral Celebration: The city’s unique music education charity, Peterborough Sings! celebrates a decade of singing in the city with a choral celebration at the Cresset on Friday March 6th at 7.30pm. It’s ten years since William Prideaux was appointed Director of Peterborough Male Voice Choir, (now widely regarded as one of the country’s finest male choirs), going on to establish women’s choir, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and the Peterborough Sings! charity, forming a choral organisation of over two hundred singers. Peterborough Sings! aims to make singing as accessible to as many people as possible and one of the major ways this is achieved is through their very successful pop-up charity projects, “Men United in Song”, supporting Prostate Cancer UK, and “Sing for Life”, supporting Thorpe Hall Hospice, which between them have raised many thousands of pounds for charity as well as introducing thousands of local men and women to the joys of group singing. Such is the enthusiasm to continue singing from participants in these projects that the Peterborough Sings! Community Chorus has recently been launched. Peterborough Sings! works in partnership with Peterborough Music Hub to deliver the Arts Council England-funded schools’ singing strategy which allows hundreds of local primary school children to rehearse and perform on stage in ‘big sing’ events with live musicians. Another strand of the charity’s outreach work is the ground-breaking Peterborough Boys’ Singing Project, working with boys in schools across the city with the aim of

keeping them singing into adulthood. Join the choirs with their special guests for a fantastic evening of music, celebrating all they have achieved over the last decade and looking forward to the next! Tickets at www.peterboroughsings.org.uk , on 01733 265705 or at The Cresset Box Office. Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir welcome new members: call 01733 425194, e-mail info@peterboroughsings.org.uk or visit www. peterboroughsings.org.uk for information.

Illicit Tobacco Seized in Wisbech Raids. Illicit cigarettes and tobacco worth over £10,000 has been seized following a multi-agency operation in Wisbech. Enforcement officers carried out a number of raids on premises suspected of selling illegal tobacco and cigarettes following test purchases and intelligence received. The operation was led by HMRC with Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards, Police, Fire, officers from Fenland District Council (Licensing, Environmental Health, Housing and Street Scene) and sniffer dogs from Wagtail International. In total, they seized over 30,000 cigarettes and over 4kg of hand-rolling tobacco from four premises. The haul was a mixture of counterfeit and illegally imported goods, with a street value of more than £10,000. Investigations are ongoing following m a rch 2 0 20

the seizures. With the help of sniffer dogs, they discovered the cigarettes and tobacco hidden away inside walls and drawers, and behind a safe. Councillor Sam Clark, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Licensing Enforcement, said, “Trade in illicit tobacco has serious consequences on the community. It causes poor health and brings criminal activity to the area. It’s also damaging to legitimate, local businesses who are being undercut by criminals and encourages young people to start smoking from an early age. It is great that so many partners are working together to tackle traders that break the law. We will continue to act on intelligence received and target premises suspected of being involved to disrupt this type of activity and prevent harm to the public.”






With the new Parliament now in full steam, I have been spending time with ministers raising a series of local issues. Firstly, the proposal for a mega incinerator in Wisbech, which would involve hundreds of lorries driving through roads across Fenland is deeply flawed and something I strongly oppose. I am concerned that the developer is looking to get around local planning rules by building an incinerator so large that it counts as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure project. As a result, I’ve asked a series of questions to ministers because a plant of this size, so close to nearby schools, homes and businesses raises a host of concerns. With a chimney up to ninety-five metres high, when Ely Cathedral spire is sixty-six metres, it would be an eyesore visible for miles. Secondly, Wisbech Rail and King’s Dyke remain transport schemes requiring continued focus. The report on the next phase of work for Wisbech Rail was to be published at the end of February and I met in Parliament with both the rail minister and, more recently, Mayor James Palmer to discuss progress. Likewise, with King’s Dyke, which has been delayed far too long due

to problems with the previous contractor is now out to tender and I continue to press the county council to speed up work given the legitimate frustration of so many residents in Whittlesey and surrounding areas. Thirdly, the Education Opportunity Area funding remains crucial to progress in our schools. It is particularly pleasing that Thomas Clarkson Academy earlier this month secured a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted. This reflects the significant progress made and the hard work of teachers, staff and pupils. It is important now that we continue to raise standards, including in our primary schools and I am discussing this with the Education Opportunity Area. I would also like to thank prison officers at HMP Whitemoor who do a fantastic job on our behalf. I had an opportunity to meet a number of them on a recent visit, where they made a series of recommendations, which I am following up with the Ministry of Justice. At Westminster, the Prime Minister has recently reshuffled his ministerial team which has meant a change for me and I am honoured to have been appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Serving in government helps ensure that constituency interests are heard by ministerial colleagues and I will continue to make the case for investment in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire.

To find out more about my work in Parliament or local campaigns, visit my website or follow me on social media: www.stevebarclay.net

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How Will The Good Work Plan Affect You? BY KIM CROSS, SOLICITOR

The media has increasingly scrutinised modern employment practices over the last few years, for example featuring stories about the rise of the gig economy, the use of zero-hours contracts, the growth of part-time working and the employment status of contractors working with a single employer. With an eye on this, the Government has launched its ‘vision for the future of the UK labour market’, dubbed ‘one of the biggest shake-ups of employment law in a generation’. The changes are comprehensive, so it is worthwhile for both employers and employees to have an understanding of the new laws. The Good Work Plan is the Government’s response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. It aims to ‘significantly change the enforcement landscape’ of employment rights to accommodate the new ways of working which have come about with the emergence of new digital platforms. A couple of changes have already taken place. All workers now have the right to a payslip (with hourlypaid staff also having the number of hours worked outlined). Penalties for ‘aggravated breaches of employment’ have also been increased. On April 6th, 2020, these new measures will come in: Currently, employers have to provide a written statement of particulars of employment to all employees who will be working for a month or more within two months of the start of their employment. This will now have to be given to all workers as well as employees, it must be given on or before day one, and must now also include: • The days of the week on which an employee is expected to work • Whether these days are variable and how any variations will be determined • The benefits that the employer will provide • The duration of the probationary period and the conditions for passing

• Details of training entitlement and mandatory training Currently the holiday pay of a worker with irregular hours is calculated by averaging the hours worked over the previous twelve weeks. The new legislation will increase in the period over which holiday pay is calculated to fifty-two weeks. This aims to be fairer for seasonal workers and others whose working hours fluctuate over the course of a year. There will also be increased protection for agency workers. Currently certain distinctions exist, which can mean an agency worker will not be paid the same as a permanent employee. These will be abolished in April 2020 and comparable pay will subsequently apply to all agency workers after twelve weeks. There are future changes planned, which do not currently have an implementation date. These are an extension of the ‘break of service’ period from one week to four and giving all employees with at least twenty-six weeks service the right to request a stable contract of employment. Whether you are an employer or an employee it is important to understand how the new employment regulations will affect you. The employment law team at Fraser Dawbarns have experience helping both employers and employees and can help you navigate the changes that the Good Work Plan will bring.

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WESTBROOK WINDOW REPAIRS Westbrook Window Repairs is a new company that has been formed to handle all your window and door requirements. It was formed in May this year by March man Tom Westbrook, who has more than 25 years’ experience in manufacturing, fitting and repairing windows. The 43-year-old specialist FENCESinstallation and repairs SHEDS has had a very positive response from local people and also from his trade contacts.

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Council Secures Over £340,000 to Continue Rough Sleeping Support. More rough sleepers will be helped off the streets and given the support they need in Fenland, thanks to an extra £340,320 of funding. Fenland District Council has successfully secured a further Rough Sleeping Initiative grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to continue services helping to tackle homelessness across the district. The funding will be used by the Council, partner agencies and third sector providers to help vulnerable rough sleepers get the support they need to leave the streets for good. This includes street-based outreach services, emergency accommodation and specialist support to help them rebuild their lives. Government analysis shows that numbers of rough sleepers are 32% lower in areas that have received funding through the initiative. In Fenland, funding from the initiative and the government’s Controlling Migration Fund has led to great outcomes in local communities. The Council’s annual rough sleeper count in November 2019, was eleven, down from twenty-three in November 2018. And in the last six months alone, twenty-nine people have been prevented from rough sleeping and forty people have been supported to apply for Settled Status. Councillor Samantha Hoy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said, “I am thrilled that we’ve received extra funding to continue our work with valued partners and deliver much-needed help for rough sleepers in Fenland. I am proud of what has been achieved so far and really pleased that the outcomes have made a significant impact on vulnerable members of our community. We remain committed as ever to helping people rebuild their lives and ending rough sleeping once and for all.”

In Fenland, the funding will be used to continue the following services until the end of March 2021: • Homeless day HUB – run by the Ferry Project; the HUB is open seven days a week providing specialist support for all rough sleepers in Fenland, including help with finding accommodation, work and training, mental health support, help with debts and benefits, as well as homelessness prevention advice. • Outreach service – run by CGL (Change, Grow, Live); the outreach service locates people sleeping rough and engages with them, providing bespoke help and support relevant to their individual needs. • Rough sleeper co-ordinator post – covering the whole of Fenland; this post co-ordinates actions for rough sleepers to prevent duplication between organisations. • An additional four beds at the Ferry Project’s emergency Night Shelter. The Rough Sleeping Initiative was launched in 2018 to ensure local areas were given the boost they needed to provide these vital services for those living on the streets. Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, said, “Noone should have to face a night on the street and we have a moral duty to support those who need help the most. It is encouraging to see more people getting the support they need, but there is always more to do.” The funding will run until March 2021. Further discussions between the MHCLG and the Council will take place over the coming months regarding continued funding in 2021/22.

Spend a Choral Evening in the Company of Beethoven and Bernstein at Peterborough Cathedral Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus will join forces with Peterborough Choral Society and Peterborough Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday March 21st, for a unique performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. The concert is being held to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 1770. The Ninth Symphony was the final complete symphony that Beethoven wrote, and was first performed in 1824. It is best known for its fourth and final movement, the stirring ‘Ode to Joy’ – one of the most beloved pieces of music in history. Pushing the boundaries in using choral forces in an orchestral form, this Beethoven 30



masterpiece, performed in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral, will be something not to be missed. Bernstein’s inspiring Chichester Psalms was premiered in 1965 as part of that year’s Southern Cathedrals Festival. The piece contains text from a variety of Psalms and is performed in Hebrew. Bernstein’s website describes it as “a magically unique blend of Biblical Hebrew verse and Christian choral tradition; a musical depiction of the composer’s hope for brotherhood and peace”. Tickets are either £15, £20 or £25 (unreserved seating) and are available at https://bit.ly/37mIyN0. Book soon, so as not to miss out on this extraordinary spectacle.

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Steve can take the strain out of moving A new year often means people’s thoughts turn to moving to a new home, which can often be a stressful experience. So, what better way to help ease your way into your new home than by enlisting the help of a professional packer? Wimblington-based Steve Whytock, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the removal industry, runs SJW Home Packing Services which can provide a complete packing service for all your belongings. Since setting up in business last year he has helped many families move home in the Cambridgeshire area.

He said: “I’ve been doing quite well since setting up my business. It’s always a bit quiet after Christmas but things tend to pick up as we approach Easter when the weather improves and people start to think seriously about moving house. I can help them move to their new homes or pack their belongings to put into storage and promise to provide a professional service at a competitive price.” Steve can provide all materials within a free no obligation quote and has full liability insurance to guarantee a friendly, stress-free home packing experience so that everything is packed and ready to load into your van at a time that suits you, and is currently offering a 10 percent discount for OAP customers. You can contact SJW Home Packing Services via Facebook or Tel: 0790 477 2713; Email: j.whytock@sky.com

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Beware Doorstep Criminals – Help is on the Way! We recently received communication from a Norfolk firm, Able Community Care Ltd, who are joining the ongoing battle against those unscrupulous characters who prey on the elderly in their own homes. “Able Community Care Ltd is a Norfolk home care company which was established in 1980 and now provides care 24/7 throughout the UK and beyond. We continually read news/articles flagging up the activities of doorstep criminals: -fraudulent roofers, gardeners, service officials and other non-genuine visitors who target older people. As a company, we have decided to see if we

can help prevent this on a small scale and so we have had the “Door Safety Sticker” printed to give away to older people. If you think your older readers may like to have one, please ask them to either ring us on 01603 764567 or e-mail to info@ ablecommunitycare.com.”

A Brand-New Market for Wisbech A brand-new market concept was set to make its debut in Wisbech on Sunday February 9th, when a traditional indoor car boot sale opened in the car park of the town’s Horsefair Shopping Centre. The ground floor of the car park will be made over to the market and there will be no market traders or retail sellers allowed – just members of the public selling from their car boots. (It is designed to complement the existing car boot sale held in Wisbech Market Place, which does welcome professional retailers.) The ground floor of the car park will be marked out with a new area cordoned off for car boot sellers. The public seeking to park their cars will have their route to free parking on the top floor clearly identified. The site opens at 6.00am and the market will be held every Sunday. Horsefair Shopping Centre Manager, Kevin Smith, has organised the car boot sale in conjunction with Wisbech Town Council and Les DonohueBromley from Market Marketing Ltd. “The new car boot sale will benefit the community by providing an all-weather space for people to sell their goods and will add a further attraction for shoppers in the town centre. Local humanitarian charities will be offered free stands and Wisbech Lions Club has already reserved space to raise money for its charities on February 9th,” explained Kevin. Mr Donohue-Bromley said, “The new area will encourage a vibrant community around the event, and we are delighted it has enabled us to recruit at least two part-time workers, providing much-needed employment in the area.” 32



Kevin Smith (left), manager of Wisbech’s Horsefair Shopping Centre, shakes hands with Les DonohueBromley from Market Marketing Limited, in front of their poster advertising the new Car Boot Sale in the Centre, which they have organised. A Facebook page @ marketmarketingcarbootsales is open to provide communication between car boot sellers and buyers and provides a channel for an exchange of ideas and comments. Terry Jordan, Clerk to Wisbech Town Council, explained that the authority is keen to see activity that will add to the vitality and viability of the town centre. He hopes this new venture will encourage more visitors to the town to see what it is able to offer. For more information, please contact Les Donohue-Bromley on 07368 217 309 or Kevin Smith on 01954 584 109.

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Donations Flood into Hospital for ‘Essentials by Sue’ Hygiene Project. Donations of toiletries and everyday essentials are flooding into the North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech in aid of Fenland’s ‘Essentials by Sue’ project. Launched by the Fenland Community Safety Partnership last year, ‘Essentials by Sue’ provides toiletries, sanitary items and other essentials to young people from lower-income families who may struggle to afford them. The hospital’s Radiology department is the latest organisation to join the project, which sees donated products distributed to schools, colleges and food banks across the district. Rosie Cooke, Fenland District Council’s Community Safety Projects Officer, who co-ordinates the project, said, “A big thank you to the Radiology team, staff and patients at North Cambs Hospital for the donations kindly collected for the ‘Essentials by Sue’ project. Since the Radiology department adopted the scheme donations have flooded in from both staff and patients who are proud to be involved in this community project and support our local young people.” Councillor Susan Wallwork, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said, “We’ve had a fantastic response to the ‘Essentials by Sue’ project since it launched last summer. It helps provide personal hygiene products like shampoo and shower gel to

young people who need them but are unable to access them for a number of reasons. It’s discreet too, so young people can access the products without feeling like they are being judged.” Members of the public can now donate sealed, unused products, for both males and females, at nine donation points across the district: • Fenland District Council Customer Service Centres: Fenland Hall, County Road, March, and The Boathouse Business Centre, Wisbech. • North Cambs Hospital, Radiology Department, Wisbech. • March Police Station, Burrowmoor Road, March. • Wisbech Police Station, Nene Parade, Wisbech. • Chatteris Community Hub, Furrowfields, Chatteris. • Whittlesey Community Hub, Market Street, Whittlesey. • March Library, City Road, March. • Thomas Clarkson Academy, Corporation Road, Wisbech. Any businesses or organisations wanting to get involved in ‘Essentials by Sue’, either by donating products or setting up a donation point, can contact Rosie Cooke via email at rcooke@fenland.gov.uk or phone 07770 643378.

A Fresh Start for Historic Property Following Council Intervention An abandoned Wisbech property is set for a fresh start just months after Fenland District Council took legal action to secure its future. Historic Ely House was sold at auction early in 2020 to new owners who plan to refurbish the property into a family home. The news comes just six months after the Council successfully secured a Closure Order to protect nearby residents from persistent criminal activity on the premises and to safeguard the Grade II-listed property from further deterioration. The Order also reduced the demand placed on emergency services to attend the Lynn Road property, following a series of issues including antisocial behaviour, fires being set alight, vandalism and drug and alcohol abuse. The Council originally secured a three-month order from Cambridge Magistrates’ Court in August last year, making it illegal for anyone without authority to access the house. A three-month extension was also granted by the courts in November. Now, with reports of anti-social behaviour and criminality having dropped and the new owners already starting works on the site, a Closure Order is no longer necessary. Councillor Susan Wallwork, Fenland District Council’s m a rch 2 0 20

Portfolio Holder for Communities, said, “I’m over the moon the property has been purchased and the new owners are already being proactive in its care. It’s fantastic news after many months of hard work. I’d like to thank Council officers for their efforts gathering the evidence needed to secure the Closure Order; local residents and Wisbech councillors for their support and intelligence throughout this process; and our partners including the police and fire service. We all look forward to Ely House being restored and the community feeling more at peace.” Councillor Chris Seaton, Portfolio Holder for Social Mobility and Heritage, added, “Ely House is reputed to be the oldest residential property in Wisbech, dating back to the 17th century. As with any historic building, it is sad when they are abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. I’m delighted we were able to take action, to not only provide respite to the local community but to protect the building’s heritage and help bring it back into proper use.” The new owners are now working with the Council’s planning and conservation teams to commence the refurbishment works. Fencing surrounding the site will remain in situ whilst works are undertaken.




Phishing not Fishing... Four years ago, fishing, was the biggest participation sport in the UK and although its popularity has declined, take a look at Fenlands waterways, lakes, ponds and river banks, it’s still very popular here. Writes Scott Bishop. ‘Gone fishin’ was and still is a much-used answer to queries starting with ‘where’s XXXX?’ It was also the title of a late a 90’s light-hearted film about bumbling friends who won an angling trip that went comically wrong. Today, change ‘fishing’ to ‘phishing’ and there are few laughs. The Self-Assessment tax return deadline expired just a month ago. In the weeks before HM Revenue & Customs warned that ‘phishing’ fraudsters were flourishing. It quoted nearly 900,000 reports of suspicious phone calls, texts or e-mails from scammers pretending to be the tax authority. It was an historical figure so the updated figure will be interesting. Most of these were fake tax refunds instructing the victim to visit a bogus website and enter bank details. In other cases, people were told they had outstanding tax liabilities which, if not paid immediately, had serious consequences – bailiffs and imprisonment! Those liabilities were fictitious. HMRC’s advice is to savvy up to avoid becoming a victim. Genuine phone calls and messages will never ask for your PIN, passwords or bank details. If you are not expecting a text or e-mail do not reply, click on any links or download any attachments. There are numerous examples beyond fake tax refunds. My current favourites – a domestic appliance insurer halving my monthly payment as I’m a loyal client; a demand for money to extend my TV ‘license’! We have a few anglers in our offices. Although they know about rods and reels, floats and spinners, they are seriously good at spotting ‘phishermen’. If you are among our clients, then please feel free to ask your usual Ramsey office contact about any HMRC messages or phone calls about which you are unsure. If you’re a newcomer, your first consultation is free – and that’s not ‘phishing’.




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MOTHER’S DAY is the one day when we take time to express our love and gratitude for the women who have devoted their lives to making ours safe and happy. Some have been famous, most are not, but all have been, and continue to be, special. MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS. “The Virgin Mary” has long been depicted as a caring mother and a role model for everyone. She also plays an important role throughout Christian history in providing us with a female that’s right at the heart of events. Christianity, after all, can be a fairly male-dominated affair.


She buried five of her nine children, raised a president, (John F. Kennedy), two U.S. senators, and presided over one of the most famous families in American historyall with elegance and dignity. “I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honourable profession in the world,” Kennedy once said. When she died in 1995, at the age of 104, she had 28 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.



One of Hollywood›s highest-paid actresses, the sassy Moore has combined her acting and business careers with a highly publicized role as a mother. Moore and ex-husband Bruce Willis have three daughters, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. Moore doesn’t go it alone, however. She is known for travelling with a substantial entourage, including nannies and personal trainers.


In 1923, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married the second son of King George V and was the first commoner to legally marry into the royal family in several centuries. Their daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, were born in 1926 and 1930, respectively. When Elizabeth refused to leave England during the London Blitz in World War II, even enduring the bombing of Buckingham Palace, her spirit was an inspiration to many who continued to hold her in high regard until her death at the age of 101 in March 2002.

- With her husband, Pierre, Marie Curie was the pioneer in researching radioactivity. When he died suddenly, she refused a government pension and instead, took his place as a professor at the University of Paris. She was awarded a Nobel Prize for her work, then became the first person to win a second Nobel Prize, and she is the only Nobel Prize winner who is also the mother of another Nobel Prize winner, Irène Joliot-Curie.




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Free Imaging Software for Your PC - Advice from Diamond Byte Solutions

PC software can be expensive. If you need the features that only a paid-for software offers, it may warrant the price tag. However, there is usually always a free equivalent that will do the job almost as well. This month, we are looking at free graphics and imaging software. If you just want to make a few simple adjustments (removing blemishes, improving colours), then a basic tool is fine. However, if you’re interested in more advanced editing, you’ll need desktop software that offers tools such as layers and masks. Paint.net is a quick, easyto-operate photo editor, ideal for simple editing. It isn’t a rubbish copy of Microsoft’s basic Paint; it’s a proper photo editor with advanced editing tools such as layers, an undo history, a choice of filters, many communitycreated plugins, and a brilliant 3D rotate/zoom function. It does look a little dated and it is for Windows only. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is our favourite free image editor. It has a huge choice of professional-quality functions for fine-tuning photos and creating your own artwork from scratch. It includes layers, customisable brushes, filters and automatic image-enhancement tools. It has an active community of contributors, meaning it’s in

constant development and any bugs are smoothed out quickly. The only negative is that the interface is a little cluttered. Adobe Photoshop Express is a trimmeddown version of Adobe’s world-leading photo editing software available through the Microsoft Store. It is well designed, with clear icons and uncluttered menus. It has some more advanced and unusual tools than other photo editors, including a fill light option for reducing harsh shadows, and an auto correct setting that suggests various quick adjustments to your image’s colours, which you can apply with a single click. Although not actually software, we really like Pixlr X, which is an online photo editor for making quick adjustments and retouches to a photo. As well as tools for cropping and resizing images, Pixlr X also includes a selection of cutting tools to move or delete a selected part of the picture, allowing you to create complex pictures from multiple images. Pixlr X does more than the basic fine-tuning of contrast, brightness and saturation - it lets you tweak vibrance, highlights and shadows. There’s also an extensive selection of filters and a set of pop-art effects. Do be aware that Pixlr X is still in active development, although future updates are sure to improve it.

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Sponsored by Wisbech Town Council

Events - March 2020 2nd/7th - The Mart Fair 2020, Chapel Road Car Park. For more

information, please contact info@wisbechtowncouncil.org.uk.

4th - Positive Me at City College, Peterborough, from 9.30

am - 1 pm. Would you like to take some time to explore new ideas and opportunities for increasing your confidence and raising your self-esteem? Based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, these 2 workshops will help you to discover different ways you can improve your mental and physical health, confidence and self-esteem in a fun, friendly and supportive group. To find out more or book your place, contact Dee on 07710115220 or e-mail Dee.OwusuAnsah@clarionhg.com.

5th - Catching Confidence at City College, Peterborough,

from 9.30 am - 1 pm. How to be the best you, you can be! Learn how to step out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone... without tipping into your panic zone! Harness the right type of confidence for you to help achieve your goals. All workshops are FREE to attend, and refreshments are provided. To find out more or book your place, contact Dee on 07710115220 or e-mail Dee.OwusuAnsah@clarionhg.com.

5th - World Book Day! 6th - Ease Away Anxiety - Workshop at 5 Bridge Street,

Wisbech, from 11 am. Fortnightly workshops for people who suffer from anxiety or people who are going through a stressful time. As part of the workshops, you will learn how to stop your anxiety symptoms, learn more about what anxiety is and the session will end with a guided meditation. From time to time, other therapists will be invited to come along and give advice or talk about how they help people with anxiety. The aim is also for you to meet other people who are going through similar (and I won’t put you on the spot or do anything to make you feel uncomfortable!) Your first session is free and will cost £5 per session thereafter. Please message me or e-mail to book your place, but you can pay on the day. For more information, please contact nicky@nickyelmer.co.uk.


in our Reed Barn tearoom with our special range of dishes to celebrate Mother’s Day. For more information, please contact Peckover House directly.

22nd - Happy Mother’s Day! 25th - The RSPB Huntingdonshire Local Group welcomes

Peter Holden MBE to talk about how wildlife can benefit from our garden activities. At St Ives Free Church, from 7.30 pm. £4 entry (free to local group members). During an incredible 40-year RSPB career, Peter has co-authored more than a dozen books, appeared on Blue Peter and Springwatch, run the RSPB’s junior membership programme and devised the Big Garden Birdwatch. The evening will also include a chance to buy Peter’s book on Garden Wildlife, an intermission with tea, coffee and snacks, a raffle and items for sale. For more information, please contact Jack Stevens. jack.stevens@rspb.org.uk.

27th - Clairvoyance Evening with Wisbech Macmillan Group, at the Rosmini Centre, from 6.30 pm. Clairvoyance Evening with David Townsend from Peterborough. £7 per person. Tea/coffee and cake at half time and a raffle. Organised in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information, please contact Adele or Doreen on 07787 794632. 28th - Family and Local Research Day with Fenland Family History Society in Wisbech Library, from 10 am - 3.30 pm. There will be stands offering information and advice about local history including maps and books etc. plus experienced family historian researchers offering help with your family research for both the beginner and the more experienced. It is a free drop-in session, so come and find out what’s going on locally and find something about your family history. Put the date in your diary now. For further information, please call Bridget 01945 587723. 28th and 29th - Weekend Tours at Peckover House at 12.30 pm and 2 pm.


- Click and Chatter at The Oasis Community Centre, from 1 pm. Click and chatter is taking place on the first Friday of every month. Contact Jenna for more information on 01945 461526.

7th and 8th - Weekend Tours at Peckover House at 12.30

pm and 2 pm.

13th - Whittlesey Conservatives are holding a Race Night at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, Whittlesey. Tickets are £8.50 each, which includes a Sausage and Mash Supper. Doors open at 7 pm and races start at 7.30 pm. Horses can be purchased for £3 each and race sponsorship is £10 per race. These can be booked and purchased before the evening. Tickets and further details of the event are available from Julie Windle on 01733 204445. 13th - SIA Door Supervisor Course at Seetec Offices,

Wisbech. Fully funded, no hidden costs and help to find work on completion/award of the licence. This is a 6-day course. Places are offered subject to attending and completing a successful pre-screen event. For more information, please contact Mark Adams on 07890 597359. Mark.Adams2@ clarionhg.com.

22nd - Mother’s Day at Peckover House. Experience the life of the Peckover sisters as they immerse themselves in the craft activities of their time. A performance by LEADA. Then relax




Regular Events & Clubs TUESDAY Family History Research Sessions with Fenland Family History Society in Wisbech Library, from 10 am - 12 pm. For more information, please call Bridget on 01945 587723. WEDNESDAY Wisbech Lions Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.45 pm for 7.15 pm at Mendis, Old Market. We offer a warm welcome to all potential new members. FRIDAY Fenland Foragers Forest School Group meets on a Friday at 9.30 am - 11.30 am at St. John’s Church, Station Road, March. PE15 8NH. Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. This group is mainly home-educated children, but all are welcome. Sessions are £5 per child. (2-13years) SUNDAY Rings End Nature Conservation Group meet on the second Sunday of each month with opportunities to learn about and develop biodiversity; come pond dipping; go on amphibian, bat and butterfly walks; and help manage the reserve. Fenland Foragers also run a forest school session in partnership with the group - all welcome. We meet between 9.30am and 12.30pm - Park at Pocket Park car park PE15 0BE or wander down the path to find us. Cycle racks are available.

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March: A Month Of New Movies! We're excited about... Military Wives released on March 6th tells the inspirational story of friendship, love and support on the Home Front. A group of women come together to form the very first military wives choir whilst their partners serve in Afghanistan, and become a media sensation and global movement in the process. With personality clashes, class conflict, tragic setbacks and triumphs against the odds, prepare to bring your tissues for what is set to be an emotional rollercoaster of a film.

an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left in the world.

Bloodshot released March 13th stars Vin Diesel as marine Ray Garrison who, resurrected by a team of scientists, becomes superhuman. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins Ray trains with fellow supersoldiers, not being able to recall anything of his former life. However, as his memories come flooding back, he breaks out of the facility on a mission for revenge, only to discover that there's more to the conspiracy than he thought. He may no longer know what's real and what's not – but he's on a mission to find out.

Trolls: World Tour burst onto our screens on March 20th with a quest for the determined Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and Biggie (James Corden) to stop the Queen of Rock’s devastating plot to destroy all music but Rock, but with the Rock trolls gaining more power by the day, it might be too little too late.

Radioactive released on the 20th is a biopic on the incredible Marie Curie and her ground-breaking scientific achievements. In 1893 Paris, Marie meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie, who she goes on to marry and raise two daughters with. The pair change the face of science forever by jointly winning the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radium in 1903. Marie Curie was the first female scientist to win the esteemed prize. There's a Family Pick for every week this month: Onward is Disney-Pixar’s latest release on March 6th. Set in a suburban fantasy world, where magic was once commonplace but has now been replaced by technology similar to that of our own, we follow two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley, who embark on m rch 2 0 20 Ma ARCH

My Spy released on March 13th is an action/ adventure film starring Dave Bautista as CIA agent JJ, who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of nine-year-old Sophie. In an exchange for not blowing his cover, Sophie convinces him with her charm and wit to teach her to be a spy. As they spend more time together, JJ learns that there is more to life than beating up bad guys.

Mulan is the latest Disney movie to be given a live– action reboot, released on March 27th. There is sure to be plenty of action with sword fighting and martial arts as Mulan goes against her culture so that she might bring honour to her family. Peter Rabbit 2 also hops onto our screens on March 27th in time for Easter, in which we find Peter adventuring out of the garden and finding himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated. 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 accessible screenings and family specials weekly 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

Mother’s Day Quiz All of the following questions are linked in some way to the most important person in anyone’s life – mum! 11) What do Tibetans refer to as ‘The goddess mother’?


Which almond cake is traditionally made for Mothering Sunday?


Which Frank was the guitarist and leader 12) Julie Walters and Lulu have both played the mother of which literary character on TV? of the 1960s group, ‘The Mothers of Invention’? 13) How was Albanian, Agnese Gonxhe Bojaxhiu better known? In fiction, whose mother, Monique Delacroix, died when he was eleven 14) In the children's nursery rhyme, who had years old? no food for her dog?



In the UK, Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of what?


Who played diminutive Gunner Lofty Sugden in the television series ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’?


In the bible, who was the mother of John the Baptist?


What is meant by a Mother Lode?


Who was the celebrity mother of actress Carrie Fisher?


In which film would you hear the chilling words, “Mother’s not quite herself today!”?

10) Who is the mother of Michael Jackson’s two eldest children?

15) Which celebrity mum has one son named after a Shakespearean character, another who sounds like a bridge and third who has a Spanish girl's name? 16) Which alcoholic spirit is known as ‘mother's ruin’? 17) Paul McCartney wrote about his mother Mary in which famous Beatles' song? 18) What do these famous mums have in common: Lisa Marie Presley, Jennifer Lopez and Margaret Thatcher? 19) What day of the week and what month are statistically the most popular for having a baby? 20) What ‘mother’ would you find in an oyster?

ANSWERS 1) Simnel Cake, 2) Frank Zappa, 3) James Bond, 4) Lent, 5) Don Estelle, 6) Elizabeth, 7) The principal vein of gold or silver ore, 8) Debbie Reynolds, 9) Psycho, 10) Debbie Rowe, 11) Mount Everest, 12) Adrian Mole, 13) Mother Teresa, 14) Old Mother Hubbard, 15) Victoria Beckham, (Romeo, Brooklyn, Cruz), 16) Gin, 17) Let it Be, 18) They all had twins, 19) Tuesday and August, 20) Mother of pearl.


Two Victorian Photographers: Samuel Smith and Valentine Blanchard. by Eric Somerville, Wisbech Society Samuel Smith was born in Tydd St Giles in 1802 and grew up to be a man with many interests and enthusiasms. He was able to indulge in these, having prospered in business and retiring in his middle forties. He had been a timber merchant in March and a trade directory also described him as a “mechanist” – he was adept with “things mechanical”. In retirement, he moved into Malvern House in Wisbech. This property can still be found today, standing at the junction of Peatlings Lane and Horseshoe Terrace, identifiable by a blue plaque. Here he was able to pursue his passions for coin and gemstone collection, conchology, geology, palaeontology, astronomy, entomology, microscopy … and photography. The majority of his photographs were of buildings in Wisbech and surrounding villages, along with vessels docked in the port, subjects that did not involve movement. This was crucial because he used the waxed-paper negative process which required long exposure times – often ten to fifteen minutes – and any movement of people or animals resulted in blurring. Even the hands moving on church clocks caused problems and he had to wait for low tide before taking photographs of ships so that they were well and truly grounded. His passion for photography lasted a little over ten years, (his earliest surviving print dating from 1852), but he left a unique, pictorial archive of mid-Victorian Wisbech. His talent was only fully acknowledged in the 1970s with exhibitions in London and even



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the United States. Although he was never responsible for any technical innovations, and neither did he formally exhibit his prints, he is now regarded as a gifted and meticulous early exponent of photography. Samuel Smith died in 1892 in Wisbech and was buried in Wisbech General Cemetery. In contrast, Valentine Blanchard is almost forgotten today. However, in his day he was an acknowledged pioneer of photography. His obituary in The British Journal of Photography in 1901 stated, ‘[he] did much to raise [photography’s] status and lay the foundations of what it has become today’. He was born in Wisbech in 1831 and became a professional photographer in London. He was a member of the Photographic Society of London (not then ‘Royal’), where he presented numerous technical papers and frequently exhibited, serving as their Vice-President from 1874 to 1876. He was a regular contributor


to photographic magazines as well as speaking and judging at the photographic societies that were springing up all around the country. Initially, he specialised in portraiture, eventually developing a technique which involved the subtle use of natural light in his studio. This was widely acclaimed and regarded as an art form in itself. He was also a pioneer of “instantaneous photography” in which exposure times were reduced to a fraction of a second and this enabled him to capture street scenes in London, using the wet collodion glass-plate process. Matched pairs of these prints were mounted side by side on cards which, when inserted into a stereoscopic viewer, produced 3D images. Valentine Blanchard died in 1901 in Herne Bay. Interestingly, he had a nephew called Valentine Louis Blanchard, also a photographer, who worked in Wisbech from 1883 to 1885 in a studio on Lynn Road. In 1894, Lilian Pratt, (later Reem), began her photographic career in this same studio.

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“Chat over a cuppa” with Chrissie Atkinson (By Paula Peake)

As every one of our “Discovering” team is partial to both a relaxing cup of tea (or its alcoholic equivalent!) and also an opportunity to “sit and gas” with anyone caring to sit long enough and listen, it seemed a perfect way to, not only quench one’s thirst, but also to be able to shed some light on the lives of some of the people in our area who play significant roles in the lives of many of us – so welcome to “A Chat over a Cuppa”! Chrissie, whose poem we published called 'Trans Slender', was overwhelmed to win the East of England Poet Laureate Award as she is not a professional writer and was up against others who had been writing poetry for years and have even had their work published. Her original poem, which she recited to me whilst sitting on her sofa drinking a cup of coffee, is a very poignant piece especially after the winds of late. It is about the Fen Blow which some local people will certainly know about but others like me, who have lived in the Fens for forty years, have been unaware. Chrissie, who originates from Cornwall, lives with her partner in the Fens but plans on moving to Spain for the better weather where I am sure she will find more inspiration. She has been writing creatively since she was a child and started keeping diaries. It is her passion, though not her main job, although I have the feeling that if she could make a living out of her poetry then she would. However, she says it is a tough world to break into and sometimes it is about being in the right place at the right time… The Stanza Group The Fenland Poet Laureate finalists have started a Poetry Society Stanza Group for local poets. They will meet monthly to workshop poems written by the members and the group is open to all poets, members and non-members of the Poetry Society. All you need to bring is a poem you have written and a readiness to give and receive constructive feedback. The Wisbech Stanza Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 7pm-9pm at the Wisbech Castle Cafe. Please email Kim Allen at wisbechstanzagroup@gmail.com for more details. 12 I S2 0C20O m aD rch



‘Fen Blow’ by CJ Atkinson Feel the Fen Blow bey, It rattles the bones Through graves long forgotten, In church yards of stone Lazy old Easterly Howls like a dog, Then covers the dykes In a blanket of fog It reddens the hands Travelled from foreign parts Who harvest the land, Picking artichoke hearts. Gets up the tails Of the long-legged hares, That run for their lives From the Gamekeeper’s glares Swirls round the bench And kisses the face Of dear Molly Watkins, At peace in her place Brucks up the fruit trays Stacked high the markets. Makes pots goo a gutzer, Snaps flowers in baskets Snatches the bread From men eating dockey Whilst sat on memorials, Saddened with poppies The sky’s blue as Woad dye So, stretch out your hand And feel the Fen Blow, bey For this is Fen Land

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John Tenniel, Lewis Carroll and Alice by Aldo Ierubino This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Tenniel, the illustrator and political cartoonist. He was born in Bayswater, West London and attended the Royal Academy of Arts as a student but, finding that the teaching methods were too restrictive for him, he returned to being self-taught. Identifying that his strengths were in illustrating and political, as well as humorous, cartooning he gained his first commission to illustrate “The Book of British Ballads” by Samuel Carter Hall in 1842. By 1850 he was working at Punch magazine, becoming its principal cartoonist in 1864, a job he retained until his retirement in 1901. However, notwithstanding his professional success as a political cartoonist, he is better remembered for his illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There”. Lewis Carroll created the narrative and the characters in the Alice books with their somewhat improbable attributes and actions, which quickly entered our literary imagination, but it was John Tenniel’s illustrations which gave visual form to their image, and forever shaped our shared experience of them which has stood the test of time. That is the power of visual art: it makes that which does not exist, or has ever existed, appear real

to our eyes. Of course, before the illustrations were created, any reader could have imagined the character based on the descriptions in the text, each in their manner. However, once they were drawn, they took on a life of their own in our shared imagination and have come to dominate our perception of them to this day, irrespective of the developments of cinema, television and contemporary media. It is worth noting that Lewis Carroll had illustrated the first edition of the book, but not being a visual or graphic artist, his drawings were rather amateur efforts which did not add very much to the brilliance of the narratives. It was only when he was advised to employ a professional illustrator by his engraver, Orlando Jewitt that he approached Tenniel in 1865. So began a collaboration that lasted until 1872, which resulted in the phenomenal literary and publishing success of the Alice stories. The ‘translation’ of the word into a visible image was the magic that Tenniel brought about. In Carroll’s mind, Alice was based on a real girl, Alice Liddell, one of his ‘child- friends’ but he recommended another girl, Mary Hilton Badcock, as a possible model for Tenniel to use. Whether Tenniel followed the advice is not certain; however, the resulting image of Alice was certainly based on the literary description of her in broad terms as an English girl who had lots of imagination and was fond of showing off her knowledge. It was how Tenniel brought the characters to life in his illustrations which shaped her image and those of the rest of the characters in the two books. Ultimately the expression ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ was appropriate in this case.




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