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Issue 32 / December 2020

and the surrounding villages

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Wisbech Window Wanderland

Competition COMPETITION - Win £100 for Christmas

WIN £100

Christmas Recipe Eggnog

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Introduction

Welcome to Your December Issue. A very warm welcome to this, our last issue of 2020, and let’s hope that very soon we’ll be seeing much more light at the end of what has been the darkest of dark tunnels this year, with so much disruption and despair all around. Let me express my sincere thanks to all the team here at Discovering Magazines for all their magnificent efforts to produce our magazines this year. It’s not been easy at times, so huge thanks go to everyone who has helped us in any way, especially our advertisers and contributors, with their regular features, wonderful advice and suggestions. Best wishes to you all for Christmas and for 2021 – good luck, but most importantly, good health!

Claire x

December is traditionally dominated by the celebration of Christmas. It is the time of year when families and friends join together for the festive season and recall bygone times and look forward to making new memories. This year, however, it seems things could be very different. At the time of writing, it was still to be announced what, if any, restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted to enable people to celebrate together this year. Whatever happens, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our readers, and also our contributors and advertisers for supporting us throughout what has been a difficult year for everyone. The Discovering team always strives to supply you with the best possible publication each month, but it would be impossible without your help, so please keep up the good work and keep us informed of your activities in the New Year. So, on behalf of all the staff on the magazine, please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021…

Andy

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Inside Highlights 3.....................Welcome to December’s Discovering Wisbech magazine 4....................Sue Ryder - Launches urgent fund raising appeal 6.....................March Podiatry – Do you suffer from tired, aching muscles? 7.....................Competition – Win £100 this Christmas 8....................Orchard House Care Home 10...................Holiday with us - Book your 2021 holiday 12...................Chat over a Cuppa Wisbech Mayor Aigars Balsevics 14...................Draining the Fens 16...................Wisbech Window wanderland 17...................Christmas messages 18...................Recipe - Eggnog 22..................Eco Drives - resin driveways 26..................Community Matters 28..................Stephenson Smart - Meet the team 34/35..........Advice from Diamond Byte Solutions 38..................Lets get quizzical 39..................December’s Directory

With thanks to:

Diamond Byte Solutions, Stephenson Smart, Whiting & Partners and Taleyna Fletcher

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Sue Ryder

Forced To Launch Its Second Urgent Fundraising Appeal of 2020

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ational healthcare charity Sue Ryder, which runs Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, is launching its second urgent fundraising appeal of 2020.

The charity is experiencing a £2 million a month shortfall, whilst its doctors and nurses continue to play a vital part in the coronavirus effort. Sue Ryder is appealing to local people to support its urgent fundraising campaign ‘We can’t stop’ so that Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice can continue to provide the expert and compassionate end of life care it is so well known for. The hospice offers care and support to people with life-limiting conditions across the local region, as well as supporting their families. Allison Mann, hospice director of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, said: “Coronavirus has hit us hard. We received a wonderful response from our supporters to our emergency appeal earlier in the year. This, paired with the emergency funding that we received from the Government, covered our funding shortfall until the end of June 2020. “Unfortunately, however, our struggle continues. Our fundraising events remain cancelled for the rest of this year and our high street shops have now closed for a second time.

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want to use their skills, expertise and experience to help patients and their families in the months ahead, as well continue to relieve the pressure on the NHS. However, in order to keep our services running through the winter and beyond we urgently need to secure more funding now. “We know that times are tough for everybody at the moment, so please be reassured that every bit really does help and thank you very much from all of us.” To support Sue Ryder visit: www.sueryder.org/winterappeal20

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

We can t stop caring.

“As we head into the winter months and coronavirus cases continue to rise, we are expecting an increase in people needing end of life care.

We’re facing an end-of-life care crisis. £21 from you could help pay for an hour of care for someone at the end of life.

“None of us expected this pandemic to go on for so long and clearly a monthly shortfall of £2 million is unsustainable for any charity, which is why we need to ask the public to help us.

Please donate today: sueryder.org/winterappeal

“Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is playing a vital part in the coronavirus effort – all of the staff here

Sue Ryder is a charity registered in England and Wales (1052076) and in Scotland (SCO39578). Ref. No. 07222. © Sue Ryder. November 2020.

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ur team provide podiatry, sports, and remedial massage, plus audiology services for hearing tests and hearing aids.

The health and safety of everyone using our services is of utmost importance to us, we have implemented many changes to ensure the clinic is ‘COVID secure’. Our COVID precautions include asking health screening questions before anyone enters the building or has a home visit. We have embraced technology and introduced Telemedicine appointments, to provide video consultations in addition to clinic appointments. We observe social distancing where possible, reduced the

number of people in clinic at the same time and are not using the waiting room, but now use both clinic front doors to allow direct access to your treatment room. You are asked to wait at the clinic door on arrival, to prevent unexpected visitors entering the building. We have staggered appointment times and take your temperature and provide alcohol gel for use on arrival and exit of the clinic. We have enhanced our cleaning procedures, plus added additional cleaning time after each appointment. We were one of the first podiatry clinics to introduce ‘Dry Fogger’ machines which clean the air of all known bacteria and viruses in the clinic room within one minute. We also use sealed sterile packs of instruments for your podiatry treatment. We ask everyone to wear face coverings and our team

wear appropriate PPE. We have streamlined our booking procedures and request card payments where possible, to reduce handling cash and other paperwork. We regularly review professional and HSE guidelines, implementing additional measures as advised to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help to keep us all as safe as possible. Our team continues to provide the highest standards of care and treatment during this challenging time, we thank all of our patients for your continued support and we welcome new patients. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to seeing you all next year.

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Simply find all of the ‘Twelve Days Of Christmas’ themed symbols hidden in adverts throughout this issue to win £100 in cash. When you find them, just write the page number you found it on, in the box provided underneath. There are three easy ways to enter: Post your completed entry, along with your contact details, to Discovering Magazines, Benwick Road Industrial Estate, Benwick Road, Whittlesey PE7 2HD Email a clear photograph of your completed entry, along with your contact details, to info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Message us through our Discovering Wisbech Magazine Facebook page, with a clear photograph of your completed entry and your contact details. The closing date is the 31st December 2020 and we will announce the winner on New Years Day.

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ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE – CARE HOME RESIDENTS FILL THEIR DAYS WITH FUN AND LAUGHTER DESPITE SECOND UK LOCKDOWN What does a sausage, pumpkin, nail varnish and a famous teddy bear have in common? Well, they have all played an important role in the recent entertaining and, sometimes, let’s just say out-of-the-ordinary events and activities at Orchard House Care Home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. With so much uncertainty being experienced by everyone around the world, the team at Orchard House is determined to ensure it continues to bring joy, happiness, laughter, and excitement to residents’ lives. ~ “I feel like a new woman” ~ Barbara, Orchard House Resident Thinking outside of the box was definitely the case for one of its recent activities when residents and staff took part in a sausage making competition with other homes in the RCH Care Homes group in order to make a new ‘banger’. As part of the ‘Best Banger’ competition, residents took part in banger tasting, designing of the banger recipe, making their bangers and finally enjoying the finished product. In the end, they created two bangers with distinctly different flavours – one with marmalade and another with honey. Residents Molly and Phyllis helped judge: “Marmalade was the winner; it had a good flavour and it reminded us of Paddington Bear!” For Halloween and Bonfire Night, residents enjoyed traditional activities such as pumpkin carving, making a Guy Fawkes and sparklers; provoking reminiscence amongst the residents, they all proved to be very popular, “This is fantastic, I haven’t done one of these for 8

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years,” was the joyous remark made by 96-year-old Betty after finishing her entry for the pumpkin carving competition. Although these light-hearted and fun events have thoroughly entertained the residents, it was also equally important to continue the tradition of remembering and honouring all who have died and fought in services during Remembrance Week. This year, residents and staff wrote poetry and came together to honour those who served in the Forces, including those living at Orchard House.

Our memories will never fade Remembering those who gave Crosses that lay row by row Heroes who took up quarrel with the foe Age did not weary them Respect, honour and sacrifice they gave Dads, husbands and brothers were lost

Hoping war won’t start again Our heros will never be forgotten Under the poppies in Flanders fields Soldiers are laid to rest Engulfed in a sea of red

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After the weeks of fun and actionpacked activities, residents took time to relax as part of National Spa and Wellness week, enjoying spa treatments such as manicures, foot spas and facials. They also participated in wellness activities such as Tai Chi, poetry narrations and meditation. The desired effect was achieved, with a resident commenting: “My feet feel so relaxed, I don’t want to put my slippers back on yet.” Fundraising has always been a massive part of Orchard House and so, for this year’s Children In Need, there was never a better way to fundraise and celebrate than with a themed day! As the trees lost their leaves and the weather cooled, a pyjama and duvet themed day was the perfect antidote, where residents enjoyed games and activities in connection with raising money for Children In Need. Fun and laughter was had by all in aid of such a worthy cause as everyone joined in dressing up in onesies and pyjamas for the day, feasting on hot chocolate and party food, and watching the staff take part in sack races. Activity co-ordinator Miranda who, along with her colleagues, had planned the events commented on the inspiration behind them said: “It has been really important for us to carry on celebrating events that we would normally at Orchard House. We’re a very active and engaging home and there is always something going on. The enjoyment and laughter had by all is infectious, I also love the fact that it brought back a lot of fond memories for all.” We wish you all a happy and safe December with new hope and dreams for the new year. DE CE M BE R 2 0 2 0


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Aigars Balsevics was born in Latvia and came to the UK in July 2003. A publican by trade, he manages three pubs in Wisbech and loves it!

He became a councillor four years ago to help the community as best he could and is the ward councillor for Waterlees, along with councillors Billy Rackley, Andy Maul and Trevor Ketteringham. He became Deputy Mayor in 2019 and had his first taste of what it would be like to be Mayor when the then Mayor, Cllr Michael Hill, fell and broke his hip meaning he had to deputise. Now he is Mayor of Wisbech which he says is an amazing honour to represent the Wisbech community as a whole. Each Mayor chooses to fund raise for chosen charities; and Aigars’ are the Rosmini Centre and in particular the integration provided with English as a second language courses and Places for People (Ferry Project), which strives to assist the homeless. He is keen to promote youth fitness particularly gymnastics, tennis and swimming, hobbies his own children take part in.

Where were you born, and what is your favourite memory of your childhood? I was born in Latvia in 1981. I have great memories of spending time at my grandparents’ house over summer holidays. Their house was in the middle of nowhere… no electricity and no TV; we used petrol lamps in the evenings. Cooking was on a wood stove and my favourite was potato pancakes. Other memories include me going fishing with my father at 12

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a c pa up to her reminiscing about her past and plans for her Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and I am looking forward to an extra Bank Holiday. How would you describe yourself? Honest, hardworking, fallible, loving, family-orientated, communityminded, fair.

3am for eels and carp which would feed the family amply. My mother was a keen gardener, growing fruits and vegetables, and we would go foraging for wild fruits together.

If there was one thing which you could change about Wisbech, what would it be and why? I would like to see more places to walk, on your own or with your dog, space to enjoy nature. I would love to see a new sports complex with indoor facilities for tennis and other sports.

Who has had the greatest influence on your life and why? My mum was my greatest influence, and now it is my kids! The happiness and love I have received has let me show my children how much I love them. Which two characters, alive or not, would you most enjoy sharing a meal with and why? Mr Bean! (Rowan Atkinson). I love watching with my kids… he is so funny, and I would love to meet him in real life. I wonder if he likes his steak medium-rare, as I do! I would also love to meet the Queen. Her dedication to serving the United Kingdom for her entire life is incredible. I would listen

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and Curious Facts of Yesteryear Unusual, fascinating and sometimes amusing, by the author of ‘Wisbech’s Secret Princess’, Chris Donald

DRAINING THE FENS Many books and articles have been written about the draining of the Fens, but it is hard for us to imagine what it would have been like four hundred years ago. There was water everywhere. Flooding was a common thing and the Fen people, sometimes known as Fen Slodgers, learned how to live with it. There were sluggish streams that wandered around swamps and bog land and settled in dark pools of water. Wooded islands and small areas of firm ground were dotted about inhabited by fenmen living on fishing and catching wildfowl. They used boats and walked on stilts to get about and to get across dykes they would pole vault. The largest submerged piece of land was near Whittlesey. In summer it covered a massive 1870

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acres but in winter it was three thousand acres! That’s nearly as big as the largest lake in the Lake District, Lake Windermere. The Fen’s drainage was certainly in a sorry state. Any work that had been done, even by the Romans, was in a poor state of repair. If you read any book or article about reclaiming the Fens the man from Holland, Sir Cornelius Vermuyden is always mentioned. The reason is that the Dutch had been reclaiming land for years and if you travel through Holland now you will see that they have many more dykes than we do. We think we have quite a few but they have plenty more. Cornelius came to England, aged just twenty-two, and was asked to stop a breach in the River Thames at Dagenham. For this he was paid with a piece of land. He then did work at the Royal Park, Windsor, and Hatfield Chase. Although Cornelius was good at his job, he had problems.

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Some of them were to do with money and not getting paid and after some financial problems he ended up in one of the more notorious prisons in London, Fleet Prison, a number of times. On top of this he used workers all the way from Holland. This was not popular with some of the English and some of his workers ended up being beaten up and even killed. Vermuyden’s original plan for draining the Fens was to use gravity. Dig dykes and the water will drain into them. The principle seemed straightforward but… the land consisted of peat, which is ninety-five percent water. This gradually dried and as it dried it contracted and it got lower than the dyke, so, they had to build up the banks of the dykes and rivers up. This meant that they had to get the water on the land up into the dyke. Life was not that simple. So, the advent of the windmill to raise the water into the dykes took place. It is said that up to seven hundred windmills were used and they had different names in the same way that pubs and inns have. There were names like, Ape’s Face, Big Susan, Lousy Sal, Shifty Jane, Black Bess, Saucy Sally and Hooded Maria. All this was OK whilst there was wind but when there was calm the windmills didn’t turn, and the water started filling up on the land. Thankfully, the answer to water was water. In the 1800s the steam engine converting water into steam, came into existence. And, so, water was used to get rid of water. The windmills sadly became redundant but at least the water could be pumped 24/7. We said goodbye to water, water, water and goodbye to the largest lake or as they called it, Mere, in this part of D E C EM B ER 2020

It is said that up to seven hundred windmills were used and they had different names in the same way that pubs and inns have. the country, at Whittlesey. As this massive lake, six miles long by three miles wide, was emptied, crowds of people gathered with baskets to catch the stranded fish. There were so many fish that it is said that people had to go as far as Birmingham and Manchester to sell it. Steam pumps gave way to electric pumps which in turn gave way to diesel. However, in 1947, there were terrible floods over 37,000 acres. A Flood Protection Scheme was put in place and some of the things done were what Vermuyden had suggested many years before. It is sad that we see many places in Britain getting flooded at the present moment and yet the Fens, which is very low lying country doesn’t, thanks to all the dykes and work that has been done over many years. And, finally, there is the joke that everything in the Fens is flat except for the roads. We have learned that peat contracts and so is unstable. Hence, everything is flat in the fens except for… the roads.

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isbech residents are invited to light up the neighbourhood this festive season by making an illuminated window display at home. Wisbech and Fenland Museum in partnership with The Wisbech High Street Project has signed up the town to create a family-friendly illuminated window trail as a COVID-safe alternative to its annual Victorian Christmas event. You can use the street-facing windows or doors of your home, business, school, nursery, or even your car or front garden. A map showing the locations of illuminated displays will be created to form an after-dark walking trail the whole community can enjoy safely. Wisbech Window Wanderland will take place over the evenings of Friday and Saturday, December 11th and 12th. Families, businesses, and community groups are encouraged to get involved by decorating and lighting up their windows or gardens between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Seasonal traditions are the theme for this festive event and in-keeping with its Victorian heritage the Museum will be creating a window display inspired by the Christmas tree; the Victorians are credited with popularising the tradition of placing decorated trees inside the home in England at Christmas. “If you’re planning on transforming a window for Wisbech Window Wanderland please sign up on our Window Wanderland event page www. windowwanderland.com/event/wisbech-2020 so that we can map participants and create a local walking trail.” The event has been made possible thanks to generous support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Questions about the event can be sent to wisbech. window.wanderland@gmail.com DE CE M BE R 2 0 2 0


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Chris Stevens is manager of the Oasis Community Centre in Wisbech, which is owned and run by the Wisbech Community Development Trust and based in the heart of the Waterlees ward, the most deprived ward in Cambridgeshire. He discusses how this small charity, run by local residents, operates in the local community We have experienced the same problems as all the community centres in the country that were closed from the end of March 2020 to July, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been busy. I was probably busier than I have ever been. I took the decision to come in every week-day, one to allow all the postmen and women, delivery drivers and bus drivers, to use our facilities, as all others were closed in town, but also to assist the residents through this crisis whilst I was here. I did the shopping and collected prescriptions for local residents and phoned vulnerable residents for a chat to make sure they are okay because I was concerned over the effect that the lockdown had on people’s mental health. I teamed up with Pretty Wilkinson, the Wisbech integrated neighbourhood manager for the NHS, who is an experienced mental 26

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health nurse. We set up a Wisbech mental health steering group, to look at the current system, what is available and where the gaps are, to improve the journey for our residents. We also worked with a number of partners to deliver Box of Rainbows to the neediest families in the surrounding area. These have brought such joy to those families and I would like to take this opportunity to thank CCORRN, 20Twenty Production, Clarion, CCC, Living Sport, People & Animals and the army of volunteers who helped produce and deliver hundreds of boxes monthly during this pandemic. We were successful in securing a grant from the People’s Health Lottery to help work with residents from our community and mentor them into becoming community champions. This project was completed just prior to the lockdown and these champions have been fantastic throughout. They helped People & Animals plant up 20,000 plug plants, which were distributed around the community. They have also helped us re-distribute food that was donated to us via the Foodshare scheme. The centre is now open again for business, a small number of our groups

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have returned, and we are working with them to ensure that they remain safe whilst they are with us. We work with a host of partners to bring local services to the community and this is how we generate our income, from the hire of our rooms, as we don’t receive any core funding. There was always a buzz around the place and hopefully this will be the case again. We had a range of groups to suit all needs, from Karate, craft, yoga, over 55s social group, Age UK Day Centre, Bingo, IT, weight management, Job Club, Active Fenland Family Activities, learning courses and much, much more. We are also involved in the Waterlees in Bloom group, which is made up of local volunteers whose aim is to brighten up the ward. We don’t have any flower beds on the ward, which are the responsibility of the local council. All areas are managed by volunteers and we achieved gold for the previous two years for Anglia in Bloom. We also received an award, for the second year running, for our community spirit. The trust is looking to lease the waste ground beside the centre, which is owned by Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC), to build an extension. This will have a multi-purpose sports hall, with sprung flooring to also allow dancing, a community café (run by the community) and a designated youth room. We have a lot of health issues on the ward and this would help us address these issues locally. CCC is meeting in December and its commercial and investment committee will decide if we can lease the land, so fingers crossed. If you are interested in hiring any of our rooms or finding out about what volunteering opportunities are available, or about the groups that run from here, then please phone us on (01945) 461526. DE CE M BE R 2 0 2 0


LOCAL ARTIST DONATES PAINTINGS TO LYNCROFT CARE HOME Local artist and chairman of The Wisbech Art Club, Gill Repper, has donated six paintings to Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech. The paintings will be displayed around the home and in residents’ rooms for them to enjoy. Gill taught at St Audrey’s Convent and The Wisbech Grammar School for forty years, she retired twelve years ago and since then has been able to spend more time on her hobby. She joined The Wisbech Art Club in 2009 and is now proud to be chairman of the club which allows her and others to mix with talented and friendly art enthusiasts. “During this terrible pandemic, when our clubs have had to close temporarily, I have found great pleasure in painting at home most days. Since March 2020 I have completed more than thirty paintings,” said Gill. “When the weather was fine, a few of us from the club, would go outside around the area to paint ‘en plein air’, which has its challenges, with hot sun, strong winds and flying bugs! My two gorgeous grandchildren love to paint with me, but good, large aprons are essential! “When normal life resumes, I shall look forward to mixing with my fellow club members again. At my age, meeting regularly with my super family and friends is very important.” “We are delighted with Gill’s generous donation to our home,” said Brenda Durrington, home manager at Lyncroft Care Home. “We’ve been busy deciding on the best location to display each painting, a resident who came to live with us this week has already chosen one for her bedroom. Although we are unable to welcome young people to our home as we usually would, thoughtful donations like this ensure that we still feel part of our local community”.

Gill’s paintings depict local scenes as well as favourite holiday destinations including Thornham Coal Barn in Thornham, North Norfolk and beach huts at Old Hunstanton. Loch Tummel in Scotland is another favourite location to paint, having stayed in a little croft at the edge of the loch whilst on holiday there with her parents more than sixty years ago. Gill has returned there many times to paint the wonderful scenery. Lyncroft Care Home is part of the Country Court Group, a family-owned and run business founded in 1983, with the company philosophy “Our family caring for yours”. Lyncroft, which has been Covid free throughout the pandemic, provides family-led residential and dementia care for up to 52 people and is rated ‘good’ by CQC. For more information about Lyncroft Care Home please contact Laura Mills on 01945 475229 or email laura.mills@ countrycourtcare.com

WISBECH ORGANISES FAYRE ALTERNATIVE WISBECH ORGANISESCHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS FAYRE ALTERNATIVE Preparations are well underway to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in Wisbech this year. The Wisbech Christmas Fayre is unable to go ahead in its traditional format this year due to coronavirus regulations, but organisers are determined to spread some muchneeded festive cheer – and have come up with a magical alternative to the usual one-day event. The fayre committee is pulling together the ‘Wisbech Christmas Crackers’, an online calendar showcasing all the different festive events and activities due to take place in the town throughout December, subject to lockdown measures being lifted on December 2nd. A number of events and activities are already featured in the calendar, including Wisbech Town Council’s ‘Countdown to Christmas’ markets on D E C EM B ER 2020

December 12th and 13th and from December 19th to 24th, and carol singing from the Rotary Choir at Tesco, Cromwell Road, on December 17th, 18th and 19th. And although there won’t be any sitting on Santa’s knee this year, children will still able to have a socially distanced chat with him and the Wisbech Lions on the following dates: Saturday, December 5th – Morrisons; Friday, December 11th – Tesco, Cromwell Road; Saturday, December

12th – Tesco, Cromwell Road; Sunday, December 13th – Market Place; Friday, December 18th – Iceland; Saturday, December 19th – Iceland. There will also be a live festive food demonstration in the Market Place on December 12th, and a town town centre centre Shop Window Shop Window Display Display Trail trail competition. Competition. Youngsters Youngsters will be will be invited to look out for crackers in shop windows, with letters which spell out a Christmas message. Entries will be entered into a prize draw. And word is that Wisbech Town Council, while unable to put on a Christmas Light Switch-On Event, may also have something a little different planned for the big switch-on day day. Details of all the events featured in the Wisbech Christmas Crackers calendar will be posted on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ WisbechChristmasFayre

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Chris Goad BFP FCA

The managing partner at Wisbech. Chris is a Fellow of Accounting with seventeen years’ experience in the industry and specialises in business finance and tax planning. He also manages the March and Downham Market offices.

Nicola Bliss FCCA

A manager who offers general tax advice and accountancy services. Nicola is a Fellow of Accounting with sixteen years’ experience and started her career as a trainee at the King’s Lynn office.

Mervyn Playford

The face of the Wisbech office and an integral part of the team. An accounts assistant with twentyfour years’ experience, Mervyn provides general accounting support to clients as well as supporting the team and helping the office to run smoothly.

Rosemary Richardson

Rosemary started her career in accounting as a trainee with Mellor Bellamy, fresh from attaining a BTEC National Diploma in business and finance from Wisbech College. She has worked in the same office since then and is now an accounts assistant with Stephenson Smart.

Adrian Atkins

Adrian has thirty-two years’ experience in accounting and has spent all his career at the office on The Crescent, initially with Mellor Bellamy and now with Stephenson Smart. He offers clients support with bookkeeping, accountancy and VAT.

Sally Fenn

Sally has thirty-two years’ experience in accounting covering VAT, bookkeeping and audit work. Recently she has focused on supporting clients with their payroll.

Zara Barlow

One of many trainees across the Stephenson Smart offi ces, Zara was offered the position while she was completing her A-Levels. Zara always knew that Maths was her passion and actively sought out a trainee accountant position whilst still at school.

Becky Goad

Becky also offers administrative support to the team at the March office but is usually based at Wisbech. Becky has a degree in business management and has returned to work after having a career break to concentrate on being a full-time mum.

Michael Connor

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Home-working Tax Relief – Claim It Now By Keith Day

It’s hardly surprising that claims for working-from-home tax relief have exploded in the last few weeks and HM Revenue & Customs has responded by introducing a brand new micro-service to simplify the process. Accountants are naturally questioning and we could not quite believe what we saw - an automatic payment of the whole tax year’s claim, regardless of how long you were at home for. It’s true. HMRC is accepting that the working-from-home situation is very fluid this year and their policy, only for this tax year, recognises that it is very different. It will also save HMRC’s processing costs by reducing the submission of multiple claims. Under current COVID-19 safe working guidance, employees are being encouraged by the Government to stay away from their office and work from home, if they can. So, many a study or back-bedroom around the Wisbech area is now in need of a replacement carpet through all of this extra wear and tear. If your employer is not reimbursing you, this presents a new opportunity to claim tax relief for additional household costs which include: • Heating • Water • Home contents insurance • Business telephone calls To make the claim with HMRC, you can either claim for actual costs or claim a standard £6 per week flat rate instead. You may also be able to claim tax relief on work related equipment you’ve bought, such as a laptop, chair or mobile phone. If you do not already prepare an annual Self-Assessment Tax Return you can advise HMRC of the claim by letter, telephone or through the new webbased service: www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home. In money terms, claiming the flat rate will save £62 a year income tax for a basic rate taxpayer or £125 pa for a higher rate taxpayer. Don’t expect to receive a cheque for this money any time soon. It is done by altering your tax code, which is what indicates to your employer how much tax to take off your payslip. The result will be less tax taken off each month for the rest of the year which means you’ll take home more. For further help and information visit our website: whitingandpartners.co.uk or contact your local Wisbech office.


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