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Fenland Arts The Fenland Arts Association has been supporting the Arts in Fenland for over 25 years and has been responsible for organising the entertainment at St George’s Fayre in March since it first started in 2010. Over the past years it has also been involved in many of the Festivals around the District and was responsible for promoting the recently held Search for a Star showcase. The organisation’s website ( lists local events, clubs and venues as well as events further afield. Since the launch of the Lunch & Film Club in 2012, which is held in the Town Hall on the first Thursday in every month, the membership has grown significantly and there are now some eighty members of our older community who enjoy fellowship, food and a film. As a registered charity Fenland Arts Association is reliant upon funding and the support of local volunteers. If you would like to become involved please contact our chairman, Rob Morris at


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The Performers Dance Mania A professionally trained dancer, choreographer and teacher, Lisa Dickinson founded Dance Mania in 1996. The group caters for all of the community from tots to adults and uses traditional through to modern styles, constantly keeping up with current dance trends and music.

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Dance Mania produce four shows a year run by a highly skilled technical team. Many past pupils have gone on to train at top London stage schools and to work in the professional field of dance. Dance Mania pride themselves in offering a respectful, friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome and no-one is ever turned away. For more information on classes available please call Lisa on 07933 796485

Peterborough Highland Pipe Band Peterborough Highland Pipe Band is a uniformed marching band that has been promoting Scottish Highland music through public performances in and around the City of Peterborough for over 60 years. We help organisations like The Royal British Legion to raise much needed funds for their various charities. The band is available for private bookings such as Weddings, Funerals, Parties, Fetes and Corporate events. ce e Market Pla d 12.15 on th an 5 .4 10 at ry ibra See them front of the L and at 1.00 in





Bondy The stage name for Adrian Bond, a local lad to March, who has been playing & performing since the age of 11. Local Fenland Arts & Fenland Associations have assisted Bondy through the years and helped him reach his level of professional achievement - earning his living from singing. Bondy now helps other local artists to achieve their dream by guiding, assisting and nurturing them all he can. He now runs the acoustic session at Georges Open Mic four times a year, to record & optimise local artists’ sound. Bondy, a Fenland success story.

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The Burrowmoor School band and choir meet weekly. Every child from year 1 to year 6 is taught an instrument during whole class music lessons. In addition to this, children at Burrowmoor are offered music lessons in a variety of instruments from Reception to Year 6 including recorder, violin, flute, clarinet, cello, guitar, drums, oboe, ukulele, cornet, tenor horn and trombone. We encourage those who learn an instrument to join ry ra ib L e the school band as they become more th f o t 11.45 in fron See them at accomplished. We are proud of our vocalists and instrumentalists and enjoy taking part in community events to show off our talents!


Programme of Events Market Place



Parade starts at FE Centre


Open Mic


Highland Band


Official Opening on Market Place


Official Opening/Farcet Dance & Twirl (Cheerleading Squad)


March Mummers



Sarah’s Street Dance

Ely & Littleport Riot (Morris Dancers)


Dance Mania (Street Dance)


Search for a Star


Highland Band


Bourne Borderers (Morris Dance)


Ely & Littleport Riot (Morris Dancers)


Search for a Star


March Mummers


Youth Theatre


Cheerleading Group




MADAOS (Operatic Society)


Strangeworld (folk band)


Bourne Borderers (Morris Dance)


Search For A Star


Pig Dyke Molly (Molly Dancers)


Pig Dyke Molly (Molly Dancers)


Whittlesey Wind Ensemble


Open Mic

All Day Events All Day

March Society Display at Ye Olde Griffin Hotel on March’s Heritage and The March Society

All Day

Popcorn TV Guitar Hero Competition in the Skoulding Suite at March Town Hall

All Day

Potter’s Wheel and displays at March Museum

All Day

Fossils Galore: Meet Dino, have a go at geode breaking and hunt for fossils in the sand pit. Fossils Galore activities will be at St Peter’s Church.


Programme of Events Library Mound 10.30

Crafts in Library From 10.30 - 1.00 For children of all ages to be accompanied by a parent/carer


Uncle Mick’s Punch & Judy Show


All Saints School Choir


Burrowmoor School Band & Choir


Uncle Mick’s Magic Show


Youth Theatre


Highland Band


Winners of the Art Competition announced inside the Library


Bourne Borderers Mummers Play


Uncle Mick’s Punch & Judy Show


MADAOS (Operatic Society)

Other Activities 10.30 - 1.00

Crafts for children at the library

10.30 - 1.00

Fenland Arts Photography Display of previous St George’s Fayre events at the library


Duck Race at the Town Bridge


March Museum local history walk

2.00 - 4.00

Musical Memories piano and organ music at St Peter’s Church


The Performers All Saints Interchurch Primary School Choir ‘All Saints Interchurch Primary School Choir has approx. 35 members ranging from 7 year s to 11 years. The children practice weekly with Mrs Beeson, and are very hard working and committed. Singing is a very important part of school life, and we are very proud of the standard we have reached. All Saints has recently gained a national Silver Sing Up Award. The choir sings a range of songs from traditional to pop, and is in much demand to sing in the community – at church events and at care homes – especially at Christmas. We are delighted to be asked to sing at the St George’s Day Fayre. f the Library

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Strangeworld Strangeworld have been described as playing “progressive folk music” and as “taking the folk/roots genre and giving it a real makeover”. Played exquisitely on traditional instrumentation including cello, oboe, bassoon, cittern, mandolin and piano accordion (amongst many others), the band use influences from the musical spectrum to create a sound that is both unique and mesmerising. The listener is taken on a wonderful musical journey, gripped in its magical spell. 2.45 at See them at


Sarah’s Street Dance Sarahs Street Style Dance is a locally run street dance school that is now in its fourth successful year. With nearly 200 students and 13 weekly run classes, we are still expanding and are constantly in demand. Today a few of the many groups that take part in our classes will be performing for you. They consist of our Elite team that compete and perform nationally and our normal street dance class crews that perform all over the Fenland area. For more information on our classes and performances, p please contact Sarah White on 07855 505 495 or check out our website

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The Performers Bourne Borderers Morris A mixed side from Bourne in Lincolnshire, performing stick dances based on the traditional dances of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire known as Welsh Border Morris. They are known by their distinctive green and yellow tattercoats, black faces and bells, and for our loud, energetic and colourful dancing!

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Ely & Littleport Riot Ely & Littleport Riot is a Fenland women’s morris side who perform traditional and original dances in the Border style. The side was formed over 20 years ago and in that time they have danced the length and breadth of the UK and parts of Europe. The Ely and Littleport Riot are named after the bread riots of 1816 that rges spread from Littleport to Ely. On 11.30 at Geo See them at Place t ke ar M the second day of rioting terms were on the and at 12.30 offered and accepted at Ely market square but ‘free beer’ and a celebration encouraged a minority to continue rioting. The riot was i eventually quelled by the First Royal Dragoon Guards, the Royston Troup of Volunteer Cavalry and local militia. In all twenty four rioters were prosecuted and sentenced; five were hanged, nine were deported to Botany Bay and the rest received jail terms of one year. Soon after, those serving a jail sentence were also transported to Australia. A memorial to the five hung can still be seen on the side of St Mary’s church tower, Ely.


Activities & Displays As well as the events in the Market Place and the Library Mound, there are activities taking place all over the town throughout the day. Have a browse through these pages and plan your day! And don’t forget to check out the competitions on pages 24-25.

Circus Skills on the Library Mound Party Workshops will be providing Free Circus Fun for the whole family. Try your hands at Juggling and plate spinning while those more adventures may want to walk a 10ft tight wire challenge or even ride a Unicycle!!. Open all day. For more information check out

Craft Fair, St Peter’s Church Hall The craft fair in St Peter’s Church Hall is once again managed by the FenCraft Fairs partnership. There will be a selection of craft stalls each of which will be exhibiting a wide range of Artists’ & Crafters’ skills throughout the day.

Fossils Galore Visit Fossils Galore and meet Dino! Have a go at geode breaking and hunt for fossils in the sand pit. Fossils Galore will have a stall at St Peter’s Church and their shop is situated at 60 High Street


Activities & Displays Fox Narrowboats Boat Trips This year Fox Narrowboats will be offering ½ hour boat trips on their day hire boat “March Adventurer” to showcase their day hire and holiday experience as well as supporting the Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall. £2.50 per adult, £1.50 for each accompanied child. Trips will commence on the hour and half hour from 10am – 4.30pm Bookings can be made in advance by visiting the Marina on Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm or Sundays 10-4pm, or you can book on the day at our stall at the Fayre. Maximum passengers per trip 10 persons. The Fox Narrowboats stall will be situated by the Town Bridge and trips will depart from there. wboats, ith Fox Narro Take a trip w - 4.30 Bridge, 10.30 by the Town

March Museum - Potter’s Wheel and Displays Following the success of last years event the museum is extending opening hours from 10.30am until 5pm. Principle attractions will be a potters wheel on which members of the public will be able to attempt throwing a pot. In the museum yard will be two old farm tractors which will be available for demonstration and small stationary engines will also be running.

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The museum will be arranging a short guided street walk giving a historical tour of part of the town. Anyone wishing to participate in the walk should assemble in the museum front yard ready for a 3.30pm start. All the museum’s usual displays will be available for inspection. Entrance to the museum is free but contributions towards it’s upkeep would be welcome.


St George’s Fayre Competitions Photographic Competition 4U(FPSHFT'BZSFQIPUPDPNQFUJUJPO PSHBOJTFECZ.BSDIQIPUPHSBQIJDDMVC(FPSHFT have thrown open the gates to the community to take part in a Photographic Competition. We want to encourage amateurs and enthusiasts to ‘click’ with their cameras, their phones, their video cameras and take thousands of images, and upload them to our Facebook Page (St Georges Fayre - March), where they will be verified and displayed. There is a wealth of expertise in March, with a high percentage of the community taking great pride over the images they take, and with new technology the opportunity to gain recognition from your hobbies has never been greater. As St George’s Day is a celebration of everything English, the theme of the competition is England and Community, with the aim of taking images from dawn to dusk (and beyond!) on the day of St George’s Fayre. The winner of the competition will be awarded a prestigious trophy to hold for the year, £100 prize money is available and their photos will be used to promote next year’s events as well as being displayed in our local newspapers and on Fenland District Council website.

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Take your photo and upload your image to the St George’s Fayre - March Facebook Page, to the “Photo Competition” album. Images should be limited to the specification as dictated by Facebook. 6W*HRUJHV)D\UH0DUFK The image should be based on the theme England and Community. Up to three entries may be submitted by any one entrant. Please ensure your images have your name as the title e.g. “Joe Smith 1”, “Joe Smith 2”, “Joe Smith 3”. Please then “Like” the “St Georges Fayre - March” Facebook Page so that we can keep you informed of results. Videos should be no more then 5 minutes in length. There are two classes for entry - Under 16 and Over 16. There will be categories for Best Video in Class and Best Still Image in Class. If you have difficulty uploading the image you can pop into Georges in the High Street and they will assist you to upload onto the site.


The Rules 1. An image/video should be Uploaded to Facebook 2. The judges will review the images and choose a short-list of images to put forward for a Community vote via the Facebook page. 3. Comments left on the Facebook page from the Public will be taken into consideration along with views of Georges Photographic club 4. The judges of the competition will be Rob Morris, LRPS SWPP SIMPP; Steve Williams, Cambs Times Photographer and Mayor of March, Mrs Jan French 5. All images /videos must be uploaded by midnight on St Georges Day 23rd April 2013 6. The shortlist will be displayed to the community for their comments of Wednesday 30th April 7. On Monday 6th of May (Mayday), all images in the shortlist will be displayed to Georges Photographic Club for their comments the judges will listen to the comments and make their final selections

Children’s Spot the Dragon Competition Businesses around March will have a dragon hidden somewhere in their window. All children that correctly spot all of the dragons and write down the colour of the dragon’s belly and which shop window he appears in will be put forward for a raffle to win one of ten £10.00 vouchers from March Chamber of Commerce, to use in any participating shops. Runners up have the chance to win a voucher for a £30 meal for two at Georges. Pick up an entry form from March Library, Paninis, Georges and any participating shop from 1st April 2013.

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The Art Competition sponsored by John Abbott An open multi-media competition for local artists of all ages. The theme is ‘Water World’ and artists are invited to submit entries in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, carving, collage etc and the subject must celebrate ‘Water World’, the key to life on earth. There will be three age groups with winner’s prizes in each: Junior Under 10 years

Intermediate 11 - 18 years

Adult Over 18 years

The final judging will take place during the St George’s Fayre and winners will be announced at 1.30pm at March Library. All entrants in the Under 10 age group will received certificates marking participation. There will be winners’ trophies and prizes in each age group and winners will be notified personally, announced in local press and also by public announcement on the day of the event. all entries will be available for personal collection from March Library from Monday 22nd April 2013.

How to Enter Create and sign your entry depicting the world of water and complete an entry form available from March Library, Paninis, Storey’s Arts & Crafts or Georges. Forms are also available from schools in March and online at Attach the form firmly to your entry and take the completed work into March Library no later than Thursday 18th April at 4.00pm when short listing will take place. Final judging will be on Sunday 21st April during the Fayre.

The Rules 1. Drawn, painted and collage images must not measure larger than 16 x 12 inches. 2. Sculpture must not be taller or wider than 36 inches. 3. Drawings, pictures and collages may be mounted and framed if you desire, but this is not essential and the competition organisers cannot take responsibility for any damage arising. Scuplture may include a wide variety of materials but entries should not exceed the dimensions stated and must be easily transported. 4. All entries must be received by 4pm on Thursday 18th April to be eligible. The organiser’s decision will be final and binding on all entrants. is, Storey’s or March Library, Panin m fro m for try en an Pick up Georges. Or go to ww




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Popcorn TV Face In The Crowd Competition Popcorn TV will be out and about during the day filming all the fun of the St Georges day event. The film will be available to be viewed on the popcorn web-site, on Monday 22nd April and three people filmed at the event will have their faces circled on the film... could this be you? If it’s your face that has been circled email us at and we will invite you into the studio to collect your prize... 3RSFRUQ79¿OPLQJDO




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March Chamber of Commerce The March Chamber of Commerce has always been a key player in organising the St George’s Fayre; its input is vital to ensure the traders views are voices are heard by the committee. March has a varied High Street that is shared by many business sectors. In part, the aim of the St George’s Fayre is to showcase the local businesses and what they offer to you the community. The benefits of small independent traders and the relationships they build help to hold a communities together. As many of our members as possible will be open on Sunday 21st April with the aim of meeting new customers and showing their goods. All members of March Chamber of Commerce welcome the chance to socialise and celebrate with their customers at St George’s Fayre .

The Rotary Club of March Rotary, the world’s first service club, was formed in 1905 in Chicago and today there are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide and in the UK, 55,000 members in 1,855 clubs. Their motto is ‘Service Above Self ’ and the strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide. The Rotary Club of March meets at The Conservative Club, every Monday evening at 7.30pm. The club does support worldwide projects, like ‘End Polio Now’ and the purchase of the famous Rotary Shelter Boxes, which save lives in catastrophic events around the world, but most of the club’s effort goes into local projects. These projects include taking under privileged ‘Kids Out’ for the day, taking ‘blind bowlers’ out to a tournament, a young chef ’s competition and a youth orchestra concert, to raise money for their instruments. A variety of fund raising events are undertaken to fund these projects. Interested in Joining us? Visit

March Lions March Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, an organisation with over 1.35 million members worldwide in 208 different countries. The motto of Lions is “We Serve”. March Lions organise the annual Gala on West End Park as part of the March Summer Festival weekend, we also take part in the St Georges Fayre. We assist with the Town’s Christmas lights switch on and in the lead up to Christmas we can be found with our Christmas float with Santa in attendance.Any donations we receive from the people of March are spent locally for the benefit of local charities and organisations. We also enjoy social events, some outdoors (weather permitting) both with our own club members and also with Lions Club members throughout the rest of the world. Details of what we do and how to contact us, if you’re interested in joining, can be found on our website www.



The Middle Level Watermen’s Club The Middle Level Watermen’s Club was founded in 1963. It has a strong membership with most makes and models of river craft represented. The club has premises at Sutton Staithe where they socialise in the on site Clubhouse and three or four of their boats are moored there. A new site - now known as ‘Skoulding’s Rest’ - situated between Marylebone Road Bridge towards the Town Centre - is being developed. Completion this year will provide the town with a modern boating facility, which includes moorings and the construction of a slipway, seating, trees, plants, bird boxes etc., transforming a previously unloved section of riverbank. Rob Skoulding opened this project last November and a plaque commemorating his father’s interest in boating has been erected. This year, on 24th, 25th and 26th August, the club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at both sites. Boats from the Association of Nene River Clubs, together with tourist boats, will attend the birthday events. The recent refurbishment of the pump out at the Town Centre will complement all this work.

The March Society The March Society is a civic society which aims to represent the needs of the local community and was launched in 2007. We aim to promote and preserve all that is the best in the man-made and natural environment of March. We aim to promote high standards of planning and architecture in March; to inform about the geography, history, natural history and architecture of our town; to support the protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest and to uphold civic pride in March. Our meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of each month: either talks in March Library with speakers on subjects relating to March, or heritage walks. We work with the local authorities and other groups and are involved in Heritage Open Days in March. We will have two displays in Ye Olde Griffin at St George’s Fayre, on March’s Heritage, and the activities of The March Society. Come and talk to us at our table near Market Square about your concerns and the good things about March. Join us and help to make a difference. Follow us on our website,, Facebook and Twitter. LQ 0DUFK6RFLHW\'LVSOD\





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