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Fenland Woman’s Institutes. There are two Women's Institutes in Whittlesey, Whittlesey and Ladysmith. Whittlesey is the oldest and Ladysmith is a second group started up much later. Ladysmith also meet at St Andrews' Hall, but on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 30 pm. October's meeting is on the 5th and the speaker will be Freddie Dack, entitled “Life as a Driving Instructor ". November's meeting on the 2nd will be the Annual General Meeting, it will also be a Bring and Buy sale. December's meeting will be on the 7th, the speaker will be Des Smith , talking about " World War ll Women ".

Artist features in new book. A local artist Louise Stebbing’s work was including in a new book about leading artists in East Anglia. The book, The Artist in Our Midst’ featured a four page spread on her and her impressive work. Louise works from Skylark Studios in Tydd, near Wisbech. The book can be purchased from www.greenpebble.co.uk at a cost of £17.99.

Young People March Ltd

They have had lots of interesting speakers this year, from a couple talking about their life of self sufficiency, to learning about the history of The John Lewis Shops. Members went on a wonderful summer outing to the Broads in July when the weather was marvellous. There is also a very popular lunch club when members go out to different pubs once a month and husbands and partners are welcome too. There will not be a meeting in January but they usually go out for a post Christmas meal. Meetings start again in February when there will be another packed programme for 2011. They have had quite a few new members this year and anyone thinking of joining will be made very welcome. For more information contact Ginny Tel 01733 205148.

March Crematorium Opens

The Centre, City Road, March is a centre for all young people ages between 7-25. The club runs, youth clubs, junior clubs, drop-ins, youth council, hall hire, holiday clubs and lots more!

A new crematorium, run by Dignity, has opened on Knights End Road, March. The building has been constructed by engineering form Stepnell to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

On Monday and Tuesday nights they run a free drop-in where hot food and drinks are on sale. There is a pool table, play station and internet access available. The dropin starts at 7pm.

Invitation to the U3A

On a Wednesday they hold a junior club from 6pm until 8pm, which is £2.50 and includes arts and crafts, basket ball, pool, games and much, much more! Free refreshments. On Friday night there is a drop in and a disco once a fortnight from 7pm until 10pm. This is free of charge as is the drop in on Saturday from 1pm until 4pm. For more information please call 01354 650645.

Singers wanted! Whittlesey Singers restart on 27 September following a break for the summer. They will be following a new format during the winter and will keep you informed of their progress. For more information please contact; ssfirecrest@sky.com.

People are living longer. Ninety or a hundred years old is no longer the wonder it once was. The picture of old age as portrayed in the media is almost completely negative: “Old age is bad news, irreversible, involving lower quality of life, an economic burden on society”. None of this is true. Living longer opens up opportunities not available in earlier generations. Research shows that the brain can develop at any age; that the keys to a long, healthy and satisfying life are getting out of the home, meeting people, socialising and sharing in education, creative and leisure activities. More than 130 Fenland over-fifties are doing all these with the March U3A (University of the Third Age), of the 767 U3A’s in the UK with around 250,000 members nationwide. All of these members have decided that life does not end with retirement; instead a new lease of life begins. The March U3A are holding a reception and buffet lunch on 22nd October from 12 until 2 at St Peter’s Church Hall, High Street, March. PE15 9LD. For more information please call 01354 658929 or email prickles2361@hotmail.com.

Whittlesey Allotments Whittlesey Allotments and Garden Society held their annual Autumn Show at the end of September. The event was organised by Jacquie and Martin Baldry and took place at the Scout Hut on Inhams Road. If you are interested in gardening or grow your own then please contact Jacqueline. baldry@ntlworld.com


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