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ISSUE 15 Summer 2013

The Community Newsletter for Wisbech Includes Annual Report on Wisbech civic year 2012-2013

Wisbech Festival 2013 Vivien the Fire Engine finds a new recruit

All the fun of the fair or play a game provided by the Rosmini Centre

Crowds enjoy the sun and the colourful dancers

Fun in the sun at Wisbech Festival where everyone enjoyed a selection of music, dance, food, fun and games A star is born in the karaoke tent

Cllr Samantha Hoy and compere Richard Beare draw the raffle – and the lucky winner of the tablet computer

Mayor of Wisbech 2013-2014 Councillor Miss Samantha Hoy I would like to say how pleased I am to have been elected to the position of Mayor of Wisbech. It is a great honour and privilege and I will do my upmost to serve you to the best of my abilities. I would like to thank my proposer and seconder who have had the faith and belief in me for this role and in other things I have done as a councillor. I am really looking forward to this coming year. The Arts Festival showcases all the talents that we have in this wonderful town and we are due to have two more festivals this year that I hope will be enjoyed by all. This year also marks 50 years of the Rose Fair. I cannot wait for this occasion as it is my favourite thing about Wisbech. When I came to Wisbech I couldn’t believe how the community comes together to watch the parade, and how hard the participants work to have the best float. The flowers in the church are always spectacular and there are wonderful people who spend days manning stalls to raise money for their organisations. The Rose Fair brings masses of visitors to our town and helps local businesses. The organisers work tirelessly to make the event happen every year and they do our town proud. But we have never had a problem with people visiting our town. People love coming here and seeing the beautiful architecture of North Brink, or hearing the history of Thomas Clarkson and Octavia Hill, or visiting the gardens at Peckover House. But some people don’t see this, don’t love our town. As Mayor I want to change this. We have our problems, yes, but they won’t change over night. We need to work together to get the best for our town. So many different groups are doing all they can to help the area and they must be recognised and supported, something which I am keen to do. One of the things that concerns me about our town is that whilst it looks wonderful there are a few buildings in key positions that have been dilapidated for years. I pledge as Mayor of Wisbech and Chairman of the Town Council to work with my colleagues at town and District level to resolve this issue. It has gone on for too long. I am also keen to try to bring more harmony to the town. There was a demonstration against immigration in the town park. We have had a large amount of immigration in Wisbech to our factories and our farms, but to attack the people who are seeking a better life is not the answer. There is that classic line saying “together we stand, divided we fall” and it is true. We now more then ever need to be fighting as a team for the needs of Wisbech rather than fighting each other. We may not have nationality in common but we all have something in common….Wisbech Also this year I will be fundraising for local Wisbech based organisations. We have many in our town that work selflessly and they deserve to be given any assistance that we can. Finally, I would like to thank my family for putting me here in the first place, and my friends for their continued support. Thank you

A look back on 2012-2013 by the Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Mrs Viv MacRae It seems extraordinary that a year has passed and so much has taken place since 17th May 2012 when I embarked on my Mayoral year. A year highlighted by The Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics and the Paralympics. The Wisbech Town Council Festival Committee whose work involved coordinating a successful Jubilee event on June 4th 2012, I would like to acknowledge and say how proud I was to be part of such an historic occasion.

Wisbech also saw the First Wisbech Arts Festival. The Octavia Hill Arts Festival Committee coordinated the event that showcased the wonderful Architecture and facilities for the arts we have here in our fenland town. A special thank you also to those who organised the Jody Cundy Tour. Jody, a Paralympian who was awarded the Freedom of the Town, toured local schools on Vivien, the Wisbech 1931 Leyland Fire Engine. Jody spoke to the young people of Wisbech about his sporting career. He provided a positive image for disabled people, demonstrating how obstacles can be overcome with determination and commitment. With the newly constructed Thomas Clarkson Academy, I had the honour of opening the new Theatre. Already proving to be a successful venue for events, it has also networked to provide courses in the performing arts. My Mayoral duties have been many and varied. My Consort, Gary, and myself have attended many different town Civic events. This has provided an insight into the different workings of Town Councils and maybe, given some ideas for the future development of Wisbech Town Council! We have been invited to numerous charity and voluntary sector events, anniversaries and launches. It gave me great pleasure to launch the new Wisbech Headway Social Group, a facility that will change the lives of many who have sustained a head injury and their families. Representing Wisbech has been a privilege and an honour. Meeting and greeting many of our visitors during Rose Fair Week, attending Armed Forces Day, The Cambridgeshire High Sheriffs Reception, the Inauguration of the County Judges in Ely Cathedral, to name but a few. Most of all it has been a privilege to meet Wisbech people. Their commitment, dedication and devotion make available a range of facilities and activities in our town. They provide the bedrock to our community and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the work they do, making Wisbech the vibrant Town it is.

My year has highlighted work still to be done. The launch of the 2020 Vision has identified objectives and their outcomes. I hope with the recent political changes this Vision will continue to be endorsed. The Wisbech to March Railway continues to be discussed – taking small steps towards its realisation. Wisbech Town Council has acquired the toilets in Wisbech Park. Under threat from closure, Wisbech people spoke out in protest, but the Town Council listened and acted. The Wisbech Market Place is nearing its completion of its experimental order. A Market Traders Committee has been set up by Wisbech Town Council enabling traders’ and shopkeepers’ concerns to be raised and addressed. The flood defences have been completed. Wisbech Information Centre is going from strength to strength, providing a very useful resource for both visitors and local people. I would like to thank everyone who have supported me throughout my year and helped to organise events for fund raising. Most of all, I would like to thank my Husband, Gary. His patience, consistency and reliability have kept me going. Samantha, I wish you a every success in your role as Mayor Of Wisbech Town Council 2013 –2014. May you have a wonderful year.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services

Wisbech CC win the Jaidka Cup

Congratulations to the Rosmini Centre on being awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services which was presented by Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson. The award is in recognition of the work at the centre where volunteers provide a wealth of social and community resources, including a vital integration service between incoming migrant families and the local community. However, the centre is available to everyone, of all nationalities, running activities and classes for all ages. Set up in 2007, the charity now has more than 120 volunteers and has been working from the Queen’s Road centre since 2009. For more information go to

Photo © Peterborough Telegraph

Wisbech CC celebrated their first Jaidka Cup success following a 32-run win over Bourne at Bretton Gate, Peterborough on 26 June. Wisbech player Gary Freear was Man of the Match. The Jaidka Cup is a midweek 20 overs a side competition. The cup was donated by a surgeon from Peterborough Hospital, Karam Chand Jaidka FRCS. It is a charitable competition and the annual proceeds are passed onto a charity. In 2013 the charity is the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Report from Cllr David Oliver, Leader of Wisbech Town Council

It has been a busy year for the council with a variety of opportunities and challenges that will continue into 20132014. Work has been carried out in the council offices, including a new carpet in the Mayor’s Parlour. A replacement carpet for the Chamber is still being sourced. We welcomed a new member of staff as an Administrative Assistant. Tracy and Michael have given invaluable support and assistance to the Deputy Clerk in the running of the market and allotments in the past few months. All staff have worked hard during a demanding period. Experimental Traffic Order The initial consultation of the traffic changes to the Market Place has been completed with no major issues. I attended a meeting with the Deputy Clerk, Simon King (previous County Councillor), Matthew Pickering, County Council Project Manager and Inspector Robin Sissons to discuss issues. Additional refinements to the scheme had been put forward: additional parking bays, additional and improved signage, and measures to prevent obstructive parking. CCC are currently looking at computer generated systems regarding a change in traffic flow, making the Market Place and High Street fully one-way. If this was undertaken, the market place parking bays would need to be realigned. When the amended Traffic Order is received it will be put into the consultation process. The short-term parking had been put in place to encourage retail users into the town centre, however, the timing would be looked at following public comments and consultation. The aim of the order was to enhance the town centre. The past two years have seen the Town Council regain first; the ownership of the market place in 2011, and then the market in 2012. This has been a challenging time with interesting and thoughtprovoking situations that have been tackled and resolved. Staff and members have addressed issues and overcome difficulties, learning by their experiences. There is still much work to do, and the Committee is working alongside traders and retailers with the aim of promoting, enhancing and making more use of the market place. Following the FDC closure of the public toilets, Wisbech Town Council has now taken ownership of the toilets in Exchange Square and Wisbech Park. The redecoration of the toilets in Exchange Square is planned to take place soon, and general maintenance works looked at for both Exchange Square and Wisbech Park to carry out any improvements or refurbishment needed. Both sets of toilets are under a regular cleansing contract. The year saw three successful events in the Jubilee Festival, the Rock Festival and the Christmas Lights Switch On. These are planned to continue, with the Festival in the town centre to take place on Sunday 2 June, the Music Festival in Wisbech Park planned for Sunday 4 August, and the Christmas Lights Switch On, which, this year is planned for Sunday 1 December (a departure from previously in response to comments and suggestions). I look forward to continuing working hard with, and for, the people of Wisbech in 2013-2014.

Fenland Branch: 87 High Street March Cambridgeshire PE15 9LB Further information: Suzanne Lombardo 01354 651166

Could you spare just a couple of hours once a month to go to the cinema and change someone’s life? Cambridgeshire Mencap, a local learning disability charity, needs new volunteers to support its successful and growing befriending scheme. The befriending scheme started in Fenland 12 years ago and continues to grow. There are 20 adults matched with volunteer befrienders who each go out once a month for a couple of hours. Vanessa Droy, Befriending Scheme Co-ordinator said “We are receiving more referrals than ever and currently have a growing waiting list of adults that would love to have a friend to go out and take part in all sorts of activities from going for a cuppa and a chat, playing snooker to going for a bite to eat, trips to the cinema and much more.” Having a befriender helps to encourage someone with a learning disability to make friends and spend time with new people which really helps to build their independence, confidence and life skills. The befriending scheme also helps to provide a break from their parents or carers. Cambridgeshire Mencap offers full reimbursement of all travel and out of pocket expenses, a comprehensive training package, regular volunteer socials and lots of appreciation. Volunteers are matched based on similar interests, age and location. Befriending is flexible with no set days and times so it can fit around work and home commitments; with friends going out in the daytime, evenings or at weekends. Jane has been volunteering with Cambridgeshire Mencap for over 2 years, Jane said “To anyone considering becoming a volunteer, I would say go for it! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain from doing something worthwhile. There is so much help available for volunteers who, like me, had never done this kind of thing before and may be a little apprehensive. You don’t have to do anything grand to make someone’s life happier, and the reward is the smile on their face!” If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Cambridgeshire Mencap, please contact Suzanne at If you would like to find out more about accessing the befriending scheme please contact Vanessa at or simply call Vanessa or Suzanne on 01354 651166. We would love to hear from you.

BULLETIN FROM CAMBRIDGESHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE AS the sun (hopefully) starts shining, your local fire service is asking for community volunteers to step forward and champion fire safety. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has rolled out its Community Champion scheme across the county and would like volunteers in every district to get involved. Community champions encourage local residents to carry out fire safety checks in their homes, visit community groups and educate about fire safety and escape plans. Would you like to learn more about fire safety? Could you help your community become a safer place? Do you want to gain volunteer experience, get free training and make friends? Anyone interested in becoming a Community Champion should call Ed Aniskowicz at Cambridgeshire Acre, which is running the scheme for the fire service. Call Ed on 01353 865038, email or log on to Like our fan page on Facebook:, follow us on Twitter @cambsfrs. To find out if you are eligible for a free home fire safety check, call 0800 917 99 94

Wisbech Market Wisbech Market Place is a bustling place with stalls selling a variety of goods and local produce during the week, from the regular to the exotic. Market Days are Thursdays and Saturdays - but various traders are on site throughout the week. There is one hour FREE parking on the south side of the market place most days (a ticket must be obtained). The Market Place is closed to all traffic on Thursdays and Saturdays (through town traffic via Hill Street and High Street only - one-way). The north side of the Market Place (Horsefair side) is pedestrianised at all times.

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Social care is provided to people who have been assessed as having substantial or critical support needs with personal care, getting meals, managing medication and staying safe. If you need social care the County Council will arrange your care for you, but they now have a duty to offer and provide Direct Payments. Direct Payments are an alternative way of getting the care and support you need. They are cash payments made directly into a Direct Payment bank account so that you can use the money to make your own social care arrangements. With a Direct Payment you have more choice, control and independence about how your care is organised. If you would like to find out more about Direct Payments visit the Your Life, Your Choice website at:, pick up a leaflet from your library, phone adult social care enquiries on 0345 045 5202, or contact the Cambridgeshire Direct Payment Support Service on 0845 6000 684.

CONTACT DETAILS You may contact council officers or members at the Council Chamber Wisbech Town Council, Council Chamber, 1 North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1JR Tel: 01945 461333 email Website: Office hours 9.00am – 3.00pm Monday to Friday inclusive

Cllr Mrs CR (Carol) Cox Cllr Mrs Cox is also a Fenland District Councillor for Clarkson Ward

Cllr Mrs VM (Viv) MacRae

33 Bowthorpe Road Wisbech PE13 2DX


01945 465588 Haverholme 12 Bowthorpe Road Wisbech PE13 2DX


01945 489602 Cllr Miss S (Samantha) Hoy Cllr Miss Hoy is also a Fenland District Councillor for Hill Ward Cllr Miss Hoy is Mayor of Wisbech Town Council for civic year 2013-2014

Cllr SJ (Stephen) Brunton

Cllr Ms M (Michelle) Tanfield

Cllr D (David) Hodgson Cllr Hodgson is also a Fenland District Councillor for Staithe Ward

Cllr R (Robert) McLaren

7 Sybil Road Wisbech PE13 3NG 01945 466387

7 Railway Road Wisbech PE13 2QA



01945 476269 86 Elm Road Wisbech PE13 2TB


07908707129 Whitehaven 141 Elm Low Road Wisbech PE14 0DF


01945 465126 66 Kirkgate Street Walsoken Wisbech PE13 3QZ


01945 474270 Cllr DR (David) Patrick Cllr Patrick is also a Fenland District Councillor for Kirkgate Ward

12 Limes Avenue Elm Wisbech PE14 0BS 01945 861334


Cllr JR (Jonathan) Farmer Cllr Farmer is also a Fenland District Councillor for Medworth Ward

Cllr M (Michael) Hill Cllr Hill is Deputy Mayor of Wisbech Town Council for civic year 2013-2014

Cllr S (Steve) Tierney

18 South Brink Wisbech PE13 1JQ


01945 580239 Melrose Villa 23 Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HS


01945 584971 6 Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HQ


07831616127 Cllr DC (David) Oliver Cllr Oliver is also a Fenland District Councillor for Peckover Ward Cllr Oliver is Leader of Wisbech Town Council for civic year 2013-2014

39 West Parade Wisbech PE13 1QB


01945 587437

Cllr GP (Garry) Tibbs

258 Norwich Road Wisbech PE13 3UT

Cllr R (Reginald) Mee

46 Clarkson Avenue Wisbech PE13 2EH



01945 465132

Cllr MG (Michael) Bucknor Cllr Bucknor is also a Fenland District Councillor for Waterlees Ward Cllr Mrs VM (Virginia) Bucknor Cllr Mrs Bucknor is also a Fenland District Councillor for Waterlees Ward

Cllr R (Ray) Griffin

11 St Martin’s Road Wisbech PE13 3EX


01945 584207 11 St Martin’s Road Wisbech PE13 3EX


01945 584207 53 Waterlees Road Wisbech PE13 3PG


01945 463164

Cllr DA (David) Wheeler

86 Mount Pleasant Road Wisbech PE13 3LH 01945 464386


Wisbech Town Council maintains several allotment sites in and around Wisbech. Plots of varying sizes are available according to requirements, with varying rents. If you wish to register an interest in an allotment in Wisbech, please ask for an application form or see our website

If you are interested in joining please contact the Secretary Mr Chris Coward 65 Wisteria Road Walsoken Wisbech PE13 3RH 01945 585601

Award winning website helps find equipment to assist you in maintaining your garden With the warmer weather finally here you may be thinking about getting out in your garden. If you are, an award-winning website can provide you with help and advice about the equipment available to make day-to-day tasks in the garden easier. Help and support with day-to-day living AskSARA has proved popular with local people since a Cambridgeshire version launched last year. So far it has helped nearly 4,000 people across the county access advice and information about the equipment and support available locally to help them remain independent and in their own homes. In addition to maintaining the garden and outdoors, a wide range of topics are covered from managing medication and eating healthily to equipment to aid hearing, personal care and household chores. This year June 17th – 21st is falls awareness week. AskSARA can also help you to find equipment to help prevent falls at home and when you are out and about. Whether you need advice for yourself or for a friend or relative that you care for, you can find out about the equipment available by visiting AskSARA at For anyone without access to, or not confident in using, the Internet the staff and volunteers in your local library can help you to find information.

Wisbech Town Council financial report 2012-2013 RECEIPTS






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2833 22500 321271

BUDGET 85000 17700 25000

10000 20000 323800

The details of all income and expenditure are reported to the Council’s Resources Committee, to which members of the public are invited.

During 2012-2013 Wisbech Town Council has taken on financial commitment with the acquisition of the market place, the running of Wisbech Market, and the acquisition of the public toilets in Wisbech Park and Exchange Square.

Two major payments were made during the year: toilets purchase and election costs for 2011. Extra payment in the civic budget included Freedom of the Town and repairs to the civic chain. Council has agreed the following items of expenditure that have on-going cost implications for the financial year 2012/2013 and need to be added to the budget requirements for the financial year 2013/2014: Wisbech Information Centre; Admin. Assistant; Addition to Christmas Lights Budget; Grit Bins; Purchase of toilets; Market Place & toilets cleansing & services; contingency fund for new road signage etc. Members agreed a nil increase on the overall budget spend for 2013/2014, and a nil increase to the precept requirement. Due to changes in government funding and the introduction of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme, the precept in Wisbech has reduced for 20132014. Wisbech Town Council continues to support local groups and organisations through grant funding, and provide festivals to enhance the town and to encourage visitors and use of the town’s facilities. INCOME & EXPENDITURE 2012/2013 94327 249200 84413 101824 183463

BALANCES BROUGHT FORWARD ANNUAL PRECEPT TOTAL INCOME LESS PRECEPT STAFF COSTS EXPENDITURE MINUS STAFF COSTS BALANCES AND RESERVES AT YEAR 142653 END (1+2+3)-(4+5+6) 144317 BANK BALANCES Reconciliation Bank 31/03/13 146,588 uncleared payments - 2,743 uncleared receipts 473 144,317 Debtors 4,937 Creditors - 6,601 142,653

WISBECH TOWN COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2013-2014 Council and Committee Meetings are usually held on Mondays in the Council Chamber Meetings dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances, please look at the Agendas page for up-to-date information. If further meetings are held details will be put on the website and noticeboards. All meeting agendas are published at least 3 clear days before meeting is held. Wisbech Town Council – Full Town Council meetings held monthly, and on 2nd Monday of month (apart from Annual Meeting) Annual Meeting (Mayor Making) Friday 17 May 2013 Annual Meeting (continuation) Monday 20 May 2013 Wisbech has many events held during Monday 10 June 2013 the year involving the Town Council. Monday 8 July 2013 These include: Armed Forces Day; Monday 12 August 2013 Armistice and Remembrance; Rose Fair; Monday 9 September 2013 Wisbech Rock Festival; Wisbech Monday 14 October 2013 Festival; the Mart and Statute Fairs; Monday 11 November 2013 Heritage Weekend; Wisbech In Monday 9 December 2013 Bloom/Allotments Presentation Monday 13 January 2014 Evening; Civic Service; and Christmas Monday 10 February 2014 Lights and Markets Monday 10 March 2014 Monday 14 April 2014 Watch the Press or our website for Annual Meeting (Mayor Making) Friday 16 May 2014 details Annual Meeting (continuation) Monday 19 May 2014 Planning Committee – Two meetings per month (2nd & 4th Monday) Monday 28 May 2013 Monday 10 June 2013 Monday 24 June 2013 Monday 8 July 2013 Monday 22 July 2013 Monday 12 August 2013 Tuesday 27 August 2013 Monday 9 September 2013 Monday 23 September 2013 Monday 14 October 2013 Monday 28 October 2013 Monday 11 November 2013

Monday 25 November 2013 Monday 9 December 2013 Monday 23 December 2013 Monday 13 January 2014 Monday 27 January 2014 Monday 10 February 2014 Monday 24 February 2014 Monday 10 March 2014 Monday 24 March 2014 Monday 14 April 2014 Monday 28 April 2014 Monday 12 May 2014

Resources Committee - Quarterly Monday 29 July 2013 Monday 28 October 2013 Monday 27 January 2014 Monday 28 April 2014 Market Place Committee - Two meetings per year Monday 1 July 2013 Monday 6 January 2014

Market Traders/Retailers Forum Monday 1 July 2013 Monday 20 January 2014

Allotments Committee - Annual Meeting Tuesday 27 August 2013 Allotment Tenants Forum Friday 21 June 2013 Civic Amenities and Mayors Charity Fund Committee - Annual Meeting Monday 22 July 2013 Staff and Policy Committee - Annual Meeting Monday 24 June 2013 Working Parties may be constituted by the above committees as necessary, and membership determined by the parent committee as required.

Please note that members of the public have up to 15 minutes at the beginning of meetings to put comments and/or questions to the Council/Committee. The Chairman may allow a similar arrangement at Extraordinary Meetings.

Wisbech Town Council

Your council meets regularly at the Council Chamber, 1 North Brink. Agendas are published on the website www. or on the notice board outside 1 North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR or tel: 01945 461333.

WISBECH TOWN MATTERS 3,000 copies of this A5 magazine are produced and distributed free through local retailers and community facilities every three months, plus a copy is posted on Wisbech Town Council’s website free of charge If you have any events or items you would like us to consider publishing please let us have text and pictures (in electronic format if possible) to as soon as possible Where possible we do ask for a small contribution towards the cost, which we are happy to discuss. If you are a statutory body or a profit-making organisation we would ask you to consider our advertising rates to cover our printing costs. 1 Issue Full page £140 ½ page £75 ¼ page £45 4 Issues Full page £100 ½ page £55 ¼ page £35 Contact: Wisbech Town Council. 1 North Brink. Wisbech PE13 1JR Give us a call on 01945 461333

Wisbech County Councillors 2013

A total of 69 county councillors are elected to represent the people of Cambridgeshire County for four years at a time. In the 2013 elections three new councillors were elected to represent Wisbech. Wisbech South Roman Bank & Peckover Wisbech North Councillor Peter Lagoda Councillor Alan Lay Councillor Paul Clapp

UKIP 36 Beatrice Road Wisbech PE13 3PE 01945 465394

UKIP 47 Waterlees Road Wisbech PE13 3PG

UKIP 47 Cocketts Drive Wisbech PE13 2JS 07908 681291

Email: County Councillors decide how to spend the council's money and what its policies are, and make decisions on behalf of the people of the county. The services the Council provides are run by professional officers. It's their duty to carry out the policies of the council and provide a high standard of public service at all times. The Council also works in partnership with other public services in the area, such as the Police and NHS, to provide a unified approach where needed.

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