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The Community Newsletter for Wisbech

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Wisbech Town Matters Newsletter. It’s all go in Wisbech this autumn. As well as looking forward to the activities of Christmas, there is a feast of activity in and around town in the forthcoming months. You can find details in the newsletter, or look on our website, information noticeboards around town or ask at the Information Centre in Post Office Lane. 

There is a Wisbech Loyalty Card scheme being launched – get registered now.

Get spooked up for the Horsefair Shopping Centre popular Halloween celebrations.

We Are Wisbech will be holding another Moon Market on the evening of 31 October, grab some late night bargains or just hang out with friends.

Be prepared for a change this year, with the Christmas Lights Switch On held on Sunday 1 December – with events during the afternoon culminating in the Switch On.

Traders will also be holding extra markets on Sunday 22 December and Christmas Eve – plenty of opportunity for your Christmas Shopping essentials and special gifts.

Our very own Fenland District Council Four Seasons Event - Wisbech Christmas Market will take place on Monday 16 December. With stalls, activities and the Christmas spirit: come along to shop, enjoy the entertainment and join in the fun.

ROCK CHOIR COMES TO WISBECH Do you sing in the shower or croon along to the car radio, yet have never had the confidence or opportunity to take it any further? Now you can! Singing sensation Rock Choir is opening in Wisbech from Tuesday 17th September, and anyone interested in joining can try a free 90-minute taster session, from 8pm-9.30pm at Queen Mary Centre, Queens Road, Wisbech, PE13 2PE. There are no auditions and no requirements to read music, or have any previous singing experience. Just turn up and join in! Rock Choir is the UK's largest contemporary choir, with more than 16,000 members in over 250 local communities. It was started in 2005 by award-winning singer and musician Caroline Redman Lusher, who wanted to create a modern, contemporary choir for people who love to sing. Rock Choir members attend fun, weekly sessions where they learn specially arranged pop and chart songs, taught by their highly trained choir leader. Wisbech Rock Choir Leader is Mike Tandy, and he can’t wait to get started. To book your FREE taster session, or to find out more about Rock Choir, visit or telephone 01252 714 276

Cambridgeshire Mencap says Thank You with Tea and Scones Celebrating National Volunteers Week 2013 The Plate & Porter Restaurant, March was the setting for Cambridgeshire Mencap’s volunteer’s week celebrations Cambridgeshire Mencap supports many local adults with a learning disability in the Fenland area in a variety of ways; a one to one befriending scheme, group activities including zumba, picnics, bingo and crafts. Cambridgeshire Mencap also supports many local people through its Artworks service. The local charities services simply wouldn’t be possible without the kindness, commitment and enthusiasm of so many wonderful volunteers. Lesley Parkinson, Volunteer Befriender said “I really enjoyed the afternoon tea; it was lovely to meet other volunteers and chat about what they are doing. I love meeting the person I befriend and knowing that I am helping her to enjoy social activities that simply wouldn’t be possible otherwise. To anyone thinking about volunteering I would say it is so rewarding to see the difference you can make to someone whilst having a great time, so please get in touch.” Cambridgeshire Mencap is always looking for new volunteers to get involved with the organisation in various ways including through its one to one befriending scheme, at Artworks, at monthly events, with fundraising and even helping in the office. If you would like to find out more about volunteering please contact: Suzanne Lombardo - 87 High Street March Cambridgeshire PE15 9LB 01354 651166

For local and tourist Information – Events – Services  

Looking for an event, group or activity? Wisbech Town Council What’s On Fenland District Council Tourism 

or visit the

Wisbech - so much to see – so much to do

eCops, the email messaging service dedicated to sending information and appeals, direct to you, is moving to the Neighbourhood Alert platform. As an eCops subscriber you will have the opportunity to enhance the message service you receive from Cambridgeshire Constabulary by selecting the message types and information of particular interest to you. As well as keeping you up to date, we want to be able to ask your opinion on policing and what we can do to make our services more effective for you, when you need us. Sign up to eCops to receive email updates from your local policing team. As a subscriber you will receive regular updates about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area, as well as feedback from your team about what they're doing to tackle it. It's a great way of staying in touch with community issues, which can also be shared with family, friends and colleagues. You can also email your policing team through eCops to share any concerns you have or help local officers with their enquiries, providing feedback on incidents or appeals for information. eCops is a free service that gives you direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you. If you live or work in Cambridgeshire, why not sign up? All you need to join is an email address. Subscribe today and join our online network to learn more about policing where you live. Registering with the new eCops system Go to the eCops registration page and follow the instructions, to receive messages from Cambridgeshire Constabulary. - Sign up now We recommend you add into your address book or to your list of safe senders, to ensure you receive our messages. eCops will be part of the Neighbourhood Alert System which is the official database for Neighbourhood Watch via the Home Office recognised ‘Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (England and Wales)’and closely adheres to the Data Protection Act and the host company VISAV was awarded the ‘Secured by Design’ licence.

Following a centuries old tradition; the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, Eastern Section will roll into town: with the fair open for your pleasure on Chapel Road Car Park from 18-21 September, with its civic opening at 6pm on Wednesday 18th. From Sunday 15th until Sunday 22nd use will be made of Somers Road Car Park for Showmen’s accommodation.

Come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair

Barnwell on Bygones. Friday 15th November 2013 at 7pm This is another chance to enjoy Richard’s unique brand of humour and be amused and amazed by his wide ranging knowledge. This is an event not to be missed. Bring your friends.

Fenland Heritage Open Days look for the Fenland booklet to find out things to see and do

Rosmini Centre 6 and 7 December 6.00pm - Over 12s ÂŁ1- accompanied under 12s free Limited seating so booking advisable For more inf ormation contact the the Rosmini Centre 01945 47442

Wisbech Apple Days

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October Wisbech Market Place

Kevin Smith, Horsefair Shopping Centre Manager and a display showing the variety of locally-grown apples Apple Day 2012 Come along on 18 and 19 October for recipes, apple produce, competitions, free samples, and ... lots of apples!

Wisbech loyalty card is coming soon register your email to enjoy fantastic savings throughout the town

The scheme will offer exclusive discounts on both national high street stores and the independent retailers throughout the town centre. The scheme is free for businesses to join and completely free for shoppers. The company overseeing the project is called My Loyalty Card Ltd and runs similar successful schemes in towns across the UK. Speaking on behalf of all the loyalty card sponsors, Horsefair Shopping Centre Manager, Kevin Smith said: “Wisbech has so much to offer to shoppers and the introduction this exciting new initiative will really help to boost retail and footfall into the town centre. Cardholders will be entitled to a range of exclusive offers which will really help highlight the wide range of businesses in the town.” The first retailers to sign up to the scheme include local butcher, G W Frank on the Market Place who will offer a 10% discount and the Kodak shop at the Horsefair. Lindsay Price, Store Manager at Kodak said: "I think the loyalty card is a fantastic idea. Anyone who presents their card in our shop will benefit from free photo prints when they spend a certain amount with us. It offers retailers and shoppers mutual benefits which is brilliant.” To be launched 31 October 2013 Fully supported by the Wisbech & District Chamber of Commerce

Horsefair Halloween Thursday 31 October Keep an out for details

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.

Trader in the spotlight – Burton’s pet supplies All you need for your pet Thursdays and Saturdays Trader in the spotlight – Tom Baluszewski Snuggle up with blankets and bedding Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

We Are Wisbech is planning their second Moon Market on the town’s Market Place 31 October 2013 Further details to be announced We Are Wisbech is working hard to bring new and original community initiatives to Wisbech and those looking for more information about the Moon Market, or about We Are Wisbech, should email or go to

The Act Theatre Wisbech's newest entertainment venue Based at the Thomas Clarkson Academy, Corporation Road PE13 2SE

450 seat theatre working in partnership with The Angles Theatre and hosting an exciting programme of events throughout 2013 and beyond e

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

7 Sybil Road Wisbech PE13 3NG Hill 01945 466387

7 Railway Road Wisbech PE13 2QA Cllr SJ (Stephen) Brunton


01945 476269

Cllr Ms M (Michelle) Tanfield

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

Cllr R (Robert) McLaren

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


Staithe 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

11 St Martin’s Road Wisbech PE13 3EX Waterlees 01945 584207 11 St Martin’s Road Wisbech PE13 3EX Waterlees 01945 584207 53 Waterlees Road Wisbech PE13 3PG

Cllr R (Ray) Griffin

Waterlees 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

WISBECH TOWN MATTERS ... ... is 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 advertising rates to assist with printing costs – please contact to discuss. Wisbech Town Council, 1 North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR Give us a call on 01945 461333 FORTHCOMING WISBECH TOWN COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS Your council meets regularly at the Council Chamber, 1 North Brink. Agendas and Minutes are published on the website www. or on the notice board outside 1 North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR or tel: 01945 461333 Council and Committee Meetings are usually held on Mondays in the Council Chamber Wisbech Town Council Monday 14 October 2013 Monday 11 November 2013 Monday 9 December 2013

Planning Committee Monday 14 October 2013 Monday 28 October 2013 Monday 10 November 2013 Monday 25 November 2013 Monday 9 December 2013 Monday 23 December 2013

Resources Committee Monday 28 October 2013 Market Place Committee Monday 14 October 2013

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. 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.

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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.

More information and updates may be found online. Did you know there is free WiFi in the Horsefair Shopping Centre and Wisbech Library and many other places around Wisbech?

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Wisbech Town Matters Issue 16 Autumn 2013  

The quarterly magazine for the town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Wisbech Town Matters Issue 16 Autumn 2013  

The quarterly magazine for the town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire