Page 1

Issue 13 Christmas 2012

Wisbech Town Mayor Cllr Vivien MacRae and her husband, Gary, with a few of the children at Gorefield School during her visits to schools in and around Wisbech Mayor Cllr Vivien MacRae will be switching on the Wisbech Christmas Lights at 6.30pm on Friday 3rd November in Wisbech Market Place See pages 2 and 3 for more information

Wisbech Christmas Market Monday 17th December See pages 11-15

Produced and published by Paradigm Publishing



Local Taekwon-do Talent at Bring & Share In the middle of some little and large Taekwon-do talent at the Wisbech Bring and Share Multi-cultural Festival in Wisbech Park is Cllr Vivien MacRae Mayor of Wisbech. There was a truly representative group of dedicated students from the Carter School of Taekwon-do ranging from a 6 year old to a 53 year old – men, women and children of a wide range of gradings and abilities and they put on a fantastic exhibition followed by workshops where people could have a go, including the Mayor who broke a board in style. Mr Anthony Carter and his students have supported the Wisbech Multi- cultural Festival for four years, by putting on an exceptional exhibition and then providing workshops for people of all ages to have a go. Many of those who have had a go have since joined one or more of the classes provided by the 5th Dan International Instructor and examiner at his lessons at the Hudson Leisure Centre on Monday, Wednesday or Friday every week between 6pm and 7pm. It’s worth noting that the first lesson is always free.

Amazing Bring & Share Multi-cultural Festival for the fourth year run, organised and funded by Wisbech Town Council in Wisbech Park was a great success with lots of exciting and interesting performances, exhibitions and stalls.


Alison’s Street Dancers

Philippine Dancers

Carter School of Taekwon-do exhibition

Zulu Singing and Dance

Drawing Class Requires Models A new life drawing class is looking for people over the age of 18 and all shapes & sizes to become models for our members at the Rosmini Centre. We need our models to be available for approx 2 hours (with breaks). You don't have to be in your birthday suit to pose for our members, as we're very clever and can draw you with clothes on! However the option to disrobe is at the model’s discretion. The group is able to offer payment for your time. The classes will be held in a private room where only members will be allowed to enter. So if you fancy having a go please contact: or leave your contact details with the Rosmini Centre 01945 474 422


The Mayor at the Fair Twice a year the Fair comes to Wisbech. In the month of March we have the Mart Fair, and in September we are thrilled by the Statute Fair. They are brought to us by the Showman’s Guild of Great Britain, which is a very proud part of the traditions of this country and has been a big part of the heritage of Wisbech for centuries. As well as the two fairs, the Showman’s Guild help out at events such as the Rock Festivals, Multicultural Festivals held in the Summer in Wisbech each year, and also at the Christmas Light Switch on – and every time they do us proud.

The Mayor, Viv, and her chauffeur, Stuart, go for a ride

Remembrance Sunday is Remembrance Day this year As the custodians of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday. Pictured here are some of the dignitaries that were at Remembrance Sunday in previous times. This year Wisbech Town Council will be again represented as will many other organisations throughout the town and district - on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to mark the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. Remembrance Day is on 11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War. Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. This year this falls on Remembrance Day. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain. Ours will be at the memorial gardens at the mouth of the Crescent. Since this year is very special as they both fall on the same day, we will remember them - and we invite you to join us. 6

The Kenya Expedition On Wednesday 11 July, twenty two youngsters from Wisbech Grammar School set out on an expedition to Kenya. On Wednesday 8 August they returned having had the experience of a lifetime. Amongst them were Alice (daughter of former Mayor Nick Meekins), and Stuart (son of Town Clerk Erbie Murat). During their month they spent time at CAYA repairing fences around the conservation area within the protected wildlife sanctuary. They also went to DIAWNI BEACH where they were involved with marine wildlife conservation and did their PADI open water diving certificates. During their time at TSAVO they went on a photographic safari and helped with wildlife conservation. And at MUHAKIA they worked with the local community to prepare the foundations of a kitchen; dig a grey water well; and work with the children. Stuart writes, ‘Digging the grey water well was, for me, the most rewarding. With a great deal of hard work, application and team work, we were able to help George, one of the local men, to dig a well that would take all the water from the washing up, washing machines and showers (not sewage) - and filter it to produce water that could be used to irrigate and raise edible crops.’ Alice writes, ‘I certainly look at the world a little differently now; most notably, considering I saw many people living in dreadful poverty, I do not remember ever seeing one face that was not smiling. Perhaps the best experience I had was one afternoon teaching in an incredibly poor primary school; the children there worked from about 6am until 6pm, often going without food or water all day, as they came from large families with little or no income. I had a grade 7 English class of about 70 students, aged 13 – 20, all of whom were very eager to learn and, it transpired, were very enthusiastic singers!’ A heartfelt thank you goes from them and the other young people from Wisbech Grammar School to Miss Forbes and Mr Williams who went with them on the trip, and to all the help and support they received from family, friends and other fundraisers who helped them get there.

Alice Meekins with some of the Kenyan youngsters 7

Bronze Paralympics Medalist honoured by Wisbech On 5th October the Mayor of Wisbech, Councillor Mrs Vivien MacRae, hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of Jody Cundy MBE, Freeman of Wisbech and medal winning Paralympic athlete. Prior to the reception Jody had spent a busy day touring local schools in Wisbech on Vivien, the vintage Wisbech Fire Engine. Pupils at Elm Road School, Nene School, Ramnoth School , Clarkson School, St. Peter’s School and Peckover School were delighted to add their congratulations!

We would like to extend a massive thank you to George Dunlop, Chairman on the Vivien Fire Engine Trust for all his hard work

The Sunday Live Music Club The Sunday Live Music Club at Elm Hall celebrated its tenth year with local band ‘Dave’ performing on September 2nd. Dave, who also rocked the Wisbech Bring & Share Multicultural Festival in August, are a very popular local band, and have an excellent stage presence that audiences love. As well as Dave in September, Elm Hall, Elm High Road, Wisbech has had a fantastic array of talent every Sunday afternoon during the last ten years. The venue is family and disabled friendly with complimentary snacks often available during the afternoon. It’s an ideal venue for young musicians to meet up and get involved in their local music scene. Rhythm and Blues, soul, funk, acoustic, garage and grunge all make up the variety of music catering for all ages and tastes.

Wisbech Mayor Cllr Vivien MacRae in the afterglow of a fantastic afternoon


The Club is at the forefront of live music in the area with many acts going on to perform at prestigious venues and festivals here in the UK and across Europe. The new season will include the return of some well-known, local favourite bands. Details of future bands can be found at

Wisbech Town Council intends to close the Allotment sites at The Still, and Lynn Road as being surplus to requirements. For details contact the Town Clerk at 1 North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR 9

Wisbech Market Place is always worth a visit

Most car parking is free and unconditional. There is no need to obtain a ticket or display one in most of the town centre car parks. Just park up and enjoy Wisbech Town Centre. Only Horsefair Car Park and parking in the Market Square itself are time limited and you will have to obtain a parking ticket and display it. In the Horsefair you must return to your car within two hours. There is some paid parking in Horsefair too so please read the signs carefully. On the Market Square itself you must return to your car within 1 hour and there is no paid parking. All the other car parks are completely free and not time limited - you may park in the other car parks all day if you wish – free of charge and hassle free. The Horsefair Car Park is completely free and not time limited on Sundays and Bank Holidays - and many of the shops in the Wisbech Town Centre are open.


Wisbech Christmas Market

Come and have fun and pick up some great bargains at Wisbech Christmas Market on Monday 17th December 2012 To be opened at 10.30 am by the Mayor of Wisbech, Cllr Vivien MacRae This exceptional Christmas Market is set in the heart of Wisbech – ‘The Capital of the Fens’ on the crossroads of Cambridgeshire/ Norfolk/Lincolnshire. Wisbech is an attractive Georgian Market town that has been featured in many BBC period TV dramas. Markets have been held in the town square since the 13th Century. 11

Wisbech Christmas Market There are lots of things to see and do, including Father Christmas, Victorian Strollers and street entertainers – and many, many stalls throughout the town centre adjoining streets, and Norfolk Street. This exciting Wisbech Market Event was first held in December 2003 and has grown year on year ever since. With a very strong emphasis on ‘Street Trading’ and ‘Town Centre Entertainment’, the Market is held throughout the Wisbech Town Centre in a ‘sterile zone’ as all traffic is excluded from the event area. There is ample car parking near the market in four car parks – see map on page 10.

THE CLOCKS OF WISBECH A PRESENTATON BY Roy Norman organised by Octavia Hill’s House This will be an absorbing and fascinating evening commencing at 7.00pm at the Clarkson memorial and will cost just £2.00. Please join us by just turning up.

Wednesday 28th November 7.00pm The party will then walk to ,the Town Council Chamber at 1 North Brink to be met by the Mayor Cllr Vivien MacRae, and the Beadle, where guests will be able to see, and learn about two fine examples: the Parliament clock made by John Vise of Wisbitch (actual spelling) made by John Vise circa 1776, and another by William Vise of Wisbich (actual spelling) in 1590. 12

St Peter & St Paul’s Church Christmas Services 8.00am 10.00am

Sunday 23rd Dec Said Holy Communion Sung Mass

Monday 24th Dec 5.00pm Family Crib Promenade & Carols by Candlelight 11.30pm Midnight Mass Tuesday 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Day Mass

Wisbech Baptist Church, Hill St – in the Horsefair Monday 17th December 10.00am – about noon Get In The Picture – come and join in our outdoor Nativity Scene – have your photo taken which will be put on a web site for you to view. Sunday 23rd December 10.30am Morning Christmas Service 5.00pm Carols Café Style – including refreshments and fun. Christmas Day 10.00am we host the United Free Churches Christmas Day Service.

CHRISTMAS AT THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH All are welcome Advent Course - Nov.29-Dec.20th @ 10.30am – 12noon Christmas Songs of Praise Dec.2nd @ 3pm Christmas Celebration Dec.19th @ 3pm Christingle Dec.23rd @ 10.30am

Sunday 30th December 10.30am End of Year Service including more Carols All very welcome 13

Wisbech Christmas Market Each year over 5000 visitors attend the Christmas Market during the day – both from around the local area and from further a field via regional coach tour parties. Last year there were over 100 stalls and attractions throughout the town. Visitors to this event will find everything for their Christmas at home – from turkeys to tinsel, from mistletoe to mince pies, from beef joints to Brussels and from stuffing to Santa. There are also charity stalls, traditional market traders, fairground rides, Carol signers, traditional street organs, holly wreaths and much more besides. You name it and you will find it there – the Wisbech Mayor and Beadle in full regalia, Santa, various street entertainers, live bands, period costumed Victorian Strollers, a Hog Roast and a lively festive atmosphere to match! This year we plan to have a Continental Market and two live reindeer called ‘Prancer & Blitzen’. There will also be ‘The Lord of the Isles’ Traction Engine in full steam – with organ. Parking in Wisbech is free throughout the town (see page 10) and there will also be a free ‘park and ride’ service (with low floor access) from the Elme Hall Hotel - watch for the signs as you approach the town on main routes, A47, A1101 or A141. This is a packed one day event and the date to remember is Monday 17th December from 10 am – don’t miss it!

Snowman Hunt at Octavia Hill Museum Octavia Hill Museum will be running a Christmas Snowman Hunt in the new River of Life Garden on

Saturday 15th December 1.00-4.00pm There will be a questionnaire for the children to answer and prizes for the winners. Cost of just £1 for each child There will be free diary for the parents and a children's book. 14

Wisbech Christmas Market

A Big Thank-You to Wisbech Lions for all their hard work Mayor Cllr Vivien MacRae will be switching on the Wisbech Christmas Lights at 6.30pm on Friday 30th November in Wisbech Market Place See pages 2 and 3 for more information. 15

Warning over bike thefts POLICE are urging cyclists to take security precautions when leaving their bikes following a spate of thefts. Many of the bikes stolen were left unsecured outside shops or in gardens. Crime reduction officer Julie Hanrahan said: "It only takes a few minutes for a bike to be ridden away by a thief so my message would be, ‘If you value it, lock it, don’t lose it’. "More than half of all bicycle thefts take place at the owner’s property. Simple crime prevention methods can lessen the chance of having a bicycle stolen. "It may seem like there are lots of things to think about when locking a bike but once you get into the habit you will be able to lock your bike within seconds and it will be well worth the trouble.”

Cyclists are urged to: Ÿ Secure removable parts. Lock both wheels and the frame together. Take smaller parts and accessories that can be removed with tools with you. Ÿ Make the lock (and chain, if used) and bike harder to manoeuvre when parked – to stop thieves smashing the lock open. Ÿ Keep the lock (and/or chain) away from the ground. Ÿ Keep the gap between the bike and lock small. Ÿ Never leave the lock lying on the pavement – a lock can be sledge hammered easily when it is resting on the ground. Ÿ Locks can also be picked, so face the lock towards the ground (but not resting on it) so it can’t easily be turned upwards for picking. Ÿ Register you cycle for free at Ÿ Keep a detailed description of the cycle, make, model, frame number, colour and any distinctive markings. Ÿ Mark the bike using a clearly visible and secure marking in two separate places.

Anyone with information about bike theft should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111

Waterlees entry to into the Urban Community category won it another Silver Award in Anglia In Bloom following the success of last year. Pictured here are Neville and Pauline Frusher and Doreen Eden, who put so much effort and community spirit into the floral displays that brighten up Waterlees. 16

Picture courtesy of Wisbech Standard

Wisbech was victorious yet again in the 2012 Anglia in Bloom awards, this year taking its fifth Gold Award and winning again the Large Town category The Judges Report for Wisbech stated: Wisbech In Bloom continues to develop and definitely deserves its Gold Award. Faced with the loss of their plant raising facilities they managed to find another site complete with redundant polytunnel hoops. Similarly, faced with a hosepipe ban they persuaded owners of three very large roves to use their rainwater, this collected rainwater quickly filled their bowser to water over 300 baskets and planters throughout the town. Wisbech is very fortunate in having two historic gardens in Peckover House and Elgood’s Brewery. A new feature this year is a ‘gerainbow’ in St Peter’s Churchyard.

Bob Massingham and Ray Wicks of Wisbech in Bloom received the award from Cllr Mrs Boddington, Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council. Picture courtesy of Anglia in Bloom.

Areas of achievement listed by the judges were: Ÿ The two new poly-tunnel plant raising facilities at Smith’s farm Shop Ÿ The collection of rainwater at Smith’s Farm Shop, Elgood’s Brewery and Technical Electrical Services and the twelve, donated, 1000 litre containers to do this Ÿ Wisbech Park – a wonderful open space with some beautiful sculptures and flower beds Ÿ The conservation work in Wisbech General Cemetery Ÿ The Boathouse and newly landscaped Nene Waterfront Ÿ The school gardening group and the ‘Our Place’ garden at St Peter’s Primary School Ÿ Rabbit (Freedom Bridge) Roundabout with its three boats and the sustainable planting in the raised beds at the entrance to Freedom Bridge Ÿ Peckover House and Elgood’s Brewery historic gardens Ÿ The wonderful floral displays in St Peter’s Church gardens, Crescent Gardens, and the new Museum garden Ÿ The 350, sponsored hanging basket provided by Wisbech In Bloom Ÿ The mock shop fronts in the High Street Ÿ The garden created at the Octavia View homeless hostel They also noted the plans for the future for the Octavia Hill Birthplace House Centenary Green, continuing conservation work in the General Cemetery, and the ongoing replacement of the shrubs in St Peter’s Car Park.

To all members of Wisbech In Bloom and the volunteers who give so much of their time and resources we all say

Thank You and Congratulations! 17

WALGA is an independent group for Wisbech allotment tenants and those interested in allotments and gardening. If you are interested in joining please contact the Secretary. At the Wisbech Town Council Bring & Share Festival WALGA promoted allotmenteering, and organised a produce show for allotment tenants.

Mrs Daina Zygurskiene won the ‘Guess the weight of the melon’ competition (it was 14.1kg).

The produce show allowed tenants to show off both their horticultural expertise as well as their imagination.


Roddons Housing Association Big Lottery Grant Roddons Housing Association is receiving £999,817 to help first time tenants and those moving in and out of work in Fenland, Cambridgeshire. The project will work with 2,500 beneficiaries. All new housing tenants will receive a mandatory welcome meeting covering budgeting and benefits advice. Tenants will be encouraged to attend workshops on eating cheaply, choosing the right energy tariff and raising the awareness of loan sharks. An ICT training and laptop loan service will give people six hours of one to one tuition focusing on IT skills and personal finance. Sara Betsworth, Big Lottery Fund Head of East of England region, said: “We wanted to prevent debt from starting or getting worse for people on very low income. When you have very little and you don’t have the confidence to work through the maze of modern money management, it can be tough getting the right support. “BIG’s funding will ensure that social housing providers, advice providers and local authorities in our area can work together to improve the financial confidence of people most in need.”

Volunteering which fits around your life! Care Networks’ Help at Home service provides practical help for people who are recovering after a hospital stay, unwell at home, or who need a bit of practical assistance to help them remain independent at home . Help at Home volunteers visit people in their homes and provide practical help with tasks like checking someone is ok, shopping and collecting prescriptions. Visits can be one-off or several over 3 weeks and can be undertaken in the spare time volunteers have available during the day, evenings or weekends they just tell Help at Home when they are free. Hilary Johnys, Senior Direct Services Coordinator at Care Network said: "Volunteering is good for you - it’s a fact! Our volunteers may be people who work full or part time, are retired or unemployed. Age is certainly no barrier, one of our oldest volunteers is 90, and really enjoys visiting people and providing the help they need. Care Network provides volunteers with training, support and pays any out of pocket expenses (usually mileage and telephone). Gill has been a volunteer for over 16 years. She said, ‘Yes I have been doing it for a long time, and have so enjoyed it. Mainly one’s clients are older people....... To be able to visit them, perhaps do shopping, collect prescriptions, but mostly just talk to them and impart confidence in their own ability, is very rewarding.’ If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Help at Home please contact us on 01223 714433 Care Network Cambridgeshire is a registered charity – Charity Number 1120693. 19

Wisbech Town Council News Forthcoming Wisbech Town Council Committee Meetings Dates of meetings 1 October 2012 15 October 2012 22 October 2012 29 October 2012 12 November 2012 3 December 2012 17 December 2012 14 January 2012 28 January 2012


Full Council


Civic Amenities


Market Place

6.30pm 6.30pm



7.30pm 7.30pm

6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm

7.30pm 7.30pm


7.30pm 7.30pm

Members of the Press and Public are invited to attend all meetings. There is a 15 minute period set aside for public participation at the beginning of each meeting. If there are no members of the public wishing to participate the main meeting may commence at the time stated above. Members of the public are reminded that the business of public participation must be appropriate to Wisbech Town Council - if in doubt please contact the Town Clerk at 1 North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR. Tel: 01945 461333 – our aim is to keep the public informed - Agendas and Minutes for Council meetings can be found on the website Also the website is full of information about the festivals and events organised by Wisbech Town council, and back issues of Wisbech Town Matters and Wisbech Town Guides – as well as a copy of the Wisbech Town Plan.

IT MATTERS TO ADVERTISE HERE 2,500 copies of this newsletter are produced and distributed quarterly in Wisbech plus a copy in full colour appears on Advertising costs: Quarter page = £30.00 : Half page = £50.00 : Full page = £90.00 Community events: We can give you a quarter page advert for just £10.00 Editorial: We are able to publicise your events/meetings/functions free of charge Please let us have text and pictures (in electronic format if possible) to The copy deadline for the next issue is 1st January 2013 - Ring us now on 01945 461333 Published by: Wisbech Town Council, 1 North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR 20

Camquit is our local stop smoking support service who are a team of professional advisors who understand that quitting smoking is different for everyone. They can arrange Nicotine Replacement therapies at prescription only cost and for those who don’t pay prescriptions these are free. Camquit is open extended hours, including weekends and have clinics available right across the county! If you have friends or family who smoke, they can call our dedicated helpline on 0800 0184304 or self refer to our service via For more information about our service please visit

Get married in style with us Wisbech T own Council is registered for marriages, civil partnerships, renewal of vows, and baby naming ceremonies

Wisbech Town Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour are beautiful, functional and available for hire.

Wisbech Town Council has decided not to charge for the use of Wisbech Council Chamber and the Mayor’s Parlour for the first wedding booked. Plus free photographs for that first wedding from Fotogenic of Wisbech. Call the Clerk’s Office 01945 461333 to make an appointment to discuss your needs and arrange a viewing, or email 21

Wisbech Town Council CONTACT DETAILS Name Cllr Mrs CR (Carol) Cox Cllr Mrs Cox is also a Fenland District Councillor for Clarkson Ward

Cllr Mrs VM (Viv) MacRae Cllr Mrs MacRae is Town Mayor for civic year 2012-2013

Contact Details 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 Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Wisbech North Ward Cllr Miss Hoy is Deputy Mayor of Wisbech for civic year 2012-2013

Cllr SJ (Stephen) Brunton

7 Sybil Road Wisbech PE13 3NG


01945 466387

7 Railway Road Wisbech PE13 2QA


01945 476269

Cllr HB(Bruce) Wegg Cllr Wegg is also a Fenland District Councillor for Hill Ward

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

34 Colvile Road Wisbech PE13 2ET


01945 585568 Whitehaven 141 Elm Low Road Wisbech PE14 0DF


01945 465126

Cllr R (Robert) McLaren

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


18 South Brink Wisbech PE13 1JQ 01945 580239



Cllr M (Michael) Hill

Contact Details


Melrose Villa 23 Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HS


01945 584971 Cllr S (Steve) Tierney Cllr Tierney is also a Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Roman Bank and Peckover Ward 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 2012-2013

Cllr GP (Garry) Tibbs

Cllr R (Reginald) Mee

6 Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HQ


07831 616127

39 West Parade Wisbech PE13 1QB


01945 587437

258 Norwich Road Wisbech PE13 3UT

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 Mr E (Erbie) Murat Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer for Wisbech Town Council

Council Chamber 1 North Brink Wisbech, PE13 1JR

Town Clerk

01945 461333 23


Millions discover their favorite reads on issuu every month.

Give your content the digital home it deserves. Get it to any device in seconds.