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The Community Newsletter for Wisbech

Avoid the fuss – take the bus Ample parking at Tesco on Cromwell Road use the Norfolk Green 66 Tesco Circular or X1 buses to get into town.

W elcome to Wisbech Rose Fair Please use the information in this newsletter to find your way around the attractions during your visit to our lovely town. You will also find information on other events and attractions, so we hope you will return to visit us again. Find you way around with the map on the back page

With its Georgian street scene running alongside the River Nene, and winner of Anglia in Bloom Gold Awards for many years and also regularly judged as the Best Large Town/Small City; Wisbech ‘Capital of the Fens’ is renowned for being ‘blooming lovely’. The climax of the year is the Wisbech Rose Fair when there are a wealth of floral displays throughout the town. Wisbech Rose Fair is supported by

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Rose Fair - Things to See and Do Centred upon the 900 year old Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, the Wisbech Rose Fair now takes over the town centre with flowers, stalls, activities and events for everyone to enjoy. Sights, sounds and smells – it’s all happening! There is lots to see, but plenty of places to stop, relax, or eat, so, resident or visitor, please enjoy Wisbech Rose Fair 2015.

Wisbech Rose Fair Church flower displays St Peter & St Paul Church open Wednesday - Saturday 8am – 6pm (5pm Thursday) Organ recitals throughout the festival. Choral Evensong Wednesday – Saturday 4.30pm Parish Eucharist Sunday 10am Clarkson Singers Concert Sunday 3pm

Floral themes for 2015: ‘Our Classical Heritage’

Wisbech Baptist Church (Hill Street, off the Horsefair) Church open Wednesday - Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

‘Know the name of Jesus’

Trinity Methodist Church (Church Terrace) Church open Wednesday - Saturday 9am – 5pm There are tombola, craft and the Christian Book shop stalls. Organ recitals throughout the festival. Peckover School will be singing on Wednesday at 11 o’clock.


United Reformed Church (Castle Square) Church open Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-4pm. Epilogue Saturday 4.20pm Organ recitals throughout the festival.

‘Biblical Theme’

St Peter’s Gardens Wednesday to Saturday the awardwinning gardens of St Peter’s are filled with many stalls offering goods, tombolas, bric-a-brac, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, games crafts – something for everyone.

Quick snack, indulgent treat or tasty meal? There are lots of places to choose from for good food throughout the festival. Wisbech is home to many food outlets; from a sumptuous three-course meal in the wonderful surroundings of a Wisbech hotel, to a takeaway from one of the excellent, traditional fish and chip shops, refreshments are available throughout the day with menus to suit all pockets and tastes. If you are a fan of scrumptious cakes look out for a wonderful variety of homemade offerings. During the Rose Fair, light refreshments are available from all churches with floral displays. Light refreshments plus more substantial lunches are also are available from St Peter’s Church Hall, Trinity Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

Rose Fair - Things to See and Do Relax in Museum Square with music and entertainment for that Covent Garden feel

Street artists will be joined by local school children from Leverington, Peckover, Murrow and Nene schools.

Plus local musicians including Bondy, and the Rusty Relics. Sing along, tap your feet, or just relax and listen.

Thank you – to all the schools, businesses and individuals who put so much time, effort and resources into making Rose Fair such a success

Wisbech Ex-Services Club, Alexandra Road Wisbech Ex-Services club will be open to all over the Rose Fair Wednesday 1st – Saturday 4th July, during normal opening times Licensed bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks / tea and coffee Snooker and Pool available as well as Sky Sports. Disabled access toilet and bar area Find us next to The Angles Theatre, up the passage-way Take a break from the Fair and relax in our lounge area WISBECH CASTLE Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Wisbech Art Club Exhibition will be in the Pump Room. WI refreshments every day in the Castle kitchen. Exhibition in the house and craft fair on the Saturday. WISBECH & FENLAND MUSEUM A long doubtful day 18 June 1815: The Battle of Waterloo (features Napoleon's breakfast service which was captured after the battle) An exhibition showcasing the Isle of Ely Federation of Women's Institutes Craft Skills Wisbech Shops Photographic Exhibition Wednesday 1 July Lacemaking demonstration by Jenny Furlong All four days there will be World War 2 collection handling available in Museum Square Visit the Dig For Victory garden

Discover summer adventure and fun on your doorstep 23 July – 2 September 2015 Pack more into your holidays this summer and join museums in Cambridgeshire and beyond for some family fun and adventure. 23 venues across the County, including Wisbech & Fenland Museum will be presenting a jampacked programme of drop-in and bookable creative activities, events and trails - all part of the annual Summer at the Museums line-up. Whether it’s something to do on a rainy day, a day out close to home, or a bit of hands-on creativity, we have loads of activities and events for you to choose from. From creating miniature masterpieces at the Fitzwilliam Museum, solving detective mysteries at the Farmland Museum or travelling through the ages on the Burwell Museum Time Travel Bus, this year’s Summer at the Museums ‘What’s On’ guide is full of events and activities to keep everyone entertained. You can also keep a record of your visits throughout the summer with our accompanying museum passport. Use it to collect a stamp from every place you go. Free ‘What’s On’ guides and passports will be available from all participating museums or collections from 20 June. Alternatively, or your own from

ST RAPHAEL CLUB Love Lane Open from Wednesday 2 July – Saturday 6 July from 8.30am – 5.30pm Hot and cold refreshments at affordable prices. Bric-a-brac, books, toys and second hand clothes stalls. All proceeds to St. Raphael Club Funds. Toilet and disabled toilet available for public use.

Rose Fair – Things to See and Do - Other local attractions PECKOVER HOUSE AND GARDEN (National Trust) North Brink

OCTAVIA HILL’S BIRTHPLACE HOUSE 7 South Brink Commemorates the life and work of Octavia Hill, co-founder of the National Trust and a crusader for heritage and housing. Open Wed – Sun, 1pm – 4.30pm Last entry 4pm Admission Rose Fair concession £2.50, Accompanied children - free Free entry to Special Exhibition, Garden and Tea Room and Gift shop ELGOOD’S BREWERY TOURS AND GARDEN North Brink Open Wednesday & Thursday, 11.30 -4.30pm Licensed bar, light lunches, tea, coffee and homemade cakes. Prize winning beers. Gift shop and plant sales. Brewery tours daily at 2pm

Wisbech Round Table organises the annual float parade through Wisbech Town Centre (floats travel on a circular route along Somers Road – Bridge Street- High Street – Market Place and past St Peter’s Church, continuing along West Street and Victoria Road) Samba special in the Saturday Float Parade Everyone lets their hair down for a riot of colour and fun in the Saturday parade of floats with the Rose Queen. Schools, local groups and organisations show off their creative flair. Many months of hard work are displayed for the judges and the public. Organised by Wisbech Round Table, and supported by many local businesses and individuals the parade brings a carnival atmosphere to the town.

Parades at 11am and 2pm (please note temporary road closures)

Avoid the fuss – take the bus Ample parking at Tesco on Cromwell Road use the Norfolk Green 66 Tesco Circular or X1 buses to get into town.

SUNDAY CONCERT Sunday 3 July 2015 3pm Concert by The Clarkson Singers St Peter & St Paul Church

Wisbech Market Place hosts a bustling market with stalls selling a selection of goods and produce. Various traders on site Monday to Saturday The market place is closed to traffic on Thursdays and Saturdays. One hour FREE parking on the south side at other times (a ticket must be obtained)

Wisbech Market Place is the hub of Wisbech town centre. Apart from the market, it is used for a variety of festival and entertainment events through the year. New traders to enhance and complement the goods and services offered are always welcome. We continue to support Love Your Local Market and encourage shoppers to buy local. The market place also continues to be used to host events such as St George’s Day.

Trader in the Spotlight Italian Ices “I scream, You scream, We all scream, For ice cream!”

Wisbech Loyalty Card - register your email to enjoy fantastic savings throughout the town @MLCWisbech Wisbech loyalty card saves you money, supports local business, & is sponsored by the Horsefair shopping centre, Wisbech Town Council & Fenland District Council Fully supported by the Wisbech & District Chamber of Commerce

WISBECH TOWN MATTERS ... 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 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. Wisbech Town Council. 1 North Brink. Wisbech PE13 1JR Give us a call 01945 461333

For a wide choice of retailers set in the pedestrian heart of Wisbech ‌

The Horsefair Shopping Centre

Welcomes visitors to the Wisbech Rose Fair To keep up to date with all our news, Like us on Facebook – Horsefair Shopping Centre Follow us on Twitter @HorsefairSC The Wisbech & District Chamber of Commerce are pleased to welcome visitors to the Wisbech Rose Fair. During your visit we hope that you find time to visit the wide variety of businesses that Wisbech has to offer: Wisbech is home to independent shops, national retailers and restaurants to suit all tastes. Established 1927 COURTESY, SERVICE, VALUE, QUALITY Wisbech & District Chamber of Commerce are pleased to sponsor the shield presented for the annual Best Dressed Window competition held as part of the Rose Fair.

Wisbech Town Council Annual Report 2014-2015 Mayor of Wisbech 2015-2016 On Friday 15 May, Councillor David Hodgson was elected by members of Wisbech Town Council as their Chairman and Mayor of Wisbech. Cllr Hodgson’s Mayoress is Mrs Judy Hodgson. Having just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on 11 May, they look forward to representing the town of Wisbech during their civic year. Cllr Hodgson praised the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Michael and Mrs Jane Hill for their dedication to the town during the past year. He also paid tribute to late councillors Roger Green and Mac Cotterell, and Bruce Wegg, who had first proposed David for Mayor. The Council Chamber was filled to capacity with visitors from Wisbech’s twin town of Arles, and Cllr Hodgson was delighted to be able to welcome members of the Wisbech Arles Twinning Club, but especially to Mme Francoise Rouzies who was representing the Mayor of Arles. He was also pleased to welcome family and friends to this special occasion. In his speech, Cllr Hodgson was optimistic for the future development of Wisbech, which he attributed to the work of the 2020 vision. There were new houses, shops, restaurants and a cinema. There had been significant movement on the probability of the rail line and the regeneration of the High Street, with the rebuilding of Constantine House already near completion. All of this would take Wisbech ‘Capital of the Fens’ even further forward. It was noted that there are many more events in the town this year than normal. The Brinks Festival is on at the moment, with Love Your Local Market, the Wisbech Festival is on June 7th, the Rose Fair in July and of course our Arles Festival on July 12th just to mention a few. He hoped that the public would be willing to come along and volunteer help, building on the officer team who assist with the running of these events by the Town Council. The Festivals Working Party, chaired by Councillor Hoy, has worked on these events for a long time now and he thanked her for all her input. He also was grateful for the dedication of Council Leader, David Oliver who he praised as a councillor, but also thanked him for the amount of work he puts in to so many events; often being the first to be on site and the last to leave. Cllr Hodgson thanked Father Paul West for agreeing to be the Mayor’s Chaplain for the year, and also thanked Father Paul and Father David Addington for the work they put into the community. Councillor Garry Tibbs was elected as Deputy Mayor for civic year 2015-2016. If you wish the Mayor or Deputy Mayor to attend any functions, please contact the Town Council, in writing (post or email) giving date, time and details of the event.

A review of the 2014-2015 civic year by the Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Hill Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed our duties representing Wisbech during the civic year. We attended over 200 events, far and near; from Mablethorpe to Kettering, Stamford to Sandy and all places in-between. We attended various civic dinners, receptions and services held by neighbouring Mayors and Chairmen representing Wisbech and Wisbech Town Council. A highlight of which was the Thanksgiving Service and Pumpkin Pie supper at RAF Alconbury. As well as representing Wisbech in other authorities, we also attended many events within Fenland and Wisbech itself. I was delighted to see new opportunities and growth in Wisbech by attending the opening of several new enterprises including: Poundland, the Nottingham building society, the Light Cinema, and Burger King. It was a great pleasure to attend many awards and presentations events. The Young People of the Year (YOPEY) event, was held this year at Ely Cathedral. The awards were set up as a campaign to give young people a fairer image in the media by 'revealing, recognising and rewarding' young unsung heroes and setting them up as positive role models for other young people. The dedication and commitment shown by the entrants to their local communities was especially uplifting. We also attended the Prince’s Trust team here in Wisbech, organised by the Cambridgeshire Fire Service. We have visited many schools, cadets and other youth groups during the year, including the wonderful Oscars ceremony at West Walton School. I was very pleased to be able to give donations to assist the youth groups of Wisbech for my Mayors’ Charities Distribution. I would like to thank them all again for the assistance they have given me during my Mayoral year. We were delighted to attend the Archant Business Awards and extremely proud to receive, on behalf of the people of Wisbech, the Pride of Fenland Award 2014. Hopefully, this is a reflection of the events and activities in our town, bringing the community together, and I look forward to further festivals and events in the coming year. The Wisbech Civic Carol Service was attended by several Mayors and Chairman from other authorities. We have had many comments on how enjoyable it was. There was a departure from the normal lessons and carols, with funny readings which filled the church with laughter. Thank you to all who assisted and took part. Christmas also saw lots of visits to local schools and nursing homes. It was a delight to be able to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and meet so many people. Jane and I would again like to say a very big thank you to all individuals and groups who have supported me in my Mayoral year.

Report from Cllr David Oliver, Leader of Wisbech Town Council This year Wisbech Town Council has continued to maintain the operation of the Market Place. I am pleased to support the Love Your Local Market campaign, and hope both traders and shoppers have enjoyed their County & Western experience. This council continues to support community events in Wisbech, including festivals, Christmas and Armed Forces Day. In response to an approach from a number of traders, Wisbech Town Council has decided to operate a regular Sunday market and car boot event on the market place. Wisbech Town Council is very hopeful that with its “tried and tested” experience of operating markets six days per week, this new venture will be a success and will have the community benefits of providing additional shopping and other facilities available in Wisbech town centre for the public, as well as contributing towards enhancement of the economic circumstances within the town. Wisbech continues to support its market. It has been possible to give a small reduction in market traders’ rents to try and support both regular, well-established traders, and prospective new enterprises. Wisbech Town Council has desires to improve its markets offer to the public, as well as playing its part in enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of Wisbech town centre for the benefit of all of those who use Wisbech as a place to live, work or visit. It is felt that the operation of a Sunday market and associated car boot event on Wisbech Market Place accords with those ambitions. Follow Wisbech Market on Twitter @WisbechMarket Wisbech Town Council is again pleased to be able to support many organisations through their grants schemes, and welcomes applications from those needing assistance in providing services to Wisbech. Wisbech Council look forward to being part of the regeneration and improvement of Wisbech, and to this end, will be reviewing its Town Plan to drive forward improvements. Wisbech Town Council also assisted with the return of Dann’s Clock. As a public clock this will now be supported by the Town Council, with day-to-day assistance from William H Brown The primary source of income for Wisbech Town Council is the Precept, which is a local tax collected by Fenland District Council on behalf of the Parish of Wisbech as a part of the Council Tax bill. This money is required to run the Town Council and pay to maintain and improve the facilities, activities and services provided. It is the operational cost difference between expected expenditure and income in any one year. The precept for 2015-2016 remains at £203,133. This equates to £34.46 per Band D household per year or 67p per week. The rest of the Council Tax are amounts for Cambridgeshire County Council, Fire Authority, Police & Crime Commissioner and Fenland District Council. This year much work has been, and continues to be, carried out on the allotments to encourage new tenants. Plots have been cleared and are ‘ready to go’. If you are interested in a plot to grow your own, please contact the Town Council and arrange an appointment with the Allotments Manager. Application forms for a plot can be found on the Wisbech Town Council website. There is an annual allotments presentation evening to show off the skills of our allotmenteers.

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Wisbech Town Council contact details You can contact your councillor by email on the Town Council website 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 Find us on Twitter and Facebook Cllr Mrs CR (Carol) Cox Cllr Mrs Cox is also a Fenland District Councillor for Clarkson Ward

33 Bowthorpe Road Wisbech PE13 2DX 01945 465588

Cllr Mrs VM (Viv) MacRae

12 Bowthorpe Road Wisbech PE13 2DX 01945 489602

Cllr Miss S (Samantha) Hoy Cllr Miss Hoy is also a Fenland District Councillor for Octavia Hill Ward Cllr Miss Hoy is also a Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Wisbech South

7 Sybil Road Wisbech PE13 3NG 01945 466387



Octavia Hill

Cllr SJ (Stephen) Brunton

7 Railway Road Wisbech PE13 2QA 01945 476269

Octavia Hill

Cllr P (Peter) Human

86 Elm Road Wisbech PE13 2TB 07725544726

Octavia Hill

Cllr D (David) Hodgson Cllr Hodgson is also a Fenland District Councillor for Staithe Ward Cllr Hodgson is Mayor of Wisbech Town Council for civic year 2015-2016

Cllr R (Robert) McLaren

Cllr GP (Garry) Tibbs Cllr Tibbs is also a Fenland District Councillor for Kirkgate Ward Cllr Tibbs is Deputy Mayor of Wisbech Town Council for civic year 2015-2016

Whitehaven 141 Elm Low Road Wisbech PE14 0DF 01945 465126 66 Kirkgate Street Walsoken Wisbech PE13 3QZ 01945 474270

258 Norwich Road Wisbech PE13 3UT 07500 558031

Octavia Hill



Cllr M (Michael) Hill

Melrose Villa 23 Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HS 01945 584971


Cllr S (Steve) Tierney Cllr Tierney is also a Fenland District Councillor for Medworth Ward

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 2015-2016

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Cllr Miss JA (Jessica) Oliver

39 West Parade Wisbech PE13 1QB 01945 587437


Cllr Ms I (Irina) Kumalane

8 Anchor View West Parade Wisbech PE13 1QD 07405742787


Cllr W (William) Schooling

5 Octavia Close Wisbech PE13 3TR 07778828150


Cllr MG (Michael) Bucknor Cllr Bucknor is also a Fenland District Councillor for Waterlees Village Ward Cllr Mrs VM (Virginia) Bucknor Cllr Mrs Bucknor is also a Fenland District Councillor for Waterlees Village Ward Cllr A (Alan) Lay Cllr Lay is also a Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Roman Bank & Peckover Ward Cllr Mrs B (Brenda) Lay

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

Waterlees Village

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

Waterlees Village

36 Beatrice Road Wisbech PE13 3PE 01945 465394

Waterlees Village

36 Beatrice Road Wisbech PE13 3PE 01945 465394

Waterlees Village

Wisbech / Arles Dance and Music Festival Wisbech Arles Twinning Club presents Arlesian Dance Festival Wisbech Market Place – Sunday 12 July 10am – 3.30pm – FREE ENTRY

Wisbech Rocks Wisbech Rock Festival: Still Crazy Wisbech Park – Sunday 2 August 12noon – 8pm – FREE ENTRY Headline band Vanity Fare + supporting bands

Town Centre Street Entertainment Day Wednesday 26 August in conjunction with the Horsefair Shopping Centre

Town Centre Seaside Fun – Monday 31 August 10 – 13 September

Happy Halloween Trick or Treat & Zombie Apocalypse Wisbech Town Centre & Horsefair Shopping Centre Saturday 31 October Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch On Sunday 29 November from 3pm Wisbech Christmas Fayre and Market – Sunday 13 December

WISBECH TOWN COUNCIL COMMITTEES 2015/16 Further to monthly meetings of full Council, there are regular meetings of Allotments, Civic Amenities and Mayor’s Charity Fund, Market Place Management, Planning, Resources, and Staffing and Policy Committees. Working Parties may be constituted by Committees as necessary, and membership determined by the parent committee as required (not all members of Working Parties need to be councillors). Please note that up to 15 minutes before Council and Committee meetings is available for members of the public to put comments and/or questions to the Council/Committee. Prior notice of questions is appreciated, please contact the Clerk. Wisbech Town Council meets regularly at the Council Chamber, 1 North Brink. 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 Wisbech Town Council website Agendas page for up-to-date information. All meeting agendas are published at least 3 clear days before meeting is held - on the website www. or on the notice board outside 1 North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR Meetings are also advertised via Twitter @WisbechCouncil and Facebook

Superfast broadband is here! Great news! New green cabinets have gone live with fibre in this area and are accepting orders for superfast broadband. However, some residents may have to wait a little longer to get connected. A coverage map can be seen on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website ‘my area’ pages at together with useful advice on how to get superfast broadband. The best way for householders and businesses to check if their premises can get a better broadband service is to try to order through an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Find out how you can get superfast The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is improving the broadband infrastructure to bring better connections – but it’s up to you to find the best broadband package for your needs. In three quick steps: 1. Find out if your area is connected – visit the ‘my area ‘ pages on the website 2. Check your current broadband contract – see if you can switch or upgrade to a fibre package 3. Shop around for the best deal – compare packages and offers to find what’s best for you Our Destination Digital business support scheme can help businesses install superfast broadband by applying for Government connection vouchers of up to £3,000 on a first-come, first-served basis before March 2016. Find out more at Need help using the Internet? Your local library can link you up with someone to show you how, or go to the website.

THE FENLAND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY we are a small and friendly society spreading over the three counties of the Fenlands. We offer help and support with researching your family history no matter where your family originated. Our main meetings are on the fourth Thursday of the month in St. Peter & St Paul’s Church Hall Wisbech. 7pm – 9 p.m. Everyone welcome. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Family Research Sessions are held in Wisbech Library on the 1 st Tuesday of each month 10 – 12 noon when our experienced researchers are on hand to offer help and support to beginners and the more experienced alike. We help you get started and also to help ‘break down those brick walls’. We can also be found in Wyevale Garden Centre Crowland on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 11 am onwards. We will be based in the restaurant offering help with family research to anyone interested, all for FREE. Please do come along and meet us. Our Promotion stands with interesting displays will be out and about offering added support at various events. For further information or to book us to attend your event please phone 01945 587723.

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