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ISSUE 22 Christmas 2015 The Community Newsletter for Wisbech

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Meet me at the Wisbech Christmas Fayre SUNDAY 13 December


Santa Sunday 29th November 3pm - 6pm ON LIVE G STA E Please note that these timings are a GUIDE only and subject to change! Mee t

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3.00  Phoenix Calling - will

be performing tracks from the highly acclaimed ‘Forget Your Ghosts’ album

4.35  Katy Lilley School of

Dance - Be delighted by

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5.05 L ula May - As seen on

BBC’s Land Girls - this 1950’s vintage style songbird will captivate you!

students of all ages entertaining us with their dance routines

4.00 Rosmini Centre Dancers - Performing

4.45  Angles Theatre Pantomime - Meet the cast

5.20 LJ Academy Of Dance  Performing numbers from

4.10  Ratzcool - LAMDA Musical

4.55 The Big Lights Switch-On! - With the Mayor of Wisbech and

5.30 The Grand Prize Draw! - Many wonderful

5.00 9 Lives Theatre Company

5.40 Lula May - Singing Us

to a mix of Christmas and contemporary dance routines

Theatre students present extracts from their mini musical ‘Around the World in a 1000 Years’

4.15  Clarkson Singers - A

traditional choir, delighting us with a selection of carols and seasonal songs

Plus Grand Prize Draw

of ‘The Snow Queen’ the story that inspired Disney’s Frozen!

‘The Nightmare before Christmas’

prizes to be won including an Apple iPad Mini!

comedian Jimmy Cricket It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Out... Enjoy the Christmas magic as Lula May sings us out with elegance and glamour

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1st prize iPad Mini 4 courte Worzals 2nd prize Dinner for two atmper 3rd prize Super Festive Ha e tickets x 4 4th prize Angles Pantomim ts x 4 5th prize Luxe Cinema ticke

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Come along to the Market Place


FREE Mince pies

Mulled Wine

Vivien the fire engine AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Switch On FUN FUN FUN!

Images from the Wisbech Standard image show the crowds at Switch On in 2014 Were you there? Come along this year for more fun

YES – following comments and suggestions from the public, this year the Christmas Fayre will be held in Wisbech Town Centre on a SUNDAY.

Speciality Food, Christmas Crafts, Market Stalls, Entertainment, Activities Throughout Wisbech Town Centre, including Market Place, Horsefair, The Crescent, Wisbech Castle, Bridge Street, and High Street.

PECKOVER HOUSE A Christmas Celebration Saturday 5 – Tuesday 8 December Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 December 11am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Selected rooms of Peckover House will be decorated for Christmas with festive floral arrangements and Christmas trees. Normal admission prices apply – free for National Trust members

Octavia Hill Commemoration Day Sunday 6 December 2015 Octavia Hill Birthplace House 10am 23rd AGM Octavia Hill Society (members) 11am Memorial Lecture ‘Modern Slavery’ by Dr Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery International Non members £2 Octavia Hill Memorial Service Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul 2.30pm A celebration of the life and work of Octavia Hill with music from celebrated trumpeter John Barker. Tea & biscuits serviced after the service courtesy of St Peter’s parishioners Twitter @octaviahillBH

Christmas Greetings As Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech this is the best year of our lives in our lovely town of Wisbech.

At the Mayor making on Friday May 15th the council chamber was filled to capacity with visitors from Arles , including Mme Francoise Rouzies who was representing the Mayor of Arles. Since then we have visited Arles with members of our Arles Twinning Club to meet up again with Francoise and the Mayor, Herve Schiavetti to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Twinning. What has been great for this town, are the events such as The Brinks Festival, Love your local Market, The Wisbech Festival, The Rock Festival, The Rose Fair and The Arles Festival (just to mention a few) not forgetting the recent Halloween Day, which was a glorious event. We are now looking forward to the Christmas Lights Switch on and the Christmas Fayre. We have been honoured to be invited to attend very many enjoyable and significant events in Wisbech and many other towns. In the Business Awards event held at March in October, I was delighted to receive on behalf of the town, the ‘Pride of the Fens’ Award, which recognises the town that has done most to promote enterprise and the community with the determination of its civic leaders. We are particularly pleased for our past MP Malcolm Moss and the British Legion Riders to have been awarded Freedom of the Town. The Riders have vowed to visit the graves of the 876 men who served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment and lost their lives in WW1. I am looking forward to the plans and ambitions of Wisbech2020 vision moving forward, with possibilities of the direct rail line to Cambridge and Peterborough, more tourism attractions; and also the improvements to the High Street from the Heritage Lottery bid. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to successful and enjoyable events in 2016

Cllr David Hodgson and Mrs Judy Hodgson Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech

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

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 Fenland District Councillor for Octavia Hill Ward and Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Wisbech South Ward

7 Sybil Road Wisbech PE13 3NG 07507896114

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 Fenland District Councillor for Staithe Ward Cllr Hodgson is Mayor of Wisbech 20152016

Whitehaven 141 Elm Low Road Wisbech PE14 0DF 01945 465126

Cllr R (Robert) McLaren

66 Kirkgate Street Walsoken Wisbech PE13 3QZ 01945 474270

Cllr Mrs VM (Viv) MacRae

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

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

258 Norwich Road Wisbech PE13 3UT

6 Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HQ 07831616127

Octavia Hill




Cllr M (Michael) Hill

Melrose Villa 23 Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HS 01945 584971


Cllr Miss J (Jessica) Oliver

39 West Parade Wisbech PE13 1QB 01945 587437


Cllr DC (David) Oliver Cllr Oliver is also a Fenland District Councillor for Peckover Ward Cllr Oliver is Leader of Wisbech Town Council 2015-2016

39 West Parade Wisbech PE13 1QB 01945 587437


Cllr A (Aigars) Balsevics

60 Burcroft Road Wisbech PE13 1PW 07912083334


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 Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Roman Bank and Peckover Ward

Cllr 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 Town Council NEWS - A by election held on 27 August saw Aigars Balsevics elected to represent Staithe Ward on Wisbech Town Council. Council officers: Clerk & Responsible Officer: Mr Terry Jordan Deputy Clerk & Operations Manager: Mrs Susanah Farmer Asset Manager: Mr Michael South Administrator: Mrs Tracy Bidwell-Hazell Your 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 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 - on the website www. or on the notice board outside 1 North Brink WISBECH TOWN COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2015-2016 Full Council Meetings Monday 23 November 2015 Civic Amenities and Mayors Charity Fund Monday 21 December 2015 (amended) Members of the committee: Councillors Monday 25 January 2016 Brunton, Hill, Hodgson, Mee, Oliver, Monday 22 February 2016 Tibbs and Wheeler. Monday 29 March 2016 Monday TBC (amended) Monday 25 April 2016 New Civic Year 13 May 2016 Staff and Policy Committee Committee members: Councillors Hill, Resources Committee Hodgson, Miss Hoy, Mee, Oliver, Ms Members of the committee: Councillors Tanfield and Tierney. Brunton, Mrs Cox, Hill, Hodgson, Miss TBC Hoy, Mrs MacRae, Oliver, Tibbs and Tierney. Planning Committee Monday 11 January 2016 (amended) Members of the committee: Councillors Monday 11 April 2016 Brunton, Griffin, Hill, Hodgson, Mee, Oliver and Tibbs. Allotments Committee Monday 23 November 2015 Members of the committee: Councillors Monday 7 December 2015 Mrs Cox, Hill, Hodgson, Mrs MacRae, Monday 21 December 2015 Mclaren, Oliver, and Wheeler. Monday 11 January 2016 Monday 18 January (amended) Monday 25 January 2016 Monday 8 February 2016 Market Place Committee Monday 22 February 2016 Members of the committee: Councillors Monday 14 March 2016 Mrs Bucknor, Hill, Hodgson and Oliver. Monday 29 March 2016 Monday 8February 2016 Monday 11 April 2016 Monday 25 April 2016

St Peter & St Paul’s Church Monday 7 December St.Peter's Ladies Group Carol Service 7.30 pm - Mince pies and tea/coffee after the service in the church hall, all are welcome Sunday 13 December Fenland Civic Carol Service 3.30pm Thursday 24 December 24 Family Candlelight Crib service 5pm Thursday 24 December Midnight Mass 11pm Friday 25 December Christmas Day Mass 10am

St Augustine’s Christmas Tree Festival Saturday 5th December 10am to 4pm Raffle and refreshments Sunday 6th December 10.30am to 3.30pm 3.30pm children carols by candlelight. Sunday 13 December Cantus Choir 2.30pm 7pm 9 Lessons and Carols Service. 24th December at 11.30pm Midnight Mass 25th December at 10am Christmas Morning Eucharist Service.

LETS GO TO THE PANTO! Friday 11th 7:30pm Saturday 12th 2:30 & 7:30pm Monday 14th 7:30pm Tuesday 15th 7:30pm Wednesday 16th 7:30pm Friday 18th 7:30pm Saturday 19th 2:30 & 7:30pm Monday 21st 7:30pm Tuesday 22nd 7:30pm Wednesday 23rd 7:30pm Sunday 27th 2:30pm Monday 28th 2:30pm Tuesday 29th 2:30pm Wednesday 30th 2:30 & 7:30pm Thursday 31st 2:30pm £11 (£9 concessions) £36 families (2 adults & 2 children) Group and school discounts are available Suitable for families

School term dates 2015/2016 Autumn term ends 18 December 2015 Spring term 2016 - 5 January to 24 March 2016 Half term: 15 February to 19 February 2016 Voluntary aided, foundation and academy schools may differ, so please contact schools directly for confirmation. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from staff and councillors at Wisbech Town Council

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Shop in Wisbech town centre for daily groceries to special treats. Wisbech market place has stalls selling a variety of goods and local produce every day of the week. Complementing the shopping offer within Wisbech it is full of bargains throughout the year, including a Sunday Market and Car Boot. 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). There is also long term FREE parking around town - come and look round the shops, search out those bargains, rest your feet and have something to eat, maybe visit a Christmas Tree Festival.

Christmas at the Horsefair Shopping Centre Located in the very centre of the town with excellent road and transport links, the Horsefair Shopping Centre offers a wide range of outlets to meet all your Christmas shopping needs. From the weekly supermarket shop, to fashion, to something for a special occasion the Horsefair Shopping Centre has 26 retail units, including the recently refurbished Greggs and Argos to cater for all requirements and budgets. Many are open 7 days a week. 2015 - Christmas late night shopping. On the first three Thursdays in December virtually all of the Horsefair stores will stay open until 7pm along with quite a few other town centre stores.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Music while you shop (details may be subject to change)

Manea Silver Band 5th December March Brass 12th December Salvation Army Band 19th December

For enquiries please call: 01354 654321 or email

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Wisbech Town Matters Issue 22: Christmas 2015  

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Wisbech Town Matters Issue 22: Christmas 2015  

Wisbech Town Matters: The community newsletter for Wisbech