A FENLANDER'S DIARY
PUBLISHED: 13:46 29 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:16 28 May 2010
NICE to discover the courtesies of life are being scrupulously observed at Fenland Hall, March. The acting head of legal services, Chucks Goulding, has now left Fenland District Council and her permanent successor, Perry Holmes, started last Monday as dir
NICE to discover the courtesies of life are being scrupulously observed at Fenland Hall, March.
The acting head of legal services, Chucks Goulding, has now left Fenland District Council and her permanent successor, Perry Holmes, started last Monday as director of central services and monitoring officer.
Not only did Chucks kindly leave Mr Holmes a detailed list of where everything is and in which filing cabinet is information on such diverse matters as a new contract for port manager, Peter Harvey , and an update on the Nene Waterfront negotiations but she also passed on advice about his seating arrangements.
"If you don't like the black chair in your office, there should be a red one instead," she told him.
Not that Mr Holmes will necessarily have time to sit in either for too long, for she's also left him a long list of meetings he will be expected to attend during his first few weeks at the helm.
RECENTLY released minutes of the shadow board of Roddons, the housing association hoping to take control of Fenland's 4,000 council homes, reveal an interesting snippet about how the name was chosen.
Six names, apparently, were short-listed and identified as Meadowlands, Roddons, Iceni, Herons Reach, Cornfields, and Broad Skies.
"The sub group narrowly favoured Meadowlands but all six options had secured approximately the same number of points," report the minutes.
Members were invited to select their top three names, allocating three points to their favourite, down to one point for their third favourite. A secret ballot followed and Roddons secured 18 votes, followed by Cornfields with 12 votes.
"It was stated that the name would be meaningless unless the registered social landlord delivered its promises," notes the report. Quite.
COLLEAGUES in the newsroom have been busily preparing their stuff in advance of Tuesday's sentencing of the March fraudster, Michael Eke, who has admitted various charges of theft, not least the obtaining, by deception, of an MBE.
I will leave others to write about his misdemeanours, and so forth, but I'm curious to know what happened to the personalised registration plate, H2 EKE, he once bought for his wife's sports car but has since sold.
A fiver for a picture of the car which now has the plates!
VISITING Tydd St Giles the other evening, a colleague discovered a most extraordinary fact about the village magazine that probably makes it unique in today's publishing world.
For not only is the magazine not looking for new advertisers, but the pages are so well provided for with advertisements that companies now wishing to advertise their wares among their pages have been invited to join a waiting list! Now that's what I call a success.
MY colleague Ben Fidoe, our graphic designer, has begun his own 'blog' on this paper's website, and thoroughly enjoyable it is too.
Ben, 24, has settled on the theme of 'Mr Domesticated' and promises a weekly update on his attempts to cook, wash, iron and, generally, become a dutiful and caring son, as well as trying to impress his girlfriend!
His first attempts involve baking a cake for a Macmillan coffee morning today (Friday) so we'll wait to see how that goes.
In the meantime your might enjoy the comment his mum has posted on the end of Ben's first 'blog' - she says she will "never believe a man of 24 can know so little about domestic life. My fault, I guess. He was tied to my apron string for a while but the surprise is he now wants to wear it!"
Go to www.cambstimes.co.uk or www.wisbechstandard.co.uk to read his, and many other 'blogs', in full.
And discover how you can become a Fenland 'blogger'.