COMMUNITY: What’s going on in Fenland

The Whittlesey Conservatives held their popular annual quiz night with fish and chip supper. Picture

The Whittlesey Conservatives held their popular annual quiz night with fish and chip supper. Pictured is the winning B Team with chairman Julie Windle - Credit: Archant

A round up of local events coming up this month and in December.


Doddington Women’s Institute

Anne Chambers welcomed members to the November meeting and Gemma Watts read the minutes of the last meeting. The most senior member, Joan Hall, had recently celebrated her 100th birthday and many friends had attended her tea-party.

Members were reminded to take their Accessories to the Table-Top sale being held at the Christmas lights event on November 25.

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Gemma Watts gave a report of the recent federation meeting and congratulations were given to Valerie Gobie for coming third in the Isle Cup competition and Margaret Playford for being runner-up in the whist tournament.

The first speaker was Howard Newton from the fire service who gave an interesting talk and showed films on ‘Safety in the Home’.

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There was a break for refreshments served by Margaret Neesom, Brenda MacKenzie and Janine Woodhams.

The second speaker was Andy Cornwell who is a keep-fit trainer for the four Fenland Leisure Centres and how he tried to keep his clients interested in getting fit. Both speakers were thanked by Margaret Playford.

The competition winners were Anne Chambers, Margaret Lewis, Chris Oakes and Shelley Underhill. There were seven raffle winners.

The December meeting will have entertainment by Roy McManus and Friends, refreshments served by the committee, a secret Santa, and the competition will be for ‘something Scandinavian’.


March Museum.

‘Life, Times and Memories of a Fen Girl’ is the title of the talk that Jacqui Huggins will present after March Museum Society’s annual general meeting at St. Peter’s Church Hall on Friday November 10. It will start at 7.30pm.

March Museum will be open on Remembrance Sunday, November 12.


Saturday November 25: sixties/seventies charity dance in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer at Marshland High School dancing to Mel Stevens and the Classics.

Tickets are £10 each and available from Sue Whitby by calling 01945 464665 or 07814 304397.

There won’t be a bar at the event but people can bring along their own drinks and nibbles.

There will be a raffle during the evening and Sue would be very grateful for any raffle prizes.


Whittlesey Conservatives

The Whittlesey Conservatives held their popular annual quiz night with fish and chip supper.

The six rounds of questions plus two bonus rounds posed by quizmaster Robert Windle tested the most experienced quizzers but out the 11 teams who took part it was B Team who came out on top winning the small financial prize.

Julie Windle, chairman of The Whittlesey Conservatives, was delighted with the number of participants and thanked The Royal Fish Bar of Whittlesey for providing the supper. £360 was raised for party funds.

The next event is the Christmas Fayre on Saturday December 16 at the Whittlesey Conservative Club between 10am and 1pm.

There will be stalls and Christmas music from a local choir whilst tea, coffee and mince pies are included in the entrance fee of £3. Entry for children is free.

To buy tickets in advance call Julie Windle on 01733 204445, stall spaces are available at £5 a stall. For more details go to the Whittlesey Conservatives page on Facebook.


Wisbech U3A

At the October meeting of Wisbech U3A, the speaker was journalist Charlotte Paton who spoke about her research into a fascinating but rebellious poacher, Frederick Rolfe, who lived in Norfolk in the 1930s.

She gave an enthralling account of his life and an insight into the social history of the time.

On November 9 at 2.30pm in St. Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech, the U3A will welcome Jonathan Revett whose talk is entitled “Death Caps and Dead Mans Fingers”.

On December 14 our Christmas entertainment will be Sean Moyses, the well-known and popular ‘Banjo Man’. To ensure a seat, members are advised to arrive by 14.15.

Semi-retired and retired people are welcome to come to these meetings, hear about the many activities which Wisbech U3A can offer, listen to the talks, have a chat and enjoy some refreshments, and hopefully join our friendly group.

Coffee mornings are held at Octavia View Cafe most Friday mornings (please check with one of the U3A members) from 10.00am to 12 midday. This is a good chance for anyone interested in the U3A to meet informally and chat to members.

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Wisbech Warblers

The Wisbech Warblers meet every Thursday at Trinity Methodist Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech from 6.45pm. Free refreshments provided.

We are a sing-along karaoke choir, but no one sings alone - we sing in a group.

The words projected on a screen. Interested? Come and find out more next Thursday; any singing ability welcome.

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