March Society goes from strength to strength

THE March Society is being so successful in attracting members from surrounding villages that it may have to change its name to reflect its growing membership from outside the town.

At its annual meeting chairman Jennifer Lawler spoke about the continual growing strength of the society and how it was attracting Doddington and Wimblington residents.

She said that from September the venue for meetings will change from the library to March Town Hall on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm.

The society will be involved in supporting national Heritage Open Days in September and for the first time March will be opening up some of its interesting buildings to the public.

After the annual meeting Edna Stacey, archivist at March Museum, gave a verbal timeline on March’s history. She began with the Ice Age with the physical beginnings of March and moved through the Roman occupation, the of kings and Wendreda, the influence of the church and the Bishops of Ely, drainage of the Fens and enclosure.

Mrs Stacey spoke about the devastating effects of the outbreak of cholera in the 1850s and the gradual emergence of March as a railway town. She ended on the more recent investment by Network Rail and commented on the future of March’s Hippodrome.

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