What’s happening, what’s coming up, and what happened - all in a news in brief style

Selection of news from aross Fenland - including some what’s on events too that you might enjoy.

ST Mary’s Church, March is holding an auction of goods and promises at St. Peter’s Church Hall, March on Saturday May 7 beginning at 6.30p.m with the viewing of lots and the opportunity to make a silent bid.

This will be followed by a two course supper with soft drinks and coffee, before the sale closes and bids are realised. Already on offer for sale are items of jewellery, clocks, cake stands, new shoes, boat rides and a pillion ride on a high speed motor cycle.

Admission is �5.00 (to include supper) and tickets are available from Pat Quince on 01354 653761 or Church Warden Sylvia Smith on 01354 652828.

NEARLY 600 drugs arrests were made across Cambridgeshire last year, new figures have revealed; police warned substance abuse fuels crime at all levels of society.

NEXT meeting of the local Diabetes UK group is on May 11 at Wisbech.

The meeting takes place at 7.30pm at The Robert Hall Centre, St. Augustine’s Road/

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Guest speaker is Sharon Tillbrook, Eastern Regional Manager, Diabetes UK.

All are welcome.

FOLLOWING the success from the album teaser tracks being released for radio play and magazine reviews AWAKE are back again to play at Wisbech Rock Festival on June 5.

On Friday June 3 AWAKE will headline another night in Cambridge, They bring local popular metal heads, A Deeper Dreed and Mastema from Gorleston who have been making waves on metal radio shows across the UK.

The show is on Friday June 3, The Portland Arms, Cambridge. Doors at 7:45pm. Advance tickets can be purchased through http://awake.bigcartel.com/

Crafty People Wanted

The 14th Wisbech Scout Group are holding a craft & Gift fair on Saturday 4th June 2011, At St. Peters Church Hall in Wisbech, Cambs, from 10am till 4pm. And are looking for stall holders who would like to sell their craft. The cost of joining them for the day for the day is only �10 a table. Each table is 6ft long and just over 2ft wide. If any body would like to come along please get in contact with Sam Rayner either on 07957585478 or scoutingsam1986@aol.com

OASIS Community Centre, St. Michaels Avenue, Wisbech is holding a table top sale and car boot sale on May 28 to raise funds for the centre and Waterlees in Bloom.

Tables/pitches it costs �6 (indoors) or �5 per pitch (in the car park) and the centre will be open from 7am for stall holders. It is open to the public from 8am until 12 noon.

CONTACT: Cherry at the Oasis on 01945 46156.

A FENLAND travel agency says it has a fresh idea to stop families removing their children from school during term time to take them on cheaper breaks.

Anglia Co-operative Travel says its ‘Schools Out’ programme tailors cheaper deals for families taking a break during the holidays.

Paul Dale, the company’s specialist retail manager, said: “We have joined with Thomas Cook to offer an exclusive deal for holidays in Turkey and this year, in response to requests from parents, we are underwriting discounts for selected holidays in England.”

CONTACT: March branch on 01354 650945 or Wisbech on 01945 589433.

A CUP for the most improved player in the junior band of March Brass 2000 has been presented to Alice Cooper, tenor horn player.

The shield for the most improved player in the band was awarded to Aaron Short, cornet player.

The presentations were made at the annual meeting which elected officers for the coming year including that of Peter Sutterby as chairman.

The band currently has 35 members but is always looking for experienced players to join them, particularly top cornets and percussionists.

Practices are held every Monday evening from 7-9pm in the Roman Catholic Church, St John’s Road, March.

Last year March Brass 2000 undertook 24 engagements.

EVERY Dental Access Centre in Cambridgeshire is now a member of the British Dental Association’s (BDA) Good Practice Scheme, after the clinic at Wisbech recently achieved accreditation.

Wisbech joins the clinics at Cambridge, Huntingdon and Ely run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust to be endorsed by the BDA. Membership of the scheme shows the clinics are meeting nationally accepted standards of patient care

FENLAND and Peterborough Mind has appointed Claire Rintoul as Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Malcolm Turner.

Claire has worked in the voluntary sector for over 17 years, gaining a wide range of experience and supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in society. Her most recent post has been as a Deputy Chief Executive at Nottingham Council for Voluntary Service.

Mind support adults across Peterborough, Fenland and Cambridgeshire who are suffering with some form of mental distress.

A BMX bicycle was stolen from Wisbech on Monday.

The lock to the black Silver Fox Reeper was cut before both the lock and the bike

was taken from Prins Avenue. The theft occurred between 3-5pm.

Theft of cycle

Anyone with any information is asked to contact March Police Station on 0345

456 456 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

“Abby Marshall from Tilney St Lawrence will be taking part in the MoonWalk London on 14th May, Hyde Park will once again play host to this extraordinary moonlit marathon.

Amongst 15,000 other power walkers she will be pounding the streets in her Walk the Walk trademark decorated bra, with the theme ?Take a Walk on The Wild Side?.

Since the first MoonWalk in 1998 this unique challenge has brought together over 195,000 women and has raised over �50 million for vital breast cancer causes.

To support Abby on this extraordinary challenge please go to her donation page at www.walkthewalkfundraising.org/the_crazies or call 07732 730517”

TYRES were deliberately set alight in Wisbech last Thursday (April 28).

Firefighters arrived at the wasteland in Lime Avenue at 8.40pm and extinguished

the fire using one hose reel. They returned to their station by 9.15pm. Anyone with

information should contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

A BARN caught fire in Fenland on Monday (May 2) after a bonfire spread.

One crew from Chatteris and one crew from March were call to Byall Fen

Drove in Chatteris at 3.30pm. Crews used two hose reels to extinguish the blaze

and returned to their station by 6.05pm. The cause of the fire was accidental. A

fire service spokesman said: “If you are planning to have a bonfire, ensure it is located well away from vegetation and buildings and never leave it unattended. “It is also a good idea to have a bucket of water or a hosepipe handy in case it gets out of control.”

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