Bakers wanted for Fenland’s own bake offs

Bakers wanted for Fenland’s own bake offs

Cake-makers are being urged to rise to the occasion when two Fenland leisure centres hold their very own bake off contests for charity.

Budding bakers can put their skills to the test when the Great British Bake Off-style events are held at the New Vision Fitness centres next month in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Great Hudson Bake Off and Tea Dance takes place at the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech on October 6, and a second bake off and coffee morning is being held at the George Campbell Leisure Centre in March on October 13.

People are invited to bring along their homemade showstoppers to be judged – with top prizes on offer for star bakers!

All the cakes baked will be on sale at the events along with refreshments, and everyone is welcome. All money raised will go to Macmillan as the chosen charity of Cllr Mrs Kay Mayor, Chairman of Fenland District Council, which runs the leisure centres.

The Hudson bake off is being held from 11.30am to 12.30pm, with the tea dance between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets for the tea dance cost £2 each and are still available to buy from the Hudson reception. There will also be craft stalls selling items such as photo frames, homemade cards and jewellery.

The George Campbell event will see a coffee morning between 7am and 12noon, with the bake off from 10.30am to 11.30am.

There will also be a coffee morning at the Manor Leisure Centre in Whittlesey on October 4 from 11am to 1pm, and once again everyone is welcome.

Cllr Mrs Mayor said: “This is a cause so close to many of our hearts so I hope as many people as possible will join us for what promise to be some fantastic events. It’s a great chance for people to show off their baking skills and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes including vouchers for afternoon tea-for-two.”

Residents are also invited to join Cllr Mrs Mayor at her Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event at Fenland Hall in County Road, March, on Thursday, September 28, between 10am and 11.30am. There will be coffee, tea, cakes, sausages rolls and a raffle.

Donations to Macmillan can be made at all the events. Anyone who cannot attend but would like to make a donation can post it to the Chairman’s Secretary, Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8NQ (please make cheques payable to Macmillan Cancer Support).

Fenland Enterprise Business Awards 2017

Fenland Enterprise Business Awards 2017

My Wife and I have had a lovely evening at the Fenland Enterprise Business Awards.

http://www.fenlandbusinessawards.co.uk/

It was brilliant to see such innovative, creative and successful companies highlighted and given the spotlight to celebrate the great work they do in the area.

The event was well-organised, very well-attended and glamorous. I really cannot fault it at all. It was a pleasure to be there and see hard work, entrepreneurialism and good old-fashioned business cheered to the rafters.

Well done to all who were nominated, and particularly to all our fantastic winners.

A special mention to my neighbours The Luxe Cinema, who were finalists, but didn’t get a top prize this year but who I know will go from strength to strength with their new/old team and passionate new manager.

Thank you! Marie and I enjoyed it immensely and spent altogether too much money – but all in a good cause.

Why recycle? Because it’s worth it!

The following press release came to my inbox and I am putting it here for those who may be interested:
 
Why recycle? Because it’s worth it!
 
Fenland householders are being encouraged to make a difference next week as a national campaign lifts the lid on blue bin recycling.
 
Fenland District Council is joining other authorities in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP) in supporting Recycle Week 2017 from Monday, September 25, to Sunday, October 1, to encourage people to recycle more.
The week also coincides with work Fenland District Council is carrying out in Chatteris on Thursday, September 28, as part of an ongoing recycling project.
Waste and recycling staff will be delivering information to around 350 properties in the town as part of recycling improvement work which will see 28,000 visits made across the district by the end of the year. It aims to make residents more aware of what can and can’t go in blue bins and reduce the amount of recyclables which goes into green, general waste bins.
This year’s Recycle Week theme, ‘Recycling – It’s Worth It’, is hoping to encourage people to recycle more items from all around the home.
 
Recent research by Recycle Now, the national recycling campaign for England, revealed almost 90% of people in the UK regularly recycle from the kitchen, but only 52% regularly recycle items from the bathroom such as deodorant cans and shampoo bottles.
 
Yet Peter Maddox, director of WRAP, which organises Recycle Week as part of the Recycle Now campaign, said many people would be surprised at the benefits recycling can offer.
 
“Recycling just three empty deodorant cans can save enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes,” he said.
 
Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “This year’s Recycle Week is an opportunity to show that recycling really is worth it! We have a great track record for recycling in Fenland, but there’s always room for us all to do even more. We really want to encourage everyone to think about those empty deodorant cans, shampoo and perfume bottles when recycling.”
 
The Council’s ongoing door-to-door recycling project launched in May 2016 and is proving successful in improving the quality of recycling put into blue bins.
 
Each week advisors visit targeted areas to deliver recycling information; placing stickers on bins where there is a recycling issue and speaking with homeowners where possible. The work is carried out before bin collections to give householders the opportunity to rectify any problems and still get their bin emptied.
 
Where a recycling bin is used well and contains a full range of recyclable materials, a thank you hanger is put on the bin.
Advisors then revisit the same area on the next recycling collection and check the bins to see if any improvements have been made.

Afternoon Tea In Leverington

Afternoon Tea In Leverington

Having been a member of the Leverington Village Hall Committee for a number of years, it was very nice to be invited to join them for their Afternoon Tea event, in my role as the Mayor of Wisbech.
 
Leverington is a village I have always been very fond of and where I have many friends, so it was such fun to see some of them in this setting and to enjoy a cuppa with them.
 
Thank you for inviting me!

In Bloom Awards

In Bloom Awards

I spent a couple of hours this evening at the In Bloom Awards which incorporates Wisbech Town Council’s Allotment awards.
 
It was a real pleasure to hand out awards to people who have played a part in making Wisbech beautiful, floral and colourful this year.
 
The fact that Wisbech won its TENTH successive gold medal this year speaks well of the fact that this is a town full of the sort of people who make it their business to spread beauty and joy.
 
I was very proud to meet so many of those people tonight and those awards and medals were all well-deserved. The In Bloom team and all the gardeners and allotment owners who each do their bit to add to the wonderful whole deserve respect, admiration and thanks for all they do.

Statute Fair, Wisbech 2017

Statute Fair, Wisbech 2017

One of the enjoyable historic duties of the Mayor is to open the fair when it visits town.

The Statute Fair is in town and today, I led a procession of Councillors (all fully robed) and their families and guests to the fair, where we were met by a representative of the Showman’s Guild.  As is traditional, a short speech was given and the fair declared open.

Then the children all got to go on lots of rides.  (And even one or two adults!)

A nice mild evening and everybody had fun.  I would like to thank the good folk of the fair for their warm welcome and for entertaining the people of Wisbech with all the colour and lights and rides and games that we all know and love.

Library Reading Challenge Awards

Library Reading Challenge Awards

Yesterday I accompanied the Leader of Wisbech Town Council, Cllr Sam Hoy, to present the awards for the Summer Reading Challenge at Wisbech Library.
 
The Summer Reading Challenge is a reading initiative run by local libraries to encourage children to read during the Summer holidays.
 
A huge number of children took part this year and it was fantastic to see such a great turnout of young people and their proud parents and grandparents. The kids clearly loved being a part of it and were enjoying the whole thing immensely.
 
We handed out a small mountain of certificates and medals to the children who had completed the challenge, who ranged in ages dramatically.
 
My hat goes off to the Library staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this all possible.
 
It was a very nice event and it was a joy to be a part of it.

All aboard – for tea and cakes!

All aboard – for tea and cakes!
 
A bus trip for residents of a Wisbech retirement home was such a success it could become a monthly event.
Residents from Edina Court in Harecroft Road enjoyed a trip on the Service 68 bus to Tesco Extra on Cromwell Road, where they enjoyed a coffee morning laid on in the supermarket’s Community Rooms and a spot of shopping.
The morning was organised by Fenland District Council’s Wisbech Bus Service Project, Tesco and Edina Court to encourage residents to try the Wisbech Tesco Bus Service.
And the trip was so popular, options are now being considered to make it a monthly event – much to the delight of those that took part.
 
The Wisbech Tesco Bus Service was launched in July as a 12 month pilot, and needs involvement from the community to ensure its long-term future.
 
Councillor Simon King, Portfolio Holder for Transport at Fenland District Council, said: “Section 106 developer funding from the new Tesco retail park development is being used to get the new bus service up and running. Once the funding ends the service needs to be able to support itself in order to continue long term. The previous bus service introduced to provide access to Tesco was withdrawn due to lack of use. We don’t want to have the same thing happen with Service 68.
“We are looking at ways to encourage more people to try the service so we can attract enough regular users to make it permanent. So many people have told me how much they need this bus on this route and we really want to do all we can keep it running for them.
 
“Throughout the trial we are asking for people’s comments and feedback as we want to get the service right and give it its best chance.”
 
The service is led by Project Co-ordinator, Belinda Pedler, who is delivering the marketing and promotion of the new service, operated by FACT, and can be identified by the Wisbech Tesco Bus Service logo and signage displayed in the bus windows. FACT membership is not required to use the service and travel is free for Concessionary Bus Pass Holders.
The service runs between Horsefair Bus Station and Tesco Extra and covers South Brink (Malt Drive), Mount Drive, Ramnoth Road, Weasenham Lane and Queens Road as well as Harecroft Road and North End (Leverington Road).
Timetables and route information are available from numerous venues across Wisbech including the Horsefair Information Point, Wisbech Fenland @ Your Service Shop and Tesco (Customer Services Desk).

Knit & Natter

Knit & Natter

I joined the St. Augustines’ Knit & natter group today for a coffee and a very pleasant chat with some talented and industrious ladies, who get together to knit, sow and generally raise charity funds.
 
It is a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere which I would highly recommend to anybody who enjoys knitting, chatting or coffee in good company.
 
I’ve commissioned a Mayor’s Jumper :) I’ll post pictures when it’s done.

AA Brothers International Party

AA Brothers International Party

It was a great honour to be asked to introduce the Latvian band at the International Music Party hosted by the AA Brothers in the Queen Mary Centre tonight.

The atmosphere was brilliant and there was a really nice mix of people there, from all different places.

The DJ (Dj Gunchs) was great and really got the crowd moving, the act themselves was Rassell, with Sabine Berezina and Edvards Grieze and were excellent.

A nice international party night where everybody seemed to be having a lot of fun.