Horsefair Gets The Summer Holidays Started

The Horsefair Gets The Summer Holidays Started With Annual Summer Fun Day!

July 2017 – The annual Summer Fun Day will be taking place at the Horsefair Shopping Centre on Thursday 27th July from 10am to 2pm.

There will be a whole host of activities to keep the kids entertained, and to get the summer holidays kicked off with a bang! These include face painting, a fairground ride, and balloon modelling. There will also be a variety of other stalls and attractions available on the day.

New to the ever-popular event is the Horse Hunt Window Competition, which is sure to keep the children busy.  Numbered horses will be placed in the windows of stores throughout the centre, with children having to complete a checklist to find them all. Some of the horses may even be placed inside the shops, so children will have quite a task on their hands trying to find them all! Every fully completed checklist will then be entered into a prize draw, which will be announced at 2pm.

Centre manager Dave King commented: “Our Summer Fun Day always proves to be very popular, it’s a great way to spend a few hours with lots of ways for people to get involved. All for free! I’m really looking forward to seeing how the children get on with the Horse Hunt Competition!”

At the event, children and their parents will also have the opportunity to sign up to Kids Club, a new initiative launched at the Horsefair which will provide lots of activities and events throughout the summer to make shopping trips happier and less stressful.

Wisbech Tesco Bus Service

Wisbech Tesco Bus Service

Lunchtime today saw the opening of the new Wisbech Tesco Bus Service.  I was there as Mayor and local Member along with a great many other folk who were supporters or part of the team that have worked on delivering the service.

I was asked to give a speech to open the bus and this was it:

Good afternoon everyone, thank you for inviting me to this event today and I want to start by saying how very pleased I am with the work that has been done to put this new service for Wisbech together.

The Wisbech Bus Service Project is a unique approach putting local customers’ needs at the heart of bus service design.  At a time when many public transport services are being withdrawn the decision to maximise the potential of the Tesco S106 funding this way is welcome.

Local residents played an active part in the service design.  Helping to form the routes and timetable, making their needs clear.  The huge efforts to engage the community have been excellent and I hope this means the service will be well-used and therefore commercially-viable.

No one knows better what local people needs are than the local people themselves and its great to see that understood and reflected.. To focus on a community led design for a new local bus service will surely make all the difference in ensuring it is built to last.

I know that my colleague and Leader of Wisbech Town Council, Cllr Samantha Hoy, agrees.  She told me today that she is really pleased with this service, which is vital to the residents of her wards, many of whom are elderly.

Wisbech Town Council want to see more transport for local people. For this reason the Town Council have offered their full support for the Wisbech Bus Service Project and the new Wisbech Tesco Bus and will continue to do so.

It is encouraging that the early feedback so far, is that customers like the new service and I very much hope it will prove successful and popular.

As well as providing local residents with the means to access the Tesco site, key objectives have also  been realised by incorporating access to healthcare and education.

Another great achievement during the project is the installation of the much needed bus shelter on Cromwell Road. The shelter itself was provided by Cambs County Council and has been adopted by Wisbech Town Council. A perfect example of partnership working.  I am also pleased that similar teamwork has resulted in other County Council funding being used to establish a number of bus stops along the route of the service.

I am sure this positivity and community spirit will continue though out the pilot phase for the new Wisbech Tesco Bus and the new service will be a true asset to local residents for a long time to come.

I applaud the appointment of FACT to deliver this new trial service as a local organisation that is well-supported by its members and enables people to remain independent.  I wish them every success with the delivery of this new venture supported by Fenland District Council and all the local residents and businesses that are currently involved.

It is tremendous that we have had a lot of support and feedback from the local community and local businesses for which I am massively thankful.  The new service and its hope of long term survival is inevitably always going to be in the hands of those who now turn up to use the service.

Thank you for your support and thank you for attending today.

I think the speech says everything I’d like to say.  Good luck to the new bus service!

School’s Out For Summer

School’s Out For Summer

I was doing my DJ bit for the end-of-term party at St. Peter’s School tonight.

Kids were well-behaved as ever and the teachers had created a really nice event to mark the end of the school year.

Some of the youngsters are going on to Senior School now, albeit TCA or further afield – I’d like to wish them all the best. They really are a charming bunch, well looked after by an excellent school. I am sure they will do very well wherever they are heading onto.

Praise for Wisbech as town grows for gold



July 19, 2017

Praise for Wisbech as town grows for gold

“A credit to themselves, to Fenland and the In Bloom initiative across the entire country.”

That was the praise heaped on to dedicated volunteers and organisations in Wisbech when judges toured the town as part of the annual Anglia In Bloom competition.

Everyone behind this year’s campaign is hoping they’ve enough to help secure the town’s tenth consecutive Gold Award in the regional horticultural contest when the results are announced in September.

The judges visited the town on Friday, July 14, with their tour culminating at St Peter’s Church Gardens to see this year’s themed garden celebrating the 50th anniversary of BBC’s Gardeners’ World.

They admired the different flower, vegetable and herb beds, two rabbits dressed in full carpet bedding and show presenter Monty Don’s Potting Shed – and they even got to meet the man himself.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to meet Monty Don!” joked judge Ian Haynes after being greeted by star ‘lookalike’ David Judd, and his faithful golden retriever.

The tour also included the courtyard garden and Centenary Green at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, the Bee Garden at Somers Road Car Park which was created from an area of wasteland, the new hanging basket tree, baskets and containers at the Clarkson Memorial, Peckover House garden, the Welcome Garden at the Chapel Road car park entrance, Wisbech General Cemetery and Nene Quay.

They also met horticultural students from Meadowgate School to see their work in Wisbech Park, discovered more about the £2 million Heritage Lottery Funded Wisbech High Street Project and toured The Crescent and Museum Square.

Judges were led on the tour by Fenland District Council’s parks and open spaces manager, Bob Ollier, Wisbech In Bloom chairman Brian Massingham and secretary Penny Stocks.

Afterwards they enjoyed lunch with many of the volunteers and organisations involved in the In Bloom campaign including from Wisbech In Bloom and Street Pride, the Friends of St Peter’s Gardens, Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery, the Community Payback team, Wisbech Lions, and local businesses and councillors.

They were also joined by the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, councillor Peter Murphy, and Wayne Eady from plant company Volmary, formerly known as Delamores, which donated thousands of seedlings.

Judge Mr Haynes told lunch guests: “I remember being here two years ago before the town went on to win gold and the best large town category; now we’ve returned today and you haven’t disappointed at all. You’re not only a credit to yourselves but a credit to fenland and the whole In Bloom initiative across the entire country.”

Mr Ollier said: “This year is probably one of our best entries into Anglia In Bloom in the last 14 years; so many areas look fantastic. The community effort is just amazing and is some of the best in the Anglia region without a doubt.”

“The number of individuals and groups who continue to play an invaluable part in the In Bloom campaign in Wisbech is wonderful,” added Cllr Murphy. “Their tireless efforts do Fenland proud.”

Waterlees / North Ward Coffee Morning

Waterlees / North Ward Coffee Morning
If you live in North Ward / Waterlees in Wisbech, I hope you will consider joining myself and Cllr Billy Rackley tomorrow morning for our Councillors’ Coffee Morning.
As this is a Councillor event, or course there is no charge or anything like that.
The short event is being held in Oasis Centre, in the youth room. It starts at 10AM and finishes at Midday. You can drop in any time, you don’t need an appointment or anything.
Tea, Coffee and Cake will all be provided by us.
The purpose of the event is to give residents of the area an opportunity to chat to Billy and I, and to each other. You can raise issues that concern you, suggest ideas or improvements, or just generally natter and enjoy a nice cuppa.
Please do come along, you will be very welcome and we will be pleased to see you.