PCC Visit

PCC Visit

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is asking local residents to come along to a public meeting on Monday 27th November in Wisbech.

The Commissioner would like to discuss plans for a new Police Station in Wisbech with members of the local community before undertaking the formal application process.

Superintendent Andy Gipp from Cambridgeshire Constabulary will also be present.

The event will be held in Wisbech Town Hall Council Chamber between 7pm and 9pm on Monday 27th November and is open to all Wisbech residents.

Mayor Charity Update

Mayor Charity Update

During my first six months as Mayor I have raised £6,600.  Some of that was donated by myself through my voluntary surrender of the County Council rise, but most was from functions, fundraisers, the great work of the St Augustines Day Centre team, my Mayor’s Stall at the Rock Festival and generous donations from others.

Although there is still plenty of cash left (and I hope to raise much more) here is an update on some of the things I’ve already done with the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

  • Boogie Tots – paid for the hire of the hall, allowing the group to continue
  • Mobile Defibrillator Unit – purchased an entire unit, for use at Town Events.
  • Bedazzle – paid for the hire of the hall, helping the group meet funding challenges.
  • Community House Day Trip – Paid for a day trip for users of the House, including some special T-Shirts
  • Breathe Easy – Purchased a PA System for this important support group
  • Festivals Committee – Paid for the Ghost House at Halloween, so that it could be free for the people of Wisbech
  • North Ward / Waterlees Skate Park – Made a significant donation towards the forthcoming Skate Park.
  • Donations to Cat Haven, Sharman’s Legacy, Lois Smith Fund, WGS Rugby Fundraiser, On Track Education, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Gazebo for use by Macmillan Cancer Support
  • There is much more to come as I hope to deliver a lot for St Augustines Day Centre, Fenland Gymnastic Academy, Wisbech Stroke Club, Wisbech Reads and Wisbech Cubs/Scouts/Guides in 2018.

It’s quite exciting to be able to deliver lots of different things.  There’s still a sizeable chunk remaining and its my intention to double up my effort in the New Year and fundraise like crazy.  If anybody has any fundraising ideas, or would like to make a donation, or would like to help me with fundraising activities, please let me know!

Look out for the elderly and vulnerable this winter


November 14, 2017

Look out for the elderly and vulnerable this winter

Fenland residents are being encouraged to look out for elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours this winter – and help make sure they don’t suffer in silence.
Older people and those with long-term health conditions are particularly susceptible to illness and isolation at this time of year, yet it can sometimes be difficult for those at risk to admit they need help.

With winter fast approaching, Fenland District Council and its partners are urging people to look out for those who may struggle as the temperatures drop as part of the national NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign.

People can help make a difference to elderly and vulnerable people they may know by following these top tips:

  • Drop in to see them and check if they are well at least once a week – and more often if the weather turns very cold.
  • Encourage those who haven’t had a flu vaccination to get one – it’s free for people aged over 65 and with long-term health conditions.
  • Check if they are feeling well. If they are feeling ill, encourage them to visit their local pharmacist or GP without delay – and give them a lift if you can.
  • Offer to collect any prescriptions they need or take them to their GP for any appointments.
  • Tell them to call 111 if they feel unwell when GP surgeries and pharmacies are closed – a trained NHS health care adviser will be able to help them.
  • Make sure their home is heated to at least 18°C throughout the winter.
  • Ensure they are eating well and have a good supply of food – and offer to help them with shopping if they struggle with mobility.
  • If it snows, clear their path, front steps or doorway areas for them.

Information packs with advice on how to stay warm and well during the winter have been distributed to GP surgeries across Cambridgeshire as part of the campaign, including Trinity Surgery in Wisbech and New Queen Street Surgery in Whittlesey.

The packs, which include a room thermometer, are also available at Fenland District Council’s four @ Your Service shops and community hubs, and at the Golden Age Fair, the Council’s popular event for the over 60s, being held at March Braza Club on December 4.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “Winter can be a very isolating time, preventing people from seeing friends and family and going about their daily lives as normal. This can impact on people’s health and wellbeing in so many ways, making them more likely to become unwell or injure themselves.

“Older people, those with long-term health conditions and people who live in poor quality housing, are particularly vulnerable during the winter, and many of those sometimes find it
difficult to ask for help. If we all look out for our vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours, we can make a huge difference to how people in Fenland get through the winter.”

The Stay Well This Winter campaign in Cambridgeshire is being supported by Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, district councils, the voluntary sector, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

For more information on staying warm and well this winter, including grants available to help people if they are struggling financially, call 0345 6500 280, or visit the Golden Age Fair.

New Wisbech skate park project launched

New Wisbech skate park project launched

Hopes for a new and improved skate park for Wisbech are gathering pace with the launch of a new project involving the local community.

Wisbech Town Council, Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and local housing provider Clarion Futures will be working with residents and the Oasis Community Centre to develop and fund a new skate park in Bath Road on the Waterlees ward.

The old skate park had reached the end of its useful life, with all the old equipment being removed by Fenland District Council earlier this year due to safety concerns.

Project leaders said the move was disappointing for local youngsters, but represented a “real opportunity” to offer a new and improved facility for the whole community.

Wisbech Town Council has agreed Fenland District Council set aside £35,000 for the project from Section 106 funding, which will be used to attract further investment and funding from other sources. Fenland District Council will also contribute £5,000, along with ongoing skate park maintenance and safety assessment costs.

Fenland’s open spaces team will also provide its expertise to help deliver the new facility, alongside the engineering team once an agreed skate park build commences.

The project group has begun applying to various funders for support, and will be fundraising within the local community.
Wisbech Town Councillor Laura Cobb, who is leading the town council’s support for the project with fellow town councillors, said: “We have many young people living very close to this area and they tell me that an improved facility is necessary. This is a place where young people gather, enjoy themselves and help create the community that we enjoy. This project is crucial to the area, as well as wider Wisbech communities, and I hope that we can deliver a fantastic skate park by the summer holidays next year.”

A community group is also being set up to back the project, which has also been supported with £500 from Wisbech Town Council’s Mayor’s Fund.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “This project has considerable community backing and I am pleased that Fenland is getting a large group together to push this important community project along. We have seen the success of similar projects across Fenland and given the number of young people living in this area I expect that this new skate park will be the busiest yet.”

Local businesses are also being urged to support the project.

Remembrance 2017

Remembrance 2017

I was so proud today of the Town of Wisbech and its fine people.

Remembrance in Wisbech is a special ceremony. The folk of this Town know how much was sacrificed and there is always a large crowd gathered to pay proper respects to the fallen.

As the Mayor this year it was my privilege and honour to lay a wreath on behalf of Wisbech Town Council.

It was wonderful to see so many young people also, turned out as cadets or with their families. Several generations all united in their gratitude, thanks and respect for the people who gave their lives in order that we are able to live ours in safety and peace.

The service in the church of St Peter and St Paul was very nicely done and underlined the gravity of the day.

Finally, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and I carried out a review of the military and cadet units presented in the Market Place. They were all exemplary.

As a biting cold wind swept through the Market Place, some of the very young cadets were clearly cold. They stood stalwart nonetheless and were unmoved. Their parents must be immensely proud of these fine young people.

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*Pictures courtesy and (c) Jamie Edwards and Brenda Barber

Armistice Day 2017

Armistice Day 2017

This morning I was at the Wisbech War Memorial with the RBL, Town Councillors and members of the public to pay our respects on Armistice Day.

I then joined some of my fellow Councillors and moved on to Nestle Purina for their own Armistice service.

Both were nicely-organised events in which we were able to show how we value the sacrifice of those who have fallen to allow us to lead the lives of safety and privilege that we do.

Glennfield Ninth Birthday Party

Glennfield Ninth Birthday Party

This afternoon I joined residents of Glennfield in Wisbech to celebrate the Care Home’s 9th Birthday.
Music was provided by the talented Tony G, and I enjoyed the company of Alina Whiteman (representing the RBL) and the lovely residents and their families who were there to celebrate with them.
It was great to get a chance to see my old friends Neville and Pauline Frusher and to chat with residents who I last saw at the karaoke afternoon I attended as Deputy Mayor.
Glennfield is such a nice place and I am always impressed by the dedication of its staff. As always, the event was most enjoyable and I look forward to seeing residents and staff again soon for Christmas!

TCA Remembrance

TCA Remembrance

This morning I was invited to join the students, teachers and cadets at Thomas Clarkson Academy for their remembrance service.

Students lined the balconies and stairwells, holding the names of family members who were lost in conflict.

I laid a wreath on behalf of the Town Council and paid my respects.

During the service and the silence, despite thousands of students in close proximity, you could have heard a pin drop.

What an honour it was to attend the school’s Remembrance event and to be a small part of it.  The students and staff of the school did the Town and themselves proud and their clear and profound respect for those who have fallen to keep us all safe was evident and obvious.

Thank you for inviting me to attend.

Skate Park, As Promised

Skate Park, As Promised

Wisbech Town Council Policy & Resources Committee met last night and one of the items on the agenda was the use of s106 funds for play equipment around town.

Several areas will benefit from updated and new playground equipment. I was very pleased that there was unanimous agreement on changes that different Town Councillors have been lobbying hard for.

Of particular interest was the agreement to provide a new and quality Skate Park for North Ward / Waterlees, likely to be before next Summer. This has been pushed hard by the four Town Councillors; Laura Cobb, Billy Rackley, Andrew Lynn and Andy Maul as it was a key pledge they made during their election campaign.

Laura, Chairman of the Skate Park Committee, has worked with the others to get some fantastic plans drawn up and they have – broadly – been agreed.

A decent skate park has long been something the ward and the town aspired to, but previous attempts have stuttered and faded, amounting to little.

But not this team!

The Town Councillors should be commended for the excellent work they have done. In very short order they have taken things from the drawing board to a real plan, and done exactly what they said they would do. A breath of fresh air, I think most would agree.

So some good news for young people around the town. The new Skate Park is now almost certainly coming. Get ready!