Daily Archives: September 21st, 2017

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).