Daily Archives: September 22nd, 2017

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.


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!