Category Archives: Wisbech
Very pleased with my bag of gifts
It was very nice to be presented with a card and a bag of gifts from my Wisbech Conservative colleagues this evening.
I acted as Campaign Manager here in Wisbech and we bucked the national trend and had a pretty good result, improving on our previous election results from four years ago.
It was a lot of hard work, but I really can’t take any credit. We had a brilliant raft of candidates and I am proud to serve alongside them.
I’m only sorry for the three that we lost – but there will be other days.
I had one of the best canvassing days EVER today.
The sun was shining and literally every single person I spoke to door-to-door was supportive and friendly. I canvassed for six hours and covered over half of my ward and it was absolutely brilliant. I’d like to thank so many people that I spoke to that were all so nice.
When I got home I began to get word of the list of candidates that were standing in Fenland. I had wondered if we might get some “no contests” but I never thought there would be so many. All across Fenland, many of my colleagues will be elected unopposed.
In a way I am a little disappointed, as the unofficial news is that I will also be elected unopposed. I’m sad because I had been really hoping one of these so-called “Independents” was going to stand against me. I would have liked to see how that worked out for them.
I’m sorry to the people of Medworth that no other candidate has put their name in. You deserve a choice and that has been denied to you. I would have been happy to campaign for re-election on my record. Indeed I have already put out a newsletter, a letter and a leaflet across the ward, and canvassed about 75% of the ward, so I was certainly up for it. It appears that the various other parties and “independents” couldn’t find somebody willing to take me on. It appears they were all frit, as there’s no sign of them. Or perhaps they are just supportive of the work I do? :)
But I’m pleased for my Town Council colleague Michael Hill, who is Deputy Mayor and can now be as assured as you can be with such things that he will be the Mayor in May. I know he is going to be a great Mayor – again!
Once more, thanks to all the people who had said they were going to vote for me. It was truly humbling. There’s no need to do so now, but I will work hard every day for the next four years on your behalf. Thank you.
Campaign Time 2019
Well it’s that time again.
The time when we all go out and ask people to come vote for us.
The time when the opposition and the Usual Suspects start sneering, lying and slating the Conservatives – while claiming that it is the other way around. :)
The time when the Wisbech Standard begins its weekly campaign to get somebody, anybody, elected who isn’t a Conservative.
The time when people nobody has seen in their ward for the last four years turn up and start pretending that they are a better alternative than the people who work all year around.
The sun is shining. The air is fresh. And the people I am meeting in my ward as I canvass are very pleasant and very positive.
I have every faith that the people in Wisbech broadly know the truth, no matter what smears the collective opposition try to run with.
As ever, it will be what it will be. We shall see.
See you all soon, on the doorstep. Looking forward to it!
So apparently the fairly simply blog post (above) is “ghastly and nasty.” :)
But none of the comments on the various private Facebook groups he frequents are? None of the personal remarks about me, or Sam Hoy? None of the comments by anybody on the Hatefest forum are “ghastly and nasty?” Just my little blog, above.
If ever there was clear-cut evidence of exactly what I said, it’s right there.
People are right to point to the low esteem in which the Old Press is held, nationally and locally. And this is why.
New School £30M+ Investment Consultation Event
Please do pop into the Queen Mary Centre tomorrow to support the new school for Wisbech.
The consultation events take place from 3-7pm at the Queen Mary Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech. (There is another consultation event for the villages, as shown in the link above.)
It’s really really important that people go along and, hopefully, show their support.
This is a £30M+ investment in the our local education system. A fantastic new secondary school, a fantastic state-of-the-art SEMH school. We have not had this level of incredible investment in a very long time.
Unfortunately, though County Lib Dems were supportive, one or two local Lib Dems seem to be opposing this huge investment. Sadly, they appear to be doing so with little grasp of the facts.
It is VITAL that local people go along, give their views, and hopefully support this massive new project. Our area desperately needs this educational investment, and our neighbours in the villages do too. We must stand together for the children and families who live here.
FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL
December 10, 2018
Wisbech play area improvements
Children and families in Wisbech are benefitting from new play equipment following more than £30,000 of investment in three of the town’s play areas.
Fenland District Council has delivered a number of improvements in Wisbech Park, and play areas in Jasmin Close and Burcroft Road, with new equipment installed to offer more activities for a wider range of children to enjoy.
The programme of works was developed in collaboration with Wisbech Town Council and funded by Section 106 monies given to Fenland as part of planning agreements.
The improvements include a new play frame at Jasmin Close play area, a new see-saw and swing at Burcroft Road play area and a new zip wire, play equipment and back board for the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) at Wisbech Park.
Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Parks and Open Spaces,said: “The Section 106 funding allows something to be given back to the local community
and provides some great additions to the existing play facilities in the area. I hope children enjoy playing with them for years to come.”
A Wisbech Town Council spokesman said: “The Town Council is really pleased to see these improvements to the play area provision in various areas of the town; they meet an identified
need. This situation has been achieved as result of a positive collaborative approach involving the District Council and the Town Council.
The Town Council hopes that the improved and new play facilities will be enjoyed and that there will be further opportunities for such partnership working between the two councils in the future.
One Thing, Then Another Thing
I’ve had very little time to blog recently and so all sorts of stuff has passed by without comment on this page.
The Christmas Light Switch On went perfectly, despite a few hiccups behind the scenes, the whole event was fab and the turnout broke records, again. Each year we have to move everything up a notch and more and more people come along. Yes, there was the usual handful of whiny political moaners, but they did nothing to dim the success of this amazing event.
Meanwhile our MP became Brexit Secretary sparking a great spectacle of emotion, opinion, joy and fury. From the point of view of Hard Brexiteers like myself, its disappointing. But I’ve known Steve Barclay a long time and I just don’t buy the idea that he’s “sold out.” I hope and believe that he is playing a long time, smiling along with the Prime Minister while knowing full well this ridiculous deal will never get through Parliament. If this is how things go then he’ll be an important man, negotiating our way through the inevitable No Deal situation.
Tomorrow, we have royal visitors. Prince Charles and Camilla will be coming to Wisbech to visit St. Peters Church and meet representatives from many local voluntary organisations and heritage organisations. Wisbech Castle has a stall, as do many others. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are, of course, VIPs on a massive scale and preparations are well underway for the big day. I won’t personally be meeting them, I ceded my place on the stall to allow an extra volunteer to go. But I’ll be outside the Castle at the appropriate moment with other volunteers, hoping to catch a glimpse. A great day for our Town.
I’ve got to get my November newsletter out this week (running out of days in November) and we are still wall to wall meetings and planning for Christmas events so there’s really no spare time before Christmas at all. Never mind, who needs sleep? :)
Castle Of The Dead – Finished!
After three huge, sold out nights of Castle of the Dead, the event is over. Time to move on to the next thing!
Wisbech Castle team would like to thank Tony Reader for all his hard work with our lights and electrics. Pam and Roger Rawson for being briliant with guests who needed help recovering from the fear and Unknown Beauty (Nicole Handley) for her brilliant make-up work. https://www.facebook.com/UnknownBeautyOfficial Finally we must thank Nine Lives Theatre company https://www.facebook.com/ninelivestheatrecompany/ for their incredible performances. Also Ben Prest Photography https://www.benprest.co.uk/ and David and Jess Oliver for their First Aid support. We could not have run Castle Of The Dead without these people and all the other amazing volunteers.
Most of all thanks to our incredible actors and volunteers, too many to list, who made such a fun show possible.