Category Archives: Wisbech
WisBEACH Day 2018
Incredible day. Incredible weather. Huge crowds. Awesome atmosphere.
Couldn’t have asked for more, really.
Well done all my colleagues at Wisbech Town Council and all the brilliant volunteers. Another one knocked out of the park!
I enjoyed spending Tuesday night with the local PHAB club, where I was providing the disco that found the centre of the festivities.
It was a lovely evening and it was great fun to see everybody enjoying themselves to much.
A particular shout out to Tammy – in all my years of charity DJing I have never had somebody hand me a letter during the disco detailing not only their song requests, but solid reasons why those are their song requests! I was charmed and, as you might imagine, the requests were certainly played!
New Secondary School For Wisbech
Today I spoke before a Committee at County Council as a local member, in support of a new senior school in Wisbech.
The committee unanimously voted to proceed with the plans at the end of the item.
Such good news. Huge investment in Wisbech education now secure. Includes a new Junior school and lots more as well.
I am quite used to a certain local newspaper regularly using inaccuracy and lies to attack me. It is with a sense of resignation that they have chosen to do it once again.
You will notice that the newspaper has chosen a “headline” for Mr Smith’s letter which suggests that I have not responded to Mr. Smith. Now if I were being generous I would say that this is a mistake brought about by them not being bothered to read the content of Mr. Smiths’s letter. But I have no generosity left for the Wisbech Standard and so I can only presume that it’s purpose is to once again try and have a pop at my reputation by suggesting I have not responded to Mr. Smith in a timely fashion.
In fact, this is completely false. The issue that concerns Mr Smith is actually not something I am directly responsible for – it is a matter for the Assets Committee, which I do not sit on. But nevertheless I have responded to Mr Smith on multiple occasions; by email, on social media, and on this very blog. I did so as soon as he asked about the issue, back in January, and on several occasions since. Mr Smith has also received a response from Susanah Farmer, the Operations Manager at Wisbech Town Council, back in January.
Mr Smith may not be happy with the answers he has been given and that is his prerogative, but it is false for the newspaper to suggest that he has not had a response. In fact, Mr Smith does not claim that I have not responded to him. The content of his letter makes clear that he is waiting for a response from the Chairman of the Assets Committee. My suggestion that he write to the Chairman was only made a couple of weeks ago and I am sure he will get a response in due course. Wisbech Town Councillors are volunteers, many of whom have full time jobs, and so cannot respond in 24 hours. I would expect that the Chairman will give an answer, as Mr Smith has already been given answers, and that he will still not be happy with the answer.
This afternoon my Wife and I joined the congregation of the United Reform Church on Castle Square, for their Bicentennial 1818-2018 celebratory service.
Its a church I always like to visit, a wonderful building and lovely people. We enjoyed the service very much and the refreshments afterwards were very, uh, refreshing. :)
Thank you for the invite!
Swing Wing 2018
Saturday night saw me having a wonderful time at the Swing Wing event – Thomas Clarkson Academy.
Celebrating 100 years of the R.A.F., this was an emotional and powerful musical tribute to their heroism, courage and honour.
I was welcoming people at the door, and then serving teas, coffees and soft drinks during the interval with the other volunteers. It was a lot of fun.
Credit must go to Jan Hutchinson? and Ray Hutchinson for organising the event and to all the volunteers who helped deliver it. And also to the Swing Wing band, who were amazing.
Church Terrace Toilets
People were asking why the Church Terrace toilets are all closed.
This is the answer I have received from Officers at FDC:
“Just to update everyone, I have spoken to service engineer who was called to church terrace toilets wisbech regarding coin and door locking mechanism to one of the toilets, on his inspection all of the mechanism on the doors have been condemned with the doors not opening or not locking and a high chance of persons being locked in which is why engineer was called, to safe guard the public I have made the decision to close the block to eliminate any chance of anyone being locked in till this has been rectified.”