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Happy #Fenland Friday!


Happy Fenland Friday! We would love to hear what you are up to! From sharing the work you are doing and events you have been to or are organising for the weekend, to uploading a photo or airing an issue about where you live. Post it here to make more contacts and find out what is happening in your community.

Comment, tweet or Facebook to share how your Friday in Fenland is shaping up. #FenlandFriday

Or: if you would like to post your own blog on ShapeYourPlace, just click on the big green HaveYourSay button to share your issues, news and views .

Have a lovely weekend.


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Posted on 7 November 2014, by Hilary@ShapeYourPlace.

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  1. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    November 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Happy Friday! As always we love to hear what you are up to and how your week has been.

    And welcome to #FenlandFriday Micheal! To clarify: are you thinking skinny dipping or bog-snorkling, or perhaps a combination of the two?! Sounds a fine Fen festival to petition for. Myself, I think there should be a festival of Fenland Celery (we LOVE it! Post your suggestion on the page. Just press the big green button.

    Lots of ideas, discussion and debating going on about the dual carriageway in town. Do you love it or loath it? Should a lane be given over to cyclists or is it pointless since they cycle on the pavement anyway? Join in the conversation here:

  2. I’m a keen fenland enthusiast and commonly like to bathe in your bog land. Do you condone skinny dipping in your lakes? I would like to start a petition for it to be a national event for #FenlandFriday.

  3. Fenland District Council says:
    October 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

    With regard to seeling cars on public highways a public consultation will commence shortly for 12 weeks on a Street Trading consent order policy which would mean businesses would require consent for such activity. The consultation starts in November and we encourage you and the community to feed back your views on this. The consultation will be advertised in the local newspaper, and located on as well as in each of the Council @ Your Service Shops.

  4. ShapeYourPlace says:
    October 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Dear B. Eade
    Thank you for your comment. I have asked Cambridgeshire County Council what can be done about the scaffolding on Norfolk Street and will keep you posted.
    The issue of parking on the grass verge has already been raised HERE.
    I have passed your comments to local Councillors and invited them to comment.
    Kind regards

  5. At last, the Belfast building is being sorted out; well done to Fenland Council. Wisbech has become an eyesore in these dark days and it is refreshing to see that the Council haven’t given up on the ‘Capitol of the Fens.’ The flowers along the streets in and around the Market Place and on the bridges have been most uplifting. However, (I’m sure you saw this coming) I am disappointed that the ugly scaffold in Norfolk Street, it has been taking up the pavement and a large chunk of the public highway for many years. How does the owner justify this gross inconvenience to the public and what can the Council do about it?
    One other issue. I notice the grass bank that runs along side the Churchill Road, between Weasenham Lane and Elm Road, is often used as a car showroom. I think this is an inappropriate use of the land and is also an eyesore.
    I hope, with the help of our Councillors, we can get Wisbech back into a thriving town in the not too distant future.

  6. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    October 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    A Happy October Friday to you, Fenland! This week I have been doing some work with the Prince’s Trust. These local young people are offering a community project, including fund raising, planning and two weeks hard graft, to a Fenland community group, school or residential home. It could be clearance, decorating or building a play area. Speed is of the essence as voting takes place next week. Read more about it and support the Prince’s Trust by nominating a group, sharing an idea or just wishing them all the best on their blog here:

  7. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    September 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Bonjour All! I will also be out and about in Wisbech tomorrow… armed with 60 litres of paint and sporting a jaunty beret, to join Time Credits at The Spinney and launch the new (and, frankly, very) exciting #WisbechHeroes mural project:

    I will then be tracking down the frontier Zone artists for their celebratory event (once again: cloning would be handy as I will miss the beginning of the event, but hopefully a review a photos will be posted on here for all to see!).

    And I will also be on the look out for the magenta SYP #nicebucket. Wherefore art thou, Bucket of Nice Things…

    Happy Friday!


  8. Zoe Davidson says:
    September 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Bonjour The Frontier Zone!

    Please pop by and see us tomorrow, we are having a wonderful French themed event at Spinney Adventure Playground. We will be lino printing the new Cambridgeshire Time Credit note, designed by the people of Cambridgeshire , Wisbech Wheelers are on hand to tell us about biking in Wisbech and we are launching the fabulous #WisbechHeroes project!

    Pop by, but don’t forget to wear your stripped t-shirt and beret.

    Au revoir!


    Print Wisbech!

    The winning design for the Spice Time Credit note has now been chosen; help us print the design as part of our French themed event with The Culture Cart. Pop down to the Spinney Adventure Playground this Saturday, between 2-4pm, and get involved!

    This event forms part of the Velo Festival.

  9. Hello #Fenland Friday

    At The Frontier Zone artist residency we are getting ready for our final event tomorrow (Saturday 27th September) please come along and join us.

    The three artists are planning creative encounter in unexpected places around the town, including film, performance and poetry.

    We’ll be at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum from 2pm where you can pick up a map and set out to discover the artworks around the town.

    From 4pm we’ll be at The Wisbech Social Club & Institute on Hill Street (In the Tower Ballroom) for an open studio event.

    Hope to meet you there.
    Aid & Abet

  10. Hello Fenland Friday, Here is another exciting Wisbech opportunity. It’s all go go in this Fenland town.

    The Skills Springboard Event | Helping You Into Work
    Friday 10th October | 9.30 am – 2.30pm | FREE
    Queen Marys Centre | Queens Road | Wisbech | PE13 2PE

    Following from the success of the Skills Springboard event held earlier this year in St Ives, we’re delighted to bring this event to Wisbech. Develop your skills and take the next important jump into work!

    The Skills Springboard event, brought to you by the Enterprising Communities Partnership, is free, but booking is essential.
    Click here to book

    On the day you will be able to sign up to two hour long workshops led by business experts. The workshops will be online applications, interview skills, start-up business, CV support and working in the care sector. Alongside these workshops you have the opportunity to attend a networking lunch with local organisations to find out what other support is available to you.

    The doors open at 9.30am for sign up and refreshments, with the first guest speaker starting at 10am.
    The Skills Springboard is the perfect place to help you gain in confidence, enhance your skills and encouraged you to develop your networking skills.

    See the delegates reaction from the last Skills Springboard event

    For further information
    Phone: 01223 699672

  11. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    September 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

    So much is happening on this week. Join in discussions with the new artists in residence, who are blogging about their work and would like feedback from you. Watch video interviews about the latest from #Wisbech2020 and the Waterlees Dispersal Order. Read about the Heritage Market currently taking place, and many new and exciting events being prepared. Join in debates and discussions about bored teenagers, speeding cars, lighting and scrapyards: or post an issue you are concerned about.

    o… and I picked up 60 litres of paint donated by CCORN for the Wisbech Heroes mural projects… I have community groups ready to paint but I still need some donations of wood. (8 x 4′s cut down into smaller sheets and suitable for outside)… if anyone can help or has an idea of who I could contact, that would be wonderful!

    Happy Fenland Friday!


  12. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    September 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Wow… September already! Remember to spread your news this Fenland Friday! Today I will be finding out the latest from the 20/20 Vision (and hopefully getting a few interviews to share with you), then I’m off to meet Father Paul and the artists from Aid & Abet to find out more about The Frontier Zone artist residency launching in Wisbech tomorrow. Here’s a short introduction to the project from Sarah and David, Aid & Abet artists:

    O: and the ShapeYourPlace Fenland NiceBucketChallenge will be starting today too!

    As you know, all posts are moderated, so to make sure yours are live before the weekend, please can you send them before 2pm to give Helen a fighting chance.

    Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend, all.

  13. Happy Fenland Friday everyone!

    The Cambridgeshire Time Credits programme have just sent out their first Time Credits newsletter! It is packed full of earn and spend opportunities in Wisbech, along with members stories and a fantastic job opportunity. Sit down this afternoon with a cuppa and read the newsletter, don’t forget to sign up to make sure you don’t miss out on future editions!!

  14. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    June 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Happy Friday All! Hope you have had a good week… I have been busy working with Cambridge Regional College filming ‘Question Cambridgeshire’. It’s an hour long programme… hope you get a chance to watch and enjoy it. And please share it too. More info and the film here:
    And Happy Solstice too!! Hilary

  15. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    June 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Happy (and Sunny) Friday Fenland! As always, I would love you to join in our Friday update and share what you are up to. Mostly this week I have been working with some fantastic students at Cambridge Regional College as we prepare for the live recording of at on ‘Question Cambridgeshire’ on the 19th (watch this space!). We have 5 councillors from across the county ready to be grilled with questions gathered on line… please read more about it (and watch a short video of the students prepping), share the link and help gather and post questions if you can. It is a great project: supporting the students in their coursework, getting more young people engaged in being an active part of the democratic process and raising awareness of who Councillors are and what they do.
    Video and link is HERE:

    And, of course: a big big Thank You to all the wonderful people volunteering across the County. Sharing passion, time and skills… what a wonderful thing to give. THANK YOU! Volunteer week blog and video is HERE:

  16. Have you heard of Time Credits? We’ve had a great morning in Wisbech introducing them to partners. They work by people giving time to their local community and receiving credits as a “Thank You” – one for each hour. So two hours helping with gardening would earn you two credits. The credits can then be spent on a wide range of activities – including swimming and gym at the Hudson.

    This morning the Oasis centre have come on board as new partners. There’s some great ideas for how people could earn credits, including by helping at the community café which they plan to start soon.

    If you would like to learn more register for our free Time Credits event:

    Tuesday 10th June 2014, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

    Queen Mary Centre, Queens Road, Wisbech

    Entry is free, you need to book

    There will be an opportunity to hear from members and also learn about plans for the future, we are keen to explore how we can work with new partners.

    Current partners include; Cambridgeshire County Council, Orchards Primary School, Wisbech Children’s Centres, CHS Group and the Ferry Project.

    If you can’t come but would still like to find out more contact

  17. Zoe CCC Community Engagement says:
    May 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Had a great morning in Wisbech discussing Time Credits to a group at the Oasis Centre, then popped along to New Vision to meet Andy and film him for the sequel of ‘Time Credits- The Wisbech Story!

    Maybe you would like to find out more about Time Credits? Pop along to this FREE event on Tuesday 10th June at the St Marys Centre, Click on the link to book, hope to see you there!

  18. Today, I’m collating entries for the Crafts Conundrum at the Horsefair to pick a winner at St Peter’s during the last day of the Wisbech Arts Festival. Come along on Sunday to St Peter’s for music, the Town Council Chambers (to meet Spike milligan’s daughter and hear a talk on her father) and also Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House for craft demonstrations.
    A great Arts Festival, get in touch if you want to be part of it next year!

  19. Now that the weather is looking fine I’ve been taking quite a few more bookings for our Charity Car Boot Sale on Bank Holiday Monday :)

  20. What a beautiful sunny Friday!!
    I’m hoping it won’t be too hot on Sunday when i run the London marathon,if any of you kind people would like to sponser me i am running for leukaemia and lymphoma research,you can donate on my just giving page-Thank you.

  21. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    April 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    A Happy (and sunny) Fenland Friday, Wisbech! I was chatting to Keith Smith, Director of The Ferry Project earlier in the week. He was just bowled over by the community in Wisbech. There has been such an incredible response to the plight of the night shelter.

    See the interview with him here:

    I’d love to here what you’re up to! :)

  22. Fred relaxed on red wine. says:
    March 14, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I’ve just finished Terry’s wine off from the 7th February – only joking
    - had my own really – and sipped some of my sons also.
    Tesco finest – not a bad vintage.
    Was on offer at 1/2 price – yes I know 1/2 price is really the right price.
    Who cares though
    Boston tomorrow – the wife has ordered.
    At least the market is better than those in Fenland towns.
    Have a lovely day.

  23. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    March 14, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Hello Wisbech,
    And the sun is shining! Hope you are having a good week… phew: it’s a long scroll down to the bottom of the page to post a comment, but please do! Share what you have been up to and how your Friday is shaping up. And it would be lovely to see a few photos of Sunny Wisbech, too.
    Happy Fenland Friday!

  24. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    March 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Friday… and the sun is shining! I would love to hear how your week has been and hear about what has been happening locally. Have a good weekend One and All!

  25. Horsefair Centre Management says:
    March 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Today I’ve been receiving lots of great comments about Shelley Youell’s work,that’s on display in the Wisbech Art Space,opposite Peacocks,in the Horsefair.

  26. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    February 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This week I have been checking out Wisbech Alleys with Inspector Sissons and discussing whether gating an alley helps to prevent ASB or just moves it away. Watch a video about it here: if you would like to join in that debate.

    I always enjoy a chat with Kevin at the Horsefair, who was busy signing up more people to the Wisbech Loyalty card scheme.

    And I am looking forward to going to a Transitions Network Skill Share in Cambridge this Sunday, to learn more about what they are upto… please let me know if you are interested in setting up a Transitions Network in Wisbech.

    Happy Friday One and All!

  27. Leanne Moden says:
    February 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

    This week, we’re busy judging the entries for the Fenland Poet Laureate Competition 2014!
    The quality of entries was incredibly high this year, and the ten finalists in each category announced very soon! (Photograph courtesy of Karen Harvey)

  28. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    February 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Happy Friday Wisbech! What has been happening this week?
    I have been chatting to the chaps at The Wisbech and Fenland Museum about their preparations for the new Stitch In Time exhibition … incredible work by Wisbech children from the 17th century.
    The ‘We Love Wisbech’ film has been popular… I would love to hear more about your favourite places here:
    Yes please, Liz, it would be fantastic to see more of your photos… how about setting up a new post on SYP for Fenland Photos?
    I am also chatting with Anna who was one of the founders of Cambridge Transitions, I want to pick her brains for some tips about setting up Wisbech as a Transitions Town… What are your thoughts on that?
    Happy Friday!

  29. Re no 36- if you mean me Hilary then sure, no prob.
    I have loads of photos of wisbech as well so just say if you want any to use.
    I’m on flikr ( I can send a higher resolution if you like of the river pic? you have my email add I think)

  30. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    February 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    A Valentine from Wisbech and Fenland Museum and if you havent seen it already: this is what happened when 20 couples renewed their wedding vows in Chatteris at the weekend: awwwww

  31. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    February 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Liz, I would love you use the beautiful photo you took way back in December on the ShapeYourPlace facebook site. Would you mind?

  32. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Happy Friday One and All…. and here is a Wisbech Valentine’s Special: ‘We Love Wisbech Because…’

  33. This Friday, I’m off to help judge the Poetry by Heart Schools Competition at the Corn Exchange in St Ives. If you’re in the area, why not stop on by? The fun starts at 6:30pm!

  34. Wow. The end of the first week of February already.

    Been out and about this morning; dodging the wet weather. Marking graves for burials in Manea and Elm cemeteries over the next few days.

    Now dealing with issues relating to filling a councillor vacancy on Elm Parish Council and setting up a new Finance Committee for that council.

    I feel a glass of wine calling in the not too distant future!

    Terry Jordan, Clerk to Manea and Elm parish Councils.

  35. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    February 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Happy Friday Fenland!! Well, today I have been putting together a short film about Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue… they are an impressive lot!

    I am also preparing to meet the Vicar of Chatteris, Revd Wendy, tomorrow, when a church-full of still-loved-up couples (there must be a collective noun…) re-new their wedding vows as part of a World Record Breaking attempt… do you know anyone that is taking part?

    Aaaand: I am putting together a list of people/groups to visit in Wisbech next Wednesday to take part in my short valentines special film, asking them to answer the question ‘I love Wisbech because…’ Please let me know if you want to take part and I will come and track you down!

    Lastly, I am mentally preparing myself to attempt a run thisevening… I am signed up for the Cambridge Half Marathon and most of my training has involved sitting down to read running magazines and following a pasta and red wine diet. Any tips, please share them on our ShapeYourRun blog.

  36. Horsefair Centre Management says:
    February 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    We’ve just sent out a press release about an artist who is currently displaying her work in the Wisbech Art Space.

  37. This unusual winter weather means healthy walks! Today on the 10th day of Christmas I have had a super walk along by the river in West End March. Very mild weather and a lovely sunny day.

  38. Thinking its time children went back to school

  39. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    January 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Well that sounds like good health training advice to me, Helen! Yes, I think most of us could do with some lifestyle changes in the New Year. We have started ShapeYourRun, a training blog in the run up to the Cambridge Half Marathon. Any top training tips would be well received on there (not least by me, who has signed up…). Or you may just enjoy watching the interview with Benvenuito, the founder of the race.

  40. Busy time of year for us health trainers, so relaxing tonight in front of a lovely fire,might even roast some chesnuts!!
    If anyone would like any help re lifestyle changes please see our website for further details.

  41. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    January 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Happy New Year all. I have been out and about in Wisbech, sporting my Loyalty Card for a bit of January shopping, chilling out at The Luxe and asking people what changes they would like to see in Wisbech in 2014. There was a resounding cry of ‘more shops!’. More parking, a bigger variety of shops and lower rates… link to the blog is here:

  42. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    January 3, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Good luck with your new post, Tim. We look forward to following the Community Navigator project throughout the year, though.

  43. Just letting you all know this Friday will be my last in Cambridgeshire and therefore this will probably be my last post on SYP. I start a new job at Healthwatch Lincolnshire next week so as I will be living and working in Lincolnshire I shall have no need of SYP. However I have enjoyed the opportunity to promote the Community Navigator project which will of course continue without me. For further information on Care Network or the community navigator project please ring 01954 212100 or see the website.
    Keep up the good work SYP

  44. Busy one here, fosters finished tiling before new bath goes in, new flooring in bathroom was laid, collected kids from school and nursery, dropped thing 1 up to Angles theatre for her panto performance then took thing 2 and Gubbs over to wisbech Craft center to see Carol

  45. A busy day in March! St Peter’s Church Christmas Tree Festival with over 80 beautifully decorated trees to see today, and over the weekend.
    Also March Civic Carol service at 7pm in St Peter’s.
    And everywhere, Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children

  46. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    December 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    How has your Friday The 13th been?

  47. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    December 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I have been taking about Community Reporting for Time Credits at The Children’s Centre, meeting the chaps working on the new footpath at Weasenham Lane and ‘hot desking’ from Greggs.

  48. Yvette Freeman says:
    December 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Singing christmas songs and blowing bubbles at The Children’s Centre.

  49. Hi, I am the new Family Worker in Wisbech, and I am busy going round the Children’s Centres and getting to know everyone.

  50. Another busy weekend beckons so some family time tonight with chips from The Imperial.

    Last chance to see Santa at Coffee & Square Cafe on Sunday from midday to 3pm please see Facebook Page for details:

  51. Jennifer Lawler says:
    December 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Alan Norris big band St Peter’s March 7.30-10pm

  52. Is off out to celebrate her birthday!

  53. I went out with my camera as the sun was rising this morning to see how the high tide was on the Nene,

  54. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    December 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Happy Friday, Fenland!… and hope you are not too wet! Has your day been disrupted by the floods? Please let us know what you are up to (and post some pics if pos) and we will get your news out. Look forward to hearing from you! :)

  55. A final meeting at “Coffee & Square” to discuss our arrangements for Sunday’s craft market in support of the town’s big “switch on”.

  56. I’ve been helping to set up a new display area for local artists in our store window opposite Peacocks.

  57. We’re checking all our lights ready for Sunday’s big switch-on!!

  58. Today I’m taking piles of leaflets out to Fenland Libraries, to publicise the Fenland Poet Laureate Competition! Could you be the next Poet Laureate of the Fens? Pop into your local library from tomorrow to pick up a leaflet and get involved!

  59. Busy doing Parish Council work – travelling around updating notice boards, arranging repairs to play equipment, administering bookings for burials in village cemeteries, beginning to prepare for 2014/15 budget setting and preparing a bid for minor highways works in Elm.

    May find time to see the Christmas lights switch-on in March this evening.

    Terry Jordan – Clerk to Manea and Elm Parish Councils

  60. Is looking forward to the weekend – Christmas shoping at the local farm shop!

  61. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    November 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

    It’s FENLAND FRIDAY! please let us know what you are up to in Wisbech today!!

  62. Picked out scrapbooking album ready for class at Cats pyjamas on Sunday

  63. Helen Denny- personal health trainer-mytime active says:
    November 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Looking forward to a long walk with my dogs and then crossing the border to see ‘the best little whore house in Texas’ at the King’s lynn arts centre!!

  64. Hilary@ShapeYourPlace says:
    November 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Fab photo Kevin, congratulations!

    And, Lee…. I am now on the trail of Fenland Celery! Watch this space!

  65. We’ve just sent out a press release saying that the Centre Manager has received an award from the Horsefair’s owners.

    NewRiver Retail, which owns 24 shopping centres across the UK, has honoured the Horsefair’s Kevin Smith with the award for Shopping Centre Manager of the year in the small centre category.

  66. ShapeYourPlace says:
    November 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Lee Martin is picking up Fenland celery to take to Swaffam Market tomorrow

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