Wisbech St Mary Parish Council Information
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Do you give unpaid care to a friend or family member? How can we support you to stay healthy and well?"Carers make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of the thousands of people they support. But it is equally important for carers to stay healthy and have a good quality of life themselves. Health, social care and voluntary organisations in Cambridgeshire are working together to look at what support carers need to stay healthy and well. We would like to hear from anyone who looks after family, partners or friends because they are ill, frail or have a disability (or have done this in the past). If you can help and are happy to give your views please complete our survey in one of the following ways:"
* On-line at:www.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/JSNA/Carers
* Call Sue Hall, Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council on 07508 916976
Do Something Special in 2014 - Become a Foster Carer
Cambridgeshire County Council needs more foster families to help transform lives and meet the needs of local children and young people. Although the service has seen an increase in enquiries they still need to encourage more people to make that call and consider fostering.
People become Foster Carer because they want to give children and young people a home for as long as they needed it. There are so many positive changes that a families love and commitment can make and anyone who has a caring nature should consider fostering.
Every child is different so we need different Foster Carers. If you have a spare room and can offer stability, security and the positive experience of a loving family then we want to hear from you.
You might be:
•Married, in a civil partnership, single or living with a partner
•From an ethnic background
•In work, unemployed or retired
Recruiting local people will mean that children and young people can live in their own community, continue to attend the same school and maintain contact with their family and friends.
In return we offer generous allowances including a start up package, 24 hour support and full training.
Photographs from the 2012 Jubilee Weekend
Village Voices Newsletter
Village Voices is produced by the parish churches for the local community providing news and information for: Guyhirn-Gorefield-Murrow-Parson Drove-Rings End-Tholomas Drove-Thorney Toll-Wisbech St Mary
The November 2012 Village Voices newsletter is now available via this link. You can view previous editions of Village Voices by clicking on this link.
AskSARA is a self-help guide that enables people to identify items of equipment that might help them in their daily lives. It provides information on a wide range of equipment options, plus information on manufacturers and local suppliers. AskSARA is hosted by the Disabled Living Foundation and is now available with information localised for people in Cambridgeshire.
Cambridgeshire's version of AskSARA can be found by clicking AskSARA.
WHY NOT VOLUNTEER AS A COMMUNITY WARMTH CHAMPION?
Are you interested in ‘green’ issues and making sure more people can enjoy affordable warmth? We are looking for a volunteer to act as a Community Warmth Champion for the Wisbech St Mary area.
You won’t be expected to be an expert on energy efficiency issues but rather have the enthusiasm and desire to help others by promoting simple energy saving messages within their own community. There is already a wealth of help and guidance available to householders and we want to ensure that as many as possible are aware of that help and the differenece it can make.
Anyone can become a Community Warmth Champion as long as they have contact within their local community either as neighbours, family and friends and/or a member of a local community groups. We are particularly keen to recruit Champions who come into contact with those on low incomes.
End of an era .......
Ray's Stores have ceased trading following Easter Sunday, April the 4th 2010. The store originally opened by the late Mr Ray Popeley, and latterly run by his daughter, Carol, has been n important part of the village scene for many years and has served the village community. The shop will go down in the annals of village history.
The following text is an extract of Mr Brian Payne's
Every community is made up of a mixture of personalities who hopefully contribute to the general well-being of that community. In rural areas that mixture of inhabitants in a village is nearly always enhanced by the addition of a few so-called “characters”. Characters who make their mark through their personality or their business, or both. Ray Popeley was one such person. Someone respected by everyone who knew him, and held in high regard by his customers. Nothing was too much trouble for Ray. He stocked most things that other shops didn’t. Fly papers, red light-bulbs, obscure batteries, screws and nails sold by the handful, the list is endless. This was a business founded on old-fashioned traditional values. He did, however, close his shop for an hour to celebrate his 80th birthday! So, as we thank God for Rays life and work among us, let us remember the welcome we received on entering the stores, that shy smile as he bid you good-day, his generosity when he supported village projects, his words of wisdom as he looked out upon the world. This village is the poorer for Ray’s passing, we have lost a good friend and an old- style shopkeeper, and Carol and her family can be assured of our condolences. One thing is, I suppose, certain. If our dear Lord is short of anything in Heaven, it will now soon be in stock!
Murrow & District Children's Carers
Wisbech St Mary Community Centre
The official opening of the Wisbech St Mary Community Centre took place on Saturday the 27th February 2010. The Community Centre was opened by children from the village school and village Playgroup and was preceded by speeches from Mr Paul Albutt, Mr Martin Holmes and Mr Graeme Drew (Chairman of the Trustees). Mr Jonny Dee from Radio Cambridgeshire attended the opening.
The Centre has been in the planning process since the mid 1990's and has been constructed with financial help from The Lottery Fund and a local charity. The results of the hard work over many years by the Centre Trustees was hailed a great success and a facility to serve the village of Wisbech St Mary for many years to come.
Singing Workshops at the Village School
Xenia Horne starts work at the primary school on the 14th January 2010 running a series of singing workshops part of the Heart of the World singing project organised by Cambs County Council.
She has funding to offer workshops to community groups too and would be delighted if anyone in the village who might be interested to get in touch with her. Currently she will be working on Thursday mornings in January and Feb plus some Friday afternoons so could offer Friday lunch times or mornings as well as potentially times earlier in the week. The aim of the project is to enjoy singing, whether young or old, experienced or complete beginner. We will be creating some new songs, looking at some traditional songs and songs from around the world. Xenia Horne plays the Celtic and Concert harp and would be happy to bring those to sessions.
The Brandon photograph below is a photo from the end of project performance where Xenia worked with a primary school on songs from around the world (Year 1 African song). The other photograph is Xenia playing at a wedding. Xenia would be very happy to do one off workshops which could be anything from a sing along to folk songs to show songs ! Xenia has a keyboard as well as the harps so she can be very versatile.
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Joy Hallifax is the volunteer coordinator for Cam Sight, a Cambridgeshire charity helping people with sight loss. They are bases in Cambridge with a resource centre in Chatteris. Cam Sight need volunteers to help people with sight loss in their homes.
Wisbech St Mary Home Guard 1944
|To see an enlarged version of a photograph of the Wisbech St Mary Home Guard taken at the former vicarage in 1944, click within the thumbnail photograph.|
Family History Enquiries
This web site regularly receives requests for information regarding families who either live or once lived in the parish. Wherever possible we are happy to help. However, in return we do ask that a donation is made to the parish church restoration fund.
East Anglia Online
A new web site is in the process of being set up where the hope is that "Our site is primarily for giving information about the region where individuals are encouraged to submit information and images of their village or town. Eventually we hope to include all Towns and villages throughout East Anglia. Visit the site via this link