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Could you write a poem for Fenland?

28th November 2016

Are you inspired by the wild beauty of the Fens? Would you like to be the poetic voice of Fenland?

ADeC, Fen Speak, and Atelier East are proud to announce the Fenland Poet Laureate poetry competition for 2017!

This is a chance for writers from across the Fens to come together, share their poetry and help put Fenland on the creative map! And best of all, it's free to enter the competition!

East Anglian Farmer takes top wetland award

18th November 2016

A farmer hailed as ‘a conservation stalwart of the very best kind’ has been honoured with a national award for wetland creation.

Richard Waddingham from East Anglia accepted the Marsh Award for Wetland Conservation at the AGM of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). The award, run in partnership by the Marsh Christian Trust and the WWT, honours exceptional individual achievement in local wetland conservation. It was presented by Martin Spray, Chief Executive of the WWT.

Walk with Us Along the River Nene into March Town

28th October 2016 - Original article from Retro Brit

The autumn is coming and the leaves are falling down as we walk the river into town. Everyone likes to go to shops via the river bank because it takes you to the complete centre of the hamlet where the road bridge passes over the river. Suddenly there is the hustle and bustle of the town's traffic and then quite again, once we cross the road and carry on along the river and out of the other side of March town.


Is it for Thatching?

“No, it’s for floor matting and basketry”, is the honest and very simple answer to the question shouted above the chuffing of barges and long boats as they push along the Great Ouse every summer. We were in fact harvesting ‘Scirpus Lacustris’, or as it is otherwise known fresh water English bulrush.


Mark Buckton Story

Councillor Buckton is not only developing into a great cyclist – although he still believes he’s a byclist, not yet making that last confidence leap in his head – he’s also a very good poet!! Here’s what he wrote whilst on a training ride this week. Take a look then we’ll revisit progress so far.


Mark Buckton from the Cambridgeshire Fens Tourism Partnership story for The LAP of Anglia Challenge

So, a little bit of background info first. We - Darren and Theresa - met the subject of this story back in April at a Tourism Network meeting held at Fourwinds in March. FYI If you’re a local business involved in tourism in any way you really should head along to the next one, they are invaluable as a way to network and share your business with others. Let’s face it most of us agree that we need each other to spread the word. It’s the most cost effective form of advertising!


Wisbech Rose Fair 2016 at Peckover House

21st June 2016 - By Diane Calton Smith

Phyllis Bide and Royal William will be among the roses waiting to greet visitors to the National Trust’s Peckover House during this year’s Rose Fair.


OuseFest returns this summer with over 100 exciting events!

The Ouse Washes Landscape in the heart of the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Fens is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year and this summer’s second OuseFest is set to showcase the unique character of the area in a series of even more exciting events. The full programme is now online and will be available at hundreds of locations across the area later this month.


Festival of the forties WWII weekend

So, if you have never attended one of these weekends, what can you expect? Will you enjoy it? You will! Will you learn something? You will! Is it for all the family? It is, and at family friendly prices! Is it something I may want to get involved in? Who knows, it can be quite addictive, and you'd be made welcome.


Fundraise for Charity at the Tour of Cambridgeshire

20th May 2016

The Tour of Cambridgeshire is an inclusive two day cycling festival the centre piece of which is an authentic continental style Gran Fondo. It is the only authentic closed roads Gran Fondo in the UK. A Gran Fondo is the cycling equivalent of the a big city marathon whereby elite athletes start at the front ahead of club athletes, fun participants and also charity fundraisers. The Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo is the same format but on bicycles. The Gran Fondo start is organised according to aspiration of the participants. If your aspiration is to enjoy the safe experience of fully closed roads on a flat circuit and to complete the route in a leisurely group then the ToC Gran Fondo Alzheimer’s Research UK Leisure Community is for you.


Peckover House

5th May 2016 - Diane Calton Smith

Peckover House’s famous mauve wisteria is coming into flower as May approaches, welcoming visitors with the promise of the delights they can expect as they explore the garden. But the gardening team are happy to show that the place has more than just a pretty face!


March & District Museum

28th April 2016 - Amanda Carlin, Chairman, March & District Museum

How often have you thought the museum building in March looks less like a museum and more like a school? If so, you would be right. Not so long ago, it was a school.


This Month at March & District Museum...

15th April 2016

March & District Museum Society have another treat for railway enthusiasts, as we are presently running an Ian Allan pamphlet display in our West Room, why not visit to view the collection?


Explore the Ouse Washes and send us your snaps!

07th April 2016

The Ouse Washes Landscape in the heart of the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Fens has a unique character and is a fascinating place to visit whether you’re looking for fun-filled outdoor activities, rich and diverse history and culture or perfect tranquillity.


The Best-Kept Secret Every Fens Visitor Should Know

02nd March 2016 - Guest post by Peggy Melmoth

When people think of a narrowboating city break they might automatically think of cruising through London; or exploring Birmingham, (which famously has more miles of canals than Venice). Cambridge however is better known for its punting; not everybody thinks of a narrowboating holiday in Cambridge. For scenic, navigable rivers, boaters may first think of heading to the Norfolk Broads, even though the Fenland Waterways are a much less busy alternative.


This Month at March & District Museum...

09th February 2016 - Amanda Carlin – Chairman, March & District Museum.

This February we have a superb treat for railway enthusiasts at March & District Museum, as we are featuring a B17 Steam Locomotive Trust Exhibition running from Wednesday 3rd February 2016 to Wednesday 10th February 2016. What’s more as this is such an exciting exhibition and one of significant local importance, the museum will be open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily with the exception of Sunday instead of only being open on Wednesday and Saturday as usual.


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