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Whittlesey Festival

The Whittlesey Festival has been running for 11 years and has grown immeasurably over time. Whittlesey is a market town on the outskirts of Peterborough but has always come under the Fenland District Council boundaries. The Festival is a celebration of the towns’ vibrancies and diversity and has a reputation for lots of entertainments and local talent. They expect at least 5000 visitors over the weekend.

Care Network held an information stand with Adam Fraser from the Open Arms project, Julie Jeffryes from the Healthy Fenland Team and Azanda Sithole the new volunteer lead. The weather was glorious it was a perfect early autumn day with glorious sunshine. We spent the day talking to lots of people about all of the different Care Network projects. Julie identified a number of potential new group opportunities. Adam talked to lots of people about Open Arms and Azanda identified some potential new volunteers.

We all spent time walking around the festival stalls and activities giving out our leaflets & information and talking to people we were able to see some of the varied entertainments such as the Local Pipe Band, Ukrainian Cossack Dancers and a local Children’s Theatre Group perform. There was music and entertainment all day. Lots of lovely food and charity stalls, a Photography Competition and lots of raffles and games of chance to entertain people. We would all recommend you try to attend next year’s event.

It is very important that Care Network is seen out and about it the communities we serve and this was a great opportunity to meet lots of different people.

Coneygear Seniors in action!

Care Network has been supporting the relaunch of the Medway Community Centre in Huntingdon and our Community Navigator District Coordinators Rachel and Lorraine popped along to visit the Coneygear Seniors Group last week.

One of the group brought along some wool for the knitting table. Rachel suggested knitting squares to make a blanket for a homeless charity, thinking of similar efforts to raise funds happening in our Chatteris office. This was really popular and helped to give the knitters satisfaction that they were able to help others.  Our ladies had some lovely conversations, sharing information on various local services and activities and will be giving further support to some members, including referring to our Wellbeing service. They also met a member that is already receiving support from one of our wonderful volunteers.

Rachel and Lorraine enjoyed participating in the chair based exercise group “It was really interesting for us to experience.  A lady asked after the exercise where she could get a resistance band.  I asked Everyone Health if they could let her have a free one but they don’t have many, so directed her to Amazon or Sports Direct.  She said she would ask her son to order her one.”

One of the ladies Lorraine spoke to said she had moved to Huntingdon 8 years ago and this club was the first opportunity she had had to get out and meet new people.  She was really pleased she had made the effort and we will be working with her to explore other social opportunities.

Rachel and Lorraine are both looking forward to visiting again to build relationships and obviously to finish their knitted squares –their knitters have promised to keep going in their absence J

The Coneygear Seniors group takes place every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm at the Medway Centre. There are lots of activities to take part in along with refreshments and a 2 course cooked meal.