Are You Interested in Chatteris?
If you are please come along to the Annual Town Meeting, an open meeting, to be held at the King Edward Centre, King Edwards Road, on Friday 19th May 2017 at 7pm.
There will be the opportunity to learn about some of the projects underway in the town, past achievements, plans for the future and the progress of some of the town’s organisations and businesses. There will also be the chance to ask questions and tea, coffee and biscuits will be served!
Please support this event.
To view an agenda for the meeting click here: Agenda Annual Town Meeting 2017
PUMPKINS AND VEGETABLES SHOW
The show was held in the grounds of the Parish Church and attracted a record number of entries from the Honeysome Road allotment holders.
The largest pumpkin, weighing an impressive 93.8kg, was grown by Mr David Jackman. The trophy for the most points in the produce show went to Mr John Richardson.
Campaigners who fought to save the street lights in the centre of Chatteris are celebrating the power of the community pulling together.
The original proposals were for Balfour Beatty to replace all the County Council owned street lights in the centre of Chatteris with new energy efficient street lights but a concerted campaign against the proposals resulted in a change of heart to the delight of all those who fought the idea.
Community groups, councillors and individuals were horrified by the proposals which would have meant the loss of the specially commissioned and strengthened heritage light columns which are used to also support the Christmas Lights display and the In Bloom hanging baskets. There was no guarantee that the new lighting columns would have been suitable to take the weight of the existing displays and some columns were being removed all together which would have disrupted the displays.
Opposition to the proposals was total and numerous letters were written and a petition organised calling for the lighting columns to remain and the lanterns to be replaced with those able to take energy efficient bulbs. Tests were then carried out to establish the integrity of the columns.
Finally the customer liaison officer for Balfour Beatty confirmed the very welcome news that the existing heritage columns in East Park Street, High Street, Market Hill and Park Street would be kept in situ, painted and cleaned and the lanterns would be refurbished.
The new Mayor of Chatteris is Cllr Bill Haggata who was elected at the Annual Town Meeting on the 3rd May.
Cllr Haggata was co-opted on to the Council in 2014 and stood for election in 2015. Cllr Haggata is a Museum Trustee, a member of Chatteris Community Archive, was a founding member of the community cinema and a founder chairman of CPPF.
Cllr Haggata’s wife Ruth is the Mayoress and Cllr James Carney, former Mayor, is now the Deputy Mayor.
This year’s Midsummer Festival was held on the 25th and 26th June at Furrowfields Recreation Ground and was a great success. The theme this year was The Rio Olympics come to Chatteris and many organisations, groups and individuals took part in the fun by parading through the town and entering the sporting competitions which ran throughout the weekend. This year better weather on the Sunday encouraged many more families to return to the Festival to watch dog agility demonstrations, the dog show and to take part in the Tug of War, Krashball and It’s a Knockout contests.
The acoustics session on the Saturday was a great showcase for local singers and the music and the Party in the Park was very professional but unfortunately audience numbers were down because it was an overcast, cool evening.
Many thanks to all the volunteers and FDC and Town Council officers who helped to make this year’s Festival such a success.
TESCO GRANT RECIPIENTS
Please click on to the following link for a list of those who benefited from the Tesco Community Grant Fund:Tesco Grant
CHATTERIS MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL 26TH – 28TH JUNE 2015
This year’s festival was bigger and better than ever; it certainly was the most colourful to date because the theme was Mardi Gras.
Hundreds of people took part in the parade and hundreds more lined the streets to cheer it on.
Thousands visited the Festival on the Saturday and enjoyed a host of activities and hundreds returned in the evening for the Party in the Park. Rain on the Sunday morning did not deter those who took part in the dog show and as the weather cheered up the crowds came out again to enjoy the tug of war, cream teas and childrens’ sports in addition to performances in the arena and the marquee.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Festival such a success, in particular the volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend. Thanks also to Chatteris Town Council and Fenland District Council for the administration and funding the event.
To see some of the highlights of this year’s Festival visit Youtube and type in Chatteris Midsummer Festival 2015.