Wisbech Business & Professional Mens Club - 2010

September 2010

36 Members and wives were entertained at Mendis Restaurant to Horse, Dog and Pig racing on film. 
Chairman Rick Wilson welcomed everybody to our Ladies night event. During the evening Martin Howley was inducted as a new member and was presented with his club tie and badge.

The 3rd. annual golf day was held recently at the Tydd St. Giles Golf and Leisure club with 12 teams entering and playing on a day with perfect weather.  The winning team for the second year running was Gary Fitzjohn, Tom Cracknell, Gary Neaugebauer and Brian Tapner playing under the the team name of the Cabinet Maker. After the game players and guests enjoyed a carvery meal and were entertained by an excellent well known sporting comedian Ian Richards      


July 2010

33 members attended the July meeting and before the meeting started chairman Rick Wilson presented a track suit and gymnastic equipment to 8 year old Zac Lakey.who is a member of the Fenland gymnastic academy and is currently 17th. in the eastern region. In addition Paul Strickle on behalf of the Wisbech Town cricket club was presented with a cheque for £125 towards the maintenance of their grass cutter.

The guest speaker for the meeting was Alister Hopkins the town beadle, who gave a very informative talk on the history of Wisbech together with lots of information regarding famous people in the past connected to the town. He came in full regalia and showed members some of the treasures from the council chambers such as the mayor and mayoress' chains of office. He was thanked on behalf of the club by vice chairman David Bruch.

Wisbech Business & Professional men’s club enjoyed a visit to Sandringham stud. Chairman Rick Wilson thanked the members for their generous donations which resulted in £200 being added to the chairman’s charity fund. The chairman thanked Philip Howarth for a very enjoyable tour.


June 2010

At the June meeting John Smith chairman of the friends of the Wisbech Institute talked about gaining charity status which would give greater chance of achieving grants to renovate the historic building.
Speaker for the evening was Howard Newton who spoke about fire safety and risk assessment within factories, offices and other places of business. Howard was thanked by club member Brian Kett.

130 members and guests attended the summer event at the Wisbech St. Mary community hall with entertainment from sixty’s group the Ivy League and disco My Way. A great time was had by all including guests from Wales and Canada.

May 2010

36 members were welcomed by chairman Rick Wison. Get well messages were sent to Vice Chairman David Bruch and David Cox. The guest speaker for the evening was one of the country's top sports impersonators Arron James. Arron has appeared at all the top venues in the uk and often entertains at Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa clubs to name to name a few. He had members present spellbound and in fits of laughter doing his impressions of Peter Allis, Ricky Hatton, Chris Eubank, Frank Bruno and from the football world Sven Goran-ericksson, David Beckem and best of all Eric Cantanar. Arron has appeared on the Jonathan Ross show and all over europe. He finished with a standing ovation and was thanked by club member Tim Gower.  

The next meeting will be on June 9th. when the guest will be Howard Newton from the Cambridgshire Fire and rescue service.


April 2010

Guest speaker for the April meeting was former Manchester United and England goalkeeper Alex Stepney. 
Alex was born in Mitcham Surrey in September 1942 and went on to play for Tooting and Mitcham, Millwall, Chelsea and Manchester United. He also played in goal for England in 1968. At Manchester he played with such legends as Bobby Charlton, George Best, and Pat Crerand. 

He joined united from Chelsea in 1966 for a record signing fee of £55.000 and made a total of 433 appearances. In his total career he managed to play with all clubs a magnificent 625 games.
Alex told many stories from his playing career and tales from managers such as Tommy Docherty, Matt Busby and Dave Sexton. He was thanked by club member and united season ticket holder Terry Roughton.




March 2010

39 members and guests were welcomed to the March meeting by Chairman Rick Wilson, when the speaker was David Roger-Burton who appeared in full admiral’s attire. He spoke on the life and times of Admiral Lord Nelson who was born in Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk. A total of 820 men manned HMS victory which was made from thousands of fully grown oak trees. Nelson was a son of a vicar and is buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was thanked on the clubs behalf by past chairman Bernie Hurst.


February 2010


Wisbech Business and Professional Mens Club has given the East Anglian Air Ambulance a £2,070 boost.
The money was presented by 2009 club chairman David Hodgson to Chris Donaldson, the local air ambulance fundraising manager.  David chose the charity during his year of office. Chris told members about the service, which relies on charity donations as it is not government funded. The response times average 11 minutes and each flying mission costs on average £1,100. The presentation was made at the club's monthly meeting where members heard tickets for the chairman's At Home on March 20 have sold out.