Wisbech Business & Professional Mens Club - 2014


December 2014


Chairman Phillip Tolley welcomed members and guests to the December meeting held at Mendis Wisbech. After a traditional Christmas Dinner, entertainment was provided by Bill Pirie, a retired Chief Superintendent from the Essex Police who related an array of funny stories, many against himself and The Police service. This occasion also marked the last professional engagement of Bill Pirie's 'after dinner speaker' career and was a fitting final performance.

The AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 14th January 2015 when the new Chairman and committee will be installed.




November 2014


Rick Wilson stood in for Phillip Tolley Chairman and welcomed 25 members and guests to the November meeting held at Mendis Wisbech. David Hodgson, a former Chairman, gave members an excellent slide show demonstrating how this country never gets the title of Winter Wonderland compared to the slides show when he visited The Rockies. David also demonstrated how the use of lens and filters can change photographs to look different to those that were taken. He was thanked by member Michael Bates.

The next meeting is our Christmas Dinner on December 10th when members will be entertained by Bill Pirie Comedian.


October 2014

The Chairman, Phillip Tolley, welcomed 42 members and their guests to the Crown Lodge at Outwell for the October 2014 meeting. The main speaker for the evening was Jim Bacon, former Look East Weatherman and now Director of Weatherquest based at the University of East Anglia Campus in Norwich. Jim provided a detailed explanation of weather patterns and how to recognise the weather trends and timescales. The Chairman thanked the membership for their attendance at the Grand Ball the previous weekend and contributions to the Grand Ball Raffle which raised £700 for the Chairman's Charities. He also thanked the Grand Ball Committee for their work and Richard Wilson and Michael Bates for their work on the successful B&P Golf Day. The Chairman thanked the speaker on behalf of the Club.


September 2014


35 members and their guests attended the September meeting held at Mendis, Wisbech. The main speaker for the evening was Dave Hailwood, son of the motorcycling legend Mike "the bike" Hailwood MBE, GM , who in his career won 9 motorcycling world championships between 1961 - 1967 before turning to motor racing where he became European Formula 2 champion. His career ended abruptly in 1974 after crashing in the German grand prix at Nuremburg and suffering severe leg injuries. Sadly Mike and members of his family were killed in a road accident in 1982, while Dave himself was badly injured.

It was a very emotive evening with Dave not only giving lots of statistics but lots of humorous anecdotes and personal memories. The evening ended with an auction of memorabilia to raise funds for the NSPCC, many thanks from all members to Dave for a great evening. 


August 2014


20 members were welcomed, by the Club Chairman Phillip Tolley, to the August meeting held at the Rose & Crown Hotel, Wisbech. The meeting was a Open Forum for members to discuss issues concerning the club. The members discussed ways of improving membership numbers and attendances and it was agreed to investigate a business mailing and open evening. The next meeting, on 10th September, will be at Mendi's when the guest speaker will be Dave Hailwood talking about his father Mike 'the Bike' Hailwood. The Annual Golf Day will follow on the 11th September at Tydd St Giles starting at 10.00 am.


July 2014


Phillip Tolley, Club Chairman, welcomed 31 members to the July meeting ar Mendi's. Members congratulated fellow member David Hodgson and his wife Judy on becoming deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech.


The speaker for the evening was Hugh Davies from Repton in Derbyshire. He gave a talk entitled 'Spies of the Great War', one of a number of intelligence related talks and slide show presentations he specialises in. He has also written books on the subjects and is an official guide at Bletchley Park . His talk included both male and female spies including Edith Cavell and T E Lawrence, and how M15 and MI6 came into being. He was thanked by the Chairman on behalf of the Club.


The next meeting will be a open forum for members only at the Rose & Crown, Wisbech


June 2014       


Chairman Phillip Tolley welcomed 28 members and 1 guest to the June meeting held at  Mendis, Wisbech. The speaker for the evening was Andy Bailey from HMP Whitemoor. Andy is a teacher within the Prison Service working on education and rehabilitation in this Category A prison, with the aim of combating re-offending. Andy Bailey was standing in for his colleague Andy Juden, who had been called away to another prison, and despite some difficult questions gave a good account of himself and his work. He was thanked by Mike Burns.


The next meeting is Wednesday 9th July when the speaker will be Hugh Davies, who will give a talk on Spies of the Great War. The evening will also feature a 1960's retro menu.


May 2014


Chairman Phillip Tolley welcomed 46 members and guests to the May meeting held at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Wisbech. Amongst the guests we were delighted to welcome Jean-Claude Marchesseau, the French President of the Arles Twinning Club together with his photographer Patrick Urvoy and their translator David Bragg. They were here to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the twinning of Arles and Wisbech.


It was agreed that the Club would donate £100 towards the late David Floyd's collection. David, a former member of the Club, died suddenly at a young age and raised a substantial amount of money for David Bruch's year in office as Club Chairman. The speaker for the evening was Roger Rawson who gave an excellent film and slide presentation of Wisbech Old and New. Roger appeared in place of Sir Graham Bright who unfortunately was unable to attend the meeting due to ill health. Roger was thanked on behalf of the Club by the Chairman.

It was announced that the Grand Ball scheduled for October 4th has already sold 145 tickets.


The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 11th June 2014. This will be held at Mendi's, Wisbech at 7.30 p,m. and the speaker for the evening will be Andy Juden fom HMP Whitemoor.  


April 2014


21 Members and 2 guests attended the April meeting held at Mendis, Wisbech. The 2 guests, namely Rhys Williams, Global Deployment Manager for Perkins and Jamie Burton, Director of Swan Edwards Architecture Ltd, were inducted into the Wisbech Business and Professional Men’s Club and presented with Club badges and ties by the Chairman, Phillip Tolley.

The main speaker for the evening was Richard Matthew from Mile Tree Brewery who gave a talk on brewing  and the development of a micro-Brewery within the Secret Garden Touring Park in Wisbech. The members were also treated to a tasting session, sampling the various beers being brewed at the Mile Tree Brewery.

At short notice Cllr Simon King, one of the Club’s members, gave an update on Fenland’s derelict or dilapidated buildings, particularly those in Wisbech and specifically Constantine House, The Phoenix and properties in Wisbech High Street.

The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 14th May 2014. This will be held at the Rose & Crown, Wisbech at 7.30 p,m. and the special speaker for the evening will be Sir Graham Bright (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire Constabulary).  



March 2014


Chairman Phillip Tolley welcomed 40 members and guests to the March meeting held at Mendis, Wisbech. The guest speakers for the evening were Hina Patel who discussed preventative health screening for local businesses and their staff, including high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and heart problems. Fiona Poignand, a Community Development Worker for North Fenland, also spoke about the Personal Health Trainers service that is available in three Health practices across Wisbech - North Brink, Clarkson and Trinity. The service offers help and advice an weight loss, healthy eating, smoking cessation and general heath and wellbeing issues. They were both thanked by Phillip Tolley.  


The profits from the evening Raffle were donated to the Papworth Hospital Charity to support the 14th Papwoth Hospital Cup Charity Golf Competition, being held in May.


It was announced that this year's Grand Ball will be held on Saturday, October 4th at Wisbech St Mary Community Centre. The Black Tie function will include a four course dinner, wine and entertainment by Red Hot n Blue and Tony G.


February 2014


36 members and their guests were welcomed by Club Chairman Phillip Tolley. The evening was all about cheque presentations to two charities chosen by last years Chairman Derrick Holmes. The first £1,000 cheque was presented by Derrick to Simon Massen on behalf of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust. The second £1,000 was presented to Stephen Scott on behalf of Scotty's Little Soldiers founded by Nicky Scott whose husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

More details of all these charities can be found on the links page.

There was also presentations from the charities chosen by this year's Chairman Phillip Tolley. Bruce Martin spoke about the Talking2Minds, a charity founded by Bob Paxman in 2008 with the ethos of helping veterans with post traumatic stress disorder as result of Combat, Blue Light services or through something encountered as a civilian. James Leet of Wisbech Sea Cadets thanked the Club for chosing a local cause and explained how any proceeds raised would be spend on training, a need to provide a boat and  promote teamwork which will help to create culture, motivation and values to the 10 to 18 year old cadets.


January 2014


Chairman Phillip Tolley welcomed 35 members and 2 guests to the January meeting held at Mendi's Wisbech. The speaker for the evening was John McGovern, former Captain of Nottingham Forest Football Club, which famously won the European cup in 1979 and 1980, under the management of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. He also won a  league championship medal for Derby County and Nottingham Forest and 2 League Cups. He is now a professional after dinner speaker and a pundit on BBC radio Nottingham for Nottingham Forest. Members thoroughly enjoyed his talk and found him even more enjoyable when he very amusingly answered many questions from the members. Nick Baines gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Club. The February meeting will feature cheque presentations to the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Scotty's Little Soldiers charities. There will also be a presentation from Bruce Martin from Talking2Minds charity and from Wisbech Sea Cadets.