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In Memoriam, Maurice Hobbs 12.06.2014 In Memoriam, Maurice Hobbs

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Maurice Hobbs, our first President.  A founder member, together with his wife Joyce, Maurice was elected in 1978 to inspire and direct the fledgling committee. In 1981, Maurice was...

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Maurice Hobbs, our first President. 

A founder member, together with his wife Joyce, Maurice was elected in 1978 to inspire and direct the fledgling committee. In 1981, Maurice was elected Mayor of Ely and made Fenprobe the recipient of that year's Mayor's Fund. This gave Fenprobe finances and public profile a terrific boost and our future was given the security it needed.

Maurice and Joyce were also readers and prolific fund raisers over the years. Our gratitude to them both is immeasurable. Maurice was a fantastic President, always ready with help and guidance.  Unfailingly courteous and very sociable, he worked for Fenprobe until 2001, when his son, Cllr. Richard Hobbs, was elected to carry on what was becoming a family tradition.
Our thoughts are with Richard and Pat and their children and grandchildren.  

Funeral arrangements will appear in the press and on our weekly recorded news.

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12.06.2014 Alma Jefferson Has Passed Away

We are sorry to report the death of Alma Jefferson this week.  Alma joined us as a reader with the Pilgrim Group in the late 1990's and remained as a valued and consistent member of Bill's group until 2012, when she resigned because of failing health.  She...

We are sorry to report the death of Alma Jefferson this week. 

Alma joined us as a reader with the Pilgrim Group in the late 1990's and remained as a valued and consistent member of Bill's group until 2012, when she resigned because of failing health. 

She will be remembered with affection for her humour and goodwill. Our thoughts are with Gordon and the family. 

The funeral is on Tuesday, 24 June at the Salvation Army, City Road, Littleport, Ely CB6 1NG at 2 p.m.
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23.04.2014 Annual General Meeting

This year's AGM will be held on Tuesday, 29 April at 12 noon at the City of Ely Bowls Club, Nutholt Lane, Ely. As you know, this is situated near the Paradise Car Park and there is parking at the club. The Club is reached from Nutholt Lane by a small lane on the...

This year's AGM will be held on Tuesday, 29 April at 12 noon at the City of Ely Bowls Club, Nutholt Lane, Ely.


As you know, this is situated near the Paradise Car Park and there is parking at the club. The Club is reached from Nutholt Lane by a small lane on the left coming from the traffic lights, before you get to the conservatory premises.  It is also reached from the Paradise car park.

The Chairman and committee hope very much that you will be able to attend.  We have had a somewhat traumatic year, resolved, we think, with some success.  The Treasurer will be pleased to tell you we have had a very good year for donations.

The Ely Bowls Club have made us their Charity of the Year and we are inviting the Chairman of the Council and Mayor of the City of Ely, Councillor Elaine Griffin-Singh to attend.

We hope to see you there.

Janet M. T. Smith
Secretary

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Fenprobe's Brian Gowler receives award for giving his 75th pint of blood 01.04.2014 Fenprobe's Brian Gowler receives award for giving his 75th pint of blood

Brian Gowler, 60, received an award from NHS Blood and Transport for the milestone donation. Mr Gowler, who lives in Littleport with his wife, Annie, said: “I started giving blood around 25 years ago I suppose. “I might be...

Brian Gowler, 60, received an award from NHS Blood and Transport for the milestone donation.

Mr Gowler, who lives in Littleport with his wife, Annie, said: “I started giving blood around 25 years ago I suppose.

“I might be registered disabled but that can’t stop me from helping others and you get such a good feeling when you donate blood. I’d urge everyone to do it if they’re able to.”

Anyone aged between 17-65 and in general good health can potentially give blood. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

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In Memoriam, Tony May 06.01.2014 In Memoriam, Tony May

The President, Cllr. Richard Hobbs, Chairman, Bill Pickess and Committee would like to pay tribute to our Founder, Tony May, who died on 26th November aged 71. Everyone connected with Fenprobe, listeners and volunteers, owe much to the energy...

The President, Cllr. Richard Hobbs, Chairman, Bill Pickess and Committee would like to pay tribute to our Founder, Tony May, who died on 26th November aged 71.

Everyone connected with Fenprobe, listeners and volunteers, owe much to the energy and commitment of Tony and his wife Carol. Going blind in his early thirties, he founded Fenprobe Talking News in 1978. Bottles were placed all over Ely and villages, to be filled with loose change and the biggest was broken at the Red Lion at Stretham. Members of Ely's Campaign Theatre banded together to read the first news which went out in time for Christmas that year.

On the 19th December, thirty five years on, we will be reading the last news of 2013 and looking forward to 2014. I'm sure you will join us in sending our kindest thoughts and sympathy to Carol and their family.

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