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WISBECH SOCIETY & PRESERVATION TRUST LTD

Now in its 76th year, Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust is working harder than ever to safeguard the history and heritage of Wisbech, Capital of the Fens. The preservation of the town’s stunning architecture is always very high on the agenda and Fenland District Council consults the Society on planning matters affecting the town’s Listed buildings and conservation areas. Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust keeps a close eye on renovation projects as well as providing funding where appropriate. Through 2014 it worked closely with Fenland District Council on a Townscape bid for funding to regenerate the High Street, and continues with plans to restore the chapel of rest in the town’s historically significant General Cemetery. Working hand-in-hand with the Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery, the Society has ensured the site’s future.

An active and effective civic society, the Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust takes great pride in the commemoration and celebration of the town’s cultural past, including its many eminent citizens – the Society has installed blue plaques on several relevant buildings around the town.

Membership is open to all, with the annual fee not only helping fund the Society’s many and varied activities, but also allowing access to a programme of fascinating winter lectures and a series of exclusive trips in the spring and summer months. And thanks to the Society’s association with Civic Voice, members also receive one free entry to a National Trust property and one free admission to an English Heritage site per year.

 

Wisbech High Street Project Public Consultation Event

Many thanks to everybody who came along and took part in the Public Consultation exercise on Thursday 12th and Saturday 14th June. Along with our partners Fenland District Council and their consultants Ingham-Pinnock Associates, we were seeking your opinions on how to spend the money should we be fortunate enough to win our bid for Heritage Lottery Funding to renovate the High Street. This area is of huge importance to the heritage of Wisbech and some of the buildings are in need of major repair and renovation.
In particular, we were canvassing your thoughts on ideas for the redevelopment of the old Cooks Butchers shop. And, in a similar way to how the London Olympic development has left a legacy for the local community, part of our bid is to come up with an Activity Plan to work alongside the improvement of the High Street.
After the two-day event in the Market Place, Ingham-Pinnock Associates, who are co-ordinating the bid, commented: "rarely have we been involved with a project where consultation events are so well attended by the community and indeed where there is so much local support". On their website, the Council also describe the "hugely positive reaction".

The bid was submitted on Friday 29th August. It will be several months before we find out whether or not it has been successful, but watch this space!!

 

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Wisbech's classical Georgian North Brink