GALLERY: Pictures focusing on Cambs’ Community Treasures go on display in Fenland

11:28 10 January 2014

Shortlisted entry: Wisbech bee garden by Roger Rawson. Organisation portrayed: Wisbech Street Pride.
The garden was planted by the Street Pride group on a derelict piece of waste land to enhance the area. Groups involved included Street Pride, Wisbech Lions and Wisbech in Bloom.

Shortlisted entry: Wisbech bee garden by Roger Rawson. Organisation portrayed: Wisbech Street Pride. The garden was planted by the Street Pride group on a derelict piece of waste land to enhance the area. Groups involved included Street Pride, Wisbech Lions and Wisbech in Bloom.

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Photographs highlighting the work of community groups across Cambridgeshire, including several from Fenland, have gone on show in Wisbech.

The photograph promoting Lifecraft’s activities, taken by Nat Barden, was chosen as a winner.The photograph promoting Lifecraft’s activities, taken by Nat Barden, was chosen as a winner.

They were all entered into Community Treasures, a competition organised by the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service, the University of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

Groups from across the county were invited to submit pictures that encapsulated the work they do to improve the lives of people in their communities.

All 27 entries are on display. Seven are from Fenland, three of which were shortlisted for a prize - they were from Wisbech Street Pride, the Ferry Project and FACET.

Other Fenland photos are from The Friends of Rings End Nature Reserve, Chatteris Good Companions and Chatteris Christmas Lights, as well as a second one from the Ferry Project.

Janet Whelan’s picture called Treasure the Laughter, which portrayed the work of the Care Network, was a winner of a prize.Janet Whelan’s picture called Treasure the Laughter, which portrayed the work of the Care Network, was a winner of a prize.

Prizes of £150 went to Lifecraft, an organisation in Cambridge for adults who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives, for a photo called Lifecraft Singer and Care Network for a photo called Treasure the laughter.

Jez Reeve, chief executive of the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service and one of the judges, said: “The quality of the entrants this year was amazing.

“The breadth of subjects shows the incredible diversity of the work that community groups and charities do across the county and highlights the importance of the services and support that volunteers and staff give.”

All the entries are on display at the Ferry Project’s Octavia View, South Brink, Wisbech, until January 30.

Entry: Octavia’s Café by Matt Giddings. Organisation portrayed: The Ferry Project.
The entry read: “Kim, a student who volunteers at Octavia’s café. As well as serving customers, she provides important work skills training for the residents of the hostel to help them back into employment.”Entry: Octavia’s Café by Matt Giddings. Organisation portrayed: The Ferry Project. The entry read: “Kim, a student who volunteers at Octavia’s café. As well as serving customers, she provides important work skills training for the residents of the hostel to help them back into employment.”

Octavia View is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday.

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