Do you love the Fens? Fen Folks Fridays are a new free zoom meet up group, that meet once a month to share topics and learn about the fens. It started with a aim to bring people together, and as a way to try to unite people in the fens. Please book the sessions in advance to avoid disappointment.
If you would like to be a speaker, please get in touch. We try to aim for a variety of talks, covering all areas of the fens (Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk) on a variety of topics (heritage, nature, creativity, wellbeing and accessibility). Please also let us know if you have an event, that you would like advertising.
Fascinating fens co-ordinates the evening voluntarily, including being the actual host and technical host. If you would like to volunteer to help, please get in touch. Roles for this project include: co-host, welcoming guests, finding speakers and identifying places where the evening can be advertised.
Although the events are free, sponsorship or donations would be welcome, to cover the technical costs of running the evenings. Please get in touch if you are a business interested in sponsoring a session, in return for sponsorship we would give advertising on this page, our social media pages and e-newsletter. If you are an attendee, and would like to make a donation, please use https://paypal.me/fascinatingfens
We are delighted to announce that Healthy Fenland has awarded Fen Folks Fridays a grant to help set up the group to provide the talks in 2021. Huge thanks to them.
Fen Folks Fridays 2021:
22nd January 2021: Whittlesey Strawbear by Brian Kell
19th February 2021: Narrow boating in the Fens by Simon Judge.
19th March 2021: Peter Appleton, poet and author of “Ely: An experimental dream poem”.
16th April 2021: Fen Weather Memories by George Adamson
30th April 2021: Fens, Romans, Countrymen: A History of Eels in the Fens by Dr John Wyatt Greenlee.
Unfortunately tonight’s event (30th April) has been cancelled due to our speaker’s unforeseen family illness. We will email those already booked. We will re-arrange date for this event and inform you when confirmed.
Eels are among the most iconic of Fenland creatures. They have long been a part of the region’s cultural and economic heritage. But what does that history actually look like? In this presentation, medieval historian Dr. John Wyatt Greenlee will talk about the ways that eels have intertwined with Fenland history from the Romans through the later Middle Ages.
This is an extra special additional fen folks friday, to coincide with when Eel weekend normally falls. Therefore a donation for this event would be very welcome.
21st May 2021: Digging in the Fens by Robert Smith
‘Digging the Fens’ and it will illustrate what we know about the Fens particularly in Roman times and will also talk about the work of the Fenland Archaeological Society. It will describe the joy of being the first to unearth something that hasn’t been seen in over 2000 years and will also mention the Must Farm dig near Whittlesey that exposed a bronze age settlement and has changed the way in which understand those ancient ancestors.
18th June 2021: Celebrate the Fens Weekend
19th June 2021: Celebrate the Fens day: zoom concert of words and music. tbc (please note there may be a cost for this extra event)
July 2021: Meet up at a fen pub garden for a friendly drink, date and venue to be confirmed.
20th August 2021: Traditional healing in the home by Julie Wakefield
17th September 2021: Heritage Open days in the fens.
15th October 2021: The Frightening Fens by Ben Langley.
19th November 2021: RSPB
17th December 2021: Festive Fen Quiz.
Previous 2020 Pilot sessions:
We held 4 pilot sessions: to see if people are interested, whether it is feasible and sustainable. During the pilot different formats were trialled including: duration of speakers, types of topics/discussion and styles of presentation. Therefore feel free to give feedback.
4th December 2020: Featured Speaker: Lyn Gibb de-Swarte about Fen Skating and Bandy. Spotlight topic: Festive fen quiz.
20th November 2020: Featured speaker: Rachael Brown from Fens Biosphere. Spotlight topic: Fascinating Fens update.
23rd October 2020: Featured Speaker: James Boyce writer of Imperial mud, and Ivor Rowlands from Kings Lynn Shakespeare guildhall.
25th September 2020: Featured speaker: Paul Burrows a Flood & Coastal Risk Manager for the River Great Ouse catchment at the Environment Agency. Spotlight speaker: Roy Pallet from Soham Pumpkin fair.
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