Fen Folks Fridays

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.

Each event include a speaker, discussion about events and activities coming up in the fens, and a chance to natter to each other to share memories and fen facts. The session start at 7.30pm prompt and finish about 9.15/30pm.

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 and help setting up hybrid events.

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 or if you would like to buy a coffee please see https://ko-fi.com/fascinatingfens.

Healthy Fenland awarded Fen Folks Fridays a grant originally to help set up the group for the year of 2021, we are now self-funding through donations, and calendar sales.

Fridays 2022-2023 season:

16th September 2022: HODs (Heritage Open Days) Astounding Inventions in the Fens.

21st October 2022: Cambridgeshire Local Heritage by Jess Johnston.

18th November 2022: Fenland History Saver Shares All by Mike Petty:

Mike Petty reflects on his 70 years of collecting and sharing Cambridgehsire local history.

Whether you’re living in the heart of Cambridge or the middle of the Fen there is a wealth of Cambridgeshire books, newspaper articles, illustrations, maps and recordings that can be read, downloaded and used for free from your laptop or tablet. – all you need is an internet connection!

But if you can, please join us and share your own areas of interest

16th December 2022: Festive Fen Quiz.

20th January 2023: Pickwick’s Fenland Scrapbook by Mike Petty

17th February 2023: ‘Following in Vermuyden’s Footsteps’ by Nicola Oldfield

17th March 2023: ‘Spalding Gentlemen’s Society’ by Michael Gilbert.

21st April 2023: Fen Floods by Mike Petty

19th May 2023: My Ancestral Home-The Fens by Rex Sly

16th June 2023: Celebrate The Fens weekend launch: including Special guests and a variety of speakers enticing us to join their Celebrate the Fens activities across the weekend

Fen Folks Fridays 2021-2022 season:

17th September 2021: A hundred years of farming by Alan Stennett.

15th October 2021: The Frightening Fens by Ben Langley.

19th November 2021: RSPB in the Fens by Daniel Pullan and Bethany Kiamil.

17th December 2021: Festive Fen Quiz.

21st January 2022: FenScapers

18th February 2022: Railways in The Fens: The Social Effects by Brian Watson.

18th March 2022: The Great Fen, a future wetland and more,’ with Wildlife Trust BCN Monitoring and Research Officer, Henry Stanier.

22nd April 2022: The Crowland Buffalo by Nicholas Day.

27th May 2022: Fens, Romans, Countrymen: A History of Eels in the Fens by Dr John Wyatt Greenlee

Or you can join us in person at Ely Museum, for a hybrid event for this May event (please email us so we know you’re coming).

17th June 2022: Celebrate the Fens Weekend launch, including Special guests, music, poetry and a variety of speakers enticing us to join their Celebrate the Fens activities across the weekend.

Fen Folks Fridays: Previous Seasons

For information about our previous Fen Folks Friday seasons September 2021 – June 2022, please click for more info.

For information about our previous Fen Folks Friday seasons September 2020 – August 2021, please click for more info.

For more information please get in touch or explore the other fascinating fens pages:

Find out more about fascinating fens by visiting our “Home” page or “About us” page.

Or by requesting to receive our free quarterly e-newsletter.
Find out about how you can “get involved” with fascinating fens projects such as “Celebrate The Fens Day”.

Or visit our “Shop” for Fen gifts: books, calendar and illustrations.
“Explore the Fens” through this website: heritage, creativity, nature, wellbeing and accessibility.

“Muscovy and Eeli” and the “Fascinating Fen Tails” will help children explore.