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 9.30pm.

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.

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 2021-2022 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. Join Nicholas Day for a very interesting talk about The Crowland Buffalo. This amphibious military vehicle was used in World War two, but was also used as a barrier in 1947 during the famous floods in the Fens. A group led by Daniel Abbott, has located a missing ‘Buffalo’ and is now restoring it. This year marks the anniversary of 75 years since the 1947 floods.

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

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 2020 – August 2021, please click for more info.

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