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.
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.
Join local writer Benjamin Langley (Dead Branches, Is She Dead in Your Dreams? Normal) as he talks about the influence of the Fens on his writing. Why do the Fens make such a great setting for frightening stories? How does the landscape contribute to an atmosphere of terror? Not only will he explore these ideas, but also how the rich history of the region and the fascinating folklore of the Fens creeps into his writing.
19th November 2021: RSPB in the Fens by Daniel Pullan and Bethany Kiamil.
The Fens has been selected as one of the RSPB’s 37 Priority Landscapes where the RSPB will focus its conservation efforts. The landscape used to be one of Europe’s largest wetland complexes, but has been subject to land drainage initiatives for over 2,000 years, transforming the area into an intensively farmed low-lying plain. As a result, only 3% remains as a wetland, both as remnant and recreated wetland habitats of international significance. We aim to work with farmers, landowners, communities, volunteers and NGO’s to deliver bigger, better and more joined up spaces for nature. Come and join the area conservation team – Daniel Pullan (Senior Conservation Officer) and Bethany Kiamil (Conservation Officer) – to find out more about their work, plans for the future and how you might contribute to making a difference by volunteering on projects like Operation Turtle Dove or the Volunteer Monitoring of Farm Wildlife.
17th December 2021: Festive Fen Quiz.
Come along to our just for fun annual zoom fen quiz. Questions will include topics on nature, heritage, traditions and of course Christmas. So why not come along for a natter and wear your Christmas jumper. Put your fen knowledge to the test.
21st January 2022: The Crowland Buffalo by Daniel Abbott tbc.
18th February 2022: Fen Railways by Brian Watson.
18th March 2022: The Great Fen tbc.
22nd April 2022: Mills in the Fens tbc
27th May 2022: Fens, Romans, Countrymen: A History of Eels in the Fens by Dr John Wyatt Greenlee tbc
17th June 2022: Celebrate the Fens Weekend launch
Fen Folks Fridays 2020-2021 season:
July and August 2021: Meet up at a fen pub garden for a friendly drink.
18th June 2021: Celebrate the Fens Weekend: launched by special guest Francis Pryor
21st May 2021: Digging in the Fens by Robert Smith
16th April 2021: Fen Weather Memories by George Adamson
19th March 2021: Peter Appleton, poet and author of “Ely: An experimental dream poem”.
19th February 2021: Narrow boating in the Fens by Simon Judge.
22nd January 2021: Whittlesey Strawbear by Brian Kell
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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