The Cambridgeshire IVC Blog

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Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival

On Saturday 13th Jan. we set off to Whittlesea for what has become a bit of an early season institution-a visit to the Straw Bear Festival. Alan advised an earlier train from Cambridge to make the connection at Ely- which proved a wise decision !

The train as usual was pretty full and on arrival we walked with the crowd into the village. We soon saw the Straw Bear and two smaller bears getting prepared for their dance around the village. They subsequently departed and we followed, stopping to watch Morris and Molly Dancing in various locations- but usually outside pubs. Surprisingly the latter were not on our agenda, probably the only visitors not not have one-or a few - but we did stop for a nice fish and chip lunch.

At Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival - Cambridgeshire IVC OutingThe straw Bear

Photos were taken - although Alan was disappointed that the sun didn't shine as it had on the last two occasions. A great day out !

Hoping for a good IVC crowd in 2019!


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Winter Walk at Angelsey Abbey

A group of us, including 2 members of Suffolk IVC,  visited Angelsey Abbey on a quiet weekday to enjoy the snowdrops, a few early flowering daffodils, tree blossom  and other colouful plants. 

Snowdrops at Angelsey Abbey for the Cambridgeshire IVC Social walkPlastic Wisteria fooled some of our party

We watched an interesting demonstraion on the workings of the floor mill and the plastic wisteria had some of us fooled for a while.

A good time was had by all.

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December Photo Assignment - In the Dark of the Night - The Results

Another great set of entries for Decembers assignment "In the Dark of the Night" attracted a good turn out and lively debate at club night last night. Some more "photo first timers" and returning prospective new members as well.

A couple of entries were thought to be a bit off topic (more twilight than dark) and most still seemed to be taken using "Auto" setting of the camera - with visible impact on the photos but there were lots of the great shots and some surprises!

Voting was fairly close but 1 shot just pipped the others at the post

Sue's "Stamford - George Hotel and River Weland"

Cambridgeshire IVC Social club, December Photography assignment - the Winner

Close behind in joint second place were:

Tony's "Cross the Line by the Bridge"

Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club Photography assignment - December Joint Second Place

and Nick's "Bridge Street St Ives"

Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club Photography assignment - December Joint Second Place

The later was taken at the IVC photographic workshop late November which featured in several other entries.

January's theme, set by Alan, is People Watching - Observing people in normal day to day activities capturing those candid moments. Join us and enter.


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Murder on the Orient Express?

First let's start with the morning after the night before....

The Morning after Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club New Years PartyAlways a sign of a good party when you don't know where to start with the clearing up!

It certainly was a journey of style and elegance with a great opportunity to catch up with friends from IVC social club, neighbours and my dance club.  Thank you to all for making by birthday celebration so much fun!

Our dapper host for  Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club New Years Party

...and we had fireworks and music too.  Thankfully nobody was murdered on this Orient Express journey!

Fireworks at the Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club New Years Party

Fireworks at the Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club New Years Party

Live music at the Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club New Years Party

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