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The Fenland Trust | Innovate, inspire, transform

civic-voice-logoWelcome to the website of the Fenland Trust. Our organisation, based in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire was founded to develop charitable projects to enrich the lives of our local residents and promote a better understanding of regional heritage assets. We are founders of the Yaxley Festival and of the Yaxley History Project. The Fenland Trust is working in partnership with the Great Fen and we are a member of CIOFF®, the UNESCO partner organisation concerned with the safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore.

Heritage Projects

Promoting the history of Yaxley and the Fenland region. Developing, researching and interpreting our collection making findings available to the public.

Community Infrastructure

Establishing the need for and developing infrastructure to serve the local community. Promoting local sports and leisure, the arts and education.

Economic Development

Working to ensure that our community is positioned to reap the economic benefits offered by the development of tourism infrastructure.


Cultural Heritage

Working with C.I.O.F.F. UK and partner organisations to develop a youth group to preserve and promote our regional intangible cultural heritage.



Local company helps regional Speedwatch programme

Sharing membership via the Yaxley Partnership with Yaxley’s new Community Speedwatch programme has already paid dividends for the region’s volunteers. The Fenland Trust’s Stewart Howe has been able to secure a generous donation of 50 high visibility... read more

Fenland Trust joins the Yaxley Partnership

The Fenland Trust is excited to annouce that we have joined the Yaxley Partnership. The Partnership is a new project that is bringing together organisations and individuals in Yaxley alongside County and District council representitives to work on some very exciting... read more

Fenland Trust donates plaque for Harold Penketh memorial

Following week-long excavation of a crashed Spitfire in October last year, a permanent memorial to Pilot Officer Harold Penketh, who lost his life in the crash in 1940, has been unveiled in a dedication service near to the crash site at Holme Lode. The Wildlife Trust... read more

NYCES paints the Yaxley Recreation Ground

On Saturday 7th May a local graffiti artist created an original piece of art in Yaxley. The Fenland Trust working in partnership with Yaxley Parish Council and Cambridgshire County Council were excited to welcome NYCES to the village and learn more about the exciting... read more

Yaxley launches Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

The Fenland Trust is proud to be supporting Yaxley’s new Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Volunteers met for the first time yesterday at Queen’s Park Pavilion to develop the scheme. In the meantime we have designed and launched their new website at... read more

The Fenland Trust is a member of the Yaxley Partnership

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Powering Local History

Yaxleyhistory.org was developed as a key component of the Yaxley Festival project and exists to preserve and celebrate the collective memories of our community and the stories and images of our village. The site is a foundation stone of the longer term Yaxley Heritage Project, developed by The Fenland Trust, which aims to identify, develop, promote and preserve our village heritage assets.

Holme is a Viking word which means island or peninsula surrounded by water. When you approach the village the slightly higher land is quite obvious, the lower dark soil of the Fens surrounds the village on three sides. The original part of the village developed on the highest ground near the church and followed a circular pattern as a result. Please visit HolmeHistory.org.

Coming soon:

  • NormanCross.org
  • Coningtonhistory.org
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