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Reflecting the Richness of Ely Life

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Welcome to the biggest issue of The Elyi yet! We do hope you like it. Madeleine and I have been working to get as many people involved as humanly possible (or ‘humanely’ even). With every magazine, more and more local businesses are supporting, enabling us to offer more and more free space to clubs and groups. We are particularly pleased to feature Magpas Helimedix, a very worthwhile local organization providing support to the emergency services. (See page 26) Thank you to Ely residents who have been sending in info and also special thanks to Matt and Adam, our shiney, new volunteer contributors who are going to bring us features and news of events in the area over the coming months. For most of June and July the Isle of Ely becomes a hotbed of art and performance with entertainment for all ages. See Matt’s article on page 34. We’ll bring you more on that in the next issue. We would also like to thank Councillor Lis Every for a very successful year in office as Mayor of Ely, promoting Ely and heading up some exciting city centre developments.

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MAY/JUNE 2015 Contents

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From the Mayor Etheldreda Fair Ely Youth Choir Welcome to The Queen’s Shoes 12 Household trades and businesses section 18 Peter’s Bridal Warehouse 21 St Mary’s CE Junior School Choir 24 Sew Much To Do Workshops 26 Magpas Helimedix 28 Local Groups and Meets 34 Ely and the Performing Arts 35 Ely Hereward fundraising 36 Ely Folk Festival 40 Ely Wildspace 42 A word on wordpress 46 Ely Sailing Club 47 Centre 33 48 4Networking works! 50 Elyi Info for advertisers

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Councillor Elisabeth Every, Mayor of Ely As I reach the end of my term, I am now constantly asked what I have enjoyed most about the year. It has been such a rewarding and fulfilling year with so many wonderful and diverse experiences it is just impossible to say. I will have completed nearly 300 engagements as well as chairing the City Council. What I can say is that I have enjoyed every single activity. There are so many amazing people supporting so many charities and community activities. Chairing the Council has been particularly rewarding as we have, with prudent budgeting and financial controls, in addition to providing our usual services, acquired the Sessions House, saving one of our most

prestigious Ely buildings. It now houses the City of Ely Council offices and the Court Room is preserved. We took over The Maltings which is now emerging as our Village Hall, providing a wonderful setting for commercial and community events Our City Centre Forum partnership thrives in our efforts to ensure we have a vibrant and lively City Centre. Progress is also well underway to develop strong business and school links to encourage employability skills and greater opportunities for our young people to work locally. We will reinstate our own version of the Neighbourhood Panel and will have a new interactive website in May. But it’s the people I have

met and the events I have attended that I will always remember. I only hope they have also benefited from the support the role of Mayor can give. I know that wherever I have been or whatever I have done, the people I have been with are much more important than I am. I am so grateful to the people of Ely for bestowing on me the privilege to act as their Mayor. It is an experience I will never forget.


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Craft & Food Fair Sat 30th May Palace Green, Ely 10am – 5pm 40 Stalls, Traditional Games, Raffle, Champagne and Pimms, Afternoon Teas in aid of Ely Cathedral Choir Tour Fund


he annual Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair takes place on Saturday 30th May on Palace Green, surrounded by the splendour of Ely Cathedral and The Old Palace - two of Ely’s magnificent historic buildings.


n entertaining day for the whole family, the fair includes a selection of over 40 tempting stalls featuring crafts, local foods, jewellery, plants, gifts and summer produce.


n keeping with the tradition of this well established country fair, visitors will have the opportunity to try their luck on the tombola and test their aim on the coconut shy as well as enjoying a Pimm’s with strawberries & cream on the lawns in front of the Cathedral. This, along with bacon rolls, afternoon tea, delicious cakes and champagne, all add to a great day out in Ely.


ll profits go to the Ely Cathedral Choir Tour Fund. Originally, the Etheldreda Fair was started in the early 1990’s by the Director of Music at Ely Cathedral and his wife when they opened their home and garden for refreshments and light lunches on the Open University Degree Ceremony Day. The OU has for many years held it’s East Anglian Degree Ceremony at Ely Cathedral in late May or early June and they saw it as an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Ely Cathedral Choir Tour Fund.


t was named ‘The Etheldreda Fair’ as St. Etheldreda, the founding Abbess of the first Abbey in Ely, is celebrated annually on June 18th.


y the late 1990’s the organisation of the fair was taken on by the boy chorister parents who broadened it to the full scale fair, on Palace Green, in front of Ely Cathedral. All welcome!


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Ely Youth Choir Ely Youth Choir is a branch of Ely Choral Society. They run it as community based group open to all young people which at present is free to join and attend every week! (Not many things you can say that of!). Singing in a group is a great way to boost your confidence as a singer and improve actual singing technique. They perform whenever and wherever they can and as recently as the end of last year travelled down to London to sing at the Royal Albert Hall with other young choirs from around the country. They are a lovely bunch and very enthusiastic! Andrew Parnell is choirmaster and he just has the most wonderful way of teaching, encouraging and getting the most from them.

Chair of Ely Youth Choir‘s steering group is Lis Every, Ely’s Mayor 2014-15 and a keen choral singer herself. She said, “It’s great to see these fantastic young people singing together and performing to a high standard, getting involved in the community, having lots of fun and making new friends. Ely Choral Society really believes in supporting the next generation of choral singers this way. It’s free and anyone can join.” New members - boys and girls - are always welcome. The age range is 11-18. There are no auditions. Rehearsals are in Ely every Monday in term time. For more information visit: email: or call Mrs. Sylvia Bulley on 01353 774733.


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The Queen’s Shoes comes to Ely Clare Ashmeade goes to great lengths to find the very best quality footwear and accessories for her customers, which is why we are so pleased she has brought her shop, The Queen’s Shoes, to Ely at last. The Queen’s Shoes has been running successfully in Witchford for the last 4 years but Clare has now made the move to 36F Forehill which sits conveniently just off Broad Street in the smart, new shop units. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9-5 or outside these hours by appointment. The new summer stock is beautiful with something for everyone.

Clare says, “We are stocking a new Spanish supplier, Anna Roman these are available with matching handbags. Another new range for us is the wonderful Rainbow collection, these shoes start off in ivory and then you can have them dyed to a colour of your choice, with a

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1) Pay for the dress in full with cash or card and take it away with you. 2) Reserve your dress with a £100 deposit and then spread the cost with up to 6 monthly instalments. Peter is very happy to arrange alterations, if need be, to make your dress the perfect fit. Nobody likes to use the term “budget bride” but, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to save money?

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Winners! Ely, St Mary’s CE Junior School were recent winners of the Junior Choir’s Class at the Peterborough Music Festival. The festival which was held in March, offers competitive classes in most instruments, solo singing, choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles. They were awarded a distinction for an excellent performance both technically and artistically.

The choir entered it’s first competition last year, reaching the national final of Barnardo’s Choir of the Year Competition which was held at The Barbican in London. Their Choir Director, Ms Hazel Law is very proud of their achievements and says: “I’m pleased that their hard work and dedication to the choir has achieved for them a result they deserve!”


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Recently, Adam Faber visited the Magpas Helimedix Airbase in Cambridgeshire to meet the boys and girls in orange.


an Read was in a roomful of fundraisers, everyday people who helped gather the money to keep fuel in the helicopter that helps him save lives. He opened his mouth to thank them for their support, and the difference their effort makes – when a siren went off, meaning he had to take to the skies once more.


veryone was ushered aside as the team hurried to the launch pad, and took off across the horizon. The group who were about to hear his presentation were baffled, to say the least. They stood together next to the air strip, their keynote speaker having disappeared in a bit of a whirlwind. Charlie, a young child who had raised £40 for the charity waved goodbye to the helicopter with his dad and grandma.


work at RAF Wyton, where he keeps constantly vigilant for when he might be needed. With a helicopter at the ready as well as two rapid response BMWs (sponsored by Elms Cambridge BMW), the team supports emergency services by bringing specially trained paramedics and pre-hospital doctors to the scene – wherever that scene may be. By quickly ‘taking the hospital to the patient’ in this way, survival rates and recovery times are improved. However, it is a day peppered with bursts of activity. Dan needs to be ready to roll out at a moment’s notice. “It’s impossible to know when a call might come in, so you just have to be ready,” said Dan after he had come back from his latest emergency. We were sitting down to a quick lunch, with the knowledge that if the sirens went off again he’d be off in a flash once more. “In a busy day I could be called out up to five times, said Dan. “It all depends on when and where we are most needed.”



an’s life seems to be one full of interruptions. He’s a highly trained paramedic for Magpas Helimedix, a specialist medical team who respond to life-threatening illness and major trauma cases across the East of England. He comes from his home in Ely to

y working together with the ambulance service, Magpas paramedics and doctors are dispatched to the emergencies where their specialized training can have the most impact. The Magpas team are trained to provide services that would normally be available only at the hospital. In a situation where a few minutes can mean a world of difference, this helps save lives, speed recovery times, and ultimately reduce the permanent damage done. “It would be great to have someone this highly trained in every ambulance in England, but that would take quite a lot of resources.” said Dan. Right now the resources they do have are purely down to public donations.”



very little bit helps, be it £5 to stock the quick-deploy emergency medication kit strapped to Dan’s ankle, or the £600 to fuel the helicopter. Current supporters do whatever it is they can to help; hosting a wine tasting, doing a sponsored bike ride, or even just a little boy taking a donation tin into Dad’s work.

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hat might happen in the event of an emergency is usually the last thing on anyone’s mind, for the Magpas team it’s an everyday reality. Besides the fact that it’s Dan’s job, the service strikes a personal chord with him; Dan’s brother was in a motorcycle accident that needed an air ambulance, and it drives home for him the importance of having constant coverage. Dan said, “At the moment we have a Magpas Helimedix Team on during the day and at night we plan to go 24/7 by the end of 2015. We can only do this thanks to the generous support from the public.”


or his part, Dan is providing all the coverage he can – recently he even provided lifesaving care during a family holiday. The rest, keeping the equipment running and the emergency kits stocked, is up to us.

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Ely Amateur Dramatic Society

The July show will be William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. Look out for local posters! The society is always on the look out for new members who want to be either on or off stage. Facebook.

Ely & District Archaeological Society

18th May Talk: Excavating Saxon & Mediaeval Remains at the Ely Almonry by Mark Hinman Talks are at 8.00 pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Ely. Entry is via the gate at the rear of St. Mary’s Street Car Park, Ely. ADMISSION: Visitors £2.50 Members free. See our web site: or phone: 01353 669326

Ely Arts Theatre

Want to find out about everything that is going on in the theatre and performance arts in and around Ely? Then join the Ely Arts Theatre network. Ely Arts Theatre is a community all about promoting all things theatre and performance or visual arts in Ely and the surrounding East Cambridgeshire area. We want to get more bums on seats for Ely & East Cambridgeshire theatre and performance arts events! So join the community at:, find us on Facebook: or Twitter - @elyartstheatre

Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network

Have you heard of the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network? This is a web site for old and new photographs of Ely and the immediate area surrounding it. Our web site is at: Contribute photos etc by filling in the on line form on the website.

C.A.T. Theatre Company

Campaign Amateur Theatre, Ely Next Show: The Wedding Singer 26th-28th May Ely College, 7.30pm. Tickets £8 from Burrows Bookshop, High St Passage or online at: We mainly perform musicals and a Pantomime at Christmas time. We audition for our main shows and the Panto, but we also have show nights without auditions, where members perform their own choice of music. Our minimum age is 14yrs. apart from the Panto, where children may be younger. Contact info: Tel: 01353 664564

Cambridge Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios - Eastern Preview at the Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely Monday 22 June - Sunday 28 June, 10am - 4pm Cambridge Open Studios is a prestigious and well-established community which aims to bring artists and local people together. This exhibition is an exciting opportunity to see the work of 28 members of Cambridge Open Studios who live and work in the East Cambs area BEFORE they open their studios to the general public in July. Throughout the exhibition an artist will be in the gallery to talk about the work on show and where to find the artists during Cambridge Open Studios in July.

Ely Cathedral Calendar Daily: 7.30am Morning Prayer 8.00am Holy Communion 12.10pm Holy Communion (Thursdays and Saints Days) 5.30pm Evensong Sundays: 8.15am Holy Communion 10.30am Sung Eucharist 4.00pm Evensong Tel: 01353 660300

29 May Cathedral Events 10 2.00pm East Anglian Regional Transplant Service 6.30pm Space@6:30 ‘A service of alternative worship’ 12 7.30pm Open Lecture: ‘A tower whose top is in the heavens’ - John Maddison 14 7.30pm ASCENSION DAY - Sung Eucharist 15 – 21 Ely Cathedral Business Group - Celebration of Business Exhibition 16 5.00pm Royal School of Church Music Festival 20 7.30pm Open Lecture: ‘Art: What is it good for?’ - Prof Ben Quash 21 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert The William Jewell Choir 23 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert - University of London Chamber Choir 24 7.30pm PENTECOST - Pentecost Praise with Baptism and Confi rmation 25 2.00pm - 4.00pm Tour and Tea in the Cathedral and Monastic Gardens 27 10.00am - noon Children’s Holiday Drop-In 30 noon CATHEDRAL CLOSED DUE TO O.U. DEGREE CEREMONY Etheldreda Fair (Palace Green) 31 noon TRINITY SUNDAY - Cathedral Community AGM and Lunch June Cathedral Events 4 7.30pm CORPUS CHRISTI - Solemn Eucharist 13 7.30pm Summer Swing Concert with the choirs of Ely Cathedral 14 6.30pm Diocesan Service for Carers 17 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert - St. George’s College, Ottawa 19 7.30pm Ely Arts Festival Concert (TBC) 20 11.30pm Etheldreda Parade 23 - 1 July The Journey of Life - Schools’ Art Exhibition 24 7.30pm Open Lecture: ‘From Jerusalem to Cookham’ - Duncan Robinson 27 7.30pm Ely Arts Festival Concert (TBC) 28 1.30pm Local Brass Bands’ Concert

Churches Together in Ely

Details of services throughout the year can be viewed on each church website. New Connexions @ High Barns The Theatre, St Mary’s School, High Barns, Ely. The Countess Free Church Chapel Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 662396 Methodist Church Chapel Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 662426 St Mary’s Church of England St Mary’s Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 659550 St Peter’s Church of England Broad Street, Ely. St Etheldreda’s Catholic Church Egremont Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 662759 The Lighthouse, Lynn Road, Ely. Tel: 01353 662228 The Olive Tree Tel: 01353 662172

Ely Decorative & Fine Arts Society 21st May The English Renaissance: A New Direction Lecturer: Hugh Ellwood- A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects

18th June Elephants & Archbishops: Matthew Parker and his Medieval Manuscripts Lecturer: Christopher de Hamel Following this meeting there will be a reception for members and guests to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ElyDFAS Non members welcome to meetings: £7 donation 7pm for 7.30pm, The Old Palace, Kings School, Palace Green. More info from:


Ely Drop in

6-8pm Thursdays (term time only) The Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely CB7 4EW for ages 13-18. Run by Youth support Services. Contact Jo Hoblyn 07585 985533

The Ely Society

13th May Talk: Exploring Fenland Folklore by Maureen James 10th June Talk: The Abbey, the cross and the Knights Templar by Chris Leuchars Meetings and talks held in the Vernon Cross Room at Ely Museum CB7 4LS at 7.30 pm on a Wednesday. Further information: or 01353 614892 Cost £2.50

Ely Film Society

For the best in world cinema past and present! Screenings are held in the Old Palace, King’s School, Palace Green, Ely on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7.30 pm. Annual and six-monthly subscriptions available or purchase a guest ticket for an individual show. Contact 01353 668639 or 01353 656959 for more information, or visit our website for full programme and membership details:

Ely First Responders

Become a trained first aid volunteer. If you would like to make a difference in your community and are interested to find out more please contact 08456 013 733 for an introductory pack.

Ely Flower Club

7th MAY: Jean Crane, National Demonstrator “Through Our Eyes”. 4th JUNE: Open Evening with Area Demonstrator : David Wright “Its an Education” Start 6.45pm – Tea Party Buffet Tickets: Visitors £12.00; Members £6.00 Dress Code: School Uniform (Shirt &Tie) Optional TICKETS NOW ON SALE – Please purchase ticket to reserve your seat. Contact: Susan Lee 01353 698030 for further information and tickets We have large round tables seating 10 with white tablecloths and fine china for tea/coffee and Members arrange flowers for their tables. Members also provide the buffet so it’s mostly home cooked and a great variety. We will be holding a special raffle for Maggies Wallace, Cambridge who give free emotional, practical and social support to people affected by

cancer, so we want as many people as we can to attend to support the charity and have a wonderful evening filled with flowers, food and fun. Regular meetings are at Needhams Hall, Ely College. Annual Subscription Fees £17.50, per meeting, members £2.00, visitors £5.00 (incl. tea/coffee & biscuits). Contact: Grace Bent 01353 610436

Ely Foodbank

The food bank is run in partnership with Churches together in Ely. Donations can be left at collection points at Sainsbury, Tesco & Waitrose in Ely or brought to the food bank store on Barton Road. See website for times. Emergency food needs and general enquiries: 01353 468626. email:

Friends of Jubilee Gardens We are a friendly group of volunteers. Some of us enjoy fund raising, some prefer to take part in our monthly working parties but there are many other friends who like to support the gardens less actively by paying an annual subscription of £5. Friends are invited to fund raising and social events and receive a newsletter twice a year. If you would like to be involved in your Gardens please ring the current Chairman of the Friends, Sheila FriendSmith on Ely 663318.

Ely Games Day

Every third Saturday of the month. 12pm – 10pm. Modern board games. The Old Dispensary, St Mary’s Street, Ely £5. For info go to

Ely Heartbeat Health Walk Every Tuesday 2 pm, meets at entrance to Ely Cathedral, Minster Place, CB7 4DL. Grade 2, 60 minutes.

Ely High Badminton Club

Every Wednesday (term time) 7.30-9.30pm Ely College, Downham Road. Contact John Clarke on: 01353 699484


Ely Humanists

Meets at Ely Library Meeting Room First Saturday of each month, 10 -11.30am For more info go to

Knit & Knatter

Yarn On The Square, 22, Market Place, Ely, CB7 4NT / Cost £2. Every Wednesday either morning (10-12) or evening (7-9pm) you can come and join us for some social knitworking. We will offer our help and support alongside tea, coffee, a glass of wine and a few nibbles such as cakes and crisps. Anyone and everyone welcome. Hope to see you soon!

The Lions Club of Littleport

Anybody noticed a subtle change in our clubs title? We get confused with Littleport Lions Korfball club, they are very nice people too, but it was confusing when Facebook and others got it wrong so hence the slight change. We are still the same club working at raising funds for charities and individuals be it Local, National or Internationally. We are supporting Littleport Leisure’s Fun Day on Sunday 7th June by having a “Win Every Time” Tombola and sponsoring a Fancy Dress competition for Adults and Children. Dress up and prizes will be won by the best Fancy Dress - Judged by impartial judges. There is no theme but the more outlandish you are the better. For more details of the club contact; David Ellis 01353 664318 / 07817 592438

Littleport Lions Korfball

Every Tuesday evening, Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Rd. All year round, new players can get two free trial sessions at any time of year. For more information, contact Andy on, or visit the Lions website: We’re on Facebook or watch our introductory video on YouTube by searching for “This is Korfball”.

Lighthouse Centre Monday Club

2nd & 4th Monday 11am - 2pm Lighthouse Centre, 13 Lynn Rd Tel: 01353 66228

Ely Milks

Thursdays 1.30pm-2.30pm (Free) Breastfeeding support. Ely Milks is a charitable organisation providing information and support for mums who are breastfeeding. At The Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely CB7 4EW Contact: Mary Barnes 01353 727188 /

The Friends of Ely Museum. 7th May Talk: The Tomb of Seth Sakkara by Will Schenk 4th June Talk: Arson in the Fens by Peter Filby Meetings & talks held in the Vernon Cross Room at Ely Museum CB7 4LS at 7.30 pm on a Thursday. Further info: or 01353 661162. Cost £2.00

The Order of St Etheldreda 11 May: Order Annual Meeting and Dinner 25 June: Summer Drinks Party in The Bishop’s Garden The Order of St. Etheldreda is the fund-raising arm of Ely Cathedral Trust. If you would like further details on how to join The Order please contact or telephone 01353 660363

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch exists to work with the local police force to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and also to encourage neighbourliness. This provides an increased feeling of security for the local residents. In Ely there are 32 areas and each area is looked after by a coordinator whose role is to be a link between the neighbours and the police. To get involved or for more information contact Kevin Evans at 01353 614892 or


The Olive Tree

Olive Cafe: Fridays 10am -12pm (Free) Olive Tree Church, 15a Silver Street. Open Door Cafe offers a friendly setting in which to meet others over freshly brewed tea or coffee and homemade cake. There is no agenda, simply a welcome for those who might like to get out and meet other people for a couple of hours. (donations for refreshments) UNDER ONES: Parents & Babies Group. A group for babies under a year old, providing a relaxed atmosphere for babies and for parents and carers to socialise. No need to book, just turn up and there is a fee of just £1 per baby. Hot and cold refreshment provided. UNDER TWOS: Parent and carers toddler Group. This also another group aimed at parents and carers with children under two years of age. Again this is a less boisterous group for children just starting to walk and not yet in pre-school. No booking required, just turn up and there is a fee of £1.50 per child. Hot and cold refreshments provided. These are a highly recommended group by the community mid-wives, Ely Children center and by the mums. The Olive Tree Tel: 01353 662172

Parisian Swing

Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. 1st Sunday of every month at The Cutter Inn, Annesdale, Ely, 8.0010.00. Free admission. Ring 01353 656959 for more information.

Isle of Ely Philatelic Society Meets at Ely College, Downham Road, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Check notice board at Community Desk for designated room. Thursday 7th May: Monaco. Speaker: B. Downham. Thursday 4th June: AGM & letters W & X for displays. Subscription £7.00 per year. For further information and a copy of the programme please contact our Hon. Sec. on 01354 659358.

Ely Photographic Club

Wednesdays 7.30pm (annual subscription) Nick Bowman Tel: 01353 664085

Ely & District Model Railway Club

Our friendly, inclusive Club moved has moved into a purpose converted new Clubroom. We now have plenty of room to build our two new exhibition layouts. We meet on Tuesday evenings and additionally at other times. You can learn new skills/share common interests. We also organise a well-respected exhibition in Ely each May. This year it is on Sat 16th May 10:30 - 4:30 at Ely College. Anyone over 18 interested in joining can visit us a couple of times to see if they like it. Then Membership is £10/month. In the first instance, please contact the Club Secretary on 01480 454857 or via e-mail: to arrange a visit, or make contact via our website:

Ely Hereward Rotary Club

Wednesday evening meetings at the Lamb Hotel. The meetings are a mixture of fellowship, guest speakers, even and fundraising planning and outside visits. For more information about our club, please contact Frank Connolly on 01366 386973 or email: website:

Ely Runners

Tues & Thurs 7pm Paradise Centre Membership Sec: Richard Hill -

Ely Scrabble Club

Alternate Thursdays 1-3pm, Ely Library. £1.50 members, £2 non members For more info call: 07939 104 173

Ely Sailing Club

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Sing! Choirs – Ely

Tuesday or Thursday evening (you choose one of the evenings). No auditions, no need to be able to read music, just enjoy singing! Contact Kathryn Rowland on: or call 01353 662022 for more details on how to join.


St. Mary’s Church Events

Alpha Course What is the meaning of life? Have you ever pondered this question? Would you like to explore it more? Come and join us on a 6 week Alpha Course at St. Mary’s starting in June. The course provides an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, informal environment. To sign up, be part of the team or for any more info contact Concert Solo cello recital by Misha Nemtsov at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 May 2015. We’re very excited about this rare opportunity to hear MIsha play solo repertoire by Bach, Cassadó and Hindemith. All profits from the concert will go to Potter’s Village Child Crisis Centre in Uganda. Tickets: £5 on the door; children free. The concert will last one hour. For more information, call 01353 668559 or email Christian Aid Week Collection (10th-16th May). Deliver Hope - Help Transform Lives. Give, act and pray this Christian Aid Week to help a world in need. St Mary’s (together with other churches) will be collecting. Please give

Ely Watercolour Workshop The Ely Watercolour Workshop is a friendly group, with some members who have been part of the group since it started in the autumn of 1994. We do have new members joining every term, some are experienced watercolourists and others, beginners. We are a self-help group and members themselves, sometimes give demonstrations. The weekly programme suggests a topic for people to paint, or people can always work on their own project if they prefer. It is informal, with opportunities for coffee and discussions or facilities for more serious painting. We meet in Ely Community College, and in the summer term try to paint outside, at various venues, weather permitting. We hold 2 exhibitions in the Almonry Restaurant each year to sell members’ work and raise money for local charities. Price: £12 per term Tel: 01353 776103

Ely Wildlife Watch

For info contact Clive on 01353 610224

Ely Local Group of the Wildlife Trust

7.45 pm Vernon Cross Room, Ely Museum For info contact: Will on (01353) 661339 or

Ely Sinfonia

EROICA - Music from the Romantic Era: Ely Cathedral, Saturday 9 May 2015, 7.30m Ely Sinfonia enquiries: 01353 721007

The Stained Glass Museum The Stained Glass Museum holds workshops, family drop-ins and lectures throughout the year. For more information please visit or contact or 01353 660355.

Sugar in the Isle (Sugar Craft Club)

Meets monthly (except Aug & Dec) 7.30pm The Hub Tea Room, Lynn Rd Demonstrations by local experts. Membership fee £20 / Meeting fee £1 & £5 visitors

THE KINGS ARMS Dogs welcome when accompanied by well behaved owners. Folk nights May 12th and 27th June 9th and 24th Quiz May 5th and 19th June 2nd and 16th CHARITY QUIZ 23rd of June Macmillan and Help 4 Heroes Jazz May 7th /June 4th Lunches daily all food homemade Open mic night May 26th June 30th Live music every Saturday night!


Coming up…Ely & The Performing Arts A selection of what’s going on in the area by Matt Harvey, Ely Arts Theatre


he theatre scene is buzzing as two local groups bring us musical productions of a classic 1960s TV show and a Hollywood hit movie.


rom Thursday 14th May – Saturday 16th May, Wilburton Theatre Group presents kooky musical comedy The Addams Family. Performing at St Peter’s Hall, Wilburton the show starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be purchased from their website or Wilburton Post Office.


aking us back to the 1980s is Campaign Amateur Theatre (CAT) with The Wedding Singer. Based

on the smash hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, the show is an extravaganza of laughs, shoulder pads, glitter and big hair! The Wedding Singer will be performed at Ely College on Thursday 28th May – Saturday 30th May 2015. Tickets can be purchased from the CAT website : www. or Burrows Bookshop, Ely. The Isle of Ely Festival kicks off this June with a performance of ‘The Gondoliers’ by Gilbert & Sullivan in Swaffham Bulbeck’s ‘Theatre in a Barn’. The festival, which runs from Wednesday 10th June - Sunday 12th July 2015, is a collection of arts events

ranging from theatre, film screenings to live music.


he Reduced Shakespeare Company will be performing on Saturday 27th June at the Maltings with their irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes!


or tickets and more information on the whole festival call 01353 616991 or visit


usic lovers can enjoy a summer celebration of jazz with Big Band 78RPM, a jazz soloist and the massed choirs of Ely Cathedral performing their Summer Swing Concert “I Got Gerswhin!” on 13 June at 7.30pm. Tickets from £12, visit the Ely Cathedral website or call 01353 660 349 for more information.


nd finally, don’t forget Ely’s Eel Day (Eel Festival) on 2nd May 2015 – a celebration of all things slithery encompassing everything

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from eel throwing to eel tastings. The festival commemorates local traditions with folk music, dancing, historical displays, games, craft and food stalls. For more information contact Ely Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or visit www. Matt To get your event featured, contact: @elyartstheatre


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28th, 29th & 30th May Performances at 7.30pm

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Available from Burrows Bookshop, 9 High Street Passage, Ely Tel: 01353 669 759 or book online: www.cately.ti Please note: additional small charge for booking online.

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Based on the New Line Cinema film written by TIM HERLIHY. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER


Six year-old Xander presents a cheque for £775 to MAGPAS At an Ely Hereward Rotary Club meeting in March, six year-old Xander Brown, accompanied by his mum Michelle, presented a cheque for £775 to Emma Sanders of MAGPAS, after which Emma gave an illustrated talk on the charity’s history and current operations. The money presented was raised at the club’s Ouse Washes Experience event, at which Xander was a major fundraiser through sponsorship, and by far the youngest entrant. At the same meeting his mum Michelle was made an Honorary Member of the club in recognition of her support at our fundraising events. For further information about the Ely Hereward Rotary Club please visit:


Fantastic line-up to celebrate 30 years of Ely Folk Festival


hat’s so special about Ely Folk Festival? For one thing it’s local; for a second, it delivers on its claim to present top quality music in a family-friendly environment; for another, it’s celebrating its 30th birthday – and goodness what a celebration is planned with more than 30 great acts booked!


liza Carthy, one of the most exciting and innovative British folk artists, will headline the festival with her supergroup The Wayward Band. Eliza, daughter of English folk music greats Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, is simply one of the most dazzling and recognised folk musicians of a generation.


f that’s not enough to tickle your musical taste buds, the line-up also includes Scottish folk rock band Oysterband, the New Essex Bluegrass Band, the Demon Barber

XL show, folk poet Les Barker, Steve Tilston, Artisan, Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band, Luke Jackson, Gavin Davenport Band, Whapweasel, and Boo Hewerdine. In addition, there’s a Local Bands Showcase that includes Chuck Cash & The Fenland Cowboys, Daniel Nestlerode, & Twisted Routes.


s well as great music, the festival hosts kids activities, workshops and ceilidhs, music sessions, a real ale bar, craft and food stalls. Morris sides will perform around Ely over the festival including the Saturday morning morris procession.


he festival offers great value for money with early bird weekend tickets starting at £67. Tickets are also available for individual days. Kids under 10 get free entry and reduced price tickets are available for concessions and young people. Details about the festival and how to book tickets are available at:



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Spring is the perfect time of year to explore the wild spaces around Roswell pits, Ely Common and Lovers Lane. The whole area is rich in wildlife and local history, with lots of delightful places for children to explore. Last year Elywildspace launched the “memories of Ely pits and meadows” website and podcast at . Local people generously shared their stories and photographs of the area, including memories of childhood, clay extraction, farming, floods, wildlife and much more.

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LEARN TO SAIL AT ELY SAILING CLUB Ely Sailing Club is a recognised RYA sail and powerboat training centre which offers a variety of opportunities for both children and adults who wish to learn the basics of sailing. Courses are held over two days throughout the sailing season and each course follows the RYA training syllabus. For more information, please contact the Training Co-ordinator on: or visit our website at:

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Voluntary positions, 3.5-5 hours per week, with reasonable travel expenses reimbursed and fortnightly one-toone clinical supervision provided: We are recruiting several new volunteer counsellors for our longstanding core counselling service and our successful schools counselling project. • Core counselling: You will provide counselling support to young people aged 13-25 based in central Cambridge or central Ely. You will need to be available for a weekly slot (limited slots available), for at least 40 weeks a year. • Schools counselling: You will provide counselling support to young people aged 11-16 based in a secondary school in East Cambridgeshire or South Cambridgeshire. You will need to be available for a weekly slot, during the school day, term-time only. You will ideally have access to your own transport, or be willing to use public transport. Counsellors will have weekly contact and support from our staff team, as well as one-to one fortnightly clinical supervision with one of our supervisors. Counsellors will be part of large and well-established mental health and counselling team, and will have access to induction, training opportunities and regular meetings as well as ongoing support. You will have completed, or be working towards, a Counselling Level 4 Diploma or equivalent, meeting BACP criteria. Ideally you will have experience of working with young people. For an application pack please contact Carolin Reisert, preferably by email: or by phone: 01223 316488. Posts are subject to DBS checks and references.


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