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Dear Readers Well, Ely celebrated the Platinum Jubilee in style! From the Civic celebrations over the bank holiday period to the smaller scale family gatherings, it certainly was an event to remember. We have a selection of pictures and reports included in this issue but, of course, couldn't possibly feature everything. Remember, with just me at the helm much of the Elyi content is generated by you so please do always feel free to send in community news and events. Many of the articles I received for this issue start with the words "We're back" heralding the return of Aquafest, The Ely Hero Awards, Ely Pride and the great news that Ely Fireworks are on this year. For the first time in many years the fireworks actually happen on 5th November too! We love our front cover picture from the Ely market team. The market really seems to be going from strength to strength with the lovely range of stalls and exciting seasonal innovations like the very successful "Foodie Fridays" bringing the community together at the end of the week. Well done market team! Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed to our pages remembering Mike Rouse who passed away recently. An amazing man who gave so generously of his time and talents.

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EDITORIAL AND FULL PAGE ADVERTISERS PROJECTS4ROOFING 2 VOLUNTEER FOR THE RBL 4 ABSOLUTE SENSE 5 AQUAFEST 6 COMPLETE KITCHENS 7 EEL-IZABETH PARADE! 8 BEST DRESSED WINDOW COMPETITION / ELY CATHEDRAL EVENT MANAGER 10 REEDS FURNITURE STORE 11 FALKLANDS ANNIVERSARY / THE JUBILEE OAK 12 PECKS 13 ELY HERO AWARDS LAUNCH 14 POETS HOUSE 15 ELY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE / PRIDE IN ELY 14 R J PEPPER & SON 17 ELY TENNIS CLUB 18 NSPCC STORY COMPETITION 19 CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY ARTS / ELY OPEN GARDENS 22 ELY WILDSPACE 23 ELY CITY COUNCIL UPDATE 30 ELLGIA 31 MIKE ROUSE REMEMBERED 32 - 37 HELLO ELY PICS! 40 - 41 EVENTS LISTINGS & POSTERS 42 - 51 ELY MUSEUM 46 ELY LIBRARY 47 PARKHALL GARDEN CENTRE 49 ELY GROUPS & MEETS 52 – 65 ELYi BUSINESS DIRECTORY 67 – 71 SHREK THE MUSICAL 72

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Our volunteers are the heart of our charity. To assist you to fulfil the role, full training and ongoing support will be provided by a designated member of staff. When you become a RBL volunteer, you become part of a committed and friendly team, gain skills and experience to build your cv, and have the opportunity to make a real difference to the Armed Forces Community. The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raises money to help and support the Armed Forces Community. We help with care and independent living, financial guidance, physical and mental wellbeing, as well as lots of other ways. Due to retirement, we are urgently looking for a Poppy Appeal Organiser to co-ordinate and deliver the Appeal in Ely. This is a voluntary role involving publicising, promoting, and organising the Poppy Appeal in Ely, ordering merchandise, storage and distribution of poppies and other materials for the Appeal, co-ordinating volunteers, banking donations and providing timely and accurate records. Ideally, we are looking for a volunteer that can drive, with access to a vehicle, and is computer literate.

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WE ARE BACK!

ROTARY AQUAFEST IS ON SUNDAY 3rd JULY IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME!

Come and join us. We have usual river events including the annual raft race, entertainment from local groups and bands, including Isle ‘Ave a Shanty and plenty of lovely stalls and of course the fun fair. The events take place on two sites Lavender Green and Jubilee Gardens. The Rotary clubs of Ely and Ely Hereward welcome you - a great event for all the family! By the way it is free!

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Stalls open MG Display Official opening by the Mayor Witchford Voices Funk It Up Isle Ave a Shanty 4D Dance WVC Choir Funk It Up Raft Race Presentation KD Theatre Isle Ave a Shanty 4D Dance Closing Announcements

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'Eel-izabeth' paraded through Ely High Street to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

On the morning of Sunday 5th June, Ely's annual Eel Parade took place, led by a new 12m long carnival eel named ‘Eel-izabeth’ to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The rain subsided just as the Eel Parade started from Ely Cathedral at 10.30am and wiggled its way down the High Street and Forehill to the river, where it came to a stop in Jubilee Gardens, where Visit Ely had organised food stalls and entertainment. Babylon ARTS commissioned artist Cary Outis to create the eel, with help from Year 5 pupils at Littleport Community Primary School. Over two days in May, 60 pupils got to work tie-dyeing three sections of five metres of cotton muslin to make up the body of the eel. Chief Executive of Babylon ARTS, Claire Somerville said “We would like to say a big thank you to Cary and the Kingfisher and Nightjar classes and their teachers at Littleport Primary School for all their help in making our new carnival eel.” The students also used tie-dyeing on thicker cotton, which was used to create individual flags that the students proudly waved as part of the parade procession. The creation of ‘Eel-izabeth’ was thanks to funding from Arts Council England's Jubliee Fund through Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Tourism and Town Centres Manager Anna Bennett said, “Eel-izabeth is the perfect example of 8 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

co-working, partners coming together to create a lasting monument to the wonderful Platinum Jubilee Celebrations here in the City of Ely. What better than this beautiful Eel to celebrate the return of the Eel Parade after three years? Truly a moment that will live on in many memories.” Eel-izabeth will make another appearance at The Carnival of Animals on Friday 1st July, an event which marks the end of Ely Arts Festival 2022. For more information, visit www.elyartsfestival. org.

THE NEW TOWN CRIER FOR ELY - CELIA DE-BOER Ely Town Crier, Avril Hayter-Smith and her consort Graham have stepped down from the role after 20 years of loyal service. A competition to find Avril's successor was held on 4th June on St Mary's Green. Congratulations to the winnder and new Ely Town Crier, Celia De-Boer


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THE BEST DRESSED PLATINUM JUBILEE SHOP WINDOW COMPETITION!

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On Thursday 2nd June, the first day of the Four Day Jubilee Celebrations Cllr Dian Warman (Chair of the Tourism and Town Centres Committee) The Honourable Mayor of Ely, Cllr Richard Morgan and Anna Bennett, Manager of Visit Ely took to the streets of Ely to judge the brilliant Window Displays!

After nearly two hours and much joy and amazement, there came the point that the incredibly hard decisions had to be made and thus winners were chosen as follows:

The Judges wanted to make it clear that EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS had gone above and beyond, making this an incredibly hard decision for all involved. It is the work and creativity of all of these businesses that made the High Street, High Street Passage and Market Street and Square, Forehill and beyond so wonderful and so celebratory!

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THE JUBILEE OAK

Have you seen the magnificent 'Jubilee Oak Table' currently on display in Ely Cathedral? Here is a bit of the history behind it: Photo: Matt Power - Bav Media

FALKLANDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY The 40th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict was commemorated by the City of Ely in a wreath laying Ceremony. Wreaths were laid by Cllr Alan Sharp (ECDC Chairman), Cllr Richard Morgan (City of Ely Mayor), Falklands Veterans Andrew Bish & Andy Phipps, William Scoular (The British Airborne Forces Club) and Sue Reeder (Royal British Legion) in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Falklands Conflict. Standard Bearers were represented for the Parachute Regiment, Tom Brown, and City of Ely RBL, David Martin, with Laurine Green playing the Last Post and Reveille on behalf of the City of Ely Military Band. The story begins 5000 years ago when, deep inside the East Anglian Fenland Basin, an incredible ancient high forest once stood. Over time, and a rise in sea level, these spectacular Oak trees fell into the silt of the flooded forest floor where they have been preserved like black treasure in the peat. In 2012 Hamish Low and his team made an incredible discovery. At over 13 metres long and perfectly preserved they found the buried giant of that ancient high forest. Against all odds, they successfully milled and dried 'The Jubilee Oak' and the team of master craftsmen gave this piece of history a magnificent new legacy. From that tree The Fenland Black Oak Project have created a unique table for the nation. The table will be on display in the Cathedral until March 2023. https://www.thefenlandblackoakproject.co.uk/ 12 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com


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GET READY TO NOMINATE ELY HERO AWARDS LAUNCH FOR 2022! Seventy excited guests gathered for the official launch party of Ely Hero Awards 2022, Season 5 at The Poets House Hotel on the evening of Monday 13th June. The launch was attended by Mrs Sue Freestone, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and the new Mayor of Ely, Mr Richard Rogers. Business Sponsors, Judges and previous winners were invited to join in the celebrations to mark the launch of this year’s community event. Guests were thrilled to be back together, there was a palpable buzz in the room which created a very happy and vibrant evening. Goodie bags were distributed and supplied by ReImagine Resource Centre sealed with a quote that said “ Happiness Blooms where Seeds of Love and Joy are Planted” perfectly encapsulating the spirit of the event. The initiative was set up 6 years ago and all individuals who live and work in Ely and the surrounding villages are encouraged to nominate a local Hero, a person who goes above and beyond for others in a variety of settings. With 10 Categories in which to nominate, the Awards are designed to shine a light on Heroes of the community and reward them for the amazing things they do. You can nominate your Hero at www.elyheroawards.org.uk until 31st July 2022. A judging panel will shortlist nominees and invite 3 finalists in each Category to a glitzy Award Ceremony held in September at The Maltings in Ely where the Category Winners will be Crowned. New for this year, the event will be Black Tie, 14 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

giving an opportunity for guests to have a very special celebratory evening, fit for a Hero! Organisers of the event said “We are beyond excited to be able to bring this event back to the community following a challenging few years, local businesses have once again pledged their unwavering support and without that support the event would not be possible. Ely Hero Awards has woven itself beautifully into the fabric of the community, it has become a highlight of the calendar and to be able to continue with the event is very valuable. The team sincerely thank everyone that is involved in making the event possible” Each year Ely Hero Awards choose a small local charity in which to support, and this year’s Charity is Cambridge Expressive Arts and Counselling Centre. Eleanor Port-Burke presented to the guests giving an overview of the service and its achievements. A service user shared her personal experience of using the service and the incredible effects on her family – she brought the house to tears describing CEACC as a “Life-line”. Remember to nominate your Hero for them to be in with a chance of being rewarded for their good works!


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“IT’S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT…” Following the success of April’s litter pick after the Great British Spring Clean, Ely City WI “jumped to the left and stepped to the right” to do the litter pick again! It’s clear to see that Ely City WI are striding ahead and most definitely not in a ‘time warp’! With the help of equipment provided by Ely Litter Pickers five members gathered at the Maltings and worked on the Riverside area. Given the popularity of this area, the beautiful weather and the most recent celebrations, the litter pickers found that there was very little litter and managed to gather their rubbish in to one bag. However, it’s not the quantity it’s the, er, quality and some rather interesting objects were retrieved including a fingernail (false), a giraffe (toy) and a cat collar but no cat!

the campaigns the WI support to tackle issues that matter to our members, please take look here: www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns The next group litter pick will take place in September. If you would like to get involved, then why not join us? You can visit our website: https://wielycity.wixsite.com/home or find us on Facebook just search Ely City WI). You can also email us at elycitywi@yahoo.com

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Well folks, we’re back! Pride in Ely will be on August 6th and is going to be bigger than ever this year, with a day of family fun, stalls, acts and food/ drink between The Maltings and Jubilee Gardens! Entrance will be free and all are welcome to attend – make sure you save the date! Maggie, Sue, Linnie, Helen and Kaye agreed that they are passionate about making Ely a cleaner place and, with many more people spending time in their local area over the past couple of years; seeing the same spaces and places it is easy to notice what is around us and what a difference it can make to get involved in clearing up. “It feels good to do my bit and it does make a difference. It may not be my rubbish, but it is our community space and if we can all do something, no matter how small, we can help keep our environment safe and tidy”. This is just one of the many campaigns that Ely City WI get involved with, to find out more about 16 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

This year’s after party will be an evening of cabaret, drag, singing and more besides! Tickets will be on sale later in the year – make sure to follow us on Facebook to keep updated! Make sure to check out the awesome video 4D Dance made for us to help celebrate the launch of Pride in Ely, 2022! Here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=cg0iVrODrKM More information on: https://www.prideinely.co.uk


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ELY TENNIS CLUB AND INSPIRE2COACH SERVES UP A SMASHING MINIONS THEMED COACHING SESSION FOR ELY YOUNGSTERS The recent Minions themed session at Ely Tennis Club has proved so popular that coach, Matt had to work to find ways of including more attendees than were originally expected so that nobody missed out!

One parent told us “It’s such a good idea to theme some of these sessions, it really connects with the kids and gives them something familiar to engage with. Once they are playing though, it’s almost all about the tennis.” Matt from inspire2coach said “It was such a fun session; all of the kids were on great form and really seemed to enjoy the fact that everything was themed around something that they knew really well. Thanks to them all for being such good fun to work with. We'd love to welcome more children and families from the Ely community to come and try tennis with us throughout the summer!” To find out more about children’s lessons at Ely Tennis Club, contact Matt Lancaster via matt@ i2ctennis.co.uk, or elytennisclub@hotmail.co.uk.

The lucky boys and girls were treated to a series of games and activities that were inspired by the cheeky yellow characters from the Universal Pictures movie series, and the idea proved particularly popular due to the upcoming release of The Rise of Gru movie, in July. The games included Minion dodgeball, Minion coconuts, Tennis cricket, Minion mash up, Tennis Golf, Rack-attack and Magic Minions. Each lucky attendee left with a Minions Party Pack. The event was part of a national promotion campaign, set up by Wilson, the world’s leading tennis brand, that is aiming to encourage more children and families to try tennis. 18 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

DON'T FORGET THE GROWN UPS! Ely Tennis Club Ladies doubles 1st team and Men's doubles 2nd team continue to top the Cambs Dunlop Summer League tables and the Men’s 3rd teams are celebrating their June victory over David Lloyd who are just one place ahead of them in Division 10. It’s highly likely that at least some of this success is attributable to the recent doubles Saturday coaching clinics offered by the new team from inspire2coach, so far they have focussed on tactics for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, and serving and returning and will move on to improving baseline games and net games in the weeks ahead. Non-members are always welcome at the clinics, please contact elytennisclub@ hotmail.co.uk if you would like to join in or find out more about playing tennis with us.


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The Ely and District NSPCC Fundraising group decided to celebrate both the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and National Childhood Day, 11th. June, by holding a Story Writing Competition for both adults and children.

The fabulous Ely Tennis Ladies 1st team toasting their recent successes in the Dunlop Summer League with a well earned cuppa in the ETC club house. More info: elytennisclub@hotmail.co.uk or follow on facebook at: https://www.facebook. com/elytennisclubuk/

They asked the “grown ups” to tell why they thought “Childhood was precious” and for some it brought back happy memories of sunny days and others what a journey “Childhood” had been. For the children it was a a journey of imagination. We asked them to tell us what they would do if they were “Queen or King for a day”. We were greatly assisted by our judges: Jim Kelly, a local author; Ian Smith, a retired languages teacher; Joanne Rutherford of Toppings; Louise Aldridge, County Librarian for children and Bridget Hickish, Editor of Elyi. We received kind donations of prizes by Ely Toppings Bookshop. The winners were presented with their prizes by our new Mayor of the City of Ely and his Mayoress, Councillor and Mrs. Richard Morgen at Ely Library. Our photo shows the adult prize winners Revd. Bernard Arnold, Rosemary Westwell and Jeanette Moser. Further details can be found of the work of this very active NSPCC group, and how to contact us to volunteer, on their new Facebook page - Ely and District NSPCC Fundraising Group.

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ELY OPEN GARDENS On June 12th we had the most wonderful and successful day opening our gardens. From 12 noon when we opened right up until 6 pm when we closed we welcomed a record number of visitors through our garden gates. Once we have counted the total of the funds raised for the NGS charities we will let you know! A very big thank you for all those that came for you outstanding generosity for charity, your love of our gardens, your endless questions and conversations about plants, your buying of plants to take home and your eating of much cake. This is exactly what garden open days are all about!

Jane Rich, CEO of Cambridge Community Arts, said: “We bring people together in small groups in the community, to learn and practice all forms of art. They gain in confidence, improve their mental health, make friends and in some cases get back to work”. Come along to their Open Day on Tuesday 12 July 1-4pm at Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD, when people will have the chance to talk to course tutors, staff and past learners to find out more. Full details and application form can be found on: www.camcommarts.org.uk or phone 07763 280029. 22 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Your garden visits really help change lives; the entrance fees all go to the National Garden Scheme to be distributed to charities. Last year the NGS Scheme raised over three million pounds. No mean feat when you consider the


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Nightingales have been arriving at Roswell pits (usually near Kiln Lane) from their wintering grounds in tropical Africa almost every spring. However, they hadn’t stayed to breed for several years, including last year’s very vocal male (photo) The nightingale in Britain is under serious threat, one of the reasons being the loss of habitat. They need a well-defined structure of scrubby thicket to set up their territories, bare ground for feeding and thick vegetation for the low-level nest. To encourage breeding, Ely Wildspace volunteers, in consultation with Natural England, have created new habitat to suit nightingales, in an area of damp woodland owned by Ely Wildspace on the east side of the Ely Sailing Club pit. We have coppiced small trees and tall scrub to open up the woodland floor, and planted shrubs. The glade has been steadily increased in size over the last few years by more coppicing and planting, and new growth has enhanced the density of cover

A thought to leave you with. Would you be interested in opening your garden next year? Why not talk to one of the gardeners on the day, or contact me via our local website. Ken Ellis Ely Open Gardens coordinator. photo: Bruce Liggit

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Although it may be too soon for nightingales to take up summer residence in this still-developing habitat, this year we have been encouraged by the occurrence of two singing males near Kiln Lane, and almost certain breeding by a pair of nightingales. We hope our efforts will persuade them to stay and increase their numbers, and that we may continue to enjoy the song of this iconic bird. Nightingales at Roswell Pits We wrote previously in Elyi of the presence of nightingales in the Roswell Pits area, and the habitat creation by our volunteers to encourage nightingales to return and breed. We can now bring the latest on this ongoing story.

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I am delighted to be writing this piece as we celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee which also coincides with the Golden Jubilee of our Mayoralty. This Summer already looks full with the four-day bank holiday weekend including a shop window competition, a town crier competition, lighting of the beacon, a special service of thanksgiving in the cathedral, a family fun day and Etheldreda Fair on Palace Green, a picnic in the park in Prickwillow, Jubil Eel Day on the Jubilee Gardens, Open Farm Sunday, Aquafest, and Ely Folk Festival. I am looking forward to being with you for all the Ely occasions over the summer - do come and say hello! During the next 12 months the City of Ely Council will continue to be a presence in our

community by supporting the work of Oliver Cromwell House, Babylon Gallery and the Maltings Cinema, and the recently refurbished Museum. We provide the plants and flowers in the High Street and the approach roads. Speeding is still a problem but the vehicle speed sensors placed on Cam Drive, Cambridge Road and Prickwillow Road have made a difference. The Mayor’s Charities this year are MAGPAS and MIND. Tickets for a Dinner/Dance to be held on 12 August at The Maltings and a Golfing Day at our Golf Course on 2 September to help raise funds for these two worthy causes will be on sale shortly. Are you able to help me by doing a sponsored Park Run, a cycle ride or swimming event? Cllr Richard Morgan

Ely City Council held a 1 minute silence in memory of cherished member, Mike Rouse. We were very saddened to hear of the death of our colleague, Cllr Mike Rouse, aged 82 years. Mike had been a member of the old Ely Urban District Council until it was disbanded in 1973 and two new councils were formed: East Cambridgeshire District Council and Ely City Council. Mike played his part admirably in both. He was elected Chairman of East Cambs District Council and elected 3 times to the office of Mayor of Ely. He also served 1 term as a member of Cambridgeshire County Council. Mike had an almost encyclopaedic memory for where things had been; and an incisive mind on what could be done, in Ely. As has been said on social media he really was “Mr Ely!” He was very kind to newly elected councillors and always had a nice smile or a cheery wave. 30 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

He loved the arts and was a great supporter of ADeC and the Maltings Cinema, Babylon Gallery and of course the Museum. He wrote books, took photographs, acted in plays, and debated topics of the day. In March 2013 he was one of five district councillors to vote against parking fees in our car parks! He will also be fondly remembered by former students of Soham Village College where he taught, and was Head of English, for many years. Ely City Council held a One Minute’s Silence prior to their recent Full Council Meeting in order to reflect on his life and work. He wished to be remembered as someone who did his best as a father, for Ely, and lived a full life.


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Mike Rouse Remembered

A small selection of the many hundreds of public tributes to this local legend who will be much missed by the community. FROM EMILY ALLEN OF ELY MUSEUM The Trustees, staff and volunteers of Ely Museum were deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Trustee, volunteer, supporter and friend, Mike Rouse. Mike had been a Trustee for almost 50 years and it is difficult to imagine the museum without him. He played a key role in the setting up of the museum in the 1970s when we were in our High Street location, and then continued Mike as Mayor in the to play an active role 1970s (Image from the on the board across museum collection) six decades. He was a strong advocate for the importance of the museum for the local community. His local knowledge was an invaluable resource and he often helped the museum to answer enquiries on a diverse range of subjects from both local people and those across the world with an interest in the fens. He was able to put the museum’s collections into context through his own experience and his many years of research. Mike was a key part of our offer to local schools. Whether he was telling spooky fenland tales to roomfuls of rapt children or raising lots of laughs with his ‘Bill the Farmer’ character, he was able to bring our education sessions to life in a way that still stick in the memories of children decades later. He was generous both with his time and his knowledge, sometimes in exchange for a sticky bun! He contributed greatly to the process of redeveloping the museum over the last few years, supporting fundraising, research and writing. His experience, both from his six decades at the museum and from the variety of other education, 32 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Mike helping us to film our ‘virtual visits’ for schools during lockdown, August 2020 council and business roles he has held, was invaluable. His voice lives on in his narration of the display about the draining of the fens. In 2020 we were delighted that Mike was awarded the Silver Owl award from our regional museum development network for his long service to museums, an honour that few achieve! In that same year, he was a great help to the museum as we filmed clips and stories for our virtual school visits, which allowed us to continue our educational visits, virtually, during the lockdown period. We will all miss Mike terribly and we will continue to share the knowledge he gave to us with generations to come. Mike receiving his Silver Owl award in 2020 for his long service to museums


FROM KATHRYN ROWLAND OF SING CHOIRS This is a special memory for me at the Civic Service in October 2019. Mike invited me to bring Sing! Choirs, and also my dementia group, Sing! Together as an illustration of the inclusive city that Ely was, and what he wanted a and strived for it to be everyone together. We sang together, and all were really grateful for the amazing opportunity. These two photos show all of us with Mike at St. Mary's Church and also Mike and I, and John Elworthy at a presentation after we had all sung.

PHIL & LAURINE GREEN, ELY MILITARY BAND Mike was a friendly staunch supporter of Ely Military Band. He attended many concerts at the College and in the Jubilee Gardens. We remember the children thinking he was Father Christmas when he proudly wore his red robe holding a bucket collecting for us when we played carols on the Market Square. Always with his camera around his neck taking numerous photographs of the band wherever we played. We will miss you Mike.

Pictures from Ely City Band's Tea and Tunes in 2019 (c) Mike Rouse

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The Field Theatre Mike was a stalwart friend and supporter of The Field Theatre Group. As well as being a terrific writer, he was a truly talented actor, who took part in many of our productions. He gave a beautiful performance as 'Walter' in our 2015 film The Horseman’s Word. He also did some lovely voice-overs and narrations for us, and his voice enhanced our work immensely.

Katherine, Daniel and all at KD Mike was a champion of everyone and everything, especially in his beloved Ely! Mike was a huge supporter and lover of the arts, and was a part of our lives since we were students at college! He was always there to encourage us and had so many amazing stories to share! His knowledge was incredible and we will miss him dearly! Our thoughts are with all his family and those who knew him – he leaves behind a tremendous legacy!

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He was so generous in lending his time (and talents) to the work of others. We will always have the fondest memories of him, and a great appreciation of the gifts he so generously shared with The Field. Mike as 'Walter' in the Field Theatre Group's 2015 film 'the horseman's word.

Anna Bennett of Visit Ely poses with Mike for a photo at The Maltings


Naomi Sherwood and all at The Ely Hero Awards With the blessing of his family, Ely Hero Awards is delighted to re-name the Community Champion Award, The “Mike Rouse Community Champion Award”. Mike was an avid supporter of the event; he encouraged and empowered the team and its Heroes to do more for others. We are honoured to remember and treasure Mike’s legacy through this special Award for everyone to aspire to be a Community Champion just like he was. Mike has done more for the community than we will ever know so this is a fitting tribute to Mr Ely.

Bridget Hickish and the Elyi team

Setting up the money shot at the opening of Prospects Trust Unwrapped. He knew I'd love it!

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Mike Rouse was a pivotal figure in and around Ely for many years. His work as a teacher meant that he touched the lives of many people here and in Soham. For me, as well as a personal friend, he was also a valued advisor, on hand with phenomenal local knowledge, sometimes a bit of illuminating political gossip and of course generous encouragement. He was such a constant friend to so many, generous with his time and his talents. For us he wrote history articles, Mayoral updates and best of all sent wonderful pictures to the magazine of the many events he supported by his presence. Over the last few years, we met often at Ely events and Viva theatre shows. He and I often standing at the back with our cameras. I learnt so much by watching him set up a shot using his charm to help people relax, "that's the money shot" he would whisper to me. I am sure we will never see his like again but the legacy he leaves in his photos, his many books and in our hearts will not fade easily. Thank you Mike xxx www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 35


Jack Wright, former pupil "The World has lost another wonderful soul. An inspirational and thoughtful gentlemen who knew my undying love for both Theatre and Photography. I can’t say I knew him well, but I felt like I did. He photographed so many shows from over the years whilst I was at Viva Arts and Community Group from 2010-2016 and enabled us to keep those memories very close to each other. He not only captured images, but he also captured people’s spirit and was truly gifted. Such a talented man who lit up every room I ever saw him in. He was also a very talented author with his ‘Fens End’ book series. My condolences go out to his brave sons and daughters of Ben, Lee, Cassie and Lauren and so much love to the rest of his family relatives and friends."

Josh Schunmann "....I feel, like so many others, that I have lost a constant wealth of knowledge, a guaranteed laugh but most importantly a dear and special friend. At Mike’s last mayor making he quoted Forster’s ‘Only connect’ and spoke of the vital importance of connecting with one another - a message he was passionate about. Well Mike I can say that you not being around has resulted in me having lost a very special connection in my life. I miss you already and thank you for all that you did; so much of which was just in your very nature. A hugely proud Dad, a friend of so many, a constant community man, a historian, an academic, an Eeyore at times and a brilliantly funny comedian at others and most of all a gentleman in every way. So Mike if your mission was to ‘Only Connect’ then you accomplish this in the most spectacular way." pictured with Viva founder, Dan Schumann

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Jenny Eyres & The Viva Community "Thank you for your support, love, kindness, sense of humour and good natured grumbling. I will never forget that twinkle in your eye, your sense of fun, and your knack of spotting when I needed the odd positive word of encouragement or a good book recommendation... ... Mike was the most recent recipient of the Stella Award at Viva, awarded in memory of my Grandma, in recognition of his tireless service to Viva. What a good friend, and an absolute legend of a man. We will miss you."

John Elworthy "Good bye to my wonderful friend Michael Rouse.... A prolific writer but also a principled and joyous companion for breakfast, lunch or dinner.... You leave behind memories and a legacy to be envied." Read the full Ely Standard pages online https://www.elystandard.co.uk/ news/obituaries/mike-rouse-authorcouncillor-civic-head-8985948


Cathy Gibb de Schwart "Michael Rouse was just a clever and caring person who really had time for everyone especially when it came to his tireless work as Mayor of Ely. He was even happy to serve us here in Littleport when asked. Michael would turn up at any time either to one of our popular parkruns or one of The Littleport Players' rehearsal sessions. Michael certainly embraced my quirkiness whenever I showed up in some barmy fancy dress, even though he did love to out do me by dressing up in his rather showy off red Mayoral gown and sparkling chain of office bling. I will just miss Michael's earthly presence, and it was a pleasure to have met him and to know that he has left us with some fabulous treasurers of writings and photographs to enjoy and in the knowledge that Ely and The Fens is a better place thanks to Michael Rouse." Photo: Tali Iserles

Tali Iserles "Michael Rouse embodied everything that I love about Ely. His kindness, generosity and gentle, inclusive nature reflecting the city he served so well. Not only was the best Mayor of Ely I can ever remember but he was such a wonderful human being. He was so supportive of Pride in Ely, and did a lot for the LGBT community. In his 80s he was publishing books, supporting endless charity work, taking pics for the Ely Standard and being the best ambassador for this amazing community that he could possibly be.

If your kids have ever used the amazing pirate ship at Pocket Park, you can thank Mike for that. He was a passionate advocate for better play parks for our children, as well as a former secondary school teacher. He has supported so many causes in and around Ely and helped so many people in need. He was the life and soul of this incredible, tightknit community and the world is a dimmer place without him. The best tribute we can pay to Mike is simply to #BeMoreMike. Lets all be kinder, spread a bit more joy, do more to help our community be a happier, more generous, welcoming place. Thank you Mike. We won't forget you. "

Max and Phil Ward "Our figurehead, inspiration, comedian and best friend has been taken from our family - he will be forever in our hearts and minds...Thankyou to everyone for your kind words and tributes."

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"Cousin Mike Rouse you will be so missed . Your Family came first followed by your love for Ely and the community. You inspired so many as a teacher, author, Councillor, Mayor and historian. A kind, generous and wise man, even if you did try to do a good impression of being a grumpy old man sometimes!" www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 37


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Hello Ely! Photographs from around the area from recent months. Send your photos and captions for the next issue to: editor@elyimagazine.com

Laura Tobin and the team from Good Morning Britain climbed to the top of Ely Cathedral West Tower on 16th June - a beautifully sunny morning - to present a live TV weather forecast. You know its a special day when the giant deckchair comes out! Pictured is Ely resident and Elyi champion, Leonie Smith.

photo: Roslyn Court At Roslyn Court, Lisle Lane, Mr Charles Spottiswoode opened the celebrations on behalf of the residents, with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque on the tree planted for the Queens Green Canopy. The ceremony was followed by a cream tea for 70 residents and guests. Then for the Big Jubilee lunch, a BBQ with musical entertainment from Ms Elizabeth Harrison.

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1-3MADHATTERS MUSIC FESTIVAL More at: www.madhattersfestival.co.uk

6-9ROMEO & JULIET- NENE PARK,

PETERBOROUGH Peterborough Mask perform their annual summer Shakespeare in a brand new venue. The city’s beloved Ferry Meadows will play host to a local theatre company’s outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet, the classic tale of star-crossed lovers whose romance blooms against all odds. Mask Theatre have been performing Shakespeare for Peterborough audiences since 2003, with recent successes including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Comedy of Errors, so co-directors Phil Lewis and Hannah Drury know they have a legacy to uphold. They’ve decided to set their version of Romeo and Juliet in the present day to highlight how timeless its themes of love and hate really are. Romeo and Juliet will be performed at Ferry Meadows in Nene Park nightly at 7.30pm from the 6th-9th July with an additional 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Picnics are optional but very 42 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

much encouraged! Tickets are available now from www.masktheatre.co.uk with discounts for groups of 10 or more.

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CAMBRIDGE PHILHARMONIC - MAHLER 2 While Mahler’s First Symphony ends in a blaze of glory that depicts the life of its eponymous hero, The Titan, the Second begins starkly at the hero’s graveside. Awe-inspiring and epicbeyond belief, with choirs, soloists and a vast orchestra, Cambridge Philharmonic is thrilled to be returning to Ely to perform Mahler’s Second Symphony: a celebration of life itself. Conductor Timothy Redmond Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus Belfast Philharmonic Choir Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30. £10 concessions for students and under 18s. More at: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/ cambridge-philharmonic

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STRAWBERRIES & CREAM - THE BISHOP'S GARDEN - You are invited to a Congregation and Community Lunch to be held in the Bishop’s Garden after coffee following the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 10 July. We’ll provide a glass of fizz on arrival but please bring your own drinks for the lunch. Vegetarian and Vegan options are catered for. Linger in the beautiful garden with a cup of tea – you can stay until Evensong at 4.00pm if you like. Tickets: £5 adults, £2 for under 16s. Available until 6 July. More at: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/ ploughmans-lunch A SUMMER SERENADE - HAYWARD THEATRE, KING'S ELY 6PM 'A Summer Serenade’ in the Hayward Theatre at King's Ely is a programme of delightful part songs and choral works for a summer's evening. The concert will highlight


ELY YOUTH CHOIR Rehearsals 6-7 p.m. on Mondays in term time, St Mary’s Church Hall, Ely

• Ely and Cambridge ely.cambridge@monkeymusic.co.uk 01353 669804 Classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Sharing precious time together

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A wide range of music in great arrangements for young singers. Training by a top choir director to perform at concerts and festivals. Experience is not essential. There are no auditions and no fees. It’s for ages 10 and up. We are part of Ely Choral Society. More info: youth@elychoralsociety.org Facebook and Instagram: ely youth choir

CROWNS & GOWNS II Cathedrals on Location 30 June - 11 August An exhibition of costumes from major productions filmed on location at some of the UK’s finest Cathedrals. www.elycathedral.org

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music by Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams and Lennon and McCartney. Ely Choral Society will be joined by Ely Youth Choir. The concert includes a Quintet and other string works performed by the Medlock String Quartet with John Wyatt (piano). The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell. Tickets to include summer drinks, £18 or £5 (U18s) can be obtained from choir members or Burrows newsagents. www.elychoralsociety.org for details

13ELY FOLK CLUB - ROBERT ARKENSTALL

CENTRE, HADDENHAM 7.PM - Ely Folk Club features singer/songwriter Pete Morton. Pete began his musical journey after he came across a Buffy St Marie record. It was from that moment on he decided to become a folk singer. Discovering the songs of the early sixties protest movement, it inspired him to write, and take his songs to folk clubs and beyond. For thirty years, Pete has been performing to audiences all over the world and throughout that time he has been regarded as one of the best on the contemporary roots music scene. Often referred to as an old time troubadour, he has a compelling stage presence and approachable style that delivers an unruly mix of politics, love, social commentary and humour, all wrapping their way around the folk tradition. Held at the Arkenstall Centre, Haddenham, doors open 7.00pm, music starts 7.30pm, admission £11 (advance) £12 (door). For further details see website www.elyfolkclub.co.uk or phone Ruth 01353 740999 or Andy 01353 664706.

brand-new open-air adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite ‘Alice In Wonderland.’ Discover the madness of the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts plus many larger-thanlife characters along Alice’s journey. This exciting and playful take on the tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole family! Don’t be late for this very important date! Tickets: from £15 - £20 (Event Only) / £22 - £32 (with Ely Hampers picnic) *A £1 booking fee applies per ticket. Go to: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/ kdtheatre/event/view/158539

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GABRIELI ROAR - MENDELSSHON'S ELIJAH - ELY CATHEDRAL 7.15PM Gabrieli returns to Ely Cathedral to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah, marking 10 years since the release of their award winning recording of this magnificent piece. Over 200 young singers from across the country take to the stage alongside world-class period instrumentalists and singers, and renowned soloists. This performance is the culmination of an intensive five day residential course where Gabrieli Chorus Directors and Vocal Coaches have been working alongside partner choirs and singers to bring together this epic oratorio. £10, £20. Under 16s: free of charge

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MORECAMBE - THE VIVA THEATRE, SOHAM - More than just a monologue, Morecambe forms an hilarious, incredibly emotional evocation of a perennial national treasure, taking its audience back to 1984 to join the much-loved comedian for the penultimate stop on his heavenward journey, reminiscing before dancing off into immortality. MORE AT: www.viva-group.org.uk/

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31ELY HERO AWARDS NOMINATIONS

CLOSING DATE https://www.elyheroawards.org. uk/nominate/

AUGUST 6PRIDE IN ELY - THE MALTINGS & JUBILEE GDNS -More at: https://www.prideinely.co.uk

CLASSIC CAR RALLY - OLD PALACE GREEN,ELY ALL DAY - All Day - More at: https://www.cdccc. org.uk/

UNTIL 11 CROWNS & GOWNS II

- ELY CATHEDRAL - An exhibition of costumes from major productions filmed on location at some of the UK’s finest cathedrals. More at: www.elycathedral.org

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ARTS CENTRE GARDENS 3-6.30PM a fund-raising concert in the beautiful gardens of Haddenham Arts Centre, will feature Guitars and Glad Rags, The Bluegrass Buddies, Matt Everett and The Fabs. Tickets will be available from 1 July at Haddenham Arts Centre or http://www.wegottickets.com/event/549691

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CATHEDRAL 7.30PM - The Gaudeamus Chorale is one of the country’s leading non-professional choirs. They have performed widely in many of the great cathedrals of this country and across Europe. Supported by four fantastic international soloists, the choir brings you a glorious and varied repertoire of much-loved choral music. The second half of the concert features Mozart’s sublime “Requiem”. It is alleged that this was written in 1791 for his own funeral, but the work was not entirely finished by the time of his death in December of that year. Tickets: £20, £15, £10. www.elycathedral.org www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 45


WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN SUMMER AHEAD AT ELY MUSEUM! Our new temporary exhibition ‘Hold On To Your Hat’ opens this summer and runs from the 16th July to 18th September. With fun for all ages, this familyfriendly exhibition explores the history and role of hats in society. The exhibition takes us on a millinery tour of Ely and includes hats from all walks of life! Find out more about the people who wore them and have a go at trying on replica hats from various periods too. Alongside the exhibition, join us for one of our fun summer holiday craft days and enjoy a mixture of drop in craft activities and bookable workshops. Find out more on our website at: www.elymuseum.org.uk Whether you’re being a stomping stegosaurus or having a go at designing and making your own hat, perhaps inspired by our exhibition, there is something for all ages to enjoy! Keep your eyes peeled for millinery workshops for adults, hat inspired talks and more to come as well. We also have a range of activities taking place throughout the summer from our Little Explorer sessions for our visitors under 5 to Hands on Saturdays, where you can hold history in your hands during these fun object handling sessions

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News from Ely Library Get ready for the Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge, arriving in Ely library this summer. Join the Gadgeteers to discover the amazing science and technology behind the world around you! Read amazing books, collect awesome scratch & sniff stickers, join in with our marvellous sciencethemed activities, including a visit from Kinetic Science’s Lab in a Library! Complete the Challenge and claim your own special Gadgeteers Medal and Certificate. Sign up for free at Ely library from Saturday 9th July, and whilst you are there find out about all the exciting activities we have planned over the summer holidays! Here is a taster of what is coming up… 30th July – Talk from STEM Ambassador about pathology 2nd August – Lab in a Library sessions 6th August – Make a kitchen roll racing car 25th August – LEGO all-day build session to make a Space Station Once you have completed the challenge, get ready to join us in Ely Library for our presentation evening on 15th September. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 47


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ELY F 36 LK FESTIVAL

Rocking for Amnesty a fund-raising concert in the beautiful gardens of Haddenham Arts Centre, will feature Guitars and Glad Rags, The Bluegrass Buddies, Matt Everett and The Fabs.

8-10 JULY 2022

STUNTNEY ESTATE · ELY · CAMBS· CB7 5TR

The Sharon Shannon Trio

Lindisfarne The Vagaband ★

Steamchicken ★ Daoirí Farrell Heidi Talbot & Boo Hewerdine

Holy Moly & The Crackers ★ De Temps Anton Big Joe Bone ★ Polly Paulusma ...and lots more .

Saturday 13 August from 3.00-6.30

Tickets will be available from 1 July at Haddenham Arts Centre or http://www.wegottickets.com/event/549691 Advance adult tickets: £12 and accomp under 16s: £6 On the gate, if available, £15 adult/£8 under 16s. Rain or shine; please bring a blanket or folding chair

*All artists confirmed subject to contract

MORRIS DISPLAYS, REAL ALE BAR, TRADE STALLS, WORKSHOPS, DANCES, CHILDRENS’ ENTERTAINMENT • Season tickets £95 (£107 post May 2022) • Concessions available • Children under 12yrs free • Day Tickets available

BOX OFFICE www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk Telephone: 01284 758000

Ely Community Events Team are very pleased to announce that the annual fireworks display in Cherry Park, Ely, will be returning this year following its unfortunate cancellations by reason of the Covid 19 pandemic in both 2020 and 2021. For 2022, the event will take place on Guy Fawkes night itself, Saturday 5th November. A spectacular occasion is in store featuring an excellent display from the Crazy Fireworks team set against the backdrop of Ely Cathedral, accompanied by fairground rides, food and drink stalls, and many other attractions. As before we will be partnering with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and will as always do our very best to bring you a memorable experience which sends everyone away happy.

ELY FIREWORKS ARE BACK! 5th NOV 2022

Advance tickets will be available from a few weeks beforehand and details of our sales outlets will be notified at that time via media outlets and online. We look forward to welcoming you all back – See updates at: and for those new to Ely be sure not to miss out. https://www.facebook.com/FireworksEly/ Remember remember the fifth of November ! 50 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com


Come and join us and listen to your favourite pop, rock and songs from the shows in the Bishop's beautiful walled gardens, against the stunning backdrop of Ely Cathedral. Bring your own picnic, rugs and chairs.

Saturday 23 July 2022 at 5.30pm Summer Picnic Charity Concert in ELY The Bishops Garden, The Gallery, Ely, CB7 4DW

Raising money for All In Sound A local charity that provides high quality music-making opportunities to promote improved wellbeing and self-esteem www.allinsound.co.uk

TIME 5.30pm Gates & Picnics 6.30pm Concert TICKETS £10 Adults / £5 Children (U5's Free) / £30 Family Ticket for 4 (must include at least one child)

Visit the website for more information and ticket links: www.singchoirs.com or call 01353 662022

M O R E C 29th July 2022 A 30th July 2022 M B E Featuring Richard Dodd, bringing Eric and 32 other characters to life.

Quick-fire gags, favourite routines, tears and singalongs. Join us for 90 minutes of sunshine, laughter and theatrical magic. 'If I made you laugh, all well and good. If I made you care, even better...' Eric Morecambe

7:30pm

2.30pm & 7:30pm (1hr 30 mins) 12+ Tickets £12.50

Box Office: 01353 722228 Book online: viva-group.org.uk

The VIVA Theatre Spencer Drove, Soham CB7 6EE

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ARTS & CRAFTS

THE ARTS SOCIETY - ELY Next meeting: Thursday July 21st. This will be a lecture entitled ‘Lost Splendours: Unfortunate events and Extravagant Monarchs’ given by Andrew Prince. No meeting in August. We meet at the Old Palace, Ely and meetings are at 7 for a 7.30pm start.Visitors welcome £7 on the door. Refreshments after the lecture are £1. More information can be found on our website: www.theartssocietyely.org.uk or on Facebook ELY ARTS SOCIETY www.elyartsociety.com email: elyartsociety@gmail.com. ELY GUILD OF WOODTURNERS A Little Thetford Hall - TBA. Our members are currently meeting via Zoom and the annual fees to join are £35.00 for adults and £18.00 for juniors. email: publicity@ elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk and Twitter @ElyWoodturners ELY WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP We meet on Tuesday evenings during term time at Ely College to paint 1830 to 2100. During the summer term we paint outside. Cost for half a year is £25.FB: @ ElyWatercolourWorkshop Contact: Nancy Voak: nancyvoak@gmail.com

CAMPAIGN GROUPS & CAUSES

EAST CAMBS ACCESS GROUP We meet on a Wednesday once a fortnight in the council offices to make written comments on planning applications, for buildings that the public use, especially for wheelchair access and for those with a visual impairment. These access concerns are added to East Cambridgeshire District Council’s response to the planning application. Everyone is welcome to become a new member of the group. For further info Tel: 07875 222861 or email:getstevecarter@yahoo.co.uk ely.org.uk/ECAccessGroup/EastCambsAG. htm 52 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

EAST CAMBS NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION Urgently seeking to recruit new coordinators in your area Contact: Karen Springthorpe Email: karenspringthorpe@gmail.com https://sites.google.com/site/eastcambsnwa Phone: 01353 668390 ELY CITY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GROUP We hold regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.00pm at St Peter’s House, Broad St, Ely, and would welcome new members to campaign and plan events. For info on talks and activities go to: www.amnestyelycity.org.uk email: info@elyamnesty.org.uk ELY HUMANISTS Ely Humanist Group Normally informally meet once a month on a Saturday morning for a coffee and a chat. Details and times of meetings will be posted on the website along with any other events that may be of interest. If you’d like to stay informed, please subscribe for update emails via the website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter email: elyhumanistssec@gmail.com or visit: http://ely.humanist.org.uk/ EXTINCTION REBELLION ELY www.facebook.com/extinction.rebellion.ely https://rebellion.global/groups/gb-ely/ FEN LINE USERS ASSOCIATION The Fen Line Users Association was formed 35 years ago and is an independent organisation which represents the interests of users of the railway line from King's Lynn to Cambridge (the Fen Line) and services from there to London. Membership is open to all who use or have an interest in the line and the benefits include 3 newsletters every year and the opportunity to question rail industry managers directly at our AGM. For further info email the Secretary: fluasecretary@flua. org.uk or visit our website at www.flua.org.uk We would especially welcome an Ely resident or station user on our Committee. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH We support the local police force in their efforts to reduce crime and antisocial


behaviour and thus ensure that we live in a safer and more secure community. Through our many members we endeavour to build friendly and helpful neighbourhoods where residents feel part of their community and can rely on each other for assistance. For further information see our web site: https://sites. google.com/site/eastcambsnhw/, or contact Kevin Evans: 01353 614892 email: kevin.g.evans@ntlworld.com

DRAMA, THEATRE & FILM

ELY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY www.facebook.com/ elyamateurdramatics.org / elyamateurdramatics / @DramaEly CAMPAIGN AMATEUR THEATRE Visit our website at www.cattheatrecompany. co.uk or contact Chair: Gemma Crossland 07896 860252 email: gemma.crossland@ yahoo.co.uk ELY FILM SOCIETY contact: 01353 668639 or 01353 656959. Full programme: www.elyfilmsociety.com

DANCE

EAST CAMBS DANCING FOR FUN Tea Dance Tuesdays from 2-4pm, £3.50 including refreshments. Line Dance Thursdays, Improvers 6.30-7.30pm, Advanced 7.30-7.30pm, £3.00. We meet at the Brooklands Centre Sutton. Further Details 01353 725774 or 07885 727368 HIAM SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB (PRICKWILLOW) HAPPY HIAMS LINE DANCE CLUB facebook.com/hiamslinedanceclub Wendy & Bill - 0772 9790 698 or 01353 860187 ELY PLAYFORD DANCE GROUP Contact: enquire@elyplayford.org Tel: 01353 440170 ELY & LITTLEPORT BORDER MORRIS DANCERS We are group of dancers and musicians performing Border Morris style dances, mainly our own tradition but with some traditional dances. Practices are at 8pm on Fridays in Centre E on Barton Road. If you are interested in joining us see contact details below or come along to have a look. email:contact@elriot.co.uk /www.elriot.co.uk SUTTON MASQUE E: squire@suttonmasque.org.uk www.suttonmasque.org.uk

EDUCATION

ELY COLLEGE COMMUNITY EDUCATION Ely College Community Education offer a range of VTCT Beauty Courses including Reflexology & Swedish Massage. We also offer competitive room hire rates for your local group/society. Please email: community@ elycollege.co.uk for further information. ELY LIFELONG LEARNERS Autumn's course begins on September 21st for 9 weeks: Dangerous Russian Writers. Cost £60. Further details will be in September's issue. Until then for further information and to register contact Anne on 01353 662712 or at awarham575@btinternet.com ELY & DISTRICT U3A “Live, Learn, Laugh” We are part of a national movement for people no longer in full-time work, providing the opportunity to continue the pleasure of learning and sharing knowledge and activities. We meet at 2.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the Countess of Huntingdon Church in Chapel Street. We have a considerable range of interest groups from card craft to canasta, from badminton to book groups. New members and visitors are welcome. Annual fee is £8. More information from Joan Wall Tel: 07510359845 and on our website. http://u3asites.org.uk/ely

FUNDRAISING GROUPS

ELY DINING CLUB Contact Sylvia Farmer on Tel: 01353 777373 or email: sylvia.farmer2@btinternet.com ELYSIAN RIDING FOR THE DISABLED GROUP Contact: Viv Seymour on 01353 610164 or Ros James on 01353 969948 FRIENDS OF JUBILEE GARDENS *NB No experience needed - General tidying up & gardening in Jubilee Gardens. We meet at Jubilee Gardens for Working Parties. We are a friendly, welcoming group who enjoy being outside, tidying and gardening Jubilee Gardens! For more details, contact: The Subscription Secretary Judith Lockyear plockyear@hotmail.co.uk Website https:// jubileegardensely.org.uk ELY HEREWARD ROTARY We have short meetings twice a month and also organise social events and trips out. If you would like to meet us and hear more www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 53


about what we do, see our Facebook page or contact Janet Porter at j.e.porter@btinternet. com INNER WHEEL CLUB OF ELY The Inner Wheel Club of Ely has been active in the local area for over 70 years. We are a social group meeting monthly and our objects are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. Please contact Mrs Sallis-Browne on 07737341648 for info THE LIONS CLUB OF LITTLEPORT Lions come together with others in their local communities to raise funds through friendship and teamwork. We volunteer with integrity, enthusiasm, innovation and creativity. If you would like to come along as a guest to one of our meetings please let us know so we expect you.You are under no obligation to join our club but hopefully you will like what we do and would be interested in becoming a member. If you do decide to join us your commitment is as much or little as you want it to be. We don’t expect you to commit more than you are willing to do. We usually meet at Adams Heritage centre Littleport at 2.30pm on the first Sunday of the month. Tel: 01353 664906 or email: lionscluboflittleport@gmail.com W: www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/littleport FB: Littleport Lions Club LITTLEPORT ROTARY CLUB www.littleportrotary.org.uk Contact: David Ambrose Smith 01353 861010 ELY & DIST' NSPCC FUNDRAISING TEAM Fundraising events throughout the year. If you would like to get involved or support us, please get in touch with either Johanna on 07912617135 or Wendy on 01353610787. THE ORDER OF ST ETHELDREDA The Order of St Etheldreda is an opportunity for Ely Cathedral's most generous supporters to work together with the Cathedral to achieve mutual goals of prosperity and success. Order Members are invited to a programme of exclusive events that include the coveted annual Order Dinner, receive free admission to the Cathedral and Stained Glass Museum, and priority booking to popular Cathedral events and services. Contact Hannah Wilcox to find out more: 01353 660321 email: h.wilcox@elycathedral.org 54 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

ROTARY CLUB OF ELY The Rotary Club of Ely is part of a worldwide organisation, promoting fellowship, whilst helping charities all over the world, but especially at home. We meet weekly on Wednesdays, alternating between lunchtime and evening, often with a speaker. We are always pleased to welcome new members to the Club, and if you would like to know more, please contact: John Dennick at jdennick@ btinternet.com or tel: 01353 662636. www.elyrotary.co.uk ELY WOOD GREEN FUNDRAISERS A group for animal lovers who would like to raise funds to support Wood Green and the pets and owners we support. All are very welcome. If interested please get in touch. Beth Twite 07966775455 e: Bethany.twite@ woodgreen.org.uk

HEALTH

YOGA STUDIO ELY - MEDITATION EVENINGS Yogic Meditation, practice and theory. Chanting, dharma talks, good company. Beautiful designated yoga studio in a peaceful garden setting. We welcome yoga practitioners and anyone else interested in meditation and spiritual practice to these gatherings. Charitable donations accepted. www.yogastudioely.co.uk t: 01353 698090 e: mark@yogastudioely.co.uk Tower Farm, Little Downham CB6 2TD

HISTORY

CAMBS COMMUNITY ARCHIVE This is a web site for old and new photographs of Ely and the immediate area surrounding it. Contribute photos etc by filling in the on line form on the website: www.ccan. co.uk / email:ely@ccan.co.uk PRICKWILLOW ENGINE MUSEUM Tel: 01353 688380/720737 www.prickwillowmuseum.com www.facebook.com/museumatprickwillow THE STAINED GLASS MUSEUM For further updates and information please check the museum’s social media and website updates at: https:// stainedglassmuseum.com/visiting Contact email: curator@stainedglassmuseum.com Tel: 01353 660355


HOBBIES & INTERESTS GROUPS

ELY ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION The Association is run by volunteers on behalf of the City of Ely Council. Our purpose is to encourage domestic horticulture and provide allotment gardens for rent to the residents of Ely in Cambridgeshire. If you would like to apply for a place on the waiting list for a plot, please go to our website. www. elyallotmentsandgardens.org ELY & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY We will have meetings at 8.00 pm, on the following dates: 17 Oct 2022, 21 Nov 2022, 16 Jan 2023, 20 Feb 2023, 20 Mar 2023, 15 May 2023. Information about the presentations can be obtained from: https://www.elyarchaeology. org.uk/events.html. The meetings are held in the New Room of Ely Methodist Church. Access may be obtained through the blue gates at the rear of St Mary's Street Car Park. Email: kevin.g.evans@ntlworld.com Tel:: 01353614892 https://www.elyarchaeology.org.uk ELY ASTRONOMY CLUB A club in Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK for anyone interested in astronomy and space exploration.We have regular meetings, and observing evenings. The aim of the club is to be informal, friendly and exciting. Beginners and families are welcome. Mike Stephens / mike@sulis.demon.co.uk - Facebook: Ely Astronomy Club Website: http://sites.google. com/site/elyastroclub/ ELY BRIDGE CLUB Find more info on our website: https://www.bridgewebs.com/ely/ Barry Lowe: 01353 658356 e: elybridgeclub@gmail.com ELY AND DISTRICT CAMRA The Campaign for Real Ale and its main aims are to promote real ales and cider, Pubs in our area that serve these (encourage those that don't to change), support CAMRA, organise and run festivals and outings. Tel: 01934 853656 E: contact@elyanddistrictcamra.com Facebook: @ElyandDistrictCamra Twitter:@ElyBeerFestival ELY EVENING SCRABBLE CLUB Contact: Sheila on 07879863199 (text or call), email: mail@sheilawillson.plus.com

CITY OF ELY FLOWER CLUB Further info: Pat Simmonds 01353 661837 psimmonds696@btinternet.com FEN FOLKS FRIDAYS A great opportunity to meet up with others to learn more about the fens, hear speakers on fen topics, and discuss fen themes and upcoming events. Please book attendance in advance via our website. If you are a business and would like to sponsor these evenings, please get in touch an follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates go to: www.fascinatingfens.com email: fascinatingfens@outlook.com Booking: https://fascinatingfens.com/FENFOLKS-FRIDAY/ GIRLGUIDING - ELY CITY DISTRICT We are a uniformed youth organisation for girls aged 5-18. Through fun, friendship, challenge and adventure we empower girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference in their community. We also are seeking more volunteers to help provide these opportunities.Contacts are Alexa and Jenny email: GGElyCity@gmail.com https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/ THE K9 COMMUNITY CAFE www.facebook.com/thek9cafe/ Tel:07552462040 ELY AND DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY CLUB Thank you to everyone who came to our exhibition in May. It was great to see so many smiling faces again after a gap of 3 years. We would also like to thank Elyi and many others who helped to publicise the event. Information about the club can be found on the our Facebook page and our website https:// elymrc.org.uk. Our Secretary David Abbott will be happy to provide any further ELY PHILATELIC SOCIETY Did the lockdowns re- ignite your previous love of stamp collecting? We're a small friendly club and would welcome new members. Our stamp collecting interests are wide-ranging and we cater for all levels from beginners upwards. Why not come along and see what we do, chat to us etc, free of charge. We have started meeting monthly again on Thursdays at Ely College, 7pm for 7.30 pm start. Full details of where our www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 55


room is and each month's subject can be obtained from Chris North on 01354 659358 or 07749565418. ELY PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB For info please contact: Phil 07739 848871 or our website at www.elyphotographicclub. co.uk has a ‘Contact Us’ form ELY-RIBE ASSOCIATION The Ely / Ribe Twinning Association. For info email: elyribe.association@ntlworld.com Chairman: Howard McMillan Tel: 01353 667949 TEMPUS AMICUS We are a small local group with an interest in re-enacting the 17th century English civil war period. We portray a variety of crafts, trades and military life during the 1640's. We are happy to talk to groups or even attend your events and set up tavern, butchers or military camp. Contact is Brian Faulkner - tempus. amicus@gmail.com Tel: 07871595245 ELY TREFOIL GUILD The Guild is for anyone over 18 who was ever a Brownie, a Guide or an adult leader in the Guide Association. We have members who live in Ely and the surrounding villages. We meet on the first Wednesday each month at the Guide Hall in St Johns Road Ely. We have a varied and interesting programme and would welcome new members. Come along to any meeting and see if you like us. Contact Barbara Kippax via email: bjk17@btinternet.com THE ELY WALKING GROUP We are an informal group, now over 100 strong, of local, like-minded walkers of all ages. We meet on alternate Sundays throughout the year, come rain or shine, to walk together and enjoy the fresh air and the company of others. The group was formed in, and has been walking, since 1985. Our proud boast is that it hasn't cost anyone a penny. There are no obligations to walk every fortnight, you simply turn up at the specified place, by the advised start time, if you wish to walk that day. If you wish to know more or join us then visit our website for more details and how to contact us. elywalkinggroup@gmail.com https://elywalkinggroup.wixsite.com/walks 56 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

ELY ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAFE Bob Handley: handleybob46@gmail.com www.elyenglishlanguagecafe.co.uk T: 01353 666367 FRIENDS OF ELY LIBRARY Friends of Ely Library coffee mornings are now on the 3rd Saturday of each month in the Meeting Room between 10am and noon. At the moment, all events in the Library's meeting room, are subject to CCC rules. Please check on the Friends notice board for any updates. There will also be some books to purchase and there will be some jigsaws about too as well as refreshments and cake. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing old and new members at the coffee morning. FENPROBE TALKING NEWS Fenprobe is a free service for blind or visually impaired residents in East Cambridgeshire. It’s moved on considerably since it was launched in late 1978, when the weekly news was sent out on 30 minute cassette tapes. Now there’s a smart black player (free of charge) with bright yellow buttons, which runs on rechargeable batteries – and the news is delivered on a USB stick, which holds a lot more information. 40 volunteers help read the news, on a five-weekly rota. There’s also a monthly magazine. Users of the service need to register, and must be referred by a doctor, optician or professional carer. If you know someone who has difficulty reading the local news, and who would benefit from this service, you can contact the secretary on 01353 861153. email: jsmith9306@aol.com FEN SPEAK We are Ely's regular poetry and spoken word open mic night with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Come along to share your work, or listen to the great variety of talent. Includes an extended headline slot from a guest performer. Usually at the Babylon Gallery, currently running online via Zoom. Third Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December). Free entry, all welcome. Find out more at https://www.fenlandpoetry.co.uk/ or https:// www.facebook.com/groups/fenspeak or contact: stewart.carswell@hotmail.co.uk


ELY LIBRARY Cambirdgeshire Libraries - Ely. Free weekly rhymetimes, Wednesday 2pm and Friday 10.30am for 0-4 years olds. Creative Tuesday crafting session. Bring your own craft and socialise with other crafters, 10am. Monthly Engage talks, 2nd Tuesday of of each month. Lego clubs for children, Scrabble club for adults. Email: rob.gwilliam@cambridgeshire.gov.uk https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/directory/ listings/ely-library Contact details for all events and activities are: Ely.Referral@ cambridgeshire.gov.uk, 0345 045 5225. SMALL WORLD BOOK GROUP A sociable evening group for people who want to read and talk about books by literary(ish) contemporary and classic authors from around the world. Obviously we will read quite a lot in translation but if you want to read a book in its original language please do so you will probably be able to give us insights we wouldn't otherwise have.We'll meet in a pub so those who want an evening meal can have one, and those who just want a drink can do that too. Generally the first or second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 pm. You can find us on Meetup (free to join): https://bit.ly/smallworldbg Or email: smallworldbookgroup@gmail.com

MUSIC

ELY ACOUSTIC Everyone sits around in a circle and takes turns singing/playing a song. All welcome regardless of ability / style / instrument. Held at The Kings Arms & West End House Email Bill - billbyrne.ie@gmail.com CAMBRIDGESHIRE CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND Learn to play the bagpipes, snare drum, tenor drum or bass drum. Tuition is provided free of charge and we can provide instruments for beginners too. Contact Iain Soutter: iain. soutter@hotmail.com T: 07745925544 http://www.ccpb.org.uk CAMBRIDGESHIRE MUSIC Cambridgeshire Music is the county hub for music education and arts therapies. website: https://www.cambridgeshiremusic.org.uk/ email: jason.howard@cambridgeshire.gov.uk Tel: 01480 373 500

CITY OF ELY MILITARY BAND We are an amateur band comprising of Brass and Woodwind players. We get together on Tuesday evenings at Ely College throughout the year. If you are looking for a group to play with, you are welcome to get in touch via the Bandmaster Phil Green 01353 721782, or via our website: www.elyband.co.uk ELY CHORAL SOCIETY As a large, mixed voice community choir, we are now rehearsing in our usual venue at St John’s School, Ely on Mondays at 7.30pm with our conductor, Andrew Parnell. If you are interested in joining us please check our website, facebook page or email our membership secretary. T: 07970 956401 www.elychoralsociety.org E. membership@ elychoralsociety.org FENLAND JAM Find us: https://www.facebook.com/FJELY/ ELY FOLK CLUB Folk concerts on the “teenth” Wednesday of the month at the Arkenstall Centre, Haddenham with nationally acclaimed folk musicians/bands and local support acts. Upcoming events: 13th Jul 2022 Pete Morton (supp. Kelly and Woolley). August we are closed. Contact 01353 740999/01353 664706; website: www.elyfolkclub.co.uk ELY AREA MUSIC CENTRE Contact Cambridgeshire Music: 01480 373500, Email: cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk ELY SINFONIA Ely Sinfonia was founded in November 1999 by a group led by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire), with the aim of becoming a beacon of excellence as East Cambridgeshire’s own community orchestra. Since then it has become one of the region’s best respected orchestras. Today, Ely Sinfonia is made up of players of all ages and from a wide range of backgrounds, including school and college students, business professionals, retired people and local music teachers. Contact: 01353 721007 www.elysinfonia.co.uk SING! CHOIRS Come and join us! Everyone is welcome, with no auditions - just enjoy singing pop, rock and songs from the shows and you will be a welcome member of the groups! Contact www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 57


Kathryn on kathryn@singchoirs.com or through our website www.singchoirs.com All sessions back in-person now so do contact us to find out more. Please also see a listing in "Support and Care" for information about a local singing group for people living with dementia and their carers. ELY YOUTH CHOIR A community choir for young singers aged 11 and up. There are no auditions and no fees. The group sings a wide range of music styles, from Handel to Hairspray, trained by professional choir director and composer Andrew Parnell. Held in the Church Rooms at St. Mary’s Church, Ely. For more details, email youth@elychoralsociety.org Find us on Facebook @elyyouthchoir

NATURE & OUTDOORS

ELY WILDLIFE WATCH Contact helen@moorehse.co.uk or look for Ely Wildlife Watch on Facebook WILDLIFE TRUST - ELY LOCAL GROUP Discover more about nature both by exploring outdoors and by attending illustrated talks given by experts in their field. The group is run by enthusiastic local volunteers. It is not necessary to be a member of the Wildlife Trust to attend our events. See Wildlife Trust BCN website for more details. Will Burdett, 01353 661339, willburdett@btinternet.com, see https://www.wildlifebcn.org/ely-local-group ELY WILDSPACE Our vision is “To protect and enhance the Ely Wildspace environment for the benefit of wildlife and the local community.’ Our aims are to: Defend Ely Wildspace against harmful developments and strengthen its legal protection and status; Promote the enjoyment of the Ely Wildspace environment, in participation with stakeholders, local people, local government and other organisations; Enhance the Ely Wildspace environment through integrated and effective conservation management, in participation with stakeholders, local people, local government and other organisations; Promote Ely Wildspace as a place of education, in participation with local schools and other educational bodies. Contact: lpcre@ elywildspace.org.uk www.elywildspace.org.uk 58 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

WILLDERLAND FARM We are a 4.5 acre community farm, based near Haddenham. We established ourselves as a membership organisation in 2015, with the aim of growing food sustainably, supporting wildlife; benefitting members and the wider community. If you would be interested in becoming a member, please email: info@willderland.com or website: www.willderland.com

RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS ELY BAHA’I COMMUNITY

Every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm we host a virtual zoom meeting entitled “Meaningful Conversations” where we share principles and ideas from the Baha’i perspective on personal and social transformation to which everyone is welcome to join. Zoom ID: 837 3293 7000. A very warm and relaxed group trying to make a difference in our daily life and through acts of service contribute to the betterment of the world. For more info Tel or Text: 07746761519, Email: elybahais@gmail.com FB: Ely Baha’i Community https:// www.facebook.com/Ely-BahaiCommunity-734901983310678/ ELY CATHEDRAL The College, Ely. Tel: 01353 667735 www.elycathedral.org n Ely Cathedral - Mothers’ Union The Mothers' Union is a Worldwide Christian Women-led organisation with over 4 million members around the world. We offer Christian fellowship and friendship to one another, and work to highlight issues and support for the vulnerable in society, locally and overseas. Leader Gail Swanson:11yewtrees@gmail.com Landline: 01353 661576 https://www.mothersunion.org/diocese/ely n Ely Cathedral - Edward Bear Group An informal Worship group for parents/carers and babies/ young children, with stories, songs and fellowship. We meet in Powchers hall, off the Cathedral South Door entrance, at 10.00 am on Fridays, in term-time. Contact: Jean Webb E: jmw35n@gmail.com Phone: 07443598322 CHRISTCHURCH @ THE ISLE OF ELY SCHOOL Loving God, Loving People. Everyone welcome. All generations discovering faith


COMMUNITY NEWS

together.16:00 Tea and Cakes – 16:30 The service begins e: office@stmarysely.org LandLine: 01353 659550 https://www.christchurchely.org ELY CITY CHURCH 15a Silver Street. Tel: 01353 662172 www.elycitychurch.co.uk COMMUNITY OF THE ISLE OF ELY AND THE FENS A community — without walls or borders — of the Open Episcopal Church serving The Fens. We are open, accepting of all, affirming, non-judgmental, offering the sacraments to everyone with unconditional love. We meet everyone where they are, and love them as they are! Please get in touch for sacraments; all types of blessings, including houses, boats, etc; reconciliation and healing; life (and death!) celebrations, markers, and milestones, such as anniversaries, mixed and same-sex partnership blessings, renewal of vows, etc. https://www.facebook.com/ isleofelyandthefens email: FatherDavidGoode@gmail.com COUNTESS FREE CHURCH Chapel St. Ely CB6 1AD Tel: 01353 662396 www.countessely.co.uk n RICH TEA CLUB Offering fun, faith and friendship for adults with learning disabilities plus any carers and friends. We meet once a month, usually on the third Sunday each month 3.30-5pm at Countess Free Church in Ely, for tea and biscuits, and activities including singing, Bible stories, craft and drama. To find out more call Cate on 07938187907 or see www.countessely.co.uk JUBILEE CHURCH ELY Jubilee Church meets every Sunday morning at 10am at the Beet Club on Lynn Road for worship, teaching, children's work and fellowship. We also meet mid-week evenings in smaller groups. Part of the Relational Mission family of churches, Jubilee Church seeks to love God, love people and love Ely. email: office@jubileechurchely.co.uk Tel: 01353 664160. www.jubileechurchely. co.uk THE LIGHTHOUSE FELLOWSHIP n Junior Hangout Fridays 16.30 – 18.00 (Term time only) £1.50 per child. School years 3 – 6. Crafts,

activities, games, snack bar. Lighthouse Centre, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG More info: 01353 662228 or info@luvely.org n The Hangout Fridays 19.30 – 21.00 (Term time only) Youth club for secondary school age. Membership is £2.50. Session cost: £1.00 for members or £1.50 for non-members. The Garage, Chapel Street More info: 01353 662228 or info@luvely.org n Little Ones (Under one’s group) – Mondays 10.00-noon (term time only) £2 per parent. Parent and baby group. A safe space for new parents to relax and meet other new parents/guardians. n Parent & Toddler group Wednesdays 9.30-11.30 (term time only) £1.50 per adult & £1.50 per child. An opportunity for parents and carers and little ones to enjoy a friendly & relaxed environment to chat and play. n Sunday mornings 10am Church Service, we provide children & youth work throughout the morning for all ages. n LuvEly Social Club (11.00 – 14.00) This club is for our anyone over age 60 to come and join us for a time of friendship and a hot meal with bingo or a quiz. £6 per person. All at The Lighthouse Centre, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG More info: 01353 662228 or info@luvely.org n LuvEly Support in the community LuvEly receives surplus food from local supermarkets which we make available for all in the community to collect during the week. Helping you to fill your fridge for free and reduce food waste. n ROOM/VENUE HIRE Lighthouse Centre has various size rooms available to hire. Please contact the office for prices and availability. One-off bookings or long-term. More info: 01353 662228 or info@ lighthouse-ely.org ELY METHODIST CHURCH Chapel Street, Ely. Minister: Revd. Catherine Dixon on 01353 662426 https://www. elyandnewmarketmethodists.org.uk/ely.htm NEW CONNEXIONS @ HIGH BARNS Larkfield Community Centre, High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB Website: newconnexionschurch.org. uk Contact: Elder Russell Grief: russellgrief@ www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 59


ntlworld.com. Tel 01353 612200 Website: www.newconnexionschurch.org.uk ELY QUAKER MEETING Ely Quakers meet every Sunday at 10.30 for an hour of worship in silence and stillness. We offer a blended meeting format that allows participants to join either in person (in the Aedwen Room, Ely Museum) or online via Zoom. Visitors are warmly welcome: please contact us for information on COVID safety or for the Zoom link. Contact:Sue Brock-Hollinshead Email: suebhisas@gmail.com ELY AND DISTRICT SPIRITUALIST CHURCH Located at Ely Museum, The Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely CB7 4LS. Free Parking available in the council offices. Every Thursday evening 19.15 - 21.00. Healing 18.45 - 19.10. Come and join our inclusive like-minded group for connections, insights and an uplifting experience. Entry is free, funded by weekly raffle funds and a collection. Raffle prizes are always welcome.For further information contact Elizabeth Burton 07769963850. ST MARY’S, CHURCH OF ENGLAND EVERY SUNDAY ‘the eight30’ Traditional Service – 8:30 ‘the eleven’ Informal Worship – 11:00 Bishop Woodford House, Barton Rd ‘the nine45’ discovering together – 09:45 St. Mary’s Church Grounds and Rooms ALL MIDWEEK MEETINGS CURRENTLY IN THE CHURCH ROOMS. n MONDAY Under 1s Parents & Carers – 9:30am Mon Club for Seniors – 14:00 1st & 3rd Mondays Contact: Elizabeth Flood on 01353 662385 n TUESDAY Under 5s Parents & Carers – 9:30am n WEDNESDAY Mothers Union – 14:15pm 2nd Wed each month n THURSDAY Market Day Communion – 9:30am Market Day Coffee – 10:15am Church Office email: office@stmarysely.org Landline: 01353 659550 https://www.stmarysely.org/ https://www.facebook.com/StMarysEly 60 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

A church for all generations. Everyone welcome. www.stmarysely.org 01353 659 550 ST PETER-IN-ELY, CHURCH OF ENGLAND Broad Street, Ely CB7 4BQ Join us every Sunday morning at 9.30am for a sung celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Anglo-Catholic style using traditional language, followed by refreshments in St Peter's House. All ages welcome. www.elystpeterschurch.co.uk

SOCIAL CLUBS

ELY AND DISTRICT EX-ROUND TABLERS CLUB For people formerly in Round Table, a social gathering to grow old gracefully.When we resume meetings, they will be at Ely City Golf Club, Cambridge Road, Ely 7.00 for 7.30 on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Contact: Nigel Davies.01353 721037 e: njdavies1@aol.com LGBT+ IN ELY & CAMBRIDGESHIRE Email: lgbtqcambridgeshire@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/LGBTEly https://www.facebook.com/ LGBTCambridgeshire ELY BRANCH ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Become a member of the Royal British Legion family today and take pride in supporting all generations of the Armed Forces community. Membership starts from only £18 a year and is open to everyone. Join us today and, in return, you can then choose to hear the latest news, events and stories from inside our RBL magazine and e-newsletters. http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/ ely Contact: Brian Crabtree Tel: 07741 143605 E-Mail: CityOfEly.secretary@rbl. community ELY CITY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE We meet at the Old Dispensary, St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER on the second Monday of each month. 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start to approximately 9.45pm. 11th July: “Hat’s Galore” – with Guest Speaker Rosemary Wheeler August: Summer Break 12th September: “My WI Experience” – with Guest Speaker Val Ware We welcome new members to join us at any time of the year. To get in touch you can visit our website: https://wielycity.wixsite.com/


home or find us on Facebook (just search Ely City WI) or email elycitywi@yahoo.com ELY FAMILY GAMING Ely Family Gaming is a new group for lighthearted and sociable board gaming suitable for families in the area of Ely. Join either through Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/elyfamily-gaming/) or Facebook (search groups for Ely Family Gaming) ELY TUESDAY GROUP (LADIES) We are a group of ladies who meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in The Old Dispensary, St Mary's Street. 10am for 10.30 starts. Invited guest speakers. If you are new to the city and looking for a friendly group, why not come along. Contact Leslie on 07946 020001 for info ELY WOMEN’S CIRCLE We are a support group for women who want to share from the heart and be witnessed in love, support, acceptance and nonjudgement. We currently meet on Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month from 7 30 to 8 30 pm. Find us on Facebook ‘Ely Women’s Circle’ or contact Louise at ldecaux@ btinternet.com ELY PROBUS A club that provides regular meetings for semi-retired and retired people at The Methodist Chapel 13-15 Chapel Street Ely CB6 1AD. From Chapel Street it is the side entrance or from town the gate in St Mary's Car Park. July 5th Celia Stevens Racing in the Classic 24 Hours Race at Le Mans Partners Welcome / July 19th Ordnance Survey Maps of Ely / August 2nd History of Trinity House / August 16th Maggie's Cancer Support Charity New members are welcome to attend and if you have any questions please contact Peter Nancollis at:peterandjudy@nancollis. plus.com Full list of speakers available at: https://www.probusonline.org/ely-and-district/

SPORT & EXERCISE GROUPS

ELY ARCHERS A friendly and thriving archery club. We promote shooting socially, for fun and shooting seriously for tournaments. We are based in the Cathedral City of Ely, Cambridgeshire and we shoot both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). Our

qualified coaches are on hand regularly to help where needed and we run archery beginners' courses throughout the summer for newcomers to the sport of archery. http:// www.elyarchers.org.uk General enquiries to: info@elyarchers.co.uk. or membership@ elyarchers.org.uk ELY HIGH BADMINTON CLUB We meet at Ely College Sports Hall on Wednesday evenings. Contact: Ron Grant: ron.grant@ntlworld.com. Tel: 01353 610743 ELY VICTORIA BADMINTON CLUB Contact: elyvicbad@gmail.com www.facebook.com/elyvictoriaBadminton www.badmintonely.co.uk / Twitter @ElyVicBad EAST CAMBS BASKET BALL CLUB Contact: contact@eastcambsbasketball. co.uk www.eastcambsbasketball.co.uk ELY BEET SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB Ely Beet Sports and Social Club is a Members Club, operating on a Not-for-Profit Basis, which hosts a variety of sports, offers a social facility as well as a private Members bar which is open 7 days a week. Both members and non-members can hire the Main Function Hall which boasts a seating capacity of 180 with tables and chairs provided and a large, curtained stage which is ideal for Discos, Pantos and Entertainers. The hall has its own well stocked, manned bar. As well as the function hall we have a newly refurbished Committee Room for hire with a seated capacity of 40 and which now incorporates an updated kitchen with full size fridge/freezer, oven, hob and microwave. Externally there is a patio, smoking area, children's swings and an enclosed court for outdoor games. We have ample car parking facilities with dedicated disabled parking bays and we are also ideally located close to the City Centre. Tennis and Bowls are available. All courts / rinks must be booked in advance. Please see the notice board or contact the Manager for full details. Tel: 01353 666753 / 07376 404495. email: beetsecretary@gmail.com http://www.elybeetclub.co.uk/ CITY OF ELY BOWLS CLUB www.cityofelybowlsclub.org.uk Tel: 01353 665272 Email: cityofelybowlsclub@btconnect.com www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 61


CITY OF ELY CRICKET CLUB www.cityofely.play-cricket.com email: cityofely_cc@hotmail.com OCTAGON CYCLING CLUB www.octagoncycling.com email: octagoncyclingclub@gmail.com Contact Robin Jones 07824 486 105 ELY & DISTRICT CYCLING CLUB Contact Cliff Loveday on 07823 338615 ELY CITY GOLF CLUB Contact: 01353 662751 www.elygolf.co.uk / email: info@elygolf.co.uk HEALTHY YOU A free lifestyle and signposting service offering advice and support to those wishing to be more active and to lead a healthier lifestyle. Sophie Dalpra: 01353 616348 Sophie.dalpra@eastcambs.gov.uk Facebook @HealthyYouEastCambs Ely City HOCKEY CLUB www.pitchero.com/clubs/elycityhockey Tel: 07815 905288, Facebook: Ely City Hockey Club, Twitter: @ElyHockeyClub ELY VIKINGS KORFBALL Contact: http://www.elyvikings.com / elyvikings@outlook.com KEEP ACTIVE ELY Every Thursday morning between 9am and 12pm at The Paradise Centre and is low cost exercise for over 50's and people returning to a healthy lifestyle. Badminton, T'ai Chi and Keep Fit to Music, 50 weeks a year for £4. A not for profit event. We would like to be included in the listings. For more info: faradena@yahoo.co.uk LITTLEPORT LIONS KORFBALL Contact Andy on: andrewdunlop@hotmail. com, website: www.littleport-lions.co.uk ELY TANG SOO DO MARTIAL ARTS CLUB Contact: Mr Russell (instructor) on 07732746179 or email robertrussell_4@ hotmail.co.uk CITY OF ELY NETBALL CLUB web: www.cityofelynetball.co.uk email: elycity@hotmail.co.uk ELY NETBALL CLUB Offering netball to ladies (age 16+) on Wednesday evenings, at Witchford Village College 730-9pm and also Walking Netball sessions (adults) Tuesday evenings at Ely 62 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

College. Get in contact for more information. email: elynetball@hotmail.co.uk https://elynetballclub.wixsite.com/elynetball RAMBLERS WELLBEING WALKS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Find a local Wellbeing Walk here: https://beta. ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/wellbeing-walks For more information or to find out about opportunities to volunteer, local coordinator: Sophie.dalpra@eastcambs.gov.uk 01353 616348 Facebook @HealthyYou EastCambs ISLE OF ELY ROWING CLUB Contact: chairman@elyrowingclub.org.uk Web: http://www.elyrowingclub.org.uk/ RIDING AND SKATING ELY (R.A.S.E.) Advocating for a new skatepark in Ely. Join RASE on Instagram and Facebook. FB/Riding and skating Ely ELY RUGBY CLUB Contact email - playrugby4ely@gmail.com Website - https://elytigers.rfu.club/ ELY RUNNERS Richard Hill:secretary@elyrunners.co.uk ELY SAILING CLUB www.elysailingclub.org e: training.elysc@gmail.com ESC MODEL YACHT FLEET Contact: ESC Model Yacht Fleet Captain on email: training.elysc@gmail.com Tel: 01353 626838 THE PARADISE CENTRE The Paradise Centre consists of two main areas, the indoor sports centre and the outdoor recreational grass area. Includes fitness centre, gym, classes, courts and rooms for hire T: 01353 667580 E: admin@paradisecentre.co.uk http://www.paradisecentre.co.uk/ ELY SQUASH CLUB Tel:01353 662156 www.elysquash.mycourts.co.uk ELY TENNIS CLUB Ely Tennis Club was formed in 1989 and is proud to be a community based not-for-profit organisation, with its home at the EOSA complex at Ely Leisure Village. New members are always welcome, contact:elytennisclub@ hotmail.com or visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/elytennisclubuk if you are interested in having a chat, organising a tour


of the facilities, or just coming along to play tennis! ELY TRI CLUB Duathlon 2022 The Ely Tri Club Duathlon (formerly the Monster Racing Duathlon) is a great way for hibernating triathletes to rub their eyes, shake out the winter legs and kick off the race season in style! A flat course, excellent organisation and plenty of helpful, enthusiastic marshals also make it the perfect place for beginners to try a multi discipline event for the first time, incorporating two 5k runs either side of a 25km bike ride. Race HQ will be at Apex Coffee House, Lancaster Way business park. The 5km run course is an out and back road route taking you across a disused WW2 Airfield that used to host the Stirling III and Lancaster bombers of 115 Squadron. The bike course heads briefly onto the A10 before heading out across the fens through the sleepy villages of Little Downham and Coveney. The second run uses the same course as the first. This promises to be a quick course, although windy Fenland conditions are almost definitely guaranteed!! https://www.elytriclub.co.uk/duathlon TUJI TAEKWONDO We are a not-for-profit community martial arts club. We cater for adults and children aged 4+, including family classes where children and parents can train together. Tuji Tigers is a special class for our youngest members aged 4-6. We teach Olympic-style taekwondo with sessions bringing together fitness, kick and strike techniques, sparring and selfdefence. New members including complete beginners welcome at any time. Contact Lois Kim - info@tujitaekwondo.org.uk / www. tujitaekwondo.org.uk

SUPPORT & CARE GROUPS

AGE UK CAMBS AND PETERBOROUGH Working with and for older people, providing a wide range of services and support helping older people remain independent in their own homes. Tel: 0300 666 9860, FB: /AgeUKCAP e:informationservices@ageukcap.org.uk, www.ageukcap.org.uk AL-ANON FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP We are a support group for families of alcoholics. We have been meeting in Ely

for 30 years. We meet every Monday at Centre 33 at 7.30pm. During these times we are meeting by zoom meetings. For details of the zoom meeting or for help and local contact numbers please call the helpline 0800 0086811. There are no fees for membership. email: al-anonuk.org.uk CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity that has been providing bereavement support to people across the UK for over 60 years, predominately through face-to-face and group sessions. As well as telephone support, there is also helpful information on the Cruse website at: www.cruse.org.uk If you would like telephone bereavement support, please contact the Helpline on 01223 633536 (open 9.30am-1.30pm weekdays) or the National Helpline on 0808 8081677 (open 9.30-5pm weekdays with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm and Weekends 10am-2pm). The service is free of charge and donations welcome. SING! TOGETHER A weekly singing and music-making group for people living with dementia and their carers, run by registered charity All In Sound. No experience needed, just come along to enjoy the singing and the music. Please do contact Kathryn Rowland on kathryn@allinsound. co.uk or call 01353 662022. You can also see more on our website: www.allinsound.co.uk CARE NETWORK CAMBS Supporting Volunteers, Encouraging Independence, Developing Good neighbour projects. Tel: 01954 211919 email: volunteering@care-network.org.uk Website: www.care-network.org.uk twitter @CareNetworkCamb Facebook: Care Network Cambridgeshire Ely Baby Bank The Chicken Shed, 78 Mildenhall Road, Fordham CB7 5NR. Tel:07715 908024 Email: thesofachurch@gmail.com Opening times: Tues 10-2 / Thursdays 10-2 Out of hours by appointment only Our volunteers can deliver if you can't travel to our base. We can collect items but would love it if you could try and get them to us please. Donation drop offs- MondaySaturday: www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 63


78 Mildenhall Road, Fordham, Ely, CB7 5NR 1 Gault Cottages, Chettisham CB6 1RU 22 Little London Road, Isleham Ely Baby Bank is starting to grow and we would love your help with donations. These will be used for storage costs and also to top up on items we are low on, especially formula and nappies. We are very grateful for your support. Donate online: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/elybaby-bank/donate EARTH We are an Ely based charity, based at Larkfield in the High Barns area, providing horticultural experience and recreational activities for adults with learning difficulties. There is a small charge for the day. We operate on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To find out more please call:07900 627796 on one of the above days.e: info@earthely.co.uk w: www.earthely.co.uk ELY DEATH CAFÉ At a Death Cafe people come together in a relaxed setting to openly talk about death. You set the agenda. All very welcome. Open to public & professionals. If you attend as a professional please leave your work hat at the door - we simply attend as people who will all die one day. Warning: feelings of relief, positivity and unexpected humour may occur. Free, booking essential: https:// www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ely-death-cafeonline-30153110542 Email elydeathcafe@gmail.com Facebook: Ely Death Café Twitter: @Ely_D_Cafe ELY FOODBANK Email:info@ely.foodbank.org.uk www.ely.foodbank.org.uk T: 01353 468626 OASIS ELY CANCER HUB A new community spirited platform, which aims to signpost and connect people, to offer free practical help and provide wellbeing sessions and a positive place for anyone experiencing cancer in Ely and its surroundings. Oasis offers a calm environment in which those affected by cancer can rebuild confidence, improve their quality of life and find new skills and pastimes to build their resilience. We offer online and face to face 64 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

sessions (currently at the Ely St Mary’s Church Rooms and the Hive Leisure Centre Ely). Do request a timetable by email or check our Facebook page for more information. E: oasiselycancerhub@gmail. com https://www.facebook.com/Oasis-ElyCancer-Hub-107167038300494 POSABILITY PosAbility is a Cambridgeshire based charity offering chair-based and specialist exercises to people living with long-term neurological conditions including, but not limited to, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy and disabling conditions such as arthritis. We are always Positive About Your Abilityhttps:// www.posability.org/ Email: admin@posability.org Phone: 07565598193 RICH TEA CLUB Offering fun, faith and friendship for adults with learning disabilities plus any carers and friends. We meet once a month, usually on the third Sunday each month 3.30-5pm at Countess Free Church in Ely, for tea and biscuits, and activities including singing, Bible stories, craft and drama. To find out more call Cate on 07938187907 or see www.countessely.co.uk TMW ELY A social group of performing arts for individuals with disabilites. Contact Suzie on 07739638817 email info@touchmyworld.co.uk. www.touchmyworld.co.uk and find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ touchmyworld VERSUS ARTHRITIS A charity promoting self-management and online support groups and free physical activity sessions Email: c.preston@ versusarthritis.org Phone: +447834418472 Young People’s Support CENTRE 33 ELY DROP IN Natalie Gildersleeve. natalieg@centre33. org.uk / www.centre33.org.uk Tel: 0333 4141 809


VOLUNTEERS

ELY COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS Contact Emma Greaves 01353 614794 / Elycfrs@virginmedia.com / Facebook.com/ ElyCommunityFirstResponders/ ELY LITTER PICKERS A voluntary group dedicated to helping keep Ely litter free and looking its best. Ely Litter Pickers loan litter picking equipment, offer advice and safety tips, organise group litter picks, supply bin bags and labels, as well as liaise with the council. Some group members have chosen to ‘adopt’ local roads areas but there is no obligation to do so. Pick as little or as often as you want – it all helps! A rewarding and fun activity for all ages, to find out more search ‘Ely Litter Pickers’ on Facebook or contact elylitter@gmail.com / Brian Calvert 07974 082868. LITTLEPORT & ELY TIME BANK We are a friendly group of volunteers who exchange time and skills with members for free. Everyone’s time is equal and everyone has something to offer, whether visiting someone for a cup of tea or designing a website. Join us and get to know people in the community and share your passion or skill. Non members are welcome to join us at

coffee morning to find out more. We are also conducting safe time exchanges and social activities within our own bubbles. For further info please email littleportandelytimebank@btinternet.com or visit Facebook: @LittleportandElyTimebank KEEP ACTIVE ELY Every Thursday morning between 9am and 12pm at The Paradise Centre and is low cost exercise for over 50's and people returning to a healthy lifestyle. Badminton, T'ai Chi and Keep Fit to Music, 50 weeks a year for £4. A not for profit event. We would like to be included in the listings. For more info: faradena@yahoo.co.uk

YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

GIRLGUIDING: ELY CITY DISTRICT We are a uniformed youth organisation for girls aged 5-18. Through fun, friendship, challenge and adventure we empower girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference in their community. We also are seeking more volunteers to help provide these opportunities. Contact: Alexa and Jenny GGElyCity@gmail.com https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/

Get in touch... Call: Chairperson 07771687602 Ambassador 07776201813 Membership secretary 07854503845 https://tol2.timebanking.org/

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ELYi BUSINESS & SERVICES DIRECTORY ACCOUNTING CB25 Accountancy Accountancy Service covering everything your business needs Tel: 07803 782423 Email: info@cb25accounting.co.uk Liberty Bookkeeping Services Accountancy and bookkeeping services Email: libertybookkeeping726@gmail.com Tel: 01353774902 / 07526483235 https://libertybookkeeping.co.uk/ Red Shoes Accounting Your friendly local accountants https://www.redshoesaccounting.co.uk/ Email: info@redshoesaccounting.co.uk Tel: 01353 865368 ADVERTISING The Elyi Magazine Reflecting the richness of Ely Life Tel: 01353 722568 editor@elyimagazine.com www.elyimagazine.com AERIALS BM Aerial, All aerial, Satellite & TV work undertaken Tel: 01353 863922 Email: bmaerials@gmail.com H & P Aerials Limited Ely TV Aerial & Satellite Dish Installations - Extra TV Points - TV wall mounting https://www.hpaerials.co.uk Email: service@hpaerials.co.uk Tel: 01353 740078 / 07850844460 ANTIQUES Cloisters Antiques Antiques. Picture Framing, Gallery, Book Shop, Record Shop, 1 Lynn Rd, Ely CB7 4EG Tel:01353 668558 / 077678 816 677 Email: lonsdalecb7@gmail.com St Mary's Antiques & Jewellery 10 St. Marys Street, Ely Tel: 01353 663 221 / 07562 321 406 BEAUTY & TREATMENTS Belle Boutique Beauty Salon based in Haddenham. Manicures, Pedicures, Gel Polish, Waxing etc https://www.belleboutiquesalon.com Email: Belleboutiquesalon@outlook.com Tel: 01353 741201 Clinic 43 Feel younger, look fresher and boost your confidence! Tel: 07712189977 www.facebook.com/clinicfortythree Cloud 9 Beauty Therapy Ely Beauty & wellbeing salon, specialising in facials, massage & reflexology www.cloud9beautytherapy.co.uk/ 66 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Email: caroline@cloud9beautytherapy.co.uk Mob: 07701060319 Skins and Needles Cambridgeshire Body piercings and laser medical treatments www.skinsandneedlescambridgeshire.com/ E: skinsandneedlescambridgeshire@gmail.com Tel: 01353860552 Ely SPMU & Aesthetic Clinic Microblading, Semi permanent make up, Scalp pigmentation, Botox & fillers, Tel: 01353 655914 https://www.elyspmuandaestheticclinicltd.co.uk/ Email: elyspmuandaestheticclinic@outlook.com BICYCLE REPAIRS J T Cycles All Bicycle servicing & repairs Tel:01353 667627 Email: jerrytcycles@hotmail.com BOAT HIRE Fish and Duck Marina Moorings and Boat Hire 01353 648081 https://www.fishandduck.co.uk BUILDERS D Silcock Construction Your local Builder Tel: 01353 862400 Email: office@dsilcockconstruction.co.uk Paragon Construction Ely Ltd All aspects of commercial and domestic construction Mob: 07865435656 Email: paragonconstruction14@gmail.com Paul Barrow Builders New Builds, Extensions & General building work www.paulbarrowbuilders.co.uk Tel: 01353 699197 Email: paul@paulbarrowbuildersltd.co.uk BUILDING SUPPLIES MAM Tiling & Plant Hire Stunning wall and floor tiles for every room. Self drive mini diggers, dumpers, trailers. Tel: 01353 863916 www.mamtiling.co.uk Sharman's Gdn Centre, Camel Rd Littleport B2B SERVICES Truth HR Solutions, Helping solve people problems in your business Tel: 07941 342 574 Email: info@truthhrsolutions.co.uk CAFES Bev’s Place The littleport community bites & coffee Cafe & community hub https://m.facebook.com/bevsplacelittleport Email: c.davenport6@icloud.com Clare's Kitchen Quirky coffee shop with gift shop. Generous portions friendly staff Email: clareskitchen18@gmail.com Mob: 07923227404


CARE The Orchard Care Home Person-centred residential and dementia care Tel: 01353 372036, email: orchards@greensleeves.org Vera James House Nursing home in central Ely Tel: 01353 661113 CATERING Just 4U Cakes by Clare, Award Winning Professional Cake Artist Pymoor, Ely, just4ucakesbycmm@gmail.com The Little Mobile Bar Company Mobile Bar in a lovely Horsebox https://www.thelittlemobilebarcompany.co.uk/ email: cheers@thelittlemobilebarcompany.co.uk CELEBRANTS Jacqueline Ogden Celebrant, Weddings, Baby Namings, Funerals, Bespoke ceremonies, email: jacquelineogden@hotmail.com CLASSES (FOR CHILDREN) Elite Tuition Tuition for English and Maths / Primary and Secondary Tel: 07712 467 322 info@elitetuition.uk KD Academy, Be Bold, Be Creative, Be you! Performing Arts Classes for Children.Tel: 01353 725 026, Email: info@kdacademy.co.uk Tumbletots Your Child's Springboard to Confidence Tel: 07523 962 484 Email: sharon.bubb@tumbletots.com CLEANING DMAK Oven Cleaning Ovens, Hobs, Extractors, Microwaves, BBQs Tel: 01353 864685 Email: dmakcleaning@outlook.com Clean Driveway Cleaning, re-sanding, repairs and sealing your driveway Tel: 01353 886531, contact@clean-driveway.com COMPUTER SUPPORT &REPAIRS FenStar IT Ltd Trusted & local expert provider of IT services to homes and businesses. https://www.fenstar.co.uk/ Email:info@fenstar.co.uk Landline: 01354 638701 GP4PC small business & home computer support and repairs www.gp4pc.co.uk Tel: 01353 612105

ECO SHOPPING NAKEED Refill shop with a difference Tel: 07709 972 966 Unit 1, 52 market Street, Ely https://www.nakeed.uk/ ELECTRICIANS Ely Electrical Services Electrical Installations and lighting design Tel: 01353 668994, Email: graham@elyelectricalservices.co.uk TW Electrical Ely, Electrical Installations & repairs Tel: 01353 862900 Email: nfo@twelectrical-services.co.uk FINANCIAL ADVISORS Absolute sense Your local chartered financial planning firm. 01353 880033. 21 Market St CB74LS email: general enquiries@absolutesense.co.uk SPA Mortgage Broker Mortgage and Insurance Specialist Tel: 01353 650445 Email: aireysp@aol.com Archway Mortgage and Protection Services, Your local mortgage adviser for residential, BTL and commercial loans. Tel: 07880 998 315 https://archwaymortgageandprotectionservices.co.uk/ E: lball@archwaymortgageandprotectionservices.co.uk

FISHING EQUIPMENT The Tackle Shop Fishing Tackle for every discipline & budget, Tel: 01353 645197, Email: fishing@thetackleshopely.com FITNESS Atrium Fitness All your fitness needs in 1 place. Gym, classes, pool, sauna, steam, jacuzzi. https://www.atriumfitness.co.uk/ Email: matt@atriumfitness.co.uk Tel: 01353 668888 Mobile: 07739393137 Littleport Leisure, The place to be for Gym, Classes and Sports. No membership, no contracts. https://www.littleportleisure.uk/ Email: reception@littleportleisure.uk Tel: 01353373800 The Hive Leisure Centre The feel good place www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/ely/the-hive Tel: 01353 655030 The Paradise Centre Sports centre, fitness and free weights gym, classes, sports hall, squash courts, https://www.paradisecentre.co.uk/ Email: paradisecentre@live.co.uk Tel: 01353667580 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 67


The Pole Shed Providing pole, aerial, circus & other fun fitness classes for adults & children https://www.facebook.com/thepoleshed Email: thepoleshed@gmail.com Tel: 07961583473 Mob:07961583473 FLORISTS Blossoms of Ely Beautiful bouquets, Wedding & Funeral flowers made and delivered to the Ely area https://www.blossomsofely.co.uk/ Email: info@blossomsofely.co.uk Mobile: 07979474949 Flowers by Chloe Flowers for all occasions 2 Pont's Hill Littleport CB6 1PZ Tel: 01353 863200 www.flowersbychloe.co.uk Thatch & Roses Flower Studio Flowers for any occasion. www.thatchandroses.com orders@thatchandroses.com Tel: 07500877972 Wild Clover Flower Company Ely Florist-Flowers For all occasions https://www.wildcloverflowercompany.co.uk/ Email:info@wildcloverflowercompany.co.uk Landline: 01353 505855 Mobile: 07498025407 FUNERAL SERVICES R. J. Pepper & Son Independent Family Funeral Directors 14 Prickwillow Rd, Ely, Cambs CB74QT Tel: 01353 665300 FURNISHINGS Langtry Fitted Furniture We design and manufacture kitchens, bedrooms & home offices Tel: 01353 725 380 https://langtryfurniture.co.uk/ Reeds Furniture Store A world of choice at Reeds Tel: 01353 669754 Email: info@reedshomestore.co.uk www.reedshomestore.co.uk GARAGE DOORS Garolla Garage Doors Made to measure roller garage doors Tel: 01353 930 124 www.garolla.co.uk GARDEN SERVICES Artificial Grass Cambridge We install top quality artificial grass www.artificialgrasscambridge.co.uk Email: info@articialgrasscambridge.co.uk, Tel: 01354 654 422 68 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Cabin Viva Bespoke Garden Studios, www.cabinviva.co.uk Colour Fence Maintenance free metal fencing www.colourfencecambs.co.uk Tel: 01353 930 024 Emma The Gardener Mowing, hedging, weeding, pruning, design and general advice. www.emmathegardener.co.uk Tel: 07838 935 489 Ely Lawn Care Garden Maintenance, Lawn Care, Hedge Cutting, Tree Pruning Mob: 07393 386 359 FB:https://www.facebook.com/Elylawncare Email: Elylawncare@yahoo.com M Evans Landscapes Landscaping, Fence Repairs, turfing, hedge cutting and more Tel: 01353 969 388 Email: m.evanslandscapes@gmail.com Kevin Casey Garden Services Maintenance and Clearance. Regular and one-off work undertaken. Tel 01638 602046 Mob: 07790 682 086 Paul Hopkin Paving Block and Slab Paving Specialist, fencing and garden work. Tel: 07930 528 519 SP Clearances and Garden Waste LTD, For all your house clearances and garden waste clearances get in touch today. Tel: 07712137889 https://www.spclearancesandgardenwaste.co.uk/ Email: spclearances@yahoo.com The Joshua Tree All Tree Works undertaken, hedge cutting, fencing, garden maintenance and more! https://www.thejoshuatree.uk/ Email: jane@thejoshuatree.uk Tel: 01638 597711 / 07909 291094 GARDEN MACHINERY Fenland Spirit Services Lawnmower sales, Servicing & Repairs Tel: 07753 836 499 Email: fenlandspiritservices@gmail.com G & J Pecks Ltd Quality farming and garden machinery Tel: 01353 664515 Email: esales@peck.co.uk Smith & Carter LTD Specialising in the servicing and repairs of garden machinery. https://smithandcarterltd.com/ Mobile: 07828473666 Email: smithandcarterltd@gmail.com GIFTS Ely Treasures 12 Chequer Lane Ely- Stockist for Charlie Bears, Jewellery Antique and New unusual Gifts etc, Email: juliasfarm@outlook.com Tel: 01353 659005 / 07968 719 747


Hampers for every Occasion Bespoke hampers made to order Tel: 07394 463226 Email: hampersforeveryoccasion@gmail.com Westcott Aromas Little Gift Shop 2-4 Main Street Littleport, CB61PXJ Wax melts, gifts, Handmade gifts https://www.facebook.com/Westcottaromas Email: mutleysdelights@gmail.com Mob: 07983338428 Meltsymumma Home aromas and more, with scents for all noses and prices for all pockets Web: https://www.meltsymumma.co.uk/ Email: hello@meltsymumma.co.uk Tel: 07388 355372 HANDYMAN Ben Robinson Handyman Gardening & Property Maintenance Tel: 07827 468 835, bmr-repairs@outlook.com Ely Home Maintenance Bringing quality work to the local community for 20 years Tel:07824 878 690 Email: mr.alto@live.co.uk Turn to Ted For all house maintenance and garden services https://www.facebook.com/turntoted.ted Mob07967 796 992 Email: turntoted@btinternet.com HEALTH SERVICES Ely Ear Care Highly experienced Registered General Nurse with a specialist interest in Ear Care, Tel: 07984 831 177 www.elyearcare.co.uk The Village Foot Clinic Foot Care – Clinic and mobile appointments Tel: 07909 943 171 HOME HELP The Happy Helpers Company Helping people experience happiness in their everyday lives Tel: 01353 967170 http://www.thehappyhelperscompany.co.uk HOME IMPROVEMENTS Complete Kitchens Specialists in quality German kitchens http://www.completekitchensely.co.uk Email: info@completekitchensely.co.uk, Tel: 01353 860879 Frames Conservatories Direct Transform your conservatory into and extension Tel: 01353 809719, www.fcdhomeimprovements.co.uk Hillberry’s Kitchens LTD We supply Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms to both retail and trade. https://www.hillberrys.co.uk/ Email: sales@hillberrys.co.uk Tel: 01354 651770

Magical Interior Renovations Bathrooms and Kitchens, plumbing repairs, wall movement and loft conversions, Tel: 01353 664044 Email: magicalinteriorrenovations@gmail.co.uk Projects4Roofing Enjoy your conservatory all year round, www.projects4roofing.co.uk Email: info@projects4roofing.co.uk Tel: 01638 507730 Valley Roofing Roofing Specialists www.valleyroofing.uk Tel: 01638 713825 Email: sean@valleyroofing.uk HOTELS The Old Hall A superb country retreat within a mile of the heart of historic Ely Tel: 01353 663275 https://theoldhallely.co.uk/ Poets House City centre hotel and restaurant. Bar bites available in the Sonnet Bar noon-9pm Tel: 01353 887777 www.poetshouse.co.uk LANGUAGE LESSONS Lyons Languages English, Italian and Spanish language tuition in central Ely Tel: 01353 610738 Email: info@lyonslanguages.com https://www.lyonslanguages.com/ Spanacademy Online Language Lessons Tel: 07522 504 729 Email: info@spanacademy.co.uk LEAFLET DELIVERY The Elyi Magazine Delivery Team 500-8000 Leaflet runs to Ely homes- starts at £50/1000 Tel: 353 722568 www.elyimagazine.com LOCKSMITH Bargate Master Locksmith 24hr emergency call out service Tel: 07872 169 428 Email: paulbarham@btinternet.com MOTOR SERVICES B and T Motors MOTs, Servicing, Repairs, All Motor Services. Tel: 01353 667788 www.bandtmotorrepairs.co.uk Gem Tyres Tyres, puncture repairs, exhausts, brakes, batteries, servicing Tel: 01353 665094 www.facebook.com/GemTyresEly Email: sales@gemtyres.co.uk Glovers Autocentre For all your car and van repairs. Also van hire and sales. Tel: 01353 664234 www.ggvs.co.uk / www.practical.co.uk www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 69


Hometyre Tyres supplied and fitted at your home or work. www.hometyre.co.uk Tel: 01353 930954 Rejuvenate Vehicle Detailing Service Tel: 07974 638601 http://www.rejuvenate-detailing.co.uk R.H Autocare Mobile Valeting & Detailing Services operating in and around the Ely area. Email: info@rh-autocare.co.uk Tel: 07702 226 673 www.rh-autocare.co.uk/ Winthorpe Ltd MOTs, Servicing, Welding, Recovery & more Tel: 01353 968042 www.winthorpe Ltd.co.uk MUSIC LESSONS Christopher Budd Bass guitar lessons, Mob: 07729 114 173 Email: christopher.budd@gmail.com Karen Setchfield Classical Guitar Lessons email: karensetchfield07@gmail.com Mindful Piano Local piano lessons with a focus on enjoymentfree consultation available. https://www.mindfulpiano.org/ Email: brianpartridge@uwclub.net Tel: 0135366840 Mob: 07738236201 Monkey Music Award winning music classes for babies and young children Tel: 01353 669804 email: ely.cambridge@monkeymusic.co.uk PETS Animate Pet Services A helping hand to balance busy lives with the needs of your pet Tel: 07821 436 790 Email: animatepetservices@gmail.com, www.animatepetservices.co.uk/ Ely Aquatics and Reptiles Aquarium Fish and Reptiles, foods inc reptile live and frozen food, Family run https://www.facebook.com/ElyAquatics www.elyaquatics.co.uk Email:jo@elyaquatics.co.uk Tel: 01353 668880 Jurassic Bark The Littleport Pet Shop Tel: 01353 863883 Email: info@jurassicbark-online.co.uk, www.jurassicbark-online.co.uk Mongoose Pet Services Cat Sitting, Dog Sitting, Small animal holiday care. www.mongoosepetservices.com email: mongoosepets@gmail.com 70 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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