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Dear Readers It's great that we are heading into the Summer with a busy events calendar Be sure to check out page 38 for info on Ely's Civic Celebrations for the Jubilee and much more. Congratulations to Ely Flower Club who Celebrate a milestone anniversary this year with a party in June at Ely Beet Club. It is brilliant to see the Ely Model Railway Exhibition is happening this year as is Ely Aquafest later in July – Hurrah! I hope you enjoy the articles from our regular contributors. Thanks, as ever, to everyone who has contributed to this issue - both with copy and by booking advertising. It is great to hear from Shep Pearson of Ely Radio, which continues the vision started by Mark Cooney of a radio station for Ely. They are still going strong online and if you would like to get involved please go to page 28 to read more. Ely's Eel Festival is being incorporated into the Jubilee Weekend this year with a parade, samba band and brand new Eel!





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ELY'S THRIVING FLOWER CLUB CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY The City of Ely Flower Club was founded in 1971 in response to many requests for a Flower Arrangement Club to be started in Ely. At this time Littleport Club had been up and running for nine years. The first meeting was held on 4th May 1972 chaired by Mr Geoff Legge (then owner of a shoe shop in Ely High Street) with the blessing of NAFAS.

Ely Allotment held an Annual Show every August. This was very popular and many members exhibited with great success. So enthusiastic were the growing number of members that they played a prominent part in Festivals at Ely Cathedral with highlights in 1987 when Princess Diana visited and 1997 when Princess Margaret attended a special event at the Cathedral. The Club has continued to flourish until the present time despite the Pandemic - a difficult time for all Clubs and Ely Flower Club is no exception, but we are back in business and gradually gaining strength.

Seventy members joined that first evening and a committee was formed then. Mr Legge was instrumental in encouraging some of the best demonstrators of that time to give their services free of charge for the first year whilst he would demonstrate to their Clubs free of charge, this enabled the Club to establish and thrive. As membership grew the venue for meetings moved to Downham Road School Library. Their many activities included annual dinners, bus trips to gardens and nurseries including Chelsea Flower Show, competitions and fund raising, the proceeds of which went to local charities in particular the Children’s Cripple Home at Palace Green. Many of these activities continue to this day. 6 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

New members are always welcome and in June 2022 will celebrate our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY at our new home The Ely Beet, Sports and Social Club in Lynn Road. Guests are welcome. Tickets £15pp to include a buffet to be followed by a Demonstration by a prominent NAFAS Demonstrator. To apply for tickets please send a SAE to our Treasurer: Mrs L Rich 20 Short Road, Stretham, Ely CB6 3LS Patricia Simmonds, Chairman

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Ely Museum is delighted to host Richard Hobbs, Curator of RomanoBritish collections at The British Museum this summer for his talk “Religion and Belief in Roman Britain” on the 8th June. This talk, which will take place in Ely Museum’s Aedwen Room, will explore the practices and customs of Roman Britain with a focus on life here at the edges of the Empire. It will also include the opportunity to view the ‘Margins of Empire’ temporary exhibition which features two locally found objects from the collection at The British Museum, including the amazing Witcham helmet, and the beautifully decorated Prickwillow skillet – a rare opportunity to see them back in the fens!

ELY MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION Our popular event returns after a gap of 3 years to Ely College on Saturday 21st May 2022. However, one important person will be missing - Malcolm Hine, a stalwart of the Club and Exhibition Manager for no less than 16 of our previous shows in Ely. Malcolm sadly died last November of COVID. He was a fine modeller and a great friend with many in the hobby, not just in Ely but around the UK.

Our new Exhibition team have organised this year’s show as a memorial to him and it’s based primarily on the show Malcolm put together for May 2020 - which of course was cancelled due to the pandemic - as was our 2021 show. But, we’re back!

Tickets are limited and suitable for ages 12+, please visit www.elymuseum.org.uk to find out more and book your tickets. Looking for something new to do? Why not pick up one of Ely Museum’s new self guided walking tours and enjoy a walk through Ely’s history? Available from our museum gift shop, these walking tours typically take around an hour to complete and are suitable for all ages and groups. With school holiday craft days, our under 5s ‘Little Explorers’ sessions and our new ‘Young Curators Club’ and our popular explorers chest and museum trails, there is plenty for children of all ages to enjoy! Visit our website to find out more! https://www.elymuseum.org.uk/ 8 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

As well as many fine model railway layouts and traders from around the UK, the Exhibition will feature Malcolm’s last scratch built layout, Fullers Wharf. This superb 7mm scale layout features both standard and narrow gauge as well as a canal scene. We will also be awarding a new Malcolm Hine Memorial Trophy to the layout which the public vote as best in show on the day. So why not come along with your family and friends to see the wide array of exhibits on show. Doors open at 10.30am and more information can be found on our Club’s website www.elymrc. org.uk and our Club’s Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you there! Andy K Wilkinson, Chairman, Ely & District MRC

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As you read this, I can name eight gardens in Ely who are getting ready to welcome you on Sunday, 12th June, from 12.00 midday to 6pm. Yes, it’s time for the NGS Ely group opening. We’ve a variety of garden sizes and styles, with two new gardens opening up this year. Each garden is different in style, reflecting its owners and their interests. You’ll find familiar and less familiar plants as you visit the gardens, meet the people who look after the garden, and enjoy tea and cake, or browsing amongst plants for sale. We love sharing our ideas with you, and giving out what we hope is useful advice on gardening topics.

Details of our entry can be found on the NGS national website. We also have a local website, www.elyopengardens.com ,with details and pictures of gardens past and present, and more local information. There’s also a map for you to download to plan your visit. 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. OUR CURRENT LIST OF ELY OPEN GARDENS 1. The Bishop's House: CB7 4DW, 2. 42 Cambridge Road: CB7 4HL, 3. 9 Chiefs Street: CB6 1AT, 4. 5b Downham Road: CB6 1AG, 5. 1 Robins Close: CB6 3EG, 6. 1 Merlin Drive: CB6 3EA, 7. 38 Chapel Street: CB6 1AD, 8. 12 Chapel Street: CB6 1AD, START WHERE YOU WISH PAY AT THE GARDEN WHERE YOU BEGIN

There are things to interest you varying from unusual views of the Cathedral as you wander round the Bishop’s garden, collections of types of plant, chickens and rabbits and much more, including a railway! Refreshments are available at one garden, bottled apple juice at the Bishop’s garden and plants at others. Entry is £8.00 for adults, under 16s free. Individual gardens £2.50. Pre booking is available on the NGS website, and contactless payment for entry is available at some of the gardens. Cash for anything else! 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 difficulties that we had to overcome in order to open at all. £525,000 went to Marie Curie, £500,000 went to Macmillan Cancer Support, and £500,000 to Hospice UK to name but three. Details of donations can be found at ngs.org.uk/ beneficiaries. 10 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

ELY AND DISTRICT NSPCC PLANT SALE AND WILLOW WEAVING A big thank you to those who supported our NSPCC Easter Egg Hunt and it is now time for last minute contributions to our Jubilee Story Competition for both adults and children. We are pleased that Ely College students are taking part and we look forward to presenting the children and adult prizes at Ely library in June. We will be having another of our very popular plant stalls at 47 Downham Road from May 13th. Donated plants are always welcome. We have a bric a brac stall on Ely Market on June 4th. Again, we would welcome your donations of items to sell. On July 4th we are holding a Willow Weaving session. More details in June but do book or save the date. For collections of plants or stall items please call Johanna on 07912617135 or Wendy on 01353 664752. Thank you for supporting The NSPCC.


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ARNIE ARNOLD REMEMBERED 1956 - 2022 Arnie Arnold was passionate in his love for Ely and in his determination to do his very best in the role of City councillor. Elected for West Ward in 2019 he made his mark as a practical, down-to-earth man who understood the notion of community and the need for elected representatives to do more than simply discuss and debate. Put simply, he was a man who rolled up his sleeves and got on with the job. He was a prime mover in the renovation and refurbishment of the Maltings, the Council's property down by the river. He wanted it to be Ely's 'parish hall', a place for people to come together and enjoy themselves. He was keen to see the facilities there brought up to date - new lighting, new seats for the cinema, modernisation of the bar and foyer. Much of the work he championed has yet to be completed but some of it had begun before he died and he had the satisfaction of knowing that things were on the move. Arnie, many will recall, was at his most visible every year just before Christmas putting up the City's lights. With a gang of volunteers he was out and about in all weathers cheerfully encouraging and cajoling from his cherry picker until this work, so valued and appreciated, was done. He will be remembered too for all that he did in and for Ely Cemetery. With the writer of this article he set up the Friends of Ely Cemetery and became the group's first Chair, drawing together a team of volunteers that not only did practical work around the site but also encouraged interest in its history through Open Days and Family History sessions and he worked toward developing the sixteen acre cemetery as an area where there was space for nature to flourish. With his wife Alison he oversaw the introduction of swift boxes, hedgehog houses and bug hotels and supported major initiatives such as the development of a sensory garden and a full audit of the plants and flowers to be found growing on the site. Of enormous interest to him was the discovery of fragments of dozens of gravestones long thought to have been destroyed and these he carefully gathered together to ensure that they would be on permanent display to the public. There was another side to Arnie Arnold too and that was simply his humanity. He befriended his colleagues, he had the knack of making everyone feel welcomed and valued and this gift was never more obvious than in his dealings with volunteers and with all those employed by the Council whether in the Office, down at the Maltings or in the Estates Team. Their welfare and well-being was always his concern. For two years he had the satisfaction of being consort to Ely's Mayor, Cllr Sue Austen - and what a good choice that was. He wore his chain of office with pride and took on this ambassadorial role with typical enthusiasm and great good humour. Arnie will be missed at the City Council but he will be remembered with affection and his contribution to our community talked about and valued for years to come. Cllr Chris Phillips April 2022 18 18 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com



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The days are longer, and the temperature is steadily rising. Flowers, and leaf buds have burst open. Our gardens are once again full of colour and beauty. There is more colour and beauty than most people are aware of though. For at night when the lights are out, our gardens are visited… Moths of all colours, shapes and sizes are now beginning to emerge. They go about their business in relative anonymity, in the dark, while we sleep. We are missing so many jewels in the night. That doesn’t have to be so … You can view the variety of moths that visit your garden, relatively easily, using a moth trap - a box filled with egg boxes with a light attached. This box catches moths unharmed. The moths settle on the egg boxes, where they sit until released the next day. This gives the opportunity to view up close the amazing diversity that can be found in our garden. Some of the marvellous moths that you may find are: Brimstone moth: This vibrant yellow species reminds us that moths can be just as bright and beautiful as butterflies. On the wing April-October Lime Hawk-moth: This delta-winged moth comes in different colour forms, but has a distinctive size and wing shape. On the wing May-July. Ruby Tiger: This moth is a rich brown colour with a furry body and a surprise – when it opens its wings the underwings are vibrant pink/red. On the wing April-September. Over 600 moth species have been recorded in and around Ely, and new species are being added to that list all the time. Do look out for and join our public moth trapping events. Get involved by visiting elywildspace.org.uk or email: lpcre@elywildspace.org.uk. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Good Vibes is more than a radio station, it covers Spotted in Ely and anything we do as a community interest group. So, moving forward, in December 2020 “Ely Radio” Launched, and we have now been broadcasting 24 hours a day 7 Days a week, for over 15 months. Making us Ely’s biggest Music variety.


any of you know about Spotted in Ely - SIE for short. We have been around a few years now in fact 8 years to be precise. We started small created by Mark Cooney on social media and we grew and we grew and now we have over 30,000 followers. Many of you will have used our social media platform either to promote, report or share something or to discover, be informed or generally be entertained. The community of Ely and surrounding areas have been able to share stories, events, fundraisers and even advertise jobs since we began all those years ago. We have attended events, business launches, groups and other social gatherings to spread the news within our area for those who could not physically attend. This became more relevant during recent events, when we could share events with the community in lockdown. Mark had a dream and that was to take this to another level with a radio station, just for the local community, Ely and surrounding area. In 2020 this radio station started to become a reality. This was to be a not-for-profit organisation and there for you the community. We created a Community Interest Company (CIC) called “Good Vibes Local” this covers all the legal stuff and confirms us as a not-for-profit organisation.

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Currently we are internet based, you can listen via our app, via a generic internet-based speaker system such as Alexa, on a computer or even your phone. As community radio station we have amassed listeners in our local area who tune in on a regular basis, however to our surprise we have regular listeners across Europe, we have even received feedback from Japan and Australia! The radio is managed and run by volunteers; all our presenters are volunteers with connections to the local area. These presenters use their own equipment and broadcast from their homes. The radio station has become a new arm for Spotted in Ely, both working side by side, allowing our reach to the local community to expand and grow. We have recently received our first radio sponsorship which helps businesses to promote themselves through media. We have more plans to expand but currently there is no availability for us to transmit on FM and or DAB but hopefully this will happen soon, and we will be easier to listen to in more locations. From one man’s hopes in 2014 we have achieved so much. Mark saw his dream of the radio station come to life, he even managed to present his own show for a short while before his untimely death. We at Good Vibes have carried on his legacy and look forward to a future supporting you the community. If you would like more information or to help, please email accounts@spottedinely.com

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Young Photographers! The City of Ely Council are again holding a photography competition for the young people of Ely for the Jubilee called ‘Capture the Spirit of Ely during this Jubilee’ You can take your photo on any device you choose. Entries to be in digital - (jpeg only file 2.5MB max size). Please include your name and age in your entry (terms and conditions on the City of Ely Website) We again have 4 age categories 4-7 yrs / 8-10 yrs / 11-15 yrs / 16 -19 yrs Please email your photos with the entry form to: christine.whelan@cityofelycouncil.org.uk Judging will be done by an independent group. Closing date for entries is 31st July 2022 See the rules on our website https://www.cityofelycouncil.org.uk/ There will be a prize for the best entry.

The City of Ely Council has recently installed three new defibrillators at some of their sites and wanted the public to be aware of their locations.

These are located at: • Ely Cemetery, Beech Lane, on chapel wall • The river front path near the Maltings next to Jubilee Gardens • Inside Oliver Cromwell’s House on St Mary’s Street. Details of their locations and hours when they are accessible have also been added to The Circuit – The National Defibrillator Network - a database 30 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

which connects defibrillators to NHS ambulance services across the UK, so that in those crucial moments when someone is having a cardiac arrest, they can be accessed quickly to help more people survive. The defibrillators on the outside of buildings are stored in tamper-proof boxes and unlocked with a PIN code given over the phone by a 999 operator. They cannot be misused as they only deliver a shock if they cannot detect a heart rate in the patient. The Council feels these are a very important addition to the City and could help save lives if such a situation should occur in the vicinity of these locations, where a defibrillator is needed.

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This will be my final offering for the Elyi as Mayor. I have been honoured to hold the office for 2 years and I have enjoyed my term and have met some lovely people. I have attended many events promoting the City of Ely. I have particularly enjoyed events involving children,young people ,carers and people with disabilities. It was an honour to be asked to cut the ribbon to launch the Sid Merry Lounge at the Cutter a wonderful tribute to the Eel Catcher and a great personality. I attended the Wizard of Oz which was a treat and to be presented with a cheque for the Mayor's Charity .Sadly the end of my term is overshadowed by the death of my Consort Cllr Arnie Arnold . His wife Alison has stepped up and is supporting me in Arnie's memory. It has been an odd term with covid -events booked and then cancelled but we weathered the storm and the Council continued to operate as normal. I am very proud of this beautiful City and will continue to work to the benefit of the Parish. I wish all the very best for an enjoyable term as Mayor to Cllr Morgan as he takes up the reins. Sue Austen www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 31



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Sharing in the glory of Ely Cathedral and The Old Hall Ely, is Ben’s Yard - the Stuntney Estate’s £4.5 million shopping village. The work has begun and fantastic progress is being made towards the Spring 2023 opening date. The first and only of its kind in the area, this attractive retail village has been meticulously designed by Alastair and Victoria Morbey. There are 13 retail units planned for the site, championing local businesses and great British brands. Visitors to Ben’s Yard will be able to enjoy the beautiful botanical Café restaurant, adventure playground, the 6 acre event space and 5km of wild wilderness walks trailing over the historic Stuntney Estate. “So many of us are busy in the modern world rushing around and helping others. Ben’s Yard will strive to look after you, look after your friends and family, and give you a truly enriching experience on every visit.” Victoria Morbey Just one mile along the Stuntney Road out of Ely, Ben’s Yard promises to offer something for everyone. With community, inclusivity and energetic optimism, the humble farmstead is being transformed into a retail and wellbeing oasis, offering local people a collection of fashion, lifestyle, beauty, homeware, floristry and food amongst an estate permanently opening its gates to the public for the very first time. A place to eat, drink and shop and feel nourished, nurtured, and restored! Go to www.bensyard.co.uk to get an idea of what’s to come and sign up to the newsletters for regular updates. Facebook/ bensyardely Insta/ @bensyardely LinkedIn/ Bens Yard

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There have been some comings and goings at Cathedral Peregrine site with different birds coming and going. There is still hope for a successful breeding season ahead.

KD Productions - The Wizard of Oz was at the Maltings in April as part of their Spring Tour

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Mayor, Sue Austen, pictured together with Mike Rouse, Elisabeth Every and Cutter Staff at the opening of the Sid Merry Lounge at the Cutter Inn, Riverside, Ely. Sid was known by many as a legendary eel catcher and local character.

Cllr Sue Austen, and Cllr Chris Phillips joined local Muslim families to celebrate the break in the fast of Ramadan at Centre E. The traditional celebration has not been held for two years because of Covid.

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Sing! Choirs on Ely Market in March raising a whopping £1116.97 for charities, All In Sound and the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

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27 APRIL - 29 MAY

OUSELIFE EXHIBITION: AFTER THE FALL The exhibition takes its starting point from the catastrophic collapse of the central Tower 700 years ago in 1322. 16 artists from the OuseLife group are exhibiting over 100 artworks. There is free access to the South West transept where some of the artworks will be showcased, but entry to the main body of the Cathedral where you will find the rest of the exhibition, is subject to a charge, unless you are a CB6 or CB7 resident. Please check www.elycathedral.org “Plan Your Visit” page which gives Visitor Opening Hours & Tickets, as Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and Sunday between 12.30pm to 3.30pm (last entry 3pm). The website will also show any changes to opening hours. For further information do visit the exhibition website www.afterthefall2022.co.uk


ELY SINFONIA CONCERT DVORAK & MAHLER - Heard in the glorious surroundings of Ely Cathedral, this will be a concert to delight every music lover. Tickets: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/ ely-sinfonia-dvorak-and-mahler


4 - 7 MAY

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Performed by Viva Arts and Community Group in their new theatre in Soham. See page 37

4 - 29 MAY

ISLAND JOURNEYS BABYLON GALLERY EXHIBITION An exhibition by Tess Recordon. More than any other landscape, islands capture our imagination. Shrouded in mystery, remote in location, cut off from land, islands seem cut off from the world. They are places to escape to, to truly get away from it all. Places where we can experience distinctive cultures and have adventures. This solo 36 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

exhibition of landscapes paintings are inspired by Tess Recordon’s own Island journeys, both recent and past. Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely - Open Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 4pm.


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! INFO: https://www.elytriclub.co.uk/duathlon


SING CHOIRS, SING A SHOW 2-5pm at Ely College See page 37

21 - 28 MAY

ARTIST TED CONEY Ted will be Artist in Residence at Haddenham Arts Centre - working on his current painting about lockdown in a pop-up studio. He will also be 'Artist at Home' -49, Waterside, Ely. Where Ted's studio and garden gallery will be open during the Ely Arts Festival on Sat 18th June and Sun 19th June 12pm - 4pm Admission free!


LIBERA IN CONCERT IN ELY 7.30pm, Ely Cathedral Tickets are now on sale from Ely Cathedral Box Office and cost £35 or £25, with special concessions for seniors and students, telephone 01353 660349 or email box.office@elycathedral. org, or online from: https://www.elycathedral.org/ events/libera (SEE PAGE 42)


FASCINATING FENS - FEN FOLK FRIDAYS Fens, Romans, Countrymen: A history of Eels in the Fens by Dr John Wyatt. A great topic to get you ready for eel day the following weekend. INFO: www.fascinatingfens.com email: fascinatingfens@outlook.com Booking: https://fascinatingfens.com/ FEN-FOLKS-FRIDAY/

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

Upcoming Concerts June 26, “Afternoon Prom” 4:30 p.m. Methodist Church, Ely July 1, “Carnival of the Animals” 7:30 p.m. Ely Cathedral July 10, “Summer Serenade” 6 p.m. Hayward Theatre, Ely We are part of Ely Choral Society More info: www.elychoralsociety.org/youth-choir

ON PAR GOLF CLUB THE MALCOLM WHALES FOUNDATION CHARITY DAY 18 HOLES – PRO-AM FORMAT SATURDAY 23RD JULY Taking steps to beat cancer, the Malcolm Whales Foundation is a fundraising cancer charity in memory of Malcolm Whales. Raffle and a BBQ including Burgers & Sausages with LIVE Music from 17:30. Get the Date saved in your Diary and come down with your Family & Friends for a lovely fun filled afternoon! This is Open for everyone weather you’re a member or not, Limited space available with 13 Teams Only. ARRIVE BY 12.30 - TEE OFF AT 13.00 £130 per team (£30 per person) To include hot drink on arrival https://elydrivingrange.co.uk/contact/ www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 37

1 - 19 JUNE

POWER OF STITCH BABYLON GALLERY EXHIBITION In this exhibition E.A.S.T (East Anglian Stitch Textiles) members have pursued their own areas of interest but with a deliberate focus on stitch to interpret their creative journey. Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely - Open Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 4pm


OLIVER CROMWELL HOUSE Oliver Cromwell’s House activities (make a crown, fancy dress, living history activities/crafts). The Town Crier competition will also take place on St Mary’s Green at 2pm. Also running alongside events there’s an opportunity to visit the annual ‘Etheldreda Fair’ – this will take place on Palace and Cross Green. ELY METHODIST CHURCH Celebrating the Queens Jubilee. We invite you to drop in and share a FREE cup of tea and cake at our premises on Chapel Street - entrance also from the rear of St Marys Car park 2-5pm



ELY CIVIC CELEBRATIONS To kickstart our celebrations we have A Right Royal Tour starting at Oliver Cromwell’s House and concludes at the Maltings with Fizz and Strawberries. Along the way you’ll learn all about the ‘Royals’ that were once connected to Ely over the centuries! Tours are 11 am and 6.30pm. Tickets available on-line or call 01353 662062. At 2pm we have our Town Crier crying the commemorative cry for Ely and celebrate our Queen, St Mary’s Green. We have the Ely City Military band playing 7pm – 9pm outside Oliver Cromwell’s House, Rotary selling teas/coffees and cakes followed by: 9.20pm National Anthem - Sing! Choirs 9.35pm Piper plays "Diu Regnare' 9.40pm Majesty Bugle Call 9.45pm Lighting of the Beacon "Song for the Commonwealth - Sing! Choirs


ELY CIVIC CELEBRATIONS St Mary’s Green and Palace Green will host the Grand Jubilee Food, Drink and Craft Fair. A multitude of eclectic stalls from local craftsmen and producers. There will be entertainment, and places to sit and absorb the atmosphere of foods and craft from around the Commonwealth. 10-6pm. ELY MARKETS 10am - 4pm A special platinum jubilee celebration - Street food, music and crafts. See page 39 & back page 38 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

ELY'S JUBIL-EEL DAY! AND STREET PARTY Jubil-EEL Parade! Parade assembly Cross Green 10.am onwards, depart to Jubilee Gardens 10.30 – arrive 11 am. A new Samba band will lead the parade with two brand new eels! Entertainment, craft, food and charity stalls, including Eel Throwing, until 6pm. Everyone encouraged to participate, wearing their very best Red, White and Blue! ELY METHODIST CHURCH Celebrating the Queens Jubilee. We invite you to drop in and share a FREE cup of tea and cake at our premises on Chapel Street 3-5pm with a Songs of Praise at 4pm ELY CATHEDRAL A Commemorative exhibition with a special service for the Jubilee at 10.30am


CITY OF ELY FLOWER CLUB GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Ely Beet Sports & Social Club, Lynn Road 6pm (for 6.45pm) Join City of Ely Flower Club as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. National Demonstrator Lorena Dyer will be presenting "Lipstick, Powder and Paint". Tickets £15 each including buffet. Contact 01353 661837. See pg 6

11 - 12 JUNE

ART UNEQUALLED Arts and Crafts Showcase at the Maltings More info: www.artunequalled.co.uk. See page 43

17 - 19 JUNE

CELEBRATE THE FENS Celebrate the Fens Day returns this year on 18th June, and will form part of ‘Celebrate the Fens Weekend’ 17th-19th June. The aim is to bring people together to take part in various events and activities taking place across the Fens of

Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Suffolk, to celebrate everything about the Fens. The celebration was created by Fascinating Fens, who believe in bringing people together to explore and promote the Fens through creativity, heritage, nature, wellbeing and accessibility. The Fens are inspiring, beautiful, mysterious, and fascinating. A big thank you to everyone already getting involved by organising the many planned activities. These include nature trails, bell ringing, pond dipping, displays, guided tours, heritage walks, exhibitions, Fen Edge Trails, workshops, and making bug hotels. The weekend will officially launch on our Fen Folks Friday free zoom event, consisting of music, special guests and poetry. Organisations involved so far include Cambridgeshire Geological Society, Wisbech Castle (Wisbech Town Council), Crowland Abbey, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society Museum, Haddenham Art Centre, New Life Old West (Cambs Acre), Madeliene’s Patch, The Great Fen (The Wildlife Trust), Wisbech Museum, Fenland Flag, CP Learning Trust, Fen Speak, Cambridgeshire Libraries, Kings Lynn Shakespeare Guildhall, Crowland Buffalo, Wisbech Community Hub, Chatteris Pocket Park, Ramsey Rural Museum, Boston Rambling Society. Activities are free to participate with donations very welcome. You may also wish to do your own thing in the Fens on the weekend, such as a self-guided tour, go on a picnic, go camping, be inspired to write a poem or story in the Fens, go rambling, running, cycling or flying your Fenland Flag. Whatever you do, please use our hashtag #CelebrateTheFens on social media to share with us your adventures, videos and photos. If you would like to stay up to date with activities and events happening on ‘Celebrate the Fens’ Day/weekend, and for more ideas, please follow our blog, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook, more information can also be found on our website www.fascinatingfens.com. If you would like to deliver an event/activity on the day please email Fascinating Fens with your idea, so that a registration form can be sent to you. We’d love schools and businesses to get involved too.

21 - 26 JUNE

PANDORA’S BOX Responding Together with Hope. The ancient story of Pandora’s Box tells of a woman who opens a vessel she has been told not to, and releases untold evils into the world. But the box was actually a storage jar. Some versions say it was her husband who opened it; others say a passing god. Hope was the only

WHAT’S ON AT ELY MARKET: STREET FOOD, BANK HOLIDAYS AND A SPECIAL JUBILEE CELEBRATION! Ely Markets have launched a new street food event for the summer season. The event runs on the last Friday of the month, from 5-8pm, allowing people to come after work and meet friends and family. There’s lots of different foods to try, everything from Greek gyros, wood-fired pizza and Thai noodles to vegan mezze boxes and salad. Visitors can enjoy their street food in the covered seating area, or take it away to enjoy at home. There will be also be a Bank Holiday Market on Monday 2 May from 9am-4pm. This market will feature a great mix of street food, crafts, vintage and family fun.

Ely Markets have lots of fun events lined up for the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. Join them on Friday 3 June for their Platinum Jubilee Market Celebration, 10am-4pm. The whole community is welcome and there will be free entertainment including live music and theatre, dancing and children’s crafts. There will also be crafts and a wide range of street food. Their regular markets will take place as usual on Thurs 2 June, Sat 4 June and Sun 5 June. For more information about all these events, follow @elymarkets on social| media. www.elyimagazine.com Elyi Magazine | 39

thing left inside. So many global challenges have been released into our world in the last few years. Our menu of co-created events is to encourage response and reaction, from poetry readings and music recitals, to sewing, sketching and singing. Be brave, open your hearts and bring your friends! Hazel Keelan and Nicky Saunter, artists and friends, host this week of events at Babylon Gallery, Ely. Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

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ELY ARTS FESTIVAL A varied programme of events for everyone to enjoy. Highlights include professional theatre company Impromptu Shakespeare, who present an improvised Shakespeare play in The Maltings and our ‘Jubilee Jamboree’ family day in Jubilee Gardens. This is a free day of music, theatre and art with food vans. The festival culminates with ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, a community celebration in Ely Cathedral on 1st July. It will feature 300 local school children singing animalthemed music, including medleys from The Lion King and Jungle Book and music by Saint Saëns, Mancini with a live orchestra and professional soloists. The concert will begin with a colourful carnival parade down the nave with school children wearing animal head-dresses created in workshops provided by the festival. We look forward to welcoming you in June and bringing exciting arts events to Ely! More information is available on: www.elyartsfestival.org


U3A CEILIDH Sutton Village Hall, The Brook CB6 2QQ Doors open 7.30pm. Dancing to: FROG ON A BIKE from 8pm. Bar open; plenty of parking. Tickets £10.00. Contact 07775853840 / 01353 776282


FASCINATING FENS Celebrate The Fens launch evening with music, poetry, special guests and preview for the weekend events. INFO: www.fascinatingfens.com email: fascinatingfens@outlook.com Booking: https://fascinatingfens.com/ FEN-FOLKS-FRIDAY/ 40 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com


CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY DAY Registrations are now open for Cambridgeshire County Day which is taking place on 23rd June 2022 at the July Course, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. Free to everyone, the event will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the very best Cambridgeshire has to offer, while celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. To register to attend Cambridgeshire County Day and receive exclusive updates in the run up to the event, go here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridgeshire -county-day-tickets-301392110917


A SUMMER SERENADE A Summer Serenade’ in the Hayward Theatre at King's Ely on Sunday 10th July at 6 p.m. A programme of delightful part songs and choral works for a summer's evening. The concert will highlight music by Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams and Lennon and McCartney. Ely Choral Society will be joined by Ely Youth Choir and a Piano Quintet. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell. Please go to: www.elychoralsociety.org for details of where to buy tickets: £25, £15 and £5 for U18s at 01353 660349 and online at www.elycathedral.org/ events To book: Online www.babylonarts. org.uk Telephone 01353 616991 In person at The Babylon Gallery and 30 minutes before the film at The Maltings Sun 1st May: 7.30pm – The Worst Person in the World (Subtitled Norwegian film) Thu 5th May: 7.30pm – The Hermit of Trieg Wed18th May: 7.30pm – The Outfit Thu 19th May: 7.15pm – ROH: Swan Lake Sun 22nd May: 2pm and 7.30pm – Operation Mincemeat Thu 26th May: 7pm - NT Live Straight Line Crazy Sun 29th May: 7.30pm The Drover’s Wife Coming up in June: Downton Abbey 2!

Sat 14th May CHOICE GRENFELL 7.30pm - a wonderful tribute, celebrating the life of Joyce Grenfell during the 40th anniversary year of her death. £12

Sun 15th May LITTLE GRIM TALES ( for families) 3.30pm - Head into the woods with Hansel & Gretel, help the little elves to make beautiful shoes, watch a slimy frog become a prince, and meet the princess who’s champion of hide-and-seek! £5 - £11.50

Sat 25th June THE OPERA DUDES No ordinary operatic duo, the powerful tenors Tim Lole and Neil Allen rip up the rule book with a bravura act encompassing classical Verdi, Elvis Presley, Lloyd Webber, Chopin… and Frank Spencer. £12

Box office 01353 722228 https://www.viva-group.org.uk/tickets/ Spencer Drove, Soham, Cambs CB7 6EE



The City of Ely Royal British Legion Branch has organised a tour for 20 Beneficiaries (Serving Personnel, Veterans or dependants over 18 years old) for 12 – 16 September 2022. The tour will introduce you to some of the battlefields, memorials, and soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force who took part in the opening British battle of the Great War in August 1914 at Mons, Belgium. After learning about the Battle of Mons, the tour moves to explore some of the battlefields, and memorials, and soldiers of the Allied Expeditionary Forces on D-Day 6 June 1944 in Normandy, France. The tour will also tell the story of a local Cambridgeshire hero. The branch has raised more than £2000 towards the costs of the tour and aim to raise more to further reduce the costs to individuals which is currently at £500pp. If you are interested, please contact Dave Martin by email at: CityOfEly.Chairman@rbl.community or text 07748592148











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REKNOWNED CHOIR, LIBERA RETURN TO ELY CATHEDRAL A British group of seven to sixteen-year-old boys who first appeared on BBC Songs of Praise and now have a worldwide following are returning to Ely Cathedral for their 2022 UK spring concert on Saturday 21st May.

ELY AQUAFEST IS BACK ON SUNDAY JULY 3RD! The two Rotary clubs in Ely are currently making plans for the return of Ely Aquafest on Sunday July 3rd, which will feature as usual a wide mix of stalls, funfair activities, local music bands, and arena events, along with the ever-popular Raft Race on the river.

Libera is made up of ordinary boys who are all at schools in South London. However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies and stunning lighting, they are utterly unique as a group. They frequently appear on TV and radio in the UK and overseas, as well as appearing live in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. They have been heard millions of times on YouTube and Spotify. This year, for the third time the group is holding its UK spring concert in Ely Cathedral, giving local audiences another chance to experience these remarkable children at first hand. The concert will also be a chance for the boys to remember Libera’s founder, composer and conductor Robert Prizeman, who sadly died last September. Dressed in their hallmark long white robes, the boys will present their special brand of choral music in a fully staged concert with orchestra and lighting, including some of the most beautiful choral pieces ever written and music from their recent album. Libera’s concerts sell out quickly, so anyone wanting to share the experience is encouraged not to delay. Tickets are now on sale from Ely Cathedral Box Office and cost £35 or £25, with special concessions for seniors and students, telephone 01353 660349 or email box.office@ elycathedral.org, or online from: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/libera 42 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

If you are a local trader, charity or organisation who would like a stall at East Cambridgeshire biggest free Family event, please see contacts below: For a pitch on Jubilee Gardens: Mike Judkins: michael.j.judkins@gmail.com For a pitch on Lavender Green: Richard Tyler:richard_j_tyler@hotmail.com To enter the Raft Race please contact Richard Maxey: richard.maxey@cantab.net


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A WONDERFUL ARRAY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS AT THE MALTINGS 2022 sees the return of Art Unequalled events with a different mix of some of the best Artists and Crafts people that the UK has to offer. The first event, taking place on 11th and 12th June, will be a highlight of the attractions in Ely this summer. Art Unequalled, now in its 11th year, is unrivalled in the area for the quality of handmade crafts that it brings together at its friendly and welcoming events. Whether you are simply looking for a way to spend an interesting few hours browsing, or you are looking for something unique for your home, yourself or a loved one, Art Unequalled is the perfect event to visit.

The Malting makes the perfect backdrop to host the range of high quality handmade works on display. Just a short stroll along the river from the train station, or with free parking across Ely, why not make a day of it! At Art Unequalled, each maker will be presenting their work themselves and will therefore be on hand to answer any questions you may have about their work and inspirations. Most of the exhibitors also work to commission, allowing you to have something truly bespoke created just for you. See advert above for info.

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including our incredible volunteers who will be helping on the night. You can look forward to being cheered and encouraged every step of the way you ‘glow’!” New for this year is the addition of a virtual option for those who live further afield or who wish to take part in the walk at a time and in a location to suit them. All participants receive a Star Shine Night Walk event pack including a reusable event t-shirt, support with sponsorship, and treats to keep them going around the route. Finishers can proudly claim their medal and those attending the event in-person will be rewarded once they cross the finishing line with an event bag. Sign up in advance at arhc.org.uk/ssnw for £19.50 (adults) and £9.50 children under 16 (on the date of the event).

Star Shine Night Walk is back! Join in and make the streets of Cambridge glow green for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s is inviting you to join them for Star Shine Night Walk and make the streets glow green for hospice care on Saturday 21 May! For the last two years Star Shine Night Walk has taken place virtually due to pandemic restrictions, but we are excited to share the news that it will take place in-person this year! The fundraising walk has long held a special place in the local community’s heart, with many returning year after year to walk in memory of loved ones.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s services are provided free of charge to those living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. It will cost £10.5 million this year to operate services, with £3.52 million of this raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. With the financial impact of the pandemic still being felt, events like Star Shine Night Walk – and the local community who support them – are more important than ever!


FROM LUCY FRAZER MP I was pleased to recently visit and congratulate four staff members at Ely College and staff at Staploe Medical Centre, who were nominated for awards. This was a chance to thank them for their incredible work in keeping the school community safe over the last two years.

The ‘glow’ of excitement has already begun, with a new start and finish venue confirmed as Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club, Volac Park on Grantchester Road. Walkers can look forward to a celebratory atmosphere and energy of a live 10km walk, with an 8pm start and a carefully mapped, accessible route around the iconic views and beautiful green spaces of Cambridge. Angeline Liles, Events Officer, explains: “We are so excited that Star Shine Night Walk is back as a physical event this year! We hope you will have fun with the glow green theme as we light up the streets of our historic City! We are expecting an amazing atmosphere created by the energy and passion of everyone taking part, 44 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

At Ely College, lead safeguarding officer, Lynn Riches and Welfare Officer Claire Lucas both conducted hundreds of ‘safe and well’ visits, delivering food parcels and ensuring that families

had everything they needed through some of the hardest parts of the pandemic. Adam Steels, the current Head of Sixth Form, was responsible for the set up and administration of asymptomatic testing. On top of this huge task, he also ensured that all the school’s arrangements were COVID compliant. The school’s COVID testing programme would not have been possible without Student Support Assistant Caroline Price, who ensured that testing volunteers were well-looked after and made the provision of the programme a success. Having met the team, I have no doubt that their work not only kept the school safe but also kept the community’s morale up through some very difficult times.


Spring is finally in the air, and, for some; it is in their step! Nights are drawing out and new beginnings are blossoming. Not least of all, for the members of Ely City WI and; as the time approaches for us to renew our WI membership, we are very much looking forward to new starts, new adventures, new projects and new friends. If the pandemic showed us nothing else, it showed how communities became stronger together. We are all familiar with the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ iconic image which has become a popular moniker over time, and similarly; so has the Women’s Institute. The WI. Inspiring women for over a century you can guarantee that everyone has heard of the WI. But do they know what it does? What it means? Who it’s for? With so much to look forward to,

At Staploe Medical Centre, staff were nominated for an award by volunteer Julie Seabrook. Huge national schemes like the vaccination rollout would simply not have been possible without the work of people like Covid:19 Care coordinator Demet Sasioglu and Quality Manager Sally Graham, who provided individuals with the personalised service they needed. Ely PCN Manager Simon Randall focused on joined-up communication between the 6 practices in the area, alongside Clinical Manager Jackie Spruce who has helped to ensure the smooth running of services. And special thanks to Dr Anthony Gunstone and Dr Richard Brixley for continuing to provide excellent patient care. Lucy Frazer M.P.

Ely City WI want to continue to inspire our members and to reach out to our wider community too. We are justifiably proud of our WI and have members, of all ages and backgrounds who come together to have fun, make friends and make a difference. With connections in and around the city, and our finger on the local pulse, Ely City WI is a welcoming group. With many exciting plans for the coming year, Ely City is at the helm of driving forward a supportive female network. We cannot forget, though how the WI set out to give its members a voice and to be a force of good in the community. Since its formation, our ambitions have grown and there are many chances to be involved in the various campaigns, on a wide range of issues; which are spearheaded by our national organisation. So, why not start this season by coming along as a visitor to one or two of our meetings to see what we’re all about? We would love to meet you. You can visit our website: https://wielycity.wixsite. com/home or find us on Facebook (just search Ely City WI). or email us at elycitywi@yahoo.com

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EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE OUR AIR AMBULANCE For EAAA, 2021 will always be remembered as a ‘milestone year’ as it was the year during which we moved into Helimed House our new Norwich HQ, started flying 24/7 and started carrying blood on board every mission. As we progress, as a charity at the forefront of pre-hospital emergency care, we maintain a necessarily sizeable operation to provide exceptional levels of support for every one of our patients, both pre-hospital and through aftercare. To do this, we need to raise £15million annually to deliver and develop our 24/7 service by air and by road. EAAA thanks each and everyone immensely for the part played in ensuring that our doctor and critical care paramedic teams can be there to deliver that advanced prehospital care, whenever needed. There are many volunteering opportunities at EAAA, often interacting with the general public - its invariably good fun and always rewarding.


Every other year, I award The Etheldreda Medal to people across the Diocese whose service to the community (which might be as ‘local’ as their extended family but could be as extensive as a national or international concern) is both ‘generous’ and ‘outstanding’. I am looking for exceptional people whose good works haven’t yet been recognised; those who might (in partnership with others) come close to being nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. For many people this will be about the duration and persistence of their good works, for others it may relate to a short but extraordinary act of kindness or course of conduct. Nominations for the 2022 awards need to be submitted by 26 May 2022. These will then be reviewed by a panel of volunteers appointed by me to identify suitable recipients. Most of the awards will be presented publicly at a special service at Ely Cathedral on 15 October 2022.

For 2022 we have scheduled many exciting fundraising events, the success of which will depend upon volunteer help, so there is always lots of scope to help out. From Trek 24 to hiking 24miles or kilometres plus many more, there are events to appeal to many – why not participate ( by contacting EAAA website ) or signing up to become a much valued volunteer. We really do need YOUR help. Go online today – please. Help make the difference for people like us who, perhaps through no fault of their own, urgently need the help of EAAA – NOW. Together – We Save Lives. 46 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

I hope you will help me with this project, either by making a nomination yourself, or by encouraging others to do so. The Nomination Form (and details of the procedure and some fictional examples of the kind of people to whom I wish to make the award) is available below. If you have any questions, or need any further information, please contact the Convener of the Etheldreda Medal Award Selection Panel, The Revd Canon James Reveley, on 01353 660302 or (preferably) by emailing him on J.Reveley@elycathedral.org heading up your message ‘Etheldreda Medal Award’.

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ELY CATHEDRAL CELEBRATE NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS' WEEK IN JUNE As National Volunteers’ Week returns in early June it is a perfect opportunity for organisations across the country to celebrate the work of their marvellous volunteers. Here at Ely Cathedral, we are no different. It goes without saying that the past 24 months has been challenging. Both professionally and personally we have all had to adapt to so many changes in our working patterns and ways of life. However, amidst all the uncertainty, obstacles, and complications, the volunteers have continued to support us in countless different ways, and for that, we are truly grateful. As an organization we recognize that we simply could not operate without them. With over twenty different roles across the entire organisation, we are indebted to their time, skills, and enthusiasm. Moreover, they help maintain and enhance the beauty of our building and support the community's daily life, worship, welcome, and outreach to visitors. On Wednesday 1 June, we will be releasing a short video by the Dean (The Very Rev’d Mark Bonney) to kickstart the celebrations. To see this, and to check out more information about the potential ways you could get involved, please visit our website and social media channels nearer the time. www.elycathedral.org

JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE FROM 2nd - 5th JUNE This special anniversary marks 70 years since The Queen's accession to the throne in 1952. To mark this occasion we will be exhibiting the official replica of her Coronation dress, commissioned by Harrods in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. This dress was famously worn by Claire Foy at Ely Cathedral for the sumptuous Netflix drama, The Crown. In 2020, the dress was also the headline exhibit as part of our popular Crowns and Gowns exhibition. There will be a special floral tribute to The Queen in the form of several impressive displays interpreting key events, interests and pursuits in her life. These will include: • • • • • •

The 1947 Royal Wedding The Queen’s devotion to 'The Commonwealth' Her love of 'Horses, Racing and the Countryside' A nautically themed display featuring ‘The Royal Yacht Britannia’ A floral tribute illustrating her service as Queen to the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales We will be extending visitor opening times, with additional tours including a guided Cathedral Tour followed by a celebratory 'Champagne Jubilee Afternoon Tea’ at the Almonry.

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THE ARTS SOCIETY - ELY Our May meeting will be on Thurs 19th May. This will be a lecture entitled Turbulent times:Russian history as depicted by its 19th century realist painters' and will be given by Sir Tony Brenton. Our June meeting will be held on Thurs 16th June. This will be a lecture entitled 'A symphony of domes and flowers:art and architecture of the Ottoman Empire.' by Susan Rollin. Our meetings are held at the Old Palace, Ely - 7 for a 7.30pm start. Refreshments available afterwards for £1. Visitors welcome. £7 on the door. More information can be found on our website www.theartssocietyely.org.uk or on our Facebook page. ELY ARTS SOCIETY www.elyartsociety.com email: elyartsociety@gmail.com. ELY GUILD OF WOODTURNERS When we meet again it will be at 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. e: publicity@ elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk Web: www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk and Twitter @ElyWoodturners ELY WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP Contact: Sarah Ruff: 01353 614495


EAST CAMBS ACCESS GROUP The East Cambridgeshire Access Group meets on a Wednesday once a fortnight in the council’s 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

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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


EAST CAMBS DANCING FOR FUN Please contact Peter or June for more info 01353 725774 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. Mon 2nd May - Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum's May Day event. Sat 14th May - Entertaining at Stretham Farmer's Market from 11am until about 12. Sun 5th June - Taking part in the procession and dancing around the town as part of Ely's Jubilee Celebrations. Sat 11th June - Taking part in the St Neot's Day of Dance, dance spots around the town from about 10:30 Sat 25th June - Taking part in The Chatteris Festival. We will be dancing in the procession and later at Furrowfields Recreation Ground 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 Web: www.elriot.co.uk

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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 For more info please 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. Tuesday 3rd May Speaker Mary Durkacz – Ahtutu – “Together” in Myanmar Tuesday 7th June – AGM plus musical entertainment. 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


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 about what we do, www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 49

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 further information. 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 you would be made very welcome. Please contact us and we will know to expect you. Remember that 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 ROTARY CLUB OF ELY The Rotary Club of Ely is part of a world-wide 50 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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


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 e: mark@yogastudioely.co.uk t: 01353 698090 Tower Farm, Little Downham CB6 2TD


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


ELY ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION The City of Ely Allotments and Gardens 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 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: 27th May: Fens, Romans, Countrymen: A history of Eels in the Fens by Dr John Wyatt. A great topic to get you ready for eel day the following weekend. 17th June: Celebrate The Fens launch evening with music, poetry, special guests and preview for the weekend events. The events must be booked 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. www.fascinatingfens.com email: fascinatingfens@outlook.com Booking: https:// fascinatingfens.com/FEN-FOLKS-FRIDAY/ STUNTNEY & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB Tel: 07775503595

THE K9 COMMUNITY CAFE www.facebook.com/thek9cafe/ Tel:07552462040 ELY AND DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY CLUB The club is pleased to confirm that our annual exhibition returns after a gap of two years because of the pandemic. The date is confirmed as Saturday 21 May 2022 and will take place at the usual venue, the Ely College, Downham Road, Ely, CB6 3DY. See page 8. This year’s exhibition is dedicated to our former exhibition manager, Malcolm Hine, who sadly passed away last November. He had organised 16 previous exhibitions. The exhibition opens from 10.30 to 16.30, admission is £6 for adults, £3 for children (5-16), under fives free, with a family ticket at £15. We hope to be able to accept card payments More details can be found on the club’s Facebook page and our website https://elymrc.org.uk. Our Secretary David Abbott will be happy to provide any further information. He can be contacted on 01353 721280 and by email at davidjabbott70@ gmail.com 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 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 reenacting 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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 51

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


ELY ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAFE Bob Handley:email: 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. Fenprobe rents a studio in Ely, where over forty 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 52 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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.


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 after Easter, please check our website, facebook page or email our membership secretary. Rehearsals will begin for our next concert which is on 10th July (see page 39) W: www.elychoralsociety.org E. membership@ elychoralsociety.org T: 07970 956401 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. 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 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


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 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


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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 53

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 e: 11yewtrees@gmail.com Landline: 01353 661576 https://www.mothersunion.org/diocese/ely n Ely Cathedral - Edward Bear Club Contact: Angela Jones 01353 665810 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 together. 16:00 Tea and Cakes – 16:30 The service begins Church Office: office@stmarysely.org LandLine: 01353659550 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, nonjudgmental, 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 54 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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@ 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 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


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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 55

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. See page 46 for info on up coming tour. 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. 9 May: Quilting Workshop & Samples 13 June: Floral Demonstrations – led by Ann Purt 11 July:“Hat’s Galore”Guest Speaker Rosemary Wheeler 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/ely-familygaming/) 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 non-judgement. 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 56 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

A club that provides regular meetings for semiretired and retired people. May 3rd Mildenhall to Sydney Air Race May 17th Narrow Boating on the English Canals June 7th Summer Lunch June 21st Dads Army about the filming and the characters. All 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, this probably is the best way. 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/


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.badmintonely.co.uk / Twitter @ElyVicBad www.facebook.com/elyvictoriaBadminton 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 662029 / 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 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 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 College. Get in contact for more information. email: elynetball@hotmail.co.uk https://elynetballclub.wixsite.com/elynetball 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 Contact: 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 01353 626838 email: training.elysc@gmail.com 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 W: http://www.paradisecentre.co.uk/ ELY SQUASH CLUB Tel:01353 662156 www.elysquash.mycourts.co.uk ELY TABLE TENNIS CLUB Meets at Ely College every Monday from 7- 9pm. All are welcome for part or all of the the 2 hour session. Fee per session: £5 adults, £3 for under 18’s. Everyone is welcome back, especially newcomers and experienced players, females and juniors. One free taster session is available for newcomers. For further details contact: Karen Byford at elytabletennis@gmail or David Haslam at djhaslam99@btinternet.com or visit the website. www.elytabletennis.co.uk ELY TENNIS CLUB www.elytennisclub.co.uk www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 57

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 THE ELY WALKING GROUP Contact the walk coordinator, Nick, on 07551 158510 or email nickshippaac@gmail.com WALKING NETBALL For more information contact Sophie Edwards, Sophie.Edwards@eastcambs.gov.uk or call 01353 616348


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 58 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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- Monday- Saturday: 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/elydeath-cafe-online-30153110542 Email elydeathcafe@gmail.com Facebook: Ely Death Café Twitter: @Ely_D_Cafe “Like” us on social media for updates. 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 well-being 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 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-Ely-CancerHub-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


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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 59

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


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/

Enjoy fitness and fun with our mix of chair-based exercises, standing group exercises and individual programmes for people with long term health conditions Mondays

10am—11 am

Mature & Active

11.30am—1.30pm PosAbility Exercise

Community Room, Histon &

1.45pm—2.45pm Memory & Coordination

Impington, Recreation Ground, New Road, Impington, CB24 9UL

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PosAbility Exercise

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New Venue Main Hall, Ely Beet Club, Lynn Road, Ely, CB6 1DD


PosAbility Exercise

Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, CB6 1EW


10am—12 noon

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NEW BUSINESS CENTRE IN ELY LIBRARY WILL OFFER A ‘ONE STOP’ HUB FOR ALL THINGS BUSINESS, EDUCATION, TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS! The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Cambridgeshire & Peterborough officially launched its BIPC Local hub at Ely Library on Monday 28 March. This was the first launch event of the week with Wisbech, Huntingdon and Peterborough coming online in the following days. The Ely launch, which was well attended by key local stakeholders, partners, and entrepreneurs, was declared open by Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson. The event offered an opportunity for local businesses to find out what support was being made available locally through partners such as Venner Shipley, Growth Works, NatWest, Price Bailey, Fraser Dawbarns, Cambridgeshire Skills, Ely Cathedral Business Group, FSB and Bishop Laney Sixth Form. The BIPC launch also marked the collaboration going forward for a business and community centre based in the library. This new initiative has brought together stakeholders from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Skills Service, the Adult Skills Service, East Cambridgeshire District Council, business organisations, including the Chambers of Commerce, Ely Cathedral Business Group (ECBG) and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), local schools and local recruitment companies. This will be the ‘one stop’ hub for all things business, education, training, and qualifications. Please watch this space for the programme of events soon to be announced. The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has been supporting businesses since 2019. In that time, they’ve had over 1300 interactions with local entrepreneurs through a rich variety of webinars, workshops and oneto-one business and intellectual property advice sessions. The Network has a strong track record of supporting local economies, and in 2019 an independent economic evaluation showed the BIPC was creating £6.95 of public value for every £1 invested, and in the three years to 2019 supported the creation of 12,288 new businesses,

55 per cent of which were started by female entrepreneurs and some 31 per cent by BAME entrepreneurs. Gary Porter, Head of Libraries, Archives and Culture at Cambridgeshire County Council, said “We are delighted to announce that we are expanding throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by adding 'BIPC Local' sites in Ely, Wisbech, Huntingdon and Peterborough libraries to sit alongside our Regional Centre in Cambridge Central Library. The geographical spread across our County will make the service even more accessible to those that need it. We’re looking forward to watching our future businesses start and grow in the coming months.” The Business & IP Centre Local in Ely Library is delivered in partnership between the British Library, Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and the council’s Library Services team. It forms part of the Business & IP Centre National Network, delivered in libraries across the country, providing business advice and support to local entrepreneurs to start, protect and grow their business. Get in touch to see how BIPC Cambridgeshire & Peterborough can help you to start, protect and grow your business. Katrina D'Souza Katrina.d'Souza@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, BIPC Cambridgeshire County Council or Debbie Price Debbie.Price@cambridgeshire.gov.uk Cambridgeshire Library Service www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 61

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/ 62 | 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: nfo@truthsolutions.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 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 The Pole Shed Providing pole, aerial, circus & other fun fitness classes for adults & children https://www.facebook.com/thepoleshed www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 63

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 Cabin Viva Bespoke Garden Studios, www.cabinviva.co.uk

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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 | 65

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 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

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The Posh Pooch Parlour Dog groomer for small to medium breeds. email: poshpoochparlour@gmail.com www.theposhpoochparlour.com Tel: 07720 298 969 PLUMBING & HEATING Cade Woodburning Stoves Multifuel and woodburning stoves supply installation and repairs Tel: 07760290332 www.woodburningstoves.co.uk LNW Plumbing For all your plumbing & heating needs Tel: 07960 222 388, Email: lnwplumbing@gmail.com Mark Bennett Plumbing and Heating Services Family Business with 30 year’s experience. Tel: 01353 862054 Mob: 07775 832 894 Mason Heating & Plumbing Plumbing & heating experts covering Ely & surrounding area-You're in good hands! Email: info@masonplumberely.co.uk Tel: 01353 969686 Mob: 07749 507018 www.masonplumberely.co.uk/ Port Plumbing Heating, bathroom and electrical supplies www.portplumbing.co.uk Tel: 01353 860093 Email: info@portplumbing.co.uk PRESCHOOL GROUPS Bumbly Bees Music Group We are a preschool and under group in Littleport. We are a music group but offer so much more! https://m.facebook.com/bumblybeesmusicgroup Email: tiacolcomb@hotmail.com Mob: 07885735908 PRINTING ClanPress Ltd Large and small print jobs and great customer service. Tel: 01553 772737, email: info@clanpress.co.uk PROBATE SERVICES Church Street Probate Specialist in probate, estate administration & grant of probate. Tel:07594 602 444 Email: info@churchstreetprobate.co.uk, www.churchstreetprobate.co.uk RECRUITMENT Xpert Resourcing Xpert Resourcing is an Ely based professional recruitment specialist email: naomi.sherwood@xpertresourcing.co.uk Tel: 01353 886252, www.xpertresourcing.co.uk/ SKIP HIRE ELLGIA For the best deals in skip hire, look no further Tel: 01353 688354 www.ellgia.co.uk

SPORT COACHES 10is Academy We love tennis, We live tennis, We are 10is A friendly tennis club based in Ely providing lessons for adults and children. Email: seb@10is.co.uk / Tel: 07980 551 015 https://10is.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/10isAcademyCoaching

STORAGE Stretham Storage Secure and affordable storage near Ely www.strethamstorage.co.uk Tel:07506 022 347 Email: rachel@harv.co.uk THERAPIES (MIND) Ann Waterman Life Coach Live life, be happy! Look at the paths open to you. Tel: 07579770146 Holisteelik Hypnotherapy and restorative coaching. Helping you fall back in love with life https://Holisteelik.co.uk/ Mob: 07885712634 Email: holisteelik@gmail.com Karin Marianne Lang Kinesiology Emotion Code Practitioner Tel: 01353 658505, www.karinmariannelang.com Real Life Therapy Heart-Centred Therapy from the Mind Tel: 01353 664920, Email: realifetherapy@gmail.com Tel: 07739 260027 THERAPIES (BODY) Maria's Therapies Complementary and Massage Therapies Tel: 07395 132 012 www.mariasmassage-ely.co.uk TRAVEL AGENTS Travel Counsellors Experienced travel agent - With us, it’s personal! www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/m.kindred-langdon Tel: 01353 760012 m.kindred-langdon@travelcounsellors.com

WELDING Tig-a-Tak Welding Services, specialising in aluminium, steel & repairs, Tel:01353 667627 Email: jerrytcycles@hotmail.com WINE MERCHANTS Ely Wine The wine cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth well Website: https://www.elywine.co.uk/ Email: wine@elywine.co.uk Mob: 07443040353 WRITING Chatty Puffin Writing Services Writing services for small businesses, start-ups and individuals. Email: comesayhello@chattypuffin.co.uk Mob: 07584134886 YOGA Buteyko Breathing and Yoga Small group classes using Buteyko Breathing and Yoga Email: yoga4health@gmail.com Tel: 07782413146 Yoga Path with Vimala Classes suitable for all levels and ages Web: www.yogapathuk.co.uk Email: yogapathuk@gmail.com Phone: 07984 582214 Yoga Soul Yoga Teacher and Holistic Massage Therapist https://www.https/yoga-soul.co.uk Email: yogasouluk@gmail.com Elyi Price Guide Advertising (per issue one-off / 3 / 6 ) 1/8 page advert £ 47 / £43 / £38 1/4 page advert £75 / £68 / £61 1/2 page advert £137 / £125 / £111 A5 page advert £232 / £210 / £187 Directory Listing £100/year

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