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As I am writing this we are in a heatwave. Hopefully it will stay fine for all the school fairs and other outdoor events during the summer months! One of the biggest events of the year is Aquafest which is put on by both Rotary groups in Ely as a free event for local people. They already have a full programme of performances on Lavender Green and Jubilee Gardens down by the Riverside. Go to page 40 to get the info (correct at time of printing)
July also sees the return of Ely’s Pride event which is held in and around Ely Maltings and open to everyone and KD Theatre continue their tradition of exciting open air theatre for all the family in the Dean’s Garden. This year it is the children's classic " Wind in the Willows" not to be missed!
We have had some lovely submissions from local poets and writers for this issue. We have some talented people here in Ely and it is such a pleasure to celebrate them. I love it when the content of this mag is driven by you so do feel free to send in small items for inclusion. Space is limited of course but I’ll always do my best to print poems etc (especially if they are good!)
Have a lovely summer!
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Ely Cathedral is playing host (until 26th July) to ‘Threads through Creation’, a breath-taking exhibition of twelve enormous, embroidered silk panels that explore the story of Creation.
Inspired by the first pages of the bible, textile artist Jacqui Parkinson re-imagines an amazing story in brilliant silks, dazzling metallic leathers and gold leaf – and more than eight million stitches!
Jacqui Parkinson’s work is eye-catching, designed to be attractive for viewers of all ages. Whilst the serious message of God’s good earth and man’s impact on it underlies the entire exhibition, the embroidery itself is bold and exuberant.
Jacqui uses unusual techniques: “I start with antique bedsheets, which hold their own tales of life and death. I gradually build up my stories by quilting the sheets and painting them. Then I add layers of silk, which I stitch into place using a special free motion sewing machine which allows me to stitch my ‘drawings’. Then I add gold leaf and metallic leathers as finishing touches, overall creating great richness - a feast for the eye!
The Very Reverend Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely Cathedral, said, ‘The book of Genesis invites us into the wonder of God’s work in creation and helps us better understand our place within it.
It’s an ancient story, but highly relevant today, with a message of hope – of God with us - and its call for us to care for our amazing world.
We warmly invite you to come to Ely Cathedral and see Jacqui Parkinson’s extraordinary re-telling of the creation story. With astonishing designs and colours, Jacqui’s work provides interest, enjoyment and spiritual insights. I think that everyone who sees this exhibition will find it both beautiful and inspiring.’
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What is ear wax and can you prevent earwax build-up
You can’t prevent earwax. It’s there to protect your ears from dirt and germs. But you can keep using eardrops to soften the wax to reduce it building up. This will help the wax fall out on its own and can prevent blocked ears. However some people are troubled by ear wax throughout their life and this is when professional removal is needed. Causes
You might have earwax build-up because:
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• you have hairy or narrow canals (the tubes that link the eardrum and outer ear)
• of your age – wax gets harder and more difficult to fall out as we get older.
• of hearing aids, earplugs and other things you put in your ear – these can push the wax further in
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Unfortunately this service has been significantly reduced over the years and many GP practices are no longer offering the service.
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Do not use your fingers or any objects like cotton buds to remove earwax. This will push it in and make it worse.
Putting in olive or almond oil in a few times a week can help to prevent build up. Over 2 weeks lumps of earwax may fall out of your ear, especially at night when you’re lying down.
There’s no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax.
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I love nature, and have felt this way from as far back as I can recall. It all began when I was seven years old and innocently stuck a stick in the ground in a flower bed, and a few weeks later it sprouted a bud. I wasn’t surprised, surely that’s what a stick is supposed to do. But apparently it was quite unusual, and the wild rose went on to become a major feature in our back garden, although I suspect that was mostly because I would have burst into tears had my Mum or Dad tried to remove it.
A seed was planted in me all those years ago, and it has blossomed into a passion. Although now I refer to it by a different name: conservation.
One of the main reasons why Mrs B and I decided to move to our delightful city is the many wonderful wild spaces that can be found in it, and all around it. Discovering the country park was a joy, and the riverside walks there, at Queen Adelaide and at Cawdle Fen have become a regular adventure for us. It was on one of these strolls a few years ago that I saw a sign describing a site that was used by ground nesting birds, and that the area was managed by Ely Wildspace. Following a bit of digging, and plucking up the courage to get in touch, I haven’t looked back.
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Whether it be preparing and launching Tern rafts, tidying Nightingale nesting sites, building bat boxes, coppicing hedgerows or monitoring moths, I have loved every minute of it!
I must admit to a creeping sense of helplessness and hopelessness as climate change has morphed into an environmental catastrophe. Becoming involved with Ely Wildspace has turned that milieu into a feeling of agency. I know that I can’t save the world, but I can help to save my small yet precious part of it.
If you would like to know more about us, or get involved, drop us a line at lcpre@elywildspace. org.uk. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and at www.elywildspace.org.uk.
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Following last year's very popular event the Ely Guild of Woodturners is hosting an “Art in Wood” exhibition & sale from 26-28 August in The Coach House at The Lamb Hotel, Ely, CB7 4EJ
Entrance is free, so do pop in and see what it’s all about. Our members will be submitting lots of their pieces and giving the public a chance to see the versatility of our craft.
The Ely Guild of Woodturners exists to enable amateurs and professionals to further the practise of woodturning and to preserve this beautiful ancient craft.
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall in Little Thetford, starting at 7pm (we offer beginners’ instruction from 6pm). Meetings usually consist of a demonstration by a visiting expert and we even squeeze in a raffle, chat and a cup of tea!
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The Guild offers a warm reception to anyone who fancies turning up and seeing what woodturning is all about. So do come along and take a peek. Check out our website www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk & follow us on Twitter @ElyWoodturners.
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WALKING AND CYCLING AROUND ELY
Did you know Ely had so many stunning walks? Ely's Eel Trail which will take you through the many sights of the city or The Cawdle Fen, Hereward, Fen Rivers Way or Quy Fen Walk.
The Loades Way and Ely Cycle map includes routes to Burwell Museum, WWT Welney, Stretham Old Engine, Prickwillow Engine Museum, Wicken Fen Nature Reserve and many other places.
All of the walks and Cycling routes can be found here to download at your leisure.
Ely NSPCC Fundraising Group would like to thank everyone who gave donations at the plant stall on Downham in May. A grand total of £360 was raised.
ALFRESCO SUMMER SUPPER
The famous NSPCC Alfresco Summer Supper is being held on July 7th at 47 Downham Road. This is very popular and limited in numbers. It is “first come - first served” for tickets so please reserve early by contacting Wendy Powell on 07470 507790.
MEAL & QUIZ NIGHT
“Le Spice” on Broad Street is holding a Meal and Quiz night with donations for NSPCC on July 17th to book a table please ring 07812695136.
As always we love to hear from you and for any queries you can contact us on 07912617135.
The Ely NSPCC Team.
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Ely Tennis Club makes a winning start to the Cambs Dunlop Summer League Season
Following on from a record six promotions in the Cambs Winter League, Ely Tennis Club’s Cambs Summer League Teams are raising the bar even higher.
Ely Men’s 2nd and 4th teams are currently topping Divisions 7 and 13 respectively, whilst Ely’s Women’s 2nd team and Men’s 3rd team sit second in Divisions 6 and 10 with a game in hand for each. The Women’s 3rd team and Men’s 1st Team both currently sit joint 3rd in Divisions 8 and 6, and both teams have a game in hand.
Sunday, June the 4th saw the sun shine, which came as a bit of a relief to the seven sets of gardeners that opened up their gardens to public view for the afternoon. This has been a challenging year garden wise, with the gardens taking a long time to wake up. Our aim for the afternoon is to share our gardens with you, and by doing so, to raise money for the national garden
David Field, in his first season as 4th Team Captain, said: "this is a strong start to the summer league season for us, and we're looking forward to pushing on and trying to clinch one of the two promotion spots.”
Rachel Peacock, Ely Tennis Club Chair, said “This ongoing success is fantastic for our Club and the Ely Community, and the recent introduction of team coaching sessions with Head Coach Jack Pearson will no doubt be having an impact.
And the club celebrated the Roman Garos tournament in Paris with a suitable Gallic themed event in June where players were treated to French style games and food. Keep your eyes peeled for the Wimbledon Day in July.
scheme, so that they can pass it on to a range of charities, large and small. Large ones include Macmillan; small ones include Horatio’s Garden who build small gardens in hospitals accessible to patients in hospital beds.
We had 527 adults pass through our garden, with numbers much the same for the other gardens. Refreshments were available at two of the gardens and Ely Methodist Church
In all, on the day £6031.25 was raised for the NGS. This is the highest amount yet, and we would like to thank all who contributed to raising the money. We hope that you all found something to take away with you to do in your own garden, and that you will want to come again next year.
Are you an Ely resident? Would you like to share your garden? The usual answer is ‘My garden’s not good enough.’ Neither was ours. These aren’t show gardens; the rest of the year we get to play in them, change a bit here and a bit there. If you like the idea of sharing your garden with other people, have a chat with me. It really isn’t that daunting! I can be contacted via our website on elyopengardens.weebly.com
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CITY OF ELY COUNCIL Update
Welcome to The City of Ely Council 2023!
Following the elections and co-option process in May, we’re delighted to introduce to you the 15 councillors who will make up the City of Ely council for the next four years and represent our thriving city. The councillors are already becoming heavily involved in their roles with the annual programme of meetings underway – as well as regular full council meetings, each councillor also sits on a variety of committees and working groups, and some provide representation on external bodies too.
Full council, committee meetings and our Annual Parish Meeting are all open to the public, so if you’d like to raise questions, bring comments, or just see how the most local level of government functions, then we’d love to see you there! Take a look at our website at www.cityofelycouncil.org. uk for details of upcoming meetings.
In a ceremony at the Maltings on the 15th May, Cllr Chris Phillips was elected and installed as the Mayor of Ely for the coming year along with Mrs Mary Rone, the Mayoress Cllr Phillips has been part of the council since 2013 and is looking forward to a year of connecting with a wide range of people and groups who make up our city’s vibrant community life. If you’re planning any local events and would like to invite the Mayor, Mayoress or another council representative to attend then please contact the council on info@ cityofelycouncil.org.uk.
Celebrating Pride in Ely!
June is traditionally the month in which LGBTQ+ Pride is celebrated internationally – though in Ely the season is extended with our very own Pride event taking place at the end of July. On Saturday 29th July, from 10am to 10pm, Jubilee Gardens will become a riot of colour thanks to the many months of hard work of the Pride in Ely team –and the whole event is free to attend!
Ely City Councillors are looking forward to once again having a presence at the event and showing our support for all the members of our community with diverse sexualities and gender identities. Last year was a fantastic day out with superb entertainment, stalls where you can find out more about what community organisations have to offer, great traders, and overall a beautiful atmosphere. We look forward to seeing many of you there for this year’s event.
Moosha P. Cambridge is continuing her tour of Cambridgeshire having arrived in Ely in February, she is now off and about this summer making appearances at pride celebrations all over the county.
The sculpture was painted by members of The Kite Trust and Encompass Network working with local artist Hilary Cox Condron back in 2020 and displayed as part of the Cows About Cambridge art trail in 2021. Since then Moosha has visited a range of local libraries and has now arrived for a stint outside the Sessions House, Lynn Road in Ely.
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Ely cadets welcomed the new mayor
City of Ely Council - 2023
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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION MARKS
D-DAY ANNIVERSARY - 6th June
D-Day - the day 79 years ago, when tens of thousands of Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, was marked by the City of Ely branch of the Royal British Legion. An Act of Remembrance at Ely’s war memorial commemorated the day in 1944, which altered the course of British history and the outcome of the Second World War.
A wreath was laid by the City’s newly-elected Mayor, Cllr Chris Phillips, and the Branch Standard was borne by David Martin, the branch Chairman. Principal trumpeter of the City of Ely Military Band, Laurine Green, played the Last Post before a Silence, followed by Reveille to end the silence.
City of Ely RBL branch’s Vice-Chairman, Neil Grimston, recited the Exhortation at the beginning of the ceremony and the Kohima Epitaph which marked its end.
Another wreath will be laid at Ely’s war memorial on Thursday 27th July to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the Korean War.
ELY STANDARD BEARER HONOURED
The Standard Bearer for the City of Ely branch of the Royal British Legion has been honoured with one of the Legion’s most prestigious awards. The Gold Award Badge for meritorious service for over a quarter of a century was presented to Tom Brown at a ceremony at The Maltings in Ely. He has been a standard bearer for the RBL at both branch and county level for over 20 years. In the annual Cambridgeshire competition he was runner-up for many years before winning in 2018.
Tom, who served in the Third Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, is also the regiment’s national standard bearer, attending a number of the Paras’ events throughout the year, including the annual trip to Arnhem in the Netherlands.
He is a dedicated RBL fund raiser and is a familiar figure on Ely Market Place during the annual Poppy Appeal, turning out every day, whatever the weather, and his efforts alone have raised over £50,000, contributing to the many hundreds of thousands of pounds that the Ely district has raised over the same period.
City of Ely branch chairman, David Martin said: “Tom exemplifies the motto ‘Service not Self’ as shown by his unwavering commitment to all he does whether at branch or county committee, standard bearing or for the Poppy Appeal.”
Picture: Tom Brown, proudly wears the Royal British Legion Gold Award.
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The Mayor, Cllr Chris Phillips, lays a wreath at Ely war memorial.
Principal trumpeter of the City of Ely Military Band, Laurine Green, plays the Last Post.
President of the City of Ely branch of the Royal British Legion, Ian Lindsay, extreme left, with from left, Chairman David Martin, the City’s Mayor Chris Phillips, branch Vice-Chairman Neil Grimston and trumpeter Laurine Green.
Ringing the changes for the Coronation
A novice with less than two months training was among those who rang the bells of St Mary’s parish church for an hour as crowds flocked to Ely city centre to watch the Coronation service from Westminster Abbey broadcast on big screens at the church and at Ely Cathedral.
Wendy Seaford was among those who answered the call to ‘Ring for the King’ which also saw experienced ringers Alison Evans and Jennifer Wallace returning to St Mary’s and other novices joining bell ringers at St James’ Church, Stretham.
A busy four days for the district’s bell ringers had begun on Friday, with a quarter peal of 1350 changes rung at St Mary’s to mark both the Coronation and the 1350th anniversary of Ely’s foundation. It was also an 80th birthday compliment to Barry Bass, a retired bell ringer, and a farewell compliment to St Mary’s Rector, the Rev Chris Hill who retired on 30 April.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Big Help Out Day, bells were rung at Haddenham, Soham, Wilburton and Wicken, all churches in the Ely diocese whose bells are without a regular band of ringers.
“About 30 ringers from a number of local towers were involved, including several more new recruits, and ages ranged from 12 to 94,” said John Mitchell, St Mary’s tower secretary.
The band of ringers at St Mary’s Church on Coronation morning, front row, from left: Anne Waterson, Wendy Seaford, Alison Evans, Naomi Laredo, Jennifer Wallace; back row, from left: John Mitchell, Graham Pledger, Clive Monk, Tim Thompson, Peter Medhurst and Alexandre Kabla.
A team of six of St Mary’s most experienced ringers, including tower captain Simon Smith, rang a quarter peal of 1260 changes to mark the end of Coronation Day in lieu of lighting of the Beacon on St Mary’s Green which had to be cancelled because of bad weather.
On Friday, ringing a quarter peal of 1350 changes in celebration of the Coronation and the 1350 anniversary of Ely’s foundation, from left, Clive Monk, Simon Smith, Alison Evans, Naomi Laredo, John Mitchell and Peter Medhurst.
“We are always delighted to welcome anyone interested in finding out more about bell ringing and ‘Ring for the King’ has been a wonderful way to encourage interest.”
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Quarter page posters now available to non profit groups & meets for a £30 contribution towards printing.
SUNDAY 2ND JULY
Aquafest! 11.30- 5pm - and event by Ely's Rotarians for the city.see page 41
Ely Folk Festival see page 67 www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk
SATURDAY 8 JULY
Ely Sinfonia and Ely Choral Society - Serenade to Music - 7.30 - Ely Cathedral. Tickets start at £10 and are available from Ely Cathedral Box Office. www.elycathedral.org/events. See poster page 44
THURSDAY 13TH & FRIDAY 14TH JULY
Meat Loaf by Candlelight 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
An incredible night of Meat Loaf anthems, performed in the Cathedral, by candlelight. Featuring a live cast of West End singers including stars of the West End production of Bat Out of Hell, accompanied by an incredible live rock band, experience the ultimate tribute to Meat Loaf as you have never heard before. More info: https://www.elycathedral.org/events
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY
Ely Folk Club presents John Ralph at the Arkenstall Centre, Haddenham, 7 for 7.30pm, £12 (advance) £13 (door). Bookings and further info: www.elyfolkclub.co.uk or 01353 740999/664706.
FRIDAY 21ST JULY
The Library Presents - James Kerry 'The Source' James’ love of folk is infectious and guaranteed to leave you dancing home. Featuring fiddle, viola, mandolin, acoustic guitar and melodeon. James and his band bring to life music from his new album ‘The Source’, themed around the river that he lives on. Tickets: £8 / £5 / £4 www.library.live/the-library-presents
20TH - 23RD JULY
Wind in the Willows - Outdoor Show by KD Theatre Productions in the Dean's Garden. See back page poster
WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY
Gabrieli at Ely Cathedral perform Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. Led by Gabrieli's Artistic Director, Paul McCreesh, Dream of Gerontius promises an inspirational and uplifting evening of some of the most glorious music in the classical canon. More info: https://www.elycathedral.org/events
SATURDAY 29TH JULY
Time Will Tell Theatre present Etheldreda - A Saint For All Seasons in the Dean’s Garden. Perfomances at 11am, 1pm & 2.30pm
A newly commissioned play on the life of St Etheldreda. These outdoor performances will provide an engaging insight into the life of the saint and the founding of the first monastery at Ely.
Tickets: £10 per person. £25 for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children under 16)
SATURDAY 29TH JULY
The National Youth Training Choir present an impressive programme, including Esenvalds' Passion and Resurrection (with the Britten Sinfonia), Handel's Dixit Dominus and a new commission by National Youth Choir Young
Tickets: Adults: £17.50, under 25s: £5
SATURDAY 29TH JULY
The Library Presents- Indian Dance Workshop; Kuchipudi style for beginners.In this highly enjoyable workshop, Ranjini Nair will teach you steps and gestures used in Kuchipudi-style dancing. Together you will create a story and tell it through movement and dance. Learn how to use your hands and feet to become an enormous elephant, a tiny buzzing bee, or a mighty flowing river! Tickets £6/£3
SATURDAY 29TH & SUNDAY 30TH JULY
SAXON FAIR 10am - 4.30pm on Cross Green
Join Ely Cathedral and Ealdfaeder for a truly Saxon experience. The Saxon group will be sharing stories, crafts, entertainments and weapons with visitors. There will be stalls demonstrating and selling traditional crafts. Free Entry.
SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST
Ely Cathedral Green Fair 10am
A fun family Eco event for everyone to enjoy - Free Entry to visitors. Join us for the second annual Green Fair showcasing eco-friendly stalls selling home-made, locally produced artisan products, plus vegan specialities, local beers and ciders. Enjoy live entertainment and demonstrations.
THURSDAY 10TH AUGUST
Toppings Event with Francis Pryor. A Fenland Garden is the story of the creation of a garden in a complex and fragile English landscape - the Fens of southern Lincolnshire - St Peter's Church, Broad Street. 7.30pm Tickets £27.99 to include book.
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l SELECTED ELY EVENTS l JULY/AUG 2023 l
Sunday 2 July 11.30am – 5pm
Rotary Club of Ely - www.elyrotary.co.uk Rotary Club of Ely Hereward - www.rotaryclubely-hereward.org
Aquafest 2023 Events Programme
Lavender Green - M.C Rotarian John Riley
11.30 Stalls open
11.45 MG Display
12.00 Official opening by the Mayor
12.45 4D Dance
13.00 Lucy French
13.30 FuNK It Ups - Suspects Cru
13.45 Under The Covers
14.15 Ely Dojo
15.00 Raft Race Presentation
15.15 FuNK It Ups -Suspects Cru
15.30 KD Theatre
16.00 4D Dance
16.45 Closing Announcements
From the team behind KD Theatre Productions, KD Academy are delighted to be providing an exciting and jam-packed Musical Theatre & Performing Arts Summer school for young people aged between 5 and 18 yrs!
The days will be full of Acting, Singing, Dancing, creativity and lots of fun! Our fun and energetic programme will be taught by our fantastic team of professional teachers and performers!
The summer school will take place at The Ross Peers Sports Centre, Soham from the 14th-18th of August 2023.
For more information or to sign up your child(ren), click the link below or call us on 01353 725 026.
11.30 Stalls Open 12.15 Official opening by the Mayor 12.30 Lantern Dance Theatre School 13.15 Jacen Bruce 14.00 Michael Antony and Friends 15.00 Jo Ash
16.00 The Elastic Band 16.45 Closing Announcements
11.30 Scouts Raft Race 12.45 Main Raft Race
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Jubilee Gardens - M.C. Sue Marchant
Pride in Ely is back for 2023! We keep saying we’re bigger and better than ever, but this year do we ever mean it! For the first time ever we’re running from 10am to 10pm, bringing you 12 solid hours of Pride fun and games like never before!
• 10am to 5pm you can enjoy a wide range of entertainment, from our main and acoustic stages, to our craft market, street food, charity and information stalls and our ‘fun zone’ featuring bouncy castles, emergency service vehicles, face painting and much more – details to be announced!
• 5pm to 6pm there will be an opportunity to chill out, grab some food and drink from our street food zone and listen to some tunes our whilst we get ready for our brand new live evening event on Jubilee Gardens.
• 6pm to 10pm for the first time ever we’re bringing you an exciting mix of live entertainment from our Main Stage on Jubilee Gardens, featuring cabaret, music, bands, acrobatics and more! Our alcohol and street food vendors will remain open throughout the evening event, along with the Pride in Ely.
And best of all, the whole event is 100% FREE to attend!
Make sure to save the date and let all your friends know – we rely on word of mouth to help advertise our Pride Day so we can spend more money on promoting the LGBTQ+ and our educational outreach, so every share really helps!
We look forward to seeing you on the day!
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SUMMER SEASON NOW ON SALE!
Ser enade to Music
A wide range of music in great arrangements for young singers. Training by a top choir director to perform at concerts and festivals. Experience is not essential. There are no auditions and no fees. It’ s for ages 11 and up. Come and try!
We are part of Ely Choral Society. Message us on Facebook: Ely Youth Choir
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in term time s Church Rooms, Ely
in Ely Cathedral on Tuesday 4th July 2023 at 7.30pm An Atlantic Bridge Great Britain Choral Festival 150 voices from across the United States of America I was glad Zadok the Priest Oh clap your hands Last Words of David Pilgrim’s Hymn with Stan Engebretson & Craig Jessop, Conductors featuring Prime Brass An Atlantic Bridge a Celebration of British & American Folk Songs In aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance PARRY HANDEL VAUGHAN WILLIAMS THOMPSON PAULUS WILBERG presents Music Celebrations International Premium tickets cost £15, including preferential reserved seating and a glass of wine during the interval. Other tickets £10 (unreserved). Concessions £8 in £10 seats. Ely Cathedral Box O ce 01353 660349 box.o email@example.com Cathedral classics, with British and American folk songs A4 Poster.indd 2 3/3/2023 2:52:26 PM Tickets £25, £20, £10, (£5 for U18s) from the cathedral box office or at www.elycathedral.org/events Ely Sinfonia 7:30 pm Saturday 8th July 2023 Ely Cathedral Greensleeves Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music Vaughan Williams 8th Symphony Beethoven Steve Bingham conductor Canticles of Light Chilcott Choral Fantasia Beethoven Natalia Williams-Wandoch piano Andrew Parnell conductor
www.elysinfonia.co.uk Reg Charity 1161642 www.elychoralsociety.org Reg Charity 802308 Image: Alamy.com
Art Trail: Ely
128 Stuart Green Painting
Willows Studio, 60 Ely Road, Queen Adelaide, Ely, CB7 4TZ
129 Jane Fellows Painting
21 Wensum Way, Ely, CB6 2WY
130 Carol Baker Valis, Carol Banks & Bob Banks
37 Merlin Dr, Ely, CB6 3EE
131 Andrew Jones Sculpture
13 Deacons Lane, Ely, CB7 4PS
132 Bob Wells Painting
9 Beech Ln, Ely, CB7 4QZ
133 Mary Cullen
Jewellery 10 Prickwillow Road, Ely, CB7 4QP
134 Marina Yedigaroff
20 Newnham St, Ely, CB7 4PE
135 Julie Barnard Ceramics / Pottery 11 Nutholt Ln, Ely, CB7 4PL
136 Lizzie Ault
Ely Museum, Market St, Ely, CB7 4LS
137 Barbara McGirr
Mixed media / Collage 15 Willow Walk, Ely, CB7 4AT
138 Andrée Bowmer & Linda McCord Glass | Painting
39a Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU
139 Ted Coney Painting 49 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU
140 Chris Wood
Dichroic and optical light art
12 Annesdale, Ely, CB7 4BN
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the trail on our interactive map at camopenstudios.org/july camopenstudios.org
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS TO BE STAGED OPEN-AIR AT ELY CATHEDRAL THIS SUMMER
KD Theatre Productions are delighted to be returning to the beautiful grounds of ‘The Dean’s Garden’ Ely Cathedral for a 5th season of open-air theatre. This year’s offering is the ‘The Wind In The Willows’ which will feature a brand new script by Daniel Bell and original music by Triple Threat Creative.
This exciting and playful take on the tale, directed by Oliver Scott will feature a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and of course the mischievous Mr Toad!
Katherine and Daniel of KD Theatre Productions said in a joint statement, ‘We are thrilled to be returning to one of Ely’s hidden gems – our very own secret garden, to perform this fantastic family production created especially for our audiences against the stunning backdrop of Ely’s most iconic landmark. The Dean’s Garden lends itself perfectly
to this classic story and we are so excited to be bringing live professional theatre back to Ely this summer’
After the success of last year’s production ‘Alice In Wonderland’, KD are once again linking up with Ely Picnic Hampers who will be offering picnic hampers for those wish to purchase one with their ticket. The production will run from the 20th– 23rd July 2023 in The Deans Garden, Ely Cathedral. (See back page for poster)
The gates will open one hour prior to each performance for audience members to bring picnics and enjoy the surroundings of the garden.
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EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE COMMUNITY FUND
Community groups are being urged to apply for grants of up to £1000 being offered by East Cambridgeshire District Council. The money can be spent on new or existing projects designed to improve the quality of life for residents.
The Friends of the Woodland Garden, based at Peacocks Meadow in Littleport (pictured), Ely Methodist Church, Care Network and Little Thetford Village Hall were all successful in applying for funds during the last round. To find out more visit the Community Fund website page: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/finance/ east-cambridgeshire-community-fund
The aim of this small community grants scheme is to support local community groups to provide new or develop existing community services and initiatives that improve the quality of life for residents living in East Cambridgeshire.
There must be evidence of how the project meets local need, involves and empowers local people, ensures equality of access and an indication of how the project will be sustained. This grant scheme cannot give capital funding for buildings but can be used to buy equipment for the project.
The East Cambridgeshire Community Fund will be open to applications between the 30 June and 11 August 2023.
Our wonderful Babylon Young Curator, Beth, is getting the final details in place for her first curated exhibition, to be shown at Babylon Gallery from 29th June to 23rd July 2023
I Am Because We Are is an exhibition that focuses on community, culture and humanity. It explores the philosophy of Ubuntu, a belief that as humans we have a responsibility to one another, and that we are a culmination of the people around us. We are really looking forward to Beth bringing a wave of fresh ideas, along with a new range of audience, to the gallery.
Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4AU T: 01353 616991 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Save the date!
Events further into the Autumn
Ely Brick Show is back for another fun packed day on Saturday 2nd September 2023.
About the show?
Ely Brick Show is back for its fourth year – last year we raised over £3000 for the charity Ely Christians Against Poverty. This year we have an expanded team, Duncan, David, Laura and Brian and a team of over 30 enthusiasts who will be bringing the magic back with a much larger show than ever before!
What's at the show?
Alongside Lego fans displaying their creations and traders selling their wares, there will be a minifigure hunt, Lego Robot Wars, a Lego and Duplo play area, and some special guests from a galaxy far, far away!
Ely Brick Show will be taking place on the 2nd September.
St Mary's Church, St Mary's Street, Ely. CB7 4HF.
Ticket prices and Sales will be announced soon
About our charity
Ely Brick Show supports Ely Christians Against Poverty's Debt Centre. Its mission is to provide hope and practical support, through the provision of free debt counselling, to those living in East Cambridgeshire who are weighed down with financial problems and debt.
We are pleased to announce that the applications for Ely's Apple and Harvest Fayre are now open! The date for our event is Saturday 7th October 2023. This year our event is across two sites, Palace and St Mary’s Green, so bigger and better than ever. Please pick up a form from the Tourist Information Centre, or download a form from our website https://www.visitely.org.uk/visit-ely-events/
Any questions please email the team at: events@visitely. org.uk - Applications closing 31st July 2023
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Now in its fourth year, save the date for Window Wanderland 2023! The event will take place from 3 – 5 November 2023.
This community led event will bring colour and light to the streets of Ely, once again turning them into a magical outdoor gallery for the weekend.
The event first came to Ely in 2020, bought together by The Stained Glass Museum, Babylon Arts and this year, a fantastic committee of local volunteers too. More than 350 homes and businesses have now participated in this event in Ely, with Window Wanderland events also growing in popularity across the country.
Window Wanderland is a fun family-friendly event, that sees people create illuminated displays in windows. You can use the streetfacing windows of your home, business, school, nursery, car, shop, or front garden. A map showing the locations of illuminated window displays is then created to form an after-dark walking trail.
Start thinking about your own window! All ages and abilities are encouraged to join-in. We’ll share more details , including the map to register your window on, later in the summer.
Until then, follow us @WindowWanderEly on social media to keep up to date with information and inspiration.
Viva Arts and Community Group in Soham is thrilled and proud to announce that our Founder, Dan Schumann, has been appointed as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.
The roles of Lord-Lieutenant and Deputies are voluntary, and the number of Deputy Lieutenants is in proportion to the population of the County and are drawn from different walks of life and from different parts of the County. Deputy Lieutenants are entitled to use the post-nominal "DL" after their name.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs. Julie Spence OBE QPM, is assisted in her role by a number of Deputy Lieutenants, who have several duties including...receiving members of the Royal Family on a visit; commending to the Lord-Lieutenant candidates for invitation to a Royal Garden Party; helping to identify worthy and interesting places for potential Royal visits; commenting on any honours nominations at the Lord-Lieutenant's request; encouraging and assessing nominations for The King's Award for Voluntary Service when asked to do so by the Lord-Lieutenant; participating in Citizenship ceremonies when requested by the LordLieutenant and visiting and supporting local community events and those working hard in their communities.
Dan Schumann said, "I am deeply honoured and excited to become a Deputy Lieutenant in Cambridgeshire, and I look forward to supporting the Lord Lieutenant to the utmost of my abilities and serving this remarkable county, of which I'm so very proud; and to representing His Majesty the King in this way. I hope that my future service to the Lord Lieutenant, HM The King and the county will meet the trust bestowed upon me by this position, and I look forward to working with my fellow Deputy Lieutenants and supporting HM Lord-Lieutenant, Julie Spence OBE QPM, to be the bridge between the royal family and the county.”
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Nocturnal birds in sibilant causerie
Forest creatures in distant revelry
While nature's blanket dims their rivalry
And stills the air to peaceful reverie
How brief is this tranquillity
As hostile meetings in darkened shrubbery
Remind, if only momentarily
That man alone enjoys in camaraderie
by Victor Timmons
Thank you to our two readers for contributing these poems!
for my dear friend, John
Keeping vigil, we shared our solitude, you sat fishing, me stood meditating, both paying attention to the moment, like waiting yet not waiting for anything.
When I watch the fish rise I think of you and when I see the bittern at twilight, or the harriers over the reedbed that saw you and I out in all weathers.
Our sacred space not made by human hands, but formed of willows reaching for the light, the fen river flowing without a sound and the reeds bearing seeds in midwinter.
by Tony Bowland
Book available at https://amzn.to/3X8OFjm
Three seasonal trails highlighting the best of the UK’s wetland nature will be running at WWT Welney until February 2024 as part of a partnership between renowned illustrator Sir Quentin Blake and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.
WWT Welney will run three seasonal trails with guides using selected -little seen before - illustrations of watery nature from Quentin Blake to help inspire visitors to view the wonder of wetland nature in a different way.
Each of the trails, will highlight the amazing nature that arrives each season. They will run alongside a range of art and illustration activities to inspire all ages and abilities, helping everyone experience nature in new, unexpected ways.
Commenting on the partnership Quentin Blake said: “I am delighted to be sharing my pictures with WWT sites and their visitors through the Drawn to Water experience. This project appealed to me because I have a lifelong fascination of drawing wetland wildlife, especially birds. I can't quite explain why but it may be because like us, they are on two legs and have expressive gestures. The drawings you will see are from my own personal archive, and many have rarely been seen in public before. Through Drawn to Water I hope that seeing my artwork in places where these creatures are thriving will allow new audiences to enjoy wetland wildlife as much as I do, perhaps prompting a few people to pick up a pen, pencil or even a quill and do their own drawing.”
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SIGNS OF SUMMER – the arrival of migratory birds
‘This morning, out early because the emphatic thrush on the tree outside the bedroom window was so loud that further sleep was impossible. I was in no hurry. It was a long time before I had to be back to pick up the chores of the day, like trying to talk to students about things they were supposed to have studied. My route, one of the usual ones, takes me along the stream, and past John’s farm, then across the bridge and up the hill to the wood. It was a morning for dawdling, and looking, and stopping to smell things. The clear air was tranquil, the sun still not hot, the dew enough to wet my boots. Good to be alive and awake. As I passed the farm I heard behind me a very loud ‘Cuckoo!’, and then another, and then on my right (my good ear side), close, a cuckoo flew. And it then perched on the yew tree in John’s garden. You don’t often get a clear sight of them, heavily built birds, far too big you would think to sit on a dunnock’s nest to lay its egg – in fact, I have only seen a few in my whole life. It called again, and again, while I stood still. It’s only the male who calls, and that seems somehow appropriate, given its traditional association with cuckoldry. But birds take no heed of that. In a very few weeks its call will change to a single ‘cuck’ –which gives it its northern name, gowk.
The looked-for swifts, my ever-welcome birds of summer, came back last week – they usually arrive around May 6th, just as they usually go on or about August 6th, and there seem to be more this year than in the last few years. They are lazily – well, it looks effortless – hawking along the hedge by the stream, feeding on the plankton of the air.
The sickle wings slice the sky, and their steep turns, wings motionless, never fail to exhilarate. It lifts the heart, to see their swoop and sheer and elegance. They used to nest under the pantiles of the house opposite and would fly in at speed straight into the little gaps, straight onto their nests. Something perfect.’
A short extract from To Everything a Season by Charles Moseley (Merlin Unwin Books). A beautifully crafted personal and reflective account of many years of the changing seasons in the Cambridgeshire Fens. The author ponders the miracle of the rich gift of life. A book suffused with a gentle humour, with a deep love and sympathy for our fellow creatures. Charles tackles what we have done to the world of which we are not owners or masters but stewards, not only for our children but for the whole web of life on which everything depends.
ROYAL POETRY COMPETITION
What would you do if you were King Charles for the day?
You can find out what the young people of East Cambs would do by reading our 20 shortlisted poems which feature in a new book that has been sent to the King to celebrate his Coronation. Poems by Oscar Ritchie, aged nine from Ely, Archie Farthing, also nine from Dullingham and Rowan Chadwick Redfarn, 11, from Ely were chosen as the overall winners and each received a £50 garden voucher. They impressed judges with their thoughtful and funny poems illustrated with crowns, cakes and banana milkshakes! Link to poems: www.eastcambs.gov.uk/content/ poetry-competition
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Photo: Hedley Wright
Ely Photographic Club
ELYi GROUPS AND MEETS DIRECTORY
ENTRY TO THIS DIRECTORY IS FREE FOR ANY LOCAL NON PROFIT GROUP. PLEASE SEND YOUR DETAILS IN TO: email@example.com or fill in the online form here: https://bit .ly/3dszlbv
ARTS & CRAFTS
THE ARTS SOCIETY - ELY
Meetings: Thurs July 20th Nursery
Rhymes of London Town by Caroline walker - No August meeting. Our meetings are held at The Old Palace, Ely. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Visitors are welcome for £7 on the door. Refreshments after the lecture for £1. www. theartssocietyely.org.uk or see our Facebook page. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ISLE OF ELY ARTS SOCIETY
This is a very active, friendly society which welcomes professional and leisure artists, as well as non-artists who enjoy and appreciate art. We meet on the fourth Friday of the month at the Ely Methodist Church, Chapel Street, 7:00 to 9:00PM . The annual membership cost is £35. For more info go to: www.elyartsociety.com or email: email@example.com
Adult Art Classes - drawing, painting and life drawing classes for beginners and refreshers alike. Friendly and informal atmosphere. All are welcome! email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07968810550 https://www.paintely.com
CAMBRIDGE OPEN STUDIOS
The Cambridge Open Studios July Art Festival runs over the first four weekends of July every year, and provides the opportunity to visit working studios, and buy art direct from the artists. More info at: https://camopenstudios.org/
ELY GUILD OF WOODTURNERS
The Ely Guild of Woodturners exists to enable amateur woodturners to further the cause of woodturning and to preserve this beautiful ancient craft. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall in Little Thetford, starting at 7pm (we offer a beginners’ instruction from 6pm). Meetings usually consist of a demonstration by a visiting expert and we even squeeze in a raffle, chat and a cup of tea! Everyone is welcome to attend a couple of meetings as a guest before deciding to join the club. Membership is currently just £45 per annum. www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk
ELY OPEN STUDIOS
There are over 170 studios open to the public, in July, as part of Cambridge Open Studios event. Full details can be found in the free booklets available locally. As well as the booklet the artists around Ely have produced a leaflet showing the
locations of local artists. They are a very friendly group and will give you a warm welcome. Details of this July's artists will be available soon at: https:// camopenstudios.org/ See page 45
SKETCHBOOK WEDNESDAY GROUP
Meets 1st Wed of the month 6.30pm- 8pm at Riverside Bar & kitchen, Ely Price:£9 in advance, £10 on the door, £5 each for you and a friend's first session. Adults only. All abilities welcome. Bring Sketchbook, preferred materials & your beer money. Starter sketchpads available. To book in advance or register your interest TEL: 07966 727 289 email: email@example.com
ELY WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP
We meet on Tuesday evenings during term time at Ely College to paint 18:30 to 21:00. During the summer term we paint outside. New members always welcome! Cost for half a year is £35.
Contact: Vivienne Robinson email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07932 828416.
ELY YARN CRAFT AND SEW SOCIAL
We are a friendly group of yarn and textile crafters who meet up on most Monday evenings to work on projects, share ideas and make friends. Our meeting times are Mondays from 6pm to 9pm, (but not the second Monday of each month).
We meet at the City of Ely Bowls club on Nutholt Street. Details of sessions and membership costs please email: email@example.com or phone: 07779434354
CAMPAIGN GROUPS & CAUSES
EAST CAMBS ACCESS GROUP
We meet fortnightly on a Wednesday in the council offices to make written comments on planning applications, for buildings that the public use, especially for wheelchair access and for those with a visual impairment. These access concerns are added to East Cambridgeshire District Council’s response to the planning application. Everyone is welcome to become a new member of the group. For further info Tel: 07875 222861 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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and plan events. For info on talks and activities go to: www.amnestyelycity.org.uk
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 email: email@example.com or visit: http://ely.humanist.org.uk/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.flua.org.uk We would especially welcome an Ely resident or station user on our Committee.
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
DRAMA & THEATRE
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: email@example.com
ELY THEATREGOERS CLUB
Various venues regularly visited - Plays, Ballet, Musicals, Concerts. A number of Social Outings (always popular) also arranged. Prices include cost of coach travel and driver’s tip. We have pick up points in Littleport, Ely and Soham. For further info – please call General Secretary on 07887 240483 Or see website:www.elytheatregoers.co.uk
DANCE DEVIL'S DYKE MORRIS MEN
Learn to dance with Devil’s Dyke Morris Men Morris Dance is a great way to keep fit, meet others and helps to keep an ancient tradition alive. Its also free to join! We would also like to hear from any musicians who would like to play for us. Venue: The Scout Hut, Bottisham, CB25 9BB. For more information or a lift contact: Gordon 01223 833983 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.devilsdykemm.org.uk
EAST CAMBS DANCING FOR FUN
Tea Dance Tuesdays from 2-4pm, £3.50 including refreshments. Line Dance Thursdays, Improvers 6.30-7.30pm, Advanced 7.30-8.30pm, £3.00. We meet at the Brooklands Centre Sutton. Further Details 01353 523563 or 07885 727368
HIAM SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB (PRICKWILLOW)
Hiam Sports and Social Club is a friendly club with a superb semi-sprung dance floor, a licensed bar, level access, ample free parking, free wifi and a raffle at every dance. Main activities include Ballroom and Sequence Tea and Evening dances, Country Line dances, Rock'n'Roll nights and Bingo. See the website for organisers' contact details. The hall is also available to hire for meetings, parties, wedding receptions etc. Venue: Hiam Sports and Social Club, Putney Hill Road, Prickwillow ELY Cambs. CB7 4UU email: email@example.com website: https://www.hiam.org.uk/ Tel: 07470 098996 or 01353 688576
ELY & LITTLEPORT BORDER MORRIS DANCERS
We are group of dancers and musicians performing Border Morris style dances, mainly our own tradition but with some traditional dances. Practices are at 8pm on Fridays in Centre E on Barton Road. If you are interested in joining us see contact details below or come along to have a look. email:firstname.lastname@example.org /www.elriot.co.uk
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: email@example.com for further information.
ELY LIFELONG LEARNERS
Ely Lifelong Learners offer a ten week course on London Through Literature with tutor Ros Connelly. London is a fictional place - one of the most written about places in literature. What we think about London has often been created by the imagination of writers. This course will discuss ways in which writers have used real places
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and re-created them for their own ends,giving us a deeper and multi-layered understanding of London. The course will be thematic rather than chronological (although covering several centuries of writings), looking at the importance of preconceived ideas and first impressions and how work, the legal profession, crime and punishment and entertainment and pleasure, have all been portrayed, with the fine line between fiction and reality often becoming blurred. Authors referred to range from Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens to Colin McInnes, Helene Hanff and Nick Hornby. Venue: The Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street Ely. Wednesday 13th September 2023, 10:30am12:30pm. Course fee £50. Payment by cheque only. Pre-booking and payment preferred. Contact Anne on 01353 662712 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERS
ELY COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS
Contact Emma Greaves 01353 614794 / Elycfrs@virginmedia.com / Facebook.com/ ElyCommunityFirstResponders/
ELY DINING CLUB
Contact Sylvia Farmer on Tel: 01353 777373 or email: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / Brian Calvert 07974 082868.
Freemasonry is one of the oldest secular social and charitable organisations in the world. Membership is open to adults from all backgrounds and our aim is to empower members to be the best they can be. Freemasonry is about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society. It provides a structure for members to build new friendships and develop themselves, whilst having family inclusive fun. One of the largest charitable givers in the country, Ely Freemasons support a great many good causes locally. For more information email us at email@example.com or visit: www.pglcambs.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, see our Facebook page or contact Janet Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Contact Mrs Sallis-Browne on 07737341648 for info
THE LIONS CLUB OF LITTLEPORT
Lions come together with others in their local communities to raise funds through friendship and teamwork. We volunteer with integrity, enthusiasm, innovation and creativity. If you would like to come along as a guest to one of our meetings please let us know so we expect you.You are under no obligation to join our club but hopefully you will like what we do and would be interested in becoming a member. If you do decide to join us your commitment is as much or little as you want it to be. We don’t expect you to commit more than you are willing to do. We usually meet on the first Thursday of the month (except August) at The High Flyer Newnham St Ely at 7.30pm. Tel: 01353 664906 or email: email@example.com www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/littleport FB: Littleport Lions Club
LITTLEPORT & ELY TIME BANK
We are a friendly group of volunteers who exchange time and skills with members for free. Everyone’s time is equal and everyone has something to offer, whether visiting someone for a cup of tea or designing a website. Join us and get to know people in the community and share your passion or skill. Non members are welcome to join us at coffee morning to find out more. We are also conducting safe time exchanges and social activities within our own bubbles. For further info please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Facebook: @LittleportandElyTimebank
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.
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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 for info: 01353 660321 e: email@example.com
ROTARY CLUB OF ELY
The Rotary Club of Ely is part of a world-wide 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Classes with Paul Fox 10am - 12 noon every Friday at the Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Ely. Suitable for all abilities. Classes can be done in a chair or on a yoga mat (provided). Donation only. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07782 413146. Pre-booking required.
YOGA STUDIO ELY - MEDITATION EVENINGS
Yogic Meditation, practice and theory. Chanting, dharma talks, good company. Beautiful designated yoga studio in a peaceful garden setting. We welcome yoga practitioners and anyone else interested in meditation and spiritual practice to these gatherings. Charitable donations accepted. www.yogastudioely.co.uk t: 01353 698090 e: email@example.com Tower Farm, Little Downham CB6 2TD
HISTORY CAMBS COMMUNITY ARCHIVE
This is a web site for old and new photographs of Ely and the immediate area surrounding it. Contribute photos etc by filling in the on line form on the website: www.ccan.co.uk email:firstname.lastname@example.org
PRICKWILLOW ENGINE MUSEUM
Tel: 01353 688380/720737
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: email@example.com Tel: 01353 660355
ELY & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Info can be obtained from our website. Meetings: New Room of Ely Methodist Church. Access may be obtained through the blue gates at the rear of St Mary's Street Car Park. Email: kevin.g.evans@ ntlworld.com Tel: 01353 614892
HOBBY & INTEREST GROUPS
ELY ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION
The Association is run by volunteers on behalf of the City of Ely Council. Our purpose is to encourage domestic horticulture and provide allotment gardens for rent to the residents of Ely in Cambridgeshire. If you would like to apply for a place on the waiting list for a plot, please go to our website: www. elyallotmentsandgardens.org
ELY 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org - Facebook: Ely Astronomy Club Website: http://sites.google. com/site/elyastroclub/
ELY BRIDGE CLUB
Find more info at: www.bridgewebs.com/ely/ Barry Lowe: 01353 658356
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
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ELY BEET CHESS CLUB
We are a friendly bunch comprising players of a wide range of skill levels, from beginners new to the game to seasoned veterans who have been playing most of their lives! Our club nights are hosted at the Ely Beet Sports & Social Club every Monday from around 7:15 pm (except for Bank Holidays) in the lounge bar, and we would love to welcome new people into the fold.E:email@example.com https://www.elybeetchess.co.uk/
ELY EVENING SCRABBLE CLUB
Where: King's Arms Pub, St Mary's Street, Ely. When: 4th Monday of the month @ 7.15 pm until approx 9.00 pm. 2023 Dates: 24 July, 28 August, 25 September, 23 October, 27 November No fee but you must buy a drink from the bar. Bring a scrabble board and scrabble dictionary if you have them (to ensure we have enough boards to play), notebook and pen for your scores. Contact: Sheila 07879863199, firstname.lastname@example.org We play just for fun, come and join in!
CITY OF ELY FLOWER CLUB
Further info: Pat Simmonds 01353 661837 email@example.com
FEN FOLKS FRIDAYS
A great opportunity to meet up with others to learn more about the fens, hear speakers on fen topics, and discuss fen themes and upcoming events. Please book attendance in advance via our website. If you are a business and would like to sponsor these evenings, please get in touch an follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates go to: www.fascinatingfens.com
THE K9 COMMUNITY CAFE
Usually meeting at the "Unwrapped' cafe at the Lighthouse centre. www.facebook.com/thek9cafe/ Tel:07552462040
ELY AND DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY CLUB
We are a group of individuals who enjoy the hobby of model railways. We recently held another exhibition in Ely and would like to thank all those who came along to make it a very successful day. We exhibited our new layout of Wickham Market station on the East Suffolk line in 4mm scale OO gauge. However we have members who are interested in other scales, both larger and smaller, and we have started construction of an N gauge layout based on the Scottish Highland main line station at Dalwhinnie. Other layouts are in the planning stage. Some months ago we have been very fortunate to expand our premises into an adjacent area which almost doubles the club room
size. For this reason we are able to increase our membership and are looking for new enthusiastic members. If you would like to know more please visit our website, www.elymrc.org.uk or view our Facebook page @Elymodelrailwayclub. Our Secretary David Abbott will be happy to provide any further information. He can be contacted on 01353 721280 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ELY PHILATELIC SOCIETY
Did you once collect stamps when you were younger? 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 with no obligation. We have now changed our venue and time of meeting. We meet at the Lighthouse Centre, 13 Lynn Road, Ely from 10.00 for 10.30 until 13.00 on the first Thursday of the month. We meet in the room at the right hand end of the rear courtyard. Full details of our meetings can be obtained from our Secretary, 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
The Ely / Ribe Twinning Association. For info email: email@example.com Chairman: Howard McMillan Tel: 01353 667949
SUGAR IN THE FENS
We are a sugarcraft club for all levels and all types of sugarcraft. We meet once a month on the second Monday of the month at the Bowls Club in Ely - 7pm for 7:30 pm. Come along and have some tea, refreshments and a great evening. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a small group, local to Ely and Newmarket, with an interest in re-enacting the 17th century English civil war period. We are able to portray a variety of crafts, trades, and military life during the 1640's We would be happy to visit and talk to groups or even attend your events. We are a self funded group so only ask for travelling expenses which are kept to a minimum. For more information contact email@example.com or Brian Faulkner 07871595245
ELY TREFOIL GUILD
The Guild is for anyone over 18 who was ever a Brownie, a Guide or an adult leader in the Guide Association. We have members who live in Ely and the surrounding villages. We meet on the first Wednesday each month at the Guide Hall in St Johns Road Ely. We have a varied and interesting
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programme and would welcome new members. Come along to any meeting and see if you like us. Contact Barbara Kippax via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
ELY ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAFE
Do you need help with your English? If so then why not come along to the Ely English Language Café. Meetings are friendly, fun and informal, and, what's more, free! Every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 11am, at the High Flyer Pub, 69 Newnham St, Ely. Please e-mail if you wish to attend. Our team of volunteers are happy to help you with all aspects on the English language and culture. Bob Handley: email@example.com
01353 666367 www.elyenglishlanguagecafe.co.uk
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.
We are Ely's regular poetry and spoken word open mic night with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Come along to share your work, or listen to the great variety of talent. Includes an extended headline slot from a guest performer. Usually at the Babylon Gallery, currently running online via Zoom. Third Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December). Free entry, all welcome. Find out more at https://www.fenlandpoetry.co.uk/ or https://www. facebook.com/groups/fenspeak or contact: stewart. firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/directory/ listings/ely-library Contact details for all events and activities are: Ely.Referral@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, 0345 045 5225.
SMALL WORLD BOOK GROUP
We mainly concentrate on international literature and read classics and contemporary writing from around the world and across a range of periods. We meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Royal Standard on Fore Hill from 7-9 pm. For the list of upcoming books, dates and times or to let us know you'd like to join us email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook:smallworldbookgroup. https://bit.ly/smallworldbookgroup
MUSIC ELY ACOUSTIC
Everyone sits in a circle and takes turns singing/playing a song or tune. All welcome regardless of ability/style/instrument. A hosted event is held every month 2nd Thursdays at the West End House Pub. Ely. Follow us on Facebook – Ely
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: email@example.com
T: 07745925544 http://www.ccpb.org.uk
Cambridgeshire Music is the county hub for music education and arts therapies. website: https://www.cambridgeshiremusic.org.uk/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Bandmaster Phil Green 01353 721782, or online: www.elyband.co.uk
ELY CHORAL SOCIETY
Our large, mixed voice community choir rehearses weekly at St John’s School, Ely on Mondays at 7.30pm with our conductor, Andrew Parnell. If you are interested in joining us for our Summer Concert, please check our website and Concert Listings here for further details. You can also contact us through Facebook or through our membership secretary on T: 07970 956401 www.elychoralsociety.org
We are a community group set up to support local musicians. A monthly meet-up combines all ages, styles and abilities to create what we call, Fenland Jam! Find us: https://www.facebook.com/FJELY/
ELY FOLK CLUB
Folk concerts usually on the “teenth” Wednesday of the month with nationally acclaimed folk musicians/ bands and local support acts. Upcoming events:
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19th July John Ralph / August - closed / 13th Sept
Phil Beer / 18th Oct Terry Hiscock & Roger Trevitt at the Arkenstall Centre, Haddenham, 7 for 7.30pm. For further info www.elyfolkclub.co.uk or 01353 740999 / 664706
ELY AREA MUSIC CENTRE
The Ely Area Music Centre runs at King’s Ely Junior School, Barton Road, Ely, CB7 4DB, from 10am to 12.30pm every Saturday during term time. Contact Cambridgeshire Music: 01480 373500, Email: email@example.com
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. Our next performances are: July 4th - 100 American singers will perform an Independence Day concert with Prime Brass, with all proceeds going to East Anglian Air Ambulance. July 8th - Joint concert with Ely Choral Society and Ely Sinfonia. Contact: 01353 721007 www.elysinfonia.co.uk
Come and join us! Everyone is welcome, with no auditions - just enjoy singing pop, rock and songs from the shows and you'll be a welcome member of the groups! Contact Kathryn on kathryn@ singchoirs.com, call 01353 662022, or through our website www.singchoirs.com Keep in touch for regular weekend workshops too! Please also see a listing in "Support and Care" for information about a local singing group for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers.
SOHAM COMRADES BAND
A friendly established 1st section band based in Soham. We currently have some some vacancies so if you are a brass player new to the area and looking for a home. We have some exciting plans to build the band within the local area including a partnership with local schools to grow our junior section. For the latest info find us and message us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ sohamcomradesband.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook @elyyouthchoir
NATURE & OUTDOORS
ELY WILDLIFE WATCH
Ely Wildlife Watch - a roving gang of nature sleuths in and around Ely. All kids and families who want to discover and help protect Ely's wildlife are welcome. Feel free to join our Facebook group in support of Ely Wildlife Watch and/or come along to the events! Contact helen@moorehse. co.uk or look for Ely Wildlife Watch on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/49771974577
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
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: email@example.com www.elywildspace.org.uk
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or website: www.willderland.com
RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS ELY BAHA’I COMMUNITY
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm we host a virtual zoom meeting entitled “Meaningful Conversations” where we share principles and ideas from the Baha’i perspective on personal and social transformation to which everyone is welcome to join. Zoom ID: 837 3293
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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 info Tel or Text: 07746 761 519, Email: email@example.com
FB: Ely Baha’i Community https://www.facebook. com/Ely-Bahai-Community-734901983310678/
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Landline: 01353 661576
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 entrance, at 10.00 am on Fridays, in term-time. email:: email@example.com
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 e: office@ stmarysely.org - LandLine: 01353 659550
COMMUNITY OF THE ISLE OF ELY AND THE FENS
A community — without walls or borders — of the Open Episcopal Church serving The Fens. We are open, accepting of all, affirming, non-judgmental, offering the sacraments to everyone with unconditional love. We meet everyone where they are, and love them as they are! Please get in touch for sacraments; all types of blessings, including houses, boats, etc; reconciliation and healing; life (and death!) celebrations, markers, and milestones, such as anniversaries, mixed and same-sex partnership blessings, renewal of vows, etc. https://www.facebook.com/isleofelyandthefens
COUNTESS FREE CHURCH
Seeking to Worship, Seeking to Serve - a vibrant community of people following Jesus welcomes you. We are on Chapel St. (opposite the Lighthouse) in Ely CB6 1AD Tel: 01353 662396 E: firstname.lastname@example.org For more info see: www.countessely.co.uk
n Sunday Mornings
We gather at 10.30 with groups for children & youth and all are very welcome
n Two by Two Parent n Toddler
Thursdays 9.30 - 11.00 (term time only) £2 per family. Babies and toddlers with their parents/carers enjoy time to play with different activities each week.
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
More happens across the city - see our website!
ST ETHELDREDA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
19 Egremont Street, Ely CB6 1AE
n SUNDAY MASS
Anticipatory Mass – Saturday, 6:30 pm Sunday - 9.00 am and 11.00 am
n WEEKDAY MASS
Times of Masses and other services are advertised in the church porch and on the parish website: www.elyrcchurch.com Contact Tel: 01353 662759 Parish Office email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 -info: 01353 662228 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ELY METHODIST CHURCH
Chapel Street, Ely. Minister: Revd. Catherine Dixon on 01353 662426 https://www. elyandnewmarketmethodists.org.uk/ely.htm
ST MARY’S, CHURCH OF ENGLAND
n Every Sunday:
The eight15 – traditional service – 8.15am
The nine45 – intergenerational worship – 9.15am
The eleven15 – contemporary worship – 11.15am
Under 1s, Parents and Carers - 10am
Monday Club for Seniors – 2.30pm 3rd Monday of the month
Under 5s, Parents and Carers - 9.30am
Warm Space - drop-in 9am – 12.30pm
Bereavement Café – drop in 10am – 12 noon last Wednesday of the month
Mothers’ Union – 2.15pm 2nd Wed of the month
Market Day Communion 9.30am
Market Day Coffee Morning 10.15am – 11.30am
Church Office email: email@example.com
Landline: 01353 659550
A church for all generations. Everyone welcome. www.stmarysely.org 01353 659 550
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
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 AngloCatholic style using traditional language, followed by refreshments in St Peter's House. All ages welcome. www.elystpeterschurch.co.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.
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 19.1521.00. 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.
ELY ARMED FORCES & VETERANS
DROP IN CENTRE
Meets at Ely Library every Thursday from 10:00 - 13:00. Open to all members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their dependents. We are a non profit making and volunteer run organisation. All our volunteers are ex military and are members of Ely Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club. Please contact Les Wilson for any further information on 07950300122
ELY AND DISTRICT EX-ROUND TABLERS CLUB
For people formerly in Round Table, a social gathering to grow old gracefully.Meetings 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT+ IN ELY & CAMBRIDGESHIRE
ELY BRANCH ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Become a member of the Royal British Legion family today and take pride in supporting all generations of the Armed Forces community. Membership starts from only £18 a year and is open to everyone. Join us today and, in return, you can then choose to hear the latest news, events
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and stories from inside our RBL magazine and e-newsletters. Brian Crabtree Tel: 07741 143605 http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/ely
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. 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 or Instagram (just search Ely City WI) or email email@example.com
10th July: Fused Glass Workshop with June
Massey 14th August: Summer Get Together
11th September: Guest speaker from Emmaus with a bring & buy sale and ‘trash to treasure’ competition 9th October: “A life of grime”, day in the life of an Environmental Health Officer with Reading Material Swap and best cleaning hack competition
ELY COMMUNITY LUNCHES
6th May Coronation Afternoon Tea. Join us on this momentous day and celebrate with an Afternoon Tea after the Coronation has been broadcast live in Ely Cathedral. If you’re unable to attend we are also offering Coronation Tea Party packs to be delivered, so that you can celebrate at home! Buy tickets £6 per person on: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ elycommunitylunches or call 01353 662228.
ELY FAMILY GAMING
Ely Family Gaming is a group for light-hearted and sociable board gaming suitable for families in the area of Ely. We meet monthly, on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at Ely Library (meeting room) 12:30pm-3:30pm. Find out more either on Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/ely-family-gaming/) or Facebook (search groups for Ely Family Gaming).
ELY TUESDAY GROUP (LADIES)
We are a group of ladies who meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in The Old Dispensary, St Mary's Street. 10am for 10.30 starts. Invited guest speakers. If you are new to the city and looking for a friendly group, why not come along. Contact Leslie on 07946 020001 for info
ELY WOMEN’S CIRCLE
We are a support group for women who want to share from the heart and be witnessed by other women in love, support, acceptance and nonjudgement. We normally have a meditation, an activity and a sharing circle. We meet on the last Tuesday of the month from 7 30 to 9 30 pm at St Peter’s rooms on Broad Street. Find us on Facebook ‘Ely Women’s Circle’ or contact Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org
A club that provides regular meetings for semiretired and retired people at The Methodist Chapel 13-15 Chapel Street Ely CB6 1AD. From Chapel Street it is the side entrance or from town the gate in St Mary's Car Park. 4th July My tome in Afghanistan as a solider 18th July Dogs Trust 1st Aug Whale and Dolphin watch 15th Aug Gilbert and Sullivan - New members are welcome to attend and if you have any questions please contact Peter Nancollis at:email@example.com Full list of speakers available at:
https://www.probusonline.org/ely-and-district/ ELY & DISTRICT
'Live, learn, laugh'. We are part of a national movement for people now long in full-time work providing the opportunity to share activities and knowledge. Ely has nearly 600 members! We have a vast range of groups that meet during the month, badminton to book groups, walking, crafts - there are so many! Also we have monthly meetings on a wide range of subjects, Countess Free Church, first Tuesday of the month at 2.30. New members and guests welcome. Next meeting is 4 July, Earthstar Farm - mushroom growing in Littleport! More information on our website.
SPORT & EXERCISE GROUPS ELY ARCHERS
A friendly and thriving archery club. We promote shooting socially, for fun and shooting seriously for tournaments. We are based in the Cathedral City of Ely, Cambridgeshire and we shoot bothindoors 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. www.elyarchers.org.uk General enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com
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
www.badmintonely.co.uk / Twitter @ElyVicBad
EAST CAMBS BASKET BALL CLUB
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.
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We have ample car parking facilities with dedicated disabled parking bays and we are also ideally located close to the City Centre. Tennis and Bowls are available. All courts / rinks must be booked in advance. Please see the notice board or contact the Manager for full details. Tel: 01353 666753 / 07376 404495. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BENDING AND STRETCHING
Keep fit for the over 60s. Every Wednesday morning 10am-12noon at Centre 33, Barton Road Ely. email: email@example.com or phone:07745 504 877
CITY OF ELY BOWLS CLUB
Tel: 01353 665272
CITY OF ELY CRICKET CLUB
OCTAGON CYCLING CLUB
We are a friendly, local cycling club based in Ely. Formed in 2009, we are a mixed ability social group of riders. Our group boasts a couple of ex-pro racers, ladies, complete novices, newbies, charity cyclists, mechanics, pub riders, triathletes, mountain bikers, and just about anybody who enjoys getting on a road bike.
ELYSIAN RIDING FOR THE DISABLED GROUP
Elysian Riding for the Disabled have recently moved venues and are now at Old Tiger Stables (North Angle Farm Soham.) We offer riding therapy sessions to disabled children and meet on Tuesday mornings in term time. If you are interested in helping out by volunteering or fundraising please contact us via email:firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Ros James on 07845 198 551
ELY & DISTRICT CYCLING CLUB
Contact Cliff Loveday on 07823 338615
ELY CITY WOMEN FC
A friendly & welcoming team, offering weekly training, match opportunities and regular socials. Recruiting for 2023/24. Matches on the Demcom
Stadium pitch / Competing in the Cambs Girls' & Women's League / Female coaches / Weekly training for all abilities - Mondays 7-8 / Creating a pathway for females 17+ to Vets / Partnered with Her Game Too. Please email for more details.
ELY CITY GOLF CLUB
Contact: 01353 662751 www.elygolf.co.uk / email: email@example.com
HEALTHY YOU EAST CAMBS
A free lifestyle and signposting service offering advice and support to those wishing to be more active and to lead a healthier lifestyle. Sophie Dalpra: 01353 616348 Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook @HealthyYouEastCambs Ely City
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: email@example.com
LET'S RUN GIRLS ELY
We are a group for women that like to be active and we meet regularly on the Market Square Ely at 6.30pm. We offer different levels of activity, and different days of the week - details are on our Facebook page (Let’s Run Girls Ely). We are working towards inspiring women to lead healthier, happier and more connected lives. email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.letsrungirls.com
LITTLEPORT LIONS KORFBALL
Contact Andy on: email@example.com, website: www.littleport-lions.co.uk
ELY TANG SOO DO MARTIAL ARTS CLUB
Contact: Mr Russell (instructor) on 07732746179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY OF ELY NETBALL CLUB
web: www.cityofelynetball.co.uk email: email@example.com
ELY NETBALL CLUB
Offering netball to ladies (age 18+) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org https://elynetballclub.wixsite.com/elynetball
ELY ON PAR GOLF DRIVING RANGE LTD.
Downham Road, CB6 2SH
16 Bay flood-lit Driving Range & 9 Hole Golf Course. All players for the golf course must have their own golf clubs and golf bags. Everyone is welcome to come and give golf a go, Live Music, Charity Days & Monthly Golf Competitions.
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Tel:01353 669192 Web:www.elydrivingrange.co.uk
RAMBLERS WELLBEING WALKS
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Find a local Wellbeing Walk here: https://beta. ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/wellbeing-walks
For more information or to find out about opportunities to volunteer, local coordinator: Sophie.email@example.com
01353 616348 Facebook @HealthyYou EastCambs
OF ELY ROWING CLUB
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.elyrowingclub.org.uk/
RIDING AND SKATING ELY (R.A.S.E.)
Advocating for a new skatepark in Ely. Join RASE on Insta and Facebook. FB/Riding and skating Ely
Contact email - email@example.com
Website - https://elytigers.rfu.club/
A welcoming and friendly club for runners of all abilities. We host regular Beginners Courses, plus various weekly training sessions, and lots of opportunity to race (cross-country, road and relay). Please visit www.elyrunners.co.uk or contact Lauren Thomas – firstname.lastname@example.org – for further details.
ELY TENNIS CLUB
We are a proudly not-for-profit, friendly club that is on a mission to make tennis available to all in Ely and the surrounding communities. We offer coaching for all levels and ages, social tennis and events, Cambs League team opportunities, and club championships. We are particularly focused on inclusivity, and have developed a programme that includes school outreach, walking tennis and disability awareness workshops. With new courts being planned, a new logo and a growing membership base, the future is very bright for Ely Tennis Club. Drop us a line at elytennisclub@ hotmail.com if you’d like to play some tennis.
ESC MODEL YACHT FLEET
Contact: ESC Model Yacht Fleet Captain on email: email@example.com Tel: 01353 626838
THE PARADISE CENTRE
The Paradise Centre consists of two main areas, the indoor sports centre and the outdoor recreational grass area. Includes fitness centre, gym, classes, courts and rooms for hire T: 01353 667580 E: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.paradisecentre.co.uk/
ELY SQUASH CLUB
ELY TABLE TENNIS CLUB
We hold weekly practice sessions at Ely College (Needhams Hall) every Monday from 7pm to 9pm. FREE taster session for new members. Further sessions pay as you go. Adults £5.00, Under 18’s £3.00. Annual membership - Adults £10, Under 18’s £5. One to one coaching available for everyone wanting to improve. All ages and abilities welcome to join the practice sessions and one of the clubs 8 league teams. Bats available to loan. For more information contact Karen Byford, Club Secretary, email@example.com or visit www. elytabletennis.co.uk
ELY TRI CLUB
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! For all the latest updates please go to:
We are a not-for-profit community martial arts club. We cater for adults and children aged 4+, including family classes where children and parents can train together. Tuji Tigers is a special class for our youngest members aged 4-6. We teach Olympicstyle taekwondo with sessions bringing together fitness, kick and strike techniques, sparring and self-defence. New members including complete beginners welcome.. Contact Lois Kim - info@ tujitaekwondo.org.uk / www.tujitaekwondo.org.uk
THE ELY WALKING GROUP
We are an informal group of like-minded walkers of all ages. We meet on alternate Sundays throughout the year, come rain or shine, to walk together and enjoy the fresh air and the company of others. The group has been walking, since 1985. Our proud boast is that it hasn't cost anyone a penny. There are no obligations to walk every fortnight, you simply turn up at the specified time & place if you wish to walk that day. If you wish to know more visit our website for more details and how to contact us. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORT & CARE GROUPS
AGE UK CAMBS AND PETERBOROUGH
Working with and for older people, providing a wide range of services and support helping older people remain independent in their own homes. Tel: 0300 666 9860, FB: /AgeUKCAP e:email@example.com, www.ageukcap.org.uk
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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
ST MARY’S BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ
St Mary’s Church in Ely currently hosts a Bereavement Café on the last Wednesday of each month, where anyone who has suffered the loss of someone close to them either recently or longer ago is invited to drop in between 10am and 12 noon, have a free cup of tea or coffee and find a warm welcome and someone to chat to. Trained listeners will be on hand if needed, or just come and meet other people who are also trying to navigate their way through loss and grief – it can help to talk to those who have had similar experiences. The Café will take place in the church building on St Mary’s Street in Ely. All are welcome. Dates for July and August: 26 July, 30 August
Looking after someone? Caring Together offers a range of support for people looking after a family member or friend, including groups and activities for you and the person you care for and information, advice and guidance to help you in your caring role. Come along to our carers hub on the first Thursday of the month from 10am – 12pm at the Paradise Centre, Newnham St, Ely. Call 0345 241 0954, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website, caringtogether.org
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE
Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity that has been providing bereavement support to people across the UK for over 60 years, predominately through face-to-face and group sessions. As well as telephone support, there is also helpful information on the Cruse website at: www.cruse.org.uk If you would like telephone bereavement support, please contact the Helpline on 01223 633536 (open 9.30am-1.30pm weekdays) or the National Helpline on 0808 8081677 (open 9.30-5pm weekdays with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm and Weekends 10am2pm). The service is free of charge and donations welcome.
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. 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: email@example.com Website: www.care-network.org.uk
Facebook: Care Network Cambridgeshire
ELY BABY BANK
The Chicken Shed, 78 Mildenhall Road, Fordham CB7 5NR. Tel:07715 908024
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 .
We are very grateful for your support.
Donate online: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/ely-babybank/donate
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: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.earthely.co.uk
ELY DEATH CAFÉ
At a Death Cafe people come together in a relaxed setting to openly talk about death. You set the agenda. All very welcome. Open to public & professionals. If you attend as a professional please leave your work hat at the door - we simply attend as people who will all die one day. Warning: feelings of relief, positivity and unexpected humour may occur. Free, booking essential:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ely-death-cafeonline-30153110542 e: email@example.com
Facebook: Ely Death Café Twitter: @Ely_D_Cafe
FENPROBE TALKING NEWS
Fenprobe is a free service for blind or visually impaired residents in East Cambridgeshire. We offer a smart black audio player (free of charge) which runs on rechargeable batteries. The player has bright yellow buttons making it easier for those who are visually impaired to use. The news is delivered weekly, in the post again free of charge, on a USB stick. Volunteers read and record the
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news on a four-weekly rota. If you wish to sign up to this service, users need to register. You must be referred by a doctor, optician, or professional carer/ partner. If you know someone who has difficulty reading the local news and would benefit from this service, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website: fenprobe.exintra.net
Email:email@example.com www.ely.foodbank.org.uk T: 01353 468626
OASIS ELY CANCER HUB
Oasis Ely Cancer Hub is 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 on Fridays 10:00 to 11:30AM). Contact us for a program E: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. 07548 183888; https://www.facebook.com/ Oasis-Ely-Cancer-Hub-107167038300494
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 Ability www.posability.org/ E: email@example.com
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
A social group of performing arts for individuals with disabilites. Contact Suzie on 07739638817 email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.touchmyworld.co.uk and find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ touchmyworld
A charity promoting self-management and online support groups and free physical activity sessions
YOUNG PEOPLE’S SUPPORT
CENTRE 33 ELY DROP IN Natalie Gildersleeve. email@example.com / www.centre33.org.uk Tel: 0333 4141 809
- 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/
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