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Dear Readers I have my fingers crossed that this is the last Elyi publication in Lockdown and that by the time the Sept/Oct magazine comes through your door we will be brimming with events and activities once more. Here’s hoping! This is issue no. 56 and July marks our 7th anniversary of producing the publication. I am 'cautiously optimistic' that we will be getting back up to full strength delivery-wise as well, We have continued as normal in Ely but some of the village shops were unable to take the magazine for part of the lockdown but we anticipate that will be all back to ‘normal’ for this one onwards. We currently leave copies of magazines in Witchford, Wilburton, Haddenham, Little Downham, Littleport, locations along the A10 bypass, Fordham, Soham and Burwell as well as restaurants and shops in Ely centre for people to pick up when they come in. If you live in Little Downham, Stuntney or Witchford and would like to volunteer to do a round do get in touch Tel: 07580689600. One kind reader has already volunteered to deliver 200 in Wicken, which is great. I’m afraid there aren’t funds to pay you but it’s a great way to get a bit of exercise! I hope you enjoy this magazine. It’s fab to see some open air theatre and also that the Eel Festival is happening, albeit on a smaller scale. In spite of the existing restrictions our wonderful Ely organisers still have a good number of events planned for you - stay safe!






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EXPLORE ELY MUSEUM THIS SUMMER! After closing in September 2019 to begin a £2.2m National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment, Ely Museum was delighted to open its doors again in May.

On your visit, don’t forget to explore our new temporary exhibition gallery, currently displaying ‘Planning, Packing…and a Pandemic!” and a visit to ‘The Hub’, our research centre.

From a new extension to house our ‘Aedwen Room’, a dedicated education and community space, to brand new light & airy galleries, filled with interactive exhibitions throughout, the Old Gaol has been completely transformed to an exciting, engaging place for children and adults alike to enjoy!

Ely Museum tells the stories of the people and the landscape of Ely and the surrounding area from prehistory to the present day. The new exhibitions explore how people have lived here over centuries and how their way of life has been influenced by the unusual landscape across the fens. The museum also highlights the many ways in which people have changed and adapted the landscape to suit their needs. Downstairs, the galleries explore the early history of the area from the earliest fossils to the medieval period. Upstairs, the galleries tell the story of more recent centuries after the fenland marshes were drained to make fertile farmland and the associated industries, such as brewing, which came about. 4 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Fun museum trails for all ages & lots of interactive exhibits and activities to try, means there is lots for children to explore this summer at the museum! Keep an eye on our website & social media pages for the latest event information! The museum has been delighted by the response from visitors so far & we can’t wait to share the museum with more people over the summer and beyond.

Find out more, including opening times & admissions via our website at www.elymuseum.org.uk

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July 17th 2021 10am – 4pm Ely Cathedral’s East Lawn Entrance from Ely High Street Exit Ely Cathedral South into Cherry Hill


Ely continues to celebrate Eel Day this year by bringing you a rather quirky ‘Eel Fayre’! The Fayre is all about the humble Eel and its importance to Ely over the centuries. There will be some fantastic stalls offering Ely arts, crafts, food, living history plus much more. Meet ‘Ellie the Eel’ as she takes prize position on the East Lawn, try your luck at Eel throwing and have a wonderful day in the shadow of the magnificent Cathedral.

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SAVE OUR SWIFTS Swifts fly to the UK from Africa each spring to breed but their population has fallen by more than half in the last 25 years.

For a while now Centre E in Ely has been working in conjunction with Dick Newell & Bill Murrells from Action for Swifts. They now have a total of 12 boxes on top of the building in Barton Road to try and help increase the numbers of these special birds. Swifts placed on the amber list for conservation status in the uk with the RSPB. Swifts are known to favour habitats in older buildings with a lot of ‘nooks and crannies’, however with the amount of re-development of these buildings and more and more new buildings being built they are finding it far more difficult to find places to create a safe nest for them to lay their eggs. Matt from the Centre along with Dick and Bill have worked hard to get the point of swifts using the boxes, 2 of which have cameras linked up, you can find the live feed to these on youtube. https://youtu.be/N9HgXafAVsg Out of the 2 boxes linked up to cameras so far, we are delighted to say 2 eggs have been laid in a nest in one of the boxes, which we are eagerly anticipating these to hatch in the near future.


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CEMETERY OPEN DAY 29/05/2021 A warm and sunny bank holiday weekend made for a highly successful Open Day at Ely's historic cemetery in Beech Lane. Organised by the Friends of Ely Cemetery, the event on 29th May saw a variety of activities which had been arranged to highlight the 16-acre site's importance both in the city's past and present.

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City of Ely Council Sessions House, Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs CB7 4EG Phone: 01353 661016 Fax: 01353 667057 examine cemetery records and to discuss their enquiries with the Friends' family history coordinator. For book lovers there was a Book Sale and the money raised from this is earmarked for some of the projects the Friends have embarked on. For more information about the Friends please go to www.friendsofelycemetery.co.uk where you can find out more about their activities and how you can get involved.

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MAY ELECTION CHANGES The City Council thanked County councillors Anna Bailey and Lis Every for their outstanding service in representing our community as neither sought re-election in May.

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Visit Ely are really pleased to announce that there will be a ‘scaled down’ version of Eel Fayre in July. Come along to the East Lawn of Ely Cathedral (entrance Sacrist Gate) and see the Eels, have a go at Eel throwing, taste some real Eel, and treat yourself to something nice from one of the stalls. See poster on page 5

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An Ely family has set up a new mobile bar business and is hoping that lockdown restrictions will be eased in time for people to enjoy a summer of parties, with gin and prosecco (and a range of other drinks) served from a converted horse box bar. Founder Alison O'Connor came up with the idea last summer, after her freelance PR work dried up during the first lockdown. She explains: "We were all in full lockdown and couldn't socialise. I don’t like gin. My husband is allergic to horses. So I thought it was the perfect time to set up a gin bar in a converted horse box!

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A Colourful Celebration! Ely City WI celebrated in true Women's Institute style recently with a tremendous yarnbomb! It was to mark the Isle of Ely Federation of Womens Institutes 100th anniversary. Between Tuesday 8th June and Friday 18th June 2021, colourful installations were presented by Ely City WI on Palace Green and St Mary's Green in Ely to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Isle of Ely Federation of Womens Institutes. Our 17 strong yarnbombing team started working on the project back in March 2021. We had our newest member of one month to our longest serving members of over 30 years contribute. We had one member who learnt to loom knit during the run up to installation so she could contribute. We encouraged members who could not knit to make pom pom and tassle garlands so they could join in; we encouraged those who were able to knit to produce scarf lengths, and soon further ideas were brought to the table. In the end, our members knitted over 125 feet of knitted lengths, spiral garlands, giant daisies, knitted bacon and eggs, yarn flowers, knitted bunting and banners, pom poms and tassle garlands, a cannon ball, fish, jellyfish, bees, hearts. We had zoom yarn and yarns (knit and natters), we emailed regularly, we shared photos of what we had created to inspire each other -everything WI is about. We didn’t rely on a theme, instead, we all contributed according to our strengths, creative discussions were had. This all resulted in us generating a combination of different displays and installations that added interest and provided impact to both sites.

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We got to know each other through a communal love of knitting, the project brought us together despite lockdown and the continuing pandemic. The positivity of the project was amazing. Our members really enjoyed putting the project together and we have received some fantastic comments on social media and it has brought many smiles to our faces when we have seen visitors and residents viewing and photographing the installations. Thank you to City of Ely Council, East Cambs District Council, Ely Cathedral, King’s School Ely, and Cambridgeshire Highways for their permissions to allow us to yarnbomb Palace Green and St Mary’s Green. Come and join us! You will find our contact details here: Ely City WI Website: https://wielycity.wixsite.com/home and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ElyCityWI You will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

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based at Netherhall School Cambridge, The Young Actors Company has been teaching and training children and young actors aged 5-21 for over 40 years. YAC strive for the highest standard of training from industry professionals, in a warm and inclusive family atmosphere offering a fantastic range of opportunities to create, perform and work professionally. Most importantly, they give young people a safe space to express themselves, build their confidence and have fun. You will find a serious passion for training young people in acting and unlocking their true potential, but also growing in confidence, having fun and making friends is just as important. The weekly programme focusses on TV and Film, Theatre, Radio, Stage Combat and Puppetry, and there are many theatrical events throughout the year. There's a screen acting course like no other giving young actors the opportunity to work behind the camera as well as in front. The company also operates as a professional acting agency, providing the opportunity for company members to work professionally. 30 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Summer School 2021! The Young Actors Company are delighted to announce their Screen and Stage Summer Schools, taking place this July and August! Packed with fun and energy, young actors will have the option to 'Make a Film in 5 Days' where they will work as a team to plan, storyboard, cast, shoot and star in their own film which they can keep forever or 'Put on a Production in 5 Days' where they will experience every aspect of putting on a show and perform at the end of the week. To find out more email: info@theyoungactorscompany.com. Spend the whole week doing what you love!


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ELY YOUTH CHOIR Weekly rehearsals on Mondays in term time St Mary’s Church Hall, Ely We restarted our in-person rehearsals in April, after over a year away. Our Musical Director Andrew Parnell kept the group learning and developing on Zoom, and the choir is sounding good and getting better with every in-person rehearsal. If you love singing in a group, come and join us! We cover a wide range of music, from classical to current pop and musical theatre numbers, in great arrangements for young choral singers. There are no auditions and no fees. It’s specially for people of secondary school age. Experience is not essential. We are part of Ely Choral Society, Reg. Charity 802308. More info from youth@elychoralsociety.org Find us on facebook and Instagram: ely youth choir

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Thur 1st July Lunch Time Concert

James Fletcher & Glen Dempsey (Oboe & Piano) Ticket as part of entry www.elycathedral.org/tickets/ visitor

Thur 1st - 31st July Heaven and Earth Event Gaia at Ely Cathedral

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Thur 15th July Lunch Time Concert

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Explore Planet Earth at Ely Cathedral! (more info page 38) Luke Jerram's spectacular installation 'Gaia' (kindly sponsored by The Friends of Ely Cathedral), a 7 m replica of planet Earth, will be on display in Ely Cathedral this July. Suspended from high above, this globally acclaimed work of art will inspire awe and wonder. This spectacular exhibit can be experienced during Cathedral opening hours. Tickets: https://www.elycathedral.org/visit

Sat 17th July Gibbon

Thur 8th July Lunch Time Concert

Sat 17th July Concert

Girton College Chapel Choir Ticket as part of entry www.elycathedral.org/tickets/visitor

Fri 9th-11th July Ely Folk Festival (see page 33)

Sat 10th July Ely Sinfonia Concert

Ely Sinfonia is delighted to announce its return after nearly two years with one of the first post-lockdown concerts in Ely Cathedral. The orchestra will be joined by local cello super-star Joshua Lynch to play a concert of glorious classics by Wagner, Haydn and Beethoven. In aid of the Cathedral Music Fund. 7.30pm Ely Cathedral Tickets: https://www. elycathedral.org/events/

Dance juggling and physical theatre. St Mary's Church Grounds. Shows at 4pm and 7pm Part of the Library Presents series. Info at: www.library. live/the-library-presents

Sat 17th July Ely Eel Fayre

10-4pm Ely Cathedral's East Lawn (See poster page 21) or go to http://www.visitely.org.uk/whats-on/

Trinity College Choir featuring major British choral works https://www.elycathedral.org/ events/the-choir-of-trinity-collegecambridge

Sun 18th July Babylon Arts Outdoor Theatre

Suitcase Shakespeare at the bandstand, Jubilee gardens 1pm & 4pm Visit: www.babylonarts.org.uk for information

Sun 20th-25th July KD Outdoor Theatre

kd Theatre's production of "Honk!" in The Dean’s Garden, Ely Cathedral. Tickets available: www.kdtheatre. co.uk or Tel: 01353 725 026 (see page 34-5)

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Mon 31st July The Cathedral’s Green Fair.

The inaugural Ely Cathedral Green Fair showcasing eco-friendly stalls selling home-made, locally produced artisan products, plus vegan specialities, local beers and ciders. Discover more about our local environmental groups and how you can support them. A fun family Eco event for everyone to enjoy, on Cross Green (next to the Cathedral) Free Entry from 9.30am

Fri 6th August 21st Century Abba Concert

An outdoor concert on the East Lawn of Ely Cathedral. Arrive 6pm for 7pm start. Bring own picnic and blanket Tickets: Adults £26.40, Children 5-16 / NUS Students £22, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £84.80. TICKETS: https://www. seetickets.com/event/21stcentury-abba-ely-cathedral/ ely-cathedral/1976446

Wed 11th & Thur 12th August Encompass Charity Concert Ely Cathedral

A classical music concert for charity, bringing live music back to the Cambridgeshire community. Encompass Network presents world class musicians who will perform a stunning range of classical works and two premiers. There are limited tickets for the concert so book quickly. www. dyma.uk Supporting young musicians to achieve their ambitions and award dedication and passion Tickets: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/ encompass-classical-charity-concert

Sat 14th August Rocking For Amnesty

3.30-7pm Haddenham Arts Centre Garden (see page 37)

Sat 21st August Cold Play Tribute Act 8pm at the Maltings, Ely Record Fayre 10-4pm at the Maltings, Ely (see page 33) Continuing until 25th August The Stained Glass Museum

‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ by Rachel Mulligan is on display at The Stained Glass Museum on until 25th August (see page 14) 01353 660347 https://www.facebook.com/thestainedglassmuseum


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CAMBRIDGE 23rd-25th July

Join KD Theatre Productions at The Dean’s Garden, against Ely’s most iconic landmark, Ely Cathedral for this year’s open-air theatre musical ‘Honk!’

Honk! tells the tale of ‘Ugly’, a young duckling who looks different to his brothers and sisters! Made fun of by the other farmyard animals, Ugly is lured away by the devious Cat who hopes to enjoy Ugly as a lunchtime snack! Just as Ugly clocks on to what’s happening, he tries to run but can’t find his way back to the farmyard! On his search for home, he encounters some larger-than-life characters who teach him different lessons which begin to help Ugly realise it’s what’s on the inside that matters! With clever, inspiring songs and a whole lot of heart, this charming reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's “The Ugly Duckling” will quack you up and bring a smile to your beak! 20th – 25th July 2021 in The Dean’s Garden, Ely Cathedral. Tickets available: www.kdtheatre.co.uk or Tel: 01353 725 026

PARKERS PIECE, CAMBRIDGE Opening times: Friday 23rd July 2021 12pm - 8pm Saturday 24th July 2021 11am - 8pm Sunday 25th July 2021 11am - 8pm Dogs welcome on a short leash Tickets £17-£39 from https://foodies.seetickets. com/tour/foodies-festival Showguide £4 Goody Bag £5 Tickets Helpline 0844 995 1111 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 35

Recruitment for PRINCIPLE is still ongoing and participants can join from anywhere in the UK, either online, over the phone or via a healthcare professional, and without needing face-to-face visits with the trial team in Oxford. It is currently the only COVID-19 trial being managed by GP practices and surgeries across the country.


Dr Anthony Gunstone of the Staploe Medical Centre in Soham, said: “The PRINCIPLE study is vital because it gives GPs in the community the opportunity to help investigate existing medicines that may help prevent serious illness and patients from becoming hospitalised.” To find out more about the study and the criteria for participation, visit the PRINCIPLE trial website. More information about taking part in research and other opportunities to take part in COVID-19 research can be found at www.bepartofresearch.uk


GPs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough played a key role in finding ways to treat people with COVID-19 and other conditions over last year, data from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) show. Research staff at GP practices across the East of England ran 38 studies from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, resulting in the enrolment of 22,812 volunteers taking part in clinical trials. GP teams are instrumental in delivering research into many conditions every year, including diabetes, stroke and heart disease, but last year saw their focus widen to helping find treatments for COVID-19. This led to a ground-breaking discovery that a commonly-used, inexpensive asthma drug may shorten the recovery time for people over the age of 50 with early COVID-19 symptoms. Results from the PRINCIPLE (Platform Randomised trial of INvestigations against COVID-19 In older PeopLE), funded by the NIHR, showed that people aged 50 or over with early or mild COVID-19 symptoms who inhaled budesonide twice a day, for two weeks, had a shortened recovery time by an average of three days. 36 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

East Cambs District Council’s Planning Committee have granted outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely. This is a long awaited and hard fought for milestone in this project which the residents of East Cambridgeshire need and deserve. I want to thank Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust for the incredibly comprehensive planning application and consultation process – delivered in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, I take my hat off to them for what they did and how they did it Cambridgeshire has recently been granted Integrated Care System status. This is incredibly important to the future of our health and care system as we work to support an ageing and growing population where people are living longer with more complex and multiple needs. We need to fully integrate health and social care, which will work at its best if it is locally understood, locally based and locally run.

Our local Primary Care Network is full of people who get this and are passionate about it and up for it. The vision for our new Hospital for East Cambs is for a modern hub - all existing services retained, comprehensive GP and pharmacy services, new diagnostic services, additional day surgeries and a new full Local Urgent Care Service with all that that means - standard opening times with on-site back up diagnostics.

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This new building will pull new services towards it by the very fact of its existence. The hub must also be utilised to support the wider interests of the wellbeing of our community. From Anna Bailey

BRIDGE THE GAP Discover Cambridge from a fresh perspective by taking part in Bridge the Gap!

Throughout August and September you are invited to explore the beauty of Cambridge, while supporting the work of two local charities, by taking part in a novel alternative to the traditional Bridge the Gap Walk. The family-friendly fundraiser can be completed in one day, or over several days, between Friday 13th August and Friday 10th September, raising funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill. This year, the Bridge the Gap committee have created another fantastic walk, showcasing wellknown and loved parts of the City as well as some fresh perspectives. The carefully crafted route, which covers a distance of about 5 miles, will be self-guided and can be completed at participants’ own pace and convenience, over a time period and day of their own choosing. The event is open for registrations at the great value of £8 per person, with those under 16 able to take part for free. The fee covers the event

those taking part, will be split evenly between the benefitting charities, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill. Find out more at arhc.org.uk/btg or call 01223 675888.

In aid of Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust

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Haddenham Arts Centre Garden The café will be open and has a fully licensed bar

TICKETS £12, accompanied under 16s £6 Available from 29th May from: Burrows Newsagents, 1a High Street, Ely, CB7 4LJ Haddenham Arts Centre, 20 High Street, Haddenham, CB6 3XA http://www.wegottickets.com/event/515642 £15/£8 on the door if available (cash and cheques only please) pre-bookable cream tea direct from Haddenham Arts Centre www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk/events

Ticket holders are asked to bring a blanket or folding chair, and a picnic if desired.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING GLASSES OR GLASS BOTTLES. Concert organised by Ely City Amnesty International Group info@amnestyely.org.uk

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will be the focal point of a special event to highlight and address some of the very real issues affecting our world. We all have a duty and responsibility to safeguard our planet and acknowledge the impact of climate change. We hope that Heaven & Earth - The World in Our Hands will raise awareness, educate and inspire us all to protect our world. This event will feature exhibits with a focus on climate change plus talks on environmental issues.

Heaven & Earth - Events

Friday 2 July, 1.30pm Healing Herbs Workshop - by Katie from Wild Oak Workshops Plant up your own kitchen herb garden with delicious herbs to invigorate you! More info Saturday 31 July, 9.30am Ely Cathedral Green Fair Join us at the inaugural Ely Cathedral Green Fair showcasing ecofriendly stalls selling home-made, locally produced artisan products, plus vegan specialities, local beers and ciders. Discover more about our local environmental groups and how you can support them. A fun family Eco event for everyone to enjoy, on Cross Green (next to the Cathedral). Free Entry.

Visiting Speakers

Talks take place in the South East transept of the Cathedral Thursday 8 July, 6.30pm Canon Peter Sills - 'Walking the Path of Hope' - more info Thursday 15 July, 6.30pm Hannah Malcolm - 'Grief and Courage in a Dying World' - more info Tuesday 20 July, 6.30pm Andrew Graystone - 'How Can We Live Hopefully in a World that Seems Hopeless? - more info Thursday 29 July, 6.30pm The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward - 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Cherishing Gaia' - more info

Sermon Series

Sermons will be given as part of the regular Sunday Evensong in July and all will be live streamed. Sunday 4 July, 4pm Revd Dr Jenny Gage - 'We Do Not Live to Ourselves': Creation and Mutual Responsibility'. Sunday 18 July, 4pm Canon Paul Andrews - 'The Lord has Compassion for Every Living Thing': God and Gaia'. Sunday 25 July (St James the Apostle), 4pm Canon Jessica Martin - 'Responding to God's Urgent Call for our Times'.

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ELY WILDSPACE UNDER THREAT The past 18 months have demonstrated how lucky we are to have Ely Wildspace on our doorstep. You might not have realised when strolling out on the circular walk along the river through the water meadow, up past the pits with the kingfishers and back through woodland that you are enjoying a nationally important protected area with significant parts designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Animals and flora of conservation importance range from the Bittern to a rare hoverfly Myolepta dubia, and the Green-winged orchid. Recently, you might have heard the song of a lone male Nightingale singing for a mate. These pockets of habitat through the landscape are growing in significance as our climate changes – and as pressures increase from development and land conversion to other uses. Our wildlife crucially needs these sites now, and to survive into the future. Anything we can do as a community to enhance and extend natural habitat will benefit not only wildlife but also our own physical and mental wellbeing. This precious area is now under threat of development once more, from Network Rail plans to close the Kiln Lane level crossing and to put 40 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

in a flyover and footbridge through the middle of the meadow and into the woodland, irreversibly damaging this site (https://www.networkrail.co.uk/ ely). It is the view of Ely Wildspace that the level crossing should remains as it is. If you value this space, please respond to Network Rail objecting to all the Kiln Lane options by the 4th July. Don’t fill in the online form as this forces you to choose an option for development.

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Kristin Bailey has been painting for some 25 years for herself, friends family and the occasional commission, but she had never been in the right place to make it any kind of career. Well, lockdown has changed that!

Like many people with underlying health conditions she found herself shielding at home with her 2 young boys through 2020 and this gave her the impetuous she needed to dive into her sketching and painting. What started as a need for some peaceful 'head space' developed into a very creative and prolific time as an artist for Kristin. Kristin's striking and original designs translate very effectively into a beautiful range of bespoke items which are available, made to order printed with her artwork. The range can be found on her newly launched website: https://notestotreasure.com/ She comments, "I was so grateful to have one of my Mixed Media paintings accepted in the Institute for East Anglian Artist Annual Exhibition 2021 and to receive the President’s Commendation for my piece entitled ‘Emmanuel II'.

This was a wonderful foundation for my new career as an artist. I have also been collaborating with a group of artists organised by Artemix, a London based group which promotes cross discipline collaborations" Kristin continues, "Because I have a strong faith in God, I use my painting as a time to worship using colour. My church, The Lighthouse Church in Lynn Road, even allow me to bring my paints & paper to paint during the worship & service on a Sunday morning!"

Each Wednesday Kristin runs a creative dropin, open for all who wish to join a creative community who like a good natter & to create alongside others. Currently they meet via Lighthouse Zoom meetings online and anyone interested in joining can email Kristin on: kristin@notestotreasure.com

OLD FIRE ENGINE HOUSE EXHIBITION: JUNE 10TH - AUGUST 1ST Available online and in the gallery, closed Mondays and public holidays. Helena Greene was an artist that loved the fresh and new, finding ways to constantly reinvent the landscapes and vistas that she experienced. From her early days in the 1970s studying art at Goldsmiths London, where she concentrated on installation art, to her work with textiles and silk printing, through mixed media collages to the fertile final years of her life when she became fascinated by film - her art was constantly evolving. 42 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Her work draws on the verdant East Anglian countryside where she grew up, the south coast where she holidayed as a child, stretching to the many corners of the globe that she explored including Pakistan, India, Mexico and Australia. She lived most of her adult life in Cambridge, inspired by the city's streets, her home and much loved garden there. This is a fitting retrospective of an artist who lived her art and saw art in everything she lived. It is a huge pleasure for her family to see her work exhibited at the Old Fire Engine House - an exhibition space Helena loved and returned to on many occasions. https://theoldfireenginehousegallery.squarespace.com/

CAMBRIDGE OPEN STUDIOS IS BACK The region’s largest art event is back this July. Cambridge Open Studios is set to return this July for its month-long summer art event, featuring an exciting range of exhibitions by over 300 artists at a selection of locations in the city and surrounding villages. The weekends are: July 3/4, 10/11, 17/18 and 24/25. Studios are open to visit between 11am and 6pm except those opting to take visitors via appointment. The distinctive yellow COS flags will be out to identify participating studios and visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome. For many artists it will be Open Studios as usual with exhibitors opening their doors to the public. Some artists have chosen to ‘open by appointment’ and a few have opted to participate with ‘open windows’. Cambridge Open Studios are delighted to be partnering with The Pitt Building. Located on Trumpington Street in the heart of historic

- Weekends in July! Cambridge, The Pitt Building will be hosting a range of artists over the course of the four weekends. Nine art galleries in the regions will also be hosting resident Open Studios artists. Full details of how artists will be participating can be found in the e-Guide Book and on the App. See https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/ For the first time in the history of Cambridge Open Studios there will be no printed guide - for two reasons, the planned move into the digital age, and to reduce the number of guides to save the planet has been accelerated by the pandemic and fear of possible transmission through contact. The App has become extremely popular. Incredibly easy to use allowing the user to search by medium, location, weekend and artist name, it’s the quickest and easiest way to find participating artists. https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk

TED CONEY – ‘COVID SECURE’ OPEN STUDIO Ely artist , Ted Coney, is showing his family inspired paintings during the last three weekends of July in a ‘covid secure’ way. Instead of doing guided tours around his 300 year old cottage, he is offering a free admission visit to his studio on Waterside, along with displays his new garden gallery and garage. The garden will be open from 12pm – 6pm under the Cambridge Open Studio scheme. No need to book – just turn up! www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk

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LIVE AUTHOR EVENT FOR SCHOOLS The Big Read & Write Thursday 10th June, 1pm - 2pm

The Big Read & Write is a FREE countywide author event for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children to inspire their love of the written word. This year The Library Presents is proud to collaborate on this wonderful literacy initiative alongside 20Twenty Productions and Empathy Lab. This interactive event will feature author Sita Brahmachari and it will be broadcast live via YouTube so everyone can join in. Join us to explore Sita’s book, ‘Where the River Runs Gold’. For more information on how to interactively take part and for a FREE teacher pack (including details of an exciting story writing competition) please contact Katherine Nightingale, katherine@20twentyproductions.co.uk

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE Starts Monday 19 July The ‘Wild World Heroes’ 2021 Summer Reading Challenge will be a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment. Developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund, Wild World Heroes will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet. The Wild World Heroes, 2021 Summer Reading Challenge will officially begin on Monday 19th July, however, children can sign up at their local Cambridgeshire library from Saturday 10th July. Children can read whatever they like - fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. There are 6 special stickers to collect, one for each week of the Summer Holidays, and everyone who finishes the Challenge will receive a certificate, and (for children over 3) a Gold Medal. Look out for more information on Cambridgeshire Libraries’ Family Facebook page - @CambslibFamilies



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Babylon Cinema at The Maltings reopened and welcomed back the public on 20th May. The cinema, which had been closed to the public since March 2020 due to Covid-19, reopened with enhanced safety and hygiene procedures in place for a safe and enjoyable movie-going experience. Babylon ARTS’ chief executive, Claire Somerville said, “After the long lockdown, we were so excited to welcome back audiences and to give them a chance to escape into film and for that big screen, communal experience that’s so magical about cinema. It’s been quite a journey for everyone and as part of the re-launch we’ve worked with Peterborough Films to produce a cinematic film trailer for our cinema, which we think captures the build-up of excitement we’re feeling about having the doors open again. This is on our YouTube Channel and website.”

which means customers can see exactly where their table is, before booking their seats. The virtual tour is available on babylonarts.org.uk. Claire adds “What’s also special about our independent cinema is that audience members can order their drinks from the bar to enjoy at their tables, whilst watching the film.” Tickets are now available for the new July / August programme and Babylon Cinema’s full programme is available on the Babylon ARTS’ website as well as distributed fliers. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available on the Babylon ARTS’ website. www.babylonarts.org.uk/cinema

The socially distanced ‘microcabaret-style’ seating arrangement can be viewed on a 360° virtual tour,

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ELY REGULAR GROUPS AND MEETS LISTINGS Please send in current operating information as and when you know it. If a group has recently been updated with new info or we know it is continuing online, you will see it highlighed. To update for the next print edition please email: editor@elyimagazine.com before 14th AUG 2021.

ARTS & CRAFTS The Arts Society - Ely

The Arts Society continue to meet online. Thursday July 15th at 7.30pm. Rosamund Bartlett is giving a lecture entitled ‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Rousses’. This will look at how Diaghilev working with renowned composers, choreographers and dancers created ballet stagings of genius and revolutionised classic dance. Visitors are welcome at £5 per lecture. If you are interested, please contact our membership secretary for details of how to pay and to receive the links for the lecture – smholgate@outlook.com. For further information, please visit our website www. theartssocietyely.org.uk or visit our Facebook page.

Ely Arts Society We have suspended all activity until September 2021 and put the Society in“hibernation”. We hope this allows time for the situation to improve and to form a new committee. We hope everyone is keeping well and safe. www.elyartsociety.com email: elyartsociety@gmail.com.


East Cambridgeshire Access Group The East Cambridgeshire Access Group meets on a Wednesday once a fortnight in the council’s offices to make written comments on planning applications, for buildings that the public use, especially for wheelchair access and for those with a visual impairment. These access concerns are added to East Cambridgeshire District Council’s response to the planning application. Everyone is welcome to become a new member of the group. For further details email - getstevecarter@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07875 222861 Our website:- ely.org. uk/ECAccessGroup/EastCambsAG.htm

Ely City Amnesty Int’ Group www.amnestyelycity.org.uk email:info@elyamnesty.org.uk

Extinction Rebellion Ely www.facebook.com/extinction.rebellion.ely https://rebellion.global/groups/gb-ely/

Ely Watercolour Workshop Contact: Sarah Ruff: 01353 614495

Ely Guild of Woodturners

CHARITIES (National)

When we meet again it will be at Little Thetford Hall - TBA. Our members are currently meeting via Zoom and the annual fees to join are £35.00 for adults and £18.00 for juniors. email: publicity@elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk Web: www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk and Twitter @ElyWoodturners

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, e:informationservices@ageukcap.org.uk, www.ageukcap.org.uk Facebook: /AgeUKCAP

Age UK Cambs and Peterborough

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Hiam Sports and Social Club (Prickwillow)


Campaign Amateur Theatre (CAT)

HAPPY HIAMS LINE DANCE CLUB facebook.com/hiamslinedanceclub Wendy & Bill - 0772 9790 698 or 01353 860187

Sutton Masque E: squire@suttonmasque.org.uk www.suttonmasque.org.uk

Visit our website at www.cattheatrecompany. co.uk or contact our membership officer Viv Aggett, email: Cat-membership@outlook.com or phone 01353 699379

Ely Amateur Dramatic Society www.facebook.com/ elyamateurdramatics.org / elyamateurdramatics / @DramaEly

Ely Film Society contact: 01353 668639 or 01353 656959. Full programme: www.elyfilmsociety.com

Ely Arts Theatre www.elyartstheatre.org Twitter - @elyartstheatre. www.facebook.com/elyartstheatre

Ely Theatregoers Club website :www.elytheatregoers.co.uk email:butlersandra085@gmail.com Tel:07887 240483


East Cambs Dancing for Fun Please contact Peter or June for more info 01353 725774

Ely Playford Dance Group Contact: enquire@elyplayford.org Tel: 01353 440170

Ely & Littlep't Border Morris Dancers A group of dancers and musicians performing Border Morris style dances, mainly self choreographed with some traditional dances. We have been meeting for outdoor practices from Friday 9th of April (initially restricted to 6 current members but numbers will increase in accordance with government guidance) Please contact us if you are interested in joining us. Contact - Shelagh, Tel - 01353 777154, email - contact@elriot.co.uk website: www.elriot.co.uk)


Ely College Community Education A range of GCSE, A Level & ESOL courses for Adults, please contact us for details on eligibility for full funding on these courses. Contact Community@elycollege.co.uk, telephone 01353 664853 web: elycollege.co.uk/ community

Ely & District U3A We are Ely and District u3a. “ Live, Learn, Laugh” We are part of a national movement for people no longer in full-time work, providing the opportunity to continue the pleasure of learning and sharing knowledge and activities. We hold a general meeting , usually with a speaker , at 2.30 on the first Tuesday of each month (currently on Zoom and YouTube, otherwise in the Countess of Huntingdon Church, Chapel Street) and we have a considerable range of interest groups from card craft to canasta, from badminton to book groups. New members and visitors are welcome. Annual fee is £8. More information can be found via our website htttp://u3asites. org.uk/ely

Ely Lifelong Learners Resuming September 2021 Venue: The Countess Free Church, Chapel Street, Ely, CB6 1AD (parking for blue badge holders only) Please contact Anne for info about courses on 01352 662712 or at awarham575@ btinternet.com.

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Littleport Rotary Club www.littleportrotary.org.uk Contact: David Ambrose Smith 01353 861010

Rotary Club of Ely


Ely & Dist' NSPCC Fundraising Team If you would like to get involved or support us, please get in touch with either Johanna on 07912617135 or Wendy on 01353610787.

Ely Dining Club Contact Sylvia Farmer on Tel: 01353 777373 or Email: sylvia.farmer2@btinternet.com

Ely Community First Responders Contact Emma Greaves 01353 614794 / Elycfrs@virginmedia.com / Facebook.com/ ElyCommunityFirstResponders/

Ely Hereward Rotary Club

Contact Mike Axford on 01353 668649 or email mikeaxford@hotmail.com /www.elyrotary.co.uk

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. We have virtual coffee mornings currently on Thursdays, 101040 am by Zoom. 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 & Zoom link, please email littleportandelytimebank@btinternet.com or visit Facebook: @LittleportandElyTimebank

http://rotaryclubely-hereward.org Contact: president@rotaryclubely-hereward.org

Elysian Riding for the Disabled Group Contact: Viv Seymour on 01353 610164 or Ros James on 01353 969948

Friends of Jubilee Gardens *NB No experience needed - General tidying up & gardening in Jubilee Gardens. We meet at Jubilee Gardens for Working Parties. We are a friendly, welcoming group who enjoy being outside, tidying and gardening Jubilee Gardens! For more details, contact: The Subscription Secretary Judith Lockyear plockyear@hotmail.co.uk Website https://jubileegardensely.org.uk

The Order of St Etheldreda Contact: oofSE@elycathedral.org Tel:01353 660363

Inner Wheel Club of Ely The Inner Wheel Club of Ely has been active in the local area for over 70 years. We are a social group meeting monthly and our objects are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. Please contact Mrs Sallis-Browne on 07737341648 for further information.

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Ely Heartbeat Health Walk www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

Yoga Path with Vimala Classes suitable for all levels and ages including two weekly classes for Seniors. Yoga & Fitness, Meditation & Breathwork. Zoom live stream classes. Hall based classes - (adhering to social distancing & government guidelines) Private 1:1 - (adhering to social distancing & government guidelines) Groups, Workshops and Corporate - (adhering to social distancing & government guidelines) Booking and further information: https://bookwhen.com/yogapathuk Web: www.yogapathuk.co.uk Email: yogapathuk@gmail.com Phone: 07984 582214

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


Ely & District Archaeological Society Tel: 01353 669326

Cambs Community Archive

upcoming events. 30th April: Eels, Fens, Romans, Countrymen: A History of Eels in the Fens. 21st May: Digging the fens. 18th June Celebrate the fens launch. November: Fen biosphere and Lincolnshire wildlife trust. 4th December: Festive fen folks quiz. The events must be booked in advance via our website. If you are a business and would like to sponsor these evenings, please get in touch. www.fascinatingfens.com fascinatingfens@outlook.com Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

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 e:ely@ccan.co.uk

Stuntney & District Gardening Club

Prickwillow Engine Museum

Isle of Ely Philatelic Society

Tel: 01353 688380/720737. www.prickwillowmuseum.com; www.facebook.com/museumatprickwillow

The Stained Glass Museum For further updates and information please check the museum’s social media and website updates at https://stainedglassmuseum.com/visiting. Contact email: curator@stainedglassmuseum. com Tel: 01353 660355


City of Ely Allot's & Gdns Association www.elyallotmentsandgardens.org

Ely Bridge Club Barry Lowe: 01353 658356 e: elybridgeclub@gmail.com

Ely and District Camra

Tel: 07775503595

The K9 Community Cafe www.facebook.com/thek9cafe/ Tel:07552462040 Contact: Chris 01354 659358.

Ely Photographic Club Contact: Nick Bowman Tel: 01353 664085

The Ely & District Model Railway Club We are a group of individuals who build model railways in a variety of scales and gauges. The club has run an annual model railway exhibition in Ely for over 40 years. The exhibitions in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to Covid-19. Club meetings are on hold at the moment. We hope to have more positive news in the mext edition. Information is posted on the club’s Facebook page and on our website www.elymrc.org. uk so please check for the latest situation. Our Secretary David Abbott will be happy to provide any further information. Tel: 01353 721280 email: davidjabbott70@gmail.com

Ely-Ribe Association e-mail: elyribe.association@ntlworld.com Chairman: Howard McMillan Tel: 01353 667949

Ely Evening Scrabble Club Not currently meeting. Contact: Sheila on 07879863199 (text or call), email: mail@sheilawillson.plus.com

E: contact@elyanddistrictcamra.com www. elyanddistrictcamra.com Facebook: @ElyandDistrictCamra Twitter:@ElyBeerFestival

City of Ely Flower Club Further info: Pat Simmonds 01353 661837 psimmonds696@btinternet.com

Fen Folks Fridays A free monthly zoom meeting for folk who enjoy everything about the fens created by Fascinating fens. A great opportunity to meet up with others to learn more about the fens, hear speakers on fen topics, and discuss fen themes and www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 49



Bob Handley:email: handleybob46@gmail.com Tel: 01353 666367

Info:- Liam (01353) 659614 or T: 07775094063 E: debrunliam@outlook.com (01353) 662907

Ely Library

City of Ely Military Band

Contact details for all events and activities are: Ely.Referral@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, 0345 045 5225.

www.elyband.co.uk contact Phil Green, 01353 721782

Friends of Ely Library

We are a mixed voice community choir who normally hold concerts in Ely Cathedral and other local venues with professional soloists and orchestras. We hope to begin singing in person from September at 7.30-9.30pm on Monday evenings with our conductor, Andrew Parnell. Our venue is St John’s School, Ely. New members are always welcome. Please check our website for up-to-date details & venue confirmation. Further information contact T: 07970 956401/ E: membership@elychoralsociety.org W: www.elychoralsociety.org You can follow us on Facebook.

Ely English Language Cafe

We are pleased to announce their first coffee morning since March 2020 on July 24th 2021 at 10am until 12.00 noon in the meeting room, covid regulations permitting. Please note that thereafter coffee mornings will be every 3rd Saturday in the month and not as before, twice a month. Hand sanitiser and SD rules will be available. We look forward to seeing old and new customers soon. Please remember HANDS, FACE AND SPACE

Fenprobe Talking News (for the Blind & Sight Impaired) The local audio compilation of local news papers., published weekly, is available to all those unable to read 12pt (most newspapers) comfortably. If not registered blind or partially sighted, an ophthalmologist or doctor will sign your application form to confirm eligibilty. The service is free and an Mp3 player is available, also free of charge. A volunteer will visit to explain the service and how to operate the player. Secretary: 01353 861153 email: jsmith9306@aol.com

Fen Speak We are Ely's regular poetry and spoken word open mic night with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Come along to share your work, or listen to the great variety of talent. Includes an extended headline slot from a guest performer. Usually at the Babylon Gallery, currently running online via Zoom. Third Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December). Free entry, all welcome. Find out more at https://www.fenlandpoetry.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/fenspeak or contact Stewart on stewart.carswell@hotmail. co.uk

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Acoustic Evenings at West End House


Fenland Jam Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/FJELY/

Ely Folk Club Contact 01353 740999 or 01353 664706 website: www.elyfolkclub.co.uk

Ely Area Music Centre Contact Cambridgeshire Music: 01480 373500, Email: cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Ely Sinfonia See page 33 for concert information - July 10th Contact: 01353 721007 www.elysinfonia.co.uk

SING! CHOIRS Come and join us! Everyone is welcome, with no auditions - just enjoy singing pop, rock and songs from the shows and you will be a welcome member of the group. Contact Kathryn on kathryn@singchoirs.com, or through our website www.singchoirs.com All sessions online at the moment, so come and join us for a weekly Zoom and Sing! Please also see a listing in “Support and Care” for information about a local singing group for people living with dementia and their carers.

Ely Youth Choir A community choir for young singers aged 11 and up. There are no auditions and no fees. The group sings a wide range of music styles, from Handel to Hairspray, trained by professional choir director and composer Andrew Parnell. In person rehearsals resumed in April in the Church Rooms at St. Mary’s Church, Ely. For more details, email youth@elychoralsociety.org Find us on Facebook @elyyouthchoir

NATURE & OUTDOORS Ely Wildlife Watch Contact helen@moorehse.co.uk or look for Ely Wildlife Watch on Facebook

Wildlife Trust BCN 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

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

conservation management, in participation with stakeholders, local people, local government and other organisations; Promote Ely Wildspace as a place of education, in participation with local schools and other educational bodies Contact: lpcre@elywildspace.org.uk www.elywildspace.org.uk


Every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm we host a virtual zoom meeting entitled “Meaningful Conversations” where we share principles and ideas from the Baha’i perspective on personal and social transformation to which everyone is welcome to join. Zoom ID: 837 3293 7000 A very warm and relaxed group trying to make a difference in our daily life and through acts of service contribute to the betterment of the world. For more info Tel or Text: 07746761519, Email: elybahais@gmail.com FB: Ely Baha’i Community https://www.facebook. com/Ely-Bahai-Community-734901983310678/

Ely Cathedral The College, Ely. Tel: 01353 667735 www.elycathedral.org - Ely Cathedral - Mothers’ Union Contact: Eunice Reddish 01353 661502 www.elycathedral.org worship/mothersunion - Ely Cathedral - Edward Bear Club Contact: Angela Jones 01353 665810 ChristChurch, Church of England @Isle of Ely School Loving God, Loving People www.christchurchely.org 01353 659 550

Ely City Church 15a Silver Street. Tel: 01353 662172

Ely Wildspace


Our vision is “To protect and enhance the Ely Wildspace environment for the benefit of wildlife and the local community.’ Our aims are to: Defend Ely Wildspace against harmful developments and strengthen its legal protection and status; Promote the enjoyment of the Ely Wildspace environment, in participation with stakeholders, local people, local government and other organisations; Enhance the Ely Wildspace environment through integrated and effective

Countess Free Church Chapel St. Ely CB6 1AD Tel: 01353 662396 www.countessely.co.uk Countess Free Church 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 first Sunday each month 3.30-5pm at Countess Free www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 51

Church in Ely, for tea and biscuits, and activities including singing, Bible stories, craft and drama. To find out more call Cate on 07938187907 or see www.countessely.co.uk

Jubilee Church Ely email: office@jubileechurchely.co.uk Tel: 01353 664160. www.jubileechurchely.co.uk

The Lighthouse Fellowship Lynn Rd, Ely Tel: 01353 662228 email: info@lighthouse-ely.org www.lighthouse-ely.org/whatson - The Lighthouse Knitters Delia Wakeling on 01353 861126 or Maria Martin 01353 772 812

Ely Methodist Church Chapel Street, Ely. Minister: Revd. Catherine Dixon on 01353 662426 https://www. elyandnewmarketmethodists.org.uk/ely.htm

New Connexions @ High Barns Larkfield Community Centre, High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB Website: newconnexionschurch.org. uk Contact: Elder Russell Grief: russellgrief@ ntlworld.com. Tel 01353 612200 www.newconnexionschurch.org.uk

RESIDENTS GROUPS Neighbourhood Watch

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

Ely Litter Pickers We always welcome new members – please find us on Facebook under “Ely Litter Pickers”.

Ely Quakers We meet every Sunday at 10.30. Visitors are welcome to join us. We come together in silence and stillness and our Meetings for Worship last about an hour. During the pandemic we are meeting via Zoom. Find out more: https://www. quaker.org.uk/about-quakers/ Contact Sue Brock-Hollinshead, suebhisas@gmail.com

Ely and District Spiritualist Church Larkfield Community Centre , High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB contact Elizabeth on 07769963850

St Etheldreda’s Catholic Church Egremont Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 662759 St Mary’s, Church of England A church for all generations. Everyone welcome. www.stmarysely.org 01353 659 550 - St Mary’s Monday Club Contact: Elizabeth Flood on 01353 662385 - St Mary’s Mothers’ Union Contact: 01353 659550 www.stmarysely.org/mothers-union.html www.facebook.com/StMarysElyMU/

St Peter-in-Ely, Church of England www.elystpeterschurch.co.uk & www.facebook. com/elystpeters or tel: 01353 656941

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Ely Astronomy Club Mike Stephens / mike@sulis.demon.co.uk Facebook: Ely Astronomy Club http://sites.google.com/site/elyastroclub/

Ely Humanists Contact: email: elyhumanistssec@gmail.com or visit http://ely.humanist.org.uk/

Ely Women’s Circle


Ely and Dist' ex-Round Tablers Club For people formally in Round Table, a social gathering to grow old gracefully. When we resume meetings, they will be at Ely City Golf Club, Cambridge Road, Ely 7.00 for 7.30 on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Contact: Nigel Davies.01353 721037 e: njdavies1@aol.com

We are a support group for women who want to share from the heart and be witnessed in love, support, acceptance and non-judgement. We currently meet on Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month from 7 30 to 8 30 pm. Find us on Facebook ‘Ely Women’s Circle’ or contact Louise at ldecaux@btinternet.com

Ely Probus Ely Currently meetings are suspended at the Cathedral Centre Palace Green Ely CB7 4EN . For the next seven months (July 2021) we are holding Zoom meetings. New members are welcome to attend and should make contact for log in details, Club contact: Peter Nancollis email: peterandjudy@nancollis.plus.com

LGBT+ in Ely & Cambridgeshire Email: lgbtqcambridgeshire@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/LGBTEly https://www.facebook.com/LGBTCambridgeshire

Makers Social at Sew Much to Do Contact: Sew Much To Do, 7 High Street Passage, Ely Tel: 01353 664000

Ely Branch Royal British Legion http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/ely Contact: Brian Crabtree Tel: 07741 143605 E-Mail: CityOfEly.secretary@rbl.community

Ely City Trefoil Guild Contact: Barbara on bjk17@btinternet.com

Ely Tuesday Group Contact Pamela Austin 01353 610825

Ely City Women’s Institute via zoom on the 2nd Monday of the month Email:ruth.g.sindall@btconnect.com Find us on Facebook: / Ely City WI

Ely Family Gaming Ely Family Gaming is a new group for lighthearted and sociable board gaming suitable for families in the area of Ely. Join either through Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/ely-familygaming/) or Facebook (search groups for Ely Family Gaming)

Ely Northwold Women’s Institute Currently Ely Northwold WI has no plans to re commence formal meetings. Our meeting venue is currently closed. We look forward to welcoming new members when meetings begin again. For further information please contact Rosemary Green on01353 661508 or email:Rosemary.green5@talktalk.net.


http://www.elyarchers.org.uk General enquiries to: info@elyarchers.co.uk. Membership: membership@elyarchers.org.uk

Ely High Badminton Club Currently not meeting. Contact: Ron Grant, ron. grant@ntlworld.com. Tel: 01353 610743

Ely Victoria Badminton Club Contact: elyvicbad@gmail.com www.badmintonely.co.uk / Twitter @ElyVicBad Facebookwww.facebook.com/ elyvictoriaBadminton

East Cambs Basket Ball Club Contact: contact@eastcambsbasketball.co.uk www.eastcambsbasketball.co.uk

Ely Beet Sport & Social Club Tennis and Bowls are available NOW! All courts / rinks must be booked in advance. During the “Pub Garden” phase, we will re-open to Members only on 12th April with reduced opening hours. Seating on the patio alongside the Bowls Green. The play area and MUGA court will also be open. Please ensure you have renewed your Membership. From 17th May, the bar will be re-opened to Members & Visitors with amended opening hours. Please see the notice board or contact the Manager for full details. Tel: 01353 662029 / 07376 404495 email: beetsecretary@gmail.com

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City of Ely Bowls Club

Ely Squash Club

www.cityofelybowlsclub.org.uk Tel: 01353 665272 Email: cityofelybowlsclub@btconnect.com

Tel:01353 662156 www.elysquash.mycourts.co.uk

City of Ely Cricket Club www.cityofely.play-cricket.come-mail: cityofely_ cc@hotmail.com

Octagon Cycling Club www.octagoncycling.com / octagoncyclingclub@gmail.com Contact Robin Jones 07824 486 105

Ely & District Cycling Club Contact Cliff Loveday on 07823 338615

Ely City Golf Club Contact: 01353 662751 www.elygolf.co.uk / email: info@elygolf.co.uk

Ely City Hockey Club www.pitchero.com/clubs/elycityhockey Tel: 07815 905288, Facebook: Ely City Hockey Club, Twitter: @ElyHockeyClub

Ely Vikings Korfball Contact: http://www.elyvikings.com / elyvikings@ outlook.com Littleport Lions Korfball Contact Andy on: andrewdunlop@hotmail.com, website: www.littleport-lions.co.uk

Ely Table Tennis Club Prickwillow Village Hall – every Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.25pm and 8.35pm – 10.00pm. Fee per session: £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for under 18’s for a 1.5hr session. Littleport Leisure Centre – every Thursday 7.00pm – 7.55pm and 8.00pm – 8.55pm. Fee per session: £4.00 adults, £2.00 under 18’s for a 55 minute session. For info on restrictions and group numbers, please contact Club Secretary Karen Byford at elytabletennis@gmail.com or visit the website www.elytabletennis.co.uk (also see page 31)

Ely Tennis Club www.elytennisclub.co.uk.

The Ely Walking Group Contact the walk coordinator, Nick, on 07551 158510 or email nickshippaac@gmail.com.

Walking Netball For more information contact Sophie Edwards, Sophie.Edwards@eastcambs.gov.uk or call 01353 616348

Ely Tang Soo Do Martial Arts Club Contact: Mr Russell (instructor) on 07732746179 or email robertrussell_4@hotmail.co.uk

City of Ely Netball Club web: www.cityofelynetball.co.uk email: elycity@hotmail.co.uk

Ely Netball Club Contact: Victoria Cutforth, elynetball@hotmail. co.uk / 07518 080362

Isle of Ely Rowing Club Contact: chairman@elyrowingclub.org.uk Web: http://www.elyrowingclub.org.uk/

Riding and Skating Ely (R.A.S.E.) Advocating for a new skatepark in Ely. Join RASE on Instagram and Facebook. FB/Riding and skating Ely

Ely Rugby Club Contact email - playrugby4ely@gmail.com Website - https://elytigers.rfu.club/

Ely Runners Contact: Richard Hill:secretary@elyrunners.co.uk

Ely Sailing Club www.elysailingclub.org e: training.elysc@gmail.com

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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. We hope to return to the rooms once the Covid-19 situation eases. email: al-anonuk.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity that has been providing bereavement support to people across the UK for over 60 years, predominately through face-to-face and group sessions. Due to the current situation around Covid-19, Cruse have taken the decision to move all of support to telephone, until it is safe to return to normal working practices. As well as telephone support, there is also helpful information on the Cruse

website at: www.cruse.org.uk The Cruse Wed morning groups in Ely and Cambridge are currently closed. If you would like telephone bereavement support, please contact the Helpline on 01223 633536 (open 9.30am1.30pm weekdays) or the National Helpline on 0808 8081677 (open 9.30-5pm weekdays with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm and Weekends 10am-2pm). The service is free of charge and donations welcome.

Sing! Together A weekly singing and music-making group for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers, run by registered charity All In Sound. No experience needed just come along to enjoy the singing and music. Sessions are continuing online, and support is offered to help people access the technology, so please do contact Kathryn Rowland at kathryn@allinsound.co.uk or call 01353 662022. www.allinsound.co.uk

Care Network Cambs Supporting Volunteers, Encouraging Independence, Developing Good neighbour projects. Tel: 01954 211919 email: volunteering@care-network.org.uk Website: www.care-network.org.uk twitter @CareNetworkCamb Facebook: Care Network Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Cruse Bereavement Care. Contact Mary on 01353 659314 Cambridge Cruse 01223 302662

Ely Death Café ONLINE on ZOOM - Next is SUN 19th APRIL At a Death Cafe people come together in a relaxed setting to openly talk about death. You set the agenda. All very welcome. Open to public & professionals. If you attend as a professional please leave your work hat at the door - we simply attend as people who will all die one day. Warning: feelings of relief, positivity and unexpected humour may occur. Free, booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/elydeath-cafe-online-30153110542 Email elydeathcafe@gmail.com Facebook: Ely Death Café Twitter: @Ely_D_Cafe “Like” us on social media for updates.

Ely Dementia Group Contact Julie Day on Ely 612369 or 07968739406

Ely Foodbank PLEASE CHECK ONLINE IF OPEN Email:info@ely.foodbank.org.uk www.ely.foodbank.org.uk T: 01353 468626

Happy Cafe Ely We have been meeting online via Zoom since lockdown. We still hold meet-ups online on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10.30am for around an hour, using ideas and resources from the national charity Action for Happiness. NEW evening Zoom sessions are starting on the final Thursday of each month from 7-8pm and the Zoom links for both morning and evening sessions can be found on our Facebook page @HappyCafeEly. email: hello@ happycafeely.org.uk

Posability Meeting online Please contact: 07565 598193 E: posability3@gmail.com W: www.posability.org

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 first Sunday each month 3.30-5pm at Countess Free Church in Ely, for tea and biscuits, and activities including singing, Bible stories, craft and drama. To find out more call Cate on 07938187907 or see www.countessely.co.uk

TMW Ely Contact Suzie on 07739638817 email info@touchmyworld.co.uk. www.touchmyworld.co.uk and find us on

Young People’s Support CENTRE 33 ELY DROP IN Natalie Gildersleeve. natalieg@centre33.org.uk / www.centre33.org.uk Tel: 0333 4141 809


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