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Ely i Magazine Reflecting the Richness of Ely Life

JUNE 2018 (ONLINE) issue 37








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Ely Roundup - 4 Looking Back - 7 Lucy Frazer - 9 Paracheering success - 12 Seahorse Swim - 13 Aquafest 2018 - 14 Ely Hero Awards - 15 Wilburton Beer fest - 22 The Tempest! – 23 Town Crier Champ - 25 S.I.E.R. – 29 Old Fire Engine House – 39 Diarmund Gavin at Ely - 54

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Welcome to the June online issue. Our 44 page printed version is delivered to Ely homes and businesses and this extended 56 page version includes the extra Groups and Meets Section (pink pages 42-53) We have included a selection in our events pages (36-41) but, short of including the entire Isle of Ely Festival Programme we were never going to get them all in! Hopefully you will have picked up a programme from around the town or viewed it on the festival website. What a great job Sheila Friend- Smith and her team have done in gathering all the local events together. It really does celebrate the arts and culture throughout East Cambridgeshire. Some of you may have noticed that the HIVE is now fully functioning on the new Leisure village.  If you haven’t been yet, it’s well worth a visit. The whole place is gleaming with a flawless finish, it’s been well thought out and the gym and swimming pool has a spacious, well equipped feel that is more than functional for the novice keep-fitter or the dedicated 6.30am swimmer and gym-goer.    There are a number of fitness classes to choose from, catering for everyone’s level of fitness. In fact, Ely is a wonderful place for the whole family to visit for the day.    If you don’t live here, give us a try;    We have the choice of four fantastic supermarkets, a riverside area to embrace in warm sunshine, a wonderful city centre with a bustling market place with extended mini markets, not to mention the pubs and restaurants in the City Centre, great new shops immerging and new businesses popping up all over the place.   The new Leisure Village has cleverly embraced the Tennis Club, Golf Course, Rugby and Football clubs and Squash Courts, to mention a few. So, something for everyone. The Cathedral is holding some wonderful events this year, it’s not only a place to worship    but a thriving events centre for the City including the ever popular Flower Festival in June.    Expect visitors to arrive by the coach load! We offer all our visitors to Ely this summer a very warm welcome. See you in Ely!

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Edmund Carter in The History of Cambridgeshire, published in 1749, gave the origin of Ely as being derived from Helig, the Saxon word for willow. A few years ago Mac Dowdy, the distinguished architectural historian, put forward the theory that Ely was derived from Elysian, as in heavenly fields.


Whats in a name? By Mike Rouse

The most popularly accepted theory for the origin of the name Ely is that put forward by the Venerable Bede who lived from around 672 to 735. He wrote that Ely was so called because of the vast quantities of eels caught in the waters surrounding the small fenland island on which Saint Etheldreda founded her abbey in 673. They were caught in their thousands and not only provided a source of food for the fen dwellers but they could also be used as currency, for paying rent and purchasing goods. It is said that the stone to build Ely cathedral, most of it coming from the quarries at Barnack near Peterborough, was paid for in eels. Thomas, an Ely monk in the twelfth century, however, wrote in the Liber Eliensis, that El-ge should be translated as El, the Hebrew for God, and Ge, the Greek word for land, therefore making Ely, the Land of God. Photos - Mike Rouse

That colourful Victorian cleric, author and hymn writer of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ Sabine BaringGould, was a frequent visitor to the fens, being a friend of John Titterton, the Ely photographer and the Revd Claude Drewitt Kingdon, vicar of Prickwillow from 1888. Baring-Gould wrote a novel Cheap Jack Zita,(1894) which is set in Ely and the Fens and he suggested that the origins of the name came from Elf Island or Island of Fairies. Fortunately for Ely we have accepted the Venerable Bede’s explanation, or we might now be following an elf trail or having a ‘fairy festival’, instead Ely has an eel trail with small brass eels set into the footpaths to mark the route and an eel sculpture in the Jubilee Gardens by Peter Baker installed in 2005 and commissioned by the Rotary Club of Ely to mark the centenary of Rotary International. There is an annual eel festival with a carnival procession. Eel glaives, the barbed pronged spears used to catch the eels feature on the City of Ely badge and are depicted in another sculpture outside the Maltings. So, city of eels, it is. Agreed? Mike Rouse

Eel Festival 2018! The Crowds enjoyed fantastic weather over the record-breaking bank holiday Eel Festival weekend. Were you in the parade?

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Royal British Legion Poetry, Art and Sing Competition. In partnership with Never Such Innocence, the Royal British Legion are holding a nationwide poetry, art and song competition for 9 to 16 year-olds to inspire young people to say Thank You. The deadline for the competition has been extended to 11 September 2018. Visit the Royal British Legion website’s Thank you page for more information about how you can get involved and to find out more about Every One Remembered.

Aquafest memories please...

This year’s Ely Aquafest on Sunday July 1st, organised by the two Rotary Clubs in Ely, will celebrate its fortieth anniversary. The event, started by the Rotary Club of Ely as a “thank you” to the community for supporting Rotary’s fundraising throughout the year, began as a modest riverbased event, but now encompasses the river and both Lavender Green and Jubilee Gardens as well, attracting thousands of visitors to see the arena events and visit the multitude of stalls and funfair rides. (also see page 14) To celebrate this special anniversary the Aquafest team are hoping to produce a video presentation and a static display of photos of past Aquafests in The Maltings. If anyone has any photos which the Aquafest team could borrow and copy, particularly those from the 1970s 80s, and 90s they would be extremely grateful. Photos should be sent (with return address please) to Viv Doji, Ely Aquafest Photos, 52 Prickwillow Road, Ely, CB7 4QT or e-mailed to: by the first week in June.

Octagon Cycling Club are Cycling 200 miles in one day! In aid of East Anglia Air Ambulance & Beads of Courage Nearly fifty cyclists from Ely’s Octagon Cycling Club are each planning to pedal 200 miles in one day in June to raise money for two local charities. ‘The Double Ton’ will follow a route from Ely, taking in Swaffham, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds and returning to Ely. The fundraising group will set off from Ely Cathedral at 4am on Saturday 30th June aiming to return to the Cathedral by 8pm the same day. Octagon Cycling Club, raised over £14,000 in 2016 & £8000 for local charities during previous charity rides and is well known for fundraising as well as eating cake on their training rides. This year they’re aiming to raise over £10,000. This will be shared between local charities East Anglia Air Ambulance and Beads of Courage. Corporate sponsors are being sought, who will have their logos on the cyclists’ team kit in return for their donation. Local businesses wishing to support can contact Octagon Cycling through the website: Any individuals who wish to make a personal donation can do so through the Just Giving site at octagon-cycling-club For membership details go to | Elyi Magazine | 5

Ribe RoKlub visit Ely A small group of rowers from the Rowing Club of Ribe in Denmark, Ribe RoKlub, visited Ely at the invitation of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club over the Eel Day weekend. The visit was supported by the Ely Ribe Association as part of their initiative to link up similar interest groups in the twinned cities. Howard McMillan, Chairman of the Association, presented each club with a framed certificate to commemorate the visit at an informal dinner on Saturday

evening. He hopes that this will be the start of regular meetings between the clubs. Talks have already begun about a return visit. The rowers from Ribe were hosted by members of the Ely club and took part in the Eel Day celebrations. Rowers from both clubs spent time together on the river and new friendships were made during a very successful weekend.

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Danish flags will fly again in Ely from 21-25 June, as 20 guests from our twin town of Ribe will be visiting the city as guests of the ElyRibe Association. The visit is timed to coincide with the prestigious Cathedral Flower Festival, but will begin with a reception in Oliver Cromwell House on the Thursday evening and the opportunity for a private viewing of the building and a welcome from the Mayor. Guests and hosts will visit the Festival on the Friday and spend the following day in and around the city, before gathering for a celebration dinner in Little Downham Village Hall on the Saturday evening. After a tour of the Prickwillow Drainage Museum on Sunday afternoon, our Danish visitors will leave for home on the Monday. They will be accommodated in the homes of our Association members, and thus will have plenty of opportunity to sample the English way of life and what our city has to offer. Old friendships will be reinforced and new ones made over what promises to be a very busy weekend! Our thanks go to the City of Ely Council for supporting this visit. 6 | Elyi Magazine |

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The City of Ely Flower Club's Open Evening on 3rd May was an outstanding success. Gill McGregor, Area Demonstrator arranged stunning designs. Her use of flowers and manipulation of leaves was amazing. She also entertained the audience with her stories as she worked her magic on stage. There was a Buffet beforehand and the Club would like to thank all Members who provided the food. There was so much choice, best buffet ever. Our Charity for 2018/2019 is Centre 33 (Ely), which provides free accessible information, counselling and support to any young person Gill McGregor with aged 8-25 in one of her designs Cambridgeshire to enable them to overcome the effects of poor health, isolation, disadvantage and inequality so as to achieve their potential. Our fundraising raffle on the evening raised ÂŁ170 for this very worthy cause.

Looking Back

This Month in Ely History A catastrophic rail crash on the 2nd June 1944 in Soham was caused when a freight train carrying a cargo including 400 tonnes of bombs in readiness for the upcoming D-Day landings, exploded following a fire in its cargo wagon. Fortunately, the train’s crew including driver, Benjamin Gimbert, James Nightall, a fireman, and the train guard, Herbert Clarke, were able to detach the alight wagon from the rest of the train, though had only managed to create a gap of 130 metres before the explosion occurred. As a result, both Nightall, and the signalman at Soham signal box, Frank Bridges were killed, with several more also being injured in the blast. Gimbert, who survived the blast, and Nightall, were awarded the George Cross in October 1944 for the action they took, which prevented further damage and potentially a much greater loss of life.

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This year’s Aquafest, to be held on Sunday 1st July, will be the 40th anniversary of the event. The organisers, the Rotary clubs of Ely, have been working hard to make this years' event even better than usual. All the usual favourites including the fairground rides, catering outlets, arena events and charity and commercial stalls will be present but this year we are going to start the entertainment at 10:30 to make this a whole-day event. Among the early events will be an MG vintage car display, childrens races and a stand up Paddle Boarding demonstration on the river. The raft races will continue to be a main feature and the Wake Board demo proved so popular last year that we have arranged for them to come again.

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The Tempest is coming to King’s Ely’s Old Palace!

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are bringing the hugely popular open-air production to the picturesque gardens of King’s Ely’s Old Palace on the evening of Wednesday, June 6th – and tickets are selling fast! A play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, and widely believed to be the last full play that Shakespeare wrote alone, The Tempest examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive. A play that has mesmerised and moved audiences for over 400 years is just as relevant and powerful today. Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, after being cast out from their home, are washed up on a distant, mystical island. 12 years later his enemies are blown off course towards them. Using his powers of magic, he raises a tempest to shipwreck them on the island. After being left to plot his revenge for years he finally has the chance to exact it. But will he? Artistic Director, Peter Stickney, said: “With some of Shakespeare’s most memorable speeches and packed with famous characters – from the elemental and ethereal Caliban and Ariel to the comic clowns Trinculo and Stephano and the enchanting force that unites them all, Prospero – The

Tempest is a spectacular play and will make fantastic viewing for a summer’s evening. A truly theatrical play like this, set outdoors and in our trademark style bursting with song and magic makes for an evening not to be missed!” around the UK that takes in the most significant and visually stunning castles, cathedrals and stately homes, finishing their tour in mainland Europe in September. With audiences encouraged to bring picnics, a chair or a blanket, and a glass of something chilled, this show promises to be another authentic, excellent and magical Founded in 2004, The Lord treat from the company that Chamberlain’s Men are brought you last year’s riotous the modern incarnation of farce, The Comedy of Errors. Shakespeare’s original company of the same name. Performing The production starts at 7.30pm, with an all-male cast, they although gates open at 6.30pm present authentic and magical to allow people to set up their productions of Shakespeare’s picnics etc. Tickets are £15 for finest plays bringing to vivid adults and £10 for children. To and accessible life the greatest book your tickets, please call works of drama, as they would (01353) 653931 or visit first have been performed. Peter Stickney took over the company as Artistic Director and Chief Executive in 2016. The show is being premiered at the prestigious Brighton Festival, before heading off on a tour | Elyi Magazine | 23


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...and if Eel Day isn’t quirky enough! Spotted in Ely Rocks (SIER) Facebook group organised an Eel Wiggle of 1,000 eel painted rocks in order to celebrate Eel Day. Organiser, Fleur Patten said, “It seemed like the most logical thing to do. We had a LoveFest at the Prince Albert for Valentine’s Day when we dropped 1,000 love rocks in their garden in aid of Pride Ely and BHF. For Eel Day, painting eels in a Wiggle, seemed obvious!”

So many people contributed to the rock wiggle but SIER would particularly like to thank Bibby’s Landscaping for donating thousand s of rocks to be painted and for supporting the Gren fell Project so personally.

Rockers from Ely, and as far as Northamptonshire, painted eel images on rocks and dropped them in a wiggly line in Jubilee Gardens on Eel Day. Councillor Richard Hobbs, Mayor of Ely, kindly measured the Wiggle in the hope of setting a new World Record for the longest line of painted rocks and helpers were on hand to ensure that all rocks were touching in order to fulfil the criteria. The Wiggle measured an amazing 70.6 metres!

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CINEMA ELY MALTINGS CINEMA Thurs 7th June: 7.30pm Funny Cow (15) Director: Adrian Shergold. Stars : Maxine Peake, Vic Reeves, Graham Fellows, Corinne Bailey Rae. 103 mins. Tues 12th June : 7pm Royal Opera House : Swan Lake Sunday 10th June : 7.30pm I Feel Pretty (12A) Directors: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein. Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Naomi Campbell. Wed 20th June : 7.30pm Edie (12A) Director: Simon Hunter. Stars: Kevin Guthrie, Sheila Hancock. 101 min Thurs 21st June : 7.30pm The Bromley Boys (PG) Director : Steve Kelly. Stars : Martine McCutcheon, Alan Davies. 106 mins. Sun 24th June : 7.30pm The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (12A) Director: Mike Newell. Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman. Wed 27th & Thurs 28th June : 7.30pm On Chesil Beach (15) Director: Dominic Cooke. Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson. 110 mins. Contains strong sex, sex reference see full details for all films at

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FAYRES, FETES & GARDENS ETHELDREDA CRAFT & FOOD FAYRE Sat 2nd June Palace Green, 10am-6pm over 40 stalls, traditional games, Raffle, Pimms , Strawberries and cream. In aid of Ely Cathedral Choir Tour fund. FRIENDS OF ST JOHN’S FETE & CAR BOOT Sat 9th June 12-3pm St John’s School contact to book a carboot pitch. OPEN GARDENS - ELY Sun 10th June 2pm - 6pm. Chapel Street; The Bishop’s House; Bishop of Huntingdon’s Garden & 42 Cambridge Road. CHIPPENHAM PARK OPEN GARDEN Sun 17th June 10am - 4pm. Chippenham Hall. ELY CATHEDRAL FLOWER FESTIVAL Thurs 21st - Sun 24th June ‘Kaleidoscope of Life’ / 01353 660349 See page 42 for more news. SUTTON OPEN GARDENS 30th June & 1st July 2 – 5pm Leaflet, including map, available from the Brooklands Centre £3 (Adults) Children free Provides access to all seven gardens. Refreshments available.

MUSIC & DANCE TOUCHABLE DREAMS Friday 8th June Steve Bingham and Jeremy Harmer Haddenham Galleries, CB6 3XA 7.30pm Poetry, music and song. An irresistible evening of some of the greatest love poetry in the English language interlaced with the audacious artistry of music virtuoso (and super-looper) Steve Bingham and songs. Tickets:£10 Haddenham Galleries (01353 749188) or on the door. ELY POP UP GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT Sat 9th June St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4HF 2.30pm & 6pm - A fundraising concert at St Mary’s Church Ely. Tickets: £10 Adults / £5 Concessions / under 3s FREE St Mary’s Church Office: 01353 659550 / gospelchoir@

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WICKEN FEN NATURE RESERVE WORKSHOP Sat 9th June ‘Four Seasons in One Day’ Children’s Concert and Workshop. Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Education Room, CB7 5XP. Eboracum Baroque will be joined by the author and illustrator, Jess Courtney Tickle in an interactive workshop including live music and art and craft activities. The whole workshop including the live performance lasts for around 90 minutes. 11.30am-1pm. £10 Children (Adults free). Booking in advance is essential:

PIVA - MUSIC OF THE RENAISSANCE Sun 17th June 3pm. St Peter’s Church, Ely. premiering their new show ‘Gloriana – An Elizabethan Progress’. £12.50 in advance & £14 on the door (01353 688275). More info: / 01353 688275 MILITARY WIVES CHOIR CONCERT Fri 22nd June Ely Cathedral Lady Chapel. 7pm (doors 6.30pm). / 01353 660349 ELY CONSORT SUMMER CONCERT Sat 23rd June With the Con Brio Chamber Orchestra including the Heilig Mass by Haydn 7.30pm St Andrew’s Church Sutton-in-the-isle (£10 in advance / £12 on the door)

CATHEDRAL LUNCHTIME CONCERT Sun 10th June Iowa City West High School Choir: Lunchtime Concert W1.10pm. Ely Cathedral Box office: 01353 660349 / FOUR HANDS AND FOUR FEET Thurs 14th June Organ Recital 7.30pm. Ely Cathedral. / 01353 660349 FOLK IN THE FENS 15th June Folk in the Fens. With Jeremy Harmer, The Boxwood Chessmen, Capstan Full Strength, David Savage, The Ad Hoc String Ensemble with Steve Bingham. 7.30pm The Beeches, Isleham CB7 5RY. £10. (01638 780097) or on the door. SING! CHOIRS SUMMER SING AND PICNIC Sat 16th June 6pm - 9pm in the Bishop’s Garden Enjoy a picnic while Sing! Choirs sing lots of your favourite pop, rock and songs from the shows in the beautiful surroundings of The Bishop’s of Ely’s Garden.

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50 Years - a Celebration! An exhibition of 100 artists

The Old Fire Engine House celebrates its 50th anniversary with a glorious month-long art exhibition from 7th June to 8th July.

David Remfry RA and Elaine Pamphilon will be among 100 artists exhibiting in Cambridgeshire at The Old Fire Engine House to celebrate the venue's 50th anniversary. The month long show at the restaurant and gallery near Ely Cathedral begins on 7th June and will feature works across all media throughout the house.

Ann with Anthony Day who celebrated his 50th show at the house last December.

50 Years…a celebration! is an exhibition of new and retrospective works from artists who have previously exhibited at The Old Fire Engine House. The show will include painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, mixed media and photography from artists including Shirley Felts, Christopher Marvell, Julia Ball and Anthony Day, the first artist to exhibit in December 1968.

a reminder of the Georgian property’s history. The exhibition will hang throughout two floors and gallery spaces from June 7th to July 8th with free entry for all. For further details on the gallery and restaurant including opening and service times please visit the website where you can also subscribe to the gallery e-newsletter : The Old Fire Engine House 25 St. Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER Tel: 01353 662582

50 Years…a Celebration! An exhibition of 100 artists June 7th – July 8th 2018

Ann Jarman’s aim to create a gallery showcasing contemporary art and a restaurant using local ingredients and traditional recipes was a relatively unusual concept fifty years ago however the business has been a huge success and thrives today. With her husband Michael, Ann has now curated this extraordinary exhibition which she describes as “a wonderful celebration for everyone who has supported us over the last fifty years; staff, artists and customers, some of whom have been with us from the very beginning and have become great friends.” Visitors to The Old Fire Engine House are free to explore the galleries and large walled gardens and customers can enjoy morning and afternoon teas, lunch and dinner. Guests are welcomed into the bar where a photograph of Ely's horse-drawn fire engine and firefighters hangs over the log fire as

‘Celebration Dream’ Paul Margiotta

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ELY DINING CLUB Mon 11th June A friendly lunchtime dining club with interesting speakers, welcoming men and women (and their guests). The Poets House on St Marys Street in Ely. 2-course meal with coffee (£20) The dining club helps fund charitable projects. contact: Sylvia on 01343 777373.

LANTERN DANCE THEATRE Sun 24 June at 3pm, Paradise Centre, Newnham Street, Ely, CB7 4PQ. ‘THE RUNNING HARE’, in collaboration with the current Fenland Poet Laureate, Kate Caoimhe Arthur. Ely’s integrated contemporary dance group, presents a new performance combining three art forms – dance, poetry and music. Celebrating the beauty and resilience of the natural world and its importance for our own wellbeing. Suitable for all ages. Music from ‘contemporary classical’ composers: Eric Whitacre, Yann Tiersen and Nils Frahm. Tickets: £6 Adults / Under 16s FREE – available on the door or visit: EBORACUM BAROQUE Thurs 28th June Vivaldi’s Four Seasons 7.30pm. St Mary’s Church, Ely. / 07505 542924


(These are just some of the group dates. The full Groups and meets pages will feature in July) CITY OF ELY FLOWER CLUB Thurs 7th June Flower demonstration by Leslie Beeton, Title “Country Life”. Venue: Needhams Hall, Ely College, Downham Road, Ely. Start time: 7.15pm. Come along and enjoy an evening filled with flowers and meet new friends. Entrance: £5 Visitors; (incl: tea/coffee & biscuits). Membership only £17.50pa and FREE monthly entrance except for Open Evenings. Further info: Margaret Dooling 01353 610436 FRIDAY HISTORY GROUP Fri 8th June Field trip to Wisbech Museum and associated talk Further infor from Chris Holley at : ELY FILM SOCIETY Fri 8th June The Conformist 7.30pm (doors 7pm). The Old Palace, King’s Ely. / 01353 656959 40 | Elyi Magazine |

ELY CITY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Mon 11th June A talk by Pauline Meakins from The Alzheimer’s Society. Competition: A written or photo memory. The Old Dispensary, 13 St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER. 7.30pm to approximately 9.45pm (feel free to arrive from 7.15pm). Facebook: Ely City WI ELY & DIST CARAVAN AND CAMPING CLUB Fri 15th - 17th June The Four Winds Caravan Park near March. Fri 29th June - 1st July Fendick’s Fishery in Northwold. Call David to arrange to join in Tel: 07771882185 Contact: ELY BRANCH ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Mon 18th June All meetings are held at 7.30pm in the Town House, 60-64, Market Street, Ely, CB7 4LS. Brian Crabtree on: Tel: 07533 593848 E: CAMBS INVISIBLE ILLNESS SUPPORT Wed 20th June Tabitha from Tabstract Art Studio in Mildenhall will be coming to provide an evening of Art and Creativity for everyone and every ability. The Old Dispensary, 13 St Mary’s Street. Ely CB7 4ER 6-8pm Free refreshments, THE ART SOCIETY ELY Thurs 21st June 7pm for 7.30 at the Old Bishops Palace for an illustrated lecture by Christopher Garibaldi entitled `Time for Tea - a History of British Teapots and Tea Drinking`. Christopher Garibaldi is the Director of The National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. Visitors welcome £7 WEA COURSE FOR ADULTS IN ELY Friday, 6th July The Life and Work of Joan Miro with Tutor Fiona Lucraft. A One-day School 10.15am to 3.45pm on (coffee from 9.45am)£25 (including teas and coffees – lunch +£5) at the Babylon Gallery, Ely CB7 4AU. Allison Morris:

Isle of Ely Arts Festival Saturday 9 June - Saturday 7 July 2018

SPORT & EXERCISE ELY VICTORIA BADMINTON CLUB (Tuesdays) 5th June - 28th August Pay as you play! £5 Adults / £3 Juniors (Covering all court time and feather shuttle use). No membership or regular commitment required, simply pay as you play. Tuesdays, 7-10pm All 4 courts available. Ely Paradise Sports Centre. SUTTON BEAST Sun 10th June 10K & Family Fun Run 8.45am for 10am & 11am. New Pavilion, Sutton. YOGA STUDIO ELY Sun 10th June Yogic meditation, dharma talk, chanting, Q & A, good company. A relaxed format in a beautiful studio space and tranquil garden setting. Open to all, charitable donations accepted. Little Downham. 6.00 - 8.00pm Contact Bianca 01353 698090 e:

THEATRE THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Thur 14th June Chapter House theatre Company 7.30pm (doors 7pm). Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense. The Maltings, Ely. / 01353 616991 SNAKE IN THE GRASS Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd June Isle of Ely Arts Festival Players Wicken Village Hall. 7.30pm (doors 7pm). / 07855 031460 SHAKESPEARE AND OTHER FOLK Fri 29th June Shakespeare and other folk. With Jeremy Harmer. ‘The man that hath no music in himself….is fit for treasons’ says Lorenzo, to his sweetheart in The Merchant of Venice. There is music all through Shakespeare’s plays - snatches of popular songs, full-written lyrics, sad, bawdy and moving. Singer-songwriter Jeremy Harmer will tell tales, sing his own settings of Shakespeare songs and show how they are connected to a thriving musical tradition that continues, vibrantly, in the present day. Haddenham Galleries CB6 3XA. Tickets 01353 749188 or on the door. | Elyi Magazine | 41

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ART & CRAFT Ely Art Society We meet every 2nd Friday of the month at 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall CB6 1AD. Art Demos. New members always welcome, £30.00 per year only. Contact Gary Davis chairman Ktog (Knit Together) We Meet every Thursday evening at the High Flyer Pub on newnham Street. 7.30-9pm. It is free to join us and everyone is welcome to knit, crochet, cross-stitch etc. Tel: 01353 664472 Sit & Sew at Sew Much to Do Every Wednesday 6-9.00pm £3/session we share ideas, help and support each other, and have a lot of fun along the way! Sew Much To Do, 7 High Street Passage, Ely Tel: 01353 664000 Ely Watercolour Workshop The E.W.W. is an informal group of artists who love to paint in watercolour. Ely College on Tuesday evenings during term time, 6.30 - 9.00 p.m. The EWW holds two exhibitions a year in the Almonry restaurant, one at Easter and one in October. Membership fees are £20 per half year. Sarah Ruff: 01353 614495 Ely Guild of Woodturners Meetings are first Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall in Little Thetford, starting at 7pm Demonstration by a visiting expert / raffle, chat and a cup of tea! Membership currently just £30 per annum. So do come along and take a peek. website: Twitter @ElyWoodturners.

CHARITIES (Local branches) Age UK Cambridgeshire 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. Many volunteer opportunities to include weekly befriending visits. Free to attend, events held regularly. Tel: 0300 666 9860, email, Facebook: /AgeUKCAP 42 42 | | Elyi ElyiMagazine Magazine | |

Ely & District NSPCC The Ely and District Committee of the NSPCC Lesley 01353 659986 / Wendy 01353 664752 Ely Local Group of the Wildlife Trust 7.45 pm Vernon Cross Room, Ely Museum. For info contact: Will on:01353 661339 / email: Ely Wildlife Watch Wildlife watch is a junior branch of the Wildlife Trust. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or carer. For more information on forthcoming Ely Wildlife Watch events, follow the Ely Wildlife Watch group on Facebook or call Clive Baker on 01353 610224.

COMMUNITY East Cambridgeshire Access Group The East Cambridgeshire Access Group meets fortnightly to make written comment on Planning Applications, for buildings to which the public are invited. Everyone welcome. Meet at The Grange Council Offices. Contact Vicki at vickielychapter@btinternet. com for more details. Friends of Ely Library Coffee mornings and jigsaw exchange held by Friends of Ely Library every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Come and help us support our local Ely Library. 10.00am - 12.00 ALL Welcome. For events go to: The Friends of Ely Museum. Further info: Contact Pam Blakeman on 01353 663135. Cost of meetings £2.50 Ely-Ribe Association Our Association exists to promote the 60-year old twinning arrangement between Ely and Ribe. Membership costs just £10 a year. If you would like to join us, or are interested in making contact with like-minded people in Denmark, give us a call! e-mail: Chairman: Howard McMillan Tel: 01353 667949 Neighbourhood Watch Working with the local police force to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and also to encourage neighbourliness. This provides

an increased feeling of security for the local residents. For information contact Kevin Evans at 01353 614892 or kevin.g.evans@ntlworld. com The Stained Glass Museum The Stained Glass Museum holds workshops, family drop-ins and lectures throughout the year. or 01353 660355 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: /

DRAMA, THEATRE & FILM Ely Amateur Dramatic Society The city’s oldest dramatic society first started in 1888. We produce three productions a year, from a range of genres. Visit our website or Facebook page to find out about tickets for shows and how to join. / elyamateurdramatics / @DramaEly Ely Film Society Ely Film Society meets on the third Monday of every month to screen the best of world cinema. We meet in The Old Palace, King’s School, Palace Green, Ely at 7.30 pm. For membership and guest ticket details, please contact us on: 01353 668639 or 01353 656959. full C.A.T. Theatre Company We perform mostly musicals and a Christmas panto, we audition, but we also have show nights without auditions, where members perform their own choice of music. Our minimum age is 14yrs. apart from the Panto, where children may be younger. email: Tel: 01353 664564 Ely Arts Theatre Want to find out about everything that is going on in the theatre and performance arts in and around Ely? Then join the Ely Arts Theatre network. Ely Arts Theatre is a community all about promoting all things theatre and performance or visual arts

in Ely and the surrounding East Cambridgeshire area. We want to get more bums on seats for Ely & East Cambridgeshire theatre and performance arts events! So join the community at: Twitter - @elyartstheatre Ely Theatregoers Club The Ely Theatregoers Club hold Quarterly Coffee Mornings on the first Monday of the months of March, June, September and December at The Ely Cathedral Centre (the old Ely Library) at 10am - 11.30am. For further information on future events see our website / Tel:07887 240483

DANCE Sutton Masque We are a relatively new, (three years) Border Morris side based in Sutton-in-the-Isle. We practice on Wednesday at 8pm in Witcham Village Hall and perform at various events and locations around the local area. Come and join us or book us for your event. E: Ely Playford Dance Group Dance in the style from Jane Austen. Friendly group. All dances walked through. No partner or experience necessary. Little Downham Village Hall CB6 2SY. 7.30pm -10pm 1st and 3rd Friday of the month £3. Contact: enquire@elyplayford. org / Tel: 01353 440170 Ely and Littleport Riot A women’s Morris side based in Ely. If you would like to join us or book us for an event please get in touch or come along to Centre E in Barton Road where we practice from 8pm on Friday evenings. We perform at various events around the area. Email: / Website:http// Little Thet’ Scottish Country Dancing Dancing in the Paradise Sports Centre on the First and Third Fridays of the month - not July or August. 8-10pm. No experience or a partner necessary. Just come along and have some fun and exercise - wear soft, flat shoes. Weekly fee is £4 with under 16s (accompanied by an adult) free. Contact Penny Tipler 01353 658275 or | Elyi Magazine | 43 | Elyi Magazine | 43

EDUCATION Ely College Community Education We provide a wide range of evening classes for adults, from arts and crafts, languages, to cookery, exercise and more. For full details of what’s on offer please visit our website or contact us for more information. Tel: 01353 664853, Email:, Website: www. Twitter: @ElyCommEdu Ely & District University of the Third Age (U3A) Ely U3A has monthly General Meetings which are held on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at 2.30pm in the Countess Free Church, 10 Chapel Street, Ely. New members and visitors are welcome (admission £2) to come along to one of the monthly talks and afterwards, have the chance to meet members over a cup of coffee or tea. Chairman: Ely W.E.A. At WEA we believe learning is for everyone and learning is for life. The Ely Branch of the WEA offers two 10 week courses per year: one starting in late September and the other in early January. The courses run from 10.30am to noon and are held in Ely Library. In addition, it offers occasional day schools. email: Haddenham W.E.A. The WEA firmly believes in promoting life-long learning. You don’t need any previous knowledge or qualifications, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience, or just listen and enjoy something new. Contact the Secretary on 01353 861674 for more information or visit

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERS Ely Dining Club This friendly lunchtime dining club welcomes men and women (and their guests). It meets 6 times a year at The Poets House on St Marys Street in Ely. The 2-course meal with coffee costs just £20. The dining club helps fund projects such as the NSPCC ChildLine Schools Service visits to primary schools to talk to young children about abuse and how to get help. For more information about the dining club contact: Sylvia on 01343 777373.

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Ely Community First Responders Our community first responders are volunteers who are trained by East of England Ambulance Service to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work. For more information please contact Emma Greaves 01353 614794 / Elycfrs@ The Order of St Etheldreda The Order of St. Etheldreda is the fund-raising arm of Ely Cathedral Trust. If you would like further details on how to join The Order please contact: or tel:01353 660363 Inner Wheel Club of Ely Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s service organisations in the world. Inner Wheel is: Women in action working together to making a difference and improving lives. We meet the 4th Wednesday in the month at the Old Dispensary, St Marys Street, Ely. If you are interested in visiting us please contact Mary Rone 01353 667088 The Lions Club of Littleport Make a difference to your community and join a club. As a Lion you will join a club with like-minded men and women who are working together to strengthen your communities. For more details of your local club contact: David & Jenny Ellis 01353 664318 / 07817 592438 E: Facebook; Littleport Lions Club /Twitter; @ LittleportLions Littleport Rotary Club We are a thriving branch of the Rotary family with a current membership of 24 and ages ranging from late thirties to early seventies! 75% of our membership is in full or part time employment. We meet on a weekly basis at The Anchor in Little Downham. As with other clubs our aims revolve around service to the community. www. Contact: David Ambrose Smith 01353 861010 Ely Hereward Rotary Club Ely’s evening Rotary club was founded in 2004, and meets every Wednesday evening at St Peter’s Rooms, Broad Street, Ely, for an interesting mix of speakers, social activities, and planning our fundraising activities. These include Ely Aquafest, the Christmas Santa street collection, Eel Day, Apple Day, the Ely Potato Race, and our annual “Win a giant Easter egg” competitions, along with

fundraising concerts at The Maltings.If you would like to make new friendships and support local charities and good causes while having fun, please visit our website at for more information, or contact us via president@ for an invitation to one of our meetings. Rotary Club of Ely The Rotary club of Ely has been meeting on Wednesdays for nearly 78 years. It’s a great way to make new friends and also contribute to both the local community and world wide charitable projects in a friendly and fun atmosphere. The annual Aquafest fun day has been staged by Rotary for 40 years as has the famous Ely Christmas Collection with Santa and Sleigh. Varied fund raising events such as Big Band Concerts etc are organised, as are social visits to places of interest. If you are interested in joining us, please contact our membership secretary John Dennick on 01353 662636 or email Ely & Littleport Time Bank We are a friendly and welcoming group of volunteers who exchange time and skills with one another for free. Everyone’s time is equal irrespective of what you can offer. Our Ely meetings are monthly at the Lamb Hotel from 9.30am. or 07702517746

HEALTH Ely Heartbeat Health Walk Every Tuesday 2 pm, meets at entrance to Ely Cathedral, Minster Place, CB7 4DL. Grade 2, 60 minutes. Yoga Studio Ely Experience traditional yogic mediation techniques, devotional chanting and yoga philosophy in the company of other yogis and non yogis alike. Open to all, charitable donations accepted. Contact Bianca 01353 698090 - email mark@ - Little Downham. CB6 2TD

HISTORY Ely & District Archaeological Society Talks are at the Methodist Church Hall, Ely. Entry is via the gate at the rear of St Mary’s Street Car Park, Ely. ADMISSION: Visitors £2.50 – Members free. Tel: 01353 669326

Friday History Group Meetings are held at the Ely Methodist Church, off St Mary’s car park. Doors open at 10 for a 10:30 start, £3 payable on the door. Chris Holley at : 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. Prickwillow Engine Museum at Prickwillow near Ely is a registered charity and run by volunteers, the museum houses many very large and rare diesel engine all in working order, it also tells the story of the drainage of the Fens, complemented by a static display of drainage and farming tools and equipment . Telephone: 01353 688360 / / www.

INTEREST GROUPS Ely Bridge Club The club welcomes new members, regardless of experience. We play Monday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Barry Lowe: 01353 658356 e: Ely and District Camra We are a friendly, local branch of The Campaign for Real Ale whose main aims are to promote real ales and cider, pubs in our area that serve these. We organise the annual Winter Beer Festival and a range of social events for our members. Membership of CAMRA includes free or reduced entry into beer festivals, reduced prices on beer and cider in some pubs, member’s discounts and access to What’s Brewing and Beer Magazine. Email: Facebook: @ElyandDistrictCamra Twitter:@ElyBeerFestival Ely & Dist’ Caravan & Camping Club Your local Caravan Club. Monthly meetups and trips. Call David to arrange to join in Tel: 07771882185 e: City of Ely Flower Club Venue: Needhams Hall, Ely College, Downham Road, Ely. Start time: 7.15pm. Come along and enjoy an evening filled with flowers and meet new friends. Entrance: £5 Visitors; (incl: tea/coffee & biscuits). Membership only £17.50pa and FREE | Elyi Magazine | 45 | Elyi Magazine | 45

monthly entrance except for Open Evenings. Further info: Margaret Dooling 01353 610436 Stuntney & District Gardening Club We hold regular meetings on the 1st Monday of each month at 7pm in Stuntney Social Club. We have varied and interesting speakers. We welcome new members! Tel: 07775503595 Ely & District Horticultural Society Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Gardening or Horticulture. The STORES is open on: Monday evenings from 6.30pm till 8.00pm. Saturday mornings from 10am till midday. Membership is £8.00 per year and gives a 10% discount on all STORES prices. The society is run by volunteers. New Members, Committee Members and any volunteers are always welcome. contact General Secretary Teresa Bye on 01353 610370 or The K9 Community Cafe We are a weekly drop in cafe for people who like dogs!! Well behaved humans can accompany their own dogs for coffee, biscuits and chat. Regular activities, friendly warm atmosphere, run by volunteers. Every Thursday 10 - 12 at the Cathedral Centre Palace Green Ely. Tel:07552462040 Isle of Ely Philatelic Society We extend a warm welcome to all stamp collectors. Meetings are held on a Thursday in the Community Rm at Ely College, Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Membership subscription is only £7.00 per year. Visitors are welcome at all our meetings. We do hope that you will join us! For info contact 01354 659358 Ely Photographic Club The club meets at the City of Ely Community College, Downham Road, Ely Wednesdays 7.30pm (annual subscription). We extend a warm welcome to all enthusiasts – novices, amateurs and professionals. We have a varied programme throughout the year encompassing all aspects of photography. Nick Bowman Tel: 01353 664085 Ely & District Model Railway Club The club membership has continued to grow in recent months and we remain happy to call for new members. So come and join us and be part of a thriving model railway club. We meet on Tuesday as well as other times. Anyone over 18 interested in joining can visit us a couple of 46 46 | | Elyi ElyiMagazine Magazine | |

times to see if they like it. Then Membership is £10/month. In the first instance, please contact the Club Secretary on 01480 454857 or via e-mail: to arrange a visit, or make contact via our website:

LANGUAGE & LITERATURE Ely English Language Cafe All welcome at High Flyer Pub Newnham Street Ely,Tuesday and Friday from 10.30 a.m for info contact Bob Handley: e: Tel: 01353 666367 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. For further information please telephone the Secretary: 01353 861153 or email: jsmith9306@ Fen Speak Fen Speak is a poetry and spoken-word night which takes place in Ely (at The Babylon Arts Gallery) and Wisbech (at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum) and features regular guest speakers as well as open-mic performances. In Ely, Fen Speak usually takes place on the third Wednesday Feb, April, June, August, Oct, Dec - doors at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Entry is free, with donations to support running costs. Find us on Facebook or email to be added to the mailing list. Georgette Heyer Book Club - Ely We are an informal group of fans of Georgette Heyer’s historical novels. We meet on a Saturday morning (10.30am) at The Old Fire-Engine House in Ely every 4-6 weeks to discuss a selected book over coffee / tea and a cake. All welcome and we are dog friendly too. There is a Facebook group of the same name which shows the latest book and date we are meeting. Facebook/ Georgette Heyer Book Club - Ely

MUSIC City of Ely Military Band We are a wind or military style band which performs at venues all over the eastern region. We include a variety of instruments from the woodwind and brass sections, plus percussion, and currently have a membership of approximately sixty members. We rehearse every Tuesday evening at Ely College, Downham Road. New players are welcome. There are no auditions. -Prospective players should contact Phil Green, our Musical Director, on 01353 721782 Ely Choral Society We are a mixed voice community choir holding concerts in Ely Cathedral and other venues locally with professional soloists and orchestras, together with musicians from the Ely and Cambridge area. No auditions. We rehearse on Monday evenings at Ely St John’s School in St John’s Road, CB6 3BW – do come and try us out. Tel: 07970 956401 / Website: Ely Consort Ely Consort is a Chamber choir of about 40 voices. We perform music in a wide variety of styles; our performance venues include Ely Cathedral as well as other local churches. Ely Consort has built up a performing reputation over the last 25 years, to be known as one of the premier Chamber Choirs in East Anglia. Membership by audition. Email: Ely Folk Club We meet monthly on the “teenth” Wednesday of the month with a concert of folk music and song featuring local and national folk artists. This is in the Old Dispensary, St. Mary’s Street, Ely, doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. Contact 01353 740999 or 01353 664706 or via website Ely Pop-Up Gospel Choir Now in its 3rd year. Ely Popup Gospel Choir rehearses at St Mary’s Church and performs in the summer. Currently rehearsals are weekly on a Wednesday 7.30-9.30 with a performance in June 2018. See Facebook : Ely Pop-up Gospel Choir for more info Rocking Ukuleles of Ely The club meets every Monday evening at The Ely Bowls Club. (bar available) £5 subs paid on each evening of attendance Great club members, fun night and a good social event. Members can

volunteer to play at local charity events too. All abilities welcome. Call John Bassett (founder & leader) on: 07785 296681 e: Ely Sinfonia Ely’s community orchestra plays regular concerts and services in Ely Cathedral and other local venues. New players always welcome in most sections, or join the Friends for discounts and free concerts. To find out more call 01353 721007 or see Sing! Choirs Thursday evenings 8-9.30pm at Ely St John’s Primary School. Fun, singing pop, rock and songs from the shows, regular performances raising money for local good causes. For more info email: or visit our website Ely Youth Choir Ely Youth Choir is a mixed choir for the 13 to 19 age-group meets at St Mary’s Church Hall, St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB74HF, from 6.00-7.00 pm on Monday evenings in term time. No fees are charged and there is no audition to join. Conductor Andrew Parnell. For more details contact Sylvia Bulley or 01353 774733

POLITICS Ely City Amnesty Int’ Group We hold regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.00pm at St Peter’s House, Broad Street, Ely, and would welcome new members to campaign and plan activities. Ely for Europe We are a cross-party group campaigning to ensure that the UK remains as close to the centre of the European Union as possible. We support the right to remain of EU nationals living in the UK and full membership of the European Single Market. We have regular meetings and social events. please visit our website http://www.elyforeurope. org or Facebook – ElyforEurope. Ely Refugee Resettlement Campaign ERRC works to raise awareness, and aims to help with the resettlement of some refugee families in East Cambridgeshire (as part of the Government’s scheme to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK in the next five years). The group meets | Elyi Magazine | 47 | Elyi Magazine | 47

regularly and always seeks volunteers to help and to pledge support. For more information, please visit http:// or email,

RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS Ely Baha’i Community On the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, we host a variety of events as listed below at The Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely, CB74LS, 7:30 to 9:00 All are welcome. any faith, any religion, no religion. Tel:07746761519 - FB:Ely Baha’i community Twitter: @elybahais - email: elybahais@gmail. com Christ Church North Ely Isle of Ely School. Tel: 01353 659550 Countess Free Church Chapel St. Ely CB6 1AD Tel: 01353 662396 Ely City Church 15a Silver Street. Tel: 01353 662172

Ely Cathedral - Mothers’ Union First Wednesday of the month at the Cathedral Centre at 7.30pm. At our monthly meeting we have a speaker and refreshments. All are welcome. Visitors £2 and Members £1. Eunice Reddish 01353 661502 worship/mothersunion Ely Cathedral - Edward Bear Club Every Friday morning during term time from 10.00 to 11.00 at Powcher’s Hall on Firmary Lane (behind the Cathedral). Parents, carers and preschool children worship together with story, song and prayer. Contact: Angela Jones 01353 665810 St Mary’s Church of England St Mary’s Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 659550 St Mary’s Church - Monday Club The club meets in the church hall on the 1st and 3rd Monday in the month, opening at 2:00pm for a 2:30 start. The programme includes a range of social events, including speakers on a wide range of subjects. Afternoon tea and cakes are served at every meeting. £1.00 per meeting. Elizabeth Flood on 01353 662385

New Connexions @ High Barns Larkfield Community Centre , High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB Website: Email: Tel: Pastor Keith Waters, 612158

St Mary’s Church Ely - Mothers’ Union We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.15pm in St Mary’s Church Rooms. We have a varied programme of speakers and social events. Through our membership, we seek to support work and care for families locally, nationally and worldwide. All are welcome to attend. Contact the Church Office: 01353 659550

Ely Methodist Church Chapel Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 662426

St Peter’s Church of England Broad Street, Ely.

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

Ely Quaker Meeting Every Sunday at The Old Dispensary, St Mary’s Street, Ely at 10.30. Visitors are welcome to join us. We come together in silence and stillness, for about an hour, followed by coffee and informal chat. Pauline Weston,

St Etheldreda’s Catholic Church Egremont Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 662759 Ely Cathedral The College, Ely. Tel: 01353 667735

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The Lighthouse Fellowship Lynn Rd, Ely Tel: 01353 662228 email:

The Lighthouse Knitters Projects include various charitable knits and self improvement. We meet between 9.30 - 11.30am on a Tuesday morning, all year round. Beginners and all age groups welcome, materials are provided and tea and coffee available for a small donation. Delia Wakeling on 01353 861126 or Maria Martin 01353 772 812

SCIENCE Ely Astronomy Club Meetings commence at 7.30pm at the Vernon Cross Rm, Ely Museum. Informal, friendly and exciting. Beginners and families are welcome. Join us and journey to the stars! 2nd friday of the month from Sept - June (July & Aug no meetings) No admission fee, retiring collection. Mike Stephens / Facebook: Ely Astronomy Club Ely Humanists Usually meets at Ely Library Meeting Room on the first Saturday of each month, 10.00am – 11.30am. For info email: or visit

SOCIAL Ely and District 41 Club A Club made up of past members of Round Table. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at The Almonry Restaurant 7.00 for 7.30. If you are a past Round Tabler living in the Ely area please get in touch. Nigel Davies.01353 721037 or njdavies1@

Ely Branch Royal British Legion Mon 18th June, Mon 16th July, Mon 13th August, Mon 22nd October (AGM), Mon 3rd December (Xmas do) Mon 17th December. All meetings are held at 1930hrs in the Town House, 60-64, Market Street, Ely, CB7 4LS. New members always welcome. Contact Brian Crabtree Tel: 07533 593848 E: Ely City Trefoil Guild The Trefoil Guild is ‘Guiding for Adults’ and is celebrating its 75th Anniversary nationally this year. Ely Guild meets at the Old Dispensary on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.15pm. New members always made welcome. Contact: Barbara on Ely Tuesday Group Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except December when it is on the 2nd Tuesday) at the Old Dispensary, 13 St. Mary’s Street, Ely Refreshments are served from 10am, followed by a guest speaker from 10.30-11.30. All newcomers welcome. Contact Pamela Austin 01353 610825 Ely City Women’s Institute July 9th The History of Slimming World by a local Consultant Competition: A Healthy Recipe Meets on 2nd Monday of each month. The Old Dispensary, 13 St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER. 7.30pm to approximately 9.45pm (feel free to arrive from 7.15pm). We welcome new members to join us at any time of the year. Please contact us via any of the following methods: Website: home. Find us on Facebook: Ely City WI

LGBT+ in Ely & Cambridgeshire A LGBT+ group who meet on Fridays once a month for drinks at The Royal Standard in Forehill Ely from 7pm onwards or join us for brunch at Samovar on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month 10am -12noon. Other local events also organised at various times. Email:

Ely Northwold Women’s Institute Every 2nd Wednesday in the month at 7.15pm in the Ely Cathedral Learning Centre, Palace Green , Ely, CB6 4EW apart from January when we have a post Christmas meal at a local venue. We have a varied and interesting programme that includes speakers, demonstrations and visits out. for info contact: 01353 860653 or 01353 699231

Ely & District Probus Club The 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month at The Cathedral Centre, Palace Green Ely at 10:00. Membership is open to all Professional and Business people resident in Ely and District who are fully or semiretired. Companionship, discussion and other activities such as outings, luncheons and guest invitation meetings. Ian Robertson, Chairman, 01353 658300

Ely Archers We are a friendly and thriving club. We promote shooting socially, for fun and shooting seriously for tournaments. Based in Ely, we shoot both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). Becoming an annual member of Ely Archers allows you the chance to shoot with us throughout the year:

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twice a week in Winter and three times a week in Summer. General enquiries to: Membership: Ely Victoria Badminton Club Tuesdays 7pm-10pm at Ely Paradise Sports Centre. A friendly BE registered badminton club, open to all competitive abilities from improvers to experts. With around 55 members the club demonstrates a good balance of competitive sport based in a very sociable environment. / Twitter @ElyVicBad Facebook elyvictoriaBadminton East Cambs Amazons Basketball Club We are a female Basketball Club, set up as part of the East Cambs Warriors Basketball Club. Aimed at female players of any standard aged 14 plus, who are interested, want to learn to play or have played before and want to return to the game. Training session: Monday nights 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Kings School, Ely Sports Hall. Cost £4. First session free. For more information contact: email: Find us on Facebook: EastCambsAmazons Website: www.eastcambswarriors.leaguerepublic. com City of Ely Bowls Club Our Indoor club is open all year; and from May to September you can also play on our outdoor green. We are a family friendly club where any age can join in and have a game. Our U18 section meet on a Sunday morning for coaching and fun, and we hold a general turn up and play called a ‘drive’ on Monday & Friday mornings & Tuesday afternoons. If you are interested in giving bowls a try please call the club for details. Tel: 01353 665272 Email: City of Ely Cricket Club City of Ely Cricket Club have been playing at the Paradise ground since 1856. We are Clubmark accredited and run a range of teams for adults and youths (from Year 4). We also run regular training sessions through the winter. e-mail: / tel: 01353 662886 Ely & District Cycling Club For more information, to book a place or to reserve a bicycle please contact Cliff Loveday on 07823 338615 50 50 | | Elyi ElyiMagazine Magazine | |

Octagon Cycling Club We are a friendly local cycling club based in Ely. We meet Wednesday & Thursday evenings for indoor spinning & summer training rides, and Saturday and Sunday mornings for long rides (30 to 80 miles) at varying speeds between 15 & 24+ mph depending on terrain. We aim to stay together & no rider is left behind. New members are ALWAYS welcome...there is no joining fee or subscription, no commitment just the pleasure of riding a road bike on quiet Fenland roads with quite a bit of banter! / Contacts Robin Jones 07824 486 105 Ely City Golf Club Located at the edge of the City, just off the Cambridge Road, the 18 hole course is rated as one of East Anglia’s premier Championship parkland golf courses. The club has very active Men’s, Ladies’, Senior and Junior sections which provide opportunities for both social and competitive golf. Guests and visitors are always welcome. The club has practice facilities, a pro-shop and a superb clubhouse serving first-class food and beverages with stunning views overlooking the course.Come and see what Ely City Golf Club has to offer you For further information please call 01353 662751 / email: Ely High Badminton Club Every Wednesday (term time) 7.30-9.30pm Ely College, Downham Road. Contact: 01353 699484 / Ely City Hockey Club We are based at and uses the astro turf pitch at Ely Outdoor Sports Association, just off the Downham Road/A10 roundabout. We’re a friendly club and welcome players of all ages and all abilities. We have a very active Junior section with nearly 100 boys and girls aged 6-16 years training weekly and competing against local clubs. Training times are (September – April): Juniors Tues 7-8pm / Ladies Tues 8-9.30pm / Mens Tues 8-9.30pm For more info : elycityhockey Tel: 07815 905288 / Facebook: Ely City Hockey Club Twitter: @ElyHockeyClub Ely Vikings Korfball Meetings each Monday evening at the gym at Ely College - 6pm (juniors aged 7-13, for one hour) and 7pm (seniors, for two hours.) No previous experience is required - just turn up and enjoy your first free session. Find out more at: http://

Littleport Lions Korfball Every Tuesday evening, Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Rd. All year round, new players can get two free trial sessions at any time of year. contact Andy on:, website: Facebook or watch our introductory video on YouTube by searching for “This is Korfball”. City of Ely Netball Club City of Ely Netball Club offers netball training and competition for women and girls (from School Year 7) The Club has 2 adult squads and 2 junior teams and offers umpiring/coaching opportunities. It has England Netball CAPS accreditation. For more information: web: email: / tel: 01353 662886 Ely Netball Club The club is a thriving club with currently 30 members of all ages and abilities and we encourage women to return to sport to get fit and healthy but also as a great social activity. Victoria Cutforth, Treasurer Ely Netball Club: elynetball@ / 07518 080362 Ely Rugby Club Ely Rugby Club is a strong club on and off the pitch promoting enjoyment for all and the Rugby core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. Our Minis section starts with U6s playing tag rugby and caters for children up to 11 years old (U12s). The Youth section provides for children from 12 years old (U13s) up to 18, at which time they can join the Senior section. email: Ely Runners Tues & Thurs 7pm Paradise Centre. Membership Secretary Richard Hill: Ely Sailing Club Ely Sailing Club is based at Roswell Pits in Ely, over 40 acres of attractive fresh water with islands, trees and banks. We are a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre and have also been awarded RYA Champion Club status for our race coaching. Sailing takes place between Easter and the end of October on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Full details can be found on our website:www.

Ely Squash Club Ely Squash club welcomes new members. We have 2 squash courts, changing rooms, car parking and bar. We are located near the new Cineworld cinema in Ely. Free membership for children and students. We have men and ladies teams in the Cambs squash league, as well as internal ‘box’ leagues for players of all abilities.The squash courts are accessible to members 24/7, and the bar is open every evening Monday to Friday. Tel - 01353 662156 Website - Ely Table Tennis Club Ely Table Tennis Club hold weekly practice sessions in the main hall at Witchford Sports Centre every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm. FREE taster session for new members. Adults £4.00, students in full time education £2.00. Informal coaching will be available along with robot practice, social events and two tournaments per year. Karen Byford, Secretary to Ely Table Tennis Club at Ely Tennis Club We are a community-based not-for-profit club committed to making tennis available to everybody in and around Ely. We offer junior and adults coaching courses, enabling players to develop their game as well as having fun. We also have a number of teams representing the Club, playing teams around the County both home and away. Last, but not least, we organise social events throughout the year. More info from For occasional play you can book courts via our website - cost to non-members is £8 p.h The Ely Walking Group Please come and join us. Contact Sonia..... email or tel 01353 725140 for starting point Walking Netball ‘Let’s Get Moving East Cambridgeshire’ brings you Walking Netball. This slowed down version of Netball is the perfect way to get out and active, whether you have never played Netball before or you haven’t played it for a while. Walking Netball is for women of all ages and abilities. Sessions run on Wednesday’s at Littleport Leisure Centre 7pm - 8pm. Your first session is free of charge and then future sessions will cost £4. For more information contact Sophie Edwards, or call 01353 616348 | Elyi Magazine | 51 | Elyi Magazine | 51

SUPPORT Cambridgeshire Invisible Illness Support ( CAMBSIIS) Want 2018 to be the year you improve? Time to look at moving a little bit more, getting a bit more active, to help our health and well-being. We will be meeting monthly for support and information at The Old Dispensary on St Mary’s Street 6pm. Email: / Phone: 07793671728 Care Network Cambs Supporting Volunteers, Encouraging Independence, Developing Good neighbour projects. Tel: 01954 211919 email: Website: twitter @CareNetworkCamb Facebook: Care Network Cambridgeshire Cambridge Cruse Bereavement Care. We are a support group for Bereaved people, offering a warm and friendly welcome at our Coffee Mornings in the Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ely. Our meetings are on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10.15am to 11.45am. Do come along if you have been bereaved, you will not only find support from our volunteers but also friendship and support from other members of the group. Contact Mary on 01353 659314 Cambridge Cruse 01223 302662 Death Café Drink tea. Eat cake. Discuss death. At a Death Cafe people come together in a relaxed setting to drink tea, eat cake and share their stories about death. Warning: feelings of relief, positivity and unexpected humour may occur. Sundays 2-4pm: 1 July, 9 Sept Starbucks, , The Cloisters, , Ely CB7 4ZH Email: Facebook: Ely Death Café Ely Dementia Group We meet fortnightly on a Thursday from 10a.m.12p.m. at The Recreational Hall in Militia Way, off Barton Road Car Park. Our meetings are for carers, past and present, and for the cared-for. The charge is £2 per head which goes towards refreshments and outings. The next meeting will be on February 1st. For further information contact Debbie Saberton on Ely 777093 or 07546481175 52 52 | | Elyi ElyiMagazine Magazine | |

Ely Foodbank The food bank is run in partnership with Churches together in Ely. Donations can be left at collection points at Sainsbury, Tesco & Waitrose in Ely or brought to the food bank store on Barton Road. See website for times. Emergency food needs and general enquiriesTel: 01353 468626 / email: info@ / Ely Milks 1.30-2.30pm on Thursdays at the Cathedral Centre on Palace Green Breastfeeding support. Ely Milks is a charitable organisation providing information and support for mums who are breastfeeding. For more info go to: Ely & District Parkinsons UK Support Group Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Bell Holt Community Hall. We meet for support and socialising as well as listening to our programme of speakers. Contact Brian Hayes Chairman on 01353 860102 or the Secretary Jenny Lowles on 01353 861674 POS+ABILITY Are you living with the effects of a Stroke? Parkinson’s? Multiple Sclerosis? Muscular Dystrophy? or other long-term Neurological conditions? Come and join us at our established weekly classes in Ely, Littleport and Histon. If you have an interest in our area of work, our team would like to hear from you. Potential Staff and Volunteers Please get in touch. For a Free Taster Session Contact 07565 598193 Email: / www. Young Peoples Support – Centre 33 Ely Drop In Centre 33 operates from 24a Barton Road which is above Centre E, facing the car park. We are open for drop in sessions from 4-7pm on Thursdays. Free to young people between the ages of 13 and 25 – we offer support with housing, sexual health, money & budgeting, mental health and emotional well-being, or just pop in for a coffee and a chat. Natalie Gildersleeve - Tel: 0333 4141 809

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Cathedral Flower Festival News!

Hot on the heels of Chelsea, celebrity Gardener, Diarmuid Gavin is to officially open Ely’s eagerly awaited Flower Festival. TV personality and celebrity gardener, Diarmuid Gavin, will be making a special appearance at Ely Cathedral’s Flower Festival, which takes place in June. Diarmuid will be guest of honour at the Festival’s preview evening on Wednesday 20 June where preview ticket holders can enjoy a glass of champagne in the Bishop of Ely’s beautiful medieval gardens and get a sneak preview of the magnificent floral displays before the event opens to the public on 21 June. Known for his Irish charm and expert knowledge on garden design and flora, Diarmuid is the perfect guest to front Ely’s Flower Festival which will include over 50,000 blooms transformed into 100 striking exhibits. “A flower festival is the perfect place for me. There are similarities with making a show garden, except with a garden you have a month to build it, these Flower Arrangers produce miraculous creations in a couple of days”. As a devotee of flowers and gardens, Diarmuid will also be attending RHS Chelsea press day to launch the new Ely Cathedral Rose. The rose has been produced by award winning East Anglian rose growers, Peter Beales. As a specialist propagator of new blooms, they have won many prestigious

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awards including 24 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This subtly scented, repeat flowering shrub plant produces a wonderful multiheaded display of deep red buds open to reveal double, ruffled blooms which was much admired by HRH Prince Charles at the Sandringham Flower Show last year, when he was inspecting a few of the new unnamed new species. Other supporters and sponsors of the event include Cheffins, Cambridge Independent, G’s, McCarthy & Stone and The Old Hall. The Flower Festival is open to the public from 21 to 24 June. In addition to the displays there will be musical performances, demonstrations by floral experts, delicious food & drink outlets and a bespoke Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds. Further information on the Festival including limited preview evening tickets, general ticket sales, opening times and travel information is available on the website or by calling the Box Office on 01353 660349.




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