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MAR/APR 2020 Issue No. 48

Reflecting the Richness of Ely Life

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EDITORIAL & FEATURES

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Welcome to our March/April magazine! The diary is picking up as we begin to emerge from the winter. Spare a thought for the market traders over recent weeks, goodness what storms! Let’s hope the worst of it is over now. In this issue we bring you the usual mix of events and updates on local happenings. Mayor Mike Rouse has been as busy as ever despite a knee injury in February and we bring you more info about the various City Council operations via their regular article (page 14-15) A big welcome to our new advertisers who are supporting the magazine. As I say almost every issue, please tell them you saw them here as it really helps them know the magazine is working and keeps them coming back to support us. It is the start of the nomination season for the Ely Hero awards (see page 34) and we are thrilled to be helping with the stage and lighting side of things. This is a change from sponsoring a category which we have done in previous years.

A LIFE ON OUR PLANET 8 CITY OF ELY COUNCIL 14-15 MAYOR MIKE ROUSE 32 REIMAGINE RESOURCE CENTRE 33 ELY HERO AWARDS 34 VILLAGE HALL SURVEY 35 CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE 35 WICKEN FEN NEWS 36 ELY GUILD OF WOODTURNERS 36 ELY FLOWER CLUB 37 ALL IN SOUND 38 ELY CINEMA 40 EVENTS 41-47 ELY WILDSPACE 48 SUMMER EVENTS 50-51 GROUPS AND MEETS 52-66 SOHAM REPAIR CAFÉ 67 STEP INSIDE THE STORY - SOHAM 67

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There is a lovely mix of different events and interests represented here this month from art exhibitions & wood turning, lectures and concerts to wrestling and sports events - and of course we have Mother’s Day and Easter falling in March and April. We strive to be as inclusive and diverse as possible so would love to hear from any groups that feel underrepresented so we can highlight your information and shine a spotlight on how you enrich our Ely life, so do get in touch. All are welcome! Bridget

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RECREATION AND CEMETERY COMMITTEE This Committee, usually known simply as ‘Rec and Cem’ is responsible, first, for the upkeep and development of a number of recreation and play areas to be found within the civic parish. These are located at High Barns, Willow Walk, St John’s Road, The Park, Columbine Road, the Paradise Play Area and in both Prickwillow and Stuntney. Over the years equipment at these sites has been improved and extended and caters for a wide age range. At St John’s

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THE TACKLE SHOP ELY We were delighted to pop in on Ken Shipp this month. He has recently opened the great little fishing tackle shop above INTERIORS OF ELY in Chequer Lane.

He is very proud to stock FFS Lures and McFluffchucker predator lures which have been packaged especially for the Ely shop. As well as these he stocks a full range of more everyday fishing bait, lures, rods, reels and other fishing paraphernalia. Alongside the new equipment, Ken stocks quite a few (very reasonably priced) second hand rods and is happy to guide you towards what you need. Pop in to INTERIORS and have a look next time you are in Ely. Open Thursday - Saturday every week.

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It is amazing how much he has managed to pack into such a compact space. Inside is a wide range of tackle for all different budgets, from starter kits for around £30, ideal for any budding anglers in the family, up to beautifully crafted lures and flies for the more experienced fisherman (or fisherwoman).

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J.T.Cycles The Cycle Repair Centre

All All general general servicing servicing and and repairs repairs Front and rear suspension servicing (including electric and folding bikes) makes) (all makes) Suspension(all Servicing Disc brake servicing (all makes) Wheel building Frame repairs

No job too small!

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Unit 1b Century Park, Lynn Road, Chettisham, Ely, CB6 1SA

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Tig-a-Tack Tig Welding Service

Specialising in:Aluminium Stainless steel Steel etc.

Qualified City & Guilds Level II

Repairs and prototype work undertaken

Sub-contract jobs

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PERFORMANCE BY HUSQVARNA Shop all the tools you need for those spring jobs in the garden.

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HIGH QUALITY GARDEN MACHINERY REPAIRS IN PYMOOR

David Kent has been a mechanical engineer for over 40 years working on different projects both large and small, nationwide. He founded SDK engineering in 2014 and works at his workshop in nearby Pymoor. He tackles all makes and models of different garden machinery providing a high quality service to the Ely area and beyond. David does all manner of repairs, and machinery maintenance with a large supply of spares at the ready. He also offers expert advice so, if your mower is playing up he’ll be very happy to advise you whether it is worth repairing, how much it will cost and how to maintain and store your equipment at home once its back in business.

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There’s not much he can’t do when it comes to garden machinery; sharpening cylinder mower bottom blades and rotary mower blades, servicing hedge cutters, strimmers and chainsaws; you name it - he can fix it. David is doing a special offer for Elyi readers until the end of April of 20% off his usual rates. (max 2 items) He also has a passion for vintage tractors and offers repairs as well as full tractor engine rebuilds and is able to work on large scale fabrications for your garden such as railings, signs and ornamental garden structures. You can see more on his website at: www.sdkengineering41.com and get up to the minute info on current projects on his Facebook page  / SDK Engineering Ltd - Garden Machinery - Repairs, Servicing and Spares Tel: 01353 699020 Mob: 07554 873 880 Unit 2 Mount Pleasant Business Park, Main Street, Pymoor, CB6 2DY Ely 28 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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Chettisham Garage • Lynn Road • Ely • Cambs • CB6 1SA

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Van Sales • Tel. 01353 664234 We hold a large stock of vehicles for sale. OUR SERVICES Fully serviced with 6 month Class 4 & 7 MOT’s warranty. With new MOT lane and fully qualified tester, wewith have the facilitates to carry out Class 4 All vans are sold (cars) and Class 7 MOT’S 12 months MOT. Class 4 £40 Class 7 £50 Servicing With fully qualified Mechanics and the latest equipment we carry out servicing of all tyres of vehicles at competitive pricing. Labour £40 + VAT per hour Diagnostics With the latest Snap-On diagnostics technology we will be able to find out what is wrong with your car. Batteries, Tyres & Exhausts We offer competitive rates on batteries, tyres and exhaust that can be fitted while you wait (subject to stock) Welding We have fully qualified welders on site, able to carry out repairs to MOT standards. Recovery & Vehicle transportation We now have a recovery lorry and can also carry out vehicle transportation.

Car • SWB • LWB • Lutons • Tippers For daily, weekly or long term hire. Single and business rates available.

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Van Sales • Tel. 01353 664234 We hold a large stock of vehicles for sale. Fully serviced with 6 month warranty. All vans are sold with 12 months MOT.

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2020 Nursery places available for children aged 3- 4 years Exploring and

Portrait of the Artist as a Film Icon a five week course

offered by Ely Lifelong Learners (ELLs)

Tutor: David Read

Our mission is for our pupils to grow into kind, brave, curious, confident and knowledgeable young people who are well-prepared for the future

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Forest School sessions with trained practitioners

Spring Meadow Infant and Nursery School ...a warm welcome awaits you The lives of famous artists have long been considered ideal subjects for film biopics. Many great artists live tortured lives, which makes for good drama, but the best of these films can teach us something about the art itself as well as the people who create it. They explore the relationship between art and the viewer and the historical and political context in which artists work. The course will look at a number of films depicting the life and work of artists from different perspectives. Venue: Ely Library, starts Wednesday 22 April 2020 10.00am -12pm The course fee is £40 but come along to the first session for free and sign up afterwards! For more information, contact: Anne at:

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Come and see our exciting learning spaces inside & out EARLY YEARS’ OPEN DAYS: TUESDAY 21st / WEDNESDAY 22nd / THURSDAY 23rd APRIL 2020 at 9.15am and at 1pm To discuss our 2020 Nursery sessions (Universal and Extended) and to arrange a visit to Nursery please call the school office on 01353 664742 or email admin@springmeadow.cambs.sch.uk www.springmeadow.cambs.sch.uk

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COMPARING GOWNS AT THE CATHEDRAL EXHIBITION EARLIER IN FEBRUARY!

MIKE ROUSE MAYOR OF ELY After the frenetic activity before Christmas, it has been a very quiet beginning to the new decade as far as the office of mayor is concerned. It has given me time to reflect.

to the city and fens as a folk music performer, writer and part of the education programme at Ely Museum. Countless children, along with me, learnt so much from this unassuming, hugely talented man.

On the 6th December we said farewell at a lovely family service in St Mary’s Church to four times former mayoress, Pat Hobbs. Pat was the quiet, unassuming wife who supported Richard, not just as Mayor but with all his council work and the offices he held. Anyone who holds public office knows how important it is to have the support or partners, family and friends, but it does place a burden on them, often unrealised outside their immediate circle.

On the 8th May, the city will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. That too will be a time of reflection, but also of celebration.

In January Edward Scott Pillow died at the age of 92. From 1997-8 he served as mayor, supported by his wife June, who predeceased him. Scotty was ex-RAF and for many years was parade marshal on Remembrance Sunday. He was a dedicated, dignified man who, with his wife June, served the city well. We are lucky to live in such an historic city, but it is us, the people who live here, who can make it a great place in so many different ways, like John Crowe who also died in January. He never served as a councillor, but made an enormous contribution

PAT HOBBS WITH HUSBAND RICHARD AT HIS MAYOR MAKING IN 2017

Eel Day, with a World War Two theme, will be held on the Friday and afterwards at the conclusion of cathedral evensong around 6.30 we will be presenting the Freedom of the City to our Air Cadets and Army Cadets in a short ceremony on Palace Green. We are fortunate in Ely in having some fine cadets and I congratulate them, their instructors and their supportive parents and carers and it is fitting that the City Council should honour them. Everyone is welcome to come and support them and afterwards there will be a special cry for the day and the bells of St Mary’s will ring as part of a national commemoration.

EDWARD SCOT PILLOW PICTURED WITH HIS WFE JUNE IN 2012

On the Saturday and Sunday there will be the annual Food Festival – let’s make all three days memorable for Ely. Mike Rouse

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The Re-imagine Resource Centre at Witchford opened its doors once again after the New Year break on 19th February. It was officially opened, speeches, ribbon cutting and all, on Friday 14th. Elyi were in attendance and Mrs Julie Spence, as the Queen’s representative as Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, performed the ceremony. It was the official unveiling of the Community Crafting Kitchen. This represented the realisation of a dream for manager and Ely Hero, Ruth Marley. The funding for a kitchen was procured with the help of the John Lewis foundation who are longstanding supporters of the venture and it is really fun to see Edgar the Dragon from the John Lewis Christmas commercial has taken up permanent residence in the shop, ready to greet you when you enter. The new facilities will allow the centre to extend its cooking and crafting workshops, spreading the message of recycling, re-using and reducing our individual and collective impact on the planet. More info on Facebook / Re-Imagine Resource Centre http://www.re-imagine.btck.co.uk/

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2020 NOMINATIONS OPEN 2nd March - 17th April

Ely Hero Awards launches for the 4th year running at an exclusive party at The Poets House Hotel in Ely. Local business sponsors who make the event possible, gather for the launch along with Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence who is a fabulous supporter of the local community in Cambridgeshire. Everyone is encouraged to nominate a Hero, an individual in the community who performs selfless acts for others in 1 of the 10 categories. Entries are open from 6pm on Monday 2nd March, and

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close on Friday 17th April. You will find the nomination form at: www.elyheroawards.org.uk along with further information about each category. Each year category finalists are invited to the glitzy award ceremony held at The Maltings where the winners are announced and crowned. The Elyi Magazine is proud to be sponsoring the stage, sound and lighting this year from local company ‘We are Blue Shed’. It is a joyous, uplifting evening of excitement and celebration of our local community and those individuals who make it great! https://www.elyheroawards.org.uk/


ADVICE FROM CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

CENSUS OF RURAL ENGLAND’S VILLAGE AND COMMUNITY HALLS NOW LIVE Following on from a highly successful Village Halls’ Week that involved over 700 village halls, actively engaged 18 MPs and attracted coverage from Countryfile, national Newspapers and resulted in #villagehallsweek trending on Twitter, ACRE has launched a national survey of village halls, following up on the last survey carried out 10 years ago. The Survey is being distributed to 10,000 village halls across England by the ACRE Network members and is a crucial piece of work. ACRE will use the data to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to provide the very best support. ACRE wants to encourage all kinds of community buildings that provide facilities for their communities to take part. Not just traditional village halls but community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, community centres, Miners Welfare Institutes, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms. Launching the survey locally, Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Chief Executive, Kirsten Bennett said: ”Whilst it’s essential for us to have the hard data as evidence to support our work, the information collected will paint a picture of the social and economic impact on communities of having a hall in their community and it provides a detailed look at social change over time. We are extremely grateful to all the hall committees that give their time to manage village halls and will take the time to complete this survey” To find out more the Survey, visit its dedicated page on the ACRE website: https://acre. org.uk/our-work/national-village-andcommunity-hall-survey

Safe and Well

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service wants everyone to be safe from fire at home and to know how to escape safely if a fire starts. The service is offering FREE Safe and Well visits to people in their own homes to make sure that they have working smoke alarms and a good level of fire safety awareness to help prevent fires and save lives Safe and Well visit is a home visit that lasts no longer than an hour, at a convenient time for you, carried out by trained staff. During the visit we will: • • • • • • •

Talk to you about fire safety in the home Check your property to identify any fire hazards Check that you have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home Fit FREE ten-year smoke alarms as appropriate Provide you with fire safety advice and show you how to test your smoke alarms Talk about escape plans, so that you can escape safely if a fire starts Provide advice, or link you into organisations that can help you, if you need support with other issues such as health, wellbeing or crime prevention.

To find out if you are eligible for a visit, please call us on 01480 444500 or email us at: firefire@cambsfire.gov.uk.

Smoke Alarms

Did you know that you should test your smoke alarms at least once a month, but fortnightly would be preferable, or that you should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home? These are your ‘first line of defence. We all have waste collection calendars – on the side of the fridge or in a cupboard – “which bin is it this week?” Why not choose red, blue or green and mark it RED www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 35


to remind you to test your smoke alarms? If you need a testing stick to reach please ask, we will do our best to provide as soon as supplies permit. Or use a broom handle – an old one cut off would suffice. recreational activities and to connect with nature, understand the cultural value of this special place, and be part of its story. The project will begin in April 2020 when a Community Engagement Manager will begin working with local organisations and communities to develop and deliver outreach activities involving Wicken Fen’s landscape, wildlife, archaeology and cultural heritage. Activities are set to include stargazing, nature walks, school visits and more.

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Another thought, which may enable you to help save a life – download onto your ‘phone, or other device, the app “what3words”. Many people have already done this, putting them in a position to direct CFRS or any other emergency service, including EAAA, right to the spot. Amazing ! Think of the critical time saving – no more “ it’s near so-and-so” or I’m new to the area so I don’t know …” etc. Please do it now. Visit this website for more helpful tips and advice: https://firekills.campaign.gov.uk/ Like us on Facebook for regular updates www.facebook.com/cambsfrs or follow us on Twitter @cambsfrs. For more information or to get in touch contact us at firefire@cambsfire.gov.uk or on 0800 9179994.

In May 2019 Wicken Fen celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Wicken Fen Vision and the 120th anniversary of the National Trust caring for Wicken Fen and engaged with the public locally and nationally to drive forward its ambitious plans to increase the nature reserve to an area of 53 square kilometres, and create a beautiful, tranquil and diverse landscape for wildlife and people. Sarah Smith, General Manager of the National Trust’s Wicken Fen said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident that the project will help people discover new ways to explore the outdoors and the benefits this brings. It will offer new opportunities to participate in the future plans of the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve.”

Michael White

THE NATIONAL TRUST’S WICKEN FEN NATURE RESERVE SECURES NATIONAL LOTTERY SUPPORT Wicken Fen Nature Reserve has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £75,000 for an exciting heritage project, Footprints, in East Cambridgeshire. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on creating opportunities for local people to access a range of 36 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

HANDS-ON DAY The EGW is hosting its annual “woodturning hands-on day” on Saturday 18th April from 10am till 4pm at the Little Thetford Village Hall, CB6 3HG. If you’ve ever wondered what woodturning is all about, then here’s your chance to pop along and discover more about this wonderful craft. Entry is free!


CITY OF ELY FLOWER CLUB 50 YEARS HONOUR

At our Open Evening on 5th December, 2019 our Club member Susan Piper was presented with a "NAFAS 50 Years Continuous Service Certificate" by Area Chairman of EoE, Lesley Fairman. Susan was formerly a member of Littleport & District Flower Club and has been a member of the City of Ely Flower Club since and its formation in 1972. She served as President from 1983-1986 and Assistant Secretary for a number of years. The Committee & Members of the City of Ely Flower Club also wished to honour Susan for her long service and she was made an Honorary Member of the Club. Susan was thrilled to receive these awards and thanked everyone.

Fancy having a go yourself? Well, you are certainly welcome to do so, under the expert eye and guidance of some of our senior and knowledgeable members. The hall will be set up with a number of lathes, and there’s usually a pyrography table too, so there’s ample opportunity to see demonstrations or have a “turn”. Children are welcome, provided they are accompanied by an adult, and can even have a go themselves with parental consent. The event has been open to the public since 2013. It’s a great way to showcase woodturning and it is, indeed, “hands-on”. So do come along and see what lovely things can be turned from wood! We look forward to meeting you!

photo: (L) Area Chairman, Lesley Fairman, Susan Piper - courtesy of Margaret Dooling

Check out our website: www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk, follow us on Twitter @ElyWoodturners, Facebook @elyguildofwoodturners & Instagram “elyguildofwoodturners”

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ALL IN SOUND’S NEW MULTIGENERATIONAL PROJECT All In Sound are delighted to announce a new partnership with our local new care home The Orchards, Ely. Since April 2018, All In Sound have been running a very busy and successful weekly singing group for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers, and are now expanding their programme of work to include Care Homes. This initiative, brought about by All In Sound Director Kathryn Rowland, sees families with young children singing and making music, and memories, with residents of the care home. Kathryn says “Using my experience of leading early years music workshops and working with older people too, I am able to bring together the ages in a positive and inclusive way. I am delighted with the partnership with The Orchards, Ely and look forward to bringing everyone together for a wonderful shared experience.” The project is funded through grants obtained by All In Sound, including Hopkins Homes through Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

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If you would like to support All In Sound to continue their work do visit their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ allinsound3 For more information about All In Sound please contact Kathryn on kathryn@allinsound.co.uk or 01353 662022.


Our Family, Caring For Yours ‘Creating opportunities together by caring to be different’

Aria Court is an award winning care home with nursing. It has recently been extensively refurbished to a high standard and has built a reputation for delivering high quality nursing and dementia care, with people being at the heart of everything they do. They work with a generous team member to resident ratio, which affords every resident the opportunity to have care provided at their pace, while our Lifestyle and Activities Team ensure that the needs of each individual resident are met. Activities range from the popular choir sessions, to the more relaxed arts and crafts and trips to the local pub. Pop in or call to arrange a visit.

Aria Court Care Home

Coronation Close, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9PP 01354 661551 or @Ariacourtcarehome If you would like to find out more please email us at enquiries@athenacarehomes.co.uk Or visit our website www.athenacarehomes.co.uk www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 39


ELY CINEMA MAR 20

The Maltings · Ship Lane · Ely · Cambridgeshire · CB7 4BB Tuesday, 10 Mar: 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm) · 109 mins.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG)

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour.

Thursday, 12 Mar: 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm) · 109 mins.

Please use it - or lose it!

The Lighthouse (15)

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890’s. Strong sex, nudity, violence, gore, disturbing images. The Lighthouse is a folk tale, a black comedy, a horror, a mystery, a (platonic?) romance - and something more still, something unspeakable. Something like a masterpiece, perhaps. Empire

Film ticket prices: Evenings: £8/£7 Matinee: £7/£6 (£1 discount for members)

Tuesday, 17 Mar: 7.15pm (doors and bar 6.45pm) · 180 mins.

Royal Opera House: Fidelio (12A)

Royal Opera House and National Theatre Screening prices:

Cabaret Style Seating. Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime.

£15 / £14 / £12 members Note: +10% booking fee on all tickets

Thursday, 19 Mar: 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm) · 132 mins. Parasite (15) Subtitled Screening Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including achieving the first foreign film to win Best Picture, Parasite is a comedy, crime, drama. All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take particular interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident. Strong bloody violence, language, sex, sex references.

Other content various prices: Concessions 60+, U15s, income support, F/T students (proof required). Cinema Information: The cinema reserves the right to refuse admission. The information on this leaflet is available at time of going to press, however the management reserve the right to cancel or alter the advertised programme in exceptional circumstances. Advance tickets: Online; At the Box Office, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely; By telephone: 01353 616991 (Tues – Sun, 12pm – 4pm); On the door at the Maltings half an hour before the film starts (cash/ cheque/credit card). Ely Cinema is run by Babylon ARTS.

Sunday, 22 Mar: 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm) · 119 mins. and Thursday 26 Mar: 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm)

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the goodhearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all. Mild violence, threat, brief bloody images.

Market Day Thursday 26 Mar: 2pm (doors and bar 1.30pm) · 119 mins. Matinee The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

Box Office: 01353 616991 Online Tickets: babylonarts.org.uk Babylon ARTS (operated by ADEC). Registered Charity No. 1043197.

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Subtitled Screening See above for details.

Sunday, 29 Mar: 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm) · 124 mins.

Emma (U)

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy, about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.


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AT THE VILLAGE HALL, THE WYCHES 7pm until late. Fabulous local band “Catch the Pigeon”Caller Trevor Smith. Tickets in advance: £8.50 Adult / Family Ticket £20.To include jacket potato supper. Contact Clair on 07818 846 165. Presented by the Little Thetford Feast Committee.

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MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA

At WWT Welney. Treat a Mother you know to afternoon tea at WWT Welney’s Wigeon Cafe. Afternoon teas must be pre-booked and are served from 3pm. Choose from the following The Classic Afternoon Tea - a scone, clotted cream and jam and a pot of tea or an Americano £ 5.25 High Tea Moment - a classic afternoon tea with a handmade sandwich for 1 £9.25 (vegetarian filling options available) The Deluxe High Tea - a sandwich, scone with cream and jam, macaroon and Elderflower Presse £11.25 Add a small bottle of Prosecco at £7.50 per person. Book through the website at http://bit.ly/2Shx8T9

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MRS CROMWELL’S KITCHEN

OLIVER CROMWELL HOUSE Visit Mrs Cromwell’s original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. 10am -12pmHave you ever had beef with rose hips? Have you ever wondered what you would drink if water was poisonous? Join our local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, in a tasting session of authentic receipes from the 17th century as well as some of the modern equivalents. To book please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062. www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

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ELY CATHEDRAL 7.30pm at Ely Cathedral, Conducted by Andrew Parnell with BackBeat Percussion and soloists Tara Bungard and Charlie Penn. Includes Ely Youth Choir. For more details and ticket prices visit the website www.elychoralsociety.org POSTER PAGE 42

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LIVE SCREENING - ELY CINEMA 11am - 3pm Free Entry. Lots of stalls and suppliers for your big day! Contact: Lola Howell@cityofelycouncil. org.uk or 01353 662633 for more info. INFO PAGE 8

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ELY BEET CLUB, At the Beet Club, Lynn Road. Look out for posters and social media nearer the time. POSTER PAGE 47

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AFRICAN SANCTUS

Tara Bungard soprano Charlie Penn piano BackBeat Percussion Ely Choral Society Ely Youth Choir

Conducted by Andrew Parnell

Tickets £25, £20, £15, £8, U18s £5 from Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 and online at www.elycathedral.org/events or www.elychoralsociety.org Registered Charity No: 802308

7:30 pm Saturday 4th April 2020 Ely Cathedral Nave Image: 123rf.com tarapong

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Social Dance Saturday 28th March 2020 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Following the success of our first event, we a pleased to announce another informal evening of dance with a modern playlist to suit a variety of Ballroom and Latin styles.

Bar / Free Parking Everybody welcome! Tickets: £7 available from Brenda Pearce in advance only elysocialdance@hotmail.com

The EOSA Clubhouse Downham Road Ely, Cambs CB6 2SH All proceeds to support Great Ormond Street Hospital and Ely tennis Club

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ELY YOUTH CHOIR IN CONCERT

Conducted by Andrew Parnell

5:30 p.m. Sunday 1st March St. Peter’s Church, Ely Adults £5 / Under 18s free

Ely Youth Choir presents a sparkling concert of music in the intimate surroundings of St. Peter’s Church, Ely. The programme includes full-choir pop, classical, world and musical theatre numbers, with performances by individual members of the choir. Ely Youth Choir is part of Ely Choral Society, Reg. Charity 802308.


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THE MALTINGS Life on Our Planet at Ely Cinema 7.15pm. Ely Maltings. Book tickets online via babylonarts.org.uk, call the box office on 01353 616991 or pop into Babylon Gallery (open Tues to Sun, 12pm to 4pm). POSTER PAGE 49

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ELY CATHEDRAL 7.30pm Cherbini Requiem in C minor and Music for lent Tickets - All unreserved £18 (Band A - Presbytery seats) and £12 (Band B - Choir stalls). TICKETS: https:// www.elycathedral.org/events/ely-consort-concert

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CELEBRATION OF BUSINESS Ely Cathedral Business Group’s annual Celebration of Business is established as the biggest business fair in the region. Over 100 exhibition stands are available showcase your business’s services and wares, either in Cathedral or on the adjacent Cross Green. A unique opportunity to network and meet other local Fenland business leaders! The day concludes with a grand three-course dinner with an inspirational speaker. Tickets available soon. Register at: https://www. elycathedralbusinessgroup.org/register

VIVA ARTS BRING SHREK TO ELY MALTINGS! Viva Youth Theatre are absolutely thrilled to bring you Shrek the Musical this spring. This will be the first time Shrek is performed in the area as the licence has only recently been made available to local groups following its run on Broadway and London’s West End. The show will be performed by Viva’s vibrant Youth division. The cast of 40 young stars have been in rehearsal since October 2019 following a rigorous audition process. The cast will be joined by a 12 piece orchestra under the Musical Direction of Richard Hayward (East of England Musical Theatre Orchestra). Audience members will also be invited to have their photos taken with Shrek and his friends in a specially set up area of the foyer after the show each night. Shrek the Musical takes place at The Maltings, on Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm. There is also a matinee performance on Saturday 7th March at 3pm. Refreshments will be available in the interval. www. ticketsource.co.uk/viva-arts POSTER PAGE 45

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EXHIBITIONS BERT, HIS DOG, OUR GOD - AN ARTIST’S INTERPRETATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

19 Mar 2020 - 16 Apr 2020 ELY CATHEDRAL

Paintings by Gary Bunt regularly feature a man (Bert) and his dog (the commentator). This exhibition sees Bert and his dog telling the story of the life of Christ - from The Nativity to The Ascension. The 51 paintings each has a relevant poem and together they create a personal and imaginative view of The New Testament. An app of the exhibition together with a video by the artist will be available to download. A hardback book will accompany the exhibition. Gary Bunt is recognised as one of the U.K.’s most popular contemporary figurative artists. His paintings are held in collections in the U.K, Europe, USA, Hong Kong and Australia. He is represented by Portland Gallery, London. This exhibition is supported by the Farmington Institute. FIVE TEXTILE ARTISTS EXHIBITION

21 Apr 2020 - 10 May 2020 ELY CATHEDRAL

We all have a secret somewhere to go to for comfort, inspiration or happiness. In this exhibition, five textile artists explore their own inspirational locations. This fascinating collection of work ranges from handmade felt to gold work through mixed media to quilting, all exquisitely executed. The work is based on local gardens and faraway places. Many of the exhibits will be available to purchase.The Exhibition can be seen in the SW Transept, ANTHONY DE JONG CLEYNDERT

ongoing until Sun 29th Mar 2020 THE OLD FIRE ENGINE HOUSE

Anthony de Jong Cleyndert is an artist working on the Hertfordshire Essex border in the media of oil painting, printmaking and stained glass. Mostly abstract in his work, Anthony also produces monochrome and figurative prints alongside large, textural oil paintings on a theme. 44 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com 44

AMNESTY talks knowledge worth spreading 17 March 2020 Professor Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City, University of London, Taxation is a Human Rights Issue 21 April 2020 Ben White, Cambridge author and journalist, Beyond Apartheid: Achieving a Just Peace for Palestinians and Israelis All talks take place at the Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely. 7.00pm FREE though donations welcomed. Organised by Ely Amnesty International Group info@amnestyely.org.uk


Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Music by Jeanine Tesori

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What’s On January - June 2020 Joyfully proclaiming the love of God in worship, outreach, welcome and care

Holy Week and Easter 5 - 12 April

Holy Week Preacher The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens Palm Sunday 5 April 10.30am Procession with Palms and Sung Eucharist 4pm Evensong Monday in Holy Week 6 April 7.30pm Station of the Cross Tuesday in Holy Week 7 April 8pm Compline with Address Wednesday in Holy Week 8 April 7.30pm Holy Week Liturgy - The Seven Last Words from the Cross James MacMillan

Maundy Thursday 9 April 10.30am Chrism Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils and renewal of Ordination Vows 7.30pm The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday Sung Eucharist and Washing of the Feet 9pm The Watch of the Passion Good Friday 10 April 10am Children’s Activity 11am Walk of Witness Service Noon Preaching of the Cross 1.30pm Proclamation for the Cross Easter Eve 11 April 8pm Easter Vigil, Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist of Easter Easter Day 12 April 10.30am Orchestral Eucharist 4pm Festal Evensong

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ELY HUMANISTS We usually meet 10:00-11:30am on the 3rd Saturday of the month in Ely Library; all are welcome.

On Saturday 18th April we have a talk on:

Humanist’s UK campaigning on Educational Issues by Dr Ruth Wareham Educational Campaigns Manager, Humanists UK

PRESENTS

Ruth will provide an outline of Humanists UK's campaigning work on a variety of educational issues; including faith schools, personal relationships, collective worship and Religious Education.

SAVE THE DATE! 18th April 2020

The talk will also discuss the proposed faith school on the outskirts of Soham. Cost: £2:00 on the door; including tea/coffee https://elyhumanist.org.uk elyhumanistsssec@gmail.com

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR MORE DETAILS ON LOCAL SOCIAL, NEWS & MEDIA PLATFORMS

CAN YOU HELP US CHOOSE AN ARTIST? “Somewhere in Ely” is a project with Babylon Arts that asks local residents to help choose the kind of art they would like to see in Ely.

experience or interest in art. We have some great ideas from artists and would really appreciate your help in choosing the work for Ely.

We’re inviting you to come along to an open meeting on Monday 27 April, 6.30 – 8.30pm at Babylon Gallery in Ely. During the meeting up to 4 artists will pitch their ideas for a temporary artwork for the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. The ideas might include visual arts, performance, music or interactive work. The audience have an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the proposed artwork. At the end of the evening there will be a ballot with everyone voting for their favourite artist or idea. The winning artist will then be awarded a £1800 commission to create the artwork which will be on show in June/ July.

Free entry – all welcome – pizza and refreshments included.

We welcome local residents of all ages and interests to attend. You don’t need any special

Please book a free ticket to let us know you’re coming at www.babylonarts.org.uk For more information please contact Amy Wormald on alwormald@gmail.com

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WILDSPACE

THE RIVERSIDE MEADOW

Many residents of Ely, especially dog walkers and joggers, will be familiar with the riverside walk that takes them past the flood meadow between the railway line and the River Great Ouse. The meadow is an important refuge for snipe, lapwings, teal, gadwall, moorhens and other water birds. Unfortunately the popularity of the walk makes the meadow vulnerable to disturbance by walkers and dogs. In 2011, to protect the site’s wildlife, Ely Wildspace volunteers in co-operation with Natural England and the farmer restored the hedge and erected fencing between the meadow and the riverside footpath. Signs placed by Ely Wildspace ask the public to stay on the footpath and keep dogs off the meadow. Ely Wildspace continues to monitor the wildlife of the meadow and also maintains the hedge and fence as an effective barrier against disturbance.

KINGFISHER NEST SITES CREATED

Last year Ely Wildspace reported on the scheme to provide kingfisher nesting tunnels in the Roswell Pits area, in memory of Sailing Club member Jill Sallis. In January, two locations were selected at the Environment Agency depot where nearby a pair of kingfishers has regularly nested within the steel sheet piles. With practical support from the Environment Agency and the Middle Level Commissioners, experts Cliff Carson and Peter Beckenham have drilled holes through the piling and hand-augured tunnels into the backfill. These new tunnels it is hoped will create opportunities for additional kingfishers to nest. If you want to get involved in Ely Wildspace activities or find out more about upcoming Wildspace events visit www.elywildspace.org.uk. 48 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com 48


Sunday 19th April 2020 11am - 3pm

The Maltings Wedding Fayre FREEY ENTR

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FAMILY FUNDAY AT THE ELY RUGBY CLUB ON SUNDAY 7th JUNE 2020. 12.00 - 22.30 / Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH Entry is FREE all day Looking for something to do this year then come and see what Ely Outdoor Sports Association is doing for the community in Ely with free live demonstrations, stalls, competitions and music all day at our Family Funday at the Ely Rugby Club on Sunday, 7th June 2020. There will also be a delightful selection of cars, stalls, inflatables as well as food and drink with music till 22.30. The Open Day will be brought you by EOSA in association with Spotted in Ely and SA Events. If anyone would like to be involved with the event or would like a stall / vehicle pitch please email saeventsuk@outlook.com https://www.facebook.com/ events/380416666223401/

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ROTARY

AQUAFEST 2020 The Rotary Clubs of Ely annual event is being held on Sunday 5th July. Now is the time to get together and build a raft for the Raft Race. RAFT RACE: For an entry form please contact: richardjtyler@hotmail.com

EEL FESTIVAL WEEKEND

7th - 10th MAY

STALLS: If you are a charity or business and are interested in having a stall at Aquafest please contact: michael.j.judkins@gmail.com or tsee793@btinternet.com ENQUIRIES: For all other enquiries please see our website or contact Viv Doji : vclariced@hotmail.com

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ELY REGULAR GROUPS AND MEETS LIST To update please email: editor@elyimagazine.com Most of this group information stays the same in each issue but if it has recently been updated with meeting dates or new contact details, you will see it highlighed like this.

ARTS & CRAFTS The Arts Society - Ely (formerly EDFAS) We meet usually at the Old Palace, Palace Green, Ely on the third Thursday of the month for nine months of the membership year. We don’t meet in January, August or December. The lecture starts at 7.30 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Please feel free to bring a friend. We ask for a donation of £7.00 from those who are not members. Contact our Chairman, Constance Heald (01353.775391) or any members of the present Committee for further information www.theartssocietyely.org.uk/ Ely Arts Society Ely Art Society is an active and friendly society. It meets on the second Friday of each month, 19:30-21:30 at the Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ely. Annual fee is £35 pounds. Membership includes art demos, and the opportunity to exhibit the Annual Exhibition in July. More information at our website www.elyartsociety.com or contact us at elyartsociety@gmail.com. Guest are welcome to attend for nominal fee and new members are always welcome. 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 52 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Ely Guild of Woodturners We exists to enable amateurs and professionals to further the cause of woodturning and to preserve this beautiful ancient craft. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall in Little Thetford, starting at 7pm (we offer a beginners’ instruction from 6pm). Meetings usually consist of a demonstration by a visiting expert and we even squeeze in a raffle, chat and a cup of tea! Anyone is welcome to attend two or three meetings as a guest before committing themselves to membership, which is currently just £35 per annum. email: Louise on publicity@elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk for more info. www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk and Twitter @ElyWoodturners

CAMPAIGN GROUPS CBWIN Campaign We aim to bring people together who are concerned about the waste incinerator plan submitted by Amey Cespa for the Cambridge area. As residents, we intend to provide independent information that is not from waste industry sponsored reports. We want all locals affected by this plan to be able to make an informed choice, and to ensure that decision makers act on what the public want. Please keep visiting the website while we continue to add further facts and useful information. www. cbwin.co.uk/ 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. www.amnestyelycity.org.uk email:info@elyamnesty.org.uk


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 We are raising awareness and helping with the resettlement of two refugee families in the local area. The Campaign is supported by many individuals and organisations in the region, and further details of the group’s work can be found on its website. For more information, please contact: info@elyrrc.co.uk

CHARITIES (National) 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 informationservices@ageukcap.org.uk, www. ageukcap.org.uk Facebook: /AgeUKCAP Ely & District NSPCC The Ely and District Committee of the NSPCC Lesley 01353 659986 / Wendy 01353 664752

DRAMA, THEATRE & FILM Campaign Amateur Theatre (CAT) We are a friendly and inclusive amateur theatre group and have been running in Ely for 50years. We produce musical theatre shows and try to do 2 productions a year. We also have social and fundraising events throughout the year.

We welcome adults members from 18yrs+ and children from 8yrs+. Visit our website at www.cattheatrecompany.co.uk or contact our membership officer Viv Aggett, email: Catmembership@outlook.com or phone 01353 699379 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. www.facebook.com/ elyamateurdramatics.org / 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 programme: www.elyfilmsociety.com 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: www.elyartstheatre.org Twitter - @ elyartstheatre. www.facebook.com/ 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 info on future events see our website :www. elytheatregoers.co.uk email:butlersandra085@ gmail.com / Tel:07887 240483

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DANCE East Cambs Dancing for Fun Beginners Line Dancing Thursday 6.30 - 7.15pm. £2 weekly. Regular Line Dancing Class every Thursday 7.30pm – 9pm. Relaxed, pleasant friendly atmosphere. Great for your fitness and memory. Tea Dance every Tuesday 2-4pm. A combination of live & recorded music. £3 entry. Small charge for refreshments. Brooklands Centre, The Brook, Sutton, Ely, CB6 2QQ Please contact Peter or June for more info 01353 725774 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 Ely and Littleport Riot women’s Morris dancers will be welcoming new members to our practices at 8pm on Fridays at Centre E, Barton Road, Ely. 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: contact@elriot.co.uk / Website:http//www.elriot.co.uk Hiam Sports and Social Club (Prickwillow) Regular Line Dancing every Wednesday - InStep Line Dance Classes with Rick & Chris. Members £4 and non members £4.50 - Starts at 8pm. Ends at 10.20pm and every 3rd Friday LINE DANCE REQUEST DISCO with Trixie Trish & DJ Lee with the Record Machine Line Dance Request Disco. Admission at the door ONLY £5 members £6.50 non-members. Starts at 7pm. Ends at 11.45pm. Also every First Saturday - Live Country Music & Line Dance Act & Disco support. Members £6.50. Guest £8. At the door. Doors Open at 7pm. Ends at 11.45pm. HAPPY HIAMS LINE DANCE CLUB facebook.com/hiamslinedanceclub Wendy & Bill - 0772 9790 698. or 01353 860 187 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 54 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

and exercise - wear soft, flat shoes. Weekly fee is £4 with under 16s (accompanied by an adult) free. Contact Penny Tipler 01353 658275 or sheenah.adkins@btinternet.com Sutton Masque We are a relatively new 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: squire@suttonmasque.org.uk www. suttonmasque.org.uk

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: community@elycollege.co.uk, Website: www.elycollege.com/community 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. www.u3a.sites.org/ely Chairman: elyu3achair@gmail.com Ely Lifelong Learners Ely Lifelong Learners provides courses in Ely for adults keen to continue learning. Following David Read’s popular autumn course, Britain in Film, we welcome him back for a short course: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A FILM ICON. The lives of famous artists have long been considered ideal subjects for film biopics, since they are often full of crisis, drama, inspiration, and beauty. Many great artists lived tortured lives, which make for good drama, but the best of these films can teach us about the art itself as well as the people who create it. They explore the


relationship between art and the viewer as well as the historical and political context in which artists work. The course will look at a number of films depicting the life and work of artists from different perspectives. The 5 week course begins on Wednesday 22nd April at Ely library 10:00am12pm. The course fee is £40 but come along to the first session free then sign up! For further info contact Anne at: awarham575@btinternet.com

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: oofSE@elycathedral.org or tel:01353 660363

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERS

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: lionscluboflittleport@gmail.com www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/littleport Facebook; Littleport Lions Club / Twitter; @LittleportLions

Ely Dining Club We meet on six selected Mon and Tues lunchtimes at The Poet’s House and welcome both men and women, and their guests. With interesting speakers and a lovely two course luncheon and coffee, the Ely Dining Club invites you to join them. Membership is £30 and the luncheon is £20. All funds raised go towards NSPCC projects in this region to help support children and young people at risk of abuse and neglect. For more details, please contact Sylvia Farmer on Tel: 01353 777373. or Email: sylvia.farmer2@btinternet.com 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 info please contact Emma Greaves 01353 614794 / Elycfrs@virginmedia.com / Facebook.com/ ElyCommunityFirstResponders/ Elysian Riding for the Disabled Group Meets on Tuesday mornings weekly at Old Tiger Stables, Soham. We are a self-funded affiliated charity and provide riding for disabled children from the Highfield Academys in Ely and Littleport. We are always in need of Volunteers to help us with the riding on Tuesdays. You don’t have to be “horsey” or used to working with children as we will train you. If you think you might like to come and see us please call Viv Seymour on 01353 610164 or Ros James on 01353 969948

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 Joy Hockey 01353 663525

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. littleportrotary.org.uk 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 http://rotaryclubelyhereward.org for more information, or contact us via president@rotaryclubely-hereward.org for an invitation to one of our meetings. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 55


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 jdennick@btinternet.com 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. Ely coffee mornings: 10-11.30 am on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Dean Carey room at Bell Holt (opposite Sainsbury) Littleport coffee mornings: 10-11.30 am every Thursday at Adams Heritage Centre, 17 Main Street, Littleport CB6 1PH (opposite bus stop outside Co-op) Contact us: littleportandelytimebank@btinternet. com or Facebook: @LittleportandElyTimebank

HEALTH Ely Heartbeat Health Walk Every Tuesday 2 pm, meets at entrance to Ely Cathedral, Minster Place, CB7 4DL. Grade 2, 60 minutes. www.walkingforhealth.org.uk Yoga Path with Vimala Sivananda Hatha Yoga brought to you at home, workplace or chosen venue. Tailored for your requirements. Or come to one of our classes. Yoga asana (physical postures) breathing techniques, meditation / mindfulness techniques and more. All abilities and ages welcome. We provide the opportunity the experience is yours. 07984 582214 www.yogapathuk.co.uk, yogapathuk@gmail.com

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Yoga Studio Ely Free Satsangs 2019 4th Sunday of each month 6.00 - 8.00pm. Yogic meditation, dharma talk, chanting, Q & A, good company. A relaxed format in a beautiful studio space and tranquil garden setting conducive to meditation and spiritual practice. 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. Please check our website for more information; www.yogastudioely.co.uk Contact Bianca 01353 698090 - E-mail mark@ yogastudioely.co.uk - 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 £3 – Members free. Tel: 01353 669326 Cambs Community Archive This is a web site for old and new photographs of Ely and the immediate area surrounding it. Contribute photos etc by filling in the on line form on the website: www.ccan.co.uk e:ely@ ccan.co.uk Prickwillow Engine Museum The Museum at Prickwillow occupies the site of the original pumping station near the River Lark. Visitors can enjoy ‘The Story of the Fens and it’s Drainage’. Following an introductory video, visitors can access, via a rising walkway through the heart of the Old Museum Building, photographic and information boards, displays of tools and artefacts associated with drainage and life in the fens, as well as the magnificent large working diesel engines, brought into life on event days. Tel: 01353 688380/720737. www.prickwillowmuseum.com; www.facebook.com/museumatprickwillow The Stained Glass Museum The Stained Glass Museum holds workshops, family drop-ins and lectures throughout the year. www.stainedglassmuseum.com curator@ stainedglassmuseum.com or 01353 660355


at Needhams Hall, Ely College, Downham Rd, Ely. Start time: 7.15pm. Come along and enjoy an evening filled with flowers and meet new friends. Entrance: Visitors £5 (incl: tea/coffee & biscuits). Further info: Margaret Dooling - 01353 610436 email: elyflowerclub@hotmail.co.uk

INTEREST GROUPS City of Ely Allotments and Gardens Association. The Stores in the grounds of Ely Beet Sports & Social Club, Lynn Road, Ely is run by volunteers and is open as follows: - February to November inclusive Saturdays - 10.00am to 12 noon. Mondays 6.30pm to 8.00pm except Bank Holidays, December, January and up to mid February. Saturdays 10.00am to 12.00 noon. Membership for 2018-19 is £5.00 and members benefit from a 10% discount. www. elyallotmentsandgardens.org Ely Bridge Club The club welcomes new members, regardless of experience. We play Monday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Barry Lowe: 01353 658356 e: elybridgeclub@gmail.com 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. E: contact@elyanddistrictcamra.com www. elyanddistrictcamra.com Facebook: @ElyandDistrictCamra Twitter:@ElyBeerFestival Ely & Dist’ Caravan & Camping Club Your local Caravan Club. Monthly meetups and trips. Our next meets are To contact your local Camping and Caravanning Club email elydistrictccc@outlook.com. City of Ely Flower Club THURSDAY 5th MARCH 2020- Flower Demonstration by Jane Ellis from Potters Bar Earlier start time: 6.45pm at its our AGM. THURSDAY 26th MARCH 2020- Flower Demonstration by Ann Purt from Wisbech Start Time 7.15pm. Meeting Entrance: Visitors £5 (incl. tea/coffee & biscuits). Monthly Regular meetings

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 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. www.facebook.com/thek9cafe/ Tel:07552462040 Isle of Ely Philatelic Society We extend a warm welcome to all stamp collectors.Meetings are held September to June, on the 1st Thursday of the month (except January’s on the 9th) in the Community Room at Ely College, Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, 9.15pm finish. We have varied and interesting speakers, displays and competitions, with plenty of time for chatting, buying and selling. For further info CALL Chris 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 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 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: crofters@ntlworld. com to arrange a visit, or make contact via our website: www.elymrc.org.uk

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Ely Evening Scrabble Club For fun, practice and friendship, we are not competitive. If you love scrabble or want to learn, get more practice, make friends, come and join us. When: 3rd Monday monthly, next meetingS 16th March & 20th April Time: 7.15 pm start until 9.15 pm (approx), this allows for 3 games of 35 minutes to be played during the session Where: The High Flyer, 69 Newnham Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4PQ Cost: all attendees to buy at least one drink (hot/cold) from the bar please Bring: scrabble boards/dictionaries (if you have them) notebook and pen for recording scores. Contact: Sheila on 07879863199 (text or call), email: mail@sheilawillson.plus.com Parking: at the back of the High Flyer, also Newnham Street/Paradise Car Park and nearby streets.

LANG & LIT 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: handleybob46@gmail.com Tel: 01353 666367 ELY LIBRARY -Engage in the Afternoon 2nd Tuesday of the month 2-3.30pm Ely Library Speakers and activities, with refreshments. Free entry, but donations welcome. -Hama Bead Club – 2nd Thurs of the month 3.45-4.45pm, £2 per child. Mosaics without mess! Design, manipulate and take home your piece of art. All materials provided. -Lego Club – 1st and 3rd Thurs of the month 3.45-4.45pm, £1 per child. Build, play and make friends with the help of those little coloured bricks! Giant blocks for very small hands. Book in person at the library from the Saturday before each session. -Scrabble Club – every Fri 10.30am-12.30pm, £1 per person. -Board Games – every Saturday 1-3pm, free. Come challenge your friends and family to a game – something for all ages and interests! -Creative Tuesdays - every Tues 10.30am-12pm. Bring your crafts and art projects to work on in friendly company.

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-Baby Rhymetime - every Wed and Fri 2-2.30pm, free. New Volunteers welcome! -Storytime - every Tues 10-10.30am Contact details for all events and activities are Ely. Referral@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, 0345 045 5225. Friends of Ely Library 2nd Friday of the month Friends’ Coffee Morning and Jigsaw Exchange 10am-12pm, Ely Library Meeting Room. 6 The Cloisters, Ely CB7 4ZH. 2nd Saturday of the Month. New members very welcome. 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 Fen Speak is a poetry and spoken word night which takes place in Ely (at the Babylon Arts Gallery) and features regular guest speakers as well as open mic performances. Fen Speak usually takes place on the third Wednesday of Feb, April, June, August, Oct and Dec - doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Find us on Facebook or email elaine.ewart@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list. The Kelly Readers We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Ely library, (6-7pm), to share a poem and a short story. All welcome to this informal group. Sign up by entering your email address on the following website: https://groups.io/g/ TheKellyReaders/join

MUSIC Acoustic Evenings at West End House Come & Enjoy a friendly acoustic evenings with us at Ely’s cosy character local West End House,


16 West End, Ely, CB6 3AY 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. 7.30 - 11.00pm. We play in turns ‘around the room’ and there might be Folk Music, Country, A Golden Oldie or two, or even a Poem or Story. Perform yourself or just listen. Info:Liam (01353) 659614 or T: 07775094063 E: debrunliam@outlook.com (01353) 662907 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 fifty members. We rehearse every Tuesday evening at Ely College, Downham Road. New players are welcome. There are no auditions. www.elyband.co.uk -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. T: 07970 956401 / E:chairman@elychoralsociety. org W: www.elychoralsociety.org 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: info@elyconsort.org.uk Fenland Jam We are a community group set up to support local musicians of all ages, abilities and styles, with the emphasis is on taking part rather than showing off. We have been running for over 15 years and provide an opportunity to socialise with other musicians, try out songs or maybe even form a band. All drums, amps ,PA and guitars are provided with people on had to give advice and encouragement. We meet on the last Monday of the month at Ely Beet Sports & Social Club (Lynn Road, Ely) with entrance just £2 to help cover the hall hire. We start setting up at 7pm and are packed down by 9.30pm. On the 11th July 2020 we will be organising a Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival as

part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. To get involved come along to one of the jams. Contact us via Facebook for more information. 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 www.elyfolkclub.co.uk Ely Area Music Centre The Ely Area Music Centre is a great opportunity for school-age students who have reached at least Grade 2 on an orchestral instrument to come and develop their skills with professional support, and to rehearse and perform as part of an orchestra! We meet at King’s School Ely Junior School, Barton Road, Ely, from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturdays during term time. For further details, please contact Cambridgeshire Music: 01480 373500, Email: cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 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 www.elysinfonia.co.uk 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. No auditions and no need to be able to read music! For more info email: kathryn@singchoirs.com or visit our website www.singchoirs.com Sing! Together - a weekly music-making and singing group in Ely for people living with a dementia, memory loss and their carers, run by registered charity All In Sound. No experience is needed, just come along and enjoy the singing and music. Please contact Kathryn Rowland on 01353 662022 or email kathryn@allinsound.co.uk Ely Youth Choir Ely Youth Choir is 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,composer and conductor Andrew Parnell. Rehearsals on Mondays in term time, 6-7 pm in the Church www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 59


Rooms at St. Mary’s Church, Ely. For more details email: youth@elychoralsociety.org and find us on Facebook @elyyouthchoir

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: elyribe.association@ntlworld.com Chairman: Howard McMillan Tel: 01353 667949

NATURE & OUTDOORS

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 / kevin.g.evans@ntlworld.com

Ely Local Group of the Wildlife Trust The group has a programme of walks and talks during the year. To find out about the Wildlife Trust including around 100 reserves which you can visit go to: www.wildlifebcn.org or e: willburdett@btinternet.com for more information about the local group. Ely Wildlife Watch Ely Wildlife Watch is a Wildlife Trust group run by volunteers with a passion for wildlife. It provides wildlife activities for infant & primary aged children and their families – a great chance to get outdoors and have wild fun with a variety of nature themed activities. For details contact helen@moorehse.co.uk or look for Ely Wildlife Watch on Facebook Willderland Farm We are a 4.5 acre community farm, based near Haddenham. We established ourselves as a membership organisation in 2015, with the aim of growing food sustainably, supporting wildlife; benefitting members and the wider community. If you would be interested in becoming a member, please email: info@willderland.com or website: www.willderland.com

RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS Ely Baha’i community On the second Tuesday of every month (excluding January and August 2020) we host an evening of discussion on topical issues to do with personal & social transformation at The Ely Cathedral Conference Centre, (Simeon Room) Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW, 7:30 to 9.30 All our welcome, all faiths or none! A very warm & relaxed group trying to make a difference in our daily life to contribute to the betterment of the world! For more info Tel or Text: 07746761519 - FB:Ely Baha’i community - email: elybahais@gmail.com Christ Church North Ely Isle of Ely School. Tel: 01353 659550 www.stmarysely.org

NEIGHBOURHOOD 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. vickielychapter@btinternet.com for more details.

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Countess Free Church Chapel St. Ely CB6 1AD Tel: 01353 662396 www.countessely.co.uk Rich Tea Club All are welcome at Rich Tea Club which offers fun, faith and friendship for adults with learning disabilities plus any carers and friends. We meet on the first Sunday each month, 3-4.30pm at the 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 07425650454 or see www.countessely.co.uk

St Mary’s Church of England St Mary’s Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 659550

Connect 4 Jesus Kids club for children in Primary school years 2-6. Meets every Wednesday in term time, 6pm7.15pm at the Countess Free Church in Ely for a snack, Bible story, time to share, and activities including crafts, cooking and games. Entry fee £1 per session. To find out more call 01353 662396 or see www.countessely.co.uk

St Mary’s 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

Ely City Church 15a Silver Street. Tel: 01353 662172 www.elycitychurch.co.uk

St Mary’s 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 www. stmarysely.org/mothers-union.html www.facebook.com/StMarysElyMU/

New Connexions @ High Barns Larkfield Community Centre , High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB Website: newconnexionschurch.org.uk Email: Keith@newconnexionschurch.org.uk Tel: Pastor Keith Waters, 612158 www.newconnexionschurch.org.uk Ely Methodist Church Chapel Street, Ely. Minister: Revd. Catherine Dixon on 01353 662426 Every Thursday 2-course lunch at 12 noon for 12.15 for just £5, no booking required. https://www. elyandnewmarketmethodists.org.uk/ely.htm 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 Ely Cathedral The College, Ely. Tel: 01353 667735 www.elycathedral.org 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 www.elycathedral.org 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 Peter-in-Ely, Church of England Every Sunday 09.30 to 10.45 Traditional Service A Church of England sung service of Holy Communion in the Anglo-Catholic style of worship, using traditional language, followed by refreshments in St Peter’s Hall. Every Tuesday 10.00 to 10.30 Said Holy Communion St Peter-in-Ely, Broad Street, Ely CB7 4BQ UK -A Church of England said service of Holy Communion, using traditional language. All are welcome. www.elystpeterschurch.co.uk & www.facebook.com/elystpeters or tel: 01353 656941 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. www.quaker.org.uk/about-quakers/ Pauline Weston, paweston25@gmail.com The Lighthouse Fellowship Lynn Rd, Ely Tel: 01353 662228 email: info@lighthouse-ely.org www.lighthouse-ely.org/whatson 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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 61


donation. Delia Wakeling on 01353 861126 or Maria Martin 01353 772 812

SCIENCE Ely Astronomy Club (New venue) Meetings commence at 7.30pm in the Ovin Rm at the Cathedral Conference Centre. 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 / mike@sulis.demon. co.uk Facebook: Ely Astronomy Club http://sites.google.com/site/elyastroclub/ Ely Humanists Usually meets at Ely Library Meeting Room. 3rd Saturdays 10.00am – 11.30am. For info email: elyhumanistssec@gmail.com or visit http://ely. humanist.org.uk/

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@aol.com 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: lgbtqcambridgeshire@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/LGBTEly https://www.facebook.com/LGBTCambridgeshire 62 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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 semi-retired. Companionship, discussion and other activities such as outings, luncheons and guest invitation meetings. Contact Charles Spottiswoode 01353 967014 Ely Branch Royal British Legion The 2020 schedule of branch meetings are as follows; 9th March, 13th July, 28th September, 19th October (AGM), 14th December. All meetings are held at 1930hrs in the Town House, Market St, Ely, CB7 4LS unless prior notification is given of an alternative venue. New members are always welcome. For further details of the Branch, please see http://counties. britishlegion.org.uk/branches/ely Contact: Brian Crabtree Tel: 07741 143605 E-Mail: CityOfEly. secretary@rbl.community 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 bjk17@btinternet.com 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 Where: The Old Dispensary, 13 St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER. When: Second Monday of each month. Time: 7.15 for 7.30pm to approximately 9.45pm. We welcome new members to join us at any time of the year. Please contact us via any of the following methods: Website: http://wielycity.wixsite.com/ home Email:ruth.g.sindall@btconnect.com Find us on Facebook: Ely City WI 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: rosemary.green5@talktalk.net Tel: 01353 661508

SPORT & FITNESS 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: twice a week in Winter and three times a week in Summer. http://www. elyarchers.org.uk General enquiries to: info@ elyarchers.co.uk. Membership: membership@ elyarchers.org.uk Ely High Badminton Club Every Wednesday (term time) 7.30-9.30pm Ely College, Downham Road. Contact: Ron Grant : ron.grant@ntlworld.com. Tel: 01353 610743 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. elyvicbad@gmail.com www.badmintonely.co.uk / Twitter @ElyVicBad Facebookwww.facebook.com/ elyvictoriaBadminton East Cambs Basket Ball Club Providing basketball for all ages, 8 and above of all standards, for boys and girls. Our sessions are fun and competitive. If you would like to give the sport a go, are returning to the sport or have moved to the area looking for a new club, then get in touch or come to one of the training sessions. First session is free. Warriors training sessions: U12 team: Ages 8-11. Mon nights, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Kings School Sports Hall. Cost £5 / U14 & U16 teams: Ages 12-15. Wed nights, 6:30pm-8pm. Kings School Sports Hall. Cost £5 / Under 18 & men’s Senior teams: Ages 16+ Tuesday nights, 730pm-10pm. At the Hive

Leisure Centre. Cost £6. For further info contact@ eastcambsbasketball.co.uk or visit: www.eastcambsbasketball.co.uk Ely Beet Sport & Social Club Predominately a Bowls Club, open 7 days a week with male and female teams playing in the Ely & District Bowls League, our bowling green is open from April to early September. For Members and signed in guests we have full size Pool & Snooker tables, Bingo, Darts, Dominoes, Cribbage and externally there’s a full-size Tennis court and children’s play area. We also have Fishing rights around the City. Our Function Hall and newly refurbished Committee Room / Kitchen are available for hire to members and non-members. Tel: 01353 662029 / beetsecretary@gmail.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. www.cityofelybowlsclub.org.uk Tel: 01353 665272 Email: cityofelybowlsclub@btconnect.com 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. www. cityofely.play-cricket.come-mail: cityofely_cc@ hotmail.com 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 friends.....plus quite a bit of banter! www. octagoncycling.com / octagoncyclingclub@ gmail.com Contacts Robin Jones 07824 486 105

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Ely & District Cycling Club For more information, to book a place or to reserve a bicycle please contact Cliff Loveday on 07823 338615 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 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 www.elygolf.co.uk / email: info@elygolf.co.uk 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 : :www. pitchero.com/clubs/elycityhockey Tel: 07815 905288 / Facebook: Ely City Hockey Club Twitter: @ElyHockeyClub Ely Vikings Korfball Meetings each Monday evening at the gym at Hive Leisure Village, Ely - 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://www.elyvikings.com / elyvikings@ outlook.com 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: andrewdunlop@hotmail.com, website: www.littleport-lions.co.uk Facebook or watch our introductory video on YouTube by searching for “This is Korfball”. Ely Tang Soo Do Martial Arts Club We are a very welcoming family club for all ages and abilities, our members range from beginners to 2nd degree Black Belts. Tang Soo Do is a traditional Martial Art; whilst teaching self defense and promoting fitness we also emphasise core values of respect and self control. We 64 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

train at The Paradise on Tuesdays and The Hive on Thursdays (both 6.30-8.00pm), please feel free to come along and try a session. For more information call Mr Russell (instructor) on 07732746179 or email robertrussell_4@hotmail. co.uk 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: www. cityofelynetball.co.uk email: elycity@hotmail. co.uk / 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@ hotmail.co.uk / 07518 080362 Isle of Ely Rowing Club There will be a beginners’ course starting in April and another in the autumn. Our community rowing club, founded in 2004, now has over 150 members. We regularly enter local races, and some further afield. We run two nationally recognised events: the Great Ouse Marathon and the Ely Head Race. We have a thriving junior section and strong links with Ely College. Adults row on Saturday mornings, juniors on Sunday mornings, plus as many evenings as we can. Rowing is great exercise, using many different muscle groups. We welcome new members of all ages. If interested 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 for events and competitions. FB/Riding and skating Ely 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. Contact email - playrugby4ely@ gmail.com Website - https://elytigers.rfu.club/ Ely Runners Tues & Thurs 7pm Paradise Centre. Membership Secretary Richard Hill:secretary@elyrunners.co.uk Ely Sailing Club Based at Roswell Pits in Ely, Ely Sailing Club has over 35 acres of attractive fresh water with islands, trees and banks. We are a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre able to offer complete 2 day training courses from total beginner through to more advanced levels. Completion of a course includes club membership for the season too! Sailing takes place between Easter and the end of October on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We offer a mix of fun recreational sailing together with regular race events for those who like their sailing to be more competitive. Full details can be found on our www.elysailingclub.org or by emailing: training. elysc@gmail.com ESC Model Yacht Fleet ESC radio controlled Model Yacht Fleet is based at Ely Sailing Club, in Roswell Pits, Ely. Set in an attractive freshwater setting, model yacht sailing is always interesting and fun and with a pontoon to launch from, you never even have to get your feet wet! Please note, we are not a separate club, but recognised as a fleet within Ely Sailing Club, comprised of club members. Membership is just £24. Racing follows normal sailing rules, with as many as up to 12 races per session depending on wind conditions. Racing takes place at the following times. Summer Season: April – October, Tuesday Evening 5pm – Dusk. Winter Season: November – March, Saturday afternoon 2pm – Onwards. If interested please contact the ESC Model Yacht Fleet Captain on 01353 626838 or by emailing: training.elysc@gmail.com 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 www.elysquash. mycourts.co.uk

Ely Table Tennis Club We hold weekly practice sessions at Ely College (Needhams Hall) every Monday and at Littleport Leisure Centre every Thursday. Both sessions run for ages and abilities from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. FREE taster session for new members. Further sessions pay as you go. Adults £5.00, Under 18’s £3.00. One to one coaching available for everyone wanting to improve. All ages and abilities welcome to join the practice sessions and one of the clubs six league teams. For more information contact Karen Byford, Club Secretary, elytabletennis@ gmail.com or visit www.elytabletennis.co.uk 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: www.elytennisclub.co.uk. For occasional play you can book courts via our website - cost to nonmembers is £8 p.h The Ely Walking Group We are an informal group of like minded walkers of all ages. We meet on alternate Sundays throughout the year, come rain or shine, without obligation. There are no subscription fees and our walkers participate at their own risk. Walks are usually circular, 6 - 8 miles long and can be up to 30 - 45 minutes drive from Ely. Each walk is led on a volunteer basis and all walkers are encouraged to share their own routes throughout the year. For more information please contact the walk coordinator, Nick, on 07551 158510 or email nickshippaac@gmail.com. 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, Sophie. Edwards@eastcambs.gov.uk or call 01353 616348

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SUPPORT & CARE Al-anon Family Support Group We are a support group for relatives and friends of anyone with an alcohol problem whether you still live with that person or not. We meet every Monday evening at 7.30 at the Centre E on Barton Road. Tel 02075932070 www.al.alanonuk.org.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. 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 Ely 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. Next meeting April 19th 2020: 2-4pm. 11a Bar & Restaurant, 11 Fore Hill, Ely CB7 4AA Email: elydeathcafe@gmail.com Facebook: Ely Death Café Ely Dementia Group We meet fortnightly on a Thursday from 10a.m. to 12p.m. at The Recreational Hall in Militia Way, off Barton Road Car Park. Our meetings are for carers, past and present and the cared-for. The charge is £2 per head which goes towards refreshments and outings. For further information please contact Julie Day on Ely 612369 or 07968739406 66 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Ely Foodbank The foodbank is run by volunteers and is available for those in need of short term help. Donations of food and toiletries can be left at Crates in Tesco, Sainsbury and Waitrose in Ely and for other areas please see our web site for details. Our Store is open on Tuesdays 9am - 1pm at Unit 15, Century Park, Chettisham where donations can also be received. Email:info@ely.foodbank.org.uk W: www.ely.foodbank.org.uk T: 01353 468626 Happy Cafe Ely We are based in Julia’s Tearooms on the High Street and we hold meet-ups on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 10.30am until around noon. We use ideas and resources from the national charity Action for Happiness and aim to create a friendly and welcoming place to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and wellbeing. Resources from Action for Happiness and a variety of books to support wellbeing are available to view in Julia’s Tearooms at any time. We look forward to welcoming you! 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: www.elymilks.co.uk 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 Caroline Nickleson, Lead Volunteer on 07718191482 or Jenny Lowles Support Volunteer on 01353 669326 Little Miracles A charity run by parents, who know what it is like to have a child with an additional need, disability or life limiting conditions. We provide a free, safe environment with activities for all children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions and their siblings. We offer a variety of services to meet the differing needs of families. We meet each Saturday at The Ely Community Centre, High Barns 2pm – 4pm and Parent Coffee Groups are held Wednesdays 10:30-12noon at Larkfields Café, High Barns. Ely@ littlemiraclescharity.org.uk, or call 01353 664 644. Facebook: Little Miracles Ely Branch.


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. T: 07565 598193 E: posability3@gmail.com W: www.posability.org TMW Ely The 1st & 3rd Friday of every month. A fabulously fun evening of themed entertainment and activities for people with learning disabilities. Join us from 7pm – 9pm at Larkfields Resource Centre, High Barns, Ely, CB7 4SB. Facebook @ touchmyworld. For more info contact Suzie on 07739638817 or email info@touchmyworld.co.uk. www.touchmyworld.co.uk and find us on Young People’s 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 2-5pm 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. natalieg@centre33.org.uk / www. centre33.org.uk Tel: 0333 4141 809

SOHAM'S 4TH REPAIR CAFÉ 15th March 2020 10-4PM SOHAM LIBRARY, CLAY STREET

Bring along your broken item, be it a kettle, torn jeans or even a smashed phone screen (with a replacement screen of course!) - our experienced repairers will try their best to help give it a new lease of life. We are also including a community clothes and toy swap - more information below. There will be plenty of cake and tea for sale in our pop up café to keep everyone refreshed. We welcome all items within reason (electronics, small kitchen appliances, clothing, toys, costume jewellery etc) as long as it can safely sit on a standard table in the library. If you can give us some advance notice on what you might bring and what the problem is then it will help our repairers to be prepared and maybe even advise if you could bring a spare part along to be fitted on the day. Unfortunately we are currently unable to cater for bicycles and outdoor items (e.g. powered garden tools) If you have any queries and potential items to repair then please ask away - we politely request only one item per person to make things fair, but if we have time and you can join the queue again we will take a look. We ask all repairees to read and sign our repair agreement as we are all volunteers. Donations for repair time are more than welcome! We have a query form https://forms.gle/ Vp6T9RWWnmVHVZVf7 to help us to collate any potential repairs so please do complete this if you have an item to bring along - preregistered items will take priority over on-theday walk-ins.

Step inside the Story with author Alison Bruce Starts Wednesday 4th March, 1-2.30pm

Whether you are a book lover, or somebody who would like to experience the joy of reading, but doesn’t know where to start. This is the reading group for you!        

relaxed atmosphere led by a published author meet people with shared experiences learn how a writer thinks enhance the love of literacy in your household all with no homework! FREE CRECHE 6 Sessions

Soham Library Please call 01353 727188 to book a space or email childandfamilycentres.east@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Alison Bruce Author of the DC Goodhew Novels

Volunteers repairers and other helpers are also welcome - please contact us on: sohamrepaircafe@gmail.com Community clothes and toy swap: This will be a first collaboration to include a swap of clothes and toys - items will be collected for sorting and then the swap will open. For any queries, please email sohamswish@gmail.com 10.00 - 11.00 : Drop off (good quality) clothes and (small) toys 11.30 - 13.30 : Swap open* *Leftover items will be donated to a local charity

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