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ElyiMagazine Reflecting the Richness of Ely Life



MAR/APR 2021 Issue No. 54







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Ely Wildspace has hosted a heronry since 2013. It can be viewed in trees on the far side of the river near the ‘kissing gate’ on the riverside path past the railway bridge. Although the nests are relatively obvious when the trees are leafless, the sitting birds can be hard to see. By May the young herons begin to resemble spikyhaired punks and some will have hopped out of the nest onto the branches of the tree, impatiently waiting to be fed by their parents. Ely Wildspace Group monitors this heronry weekly from March to June. The breeding records are submitted annually to the long-running British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Heronry Census.

ELY WILDSPACE HERONRY Despite being a familiar bird of the Wildspace, the grey heron is easy to overlook as it moves stealthily through shallow water hunting its largely aquatic prey. Whilst hunting they can remain motionless with their necks extended for long periods before lunging forward to grab their prey with their long dagger-like bill. Grey herons breed early in the year, both sexes arriving back at the heronry (they usually breed colonially) as early as February. The nests are built in trees and made of thick sticks. These can range from surprisingly small platforms to large substantial nests that have been added to over the years.

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Last year ten nests were identified, but occupancy could not be determined before the lockdown brought monitoring to a halt. If you would like to be involved in Ely Wildspace activities or find out more about upcoming Wildspace events visit www.elywildspace.org.uk.

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Preparing your garden tools for spring With spring just around the corner, you might be itching to get outside and work on your garden. To get a head start whilst you wait for the weather to change, bring your garden tools out of hibernation and start preparing them for spring. 1. Remove rust on all tools If you spot patches of rust on your tools, it might be because the metal on your machines has been exposed to chemicals in the air. Not only can this damage your tools, but it doesn’t look appealing, either. Remove light rust on your tools by rubbing the area with a wire brush or a piece of sandpaper. They’ll soon look as good as new! 2. Replenish oil and fuel Before your garden tools went into winter storage, you should’ve drained all excess oil and fuel. So, before cracking them out in the spring, you’ll need to replenish any oil and fuel in your machines. If you didn’t drain them, do it now and then replace. Old oil and fuel can cause damage.

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We have always enjoyed the support of local volunteers and as we surface from the effects of the pandemic this is going to be as important as ever to aid the recovery of the loacl environment and economy.

I want to volunteer so how can i get involved? Local volunteers help directly to run our CCTV system, manage our allotments, put up and take down our Christmas lights, and organize the Christmas light switch on. They support us through participating in things like Speedwatch, Neighbourhood Watch, the Ely-Ribe group, or with community litter-picking. As a volunteer you can become a ‘Friend of Ely Cemetery’, a Friend of the Sessions House, or a Friend of Oliver Cromwell House and in so doing support the work at these important city landmarks. We rely on volunteers to report problems on our behalf to the District or County Council. They also take part in Covid 19 support activities. You could even become a City Councillor, or be co-opted onto some of the Council’s working groups. Whilst training is needed to participate in CCTV surveillance or Speedwatch. Some skills are learnt by just taking part in the various activities mentioned. All activities can benefit from the skills that volunteers bring to the table. Volunteering can also take different forms. Helping to keep up the social media profile of a charity or group you want to support, to setting up a Mutual Aid local support group in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Local support groups were set up at the beginning of the pandemic 20 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

City of Ely Council Sessions House, Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs CB7 4EG Phone: 01353 661016 Fax: 01353 667057 and continue to provide help to our community. You can find details on Facebook and East Cambs District Council website. At the City Council, we have responded by setting up a Covid-19 working group and members are taking telephone requests for support from residents, connecting them to local groups and organisations making sure everyone gets the help they need. If you are unable to access help via the internet, we are happy to take you call. Cllr Lis Every – 01353 665815 or 07774433626 Cllr Sarah Bellow – 07557 470098 Cllr Sue Austen – 01353 663928 If you would like to join in, or find out more, in the first instance please contact the Town Clerk traceycoulson@cityofelycouncil.org Tel: 01353 661016; via the City of Ely Council website; or via Facebook or Twitter

SUNDAY, 21st MARCH 2021 WHAT IS THE CENSUS? The census has been in place since 1801. It is undertaken every 10 yrs and provides a complete picture of the nation. It allows the comparison of different groups of people across the UK, as the same questions are asked and the information recorded in the same way throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. WHY IS THE INFORMATION COLLECTED? By collecting information from every household, a unique and detailed snapshot is taken of modern life, documenting the lifestyle and characteristics of the population. This information will help the Government develop policies, plan and run public services and allocate public funding, such as doctors’ surgeries, roads and education.

After 100 years, census records are released to the public. These provide a wealth of information for genealogists, historians and family tree enthusiasts. Without the census the lives and lifestyles of our ancestors would remain undocumented, making historical research much more difficult. DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO TAKE PART? Yes, this is a legal requirement for every household to complete the census. WHAT WILL I BE ASKED? The census collects a wide range of demographic information, so there will be a range of questions about topics like age, sex, marital status, health, education and housing. HOW WILL IT BE UNDERTAKEN THIS YEAR, ESPECIALLY AS WE ARE IN A PANDEMIC? Census 2021 is a digital-first census, which means that people will be encouraged to respond online if they can. You will be able to complete the census using any device, including your mobile phone or tablet. There will be help online in the help area on the census website or by telephone, webchat, email, social media or text. Your friends and family can also help you complete the questionnaire, but this must be undertaken within the current Government guidelines. WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO UNDERTAKE THE CENSUS ONLINE? Paper questionnaires can be requested for those that need them as they are unable to undertake the census online.

ELY MAYOR SUE AUSTEN January and February have whizzed by, even though we are now in our third lockdown. The nights are slowly starting to stay lighter longer and the weather is improving. The vaccination programme in our area is going wonderfully well, with so many people, including volunteers ensuring the roll out of this can happen and run as smoothly as possible. Thank you to everyone involved. Please do your bit by taking up the offer of having a vaccination, when called by your GP, to do so. The only way to help reduce the cases and risks to others, is to ensure as many people as possible have the vaccine. I know that with going back into another lockdown this may have resulted in many people feeling alone and isolated again. If you know of anyone that is in these circumstances, please give them a ring and catch up with them. A short chat with another person, can stop people from feeling so alone. If you need support, in any way, whether it be practical or emotional, you can contact the Ely Community Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, through Facebook or by ringing 07557 470098, 07774433626, 01353 665815 or 01353 663928.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Every household will receive a postcard telling them that the census is coming. This should arrive from the 22nd February onwards. From the 3rd13th March, every household will receive a pack telling them how to join in and how to undertake the census. Please do not throw this information away, it is very important. The census takes place on Sunday, 21st March 2021.

Following the Prime minister’s announcements on the 22nd February, we now have a clear timeframe for moving forward. All outdoor play equipment, which we had to close, will re-open on the 29th March. This will enable it to be enjoyed by all, once again. The City of Ely Council hopes to re-open Oliver Cromwell’s House and the Maltings on the 17th May, allowing residents and visitors to the City to enjoy these wonderful venues.

IT IS IMPORTANT, PLEASE TAKE PART The City of Ely Council would encourage all parishioners to take part and complete the census. The information collected will benefit everyone, as it will help fund and plan services within our area. So please make sure you take part.

The timelines are all subject to review and dependant on certain conditions being met. Therefore, we all have a responsibility to carry on following the guidelines to ensure the best possible chance of these dates being achieved. Please continue to support each other and keep the wonderful community spirit that has developed across our parish, alive. Stay safe. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 21

A FAIRYTALE WEDDING FOR THE COUPLE BEHIND SPOTTED IN ELY Written by Tali Iserles Photos: James Billings Photography Printed with kind permission: Spotted in Ely

Mark Cooney and Alison Powell tied the knot on Thursday 4th February. It was livestreamed by over 15,000 people around the globe via Facebook Live.

Accompanied by bridesmaids Annie-May and Summer, Mark’s daughters, and her friend Verity, Alison made her entrance to Richard Wagner’s Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin.

Speaking the next day, Alison said the newly-weds had been “completely overwhelmed and blown away” by the kindness shown by Spotted in Ely’s followers, their friends and the local community, “The love and support has been amazing.” Their wedding had been expedited, following the devastating news last month that Mark has terminal cancer. Alison entering with friend, Verity and Mark’s daughters, Annie-May and Summer.

The Very Reverend Mark Bonney, conducting the marriage service. The Dean of Ely, the Very Reverend Mark Bonney, had pulled out the stops to ensure a wedding could be held inside Ely Cathedral for a couple who had dedicated years of service to the city. A drizzly afternoon did not dampen spirits, with socially distanced well-wishers gathering outside to watch Alison arrive shortly before 3pm on Thursday, February 4th – coincidentally and poignantly, also World Cancer Day. 22 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Mark said: “I caught a glimpse of Alison down the knave and I just melted at that point. Thankfully Les, my best man, had put a hankie in my pocket. When Alison reached me at the high altar, I could see how nervous she was, shaking like a leaf, so I took her hand and we both seemed a lot calmer. She looked stunning in her dress and that’s thanks to Zoie at Hearts Brides.” Alison admitted feeling very emotional as she entered the cathedral. “I was trying not to cry walking down the aisle, and Verity was saying calmly, ‘just breathe’ – but I was shaking when I got to Mark and I could tell he’d been crying – so much emotion. He took my hand and I instantly felt relieved.”

“Love is at the heart of what we’re about today” Love was a recurring theme throughout the wedding ceremony, with The Very Reverend Mark Bonney saying that although attendees inside the cathedral were limited to “six or seven”, due to covid restrictions, there were thousands more attending virtually. The Dean of Ely, who performed the ceremony, said love was often misinterpreted but that God’s love could not help but overflow and give. “Today it’s that self giving, overflowing love that we celebrate. It’s a love that you both already know quite a good deal about. If you hadn’t already shown some of that overflowing love to one another and to others, there wouldn’t be so many people joining us virtually today or accidentally having their daily walk at the same time as you arrive and leave the cathedral. Although there are only a handful of us here in this wonderful place, a sign itself of a response of the love of God…there are lots more joining us out there and surrounding you both at this time with love, responding to your overflowing love with overflowing love in return.” Before the couple made their vows and exchanged rings, the Dean said: “Alison and Mark, my prayer for you today is that that love will sustain and strengthen you now and in the time ahead.”

to sink in. We had never, ever imagined getting married there, so even to have the opportunity made it so much more special.” A dream wedding for Mark and Alison

Alison added: “I never imagined in a million years that we would get married in Ely Cathedral! It’s such an iconic building. It felt pretty amazing and like a fairytale you dream of as a child.” Despite the traditional setting, the couple made the wedding very much their own, choosing their beloved pet Labrador, Ellie (a celebrity in her own right) as ring bearer. James Billings was the photographer for the day, with former Mayor of Ely, Michael Rouse also photographing the ceremony.

The Very Reverend Mark Bonney, with groom, Mark Cooney Speaking afterwards, Mark thanked the Dean for going above and beyond in arranging the special ceremony at such short notice – with no charge. After his prognosis on January 12th, the Dean was one of the first people Mark had reached out to. Mark said: “I needed someone to talk to that evening and Mark [Bonney] had always extended that helping hand. While talking to him I had said Alison had one wish. He knew instantly what that wish was and he and Cannon James Reveley just made it happen. Was it what we expected? No, it was much more and the meaning has really yet

Mark and Alison’s pet dog, Ellie as ring bearer. Chasing Cars One of the more unusual music choices at the wedding was an organ rendition of “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. Mark explained that he and Alison had frequently heard the song covered by local rock bands and its lyrics had resonated with them. He said: “I was really pleased that the organist Glen agreed to play it – and oh wow, did he play www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 23

it! Austen, a friend of mine, messaged me later in the day and said, ‘Only you can get Ely Cathedral to play Chasing Cars on the organ!’ It made me laugh.” Alison added: “I’ve always loved the song and when I first moved this way, back in 2015, I found the quote ‘If I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world’ on a wooden board in a shop in Cambridge. It only cost me £5 but it sits in our bedroom so I read it every day.” She recalled hearing local band Blue Thunder playing a cover of it in Wilburton,“It gave Mark and myself goosebumps, it was so amazing!” Appy Couple They say you find love in the strangest of places – the couple first met about six years ago after Mark saw a request on an app, asking for help making a Facebook page for Alison’s cartoon character, Timothy Tortoise. Alison said: “After he had created the page I just had to speak to him, so I rang him to thank him.” They instantly clicked, and shortly after went to see Boyzone perform in Birmingham. “Yes Boyzone,” Mark admits. “Not our first choice but was fun.” The following month, they enjoyed a weekend in Alison’s hometown, watching a Six Nations rugby tournament between Wales and Italy. Alison said: “I sent Mark a Timothy Tortoise Valentine’s card and that was it, we were an item.” Mark actually proposed to Alison after she took part in a 5k Pretty Muddy Race for Life in Cardiff that July. The rest, as they say was history – apart from the minor issue of 200 or so miles separating Alison’s home near Abergavenny from Ely in Cambridgeshire. This was resolved when Alison made the move to the Fens, getting a job as a teaching assistant at King’s Ely. Spotting Ely for the first time Alison recalls falling in love with the Isle of Eels during her first visit to the city, about six years ago. “We ate cakes from Betty Marshmallow, walked around Ely seeing the sights and I loved seeing the big skies and ‘a thousand trees’ (Stereophonics song) at Barchams on the A142 and that view of Ely Cathedral as you drive over the hill at Stuntney is still my favourite!” She remembers a romantic walk around Ely riverside and the country park, impressed that there was “so much wildlife so close to the city centre.” 24 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Spotted in Ely Alison first met Mark shortly after he had set up Spotted in Ely, a Facebook page aimed at uniting the local community. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, and now has over 26,000 followers. Spotted in Ely’s new radio station includes former BBC Radio Cambridgeshire folk legend, Sue Marchant. As well as providing content for Spotted in Ely, Mark and Alison have helped livestream countless events for Ely Cathedral – so hosting their wedding in the iconic building was their way of saying thank you. Ely College have launched the Mark Cooney Community Spirit Award to celebrate students’ contributions to the local community. Mark has been “blown away” by the kindness and love he has received since making his prognosis public in January. Sharing their wedding via livestream had meant a lot to them both. Mark said: “I’m just really pleased we could let people in on our special day. The numbers didn’t matter to me but yes, the viewing figures are unbelievable. And for those who braved the weather – a massive thank you, it was lovely to see you all.” A blessing day is due to be held in Wales when covid travel restrictions are lifted. A fundraising page has been set up by close friend Sally Bibby, to help the Cooneys make precious memories and assist with Mark’s cancer treatment. Any extra money raised will go towards Spotted in Ely’s future costs. You can donate at: http://www.gofundme. com/f/help-mark-from-spotted-in-ely-to-makememories Mark and Alison with Ellie, their beloved pet labrador.


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ADVERTISING - ALWAYS MENTION THE ELYi WHEN RESPONDING TO ADVERTS PosAbility offers support to overcome challenging conditions which affect our daily lives. Whether you are a Stroke Survivor or someone living with another neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy, PosAbility will provide practical help and advice to help you achieve your individual goals. Lockdown restrictions and social distancing rules will not stand in the way of PosAbility and what it has to offer. We have transferred all our services online so that we can keep in touch with everyone who needs us. Everyone is welcome, including wheel-chair users. Why not join us – See what PosAbility can offer you? Our online chair-based exercise classes can be accessed wherever you live. You can join our qualified Instructors every week for real time “live” exercise sessions. We aim to keep ourselves mobile and maintain our balance. Standing exercises are available too. We know that regular exercise, alongside people we recognise, can help our mood and increase our confidence. Until the end of March 2021, the sessions are available to you free of charge but may we suggest that if you are able to make a donation of £20 per month towards our costs, it would make us very happy and we would really appreciate your support. If you don’t have the tech, no problem! Thanks to

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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER (A Women-led, Global, Ecumenical Movement) FRIDAY 7th MAY 2021, 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Ely Build on a Strong Foundation The World Day of Prayer is an international, interchurch organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries. It begins in Samoa – with prayer in native languages, travelling throughout the world – through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, before finishing in American Samoa.

We have had to rearrange the Service from 5th March to Friday 7th May, which this year has been prepared by women of Vanuatu (located in the South Pacific Ocean), with the theme ‘Build on a Strong Foundation’.

Come and join in with the local service in Ely, taking place at St Mary’s Church Ely, starting at 1.30pm. Why not come along and find out more about the theme and Vanuatu?

The beaches, coral reefs with fishes, lovely birds and fruits in the forest, all make the islands a pristine environment, but they are vulnerable to frequent tropical storms, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and active volcanoes. Women, men and children of all ages are called to ‘Build on a Strong Foundation’ and live in unity, love and peace in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity like Vanuatu, and so many other places around the world.

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THE DRIVE TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Home based learning has become the new reality – but for a very significant proportion of our children this form of education is inaccessible.

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Families are not always able to afford the appropriate technology that allows online learning to take place. Many children are sharing single devices between several siblings. A number are trying their best to learn from their mobile phones. The consequences are children and young people falling behind, anxiety and distress for children and parents, and huge additional pressures on schools, teachers and educators. The Cambs Youth Panel is in partnership with Cambridge 2030 and the Cambridgeshire Digital Partnership have launched a countywide drive against Digital Inequality – ‘The Digital Drive’. The project is simple in nature: take in donations of old technology, restore it to a professional standard and manage delivery to those in need. And you can help! 1.Devices. Check your desktop/laptop/device meets the minimum specification (specifications can be checked by visiting www.cambsyouthpanel.co.uk) then take it to your local drop-off point. 2.Make a financial donation - there are two ways of doing this: a.Through Cambs Youth Panel's Go Fund Me page. Donations here go toward tools and technology needed to refurbish donated devices. b.Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council's joint Go Fund Me page will go towards purchasing new laptops and securing internet access and data for children and young. Internet access for each child is around £40, plus £20/month for unlimited data. A suitable laptop costs around £325. 3.Purchase and donate a component: This can be done from the Cambs Youth Panel's Amazon Wish List here the list is made up of pieces needed to refurbish the donated computers. Where to drop your device off 1.Your local Library. Library’s in Ely, Cambridge (Milton Rd site), 30 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Volunteer your time and/or expertise. The Cambs Youth Panel is looking for willing computer enthusiasts, with current DBS checks, to help with laptop refurbishment in Peterborough, Huntingdon, Wisbech, Ely and Cambridge. The project is also seeking volunteer drivers to collect computers and deliver them to schools.



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MONDAYS AT 6 P.M. IN TERM TIME Our weekly rehearsals continue on Zoom until COVID-secure in-person activities are allowed again next term.

We primarily focus on modern board games such as Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne and have a particular fondness for co-operative games. We are parents of young children and the group is intended to support parents in making social connections through board gaming and - hopefully as our membership expands - to support families who would like to try board gaming. Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Membership is entirely free and all our events are currently online. Join either through Meetup (https://www. meetup.com/ely-family-gaming/) or Facebook (search groups for Ely Family Gaming).

Our Musical Director Andrew Parnell keeps the group focused on learning and developing, working towards live performances in the summer term. There’s a wide range of music from Handel to Hairspray. There are no auditions, no fees and it’s specially for people of secondary school age. More info from youth@elychoralsociety.org Ely Youth Choir is part of Ely Choral Society, Reg. Charity 802308.

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Let's congratulate our Ely youngsters!

Hats off & huge hurrahs for St Mary’s Church, Ely who raised £10,000+ for lifesaving loos last year. As well as making gifts and offerings, some members of the congregation did their own fundraising. We must mention brothers William & Alexander who walked 500 miles between them last summer & raised more than £1,000 because, they felt, 'no one should be without a toilet'. Couldn't agree more!

Many congratulations to Miriam Reveley of the Girl Choristers at Ely Cathedral who has passed her Associateship of the Royal College of Organists' diploma (ARCO). It's highly unusual for organists to achieve this diploma while still at school. The RCO diplomas are the world's most coveted and prestigious qualifications for organists. It's very exciting news and everyone at Ely Cathedral is very proud. Miriam is the King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral Sixth Form Organ Scholar. Last year she was awarded her CRCO diploma (becoming a Colleague of the Royal College of Organists) and today is was announced that she has been successful in the ARCO examination (Associate of the Royal College of Organists). Miriam has been a student at King’s Ely since joining in Year 9 as a girl chorister. She is currently studying Music, History, and Religious Studies at A Level. Miriam hopes to take a gap year as Organ Scholar at Dean Close School and Tewkesbury Abbey before reading Music as an Organ Scholar at University and pursuing a career in music 32 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

10-year-old Tom Franklin who attends St Marys Junior School in Ely has raised £190 by completing a four-hour danceathon to raise money for Cancer Research. He had the idea to raise money in memory of his grandma who he misses very much. Tom is pictured with his mum Melanie. Photo: Melanie Franklin

Starting up again from April 12th!

Willow, who is in Year 3 at King’s Ely Junior, decided she wanted to do something to bring cheer to residents at Terrington Lodge Care Home in Norfolk, which is near where she lives. Willow received a cheese advent calendar for Christmas instead of the usual chocolate one and thought what better way to make the residents smile than by writing letters to them along with some really grate (!) cheese jokes. In her letter to one resident, Willow wrote: “I wanted to do something nice for people who might not be able to get out and about so easily at the moment, and to try and make them laugh. I love cheese jokes and I hope you like yours! As you can see, you can tear your joke off and share it with others where you live so you can all make each other laugh. I will not brie-lieve it if you don’t smile at these jokes! I wish you all a happy cheese-tastic time this week.” Willow enjoyed delivering her letters and jokes to the care home so much that she is planning to hand-write and deliver (socially distanced of course) different themed jokes to the residents each week until lockdown eases. Victoria Harrison, Deputy Home Manager at Terrington Lodge, said: “The residents here very much enjoyed hearing Willow’s cheese jokes! It was a lovely gesture by Willow, which both the staff and residents found very thoughtful.” Photos: Kings Ely & Willow www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 33

HOW TO REMEMBER WHAT YOU LEARN (or how to use forgetting to your advantage)

Do you find that when you learn something you then forget it and need a reminder? It might surprise you to know that this is how our brains are wired! Did you know that research shows that within one hour you forget 50% of what you learn? How do we learn to remember what we are taught? You need to keep going over things so that they get embedded in your memory and you are able to recall it really easily. The Forgetting Curve, a concept detailed by Hermann Ebbinghaus, shows us the effect of revision on the amount we remember about a topic. You’ll see from the curve the more times you go over something the easier it is to remember it. Whatever year group your young person is in, they need to repeat their learning. Some of the ways they can do this are:

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After they have learned a topic, do a couple of questions on it with them. Two weeks later do another couple of questions three weeks later again to another couple of questions and so on. Keep record cards with what they’ve learnt and get them to go over a few of them each day. As they keep going, the pile gets bigger but they keep going over it and the distance between the topic cards increases. Buy some workbooks and do a little bit together each week. There are plenty of websites and apps with games for different areas of maths; use these to go over some of the maths concepts they have been studying that week.

For more information on this, go to www.skills4parents.co.uk and get my free e-book ‘6 Top Tips Guaranteed to Help Your Child Remember Their Learning’. You’ll also find there my guide to websites, books and apps for studying Maths, and much much more!

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ELY REGULAR GROUPS AND MEETS LISTINGS To avoid misinformation we have reduced this section to groups who have updated us recently. If you start operating again during the spring please do get in touch to tell us. To update for the next print edition (May/June) please email: editor@elyimagazine.com before 19th April 2021.


The Arts Society - Ely The details of our meetings for February, March and April on zoom are as follows if these could be included in your magazine. Thurs 18th March. Ian Keable is giving a lecture entitled ‘ The art of trickery: How magicians have appeared in art throughout the centuries.’ This talk will cover how magicians have been shown in paintings, prints and cartoons. Thurs 15th April. Pamela Campbell-Johnson is giving a lecture entitled ‘The Art of 1935’ This talk will explore the many aspects of that year’s decorative and fine arts. All lectures start at 7.30 on zoom - Visitors welcome at £5 per lecture. If you are interested please email: smholgate@ outlook.com and you will be emailed the details for payment and links to join. Alternatively, why not join us. Pay £45 for the year to include all the lectures. Further details on our Facebook page or visit www.theartssocietyely.org.uk or email as above.Chairperson, Maggie Haverson 01353 725915. Ely Guild of Woodturners Due to Covid-19, the Ely Guild of Woodturners has had to close its doors at the Little Thetford hall for the time being. Members of the EGW are having online meetings and also enjoying some fantastic online demonstrations by some top, professional woodturners. e: publicity@elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk www. elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk and Twitter @ElyWoodturners


Ely Lifelong Learners New course beginning in April. Portrait of the Artist as a Film Icon is a five week course with tutor David Read. (Offered subject to current government guidelines)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: The Countess Free Church, Chapel Street, Ely, CB6 1AD (parking for blue badge holders only) Starts: Wed April 14th 2021, 10:00am-12pm The Course fee is £50; payment by cheque only Group size limited to 28. (All subject to Covid Regulations at the time) Pre-booking is required. Please contact Anne on 01352 662712 or at awarham575@btinternet.com All necessary covid measures will be taken. Masks must be worn.


Littleport & Ely Time Bank We are a friendly group of volunteers who exchange time and skills with members for free. Everyone’s time is equal and everyone has something to offer, whether visiting someone for a cup of tea or designing a website. Join us and get to know people in the community and share your passion or skill. We have virtual coffee mornings currently on Thursdays, 101040 am by Zoom. Non members are welcome to join us at coffee morning to find out more. We are also conducting safe time exchanges and social activities within our own bubbles. For further info & Zoom link, please email littleportandelytimebank@btinternet.com or visit Facebook: @LittleportandElyTimebank The Ely & District Model Railway Club We are a group of individuals who build model railways in a variety of scales and gauges. The club has run an annual model railway exhibition in Ely for over 40 years. However the exhibition in 2020 was obviously cancelled due to Covid-19 and we had hoped to be able to hold the next exhibition in May 2021. However it has been decided reluctantly that no exhibition will be held in May this year. Indeed club meetings are on hold at the moment. Information is posted on the club’s Facebook page and on our website www.elymrc.org.uk so please check for the latest situation. Our Secretary David Abbott will be happy to provide any further information. He can be contacted on 01353 721280 and by email at davidjabbott70@gmail.com


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and features guest speakers as well as open mic performances. It normally takes place at the Babylon Gallery in Ely, but is currently running online via Zoom until it is safe to meet in groups. Fen Speak takes place on the third Wednesday of Feb, April, June, August, Oct and Dec. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Free entry, all welcome. Find us on Facebook or online. Contact Stewart on fenspeak@gmail.com for more information.


Ely Choral Society We are a mixed voice community choir who normally hold concerts in Ely Cathedral and other local venues with professional soloists and orchestras. We normally rehearse on Monday evenings at Ely, St John’s School. For this Term we continue to rehearse at 7.30pm on Monday evenings with our conductor, Andrew Parnell on Zoom. New members are welcome to try us out in the privacy of your home. Please check our website for details of when we will be rehearsing in person or visit our Facebook page. For further details contact T: 07970 956401 / E: membership@elychoralsociety.org W: www. elychoralsociety.org. SING! CHOIRS Come and join us! Everyone is welcome, with no auditions - just enjoy singing pop, rock and songs from the shows and you will be a welcome member of the group. Contact Kathryn on kathryn@singchoirs.com, or through our website www.singchoirs.com All sessions online at the moment, so come and join us for a weekly Zoom and Sing! Please also see a listing in “Support and Care” for information about a local singing group for people living with dementia and their carers. Ely Youth Choir A community choir for young singers aged 11 and up. There are no auditions and no fees. The group sings a wide range of music styles, from Handel to Hairspray, trained by professional choir director and composer Andrew Parnell. Our Zoom meetings are at 6pm on Mondays in term time. Zoom singing is different but we make it fun and purposeful, by keeping everyone engaged and focused on improving. When live group singing is allowed again, our rehearsals will resume in the Church Rooms at St. Mary’s Church, Ely. For more details, email youth@ elychoralsociety.org Find us on Facebook @ elyyouthchoir


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Ely Baha’i Community Every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm we host a virtual zoom meeting entitled “Meaningful Conversations” where we share principles and ideas from the Baha’i perspective on personal and social transformation to which everyone is welcome to join. Zoom ID: 837 3293 7000 A very warm and relaxed group trying to make a difference in our daily life and through acts of service contribute to the betterment of the world.For more info Tel or Text: 07746761519, E: elybahais@gmail.com FB: Ely Baha’i Community https://www.facebook.com/Ely-BahaiCommunity-734901983310678/ MOST CHURCHES HAVE ONLINE SERVICES. CHECK WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL ORGANISATION FOR DETAILS Ely Cathedral The College, Ely. Tel: 01353 667735 www.elycathedral.org - Ely Cathedral - Mothers’ Union Contact: Eunice Reddish 01353 661502 www.elycathedral.org worship/mothersunion - Ely Cathedral - Edward Bear Club Contact: Angela Jones 01353 665810 ChristChurch North Ely Isle of Ely School. Tel: 01353 659550 www.stmarysely.org Ely City Church 15a Silver Street. Tel: 01353 662172 www.elycitychurch.co.uk Countess Free Church Chapel St. Ely CB6 1AD Tel: 01353 662396 www.countessely.co.uk - Rich Tea Club Contact Cate on 07425650454 www.countessely.co.uk Jubilee Church Ely email: office@jubileechurchely.co.uk Tel: 01353 664160. www.jubileechurchely.co.uk The Lighthouse Fellowship Lynn Rd, Ely Tel: 01353 662228 email: info@lighthouse-ely.org www.lighthouse-ely.org/whatson - The Lighthouse Knitters Delia Wakeling on 01353 861126 or Maria Martin 01353 772 812 Ely Methodist Church Chapel Street, Ely. Minister: Revd. Catherine Dixon on 01353 662426 https://www. elyandnewmarketmethodists.org.uk/ely.htm New Connexions @ High Barns Larkfield Community Centre, High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB Website: newconnexionschurch.org. uk Contact: Elder Russell Grief: russellgrief@

ntlworld.com. Tel 01353 612200 www.newconnexionschurch.org.uk Ely and District Spiritualist Church Larkfield Community Centre , High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB contact Elizabeth on 07769963850 St Etheldreda’s Catholic Church Egremont Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 662759 St Mary’s Church of England St Mary’s Street, Ely. Tel: 01353 659550 - St Mary’s Monday Club Contact: Elizabeth Flood on 01353 662385 - St Mary’s Mothers’ Union Contact: 01353 659550 www.stmarysely.org/mothers-union.html www.facebook.com/StMarysElyMU/ St Peter-in-Ely, Church of England www.elystpeterschurch.co.uk & www.facebook. com/elystpeters or tel: 01353 656941 Ely Quaker Meeting Ely Quakers meet every Sunday at 10.30. Visitors are welcome to join us. We come together in silence and stillness and our Meetings for Worship last about an hour. During the pandemic we are meeting via Zoom. Find out more: https:// www.quaker.org.uk/about-quakers/ Contact: Sue Brock-Hollinshead, suebhisas@ gmail.com


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


Ely City Women’s Institute via zoom on the 2nd Monday of the month Email:ruth.g.sindall@btconnect.com Find us on Facebook: / Ely City WI Ely Family Gaming Ely Family Gaming is a new group for lighthearted and sociable board gaming suitable for families in the area of Ely. Join either through Meetup (https://www. meetup.com/ely-family-gaming/) or Facebook (search groups for Ely Family Gaming) Ely Women’s Circle We are a support group for women who want to share from the heart and be witnessed in love, support, acceptance and non-judgement. We currently meet on Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month from 7 30 to 8 30 pm. Find us on Facebook ‘Ely Women’s Circle’ or contact Louise at ldecaux@btinternet.com


Al-anon Family Support Group We are a support group for families of alcoholics.

We have been meeting in Ely for 30 years. We meet every Monday at Centre 33 at 7.30pm. During these times we are meeting by zoom meetings. For details of the zoom meeting or for help and local contact numbers please call the helpline 0800 0086811. There are no fees for membership. We hope to return to the rooms once the Covid-19 situation eases. email: al-anonuk.org.uk Cruse Bereavement Care Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity that has been providing bereavement support to people across the UK for over 60 years, predominately through face-to-face and group sessions. Due to the current situation around Covid-19, Cruse have taken the decision to move all of support to telephone, until it is safe to return to normal working practices. As well as telephone support, there is also helpful information on the Cruse website at: www.cruse.org.uk The Cruse Wed morning groups in Ely and Cambridge are currently closed. It is hoped that the groups will re-open in the future when it is safe to do so. If you would like telephone bereavement support, please contact the Helpline on 01223 633536 (open 9.30am-1.30pm weekdays) or the National Helpline on 0808 8081677 (open 9.305pm weekdays with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm and Weekends 10am-2pm). The service is free of charge and donations welcome. Sing! Together A weekly singing and music-making group for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers, run by registered charity All In Sound. No experience needed just come along to enjoy the singing and music. Sessions are continuing online, and support is offered to help people access the technology, so please do contact Kathryn Rowland at kathryn@allinsound.co.uk or call 01353 662022. www.allinsound.co.uk Care Network Cambs Supporting Volunteers, Encouraging Independence, Developing Good neighbour projects. Tel: 01954 211919 email: volunteering@care-network.org.uk Website: www.care-network.org.uk twitter @CareNetworkCamb Facebook: Care Network Cambridgeshire Cambridge Cruse Bereavement Care. Contact Mary on 01353 659314 Cambridge Cruse 01223 302662 Ely Death Café ONLINE on ZOOM - Next is SUN 19th APRIL At a Death Cafe people come together in a relaxed setting to openly talk about death. You set the agenda. All very welcome. Open to public www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 37

& professionals. If you attend as a professional please leave your work hat at the door - we simply attend as people who will all die one day. Warning: feelings of relief, positivity and unexpected humour may occur. Free, booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/elydeath-cafe-online-30153110542 Email elydeathcafe@gmail.com Facebook: Ely Death Café Twitter: @Ely_D_Cafe “Like” us on social media for updates. Ely Dementia Group Contact Julie Day on Ely 612369 or 07968739406 Ely Foodbank PLEASE CHECK ONLINE IF OPEN Email:info@ely.foodbank.org.uk www.ely.foodbank.org.uk T: 01353 468626 Happy Cafe Ely We have been meeting online via Zoom since lockdown. We still hold meet-ups online on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10.30am for around an hour, using ideas and resources from the national charity Action for Happiness. NEW evening Zoom sessions are starting on the final Thursday of each month from 7-8pm and the Zoom links for both morning

and evening sessions can be found on our Facebook page @HappyCafeEly. We look forward to you joining us to learn more about the actions we can take to look after our wellbeing. email: hello@happycafeely.org.uk Ely & District Parkinsons UK Support Group Contact Caroline Nicklinson, Lead Volunteer on 07718191482 Pos+Ability Meeting online Please contact: 07565 598193 E: posability3@gmail.com W: www.posability.org TMW Ely Contact Suzie on 07739638817 email info@touchmyworld.co.uk. www.touchmyworld.co.uk and find us on Young People’s Support CENTRE 33 ELY DROP IN Natalie Gildersleeve. natalieg@centre33.org.uk / www.centre33.org.uk Tel: 0333 4141 809 ALL GROUPS MUST SEND IN UP TO DATE ‘COMING OUT OF LOCKDOWN’ INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NEXT MAGAZINE PLEASE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONFIRM CONTACT DETAILS AND OPERATING TIMES.

COME AND BE A PART OF ELY CITY WI Our new subscription year runs from April 2021 to March 2022. Your membership will allow you to receive our monthly smile envelope containing newsletter, card and surprises (11 meetings in normal times); at least 2 zoom monthly meets (during the pandemic at the moment); communications to keep you up to date with WI events/initiatives that we can’t get into the newsletter; and so much more besides that we can explain when you contact us.

Come and join our friendly WI, we’d love to meet you, albeit virtually at the moment. Please contact us via ruth.g.sindall@btconnect.com for more details about how to join us.

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CITY OF ELY COUNCIL Sessions House Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG Tel: 01353 661016 www.cityofelycouncil.org.uk ANNUAL PARISH MEETING Monday, 29th March 2021 at 7.00pm This will be held virtually via the zoom platform. Details on how to attend will be contained within the agenda, which will be on the Council’s website from the 23rd March MEETING INCLUDES: Council Reports, Reports from the Ely Ribe Association and the City of Ely Allotments and Gardens Association & Reports from local voluntary and charitable organisations who have received grants from the Council THIS PUBLIC MEETING IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS OF ELY CITY COUNCILLORS - EVERYONE WELCOME

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