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Hello Ely! I am so pleased to be bringing you this edition of the Elyi. It comes with best wishes from the whole team. What a tough time it is for everyone! Thank you for purchasing this edition. We didn’t have enough funding to produce the whole magazine due to these tough times but we felt it was really important to produce a print version that would reach everyone - even those not online. We have worked really hard towards a safe delivery, taking advice from environmental health and adhering to strict procedures to reduce any risk to you or our team of distributors and the nine thousand print editions (pages 1-32) will be delivered in Ely from this weekend. The funds raised with this fuller online version will go to support The Ely Hero Awards when they happen later in the year. It has been sad to see the Ely calendar of festivals and events disappear before our eyes but we know its the best thing for the whole community if we all stay home and beat this thing! As well as the very obvious hardships that the Covid-19 crisis has brought, there are also many positives to celebrate here in our amazing city; Ely businesses have rallied in support of local charities, Ely College, The King’s School and several local individuals have been making PPE for NHS workers; People are sewing, cooking, shopping and even singing in support of their neighbours. Thank you for purchasing this edition. I hope you enjoy reading the extra content. All the best! Bridgetxx

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EDITORIAL & FEATURES WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY / DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINES / COMMUNITY EYES AND EARS 3 CITY OF ELY COUNCIL UPDATE 4-5 VISIT ELY 6 ISLE OF ELY ROWING CLUB /EAST AIR AMBULANCE 10 ELY WILDSPACE 11 ELY MUSEUM 12 FASCINATING FENS / VISIT ELY COMPETITION 14 THE KIDS ARE SAFE AT HOME 16 SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES 18-22 GROUPS AND MEETS 24 ELY ROTARY / ELY YOUTH CHOIR / BABYLON ARTS 25 ELY HERO AWARD NOMINATIONS 26 EMBROIDERY SHOP OF THE YEAR 27 WICKEN FEN / CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE 28 ADDENBROOKES CHARITABLE TRUST 29 ST MARY’S SURGERY INFORMATION AND ADVICE 30-31 ONLINE SUPPLEMENT 33-60

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ambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy has recognised a need for a helpline, particularly for the many self employed who are finding life extremely difficult at the moment. The day to day adjustments that need to be made are very stressful which when combined with the significant reduction and for many the complete lack of income will be causing extreme levels of stress. As there are many sources of practical and financial help available, our helpline will offer a listening ear and emotional support only. The service started earlier in April and is available during the hours of 9-5 Monday to Friday.

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COMMUNITY EYES AND EARS CAMPAIGN

ur service is offering emotional support only; and the chaplain you speak to may refer you to other sources of support/ organisations. All calls are anonymous and our multifaith chaplains are a diverse group who are happy to provide support regardless of whether you’re spiritual or religious – their aim is to listen and comfort. Call: 0800 246 5193 (MondayFriday 9am-5pm and outside of these hours you can leave a message) www.cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk

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his campaign is designed to empower you with knowledge about many issues people in our communities are facing, as well as signs to look out for so you can spot if someone may need help. And of course, the right people to talk to about each different issue. The first step for anyone interested is to read the Eyes and Ears Booklet available here: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/community-safety/ community-eyes-and-ears

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CITY OF ELY COUNCIL Update

City of Ely Council Sessions House, Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs CB7 4EG Phone: 01353 661016 Fax: 01353 667057

A MESSAGE FROM CLLR MIKE ROUSE, RIGHT WORSHIPFUL MAYOR OF ELY AND CHAIR OF COUNCIL ‘I’m proud of the way the City Council, staff and members, has responded to the present crisis. All of us have had to find new ways of working and communicating, several while not leaving our houses. I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts and the citizens of Ely for their understanding and support. Please follow the government advice. If you are alone there is support available so don’t be afraid to ask. Stay safe, stay strong and we will come through this.’

DAY TO DAY OPERATION OF THE COUNCIL The City of Ely Council continues to function to the best of its ability during these very difficult times. Following guidance from the Government the Council has closed its office at Sessions House, Lynn Road; the Maltings and Oliver Cromwell House. However, a high majority of staff are working from home to ensure the Council continues to function and assist parishioners. Officers from Sessions House are able to deal with queries or concerns from parishioners, either by email or telephone messages. If you need to contact the Council, please in the first instance email info@cityofelycouncil.org. uk. If you are unable to email you can call 01353 661016. Officers are visiting the office on a regular basis to retrieve messages and will respond to you as soon as possible. Due to legislation changes, we are now able to recommence with Full Council meetings and Committee meetings. These will however be virtual meetings, due to the requirements for social distancing and will be held via Zoom. The Council’s website is regularly updated and all agendas and papers for these meetings will be available on the website. A link to enable members of the public to attend these meetings, if they wish to do so, will also be published on the City of Ely Council website: https://www.cityofelycouncil.org.uk/

WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY The Council through Visit Ely are very much involved with the Facebook group Ely Community Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group and the East Cambridgeshire Community Hub working to support residents. Our City Centre Ranger has been working as the connection between the mutual aid group, ECDC, CCC and as a representative of City Council. Helping with any problems, unusual requests and urgent requests. She is also responsible for acting as a gobetween/middle man in communication between the various bodies and the community group. The telephone number for Ely’s City Centre Ranger is 07719 980502

THE ESTATES TEAM The Estates Team are working extremely diligently each day to undertake their various duties, whilst maintaining social distancing. These include maintaining the cemetery at Beech Lane, administering the funerals whilst also continuing to undertake inspections and maintenance of all of the recreational areas and Council owned property. Every week Sessions House, The Maltings and Oliver Cromwell’s House are checked together with all the Council’s play areas, ensuring they all remain safe and secure for when they all re-open for everyone to enjoy.

VISIT ELY / OLIVER CROMWELL’S HOUSE AND ELY’S TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Ely’s Tourism and Town Centre Manager and team have been very busy keeping the community engaged with various resources and ‘fun things to do’ whilst in lockdown. Our Marketing Officer has been writing a daily blog, please do take the time to read https://

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The outbreak of Covid - 19 means that life has changed for all of us for a while. There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about. www.visitely.org.uk/visitor-information/blogs. You can keep up do date by following Visit Ely on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit Ely/Oliver Cromwell’s House and Ely’s Tourist Information Centre continues to operate remotely by working on a number of projects. Once we re-open we have plenty of events ready, lots of walks, talks, trails and of course planning for Open Heritage and Apple Festival late summer. If you would like any information regarding any of our resources, forthcoming events, or if you are planning a late summer staycation, please email info@visitely.org.uk or call 07704 156867. (more on page 6)

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• Keep Connected – call, message and video call friends and family regularly; catch up with those you haven’t seen for a while; don’t be afraid to tell someone if you’re struggling, we’re social beings and it’s normal to find the current situation difficult. • Keep Active – if you are able to do so, leave your home once a day to walk, cycle, exercise the dog; move around at home listening to something you enjoy; try an online exercise video or dance like no-one is watching! • Keep Learning – try a new skill, learn a language, plant some seeds; use this opportunity to try something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time; take part in online quizzes, singing, or music concerts, there are so many inventive ways to join in. • Keep Giving – check in with neighbours, offer to do some shopping for those in your community who are self-isolating; if you are able to do so, volunteer with a charity or local community group to deliver food, collect prescriptions or phoning people who are on their own.

The Maltings has had to postpone many upcoming events, unfortunately some of these being weddings and family celebrations. However, staff are working very hard to ensure that alternative dates are offered for the future, to allow these to still happen.

• Keep Noticing – focus on the present; enjoy simple pleasures, such as the rainbows neighbours may have displayed in their windows; be aware of others, they might be finding it hard to cope; and finally, look forward to being able to meet up with friends and family again.

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where we hope to incorporate our lovely partners at Wicken Fen and Welney. Details will be announced soon. These events are truly wonderful and an ideal opportunity to explore some of Ely, and surrounding areas, buildings, beauty spots plus exploring local history and heritage.

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s you will know, it was with such sadness we had to cancel our beloved Eel Festival 2020 which incorporated VE Day 75 and Food and Drink Festival due to Government Advice/COVID-19. All Visit Ely staff have been working home-based, each with specific projects to undertake, so when this sadness and uncertain time lifts, we will be able to offer so many wonderful new walks, talks, tours, workshops, school trips... the list is endless, so watch this space! Our newsletters now will go live monthly instead of weekly, as so many of our wonderful local and surrounding area events are now cancelled or postponed. However, we will post on all our social media platforms daily. Eleanor, our Marketing Officer for Visit Ely has set up a daily blog on our website, why not log on and check it out - find out what's going on in the fens, local support in the villages, and much more - plus see some great photos of her gorgeous dog Oscar! www.visitely.org.uk/visitor-information/blogs

ELY COMMUNITY COVID-19 MUTUAL AID GROUP Kerry, Ely's City Centre Ranger is the rep from City of Ely Council and one of the Editors of this special Facebook Page. Already, many of you have volunteered to help the elderly, at-risk & vulnerable. Follow the page, and ask for help and advice as you need it. Sign up and see if you can help your community in any way. Kerry is contactable here: ranger@visitely.org.uk should you wish to share information on the page. Although our wonderful Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell House is closed for now, we are still offering advice, guidance and planning assistance should you wish to plan some ideas for perhaps a late summer 'Staycation!' Sadly, none of us know when this will be over of course, but if there is anything we can still help with, in any way, please email: info@visitely.org .uk or on our mobile contact Tel: 07704 156867 We are still planning our Open Heritage Days for September and coming up with some fabulous ideas using this year’s theme 'Hidden Nature' 6 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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f you are booked on either an Escape Room, or Mrs Cromwell's Feast, please do get in touch so we can re-arrange the booking for you. Mrs Cromwell's next feast is October 7th from noon. Escape Room bookings are currently postponed until end of May. We are hoping to post a weekly 'puzzle' to keep you busy, and even a virtual escape room, so keep an eye out, we need to keep our brains active as well as our bodies.

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s we are allowed to exercise and walk dogs once a day, check out some of the lovely walks you can do via our website. Please do remember that this is LONE walking or with a member of your household ONLY. www.visitely. org.uk/things-to-do/leisure-activities/ walking-cycling

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f you have set up any support group you would like Visit Ely to shout about via our social media following, please either send a direct message via our Facebook page or email info@visitely.org.uk

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP Anyone who needs help can contact the ECDC co-ordination hub by emailing: covid19@eastcambs.gov.uk or calling 01353 665555 The call centre is open between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Volunteers and support groups who have come forward will be linked with over 70s and others identified as vulnerable, to assist the most at-risk groups during this time. The hub will also focus on signposting access to food, medicines and other supplies, as well as organising friendly phone calls to anyone feeling lonely. They will also liaise with voluntary groups. To register as a group or volunteer visit the COVID-19 coordination hub webpage. https:// www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/ coronavirus/covid-19-coordination-hub-yourcommunity-needs-you


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ike all other rowing clubs throughout the country we cannot currently row on the water – very frustrating because the conditions at this time of year would be ideal! About 35 of our members have access to rowing machines at home and we did a challenge over the Easter weekend to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, specifically for the fight against Covid-19. Some of us even rowed the marathon distance of 42.2 km (in several sessions, not all in one go!). Collectively we rowed just under 900 km (over 550 miles). We started off hoping to raise £500, but we’re now close to £6000 if you include Gift Aid. For us it has been an opportunity to achieve something together even though we are physically separated.

Many of us achieved so much more than we thought possible and it has been a great morale boost for the club. But much more importantly than that, we have been able through the generosity of the sponsors to support the invaluable life-saving work of the NHS. Huge thanks to everyone who contributed! he Isle of Ely Rowing Club is a friendly community rowing club catering for all ages. When normal club activities can resume, we shall run “Learn to row” courses throughout the year and we also encourage people that maybe haven’t rowed for a while to come and see us and jump back in a boat. All of the details can be found at www.elyrowingclub.org.uk. Richard Maxey

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ly Common extends along Prickwillow Road from Lisle Lane to the Ely Sailing Club. The Common is protected by its status as a Town Green, conferred in 2012 following a prolonged legal process led by Ely Wildspace. The East Common (from Kiln Lane to the Sailing Club) is also a part of the Ely Pits and Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Common lies within Ely Country Park, and although part of the East Common (towards the Sailing Club) is owned by a commercial organisation, the remainder is held on lease by East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC).

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he East Common is rich in wild flowers - the number of plant species exceeds 100 - as a result of long-term annual mowing for hay. Each spring there is a profusion of flowering cowslips, and in the summer, common knapweed, ox-eye daisy, lady’s bedstraw, common birds-foot trefoil

and yellow rattle are abundant. Rarer species such as bee orchid, green-winged orchid and Adder’s tongue fern also occur.

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he importance of the flora is recognised in an agreement between ECDC, Ely Wildspace and our local Wildlife Trust to extend the wildflower meadow on ECDC’s leased portion of East Common. The meadow area has been increased by preparing new ground and sowing with seed from Chettisham Meadow, a nearby ancient meadow. Mowing is restricted to a single cut in late summer, when the arisings are removed so that they do not smother fresh growth. Why not take a look at the meadow soon while the cowslips are still flowering? If you want to get involved in Ely Wildspace activities or find out more about upcoming Wildspace events visit www.elywildspace.org.uk. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 11


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lthough Ely Museum closed its doors in September 2019 to begin our exciting National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment, with lots of people suddenly finding themselves working and learning from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the museum is stepping in to help! Whilst we can’t welcome any visitors or host any of our usual fun events, we’ve been inspired by the stories and objects of Ely and East Cambridgeshire, and are bringing a weekly #MuseumFromHome session to you online!

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ach week on the Ely Museum social media pages and blog, there will be themed activities and crafts inspired by different historical periods and inspired by our collection.

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of new facts about Easter and Spring too! We’ve turned into garden explorers, handed out cures for Fen Ague as the Wise Woman and turned into Roman soldiers as we made our own helmets and catapults!

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or parents and carers who are taking on the role of teacher too, join us each Tuesday morning online as we bring a fun, educational activity to try. We’ve enjoyed learning about Roman pottery and learnt how to identify the different types, learnt how to identify animals in Anglo-Saxon brooches, about traditional fenland farming tools & lots more. There are themed activities to download and enjoy each week, as well as a themed craft video on Facebook too which uses materials readily available at home. Emily Allen Community Engagement Officer, Ely Museum www.facebook.com/ElyMuseum www.twitter.com/ElyMuseum www.instagram.com/Ely_Museum www.elymuseum.org.uk/blog


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he first ever “Celebrate the Fens day” will be taking place on 20th June this year. The concept was created when fascinating Fens asked its followers, what they thought of having such a day. The overwhelming response was “Yes”, and the idea for the day has gathered great momentum. We want to unite the Fens of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Suffolk, and bring people together to Celebrate everything that the Fens has to offer.

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ascinating Fens believes in encouraging people to explore and promote the Fens through creativity, heritage, nature, wellbeing and accessibility. The Fens are inspiring, beautiful, mysterious, and fascinating. Obviously, our celebratory events depend on whether the Lock down is lifted. If it is lifted and depending on restrictions, Fascinating Fens are asking you to do your thing on the day. Examples can include: delivering/attend a talk or tour, holding/visiting an opening day, go on a picnic, go camping, be inspired to write a poem or story in the Fens, go rambling, running or cycling. They are also many events being organised during the day/weekend.

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f the current lockdown is still in place, we will be doing a virtual celebration, where we would be inviting venues/groups/organisations/individuals in the Fens to get involved, ideas can include: creating a blog, video clip, virtual tour, photos or social media posts for #CelebrateTheFens.

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e would love to see you photographs on the day, as to what you feel should be celebrated in the Fens. Please post these using the #CelebrateTheFens and we will share them.

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f you would like to stay up to date with activities and events happening on celebrate the Fens day, please follow our blog, or follow us on twitter and Facebook, more information can also be found on our website www.fascinatingfens.com. If you would like to deliver an event/activity on the day please email fascinating Fens with your idea, so that a registration form can be sent to you.

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The warm spring weather has enabled families to get outside and blow off some steam. Outdoor activities include den building, gardening, building outdoor gyms, pavement chalk art, even camping in the garden. One family collects litter on their daily walk, and another has built an agility course for the family dog.

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ith children of different ages and abilities at home, and parents who are not trained teachers and often are trying to fit in doing their own work, the challenges are clear. So we reached out to a number of families to find out how they were coping, and two key words cropped up: routine and fun. Many families are trying to stick to their usual daily routine: getting up and dressed ‘for school’ and sticking to a familiar timetable for breaks and exercise. As one parent put it, ‘it keeps the weekends special’. Many local families seem to start the day with PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube. Another universally popular activity is baking, which in itself is a maths lesson: measuring ingredients and using fractions to divide cakes and pizzas. Some families are using online resources to learn a new language together, including Spanish, Welsh and even sign language. Parents have also taken this time to teach skills such as laundry, housework, shopping for groceries and money management. ‘Old fashioned’ activities suddenly seem popular; playing marbles, letter writing, knitting, hopscotch. Blue Peter-style model making using household rubbish is also popular. 16 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

nother popular way to engage reluctant pupils is to create family quizzes where everyone researches their own questions on certain themes. One family has its own film festival and the children are making posters advertising the weekly selection. With non-essential shops now closed, many families are making their own birthday cards. The internet has provided a wealth of material for keeping everyone active, educated and entertained. All the local schools have been sending out worksheets and teachers are keeping in touch with pupils to provide help and support.

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hildren of non keyworkers have been asked to stay at home to keep them safe and stop the spread of the virus, so however they spend their time, whether it is with structured learning or fun activities, the main thing is that they are safe. Perhaps instead of ‘missing out’ on a few weeks of classroom teaching, this generation will be enriched by this experience of spending extended time with their family and learning valuable life skills. Alison O’Connor

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amantha Gallop, who runs The Language Pixie, teaches French classes & tuition in Ely, for children aged 5-19 years, said: “It is a very unsettling time as we all come to terms with the impact of the Coronavirus. As schools and nurseries close their doors and more and more families self-isolate, I was determined to remain positive and continue providing local children with their French classes online. The emphasis is on fun, positive language learning and our online classes still ensure the language is introduced through entertaining and enjoyable games, songs, role-plays and activities. he response so far, from both parents and pupils, has been amazing. The children have been totally engaged and extremely pleased to see the other children! The joy of our online classes is that I can offer more flexibility as I am now able to offer classes throughout the day. Parents can also see the classes in action!” For more information about The Language Pixie’s online classes contact: Samantha Gallop thelanguagepixie@gmail.com

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Support your local shops and businesses. These are strange times. And a lot of people have, all of a sudden, 'discovered' local shops again - those that care, that deliver and have adapted to serve our communities. And this is great because the High Street we have when this is all over, will be a direct reflection of how people have shopped over the lockdown time. If you want your high street to be full of those great independent shops, go looking for them online.You've got time! (See our list over the page) Seek out what is good in your city. Find them on social media, share a post, see if they sell online. Because when you buy from them, it's another sale that helps toward keeping them afloat. And that means the world to them. If you have to shop online, type in what you want, add a comma and type in ELY. That way you will see if you can buy it locally. Its called the 'google comma’. Then share what you find with your friends. Supporting local businesses at this time means they will still be there when lock-down is over. and that makes our Ely a better place.

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HOW SMALL BUSINESSES ARE VITAL TO OUR COMMUNITIES AT A TIME OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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s the UK works together to overcome the coronavirus pandemic crisis, small businesses across the country are proving how much they’re at the heart of our communities – pulling together in extraordinary ways to help others. From unexpectedly adapting their business capabilities so they can produce much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) or hand sanitiser; to offering free food and drink to key workers in the NHS, or helping the most at-risk groups from the new coronavirus by providing them with supplies. There are many examples.

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he vast majority of small businesses contribute to their local community or to charity. It is no surprise that so many small businesses – who are able to - are going above-and-beyond to adapt and innovate to play their part in dealing with this national emergency, despite, in many cases, facing challenges themselves.

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orehill restaurant Le Spice (http://www.elylespice.co.uk/) was quick off the mark taking free takeaways to staff working at The Princess of Wales Hospital and Stuart Fowler and staff at Hotel Barge Waternimf on Ely riverside offered front line NHS staff working away from home or in isolation free accommodation. http://www.riverretreats. co.uk/


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s a not for profit lobby organisation, the FSB have dealt with some challenges for our members for the last 46-years but never more has our collective voice been so valuable to deliver a firm and robust message to government. Locally and specifically within Ely, I have been hearing from many of the forgotten businesses who are not offered help from government.

hose who feel they’re missing out on this support are urged to reach out to the council and seek clarification, businesses owners and the self employed are also welcome to get in touch with me directly as I have plenty of local support to deliver to SME’s within the region and specifically within Ely. jeremy.reeve@fsb.org.uk www.fsb.org.uk

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(All details correct at time of going to press but subject to change!) ARTICHOKE - NATIONAL POSTAL DELIVERY Women’s Clothing and Accessories - Shop online at: https://www.artichokecollection.co.uk/ CITY CYCLE CENTRE TOY DEPT - ELY & LITTLEPORT DELIVERY Toys and Games - email toys@citycyclecentre.com - Tel: 01353 663131 https://www.facebook.com/City-Cycle-Centre-Toy-Dept-200268156670085/ CHERRY HILL CHOCOLATES – PRE-ARRANGED PICKUP & LOCAL DELIVERY Chocolates - email: cherryhillchocolates@gmail.com - Tel: 01353 666617 https://www.facebook.com/Cherry-Hill-Chocolates-152687481419064/ LITTLE ROO’S – FREE LOCAL & NATIONAL POSTAL DELIVERY Quality Children’s clothes and shoes - Email: sales@littleroos-ely.co.uk https://www.littleroos-ely.co.uk/covid-19-and-us SEW MUCH TO DO - HOME DELIVERIES TO ELY & VILLAGES Sewing and Crafting Supplies & Equipment - https://facebook.com/SewMuchToDoShop/ https://www.sewmuchtodo.co.uk/ THE EEL CATCHER’S DAUGHTER – FREE LOCAL AND NATIONAL POSTAL DELIVERY Gifts, Cards, Accessories & Jewellery - 20% off online orders when you sign up for the newsletter https://www.eelcatchersdaughter.co.uk/ TOPPING BOOKSELLERS OF ELY – POSTAL DELIVERY Books Email: ely@toppingsbooks.co.uk - https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/ToppingsEly/ - Tel: 01353 645005

FOOD & PRODUCE ACCENT FRESH - FREE DELIVERY THROUGHOUT EAST ANGLIA Produce, meat, dairy, baking supplies. min spend £20 order from website https://accent-fresh-home-delivery.myshopify.com/ BENT AND CORNWELL QUALITY MEATS - OPEN AND TEL ORDERS FOR PICKUP BUTCHERS - 24 Market Place, Ely 01353 662750 BOSWELL’S BAKERY – SHOP OPEN UNTIL 2PM DAILY & FREE LOCAL DELIVERY BAKED GOODS Message on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Boswell-Son-Ltd-186362725261120/ Tel: 01223 837575 before 3pm for next day delivery BROWN BREAD – WEEKLY DELIVERY TO ELY AREA Delicious Bakery-filled Delivery Boxes - https://www.brownbreadonline.co.uk/delivery-boxes Email:info@brownbreadonline.co.uk - Tel: 01277 354396 EDIS OF ELY - OPEN Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm Saturday 8am to 4pm - 24 High Street, Ely www.edisofely.co.ukTel: 01353 662757 ELY GIN COMPANY - FREE DELIVERY TO ELY, LITTLEPORT & DOWNHAM MARKET Shop online at https://elygin.co.uk/ FOUNTAIN FRESH – ELY & EASTERN REGIONS DELIVERY Fresh Vege, Fruit and Salad Boxes - Tel: 01945 898488 - Email: enquiries@fountainfresh.co.uk https://fountainfreshdelivery.co.uk/ GOURMET BROWNIE – NATIONWIDE POSTAL DELIVERY Brownies & Treats - Email: info@gourmetbrownie.co.uk - Tel: 07825 787971 - https://www.gourmetbrownie.co.uk/ GRAIN CULTURE – COLLECTION FROM SHOP & LOCAL DELIVERY TUES - SAT Bread, Vege Boxes, Milk, Eggs, Flour, Beers, Coffee beans - 30A St Mary’s Street, Ely CB7 4ES Order from Website - https://www.grainculture.co.uk/contact

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LEMON TREE DELI – ELY & LITTLEPORT DELIVERY each week Deli items & eggs Tuesdays / Cakes Fridays - Cakes, Honey, Flour, Pasta and Condiments https://www.facebook.com/lemontreedelicafe/ info@lemontreedelicafe.co.uk or Tel: 07917401959 MANOR FARM EGGS – SATURDAY DELIVERY TO ELY Fresh, local free range eggs - https://facebook.com/manorfarmeggs.worlington - Tel: 01638 713665 PROSPECTS UNWRAPPED – LOCAL DELIVERY Fresh produce and Prospects Trust Unwrapped products. - Tel: 01353 662010. Download the home delivery order Form - https://form.jotform.com/200834167094354 - https://prospectstrust.org.uk/unwrapped-delivery-service/ SCOTT BROTHERS FARM SHOP - OPEN DAILY FRUIT,VEGE, MILK, EGGS, BEDDING PLANTS See Facebook for up to date info https://www.facebook.com/scottfarmshopely/ or tel: 01353 667333 Sutton Road CB6 2HX Ely, SCOTTS FIELD PORK – DELIVERIES TO ELY IF ENOUGH ORDERS £40 min order - Sausages, bacon and Pork joints - Message order on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Rob-The-Pigman-at-Scotts-Field-Pork-351937311483335/ http://www.scottsfieldpork.co.uk/ Tel: 07704168359 SILVER OAK COFFEE – NATIONWIDE POSTAL DELIVERY Coffee Beans, Grounds, Gifts & Equipment - Email: info@silveroakcoffee.co.uk - www.silveroakcoffee.co.uk Tel:07737044259 TAYLOR POTATOES LTD - COLLECT OR DELIVERY TO SELF ISOLATING WHERE POSSIBLE 25KG bags of good quality potatoes available for £10 per bag - 17 Oak Lane Business Park, Littleport. Tel:07775 678289 THE CAMBRIDGE SAMOSA COMPANY – NATIONWIDE POSTAL DELIVERY Authentic Indian Cuisine - Email: hello@cambridgesamosacompany.co.uk www.cambridgesamosacompany.co.uk - Tel: 07814303885 / 07814 303885 YELLOW BUTTERFLY CAKES AND SUGARCRAFT Celebration Cakes - Live sugar craft tutorials on Facebook - www.yellowbutterflycakes.co.uk - Tel: 01353 667004

TAKEAWAY SERVICES ELY FOOD STATION CAFE – LOCAL DELIVERY Coffee and Bacon Rolls delivered to your door - Tel: 07595 895232 - https://elyeats.co.uk/outlets/ ELY KING – FREE LOCAL DELIVERY Pizzas, Kebabs, Burgers, Chips and dips - Min order £10 - Tel: 01353 663513 - www.elyking.com ELY TURKISH RESTAURANT AND MEZE – TAKEAWAY Turkish Cuisine - Tel: 01353 668811 - 33 Fore Hill, Ely CB7 4AF - https://ely-restaurant-mezebar.co.uk IRIE FLAVOURS – LOCAL DELIVERY Taste of the Caribbean – takeaway meals - View menu and order on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/irie.flavours LE SPICE – TAKEAWAY OPEN (EVENINGS) – LOCAL DELIVERY Indian Takeaway Food - 26 Fore Hill, Ely Cambs CB74AF - Tel: 01353 664299 https://www.ely-lespice.co.uk MILLENIUM PIZZA - TAKEAWAY - LOCAL DELIVERY A wide range of pizzas www.millenniumpizzaely.co.uk 01353659222 STATION CAFE LITTLEPORT - LOCAL PICKUP OR DELIVERY BURGERS WRAPS AND SALADS -Delivery and Collection from 11 am to 3 pm, Delivery only from 3 pm to 6 pm. The menu is available on www.stationcaf.co.uk

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SYLHET – TAKEAWAY 5-9.30pm Tues-Sat & LOCAL DELIVERY Indian Food - 10% off all orders during the crisis - 36-7 Market Street, Ely CB74LZ message via website - https://www.sylhetely.co.uk - Tel: 01353 669669

PETS BRANDS OF ELY - DELIVERY TO ELY AND AREA Pet and garden Supplies - brandshomedelivery@btinternet.com - 07946 667 031 - min ordeer £20 See our facbook page for stock and more up to date inf: https://www.facebook.com/brandsofely/W ELY AQUATICS – PICKUP FROM SHOP & LOCAL DELIVERY Essential equipment for fish and reptiles - sales@elyaquatics.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/ElyAquatics/ - Tel: 01353 668880 ISLE OF ELY PETS LTD. – LIMITED OPENING HOURS & LOCAL DELIVERY Pet food and supplies - West Fen Rd, Ely CB62BZ - See Facebook for updated opening times. https://www.isleofpets.co.uk/ - Tel: 01353 669912

HOME & GARDEN ELY SKIP HIRE – DELIVERY TO ELY AND AREA Skips and Waste Disposal - Email: sales@elyskiphire.co.uk - Tel: 01353 649770 PECKS GROUNDCARE - CALL AND COLLECT Garden Machinery and protective gear - 90 Lancaster Way, Ely, CB63NX - Tel: 01353 664515 SHARMAN’S GARDEN CENTRE - LOCAL DELIVERY Plants, Compost, Plant foods, Garden tools - £10 min order - Tel: 01353862298 See Facebook for stock - https://www.facebook.com/littleport19/ STEVE’S COAL - DELIVERY TO ELY Solid Fuels, Logs, Kindling Tel: 01353 771491 https://www.stevescoal.co.uk/

THANK YOU FROM ELY FOOD BANK! As the crisis first started to unfold, the number of phone enquiries increased very quickly. Thankfully we had incredibly efficient support by PA Answer who took 200 calls on our behalf within just 3 weeks. This was an amazing effort, especially as they were re-configuring their own business operations to respond to the crisis at the same time. Glovers Van Hire extended our van hire so that we can use the van on any day that we need it for ‘as long as it takes’ to get through this. This is very generous, especially as they have faced the same problems as many other local businesses. Fencab taxi drivers have undertaken parcel deliveries on our behalf only claiming enough to cover mileage. When Starbucks closed their store, they donated 8o litres of fresh in-date milk, which we included in food parcels distributed that week. Recognising our shortages of stock, Morrison, Tesco and Waitrose have enabled us 22 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

to arrange bulk-buy of critical items. They have also supported these purchases financially. Thank you to FACT Community Transport for helping us move people and food around the area. Thanks to Fenland Mobile Libraries who have a squad of volunteers with spare capacity who are helping our team at Chatteris meet out of hours demand. Through this crisis the community has come together in amazing ways to support each other and to support charities like ourselves. We recognise many of our regular volunteers have had to self-isolate or stop volunteering for health reasons. We are so grateful for their regular contributions, and wish them well as they stay safe through this period. We look forward to welcoming them back in happier times. We recognise that it has been a tough time across the board, and are glad that the community as a whole has responded in so many positive ways. (Excerpt from Ely Food Bank’s April Newsletter)


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ELY REGULAR GROUPS AND MEETS To update please email: editor@elyimagazine.com During the Covid-19 restrictions the vast majority of our Ely groups and meets have stopped but some continue online. We will feature the full list again as soon as is appropriate. Meanwhile here are some groups that have let us know that they are continuing to meet online. ELY DEATH CAFE - ONLINE on ZOOM Sunday Apr 19, 2020, 2-3.30 pm At a Death Cafe people come together in a relaxed setting to openly talk about death. You set the agenda. All very welcome. Open to public & professionals. If you attend as a professional please leave your work hat at the door - we simply attend as people who will all die one day. Warning: feelings of relief, positivity and unexpected humour may occur. For joining details please email: elydeathcafe@gmail.com Follow us on social media for updates & future meeting dates. Facebook: Ely Death CafÊ Twitter: @Ely_D_Cafe LITTLEPORT & ELY TIMEBANK VIRTUAL COFFEE MORNING Timebank members, guests and potential members are most welcome to join us on Zoom every THURSDAY 10:00-11:00 continuing into May, Purpose: to enable human connection, have a chat, reduce isolation and share support. Please spread the word to anyone you feel may benefit. For joining details please email: littleportandelytimebank@btinternet.com Follow @LittleportandElyTimebank on Facebook for updates and news. MONDAY YOGA 4 ALL CLASS VIA ZOOM WITH PAUL FOX free of charge (or voluntary donation) Monday from 7.30pm to 8.45pm - apart from bank holidays. Register a free Zoom account and after logging in click on join a meeting end enter the following meeting ID which will be the same every week. This is a meeting, but all students will be muted and just me speaking and presenting a gentle class of breath and movement to support respiratory resilience and immune system strength during the Coronavirus outbreak. Meeting ID: 819 2160 8797 YOGAPATH - Weekly - FREE ZOOM ONLINE YOGA FOR ALL WITH VIMALA Mondays 14:00 Sivananda Hatha Yoga Meeting ID: 903-242-393 / Yin Yoga followed by Strength n Tone. Tuesdays 12:00 Wednesdays 10:00 Yoga for Seniors, Injured & Beginners Thursdays 18:30 Hatha Yoga. Fridays 13:00 Hatha Yoga SEE FACEBOOK FOR LATEST INFO https://www.facebook.com/yogapathuk.co.uk/ CAMBRIDESHIRE EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND COUNSELLING CENTRE CEAACC is now on Instagram!! - follow / Official_CEAACC Not only will we keep you up to date with that’s going on, we will also be raising awareness around mental health and setting artistic challenges! Follow us to not miss out! If you could share this on Facebook too and anywhere else, that would be great! The more followers the better! https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCEAACC/ Where we post creative & wellbeing ideas for children, young people, and adults. If you're on Facebook, please join our page and share your art and ideas too! To start each week we are doing makeadifferenceMonday This is an opportunity for you to share what you're doing to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Be part of our Revolving Gallery: A Celebration of Community & Hope. We have useful Books and Resources to support with emotional, mental health, and social issues etc. While we cannot loan books at the moment, we can still recommend and give suggestions for different themes. Books are a great way to encourage conversations and support wellbeing at home! Eleanor Port-Burke www.CEAACC.com

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he Ely Hereward Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who bought a raffle ticket for one of our four giant Easter eggs. Two of the winners have now been notified (Sutton Conservative Club and Burrows News) but the other two eggs and donations are still quarantined at The Atrium and Toppers Hair Salon, so the winners there will be notified when life hopefully returns to something approaching normality. We hope to raise over £200 from these raffles, which will be go to the Ely Foodbank, who have already received donations totally £800 from our club this year.

Just as soon as we are allowed to, Ely Youth Choir will be up and running again, welcoming anyone aged 11 to 18 who wants to sing. We have some great plans for later in 2020, our tenth anniversary year: concerts in Ely, our seventh appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, and a broad range of music from Les Mis to Messiah to Moon River. More info from youth@elychoralsociety.org We hope to see you soon! Ely Youth Choir is part of Ely Choral Society, Reg. Charity 802308.

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laire Somerville, chief executive at Babylon ARTS said "Given the current circumstances relating to the temporary closure of the cinema, it's really great to be able to share news of this generous donation from Ely CAMRA. It will help ensure we can come back strong, as soon as it is possible to re-open. We'd like to say a huge thank you to Ely CAMRA for choosing Ely Cinema as the charitable enterprise to support this year." This generous donation brings the campaign total to just over £12,500, with earlier events such

as actor, Himesh Patel’s visit to the cinema in September also raising significant funds. Ely Cinema had seen positive growth in audience numbers over the last year and had been midway through the Awards season when Babylon ARTS’ had to pause all screenings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, preparations are underway to re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.

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ly Hero Awards are encouraging individuals in Ely and the surrounding villages to "Be a Hero and Nominate a Hero" by making a nomination in this year's awards. You are invited to submit a nomination through the website: www.elyheroawards.org.uk in 1 of the 10 Categories such as "Community Champion", "Most Amazing Professional", "Best Teacher", "Colleague of the Year" and the incredibly moving "Child of Achievement" Category.

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was straightforward, but the second foal born, he National Trust is encouraging people to stay Jelly Roll, was born in a ditch, and ranger Carol at home, exercise locally and observe social had to put her waders on and rescue him. He distancing, but that doesn’t mean that we have then proceeded to roll back into the ditch twice – stopped our efforts to help people connect with Carol spent a lot of time in the ditch that day! nature, wherever they are. If you don’t already do so, we’d highly recommend following the national and local National Trust social media feeds; they’re full of rich content including family activities to do at home, podcasts, inspiring images of beautiful places and much more. Wicken Fen’s feeds can be found here: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WickenFenNT Twitter https://twitter.com/WickenFenNT Instagram search for wickenfennt angers are still carrying out essential work on the reserve, maintaining and repairing fences and looking after our livestock. It’s a busy time for our herds as foals and calves are born, and all angers are also keeping an eye out for the animals enjoy grazing on the new growth of returning migrants such as warblers and spring fen foliage. Unlike domestic animals, it’s cuckoos, and as this article is being written the vital that the livestock living on the reserve feed on first two swallows have been seen near the Sedge the plants that grow on the Fen, they don’t need Fen. You’ll probably be noticing nature from your any other food and it’s vital for their wellbeing that windows at home, whether it’s seeing blossom on people don’t try to feed them carrots, apples or the trees or hearing birdsong. If you’d like to know any other food. more about the birds you can see from home: how to recognise them visually or by listening to You can see a photo of the first foal born at their song, you’ll find lots of useful and interesting Wicken Fen this year, Louis, below. Our rangers information here: check all the livestock daily, so we’ll be able to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/ share more news about our foals and calves over our-guide-to-birdsong-and-bird-spotting the coming months. Louis’s path into the world

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Summer fire safety Despite our unprecedented ‘lockdown’ situation which is severely restrictingLouis our by mobility, the Ajay Tegala weather is brightening up and we welcome the longer, brighter nights with the opportunity to enjoy summer days and evenings in our garden. We would urge residents to think twice before lighting a garden fire and consider the impact it might have. Lighting any kind of fire poses risks perhaps also aggravating health conditions for neighbours, particularly if they are isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms. When powering up your barbeques and putting out the garden furniture for the summer season, be sure to take note of our top tips below to 2828 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

ensure that you have a fun and safe summer in the garden. • Keep children, pets and garden games well away from the cooking • Make sure the barbeque is well away from your • fences or hedgerows • Don't use petrol to get it going! • Never leave your barbeque unattended For the latest news, incidents and safety advice, or to contact us, log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk. Sign up to email alerts and find us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Test your smoke alarm - regularly! - Now ? Did you know that you should test your smoke alarms at least once a month? Or that you should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home? Or that Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service do free home visits to make sure your home is fire safe? It takes only one accident to start a fire. Fire kills. Let’s prevent it.


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ormer world No. 1 tennis player Sir Andy Murray recorded a very special video message as a thanks to all the staff at Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital for everything they are doing through the coronavirus outbreak. Sir Andy’s message can be found here: https://youtu.be/fD36Ar9vFzM

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ir Andy recently visited Addenbrooke’s for a scan before the coronavirus outbreak. In the video he says, “Everyone there was fantastic and extremely helpful. I have made a donation to the charity to say thank you very much for everything that you’re doing.....This is obviously an extremely difficult time for everyone but none more so than for the healthcare workers, so I just wanted to say a big thanks for all of your hard work, dedication and the sacrifices that you’re making at this time for all of us.”

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ike Sir Andy, we are in awe of the Addenbrooke’s staff who are working every day to save patients in impossible circumstances. We’d like to thank him very much on behalf of our NHS heroes for his kind donation to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s ‘Help your hospital’ appeal and we’d encourage people to be a champion like him and also donate at helpyourhospital.co.uk or text NHSHEROES 10 to 70085 to donate £10.

Please visit this website for helpful tips and advice: https://firekills.campaign.gov.uk/ Sign up to receive the latest news and safety advice from your fire service. Want to get all the latest news, safety advice or vacancies delivered straight to your inbox? Choose what you want to hear about, and update your preferences at any time. Sign up to our mailing list at: bit.ly/CambsFireBulletins Get the call - become an on-call firefighter Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit more on-call firefighters from all backgrounds to help serve local communities across the county to provide emergency cover from either their home or their workplace. On-call firefighters are a vital part of our Service and community. They respond to a wide range of incidents, from fighting fires, attending road traffic

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collisions, animal rescues and they support other emergency services. In addition to responding to emergency incidents, our oncall firefighters support their communities by providing information and advice on a range of community safety topics. They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available plus additional payments for attending incidents and drill nights (one evening a week for two hours). It’s a hugely rewarding role - we hope to encourage members of the community to get in touch and to find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter. Michael white Visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk/oncall for more information. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 29 29 29


There are some things patients can do to help us: • Do not come to the surgery unless you have a confirmed appointment or are collecting medication from our dispensary or Lloyds, and you know that it is ready

Do not attend the surgery if you or anyone in your household has a new cough or fever or if anyone in your household is self-isolating. You MUST arrange for someone else to collect.

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t feels like an incredibly long time since all our lives were turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. In reality, it’s only been a few weeks. However, during that time our normal day-to-day lives are really not what they were and, for many people, that is an unsettling feeling.

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ere at St Mary’s Surgery we understand that. The surgery is open and WILL remain open. We will continue to care for and support our 15,500 patients in Ely and the surrounding areas. While all routine appointments are postponed until further notice, there are some patients with pre-existing conditions who need to come to the surgery for dressing changes, for blood tests, some specific injections and for other essential check-ups. If you need to come in, we will contact you.

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f you do begin to experience symptoms which you feel might coronavirus, check them out online at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19. Only ring NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen. If you have an illness that is not symptomatic of coronavirus, do ring us. Your GP or nurse may not be able to see you face-to-face but they will hold a telephone or video appointment with you if necessary. We don’t want any patient to feel they can’t be cared for by their health care professional at this time.

Order your repeat prescription online. Use SystmOne online if you are already registered, or download the NHS app, and follow the instructions to register. You can find the app in the App Store for I Phone or Google Play for android

Please try and order your repeat medication 10 days before you are due to run out to give us time to prepare it. Turnaround time for prescriptions is around 5 working days.

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know it’s easy for many of our patients to feel fearful and apprehensive and maybe you feel things are a bit out of your control at the moment. If you’re self-isolating or in a vulnerable group, help is available through local community groups. East Cambs Council has set up a hub to coordinate activity in this area. If you need shopping, medications collected or simply someone to chat to, call 01353 665555 (open from Monday to Friday).

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seful websites are www.keep-your-head.com and www.headspace.com and young people aged 10-18 may gain help from the ‘ThinkNinja’ App. Some people will be experiencing bereavements and may find support through our local churches, the Samaritans (116 123) and The Silver Line (0800 470 8090).

THE CURRENT OPENING HOURS FOR BOTH ST MARY'S DISPENSARY AND LLOYDS PHARMACY, MONDAY TO FRIDAY ARE: Open from 9.30am-1.00pm Closed from 1.00pm-2.00pm Open from 2.00pm-5.30pm Lloyds Pharmacy is also open from 6.30pm-8.00pm on Monday & Wednesday & Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm. Dispensary phone lines are ONLY open for queries from 9.30am-11.45am, & 2.15pm-4.45pm All the staff at St Mary’s Surgery would like to express their thanks for everyone’s kind gestures and help and ask all our patients and the people of Ely and surrounding villages to: “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, SAVE LIVES”.

Surgery telephone number: 01353 663434 Facebook: @stmaryssurgeryely Keep yourself updated on all you need to know on our website: www.stmarysely.nhs.uk.

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KIND-HEARTED COMMUNITY SHOWS GENEROSITY TO ADDENBROOKE’S STAFF #THANKYOUTHURSDAY Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) has been overwhelmed with offers of goods including fruit, meals and drinks from organisations around the region for Addenbrooke’s staff as they work to care for and save patients during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please can I thank everyone involved as this means a huge amount to the staff on the ground, especially supporting the night staff who are going through a very tough time at the moment. You are all making it so much more manageable for us and helping to maintain health and sanity.”

Thanks to money donated by the public and the generosity of these companies and individuals, each Thursday the charity will be co-ordinating the delivery of items to hospital staff, providing them with the extra treats that they deserve to keep them going through their shifts.

Good Friday saw a delivery of delicious hot cross buns from Cambridgeshire-based White Cottage Bakery and Easter eggs were also kindly donated by Cambridge software house, RealVNC. Their CEO, Adam Greenwood-Byrne, said:

ACT was delighted to be able to start its ‘Thank You Thursday’ over the Easter weekend by distributing over one hundred boxes of goodies, including hand cream and lip balm from The Great British Bee Company, 9000 Starbucks canned lattes from The Work Perk and fresh fruit donated by the customers of The Cambridge Fruit Company, whose owner, Neil Bharadwa, said: “It’s absolutely jaw-dropping seeing the Cambridge community rally around our NHS. Our corporate & residential customers have donated 100 fruit boxes for this week’s #ThankyouThursday. Next week, let’s take it over one hundred!” Hot meals have also been a feature of ‘Thank You Thursday’ with local restaurants and takeaways going above and beyond to help boost staff. Hilary Charlesworth, Imaging Operations Manager at Addenbrooke’s said: “We had meals delivered to our teams and they were very much appreciated. 34 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

“At RealVNC, the annual Easter egg raffle in the office spreads joy to our staff. This year, however, we decided to donate all the Easter eggs to Addenbrookes to distribute where they were needed most, recognising that they need this joy now more than we do. I must say that this gesture likely brought more joy to our staff than receiving the eggs themselves at a time where being fiercely selfless is so important.” There are lots of ways you can support Addenbrooke’s at this time. You can donate at www.helpyourhospital.co.uk or visit www. act4addenbrookes.org.uk/helpyourhospital to find out more. If your business could help keep #ThankYouThursday going with bulk quantities of suitable products please email support@act4addenbrookes.org.uk.


Having taken the sad decision to not go ahead with this year’s festival, we are delighted to announce that we are working towardsnext year! The Ely Folk Festival will be 9th-11th July 2021. We have been delighted by the messages of support for Ely Folk Festival posted on Facebook since we initially announced the postponement of the festival. Thank you so much to all our loyal supporters. We are committed to ensuring the long term sustainable future of the festival, and so working with our fantastic artists, suppliers, contractors and supporters over the last few weeks, we are delighted to say that the vast majority of the amazing artists we had lined up for the 2020 festival have already agreed to roll over their appearances to 2021. This includes Show of Hands, The Young ‘Uns, Noble Jacks, Daoiri Farrell, Midnight Skyracer, Daphne’s Flight, Martyn Joseph, Merry Hell, Blackbeard’s Tea Party and lots more. The 2021 festival will be on the same site as previous years and our suppliers who provide the marquees and other elements that we need to make the festival happen, are on board We have been in touch with our fantastic stewards, kids entertainers, morris sides, traders and all those who help make the festival a great experience to explain the situation and plans for 2021. Most importantly, we hope that our ticket-buying supporters will stick with us. Many of you had

already bought tickets for the 2020 festival. We would be delighted if you are willing to roll-over your 2020 tickets to the 2021 festival as this is the best way to support us in ensuring the future of the festival for years to come. We have worked with the Apex box office to arrange the process for roll-over or refund of tickets and the Apex will contact those who bought festival tickets directly to check if they wish to roll-over their tickets to next year or secure a refund. The Apex box office has several cancelled and postponed upcoming events to deal with and they are doing this in chronological order. Once the Apex tells us that they are ready to begin contacting festival ticket buyers we will let you know with an indication of how long they expect it will take to contact you all. In the meantime, we would be grateful if festival customers could refrain from contacting the Apex box office as it is currently dealing with a high volume of calls and emails. Thank you in advance for your patience while you wait for the Apex to contact you. The festival box office will remain open so please do continue buying tickets for the 2021 festival. We will confirmf details of the 2021 festival on our website and Facebook page over the coming weeks and months. Please stay safe and stay at home and we will see you at Ely Folk Festival 2021! email queries@elyfolkfestival.co.uk www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 35


ELY CATHEDRAL WINS NATIONAL ECO CHURCH AWARD Ely Cathedral has been awarded an Eco Church Silver Award, in recognition of the steps the Cathedral is taking in implementing a more environmentally friendly approach in its day to day operations and ministry. The Silver award is part of the Eco Church scheme created by A Rocha UK, a charity committed to mobilising Christians to care for nature. The award, which is renewable every 3 years, provides a unique online survey enabling churches to gauge their contribution to the environment and society and grades their responses accordingly. In 2019, Ely Cathedral was aiming for a Bronze award but ongoing improvements and awareness meant we were able to go straight for the Silver award.  Awards are based on performance in the areas of worship and teaching, buildings, land, community and global engagement, and lifestyle. The Revd Dr Jenny Gage, Minister for Social Justice at Ely Cathedral, is particularly delighted with the news;

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“We are all very happy that Ely Cathedral has been awarded the A Rocha silver eco church award. This reflects dedication from all areas of the Cathedral community - congregations, volunteers and staff. However this work is ongoing. Next step - Gold! “ For further information on the Cathedral Environment Group, Renew, please visit the website www.elycathedral.org/social-justice/ social-justice-and-the-environment/renew

KING’S ELY WINS NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION FOR THIRD YEAR RUNNING! TALENTED King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Paige Newell, has been crowned the winner of this year’s ILFORD PHOTO UK Student Photography Competition – making it the third year running that a King’s Ely student has won the contest. For this year’s competition, photography students from across Britain were invited to choose one word to complete the sentence, ‘A sense of…’ and to create an image to encapsulate that. Paige, who is in Year 12 and lives with her family in the Ely area, chose the word ‘vulnerability’ and portrayed this using ILFORD HP5 Plus film. Her striking image was printed on ILFORD MULTIGRADE IV RC Pearl paper. Antonio Longo, Head of Photography at King’s Ely, said: “I am over the moon for Paige! Both the image and the print quality were of an exceptionally high standard. The Department also had several other students who were in the final judging again, which highlights the strength of traditional film and darkroom practice.” Paige’s success comes after King’s Ely Sixth Former, Luna Guo, was crowned both the UK and International winner of the competition in 2018/19 36 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

and Orla Simpson won the UK competition in 2017-18, when she too was a Sixth Form student at King’s Ely. To find out more about photography and other opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit: www.kingsely.org


Nominator, Matt Routledge with Mark Cooney of Spotted in Ely present the Community Star Award at Mike’s 80th birthday party. And I said in the last issue that it had been a quiet start to 2020! Little did I know just how quiet it would continue to be. I celebrated my 80th Birthday on 12th March and was delighted to receive a community star from Spotted in Ely thanks to Mark and Alison and Matt Routledge who had nominated me and was contemplating two months left of the Mayoral year with some nice events culminating in Eel Day, the VE Day commemoration and the Food Festival when everything began to be cancelled. Event after event struck out of the diary, so sad for all those organisations and the people who work so hard, the pleasure that people were looking forward to and the money lost to good causes. Then not being able to leave the house, unprecedented restrictions in my life time, but I have family next door and good neighbours. I admit to feeling quite useless, as your Mayor it seems wrong that I’m not out and about doing something, but then responding to the request to stay indoors is doing something. My old father used to say, ‘They also serve who stand and wait’ and it is true, we also serve who self isolate. I worry for the small shops and businesses, the little cafes and restaurants that we love, the pubs, those self employed and our local charities, everyone is facing an uncertain future. I have every respect for all those who are maintaining services and working in the National Health Service. Perhaps after all this we will have a better understanding of who the really important people are in our lives and it’s not always the most highly paid.

Maybe we will re-evaluate what is essential, necessary or a luxury that maybe we can do without. If we can do our job from home, why are we clogging the roads or commuting miles every day? Do we need so many offices with all their managers? All those meetings that I have sat in for so many hours over so many years, were they all really essential? This crisis will bring out the best in many people and show the worst of some, but then we know that, otherwise there would be no need for prisons or a police force. The task for everyone will be to rebuild our society, hopefully for the better. In the words of the great Bob Dylan: ‘Everything passes, Everything changes, Just do what you think you should do.’ Take care. Mike

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ELY ROCK EELS Ely Rock Eels wanted to show their appreciation of emergency service workers at this time. “Back in November 2018, Ely Rock Eels created a 999Line outside the three emergency service stations in Ely, along with the help of Ely Cubs. We felt that this is the time to reemphasise our appreciation of the job that these selfless people do for our community every single day, often in difficult circumstances.” said Fleur Patten of Ely Rock Eels. “Bearing in mind the current scientific advice, we would not want to endanger anyone so we will not be physically dropping the rocks in a 999Line outside the stations at the moment but rest assured, Ely Rockers are making the most of their time in isolation by painting lots of rocks! We would like anyone to join in.” continued Fleur. The hope is that all key workers will see this article and check out the event on Ely Rock Eel’s event page on Facebook. Go to;https://facebook.com/events/s/999line/202287337808169/?ti=icl The Facebook group also posts art and culture based activities daily. Follow the link;https://www.facebook.com/groups/705193029896924/?ref=share

FANTASTIC EFFORT BY ELY COLLEGE! The staff in the Design & Technology department of Ely College have been making visors for frontline workers. Every single visor has gone out to front line services including places such as: • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn • Bluebird Care Hub Ely • Princess of Wales Hospital Ely • NHS Cambs & Peterborough • District Nurses • St Mary’s Surgery Ely • Cathedral Medical Centre • Ely Police & PSO’s • Haddenham Pharmacy • Orchard Care Home • Lily House Care Home • Thera East Anglia • Littleport Surgery • Bottisham Medical Practice Their target is 1000. Well done guys, keep going! 38 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com


What to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine. WHEN YOU CALL 999 All 999 calls are directed to call centres and will be answered by BT operators. They will ask which service you need. If no service is requested but anything suspicious is heard throughout the process, BT operators will connect you to a police call handler. IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A MOBILE It is always best to speak to the operator if you can, even by whispering. You may also be asked to cough or tap the keys on your phone in response to questions. If making a sound would put you or someone else in danger and the BT operator cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, your call will be transferred to the Silent Solution system. The Silent Solution is a police system used to filter out large numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message, which lasts for 20

seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line and listen. If you press 55, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t press 55, the call will be terminated. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location. WHAT THEN? When transferred to your local police force, the police call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed. IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A LANDLINE Because it’s less likely that 999 calls are made by accident from landlines, the Silent Solution system is not used.

If, when an emergency call on a landline is received: - there is no request for an emergency - the caller does not answer questions - only background noise can be heard and BT operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, then you will be connected to a police call handler as doubt exists. If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again. If you pick up again during this 45 seconds and the BT operator is concerned for your safety, the call will be connected to police. When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about where you’re calling from should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.

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ARTHUR RANK HOSPICE CHARITY ISSUES SOS!!

Cambridgeshire’s only adult Hospice has issued an urgent ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal. The call comes in response to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the Charity’s ability to fundraise for its vital services this year. The Hospice provides care and support services to patients with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition, and provides end-of-life care, typically to people who are in the last two weeks of their life: “My father spent the final 10 days of his life in the Hospice and he (and we, as his family) couldn't have been cared for better. He passed away very peacefully with many of us around him. It was particularly special that my mother had a bed next to his for his last two nights. We feel bereft that many other families cannot share such moments at this time because of COVID-19.” Sue, whose father passed away on 13 October 2019

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hospice has had to reduce many of its services to protect the safety of its patients whilst simultaneously refocusing on the core healthcare needs of the County. In just one month (from February to March 2020), demand for the care that the Charity provides within people’s homes (observing strict infection control procedures) has increased, as seen in the 61% increase in the number of referrals to the Hospice at Home night service. Calls to the Hospice have also increased, as demonstrated in the 27.5% increase in the length of time spent on triage calls by the Arthur Rank Community Team. Despite the difficult circumstances, in March the Inpatient Unit still provided care to 27 patients with complex end of life needs, alongside 19 patients in nurse-led beds.

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Strict restrictions have had to be introduced for visitors to the Inpatient Unit and care staff across all services are struggling with the harsh reality of not being able to offer a comforting hug, or a hand to hold, to family members and their loved one, at moments of heart-breaking loss. The clinical team are working closely with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Commissioning Group (CCG), Addenbrooke’s Hospital and social care networks to ensure the Hospice is doing everything it can to support the healthcare needs of the wider Cambridgeshire population. The Hospice’s Voluntary Services team have adapted the ‘Caring Communities’ scheme into a telephone befriender service for lonely and isolated people across the county (not just end of life care patients). Retired staff, GPs and student Doctors have volunteered for clinical roles and administrative and fundraising staff have been


redeployed to further support clinical teams. Local businesses have rallied around the Hospice, donating essential items such as PPE for clinical colleagues and iPads for patients enabling them to communicate with loved ones. Thanks to the Hospice’s amazing and extended Team Arthur family, outstanding care continues to be delivered to those who need it from the Hospice’s facilities (Shelford Bottom, Cambridge and the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, Wisbech) and within homes throughout Cambridgeshire and the Fens. None of what is happening now would be possible without the dedication, commitment and generosity of the local community, who passionately support the Hospice to fundraise £3.98 million each year, which together with the contracted funding from the CCG enables it to deliver its full range of services. Initial financial forecasts have identified that the Hospice will lose at least £700,000 of potential income over the next six months. This is due to scores of fundraising events and personal challenges having

to be cancelled; the closure of the Hospice’s charity shops and Bistro; and the cancellation of training and conference events which were due to take place in its Education and Conference Centre. There are also the hidden costs, such as the immeasurable cost of many of the Hospice’s dedicated volunteers being in isolation and therefore unable to fulfil their roles supporting clinical colleagues.

Whether it is the fundraiser who is being redeployed to work as a healthcare assistant, a Ward Sister recording a video to appeal for protective gloves and masks, or the facilities team putting new infection control measures in place… they have all been incredible. We need to ensure that we can carry on delivering essential care and services now, whilst also ensuring that services remain sustainable into the future. We truly hope that the people of Cambridgeshire will answer our SOS!! Please continue your financial support so that we can continue to provide essential services to our patients. Together we will get through this, because we are #TeamArthur !”

Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, explains the urgency of the Hospice’s SOS: “Never would we have anticipated something like COVID-19 and how this would affect us all in the way that it has. The adverse circumstances in which we find ourselves seem to change hour by hour, whilst the admiration I have for each of my colleagues grows every day, as they constantly adjust, evolve and innovate.

To find out more about, or donate to, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal, please visit arhc.org.uk/sos . If you would like to send a message of support (or colourful poster created by your family!) to the Arthur Rank Hospice front-line team, please visit our news pages to discover about our #HospiceHeroes ‘online notice board’ on Padlet.

Local businesses have rallied around the Hospice, donating essential items such as PPE for clinical colleagues and iPads for patients enabling them to communicate with loved ones. Alongside launching the ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is inviting contributions to their #HospiceHeroes ‘online notice board’ on Padlet, to help give their front-line teams a boost. Messages and posters are also being printed out and displayed at the Hospice so the teams can see them during their shift. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 41


In order for us all to stay healthy in these strange times, we should follow official advice and aim to maintain exercise at home or outside once a day. This can help to look after your health and well-being and keep you as fit & active as possible. *Top tips for keeping active* Use social media: there is so much online content out there and you can see what others are doing too. Check out the 'Let's Get Moving East Cambs' Facebook page for ideas. Active housework/DIY: it all counts...make it fun and get the kids involved. Add some tunes to get you all going. Cleaning the windows? 150 calories in 30 minutes Gardening? Up to 200 calories for 30 minutes. Get outside: have a go at Couch to 5K or a Couch to 25k if on a bike. Set yourself a target distance with friends or family. Can you collectively (but virtually) run/walk/cycle to Edinburgh? Madrid? Sydney?? For more details contact: Sophie Edwards sophie.edwards@eastcambs.gov.uk Facebook @LetsGetMovingEastCambs 42 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

whatever you're doing, stay safe and take care.


THANK YOU ELY TEACHERS! Although Britain’s schools were closed several days before we entered the current lockdown, teachers have continued to work, and Ely’s schools have had to adapt the way they work in order to meet the needs of local school children. While children of key workers continue to attend school, teachers have also been providing remote support for the rest of their pupils being kept safe at home. Elizabeth Bassett, Head Teacher Ely St John’s school told Elyi: “We have provided a daily diet of work for each year group using our website for access”. She goes on to say: “We sent out a FAQ at the start of the closure which included a suggested timetable but did not require families to stick to it [because] we know families have different circumstances.” The Executive Head for Highfield, Simon Bainbridge, also told us that their teachers are in contact with parents and carers regularly, offering home learning opportunities and other support where needed. While most of the classrooms are empty, the Ely St John’s kitchen is still operational. The school’s cook prepares a hot meal every day and also packed lunches for those at home on free school meals. by Alison O’Connor

Students at St John’s have been sending in rainbows for their teachers which are proudly displayed on the school website. All local schools are still open for children of key workers. This is being carefully managed to keep everyone safe. At St John’s, up to twelve children a day are in school, and they do work from the website the same as the children at home. Elizabeth explains: “There are strict protocols in place to ensure social distancing as much as possible. The children have their own equipment, activities take place across larger spaces, and there is a lot of wiping of surfaces and washing of hands.” During the Easter holiday, St John’s joined forces with the Isle of Ely and used their holiday club run by a sports provider ‘to give the staff a wellearned holiday’. Plans are already being prepared for when the schools re-open. We hope very much that by the time of the next Elyi (end of June) many more children will be physically back at school. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 43


ISLE' AVE A SHANTY 'A SAILOR AIN'T A SAILOR': FUNDRAISING CHARITY SPECIAL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyDjjC4Zbv0&t=2s So many people need so much support during the current crisis we are faced with, but we have selected 2 charities to support with our bit of fun video. (and Excellent work from editor Elliott C Spray) We hope you enjoy it, and if you can spare even a small amount for charity, we thank you. 1. The Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. We are a sea shanty band based in the landlocked county of Cambridgeshire, the front line services need your help. Your donation will aid the wellbeing of staff through this difficult time, provide vital equipment needed to support the Intensive Care Unit and much more. https://donate.act4addenbrookes.org.uk/helpyourhospital/ 2. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We may be far from the sea but we wonder how on earth will this vital service to our sailors and fishermen be sustained without donations? https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/donate

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SOCIAL MEDIA GEMS! artist phil shaw As the nation continues to control the spread of the coronavirus, one artist has decided to narrate the story of self-isolation amid the pandemic.

distinctive 'bookshelf' appearance, wrote: 'Shelf isolation 2 - the story so far...'

Digital-printmaker Phil Shaw, who was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, used the power of digital manipulation to entertain fans with a short story of the nation's fight against Covid-19.

The manipulated image made to resemble an authentic bookshelf displayed a range of books from Stephen King's It to Adam Thorpe's Still and revealed a hidden message about the rise and hopeful fall of coronavirus.

Taking to social media to share his project with the nation, the artist, who was able to create a

See more of his amazing work at: https://www.philshawonline.com/

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SOCIAL MEDIA GEMS!

THE ANTIQUE JOKE EMPORIUM By Historian, author and occasional writer of funny things, Frank Crosby.

Fun from the Archives No. 9: Bob's "no carrots at the Co-op" excuse did NOT go down well with Mr Thumper.

Fun from the archives No.71: When she produced the sword, Fred sensed his Saucy Isolation Roleplay Games suggestion was taking a sinister turn...

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Fun from the Archives No. 26: His wife thought she could cope with isolating. Then Tommy started work on his ‘hilarious’ new Fringe show.

Fun From The Archives No. 93: Tony decided it was time to up the ante, home schooling-wise.

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ELY REGULAR GROUPS AND MEETS LIST ALL GROUPS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED BUT To update for the next print edition please email: editor@elyimagazine.com before 10th June 2020 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) Our lectures are given by Arts Society accredited speakers and cover a wide range of art related topics. We meet at the Old Palace, Ely on the third Thursday of the month (except January, August and December). Doors open at 7pm with the lecture starting at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £7. Refreshments included. For further information see our website www. theartssociety.org.uk or contact our Chairman, Maggie Haverson 01353 725915. Please come along and join us. 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. Ely Watercolour Workshop The E.W.W. is an informal group of artists who love to paint in watercolour. Ely College on Tuesday evenings during term time, 6.30 - 9.00 p.m. The EWW holds two exhibitions a year in the Almonry restaurant, one at Easter and one in October. Membership fees are £20 per half year. Sarah Ruff: 01353 614495 Ely Guild of Woodturners 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 Extinction Rebellion Ely We are a friendly group of residents from Ely and surrounding villages working to stop the climate and ecological crisis through local action. Its not too late to create a cleaner, greener world for all, join us! All ages welcome. To find out more (including the dates of our www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 49


monthly meetings): www.facebook.com/extinction.rebellion.ely xrely@protonmail.com 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

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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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 50 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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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 860187 Little Thet’ Scottish Country Dancing Dancing in the Paradise Sports Centre on the First and Third Fridays of the month - not July or August. 8-10pm. No experience or a partner necessary. Just come along and have some fun and exercise - wear soft, flat shoes. Weekly fee is £4 with under 16s (accompanied by an adult) free. Contact Penny Tipler 01353 658275 or 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 Maths & English GCSE courses for Adults which are fully funded by the County Council if you have not yet achieved a Grace 4 or above in the subject. We also run ESOL classes, VTCT Beauty courses, & Parent & Child Cookery sessions. Please 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. For further info contact Anne at: awarham575@btinternet.com

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERS 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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 51


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 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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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 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

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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 53


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

and professionals. We have a varied programme throughout the year encompassing all aspects of photography. Nick Bowman Tel: 01353 664085

City of Ely Flower Club Monthly Regular meetings 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: Pat Simmonds 01353 661837 psimmonds696@btinternet.com

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, 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.

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 54 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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

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. -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

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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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 55


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. 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 Tuesday & 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. Also, see SUPPORT AND CARE SECTION for details of our Sing Together sessions for people living with dementia. 56 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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

NATURE & OUTDOORS 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


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. Ely-Ribe Association Our Association exists to promote the 60-year old twinning arrangement between Ely and Ribe. Membership costs just £12 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 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

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

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 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 Ely City Church 15a Silver Street. Tel: 01353 662172 www.elycitychurch.co.uk 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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 57


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

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 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/

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

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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/

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

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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

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

Makers Social at Sew Much to Do Every Tuesday 6-9pm £7/session. All fabric and yarn crafts welcome. We share ideas, help & support each other and have fun along the way! Sew Much To Do, 7 High Street Passage, Ely Tel: 01353 664000 to book a place

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

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 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

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

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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

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 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

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

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

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.

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

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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 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 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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 61


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 non-members 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 62 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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

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 All In Sound Local charity All In Sound runs a weekly musicmaking and singing group, called Sing! Together for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers. No experience is needed. There will be a warm welcome for you, to come along and enjoy the music and singing. Please contact Kathryn Rowland on 01353 662022 or email kathryn@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. 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 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 & 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 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 BUSINESS ADVERTISING PRICES ( per issue one-off / 3 / 6 ) 1/8 page advert £ 47.00 / £42.30 / £37.60 1/4 page advert £75.00 / £67.50 / £60.00 1/2 page advert £137.00 / £123.30 / £109.60 A5 page advert £232.00 / £208.80 / £185.60 Our Business Kickstart One-time Package £472.50 (Goes over a full year) ( 1x A5 + 5 x 1/4 page + Editorial + Design) WE OFFER DISCOUNTED SPACE FOR COMMUNITY & CHARITY GROUPS GROUPS AND MEETS LISTING - FREE (100 words max) (subject to space) EVENTS LISTINGS - FREE (subject to space) NEW CHARGE: QUARTER PAGE CHARITY POSTERS FLAT RATE £25/QUARTER SAVE ON FLIERS AND POSTERS AND GET YOUR INFO OUT TO 10,000+ READERS FOR JUST £25

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