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MAY/JUNE 2021 Issue No. 55

Reflecting the Richness of Ely Life

Ely Litter Pickers

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Dear Readers Thank you for picking up your copy of the magazine this month. I am happy to say we have some events (whoohoo!) to tell you about and many businesses getting back in operation after the year long lockdown. It's been so lovely to see the High Street adorned with flags to celebrate the reopening of trading. Very soon, if all goes to plan, the majority of restrictions will be lifted and we can all breath a sigh of relief and enjoy wonderful reunions with family and friends. For some people lockdown has been a personal and financial nightmare and the business of rebuilding has only just begun. If ever the SHOP LOCAL message needed to be sent, its now with all our local traders needing your support. Everywhere there are people making the best of the enforced time at home with family. Indeed, many people have mentioned the silver linings in that they have been forced to try new things, to get to know their neighbours, to reconnect with nature as well as experience the kindness of the many good samaritans in the community. It is that ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE that has got some people through the darkest times. See you in July!




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Mira says, "The Group was created at the end of January, and I hoped to find perhaps 10-20 like-minded people … but we attracted more than 50 in less than 24 hours! Since then the group has continued to grow rapidly. Many members “adopt” their local area, while others pick up litter during their daily exercise. We work closely with the City of Ely Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council. Local businesses such as Sylhet Restaurant and McDonald’s have actively supported us. We hope more local businesses might be able to support us in the future too."

Have you noticed something different on your walks and drives around Ely? Chances are you will have been struck by the absence of litter recently? This is all thanks to a small and very happy band of people who make up the membership of 'Ely Litter Pickers'. I say small but the Ely Litter Pickers' Facebook group is growing by the day as individuals and whole families enthusistically join in the litter picking fun.

Miroslava Katsuri (Mira to her friends) moved to the area recently and, like so many newcomers, she saw the city with a fresh pair of eyes. What struck her was how beautiful the area is with lovely country walks so close to the city centre but she was also rather saddened by the amount of detritus littering public areas and so she decided to gather a few folk together to tackle the problem.

The Facebook group is a very positive collection of individuals who encourage each other and share ideas, as well as equipment, in their efforts to make Ely cleaner and safer, both for people and wildlife. The group have managed to raise enough money to bulk buy equipment to share amongst the group and they have also recently been awarded a £300 Project Catalyst grant to buy more litter pickers for the group. Mira continues, "Once lockdown is over, we also have plans for group litter picks and socials. In particular, what I love seeing is families all out litter picking together and hearing how so many people are delighted to have found our Group, having been litter picking on their own for some time. Members are so positive and encouraging of each other and there is a lot of laughter on the site! As a result, Ely is already looking so much cleaner thanks to everyone’s efforts to date but there is still more to do. Our hope is that we can also help bring about a change in culture so that people don’t drop litter in the first place. We always welcome new members – please find us on Facebook under “Ely Litter Pickers”.

The KEEP BRITAIN TIDY movement's annual spring clean drive runs from 28th May to 13th June. Why not get involved. Their message is loud and clear; 'Love the Place you Live' Thank you ELY LITTER PICKERS for all you are doing for our local area!

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: CHH Hearing Aid Maintenance (HAM) Centres open for urgent appointments in March-April. If you are an NHS hearing aid user, Cambridgeshire Hearing Help is pleased to announce the limited re-opening of its hearing aid re-tubing service. If your HEARING AID NEEDS CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE, we have launched a ‘dropoff and pick-up 20 minutes later’ service at nine Centres located in Soham, Ely, Cambourne, Girton, St Ives, Chatteris, Great Shelford and Fulbourn. To comply with the social distancing regulations and Covid-19 risk assessments our re-tubing process will take longer and therefore our sessions will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Because of these precautions we are only able to offer a ‘drop-off and pick-up 20 minutes later’ service at present. We ask that your hearing aids are handed to us in a sealed envelope labelled with your Name, Date of Birth, Postcode and contact phone number. To book an appointment, tel. 01223 416141, email enquiries@cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk. or go to our website https://www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk/ and book online Our HAM Centres operate between 10:30am and 3:30pm as follows: •

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Every Lions club supports a range of good causes and projects in its local community where you can get involved.

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We have made donations to the local Foodbank, East Anglian Children’s Hospice and The Down’s Syndrome Association.

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Hopefully soon we will be able to all meet outside and have a coffee morning. Help local Lions - Help local People Keep well, keep safe

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


The City of Ely Council would like to give a huge thanks to Grovemere Property Ltd, Warren Access and the Estates team as Ely celebrated ‘re-opening’ by decorating the High Street and Forehill with bunting! ITV Anglia captured the occasion ready for the 6pm news and interviewed Town Centre Manager, Anna Bennett. Anna said ‘The community reaction and support has been amazing and it’s wonderful to see our High Street gradually coming back to life after such difficult times’.

Anna hopes to keep the bunting up until it’s replaced with the Christmas Lights later in the year. As Town Centre Manager for the City of Ely Council, Anna hopes to continue this every year, at the start of the summer season and adding in additional bunting to other areas of our City. Ely is blessed with so many fantastic independent and unique businesses, with some very welcome newcomers such as Sushi and Salad, and 'Cow on the Ice'. It’s so important we support the local businesses as it increases and adds value to our visitor numbers. All our Ely traders are so welcoming and we wish them all the very best as they finally begin business again.

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The Annual Parish Meeting is on May 4th.It will be live streamed in line with Government guidelines. We hope that you will join us. I have the honour to be elected to serve another term which I am looking forward to. I want to thank everyone who have followed the Covid rules to keep us safe.Please continue to do this and have your jab when it's offered. Our shops are now open please do shop local if you can -they have all experienced a very difficult year - use it or we lose it!

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Many thanks to local researcher, lecturer and historian, Mike petty for sending these entries for Prince Philip from the Cambs scrapbook. In 1964 Mike discovered tucked away in a back room of Cambridge Library a collection of books, newspapers, maps, illustrations and ephemera on Cambridgeshire. It had been carefully collected for 110 years – but nobody had had the chance to sort it. Over the next 30 years Mike transformed it into the Cambridgeshire Collection, taking it into a separate suite in the new Central Library in Lion Yard. Over that time he became the most widely acknowledged authority on Cambridge and the fenland building up unique knowledge of resources which he continues to share through regular lectures to groups and societies. His wide experience in assisting thousands of enquirers for over 50 years and unrivalled knowledge of published material – books, newspapers, illustrations, maps etc – combine to provide a unique service for those investigating any aspect of the area, past or present. More details are contained on his website – www.mikepetty.org.uk

An unassuming young man

SOME MEMORABLE SNIPPETS OF PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH TAKEN FROM THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE SCRAPBOOK (many more can be viewed here: https://archive.org/details/cambridge-scrapbook)

14th November 1952

The visit to the University of Cambridge by the Duke of Edinburgh was enriched and enlivened by the reception which the young consort received at every stage of his tour. It was a “dusk and darkness” tour but the car’s interior lighting was on and the crowds had a clear view of the slim, fair-haired Duke. The outstanding items in the programme were the conferment of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law upon the Duke at the Senate House, his opening of the new laboratory at the University Engineering Department and his visit to the University Union where he was made an honorary member. The Duke left a happy memory of an unassuming young man with a ready smile and a keen and intelligent interest in all that he saw.

13th July 1953

Seven months ago the Duke of Edinburgh opened the new wing of Cambridge University Engineering Laboratory and stopped to examine equipment in the Heat Engines Laboratory. It was an historic moment and yet not a single cameraman was there to record it. Instead, unobtrusively sketching the scheme was a wellknown artist, Mr Terence Cuneo and now the painting has been unveiled in the entrance hall of the new Baker Building. The engineers felt it was completely worthy of the great occasion it recorded and when told that Mr Cuneo had been commissioned to paint the official picture of the Coronation scene in Westminster Abbey this did not surprise them.

21st April 1955

After completing his visit to Aero Research Ltd of Duxford the Duke of Edinburgh had a big surprise for his hosts. As he walked towards the ‘Whirlwind’ helicopter which was to take him back to Windsor he invited them to take a joy ride in the aircraft. The Duke, smiling broadly, stood by as Dr de Bruyne, the managing director and Mr Needham the chairman climbed aboard with their wives and then watched as it took off in a huge cloud of dust and circled the area. They declared the ‘flip’ a wonderful treat and the Duke appeared thoroughly pleased. 28 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

1st March 1958

The Goons were appointed Royal Tiddly-Winks champions by Prince Philip in November 1957 but four months later The Duke of Edinburgh sent a message regretting that he was unable to take part in a tiddlywinks watch at Cambridge Guildhall: “While practising secretly I pulled an important muscle in the second or tiddly joint of my winking finger. But wink up, fiddle the game and may the Goons’ side win””. In his absence the Goons team, including Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers were defeated by Cambridge University. They were not helped by an eccentric uniform and intervals for refreshments such as leeks, sticks of rhubarb and glasses of Champagne perry.

8th July 1960

Duke of Edinburgh visits Wicken Fen

29th December 1986

The Duke of Edinburgh visited Ely Cathedral to see for himself what needs to be done on the crumbling 11th-century building. Prince Philip, who is patron of the £4 million appeal fund, donned a boiler suit and clambered to the roof for a view of the nave which is dangerously decayed. The Dean, Bill Patterson, said the visit would boost the funds and that Her Majesty the Queen had given a personal donation

16th April 1987

Huge crowds turned out to welcome the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as they arrived in Ely for the special Maundy Service at the Cathedral. It was only the third time a reigning monarch has been to the city in 700 years and everyone was determined to make the visit an occasion to remember. The Royal couple were greeted at the station by officials and drove to the Gallery in a glass topped Rolls-Royce. Their route along Back Hill was lined with cheering, flag-waving crowds. At the West Door the Queen was greeted by the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Rev Peter Walker. Inside the Cathedral capacity congregation of 2,600 representatives from church and civic life in the diocese waited to witness the distribution of the Royal Maundy which the Queen handed out to 122 pensioners - one man and one woman for each year of her age.

10th July 1977

Only a man of towering pride and total lack of sensitivity could fail to be awed by assuming the ancient and distinguished Chancellorship of Cambridge University, Prince Philip told a packed Senate House. “I give a solemn assurance that I shall yield to no man in my devotion to the interests of the university and its students”.

The then Chair of East Cambs DC, Mike Rouse hosts Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen at the Maundy lunch in Kings Ely dining hall. It was a memorable day for pupils from St Mary's school in Ely who were chosen as the Children of the Royal Almonry. After the service the Royal couple went over to the crowd who had waited patiently in the spring sunshine.

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very year, thousands of school age overseas students are educated at independent schools across the UK. When their school closes for half term holidays and exeat weekends, they need a great host family who will provide a home away from home.

As well as receiving a generous payment, becoming a Pippa’s Guardians host family is a wonderful experience; providing the opportunity to really make a difference to a student whilst they are studying here in the UK, in many cases a very long way from home.

Pippa’s Guardians has been providing high quality Guardianship services to international students for over 20 years and understand the value of a good home and how a host family can positively impact on a student’s wellbeing. The families we look for are welcoming and interested in other cultures. Having children of similar ages helps but isn’t the most important thing as we have many successful host families who have no children, younger children or indeed older children who have left home. Internet access is very important, and each student will need their own bedroom with a desk or somewhere quiet for homework. Being part of a family and experiencing day-to-day family life enhances students’ study and plays a part in improving their English language.

If you are interested in hosting a student, please contact hostfamilies@pippasguardians.co.uk

We’re Open! Join us at Cambridgeshire Libraries! Our buildings are open, our mobile libraries are on the road and our online library services are available 24/7.

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We’re Here for You! Borrow books, use the internet, and find out important information. It’s free to join and our staff and volunteers are here to help. Find out more at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library or call us on 0345 045 5225. 30 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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Supportive and caring Host Families required for international students from September 2021 Mid term holidays, Up to 6 weekends a year, Daily rate and expenses paid To find our more about this rewarding and enjoyable opportunity, call 01684 252757 or email hostfamilies@pippasguardians.co.uk

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




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Sat 1st May

Free entry Mon – Sun 10-4pm (see page 23) Visit www.babylonarts.org.uk for information

‘5 Years : To The Power of Bowie’ (See page 40) For more details of what’s on check out www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk

Sun 6th June

Haddenham Art Centre Exhibition

Sat 8th May

National Open Gardens Scheme

Ely gardens open to the public (see page 35) https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/15446

Ely Drive in Cinema

at Lancaster Way Business Park 11.30 Trolls on Tour, 4pm The Greatest Showman, 8.30pm Dirty dancing Tickets www.babylonarts.org.uk

Fri 23rd April – Sun 23rd May

Contemporary Art Exhibition - “No Frost at Night” at Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely Free entry Tues – Sun 12-4pm (see page 23)

Mon 17th May

Planned reopening of Ely Cathedral

Due the current restrictions, the Cathedral remains closed to visitors but is open for Private Prayer & Reflection between 10.00am and 12noon Monday to Friday. We hope to be able to welcome visitors and resume the majority of our tours on May 17th in line with the government roadmap.

Thurs 20th May

Babylon Cinema at the Maltings re-opens

Visit www.babylonarts.org.uk for information

Sat 22nd May – Sun Oct 31st Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell House. More info and booking here: https://www. olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php

Fri 28th May – Sun 13th June

Art Exhibition - “I Matter” by BAME artists at Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely

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Sat 12th June – Sun 27th June Ely Arts Festival

The new committee for Ely Arts Festival are excited to announce that it will be back this year to showcase the creative spirit of the Fens, as we emerge from Covid restrictions. The programme of events will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th June and will include: a free family activity day in Jubilee Gardens on 26th June; a celebratory concert in Ely Cathedral including both live and virtual performances on 19th June; outdoor theatre, poetry and more! Visit elyartsfestival.org for more information. In the meantime you can get involved with the Fen Stitch Together project, led by artist Louise Beale, who is inviting people to make a patch for a community quilt. More information here: https://www. elyartsfestival.org/whats-on/fen-stitch-together

Sun 27th June

Outdoor Theatre - Suitcase Shakespeare at the

bandstand, Jubilee gardens 1pm & 4pm ( see page 22) Visit www.babylonarts.org.uk for information

ELY F 35 LK Show of Hands FESTIVAL

The Young’uns ★ Noble Jacks

9-11 JULY 2021


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Season tickets £83 (£95 post May 2021) Concessions available Children under 12yrs free Day Tickets available

Martyn Joseph ★ Daoirí Farrell Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage ... and lots more

*All artists confirmed subject to contract

KEEPING YOU SAFE Check out www.elyfolkfestval.co.uk for details of the measures that will be put in place to deliver a safe festival in accordance with government Covid-19 guidance

BOX OFFICE www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk • Telephone: 01284 758000

A COVID SAFE FESTIVAL PLANNED FOR 9th-11th JULY Ely Folk Festival has been an annual fixture on the local and national music scene for 34 years; and festival organisers are hoping to get it back on track for 2021. They are planning a covid-safe festival over the weekend of 9 - 11 July, subject to the continued roll out of the government’s route map out of lockdown.

Unfortunately, the usual Saturday morning morris dance procession around Ely will not be able to take place this year. Organisers are determined that Ely Folk Festival 2021 will be a fun, family-friendly, music-filled weekend. Tickets are available to purchase – for both the weekend and individual days with prices starting at £27. Check out www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk for latest news about planning for the 2021 festival and details on how to buy tickets.

The festival will take place at its regular venue of Ely Outdoor Centre on Downham Road but will look different this year as covid-safe measures are put in place including two outdoor stages instead of the usual marquees, designated pedestrian routes around the festival site, demarcated areas in front of the stages to accommodate small groups in socially distanced bubbles, hand sanitising stations, more portaloos, and more stewards to help keep the festival site clean. Organisers acknowledge that it will be a big undertaking for a group of volunteers to put on a covid-safe festival this year but are determined that it will go ahead in accordance with government guidance. The festival will provide the great range of folk and roots music it is known for with major acts booked including Show of Hands, The Young’uns, Martyn Joseph, Midnight Skyracer, Merry Hell and Blackbeard’s Tea Party. Workshops, sessions and singarounds as well as the festival real ale bar and kids’ entertainment will take place subject to covid-safe measures. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 33 33

Fri 9th – Sun 11th July Ely Folk Festival ( see page 33) www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk

Sun 18th July

Outdoor Theatre - Suitcase Shakespeare at the bandstand, Jubilee gardens 1pm & 4pm (page 22) Visit www.babylonarts.org.uk for information

COMING UP! ELY MALTINGS 2021 Saturday 21 August Record Fair 10am - 4pm FREE ENTRY

Saturday 21 August A Head Full Of Coldplay - A Tribute to the music of Coldplay 8pm Tickets £17.50 (standing)

Mon 31st July

Proposed Cathedral’s Green Fair.

A market place of stalls in the cathedral grounds belonging to community groups, green businesses & producers who will be selling produce and sharing expertise. If you are interested in having a stall please email j.palmer@elycathedral.org

Saturday 9 October The Specials Ltd 8pm Tickets £18.00 (standing)

Friday 15 October Swede Dreamz - ABBA Tribute + 70s Disco 7.30pm - 12am Tickets £20.00 (standing)

Saturday 16 October Record Fair 10am - 4pm FREE ENTRY

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Saturday 16 October Petty Criminals Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tribute Band 8pm Tickets £20.00 (seated) All tickets available from: https://www.themaltingsely.org.uk/

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ELY Sunday, June the 6th will see the National Garden Scheme Ely Open Gardens open to the public again. Sadly, we were unable to open last year because of lockdown. However, with certain restrictions, we are once again able to share our gardens with you. There are seven gardens open to the public from mid day until 6pm, and range from a courtyard style garden to the Bishop of Ely’s rather larger garden, complete with a large interesting feature at one side! Details of the gardens can be found on our local website at https://www. elyopengardens.com/ as well as on the NGS website at https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/15446

ORDER YOUR TEA HERE: https://www. eventbrite.co.uk/e/mini-picnic-boxes-andfairy-trail-tickets-150886370195

Entry is by pre booked ticket only, with tickets allocated in groups to half hour timeslots. Booking is available at the NGS website, details above. Numbers to each garden will be limited, with different entry and exit points where possible and marked paths in the more restricted areas of the gardens. The entry fee, which covers all seven gardens, is £8.00, with under 16s free.

We do hope that you will be able to join us this year. Together, let’s have a pleasant afternoon and raise some much needed funds for the charities supported by the NGS. Ken Ellis Open Gardens Ely co coordinator

There will be plants for sale at a couple of locations, and you will be able to pre order an afternoon tea pack with a selection of two finger sandwiches, a cup cake and mini cheese scone for £5.00 a head, proceeds to Shine, an event for girls that takes place in Ely. These will be available at 42 Cambridge Road. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 35

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Rowing in Ely after the Boat Races I’m writing this after the University Boat Races the exciting rowing event which happened in the Ely area over Easter weekend.

Our membership subscription is affordable; and we run regular public Learn to Row courses for adults and juniors.

Of course, for most local people, this was a nonevent. None of us were able to watch it from the banks because of coronavirus restrictions. It was exciting to watch it on TV: both races were very close. Personally, I was pleased that Cambridge won both. For us at the Isle of Ely Rowing Club there was a little buzz from being able to help in a small way, though like you, we couldn’t watch it live. We wanted to be good neighbours, and so some months before the races we volunteered to help.

We accept younger members from age 13 upwards. However, many of our adult rowers took up the sport in their forties or fifties. We have some regular scullers who are in their seventies. We have more female than male members.

Our role was confined to three tasks. Some of our teenage members were lucky to be able to help by holding the stern of each racing boat at the start. A small army of adult volunteers from our club helped to provide a Park and Ferry service across the river, because the parking facilities at CUBC (small enough at the best of times) were reduced still further by broadcast equipment and the Oxford marquee. Some of us acted as marshals and others drove the launches. Following this flagship event which showed Ely and the River Great Ouse in a favourable light, we’d like to encourage growth in the sport of rowing for the ordinary people of Ely. For most of you the best route into our wonderful sport would be to join the Isle of Ely Rowing Club. We are a club which aspires to serve all sections of the community. 36 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

We have built up a strong working relationship with Ely College and offered rowing as an extracurricular sports session to a group of their students, until the Covid-19 pandemic obliged us to stop. We hope to resume this very soon, possibly involving Witchford Village College too. The club has a good reputation locally and nationally.

Photo: Cambridge Boat Club The 2021 Boat Race winning teams

In normal times we run two British Rowing events each year: The Great Ouse Marathon (22km) in September and the Ely Head Race (5km or 3km) in November. Viewing these events from the banks of the Great Ouse is positively encouraged! During the lockdown, our members have won medals at a number of virtual Indoor Rowing championships; before that we were successful in Head Races and Regattas around the region and beyond. You may be surprised that as a thriving rowing club we have only rather basic facilities. All our boats are stored outside, and our other equipment is in shipping containers and a couple of portacabins. We don’t need quite such a luxurious and well-equipped building as Cambridge University Boat Club, but our vision is for a site with a building where we can store most of our boats, changing rooms and toilet/washing facilities, a social area, a space for a small gym and workshop. We hope these plans will come to fruition soon. The Isle of Ely Rowing Club has come through the pandemic in a pretty healthy state. There is a great deal of enthusiasm among our membership for the return to rowing which is currently under way after the end of the latest lockdown. Nearly 50 people have signed up for our latest series of adult Learn to Row courses and we have nearly 20 on the waiting list for our junior group. So we have good reason to be optimistic about the future. We should be glad of Elyi readers’ support to make our vision a reality. Richard Maxey Chairman, Isle of Ely Rowing Club

One of the IOERC Ladies Quads

KING'S ELY WELCOME CUWBC PRESIDENT FOLLOWING BOAT RACE WIN KING’S Ely was delighted to welcome the President of Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) into school just days after the crew were victorious in The Boat Race on Ely’s River Great Ouse. Sophie Paine, who has been President of CUWBC since August 2020, visited school on April 7th to meet staff and students from King’s Ely Boat Club – adhering to current Covid-19 guidelines of course. Sophie talked about CUWBC’s preparations for The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, which took place in Ely on April 4th – and of course their race day victory! King’s Ely was also proud to accommodate crew members from Oxford University Boat Club (OUBC) in the week leading up to the race. Crews stayed in boarding accommodation and enjoyed delicious meals in the Monastic Barn, prepared and cooked by the school’s Catering Team. To find out more about rowing and other opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit www.kingsely.org

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EAAA was an immense privilege, but now she appreciates what they do even more. If anything, she is even keener to help others now that she has been on the receiving end of the incredible care provided by EAAA. She is extremely grateful to all our supporters whose donations make this all possible – “thank you”. In March, Anglia Two from Cambridge was tasked to a motoring incident on the A1304 by Bottisham – ‘on our doorstep’, bringing home the thought that accidents can happen close by.

Now well into 2021, we are mindful of the huge number of missions undertaken so far. On 23rd December last year, EAAA was tasked with its 30,000th mission. Although not something to be celebrated, it represents 30,000 times over 20 years that someone’s life has been endangered and needing help. It illustrates just what an important lifeline for the Region the charity is. Between December and February, in the face of Covid-19 cases across East Anglia, the teams continued ready to deliver critical care transfers alongside the primary HEMS taskings. When a hospital was reaching capacity in intensive care, the teams were redeployed to help move patients to other hospitals. One crew was kept constantly online to respond to 999 emergency calls whilst the other team carried out vital transfers by a designated vehicle. As one might imagine, these transfers are highly complex undertakings and challenges for our crews. It has been and continues to be important to utilise EAAA skills and experience where possible to help ease the pressure on local NHS services during the pandemic. Despite the challenges of the previous twelve months, EAAA is extremely close to realising the ambition of flying 24/7 from the new Norwich base, which is very close to being completed. Still on track to commence flying by early summer, achievement of this goal will enable hundreds more patients a year to receive help fro the charity. This progress is, of course, only possible by virtue of the ongoing generosity of so many people. The story of one of our doctors experience was recently published. Now recovering well, Dr.Mills said that she always thought that working with 38 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

East Anglian Air Ambulance needs your support today – YOU might need their help ‘tomorrow’. If you wish to help raise funds, or organise an event, Please contact: volunteering@eaaa.org.uk – or call 0345 066 9999 Michael White

ELY & DISTRICT NSPCC FUNDRAISING TEAM We would like to tell you about our latest venture. After the success of last Summer’s Cream Tea and then the one at Christmas we decided once more to deliver out a bag of edible goodies for folks to share in their gardens. Thanks to our generous supporters, our small team of bakers, our deliverers and the donation of the hot cross buns from Waitrose, we took out 80 bags of Easter treats. We raised over £600 in payments and donations. NSPCC have been there for children throughout the pandemic when the need for support has been at its highest. The number of serious incidents rose by 27% this year and alarmingly, the largest increase was amongst the youngest children.

Always at the forefront to respond to immediate need, they have in April opened a helpline for those involved in abuse in schools and been available to those who have not been able to speak out since their childhood. This immediate response of theirs is just one of this charity’s many attributes and we thank you for assisting them in the work they do. If you would like to join us in our next venture which is another plant stall outside 47 Downham Road from May 7th to 16th, we would welcome the donations of plants or help. Please get in touch with either Johanna on 07912617135 or Wendy on 01353610787. We would love you to join us.

not be exceeded on peril of ‘you know what !’ Please please do not use the ‘cube’ two or three way versions – the extra weight could well lever the adapter away from the socket to cause arcing, heat and FIRE. Lastly – Safe and Well visits have been developed to help CFRS check the safety of homes and to offer appropriate advice. These are free and can be arranged through your local brigade or via Brigade Head Office in Huntingdon. Stay well, stay safe – don’t become a statistic! Michael White

EAST CAMBS LOCAL As part of the East Cambs local’s drive to give local communities a way of gathering and sharing information, we are looking for local community groups who would like to add their details to a new database and local map.


CFRS is continuing to recruit for both ‘full time’ and ‘on call’ personnel. If you are not bedded in to your current role in life, or are actively looking for a highly rewarding and progressive career, why not get in touch with CFRS – via the website or just call 01480 444500. Secondly, and still very importantly – Keep Testing your smoke alarms. Many types, Fire Angel particularly, rely on regular testing to prolong the life of the in-built battery – it could last up to ten years. Thirdly – wherever you live, please keep a weather eye open for your friends and neighbours. Do they have adequate fire protection and awareness – a knock on the door from time to time wouldn’t come amiss. Fourthly - with technology and home appliances becoming ever more complex there is more risk of mishaps and, potentially fire in the home – particularly in the kitchen where most home fires start. If you must use an adapter do use a trailing two or three socket one and do not plug in to it more than one high wattage appliance – sockets have their limits which MUST

This database and map is at the early stages of its development and has scope to be used as a tool for connecting with other like minded groups to support one another and to find mutual solutions to local issues. This can also be used to guide individuals to activities, interests and support groups that are on their doorsteps and easy to access. We are asking people leading such groups to complete this form -https://forms.gle/ wdKNjWazHFDENCmw5 Once completed your details will be added to this google map link – https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en& mid=1fffCWKbbFLXtKoIyN-ItlazP0Gp_eqze&ll=52 .3999580844662%2C0.305592649999995&z=11 This map can then be embedded on your website and or social media page.

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If a group has multiple locations then currently a separate form will be required for each but we hope this can be changed in the future. For any groups who may struggle to access the form please contact Christian.Swabrick@ cambridgeshire.gov.uk and he can support you to submit your information.


We are happy to announce that Haddenham Arts Centre will receive £25,000 of funding through the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

KING’S ELY STAFF MEMBERS PUT THEIR BEST FEET FORWARD FOR ARTHUR RANK HOSPICE CHARITY Members of staff at King’s Ely have raised more than £3,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity by completing the ‘Run Everyone 2021’ challenge. Twenty-three King's Ely employees joined forces to take on the virtual challenge, which was launched by the people behind the TTP Cambridge Half Marathon. Their mission was to run or walk as far as they could during March, and they managed to clock up an impressive 4,285 kilometres!

Caroline Cawley, Arts Centre Manager said ‘This funding will help us to reconnect with audiences, communities and artists, as lockdown eases. It’s been a tough year for all of us and we’re very grateful for this lifeline funding to help us get back on our feet. We’ve got lots of exciting plans over the coming months with workshops, community events and performances many are free or at ‘pay what you can afford prices’.

We’re also opening our new exhibition ‘5 Years : To The Power of Bowie’ on 1st May, featuring exquisite limited edition prints and affordable work by a collection of talented artists. Curated by Vincent McEvoy and Emily Clement (Hypergallery). When you read this we will have been open since Tuesday 13th April and welcoming people back in to our community arts centre. For more details of what’s on check out www.haddenhamartscentre. org.uk 40 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Thanks to the support of their family and friends, the intrepid team – the ‘King’s Ely Runners’ – have raised more than £3,300 for Arthur Rank, which supports people living in Cambridgeshire with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition – and those in need of end-of-life care. The team was made up of: Chanre Bond, Daniel Everest, Elisabeth Tyrrell, Gary Williams, Helen Melville, Helen Ost, Hugh James, Jonathan Shaw, Jonny Smith, Liz Topping, Lorraine Oldham, Loveday Perceval-Maxwell, Melanie Hughes, Michael Batty, Natasha Hobbs, Neil Porter-Thaw, Nell Bond, Nick Huntington, Patrick Green, Richard Oliver, Simon Blake, Stephen Greenish and Susannah Huse. There is still time to support them – to do so, visit: www.justgiving.com/team/KERunners


With its flamboyant summer plumage, the great crested grebe is an unmistakable bird of the Wildspace. Its ornate head plumes, used in its elaborate courtship display, led to its being hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century. Its pelts were used to make boas and muffs whilst its feathers were used to decorate ladies’ hats. By the latter half of the 19th century the UK breeding population was reduced to approximately 32 pairs. Now approximately 4,600 pairs breed in the UK, including several in the Wildspace. Their survival is largely thanks to the efforts of pioneering female conservationists campaigning against the plumage trade, including Emily Williams, the founder of the organisation which became the RSPB.

The grebes, which dive to catch their mainly fish prey, are clumsy on land with their legs set well back on their bodies. They climb awkwardly onto their nests in which they lay up to four eggs. On hatching, their humbug-striped chicks can swim almost immediately. When young, they often hitch a lift on their parents’ backs, tucking in between their wings. If you would like to be involved in Ely Wildspace activities or find out more about upcoming Wildspace events visit www.elywildspace.org.uk.

A good place to watch the breeding season rituals of the great created grebe is on the fishing pit across from W.A. Cooke and Son at the bottom of Kiln Lane. Most years a pair make their floating nest amongst the lily pads here. Their courtship displays, including the ‘weed dance’, were described by Sir Julian Huxley in a landmark study in avian behaviour published in 1914. (Photos and article by Mark Grooms) www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 41

Photo: Graffiti Classics courtesy of David Pickens Photography ‘The Library Presents’ is back for a brand-new Spring season of events. The new season brings high quality, affordable arts activities into the heart of towns and villages across Cambridgeshire. Events will be taking place at a variety of handpicked outdoor locations and there is also a selection of online workshops. With tickets available from Thursday 22 April, the season will run from Saturday 22 May until Saturday 17 July. The Spring season of events provides something for everyone, including: music, theatre and comedy performances, puppetry extravaganzas, educational shows and a series of online workshops.

selection for 2020. The new season will welcome back audiences to events that they helped to choose. A musical highlight is comedy cabaret string quartet ‘Graffiti Classics’, who make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating. Their performances have earned high praise from The Times, where the newspaper complimented the routine as a “simply wonderful show”.

Gary Porter, Head of Libraries, Archives and Culture, Cambridgeshire County Council said: “During 2020, an unprecedented year for all of us, I was so pleased that the team was able to continue to share great arts activities and provide a well-needed distraction through the ‘In Your House’ programme. I am proud to say that the team has organised outdoor events in response to the overwhelming desire we all must be feeling to get out and see something ‘live’.” Ahead of each new season, people are asked to submit their choices of performances and workshops. As so many of the performances and workshops were unable to go ahead last year, The Library Presents team has re-programmed many of the events for this spring 2021 season, based on 42 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

For even more laughs, ‘Do Not Adjust Your Stage’ are back with ‘The Improvised Book Club’, a brilliantly clever improvised comedy show themed around books and audience anecdotes. Families can also check out the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre with clowning, slapstick and

town; invite your neighbours to join you for some socially distanced fun.

magical, non-verbal storytelling in ‘Storyteller, Storyteller’. Previous sell-out show ‘Journey into Space’ is also back this season, a fast-paced and interactive educational show focusing on live experiments and the science behind space travel The Spring season will continue to offer online workshops; children and young people can enjoy a session with professional Manga artist Irina Richards turning a poem of their choice into a comic.

Adults can learn how to write audio drama with Andrew Burton in ‘Free Your Imagination’; or explore the poem ‘Greatness in a time of Covid’ with author and actor Tayo Aluko, diving into discussions around empire, migration and politics. The events programme also features outdoor workshops including samba drumming and willow sculpture. There are also a small number of free short performances to give audiences a taste of what ‘The Library Presents’ events are like, ‘The Puppet Van Presents… The Lost Colour’, an outdoor puppet spectacular exploring the joyful explosion of vibrant colour and ‘Dancing Jukebox Gems’, which takes audiences through three decades of fun music and comedy dance moves. The programme also has six special 10 minute performances in Wisbech and March available to book for outside your house or in your garden, perfect for anyone who can’t easily come into

'The Library Presents’ is run by Cambridgeshire County Council working with Babylon ARTS and funded by Arts Council England. Joanne Gray, Partnerships, Projects and Funding Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Following the last year of online activity, I am thrilled that we are able to go back to our roots and produce a fantastic season of live events in venues across Cambridgeshire. This Spring, we are delighted that we can once again get together and celebrate the wonderful artists and performers who are part of the season. The difference is that we will be outdoors instead of in the libraries so that we can be sure the events are safe for participants to attend. Our priority is to keep audiences, volunteers and artists safe, and all events will follow Covid-19 guidance which can be found on our website.” The outdoor events will be held at the following locations: • Alconbury Weald Watch Office • Arbury Church of the Good Shepherd • Burwell Library (outdoors) • Barnwell Baptist Church • Cherry Hinton Hall Park • Ely St. Mary’s Church grounds • Haddenham Arts Centre garden • Histon Baptist Church • Huntingdon Hinchingbrooke Country Park • Littleport Yeomans Field • March Community Centre • March West End Park • Ramsey 1940’s Camp • Soham Library • St. Neots Market Square • Trumpington Meadows Reserve • Upper Cambourne Amphitheatre • Whittlesey Library • Wisbech Castle garden • Wisbech Museum Square The Spring Season brochure is available now and tickets can be booked online at www.library.live/ the-library-presents or in participating libraries.

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created when Fascinating Fens asked its Twitter followers what they thought of having such a day. The overwhelming response was “Yes”, and the idea for the day gathered momentum. We want to unite the fens of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Suffolk, and bring people together to Celebrate everything that the fens have to offer.

CELEBRATE THE FENS DAY 2021. by Fascinating fens Are you ready for Celebrate the Fens day 2021? It will take place on Saturday 19th June, but the celebration will last all weekend (Friday 18th – Sunday 20th). There are lots of organisations and venues getting involved across the fens, to showcase its beauty and heritage. These include the Farmland museum and Denny Abbey, Babylon Gallery, Wicken Fen, Chatteris Pocket Park, Wisbech Castle, Crowland Abbey, and Kings Lynn town guides and Guildhall Theatre. There will also be virtual events and competitions on the website. A full list activities and events can be found on our website. Last year was our first ever “Celebrate the Fens day” and was one of the first events in the region to turn virtual due to Covid. The concept was

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Fascinating 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. Fascinating Fens are asking you to do your thing on the day. Examples include delivering/attending a talk or tour, holding/visiting an open day, go on a picnic, go camping, be inspired to write a poem or story in the fens, go rambling, running or cycling. We would love to see your photographs on the day, as to what you feel should be celebrated in the fens. Please post these on Twitter using the #CelebrateTheFens and we will share them. If 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 @FascinatingFens or our Facebook page / Fascinating Fens. 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.

VIVA! MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF LOCKDOWN WITH GREATEST SHOWMAN VIDEO Soham-based Viva Theatre Company marked the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown by releasing a video of members singing and dancing to ‘From Now On’ from The Greatest Showman. The video was released online on 23rd March to raise funds for the new theatre being created in Soham.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX5trAC73xg&t=352s

Members of all ages filmed themselves at home singing and dancing, and using some clever technology they have been brought together in a rousing and emotional performance, promising ‘we will come back home…’ The original backing track was performed by professional musicians who all gave their time to the project for free.

Spencer’s Mill is being transformed into the Viva Theatre using funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Power to Change, The Arts Council, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Amey Vespa and many others.

Viva Arts and Community Group is converting the old mill on Spencer’s Drove in Soham into a community arts and theatre centre. Work has continued on the site throughout the pandemic, but the lockdowns and social distancing rules have delayed the project and costs have increased considerably. Viva Founder, Dan Schumann explains: “Donations from the Greatest Showman video will go to the renovation fund to enable the project to be completed in time for lockdown to be finally lifted, hopefully in the summer. Then we can finally ‘come back home’.” The group’s next project will be a virtual radio play of Frankenstein, again all filmed remotely and using the latest editing software to create a unique theatre/radio fusion experience.

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ELY REGULAR GROUPS AND MEETS LISTINGS To avoid misinformation we have reduced entries who have not been in touch to just their contact details. Please send in current operating information as and when you know it. If a group has recently been updated or we know it is continuing ONLINE, you will see it highlighed. To update for the next print edition please email: editor@elyimagazine.com before 14th JUNE 2021.

ARTS & CRAFTS The Arts Society - Ely

We continue to meet on zoom. Thursday 20th May Ian Swankie will be giving a lecture entitled ‘Great railway Stations: evoking the spirit of romance’ looking at the architecture and art within railway stations and how stations are depicted in art. Thursday 17th June Sarah Pearson will be giving a lecture entitled ‘ Treason triangles and Thomas Tresham’ looking at the symbolic architecture of a closet Catholic family in Tudor times. All lectures start at 7.30. Guests welcome at £5 per lecture. If you are interested, please email smholgate@outlook.com and you will be emailed the details for payment and links to join. Alternatively, why not join us for £45 for the year to include all our lectures. Further details on our facebook page or visit www.theartssocietyely.org.uk.

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


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

CBWIN Campaign www.cbwin.co.uk/

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

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

Ely Watercolour Workshop Contact: Sarah Ruff: 01353 614495

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

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CHARITIES (National)

Age UK Cambs 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. Tel: 0300 666 9860, e:informationservices@ageukcap.org.uk, www.ageukcap.org.uk Facebook: /AgeUKCAP

Ely & District NSPCC UK helpline 08088000303 or email at: hello@parkinsons.org.uk More Info to follow

us. Contact - Shelagh, Tel - 01353 777154, email - contact@elriot.co.uk website: www.elriot.co.uk)

Hiam Sports and Social Club (Prickwillow) HAPPY HIAMS LINE DANCE CLUB facebook.com/hiamslinedanceclub Wendy & Bill - 0772 9790 698 or 01353 860187


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Ely & District U3A www.u3a.sites.org/ely Chairman: elyu3achair@gmail.com

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


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

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

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


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

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

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Contact Emma Greaves 01353 614794 / Elycfrs@virginmedia.com / Facebook.com/ ElyCommunityFirstResponders/

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

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

Inner Wheel Club of Ely Contact Joy Hockey 01353 663525

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

Ely Hereward Rotary Club http://rotaryclubely-hereward.org Contact: president@rotaryclubely-hereward.org

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

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

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

Littleport & Ely Time Bank We are a friendly group of volunteers who exchange time and skills with members for free. Everyone’s time is equal and everyone has something to offer, whether visiting someone for a cup of tea or designing a website. Join us and get to know people in the community and share your passion or skill. We have virtual coffee mornings currently on Thursdays, 101040 am by Zoom. Non members are welcome to join us at coffee morning to find out more. We are also conducting safe time exchanges and social activities within our own bubbles. For further info & Zoom link, please email littleportandelytimebank@btinternet.com or visit Facebook: @LittleportandElyTimebank


Ely & District Archaeological Society 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 Tel: 01353 688380/720737. www.prickwillowmuseum.com; www.facebook.com/museumatprickwillow

The Stained Glass Museum


Ely Heartbeat Health Walk www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

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


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

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

Ely and District Camra E: contact@elyanddistrictcamra.com www. elyanddistrictcamra.com Facebook: @ElyandDistrictCamra Twitter:@ElyBeerFestival

exhibition in May 2021. However it has been decided reluctantly that no exhibition will be held in May this year. Indeed club meetings are on hold at the moment. Information is posted on the club’s Facebook page and on our website www.elymrc.org.uk so please check for the latest situation. Our Secretary David Abbott will be happy to provide any further information. He can be contacted on 01353 721280 and by email at davidjabbott70@gmail.com

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

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

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

Fen Folks Fridays A free monthly zoom meeting for folk who enjoy everything about the fens created by Fascinating fens. A great opportunity to meet up with others to learn more about the fens, hear speakers on fen topics, and discuss fen themes and upcoming events. 30th April: Eels, Fens, Romans, Countrymen: A History of Eels in the Fens. 21st May: Digging the fens. 18th June Celebrate the fens launch. November: Fen biosphere and Lincolnshire wildlife trust. 4th December: Festive fen folks quiz. The events must be booked in advance via our website. If you are a business and would like to sponsor these evenings, please get in touch. www.fascinatingfens.com fascinatingfens@outlook.com Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

Stuntney & District Gardening Club Tel: 07775503595

The K9 Community Cafe www.facebook.com/thek9cafe/ Tel:07552462040

Isle of Ely Philatelic Society Contact: Chris 01354 659358.

Ely Photographic Club Contact: Nick Bowman Tel: 01353 664085

The Ely & District Model Railway Club We are a group of individuals who build model railways in a variety of scales and gauges. The club has run an annual model railway exhibition in Ely for over 40 years. The exhibition in 2020 was obviously cancelled due to Covid-19 and we had hoped to be able to hold the next

LANG & LITERATURE Ely English Language Cafe

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

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

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

Fen Speak We are Ely's regular poetry and spoken word open mic night with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Come along to share your work, or listen to the great variety of talent. Includes an extended headline slot from a guest performer. Usually at the Babylon Gallery, currently running online via Zoom. Third Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December). Free entry, all welcome. Find out more at https://www.fenlandpoetry.co.uk/ www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 49

or https://www.facebook.com/groups/fenspeak or contact Stewart on stewart.carswell@hotmail. co.uk


Acoustic Evenings at West End House Info:- Liam (01353) 659614 or T: 07775094063 E: debrunliam@outlook.com (01353) 662907

City of Ely Military Band www.elyband.co.uk contact Phil Green, 01353 721782

Care” for information about a local singing group for people living with dementia and their carers. Ely Youth Choir A community choir for young singers aged 11 and up. There are no auditions and no fees. The group sings a wide range of music styles, from Handel to Hairspray, trained by professional choir director and composer Andrew Parnell. Our Zoom meetings are at 6pm on Mondays in term time. Zoom singing is different but we make it fun and purposeful, by keeping everyone engaged and focused on improving. When live group singing is allowed again, our rehearsals will resume in the Church Rooms at St. Mary’s Church, Ely. For more details, email youth@ elychoralsociety.org Find us on Facebook @ elyyouthchoir

ELY CHORAL SOCIETY We are a mixed voice community choir who normally hold concerts in Ely Cathedral and other local venues with professional soloists and orchestras. Our regular rehearsals are currently on Zoom at 7.15 for 7.30 on Monday evenings. Our conductor, Andrew Parnell has been keeping us busy learning a range of varied music. New members are welcome to try us out in the privacy of your home. Please check our website for details - www.elychoralsociety.org For further details contact Tel: 07970 956401 Email: membership@elychoralsociety.org For regular members we have a Facebook Social Group.

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

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

Ely Area Music Centre Hoping to reopen in January 2021 Contact Cambridgeshire Music: 01480 373500, Email: cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Ely Sinfonia Contact: 01353 721007 www.elysinfonia.co.uk

SING! CHOIRS Come and join us! Everyone is welcome, with no auditions - just enjoy singing pop, rock and songs from the shows and you will be a welcome member of the group. Contact Kathryn on kathryn@singchoirs.com, or through our website www.singchoirs.com All sessions online at the moment, so come and join us for a weekly Zoom and Sing! Please also see a listing in “Support and 50 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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

Wildlife Trust BCN Ely Local Group Discover more about nature both by exploring outdoors and by attending illustrated talks given by experts in their field. The group is run by enthusiastic local volunteers. It is not necessary to be a member of the Wildlife Trust to attend our events. See Wildlife Trust BCN website for more details. Will Burdett, 01353 661339, willburdett@ btinternet.com, see https://www.wildlifebcn.org/ ely-local-group

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

Ely Wildspace Our vision is “To protect and enhance the Ely Wildspace environment for the benefit of wildlife and the local community.’ Our aims are to: Defend Ely Wildspace against harmful developments and strengthen its legal protection and status; Promote the enjoyment of the Ely

Wildspace environment, in participation with stakeholders, local people, local government and other organisations; Enhance the Ely Wildspace environment through integrated and effective conservation management, in participation with stakeholders, local people, local government and other organisations; Promote Ely Wildspace as a place of education, in participation with local schools and other educational bodies Contact: Richard Braund 01353 665222 richardbraund50@hotmail.com www.elywildspace.org.uk

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

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

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

New Connexions @ High Barns


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

Ely Cathedral The College, Ely. Tel: 01353 667735 www.elycathedral.org - Ely Cathedral - Mothers’ Union Contact: Eunice Reddish 01353 661502 www.elycathedral.org worship/mothersunion - Ely Cathedral - Edward Bear Club Contact: Angela Jones 01353 665810

ChristChurch North Ely Isle of Ely School. Tel: 01353 659550 www.stmarysely.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Countess Free Church Chapel St. Ely CB6 1AD Tel: 01353 662396 www.countessely.co.uk - Rich Tea Club Contact Cate on 07425650454 www.countessely.co.uk

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

Makers Social at Sew Much to Do

RESIDENTS GROUPS Neighbourhood Watch

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

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

Contact: Sew Much To Do, 7 High Street Passage, Ely Tel: 01353 664000

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

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

Ely Tuesday Group Contact Pamela Austin 01353 610825

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

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

Ely Northwold Women’s Institute


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

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

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

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

Ely Probus Ely


Ely and Dist' ex-Round Tablers Club For people formally in Round Table, a social gathering to grow old gracefully. When we resume meetings, they will be at Ely City Golf Club, Cambridge Road, Ely 7.00 for 7.30 on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Contact: Nigel Davies.01353 721037 e: njdavies1@aol.com 52 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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

Tel: 07815 905288, Facebook: Ely City Hockey Club, Twitter: @ElyHockeyClub

Ely Vikings Korfball


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

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

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

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

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

City of Ely Bowls Club www.cityofelybowlsclub.org.uk Tel: 01353 665272 Email: cityofelybowlsclub@btconnect.com

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

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

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

City of Ely Netball Club web: www.cityofelynetball.co.uk email: elycity@hotmail.co.uk / tel: 01353 662886

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

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

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

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

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

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

ESC Model Yacht Fleet Contact: ESC Model Yacht Fleet Captain on 01353 626838 email: training.elysc@gmail.com

Ely Squash Club Tel:01353 662156 www.elysquash.mycourts.co.uk

Ely Table Tennis Club Contact Karen Byford, Club Secretary, elytabletennis@gmail.com www.elytabletennis.co.uk

Octagon Cycling Club

Ely Tennis Club

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

The Ely Walking Group

Ely & District Cycling Club Contact Cliff Loveday on 07823 338615

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

www.elytennisclub.co.uk. Contact the walk coordinator, Nick, on 07551 158510 or email nickshippaac@gmail.com.

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

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Website: www.care-network.org.uk twitter @CareNetworkCamb Facebook: Care Network Cambridgeshire

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


Al-anon Family Support Group We are a support group for families of alcoholics. We have been meeting in Ely for 30 years. We meet every Monday at Centre 33 at 7.30pm. During these times we are meeting by zoom meetings. For details of the zoom meeting or for help and local contact numbers please call the helpline 0800 0086811. There are no fees for membership. We hope to return to the rooms once the Covid-19 situation eases. email: al-anonuk.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity that has been providing bereavement support to people across the UK for over 60 years, predominately through face-to-face and group sessions. Due to the current situation around Covid-19, Cruse have taken the decision to move all of support to telephone, until it is safe to return to normal working practices. As well as telephone support, there is also helpful information on the Cruse website at: www.cruse.org.uk The Cruse Wed morning groups in Ely and Cambridge are currently closed. If you would like telephone bereavement support, please contact the Helpline on 01223 633536 (open 9.30am1.30pm weekdays) or the National Helpline on 0808 8081677 (open 9.30-5pm weekdays with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm and Weekends 10am-2pm). The service is free of charge and donations welcome.

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

Care Network Cambs Supporting Volunteers, Encouraging Independence, Developing Good neighbour projects. Tel: 01954 211919 email: volunteering@care-network.org.uk 54 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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

Ely Dementia Group Contact Julie Day on Ely 612369 or 07968739406

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

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

Ely Parkinsons UK Support Group Contact Caroline Nicklinson, Lead Volunteer on 07718191482

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

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

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

WE NEED YOU TO HELP US KEEP OUR SHOPS OPEN AND RAISE VITAL FUNDS! With many of our shop volunteers currently unable to lend a hand due to the pandemic, the number of hours’ support we normally receive is down more than 50%. We are facing a financial deficit over the next 12 months, following disruption to fundraising and retail, and at the same time our care and support is more important than ever as vulnerable families become exhausted from shielding. It is very important we manage our retail activity back to sustainable levels of income, but we will not be able to do this without more volunteer support. Might you be able to help? Just a couple of hours a week can make a difference. There are so many ways you can support us, from sorting donations and dressing windows to running the till and listing items on our eBay shop, and we always guarantee a friendly welcome! Why not pop in to your local EACH shop – we have 43 right across the region – chat to our team and arrange a taster session? Find out more about becoming a retail volunteer, including a full list of our shop locations and phone numbers, at www. each.org.uk/retail-volunteers. Alternatively please contact EACH Volunteer Services on 01223 205183 or at volunteerservices@ each.org.uk. www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 55

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