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SEPT/OCT 2021 Issue No. 57

Reflecting the Richness of Ely Life


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Dear Readers Not much room for me in this edition, Hurrah! It's great to have so many events planned and many groups meeting again. Don't forget to keep us updated. Also, if you would like your business in the directory it's free for the time being so send me your details for insertion in the Nov/Dec magazine. Stay safe!





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GRRLS ROCK CAMP ELY For young women and non-binary and trans young people aged 12-18, especially welcoming LGBTQI and young people from Black, Asian and minoritized communities. Musician Emma Kupa and Babylon Arts have joined forces to enable young women and nonbinary and trans young people to have a go at playing the drums, bass, and guitar and singing, with the teaching and support of a diverse group of women and non-binary and trans facilitators who have played in bands, toured and even been on national radio. Over three days in October half-term, at The Maltings (25th October) and Centre E (26-27th October) in Ely, there will be opportunities to form bands with like-minded young people and rehearse together with all the equipment needed. An introduction to songwriting will also form part of the event with a focus on fun and creativity. More info here: https://www.babylonarts.org.uk/ news/view,grrls-rock-camp-ely_22841.htm Emma learned the guitar as a teenager and has played in bands ever since. She is currently a member of Cambridge based indie-pop trio Mammoth Penguins and also releases music under her solo moniker Emma Kupa. With 20 years’ experience writing and recording music, Emma has toured across Europe and the USA, playing intimate gigs and large festivals such as Latitude. 4 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Her music is regularly played on BBC radio 6 music. Emma Kupa says: “Anyone can learn to play an instrument and rock out! But women, non-binary and trans people, especially LGBTQI+ and those from minoritised ethnic groups, who can face prejudice and abuse, have to overcome more barriers and have fewer opportunities in the music industry.” Emma Kupa and Babylon Arts aim to provide a safe, nurturing and joyful environment in which young people can develop musically, personally and socially. No prior experience is needed, and it’s free to attend. To find out more about the event and how to get involved, keep an eye on the Babylon ARTS website for updates Grrls Rock Camp Ely is developed from Babylon Arts’ Creative Ideas Lab. This opportunity enabled artists and creative practitioners from across East Cambridgeshire to develop their ideas for engaging communities in the district, in arts and culture. Nine creative practitioners were shortlisted to discuss their ideas with the Babylon Arts’ team. Emma Kupa’s idea was selected to receive a commission to test out her idea of a girls/ LGBTQI+ band. The Creative Ideas Lab was part of Babylon Arts' work funded through the Culture Recovery Fund.

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We make a major contribution to community events, such as Aquafest, Ely Fireworks, the Potato Race and Apple Day. We also fund-raise for local charities with a range of events, including our mulled wine stall at Christmas.

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Last Livestock Market – Ely past snips September 11th 1981 A 100-year-old tradition came to an end when cattle and pigs were auctioned at the last live-stock market held in Ely.

Soham station uneconomic - Cambridgeshire Daily News September 3rd 1964 Passenger services on the Ely to Newmarket line are to be withdrawn on January 4th and Soham and Fordham stations will be closed. Alternative bus services will be provided, though the stationmaster says that the present system is quite adequate to cope with the two or three passengers who use the stations. The line is uneconomic: six trains stop a day during summer but none run at time when a heavy load of passengers could be expected.The staff of 12 at each station will be retained to deal with freight traffic such as scrap iron from Middlesbrough and flowers from local nurseries. Next day... A journey on the fated Ely-Newmarket railway line shows why it has become the victim of Beeching’s axe. The only regular traveller is a British Railway employee who uses it to get home to Fordham.Two people got on at Ely – both BR staff – and the only other passengers were an American couple touring Britain. There was nobody waiting at Soham or Fordham. Sometimes up to 30 people get on the Ely-bound station at Soham before changing trains to Cambridge but mostly only a few people use it. This story appeared in a Cambridge newspaper on 3rd September 1964

During the past few years the market had had less business as more farmers switched from animals to arable farming, so the auctioneers who ran the market Cheffins, Grain & Chalk have decided to call it a day. It was a particularly sad day for the auctioneer, Mr John Grain, who first started work at the market exactly 48 years ago to the day. Before business started, Mr Grain, the third generation of his family to be involved in the market, said: “It’s a sad day for me”. He said the market was founded by his grandfather, Mr Arthur Trett Grain and continued under his father’s guidance until he took over. At 10.45am Mr Grain rang the bell for the last time to summon farmers, dealers and onlookers to the final cattle sale. This time there was only one animal to be sold – a black Hereford brought along by Mr Sidney King, a Littleport farmer. It tipped the scales at 680kg and was bought by King Brothers of Holbeach, Lincolnshire for 100p a kilo. Then 78-year-old Mr Lee of Ely – a market hand for 63 years until he was forced to retire – was called to ring the bell to herald the start of the final pig sale. The bidding was brisk for the 50 pigs on offer, the last one being sold by Mr William Darby of Haddenham. Entering into the spirit of the occasion the bidders pushed the price up to 290p per kg, when it was bought by Mr Sidney King junior, of Littleport.

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Biodanza® is a deceptively simple yet carefullystructured & supportive system of dancing & moving to inspirational world music, supported by groupal energy and a trained facilitator. Its basic aim is to have fun!. whilst reconnecting with kinder, healthier, more natural ways of being, moving & relating. Biodanza has, especially since lockdown, been gaining recognition all over the globe, for its positive impact on participants’ physical, mental & emotional health - not just to simply help reconnect with our innately joyful nature, but to further explore, in feedback, the everpresent potential for self-healing in-themoment when our growing body awareness lets us feel that we can (re-)act differently / more authentically, in life.

Chatting is discouraged, to give participants time ‘n space to rediscover their own body’s ability to express without words – perhaps finding a common language, with which to affirm timeless human core values. NB We dance barefoot & wear comfy clothes :). (sipping between tracks / while guidance is given). Antibacterial wipes are provided at the start & at the end of each session. £10pp. Once-monthly dates & venue to be confirmed & places will be limited.

Biodanza is gender-free & ageless. Guidance is given, accompanied by a wealth of specificallychosen tracks. No particular aptitude/skills are needed – just the willingness to embark on a holistic adventure of personal development.

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Ely Outdoor Sports Association (EOSA) is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, that provides sporting and social facilities for the community as well as to their member clubs – Ely rugby, hockey and tennis clubs. At the beginning of August a group of 17 traveller caravans broke into one of their rugby pitches and camped on it and next to the tennis courts for three nights. Thankfully, the community response was fantastic with Cambridgeshire Police, East Cambs District Council, the sports clubs and neighbours all working together to protect facilities, and to diffuse any potential flashpoints.

The actions of a 24 hour dog security unit that was employed, kept the travellers calm and contained, and although a lot of rubbish and waste was left there was only a small amount of damage to the tennis court netting and hut. However, not only did EOSA have to suspend all activities, the cost incurred by the travellers in bailiff fees, 24-hour security surveillance, clean-up and repair costs is about £6000 which was not budgeted for. EOSA have several important projects planned this year for which they have been fundraising, including resurfacing the car park. These additional costs caused by the travellers will put them in jeopardy. To help with these costs EOSA have set up a GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/f/ help-with-costs-caused-by-travellers Any contribution - however small - would be greatly appreciated.

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email: editor@elyimagazine.com OR tag /elyi magazine on Facebook before 11th OCTOBER for inclusion in the NOV/DEC 2021 issue All quarter page posters now available to non profit groups & meets for a £25 contribution towards printing.

Sat 4th Sept

Sat 11th Sept

Bernstein Boys by Mike Rouse at Oliver Cromwell House see article on page 38

FUEL is a Christian event run in partnership between the churches from across the city of Ely and the eastern region. It is an opportunity for all ages to gather together and enjoy games, music, food and drink. It will also provide a place to talk, listen and explore aspects of the Christian faith or simply relax and enjoy what could be one of the highlights of the year. The site is open from 2.30 pm and we have a variety of inspiring speakers and workshops from 3pm. There will be music from local bands and musicians, with hot and cold food and drinks available all day (charges apply). ends 10 pm. The location for FUEL is Flint house on Barway Road (Soham Ely) CB75TX. This is a large open-air site on the corner of the A142. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/ yourfuelfestival

Ely Book Launch

Fri 24th Sept

Macmillan coffee morning 10am - 3pm Fen Mobility, 50 Wellington Rd, Lancaster Way see page 31

Until 30th Sept

Art Exhibition at the Old Fire Engine House 25 St. Mary’s Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4ER - Tel: 01353 662582 On the wall - Andy & Michael Edwards Engravings, prints and watercolours in The Bar and the Sitting Room at The Old Fire Engine House Gallery. The Gallery is open from 10.30am Tues-Sunday,. Closed Mondays and public holidays Web: https:// theoldfireenginehousegallery.squarespace.com/

Sat 9th Oct

Ely's Apple Fayre Now in its 21st year. Come along to Palace Green, 10 am - 4 pm! see poster on page 39 Try your luck at the longest peel competition, craft activities, fresh produce from the surrounding area, and of course our supporters Watergull Orchards will be there with their fine selection of juices and cider! If you are interested in attending as a trader, please call 01353 662062 for an application form. We are looking for that unique apple-based product!

Fri 10th Sept

Glass Fusing Workshop. Price: £49 per person including materials, equipment and tuition Suitable for ages: 16+ at the Stained Glass museum. https://stainedglassmuseum.com/ glassfusing

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Fri 17th Sept

D-Day Darlings at The Maltings Timeless songs to bring back memories. Show: 1.30PM Doors: 1.00PM Tickets: Reserved Seating £21.45 (inc booking fee) All disabled bookings directly through OEP Live! on 01256 416384 Tickets: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/oeplive/ event/view/116154

UK Queen at the Maltings With stunning accuracy in sound and vision, UK QUEEN will produce a high energy show which will rock the house with an all evening classic hit after hit show. The world will never see Queen perform with Freddie Mercury ever again but UK QUEEN get very close. www.ukqueen.co.uk Show: 7.30pm Doors 6.45pm. Book Tickets here: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/oeplive/event/ view/122172 All disabled bookings directly through OEP Live! on 01256 416384 or press https://thelittleboxoffice.com/oeplive/event/ view/122172

Fri 24th & Sat 25th Sept

Screen Printing on Glass with James Cockerill. Screen-printing on mouth-blown glass. No prior experience required. A day of print celebrating Ely cathedral as a place of worship and inspiration, making collaged prints from a wide selection of images taken in and around the cathedral. The workshop will have a maximum of six students, allowing for ample individual as well as group tuition. Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition Location: The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely,CB74DL https:// stainedglassmuseum.com/screenprinting

Sat 26th Sept

Ely Sinfonia Concert 7.30pm Ely Cathedral. Brahm Symphony No.4, Weber's Invitation to the dance and the world premiere of Colin Riley's Stream-Shine. Tickets: £15-£25 from Ely Cathedral Box Office Tel: 01353 660349. More info online at www. elycathedral.org/events see poster page 29

Wed 6th Oct

Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen Autumn Harvest 11am-1pm. Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. A time to celebrate the Harvest and focus on preserving the dishes of the season. Come and join Nora as she revives some tasty dishes from the 17th-century harvest suppers. To book please email info@visitely.org. uk or call us on 01353 662062. https:// www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index. php?page=booking&objectid=2770

I WAS GLAD! Celebrating a return to singing

Fri 1st Oct

Glass Painting Workshop with Derek Hunt. The art of painting on glass was mastered in the medieval period. In this workshop you will learn traditional painting techniques using a vitreous pigment and silver stain. Price: £95 per person including all materials, equipment and tuition Suitable for ages: 18+ Contact: 01353 660347 https://stainedglassmuseum.com/ glasspainting

Fri 8th Oct

Cathedral Harvest Ceilidh 7:30pm in the Lady Chapel. Join us for a fun evening of dance and music! This much loved Ceilidh will be held once again in the beautiful Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral to celebrate the harvest, with live music by Catch the Pigeon. Fish

Works by Parry, Elgar, Bach, Mozart, Bruckner, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Handel Ely Choral Society Rebecca Duckworth soprano Glen Dempsey organ Conducted by Andrew Parnell Tickets

Available on www.elychoralsociety.org in October 2021.

Registered Charity No: 802308

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& Chips are available to pre-order! Tickets: Harvest Ceilidh only: £10 Harvest Ceilidh with Fish & Chips: £17.20 https://www.elycathedral.org/events/ harvest-ceilidh

Sat 9th Oct 2021

The Specials Ltd at the Maltings The UK’s most authentic and original tribute to 2-Tone Legends, The Specials. Tickets £18.00 Age Restriction 14+ (1416 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.) Licensed bar open throughout. Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/ event-horizon-live-present-the-specials-ltd

Wed 13th Oct

Ely Folk Club is starting up again after an enforced break due to the Lockdown. Our first event features Gilmore and Roberts with support from local band Camus. Sadly, we don’t feel we can offer a comfortably Covid-safe environment in our old venue so we are moving to the Arkenstall Centre in Haddenham. Doors open 7pm, music starts 7.30pm. Admission £11. For further details see our website: www.elyfolkclub. co.uk or contact Ruth 01353 740999 or Andy 01353 664706.

Fri 15th Oct

Swede Dreams at The Maltings This is the ultimate feel-good party show! ABBA and 70’s fancy dress optional … but encouraged! Swede Dreamz ABBA Tribute Show + 70's disco 7.30pm- 12 midnight (Doors 7.00pm standing) Tickets £20.00 Age restriction 14+. (14-16 yr olds must be accompanied by an adult) Tickets: https://www.themaltingsely.org.uk/events/ event?id=104

Sat 16th Oct

Record fayre at the Maltings FREE PUBLIC ADMISSION If you are interested in taking a stall, whether you're a professional dealer or someone who's just having a spring clean, please contact: Glenn. eventhorizon@gmail.com for a booking form.

Sat 16th Oct

Petty Criminals - Tom Petty and The Heart Breakers - Tribute Band. An evening of classic rock in the shape of an iconic American band: Tom Petty &The Heartbreakers.https://www. themaltingsely.org.uk/events/event?id=84 30 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Fri 22nd - Sun 24th Oct

Ely Window Wanderland 2021 It’s back! Help us make Ely Window Wanderland even bigger and better this October! Window Wanderland is a fun family-friendly event where communities create illuminated displays in windows. You can use the street-facing windows of your home, business, school, nursery, car, shop, or even your door, or front garden. A map showing the locations of illuminated window displays is then created to form an after-dark walking trail and community event, transforming local streets into galleries. How to get involved: Taking part is FREE and everyone is welcome. If you're planning on transforming a window for Ely Window Wanderland please sign up on our Window Wanderland event page so that we can map participants on our website and create a local trail. Then get planning your window display! https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/ ely-cambs-2021/

Sat 23rd Oct

Fused Glass Jewellery Haddenham Arts Centre 10am - 1pm The opportunity to design and create some unique glass jewellery using a variety of different materials, variations of coloured glass and some inclusions. Let your imagination free with a variety of shapes and findings. This workshop will be held inside in our spacious workshop room and numbers will be limited according to government guidelines at the time. https:// www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk/shop/p/ fused-glass-jewellery

Sun 24th Oct

The Ely Group of Amnesty International’s Annual Lecture The Ben Jupp Memorial Lecture – will be on 24th October 2021. The lecturer is Geraldine Van Bueren QC, an international human rights lawyer and professor emerita at Queen Mary, University of London. She was a commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was one of the original drafters of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and represented Amnesty International at the UN for ten years on children’s rights. Her talk is entitled ‘Children’s Rights – New Global Threats’. Because of the ongoing pandemic, it is not yet clear whether this will take place face to face in the Cathedral or on Zoom. Look out for updates in the local paper but, for now, please put the date in your diary.

Sat 30th Oct 2021

Boogie Nights Halloween Special at The Maltings 8pm - 1am JWL Events and the Maltings Ely are again joining forces to bring you Boogie Nights Halloween Special. Dance your way through the night to some of the biggest 70s 80s & 90s and spooky classics Advanced Standard Tickets £8.50 On the night admissions £10 (subject to availability) People with tickets from the postponed March 28th 2020 Event will be allowed to enter. Please make sure you bring your March tickets with you on the night. Anyone who has had tickets refunded will need to purchase new tickets for this event. https://www.themaltingsely.org. uk/events/event?id=107

5-7th Nov

Art Unequalled Art & Craft Showcase At The Maltings, Ship lane CB74BB See page 33 for more details. www.artunequalled.co.uk

6th Nov

Ely Choral Society Concert ‘I was glad’- A celebration of classical popular choral pieces to enjoy in the splendid surroundings of Ely Cathedral. Conducted by Andrew Parnell with soloists Rebecca Duckworth (soprano) and Glen Dempsey (organ). Join us for our first post-pandemic concert. Tickets go on sale Oct 2021 from: https://www. elychoralsociety.org See page 29

Fri 12th Nov

Dads Army Special & Guests at The Maltings. 1pm Come and celebrate Golden Memories with special guests George Formby, Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Gracie Fields, Marie Lloyd, Harry Lauder and FLANNINGAN & ALLEN and a special recreation of WINDSOR DAVIES & DON ESTELLE. Reserved seating tickets £23.65 (inc booking fee) https://thelittleboxoffice.com/oeplive/event/ view/123850

17th - 20th Nov

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fayre Discover perfect presents for friends and family from over a hundred boutique stalls and designers all located in the Cathedral's magnificent nave and Lady Chapel. For the first time, the grounds surrounding the Cathedral will be incorporated into the Christmas Fair experience. A Festive Village will be located on the East Lawn providing a perfect outdoor shopping experience and several stalls selling delicious food and snacks. Dates and Session Times 17/11/21: 6.30pm - 9pm - Preview Evening 18/11/21: 9.30am - 1pm / 1pm - 4.30pm 19/11/21: 9am - 10am - Exclusive entry for 'shoppers with wheels' then 10am - 1pm / 1pm 4.30pm / 6.30pm - 9pm 20/11/21: 9.30am - 1pm / 1pm - 4.30pm A great family day with lots of additional attractions within the Cathedral grounds. Entry price: £4.50 | Children under 16 free (when accompanied by an adult) Entry plus Stained Glass Museum: £7.50 (not available on Preview Evening) Preview Evening: £6.50 Tickets online: https://www.elycathedral.org/ events/ely-cathedral-christmas-gift-food-fair

11th Dec

Haddenham Winterfest The Winterfest is not only a Real Ale Festival but also a Christmas Party. It runs from from midday to 6pm and the event is staged at Haddenham Community Junior School, Woodways, Haddenham HP17 8DS. In keeping with all good festivals at this time of the year we have plenty of mulled wine plus our famous Gin Fusion Bar. More info updates at:https://www.facebook.com/ HBFTrust/

Steve Harley Acoustic Band at The Maltings. Show 8pm (doors 7.30pm) Reserved seating £32.45 (inc booking fee) Widely considered one of the most charismatic performers on stage, Tickets: https:// thelittleboxoffice.com/oeplive/event/ view/138356

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The Maltings, Ship Lane Ely more info and booking: 01353 616991 https://www.babylonarts.org.uk/cinema.htm National Theatre: Follies Thu 2nd Sept 7:00p Limbo (12) Sun 5th Sept 7:30pm Riders of Justice (15) [Subtitled - Danish Film] Thu 9th Sept 7:30pm Last Letter from your Lover (12A) Sun 12th Sept 7:30pm Last Letter from your Lover (Subtitled) (12A) Thu 16th Sept 7:30pm The Courier (Subtitled) (12) Sun 19th Sept 2:00pm The Courier (12) Sun 19th Sept 7:30pm Pig (15) Sun 26th Sept 7:30pm National Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (12A) Tue 28th Sept 7:00pm

ELY CITY WI IS RE-OPENING TO IN-PERSON MEETINGS! Our next meeting is: On: Monday 11th October 2021, At: 7.30 pm (arrive anytime after 7.15 pm) At: The Old Dispensary, St Mary’s Street, Ely Topic: oil painting with Stuart Green* Come along and meet our friendly members. We are Ely City WI. We can. We are. We do. We are accepting new memberships on the night. *This will be a try it evening, to ensure we have enough materials for everyone, if you are coming as a potential new member or visitor, please can you let us know via ruth.g.sindall@btconnect.com by 3rd October 2021. Thank you for your co-operation.


AT O L I V E R C R O M W E L L ’ S H O U S E The Curious Case of Curator Chadwick

It’s 1910 and the Vicar has rented the Tithe Room of the Vicarage out to his dear friend, Curator Cornelius Chadwick. After a few weeks he mysteriously disappears. Come and hunt for clues, solve the puzzles and help locate the enigmatic Curator.

Ideal for up to 8 players. Great for families, team building, puzzle enthusiasts, birthdays and occasions. Available every weekend and other days by prior arrangement. £95 per weekend session. Corporates £140 per session/other weekdays, please enquire. Included within the session price is a self-guided tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House subject to house closure for private tours.

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ART UNEQUALLED MAKES ITS LONG AWAITED RETURN TO THE MALTINGS! 5th - 7th November After the enforced break for 18 months, Art Unequalled is excited to make its return to The Malting’s in Ely with a special 10 year (+1!) Anniversary event. To celebrate 10 years of the show there will be extra opening hours on Friday evening with live music to enjoy whilst you are browsing the amazing Arts and Crafts for sale and chatting to the Artists who created them! A truly amazing group of makers have been selected to take part this year, with returning regular exhibitors and also new exhibitors, a mix sure to delight all that visit. Visitors will find something to suit all tastes and budgets, whether they are looking to start their Christmas shopping, treat themselves or find a statement piece for their home. It seems like a very long time since we have been able to welcome visitors and we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying the event in November! (See poster above for details) www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 33

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ONLINE LANGUAGE LESSONS Beginner to Advanced Level Courses for Adults & Children via Zoom Fun & Rewarding! GCSE & A Level Tuition Available Harriet Tuckett BA MCIL Tel: 07522504729


ELY YOUTH CHOIR Weekly rehearsals 6-7 p.m. on Mondays in term time at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ely from 6 September If you’re of secondary school age and love singing in a group, come and join us! We cover a wide range of music, from classical to current pop and musical theatre numbers, in great arrangements for young choral singers. You’ll be trained by a top choir director and you’ll perform at concerts and festivals. Experience is not essential and there are no auditions and no fees. We are part of Ely Choral Society, Reg. Charity 802308. More info from youth@elychoralsociety.org Find us on facebook and Instagram: ely youth choir



playing after an injury, and that was a fascinating thing to be part of. Of course sometimes students just want to learn to play songs for their own pleasure and their own sense of achievement, and it’s just as much fun working with them too”. “Lots of musicians take on students to supplement their other work but I consider myself primarily a teacher” continues Christopher, who studied education at postgraduate level after his music degree, and earned a PGCE qualification.

Christopher Budd has been performing and recording with his bass guitar for 30 years, and for the last 8 of those he’s been giving lessons in central Ely. In that time he’s worked with a range of students from primary school age to retirees. “The bass seems to attract especially thoughtful musicians who engage with it for a number of reasons” he explains. “Some students decide to study RSL or Trinity grades, some going all the way to Grade 8 and gaining very useful UCAS points, while others might want to improve their technique. I helped one student get back into 36 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

Christopher managed to keep classes going through the pandemic, thanks to Zoom, but he is really looking forward to going back to face-toface lessons. "I’m lucky enough to have a nice airy space to teach in that I can ventilate, scrub down, and keep virus-proof. And there’s space for a few new faces!” Christopher is offering a trial class for free, so if you’re a budding bassist get in touch! christopher.budd@gmail.com Tel: 07729 114 173

Guitar tuition is continuing for existing students via Skype.

New beginners and returners are also welcome.

Karen Setchfield BA (Hons) Classical guitar tuition for adults and children, available during the day or evenings. Contact me to book a free trial and consultation or for further information:

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Campaign Amateur Theatre Company warmly invites you to an Information Evening on Tuesday 16th November 2021 from 7-9pm at The Maltings. Meet the committee and some of our members to find out who we are, what our aims for 2022 are and how YOU can get involved. Have you ever thought about putting YOUR vision on the stage with the support of a friendly, open minded committee backing you? If directing, musical directing, set designing, acting or tech support is a field you would like to venture into, pop along and see if CAT can provide you with all the tools you need. We are particularly interested to host shows which enables marginalised groups to have their say. For more information, contact Gemma, CAT Chairperson on 07896860252 or gemma. crossland@yahoo.co.uk


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BERNSTEIN’S BOYS One of the lesser known stories of the Home Front during World War 2 is how Ely and the local area gave shelter to many child refugees brought to England on the Kindertransport. That Ely was a safe area to receive evacuees I have now told their story in a small book, and they came from the East End of London is ‘Bernstein’s Boys’, Dr Enoch Bernstein being the generally known, but among them were these Headteacher who led them to Ely. It is being boys who had only been in England a short launched at Oliver Cromwell House on Saturday while, in most cases did not speak English and 4th September and will be on sale there and at in all probability would Burrows newsagents. never see their families again. They arrived with It is a story that features other students from the some remarkable Jews’ Free School. They teachers with the JFS had been in a hostel in and leading figures London and within days in Ely including Dean of arriving in Ely the Blackburne, Col Archer, remarkable Mrs Hinton Mrs Lucy Davis, wife of Knowles, wife of the vicar Dr Davis and Mrs Hinton of St Mary’s and other Knowles. It is a story not members of the WVS had without controversy, but found them a new Jewish ultimately it is a moving home at 37 St Mary’s story of how the human Street (a large house that spirit can overcome great stood on the site of St adversity. Rabbi Kon and the boys of the Home, Christmas 1943. Mary’s Surgery). Mike Rouse

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Ely’s Apple

& Harvest Fayre 2021 Saturday October 9th 10am – 4pm


Palace Green Opposite Ely Cathedral

Apple and Harvest Fayre is back! Now in its 21st year, this eclectic autumn fayre celebrates the great British Apple and the Harvest! Watergull Orchards will be in attendance, with their juices and apples, plenty of competitions, apple and spoon races, longest peel competition and more. Come and join in the fun, identify your apple, create crafts, browse the stalls and celebrate with us.

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FROM LUCY FRAZER MP I know this year has been very tough for so many people. But it has been great to see how our local communities have pulled together to help those in need. After an immensely successful vaccine rollout we are slowly able to see life return to normal. We have seen that effective vaccines are a vital part of ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Through vaccination, we can stop those most at risk from getting the virus, reduce hospitalisations and see fewer deaths. The vaccine rollout, which is the largest inoculation programme this country has ever launched, has been a truly remarkable achievement. In the spring I had the opportunity to visit Staploe Medical Centre to find out more about how staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to deliver the rollout in our region. The organisational demands of this challenge have been vast but staff and volunteers have gone above and beyond to ensure everyone who is eligible and wants a vaccine can receive one. I am also running a COVID Community Champions Awards to recognise the efforts of those who have made a contribution during this tough time for our area and country. If you would like to nominate a local individual to thank them for the work they have done across Cambridgeshire then please email me on lucy. frazer.mp@parliament.uk with: • • • •

Your name Your address Your email Name and contact email of the individual you are nominating for the COVID Community Champion Award The reasons why you are nominating them

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Photos: Lucy Frazer's Office Like many people, much of my time has been spent dealing with the virus and its impacts but I have also managed to ensure that work continues with local organisations on local issues. And I wanted to let you know specifically about a few issues I have been dealing with in Ely. Improving healthcare in Ely has always been one of my highest priorities, and I've been working with the local health authorities to increase the range of services at the Princess of Wales hospital. I am supporting plans for a £45 million upgrade, and am pleased that Cambridgeshire Community Services has now secured planning permission for the proposals. This will need funding and I am continuing to make the case to government to make this vision for the Princess of Wales a reality. On a more regional level I am also delighted that last month the government announced further school funding for our area – with an extension of the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area. The additional £1,158,500 of funding is on top of the additional COVID funding which is being provided across the country. I pressed hard for our area to become an opportunity area. Funding over the last 5 years has helped, amongst other things, to fund mental health training for 1200 school staff, with over 90% of participants reporting increased confidence in their ability to identify the early signs of mental ill health and offer support to those that need it. 45 mental health leads have been established, with 1,300 parents and carers accessing support. Don’t forget if you need help with accessing local services or have a question or a query that I may be able to help with, then please email me on lucy.frazer.mp@parliament.uk. Best Wishes Lucy

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COMMUNITY NEWS As the nights drew in we were dancing by the light from street lights! In October we danced our two dances outside the Tourist Office at the much reduced Apple Day.


It’s nice to get back to some sort of normality with less zoom meetings and face to face meeting back at our venue Adams Heritage Centre in Littleport. We have, since restrictions were eased, held meetings in a members garden, suitably distanced of course, a cream tea and a barbecue.

Over the winter we met when we could to keep fit and to keep the dances alive. We have also added further to our repertoire by adapting our existing dances. As things relaxed a little we were able to meet in larger numbers but sadly, though some of our new recruits are still with us and more will rejoin in the coming months, we are a smaller group than in 2019.

We enrolled a new member at our cream tea and we are sure that she will be a great asset to the club with her enthusiasm and drive. Fundraising efforts have been on hold during the pandemic but one of our members decided to give up chocolate and ice cream for a month and raised enough through his sponsorship to pay for a days shift for a specialist nurse at East Anglia Children’s Hospice in Milton. He said that if he decided to do something similar again that he would think it through and only give up one thing and choose only a short month such as February! Come and meet your local Lions at the Soham Pumpkin fair on Saturday 25th September where we will have a 'prize every time' Soft Toy Tombola We are restarting our Breakfast with Santa event at The Almonry in Ely in December.

ELY AND LITTLEPORT RIOT ARE OUT AND ABOUT AND DANCING AGAIN. We had a great time in 2019 with a very successful recruiting drive. By February 2020 our new recruits and existing members were well prepared for a great dancing season. And then came Covid...... We stopped Friday practices a week ahead of the Government lock down and kept in touch via zoom. In August, when the first lock-down eased, we began to meet again outside to practice two new socially distanced dances created by members. We could only have 4 dancers to allow for 2 musicians, 6 people altogether. 42 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

However, things are moving again. We were invited to dance at Ely Folk Festival with two other sides at 3 weeks notice! We made it, just, despite already booked holidays and tonsillitis. It was great but rather weird and constraining to dance up on a stage with our seven strong band on the grass beside us. We danced on the East Lawn, behind the Cathedral at the mini Eel Day. The sun shone on the beautiful setting and there was a really festive atmosphere proving that it is possible to organise such an event in a covid safe way. Well done to the Visit Ely team and all those involved. We also danced next to the Cathedral again on 31st July at the Ely Cathedral Green Fair and then at Denny Abbey on Saturday 7th August. We have also been dancing out at local pubs. These events are the ‘bread and butter’ of the Morris Calendar. Our first Pub dance out was on Friday 23rd July at The Plough, Little Downham, a pub with an excellent Thai restaurant. In September we are booked for a Heritage day event on Saturday 11th and at the Ely Day of Dance on Saturday 18th and then in October for Apple Day on Saturday the 9th. So we have survived three lockdowns! We are getting our fitness back and are looking forward with some optimism to resuming practice this Autumn and a more ‘normal’ dancing season in 2022.

COMMUNITY NEWS If you would like to join us or hire us for an event Further into the Autumn we have an exciting please get in touch. We practice on Fridays at cycling adventure using the Mobile Adventures Centre E in Barton Road. Our contact email is app (working with Healthy You: East contact@elriot.co.uk Cambridgeshire District Council) our Vision Festival on Saturday 2 October, (showcasing project activities, volunteer opportunities and celebrating the Wicken Fen Vision) and outreach talks and activities in schools (working with Ely Work on Wicken Fen Nature Reserve’s exciting Museum) and with local organisations. To keep up new heritage project, Footprints, has begun. to date with all our new community engagement Made possible by money raised by National activities see https://bit.ly/WFFootprints Lottery players, the project will focus on creating opportunities for local people to access a range of For the latest information please visit our website recreational activities and to connect with nature, and keep an eye on our social media feeds www. understand the cultural value of this special place, nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen and be part of its story. We‘re grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting this project. MIND - raising awareness We were delighted to be able to take part in this year’s Ely Eel Fayre and meet local people with Despite dislocating partners The Farmland Museum. It was great to be a finger three able to chat about the project and find out about weeks prior to the what we can do to bring local heritage to more event, Jake Scottpeople. Paul of Ely based branding company ‘Murmurations’ - 17, 18 and 19 September Soopa Doopa, This site-specific theatrical experience was written along with friend by playwright Steven Waters whose recent Song George Marsden, of the Reeds, starring Mark Rylance, was on Radio have successfully 4. Tangled Feet theatre ensemble will be selling completed Spartans tickets for performances via Eventbrite. “Super” obstacle course race. In doing so, they have helped to raise over £3,300 for Mind, 'Mother' the mental health charity. photo: Mike Selby



The race, on the 24th of July, was set in the beautiful grounds of Marston Lodge, near Market Harborough and boasted 25 gruelling obstacles over 11km of hilly terrain. A real test of both physical and mental strength - the perfect challenge for raising money for what is such an important charity, now more than ever.

Farewell to MOTHER.... It’s your last chance to see MOTHER... After 2 years in place on Moore’s Drove, the Studio Morison artwork will be decommissioned w/c 27 September, so do take the chance over the next couple of weeks to have a few moments sitting and contemplating in this unique space. There will be a final event on Saturday 25 September to celebrate its time here; tickets available via Wysing Arts Eventbrite.

Jake said, “while we took this on as a bit of fun and a personal challenge to ourselves, we felt it was a great opportunity to raise awareness around mental health, especially so given the damage done over the last 18 months of lockdowns, which has seen a real increase in mental health issues. The more we can get people talking about what’s going on inside, the better everyone will be” The pair, who had initially signed up to the event for 2020, became regular faces at Elys Hive Leisure Centre, where they trained for the last 18months. This certainly proved beneficial on the www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 43

COMMUNITY NEWS day, allowing them to complete all the obstacles without the dreaded 30 burpee forfeit, which is implemented if a participant doesn’t complete a specific obstacle. The pair enjoyed the challenge that much, they now have their sights set on their next one “The Wolf Run” in September and will be reappearing in next year’s Spartan event too. So far Jake and George have raised over £3,300 for MIND and would like to thank each and every donor. They would also like to say a special thanks to their shirt sponsors - Brewers Decorator Centres, The Cambridge Joiner, Soopa Doopa, Burnt Orange Creative, Business Growth Coaches Network and Squeeze Football. The lads pictured were kitted out by Soopa Doopa so could be easily spotted in their electric green tops. Their page is still live, so to make a donation to a worthy cause, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jspgm

Back in July, the East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition opened at Babylon Gallery. The prize winners were announced from each of the six Key Stages, in an online awards ceremony, with work from children aged 4 to 19 years. In it’s twelfth year, the exhibition included artworks in a variety of mediums from over 200 children and young people from eleven schools across East Cambridgeshire, with drawings, paintings, textiles, photography, ceramics and multi-media work.

Ely Hereward Rotary Club President, Christine Gascoigne announced the awards in the online ceremony via YouTube alongside Babylon ARTS’ Chief Executive Claire Somerville. This year's winners received vouchers for art materials, donated by Tindalls Ltd and Ely Hereward Rotary Club. The Exhibition was supported with funding from Postcode Neighbourhood Trust, a grantgiving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The winners were: Isaac H (Lantern Primary School); Francesca R (Rackham C of E Primary Sch); Bethany H (Littleport Community Primary Sch); Esme S (Littleport Community Primary Schl); Martha P (Rackham C of E Primary Sch); Caitlyn V (Littleport Community Primary Sch); Annabel H (Littleport Community Primary Sch); Ajay C (Lantern Primary School); Elodie B (Littleport Community Primary School); Madeleine C (Bottisham Village College); Tia H (Littleport and East Cambs Academy); Lucy B (Witchford Village College); Maria A (Ely College); Haya H (BVC); Eleanor S (Witchford Village College); Christina D (Kings Ely); Katherine W (Kings Ely); Molly W (Kings Ely). The Curator's Prize went to Suzanna S (BVC)

Claire said “Congratulations to all of the prizewinners and everyone who has work exhibited this year. We’re so proud to host the East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition at Babylon Gallery and are always impressed by the level of creativity and talent by the young artists in the district.” 44 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com


Ely College staff have been working together to create their first school audiobook, now available via the College Youtube channel!


Head of English, Heather Clark-Hope explained the reasons why the staff wanted to work together to create the book: ‘After the tough year the students have had, dealing with everything that has come with the pandemic, we wanted to give the students their own audiobook to enjoy during the summer term and over the holidays. We chose the novel ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.’ ‘Year 9 students particularly enjoyed reading some extracts from this novel in their Victorian Genre module earlier in the year and wanted to hear more from this swashbuckling adventure. All the staff involved have enjoyed reading this classic text.’ Teachers from different departments around the school have worked together to record episodes of the audiobook. In fact, so many staff have volunteered to read for the students that the college’s second audiobook ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conon Doyle is already in production for the new academic year. The audiobook is available to listen via Ely College’s Youtube channel via this link: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhjnGc2Mx1M

The Annual NSPCC Summer Supper went ahead incorporating all the restrictions of Covid regulations and social distancing. The Ely and District NSPCC Fundraising Team are happy to announce that a profit of £1247 was made. Thanks go out to Waitrose, Tesco, Gees and Harnwells who all supported this event. The small team of volunteers were joined by six young people who provided a waitress and waiter service. There were also five primary aged youngsters who ran the raffle and can be seen here counting up the profits. It goes to show you are never too young to volunteer and especially for a charity like the NSPCC that always put children first. Our next fundraising events will be a Willow Weaving Workshop at a date to be confirmed and we are taking bookings now. We are also holding another Plant Stall at 37 Downham Road on week beginning September 24th. For further details please ring Johanna on 07912617135 or Wendy on 01353 664752. ECDC Community Group Grants - apply now! East Cambridgeshire District Council has launched the first round of our community grant fund initiative which aims to support local community groups across the district. There are two rounds in which groups can make an application. Applications for the first round are opened and will run until 13th September. The grant funding is available to allow local community groups to provide new or develop existing community services and initiatives that improve the quality of life for residents living in East Cambridgeshire. cont'd over...

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COMMUNITY NEWS Community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000. Applying is simple, and you can check eligibility and application information on the link here: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/finance/ grants

MEPAL FRIENDSHIP CLUB Live in or near Mepal and looking for something to do on weekdays? Perhaps the Friendship Club is just the ticket! They meet on Wednesdays in the village hall, 10am - 12noon, see below for details of the events and activities coming up. As the name suggests, they're a friendly bunch and everyone is welcome.

YOGA PATH WITH VIMALA Due to popular demand a yoga taster session is being held at witchford sports and social club on 10th September 2021 All abilities and levels welcome. Booking essential: https://bookwhen.com/yogapathuk www.yogapathuk.co.uk

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ELY'S GOOD MOOD CAFE Exciting News for East Cambs - Ely has it's very own Good Mood Cafe hosted by Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind - CPSL Mind at Prospects Trust Unwrapped on Lynn Road, Mon 12:00-13:30. It's an opportunity to chat to like-minded people, there's no script and no expectations so maybe grab yourself a drink and see what happens? https://www.cpslmind.org.uk/.../good.../ good-mood-cafes/ GO TO: https://bit. ly/3z10OtH TO REGISTER (please note this session is weather dependent)

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ELY REGULAR GROUPS & MEETS DIRECTORY Please send in post lockdown operating information as and when you know it. To update for the next print edition please email: editor@elyimagazine.com before 11th October 2021. means new info since last time

ARTS & CRAFTS The Arts Society - Ely

Meetings: Thurs 16th Sept: ‘Faber & Faber: 90 years of excellence in cover design.’ Toby Faber will be tracing the history of Faber & Faber through its illustrations, covers and designs. Thurs 21st Oct: ‘Through a glass darkly – A study of glass through the eyes of an artist’ Jane Gardiner will be exploring the ways artists from Roman wall paintings to Dutch Still Life works have included glass objects, shadows, reflections and translucency. Email smholgate@outlook.com and you will be emailed the details for payment and links to join. Further details about our society can be found on or facebook page or visit: www.theartssocietyely.org

Ely Arts Society Please check our website for updates about restarting. We hope everyone is keeping well and safe. www.elyartsociety.com email: elyartsociety@gmail.com.

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

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/


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


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


Ely Playford Dance 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

Ely & Littlep't Border Morris Dancers

East Cambridgeshire Access Group

Contact: enquire@elyplayford.org Tel: 01353 440170 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 us. Contact - Shelagh, Tel 01353 777154, email - contact@elriot.co.uk website: www.elriot.co.uk) www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 47

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


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 We are Ely and District u3a. “ Live, Learn, Laugh” We are part of a national movement for people no longer in full-time work, providing the opportunity to continue the pleasure of learning and sharing knowledge and activities. We hold a general meeting , usually with a speaker , at 2.30 on the first Tuesday of each month (currently on Zoom and YouTube, otherwise in the Countess of Huntingdon Church, Chapel Street) and we have a considerable range of interest groups from card craft to canasta, from badminton to book groups. New members and visitors are welcome. Annual fee is £8. More information can be found via our website htttp://u3asites.org.uk/ely

Ely Lifelong Learners Ely Lifelong Learners offers an 8-week course on Women Gardeners by Andrew Sankey. It aims to redress the balance and the fact that men generally had the upper hand in gardening. The course looks at 5 vastly important women gardeners, their gardens, design work and influence on today's gardens. To include Gertrude Jekyll, Ellen Willmot, Norah Lindsay, Vita Sackville-West and Beth Chatto. Other recent women will be included as time allows! Venue: The Countess Free Church, Chapel Street, Ely. CB6 1AD (parking for blue badge holders only) Begins: Wednesday 15th September 10:30am - 12:30pm Course fee: £50 Payment by cheque only. Pre-booking preferred. Contact: Anne on 01353 662712 or at awarham575@btinternet.com


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. 48 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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

Ely Community First Responders Contact Emma Greaves 01353 614794 / Elycfrs@virginmedia.com / Facebook.com/ ElyCommunityFirstResponders/

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

Ely Litter Pickers A recently established voluntary group dedicated to helping keep Ely litter free and looking its best. Ely Litter Pickers loan litter picking equipment, offer advice and safety tips, organise group litter picks, supply bin bags and labels, as well as liaise with the council. Some group members have chosen to ‘adopt’ local roads areas but there is no obligation to do so. Pick as little or as often as you want – it all helps! A rewarding and fun activity for all ages, to find out more search ‘Ely Litter Pickers’ on Facebook or contact elylitter@gmail.com / Brian Calvert 07974 082868.

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

Ely (and district) Wood Green Fundraisers A group for animal lovers who would like to raise funds to support Wood Green and the pets and owners we support. All are very welcome. If interested please get in touch. Beth Twite 07966775455 e: Bethany.twite@ woodgreen.org.uk

Friends of Jubilee Gardens *NB No experience needed - General tidying up & gardening in Jubilee Gardens. We meet at Jubilee Gardens for Working Parties. We are a friendly, welcoming group who enjoy being outside, tidying and gardening Jubilee Gardens! For more details, contact: The Subscription Secretary Judith Lockyear plockyear@hotmail. co.uk Website https://jubileegardensely.org.uk

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

Inner Wheel Club of Ely The Inner Wheel Club of Ely has been active in the local area for over 70 years. We are a social group meeting monthly and our objects are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international

understanding. Please contact Mrs Sallis-Browne on 07737341648 for further information.


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

Rotary Club of Ely The Rotary Club of Ely is part of a world-wide organisation, promoting fellowship, whilst helping charities all over the world, but especially at home. Despite being unable to meet face-toface this Rotary year, we have donated nearly £6,000 to twelve charities, eight of which have been local. Club members enjoy participating in local events, as well as organising them, such as Aquafest which we hope to hold again in 2022, and the Father Christmas Collections which will happen again this December, taking the sleigh round Ely. We meet weekly on Wednesdays, alternating between lunchtime and evening, often with a speaker. We are always pleased to welcome new members to the Club, and if you would like to know more, please contact Bill on wshammill49@gmail.com & mobile 07708054473 www.elyrotary.co.uk

Ely Hereward Rotary We have short meetings twice a month and also organise social events and trips out. If you would like to meet us and hear more about what we do, see our Facebook page or contact Janet Porter at j.e.porter@btinternet.com

Littleport & Ely Time Bank We are a friendly group of volunteers who exchange time and skills with members for free. Everyone’s time is equal and everyone has something to offer, whether visiting someone for a cup of tea or designing a website. Join us and get to know people in the community and share your passion or skill. 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 Heartbeat Health Walk 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


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 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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 49

Ely and District Camra

Ely Evening Scrabble Club

E: contact@elyanddistrictcamra.com www. elyanddistrictcamra.com Facebook: @ElyandDistrictCamra Twitter:@ElyBeerFestival

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 For info please contact: Phil 07739 848871 or our website at www.elyphotographicclub. co.uk has a ‘Contact Us’ form

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 a popular annual model railway exhibition in Ely for over 40 years although the last two events had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdowns. Our next Exhibition in Ely is planned for Saturday 22nd May 2022 and we hope to return to normal clubroom meetings this Autumn too. More up-to-date information is posted on the club’s Facebook page and on our website www.elymrc.org.uk so please check those. 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 50 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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.

Friends of Ely Library Friends of Ely Library coffee mornings are now on the 3rd Saturday of each month in the Meeting Room between 10am and noon. September’s planned get together will be on 18th Sept and October’s is on 16th October (subject to CCC rules. Please check on the Friends notice board for any updates) There will also be some books to purchase and there will be some jigsaws about too. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing old and new members

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/ 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 We are an amateur band comprising of Brass and Woodwind players. We get together on Tuesday evenings at Ely College throughout the year. If you are looking for a group to play with, you are welcome to get in touch via the Bandmaster Phil Green 01353 721782, or via our website, www. elyband.co.uk

ELY CHORAL SOCIETY As a large, mixed voice community choir, we hope to resume singing from September working within the current guidelines for music groups. Our usual venue is Ely, St John’s School on Mondays from 7.30pm. If you are interested in joining us, please check our website, facebook page or email our membership secretary. Our first post-pandemic concert is Ely Cathedral on 6th November 2021 when we will be performing a celebration of classic favourites. See Concert Listings. For updates contact: W: www.elychoralsociety.org E membership@elychoralsociety.org T: 07970 956401

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

Ely Folk Club Folk concerts on the “teenth” Wednesday of the month at the Arkenstall Centre, Haddenham with nationally-acclaimed folk musicians/ bands and local support acts. Contact 01353 740999/664706; website: www.elyfolkclub.co.uk

Ely Area Music Centre Contact Cambridgeshire Music: 01480 373500, Email: cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Ely Sinfonia See page 33 for concert information - July 10th 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 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. In person rehearsals resumed in April in the Church Rooms at St. Mary’s Church, Ely. For more details, email youth@elychoralsociety.org Find us on Facebook @elyyouthchoir

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: lpcre@elywildspace.org.uk www.elywildspace.org.uk


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 www.elyimagazine.com | Elyi Magazine | 51

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/

New Connexions @ High Barns

Ely Cathedral

Parish of the Isle of Ely and The Fens

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, Church of England @Isle of Ely School Loving God, Loving People www.christchurchely.org 01353 659 550

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 Countess Free Church Rich Tea Club Offering fun, faith and friendship for adults with learning disabilities plus any carers and friends. We meet once a month, usually on the first Sunday each month 3.30-5pm at 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 07938187907 or see www.countessely.co.uk

Jubilee Church Ely Jubilee Church meets every Sunday morning at 10am at the Beet Club on Lynn Road for worship, teaching, children's work and fellowship. We also meet mid-week evenings in smaller groups. Part of the Relational Mission family of churches, Jubilee Church seeks to love God, love people and love 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 52 | Elyi Magazine | www.elyimagazine.com

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 A parish — without walls or borders — of the Open Episcopal Church serving The Fens. We are open, accepting of all, affirming, non-judgmental, offering the sacraments to everyone with unconditional love. We meet everyone where they are, and love them as they are! Please get in touch for sacraments; all types of blessings, including houses, boats, etc; reconciliation and healing; life (and death!) celebrations, markers, and milestones, such as anniversaries, mixed and same-sex partnership blessings, renewal of vows, etc. https://www.facebook.com/isleofelyandthefens email: FatherDavidGoode@gmail.com

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 A church for all generations. Everyone welcome. www.stmarysely.org 01353 659 550 - 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

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 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/


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

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 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 City Women’s Institute We are re-opening to in-person meetings! We will be meeting at 7.30 pm on: 11 Oct: try it evening: painting with Stuart Green 8 Nov: annual meeting, speaker to be confirmed 13 Dec: speaker to be confirmed Please contact us for more information by email: ruth.g.sindall@btconnect.com Or find us on facebook: https://www.facebook. com/ElyCityWI/ Or view our website: https:// wielycity.wixsite.com/home (to be updated soon)

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 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 We have resumed meetings as from the 3rd August and our new venue is The Methodist Chapel 13-15 Chapel Street Ely CB6 1AD . From Chapel Street it is the side entrance or from town the gate in St Mary’s Car Park, this probably is the best way. New members are welcome to attend and if you have any questions please contact the Social Sec' at peterandjudy@nancollis.plus.com 2021 Autumn/Winter Programme Aug 3rd-General Meeting and get together Aug 17th-No Meeting Sept 7th-AGM & Cromwell, Hero or Villain Sept 21st-Cyber Crime Cambs Police Oct 5th -Big Ships Deep Water Story of the Great Liners Oct 19th-Climate change effects on Flora / Fauna / Bewick’s Swan Nov 2nd-The Slave Trade Nov 16th-Folding Back the years Music of the 60’s (Partners Welcome) Dec 7th-Christmas Lunch Partners Welcome


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

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must be booked in advance. Please see the notice board or contact the Manager for full details. Tel: 01353 662029 / 07376 404495 email: beetsecretary@gmail.com

Ely Sailing Club

City of Ely Bowls Club

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

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

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

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

Ely City Hockey Club www.pitchero.com/clubs/elycityhockey Tel: 07815 905288, Facebook: Ely City Hockey Club, Twitter: @ElyHockeyClub

Ely Vikings Korfball 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

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

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www.elysailingclub.org e: training.elysc@gmail.com

ESC Model Yacht Fleet Ely Squash Club Tel:01353 662156 www.elysquash.mycourts.co.uk

Ely Table Tennis Club Prickwillow Village Hall – every Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.25pm and 8.35pm – 10.00pm. Fee per session: £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for under 18’s for a 1.5hr session. Littleport Leisure Centre – every Thursday 7.00pm – 7.55pm and 8.00pm – 8.55pm. Fee per session: £4.00 adults, £2.00 under 18’s fora 55 minute session. For info on restrictions and group numbers, please contact Club Secretary Karen Byford at elytabletennis@gmail.com or visit the website www.elytabletennis.co.uk

Ely Tennis Club www.elytennisclub.co.uk.

The Ely Walking Group 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


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

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.

Ely Death Café

Sing! Together

Ely Dementia Group

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

Care Network Cambs Supporting Volunteers, Encouraging Independence, Developing Good neighbour projects. Tel: 01954 211919 email: volunteering@care-network.org.uk Website: www.care-network.org.uk twitter @CareNetworkCamb Facebook: Care Network Cambridgeshire

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

Ely Baby Bank The Chicken Shed, 78 Mildenhall Road, Fordham CB7 5NR. Tel:07715 908024 Email: thesofachurch@gmail.com Opening times: Tues 10-2 / Thursdays 10-2 Out of hours by appointment only Our volunteers can deliver if you can't travel to our base. We can collect items but would love it if you could try and get them to us please. Donation drop offs- Monday- Saturday: 78 Mildenhall Road, Fordham, Ely, CB7 5NR 1 Gault Cottages, Chettisham CB6 1RU 22 Little London Road, Isleham Ely Baby Bank is starting to grow and we would love your help with donations. These will be used for storage costs and also to top up on items we are low on, especially formula and nappies. We are very grateful for your support. Donate online: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/ ely-baby-bank/donate

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. Contact Julie Day on Ely 612369 or 07968739406

Ely Foodbank 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

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

Rich Tea Club Offering fun, faith and friendship for adults with learning disabilities plus any carers and friends. We meet once a month, usually on the first Sunday each month 3.30-5pm at 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 07938187907 or see www.countessely.co.uk

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

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ELYi BUSINESS DIRECTORY ENTRY TO THIS DIRECTORY IS FREE FOR ANY LOCAL BUSINESS DURING 2021 PLEASE SEND YOUR DETAILS IN TO: editor@elyimagazine.com if you would like to feature. ADVERTISING The Elyi Magazine, Reflecting the richness of Ely Life,

ELECTRICIANS Ely Electrical Services, Electrical Installations and

01353 722568, editor@elyimagazine.com

lighting design, 01353 668994, graham@elyelectricalservices.co.uk TW Electrical Ely, Electrical Installations & repairs, 01353 862900, info@twelectrical-services.co.uk

AERIALS BM Aerials, All aerial, Satellite & TV work undertaken, 01353 863922, bmaerials@gmail.com

ANTIQUES Cloisters Antiques, Antiques. Picture Framing, Gallery, Book Shop, Record Shop, lonsdalecb7@gmail.com 01353 668558, 077678816677

BEAUTICIANS Cloud 9 Beauty, Feel relaxed & confident in your own skin, 01353 662548, www.cloud9beautytherapy.co.uk

BICYCLE REPAIRS J T Cycles, All Bicycle servicing & repairs, 01353 667627, jerrytcycles@hotmail.com

BUILDERS D Silcock Construction, Your local Builders, 01353 862400, office@dsilcockconstruction.co.uk Paul Barrow Builders, New Builds, Extensions & General building work, 01353 699197, paul@paulbarrowbuildersltd.co.uk

BUSINESS SERVICES Truth HR Solutions, Helping solve people problems in your business, 07941 342 574, info@truthsolutions.co.uk

FENCING COLOUR FENCE, Maintenance free metal fencing, 01353 930 024, www.colourfencecambs.co.uk

FINANCIAL SERVICES Absolute Sense, Independent Financial Advisors, 01353 880 033, generalenquiries@absolutesense.co.uk, https://www.absolutesense.org SPA Mortgage Broker, Mortgage and Insurance Specialist, 01353 650445, aireysp@aol.com CB25 Accountancy , Accountancy Service covering everything your business needs, 07803 782423, info@cb25accounting.co.uk

FISHING THE TACKLE SHOP, Fishing Tackle for every discipline & budget, 01353 645197, fishing@thetackleshopely.com

FITNESS The Pole Shed, A Dance studio, built specifically with pole and aerial fitness in heart and mind, thepoleshed@ gmail.com, www.thepoleshed.com

CARE HOMES The Orchard Care Home, person-centred residential

FLORISTS Thatch & Roses Flower Studio, Flowers for

and dementia care, 01353 372036, orchards@greensleeves.org Vera James House, Nursing home in central Ely, 01353 661113


CATERING Just 4U Cakes by Clare, Award Winning Professional Cake Artist Pymoor, Ely, just4ucakesbycmm@gmail.com

The Little Mobile Bar Company, https://www.thelittlemobilebarcompany.co.uk/contact, cheers@thelittlemobilebarcompany.co.uk

CELEBRANTS Jacqueline Ogden Celebrant, weddings, baby namings, Funerals, Bespoke ceremonies, jacquelineogden@hotmail.com

CLASSES (CHILD) KD Academy, Be Bold, Be Creative, Be you! 01353 725 026, info@kdacademy.co.uk Tumbletots, Your Child's Springboard to Confidence, 07523 962 484, sharon.bubb@tumbletots.com

CLASSES (ADULT) BIODANZA, Dancing and Moving to Inspirational World Music, biodanza.eastanglia@gmail.com

CLEANING DMAK OVEN CLEANING, Ovens, Hobs, Exractors, Microwaves, BBQs, 01353 864685, dmakcleaning@ outlook.com

COMPUTER REPAIRS GP4PC, small business & home computer support and repairs, 01353 612105, www.gp4pc.co.uk

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any occasion. www.thatchandroses.com, orders@ thatchandroses.com, 07500877972

Reeds, 01353 669754, info@reedshomestore.co.uk, www.reedshomestore.co.uk

GARAGE DOORS Garolla Garage Doors, Made to measure roller garage doors, 01353 930 124, www.garolla.co.uk

GARDEN ITEMS Cabin Viva, Bespoke Garden Studios, www.cabinviva.co.uk,

Cambridge Hot Tub Hire, Professional service offering hot tub hire for any occasion, 07799 674 411, enquiries@cambridgehottubhire.com

GARDEN SERVICES Artificial Grass Cambridge, We install top quality artificial grass, info@articialgrasscambridge.co.uk, 01354 654 422 M Evans Landscapes, Landscaping, Fence Repairs, turfing, hedge cutting and more, 01353 969 388, m.evanslandscapes@gmail.com

GARDEN MACHINERY Fenland Spirit Services, Lawnmower sales, Servicing & Repairs, 07753 836 499, fenlandspiritservices@gmail.com G & J Pecks Ltd, Quality farming and garden machinery, 01353 664515, esales@peck.co.uk SDK Engineering, Machinery Repairs & Maintenance, 01353 699020, www.sdkengineering41.com

GIFTS Hampers for every occasion, Bespoke hampers made to order, 07394 463226 hampersforeveryoccasion@gmail.com

HEALTH SERVICES Ely Ear Care, Highly experienced Registered General Nurse with a specialist interest in Ear Care, 07984 831 177, www.elyearcare.co.uk The Village Foot Clinic, Foot Care, 07909 943 171

HOME FURNISHINGS Ely Interiors, Cabinet making,furniture restoration, professional spraying and many more, 01353 659005, http://www.interiorsofely.co.uk Langtry Furniture , bespoke, handmade fitted furniture, 01353 725380, www.langtryfurniture.co.uk

HOME HELP The Happy Helpers Company, Helping people experience happiness in their everyday lives., 01353 967170, http://www.thehappyhelperscompany.co.uk

HOME IMPROVEMENTS Complete Kitchens Specialists in quality German kitchens, 01353 860879, info@completekitchensely. co.uk, http://www.completekitchensely.co.uk Dream Doors, Save time and money with us, 01353 659825, cb@dreamdoors.co.uk Frames Conservatories Direct, Transform your conservatory into and extension, 01353 809719, www.fcdhomeimprovements.co.uk

Magical Interior Renovations, Bathrooms and Kitchens, plumbing repairs,wall movement and loft conversions, 01353 664044, magicalinteriorrenovations@gmail.co.uk Projects4Roofing, Enjoy your conservatory all year round, 01638 507730, info@projects4roofing.co.uk Valley Roofing, Roofing Specialists, 01638 713825, sean@valleyroofing.uk

HOME MAINTENANCE Ben Robinson, Gardening & Property Maintenance, 07827 468 835, bmr-repairs@outlook.com Clean Driveway, Cleaning, re-sanding, repairs and sealing your driveway, 01353 886531, contact@clean-driveway.com Ely Home Maintenance bringing quality work to the local community for 20 years, 07824 878 690, mr.alto@live.co.uk Turn to Ted, Friendly, reliable business, 07967 796 992, turntoted@btinternet.com

HOME STORAGE Stretham Storage, Secure and affordable storage near Ely, 07506 022 347, rachel@harv.co.uk

HOMEWARES Cutlacks, 19 / 21 Forehill, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AA, 01353 662881, elysales@cutlacks.co.uk, www.cutlacks.co.uk/home.aspx

LEISURE SERVICES Fish and Duck marina, Moorings and Boat Hire, 01353 648081, https://www.fishandduck.co.uk

LESSONS Christopher Budd, Bass guitar lessons, 07729 114 173,

Karen Setchfield, Classical Guitar Lessons, karensetchfield07@gmail.com Lyons Languages, We offer classes in English Language, Italian and Spanish, and English Study Holidays, 01353 610738, info@lyonslanguages.com Spanacademy, Online Language Lessons, 07522 504 729, info@spanacademy.co.uk

LOCKSMITH Bargate Master Locksmith, 24hr emergency call out service, 07872 169 428, paulbarham@btinternet.com

MOTOR SERVICES Gem Tyres, 01353 665094, sales@gemtyres.co.uk Winthorpe Ltd, MOTs, Servicing, Welding, Recovery & more, 01353 968042, www.winthorpe Ltd.co.uk, Rejuvenate, Vehicle Detailing Service, 07974 638601, http://www.rejuvenate-detailing.co.uk

PET SERVICES ANIMATE PET SERVICE, a helping hand to balance busy lives with the needs of your pet, 07821 436 790, animatepetservices@gmail.com, www.animatepetservices.co.uk/ Jurassic Bark, The Littleport Pet Shop, 01353 863883, info@jurassicbark-online.co.uk, www.jurassicbark-online. co.uk

PLUMBING & HEATING Nick Baker Plumbing, All aspects of Plumbing & Heating work are undertaken 01353 777 741 LNW Plumbing, For all your plumbing & heating needs, 07960 222 388, lnwplumbing@gmail.com Mark Bennett, Plumbing and Heating Services, 01353 862054, 07775 832 894 Port Plumbing, heating, bathroom and electrical supplies, 01353 860093, info@portplumbing.co.uk

PRINTING ClanPress Ltd, , 01553 772737, info@clanpress.co.uk PROBATE SERVICES Church Street Probate, Specialist in probate, estate administration & grant of probate, 07594 602 444, info@churchstreetprobate.co.uk, www.churchstreetprobate.co.uk

SKIP HIRE ELLGIA, For the best deals in skip hire, look no further, 01353 688354, www.ellgia.co.uk

THERAPIES Karin Marianne Lang, Kinesiology Emotion Code Practitioner, 01353658505, www.karinmariannelang.com, MARIAS THERAPIES, Complementary and massage therapies, 07395 132 012, www.mariasmassage-ely.co.uk

Naturally Healthy Colonics, Colon Hydrotherapy Detoxification, 01353 968511, caroline@naturallyhealthycolon.co.uk, Real Life Therapy, Heart-Centred Coaching from the Mind, 01353 664920, realifetherapy@gmail.com

TOY SHOPS City Cycle Centre Toy Dept , Your friendly city toy shop, 01353 663131, toys@citycyclecentre.com

WELDING Tig-aTak, Specialising in Aluminium, Steel & Repairs, 01353 667627, jerrytcycles@hotmail.com


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ENGLAND’S CATHEDRALS MATTER: NEW RESEARCH R CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THEIR LOCAL EC A new report has highlighted the hugely positive economic and social impact England’s cathedrals have on the cities and communities they serve and the effect the pandemic has had on their contribution.

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The report, issued this week, states that in 2019, England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals contributed £235m to their local economies. They provided 6,065 jobs full time equivalent jobs and volunteering posts for 15,400 people who gave 906,000 hours of their time. Collectively, they welcomed more than 14.6 million visits, 308,000 by schoolchildren for educational events, and 9.5m from tourists. In the same year, England’s Cathedrals hosted a rich programme of arts, music, heritage and culture – amounting to 9,580 events equivalent to two every three days – as well as providing the venues for film shoots such as The Crown, Doctor Who and Avengers:Endgame.

The report also emphasises the roles Cathedral play socially, responding to local need by running foodbanks, support groups for the more vulnerable, the unemployed, the homeless, outreach activities in schools, residential homes and hospitals, parent and toddler groups, and community cafes. Over two thirds of cathedrals are part of the A Rocha Eco Church programme, including Ely who achieved their Silver status, towards helping the Church of England achieve its carbon reduction targets by 2030.




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REVEALS CATHEDRALS’ CONOMIES AND COMMUNITIES. In 2019 Ely Cathedral welcomed over 200,000 visitors, 9000 school children. The building also provided a venue for over 40 concerts and recitals, hosted an original Banksy, put on a month long Science Festival which included the spectacular installation of Luke Jerram’s Moon, accommodated a special exhibition by The Embroiders’ Guild and accommodated several TV crews including Salvage Hunters. The Very Revd Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely said “We whole heartedly welcome this report which highlights the relevance of Cathedrals, both as places of worship and reflection, in addition to their role within the community. We all have a responsibility to support the social and economic progress in our regions, but that can be hard to measure. It is encouraging that the data shows the meaningful contribution Cathedrals make, and how much we have all evolved since the last report in 2014". The report also collected evidence on the impact of COVID-19 - which saw Government mandated closures and restrictions on gatherings - reveals visitor numbers slumped by 75 per cent compared to 2019, visitor spend was down proportionately, and over 70 per cent of cathedral staff were furloughed. The research continues, stating that the fall in visitor numbers has had a significant effect on cathedrals’ income levels, particularly those cathedrals more dependent on the visitor economy. It also found a significant fall in cathedrals’ average non-visitor income, driven by a reduction of almost 80% in income generated from the use of cathedral facilities. Closure and restrictions on congregation size also meant fewer people attended services in the cathedral leading, inevitably, to a drop in congregational giving. On the positive side, the research also found that COVID-19 had given rise to new pastoral and creative opportunities. While 75 percent of cathedrals’ existing social projects stopped due to closures and restrictions, new services like social support groups developed. In addition Cathedral’s welcomed the opportunity to live stream services online and each Cathedral, on average, provided two Sunday services and six midweek services. Ely fully embraced digital worship which resulted in a congregation that more than quadrupled by accumulating an online worshipping community from people all over the world. ABOUT THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF CATHEDRALS IN ENGLAND The Economic and Social Impact of Cathedrals in England was produced by independent research consultancy, Ecorys, for The Association of English Covid effect: Cathedrals to show how cathedrals use their assets to promote mission and In 2019 contributed In 2019 cathedrals £235 million to their activity accounted for well-being. This latest local economies 6,065 jobs 7% 6% 6,065 £235 m research builds on previous

England’s 42 cathedrals...

majority of cathedrals furloughed over 70% of staff

£107 m


studies of 2004 and 2014 and continues to prove that cathedrals successfully provide a multitude of community focussed services alongside worship. It enables cathedrals to demonstrate their social and economic impact as good stewards of their buildings, their history, their musical and spiritual inheritance, and, as good servants of their communities, to the wider church, local and national government, and other stakeholders.


Direct cathedral spend

on 2014

Visitor related spend

£128 m

Directly employed

Local visitor spend related



growth on 2014


In 2019 visitor related cathedral income was £52 million




growth on 2014

In 2019 cathedrals received 14.6 million visits tourists attending events

14.6 million visits

9.5 m

school children

Covid effect: Covid effect: grant income rose by over 10% with new coronavirus grants from government, Church Commissioners and independent trusts

£5m went to the 10% most deprived areas in England

Covid effect: 2020 tourism visits down 75%

4.8 m

Covid effect: worship services moved online, with cathedrals providing an average of two Sunday and six midweek services

Covid effect: 2020 visitor income dropped significantly

Cathedrals received at least 96 CRF and HEF awards totalling £27.8m.

In 2019 15,400 volunteers helped cathedrals and donated 906,000 hours (equivalent to 500 FTE) Most common volunteering tasks were welcoming visitors and assisting at services; other volunteer roles include providing guided tours, flower arranging, bell ringing, and admin support.

Source The economic and social impacts of England’s cathedrals 2021. Ecorys

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