Littleport is undergoing its very own Random Act of Kindness this morning as about 50 plants have been numbered and distributed around the village along with a message of happiness.

Many port residents have taken to the Facebook group “Littleport Notice Board” this morning to express their delight at finding one these plants including Donna who message said “Every Flower Must Grow Through Dirt” which has been a much-used inspiration quote.

On the back of each of the messages, it says “A little gift from me to you…. Please take me home – I have a number under my pot. If you can please post your find on Social Media”

Other messages include, “Even the prettiest flower will die one day. It’s nature’s way of teaching us that nothing lasts forever” and “Let Your Dreams Blossom”.

Did you find a plant in Littleport this morning? We would love to see a photo.

 

Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie?

Are you the host with the most? Can you serve up some posh nosh to strangers? Know the difference between a ceviche and a quiche?

Most importantly – can you keep cool when things heat up (both in and out of the kitchen)?

Picture: Patrick Moore
Picture: Patrick Moore

The makers of hit TV reality show Come Dine With Me have today served up a final call for male contestants from Ely, Cambridge, Newmarket, Chatteris, March, St Neots, Peterborough, Stamford, Bury St Edmunds and surrounding area to apply.

To apply email alarnnah.cannon@itv.com with your contact number, area and age.

Picture: Izvor Simonoviæ
Picture: Izvor Simonoviæ

If you’re a female foodie and would like to take part, they area also looking for women from the areas mentioned above. Simply email cdwm@shiver.tv with your number, area and age.

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Come Dine with Me first aired in the UK in 2005. It was produced by ITV Studios until 2013, when Shiver Productions took over.

The BAFTA nominated hit show sees amateur culinary show-offs from across the UK putting their hosting skills to the test.
Over the course of a week, contestants take turns cooking for several strangers in a battle to win £1000.

Children at King’s Ely Acremont turned into mini crime scene investigators under the watchful eye of a local PCSO.

Year 1 pupils at King’s Ely Acremont entered one of the classrooms to discover a Goldilocks and the Three Bears themed ‘crime scene’. Someone had stolen the porridge and the curious youngsters were tasked with searching for clues to try and determine who may have committed such a ‘crime’!

Local PCSO Deronal paid the school a visit to support the children with their investigation, giving them plenty of tips on what sort of clues to look out for, such as fingerprints and footprints. After completing a thorough search, the children then headed outside to see the police car that PCSO Deronal had arrived in and, much to their delight, were able to hear the siren and see the blue lights flashing. Pupils and staff will now be making ‘wanted posters’ and liaising further with PCSO Deronal in a bid to track down the porridge thief.

New terms at King’s Ely Acremont always start with a ‘wow’ day to introduce a new topic: a stimulation that inspires curiosity and fires a child’s natural interest and enthusiasm. Learning is brought to life throughout the term with the help of hands-on experiences, visits from experts and exciting trips. As a result, our pupils develop learning habits which stick with them throughout their King’s Ely journey, taking great pride in their achievements along the way.

Interim Head of King’s Ely Acremont, Celia Etchegoyen, said: “PCSO Deronal inspired the children from start to finish. She encouraged them to investigate the clues left at the crime scene to help them discover that it was Goldilocks who had stolen the porridge. A wonderful day was had by all!”

To find out more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit www.kingsely.org.

 

Hate crime is nationally on the rise – but rather than challenge perpetrators, police advise witnesses to focus on the victim instead.

Sergeant Phil Priestly, of Ely Police Station, told Spotted in Ely that the best plan of action was to “empathise and be compassionate towards the victim”, rather than be drawn into an argument with the person responsible.

“By reaching out to the victim, you’re making them feel more secure. You’ll be showing that you don’t have any allegiances to the terrible views and opinions that are being expressed and it helps to calm that victim down and make them feel safer.”

Although witnesses may be tempted to record hate crimes on their phones, they should always put their own safety and the safety of the victim first, Sgt Priestly said.

He advised that victims and witnesses should report offences immediately to police, and that tackling hate crime was a priority for Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Sgt Phil Priestly and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Coles

A hate crime is any offence motivated by the perceived identity of the victim.

It could be based on their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, religious beliefs and affiliations. It could be crime targeted at people with disabilities, especially hidden conditions, Sgt Priestly said.

“You get instances where people can be quite cruel towards children.”

He had dealt with a number of incidents where youngsters with autism or ADHD were verbally abused and called “naughty”, he said, adding that more “empathy and compassion” was needed.

The Ely sergeant was taking part in a special event at Ely Market today to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The event was also attended by local firefighters and staff from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

A Home Office report released today showed that nationally the number of complaints regarding racist or religious abuse recorded by police had jumped by 41% in July – the month after the UK voted to leave the UK.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Coles said: “Since Brexit there’s been a spike in hate crimes across the country.

“There were about a dozen incidents of cards being put thorough the letterboxes of Eastern European residents in Huntingdon.”

While police had dealt with “occasional reports” of alleged hate crime in East Cambridgeshire, the area was generally one in which people lived in harmony together, he said.

“We live in one of the lowest crime areas in the country. We live in a very cohesive community, particularly in our urban areas.”

A former police officer for 30 years, Mr Coles also wanted to reassure residents shocked by news that a neo-Nazi group had recently held a two-day gathering in Haddenham, expressing sympathy with the unsuspecting landowner who was unaware he had rented out his premises to “racists”.

He said that most of the people attended the gathering were from outside the UK, and that Ely had a reputation for being a tolerant place with little crime.

Meanwhile the newly formed group, Ely Community Against Hate, will be holding a stall at Ely Market this Saturday to reassure anyone worried by hate crime.

The Foggy Fens lived up to their name, providing the perfect backdrop to Halloween.

Despite forecasts of clear skies tonight, the morning mist lingered on, giving trick or treaters an extra thrill.

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Here are some of your fabulous Halloween pics.

 

There’s never a Dahl moment at The Lantern School in Ely. Actually on Friday, year two students got to experience a whole Dahl day!

The children were taking part in celebrations across the country to celebrate 100 years since the birth of legendary children’s writer Roald Dahl, the talent behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Matilda, The Witches, The Twits and The BFG – to name just a few!

img_4178Born on September 13, 1916, in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl became a fighter pilot, novelist, poet and screenwriter, selling over 250 million copies across the globe.

As well as writing popular kids’ fiction, including Matilda, The Witches, The Twits and The BFG, he also penned dark adult fiction, including Tales of the Unexpected.

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Many of his stories were illustrated by Quentin Blake, including his hilarious collection of Revolting Rhymes – a poetic twist on classic children’s fairytales.

Special events are being held across Cambridgeshire to commemorate Dahl.

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Earlier this month children at Spring Meadows School and The King’s School in Ely dressed up as their favourite Dahl characters from books including Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach and The Enormous Crocodile.

How many Dahl characters can you spot?

Wayne Prigg has raised over £400 by competing in the Prudential RideLondon 100 which involved cycling 100 miles through London and Surrey for the children’s charity, Living with Reflux (LWR) last Sunday.

Money raised will support Living with Reflux (www.livingwithreflux.org) a charity set up by families of babies and children who suffer from Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux (GOR) and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) to provide support and advice to families experiencing and living with reflux on a day to day basis and to increase awareness of these conditions.

Wayne smashed his target time but completing the grueling 100 mile race in 6hrs 12 minutes, his target being 7hrs.  Wayne said of the race “ I took part not only to help raise funds for the charity but more importantly to help raise awareness of the charity. The charity has supported my niece, Maisie aged 8 from Ely, who suffers from this chronic disease and her family.” Wayne added  “Although saying that it’s still not too late to donate via my Virgin Money Giving Page”

Maisie and her parents travelled down to London so they could cheer Wayne on and watch him pass the finish line just in front of Buckingham Palace.  They also got to meet some of the Charities trustees including Tracey and Gemma to whom they had only communicated with by phone or email previously. “ It was lovely to be able to speak to both of them face to face and thank them for the support and strength the charity has given us through what has and continues to be a really tough time. “ Said Sam Prigg, Maisie’s Mum. “A lot of people do not realise how hard it is for a child suffering from this disease and how it affects them on a daily basis, we really want to help other families access this charity” she added.

 Tracey Guilliatt-Parks, Chairman at Living with Reflux, says:  “We’d like to thank Wayne for generously giving his time to raise over £400 for Living with Reflux.  The funds raised will help us to raise awareness of reflux and continue to provide support to families experiencing this on a day to day basis.”

If you would like to make a donation then please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/wayneprigg

Littleport marketing and PR agency, Emerald Frog Marketing is celebrating five years in business  by holding an online fundraising auction of promises to raise money for five local charities: The Liam Fairhurst Foundation, Little Bundles, Froglife, The Wildlife Trust and Branching Out.

Jo Evans, Director at Emerald Frog Marketing said: “We’ve set ourselves a big challenge to mark our five year anniversary raising money for local charities. Prizes include a flight for three over Cambridge, a Samsung tablet, a signed photograph of Jenson Button as well as numerous other exciting prizes kindly donated by local businesses to raise money. The auction is open to the public for bids, so please help us to raise as much money as possible and grab yourself a bargain or early Christmas present in the process!”

Established in 2010, by business partners Jo Evans and Cheriee Chater,  Emerald Frog Marketing has won several local and national awards and works with clients from a wide range of industry sectors, from start-ups and SMEs through to international businesses and charities.

The charity auction runs for 5 weeks from September 5th until October 9th and is open to the public for bids. Visit www.emeraldfrog.co.uk/5-star-charity-auction to view the full list of prizes and to place your bids.

On 13th July of this year 165 participants smashed all records for The Malcolm Whales Foundation. A combination of 100 + secondary students, post 16 students, a team from RAF Wyton and other willing participants concurred over 40 miles along the South West Coast Path. The Foundation is a charity founded by Damien Whales following the death of his father from Bowel cancer in 2008. The charity raises money to support children and families affected by cancer.

The 165 walkers this year, represents the most participants ever taking part in the walk by a more than a third. The fundraising this year alone is now starting to approach £25,000, making the 9 year total somewhere in the region of £135,000.

The walk along the Jurassic coastline represents a seriously tough physical challenge, whilst at the same time offering some of the most spectacular views this country has to offer. Each year the walk sets off from Weymouth seafront and by Sunday evening we are ready for the sprint finish along Studland beach. Having passed Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and having climbed thousands of feet of coastal cliff paths the team’s sense of achievement and comradery is spin tingling. The blisters and sore feet providing an altogether different set of emotions. For many this is their first taste of charity fundraising on this scale and for most it represents their most significant physical challenge.

The money raised goes to support a number of different charity partners including: Edgars Gift, Climbing Out and The Harry Johnson Trust. We ensure that every pound raised goes directly to individuals to make a difference to their lives.

This year feels like a bit of a watershed moment, the numbers have increased and there was an increase in families and other adult participants. We are beginning to really impact as a charity and our sights are firmly set on bigger and better next year. We are always looking for more participants, donations, interaction on social media, basically more..! Perhaps most significantly we are looking for more worthy causes to support.

To contact us please find us on Facebook @TheMalcolmWhalesFoundation Twitter @MalcolmWhales or via: www.malcolmwhales.co.uk

Damien said “this year’s walk was our biggest and best, what we achieve in one weekend a year lives long in the memories of those participating. It is staggering the amounts we are now raising and when you consider where that money goes and how that impacts on people’s lives, the walk has become an extremely significant annual event, something that leaves everyone involved brimming with pride”

 

 

We’ve released CCTV images of two men we’d like to speak to in connection with a theft from the Co-Op in Littleport.

At about 1pm yesterday (February 1), two men entered the store and used scissors to detach the security tags from a number of bottles of spirits. They left with the alcohol which is believed to be worth about £140.

Anyone with information should call 101