Ely Celebrates it’s Volunteers

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Monday night saw an army of volunteers descend on the Maltings with Mayor Cllr Lis Every to celebrate they work that they do every year on various projects including Ely in Bloom, Christmas Lights and CCTV Monitoring.

Representing the various projects were it’s projects leaders, Mike Collier for Christmas Lights, Ian Newstead for the Switch On, Cllr Alison Arnold for Ely in Bloom and the Allotments was represented by Cllr Richard Hobbs. Due to confidentiality no CCTV volunteers could be present but they were represented on the night by Nigel Clarke.

Volunteers from each project were called up and awarded a certificate and the gratitude of the City.

Mayor Every went on to praise the work of the engineers based at Mildenhall who came down and assisted with the Christmas Lights and plans to visit the base and present their certificates is due to take place later this month.

Further praise was offer to Ely Perspective who assist the City Council on many projects.

A special mention was for Lucy Newstead who turns 18 in July this year. She currently attends Parkside College and hopes to attend Southampton University.

Lis Every went on to say that Lucy is always there to help and often attends community events with her and is a valuable youngster in our community, one many peers will look up to in the future.

While fulfilling her course work, Lucy has completed Gold in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and is now working on her Diamond Award. Her target is only £60 so please be supportive for a wonderful Ely youngster and donate anything you can at https://www.justgiving.com/lucy-in-the-hills-with-diamonds.

Mike Collier then offered his thanks to Lis for all her hard work as Mayor for the past 2 years to which everyone offered a standing ovation.

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The outgoing Mayor receiving a standing ovation

The evening finished with a buffet and free drinks.