Studies Show Mepal Rich in Biodiversity and Ecology as Public Survey Commences

Biodiversity and ecology studies undertaken by East Cambridgeshire District Council have found that the site of the previous Mepal Outdoor Centre is home to several protected and notable species and habitats. These findings have been shared as part of the Council’s public survey for a proposed crematorium on the site, ahead of applying for outline …

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Parking Enforcement Removed in Council’s Town and City Centre Car Park

East Cambridgeshire District Council has once again made the decision to remove parking enforcement in its car parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes, which were also brought in during the first and second national lockdown, will mean that early morning and limited time restrictions will not be enforced in the Council’s town and city …

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Ely Cathedral Receives a Lifeline Grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Ely Cathedral has received a financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help fund repairs during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Cathedral has been awarded the maximum amount of £25,000 for urgent restoration work to the west gable wall of Ely’s much celebrated Lady Chapel. This part of building dates back to …

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Council Relaunches Ideas Forum for Residents Ahead of Next Climate Change Action Plan

East Cambridgeshire District Council is relaunching its Ideas Forum to give residents an opportunity to submit their thoughts on how the council could reduce their carbon emissions and boost the natural environment. The relaunch allows residents to submit their ideas ahead of the creation of the council’s second annual Climate Change Action Plan. The Ideas …

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Volunteer with Babylon ARTS to Help Make the City a Brighter Place

Babylon ARTS is seeking to grow its volunteer team, to help brighten Ely’s cultural offer by supporting its cinema, gallery and events through 2021. Claire Somerville, chief executive of Babylon ARTS explains: “After the challenges of 2020, we’re reaching out to our community, in the hope of finding new volunteers to steward at the cinema …

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Academy’s Non-Uniform Day Raises £882 for Charity Supporting Homeless People

A charity providing help for homeless people in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk has received some Christmas cheers thanks to a kind-hearted donation from Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Staff at the Academy visited The Purfleet Trust to drop off a number of boxes which contained essential items including groceries and toiletries. The boxes had …

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East Cambs Housing Service Recognised as Gold Standard in Midst of Pandemic

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Housing and Community Advice Service is one of a small number of local authorities to have achieved the top ‘gold’ standard of service recognised by the National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS). The team have been working towards gold standard for three years. They achieved bronze accreditation in 2017 and then progressed …

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The 30 in 3 Challenge

Christopher Smith will be running 30 miles in 3 hours for 3 charities read his fundraising story below. “Next Tuesday on December 22nd 2020, I will be attempting to run 30 miles in under 3 hours. This is a fundraising event in aid of three charities:Liam Fairhurst FoundationAlzheimer’s Research UKand the East Anglian Air Ambulance. …

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Cambridge Commodities and Daybreaks offer free kids lunches

Rounding out the year with the same enthusiasm for supporting the local community that has remained at the company’s core since its inception, Cambridge Commodities has partnered with Ely’s favourite sandwich bar, Daybreaks, to provide free lunches to children throughout the Christmas break. This marks the third such effort by Cambridge Commodities in recent months …

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Cambridgeshire Charities Receive Vital Funding from Hopkins Homes’ Charitable Fund

Two Cambridgeshire charities, Lighthouse Ely and Sutton Parish Council, have received a welcome and timely boost towards their support for older and vulnerable individuals this winter, thanks to a donation from Hopkins Homes. Hopkins Homes donated the money to support the charity’s work through its Hopkins Charitable Fund – a half a million-pound fund distributed …

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Changes to Waste Collections this Festive Season

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s trading company, East Cambs Street Scene (ECSS), will be changing collection days on a temporary basis this Christmas. Some residents will have their waste collected earlier than scheduled while others will have their collection dates pushed back. The first earlier services will commence on Saturday, December 19th, instead of Monday, December …

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Ely Air Cadet Awarded the Jean Baker Civilian Gliding Scholarship

Congratulations to Ely Squadron’s Sergeant Soarise McNeil who has beaten stiff competition from all around the country to be awarded the Jean Baker civilian gliding scholarship. Sergeant McNeil will be able to choose a civilian gliding club to attend and the charity will pay for her to train as a solo glider pilot and for …

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AFC Ely’s Return to Action Ends in Another Disappointing Defeat

AFC Ely vs Wicken First Kershaw Junior 4B Matchweek 8 AFC Ely last played on Halloween before their season was halted due to national lockdown. Unfortunately for the Ely-based outfit, there was no sign of a change in fortunes as poor form continued to blight them. AFC Ely’s opponents on Saturday afternoon were Wicken, a …

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Highfield Littleport Academy Pupils to Benefit from a Brand-New Sensory Garden

Highfield Littleport Academy has opened a brand-new sensory garden, providing pupils with a place to learn and relax, following a generous £9,760 donation from St James’s Place Charitable Foundation.  Following the donation, Natalie Pearce and Mary Gambrill, both dedicated Teaching Assistants at the academy in Littleport, near Ely, worked tirelessly throughout the lockdown period to …

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Online Event set to replace the World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Molly Dancers for 2021

The Mark Jones Day of Dance, organised by The Ouse Washes Molly Dancers, takes place every January in and around Ely, attracting Molly Dancers from around the UK, and in 2021 it will be going virtual. It will feature new dances, dances adapted for social distancing, a broom dance competition with celebrity judges and a …

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Generous King’s Ely students donate Christmas packages to Ely Foodbank

Community spirited King’s Ely pupils have donated dozens of shoeboxes filled with festive goodies to Ely Foodbank. Year 12 students in Withburga House, which is one of King’s Ely Senior’s Girl Day Houses, launched their Christmas shoebox initiative earlier this term and set out to fill as many empty shoeboxes as they could with festive …

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District Council Provides Free Christmas Event With Santa for East Cambs Children

East Cambridgeshire District Council is providing two virtual opportunities for children in the district to be able to see Santa ahead of Christmas this year. The district council has organised two one-hour virtual Christmas experiences on Thursday 10th December and Friday 18th December, both taking place at 6pm. Hosted by Santa, the experience will include …

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Christmas Trail Launched to Help Residents’ Wellbeing

East Cambridgeshire District Council has launched a Christmas trail to provide families with an alternative outdoor Christmas activity this festive season. The trail, which is a circular walk starting and finishing at Ely Country Park, involves a set of rhyming festive clues which leads those taking part around the city. Each of the seven clues …

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Babylon Gallery reopens with an Exhibition that invites you to get up close to the art

Suffolk-based artist Helen Murray has produced a new exhibition inspired by the idea of ‘home’ using a delicate and detailed process that has to be seen in-person to fully appreciate. The exhibition is entitled ‘Settlement – In Search of Home’ and runs from 3rd December to 24th January. Claire Somerville, chief executive of Babylon ARTS …

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Ely Cadet raises over £600 for Maggies Charity

Congratulations to Ely Squadron’s Cadet Jake Earl-Clarke who has raised a grand total of £668 for Maggie’s Charity in Cambridge by promising to dye his hair pink. Having obtained the permission of his 1094 Squadron’s Commanding Officer and his School’s Principal, Jake promised to dye his hair pink if he raised £100 for Maggies Charity …

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Exciting new Erasmus+ project for King’s Ely and two European partner schools

King’s Ely students with a love for learning languages and experiencing different cultures are to reap the benefits of a new Erasmus+ project. King’s Ely has secured funding from the European Commission and British Council to deliver ‘The Village’ – a collaborative project involving King’s Ely and two of its partner schools, IES Andrés Vandelvira …

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Witchford Village College Students Impress Artist with Sweet Project

Year 7 students at Witchford Village College, a secondary school on the outskirts of Ely, have impressed well known artist Sarah Graham with their latest art project, after teachers shared colourful images of the project on social media. Influenced by Graham and her impressive photorealism techniques, art teachers at the College set the new Year 7 cohort a project which …

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Bus, Cycling and Walking Feedback Takes Next Steps

Following a district-wide questionnaire to identify bus, cycling and walking routes residents would like to see delivered or improved, East Cambridgeshire District Council is taking the next steps to progress the schemes. Since the questionnaire closed, comments on bus infrastructure have been discussed by the Council’s already established Bus Services Review Working Party and a …

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Council Agrees £750K Funding to Support Potential Expansion of St. Mary’s Practice, Ely

Following unanimous approval from East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Finance and Assets Committee, the council has earmarked £750,000 to the potential expansion of St Mary’s Practice in Ely. The funding allocated to the practice is through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts which the council has received from housing developments that have taken place in North Ely. …

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Ely Outdoor Sports Association launches Go Fund Me Campaign

The car park at Ely Outdoor Sports Association (EOSA) is desperately in need of resurfacing but will cost £45k to do so! Our goal is to fundraise £10k using GoFundMe and other fundraising activities, and then secure government grants and Council support to complete the funding. EOSA is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, that …

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NHS chiefs announce exciting plans for the future of the Princess of Wales hospital in Ely

A three year redevelopment of the Princess of Wales hospital site is planned which will see NHS and social care partners deliver more services for local residents from modern, fit for purpose buildings.  Matthew Winn, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which owns the hospital site, explained: “NHS and social care partners who …

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Ely Air Cadets hold Virtual Modelling Club During Lockdown

As part of the Squadron’s virtual modelling club, during lockdown we have been delivering model kits, paints, brushes and glue to cadets by post. Following online tutorials, some of our younger cadets have been carefully completing their very first model kits. Here are a couple of photographs of a World War II era North American …

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Ely Foodbank and Cambridge Commodities need you!

This year, Team Cambridge Commodities is supporting Ely Foodbank’s Christmas shoebox appeal but can’t do it without the support of the lovely people of Ely. As part of their Christmas shoebox appeal, the Ely Foodbank will be gathering boxes of 10-15 long-life items to ensure that everyone in Ely (and surrounding areas) can celebrate Christmas …

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Ely Cathedral receives vital grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Ely Cathedral is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country who will share £103 million to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites. This life saving boost from the government is part of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.  The funding allocated to …

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Business Discretionary Grant for Second Lockdown Opens Today

East Cambridgeshire District Council is inviting businesses severely impacted by COVID-19 to apply for its discretionary funding from noon today.  The Additional Restrictions Grant, which is in addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grant announced last week, will focus on supporting two priority categories with the central government funding; those businesses legally required to close …

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Ely Cathedral to be lit up in Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Campaign

Ely Cathedral will glow with purple light on 19th November, World Pancreatic Cancer Day, as part of the Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer Campaign. Organised by individuals affected by the disease, the campaign is a way to remember loved ones lost to pancreatic cancer, support those living with and beyond the disease as well as raise vital awareness during …

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King’s Ely teacher’s 100-mile challenge in aid of Armed Forces charity

A teacher at King’s Ely is putting her best foot forward to raise funds for a charity close to her heart. Helen Melville, a Geography Teacher at King’s Ely Senior, is challenging herself to run 100 miles throughout November to not only put her stamina to the test but also raise as much money as …

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Soham Village College parkrun Celebrates First Birthday

Soham Village College parkrun will be one year old on 23rd November 2020. To celebrate this, the Event Directors and Core Team want to encourage a covid-safe celebration! To keep the parkrun community engaged during the pandemic, parkrun came up with the idea of (not) parkrun. The concept is that people can run 5K when …

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King’s Ely community remembers the fallen

Autumn sunlight shone over King’s Ely as students and staff commemorated Armistice Day. Instead of hundreds of people gathering inside Ely Cathedral for the school’s usual Act of Remembrance, King’s Ely marked the occasion with five simultaneous, separate, appropriately distanced outdoor services at different locations around the school campus. Earlier, King’s Ely Junior pupils and …

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Best-selling Author Raises Plight of Endangered Species for #inktober

A best-selling children’s author has doodled 31 endangered animals to draw awareness of their plight as part of a social media drawing challenge. Environmentalist Inbali Iserles, the talent behind the Foxcraft and Tygrine Cat series, regularly takes part in #inktober, an Instagram challenge taking place in October, but this year, she decided to sketch a …

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Witchford Village College fires into action with revamped science labs

Witchford Village College, a secondary school on the outskirts of Ely, has unveiled its three recently renovated on-site science labs, significantly improving science facilities at the school and creating a vibrant and dynamic learning space for everyone to use. Following a successful bid for funding of over £200,000, the work also included the building of the school’s very own large storage …

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Business Grants for Second Lockdown Now Available in East Cambs

Following guidance from central government on its newest COVID-19 business grants, East Cambridgeshire District Council has started contacting businesses eligible for grant funding due the second national lockdown. The Local Restrictions Support Grant has been created to provide support to businesses where the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has required the closure …

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Parking Enforcement Action Removed for Second National Lockdown

East Cambridgeshire District Council has taken the decision to, once again, not enforce early morning and limited time restrictions in its town and city centre car parks during the second national lockdown. The change, which will continue until Wednesday 2nd December, has been made to support residents making essential trips to grocery stores, pharmacies and places …

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