Alison Powell

Ely Cathedral Showcases its Starring Role

A collection of costumes, jewellery, props and memorabilia from major Hollywood films and a Netflix blockbuster will be on display in Ely Cathedral from 1st February to 15th March 2020.  ‘Crowns & Gowns’ will showcase original dresses and outfits from some of the iconic films shot inside Ely’s beautiful medieval Cathedral namely The Other Boleyn …

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A Mother’s Day Pamper Evening in Soham

The Home and School Association at The Weatherall’s Primary School, Soham are holding a Mother’s Day Pamper Evening. Treatments will include Reflexology, Facials, Massage, Crystal Healing, Indian Head Massage, Manicure’s and many more. Treatments can be pre-booked to avoid dissappointment. There will be 20 different gift stalls available to find that extra, little something. There …

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City of Ely Cricket Club News Update

After a successful 2019 season on the field, City of Ely Cricket Club recently had a number reasons to celebrate. At the Cambridgeshire NatWest OSCAs – the Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards, the club were awarded Coaching Club of the Year for Cambridgeshire whilst Club President Brian Leonard was awarded a lifetime achievement award and …

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Residents to Benefit from Extension of Advice and Support Service

From April 2020, residents will have access to a full and extended range of advice services every weekday. East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) recently undertook a review to establish whether continuing a funding grant to Citizens Advice Rural Cambridgeshire (CARC) was meeting its aims to deliver an “excellent service that meets the needs of an …

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Top start to 2020 at London Aquatics Centre for Barracudas

City of Ely Swimming Club are celebrating an amazing start to 2020 being crowned Top Visiting Club at the Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club’s New Year Meet at the London Aquatic Centre.  Swimming at the Olympic pool inspired Ely’s swimmers to win 32 Gold, 21 Silver and 14 Bronze medals and an impressive 152 …

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Charity All In Sound starts new programme of work “Music & Memories” in local care home!

All In Sound are delighted to announce a new partnership with our local new care home The Orchards, Ely. Since April 2018, All In Sound have been running a very busy and successful weekly singing group for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers, and are now expanding their programme of work to …

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New Cadets Enrolled at 1094 Ely Squadron

Seven new cadets were enrolled this week at Ely Squadron by our Squadron Padre Allan Jesson. Other awards presented included; twelve heart start badges and certificates, six blue gliding wings, seven blue leadership badges, eight certificates for representing the Wing at sports plus, Leading Cadet, Senior Cadet and Master Cadet Classifications and last but not …

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WVC visit ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event at ARU

Yesterday, our Year 9 students attended the ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event at Anglia Ruskin University. The event, run by the University Schools Engagement Team, aimed to raise students’ aspirations making University accessible to everyone. The morning started with a tour of the campus with an undergraduate, the first time for most of our students …

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STEM opportunities for WVC students

Twenty Year 9 Engineering students attended an event at Stainless Metalcraft in conjunction with Cambridge University to experience an engineering environment. Working in teams, our students really enjoyed building bridges out of scrap paper in such a manner as to understand how materials work under stress. They competed against each other and an apprentice’s team …

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Temporary Closure of Haddenham Post Office for Refurbishment of Premises

Haddenham Post Office will be temporarily closed for an extensive refurbishment of the premises at, 5 High Street, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3XA. To allow for the work to take place, the branch will temporarily close on Monday 20th January at 5.30pm and the branch is due to re-open on Friday 21st February at 9am. During …

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Prizes awarded to young people across East Cambridgeshire for their creative art works

For the 11th year running, Babylon Gallery is hosting the East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition from Friday 10th to Sunday 26th January.  The exhibition was opened at a special launch party on 9th January, attended by the Mayor of Ely and over 120 children and their family members who came to see the work exhibited.  …

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The Soul and Serenity Fayre – An event to combat the post festive lull

An event to combat the post festive lull – finding your calm! Sunday 12th January 2020 sees a brand new event for Ely – The Soul and Serenity Fayre will bring some of the best Complementary therapists, retailers and mediums to Ely’s scenic riverside. The Maltings will play host to this brand new event between …

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DofE Awards aplenty for dedicated King’s Ely students

More than forty King’s Ely students have been presented with Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award badges.   A total of thirty King’s Ely Senior students have received their Bronze badges and twelve have achieved their Silver DofE, eleven of whom are now working towards their Gold awards. King’s Ely’s latest Silver award achievers …

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Cathedral event in search of ‘would be’ Choristers

In a bid to encourage new recruits for the Choir, Ely Cathedral is inviting children from schools across the region to find their singing voice at a specially organised event on Saturday 18th January 2020. ‘The Chorister Experience’ is specifically aimed at boys currently in years 2 and 3, inviting them to participate in musical …

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Wayne Hollingworth Pondlife Talk at Haddenham Arts Centre

Plant expert to film and TV Wayne Hollingworth will be giving a fun, entertaining and educational talk on Saturday 1st February at 5pm to support Haddenham Arts Centre fundraising campaign to save their wildlife pond. Wayne’s impressive CV includes supplying plants to Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park as well as Chelsea and Hampton Court Show …

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Youth Acts UP – Little Downham Present: Annual Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The cast of Youth Acts UP who are aged 7- 16, will perform a Pantomime written by local Little Downham children’s author Peter Crussell. They will have you laughing and singing to a host of memorable songs and with a few surprises in store you will go away with a fantastic memory. This is their …

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East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition

For the eleventh year running, Babylon Arts and Ely-Hereward Rotary Club are hosting the East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition at the Babylon Gallery in Ely. The exhibition features 10 schools, including the work of over 200 local children and young people, ages 4 – 19yrs. Three prizes of art materials will be awarded in each …

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Cambridgeshire based charity Centre 33 are asking for donations to help young people with their mental health this Christmas

We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for some young people and we want to support them through it. We are asking our supporters to help us raise £3,000 this Christmas to provide counselling sessions for up to 15 young people to help them manage through the festive period. Centre 33 are a …

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Another Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at 1094 Ely Squadron

Congratulations to Ex-Cadet Sergeant Emily Pieters on completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Emily aged out from Ely Squadron this year but continued with completing her Gold Award over the summer into Autumn. For her Residential Emily chose to Sail the west coast of Scotland for a week working as a team on board …

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Scout’s Santa Brings Joy To Fen Villages

1st Sutton Scouts have once again spread festive cheer through fenland villages raising spirits and much needed funds for their new hut appeal. Villagers old and young from Haddenham, Witchford and Sutton were delighted with the vision the group created and thrilled to chat with Santa and be treated with specially made reindeer’s noses. The …

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King’s Barbers release their debut album just in time for Christmas

King’s Ely’s award-winning boys’ a capella group – the King’s Barbers – have recorded and released their first commercial CD.  The Barbers, who were crowned National Youth a Cappella Champions last year, headed to the world-famous Decoy Studios to record their album, which features all of the group’s favourites, including ‘Isn’t she lovely?’, ‘Viva la …

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Waste Collections Set To Change For Homeowners on Private and Unadopted Roads

A district council is proposing changes to some of its waste collections to prevent the risk of spending unnecessary money on damage caused by the disrepair of the area’s private and unadopted roads. At Operational Services Committee on 18th November, East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) members unanimously voted to approve a plan which would review …

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King’s Ely Rugby squad enjoys unbeaten season – and makes school history!

King’s Ely’s 1st XV Rugby team has made school history by winning every single match they played this season.  The squad won all eleven of their games this season, putting them at the top of the UK Schools Rugby League and making them winners of the East Anglia Independent Schools 1st XV Rugby Trophy. Captain …

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Keeping On Top of Christmas Bin Collections

Bin collections across East Cambridgeshire will be changing on a temporary basis during the festive period. East Cambridgeshire District Council’s (ECDC) trading company, East Cambs Street Scene, will be collecting residents’ waste on a revised schedule over Christmas and the New Year. The team will be making some collections before Christmas earlier than the usual …

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Call For Residents To Share Net Zero Carbon Emission Ideas

Residents are being urged to share their ideas on how the district council can protect the environment and cut emissions. In October, East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) joined more than 200 councils across the UK to declare a climate emergency at its Full Council meeting. As a result, the Council has today (Monday 16th December) …

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Ely College students back Labour in ‘mock’ General Election

Following a very successful event run in the 2017 General Election, students at Ely College were once again given the opportunity to have their opinions heard at the ballot box. As part of the college’s PSHE curriculum, all students took part in a ‘mock’ election process, complete with ‘hustings’ visits from each of the South East …

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Students and staff raise £5,000 for the Malcolm Whales Foundation through an amazing 12 Hours of Sport fundraiser

On Friday December 6th, 276 students from Witchford Village College participated in an annual 12 Hours of Sport event. The event raised valuable funds for The Malcolm Whales Foundation, a charity who raises money for those affected by cancer. The students participated in sports from 07:00am to 07:00pm, ranging from Trampolining, Ultimate Frisbee, Festive Run, …

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King’s Ely community throw their weight behind Christmas Foodbank collection

Boxes and boxes of edible goodies have been donated to Ely Foodbank in time for Christmas thanks to community-spirited King’s Ely students, families and members of staff. The ‘Twelve Charitable Days of Christmas’ initiative was spearheaded by King’s Ely Junior and pupils in each of the school’s Houses were encouraged to bring in three different …

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Christmas Tree ‘Lights Switch On’ delights families

Over 900 people attended the Christmas Tree Lights Switch on Sunday 8th December. This special family friendly service represents the official switch on and blessing of the magnificent Christmas tree which stands 32 feet high under the Octagon in Ely Cathedral. The Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney, invited the children to throw …

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Choristers set to sing their hearts out to reach out to new recruits

Ely Cathedral Choristers are set to sing to a number of audiences at concerts and services in December. It is undoubtedly their busiest time of year with Choirs of Ely Cathedral participating in approximately 30 services, concerts and recitals in the three weeks from the Advent Procession at the beginning of the month up until …

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Tesco in Ely Adopt Sunflower Lanyard to Help Customers With Hidden Disabilities

From the 4th December, Tesco will begin providing sunflower lanyards at all of its stores. The move is one of several to promote disability inclusion for customers and colleagues in 2020. Tesco has become a signatory to the Valuable 500 group of companies and pledged to create another 27 Changing Places toilets next year. The …

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Principal of King’s Ely installed alongside King’s and Queen’s Scholars

The Principal of King’s Ely, John Attwater, and twelve new King’s and Queen’s Scholars have been officially installed at a service in Ely Cathedral. The Admission of Scholars’ ceremony saw all of King’s Ely Senior pupils and the Scholars’ proud families coming together in the glorious setting of the Cathedral. The Scholars received their distinctive …

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Where to see Santa in Ely this December

The Rotary Clubs Christmas Charity collection starts this coming Friday 6th December and continues until Friday 20th December between 6 and 8pm. Friday 6th December: Beresford Road starting at St Johns Road end, Kingsley Walk, Alexander Chase, Darwin Close, Collier Close, Brooke Grove, Tennyson Place. Monday 9th December: Cromwell Road, Chief Street, West End (part), Little …

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Achievements Galore for our Local Sporting Stars!

The Annual Living Sport Sports Awards took place on Thursday 28th November to celebrate the amazing sporting achievements within our local community.  The Awards, now in their 14th year, honour sports men and women, coaches, volunteers, young people in sport, schools and businesses. Finalists and winners were treated to an evening of celebration at Burgess …

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It’s all happening at Ely Markets this Christmas

Ely Markets will be hosting a wonderful selection of events in the run up to Christmas – including a Vegan Christmas Fair and traditional festive food and gift markets. In addition to their weekly Thursday Charter Market and Saturday Craft, Food & Vintage Markets, the special festive events begin with a special Vegan Fair on …

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Get ready for King’s Ely Senior production of ‘Made in Dagenham’

Gritty musical Made in Dagenham is being staged at King’s Ely this December.   Students in Years 9-13 at King’s Ely Senior have been busily rehearsing for the production for months and tickets – which are available for members of the public – are selling fast. Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made …

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History Week goes down a storm with King’s Ely Senior students and staff

Students and staff at King’s Ely Senior commemorated the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in style during an action-packed History Week programme. History Week is held at King’s Ely Senior each November and this year the focus was on marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre on August 16th, 1819 – and on the Chartist …

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Oscar Barter, from Ely, is St John Ambulance’s 2020 Cambridgeshire District Cadet of the Year

A 16-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from Ely has won a role as one of the top St John Ambulance Cadets in the health charity’s East region. Oscar Barter scooped the title of the region’s 2020 Cambridgeshire District Cadet of the Year at a recent competition. He will represent his fellow Cadets in Cambridgeshire throughout …

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900 Merry Festive Fun Runners Brought Christmas to Ely on Sunday

A record-breaking number of festive fun-runners took part in Ely Festive 5K on a cloudy but dry morning on Sunday (24th November), starting and finishing in the historic grounds of Ely Cathedral.  So far this year, fun runners have raised £15,204.34 with donations and participant sponsorship still being received. Having crossed the start line in …

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WVC Students visit Anglia Ruskin University

Students from Witchford Village College took part in a Cultural Tester day at Anglia Ruskin University where they had the opportunity to listen to, work with and have hands on experience from individuals involved in different creative industries. This ranged from “Life as a freelance Fashion Photographer”; Graphic Design and photoshop workshops; discovering what careers …

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Wilburton Theatre Group Presents Beauty and the Beast Panto

Its nearly Christmas which means only one thing …… Panto Time!! Wilburton Theatre Group proudly presents a Noda production of Beauty and the Beast, so come and cheer on this great cast by singing loudly and enjoying yourself. Fairy Rose tells the story of a nasty King called Jasper who is trying to take over …

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Christmas Exhibition at The Babylon Gallery

Eduardo Paolozzi  Paolozzi, is one half of our Christmas Exhibition, which also includes Pictarama, Lego ‘still-life’ scenes from artist Sara Amond.  Sculptor and printmaker, Edwardo Paolozzi (1924 – 2005) is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art and this exhibition, curated by Goldmark Gallery, will feature the full range of his print …

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol

This winter, Chapterhouse Theatre Company continues its festive tradition of touring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to theatres, castles, and cathedrals across the UK. Especially adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this show is the perfect festive treat for all ages as the evening start to draw in. On Christmas Eve, the …

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King’s Ely Sixth Formers get their hands dirty in support of local primary school

Community-spirited King’s Ely Sixth Form students used some of their spare time to help with the creation of a new eco-garden at Isle of Ely Primary School. Thirteen Sixth Formers were part of a green-fingered team from King’s Ely who removed a huge area of weeds and prepared the soil ready for Isle of Ely …

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King’s Ely students enjoy “trip of a lifetime” to New York City

King’s Ely Senior students with a passion for art were in their element exploring New York City during half term. Twenty-nine students from Years 11-13 and three members of staff enjoyed what has been described as the school Art Department’s “trip of a lifetime” to the Big Apple. Students visited some of New York’s most …

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King’s Ely Junior pupils send Postcards of Kindness to care home residents

Kind hearted King’s Ely students have been putting pen to paper to help bring cheer to elderly people living in residential and care homes.  Year 7 and 8 pupils at King’s Ely Junior have been supporting the wonderful ‘Postcards of Kindness’ initiative, spearheaded by national care home provider, Your Health Group. The campaign was launched …

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Littleport and East Cambs Academy Strikes Gold for Creative Work

Students and staff at Littleport and East Cambs Academy are celebrating as the school is awarded the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education institutions that champion cultural education. It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. …

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King’s Ely and Norwich City FC RDP partnership scores three-year extension deal

Hundreds more children and young people from across the Ely area are to benefit from the continuation of an exciting partnership between King’s Ely and Norwich City Football Club’s Regional Development Programme (RDP). It was in 2016 that King’s Ely and Norwich City’s RDP joined forces to launch the Cambridgeshire Community Hub Partnership; the first …

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Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair draws in visitors from across the Country

Ely Cathedral and local businesses have been busy making preparations for the annual Christmas Gift & Food Fair taking place this week. Now in its 8th successive year, the event is expected to attract over 16,000 visitors with coach bookings from as far as Leicestershire, The Midlands and the Home Counties. Widely acknowledged as one …

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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 21st 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 …

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Confusion Reigned as Tigers win, but result recorded as a draw

Confusion reigned at the final whistle as Ely Tigers faced Thurston at the Cambridge Commodities Park on Saturday afternoon. After a week off Tigers were back in action looking to keep pressure on the leaders, and again they were forced to back changes to the starting fifteen, in coming was Lory Martin, while Tom Green …

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Ely Photographic Club November Competition

Ely Photographic Club had a record number of entries in their 2nd Image competition of the season on Wednesday 6th November with several new members entering their first competition. Highly talented Judge and photographer Sarah Kelman was on hand to provide valuable feedback to help members develop their photographic skills. There were some fabulous images …

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG joins forces with Diabetes UK to mark World Diabetes Day 

The local NHS is joining forces with Diabetes UK to mark World Diabetes Day 2019 on 14th November. Diabetes UK, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG and partners will be hosting a World Diabetes Day event in Ely Library between 9.30am and 4pm, to raise awareness and to provide guidance to the public about this serious condition. …

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Find Ely Museum at Ely Market on Saturday 9th November

Are you descended from one of Ely’s Territorial soldiers? For nearly one hundred years men from Ely served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment or its forebears and Ely Museum would like your help identifying them in two photographs of the Ely Company. As we approach Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, find Ely Museum at Ely Market …

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Soham Carnival Donate Funds Back into the Community

For the past 66 years the Carnival has been staged every year to raise money to go back into the local community. This year the Carnival raised £6,500 to donate to various Schools, Charities, Clubs and Organisations. Our main beneficiaries this year were Friends of Soham Village College and Soham Food Bank who both received …

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Stained Glass Museum Wins Award For Spotlight & Behind-the-Scenes Tours

The Stained Glass Museum in Ely has won a prestigious award at the inaugural Museums in Cambridgeshire Awards 2019. The museum, located in the south triforium of Ely Cathedral, was the overall winner of the ‘New for You’ award category, for its new free 15-minute ‘Spotlight’ and 20-minute ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ Tours. Since their introduction in May …

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New Community Hub to Reduce The Risk of Homelessness in Littleport

A community hub focusing on the range of life events which can result in homelessness will look at “intervention to prevent the worst from happening”. Littleport Community Hub is being relaunched with the aim of bringing together a range of experts from a variety of organisations, support groups and charities to help individuals from across …

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Little Shop of Horrors takes over the Ely Maltings this November

“Don’t feed the plants!” Experience this beloved cult-classic like never before! Just in time for those dark wintery nights, Campaign Amateur Theatre (CAT) is bringing the much-loved Little Shop of Horrors to the Maltings in Ely this November. Coming to life on stage with a live, nine-piece band, this retro sci-fi comedy musical will have …

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Poppy Collections in Ely with Air Cadets at Tescos Supermarket

Ely shoppers were very generous with their donations and many of those donating the most were ex-service personnel. Cadets took advantage of the RBL’s ability to claim back 25% on top of any donation above £5 by asking those donating to sign a simple form. The British Legion staff were amazed at the amount of …

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King’s Ely Community raises a whopping £34,000 for good causes

A feast of fundraising initiatives has resulted in students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely topping up a total of £34,000 for the school’s charities of the year.   Over the last 12 months, the King’s Ely community has been doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things to raise money for the school’s two …

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Communities Commit to Keeping their Eyes and Ears Open

Members of communities throughout the district came together last week to learn how to support vulnerable people in their local area and spot the signs of suspicious behaviour. The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership held a Community Eyes and Ears convention on Thursday 24th October at Ely Cathedral. The event included speeches from the Lord-Lieutenant’s …

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