Alison Powell

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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Remembrance Service at Witchford Village College

Witchford Village College is built on the former site of RAF Witchford, in use during the Second World War. Today we held our Remembrance Ceremony to honour the lives lost during the First and Second World Wars and subsequent conflicts. We also honoured those who flew from RAF Witchford and of those the ten men …

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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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Volunteers needed in Ely for Christmas food collection.

Leading charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare are appealing to people in Ely to volunteer to help in the UK’s biggest food collection for people in need. From Thursday, November 21st until Saturday, November 23rd the two charities will be collecting food in Tesco stores across the UK and Northern Ireland during the annual Tesco …

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Television and radio writer inspires King’s Ely students and staff

Writer Richard Pinto – whose credits include The Kumars at No. 42 and Elvenquest – was guest speaker at this year’s James Bowman Lecture at King’s Ely. Richard, who is a King’s Ely parent, talked to Sixth Form students, members of staff, Old Eleans and guests, including the Mayor of Ely, about his fascinating career …

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George Freeman MP guest of honour at Old Eleans’ Club Dinner

George Freeman MP was guest speaker at this year’s Old Eleans’ Club Dinner at King’s Ely. Mr Freeman is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk since 2010. He is a founder member of the 2020 Conservatives group and a member of Bright Blue’s advisory board. The …

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Celebrating our home-grown talent at Babylon Arts

On Wednesday 30th October, Babylon Gallery will open a short, special exhibition of work created by some of its staff and volunteers.  The gallery will host the work of 12 artists; showcasing glassware, photography and paintings, most of them for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support the charity’s work.  Claire Somerville, …

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The Sixteen to perform MacMillan’s globally acclaimed Stabat Mater at Ely Cathedral in the wake of US premiere.

Only days following its US premiere at The Lincoln Centre in New York, Ely Cathedral is to host the highly anticipated performance of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater under the baton of Harry Christophers, and featuring the unparalleled partnership of the Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen. Stabat Mater originated as a 13th-century text depicting Mary’s suffering …

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Outdoor Dance-Circus Show Proves a Massive Hit!

Over 750 people were treated to spectacular performances of the dance/circus show ‘Moon’ peformed by 2FacedDance, in Ely Market Square on 23rd October. ‘Moon’ was presented by The Library Presents, led by Cambridgeshire County Council and was also part of Babylon ARTS’ Leap into Dance project, both funded by Arts Council England. The team worked closely with Ely Markets to put on …

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Get Involved in ‘The Big Conversation’ About How We Shape Our NHS

If you need to be seen by a healthcare professional, would you rather travel further for a specialist appointment, but be seen quicker, or wait longer, but be seen locally? This is just one of the questions that the people responsible for buying NHS services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be asking local people as …

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‘And Then There Were None’ brought to life – and death – by Ely Amateur Dramatic Society

A remote island. A millionaires’ mansion. Ten guests. And then there were none… Ten strangers are brought together to a remote island for a seemingly innocent house party. Each of them hides a dark secret, and one by one they pay the ultimate price for their past mistakes. But who is orchestrating their descent into …

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New traders and exciting activities announced for the 2019 Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas shopping experiences, Ely Cathedral are preparing for the popular Christmas Gift & Food Fair with some exciting new additions for 2019.  Several new traders will make up over 100 handpicked stalls located inside Ely’s magnificent medieval nave. Amongst those to catch your attention as you browse …

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Prize for talented King’s Ely Photography student, Alice

A Photography student at King’s Ely has snapped her way to victory in an annual competition. Alice Edwards, who is in Year 11 at King’s Ely Senior, won the top prize in this year’s ‘Pauline’s Swamp Photography Competition’ with her striking and meaningful image, ‘Grass from the Ground’. Antonio Longo, Head of Photography at King’s …

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Students at Littleport and East Cambs Academy to benefit from £5,000 of DofE Diamond funding

Littleport and East Cambs Academy is delighted to have received a grant of £5,000 from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (the DofE) Diamond fund. The funding will give young people the opportunity to experience new activities and learn new skills whilst completing the prestigious award. The DofE scheme is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading …

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Have Your Eyes and Ears Open to Support Your Neighbours

Residents across the district are being invited to learn how to protect vulnerable members of their community. The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership has organised a Community Eyes and Ears event to help keep vulnerable people safe as well as educate residents on reporting suspicious behaviour. The event, being held at Ely Cathedral in October, …

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King’s Ely Wins National eTwinning Award

King’s Ely has won a prestigious award in recognition of its “outstanding contribution to international school collaboration”. ‘United in Diversity’- a ground-breaking Erasmus+ funded project involving King’s Ely, IES Andrés Vandelvira in Albacete, Spain and College Chaloupe Saint-Leu in La Reunion, France – has secured a British Council eTwinning National Award.  Esmeralda Salgado, Head of …

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Get Online for free in Ely – and win a tablet computer!

Digital connectivity is becoming an essential utility for modern life – whether you use it for work, shopping, socialising or accessing public services. The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, is supporting ‘Get Online Week’, from 14th -18th October, to highlight how people can make the most of internet access and improve their digital …

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Tournament Results for Ely Victoria Badminton Club

Ely Victoria Badminton Club had its best ‘Restricted’ results last weekend. ‘Restricted’ tournaments bring together the counties best players at the beginning of each season. This year was probably our most successful. With the clubs increasing popularity, we also had winners from other counties (Northamptonshire and Norfolk). Results as follows: – Note (players in brackets …

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Carnival Theme for the 2020 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Building on the success of this year’s Isle of Ely Arts Festival, the organisers are busy planning an exciting programme for  June 2020 on the theme of ‘Carnival’. Plans so far include a big community concert in the Cathedral involving lots of children and musicians from local orchestras performing music from The Carnival of Animals, …

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K9 Hydrotherapy Centre Opens in Littleport

October 1st saw the opening of SP K9 Therapy, a local professional therapy and rehabilitation centre for sporting, working & recovering dogs.  This brand new, purpose-built hydrotherapy centre offers a state-of-the-art heated hydrotherapy pool, water treadmill, and a fully qualified team that can provide a combination of hydrotherapy, pre & post-operative physiotherapy, rehabilitation programmes, a …

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Girls get a glimpse of what life is like as an Ely Cathedral Chorister

Girls with a love of music and singing were given the chance to experience a day in the life of an Ely Cathedral Chorister.  More than a dozen girls from across the region – and some from further afield – attended ‘Be a Girl Chorister for a Day’, an annual event organised by King’s Ely …

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Michael Spreads The Recycling Message Around Schools

A new scheme which will see children learn about the importance of recycling has been launched. East Cambridgeshire District Council’s (ECDC) waste team is going on tour over the next two-and-a-half months and will be visiting numerous primary schools to highlight why recycling should be on everyone’s radar. The project was launched yesterday with the …

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Soham Pumpkin Fair 2019

After a challenging week, Saturday 28th September dawned with the promise of little or no rain for Soham. Despite blustery winds, competition entries flooded in throughout the morning as gigantic pumpkins, enormous sunflowers and other various shapes of vegetable arrived at the Recreation Ground. Decorated cakes, floral arrangements, art and poetry were also entered into …

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Littleport Basketball Club opens to Juniors

After over ten years successfully running adult men basketball teams Littleport Basketball Club has decided to start offering children basketball training sessions this year. With some encouragement and support from Littleport Leisure Centre the first training session took place on 18th of September with 11 participants turning up ranging from ages of 5 to 13. Sessions …

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Ely Cadet supporting Charity car wash at Ely Fire Station this weekend

This Saturday Leading Cadet Cameron Hudson From 1094 (Ely) Air Cadets will be putting on a different kind of uniform to help raise funds for the Firefighters Charity by washing cars at Ely Fire Station. Cameron’s Mum and Dad are both full time Firefighters at Ely Fire Station and this Saturday it’s all hands to …

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Pupils have their voices well and truly heard at King’s Ely Choral Day

More than 180 children sang to their heart’s content at King’s Ely’s annual Choral Day. The event, now in its twelfth year, saw music-loving pupils from nine different preparatory and primary schools coming together to sing at King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral on September 17th. Activities for the day were led by renowned conductor and …

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Family Triathlon Raises Money for Teenage Cancer Trust

A 12 year old student from Witchford Village College has raised £1,350 for the East Anglia Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of three Grandparents. For the past 5 years, Oliver Chapman and his family have raised over £4,000 for various charities. Last Saturday the Chapmans completed a sprint triathlon by cycling from Ely to Littleport, …

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Ely Cathedral’s Octagon Tower Turns Orange for World Alzheimer’s Day

Ely Cathedral will be lighting up the Octagon Tower in orange on Saturday evening the 21st September for Alzheimer’s Research UK, in aid of World Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s Research UK’s ‘Share the Orange Campaign’ launched yesterday, with Samuel L. Jackson in support! This campaign’s inspiring the public to think differently about dementia, while positioning the …

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Animal Service to include special ‘Garfield’ tribute

For over 30 years Ely Cathedral has hosted an annual service in celebration of animals. This year there will be a special tribute to one of Ely’s most notable residents, Garfield the cat, who sadly died in July. The author Cate Caruth, who’s published book, ‘What’s That doing there?’, is a collection of short stories …

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New Heads of School, Deputy Heads, Prefects and Heads of Houses appointed

Solomon Boon and Charlotte Wilkinson have been formally installed as King’s Ely’s new Heads of School. Hundreds of people gathered inside Ely Cathedral for the school’s Beginning of Year Service, which saw the incoming Heads of School being robed in their prefects’ gowns. The new Heads of School then robed the Deputy Heads of School, …

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Star of Summer Hit Film – ‘Yesterday’ Himesh Patel Coming to Ely Cinema

Cambridgeshire born actor Himesh Patel, is coming to Ely Cinema on Wednesday 11th September, for Babylon ARTS’ screening of Yesterday – Danny Boyle’s hit film, which stars Himesh Patel alongside Lily James. Himesh has been supporting the Save Ely Cinema campaign, making a short film to help raise awareness. Since launching the campaign in April, …

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LifeLab is Coming! Join Us in September to Make New Discoveries

You’re living in a global centre for new discoveries. In our area, right now, people are finding ways to personalise medicine for each patient, they’re measuring how obesity could affect your children, and discovering new ways to help our bodies fight disease and much more. Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September are your chance to …

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Fen House Brain Injury Unit Fundraising for Outdoor Gym Equipment

Fen House, Brain Injury Unit in Ely is fundraising for outdoor gym equipment. This will support people with rehabilitation following an injury, help to stimulate minds and bodies on the road to recovery. We have a just giving page and are welcoming any donations that you can give to help us achieve our goal, no …

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Ely Runners Beginners Graduate at Littleport parkrun

Graduates from the most recent Ely Runners Beginners course completed Littleport parkrun today. Ely Runners club members and coaches came out in full support of the beginners, who ran superbly, and demonstrated just how far they have come over the last ten weeks. Well done all! For information about Littleport parkrun see: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/ The next …

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