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Ely City Crusaders Awarded Funding to Revamp Football Facilities

People living in Ely are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Ely City Crusaders have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to improve the quality of the grass pitches at Ely City Football Club on Downham Road.  The Football Foundation is the UK’s …

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National finals are calling for skilful King’s Ely students!

King’s Ely mathematicians have qualified for the national finals of the UK Team Maths Challenge.  King’s Ely Junior pupils Yanki Ertem and Anna Ost, and King’s Ely Senior students John Lau and James MacGillivray, travelled to The King’s School, Peterborough to compete in the regional finals of the competition earlier this month. Despite fierce competition …

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King’s Ely goes all out to mark British Science Week!

Wacky experiments, fascinating lectures and some VIP guests saw King’s Ely celebrate British Science Week in style. Students and staff from King’s Ely Acremont Nursery right the way through to King’s Ely Sixth Form enjoyed a feast of events and activities to commemorate all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The Science Week programme …

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Community Information on Covid-19 from Ely North and South Primary Care Networks

Information is accurate up to 27th March 2020 As your local GP practices, we are facing our most significant challenge in the history of the NHS. The two Ely Primary Care Networks are working together to provide you with the best care, across the following GP surgeries: Burwell, Haddenham, and Staploe (Ely South PCN); and …

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East Cambridgeshire District Council Coronavirus Response

East Cambs District Council, working with Cambridgeshire County Council as the lead authority of the Local Resilience Forum, is stepping up its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to safeguard the wellbeing of residents, staff, and members.  The Council is taking a number of steps to support residents and keep its services operating. The …

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King’s Ely rowers victorious at National Junior Championships

King’s Ely students were on oar-some form at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships – bringing home two Silver medals. Sixty of King’s Ely’s rowing students travelled to the prestigious Copper Box Arena at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to compete in the Championships. The competition involved around 3,000 Year 7 to 13 rowers from …

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Bronze Leadership Qualified Cadets

Congratulations to four of our Leading Cadets: Finn Pieters, Scarlet Minchin, Thea Poli and Finn Elcombe on passing their Bronze Leadership Award this weekend. As part of the Air Cadet progessive training syllabus cadets attended The Eastern Sector Skills Weekend at Imperial War Museum Duxford the home of 2461 (Sawston) Squadron. Staff from Squadron’s across …

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A Whirlwind Weekend Results in Victory for 1094 City of Ely Squadron

This weekend saw a whistle stop tour of Central and East’s Regions top Squadron’s for Regional Commandant Group Captain Nigel Gorman and Warrant Officer Mark Giddings. In previous weeks each of the Regions Six Wing Commanders had nominated their best Squadron to compete in The Morris Trophy Competition for the best Air Training Corps Squadron. …

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Prizes aplenty for skilful King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral Sixth Form Organ Scholar

King’s Ely Sixth Form student and Ely Cathedral Organ Scholar, Miriam Reveley, has won a haul of prizes in recognition of her organ playing. Miriam, 16, not only passed the examination for the Colleague of the Royal College of Organists (CRCO) – an achievement very rare for someone of school age for whom it was …

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Headteacher Plans School Fundraising Skydive

A local Headteacher is resorting to a fundraising skydive because there isn’t enough government funding for much needed improvements to the school building and grounds. Bridget Harrison will be raising money for The Rackham C of E Primary School in Witchford in July by falling through the air at 125mph from 15,000ft, the highest skydive …

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Council Approves Bus, Cycling and Walking Consultation

A six-week consultation for residents to highlight the key bus services and cycling and walking routes in East Cambridgeshire has been given the go ahead. At the 6th February East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) Finance and Assets Committee, members approved the launch of the district’s bus, cycling and walking consultation which will commence on 9th March 2020. …

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Ely Air Cadet Meets The Princess Royal On a Flying Visit

Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron Air Training Corps Royal Air Force Air Cadets met The Princess Royal last Friday at RAF Wyton. In his role as The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cambridgeshire, Flight Sergeant Donoghue was in attendance at the MAGPAS air ambulance base on the runway of RAF …

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Defeat for Tigers in Suffolk, missed conversions prove costly

Ely Tigers travelled across to Suffolk to play Thurston, and like many games this season there was changes to the starting 15, in came Jim Storey, Luke Cornwell, Ryan Clark & Luke Turner, while Tom Green was missing due to injury picked up against Thetford the week before. Like previous weeks the current gusting winds …

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Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership brings second Innovation Day to King’s Ely

King’s Ely was delighted to welcome pupils and staff from four of its partner schools along to an action-packed Innovation Day. The day, which oozed creativity and entrepreneurial skills, involved dozens of Key Stage 2 pupils from King’s Ely Junior, Isle of Ely Primary School, Mepal and Witcham Primary School, Robert Arkenstall Primary School and …

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King’s Ely students on top form at Microsoft’s DigiGirlz event

King’s Ely pupils were in their element at Microsoft Research Cambridge’s fun-filled DigiGirlz event – and came back to school with an award! Twelve girls in Year 8 at King’s Ely Junior attended the action-packed event with Daniel Everest, Head of Computing and Digital Innovation at King’s Ely Junior. Microsoft’s DigiGirlz programmes are organised across …

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Mental health charity receives bumper cheque from King’s Ely community

King’s Ely has raised more than £1,800 for a charity which supports local people who are struggling with their mental health. The substantial sum was raised through the ‘Memory Baubles Ely’ initiative, which was spearheaded by King’s Ely’s long-serving Head Receptionist, Rosie Holliday, in the run up to Christmas. Rosie launched the initiative to raise …

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Ely Archers Medals Galore at County Championships

Ely Archers managed to collect a total of 18 medals at the annual Jolly Archers competition at St. Ives on Sunday 9th February. This archery competition also incorporates the Cambridgeshire County Indoor Championships. Ely Archers had 9 archers in attendance with 7 of them coming away with at least one medal. Harry Tapp from Ely Archers …

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Ely Squadron’s Flight Sergeant Shortlisted for Westminster Award

Congratulations to Ely Squadron’s Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue who has been shortlisted for the Westminster Award and now moves forward to the next stage in selection for this tri service national award. The CVQO Westminster Award is an annual competition designed to recognise and reward the most deserving CVQO learners. CVQO is a UK education …

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Babylon Gallery has been Submerged!

On Saturday 1st February, Babylon Gallery opened their new environmental exhibition, ‘Submerged’ and invited visitors to create their own creatures to add to the underwater scene. The gallery had over 130 visitors in the first weekend and, with submissions from local schools, including the art club at Ely St. Mary’s Junior School, the shoal of …

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City of Ely Swimming Club 2020 County Swimming Report

City of Ely Swimming Club has once again produced impressive results at the Cambridgeshire ASA County Swimming Championships held over the last few weeks in Whittlesey and Cambridge. There were individual placings for Maximilian Veiga was crowned Top 13 Year Old Boy and Georgia Holgate came 2nd in Top 13 Year Old Girl and Daniel …

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Exciting Erasmus+ project involving King’s Ely and three European schools gets underway

Students with a love for learning languages and experiencing different cultures are reaping the benefits of a new Erasmus+ project involving King’s Ely and schools in Italy, France and Turkey.  King’s Ely has recently hosted the first student exchange element of ‘RISE the Life’, an exciting new, two-year Erasmus+ funded programme involving three partner schools …

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Ely Photographic Club Members Print Competition

Ely Photographic Club members excelled in their 3rd Print competition of the season with members travelling the globe to capture some great images. The external Judge Clive Harward was particularly impressed with the diverse selection of high-quality prints and very much enjoyed critiquing each one of the 72 entries. Colour Prints 1st Crested Tit by …

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Council Seeks Views for Consultation to Help Nature Thrive

A six-week consultation is set to be launched to ensure new development across East Cambridgeshire protects and enhances the environment. On February 6th East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) Finance and Assets Committee, members approved a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for Natural Environment. The SPD aims to increase biodiversity, via new development, and help with Natural …

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WVC Students involved with VC Heritage Project

Witchford Village College is excited to be supporting The Cambridgeshire Village Colleges Heritage Project delivered by Viva Arts and Community Group and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The community project is gathering personal stories from village colleges across the county. It will combine oral history and research with travelling exhibitions, film and learning resources. …

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The Library Presents is coming to Haddenham

‘The Library Presents’ is back for a brand-new Spring season of events. Now reaching 25 locations, Haddenham Library is one of the only two volunteer run libraries to be included in the programme, as the activities are pushed out to more libraries across Cambridgeshire than ever.  The new season brings high quality, affordable arts activities …

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Scouts Receive Generous Donation from The Archers

Sutton Scout group received over £200 from the Ely Archers after their annual fundraising raffle. Every November Ely Archers hold their annual Portsmouth archery competition; in which archers attend from numerous counties. Every year, the club also hold a prize raffle, with funds being raised for a chosen charity. Sutton Scout Group were proposed as …

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Council’s Trading Arm Already Paying Its Dues

A council is seeing the advantages of establishing its trading company as £1.7million of £4.62million loan has been repaid 15 months ahead of schedule. East Cambs Trading Company (ECTC) was established by East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) in 2016 and manages the district’s city market, open spaces and the development of new homes. ECTC was …

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A Stained Glass Gift from Canterbury Cathedral

Damson window test panel gifted to The Stained Glass Museum Canturbury Catherdal’s world renowned stained glass studio has gifted one of its panels to The Stained Glass Museum. The gift is of a recent test panel created for the Cathedral’s Damson Window, which was designed by Hughie O’Donoghue RA and made by the Cathedral’s own …

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King’s Ely Mathematicians Victorious in National Competition

King’s Ely students were on top form in the fiercely-contested Senior Maths Challenge, bringing home a haul of Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates. A total of 51 King’s Ely Senior mathematicians took part in the competition, which is organised each year by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT). More than 200,000 pupils from across the UK …

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Success for Talented King’s Ely Musicians

Two King’s Ely musicians are celebrating impressive outcomes on the trombone and piano.  King’s Ely Senior student James Wilkinson has been offered a place with the prestigious National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) just days after King’s Ely Sixth Form student Lisa Lyu was awarded her Associateship Diploma from London’s Trinity College of …

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Submerged – An Environmental Exhibition

We’re imagining that the river levels have risen and that the Babylon Gallery has become submerged, in this new exhibition developed by Babylon ARTS. There is growing awareness of the water management systems and structures that are in place to drain the Fens and manage the waterways. This exhibition is a creative exploration of what …

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Waitrose & Partners Community Matters helps 1094 Ely Squadron

From 1st February 2020 for one month if you are shopping at Waitrose and receive a green token please place it in the slot for 1094 (Ely) Squadron. The more tokens we receive, the more money the Squadron receives. Ely Air Cadets are currently fundraising for a replacement minibus which is vital for transporting cadets …

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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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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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