Whirlwind Start Blows Woodbridge Away

Ely Tigers travelled across to Suffolk for their last away game of the season, as they face Woodbridge, knowing nothing more than win would keep the pressure on the league leaders, again Tigers were forced to make changes to their 15, but the changes didn’t hinder the side.

Inside the opening five minutes Ely had crossed the white line to put some early points on the board, moving the ball across the pitch the ball fell to Matt McCarthy who fed the ball out to the wing for James Buckland to cross for the opening try, with captain Joel Scott-Paul adding the extra points, the lead increased just moments later, again it was McCarthy who provided the chance, releasing Luke Turner to cross the line, up stepped Scott-Paul to add the further points, from the restart Tigers were once again go into attack mode, with Jacob Muncey going over, the extra points were added from the boot of Scott-Paul, quick thinking feet by Jake Alsop provide Ely with another chance, he podded the ball into a gap, with Turner bearing down on the ball, the bounce was unkind and bounced away from the winger into Woodbridge hands, Alsop was once again involved in the next play, as he raced towards the line he was on the end of a high tackle, which the referee awarded a penalty try.

With thirty minutes on the clock the home side finally gather some ground in the Tigers half, with the defence standing firm, the ball was going from left to right and back, until finally some space was found in the corner, but a last ditch tackle from Scott-Paul saw the ball out to touch, from the resulting line-out, handed the ball back to the home side, again the ball went from side to side, until finally they cross the line to record their first points off the afternoon, along with the conversion, back came Tigers on the attack, with Scott-Paul adding a try to his points tally as he crossed the line near the corner, Scott-Paul added the extra points with the aid of the posts, as the half came to a close, there was still time to add more points, Alsop once more nudged the ball thru a gap, this time the bounce fell kindly for Tigers, which enabled McCarthy to race under the points, for Scott-Pauls easiest kick of the afternoon.

With the half time break came a pep-talk for the home side, which looked to have done the trick, as they started the half very much like Ely had started the first, camped in their half, and they sound added their second try of the afternoon, this time under the points, back came Ely, a break from McCarthy allowed Mitchell Kennett to cross the line, this time Scott-Paul was unable to add the extra points as his kick kept low, the rest of the half saw the home side add the points to the score board, Muncey had the ideal chance to see the Tigers clock up 50 points, but as the crossed the white line he dropped the ball and unable to recover the chance, as the clock reached full time, Ely Tigers had kept the pressure on Wymondham with a 47-24 win.   

Match report and photo credit: Steve Wells

Sixth Form Photography students in running for national prizes

Five A Level Photography students from King’s Ely have been shortlisted for prizes in two prestigious competitions.

Luna Guo, 18, has been shortlisted for top prize in this year’s UK ILFORD PHOTO Student Competition, entitled ‘Reading between the Lines’, which celebrates students using black and white film.

Orla Simpson, 18, Charlie Watson, 17, Fiona Fung, 18, and Ben Clubb, 18, have been shortlisted in this year’s Beyond the Frame Photography Competition, which is organised by Norwich University of the Arts. The theme this year is ‘The Nature of Beauty’.

Head of Photography at King’s Ely, Antonio Longo, is understandably excited for the students, who are expected to hear over the coming weeks if they have gone on to enjoy any further success in the competitions. He said: “This is very exciting news, which builds on our successes last year when Orla Simpson won the UK national first prize for ILFORD and former student Gaia Giardinelli won Beyond the Frame 2018. We are all wishing Luna, Orla, Charlie, Ben and Fiona the best of luck!”

The Art Department at King’s Ely is a thriving, inspiring environment where all students are encouraged to engage fully with the state-of-the-art facilities available. Specialist teachers encourage adventurous creativity and pupils realise ambitious outcomes, regularly achieving some of the highest exam marks in the country.

To find out more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit www.kingsely.org.

Press release from King’s Ely

Ely Cathedral announces space themed Festival with a ‘star’ line up

This week Ely Cathedral has announced an exciting programme of events for their up and coming Science Festival, ‘The Sky’s The Limit’, with a focus on Space and Space Travel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

This family themed event takes place inside Ely’s magnificent medieval Cathedral. Highlights include the installation of a seven metre diameter lunar replica, The Museum of the Moon, by artist Luke Jerram, which will be suspended from the Nave ceiling.  This illuminated breath-taking installation reflects the exact imagery of the moon’s surface from data collected by NASA.

With a focus on space exploration, artificial intelligence and future technologies the Festival’s guest speakers will be the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, Sky At Night presenters Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott, and television celebrity and space enthusiast, Dallas Campbell.  A space themed exhibition will run alongside the full programme of activities. Key exhibits will include meteorites, astronaut suits, a space toilet and space food alongside many other fascinating items on loan from The Science Museum, The Institute of Astronomy and The Sedgewick Museum in Cambridge.

Ely Cathedral Canon, Vicky Johnson, a former research scientist, who is overseeing the festival, said: “Ely is situated in part of the country where science and technology are an important part of the local economy.   Through our Science Festivals we celebrate the opportunities that Science and Technology offer to the wellbeing and advancement of the human race. Our aim is to become a Cathedral for Science where Science and Faith can happily interact and learn from each other.”

The Festival will run from 18 May to 9 June inclusive. A full programme of all the events highlighting details of all the activities, talks, music, cinema and art taking place is available in the Science Festival leaflet or online at www.elycathedral.org

Press release From Ely Cathedral

Soham Leading the way in Recycling

Following on from the recycling story we put out last week, ‘East Cambs Follows in Walkers Footsteps to Deliver New Recycling Scheme’ We got in touch with Kathy Murray in Soham who is already making it easier for locals to recycle.

Kathy told us:

“I have been a member of Terracycle since November 2018, initially signing up to be a public drop off point for crisp packets. That has now grown to include cracker/biscuit wrappers, Aqua Pura water filters, Ellas food pouches (plus other makes) and just recently to include toothbrushes and toothpastes.  I am on a waiting list to be able to collect Pens and Pet food packets.

The three Primary schools in Soham have just recently started working together, sharing knowledge on how best to collect and package these ‘hard-to-recycle’ items. With all three schools being involved in this initiative I am sure the amount of landfill from Soham will be significantly reduced.

I have three collection points in Soham that I have set up. A collection box is at St Andrew’s Primary school reception, Jak Hibs along the High street in Soham, and my house.

While the main aim of my recycling is to reduce waste and increase awareness of this recycling initiative, it is also making money for St Andrew’s PTA – a registered charity.

This is great news for people in Soham wishing to reduce their contributions to landfill sites.

If you know anyone else who’s doing great things towards recycling and making a difference, please get in touch via email: alison@spottedinely.com

Ely Tigers help Club Overseas

Earlier this season we were approached by our club physio Paul Forsdick to see if we were interested in helping out a club from Cyprus his brother had links to.

Paul has been a part of the club for several years and his brother (Melvyn) plays for Larnaca. The kit was assembled by Adrian Storey, our director of rugby.

Larnaca only formed in 2017 and it was identified that one area they were struggling with was kit, so we were more than happy to send out a few of our old sets of playing shirts!

Seeing our old shirts being put to good use and helping a fellow rugby club grow gives us an immense sense of pride and we wish them all the best for the future!

Larnaca Rugby commented on the Ely Tigers Facebook page “A big thank you to Ely Tigers for their Support very much appreciated and we hope to see you in Cyprus very soon” Mehmet Pasha Chairman and founder of the Larnaca Spartans.

Words by Chris Day From Ely Tigers Rugby Club

Professor Lord Robert Winston hosts annual King’s Ely Osmond Lecture

King’s Ely was delighted to welcome British professor and television presenter, Professor Lord Robert Winston, into school to talk to excited students and staff.

Lord Winston hosted the school’s Osmond Lecture on March 15th, an annual event established and endowed by the Old Eleans’ Club to commemorate the career of Leonard Osmond, who was a Science teacher at King’s Ely from 1930 to 1972.

Lord Winston, who is a British professor, medical doctor, scientist, television presenter and Labour Peer, spoke to students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely about ‘Why Bother with Science?

The riveting lecture was the perfect way to conclude King’s Ely’s Science Week celebrations, which involved some of the school’s youngest pupils in King’s Ely Acremont right the way to students in the Sixth Form.

At King’s Ely Acremont, children learnt all about ‘reducing, recycling and reusing’, including upcycling old milk bottles into Elmer-inspired elephants and thinking about what issues dropping litter can cause. ‘Zoe Zinc’ from Mad Science Cambridge also visited the young scientists for a day filled with chemical reaction fun and hands on workshops.

At King’s Ely Junior, highlights included fascinating heart and lung dissections, and investigations into human-powered electricity and recycled art. Students also took part in an intriguing project called ‘Waste of a Week’, where they collected all of the non-edible dry classroom waste from King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior during the course of Science Week. The bagged rubbish was placed in a compound close to the Science Block at King’s Ely Senior and throughout the week, students investigated it from Biological, Chemical and Physical perspectives within their Science lessons.

To discover more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit: www.kingsely.org.

Press release from King’s Ely

Awards for Ely ATC

A plethora of progressive training syllabus awards were presented on Monday night at Ely Squadron with half of the Squadron receiving badges and certificates:

2 Institute of Leadership and Management Level Two Awards.
12 Youth First Aid Badges
15 Heartstart Awards

Congratulations we’re also in order to cadet’s Callum Bond, Finn Elcombe, Cameron Hudson and Corporal Charlie Minchin who were successful over the weekend at the Wing Rugby Selection Trials and were selected to represent The Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Rugby Team and who will be competing this coming Sunday in the Region rugby tournament. Good luck boys 🏉

Ely Squadron’s next open evening for new recruits or those just curious as to what we do as Air Cadets is taking place on Wednesday 3rd April at 8:15pm at The Cadet Centre, Heaton Drive, Ely (in the grounds of Ely Hospital)

Press release from 1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets

Everest Summiteer to speak at annual Celebration of Business in Ely Cathedral

The Ely Cathedral Business Group committee are thrilled to announce that the Everest Summiteer Ricky Munday will be delivering the keynote speech at the inaugural Celebration of Business dinner in Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel on Thursday 16 May 2019.

Ricky Munday is an inspirational speaker, international expedition leader, Red Cross delegate and Chartered Accountant. To overcome redundancy, in 2004 he completed the toughest footrace on earth – the 150-mile Marathon des Sables. With a decade of expedition experience behind him, he reached the highest point on earth – the summit of Mount Everest – on 18th May 2018. He’s since visited over seventy schools and businesses across the UK to deliver inspirational talks to over 14,000 people. He has delivered talks on perseverance, developing resilience, goal-setting and overcoming adversity at many of the UK’s leading independent schools and corporations.

A qualified Mountain Leader and Polar Ambassador who grew up on a council estate, Ricky founded Inspire Alpine as a social enterprise to help close the attainment gap that exists between disadvantaged young people and their peers.

As a Chartered Accountant, Ricky is a resilient and highly motivated corporate services leader with an unusual breadth of experience transforming large, multidisciplinary and multicultural support functions in complex and insecure environments across the public, private and third sectors, and completed field missions in post-disaster scenarios in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

First held in 2012 this annual Celebration of Business in Ely Cathedral has grown to be one of the region’s biggest and grandest business exhibitions. Over 100 different organisations have a stand for the day, giving representation to a diverse range of business sectors and ranging from small local enterprises to large national and international companies. For the first-time limited market plots  on the Cathedral’s adjacent Cross Green will also be available to book. This fantastic networking opportunity is available to all for free of charge thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

We have lined up two fantastic seminars also free to attend. Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce will be hosting their popular Grow Your Business breakfast brunch workshop designed to encourage us to think about our business’s growth, employee’s development and to consider the skills required to attract talent for the long term. After lunch Russell Beck, Head of Consulting for Impellam Group (the largest recruitment company you’ve never heard of) will deliver his acclaimed seminar The Generation Game. Pulling on the latest research and background information, this seminar explores the differences between generations and looks at the different behavioural traits of each, together with the political, cultural and technological factors that impacted each, we will consider where their strengths lie, the respective value propositions to drive motivation and potential areas of inter-generational conflict.

Tickets for all of the day’s events are available to book now from the Ely Cathedral Box Office www.elycathedral.org/events/celebration-of-business or Tel: 01353 660459. Dinner tickets are priced at an accessible £25 per head and include a drinks reception and a locally sourced three course meal provided by the Almonry Restaurant.

For exhibition space please register online at www.elycathedralbusinessgroup.org

For all enquiries including sponsorship opportunities please contact the group’s Administrator info@elycathedralbusinessgroup.org

We hope that you can join us for this unique and exciting event!

Press release from Ely Cathedral Business Group

Stunning work on show at annual King’s Ely Art Exhibition

Talented Art and Design students from King’s Ely are showcasing their work to the public this spring.

The annual King’s Ely Senior Spring Art Exhibition is a celebration of the work produced by students in Year 9 through to Year 13. The young artists are exhibiting a huge variety of Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Sculpture and Photography.

Work on display will also include portfolios for high profile universities including Kensington and Chelsea, Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion, to name just a few.

Director of Art at King’s Ely Senior, Alison Rhodes, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase examples of their work and to celebrate their success as a department. We look forward to welcoming lots of members of the public along to the exhibition.”

Admission to the exhibition is free and members of the public are welcome to attend during four specific time slots. These are Wednesday March 20th and 27th, and Thursday March 21st and 28th, all from 4.30-5.30pm. Members of the public wishing to attend the exhibition should visit the Old Palace, on Palace Green, between the times stated above in order to be signed in.

The Art Department at King’s Ely is a thriving, inspiring environment where all students are encouraged to engage fully with the state-of-the-art facilities available. Specialist teachers encourage adventurous creativity and pupils realise ambitious outcomes, regularly achieving some of the highest exam marks in the country.

To find out more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit www.kingsely.org

Press release from King’s Ely

East Cambs Follows in Walkers Footsteps to Deliver New Recycling Scheme

A local council is following in the footsteps of crisp company Walkers by working on a new scheme which aims to get more people to recycle items that are currently excluded from regular domestic recycling collections.

East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) have partnered up with Terracycle, who are an innovative waste management company that specialise in hard-to-recycle waste including crisp packets and sweet wrappers.

Walkers partnered with the same company back in October 2018 after members of the public began to post their empty crisp packet wrappers back to Walkers through the Royal Mail service.

The campaign was hosted by 38 degrees, who called for Walkers to make their crisp packets recyclable.

ECDC have jumped on board with the scheme which offers a free recycling point where members of the public can bring in items which they cannot currently put into their blue bins.

A specific recycling bin has now been installed in the reception of the East Cambridgeshire District Council offices at The Grange and accepts all brands of crisp packets, sweet wrappers, chocolate bar wrappers and snack bags.

The wrappers are collected and sent off to Terracycle, where they are separated by plastic type, cleaned and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products.

Councillor Julia Huffer who is waste service delivery champion for East Cambridgeshire District Council said: “The reaction nationwide to the 38 degrees campaign shows that there is a need for this service and we want to do our bit for our district.

“Recycling is of paramount importance in our district and this is another exciting scheme which the council has adopted to urge members of the public to recycle more of their waste.

“Since transferring our waste services to East Cambs Street Scene, we have been able to take on campaigns like these which help us get one step closer to our recycling target of 60% in the district.

“We are thrilled to have this programme available to our residents and we hope they utilise this facility.”

East Cambridgeshire District Council also adopted the Metal Matters scheme last year in a bid to recycle more metal in the district and have supported the Bin It Your Way initiative aimed at cleaning and keeping the streets of the district clean from chewing gum.

Similarly, the council have a recycling champion, Michael Recycle, who was recently awarded gold at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Pride awards for the Anglia, Thames and Chiltern region in the education campaign category.

For more information on recycling in East Cambridgeshire, visit: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/content/recycling-and-waste-ecss

Photo credit: East Cambridgeshire District Council
Left to right: Michael Recycle and Councillor Julia Huffer

Press releases from East Cambridgeshire District Council

SOUPer Fundraising Comes to an End

The end of and era last week when we heard the sad news that Ely Soup was closing it’s doors.

Ely Soup has provided organisations in Ely a voice and funding to help unique projects including Talking FreEly, Thera East Anglia and R.A.S.E. (Riding And Skating Ely) to name a few.

A message from their Facebook page reads:

Ely SOUP was launched in 2016 and since then we have hosted 7 SOUPS, supported 26 Ely organisations and raised £2,125

Sadly all good things must come to an end, and we are bidding farewell to Ely SOUP.

Why? You may shout! Members of the key volunteer team have some personal exciting changes happening in 2019, which means we’re not able to commit the time to the project anymore.

At the last SOUP we ran a raffle, we have donated the money raised to Babylon Arts who will be using it towards their forthcoming eel making workshops for Eel day and Littleport & Ely Timebank who will be using the funds to grow their work in Ely.

The Ely SOUP team have had a SOUPer time hosting these events, and we want to say thank you for all the support we’ve received and for everyone who has attended an event.

This is why Ely really is a great place to live.


The Ely SOUP team

Ely Soup also thanked Spotted in Ely: “You were an integral ingredient to the success. Thank you for all your support, raffle donations and shout-outs!!

We wish those involved good luck with their new personal exciting changes in 2019. We will miss the amazing soup and the support you provided to the Ely community.

From Ely Soup Facebook Page

Ely Brick Show a Great Success

A very successful Ely Brick Show was held on Saturday at the Countess Church in Ely, with over £1600 being raised for Ely Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre.

Over 320 families came to see the many exhibits and take part in the activities which included a Lego Robot Wars.

Derek Tye, from the Ely CAP Debt Centre said ‘It was a great day, and we are very grateful to The Countess Church for hosting, and to Duncan Bridges who came up with the idea and undertook most of the organisation.’

Ely CAP is a partnership between the churches in Ely and provides free debt counselling to anyone who feels weighed down by debt. If you live in the CB6 or CB7 post code areas and would like know more please call 0800 328 0006.

Press release from Ely CAP

East Cambs Clamps Down on Fly-tipping and Littering

East Cambridgeshire District Council has launched a new campaign aimed at reducing the amount of fly-tipping and littering across the district.

So far, the council has issued a total of 14 fixed penalty notices, with one case forward for prosecution. A further five cases are currently being put together to consider prosecution.

The campaign comes under the council’s wider #BringingTheWasteHome initiative, which has also been used to promote the council’s transfer of its waste services to their trading company, East Cambs Street Scene, and the launch of their second blue bin scheme .

The council will also be using social media to ask residents for help identifying evidence left at fly-tips and providing definitions of what can be identified as fly-tipping and littering, as well as highlighting the different enforcements that accompany them.

The campaign will also educate residents on how to report and gather evidence in a safe manner, as well as advice on what not to do.

Councillor Julia Huffer, waste service delivery champion at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It’s very important to us and to residents of the district, that East Cambridgeshire remains a nice place to live, work and visit.

“We hope that by taking a firmer approach to fly-tipping and littering fines, people will feel less inclined to damage our beautiful district and instead, take advantage of the various services on offer from the council.”

Director of East Cambs Street Scene Jo Brooks, who leads the #BringingTheWasteHome initiative, said: “With the transfer of waste and street cleansing to East Cambs Street Scene from Veolia last year, this is a really encouraging step forward in providing the best possible service for our residents.

“We are determined to continue pledging that East Cambridgeshire is a fantastic place to live, work and visit and we’re looking forward to seeing some very positive outcomes off the back of this campaign.”

If you witness fly tipping, littering or dog fouling etc. please report it online through the council’s Click & Connect service: https://self.eastcambs.gov.uk/

For more information on fly-tipping and littering, go to our website: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/environment/fly-tipping-illegal-dumping-waste

More information on bulky waste collection: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/waste/bulky-household-items

Press release from East Cambridgeshire District Council

Introducing Ely Boathouse

Ely Boathouse represents a new era of collaboration between the three Cambridge University Rowing Clubs and has bought new relationships within the University community. This is a place where past meets present meets future. As world-wide support from 450 alumni and Light Blue friends flooded in, the images and words took to life as construction begun and foundations for a new future were laid. Volunteer committees worked tirelessly for nearly a decade, raising £4.9m to create this place where world class rowing programmes attract the best athletes from around the world.

Our unique building is now being used to it’s full potential by not only training world class rowers but giving the opportunity for everyone to share in it’s use for business meetings, birthday parties, celebrations, workshops and seminars. We have partnered with locally renowned caterers and we are offering staged rowing events, tours and Olympic speakers. It is a state of the art facility where architects have balanced function with aesthetics and produced a large, comfortable, well equipped building to suit the needs of all kinds of gatherings. Our first wedding reception took place in September 2018 and our board room which seats 12 people is often booked out by local businesses.

Back in 2017, the events team was formed at Ely and joined forces with the three clubs, who were aware that the boathouse had not yet opened it’s doors to the people of Ely and so the project began it’s second phase of launching into the Cambridgeshire event circuit in early 2018 to become part of the Ely community. We began with a launch party for local businesses, joined in at Ely Aquafest and offered free tours to locals. We use local suppliers in terms of catering, maintenance and housekeeping and anyone can get in touch with us to take a look around our facility via email, our website, Facebook or give us a call: 01223 967255

 Email:  info@cambridgerowingevents.com

Press release from Ely Boathouse

Principal of King’s Ely appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Sue Freestone, Principal and Chief Executive of King’s Ely, has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.

Sue, who has been in post at King’s Ely since September 2004, is one of six new Deputy Lieutenants selected by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE QPM DL.

Deputy Lieutenants assist with any duties as may be required and tend to be people who either have served their local community, or have a history of public service in other fields. Their over-arching responsibility is to promote their county, including at local ceremonies and official events.

Mrs Spence said: “Sue’s considerable skills and experience will be extremely useful in supporting me in the execution of my duties”.

Speaking about her appointment, Sue said: “I feel very honoured to have been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire. I am passionate about my adopted county and this appointment provides a route through which I can continue to contribute to the community and get to grips with the joys and complexities of the county.”

Press release from King’s Ely

Witchford Village College Annual Pi Recital Day

14th March is Pi Day, since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of Pi.

At Witchford Village College the Maths Department hold an annual Pi reciting contest to mark the day. All entrants receive a Pi cookie and those reciting Pi to at least 20 decimal place gain a much sought after Pi badge.

Our reigning champion George Henderson was on a work experience placement last year and so had been unable to defend his 2017 title of 264 digits, which remained unbroken. George was determined to return this year and break his own record.

We were astounded to witness George recite Pi to an incredible 1,110 decimal places. He will be sending a statement of his achievement to The Guinness World Records as we understand that this currently puts him 137th in the world.

Other notable performances were from Millie Sutcliffe and Phoebe White who both recited to 160 decimal places. The field will be wide open to new contenders next year as this is George’s final year at WVC. There were several newcomers who put in respectable performance and we are anticipating another good contest next year.

Press release from Witchford Village College

What are the 1,110 Digits of Pi and can you remember them?


Ely Netball Club Comic Relief Fundraiser

Ely Netball Club held its annual fun tournament for Comic Relief yesterday.   

Teams played a round robin tournament, and ran a cake stall and raffle. Despite the windy conditions there was an excellent turnout and raised almost £200 for charity during the evening.

Anyone interested in joining Ely Netball Club please contact elynetball@hotmail.co.uk.

Press releases from Ely Netball Club

Standing ovations for King’s Ely Junior’s vibrant production of Fame the Musical

There were hoots of laughter and standing ovations when talented King’s Ely Junior thespians staged the toe-tapping musical, Fame.

Pupils in Years 5 to 8 starred in the fast-paced show, which hundreds of families came together to enjoy in the school’s Hayward Theatre on March 8th and 9th. The sell-out production was directed by Laura Dixon, with musical direction by Neil Porter-Thaw and choreography by Natasha Hobbs.

Fame follows the highs and lows of the final class of New York City’s illustrious High School for the Performing Arts, from their first year in 1980 to their graduation in 1984. It tells the story of several of the students, depicting their struggles with ambition, fame, and self-confidence as the young performers explore the realities of striving for a career in show-business.

Laura Dixon, who is Arts Award Co-ordinator and Teacher of Drama at King’s Ely, is delighted with the show’s success. She said: “The cast of Fame are delighted with the success of their production. The hard work they put in to the gruelling six month rehearsal schedule really paid off, with standing ovations from the crowds. 36 students took part in the production and became a strong and supportive cast. All of the pupils were totally focused and committed to their roles, whether in the ensemble, dance troupe or a named character. The final performances were full of energy and vibrancy that really transported the audiences back to the 80’s. I’m so proud of everyone involved and am already looking forward to the next one!”

King’s Ely has an outstanding Drama and Theatre Department with a long history of being a valuable and distinguished part of school life. The department is buzzing every day, and in the evenings, with rehearsals, acting masterclasses run by professional practitioners, dance clubs, Arts Award drop-in sessions and technical theatre clubs.

We aim to stimulate and challenge the minds of all our students, whatever their ability, and inspire them to develop new skills in all aspects of performance and theatre work. Each year there are a breath-taking number of shows, including a musical theatre production, contemporary and classical studio pieces, academic showcases, open mic nights, Trinity Speech and Drama showcases and a House Drama Competition.
To discover more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit www.kingsely.org

Press release from King’s Ely

Babylon Shorts Film Festival comes to the Babylon Gallery

A new short film festival comes to Babylon Arts when the Babylon Shorts Film Festival launches to bring a taste of international short films to Ely from Wednesday March 20th to Friday March 22nd.  Many of the films are award winners and even Oscar nominated to bring a truly high quality and varied selection to the launch event of Babylon Shorts.

Each evening’s film programme brings together a range of styles and content from drama to animation, comedy and more. Over a dozen countries will be represented from as far apart as Ethiopia, Singapore and South Korea to those from closer to home, the Netherlands, Sweden and not forgetting the USA.

You can buy tickets online from the Babylon ARTS website www.babylonarts.org.uk or call the Box Office on 01353 616991.

The Film Festival evenings are from Wednesday 20th March, Thursday 21st March, Friday 22nd March
Doors 7pm, films from 7.30pm
Tickets £5 per evening, Festival pass for all three £12

Wednesday 20th March: 100 minutes

Sounds of Nature : Sweden 8.00
Ten-year old Finn takes a walk into the woods with his parents, paying more attention to his Game Boy, upsetting his father who takes it away. Suddenly, a strange noise catches the boy‘s attention. His mystical journey begins.

Crossing Salween : Irl  21.00
A young girl must make the journey through the horrors of the Burmese jungle to the Salween River and the safety of Thailand beyond. But will her late father’s enduring love and promise of a guardian angel be enough to shepherd her across the river where so many have fallen.

Panic! : Neth 6.00
While driving her car Marja has a sudden rush of panic: did she turn off the gas? Did she leave the water running? Is the window locked? In her mind her imaginary mistakes grow to absurd proportions.

Shift / Vahetus : Germany 15.00
When Miina, a seemingly well-off woman is caught shoplifting, the female officer shows off her contempt. She sees a rival in the shoplifter and decides to teach Miina a lesson. Both women meet just a few hours later in a situation where the previous rivals become partners in crime and must trust their fates in the hands of each other.

Brooklyn Breeze : USA  4.00
Brooklyn Breeze is a visual journey through different parts of Brooklyn, some of the iconic spots and others not often seen by the visitors, based on a tune recorded by New York based Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra.

Earthy Encounters :  UK 15.00
Fifteen-year-old Kyle believes he can save his dying older brother with a plant he found in the garden center where he works—the problem is, a shadowy government agency is out to destroy it first.

D-24 : Korea   7.00   
In the year 2072, Gusik is a single, lonely man. He sees a commercial for D-24, an android wife, and makes a purchase thinking that D-24 can save his life. 24 days after his order, he finally gets D-24 in his hands but can you really buy happiness?

Let them Die Like Lovers : USA 15.00
A body-jumping soldier grapples with the morality of her missions in this emotionally charged sci-fi thriller.

Shanghai Love Market : USA / China 9.00
Shanghai has a park where parents can match-make their unwed children. This is just one love story in a city of 20 milliion people.

Thursday 21st March: 100 minutes

ASAD : South Africa 18.00
A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.

Out of Erasers : SWE  14.00
A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work. While struggling to find a cure she also discovers that desperate times require hard choices.

Moth :   UK  12.00
Tommy, an unhappy seven year old boy still grieving the death of his father, whilst battling with his new stepfather. When a moth dies in the palm of his hand he is fascinated by the residue left behind – “magic dust, that helps the moths to fly” his mother tells him.

Mend and Make Do : UK 9.00
Cup of tea? Come and take a seat in Lyn’s cosy front room, hear her story of wartime love and watch as her belongings come alive with the hope, fear and humour of one spirited lady.

I Strongly Suggest : NZ  6.00
A woman gets her partner into a vulnerable position, then uses the opportunity to ask him a few tricky questions.

Carry On :  China / USA   17.00
During the brutal withdrawal of Japanese forces at the end of WWII, a Chinese father does whatever he can to save his family.

Day 39 :  USA 14.00
A young soldier in Afghanistan has to assist a doctor with a moral dilemma, a matter of new life or death.

Casitas / Grown Ups : Spain 10.00
Carlos and Marta, both 35 years old, are living the life they have always dreamed of. A house with a yard, a dog, and they are even about to have a child. But there is no such thing as a perfect life.

Friday 22nd March:  97 minutes

Zombiehagen : Denmark   24 .00 
The living dead have laid waste to Copenhagen. A lone survivor, searching for her loved one, is led to the national football stadium, where a shelter for survivors has been organized. Unfortunately, the shelter has become infected from the inside by the “walkers”.

One Rat Short : USA  10.00
A rat fights for survival in the New York City subway.

Drone : USA  14.00
A rookie drone pilot becomes increasingly attracted to the target he watches halfway around the world. 

Late Afternoon :  Irl  9.00
Emily lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys through her memories searching for a connection

Exit Strategy :  USA 15.00
Two brothers caught in a time loop must traverse a series of maze-like events in order to prevent a catastrophic fire from taking occurring

Cappuccino :  UK  3.00
Taking centre stage with a speech impediment can be a harrowing ordeal, as is explored in Cappuccino

The Goodnight Show :  USA  16.00
It’s 1978 and a world ending asteroid is headed directly for Earth. With only hours left, Samuel embarks on a journey to find his place in a world doomed to end and just maybe, lose his virginity before it is too late. 

Setting Them Straight :  Aus   6.00 
Having been nurtured and accepted by his parents as a gay man, Joshua finds the courage to confess, that he’s actually not.

Press release from Babylon ART

Ely College students return to Kenya’s Rift Valley to volunteer with their partner schools in the Nakuru slums

Teenagers and staff from Ely College have recently returned from another life-changing experience, volunteering their February half term to help disadvantaged children at the Jubilee and Ungana Academies in Kenya.

Over the last several years, students from Ely College have developed a close connection with two schools in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city. Following the success of their October 2017 trip, many students straightaway vowed to return. There has been a big commitment to fundraise for the Kenya Projects over the last 16 months by 24 students.

As well as the usual cake stalls and sponsored swims to raise funds, students looked to the people of Ely to support their efforts. Ely College is so grateful to the community and local businesses who supported the Kenya Projects, either by sponsoring students or contributing to the mountain of shoes, clothes and school supplies that students took with them as extra luggage. The children of Jubilee and Ungana, staff and parents, were delighted to be gifted even the most basic supplies which we take for granted in the UK. Having something to call their own made the world of difference and this was all thanks to generous donations from our wonderful local community.

Since returning from their 10-day adventure, which in addition to classroom renovations and building new toilet blocks incorporated a wildlife safari, students have reflected on their experience and the stark contrast with our own lives. Teacher Sheila Branch, who jointly led the trip, commended the students for their hard work and compassion: “Not one of our students complained about the desperately poor conditions. Despite each one of them giving their every effort, either labouring to improve the site or teaching the children in class, at the end of trip they still felt like they wanted to do more. Many chose to leave their own clothes, shoes and personal belongings.”

Lauren Burrows who also led the trip commented: “We are so proud of the students who have volunteered this year. There is a real sense of continuity & lasting legacy with each visit, adding to each building project to improve the resources. We have built a strong relationship with the staff in Kenya and they have been warm and generous hosts.” As Ely College bid farewell for another year, Kenyan staff and children gave each volunteer a locally made personalised bracelet;  a memento of a life changing and humbling experience.

For more information about our trip providers African Adventures, click here.

Press release from Ely College

Preparations are Underway for the 66th Soham Carnival

Preparations are underway for the 66th Soham Carnival to be held on 27th May, 9am – 5.30pm at the Recreation Ground, Fountain Lane, Soham.

The Carnival commences with the traditional Heavy Horse Show in the main arena from 9.00am – 1pm. Followed by the judging of floats – Float procession 1.00pm from Holmes Lane through Soham to the Recreation Ground.

We will also be remembering the 75th Anniversary of the Soham Train Disaster on the main arena and the Scout Hut.

For the 3rd year running we are holding a Fun Dog Show.- bring your dog along from 10.00 – 1.00 and enter one of the fun classes email: info@developingdogs.co.uk  for more information.

From 11am – 4pm on The Skate Park – with Mike Mullen. Enter the BMX and Scooter Competitions (parental consent form required for under 16’s)

Other attractions include the live music stage – sponsored by Blueshed Studios, a free ‘Explore Outdoor’ Climbing Wall, Free Scotties have a go Circus Workshop, Kuk So Wan – Martial Arts, Premier Sports have a go Sports Event, Classic cars, a Fun Fair, Beer Tent, Raffle, Inflatables, BBQ, Stalls, Majorettes, Vogue Athletics Dance and Cheerleading, ACF Marching Band, Soham Comrades Band, Punch and Judy Show, Raptor Foundation, Bygones, Zorb Balls, Cub Carts plus much much more.

Stalls and pitches are still available to hire – email carnival@soham.org.uk for more information.

Entre a Parade Float whether you are a Club, Charity, School, Pub or Organisation why not enter a float and enjoy the fun of the Carnival – Prizes to be won!

For more information visit our Facebook page facebook.com/sohamcarnival

Email carnival@soham.org.uk or call 01353 624493.

Press release from Soham Carnival 2019

Ely Air Cadet wins her stripes

It’s one thing to have your hard work and dedication recognised and to be promoted on your Squadron?

But receiving your “stripes” from Her Majesties Representative The Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire Colonel Roger Herriot OBE with Ely’s Mayor Mike Rouse cheering you on? Now that’s a promotion to remember!

Congratulations to Cadet Corporal Saoirse McNeil who in addition to being promoted at the Squadron’s Annual Awards Evening, was awarded her Leading Cadet Classification and attended the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Junior Non-Commissioned Officer’s course last weekend at RAF Wyton passing with flying colours.

The Squadron’s next open evening for new recruits or those just curious as to what we do as Air Cadets is taking place on Wednesday 3rd April at 8:15pm at The Cadet Centre, Heaton Drive, Ely (in the grounds of Ely Hospital)

From 1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets

Tigers hold on to take the points over Fakenham

Ely Tigers welcomed Fakenham to the Downham Road Field, knowing a win would keep the pressure on league leaders, Wymondham, having already beaten their opponents earlier in the season, the Tigers hoped to complete the double, naming a near full strength side, it was the visitors that took the game to Ely, however the home side defended strong, and on 7 minutes the breakthrough came, when Nathan Brooks fed the ball out to Matt McCarthy, who delayed the pass long enough to enable winger Luke Turner to cross the white line for the opening try, captain Joel Scott-Paul slotted over for the extra points, the visitors reacted moments later, a quick break let in Brett Stolworthy cross over in the corner, with the conversion being added to level up the scores.

The sides were level for a matter of minutes, Mitchell Kennett released Jacob Muncey who shrugged off the tackles to power over the line, up stepped Scott-Paul to add the extra points, kicking into the brisk wind, but the wind held the ball up as it hit the post, the next talking point came as the visitors went down to 14 men after a high tackle, from the resulting scrum Ely forced home their advantage as they moved the ball from left to right to allow Turner to add his second try of the afternoon, again the wind kept out the kick for the extra points, Ely added a further try to the scoreboard, when Charlie Coupland crossed over the try line, again Ely failed to add the extra points, with the visitors back to their full numbers, they came back at Ely, and they were the team that added the next points on the board, with another try, and with a wind assisted kick to add the extra points to make in 24-14 at the break.

The second half saw a similar start to the first, with the visitors on the front foot, on 46 minutes it was the home side that saw yellow, as McCarthy was sent to the sin-bin, but the man advantage lasted all of 3 minutes as yet another high tackle saw Fakenham reduced to 14 men, on the hour mark Fakenham closed the gap with another try and conversion, to bring the scores to 24-21, with time running out there was still time for the home side to add another try, with Scott-Paul crossing over the line right in the corner, the captain picked himself up to add the conversion to make the final score 31-21.

Match report and photo credit: Steve Wells

Ely English teacher translates Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde into modern English for new book

Every year, fifty thousand GCSE English Literature students study Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but struggle with author Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing. Ely English teacher Frank Danes has rewritten the book into clear, modern English and students are very happy.

Sam, one of Frank’s GCSE students, said the translation is ‘Much easier to understand than the original’. Parents report that Frank’s translation has really helped their children, especially as GCSE revision and exams loom.

Frank is the author of over a dozen GCSE and A level guides to English Literature texts. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – translated into clear, modern English for GCSE is available for £8.20 (including p&p) from pumblechookianpress.co.uk

From Author Frank Danes

No Spoilers…. But there is a long road ahead!

This July Ollie, Charlotte, Charlie and Euan of “No Spoilers” will embark on the Mongol Rally 2019, covering 10,000 Miles from the UK to Ulan Ude in eastern Russia via Mongolia in a small, 1.2 litre VW Polo.

This will involve crossing Europe, through Turkey to the Caspian Sea and then into the ‘stans and finally, Mongolia and Russia. As they traverse two of the world’s continents, they will visit over 30 countries, encounter tricky border crossings, three mountain ranges, two of the world’s most dangerous roads and two deserts.

They are doing this to raise money for three charities.

Cool Earth – The designated charity of the rally with endeavours to halt deforestation across the globe.

Help for Heroes – With Ollie pursuing a career in the military the team wanted to support those who served in the Armed Forces.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – Charlotte’s mother requires the use of a hearing dog, so the team wanted to give something back to a charity that has done so much for the family.

Ollie, Charlie and Euan all attended Kings Ely and have lived in the area their whole lives before Ollie and Euan moved off to university 4 years ago and with that chapter of their lives nearly completed, they were looking for the next adventure before job hunting and the real world catches up with them and the Mongol Rally presented itself.

Charlotte and Ollie met at university and after both sharing a keenness for travel the early plans were set in place, they got in touch with Euan and Charlie and agreed to have a chat about the whole thing.

With the chance to visit more countries and cultures than they could get their heads around and the ability to raise money for charity the adventure was perfect for them and so, after the first team meeting in December in Ely with Charlotte on Skype, No Spoilers was born!

Over the past few months they have been looking around for team sponsors to help them on their way, the team are looking for equipment, experience, parts and funds to help them reach the finish line in Ulan Ude and raise as much money as possible for charity!

They are still on the hunt for local individuals or businesses that would be willing to help then you can get in touch via their e-mail address or social media below.

Most recently the team have just purchased their car that will hopefully be tough enough to take them the distance. A 1.2 litre VW Polo with 4 doors (only 3 of them open though) and a long journey ahead!

Check out the team’s website: https://nospoilersrally.wordpress.com

And their social media links below, give them a follow and a like to show your support and please give what you can to their charity giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/NoSpoilers

If you are interested in sponsoring the team then please get in touch with them via their E-mail address.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nospoilersrally/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/no_spoilers_rally/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoSpoilersRally
E-Mail: no.spoilers.mongol@outlook.com

Press release from No Spoilers

PositivEly Treated presents the first of a series of Monthly Crystal Swap events

Ely – PositivEly Treated will present their Crystal Swap event, taking place at PositivEly Treated, located down Ely’s High Street Passage on 14th March 2019, and featuring a warm and welcoming enviroment, where you can meet like minded individuals.

PositivEly Treated is proud to bring the Crystal Swap to Ely for the first of what will be a monthly series of such events. The Crystal Swap will allow attendees to bring their crystals, any that they don’t feel connected to, any that they might simply want to swap and meet with like minded individuals in a welcoming and supportive space.

Each ticket includes a “Blind Bag” of assorted stones, so even if you don’t have anything to swap, you will the minute you walk through the door (Of course, you can keep them all if you’d like! That’s your choice!)

This event is priced at £5 per ticket for Adults (16 Years of Age and Over) and £3 for Children – this entitles each attendee to the aforementioned “Blind Bag” and will enter you in to a raffle to win a prize during the event! .

Tickets can be purchased via PositivEly Treated, either over the telephone or in person in the store.

“We’ve had so many requests to run events such as the Crystal Swap, we decided to give our customers what they want! We can’t wait to see old friends and new faces!”

Press release from PositivEly Treated

Gold medal for King’s Ely Junior Judo star, Lucas

King’s Ely Junior pupil Lucas Hilcenko won a Gold medal at a national Judo competition.

Lucas, 12, who lives with his family in Sutton, represented the school at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) Independent School Boys’ Judo Tournament. The competition took place at High Wycombe Judo Centre in Buckinghamshire.

Lucas, who has been a pupil at King’s Ely since joining King’s Ely Acremont Nursery aged just 2, competed against two other boys on the day, and won a Gold medal in the ‘Less than 50kg/Under 14 category’.

Head of King’s Ely Junior, Richard Whymark, said: “Lucas has worked so hard over the years to develop his Judo skills to this level. It is a great source of pleasure for us to see his hard work paying off this way.”

Lucas is a member of the busy King’s Ely Judo Club. From Judo to Jazzy Beads Club and Photography to Pottery, King’s Ely Junior has a holistic ethos and this is reflected in the energy invested in the breadth and depth of the co-curricular offerings of the school.

To discover more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit: www.kingsely.org

Press release from King’s Ely

Lucas Hilcenko with his Judo Gold medal

Ellie the Eel Community Repair Workshops

Following our successful Ellie the Eel Christmas appeal between 27th November – 4th December 2018, where all donations were worth twice their original value, we raised a total amount of £2455. 

This year will be the 16th Eel Day Parade, and with the funds raised, we’ll be running free workshops and arts activities in our riverside Gallery on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March. We’re inviting local children, families and seniors, to work together to help create a fantastic spectacle for the Eel Day parade on Saturday 4 May 2019. 

We have four fantastic artist led, Ellie the Eel repair workshops that will be running over the 30th and 31st March 2019, between 12-2pm & 2-4pm.

These workshops will be led by local artist John Lyons, who will be repairing one of the first eels ever paraded on eel day, and one he originally created. You’ll also have a have to chat to the team about how you can be part of the parade by helping carry Ellie on Eel Day.

If you can’t make our artist-led workshops, we will also have community drop-in sessions during weekends in April, where you will be able to decorate a scale for the infamous Ellie the Eel. These drop-in sessions will be running over consecutive weekends 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st April between 12-4pm.

If you are interested in taking part in any of our free workshops, please contact florence.tong@babylonarts.org.uk for more information. 

To follow the progress of this project, please visit www.babylonarts.org.uk/projects

Press release from Babylon Arts

Hopkins Homes’ Cambridgeshire Charity Vote now open!

Hopkins Homes is holding an online vote to decide which Cambridgeshire charities will receive a share of a £10,000 donation from the Hopkins Charitable Fund.

Cambridgeshire residents can take part in the vote by choosing their favourite from a shortlist of six local charities. The charity which receives the most votes will receive a £7,000 donation, second place will receive £2,000 and £1,000 will go to the charity receiving the third highest number of votes.

Joshua Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund said: “At Hopkins Homes we pride ourselves on not only building homes that stand the test of time but also building lasting and self-sustaining communities. We are therefore committed to supporting local charities and are very excited to ask the residents of Cambridgeshire to choose which of these shortlisted charities they would like us to support.”

The first charity vote for Cambridgeshire was held in 2017. Over 2,300 votes were cast with The Bobby Scheme receiving the most votes and the top, £7,000, donation. Since then the initiative has been rolled out in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Perri Luparia, Trust Manager at previous vote winners, The Bobby Scheme, said: “The £7,000 was a real boost and an acknowledgement of the valuable work we do helping vulnerable people in our community. The funds were used to help buy our new Bobby van which is now in operation and has made a huge difference to our services.”

Hopkins Homes launched its Charitable fund in 2016 and pledged to donate half a million pounds over the course of five years across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. The charity vote is just one of the ways in which these funds will be distributed. The vote is an opportunity to allow local charities to be recognised for all their hard work, whilst receiving a generous donation.

Joshua continues “The six charities shortlisted all carry out fantastic work across the county and we are delighted to support them in this.”

The shortlist has been compiled by Hopkins Homes with the assistance of the Cambridge Community Foundation and focuses on key themes of homelessness and displacement, deprivation and vulnerable people. The charities chosen for the shortlist are:

  1. Centre 33 Ely and East Cambridgeshire
  2. Blue Smile
  3. Red Balloon
  4. Red2Green
  5. Home-Start Royston and South Cambs
  6. Wintercomfort

The public can find out more about each charity and cast their vote by visiting https://www.hopkinshomescharity.co.uk/cambs

Michael O’Toole of the Cambridge Community Foundation added: “We’re extremely pleased that Hopkins Homes has, once again, decided to support some of our local charities. Their generous donations will significantly help the chosen charities to continue their excellent hard work in our communities.”

The vote opens on Monday 25th February and will run until Friday 15th March

For more information about Hopkins Homes please visit www.hopkinshomes.co.uk

Press release from Hopkins Homes


More Weekend Flying Lessons for Cadets

Another weekend of flying lessons for Ely’s RAF Air Cadets from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron Air Training Corps.

The Cadets have been studying Airmanship and the principles of flight and today they put the theory into practice.

The RAF provide The Air Cadets with Air Experience Flights in Squadrons of their basic training aircraft the Grob Tutor based on Air Force stations all around the country.

Cadets take part in a progressive training syllabus which includes RAFAC Flight Simulator courses and flying lessons with RAF Pilots. Cadets as young as 13 take control of an Aircraft for the first time.

Today that’s just what happened at RAF Wittering with Ely Squadron’s junior cadets working towards their Blue Wings and the more senior cadets working towards their Bronze Wings Badges.

If you are aged between 12 and 17 then you could join the RAF Air Cadets in your spare time and take part in all the amazing activities the RAF has to offer.

The Squadron’s next open night for new recruits to visit us and see if you want to join is Wednesday 3rd April.

Please come along at 8pm with your parents or guardians to The Cadet Centre, Heaton Drive, Ely (in the grounds of Ely Hospital)

From 1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets

Tigers fight back to run Holt close but fall short

Ely Tigers travel to Norfolk side, Holt, in another top three fixture that again could prove pivotable come the end of March as the league champions are crowned, Tigers made changes to the starting 15 that travelled to Wymondham a fortnight earlier, into the side came Erwin Nooteboom and Sam Smith, as well as powerhouse Jacob Muncey.

The home side came out of the blocks, as they looked to get on the score board first, but after soaking up the early pressure, captain Joel Scott-Paul broke free to cross the white line for the opening try of that afternoon, Scott-Paul then added to the points with the conversion, both side then found themselves a man short as both sides received yellow cards, in that time it was the home side that took the advantage, with to converted penalty kicks, to make the score 7-6, the home them stepped up the gears with yet another converted try to add some day light between the side, as they went into a 13-7 lead, worse was still to come for Tigers, as the home side once more added a further try before the half time break, as they added a unconverted try to make at 18-7 at half time.

Ely started the second half the brighter of the two sides, but failed to trouble the score board, as the home side added a further converted try, to make the score 25-7, it looked to be one of those afternoons the visitors, but a try from Ely’s, Mitchell Kennett, and a conversion by Scott-Paul made it 25-14, moments later, could Tigers turn this game around, as Erwin Nooteboom crashed over the white line to close the gap, once Scott-Paul once more added the extra points, to make it 25-21, with Ely pushing and looking for the win, no more watching on could say which way the game would go, but once again the home side added some daylight in the scores as they added another try, to make the score 30-21, as the home side failed to add the extra points, could this be a costly miss, as once more back came the Tigers, as Luke Turner, broke along the wing to cross the try line, the conversion, made the score 30-28, as much as Tigers pushed for the winning try, it was the home side that nearly added to the score, but a last ditch tackle prevented the try in the dying moments, Ely broke down field but the attack proved fruitless as the home knocked the ball into touch for the final whistle.

Match report and photo credit: Steve Wells

New Look for Oliver Cromwell’s House

One of Ely’s key visitor attractions, Oliver Cromwell’s House, will re-open its doors on Saturday after a refurbishment made possible by funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER programme, co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire ACRE.

The former home of the Lord Protector and Ely’s most famous resident now boasts a completely re-vamped Civil War Exhibition with impressive interactive displays and interpretation. There is also a new timeline and family tree to provide more engaging content about this complex man who killed a King, but refused the crown.

Visitors will still have the opportunity to try on costumes and try out the games of the time but will also have the chance to truly experience what life was like on the battle fields during the English Civil War in the new mini encampment.

At the end of the tour, visitors will once again be asked to decide whether they feel Cromwell was a Hero or a Villain but the attraction now has a new voting system which staff believe everyone will be keen to try out!

Tracey Harding, Manager said: “We are so excited to share our new look with our visitors this weekend. We are extremely grateful to The Maltings Partnership for the creative and inspiring design concept they have developed with us and to Cambridgeshire ACRE for assisting us with the grant application. We hope to see lots of visitors over the coming months and hope local residents in particular will make the most of the chance to purchase a Resident’s Ticket which allows them to make repeat visits free of charge for the following 12 months.”

The refurbishment will be officially opened later in the month by Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, author of bestsellers Killers of the King and To Catch a King.

For more information: www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk   Twitter @cromwells_house  Facebook /cromwellshouse

Press release from Visit Ely

The Stained Glass Museum opens its doors for free to celebrate its 40th Birthday

On Saturday 30th March 2019 The Stained Glass Museum in Ely will celebrate 40 years of opening to the public!

To celebrate this landmark birthday, entry to the museum will be FREE* all day on Saturday 30 March, during our Family Fun Day.

The Stained Glass Museum’s Curator, Dr Jasmine Allen, commented: “This will be a really exciting event – 40 years to the day that the Stained Glass Museum first opened in Ely Cathedral in 1979. We want to celebrate with you! Whether you are revisiting, or discovering the museum for the first time, come and be inspired by our fantastic collection, have fun and learn something new.”

A range of activities suitable for all the family will be taking place throughout the day, including:

  • Glass Painting Demos by professional stained glass artist – 10.30am – 12.30am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm (ground floor, south-west transept)
  • Gallery Toursꭝ (lasting 15-20 minutes) – 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm (upper level, SGM gallery) Come on a whistle-stop tour with one of our team, who will introduce some of the museum’s key exhibits
  • Behind-the-Scene Toursꭝ (lasting 10-15 minutes) – 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm (upper level, SGM gallery) An opportunity to see behind-the-scenes!
  • Crafts and stories (ground floor, south-west transept and upper level, SGM gallery)

Visitors can also explore the museum on their own throughout the day using our trails, audio guides, light box activities, and discovery bags (upper level, SGM gallery).

Location and Access: The Stained Glass Museum is located on an upper level of Ely Cathedral known as the south triforium. Some activities will take place in the Stained Glass Museum (accessed by 40 steps) whilst other activities will take place on the ground floor. We have included the location of activities in the list above.

*Please note free entry applies to The Stained Glass Museum only Numbers on tours may be limited for health & safety reasons – we will operate on a first come first served basis.

Press release from The Stained Glass Museum

Four new Honorary Canons installed at Ely Cathedral

Four new Honorary Canons of Ely Cathedral were formally installed during Evensong earlier this week.   

This particular honour is awarded to members of clergy in recognition of their service to the Diocese of Ely and the wider church.  They are appointed by the Bishop of Ely as non residential members of the Cathedral chapter .

The Revd Tom Buchanan – Tom is Associate Vicar at St Philip’s, Mill Road.  He works full time in public relations, specialising in advising companies and individuals at times of significant change and crisis and is also vice-chairman of governors at the Leys and St Faith’s School Foundation.

Monsignor  Mark Langham – Before moving to Cambridge, Father Langham held significant posts at Westminster Cathedral and in Rome where he worked at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and was secretary to the official dialogues between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion (ARCIC). In 2013 he was appointed chaplain to the Catholic members of the university at Fisher House.

The Revd Alison Myers –Alison is Team Rector of the Lordsbridge Team of Churches, a network of worshipping communities across 11 villages west of Cambridge and  was elected Chair of the Ely Diocese House of Clergy 2018.  Before ordination she worked for 20 years in the IT sector, then in management consultancy, largely in change management, organisational design and in training teams and leaders. 

The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris – Jeremy Morris has been Master of Trinity Hall since 2014.  He has held many other notable posts in Cambridge as Dean of Chapel of King’s College,  Vice-Principal of Westcott House and Dean of Trinity Hall. Outside Cambridge, Jeremy is Director of the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology, and was formerly Deputy Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England.

Commenting on these recent appointments, the Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney said: “We are delighted to have such notable and dedicated individuals join us as Honorary Canons of Ely Cathedral. Each and every one of them bring such a breadth of experience and  knowledge to support the work of the Cathedral and within the Diocese.”

Image – L to R The Revd Tom Buchanan, The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, Monsignor  Mark Langham, The Revd Alison Myers

Press release from Ely Cathedral

KD Theatre Productions announce a new open-air theatre experience in Ely that will keep you HOOKED to your seats

Professional Theatre company ‘KD Theatre Productions’ will be producing a brand new open-air production of PETER PAN in The Deans Garden (Ely Cathedral)

Peter Pan is desperate to find the Lost Boys a mother and he finds just the girl in Wendy. But by bringing the Darling Family over to Neverland, is he putting them in danger with the villainous Captain Hook and his pirates following their every move?

KD Theatre Productions brand new exciting version of the classic story is bound to keep you HOOKED in the beautiful open-air setting of The Deans Garden at Ely Cathedral.

Daniel Bell, Producer said ‘We are delighted to be working with the team at The Cathedral to provide professional theatre in the most beautiful outdoor setting. We hope it will be the start of something really exciting at the Cathedral! It also marks the 90th anniversary that JM Barrie gifted the rights to Great Ormond Street Hospital and we are very proud to be donating money from every ticket towards the hospital.’

Performances will take place between the 17th and the 21st July 2019 nightly with matinees on the 20th and 21st July. Audience members will be encouraged to bring their own picnics, blankets and chairs and enjoy the production.

Tickets can be purchased from KD Theatre (www.kdtheatre.co.uk , 01353 725 026) or via the Ely Cathedral Box Office (www.elycathedral.org/events , 01353 660 349)

Press release from KD Theatre Productions

CRC Taster Day at Witchford Village College

Year 8 Students have been taking part in a Taster Day today. Witchford Village College had been selected by Cambridge Regional College to host the event, giving students an insight into the range of subjects on offer there.

Staff and current students from CRC arrived with a range of vocational based activities for pupils to take part in. Each WVC pupil was able to choose three taster sessions from; Care, Health and Early Years, Sport and Uniformed Services, Travel and Tourism, Gaming, Engineering and Construction. The intention is to give students an opportunity to try out vocational courses in order to assist in decision making for guided pathways and future career choices or aspirations.

The feedback from students was that it was a really informative morning, when they got to try out activities and subjects that are not in their normal curriculum. It was a real eye opener for some and got them thinking about their future.

The staff from CRC were very encouraging to students and brought all resources that were required. We are very grateful to CRC for giving our students an insight into subjects that they may not have considered previously.

Press release from Witchford Village College

King’s Ely Junior flautists to star in British Suzuki Institute Celebration Concerts

Flautists from King’s Ely are to perform in this year’s British Suzuki Institute Celebration Concerts.

King’s Ely Junior’s nine-strong Flute Choir has been selected to feature in one of the concerts after its teacher, Liz Hargest, submitted a recording of the students performing ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’ by writer and composer Lionel Bart.

The British Suzuki Institute is a registered charity set up to advance education in Music by the promotion of the methods of education developed over 70 years ago by founder Dr Shin’ichi Suzuki, with a focus on teacher training and the provision of concerts, workshops and special events for members.

The Celebration Concerts are being held at London’s Southbank Centre in March and will see musicians aged 5-16 coming together to perform music from Debussy to Beethoven, all celebrating 40 years of the British Suzuki Institute. The musicians will perform a selection of piano, string and wind solos, duets and chamber ensembles, as well as larger group performances, in a mixture of official Suzuki and non-Suzuki repertoire. Each concert has a separate programme featuring different performers and a mixture of age, level and instruments.

Hundreds of young musicians applied to perform in the concerts so Liz Hargest and the girls certainly have reason to celebrate being selected to feature in one of the concerts taking place on Sunday, March 17th.

Liz Hargest said: “I am so proud of what the girls have achieved. They all work incredibly hard to memorise their part and to play their instruments with musicality and expression. They really are a team and each individual’s motivation inspires the other girls. I know March 17th will be a memorable occasion for them, their parents, myself and everyone at King’s Ely.”

Music is the beating heart of King’s Ely and is the reason why the school came into existence in the first place. Over a third of students learn a musical instrument or receive vocal tuition and the quality, range and variety of ensembles all attest to the school’s musical pedigree. The school calendar is jam-packed with student-led and professional concerts, workshops and masterclasses, all of which, together with the excellence of the school’s cathedral choirs, highlight how music is the soul of the King’s Ely community and testify to its inclusivity.

For more information about the Celebration Concerts, please visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk. To find out more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please go to: www.kingsely.org.

Press release from King’s Ely

First Flights with Ely Air Cadets

“Truly the best day of my life”.

“The most amazing thing I’ve done EVER”

“Flying an Aircraft for the first time and taking control myself ? The best birthday of my life”.

Just three quotes from three of our cadets who flew for the first time today (Sunday 24th February) at RAF Cranwell in the RAF’s basic trainer aircraft the Tutor.

On Sunday, cadets from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron joined with cadets and staff from our sister Squadrons at 511 (Ramsey), 1406 (Spalding) and 2430 (Holbeach) Squadrons in visiting RAF Cranwell the home of the Royal Air Force and number 7 Air Experience Flight.

The cadets all spent at least 30 minutes each in the air with the majority of the cadets flying for the first time but with others completing their progressive training syllabus and gaining their blue and bronze ATP Wings Badges.

The day started off in thick fog delaying the start of flying for the cadets. However, once the sun burned off the mist, the dedication of the 7 AEF ground crew and instructor pilots and escorting adult staff from each squadron shone through as they worked seamlessly together getting the cadets briefed, kitted out, and pre-flight trained.

Despite the delayed start to flying, every cadet was flown and even one of the escorting adult staff experiencing the thrill of taking control of an aircraft and performing aerobatic manoeuvres.

If you are interested in joining these cadets then Ely Squadron is holding it’s next open evening for those aged 12-17 who may be thinking about joining on Wednesday 3rd April at The Cadet Centre, Heaton Drive, Ely, set in the grounds of Ely Hospital.

Come along and find out more!

From 1094 City of Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Littleport parkrun is for Everyone!

Have you heard of parkrun? Did you know you have a local parkrun right on your doorstep at Littleport Leisure Centre? Be there just before 0900 hours on Saturday mornings.

The parkrun community, and of course Littleport parkrun, is commited to welcoming and supporting people with a learning disability, and people who are autistic to take part, and either run, walk or volunteer. Some of the course at Littleport is on rough grass and trail, so sadly, it is not wheelchair accessible, but people who use a wheelchair might enjoy volunteering.

Do you have a learning disability and/ or autism, or do you know someone with a learning disability and/ or autism who might really enjoy parkrun? Do get in touch: we will do what we can to make things understandable and accesible.

For general information about Littleport parkrun, contact one of the Event Directors, James Lee at littleportoffice@parkrun.com.

To discuss accessibility for people with a learning disability and/ or autism, contact Justin Smith at justinleesmith@virginmedia.com

Come and see us one Saturday morning. You will love it!

Press release from Littleport parkrun

Wood Green offers FREE neutering vouchers to local community on World Spay Day!

Wood Green, The Animals Charity is taking part in World Spay Day 2019 by offering local pet owners help to get their pets neutered.

Every year, World Spay Day takes place to promote neutering as a way of not only reducing the number of unwanted litters being born, but also to highlight the additional benefits of getting your pet neutered. Between Tuesday 26 February and up to and including Friday 8 March owners of dogs, cats and rabbits can apply to the charity for a neutering voucher to cover the cost of the procedure.*

Juliette Jones, one of Wood Green’s Behaviour and Training Specialists who focuses on cats, actively encourages pet owners to neuter their pets.

“We urge loving owners to get their cats spayed to protect them from getting pregnant. It can also protect them from developing potentially deadly diseases of the ovaries and uterus. Male cats that haven’t been neutered are also more likely to roam and fight, putting them at risk of injury, infected wounds and contracting diseases. Un-neutered male (tom) cats also mark their territory by urinating – or ‘spraying’ and the smell is difficult to eliminate.

A common misconception is that cats should be allowed to have one litter before spaying them but this isn’t true. Research has shown that most owners would be reluctant to let their cat have a second litter of kittens having gone through the process once. Our advice is to have female cats spayed by the age of four months – before they attract the attention of local tom cats.”

To find out more about the scheme and to apply, please call us on 0300 303 9333 option 7 followed by option 3.

*This offer is only available while vouchers last.

To find out more about Wood Green, The Animals Charity, please call a member of the team on 0300 303 9333 or visit www.woodgreen.org.uk

Press release from Wood Green The Animals Charity

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Ely Common Opened for Public Use

Ely Common was declared a Town Green in 2012 as a result of a campaign led by Ely Wildspace. Securing the Common’s future as an open space, free from development, for the people of Ely and the District to enjoy in perpetuity.

This status however did not ensure that Ely Common would be maintained to remain open and accessible, and over the last few years parts of the Common have been increasingly encroached upon by blackthorn scrub, despite being within Ely’s Country Park.

Two years ago, in co-operation with East Cambridgeshire District Council, Ely Wildspace began a process to clear the encroaching scrub from the Common, with the assistance of the Community Payback team and its own volunteers. Disposing of the cut shrub and scrub regrowth has proved problematic, and the cleared areas have remained unusable.

Help has come however from Camps Highways Ltd, specialists in commercial landscaping and highway soft verge maintenance, who this week provided their plant and personnel as a community service to remove and shred all the cut scrub and regrowth. The whole of this part of the Common is now accessible to the public for the first time in several years.

Ely Wildspace chairman Andrew Bullivant said ‘Ely Wildspace is delighted that Camps Highways’ team has come to our assistance in solving this long-standing problem of scrub encroachment on Ely Common. We hope that following their lead, ways may now be found to keep the Common open in the long term’.

Press release from Ely Wildspace

Talents and courage shine during annual King’s Ely Senior Music Festival

Hundreds of people packed into Ely Cathedral for King’s Ely Senior’s eagerly-anticipated Music Festival Finalists’ Concert.

King’s Ely Senior and International students battled it out in a series of fiercely-contested heats held in school over a three-week period. As ever, the quality and variety of the students’ performances were outstanding, but the entries were whittled down to Intermediate Finalists and Senior Finalists, all of whom performed in the spine-tingling final in the splendour of the cathedral’s south transept.

The final was adjudicated by Professor Mark Wildman, Head of Vocal Studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

Intermediate Instrumentalist of the Year went to Year 10 student James Wilkinson (Trombone), who also won Intermediate Musician of the Year. Emmanuelle Yembe, who is in Year 13, was crowned Senior Vocalist of the Year for the second year running.

Elizabeth Thomson, who is in Year 10, won Intermediate Vocalist and the Senior Instrumentalist trophy went to Lisa Lyu (Piano), who is Year 12.

Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, said: “Every year I am awed by the quality and sophistication of the performances with which our young musicians delight us. They are each winners in their own classes and each of them deserve our respect and congratulations.”

Music is the beating heart of King’s Ely and is the reason why the school came into existence in the first place. Over a third of students learn a musical instrument or receive vocal tuition and the quality, range and variety of ensembles all attest to the school’s musical pedigree. The school calendar is jam-packed with student-led and professional concerts, workshops and masterclasses, all of which, together with the excellence of the school’s cathedral choirs, highlight how music is the soul of the King’s Ely community and testify to its inclusivity.

To discover out more about opportunities at King’s Ely, please visit www.kingsely.org.