Alison Powell

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

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

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Jade Staff Makes The Final in National Influencer Award

Ely mother of two, Jade has just been announced as a Finalist in the prestigious 2019 Brilliance in Blogging Awards (The BiBs) in Best of Pinterest category. Her blog, Mummies Waiting for a Disney Kinda Day (www.mummieswaiting.com) is a lifestyle blog about family travel, appealing to parents who are looking to plan a stress-free holiday …

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Animal Service to include special ‘Garfield’ tribute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fen House Brain Injury Unit Fundraising for Outdoor Gym Equipment

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

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Ely Runners Beginners Graduate at Littleport parkrun

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

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Last Chance to See Chris Koster’s Mathematical Art in Ely

This weekend is the last chance to see the extraordinary mathematical art of Chris Koster in Ely’s Babylon Gallery. The gallery’s Summer Selected Exhibition is featuring three works from Koster’s Cambridge exhibition Infinite Realm. Koster’s paintings have been variously described as baffling, unique, beautiful and thoroughly arresting, and hailed in the press as a new art form. They are created …

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Witchford Village College GCSE Results 2019

Students, parents and staff came together this morning at Witchford Village College to celebrate this year’s GCSEs. All of the hard work, effort and commitment paid off for the students, as they opened their envelopes containing their results. Whilst the college celebrated everyone’s achievements, special mention must go to Sophie Lewin who achieved an incredible …

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Principal and Chief Executive of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, retires

Sue Freestone retires at the end of August as Principal and Chief Executive of King’s Ely after fifteen years at the helm.  Sue became Head of King’s Ely in 2004 having previously led Sibford School, Oxfordshire from 1997. She made her mark as soon as she arrived in Ely by reversing the decision to drop …

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Bishop Laney Sixth Form Celebrates Impressive Results

Bishop Laney Sixth Form is celebrating today as students receive an impressive set of results. This follows its excellent first OFSTED inspection in June at which it was judged to be ‘Good’ overall, with ‘Outstanding’ leadership and management. Bishop Laney Sixth Form is part of Ely College and provides excellent Post-16 education for students across …

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Ely Charity serves up more hot meals, with help from Tesco

A local charity in Littleport is helping to improve the lives of adults with complex learning disabilities, with the help of food donations from its local Tesco store. Founded in 1994, Branching Out provides specialist work-based training to its members, in areas such as upcycling, gardening, arts and crafts and cooking. The group also provides …

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Ely Squadron’s Cadet Attends British Airways Pilot Flying Experience Day

Here’s a great report from one of Ely Squadron’s cadets, Jake Bausor “Today I have had the amazing opportunity to take part in a British Airways Pilot Flying Experience Day at Booker Airfield, High Wycombe. I applied for this one off experience back in April and including me there was a total of 1800 applications …

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King’s Ely Drama team earns 5* review at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

Talented actors and actresses from King’s Ely achieved the ultimate accolade – a 5* review – at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their gritty and original production, Ugly Youth.  “A theatrical triumph in every respect” and “an energetic piece, undertaken with enthusiasm and panache by its talented, young cast”, are among sterling comments made …

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Ely Guild of Woodturners Art in Wood Exhibition & Gallery Sale

Join the Ely Guild of Woodturners at this year’s ‘Art In Wood’ exhibition which will be held at the usual Ely Cathedral Conference Centre (opposite the magnificent Ely Cathedral – CB7 4EW) from the 17th through to the 26th August 2019.  Entrance is free, so do pop in and see what it’s all about.  Our …

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Littleport ‘Run the Rainbow’ parkrun for Pride in Ely

Littleport parkrun held a special parkrun today to coincide with Pride in Ely, inviting parkrunners to run wearing bright clothes. A fantastic time was had by all. You can read the run report here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/news/2019/08/10/run-the-rainbow-clare-andrews/ Everybody is always welcome at parkrun, which is a free, weekly, timed 5-kilometre run. Come and join us and enjoy …

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Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club Celebrates Second Birthday

Last week Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club celebrated its second Birthday at the Paradise Centre in Ely they kindly shared their Birthday celebrations with us. After building our club from scratch we have now reached the start of our 3rd year! 🙈 Thank you to the over 700 skaters that have come along to our lessons …

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Ely Cathedral Tower to be lit up in rainbow lights to celebrate “all God’s children” during Pride

Ely Cathedral’s Octagon Tower will be lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride in Ely 2019. On August 9th and 10th, the Octagon tower will display rainbow lights to show its support for “all God’s children”. Ely’s second ever Pride Festival will take place on August 10th outside the Maltings. The Very Reverend Mark …

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Council Making Strides to Stamp Out Fly-Tipping

A district council has stepped up its proactive campaign to tackle environmental crime. The Let’s SCRAP fly-tipping event, organised by East Cambridgeshire District Council’s (ECDC) domestic environmental services team, was held at Ely Markets on Wednesday, 31st July. Several organisations, who form part of the Cambridgeshire SCRAP fly-tipping group, came together at the event, including …

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New Musical work at Ely Cathedral for 250 local children and an eel

Ely Cathedral is commissioning leading young British composer James Olsen to write a major new work for Ely Cathedral boy and girl choristers, organ, professional orchestral musicians from the Britten Sinfonia, Cathedral clergy and altar servers, and over 250 Cambridgeshire schoolchildren, to be performed at Ely Cathedral on 22 June 2020. The new work, titled …

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Plogging in Ely

Some Ely Trail Runners have started plogging in and around the City and it’s trails. Plogging combines jogging and litter picking, and it’s surprisingly hard work given there is sadly no shortage of litter, it involves the odd run, bending, reaching down into ditches and carrying a bin liner with you! Unfortunately, litter is a …

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Ely Talent at the British Swimming Summer Championships 2019

Ely swimmer Ciara Taylor, who is 14, travelled to Glasgow last week to compete in the British Swimming Summer Championships held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Only the top 24 swimmers in each age group in Britain qualify to attend this annual event and Ciara achieved a personal best time in her Heat to …

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Adventure loving King’s Ely students learn abundance of new skills in Lake District

Bouldering, ridge walking and trail running were just some of the activities enjoyed by intrepid King’s Ely students during an adrenaline-fuelled expedition to the Lake District. To say the 10-day expedition, which kicked off on the first Sunday of the summer holidays, was action-packed would be a slight understatement – with the group of King’s …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe is calling for talented King’s Ely Drama team!

Actors and Actresses from King’s Ely will be treading the boards at the world’s largest arts festival this summer – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. More than 20 King’s Ely Senior students are starring in Ugly Youth, a gritty, original play written by King’s Ely’s Director of Drama and Theatre, Nick Huntington. The production is being …

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Wildlife cameraman’s visit goes down a storm at King’s Ely Junior

Pupils and staff at King’s Ely Junior were in their element when they got to meet award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman, Doug Allan.  Doug, a recipient of the Fuchs Medal and the Polar Medal (twice), was Guest of Honour at King’s Ely Junior’s Prizegiving and Service of Thanksgiving, which took place in Ely Cathedral. Hundreds …

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Eco-friendly Farm Shop Bringing The Zero Waste Revolution to Ely Helps Re-love The Toys

Prospects Trust Unwrapped, in partnership with Lighthouse Ely, are hosting a tabletop 2nd hand Toy Sale on 20th July 2019, from 11.30am to 2pm at their new shop location, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG.  With the start of the school summer holidays, Prospects Trust wanted to share its eco-aims with the younger generation.   Prospects …

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Ely Netball Volunteers attend Vitality Netball World Cup

Two members of Ely Netball Club are this week attending as volunteers in Liverpool for the Vitality Netball World Cup. Referred to as Pivoteers, they are helping in all aspects of the tournament from spectator services to VIP interaction, ensuring everyone has an enjoyable time to make this the best Netball World Cup. The club …

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Fully-equipped: Highfield Littleport Academy receives free Premier League kit and equipment

Pupils attending Highfield Littleport Academy, in Cambridgeshire, will be looking to hone their footballing skills for the 2019/20 season after receiving their free Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack. Stocked full of items including Nike match footballs, training bibs and numbered and lettered floor markers, the Premier League equipment pack will aid teacher delivery of …

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Levi Roots Confirmed as Headline Speaker at East Cambs Business Boost 2019

Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den winner, Levi Roots, is confirmed as headline speaker at East Cambs Business Boost 2019 alongside Google and ex- Special Forces’ Jem Hills. Annual business event East Cambs Business Boost, which is now in its third year, has been created by East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire Chambers of …

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Local teacher wins award at inaugural celebration event for her contribution to SEND provisions

A staff member at Highfield Ely Academy celebrates her award at first-ever Warwickshire County Council Children & Families event. On Thursday 20th June, Natalie Tatum, a Department Leader at Highfield Ely Academy, was presented with an award at the Children & Families Celebration event at Shire Hall.  The awards were launched this year to celebrate …

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Eco Ely, Spotted In Ely & Ely Swish Join Fundraising Forces to Bring The Zero Waste Revolution to Ely

The Prospects Trust will open its GREEN grocery, Farm Food Servery and Refill Larder this September in Ely. Eager to fundraise for the first stock of the shop and to create a series of Eco/Local events, Eco Ely, Spotted in Ely and the expertise of Ely Swishers have come together to host the first fun …

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Celebrating Community and Urban Development in Ely 1949-2019

On Saturday 6th July residents from Ely had a ‘Tea Street Party’ to celebrate 70 years of Mayfield Close. Margherita one of the organisers of the event told us, “What a tremendous day was spent with our fantastic neighbours! Gorgeous people, lovely food and a very special visit. Thank you to the Mayor of Ely …

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Families flock to inaugural performing arts celebration

Almost 500 parents and community members turned out at The Peterborough Theatre this Tuesday as Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) brought together 11 of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival.  Over 360 students from 11 CMAT schools performed to a jampacked audience of friends, family and the local community at The Peterborough Theatre …

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Viva Mill Redevelopment Project Launches With National Heritage Lottery Grant

Viva Arts and Community Group, Soham, Cambridgeshire has received funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to convert a derelict Edwardian Mill in Soham into a vibrant community space.  The project is one of six to have been awarded a share of £5.1m in the Midlands and East of England with projects which drive diversity, …

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Ely Air Cadets wish all our American Friends and followers a great Fourth of July

Wishing all our colonial cousins in the USA and the UK a happy Independence Day today the Fourth of July. Pictured below is Cadet Staff Sergeant Jackson Wynn whilst visiting the UK he stopped off to visit Ely Squadron and catch up with his lifelong friend and ex school pal Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue. …

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Students display grit and determination aplenty in annual endurance challenge

Intrepid King’s Ely students set a new record time in this year’s Martin Doyle Endurance Challenge. The gruelling and fiercely-contested timed event pits teams of two King’s Ely Senior students from each House against each other in a physically challenging combination of running, swimming, canoeing, climbing, slack-lining and an assault course. The annual competition was …

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Ely College ‘transformed’ as Ofsted rate the school Good with Outstanding features

In its first Ofsted inspection since joining the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), Ely College has been rated Good with Outstanding leadership and management.  It has been a fantastic three years for the college, who were announced last summer as ‘Secondary School of the Year’ at the Cambridge News Education Awards and achieved some of …

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All in Sound Making Music in the Community with Ely College

Registered Charity All In Sound, is delighted that their dementia choir in Ely is still singing strong after more than a year and is proving more popular than ever.  Thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, as well as more local funding from Hopkins Homes, through Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, City of Ely …

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Ely Netball Club – Big Summer of Netball

Ely Netball Club are opening its doors to new members in support of England Netball’s BIGGEST SUMMER OF NETBALL. The national team, England Roses, will be competing in the Netball World Cup, taking place 12th – 22nd July in Liverpool. The tournament welcomes sixteen nations of elite professional netballers and will highlight women’s sport. To …

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Viva Soham hit the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival with two musicals

Viva Arts and Community Group, Soham, are currently preparing to take two full scale comedy-musicals; ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’ and ‘Sister Act’, to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Over 70 people will be travelling together from Soham to Edinburgh including performers, musicians, backstage volunteers and creative professionals- each volunteering their time …

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Royal seal of approval for Ely Air Cadet

Ely Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue experienced the Royal seal of approval yesterday (June 25th) when he attended his first engagement as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cambridgeshire at the Peter Brotherhood engineering factory. Rory was recently appointed by The Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire Julie Spence OBE QPM and today the 1094 Squadron Cadet …

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Welney Nominated for Gold Accolade

WWT Welney are excited to have been nominated for a Gold Accolade within the Visit England, Quality Assurance Scheme. The team at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust site pride ourselves on creating a welcoming and informative experience for visitors, so that everyone can connect with wetlands and the incredible wildlife. The continued improvements made to …

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The 6th Mental Health Awareness event for Talking FreELY this July

Two years on from the first event, Talking FreELY will be holding another public event at Ely Cathedral Conference Centre on Saturday 6th July from 9.30 until 12.30. The event aims to raise awareness of mental health, and provide information to people about where they can get help if they need it. As always, there …

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Children at King’s Ely Acremont get closer to nature

A new conservation area and wildlife pond has been officially opened at King’s Ely Acremont.    The school’s budding Bill Oddies and Michaela Strachans are in their element using the pond dipping platform to search for tadpoles and water boatmen (all supervised of course!), hunting among the log piles for minibeasts and topping up the …

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Ely Cathedral to provide the inspiration for new poetry as part of unique project

Ely Cathedral and its founder St Etheldreda will provide the inspiration for new poetry from writers of all ages as part of major new project to stimulate creativity. Prize-winning poet Jen Hadfield will bring Places of Poetry to Ely, using the incredible story of the foundation of the cathedral to help people pen their own …

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Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership brings Innovation Day to King’s Ely

King’s Ely was delighted to welcome students from St Bede’s Inter-Church School and Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy along to a special Innovation Day. The event involved more than 60 Key Stage 3 students from all three schools, who enjoyed an engaging and entertaining workshop where they competed to produce ideas for a new Smart …

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Isle of Ely Arts Festival enters its second week with performances, poetry, music and art…all on your doorstep

The Festival enters its second week with an abundance of arts and culture on offer locally. Catch The Festival Players in ‘Groping for Words’ by Sue Townsend at two village venues this week. First performed in 1983 when Margaret Thatcher was in power, the problems of adult literacy the play explores are still here a generation later. The …

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East Cambridgeshire District Council Serious About Enforcement of Environmental Crime

East Cambridgeshire is clamping down on fly-tipping and littering and has issued increased numbers of fixed penalty notices for Environmental Crimes. In an effort to reduce fly-tipping and littering across the district, East Cambridgeshire District Council’s domestic team have been working with the waste and street cleansing team at East Cambs Street Scene in raising …

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An Evensong to remember for King’s Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir

King’s Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir is on a high after having the opportunity to sing Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. The 35-strong choir, made up of boys and girls from Years 5 to 8, travelled to the capital for the service on June 3rd. They sang Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Herbert Sumsion and …

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Local Council Wastes No Time in Recycling the Unrecyclable

A local council has been the talk of the county after filling up a Zero Waste Box to the brim in just four weeks. East Cambridgeshire District Council, who installed the box for seemingly unrecyclable items such as crisp packets and sweet wrappers at The Grange, will send the contents to Terracycle to safely recycle …

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Sing! Choirs continuing to raise money for local good causes walks to an amazing new total!

A super singing opportunity for Sing! Choirs during May, which saw them being conducted by Call The Midwife star Cliff Parisi, turned into an amazing way to raise funds for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Kathryn Rowland, MD for Sing! Choirs says “We were delighted to be singing for the StarShine Night Walk supporting Arthur …

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Babylon ARTS, Ely to stage major John Piper Selling Exhibition opening 22nd June

Babylon ARTS, is to host a major selling exhibition of original prints and drawings by John Piper from 22nd June to 14th July at their riverside gallery in Ely. Piper is recognised as one of the great British artists of the 20th century and this exhibition, curated by Goldmark Gallery, will feature the full range of …

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Choristers and Friends Complete Charity Cycle Ride in Sweltering Heat

A group of King’s Ely Junior pupils, including four Ely Cathedral choristers, used their pedal power to raise more than £1,000 for good causes. Four members of Ely Cathedral Boys’ Choir – Thomas Perceval-Maxwell, James Barbrook, Max Black and Theo Almond – who are all pupils at King’s Ely Junior, cycled from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, …

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Local Education Trust to Host Inaugural Performing Arts Celebration

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) is bringing together eleven of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival, Evolve, showcase to celebrate the arts.   Over 360 pupils from eleven schools will be performing to friends, family and the community on Tuesday 2nd July at The Peterborough Theatre. Each school will perform a piece of …

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