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Ely’s Community Star Quizmaster needs your help!

Local Ely Quiz Master Ian McKendrick has put out an appeal for help from the community to continue his entertaining online quizzes after his aging MacBook died during last nights quiz. During lockdown Ian has been hosting quizzes most evenings, even running a family friendly Foodbank fundraising quiz on Sunday afternoons. Community Star Ian said …

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Cambridgeshire Music’s Second Online Orchestra Challenge

Hot on the heels of the success of Cambridgeshire Music’s first Online Orchestra, we’re pleased to bring you news of the music education hub’s second Online Orchestra challenge! For the first challenge, you may recall that Cambridgeshire Music transported everyone to the sunny beaches of Hawaii with a heart-warming performance of the classic theme tune …

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King’s Ely student’s ‘Two Point Six Challenge’ in aid of The DofE Award

King’s Ely Sixth Form student Molly Whymark has raised almost £600 for a cause close to her heart by putting her best foot forward during lockdown.  Molly, 17, decided to complete a ‘Two Point Six Challenge’, not only to raise funds for The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award, but to also try and make the …

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CMAT are preparing to welcome Children back to Schools

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) runs five primary schools in the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire area. Mark Woods, CEO of CMAT, said: “As a Trust, we are continuing to closely follow the guidance being provided by the Government in relation to the reopening of schools. “We are working hard to be prepared to welcome more students …

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Virtual Evensong featuring Ely Choristers raises £770k for charity

A star studded live broadcast of Choral Evensong featuring 2 choristers from Ely, has attracted a global audience of 19000 and raised £770,000 for charity. Amongst the 250 singers who took part in the live broadcast on May 19th were Alfie Bottley aged 12, and Mimi Hughes aged 15, both of whom are choristers at …

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Cathedral chorister joins star studded line up for Evensong

A young chorister from Ely Cathedral has been chosen to be part of a star studded line up to record a Virtual Choral Evensong, which will be broadcast live on YouTube on Tuesday (May 19th).   Alfie Bottley, aged 12, is one of several choristers from York Minster, Ely, Norwich, Wakefield, Winchester Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey, …

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Babylon Gallery launches search for co-designers and poets for ‘Comic Book Windows’ Exhibition

Babylon ARTS is collaborating with local Manga Artist, Irina Richards, to create 60 new illustrations, one for each of the Babylon Gallery window panes that face onto Pegasus Walk, Ely Riverside. The exhibition will comprise three separate comic ‘strips’, two based onIrina’s own stories and one using a poem and this is where the public …

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East Cambs Bus, Cycle, Walk Consultation – Don’t Leave It Too Late To Have Your Say

East Cambridgeshire District Council is urging residents to submit their thoughts to the Bus, Cycle, Walk consultation before the deadline on May 31st. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, East Cambs District Council extended the deadline to give residents a greater opportunity to respond. The aim of the consultation, which began on 9th March, is to …

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1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets Lockdown Aero-Modelling Club remembers The Dambusters

77 years ago on the 16th and 17th May Nineteen Lancaster bombers from 617 Squadron took off on operation Chastise to bomb the Dams of the German industrial heartland using purpose-built “bouncing bombs” developed by the British engineering genius Barnes Wallis. The operation later became known as the Dam Busters Raid but tragically 56 aircrew …

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Learn How to Manage Yourself and Your Team Through the Coronavirus Crisis

Please join us at 6pm on Tuesday 19th May for a great opportunity to learn how to better manage yourself and your team through the Coronavirus crisis. We are very pleased that Zarine Jacob, Leadership Coach, has generously agreed to run this session for us completely free. Details of the session are below and on this occasion it is essential to …

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Hundreds of PPE face shields donated to frontline workers by King’s Ely

King’s Ely has been able to make and donate more than 800 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face shields to frontline and key workers in the region. Every single one of the protective shields has been made by Patrick Carberry, who is Head of Design and Technology at King’s Ely. Patrick has worked tirelessly to make …

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Local WVC NHS Fundraiser gathers momentum

Witchford Village College have been at the forefront of an NHS fundraiser since the college closed, just prior to lockdown. The fundraiser for the Addenbrookes Charitable Trust, challenges students, staff and the local community to walk, run or cycle 5K for the NHS and donate to their JustGiving page. Another eight local schools have now …

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East Cambridgeshire District Council calls for business to claim remaining grant funding

East Cambridgeshire District Council is urging businesses to check their eligibility for the small business and retail, hospitality and leisure COVID-19 grants. The Council has so far paid £11,355,000, 72% of available funding and is waiting on responses from the remaining eligible businesses in order to process their applications. The Council is doing its upmost …

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LECA Working on PPE for the Community

Community Support During COVID-19 Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy staff and students have been busy over the last two weeks making PPE for NHS, Care Home Staff and front line workers in the Littleport Community and beyond. We’ve hand crafted over 300 visors in one week and have delivered these to St George’s Medical Centre, …

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Soham Station takes a step towards reality

Proposals for a new railway station in Soham have taken a step forward with the submission of an application to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to build the station. Network Rail is seeking permitted development rights to build the station following the announcement in September 2019 for a £18.6m funding package from the Cambridgeshire …

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Haddenham Plugged In – Family Entertainment this Weekend

Every year Haddenham Beer Festival raise over £5000 for local charities and this year as the festival has been postponed we are running an Online Festival called “Haddenham Plugged In” on Saturday 2nd May on our Facebook Page. There will be lots of family fun, live acts and competitions throughout the day, all of which …

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Together in Isolation – Creative Postcard Project with Babylon ARTS

Babylon ARTS is inviting everyone to get creative during this lockdown period, by adding their designs and written responses to an exhibition of postcards, which will go online now and will in the future become part of a physical exhibition at the Babylon Gallery.  Florence Rose, Head of Project Delivery explains: “We are looking for …

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Ely Christmas Lights ‘Switch On Event’ Cancelled for 2020

With heavy hearts the City of Ely Council’s Christmas Lights Committee, last night took the decision to cancel the Ely Christmas Lights Switch on event which was scheduled to take place on the 27th November 2020. Members agreed that the event, which has an attendance of around 6000 people could not go ahead this year …

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Prospects Trust Unwraps a Parcel of Joy to Key Workers at Highfield School Ely

Ely’s first zero waste greengrocery and refill larder, Prospects Trust Unwrapped, made a special top of the class delivery to its friends at Highfield Ely this week while on their busy home delivery rounds.  Highfield School learners have been part of the social enterprise since it opened last September and the team at Unwrapped wanted …

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Eel Day 2020 – Community “Colour me in” Eel

Fascinating Fens are collaborating with Visit Ely and Babylon Arts Gallery to bring you a great community event inspired by the Fens and Eel Day 2020.  Sadly, due to current circumstance, we can’t bring you our bright and colourful Eels that parade down the High Street and Forehill, but here’s an idea you may like …

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Cambridgeshire’s first Online Orchestra

Aloha! We’re delighted to unveil the very first performance by Cambridgeshire’s Online Orchestra – in a specially arranged version of the classic TV theme tune for Hawaii Five-0. Cambridgeshire Music received more than 60 video and audio recordings from 50 different musicians across Cambridgeshire and further afield – including one of Cambridgeshire Music’s former students …

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More photography awards for creative King’s Ely students!

Three King’s Ely students have snapped their way to victory in a national photography competition. There were more than 1,500 images submitted in this year’s Beyond the Frame student photography competition, on the theme ‘Through my Eyes’. The contest is organised by Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) and attracts entries from across the UK. …

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New ‘wild’ home learning hub helps parents in East Anglia be fun science teachers

Wildlife charity WWT, which runs Welney Wetland Centre in Norfolk, launches its new online ‘wild’ home learning hub to help hard pressed parents teach their primary school aged children key parts of the science curriculum. New resources, covering different conservation science themes, will be released weekly on a Monday morning during lockdown. WWT has 70 years’ experience in teaching school …

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Is there really Hidden Treasure in Ely? Do you think you could find it…

Visit Ely may not be able to deliver our unique ‘escape room challenge’ right now, but we’ve come up with a fun alternative. Have a go at trying to locate the missing treasure that is still said to be located within the medieval walls of Ely! Download ‘Ely Pilgrim’s Lost Treasure’ for just £5 and …

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Let’s get digital – Council forges ahead with planning committee using video conferencing

East Cambridgeshire District Council is preparing to hold their first ever planning committee meeting via online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The planning committee meeting, which will take place on Monday 20 April at 1pm, is one of the first virtual committees to take place in the East of England. Restrictions put in place by central …

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Council calls for small businesses to utilise available coronavirus funding

East Cambridgeshire District Council is calling for businesses that it has contacted to return their grant applications for support during the coronavirus pandemic. The council has contacted more than 1,300 businesses in the area informing them that they are eligible for financial support and instructing them on what they need to do to apply for …

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King’s Ely wins National Photography Competition for third year running!

Talented King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Paige Newell, has been crowned the winner of this year’s ILFORD PHOTO UK Student Photography Competition – making it the third year running that a King’s Ely student has won the contest. For this year’s competition, photography students from across Britain were invited to choose one word to complete …

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Skilful King’s Ely flautist, Pim, secures DipABRSM

Talented King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Pim Mahikote, has achieved her DipABRSM with the flute. Pim, who is in Year 13, started playing the flute in Year 8 and says she loves how versatile the instrument is. She says achieving her DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) with the …

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Ely Cathedral Wins National Eco Church Award

Ely Cathedral has been awarded an Eco Church Silver Award, in recognition of the steps the Cathedral is taking in implementing a more environmentally friendly approach in its day to day operations and ministry. The Silver award is part of the Eco Church scheme created by A Rocha UK, a charity committed to mobilising Christians to care for nature. The award, …

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Haddenham Post Office Re-opens After Refurb of Premises

Haddenham Post Office has re-opened today (14th April) after extensive refurbishment of the Blakemore SPAR premises at, 5 High Street, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3XA. The branch had to be closed for health and safety reasons during the major refit.  The work took longer than planned due to restrictions on work during the coronavirus pandemic. Press …

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Rackham Primary Sends a Video Message to Students

Staff at Rackham Primary School in Witchford were asked by their headteacher to spread some hope and positivity to the pupil and parent community this weekend. Headteacher, Bridget Harrison said, “I have seen lots of brilliant videos made by teaching staff in other schools over the past few weeks and so sooner or later it …

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East Cambridgeshire District Council supports businesses impacted by COVID-19

East Cambridgeshire District Council has contacted all eligible local businesses to support them in accessing vital funding during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the government’s COVID-19 support package, a £25,000 cash grant is being provided for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that are operating from premises with rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. Businesses …

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Ely College staff and students produce PPE and spread positivity to the community

Despite the current closure, Ely College staff and students have been busy this week, converting the Design and Technology department into a production line for PPE (personal protective equipment).  Students attending the childcare provision still being run on site over this period have also designed a large rainbow banner to spread hope and positivity to …

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No Car Park Penalties During Outbreak

East Cambridgeshire District Council is not enforcing time restrictions in its car parks during the coronavirus outbreak. In order to support the changing needs of residents, key workers and community volunteers during the current crisis, time restrictions within the district’s free car parks are not being enforced and no fixed penalties are being issued. Councillor …

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East Cambridgeshire District Council provides small business support in uncertain times

East Cambridgeshire District Council has taken action to assist small businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Council has responded to the roll out of the Government small business grant and has contacted all eligible businesses in the area with information about what they need to do, more than 1,000 businesses in total.   The first grant …

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National Youth Music Theatre selection for talented King’s Ely Sixth Form student

King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Billy Pinto, has been called-up by the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT). Billy, 16, will be starring in (subject to the COVID-19 situation) ‘Imagination’, by Timothy Knapman and Stuart Matthew Price. Directed by Richard Fitch, the production will be presented at CURVE Theatre, Leicester and for the International Youth …

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Council Extends Advice Service for Residents

From April 1st residents will be able to access an extended range of advice from East Cambridgeshire District Council including support on issues relating to debt, relationships and work. Following Government advice on social distancing the increased support services will be delivered by telephone and email; when Government restrictions are lifted they will also be available …

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East Cambridgeshire Forms Support Network to Help Elderly and Vulnerable

A district council is appealing to residents to help provide a support network for those who need help during the coronavirus outbreak. East Cambridgeshire District Council has asked people to sign up to its scheme and will map out the support available in towns and villages across the district. The Council is sending out letters …

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Ely City Crusaders Awarded Funding to Revamp Football Facilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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East Cambridgeshire District Council Coronavirus Response

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

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King’s Ely rowers victorious at National Junior Championships

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

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Vinnie’s New Buggy

Two organisations got together, Ely Rotary Club and the Ely Community Unit Trust, to supply a special Joggster Buggy for Vinnie Edwards.  Vinnie is two years old and has limited mobility.  He was born with Global Developmental Delay, which causes problems with walking, and he has frequent falls. The Joggster has an increased weight capacity …

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

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

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

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

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Headteacher Plans School Fundraising Skydive

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

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Council Approves Bus, Cycling and Walking Consultation

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

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Ely Air Cadet Meets The Princess Royal On a Flying Visit

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

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Defeat for Tigers in Suffolk, missed conversions prove costly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ely Archers Medals Galore at County Championships

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

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Ely Squadron’s Flight Sergeant Shortlisted for Westminster Award

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

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Babylon Gallery has been Submerged!

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

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