Mark Cooney

Editor of Spot Everything Ltd which covers Spotted in Ely and other publications coming soon.

Sorry for the April Fool but it’s almost ready as Nando’s is opening tomorrow in Ely

Last year we played an April Fools in which many fell for, if only for a short while, where we added a poorly designed Nando’s logo on to the side of the once empty unit at Ely’s Leisure Village. Well now that logo exists and Nando’s is opening to the excitement of many residents in …

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His Message is simple: “We help when no-one else can”. The Real Machine Gun Preacher comes to Ely

From a young age, Sam Childers got caught up in crime became an addict and one of life’s bad eggs but inside he still always believed he had Jesus. While in a bar fight one day, witnessing stabbings and the worse violence he had ever seen, decided that if he could escape and reach the …

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A Standing Ovation for Julia Gilbert as she receives her Community Star Award

It’s becoming an exciting pleasure to give away Community Stars to the amazing people we meet and learn about and I am sure no one can deny that Julia Gilbert is one such worthy recipient. She is unwavering in her determination to make the Hockey Club and EOSA the best it can provide for Ely. …

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A Surprise Surprise to Justin Heron, our Community Star

This morning alongside Naomi from The Atrium Fitness we made a “Surprise Surprise” to Cineworld to present our newest Community Star to Justin Heron from a charity called Spectrum. The multi-award winning organisation is a parent led charity providing events and support for families of children with Autism, additional needs, learning difficulties and disabilities. Leading …

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Have a lunch on us

Over the next few weeks we are to launch the Spotted in Ely Community Lunch. Community Lunches have been popping up all over the UK and providing a free lunch and a chance to network with other local organisation in your area. “No such thing as a free lunch?”, says everyone. Well now there is. …

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Could Soham be a place for Nelly the Tuk Tuk? Fundraising begins to help the local people

Neighbourhood Care Soham is making a bid to keep beloved Nellie, the Ely Tuk Tuk in the East Cambs area by trying to raise £4000 in just 30 days. Back in January, Mark and Teresa Harrison, owners of Ely Tuk Tuk decided to make the tough decision to sell Nellie and put out a Facebook …

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Tanya Ffitch - BHF Shop Assistant in Ely recieves a cheques from Zoe Habbin, Bar & Catering Manager at Ely On-Par Golf Course

Ely On-Par Golf Day Raises £500 for British Heart Foundation

September last year saw a charity golf day between members of Ely’s On Par who raised over £500 through generous donations, auction and green fees. Shop Assistant Tanya Ffitch from Ely’s British Heart Foundation came to collect the cheque from Zoe Habbin, Catering & Bar Manager for On-Par. Owner of On-Par, Graham Mawe said “It …

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Community Stars Launches with an amazing Life-Saving story at Ely Cathedral

Out of the blue a person needs to find the strength they didn’t know they had to do something absolutely amazing. James Salmons is such a person who saved his family from being devastated. In 2017, while enjoying an evening with his wife, Charlotte and children, Grace and Alfie. James was called upon to remove …

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Ask for Angela Initiative Relaunched in East Cambs

Spotted in Ely yesterday (Monday) relaunched the initiative where a simple code word could help someone who feels insecure for many reasons while on a night out. With the help of East Cambridgeshire District Council and the local Police, the “Ask For Angela” initiative is to be relaunched and reintroduced into local licenced establishments over the …

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Ely to Celebrate Small Business Saturday with a HUGE GIVEAWAY

Ellgia a local, community-minded recycling company has pledged to raise the profile of small businesses this Christmas. Partnering with Visit Ely, Ellgia has called upon their wide network of business contacts to seek donations to come up with a variety of free giveaways this December. Joe Hemsley-Rudd, Sales Director at Ellgia said: “We are a …

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Driving Instructors across the Country Raise Funds for Children in Need with The Big Learner Relay

Hampshire driving instructor Louise Walsh is the inspiration behind ‘The Big Learner Relay for Children in Need’ planned for November this year. This two week event, now in its fifth year, features driving instructors and pupils across the country all getting together to raise money for Children in Need. Driving Instructors will be relaying a …

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Councillors pay a visit to award-winning Recycling Centre

Members from East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) were recently invited to visit an award-winning recycling company based in Lancaster Business Park. The visit is a part of a wider effort to meet with and understand the needs of businesses from across the district. Ellgia, who recently won a national award for Independent Operator of the …

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One Project Opens another Begins – Work to commence on Underpass

Opening Ely Bypass on 31 October means work can seamlessly start on the next phase with the underpass work beginning the next morning (Thursday 1 November). Once the bypass has opened, we can close the underpass to begin working on improving access for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. This closure will also encourage drivers …

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New Changes Start with the Squash Courts at Paradise

Quick News from Paradise Sports Centre INTRODUCING our brand new squash court floors. After a hard week of pulling up the old and bringing in the new, our squash courts are now open for business with state of the art flooring. Hire the courts (subject to availability) by contacting reception.

Do you recognise this man from the CCTV footage from Italian Jewellers in High Street Passage, Ely?

Took just 30 seconds for a man to steal a £3,000 ring from Jewellers in Ely The man shown in the video below asked to see a ring at 2.49pm on Friday 14th September and within seconds has flown out of the door and towards Market Street. He appears to be in his 20’s, black …

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Calling all budding Girl Choristers!

Calling all budding Girl Choristers! The annual Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir Taster Day is taking place on Sat 20 Oct. ‘Be A Girl Chorister For A Day’ is free and for girls with a love of music and singing, who are in years 5-8. For more info contact Jane Formston on 01353 660707

Could Ely’s Leisure Village Underpass be getting a makeover and can you help?

We often receive messages regarding the graffiti that appears on the wall of the underpass leading to Ely’s new Leisure Village and we have today spoken with an officer at the Council who tells Spotted in Ely, that they are aware and plans are underway to make big changes. When plans for the new underpass where unveiled, several people …

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Spring Meadow School, make nearly a third of all support staff redundant before the end of term.

Spring Meadow school, an infant and nursery school with an assessment unit in Ely plans to make nearly a third of all support staff redundant before the end of term. Spring Meadow school launched a three week long consultation with all support staff on 11.6.18, proposing to lose 19 support staff, with 22 jobs at risk. …

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Sparks Fly for 2 more Ely groups who benefit from Fireworks Cash Giveaway

Thanks to the suggestions of local Ely residents, the team who put on the Ely fireworks display last year have now donated a total of £2,000 to local good causes following the success of the 2017 event. So many amazing local causes were nominated that the team are evaluating many of the other groups that …

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Thirteen Million over budget but milestones passed and due to open in October

The project to build the Southern Bypass around Ely has now passed several major milestones. Ely Southern Bypass will provide a huge boost for the area and will ease congestion in and around Ely by providing a new link between Stuntney Causeway and Angel Drove. The new route will remove the need for heavy goods …

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Big Issue founder and Social Entrepreneur, Lord John Bird to speak in Ely

Co-founder of The Big Issue, Lord John Bird is to be the keynote speaker at Ely Cathedral 2018 Celebration of Business. Lord Bird, who entered the House of Lords in 2016 has endured a chequered life, living in orphanages, on the streets and a spell in prison where he learned to read and write. In …

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YEH! Secures ‘Centre E’ on Barton Road in Ely until 2030

YEH!, the charity which runs Centre E on Barton Road in Ely, has been granted an extended lease on the building until 2030 by Cambridgeshire County Council, helping to secure the future of the building. Youth Ely Hub Charitable Incorporated Organisation, a registered charity, was set up by local Councillor Elaine Griffin-Singh, with the support …

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Spring Tour Event – Your chance to discover more about King’s Ely Nursery, King’s Ely Acremont and King’s Ely Junior

WE know that if we could bottle the spirit of King’s Ely we would be onto a real winner, but we would like you to come and experience it for yourself. On Friday March 23rd, we are doing just that by hosting a Spring Tour Event for families interested in joining King’s Ely Nursery (ages …

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Conservatives Set to Reject Proposals to Increase Charges for Social Care Services

Press Release by Councillor Anna Bailey – 6th March 2018 Conservatives at Cambridgeshire County Council have agreed to prioritise and protect support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and their carers, by rejecting the three main proposals to change the way that adults with learning and physical disabilities and mental health …

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Your help is needed to make the 2018 Ely Fireworks event go off with a bang!

The 2017 Fireworks event was produced by Ely fireworks Ltd who started the planning without a single penny in the bank. A grant was received from City of Ely Council for £500 but the rest of the funding came from just one generous individual who made a donation to make this important event possible. The …

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Food Supply Chain Industry Benefits The Economy In East Cambridgeshire

One of Cambridgeshire’s leading food supply chain specialists opened its doors to members of local and central government to showcase the inner workings of their purpose built processing and repack facilities in Newmarket.  Susanne Devanney from the Department for International Trade (DIT), MP Lucy Frazer and a number of East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) Councillors …

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Winter Wonderland comes to Ely with Best Christmas Window Competition – Editors Column

Last week I was asked to judge Ely’s shopfronts along with Mayor Richard Hobbs and Councillor Alison Arnold and if I am honest was very honoured to be given the responsibility. The three of us trawled the High Street, Forehill, Market Square, The Passages, The Cloisters and Market Street in search of the best “Winter …

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That's £1300 up in smoke but all to worthwhile charities.

Ely Fireworks organiser Richard Stewart dropped into the Lantern School yesterday to give away what money they had left from the successful night of lights and explosions on Cherry Hill. The Guy competition winning school received a cheque for £150 alongside the Royal British Legion. Marc Beveridge from the Poppy Appeal said, “This is a really generous …

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International packaging firm makes significant relocation within East Cambs

Local company Faerch Plast (formerly Anson Packaging) recently opened the doors of its impressive new UK headquarters and design facility on Lancaster Way Business Park in Ely. Hosted by the company’s Managing Director, the MP for South East Cambridgeshire, Lucy Frazer, joined East Cambridgeshire District Council’s economic development officers for a behind the scenes look …

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What has Abba, George Michael and Steve the Juggler all got in common?

All three will be performing at this years Ely Christmas Lights Switch On on December 1st. Although Steve the Juggler is, in fact, real, Abba will be there in the form of leading tribute act “Abbababes” from Norwich and “Nelson” will be reliving some of George Michaels most significant numbers. For 14 years, Ely has …

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Ely Foodbank asks for help to create the Christmas Hamper Appeal

Ely Foodbank will again this year be making Christmas Food Hampers for their clients and need the help of individuals and businesses to make a seasonal treat. Suggested items they need are: Christmas Puddings, Dried Fruit, Chocolates and Sweets, Biscuits, Mince Pies, Stuffing, Snacks, Hot Chocolate, Soft Drinks, Christmas Crackers and Toiletries. Donations can be …

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