Mark Cooney

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

Pupils delight at Lantern Community Primary School’s new playground facilities

Pupils and staff at Lantern Community Primary School have lots of extra space to play and learn after the opening of a new playground and sports field. The Ely primary school, part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), has settled into the new academic year with a brand-new playground which was built on the …

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Find Your Perfect Holiday with Archer & Gaher Adventures

Archer & Gaher AdventuresYour Local Independent Tour Operator If you were to ask 100 people their top ten holiday destinations, you’d expect to find some similarities, wouldn’t you. But why? The world so big and we are so different that we should be able to travel on our globetrotting expeditions and never bump into each …

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People Travelling To The Big Weekend On 6 July Urged To Leave Their Car At Home To Avoid Severe Congestion

Press Release by Cambridgeshire County Council PEOPLE intending to travel to Cambridge for The Big Weekend or to visit the city centre on Saturday 6 July are being urged to leave their car at home and walk or cycle to the event – or use public transport, including the park and ride. The Big Weekend, …

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Deanta UK Continues Expansion at Lancaster Way Business Park in Ely

On Friday the 21st June Déanta UK officially broke ground for an extension to their HQ facility at Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely. Lucy Frazer MP for South East Cambridgeshire attended a reception to mark the occasion with the Déanta team. This event marks significant progress for Déanta, who are currently experiencing rapid growth. The …

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Boost for ‘Save Ely Cinema’ campaign from ‘Yesterday’ film star Himesh Patel

The British Asian actor best known as Tamwar Massod on Eastenders is playing the lead in a new big-budget film “Yesterday” by Danny Boyle, out this Summer. Born in Cambridgeshire, Himesh heard about the campaign to Save Ely Cinema through his local connections and is keen to lend his support. ‘I’ve visited Ely several times …

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As one era ends in Ely, a new one begins as one shop closes and another opens

Ely has a very strong independent shopping culture but even our long-established brands have to move on. Duck Egg Blue Interiors on Forehill today announced they are closing their shop in Ely but it’s not the end for their business as they expand into pasture new. No sooner was this announced than we found Thyme …

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Prizes announced for Babylon ARTS Summer Open Exhibition

Ely On-Par Fireworks working alongside Spotted in Ely are sponsoring the prizes for this year’s Babylon Selected Summer Open Exhibition. Deadline for entries is Friday 14 June. Caroline Cawley, Gallery Director said ‘Open to amateur and professional artists over 16 our annual exhibition transforms the riverside gallery, filling our space with contemporary artwork hung floor …

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He waited 40 years to be Mayor again and Mike Rouse is set to be Mayor for the second-year running

Elections this year threw a spanner in the works and so a new Mayor-elect needed to be chosen. But with so little time and many new councillors not experienced enough, Mike Rouse was nominated, seconded and elected to take the top city role for a second-year running. Before the selection process however, the standing down …

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King’s Ely’s Osfest and Colour Run swell charities’ coffers by over £2,000

FUN and frolics – with a large splattering of powder paint – have raised more than £2,000 for King’s Ely’s two school charities.     Hundreds of students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely came together on New Field for Osfest – an annual summer fete style fundraising event organised by the boys in Osmond …

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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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