Mark Cooney

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

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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Local Author, Maggie Jeffrey, writes book to raise money the Rosie

The Colour Fairies Christmas Book ‘The Colours of Christmas’ By Maggie Jeffrey I have been writing the Colour Fairies series for two years now and they are all finished – all 30 of them. I had a wonderful illustrator from South Africa, Angela Warren, but unfortunately in May this year her health became a lot …

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Are more awards in the pipeline for Atrium Fitness?

Atrium Fitness has been shortlisted in the UK’s biggest fitness awards and are in the running for a prestigious national award. The club has been shortlisted in the Customer Service Category at the National Fitness Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country. The awards are organised by Script …

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Could Ely finally get to see the Flying Scotsman?

Steam Dream Tours have finally booked the Flying Scotsman to pass through Ely on October 18th at about 17:15. Enthusiasts are likely to take up an opportunity to travel on the world famous steam engine as a quick turnaround trip to Norwich is available for £79 each. http://www.steamdreams.com/Executables/GT436TourCalendar.exe?ActionCode=TP&WebBookno=16547610&SS=SDSVR01\&DB=SteamDreams&Division=A&bookingtype=T&date5=43026&Tour=72000&Route=1&Adults=2&Children=0&Infants=0 The company do state that while the …

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Increasing Pressure on Queen Adelaide due to extra trains. Have your say!

This evening at Queen Adelaide Village Hall, Cambridgeshire County Council and Network Rail are asking people who live in the area or use the main route through the village to come to a public meeting seeking views.   The objective of the meeting to understand what impact to local residents more trains would cause especially …

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Pots of Happiness

Littleport is undergoing its very own Random Act of Kindness this morning as about 50 plants have been numbered and distributed around the village along with a message of happiness. Many port residents have taken to the Facebook group “Littleport Notice Board” this morning to express their delight at finding one these plants including Donna …

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Local Entrepreneur joins the board of world established technology company

Local businessman, serial entrepreneur and family man, Jonathan James has been appointed to the board of technology giants TLM Technologies. James from Soham, who owns over 100 shops and many other businesses, has joined the board of the company in a non-executive role. TLM create end-to-end solutions specialising in the convenience and fuel industries. Jonathan James’ has more …

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Bishop Laney Sixth Form Celebrates Impressive First Year of Results

Ely’s new Bishop Laney Sixth Form is celebrating today as it receives an excellent first set of results. Bishop Laney Sixth Form opened its doors last September as a new collaboration between Ely College and Soham Village College to provide excellent post-16 education for students across East Cambridgeshire. Currently, the sixth form offers predominantly vocational …

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Major recovery operation gets underway to remove derailed freight train at Ely

[vc_row 0=””][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=””] Wagons are being lifted off the track with a rail crane, as a major recovery operation gets underway at the site where a freight train derailed in Ely on Monday 14 August. A rail crane was brought in overnight on Tuesday (15 August) so that work could begin to lift the 11 …

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Ely based Ellgia are running the Berlin Marathon on the 24th September 2017 raising money for Macmillan

Last year the board was considering how Ellgia could support the community as part of its corporate responsibilities and various charitable activities were discussed. One of the directors suggested that running a marathon would be an ideal way to support a charity and provide an incentive for a long term fitness campaign. The idea turned …

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Lancaster Way Infrastructure Expansion Ends But Doesn't Stop There

Phase 2 will enable Grovemere Property to open another 75 acres of additional land with various business consent. In October 2016 work began at Lancaster Way by contractor Mick George. Their role was to create an escape route for water and drainage and an extension of the current road system on the Enterprise Zone. The …

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Jacks Magnificent 7

Last month, Jack Langford from Arbuckles Ely appealed for local groups to come forward as he wanted to give away 5, £100 cheques, money he was due to be paid as a bonus for his work. Every employee at Arbuckles receives a reward from owners, John and Maxine Murphy, when a server gets a 5 star …

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More haulage companies are signing up to the HGV Covenant in Soham South and Haddenham

Geoff Hobbs Haulage Ltd and Turners Soham Ltd are the latest Commercial Vehicle Operators to sign the Covenant supported by Cambridgeshire County Council which sets a voluntary code of conduct to help reduce noise, pollution and increase safety. The Covenant between local communities and Commercial Vehicle Operators in Cambridgeshire has been developed for the benefit …

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Witchford Village College Inter House Games Day

The whole College took part in an Inter House Games Day on Friday. Students competed in their Houses (Lords, Twickenham, Wembley and Wimbledon) for the House Cup. This was no ordinary sports day, the emphasis was definitely on everyone taking part and choosing activities to suit the individual. Each pupil participated in a curriculum-based activity …

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Celebrating public parks and revaluing their contribution to community health and wellbeing

Ely is hosting a Have a Field Day at Pocket Park on Saturday 8th July from 12 noon. More information on the event can be found at https://community.38degrees.org.uk/mobilisations/3/events/228 Have a Field Day on Saturday 8th July is a celebration of the UK’s parks and green spaces. Charity, Fields in Trust is working with local communities to …

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Ely College Celebrates Student Achievement at Annual Presentation Evening

Ely College students, parents and staff assembled in Ely Cathedral last week for the College’s annual Presentation Evening. Over a hundred awards were handed out, many of which were presented by the newly elected Mayor of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, James Palmer. The awards celebrated both the students’ academic and extra-curricular achievements. Richard Spencer, the principal …

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Warmer and dryer weather approaches for Aquafest

[vc_row 0=””][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=””] This weekend should see warmer and dryer weather for one of Ely’s Big Days Out, “Aquafest 2017”. While participants of the water-based fun day won’t mind the wet weather, for the thousands of onlookers that flock to the banks of the Great Ouse will welcome the warmer temperatures for what promises to …

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District Councillors Take Action To Prevent Anti-Social Behaviour

East Cambridgeshire District Councillors have taken action in response to public concerns about reported anti-social behaviour at a council owned car park on Angel Drove. Members of the public had reported people driving modified cars around the car park in recent evenings. District Councillors Lis Every, Richard Hobbs and Anna Bailey raised the issue with …

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A New Gym for Ely

Elyte Fitness has just opened their new boutique Functional Fitness gym in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Located at the corner of Forehill Car Park on Broad Street, it is a fresh, innovative Functional Fitness Gymnasium and caters for all abilities from the complete novice to the experienced athlete. All aspects of training, fitness and nutrition are provided …

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Cambridge Open Studios artists who gave up their jobs to follow their dreams

Have you ever thought about giving up your day job and following your dream career? These artists, who are taking part in Cambridge Open Studios this July, did exactly that. Cambridge Open Studios is a month-long art event taking place on the first four weekends in July. Artists open their workshops to the public so …

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Ely College students celebrate their final PLEDGES and Futures Day of the year

Ely College students celebrated their final PLEDGES and Futures Day of the year in style this week with over thirty external speakers and providers addressing students throughout the day. The day, which was the final of four PLEDGES and Futures days, focused on democracy and personal finance. A host of local speakers were in attendance …

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Not Made Up Your Mind Yet? All 3 candidates for SE Cambs speak to Spotted in Ely

  Keen Spotted in Ely follower Stephen Germaney (thanks Stephen for your hard work) collected lots of questions to ask the 3 local candidates, Lucy Frazer (Conservative), Lucy Nethsinga (Liberal Democrat) and Huw Jones (Labour) and all agreed to answer them. Questions range from schools to Europe and everything in between. We even get a joke …

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Arbuckles Competition Winners Enjoy an 8 Goal Thriller

Spotted in Ely’s biggest competition in association with Arbuckles and supported by Fencabs concluded yesterday when winners Natalie Terriss and Ellis Taylor visited Carrow Road and witnessed what was one of Norwich City’s best results. The Canaries faced Reading in the Premiership and duly thrashed them 7-1. The game started quick and easy for Norwich …

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King’s Ely pupils make school history by qualifying for national finals of maths contest

FOUR King’s Ely students have made school history by reaching the national finals of the UK Team Maths Challenge. King’s Ely Senior students Benedict George and Thomas Kim, both 14, and King’s Ely Junior pupils George Goodfellow, 13, and Eleanor MacGillivray, both 13, won the regional finals of the annual competition, which were held at …

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Review of King’s Ely Junior’s production of Cats by British actor David Learner

THIS was no eight out of ten cats. This was ten out of ten cats with a richly deserved and superbly achieved standing ovation from its first night audience that sang to the rafters of the Hayward Theatre. Ridiculous, the very idea of translating TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats into a musical. …

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