Mark Cooney

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

Little Thetford Acorns Preschool Build a Sensory Garden for Under £40

Crowd sourcing from parents, friends and local businesses give a preschool an amazing sensory garden Little Thetford Acorns Preschool and Children’s club were recently turned down a grant from the National Lottery to build a sensory garden. This would have allowed children from Preschool and Out of School clubs to enjoy nature, get interested in …

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MISSING – Pottsy

Missing Ginger and White cat called Pottsy, quite a big cat missing from Kings Avenue area since Wednesday 15th October morning, any sign message me please as he’s missed by his brothers.

Local businesses unite to help 1000 young people

Next week, hundreds of students and businesses will be coming together at the first annual East Cambridgeshire Careers & Skills Fair.
The event will give around a 1,000 Year 11 and Sixth Form students from the four secondary schools in the district the chance to talk to 50 of the top employers in East Cambridgeshire through speed networking, Q&A sessions and exhibitions.
The Fair, which is taking place on Thursday 16 October at the Maltings in Ely, will also highlight to local young people the skills and qualifications they need to get jobs in certain sectors as well as signpost the careers available on their doorstep.
Cllr Bill Hunt, who leads on Economic Development at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We are all incredibly excited about the first ever East Cambridgeshire Careers & Skills Fair – there are so many positives it is difficult to know where to start. For example, we are introducing our young people to some of the best local businesses to give them the chance to understand the skills and the talents needed to get a job. We are also showing the students the incredibly diverse and world class businesses on their very doorstep.
“When you are young you have the world at your feet but often you don’t know in which direction to turn. We hope the Fair will act as a guide to help students to make informed decisions by being inspired by the advice they hear next week. A huge amount of work has gone into the planning of the day from the schools, businesses and the District Council which goes to show yet again by working together we can better deliver for our young people. I can’t wait to see and hear for myself how the day goes and to learn of the difference it will make to our young people’s lives.”
Catherine Jenkinson-Dix, Principal of Ely College said: “Events like this are vital for young people in East Cambs, not only with respect to helping them plan for their future careers, but also to provide opportunities for them to engage with the local community. I am quite certain that the students will benefit greatly from the chance to meet and hear from the region’s businesses, but I am equally sure that the business leaders themselves will benefit from the event too, and the chance to meet their next generation of employees.”
Anne Bailey from Employer Links, Coordinator Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership, said: “Meeting employers and learning about work is essential preparation for life after school and we try to make sure that all schools within the Cambridge Area Partnership are giving students chances like this. What’s really helped is that East Cambridgeshire District Council recognise that getting schools and businesses to work together is vital to future economic prosperity.”
The East Cambridgeshire Careers & Skills Fair has been jointly organised by Ely College, East Cambridgeshire District Council and the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership and businesses due to attend include: G’s Marketing, Shearline Precision Engineering, Napp Pharmaceuticals, Michell Instruments, Kier Construction, Oil & Gas Systems Ltd, Barclays Bank, LGC Group, Sainsbury’s, Whiting and Partners, The National Stud and many more from a range of sectors, company sizes and roles.
The Economic Development Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council provides a range of services and support to local businesses including advice on grants and funding.
Businesses wishing to access further help should call 01353 665555 and ask to speak to the Economic Development team or e-mail

Are you interested in becoming a Speedwatch Volunteer?

Areas that need extra volunteers are Soham, Witcham, Kennett, Snailwell, Fordham, Chippenham and Isleham although we welcome anyone from any area. The Community Speedwatch scheme (CSW) allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding h…as been identified as a priority …

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Bin your Bra for Charity

Women across Cambridgeshire have the chance to raise money for Breast Cancer research and help women in Africa by donating their old, unwanted or unloved bras starting this October. Local authorities in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership are supporting the charity Against Breast Cancer by launching a ‘Bin your Bra’ campaign during Breast Cancer …

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Bubbles signing in

Hi. I’m Bubbles and I’m a Yellow Dog.  its a bit like saying “my names Bubbles and I’m an alcoholic”  I’m frightened of other dogs you see and I have a snazzy yellow jacket that says “I NEED SPACE”  Many of you have already seen my picture in my yellow jacket and thank you all …

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Cycling for LGP

Kate Potter earlier this year lost her father suddenly, after suffering a fatal heat-attack. Lester Potter was a keen sportsman and cyclist who had started plans to ride from Geneva to Milan in June of this year. Along with Nicola Bell and Finlay MacLean, Kate has taken up his challenge and decided to ride a …

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The electoral registration system is changing this summer

Residents in East Cambridgeshire have made a great response to the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years. Over the summer, homes across the district have received a letter explaining how the introduction of the new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration. Thousands have already responded by registering themselves to …

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What’s that coming over the hill??

450 Monster Athletes! [gss ids=”1931,1930,1929″] Our BIG event… The ECF Monster Middle & Olympic sponsored by PWR+ promise an “iconic” river swim, a flat and fast bike through sleepy Cambridgeshire villages and a challenging but great run through the City in the shadow of the historic Ely Cathedral. These events are sold out with a great mix of triathletes taking …

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Recycling rates in East Cambridgeshire are going through the roof

The wheeled bin recycling service in East Cambridgeshire is making a big difference to recycling levels in the district as the service nears its one year anniversary. In 2012/13, recycling in the district stood at 34 per cent, this provisionally increased to 46 per cent in 2013/14 but current recycling rates for 2014/15 predict a …

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New apprentice learning precision on the job

Press Release from East Cambridgeshire District Council Apprentices in East Cambridgeshire are continuing to help drive forward the district’s economy. The East Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship scheme brought Thomas Barry, aged 19 who attended Soham Village College and Hybrid Laser Tech together. The company, who manufacture and supply precision laser cut ceramic substrates, has been working closely …

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Police launch the Volunteer Police Cadets

We’re delighted to be launching a Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme in Cambridgeshire.  The scheme will promote a practical understanding of policing among all young people and encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship through volunteering in the community. It will also provide opportunities for structured youth engagement and diversionary activities. Vital to the successful …

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Ely Escapes the worst of Big Bertha

It was forecast that throughout the UK, Hurricane Bertha would cause a lot of problems and damage.
While other area’s of the UK face up to 80 miles per hour gusts, Ely and the surrounds escaped lightly.
Some photos of the back end of the storm have been sent into us and thanks to those who did.

Weather battered Ely with torrential downpour

Over 40mm of rain descended on Ely and surrounding villages within a very short period of time on Friday causing chaos on the roads.
Flood reports poured on to the Spotted in Ely page with Police closing some roads around as the wake from vehicles were causing houses to take in water.
The first road to close was St John’s Road. Even the manager of the local One Stop shop was called in to try and prevent water from entering the premises.
Flooding happened at the Station with the deepest area being under the bridge. Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s found themselves with up to 8 inches at some point.
Main roads were forced to temporarily shut down during rush hour. The A14 was unpassable for about 30 mins causing tailbacks as well as the A142.
The weather even caused havoc with the railway barrier in Ely as that was down for over 20 minutes later in the evening.
See the gallery of floods sent in by keen Spotted in fans.

Jeremy adds new names to Soham Memorial

Met an amazing guy called Jeremy today from JK Memorials who has given his time, Free, to add 6 remembered soldiers to memorial in Soham.

Its so far taken 2 days to complete and yet he was telling me he also repainted all 3,000 characters in his spare time a few years ago.

This guy has so much patience and passion for what he does.

Please share around has we vote him our hero for remembering our heroes

Work for us

Spotted in Ely is currently looking for a person to work part time and have previous Sales and Customer Relations Skills. While the job is not paid on a per hourly basis at the beginning, you should be able to earn a reasonable income through Sales and keeping our business clients happy and have a say …

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Soham Carnival 2014

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