Events

Chapterhouse Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol

This winter, Chapterhouse Theatre Company continues its festive tradition of touring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to theatres, castles, and cathedrals across the UK. Especially adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this show is the perfect festive treat for all ages as the evening start to draw in. On Christmas Eve, the …

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Stunning Cast Announced for this year’s pantomime ‘DICK WHITTINGTON’ at The Maltings, Ely

KD Theatre Productions return to The Maltings for their 7th Consecutive year, with this years’ spectacular pantomime adventure ‘Dick Whittington.’ Ely’s Pantomime Favourite, the hilarious Terry Gauci returns as Dame Sarah Sweet Tooth alongside a host of Ely pantomime favourites! Terry has become a firm favourite with Ely Audiences and it just wouldn’t be Christmas …

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Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair draws in visitors from across the Country

Ely Cathedral and local businesses have been busy making preparations for the annual Christmas Gift & Food Fair taking place this week. Now in its 8th successive year, the event is expected to attract over 16,000 visitors with coach bookings from as far as Leicestershire, The Midlands and the Home Counties. Widely acknowledged as one …

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Find Ely Museum at Ely Market on Saturday 9th November

Are you descended from one of Ely’s Territorial soldiers? For nearly one hundred years men from Ely served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment or its forebears and Ely Museum would like your help identifying them in two photographs of the Ely Company. As we approach Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, find Ely Museum at Ely Market …

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Soham Carnival Donate Funds Back into the Community

For the past 66 years the Carnival has been staged every year to raise money to go back into the local community. This year the Carnival raised £6,500 to donate to various Schools, Charities, Clubs and Organisations. Our main beneficiaries this year were Friends of Soham Village College and Soham Food Bank who both received …

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Little Shop of Horrors takes over the Ely Maltings this November

“Don’t feed the plants!” Experience this beloved cult-classic like never before! Just in time for those dark wintery nights, Campaign Amateur Theatre (CAT) is bringing the much-loved Little Shop of Horrors to the Maltings in Ely this November. Coming to life on stage with a live, nine-piece band, this retro sci-fi comedy musical will have …

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Communities Commit to Keeping their Eyes and Ears Open

Members of communities throughout the district came together last week to learn how to support vulnerable people in their local area and spot the signs of suspicious behaviour. The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership held a Community Eyes and Ears convention on Thursday 24th October at Ely Cathedral. The event included speeches from the Lord-Lieutenant’s …

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Celebrating our home-grown talent at Babylon Arts

On Wednesday 30th October, Babylon Gallery will open a short, special exhibition of work created by some of its staff and volunteers.  The gallery will host the work of 12 artists; showcasing glassware, photography and paintings, most of them for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support the charity’s work.  Claire Somerville, …

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Outdoor Dance-Circus Show Proves a Massive Hit!

Over 750 people were treated to spectacular performances of the dance/circus show ‘Moon’ peformed by 2FacedDance, in Ely Market Square on 23rd October. ‘Moon’ was presented by The Library Presents, led by Cambridgeshire County Council and was also part of Babylon ARTS’ Leap into Dance project, both funded by Arts Council England. The team worked closely with Ely Markets to put on …

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Get Involved in ‘The Big Conversation’ About How We Shape Our NHS

If you need to be seen by a healthcare professional, would you rather travel further for a specialist appointment, but be seen quicker, or wait longer, but be seen locally? This is just one of the questions that the people responsible for buying NHS services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be asking local people as …

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‘And Then There Were None’ brought to life – and death – by Ely Amateur Dramatic Society

A remote island. A millionaires’ mansion. Ten guests. And then there were none… Ten strangers are brought together to a remote island for a seemingly innocent house party. Each of them hides a dark secret, and one by one they pay the ultimate price for their past mistakes. But who is orchestrating their descent into …

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New traders and exciting activities announced for the 2019 Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas shopping experiences, Ely Cathedral are preparing for the popular Christmas Gift & Food Fair with some exciting new additions for 2019.  Several new traders will make up over 100 handpicked stalls located inside Ely’s magnificent medieval nave. Amongst those to catch your attention as you browse …

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Have Your Eyes and Ears Open to Support Your Neighbours

Residents across the district are being invited to learn how to protect vulnerable members of their community. The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership has organised a Community Eyes and Ears event to help keep vulnerable people safe as well as educate residents on reporting suspicious behaviour. The event, being held at Ely Cathedral in October, …

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Carnival Theme for the 2020 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Building on the success of this year’s Isle of Ely Arts Festival, the organisers are busy planning an exciting programme for  June 2020 on the theme of ‘Carnival’. Plans so far include a big community concert in the Cathedral involving lots of children and musicians from local orchestras performing music from The Carnival of Animals, …

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Soham Pumpkin Fair 2019

After a challenging week, Saturday 28th September dawned with the promise of little or no rain for Soham. Despite blustery winds, competition entries flooded in throughout the morning as gigantic pumpkins, enormous sunflowers and other various shapes of vegetable arrived at the Recreation Ground. Decorated cakes, floral arrangements, art and poetry were also entered into …

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Pupils have their voices well and truly heard at King’s Ely Choral Day

More than 180 children sang to their heart’s content at King’s Ely’s annual Choral Day. The event, now in its twelfth year, saw music-loving pupils from nine different preparatory and primary schools coming together to sing at King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral on September 17th. Activities for the day were led by renowned conductor and …

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Animal Service to include special ‘Garfield’ tribute

For over 30 years Ely Cathedral has hosted an annual service in celebration of animals. This year there will be a special tribute to one of Ely’s most notable residents, Garfield the cat, who sadly died in July. The author Cate Caruth, who’s published book, ‘What’s That doing there?’, is a collection of short stories …

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Star of Summer Hit Film – ‘Yesterday’ Himesh Patel Coming to Ely Cinema

Cambridgeshire born actor Himesh Patel, is coming to Ely Cinema on Wednesday 11th September, for Babylon ARTS’ screening of Yesterday – Danny Boyle’s hit film, which stars Himesh Patel alongside Lily James. Himesh has been supporting the Save Ely Cinema campaign, making a short film to help raise awareness. Since launching the campaign in April, …

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LifeLab is Coming! Join Us in September to Make New Discoveries

You’re living in a global centre for new discoveries. In our area, right now, people are finding ways to personalise medicine for each patient, they’re measuring how obesity could affect your children, and discovering new ways to help our bodies fight disease and much more. Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September are your chance to …

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Ely Runners Beginners Graduate at Littleport parkrun

Graduates from the most recent Ely Runners Beginners course completed Littleport parkrun today. Ely Runners club members and coaches came out in full support of the beginners, who ran superbly, and demonstrated just how far they have come over the last ten weeks. Well done all! For information about Littleport parkrun see: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/ The next …

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Last Chance to See Chris Koster’s Mathematical Art in Ely

This weekend is the last chance to see the extraordinary mathematical art of Chris Koster in Ely’s Babylon Gallery. The gallery’s Summer Selected Exhibition is featuring three works from Koster’s Cambridge exhibition Infinite Realm. Koster’s paintings have been variously described as baffling, unique, beautiful and thoroughly arresting, and hailed in the press as a new art form. They are created …

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King’s Ely Drama team earns 5* review at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

Talented actors and actresses from King’s Ely achieved the ultimate accolade – a 5* review – at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their gritty and original production, Ugly Youth.  “A theatrical triumph in every respect” and “an energetic piece, undertaken with enthusiasm and panache by its talented, young cast”, are among sterling comments made …

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Ely Guild of Woodturners Art in Wood Exhibition & Gallery Sale

Join the Ely Guild of Woodturners at this year’s ‘Art In Wood’ exhibition which will be held at the usual Ely Cathedral Conference Centre (opposite the magnificent Ely Cathedral – CB7 4EW) from the 17th through to the 26th August 2019.  Entrance is free, so do pop in and see what it’s all about.  Our …

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Littleport ‘Run the Rainbow’ parkrun for Pride in Ely

Littleport parkrun held a special parkrun today to coincide with Pride in Ely, inviting parkrunners to run wearing bright clothes. A fantastic time was had by all. You can read the run report here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/news/2019/08/10/run-the-rainbow-clare-andrews/ Everybody is always welcome at parkrun, which is a free, weekly, timed 5-kilometre run. Come and join us and enjoy …

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Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club Celebrates Second Birthday

Last week Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club celebrated its second Birthday at the Paradise Centre in Ely they kindly shared their Birthday celebrations with us. After building our club from scratch we have now reached the start of our 3rd year! 🙈 Thank you to the over 700 skaters that have come along to our lessons …

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Ely Cathedral Tower to be lit up in rainbow lights to celebrate “all God’s children” during Pride

Ely Cathedral’s Octagon Tower will be lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride in Ely 2019. On August 9th and 10th, the Octagon tower will display rainbow lights to show its support for “all God’s children”. Ely’s second ever Pride Festival will take place on August 10th outside the Maltings. The Very Reverend Mark …

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Eco-friendly Farm Shop Bringing The Zero Waste Revolution to Ely Helps Re-love The Toys

Prospects Trust Unwrapped, in partnership with Lighthouse Ely, are hosting a tabletop 2nd hand Toy Sale on 20th July 2019, from 11.30am to 2pm at their new shop location, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG.  With the start of the school summer holidays, Prospects Trust wanted to share its eco-aims with the younger generation.   Prospects …

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Levi Roots Confirmed as Headline Speaker at East Cambs Business Boost 2019

Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den winner, Levi Roots, is confirmed as headline speaker at East Cambs Business Boost 2019 alongside Google and ex- Special Forces’ Jem Hills. Annual business event East Cambs Business Boost, which is now in its third year, has been created by East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire Chambers of …

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Eco Ely, Spotted In Ely & Ely Swish Join Fundraising Forces to Bring The Zero Waste Revolution to Ely

The Prospects Trust will open its GREEN grocery, Farm Food Servery and Refill Larder this September in Ely. Eager to fundraise for the first stock of the shop and to create a series of Eco/Local events, Eco Ely, Spotted in Ely and the expertise of Ely Swishers have come together to host the first fun …

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Celebrating Community and Urban Development in Ely 1949-2019

On Saturday 6th July residents from Ely had a ‘Tea Street Party’ to celebrate 70 years of Mayfield Close. Margherita one of the organisers of the event told us, “What a tremendous day was spent with our fantastic neighbours! Gorgeous people, lovely food and a very special visit. Thank you to the Mayor of Ely …

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Families flock to inaugural performing arts celebration

Almost 500 parents and community members turned out at The Peterborough Theatre this Tuesday as Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) brought together 11 of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival.  Over 360 students from 11 CMAT schools performed to a jampacked audience of friends, family and the local community at The Peterborough Theatre …

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Ely Netball Club – Big Summer of Netball

Ely Netball Club are opening its doors to new members in support of England Netball’s BIGGEST SUMMER OF NETBALL. The national team, England Roses, will be competing in the Netball World Cup, taking place 12th – 22nd July in Liverpool. The tournament welcomes sixteen nations of elite professional netballers and will highlight women’s sport. To …

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Viva Soham hit the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival with two musicals

Viva Arts and Community Group, Soham, are currently preparing to take two full scale comedy-musicals; ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’ and ‘Sister Act’, to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Over 70 people will be travelling together from Soham to Edinburgh including performers, musicians, backstage volunteers and creative professionals- each volunteering their time …

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The 6th Mental Health Awareness event for Talking FreELY this July

Two years on from the first event, Talking FreELY will be holding another public event at Ely Cathedral Conference Centre on Saturday 6th July from 9.30 until 12.30. The event aims to raise awareness of mental health, and provide information to people about where they can get help if they need it. As always, there …

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Isle of Ely Arts Festival enters its second week with performances, poetry, music and art…all on your doorstep

The Festival enters its second week with an abundance of arts and culture on offer locally. Catch The Festival Players in ‘Groping for Words’ by Sue Townsend at two village venues this week. First performed in 1983 when Margaret Thatcher was in power, the problems of adult literacy the play explores are still here a generation later. The …

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Sing! Choirs continuing to raise money for local good causes walks to an amazing new total!

A super singing opportunity for Sing! Choirs during May, which saw them being conducted by Call The Midwife star Cliff Parisi, turned into an amazing way to raise funds for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Kathryn Rowland, MD for Sing! Choirs says “We were delighted to be singing for the StarShine Night Walk supporting Arthur …

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Babylon ARTS, Ely to stage major John Piper Selling Exhibition opening 22nd June

Babylon ARTS, is to host a major selling exhibition of original prints and drawings by John Piper from 22nd June to 14th July at their riverside gallery in Ely. Piper is recognised as one of the great British artists of the 20th century and this exhibition, curated by Goldmark Gallery, will feature the full range of …

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Don’t miss magical production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at King’s Ely

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is being staged at King’s Ely in June.   The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who are celebrating their 15th birthday this year and an amazing 425 years since the original company was first created, are bringing the hugely popular open-air production to the picturesque gardens of King’s …

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Isle of Ely Arts Festival Launches with Award Winning Poet Wendy Cope

This year’s festival themed ‘Landscapes of Life’ features an unmissable programme of art, performance, music, literature & free events. The festival launches on Friday 14 June with ‘An Evening with Wendy Cope OBE in conversation with Jeremy Sallis’.   The evening will include poetry readings from Wendy who will be joined by BBC presenter Jerermy for …

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Brand new Pro Wrestling promotion brings UK’s best to Ely Beet Club

Founded by an Ely native and now professional wrestler, the all new Pro Wrestling Ambush brings a new form of live entertainment suitable for all the family to the people of Ely and the surrounding communities at great value. Featuring both UK and international wrestling stars, some of whom you can see now on the …

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Ely City Hockey Club’s Annual Tournament Raises £1735

Thirteen mixed teams from around East Anglia arrived at Ely Outdoor Sports Association on Friday 17th May 2019 to set up camp in preparation for the start of Ely City Hockey Club’s annual hockey tournament on Saturday morning. Organised by Gemma Neal, Sophie Robb and Natalie Jones, the tournament had a Wild West theme this …

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Soham Carnival 2019 – 66 Years of Family Fun Raising Money for the Local Community

This years Soham Carnival takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 with a full programme of events! On Arena 1 & 2 from 9am – 1.00pm is the Traditional Heavy Horse Show, followed by the judging of the parade floats at 1.45 pm. The parade starts at 1.00pm from Holmes Lane through the …

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Flavours of the World at Ely Markets – Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Want to travel the world without leaving Cambridgeshire? Just head to Ely Markets. Ely’s weekly markets regularly feature a diverse mix of street food, produce and gifts from across the globe. This bank holiday weekend, the regular traders will be joined by the Flavours of the World market, returning for its 15th year. Ely’s Market …

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Fenland Chronic Illnesses Support Group Celebrates its 3rd Birthday

This coming Friday, Fenland Chronic illnesses support group will be 3 years old! Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart issue, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. My whole life in an instant came crashing down. Everything  rapidly became difficult, particularly my mobility, dexterity and memory. I had so many questions. So I looked for ways …

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Eco-friendly Farm Shop Bringing the Zero Waste Revolution to Ely Late Summer and You Can Help

The Prospects Trust is looking to extend its reach and expand its horizons. Celebrating its 30th anniversary later this year, the organic farm that provides work opportunities for adults with learning disabilities is planning to open a really GREEN grocery shop and needs your help. Come and meet the team behind Prospects Trust unwrapped and …

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Hearing and visually impaired pupils’ samba rhythms to get crowds into the groove at Eel Festival

Young people with visual and hearing impairments, as well as dozens of others from local schools, will be bringing the sounds of a Rio Carnival to Ely’s Eel Day celebrations this weekend with a live samba performance. About 150 young people, some of whom have difficulties hearing or seeing, will be leading the festival-opening Eel …

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Verdi Requiem in Ely Cathedral Provides Glorious Culmination to Annual Eel Festival

Ely Sinfonia and Kings Lynn Festival Chorus wind up Ely’s Eel Day with one of the best-loved Requiems ever written Two of East Anglia’s most vibrant community organisations join forces in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 4th May to perform one of the most loved Requiems ever written, bringing Ely’s annual Eel Day to a magnificent …

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Ely Potato Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity and School Funding!

Isle of Ely Produce is once again searching for charities and local organisations that could benefit from a share of £1,500 which was raised at its annual potato race. A further £1,500 was raised which has already been given away to help support National Fish and Chip Day which is on June 7th 2019, and …

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Students showcase their science projects to primary pupils and visitors at Ely College’s second Science Fair

To celebrate British Science Week, Year 7 & 8 students from Ely College hosted their second annual Science Fair last week. Inviting parents and local primary schools, who attended over the two days, this year’s event was enjoyed by over 300 members of the community. Using their lessons to plan, test and prepare presentations for …

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Ely Cathedral announces space themed Festival with a ‘star’ line up

This week Ely Cathedral has announced an exciting programme of events for their up and coming Science Festival, ‘The Sky’s The Limit’, with a focus on Space and Space Travel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This family themed event takes place inside Ely’s magnificent medieval Cathedral. Highlights include the installation …

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Everest Summiteer to speak at annual Celebration of Business in Ely Cathedral

The Ely Cathedral Business Group committee are thrilled to announce that the Everest Summiteer Ricky Munday will be delivering the keynote speech at the inaugural Celebration of Business dinner in Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel on Thursday 16 May 2019. Ricky Munday is an inspirational speaker, international expedition leader, Red Cross delegate and Chartered Accountant. To overcome redundancy, in 2004 …

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Stunning work on show at annual King’s Ely Art Exhibition

Talented Art and Design students from King’s Ely are showcasing their work to the public this spring. The annual King’s Ely Senior Spring Art Exhibition is a celebration of the work produced by students in Year 9 through to Year 13. The young artists are exhibiting a huge variety of Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, …

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