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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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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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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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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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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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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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Local teacher recognised at the 19th Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards

On 22nd March, David Bausor, Lead Practitioner of Technology at Ely College was presented with the award for Innovation and Creativity in Design and Technology for his outstanding contribution at the 19th Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards. An annual event held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, situated on the banks of the …

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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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Babylon ARTS charity launches campaign to Save Ely Cinema

Ely Cinema based in The Maltings on Ely’s Riverside, is facing the difficult decision on whether to close later this summer. The small independent cinema has been in the building for over 20 years but arts charity Babylon ARTS who operate the single screen can no longer afford to subsidise its operation. Claire Somerville, Chief …

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Spray Cans at the Ready… Street Art at WVC

A small group of students where given the exciting challenge to graffiti walls in their school last week. Students were lead through the design and planning process, then instructed in spray paint techniques by Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Si Mitchell. The workshop culminated in the spraying of two large external walls at Witchford Village College. …

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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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East Cambs Follows in Walkers Footsteps to Deliver New Recycling Scheme

A local council is following in the footsteps of crisp company Walkers by working on a new scheme which aims to get more people to recycle items that are currently excluded from regular domestic recycling collections. East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) have partnered up with Terracycle, who are an innovative waste management company that specialise …

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Ely College students return to Kenya’s Rift Valley to volunteer with their partner schools in the Nakuru slums

Teenagers and staff from Ely College have recently returned from another life-changing experience, volunteering their February half term to help disadvantaged children at the Jubilee and Ungana Academies in Kenya. Over the last several years, students from Ely College have developed a close connection with two schools in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest …

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Preparations are Underway for the 66th Soham Carnival

Preparations are underway for the 66th Soham Carnival to be held on 27th May, 9am – 5.30pm at the Recreation Ground, Fountain Lane, Soham. The Carnival commences with the traditional Heavy Horse Show in the main arena from 9.00am – 1pm. Followed by the judging of floats – Float procession 1.00pm from Holmes Lane through …

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Ely English teacher translates Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde into modern English for new book

Every year, fifty thousand GCSE English Literature students study Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but struggle with author Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing. Ely English teacher Frank Danes has rewritten the book into clear, modern English and students are very happy. Sam, one of Frank’s GCSE students, said the translation is ‘Much easier to understand than …

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The Stained Glass Museum opens its doors for free to celebrate its 40th Birthday

On Saturday 30th March 2019 The Stained Glass Museum in Ely will celebrate 40 years of opening to the public! To celebrate this landmark birthday, entry to the museum will be FREE* all day on Saturday 30 March, during our Family Fun Day. The Stained Glass Museum’s Curator, Dr Jasmine Allen, commented: “This will be …

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KD Theatre Productions announce a new open-air theatre experience in Ely that will keep you HOOKED to your seats

Professional Theatre company ‘KD Theatre Productions’ will be producing a brand new open-air production of PETER PAN in The Deans Garden (Ely Cathedral) Peter Pan is desperate to find the Lost Boys a mother and he finds just the girl in Wendy. But by bringing the Darling Family over to Neverland, is he putting them …

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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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Cathedral Chorister’s Big Pancake Party for Charity

Ely Choristers will be holding their traditional Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday, 5th March. This is long standing custom at Ely Cathedral sees the choristers, and occasionally members of staff and the clergy, race down the Cathedral’s spectacularly long nave tossing pancakes as they go. As in previous years Ely Cathedral are teaming up with …

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Investment allowing eight car trains between Cambridge and King’s Lynn given the green light

A significant enhancement scheme to tackle congestion between Cambridge and King’s Lynn has been given the go ahead by the government. The Department for Transport has approved a funding package of approximately £27m to allow Network Rail and its contractor Volker Fitzpatrick to upgrade the stations at Waterbeach and Littleport, extending the platforms to accommodate …

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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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Ely College students take the ‘Time to Talk’ about making healthy choices today, for a brighter future tomorrow

Various workshops at Ely College this week, allowed students to explore their personal wellbeing, encouraging discussion about making health choices so that each and every young person aims to reach their fullest potential. Working with outside partners, PLEDGES and Futures Day coincided perfectly with the #TimeToTalk national mental health campaign. PLEDGES and Futures Day is …

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Storytelling Session Brings Fables To Life For Little Thetford School Children

Pupils from Little Thetford Church of England Primary School had their storytelling wishes granted this week by property developer Annington. Annington, who is currently building the Cawdle Meadows development in the village, gifted a storytelling morning to the school to celebrate the end of National Storytelling Week (which took place at the beginning of February). …

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Ely Cathedral debuts the Embroiderers’ Guild first travelling exhibition

Throughout February a selection of exhibits from some of the world’s leading examples of embroidery will be on display in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. The Beautiful Stitch is made up of over 50 exhibits which have been handpicked from the Embroiderers’ Guild collection to show embroidery at its very best and, in some …

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Free Wi-fi Goes Live in Soham

East Cambridgeshire Distrcit Council is continuing the roll-out of free public Wi-Fi by providing access points in Soham this month. East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Economic Development team has been at the forefront of developing the network working with local specialist company, Air Broadband. The team has delivered an innovative and cost-effective solution, building the necessary …

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King’s Ely students pay their respects at Holocaust Memorial Service

Students and staff from King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior came together at Ely Cathedral to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme of the school’s moving Service of Remembrance, held on January 28th, was ‘Torn from Home’. The service was held to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau; to mark the 25th anniversary …

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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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East Cambridgeshire Schools Art Competition Winners Announced

Babylon ARTS & Ely Hereward Rotary Club announced the winners of the East Cambridgeshire Schools Art Competition at the exhibition launch at the Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Riverside on Friday 4th January. The exhibition continues until Sunday 13th January – open daily from 12-4pm and entry is free. Awards were made in five categories for young people aged …

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Ely Museum awarded £1.66 million from the National Lottery

Ely Museum is delighted to have been awarded a National Lottery grant of £1.66 million for the Unlocking the Potential of the Old Gaol: Ely Museum Redevelopment Project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project will rejuvenate Ely Museum and make it a fantastic destination for local people and visitors to the …

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Ely College students organise their second ‘Charities Day’ and smash last year’s fundraising for their House Charities.

Building on the success of last year, Ely College students celebrated their second ‘Charities Day’ which raised over £3000 for their chosen charities. This action packed event, dedicated to fundraising, is one of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust’s well-established PLEDGES and Futures Days, where students are given the opportunity to work towards their PLEDGES or …

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King’s Company celebrates 10th anniversary with sell-out production of Jesus Christ Superstar

Around 1,500 people witnessed talented King’s Ely students perform a stunning version of 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Hailed as “wonderful” by one reviewer and “impeccable” by another, five performances were held in the school’s Hayward Theatre, tickets for which sold out within a matter of days. More than 50 King’s Ely Senior students …

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Ely Outdoor Sports Association (EOSA) Celebrates 25 Years With A New Kitchen Thanks to the Support of the Local Community

Formed back in 1993 Ely Outdoor Sports Association is home to Ely City Hockey Club, Ely Tigers Rugby Club and Ely Tennis Club.  With three rugby pitches, an astro pitch and four tennis courts and a Clubhouse, it provides sporting and social facilities for not only its three member clubs but to the wider community …

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Witchford Village College Student wins debate at Westminster

College staff were very excited to take a small group of students to the House of Commons on Thursday for the final of the South East Cambridgeshire annual inter-school debating competition. Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire, adjudicated whilst Head of Criminal Justice, Sir Brian Leveson, judged the debate. The final follows first rounds of debating in …

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Witchford Village College celebrate Christmas Jumper Day

Fantastic day here at Witchford Village College. We have been raising money for Save the Children supporting their Christmas Jumper Day. It was also the day for Christmas Dinner and our canteen staff cooked a very tasty one (turkey with all the trimmings or vegetarian filo tart) served by the Principal, Vice Principal and Assistant …

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Gold Rush for Ely at British Rowing Indoor Championships

Members of Isle of Ely Rowing Club brought home a fantastic 14 Gold medals from the British Rowing Indoor Championships in last Saturday. Ely’s Captain, Duncan McCulloch, congratulated all who took part and said the performances from club rowers “did us all proud”. The Indoor Championships take place each year at the 2012 Olympic velodrome …

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A Star-Studded Spectacular (Littleport’s Finest) ‘Aladdin’ Opening Night

The cast and members of The Littleport Players promised an evening to remember and boy (or girl) they sure didn’t disappoint. From the off, the room (about 120 in the audience) was filled with laughter, music, fun, surprises and a huge dusting of talent ! All the cast members were amazing and everything went to …

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Legacy of legendary Great London Plane Tree of Ely to live on thanks to King’s Ely and Barcham Trees

It’s more than 300 years old, has been hailed one of the finest in Britain and is so significant that it even has its own place in national heritage. And now, thanks to an exciting partnership between King’s Ely and Barcham Trees, the largest tree nursery of its type in Europe, the legacy of the …

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Littleport Café Joins Healthier Options Award Scheme

A café in Littleport is being praised after meeting requirements to become a member of the Healthier Options scheme. Fieldside Café at Littleport Leisure Centre is celebrating becoming a Healthier Options member and as a result will be listed on the members page of the Healthier Options website and receive a certificate to display on …

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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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St. Georges Parish Church Christmas Fayre……Complete with Elves!

The Church Christmas fayre for me, starts the beginning of the festive period. An event which is at the heart of community life. The fayre is always well attended and has many quality craft stalls, which are all unique. Many are from out of the area and belong to several specialist crafting guilds. The running …

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Ely College enhances fitness offering for students with new strength equipment

The fitness suite at Ely College has been given a welcome boost with the addition of new strength equipment donated by Life Fitness UK. Prior to the arrival of this new equipment, the fitness suite had been more geared towards cardio exercise, with a select number of weightlifting options available to students. Now equipped with …

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Local Schools Branch Out For National Tree Week

Two primary schools in East Cambridgeshire have each been awarded a new tree following a district-wide competition. Littleport Community Primary School and Robert Arkenstall Primary School in Haddenham, each submitted photographs of their favourite tree to be used in East Cambridgeshire District Council’s (ECDC) Tree Strategy which was adopted in September of this year. The …

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Ely College’s first Christmas Market was a gift to… and from the community

On a wet and cold Thursday evening, the people of Ely turned out in their hundreds to support their local college and small businesses. Ely College Christmas market on 29th November was a fantastic festive success, raising £1400 for their PE and Drama departments. An event set to be repeated next year! Earlier this year, …

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Haddenham Beer Festival Donates Funds to Local Groups

Now in it’s 5th year the Haddenham Beer Festival has raised in excess of £28,000 for local charities and good causes including in excess of £8000 in 2018! Organisations receiving cheques this year included Arthur Rank Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Brownies, Haddenham Over 60’s Club, The Bonfire Committee, Haddenham Pre-School, Haddenham Library, Big H …

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Horsley Hale Farm Scoops Best Newcomer Prize

Wedding and Events venue, Horsley Hale Farm announced today that it has been named the Best Newcomer at the 4th Annual 4 Counties Wedding Awards. The prestigious awards, presented by Director of the National Association of Wedding Professionals, Tracey Butterfiled, recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of wedding suppliers in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire …

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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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Sporting Presentation Success for Witchford Village College Pupil

A fourteen year old from Witchford Village College took centre stage at a major sporting event this week. Jess Lonnen was successful in her application as one of two young event hosts at the School Games National Summit 2018 for the Youth Sports Trust. The prestigious celebration lunch took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry …

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Sally Gunnell OBE Leads Line-up at East Cambs Business Boost 2018

Key note speaker and Olympic champion Sally Gunnell OBE was joined by over 250 local businesses at East Cambs Business Boost 2018 held at The Hive Leisure Centre in Ely on Friday 23rd November. Business Boost is the District’s largest business to business networking event and is organised by East Cambridgeshire District Council’s (ECDC) Enterprise …

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Record number of visitors attend Ely Cathedral’s Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Ely Cathedral welcomed over 15,000 visitors to its annual Gift & food Fair last week making it record attendance for the seventh year the Fair has been taking place. Due to the event growing in size and popularity an extra day was added this year to accommodate the growth. Many stall holders sold out and …

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Highfield Ely Academy praised as a Good School in a ‘relentless cycle of improvement to achieve the very best’

In its first inspection since receiving a Good rating in 2014, Ofsted has praised Highfield Ely Academy for its clear vision, drive and unwavering determination in a strong and effective safeguarding environment.   The report states: ‘Aspirations for all pupils are high. Staff encourage pupils with their learning and provide well-targeted support. Leaders ensure that …

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Nationally Recognised Ely Country Park Gets New Play and Picnic Area

A nationally-accredited park in Ely has completed work on a new play and picnic area aimed at baby and toddler play. Ely Country Park, which received a Natural England accreditation earlier this year, decided to make the addition to provide an extra place for play as well as supplying further seat and shade provision in …

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Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded

On Friday, Ely College students and staff marked the Armistice Centenary and remembrance weekend with a moving Last Post Ceremony. All 1100 students from Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form gathered together as a community to show their respects for the fallen. They were joined by Mayor Rouse and representatives from the Royal British …

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Ely Cathedral’s Christmas Gift & Food Fair adds an additional day due to demand.

New for 2018: Extra day added, exciting new traders and demonstrations Now in its seventh year this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas experiences. Over 120 bespoke stalls fill the Cathedral’s magnificent Nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the grounds. In addition to shopping, visitors …

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