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Les & Verity Wilson – 2 Wonderful Community Stars

Nominated months ago, newlyweds Les & Verity Wilson have been presented with a Spotted in Ely Community Star this weekend to thank them for their voluntary services to the Veterans and Serving Members of Her Majesties Armed Forces by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Richard Barnwell. The Lord-Lieutenant was in Ely this weekend to oversee the Remembrance Parade …

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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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New Musical work at Ely Cathedral for 250 local children and an eel

Ely Cathedral is commissioning leading young British composer James Olsen to write a major new work for Ely Cathedral boy and girl choristers, organ, professional orchestral musicians from the Britten Sinfonia, Cathedral clergy and altar servers, and over 250 Cambridgeshire schoolchildren, to be performed at Ely Cathedral on 22 June 2020. The new work, titled …

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Ely Talent at the British Swimming Summer Championships 2019

Ely swimmer Ciara Taylor, who is 14, travelled to Glasgow last week to compete in the British Swimming Summer Championships held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Only the top 24 swimmers in each age group in Britain qualify to attend this annual event and Ciara achieved a personal best time in her Heat to …

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Ely College ‘transformed’ as Ofsted rate the school Good with Outstanding features

In its first Ofsted inspection since joining the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), Ely College has been rated Good with Outstanding leadership and management.  It has been a fantastic three years for the college, who were announced last summer as ‘Secondary School of the Year’ at the Cambridge News Education Awards and achieved some of …

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Welney Nominated for Gold Accolade

WWT Welney are excited to have been nominated for a Gold Accolade within the Visit England, Quality Assurance Scheme. The team at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust site pride ourselves on creating a welcoming and informative experience for visitors, so that everyone can connect with wetlands and the incredible wildlife. The continued improvements made to …

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Local Council Wastes No Time in Recycling the Unrecyclable

A local council has been the talk of the county after filling up a Zero Waste Box to the brim in just four weeks. East Cambridgeshire District Council, who installed the box for seemingly unrecyclable items such as crisp packets and sweet wrappers at The Grange, will send the contents to Terracycle to safely recycle …

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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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City of Ely Swimming Celebrate Four Regional Medals

As the Eastern Regional Swimming Championships drew to a close last weekend, head coach Elaine Hill was able to reflect on the Club’s best regional performance for many years.    Swimming against the top swimmers of their age from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, the club celebrates three medal winners (pictured). Maximilian Veiga …

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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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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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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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