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Russian doll rock boards train to Kings Cross to make her fortune

A rolling stone may gather no moss – but a Russian matryoshka doll created in Ely has travelled to London to make her fortune. The doll, one of a pair of twins painted on rocks by Ely College teacher Fleur Patten, was hidden at Ely Station on Friday morning. Greater Anglia train dispatcher Jessika Ransome told …

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Superhero Flies Into Schools to Deliver Drama Workshop

A SUPERHERO is flying around schools in East Cambridgeshire this week to teach children about recycling. Michael, the recycling champion for East Cambridgeshire District Council, forms the central role in an interactive performance workshop being delivered to primary school children. He was designed by nine-year-old Brooke Smith, a year four pupil at Littleport Community Primary …

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Three major retailers could be coming to Ely in new, out of town development

Three major retailers could be coming to Ely in a new, out of town development, Spotted in Ely can reveal. A planning application has been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council for budget supermarket chain Lidl, bargain store B&M and DIY chain Wickes to eventually be established on 10.69 hectares of land at Octagon Business …

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Last chance to have your say on plans to close level crossings in East Cambs

Plans to close or modify 29 level crossings across Cambridgeshire have been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport by Network Rail. Members of the public have until April 25 to submit objections, representations and letters of support, following a number of public consultation events across the county in June and September. Following the …

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Harry heads to Westminster for Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Awards

Harry Sindle’s passion for helping out at Ely College library has paid off, with the student being one of five shortlisted nationwide for the prestigious Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Awards in London. The award ceremony, held at Portcullis House, Westminster, last week, recognised the impact of Harry’s work at Ely College and its …

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Ely's Minor Injuries Unit one step closer to becoming an Urgent Care Hub

Ely’s Minor Injuries Unit is one step closer to becoming a Local Urgent Care Hub, after getting the green light from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. Yesterday afternoon the CCG’s governing body endorsed the business case for the first phase of the project, which has been approved by its clinical executive committee. Campaigner …

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Brilliant bright sparks from Ely College wow uni academics with their maths skills

Twelve bright Ely College students recently got a taste of uni life when they “graduated” from a special scheme at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The high-achieving year eight students, all part of the college’s Brilliant Club, stunned academics at UEA by not only completing the demanding programme but also achieving maths problems …

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Ely College Students learn about healthy choices during first PLEDGES day

Ely College students took time out from their regular studies last week to focus on their health instead, as part of their first ever PLEDGES and Futures Day. PLEDGES are a set of challenges that students are expected to complete during the course of their time at the college. By completing certain sets of challenges, …

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Residents welcome lighting u-turn but say black spots leave them scared at night

“We don’t feel safe anymore”. That’s the message from residents, terrified to venture outside since their neighbourhoods have been plunged into darkness as part of a cost saving plan by Cambridgeshire County Council. As reported by Spotted in Ely, the council has reversed its unpopular policy of turn street lights off at night, following a …

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Zombie firefighters Steal the Show with Diversity on New Year's Day

A Witchford dad is among five firefighters to dance alongside Diversity on TV on New Year’s Day after wowing producers with their zombie-themed safety video. Cambridge Black Watch crew commander Jeff Whitlam, 40, will be joining colleagues Myles Strickland, 23, James Ball, 35, Chloe Housden, 26, and Dom Mould, 29 as they perform on Diversity …

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Petition launched to "restore gritting to Ely roads"

Plans to give major Ely roads the slip when it comes to winter gritting have been met with an icy response from the city’s Liberal Democrats, who have launched a petition to “restore gritting to Ely roads”. Ely Liberal Democrats plan to raise the issue during a meeting with Cambridgeshire County Council tomorrow (Tuesday). In …

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Ely’s former fire chief hangs up his helmet after almost 30 years

The former station commander at Ely Fire Station has hung up his helmet for the very last time, after almost three decades of service. Ely resident Alan Brown, the Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the county is in a ‘significantly robust position’ in the event of a …

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Internationally Acclaimed Artist Celebrates 10 years in Ely

This Christmas we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Angela Mellor Studio & Gallery on December 3rd/4th & 10th/11th 10.30am-5pm Angela’s love of ceramics began whilst teaching in the early 70’s and she furthered her studies in 1984 at the University of East Anglia under the direction of Peter Lane, the ceramist and author, who became …

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Mulled wine will get shoppers into festive spirit at Lantern Christmas Fair

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the Lantern Community Primary School. The Ely primary is gearing up for its Christmas Fair next Saturday, which for the first time will be selling homemade mulled wine and fresh soup on top of its regular refreshments. In addition, there will be sumptuous cakes for sale, …

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SPOTTY IN ELY: The Lantern goes spotty dotty for Children in Need

Children and staff alike were beary surprised when Pudsey made an appearance at the Lantern Community Primary School on Friday. The Ely primary was one of numerous schools across our district fundraising for the BBC’s annual Children in Need appeal. Youngsters swapped their purple and yellow uniforms for bright spots and fluffy headbands, each making …

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SPOTTY in Ely: district goes dotty for Children in Need

Seeing spots? Lots and lots! This week residents young and old dug out their polka dots, fluffy ears and Pudsey costumes to raise cash for the BBC’s annual Children in Need appeal. Numerous events were held in schools, preschools, baby and toddler groups and workplaces across East Cambridgeshire. At The Lantern Goslings Pre-School in Ely, …

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Help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas

Can you help to spread some Christmas cheer and donate a gift to a local child in need? Home-Start Cambridgeshire, a charity supporting struggling families, is collecting gift donations at local beauty salon Pure Ely – and they’re hoping the whole community will get behind it. Co-ordinator Charlotte Daleworth told Spotted in Ely: “Christmas can …

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Horse rescued from Soham swimming pool during busy afternoon for fire crews

Firefighters had a busy afternoon in Soham yesterday, rescuing a horse that had fallen into a swimming pool and extinguishing trees that were on fire at around the same time. At 4.37pm two crews from Cambridge and one from Newmarket were called to a home in The Coates to rescue a horse that had fallen …

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Pretty in Pink: Lantern kids Wear It Pink for breast cancer charity

Kind-hearted kids from The Lantern Community Primary School were pretty in pink on Friday to raise funds for the UK’s leading breast cancer charity. Classes in years four to six at the Ely school donned a stunning array of pink garments, with some even dying their hair in different shades. Youngsters taking part in the …

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Shoenique star Jo's Indulgence Boutique Evening will sweep you off your feet

Busy entrepreneur, mum, teacher and events organiser Joanna Branson has plenty to keep her on her toes. Her small business, Shoenique – Life is Too Short for Boring Shoes, won the Grafton Centre’s Mumpreneur Award in Cambridge last year. Her EastEnders themed stilettos swept soap star Luisa Bradshaw-White off her feet at the London Gay …

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Final push to get minor injuries petition over 10,000 threshold

A petition to prevent the closure of three threatened minor injuries units at Ely, Doddington and Wisbech has almost got enough signatures to require the Government to respond to it. The Parliamentary petition, started by Carol Harley, has had 3482 signatures so far online. When you factor in the signatures put on paper, the number …

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Hate crime: show compassion to victim rather than call out offender, say police

Hate crime is nationally on the rise – but rather than challenge perpetrators, police advise witnesses to focus on the victim instead. Sergeant Phil Priestly, of Ely Police Station, told Spotted in Ely that the best plan of action was to “empathise and be compassionate towards the victim”, rather than be drawn into an argument …

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Ely trainer to trek Everest with "bum hip joints" to raise cash for arthritis charity

Five years ago Ely fitness trainer Tim Megginson was diagnosed with severe arthritis and had to undergo an operation on both his hips. In three days time he and three friends will be trekking up Mount Everest to raise money for a charity close to his heart. Spotted in Ely caught up with Tim while …

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Killer clown craze no laughing matter – and may lead to criminal record, warn police

Clowning around may land you with a public order offence, warn police to anyone contemplating taking part in the latest pranking trend. Yesterday police investigated a report of a man being assaulted by someone wearing a Halloween mask in Littleport. After reviewing the alleged incident in detail, including comprehensive CCTV footage from the immediate area, …

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Art Unequalled celebrates the creme of British talent

Artists from far and wide will be displaying their creations at Art Unequalled – a special Ely exhibition celebrating the creme of British talent. Art Unequalled will feature a fabulous collection of arts and crafts from across the country, featuring the work of established contributors as well as some fresh faces. It will include work …

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Ely Community Against Hate to spread "love and tolerance" at market this Saturday

A new Ely group is hoping to spread “love and tolerance”, following shocking revelations that a neo-Nazi group recently held a two-day gathering in Haddenham. Ely Community Against Hate will be holding a stall at Ely Market this Saturday to reassure people that Ely is a tolerant place that welcomes people of different nationalities. Joel …

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Busy Bees Pre-School temporarily closed but "nothing to be concerned about"

A popular Littleport pre-school has been temporarily closed but staff say there is “nothing to be concerned about”. A source told Spotted in Ely today that parents of youngsters attending Busy Bees Pre-School in Grange Lane were asked to “collect their kids immediately” and that the facility would be shut “until at least half term” …

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Ghostly new tour of Cromwell’s House not for the faint-hearted

Prepare to be scared during a new tour with a twist: an alternative guided tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House this Halloween warns visitors to “be prepared for unexplained bumps and noises”. For the first time, ghost hunters will be treated to an evening look around the 12th Century building, which has “a variety of visitors …

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Elections today to choose North Ward councillor for Ely

Elections are taking place today to select a candidate for Ely’s North Ward. Polling stations are open until 10pm at three locations. The four candidates battling it out for the parish council role are Mark Cooney (Spotted in Ely), Richard Morgan (no description at time of standing), Edward Carlsson Browne (Labour Party), and John Yates …

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Popular petition to save Ely's minor injuries unit handed to CCG boss

A 6345 strong petition, calling for Ely’s minor injuries unit to be saved from closure, was last night handed to the NHS funding boss in our area. Campaigner Helen Wright gave the petition to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clinical chair Dr Gary Howsam during a public meeting at The Maltings. Presenting the …

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Choir members moved to tears following visit to Danish refugee centre

“The images drawn by the children moved many choir members to tears,” said Sing! Choirs director Kathryn Rowland after performing to 80 refugees near Ely’s twinned town Ribe. Members of a regional choir sang to holiday makers and church goers during a recent visit to Denmark – but it was their performance to refugees that …

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North Ward candidate Richard Morgan says north of city not "treated fairly" when it comes to expansion

Former school governor Richard Morgan says it’s important to ensure that there are enough school places to cope with Ely’s rapid development. One of four candidates standing for the City Council (North Ward), Richard says residents in the north of the city are not being “treated fairly” when it comes to expansion. “800 homes are …

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Outpatients services safe – but minor injuries unit still at risk

Outpatients services at Ely’s Princess of Wales Hospital are safe for now – but the future of our minor injuries unit is still uncertain. Yesterday Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group announced that Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to work with it to provide outpatients clinics at the Princess of Wales …

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Sewage works at popular park due to finish this week – but other work to continue

Sewage work at a popular Ely green space, closed to the public throughout the summer, is due to be completed this week. A spokeswoman for Anglian Water told Spotted in Ely: “The new sewer has been installed and we’re carrying out the final works this week. “Our works will be completed by Friday. “We’d like …

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Spotted in Ely's Mark Cooney to stand in Ely North Ward by-election

Spotted in Ely editor and creator Mark Cooney has thrown his hat into the ring, announcing that he will stand for the Parish of Ely’s North Ward By-Election, and promising more transparency from local politicians if elected. The by-election for a new parish councillor will take place across three polling stations from 7am until 10pm …

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Take care on wet roads, warn police after a spate of Saturday smashes

Take care on wet roads – particularly in rural areas, warn police, following 11 smashes in under eight hours last weekend. With tomorrow (September 16) forecast to be a wash out for some of the afternoon, motorists and cyclists should take extra care during Friday rush hour. Last Saturday, 11 crashes were reported to police …

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Modified car meet called off, organisers promising a "bigger and better" legal event

The organisers of a local car enthusiast group has called off their End of Summer Meet at an Ely car park, following warnings from police to stay away. Last night East Cambs Modified posted on their Facebook page that the controversial event would be changed to a different day at a “legal location”, as police …

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Bon appetit! The Continental Market returns to Ely tomorrow.

Ely Markets will play host to a range of continental delicacies and delights over the long bank holiday weekend. From tomorrow (Saturday August 27) until Bank Holiday Monday (August 29), visitors to Ely Market can indulge in what the visiting continental market has to offer. An array of food stalls will hold everything from freshly …

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Two businesses interested in running Ely Post Office

Two businesses have expressed an interest in running Ely Post Office, which is currently being operated by a temporary postmaster. Today a Post Office spokeswoman told Spotted in Ely that the organisation was waiting for the two interested parties to submit formal applications so that it can hopefully move forward with appointing a permanent postmaster. …

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Allow extra time for tractors – and only overtake when it's safe, say police

Think tractor when driving around East Cambridgeshire is the message from police – and only overtake when it is safe to do so. The A142 is particularly congested with agricultural traffic and high sided vehicles at this time of the year. Police are advising drivers to be extra patient and take special care along this …

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The purrrr-fect welcome for Mr Sainsbury's – from Mr Sainsbury's!

Garfield’s “less than prrrrrr-fect” behaviour may have got earned him the equivalent of a cat ASBO from Ely’s Virgin Holiday store – but the new manager of Sainsbury’s was clearly thrilled to be greeted by the famous feline on his first day of the job. A black cat crossing your path may be seen as …

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Take it to the hoop! East Cambs' best basketball players awarded

High achieving (and reaching) basketball players from across the area were recently awarded during the East Cambs Warriors Basketball Club AGM. A number of players were recognised for their contributions to the club and were presented with trophies on July 20. The club’s Facebook page said: “It has been a long and successful season with …

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"Our young people deserve a better deal" – new Ely College principal speaks out on fairer funding blow

The new principal of Ely College has spoken out about his dismay at discovering that Cambridgeshire’s schools, which receive some of the lowest investment per pupil in the country, will not be getting fairer funding in 2017. Speaking to Spotted in Ely, Richard Spencer said: “In terms of fair funding, my view is simple: I …

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Our Minor Injuries Unit – the story so far

Since news first broke yesterday about secret plans to axe minor injuries units in Ely, Doddington and Wisbech, things have been happening fast. Spotted in Ely’s #saveourminorinjuriesunit campaign – to keep the Minor Injuries Unit open at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely – has had an overwhelming response from local residents, with numerous …

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Minor Injury Unit closure risk "outrageous" says NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay

It would be “outrageous” to close Minor Injury Units at Ely, Doddington and Wisbech, North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay has told Spotted in Ely this evening. Mr Barclay said he had decided to publicise a leaked report by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, recommending the closure of the three units. He has …

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Selfless Sophia gets the chop for kids with cancer

Ely’s Little Princess Sophia Isaacs went for the chop last weekend, raising an incredible £765 for kids battling cancer – more than seven times her initial target. When you factor in Just Giving donations, her sponsored haircut has so far raised £882.50 for The Little Princess Trust, a charity supplying real hair wigs to youngsters …

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Local businesses celebrate Independents' Day

A cake maker, magician and secondary school were some of the 28 businesses taking part in a special celebration of local organisations and retailers in Ely today. Handcrafted Cupcakes, entertainer Sammy Magic Magic, of Razamatazz Magic Emporium, Ely College and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices were some of the businesses, charities and organisations represented at Ely …

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Campaign group heartened by compassion for Syrian refugees

A group campaigning to resettle Syrian refugees in East Cambridgeshire is delighted by the support it received from residents attending Aquafest last weekend. The Ely Refugee Resettlement Campaign (ERRC) had a stall at Aquafest on Sunday to raise awareness about its drive to help Syrians fleeing persecution and atrocities in the war torn country. As …

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Paw Patrol pups help Little Thetford pre-school raise over £1000

Paw Patrol were on a roll at Little Thetford Acorns Pre-school & Children’s Club Fun day on Saturday. Fire dog Marshall and police pup Chase were on the case, making a guest appearance and helping the pre-school raise over £1000 towards its running costs. The annual Sports and Fun day started off with running races …

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Lantern pupils help make summer fete the best ever

An Ely primary school fundraising for a lifesaving defibrillator is £4000 better off, following its most successful summer fete in history – and its success is largely down to its pupils. Members of Friends of the Lantern School, the Lantern Community School’s fundraising committee, are thrilled by the support their Summer Fete received on June …

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Creating new homes for Barn Owls in the Ouse Washes

A local Barn Owl Recovery project in partnership between the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership and the Barn Owl Conservation Network (BOCN) has been working hard to increase the population of Barn Owls in the area by recreating a connected habitat across the Ouse Washes Landscape. Research has taken place to establish the locations of existing …

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Selfless Sophia set to get locks bobbed this Saturday for kids with cancer

Selfless Sophia Isaacs – the Ely schoolgirl featured on the front cover of E4Ely Magazine back in May – will have her luscious locks bobbed this Saturday to help youngsters battling cancer. She has already raised £425 (£497.50 including Gift Aid) for The Little Princess Trust, a charity supplying real hair wigs to kids who’ve …

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