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Beds and Cambs Cadets Presented with Army Cadet Force Awards

Ely Squadron’s senior cadet, Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue has returned home after a week away with the Army Cadets on The Saint Martins Plain Army Training Ground. Flight Sergeant Donoghue was joined by four other Air Cadets from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing:Cpl Hope (Spalding) SquadronCdt Paszka (Holbeach) SquadronCpl Fletcher (Cranfield) Squadron and Sgt Keenan (Linton) …

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King’s Ely Students head to Portugal for Easter Rowing Camp

A group of King’s Ely rowers spent the first week of their Easter break improving their skills on the waters in Western Portugal. The climate and weather conditions were far from exotic however, as the students faced strong winds and heavy rain every day during their trip, which saw 26 students from Years 9-13 at …

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Daisy the Donkey goes down a storm at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery

Children at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery had a very special visitor as part of their Easter preparations in the form of an adorable donkey called Daisy! Liz Wright, a Welfare Adviser from the Donkey Sanctuary, popped into school with Daisy, one of her rescue donkeys, for a special outdoor worship themed around Easter. Pupils …

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King’s Ely students donate Easter eggs to local Foodbank

King’s Ely students have helped to put a smile on the face of local people in need by donating Easter eggs to their local Foodbank. Girls in Withburga House at King’s Ely Senior decided to collect Easter eggs to donate to Ely Foodbank again this year in time for the Easter weekend. As ever, students, …

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Ely Runners beginners and parkrun

The latest beginners’ course delivered by Ely Runners has concluded, resulting in a group of local people running great 5K times.  The course focussed on sound form and posture, pacing, breathing and interval work, among other aspects of running for beginners and those returning to running.  Many of the course participants shaved minutes off their …

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A King’s Ely student wins photography competition for second year running!

King’s Ely Sixth Form student Luna Guo has been announced as the winner of this year’s Ilford Photo UK Student Photographer of the Year Competition. In what is now the competition’s ninth year, photography students from across the UK were tasked with creating a black and white (B&W) image that encapsulates an inspiring line from …

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Day to remember as new Cathedral Choristers are officially installed

Ten of King’s Ely’s and Ely Cathedral’s newest probationer choristers have been officially installed. The choristers were installed during what was a very special Mothering Sunday Eucharist at the Cathedral, attended also by three junior probationers to mark the completion of the first stage in their chorister journey. It was also the final weekend that …

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King’s Ely students on top form at Microsoft Research Cambridge’s DigiGirlz Day

King’s Ely Junior pupils attended the inspiring DigiGirlz Day at Microsoft Research Cambridge – and picked up a prize. DigiGirlz Days are being held at Microsoft hubs across the globe and are designed to provide school-age girls with a better understanding of what a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is like. The …

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International award for dedicated King’s Ely teacher

A Teacher from King’s Ely has won an award in recognition of his passion for promoting internet and digital safety among pupils, parents and staff. Dan Everest, who is Head of Computing and Digital Innovation at King’s Ely Junior, has been awarded a ‘Digital Leaders Star Teacher Award’ by Childnet International, an organisation which works …

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Smiles all round at King’s Ely Acremont’s Grandparents’ Afternoon

Pupils at King’s Ely Acremont were in their element showing their grandparents around their classrooms and some of the many things they have learned. The special Grandparents’ Afternoon welcomed a large gathering of grandmas and grandpas of Reception age pupils into school. The visitors enjoyed a fun phonics lesson and some Spanish singing with the …

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Sixth Form Photography students in running for national prizes

Five A Level Photography students from King’s Ely have been shortlisted for prizes in two prestigious competitions. Luna Guo, 18, has been shortlisted for top prize in this year’s UK ILFORD PHOTO Student Competition, entitled ‘Reading between the Lines’, which celebrates students using black and white film. Orla Simpson, 18, Charlie Watson, 17, Fiona Fung, …

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Professor Lord Robert Winston hosts annual King’s Ely Osmond Lecture

King’s Ely was delighted to welcome British professor and television presenter, Professor Lord Robert Winston, into school to talk to excited students and staff. Lord Winston hosted the school’s Osmond Lecture on March 15th, an annual event established and endowed by the Old Eleans’ Club to commemorate the career of Leonard Osmond, who was a …

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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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Principal of King’s Ely appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Sue Freestone, Principal and Chief Executive of King’s Ely, has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. Sue, who has been in post at King’s Ely since September 2004, is one of six new Deputy Lieutenants selected by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE QPM DL. Deputy Lieutenants assist with any …

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Ely Netball Club Comic Relief Fundraiser

Ely Netball Club held its annual fun tournament for Comic Relief yesterday.    Teams played a round robin tournament, and ran a cake stall and raffle. Despite the windy conditions there was an excellent turnout and raised almost £200 for charity during the evening. Anyone interested in joining Ely Netball Club please contact elynetball@hotmail.co.uk. Press releases …

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Standing ovations for King’s Ely Junior’s vibrant production of Fame the Musical

There were hoots of laughter and standing ovations when talented King’s Ely Junior thespians staged the toe-tapping musical, Fame. Pupils in Years 5 to 8 starred in the fast-paced show, which hundreds of families came together to enjoy in the school’s Hayward Theatre on March 8th and 9th. The sell-out production was directed by Laura …

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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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PositivEly Treated presents the first of a series of Monthly Crystal Swap events

Ely – PositivEly Treated will present their Crystal Swap event, taking place at PositivEly Treated, located down Ely’s High Street Passage on 14th March 2019, and featuring a warm and welcoming enviroment, where you can meet like minded individuals. PositivEly Treated is proud to bring the Crystal Swap to Ely for the first of what …

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Gold medal for King’s Ely Junior Judo star, Lucas

King’s Ely Junior pupil Lucas Hilcenko won a Gold medal at a national Judo competition. Lucas, 12, who lives with his family in Sutton, represented the school at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) Independent School Boys’ Judo Tournament. The competition took place at High Wycombe Judo Centre in Buckinghamshire. Lucas, who has been a …

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Hopkins Homes’ Cambridgeshire Charity Vote now open!

Hopkins Homes is holding an online vote to decide which Cambridgeshire charities will receive a share of a £10,000 donation from the Hopkins Charitable Fund. Cambridgeshire residents can take part in the vote by choosing their favourite from a shortlist of six local charities. The charity which receives the most votes will receive a £7,000 …

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New Look for Oliver Cromwell’s House

One of Ely’s key visitor attractions, Oliver Cromwell’s House, will re-open its doors on Saturday after a refurbishment made possible by funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER programme, co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire ACRE. The former home of the Lord Protector and Ely’s most famous resident now boasts a …

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King’s Ely Junior flautists to star in British Suzuki Institute Celebration Concerts

Flautists from King’s Ely are to perform in this year’s British Suzuki Institute Celebration Concerts. King’s Ely Junior’s nine-strong Flute Choir has been selected to feature in one of the concerts after its teacher, Liz Hargest, submitted a recording of the students performing ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’ by writer and composer …

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Wood Green offers FREE neutering vouchers to local community on World Spay Day!

Wood Green, The Animals Charity is taking part in World Spay Day 2019 by offering local pet owners help to get their pets neutered. Every year, World Spay Day takes place to promote neutering as a way of not only reducing the number of unwanted litters being born, but also to highlight the additional benefits …

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Talents and courage shine during annual King’s Ely Senior Music Festival

Hundreds of people packed into Ely Cathedral for King’s Ely Senior’s eagerly-anticipated Music Festival Finalists’ Concert. King’s Ely Senior and International students battled it out in a series of fiercely-contested heats held in school over a three-week period. As ever, the quality and variety of the students’ performances were outstanding, but the entries were whittled …

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Ely Sinfonia and King’s Lynn Festival Chorus perform Verdi’s Requiem

Ely Sinfonia joins forces with King’s Lynn Festival Chorus to perform Verdi’s religious masterpiece, which is one of the best-loved requiems ever written and what could be a finer setting for it than Ely Cathedral? Almost all of Verdi’s most performed works are operas.  But one, his Requiem, is probably performed almost more than any …

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King’s Ely rider Adele qualifies for National Championships

King’s Ely Junior rider Adele Shaw has qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association’s (NSEA) National Championships. Adele, 12, represented the school at the NSEA Arena Eventing Jumping with Style competition, held at Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Bedfordshire on February 9th. Manager of the King’s Ely Equestrian Team, Sue Cameron, said: “The competition was …

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Cabaret evening raises £600 for King’s Ely charities

A Cabaret evening hosted by Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir has raised £600 for charity. People of all ages packed into King’s Ely’s Hayward Theatre for ‘Etheldreda Entertains’ – a fun-filled evening featuring some of the girls’ favourites songs, including many hits from musicals such as Oliver, Mamma Mia and the Wizard of Oz. Entry to …

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The Word Garden invite you to the ‘Origins’ community drop in Open Day.

The Word Garden invites the local community to the ‘Origins’ drop in session on Friday 29th March, between 2-4.30pm at Ely City Church. The team welcomes any existing, historical or unseen exhibits and information you may have and encourages you to come along to the open day to share your knowledge and learn about this …

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King’s Barbers to have their voices heard on the other side of the world

King’s Ely’s award-winning boys’ a cappella group – the King’s Barbers – are being given a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing in the south-western Indian state of Goa. Music lovers from across the globe are expected to attend the Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival at Unesco Heritage City in Old Goa later this …

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King’s Ely pupil qualifies for Northampton Saints’ Developing Player Programme

King’s Ely Junior pupil and promising Rugby star Dylan Clifton has been selected to join the Northampton Saints’ Developing Player Programme (DPP). Dylan, 12, who is from the Ely area, says he was “surprised but very excited” to have qualified for the scheme following a series of trials. The DPP aims to be a “world-class …

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Over 1 million passenger journeys on the Norwich – Cambridge rail line as numbers continue to grow

Latest figures reveal that more people than ever travelled between Norwich and Cambridge by rail last year. More than 35,000 additional passenger journeys were made with Greater Anglia in 2018, bringing the annual total to over 1 million – up 3.6% on 2017. Numbers of people travelling by rail between the two cathedral cities, and …

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Networking Group For Ely Business Women Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The Ely group of East Anglian Women in Business (EAWIB), celebrated its first anniversary on Wednesday 9th January 2019. The networking group marked the occasion with cake and conversation. East Anglian Women in Business was created by Ward Gethin Archer Director and Family Law Solicitor, Sarah Fairbrother, to provide a local forum where business women …

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The Tigers scored eight unanswered tries in a better defensive display than the previous week

Ely crossed the whitewash within the first few minutes of the game. Charlie Coupland darted through the opposition defence, similar to last week’s score, and dotted down for a converted try. The Tigers crossed again moments later when Matt McCarthy dived over in the corner from a clever counterattack. The Tigers began to concede penalties …

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Voice Trials 2019 – calling all potential new cathedral choristers!

Children with a love of music and singing are being given the chance to join the world famous Ely Cathedral Choir. And this year, for the first time ever, auditions for both girl and boy Ely chorister places are being held on the same day – Friday, January 18th. Being a chorister at Ely Cathedral …

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Ely Tigers hold out for victory in a tough physical encounter with Crusaders

The Tigers crossed the line first when the ball was shipped wide to Jacob Muncey who ran through the opposition defence to touch down under the posts. Ely then conceded a penalty in their twenty-two and the opposition opted for the three points. The Tigers conceded more penalties which gave the Crusaders the upper hand. …

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Local Building Firm Raises The Roof at National Awards

An Ely-based building firm is celebrating after scooping a prestigious award at a national ceremony last month. D.G. Building won the title of Best Local Builder or Traditional Craftsperson at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals. The LABC Building Excellence Awards are the largest business to business awards in the …

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King’s Ely crowned Isle of Ely District Cross Country Champions

King’s Ely was delighted to both host and win the Isle of Ely District Cross Country Championships. Students from Ely College, Witchford Village College, Littleport and East Cambs Academy, Cromwell Community College, Neale-Wade Academy and Wisbech Grammar School travelled to King’s Ely to compete in the event on November 15th. King’s Ely came first, Wisbech …

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Calling all Tree Lovers!

We are a newly opened campsite in Queen Adelaide set in 5 acres of beautiful fen countryside. Our campsite has been carefully laid out to protect the natural habitat of dragonflies, birds, and mammals and make it a haven for all nature lovers. Despite extensive planting in the summer, the hot weather has unfortunately killed …

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King’s Ely through to third round of England Hockey competition

King’s Ely has qualified for the third round of the England Hockey National Schools Tier 1 Competition. King’s Ely’s 1st XI girls played against Wellingborough School in the second round of the fiercely-contested competition on November 8th. The girls qualified for that round after beating Stamford High School 3-0 in the preliminary round last month, …

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Creative Industries Event at Witchford Village College

A group of over sixty Year 8 pupils had an inspiring day on Wednesday when representatives from Creating the Future project visited the College. The aim of the project is to build effective careers education, information, advice and guidance on pathways to the creative industries. This sector is a fast-growing part of the UK economy …

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You Can Bin It Your Way

East Cambridgeshire District Council and East Cambs Street Scene are supporting an initiative aimed at cleaning and keeping the streets of the district clean. Working alongside the Chewing Gum Action Group, East Cambridgeshire District Council will be delivering the ‘Bin It Your Way’ campaign with the East Cambs Street Scene team clearing chewing gum from …

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Exam Breakfasts from Waitrose at Witchford Village College

Year 11 students at Witchford Village College were given breakfast by Waitrose, Ely prior to their first GCSE mock exam today. Debbie Walker, Head of Community Liaison at Waitrose arrived laden with boxes of food donated by the store. Waitrose have generously backed the College’s initiative and will be supplying healthy breakfasts for the two-week …

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