Villages & Towns

Witchford Village College: The Female Lead

It’s an exciting time for Witchford Village College, as we grow our College community through our connection to The Learning Alliance. The Learning Alliance is a purposeful family of schools, each with its own distinct identity. Each school within the Trust offers academic rigour, excellent extra-curricular opportunities and values the arts and performing arts.  Our …

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Witchford Village College: Making the most of the Great Outdoors

As we start the cautiously optimistic journey back to normal day to day life, the entire school community at Witchford Village College is thrilled to be getting back into the classroom.  The start of a new school year always brings with it an atmosphere of energetic enthusiasm among both the staff and students and this …

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Storm Warning at Haddenham Arts Centre

Iconic limited edition prints from the creative forces of Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios 1980s – present day. StormStudios has a long and illustrious history having worked for innumerable bands, from Alan Parsons, Anthrax and Audioslave through to the Wombats, with a sprinkling of Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Muse, 10cc, etc thrown in for good measure. …

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Downham Feoffees Primary Academy Awarded for ‘Excellence in Science Teaching’

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy has become one of just 160 schools across the country to be recognised for its excellence in science. The school, which is part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), was awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) for its teaching and learning in the subject. Downham Feoffees Primary Academy’s Principal, …

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Play areas in the district to re-open

Following guidance from central Government, East Cambridgeshire District Council will be re-opening its outdoor play areas on Saturday 4th July. East Cambridgeshire District Council maintains 19 play areas throughout the district and provides a range of facilities for a variety of ages from toddlers, to juniors and youths. The council has undertaken a thorough inspection of all play …

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Local WVC NHS Fundraiser gathers momentum

Witchford Village College have been at the forefront of an NHS fundraiser since the college closed, just prior to lockdown. The fundraiser for the Addenbrookes Charitable Trust, challenges students, staff and the local community to walk, run or cycle 5K for the NHS and donate to their JustGiving page. Another eight local schools have now …

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LECA Working on PPE for the Community

Community Support During COVID-19 Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy staff and students have been busy over the last two weeks making PPE for NHS, Care Home Staff and front line workers in the Littleport Community and beyond. We’ve hand crafted over 300 visors in one week and have delivered these to St George’s Medical Centre, …

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Soham Station takes a step towards reality

Proposals for a new railway station in Soham have taken a step forward with the submission of an application to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to build the station. Network Rail is seeking permitted development rights to build the station following the announcement in September 2019 for a £18.6m funding package from the Cambridgeshire …

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Haddenham Plugged In – Family Entertainment this Weekend

Every year Haddenham Beer Festival raise over £5000 for local charities and this year as the festival has been postponed we are running an Online Festival called “Haddenham Plugged In” on Saturday 2nd May on our Facebook Page. There will be lots of family fun, live acts and competitions throughout the day, all of which …

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Haddenham Post Office Re-opens After Refurb of Premises

Haddenham Post Office has re-opened today (14th April) after extensive refurbishment of the Blakemore SPAR premises at, 5 High Street, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3XA. The branch had to be closed for health and safety reasons during the major refit.  The work took longer than planned due to restrictions on work during the coronavirus pandemic. Press …

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Rackham Primary Sends a Video Message to Students

Staff at Rackham Primary School in Witchford were asked by their headteacher to spread some hope and positivity to the pupil and parent community this weekend. Headteacher, Bridget Harrison said, “I have seen lots of brilliant videos made by teaching staff in other schools over the past few weeks and so sooner or later it …

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Headteacher Plans School Fundraising Skydive

A local Headteacher is resorting to a fundraising skydive because there isn’t enough government funding for much needed improvements to the school building and grounds. Bridget Harrison will be raising money for The Rackham C of E Primary School in Witchford in July by falling through the air at 125mph from 15,000ft, the highest skydive …

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WVC Students involved with VC Heritage Project

Witchford Village College is excited to be supporting The Cambridgeshire Village Colleges Heritage Project delivered by Viva Arts and Community Group and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The community project is gathering personal stories from village colleges across the county. It will combine oral history and research with travelling exhibitions, film and learning resources. …

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The Library Presents is coming to Haddenham

‘The Library Presents’ is back for a brand-new Spring season of events. Now reaching 25 locations, Haddenham Library is one of the only two volunteer run libraries to be included in the programme, as the activities are pushed out to more libraries across Cambridgeshire than ever.  The new season brings high quality, affordable arts activities …

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Scouts Receive Generous Donation from The Archers

Sutton Scout group received over £200 from the Ely Archers after their annual fundraising raffle. Every November Ely Archers hold their annual Portsmouth archery competition; in which archers attend from numerous counties. Every year, the club also hold a prize raffle, with funds being raised for a chosen charity. Sutton Scout Group were proposed as …

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A Mother’s Day Pamper Evening in Soham

The Home and School Association at The Weatherall’s Primary School, Soham are holding a Mother’s Day Pamper Evening. Treatments will include Reflexology, Facials, Massage, Crystal Healing, Indian Head Massage, Manicure’s and many more. Treatments can be pre-booked to avoid dissappointment. There will be 20 different gift stalls available to find that extra, little something. There …

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WVC visit ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event at ARU

Yesterday, our Year 9 students attended the ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event at Anglia Ruskin University. The event, run by the University Schools Engagement Team, aimed to raise students’ aspirations making University accessible to everyone. The morning started with a tour of the campus with an undergraduate, the first time for most of our students …

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STEM opportunities for WVC students

Twenty Year 9 Engineering students attended an event at Stainless Metalcraft in conjunction with Cambridge University to experience an engineering environment. Working in teams, our students really enjoyed building bridges out of scrap paper in such a manner as to understand how materials work under stress. They competed against each other and an apprentice’s team …

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Pink Chair Engagement Create Huge Community Picnic Blanket for Littleport

Today Pink Chair Engagement (PCE) volunteers met up in Littleport Village Hall. Armed with sewing machines, we set to work, sewing some of the community voluntary group squares, into one huge Community Picnic Blanket. The groups who created a material square include: Littleport Guiding Groups and Cubs, Littleport First Responders, 363 Motor Cycle Club, The …

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Temporary Closure of Haddenham Post Office for Refurbishment of Premises

Haddenham Post Office will be temporarily closed for an extensive refurbishment of the premises at, 5 High Street, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3XA. To allow for the work to take place, the branch will temporarily close on Monday 20th January at 5.30pm and the branch is due to re-open on Friday 21st February at 9am. During …

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Wayne Hollingworth Pondlife Talk at Haddenham Arts Centre

Plant expert to film and TV Wayne Hollingworth will be giving a fun, entertaining and educational talk on Saturday 1st February at 5pm to support Haddenham Arts Centre fundraising campaign to save their wildlife pond. Wayne’s impressive CV includes supplying plants to Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park as well as Chelsea and Hampton Court Show …

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Youth Acts UP – Little Downham Present: Annual Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The cast of Youth Acts UP who are aged 7- 16, will perform a Pantomime written by local Little Downham children’s author Peter Crussell. They will have you laughing and singing to a host of memorable songs and with a few surprises in store you will go away with a fantastic memory. This is their …

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Scout’s Santa Brings Joy To Fen Villages

1st Sutton Scouts have once again spread festive cheer through fenland villages raising spirits and much needed funds for their new hut appeal. Villagers old and young from Haddenham, Witchford and Sutton were delighted with the vision the group created and thrilled to chat with Santa and be treated with specially made reindeer’s noses. The …

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Students and staff raise £5,000 for the Malcolm Whales Foundation through an amazing 12 Hours of Sport fundraiser

On Friday December 6th, 276 students from Witchford Village College participated in an annual 12 Hours of Sport event. The event raised valuable funds for The Malcolm Whales Foundation, a charity who raises money for those affected by cancer. The students participated in sports from 07:00am to 07:00pm, ranging from Trampolining, Ultimate Frisbee, Festive Run, …

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WVC Students visit Anglia Ruskin University

Students from Witchford Village College took part in a Cultural Tester day at Anglia Ruskin University where they had the opportunity to listen to, work with and have hands on experience from individuals involved in different creative industries. This ranged from “Life as a freelance Fashion Photographer”; Graphic Design and photoshop workshops; discovering what careers …

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Wilburton Theatre Group Presents Beauty and the Beast Panto

Its nearly Christmas which means only one thing …… Panto Time!! Wilburton Theatre Group proudly presents a Noda production of Beauty and the Beast, so come and cheer on this great cast by singing loudly and enjoying yourself. Fairy Rose tells the story of a nasty King called Jasper who is trying to take over …

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Littleport and East Cambs Academy Strikes Gold for Creative Work

Students and staff at Littleport and East Cambs Academy are celebrating as the school is awarded the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education institutions that champion cultural education. It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. …

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Soham Carnival Donate Funds Back into the Community

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

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New Community Hub to Reduce The Risk of Homelessness in Littleport

A community hub focusing on the range of life events which can result in homelessness will look at “intervention to prevent the worst from happening”. Littleport Community Hub is being relaunched with the aim of bringing together a range of experts from a variety of organisations, support groups and charities to help individuals from across …

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Students at Littleport and East Cambs Academy to benefit from £5,000 of DofE Diamond funding

Littleport and East Cambs Academy is delighted to have received a grant of £5,000 from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (the DofE) Diamond fund. The funding will give young people the opportunity to experience new activities and learn new skills whilst completing the prestigious award. The DofE scheme is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading …

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K9 Hydrotherapy Centre Opens in Littleport

October 1st saw the opening of SP K9 Therapy, a local professional therapy and rehabilitation centre for sporting, working & recovering dogs.  This brand new, purpose-built hydrotherapy centre offers a state-of-the-art heated hydrotherapy pool, water treadmill, and a fully qualified team that can provide a combination of hydrotherapy, pre & post-operative physiotherapy, rehabilitation programmes, a …

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Soham Pumpkin Fair 2019

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

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Littleport Basketball Club opens to Juniors

After over ten years successfully running adult men basketball teams Littleport Basketball Club has decided to start offering children basketball training sessions this year. With some encouragement and support from Littleport Leisure Centre the first training session took place on 18th of September with 11 participants turning up ranging from ages of 5 to 13. Sessions …

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Family Triathlon Raises Money for Teenage Cancer Trust

A 12 year old student from Witchford Village College has raised £1,350 for the East Anglia Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of three Grandparents. For the past 5 years, Oliver Chapman and his family have raised over £4,000 for various charities. Last Saturday the Chapmans completed a sprint triathlon by cycling from Ely to Littleport, …

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Witchford Village College GCSE Results 2019

Students, parents and staff came together this morning at Witchford Village College to celebrate this year’s GCSEs. All of the hard work, effort and commitment paid off for the students, as they opened their envelopes containing their results. Whilst the college celebrated everyone’s achievements, special mention must go to Sophie Lewin who achieved an incredible …

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Ely Charity serves up more hot meals, with help from Tesco

A local charity in Littleport is helping to improve the lives of adults with complex learning disabilities, with the help of food donations from its local Tesco store. Founded in 1994, Branching Out provides specialist work-based training to its members, in areas such as upcycling, gardening, arts and crafts and cooking. The group also provides …

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Littleport ‘Run the Rainbow’ parkrun for Pride in Ely

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

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Fully-equipped: Highfield Littleport Academy receives free Premier League kit and equipment

Pupils attending Highfield Littleport Academy, in Cambridgeshire, will be looking to hone their footballing skills for the 2019/20 season after receiving their free Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack. Stocked full of items including Nike match footballs, training bibs and numbered and lettered floor markers, the Premier League equipment pack will aid teacher delivery of …

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Viva Mill Redevelopment Project Launches With National Heritage Lottery Grant

Viva Arts and Community Group, Soham, Cambridgeshire has received funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to convert a derelict Edwardian Mill in Soham into a vibrant community space.  The project is one of six to have been awarded a share of £5.1m in the Midlands and East of England with projects which drive diversity, …

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

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

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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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Waitrose Supply GCSE Breakfasts at WVC

Waitrose, Ely are generously backing Witchford Village College’s initiative and will be supplying healthy breakfasts to our Year 11 students through their GCSE exams. The initiative was piloted in November, for mock exams, proving to be very successful in ensuring all students had a wholesome breakfast before going into an exam. Debbie Walker, Head of …

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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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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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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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12 Hours of Sport at Witchford Village College

Today the College is buzzing with one hundred and twenty-six students taking part in 12 hours of continuous sport. Students will be improving their sports skills, team building and working on their physical strengths whilst having fun. The main aim of the day is to raise money for the Malcolm Whales Foundation. Damien Whales founded …

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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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Local Woman Holds Fundraiser to Fund Genetics Test

On Saturday, 17th November, local woman Tia Colcomb will be hosting a fundraising evening full of magic, music, and fun activities. Tia’s Bright Stars evening, taking place at Littleport Village Hall, will raise money for a potentially life-changing genetics test which Tia has been told by doctors will be a crucial part of her ongoing …

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