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  • Ely Comment: Let's face it, age comes to us all

    Published: Mon, 14/01/2019 17:36
    If we were to believe the newspapers and magazines these days, especially after the New Year, we would believe that all we had to do was to eat the right things, exercise and use our brains and we would be immortal. Sad to say, we all know that this is not true. No one is immortal; age comes to all of us. Even Andy Murray, the star of Wimbledon
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  • Ely Comment: It is time to focus on what is really needed

    Published: Mon, 07/01/2019 17:52
    We live in a back to front society. In so many cases those in power think of an outcome first and ignore the impact caused when they push forward their bright ideas. Time and again, the powers that be react with knee-jerk actions that we all know will have no staying power, nor achieve what is intended. It seems more important for our politicians t
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  • Review: Gregory Hazel's performance, Maltings, Ely, 18th December 2018

    Published: Sat, 22/12/2018 09:08
    Gregory Hazel is a talent to be reckoned with. His act at the Maltings Ely last Tuesday as Vivien de Vil was most entertaining and informative. He moved the heart strings deliciously, one moment revelling in joy, another swamped in pathos and unrequited love which we could all empathise with perfectly. His voice and charisma are particularly suited
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  • Rules for survival in an uncaring society

    Published: Wed, 19/12/2018 17:51
    It was recently reported that a senior councillor has claimed that Cambridgeshire County Council's budget is fraudulent. The councillor believes that the amount budgeted for children's social services and adult social care is incorrect. The council keeps overspending every year and will do so in the future because it does not budget correctly.
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  • Review: KD Production's pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk' at the Maltings, Ely

    Published: Tue, 18/12/2018 17:29
    If ever we needed cheering up, it is at this time of year when it is dark at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, wind and rain are likely to liven up the cold day and everyone is hectic because Christmas or the New Year is coming.
    KD Production's pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk' at the Maltings, Ely on Saturday 15th December 2018 was just what we needed
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  • Review: ‘A Festival of Carols' in Ely Cathedral on Friday 7th December 2018

    Published: Mon, 10/12/2018 15:03
    A Christmas Concert in Ely Cathedral is a wonderful experience that few other places can match. The magnificence of the building, the first rate singing by the choirs and a famous actress giving a taste of West End musicals produced an evening of joy and splendour. The programme included favourite carols that we all know and love, many of which
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  • Review: Ely Choral Society's Carol Concert, St Mary's Church, Ely, Saturday 8th December 2018

    Published: Mon, 10/12/2018 07:29
    The packed church of St Mary's in Ely was treated to a real taste of Christmas on Saturday. Ely Choral Society's Concert: ‘The Joys of Christmas' was one of their best. Under the expert directorship of Andrew Parnell, the choir's strong, stirring, masterful voices rang out the Christmas message clearly and with great joy. The audience was a very wi
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  • Review: Isle Singers' Carol Concert, Witchford, 4th December 2018

    Published: Fri, 07/12/2018 17:46
    Accompanied by Peter Kirby on keyboard, the Isle Singers sang a number of carols in St Andrew's Hall on Tuesday 4th December, some of the carols offering an opportunity for the audience to participate. In between the items, Alex Lee from Witchford Village College, Christine Day from Witchford Women's Institute, Rosemary Westwell and Roger Rix enter
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  • Review: Ely Consort's In memoriam concert on Saturday 1st December in Ely Cathedral Lady Chapel

    Published: Mon, 03/12/2018 06:04
    Ely Consort is a name to be reckoned with. This must be one of the best choirs in the district. It isn't until you hear good quality music produced by an excellent choir like this that you realize what you have been missing. Director Matthew Rudd really knows how to shape and develop a beautiful, well balanced sound and how to vary the pace, rhythm
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  • Report: Wreath-making Workshop with Jane Blanchard in St. Andrew's Hall Witchford

    Published: Sun, 02/12/2018 14:23
    Guided by well-known local flower arranger, Jane Blanchard, participants enjoyed making Christmas wreaths in a morning workshop on Friday organized by Virginia and Mark Divall. The event raised £229.58 towards St Andrew's Church Extension Fund. Future events to enjoy include a Carol Concert with the Isle Singers accompanied by Peter Kirby on
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  • Photographic Competition winners in Witchford on Saturday 24th November 2018.

    Published: Wed, 28/11/2018 10:24
    A photographic competition took place in St Andrew's Church Witchford on Saturday 24th November 2018. The theme was ‘Life' and the entries were judged by visitors to the church. Coffee and cake was served and visitors entered a quiz. The winner of the best word to describe church in a positive way was Mark Divall offering the word was ‘focal'.
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  • Review of G4's Christmas Concert in Ely Cathedral on Tuesday 20th November 2018

    Published: Fri, 23/11/2018 10:22
    It is no wonder G4's Christmas Concert in Ely Cathedral last Tuesday was a sell out. This unique group captured that quintessential quality that appeals to our inner-most senses. The difference between amateur and professional singers was never more obvious than when these great singers first opened their mouths. Serious training, well-placed and
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  • Review of Viva's ‘Fiddler on the Roof' in Woodditton, Thursday 1st November 2018

    Published: Sat, 03/11/2018 13:51
    Viva's production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof' was splendid. This well-known story of the trials and tribulations of a Jewish family in a small village at times of hardship was brought alive under the perceptive directorship of Sarah Dowd. The long-suffering father, Tevye, played by Richard Dodd, tried his best to preserve the stabilising traditions of
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  • Review of ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom' by Viva at Soham Village College

    Published: Sat, 27/10/2018 14:48
    Review of ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom' by Viva in the Performing Arts Centre Soham Village College on Thursday 25th October 2018. If ever there was a performance that demonstrated beyond a doubt that live theatre outshines films, it was this one. Throughout the performance we were kept spellbound. We were there with the characters, living their parts. The
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  • Review of Ely Choral Society‘s concert in Ely Cathedral on the 20th October 2018

    Published: Mon, 22/10/2018 10:32
    Ely Choral Society, clarinet soloist, Koren Wilmer, baritone soloist, Jonathan Midgley, organist Edmund Aldhouse and conductor/accompanist Andrew Parnell gave a splendid concert in Ely Cathedral on Saturday. Under the expert baton of Andrew we were given a programme of some magnificent pieces, some very familiar and stirring, others more reverent
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  • Report of the Dinner, Music and Quirky Quiz Evening 11th October 2018

    Published: Wed, 17/10/2018 15:04
    At the fund raising dinner in St Andrew's Hall in Witchford guests enjoyed a two-course dinner with music by Phil and Laurine and the Isle Singers. A ‘quirky quiz' completed the evening and the best slogan for the Friends of St. Andrew's Church Witchford 200 club was ‘Give a pound to spend a penny'. The winner of this month's £20 was Mrs. A.Tyler.
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  • Witchford Writers' Day Review, October 2018

    Published: Tue, 16/10/2018 13:02
    On Saturday 13th October a Writers' Day was held in St. Andrew's Hall Witchford when talks, mini-workshops and opportunities to mingle with other writers were provided. Speakers included Dominic O'Sullivan giving us insight into writing, Alan Moser Bardouleau talking about writing groups, Jackie Tyler with advice for short story writers, Julie
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  • Review of the Medlock Ensemble in All Saints' Church, Cottenham, 7th October 2018

    Published: Mon, 08/10/2018 15:04
    The Medlock Ensemble gave a splendid concert in All Saint's Church on Sunday. The programme contained many popular items and the calibre of this ensemble drew a very large audience. The pieces were introduced by Tim Lihoreau of Classic FM fame and the first item consisted of three people who benefit from Camtrust saying how much they appreciate the
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  • New Legislation for Landlords from October

    Published: Wed, 03/10/2018 10:14
    Landlords who own houses with multi-occupancy will be subject to a new HMO License as of 01 October. The government has decided to extend the scope of mandatory licensing to bring smaller houses in multiple occupation within the scheme and removing the number of storeys. Around 200 landlords across East Cambridgeshire will be affected by the new
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  • Ely Film Review: Leonard Bernstein conducting, Ely Cathedral

    Published: Mon, 27/08/2018 05:28
    A review of the film of Leonard Bernstein conducting Mahler's 2nd ‘Resurrection' Symphony shown in Ely Cathedral on Friday 24th August 2018. Other than on the small TV screen, I had never seen a film of a concert on such a grand scale before. I had always believed that a live concert was the only type worth watching. However, on Friday, I had a
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