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  • Report of Supper and Gardening quiz at Witchford on Saturday 9th June 2018

    Published: Tue, 12/06/2018 15:14
    John and Enid Bedford surpassed themselves this year. Even though Enid has a fractured shoulder, nothing stopped her and her husband from being hosts to over 60 people in their home in Witchford and from providing a sumptuous supper for the evening. The event started in fair weather although as it was coming to a close, the rain came down but this
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  • To foster or not to foster? That is the question

    Published: Tue, 05/06/2018 12:37
    Many hundreds of foster carers are needed in the East of England to care for record levels of children who are unable to live with their birth families. Eastern Fostering Services are a small fostering provider who look after children and foster carers in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Over recent years they have been out and about in the
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  • People with dementia in rural communities 'increasingly isolated'

    Published: Mon, 21/05/2018 15:11
    Two thirds of people with dementia are based in rural areas, with the percentage of older people occupying rural areas as high as 56%, leading many to feel very isolated. Ahead of Dementia Action Week (21-27 May), the Alzheimer's Society has launched the first ever dementia friendly guide for rural communities.
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  • Parkhall Garden Centre is emphasising its back-to-basics approach

    Published: Tue, 01/05/2018 16:34
    It focuses on plants and garden-related goods and although a little tucked away is in fact very easy to locate, just a mile along Parkhall Road, signposted at the bandstand in the middle of Somersham. Located in a pleasant rural location it features an extensive display of glazed and terracotta pots, trees and bagged aggregates. It stocks the
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  • Review of Apollo5 in Chatteris on Saturday, 14th April 2018

    Published: Mon, 16/04/2018 10:37
    Apollo5, five amazing singers sang to a packed audience in the Parish Church of St. Peter ad St. Paul in Chatteris Cambridgehsire on Saturday. These singers were Clare Stewart (soprano), Penelope Appleyard (soprano), Josh Coote (tenor), Oliver Martin-Smith (tenor) and Greg Link (bass). The precision and beauty in their unaccompanied singing had the
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  • Ely Review: ‘Wind in the Willows' produced by KD productions, April 2018

    Published: Sat, 14/04/2018 10:03
    KD production's presentation of ‘The Wind in the Willows' at the Maltings in Ely was a joy to behold. All the favourite characters were there: the flamboyant Toad (played by Terry Burns), the river-loving Ratty (Ross Townsend Green), best friend Mole (Rosie Coles) wise old Badger (Oliver Scott) and evil Chief Weasel (Oliver Tattersfield).
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  • Lady singers entertain 'The Firs' residential home in Little Downham, Ely

    Published: Tue, 27/03/2018 08:06
    On Thursday the 22nd March a small group of lady singers, the Isle Singers, entertained the residents of The Firs residential home in Little Downham. The programme included popular songs such as ‘Moon River', ‘You'll never walk alone' from the musical ‘Carousel', ‘Pack up your Troubles in your old Kit Bag' and ‘It's a Long Way to Tipperary'. The
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  • Witchford Writers' Day hailed success story, 24th March 2018

    Published: Mon, 26/03/2018 15:07
    On Saturday 24th March, St. Andrew's Church, Witchford hosted Ely's triannual Writers' Day. It was held in the church hall, Witchford. Speakers included Dominic O'Sullivan talking about poetry, Rosemary Westwell speaking about copyediting and why we need a copy editor, and Sylvie Short spoke about novel writing. Then Roger Rix entertained us with
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  • Review: Ely Choral Society's performance of Bach's St John Passion in Ely Cathedral

    Published: Mon, 26/03/2018 10:27
    Ely Choral Society, the Chameleon Arts Baroque Orchestra, soloists and organist gave a splendid performance of Bach's St. John's Passion in Ely Cathedral on Saturday. Under the baton of director Andrew Parnell, the choir flourished, often giving an emotive, responsive and well-disciplined comment on events. Under his direction this work was given
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  • Review: ‘Hairspray' presented by Viva at the Brook, Soham, 9th of March 2018

    Published: Mon, 12/03/2018 17:06
    The musical ‘Hairspray' swept us up into the world of the early sixties and as the stage filled with teens gyrating to a constant flow of infectious pulsating rhythms, we shared the heightened emotions of a young would- be star, Tracy Turnblad (played magnificently by Zara Minns).
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  • Review of Warren Mailley-Smith's performance in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 10th February 2018

    Published: Tue, 13/02/2018 15:11
    Local concert pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, gave a wonderful St Valentine's concert in Ely on Saturday. He has a phenomenal technique that never ceases to amaze. The strength, agility and fluidity of his playing in the most demanding passages enhanced the pieces wonderfully. His fingers flew over the keys giving each phrase the right amount of
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  • Review of ‘The Wiz' by Witchford Amateur Dramatic Society

    Published: Tue, 06/02/2018 10:14
    Who needs TV when you see a show like ‘The Wiz' produced and directed by Witchford's own Lucy Short? I stopped watching one of those live talent shows on TV recently because the singer was NOT using his voice well. It was excruciating.
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  • Ely Rustic Furniture tells a story every time

    Published: Mon, 22/01/2018 17:12
    Ely Rustic Furniture uses reclaimed wood to make floating shelves are hand picked to make them the best quality possible. Each shelf tells its own old story from its former life, from being used in railways to old barns, with twists and knots, splits and shakes all making these truly beautiful shelves. No shelf is the same but we try our best to
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  • Police Appeal following attempted ATM theft in Fordham

    Published: Tue, 09/01/2018 16:47
    Detectives are appealing for information after an attempted raid on a cash machine in Fordham. At about 1.30am today (Tuesday 9 January) the offenders used a Silver BMW X3 to smash the brick work and window of a convenience store in Carter Street.
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  • Blue Bananas recalls remote control cars due to battery defect

    Published: Tue, 09/01/2018 13:04
    We have had 2 reports of customers with defective batteries, if you have bought one of these, please contact us as soon as possible for a full refund. You do not need to return the item. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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  • Woman who died in A14 collision identified

    Published: Tue, 09/01/2018 09:09
    A woman who died in a collision on the A14 last week has been formally identified. Beverley Garner, 61, of The Poplars, Bluntisham was a passenger in a silver Peugeot E7 on Thursday (4 January) when it was involved in a collision with two lorries at about 5.05pm.
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  • Police officer dismissed following misconduct hearing

    Published: Tue, 09/01/2018 08:12
    A police officer has been dismissed from Cambridgeshire Constabulary following a misconduct hearing. PC Richard Musgrave, 52, based in March, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity, discreditable conduct and duties and responsibilities at a hearing which concluded yesterday (8t January
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  • Witness appeal for two distraction burglaries of elderly people

    Published: Tue, 09/01/2018 08:02
    Officers investigating two distraction burglaries are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Five or six men forced their way into an 81-year-old woman's house after claiming to be from the council. The men then stole cash and ripped the victim's necklace from her as they left the property.
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  • Ely and Cambridgeshire: Trend Machinery recalled as risk of electric shock

    Published: Mon, 08/01/2018 15:12
    We have become aware that some of the NVRS/2/240V safety switches used on the 240 volt CRT/MK3 and WRT router tables have a wiring assembly defect. This wiring defect concerns the mains plug, which has been wired reversed L/N polarity. There could be a risk of electric shock if there was a short circuit in the product connected to it.
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  • Ely and Cambridgeshire urged to cut food waste in order to combat global food insecurity

    Published: Thu, 04/01/2018 16:54
    Looking at the issue of food waste is needed if the world is going to tackle global food insecurity, a British agri-food expert has said. According to Professor Leon Terry, Director of Environment and Agrifood at Cranfield University, a paradigm shift in funding strategies and research programmes is needed to tackle food waste on a global scale
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