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  • Witchford Open Spaces Group Update, August 2018

    Published: Wed, 15/08/2018 10:51
    The fruit trees of the community orchard generally weathered the unusually hot and dry July, but some, notably those that were planted this spring, needed help with the occasional watering by volunteers. Despite the dry weather, some trees are laden with fruit: apples, pears, gages, damsons and cobnuts.
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  • Ely Rotary Club Welcomes New President

    Published: Wed, 08/08/2018 10:23
    The Rotary Club of Ely welcomed their new President when immediate past President Viv Doji handed over the jewel to President Richard Tyler. Richard joined the Club in 1979 and is now serving his second term as President. In 2019 Richard will have the pleasure of leading the club in their 80th year as the Rotary Club in Ely, which was inaugurated
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  • Review: Viva's production of ‘My Fair Lady' at Beechurst Hall in Soham

    Published: Mon, 30/07/2018 10:17
    Viva has done it again. This amazing group produced a wonderful musical show that would have been really difficult to do by most other theatre companies. ‘My Fair Lady' is one of those unforgettable shows that is inextricably part of the British psyche. The script rings true in any generation and the songs and witticisms are almost cliché's because
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  • Review of Deborah Curtis's ‘Holding Hands' in Littleport Village Hall on Saturday 21st July 2018.

    Published: Mon, 23/07/2018 15:04
    This amazing play written and performed by Deborah Curtis had us transfixed. Deborah's polished performance and timing, her clarity of production and her script were impressive. The script was succinct and effective often painting delightful pictures with her creative wording while containing many moments of humour in this dreadful tale of the
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  • Review of Clare Hammond's piano recital in Ely Cathedral

    Published: Wed, 11/07/2018 07:53
    Clare Hammond's piano recital was no ordinary event. A varied and in many cases a highly demanding programme kept the listeners in awe. Clare has amazing technique. Note-perfect, her touch made it possible to distinguish easily between a smooth rippling background and strong thematic material. No matter how complex the work, Clare made clear sense
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  • Review of ‘A Celebration of Peace' in Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 4th July 2018

    Published: Mon, 09/07/2018 08:01
    Ely Cathedral was a magnificent setting for the ‘A Celebration of Peace' to commemorate the end of WW1. The whole event was a masterpiece of music and of organization. This mammoth concert held us spellbound as we revelled in the unmistakeable style and harmonies of Ralph Vaughan William's music. Taking part were a number of choirs: the American
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  • Review of Ely Choral Society's Summer Concert 2018

    Published: Mon, 09/07/2018 08:00
    This must be one of Ely Choral Society's most interesting concerts. A fascinating mixture of lively intriguing pieces made up the programme and it was impressive to note that the choir willingly tackled singing in other languages too. The quality of the music overall was first class. Ely Choral Society was in fine voice, as expected, and Ely Youth
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  • Rosemary Westwell launches new book at Ely Arts Festival Writers' Day

    Published: Wed, 04/07/2018 10:06
    Author Rosemary Westwell launched her latest book at Ely Arts Festival Writers' Day in Witchford last Saturday. When her grandson, Harry, asked her to tell him some stories from ‘the olden days', she put pen to paper and wrote a book of tales of her childhood in Tasmania. She describes this little Australian girl who demanded to learn the piano at
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  • Review of Viva's production of ‘Grease' in Soham

    Published: Mon, 02/07/2018 15:07
    What a production. The stage positively throbbed with energy, colour and pizzazz in Viva's production of Grease in Soham on Thursday. Heart throb Danny (played by Max Bovingdon) and beautiful Sandy (Riley Williames) melted our hearts as we relived those joyful years of rock n roll and teenage angst.
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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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