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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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  • Review: Photographic Competition in Witchford near Ely

    Published: Mon, 20/08/2018 05:57
    A photographic competition took place in St Andrew's Church Witchford on Saturday 18th August 2018. The theme was ‘New Beginnings' 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 caption for the Friends of St Andrew's Church Witchford was Janet Jones with
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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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