New Cycle Path Proposed For Ely

Keen cyclists in Ely could be set to benefit from a new section of cycle path if it receives approval from Council Chiefs next week.

The upgraded footpath/cycleway linking Lynn Road to High Barns, if funding is approved will mean a safer journey for cyclists and pedestrians who use the existing path. New lighting and surfacing will make the link way more attractive, especially for parents taking their children to Spring Meadow Infant School and St Mary’s Junior School.

The scheme is a joint initiative between East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council who will match fund the expected £100,000 required for the project.

Councillors will be asked to approve funding for the scheme at next week’s Environment and Transport Committee before going before the East Cambridgeshire Traffic Management Area Joint Committee on 28th January. If funding is approved work will begin later this year.
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The Boat Race Founders’ Ely Celebrations

Commemorating Charles Merivale (Dean of Ely 1869 – 1893) and Charles Wordsworth (Bishop of St. Andrews 1852 – 1892) who inspired and rowed in the first Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race in 1829

On 8th March we will celebrate Charles Merivale’s bicentenary and recognise the important part that he and his good friend, Charles Wordsworth, played in establishing the Oxford & Cambridge University Boat Race. The annual encounter is now watched by thousands of people from the banks of the River Thames and viewed by a television audience of many millions around the world.

As you can see from the timetable below, a full day of events is planned for everyone to come to, and I am particularly pleased to welcome those members of the Wordsworth and Merivale families who are able to be with us on this very special day.

Our corporate, civic and private sponsors, and the many event supporters, have enabled us to arrange an interesting programme for you, and on behalf of the society, I thank them all for their generosity.

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Ely’s ‘Johnny Cashback’ Play Highpoint Prison

Ely-based Ca$hBack play the music of Johnny Cash and recently commemorated the 40th anniversary of the legendary Folsom Prison concert which took place on January 13th 1968 by playing a concert inside Highpoint Prison, Suffolk on January 13th 2008 – 40 years to the day after the original concert. The gig was a big success.

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The Radio Interviews

There was tremendous media interest in the Highpoint concert. Here is a selection of the radio interviews.

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Further band and booking information can be found on CA$HBACK’s website: johnnycashback.com