2009 Ely Folk Festival Band Competition Winners

The Dog Roses, a 5-piece band from South London has been selected as winners of this year’s Ely Folk Festival Band Competition.

With stiff competition from 24 other entries, The Dog Roses impressed the judges with their eclectic mix of country music, west coast harmonies and old time Americano mixed with the occasional burst of punk and indie attitude. The band formed in 2003 and combine double bass, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, drums and vocals to deliver a vigorous and driving sound. They’re currently working on their fourth CD.

‘Highly proficient…..deliver lyrical doses of worldly wisdom, spinning a sweetly sincere line or being witty and wry.’ Traditional Music Maker

“This is what you get if you mix country music with west coast harmonies, indie attitude and the odd furious burst of vitriolic home-made punk” – CZine

“The dogs light up the stage, get your toes tapping and your feet stomping” – online TV

The Dog Roses will open the Friday night concert at the 2009 festival.

Come back to the past with us this weekend

Visitors to Ely this Saturday will be able to go back in time and experience for themselves what life was like in the 17th Century.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Come back to the past with us this weekend

Jumpers for goalposts and a sunny day in Burwell

Footballers from schools across East Cambridgeshire descended on Burwell last week to take each other on in the annual ECSport Football World Cup.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Jumpers for goalposts and a sunny day in Burwell

Learn how to keep your home fit and healthy

Shoppers in Ely Market will find something different amongst the fruit and veg stalls next Thursday as officers become Barrow Boys and Girls for the day to give out housing advice to residents.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Learn how to keep your home fit and healthy

Fancy coming along for a kick about

A new football club specifically for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities has kicked off in East Cambridgeshire.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Fancy coming along for a kick about

BBC’s Flog It! Is Coming To Ely Cathedral

The popular BBC2 antiques programme, Flog It, presented by Paul Martin, is coming to Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely, CB7 4DL later this month.

Flog It! – the major BBC2 antiques series – regularly gets an audience of 2 million viewers each weekday – around 25% of the television audience.

Image: BBC 2 Flogit

ELY CATHEDRAL will be hosting the Flog It! Valuation Day. Rather like a treasure hunt, members of the public are invited to bring along the antiques and collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued, the owner and team of experts decide whether it should go forward for auction. If the item is chosen it is sold a few weeks later – often with the owner making a tidy sum. Everyone who goes along to the Valuation Day will receive a valuation – even if their antiques are not chosen to go forward for auction.

Previous programmes have seen a small cream jug sold at auction for £1,300; a ceramic bowl, bought for £4 at a car boot sale, achieving £1,500; and a lady in Aberdeen sold a Shelley tea set for a huge £3,400! So if you’ve ever wondered how much those boot sale bargains or clutter in the loft might be worth, now is your chance to find out.

Presented by Paul Martin, Flog It! will be at the ELY CATHEDRAL, Ely on Wednesday 29th July from 9.30am until 4pm. The auction will take place on Friday 2nd October at the Bateman’s Auctioneers and Valuers, Stamford and will be broadcast as part of the eighth series later this year.

Flying the flag on Armed Forces Day

With the first British Armed Forces day taking place this month, East Cambridgeshire Distinct Council will be joining with the rest of the country in showing it’s appreciation for the contribution and sacrifice made by our nation’s Armed Services.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Flying the flag on Armed Forces Day

Turning you ideas into real business

With the recession continuing to bite throughout the country, entrepreneurs with good ideas have a new place to turn for help, advice and mentoring with the launch of a new scheme this week.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Turning you ideas into real business

Working to make concessionary fares work for us all

East Cambridgeshire District and Cambridgeshire County Council are working together to respond to the potential changes to the way the Concessionary Fare Scheme is organised.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working to make concessionary fares work for us all

Who is fly-tipping trees in Littleport?

Council officers are appealing to the public for help in tracking down fly-tippers who are dumping garden waste around Littleport.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Who is fly-tipping trees in Littleport?