Ely In Bloom 2005

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Now it’s shop windows in bloom!
The Ely in Bloom campaign is gathering steam! As the date of the judges’ visit is announced, a wide range of different projects begin to produce results for all to see – and now comes a call from Ely’s new Mayor for local shops and businesses to play their part in getting Ely that coveted top gold award – which could mean a place in the national Britain in Bloom context next year.

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Terror-Ready or Game Hosts?

Image: London Olympic Village

It’s good to be back. I took an unexpected sojourn through ill health, moving house and decorating. But I have returned and I’m ready to vent my spleen once again …
I’d like to state up front that should any of the readers be easily offended, affronted by my straightforwardness, or just irked by my honesty, feel free to either write me about it or read someone else’s article.

I’ve noticed that the more we boost the terrorist-awareness in this country, the more the government campaigns for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London.

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French Market in Ely

Image: Ely French Market

Next Friday (June 17th) see’s the welcome return of the Marché de France (Market of France), a team of French traders who will turn Ely’s Market Place Square into a 24 stall French Market for 3 days.

There will be a magnificent cheese lorry with a truly enormous selection of French cheeses from Normandy and many other regions of France. There will also will be the Charcuterie with wonderful sausages and salamis and of course, the bread stall, with its wonderful varieties of bread baked on site will also be part of the market.

Full details can be found in our ‘What’s On’ section.

Medieval Pageant Hailed A Success

Image: Child shown armour

East Cambs’ first Medieval Pageant was hailed a great success as thousands of spectators turned out to wander round an authentic medieval encampment set up in Ely Park and watch the re-enactment of the Battle of the Bishop’s Rebellion of 1342.

The two-day event featured a sprawling encampment of genuine medieval style tents, with armourers, blacksmiths, men-at-arms, knights, merchants, women’s quarters and camp followers. Nearby were hog roast stalls and a beer tent selling medieval-style honey beer and cider.

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Starbucks Coming To Ely

Image: Visit Starbucks Website

Ely will have it’s very own Starbucks coffee shop by mid-summer. Planning permission has now been granted for the conversion of the old ‘Thresher’ wine shop on the corner of the High Street/Butter market junction.

The application reads:

Change of use and conversion of ground floor to Starbucks coffee shop (mixed A1 (shop) & A3 (food and drink) use). Continued use of first floor as 2 number self-contained flats including the enlargement of one flat at 49 High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire by SEP Properties Limited.

Work began recently although it was briefly suspended when visiting local conservation officers noticed that period beams of the listed building had been tampered with. Permission was granted on the understanding that the listed building’s interior was not altered.

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Ely’s Cinema Success

Image: ADeC Cinema website

After its grand unveiling at the start of the month, Ely’s cinema is shaping up to be a huge success.
Under the nurturing wing of ADeC the cinema at The Maltings is fast becoming a great way to spend a summer evening. The range of films is astounding; so far I have seen a French comi-drama about schoolchildren and a film based on the true history of Rwanda’s massacres in back in the early 90s. July has even more treats in store; Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the jewel in the crown.
Yet it is really the atmosphere of the place that makes this cinema a lot more inviting than city centre multi-plexes. Greeted by steward volunteers before sitting down to watch a good film with a glass of excellent wine; this really sets it apart. If you haven’t been, I would seriously recommend giving it a try. Watch a film, sit outside afterwards and enjoy a beautiful summer evening on Ely’s glorious river.

Hereward Pub – Why All The Controversy?

Image: The Hereward Pub

There’s The Cutter Inn, The Fenman Bar, The Fountain, The Kings Arms, The Minster Tavern, The Prince Albert, The Royal Standard, The Town House, Deans, Pure, Bar Zest and the West End in Ely – forgive me if I’ve forgotten anyone.
And do any of these pubs or clubs admit children on a regular basis? And do we really need these pubs or clubs to admit children on a regular basis? It begs the question then why all the controversy over the new Hereward Pub and its over 18’s only policy?

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Le marché d’Ely va Français

Image: Ely French Market

Ely’s market went French this weekend and with temperatures in the 90s the market was assured a huge turnout. 24 market traders from France brought the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional French market to Ely’s market square.

We hope you enjoy this brief pictorial view of this weekend’s French Market.

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The Righteous Non-Smokers

This week I’ve focused on the righteous non-smokers (not to be confused with us mere non-smokers), the “new”? Ely market square that’s sure to look old and the junk we women are intimidated into buying in our never-ending search for youth!

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Karl’s ‘Another Late Night’ Mix Tape

Image: Late Night Tales: Karl Bedingfield

Ely Online’s editor (that’s me) likes to mix and a few weeks ago did a mix tape for a friend. He was was quite happy with the finished product and decided to make it available to the masses.

You can listen to the mix streamed online by pressing the play button below, broadband is your friend for this. If you don’t see the player below then you don’t have the Flash Player installed, that can be remedied by going here.


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