Working together to make journeys safer

Recommendation designed to make using taxis in East Cambridgeshire safer and easier have been approved following a six month consultation.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working together to make journeys safer

Strengthening our communities together

Neighbourhood Panels will in the New Year highlight how communities can plan more effectively for their future.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Strengthening our communities together

Littleport – the future is just beginning

Residents in Littleport have their chance to have their say on the future of the town this month.Public exhibitions are to be held in Littleport Village Hall on Saturday 30 January and Tuesday 2 February so residents, businesses and other organisations can give their opinion on the issues which need to be examined in the Littleport Masterplan.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport – the future is just beginning

Littleport – the future is just beginning

Residents in Littleport have their chance to have their say on the future of the town this month.Public exhibitions are to be held in Littleport Village Hall on Saturday 30 January and Tuesday 2 February so residents, businesses and other organisations can give their opinion on the issues which need to be examined in the Littleport Masterplan.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport – the future is just beginning

Mature & Active comes to Littleport

Looking do some exercise in Littleport? Then come and try out a free taster session of the Mature & Active programme as it arrives in the town. The session on Wednesday 17 February at Littleport Sports & Leisure Centre will give local residents in Littleport the chance to try out different sports from archery to keep-fit and carpet bowls.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Mature & Active comes to Littleport

Mature & Active comes to Littleport

Looking do some exercise in Littleport? Then come and try out a free taster session of the Mature & Active programme as it arrives in the town. The session on Wednesday 17 February at Littleport Sports & Leisure Centre will give local residents in Littleport the chance to try out different sports from archery to keep-fit and carpet bowls.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Mature & Active comes to Littleport

Tight budget has meant difficult decisions

A number of tough choices have been put forward by Council Chiefs in East Cambridgeshire in order to balance the budget for 2010/11.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Tight budget has meant difficult decisions

Your opinions and ideas = Your masterplan

Thoughts, ideas and suggestions from residents, businesses and other groups are set to be incorporated in draft Ely Masterplan following a public consultation.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Your opinions and ideas = Your masterplan

Have your say on the Green Vision for Cambridgeshire

Green Infrastructure Strategy consultation announced.

Back in 2006 Cambridgeshire Horizons and its partners launched the original Green Infrastructure Strategy for the Cambridge Sub-region. The Strategy encompasses a range of outdoors places and spaces including rivers and watercourses, country parks, woodlands, hedgerows, public rights of way and much, much more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Have your say on the Green Vision for Cambridgeshire

Crooked drain now an ideal spot for a break

A lay-by on the A142 between Soham and Ely has reopened following a upgrade which means drivers now have the perfect place to pull over for a break.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Crooked drain now an ideal spot for a break

History comes to life at Oliver Cromwell’s House

With half term approaching, a wide range of guided tours and events are being organised for visitors and local residents.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:History comes to life at Oliver Cromwell’s House

Mobile play keeping the winter blues out

East Cambridgeshire’s new Mobile Play Scheme is rolling into Stretham this February defying the chilly winter.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Mobile play keeping the winter blues out

Players needed to roar like lions

Has your wife, boyfriend or best mate ever told you they are better at sport than you? Well now there is the chance to set the record straight.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Players needed to roar like lions

Soham will change shape to meet the future

With the draft Soham Masterplan Vision now available, local residents can see how their town can change, develop and grow over the next twenty years.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Soham will change shape to meet the future

Ballroom dancing took Maltings by storm

Over 25 people tried out a bit of Latin American, Sequence dancing and the Pasodoble as the Mature & Active programme hit the Maltings in Ely today.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ballroom dancing took Maltings by storm

Mature & Active made its mark in Littleport

The thriving Mature & Active programme came to Littleport last week and got local over 55s raring to go for when the full programme starts this week.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Mature & Active made its mark in Littleport

Roswell Pit owner found guilty

The owner of Roswell Pits in Ely has been found guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Roswell Pit owner found guilty

Ely masterplan is taking the city forward

A blueprint for the future growth in Ely was approved last night by District Councillors following a year of detailed consultation involving residents, businesses and other groups.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely masterplan is taking the city forward

Tough budget approved by Members

Councillors in East Cambridgeshire District Council last night voted through a balanced budget for 2010/11.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Tough budget approved by Members

Soham gateway gets £40,000 to help masterplan

With the draft Soham Masterplan Vision out for consultation, East Cambridgeshire District Council has been successful in its bid for £40,000 of Government funding to help develop the town.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Soham gateway gets £40,000 to help masterplan

District supports new school for Littleport

Councillors in East Cambridgeshire District Council strongly support a new secondary school in Littleport following a meeting last week.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:District supports new school for Littleport

Council to help those who fight for Country

War pensioners and disabled servicemen and women returning from fighting for their country will now get a fairer deal on their Council Tax in East Cambridgeshire.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council to help those who fight for Country

Have your say on making our community stronger

Establishing strong communities is one of the key issues for East Cambridgeshire and a local partnership is asking the public what they would like to see in their future.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Have your say on making our community stronger

Boxing Finals come to East Cambs

This year the cream of the region’s boxers are coming to East Cambridgeshire to star in the Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd (ABAE) Eastern Counties final.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Boxing Finals come to East Cambs

Wok down to our market this Saturday

Visitors to Ely this Saturday can taste some of the best Thai food in the county as a new trader comes to the Farmers Market.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Wok down to our market this Saturday

Record Ticket Sales For 2010 Ely Folk Festival

In the first week following opening of its box office, Ely Folk Festival has experienced record ticket sales far outstripping sales in a similar period previous years. Its reputation as one of the top folk music events in the country combined with a strong performer line-up for the 2010 festival has guaranteed huge interest and lots of festival-goers are ensuring they buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Andy Wall, Chairman of the Festival Committee said “We are thrilled to have sold over £20,000 worth of tickets in our first week. We are confident that the 2010 festival is going to be the best yet and a great event to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary.”

This year’s festival line-up includes Oysterband, The Demon Barber Roadshow, Faustus, New Essex Bluegrass Band, Vin Garbutt and Lau – winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010.

Festival tickets can be purchased from the Box Office by phoning 01353 669985 or emailing boxoffice@elyfolk.co.uk, alternatively book on-line at www.elyfolk.co.uk. Early bird tickets are available at a reduced rate before 1st June.

Ely Living History Day – 6th May 2012

Date: Sunday, 6 May 2012 – 11:00am – 4:00pm Location Oliver Cromwell's House St Mary's Street Ely United Kingdom See map: Google Maps An ideal opportunity to travel back in the past and explore the days of Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War. Explore the encampment on St Mary's Green, listen to their tales and admire their skills and costumes. Come and meet the characters at Oliver Cromwell's House, enjoy your guided tours and find out unusual facts during our craft demonstrations! Please allow minimum of 1 hour for this tour. (Last admission 3.00pm) Cost: Visit to encampment free. Normal admission prices apply for Oliver Cromwell's House. 4.50 adult, 4.00 concession, 3.10 child and 13.00 family (2 adults+up to 3 children under 16) Free entry to Oliver Cromwell's House for resident pass holders /children under age of 6. Contact: Aileen Sharp Telephone: 01353 662062 Email: tic@eastcambs.gov.uk Website: www.visitely.org.uk

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Ely Living History Day – 25th May 2014

Date: Sunday, 25 May 2014 – 10:00am – 4:00pm Ely Living History Day – 25th May 2014 An ideal opportunity to travel back in the past and explore the days of Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War. Explore the encampment on St Mary's Green, listen to their tales and admire their skills and costumes. Come and meet the characters at Oliver Cromwell's House and find out unusual facts during our craft demonstrations! Please allow minimum of one hour for this tour. Cost: Visit to encampment free. Normal admission prices apply for Oliver Cromwell's House. Free entry to Oliver Cromwell's House for resident pass holders Contact: Oliver Cromwell's House Telephone: 01353 662062 Email: tic@eastcambs.gov.uk Website: www.visitely.org.uk Location Oliver Cromwell's House 29 St Mary's Street Ely CB7 4HF United Kingdom See map: Google Maps

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Ely Living History Day At Oliver Cromwell’s House – 25th May 2014

Date: Sunday, 25 May 2014 – 10:00am – 4:00pm Ely Living History Day At Oliver Cromwell's House – 25th May 2014 An ideal opportunity to travel back in time to the Seventeenth Century with our Costumed Guides and explore the days of Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War. Sample some lavender cake from Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen and chat with her about her baking days. Learn how to spin wool and hear about the life of a Roundhead. Explore the encampment outside on St Mary's Green, listen to the historical re-enactors' tales and admire their skills and costumes. Cost: Visit to encampment free. Normal admission prices apply for Oliver Cromwell's House. Free entry to Oliver Cromwell's House for resident pass holders Contact: Oliver Cromwell's House Telephone: 01353 662062 Email: tic@eastcambs.gov.uk Website: www.visitely.org.uk Location Oliver Cromwell's House 29 St Mary's Street Ely CB7 4HF United Kingdom See map: Google Maps read more

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Ely Living History Day At Oliver Cromwell’s House – 24th May 2015

Date:  Sunday, 24 May 2015 – 10:00am – 4:00pm Ely Living History Day At Oliver Cromwell's House – 24th May 2015 Step back in time to the Seventeenth Century with our Costumed Guides and explore the days of Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War. Sample some lavender cake from Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen and chat with her about her baking days. Enjoy some storytelling and find out about the life of a Roundhead. Come and meet our historical re-enactors and see their display on St Mary's Green outside Oliver Cromwell's House. Cost:  Normal attraction admission prices apply. Contact:  Oliver Cromwell's House Telephone:  01353 662062 Email:  tic@eastcambs.gov.uk Website:  www.visitely.org.uk Location Oliver Cromwell's House 29 St Mary's Street Ely CB7 4HF United Kingdom See map: Google Maps

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Meet The Cromwells At Oliver Cromwell’s House – 29th May 2016

Date:  Sunday, 29 May 2016 – 11:00am – 4:00pm Meet The Cromwells At Oliver Cromwell's House – 29th May 2016 Step back in time and meet various members of the Cromwell's household. Take a peep in the kitchen and see what food the Cromwellians would have eaten, watch the spinner weave her wool to make clothes and blankets and hear stories about life as a civil war soldier. At the end of your visit, take time out to make a tussie mussie with one of Oliver's maids. Cost:  Adult £5.90, Child £4.40 and Family £15.00 Contact:  Oliver Cromwell's House Telephone:  01353 662062 Email:  tic@eastcambs.gov.uk Website:  www.visitely.org.uk Location Oliver Cromwell's House 29 St Mary's Street Ely CB7 4HF United Kingdom See map: Google Maps

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Haddenham Steam Rally & Heavy Horse Show – 8th & 9th September 2012

Date: Saturday, 8 September 2012 (All day) – Sunday, 9 September 2012 (All day) Location Steam Rally & Heavy Horse Show Sutton Road Haddenham CB6 3PT United Kingdom See map: Google Maps Contact: Ruth Young Telephone: 07741 019848 Website: www.haddenhamsteamrally.co.uk read more

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Come and read our guide to best of the District

A new Visitor Guide to East Cambridgeshire has been launched to help visitors and residents of East Cambridgeshire know of the best the district has to offer.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Come and read our guide to best of the District

Kerbside plastic recycling to end this month

After the toughest budget East Cambridgeshire District Council has ever faced, the Council is now having to implement the service cuts it needs to balance its budget.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Kerbside plastic recycling to end this month

Take time out to discover Ely this Easter

As Easter approaches to escape the chocolate eggs and biggest DIY weekend of the year why not take a trip to Ely and discover more about the historic city.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Take time out to discover Ely this Easter

Council wins £100,000 to tackle flooding

Surface water flooding in Littleport is to be tackled thanks to a successful funding bid for £100,000 by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council wins £100,000 to tackle flooding

Working party to tackle parking in East Cambs

With parking and congestion remaining an issue for everyone who comes to work or visit Ely, the District Council is setting up a working group to find solutions to the problems.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working party to tackle parking in East Cambs

New market to make your bank holiday special

Visitors to Ely this Easter Monday will be able to experience the best that the city’s markets have to offer.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New market to make your bank holiday special

Supporting worthy causes in East Cambridgeshire

A cheque for £15,000 is set to make a big difference in East Cambridgeshire thanks to money secured by East Cambridgeshire District Council from Sanctuary Group.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Supporting worthy causes in East Cambridgeshire

Consultation on Ely markets has begun

Consultation has begun ‘to develop and maintain viable markets in Ely’ and the Council wants to hear views from all those involved.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Consultation on Ely markets has begun

Business hub boosted by new champion

A renowned local entrepreneur has joined the highly successful Ely Business Hub keen to support and develop local businesses.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Business hub boosted by new champion

The Home appeal dismissed by Inspector

The Planning Inspector has dismissed an appeal by the owner of The Home, against a stop and enforcement notice issued by East Cambridgeshire District Council

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:The Home appeal dismissed by Inspector

Working to tackle council tax fraud

An anti-fraud exercise has identified over 150 people claiming council tax discounts they weren’t entitled to.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working to tackle council tax fraud

Car park to close for essential works

St Mary’s Street car park in Ely is to temporarily close from Monday 19 April to Wednesday 21 April.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Car park to close for essential works

A free swing into spring

With the weather improving and lighter evenings, now is an ideal time to give the game of golf a go.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:A free swing into spring

Skip on down to Ely for mobile play

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Mobile Play Scheme is returning to Ely this weekend specifically for children and young people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Skip on down to Ely for mobile play

Mature & Active touring the district

The ever popular Mature & Active programme is rolling out throughout East Cambridgeshire during April as dance, T’ai Chi and swimming get the over 55s into exercise.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Mature & Active touring the district

Is that not a little loud?

Loud noise can be more than just a nuisance – it can have a real impact of people’s lives. This is why Noise Action Week was set up to explain practical solutions to everyday noise problems.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Is that not a little loud?

Meeting you to make our community stronger

A Partnership to improve the quality of life for residents in East Cambridgeshire is out and about this May at a series of events seeking
the views of local people.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Meeting you to make our community stronger

Legal agreement courts savings for Council Tax payers

Legal teams from councils across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire have signed a new agreement which will see savings for tax payers whilst ensuring that their rights continue to be protected.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Legal agreement courts savings for Council Tax payers

Ely Folk Festival Tickets Going Fast

Ely Folk Festival looks as though it’s well on its way to selling out again this year. The strong line-up combined with the festival’s reputation as a small family friendly events has proved a winning combination. Although weekend and Saturday tickets have now sold out, there are still tickets available for Friday night and Sunday.
The festival committee is working hard on the final stages of festival preparation. The huge number of entries for the popular Band Competition is currently being assessed and the results should be available soon. The Ely Folk Festival stall at Eel Day proved a popular draw and folk musicians Andy Wall, Matt Kelly and Bof! had the crowds toe-tapping along.

The festival relies on a small army of volunteers helping out over the festival weekend. If you fancy trying your hand at stewarding at this year’s festival, check out the information section on the festival website.

There are still some tickets available for Ely Folk Festival. They can be purchased from the Box Office by phoning 01353 669985 or emailing boxoffice@elyfolk.co.uk.

Remember that early bird tickets are available at a reduced rate before 1st June.

Consultation begins on improving decision making at local council

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With the pressure on local government to reform and find new ways to offer value for money to Council Tax payers, a consultation on the best way to make decisions in East Cambridgeshire begins this week.

At the moment the Council has a system where the majority of decisions are taken by Committees of Councillors.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Consultation begins on improving decision making at local council

Un petit peu de la France vient a Ely ce weekend

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The French Market is coming back to Ely this weekend bringing the delights of French cuisine and produce.

Exotic cheeses, delicious baguettes, sumptuous cakes to tempt the taste buds are just some of the delicacies visitors will uncover as 25 traders from Normandy come to East Cambridgeshire on the 14, 15 and 16 May.

The Market will be open from 9am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday selling cheeses, olives, charcuterie and other Gallic products from a range of craft stalls.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Un petit peu de la France vient a Ely ce weekend

New school getting closer for Littleport

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Support to build a new secondary school in Littleport is growing following a meeting at the County Council this week.

Over the last few months, Councillors and officers at Cambridgeshire County Council have been reviewing the provision of Secondary Education in East Cambridgeshire. As well as researching the demand for school places in the next 15 years, the work has looked specifically at where a new school should be built.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New school getting closer for Littleport

Unauthorised tree cutting ends in court

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Officers working for East Cambridgeshire District Council have served a warning to anyone planning on damaging or cutting down protected trees after a victory in court last week.

The Council’s legal team took Adam Lines of 11 Cambridge Road, Ely to court for the two offences relating to unauthorised works to a Pine Tree protected by the Ely Conservation Area and a Mulberry Tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Unauthorised tree cutting ends in court

Take a step back into the past

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Visitors to Ely this Whitsun bank holiday can listen to tales of a Civil War soldier or chat to Mrs Cromwell’s servant to find out what her mistress has been up as the 17th Century returns to Ely

On Saturday 29 May from 2pm, the Oliver Cromwell House in Ely will be the place to be to see the Civil War period come alive with craft demonstrations, cookery lessons from the 1600s.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Take a step back into the past

Wander round our Market this Bank Holiday

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Ely's Bank Holiday Market is fast becoming the place to spend your time and money.

On Monday 31 May, the Ely Bank Holiday Market will again bring the best mix of traders from the Farmers' Market with stalls from the General and Craft & Collectables Markets and a few extra new stalls to add to the variety of goods on offer.

Since the new Market began at Easter, they have been incredibly popular with a wide range of stalls and entertainment

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Wander round our Market this Bank Holiday

Play Areas getting better across the whole District

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As the sun starts to shine and with summer just round the corner, children and young people across the District are finding new things to do at their local play areas

Parish Councils across East Cambridgeshire have worked with local communities and the District Council to create areas that encourage play for all ages after receiving grants from the Big Lottery Fund, East Cambridgeshire District Council and other sources.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Play Areas getting better across the whole District

Targetting those who avoid paying their council tax

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Over the last two months, nine people have been targeted by officers for deliberate non-payment of Council Tax in East Cambridgeshire.

Anglia Revenues Partnership working on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council has served petitions for bankruptcy on people who have persistently avoided paying Council Tax.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Targetting those who avoid paying their council tax

Ely Farmers’ Market

Date: Repeats every 2 weeks until Sun Mar 25 2012 . Saturday, 28 January 2012 – 8:00am – 2:00pm Saturday, 11 February 2012 – 8:00am – 2:00pm Saturday, 25 February 2012 – 8:00am – 2:00pm Saturday, 10 March 2012 – 8:00am – 2:00pm Saturday, 24 March 2012 – 8:00am – 2:00pm Location Ely Farmers' Market Market Square Ely, Cambs United Kingdom See map: Google Maps Contact: Tracey Harding Telephone: 01353 662062 Email: tic@eastcambs.gov.uk read more

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Ely Farmers’ Market: Every Other Saturday 2014

Date: Repeats every month on the second Saturday and on the fourth Saturday until Wed Dec 31 2014 . Saturday, 28 December 2013 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 11 January 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 25 January 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 8 February 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 22 February 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 8 March 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 22 March 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 12 April 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 26 April 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 10 May 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 24 May 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 14 June 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 28 June 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 12 July 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 26 July 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 9 August 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 23 August 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 13 September 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 27 September 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 11 October 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 25 October 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 8 November 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 22 November 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 13 December 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 27 December 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Ely Farmers' Market received independent certification from FARMA, the National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association in 2002. This is an independent verification scheme that ensures markets are working to the recommended criteria, for more information visit the FARMA website. Cost: Free event. If you are interested in trading on our succesful markets, contact us here. Contact: Tracey Harding Telephone: 01353 662062 Email: tic@eastcambs.gov.uk Location Ely Farmers' Market Market Place Ely, Cambs CB7 4NB United Kingdom See map: Google Maps read more

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Ely Farmers’ Market: Every 2nd & 4th Saturday 2014

Date: Repeats every month on the second Saturday and on the fourth Saturday until Wed Dec 31 2014 . Saturday, 28 December 2013 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 11 January 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 25 January 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 8 February 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 22 February 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 8 March 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 22 March 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 12 April 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 26 April 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 10 May 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 24 May 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 14 June 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 28 June 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 12 July 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 26 July 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 9 August 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 23 August 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 13 September 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 27 September 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 11 October 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 25 October 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 8 November 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 22 November 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 13 December 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 27 December 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Ely Farmers' Market began in July 2000 and is now held twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month . Cost: Free event. If you are interested in trading on our succesful markets, contact us here. Contact: Julia Davis Telephone: 01353 665555 Email: markets@eastcambs.gov.uk Location Ely Farmers' Market Market Place Ely, Cambs CB7 4NB United Kingdom See map: Google Maps read more

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Ely Farmers’ Market: Every 2nd & 4th Saturday

Date:  Repeats every month on the second Saturday and on the fourth Saturday until Thu Dec 31 2015 . Monday, 1 December 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 13 December 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 27 December 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 10 January 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 24 January 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 14 February 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 28 February 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 14 March 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 28 March 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 11 April 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 25 April 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 9 May 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 23 May 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 13 June 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 27 June 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 11 July 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 25 July 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 8 August 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 22 August 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 12 September 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 26 September 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 10 October 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 24 October 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 14 November 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 28 November 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 12 December 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday, 26 December 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm   Ely Farmers' Market began in July 2000 and is now held twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month . Cost:  Free event. If you are interested in trading on our succesful markets, contact us here. Contact:  Julia Davis Telephone:  01353 665555 Email:  markets@eastcambs.gov.uk Location Ely Farmers' Market Market Place Ely, Cambs CB7 4NB United Kingdom See map: Google Maps read more

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Community Groups Encouraged to Bid for Funding

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Charities and voluntary groups in East Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to 1,500 to help the young, old, disabled or rural communities.

The money is coming from the East Cambridgeshire Community Fund, which has a total pot of 15,000 to help causes from across the district.

The money is available for non-profit groups or organisations to fund up to 70 per cent of a scheme or projects cost for the benefit of local people.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Community Groups Encouraged to Bid for Funding

Business Hub Helps 50th Client

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The Ely Business Hub has helped its 50th business on the road to success less than a year after it launched

The Hub, the brainchild of East Cambridgeshire District Council, 'serial entrepreneur' Peter Dawe and Simon Crosland from Business Link East, has helped people from all over the District develop their business ideas.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Business Hub Helps 50th Client

Review of Ely Markets sets out new options

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04/06/2010

The first stage of the Ely Markets consultation has suggested a number of options to 'develop and maintain viable markets in Ely'.

After receiving questionnaires from traders, productive meetings with representatives from across all of Ely's three markets and analysis of written responses, the cross party Review Team is set to make a number of recommendations for further consultation to the Internal Overview and Scrutiny Committee later this month.

These include:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Review of Ely Markets sets out new options

Ely Folk Festival Band Competition 2010 Winner is…

Gavin Adam Wood, a singer-songwriter based in Cambridge. Gavin sings his own compositions as well as covering others with his soulful and distinctive voice. Gavin is no stranger to winning competitions as he was voted best act in last year’s Cambridge Buskers and Street Performer Festival.

Ely Folk Festival 2010 is now almost sold out with only a limited number of tickets left for Friday evening & Sunday only. Check out the festival website elyfolk.co.uk for updates on ticket availability.

Tackling litter in all its forms

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16/06/2010

Graffiti, abandoned vehicles and fly tipping can seriously blight an area which is why East Cambridgeshire District Council is looking at powers to stop small problems ruining a community.

The new Environmental Enforcement Strategy approved by Councillors last week looks at how best to tackle littering through education, encouragement and enforcement.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Tackling litter in all its forms

Homes in Soham no longer need to be empty

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16/06/2010

Owners of empty homes in Soham can now take advantage of a project that has brought life back into empty homes in Littleport.

Launched last year, the Empty Homes Project has assisted with the renovation of five empty homes in the Littleport area and is committed to bringing a further four homes back into use over the next 12 months. This has been achieved with grants and interest free loans worth over 160,000.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Homes in Soham no longer need to be empty

Trot along to improve your heart

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16/06/2010

With the success of the recent Fenland Ride in aid of Help for Heroes, residents in East Cambridgeshire are being reminded that a canter can do wonders for your health.

The Sports Development Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council is promoting the activity to residents as a different way of exercising.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Trot along to improve your heart

New pitch to test your skills

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The Ross Peers Leisure Centre has been the site of many a great football match but thanks to 20,000 of Section 106 money no one can now blame the pitch for a wonky shot.

The five a side pitch outside the centre now has now been refurbished following work between East Cambridgeshire District Council and Soham Town Council.

Since new pitch has been in place The Ross Peers Sports Centre has received great reviews from users.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New pitch to test your skills

Council warns of even tougher times ahead

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With the Government preparing its emergency budget to tackle the nation’s budget deficit, local authorities are yet again bracing themselves for difficult decisions.

In East Cambridgeshire, the District Council heard last week its revenue grant would remain at just over 6million but with over 1.6 billion taken out of local government this year, the authority is mindful that tough choices may lie ahead.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council warns of even tougher times ahead

What do you think could make Littleport great?

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28/06/2010

Ideas and concepts of what Littleport could look like 20 years from now are being put up for public debate and scrutiny.

At the Village Hall on Sunday 27 June and Monday 28 June, local residents can see some of the options which may become part of the Littleport Masterplan and give their views on how their town can change, develop and grow over the next twenty years.

This work has already seen a huge amount of public support build for plans which area looking to develop the town in the future.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:What do you think could make Littleport great?

42nd World Pea Shooting Championship – 14th July 2012

Date: Saturday, 14 July 2012 – 12:00pm Location Witcham Cambridgeshire United Kingdom See map: Google Maps The 14th of July 2012 at Witcham sees the 42nd holding of the World Pea shooting Championship & Village Fair on the Green at 12 pm. (Competition starts around 1pm). Peashooters and peas will be on sale. Practice area available, anyone can do it, even Grandma! Cost: Entry on the day: Price 2 ( 1 for juniors). Contact: Witcham Pea Shoot Telephone: 01353 662062 Website: www.witcham.org.uk read more

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42nd World Pea Shooting Championship – 14th July 2012

e-space – The place to do business

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30/06/2010

Every company in e-space north and south – two business centres in East Cambridgeshire – say it is a great place for firms in the region to do business.

In a survey of the tenants in the District Council run buildings – 100 per cent of the companies would recommend the centres to other start-up and growing businesses.

The report also revealed high levels of satisfaction with the reception services, management arrangements and even the cost of renting space in the building.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:e-space – The place to do business

Tell us what’s important to you

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More than 750 people gave their thoughts and ideas this spring on what makes East Cambridgeshire a safe, well-served and enjoyable place to live and work.

The East Cambridgeshire Strategic Partnership, a body representing public services, voluntary groups and businesses asked what people wanted to see in the area over the next 20 years, and have used the feedback they have received to devise a new strategy.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Tell us what’s important to you

Youth Games to tap into spirit of the Olympics

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Runners were under starters orders, hockey players twitched for the bully off and rugby players nervously awaiting kick off at today's East Cambridgeshire Youth Games.

The games, which took place at Littleport Leisure Centre, was the largest youth sporting event ever held in the District. The competitors, who were aged from seven to eleven years olds, came from schools all across the district to enter activities ranging from Quicksticks (Hockey), Tag Rugby, Mini Tennis and Quadkids (athletics).

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Youth Games to tap into spirit of the Olympics

CCTV options to be reviewed

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30/06/2010

As budgetary pressures increase and the authority receives more requests from city and town councils to devolve powers to them, East Cambridgeshire District Council is looking again at the best way to deliver CCTV in the district.

At Community Services Committee on Monday 5 July, members will be asked to review a number of options for the discretionary service from maintaining the status quo to bringing in a recorded system or withdrawing the service all together.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:CCTV options to be reviewed

Leisure concepts show potential to get whole district fit

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05/07/2010

Artist's impressions and concept drawings of the new leisure complex for the whole of East Cambridgeshire have been unveiled.

The ideas of what the environmentally friendly and sustainable building may look like includes proposals for:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Leisure concepts show potential to get whole district fit

Solutions to A142 gridlock under investigation

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05/07/2010

Work to tackle road congestion around Ely's Railway station is to progress with investigations set to establish the full extent of the problem and what can be done in the short and long term to relive the pressure.

District Councillors are set to ask officers to clarify the impact that the closure of the level crossing has on a daily basis – as well assess the effect of the proposed increase in rail freight traffic through Ely station in the future.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Solutions to A142 gridlock under investigation

Using grants to improve the place we live

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05/07/2010

Young and old people throughout East Cambridgeshire will benefit from grants approved this week totalling nearly 3,000.

At Monday's (5 July) Community Services Committee, Councillors heard how applications for funding had come from a charity looking to help older residents and a not for profit company needing help to provide help running an after school club.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Using grants to improve the place we live

Oliver Cromwell’s House doing better than ever

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05/07/2010

With admissions up, gift shop sales up and guided tour income up, Oliver Cromwell House in Ely is attracting more visitors than ever to the district.

The House was set ambitious targets last year to increase visitor numbers and income and despite the recession and budgetary restraints more people than ever are visiting the famous site.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Oliver Cromwell’s House doing better than ever

Happy Birthday Ely Farmer’s Market

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05/07/2010

Ely's Farmers’ Market is celebrating its tenth birthday on Saturday 10 July with celebrations everyone can enjoy.

Since launching as a monthly event in July 2000 with 21 stalls, the Farmers’ Market has become an integral part of the city.

The Market is now a regular fixture, taking place every second and fourth Saturday, with residents and visitors coming to Ely specifically for the high quality local produce.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Happy Birthday Ely Farmer’s Market

Ely Folk Festival Sells Out

For the second year running, Ely Folk Festival has sold out in advance of the festival weekend. A strong line-up and great reputation for good music have ensured strong ticket sales this year. Andy Wall, chairman of the festival’s organising committee said “It’s great news that the festival has sold out again this year. It reflects the hard work the committee has put into selecting great performers and putting together a varied programme of activities to ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the festival.”

The Mayor of Ely, Councillor Brian Ashton will visit the festival site on Friday evening to have a look at the activities taking place and to meet some of the hard-working volunteers who are responsible for making the festival happen.

The annual morris dancing procession will kick off at 11am on Saturday morning, proceeding along the High Street, Ely to the market square. This year 14 morris dance sides will take part. The morris sides will dance in various spots around Ely city centre during the afternoon.

Please note that NO tickets will be available for sale at the Box Office on the festival site over the weekend.

The 25th Ely Folk Festival Review Coming Soon

The 2010 Ely Folk Festival was the festival’s twenty fifth birthday and celebrated in style with some fantastic performances and possibly the hottest weekend the festival had ever seen.

Ely Online’s traditional Ely Folk Festival review is forthcoming. In the meantime take a look at a few of our home video’s we shot during the heatwave that was Friday July 9 – Sunday July 11.

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Free Swimming to End

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13/07/2010

Free swimming sessions for people aged under 16 and over 60 in East Cambridgeshire are to end.

From August, normal charges will apply at the Paradise Pool in Ely and Bottisham Swimming Pool.

The Government announced it was to stop funding this activity due to the current financial situation and research which they claimed showed the majority of free swimmers were swimming already and would have paid to swim anyway.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Free Swimming to End

More Recycling Banks for East Cambridgeshire

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To make it easier for residents to recycle their waste in East Cambridgeshire, new recycling points and banks are being introduced.

Along with a new site in Littleport to recycle glass and plastic, the District Council has reintroduced Tetrapak carton banks at the following locations:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:More Recycling Banks for East Cambridgeshire

Options for Growth in East Cambridgeshire

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As one of the fastest growing districts in the country, the District Council is presenting a range of options for growth over the next 15 years in order to deliver the right development in the right place.

Residents will be able to look at site options for housing and employment growth, town centre improvements as well as the infrastructure improvements for East Cambridgeshire as part of the Local Development Framework process.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Options for Growth in East Cambridgeshire

YOUTHSAFE – Young People Setting Their Own Rules

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A new concept developed by young people and local agencies to set acceptable and responsible behaviour is to launch this month.

YouthSafe, to be piloted with the opening of the Soham Skatepark area, aims to create a safe haven for young people.

As long as the children and young people abide by the rules which they have helped to create, they will not be asked to be moved on by the Police or other agencies.

The YouthSafe rules are simple:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:YOUTHSAFE – Young People Setting Their Own Rules

Ely Folk Festival Review 2010

Image: John Glover

Friday, July 9: From humble beginnings in 1985 when Ely first hosted its ‘Folk Day’ (ticket price £4.50), through years of the ‘Folk Weekend’ which was held in various venues throughout the City, to the Pocket Park Years the festival always retained a unique essence. The move to the Outdoor Centre in 2000 and the inclusion of more concerts, dances and workshops has not diminished that certain something that Ely has. As my Uncle Google says, ‘Licentia Puteus Unus’*

And so, to 2010, the Silver Anniversary of the Festival. With my Sun Dance instructions safely tucked away, the temperature at 35 degrees on the car gauge and 42 under my armpits, I set off for the festival.

Image: Ely Online Team

Ely Online assembled at the site for our traditional Friday evening photo with the Ship of the Fens as a backdrop and the remit to capture that special quality that keeps regulars coming back year after year.

Image: The Floozies

The Floozies were the first act I caught on the main stage and are so damn cool that they are like aural fans, their jazzy folk riffs bringing the temperature down with each blast from Paula Welham’s sax. Their gusts of harmony and virtuoso musicianship were a fine way to start the weekend.

Image: Harvey Andrews

Harvey Andrews was up next and the 67 year old singer song-writer enchanted the audience with his songs. With 43 years of his professional career chalked up he was proud to declare that he’s 2 years younger than Sir Cliff Richard but 2 years older that Keith Richards. The veteran was around the site on Saturday as well and he looked very chuffed after turning up for a sound-check and being sent away by the sound man as it was ‘just the same as Friday’. Very handy just being one man, a guitar and a head full of songs.

I’ve seen Colvin Quarmy 2 or 3 times before but they still have the ability to surprise. The captivating ‘Broken Man’ with its five part harmony is a tribute to NHS drugs that work and Gerry Colvin’s lyrics are a joy to listen to in these days when song writers seem scared to say what they mean.

The beer tent was doing brisk business and when the Dragon Slayer ran out my distraught daughter had to accept an alternative, Eelcatcher, which brought a grimace to her face. Luckily, there were many more barrels to hand and we enjoyed at various times; Reel Ale, Anniversary Ale, Dragonslayer and Shefford Bitter. Many thanks must go to the overworked volunteers who battled away all weekend to keep the beers cool and the customers satisfied.

Image: The Demon Barber Roadshow

The opening nights headliners ‘The Demon Barber Roadshow’ were, as the youth say, Awesome. Mixing traditional folk tunes and using clog-dancers and a beat-boxer (I think they’re called) as well as molly dancing themselves they earned a standing ovation.

At one point they were doing Pete Townsend style leg splits which I’ve never seen a Morris Man perform. It was like The Who doing Riverdance. No wonder they won the Best Live Act Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last year. I don’t know what any of the songs were called apart from the rebel yelling ‘Captain Ward’ but they were excellent and went down a storm.

Saturday: Saturday began, as per recent tradition, with a ginormous cooked breakfast at Ely’s premier Fryuperie ‘Street Cafe’, before getting into position to watch the Morris dance procession.

Is it all bells and whistles? Nah – we were treated to a banging, shouting and whooping parade of a smorgasbord of English dance sides including long sword, Cotswold, north- west clog and Suffolk flip-flop. That slapping sound is rather irritating. I hope they won’t be asked back.

Image: The Rumworth Morris

Back on the site later, my own thoughts were echoed when I heard a camper sigh, incline his head towards an armpit and mutter, ‘Hmm…time for some deodorant’. It was about 32 degrees at this point.

To my shame I’d missed Les Barker on his previous visits to Ely so I was determined to catch his set and I’m glad I did. Although obviously old favourites with the packed marquee (cos they chanted most of the tag lines) I sat and giggled my way through ‘Occasional Table’, ‘Deja Vu’, ‘Mange Tout’ and the rest of Les’s gloriously surreal poems.

Next up, Lau, the band I had looked forward to with the most anticipation. I had ‘discovered’ the band by a tortuous route about 3 years ago in a way most music lovers will recognise. Whilst flicking through the folk cds in Ely Library I picked up Kris Drevers ‘Blackwater’ and noticed that he’d covered ‘Harvest Gypsies’, written by our very own Boo Hewerdine. I took it out, loved it and googled Kris to find Lau. That led me to their website and I clicked on the audio link for the frenetic ‘Hinba’. Result? Me continuously playing the song in the office for the next 4 days. I got some strange looks from colleagues, I can tell you, sitting there with my headphones on playing air accordion.

Lau didn’t let me down. Corking renditions of ‘Winter Moon’, ‘The Burran’ et al met with raucous applause from a packed Marquee. I was slightly disappointed that by the end of the set they hadn’t played my favourite tune. So, when they took a breather before starting the encore I was nonplussed when they announced they were going to treat us to a song called ‘Hitler’. Hitler! Who the hell would write a folk song about Hitler? I misheard – yep, it was Hinba, in all its manic glory. As the young people say, LOL and LMAO.

Image: Bof!

Whilst I was working up a sweat just watching Martin Green manhandle his accordion, Ely On Line’s chief lensman, Karl, was at the French dance workshop given by Bof! I had planned to join him but unfortunately I’d left my dancing trousers at home.

I’m writing this on a normal Sunday morning, sitting in my boxers, mug of tea to hand and typing the words, ‘death’, ‘cake’ and ‘burial’ into Google. I’m doing some research into a tragic story I read about years ago and I’m trying to find the details. I did write it all down in a diary but it’s faster to use the interweb than sit and read through 25 years of WH Smith diaries to find a paragraph of writing. And, I found this little nugget of information – Until 1823 suicides were buried under the public highway, usually at a crossroads, with a stake driven through the heart. Hmm – I feel a song coming on.

Image: New Essex Bluegrass band

Why do I relate this gloomy tale? Because it’s only at a folk (and probably Goth) festival that you’ll happily stand there as the band say, ‘Here’s another song about death’. Yup, The New Essex Bluegrass Band played a fantastic set of snappy tales of murder and mayhem from the Deep South. With an ‘Elvis’ style microphone to the fore they took turns to step up for their solos and received an ovation from an enthusiastic Marquee 2 . Brilliant.

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As the refreshing evening breeze finally began to cool down the site the Ely online team promenaded between marquees 1 and 2 via the beer tent, taking in snippets of Chris & Kelli While, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley and the fantastic Wizz Jones. At 71, Wizz can still make his guitar weep and he almost had me blubbing with ‘Burma Star’, a song about his dad coming home from the war.

The evening was rounded off by the evergreen Oysterband. They pounded their way through an energetic set of crowd pleasers defying their 30 years experience and with the sides of the marquee down and people spread almost half way across the site to listen, it was an apt way to conclude the Saturday night of the 25th Ely Festival.

Sunday: Sunday began with Dogan Mehmet and some exquisite fiddle playing and the percussionist apparently playing bongos on an upturned electric flower-pot. They created an alluring anglo-turkish vibe and I particularly enjoyed the sing along ‘Dillirga’ with more ‘La La’s’ in the chorus than an Andy Williams song.

Image: Dogan Mehmet

Tyde were up next and I can see why they were finalists in the Radio 2 Young Folk Awards last year. Their set was awash with hooky melodies and I’m looking forward to catching them again on the Thursday evening of the Cambridge Folk Festival.

As the sun continued to shine, the New Essex Bluegrass band were back, this time on the main stage and they played a completely different set including the tear-stained declaration of everlasting love, ‘All I Ever Loved Was You’. So – probably another song about death.

We decided to make a detour to a ‘meet me’ with Wizz Jones and he proceeded to give a fascinating insight into how he developed his style over the years, learning (and cribbing) from the best – mainly Big Bill Broonzy. Wizz has a witty self-deprecating sense of humour and managed to teach some old dogs some new tricks at the same time.

Now – a dilemma. The Sunday of the festival coincided with the World Cup Final. My wallchart was up to date and I’d enjoyed a month of the greatest game on earth (apart from Kerplunk) and I really did want to watch it. C’mon – Holland v Spain. What have I done before? In 1986 I passed over the opportunity to watch Madness on the Main Stage at Glastonbury in favour of watching England play Argentina in the Quarter Final. The ‘Hand of God’ was watched on a 2” portable tv with 6 lads crammed into a 2 man tent. In 2006 I missed I missed Zidane’s chest butt whilst enjoying Zambula at Ely. So – what to do?

Football won.

I’d already decided that this would be my last review of the EFF (my 10th) so I’ll be hanging up my stubby pencil and Oxfam diary and enjoying the festival in future as a lover of folk. No more jokes about beards and spangly waistcoats from me.

A Footnote:

During the weekend I was able to catch up with Kim Mahler Garton, the Tai Chi instructor. I asked her if she’d be able to teach me how to do the splits. ‘Well…’, she replied hesitantly, ‘…it isn’t really part of my routine but I might. How flexible are you?’ she asked. I thought about it and replied, ‘I can’t do Tuesdays’.

Top Ten Songs – In No Particular Order

  1. Floozies – Coolest Girl in School
  2. ColvinQuarmby – Broken Man
  3. Demon Barber Roadshow – The Fantastic Clogs and beatbox song.
  4. Doghan Mehmet -Dillirga
  5. Les Barker – Occasional Table
  6. Lau – The Burrian
  7. NEBB – Cold Wind
  8. Oysterband – Oxford Girl
  9. Wizz Jones – Burma Star
  10. NEBB – All I Ever Loved was You

See You Next Year! – 8th, 9th, 10th July 2011

*Leave Well Alone

Crowds flock to ‘catch some air’

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Soham’s new state of the art BMX Skatepark opened this weekend and was full of the wannabe street stars who helped to design the site

The Park opened on 17 July and was the culmination of work between Soham Town Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council and most importantly young people in the town.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Crowds flock to ‘catch some air’

Council’s constitution to remain unchanged

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With the Government set to change the way Councils work, deliver services and review their constitutions, East Cambridgeshire District Council has stopped a consultation looking at the best structure for the authority ahead of anticipated new policy announcements.

The consultation had presented options on the best way to make decisions in East Cambridgeshire but the present committee system will now be maintained.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council’s constitution to remain unchanged

Working Party taking forward parking in East Cambs

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Rapid progress is being made on the future of parking in Ely following a meeting of the Council’s Car Parking Working Group.

At their last meeting, it was decided to progress with proposals to look at the issues and costs of providing off street car parking in the city.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working Party taking forward parking in East Cambs

What are you doing this Open Weekend?

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Fancy being the first to use an adiZone? Want to meet an Olympic hopeful? Or want to check out your health? Then come along to Littleport Leisure Day as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend, supported by BP.

To celebrate the Open Weekend 2010 – the UK-wide countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – a whole weekend of activities is planned for 24-25 July.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:What are you doing this Open Weekend?

Uncover the secret history of Burwell

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Burwell may appear a picturesque, idyllic village but scratch beneath the surface lies tales of knights and daring dos and villains and their dastardly plans.

On Sunday 25 July, the renown Ely guided walks are spreading their wings and are coming to Burwell. Anyone joining the walk will hear stories of Burwell life through the ages through the village's historic characters.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Uncover the secret history of Burwell

Our gardens have only gone and won again

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Ely’s Jubilee Gardens has won a prestigious Green Flag award for sixth year in a row after being highlighted as one of the best parks and green spaces in the country.

Opened in 2002 by Prince Phillip to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, Jubilee Gardens were judged to be welcoming, safe and well maintained, with the strong involvement of the local community.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Our gardens have only gone and won again

Improvement plan lays out options for markets

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Councillors in East Cambridgeshire met tonight (Tuesday 3 August) to discuss the outcome of the consultation on an Improvement Plan to introduce changes to Ely Markets.

The cross party Review Team presented their report to the Internal Overview and Scrutiny Committee for their recommendations to Community Services Committee later this month.

Following extensive research and consultation, the plan highlights a number of areas for change, they include:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Improvement plan lays out options for markets

Working to make Littleport great

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Local residents have flocked to give their feedback on the ideas and concepts put forward for the future of Littleport.

At a meeting of the Littleport Masterplan Working Party, Members will hear how plans for a new school, improved footpaths/cycleway and employment opportunities were amongst the most important issues for local people.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working to make Littleport great

Swimming pool repairs on schedule

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Repairs to tackle the problem of loose tiles in an Ely swimming pool are well underway and set to finish early next week.

The issue of loose tiles has closed the learner pool for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

Workman are currently donning wetsuits and aqualungs to replace and stick down the loose tiles.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Swimming pool repairs on schedule

Watch out the Normans are coming

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Just under a thousand years ago the Normans landed in England and changed the future of a nation for centuries to come.

The impact of the last invasion to successfully conquer the country is being celebrated by a special series of programmes by the BBC and as the centre of one of the greatest Norman buildings – there will be a host of activities in East Cambridgeshire this summer.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Watch out the Normans are coming

CCTV proposal moves forwrd

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At Thursday's (12 August) Community Services Committee, members will be asked to review a number of developments which have been made since their last meeting. This includes:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:CCTV proposal moves forwrd

CCTV proposal moves forward

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At Thursday's (12 August) Community Services Committee, members will be asked to review a number of developments which have been made since their last meeting. This includes:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:CCTV proposal moves forward

Have your say on the proposed leisure facility

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Residents in East Cambridgeshire are getting the chance to have their say on the plans for the proposed new leisure complex for the whole of the district.

Over the next few weeks, officers will be going around East Cambridgeshire attending different events and locations to ask the views of people who may use the new centre when it is built.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Have your say on the proposed leisure facility

Register your vote this summer

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Elections may be the last thing on many people's minds this summer but important forms are being delivered across East Cambridgeshire giving residents the chance to register their right to vote.

The annual canvass is even more important this year, with District and parish Council elections set to take place in 2011.

To make the whole process as simple as possible the forms will arrive pre-printed so if all the information is correct all that is needed is to sign the form off and return it.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Register your vote this summer

Register your vote this summer

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Elections may be the last thing on many people's minds this summer but important forms are being delivered across East Cambridgeshire giving residents the chance to register their right to vote.

The annual canvass is even more important this year, with District and parish Council elections set to take place in 2011.

To make the whole process as simple as possible the forms will arrive pre-printed so if all the information is correct all that is needed is to sign the form off and return it.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Register your vote this summer

Be super quick to back broadband bid

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Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being urged to back a bid to Government that would bring the latest super fast broadband to homes and businesses across the district – including the most rural areas.

Internet providers are already planning to lay new fibre optic cables in the more urban areas of Cambridgeshire over the next few years but this will still leave around a quarter of people in the county without access to high speed internet.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Be super quick to back broadband bid

Improvement plan approved to develop markets

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Councillors last week agreed to improvement plan which aims to develop and grow Ely’s Markets over the next few years.

At a meeting of the Community Services Committee, there was a thorough debate of the options which were put in front of members to approve.

This agreed a number of recommendations including the following:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Improvement plan approved to develop markets

New tenant reignites business unit

Reference:

090-10

Date:

09/09/2010

The business temperature in Ely has just gone up a notch with the news of a new firm moving on to Cambridgeshire Business Park.

PhoenixTM Limited, who specialise in making and selling Temperature Profiling equipment to industries across the world has leased a building owned by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New tenant reignites business unit

East Cambridgeshire – Resilient with strong community spirit

Reference:

091-10

Date:

09/09/2010

East Cambridgeshire has been identified in a national survey as well placed to weather the looming public sector cuts but also has a real sense of community.

The Experian research, commissioned by the BBC, has looked at how England's regions may cope with further public sector cuts.

East Cambridgeshire was rated as fourth in the Eastern Region and 45th of the most resilient areas in the country to the cuts based on four key areas of business, community, people and place.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambridgeshire – Resilient with strong community spirit

Free for a walk this weekend?

Reference:

089-10

Date:

09/09/2010

Fifty lucky people have the chance to see the learn more about the historic sights of Ely this weekend as part of Heritage Open Days – England's annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture.

On Sunday 12 September at 11am, there will be two free guided walks through Ely, explaining the history and heritage of this small but magnificent city.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Free for a walk this weekend?

New plastic bottle recycling bank for busy site

Reference:

088-10

Date:

24/08/2010

A new plastic bottle recycling bank is being installed at Downham Road in Ely to meet the demand from local residents for extra capacity at the site.

The recycling site has been experiencing problems with often unrelated materials being dumped by the banks on Downham Road and the Council is urging residents to dispose of waste responsibly to avoid the risk of prosecution for fly tipping.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New plastic bottle recycling bank for busy site

Hit the Market this bank holiday

Reference:

087-10

Date:

24/08/2010

Ely's Bank Holiday Market is the place to be next week for bargains and family fun.

On Monday 30 August, starting at 9am and finishing at 3.30pm, Ely Markets brings the best mix of traders from the Farmers' Market with stalls from the General and Craft & Collectables Markets and a few extra new stalls to add to the variety of goods on offer.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Hit the Market this bank holiday

Discover more about the Isle of Eels this bank holiday

Reference:

086-10

Date:

24/08/2010

Visitors to Ely this Bank Holiday weekend can learn about the buildings and history which have made the home to the 'Ship of the Fens' so famous.

There will be two walks this weekend:

Historical City Tour of Ely – Sunday 29 August 11am

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Discover more about the Isle of Eels this bank holiday

Watch out bogus callers about

Reference:

092-10

Date:

16/09/2010

Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being warned to put the phone down on bogus callers offering Council Tax rebates.

The warning comes after a resident reported being offered a 900 Council Tax rebate if they sent the caller 90 in advance. A second caller pretended to be from a company called MSH and again offered a refund for an upfront payment.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Watch out bogus callers about

Schools and the Olympics – must be the Neighbourhood Panel time

Reference:

093-10

Date:

17/09/2010

East Cambridgeshire's Olympic plan and a presentation on the allocation of school places are just two of the topics to be discussed at the month's Neighbourhood Panels.

The Soham and East Panel will be considering the Olympics, while the South Panel will focus on school admission procedures. Both Panels will also receive their regular update on actions that have taken place since the October meetings.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Schools and the Olympics – must be the Neighbourhood Panel time

Celebrating the joys of getting older

Reference:

094-10

Date:

20/09/2010

To celebrate International Day of Older People, the Mature & Active programme and Cambridgeshire Celebrates Age will be launching the Mature & Active Guide 2010 – Autumn edition.

The launch at the Paradise Centre on Thursday 30 September between 10am and 1pm will bring together all the popular aspects of Mature and Active such as T'ai Chi, Keep fit to music and badminton with the outline of a programme of events for the coming months.

From this month there will be:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Celebrating the joys of getting older

Council and Police working together to deliver CCTV

Reference:

095-10

Date:

21/09/2010

East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire Constabulary have been in discussions to jointly provide the CCTV service for Soham and Ely.

The two organisations in partnership with the City of Ely Council and Soham Town Council are working to base the system in Ely police station where a timetable will be established, whereby it is monitored by officers and fully trained volunteers.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council and Police working together to deliver CCTV

Proposed maintenance of trees in Ely

Reference:

096-10

Date:

21/09/2010

East Cambridgeshire District Council is to carry out routine maintenance of the Lime trees on Palace Green and Steeple Row in Ely.

The work will involve removing dead wood and pruning back some of the trees from adjacent buildings, street lamps and over the public footpaths in Steeple Row and on Palace Green.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Proposed maintenance of trees in Ely

Sample a taste of the Continent

Reference:

097-10

Date:

24/09/2010

The sights, sounds and smells from around the world are coming to Ely next weekend as a Continental Market comes to town.

From Friday 1 to Sunday 3 October, delights such as Italian Chocolate, Baklava and speciality meats will be available along with African crafts, French shoes and Indonesian fair trade arts.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Sample a taste of the Continent

Fines handed down to Register evaders

Reference:

099/10

Date:

30/09/2010

Seven people in East Cambridgeshire have each been fined 200 plus costs for failing to return their canvass form despite being requested to complete the form over ten times in the past two years.

In each case, the District Council sent a canvass form out in August 2008, which was then followed by three visits from a canvasser during October 2008 with a blank canvass form being left at the property on the third visit. This process was repeated in 2009 and Officers also wrote three letters to each defendant before they were finally sent a summons.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Fines handed down to Register evaders

Council raises the awareness of asbestos

Reference:

100/10

Date:

01/10/2010

On average 4,000 people every year die in the UK due to Asbestos related activities – 25 per cent have worked in the building, maintenance and repair trades at some time during their working lives.

To target the problem, officers from the Commercial Team in Environmental Services at East Cambridgeshire District Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out targeted inspections of businesses within the District in the next few weeks.

read more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council raises the awareness of asbestos

Don’t let mould dampen your home

Reference:

098/10

Date:

30/09/2010

It has come to that time of the year when people shut their windows and doors to keep the cold weather out but this reduction in natural ventilation can lead to a build up of condensation.

Condensation equals moisture and moisture equals damp, which if left unchecked can lead to black mould taking over walls and furniture warn Council officers.

The Domestic Team, Environmental Services Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council is reminding residents of the problems which condensation can cause in homes if it is left unchecked.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Don’t let mould dampen your home

Praise for the House doesn’t stop

Reference:

101/10

Date:

05/10/2010

Ely’s Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell House in Ely has been praised by professionals, peers and visitors alike as one of the best places to visit in the region.

While the House had a fantastic August with admissions up by over 300 people in comparison to the previous August, the Tourism Centre in the building was also shortlisted again as a finalist in the TIC Category for the Regional East of England Tourism Awards for Excellence – the award it won last year.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Praise for the House doesn’t stop

Is your Limo licensed?

Reference:

102/10

Date:

05/10/2010

Going on a night out, planning a hen party or thinking of arriving at a Prom in style then check the transport that is hired is properly licensed.

That is the message from East Cambridgeshire District Council who are advising anyone ordering a Limousine to check the vehicle, driver and operator are official.

Using an unlicensed vehicle may place passengers at risk from drivers who have not been adequately vetted or, in the event of an accident; the insurance may not cover injuries to those involved.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Is your Limo licensed?

Fancy taking on a river cruise?

Reference:

103/10

Date:

08/10/2010

The District Council is calling for companies to come forward to run riverside boat trips along the Great River Ouse in Ely.

The Authority owns and manages the Ely Riverside and after the sad passing of the owner of Fenland River Cruises recently, a licence is available for anyone wishing to run boat trips along the river.

At a meeting of the Community Services Committee last night (Thursday 7 October), Councillors agreed to instruct officers to tender a new licence for riverside trips and officers will now be looking for expressions of interest.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Fancy taking on a river cruise?

Communities set to benefit from grant awards

Reference:

104/10

Date:

08/10/2010

Sports Centres and bus passengers are set to benefit from grants approved this week totalling over 35,000.

At Thursday’s (7 October) Community Services Committee, Councillors agreed funding for the following projects from the East Cambridgeshire Community Facilities (Section 106) Fund:

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Communities set to benefit from grant awards

Curbing alcohol abuse in city parks

Reference:

105/10

Date:

08/10/2010

The public will soon be asked whether they would support measures to stop alcohol fuelled anti social behaviour spoiling the public’s enjoyment of the beautiful parks of Ely.

East Cambridgeshire District Council is proposing an order to restrict the consumption of alcohol that causes nuisance, annoyance or disorder at Cathedral Green, Cross Green, St Mary’s Green and Cherry Hill in Ely

read more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Curbing alcohol abuse in city parks

Ely Markets focussing on the future

Reference:

106/10

Date:

12/10/2010

With new traders joining and Bank Holiday income increasing, Ely Markets are well on the way to having a great year.

At a meeting of the Community Services Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, Members heard:

read more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely Markets focussing on the future

Apple day is at the core of city’s celebration

Reference:

107/10

Date:

12/10/2010

It is a little known fact that Alpacas from the Andes love to eat apples so they are in for a rare treat this Saturday as the latest addition to the things to do at the tenth Apple Festival in Ely.

While they won’t be able to enter the longest apple peeling competition or identify apples from just looking at them, they will be providing a bit of adventure by allowing children to walk them around the Green.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Apple day is at the core of city’s celebration

Leisure Facility progressing to planning

Reference:

108/10

Date:

12/10/2010

The concept designs for a proposed new leisure complex for the whole of the district are to be put forward for planning permission after being unanimously agreed by Councillors from all parties last week.

Plans for an environmentally friendly and sustainable building including proposals for a 25m six lane swimming pool, small children's leisure water area, a six court sports hall were put out for public consultation throughout the summer.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Leisure Facility progressing to planning

Proudly flying the flag over the gardens

Reference:

109/10

Date:

14/10/2010

This week the team behind the continued success of the Jubilee Gardens received this year's Green Flag to be flown over the park for the rest of the year.

Opened in 2002 by Prince Phillip to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, Jubilee Gardens won it's sixth Green Flag as it was judged to be welcoming, safe and well maintained.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Proudly flying the flag over the gardens

Innovative mobile start up calls by for advice

Reference:

110/10

Date:

18/10/2010

A start up company, which is breaking new ground in the mobile marketing business, is the latest firm to benefit from guidance from the Ely Business Hub

Madvert, who specialise in helping companies to make the most of mobile technology to promote their business, came to the Hub to get advice and help to grow the business.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Innovative mobile start up calls by for advice

Neighbourhood Panels – True examples of Localism

Reference:

111/10

Date:

19/10/2010

East Cambridgeshire's Neighbourhood Panels continue to be the place where residents, organisations and Councils act on the issues which they all face to find solutions.

The end of October sees the three northern Panels meeting to feedback on the actions, discuss priorities and hear presentations on the issues which affect their patch.

On Monday 25 October at The Glebe in Sutton, the main presentation/discussion involving the West area Panel will be about ‘Provision and care for older people’;

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Neighbourhood Panels – True examples of Localism

Neighbourhood Panels – True examples of Localism

Reference:

111/10

Date:

19/10/2010

East Cambridgeshire's Neighbourhood Panels continue to be the place where residents, organisations and Councils act on the issues which they all face to find solutions.

The end of October sees the three northern Panels meeting to feedback on the actions, discuss priorities and hear presentations on the issues which affect their patch.

On Monday 25 October at The Glebe in Sutton, the main presentation/discussion involving the West area Panel will be about ‘Provision and care for older people’;

read more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Neighbourhood Panels – True examples of Localism

Want to plant a tree?

Reference:

112/10

Date:

19/10/2010

East Cambridgeshire is set for a tree planting explosion as part of a ground breaking project to create small patches of woodland throughout the district.

On Saturday 30 October between 11 and 2pm, 450 to 500 native and fruit trees are to be planted in the Country Park in Ely and residents from across the district are being invited to come along with the spades and wellies to help.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Want to plant a tree?

Being mature doesn’t mean you can’t be active in Burwell

Reference:

113/10

Date:

27/10/2010

The successful Mature & Active programme is coming to Burwell in East Cambridgeshire as the numbers attending events across the District continues to grow.

The new session will be launching on Monday 8th November at the Burwell Community Sports Centre.

Mature & Active Burwell will then take place on Monday mornings between 10am and noon for only 3 – with tea & coffee provided.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Being mature doesn’t mean you can’t be active in Burwell

Who is brave enough to come out tonight?

Reference:

114/10

Date:

27/10/2010

Spooky going-ons and ghostly appearances have been reported by visitors to Oliver Cromwell House in Ely but are you brave enough to find out if things are really going bump in the night this Halloween?

Well anyone going on the popular Ghost Tours around Ely, starting at the famous old house from this week until the 4 November can find out.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Who is brave enough to come out tonight?

Asbestos compliance to be tackled

Reference:

115/10

Date:

02/11/2010

Inspections of local businesses in East Cambridgeshire has found only 30 per cent of firms are complying with asbestos regulations.

Officers from the Commercial Team in Environmental Services at East Cambridgeshire District Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out targeted inspections of businesses within the District over the last few weeks.

After a targeted information drop to companies in Soham and Burwell, officers visited 26 premises – where only eight businesses were complying with the regulation

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Asbestos compliance to be tackled

Residents create their own woodland

Reference:

116/10

Date:

02/11/2010

Over 100 people came down to the Country Park in Ely at the weekend to dig, plant and stamp their own little trees and create a new wood in the district.

On Saturday 30 October, 500 native and fruit trees were planted as residents came along with the spades, wellies and picnics to help.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Residents create their own woodland

Local Enterprise Partnership bid gets the green light

Reference:

CH1

Date:

28/10/2010

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GC GP LEP) bid has today (Thursday 28th October 2010) been given the green light to proceed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Local Enterprise Partnerships have been created by BIS and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) to bring businesses and the public sector together to help tackle issues such as local transport and infrastructure, economic development, employment, planning and housing, enterprise and supporting business start-ups.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Local Enterprise Partnership bid gets the green light

We are flushed with success in East Cambs

Reference:

117/10

Date:

05/11/2010

With eleven toilets awarded stars at this year’s Loo of the Year Awards, East Cambridgeshire has now become a member of prestigious Champions League.

The accolades are highly prized with each nominated toilet visited by judges looking for spotless loos and evidence they are well looked after.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:We are flushed with success in East Cambs

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – November

Reference:
120/12
Date:
Thu, 11/08/2012

Following the meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

 

  1. Erection of affordable housing – eight units at land to rear of 7B Wilburton Road, Stretham. The applicant is: Mr AJ & Mrs SV Lee.

 

Decision: Approved

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – November

Planning for future parking in East Cambs

Reference:

118/10

Date:

05/11/2010

The issue of parking in East Cambridgeshire is to be progressed next week as Councillors look at how to deliver an effective on and off street parking scheme and save money.

The Car Park Working Party at East Cambridgeshire District Council meets on Wednesday 10 November to discuss the work which has taken place so far on Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) and off-street parking.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Planning for future parking in East Cambs

Public toilets closed after burst mains

Reference:

119/10

Date:

10/11/2010

Five public toilets have been closed in Ely following a burst water pipe in the city.

Anglian Water are currently working to repair the leak but it is estimated the facilities will be closed for at least six hours until the repairs have been completed as the systems refill.

The toilets affected are: Barton Road car park, Newnham Street, Cloisters, Sacrist Gate and Palace Green. The Ship Lane toilets remain open at this time.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Public toilets closed after burst mains

Council offices close after burst mains

Reference:

120/10

Date:

10/11/2010

The office of East Cambridgeshire District Council has closed this afternoon following a burst water pipe in the city.

Anglian Water are working to repair the leak however the Council's office on Nutholt Lane no longer has running water so a decision has been made to close the building.

A meeting of the Car Park Working Party due to take place at the Grange has been moved to The Barn in Littleport to start at the later time of 2.30pm.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council offices close after burst mains

Council offices reopen after burst mains

Reference:

121/10

Date:

11/11/2010

Following the successful repairs to the burst water main in Ely by Anglian Water overnight, the offices of East Cambridgeshire District Council reopened as usual this morning.

All public toilets in Ely are currently being cleaned but are open.

ENDS

Notes for editors

For further information contact Tony Taylorson in the Communications Team on 01223 699285.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council offices reopen after burst mains

360 East Cambridgeshire – Opening up business opportunities

Reference:

122/10

Date:

11/11/2010

360 East Cambridgeshire – the website which promotes the district as the place to come for business – is allowing local firms to link from the site it in order to boost their standing on the internet.

With websites becoming more and more important for small businesses, reaching the top of the search engines is crucial for ongoing success. This is why East Cambridgeshire District Council is supporting small businesses with the opportunity to link from the 360 East Cambridgeshire business website – www.360ec.co.uk.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:360 East Cambridgeshire – Opening up business opportunities

Yes, we have only gone and won it again

Reference:

123/10

Date:

11/11/2010

Ely’s Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell House in Ely has won the prestigious best Tourist Information Centre award in the East of England for the second year in a row at the regional Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.

The Centre and its staff beat of fierce competition from Centres across the region to take the award and potentially progress to the national finals which are taking place in Birmingham next April.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Yes, we have only gone and won it again

Taste something special at the Farmers Market

Reference:

124/10

Date:

11/11/2010

Visitors to Ely this Saturday can taste some of the best food in the county as the Head Chef from the Lazy Otter in Stretham comes to the Farmers Market.

Head chef Yannick Boursier will be cooking up a feast on Ely Farmers market this Saturday 13 November at 10.30am.

Yannick will be cooking up tasters of Chicken Strogonoff and Navarin of Lamb with herb dumplings then white and dark home-made profiteroles for dessert.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Taste something special at the Farmers Market

Strictly over 50s dancing at the Maltings

Reference:

124/10

Date:

19/11/2010

Has Kara Toiton impressed with her tango? Has Gavin Henson's quick step given inspiration? Can you do better than Anne Widdecombe?

If Strictly Come Dancing has been compulsive viewing over the last few weeks and you are over 50 then head to the Maltings in Ely on Monday 29 November for the Mature & Active Tea Dance.

The music and dancing begins at 2pm until 4pm, costs only 5 and there is homemade and cake as well as tea and coffee served to everyone who attends.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Strictly over 50s dancing at the Maltings

Strictly over 50s dancing at the Maltings

Reference:

124/10

Date:

19/11/2010

Has Kara Toiton impressed with her tango? Has Gavin Henson's quick step given inspiration? Can you do better than Anne Widdecombe?

If Strictly Come Dancing has been compulsive viewing over the last few weeks and you are over 50 then head to the Maltings in Ely on Monday 29 November for the Mature & Active Tea Dance.

The music and dancing begins at 2pm until 4pm, costs only 5 and there is homemade and cake as well as tea and coffee served to everyone who attends.

read more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Strictly over 50s dancing at the Maltings

Check out the Scores on the Doors

Reference:

125/10

Date:

24/11/2010

Fancy a meal out this weekend? Residents in East Cambridgeshire can find out how clean and how well food is handled before they tuck into their dinner.

'Scores on the Doors' is a nationwide initiative which hopes to help us all know about the places we are going to eat.

At the end of a routine food hygiene inspection, officers rate a premises in line with the Food Standards Agency statutory code of practice to identify how often it should be inspected and what risk it poses to public health.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Check out the Scores on the Doors

Keeping our streets free of graffiti

Reference:

126/10

Date:

24/11/2010

Graffiti in East Cambridgeshire is to be removed faster thanks to new kits which are being introduced.

Thanks to a 1,500 grant from the Accelerated Neighbourhood Partnership Fund, a number of Portable Graffiti Removal Kits have been bought to be used by Parish, Town and City councils in the district

The kits which will be available from early 2011, contain non hazardous fruit based chemicals to quickly remove any graffiti.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Keeping our streets free of graffiti

Repair warning issued to landlords

Reference:

127/10

Date:

24/11/2010

Officers at East Cambridgeshire District Council are warning landlords they will not hesitate to claim costs back when the authority carries out repairs or works in default.

The Environmental Services Domestic Team at the Council have the powers to take action under legislation to deal with rats, rubbish, houses in poor repair, noise and nuisance along with other issues concerning the environment.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Repair warning issued to landlords

Eastern promise for Soham’s future

Reference:

127/10

Date:

30/11/2010

Residents are set to have their say on what they think of future development of the Eastern Gateway area of Soham.

At an exhibition between 2pm and 8pm on Monday 6 December at the Walter Gidney Pavilion in Soham, local people can come along and see different options for the Gateway area and make comments.

The site, identified in the Soham Masterplan Vision and Core Strategy for future development, is currently 30 hectares of mainly farmland.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Eastern promise for Soham’s future

Eastern promise for Soham’s future

Reference:

127/10

Date:

30/11/2010

Residents are set to have their say on what they think of future development of the Eastern Gateway area of Soham.

At an exhibition between 2pm and 8pm on Monday 6 December at the Walter Gidney Pavilion in Soham, local people can come along and see different options for the Gateway area and make comments.

The site, identified in the Soham Masterplan Vision and Core Strategy for future development, is currently 30 hectares of mainly farmland.

read more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Eastern promise for Soham’s future

Council wins extra £29,000 to tackle flooding

Reference:

129/10

Date:

03/12/2010

Surface water flooding in Littleport has been given the final go-ahead thanks to an additional bid by East Cambridgeshire District Council for extra funds.

Last March, the Council was one of 49 local authorities to be awarded funding by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to tackle flooding caused when the ground, rivers and drains cannot absorb heavy rain.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council wins extra £29,000 to tackle flooding

Ely Farmers’ Market award winning again

Reference:

130/10

Date:

03/12/2010

Ely Farmers’ market has again been named as the regional winner for the East of England at the National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association (FARMA) Annual awards.

It is now one of seven certified farmers’ markets in England and Wales going through to the national finals to find the best of its type in the country.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely Farmers’ Market award winning again

Tackling the dangers of carbon monoxide

Reference:

131/10

Date:

03/12/2010

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas, which can cause death. This December, Environmental Health Officers are trying to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide, which is known as ‘the silent killer’.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Health Protection Agency (HPA), have provided new guidance to Environmental Health Officers at East Cambridgeshire District Council, to help reduce the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning when they carry out housing inspections.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Tackling the dangers of carbon monoxide

Working to keep the district fit and well

Reference:

132/10

Date:

03/12/2010

A plan to improve the health and wellbeing of residents throughout East Cambridgeshire was given the green light to seek funding at a meeting last night (Thursday 2 December).

The East Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Plan has identified four areas to be tackled in the District:

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working to keep the district fit and well

Championing wardens protecting our trees

Reference:

133/10

Date:

06/12/2010

Tree champions from across the country headed to the House of Lords last week to mark 20 years of The Tree Council’s Tree Warden Scheme and East Cambridgeshire was well represented.

Volunteer Tree Wardens were feted by politicians and senior local council officials for all the hard work they do to protect trees in their local parishes.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Championing wardens protecting our trees

Championing wardens protecting our trees

Reference:

133/10

Date:

06/12/2010

Tree champions from across the country headed to the House of Lords last week to mark 20 years of The Tree Council’s Tree Warden Scheme and East Cambridgeshire was well represented.

Volunteer Tree Wardens were feted by politicians and senior local council officials for all the hard work they do to protect trees in their local parishes.

read more

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Championing wardens protecting our trees

God rest you merry Mature & Active programme

Reference:

134/10

Date:

07/12/2010

With the Christmas season now in full swing, the Mature & Active programme has lined up some special festive treats.

On Monday 13 December, there is set to be a Mature & Active Tea Dance at the Maltings in Ely from 2pm until 4pm. It costs only 5 and there will be homemade cake as well as tea and coffee served to everyone who attends. This event is in association with LIVING SPORT’s Dancing for Fun and Better Health.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:God rest you merry Mature & Active programme

Hark the herald Ely Market

Reference:

135/10

Date:

13/12/2010

For shoppers hitting the streets searching for the perfect Christmas gift or the right ingredients to make festive lunch, the place to go this year will be Ely Markets.

To help anyone intent on leaving it to the wire, there will be a Special Christmas Market on Wednesday 22 December and a General Market on Thursday 23 December where gifts ideas and good food will be in abundance.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Hark the herald Ely Market

Tackling the problems in our homes

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13/12/2010

A survey carried out by East Cambridgeshire District Council has revealed that one in five homes in the district have significant safety problems.

The research found that 23 per cent of private sector homes have what is classed as a ‘category 1 hazard’. This is a hazard within your home that can cause personal harm.

The district has a higher percentage of category 1 hazards in privately rented properties and there is a higher than average number of privately rented properties within the district.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Tackling the problems in our homes

Council grant announcement made

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14/12/2010

East Cambridgeshire District Council heard yesterday that its Government Revenue Support Grant (RSG) for 2011/12 has been set at 5.6m, which then falls to 4.9m in 2012/13.

When looking solely at the RSG this equates to a cut of 17.8 per cent in the first year then 11 per cent in the second as the Council looks to fund the wide range of essential services the Council offers to residents from waste collection to licensing and leisure services.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council grant announcement made

Don’t vandalise our awards winning loos

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138/10

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14/12/2010

A four star rated toilet in Soham has been the victim of an arson attack.

The toilet in Fountain Lane suffered smoke damage after someone attempted to set light to the cubicles.

While not causing substantial damage, cleaners had to close the toilet to clean up the mess which was created.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Don’t vandalise our awards winning loos

Away in an Ely guided walk

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17/12/2010

This Christmas and New Year, a series of guided walks in Ely have been organised for anyone who wants to escape turkey sandwiches and films they have seen too many times before.

A wide range of tours will be taking place throughout the Christmas holiday including:

Christmas Combination Tours

Monday 27 December and Tuesday 28 December- 10am to 12.30pm

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Away in an Ely guided walk

Wish it could be Christmas turkey everyday?

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140/10

Date:

17/12/2010

Anyone planning a lavish Christmas dinner this year can make sure their turkey, duck or goose is properly cooked by picking up a pop up turkey thermometer from their local butcher.

To help ensure everyone has a Christmas lunch to remember, East Cambridgeshire District Council has made the thermometers available to participating butchers throughout the district and is also giving out advice on how to defrost, cook and store a turkey to make sure that food poisoning doesn't spoil anyone’s Christmas.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Wish it could be Christmas turkey everyday?

O come all you waste and recycling collections

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141/10

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21/12/2010

This Christmas and New Year, the waste and recycling collection days in East Cambridgeshire will be unchanged.

This means residents should put out their black bags, brown bags and black box recycling on their usual days for collection – even if this lands on one of the Bank Holidays.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:O come all you waste and recycling collections

Neighbourhood Panels welcome in the New Year

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23/12/2010

Neighbourhood Panels in East Cambridgeshire are starting the New Year as they finished the last – tackling the issues facing their local community.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Neighbourhood Panels welcome in the New Year

Neighbourhood Panels welcome in the New Year

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141/10

Date:

23/12/2010

Neighbourhood Panels in East Cambridgeshire are starting the New Year as they finished the last – tackling the issues facing their local community.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Neighbourhood Panels welcome in the New Year