Reunion dinner to mark 30 years of the Needham’s Association

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

A reunion evening was held in Ely to mark the 30th annual dinner of the Needham’s Association.

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Masonic Hall, in Silver Street, on Saturday night (September 21).

Richard Hobbs was announced as taking over as chairman of the group from the long-serving Trevor Benton.

Mayor Mike Rouse also joined the dinner party to share his memories of the city along with mayoress Lauren.

Mayor Rouse said: "Thank you for the chance to meet with so many people who make Ely such a wonderful place."

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant


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The trust was founded from the estate of Mrs Catherine Needham who died in 1730, leaving in her will the financial means to build and maintain a school for poor boys in Ely.

The trust now provides direct financial assistance to the schools and students in Ely and their advancement of education.

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The association is always looking for new members with a warm welcome and great company.

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE

Guests gathered at the Needham's Association at their 30th annual dinner. Picture: MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

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