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January 26

ALL Time Low at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. The band has become one of hottest new bands around. Tickets are �17.50 from the box office on 01223 357851. Doors open at 7.30pm.

January 28

ROCK ‘n’ Roll Night with Rockin ‘em’, plus DJ support from The Professor at the Hiams Sports and Social Club in Prickwillow. Fish and chips available. �5.50 for members and �7.50 for non-members.

February 1

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KING’S Ely Charity Concert in aid of Ely Museum’s Education Project at the Hayward Theatre. Tickets are available from Burrows Bookshop and the King’s School box office on 01353 653931. Tickets are �8 for adults, �6 for concessions and school pupils are free.

April 3

CAST at The Junction in Cambridge. It’s 15 years since the release of their million-selling debut All Change and Cast are back on the road with the original line-up of John Power (guitar/vocals Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson (lead guitar) Pete Wilkinson (bass) and Keith O’Neill (drums) and a new album which has been produced by John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead and The Fall). Trouble Times will be released on March 5 prior to a tour which takes in Cambridge the venue in April. Tickets are �20 from the box office on 01223 511511.

June 9

MCFLY at Newmarket Racecourse. Tickets are �29 for Premier Enclosure, �21 for the Grandstand and Paddock and �15 for the garden enclosure from the box office on 0844 5793010.

June 15

PLAN B will appear at Thetford Forest as part of a forest concert tour next summer. Tickets are �32 and available from the box office on 03000 680400 or online:

June 22

MADNESS at Newmarket Racecourse. Tickets priced from �22-�40 and are available from the box office on 0844 579 3010

July 13

ALFIE Boe at Thetford Forest. Tickets are �35.50 from the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400.

July 14

THE Darkness at Thetford Forest. Tickets are �36 on 03000680400.

STEPS at Newmarket Racecourse. Tickets are �29 for the Premier Enclosure, �21 for Grandstand and Paddock and �15 for the Garden Enclosure.

Child tickets available. Tickets at:

Theatre/Dance Theatre/Dance

January 26-28

CHEEK By Jowl presents Tis Pity She’s a Whore at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Tickets from the box office on 01223 503333.

January 30-February 4

STEPHEN Joseph Theatre Company presents Alan Ayckbourn’s Neighbourhood Watch at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Tickets are �15-�25 from the box office on 01223 503333. Time: 7.45pm.

February 3/4/5

DOWNHAM Drama Society presents Aladdin at Town Hall in Downham Market. Tickets are �7.50 for adults and children under 10 are �5, from the box office on 01366 388188 or at Lewks in Downham Market. Time: Friday - 7.30pm; Saturday – 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Sunday – 2.30pm.

February 5

HONOR Blackman at the Cambridge Arts Theatre with her one-woman show. She will tell her life story with songs, sketches and scenes. Tickets are priced from �12.50-�22.50 from the box office on 01223 503333. Time: 7.45pm.

Exhibitions/Comedy/ Talks/Other

January 27

ELLY Griffiths talks about her new crime novel - A Room Full of Bones – at St Peter’s Church in Broad Street, Ely. Tickets are �7 or �6 if you book in person at Topping & Company Booksellers in High Street, Ely. Ticket priced can be redeemed if you buy a copy of the book on the night. Doors open at 7pm.

DRAINAGE and the civil war is the title of the Fenland History on Friday talk at Ely Library. Meetings are held at Ely Library from 10.30am till midday. �2.50 on the door, but seats are limited. Come along and meet other local history enthusiasts.

January 28

COFFEE Morning at Ely Methodist Church from 10am, soup and a roll available from 11.30am till 12.30am. Proceeds are for the Circuit Mission project, which this year is the street children of Botswana.

January 28/29

CHINESE State Circus with more than 30 artists and live musicians. Traditional Chinese state circus with a modern twist at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Saturday: 5pm and 8pm and Sunday 2pm and 6pm. Tickets from the box office on 01223 357851.

January 31

Littleport Lunch Club at the Littleport Leisure Centre. Bring some money to pay for lunch and join this friendly club. Time: midday – 2pm.

January 31-February 29

QUAKER Tapestry Exhibition at Ely Cathedral. Includes 39 colourful panels of embroidery celebrating life and people across the centuries. Admission is free. Monday-Saturday from 10am till 4pm.

February 2

CITY of Ely Flower Club meets at Ely College. February’s speaker is Jo Poulter. Time; 7.15pm.

COME Social Dancing in Ely at the Ely Beet Club in Lynn Road. Instruction and partners are available. Sequence and ballroom and something for everyone. Cost is �3.50, including tea and biscuits. Time: 2-pm-4pm.

INFO: John on 01353 668317 or

February 4

EAST Cambs Ramblers circular walk around Downham Market. Meet at the Downham Market Railway Station car park at 10.15am. Map/grid ref: 236/TL609033. Walk along the Great Ouse and back via Wimbotsham and Broomhill (7.5 miles).

INFO: Chris and Ros on 01353 723150.

February 4 till March 11

THE Babylon Gallery at Waterside in Ely

The Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Waterside is delighted to present the work of 10 contemporary printmakers from the Gainsborough House Print Workshop based in Sudbury, Suffolk. All the work is for sale and we will also have a selection of unframed prints available.

The artists involved in the exhibition are Gwyneth Arnott, Emma Buckmaster, Janet French, Sue Molineux, Sara Muzira,Danila Pampanini, Kate Perkins, Annabel Ridley, Bryan Whiteley, Geoff Winckles. Gallery open Tuesday – Sunday from midday till 4pm, entry is free. More details on all the forthcoming shows are available on the ADeC website

February 5

JETHRO at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. The comedian who has sold more than four million DVDs takes to the stage with his “nonsensical twaddle”. Tickets are �15-�18 from the box office on 01223 357851.

February 10

SUGGS - My Life Story in words and music – at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Tickets are �19.50 from the box office on 01553 764864. Time: 8pm

BABY and children’s’ Nearly New Sale at The Forum in Barton Road, Ely. Entrance is 50p for adults. Time: 10am till midday.

INFO: 07587151703.

February 16

WRITER Jim Kelly will draw his audience into the murky world of a local murder enquiry when he talks about his new novel Death’s Door. An evening of intrigue and suspense at St Peter’s Church in Broad Street, Ely. Tickets are �7/�6, which can be redeemed against the price of the book on the night. Time: doors open at 7pm. Tickets available from Topping & Co Booksellers of Ely.

February 17/18

ELY and District CAMRA Elysian Winter Beer Festival at The Maltings in Ely. Wide range of foreign beers and ciders, plus 60 real ales on offer. Open from midday till 10pm on Friday and 11am till 8pm on Saturday. Admission is �1 and free for CAMRA members. Hot food will be available.

Weekly Events/Clubs


CUBAN Salsa Classes with Leandro Charanga at Ely Football Club in Downham Road. Time: 7.30pm- beginners and improvers; 9pm – intermediate and advanced and 10pm – dancing till late. Classes are �6, with two classes for �8. INFO: telephone 07899840510/ 07955640210.

HEARTBEAT Health Walk in Burwell. Meet at the War Memorial at 10am.

CUBAN Salsa classes at Ely Beet Club in Lynn Road. Beginners – 8pm, intermediates/advance – 9pm. INFO: 0789984051.

AMNESTY International (Ely Group) meets on the third Thursday of the month at St Peter’s House in Broad Street at 7pm.

INFO: Anyone who wishes to join or help with fund-raising should contact Sally MacEachern on 01353 741228 or e-mail:

ALZHEIMER’S Society Drop In session at the Ely Cathedral visitor centre. Time: 10am-1pm. Drop in for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. INFO: Sheila Burgess on 01353 699422.

JITTERBUGS Toddler Drama and Movement at Ely Paradise Centre for ages 2-5 years. 1.30-2.30pm �3.50 a week.

INFO: 0780 525 1101


ELY Art Society is looking for new members. Contact Liz Howe on 01638 781225.

OPEN Door Caf� at the Olive Tree Fellowship in Ely. Tea and coffee and home-made cakes. Time: 10am-midday.

HEARTBEAT Health Walk in Sutton – meet at the Brooklands Centre at 10am.

NEW beginner’s yoga class starts September 2 at the Yoga Studio in Little Downham. Time: 6.30pm-8pm.

INFO: for more information contact Mark on 01353 698090 or go to:

BOWLING at the City of Ely Bowls Club in Nutholt Lane in Ely. Time: 9.30am-midday.


BRIDGE at the Beet Club in Lynn Road, Ely. Beginners and regular players welcome. Time: 2pm-4pm. Contact Barry Lowe on 01353 658556.

ELY Theatre-goers Club quarterly meetings at St Mary’s School in High Barns in Ely. Members can discuss the various shows on offer. The club organises social outings.

INFO: 01353 648424/01353 722854.

BOWLING at the City of Ely Bowls Club in Nutholt Lane between 9.30am-midday.

ELY Community Samba Band at St Mary’s Junior School, New Barns, Ely. New members welcome. Aged 10+. Time: 6.30pm-8pm. �2/�1.

FENLAND Jam Open Session Workshop at the Ely Beet Sports and Social Club in Lynn Road, Ely. Last Monday of the month. All ages. Time: 7.30pm-9pm. �2 per session.

INFO: 01353 611591.

ELY & District Horticultural Society stores at the Ely Beet and Social Club open to members from 6.30pm till 8pm. Contact Gerald Rolfe on 01353 663487 for membership details. Open on Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

LAVENDER Ladies Creative Textiles and Embroidery Group at Lavender House in West Fen Road in Ely. Small group sharing and experimenting with design and techniques in textiles. Time: 10am-midday. INFO: 01353 610713.

HEARTBEAT Health Walk, St Andrew’s Church, Soham 10am.

BAND Academy Club at Ely Beet and Social Club. Form bands and write songs. Ages 8-16. Time: 6.30-7.15pm.


4WOMEN Group meet at the Regal Community Centre on Hempfield Road in Littleport from 10.30am-1pm. All ladies welcome. Disabled access. Contact Carol on 01353 861926.

BOWLING at the City of Ely Bowls Club in Nutholt Lane between 2.30pm-4.50pm.

SOCIAL Dancing at the Brooklands Centre in Sutton. Tea and biscuits and dancing for �3.50. Time: 2pm-4pm. Contact Claire Smith on 01487 849912.

ENGLISH Language Caf� at The Lighthouse Centre in Lynn Road in Ely. Time: 10.30am.

NEW Tuesday senior and gentle yoga class at the Yoga Studio in Little Downham. Time: 10-11.30am.

INFO: contact Mark on 01353 698090.

ELY and District branch of the U3A meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Countess Free Church Hall in Chapel Street. Time: 2.30pm. Membership is open to anyone who is no longer in full-time employment and wants to share in developing new interests and friendships.

INFO: 01638 741642.

THE Lighthouse Knitters meet at The Lighthouse in Lynn Road in Ely. Suitable for beginners. Time: 9.30am-11am.

INFO: Maria on 01353 772812.

CITY of Ely Military Band meets at Ely College in the Main Hall. Contact Malcolm Fletcher on 01353 663324. Time: 7.15pm-9.30pm.

ELY Watercolour Workshop at the Art Department at the City of Ely Community College. Informal group meeting to exchange ideas. Term time. Time: 6.30pm-9pm.

INFO: 01353 776103.

BOTTISHAM and Burwell Photographic Club meets at Lode Chapel. 7.30pm.

HEARTBEAT Health Walk. Meet at Ely Cathedral at 2pm.

HEARTBEAT Health Walk at Littleport Community Caf� 10.30am.


BOWLING at the City of Ely Bowls Club in Nutholt Lane between 7pm-9pm.

ENGLISH Language Caf� at The Lighthouse Centre in Ely. Time: 7.30pm-9pm.

ELY Photographic Club meets in the library at the City of Ely Community College in Downham Road, Ely (term time only). Time: 7.30pm.

CITY of Ely Bowls Club Open Night at the club in Nutholt Lane. All ages, including juniors and free coaching. Time: 7pm.

SOHAM Rendezvous at Saucy Megs Caf� near the war memorial in Soham.

INFO: 01223 811662.

MATURE and Active session for the over-55s at the Littleport Leisure Centre.

INFO: 01353 665555.

KNIT and knatter group running every Wednesday at Branching Out on Grange Lane in Littleport from 3.30pm. Enquiries to Chris on 01353 863221.

BURWELL Farmers’ Market running on the second Saturday of every month at Burwell Village College from 9am. Contact David Reilly on 07733182395.

Ely Cinema

January 26

Ides of March (15)

George Clooney directs and stars in this gripping political drama. Ryan Gosling plays Stephen Myers, a media-savvy staffer on the campaign trail as the governor (Clooney) seeks re-election. Myers learns a hard lesson about the dirty games of politics. Time: 7.30pm.

January 29

Romantics Anonymous (15)

Time: 7.30pm.