What’s On In East Cambs

Find out what’s on, when and where in East Cambridgeshire


March 26

THE Rock Island Rebels and DJ at Hiams Sports and Social Club in Prickwillow. The event is a charity night in aid of the Clic Sargent charity for children with cancer. Tickets are �10 and available from Mark on 01353 378873 or Mike on 01353 601085. Doors open at 7pm.

THE Bury and Ramsey Concert Band at the Emmanuel Church in Chatteris. Tickets are �6 for adults and �2 for children, including refreshments. Time: 7.30pm.

INFO: 01354 692381.

March 27

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FEN Boy 3 at The Chequers in Fordham. Blues, swamp rock ‘n’ roll. Free admission. Time: 7.30pm.

April 2

WISHBONE Ash at the Arkenstall Centre in Haddenham. Tickets are �17.50 in advance from: www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk or 01353 749749 or Haddenham Post Office or �19.50 in on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.

ELKIE Brooks at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Tickets are �20 from the box office on 01553 764864.

April 3

GLENN Miller Orchestra with hits from the blitz at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Tickets are �18 from the box office on 01553 764864.

April 8

CHAS & Dave Together Again at the King’s Lynne Corn Exchange. The show will cover the whole history of the comedy/musical duo. Tickets are priced at �22.50 and are available from the box office on 01553 779091.

EDDIE Reader with Boo Hewerdine and Alan Kelly will perform in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral on April 8. This event is to raise money for ADeC.

Tickets are �24 for premium seats and �22 for the standard seats from the box office on 01353 616991.


Cambridge Folk Festival

TICKETS for this year’s Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival will go on sale on Sunday, February 27. Full line-up will be announced in March. Tickets are priced from �33-�114. Camping tickets, only available with full tickets, are �50 and �35. Online booking at: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk or telephone: 01223 357851.

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COMING to Thetford Forest on June 10 as part of the band’s Total Pop tour, with special guest Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Tickets are �34.50 from the box office on 03000 680400 or online at: www.forestry.gov.uk/music

STATUS Quo coming to Thetford Forest in Suffolk on June 9. Tickets are �34 from the box office on 03000 680400 or buy online at: www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Ely Folk Festival

BOX office open. Festival takes place at Ely Outdoor Centre from July 8-10. Featuring Dervish, Shooglenifty, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and lots more.

INFO: www.elyfolk.co.uk or telephone: 07500 527334. Box office on: 01353 669985.

Newmarket Nights

TICKETS now on sale for Texas on June 24, James Blunt on July 15; Scissor Sisters on July 22; The Wanted on July 29; Tom Jones on August 8 and Peter Andre on August 27.

INFO: call the box office on 0844 5793010.

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Till March 26

GREAT Expectations at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in a new version by Tanika Gupta and from the English Touring Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre. Dickens’ epic novel is transposed to 19th Century Calcutta.

Tickets are priced from �15-�27 from the box office on 01223 503333.

March 28

STOPGAP Dance Company present Trespass at The Junction. Performers with and without disabilities will present two new dance pieces. Tickets are �12 from the box office on 01223 511511.

April 1

CAROLINE Horton (best solo performer at The Stage Awards 2010) presents a poignant portrait of one woman’s experience of love and war at The Junction in Cambridge.

Tickets are �8 from the box office on 01223 511511.

April 4-9

JEFFREY Bernard is Unwell staring Robert Powell at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Tickets from the box office on 01223 503333.

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Till March 27

UNIVERSITY of Cambridge Science Festival. More than 150 mostly free events to celebrate the ways in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics affect our lives.

INFO: www.cam.ac.uk/sciencefestival

April 1

NEIL Morrissey talks about his debt problems and his childhood at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Tickets are �20 from the box office on 01553 764864.

Till April 3

AN Exhibition of original paintings by Sveltana Bablekova at Anglia Wines at 1 High Street, Ely. Open from 10am till 7pm.

March 24

CLIMATE Week Drop-in Session with Transition Ely in the meeting room at Ely Library. Time: 10am-1pm. Displays, quizzes and the chance to talk to members of the group about climate change.

March 25

LITTLEPORT Scrabble Club at YPL in Granby Street, Littleport. Scrabble sets can be provided, but if you have one, bring your own. Time: 1pm-3pm.

MIKE Petty presents a talk on Cambridge Photographers 1844-1900 as part of the Fenland History series at Ely Library. Time: 10.30am till noon. �2.50 on the door.

March 26

BYGONE and Organ Extravaganza at Little Downham Village Hall. Enjoy your favourite tunes on more than 20 mechanical organs of all sizes. Plus vintage tractors and cars and steam models. Open from 1pm till 5pm. Admission is �2.50 and children �2.

March 28

ELY Lunch Club at the Prince Albert pub in Silver Street. Every welcome just bring some money for lunch. Time: noon till 2pm.

March 31

CITY of Ely Flower Club Open Meeting with Nick Grounds on ‘England is our garden’ at the City of Ely Community College. Doors open at 6.45pm for light refreshment and the demonstration starts at 7.15pm.

Visitors �10 and members �5.

INFO: Grace Bent on 01353 661457.

ELY Scrabble Club at Ely Library. Scrabble boards can be provided but if you have your own take it along to the session which runs from 1pm till 3pm. Cost is �1.50.

SOHAM Scrabble Club at Soham Library in Clay Street. Scrabble boards can be provided but if you have your own take it along to the session which runs from 2.30pm till 4pm.

April 2

NEARLY New Sale at the City of Ely Community College. Items include maternity, babies and children and nursery equipment and toys. Time: 10.30am-12.30pm.

INFO: ely_nct@yahoo.co.uk

April 9

AN evening with David Mercer at St Peter’s Church in Broad Street in Ely. The event has been organised by the Ely Hereward Rotary Club and proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation. Tickets are �10 in advance and included a glass of wine and are available from Alan Hampton on 01353 6481*?. David Mercer

April 11

DRUMCHASERS featuring the voice of Stephen Fry at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. A new percussion spectacular with 10 percussionists and dancers in an explosion of sound and light. Tickets are �17 and are available from the box office on 01223 357851.

Coming Up

Race For Life

ENTRIES are open for this year’s Cambridge Cancer Research Race for Life. The event takes place at Parker’s Piece on Sunday, July 3. Race for Life is the UK’s largest female-only event where women of all shapes, sizes and abilities are encouraged to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money for Cancer Research.

INFO: Enter at: www.raceforlife.org or telephone: 08716411111.

Weekly Events/Clubs


CUBAN Salsa Classes with Leandro Charanga at Ely Beet Sports and Social Club in Lynn Road in Ely. 8pm- beginners and improvers; 9pm – intermediate and advanced and 10pm – dancing till late. Classes are �6 and 2 classes for 8.

INFO: telephone 07955 640210.

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: 07899840510.

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 the group or help with fund-raising should contact Sally MacEachern on 01353 741228 or email: info@amnestyely.org.uk

ALZHEIMERS 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


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

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


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 also organises social outings.

INFO: 01353 648424/01353 722854.

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.

MATURE & Active Tea Dancing at The Maltings. Cost is �5 and includes a cake. Time: 2pm-4pm. Book on: 01353 662633 or 01353 6655555 and ask for Lewis Badge.

ELY & District Horticultural Society opens its new store in the grounds of the Ely Beet & Social Club in Lynn Road. Time: 6.30pm-8pm. �5. Contact Gerald Rolfe on 01353 663487.

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-noon.

INFO: 01353 610713.

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

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


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 and more experienced knitters. Time: 9.30am-11am.

INFO: Maria on 01353 772812.

CITY of Ely Military Band meets at the City of Ely Community 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, advice and offer encouragement. Term time only. Time: 6.30pm-9pm.

INFO: 01353 776103.

BOTTISHAM and Burwell Photographic Club meets at Lode Chapel. Time: 7.30pm. INFO: 01638 741106.

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

HEARTBEAT Health Walk at Littleport Community Caf� at 10.30am.


HADDENHAM Singers meet at Haddenham Methodist Church. New signers always welcome. Contact Pam Bunting on 01353 614453. Time: 7.45pm.

THWACK it with a Racket at the Paradise Centre in Ely. Badminton club for all ages. �2 per session. Time: noon-1pm.

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. Everyone is welcome to join this informal and friendly drop-in club. Time: 2pm-4pm.

INFO: 01223 811662.

MATURE and Active session for the over-55s at the Littleport Leisure Centre. Try out archery, carpet bowls and fitness training.

INFO: contact Lewis Bage on 01353 665555.

Ely Cinema


24-hour information line: 01353 666388 and box office on 01353 616991.

The Fighter (15) – Sunday, March 27, Thursday, March 31 – Time: 7.30pm.