Ely & District


As well as the specific events shown below, click [Calendar] to see also many other notified meetings. The Calendar may be useful for planning individual and group schedules.

Events shown below as a General Meeting or Outing are open to all our members. Unless stated otherwise, the other events are specifically for members of the relevant group and you need to join the group in order to participate. Outings and some group events require booking. Click Outings for more information on booking trips.

A General Meeting is held usually on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at 2.30pm in the Countess Free Church, 10 Chapel Street, Ely. See the list below for details. New members and visitors are welcome (admission £2).

If your group has an event that you think should be shown here or you see an error or omission in the Calendar please send the details to Peter Lee via the Website button on the CONTACT page.

Dates for your Diary
October 2018
Thu Oct 25thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. David Godsmark talking about Herbs, plus extra treat
Sat Oct 27thBird WatchingView Geese & Wader flocks at Snettisham. Meet in RSPB car park, Beach Rd, 07:00 for high tide 08:36
November 2018
Thu Nov 1stHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Kate Cann on 'Ely's Militia', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Mon Nov 5thGardens and PlantsBotany. Talk by Peter Lee on Euphorbias, followed by plant dissection led by Bill Morris, Militia Way, 10am - 12noon
Tue Nov 6thGeneral MeetingBelinda Ashdown 'Fire Safety in the Home'. Belinda is the Community Fire Safety Officer, based at Ely and is going to talk about all aspects of fire safety in the home, Countess Chapel 2.30pm
Sat Nov 10thSocialU3A Ceilidh, Ely Beet Club, 7.30-10.30pm, music by 'Frog on a Bike'
Wed Nov 14thPhotographyPresentation and workshop on movie and time lapse photography by guest speaker Richard Houghton. 1:45 pm Witcham Village Hall
Wed Nov 14thOutingsBBC Studios, Birmingham, Guided tour and chance to be a presenter, £30. Places available
Mon Nov 19thTransportTalk by Maggie Haverson on the ‘Stanhope & Tyne Railway’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Mon Nov 19thArts and CraftsCardcraft. Decoupage. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
Tue Nov 20thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Quiz. Library Meeting Room, start 2.15pm.
Tue Nov 20thMusicJazz Group. Dr David Hargreaves will lead a programme entitled "My Funny Valentine". Cathdral Centre, 7.30pm, entry £2.50, open to all U3A members.
Tue Nov 27thWritten WordBooklovers Group discuss 'A book by an author beginning with C', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Nov 29thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Mike Petty on 'Pickwick's Gardening Scrapbook 1838', St Peter's, 2.30pm
December 2018
Mon Dec 3rdGardens and PlantsBotany. Identifying trees in winter, meeting led by Peter Lee (plus an "app") - field visit to follow in January, Militia Way meeting room, 10.00am
Tue Dec 4thGeneral MeetingLinda Scoles 'Help ! Need a Lifestyle Adviser'. Thinking of New Year Resolutions, Linda asks are good intentions enough to improve oneself ? Countess Chapel 2.30 pm.
Thu Dec 6thHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Ted Powell on 'Edward VIII in America' , Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Dec 12thPhotographyChristmas social with seasonal nibbles whilst judging the autumn project competition. 1:45 pm Witcham Village Hall
Thu Dec 13thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Note earlier then usual date. Christmas Quiz with festive refreshments. Bring a favourite/Quirky gadget to show the group Start 2.30
Fri Dec 14thBird WatchingSocial evening and sharing event. City of Ely Bowls Club. Start 7.00pm.
Sun Dec 16thOutingsThursford Christmas Show, Fakenham, Matinee performance, Now full
Mon Dec 17thTransportTalk by Peter Lee with a ‘Selection of Railway Paintings by Terence Cuneo’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Mon Dec 17thArts and CraftsCardcraft. Tea at The Maltings. 2.30pm.
Tue Dec 18thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Social event. Library Meeting Room, start 2.15pm.
Tue Dec 18thMusicJazz. TBA.
January 2019
Thu Jan 3rdHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: no meeting this month
Mon Jan 7thGardens and PlantsBotany. Follow-up field trip to December meeting identifyig trees around Ely, followed by lunch at the Cutter. Times TBA.
Tue Jan 8thGeneral MeetingDesmond Gentle on 'When you are Carrying a Piano up a Mountain...' Desmond tells the everyday story of a man carrying a piano up a mountain!! Countess Chapel, 2.30pm
Tue Jan 22ndWritten WordBooklovers Group discuss 'A book read over the Christmas holiday', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Jan 31stGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Seasonal Meal at the Almonry
February 2019
Wed Feb 6thOutingsCalendar Girls, Theatre Royal Norwich, matinee performance, £45, last date for booking is 13th November.
Mon Feb 18thTransportTalk by Rob Barter on ‘1950’s Steam Excursions to the Seaside’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Tue Feb 26thWritten WordBooklovers Group discuss 'A book published since 2015' (postponed from Sep-2018), Ely Library, 2.15pm
March 2019
Thu Mar 7thHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Terry Ward looks at the origins, development and standing of the most English of institutions ‘The Common’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Tue Mar 12thOutingsLondon Postal Museum and Mail Rail ride under London £53 includes fish and chips
Mon Mar 18thTransportWilliam P Smith on 'Industrial Steam Utilisation', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
April 2019
Thu Apr 4thHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Chloe Cockerill on 'St George', including his martyrdom, his influence on chivalry and the Order of the Garter, and the dragon and English flag, Ely Bowls Club, £2
Mon Apr 15thTransportTalk by John King on the ‘Handley Page Herald Airliner’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Fri Apr 26th
→Mon Apr 29th
OutingsBristol, Bath and Wells, £335 Single Supplement £90, two double rooms available
May 2019
Thu May 16thOutingsBirmingham's Jewellery Quarter, Coffin Works and Pen Museum £30
June 2019
Thu Jun 13thOutingsHungerford Antiques, Berkshire with afternoon tea on a horse-drawn barge included. £30 tbc
Mon Jun 17thTransportTerry Ward on the 'A11, The Kings Highway' from Epping to Four Wentways, focusing on lost parts of the route and stories in and around this iconic former Roman road, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
July 2019
Tue Jul 9thOutingsWoburn Abbey and Wildlife Safari Park, Bedfordshire, £40 includes house and safari park
September 2019
Wed Sep 25th
→Mon Sep 30th
OutingsLisieux, Normandy, France A guided tour of the WW11 landing beaches, Bayeux Tapestry, Palais Benedictine, Calvados Distillery, a cheese factory and Chateau de Vendeuvre £545-£581 depending on numbers, single supplement £135
December 2019
Thu Dec 12thOutingsThe 1000-year Tour, Coventry, three cathedrals, the Medieval Guildhall and visit to the Christmas market £31 excludes lunch