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).

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Dates for your Diary
January 2020
Tue Jan 28thSocial and SportHear for You group meets 10.00-12.00 at The Almonry (Blue Room). Topic: Communication Tactics
Thu Jan 30thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Seasonal lunch at Ely Turkish Restaurant & Meze Bar
February 2020
Mon Feb 3rdGardens and PlantsBotany. 100 years of the NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany). Talk given by Dr Tina Barsby OBE, CEO of NIAB. Militia Way meeting room. 10.00am.
Tue Feb 4thGeneral MeetingDr Eric Somerville 'Opium eating in the Fens in the 19th Century'. The use of opium in the fens. Countess Chapel 2.30pm
Thu Feb 6thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Kate Cann on 'Henry VIII and his Six Wives', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Mon Feb 10thWritten WordBookmarkers discuss Cold Sunflowers by Mark Sippings
Tue Feb 11thBird WatchingVisit to Grafham Water. Leader, Nigel Puttergill. Start 10.00am.
Wed Feb 12thPhotographyPresentation by visiting speaker Laura Galbraith, a professional photographer and trainer. Laura will be sharing photos from her tours of Africa and Japan. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm.
Mon Feb 17thTransportNigel Macknight on ‘Regaining the World Water Speed Record', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Mon Feb 17thArts and CraftsCardcraft. Free choice. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
Tue Feb 18thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Talk by Peter Lee on 'Gardening from seed'. Library Meeting Room, 2.15pm
Tue Feb 25thSocial and SportHear for You group meets 10.00-12.00 (venue to be confirmed). Guest speaker Joy Badcock (former lip reading teacher)
Tue Feb 25thSocial and SportHear for You group meets 10.00. -12.00 St Peters Church Room (Broad Street). Topic: Getting the best out of your hearing aid.
Tue Feb 25thTransportVisit to RAF Marham, organised by Colin George (limit 20 persons)
Wed Feb 26thOutingsThe King and I, Milton Keynes Theatre, Matinee performance. £58 not including lunch. Now closed, Depart Barton Square 8.45am, return by 7pm
Thu Feb 27thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Speaker Peter Jackson Subject TBC St Peters Church Hall 2.30
March 2020
Mon Mar 2ndGardens and PlantsBotany. Sweet crops - (honey, beet, cane). Given by Rose, Helen and Peter. Militia Way meeting room. 10.00am.
Tue Mar 3rdGeneral MeetingIan Keable 'Unmasking the Cock Lane Ghost' This is a return visit for Ian, with another talk on 18th century hoaxes. Countess Chapel 2.30pm
Thu Mar 5thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Mike Petty on ‘James Withers, Cambridgeshire Bard’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Tue Mar 10thBird WatchingVisit to Wimpole Hall. Leader Barbara York. Start 10.00am.
Wed Mar 11thPhotographyAnother visiting speaker this month, Brian Bignell reminisces on 'Life as a professional photographer in the 60s' before judging our Spring project on portraiture. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm.
Mon Mar 16thTransportTalk by Keith Parkinson, Chairman of the NVR on the ‘Nene Valley Railway - the first forty years’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Tue Mar 17thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Talk by Rodney Tibbs: 'Gardening Then and Now'. Library Meeting Room, 2.15pm
Wed Mar 18thOutingsInternational Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln and Belton House, Grantham (NT) £22 (plus £15.60 entrance fee to Belton House for non NT members) places available.
Sat Mar 21stTransportVisit to the Statfold Barn Narrow Gauge Railway, Tamworth (£13 advance booking, shared transport)
Wed Mar 25thTransportVisit to the RAF Museum, Hendon (organised by Tony Weston), shared transport
Thu Mar 26thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Speaker Alistair Huck, Landscape Architect - Garden design. St Peters Church Hall 2.30
April 2020
Thu Apr 2ndHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Tim Young on the ‘History of Education in the 20th Century’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Tue Apr 7thGeneral MeetingPeter Lawrence 'This Policeman's Lot-from the Krays to the Crown'.In his return visit Peter talk about his life as a police officer.Countess Chapel 2.30pm
Wed Apr 8thPhotographyComposition - an interactive presentation and discussion led by Tony Pleasance. Summer project launches on topic of 'A Day to Remember'. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm.
Sun Apr 19th
→Thu Apr 23rd
OutingsNorth Wales Spring Holiday based in Caernarfon. Portmeirion, National Slate Museum, Snowdon, Ffestiniog Railways. £459pp, Single Supplement £120, now closed.
Mon Apr 20thTransportRoger Haverson on the ‘Bristol Brabazon - White Hope or White Elephant’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Tue Apr 21stGardens and PlantsGarden 1. TBA
Tue Apr 21stBird WatchingMonk's Wood for dawn chorus and birdsong identification. Leader Barbara York. Start at dawn.
Thu Apr 30thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Visit to Oakington Garden Center. Details TBC
May 2020
Tue May 5thGeneral MeetingDerek Niemann 'A Nazi in the Family'. As the title suggests, Derek's presentation tells the story of discovering that a family member had been a Nazi.Countess Chapel 2.30pm
Thu May 7thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Wendy Ramsell on the ‘Mysteries of Easter Island’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Mon May 11thBird WatchingVisit to Maid's Cross. Leader Barbara York. Start 5.00pm.
Wed May 13thPhotographyVisit to Hamerton Zoo. Numbers were prebooked last year, please speak to Tony about possibility of last minute places. No meeting at Witcham Village Hall.
Mon May 18thTransportPeter Cox on the ‘History of the Tracked Hovercraft’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Tue May 19thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. College Farm Meadows
Wed May 20thBird WatchingVisit to London Wetland, Barnes. Leader Anthony Weston. Start 8.30am.
Tue May 26thOutingsChatham Docks, Kent, includes all exhibits (Call the Midwife tour optional) £31 includes coach and docks (approx £5 for Call the Midwife tour depending on numbers) Places available.
Thu May 28thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Visit Gs Mushrooms. Details TBC
June 2020
Thu Jun 4thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Roy Williams with his talk ‘Air War Over Britain I', from the beginning to the Zeppelin L20 raid, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Jun 10thPhotographyHow to deal with bright highlights and dark shadows, always a problem in the summer. Presented by our High Dynamic Range Duo Tony and Nigel. Judge the Summer project on 'A Day to Remember'. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm.
Mon Jun 15thTransportBrian Dyes on the ‘Ipswich Transport Museum’, exploring the development of engineering and transport around Ipswich and the restoration of the Cambridge horse tram, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Tue Jun 16thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Stowe Hall Garden. Tour of Garden and Tea.
Tue Jun 16thBird WatchingVisit to Holme and Dersingham bog for owls, nightjars and woodcock. Leader Nigel Puttergill. Start 5.00pm.
Wed Jun 17th
→Sun Jun 21st
TransportVisit to Isle of Man heritage railways CANCELLED
Thu Jun 18thOutingsCaley Mill Lavender Farm, Heacham and Holkham Hall. £30 not including lunch, Places available.
Thu Jun 25thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Visit to Kirtlng Towers Details TBC
July 2020
Thu Jul 2ndHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Roy Williams continuing on from last month's talk with ‘Air War Over Britain II', through to the WW2 V-1 flying bomb, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Tue Jul 14thOutingsSaffron Walden with optional guided walking tour (£5) and Audley End House, £26 (£17 for EH members) Places available.
Mon Jul 20thTransportPaul Young on the ‘Norfolk Orbital Railway’ (TBC), Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Jul 22ndBird WatchingVisit to RSPB Titchwell. Leader Tony Pleasance. Start 10.00am.
August 2020
Thu Aug 6thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Village walk with a guide round historic Castle Acre with a light lunch in the church (max 20), £15
Tue Aug 11thBird WatchingNo event this month.
September 2020
Thu Sep 3rdHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Kevin Boardman on the ‘Oregon Trail’ (TBC), Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Sep 23rdBird WatchingMepal Nature Walk. Leaders John and Mavis Middleton. Start 2.00pm.
Thu Sep 24th
→Mon Sep 28th
OutingsAutumn holiday Cheshire and Manchester, based in Warrington. Jodrell Bank, Quarry Bank Mill (NT), Salford Quays for the Imperial War Museum North, Lowry Gallery and Outlet Centre, visit to Port Sunlight, Chester Zoo, Anderton Boat Lift and Lion Salt Works. Includes all admissions apart from Lowry Gallery Cost approx £500 pp, Single Supplement £100.
October 2020
Thu Oct 1stHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: no meeting this month
Tue Oct 13thBird WatchingVisit to RSPB Rye Meads. Leader David Godsmark. Start 10.00am.
Wed Oct 14thOutingsA Foodie tour of Norfolk, visiting the winery at Bergh Apton and other local food producers. Cost £37 including wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie.
Mon Oct 19thTransportTony Kirby on the 'Railways of mid-Anglia (Cambridge and the Fens)’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
November 2020
Thu Nov 5thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Maggie Haverson on the ‘Sandringham Estate Village', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Thu Nov 12thOutingsLondon, Neasden Temple and Angels Theatrical Costumes. Cost £62 including 2 course lunch at Grims Dyke Hotel.
Fri Nov 13thBird WatchingVisit to RSPB Sandy. Leader David Godsmark. Start 10.00am.
December 2020
Thu Dec 3rdOutingsThe 70s Snowball Christmas Party at the Chigwell Prince Regent Hotel, London, Welcome tea/coffee and mince pies, 3 course festive lunch and entertainment. Optional dress code 70s flares and flower power. Cost £47.
Fri Dec 4thBird WatchingSocial event with guest speaker. Leader Tony Pleasance. Ely Bowls Club. Start 2.00pm.
Thu Dec 10thWalkingCombined Walking Groups: Christmas walk and lunch