Ely & District


Due to the risk posed by COVID-19 to our members, all General and Interest Group meetings are cancelled for the foreseeable future

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
July 2020
Mon Jul 20thTransportMeeting cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic
Tue Jul 21stGardens and PlantsGarden 1: Visit to David and Lynne White’s garden, Manea
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.
Wed Aug 12thPhotographyProbably cancelled The customary summer picnic takes to the water this year, with a trip down the river on the Liberty Belle.
September 2020
Thu Sep 3rdHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Kevin Boardman on the ‘Oregon Trail’ (TBC), Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Sep 9thPhotographyPopular visitors Andy and Daphne Hanson return to critique and judge the summer competition. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45
Thu Sep 10thSocial and SportGolf Group, Orton Meadows Golf Course, Approximately £30, Timing 10.00am-5pm
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.
To take place in September 2021. Booking will commence in Spring 2021.Deposits paid will be returned.
October 2020
Thu Oct 1stHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: no meeting this month
Thu Oct 8thSocial and SportGolf Group, Ely City Golf Course, Approximately £25, Timing 10.00am-5pm
Tue Oct 13thBird WatchingVisit to RSPB Rye Meads. Leader David Godsmark. Start 10.00am.
Wed Oct 14thPhotography'Droning On'. Presentation by Roger Newark on a new aspect of photography. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45
Wed Oct 14thOutingsA Foodie tour of Norfolk, visiting the Vineyard 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
Tue Nov 3rdGeneral MeetingJohn Simmons ‘35 years of Choral Singing’ John will talk in a humorous way, about his career, people he has met and different sorts choirs. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
Thu Nov 5thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Maggie Haverson on the ‘Sandringham Estate Village', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Wed Nov 11thPhotographyMultiple exposures - once a problem, now an opportunity. Presentation and workshop. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45
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.
Wed Dec 9thPhotographySeasonal social with nibbles whilst peer-judging the Autumn competition 'Sports Event'. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45
Thu Dec 10thWalkingCombined Walking Groups: Christmas walk and lunch