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
December 2018
Sun Dec 16thOutingsThursford Christmas Show, Fakenham, Matinee performance. £59, 2 tickets available. Depart Barton Square at 10.30am Return approximately 7.30pm
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
Sat Jan 5thMusicMusic of Stage and Screen. Talk by Brian Bicknell, "Folding Back the Years". Photos, stories and music from the major entertainers of the 1960's. Ely Methodist Church from 2 15pm
Mon Jan 7thGardens and PlantsBotany. Field trip identifying winter trees around Ely, followed by lunch at the Cutter. 10.30am start, lunch at 12noon, to be confirmed
Tue Jan 8thGeneral MeetingDesmond Gentle '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 15thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. 'Christmas' lunch at Scotsdales, Fordham.
Fri Jan 18thBird Watching14:00 Bowls Club Ely, a social meeting, £2.00. Members pictures & stories about birdwatching experiences
Sun Jan 20thTransportNo meeting this month
Mon Jan 21stArts and CraftsCardcraft. Embossing/gilding. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
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
Mon Feb 4thGardens and PlantsBotany Group. Economic Botany 1: Textiles, 10.00am, Militia Way
Tue Feb 5thGeneral MeetingJonathan Rogers 'Sculptures in the Lady Chapel'. Johnathan will talk about the sculptures in Ely Cathedral's, Lady Chapel. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
Wed Feb 6thOutingsCalendar Girls, Theatre Royal Norwich, matinee performance, £45, 2 tickets available. Depart Barton Square at 8.45am.
Thu Feb 7thHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: John Vigar on ‘Norfolk Churches’ (organised by Colin George), Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Mon Feb 18thTransportTalk by Rob Barter on ‘1950’s Steam Excursions to the Seaside’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Mon Feb 18thArts and CraftsCardcraft. Beading. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
Tue Feb 19thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Photographs from Ely Flower Festival 2018 by Bev McVey and Margaret Webster. Library Meeting Room, start 2.15pm.
Tue Feb 26thWritten WordBooklovers Group discuss 'A book published since 2015' (postponed from Sep-2018), Ely Library, 2.15pm
March 2019
Mon Mar 4thGardens and PlantsBotany Group. Terry and Helen Moore on their 'Travels in Western Estonia', 10.00am, Militia Way
Tue Mar 5thGeneral MeetingPeter Lawrence 'Beneath the City Streets', Peter tells the little known story of London's unseen history. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
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
Mon Mar 18thArts and CraftsCardcraft. Free choice. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
Tue Mar 19thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Speaker Rodney Tibbs – "Gardens of the Cambridge Colleges". Library Meeting Room, start 2.15pm.
April 2019
Mon Apr 1stGardens and PlantsBotany. Economic Botany 2: Pulses, Cereals and other grains. Meeting room, Militia Way, 10.00am
Tue Apr 2ndGeneral MeetingLucy Lewis 'A Woman's Life in the Army'. Lucy tells of her experiences as a woman in the army's bomb disposal unit. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
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, 2.30pm, £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. Waiting list open for single rooms.
Mon Apr 29thGardens and PlantsBotany. Hayley Wood at Bluebell time. Visit led by Helen Moore. Meet at 9.30am.
May 2019
Thu May 2ndHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Tom Phillips on 'Orchards Green, Ely: Bronze Age fields, Roman farmsteads and an Early Anglo-Saxon cemetery’ (organised by Andy Wall), Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm
Tue May 7thGeneral MeetingDavid Palmer 'Rambling from a Rostrum'. David tells of his life as an auctioneer in Ely. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
Thu May 16thOutingsBirmingham's Jewellery Quarter, Coffin Works and Pen Museum £30
June 2019
Mon Jun 3rdGardens and PlantsBotany. Upwood Meadows for wet grassland plants. Led by Sue Holgate. Meet time 9.30am.
Thu Jun 6thHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Mike Rouse on 'Ely Markets and Fairs', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
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
Mon Jul 1stGardens and PlantsBotany. Chippenham Fen for orchids and more. Led by Terry Moore. Meet time 9.30am TBC.
Thu Jul 4thHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Roger Haverson on ‘Captions Captured - a look behind some of the Imperial War Museums exhibits’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Tue Jul 9thOutingsWoburn Abbey and Wildlife Safari Park, Bedfordshire, £40 includes house and safari park
August 2019
Mon Aug 5thGardens and PlantsBotany. Breckland visit. TBC.
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
October 2019
Wed Oct 16thOutingsGainsborough's House Museum, Sudbury. Demonstration by the Chocolate lady. £35 includes morning coffee/tea and afternoon tea.
December 2019
Thu Dec 12thOutingsThe 1000-year Tour, Coventry, three cathedrals, the Medieval Guildhall and visit to the Christmas market £31 excludes lunch