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
February 2019
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 WordBook Lovers Group discuss 'A book published since 2015' (postponed from Sep-2018), Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Feb 28thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Speaker, Pam Bullivant. National Garden Scheme
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
Wed Mar 13thPhotographyPresentation by Ann Miles including Photographing Architecture. This leads into the Spring project on Architecture. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
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.
Wed Mar 20thBird Watching10:00 @ RSPB Rye Meads, led by David
Tue Mar 26thWritten WordBook Lovers Group on books with 'A connection to music', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Mar 28thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Speaker Barry Gaydon. Propagation
April 2019
Mon Apr 1stGardens and PlantsBotany. Economic Botany 2: 'Hot Drinks'. 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.
Wed Apr 3rdPhotographyPhotography Network Regional Study Day at Hemingford Grey. An opportunity to share and learn with other U3As in this region. More details tba in the group newsletter, expressions of interest to Tony please if you were not at the January group meeting.
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
Sat Apr 6thMusicMusic of Stage & Screen. Talk by Howard Middleton: "From the '45's to the '78's!" - popular music from that era, with big-screen videos. Methodist Chapel, Ely from 2 15pm. Members £2, Non-Members/Visitors £4.
Wed Apr 10thPhotographySports Photography guest speaker Steve Williams. Judge the 'Rows of things' Winter project. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
Mon Apr 15thTransportTalk by John King on the ‘Handley Page Herald Airliner’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Tue Apr 16thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Visit to Netherhall Manor, Soham. Garden tour, short piano recital and cream tea. Detaills TBA.
Wed Apr 17thBird WatchingLackford Lakes - led by Barbara, details to follow
Tue Apr 23rdWritten WordBook Lovers Group on 'What were our parents reading?', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Apr 25thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Outing to G's Mushrooms
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
Sun May 5thMeeting04:30 Dawn Chorus @ Roswell Common details to follow
Tue May 7thGeneral MeetingDavid Palmer 'Rambling from a Rostrum'. David tells of his life as an auctioneer in Ely. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
Wed May 8thPhotographyA walk around Ely photographing Architecture - led by Tony. Details to be advised, no doubt including a refreshments venue.
Tue May 21stGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Visit to Ramsey Walled Kitchen Garden. Includes tea and cakes. Details TBA.
Tue May 28thWritten WordBook Lovers Group discuss books about 'Travel in Europe', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu May 30thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Outing to Fullers Mill Garden
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
Wed Jun 12thPhotographyPerils of being a Photographer presentation by Ken Reader. Judge the Spring competition on Architecture. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
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
Mon Jun 17th
→Wed Jun 19th
Bird WatchingYorkshire trip - Bempton Cliffs, led by Barbara
Tue Jun 18thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Coach trip to RHS Hyde Hall, Essex. Details TBA.
Tue Jun 25thWritten WordBook Lovers Group on 'Writing about the 1950s', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Jun 27thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Outing to Welney Wildflower Meadow with Peter Gardiner
July 2019
Mon Jul 1stGardens and PlantsBotany. Chippenham Fen for orchids and more. Led by Terry Moore. Meet time 9.30am TBC.
Tue Jul 2ndBird WatchingEvening walk @ Wicken Fen, led by Barbara, details to follow
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
Wed Jul 10thPhotographyBy popular request guest speakers Andy and Daphne Hanson return with more of their stunning photos. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
Tue Jul 16thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Visit to Barcham Tree Nursery. Includes tour of site. Details TBA.
Tue Jul 23rdWritten WordBook Lovers Group choose 'A summer read', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Jul 25thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Outing to Pensthorpe Manor by coach
August 2019
Mon Aug 5thGardens and PlantsBotany. Breckland visit. TBC.
Wed Aug 14thPhotographyPicnic and Fun Quiz in Jubilee Gardens
Thu Aug 15thBird Watching10:30 visit to Frampton Marsh led by Nigel
Tue Aug 27thWritten WordBook Lovers Group discuss books by 'Authors with names beginning with D', Ely Library, 2.15pm
September 2019
Wed Sep 11thPhotographyNight Photography presentation by Nigel Puttergill. Close and judge the Summer competition Bottles. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
Wed Sep 11thBird WatchingEvening walk @ Cavenham Heath led by Barbara
October 2019
Wed Oct 9thPhotographyField trip to Bury St Edmunds, led by Liz.
Thu Oct 10thBird WatchingEvening visit to Sculthorpe Owl Trust led by David
Tue Oct 22ndWritten WordBook Lovers Group choose books by 'A favourite author', Ely Library, 2.15pm
November 2019
Thu Nov 7thBird Watching13:30 visit to Welney led by Nigel
Wed Nov 13thPhotographyCritiquing how to go about it (constructively and objectively) by Tony Pleasance. Followed by open display of members' photos from last month's trip to Bury St Edmunds. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
Tue Nov 26thWritten WordBook Lovers Group on a theme to be arranged, Ely Library, 2.15pm
December 2019
Fri Dec 6thBird Watching19:00 Ely Bowls Club Xmas party & quiz
Wed Dec 11thPhotographySeasonal Social and Nibbles for Noel whilst reviewing and judging our 2019 year-long project The Four Seasons. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
January 2020
Wed Jan 8thPhotographyWe haven't forgotten the Autumn 2019 project Night Scene. This competition will be judged at this meeting. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm