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
October 2019
Sat Oct 19thMusicMusic of Stage & Screen. Chris Bishop presents "Desert Island Discs" - guest, Councillor Lis Every. Methodist Church, 2 15pm. Entry £2 for all. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.
Mon Oct 21stTransportTim Young on ‘Percy Pilcher and the quest for flight', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Mon Oct 21stArts and CraftsCardcraft. Button Cards. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
Tue Oct 22ndWritten WordBook Lovers Group choose books by 'A favourite author', Ely Library, 2.15pm
Tue Oct 29thMusicGuitar Plus Group: The Highly-Strung Guitar Orchestra (directed by Eddie Campbell) in a lively country music concert, Ely Beet Club, Between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, £3 (all welcome).
Thu Oct 31stGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Talk - Autumn Colour in the garden. St Peters Church Hall 2.30
November 2019
Fri Nov 1stTransportRail Roving round Suffolk and Norfolk, including the East Suffolk Line and Sheringham (organised by Tony Weston), depart Ely Station 8.30am, ticket £18 with group or railcard discount
Mon Nov 4thGardens and PlantsBotany. Orchids - Their life history and other quirks. Given by Terry. Militia Way meeting room. 10.00am.
Tue Nov 5thGeneral MeetingJason Raper 'The History of Norwich Theatre Royal'. Jason is giving a power-point presentation on the history of NTR, with theatrical artefacts. Countess Chapel 2.30pm
Thu Nov 7thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Kevin Boardman on ‘The Stuarts: more dysfunctional than the Tudors!’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Thu Nov 7thBird Watching13:30 visit to Fen Drayton Lakes led by Nigel
Wed Nov 13thPhotographyCritiquing how to go about it constructively and objectively, presented by Tony Pleasance. Followed by open display of members' photos from last month's visit to Bury St Edmunds. Witcham Village Hall 1.45-3.45pm £2
Mon Nov 18thTransportTerry McCarthy with ‘Spitfire Parade’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Tue Nov 19thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Talk by Stuart Limpus. 'Winter Colour and Scent in the Garden'. Library Meeting Room, 2.15pm
Thu Nov 21stOutingsClassical Spectacular, Royal Albert Hall, Evening performance, late return. £61, Sold out (there is a waiting list)
Tue Nov 26thWritten WordBook Lovers Group on a theme to be arranged, Ely Library, 2.15pm
Thu Nov 28thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Talk - Seasonal Flower arranging. St Peters Church Hall 2.30pm
December 2019
Mon Dec 2ndGardens and PlantsBotany. Roots, corms and bulbs. Given by Bill. Militia Way meeting room. 10.00am.
Tue Dec 3rdGeneral MeetingSean Moyses, the Banjo Man. A selection of Dixieland, classics and country music, played by Sean, on a banjo, with a Christmas theme. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
Thu Dec 5thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Peter Lee on 'The History of the Colorado River', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Fri Dec 6thBird Watching17:30 - 21:30 WWT Welney, Swan Supper event, led by David
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
Thu Dec 12thOutingsThe 1000-year Tour, Coventry, three cathedrals, the mediaeval St Mary's Guildhall, Christmas Market, £31 including lunch, 2 places available.
Tue Dec 17thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Talk by Andrey Sankey. 'Joseph Banks' and Social Event. Library Meeting Room, 2.15pm (£3)
Thu Dec 19thGardens and PlantsGarden 2. Christmas fun and mince pies. St Peters Church Hall 2.30pm
January 2020
Thu Jan 2ndHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Members’ ‘House Histories: the house or what was there before it was built’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Mon Jan 6thGardens and PlantsBotany. Review followed by lunch. Militia Way meeting room. 10.00am.
Tue Jan 7thGeneral MeetingEmma Sanders Magpas Air Ambulance 'Lifesaving Care by Land by Sea' Emma talks about the work carried out by Magpas. Countess Chapel 2.30pm
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
Mon Jan 20thTransportChris Holley reprises his 2010 talk on ‘Concorde - Birth, Life, Death & Afterlife’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Tue Jan 21stGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Annual Lunch at Scotsdales, Fordham
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 17thTransportNigel Macknight on ‘Regaining the World Water Speed Record', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Feb 19thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Talk by Peter Lee on 'Growing from Seed'. Library Meeting Room, 2.15pm
Wed Feb 26thOutingsThe King and I, Milton Keynes Theatre, Matinee performance. £58. Depart Barton Square 8.45am, return by 7pm
March 2020
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
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 entrance fee to Belton House for non NT members TBA) places available.
April 2020
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
Sun Apr 19th
→Thu Apr 23rd
OutingsSpring Holiday in North Wales based in Caernarfon, £459pp, Single Supplement £120, singles and doubles available.
May 2020
Tue May 5thGeneral MeetingPhil Smith 'My Time as a Local Magistrate' Phil talks about his time served on the South Cambridgeshire Bench. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
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.
June 2020
Thu Jun 18thOutingsLavender Farm, Heacham and Holkham Hall, North Norfolk. £12.80 plus coach (TBA) Lunch not included. Places available.
July 2020
Tue Jul 14thOutingsGuided walking tour of Saffron Walden and a visit to Audley End House, £5 plus coach (TBA) Places available.