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
April 2019
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
Thu Apr 25thWalkingWalking 6 miles: Contact coordinator for details
Fri Apr 26thWalkingWalking 4 mile B: Contact coordinator for details
Fri Apr 26th
→Mon Apr 29th
OutingsBristol, Bath and Wells, Meet at Ely Leisure Village at 7.45am for 8am departure. Arriving at hotel at 5pm
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, £2
Sun May 5thBird WatchingDawn Chorus: Kiln Lane, Roswell Common from 04:30
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.
Thu May 16thOutingsBirmingham, Jewellry Quarter, Coffin Works and Pen Museum, £30 places available
Mon May 20thTransportSue Spence on ‘Rebuilding an Elva 200 Formula Junior Racing Car’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £2
Mon May 20thArts and CraftsCardcraft. Paper flowers. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
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 Welney Wildflower Meadow with Peter Gardiner
June 2019
Mon Jun 3rdGardens and PlantsBotany. Upwood Meadows for wet grassland plants. Led by Sue Holgate. Meet time 9.30am.
Tue Jun 4thGeneral MeetingAGM, after which, member Andy Wall, has very kindly agreed, to entertain us by playing Folk Music. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
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 etc, now fully booked
Mon Jun 17thArts and CraftsCardcraft. Free choice. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
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 Fullers Mill Garden
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
Tue Jul 2ndGeneral MeetingFool's Gold, (Carole and Steve Robson). "Stories with Strings". Fool's Gold are an acoustic duo who mix together, live music, spoken word stories and projected images, to make their show unique. Countess Chapel 2.30pm
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, places available.
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
Mon Jul 15thTransportDavid Beale on '‘Engines and Transmissions from the Early Days to the Present and Future’, Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
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.
Thu Aug 8thHistory and Current AffairsHistory Group: Norfolk churches coach trip, guided by John Vigar, to four churches in the Hempnall Group (Woodton, Bedingham, Morningthorpe and Fritton), lunch in Long Stratton, cost (excl. lunch) circa £25 pp, booking required
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
Tue Sep 3rdGeneral MeetingMike Goward, 'Lynn's Fisher Folk'. As the title suggests, Mike will talk about King Lynn's Fisher Folk a closed community. Mike was originally coming to Ely in 2018 but due to ill health,
his visit was postponed to 2019. Countess Chapel 2.30pm.
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
Mon Sep 16thTransportTim Young on ‘Percy Pilcher and the quest for flight', Ely Bowls Club, 2.30pm, £1
Tue Sep 17thGardens and PlantsGarden 1. Talk from Norfolk Lavender. Products for sale. Library Meeting Room, 2.15pm.
Wed Sep 25th
→Mon Sep 30th
OutingsLisieux, Normandy, France, £545-£581 pp sharing (TBC) Single supplement £135, Twin/doubles available, waiting list for singles.
October 2019
Tue Oct 1stGeneral MeetingDavid Reeve 'Protecting our Royals part 2' due to requests from members, this is a return visit. David first came to Ely in 2015 with part 1 of 'Protecting our Royals', Countess Chapel 2.30pm
Wed Oct 9thPhotographyField trip to Bury St Edmunds, led by Liz.
Thu Oct 10thBird WatchingEvening visit to Sculthorpe Owl Trust led by David
Wed Oct 16thOutingsGainsborough's House Museum, Sudbury, £35 includes coffee and afternoon tea, places available.
Tue Oct 22ndWritten WordBook Lovers Group choose books by 'A favourite author', Ely Library, 2.15pm
November 2019
Tue Nov 5thGeneral MeetingJason Raper 'The History of Norwich Theatre Royal'. Jason is giving a power-point presentation of the history of NTR, with theatrical artefacts. Countess Chapel 2.30pm
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
Thu Nov 21stOutingsClassical Spectacular, Royal Albert Hall, Evening performance, Approx cost £50 tbc, places available, late return.
Tue Nov 26thWritten WordBook Lovers Group on a theme to be arranged, Ely Library, 2.15pm
December 2019
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.
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
Thu Dec 12thOutingsThe 1000-year Tour, Coventry, £31 includes lunch, places available.
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