Weekly Highlights

27th March 2015

Dear Colleague

This is the last Weekly Highlights prior to the 7th May Parliamentary and Local (District and Parish) Elections.   As the Council moves into a very busy election period in preparation of these elections, there is a requirement to restrict publicity including this letter.  This does, therefore, afford me an opportunity to thank all those who have assisted in the preparation of this weekly letter.  I do hope you found the content useful and informative and we demonstrated just how many positive initiatives happen across our District due to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The next Weekly Highlights letter will be published in the week commencing 11th May 2015.  During the ensuing period, Lynne Smart will be emailing you with details of meetings that will be taking place and any other important announcements.

A new guide has been launched to encourage local day trippers and visitors to make the most out of a visit to Ely. The Ely Shopping and Eating Guide highlights the fantastic restaurants, independent stores and activities people can experience in the city this spring and summer.

The Guide is another of the initiatives borne out of the Ely City Centre Forum which aims to promote Ely as visitor and shopping destination and help people in the county rediscover the city.

The Ely City Centre Forum is a body consisting of East Cambridgeshire District Council, the City of Ely Council, local traders, the Ely Perspective, Ely Cathedral and Ely Museum  and businesses.

Visitors to Oliver Cromwell House in Ely this Easter can take part in a special event to learn about how the Lord Protector changed how the nation marked Easter. The Easter Family Event on Saturday 4 April at 11.30am will allow people to join a guided tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House to learn about the origins of our Easter Traditions and how things altered under Cromwellian rule.

Visitors can then enjoy some Easter craft decorating in the Tithe Office and make an Easter basket to take home complete with mini chocolate eggs kindly donated by Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe. Tickets for the event are: Adults £6.00 and Children £3.50.

There will also be a number of walking tours taking place across Easter holiday:

  • Ely’s Heritage Eel Walk on Sunday 5 April at 11.30am. Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of our magnificent Cathedral city, then marvel at the artworks connected to the Eel Heritage along the way.  All tickets £4.00.
  • Ely’s Monastic Walk on Monday 6th April at 11.30am. Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in use today and listen to tales of monks and royalty.  All tickets £4.00

To book contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or www.visitely.org.uk.

On Easter Sunday 5 April, shoppers and visitors to Ely’s Market Place can witness the beginning of something new.  Ely Markets are expanding with a new Weekly Sunday Market which will take place every Sunday throughout the year (except Remembrance Sunday and seasonal adjustments around Christmas and New Year). 
The new market, which opens at 10am until 4pm, will bring together the best of the former flower, food & craft market along with a great mix of stalls, family entertainment and attractions.  As well as the great stalls and food on offer there are attractions and entertainment for younger members of the family to keep everyone happy.
On Bank Holiday weekends, the Sunday Market will extend into the Bank Holiday Monday for even more choice and attractions for all the family.

There are two meetings scheduled for next week:

Monday, 30th March 2015 –at 4.30pm in the Council Chamber

Regulatory & Support Services Committee


Wednesday, 1st April 2015 –at 2.00pm in the Council Chamber

Planning Committee


No agendas are due to be despatched next week.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Tony Cornell

Councillor Tony Cornell