Chairman's Chat

3rd August 2018
Dear Colleague

At 7.00 pm on the above evening, beacons will be lit across the nation, to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1, and in tribute to the millions of men and women who died, or were injured, on the battlefields.
I hope that as many beacons as possible will be lit in our district. In order that I can co-ordinate these commemorations in East Cambridgeshire and register participants with the National Pageantmaster, I would be grateful if you could advise me of any parishes you represent, who are intending to mark the occasion.
This will be a unique and historic event. In addition, at 7.05 pm church bells will ring out to signify the peace, and that the battle was over. If you are in touch with your local church, could you please ascertain whether they will be “ringing out for peace” at this time. Please feel free to pass on my email address:
I was very pleased to learn that Ely Country Park and Jubilee Gardens have once again both gained recognition in receiving Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Spaces Awards. This acknowledges them as among the UK’s best green spaces. As I am sure you will agree, they are both extremely well maintained and offer excellent visitor facilities. My congratulations to all concerned for continuing to achieve these very high standards.
Ely Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society last month, with a most interesting lecture by Alexandra Epps, at The Old Palace in Ely, which Roslyn and I were invited to attend. The lecture entitled “As good as gold”, traced the story of gold within the history of art; it was most enthralling.
My word hasn’t it been hot? In fact, it is reported that it has been our hottest summer since 1976. At that time, we lived on the south coast, as I was Theatres Manager in Worthing. Attracting visitors into the theatre in the evening was far from easy, but I was responsible for organising the outdoor entertainment during Worthing’s Fiesta Fortnight which was great fun. Having spent my career in entertainment management, l still get a buzz from attending live performances. My congratulations to the Viva Theatre Company on their outstanding production of “My Fair Lady”, which Roslyn and I thoroughly enjoyed. What a hugely talented Company they are, who bring great credit to our district.
Finally, a note for your diary - Wednesday 25th September 2018, when Members will have an opportunity to visit Ellgia, the waste management company. Details will be emailed to you by a member of our Business Development Team in due course.
There are no scheduled meetings for the weeks commencing 6th August and 13th August 2018.

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council