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It’s official (apparently) the Ely bypass has been given the ‘green light’. This will provide a new item to add to Ely’s extensive history of architectural design incorporated into the ‘City’ and to its continual evolution. Like any settlement, it grows and evolves when it becomes populated with inhabitants. In most cases and in most towns and cities, buildings, structures, bridges, whatever, eventually become adopted by their citizens. Most are usually designed to help a settlement and its population. It depends what it is. With a new bypass its design should help ease traffic flow and divert over populated roads away from a city centre thereby enabling freer movement within town boundaries for the benefit of pedestrians and traffic. Most city centres have such bypasses and it is just a case that Ely is catching up and reacting with the change that has been in recent times, affected upon it. Take a walk around Ely. Centuries ago there were probably some who thought the magnificent Cathedral was an eyesore or even a monstrosity. When the Ely workhouse was built around 1836 it was possibly despised by the Ely citizens of the time however, a walk up Tower Road today reveals what appears to be a charming and unusual building which helps make up the character and appeal of our city. Ely possesses various unusual (by today’s standards) buildings which have become a growing canvas to which modern day Ely aspires. Let’s therefore embrace the monstrosities of today for they might well become the ‘des res’s’ of tomorrow. In short, our history makes us what we are today folks!

King’s Ely is really excited as they may have another Olympic athlete to follow in the footsteps of javelin thrower, Goldie Sayers. Year 12’s Hollie Parker (17) has been selected to join the British Athletics Futures programme for young athletes with the potential to reach World Championship or Olympic standard. A fine example of tomorrow happening today!

Thanks go to our friends at Sylhet who have kindly sent us some lovely photos of the beautiful city of Sylhet which was the inspiration behind naming the restaurant. Sylhet is one of the largest cities in Bangladesh and is best known for its lush tropical forests, tea gardens and as the “City of the Saints”, one of the city’s key tourist attractions is “Dargah Gate and The Mausoleum of Great Hazrat Shah Jalal”. Thanks for that!

Congratulations go to the Dean, staff and volunteers of Ely Cathedral who raised the marvellous sum of £1,500 for the East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH). This fantastic sum of money was raised by the sale of over 50 decorated cakes that were sold at the Christmas Gift and Food Fair. Karen from EACH would like “to thank all the wonderful people who helped make this happen”.

I wonder what Ely will look like in 500 years time? At least the Cathedral builders left a legacy via their materials’, here’s hoping today’s fabric will stand the test of time!