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The Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely hold regular Working Parties from 9.30 am on the second Wednesday of each month from April through to October. Why not join in the fun and give us a helping hand? (If I rains we simply go to the following week, as the Council team work in the Gardens every Wednesday and always appreciate an extra pair of hands or two).
Our happy band of volunteers give their time and energy, helping the Council team in Jubilee Gardens Ely. This works especially well as “the boys” do all the heavy work and take away the piles of debris in their trucks, so that we can concentrate on weeding and planting.
I’m delighted to report that we have now completed two exciting new projects to further improve Jubilee Gardens in 2014-:)
The new raised flower bed is now in situ as you enter the Gardens from Broad Street and is looking rather wonderful, having being planted up with alpines during our Working Party earlier this month – many thanks to our volunteers. The alpines add to the diversity of the gardens whilst providing a colourful display for the enjoyment of all our visitors, including wheelchair and buggy users.
A curve of new seating has been installed close to the Eel, where the Portuguese Laurel will provide a lovely shaded area for our visitors when the hot Summer weather arrives!
We have a rather exciting and entertaining (with a few surprises in store) Autumn event coming up:-
A Scandinavian Christmas Celebrations illustrated talk, in costume, by Veronica Poultney will be held at 7.30 pm on Friday 6th December 2013 in St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely. The talk will be followed by a tasting of “Julbord” … a special Swedish type of smörgåsbord, which is the standard Christmas dinner in Sweden.
Tickets for this event are £10 and can be purchased from Burrows Bookshop, Ely.
Jubilee Gardens Ely has been awarded the coveted Green Flag Award for the 9th successive year – the only garden in this area to be recognised with this Award!!
Well done and a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to our achievement.
We were proud to reveal the new flag to an enthusiastic crowd during the launch of the much needed resurfacing of the children’s play area, which was made possible thanks to the great generosity of the Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely and part funding from East Cambridgeshire District Council. ** A big pat on the back to us all **
Well we had a busy summer with several events, including a fabulous Cream Tea held in Wendy and Michael Powell’s garden. The Ely weather presented us with one of the hottest days of the year and we were most grateful to the Girl Guides who served us with tea and refreshments whilst we relaxed under the shade. The event was an outstanding success and we raised £190 towards our funds.
Another very successful FOJG outing – Lord Walpole himself conducted the tour of Wolterton Hall and imparted so much information with delightful humorous anecdotes.
English Heaven – perfect for coffee and shortcake on arrival
Mannigton Hall overlooking the formal garden
A tranquil scene by the lake
Colour and variety in the herbaceous beds
View from Wolterton Hall of the lake
Wolterton Hall as seen from the lake
We have had a good response to our Summer Outing to Mannington Hall and Wolterton Hall in Norfolk on Friday 19th July. There are still a few tickets available if you would like to come.
The coach departs from Barton Road Car Park at 9.00a.m. sharp and returns at approximately 6.30p.m.
Cost: £28.50 and includes morning coffee/tea and cake and afternoon cream tea. Please bring your own picnic lunch.
To apply for tickets, please send a stamped addressed envelope together with a cheque made payable to “Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely” to: The Events Secretary, 4a Station Road, Ely. CB7 4BS