Cream Tea Event in Ely – Sunday 13th July

Back by popular demand, the Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely will be holding their annual Cornish Cream Tea event – and this year it will be in Sheila Friend-Smith’s fabulous garden!

Where: 33 Egremont Street, Ely CB6 1AE
When: Sunday 13th July 2014, between 3 and 5pm
How: Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from Sheila at the above address before 10th July. Alternatively, email your request with a contact phone number to and we’ll forward it to Sheila to process

Sheila’s garden is absolutely beautiful and the event is sure to be a lovely Sunday afternoon’s Summer treat :)

Working Party Volunteers

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.


Two Successful New Projects in Jubilee Gardens Ely!

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!


Scandinavian Christmas Celebrations: Friday 6th December

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.

Green Flag Award 2013/14

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.

Green Flag Award

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 **

Summer Memories

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.

Cream Tea in the Shade



Fabulous Summer Outing Photographs

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

English Heaven – perfect for coffee and shortcake on arrival

Mannigton Hall overlooking the formal garden

Mannigton Hall overlooking the formal garden

A tranquil scene by the lake

A tranquil scene by the lake

Colour and variety in the herbaceous beds

Colour and variety in the herbaceous beds

View from Wolterton Hall of the lake

View from Wolterton Hall of the lake

Wolterton Hall as seen from the lake

Wolterton Hall as seen from the lake

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