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Following on from our hugely successful #ChristmasAtEly campaign, we have joined up with the Diocese of Ely to run another exciting social media campaign for Holy Week and Easter. The Church......  Read more »

Prayer after the Westminster attack

We pray for all those caught up in yesterday's events, for those who suffer and those who mourn and for our nation.O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,......  Read more »

Statement from the Chapter of Ely Cathedral

The Chapter of Ely Cathedral wish to express their unanimous support for the statement issued on 20 March by the Chapter of St Albans Cathedral in the light of the treatment......  Read more »

Christmas Fair 2017 Stall Holder Bookings

We are now taking bookings from people wishing to reserve a stall at the Christmas Fair, 16 - 18 November 2017. Further details and booking forms available here. ...  Read more »

Canon James Garrard elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Canon James Garrard has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society which is given to those who have made a contribution of significance to historical studies. Canon Garrard was......  Read more »

Ely Cathedral launches global social media Christmas campaign

With the full backing of the Church of England, Ely Cathedral have today launch a global social media media campaign called #ChristmasAtEly. Over the next twelve days the Cathedral will be releasing......  Read more »

£500,000 awarded to Ely Cathedral to support vital restoration works

Ely Cathedral has been listed as one of only 24 Cathedrals to be awarded funding in the final round of the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund. The £500,000 grant will......  Read more »

Joy to the World

01 December 2016

From 1 December a website called will enable anyone across the country to be able to find information about their nearest Christmas services. Our aim is to get more people......  Read more »

Visitors Galore at The Ely Cathedral Gift & Food Fair

Thousands of shoppers are expected to descend on Ely Cathedral this week as the annual Christmas Gift & Food Fair gets underway. Now in its 5th successive year, the Cathedral will......  Read more »

ECBG Foodbank Appeal. £1,100 out of £5000 so far raised - please help!

Ely Cathedral Business Group has committed itself to raise £5000 per year to support the Ely Foodbank for 2015, 2016 and 2017. We met this target last year, and this LOCAL......  Read more »

Refectory Café temporarily closed

10 October 2016

Please note that the Refectory Café will be closed for essential electricity rewiring work from Monday 10 October for approximately 2 weeks. The Chapter apologise for any inconvenience this may cause....  Read more »

Gerard Stamp to exhibit new paintings at Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral is to be hosting an exhibition of new paintings by one of the country's finest contemporary watercolourists, Gerard Stamp. Gerard has been visiting Ely Cathedral over the last 18......  Read more »

Church of England commends Creationtide resources

The Church of England's Environment Task Group is commending a set of liturgical resources to encourage churches who wish to celebrate and cherish God's gift to humanity in creation. The resources, curated......  Read more »

'Following the Referendum result'

An extract from the Dean's sermon Sunday 26 June 2016 I must say something following on from the referendum result of Friday. It was clear on Wednesday that the vote would be......  Read more »

Ely Cathedral is set to reveal its Masterplan

Ely Cathedral is set to reveal its Masterplan which outlines future developments for the building and the precinct. The Chapter have been working closely with a team of leading experts with......  Read more »

Zanzibar Cathedral needs our help

Last month, the Zanzibar Cathedral compound suffered extensive flooding from a heavy storm. The Cathedral stands on the site of the former slave market, where the dungeons are still to be......  Read more »

New Chairman of Cathedral Council

One of the changes brought about by the 1999 Cathedrals Measure was the introduction into the governance structures of Cathedrals of a Cathedral Council. The Council's role is to 'further and......  Read more »

An Evening with the Cathedral Choristers of Britain

In aid of Friends of Cathedral Music's Diamond Fund for Choristers I am the Friends of Cathedral Music Scholar and was lucky to be chosen to represent Ely at St Paul's Cathedral.......  Read more »

Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin to be a Residentiary Canon

Bishop Stephen has appointed the Reverend Canon Dr Jessica Martin to be a Residentiary Canon at Ely Cathedral. Jessica's particular responsibility will be for outreach and education in addition to spending......  Read more »

An artistic insight into the life of the Ely boy choristers

The OuseLife artists have been given unprecedented access to Ely Cathedral. For over a year they have been meeting the people who make the Cathedral what it is today, and discovering......  Read more »

Minister and MEP participate in EU debate at Ely Cathedral

Nearly 500 people attended Thursday evening's Ely Cathedral Business Group Spring Debate: "European Union IN or OUT?", chaired by Michael Watson. Speaking for "Vote IN" were George Freeman MP, Minister for Life......  Read more »

Gabrieli Roar rocks Southwark Cathedral next stop Ely Cathedral on Monday 4 July

On Tuesday 16 February in Southwark Cathedral the winged lion roared once more when the Gabrieli Consort & Players relaunched Roar, the organisation's renowned choral training programme. Singing to a capacity crowd,......  Read more »

Appointment of Head Verger and Cathedral Floor Manager

Chapter are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Fleet as Head Verger and Cathedral Floor Manager. This is a new post, reporting to the Director of Operations, with responsibility for leading......  Read more »

Sleepout Challenge

On the cold, wet, windy night of 12 December, sixteen of us, including Canon Vicky and her noble guard dog, Percy, slept out in the Galilee Porch to raise money for......  Read more »

Ely Refugee Resettlement Campaign

The Dean and Chapter of Ely Cathedral wholeheartedly endorse the statement issued by the Bishop of Ely and the Bishop of Huntingdon in support of Syrian Refugees. Bishops' Statement: "It's great......  Read more »

The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral

"The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral" is a collaboration between Ely Cathedral and Ouse Life artists to create an exciting new exhibition of art. The work will be inspired by the......  Read more »

Ely Cathedral's official guidebook app now available

Four unique trails (Tour, Children's Tour, Story of Etheldreda and a Tour of the Monastic Precinct) take you through 1300 years of worship, art, architecture and the lives of truly remarkable......  Read more »

New Chapter member announced

The Bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Bellis as a member of Chapter. Tim is a Fellow in Management Practice at Cambridge Judge Business School where he runs......  Read more »

Know someone who's got what it takes to be an Ely Cathedral Boy Chorister?

BOYS currently in the Year 2 to Year 4 age group who enjoy singing are being offered the opportunity to discover what life is like as an Ely Cathedral Boy Chorister.......  Read more »

Hundreds attend Ely Cathedral's Choral Evensong to celebrate the Queen's reign

Around 800 people attended Ely Cathedral's Choral Evensong on Sunday to celebrate the Queen's reign. The event featured the singing of Zadok the Priest and Sir William Walton's coronation march Crown Imperial,......  Read more »

Bishop of Ely statement on Syrian refugee crisis

Speaking about the Syrian refugee crisis, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway said: 'The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but many more times to love the......  Read more »

Cathedral Statement regarding BASE Jumpers on Saturday 8 August

We can confirm there was an incident Saturday 8 August involving two professional BASE jumpers who parachuted from the top of the West Tower of Ely Cathedral and landed safely on......  Read more »

Hugh Duberly CBE knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours

Hugh Duberly CBE, who is Chair of the Order of St. Etheldreda at Ely Cathedral, has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian......  Read more »

Ely Cathedral to recruit younger choristers

Ely Cathedral is on the look - out for some younger boys to join their ranks of choirboys this September. The new recruits will be known as 'Colt Choristers' and will......  Read more »

Wood Green, The Animals Charity and Ely Cathedral are saddened to announce the cancelation of this year's Ely pet service in May

For the past 28 years Wood Green have hosted the annual animal pet service at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire which has always been well attended by owners and pets alike. Animal......  Read more »

The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral

"The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral" is a collaboration between Ely Cathedral and Ouse Life artists to create an exhibition of artworks which depict the secret life of Ely Cathedral. The artists......  Read more »

Children from across Cambridgeshire perform at Ely Cathedral thanks to chorister outreach programme

Sweet-sounding children were given the chance to perform at Ely Cathedral. More than 300 primary school pupils from across Cambridgeshire descended on the Ship of the Fens to sing their hearts out......  Read more »

Ely Cathedral and the Living Wage

In the light of recent statements in the media about wage rates in the Church of England, Ely Cathedral's community will be comforted to know that the Cathedral Chapter began the......  Read more »

Bishop Stephen Sykes - Memorial Sermon - 14 February 2015 Great St Mary's Cambridge

Stephen Whitefield Sykes, 1 August 1939 - 24 September 2014 Last month in a committee room in Parliament Jean Vanier, founder of the international federation of L'Arche communities, where those with and......  Read more »

BBC Choral Evensong on Easter Day broadcast live from Ely Cathedral

05 April 2015

Sunday 5 April 3pm (GMT) (worldwide broadcast times below). LISTEN LIVE Follow the Order of Service The service will be broadcast live from Ely Cathedral. It will then be available on the BBC iPlayer. Everyone is invited......  Read more »

A Year at Ely - Ely Cathedral Choir CD Review

on the basis of this disc as well as hearing them in the flesh it would be similarly hard to deny that the Cathedral Choir is amongst the best...  Read more »

Cathedral welcomes first female Residentiary Canon

Following the retirement of Canon David Pritchard, Ely Cathedral have announced that the Revd Dr Victoria Johnson has been appointed as the new Residentiary Canon. Vicky, who will be the first......  Read more »

The Dean's New Year Message

The New Year always brings with it that mixture of hope and frustration that is marked by the New Year's resolution and almost inevitably the failure of the resolution. We very......  Read more »

College of Canons

At Evensong on 25 November the Bishop admitted five new members of the College of Canons; the Rt Revd Lord Williams of Oystermouth (Master of Magdalene College), the Venerable Alex Hughes......  Read more »

The Right Reverend Stephen Sykes - obituary

The Right Reverend Stephen Sykes, who has died aged 75, was Bishop of Ely from 1990 to 1999 and one of the most distinguished prelates of his time. Read more at  Read more »

Ely Foodbank Update

A short presentation/video has been made with the latest news, facts and figures about the Ely Foodbank. You can view the presentation here....  Read more »

David Wynne, OBE

Ely Cathedral has recently been informed of the death of David Wynne, OBE (1926-2014). He was a highly renowned British sculptor who is responsible for many well-known works, including two of......  Read more »

During the week, tours of the Octagon Tower are not possible

Please note that for safety reasons due to current North Transept Restoration Project, tours of the Octagon Tower during the week have been suspended. On Saturdays and Sundays tours of the......  Read more »

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales supports restoration work at Ely Cathedral

A grant from The Prince of Wales Foundation has enabled vital restoration work at Ely Cathedral to begin. Following more than 3 years of fundraising and planning, essential work to restore......  Read more »

Cathedral Stewards Required

We are currently looking for members of the Cathedral Community and beyond who would like to help out on an occasional basis as Stewards at Sunday Worship. Cathedral Stewards are on......  Read more »

WWI Commemoration

Ely Cathedral marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. The flag of St. George will be flown at half mast from the West Tower. There will be silence, prayer......  Read more »

Bishop of Ely appointed Chair for Church of England Board of Education

The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, has accepted the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to be the lead bishop for Education. The role includes chairing......  Read more »

Ely Cathedral Choir return from France

On 15 July the Cathedral Choir returned safely to Ely after a successful tour of France. You can read the Choir Tour Blog here....  Read more »

Bishop of Ely has been made a member of the House of Lords

Bishop Stephen became a member of the House of Lords on Monday 7 July. He was introduced by the Bishops of Truro and Chelmsford before taking his place as one of......  Read more »