The Mayor’s Engagements

Cllr Richard Hobbs is the current Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Ely.  As Mayor, he is invited to attend many civic events and receptions and wherever possible, he will engage with local people and champion worthy causes.


Girlguiding Ely City District Annual Thinking Day

The 22nd February each year, is an important day in the Girlguiding and Scouting calendar. It is referred to as Thinking Day and is celebrated around the world by members of both associations.







Ely Schools Partnership Primary Careers Event

Ely College hosted its annual careers event on the 8th February 2018.  It was attended by Year 5 pupils from several local primary schools and Year 8 secondary students.



The 9th Elysian Winter Beer Festival

Cllr Hobbs attended the Beer Festival on the 26th January 2018 held at the Maltings in Ely.  Here, Cllr Hobbs is pictured enjoying a real ale with some of the participants.


Opening of 11a Cocktail Bar

Cllr Hobbs attended the opening of 11a, on 25th January 2017.  The new venue is open seven days a week and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.






The Opening of Ely Food Station

On 19th January 2018 a new business was launched at the railway station in Ely.  Cllr Hobbs attended the opening of Ely Food Station and was on hand to cut the ribbon.

1094 Squadron Air Cadets

On the 18th January 2018, Cllr Hobbs attended a special award ceremony of the 1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets where he presented the City of Ely Cup to the outstanding cadets of the year.

City of Ely Military Band Christmas Concert








On the 17th December, the Mayor attended the annual Christmas Concert of the City of Ely Military Band.  The Mayor always enjoys this event but it was a very special occasion this year as Band Leader, Malcolm Fletcher, was awarded the Freedom of the City of Ely.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2017









On the 1st December 2017 Cllr Hobbs officially “switched on” the Christmas Lights in Ely.  In the pictures below, you can see him on stage with some of the volunteers who worked hard to put up the lights, whatever the weather and also with some of the entertainment acts.

 Ely Festive 5k Fun Run

On 26th November 2017, Cllr Hobbs started the Ely Festive Fun Run in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.  Here, you can see him presenting trophies to some on the winners.

Elyte Fitness

Cllr Hobbs was invited to attend the Grand Opening ceremony of Elyte Fitness, Broad Street Ely on 25th November 2017.

New Village Sign at Queen Adelaide – 19th November 2017

On the 19th November, Cllr Hobbs attended the unveiling of the new village sign in Queen Adelaide.

JDR Cable Systems STEM Day – 14th November 2017

Cllr Hobbs was invited to attend a unique showcase event at JDR Cable Systems Centre of Excellence in Littleport.  The intention of the event was to engage school pupils in the fascinating world of energy.  Throughout the day, the young people were allowed to experience the technologies used to design, install and operate an off-shore windfarm.  Members of staff were on hand to meet with pupils and answer any questions that the pupils had.








Armistice Service and Remembrance Service and Parade 11th and 12th November 2017.

Accompanied by other local dignitaries, the Mayor attended the Armistice Service and the Remembrance Service and Parade at the weekend.








Unveiling of Remembrance Wall and Service of Remembrance – 10th November 2017.

Ed Ouzman, a student from Witchford Village College, invited Cllr Hobbs to attend the unveiling of the Remembrance Wall and Service of Remembrance held at the College.  Ed had the idea to build a Wall of Remembrance and with help from local builders the memorial was ready to unveil for the service on the 10th.

Ely Table Tennis Club, 30th October 2017

Ely Table Tennis Club launched their satellite club at Witchford Village College Sports Centre by holding a fun, one-off event which included demonstrations from highly talented junior and adult players. Here the Mayor is reliving some happy memories of his youth when he was a table tennis champion himself.



Here Cllr Hobbs is pictured with members of the Ely Table Tennis Club








The Ely Potato Race, 14th October 2017

Cllr Hobbs and Lucy Frazer MP officially started the Ely Potato Race this year.  The event is organised by Isle of Ely Produce.  Teams run a rely around the streets of Ely, carrying a 20k sack of potatoes.  All money raised goes to local  charities.









 Prickwillow Ploughing Festival, 8th October 2017

The festival was a fun family event with many things to see and do including ploughing, vintage tractors, live music, crafts and much much more.

Ely Christmas Pantomime Launch, 4th October 2017








The Mayor posed with the cast of Beauty and the Beast for the promotional launch of this years pantomime.  The pantomime is produced by KD Theatre.

Ely Standard Business Awards 2017


The Mayor and Mayoress are pictured above, showing their support for local businesses at the Ely Standard Business Awards, held at the Lady Chapel, 28th September 2017.

Summer Reading Challenge

Cllr Hobbs was invited to present the awards for the Ely Library Summer Reading Challenge on 21st September 2017.

Ely Triathlons

On Sunday 20th August the Mayor attended the Ely Triathlons organised by Monster Racing.  The Middle Triathlon involved a 1.9km swim, a 92.8km bike and a 21km run.  Cllr Hobbs was there to officially start the racing and to cheer everyone on.

Ely Porta Language School Awards Ceremony

On the 24th July 2017 the Mayor presented awards to students of the Ely Porta Language School.  He is pictured with the winning house.


Private John Cook Remembrance Service – 23rd July 2017.

The Royal British Legion Riders Branch held a memorial service to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Private John Cook.  The group of 12 have been visiting the graves of servicemen of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, who died during WW1. Private John Cook died 21st July 1917.  His death was honoured by a service of remembrance attended by the Mayor and other local dignitaries.


Dedication of Nigel Clarke’s Memorial Bench

On the evening of the 18th July, the family, friends and old colleagues of the late Nigel Clarke gathered to dedicate a new bench in his memory.  Nigel had been a City Councillor for many years and also volunteered for the Christmas Lights and Ely in Bloom Committees.

Old Comrades Service

Cllr Hobbs was  invited to attend the Royal Anglian Regiment Association Cambridgeshire annual reunion and parade on 16th July.


St John’s School

On 14th July, Cllr Hobbs joined staff and pupils at St John’s School to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

St Mary’s Potato Growing Competition

On 7th July, Cllr Hobbs visited St Mary’s School for the results of the potato growing competition.  Here, he is pictured with Mr and Mrs Holden from Ely Horticultural Society and 2 of the Year Three winners.

Roslyn Court Development

On 4th July 2017 Cllr Hobbs was invited to “lay the first brick” of the new McCarthy & Stone assisted living development that is being constructed on the old G & J Peck site on Lisle Lane, Ely.

Tony Wilkinson, Site Manager, McCarthy & Stone with Cllr Richard Hobbs, the Right Worshipful Mayor of Ely