Art on show at gallery commemorates Ely boat race

Painting on display at the Babylon Gallery in Ely as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project.

One of the paintings now on display at the Babylon Gallery in Ely as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project. - Credit: MICHAEL JUDKINS

Dozens of paintings and photos are now on display at the Babylon Gallery in Ely as part of a local art project.  

All of the entries received for Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project are being showcased as part of their summer exhibition which will run until August 30.

The art project is an initiative to commemorate the holding of the Varsity Boat Race earlier this year.

Painting now on display at the Babylon Gallery in Ely as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project.

One of the paintings now on display at the Babylon Gallery in Ely as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project. - Credit: MICHAEL JUDKINS

Michael Judkins, of Ely Hereward Rotary Club, said: "Now that life is returning to greater normality, Hereward Rotary is getting back into a very interesting series of activities and events.

"The club's members now meet on a twice-monthly basis, one of which, with a guest speaker, is held in the restaurant at Ely Golf Club."


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He added that the club is also looking for more members. 

Photo on display at Babylon Gallery as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project.

One of the photos on display at the Babylon Gallery in Ely as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project. - Credit: MICHAEL JUDKINS

"Our club is open to both men and women of all ages. We are currently looking for enthusiastic people to come and join us in support of communities both local and further afield.

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"We make a major contribution to community events, such as Aquafest, Ely Fireworks, Ely Potato Race and Apple Day.  

Photo on display at Babylon Gallery as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project.

Photo on display at Babylon Gallery as part of Ely Hereward Rotary Club’s Community Art Project. - Credit: MICHAEL JUDKINS

"We also fund-raise for local charities with a range of events, including our mulled wine stall at Christmas.

"The events we organise bring a sense of achievement in a job well done.  

"We also take pride in keeping our environment looking attractive - litter-picking around St Peter's and maintaining the Back Hill Garden.

One of the entries in Ely-Hereward Rotary Club's community art project.

One of the entries in Ely-Hereward Rotary Club's community art project. - Credit: Ely-Hereward Rotary Club

"We have a very successful and continuing affiliation with a school in The Gambia, where the classrooms which our fundraising has helped build are being equipped for science and vocational training.

"You may be somebody who's just moved to the area, somebody who enjoys joining in, or want to find something active, enjoyable and worthwhile to do where you live. 

One of the entries in Ely-Hereward Rotary Club's community art project.

One of the entries in Ely-Hereward Rotary Club's community art project. - Credit: Ely-Hereward Rotary Club

"If you found satisfaction in volunteering during the Covid pandemic, come and meet us.

"In addition to our regular meetings, we also organise social events and trips out. 

"If you would like to meet us and hear more about what we do, see our Facebook page or contact Janet Porter by emailing
j.e.porter@btinternet.com

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