"The Steep Island"


News, views, events and information about Stuntney, Cambridgeshire, England.

Welcome to the Stuntney Village Website, which sets out to represent all interests in the village
and to present a window to the world.

Stuntney is a very small East Cambridgeshire village situated about one and a half miles south-east
of the cathedral city of Ely.

This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain.

Site last updated July 13th 2015 Coffee Morning .... Clouds over Stuntney ..... Network Rail (2 items) ....

The next Coffee Morning

will be on Wednesday 15th July 2015

in the Social Club

at 10.30 am

Everyone is welcome!

Stuntney Sunset

Photo: courtesy of Rodney Vincent

This has just come in to me from Network Rail. (Tuesday 5th May 2015)

Ely to Soham rail improvements


As part of our continuing national programme to maintain and improve the existing rail infrastructure, Network Rail are developing plans for the installation of a second track along part of the railway line between Ely and Soham. To find out more about the proposals, please visit our website: so Click Here.

Why are we consulting?

Consultation is an important part of the way we develop our plans to improve the railway. Although most of the work required to build the new section of railway between Ely and Soham can be carried out within our own boundary, we will need to acquire some small strips of land on which to construct and operate the new line.

This will require us to make an application for a Transport and Works Act Order to the Secretary of State for Transport, and consultation forms a key part of this application.

The consultation on improving the railway between Ely and Soham has now closed. We would like to thank you for your interest in the scheme, and for attending our consultation events in Ely, Stuntney and Soham. Thank you for all of the comments and feedback received.

What Happens Next? We are now reviewing the feedback received to identify some of the main topics raised during the public consultation, so that we can use them to help us develop the detail of the final scheme. We will update the website with these main topics in the coming weeks.

A further update on the scheme development will be provided before the submission of the Transport and Works Act Order application. We will also be circulating this scheme update via email to anyone who provided us with contact email details.

Network Rail Ely-Soham line improvements:

There has been some uncertainty in the village over Network Rail's intended access to undertake this proposed work. There had been concerns that the company had been considering using Lower Road and the farm track at the bottom of Stewards Close. This would have negatively impacted a lot of residents. Network Rail recently agreed to a meeting with village representatives and a positive discussion took place in which the company confirmed that it did not intend to use Lower Road for site access during the project.

We now understand that, with the agreement of the landowner, they will be using the improved by-road they constructed two or three years ago which runs behind the gardens of properties on Lower Road and is accessed from Stuntney Causeway.

We have no details at this time concerning start date nor duration of the works but will share this information when available.

Regular Features

Broadband Speeds

How good is your broadband speed? It does seem that the speed for most of the residents of Stuntney is at best slow and more commonly pathetically slow. The Village Council is making due enquiry into the situation. It would be very useful if the Village Council could have some data to support their enquiries.

To this end, we would be pleased if you could test your speed and let Mike Fox know the results. Various speed testers are available via Google but here is one that is "tried and tested". You can take the test at (You don't have to sign up for anything - go straight to Begin the Test".)

There are many other testers available.

Do the test several times, please, and send the results to Mike Fox

So far, just eight people have checked their Broadband Speeds and the results are given below:

        CB7 5TL        1.5
        CB7 5TW        1.66
        CB7 5TN        1.73
        CB7 5TL        2.19
        CB7 5TJ        2.4
        CB7 5TW         2.55
        CB7 5TL        2.79
        CB7 5TN        3.09

One interesting feature is that there is no sensible correlation between the speed and the post code!

What's Happening?


There is a website with more details about the proposed bypass - if you missed the meeting on Wednesday OR you weren't sure about some of the points made, this site is for you!


Holme Forties Weekend

There was an excellent gathering at the Holme Forties Weekend (4th and 5th October) and our own Reg Manning was there with his World War Two motor bike. Here we see Reg talking with some of the dignitaries.

Photograph courtesy of Rodney Vincent. ---->
Other previous events Events

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thursday 25th September

The Old Hall

There was a good attendance at the Macmillan Coffee Morning, held at The Old Hall (courtesy of Mr and Mrs Morbey). Here are some pictures of people there - you may recognise some of them!

Stuntney Heroes

World War One

This is a brand new page on this website, giving some details concerning those who fought in the Great War - and in particular, those who gave their lives. To view the page, Click Here.

The Proposed Bypass - a personal view

The following article was published in the Letters section of the Ely Standard on 10th October 2013

Amid the euphoria over what appears to be a conclusion to the discussion on the Bypass route some factors seem to have been conveniently overlooked.

What will be the effect on the traffic flow along the A 142? We people living in Stuntney find it hard enough now to make an exit from our village. Make it easier with less delay for HGVs to come via Ely and more will come. Combine this with the development at Soham and for us it's going to get a lot worse.

What are these streams of HGVs that block our roads, are they visiting Ely and helping the Ely economy? Just the opposite I think, the majority are just using our ancient city as a means of getting to the north or Midlands and Ely is simply a time wasting inconvenience.

Of course the bypass should have followed the railway line between Soham and Ely and passed inconspicuously over the river and railway to the A10 roundabout, but that would require more money. The daft thing is that the government always seems to have money to chuck at doubtful foreign adventures and overseas aid that I suspect often gets into the wrong hands anyway.

As a temporary expedient, if means could be found to allow cars and light vans to safely pass HGVs that are waiting at the crossing, the long queues and hold ups would largely disappear.

Rodney Vincent

The Proposed Bypass
We are in possession of all the "official" documentation regarding the Planning Application for the proposed Ely bypass and this is on display in the Social Club. You can visit the Club and view all this data during normal Club opening hours.

Alternatively, all the information is available on-line HERE.

Now it gets messy!!

(Follow the link "Have your say on planning applications")

then click on "Search planning applications and permissions on-line"

In the "Applications Quick Search" box enter the number E/03005/13/CC and with any luck you should find yourself at the start point!

Now click on the highlighted E/03005/13/CC

I am truly sorry about this complicated proceedure - it is NOT my fault!! Good luck!! Mike Fox

Stuntney Village Council Meeting Minutes

The Minutes of the most recent meeting of the Village Council are now on-line. Use the link above or click here.

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  • A massive thanks to Rodney Vincent for all his fantastic hard work since he started the site in 2004.

    If you see him about, please thank him! Mike Fox
    September 3rd 2011. It's goodbye from him.
    In September 2004 I launched this website and after running it for seven years, during which time it has received around 33,000 visits, I think it's now time to hand over to someone else.
    This will allow me more time to concentrate on the websites for the East Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and my other interest - the Newmarket Local History Society.
    To all my regular viewers I say farewell but my interest and work for Stuntney will remain.

    Mike Fox will be the new webmaster and with his long involvement with Stuntney and concern for all aspects of the village I feel sure it will be in good hands.
    I have had much reward from creating and running the site and now wish Mike every success in continuing it.
    Rodney Vincent.

  • July. Stuntney Old Hall enjoyed a busy time during the month with presentations of its role of offering classy Bed & Breakfast accommodation and as a special Event Centre.
    During the weekend 16th/17th July it was a promotion of its unique venue for wedding receptions and on the following weekend it hosted a Charity Tea Party in aid of Romanian Children in Distress, when the large marquee at the rear was filled to capacity.
    The Old Hall has features that make it a special place. As well as offering spacious and stylish accommodation it stands on the site of and incorporates features from the original old hall that has connections going back to Oliver Cromwell. Its commanding position gives superb views of Ely Cathedral, just over a mile away, and over the lake and open countryside at the rear.
    For more pictures of The Old Hall go to The Old Hall by day and night

    Stuntney Old Hall website is at

  • Are you concerned about your Broadband Speed?. Here in Stuntney we should be getting a minimum of 2 m/bit (2000 kb/sec) download speed, but some are falling far short of this. You can take the test at This test gives the average speed over the test period..
  • A new website called 'Ely People' gives an opportunity to record and access news about local people and happenings. Quite a lively site and worth a look

  • Stuntney through the seasons slideshow - Go to the Images of the Seasons page.

  • A number of Stuntney residents have signed up to receive E-Cops messages from the police. These include alerts and general news information. You can go on the list by visiting

    For those interested in local history, a graphic description of Ely and its surroundings in 1698 was written by the intrepid traveller Celia Fiennes. select here

  • The Milton Children's Hospice does wonderful work but relies heavily on charity for its funding. From time to time supporting events are held at Milton, which when received will be advertised on the Events page of this site. To find out more select here

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    and maintained by Mike Fox

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