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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for February 12 - 18 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 12.10pm – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 5.30pm


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for February 12 - 18

THURSDAY: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Friday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 12.30pm - Walsingham Cell Mass; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and Ministry of Healing; 4.00pm - Evensong.

Monday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evening Prayer.

Tuesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evening Prayer.

Wednesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

St Mary's Church

Services for Sunday:

8am - Holy Communion with preacher Jane Hulme; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Jane Hulme; 7pm - St Mary's @ 7 with Alan Hulme.

St Peter's Church

Sunday: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15 am. Sung Eucharist will be, for the last time, the Rev Alan Partridge. There will be a gathering afterwards to say farewell to Alan as he moves to Sawston.

Methodist Church

PRAYERS and notices were said by the stewards before the morning service at 11am on Sunday, which was led by John Seaman. The first hymn was sung, followed by the Lord's Prayer. The first and second readings were taken from the New Testament. Five further hymns were sung. The evening service, at 6.30pm, was led by the Rev Barbara Garwood and New Life. The musicians were Donald Monk and New Life.

Friday: Ely Methodist Guild meets at 7.30pm. The Rev Bernard Arnold will discuss 'six other books which changed the world'.

Sunday: the 11am service will be led by the Rev Richard Prior; the evening service, at 6.30pm, by Rev Barbara Garwood. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

The Olive Tree Fellowship

AFTER a joyful, yet powerful, time of worship on Sunday morning, the Pastor reviewed what the Spirit of God has been saying to the church over the past couple of months. Holy Communion followed the address as a response to the challenges heard.

Sunday: at 10.30am. The Pastor will speak of the revelation of God and our response to Him. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: Open Door Caf�, from 10am till midday, will offer a warm and welcoming setting in which to enjoy refreshments and good company. All are welcome at these events.

Ely & District University of the Third Age (U3A)

THE meeting on February 3 featured Christina Rex on 'the trials and tribulations of a French-speaking tourist guide.

The U3A offers the opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and talents with others and learn from them in friendly surroundings; and new members welcome.

The groups can be as diverse as the member's interests. The groups which meet locally include bridge, current affairs, easy rambling, Scrabble, practical art and genealogy.

Membership is �15 per year and is open to anyone who is not in full-time employment. There is no age restriction. Non-members attending the monthly meetings on the day will be charged �2.

All are welcome to the next meeting which is being held on March 3 at 2.30pm in the Countess of Huntingdon Church in Chapel Street, Ely. The speaker will be John Atrill talking on 'Vision Aid Overseas', the work of a local optometrist.

INFO: Yvonne Davies on 01353 612150.

Inner Wheel Club of Ely

PRESIDENT Jill Sallis welcomed all members to the first meeting of 2009 at which a number of business matters were discussed, including invitations to other clubs. Unfortunately, the speaker for the evening, on stage makeup, was unable to attend but Jill stood in. She introduced members to the Inner Wheel version of Terry Wogan's Perfect Recall quiz, which still included three rounds of 20 questions with the answers being the same in each round. The overall winner after eliminating other opponents was Susie Sallis and she was awarded a decorated elephant similar to those with pink ears on the original show.

The next meeting will be a dinner held at the Fen House Restaurant at Littleport on Wednesday, February 25 when the guest speaker will be a representative from MAGPAS, President Jill's charity of the year.

The attached photograph shows president Jill Sallis presenting the Elephant to the winner Susie Sallis


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev Alan Partridge. The organist was Beth Stokes. The first lesson was read by Sue Thompson and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday morning prayer will be held at 9.15am.


St George's Church

ON Sunday, the vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion. She presided at the 10am Parish Eucharist, when Carol Swain delivered the sermon. The vicar preached at the 6.30pm Evening Service at St John's Methodist Church.

Sunday: The vicar will preside and preach at the 8am Holy Communion. She will officiate and preach at the 10am Family Service with baptism.

Monday: Daily Prayer at 12.30pm.

Tuesday: Daily Prayer at 12.30pm. Pram Service for pre-school toddlers and carers at 1.45pm.

Wednesday: Morning Prayer at 8.30am. Holy Communion at 9.30am.

Thursday: Daily Prayer at 9.30am.

Friday: Choir Practice at 7.30pm; Compline at 9pm.

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualists

LAST week's service was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

This week we have visiting medium, Barbara Price and as always we welcome Barbara back to our church. Please come along and support her with an open mind.

Our service is held at the village hall, Victoria Street, Littleport Ely CB6 1LX on Thursdays.

Doors open at 6.40pm for healing which ends at 7.20pm. This is free to all who would like to receive healing.

The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm to which everyone is welcome.

The following Thursday (February 19) we have guest medium, Tanya Cade. We have a raffle to which all donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you to those who donated last week as donations are always welcome. There have had so many new faces that had joined us since the church reopened in January and it is lovely to see you all returning.

At the end of the service we have light refreshments, which are also free and you are welcome to stay behind to join us, giving you the chance to make new like-minded friends or just to have a chat among yourselves.

INFO: 2009 programme at

Vine Community Church

WE are a lively non-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal on Hempfield Road in Littleport.

Sunday: service will be at 10:30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by pastor Don Gee.

Youth and children's Sunday School is also provided during the sermon and our cr�che is open for the little ones throughout the service.

After the service we welcome you to stay for coffee, tea, and fellowship.

The last session of our after Alpha Course 'challenging lifestyle' is on February 18 at 7:30 pm. It will cover such topics as 'finding the secret of happiness', how to change the world around you, how to handle anger, and 'how to approach sex in the 21st Century'. This is a six-week course and is open to all whether you attended Alpha or not.

Next week small groups will be meeting for fellowship and to encourage one another in their designated homes.

The AGM will be held on February 22 and will be preceded by a bring-and-share lunch at The Regal.

On March 1, we will be having a baptism service in the evening. Please join us for the celebration.

INFO: contact Pastor Don Gee at 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or visit us at

St John's Methodist Church

PAUL Cobley led a very moving service last Sunday morning, during which Janice Weatherall gave a talk to the children of the Sunday School. She and Yvonne Peacock read the lessons and Peter Kirby was the pianist.

The evening service was united with St George's Church when Tony Murfitt led the service and the preacher was Rev Rosemary Maskell. Jean Murfitt and Brenda Harrison read the lessons. The pianist was Pat Hodson.

On February 14, there will be a prayer meeting in the vestry at 9.30am.

This Sunday the morning service, including Holy Communion, will be led by the Rev Barbara Garwood at 10.45am. The evening service will be taken by the Rev June Mallabon with New Life and will include renewal of marriage vows at 6.30pm.

All welcome to join in any services and events.

Evangelical Church

WE are a family oriented church where children are welcomed. We have a children's church for ages three to eight and another for ages nine to 12 years. The children's church services are at 10.30am on Sundays. Church services are on Sunday at 10.30am and Thursday evening at 7pm.

There will be a special service on February 12 when Paul Garner will be the guest speaker and his subject will be 'Darwin - the man'. All welcome.

INFO: 07960119824 or 860-693.

TreeHouse Club

THE club exists in order to offer a safe and wholesome place where youth can come and have fun. There are outdoor activities on the all-weather sports pitch, basketball court and trampoline. Also, indoor activities such as crafts, Wii, various table games and so on. TreeHouse is open on Fridays, from 6.30pm till 9pm and is located at the Evangelical Church. Admission is just �1 and a tuck shop is available.

INFO: 01353 860693 or 07960119824.


St Leonard's Church

ON Sunday, there was a service of Parish Communion where the speaker was Richard Dean.

Sunday, there will be a special service of Morning Praise for Valentine's Day where we will remember the weddings that have taken place at St Leonard's over the years. The service is at 11am with Sunday Club for the children. Our youth group, Xtrapol8, for year 7s and up, is at 6.30pm in the Community Rooms on Sunday night. There is no Jellytots Group next week because of half-term.

Saturday night, from 7.15 for 7.30pm, the gospel duo, AG & Kate is performing at the Community Rooms. Tickets are �6 to include a light supper.

INFO: Pauline on 01353 698410. Everyone is very welcome at all our events and services.


Baptist Church.

THERE was a good attendance on Sunday morning for the United Family Service conducted by the Rev Glyn Jones, with the theme being that we are all a part of the church the body of Christ. The lesson was read by Marjorie Jones and the music group accompanied the singing of the hymns. The offering which was donated to the Girls' Brigade amounted to �80.50.

Sunday: the service at 3pm will be conducted by Tudor Parsons.


Methodist Church

Sunday: Morning Worship was led by the Rev Edwin Myers and included our annual Covenant Service with Holy Communion.

Morning worship on Sunday will be led by John Gautry and evening worship with Holy Communion at 6.30pm will be conducted by our Minister, the Rev Edwin Myers.

Due to renovation work, the Tuesday evening Midweek Worship will be cancelled until work is completed. Wives Group will be meeting at the Causeway Centre on Wednesday, February 18.

The Songs of Praise evening due to take place on February 18 has been cancelled as has the Bygones Quiz on March 14.

Soham the Fen and Barway WI

PRESIDENT Sheila Knight welcomed members to the meeting in the coffee room at Keith Leonard House on February 6. Members joined in the singing of Jerusalem. The business of the meeting was gone through prior to Yvonne Long welcoming the speaker for the evening. Geoff Evans gave an interesting and informative illustrated talk on the Islands of Scotland. Gwen Bridgeman gave the vote of thanks. Sheila organised the raffle and refreshments were served. The next meeting will be the AGM on Friday, March 6.


St James' Church

A CHURCH of England and Methodist congregation.

On Sunday, there was a service of Parish Communion led by the Rev Pauline Scott.

Sunday: there is a service of Morning Praise at 9.30am with Sunday Club for the children led by the Rev Alan Hulme. There is no Little Bears group next week because of half-term. Coffee-at-the-Lion, the local History Group, is as usual on Tuesday at 10.30am, meeting in the Red Lion pub. Everyone is welcome at all our events and services.


Over 60's Club

FRIENDS from the Little Thetford Over 60's Club were invited to the meeting on February 4 in the church hall.

Daphne Ellwood, Dorothy Perry and Jean Allen provided a tea of sandwiches, cakes and trifles which were enjoyed by all. Teas were served by Joan Lowe, Joan Vail, Margaret Riley, Jean Wakefield and Dot Pink.

A game of bingo was played and a raffle was held. Birthday greetings were sung for Olive Markham, Alan East, Deryk Ellwood, Ena Baylis and Pat Brown.

The meeting closed with the club hymn.


St Andrew's Church


All singers welcome. Special need for soprano, alto and bass.

250 Club

The club raises funds to restore the church. In December, the winner of the �200 prize was Mrs BM Cox of Fairfield. January's �30 prize was won by Ken Foster of Sutton.

Book Group

THE new group will meet in two sessions. The next book to be discussed will be My Affair with Christianity by Lionel Blue.

INFO: Debbie 01353 775110 or email or phone Dawn on 01353 775465.

Parish Conference

A PARISH Conference for stewardship is to be held on February 28, with time for reflection and fellowship. The day will be held at The Glebe, from 1am till 4pm. Guest speaker will be Martyn Saunders, chairman of the diocesan Stewardship support group.

Various activities will take place through the day, and it is hoped that members of St Andrew's Church, along with members of St Martin's Witcham and St Mary's Mepal will find time to attend at least part of the day.

Conservative Club

'CHARLIE Chaplin' will be playing at the club on Saturday and The Reclaimers will appear on March 7.

The club holds a weekly quiz on Sunday for cash prizes and wine for the winners. Throughout the year, the club hosts popular entertainment acts, race nights and themed evenings.

INFO: Tony on 01353 776202.

Women's Institute

SUTTON WI's new year programme started with local artist Naroli Sharpe who showed members how easy it was to paint in water colours and then set everyone the challenge of creating a still life drawing. The competition for the best effort was won by Sandra Tolly, with her drawing of a shell.

The February meeting will be held today (Thursday) at Scott Court, from 7.30pm when Marion Thulborn will be talking about Dogs for the Deaf.

INFO: Sylvia on 01353 775062

Royal British Legion Women's Section

SUTTON RBL Women's Section celebrated its 60th anniversary with a service at St Andrew's Church and a buffet supper party. The standard, with its 60-year pennant, was carried by Mary Leggatt and blessed by the Rev Mark Amey. The ladies plan to carry on with their good work and would welcome new members to the meetings, held on the third Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm at the Brooklands Centre.

Photo Group

THE group will meet tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm in The Pavilion for a practical night.



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on January 30 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs D Perrin, B Copping, Mrs M Dewsbery, A Bell, J Hines, Mrs L Dewsbery and Mrs P Martin; highest halves: Mrs M White and F Tall; consolation: Mrs A Houghton; draw: B Copping, Mrs S Saberton, Mrs M White and Mrs O Goodjohn.


Baptist Church

LAST Sunday Carole Durose led the worship. Next Sunday, the service at 10.30am will be conducted by Roy Barton from Cambridge.

A warm welcome to all.