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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for July 30 – August 5 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 12.10 - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Saturday: 7.40am – Morning P


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for July 30 - August 5

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

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and ministry of Healing; 4.00pm - Evensong; 5.15pm - Organ Recital.

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

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

Wednesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evening Prayer.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with celebrant and preacher Canon Nigel Abbott.

Tuesday: 10am - said Holy Communion with Rev Peter Parker.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 10am - Holy Communion with Alan Hulme; 10.30am - Family Communion with Alan Hulme.

No evening services in August.

Ely Methodist Church

THE Holy Communion service on Sunday was led by the Rev Edwin Myers. The evening service was led by Terry Day.

Thursday: shopper's lunch from midday till 1.30pm.

Sunday: 10.30am - service with Ian Weatherall; Songs of Praise at 6.30pm.

New Connexions @ High Barns

JUSTIFICATION and sanctification were our 'difficult words' on Sunday. Keith summed these up using Corinthians ch6 v7. Through being made right with God we are made holy; set aside to be used for what God designed us for.

Children's Club made butterflies as their image of freedom, after hearing about the man Jesus set free from a body trapped in a difficult situation, found in Luke ch8.

Sunday: will be an interactive All-Age Service, with opportunities for worship, prayer, and reflection. All welcome.

10.30am in St Mary's School Theatre, High Barns.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email

Inner Wheel Club of Ely

THE Inner Wheel Club of Ely's July meeting, organised by president Betty Flack, was a visit to the Jockey Club in Newmarket. The members were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a cup of tea in the Drawing Room followed by an extremely interesting talk on the history of Newmarket racing and the Jockey Club. They were then taken on a privileged tour of the fantastic building, visiting the huge dining room and the original coffee shop. During the tour they were shown many paintings and statues of horses, many by famous artists.

Afterwards the members proceeded to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop for refreshments and a fashion show provided by the staff. The evening was rounded off with a bit of retail therapy. Betty Flack said: "The members all enjoyed the start to my year and are looking forward to many more similar evenings."

The next meeting is at The Old Dispensary, St Mary's Street, Ely on September 23 when a representative from the Help the Heroes charity will be speaking.


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was Rev Bruce Curry. The first lesson was read by Geoff Briggs and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday: Morning Prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

JIM welcomed everyone to the Show Stoppers Theatre Company. The service began with the children singing the Show Stoppers song. Happy Birthday was sung to David, Joe, Kieran, Joyce and Charlie. The children danced and sang another song. David, Alan and Ruth were the musicians. The story of the Bible was told from Christmas to Easter. The children searched for Easter eggs in the Chapel. The puppets told of God's love and how Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Jim welcomed two visitors from South America and Spain. The puppets sang Christ is Risen, followed by prize giving and the song Shine. It was announced that 22 children came to the Holiday Club. The service closed with a song and prayer.

Sunday: service will be led by Ruth Dennigan.

Parish Council

THE council met on July 8. Topics under discussion included affordable housing, crime in the village, parking at the school, street lights, the skate park and a solution to the dog fouling problem in Camping Close.

Mr and Mrs Hopwood of Hardwicke Fields had written to ask permission to erect a plaque on the Replica St Ovin's Stone situated in the Churchyard to explain its history. It was agreed this would be a good idea and the clerk will ask for further details for the next meeting in September.

The district council has identified unallocated Section 106 cash reserves across the district and the allocation for local projects in Haddenham is �95,000, half of which can be spent on open spaces such as play equipment, and the other half on community projects such as bus shelters. There is also the possibility of additional funding for Aldreth.

A Partnership Agreement between the Parish Council and the Youth Service to provide a youth club in Haddenham will be signed in the near future. A new session for the younger age group of 8 - 11 year olds will start in September on Wednesday evenings from 6.15 until 7.15pm. Further details for this will be available nearer the time. The 11+ year olds session will run on the same night from 7.30pm - 9pm.

The next meeting will be held on September 2 at 7.30pm at the Arkenstall Village Centre.


St George's Church

ON Sunday the vicar presided and preached at Holy Communion and Parish Eucharist when John Marshall delivered the sermon and the Sunday School children gave a presentation before receiving their end of term prizes. Evensong was led by Carol Swain and the preacher was Rev Edwin Myers.

Friday: 7.30pm - Organ Concert. Tickets available at the door - �5 each.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion; 10am - Parish Eucharist; 6.30pm. The First Sunday Praise will be led by Iain Harvey.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

Wednesday: 9.30am - Holy Communion.

Sunday (August 9): 10am - service in which the Right Rev Dr David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon will preach.

August 10-14 - Holiday Club at The Vine. September 2 - Old Time Shoe - "Out of the Hat" at 7.30pm in the village hall.

St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY morning's service at 10.45am will be led by Tony Murfitt. Rev June Mallabon will lead the evening service at 6.30pm, which will include the celebration of Holy Communion.

All welcome to join any of our services or events.

Vine Community Church

LIVELY non-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal on Hempfield Road. Sunday morning service at 10.30am features contemporary music worship and the sermon by Pastor Don Gee.

Youth and children's Sunday School is provided during the sermon and the cr�che is open throughout the service, from 10.15am.

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

This year the Summer Children's Holiday Club will be held from August 10-14, from 10am till midday. The theme this year will be Champions Challenge. This is a joint venture with the other churches in Littleport.

The Littleport Show went really well with lots of visitors in our tent and the face painters were extremely busy all day. Thank you to all who helped out.

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

INFO: Pastor Don Gee at 01353 860885 or 01353 864690 or visit


Littleport Ely and District Spiritualist

THE service is held on Thursdays at the village hall in Victoria Street. Doors open at 6.40pm for healing which ends at 7.20pm. This is free to all who would like to have healing.

The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm and this week we have mediums Sue Tagholme and Mark Dowler. Sue is a clairvoyant and Mark is an artist who actually draws the spirit of the person he has with his message. This drawing will be for you to keep should get a message.

Next week's medium will be Pauline Porter and the following week, August 13, Chantelle.

We have a raffle for which donated prizes are gratefully accepted and a goodwill gesture collection. There is no charge for entry and we are open to everyone.

The evening is closed with tea/coffee and light refreshments again for which there is no charge and you are all welcome to stay and chat.

There are places available for Development Circle and Healing Circle. For those interested please contact Wendie.

INFO: phone 01353 667300 or


Littleport Flower Arrangement Club

THE meeting on July 17 welcomed Lisa Howarth, a recently qualified NAFAS demonstrator from Sandy, with a theme of 'any old iron'. The six colourful arrangements were contemporary in design and were arranged in various iron containers ranging from an urn to and old fashioned towel rack. Mrs Howarth also showed club members how to arrange a hand-tied bouquet and gave tips on the care of flowers and foliage. Elizabeth Miller, the vice chairman, gave a vote of thanks.

There will be no meeting in August. The next meeting will be on September 18 and will include a demonstration by Christopher White from Naul in County Dublin called 'beauty of flowers'.


Baptist Chapel

LIZ Herrington was the preacher for the Sunday morning service, with the theme of 'belonging together'.

Sunday: at 10.30am the preacher will be Keith Rawlinson. Communion will be celebrated.

On August 4 at 10am, the chapel will hold a Coffee Morning in aid of the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely.

St George's Church

THE service of Morning Praise was led by Scott Eversman preaching on the feeding of the five thousand.

Sunday: the service of Morning Praise at 9.30am will be taken by the Rev Margaret Harper and David Noble.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY worship was led by the Rev Bernard Arnold. Holy Communion was celebrated at this service.

Sunday: worship at 10.00am will be led by George Ginn. Evening service at 6.30pm will be led by Ken Brown.

August 15: there will be a mini fete held outside Budgens in Clay Street, from 10am till noon with cake stall, tombola, bric-a brac, draw and competitions. Proceeds to Soham Methodist Church Renovation and Refurbishment Funds

Keith Leonard House

THE luncheon club met on July 21 for the last time before the summer break. The club will resume again in September. Following lunch games of bingo were played with Teresa Turpin calling the numbers assisted by Daphne Laycock checking the books. There was a short break for tea and cake and the raffle before the final games were played.

On August 4 a bingo afternoon will be held in the Kirk Day centre. Eyes down at 2pm. All welcome.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on July 24. The afternoon's entertainment was provided by Vera Seal and her ladies. With Vera as compere the ladies entertained with singing, readings and a sketch with members joining in well known songs. Ladies taking part were Vera Seal, Diane Wheeling, Arlene King, Yvonne Long (readings), Gwen Bridgeman and Sheila Knight (duets), Betty Lanagan, Ruth Ginn, and Diane Wheeling (sketch). The pianist was Myrtle Fordham. Diane thanked Vera for arranging the programme and Eileen Pick thanked Vera and the ladies on behalf of the members.

Ruth gave out the notices, Diane organised the raffle and the ladies served the refreshments. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Soham Bowls Club

THE second of three games of triples for the Ken Chapman trophy was played last Saturday. Twenty-four players took part. Eight triples played four games of six ends. The player with the most points of the evening was Tony Hobbs with 30 points. Following the games of bowls everyone enjoyed a chicken supper followed by lemon meringue pie prepared and served by Ken and Joan Chapman. Roger Bayes thanked them on behalf of everyone.

Members were reminded of the third and final game on August 8 to be played in colourful attire. This will be followed by a sausage and mash supper.

All the members signed a 'get well' card to be sent to George Pryor wishing him a speedy recovery.

Beer Festival

THE 5th annual Soham Beer Festival was held in June to raise money for a range of charities including the Air Ambulance which received �160 from the day's events.

A Charity Auction run by David Palmer raised �1,066 and this money will be split between the Weatherall School and Martin heath, a member of the Soham Staploe Rotary Club who is working in Kenya for two years and helping people who have a real need for funds to change their lives.

The Scouts ran the barbecue on the day and raised funds for the new Scout Hut.