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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for October 22 - 28 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 Pray


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for October 22 - 28

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; 9.30am - Diocesan Synod Eucharist; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist; 4.00pm - Evensong.

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; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evening Prayer.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 9am - Holy Communion (traditional service) with preacher Jane Hulme; 10.30am - Family Communion (contemporary style) with preacher Jane Hulme; 6.30pm - Evening Prayer with preacher John Dickinson.

INFO: or call the church office on 01353 659550.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with celebrant and preacher Canon Chris Barber, and the singing will be led by St Peter's Singers.

Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with Canon Bruce Curry.

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY'S morning worship saw the Pastor speak on prayer as a way of life, suggesting that if we begin the day by acknowledging the Lord we can remain close to him all day.

Sunday: 10.30am morning service including Holy Communion. The speaker will be the Pastor. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: from 10am until noon the Open Door Caf� will offer a pleasant setting for meeting and making friends while enjoying refreshments. All are welcome at these events.

MS Society

THE MS Society Ely branch was involved with the Wheel and Walk, in Huntingdon country park in June and is being given �1,500 which is the society's share of the �11,000 raised by sponsors, stalls etc on the day. Addenbrooke's Hospital and six other MS Society branches received a share of the money raised. Ely MS Society members raised �1,200 between them, thanks to local sponsors. Some members took part in wheelchairs, some family members pushing, children, teenagers and adults all enjoyed the day.

Ely City WI

THE September meeting of Ely City WI took place at the Old Dispensary. Members entertained guests from Witchford and Littleport WIs, together with the mayor and mayoress of Ely with a 1940s evening consisting of songs and sketches from the era. All money raised during the evening was for Help for Heroes and was very successful. Ely City members have been invited to take their entertainment to Woolpack Yard at the end of October to further raise the amount sent to Help for Heroes.

The October meeting was held on the 12th when members enjoyed a harvest supper of jacket potato with fillings, apple pie and blackberry ice cream, cider or apple juice. After supper Pamela Blakeman showed many examples of decoupage. This is the art of sticking pictures onto a background to make a form of collage and then coating them with layers of varnish until a smooth surface is achieved. An excellent way to brighten up a dull tray or make a gift box special.

The next meeting will be held on November 9 and will begin with the AGM.

Ely Methodist Church

THE stewards welcomed the congregation with notices and prayers on Sunday. The morning service was led by David Middleton with a reading from the Old and New Testament. The children took part in the morning service, five hymns were sung and prayers were said at the evening service3.

Thursday: Shoppers' Lunch from midday till 1.30pm

Saturday: Coffee Morning in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.

Sunday: Holy Communion at 10.30am with the Rev Bernard Arnold and at 6.30pm with Christopher Bishop.


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Piers Coutts. The first lesson was read by Geoff Briggs and the offertory was presented by Lee, Kelly and Lydia Howard.

This Sunday Sung Eucharist is at 9.15am.


Baptist Church

DAVID welcomed everyone to the service on Sunday, especially visitors, and reminded us of the C�ilidh with buffet. The music will be provided by Wide Glide Band on Sunday (24) at 7pm in the Arkenstall Centre. Tickets �10 with accompanied children free. Telephone: 01353 740672, 01353 741100 or 01353 740553 or from The Gallery, Haddenham.

Jim reminded the young people of forthcoming events, the Lighted Maze for young people in Year 6+ and Spotlight (the Light Party) for anyone at primary school. Both are on the evening of October 31. Tickets from Sue on 01353 740004 or Jim on 01353 740206.

The worship was led by the band (June, Ruth, Eddie, David and Alan) before Gabrielle (aged 15) shared her feelings after being on work experience at Saltmine Christian Theatre company. The offering was collected by the young people (Daniel and Rachael). As the children left Eileen was interviewed about the Breath conference held in Cambridge on the Friday and Saturday. She said that it was a real encouragement and how hundreds of women from all over the country had gathered for some great teaching and worship at this annual Cambridge conference (seven people from Haddenham had attended.) After a time of prayer and more worship songs Jim spoke on Proverbs 2:1-11 which had been read by Joy.


St George's Church

ON Sunday, the 10am Holy Communion with Rev Canon Allan Viller presiding at the Parish Eucharist and Jane Harris delivered the sermon.

Sunday: 8am - The vicar will preside and preach at the Holy Communion service; 10am - Family Service and baptism with the vicar. The preacher will be Carol Swain; 6.30pm - Evensong led by Carol Swain.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

Wednesday: 9.30am - Holy Communion.

Friday: 6pm - Junior Choir Practice; 7.30pm Senior Choir Practice; 9pm -Compline

November 1: 6.30pm - All Souls Service. November 14: 7pm - Concert at St George's with Henry Olonga, Ely Cathedral Girls Choir and Iain Harvey.

St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY: 10.45am - Morning Service with David Middleton; 6.30pm - Evening Service united at St George's with preacher Ian Weatherall.

Sunday (November 1): 10.45am - Morning Service with Tony Murfitt; 6.30pm - Evening Service with Rev June Mallabon including Holy Communion.

Saturday (November 7): 9am-11am - Coffee Morning in the School Room.

All welcome to events and services.

The Vine Community Church

LIVELY non-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal in Hempfield Road. Sunday services begin at 10.30am.

Sunday: a Family Service will be held, followed by a 'bring-and-share' lunch.

Open for tea or coffee from 10.15am. Cr�che for the youngest children is open from 10.15am and older children enjoy a separate meeting during the second half of the service. Afterwards, join us for refreshments and a chance to chat.

Next week separate house groups meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

On November 1 there will be a Communion Service at 10.30am, with Don Gee the speaker.

INFO: Don Gee on 01353 864690 or 01353 860885 or

Salvation Army

THE Cameo (Come and meet each other) Club opened on October 5. It was an opportunity to share in fellowship over lunch, meet new friends and have a little fun. This was a great success. The next meeting will be on the first Monday in November.

Flower Arrangement Club

THE meeting on October 16 welcomed David Wright, a florist and recently qualified NAFAS demonstrator, from Norwich with a theme of 'my secret garden'. Mr Wright entertained us as he took us on a tour of his imaginary secret garden starting off at the old willow tree using some beautiful pieces of wood with white gerbera. He then went on to use some interesting containers such as an old tin bucket, a picket fence and a small wheelbarrow. The six arrangements varied in colour with pink nerines, blue delphiniums, pink cabbages and lime green chrysanthemums.

The vote of thanks was given by June Bird.

The next meeting will be the Christmas meeting on November 20 and will be a demonstration, 'in the bleak midwinter' by Patricia Dibben.

INFO: 01353 860102 or 01353 863421.


St Leonard's Church

THE Annual Harvest Supper was held in the village centre on October 16, served by the ladies of the church under the leadership of Tracy Chambers. After a delicious meal Richard Dean and Peter Hampson sung some country and western songs and then Jucai Jones and Alan Martin sang. A vote of thanks to all who helped was given by Alan Martin.


St George's Church

THE morning service of Holy Communion was led by Rev Margaret Harper with a sermon by Tony Harper.

Sunday: 9.30am - service of Morning Praise will be led by Rev Margaret Harper with Tony Harper.

Tuesday: 6pm - 7pm - informal singing of hymns old and new at the church. All welcome.


Engine Museum

PRICKWILLOW Engine Museum is recruiting additional volunteers to help run the entrance desk and cafe through the summer opening period. The positions would suit people who are able to give up one day per week between May and the end of September, have an interest in local history and who enjoy meeting the public. The museum is holding an open day on November 7 for anyone who might be interested and wishes to find out more. Background information on the museum is available on Contact Les Walton on 01353 720419 (evenings) for further details or just turn up on the day between 1am and 3pm.


Garden Club

THIS month's meeting, held on October 14, featured a talk entitled "bee keeping and the gardener"by Stephen Poyser who is a member of the Cambridge Bee Keepers Association.

The evening concluded with a raffle, tea/coffee made by the Witcham Lady Members and special honey cakes baked by Freda George.

The next meeting will be held on November 11 when Timothy Clark will be talking on 'plants, gardens and gardeners'.



THERE were three tables in play at the dominoes held on October 9 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M Dewsbery, A Bell, Mrs D Perrin, Miss M Murfitt and Mrs M White. Highest halves: Mrs A Houghton and B Copping; Consolation: F Tall; Draw: Mrs M White, Mrs D Perrin, A Bell and Mrs A Houghton.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on October 12 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: R Saberton, N Synejko, Mrs H Sturman, Mrs E Sizer, F Tall, Mrs D Perrin and Mrs A Houghton. Highest Halves: Mrs P Jordan and B Copping; Most Sevens: Mrs P Brand; Consolation: Miss G Canham; Draw: R Saberton, Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs E Sizer and Mrs H Sturman.


Baptist Church

A LIGHT Party is being held at the Church on October 31 from 6pm-7.30pm. Cost: �2 per child aged from reception class to Year Six. Games, food, crafts and puppets plus a fancy dress competition.

INFO: Sue Greene on 01353 740004 or