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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for April 23 - 29 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 April 23 - 29

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; 11.00am - Holy Baptism; midday - Quiet Hour; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist; 2.00pm - St George's Day Service - Ely District Scouts; 4pm - Evensong.

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

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

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

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 8am - Holy Communion with preacher Mike Hughes; 10.30am - Family communion with preacher Mike Hughes. This service will be followed by the Annual Church Meeting at midday; 6.30pm - Evening Prayer with preacher Alan Hulme.

St Peter's Church

ON Sunday the celebrant at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be Canon Chris Barber and the singing will be led by the St Peter's Singers.

Tuesday: Communion Service at 10am, with the Rev Eric Rowland as celebrant, followed at 10.30am by a coffee morning for Wateraid at St Peter's House.

Methodist Church

SUNDAY morning's service was led by Tony Murfitt. The evening service was led by the Rev Sheila Macinally. The musicians were Pam Austin and Donald Monk.

Thursday: noon-1pm - shoppers' lunch; 7.30pm - music group.

Friday: Wesley Guild Chemistry - the ubiquitous science.

Sunday: 10.30am - Holy Communion with the Rev June Mallabon; 6.30pm - Circuit United service with the Rev Barbara Garwood and New Life.

New Connextions @ High Barns (Free Church)

FOLLOWING the successful Easter Egg Hunt last week, we discussed whether Jesus is alive or not and how do we know. This was backed up by scripture and a talk by Keith Waters. The children's club used drama to help think about Jesus.

Join us on Sundays in The Theatre, St Mary's Junior School at 10.30am.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email

Ely & District University of the Third Age (U3A)

MET on April 7 with speaker Derek Edwards on 'aerial photography for archaeology'.

The next meeting will be on May 5 at 2.30pm in the Countess of Huntingdon Church in Chapel Street, Ely. The speaker will be Rosie Burton on 'conservation of buildings in and around Ely'.

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

Membership is �15 a year and is open to anyone not in full time employment. Non-members are welcome to attend meetings and will be charged �2 on the day.

The Olive Tree

THE focus of Sunday morning worship was the victory of Christ and its impact on our lives. A number of spontaneous prayers, readings and prophecies underlined that theme. The Pastor spoke about Passover and the message of liberation it brings, urging us to be sure not to hanker after worthless or harmful things from our old lives. Prayer was offered and received by many. A celebratory lunch followed to mark the silver wedding anniversary of the Pastor and his wife.

Sunday: worship 10.30am (including Holy Communion).The speaker will again be the pastor. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

The Open Door Caf� will open from 10am until noon on Friday, offering a warm and welcoming setting in which to enjoy refreshments in good company.


Parish Church

MORNING prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Ruth Dennigan. The organist was Mike Fox. The first lesson was read by Linda Aylott and the offertory was presented by Michael Richer.

Sunday: Sung Eucharist will be held at 9.15am.


Charity Concert

THE Fordham Charity Group and the Wicken Coronation Band featuring the Wicken Band, presented a charity concert at the Victoria Hall in Fordham on April 17. A capacity audience listened to an evening of band music, light classics, marches, novelty items and pop tunes.

The 33-strong Wicken Band was conducted by Tim Hammond from Her Majesty's Armed Forces. His brother Jon Hammond, a Welsh Guardsman, played three soprano cornet solos. The next day he was taking part in the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The evening, which featured 18 pieces, raised more than �900 which will be divided between band funds and Ward C2, Children's Oncology Ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital and the children's Rainbow Ward at the West Suffolk Hospital.


Baptist Chapel

SUNDAY: David welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. The musicians were June, Alan and David. Happy Birthday was sung to Ruth, Hezekiah and Phillip. Jim began the service with a hymn and prayer, then spoke about Easter. Daniel and Rachel took up the offering. The service closed with a hymn and prayer.

The House Groups will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Faith Rocks on Friday. There will be a Songs of Praise on Sunday at 6.30pm and Holiday Knockout meeting on April 28.

Parish Council

THE Parish Council met on April 8. Minutes of the last meeting and accounts to be authorised were approved and signed.

Matters under discussion included the village magazine, funding towards the Aldreth village sign, community policing, housing needs, and the Grunty Fen Landfill site.

A litter pick was held on March 29 and 16 bags of rubbish were collected. A further event will be planned for June/July.

Moira Goddard will continue as chairman of Haddenham Library and Chris Prescott has taken over as treasurer but other officers for the committee are being sought. The 1950s slide and film show had been very successful.

The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting on May 13 at 7.30pm at the Arkenstall Village Centre, Station Road, Haddenham.


St George's Church

SUNDAY: 8am - Holy Communion; 10am- Morning Prayer led by Jane Harris, who also preached.

Saturday: 9.30am - Coffee morning in the Parish Room.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion; 10am - Family Service with Baptism, when Carol Swain will deliver the sermon; 6.30pm - Evensong for St George which will be led by John Marshall.

Monday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer; 1.45pm Pram Service for pre-school toddlers.

Wednesday: 8.30am - Morning Prayer; 9.30am - Holy Communion.

Thursday: 9am - Daily Prayer.

Friday (May 1): 7.30pm - Choir Practice; 9pm Compline.

Saturday (May 2): 9am - Men's Breakfast Club in the Parish Room.

St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY: a united service at Pymoor Methodist Church starting at 10.30am when the preacher will be the Rev Geoffrey Revett who was a previous minister in the old Ely circuit. This will be followed by a Faith Lunch. On Sunday evening there will be a Circuit Service with New Life at Ely Methodist Church, starting at 6.30pm.

All welcome to join services and events.

Vine Community Church

SUNDAY: service at 10.30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by Pastor Don Gee. Youth and children's Sunday school is provided during the sermon and our cr�che is open from 10.15am.

After the service stay for coffee, tea, and fellowship.

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

INFO: Pastor Don Gee at 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or go to


Littleport Ely and District Spiritualists

SERVICE held every Thursday at the village hall, Victoria Street, Littleport.

Special thanks to Pauline Porter who was the guest medium for the evening of

April 16.

Doors open at 6.40pm for Spiritual Healing, ending at 7.20pm. The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm to which everyone is welcome.

Thursday: we welcome a new medium, Sharon Hall from Rushden, Northamptonshire.

Guest Medium for April 30 is Dawn Brace.

INFO: visit our website at:

Alternatively contact Wendie on 01353 667300 or by email:

Flower Arrangement Club

THE club met on Friday (April 17) at the village hall in Victoria Street. This month's demonstrator was Crystal Dyball from Norwich with 'inspirations in glass'.

INFO: Pam Hayes 01353 860102 or Pam Sole on 01353 863421.


Baptist Chapel

SUNDAY'S Morning service was taken by Tudor Parsons on the theme of the 'first shall be last.' Organist was Mrs Bussingham.

Sunday: the service at 10.30am will be conducted by Keith Rawlinson.

St George's Church

THE morning Family Service for St George's Day will be led by Rev Pauline Scott.

Sunday: the service of Morning Praise at 9.30am will be taken by Scott Eversman.

St George's Revels are at the village hall on April 24 at 7pm. All welcome to join in the fun, incorporating both congregations, Girls Brigade, the band and much local talent. Bring-and-share refreshments. Tickets �2.50, children free, available on the door or from Jane Dunseath on 01353 649232.


Heartbeat Health Walk

ON Easter Monday, 10 walkers joined Liz Gwinnett and David Clark at the church for the weekly walk. From the church they embarked on a walk of 5.4 miles. Welcome refreshments were available at Saucymegabytes.

Methodist Church

CAROL Gilbey welcomed members to the meeting held at the Causeway Day centre on April 15. Carol gave out the notices before welcoming the speaker for the evening. Linda Baxter, a reflexologist, spoke on how she had a changed her career from computers to reflexology and handed around leaflets about this therapy. Members then took part in an exercise on their hands. Felicity Denyer volunteered to be Linda`s client for a demonstration. Carol thanked Linda for an interesting evening. Refreshments were served and there was a raffle. The speaker at the next meeting on May 20 will be Christopher South.

Over 60's Club

DIANE Wheeling welcomed members to the club on April 17. A minute's silence was observed in memory of Kitty Wallace who had been a member of the club for many years. Peggy Gibbon gave out the notices. Diane welcomed Hilary Fielding who entertained with songs and poetry relating to scenes from childhood. Diane thanked her on behalf of everyone. Refreshments were served and there was the usual raffle.


Over 60's Club

TWENTY five members attended the meeting in the church hall held on April 15. A quiz was organised by Patrick Spencer. Tea and biscuits were served by Pat Brown, Edith Sadler, June Murfitt and Patrick Spencer.

On April 8, friends from Thetford, Witchford and Ely joined us on a trip to Springfields.

The raffle took place and the meeting closed with the club hymn.


Photographic Group

CHAIRMAN Andre Needham welcomed members to the April meeting before handing over to the guest speakers Barry and Liz Hatten. Their talk, entitled 'safari to the back garden and beyond' featured birds, insects, butterflies and many more usual garden creatures, proving that there are many wonderful photographs to be taken close to home.

The winner of this month's competition for a still life was won by Rita Bickell.

Next month's competition is an open subject and will be judged by an outside judge. All members may submit up to five images, mounted, no bigger than 20 x 16 inches.