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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for June 18 – 24 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 11am – Funeral; 12.10 - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Saturday: 7.40am –


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for June 18 - 24

THURSDAY: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 11am - Funeral; 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; 11.30am - the Etheldreda Procession; 12.30pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong and Procession Service.

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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; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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

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

St Mary's Church

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

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with Rev Reg Macklin.

Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with Rev Eric Rowland.

Thursdays: 7pm - Bible-reading fellowship at St Peter's House.

New Connexions @ High Barns

USING the story on Sunday of the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus, who then fed 5,000 people with it, gave us our title; Jesus - Wow! A time of prayer, with input from the whole church, enabled us to think about ways to thank, ask, and say sorry to God. Fun with a fishy game was also very popular. Keith summed it all up by telling us Jesus takes the good things and makes them even better and more amazing. Next week we're asking 'Is Jesus really coming back?'

We meet Sundays at 10.30am at St Mary's School Theatre.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY'S morning worship was a celebration of joy. The Pastor noted the importance of recalling and praying for those believers we have known, and this led to prayer for some who are about to leave Ely. After this shorter than usual service we walked down to Jubilee Gardens to join in the open air service arranged by Churches Together in Ely.

Sunday service (including Holy Communion) 10.30 am. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Weekly Open Door Caf� from 10am until noon on Friday will offer refreshments and a warm welcome.

City of Ely Flower Club

AT the June meeting the chairman, Grace Bent, announced that the club would be having a stall at Aquafest on July 4 where it is hoped to promote the club and recruit new members.

The demonstrator for the open evening was Dulcie Lofting. Her theme was 'Moonstruck'. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Wynn. Wine and refreshments were served.

The demonstrator for the July 2 meeting is David Wright. His theme will be 'my secret garden'.

INFO: 01353 661457

Women's Institute

ELY Northwold WI met at the Cathedral Centre on June 10. President Rosemary Green welcomed members and a guest, Ann Applegate.

Birthday cards and gifts were given to June Bevan, Chris Cheale, Julie Day and Christine Dickens. Representatives from Sainsbury's Stores gave a presentation on the proposed new store in Lyle Lane.

Jacqueline Whipp from Soham, a trustee from MAGPAS, gave a talk on the role of the 'first responders' in this area. She was thanked by Rose-Marie Lawrence and given a donation for the group.

After refreshments of strawberries and cream the draw took place with Christine Dickens, Wendy Barnes, Chris Cheale and Pat Miles all winning prizes.

The competition for a flower from your garden was judged by Ann Applegate - winner Rose-Marie Lawrence and second Chris Cheale.

The next meeting will be on July 8 at the Cathedral Centre, Ely at 7.15pm when the speaker will be Frank Coe on the subject of Sun Dials.

Ely City WI

Ely City WI Group was formed in June 1985 and celebrated its 25th birthday with a river cruise from Ely to Upware and back.

Next month's meeting will be on July 13 at the Old Dispensary when a demonstration of painting on silk has been organised. A bring-and-buy stall will be held during the evening. Visitors will be welcome.


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev John Sansom. The organist was Beth Stokes. The first lesson was read by Linda Aylott and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday: morning prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

ON Sunday, David welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. The musicians for the morning were Joyce, Ruth, Alan and David. Happy Birthday was sung to Ann and to May for her 90th birthday. Maurice and Jean, from Hailsworth, spoke about 'It's a Knockout', Ugandan babies' homes in Toto and how they are building houses, bungalows, kindergartens and schools - which they will then teach in. Jim read about Paul in Rome. Sarah and George took up the offering and Jim prayed for the children. Jim read from the Bible. Maurice, Jean and Jim spoke about 'It's a Knockout' for Jesus. The service closed with a song and prayer, followed by Faith Lunch.

The Home Group will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Saturday: 1.15pm - 'It's a Knockout' in Soham; 7pm - Healing Service.

Sunday: 10.45am - Baptismal service for Sylvia and Rachel, followed by Faith Lunch.

Parish Council

THE Parish Council met on June 10. Minutes of the last meeting and accounts to be paid were authorised and signed.

Chris Francis, Editor of VOICE attended the meeting to discuss raising the profile of the magazine and it was agreed that the council would fund and deliver one free issue in 2010, which will go out to all households in the parish.

Drainage problems in West End were discussed with a county council representative.

Cllr Gareth Wilson reported that the planning application for the traveller site in Hod Hall Lane, Lode Way had been refused by the district council planning committee. Cllr Peter Cresswell had been re-elected chairman of the district council and Cllr Fred Brown as leader. A motion to support the Sustainable Communities Act had been adopted by the district council.

Cllr Bill Hunt had sent a report advising that the decision to extend the lease for a further 17 years on the Grunty Fen Landfill site has been shelved for the time being to gather more information.

The next meeting will be held on July 8 at 7.30pm at the Arkenstall Village Centre in Station Road.


St John's Methodist Church

DAVID Middleton led the morning service last Sunday and Janice Weatherall was the organist. The Rev Barbara Garwood led a united evening service and the preacher was Jane Harris. Janice Weatherall and Pam Sole read the lessons. Pat Hodson was the pianist.

Sunday: the Rev June Mallabon will lead the morning service at 10.45am and the evening service at 6.30pm.

All welcome to come and join us at any of our services/events.

St George's Church

ON Sunday, the Rev Canon Allan Viller presided at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist. John Marshall preached at the 10am service. The 6.30pm evening service was at St John's, and the preacher was Jane Harris.

Saturday: 9.30am - church outing.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with the vicar; 10am - Family Service with Baptism; 6.30pm - Evensong.

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: 8.45am - Morning Prayer.

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

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualists (LEADS)

SERVICE held every Thursday at the village hall in Victoria Street.

Arthur Wright, the medium for last week was unable to attend so the evening was taken by the fledglings who did very well and gave out several messages.

There will be no Divine Service at tonight's service (June 18) as the Psychic Supper will be held.

The medium for June 25 is Cherry Smith who is well known for her inspirational poetry with messages, Cherry will be joined by medium Steve Newton.

Doors open at 6.40pm for Spiritual 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.

To close the service we have free light refreshments and you are

welcome to stay behind to join us.

INFO: or Wendie on 01353 667300 or by email:

The Vine Community Church

NON-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal on Hempfield Road.

Sunday's service will be 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 for the babies and little ones throughout the service from 10.15am.

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

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

We have a tent at the Littleport Show on July 25 with the theme 'time travel'.

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

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


Baptist Church

THERE was a full house for the United Family Service and Girls' Brigade Parade on Sunday morning. 'Nothing is impossible with God' was the message delivered by the Rev Nick Hudson. Kath Young read the lesson from Ezekiel. The music group accompanied the singing of the hymns.

This evening (Thursday) at 7.30pm there will be evening of music and songs with the Salvation Army band and Songsters from Waterbeach.

The Girls' Brigade will meet on Friday at 6pm.

Sunday: the service at 10.30am will be conducted by Pastor Tudor Parsons.

St George's Church

ON Sunday morning we joined with the Baptist Chapel for the United Family Service. Sunday: at 9.30am, the Rev Pauline Scott will conduct her last service at St George's before leaving to take up her new appointment in Essex.


Phoenix Club

THERE was a good attendance at the Phoenix Club on June 10. Jill Powley welcomed everyone. The speaker for the meeting was Richard De Horsey who gave a very interesting and informative talk on Champagne. During the meeting members sampled the wine. Jill thanked Richard on behalf of everyone. Refreshments were served and there was a raffle.

The speaker at the next meeting on July 8 will be Carl Poole on 'life at the Crown Court'. Doors open at 9.30am for a 9.45am start.

Over 60's Club

AT the latest meeting, Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone and members took part in an afternoon talking about there memories of years ago. Ruth also spoke about her recent holiday.

On June 12 Ruth and Dianne organised a quiz afternoon with teams of eight players. The winners were the Hasbeens. Diane organised the raffle and the ladies served the refreshments. The meetings closed with the singing of the Club Hymn.

Soham The Fen and Barway WI

ON June 12 members met at Keith Leonard House. President Sheila Knight welcomed them and guests. The business of the meeting was gone through before the introduction of the speaker, Ken Smith from the Newmarket Food Bank. Ken gave a very informative talk on his work and was pleased to accept the donations of goods given by the members. Gwen Bridgeman thanked him on behalf of everyone. Refreshments were served and Sheila organised a raffle. A short quiz brought the meeting to a close.


ON June 13, members of the committee held a tombola and book stall at the Church Fete. A donation was given to the church. The committee would like to thank all the members who donated the prizes for the stall.

Soham Bowls Club

THE first of the three bowls competitions for the Ken Chapman Cup took place on Saturday. Teams of triples and pairs played three games of six ends in the round robin format. Each member keeps their own score and this is recorded at the end of the evening. Everyone enjoyed the supper provided by Ken and Joan Chapman. Roger Bayes welcomed everyone and thanked Ken and Joan on their behalf. Newcomer to the club, Tristan Hall, was the highest scorer for the evening with 29 points. The second round takes place on July 4 at 6.30pm.


Garden Club

A PLANT swap evening was held on June 10, which was suggested and organised by Diane, Janet and Margaret, lady members from Witcham. Our members brought along an amazing variety of plants and anyone was free to take what they wanted. After everyone had chosen their plants, the remaining ones were donated for a plant stall, at a garden party in Mepal in aid of the Milton Children's Hospice. The evening was rounded off with a light-hearted quiz set by David Rose.



THERE were five tables in play at the dominoes held on May 29 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs B Norman, Miss M Murfitt, Mrs G Faux, Mrs A Houghton, J Hines, A Bell, Mrs J Crown and Mrs J Hardiment. Highest Halves: Mrs M Coulson and F Tall; Consolation: R Dewsbery; Draw: A Bell, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs B Norman and Miss M Murfitt.

There were three tables in play at the dominoes held on June 6 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs J Crown, Miss M Murfitt, Mrs J Hardiment, Mrs B Norman, Mrs A Houghton and Mrs M Coulson. Highest Halves: Mrs O Newell and F Tall; Consolation: Mrs E Tillyard; Draw: Mrs J Crown, Mrs M Coulson and F Tall.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on June 1 in the social club when Mrs A Houghton was MC. Winners were: Mrs I Butcher, K Cornwell, N Synejko, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs H Sturman, Mrs N Bean and Mrs P Jordan. Highest Halves: Mrs D Perrin and R Saberton; Consolation: Miss G Canham; Draw: N Synejko, B Copping and Miss M Murfitt.

There were four tables in play at the whist drive held on June 8 in the social club when Mrs A Houghton was MC. Winners were: Mrs E Sizer, K Cornwell, Miss M Murfitt, Mrs D Perrin, N Synejko and A Bell. Highest Halves: Mrs H Sturmer and R Saberton; Lucky Number: Mrs N Bean; Consolation: F Tall; Draw: F Tall, A Bell and K Cornwell.


St Andrew's Church

THE celebrant on Sunday was the Rev Dixon and Carol Taylor was the preacher.

Sunday: there will be a united service at 10.30am with members from Wilburton, Haddenham and Wentworth attending.

Every Tuesday there is Holy Communion at 10am.

On June 28, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6pm. There was a very successful fete on Saturday which raised money for church funds. Thank you to all who supported us and to all the dancers.