Community News For East Cambs

PUBLISHED: 12:22 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

ELY Ely Cathedral 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


Ely Cathedral

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; 2.00pm - Thanksgiving Service for Jeremy Marshall, former High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and Procession with Ministry of Healing; 4pm - Evensong and Procession.

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.

New Connexions @ High Barns (Free Church)

SUNDAY morning's service and Children's Club discussed the good moral teachings of Jesus. Fellowship was also enjoyed, with a time of worship and a cup of coffee.

This Sunday the subject under discussion will be Jesus.

Services held at 10.30am in St Mary's School Theatre. Baby and toddler area and a club for school age children.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email:

St Mary's Church

SERVICES for Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with preacher Jane Harris; 10.30am - All Age Worship; 6.30pm - Holy Communion with preacher Alan Partridge.

St Peter's Ely

SUNDAY: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Eucharist will be the Rev Alan Partridge.

Wednesday: there will be a lunchtime service at 1pm, followed by a bring-and-share lunch at St Peter's House.

Countess Free Church

ON Sunday morning, David Blomfield, regional manager for the Evangelical Alliance Relief (TEAR) fund took our service, and talked about the need for and witness of the church in its community, the church being its people. The theme was maintained in the afternoon with our first Messy Church when more than 60 adults and children took part in activities and had a meal together. In the evening, the Rev Gordon Lowman spoke from 1 Timothy Chapter 1.

Sunday: Rev Lowman leads services at 10.30am and 6.30pm and our morning service includes an infant dedication, the church way of welcoming the baby into the church family. All are welcome at either service.

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY morning's worship included Scripture readings and prayers. During Holy Communion Ron Greydanus and Pat Brandon sang a song by an Israeli Christian. The address concerned some exceptional features.

Sunday: worship at 10.30am. The speaker will be the Pastor. Crèche and Sunday School will be provided. Open Door Café on Friday will offer a friendly and welcoming setting in which to enjoy refreshments and good company. 10am till midday. All are welcome at these events.

Ely City WI

THE first meeting of the new year saw members from Witchford and Stuntney WI's joining us for the evening. After a short business section, members and visitors were entertained by Rosemary Wheeler and two friends. The subject was 'desert island discs'. Rosemary chose her favourite songs and gave a reason for the choice and one of her friends then sang that song. Everyone found this thoroughly enjoyable. After delicious refreshments provided by the Ely members, a draw for the many prizes was held.

The next meeting will be on February 9 at the Old Dispensary at 7.30pm, a talk on making a will. Visitors will be most welcome.


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 David Norman and the offertory was presented by Michael Richer.

The Fair Trade coffee morning and stall was well attended on January 24.

Sunday: morning prayer at 9.15am.


St George's Church

Sunday last; the vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion. She presided at the 10am Parish Eucharist when the preacher was Carol Swain. The Evensong was at 6.30pm and the preacher was the Rev Barbara Garwood.

Saturday: Coffee Morning in the Parish Room at 9.30am.

Sunday: Candlemas - the vicar will preside and preach at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist.

Monday: Daily Prayer at 12.30pm.

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

Wednesday: Morning Prayer at 8.30pm; Holy Communion at 9.30pm.

Thursday: Daily Prayer at 9am.

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


Littleport Ely and District Spiritualists

WE would like to thank Angie Morris, our medium for last week who, as always, delivered many messages of comfort.

Our service is held at Littleport Village Hall in Victoria Street on Thursdays.

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 a change to the programme with Colin Anderson as our guest medium.

Colin is well known for his medium's address. Please come along and support him.

The following Thursday (February 5) we have guest medium Steve Newton to whom we look forward to seeing as always. Steve is an excellent medium. Please join us with an open mind and be among like-minded people.

We have a raffle and all donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you to those who donated last week as donations are always welcomed.

It was lovely to see so many new faces that had joined us from last week return and look forward to seeing you again.

The next Awareness Group is on Monday evening. Places are limited so please book this week by calling Wendie. There is a small charge for this of £2.50p. This begins at 7.30pm and ends at 9.30pm. Newcomers are welcome.

INFO: For information of our 2009 programme please visit our website at: Alternatively contact Wendie on 01353 667300 or

The 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 crèche is now open throughout the service.

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

The third of five sessions of our after Alpha course 'Challenging Lifestyle' is on February 4 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 encourage one another in their designated homes.

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

The Salvation Army

THERE will be morning and afternoon meetings on Sunday. Captains Doug and Glenys Askew will lead a Festival of Praise with Bury St Edmunds Band at 3pm at the City Road Hall. We will be acknowledging many years of service to the community of Littleport by Peggy Francis at this meeting.

In the lead-up to Christmas we worked on our Gift Appeal for families supported by NHS mental health services in the area and homeless families. We were helped in collecting gifts from the public once again by Superdrug staff in Ely and by the Ely Standard. Cash donations totaling £477.19p were raised by carol playing in Ely Market Place, This funds community services particularly for the homelessness. We thank all who have once again given so generously.


St Leonard's Church

ON Sunday there was a service of Parish Communion where the speaker was Ian Weatherall.

Sunday: there is a traditional service of Communion at 9.30am and All-age Worship at 11am. Our under-5s group, Jellytots, is on Tuesday afternoon, from 1.30pm till 3pm and Friday, from 10am till 11.30am in the Community Rooms. Everyone is welcome at all our events and services.


Baptist Church.

THE preacher on Sunday afternoon was Norman Gulliver. The Girls' Brigade will meet on Friday at 6pm and next Sunday the service at 3pm will be conducted by Brian Mills.

Soham Methodist Church

MORNING worship on Sunday was led by Les Ball.

Sunday: morning worship at 10am will be led by Ivan Cox; Ken Brown will lead our evening worship at 6.30pm.

Friday: Ann and Sarah Willett are holding their monthly Coffee Morning at Byways in Barcham Road in Soham, from 10am till midday. Everyone welcome. Coffee Mornings are held monthly on the last Friday of the month. Proceeds this year will go to Soham Methodist Church funds.

Due to renovation work, the Tuesday evening midweek worship will be cancelled. Wives Group will be meeting at the Causeway Centre next month.

The Songs of Praise evening due to take place on February 28 has been cancelled as has the Bygones Quiz on March 14.


St James' Church

ON Sunday, we held our family Service for Plough Sunday led by the Rev Pauline Scott. Next Sunday, there is a service of Morning Praise with Sunday Club for the children led by David Middleton.

Monday: 'Little Bears', for babies/children and their mums and carers takes place in the church, from 10am till 11.30am.

Tuesday: 'Coffee-at-the-Lion', the local History Group, meets with speaker in the Red Lion Public House at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome at all our events and services.

Women's Institute

STRETHAM WI members and guests were welcomed to the first meeting of 2009 by vice-president Ann Few. There were apologies from Mrs Smith and several other members who were unwell. Speaker Chris Woods fascinated everyone with a series of photographs of her work with glass and light. She discussed how she first discovered the properties of dichroic glass and developed her unique art. A vote of thanks was given by Mona Young.

After refreshments and a raffle, Liz Roman organised some hilarious party games which everyone enjoyed.

On February 10, Stretham WI will celebrate its 90th anniversary with an evening of music, entertainment and refreshments, starting promptly at 7.15pm. Members are asked to arrive in good time.


Garden Club

THE final meeting of 2008 was held on December 10 when Geoff Hales entertained the club with a series of humorous Christmas readings. He was thanked by chairman John Groves.

This was followed by festive refreshments of mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies, provided and served by Maureen and David Rose, who also had collected a large number of prizes for the Christmas raffle.

The AGM was held on January 14, the first part of the evening was taken up by the formal proceedings and was well attended. The existing committee was returned unopposed, though the treasurer, Maureen Rose, said that she wishes to retire at the end of the year. She has held the position of treasurer since the club started in 1993. Margaret McCallum, who stood in as secretary in January 2008 as no one else was willing to take over from Janet Townsin, also does not wish to carry on after 2009.

The evening concluded with wine and cheese and a light hearted quiz set by David Rose.

The next meeting will be held at 7.45pm on February 11 in the Brooklands Centre Village Hall when the speaker will be George Thorpe on the subject of 'climate change and associated planting'. All members welcome and non-members invited to go along and find out what it's all about.

Psychic Night

TO be held at Paintbox Pre-school children's centre on February 13 at 7pm. Admission, including a glass of wine, is £9. Tickets from Paintbox Pre-school or telephone 01353 776230.



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on January 16 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: J Hines, A Bell, Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs P Martin, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs A Houghton and Mrs M White. Highest Halves: Mrs L Dewsbery and R Dewsbery; Consolation: Mrs S Saberton; Draw: Mrs S Saberton, Mrs M White, Miss M Murfitt and Mrs A Houghton.


St Andrew's Church

CANON Fiona Brampton was the celebrant on Sunday at a service to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Diocese of Ely and the place of our community within it.

Sunday: family service at 10.30am.

Tuesday: Holy Communion at 10am.

On February 8, there will be no service at Witchford as members are joining in a joint service at Wentworth Church together with members from Haddenham and Wilburton, at which the Bishop of Huntingdon will preach. There will be a Toddler Praise service at 2pm on February 4.

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