Community News For Ely and the East Cambs Villages

ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for May 6 - 12 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong.  Saturday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer;


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for May 6 - 12

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

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 12.30pm - Walsingham Cell Mass; 5.30pm - Evensong; 7.30pm - Thanks-giving Service for Papworth Hospital.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist; 4pm - 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; 5.30pm - Evensong.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 9am - Holy Communion with preacher Judy Kerridge; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Judy Kerridge.


Methodist Church

STEWARDS welcomed the congregation to the morning service with notices and prayers. Katie Leonowicz led the 10.30am service. Bible readings, hymns and prayers. The minister's sermon was on Loving All People. Prayers of intercession, followed by the closing hymn. The 6.30pm service was led by John Seaman. The musicians were Donald Monk in the morning and David Catling in the evening.

Thursday: noon-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch; 2.30pm - Open Fellowship; 7.30pm - Music Group.

Sunday:10.30am - Morning service with Rev Barbara Garwood; 6.30pm - Holy Communion with Rev Barbara Garwood. Musicians will be Pam Austin and Christopher Polkinghorne.

Countess Church

ON Sunday morning baby William Hawksley was brought for dedication in to the family of God and of the church. Andy Watson led worship and Rev Gordon Lowman spoke on Jesus for the rejected, reminding of Jesus being for everybody in every situation. Celebration of Holy Communion concluded the morning service.

Sunday: services are at 10.30am and 6.30pm, and all are welcome. Creche and Sunday School are available.



THE next city branch meeting of the Cambridgeshire Family History Society (CFHS) will be held on May 21, from 7pm till 9pm at St Laurence's Church Hall, Milton Rd, Cambridge. Chris Morris will give a talk entitled 'newspapers, a source for family history'.

Non-members welcome. A donation of �1 will be appreciated.

The Olive Tree

Sunday's worship included Holy Communion. The speaker was Billy Onen.

Sunday: Service at 10.30am and the speaker will be the Pastor. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Tuesday: Re-member course starts at 7.30pm as we continue our new four-week course in which we are looking at what it means to belong to a church, what we believe and do, and how we relate to other churches.

On Friday, between 10am and noon, the Open Door Caf� will offer a friendly setting in which to enjoy good company, freshly brewed tea and coffee, and home-made cakes.

Inner Wheel Club of Ely

THE guest speaker at the April meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of Ely, held at the Old Dispensary, was Rodney Vincent who gave a interesting illustrated talk about the different seasons at Welney Wetland Trust. Rodney is an Honorary Life Member of the Trust and his enthusiasm of all that happens there during the seasons was captivating. The photographs showing the beauty of the Washes, the wildlife and wild flowers. The evening continued with a short business meeting and arrangements were put in place for the Overseas Evening on May 26 at St Mary's Church Hall. The club is raising money for the Kaira Konko Scouting Centre in Gambia at this event.


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Piers Coutts. The organist was Margaret Haynes and the first lesson was read by Michael Richer. The offertory was presented by Lee, Kelly and Callum Howard.

Sunday: Sung Eucharist will be held at 9.15am.


The Vine Community Church

LIVELY, friendly, non-denominational Christian church meeting at The Regal in Hempfield Road, where visitors or new residents of the area are warmly welcomed.

Sunday services begin at 10.30am, with tea and coffee before the service from 10.15am. The cr�che for the youngest children is open from 10.20am. There is a separate meeting designed for older children and young people during the second half of the service, after a time of praise and worship for all. Afterwards, there are refreshments and a chance to chat or look at the bookstall.

Sunday: morning service will be led by the pastor, Don Gee.

During the week we follow up the Sunday talks in our home groups. If you are interested in joining one of these informal groups, meeting at various times during the week, contact Angela on 01366 501504 or the pastor. Please note that the Prayer Breakfast planned for Saturday has been cancelled. The next one will be on June 12.

There are also separate monthly meetings for men and women. The next ladies' meeting will be an evening of prayer and reflection.

INFO: Don Gee on 01353 864690 or 01353 860885 or go to


St George's Church

ON Sunday the vicar presided at the 8am Holy Communion service and the 10am Parish Eucharist at which Carol Swain preached.

First Sunday Praise was led by Beverley Joseph and the theme was Christ's abundant gift of life. The speaker was John McKechnie. The Sunday Club children took part by talking about what salvation means to them and gave different meanings of being saved.

Saturday (May 8) Men's Breakfast Club in the Parish Room at 9am with speaker C Sandkuhler.

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

6:30pm - Evening Service at St John's Methodist Church, for Christian Aid Week, John Marshall will preach.

Weekly meetings

Tuesday: 1:45pm - Pram Service for pre-school children.

Wednesday: 9:30am - Holy Communion

Friday: 6pm - Junior Choir practice; 7:30pm - Choir Practice; 9pm - Compline.

All are welcome at our services.

INFO: Contact the vicar on 01353 860207


Monday (10): 10am-4pm Art Class- Acrylics. Booking is essential; 7:15pm - Mother's Union meeting with speaker Peter Dawes.

Thursday 13: 7:30pm - Deanery Ascension Day Service at Sutton Church.

June 5: Summer Fair, from 10am - 2pm, at the church. Stalls and entertainment; cakes, snacks and raffles.

Everyone is welcome, so come along and join us.

Salvation Army

LAST Sunday's meeting was led by Maureen Caddy. A Songs of Praise was held at 3pm where everyone had a chance to have their favourite song sung.

On Tuesday, singers' practice was held.

The Home League met on May 5 at Anchor Court.

Sunday: the service leaders will be Major and Mrs Holland.

St John's Methodist Church

Saturday: Prayer Meeting in the Vestry at 9.30am.

Sunday: Morning Service at 10.45am with the Rev Christopher Baker, includes Holy Communion; Evening Service at 6.30pm with Mr Tony Murfitt. This is a United Service

Sunday: Morning Service at 10.45am with David Middleton.


St George's Church

THE service of Morning Praise was led by Tony Harper with his sermon 'God is with You always, in all we do'.

Sunday: 9.30am - United Family Service.

Tuesday: 6.00pm - informal hymn singing in the Church.

Baptist Church

THERE will be no service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday, but the congregation will join St George's Church for a United Family Service.

Next week we will return to normal at the chapel with the service being led by Pastor Tudor Parsons to include Holy Communion at 10.30am.

Girls Brigade is back on at the chapel starting at 6pm on Friday. New girls most welcome.

If you can help set up a mixed youth group to be held at the chapel during a weekday evening, please contact Tudor on 01353 648082 or e-mail

Volunteers needed to help with the redecoration of the chapel. Thanks to Gill and Paul Norman for volunteering to help paint the children's/backroom.

Any new people to the village and surrounding areas are welcome at coffee mornings or contact Tudor (details above).


Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S services were led by John Seaman at 10am.

Sunday: at 10am Rev Edwin Myers will lead the worship. The evening worship, at 5pm, will be led by George Ginn.

Ann and Sarah's monthly Coffee Morning raised �110 for church funds and John and Lesley Watchorn gave �150 to the funds from the exhibition of John's oil paintings held the previous weekend. Many thanks.

A Tea Dance will be held on Saturday at Berrycroft Methodist Hall from 2pm-4.30pm. Prize Draw. Admission �2.50, including tea and refreshments.

Thursday (May 13) there will be a gardening talk by the girls from Fordham Garden Centre, Alison Balls and Becky Turner. Bring-and-buy plant stall and a draw. Everyone welcome.


St Andrew's Church

250 Club

THE club starts its 20th year in July. Since it began in 1991 members have contributed �43,477, of which �31,648 has been spent on restoring the church and �11,400 has been awarded as prizes. More members are needed to help continue church restoration works. Urgent repairs are needed to parts of external stonework, most of the nave floor tiling and some of the windows. There is a long list of less urgent work that needs to be carried out.

INFO: 01353 778458

Best Boob Forward

THE local BBF annual half marathon Dawn Walk starts from The Glebe at 5am on May 15. All proceeds to Breast Cancer Research.

INFO: Debbie Smith on 01353 778665, sponsorship forms or donations to Peter and Helen Malkin on 0012353 77224 or go to


PRESIDENT Rosemary Higgs welcomed members to the April meeting. When the business part was over, she handed over the meeting to two members who had volunteered to run the meeting for Members' Night. Louise Haresign and Mavis Middleton took Roald Dahl as their subject and members were asked to make up a poem in the style of Dahl.

The competition for an item connected with Roald Dahl was won by Rosemary Higgs. Second was Maureen Peacock, third Freda George and fourth Jill Hardy. China was presented to Vanessa Lewis for points gained in competitions.

This month's meeting will be held on May 13 in the meeting room at Scott Court with a ploughman's supper and resolution discussion, followed by a talk from Margaret Sparrow on memory boxes. The competition will be for a 'memorable item'.

Garden Club

THE meeting held on April 14 included a talk on tubs and baskets by Andrew Harper-Scott from Notcutts Garden Centre. He made up a pot which was donated to the raffle and was thanked by chairman John Groves.

The next meeting will be held on May 12 in the Brooklands Centre Village Hall, when members will have a plant swap evening hosted by Diane, Margaret and Jane from Witcham, followed by a quiz. Admission: �2 including coffee. Non-members welcome.

RBL Carpet Bowls Team

THE Sutton Royal British Legion carpet bowls team consists of about 12 people who meet on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Brooklands Centre Village Hall. The team has just completed a successful season in the East Cambs Carpet Bowls League, where it finished third out of eight teams in the second division, narrowly missing promotion to the first division.

Anyone in Sutton who would like to try their hand at carpet bowls would be very welcome to join in. Just turn up on Monday evening. The team plays throughout the summer except for bank holiday Mondays and the new League season starts in September.

INFO: Ian McCallum on 01353 778408.


St Peter's Club

MEMBERS had their first outing of the year on April 20 when they took a full coach to Ipswich for a day's shopping and lunch.

The club held a bring-and-buy sale on April 30 which was very well attended and raised funds for the club. A quiz was held, refreshments served and the chairman welcomed two new members. Names were taken for the next outing which will be a trip to Lowestoft.

The next outing will be to Lowestoft on May 25 leaving Wilburton at 9am. The next club meeting is on May 28 and will be a quiz.


St Andrews' Church

SUNDAY: Rev Teresa Dixon led the family service and baptism.

Saturday: Table-top sale in St Andrews' Hall, from 9am-1pm with many different stalls for charities and organisations.

Sunday: 10.30am - Holy Communion.

Every Tuesday there is Holy Communion at 10am.

Evensong at 6pm on the last Sunday in the month.

Wednesday (12): 10am - Coffee Morning in the hall.