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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for May 21 - 27 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 12.10pm – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong; 7.30pm – Sung Eucharist. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Saturday:


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for May 21 - 27

THURSDAY: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong; 7.30pm - Sung Eucharist.

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 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; 5.30pm - Evening Prayer.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 8am - Holy Communion with preacher Judy Kerridge; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Judy Kerridge; 6.30pm - Evening Prayer with preacher Alan Hulme.

St Peter's Church

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

Tuesday: there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10am at which the celebrant will be the Rev Eric Rowland.

Methodist Church

ON Sunday the stewards welcomed the congregation at 10.30am with prayers and notices before the morning service led by Terry Day and shared by the young people from the Gift Club.

The evening service, at 6.30pm, was led by the Rev June Mallabon. Musicians were Donald Monk and Sarah Ballard.

Thursday: 12pm-1pm - shoppers' Lunch.

Friday: 7.30pm - Wesley Guild.

Sunday: 10.30am - Holy Communion with Rev Barbara Garwood; 6.30pm - Evening Service with Ken Brown.

Countess Church

PAUL Coghan led the family service on Sunday morning, looking at Pentecost and our life of service to God which Pentecost brings. Various children and young people helped him with actions and drama. In the evening Rob Booth spoke about the meaning of the Communion service, looking at the different scripture accounts.

Sunday: services are 10.30am and 6.30pm with Messy Church at 4pm when the theme will be Joshua. INFO: 01353 699783.

The Olive Tree

DURING Sunday's morning worship we spent a good deal of time praying for our politicians and nation. Prayer was offered for those who felt there was an obstruction holding us back from a deeper relationship with our God.

Sunday: 10.30am - worship including Holy Communion. The speaker will be Tim Frost, the Church's Elder. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: until noon the Open Door Caf� will offer wholesome refreshments in a welcoming setting. All are welcome at these events.

Ely Northwold WI

PRESIDENT Rosemary Green welcomed members to the May meeting of Ely Northwold WI, held at the Cathedral Centre on May 13.

Birthday gifts and cards were presented to Lorna Lucas, Sue Eden and Wendy Barnes.

The speaker for the evening was John Lewis from Prickwillow who gave a very informative talk about bees - the keeping of them and the problems they are facing at present. After answering questions from the members he was thanked by Rose-Marie Lawrence.

Brenda Maton reported on her recent trip to Denman College.

In members' time, we swapped favourite recipes. The competition for a favourite use for honey was won by Rose-Marie Lawrence and Rosemary Green second.

Draw prize winners were Rosemary Green, Rose-Marie Lawrence, Lorna Lucas, Christine Dickens, Lia Conder and Wendy Barnes.

Next month's meeting will include a visit from MAGPAS, and a representative from Sainsburys will discuss the store's future plans. Visitors will be welcomed. We meet at the Cathedral Centre (The Old Library) at 7.15pm.


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Ruth Dennigan who also played the organ. The first lesson and gospel reading was given by Michael Richer and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

This Sunday Sung Eucharist will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

SUNDAY: David welcomed everyone and gave out the notices.

Happy Birthday was sung to George. June, David, Eddie and Josh were the musicians for the morning service. Jim read from the Bible and thanked everyone for their help with Blossoms and Bygones. After a hymn and prayer, George and Rachel took up the offering.

David Green presented a video for spring harvest and asked if anyone would like to book for next year - April 11-16.

There will be a baptismal service on June 21, for Rachel and Sylvia. Jim read from Matthew 8, v. 9 to 12. The theme for his sermon was: "The first meal - supper with Levi". The service closed with a hymn and prayer.

Friday: 10.30 am Alpha; 7.30 pm - Faith Rocks.

June 13 - It's a Knockout.

Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S service was taken by Edward Garwood from Ely and included five well-known Methodist hymns, which were much enjoyed by the congregation.

Sunday: the Chapel Anniversary will be celebrated and the 11am service is to be led by the Rev Bernard Arnold, a retired Methodist minister; it will be followed by lunch served in the hall; telephone Barbara Galley on 01353 740514 to reserve a place.

During Christian Aid Week the sum of �30 was raised from the sale of local books. On July 11, there will be a Big Collection of 2p pieces in aid of Action for Children (formerly NCH) start putting coins by now.

The Bible Study and Meditation Groups meet weekly and further info may be obtained from Betty on 01353 740672 and, of course, everyone is warmly invited to the coffee/cake and quiz mornings, which are held on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year from 10am.


St George's Church

ON Sunday Holy Communion was led by David Blackmore, and the Rt Rev Peter Dawes presided at the Parish Eucharist and Jane Harris delivered the sermon.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion when the vicar will preside and preach; 10am - Family Service and Baptism also with the vicar; 6.30pm - Evensong with Rev June Mallabon.

Monday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

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

Thursday: 8.45am - Morning Prayer.

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

St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY's morning service was led by Rev Barbara Garwood, and included the celebration of Holy Communion. Pam Sole and Janice Weatherall read lessons and the pianist was Peter Kirby. The evening service was led by Terry Day. Jean and Tony Murfitt read the lessons and the pianist was Pat Hodson.

This Sunday the morning service will be led by John Gautrey at 10.45am. The evening service will be united at St George's parish church at 6.30pm when the preacher will be Rev June Mallabon.

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualists (LEADS)

SERVICE held every Thursday at the Village Hall, Victoria Street.

Special thanks to Colin Anderson who was the guest medium for the evening of

May 1 which was well attended. There is no charge for entry to church but small

donations of prizes for the raffle are appreciated and thanks to all who donated last


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.

May 21, Angie Morris is the guest medium. Guest Medium for May 28 will be Keith Thompson.

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

welcome to stay behind to join us.

Our psychic supper has now been arranged for June 18 and tickets are now available from the church or from Wendie. Entrance by ticket only and they are limited in numbers.

INFO: or Wendie on 01353 667300 or by email:

Women's' Institute

LINDA Harvey welcomed members and two guests to the meeting held on May 14.

Maureen Fresco advised members about the forthcoming resolution to be discussed at the national AGM. The members voted unanimously to back the resolution "SOS for Honey Bees" urging the government to increase funding for research into Bee Health in light of the accelerating decline of the UK Honey Bee population.

Paul Bass then explained about his job in Trading Standards, being light hearted and jovial about what could have been a mundane subject. He was thanked by Shealgh Connor.

Maggie McGowen was presented with a china WI mug for points accumulated from competitions.

There were 22 entries in this month's competition for a holiday souvenir.

Next meeting on June 11 will be an afternoon mystery trip. Members wishing to attend please contact Rosemary Coleman, secretary, by June 1 at the very latest.


Baptist Chapel.

OUR service was taken by Pastor Peter Cockerton preaching that 'in Christ is hope of glory'. Girls brigade have spent the weekend at camp in Clacton and have their regular meeting on Friday at 6pm. The preacher next Sunday is Brian Mills.

St George's Church.

OUR service of Holy Communion was led by the Rev Alan Hulme who spoke on repentance, don't give up as Christ never gives up on his flock. Sunday: the preacher will be David Noble, service of morning praise.


Women's Institute

THE May meeting welcomed Mr Lewis, a beekeeper, who discussed the life of a hive and the health problems of bees. Rosemary Green, the Federation chairman, was also present and discussed the resolution of the Annual General Meeting in June which is an SOS for honey bees, urging the Government to increase spending into research about the accelerating decline in the UK population.

The competition for a piece of handicraft was won by Melanie O'Farrell.

Next month's meeting will be a barbecue at the president's house.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY morning worship at 10am was led by John Seaman.

There was no evening service.

The fete held on Saturday morning raised �230 for our Property Renovation and Refurbishment Fund. Phase One of our work has started and we need a lot more money, so we are very grateful to all who supported us and to Budgens for all their help. When Phase One is completed we shall have a hall, which we hope will be used by the community. There will be facilities for the disabled, new toilets and a new fitted kitchen. If anyone feels they would like to make a donation to our funds or would like to know more please contact our minister, the Rev Edwin Myers on 01353 720347.

Sunday's worship in the morning will be led by George Ginn and at 4pm we shall join the Open Air service on the Recreation Ground which is arranged by Soham Churches Together.


Heartbeat Health

ON Monday, May 11 Laurie Budd was the leader for the 38 walkers who took part in the walk of about three miles around Soham. A stop was made at The Ship or Saucey Megabytes for refreshments.

The Phoenix Club

JANNICE Kinnear welcomed members to the meeting held at Keith Leonard House on Wednesday, May 13. The speaker for the meeting was the Methodist minister Edwin Myers who gave an informative illustrated talk on life in South Africa and how he came to be a minister. He was thanked by Jannice. Jill Powley organised the raffle,

Viv Hancock collected the money for the outing in June and refreshments were served. The speaker at the next meeting on June 10 will be Richard De Horsey.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on Friday afternoon. Members enjoyed an interesting and amusing talk on Old Fen Boys given by Vernon Place. Ruth thanked him for a lovely afternoon and invited him to make a return visit to the club. Vera Seal organised the raffle, Peggy gave out the notices, and the ladies served tea and biscuits. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.


Domino Drive

A DOMINO drive was held in the village hall on May 15. There were four tables in play and the MC was Mrs S Saberton. Winners were: Mrs B Norman, Mrs M Dewsbery, D Perrin, B Copping, F Tall, Miss M Murfitt, Edna, J Hines and Mrs A Houghton.