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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for June 25 – July 1 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 2.10 - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Saturday: 7.40am – Morning Pray


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for June 25 - July 1

THURSDAY: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 2.10 - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 3pm - Ordination; 5.30pm - Evening Prayer.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist; 4.00pm - Evensong.

Monday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 12.10pm - 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 Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - the celebrant and preacher at the Patronal Festival Sung Eucharist will be the Rev Reg Macklin and the singing will be led by members of St Peter's Singers.

Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with the Rev Alan Hulme.

Further meetings of the new Bible Reading Fellowship are planned for Thursdays at 7 pm at St Peter's House.

St Mary's Church

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with Jane Hulme; 10.30am Family Communion with Jane Hulme (this service will be a pilot of the planned 10.30am contemporary style service); 6.30pm Evening Prayer with John Dickinson.

Methodist Church

THE new kitchen at Ely Methodist Church was officially dedicated and opened on June 18. The Rev June Mallabon welcomed the guests who included the mayor and mayoress of Ely, Mr and Mrs Richard Hobbs, Sarah Gosling of WREN and Graham Lindsay of the Hunter Rowe Trust. Rev Mallabon led the dedication and thanked the many people who had helped with the project including WREN, The Hunter Rowe Trust and the Circuit Advance Fund who had assisted with the funding and the local community groups, which had supported the project in more practical ways. The work of the people behind the scenes was acknowledged and the vision and enthusiasm for the project from the church property steward, Terry Day.

Mr Hobbs, made a short speech in which he paid tribute to the churches' ancillary rooms which are used by a diverse range of local organisations on a very regular basis. He then declared the kitchen open. Guests were served with coffee and scones and those who wished to stayed for the Shoppers' Lunch, which is served every Thursday from midday until 1pm.

Countess Church

FAMILY service on Sunday was led by Paul Coghlan on the theme of fathers. Being Fathers Day, there were illustrations of good fathers but the emphasis was on God as our perfect and always available Father who never lets us down. In the evening, in the light of the MPs' expenses debacle, Rob Booth spoke about God's rules for Holy living, with Holy Communion as part of the service.

Sunday: services are at 10am and 6.30pm with Messy Church at 4pm. Messy Church is a special place of activity and food with a short time of reflection and worship for the whole family.

New Connexions @ High Barns

JESUS - I'll be back, was our title on Sunday. Looking at Matthew's ch24, we discussed Jesus coming back to earth, and how his followers would go to be with him in heaven. We were asked 'If you knew Jesus was coming back today, would you do anything differently?' Using 1 Thessalonians ch4, children's club also thought about Jesus returning, and how we all have a chance to meet him.

Next week we'll be looking at 'prayer - talking to yourself again?'

We meet in a relaxed setting with plenty of tea and coffee and opportunity for chat and discussion. All welcome.

Sundays at 10.30am St Mary's School Theatre.

INFO: Keith Waters on 612158 or

Ely Inner Wheel Club

THE president of Ely Inner Wheel Club, Jill Sallis, organised the fourth annual District Eight Scrabble Competition held in the Ely Sailing Club clubhouse on June 11. Twenty One Inner Wheel ladies, representing 10 clubs, along with 11 supporters, played five games. The profit for the day, of �328.25, went to District 8 chairman, Carole Gunthorpe's chosen charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

At the end of the day two supporters had managed to win all five of their games. However Pat Frost, from March, won a Malaysian silk scarf by having the higher gross score, from Rita Hughes of Sutton, who received a necklace, with the national flower of Malaya embedded in it. Dilys Ling from the North Walsham Club, who was the first winner of the trophy, had four wins and was awarded the "Scrabble Paddle Trophy" and a silk Inner Wheel scarf.

Jill Thomson from Letchworth Garden City and Pauline Lancaster from Ely had three wins each but Jill had the higher gross score and she won a necklace. Pauline was awarded an Inner Wheel mug.


Baptist Chapel

ON Sunday morning the Baptismal service for Sylvia and Rachel was conducted by the Rev Jim Mullin. The musicians were June, Ruth and Eddie.

David welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. Happy Birthday was sung to Mia, followed by prayers and the offering was taken by Daniel and John. A testimony was given by Sylvia and Rachel - God Will Find a Way and Amazing Grace was sung as they entered the water to be baptised. Jim spoke about being baptised. This was followed by a prayer and song. The service closed with Holy Communion, a prayer by Jonathon, then a Faith Lunch.

This weekend is prayer weekend and Church Anniversary Gift Day.

Haddenham came third in the It's a Knockout competition held at Soham.


St George's Church

THE vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion on Sunday. She also officiated at the 10am Family Service and Baptism when a baby girl was received into the church. Jane Harris delivered the sermon with a little help from the children.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion; 10am - Parish Eucharist; 6.30pm - Evensong led by Jane Harris with preacher Dr Iain Ballard.

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: 6pm - Children's Choir rehearsal; 7.30pm Choir Practice; 9pm - Compline.

Saturday: noon - Men's Breakfast Club Summer Special.

FUTURE EVENTS: St George's Summer Fair will take place on July 18 from 10am to 2pm. Games, stalls and refreshments. Littleport Show July 25 - The combined Churches will be running the Time Travel Tent.

St John's Methodist Church

ON Sunday, the Rev June Mallabon led both the morning and evening services. Pat Hodson was pianist.

Sunday: John Seaman will lead the morning service at 10.45am. The evening service will be united at St George's Parish Church and the preacher will be Dr Iain Ballard at 6.30pm.

On Monday (29) the Flower and Friendship Group will meet in the schoolroom at 7.30pm. You are very welcome to come and join us at any of our services/events.

Littleport, Ely and District Spiritualists (LEADS)

DIVINE Service held every Thursday at 7.30pm in the village hall, Victoria Street. The medium this week will by Cherry Smith. She will be joined by Steve Newton.

The following week, July 2, the medium will be Jackie Cowman.

Light refreshments are served at the close and all are welcome to join in.

The church would like to thank all who supported the Psychic Supper on June 18, also for the raffle prizes kindly donated.

INFO: or Wendie on 01353 667300 or by email:

Flower Arrangement Club

THE club met last Friday when the demonstrator was Jenny Baker from Harleston with the theme 'mad about plants'. She produced six colourful arrangements. The vote of thanks was given by Vice-chairman Elizabeth Miller.

A short talk on the cub's chosen charity for the year, Macmillan Cancer Support, was given by Sarah Jones who is a fund-raiser for Macmillan.

The next meeting will be held on July 17 and will be a demonstration, 'any old iron' by Lisa Howarth. There will also be a cake stall for our charity.

The club meets at the village hall in Victoria Street and welcomes visitors who would like to join in. Visitor's fee is �3. There is a well-stocked sales table, and all the arrangements that are demonstrated are raffled at the end of the meeting, so you have a chance of winning a stunning design to take home.

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

Have You Got Talent?

LITTLEPORT'S version of Britain's Got Talent takes place on Friday (tomorrow) at Littleport Village Hall. Entry fee: �2. Doors open at 7pm and the first act will be on at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served and a draw held during the evening as well as stage games whilst each act prepares such as "beat the intro".

The overall winner will go forward to perform at the opening session of the Littleport Show "Highfield Open Air live" on August 1, as well receiving a winner's cheque for �50.00 kindly donated by Mrs W Law.

The competition will be judged by three independent local people including Star Radio presenter Mark Peters.

INFO: or Peter Allen on 01353 861860.


St George's Church

REV Pauline Scott conducted her last service at St George's on Sunday morning.

The lesson was read by John Drewry who also played the organ.

Sunday: the service at 9.30am will be conducted by David Noble.

Baptist Church

WATERBEACH Salvation Army provided an evening of music and songs for the Chapel Anniversary on Thursday.

On Sunday morning Pastor Tudor Parsons preached a sermon for Father's Day.

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

The preacher at Sunday morning's service at 10.30am will be Brother Paul.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY morning's worship with Holy Communion was led by Rev Edwin Myers.

George Ginn led the evening worship at 6.30 pm.

This Sunday's morning worship at 10.00am will be led by Ken Brown. There is no evening service.

Tomorrow morning (June 26) Ann and Sarah Willett are holding their monthly Coffee Morning at 'Byways', Barcham Road, Soham from 10am until noon. All welcome.

On July 1, the Rev Edwin Myers will lead the prayer meeting in the vestibule at 10.30am. This lasts about 30 minutes and is open to anyone.


ON June 15, 28 walkers plus the two leaders took part in a walk of 3.9 miles. Led by David Clarke with Laurie Budd at the back their walk took them around the town, along the river and the perimeter of Soham. A stop was made at The Ship or Saucy Megabytes for welcome refreshments.

Phoenix Club

ON June 17 members of the club enjoyed a day out at Horning and Wroxham. They started with a 90-minute boat trip on the Broads and then boarded the minibus for the short journey to spend the rest of the outing at Wroxham.


ON June 17 members of the Wives Group went to the No Hurry Inn for their annual dinner. Thanks are extended to the committee for arranging a lovely evening.

Over 60's Club

MEMBERS of the club met at the Walter Gidney Pavilion on June 19. Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone, including new member Ann Lane. Ruth organised a sing-along for the afternoon as the speaker failed to arrive. The notices were given out, Dianne Wheeling organised the raffle and the ladies served refreshments. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.


St James' Church

SUNDAY'S service of Morning Praise was led by Judy Kerridge.

Sunday: 9.30am - Family Service led by the Rev Pauline Scott.

This will be Pauline's last service in Stretham before she moves.

Little Bears, for under fives and their carers, is in church at 10am on Monday morning. Everyone is very welcome at all our events and services.

A Church of England & Methodist congregation.

Over 60's Club

MEMBERS enjoyed playing bingo in the church Hall on June 17. Tea and biscuits were served by Daphne Ellwood, Derik Ellwood, Joan Quinsee, dot pink and Mary Cornwell. The raffle was held and birthday greetings were sung for Kathleen Brickwood, Joan Bristow, Pat Regan and Jean Wakefield.

The meeting closed with the club hymn.


Sutton Feast Programme

THE Sutton Feast begins today (Thursday) and runs until July 5 - 11 days of fun, arts and community festivities which will raise money for local charities.

Thursday: 9.30-11am - Lace Makers Group, Community Room; 7pm-10pm - Beading Demonstration, The Glebe; 7.30-9.30pm - Hereward Quilters, The Pavilion; 7.30pm - Quiz Night, School Hall.

Friday: 10am-11am - Heartbeat Walk, Community Room; 2pm-4pm - Afternoon Games, Brooklands Centre; 7pm - Psychic Night, Brooklands Centre; 7.30pm - Wine Tasting, the Pavilion.

Saturday: noon-5pm - Scalextric Race Day, The Pavilion; 1.30pm - Football Tournament, The Pavilion and Playing Fields; 4pm - Duck Race, The Anchor Inn, Sutton Gault; until 5pm - Microlight Club Competition Day, Meadows Airfield, Sutton Gault; 8pm - Snail Race, The Glebe.

Sunday: 10am - Family Fun Run, Brooklands Playing Field; 11am - Sutton Feast Beast 7, The Pavilion; 2pm-3pm - Teddy Bears' Picnic and Toddle, The Pavilion; 3pm - Rounders, The Pavilion and Playing Fields; 6.30-7.30pm - Feast Bingo, Brooklands Centre; 7.30pm - Ely Sinfonia, St Andrew's Church.

Monday: 10am - Needlework Group, The Pavilion, 6.30pm - Pond Dipping, Stankers Pond; 7.30pm - Carpet Bowls, Brooklands Centre; 7.30pm - Simply Delicious, The Glebe.

Tuesday: 10am - Outdoor Bowls, Brooklands Centre, 7pm - Treasure Hunt, Community Room; 7.30pm - Carpet Bowls, Brooklands Centre; 7.30pm - Pub Games, The Chequers; 7.45pm - Tin Bath Company, School Hall.

Wednesday: 10am - Fun In The Sun, Children's Centre; 2pm - Patchwork Group, Community Group; 3.30pm - Children's Quiz, The Old Library; 5.30pm - Indian Feast - Sutton Tandoori; 7pm - Beer Festival (Jazz), St Andrew's Church; 7.30pm - Bell Ringing, St Andrew's Church.

Thursday (July 2): 9.30am - Lace Makers Group, Community Room; 5.30pm - Indian Feast - Sutton Tandoori; 6pm - Photographic Exhibition, The Pavilion; 6.30pm - Outdoor Bowls, Brooklands Centre; 6.30pm - Taste of the Anchor, Anchor Inn; 7pm - Beer Festival (Folk), St Andrew's Church.

Friday (July 3): 10am - Heartbeat Walk, Community Room; 2pm - Afternoon Games, Brooklands Centre; 7pm - Beer Festival (Rock), St Andrew's Church; 7.45pm - Lucie's Story, Brooklands Centre.

Saturday (July 4): 10am - Conservation Society Working Party, St Andrew's Churchyard; 10am - Tithe Sale, St Andrew's Church; noon - FOSS Fete, The School; 7.30pm - Murder in the Glebe Tudor Style, The Glebe.

Sunday (July 5): 11am - BBF Walk, Fire Station; 1pm - Six a Side Cricket, Cricket Ground; 2pm - Composting, Lawn Lane; 2pm - Meet the Plotters, The Row and Lawn Lane; 7.15pm - Last Night of the Proms, St Andrew's Church.

Patient Participation Group

A MEETING was held for all patients of Prior Fields GP Practice on June 11 at the School Hall. Almost 100 people attended to endorse the setting up of a patient group and to discuss how the group can work with the practice to benefit all patients. Dr John Hughes expressed the importance of good communication between the practice and patients. He hoped the group would be a way of reaching all patients about changes happening in the NHS. A report from the meeting will be available from the surgery or www.priorsfieldsurgery.nhs



THERE were four tables in play on June 12 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs M Coulson, F Tall, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs O Newell and Mrs M White. Highest Halves: Mrs B Norman and Miss M Murfitt; Consolation: R Dewsbery; Draw: Mrs J Crown, A Bell, Mrs M Dewsbery and Mrs D Perrin.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play on June 15 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs P Jordan, R Saberton, Mrs E Sizer, A Bell, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs H Sturman and Mrs P Brand. Highest Halves: Mrs A Houghton and B Copping; Most Eights: F Tall; Consolation: Miss G Canham; Draw: A Bell, K Cornwell, Mrs I Butcher and Mrs E Sizer.