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


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for August 6 - 12

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

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8.00am - Holy Communion; 12.30pm - Walsingham Cell Mass; 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 - Evensong.

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

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

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 8am - Holy Communion with David Noble; 10.30am - Family Communion with David Noble. No evening service.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with celebrant and preacher Rev Reg Macklin. Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with Canon Nigel Abbott.

Methodist Church

THE Sunday morning service at 10.30am was led by Ian Weatherall. The stewards welcomed the congregation with prayers, followed by the first hymn. There were three bible readings and the minister's sermon was based on 'forgive and forget'. The offering was taken and hymns were sung.

The evening service at 6.30pm was Songs of Praise with musicians Pam Austin and Donald Monk.

Thursday: midday-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch; 2.30pm-4pm - Open Fellowship with the Rev Barbara Garwood.

Sunday: 10.30am - service with Rev June Mallabon; 6.30pm - Holy Communion with Rev Barbara Garwood. Musicians will be Donald Monk and Helen Shanassy.

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY morning worship began with joyful celebration. Those who had spent last week at our network's annual camp told of their experiences. Our speaker was Pastor Isa Bajalia, an American Palestinian Christian from Israel. He spoke movingly of God as the redeemer of damaged lives. Prayer was offered and Holy Communion followed.

Sunday: 10.30am service with Pastor Pat Brandon. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

From 10am until noon on Friday the Open Door Caf� will offer refreshments and a pleasant setting for meeting and making friends. All are welcome.

INFO: Pastor Pat Brandon on 01353 612316.

New Connexions @ High Barns

'POWERFUL Lord', was the theme for the all-age service on Sunday. We looked at how Jesus healed a man who had been ill for 38 years, found in John ch5.

Sunday: Some Stories. All welcome at an informal gathering for church or children's club. Meetings on Sundays at 10.30am, St Mary's School Theatre.

INFO: Keith Waters on 612158 or

Ely City WI

THE next meeting of Ely City WI will be held in the Old Dispensary on August 10 at 7.30pm when the speaker will be a representative from Ely Fire and Rescue Service. The competition for the evening will be a plate of shortbread. Visitors will be most welcome.


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev Alan Hulme. The organist was Margaret Haynes. The first lesson was read by Michael Richer who also presented the offertory.

As it was Lammas Tide the sheaf of corn and bread was taken up to be blessed at the end of the service.

Sunday: Sung Eucharist will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

THE morning service was conducted by Ruth Dennigan from Ely and Stuntney church.

The musicians were Joyce, Alan and Eddie. Ruth led the singing. Ruth Dennigan began with a prayer and verse from Psalm 150. Prayers were said for Maureen's sister, Joy's friend Myra, and Pauline's friend. Ruth spoke to the teenagers using stones in a jar, sand and water. After another song and prayer, Arlene and Pauline took up the offering, followed by a song. Prayers were said for local people who are ill. The congregation said the Lord's Prayer. Ruth read from Jeremiah and the theme for her sermon was "What is the most important thing in your life? - Jesus", followed by a prayer and video. The service closed with a song and prayer.

Sunday: the service will be taken by Mervin Crawford.


St John's Methodist Church

SATURDAY: 9.30am - Prayer meeting in the vestry.

Sunday: 10.45am - Morning Worship with Duncan Palmer; 6.30pm - Evening Worship with Rev June Mallabon.

August 10-14: Holiday Club at The Vine.

Sunday (16): 10.45am - Morning Worship with Rev June Mallabon; 6.30pm - Evening Worship. United service at The Vine.

All welcome.

St George's Church

THE vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist on Sunday. The First Sunday praise was led by organist Iain Harvey and included a simple Benediction.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with the vicar and preacher Carol Swain; 10am - Parish Eucharist with the vicar. The Right Rev Dr David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, will deliver the sermon at the 10am service.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

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

Friday: 9pm - Compline.

Future Events

August 27: 10am - 3pm - Activity Day at St George's.

September 2: 7.30pm - 'Out of the Hat', Old Time Music Hall and Magic Show at the village hall,

September 15: 7pm - quiz night at St George's.

The Vine Community Church

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

Sunday: 10.30am - service with contemporary music worship and sermon by Pastor Don Gee. Youth and children's Sunday School is provided during the sermon and cr�che is open from 10.15am.

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

This year the Summer Children's Holiday Club will be held from August 10-14 from 10am until midday. The theme this year will be "Champions Challenge!" This is a joint venture with the other churches in Littleport.

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

INFO: Pastor Don Gee at 01353 860885 or 01353 864690 or go to

Littleport Evangelical Church

WE are a family-oriented fellowship of believers who encourage people by practical teaching. Sunday School is provided for children of all ages. On Thursday evening at 7pm there is Bible study for children and adults. Pastor Barnds is teaching from the Book of Colossians. There will be a special baptism service on Sunday, August 9 at 10.30am with a bring-and-share fellowship afterwards. Sunday services are all at 10.30am and Thursday services are at 7pm.

INFO: Telephone 01353 860693 or 07960119824.

We are all excited to have Dr Jobe Martin and his wife Jenna Dee joining us on Wednesday, August 26 at 7pm. Dr Martin is a noted author and speaker on creation and evolution. He is well known in the Christian community. This will be a special time for adults and children to come and hear him speak. There will also be a question and answer time afterwards.

Tree House Club

Tree House Club is a place where children, from five years to 15, can have an evening of wholesome fun. Treehouse offers activities such as crafts and sports and commuter games. Tree House is open on Fridays from 6.30pm till 9.30pm and is located at the evangelical church. Admission is �1 and there is a tuck shop available,

INFO: Telephone 01353 860693 or 07950119824.

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualist

OUR service is held at the 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 visiting medium, Pauline Porter.

The following week's medium, August 13) will be Chantelle. Both are excellent mediums.

We have a raffle for which donated prizes are gratefully accepted and a goodwill gesture collection. There is no charge for entry and we are open to everyone.

The evening is closed with tea/coffee and light refreshments again for which there is no charge and you are all welcome to stay and chat to like-minded people.

There are places available for Development Circle and Healing Circle. For those interested please contact Wendie.

INFO: For further information please contact our web site:

or Tel: 01353 667300



St George's Church

THE service of Morning Praise was led by the Rev Margaret Harper and David Noble who preached a sermon on 'Jesus being the bread of life'.

Sunday: at 10.30am we join with the Baptist Chapel.

Baptist Chapel

THE morning service was taken by Keith Rawlinson who preached on 'feeding on Christ', followed by Holy Communion.

Sunday: at 10.30am we will join with the Baptist Chapel for a United Family Service which will be led by Liz Herrrington.


Parish Council

New Play Facilities for Mepal Recreation Field: The Play Working Party has been collating Part A of the application for funds which required consultation with the whole community, especially the children and young people. This part of the application was submitted on July 24 and the council will hear early in August whether it has been successful in progressing to the next stage.

Meadow Way Play Facilities: The new play facilities in Meadow Way are still not open. The area, which remains in the ownership of Construct Reason (the developers of Meadow Way), will eventually be adopted by East Cambs District Council, however, this cannot take place until the safety checks of the new play equipment have been undertaken. The parish council has contacted Construct Reasons on several occasions but as yet has not received confirmation of when the work will be done.

Dog Fouling: work has been progressing steadily on the list of actions identified by Mepal Parish Plan. Recently, the Working Party has been concentrating on the problems of dog fouling in the village. A meeting has taken place with the Dog Warden and three new dog bins have been installed within the village. A new area of particular concern is at the beginning of the footpath that leads from New Road to the Rushway. Several bags of dog waste are being dumped daily in this area. The problem has been highlighted with the dog warden who will monitor the area and offenders will be fined.

Other actions from Mepal Parish Plan: two further Working Parties have now been formed to progress the health-related issues from the Parish Plan and to investigate the provision of bus shelters in the village. We hope to hear their initial findings soon.

One of the other actions highlighted from the Parish Plan was the importance of the Police Surgeries in the village. A surgery was arranged during July at Mepal Village Hall but the attendance was extremely poor. Confirmation of the next date is awaited from Jonathan Hall (PCSO) and, once confirmed, it will be advertised on the notice boards and on the website.

Speeding in the village: a group of volunteers has now been identified who will soon be undertaking training in the use of the Speedwatch equipment.

Allocation of 106 monies: The council has received notification from East Cambridgeshire District Council that Mepal has been awarded �18,300 from unspent 106 monies. The Parish Council will be preparing a structure to consider how the money should be used in the village.

The next meeting of Mepal Parish Council will be on September 14 at 7.30pm in Mepal Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and should you have any items of local concern then you may address the council at the Open Forum.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY worship was led by George Ginn and evening service was led by Ken Brown.

Sunday: worship at 10am will be led by George Ginn. Evening service at 6.30pm will be led by Alan Mason.

Saturday August 15: Mini Fete outside Budgens in Clay Street, Soham 10am-midday, with cake stall, tombola, bric-a brac, draw and competitions. Proceeds to Soham Methodist Church Renovation and Refurbishment Funds.

Heartbeat Health Walk

ON July 27, 13 walkers plus the three leaders, Liz Gwinnett, David Clarke and Laurie Budd, went for a walk of three miles around Soham.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed members to the meeting in the Pavilion. The speaker for the afternoon was George Ginn who gave a detailed and informative talk on a visit to London and a tour of the Buckingham Palace Gardens.

Birthday greetings were sung to two members and Myrtle Fordham was welcomed back to the club. The notices were given out and members were reminded there would be no meeting on August 7. Vera Seal organised the raffle, refreshments were served and the meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Viva Arts and Community Group

THE Viva Charity Shop in Churchgate Street is holding its first giant pre-owned book sale on Saturday August 22 and needs local support to make it a fund-raising success. The shop is asking the people of the area to dust off their bookshelves and donate good condition books for the sale. The book sale will raise funds for the Soham-based Viva Arts and Community Group, a registered charity dedicated to regional community development and the engagement and development of young people through the arts and associated community projects.

Books can be dropped off at the Viva Charity Shop which is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm and until 12.30pm on Wednesday.

The Viva Charity Shop Giant Pre-Owned Book Sale will take place on August 22, from 10am until 3pm in the Viva Centre, 7 Churchgate Street. Books will be on sale from just 20p with big discounts on bulk purchases.

Staff and volunteers at the shop are counting down to a major milestone in their five-year history. The Shop's 100,000th customer is expected to make a purchase at some point in the next two weeks and will be greeted in style with a bottle of champagne.



THERE were five tables in play at the dominoes held on July 10 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: A Bell, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs S Saberton, Miss G Canham, Mrs J Hardiment, Mrs M Coulson and Mrs G Faux. Highest halves: Mrs O Newell and A Reed; Consolation: Mrs M Dewsbery; Draw: Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs J Crown, B Copping and A Bell.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on July 13 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs D Perrin, K Cornwell, A Bell, Mrs A Houghton, Miss G Canham, Mrs P Brand and Mrs H Sturman. Highest Halves: Mrs N Bean and Miss M Murfitt; Most fives: B Copping; Consolation: R Saberton; Draw: Mrs E Sizer, Mrs P Brand, Mrs A Houghton and Mrs M Dewsbery.


St Peter's Club

CLUB members had a day at the seaside on July 28, visiting Sheringham for lunch and then on to Wells-Next-The-Sea.

The club met on July 31 when a talk was given on antiques by Barrie Stevenson, although the items were few the talk was most interesting. Tea, biscuits and a raffle followed.

The next outing is on August 25 to Great Yarmouth and the next meeting is on August 28 when a quiz will be held.


St Andrew's Church

ON Sunday, the Rev Dixon led the family service with two baptisms.

Sunday: Eucharist will be celebrated at 10.30am.

Tuesday: Holy Communion is celebrated at 10am.

There will be a Holiday Club at Wentworth Church for both churches from August 17-21, with crafts, games, and barbecue. Details from Canon Brampton.