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Ely Cathedral SERVICES for October 8 - 14 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 12.10 - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Saturday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8

Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for October 8 - 14

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

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 12.30pm - Walsingham Cell Mass; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Harvest Festival Sung Eucharist; 4pm - Harvest Festival Songs of Praise.

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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 Alan Hulme; 10.30am - Family Communion with Alan Hulme; 6.30pm - Evening Prayer with David Noble.

October 15: 7.30pm - The Ely 900 Faraday Lecture (Creation v Evolution - do we have to choose?) by Dr Denis Alexander.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with the Rev Toby Humphry.

Tuesday: Holy Communion with Rev Brian Kerley.

Methodist Church

RUTH Arnold led the morning service on Sunday. The evening service was led by Diane Bright.

Tuesday: 10.30am - noon - Coffee Club; 7.30pm - Bible Study group at the Manse.

Thursday: Midday - 1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch.

Sunday: 10.30am - morning service led by the Rev Barbara Garwood; 6.30pm - Holy Communion led by the Rev Barbara Garwood.

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY morning's worship dwelt on the faithfulness of our God and His provision for us in every area of life. The pastor spoke about the 'feast of tabernacles', a season of thanks-giving for harvest and security.

Sunday: 10.30am - Harvest Celebration for all ages.

Friday: 10am till noon - Open Door Caf� for refreshments and meeting and making friends.

All welcome.

Walking Group

SUNDAY: Second section of Norfolk Coast Path. Depart Waitrose in Ely at 8.30am. All day outing so take food and bus fare.

INFO: David and Jenny Ellis 07817 592438.

October 25: Walk in Red Lodge.

INFO: Mike and Sandy on 07771 922659.

Ely City Military Band

THE band is to receive the Freedom of the City in a special ceremony at the cathedral on October11 at 4pm. The band, which numbers more than 60 musicians, is being recognised for its outstanding services to the community over the past 40 years. The current band was formed in 1962 although there has been a military band in Ely since the early 20th century. The band's membership spans all age groups, from primary school pupils to pensioners.


Parish Church

HARVEST Festival at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by John Dickinson. The organist was Margaret Haynes. The first lesson was read by Joyce Briggs and the offertory was presented by Lee, Callum and Kelly Howard.

Sunday: Sung Eucharist will be held at 9.15am.


Methodist Church

SEPTEMBER was the month for Harvest Festivals and the chapel was beautifully decorated by Win Moore with chrysanthemums and other seasonal decorations on the windows by Jenny Boatwright. The local chapel took on a different format. Instead of bringing fruit and vegetables etc, the congregation brought along items to fill an Aquabox which will act as a water purifier for emergency disasters such as tsunamis. A collection of �60 enabled Mavis Middleton to buy extra domestic and gardening tools for people who have lost everything in flood/fires etc.

Traditional roast lunch was served by Barbara Galley and helpers. Guests included Ivy Markwell, at 101 the oldest member, together with two of her former Sunday School scholars of over half a century ago - Audrey Woolstenholmes and Ruth Bester.

Winners of the September quizzes were Harry Foster and Mary-Anne Boatwright and the October ones will be on sale at the Coffee Morning on Saturday, from 10am.

The winter meetings of the Ecumenical Ladies Fellowship started yesterday, (Wednesday) and further details may be obtained from Joyce Thulbon (Baptist), Cecelia Stroud (Anglican) and Betty Riley (Baptist). For other mid-week services, contact Betty White. The monthly Hymns from the Heart get-together will take place on Monday evening, organised by Peter Kirby, when singers and non-singers will be made welcome.


St George's Church

ON Sunday, the vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist. The First Sunday Prayer at 6.30pm was led by the Mother's Union.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion; 10am - Parish Eucharist. John Mashall will preach at each of these services; 6.30pm - Evening Service will be held at St John's Methodist Church.

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

Wednesday: 9.30m - Holy Communion.

Friday: 6pm - Junior Choir Practice; 7.30pm - Senior Choir Practice; 9pm - Compline.

Next Friendship Lunch on October 17 in the Parish Room.

Next Coffee Morning on October 24, also in the Parish Room.

Everyone is welcome at any or all of the church services.

INFO: contact the vicar on 01353 860207.

St John's Methodist Church

SATURDAY: 7pm - Holy Beetle Drive; 9.30pm - Prayer meeting in the vestry.

Sunday: 10.45am - Morning Service with Ian Weatherall; 6.30pm - Evening Service with the Rev Christopher Bishop. United Service.

Sunday (October 18): 10.45am - Morning Service with the Rev June Mallabon, including Holy Communion; 3.30pm - John's Caf� Church.

All welcome to events and services.

The Vine Community Church

LIVELY non-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal in Hempfield Road.

Sunday: 11am - Wedding Service followed by a 'bring-and-share reception' - if you want to stay for this, please let Heather Gee know (01353 864690) for catering purposes.

Separate house groups meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Sunday: Morning Service at 10.30am with Pastor Don Gee.

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

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualist (LEADS)

THE service is held at the Village Hall, Victoria Street on Thursdays unless stated in the newspaper or on the website.

Doors open at 6.30pm 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.

This week medium Victoria Neal will be demonstrating psychic art and clairvoyanance.

Next week (October 15) Colin Anderson will be guest medium.

We have a raffle for which donated prizes are gratefully accepted and a goodwill gesture collection. Thank you to all who donated last week. There is no charge for entry.

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

There have been many new faces recently and we hope you were made welcome and enjoyed your evening and look forward to seeing you again.



Baptist Church

SUNDAY: 10.30am - Joint service with St George's Parish Church will be held at the Baptist Chapel. Tea/coffee served after the service.

The service will include a re-dedication of the Girls' Brigade and will be led by Norman Gulliver with some input from Peter Cockerton.

The Baptist fellowship is a small friendly congregation currently with one child in attendance on a Sunday. New members very welcome.

Sunday (October 18): Service will be led by Pastor Tudor Parsons.

St George's Church

THE Morning Praise service was taken by the Rev Margaret Harper with a sermon on 'our oneness with our Father God, Jesus Christ, the Son and the Holy Spirit'. We are all Family.

Sunday: we join our friends at the Baptist Chapel at 10.30am for United Family Service.


Methodist Church

THE monthly Coffee Morning at Ann and Sarah Willett's home, Byways in Barcham Road, on September 30 raised �91 for Soham Methodist Church.

The Service on Sunday was led by Ivan Cox.

Sunday: services will be led by the Rev Edwin Myers. At the morning service we will welcome the uniformed organisations of Soham for a united service. Rev Myers will also lead the service at 5pm.

The next Prayer Meeting with Communion is on Wednesday at 10.30am in the vestibule. All are welcome.

Heartbeat Health Walk

SEPTEMBER 30: 35 walkers plus the three leaders, Liz Gwinnett, David Clarke and Laurie Budd, took part in a walk of 3.6 miles around Soham. A stop was made at The Ship or Sauce megabytes for refreshment.

Over-60's Club

DIANE Wheeling welcomed members and guests to the harvest meeting. Diane gave out the notices before introducing the ministers from the local churches and chapel. The Rev Tim Alban-Jones led the harvest meeting with contributions from Baptist Minister Colin Springer and Methodist Minister Edwin Myers. Readings were given by Les Ball and Ann Willett. Hymn sheets had been distributed and everyone joined in the singing of the harvest hymns led by the Rev. They were accompanied at the piano by Mytle Fordham. An auction of table decorations and a flower arrangement followed. Diane thanked them all on behalf of the members. A collection was made which raised �75 for the Milton Children's' Hospice. Refreshments were served and Vera Seal organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Soham The Fen and Barway WI

PRESIDENT Sheila Knight welcomed everyone to the meeting on October 2. Members joined in the singing of Jerusalem. The business of the evening was dealt with and Yvonne Long thanked everyone for bringing along items for the harvest auction. The speaker for the evening was John Savill on the history of Punch and Judy. Following his talk he put on a Punch and Judy show, bringing an hilarious ending to his visit. Gwen Bridgeman gave a vote of thanks. Refreshments were served and the raffle organised. John judged the exhibition of a soft toy and the winner was Jill Neville. The auction of harvest goods followed.


St Andrew's Church

Autumn Fayre

MANY thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the Fayre on September 12 such a success. Also to those who supported the event which raised more than �1,100 for Church funds.

Prayer Meeting

AN open prayer meeting takes place at St Andrew's every Wednesday, from 7pm -7.30pm in The Lady Chapel.

250 Club

SEPTEMBER'S �30 prize was won by Mr R Bailey of Pound Lane. To join the club contact Tony Tillett on 01353 778458.

Harvest Festival

ST Andrew's is celebrating Harvest Festival on Sunday with a special Family Eucharist at 10.30am. All welcome.

Garden Club

AT the September meeting, treasurer Maureen Rose gave a demonstration of how to plant up winter containers. She showed three different containers, including one with herbs, and donated all three for the raffle. Maureen was thanked by Janet Townsin on behalf of the club.

The next meeting will be on October 14 at 7.45pm in the Brooklands Centre Village Hall. The speaker will be Stephen Poyser who is a member of the Cambridge Bee Keepers' Association. With the recent publicity on the decline of the bee population and its effect on pollination in our gardens, this should be an interesting talk. Non-Members are welcome. Admission is �2 which includes a cup of tea or coffee.

Women's Institute

OPEN Meeting will be held today (8) at 7.30pm in Scott Court, Pound Lane. Ely Standard editor Debbie Davies will be talking about her life in journalism and taking questions.

A birthday cake will be presented to help mark 90 years of the WI in the Isle of Ely.

INFO: President, Sylvia Hayler on 01353 775062.

Sutton Feast

THE Feast Committee is making plans for the 10th anniversary of the event and wants to involve as many individuals and organisations as possible with events to run between June 24 and July 4 2010.

The AGM of the Committee takes place on October 12 at 8pm in the school community room. All welcome.

INFO: Jane Green on 01353 777962.


THIS friendly, reliable pre-bookable door-to-door service can be used for your weekly shopping, medical appoints or simply visiting friends and family. Available to all ages. Vehicles are wheelchair accessible.

Dial-A-ride also operates an excursion programme with at least 20 trips each month. These include pub lunches, regional shopping centres, trips to the coast, theatre and other places of interest.

Group Hire is also available for local charities, social groups and non-profit making organisations. A self-drive option is also available.

INFO: 01353 661161 or email or go to



THERE were five tables in play at the dominoes held on September 25 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs B Norman, Mrs O Newell, Mrs M Dewsbery, B Copping, A Bell, Mrs P Martin and Mrs J Crown. Highest halves: Miss G Canham and Miss M Murfitt; Consolation: Mrs S Saberton; Draw: Miss G Canham, Mrs S Saberton and A Reed.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on September 28 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs D Perrin, N Synejko, Mrs Sizer, Mrs I Butcher, Mrs N Bean, Miss M Murfitt and Mrs A Houghton. Highest Halves: Mrs M Dewsbery and R Saberton; Most fours: Mrs P Jordan; Consolation: Miss G Canham; Draw: Mrs E Sizer, Mrs H Sturman, Mrs A Houghton and K Cornwell.


St Peter's Club

THE club held its Harvest Festival meeting on September 25. Members and friends provided a large amount of vegetables and goods to be sold for club funds. The piano was played by Ozzie Peters and the service taken by Mrs Peters. Tea and biscuits were served.

Members had a day out in Canterbury on September 29.

The next meeting is on October 25.


St Andrew's Church

ON Sunday uniformed groups attended the Harvest Thanks-giving Service, which was led by Teresa Dixon. Thanks to all the organisations who helped to decorate the church. The Pre-School also had a harvest service in the church, and gifts were brought to both for Cambridge Food Bank to distribute.

Sunday: Holy Communion is at 10.30am and every Tuesday at 10am.

On Friday there will be a concert by the Isle Singers and the junior choir from St Andrew's, Sutton. Songs from the Shows, tickets will be available at the door, in aid of the Church Extension Appeal.

The 200-Club draw took place on Sunday.

Villagers are asked to save their copper coins and bring to church on October 23 when they will be laid in the aisle in the shape of a cross. This in aid of the Church Extension Appeal.