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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for February 18 - 24 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 Pra


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for February 18 - 24

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; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist with Holy Baptism and Ministry of Healing; 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 Prayer.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 9am - Holy Communion with preacher Jane Hulme; 10.30am - Morning Praise with preacher Jane Hulme.


St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with celebrant and preacher Canon Laurie Blanchard.

Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with Rev Eric Rowland.

Methodist Church

THE stewards welcomed the congregation to morning service at 10.30am with notices and prayers led by Katie Leonowicz. The service opened with a hymn and prayers and readings from the New Testament.

The evening service at 6.30pm, with Holy Communion, was led by Rev Barbara Garwood. The musicians were Pam Austin and Alan Bulley.

Thursday: noon-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch.

Saturday: 7.30pm - One Sound concert in the cathedral.

Sunday: 10.30am - One Sound; 6.30pm - evening service with Rev Barbara Garwood. Organists will be Donald Monk and Christopher Polkinghorne.

Countess Church

REV David Taylor brought the message to the church on Sunday, using a passage from Colossians chapter 1 to illustrate the importance of relationships in the church. Andy Watson led the worship. In the evening Rob Booth spoke and Paul Coghlan led the worship.

Sunday: 10.30am - Family Service led by Brian Mitchell; 6.30pm - Evening Service. All welcome.

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY morning's worship included Holy Communion. The pastor spoke on fire in the Bible, showing how holy fire may appear either dangerous or beneficial, but is always ultimately to be desired.

Sunday service 10.30am. The speaker will be the Pastor. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: 10am-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.

INFO: Pastor Patrick Brandon on 01353 612316.

New Connexions @ High Barns

(Free Church)

THE theme on Sunday was suffering. The pre-school group made hearts and thought about the people who care about them, and Children's Club learned that God loves us just as we are.

The church meets on Sunday at St Mary's School Theatre, High Barns, with a caf�-style service and for Children's Club - do feel free to come and meet us.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email

City of Ely Flower Club

THE first meeting of the year was held on February 4 at the City of Ely Community College in Downham Road, Ely. Jackie O'Hare, the demonstrator, was making a return visit with the theme 'anything goes'. A vote of thanks was given by Rebecca Jackson.

Several notices were given out, including the area group meeting at Haslingfield on May 27. Also that the Ely club will be holding its club show on June 10 - entry forms are now available.

The next meeting will be held on March 4 at 7.15pm. The demonstrator will be Jenny Baker with the theme 'mad about plants'.

Ely Northwold WI

A MEETING was held at the Cathedral Centre on February 10. Vice-president June Bevan welcomed members, guest, Valerie Billimore, and new member Daphne Brown. The speaker was Paula Macleod, from Wisbech, who demonstrated 'carved cakes' . She was thanked by Chris Cheale.

After refreshments the winner of the competition for the most words made from the word 'valentine' was Lorna Lucas who made 73 words. Draw prize winners were Sue Eden, Daphne Brown, Sharon Owen and Brenda Maton. Future events include a trip to Buckingham Palace and Tolthorpe Hall.

The next meeting will be on March 10 when the speaker will be Liz Dunn, talking about the charity Homestart.

Ely Northwold WI meets at the Cathedral Centre at 7.15pm. Visitors welcome.


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev Margaret Talbot. The organist was Margaret Haynes. The first lesson was read by Geoff Briggs and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday: Sung Eucharist is at 9.15am.


St George's Church

THE Rev Rosemary Maskell led and preached at the Parish Eucharist.

On February 15. Restoration work started on the South Porch. Please use the North Porch entrance for the duration of the works. Services will be as normal during this time.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer. No Pram Service during half term.

Ash Wednesday: 9.30am - Holy Communion; 2pm - The Hobbies Group meets;

7.30pm - Sung Eucharist, with the Imposition of Ashes at both services.

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

Sunday: 9am - Holy Communion with Rev Rosemary Maskell; 10am - Holy Baptism with Rev Rosemary Maskell and preacher Carol Swain.

If anyone is thinking about confirmation this year, please speak to the vicar. The Confirmation Service will take place on April 24 at St Mary's Church, Ely at 6.30pm.

The next Coffee Morning is on February 27.

St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY: 10.45am - Holy Communion with Rev Bernard Arnold; 3.30pm - Caf� Church.

Sunday (28): 10.45am - Morning Service with Ian Weatherall; 6.30pm - Evening Service United at St George's Parish Church with preacher Tony Murfitt.

All welcome at any services/events.

The Vine Community Church

LIVELY, friendly, non-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal in Hempfield Road. All welcome.

Sunday services begin at 10.30am, but tea and coffee is served from 10.15am onwards. The cr�che for the youngest children is open from 10.15am and older children enjoy a separate meeting during the second half of the service. Afterwards, refreshments are served.

On Sunday, the congregation was introduced to 'the seven laws of life'. What does it mean to be 'successful'? Are there laws we can follow to lead to success? Starting on February 21, in the weeks leading up to Easter, the pastor will be giving a series of teaching addresses on this theme, taking one of the 'laws' each week, and these will be followed up in home groups in the following week.

There's a Tenpin Bowling Night on February 26 at the Lakenheath USAF base - call the number below for details.

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

Littleport WI

MEMBERS enjoyed their annual post-Christmas celebration by dining out in style at the Hare Arms near Downham Market.

At this month's meeting, held on February 11, members pitted their wits against each other in a six team challenge quiz. This was arranged by local quiz master Peter Allen and his wife.

Twins Doreen Robinson and Trudy Crawford shared a birthday cake with members, celebrating their 80 years young.

There were 23 entries for the competition of an unusual pencil sharpener. WI mugs were awarded to Maggie Mcgowen, Hilary Chapman- Fisher, Angie Cox, Pat Olive, Val Pendle, Diana Tooke and Phyllis Neal for accumulating points.

The overall yearly winners Diane Tooke and Maggie McGowen will share polishing the silver salver for 12 months.

The March meeting will feature Claire Lister talking about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The competition will be a decorated hard boiled egg.

Tickets for the Barn Dance in the village hall on March 23 are on sale at �6, to include a ploughman's supper but bring your own drink.

Littleport Flower Arrangement Club

THE club meets tomorrow (19) at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall in Victoria Street. The demonstrator is Tim Meakin from Upwell and the title of his demonstration is 'Spring in Fenland'. All visitors and potential new members welcome. 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.

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


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. To avoid disappointment please arrive early for healing as our healers are very busy.

The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm and this week we have medium, Barbara Price. The following week, we have had to cancel due to village hall repairs. There is 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.


St George's Church

ON Sunday, a United Family service was held with the Baptist Chapel. Pastor Tudor Parsons spoke on the theme of love for each other and God's love for us.

Sunday: at 9.30am the service will be Holy Communion led by Rev Margaret Harper.

On Tuesday evening at 6pm there will be informal hymn singing at the church and rehearsals for St. George's revels. All welcome.

FRIENDS of St George's Church present an evening with Mike Petty on February 27 at 7.30pm with a talk on 'Fenland life between the wars'. Tickets are �5, including a glass of wine and nibbles and are available from T Shaw on 01353 649470 or J Drewry on 01353 648819 or on the door.

Baptist Church

SUNDAY: 10.30am - Morning Service with Pastor Tudor Parsons.

Sunday's joint family service was spent with the congregation from St George's.

Coffee mornings are back to normal on the first Tuesday of the month and third Wednesday. Both held at 10am. Please go along whether you attend church or not. You will be made very welcome.

Girls Brigade is closed this week due to half term.

INFO: Tudor Parsons on 01353 648082


Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S service at 10am was led by Ivan Cox. Rev Edwin Myers led worship at 5pm.

Sunday: service at 10am will be led by John Seaman.

Wives Group meets this evening (Thursday) at 7.30pm. Speaker: Barrie Hawkins from German Shepherd Dog Homefinders. Barrie will be bringing a GSD with him.

The Valentines Coffee Morning at Berrycroft Methodist Hall raised �424 for Soham Methodist Church Funds. Thank you so much to all who helped in any way and to all who supported us. We really do appreciate it.

March 13 - Songs of Praise with C & A (Ivan Cox & Jim Ames). Proceeds for church funds.

Soham Games Club

MEETS at Soham Library in Clay Street every other Friday from 2.30-4.30pm. The next meetings will be on March 5 and March 19.

Everyone is welcome to this friendly, informal club. If you enjoy playing or would like to learn to play chess, Scrabble, dominoes, cribbage or checkers come and join us for a game, tea and biscuits and a chat. All ages welcome. Cost �1 per session.

INFO: 01223 811664 or 07759 720616.

Heartbeat Health Walk

LIZ Gwinnett was the leader for the walk taken on February 8 when 37 walkers plus the three leaders took part in the 3.3 miles stroll around Soham. A stop was made at The Ship or Sauce megabytes for welcome refreshment.

Over 60's Club

CHAIRMAN Vera Seal welcomed members and guests to the Over 60's annual dinner on February 12. Vice-chairman Ruth Ginn said Grace. Everyone enjoyed an excellent four-course meal with wine or orange juice followed by tea or coffee. Billy G proposed the toast and also congratulated Frances and Len Langdon on their diamond wedding anniversary. The afternoon's entertainment was provided by Billy G with songs from the 60s and 70s. During the break Ruth organised the raffle assisted by Vera Seal, Ellen Webb, Jean Wells and Betty Langdon distributing the prizes. The raffle made �208 for Club funds. Ruth thanked everyone who had donated the prizes and thanks are extended to the caterers and Peggy Gibbon for organising the lunch.

Phoenix Club

JANNICE Kinnear welcomed everyone to the meeting on February 10. Jackie Whip, a first responder with MAGPAS, was the guest speaker. Jannice thanked her and presented Jackie with a donation for MAGPAS.

An outing has been arranged for April 21 to Scotsdales. Refreshments were served and there was a raffle. The next meeting is March 10. All welcome.



THERE were three tables in play at the dominoes held on January 29 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: B Copping, Mrs D Perrin, A Bell, Mrs M White, Mrs A Houghton and Mrs M Dewsbery. Highest halves: Miss G Canham and Miss M Murfitt; Consolation: F Tall; Draw: R Dewsbery, Mrs M Dewsbery, B Copping and Mrs A Houghton.

THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on February 5 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs J Hardiment, Mrs M White, A Bell, Mrs J Crown, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs A Houghton and R Dewsbery.

Highest halves: Mrs M Dewsbery and Miss M Murfitt. Consolation: Mrs O Newell; Draw: Mrs D Perrin, Mrs O Newell, Mrs M Dewsbery and Mrs J Crown.