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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for March 11 - 17 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


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for March 11 - 17

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.

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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 - Evensong.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 9am - Holy Communion with preacher Archdeacon Hugh McCurdy; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Archdeacon Hugh McCurdy.


St Peter's Church

FRIDAY: 7pm - Meditation on the Stations of the Cross led by Canon Laurie Blanchard.

Sunday: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with celebrant and preacher Canon Chris Savage.

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

Methodist Church

THE stewards welcomed everyone on Sunday with notices and prayers. The 10.30am service was led by Philip Sargent. His sermon was the Fig Tree that Bore No Fruit. Prayers, hymns and Bible readings, and then offerings were taken. The evening service, at 6.30pm, was led by Ken Brown. Organists were Pam Austin and Christopher Polkinghorne.

Thursday: noon-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch; 7.30pm - Music Group.

Sunday: 10.30am - Morning Service with Terry Day; 6.30pm - Holy Communion with Rev June Mallabon. Musicians will be Pam Austin and Ginny Klein.

New Connexions @ High Barns

(Free Church)

ON Sunday we talked about dreams and Keith Waters spoke from Genesis 28 on Jacob's ladder. The Children's Club and NC Bears talked about Naaman and how he was healed of leprosy. Refreshments were available. We meet each Sunday at St Mary's School Theatre, High Barns at 10.30am, with a caf�-style service and children's groups. House groups meet during the week at various venues.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email

Countess Church

FELLOWSHIP Hour was held on Wednesday afternoon, after the monthly lunch. The meeting was led by Margaret Sammons and based on love. Janet Hare read from John 4 on God's love and ours. Colin Cresswell spoke on the work of the Zambezi Mission in Malawi, accompanied by photos of the work amongst those people.

The next meeting will be on March 17 at 2.30pm when Rev Terry Yaroslaw will be the speaker. All welcome.

On Sunday morning, the Rev Gordon Lowman took his theme from John Chapter 1, talking about 'Jesus the light of the world'. The children helped Paul Coghlan think about tools that help us, and the Bible as a tool in our lives. At the end of the service Holy Communion was celebrated.


The Olive Tree

SUNDAY'S morning's worship included Billy Onen talking about the Kingdom of Heaven.

Tuesday: 7.30pm - The Bridge, a meeting for fellowship, praise and Bible study.

Sunday: 10.30am - Holy Communion. Pastor Patrick Brandon will speak on "Samson - strength lost and regained." Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: 10.00am till noon - Open Door Caf�. A friendly setting in which to enjoy good company, freshly brewed tea and coffee, and home-made cakes.


THE next city branch meeting of the Cambridgeshire Family History Society (CFHS) will be held on March 19 from 7pm till 9pm at St Laurence's Church Hall, Milton Road, Cambridge. Ian Waller will give a talk entitled 'in and out of London'.

Non-members welcome. A donation of �1 will be appreciated.


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by John Dickinson. The organist was Margaret Haynes. The first lesson was read by Michael Richer who also presented the offertory.

Sunday: is Mothering Sunday and the Sung Eucharist will be held at 9.15am.


St John's Methodist Church

SATURDAY: 9.30am - Prayer Meeting in the Vestry.

Sunday: 10.45am - Morning Service with Rev June Mallabon; 6.30pm - Evening Service United with St George's.

Sunday (21): 10.45am - Morning Service with Tony Murfitt; 3.30pm - Caf� Church in The School Room.

All welcome at any of services/events.

The Vine Community Church

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

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 Sundays there is a series of teaching addresses by the pastor on the theme of The Seven Laws of Life, taking one of the 'laws' each week. This is followed up in home groups during the week. Part Four of the series is on Sunday which is also Mothering Sunday.

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


Baptist Church

SUNDAY: Joint service at St George`s for Mothers' Day.

Wednesday: 10am - Coffee Morning to raise funds for Save the Children.

Friday: 6pm - Girls Brigade.

All welcome at the usual 10.30am Sunday all-age worship.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S service at 10am was led by George Ginn. There was no service at 5pm.

Sunday: 10am - Holy Communion led by the Rev Bernard Arnoldat; 5pm - Evening Service led by the Rev Edwin Myers.

The Tea Dance held last Saturday raised �95 for our church funds. Many thanks to Jan and Clive, also to all who supported them and helped in any way.

Lent Lunches will resume tomorrow (Friday) at Berrycroft Methodist Hall at 12.15pm for 12.30pm.

Saturday: Songs of Praise with C & A (Ivan Cox & Jim Ames). Proceeds to Church Funds.

The next Prayer Meeting with Holy Communion is on March 24 at 10.30am in the vestibule at Berrycroft Methodist Church. All welcome at any or all of these events.

The Flower and Friendship Group is holding a Coffee Morning at Berrycroft Methodist Hall from 10am to noon on March 27.

Heartbeat Health Walk

ON March 1, 37 walkers, plus three leaders, met at the church. Liz Gwinnett was the leader with Laurie Budd in the middle and David Clarke at the back. They enjoyed a walk in the sunshine of three miles around Soham. A stop was made at The Ship or Sauce megabytes for refreshments.

Women's World Day of Prayer

RUTH Ginn was the leader for the Women's World Day of Prayer, held in the Soham Methodist Church. The theme was 'let everything that has breath praise God'. Taking part throughout the service with readings, were representatives from the churches and chapels from the local areas and also the Soham Over 60's Club. The address was given by the Deacon for the Methodists Circuit, Anglena Keizer. The organist was Greta Randal. During the service the offering was taken for the work of the Movement for Christian literature societies and for Christian educational projects. Tea and biscuits were served after the service.

Soham The Fen and Barway WI

PRESIDENT Sheila Knight welcomed everyone to the meeting on March 5. Jerusalem was sung, followed by birthday greetings to Jill Neville, Gwen Bridgeman and Sheila Knight. The business of the first part of the meeting was gone through there were no matters arising. This was followed by the AGM. The president thanked everyone for their support throughout the year and the committee for all their hard work. Secretary Yvonne Long gave her report and treasurer Jenny Langley followed with her report. The officers and committee were voted in enbloc for another year. The speaker for the evening was Laura Lim, a solicitor with Roythornes. Laura gave a talk on making a will and lasting powers of attorney. She was thanked by Gwen Bridgeman. Refreshments were served and there was a raffle. During the evening the envelope for coins of friendship was passed around.

The next meeting is on April 1 and the speakers will be Angela and Roy Nunn.


Methodist Church

SUTTON Methodist Church is closing. The final service will be one of celebration for the years of Methodism in the village and will take place on March 28 at 6.30pm. Tea will be served at 5.30pm.

If you or your family have donated items to the church over the years and would like to have them returned to you for sentimental reasons, contact Barry Roper on 01353 777073.

St Andrew's Church

A BEETLE Drive and Supper is being held at The Glebe on March 19, from 6pm. Tickets �3 first family member, �1 thereafter to a maximum of �6. Food will cost �3 for fish or chicken and chips or �2.50 for sausages and chips. All food needs to be pre-ordered.

INFO: Alastair on 01353 777598 or

ST Andrew's is due to hold its annual parochial church meeting on April 18, following the morning service

Garden Club

BILL Morris was the speaker at the meeting held on February 10 and he discussed the origins of the names of plants. He was thanked by chairman John Groves.

The meeting held yesterday (March 10) was Peter Jackson from Scotsdales Garden Centre, talking on climbing plants and wall plants.

Mobile Library

VISITS the Brooklands Centre every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Visits Scott Court on alternate Wednesdays from 12.35pm to 1pm. The next visit will be on March 17.

Conservation Society

THE freezing weather has hampered working parties so far this year but another one is planned for Saturday, March 13. Meet at the recreation ground with your tools. Free coffee. Working parties will continue to be held on the second Saturday of each month.

Peter Dawe, January's speaker, gave a talk on the possibility of a barrier across the Wash from Hunstanton to Scunthorpe which would harness tidal power to generate electricity. In February Ed Frear gave a talk on his travels to the Gambia and St Lucia. This month's speaker will be Mike Young, from Stretham, who will be giving an aerial view of the Fens on March 18.

Feast Week

A MUSICAL evening of blues, rock n' roll and ballads is being held at the Brooklands Centre on Saturday (13) from 8pm. Many performers with sound and stage crew provided by Sutton Youth Club. Tickets �6 in advance, �7.50 on the door from Liz Hawkins on 01353 777735 or Kim Osborne on 01353 776278.