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Ely Ely Cathedral SERVICES for October 30 – November 5 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 12.10pm – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evening Prayer. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quie


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for October 30 - November 5

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

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 1.30pm - Wedding Celebration Service; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - All Saints' Sunday Sung Eucharist and Ministry of Healing; 4pm - Requiem Eucharist for All Souls.

Monday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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

Wednesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Ely Methodist Church

NOTICES and prayers were said before Sunday's morning service at 11am. This was shared by Celia Summerfield and David Middleton. Six hymns were sung and readings were taken from the New Testament. The children were given sweets to share. Offerings were taken then David Middleton took the second part of the service with a second reading from the New Testament. His sermon was based on what God asks of us.

The evening service, at 6.30pm, was led by Iain Ballard.

Thursday: noon-1pm is the shoppers' lunch.

Friday: 7.30pm - Methodist Guild, an evening with Richard Bye.

Sunday: 11am - service led by John Seaman at 6.30pm - all souls evening service led by the Rev Christopher Bishop. Musicians were Pam Austin and Donald Monk.

Countess Free Church

SUNDAY morning's worship session was led by Paul Coghlin, the musicians and lady singers. Paul gave a talk to the young children, based on 'trust'. Rob Booth gave the address, based on the Samaritan woman at the well.

The evening service was led by Bill and Jan Roberts who spoke about their recent visit to Sierra Leone, a country which the Countess commission churches in England support financially and prayerfully. Slides were shown.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Care Cell Group met at Mike and Julie Freeman's home for a time of song, praise and prayer.

Thursday: the elders and deacons meet in the hall for their monthly discussion about the ongoing work and vision for the Church.

On Friday and Saturday lunch times the Ignite Conference people will meet in the hall, following the meetings which are being held in the Lighthouse Centre from Thursday evening until Saturday evening. This is part of the Churches Together in Ely initiative.

The services on Sunday will be led by Pastor Lowman. The morning's message will be on the Tabernacle: God's Blueprint for Worship. The evening message will be on 'you are the salt of the earth'.

Flower Club

IN The Deep Mid Winter with national demonstrator Jean Crane will be held on November 6 at 7pm in Needhams Hall, City of Ely Community College. Visitors welcome. Cost: £3.50.

INFO: Grace Bent 01353 661457

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be the Rev Alan Partridge.

Wednesday: Lunchtime service at 1pm, followed by a bring-and-share lunch at St Peter's House.

Olive Tree Fellowship

SUNDAY'S morning worship included Holy Communion, and very encouraging reports from last weekend's youth conference. The pastor spoke on the resurrection of the dead, as the fifth of his six-part series on elementary principles. This was followed by lunch.

Sunday: worship at 10.30am. The speaker will be Kathie Davis-Bater. Crèche and Sunday School will be available as usual. On Friday, from 10am until noon the Open Door Café offers refreshments and good company in the church's main room.

New Connexions @ High Barns (Free Church)

WE enjoyed a bit of vintage comedy, a good chat over coffee and discussed what we thought, as well as checking out what the Bible actually says, rather than what people sometimes say it says...not only that but there was some great music as well, and for the younger and more energetic, plenty of fun and games in the children's club.

We've been travelling through various subjects over the past few weeks and next week we'll be thinking about whether the Bible really has any use these days, or if it's just an out of date and worthless old book. As we've said before, this is a church for everyone, whether you've never been to church before, used to go but for whatever reason drifted away, or have just moved into our area.

We have a good time on Sunday at 10.30am and also at the midweek group on a Wednesday at The Theatre at St Mary's Junior School in High Barns.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email

Inner Wheel Club

PRESIDENT Jill Sallis welcomed district chairman Carole Gunthorpe and other guests to the October meeting. Carole then inducted a new member Susie Sallis who as the daughter of the president made history by being the third generation family member to join the Ely club. Business matters were then dealt with, which included the outcome of the coffee morning last week that raised enough money to provide Christmas hampers for some selected needy families in Ely. Members were entertained by Carole when she reminisced about her first job as a bursar in an all male Oxford College. She concluded by reminding members of the need to value membership of the club and encouraged them to take up office in order to keep it alive. The evening continued with a ploughman's supper and a chance to socialise.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 26 with a visit to the Thursford Christmas event


Baptist Chapel

THE service was conducted by the Rev Jim Mullin. The musicians were Elizabeth, David Eddie and Alan. David welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. There will be a 'light party' for children at 6pm on Friday, followed by Faith Rocks. The morning service next week will be a family service.

Happy Birthday was sung to Joan, Elizabeth and Amber. Jim read from the second book of Chronicles, chapter 7. This was followed by songs and prayers. He then played a video recording of the young people with the puppets in Newmarket on Saturday. The offering was taken by Rachel and George, followed by a reading from Joel 3, 1 to 20. The service closed with hymns and prayers.

Parish Council

THE parish council met in October. Minutes of the last meeting and accounts to be paid were authorised and signed. Cllr Robert Norman reported that the county council had carried out some work on the fen road between Lode Way and Aldreth, which had improved the road considerably.

Catherine Shilton of Cambridgeshire ACRE will be invited to attend the November meeting to discuss a housing needs survey. PCSOs Clare Todd and Sam Johnson have split the villages they cover between them so that they can have a more frequent presence in each and Clare will be covering Haddenham and Aldreth.

The person responsible for squirting the expanding foam up exhaust pipes of cars in the High Street had been caught and is being dealt with.

Car crime is on the increase again. Clare is intending to use the local buses to take the opportunity to get out and about to meet and talk to residents. She is also going to target people dropping litter and dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets. There have been more shed burglaries in the area, several thefts of purses in Ely and two instances of rogue traders in the area targeting elderly people.

Cllr Ian Allen reported that the Ely market town strategy has been endorsed by the Environment & Transport Committee and will now move on to the Area Joint Committee for acceptance. The district council supported an annual delivery of plastic refuse sacks but an amendment to include the delivery of four paper sacks to each house at the same time to re-launch the recycling services was defeated.

Cllr Pauline Wilson reported that in view of the recent bus cuts the Community Services Committee had asked the chief executive to write to the county council to request more money for the Ely Soham Dial-a-Ride scheme.


Littleport Ely and District Spiritualist Church (LEADS)

WE would like to thank Jenny Gomez for taking our divine service last Thursday. Jenny was able to give several messages of comfort.

Unfortunately we have no service this week and we will return on November 6 with Nikki Gunn who is new to our church and is kindly taking our divine service.

Divine service is held on Thursdays at the village hall in Littleport.

Doors open at 6.40pm for spiritual healing until 7.20pm and this service is free to all who are in need of healing.

The service begins at 7.30pm with our visiting medium.

A raffle takes place at the end of the evening and we would like to thank all who contributed gifts last week for the raffle. They are always appreciated. The service is followed by light refreshments and people are welcome to join us, chat and meet new like-minded people. Everyone welcome, please come with an open mind and find out for yourselves the facts about spiritualism.

Monday: awareness course. This costs £2.50, and is held in the hall. Numbers are limited so contact Wendie on 01353 667300.


The Vine Community Church

WE are a lively non-denominational church which meets at the Regal in Hempfield Road in Littleport.

Sunday: service will be at 10.30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by pastor Don Gee. We are happy to announce that our crèche is now open throughout the service. Sunday School is also provided. After the service, tea and coffee is served.

INFO: Don Gee on 01353 860885 or 01638 780457.

St George's Church

THE Rev Canon Herrick presided at the 8am Holy Communion at which the preacher was Carol Swain. The Right Rev Peter Dawes presided at the 10am parish Eucharist, when the sermon was delivered by Jane Harris. At 6.30pm, a combined evensong was held with our friends and a preacher from St John's Methodist Church.

Saturday: Men's Breakfast Club in the Parish Room at 9am.

Sunday: The vicar will preside and preach at the 8am Holy Communion. She will preside at the 10am Parish Eucharist when Carol Swain will preach. At 6.30pm, there will be an All Souls' Eucharist.

Monday: Evening Prayer Service will be held all week, starting at 5pm.

Tuesday: 1.45pm Pram Service for all pre-school toddlers and their parents or carers.

Wednesday: Holy Communion at 9.30am. The first of our services for healing and wholeness, a quiet and reflective service.

Saturday: organ recital to celebrate the vicar's birthday. We are assured of an excellent evening's entertainment from organists Iain Harvey and Dr Peter Luck.

Wednesday, November 19: quiz and chips at St George's at 7pm.

St John's Methodist Church

JOHN Seaman led last Sunday's morning service. Gladys Rose and Yvonne Peacock read the lessons and Janice Weatherall was the organist. The Rev June Mallabon led a memorial service in the evening. The pianist was Pat Hodson. On Sunday, the Rev Mallabon will lead the morning worship, which will include the celebration of Holy Communion. The evening service will be united at St George's Parish Church when Tony Murfitt will be the preacher.


Baptist Chapel

OUR afternoon service was taken by the Rev Gywnn Jones who spoke about the Christian's responsibility to others. Next Sunday at 3pm our service will be led by Brian West.

Tuesday: we will hold our monthly coffee morning at 10am.

St George's Church.

OUR service of Morning Praise was led by Judy Kerridge who spoke on the parable of 'hidden treasure'. Next Sunday, our 9.30am service will be taken by David Noble.


Methodist Church

THERE was a united service for Bible Sunday at St Andrew's Church on Sunday.

Evening Service at Berrycroft was led by the Rev Edwin Myers, with Holy Communion.

Sunday: morning worship is at 10am and will include Holy Communion. This will be led by our superintendant minister, the Rev Barbara Garwood (Ely).

There is no evening service on Sunday.

Friday, October 31: Ann and Sarah Willett are holding a coffee morning at Byways in Barcham Road, Soham from 10am till noon. Tea and coffee and a cake or scone, and receive a raffle ticket, all for £1. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, November 1: Songs of Praise with C, that is Ivan Cox and Jim Ames, at 7pm. Proceeds from both events are for Soham Methodist Church Property and Developement Fund.

Wednesday, November 5: prayer meeting held in the vestibule at 10.30am, led by the Rev Edwin Myers.

Heartbeat Health Walk

ON October 20, 33 walkers, plus the two leaders, met at the church for the weekly walk. Led by Liz Gwinnett, with Laurie Budd at the back, their walk this week took them through the town and around the commons.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed members and the guest speaker to the meeting on October 24. Peggy Gibbon gave out the notices and collected the money for the Christmas lunch at Brook House. The speaker for the afternoon was Becky Turner from EACH who gave an interesting illustrated talk. Members were given a copy of the newsletter to read. Ruth thanked Becky on behalf of the members. A collection was made and £60 was presented to Becky for hospice funds. Refreshments were served and Vera Seal organised the raffle. A wide selection of books were for sale. The men played dominoes in the adjoining room and the meeting closed with the singing of the club

Boys' Brigade

THE brigade has grown in recent months and now has around 20 keen and enthusiastic members. Further growth is now limited by lack of leaders, so the group is mounting a roadshow outside Budgens on November 1, to attract new leaders. Do you have a skill or hobby you could share with this group of eight to 11 year-olds?

Activities in the past have included canoeing trips and a visit to Wicken Fen. The group meets at Soham Methodist Church on Wednesday evenings, from 6.30pm.

This is a special year also for the Boys' Brigade at national level, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary as the world's oldest voluntary uniformed youth organisation.

INFO: or telephone 01223 565801


Royal British Legion

A DANCE is being organised to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. It will be held on November 15 from 8pm-11.30pm at the Brooklands Centre. Dancing will be to Greenbeat and there will be a bar, raffle and snacks available. Tickets cost £5 on the door.

INFO: Donna on 01353 778330

Feast Committee

A VERY successful Feast Week (11 days) was reviewed at the recent AGM. Most activities had received excellent support from village residents including the Beer Festival held in St Andrew's Church and the Medieval Banquet held in the Tithe Barn, Burystead, Bury Lane.

The Picnic in the Park was held later in the year and allowed younger children to stay and watch the firework display which took place earlier in the evening due to sunset being earlier.

The next meeting of the Feast Committee is on November 26 at 7.30pm in the Community Room. The Christmas Quiz will be held in the Pavilion at 7.30pm on December 5.


Harvest Supper

VILLAGERS and friends gathered in Wardy Hill Social Club on October 18 for the harvest supper. After enjoying the meal, they played a variety of games. The winners were: Gill Metcalfe and Bob; Virginia and Sarah Divall; Hannah and Mark Divall; Amy and Chris Houghton and consolation went to John Hines and Tyler. The evening finished with the draw.


Baptist Church

REV Tricia Troughton led the morning worship on Sunday.

Sunday: Roy Barton from Cambridge will conduct the service at 10.30am. Holy Communion will be taken.

All welcome.