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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for March 4 - 10 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 4 - 10

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 and Ministry of Healing; 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.

Thursday (4): 7.45pm - Son et Lumiere, the Sacred Space, narrated by Canon and Mrs Pritchard with music from the boys and men of Ely Cathedral Choir. Tickets �15 or �25 with supper, available from Ely Cathedral box office on 01353 660349.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 9am - Holy Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 10.30am - All Age Worship.


St Peter's Church

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

Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with celebrant Prebendary Duncan MacKenzie.

Methodist Church

THE congregation was welcomed to Sunday's 10.30am service with prayers and notices. Rev Bernard Arnold led the service with Holy Communion. His sermon was 'Stand Firm in the Lord'.

The evening service at 6.30pm was led by Ian Weatherall. The musicians were Donald Monk and Janice Weatherall.

Thursday: noon-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch; 2pm-3pm - Open Fellowship with speaker mayor Richard Hobbs; 7.30pm - music group.

Friday: 2pm - Women's World Day of Prayer; 7.30pm - Wesley Guild 'China'.

Sunday: 10.30am - Morning Service with Philip Sargent; 6.30pm - Evening Service with Ken Brown. Organists Pam Austin and Christopher Polkinghorne.

New Connexions @ High Barns

(Free Church)

ON Sunday we looked at the story of Abraham and his son, Isaac. The pre-school group (NC Bears) talked about friends. The Children's Club watched a video which illustrated how big God is and that God can help us, even though we are tiny by comparison. We meet each Sunday at St Mary's School Theatre, High Barns, with a caf�-style service and for the children's groups.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY service, including Holy Communion, drew our thoughts to the fact that we are a family in God. The Pastor spoke on judgment, warning of the dangers of making judgmental assumptions based on hearsay and reminding us of our responsibilities in the matter where we have authority.

Sunday service 10.30am. The speaker will be Billy Onen. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

On Friday, between 10am and 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.

Friday 7.30 p.m. Jazz Souffl� - an evening of sophisticated jazz featuring Cambridge's vivacious vocalist, Val Sinclair. Proceeds in aid of an education project in Zimbabwe.

INFO: Contact Pastor Patrick Brandon on Ely 612 316.

City of Ely Flower Club

THE City of Ely Flower Club meets at the Community College in Downham Road on March 4 (today) at 7.15pm. The demonstrator will be Jenny Baker with 'Mad About Plants'.

Inner Wheel

THE Inner Wheel Club of Ely celebrated its 61st Charter Dinner at the Witchford Playing Field Association Hall on February 25. President Betty Flack welcomed members and guests who included the president of the Rotary Club of Ely and the president-elect of the Rotary Club of Ely Hereward. The guest speaker for the evening was Wendy Endersby, the In Patient Unit Manager at the Princess of Wales Hospital who gave an interesting talk which included a brief history of the hospital. The hospital is planning a quiet area for patients, relatives and friends to spend time together in a relaxing atmosphere. President Betty Flack has been raising money for this project and later in the year a presentation will be made at the hospital when the funds will be handed over. The evening was enjoyed by everyone and an excellent meal was provided by Fairways Catering.

The next meeting will be held at The Old Dispensary, St Mary's Street on March 24 with a talk entitled 'National Trust and the Wicken Vision'."


Parish Church

CELEBRANT at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev Margaret Talbot. The preacher was Stephen Talbot and the organist was David Catling. The first lesson was read by Michael Richer and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday Morning Prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

DAVID gave out the notices. He welcomed the Rev Paul Hills who began the service with words from the Bible, songs and prayers. With the help of Rachel, Sarah, Philip, Josh and Jim, Gabrielle and Pauline took up the offering and the Revd Hills prayed for the young people as they went to their classes. A Bible reading followed, a prayer and the Lord's Prayer. The theme for Rev Hills' sermon was 'reality in the presence of God'. The service closed with a prayer and saying of The Grace.

Saturday: 6pm - The young people will attend the Countess of Ely Church.

Home Groups for Lent will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Women's World Day of Prayer is on Friday at the Methodist Chapel, at 3pm.

Sunday: family service led by Brian Mitchell from the Countess of Ely Church.


St George's Church

SUNDAY: The vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist. The Evensong at 6.30pm was led by Carol Swain and the preacher was Tony Murfitt.

Friday: 2pm - Women's World Day of Prayer service in St John's Methodist Church. The speaker will be Ruth Arnold.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with the vicar; 10am - Parish Eucharist with the vicar and preacher John Marshall; 6.30pm - First Sunday Praise will be led by Mavis Blackmore and the theme will be 'mothers'.

Monday: 7.30pm - Stations of the Cross.

Tuesday: 1.45pm - Pram Service for pre-school toddlers.

Wednesday: 9.30am - Holy Communion.

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

All welcome.

INFO: The vicar on: 01353 860207

St John's Methodist Church

SATURDAY: 9am-11am - Coffee Morning.

Sunday: 10.45am - Morning Service with Duncan Palmer; 6.30pm - Evening Service including Holy Communion with Rev June Mallabon.

Saturday (13): 9.30am - Prayer Meeting in the Vestry.

Sunday (14): 10.45am - Morning Service with Rev June Mallabon; 6.30pm - Evening Service United with St George's.

All welcome at any services/events.



THE Annual Parish Revue was held in the village centre on the evenings of February 26 and 27. This year's revue took the theme from the pantomime Cinderella written and produced by Lucy Goodfellow and Ricky Talbot. Cinderella was played by Nicola Berry with Mark Peters as prince charming. The Ugly Sisters were Bruce Smith and Alan Martin. Buttons was played by Rob Danson and the sisters' mother by Peter Hampson, and Henry Ashman as the Fairy Henrietta. The Lane Academy of Dancing gave a display, under the leadership of Sarah Peters. Music was arranged and played by Neal Watson.

The Revue played to capacity houses and both evenings ended with the singing of Little Downham's anthems.


St George's Church

SATURDAY evening Mike Petty gave a talk with slides which raised �200 for the Friends of St. George's.

On Sunday at the service of Morning Praise Rev Margaret Harper preached on being a 'Child of God and inheriting the Kingdom of Heaven'.

Sunday: Morning Praise will be led by Tony Harper.

On Tuesday at 6pm there will be informal hymn singing and song rehearsal for St George's Revels. All welcome.

Baptist Church

SUNDAY'S service at 10.30am will be led by Pastor Tudor Parsons and will include Holy Communion. All are most welcome to receive Communion which immediately follows the main service.

Friday: 10.30am - Women's World Day of Prayer. The chapel has a guest speaker, Diane Bright. All are welcome, not only ladies. The programme has a mixture of songs, readings and a time of reflection. Please do join us.

Girls Brigade as usual on Friday evening at 6pm.

If you are seeking a church where you would like to be involved in any capacity you may be gifted in or perhaps just want to be in a close and loving congregation, please come and join us either on a coffee morning or Sunday service.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S service at 10am was led by Keith Penn. The evening service was led by Rev Edwin Myers.

Sunday: 10am - Morning Service led by George Ginn. No service at 5pm.

The Coffee Morning held last Friday at Byways raised �105.50 for church funds. Thanks to Ann and Sarah, also to all who supported us.

There are no Lent lunches tomorrow (Friday) as everyone is invited to join the Women's World Day of Prayer service at Berrycroft Methodist Church at 2pm.

Lent Lunches will resume next week at Berrycroft Methodist Hall at 12.15pm for 12.30pm.

A Tea Dance is being held on March 6 at Berrycroft Methodist Hall from 2pm-4.30pm. Admission �2.50 including tea and refreshments. There will be a Prize Draw. Proceeds to the church.

Saturday (13): Songs of Praise with C & A (Ivan Cox and Jim Ames). Proceeds for church funds.

The next Prayer Meeting with Holy Communion is on March 10 at 10.30am in the vestibule at Berrycroft Methodist Church. All welcome at any or all of these events.

Heartbeat Health Walk

THE Monday Walk around Soham attracted 20 walkers, despite the snowy weather. Liz Gwinnett was the leader with David Clarke at the back for a walk of three miles. Refreshments at The Ship and Sauceymegabytes.

Over 60's Club

THE meeting held on February 26 was well attended. Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. Peggy Gibbon reminded members there are still seats available for the outing to Greenwich on June 2.

The speaker for the afternoon was Chris Deane who was accompanied by his wife Diane. Chris and Diane work for the Christian Charity Send A Cow which helps African farmers grow enough food to feed their families, sell their produce and develop small businesses. The charity supports thousands of families in seven African countries. Ruth thanked Chris on behalf of everyone, a collection was made which amounted to �50 and this was presented to Chris and Diane for the charity. Refreshments were served and there was a raffle.

No meeting at the Pavilion on March 5. Women's World Day of Prayer at the Methodist Church at 2pm. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.



FEBRUARY'S meeting welcomed auctioneer David Palmer who spoke about his experiences, especially on Flog It.

This month Sutton WI's speaker will be Wendy Davey who can recycle anything into anything, although not in the usual way. Why not come and see for yourselves. The meeting will be held on March 11 at 7.30pm in The Glebe. (Please note different venue).



THERE were three tables in play at the dominoes held on February 12 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: F Tall, J Hines, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs M Coulson and Miss M Murfitt. Highest Halves: Miss G Canham and B Copping. Consolation: R Dewsbery. Draw: Miss G Canham, Mrs M Coulson, J Hines and Miss M Murfitt.

THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on February 19 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M White, J Hines, Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs J Crown, Mrs P Newell and A Bell. Highest Halves: Mrs M Coulson and F Tall. Consolation: Mrs A Houghton. Draw: B Copping, Mrs J Hardiment, Mrs J Crown and Mrs M Coulson.


St Peter's Club

THE Club held its monthly meeting on February 26. Two new members were welcomed by the chairman. The afternoon's bingo was followed by tea, biscuits and a raffle. The next meeting will be on March 26 and will feature an Easter tea, with Ernie Cave providing the entertainment. On April 20 an outing to Ipswich has been organised and on April 30 a bring and buy sale will be held.


St Andrew's Church

CELEBRANT at Sunday's service was Rev Teresa Dixon. Jane Logan led the intercessions.

Sunday: 10.30am - Holy Communion.

Tuesday: 10.00am - Holy Communion in St Andrew's Hall.

Wednesday (10): 10.00am - Coffee morning in the Hall with a Fair Trade stall.

Sunday (14): 10.30am - Family Service with Communion for Mothers Day.

All welcome.