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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for April 9 - 15 THURSDAY: 7.40am: Morning Prayer; 8am: Holy Communion; 10.30am: Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Vows; 5.30pm: Evensong; 7.30pm: Eucharist of the Last Supper at St Mary s Church followed by procession to the Cat


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for April 9 - 15

THURSDAY: 7.40am: Morning Prayer; 8am: Holy Communion; 10.30am: Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Vows; 5.30pm: Evensong; 7.30pm: Eucharist of the Last Supper at St Mary's Church followed by procession to the Cathedral; 9pm: Tenebrae and Watch until midnight.

Friday: 8am: Morning Prayer; 10.30am: Procession of Witnesses from St Mary's Church; 12.00pm: The Preaching and Proclamation of the Cross; 4.00pm - Easter Garden; 5.30pm: Evensong.

Saturday: 8am: morning prayer; midday: quiet hour; 5.30pm: Evensong; 7.30pm: Easter Eve Confirmation Service.

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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: Evening Prayer.

Wednesday: 7.40am: Morning Prayer; 8am: Holy Communion; midday: Quiet Hour; 4pm: Evensong.

Methodist Church

MORNING worship was led by Terry Day. Evening worship was a reflection on Holy Week, led by the music group. The service incorporated the recognition of Dr Iain Ballard as a Methodist preacher, which was conducted by the Superintendent Minister, Rev Barbara Garwood.

St Peter's Church

The Good Friday liturgy will be held at 9.15 am.

On Holy Saturday, there will be an Easter Vigil service at 9pm.

On Easter Day, there will be a Sung Eucharist at 9.15am.

New Connexions @ High Barns

PRAISING Jesus for who he is was the theme for children's club on Sunday.

The adults looked at Palm Sunday, with their usual mix of informal discussion, worship and a short message.

This week Easter will be celebrated with an All Age Service and Easter Egg Hunt, to which all are warmly invited.

Sunday: 10.30am in the Theatre, St Mary's School.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or

The Olive Tree

THE Palm Sunday service began with processing and waving banners. Holy Communion was celebrated. On Good Friday we take part in Churches Together in Ely's annual Silent Walk of Witness, including a short service on Market Square, setting off from outside St Mary's Church at 10.30am. The Open Door Caf� will be open from 10am until noon on Friday.

INFO: Pastor Pat Brandon 01353 612316

Inner Wheel Club of Ely

AT the March meeting the president welcomed the speaker for the evening, Neil Shanassy. He gave an enlightening talk, accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation containing numerous photographs, on life in Perth, Western Australia.

Afterwards a short business meeting was held to confirm the arrangements for April 29 when we go to Baird Lodge to sing to the residents prior to our normal meeting at the Old Dispensary. The meeting will include a short talk by Paul Quant from Vera James House and a representative from Ely Guides will talk about their attendance at the 2008 Jamboree.

City of Ely Flower Club

AT the April meeting the demonstrator was Brenda Tubb from Wymondham, with the theme 'Wagons Roll'. Seven arrangements were made. A vote of thanks was given by the chairman.

During the business section of the meeting it was announced by the chairman, Grace Bent, that the club hopes to have a stall at this year's Aquafest on July 5 and asked members if they would work on the stall, making arrangements during the day to publicise the club.

The next meeting will be on May 7 at Needham's Hall in Ely when the club holds its show. This year's theme is Golden Jubilee. There will be six classes, varying from a decorated straw hat to an arrangement in a wineglass.


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer and the Palm Sunday service were led by John Marshall. The organist was Margaret Haynes. The first lesson was read by Michael Richer and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Good Friday service, objects of the cross, at 2pm.

Easter Sunday Sung Eucharist at 9.15am.


St George's Church

THE vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion on Palm Sunday, and at the 10am Parish Eucharist, which included a dramatised Gospel reading involving the whole congregation. Palms were distributed at the services.

The Evening Service, at 6.30pm, was a service of recollection and preparation for Holy Week and included the choir.

Good Friday: there will be a Walk of Witness starting at the village hall at 10am. The Good Friday Service at St George's will be held at 11am. The Last Hour round the Cross will be at 2pm.

Easter Sunday: 6am, the first Eucharist of Easter Day with renewal of Baptismal Vows will be held. Breakfast will be served in the Parish Room after the Dawn Service. At 10am the Parish Eucharist for Easter Day will be held.

Wednesday - 9.30am Holy Communion.

St John's Methodist Church

SATURDAY'S Spring Fair was very successful. Thanks to all who supported the event.

The Palm Sunday service was led by Ian Weatherall with Janice Weatherall.

Maundy Thursday: a Jewish Seder meal and Ian Weatherall will be the Master of the House.

Good Friday: Walk of Witness leaves the Village Hall at 10am. Service at St George's parish church at 11am. Congregations from Pymoor and Coveney Methodist churches will be joining St John's.

On Easter Sunday there will be a breakfast from 9.00am. Rev June Mallabon will lead the Easter Day service which will include the celebration of Holy Communion, starting at 10.45am. The 6.30pm service will be led by Ian Weatherall.

The Vine Community Church

EASTER Sunday service will be at 10.30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by Pastor Don Gee.

Youth and children's Sunday school is provided during the sermon and cr�che is open throughout the service. Picnic follows the service.

On Friday evening at 7.30pm the film Indescribable will be shown at the Regal.

The Salvation Army

PALM Sunday was celebrated with a photographic presentation of a recent visit to the Holy Land by Barbara Brown followed by a fellowship meal. The singers will be leading the Wednesday afternoon Fellowship at the Countess of Huntingdon Church in Ely and Major John Boyd will be leading a service for the Over 60's at Littleport Village Hall on Good Friday afternoon. There will be a meeting at 11am on Easter Sunday.


Baptist Church

THE message on Sunday morning was 'Real faith to face real issues in the real world' when the visiting preacher was Bob Earl. On Tuesday, the coffee morning was held in aid of the Friends of Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely. In the afternoon the church met for prayer and Bible study.

Thursday: at 7pm there will be a Holy Communion service.

Sunday: Sunrise service at 7.30am in Holt Fen.

9.30am: United Service at St George's Church with Family Communion.

6.30pm: Easter Praise service conducted by Peter Cockerton.

St George's Church

DAVID Noble officiated at the Palm Sunday Service.

Sunday: Sunrise service at 7.30am at Holt Fen with Rev Pauline Scott and Liz Herrington. Family communion will be at 9.30am with Rev David Herrick.


Methodist Church

Thursday: 7.30pm - Maundy Service.

Good Friday: 10.30am - Walk of Witness and service at St Andrew's; 4.00pm - Good Friday Service.

Easter Sunday: 10.00am - worship and Holy Communion; 6.30pm - worship.

Community Church

EASTER Sunday - we will join Soham Methodist Church on Berrycroft to worship together at the 10.00am service.

Heartbeat Health Walk

ON March 23, 38 walkers plus the three leaders met at the Church for the weekly walk. Led by Liz Gwinnett with David Clark and Laurie Budd at the back, they enjoyed a walk of 3.1 miles around Soham. A stop was made at The Ship for refreshments.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone. Birthday greetings were sung to Joy Collen, and Peggy Gibbon made the announcements. The entertainment was provided by Dick Hatley and friends from Fordham with a selection of musical numbers and readings. Refreshments were served, Vera Seal organised the raffle and the meeting closed with the singing of the Club hymn.

Soham The Fen and Barway WI

PRESIDENT Sheila Knight welcomed members to the meeting on April 3. Jerusalem was sung, followed by the business of the evening. Members with the most points for the competitions over the year were presented with their prizes. 1st: Susan Taylor, 2nd: Jill Neville, 3rd: Jean Peacock. Mrs Y Long welcomed Paula Dolan, the speaker for the evening, with her poems and stories based on true life. Gwen Bridgeman thanked her. Sheila organised the raffle and the committee served refreshments. The speaker at the next meeting on May 1 will be Rev Locking. The competition is a horse brass.


Over 60's Club

GUEST speaker Hilary Ritchie, hospital archivist, gave a talk on Addenbrooke's Hhospital including pictures of the wards from 1766 and several slides of the building in more recent history.

Tea and biscuits were served by Shirley Goode, Pat Brown, Dick Phillips and Patrick Spencer. A raffle took place and the meeting closed with the Club hymn.



THERE were four tables in play at the Easter dominoes held in aid of Cancer Research on March 27 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Miss M Murfitt, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs M Coulson, Mrs J Crown, Mrs M White, F Tall, Mrs M Dewsbery and Mrs J Hardiment. Highest Halves: Mrs D Perrin and J Hines; Consolation: A Reed; Draw: Mrs M Dewsbery, R Dewsbery, A Reed, B Copping, Miss M Murfitt, Mrs P Martin, Mrs S Saberton and Mrs J Crown.

Whist Drive

THERE were three tables in play at the whist drive held on March 30 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs N Bean, Mrs P Jordan, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs M Dewsbery, Miss M Murfitt and K Cornwell. Highest Halves: Mrs E Sizer and B Copping; Most Nines: Mrs I Butcher; Consolation: Mrs H Sturman; Draw: K Cornwell, Mrs I Butcher, Mrs M Dewsbery and Mrs N Bean.


St Peters Club

THE club held a bring-and-buy sale on March 27. A large number of people attended and club members donated a large quantity of goods. The names were taken for the first outing to Norwich on April 21.

The next meeting is on April 24, which is a quiz, and the next outing is to Melton Mowbray on May 19.The meeting on May 29 is tea and entertainment by Trevor John.


St Andrew's Church

REV Teresa Dixon led the family service with Baptism on Palm Sunday. On Maundy Thursday there is a service at Wentworth Church at 7pm. On Good Friday: Children's Workshop for Primary School age in St Andrew's Hall from 10am - midday, and Service at the Cross at 3pm. Easter Vigil at 8pm on Saturday and, Easter Sunday a family service with communion at 10.30am.

Baptist Church

CAROLE Durose led Sunday's worship and Holy Communion. On Good Friday there will be a short service at 10.30am when Carole Durose will be the speaker.

On Easter Day, the church celebrates the resurrection of Our Lord with a service at 10.30am when Rev Tricia Troughton will lead the worship.

A warm welcome to all.