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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for July 31-August 6 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 12.10 - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 5.30pm –


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for July 31-August 6

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

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

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8.00am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist; 4pm - Evensong; 5.15pm - Organ Recital.

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.

St Peter's Church

ON Sunday, the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Eucharist will be the Rev Rag Macklin.

Wednesday: there will be a lunchtime service at 1pm.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 8am- Holy Communion with preacher Pauline Scott; 10.30am: all-age family service led by Pauline Reisbach; 6.30pm - Holy Communion with preacher Pauline Scott.

Ely City WI

THE president welcomed four visitors, including one from Sweden who was visiting Ely, to the meeting on July 14. Six members were unable to attend, their apologies were given out. The minutes of the May meeting were read out by Patricia. There were no minutes for June as we attended The Cutter Inn for our birthday meal. The speaker for the evening was Avril Hayter-Smith, Ely's Town Crier and bell minder. Yvonne read out letters from Littleport WI and also about taking part in Ely in Bloom. The draw took place. After refreshments the AGM report was read out by Joan, who attended for our group. The next meeting will be on August 11 at the Old Dispensary at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome or just come and visit.

Ely Methodist Church

THE morning service on Sunday was led by the Rev Roger Davies. Hymns were sung and prayers said. A small sketch was given on building the foundation of God. The Reverend's sermon was based on Samuel (Chapter 2). The evening service was led by Tony Murfitt. Organists were Pam Austin and Sarah Ballard.

Thursday: Shoppers' lunch - noon till 1pm.

Sunday: morning service at 11am and evening service at 6.30pm will be led by the Rev Ginn MacInally.

Countess Freechurch

SUNDAY morning family service led by Pastor Lowman was focused on Champions Challenge Holiday Club, which contained songs, drama, puppetry and scripture passages. The evening service worship session was led by Keith Waters.

Pastor Lowman spoke on Paul's glory and joy from 1 Thessalonians.

From Monday morning until Friday morning, the church was used by 90 children and their adult helpers and they enjoyed singing, puppetry, various craft activities, biblical drama, scripture, memory verses and refreshments. On Friday evening, between 6.30pm and 8pm, parents and friends are invited to see the various crafts and displays and a condensed version of the Holiday Club sessions.

Saturday: Open prayer meeting from 7am till 8am will be held in the vestry. At 2.30pm, the Bowls Fellowship meet in the hall.

Sunday: Pastor Lowman will give the message from 1 Thessalonians. Holy Communion celebration follows at the close of service. The evening service message is based on Psalm 95 under the heading 'are you listening'?


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels Church on Sunday was the Rev John Isaacs. The first reading was by Linda Aylott. The organist was George Bartle who also sang the communion hymn solo as it was his mother, Rita Bartle's, last Sunday with the church. Rita is retiring to County Durham. A presentation was made to her after the service for her many years playing the church organ. The offertory was presented by Michael Richer.


ST John's Methodist Church

ON Sunday, the morning service was led by Simon Wynn. Brenda Harrison and Pam Sole read the lessons and the organist was Janice Weatherall. The evening service was a united service at St George's Parish Church and the preacher was the Rev June Mallabon.

Sunday: the morning service will be led by the Rev Bill Jenkins from USA at 10.45am. A faith lunch will follow this service. Duncan Palmer will lead the evening service at 6.30pm. Flower Festival on August 23/24/25 entitled 'creation'.


LITTLEPORT, Ely and District Spiritualists would like to thank Martin Roberts for standing in last week. We welcome you to this week's Divine Service, which starts at 7.30pm with Dawn Brace as our guest medium.

Meetings are held on Thursdays at Littleport Village Hall in Main Street.

Doors open at 6.40pm for spiritual healing from 6.45pm till 7.25pm. Everyone welcome.

The service is followed by a raffle (donations always welcome) and light refreshments are served. Please stay and join us.

INFO: For further information go to: which will link you to our L.E.A.D.S. web page and give more information of the psychic supper for those who have not seen the posters.

There will be no divine service on August 7.

Tickets for the supper are limited with only a few left. For further details, call: Wendie on 01353 667300.

On August 14: divine service and we have Steve Newton as our guest medium.

Flower Arrangement Club

BRENDA Tubb was the demonstrator for the evening. Mrs Tubb welcomed members as well as many visitors and introduced her flower demonstration. She described her life and the various moves from London to Switzerland and finally to her present home in Attleborough.

She was thanked by the club's president, Louise Richards, who said that the club had appreciated not only her lovely designs but her wonderful sense of humour.

St George's Church

THE vicar presided at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist. The sermon at the 10am service was replaced by a delightful presentation by the Sunday Club. This represented a great deal of work by the children and the adults, and was well received and appreciated by the congregation. After the service there was a prize-giving ceremony in appreciation of the children's attendance during the year. The Evensong at 6.30pm was led by the vicar and the preacher was the Rev June Mallabon.

Sunday: The vicar will preside at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist. The sermon at the 10am service will be delivered by Carol Swain. The First Sunday Praise at 6.30pm will be an Iona style service and will be led by the vicar.

Wednesday: Holy Communion at 9.30am.

Vine. Holiday Club for primary school children from August 11-15. The title of this activity will be Going Bananas, based on the materials used.


Baptist Chapel.

THE evening service was taken by Brian Westropp, including an informal discussion on fellowship in the church.

Sunday: the preacher will be Cliff Dennis.

Tuesday: there is a coffee morning in aid of Friends of Princess of Wales Hospital at 10.30am.

St George's Church.

OUR service of morning praise was taken by David Noble with an excellent sermon on courage of conviction as inspired by St Paul's and Acts of the Apostles.

Sunday: preacher will be Scott Eversman.


Methodist Church

WORSHIP on Sunday was led by the Rev Edwin Myers when friends from Soham Community Church joined us sharing in leading our worship, including Holy Communion and Rev Edwin Myers also led worship at 6.30pm.

Sunday: worship will be led by Roy May at 10am and Ken Brown at 6.30pm.

Heartbeat Health Walk

ON Monday, 37 walkers, plus the three leaders, enjoyed a three-mile walk through the town, Greenhills and along the river .

Soham Bowls Club

ON Sunday, 16 teams of pairs played each other in the round robin format of four games of six ends. The winners from each group played in a final, resulting in a win for Pat Bayes and Colin Rutterford. The runners-up were Peter Taylor and Pam Hall. During the afternoon everyone enjoyed refreshments. Barbara Fuller thanked everyone for taking part and all those who helped with the raffle and the refreshments. Good luck wishes were extended to the 2008 champion of champion Marion Bysouth who goes on to play at Lemington on Thursday and to Brian Monahan, Bob Jonas, Alan Pollard and Peter Rogers who will be playing at Worthing. Barbara also thanked Susan Taylor for all her hard work organising the afternoon. .

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed members and the guest speaker to the meeting on Friday afternoon. Birthday greetings were sung to Kitty Wallace and Edith Tascer. The speaker was the Rev Edwin Myers who gave a colourful illustrated talk on his three and a half week's holiday visiting family and friends in South Africa with his wife and young son. Ruth thanked him on behalf of everyone. Vera Seal organised the raffle and refreshments were served. The meeting closed with the club hymn.


Over 60's Club

THIRTY-TWO members were present at the meeting held in the church hall on July 16. Cards were played and tea and biscuits were served by Edith Sadler, Pat Brown and Mary Carter. A raffle was held. Birthday greetings were sung for Louise Lewin, John Baylis, Dorothy Perry, Doris Kerridge, Daphne Ellwood and Dot Pink.

The meeting closed with the club hymn.



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on July 11 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs B Norman, Mrs L Dewsbery, B Copping, J Hines, Mrs D Perrin and A Bell; highest halves: Mrs A Houghton and Mrs M Dewsbery; consolation: Mrs E Tillyard; draw: J Hines, B Copping, Mrs O Goodjohn and Mrs A Houghton.

Whist Drive

THERE were five tables in play at the whist drive held on July 14 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: F Tall, Mrs D Perrin, R Saberton, Mrs E Sizer, Miss M Murfitt and N Synejko; highest halves: Mrs H Sturman and K Cornwell; most twos: Mrs P Jordan; consolation: A Bell; draw: N Synejko, Mrs P Jordan, F Tall and Mrs P Brand.


Garden Competition

IN the Witcham Best Gardens Competition 2008, the judges were asked to list the three best gardens (overall, best flowers and best vegetables) and then they had to recommend up to four gardens for special features, which were decided by the judges. This year, they chose Best Small Garden, Best Flowers in a Small Garden, Best Garden for Children and Best New/Establishing Garden. The judges were John and Rosemary Marshall of Ely.

Winners were:

Best Garden (Overall) - Mr and Mrs R Blahj, One Way, Headleys Lane

Best Flower Garden - Mr and Mrs L Youngman, 32A Sliver Street

Best Vegetable Garden - Mr and Mrs D Scotting, 4 The Slade

Highly Commended

Best Small Garden - Frances Mydatt, Westway Place

Best Flowers in a Small Garden - Mr and Mrs S Philllips, 16 Silver Street

Best Garden for Children - Mr and Mrs Bariando, Park House, The Slade

Best New/Establishing Garden - Mr and Mrs K McKender, Pond Farm House.


St Andrew's Church

THE Rev Peter Taylor was the celebrant on Sunday morning, Canon Fiona Brampton led evensong and Carol Taylor gave the sermon. There is Holy Communion on Tuesday at 10am and on Sunday there is a family service at 10.30am. The Sunday School and Baby Café will meet again in September. The toddler praise service is will move to the first Wednesday in every month at 2pm, starting in September.

Baptist Church

ON Sunday, Carole Durose from the church led the worship. During the service two new members were accepted.

Sunday: the service at 10.30am will be conducted by Rob Booth from the Countess Free Church, Ely. All welcome.