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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for September 25 – October 1 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;


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for September 25 - October 1

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; 11.00am - Sung Eucharist; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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

Monday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 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 Mary's Church

SERVICES for September 28.

8.30am: Holy Communion with Alan and Jane Hulme

10.30am: Family Communion with Alan and Jane Hulme.

6.30pm: Evening prayer with Alan and Jane Hulme.

The Alpha Course is running on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. A chance to ask all those big questions about life.

INFO: 01353 698193 or the church office on 01353 659550.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be Canon Chris Barber. The singing will be led by the St Peter's Singers. Bible Studies at St Peter's House will resume on Thursday at

7.30pm, and the subject will be the Sermon on the Mount. There will be a Lunchtime Service on October 1 at 1 pm, followed by a bring-and-share lunch at St Peter's House.

Methodist Church

ON Sunday, notices and prayers were read by the stewards and, at 11am, a harvest festival was held. The morning service was led by the Rev Barbara Garwood. Hymns and prayers were said. The first reading was from the New Testament. The children brought gifts of fruit for the harvest and thanks were given. The choir sang and the second reading was taken from the Old Testament. The sermon was based on thanks given to God for the harvest. Offerings were taken and the service ended with the blessing.

The evening service at 6.30pm was led by the Rev June Mallabon.

Countess Freechurch

THE Sunday morning service began with a time of praise and worship songs led by the musicians and pastor Lowman. He gave a talk to the young people based on the word 'mission'. The next part of the service was a commissioning service for 20 people who will be holding Sunday morning services in St Mary's School beginning on September 28. The team is going under the heading of New Connexions at High Barns. The team consists of leader Keith Waters, the music group and different age groups. The High Barns and Chapel Street will combine together at the evening service at the Countess Church.

The message at the evening service was given by pastor Lowman. The Housegroup will use the study as part of their regular fortnightly meetings. Rob Booth led the fellowship Hour Harvest Festival on Wednesday afternoon. Tin produce and packets of dried fruit were displayed and later passed on to the various people in need in Ely.

The CTIE planning meeting for Ely Christmas lights will meet at the Lighthouse Coffee Shop on Friday. Saturday morning at 7am, the elders and deacons meet for prayer. In the afternoon, the Bowls Club meet in the hall at 2.30pm. In the evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm a quiz for all ages will take place in the hall. The message next Sunday will be based on the Ten Commandments in the morning and in the evening the sermon will be on 'children of God'.


Parish Church

MORNING prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Piers Coutts. The first lesson was read by David Norman and the offertory was presented by Michael Richer.

St Michael's Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday at 9.15am.


Littleport and District Spiritualist Church

DIVINE service held on Thursday evenings at Littleport Village Hall. Doors open at 6.40pm for spiritual healing, which takes place until 7.20pm, and for which there is no charge. This is followed by the service at 7.30pm.

This week we have Jim Lillie as our guest medium.

There is no charge for admittance to the church and everyone is welcome.

Come and join us with an open mind with like-minded people, sharing light refreshments which are served free at the end of the evening. There is also a raffle. Prizes are always welcome. Thank you to all who donated prizes last week.

Guest medium for October 2 will be Joan Storey. There is no service for October 9.

Normal divine service resumes on October 16 when we will have guest medium, Arthur Wright.


St George's Church

ON Sunday, the vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion and officiated at the 10am Parish Eucharist and baptism.

The preacher at the 10am service was Jane Harris.

Sunday: Harvest Festival and Back to Church Sunday. The vicar will preside and preach at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist for harvest. Bring a friend or neighbour to join in the celebrations. At 6.30pm there will be a Harvest Songs of Praise with a message from the puppets.

Monday: Littleport Primary School will hold its Harvest Festival in the church on Monday afternoon. A harvest supper will be held in the evening in the Parish Room.

Tuesday: Millfield Primary School will hold its Harvest Festival in the church. 1.45pm - Pram Service for pre-school toddlers and parents or carers.

Wednesday: Holy Communion at 9.30am.

Saturday, October 4: Men's Breakfast Club at 9am in the Parish Room.

October 11: Coffee morning, from 9.30am.

St John's Methodist Church

ON Sunday the morning service was led by Keith Penn and the Rev June Mallabon led a Taize service in the evening. This was a quiet candlelit service featuring songs and prayers from Taize. Sunday: the morning service will be taken by Ian Weatherall at 10.45am and the evening service will be united one at St George's Parish Church at 6.30pm. The Flower and Friendship Club will meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the schoolroom. Please note that St John's will be celebrating Harvest Festival services on Sunday, October 5.


CHAIRMAN Pam Hayes welcomed members and guests back after the summer break. It was announced that our attendance at the Littleport Show had been a success and £81 was raised towards the Friends of the Princess of Wales Hospital.

Penny Stone, from Colchester, entertained us with her demonstration of 'earth laughs in flowers'. Her colourful and traditional arrangements depicted the four seasons and used a variety of garden plant material as well as commercially grown flowers, including some beautiful daffodils.

She was thanked by Elizabeth Miller who said that the club appreciated her lovely designs.

The next meeting is on Friday, October 17 and will be a demonstration called 'shades of autumn' by Barbara Collins. Tickets (£10 for guests) are on sale now for our Christmas Open Meeting with Ian Lloyd on November 21. Everyone is welcome to both events.

INFO: 01353 860102 or 863421.


Baptist Chapel.

SERVICE of evening worship is at 6.30pm on Sunday. Girls' Brigade meet on Friday at 6pm.

St George's Church.

OUR service of Holy Communion was taken by Rev John Issaacs on Sunday.

Sunday: Sermon on 'heaven on earth'. Morning Praise, at 9.30am will be led by Scott Eversman.

Prayers were said for the new team rector and his wife at St Mary's Church.


Mepal Pavilion

AN exhibition of fine art photographs by Ian Stacey of Light Angles Photography will be on display and available for purchase on Sunday, October 5 at the Pavilion from 11am to 4pm. The photographs are mainly British landscapes including some local scenes. Ian will also be giving a short talk about some of the local photographs and how they were taken and give some valuable tips on landscape photography. The talk will take place at 2.30pm.

Admission is free, including the talk. A percentage of any takings will be given to Mepal Pavilion. Cream teas will be available throughout the day.

INFO: Georgina on 01353 777112.


Heartbeat Health Walk.

ON September 15, 26 walkers met at the church for the weekly walk. They were led by Liz Gwinnett, with David Clarke and Laurie Budd at the back, everyone enjoyed a walk of 2.5 miles. Following this walk, Liz was joined by seven walkers for the walk to Ely. A stop was made for lunch at The Cutter. Following lunch, the walkers walked through the park to Market Street to catch the bus home. A walk of approximately eight miles.

Wives' Group

CAROL Gilbey welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Wive's Group on Wednesday. Carol gave out the notices before introducing auctioneer David Palmer. Members had brought a selection of items along and David spoke about these and their value.

Members were invited to ask questions. Carol thanked David on behalf of everyone. Ruth Ginn gave the epilogue and members joined in the singing of the vespa. Refreshments were served and Carol organised the raffle. The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 15 and the speaker will be John Gall from Emmaus.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on Friday, including two new members. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon's entertainment entitled 'war time memories' with Greta Randall and the ladies of the circuit choir who were joined by guest soloist Gwen Bridgeman. Ruth thanked them for a lovely afternoon's entertainment. Peggy Gibbon gave out the announcements. She told members there were still tickets still available for the anniversary lunch on September 29. Refreshments were served and Vera Seal organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Methodist Church

THE Rev David Salmon was unable to lead morning worship due to illness so his daughter Elsie stood in for him.

Sunday: worship will be led by the Rev Edwin Myers at 10am when we will be celebrating our harvest festival. The Rev Myers will also lead worship at 6.30pm.

The church will be open from 3pm till 5pm on Friday to receive any gifts for the Harvest festival and decorate the church.

Friday: Ann and Sarah Willett have a Coffee Morning at Byways in Barcham Road, Soham, from 10am till 12.30. £1 for tea/coffee and cake or scone and a raffle ticket. Everyone welcome.

Tuesday: A harvest supper and auction of produce will be held in the schoolroom at 7pm. Tickets £4.50 for adults. £1 for children.

INFO: Contact: Arleen on 01353 624944 or Denise on 01353 727855. Everyone Welcome

Wednesday: Sisterhood Ladies Fellowship at 2.30pm.

The Jumble Sale held on September 20 raised £110.10 for the Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box Appeal.

Saturday October 4: Tea Dance at the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground. 2pm till 5pm. Prize draw. Admission £2.50. Everyone welcome.


Over 60's Club

MEMBERS enjoyed a pleasant afternoon playing bingo in the church hall on September 17. Tea and biscuits were served by Daphne Ellwood, Joan Quinsee and Dot Pink. Dick Phillips brought in some pears which were auctioned, proceeds going to the club funds. Birthday greetings were sung for Mary Cornwell and Doug Bignall. We wish club member Mary Cornwell a speedy recovery from her accident. The meeting closed with the Club hymn.


Little Chapel in the Fen

THE 124th annual harvest service will be held in the Chapel on October 5 at 3pm, and will be conducted by the Rev Canon Brian Macdonald-Milne. The produce for the service will be donated to the Burwell Day Centre. The main offering will be for the intensive care unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on September 12 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M Dewsbery, A Reed, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs M White, F Tall, B Copping and Miss M Murfitt. Highest halves: Mrs O Goodjohn and A Bell; consolation: Mrs J Hardiment; draw: Mrs E Tillyard, Miss M Murfitt, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs D Perrin and Mrs M Dewsbery.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on September 15 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: N Synejko, A Bell Mrs A Houghton, Mrs H Sturman, R Saberton, Mrs N Bean and F Tall; highest halves: Mrs B Synejko and K Cornwell; most fours: Mrs M Dewsbery; consolation: Mrs P Brand; draw: Mrs P Jordan, K Cornwell, Mrs N Bean, Mrs D Perrin and Mrs P Brand.


Baptist Church

ON Sunday Brian Westrep from Wilburton Baptist Church was the speaker.

Sunday: Harvest Thanks-giving service. Liz Herrington from Willingham Baptist Church will be the speaker at 10.30am.