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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for February 26 – March 4 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 12.10pm – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 5


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for February 26 - March 4

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

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

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

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and Ministry of Healing; 4pm - Evensong and Installation of Chapter Canon.

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

Sunday: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15 am Sung Eucharist will be the Rev Reg Macklin.

The Olive Tree Fellowship

Sunday worship was full of joy and a real sense of togetherness. Unity among believers was a powerful theme, both in the worship and the celebration of Holy Communion. Keziah Smit brought a thrilling message about the potential of teamwork - together we can change the world, as we follow the Holy Spirit's leading.

Sunday: service will be at 10.30am. The speaker will be the Pastor. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

On Friday, the Open Door Caf� will run, from 10am until noon, offering a friendly setting in which to enjoy refreshments and good company. All are welcome at these events.

Methodist Church

PRAYERS and notices were said by the stewards before the morning service led by the Rev June Mallabon. Holy Communion was taken. The service opened with Psalm 95 followed by hymns and readings from Corinthians and Mark. The minister spoke about the Transfiguration.

The evening service was led by John Seaman. The musicians were Donald Monk and Sarah Ballard.

Thursday: midday till 1pm - shoppers' lunch.

Saturday: 10am - Fair Trade Coffee Morning.

Sunday: First Sunday in Lent. The 11am morning service will be led by Iain Weatherall. The 6.30pm service will be led by the Rev Barbara Garwood.

New Connexions @ High Barns

SUNDAY'S theme of 'seaside stories' included the reading of parables from the Bible. Children's Club thought about Jesus calming the storm and how he helps with stormy times in people's lives.

Sunday: the them will be 'on top of the world'.

All welcome.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or

City of Ely Flower Club

THE club meets on the first Thursday of each month, at the City of Ely Community College in Downham Road, at 7.15pm. Visitors are welcome. The demonstrator for March is Ann Bridge from Norwich and the theme will be 'spring around Europe'.

INFO: 01353 661457

Ely Group CSRF

AT its February meeting, the Ely Group held a well attended AGM and enjoyed a talk on National Trust gardens by Paul Tricker.

The next meeting, on March 17 at the Ely Community College, will hear some personal memories of World War Two from Des Fred (2pm for 2.30pm).

A warm welcome awaits all retired civil servants, partners and friends.

INFO: Joyce Birkett on 01353 661207.

Aquarius Gateway Club

THE club caters for adults with learning disabilities and presently has 38 members. Meetings are held on alternate Monday evenings at The Forum, Barton Road, Ely.


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev Alan Partridge. The organist was David Catling. The first lesson was read by Linda Aylott and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

After the service, Alan and Liz Partridge were presented with gifts and flowers by the church wardens and secretary as this was their last Sunday at St Michael's.

Sunday: morning prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Charity Group

THE Fordham Charity Group's annual Presentation Evening was held at the Fordham British Legion Club on February 21 when just under �6,000 from fund-raising in 2008 was handed over to good causes.

The presentation ran alongside DVD clips on a big screen of the group's events and a raffle raised around �200 for the Children's Oncology Ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and the Rainbow Children's Ward at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

The funds were shared out between the Wicken Coronation Band (�840), East Anglian Air Ambulance (�1,000), Macmillan Cancer Support Fund (�2,000) and Staploe Medical Centre Patients' transport fund (�1,000). Each of the following groups was allocated �200: The Fordham Day Centre, St Peter's Preservation Trust, Fordham Primary School, Fordham Pre-School and Fordham Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Rainbows.


Baptist Church

ON Sunday, our minister the Rev Gordon Lowman led the service taking the theme of women in ministry. In the afternoon, more than 60 people attended our second Messy Church which is attracting families to activities, a short service and a meal. In the evening the message was from Matthew Chapter.6.

This week is the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight which the churches of Ely are promoting, and on Saturday a Fair Trade Event is open to all at the Cathedral Centre in Ely, from 10am till 4pm with refreshments and goods for sale.

Sunday: our services are at 10.30am and 6.30pm and all are very welcome.


The Vine Community Church

WE are a lively non-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal on Hempfield Road in Littleport.

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 also provided during the sermon and our cr�che is now open for the little ones throughout the service.

After the service we welcome you to stay for coffee, tea, and fellowship.

There will be a baptism service at 6.30pm. Please join us for the celebration.

The last session of our after Alpha course 'challenging lifestyle' is on March 4 at 7:30pm. It will cover such topics as 'finding the secret of happiness', 'how to change the world around you', 'how to handle anger', and 'how to approach sex in the 21st Century'. This is a six-week course and is open to all whether you attended Alpha or not.

Next week small groups will be meeting for fellowship and to encourage one another in their designated homes.

INFO: contact Pastor Don Gee on 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or visit us at

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualists (LEADS)

Please note: There is no church this week, February 26.

It was wonderful to see so many new faces joining us last week and we hope to see you all again quite soon. Special thanks to Tanya Cade who was our guest medium for the evening and for the messages she delivered to those in need.

Our service is held at the village hall, Victoria Street, Littleport on Thursdays. Doors open at 6.40pm for healing which ends at 7.20pm. This is free to all who would like to receive healing.

The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm to which everyone is welcome.

The following Thursday, March 5, we have as our guest medium, Richard Bartholomew. Richard is new to our Church and comes highly recommended so please, do come along and meet him.

There is a raffle to which all donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you to those who donated last week as donations are always welcome.

At the end of the service we have light refreshments which are also free and you are welcome to stay behind to join us, giving you the chance to make new like-minded friends or just to have a chat.

On Monday, we have our monthly Awareness Group for which a minimal fee of �2.50 is charged to cover the cost of the room which is also at the village hall. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included. Doors open 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Places are limited so contact Wendie to reserve.

INFO: for details of our 2009 programme, visit our website at: or contact Wendie on 01353 667300 or email:

St George's Church

THE vicar presided and preached at Holy Communion and Parish Eucharist on Sunday. The Rev June Mallabon preached at the 6.30pm Evensong.

Saturday: 9.30am - Coffee Morning in the Parish Room.

Sunday: the vicar will preside and preach at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist. The First Sunday Praise at 6.30pm will be led by Susan Dulgarn.

Monday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer; 1.45pm - Pram Service for pre-school toddlers; 7.30pm - Stations of the Cross.

Wednesday: 8.30am - Morning Prayer; 9.30am - Holy Communion.

Thursday: 9am - Daily Prayer.

Friday: 7.30pm - Choir Practice; 9pm - Compline.

Salvation Army

OUR meeting on Sunday was a 'mountain-top' view of needs in South America and Pakistan for help with education, particularly for girls, and for the care of young people, as part of our annual Self Denial Appeal. We then remembered the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Sunday: there will be meetings at 11am and 3pm including the opportunity to donate to Salvation Army services in developing countries. At 4.15pm there will be a Faith Tea. All are welcome.

INFO: Tel: 01353 862851 or email

St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S morning service was taken by Ken Brown. The organist was Janice Weatherall. The evening service was united with St George's Parish Church when the preacher was the Rev June Mallabon.

Sunday: the first in Lent, the preacher at 10.45am will be Tony Murfitt. The evening service will be a Circuit Service led by the Rev Barbara Garwood at 6.30pm.

All welcome to join in services and events.

Flower Arrangement Club

THE first meeting of the new year was held on February 20 when the demonstrator was Gill Shanks from Whittlesey who made several arrangements using a variety of materials and containers. Gill has just taken over as the East of England area flower arranger officer. This year, the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Elizabeth Miller gave a vote of thanks to Gill on behalf of the club.


St George's Church

SUNDAY'S service was conducted by Judy Kerridge with a message from Ephesians. The Bible readings were read by John Drewry and Tony Shaw. Next Sunday, the preacher appointed for 9.30am is David Noble.

The Baptist Church.

LIZ Herrington conducted the service on Sunday afternoon. The Girls' Brigade will meet on Friday at 6pm and on Sunday the service at 3pm will be conducted by Lloyd Wilson.

A Coffee Morning will be held on Tuesday at 10am in aid of the Friends of the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely.


Methodist Church

MORNING worship on Sunday was led by Ted Garwood. Sunday morning Worship will be led by Ted Garwood.

Morning worship on Sunday will be led the Rev June Mallabon at 10.30am. Please note: there will be no evening worship on Sunday as we will be joining with the Circuit for a United Service at Ely Methodist Church at 6.30pm. We hope you will join our friends at Ely as these united services give us a chance to meet and get to know people from 'the other side of the circuit' as we join together in worship and fellowship. There is a Coffee Morning tomorrow (Friday) at Bygones, Barcham Road, Soham 10am till midday. Proceeds to Soham Methodist Church.

On Saturday, March 7, there is a Tea Dance at the Pavilion, Recreation Ground Soham 2pm-5pm All Welcome. Admission �2.50 including tea and refreshments.

Due to the renovation work, the Songs of Praise evening due to take place on Saturday has been cancelled as has the Bygones Quiz on March 14.

The Causeway

ON February 19, a successful fund-raising evening was organised by Sylvia Audus and Shirley Bavister to raise funds for the Causeway Day Centre. A cookery demonstration was given by Helen from The Pampered Chef who gave a very informative talk on the many products available. Everyone sampled Yorkshire puddings with maple syrup, adult pizza, jam tarts and a special pudding which had all been cooked in stoneware products. A raffle was organised and thanks extended to everyone who had donated the prizes. Geetha Partha thanked Helen, Sylvia and Shirley for a lovely evening which raised approximately �175 for the Causeway Day Centre Funds.

Heartbeat Health Walk

FORTY walkers and three leaders, Liz Gwinnett, David Clarke and Laurie Budd enjoyed their walk of about three miles around Soham. A stop was made at The Ship or Saucey Megaytes for refreshments.

Methodists News

ON February 18, the Wives Group met at The Causeway Day Centre. Carol Gilbey gave out the notices reminding members the coach will pick up in Soham at 5.15pm for the outing to Scotsdales Nursery. Carol welcomed Malcolm Crowe from Capricorn Crafts who gave a very informative talk on how he retired as a teacher at 50 years old and pusued his love of puppet making and woodcraft, making games and toys. Malcolm had brought with him his clown puppet and gave a demonstration of how it works. On display was wide range of his beautifully crafted games of solitaire and toys which members were able to purchase if they wished. During the break for refreshments members were invited to try out the games. Carol thanked Malcolm on behalf of everyone and presented him with a donation for his charity. The epilogue was given by Audrey Palmer and members joined in for the singing of the vespa. A raffle took place during the evening. The speaker at the next meeting on April 15 will be Linda Baxter on reflexology.

Over 60s Club

Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on Friday, February 20. A warm welcome was extended to Lizze from Bonnies Gemms who gave a short talk of how she got involved with making jewellery. There was an excellent selection of her work on display and also a selection of handcrafted cards. These were all available for members to browse and purchase if they wished. Ruth thanked Lizzie on behalf of the members. Vera Seal organised the raffle and the meeting was brought to a close with the singing


Over 60's Club

THE Annual General Meeting took place while the members played card games. The chairman, treasurer and committee sorted out trips for the year ahead. Patrick Spencer was welcomed to the committee. Teas were served by Louise Lewin, Daphne Ellwood, Dorothy Perry and Patrick Spencer. The usual raffle took place. Birthday greetings were sung for Pat Brown.

The meeting closed with the club hymn.


St Andrew's Church

CAROL Taylor was the celebrant on Sunday and the Rev Worsley led Evensong.

Sunday: there will be a family service and baptism.

Wednesday: there is a Toddler Praise service at 2 pm.

Tuesday: there is Holy Communion at 10am.

The Church Hall will be open for hire again in March, following renovation.

Baptist Church

ON Sunday, Bob Earl from Willingham led the worship.

Sunday: at 10.30am, the Rev David Taylor from Godmanchester will be the speaker.

A warm welcome to all.