Community News in East Cambs

ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for October 16 - 22 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; 11.15am – Sung Eucharist; 5.30


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for October 16 - 22

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; 11.15am - Sung Eucharist; 5.30pm - Festal Evensong.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 9.30am - Diocesan Synod Eucharist; midday - Quiet Hour; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 2.30pm - LLM Licensing Service; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Most Read

Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and ministry of Healing; 2pm - St John Ambulance Service; 4pm - Evensong.

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; 5.30pm - Evensong. C

Countess Freechurch

SUNDAY morning service, praise and worship session was led by Andy Watson, accompanied by the musicians and singers. Rob Booth gave the message.

The Sunday evening service was led by Paul Coghlin who began with a time of worship. Pastor Lowman gave the message on 'the law and society'.

The Alpha Course at the home of Rob and Sue Booth, continues to flourish.

The Care Cell group met on Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mike and Julie Freeman for a time of fellowship, praise and Biblical study. In the evening the quarterly church meeting took place when various issues were debated relating to the church building work and ongoing work in the groups meeting weekly.

On Saturday, from 10am till 4pm, the Churches Together in Ely will have a stand at the Ely Apple Day on the Palace Green. The funds raised will be sent to the Send a Cow charity.

Sunday: Family Service led by Brian Mitchell and his helpers. In the evening, pastor Lowman will give the message to the congregation.

St Mary's Church

SERVICES for Sunday, October 19.

8am: Holy Communion with preacher Jane Hulme.

10.30am: Family Communion with preacher Jane Hulme.

7.30pm: St Mary's @ 7.

INFO: or call the church office on 01353 659550.

St Peter's Church

ON Sunday, we will celebrate the feast of St Luke; there will be a Sung Eucharist with the Ministry of Healing.

Wednesday: there will be a lunchtime service at 1pm, followed by a bring-and-share lunch at St Peter's House.

Bible Studies on the Sermon on the Mount continue to be held on Thursdays at 7.30pm St Peter's House.

The Olive Tree Fellowship

IT was hardly surprising that Sunday's morning worship should have included prayers concerning the current financial crisis. These were not, however, prayers of desperation, nor even anxiety, but declarations of gratitude and trust in God. The pastor spoke on the laying on of hands, as the fourth of six talks on the elementary principles listed in Hebrews chapter six.

Sunday: worship at 10.30am. The speaker will again be the pastor. Crèche and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: from 10am until noon, the Open Door Café will offer a welcoming setting for refreshments and good company. All are welcome.

New Connexions @ High Barns (Free Church)

THIS week at NC@HB we were asking ourselves the question 'prayer...does it really work'? So we checked out what some famous people had said, and what some people who had been asked the question at random in their workplace thought, had a chat ourselves over a coffee, and then looked at what the Bible has to say (somehow we managed to fit in some music and prayer as well...).

New Connexions is a church for everyone, whether you've never been to church before, used to go, but for whatever reason drifted away, or have just moved into our area.

We are open on Sunday and there is a midweek group on Wednesdays.

Why not come along next Sunday, absolutely everyone is welcome with the exciting children's club, the candid look at life's big questions for adults, free flowing tea, coffee and cold drinks, and all on your doorstep.

Sundays at 10.30am at The Theatre, Ely St Mary's Junior School, High Barns or telephone Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email:


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 Michael Richer and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday: morning prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

DAVID welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. He read out a letter from Jimmy's Night Shelter, thanking us for the harvest festival gifts. There will be a healing service on Saturday. Happy Birthday was sung to Ann. The musicians for the morning were Elizabeth, Eddie, Bob and David. This was followed by prayers and hymns. Jim spoke to the children. David and Gabrielle took up the offering, followed by prayers, songs and open prayers from the congregation. Jim read from Job 2.

This was followed by more songs. The service ended with a harvest communion. Sunday: the service will be conducted by the Rev Jim Mullin.


St George's Church

ON Sunday, the vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion and at the 10am Parish Eucharist. At 6.30pm there was a combined Service at St John's Methodist Church at which the preacher was John Marshall.

Sunday: Holy Communion at 8am. The preacher at the 8am and 10am services will be John Marshall. A Sunday at Home will be held in the Parish Room, from 2.30pm till 4.30pm.

Tuesday: At 1.45pm there will be the usual Pram Service for pre-school toddlers with their parents/carers.

Wednesday: The midweek Holy Communion will be at 9.30am.

Evening Prayers will be held on weekday evenings at 5pm, commencing on Monday, November 3. All are welcome at this short informal service.

The organ concert to celebrate the vicar's birthday will be on Saturday, November 15 at 7pm. The organists will be Iain Harvey and Dr Peter Luck.

Littleport Ely And District Spiritualist Church

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

This week, we have the return of popular guest medium Arthur Wright who is well known for giving excellent evidence of survival.

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

Please feel welcome to join us with an open mind and to be with like-minded people, sharing light refreshments which are served free and to chat amongst yourselves to bring the meeting to a happy close for the evening.

It has been very encouraging to see younger people joining us and their return to church has been very welcome.

There is now an awareness course which will run monthly on Monday evenings in the hall, and for those interested in this, the next meeting is November 3. Numbers are limited, but contact Wendie to book your place. There is a small charge of £2.50 to cover the hall costs.

For anyone interested in a day time course this could also be a possibility.

There is also a raffle for which small donated prizes are always welcomed. Thank you to all who donated prizes last week.

Guest medium for October 23 will be Jenny Gomes. Jenny has not served our church before and has been booked as highly recommended so please come along and meet her.

INFO: visit our website at: mjgoodall/lead-spirit.htm.

Alternatively contact Wendie on 01353 667300.


THE meeting opened with the reading of the minutes, in which we heard that £100 had been donated to the WI from Gladys Hart's family, after help given to the family after her death.

The monthly newsletter was read, but in future everyone will have their own copy, to cut down on the time spent on business at the meetings.

The autumn group meeting at Prickwillow WI was on October 15 when Veronica Bennett spoke. There was a bring-and-buy stall and flower arrangements.

The autumn council meeting on October 28 (11am-3pm) will be held at City of Ely Community College.

Littleport WI's annual barn dance will be held on October 30 at the village hall. There will be a ploughman's meal and home-made apple pie. Bring your own drinks. Tickets are £6 and can be obtained from Madge Ambrose on 01353 860227.

The Armistice Day Procession will meet at Ponds Hill at 10am. Maggie will carry the standard and Hilary will lay the WI wreath. Littleport brass band will be in attendance.

Birthday gifts were given to Hilary and Thelma. The Patchwork Club will meet on October 21 at 7pm. Rose gave the vote of thanks.

Two raffles were organised, one by Madge Ambrose for a large doll, raised £44 for the Heartbeat charity. The winner was Joy Moss. There were 26 ladies in the competition for the 'last rose of summer'.

The next meeting, on November 13, is the AGM. The speaker will be a member of staff from Julian Graves, and she will discuss health products.


St Leonard's Church

THE Harvest Supper took place in the village centre on October 10, when 75 members and friends sat down to a supper provided by the ladies of the church under the supervision of Tracey Chambers. The entertainment was provided by the Playford Dancing Group under the leadership of Paul and Patti Quant.


Baptist Chapel

WE held a united family service at 9.45am with our Friends from St George's Church. Susan and David Greene and family preached on the theme of praying for our needs and that God hears all prayer, illustrated with song, acting and computer imaging. Our evening service at 6.30pm was led by Gordon Dann, including Holy Communion.

Sunday: our service at 6.30pm will be led by Nigel Holland. Girls Brigade meet at 6pm on Friday.

St George's Church

SUNDAY: our service of Holy Communion will be held at 9.30am, the Rev Pauline Scott preaching. Also gift day for all who wish to offer financial support to the church. Our thanks to Alan Hall and all who helped make our table top and jumble sale a success.


Phoenix Club

ON Wednesday, Vivian Hancock welcomed everyone to the meeting. Julian Fountain, a risk assessor and fire investigator with the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, gave a very informative and interesting account of the many aspects of duties with the fire service. Viv thanked Peter on behalf of the members. Refreshments were served and Jill Powley organised the raffle. Following the meeting, 19 members travelled to Exning where they enjoyed lunch at The Rosary.

Over 60's Club

MEMBERS of the club met in the Walter Gidney Pavilion on Friday. Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone before introducing Peter Vince, from the Woodland Trust. Peter gave an illustrated talk about the trust who are the UK's leading woodland conservation charity. They plant about a million trees every year and are restoring more than one hundred ancient woodland sites. They have 250,000 members and supporters and thanks to their loyal support they protect more than 1,000 woods. Members were invited to ask questions. Ruth thanked Peter on behalf of the members. Peggy Gibbon gave out the notices and Diane Wheeling organised the raffle. The ladies served refreshments and the meeting was brought to a close with the club hymn.

Methodist Church

WORSHIP on Sunday was led by the Rev Edwin Myers at 10am and it was lovely to welcome members of the uniformed organisations of the town, who joined us for their annual service. Diane Bright led our time of worship at 6.30 pm.

Sunday: members of our Wives Group will be joining Morning Worship at 10am. Janine Scothern will lead the service.

There is no service at 6.30pm and there is no united service at St Andrew's Church, as shown on the notice sheets. There is a united service at St Andrews Church on Sunday, October 26 at 9.30am.

Wednesday, October 22. A prayer meeting will be held in the vestibule at 10.30am. This is open to anyone who would like to join us for a short time of prayer and will be led by the Rev Edwin Myers.


Photographic Group

THE group met on October 2 when Mick Dolphin welcomed members. The winners of competitions held in August and September were presented with rosettes. They were: August - Mike Child and September - Trina Harris.

Mike showed some photographs he had recently taken in Antarctica and discussed the problems of photography in extreme temperatures.

After refreshments, members, who met one evening, last month, showed their final choice of five from the 15 shots they were allowed to take.

The next meeting is on November 6 at 7.30pm and the competition is entitled 'humour'.



THERE were three tables in play at the dominoes held on October 3 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M White, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs M Dewsbery, A Bell and Mrs A Houghton; highest halves: Mrs O Goodjohn and Miss M Murfitt; consolation: Mrs L Dewsbery; draw: A Bell, Mrs D Perrin and Mrs M White.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on October 6 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs A Houghton, Mrs D Perrin, N Synejko, Mrs E Sizer, Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs I Butcher and F Tall; highest halves: Mrs N Bean and Mrs P Brand; most fives: R Saberton; consolation: Mrs L Dewsbery; Draw: Mrs I Butcher, Mrs P Brand, Mrs A Houghton, Miss M Murfitt and Mrs E Sizer.


St Andrew's Church

THE celebrant on Sunday was the Rev Christine Worsley. There will be Holy Communion on Tuesday at 10am and the Baby Café will meet on Friday at 9.30am in the hall. The harvest supper was enjoyed by about 30 people. The produce brought to the church for harvest thanks-giving will be distributed to Cambridge Foodbank for those in need.

Sunday: Holy Communion at 10.30am when the Sunday School will meet.

Baptist Church

LAST Sunday Andrew Dalwood from Burwell Baptist Church led the worship. Sunday: Rob Booth from the Countess Freechurch will lead the worship at 10.30am.

All welcome.