COMMUNITY NEWS: What’s going in and around East Cambridgeshire

The Ely Bahá’í Community exhibition at Ely Library.

The Ely Bahá’í Community exhibition at Ely Library. - Credit: Archant


Chettisham Parish Church

The celebrant and preacher at St Michael & All Angels Holy Communion and Lammas service on Sunday was the Reverend Peter Beech. The organist was Margaret Haynes who also read the First Lesson and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard. The sheaf of corn and bread was presented at the end of the service for Lammas by Michael Richer and Lee Howard.

Next Sunday will be Morning Worship at 9.15am


Ely Bahá’í Community

“It is the wish of our heavenly Father that every heart should rejoice and be filled with happiness, that we should live together in felicity and joy.”

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Until August 14: exhibition at Ely Library to commemorate the Bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i Faith.

For information on local events call/text 07746 761519 or email

Ely Methodist Church

In both services on Sunday we reflected on the account of Jesus feeding a multitude. Tony Murfitt encouraged us to respond to God’s abundant giving to us by feeding those in need with food and with the promise of Life Jesus brings. In the evening we discussed the miracle as it impacted on us. There is no Thursday Lunch during August.

Sunday August 13 at 10.30am: Holy Communion led by Rev Robert Ely. 6.30pm: Worship led by Rev. Colin Watkins.

St Peter’s Church

On Sunday August 13 at 9am the celebrant and preacher at our Sung

Eucharist will be Canon James Garrard. The service is a celebration of the Holy Communion in which the congregation sings traditional

hymns from the New English Hymnal and the setting of the Communion Service by John Merbecke. There is a gathering for refreshments

afterwards in the church room at which we are happy to welcome newcomers.

New Connexions

God and His teaching should be the centre of our lives – this was the focus of our learning this Sunday in our service. We continued to study from the book of Colossians (chapter 2 verses 16 to 23). Our pastor explained that, as in Colossae, people can move away from the basic and important truths of the bible which is God’s word.

Different laws and traditions have been introduced into churches which are not biblical. Idols are worshipped nowadays just as much as in the times that Paul wrote to the Colossian church. Only Jesus can fully save, sustain and satisfy us.

When we commit fully to Him we walk in Lightness - the darkness of the world is gone (anger, bitterness, fear, worry, greed, jealousy) thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. John 14 v 6. We need do nothing more or less than follow Him and the teaching He directs us to.

Why not come along to our friendly church to find out more about Jesus and the love He has for you? We are a very caring group of Christians who meet each Sunday morning at 10:30pm at The Theatre in St. Mary’s School on High Barnes.

Children and young people are also really welcome. There is a Sunday Children’s Club for them to attend to learn more about Jesus and to have fun along the way. Further details about prayer groups, house groups and other information about the church can be found at or email our pastor at


Littleport Methodist Church

Saturday, August 12, 9.30am: Prayer Meeting in the Vestry

Sunday, August 13, 10.45am: Morning Worship with Preacher Rev Joanne Sherwood, including the celebration of Holy Communion. 6.30pm: United Evening Service.

August 20, 10.45am: Morning Worship with Preacher Mr Ian Weatherall. 6.30pm: Evening Worship with Preacher Rev Colin Watkins.

A warm welcome awaits you at any of our services/events.

Littleport Women’s Institute

In April, Tabbi Smith from The National Stud came to give us a talk about the history and working of the national stud. It was an interesting talk. I am sure some of us will now be going to visit.

In May Pat Bernacki showed us how to make chocolate cake, blueberry muffin and apple crumble all in the microwave. We all got to try the yummy cakes and left with recipes so we could make them at home.

In June Helen Ackroyd Gave us a talk on Anglesey Abbey- Life of Lord Fairhaven. It was a fascinating talk and I will never look at Anglesey Abbey in quite the same way again.

In July Fran Saltmarsh Brought Some lovely vintage examples of underwear for her talk on Crinolines & Camisoles – underwear through the ages. It was a integrating and informative talk Looking at the evolution of underwear over hundreds of years.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Littleport village hall at 7.15pm. We hope to see you there.

The Vine Community Church

On Sunday August 13, although many of the congregation will be away for the church holiday, there will be a service of worship for those who remain. This will be at the usual time of 10.30am and will be led by John Cherrie. On the following Sunday, August 20, the speaker at Family Worship will be Don Gee.

There are no separate children’s groups on Sunday mornings until the beginning of September. There will be activities at the back of the church to keep them occupied when they are not directly involved in the service.

Most weekly groups will not be meeting during the school Summer holiday. The Parent and Toddler Group on Mondays will resume when children return to school; Coffee Break on Thursdays restarts on September 14.

The Friday Prayer Meeting will continue throughout the Summer, from 7 to 8pm, and some House Groups continue to meet, in people’s homes or in the church, on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

INFO: Nigel Ovens on 01353 968810, Arthur Bartram on 01353 860070, or Ken & Angela Hobday on 01366 501504.

The church is on Facebook and on Twitter @vineccl. The Vine website address is

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St George’s Church

Our service of Morning Praise was taken by John Marshall preaching on the link between Daniel’s visions and the transfiguration. Tuesday informal hymn singing and band practice preparing for next Sunday and the upcoming Music Marathon, all welcome who love to sing. Wednesday pop in for coffee, cake and a chat from 9-11am.

Tuesday August 15 from 2.30-4pm: Dragon Club meet when there will be an illustrated talk by Tony Shaw on Prickwillow Pumping station, as well as tea, cake and a chat.

Next Sunday, 10.30am: Family summer Song’s of Praise.


Heartbeat Health Walk

On Monday 31 July, 24 walkers took part in a three-mile walk around Soham. With David Clarke leading, Liz Gwinnett centre and Laurie Budd at the back, their walk this time took them from St Andrew’s Church, through the church alley to Clay Street, College Road, through the college grounds and along the perimeters of St Andrew’s School. The Butts, Millcroft, Kings Parade, Fordham Road, over Martin’s Fields, the woodland, Blackberry Lane, Brook Street, The Causeway, Brook Dam Lane and the High Street .A stop was made at The Stable or A-Tasca for refreshment.

Over 60s Club

Members of the club met in the Soham Pavilion on Friday afternoon, August 4. Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone before introducing Angelo Erico, a specialist in law, as the speaker for the afternoon. Angelo gave an excellent, detailed talk on a many subjects which included the importance of making a will, inheritance tax, cash legacies, care homes, mirror wills and much more. Members were invited to ask questions following his talk and Ruth gave the vote of thanks. Sheila gave out details of an outing on Wednesday September 6 to King’s Lynn and the Corn Exchange theatre. Names were taken for the pantomime at Ely in January. Refreshments were served and there was also a raffle. The men played dominoes in the adjoining room. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Soham, The Fen and Barway Women’s Institute

Secretary Carol Weyman welcomed everyone to the meeting in Milbrook House on Friday August 4. Everyone joined in the singing of Jerusalem accompanied on the organ by Audrey Hopward. The business of the meeting was gone through prior to the introduction of the speaker for the evening. Members welcomed Pauline Meakins with her talk on ‘The work of Alzheimer’s UK’. Pauline began her talk on the history of Alzheimer’s which was discovered in 1908. She then went on to talk about the many different types and how Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. There are many books available on the subject and help is available from many organizations by calling the Alzheimer’s Society national helpline who can provide fact sheets on a wide range of topics relating to the disease. Members were invited to ask questions after her talk and Carol gave a vote of thanks. The winner in the competition for a postcard was Peggy Gibbon. Several members celebrated birthdays in August, so birthday greetings were sung and birthday cake was served with tea or coffee.