COMMUNITY NEWS: What’s happening in Ely and the surrounding villages

The Ely and District branch of the NSPCC raised £800 at the recent bridge day held at Sutton British

The Ely and District branch of the NSPCC raised £800 at the recent bridge day held at Sutton British Legion. - Credit: Archant


Chettisham Parish Church

Holy Communion by Extension on Sunday at St Michael and All Angels was led by John Dickenson. The first lesson was read by Linda Aylott and the offertory was presented by Michael Richer.

The next service at Chettisham will be Holy Communion on November 5 at 9am.


Ely Bahá’í Community

“Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men. From them are revealed such blessed and perspicuous words as are the cause of the well-being of the world and the protection of the nations.”

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The next event is on Tuesday October 24 from 7.30pm at Ely Museum.

The film ‘Light of the World’ will be shown, this was made to commemorate the bicentenary since the birth of Baha’u’llah. All welcome.

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

Ely Library

There are still a few places free on Ely’s new Reading Round at Ely Library - a book club without homework. Each week local author Jim Kelly reads a short story and a poem and then the group discuss the text.

Sessions are Thursdays from 6-7.30pm. Numbers are limited to less than a dozen. Apply by emailing

Ely Methodist Church

Morning Worship on Sunday was led by Tony Murfitt. At Tea-Time+ adults and children explored what it is to be Good Neighbours. Bible Study met during the week.

A craft afternoon exploring the theme of light was held for preschool groups.

Today, October 19: Thursday Lunch at 12noon for 12.15pm – two-course lunch for £5. No need to book, just come along.

Friday October 20 at 7.30pm: Guild Meeting; Medical and Community Work in India -Dr Geoff and Rev Joy Levine

Sunday October 22 at 10.30am: Ruth Arnold. 6.30pm: Holy Communion led by Rev Seo SangWoo.

Ely Northwold Women’s Institute

Vice President Lorna Lucas welcomed members and guests from Ely City and Witchford to the October meeting of Ely Northwold W.I. A birthday present and card was presented to Jackie McKenzie.

The speaker for the evening was Jason Middleton from Cambridge who gave a really entertaining talk and slide show on the subject of Gems and semi precious stones.

After answering questions from members he was thanked by Jacqui Burford.

The next meeting will be on November 8 at the Cathedral Centre when there will be a bring and buy sale of Christmas items, the annual general meeting and Jacqui Burford will be demonstrating making bead angel Christmas tree decorations.

For more information call Lorna on 01353 699231.


The Ely and District branch of the NSPCC are delighted to have raised £800 at the recent bridge day held at Sutton British Legion.

Our thanks go to all who attended and to Malcolm and Gwen Fletcher for organising the day.

New Connexions

We began our worship time singing about how wonderful God’s love is for us and we listened to a song ’Good Good Father’ also reminding us of this before we started a short mini-series on the prophet Nahum.

Although his name means ‘comfortable’ this was far from the message Nahum had to give to the Assyrians.

Amongst the hard message of the Lord being a jealous God who will call judgement on all who disobey Him, words of security, rooted in love were also offered to the believers.

Keith recommended using Psalms to help us in our prayer times and modelled this using Psalm 139.

Our children’s group joined with youth to think about those who are hungry and the importance of sharing.

They used their group version of a verse from Matthew 7 verse 12 : ‘Do for others as you would like them to do to you’, as well as enjoying some tasty treats.

Listen to this week’s sermon ’A Jealous God’ on-line at where there are also details about home groups and prayer groups this week, and information about our links to churches in Sierra Leone.

Contact our Pastor:

We meet next Sunday at 10.30am in The Theatre, St Mary’s Junior School, High Barns Ely and will be continuing looking at the Old Testament Prophet Nahum with the sermon entitled’ A judge who is God’ You are really welcome to come along. Groups for children and youth run alongside the service.

St Mary’s Church

Today, Thursday 19: Market Day Communion at 9.30am, coffee morning in the Church Hall from 9.15-11.15am.

Saturday October 21, 11am-3pm: charity bazaar in the Church Hall raising funds for charities supported by St. Mary’s Church. Free admission, stalls, tombola, refreshments; something for everyone.

Sunday October 22: Holy Communion at 9am - traditional service with hymns and prayer. Holy Communion at 10.30am: a family friendly service with singing, prayer and children’s activities. Evening service at 6.30pm - come to be renewed, refreshed and ready for the week ahead.

Monday October 23: Monday morning prayers at 8am - all welcome to join in and start the week with prayer. Creative Minds at 1.30pm - all welcome to join with a group supporting positive well-being through craft.

Wednesday October 25: Open to God from 8pm - meeting together to pray for the St Mary’s Church family and Ely Community.

St Peter’s Church

On Sunday October 22, the celebrant and preacher at the 9.30am Sung Eucharist will be Canon Chris Barber, and the singing will be led by St Peter’s Singers.


Littleport & District Flower Club

The next meeting of Littleport & District Flower Club will be from 7-7.30pm tomorrow, Friday October 20, at the Village Hall, Victoria Street, Littleport.

We welcome any visitors that would like to join us; admission costs £5.

This month four members from Littleport & District Flower Club will be demonstrating “Onwards and Upwards”.

Tickets are also on sale at £12 each for the open meeting on November 17. National demonstrator Julia Nights will be demonstrating ‘Christmas Alphabet’.

If you need any further details regarding the club, especially the open meeting, please contact the secretary Pam Sole on 01353 863421 or please just turn up and you will receive a very warm welcome.

Littleport Methodist Church

October 22: Morning Worship at 10.45am with preacher Mr Richard Dean. Five Alive at the Parish Church at 5pm.

October 29: Morning Worship at 10.45am with preacher Ken Brown. United Evening Service at the Parish Church at 6pm.

November 4: coffee morning from 10am-12noon.

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

Littleport Women’s Institute

The Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesday October 10.

The president Mrs Rosemary Coleman opened the meeting and discussed business relating to the A.G.M. to be held next month.

The demonstrator, Ruth Sindall from Ely City W.I., showed us how to do brush embroidery icing, tracing holly leaves and painting on plaques of icing.

Varying degrees of skill was shown by our members and was enjoyed by all.

After refreshments, the competition for a pretty plate was won by Pauline Fox, Madge Ambrose came second and Christine Benstead third.

Madge and Christine were also presented with W.I. mugs for points awarded. The raffle was won by Monica Dennis.

The next meeting will be our annual general meeting on Tuesday November 14 at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.

The Vine Community Church

There will be a Family Service at 10.30am on Sunday October 22 when Tim and Jane Frost will be the speakers. This will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.

Children aged four to nine, with their parents or carers, are invited to a Light Party on Tuesday October 31 from 4-6pm. Come along for art and craft activities, games, songs and stories, followed by food. No need to book a place, just arrive at 4pm.

St George’s Church

Our service of Morning Praise was taken by Rev Natalie Andrews with a thoughtful sermon on ‘being welcome at Jesus’ party.’

Tuesday, 6-7pm: informal hymn singing and band practice. Wednesday, 9-11am: pop in for coffee, chat and cake served with laughter and friendship.

Next Sunday our service of Holy Communion at 10.30am will be taken by Canon Linda Church.


Heartbeat Health Walk

On Monday October 9, 26 walkers took part in the three-mile walk around Soham. Walk leaders this week were David Clarke, Liz Gwinnett, Chris Robertson, Linda Everitt and Laurie Budd.

Starting from the church they walked through the church alley to Clay Street, College Road and around the perimeters of the college, over the moat fields passing the memorial gardens to the railway, Mill Drove, The Butts, Millcroft, Fordham Road, Staples Lane and Brook Street through the alley to Lofty’s Bridge and along the banks of the Lode to Paddock Street, Brook Dam Lane and High Street.

A stop was made at The Stable or A-Tasca for refreshments.

Methodists News

A Macmillan coffee morning was held in the Methodists Hall on Friday September 29. There was a variety of stalls including a tombola, raffle, bric a brac, clothes, cakes and refreshments.

This successful event raised £441 for the Macmillan funds. Thanks are extended to everyone for there support.

Phoenix Club

Janet Lewis welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Phoenix Club on Wednesday September 11. The speaker for the meeting was Sylvia Short a local author who writes novels and short stories and has had several published.

Sylvia read excerpts from two of her novels; one of which was called Starting Out and was the story of Celine and Chris.

Sylvia was an excellent speaker and members were invited to ask questions. Janet Lewis gave the vote of thanks. Refreshments were served and Kathy Clarke organised the raffle.

Kathy asked for volunteers to model the fashions for the Edinburgh Woolen Mill at the next meeting in November.

Yvonne Long brought the meeting to a close with a selection of humorous tales.

Scrabble Club

On Thursday October 12, twelve scrabble enthusiasts enjoyed their games of scrabble in Soham Library.

Tea or coffee was served with birthday cake during the afternoon.

The next meeting is on Thursday October 26 from 2.30-4.30pm.

Over 60s Club

Ruth Ginn welcomed members to the club on Friday afternoon, October 13.

Ruth introduced Christine Peachey from the Ely Edinburgh Woolen Mill, who introduced the models for the show and described the outfits they had chosen to wear. These were from an autumn collection.

Taking part were Maureen Fitt, Diane Wheeling, Sue Brooks, Molly Brown and Ruth. Christine was presented with a bouquet of flowers and Ruth gave a vote of thanks. Refreshments were served, Sheila Knight took names for the Christmas lunch and Richard Badcock organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.


Wilburton Community Baptist Church

We had a great time at the fundraiser café on Saturday - loads of talking, Lego building, phone monitoring and eating cake.

£335 was raised towards the loan we took out to refurbish the kitchen which is fantastic. Thank you to everyone who supported it.

On Sunday we talked a lot about friendship and what it means to us.

We explored Paul’s friends, especially Barnabas who was a true friend who stood up for him.

Thursday, 9-11am: Café Church, 9.30-11.30am: Baby and Toddler Group. Sunday, 10.45am: family service led by Liz Herrington.

Call Anthea Dodson on 01353 740283 or email for more information.