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



Chettisham Parish Church

Celebrant and Preacher at St Michael & All Angels on Sunday was the Reverend Peter Beech.

The organist was Margaret Haynes and the First lesson was read by Michael Richer, who also presented the offertory.

The blessing of the plough for Plough Sunday took place after the Communion service.

Next Sunday Holy Communion at 9.15am.


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Ely Bahá’í Community

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

Friday History Group

Talks are held on the second Friday of each month. This month’s meeting, on Friday January 12, should be a very interesting talk by Richard Fletcher, on the Newmarket monument for Bill Tutte, Second World War Lorenz codebreaker and mathematician.

Meetings are held at the Ely Methodist Church, off St Mary’s Car park, from 10am for a 10.30am start. Admission is £3 payable on the door.

Meetings are already being booked for the second Friday of several months to come, with the next one on Friday February 9.

The speaker then will be Mike Petty, on ‘Memories and Reflections’ - a wide-ranging talk based on eight decades of researching Cambridgeshire’s past.

Ely Methodist Church

On Sunday morning Rev Robert Ely followed an Epiphany theme with the message that the good news of Jesus Christ is for everyone.

In the evening Ian Weatherall led a discussion on prejudice.

The Bible Study Group met during the week and continued the study of the Epistle to the Romans.

Today, Thursday January 11, lunch is at 12 noon for 12.15pm – just £5 for a two-course meal, no need to book.

Sunday January 14 at 10.30am: Covenant Service with Rev. Joanne Sherwood. 6.30pm: Evening Worship with Rev. Colin Watkins.

New Connexions

We shared in renewing our covenant promises with God at the start of the new year.

We also focused on our verses for the year – Hebrews 10 verses 23-25 - through worship songs, prayer and in the sermon.

We were challenged to think about what it is we do with our life and what difference sharing it with God makes to us individually and as part of the church family of New Connexions.

The importance of fixing our hearts, minds and eyes on Jesus was stressed as this will build us and we will then be able to give out more to others.

The children looked at all that God gave to us at Christmas time and made boxes filled of things they would like to give back to Him this year.

Listen to Keith’s sermon on-line at where there are also details about the church and home group questions.

Contact our Pastor:

We will be meeting next Sunday for our new series on the book of Mark and to share communion.

Join with us at 10.30am at Larkfield, High Barns, Ely CB7 4SB, our new Sunday venue. Groups for children and youth too.

St Mary’s Church

Today, Thursday 11: Market Day Communion at 9.30am. Coffee Morning in the Church Hall from 9.15-11.15am - all welcome to join us for refreshment on Market Day.

Sunday January 14: Holy Communion at 9am - a traditional service with hymns and prayer.

Holy Communion at 10.30am – a contemporary style service with crèche, Sunday School and Youth Groups.

Monday January 15: Monday Morning Prayers at 8am - starting the week with prayer, all welcome. Monday Club at 2pm - all welcome to join with Monday Club for a talk from Rev. Natalie Andrews “A Minister’s Lot…”

Tuesday January 16: Refresh Baby and Toddler Group at 9.15am.

The tradition of ringing church bells to mark the passing of 2017 and the arrival of 2018 was continued at St Mary’s Church in Ely.

Here are the eight bell ringers ready to toast 2018 after the ringing was completed.

This was a joint band from St Mary’s Ely and St James’ Stretham.

St Peter’s Church

Today, Thursday January 11, at 8pm a Julian Meeting for Christian

contemplation will be held in the church.

On Sunday January 14 the celebrant and preacher at the 9.30am Sung

Eucharist will be Canon Nicholas Thistlethwaite.


Hiam Sports & Social Club

Saturday January 13: rock ‘n’ roll night with Richie & the Rockets plus DJ The Professor. Admission is £6.50 for members and £8 non-members. Doors open at 7pm. Contact 01353 688269 for info.

Prickwillow Engine Museum

Attention all knitters! We need all your odd bits of wool please. We are making hats and gloves to be sold at the next annual ploughing festival to be held at the Prickwillow Engine Museum and on Green Farm adjacent, which will be on October 6 and 7.

The fundraising Ploughing Festival profits are split between two causes, one the museum and the other Cancer Research UK. Last year, a much needed £3000 was raised for each charity.

Please drop off any wool, together with your name and phone number if you would like to knit, to any of the following collection points: Behind The Scenes, Beauty Salon, Crown Walk Newmarket; Simply Allsorts , Churchgate Street Soham; Leys Stores, Pratt St, Soham or Artichoke Clothes Shop, High Street Passage, Ely .

The Prickwillow Engine Trust was originally set up to save the large diesel engine, originally used to drain the fens in that location, from being scrapped back in 1982.

Over the years the museum has expanded to house other engines and tell the story of the drainage of the Fens and its local history.

It is open to visitors Easter to October, four days a week. The latest extension enables better facilities for visiting schools to learn about this local history in fun workshops, and also realise that the fens still need actively draining today.

Anyone who has wool should drop off at any of the four places mentioned above. And anyone that would like to knit please contact either Nadine on 01353 722842 or Pauline on 01353 720737 so we can arrange the collection or drop off of any wool and patterns, if needed.


Littleport Methodist Church

Sunday January 14: Morning Worship at 10.45am with preacher Mr Richard Dean. United Evening Service at 6.30pm led by Mr Ian Weatherall.

January 21: Morning Worship at 10.45am, covenant service with preacher Rev Joanne Sherwood. No evening service.

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

The Vine Community Church

We are always pleased to welcome new faces at any of our meetings, whether from Littleport or visitors from further afield.

The speaker at Morning Service on Sunday January 14 will be Terry Malkin from Isleham.

Coffee Break is on Thursdays and will re-start today, January 11. Everyone is welcome to come between 10.30am and 12noon and enjoy coffee or tea and cakes.

The final talk by Ian Silk on the ‘History of Mission’ will take place on Tuesday January 16 at 7.30pm.

Sunday morning services at 10.30am include lively songs and hymns, prayers and Bible-based teaching from a variety of speakers. Except when it is a Family Service, the children leave part-way through to join their own groups. The well-stocked bookstall has interesting Christian books for children and adults, CDs and greetings cards.

The Parent and Toddler Group meets on Mondays from 10 to 11.30 am. On Fridays the Prayer Meeting starts at 7 pm and lasts an hour. There are four House Groups meeting in people’s homes or in the church on Tuesday evenings each week or fortnightly on Wednesday mornings.

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


Wilburton Community Baptist Church

Liz Herrington talked us through the last part of Paul’s story on Sunday, where he kept on telling others about God’s love. He had a goal and he stuck to it through thick and thin.

On Thursday we started back at Café Church and Baby and Toddler Group and it was great to see everyone there enjoying themselves.

Thursday: 9-11am Café Church. 9.30-11.30am Baby and Toddler Group.

Sunday: 3-5pm Messy Church for everyone.