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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for May 14 - 20 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; 12.10pm - H


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for May 14 - 20

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; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - RSCM Diocesan Choirs Festival.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and ministry of Healing; 12.15pm - Holy Baptism; 4pm - Evensong.

Monday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Tuesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Wednesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 8am - Holy Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 7pm - St Mary's @7 - worship in a different way with Jane and Alan Hulme.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be the Rev Richard Kew.

Tuesday: the Rev Reg Macklin will be the celebrant at Holy Communion at 10am, which will be followed by tea and coffee at St Peter's House.

Methodist Church

LAST Sunday the stewards welcomed the congregation at 10.25am with notices and prayers. The service at 10.30am was led by rev Christopher Baker. Hymns were sung and prayers were said. The first and second readings were taken from the New Testament. At 2.30pm the annual meeting was held. Rev Barbara Garwood took the evening service with Holy Communion. Musicians were Pam Austin and Helen Shanassy.

Thursday: noon-1pm - shoppers' lunch.

Sunday: 10.30am - Morning Service led by Paul Cobley; 6.30pm - Evening Service with Rev June Mallabon.

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

MEETINGS held on Sundays at the Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely, at 10.30am. All are welcome.

INFO: Paul Quant on 01353 699575

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY morning worship included Holy Communion. The emphasis of the service was the enormity and scope of God's power and love. The Pastor's address was a study of God's economy.

Sunday: The speaker will be Anita Onen. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: Open Door Caf� will offer refreshments and a place of welcome from 10am until noon. All are welcome.

New Connexions @ High Barns

'WHAT are you trying to save me from?' was Sunday's theme. Children's club used the story of Zacchaeus to think about how Jesus can forgive us and 'save' us from the things we do wrong.

Sunday: we'll be asking 'Why doesn't God show himself?'

All welcome to join us for a relaxed, friendly morning with plenty of tea and coffee.

Sundays, 10.30am at St Mary's School Theatre.

INFO: Keith Waters at fool@xalt.co.uk or phone 01353 612158

Ely Group CSRF

ELY Group enjoyed a talk by Saga representative, Mrs M Traylen, at the April meeting. The next meeting will be held on May 19 at 2pm for 2.30pm at the City of Ely Community College, when members will be hearing about the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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

INFO: Joyce Birkett on 01353 661207.

City of Ely Flower Club

THE Annual Club Show was held at Needhams Hall on May 7. There were 18 entries and the theme for the show was 'Golden Jubilee'. The winners were:

Sue Piper - Decorated Straw Hat Centrepiece;

Rebecca Jackson - Arrangement in a Wine Glass, decorated Box and Best in Show;

Liz Fitzgerald - Shower.

Trophies were presented by Judy Wynn.

A demonstration was given by Chairman Grace Bent.

The next meeting will be held on June 4 when Dulcie Lofting will be the guest.

INFO: Grace Bent on 01353 661457


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev John Sansom. The organist was Beth Stokes. The first lesson was read by Geoff Briggs and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday: Morning Prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

DAVID gave out the notices at the Sunday morning service. Happy Birthday was sung to Gareth, Josh and Bob. Jim welcomed everyone to the service, followed by a song and prayer. Susan, David, Josh, Sam and Matt were welcomed into membership. Joyce, David, Alan and Josh were the musicians. After more songs and prayers, the offering was taken up by Daniel and Rachel. Jim prayed for people who are ill and for those who are now getting better. He read from Matthew, followed by his sermon. The service closed with a hymn and communion. Joyce then gave a prayer.

The Home Group will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Alpha Course will be on Thursday. The Healing Service will be held on Saturday and, at Bluntisham, Ian Randall will be speaking about the history of the baptist chapels at 7.30 pm.


St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S morning service was led by Paul Cobley. Yvonne Peacock and Gladys Rose read the lessons and Peter Kirby was the organist. The evening service was led by Ian Weatherall, which was united with St George's parish church. Janice and Ian Weatherall read the lessons and the preacher was Carol Swain. Pat Hodson was the pianist.

Sunday: the morning service will be led by the Rev Barbara Garwood at 10.45am and the service will include the celebration of Holy Communion. The evening service will be taken by Terry Day, at 6.30pm.

The Flower and Friendship Group will meet on May 18 at 7.30pm.

All welcome to join in services and events.

St George's Church

THE vicar presided and preached at Holy Communion and Jane Harris preached at Parish Eucharist. Evening Service (St John's Methodist Church) Carol Swain was the preacher.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with David Blackmore; 10.am - Parish Eucharist. The Rt Rev Peter Dawes will preside and Jane Harris will preach.

Monday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer; 1.45pm Pram Service for pre-school toddlers.

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

Thursday: 8.45am - Morning Prayer; 7.30pm - Deanery Ascension Day Service.

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

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualists (LEADS)

SERVICE held every Thursday at: The Village Hall, Victoria Street. Doors open at 6.40pm for Spiritual Healing which ends at 7.20pm. Healing costs nothing but a donation is appreciated. The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm to which everyone is welcome.

Special thanks to Joan Storey and Ian Webb who were our guest mediums for the evening of May 7, for the messages they delivered which gave comfort to many.

It was good to see the return of a few faces who had been unable to attend

for a while, and more newcomers.

Today (May 14), we see the welcome return of Colin Anderson as guest medium.

Guest Medium for May 21 will be Angie Morris.

To close the service we have light refreshments which are 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 amongst yourselves.

Our psychic supper has now been arranged for the June 18 and tickets will be available from May 14. Entrance by ticket only and they are limited in numbers. Obtainable from church or from Wendie.

INFO: www.mjgoodall.co.uk/lead-spirit.htm. Alternatively contact Wendie on 01353 667300 or by email: wendie11@btinternet.com

The Vine Community Church

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

Sunday's service will be at 10.30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by pastor Don Gee.

Youth and children's Sunday School is provided during the sermon and the cr�che is open for the little ones throughout the service from 10.15am.

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

The church is holding a family/wedding vow renewal/dedication celebration service on May 24. There will be a bring-and-share lunch following the service.

INFO: Pastor Don Gee at 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or visit www.thevinelittleport.org.uk

The Salvation Army

MAJOR John Boyd will retired on Saturday after 45 years' service, mostly in the Salvation Army's social work. A meeting at 3pm followed by a buffet tea, was conducted by Lt-Colonels Peter and Sylvia Dalziel at the Vine Church and Community Centre at the Regal, Hempfield Road. Peter and Sylvia, founder members of the 1960s Christian rock group, The Joystrings, led meetings at the City Road Hall at 11am and 3pm on Sunday.

INFO: Tel 01353 862851 or email: salvation.cambs@virgin.net.

Flower Arrangement Club

THE next meeting of the club will be held on Friday (15) starting at 7pm for 7.30pm. The demonstrator is Brenda Eyers from Colchester with her talk entitled 'spring fever'. There will be a plant stall to raise funds for the club's charity this year, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The club meets in the village hall in Victoria Street and welcomes any visitors who would like to join. Visitors' fee is �3. There is a well stocked sales table and all the arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the meeting.

INFO: Pam Hayes on 01353 860102 or Pam sole on 01353 863421


St George's Church

THE Flower Festival weekend culminated in a Songs of Praise celebrating 19th Century hymns and a snapshot of Victorian life, led by the Rev Pauline Scott and joining with friends from the Baptist Chapel.

Sunday: at 9.30am, the Holy Communion service will be taken by the Rev Alan Hulme.

Baptist Chapel

Sunday: the service, at 10.30am, will be led by Pastor Peter Cockerton. Girls Brigade meets at 6pm on Friday.


Heartbeat Health Walk

ON May 4, 15 walkers plus the two leaders, Liz Gwinnett and David Clarke, took part in a walk of about four miles around Soham.

Over 60's Club

ON May 8, Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone to the fashion show by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill from Ely. Christine Peachey gave the commentary on the range of outfits modelled by Ruth Ginn, Ann Willet, Shirley Sizer, Diane Wheeling and Mary Heeps. Vera Seal gave the vote of thanks. The raffle was organised by Vera and the ladies served the refreshments. The meeting was brought to a close with the singing of the club hymn.


St Andrew's Parish Church


ALL singers welcome, with special need for soprano, alto and bass.

Parish Concert

WILL be held on September 26 to raise money for the church. Families or groups of friends can get together to take part or people can perform on their own.

INFO: Helen Bradley on 01353 776125 by May 31 if you want to perform.

Book Group

THE April meeting discussed Angels in my Hair by Lorna Byrne. The next meeting will be on May 20 at Debbie's house, from 8pm which the controversial American bestseller The Shack by William Paul Young will be under the spotlight.

INFO: Debbie on 01353 755110 or email: debs@bambricks.co.uk

Pepperpot Plodders

IF you are looking for a run buddy or fancy a gentle jog around the village on a summer evening, then join the Plodders on a Wednesday evening - 7pm at the Brooklands car park (next to the school).

The group is planning a sponsored 10K plod around the village on September 10 in aid of Macmillan and Cancer Research so if you want to sign up for that, you are more than welcome.

INFO: Fiona on 07799 767063

Garden Club

THE speaker at the April meeting was Richard Ayres MBE, who was head gardener at Anglesey Abbey. His subject was 'fun with herbaceous plants'. After questions, Mr Ayres was thanked by Mary Leggett.

This month's meeting, on May 13, was replaced by a visit to Newnham College gardens in Cambridge at the invitation of the head gardener, Tony Arnold.

Sutton Dawn Walk

THE Best Boob Forward half marathon walk on May 16 is being held to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. The group has raised �6,000 for the charity since it was set up two years ago and hopes to top the �10,000 mark this year. The walk starts at 5am from the Glebe Hall behind St Andrew's Church and will finish there with a cooked breakfast.

INFO: Debbie smith on 01353 778665 or email psmith1664@hotmail.com

Conservation Group

THERE will be an evening walk down Sutton Gault on May 21 to see the wildlife and a stop at the Three Pickerels at the halfway point. Meet at the Anchrrcnhor pub in bury lane at 7pm.

Line Dancing

THE first daytime line dance class was held on May 13 at the Methodist Church Hall. Beginners' class will be held every Wednesday, from 2pm-3pm.

INFO: Liz Ungless on 01353 776085



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on May 1 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs S Saberton, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs M Coulson, Mrs J Crown, Mrs B Norman, J Hines and Mrs M White; Highest Halves: Mrs G Faux and Mrs M Dewsbery; Consolation: Miss M Murfitt; Draw: Mrs M Coulson, Mrs A Houghton, J Hines and Mrs P Martin.


Baptist Church

ON Sunday Bob Earl from Willingham Baptist Church led the worship.

Sunday: 10.30am - Rob Booth from the Countess Free Church in Ely will conduct the service. A warm welcome to all.