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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for August 28 – September 3 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; midday – Quiet Hour; 5


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for August 28 - September 3

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; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist; 4pm - Evensong; 5.15 - Organ Recital.

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 - Evensong.

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

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: there will be a Eucharist for wholeness and healing.

The celebrant and preacher will be the Rev Alan Partridge.

Wednesday: lunchtime service at 1 pm.

St Mary's Church

SERVICES for Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with preacher Alan Partridge; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Judith Kerridge; 6.30pm - Songs of Praise to be held at Chettisham Church.

INFO: or 01353 659550.

Countess Freechurch

ANDY Watson and the musicians began the Sunday morning service with a time of praise and worship songs. His talk to the young children was based on the Olympics.

Pastor Lowman's message was based on Thessalonians.

The prayer meeting at 5.30pm was focused mainly on intercessory prayers for the sick.

Laurie Lomax led the workshop session at the start of the evening service at 6.30pm, based on Psalm 103. Pastor Lowman discussed Psalm 139, the 'all seeing eye of God'.

The prayer meeting on Wednesday evening was based on Christians in China.

The Bowls Fellowship meets on Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm.

Sunday: Pastor Lowman will speak on 'Christian Community'. At 5pm a fellowship tea will be held in the church hall. At 6pm, an All Age Service will be held in the church.

Methodist Church

MORNING prayers were said by the stewards before Sunday's morning service which was led by Margaret Nickless. Hymns were sung, followed by a prayer. Offerings were taken and notices read, followed by a hymn. The first reading was from the Old Testament and the second from Acts in the New Testament. The minister based his sermon on 'man of Nigeria and Moamid. Prayers were said for people in Iran and Nigeria. Organists were Pam Austin and Helen Shannassy.

The evening service was led by the Rev Edwin Myers.

Thursday: Shoppers' Lunch noon-1pm.

Sunday: Morning service at 11am led by the Rev Roger Davies with Holy Communion. Evening service at 6.30pm with Ian Weatherall. Organists will be Donald Monk and Janice Weatherall.

Wednesday: Welcome service for Rev Barbara Garwood.

The Olive Tree Fellowship

ON Sunday morning we were joyful in our praise, even though several people were away for the weekend.

The Pastor taught on one of the elementary principles listed in Hebrews chapter 6 - this time faith towards God: this was followed by some helpful discussion about how this can impact our lives. The Sunday School class was about how we can grow as Christians.

Sunday: service at 10.30am (including Holy Communion). Crèche, Sunday School and a teen's class will be provided. On Friday, from 10am until noon the Open Door Café will run at the church, offering freshly brewed tea and coffee, along with cake and biscuits, in a friendly and welcoming setting - take time to relax and be thoroughly spoiled!

September 6: a Pastor from the south of France will be leading a meeting from 1pm until 5pm, in which he will bring news from a recent trip to the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. He will show video of the trip and tell us what is going on in some of the churches there that have been displaced by civil war and face tremendous poverty. Further details will follow next week. All are welcome to these events.

Flower Club

THE City of Ely Flower Club will meet on September 4 at City of Ely community College at 7pm for its AGM. Jill Clarke will give a demonstration and talk entitled 'not just roses and carnations' starting at 7.15pm. Non-members welcome to attend at a cost of £3.50. Details from Grace on 01353 661457 or Liz on 01353 740404.

Isle of Ely Philatelic Society

THE society begins its 25th season on September 4 with a Packet Evening.

Would former members of the society contact the hon. secretary on 01354 659358 so that they can be informed of our Silver Jubilee programme.

Visitors are welcome at all meetings. These are held in the library of the City of Ely Community College, Downham Road, Ely from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


Littleport, Ely and District Spiritualist Church.

WE would like to thank Cherry Smith and Martin Roberts for taking our service last week and for the many messages they delivered to those in need.

Our service is held every Thursday at Littleport Village Hall.

Doors for service open at 6.40pm for spiritual healing until 7.20pm.

Divine Service begins at 7.30pm.

This week, we have Chantelle as our guest medium and as always with Chantelle we can look forward to an excellent evening.

Everyone welcome, and there is no charge for admittance. Please come and join us with an open mind.

There are light refreshments served at the end of the evening which are free and a raffle (for which small donations of prizes are gratefully accepted.

Next week we have guest medium, Angie Morris, who we welcome back.

INFO: and follow the LEADS link for further information.

Alternatively contact Wendie on 01353 667300.


Baptist Chapel.

OUR evening service was led by Nigel Holland. Next Sunday at 6.30pm the Preacher will be Derek Wall.

Tuesday: Coffee morning in aid of The Friends of the Princess of Wales Hospital at 10am.

St George's Church.

OUR service of Morning Praise was taken by Judy Kerridge.

Sunday: service of Morning Praise led by David Noble at 9.30am.


Over 60's Club

ON Tuesday, August 19 members of the Over 60's Club enjoyed an outing to the Cotswolds. Departing from Soham at 8am the first part of their journey took them to Moreton in the Marsh where for two hours the party could look around the market and the shops. They continued to Stratford-upon-Avon where they enjoyed a tour of the many places of interest in Shakespear's birthplace. It was soon time for the journey home and thanks are extended to Peggy Gibbon for organising a lovely day out.

On Friday, Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting. Peggy Gibbon gave out the notices reminding members of the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee party on Monday September 29. Tickets are available from Peggy for £3 for members and £11 for guests. The speaker for the afternoon was historian Donna Martin who gave an excellent illustrated talk about the Soham railway explosion on June 2, 1944 and the Duke of Gloucester's visit on June 2, 2006. Donna was thanked for a lovely afternoon. Refreshments were served and Vera Seal organised the raffle. The meeting was brought to a close with the singing of the club hymn.

Soham Bowls Club

Soham Motors Cup

DUE to the wet weather members were unable to play the third game of triples. Points from the two previous games of bowls were added together resulting in a win for Phillip Hobbs and runner-up was Roger Bayes. The presentation of cups will be on finals Sunday on August 31. Everyone enjoyed a supper cooked by Ken and Joan Chapman.

Men verses Ladies

The weather was perfect for the match between the ladies and men members of the club. Five teams of triples and two pairs played 18 ends. Two ladies teams beat their gentlemen opponents Pat Johnsons team and Marion Bysouths team. The match points were close but once again the men retain the trophy. Following the match everyone enjoyed a sausage or chicken and mash supper followed by lemon meringue pie cooked by Ken and Joan Chapman. Ladies captain Helen Fordham thanked everyone who had taken part and Joan and Ken for a lovely supper. The winner of the bottle of whisky was Madge Peacock. Members were reminded to put their names on the list for the finals day barbecue on Sunday.

Heartbeat Health Walk

ON Monday, 27 walkers, plus the three leaders met at the church for the weekly walk. Led by Liz Gwinnett with David Clarke and Laurie Budd at the back the walk took them through the High Street to Downfields, Orchard Row, Military Road, Cornmills Road and back into the town.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 17 walkers, plus two leaders enjoyed a walk of approximately five miles. Starting from the church and led by Liz Gwinnett the walk took them through the High Street up to the Downfields crossing over the bridge to Fordham, through the back streets and up Sharman's Lane and returning along the Fordham Road. After welcome refreshments at the Ship or Megabites the walkers met up again at the home of Joan and Ken Chapman for the annual barbecue. Liz Gwinnett thanked Joan and Ken for their wonderful hospitality and presented them with £100 for a breast cancer charity.

Methodist Church

ON Sunday, the Rev Edwin Myers lead our worship at 10am.

Sunday: Anne and Sarah Willett have another of their 'at home' mornings with tea and coffee and cakes, plus a raffle.

September 6: mini fete on the green outside Budgens, from 9.30am till noon. Stalls, tombola, bric-a-brac and games. Proceeds from both these events will go to Soham Methodist Church Property Development Fund.


Bowls Club

THERE will be a coffee morning from 10am till noon on September 1 at the bowls club to raise funds for the Milton Hospice.

A prize bingo evening will be held on September 6 to raise money for club funds. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. All welcome.



THE First Sutton Scouts are expecting an invasion from outer space at the Sutton Escapade, being held in the house and gardens of The Glebe in High Street on August 30. The daleks will be visiting the scout's art and craft show, along with other artists who will be exhibiting and demonstrating many different art forms from water colour painting to lace-making.

Escapade is an ideal way to enjoy the last days of the school holidays. There will be interests and activities for all ages, with music sideshows, stalls and refreshments.

Everyone attending will be helping raise funds for the new premises needed for the First Sutton Scout Group to meet


St Andrew's Church

THE Rev Teresa Dixon was the celebrant at Sunday's service.

Sunday: Holy Communion at 10.30am.

Tuesday: Holy Communion at 10am.

Wednesday: Morning Prayer at 9.30am. The next family service will be on Sunday, September 7 at 10.30am. The Sunday School will meet again the following Sunday. The Toddler Praise service will be held at the changed time of 2 pm on the first Wednesday of every month, starting on September 3, and the Baby Café will resume at 9.30am in St Andrew's Hall on September 5.

There will be a coffee morning and bring-and-buy in the hall on September 3 at 10am in aid of the church extension appeal, all welcome.