Methodist Church

PUBLISHED: 13:49 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 13:36 04 May 2010

ON Sunday, November 19, both services looked at the use of all types of music to enhance worship. Members of both congregations helped with solo items, playing instruments, puppets, readings and leading prayers. This helped to emphasise that we all need

ON Sunday, November 19, both services looked at the use of all types of music to enhance worship. Members of both congregations helped with solo items, playing instruments, puppets, readings and leading prayers. This helped to emphasise that we all need to work together to worship.

The circuit communion takes place this morning (Thursday) at 11.30am conducted by Roger Steward. The service is followed by the shoppers' lunch at noon until 1pm at the price of £3.

On Sunday, November 26,

Carole Durose led the service

and the evening service was taken by Steve Watts. We welcome you to all our services and events.

Inner Wheel

VICE-president Jackie Wade welcomed members to the monthly meeting at the Old Dispensary last Wednesday evening. The evening began with members remembering Jessie Earnshaw, who had been a member for many years. Club members had made representation at her funeral on November 10.

The guest speaker for the evening was Terry Gresswell, who gave a fascinating insight into the history and development of the sewing machine between 1755 and 1950.

The most well-known name was that of Isaac Singer, who was born in New York.

Mr Gresswell had six antique machines on display. The first machines were very expensive but Singer made his money by allowing machines to be bought on hire purchase.

The Singer Company opened its first factory in Glasgow in 1867, but moved to a larger factory at Bridgeton in 1871 and produced 54,000 machines the following year.

In 1884, they moved to another new factory at Kilbowie, Clydebank, on a 46-acre site. The 7,000 workers produced on average 13,000 machines per week. It was the largest sewing machine factory in the world, finally closing in 1980. With so many machines still in working order their antique value is not very high.

However Mr Gresswell is able to service machines and can be contacted through Ely City Cycle Centre. He was thanked for his very informative talk by Mrs Wade.

After the coffee break, it was learnt that an Acer tree will be purchased to replace the vandalized tree in Jubilee Gardens. A thank-you letter had been received from Save the Children on receipt of our £25 donation. Arrangements were discussed for the forthcoming Christmas dinner at the Fen House Restaurant on

December 13.

A letter had been received from the Cambridge Inner Wheel Club informing us of future dates for their overseas supper, Inter Club lunch and charter dinner.

Some members will be assisting the Rotary Club with their annual tour of Ely with their Santa float and Christmas carols.

The evening concluded with a rehearsal for the singing entertainment members will be performing to the residents of Lily House on January 6.

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