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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for September 18 - 24 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


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for September 18 - 24

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; 8.00am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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

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.

Methodist Church

PRAYERS and notices were said by the stewards before last Sunday's morning service led by David Middleton. Hymns and prayers were said and the offering was taken. There were three readings from the Old and New Testaments. The minister's sermon was based on forgiveness.

Rev Barbara Garwood led the evening service at 6.30pm.

Thursday: shopper's lunch, from noon to 1pm.

Friday: A Life on the Market by Ivor Brown at Ely Methodist Guild, 7.30pm.

Saturday: Harvest Supper, 6pm. Anyone who would like to help with the flowers, please go to the church at 1.30pm on Friday.

Sunday: Harvest Festival. Service at 11am led by the Rev Barbara Garwood. Service at 6.30pm led by the Rev Sheila MacInally.

Countess Free Church

JO Sammons led the worship session before the start of the morning Family Service at 10.30am on Sunday. The theme of this well attended service was based on Corinthians. Prayers were also made on behalf of many people who are in need of healing. The evening service was led by Pastor Lowman who began with a time of praise and worship based on Psalm 46. A time of open prayer followed at the close of the worship session. He then spoke on the Psalm which contains many positive attributes of The Lord.

Monday afternoon the craft and chat group met after the summer break.

On Tuesday evening the holiday club 2008 review meeting took place in the church.

Wednesday evening the prayer meeting was focused on CTIE and the work of the Countess Commission in the UK and Sierra Leone.

Thursday: the Two by Two Baby and Toddler Group meet in the hall and the Good News Trust Library will be on the premises. In the evening the elders and deacons meet after the summer break.

Sunday: services will be led by pastor Lowman.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: the celebrant at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be the Rev Alan Partridge. On Wednesday, there will be a Lunchtime Service at 1pm.

The Olive Tree

ON Tuesday evening our monthly gathering for informal worship, "Church on Tuesday", was lively and inspiring. Keziah Smit brought a challenging message.

Sunday morning worship, which included Holy Communion, dwelt on the splendour of our God, and His awesome power. Anne Lincoln, a leader from a sister Church in Darwen, asked what we have to offer Christ?

On Friday, from 10am till noon, the Open Door Café will offer a place of warm welcome and freshly brewed tea and coffee, along with Liz Brandon's home-made cake, which is fast gaining a reputation as the best in town.

Sunday worship is at 10am. The pastor will bring the third part of his series on elementary principles, looking this time at the doctrine of baptisms. Crèche and Sunday School will be available.

INFO: All are welcome at these events. Telephone the pastor on 01353 612316.

Northwold WI

PRESIDENT Rosemary Green welcomed members to the September 10 meeting.

Birthday gifts and cards were handed out to Florence Jones and Jenny Newell.

The speaker for the evening was Phyllis Baptie from Horseheath who gave an interesting talk on the hobby of making and furnishing dolls houses. She was thanked by Rosemary.

Phyllis judged the competition for an unusual button - the winner being Lia Conder and second Rose-Marie Lawrence.

As it was an autumn meeting the refreshments were home-made apple pies and custard.

Draw prize winners were: Wendy Elliott, Beverley Holland, Lorna Lucas, Wendy Barnes and Florence Jones.

Forthcoming events - we now have tickets available for the Ely Ghost Walk on Wednesday, October 1. Members and guests welcome. The October meeting of the institute will be on October 8, which will be our 35th Birthday. We will be having a casino evening with cheese and biscuits and wine. Visitors will be welcomed.

INFO: If interested, ring Christine on 01353 663398 for details.


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was the Rev Alan Partridge. The organist was Elizabeth Steed. The first lesson was read by Geoff Briggs and the offertory was presented by Michael Richer.

Sunday: Morning Prayer will be held at 9.15am


Parish Council

The council met on September 3.

A complaint has been received from a resident in Froize End regarding the large tractors and trailers using Lode Way/Froize End and the speed at which they travel. The matter has bee reported to police. Four telephone boxes in Haddenham and Aldreth will be taken out of commission and BT is running an Adopt a Kiosk Scheme. Further details will be obtained and the matter will be discussed at the next meeting.

Shed and garage burglaries have increased over the summer months and everyone is reminded to keep their possessions safely locked away.

Resurfacing work will be carried out on the Arkenstall Centre car park from October 8-10 and the recycling bins will not be available during that period

A meeting will be held on September 4 to test the safety of the headstones at the Chewells Lane Cemetery.

The fencing work is in progress and it is hoped the pond dipping platforms will be erected in the near future. Cllr Julie Parr advised that some anonymous information had been received regarding the perpetrators of the damage to the benches and this had been passed to the police. A public meeting will be held on September 24 at 7.30pm at the Arkenstall Centre to update parishioners on the progress of the project.

Cllr Robert Norman reported that the countryside access officer is looking for local organisations to volunteer to help with manual work to clear scrub encroaching on the fen droves. Anyone interested in helping with this should contact Karen Whymark at or 01223 717445.

The Road Safety Group members are waiting to have a meeting with the straw burning plant personnel to discuss the ongoing issue of the straw lorries. Cllr Gareth Wilson is going to make enquiries about a straw-sucking lorry, which might be available to help clear up the village roads.

Borrowing at Haddenham Library has increased due to the Team Read national reading challenge. Volunteers have opened the library for an extra six Tuesday afternoons for children to take part in the challenge; they were also able to make medals and an Olympic flag. A medal ceremony will be held on September 19. The archive team is looking for photographs from the 1950s to stage a picture show, any photos would be gratefully received with details in an envelope and can be of local or national interest at that time.

It was agreed that Haddenham would like to join the Speed Watch Camera Scheme and volunteers will be sought to man the camera. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help, contact Jenny Manning on 01353 741231 or email: . It was agreed that the council would contribute towards the purchase of the equipment providing surrounding villages are also willing to do so. An offer to store the equipment in Haddenham will also be extended.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8 at 7.30pm at the Arkenstall Village Centre, Station Road, Haddenham, Cambs.

Baptist Chapel

DAVID welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. The buffet dance organised for September 13 was cancelled, and a harvest supper will be held on October 4, with the harvest Sunday service on October 5. There is a bring-and-buy sale on September 22 at 2.30pm.

Jim asked everyone to pray for the Leadership Away Day which is being held on September 27. Alan, David, Joyce and Bob were the musicians.

Philip and Daniel took up the offering, followed by prayers and the young people left for classes.

We sang and then Jim read Romans 11 v. 11 to 32. The theme for his sermon was covenants, restrictions, testimonials and conditions from Obadiah 15 to 21.

Baptist Church

A HEALING service will be held on September 20 at 7pm. All welcome to attend.

Services monthly on every third Saturday.


The Vine Community Church

WE are a lively non-denominational church which meets at The Regal on Hempfield Road in Littleport.

Sunday: service is at 10:30am with contemporary music worship and a sermon by Terry Yaroslaw.

Youth and children's Sunday school is provided during the sermon.

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

A new Alpha Course started on Wednesday. Food will be provided.

INFO: contact pastor Don Gee at 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or visit us at

Flower Arrangement Club

ON September 19, there will be a meeting of the flower club, starting at 7pm. The demonstrator this month is Penny Stone from Colchester.

We meet at the village hall in Victoria Street, Littleport and welcome any visitors who would like to join us. Visitor's fee is £3. We have a well-stocked sales table and all the arrangements which are demonstrated are raffled at the end of the meeting, so you have a chance of winning a stunning design to take home.

INFO: for details, contact Pam Hayes on 01353 860102 or Pam Sole on 01353 863421.

St John's Methodist Church

THE Rev June Mallabon led the morning worship, which included the celebration of Holy Communion. Tony Murfitt was the preacher at the evening service, which was a united service with St George's Parish Church.

Sunday: the morning service will be lead by Keith Penn at 10.45am and the Rev June Mallabon will lead a Taize service at 6.30pm. This will be a quiet candlelit service featuring songs and prayers from Taize.

Littleport WI

THE WI held its 86th birthday party at the village hall on September 11. Linda Harvey opened the proceedings by dedicating the celebration to Mrs Hart; one of our members who died recently. Mr Loads, a comedian,

provided the entertainment. Maureen Fresco gave a vote of thanks to him. About 100 ladies sat down to a ploughman's supper, followed by birthday cake made by Maureen Scott. The cake was cut by Winnie Law, who is our oldest member. We had visitors from Prickwillow, Stuntney, Witchford, Ely Northwold, Ely City and Southery WIs. There was a raffle, and 16 entries in the 'make a birthday card' competition.

INFO: The next meeting will be on October 9 back at Anchor Court.

Littleport and District Spiritualist Church

OUR Divine Service is held every Thursday at Littleport Village Hall in Main Street.

Doors for service open at 6.40pm for spiritual healing until 7.20pm for which there is no charge. Divine Service begins at 7.30pm.

This week, we welcome back Keith Thompson as our guest medium and as always with Keith we can look forward to an excellent evening of mediumship.

For those who have not seen Keith work at church before, do come along with an open mind as Keith has an amazing ability. Everyone welcome. There is no charge for admittance to church.

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 look forward to having Jim Lillie as our guest medium.

INFO: and follow the LEADS link for further information.

Alternatively contact Wendie on 01353 667300

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St George's Church.

OUR morning service for Harvest Festival was led by the Rev Pauline Scott and included participation from the Girl's Brigade and re-dedication of their company. Music was provided by the band. Harvest lunch was enjoyed at the church.

Sunday: our service of Holy Communion will be taken by the Rev John Isaacs at 9.30am.

Friends of St George's Church present 'Around the World in 80 Minutes'

a magic carpet ride of music and muse on Saturday starts 7.15pm. Tickets £5 on the door, under-16s free.

Baptist Chapel.

SUNDAY: Evening service at 6.30pm. Girl's Brigade will meet at 6pm on Friday.


Methodist Church

ON Sunday morning worship was led by George Ginn and the Rev Edwin Myers led evening worship at 6.30pm.

Sunday: Morning worship will be led by the Rev David Salmon at 10am, with celebration of Holy Communion. There is no service at 6.30pm.

There will be a Jumble Sale in the Schoolroom at Berrycroft Methodist Church, from 10am on Saturday. Proceeds towards Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box Appeal.

Wednesday: Prayer Meeting in Vestibule at 10.30am.

Harvest Festival services will be held on September 28 at 10am and 6.30pm.

Tuesday: A harvest supper and auction of produce will be held in the Schoolroom 6.45pm. Tickets £4.50 adults and £1 for children. Contact: Arleen on 01353 624944 or Denise on 01353 727855. Everyone welcome.

Over 60's Club

DIANE Wheeling welcomed members to the meeting on Friday. She called the numbers for games of bingo assisted by Jean Peacock and Jean Wells checking the cards. Refreshments were served and Diane organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Phoenix Club

JANNICE Kinnear welcomed everyone to the meeting in the Mill View room at Keith Leonard House. Jannice introduced Paula Dolan who gave an excellent and amusing hour's entertainment with her true to life poetry and stories of which she writes herself. Jannice thanked her on behalf of everyone. Refreshments were served and Jill Powley organised the raffle.


Gardening Club

THIS month we were treated to a very entertaining talk and slide show by Bill Morris, on the subject of 'fellow travellers in the greenhouse and surrounding areas'. We were not quite sure what to expect, but it soon became apparent that he was talking about the various insects and animals which live in our gardens. These can be divided up into pests and friends. The pests include red spider mites, mealy bugs, wooly aphids, whitefly, greenfly and vine weevil. The friends include ladybirds, spiders, some caterpillars and the friendly robin who will eat vine weevil larvae if you leave them out on a saucer for him. Bill showed us many close up pictures of the insects and also pictures of the damage some of them can cause to our plants. He also advised us on how to use organic means of pest control.

After question time, Bill was thanked by our chairman John Groves for providing such an interesting talk.

Our next meeting will be on October 8 at 7.45pm in the Brooklands Centre Village Hall when the speaker will be Tony Arnold who will give a talk on "gardens of China". Non-members are welcome to come along. The entry fee is £2, which includes tea and biscuits after the talk.

St Andrew's Church

THE autumn fayre was held in the church because the ground was soaked after the recent heavy rain. The children enjoyed the bouncy castle and the many games on offer. A barrel of beer, wine and soft drinks accompanied a barbecue and was followed by cakes, teas and coffees. The well attended event raised more than £780 for church funds.



THERE were three tables in play at the dominoes held on September 5 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs O Goodjohn, Mrs M White, Mrs B Norman, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs S Saberton and Mr R Dewsbery. Highest Halves: Mrs E Tillyard and F Tall; consolation: Mrs G Faux; draw: Mrs A Houghton; Mrs L Dewsbery, Mrs G Faux and Mrs B Norman.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on September 8 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: F Tall, Mrs L Dewsbery, Mrs B Synejko, R Saberton, Mrs P Brand, N Synejko and Mrs N Bean. Highest Halves: Mrs M Dewsbery and K Cornwell; Most Sevens: Mrs H Sturman; consolation: B Copping; Draw: Mrs H Sturman, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs B Synejko, A Bell and Mr N Synejko.


Baptist Church

SUNDAY'S speaker was Roy Barton from Cambridge.

Sunday: the service at 10.30am will be conducted by Brian Westrep from Wilburton Baptist Church. A warm welcome to all.