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ELY St Mary s Church Sunday: 8am – Holy Communion with preacher Pauline Scott; 10.30am – Family Communion with preacher Mike Hughes; 6.30pm – Evening Prayer with preacher Pauline Scott. INFO: church office on 01353 659550 or www.elyparishchurch.net St Pe


St Mary's Church

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with preacher Pauline Scott; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Mike Hughes; 6.30pm - Evening Prayer with preacher Pauline Scott.

INFO: church office on 01353 659550 or www.elyparishchurch.net

St Peter's Church

Sunday: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be Canon Chris Barber and the singing will be led by the St Peter's Singers.

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Wednesday: lunchtime service at 1pm.

Countess Freechurch

THE start of the morning Sunday service led by Keith Waters, the musicians and singers focused on the many attributes of Jesus. The children's talk was about Noah and the Ark, enacted by the children, with help of the older members of the congregation by words and action. During the service prayers of intercession on behalf of unwell people and prayers of thanks-giving were offered up to the lord. Pastor Lowman gave the message and Joan Johnson led the evening service worship.

The 501 Club met at the home of Mr and Mrs Heffer. The Ladies Prayer Fellowship met on Tuesday evening at the home of Joy Slavley. On Wednesday afternoon, the preparation of the Holiday Club scenery began in the church hall and continues until Friday afternoon. Wednesday evening prayers meeting will be focused on 'champions challenge' the theme of the holiday club beginning on July 28.

Sunday: the service will be the launch of the Holiday Club theme. Pastor Lowman's message in the evening will be Paul's Glory and Joy from 1. Thessalonians.

The Olive Tree Fellowship

DURING Sunday morning's worship we shared thoughts and insights coming out of three days of prayer among the church. It was all encouraging - and a bit challenging! The pastor spoke on revival, asking us to search our hearts as to what our attitude to the possibility really is. Challenging again.

Sunday: service at 10.30am will be led by Jane Frost. On Friday, from 10am till noon, the Open Door Café will run at the church, offering a friendly setting in which to meet and enjoy refreshments. All are welcome to these events.

Rotary Club of Ely

THE annual change of presidents of the Rotary Club of Ely took place at a weekly luncheon meeting at the Witchford Playing Field Pavilion.

Rotarian Sue Thompson has been president of the club for 12 months, a year which has seen the repeat of regular events such as the Aquafest, the annual barbecue, the Christmas collection round Ely, Kids Out, the Rotary International Cheese and Wine Sunday, and The Big Band Concert.

The club's new president, Mike Copping, has been a member of Rotary since 1999, and lives at Wilburton with his wife Sue.

INFO: If anyone would like to think about joining the Rotary Club of Ely or would like information about Rotary in general, visit the website at www.elyrotary.co.uk.


Baptist Chapel

THE service on Sunday was conducted by Gavin Mullin. David gave out the notices and June and Bob were the musicians. Eileen took the first part of the service, beginning by reading Psalm 26. After hymns and prayers, Jonathan spoke to the children about grumbling. He told the story of Alfred Grumble.

Rachel and David took up the offering followed by prayers with Eileen. Jonathan led the second part of the service with prayers and hymns. The theme for Gavin's sermon was 'no limit to God's gifts' taken from (Matthew 25 v. 1 to 4). The service closed with hymns and prayers.

Sunday: The service will be taken by Pastor Harold Willimott.


Evangelical Church

WE are a family oriented church where children are welcomed. We have a children's church for ages 3-8 and another for ages 9-12. The childrens' church services are at 10.30am every Sunday. This week Pastor Barnds will be teaching the adults on the subject of Deacons in the church. This Sunday evening at 6.30pm we have our monthly fellowship service. Church services are on Sunday at 10.30am and Thursday evening at 7pm (studying the book of Ephesians.)

INFO: For information ring 07960 119824 or 01353 860693.

TreeHouse Club

TREEHOUSE exists in order to offer a safe and wholesome place where youth can come and have fun. There are outdoor activities on the all-weather sports pitch, basketball court and trampoline. Also, indoor activities such as crafts, wii, various table games etc. TreeHouse will be sponsoring a football team and also a puppet club. TreeHouse is open each Friday from 6.30pm to 9.00pm and is located at the Evangelical Church, Globe Lane. Admission is £1 and a Tuck Shop is available.

INFO: For more information ring 01353 860693 or 07960 119824.

The Vine Community Church.

Sunday: service is at 10:30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by Pastor Don Gee. This week is a family service.

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

The Vine, in cooperation with several other churches in Littleport, is staging The Narnia Experience at the Littleport Show on Saturday. INFO: Pastor Don Gee on 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or visit us at www.thevinelittleport.org.uk


LITTLEPORT, Ely and District Spiritualists would like to welcome you to this week's Divine Service which begins at 7.30pm with Brian Gibson and John Brett as our guest mediums.

Meetings are held on Thursdays at the village hall in Main Street. Doors open at 6.40pm for spiritual healing which runs from 6.45pm till 7.25pm.

The following week (July 31), the visiting medium will be Dawn Brace.

The service is followed by a raffle (donations always welcome please) and light refreshments are served. Please stay and join us. Everyone welcome.

INFO: For further information go to: www.mjgoodall.co.uk

No Divine Service on August 7. A psychic supper is to take place on this date. Tickets limited. For further details call Wendie on 01353 667300.

St John's Methodist Church

LAST Sunday, the morning service was taken by Dr Iain Ballard, and Ken Brown led the evening service.

Sunday: the morning service will be led by Simon Wynn at 10.45am. The evening service will be united at St George's Parish Church at 6.30pm.

The Flower and Friendship Club will meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the schoolroom. On August 23/24/25 there will be a Flower Festival entitled Creation.

St George's Church

THE Narnia Experience at the Littleport Show will be run by Churches Together in Littleport. Experience walking through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia; and meet the Snow Queen - taste the Turkish Delight - see the Beavers' House - get a glimpse of Aslan the Lion and have your face painted; then be led by the porter back out through the wardrobe to the London Underground - over the beach and through the forest to the castle to rescue Prince Caspian - across the stepping stones in the river on to the battle field and back out through the twisted tree.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with the Rev Rosemary Maskell.

10am - Parish Eucharist with Sunday Club Presentation.

6.30pm - Evensong with preacher the Rev June Mallabon


St George's Church.

OUR morning service of Holy Communion was taken by Canon Bruce Curry with a sermon about how our lives should be reflecting our Christian beliefs at all times.

Sunday: service will be led by David Noble at 9.30am.

Baptist Chapel.

OUR service of evening worship was taken by Brian Westropp who spoke about what it means to be a Christian.

Sunday: evening our service is at 6.30pm.


Methodist Church

THE preacher on Sunday morning was Les Ball, and the Rev Edwin Myers led the worship at 6.30pm.

Sunday: the service will be led by the Rev Edwin Myers at 10am when friends from Soham Community Church will join us and will be sharing in leading our worship. All are welcome to join us for this time of united fellowship including Holy Communion.

Brenda Doe will be leading 'A Walk Around Soham' on Sunday, which starts at Berrycroft Methodist Church at 3pm and will finish back at Berrycroft for tea. Tickets are £2.50 proceeds for Soham Methodist Church.

The walk is suitable for buggies, prams etc, and if you would like to join us but do not want to walk, there will be competitions in the schoolroom.

Wednesday: Ann and Sarah Willett are holding an 'Open Day at Byways in Barcham Road, Soham, from 10am till 4.30 pm. There will be stalls and competitions, refreshments and a draw, with many prizes. Everyone welcome. Proceeds to Soham Methodist Church.

The last prayer before the summer break, will meet at 10.30am in the Vestibule, led by the Rev Edwin Myers.


Heartbeat Health Walk

ON Monday, 25 walkers and the two leaders, Liz Gwinnett and David Clarke, enjoyed a walk of approximately three miles along the river to Mildlemere Farm and back along the main road.

Methodists News

ON Wednesday, Carol Gilbey welcomed members of the Wives Group to the Annual General Meeting. Carol went through the business; the committee were happy to continue for another year but would welcome two more members to join them. The financial report was satisfactory. Audrey Palmer thanked the committee on behalf of everyone. The theme for the evening was summertime, and members joined in the singing of a selection of songs. Members took part in solving a picture quiz and the winner was Angie Blease. The 'pin the tail on the donkey' was won by Janet Beaumont. Everyone enjoyed a ploughman's supper which was followed by jelly and ice-cream. Carol organised the raffle. There will be a coffee morning at Byways on Wednesday, July 30, in aid of the Methodists' Building Fund. The next meeting is on September 17 at 8pm.

Over 60's Club

DIANE Wheeling welcomed everyone to the meeting on Friday afternoon. Games of bingo were played with Betty Lanagan calling the numbers, assisted by Jean Peacock checking the cards. Peggy Gibbon gave out the announcements and Vera Seal organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Community Care Coffee morning

ON Tuesday, members and friends of the C.C.C.M. enjoyed an outing to King's Lynn and Hunstanton.


Parish Council

THE Parish Council met on Wednesday, July 9.

The chairman welcomed representatives from Bidwells who presented a proposal for further development to the rear of Hillrow House, together with a proposal for affordable housing on a site in West End. The council had several concerns, the two main ones being that the Hillrow House development would be outside the village envelope and problems with access to the site in West End. Cllr Mark Hugo reported that Mike Wells, chairman of Aldreth Community Association and himself had met the project Manager from E-ON to discuss the route of the electrical supply from Aldreth to Sutton and had voiced their many concerns. They were advised that alternative routes are being considered but a local farmer is holding out for an unprecedented amount of money for them to cross his land. Cllr Hugo will await feedback from E-ON before any form of campaign by residents is considered, although it should be noted that there are strong feelings against the proposed route already from Aldreth residents in particular.

The next Neighbourhood Panel meeting will be held on Monday, July 28 at 7pm at The Glebe, Sutton.

Two donated benches, the water tank, two young elm trees and some supporting posts had been vandalised at Fairchild's Meadows sometime between July 7 and 8. The incident has been reported to police, and the clerk will ask the PCSOs to increase their patrols in this area. INFO: contact the clerk on 01353 741231.

A Fairchild's Meadows public meeting is planned for Wednesday, September 24 at 7.30pm in the Arkenstall Village Centre to be followed at 8.30pm by a presentation for a community turbine project (wind generators).

Borrowing at Haddenham Library remains static but it appears the in-house books are more popular than the LAP copies. A 50's Picture Show is being planned and photos of feast days, coronation celebrations and fetes in Haddenham, Aldreth and Hillrow are being sought. If anyone has photos of interest, contact 01353 740134 or 01353 740149. The photo archives and scrapbooks are available in the library during opening hours by prior arrangement or a group booking could be made for an evening.

There will be a boating day at Guppy's Pond on Sunday, September 7.

Permission was given for the Aldreth Community Association to hold a village picnic on the playing field in School Lane on Sunday, August 3.

A speed camera trial was conducted in Hillrow and 49 cars were counted between 7.15pm and 7.45pm; and at least 24% of the cars were speeding. Cllrs Pauline and Gareth Wilson had also attended the Soham Neighbourhood Panel meeting when a report on a three-month trial of the camera was given. The trial had highlighted a serious speeding problem in Soham and the neighbouring villages and had received very positive support from the community and neighbours. The police have written to all the offenders as a warning and visited those caught more than once and those travelling at more than 50mph. It was agreed that contact should be made with Haddenham's neighbouring villages to ascertain if they would be interested in contributing towards the cost of purchasing a camera for this area. The matter will be discussed further at the September meeting.

The Council refused permission for the old School Log Books to be relocated to Cambridge Library as it was felt they should stay in the village as part of Haddenham's heritage.

Due to popular demand authorisation was given for a further 40 copies of the Parish Paths Maps to be produced.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 7.30pm at the Arkenstall Village Centre.


Domino Drive

THE Domino Drive was held on Friday evening in the village hall. There were four tables in play. MC was Mrs S Saberton. Prize winners were: Miss M Murfitt, Mrs L Dewsbery, Mr A Reed, Mr F Tall, Mr D Perrin, Mrs Gillet, Mrs O Goodjohn, Mrs P Martin, Mrs A Houghton and Mrs M Dewsberry.


St Andrew's Church

THE Rev Christine Worsley was the celebrant at Sunday's service.

Sunday: there will be Holy Communion at 10.30am; evensong at 6pm.

Tuesday: Holy Communion at 10am.

The Sunday School will resume in September.

The Baby Café and Toddler Praise will resume on September 5.