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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for September 11 - 17 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 11 - 17

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; 12.30pm - Walsingham Cell Mass; 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.

Society of Friends

ON Sunday, Quakers held a wide ranging discussion on the nature of the Bible and how it can be seen as containing important truths.

Everyone is welcome to meetings for worship that are held in Ely Museum at 10.30am every Sunday.

Countess Freechurch

SUNDAY morning's service began with a time of celebration praise led by the musicians and lady singers.

Keith Waters gave a talk to the children. Pastor Lowman gave the message on St Paul's closing prayer from the book of Thessalonians. Holy Communion was celebrated.

The evening service began with praise and worship led by Joan Johnson and the music group, the theme of which was 'guidance from the Lord'. Open prayer followed and was mainly based on people's needs within and without the Church Fellowship.

During the week the youth groups restarted, as did the house groups. Fellowship Hour began on Wednesday afternoon with a lunch and a message given by the pastor.

Tonight (Thursday) the Churches Together in Ely meet at St Peter's House, Broad Street for a time of business and ongoing work within the churches and community.

The elders and deacons meet for prayer at 7am on Saturday. The bowls Fellowship meet at 2.30pm.

A Family Service will be held on Sunday morning, led by Jo Sammons. The evening service will be led by the Pastor and his message will be on Psalm 46 - 'God is our Refuge'.

Methodist Church

THE speaker at last Friday's Methodist Guild was Sir Donald Tebbit, who gave a very interesting and informative talk on his life in the Foreign Office to a large gathering.

Sunday's 11am service began with a reading of notices and prayers. It was led by Terry Day. Hymns were sung, followed by prayers. The first reading was from Romans and the second from Matthew. The minister's sermon was based on relation with God in love and prayers. Offerings were taken. The organist was Pam Austin.

The evening service, at 6.30pm, was led by Rev Barbara Garwood.

Thursday: noon- 1pm shoppers' lunch. 2.30pm: open fellowship harvest with Rev June Mallabon.

Sunday: 11am morning service with David Middleton. 6.30pm evening service with Rev Barbara Garwood.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: Holy Communion with preacher Alan Partridge at 8am; 10.30am: Family Communion with preacher Piers Coutts; 6.30pm: Reflective service with preacher Alan Partridge. The Alpha Course opens on Tuesday at 7.30pm with an introductory evening. Everyone welcome to come along and see what Alpha is all about. Refreshments will be served and there will be a short DVD.

INFO: 01353 698193 for details of Alpha Course and 01353 659550 for general info.

St Peter's Church

Sunday: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be the Rev Reg Macklin. There will be a lunchtime service on Wednesday at 1 pm, followed by a bring-and-share lunch at St Peter's House.

The Olive Tree

ON Saturday afternoon, Patrick le Dily, a pastor from the South of France, spoke about the spiritual atmosphere in his home country and reported on his recent trip to Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. There were opportunities to pray for the work and people.

On Sunday morning, worship was uplifting, with reminders of the goodness and faithfulness of God, but also of the urgency of the work of the Church of Jesus Christ. Pastor le Dily's address (fluently translated by Simon Payne) was a stirring call to holiness.

On Tuesday evening our monthly gathering for informal worship, Church on Tuesday, was lively and encouraging, for young and not so young.

On Friday, from 10am until midday the Open Door Café will offer a friendly setting in which to enjoy freshly brewed tea or coffee, along with home-made cake.

Sunday worship, with Holy Communion, begins at 10.30am. Crèche and Sunday School will be provided. The speaker, Anne Lincoln, is a leader of a sister Church in Darwin. All are welcome to these events.

INFO: Further details are available from Pastor Pat Brandon on 01353 612 316.


Charity Concert

TICKETS are now available for a very special concert to be staged on Saturday, September 27 in St Peter's Church, Fordham at 7.30pm.

A Night at the Musicals-In Concert will star professional singer Darren Jeffery, who was born and bred in Fordham.

Darren has appeared extensively in the UK and Europe with appearances at The Royal Festival Hall, Albert Hall, The Barbican and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in addition to undertaking recordings with Sir Colin Davis and the LSO.

Darren has recently returned from representing Britain in a singing competition in Seattle before appearing at The Royal Albert Hall.

Darren will be joined in the cast by his wife, Shelley, who has also sung professionally, Janet Scott, who has made many appearances with the NOMADS Theatre Group and Bridget Hickish, a very accomplished pianist and singer.

The line-up will be completed by the newly-formed 10-piece Impromptu Brass, who feature many fine and experienced musicians.

The evening will consist entirely of music and songs from such shows as My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, Showboat and many more...

INFO: Tickets priced at £6 are available from DN Jenkins, Fordham - Soham Books, High Street, Soham - Eric Tenants Butchers, Newmarket or by calling: 01638 720674.

The concert is being staged by the Fordham Charity Group, with all proceeds being donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support Fund.


Baptist Chapel

DAVID welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. The musicians were David, Joyce and Bob. Happy Birthday was sung to Pauline. Sue and the juniors sang. Jim told 'the story so far" and we sang. The puppets, Sue and the juniors told another story and we sang. Jim read Luke 1 to 8. Rachel and Daniel took up the offering. The service closed with prayers. Next week's service will be taken by Jim, followed by Holy Communion. Faith Rocks starts again on Friday.


Littlepport, Ely and District Spiritualist Church

WE would like to thank Angie Morris for taking our service last week and for the many messages she delivered to those in need, also for the accuracy in which the evidence was given.

Our Divine Service is held every Thursday at Littleport Village Hall.

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.

Please note, there is no service for week, September 11.

Next week, we have guest medium Kieth Thompson, and, as always with Keith, we can look forward to an excellent evening and delivery of many messages.

Everyone welcome. 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.

The following week, September 25, we have the return of medium Jim Lillie.

INFO: Please see our web page: mjgoodall.co.uk and follow the LEADS link for further information. Alternatively contact Wendie: 01353 667300

St John's Methodist Church

ON Sunday Duncan Palmer led the morning worship and Rev June Mallabon led the evening service.

On Saturday there will be a prayer meeting in the vestry at 9.30am.

On Sunday Rev June Mallabon will lead the morning worship which will include the celebration of Holy Communion at 10.30am and Tony Murfitt will lead the evening service at 6.30pm, which is a united service.

The total profit raised at the Flower Festival was £2,000 and not £200 as stated in last week's report.


Baptist Chapel.

OUR evening service was a Harvest Thanks-giving with the Rev Richard Lewis.

Sunday: we meet at 6.30pm. Girl's Brigade meet at 6pm on Friday.

St George's Church.

OUR service of Morning Praise was led by Judy Kerridge who preached on the parable of the sower.

Sunday: we have a United Family Service at 9.30pm and Girl's Brigade dedication combined with Harvest Festival. The preacher will be Rev Pauline Scott. Afterwards there will be a bring-and-share lunch at 1pm at the church, all welcome.

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


Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on Friday and also gave out the notices. Ruth organised a quiz assisted by Diane Wheeling who kept the scores. Refreshments were served and Diane organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the club hymn.

Soham and Fen and Barway WI.

PRESIDENT Sheila Knight welcomed members to the meeting. Jerusalem was sung and the business of the meeting was conducted. Names were taken for the autumn miscellany on October 17. Yvonne Long welcomed historian Lynn Turner who gave a very informative talk on Soham in the 18th Century. Gwen Bridgman gave the vote of thanks. Refreshments were served and Sheila organised the raffle. The winner in the exhibition for an old photo or postcard of Soham was Jean Peacock. The speaker at the harvest meeting on October 3 will be Avril-Hayter Smith who is the Ely town crier.


Over 60's Club

THIRTY one members enjoyed playing cards at the meeting on September 3. Tea and biscuits were served by Daphne Ellwood, Jean East and Dot Pink. Raffles were held. Birthday greetings were sung for Margaret Barber, Queenie Covell, Pauline Regan and Arthur Gypps. The meeting closed with the club hymn.


Feast Week

MANY new items and several old favourites were offered in the week and a half of Feast activities. Please tell the organisers of any events you would like to see in next year's celebrations.

St Andrew's Church

250 Club

THE 250 Club raises much-needed funds to restore the church. In August, the £30 prize was won by Mrs M Lister, Millfield, Sutton.


WE welcome all singers, but have a special need for those who can sing soprano, alto and bass.

Autumn Fayre

THE Autumn Fayre is being held at St Andrew's Church on September 13 from noon till 3pm.

Conservation Society

THE Feast Week activities went well. Alan Revill managed to clock up more than 50 birds at the Dawn till Dancing, which included barn owls, marsh harrier, buzzard and bullfinch. Several of the wading birds and ducks normally spotted were not there, though, maybe due to the constant flooding of nest sites.

The pond dipping was so well attended this year (more than 100 people) that it was difficult to find a spot to dip. Many beasts were found, including water scorpion, sticklebacks and great diving beetles.

Society talks re-start on September 18 in the Pavilion at 8pm. All welcome.

Women's Institute

THE Sutton WI meets on the second Thursday of each month at Scott Court Community Room at 7.30pm. Talks, outings and parties are scheduled. New members welcome.

INFO: 01353 777397.



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on August 29 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: J Hines, Mrs P Martin, F Tall, Mrs L Dewsbery, Mrs M White, B Gillett and Mrs A Houghton. Highest Halves: Mrs D Perrin and Miss M Murfitt; Consolation: A Reed; Draw: Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs E Tillyard, Miss M Murfitt and Mrs A Houghton.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on September 1 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: S Saberton, Mrs P Brand, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs H Sturman, Mrs P Jordan, K Cornwell and Mrs L Dewsbery. Highest Halves: Mrs B Synejko and B Copping; Most Nines: Mrs M Dewsbery; Consolation: N Synejko; Draw: Mrs B Synejko, F Tall, P Brand, K Cornwell and Mrs N Bean.


Baptist Church

CAROLE Durose, a member of the church, led the worship and conducted Holy Communion last Sunday. During the service Carole launched the Samaritan's Shoe Box appeal.

Sunday: the speaker will be Roy Barton from Cambridge. The service begins at 10.30am. All welcome.


Domino Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the drive held on August 29 in the village hall when the MC was Mrs S Saberton. Winners were: Mrs L Dewsbery, Mrs S Saberton, J Hines, M White, A Bell, Mrs O Goodjohn, Mrs M Dewsbery, D Gillet, F Tall, Mrs A Houghton. The raffle was won by Mrs M Dewsbery, A Bell, Miss M Murfitt and Mrs D Perrin.