Our Spring/Summer Evensong Services start
again in April 2013 with a Visiting
Preacher together with well known hymns
Last Sunday in each month April - September at 3.00 p.m.
The Rev. Barbara Garwood
Methodist Superintendent for the circuit that includes
Barbara is the Superintendent of the Ely and Newmarket
The circuit covers the area from Chatteris in the north to
Wickhambrook in the south
and out to Red Lodge in the east.
Barbara lives in Ely and has been there for nearly five
There are 16 churches in the circuit and she has pastoral
oversight of their ordained and lay ministers.
Barbara has a special role of pastoral concern for a number
of the churches, currently including Exning.
Before coming to Ely, she served in the Lowestoft and East
Suffolk circuit, so has been in the‘rural’ ministry in parts
of Suffolk for many years.
As part of her work here, she values the time spent in local
care facilities and regularly worships with residents at
May Revd. Dr.
Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Burwell
Revd. Dr. Eleanor Williams has been the Vicar of Burwell
with Reach since April 2011, having been a GP in Cambridge
for over 20 years. Her husband is also ordained and is Vicar
of Christ the Redeemer, Cambridge. They live in Burwell and
have two sons age 18 and 16, plus two rather naughty dogs
called Boomer and Echo. Eleanor enjoys music and has
recently discovered that she really enjoys growing
The Venerable Ian Morgan
The new Archdeacon of Suffolk
been Archdeacon of Suffolk since September last year,
before that he was Rector in the South West Ipswich Team
Ministry for 17 years
and following 3 years as Vicar of All Hallows in Ipswich for 3
years, this followed a stint of 6 years working for the BBC as a
producer and senior producer in both network and local radio.
He served curacies in Hereford and Shoreham by Sea, is married
to Tracey and has three children.
He began his working life as a professional musician following
graduation with a music degree.
He supports Welsh Rugby, England Cricket and Brighton and Hove
he is very disappointed that Manchester United do not loose far
He cooks extravagantly, doesn’t walk the dogs often enough
and wastes far too much time playing games on his iPad.”
Brian Raistrick The
original Head of St. Felix Middle School
I was appointed to St Felix in 1975 and succeeded the
first headmaster, who stood down after the school had
been opened for 6 months. I remained Head until 1982
when I became head of a larger school.
In 1990 I returned to work in the church in Northern
Tanzania for two years.
It was during this time that I was called to be a
priest, trained at Westcott, Cambridge and served a
curacy in Haverhill.
I was priested, alongside Colin, in Exning Church in
1994, and later I was Priest at Horringer and Rural Dean
For the last 10 years I have served in the Chaplaincy
Team at St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds, but my
main focus within the church has been in the field of
Spiritual Direction and leading Retreats.
The theme of ‘Spirituality in the Second Half of Life’
has been central to much of my own spiritual journey.
August The Very
Reverend Dr Frances Ward
Dean of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral
The Dean moved to Bury St. Edmunds from Bradford
Cathedral in October 2010.
Before working in Bradford she worked in the Diocese of
Manchester as a parish priest and in theological
education, teaching adults.
Frances was one of the first women to be ordained priest
in the Church of England in 1984.
She is now one of four female Deans serving in the 42
Being a Dean means she runs the Cathedral with its core
staff of twenty and a army of 1000 or so volunteers.
Cathedral life is fascinating and varied with no day the
She is a governor of the local state grammar school and
heavily involved in education with links to many schools
through her work and the work of the Cathedral.
Frances is married to Peter, who is a consultant
paediatrician and they have four children:
Matilda who is 26, Jonty who is 24, Theo who is 22 and
Hugh who is 15.
Frances enjoys walking in the Lake District and reading.
September (Harvest) The
Very Reverend Michael Higgins, OBE
A previous Dean of Ely Cathedral
The Very Reverend Dr. Michael Higgins
OBE, Dean Emeritus of Ely, was educated at Whitchurch
Grammar School , Cardiff, the University of Birmingham and
Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge.
in English Law at the University of Birmingham before
preparing for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Was a
curate at Ormskirk Parish Church from 1965-1968, then
Selection Secretary for the Advisory Council for Church
Ministry until 1974.
Vicar of Frome, the Rector of Preston, before his
appointment as Dean of Ely in 1991, a post he held for 12
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