FENLAND: Diocese launches 900th anniversary with visit by Archbishop of Canterbury

PUBLISHED: 17:37 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

CAPTION; Photos of the Christening of Ieuan Gardner at St Lenoards Church in Leverington, which was attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. Pic shows LtoR, Parents Rev Sandra and Rev Neil Gardner, Ieuan Gardner and the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.
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CAPTION; Photos of the Christening of Ieuan Gardner at St Lenoards Church in Leverington, which was attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. Pic shows LtoR, Parents Rev Sandra and Rev Neil Gardner, Ieuan Gardner and the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; Nicki Walker FOR; EDP NEWS COPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2007 TEL; (01603) 772434 archbishop of canterbury in Leverington

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THE Diocese of Ely is launching its 900th anniversary this weekend with a two-day visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Churches across the diocese will be celebrating with a programme of events across Cambridgeshire and West Norfo

THE Diocese of Ely is launching its 900th anniversary this weekend with a two-day visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Churches across the diocese will be celebrating with a programme of events across Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk planned for 2009.

During his visit, Dr Williams will see projects reflecting the diversity within the Diocese before taking part in the official launch at Ely Cathedral on Saturday.

His fact-finding tour will begin on Friday at 3 pm in Cambourne, where he will consecrate the site for the construction of the eagerly-awaited church building. Work starts next month as the project has just received a £50,000 boost.

On Saturday morning, Dr Williams will tour one of the regions biggest farms, G S Shropshire and Sons at Barway near Ely. The 10,000-hectare arable farm encompasses the entire food production process from planting and cultivating to packaging and marketing.

Dr Williams will hear how migrant workers play a vital role in providing the wide range of skills needed for the farming enterprise.

Later in the morning, the Archbishop will visit the church of St Mary Magdalen in Wiggenhall, near King's Lynn.

He will then return to Ely to launch the year-long celebrations at a Eucharist service in the Cathedral at 2.30pm, together with the Bishop of Ely, Dr Anthony Russell.

All 350 parishes across the Diocese have been invited to take part and representatives will collect bags containing leather bookmarks with the Ely 900 prayer, badges, stickers, flyers and candles.

Dates of main Diocesan events celebrating Ely 900

January 2009

23rd-25th Launch Weekend

23rd - Archbishop of Canterbury arrives to visit projects in the Diocese

24th - Ely 900 is launched in Ely Cathedral at 2.30 pm

25th - Parishes launch their own programmes at a special services across the Diocese

March 2009

27th-3rd April - Clergy visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the North Elbe in Germany, their link Diocese since 1991

28rd - Cambridge Antiquarian Society conference, Ely '1109-2009: celebrating 900 years' - to be held at West Road, Cambridge.

28rd - Mothers' Union Lady Day service at Ely Cathedral with visit from their Worldwide President, Rosemary Kempsell

May 2009

11th-19th - Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

16th - Diocesan Choirs Festival at Ely Cathedral

June 2009

6th - Autism and the Church - Day Conference at Histon, Cambridge

20th - St Etheldreda's Day Procession and a day of celebration at Ely

21st - Schools Education service at Ely Cathedral

July 2009

10th - 'Rave in the Nave' Youth event at Ely Cathedral

September 2009

19th - Children's Event

27th - Bishop of Ely and Cambridge University Vice Chancellor's Ely-Cambridge Walk linked with the University's 800 year-celebration this year

October 2009

17th - St Etheldreda's Day celebration and Diocesan Eucharist at Ely Cathedral

6th, 7th, 14th, 15th - October School Days at Ely Cathedral

November 2009

21st - Celebratory Service - 'Moving on from 2009'

28th - Cambridge University Music Society concert at Ely Cathedral


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