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June 2018

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

On Saturday May 5th our Annual Coffee Morning was held in the Town Hall with cakes, cards, plants, gifts, tombola and a raffle. We had a very successful and enjoyable morning and raised £437.91 for out charitable giving, Thank you all for your support

Tuesday May 15th The Mothers' Union Deanery Festival was held at the "Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary", Ellesmere at 2.30pm, with members from Welsh Frankton and Welshampton . The Service was led by Rev. Karen Davies with members of Mothers' Union taking part. The Theme for 2018 is "In Mary Sumner's Footsteps". The address was given by Helen Palfrey, Diocesan Trustee and Lichfield Archdeaconry Leader. Helen spoke of her recent visit to the Lichfield Link Diocese in South Africa. Our members served delicious refreshments in St, John's Room.

The summer outing will be to Erbistock St. Hilary's Church, the Boathouse and the Garden House, leaving Ellesmere at 11 .00am and returning home for 4pm.

Monday 21st May our branch meeting was held at 2pm in the Town Hall with "I do like to be beside the Seaside" by the Rev. Jane Stephenson. Jane told us of the sculptor David Nash, who lives and works in North Wales. He sculptured a huge wooden boulder from a fallen oak tree relating its journey through rivers and wooded areas, through an estuary and all along it was being moulded and having chips grazed off it. Jane likened the boulder to being like us and the way our lives are shaped and moulded by life. Jane made her talk feel very personal to all of us and we were moved by it.

Our next meeting is on 16th July. You are all welcome to come along and bring your friends

Yours with love,

Ann and Donna

 

April 2018

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

Our Branch meeting was held in the Town Hall at 2pm on March 19th. The speaker was Chris who gave a very inspirational talk. He showed slides and a video of the work of the Blood Bikers. The Blood Bikers are a very dedicated team who give their time delivering blood and other essential liquids like breast milk to and from hospitals in particular areas at any time, day or night. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Connie Mason. Teas and homemade cake were served by Mrs Phyllis Dean and Mrs Joan Williams.

Mothering Sunday. Our members again made 100 delightful posies which were given out with Mothering Sunday Cards at our Church Service. They were also taken for the residents of Ellesmere House.

Our next Branch meeting is on April 16th with a talk on Hope House, starting 2pm at the Town Hall.

The Mothers' Union Annual Coffee Morning is on Saturday, May 5th at the Town Hall 10am-12pm with our usual stalls of home made cakes, cards, gifts, plants and other stalls.

Please do come along and support us and bring your friends.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

March 2018

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

February 19th, our AGM was held 1.45pm at the Town Hall. The annual reports were read out, the Secretary's Report, the Treasurer's Report and the Branch Leader's report.
This was followed by a talk by Gill Leah who spoke about the work of the Worldwide Mothers' Union. Gill was an excellent speaker and made us realise what good work the Mothers' Union does both here and abroad, promoting family life and caring for children and so much more.

Teas and home made cakes were served by Mrs Valerie Thomson and Mrs Judith Wadhams.

Our Wave of Prayer was held on 11th February where we prayed for Ankole — Uganda, Karnataka —India, Abuju, Lagos West Nigeria, Lainys, South Sudan and Lichfield.
Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on March 11th with posies made by Mothers' Union. If you would like to help with small flowers or greenery you are very welcome to come along 10am on Saturday 10th March at Church.

Our next meeting is on Monday 19th March with a talk "The Work of the Blood Bikers", 2pm at the Town Hall.

Sadly one of our loyal members Kay Staddon has died aged 97 years, Kay will be greatly missed and remembered with love.

I would like to thank everyone for all your beautiful cards, good wishes, kindness and caring that I received during my recent illness. Hopefully I am now on the mend.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

January 2018

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

December 4th was our "Christmas Lunch" and was held at the Town Hall at 12.30pm. We were served Leek & Potato Soup, followed by a delicious turkey main meal and finished with lemon tart, raspberries and cream. The meal was followed by a Christmas Poetry Symposium organised by one of our Mothers' Union members, Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Members present all took part, each reading excerpts from Christmas Poems, starting with "Riding to Bethlehem" and concluding with the Vicar reading, three verses of "Christmas" by John Betjeman.

And is it true? And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained glass window's hue
A baby in an ox's stall?
The maker of the stars and sea
Become a child on earth for me?

And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent,
And hideous tie so kindly meant

No love that in a Family dwells
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple shaking bells
Can with this single truth compare - 
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine

We had a lovely party. I would like to thank Connie Mason for organising the meal, along with help on the day from the Committee.

A big thank you to two of our Members Mrs Jo Garvin and her daughter Tanya who supplied a Christmas Tree decorated in Mothers' Union colours for the "Methodist Tree Festival" on the Weekend of December 8th and 9th, gallantly making their way through the heavy "wonderful and magical snow".

On Saturday 16th December Mothers' Union members helped by the Sunday School made 50 Christingles for our Sunday Service.

It is a great privilege to be a member of Mothers' Union and all the work they do throughout the world. I would like to thank all of our loyal members for their support and love throughout 2017 and especially the dedicated Committee we have and all the loyal support they give to me. I would also like to thank the Vicar Reverend Philip Edge for all his support throughout the year to Mothers' Union.

In 2018 we now have a new and exciting programme, thank to Mrs Heather Wright for her hard work in organising this. Our first meeting of the year is on January 15th, 2pm at the Town Hall when the Reverend Paul Barrow and Michael Winwood will speak on the work of the Prison Fellowship "The Truth Shall Make You Free". We would be delighted for anyone who would like to join us. Have a word with me or just come along to our meetings.

I wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

Mothers' Union Programme 2018

The Mothers' Union Programme 2018, St Mary's Church, Ellesmere, Shropshire

January 15th 2.00pm

Talk: 'The Truth shall make you free' - the work of the Prison Fellowship. The Rev'd Paul Barrow and Michael Winwood.
Teas: Mrs B. O'Donnell & Mrs M.Goulbourne

February 11th 2.40-3.00pm

Wave of prayer. 9.00-9.20am S. John's Room

February 19th 2.00pm

AGM followed by 'The work of the World Wide MU'. Gill Leah
Teas: Mrs V. Thomson & Mrs J. Wadhams

March 2nd

Women's World Day of Prayer
7.30pm The Methodist Church

March 11th

Mothering Sunday

March 19th 2.00pm

Talk: 'The Work of the Blood Bikers'
Teas: Mrs P. Dean & Mrs J. Williams

April 16th 2.00pm

Talk: 'Hope House, our children and their families' Lyndsey Kilvert
Teas: Mrs C. Mason & Mrs S. Francis

May 5th

Coffee Morning 10.00-12.00 at The Town Hall

May 15th

Deanery Festival at S. Mary's Ellesmere at 2.30pm

May 21st 2.00pm

Talk: 'I do like to be beside the seaside' by The Rev'd Jane Stephenson
Teas: Mrs J. Richardson & Mrs E. Lloyd

June 18th

Summer Outing

July 16th

Talk: Details TBC
Teas: Mrs K. Meeks & Mrs D. Leigh

September 17th

MU Outing

October 15th 2.00pm

Talk: 'What God has dropped to me!' The Rev'd David Crowhurst
Teas: Mrs T. Ireland & Mrs M. Williams

November 19th 2.00pm

Talk: 'My Trip of a Lifetime' Barbara O'Donnell
Teas: Mrs J. Feeney & Mrs H. Wright

December 3rd

Christmas Meal

December 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

Our meeting was held at the Town Hall, 2pm November 20th the Vicar Rev. Philip Edge led the prayers.

Unfortunately, due to work commitments, our speaker was unable to attend, instead we had "Afternoon Tea" and I brought several of our old scrap books which we were able to reminisce about Mothers' Union and all the happy times and events we had.

Teas were served by Mrs Mary Goulbourne and Mrs Joyce Richardson with delicious cakes made by Mrs Kath Meeks and Mrs Joyce Feeney.

Sadly one of our very dear members Mrs Grace Tudor has passed away and will be much missed by us all.

The next event will be our Christmas Party and Poetry Symposium to be held at the Town Hall on December 4th 12.30pm for 1pm.

2017 has been a very happy and successful year for Mothers' Union, I would like to thank our committee for all the hard work they have done to make this happen. Thank you, all our loyal members for all your love and support also to Rev. Philip Edge for his help to support and promote Mothers' Union.

I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year and look forward to our new exciting prograsmme for 2018.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

November 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

October 16th Mothers' Union was held in the Town Hall, 2pm. Our speaker was the Vicar, Rev Philip Edge who gave an interesting and meaningful talk on Prayer & Praying.

Teas and homemade cakes were served by Mrs Heather Wright and Mrs Joan Williams. Our next meeting will be on November 20th, 2pm at the Town Hall with a talk "To dream the impossible dream—my life long journey in aviation" by Nigel Francis-McGann.

December 4th will be our Christmas Lunch to be held at the Town Hall 12.30pm for 1 pm followed by a symposium of Christmas Poems organised by Mrs Mavis Griffiths with Mothers' Union members taking part. Cost will be £16.50, tickets available from Mrs Connie Mason on 01948 780309

Yours with love,

Ann

 

October 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

September 13th, Wednesday afternoon 14 of our Mothers' Union members visited the beautiful "Church of St. John "at Pool Quay. Pool Quay Mothers' Union members made us very welcome to their afternoon meeting at 2.30pm. The speaker was Fr. George Hodkinson (retired Vicar) who gave a most inspirational and moving talk about his life story and how he came into the Ministry.

We were then served afternoon tea in the Church, by the Pool Quay Mothers' Union members.

The beautiful Church of St. John, at Pool Quay

September 18th was our outing to Llandudno, unfortunately I could not go but I am sure that everyone had a "lovely day at the seaside".

Thank you to Connie for arranging both outings.

Our next meeting will be on October 17th, with a talk by our Vicar the Rev. Philip Edge at 2pm at the Town Hall.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

June 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

May was a very busy month for Mothers' Union. On the 6th May we held our Annual Coffee Morning at the Town Hall, with home-made cakes, cards, gifts, plants and raffle. The morning was very enjoyable and we made £400.00 for Mothers' Union Charities. Thank you all for coming and supporting this very worthwhile cause.

May 17th marked the date of our Deanery Festival this year and was held at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Welshampton. The Theme for 2017 was "Faith in Action". One of our new members Barbara O'Donavan was enrolled. Margaret Williams and Heather Wright read the intercessions and Donna Leigh carried the Mothers' Union Banner. The address was given by Katherine May, Action and Outreach Co-ordinator. Lichfield Diocesan Mothers' Union. Delicious refreshments were served by Welshampton Mothers' Union.

At our afternoon meeting on May 15th, prayers were led by the Vicar, Rev'd Philip Edge and I "hopefully", gave an interesting and informative talk "The Last Port of Call", about the history of Ellesmere Cemetery & Cemetery Chapel. Mary Goulbourne gave the vote of thanks and Heather Wright and Joyce Feeney served the refreshments.

Our Summer Outing to Colwall Church, is on June 19th. The bus will leave Cross Street at 9am prompt. I am sure we will have a most enjoyable day out. Any queries phone Mrs Connie Mason 01948 780309.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

April 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

March 20th, 2pm, at the Town Hall, our meeting began with Mothers' Union afternoon prayers led by the vicar, Revd Philip Edge. This was followed by a very informative and interesting talk on, "Who was St. Chad", by the Revd Simon Airey. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Margaret Johnson-Williams and teas were served by Mrs Thelma Ireland and Mrs Heather Wright.

Our annual Mothers' Union Coffee Morning will be on May 6th, 1Oam-12 at the Town Hall, when we will have our "homemade cake stall", plus plants and various other stalls. Please do your very best to come along and bring your friends.

The "Deanery Festival" will be held at Welshampton this year on May 17th, details to follow.

Our Summer Outing will be on Monday, June 19th to Colwall Church. Mary Sumner the founder of the Mothers' Union movement was married at Colwall Church and we will be hearing a talk on her life and enjoy a guided tour of the Church which will be followed by afternoon tea. The cost of the outing including the afternoon tea will be £16.00, the bus will be leaving Ellesmere at 9.30am, for tickets and details please contact Mrs Connie Mason 01948 780309.

Our next meeting, a talk by the Revd John Vernon "Through Holy Week to Easter — the way of the Cross" will be on April 10th, 2pm at the Town Hall

Yours with love,

Ann

 

March 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

February 20th, our AGM, was held 14.45pm at the Town Hall prior to our afternoon meeting. The annual reports were read out, the Secretary's Report, the Treasurer's Report and the Branch Leaders Report.

This was followed by a talk "Heron Watch" by Edward Bevan of "Shropshire Wild Life". Edward gave a most informative talk about the Herons nesting on Moscow Island Ellesmere mere, which for those of us living in Ellesmere was most appropriate as it is on our very own doorstep, with cameras high up in the trees, slides and a video of the nesting herons, the effs and the chicks, were shown, all in the beautiful setting of the surrounding mere.

Teas were served by Mrs Phyllis Dean and Mrs Judith Wadhams.

Our next meeting 'Who was St. Chad" by the Rev. Simon Airey will be on Monday March 20th, 2pm at the Town Hall

Yours with love,

Ann

 

February 2017

Branch Leader:
Ann Harris
The Cottage & Stable
Love Lane
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 622163

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

The start of our Mothers' Union 2017 year began on the 16th January 2pm at the Town Hall. A presentation "Leap of Faith" was given by Jeremy Stretton, a video and pictures were shown by Jeremy of his amazing Bungee Jump from a high crane at Tatton Park. Jeremy told of the history of Bungee Jumping which originated at two main centres, Mexico with the Aztecs and at Nuvalu in the South Pacific and dated back to 6BC. £800 in sponsorship was raised for Church funds. A short video was also shown with Mr William Parker and Jeremy going down a Zip Wire in North Wales also raising money for Church funds. It was all exciting stuff; very daring and brave of both of them. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Kath Meeks, teas were served by Mrs Connie Mason and Mrs Heather Wright.

February 9th is the Mothers' Union 'Wave of Prayer". This will be held from 14.40 to 15.00 (pm) in St. John's Room or in your own home if you cannot get to Church. The wave of prayer is a continuous expression of our commitment in prayer to each other, which runs throughout the year and encompasses all the places in which we are represented. This year we pray especially for KARNATAKA - India, ANKOLE - Uganda, LAGOS - West Nigeria and here at home - LICHFIELD.

Our next meeting on February 20th will be our AGM held at the Town Hall 1.45pm followed with a talk "Heron Watch" by Edward Bevan.

Yours with love,

Ann

THE MOTHERS' UNION PRAYER

Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service, reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Prayer of thanks for God's light

Father of all creation,
Thank you for signs of life and light, even in the dark and sometimes difficult days of winter. Thank you for Jesus' victory over darkness and death - and for the assurance that, if we put our trust in Him - nothing can ever separate us from you.
Help us to hold onto the hope you have given us and to walk on with Jesus as our guiding light. And may His light attract others who don't yet know Him and whom the darkness threatens to overwhelm.
Shine on us, Lord, that we may reflect your light and receive your peace.
In Jesus's name.
Amen.

By Daphne Kitching (courtesy of Parish Pump)