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March 2016

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

The AGM was held prior to our February meeting at 2pm, where reports by the Secretary, Mrs Valerie Thomson, the Treasurer, Mrs Joyce Richardson and the Branch Leader, Mrs Ann Harris were read out.

From February 2016 Mrs Valerie Thomson has stepped down as Secretary so we now need to fill the post that Valerie has done so excellently for a number of years.

One of our members Mrs Mary Goulbourne has also stepped down from the Committee after many years, Thank you Valerie and Mary for all your hard work. If any members feel that they would like to join the Committee, or to be Secretary please contact me.

Following the AGM a talk "Our Rwanda Link" was given by Ann Harris as a tribute to the late Mothers' Union member, Mary Jones. The Committee dressed in bright coloured material that had come from Rwanda and one member wore a wedding dress. I talked of how from our Mothers' Union branch here in Ellesmere we came to have a Mothers' Union "Link" in Rwanda in Kigali the capital and Kilamaruzi from 1977 until the late 1990's. It all came about when Mary Jones' daughter married John who's grandparents and parents were missionaries in Rwanda. Johns mother was a member of Mothers' Union in Kigali and Kilamaruzi and so Mary started to correspond with their Mother's Union members.

Mostly the letters had to be translated in London, but over the years we had a wonderful insight into how life was in Rwanda.

We used to knit, sew, have rummage sales and send parcels of baby clothes, sewing materials etc, all collected and packed in St. Mary's Hall, we even sent Wedding Dresses which the girls used to like to get married in. In return they sent little gifts of basket ware that they had made. I was thanked by Mrs Heather Wright and presented with a lovely plant. Teas were served by Mrs Mary Goulbourne and Mrs Connie Mason.

On Saturday morning 5th March at l0am Mothers' Union will be making posies in Church ready for Mothering Sunday. The posies will be given out along with Mothering Cards by the children at the 10.15am Church service. Any members who would like to come and help or give a donation of flowers would be very welcome.

Our next meeting is a talk by Schools Christian Worker, Ben Mayho "Does Faith have a place in our Schools in the 21st Century"

With love,

Ann

St. Mary's Hall 1987 - Packing goods for "Link" Branches in RwandaAbove: St. Mary's Hall 1987 - Packing goods for "Link" Branches in Rwanda.