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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