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June 2019

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

May 4th was our Annual Coffee Morning, held at the Town Hall 10 - 12 noon with our usual stalls and raffle. We had a very enjoyable morning, raising £259.30 for Mothers' Union Charities.

14th May was our Deanery Festival held this year at St. Andrew's Church, Welsh Frankton. The service was led by the Reverend Karen Davies, herself a member of Welsh Frankton Mothers' Union and our banner was carried by Mrs Donna Leigh. The speaker was Katherine May, Salop Archdeaconry Leader, who spoke about different aspects of Mothers' Union. This was followed by Afternoon Tea in Welsh Frankton Village Hall to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Welsh Frankton Mothers' Union Branch. A wonderful celebration cake was cut by a Welsh Frankton member, Mrs Iris Jones.

20th May was our monthly meeting held at the Town Hall, 2pm. The speaker was the Reverend Jane Stephenson, who spoke of her experience of being on TV's Bargain Hunt along with the Vicar of St. Alkmund's, Whitchurch. The Reverend Jane gave a very amusing talk and we all did a quiz as to what we would value 12 items!! A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mary Goulbourne, teas and home made cakes were made and served by Mrs Joyce Richardson and Mrs Judith Wadhams.

June 17th, our next meeting will be an afternoon guided tour and talk of St. Oswald's Church, Oswestry, followed by Afternoon Tea at the Heritage Centre.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

May 2019

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

Our meeting was held on April 15th 2019, 2pm at the Town Hall. Prayers were led by the Reverend Philip Edge.

The speaker was our local historian Mr Christopher Jobson, we were also joined by the Ellesmere Library History Group. Chris gave a wonderful illustrated and enlightening talk on "The Poor Law and the Workhouse" and how it came about. Chris showed pictures of Ellesmere's large and impressive workhouse at Swan Hill. Times then were very hard if you were poor. Teas and lovely home made cakes was served by Mrs Kath Meeks, Mrs Enid Lloyd and Mrs Joyce Feeney. A vote of thanks was given by myself.

May 4th is our Annual Coffee morning with stalls and raffle. 10-1 2pm at the Town Hall, this is our main source of income where we give to Mothers' Union Charities so please do come along and bring a friend.

I would like to thank our Mothers' Union Members who made 100 posies with pretty spring flowers, given out with our special mothering Sunday cards on Mothering Sunday, March 31st at Church.

May 14th is our Deanery Festival held this year at St. Andrew's Church, Welsh Frankton 2.30pm. the speaker will be Katherine May, Salop Archdeaconry Leader, two of our newer members are to be enrolled. Followed by afternoon tea to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Welsh Frankton Mothers' Union Branch.

Our next meeting will be on May 20th, 2pm at the Town Hall with a talk by the Rev'd Jane Stephenson.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

April 2019

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

Our meeting was held on Monday March 18th 2019, 2pm at The Town Hall. Prayers were led by the Rev'd Philip Edge.

The speaker was the Rev'd Maureen Read who has four parishes, Welshampton, Colemere, Cockshutt and Petton to cover.

The Rev'd Maureen gave the most inspired and moving talk "Us Women" about her journey to becoming a Priest, and the four women that made such an impression on her life along the way.

A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Teas and lovely homemade cakes were made and served by Mrs Phyllis Dean and Mrs Joyce Feeney.

Our next meeting will be on April 15th, 2pm at the Town Hall when Chris Jobson will be giving a talk on The Poor Law and the Workhouse.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy and blessed Easter.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

March 2019

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

Our meeting was held on the 18th February 1.45pm at The Town Hall when we held our AGM with reports by the branch secretary, branch treasurer and branch leader. This was followed with a talk by our Deanery Leader, Mrs Rosemary Horton "No Need For Voicemail!" Rosemary spoke of when Mary Sumner first started "The Mothers' Union" in her own home and her vision to promote stable family life, protection of children and those whose family life had met with adversity. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mary Goulbourne. Teas and homemade cakes were made and served by Mrs Susan Francis and Mrs Thelma Ireland.

The Wave of Prayer was held on February 9th with Prayers for Ankole/Uganda, Lainya/South Sudan, Lagos/West Nigeria, Karnatata/India and here at home Lichfield.

March 31st, Mothering Sunday with posies and Mothering Sunday Cards at the 10.15 Church Service, do please come along.

Our next meeting is March 18th, 2pm at the Town Hall with a talk by the Reverend Maureen Read "Us Women".

If anyone would like to join Mothers' Union, just come along to the meeting you will be most welcome.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

February 2019

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

Our first meeting of the New Year was held on the 21st January, 2pm at the Town Hall. The Speaker, Mrs Catherine Trimby, gave a very informative talk on "Second Chance". The speaker spoke of her work as a volunteer charity worker, working in prisons with mostly young offenders to keep them from reoffending and out of prison life. Mavis gave a vote of thanks, teas and home made cakes were served by Mrs Heather Wright and Mrs Mary Goulbourne.

"The Wave of Prayer" will be held in S. Johns Room, in one's own home or with friends on Saturday 9th February at 10am.

At our Christingle Service in December approximately £50 was raised and this was sent to The Children's Society.

Our next meeting will be on February 18th at 1.45pm at the Town Hall with a short AGM followed with a talk by our Deanery Leader, Mrs Rosemary Horton "No need for Voice Mail".

If anyone would like to join Mothers' Union just come along to the meeting you will be most welcome .

Yours with love,

Ann

 

January 2019

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

December 3rd was our Christmas Lunch held at the Boathouse, where we had a delicious traditional Christmas meal in delightful surroundings.

Our first meeting of the New Year, will be on January 21st, 2pm at The Town Hall with a talk "Second Chance" by Catherine Trimby.

We have a new exciting and varied programme for 2019, with something for everyone.

Just a reminder to members that the annual subscription of £24.50 is now due.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

Mothers' Union Programme 2019

The Mothers' Union Programme 2019, St Mary's Church, Ellesmere, Shropshire

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December 2018

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

The Branch meeting, the last one of 2018 (how the time flies) was held on Monday November 19th, 2pm at the Town Hall. Mrs Mary Goulbourne was welcomed onto our committee along with Mrs Mavis Griffiths. The speaker was one of our own members

Barbara O'Donovan who spoke about "My trip of a lifetime". Barbara told us of her amazing time in Africa in a small village 95 miles from anywhere staying with the Catholic Priest who, along with others, helped to build a school, meeting house, houses etc. Barbara also showed a video of her trip from start to finish including wild animals, it all looked absolutely idyllic. Heather Wright and Joyce Feeney served delicious home made cakes and mince pies, plus tea and coffee

I carried our old more appropriate Mothers' Union banner at the 100th Anniversary Remembrance Service at Church, the old banner given in 1937 by Adelaide Mary Ashton, had not been used since we had the new one in the late 1970s. Mothers should be recognised and remembered as they gave their sons for the Country.

Our final meeting is the Christmas Party on December 3rd at The Boathouse.

We have yet again had a very packed and enjoyable year. I would like to thank the Committee for all their hard work in making this happen and also thank the Reverend Phillip Edge for his support of the Mothers' Union.

I wish you all a very peaceful and blessed Christmas with lots of joy and look forward to seeing you at the many Christmas Services at Church, see the magazine for details

Yours with love,

Ann

THE MOTHERS' UNION PROGRAMME 2018

Dec 3rd

Christmas Meal

 

November 2018

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

The branch meeting was held on Monday October 15th, 2pm at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, I could not be there, so the meeting was taken by one of our Committee Members, Mrs Heather Wright.

Our speaker was the Rev'd David Crowhurst "What God has Dropped to Me" who spoke about his experiences as a Parish Priest, telling interesting stories, some of which were amusing and some of which were sad. Tea and cake was served by Phyllis Dean and Thelma Ireland and a Vote of Thanks was given by Mary Goulbourne.

Our next branch meeting is November 19th, 2pm at the Town Hall when one of our own members Barbara O'Donovan will be telling us "My Trip of a Lifetime". Do come along and bring your friends, everyone is welcome.

Christmas Meal on December 3rd at The Boathouse, see Mrs Heather Wright for details

Yours with love,

Ann

THE MOTHERS' UNION PROGRAMME 2018

Nov 19th 2.00pm
'My Trip of a Lifetime' Barbara O'Donovan
Teas: Mrs J Feeney & Mrs H Wright

Dec 3rd
Christmas Meal

 

October 2018

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

Thank you all so much for the beautiful cards, prayers, kindness, help and support given to me during my recent illness and stay in hospital, it certainly helped me to pull through. I am pleased to say I am now feeling much better and look forward to our next meeting.

Unfortunately our summer outing to Llandudno had to be cancelled due to cost, but hopefully things will be ok next year.

We did not have a meeting in August, two of our members Mrs Phyllis Dean and Mrs Susan Francis entered a lovely display at the Methodist Church Flower Festival, promoting Mothers' Union both here in Ellesmere and world wide. Thank you Phyllis and Susan. Our next meeting will be on the 15th October, 2pm at the Town Hall. Our speaker will be the

Rev. David Crowhurst with "What god has dropped to me!". Do come along and bring your friends, everyone is welcome.

Yours with love,

Ann

 

September 2018

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

Secretary:
Donna Leigh
2 Magnolia Drive
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 624837

 

Our branch meeting was on 16th July in the Town Hall. After the meeting we looked at our scrap books. Mavis (our new committee member) read the monologue "Albert & the Lion", we sang "We'll gather lilacs in the spring" and we shared some funny stories. We had a jolly time togther. Our leader, Ann, brought beautiful china from home to serve tea and we had tea and some home-made cakes served by Kath, Joyce & Donna.

Our next branch meeting will be on Monday 15th October.

Monday 17th September is our trip to Llandudno. Please book seats with Heather or any committee member.

Our leader, Ann, is at the moment in hospital. We pray that she will soon be better and return home safe and well.

Yours with love,

Donna

 

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