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December 2015

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

At our meeting on November 16th our guest speaker was the Reverend Helen Morby of Kinnerly, whose talk "My Journey" told of how she became ordained. It was an inspiration to anyone who may be thinking of going down the same road. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Kath Meeks who also presented the Reverend Helen with a plant.
Mrs Kath Meeks will retire at the end of this year as programme secretary, having served Mothers' Union for the last twelve and a half years organising speakers. Kath has done a wonderful job getting many varied and interested speakers but now feels she wold like to pass it over to someone else. Mrs Heather Wright will now be taking over from Kath as our programme secretary and has indeed organised this year's splendid programme. Heather presented Kath with a lovely plant and we thank Kath for the wonderful job she has done. Thank you Kath.

Our next meeting will be our lunch time Christmas meal at the Black Lion on the 7th December 12.30 for 1pm.

May I wish everyone peace and joy at Christmas and look forward to a great Mothers' Union year 2016.

Next year's subscription £20.00 will be due on the 1st of January.

With love and a happy Christmas

Ann

November 2015

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

At the meeting on the 19th October, our guest speaker was Mrs. Pat McLaughlin MBE. Pat in her beautiful outfit that she wore to Buckingham Palace gave a most enjoyable talk and film on her day to receive the MBE. Pat received the MBE for Tourism and Work in the Community and was presented with her MBE by HRH Prince Charles. We all felt immensely proud of her. A vote of thanks was given by myself and Pat was presented with a plant. Tea with delicious cakes made and served by Mrs. Heather Wright and Mrs. Kath Meeks.

Our next meeting will be on November 16th, 2pm at the Town Hall, with a talk "My Journey" by Reverend Helen Morby.

Our Christmas Party will be held on the 7th December at The Black Lion. Contact Mrs. Connie Mason for the Menu (01948) 780309.

Yours with love,

Ann

October 2015

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

On Monday 21st September we had our Mothers' Union outing to Lichfield. We had an excellent day out visiting the Cathedral, shops and also enjoying a delicious meal.

Many thanks to Connie for organising this trip.

Our next event will be on October 19th at Ellesmere Town Hall at 2:00pm when we will have a talk and film by Mrs. P. McLaughlin on her day to receive her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Yours with love,

Ann

September 2015

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

At our July meeting prayers and the hymn 'For all the Saints' were led by the Vicar the Reverend Philip Edge.

Our guest speaker was Mr Stan Parry. Stan gave a very enjoyable and interesting talk about the Saints which he has studied and also written a book "Meet The Saints". One of the Saints Stan spoke about was St. Dorothy, the patron saint of gardeners. A Vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Teas, scones and shortbread were served by Mrs Valerie Thomson and Mrs Phyllis Dean.

Our next event will be the outing to Lichfield on September 21st 2015. Lichfield is a beautiful and interesting city with its wonderful Cathedral, lots to do and see.

Tickets £10.00, contact Connie Mason for tickets and details 01948 780309.

Yours with love,

Ann

July/August 2015

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

Our Annual Coffee Morning was held on Saturday June 6th at the Town Hall. Once again we had a magnificent array of home made cakes on our Mothers' Union Cake Stall. We also had a lovely plant stall, "eclectic" stall etc. and we made £361.02 for Mothers' Union Funds.

June the 15th was our Summer Outing. 45 members and friends went with Lakeside Coaches to Conwy. The coach took us along the picturesque route into Wales through Llangollen, Corwen, Llanrwst, and onto the historic Conwy. The weather was sunny and the sea was calm. Some walked around the walls while others sat by the harbour and looked around the Medieval Church. We all had a lovely day and once again thanks to Connie for arranging yet another memorable outing.

Our next meeting will be on Monday July 20th at 2pm at the Town Hall with a talk on "Saints" by Mr S Parry. There will not be a meeting in August.

Our September outing will be to Lichfield on the 21st September 2015.

Lichfield is a beautiful and interesting city to visit, lots to do and see whether your interest be pleasurable, cultural or a mixture ! A good variety of shops and café's. Tickets £10.00 contact Connie Mason for tickets and details on 01948 780309.


Yours with love,

Ann

June 2015

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

The Mothers' Union Deanery Festival this year was held at The Parish Church of St. Matthew, Criftins. The Theme for 2015 was "United in Prayer". We were welcomed by the Rev. Karen Davies and our Deanery Leader, Mrs Rosemary Horton. The banner was carried by Mrs Connie Mason and Mrs Heather Wright read a lesson. Three new members were admitted to Welsh Frankton Mothers' Union.

The address was given by Ben Mayho, Christian Schools Worker, who gave a very informative talk on his work in schools.

Refreshments were served by Welsh Frankton Mothers' Union.

At our May meeting after prayers led by the Vicar, we welcomed our speaker Mr Bob McBride. Bob gave an inspirational talk and film on the work of The Rotary Club and the amazing work that they do both home and abroad. A vote of thanks was given by the Vicar the Rev. Philip Edge.

Teas were served by Mrs Mary Goulbourne and Mrs Helen Grimes. The Mothers' Union Coffee Morning is to be held in the Town Hall 10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 6th June when we will have our "homemade cake stall", plant stall, card stall and others. Please everyone come and bring all your friends to support Mothers' Union.

Our Summer outing is to Conwy on Monday June 15th and costs £10.00 please contact Connie Mason 01948 780309 for details.

Our next meeting will be on July 20th with a talk on "Saints" by Mr S Parry, 2pm at the Town Hall.

 

Yours with love Ann

 

 

May 2015

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

At our April meeting after prayers by the Vicar we welcomed our speaker the Rev. Stella Long, the Methodist Minister.

Rev. Stella Long gave a very moving talk on her Previous work in Hostels about young people, especially young men, who were homeless and needed a home and the problems they had.

A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Valerie Thomson. Teas were served by Mrs Pam Edwards and Mrs Thelma Ireland.

Our next meeting is May 18th at 2pm at the Town Hall when Mr Bob McBride will speak on his Charity Work.

The Deanery Festival this year is to be held at Criftins Parish Church, 7.30pm on May 4th. Everyone is most welcome and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, if you need transport to get there please let me know.

Our "Summer Outing" is to Conwy on Monday June 15th and costs £10.00, please contact Mrs Connie Mason on 01948 780309 for details.

The Mothers' Union Coffee morning is to be held in the Town Hall 10.00am to 12pm, Saturday June 6th. When we will have our "homemade cake" Stall, Plant Stall, Card Stall and lots of others. Please everyone come and bring along all your friends to support Mothers' Union.

Yours with love Ann

 

 

April 2015

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

In March we held a members afternoon meeting. After prayers by the Vicar, our member Mrs Heather Wright brought card making materials and helped us all to make a lovely Easter Card. Everyone brought a posy of spring flowers, which they had made, posies were exchanged at the end of the meeting for us to take home. We had afternoon tea with delicious dainty little cakes made by Phyllis, Kath, Val, Heather and Joyce and served by Phyllis and Kath. Sadly our oldest and longest serving member Mrs Mary Jones passed away on 27th February 2015 at the amazing age of 101 years. Mothers' Union were represented at her funeral and I read about her work in Mothers' Union especially her "links" with Rwanda in the 1980's.

On Mothering Sunday we had a special Mothering Sunday Service, with a film about Mothers' Union work abroad. Our members had made 130 posies which were given out with Mothering cards by the children of the Sunday School. Posies were taken to Ellesmere House and Ellesmere Community Nursing Home.
Our next meeting is on 20th April, 2.00pm at the Town Hall with a talk by the Rev. Stella Lary on her "Previous work in Hostels".

 

February 2015

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

At our January meeting the speaker was one of our own members Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Mavis, looking splendid in her colourful Indian Jacket, gave a wonderful and amusing talk on her holiday in India, illustrated by her fascinating film slides. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mary Goulboume and teas were served by Mrs Val Thomson and Mrs Heather Wright.

Our next meeting is February 16th, 2pm at the Town Hall. The meeting will start with a short A.G.M. followed by a talk on Mothers' Union "Theme for the Year" by our Deanery Leader Mrs Rosemary Horton.

Mothers' Union has a varied, interesting programme and great outings, anyone who would like to join would be most welcome.

Yours with love,

Ann Harris

January 2015

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

December 8th was our Christmas Party, held once again at the Black Lion Hotel. We had a lovely Christmas meal together and sang Carols.

The final evening Mothers' Union meeting was held on November 26th in St. John's room. We enjoyed a delightful film on "Home around the World". Mothers' Union is making "home" for people by supporting families and communities in more then 78 countries. Sadly this evening meetings was to be our last for the time being due to members other commitments.

We have had a very eventful year, with a full and varied programme thanks to Mrs Kath Meeks. We have had a new treasurer, Mrs Joyce Richardson. Four new members were enrolled by our Diocesan President and two new members were welcomed from other Mothers' Union Branches. We had two very enjoyable "outings" thanks to Mrs Connie Mason and finally our youngest member Tanya had a beautiful baby boy, Matthew. Congratulations Tanya.

I would like to thank all our members and friends, and especially the Vicar the Rev. Philip Edge for all the help and support given to Mothers' Union.

This year we have another interesting programme beginning with a 'Talk and Film on India" by Mrs Mavis Griffiths at the Town Hall, January 19th at 2pm. Could I remind members the subscriptions £19.50 are now due.

Thank you to everyone and a very Happy New Year.

Yours with love,

Ann Harris

December 2014

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

On November 17th we had a lovely relaxing afternoon. Mrs Christine Howard did "Flower Arranging with a Christmas Theme". Christine did some beautiful arrangements, with roses, carnations, lilies and other beautiful flowers which were raffled off afterwards to the members. Teas were served by Mrs Connie Mason and Mrs Susan Francis. Our next event will be the Christmas Party held at the Black Lion on December 8th 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The Children's Society Christingle Service will be held in Church on Sunday morning of December 21st at 10.15am, with Christingles made by our Mothers' Union Members. The difference that Christingle makes to the lives of children in poverty is amazing. Everyone is very welcome, please do come. The next Mothers' Union meeting will be held at the Town Hall on January 19th with a talk and film on "India" by Mrs Mavis Griffiths.

Next Year's Programmes are now available and the subscriptions for the year, due in January, will be £19.50

Yours with love,

Ann Harris

November 2014

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

October 18th at the Autumn Fayre, Mothers' Union once again had a fantastic cake stall, manned by Kath and Phyllis, raising £102.50 for Church Funds. Well done, many thanks also to all our other Mothers' Union members who helped in making the Church Autumn fayre a success.

Afternoon Mothers' Union Group

October 20th we had another very interesting talk by Mr Rodney Upton on "The update of the Church Bells". Rodney showed a film of the bells being taken out of the Bell Tower manually by block and tackle hoists, the first time since 1799, restored, retuned and being returned to Church, an amazing project. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Teas were served by Mrs Pam Edwards and Mrs Kath Meeks.

The next Mothers' Union meeting will be at the Town Hall, November 17th at 2:00pm, when our speaker will be Mrs Christine Howard with "Flower Arrangements on a Christmas Theme". December 8th will be our Christmas party held at the Black Lion 6:30pm for 7:00pm. For details please contact Mrs Connie Mason on 01948 780309.

Evening Mothers' Union Group (eMUs)

Unfortunately our October meeting had to be cancelled, but the next evening meeting will be on November 26th at 7.30pm in St. John's Room with a Mothers' Union film on Homes.

Yours with love,

Ann Harris