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February 2014

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

Afternoon M.U. Group

At the start of the New Year, at our afternoon meeting, it was so encouraging to see such a good number of our members, and also to welcome several new members. Thank you all so much for supporting me in my new role as Branch Leader.

The Rev. Stephen Harrop, Vicar of Welshampton, Cockshutt and Colemere, spoke about his work as a Prison Chaplain, the Rev. Stephen gave a very interesting and fascinating insight into Prison life at a privately run men's prison in the Manchester area at which he worked for five years. William Parker gave the Vote of Thanks, letting us into a little secret of the night he spent in a Police Cell !

Teas were served by Mrs Valerie Thomson and Mrs Joyce Richardson.

The next afternoon meeting will be in the Town Hall on 17th February at 2pm, with Mrs Beryl Metcalf M.U., giving a talk on campaigning.

The next evening meeting will be on 26th February 7.30 in St. Johns Room, with a talk by Mrs Anne Edge on Hope House.

Yours with love,

Ann

January 2014

A message from our new Branch Leader, Ann Harris

I, Ann Harris have been elected as the new Branch Leader of Mothers' Union, Ellesmere and will take up my position as from January 2014.

I will be commissioned at the Family Service on January 19th at St. Mary's by the Vicar Rev. Philip Edge and would really appreciate members to come and support me on this occasion.

It will be a hard task to follow all the hard work of our late branch leader, Jo and the splendid job she did as Leader, but with your support and the excellent committee that we have, I will do my best.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Ann

Kath Meeks

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party at the Black Lion. We had an enjoyable meal, rounded off by singing a few Christmas Carols. It was nice to see members and friends who support our events. We hope you enjoyed it, and thanks were given to Connie Mason by Ann for organising this event. We would like to thank all who helped make Christingles, its good to have the help of St. Mary's Club.

The subscriptions for next year will be £19 and it would be helpful if this could be paid at the January meeting, as we have to pay all subscriptions over to the diocese before the end of February. The next afternoon meeting will be on January 20th at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when the speaker will be the Rev. Stephen Harrop on his time as a Prison Chaplain.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

December 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

We had our afternoon meeting on 18th November when we had our AGM. The results of the nominations for Branch Leader, were unanimous votes for Mrs Ann Harris, which she was happy to accept. Congratulations to Ann, we will give her our support and prayers.

Our speaker for this meeting was Gill Leach who gave an interesting talk on marketing and a quiz on Mothers' Union facts.

The Christmas Party is on 9th December at the Black Lion. The cost will be £13.00 for a 3 course meal plus coffee and mince pie. The cut off time for money and menu choices is the 2nd November. Please contact Connie Mason on 01948 780309 or any other MU committee member. As always non members are very welcome to attend this event.

 

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

November 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

I would like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who supplied cakes and supported us at MU cake staff at the Autumn Fayre. We made £159 which is a magnificent contribution to Church funds.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Save the Family talk did not take place on October 21st. Nonetheless, everyone enjoyed a delightful afternoon with tea, coffee and a chat with friends.

On November 18th the afternoon meeting will start a little earlier at 1.45pm as we will be having the AGM meeting first. Jill Leah will give us a talk on the wider picture of MU Marketing.

The Christmas Party will be on Monday 9th December at the Black Lion, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The cost will be £13 for a 3 course meal plus coffee and mince pie. Money will need to be in by 2nd December, the cut off time for the menu choices. Please contact Connie Mason on 01948 780309 or any MU committee member. As always non members are very welcome to attend this event.

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

October 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

Our Mystery outing in September was a great success. We had an excellent lunch at the Broughton Arms, Balterley, then onto St. James Church, Audley where we were made very welcome by their Mothers' Union and Church members, who showed us around and gave us a talk about the Church.

The existence of this Church is first documented in the Foundation Charter of Hulton Abbey (Staffs) in 1223. The South aisle contained a Lady Chapel by 1369 and was the original site of the Brass to Sir Thomas Audley, a second Brass was set on the North wall of the Chancel, originally the Chancel Floor, commemorates William Abnett (d1628) of Wynbrook House in Audley.

Refreshments were given by Audley Mothers' Union. Mary gave the vote of thanks on behalf of all the travellers and to Connie for all her hard work in organising the trip.

Our next meeting is on 21st October at 2pm, when we will be having a talk and slides by Save the Family member.

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

September 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

We had our July meeting in the Town Hall. We were very grateful to Fr. Philip who gave an exploratory and most interesting talk into prayer.

We did not have a meeting in August this year, but hope to continue with our Church service in 2014.

Our Mystery Outing on September 16th will leave Cross Street at 10.30am. We will be back in Ellesmere by 5.00pm. The cost of £22.00 will cover the cost of the coach and a two course lunch with tea or coffee and is open to non members. The closing date for tickets is September 10th. For further details please contact Connie on 01948 780308.

On October 21st the meeting will be at the usual time of 2.00pm. We will be having a talk with slides by 'Save the Family' member Karen.

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

June 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

After the sad loss of our dear leader Jo, we the committee will continue with the running of the Mothers' Union, each one taking on a little extra, and hope that it will work until such a time that a leader will come along. We will do our best with Gods help.

Mothers' Union Coffee Morning

Mothers' Union Coffee morning in April was a big success. Thank you to everyone who supported us. We made £425 + £105 from the sale of Jo Beveridge's plants and cushions, making a total of £530.00

Afternoon Mothers' Union Group

The Rev'd Tom Farrell was the speaker at our May meeting. Tom talked about his time when he was an Evacuee at Lyneal coming from Liverpool. Then in 1956 when he ran in the Melbourne Olympics, then on to Rome where he was eliminated and finished at the Munich Olympics as a Pastor, it was all really interesting.

June 17th is our Members Lunch at the Boathouse 12.30 for 1.00pm

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

May 2013

Mrs K Meeks 01691 623155

Many of you will already know that Jo Beveridge who for many years had been Branch Leader of Ellesmere Mothers' Union passed away on Saturday 6th April. Jo was committed to the work of the Mothers' Union in all its aspects, especially its Adult Literacy Projects and was concerned that it should have a future. For this reason in addition for her work as branch leader, she also set up an evening Mothers' Union group for those who found afternoon meeting inconvenient. Jo was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed. So it is fitting that we thank God for Jo, and remember her husband Bill, Daughter Rachel and family in our prayers.

Lady Day Service, 8th April

Rosemary Horton welcomed 8 members to St. Matthews Church, Criftins and gave a moving dedication to Jo Beveridge.

Afternoon Mothers' Union Group

Meg Wilkes was the speaker for our April meeting. We all found it very interested on Counselling. Meg put it over with props. The next meeting will be on May 20th, when the Rev'd Tom Farrell will give a talk

May 22nd Deanery Festival at Welsh Frankton 7.00pm

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks

April 2013

Corporate Communion

1st March was the Womens' World Day of Prayer. The Theme was 'I was a Stranger and you welcomed me', by the France MU. It was a good service and well supported, with tea and cakes afterwards. Thank you to all who helped make it such a success.

10th March. Mothering Sunday, a lovely service 100 posies were made. Thank you to all who helped make the posies.

We had our afternoon meeting on Monday 17th March. Ann Harris gave a very interesting talk and showed scrap books about our Mothers' Union Past and Present. A lovely afternoon was had by all.

Our next meeting is on 15th April when Meg Wilkes will give a talk on Counselling.

April 8th is the Lady Day Service at Welsh Frankton.

April 20th is our Coffee Morning, 10am - 12 noon in Ellesmere Town Hall.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Kath Meeks

January 2013

Corporate Communion Sunday, 6th January at 10.15 am

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party at The Black Lion. After an enjoyable meal, the lunch was rounded off by singing a few Christmas carols. It was nice that some members from both the afternoon and evening groups were able to come and, as always, we were glad to welcome the loyal friends who support our events. I hope that everyone enjoyed the lunch as much as I did and I would like to thank Connie Mason for all her hard work as the main organiser of this very pleasant occasion.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped make Christingles. It's true that many hands make light work and it was great to have the help of St Mary's Club.

The subscription for next year will be £18 and it would be helpful if this could be paid at the January meeting, as we have to pay all subscriptions over to the diocese before the end of February. The next afternoon meeting will be on 21 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when the speaker will be the new Methodist Minister, Revd Sue Altree.

The next evening meeting will be on 17 January at 7.30pm at the Vicarage, when Anne Edge will be giving us a talk on Hope House.

I wish you all a very happy New Year.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

December 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 2nd December at 10.15 am

There are no MU meetings in December, but we do, of course, have our Christmas Party on 8 December at 12 noon for 12.30 pm at the Black Lion. The cost will be £10 for 2 courses plus coffee and a mince pie. Money will need to be in by Sunday, 2 December.

Afternoon MU Group

The Revd Revd Simon Airey was the speaker at our November meeting. Simon spoke about setting up Under Tree Schools for both boys and girls in southern Sudan during the civil war when it wasn't feasible to build schools. School buildings have been completed since South Sudan has become independent. These schools now teach girls only because the schools provided by the government only educate boys. Simon spoke movingly about the hardships endured during the civil war and told us about the warmth and hospitality of the people.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 21 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when the speaker will be the new Methodist Minister, Revd Sue Altree.

Ellesmere eMU's

Our social evening plus a cooking show on 15 November was a great success. Members and friends had the chance to use "Pampered Chef' products and to taste the dishes prepared during the demonstration. It was an enjoyable evening; £75 was raised for MU funds and well over £100 worth of items of kitchen equipment was bought for "Save the Family" to pass on to families leaving their care.

The next evening meeting will be on 17 January at 7.30pm in St John's Room.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

November 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 4th November at 10.15 am

I'd like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who helped to make such a success of the MU cake stall at the Autumn Fayre. We made £143, which is a magnificent contribution to Church funds.

On 15 November the evening MU group are having a social evening plus a cooking show. The aims of this are to try to encourage more people to join MU, to raise funds for MU, and to help Save the Family provide packs of basic kitchen equipment for families leaving their care. There will be a cookery demonstration using "Pampered Chef" kitchen equipment, an opportunity to use some of the equipment, and a chance to taste the items cooked. Pampered Chef products will be on sale, but there will be absolutely no obligation or pressure to buy. Pampered Chef will give MU a percentage of the value of items sold. All members and friends of MU would be very welcome.

The date for our Christmas Party is different from the date in the programme and will now be on Saturday, 8 December at 12 noon for 12.30 pm at the Black Lion. The cost will be £10 for 2 courses plus coffee and a mince pie. Money will need to be in by Sunday, 2 December at the very latest. For details of menu choices please contact Connie Mason or any MU Committee member. As always, non¬members are very welcome to attend this event.

Afternoon MU Group

The Revd David Ash was the speaker at our October meeting. David asked members about ambitions that they had fulfilled or would still like to fulfil. David then went on to speak about ambitions which he had fulfilled including singing in a large choir, acting on a London stage and, after working in youth and social work, being ordained as a priest.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 19 November at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when our speaker will be Revd Simon Airey who will be talking about Health and Education in South Sudan, prior to the civil war.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at our October meeting was Muriel Rayner who gave an illustrated talk about her work in India as part of Voluntary Service Overseas. Muriel went to India under the auspices of the Trefoil Guild and gave US a faScinating insight into life in India and her work helping in a creche for the children of itinerant building workers.

The next evening meeting will be the social evening/cooking show on 15 November as mentioned above and will be at 7.30pm in St John's Room. Please come and bring your friends.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo