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February 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 5th February at 10.15 am

I would like to thank all members who have paid their Mothers' Union subscription for this year (£18), and would ask anyone who has not yet paid to pay these as soon as possible, please.

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the January meeting was Rodney Upton who gave a talk on the history of St Mary's bells. It was fascinating to learn about the history of bell making, about the unique nature of British bell-ringing and how the changes are rung.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 20 February at 2.00 pm in the Town Hall when Rob McBride will be giving a talk, illustrated by slides, on Shropshire's ancient trees.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at the January meeting was Rosemary Walker, a Mothers' Union trustee and former Diocesan President, who gave an illustrated talk about the MU Family Life Programme. It was interesting to learn about the many practical ways in which MU improves the lives of people around the world.

The next meeting will be on the 16 February at 7.30 pm in St John's Room when Revd Rosie Bowers, MU Chaplain for Salop, will be leading a Bible Study related to Women's World Day of Prayer.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

January 2012

Corporate Communion Sunday, 1st January at 10.15 am

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party on Monday, 12 December at The Black Lion. After an enjoyable meal, the evening was rounded off with a few Christmas poems. 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 evening 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.

The subscription for next year will be £ 18 and it would be helpful if this could be paid at the January meeting. Mothers' Union does such important work both here and overseas and I hope that this rather large increase in the subscription will not put members off from joining this year.

Afternoon MU Group

The first afternoon meeting of the new year will be on 16 January at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when Rodney Upton will be giving a talk on the history of St Mary's bells.

Ellesmere eMU's

The first evening meeting of the new year will be on Thursday, 19 January at 7.30 pm in St John's Room when Rosemary Walker, a Mothers' Union trustee and former Diocesan President, will talking about the MU Family Life Programme. 

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

December 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 4th December at 10.15 am

Our programme for next year will be available shortly and this will include details of both afternoon meetings and evening meetings. The Subscription for next year will be £18. While this is rather a big increase, I am sure members will realise that costs have also increased greatly and will want to continue to support the valuable and important work that Mothers' Union does both here and overseas.

Neither the afternoon nor the evening group have a meeting in December, but we do have our Christmas Party on Monday 12 December at the Black Lion at 6.30 for 7.00pm

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at our November meeting was Mavis Griffiths who gave an amusing and entertaining talk sharing her experiences when she was a young vicar's wife and led the Mothers' Union in her husband's parish.

The first meeting of the New Year will be on 16 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall when Rodney Upton will be giving a talk on the history of St. Mary's bells.

Ellesmere eMU's

We did not have a speaker at our November meeting but had great fun helping to complete Rose's imaginative project on MU overseas. It was good to have the time to appreciated all the good work Mothers' Union does around the world.

The first meeting of the New Year will be on Thursday. 19 January at 7.30pm in St. John's Room when Rosemary Walker. a Mothers' Union trustee and former Diocesan President, will talk about the MU Family Life Programme.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

November 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 6th November at 10.15 am

Once again we had the task of running the cake stall at the Autumn Market. We had lots of beautiful cakes for sale and raised £175 for church funds (slightly more than last year.) Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this excellent result.

Our Christmas party this year will be on the evening of Monday, 12 December at the Black Lion. This consists of 2-course meal, plus coffee, for a price of £11 (with £1 discount for MU members). As always, non-members will be very welcome.

Afternoon MU Group

The speakers at our October meeting were Richard Steer and Ian Williams from the Royal British Legion who gave a very enlightening and informative talk, which gave a good insight into the workings of the British Legion.

Our next meeting is on 21 November at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a talk by Mavis Griffiths.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at our October meeting was Estelle Parker who gave the second instalment of her fascinating talk on the history of St Mary's church and prominent local families.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 17 November at 7.30 pm in St John's Room when Rose will be continuing her project on overseas branches.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

October 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 2nd October at 10.15 am

Once again we have been asked to run the cake stall at the Autumn Market on 15 October. Any offers of cakes and help on the day will be very welcome. It would be great to be able match, or even to beat, last year's magnificent total of £170.

Afternoon MU Group

We did not have a meeting in September, but we did have our mystery outing on 19 September, which went to Hawarden. After an excellent lunch in the tithe barn, which is now used as the church hall, we visited the church of St Deniel where we had a short service of prayers followed by a lively and entertaining talk on the history of the church. We had a short time to look round the church and some intrepid members of our party climbed the tower before our trip was completed by a scenic ride through the Welsh countryside. Thanks to Connie for organising yet another successful and enjoyable trip.

Our next meeting is on 17 October at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a speaker from the British Legion.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at our September meeting was Muriel Rayner from Operation Christmas Child. We did not have a meeting in August and our next meeting will be on Thursday, 15 September at 7.30 pm in St John's Room. I am hoping to have a speaker from Operation Christmas Child, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

September 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 4th September at 10.15 am

Afternoon MU Group

We did not have a meeting in July, but we had our summer trip, which this year was to the Flower Festival at Claverley. Although the weather forecast for the day was not particularly good, we managed to stay dry for most of our visit. I think everyone would agree that the floral arrangements in the church were stunning. I would like to thank Connie Mason for all her hard work in arranging this successful trip.

On 15 August we had a short thanksgiving service in Church at 2.00 pm. Rosemary Walker, who is a former Diocesan President gave an inspiring talk showing how the work of Mothers Union really changes life for the better for women around the world. The service was followed by afternoon tea in St John's Room, where we had a draw which raised £35 for the Relief Fund, using as prizes some of the lovely items left over from the tombola stall at our coffee morning in May. I would like to thank Iain Anderson, our church organist, for playing for us at our service, and the MU committee who provided the refreshments.

We do not have a meeting in September but we do, of course, have our mystery trip on 19 September. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 11.00 am and returning to Ellesmere at approximately 5.00 pm. The cost for this trip, which includes lunch, is £18 (with a £1 discount for members). For further details please contact Connie Mason or any MU Committee member.

Our next meeting is on 17 October at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a speaker from the British Legion.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

Instead of a meeting in July, we visited the Nantwich Flower Festival, where the flower arrangements were truly breathtaking. We then went for a meal together at the Combermere Arms. I hope everyone who went enjoyed the beautiful flowers, the good food and good company as much as I did.

We did not have a meeting in August and our next meeting will be on Thursday, 15th September at 7.30 pm in St. John's Room. I am hoping to have a speaker from Operation Christmas Child, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

July 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 3rd July at 10.15 am

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the June meeting was Estelle Parker, who gave a talk on Abednego Mathew, whose plaque is in St John's Room.

Estelle's talk was full of fascinating detail about the family history and life in the 18th and early 19th century.

We do not have a meeting in July, but we do, of course, have our summer trip on Monday, 18 July to the annual Flower Festival at Claverley. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 10.00 am and will leave Claverley at approximately 4.00 pm to arrive back in Ellesmere round about 5.30 pm. The cost for this trip, which includes the entrance fee to the Flower Festival, is £13 (with a £1 discount for MU members).

On Monday, 15 August we will be having a service in Church at 2.00pm. This will be followed by afternoon tea in St Johns Room, when we will be having a draw to raise money for Branch funds. We had some lovely items donated for the tombola stall at the coffee morning and not all of these were won, so we will using some of these as prizes.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

Instead of a meeting in June, there was a summer evening walk followed by a drink in the Red Lion. Though we were few in number it was nice to get together in this informal way.

The meeting date in July has also been brought forward by one week to 14 July so that we can visit the Nantwich Flower Festival. The plan is to leave Ellesmere at about 6.00 pm, visit the Flower Festival and then go out for a meal together. I will be contacting members in the near future about arrangements for this.

It has been agreed that we will not be having a meeting in August.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

June 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 5 June at 10.15 am

Our coffee morning on 7 May raised over £350 for Mothers Union funds. I'd like to thank all those who donated cakes, plants, or tombola and raffle prizes. Thanks, too, to those who helped on the day and also to everyone who supported us by coming along and contributing to the lively, friendly atmosphere.

The Deanery Festival at Criftins church on 18 May was well attended and I'm sure all those who were there would agree that it was a lovely service.

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the May meeting was Revd David Crowhurst who gave us a talk about his life and call to ministry. As always, David, was an entertaining and inspiring speaker.

Our summer trip this year is on Monday, 18 July to the annual Flower Festival at Claverley. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 10.00 am and will leave Claverley at approximately 4.00 pm to arrive back in Ellesmere round about 5.30 pm. The cost for this trip), which includes the entrance fee to the Flower Festival, is £13 (with a £1 discount for MU members).

The next meeting will be on Monday, 20 June in the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when our speaker will be Estelle Parker, who will be giving a talk on Abednego Mathew.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

The evening meeting in May began with a short Admission Service for new members and it was nice to have several members from the afternoon group Join US for this and for Estelle Parker's talk on the history of St Mary's, Ellesmere, which was full of fascinating detail. Estelle has such a truly impressive knowledge of the history of the church and the prominent local families, that she was unable to complete her talk in the time available, so we look forward to her coming back to give us part two.

Instead of a meeting in June, a summer evening walk is planned.We will meet as usual at 7.30 pm in St John's Room.

It has also been agreed that in July we will bring the meeting dateforward by one week to 14 July so that we can visit the Nantwich Flower Festival. The plan is to leave Ellesmere at about 6.00 pm, visit the Flower Festival and then go out for a meal together.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

May 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 1st May at 10.15 am

Fran Butler was the speaker at the afternoon MU meeting and gave us a talk about Guiding. In addition to learning a lot about the modern Guide movement, members were invited to contribute their memories of Brownies, Guides and Rangers in the past.

Those of us who were able to go to the Lady Day service at Welsh Frankton would agree that it was, as usual, a lovely service, followed by an equally lovely afternoon tea.

About 130 posies were made for Mothering Sunday. This was only possible through the generosity of people contributing flowers and greenery and the help given by members from both the day and evening MU (together with some St Mary's Club members).

The Deanery Festival this year will be at Criftins church on 18 May at 7.30 pm. This is always an enjoyable occasion and I would encourage everyone to attend if at all possible

Please remember to come and bring your friends to our Coffee Morning at the Town Hall on 7 May from 10.30 am - Entrance £1.

The next meeting will be on Monday, 16 May at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when Revd David Crowhurst will be giving a talk.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

April 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 3 April at 10.15 am

At our afternoon meeting in March, Christine Howard gave a talk and demonstration on flower arranging. Christine's talk was full of useful ideas and tips and the beautiful arrangements she created for us were raffled off to members. This raised £9.50 which will go to the "Make a Mother’s Day" project.

Several members attended the Women's World bay of Prayer service is at the Convent on 4 March. I'm sure those who attended would agree that this was an enjoyable service.

The Town Hall has been booked for a Coffee Morning on 7 May from 10.30 am. Entrance is £1 and we hope to have a cake stall, a plant stall and a tombola, as well as a draw. Any contributions or offers of help would be very welcome, but, most important of all, please come and bring your friends.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 18 April at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when the speaker will be Fran Butler who will be giving us a talk on Guiding.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

At our meeting in March, Ben Mayho, the Schools Christian Worker gave us a very informative talk about his journey to faith and about the work his is doing in local schools at both primary and secondary levels. It was very heartening to hear about this important work.

Several members attended the Women’s World bay of Prayer service is at the Convent on 4 March. I'm sure those who attended would agree that this was an enjoyable service.

The Town Hall has been booked for a Coffee Morning on 7 May from 10.30 am. Entrance is £1 and we hope to have a cake stall, a plant stall and a tombola, as well as a draw. Any contributions or offers of help would be very welcome, as would ideas for additional stalls, but, most important of all, please come and bring your friends.

The next evening meeting will be on the second Monday of the month, 14 April, in St John’s Room at 7.30 pm. We do not have a speaker for this meeting, but Rose will be facilitating a fun evening investigating the work of MU around the world.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

March 2011

Gill Corp was the speaker at our evening meeting in February and she gave a very interesting and informative talk about the local Womens Refuge and the Refuge movement nationally. Gill provided some disturbing statistics that underlined the need for places of safety for victims of domestic violence.

The speaker at our afternoon meeting in February was the Revd Rosie Bowers who is MU Chaplain for Salop. Rosie outlined how her faith Journey led her, eventually, into ordained ministry.

I would like to remind members about the Womens World Day of Prayer service, which is at the Convent on Friday, 4 March at 7.30 pm (please contact Kath Meeks on 623155 if you need a lift), and also about the Lady Day service on 25 March at Welsh Frankton Village Hall at 2.30 pm

The next evening meeting will be on Thursday, 17 March in St Johns Room at 7.30 pm. Our speaker for this meeting will be Ben Mayho, Schools Christian Worker.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 21 March at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be Christine Howard who will be giving a talk on flower arranging.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

February 2011

The speaker at our afternoon meeting in January was John Field who gave us a talk on the history of Oswestry Christian Bookshop. It was fascinating to hear how John related this to his own personal journey of faith. John kindly brought a selection of items that are on sale at the Bookshop to show members the range of goods available.

The evening meeting this month was a social evening with drinks and nibbles, and I hope those who attended enjoyed it as much as I did. It was really encouraging to welcome several people who are new to Mothers Union.

I would like to thank all members who have paid their Mothers Union subscription for this year (£15), and would ask anyone who has not yet paid to pay these as soon as possible, please.

The next evening meeting will be on Thursday, 17 February in St John's Room at 7.30 pm. Our speaker for this meeting will be Gill Corp who will be talking about the Women's Refuge.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 21 February at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be the Revd Rosie Bowers who is MU Chaplain for Salop.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo