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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

January 2011

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party on Monday, 13 December at La Belle Vie. 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.

Our programme for next year is now available and for the first time this includes details of evening meetings as well as afternoon meetings. The next afternoon meeting will be on 17 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be John Field who will be talking about the history of the Oswestry Christian Bookshop.

The first evening meeting of the New Year will be a social evening with drinks and nibbles on Thursday, 20 January in St John's Room at 7.30 pm.

Mothers' Union subscriptions for next year will be £15. As we have to collect and pay these over by February, it would be very helpful if members could bring their money to the January meeting.

With best wishes for 2011, yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

December 2010

We did not have our regular meeting in November but the Mothers Union Diocesan Council met in Ellesmere Town Hall on 8 November. The speaker for the afternoon session was Fiona Thomas, Communications Officer, Mary Sumner House. I would like to thank everyone who, in my absence, helped this event to run smoothly.

We do not have a meeting in December, but we do have our Christmas Party on Monday, 13 December at La Belle Vie at 6.30 for 7.OOpm.

Our programme for next year will be available shortly and for the first time this will include details of evening meetings as well as afternoon meetings.

The first evening meeting of the new year will be a social evening with drinks and nibbles on 20 January in St Johns Room at 7.30 pm.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 17 January at 2.OOpm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be John Field who will be talking about the history of the Oswestry Christian Bookshop.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

November 2010

Once again we had the task of running the cake stall at the Autumn Market. We had lots of beautiful cakes for sale and every single item was sold. This raised £171.70 for church funds (£20 more than last year.) Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this excellent result.

We do not have our regular meeting in November but the Mothers Union Diocesan Council is meeting in Ellesmere Town Hall on 8 November (not 15 November as stated in the programme). The speaker for the afternoon session, which begins at 1.45 pm, will be Fiona Thomas, Communications Officer, Mary Sumner House and all members are welcome to attend.

Tickets are now available for our Christmas Party on Monday, 13 December at the La Belle Vie. This consists of 3-course meal, with a complimentary glass of sherry for a price of £11 (with £1 discount for MU members). As always, non-members will be very welcome.

I have been trying for some time to interest younger women in Mothers’ Union and have met with some success and hope to set up a programme of evening meetings. There will be a meeting on 18 November in St John’s Room at 7.30 pm to discuss this. While this meeting is primarily aimed at younger women, all members are, of course, welcome to attend.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

October 2010

We did not have a meeting in September, but we did have our mystery outing on 20 September. After an excellent lunch, we visited the church of St Michael in Stone where we had a short service of prayers followed by a talk on the history of the church. We had time to look round the church (and some intrepid members of our party climbed the tower) before our visit was rounded off nicely by tea and biscuits provided by the local MU. Thanks to Connie for organising yet another successful and enjoyable trip.

Once again we have been asked to run the cake stall at the Autumn Market on 16 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 £150.

Our next meeting is on 18 October at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when our speaker will be the Vicar.

 
Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

September 2010

The speaker at our July meeting was Mrs Bette Rich, who gave an interesting talk on the Mothers' Union theme for the year "Relationships not rules".

In August, instead of our monthly meeting we had a service in church at which our Deanery Leader, Rosemary Horton, gave an inspiring and moving 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. I hope everyone enjoyed this occasion as much as I did.

We do not have a meeting in September but we do, of course, have our mystery trip on 20th September. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 10.30am and returning to Ellesmere at approximately 5.00pm. The cost for this trip, which includes a 2 course lunch, is £18 (with £1 discount for members). This does not include tea or coffee, which is £1.50 extra. For further details, please contact Connie Mason or any MU Committee member.

Our next meeting is on 18th October at 2.00pm at the Town Hall when our speaker will be the Vicar.

 
Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

July 2010

We did not have a meeting in May, but we did, of course, have our mystery outing on 21 June. Our destination was Birmingham and we were once again blessed with wonderful weather. Members and friends were able to explore the city centre with it's shops, museums, cathedral and canals. Thre were, of course, plenty of places to eat and drink and I hope that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable day,

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 19 July at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when our speaker is Mrs Bette Rich, who is a Mothers' Union speaker.

As there will be no Parish magazine next month, I would like to remind members that on 16 August, instead of a meeting, we will be having a service in church at 2.00 pm followed by afternoon tea.

 
Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

June 2010

Corporate Communion Sunday 6th June at 10.15 am

At our May meeting we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea withmusic at our Palm Court Surprise. I would like to record special thanks to Ann Harris whose idea this was, and who worked so hard to make it a success end also to Malcolm Powell who gave his time so generously to provide the music for this occasion. Thanks, too, to those who made the sandwiches end cakes and to all the committee for their various contributions to this lovely afternoon's entertainment.

Several members attended the Deanery Festival this year at Cockshutt church on 19 May. As always, this was a lovely service.

We do not have a service in June, but we do, of course, have our mystery trip on 21 June - This costs £10, and leaves Ellesmere at 9.30 am, arriving back in Ellesmere at approximately 6.00 p.m. Please contact Connie Mason or any committee member if you wish to go.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 19 July at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when our speaker is Mrs Bette Rich, who is Mothers Union speaker.

 
Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

May 2010

Corporate Communion: Sunday 2nd May 2010 at 10.15 am

The speaker at our April meeting was Rachel Wilbry who gave a talk, illustrated by slides, about the work of Self Help Africa.  As its name implies, this is a charity which helps poor people in Africa become self-sufficient.  Its work includes constructing wells and pumps to deliver clean, safe water, helping to improve agriculture and providing education about HIV/AIDS.
 
The Deanery Festival this year will be at Cockshutt church on 19 May at 7.30 pm.  This is always a lovely service and I would
encourage everyone to attend if at all possible.
 
Our day outing this year on 21 June is to be a mystery trip, costing £10, leaving Ellesmere at 9.30 am and arriving back in Ellesmere at approximately 6.00 pm. Please contact Connie
Mason or any committee member if you wish to go.
 
Our next meeting will be on Monday, 17 May at the Town Hall at 2.00pm when we will be having our Palm Court Surprise
afternoon.
 
Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

April 2010

Corporate Communion: Sunday 4th April,at 10.15 am

At our March meeting Mr and Mrs Edgerton gave us a fascinating insight into Ellesmere in years gone by. Aided by a wonderful selection of slides and postcards we were transported into the history of the local area.

Thank you to everyone who contributed flowers and greenery and helped to make posies for Mothering Sunday.  In spite of this year’s late Spring and consequent lack of flowers, we were still able to make over 100 posies for distribution in church. I am sure that those of you who were in church that day will agree that they looked beautiful.

The Town Hall has been booked for a Coffee Morning on 24 April 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.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 12 April at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when we will be have a talk and slides by Rachel Wilbry from Self Help Africa.

Annual Report for 2009

Branch meetings were well supported throughout 2009 with good attendances and we have enjoyed an interesting and varied programme of speakers.

We ran 2 very successful outings.  Our day trip, in June, was to Buxton. We were once again blessed with wonderful weather, and after a trip through beautiful countryside we were free to explore the town and enjoy the parks and gardens. For our mystery outing this year we visited Ruthin. After an excellent lunch, we visited the church where we had a short service of prayers followed by a talk on the history of the church.  We had time to look round the church before our visit was rounded off nicely by tea and biscuits provided by the local MU.  After a scenic ride home through the Horseshoe Pass, we arrived back in Ellesmere at about 5.30 pm.

Read more: Annual Report for 2009