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May 2016

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

Our April meeting was held on the 18th April at the Town Hall. At the meeting a talk "Buckets of Love" was given by Anne and Mike Bowley who organise the Mothers' Union Project A.F.l.A. (Away from it all). A.F.I.A. helps and provides holidays for families, mainly with young children, who otherwise would not be able to afford a holiday. Anne and Mike read out lots of Thank You letters along with very happy photos from this much needed break away from it all.

This year our Ellesmere Branch has donated £100 to this very worthwhile cause. Mrs Kath Meeks gave the vote of thanks. Teas and homemade cakes were served by Mrs Joyce Richardson and Mrs Connie Mason.

On 17th May the Mothers' Union Deanery Festival will be held at St. Andrews Church, Welsh Frankton with a special Celebration Service to mark 140 years of the Mothers' Union movement. Ellesmere Mothers' Union has 6 new members to be enrolled by the Diocesan President, Mrs Sue Egerton. The service will be held at 2.30pm followed by afternoon tea in the Village Hall.

Our special 140 years Celebration event will be the Mothers' Union Coffee Morning, on Saturday 11 June at the Town Hall 10am - 12 noon, please come along to support us.

The Mothers' Union summer outing to Aberystwyth will be on June 20th, details from Mrs Connie Mason 01948 780309.

Our next meeting will be on May 16th, 2pm at the Town Hall with a talk "More About the Saints" by Stan Parry

With love,

Ann

April 2016

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

Our March meeting was held on 21st March 2pm at the Town Hall.

The meeting was taken by Mrs Rosemary Horton, our Deanery Leader. A very enlightening talk, "Does Faith have a place in our Schools in the 21st Century", was given by Ben Mayho, Schools Christian Worker. Mrs Margaret Williams thanked Ben and Mrs Heather Wright thanked Rosemary and gave her a plant.

Teas were served by Mrs Heather Wright and Mrs Phylis Dean.

Our next meeting is on April 18th at 2pm in the Town Hall with a talk "Buckets of Love" by AFIA (Away From It All).

With love,

Ann

February 2016

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

January 18th was the start of our new programme, with a talk and slides by Bill and Lynn Morris "The Kenyan Schools Project", helping children in Kenya with their education.
Bill and Lynn have raised thousands of pounds for this project, providing desks, school equipment, classrooms, toilets, clean water etc., and which now includes 11 schools and 2 orphanages. A tremendous achievement. I feel very proud of them. Teas were served by Mrs Valerie Thomson and Mrs Susan Francis.

As from February Mrs Valerie Thomson wishes to step down from her post at Mothers' Union Secretary and writer of our Intercessions. I would like to thank Valerie for all her excellent and dedicated hard work over many years as our secretary. She was much appreciated.
Mrs Mavis Griffiths is starting a Mothers' Union Bible Class at her house 14a High Street, once a fortnight Friday mornings, lOam - 11 am, February 5th onwards. All members are very welcome, please just go along.

Our next meeting is on February 15th, 2pm at the Town Hall and will be a short AGM followed by a talk on "Our Rwanda Link" by Ann Harris, as a tribute to the late Mary Jones who started our "link" to Mothers' Union members in Rwanda at a very difficult time for them in the 1970s.

Women's World Day of Prayer, March 4th, is to be held at St. Mary's Church, Ellesmere 7.30pm.

Mothering Sunday is on 6th March with Posies and Mothering Sunday cards for all provided by Mothers' Union.

With love,

Ann

March 2016

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

The AGM was held prior to our February meeting at 2pm, where reports by the Secretary, Mrs Valerie Thomson, the Treasurer, Mrs Joyce Richardson and the Branch Leader, Mrs Ann Harris were read out.

From February 2016 Mrs Valerie Thomson has stepped down as Secretary so we now need to fill the post that Valerie has done so excellently for a number of years.

One of our members Mrs Mary Goulbourne has also stepped down from the Committee after many years, Thank you Valerie and Mary for all your hard work. If any members feel that they would like to join the Committee, or to be Secretary please contact me.

Following the AGM a talk "Our Rwanda Link" was given by Ann Harris as a tribute to the late Mothers' Union member, Mary Jones. The Committee dressed in bright coloured material that had come from Rwanda and one member wore a wedding dress. I talked of how from our Mothers' Union branch here in Ellesmere we came to have a Mothers' Union "Link" in Rwanda in Kigali the capital and Kilamaruzi from 1977 until the late 1990's. It all came about when Mary Jones' daughter married John who's grandparents and parents were missionaries in Rwanda. Johns mother was a member of Mothers' Union in Kigali and Kilamaruzi and so Mary started to correspond with their Mother's Union members.

Mostly the letters had to be translated in London, but over the years we had a wonderful insight into how life was in Rwanda.

We used to knit, sew, have rummage sales and send parcels of baby clothes, sewing materials etc, all collected and packed in St. Mary's Hall, we even sent Wedding Dresses which the girls used to like to get married in. In return they sent little gifts of basket ware that they had made. I was thanked by Mrs Heather Wright and presented with a lovely plant. Teas were served by Mrs Mary Goulbourne and Mrs Connie Mason.

On Saturday morning 5th March at l0am Mothers' Union will be making posies in Church ready for Mothering Sunday. The posies will be given out along with Mothering Cards by the children at the 10.15am Church service. Any members who would like to come and help or give a donation of flowers would be very welcome.

Our next meeting is a talk by Schools Christian Worker, Ben Mayho "Does Faith have a place in our Schools in the 21st Century"

With love,

Ann

St. Mary's Hall 1987 - Packing goods for "Link" Branches in RwandaAbove: St. Mary's Hall 1987 - Packing goods for "Link" Branches in Rwanda.

Mothers' Union Programme 2016

The Mothers' Union Programme 2016, St Mary's Church, Ellesmere, Shropshire

January 18th 2.00pm Talk on the Kenyan Schools Project by Bill & Lyn Morris.
Teas: Mrs V. Thomson & Mrs S. Francis 
February 15th 2.00pm

AGM followed by a tribute to Mary Jones 'Our Rwanda link' by Ann Harris
Teas: Mrs M. Goulbourne & Mrs H. Grimes

March 4th Women's World Day of Prayer 7.30pm S. Mary's Church, Ellesmere

March 6th Mothering Sunday
March 21st 2.00pm Talk 'Does faith have a place in our schools in the 21' Century' by Ben Mayo
Teas: Mrs H. Wright & Mrs P. Dean
April 18th 2.00pm Talk 'Buckets of love' by AFIA
Teas: Mrs J. Richardson & Mrs C. Mason 
May 16th 2.00pm Talk 'More about the Saints' by Stan Parry
Teas: Mrs K. Meeks & Mrs P. Edwards
May 17th Deanery Festival at Welsh Frankton
 
June 20th Summer Outing
 
July 18th 2.00pm Talk 'Team Albania' by Emily Digby
Teas: Mrs T. Ireland & Mrs M. Goulbourne 
August 9th Celebration Service at Lichfield Cathedral
140 years of Mothers' Union 
September 19th MU Outing
 
October 17th 2.00pm Talk 'Who was S.Chad' by the Rev'd Simon Airey
Teas: Mrs K. Meeks & Mrs H. Wright
November 21st 2.00pm Talk on Prayer by the Rev'd Charles Ruxton
Teas: Mrs C. Mason & Mrs V. Thomson 
December 5th Christmas Meal