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Mothers' Union Programme 2017

The Mothers' Union Programme 2017, St Mary's Church, Ellesmere, Shropshire

January 16th 2.00pm Talk 'Leap of Faith' by Jeremy Stretton.
Teas: Mrs C. Mason & Mrs S. Francis
February 9th 2.40-3.00pm

Wave of prayer 14.40-15.00 S. John's room

February 20th 2.00pm AGM followed by Heron Watch by Edward Bevan
Teas: Mrs P. Dean & Mrs J. Wadhams
March 3rd Women's World Day of Prayer
7.30pm The Convent
March 20th 2.00pm Talk 'Who was S. Chad' by The Revd Simon Airey 2.00pm
Teas: Mrs T. Ireland & Mrs T. Garvin
March 26th Mothering Sunday
April 10th 2.00pm

Talk 'Through Holy Week to Easter - the way of the cross' by The Revd John Vernon
Teas: Mrs J. Richardson & Mrs E. Lloyd

May 6th

Coffee Morning 10.00-12.00 at The Town Hall

May 15th Talk 'The last port of call' by Ann Harris
Teas: Mrs K. Meeks & Mrs J. Feeney
May 17th Deanery Festival at Welshampton at 2.30pm
June 19th Summer Outing
July 17th Talk by The Revd Linda Cox
Teas: Mrs V. Thomson & Mrs D. Leigh 
September 18th MU Outing
October 17th 2.00pm Talk by the Rev'd Philip Edge
Teas: Mrs H. Wright & Mrs J. Williams
November 20th 2.00pm  Talk 'To dream the impossible dream - my life long journey in aviation' by the Nigel Francis-McGann
Teas: Mrs M. Goulbourne & Mrs M. Williams 
December 4th Christmas Meal 

January 2017

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

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

December 5th was the final date on our Mothers' Union Calendar for 2016 with our Christmas Meal held at the Boathouse in the Brownlow Room, we had a delicious two course Christmas Meal, Grace was said by the Vicar Rev Philip Edge and was finished with the Carol, "Once in Royal Davids City". Many thanks to Connie for arranging yet another excellent party.

Members of our Mothers' Union helped by the Sunday School made and donated 50 Christingles for our special Christingle Service, attended by the Archdeacon of Salop, the Ven. Paul Thomas held at St. Mary's Church on December 18th in aid of The Childrens Society.

Our new programme for 2017 begins on January 16th at The Town Hall 2pm with a talk "Leap of Faith" by Jeremy Stretton.

I look forward to seeing you all and wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Yours with love,

Ann

November 2016

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

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

Our October Meeting held at the Town Hall, with a change to our original programme, the Rev. Philip Edge gave a very informative talk about the vestments that he wears. The historical significance of how vestments date back to Roman times and vary in styles and colours depending on different services and times of the year in the Church calendar i.e. Lent, Easter, Trinity, Christmas etc. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Joyce Feeney, teas were served by Mrs Heather Wright and Mrs Kath Meeks. Our next meeting will be on November 21st 2016 with a Talk on Prayer by the Rev. Charles Ruxton.

The Christmas meal will be on December 5th at the Boathouse contact Mrs Connie Mason for details 01948 780309

November 16th the new Bishop of Lichfield Michael lpgrave will be coming to meet members of our Mothers' Union Deanery at the Town Hall 2pm. Please do your best to come and meet the Bishop, tea and scones will be served.

Yours with love,

Ann

December 2016

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

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

On November 16th the new Bishop of Lichfield Michael Ipgrave came to the Town Hall to meet members of our Mothers' Union Deanery, i.e. —Members of Welshampton, Welsh Frankton and Ellesmere. We had afternoon tea including delicious scones, jam and clotted cream from Valerie's tea shop. It was a very informal meeting with Bishop Michael chatting to each of us to hear about Mothers' Union and what we achieve here in our deanery. Our deanery leader Mrs Rosemary Horton thanked Bishop Michael for coming to Ellesmere to meet our Branches, making this a very special afternoon and part of our 140 years celebration of Mothers' Union Movement.

Our afternoon meeting on November 21st was held at the Town Hall at 2pm. The speaker was the Rev. Charles Ruxton who led an Interesting discussion on "Prayer" and why it is so important. Encouraged by Rev. Ruxton we spoke of our many different views on prayer. What is prayer? How to pray, and what prayer meant to us. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Meg Wilkes and teas were served by Mrs Joyce Richardson and Mrs Connie Mason.

The Christmas meal will be on December 5th at the Boathouse 12.30 for 1pm. Our annual subscription for 2017 will be £22.50 payable on 1st January 2017.

I would like to thank the committee for all the hard and dedicated work they have done throughout the year, and thank all our members for their loyal support in making our Mothers' Union such a success.

We have a great programme for 2017. Anyone wishing to join would be most welcome. Just come along to a meeting or contact me.

May I wish you all a joyous and peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Yours with love,

Ann

October 2016

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

MU Secetary:
Mrs Rosemary Turner
The Old Smithy
Perthy
Ellesmere
Tel: 01691 623945

Monday 19th September was our Mystery Outing, after a very pleasant journey on a beautiful sunny September day we arrived at our destination Church Stretton, just a few yards from the Church of St. Lawrence.

After a short service by the Rector, the local historian, Mr Douglas Grounds gave a guided tour and a very interesting talk on the history of the Church. This was followed by an excellent lunch at Housmans Restaurant.

We all had a lovely day out, a 'proper' Mothers' Union Outing. Many thanks to Connie for arranging yet another memorable outing.

Our next meeting will be on October 17th at 2pm at the Town Hall, when, with a change to our programme, there will be a talk by the Rev. Phillip Edge on 'The Vestments".

Yours with love,

Ann