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June 2018

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

On Saturday May 5th our Annual Coffee Morning was held in the Town Hall with cakes, cards, plants, gifts, tombola and a raffle. We had a very successful and enjoyable morning and raised £437.91 for out charitable giving, Thank you all for your support

Tuesday May 15th The Mothers' Union Deanery Festival was held at the "Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary", Ellesmere at 2.30pm, with members from Welsh Frankton and Welshampton . The Service was led by Rev. Karen Davies with members of Mothers' Union taking part. The Theme for 2018 is "In Mary Sumner's Footsteps". The address was given by Helen Palfrey, Diocesan Trustee and Lichfield Archdeaconry Leader. Helen spoke of her recent visit to the Lichfield Link Diocese in South Africa. Our members served delicious refreshments in St, John's Room.

The summer outing will be to Erbistock St. Hilary's Church, the Boathouse and the Garden House, leaving Ellesmere at 11 .00am and returning home for 4pm.

Monday 21st May our branch meeting was held at 2pm in the Town Hall with "I do like to be beside the Seaside" by the Rev. Jane Stephenson. Jane told us of the sculptor David Nash, who lives and works in North Wales. He sculptured a huge wooden boulder from a fallen oak tree relating its journey through rivers and wooded areas, through an estuary and all along it was being moulded and having chips grazed off it. Jane likened the boulder to being like us and the way our lives are shaped and moulded by life. Jane made her talk feel very personal to all of us and we were moved by it.

Our next meeting is on 16th July. You are all welcome to come along and bring your friends

Yours with love,

Ann and Donna


April 2018

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

Our Branch meeting was held in the Town Hall at 2pm on March 19th. The speaker was Chris who gave a very inspirational talk. He showed slides and a video of the work of the Blood Bikers. The Blood Bikers are a very dedicated team who give their time delivering blood and other essential liquids like breast milk to and from hospitals in particular areas at any time, day or night. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Connie Mason. Teas and homemade cake were served by Mrs Phyllis Dean and Mrs Joan Williams.

Mothering Sunday. Our members again made 100 delightful posies which were given out with Mothering Sunday Cards at our Church Service. They were also taken for the residents of Ellesmere House.

Our next Branch meeting is on April 16th with a talk on Hope House, starting 2pm at the Town Hall.

The Mothers' Union Annual Coffee Morning is on Saturday, May 5th at the Town Hall 10am-12pm with our usual stalls of home made cakes, cards, gifts, plants and other stalls.

Please do come along and support us and bring your friends.

Yours with love,



January 2018

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

December 4th was our "Christmas Lunch" and was held at the Town Hall at 12.30pm. We were served Leek & Potato Soup, followed by a delicious turkey main meal and finished with lemon tart, raspberries and cream. The meal was followed by a Christmas Poetry Symposium organised by one of our Mothers' Union members, Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Members present all took part, each reading excerpts from Christmas Poems, starting with "Riding to Bethlehem" and concluding with the Vicar reading, three verses of "Christmas" by John Betjeman.

And is it true? And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained glass window's hue
A baby in an ox's stall?
The maker of the stars and sea
Become a child on earth for me?

And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent,
And hideous tie so kindly meant

No love that in a Family dwells
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple shaking bells
Can with this single truth compare - 
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine

We had a lovely party. I would like to thank Connie Mason for organising the meal, along with help on the day from the Committee.

A big thank you to two of our Members Mrs Jo Garvin and her daughter Tanya who supplied a Christmas Tree decorated in Mothers' Union colours for the "Methodist Tree Festival" on the Weekend of December 8th and 9th, gallantly making their way through the heavy "wonderful and magical snow".

On Saturday 16th December Mothers' Union members helped by the Sunday School made 50 Christingles for our Sunday Service.

It is a great privilege to be a member of Mothers' Union and all the work they do throughout the world. I would like to thank all of our loyal members for their support and love throughout 2017 and especially the dedicated Committee we have and all the loyal support they give to me. I would also like to thank the Vicar Reverend Philip Edge for all his support throughout the year to Mothers' Union.

In 2018 we now have a new and exciting programme, thank to Mrs Heather Wright for her hard work in organising this. Our first meeting of the year is on January 15th, 2pm at the Town Hall when the Reverend Paul Barrow and Michael Winwood will speak on the work of the Prison Fellowship "The Truth Shall Make You Free". We would be delighted for anyone who would like to join us. Have a word with me or just come along to our meetings.

I wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Yours with love,



March 2018

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

February 19th, our AGM was held 1.45pm at the Town Hall. The annual reports were read out, the Secretary's Report, the Treasurer's Report and the Branch Leader's report.
This was followed by a talk by Gill Leah who spoke about the work of the Worldwide Mothers' Union. Gill was an excellent speaker and made us realise what good work the Mothers' Union does both here and abroad, promoting family life and caring for children and so much more.

Teas and home made cakes were served by Mrs Valerie Thomson and Mrs Judith Wadhams.

Our Wave of Prayer was held on 11th February where we prayed for Ankole — Uganda, Karnataka —India, Abuju, Lagos West Nigeria, Lainys, South Sudan and Lichfield.
Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on March 11th with posies made by Mothers' Union. If you would like to help with small flowers or greenery you are very welcome to come along 10am on Saturday 10th March at Church.

Our next meeting is on Monday 19th March with a talk "The Work of the Blood Bikers", 2pm at the Town Hall.

Sadly one of our loyal members Kay Staddon has died aged 97 years, Kay will be greatly missed and remembered with love.

I would like to thank everyone for all your beautiful cards, good wishes, kindness and caring that I received during my recent illness. Hopefully I am now on the mend.

Yours with love,



Mothers' Union Programme 2018

The Mothers' Union Programme 2018, St Mary's Church, Ellesmere, Shropshire

January 15th 2.00pm

Talk: 'The Truth shall make you free' - the work of the Prison Fellowship. The Rev'd Paul Barrow and Michael Winwood.
Teas: Mrs B. O'Donnell & Mrs M.Goulbourne

February 11th 2.40-3.00pm

Wave of prayer. 9.00-9.20am S. John's Room

February 19th 2.00pm

AGM followed by 'The work of the World Wide MU'. Gill Leah
Teas: Mrs V. Thomson & Mrs J. Wadhams

March 2nd

Women's World Day of Prayer
7.30pm The Methodist Church

March 11th

Mothering Sunday

March 19th 2.00pm

Talk: 'The Work of the Blood Bikers'
Teas: Mrs P. Dean & Mrs J. Williams

April 16th 2.00pm

Talk: 'Hope House, our children and their families' Lyndsey Kilvert
Teas: Mrs C. Mason & Mrs S. Francis

May 5th

Coffee Morning 10.00-12.00 at The Town Hall

May 15th

Deanery Festival at S. Mary's Ellesmere at 2.30pm

May 21st 2.00pm

Talk: 'I do like to be beside the seaside' by The Rev'd Jane Stephenson
Teas: Mrs J. Richardson & Mrs E. Lloyd

June 18th

Summer Outing

July 16th

Talk: Details TBC
Teas: Mrs K. Meeks & Mrs D. Leigh

September 17th

MU Outing

October 15th 2.00pm

Talk: 'What God has dropped to me!' The Rev'd David Crowhurst
Teas: Mrs T. Ireland & Mrs M. Williams

November 19th 2.00pm

Talk: 'My Trip of a Lifetime' Barbara O'Donnell
Teas: Mrs J. Feeney & Mrs H. Wright

December 3rd

Christmas Meal