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January 2016

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

Concluding our Mothers' Union year we held our Christmas Lunch on the 7th December at the Black Lion. We had an enjoyable meal in a very happy atmosphere. The Vicar led the prayers and carol singing. Many thanks to Connie and the Committee for organising the lunch. My thanks also to the Reverend Philip Edge for all the support and help he gives to Mothers' Union throughout the year.

December has been a busy month for Mothers' Union, Phylis Dean and Kath Meeks had knit a charming Nativity set which was displayed at Welsh Frankton Nativity Festival.

Two of our new members Tanya and Jo Garvin gave and decorated a lovely Christmas Tree entered in Ellesmere Methodist Christmas Tree Festival.

Mothers' Union members along with the Sunday School decorated 50 oranges for the Christingle Service held on December 20th in Church at which Mothers' Union presented a Noah's Ark, a Christmas present from Mothers' Union to the Sunday school. A fine Ark was made by an anonymous friend and our excellent and talented knitters, Joyce Richardson, Mavis Griffiths, Phylis Dean and Valerie Thomson, knitted delightful pairs of animals e.g. crocodile's, zebra's, monkey's, lion's, giraffe's, tortoise's, polar bears etc. etc.

Mary Goulbourne has stepped down from sending Birthday cards and I would like to thank Mary for all her much appreciated hard work.

Our 2016 programme done by Heather Wright is much varied and I am sure we will have a very enjoyable and exciting year, especially as this year Mother's Union is celebrating its 140th Anniversary. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the Month at the Town Hall 2pm. Anyone wishing to join would be most welcome, just come along. The annual subscription this year is £20.00 payable in January.

Wishing all our members a very Happy New Year.

With love,

Ann

December 2015

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

At our meeting on November 16th our guest speaker was the Reverend Helen Morby of Kinnerly, whose talk "My Journey" told of how she became ordained. It was an inspiration to anyone who may be thinking of going down the same road. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Kath Meeks who also presented the Reverend Helen with a plant.
Mrs Kath Meeks will retire at the end of this year as programme secretary, having served Mothers' Union for the last twelve and a half years organising speakers. Kath has done a wonderful job getting many varied and interested speakers but now feels she wold like to pass it over to someone else. Mrs Heather Wright will now be taking over from Kath as our programme secretary and has indeed organised this year's splendid programme. Heather presented Kath with a lovely plant and we thank Kath for the wonderful job she has done. Thank you Kath.

Our next meeting will be our lunch time Christmas meal at the Black Lion on the 7th December 12.30 for 1pm.

May I wish everyone peace and joy at Christmas and look forward to a great Mothers' Union year 2016.

Next year's subscription £20.00 will be due on the 1st of January.

With love and a happy Christmas

Ann

October 2015

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

On Monday 21st September we had our Mothers' Union outing to Lichfield. We had an excellent day out visiting the Cathedral, shops and also enjoying a delicious meal.

Many thanks to Connie for organising this trip.

Our next event will be on October 19th at Ellesmere Town Hall at 2:00pm when we will have a talk and film by Mrs. P. McLaughlin on her day to receive her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Yours with love,

Ann

November 2015

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

At the meeting on the 19th October, our guest speaker was Mrs. Pat McLaughlin MBE. Pat in her beautiful outfit that she wore to Buckingham Palace gave a most enjoyable talk and film on her day to receive the MBE. Pat received the MBE for Tourism and Work in the Community and was presented with her MBE by HRH Prince Charles. We all felt immensely proud of her. A vote of thanks was given by myself and Pat was presented with a plant. Tea with delicious cakes made and served by Mrs. Heather Wright and Mrs. Kath Meeks.

Our next meeting will be on November 16th, 2pm at the Town Hall, with a talk "My Journey" by Reverend Helen Morby.

Our Christmas Party will be held on the 7th December at The Black Lion. Contact Mrs. Connie Mason for the Menu (01948) 780309.

Yours with love,

Ann

September 2015

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

At our July meeting prayers and the hymn 'For all the Saints' were led by the Vicar the Reverend Philip Edge.

Our guest speaker was Mr Stan Parry. Stan gave a very enjoyable and interesting talk about the Saints which he has studied and also written a book "Meet The Saints". One of the Saints Stan spoke about was St. Dorothy, the patron saint of gardeners. A Vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Teas, scones and shortbread were served by Mrs Valerie Thomson and Mrs Phyllis Dean.

Our next event will be the outing to Lichfield on September 21st 2015. Lichfield is a beautiful and interesting city with its wonderful Cathedral, lots to do and see.

Tickets £10.00, contact Connie Mason for tickets and details 01948 780309.

Yours with love,

Ann