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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

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 

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

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

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