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February 2015

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

At our January meeting the speaker was one of our own members Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Mavis, looking splendid in her colourful Indian Jacket, gave a wonderful and amusing talk on her holiday in India, illustrated by her fascinating film slides. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mary Goulboume and teas were served by Mrs Val Thomson and Mrs Heather Wright.

Our next meeting is February 16th, 2pm at the Town Hall. The meeting will start with a short A.G.M. followed by a talk on Mothers' Union "Theme for the Year" by our Deanery Leader Mrs Rosemary Horton.

Mothers' Union has a varied, interesting programme and great outings, anyone who would like to join would be most welcome.

Yours with love,

Ann Harris

January 2015

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

December 8th was our Christmas Party, held once again at the Black Lion Hotel. We had a lovely Christmas meal together and sang Carols.

The final evening Mothers' Union meeting was held on November 26th in St. John's room. We enjoyed a delightful film on "Home around the World". Mothers' Union is making "home" for people by supporting families and communities in more then 78 countries. Sadly this evening meetings was to be our last for the time being due to members other commitments.

We have had a very eventful year, with a full and varied programme thanks to Mrs Kath Meeks. We have had a new treasurer, Mrs Joyce Richardson. Four new members were enrolled by our Diocesan President and two new members were welcomed from other Mothers' Union Branches. We had two very enjoyable "outings" thanks to Mrs Connie Mason and finally our youngest member Tanya had a beautiful baby boy, Matthew. Congratulations Tanya.

I would like to thank all our members and friends, and especially the Vicar the Rev. Philip Edge for all the help and support given to Mothers' Union.

This year we have another interesting programme beginning with a 'Talk and Film on India" by Mrs Mavis Griffiths at the Town Hall, January 19th at 2pm. Could I remind members the subscriptions £19.50 are now due.

Thank you to everyone and a very Happy New Year.

Yours with love,

Ann Harris

November 2014

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

October 18th at the Autumn Fayre, Mothers' Union once again had a fantastic cake stall, manned by Kath and Phyllis, raising £102.50 for Church Funds. Well done, many thanks also to all our other Mothers' Union members who helped in making the Church Autumn fayre a success.

Afternoon Mothers' Union Group

October 20th we had another very interesting talk by Mr Rodney Upton on "The update of the Church Bells". Rodney showed a film of the bells being taken out of the Bell Tower manually by block and tackle hoists, the first time since 1799, restored, retuned and being returned to Church, an amazing project. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mavis Griffiths. Teas were served by Mrs Pam Edwards and Mrs Kath Meeks.

The next Mothers' Union meeting will be at the Town Hall, November 17th at 2:00pm, when our speaker will be Mrs Christine Howard with "Flower Arrangements on a Christmas Theme". December 8th will be our Christmas party held at the Black Lion 6:30pm for 7:00pm. For details please contact Mrs Connie Mason on 01948 780309.

Evening Mothers' Union Group (eMUs)

Unfortunately our October meeting had to be cancelled, but the next evening meeting will be on November 26th at 7.30pm in St. John's Room with a Mothers' Union film on Homes.

Yours with love,

Ann Harris

December 2014

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

On November 17th we had a lovely relaxing afternoon. Mrs Christine Howard did "Flower Arranging with a Christmas Theme". Christine did some beautiful arrangements, with roses, carnations, lilies and other beautiful flowers which were raffled off afterwards to the members. Teas were served by Mrs Connie Mason and Mrs Susan Francis. Our next event will be the Christmas Party held at the Black Lion on December 8th 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The Children's Society Christingle Service will be held in Church on Sunday morning of December 21st at 10.15am, with Christingles made by our Mothers' Union Members. The difference that Christingle makes to the lives of children in poverty is amazing. Everyone is very welcome, please do come. The next Mothers' Union meeting will be held at the Town Hall on January 19th with a talk and film on "India" by Mrs Mavis Griffiths.

Next Year's Programmes are now available and the subscriptions for the year, due in January, will be £19.50

Yours with love,

Ann Harris

October 2014

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

Afternoon Mothers' Union Group

September 15th was our Mystery Outing. A full coach of members and friends set out from Ellesmere at 11am and arrived at the delightful town of Eccleshall in Staffordshire at 12 pm. On arriving at Holy Trinity Church we had a short service of Mothers' Union afternoon prayers led by our own vicar The Rev. Philip Edge, followed by a lovely lunch in the Church Hall prepared by ladies from the Church. After lunch we had a most interesting guide and talk on the history of Holy Trinity Church, which dates from 1195. Thank you to Mrs Connie Mason for arranging such a memorable outing. The next Mothers' Union afternoon meeting will be on October 20th in the Town Hall at 2pm with a talk by Mr Rodney Upton "The Update of the Church Bells".

Evening Mothers' Union Group (eMUs)

On September 24th we had a fascinating talk by Mrs Estelle Parker about a family from our church who lived 600 years ago. A girl getting married and giving birth to a Son and all the perils and dangers of Childbirth and the hardships of living such a long time ago in Ellesmere. The family came to St. mary's, the son was a clever little boy who learned not only to read but to write. When he eventually died he was buried in the floor of St. Anne's Chapel, where his tombstone remains today.

The next evening meeting is on October 22nd at 7.30pm in St. John's Room with a Mothers' Union film on Homes.

Yours with love,

Ann Harris