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May 2014

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

Afternoon M.U. Group

At the April meeting we were joined by our Deanery Leader, Mrs Rosemary Horton.  We welcomed our guest speaker the Rev. Karen Davies who gave a very interesting and informative talk on Adult Literacy, and the work she does teaching and helping adults to learn to read and write.  A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Heather Wright, Mrs Kath Meeks presented the Rev. Karen with a basket of flowers.  Teas were served by Mrs Pam Edwards and Mrs Susan Frances.  The next afternoon meeting is the Town Hall on May 19th at 2pm, will be a talk “Artist Married to a Farmer” by Mrs Valerie Thomson.

Ellesmere eMU's

The next evening meeting will be May 26th in St. John’s Room ‘Bible Study’ 7.30pm

Deanery Festival

The Mothers’ Union Deanery Festival will be held this year at St. Mary’s Church, Ellesmere on Wednesday 14th May at 7.30pm when we will be joined by Welsh Frankton and Welshampton Mothers’ Union Branches.

The service will  be led by the Rev. Karen Davies herself a Mothers’ Union Member.

The guest speaker will be Mrs Sue Egerton ‘Mothers’ Union Action  and Outreach’  who will speak on this year’s theme  “Growing The Future Together”

Everyone is very welcome and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.  We have a very large Church to fill !!

Refreshments will be served.

Yours with love,

Ann

April 2014

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

Afternoon M.U. Group

At the March meeting Mrs Ann Harris, Branch Leader gave an interesting and amusing talk on the “History of Ellesmere Mothers’ Union” starting in 1906.  The talk was taken from snippets from old record books that Mrs Mary Jones had given to her.  Sadly, the  Temperance Rooms, Trimpley Hall and St. Mary’s Hall have all passed into history and The Old Vicarage, where afternoon teas, garden parties and fetes were held—Sold !, but in spite of all that the Mothers’ Union is still very much alive and thriving.  Many of the old scrap books were displayed and tea and delicious dainty little cakes made by Kath, Val and Phyllis were served.  The vote of thanks and a lovely basket of flowers were given to Ann by Mrs Kath Meeks.  The next afternoon meeting in the Town Hall at 2pm will be a talk on "Adult Literacy" by the Rev. Karen Davies.

Ellesmere eMU's

The February evening meeting was held at the Vicarage, and a very informative and moving talk on Hope House was given by Mrs Anne Edge.

The next evening meeting will be in April 30th at 7.30pm in St. Johns Room with "Flower Arranging" by Mrs Ann Edwards.

Yours with love,

Ann

February 2014

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

Afternoon M.U. Group

At the start of the New Year, at our afternoon meeting, it was so encouraging to see such a good number of our members, and also to welcome several new members. Thank you all so much for supporting me in my new role as Branch Leader.

The Rev. Stephen Harrop, Vicar of Welshampton, Cockshutt and Colemere, spoke about his work as a Prison Chaplain, the Rev. Stephen gave a very interesting and fascinating insight into Prison life at a privately run men's prison in the Manchester area at which he worked for five years. William Parker gave the Vote of Thanks, letting us into a little secret of the night he spent in a Police Cell !

Teas were served by Mrs Valerie Thomson and Mrs Joyce Richardson.

The next afternoon meeting will be in the Town Hall on 17th February at 2pm, with Mrs Beryl Metcalf M.U., giving a talk on campaigning.

The next evening meeting will be on 26th February 7.30 in St. Johns Room, with a talk by Mrs Anne Edge on Hope House.

Yours with love,

Ann

March 2014

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

Afternoon M.U. Group

At the February meeting Mrs Beryl Metcalf, co-ordinator of the Mothers' Union Faith & Policy unit on "Campaigning", gave an interesting talk, mainly on women's' issues, such as domestic violence and safety on the internet for children which is difficult to control as well as being very careful and aware about what is published on Facebook. The Vote of Thanks was given by Mary Goulbourne. Teas were served by Mrs Phyllis Dean and Mrs Heather Wright. The next afternoon meeting will be in the Town Hall on March 17th when Mrs Ann Harris will show some of the group's many old scrap books. Tea and cake will be served.

At the February evening meeting Ann Harris welcomed the speaker Rosemary Craven who gave a talk on recent conflicts in the World. She opened with a reading from the Bible and a lively discussion followed.

The next evening meeting will be on March 26th starting 7.30pm in St. John's Room with a talk on counselling by Mrs Meg Wilkes. Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on March 30th at St. Mary's Church at 10.1Sam. This will be a special service taken by members of the Mothers' Union, with posies and cards given our by the Sunday School.

Yours with love,

Ann

The following photo shows Fr. Philip commissioning Ann Harris as Mothers' Union Ellesmere Branch Leader, supported by Connie Mason, on 19th January, 2014.

Fr. Philip commissioning Ann Harris as Mothers' Union Ellesmere Branch Leader

January 2014

A message from our new Branch Leader, Ann Harris

I, Ann Harris have been elected as the new Branch Leader of Mothers' Union, Ellesmere and will take up my position as from January 2014.

I will be commissioned at the Family Service on January 19th at St. Mary's by the Vicar Rev. Philip Edge and would really appreciate members to come and support me on this occasion.

It will be a hard task to follow all the hard work of our late branch leader, Jo and the splendid job she did as Leader, but with your support and the excellent committee that we have, I will do my best.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Ann

Kath Meeks

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party at the Black Lion. We had an enjoyable meal, rounded off by singing a few Christmas Carols. It was nice to see members and friends who support our events. We hope you enjoyed it, and thanks were given to Connie Mason by Ann for organising this event. We would like to thank all who helped make Christingles, its good to have the help of St. Mary's Club.

The subscriptions for next year will be £19 and it would be helpful if this could be paid at the January meeting, as we have to pay all subscriptions over to the diocese before the end of February. The next afternoon meeting will be on January 20th at 2.00pm at the Town Hall, when the speaker will be the Rev. Stephen Harrop on his time as a Prison Chaplain.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year

Yours in fellowship,

Kath Meeks