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March 2011

Gill Corp was the speaker at our evening meeting in February and she gave a very interesting and informative talk about the local Womens Refuge and the Refuge movement nationally. Gill provided some disturbing statistics that underlined the need for places of safety for victims of domestic violence.

The speaker at our afternoon meeting in February was the Revd Rosie Bowers who is MU Chaplain for Salop. Rosie outlined how her faith Journey led her, eventually, into ordained ministry.

I would like to remind members about the Womens World Day of Prayer service, which is at the Convent on Friday, 4 March at 7.30 pm (please contact Kath Meeks on 623155 if you need a lift), and also about the Lady Day service on 25 March at Welsh Frankton Village Hall at 2.30 pm

The next evening meeting will be on Thursday, 17 March in St Johns Room at 7.30 pm. Our speaker for this meeting will be Ben Mayho, Schools Christian Worker.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 21 March at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be Christine Howard who will be giving a talk on flower arranging.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

February 2011

The speaker at our afternoon meeting in January was John Field who gave us a talk on the history of Oswestry Christian Bookshop. It was fascinating to hear how John related this to his own personal journey of faith. John kindly brought a selection of items that are on sale at the Bookshop to show members the range of goods available.

The evening meeting this month was a social evening with drinks and nibbles, and I hope those who attended enjoyed it as much as I did. It was really encouraging to welcome several people who are new to Mothers Union.

I would like to thank all members who have paid their Mothers Union subscription for this year (£15), and would ask anyone who has not yet paid to pay these as soon as possible, please.

The next evening meeting will be on Thursday, 17 February in St John's Room at 7.30 pm. Our speaker for this meeting will be Gill Corp who will be talking about the Women's Refuge.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 21 February at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be the Revd Rosie Bowers who is MU Chaplain for Salop.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

December 2010

We did not have our regular meeting in November but the Mothers Union Diocesan Council met in Ellesmere Town Hall on 8 November. The speaker for the afternoon session was Fiona Thomas, Communications Officer, Mary Sumner House. I would like to thank everyone who, in my absence, helped this event to run smoothly.

We do not have a meeting in December, but we do have our Christmas Party on Monday, 13 December at La Belle Vie at 6.30 for 7.OOpm.

Our programme for next year will be available shortly and for the first time this will include details of evening meetings as well as afternoon meetings.

The first evening meeting of the new year will be a social evening with drinks and nibbles on 20 January in St Johns Room at 7.30 pm.

The next afternoon meeting will be on 17 January at 2.OOpm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be John Field who will be talking about the history of the Oswestry Christian Bookshop.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

January 2011

We did not have a meeting in December, but we did have our Christmas Party on Monday, 13 December at La Belle Vie. I hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did and I would like to thank Connie Mason for all her hard work as the main organiser of this very pleasant occasion.

Our programme for next year is now available and for the first time this includes details of evening meetings as well as afternoon meetings. The next afternoon meeting will be on 17 January at 2.00pm at the Town Hall when the speaker will be John Field who will be talking about the history of the Oswestry Christian Bookshop.

The first evening meeting of the New Year will be a social evening with drinks and nibbles on Thursday, 20 January in St John's Room at 7.30 pm.

Mothers' Union subscriptions for next year will be £15. As we have to collect and pay these over by February, it would be very helpful if members could bring their money to the January meeting.

With best wishes for 2011, yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

November 2010

Once again we had the task of running the cake stall at the Autumn Market. We had lots of beautiful cakes for sale and every single item was sold. This raised £171.70 for church funds (£20 more than last year.) Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this excellent result.

We do not have our regular meeting in November but the Mothers Union Diocesan Council is meeting in Ellesmere Town Hall on 8 November (not 15 November as stated in the programme). The speaker for the afternoon session, which begins at 1.45 pm, will be Fiona Thomas, Communications Officer, Mary Sumner House and all members are welcome to attend.

Tickets are now available for our Christmas Party on Monday, 13 December at the La Belle Vie. This consists of 3-course meal, with a complimentary glass of sherry for a price of £11 (with £1 discount for MU members). As always, non-members will be very welcome.

I have been trying for some time to interest younger women in Mothers’ Union and have met with some success and hope to set up a programme of evening meetings. There will be a meeting on 18 November in St John’s Room at 7.30 pm to discuss this. While this meeting is primarily aimed at younger women, all members are, of course, welcome to attend.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo