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July 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 3rd July at 10.15 am

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the June meeting was Estelle Parker, who gave a talk on Abednego Mathew, whose plaque is in St John's Room.

Estelle's talk was full of fascinating detail about the family history and life in the 18th and early 19th century.

We do not have a meeting in July, but we do, of course, have our summer trip on Monday, 18 July to the annual Flower Festival at Claverley. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 10.00 am and will leave Claverley at approximately 4.00 pm to arrive back in Ellesmere round about 5.30 pm. The cost for this trip, which includes the entrance fee to the Flower Festival, is £13 (with a £1 discount for MU members).

On Monday, 15 August we will be having a service in Church at 2.00pm. This will be followed by afternoon tea in St Johns Room, when we will be having a draw to raise money for Branch funds. We had some lovely items donated for the tombola stall at the coffee morning and not all of these were won, so we will using some of these as prizes.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

Instead of a meeting in June, there was a summer evening walk followed by a drink in the Red Lion. Though we were few in number it was nice to get together in this informal way.

The meeting date in July has also been brought forward by one week to 14 July so that we can visit the Nantwich Flower Festival. The plan is to leave Ellesmere at about 6.00 pm, visit the Flower Festival and then go out for a meal together. I will be contacting members in the near future about arrangements for this.

It has been agreed that we will not be having a meeting in August.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

June 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 5 June at 10.15 am

Our coffee morning on 7 May raised over £350 for Mothers Union funds. I'd like to thank all those who donated cakes, plants, or tombola and raffle prizes. Thanks, too, to those who helped on the day and also to everyone who supported us by coming along and contributing to the lively, friendly atmosphere.

The Deanery Festival at Criftins church on 18 May was well attended and I'm sure all those who were there would agree that it was a lovely service.

Afternoon MU Group

The speaker at the May meeting was Revd David Crowhurst who gave us a talk about his life and call to ministry. As always, David, was an entertaining and inspiring speaker.

Our summer trip this year is on Monday, 18 July to the annual Flower Festival at Claverley. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 10.00 am and will leave Claverley at approximately 4.00 pm to arrive back in Ellesmere round about 5.30 pm. The cost for this trip), which includes the entrance fee to the Flower Festival, is £13 (with a £1 discount for MU members).

The next meeting will be on Monday, 20 June in the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when our speaker will be Estelle Parker, who will be giving a talk on Abednego Mathew.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

The evening meeting in May began with a short Admission Service for new members and it was nice to have several members from the afternoon group Join US for this and for Estelle Parker's talk on the history of St Mary's, Ellesmere, which was full of fascinating detail. Estelle has such a truly impressive knowledge of the history of the church and the prominent local families, that she was unable to complete her talk in the time available, so we look forward to her coming back to give us part two.

Instead of a meeting in June, a summer evening walk is planned.We will meet as usual at 7.30 pm in St John's Room.

It has also been agreed that in July we will bring the meeting dateforward by one week to 14 July so that we can visit the Nantwich Flower Festival. The plan is to leave Ellesmere at about 6.00 pm, visit the Flower Festival and then go out for a meal together.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

April 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 3 April at 10.15 am

At our afternoon meeting in March, Christine Howard gave a talk and demonstration on flower arranging. Christine's talk was full of useful ideas and tips and the beautiful arrangements she created for us were raffled off to members. This raised £9.50 which will go to the "Make a Mother’s Day" project.

Several members attended the Women's World bay of Prayer service is at the Convent on 4 March. I'm sure those who attended would agree that this was an enjoyable service.

The Town Hall has been booked for a Coffee Morning on 7 May from 10.30 am. Entrance is £1 and we hope to have a cake stall, a plant stall and a tombola, as well as a draw. Any contributions or offers of help would be very welcome, but, most important of all, please come and bring your friends.

The next afternoon meeting will be on Monday, 18 April at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when the speaker will be Fran Butler who will be giving us a talk on Guiding.

For details of evening MU meetings please see "Ellesmere eMUs" below.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

Ellesmere eMU's

At our meeting in March, Ben Mayho, the Schools Christian Worker gave us a very informative talk about his journey to faith and about the work his is doing in local schools at both primary and secondary levels. It was very heartening to hear about this important work.

Several members attended the Women’s World bay of Prayer service is at the Convent on 4 March. I'm sure those who attended would agree that this was an enjoyable service.

The Town Hall has been booked for a Coffee Morning on 7 May from 10.30 am. Entrance is £1 and we hope to have a cake stall, a plant stall and a tombola, as well as a draw. Any contributions or offers of help would be very welcome, as would ideas for additional stalls, but, most important of all, please come and bring your friends.

The next evening meeting will be on the second Monday of the month, 14 April, in St John’s Room at 7.30 pm. We do not have a speaker for this meeting, but Rose will be facilitating a fun evening investigating the work of MU around the world.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

May 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 1st May at 10.15 am

Fran Butler was the speaker at the afternoon MU meeting and gave us a talk about Guiding. In addition to learning a lot about the modern Guide movement, members were invited to contribute their memories of Brownies, Guides and Rangers in the past.

Those of us who were able to go to the Lady Day service at Welsh Frankton would agree that it was, as usual, a lovely service, followed by an equally lovely afternoon tea.

About 130 posies were made for Mothering Sunday. This was only possible through the generosity of people contributing flowers and greenery and the help given by members from both the day and evening MU (together with some St Mary's Club members).

The Deanery Festival this year will be at Criftins church on 18 May at 7.30 pm. This is always an enjoyable occasion and I would encourage everyone to attend if at all possible

Please remember to come and bring your friends to our Coffee Morning at the Town Hall on 7 May from 10.30 am - Entrance £1.

The next meeting will be on Monday, 16 May at the Town Hall at 2.00 pm when Revd David Crowhurst will be giving a talk.

Yours in love and fellowship,

Jo

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