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October 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 2nd October at 10.15 am

Once again we have been asked to run the cake stall at the Autumn Market on 15 October. Any offers of cakes and help on the day will be very welcome. It would be great to be able match, or even to beat, last year's magnificent total of £170.

Afternoon MU Group

We did not have a meeting in September, but we did have our mystery outing on 19 September, which went to Hawarden. After an excellent lunch in the tithe barn, which is now used as the church hall, we visited the church of St Deniel where we had a short service of prayers followed by a lively and entertaining talk on the history of the church. We had a short time to look round the church and some intrepid members of our party climbed the tower before our trip was completed by a scenic ride through the Welsh countryside. Thanks to Connie for organising yet another successful and enjoyable trip.

Our next meeting is on 17 October at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a speaker from the British Legion.

Ellesmere eMU's

The speaker at our September meeting was Muriel Rayner from Operation Christmas Child. We did not have a meeting in August and our next meeting will be on Thursday, 15 September at 7.30 pm in St John's Room. I am hoping to have a speaker from Operation Christmas Child, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Yours in love and fellowship.

Jo

September 2011

Corporate Communion Sunday, 4th September at 10.15 am

Afternoon MU Group

We did not have a meeting in July, but we had our summer trip, which this year was to the Flower Festival at Claverley. Although the weather forecast for the day was not particularly good, we managed to stay dry for most of our visit. I think everyone would agree that the floral arrangements in the church were stunning. I would like to thank Connie Mason for all her hard work in arranging this successful trip.

On 15 August we had a short thanksgiving service in Church at 2.00 pm. Rosemary Walker, who is a former Diocesan President gave an inspiring talk showing how the work of Mothers Union really changes life for the better for women around the world. The service was followed by afternoon tea in St John's Room, where we had a draw which raised £35 for the Relief Fund, using as prizes some of the lovely items left over from the tombola stall at our coffee morning in May. I would like to thank Iain Anderson, our church organist, for playing for us at our service, and the MU committee who provided the refreshments.

We do not have a meeting in September but we do, of course, have our mystery trip on 19 September. We will be leaving Ellesmere at 11.00 am and returning to Ellesmere at approximately 5.00 pm. The cost for this trip, which includes lunch, is £18 (with a £1 discount for members). For further details please contact Connie Mason or any MU Committee member.

Our next meeting is on 17 October at 2.00 pm at the Town Hall when we will be having a speaker from the British Legion.

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 July, we visited the Nantwich Flower Festival, where the flower arrangements were truly breathtaking. We then went for a meal together at the Combermere Arms. I hope everyone who went enjoyed the beautiful flowers, the good food and good company as much as I did.

We did not have a meeting in August and our next meeting will be on Thursday, 15th September at 7.30 pm in St. John's Room. I am hoping to have a speaker from Operation Christmas Child, but this has not been confirmed yet.

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

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

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