Report of the Milnthorpe-with-Heversham Mother’s Union 2016

The 2016 programme started with our AGM. Reports were given by

  • Marion Douthwaite, Treasurer
  • Kath Singleton, Secretary and
  • Eryl Ricketts, Branch Leader.

Eryl Ricketts, Marion Douthwaite and Kath Singleton remained as Leader, Treasurer and Secretary respectively.  The Committee stayed the same.

The theme for this year was A celebration of Faith. 2016 was a very special year for the MU as we celebrated 140 years of faithful service to families and communities. Also the faithful witness of all its members.

In February we welcomed Judy Rigg who talked to us about the second chances she had been given in life and how God had led her through the years. She told us about her early years and how our faith is all about second chances.

Dr Ian Schofield a GP from Leicester ( his mother Jean is one of our MU members) came to our March meeting with some very interesting GP tales and medical myths.  He certainly dispelled lots of myths that our parents told us about and there was a very good question and answer session later.

In April the Revd Canon Carol Marsden returned with more stories of life told with her brilliant sense of humour and dry wit. She spoke of her childhood in Lancashire and also read some poems. A very funny lady!!

We did not have any speakers for our May meeting – instead, having a business meeting.

Summer and the month of June was when 19 of our members enjoyed a visit to the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal. Quakerism was very strong in the town and much of Kendal’s industry was founded by the Quakers. The Tapestry is very beautiful and consists of 77 embroidered panels telling many stories about the history and life of the Quakers.

The closing service in July was held at St. Peter’s.  It was a lovely service led by Revd Sue Wilson. This was followed by afternoon tea.

In September we welcomed Angela Speak to talk to us about Springfield. This is a safe house for single women affected by domestic violence and abuse. She gave us a very insightful talk and our members had lots of questions to ask her.

John and Joan Thorley spoke to us in October about Open the Book. Teams of volunteers throughout the country use drama, mime, props and costumes to bring the Bible to life for every child in Primary School. John and Joan are our local volunteers and brought along costumes and gave a slide show.

November was our social meeting and we all enjoyed a quiz. The winning team each won a Christmas pudding!  Mary Holmes also sang an amusing ditty about getting old, and members joined in the singing.

For our Christmas meeting in December, we were entertained with music by the trio Tom, Dick and Harry. They played and sang some real oldies. Songs by Gershwin, Al Jolson and Danny Kaye and of course we had a singalong too. We then enjoyed tea, mince pies and stollen.

We had a change this year and had our Christmas lunch at the Grange Hotel. It was a lovely lunch and enjoyed by everyone.

Other activities during the year include two successful coffee mornings with lots of baking going on. In March, members supported the Lady Day Service at Crosscrake Church and also attended Carlisle Cathedral to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the Mothers’ Union.

Our membership now stands at 32, with about 20–22 regularly attending meetings. We still have an excellent card stall. Once again we have had a great year!

Kath Singleton,
MU Secretary.