The Mothers’ Union has been active in the Parish for many years and continue to meet at St Peter’s on the 3rd Thursday afternoon of each month from September until April. Meetings start at 2pm with a short service, followed by a visiting speaker and end with tea and biscuits and a chance for a chat. New members are very warmly welcomed.
Members are very busy in the parish supporting all events in church – they make the best refreshments in the Diocese!!
If you want to see more about the Mothers Union you can visit www.mothersunion.org or you can follow Bangor Diocese Mothers' Union on Twitter and Facebook.
10 members attended the first meeting of the 2018/19 session on 20th September. The meeting began with Holy Communion, led by Rev. Jen Evans. The readers were Ann Armstrong and Joyce Price and the organist was Margaret Hughes. After the service, members retired to the Mezzanine room for the AGM. Joyce welcomed everyone, and thanked Rev. Jen for the service and Margaret(H) for the organ music. She paid tribute to a very faithful member, Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, who passed away very suddenly, recently, and a minutes silence was observed in her memory. Joyce then reported on the visits made during the Summer.
4 members attended the Flower Festival in Porthmadog; 9 members attended the 'get-together' in Llanfaelog, and the Eucharist for Mary Sumner day was attended by 21 members and friends, and conducted by Rev. Kathleen. 9 members attended Joanne's tea-party, where £300 was raised for MU charities. Joyce and Margaret(S) attended the General Meeting in Swansea. They were very impressed with the new banner, made by Alice, who was thanked by Joyce. She also thanked the officials, tea hostesses, readers and all members and friends for their continued support. She will be standing down as Vice-President for South Meirionydd in January, and would like more help to run the Machynlleth branch. She circulated pictures of the knitted and crocheted poppies in the cathedral and thanked those who contributed to the 800 sent from the Machynlleth area.
The secretary then gave a brief resume of speakers during the year, and activities undertaken. We currently have 15 members on roll. The Treasurer explained that the full balance sheet would be available in January, but gave a brief update on our funds.
Dates for the diary:-
Sun. October 7th- Harvest Festival- 11.00am. Collection towards Christian Aid Harvest Appeal.
Wed. October 10th- Provincial Meeting, Llanidloes, 10.00 am for 10.30. The Archbishop of Wales will address the meeting.
Sat. November 10th- 'Get-together' at Penrhyndeudraeth.
Wed. November 28th- Wave of Prayer service- 10.00am, St. Peter's.
TUESDAY 18th December- Annual Carol Service- 11.00 am, followed by Christmas Lunch at Riverside Hotel, Pennal.
The tea hostesses were the officials. The next meeting is on Thursday 18th October at 2.00 pm.
Eight members attended the final meeting of the 2017/2018 session on April 19th. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and the reader was Mrs. Margaret Searson.
Joyce welcomed everyone to the meeting, particularly new members Jean Ganderton and Sally Bullough. She thanked Rev. Jen Evans for conducting the Lady Day service, attended by 15 members and friends, and Mrs. Ganderton for crocheting poppies for the display in the Cathedral.
A letter from our President, Jenny Lane, was read out by the secretary, asking for volunteers to become trustees for the next triennium, beginning in January. Joyce finishes her 3 yrs as a trustee in December.
Dates for the diary:-
Thurs.10th May- Induction of Rev. Miriam Beecroft- 7.00pm
Wed 16th May- get-together at Llanfaelog
Wed 13th June- Bric-a-brac and bottle stall on market. Donations and help required please.
Wed 1st Aug.- Flower Festival
Wed 8th Aug.- Mary Sumner Day- to be celebrated at 10.00am service.
Joyce thanked everyone for their support, and the officials for all their work, and wished everyone a Happy Summer Break. The tea hostesses were Ann Armstrong and Margaret Hughes. During tea, members completed a quiz, prepared by Margaret Searson.
Our next meeting will be a service of Holy Communion, followedby the AGM on Thursday September 20th at 2.00 pm in St. Peter's.
Mothers Union - March 2018
Eight members attended the " Quiet Afternoon" on March 15th. The service was arranged and led by Mrs. Sandra Wheeler.
Mrs. Joyce Price thanked Sandra for leading us in prayer, and Mrs. Margaret Hughes for accompanying the hymns. Mrs. Jean Ganderton from Llanwrin was welcomed to the meeting. Mrs. Sally Bullough was enrolled as a member into the Machynlleth branch on Mothering Sunday by the Dean of Bangor- the Very Reverend Kathy Jones. Mrs. Price paid tribute to the late Martin Riley, and attended the funeral service in the Cathedral. His wife Beryl has already joined a M.U branch in the Bangor area.
Some of the money raised at the Pancake Coffee Morning has been sent to Bangor for the AFIA fund- a M.U organisation which funds holidays for needy families. We were pleased to hear Llanidloes has now formed a M.U branch.
Bangor Cathedral will be commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1 in November with an exhibition of 42,000 knitted poppies- one for each person in the Diocese who lost their life in that war. Patterns are available from Joyce for those who wish to make poppies.
Dates for your diary:-
11th April- Lady Day service-10.00 am
10th & 11th April- 2 day Retreat at Noddfa Spirituality Centre, led by Father Dominic McClean.
16th May- Get together at Llanfaelog
5th July-Garden Party- Eglwys-y-Groes
17th & 18th September- General Meeting- Swansea
The tea hostesses were the officials.
Our final meeting for this session will be on April 19th at 2.00 pm.
Mothers' Union - January 2018
Forty-five members and friends attended the first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 18th. Mrs. Joyce Price led the short service, and Rev. Kathleen read the lesson.
Mrs. Price thanked the members of other chapels and churches in the town for supporting M.U events. A coffee and pancake morn ing will be held on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13th.
Our project for this year is knitting woollen hats for elderly refugees. Mrs. Price has knitting patterns for those who wish to make one.
Our speaker was Rev. Kathleen, who gave an insightful, illustrated account of her recent trip to Uganda with the Good Hope Foundation. This charity was set up by Charles Owens of Anglesey, but is now run by the Bangor Diocese, who establish schools and hospitals in the area, in conjunction with local churches. M.U is very strong in the area. Kath flew to Entebbe, then embarked on a 7 hr journey to Lira, along dirt roads full of pot-holes! Locals. travel on bikes and scooters, sometimes carrying whole families or animals on one vehicle! They attended a wedding, where Emlyn, one of the group, officiated. Kath was asked to celebrate Eucharist, with 400 in the congregation. She thanked St. Peter's and the Machynlleth area for their donations which were used to buy desks, paper, pens, uniforms and footballs for the schools. When a child went to hospital, the parents had to provide the mattress, blankets and food for themselves, as the hospital could only afford to feed the child.
Mrs. Joyce Price thanked Rev. Kathleen for her wonderful talk and slide-show, and wished her well in retirement. She then asked Mrs. Ann Armstrong, our longest serving member to present a gift to Kathleen on behalf of Machynlleth M.U.
Our next meeting is on Feb. 15th at 2.00pm. Members are reminded that subscriptions are due.
Mothers' Union December 2017
On Tuesday, December 19th, we were joined by members of the Ladies' Fellowship and Corris MU at St. Peter's for our annual Carol Service, which had been prepared by Mrs. Sandra Wheeler. The service was led by Rev. Canon Kathleen, and the organist was Mrs. Margaret Hughes.
After the service, 21 members and friends proceeded to the Riverside Hotel, Pennal, for a delicious Christmas Lunch. Following Grace by the Rev. Kathleen, Enrolling Member, Mrs. Joyce Price welcomed everyone, particularly Sandra,who is recovering from an operation. Condolences were expressed to Mrs. Dorothy Edwards on the death of her husband, Lewis. Joyce then thanked Sandra for preparing the service, Rev. Kathleen for leading it, Margaret(H) for accompanying the carols, and Margaret(S) for arranging the lunch. She also wished Kathleen well in her retirement, and offered our best wishes to Rev. Roland Barnes on his move to a new ministry in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Four members attended the Advent Carol Service in Bangor Cathedral. During the service, 97-yr-old Mrs. Barbara Sowood was presented with flowers and a long service certificate for her 70yrs membership of M.U. Mrs.Sowood wrote many one- act plays containing pertinent messages for M.U, which we still perform occasionally at our meetings.
Mrs. Alice Hughes proposed the vote of thanks to the staff of the Riverside Hotel for an excellent meal, and the raffle was then drawn.
Mrs. Price wished everyone a Happy Christmas, and gave advance notice of a Coffee and Pancake morning to be held on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13th in the Mezzanine Room. Offers of help would be greatly appreciated.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, January 18th at 2.00pm in church, when Rev. Kathleen will speak about her trip to Uganda. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Mothers' Union - November 2017
Thirteen members and friends attended the meeting on Nov.16th. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and Mrs. Ann Armstrong read the lesson.
Mrs. Price thanked everyone who had donated clothes for refugees and toiletries for hospital bags. She also thanked Joanne for bringing her stall selling M.U gifts and cards, and Margaret Searson for arranging the poppies for Remembrance Sunday. Margaret was also asked to order a new M.U. notice board.
Readers are required for the " Wave of Prayer" service on Nov.29th.
There is one place available in the car going to the Advent service in Bangor on Dec. 14th. Please advise Joyce ASAP if you wish to attend.
The Rainbow Sale realised the magnificent total of £1233-25p throughout the Diocese. Many thanks to those who contributed to the Machynlleth effort.
Subs will be due at the Feb. meeting next year.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Nativity display in church on Dec. 9th has now been cancelled.
The guest speaker was Mr. Chris Gower who described his career in the Hertfordshire Police Force. His parents met in Austria while on National Service, thereafter settling in Ayr, Scotland. His father joined the Ayr Borough Police. When Chris applied to join them, he was turned down as he wore contact lenses, so he became a Tax Collector instead. Later, when contact lenses became more sophisticated, he thought about joining the Metropolitan Police, but his mother wasn't keen on the idea, so he applied to Hertfordshire Police, where his cousin was already an officer, and was accepted. He spent 12 weeks training at Eynsham Hall, now a country house hotel. As part of the training, they were taught how to present evidence in court. One of his first duties as a P.C. was to escort 20 escaped cows from the town centre of Rickmansworth back to their field!! He was also on duty at the miners' strike in Nottingham, stopping miners going from one area to another to picket. He never saw any trouble, despite newspaper reports. Following a 2-year continuation course at Ashford, he was moved to Royston, where he met Joanne. He retired after 28 years' service. He was thanked by Mrs.Joyce Price, who read an amusing poem by a local lady- Jesse Malone, about the police.
The tea hostesses were Sandra Wheeler and Ann Armstrong.
Our next meeting will be the annual Carol Service on TUESDAY December 19th at 11.00am in St. Peter's, followed by Christmas Lunch at the Riverside Hotel, Pennal. Each member attending is kindly requested to provide a raffle prize on the day.
Nine members attended the meeting on October 19th. The service was led by Mrs. Joyce Price, and Mrs. Margaret Searson read the lesson. The Diocesan President, Mrs. Jenny Lane, is now home from Australia. Joyce and Sandra attended the Provincial meeting in Llanidloes. Hats, jackets, coats, scarves and gloves are required for refugees. Please bring to next meeting. Also toiletry items for hospital bags. Carol Cooper and Ann Jones represented the Diocese at the General Meeting in Edinburgh in September. Next year it will be held at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea.
Dates for your diary:-
Sat.Nov.18th- All members day- Eglwys y Groes.
Wed. Nov.29th- Wave of Prayer- St. Peter's, 10.00am
Wed. Dec.6th - Vigil under the Clock
Thurs. Dec. 14th- Advent service at Cathedral.
Please note:- Our annual Carol Service will be held on TUESDAY 19th December, followed by Christmas Lunch at the Riverside Hotel, Pennal. Please contact Joyce or Margaret Searson ASAP regarding choices and payment if you wish to attend. Rachel is organising a Nativity display in church on Dec. 9th, and would be grateful for the loan of any Nativity items.
Our speaker was Dilys Williams, who gave a most interesting, illustrated talk on the Welsh Drovers. During the 17th century, 3000 cattle were regularly moved from Anglesey to London. This number trebled in the 18th century, with another 3000 from Mid-Wales. Welsh Black cattle are the oldest breed in Britain, and by the end of the 18th century, driving was well established, with high demand for Welsh and Irish beef in London. Pigs, geese and sheep were also moved. Cattle were shod with metal shoes, geese had their feet dipped in tar and sand, and pigs wore leather
boots. During the reign of Edward 6th and Elizabeth 1st, drovers had to be licensed and were forbidden to work on Sundays.Up to the 18th century, drovers were constantly threatened by thieves and wolves! On arrival in London, the dogs- usually corgis, were sent home alone. Drovers established the first banks. However, the Industrial Revolution, and advent of the railways put an end to droving, and the last recorded large drove was in 1870, and the last sheep drove in 1900.
Dilys was thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Margaret Searson and Mrs. Sandra Wheeler. Volunteers are still required for the brass cleaning rota. The next meeting is on November 16th at 2.00 pm.