Mothers' Union - Feb 2016

The monthly meeting on Feb. 18th was attended by eleven members. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and the reader was Mrs. Ann Humphries.  2016 is an important year for M.U. in the Bangor Diocese and nationally. We are celebrating 125 years of M.U. in the Bangor Diocese with a service in the Cathedral on April 5th. The following week, on the 13th April we are celebrating 140 years of  M.U. in Wales with a service at Brecon Cathedral. Anyone wishing to attend these services is asked to contact Joyce ASAP. Also, at our meeting on April 21st, we are having a " Bring and Share" tea to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. If anyone has any photographs, newspaper cuttings, or memorabilia of Her Majesty the Queen, especially when she was young, the M.U. would be grateful if they could borrow them to decorate the window in the Parish Office.

We are buying a kneeler to celebrate the M.U. festivities, and would like to buy another to celebrate the Queen's birthday when funds are available. If anyone would like to contribute to the cost of the latter please contact Joyce or Margaret Searson.

The Guest Speaker was Heather Taylor, a former Guide Leader in Machynlleth, who gave a brief history of  the Guide Movement, both nationally and in Machynlleth. In 1909, girls gate-crashed a Scouts' Rally at Crystal Palace, and begged Baden-Powell to do something similar for girls. In 1918, his wife Olive became the first Chief Guide. Machynlleth Guides began in 1919, and the Scouts and Guides worked hard to raise money to buy their own premises. Heather showed us photos and newspaper cuttings of various events attended by Machynlleth Guides. In 1993, the Welsh Guiding Association bought Broneirion in Llandinam as their national HQ. Older girls can elect to go on International Service, e.g the "Book Bus" which promotes literacy in countries such as Zambia.

Heather was thanked by Mrs. Marilyn Jones, , also a former Machynlleth Guide Leader. The tea hostess was Mrs. Ann Humphries. Our next meeting will be the " Quiet Afternoon" on March 17th.

Margaret Hughes.