Mothers' Union

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.

Margaret Hughes.