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!!
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General Meeting - Nottingham 26th June 2015
The Mothers Union General Meeting was held on Friday 26th June in Nottingham. Members from Machynlleth MU joined the Bangor Diocese and St Asaph Diocese in Nottingham for the meeting.
Diocesan President Mrs Carol Cooper with MU member from Uganda
MU members from both the Bangor and St Asaph diocese
On May 27th a very successful " Rainbow Sale " and Coffee Morning was held in the Parish Office in aid of Diocesan Funds. The Diocesan President, Mrs. Carol Cooper attended , and said she enjoyed visiting Machynlleth M.U as she always receives a very warm welcome. The sum of £236 was raised and thanks are due to Margaret Searson and Joyce for the window display, and all who helped on the day, and with the preparations beforehand.
On June 18th, sixteen members and friends travelled to Llanycil, near Bala, to the newly opened Mary Jones Visitor Centre. The weather was kind to us, and on arrival, we enjoyed a picnic outside. At 2.00 pm, we were welcomed by the curator, and given a video presentation on the work and history of the centre.We then proceeded to the renovated church ( now the Visitor Centre) pausing at the tomb of Thomas Charles en route. Inside the centre, many features of the original church have been retained, e.g the beautiful stained glass windows, altar, pulpit. and organ, providing an impressive backdrop to the interesting and informative exhibition of the Mary Jones story. The renovations were paid for by Bible Societies throughout the world and generous individual donations.
After light refreshments in the cafe, we headed homewards. Mrs. Beth Bastock ,on behalf of all present, gave a vote of thanks to Joyce for arranging a most enjoyable outing, and to Ken for driving the minibus.
The Bangor MU held their Rainbow Sale at the Cathedral on 19th June and raised £880.25. Add to this, the good effort from both Corris and Machynlleth Branches, amounting to £236 with a grand total £1116.25. Well done everyone,
Diolch yn fawr.
Thirteen members attended the final meeting of the 2014/15 session at the Parish Office on the 21st of May. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and the reader was Mrs. Gwenda Price. Members were thanked for their help on the Fun Day.
The Diocesan President and Officials from Bangor visited on the 14th May for a "Get -to- gether ". The Wedding Display window was much appreciated, and the cake was cut by the Rev. Canon Kathleen and Mrs. Carol Cooper ( Diocesan President). Alice and Margaret Searson were thanked for their help towards the day and Joanne and Margaret Hughes for taking part in the service. The Rev. Kathleen was congratulated on her visit to Buckingham Palace and Mrs. Ann Armstrong was congratulated on her 80th birthday. We had a special tea in her honour. She has been a M.U. member for 59 years
Our Link Branches are now :- Aberdyfi / Tywyn , Upper Severn, and Corris. Joyce, Margaret and Joanne, along with other members from Bangor will be representing us at the General Meeting in Nottingham in June.
Dates for your diaries:-
July 22nd- Flower Festival- Porthmadoc,
August 12th - Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary- St. Peter's Church- 10.00am
Sept. 12th- Marriage Service and Wedding Exhibition in Llandudno.
The combined outing with Upper Severn Branch to the newly opened Mary Jones Visitor Centre is now on JUNE 11th, leaving Machynlleth at 12.45pm. Admission is £3. The 140th Anniversary celebrations of M.U. in Wales will now be held in NEWPORT ( MON.) in 2016.
The Enrolling Member then thanked the Secretary and Treasurer of the Branch, the Rev. Canon Kathleen, and all the members for their continued loyalty and support of M.U.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Pauline Davies and Mrs. Ann Armstrong. They were warmly thanked ,along with all the tea hostesses throughout the year.
Mrs. Gwenda Price, on behalf of the members, proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Joyce Price for all her hard work for M.U. Everyone was then wished a very happy Summer Break.
The next meeting will be the A.G.M on September 17th.
Ten members met at the Parish Office on April 16th. Prayers were led by the Enrolling Member. Three members sent apologies. Minutes of the last meeting were read and accepted, and a rota was circulated for help on the Fun Day.
Joyce attended the Spring Council in Penrhyndeudraeth and reported that the knitted Trauma Teddies had been sent to Syria and the jumpers and baby caps to Madagascar. Knitted squares for blankets are still required. Joyce thanked the knitters and passed on the grateful thanks from Bangor for the contributions.
In the forthcoming Provincial Meeting in Llanidloes, arrangements will be discussed regarding the 140th anniversary of M.U in Wales, which will be celebrated next year in Swansea. The Upper Severn Branch has invited us to join them at Mary Jones' Museum on 4th June. Names to Joyce ASAP please.
Our speaker was Anna Evans from Christian Aid, founded after the 2nd World War to help refugees. They are celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year. She showed us a film of their work in Ethiopia, where although the legal age of consent to marriage is 18, many girls as young as 12 or 13 are forced into marriages with much older men so that the parents may receive a dowry of goats and cattle. One young girl defied her parents and with the help of Christian Aid is now helping other young girls in this situation. Christian Aid also works with "Action for Development" to provide water points in villages - a lifeline for residents and animals. Anna was warmly thanked by the Enrolling Member.
A Coffee Morning for Christian Aid will be held on 13th May in the Parish Office and on 14th May M.U members from Bangor are visiting for a get-to-gether. Please support.
Our final meeting for this session is on Thursday May 21st at 2.00pm in the Parish Office.
Our March meeting was held at the Parish Office on Thurs.19th. The service was led by the enrolling member. In Margaret's absence the organist was Mrs. Jen Evans and Mrs. Margaret Searson read the lesson. They were both thanked by the Enrolling Member.Five members sent their apologies. Mrs. Betty Molyneux joined us and she was warmly welcomed by everyone.
The Women's World Day of Prayer was held at Maengwyn Chapel on the 6th March. Mrs. Margaret Searson and Mrs. Muriel Evans were thanked for taking part in the service. Members were reminded of the Bishop's Fun Day on Sat. 9th May, 11.00 am- 3.00 pm. All activities on the day are FREE, except the food, so bring your children and grandchildren for a FUN day out. Posters will be placed around the town.
For next month's meeting please bring along items for the Rainbow Sale; also your Summer scarves for window decoration and wedding memorabilia for the Wedding Display.
Our guest speaker for the afternoon was Mrs. Jen Evans who gave us an insight into her upbringing in Morfa Nefyn, where all her family were Church members all their lives. This was a wonderful grounding for Jen, as she is now very active in Church life. We were reminded of Mary Sumner's theory that good parenting is essential for a child's upbringing. She was warmly thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price. The tea hostesses were Rev. Kathleen and Mrs. Ann Humphries. Next month's meeting will be on Thurs. 16th April at 2.00 pm. Our speaker will be Miss Anna Evans. J.P.
On Wednesday 25th March 2015, Machynlleth members were joined by members of Corris Mothers' Union to celebrate Lady Day at the Holy Eucharist at St Peter's Church.
The Rev Canon Kathleen led the service and the Rev Naomi Starkey led the intersessions.
The chalice was administered by the Vice President for South Meirionydd, Mrs Joyce Price who also read the lesson. Mrs Margaret Hughes was the organist.
Eleven members and friends met at the Parish Office on Feb. 19th for the monthly meeting. The enrolling member conducted the service. The reader was Mrs.Margaret Searson and Mrs. Margaret Hughes the accompanist.
Condolences were expressed to Mrs. Beth Bastock on the death of her cousin in Edinburgh, and to Mrs. Gwenda Price on the death of her sister-in-law. Mrs. Ann Armstrong was wished a speedy recovery following her cataract operation.
A new M.U branch has been opened in Anglesey - Bro Deiniol - following the closure of three other branches. A new Enrolling Member has been appointed in our Link Branch of Holyhead - Mrs. Janet Hatter.
Members agreed to our usual donation of £10 to "Make a Mother's Day." Beryl and Joyce attended the Trustees Meeting and reported that 80 pairs of spectacles had been collected for distribution abroad. Items for Hospital Bags are still required.
Dates for the Diary
Fri. 6th March - Women's World Day of Prayer - Maengwyn Chapel - 2.00 pm
Sun. 15th March - Mothering Sunday - Llanwrin - 10.30 am
Wed. 25th March - Lady Day Service - St.Peter's - 10.00 am
Sat. 9th May - Bishop's Fun Day - Plas, Machynlleth
Sat.16th May - Fellowship Trip - For further details please contact Mrs. Alice Hughes
Our designated speaker, Mrs. Jocelyn Seagrave sent her apologies, so we were fortunate to welcome Jemma Hennigan, a former pupil at Ysgol Bro Ddyfi and now studying at Ysgol Penglais Aberystwyth.She was chosen to join a group of 25 Urdd members, from 250 applicants throughout Wales, to go on a study tour to Patagonia in 2014. Each member had to raise £2,200 towards the cost of the trip. They formed a choir and took part in the annual Eisteddfod in Chubut. they visited schools and churches and immersed themselves in the Patagonian culture. Jemma showed us how to make Mate tea - a popular drink in Patagonia- made from the ground-up leaves of a species of South American holly - definitely an acquired taste!!! She was warmly thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price and presented with a small gift, being the youngest speaker we've ever had.
The tea hostesses were Mrs. Doreen Ellis and Mrs. Marilyn Jones. The next meeting will be the "Quiet Afternoon" on March 19th.