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.
Twelve members met at the Parish Office on Nov. 20th for our monthly meeting. The enrolling member led the service. Mrs. Gwenda Price read the lesson and the organist was Mrs. Margaret Hughes. Apologies were received from Mrs. Ann Armstrong, Mrs. Ann Humphries, Mrs. Marilyn Jones and Mrs. Alice Hughes.
A letter has been received from the British Legion thanking for the window display in the Parish Office prior to Remembrance Sunday.
Three members are going to Council and will be taking the knitted items and toiletries. Mrs. Joyce Price thanked everyone for their contributions.
From now on, M.U members attaining the age of 90 will receive a card from Mary Sumner House. Also those celebrating 50,60 or 70 years of marriage.
The Bishop's Fun Day will be held in Machynlleth in 2015, on the 9th May.
£420 was raised at the Christian Aid coffee morning towards the Ebola Fund, and another one will be held on 10th Dec. towards Church Funds.
On 29th Nov. the town Christmas Lights will be switched on at 6.00pm by the Clock, followed by a candlelit procession to St. Peter's for mince pies and mulled wine.
The speaker was Mrs. Ann Jones - Social Policy Coordinator from Bangor who gave an excellent, thought-provoking talk on modern day slavery, domestic violence, and child-rearing. The M.U is holding a silent vigil at the clock on Wed. 3rd Dec. from 10.00am - 12.00pm to raise awareness of domestic violence. The speaker was thanked by Mrs. Joyce Price. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Gwenda Price and Mrs.Roberta Williams.
The next meeting is our Annual Carol Service in Church on Dec.18th at 11.00 am followed by Christmas Lunch at the Wildfowler, Tre'rddol. Each member is asked to bring a raffle prize.
Members and friends met on Friday 17th Oct at the Parish Office. The service was led by Mrs Joyce Price and the reader in Welsh was Mrs Gwenda Price.
The Christmas Carol Service will be held at St Peter’s Church on Thursday December 18 at 11:00 am, followed by Christmas Lunch in the Wildfowler’s Tre-ddol. Choice of menu at our next meeting.
Dates for the Diary: A “Silent Vigil” will be held under the Town Clock to raise awareness of Gender Violence on Wednesday 3 Dec between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Just come along and support this worthwhile cause.
If you can please donate toileteries for “Hospital Bags” by next months meeting.
Our guest speaker this afternoon was Mr Peter Kenny a local boy, who gave an interesting talk on his treck up to Everest Base Camp. He also brought along some wonderful photo’s alonof his journey, so we could all appreciate the the majesty of the snow covered mountains. Peter and two of his friends were inspired to take on this challenge in memory of two local men who died very suddenly at a young age. They raised in excess of £7000 in their memory for the British Heart Foundation. Peter was thanked by the Enrolling member, who also thanked the tea hostesses Mrs D Edwards and Mrs M Jones
Our next meeting will be on Thursday Nov 20th at 2:00 pm.
The first meeting of the 2014/15 session was held at the Parish Office on Sept. 18th. The Enrolling Member, Mrs. Joyce Price, led the service. Mrs. Alice Hughes read the lesson and Mrs. Margaret Hughes accompanied the hymns.
The AGM followed.
Mrs. Joyce Price thanked the Rev. Kathleen for her support and congratulated her on becoming a Canon. She also thanked the officials for their work, and all the members for their continued support and particularly for providing refreshments for special occasions. She reported that Mrs. Derwenna Williams, formerly of Derwenlas, was now in a residential home and wishes to be remembered to everyone.
The secretary then gave a resume of the year's meetings, speakers and events. In the absence of the Treasurer, the financial report has been deferred until January.
The officials were then re-elected en bloc:-
Enrolling Member - Mrs. Joyce Price
Secretary & Organist - Mrs. Margaret Hughes
Treasurer - Mrs. Margaret Searson
The "Wheels Appeal" has now ended and £29,000 was raised in the Diocese. The secretary read out a letter concerning the new project called "Celebrate with Us". The Ladies Fellowship has asked to join us for our annual Carol Service in December, and has also invited us to join them on an outing to Abbey-Cwm-Hir on November 15th.
The following M.U meetings have been organised in the Diocese:-
Trustees- Criccieth - 14th October
Provincial - Llanidloes - 23rd October
Council - Bangor - November ( date to be arranged)
The tea hostesses were the officials and they were thanked by Mrs. Roberta Williams. The next meeting is on October 17th and the speaker will be Mr. Peter Kenny.
Members enjoyed an afternoon out on 19th June, lunch was enjoyed at the Rhyd-y-pennau Craft Centre, followed by some retail therapy!! Mrs Pauline Davies was wished a Happy Birthday, members were thanked for raising £112 in the Overseas Boxes. Mrs Beth Bastock thanked everyone for their support towards the Wheels Appeal which raised £106.
On 30th July we are arranging a coach to a Flower Festival in Llanfaelog Church, leaving at 9:00 am. We have 9 seats left, if anyone is interested in joining us, please phone 702421 or 703253.
We don't Just Make Tea
Joanne Gower MU Enterprise Provincial Rep also Corris Branch and Mrs Joyce Price Vice President South Merioneth also Machynlleth Branch at the MU Stall at the Church in Wales Governing Body Meeting in Llandudno April 2014.
Fourteen members attended the final meeting of the 2013/14 session at the Parish Office on 15th May. Mrs. Joyce Price led the service and the reader was Mrs. Margaret Searson.
The secretary read a letter of thanks for the donation to " Make a Mother's Day " collected at the Mothering Sunday service. Letters were also read regarding - "Action & Outreach," Social Policy and the "Wheels Appeal." Rev. Kathleen and Mrs. Margaret Searson reported on the Fun Day at Bangor Cathedral.
Dates for the diary:-
June 2nd - Tea on the Lawn at Beth's house in aid of the "Wheels Appeal" - 2.00pm
June 19th - outing to Rhydypennau with Lunch
July 27th - Bishop's Licensing Service at St. Peter's for new Ministry Area. M.U. to provide refreshments.
July 30th - Outing to Llanfaelog Church.
August 2nd - M.U Stall at Plas as part of British Legion Commemoration Day.
August 13th - Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Communion service in church - 10.00 a.m
September 24th - Quiet day at Noddfa, Penmaenmawr.
The enrolling member then thanked the officials and members for their work and continued support of M.U. and wished them a pleasant Summer break.
Tea was provided by the officials.
The first meeting of the new session will be on Thursday Sept. 18th at 2.00p.m beginning with Communion in Church, followed by the A.G.M.
Prior to our last meeting on April 10th, members attended the special Easter Service in St. Peter's, performed by the children of Ysgol Gynradd, Machynlleth. It was a joyous occasion. The standard of performance was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed by all present.
A short meeting ensued in the Parish Office. Mrs. Joyce Price led the prayers. She then thanked Rev. Kathleen for conducting the Lady Day service, the Mothering Sunday service, and for her excellent address at the Women's World Day of Prayer, this year held at St. Peter's. All services were well attended and the collection on Mothering Sunday was for " Make a Mother's Day". The bouquet of flowers from M.U was presented this year to Mrs. Pauline Davies- a long -standing, faithful member of M.U. Mrs. Price thanked everyone who had taken part in the three services and contributed in any way to their success.
It has been decided by the Diocese that the Rainbow Sale will now be held every other year, and on alternate years, a day out for M.U members will be arranged. This year it will be in Dolgellau on July 4th.
An invitation has been received from Ladies' Fellowship to join them on their annual trip on Sat. May 3rd. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Joyce Price and Mrs. Margaret Searson. Our final meeting for this session is on May 15th. Please remember to bring your Overseas Boxes to the meeting.