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Black History Month

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Sunday, 22 October 2017, 17:08


Celebrating Black History Month

Black history month celebration took place on Saturday 14th of October 2017 in the Parish hall of Emmanuel Church here in Leyton. It was the first time such an event was held, intended to celebrate the diversity of our parish family and community whilst promoting inclusion. This event was sponsored by Emmanuel Mothers Union and co-ordinated by t ... read more

 Posted: 22 Oct 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU & Domestic Violence

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 16 October 2017, 17:16


Afraid to go home...

Domestic abuse is any kind of abuse that happens within the household or between people in an intimate relationship but not necessarily living together. It can take many forms, but almost always involves an element of controlling or coercive behaviour. If you, or anyone you know is suffering from domestic violence there is help out there... Domes ... read more

 Posted: 16 Oct 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Needles to the Ready

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 12 October 2017, 14:20


Knittted Toys

All of you who regularly knit for the Mothers' Union please find a PDF file at the end of this article for instructions on how to proceed with knitting a teddy bear or a sheep. From now on every toy needs to carry a CE mark to show that it meets the essential safety requirements of the Toy Safety Directive. This includes handmade toys and toys don ... read more

 Posted: 12 Oct 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Celebration Weekend

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 5 October 2017, 11:45


Was a wonderful weekend

Our branch at Emmanuel Parish Church in Leyton has been up and running this last 8years and we are immensely grateful to the almighty God. We celebrated this August occasion with a very special Dinner and Dance held on the 7th of September and we held a thanksgiving service on Sunday the 8th during our Parish Sunday service. In attendance and to ... read more

 Posted: 5 Oct 2017 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothers’ Union Newsletter…No 4

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 15:03


Welcome to the Cathedral

Hello to all our MU members, I expect by now you would have received your quarterly MU Newsletter for October, November and December. If you haven't yet received your newsletter I am sure you will be happy to know that it has been sent to someone at your branch who will hopefully print it out for you. I haven't used coloured photographs this time a ... read more

 Posted: 27 Sep 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Celebration at Saffron Walden

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 21 August 2017, 10:16


We had a very enjoyable afternoon.

The Saffron Walden branch of the Mothers' Union celebrated with a Garden Party on Thursday 17th August 2017. It was held in the Garden of Gwynneth Nicholas who is Deanery chair. We met at 2pm and 20 members and 2 visitors attended. This is an annual event which last year was held in July. We are very grateful to Gwynneth and her husband Joe for hos ... read more

 Posted: 21 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Anniversary Dinner and Dance

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 14 August 2017, 15:04


Come and join us, all are welcome

You are invited to our 8th Anniversary Dinner and Dance. Hello, I am Kemi Ademola and I am the branch chair of Emmanuel Parish Church Mothers' Union. We have been going now for eight years so to celebrate our 8th Anniversary we are holding a special Dinner and Dance on Saturday 9th September 2017. The start time is 6.30pm. We are holding our celebr ... read more

 Posted: 14 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Cathedral Group Garden Party

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 4 August 2017, 22:31


We were too busy working!

We had a great evening at Guy Harling's Garden Party, well... Not actually in the garden rather in the hall as it had been a very blustery day and we couldn't chance the weather. We had experienced a very unsettled week of wind and rain so it was decided to stay indoors, however what a great evening we had with loads of yummy food. The room had bee ... read more

 Posted: 4 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Well done!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 3 August 2017, 17:36


Well Done Stewart

Congratulations to Stuart Gibbs from Billericay who took part in the Prudential Ride London event. 'The Ride London Event' took place on Sunday 30th July and there were about 25,000 riders with hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the 100-mile route, from the Stratford Olympic Stadium into Surrey and back to the Mall. We met up with the fini ... read more

 Posted: 3 Aug 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Bishop John Wraw

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 11:26


Bishop John Wraw

It is with much regret that we announce the passing of the Right Reverend John Wraw, who died at home on 25th July 2017. Bishop John, Bishop of Bradwell had been unwell for the past three years, but had continued to carry out his ministry to God and the people until the end. He was involved in many aspects of the church and was especially encouragi ... read more

 Posted: 26 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Tea with Service

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 24 July 2017, 14:07


Mary, Audrey, Helen and June

On Sunday the 4th of June 17, we were delighted to welcome our president Judith Meaden who joined us at St. Edward's Church in Romford for our 10am service. Judith had come along to hand out long service certificates to no fewer than twenty-one of our MU members, the certificates ranged from 25 years to 63 years and altogether, Judith gave out cert ... read more

 Posted: 24 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Retreat at Pleshey 17

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 09:31


Listening to the birds singing

The Chelmsford Mothers Union held its annual retreat on 26th and 27th June in the beautiful surroundings of Pleshey. The two-day retreat was overseen by Revd Carolyn Tibbott, who is the Vicar of St Mary's Church in nearby Broomfield Village. The event was very enjoyable and Revd Carolyn gave us plenty to think about, especially after hearing all ab ... read more

 Posted: 12 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothers’ Union Newsletter…No 3

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 7 July 2017, 14:28


MU Newsletter no 3

Hello to all our MU members, some of you may have received your quarterly MU Newsletter for July, August and September. If you haven't yet received your newsletter I am sure you will be happy to know that it has been sent to someone at your branch who will hopefully print it out for you. I have used coloured photographs again and although we dont e ... read more

 Posted: 7 Jul 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Pentecost 2017

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 8 June 2017, 14:08


The coming of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is one of the earliest and oldest celebrations in the church. Early enough to be recorded in the Acts of the Apostles along with a letter sent by St Paul to the Corinthians. Pentecost is held on the 50th day after Easter. Jews from all over had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast of Pentecost, when in Jewish tradition the ... read more

 Posted: 8 Jun 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Hinckford Deanery Songs of Praise:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 20 May 2017, 11:46


Great Tey

Hinckford Deanery Songs of Praise: Members of the Hinckford Deanery and surrounding area joined together for the annual Songs of Praise Service on Thursday 18th May at St. Barnabas Church, Great Tey. Hymns chosen included, All things bright and beautiful, Thine be the Glory, Dear Lord and Father of mankind, and Be still for the presence of the Lor ... read more

 Posted: 20 May 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Council April 17

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 13:05


Our main speaker from Broxbourne Food Bank

Around 80 people met together in St Cedd’s Hall for an evening meeting of MU Council. It was lovely once again, to meet and greet friends who we may only ever see on occasions like this. It was also good to be able to catch up on all the recent happenings in and around the Diocese. The meeting began at 8pm sharp with Judith our President we ... read more

 Posted: 26 Apr 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothers’ Union Newsletter…No 2

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 9 April 2017, 13:12


MU Newsletter no 2

Hello to all our MU members, I expect by now you would have received your quarterly MU Newsletter for April, May and June. Not quite knowing where the new newsletter would take us this time, we very quickly managed to turn our two-page newsletter into a four-page effort. If you haven’t yet received your newsletter I am sure you will be happy ... read more

 Posted: 9 Apr 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Diamond Wedding Anniversary

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 10 February 2017, 14:58


June and Frank - Congratulations

Hello, my name is June Boult and I am a member of St Edward's, Romford, MU. I have recently celebrated my Diamond Wedding Anniversary. The contact for our branch Mary Leach made sure Frank and I had cards for our special day from the Central President and Diocesan President, which was a complete surprise, as well as a card from the branch signed by ... read more

 Posted: 10 Feb 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

New Year Lunch

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 13:20


Cathedral group NY Lunch

On 12th January, the Cathedral MU got together at 12.30am to set up for its New Year’s Lunch celebration. By one o’clock, around 30 members sat down before prayers and with a view to tackling the New Year quiz that had been set out for us. The quiz was rather unusual as it provided us with the second line of many of the carols we sing ... read more

 Posted: 18 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

What a lot of Rubbish

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 14 January 2017, 15:10


It was all about recycling

On the 5th January, the Cathedral MU group had its first meetig of the year. Twenty or so members turned up on a cold, dark evening to hear all about the rubbish we put out each week to be collected by the council. However, despite talking about rubbish, it was more about recycling. We watched a short film that told us just how many of the items w ... read more

 Posted: 14 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

My Challenge

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 12 January 2017, 10:30


Rosalie and her Son

Hi, I am Rosalie Taylor from St Edward’s in Romford MU - In the summer my 16-year-old granddaughter Lucy gained her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. In 2016 the DofE scheme was 60 years old and to celebrate a Diamond Challenge was issued. To anyone! You may remember the Countess of Wessex cycling from Holyrood Palace to Buckingham Palace so I ... read more

 Posted: 12 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothers’ Union newsletter…No 1

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 7 January 2017, 19:31


Newsletter 1: Jan 2017

About your Newsletter: Our president Judith Meaden has introduced a one page, quarterly newsletter especially written for every member of the Mothers Union in the Chelmsford Diocese. The original idea was a monthly newsletter and for it to be posted out to every member but unfortunately this would prove to be far too costly so she had to think of a ... read more

 Posted: 7 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

2016

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 31 December 2016, 17:21


Happy NEW YEAR to one and all

What a year it turned out to be! 2016, must go down in MU history as a very memorable one as it wasn’t only our patron, Queen Elizabeth who celebrated her 90th birthday, but it was the 140th birthday/anniversary of the launch of the Mothers’ Union in 1876 by Mary Sumner aged just 25. These anniversary’s coming together helped make ... read more

 Posted: 31 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Thanking Chelmsford MU

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 17:13


Thank you card

A card received from staff at Chelmsford Prison A while ago Chelmsford MU received a request from staff at Chelmsford Prison to provide some high chairs for children to use in the Visitors Hall. The trustees were delighted to have the opportunity to provide six high chairs using funds from the Prison Fund which were delivered in early December. We ... read more

 Posted: 13 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Billericay against Gender Violence

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 12 December 2016, 16:41


Standing against gender violence

The members of the Billericay Branch supported the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, in all five of the Team Churches. Members also got together for an hour's Prayer Vigil and used the Service from the Resources, together with the Prayer for Lighting Candles. We had Prayer Trees in some of the Churches where we could write our prayers on ... read more

 Posted: 12 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Ed’s MU Carol Service.

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 9 December 2016, 14:10


Lovely to be among dear friends

The heading 'MU Carols Service' sounds rather bland doesn’t it? But I can assure you it wasn’t one bit. Alan and I were delighted to be invited and given a warm welcome back to St Edward’s Mothers’ Union to join in with their annual Carol Service. I served as branch leader at St Ed’s for 6 years and I can honestly say ... read more

 Posted: 9 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Branch Re-Opened!

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 13:56


Good News...

The Re-Opening of Mothers’ Union South Weald, Brentwood Branch Sunday 20th November 2016 was the big day after months of meetings, e-mails galore, phone calls and the arrival of our new priest in Charge, the Branch was finally re-opened. When Rev’d Jane Bradbury arrived, declaring she was a Mothers’ Union member, we knew things ... read more

 Posted: 6 Dec 2016 | There are 2 comments | make a comment / view comments

Christmas Spirit

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:11


Enjoying a meal together

Getting into the Christmas spirit are some of St. Edward’s, Romford, MU branch, enjoying an early Christmas lunch at their local Toby Carvery. They met up in the restaurant that is situated in the Brewery around about mid-day, and believe it or not everyone arrived on time! They had booked in and had organise a table for 18 however, owing to ... read more

 Posted: 2 Dec 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

16 Days of Activism against gender violence

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 11:34


Speak up for those who are afraid - pic: from Pixabay.com

Gender Based Violence Project Gender based violence is violence that specifically affects women and girls because of their gender or disproportionately affect women and girls. Rooted in unequal power relationships and gender theories of cultures and societies such as women being possessions or women’s bodies being principally sex objects. ... read more

 Posted: 29 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Remembrance Sunday 2016

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 21:39


We will remember them...

It’s always a privilege for us to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Services held at our regular churches. Sunday 13th was a beautiful, crisp, autumn day, with the sun’s rays making everything appear clear, bright and special. Most churches in this diocese probably saw more people than usual attend the service and were perhaps pleas ... read more

 Posted: 15 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Chelmsford Diocesan Council & Annual Meeting 2016

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 12:19


A letter from the Queen

Around 150 members gathered at 10.30am in Chelmsford Cathedral on Monday 7th November for the Diocesan Council and Annual Meeting. Many were there prior to the start of the meeting to have a welcome drink and to look at all the MU goods on sale. The meeting began with a Celebration Eucharist, conducted by The Venerable Elisabeth Snowden, Archdeaco ... read more

 Posted: 8 Nov 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

THE MOTHERS UNION AGM

posted by: Brenda Sheath | on: Friday, 7 October 2016, 13:36


A group of MU representatives from Zambia

THE MOTHERS UNION AGM - 140TH ANNIVERSARY 1876 - 2016 On 21st September, we three - Sheilah Girgis, Helen Hawkes and Brenda Sheath set out on a journey to Hampshire to attend the Mothers Union AGM. After a complex route covering three of the busiest motorways in the country we arrived at our destination in Hook where we located our accommodatio ... read more

 Posted: 7 Oct 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Belated Celebration

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 21:23


Lunch for the Queen's Birthday

On Tuesday the 13th of September the Mother’s Union group of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Romford held a belated dinner to celebrate the 90th Birthday of her majesty Queen Elizabeth. About twenty of our senior members met in Church House to enjoy a ham or salmon salad lunch. Following the main meal, the members were treated to strawberr ... read more

 Posted: 20 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU 140 years – By Revd Paul Carr

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 19 September 2016, 16:44


MU 140 years

The 9 August 2016 saw the 140th Anniversary of the founding of the Mothers’ Union when Mary Sumner, a Rector’s wife, first convened a meeting of the mothers of Old Alresford, Hampshire in 1876. Many of you may not know about the MU, as they are affectionately known, but there has been a branch in Billericay for 94 years and they boast s ... read more

 Posted: 19 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Mission Focus Sunday.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Sunday, 18 September 2016, 17:35


Nikki Sweatman spoke at both services

On Sunday the 18th September at Emmanuel Church, Billericay, we had a Mothers' Union Mission Focus Sunday at both the 8.30am and 10.30am Services. Nikki Sweatman, the Provincial President for Canterbury, spoke at both of the Services and I led them. The Services went very well and there was plenty for people to chat about afterwards while the refr ... read more

 Posted: 18 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Puppy Parents

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:28


Garon in training

Not exactly MU but for those of you who love animal you may be interested in an animal charity called ‘Canine Partners’. The charity is dedicated to training dogs to support and aid disabled people, as opposed to dogs that are solely trained to assist blind people. These animals are trained from puppies by ‘puppy parents’ wh ... read more

 Posted: 8 Sep 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Margaret’s 140 year Celebration

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 19 August 2016, 11:18


Celebrating 140 years of MU

St Margaret’s 140year Celebration...Hello! Members of the branch from St Margaret’s Leigh on sea, along with some Diocesan members and friends enjoyed a memorable and special gathering . St Margaret's celebrated this landmark occasion with a special Eucharist service which was followed by a get together with some delicious cakes made by ... read more

 Posted: 19 Aug 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Interview with Rosalie Taylor

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 13:11


Rosalie Taylor

Hello, my name is Rosalie Elizabeth Taylor know as Ros. I belong to St. Edward the confessor branch in Romford. I am the contact and distributor for the group. I was enrolled about 30 years ago in St. Edward’s church by the Rev David Jennings now Bishop retired. I used to belong to The Young Wives group and becoming an MU member seemed the n ... read more

 Posted: 16 Aug 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Festival Service at Westminster Abbey

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 11 August 2016, 11:30


A wonderful service at the Abbey

Five of us members from Saffron Walden Mother's Union attended a wonderful service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate 140 Years of Mothers’ Union on Mary Sumner Day - August 9th 2016. Three of us travelled with my two grandchildren from Audley End. My daughter met us at Green Park and we went on the Jubilee Line to Westminster where six of u ... read more

 Posted: 11 Aug 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Dorothy Wells Obituary

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 7 August 2016, 09:14


Dorothy Wells, an inspiration to us all.

Dorothy Wells Obituary 1924 – 2016. After Dorothy’s husband Ron finished his time at Theological College, he was appointed to serve his title at St. Mary’s Prittlewell in Southend on Sea, where the Vicar’s wife was a very keen MU supporter and this set Dorothy on her MU road. Dorothy’s husband was appointed as the fi ... read more

 Posted: 7 Aug 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Great & Little Tey MU

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 23 July 2016, 18:39


St James the Less Church at Little Tey

Great & Little Tey Mothers' Union Members and guests of Great & Little Tey Mothers' Union held a Big Summer Appeal Coffee Morning on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at the home of Carol and David Williams at Greenlands Farm. Everyone shared morning coffee, tea, scones and cakes sitting outside and enjoyed looking around Carol and David's lovely ... read more

 Posted: 23 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU Summer Celebration

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 21 July 2016, 14:21


Lovely to meet up with old friends again.

Summer Celebration On the 20th July, on a perfect summer’s evening, that St Edward’s Mothers’ Union in Romford met together with some of St Edward’s parishioners to celebrate 125yeas since the launch of their MU group. Around fifty or more people met in the Vicarage garden to enjoy wine, juices and each others company befor ... read more

 Posted: 21 Jul 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

140 Wonderful Years

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 14:29


The re-dedicated MU Banner

A very joyful service was held in Chelmsford Cathedral on 16th July to celebrate 140 years of the Mothers’ Union. The Eucharist Service, conducted by the Dean: The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall included the re-dedication of the Cathedral Mothers’ Union Banner, the Admission of six new members of the Chelmsford MU Branch and the presentati ... read more

 Posted: 20 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Wickford & Runwell MU Celebration

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 11:54


Left to right (Joan Jenkins, Iris Goodwin, Margery Clark, Jeannette Cardnell, Jackie Street and Lilian Irving).

Wickford and Runwell MU celebrated 125 years of the Branch and 140 Years of MU on Wednesday 13th July with a lunch in the church hall, followed by a service in St Catherine's Church. The Reverend Margaret Fowler (Basildon MU Deanery Chaplin) led the service and Judith Meaden (President) preached. Molly Hoyle brought along MU Enterprise and display ... read more

 Posted: 19 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Online donations!

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 15 July 2016, 15:18


Raise funds online for the MU

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Chelmsford Diocesan Mothers' Union? There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny e ... read more

 Posted: 15 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Mary’s Church in Broomfield.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 10:59


Revd Carolyn, was happy to welcome the Cathedral MU Group

A Visit to St Mary’s Church in Broomfield: It was wonderful to have about 22 Mothers' Union members and visitors from the Cathedral Group looking around St Mary with St Leonard’s Church in Broomfield on Thursday 7th July. The Cathedral group tries to organise a visit to a local church once a year and this year it was the turn of St Mary ... read more

 Posted: 13 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Upshire MU Celebrations!

posted by: Kate Dale | on: Friday, 8 July 2016, 18:29


Board of History

'Upshire Mothers' Union 125 Years Celebration and 140 Years Mothers' Union Celebration. On 22nd June Upshire MU branch celebrated 125 Years of Upshire Mothers' Union and 140 Years Mothers Union, in St Thomas' Church, Upshire. We welcomed members and friends, to join our celebration, from other MU branches of Epping Forest Deanery and a previous vi ... read more

 Posted: 8 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

St Edward’s, Romford. MU

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 18 June 2016, 19:39


Revd Carolyn showed the St Edward's MU around the Lady Chapel

It was wonderful to have around 20 members of St Edward’s, Romford, Mothers’ Union group pay a visit to St Mary’s Church in Broomfield last Wednesday evening. As all the members were being brought down from Romford in private cars, those who arrived early gathered in the church hall for refreshment while they waited for all their ... read more

 Posted: 18 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

A day to remember

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 16 June 2016, 15:51


Patron's Parade

Here are a group of Mothers' Union members getting ready to take part in the Patron's Parade on Sunday June 9th....and the picnic in the park, you may have seen it on the TV . Chelmsford was represented in this picture by Lucy Bubb ...Diocesan Member..4th from right and 4th from left in lower picture...a very exciting day to remember! From Di Bub ... read more

 Posted: 16 Jun 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Cathedral Garden Party

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 16 June 2016, 13:27


Such a lovely day for a Garden Party

The Chelmsford Cathedral Mothers’ Union group held their annual garden party in the grounds of Guy Harlings the Diocesan Offices just opposite the Cathedral. The party was held on Thursday 9th June, it was a lovely day and by 1.45pm there were already people arriving for the 2pm start. There were lots of party food and refreshments and while ... read more

 Posted: 16 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

More MU Celebrations.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 17:20


Celebrations in the North Woolwich branch

A picture sent in by Hilary Shallis from the North Woolwich branch of the Mothers’ Union depicts a great celebration for the Queen’s 90th Birthday. With food and refreshments, balloons and fun what more could any other MU group want? Pauline Briggs has just notified me that looking at the main MU website she was pleased to see that ... read more

 Posted: 15 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Billericay MU's 140th & Queen's 90th

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 13:14


Celebrating MU's 140th In the foyer

Here are some photographs of our Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Queen's 90th Birthday and The Mothers' Union 140th Anniversary which took place on Saturday 11th June. The service was held at Emmanuel Church, Billericay from 12.30 to 4pm. We had Lunch, a Service of Thanksgiving at which I spoke for The Mothers' Union, followed by a Family Time ... read more

 Posted: 15 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Commissioning of Pauline Randall

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:25


Pauline's Commissionin with Father Jo

I am very happy to share some photos with you all taken at my Commissioning Service on 6th June 2016, I was commissioned as the Basildon Deanery Leader. We had a Deanery celebration which started with coffee at 11am and MUe was available. The Service began with Midday Prayers and all the Branch banners were processed along with the Deanery banne ... read more

 Posted: 15 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothers’ Union at St Thomas, Becontree

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 13 June 2016, 21:36


A MU get-together at St Thomas',

Hello to all Chelmsford Mothers’ Union groups, Our Mothers Union group here in St Thomas’ hosted a Cream Tea, for other MU groups, and it was also an invite to come and explore and to enjoy our Flower Festival too. The event was hosted by St. Thomas, Becontree, Dagenham, and members from St. Chads, Chadwell Heath, and St. Cedd's, Dage ... read more

 Posted: 13 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Hinckford Deanery Songs of Praise service

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Monday, 13 June 2016, 18:47


St Barnabas,

Members of the Hinckford Deanery came together at St. Barnabas Church, Great Tey on Thursday 19th May for their annual Songs of Praise service. This year we were very happy that our new Diocesan President, Judith Meaden, was able to join us and take part in the service and also our Vice President Vivien Chapman. Members from Gosfield, Colne St And ... read more

 Posted: 13 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Happy 90th Birthday

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 11 June 2016, 09:03


Happy Birthday from us all

The Queen of England has been a patron of the Mothers Union since 1952 I am sure we have all be inspired and touched by the way the Queen has demonstrated how important it is to have shown such dedication over the years to not only her Christian faith, but to her family, her country and the commonwealth. I am sure you will all join us here in the ... read more

 Posted: 11 Jun 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Church of the Ascension MU event

posted by: Rita Campen | on: Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 11:48


A very Royal Tea

We recently held a wonderful Mothers’ Union branch event at the Church of the Ascension in Collier Row, Romford. The event took place on Friday 27 May in the Ascension Church Hall to help celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday and 140th Anniversary of the Mothers’ Union movement. We were all treated to a very 'Royal Afternoon Tea'. Our bra ... read more

 Posted: 8 Jun 2016 | There are 3 comments | make a comment / view comments

Carol Gumbleton Commissioning Service

posted by: Carol Gumbleton | on: Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 18:25


Congratulations Carol

The commissioning service of Carol Gumbleton as the Chelmsford Deanery Chairperson, took place on Monday 23rd May 2016 at All Saints Church Writtle. The incumbent Revd Jo Jones and Chelmsford Area Dean the Revd Canon Andy Griffiths shared the service. Our Diocesan President Judith Meaden, Life Vice President Diana Bandy and Vice President Elizabeth ... read more

 Posted: 7 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Royal Garden Party

posted by: Margaret Harvey | on: Sunday, 29 May 2016, 08:46


Margaret and Bob Harvey at the Royal Garden Party

Bob and I were nominated to the Lord Leiutenant of Essex to attend a Royal Garden Party by Havens Hospices, because between us we have completed nearly 40 years as volunteers. I started soon after my father died in Fair Havens in 1993 in various admin roles, finally settling in Finance, Bob joined me in 2001 as he retired and I became Diocesan Secr ... read more

 Posted: 29 May 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Gosfield Branch 80th Anniversary

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 10:23


Celebrating their Diamond Anniversary

Our President Judith Meaden and a congregation of almost 50 people where at St Catherine’s in Gosfield, to help the Gosfield Branch of the MU celebrate their 80th Anniversary along with the 140th Anniversary of the Mothers’ Union. Lay Reader Terry Streamer who is the MU Deanery Chaplain led the lovely service which included some beauti ... read more

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MU Council: April 2016

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 25 April 2016, 13:03


All set for MU Council.

Many MU members met together on Monday for Council at the Cathedral. Our President Judith has re-organised the annual meeting so that we have a speaker in the morning rather than the afternoon which suited many of us better. At the meeting we started with a greeting from Judith and the sad news of the very recent death of Dorothy Wells… The ... read more

 Posted: 25 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Interview with Alan Vine

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 9 April 2016, 11:07


Alan Vine

My name is Alan Vine and I belong to the Cathedral branch – I am just an ordinary member. I joined the MU in October of 2010. I was enrolled in St Edward’s Church, Romford. I can’t remember why I joined the Mothers’ Union; I think my wife twisted my arm? However, I have a great admiration for the work of the Mothers’ ... read more

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Is there any-BODY around?

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 8 April 2016, 10:55


Caroline giving her very enlightening talk.

Yes, there were lots of living body’s around on 7th April to hear Coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray talk about her work. It was in the Chapter house at the Cathedral where Caroline was able to meet with her first-ever MU group. Caroline started off saying that a coroner’s work was very misunderstood blaming the TV programmes ‘Silen ... read more

 Posted: 8 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Meet the President in Chelmsford.

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 14:33


Judith wants to inspire us all

It was great to see a good number of people gathered at Guy Harlings in the heart of Chelmsford to meet our newly commissioned President Judith Meaden. The meeting started prompt at 7.30pm with prayers, before we plunged into a matching game which tested our knowledge and memories of the Mothers’ Union and its work. Providing the answers to t ... read more

 Posted: 6 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Interview with Doris Baker

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 25 March 2016, 17:21


Doris Baker

Hello, I am Doris Baker; I have been a faithful member of the Mothers’ Union for many years and when my MU branch closed down some time ago now I became, and still am, a diocesan member. I was enrolled on the 27th September 1973 and admitted by the Revd Alfred Mackenzie. The enrolling member was his wife Pat Mackenzie..I was enroled at St M ... read more

 Posted: 25 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Judith’s Commissioning.

posted by: Joan | on: Sunday, 20 March 2016, 17:30


Judith's Commissioning

I am delighted to say that I have had some more photographs sent to me of Judith’s Commissioning on 15th March 2016 by Bishop Stephen. The first photo sent to me by Peter Baker is a delightful picture of Judith’s actual commissioning. Peter sent two lovely photos of the interior of Holy Cross and St Lawrence parish church, they are a lo ... read more

 Posted: 20 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

The Commissioning of Judith Meaden as Diocesan President

posted by: Peter Baker | on: Wednesday, 16 March 2016, 14:28


Bishop Stephen, Revd Carter and Judith Meaden

The Commissioning of Judith Meaden as Diocesan President and Officers for the Triennial which was held at Holy Cross & St Lawrence Church Waltham Abbey was a truly wonderful and uplifting service, said Doris and Peter Baker from St Mary’s Church in Broomfield. The service was also a celebration of 140years of the Mothers’ Union. Bi ... read more

 Posted: 16 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

'A Celebration of Faith'

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 13:47


Waltham Abbey Church

The Abbey Church of Waltham, Holy Cross and St Lawrence is the parish church of the town of Waltham Abbey, Essex. It has been a place of worship since the 7th century. The present building dates mainly from the early 12th century and is a fine example of Norman architecture. To the east of the existing church are traces of an enormous eastward enla ... read more

 Posted: 15 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothering Sunday

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 10:44


Our Mothering Sunday flowers.

How did you celebrate Mothering Sunday at your church? Our church was packed here at St Mary’s in Broomfield filled with families all eagerly awaiting their flowers, however, prior to that we had a talk given to us by Revd Carolyn regarding the famous painting by Rembrandt called ‘The return of the Prodigal Son’ reminding us tha ... read more

 Posted: 9 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

This Season of Love

posted by: Revd Marion Williams | on: Saturday, 13 February 2016, 09:36


Love for the unloved...

This is the season of love, roses and cards. Balloons, chocolate and cakes are all there in the media to remind us of love. However, this season like many festivals in our Christian Calendar can make many people sad, because they are vulnerable and alone or just lonely. This season can be difficult for many people... The love we seek, the recogniti ... read more

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Interview with Judith Meaden MU President

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 15:07


MU President Judith Meaden

Hello, I am Judith Meaden your new President and I am MU branch leader at Holy Cross & St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey. I was enrolled in the church during Sunday worship on 17th March 1991 when the branch re-opened and I became the Secretary. The branch is listed in the first MU Handbook held in Diocesan archives dated 1892 by the diocese of St. Al ... read more

 Posted: 9 Feb 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Money, Money, Money.

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 5 February 2016, 20:24


Hillary's talk was very interesting.

We spent a very interesting evening on Thursday 4th Feb at the Cathedral MU group, listening to Hillary Shallis explaining just how Mothers' Union money paid in by its members is spent, I would imajine that the majority of us MU members pay our subs once a year and don’t really worry about where our money ends up, trusting of course, that it ... read more

 Posted: 5 Feb 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Meet the President in the Barking area

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 15:26


So happy to meet you Judith

We were Happy to meet the President in the Barking area. It was a lovely day for us all to go along to Holy Trinity Church in Ilford to meet Judith Meaden our new MU President. Well over fifty members were present to meet and greet the president and to spend a wonderful and inspiring day together. We started at 10.30am with prayers and a welcome t ... read more

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Meet the President in the Bradwell Area

posted by: Merrill Knight | on: Sunday, 24 January 2016, 16:11


Meet the President in the Bradwell Area

On Wednesday 22nd January we hosted one of the four Diocesan sessions to meet our new Diocesan President Judith Meaden. About seventy members from many different branches were welcomed to Emmanuel Church with refreshment and biscuits before going into church for prayers and an official welcome by Judith. We then divided into groups at tables in the ... read more

 Posted: 24 Jan 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

New Year lunch

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 15 January 2016, 19:22


New Year Lunch caption

On the 14th Jan, the Cathedral branch of the MU held it's New Year lunch. A bring and share of course and Eileen was delighted to welcome well over 30 members sitting down. The meal was good and varied and there was plenty to go around. Then 'of course' came pudding, which again was lovely and varied, something for everyone – too much to be h ... read more

 Posted: 15 Jan 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Interview with Pauline Briggs

posted by: Joan | on: Tuesday, 12 January 2016, 17:36


Pauline Briggs

Hello, I’m Pauline Briggs, the year has just turned 2016. I have a blank canvass – a year full of challenge. For me, the reason is that I am no longer on the board of Chelmsford Diocesan Mother’s Union Trustees, after 6 years, as Marketing and Publicity unit coordinator My time as being a part of Mother’s Union started back ... read more

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'Greetings from your President'.

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 1 January 2016, 11:41


Happy New Year 2016

Greeings from your President… In her new role as Diocesan President, Judith Meaden sincerely hopes you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and wishes all the Chelmsford Mothers’ Union Members a very happy, joyous and peaceful New Year 2016. Judith very much looks forward to meeting as many members as possible during ... read more

 Posted: 1 Jan 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Interview with Shelley Goff

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 08:00


Shelley Goff

Hi, my name is Shelley Goff and I am a member of the St Edward’s Branch in Romford. I am the branch secretary and have been now for a good number of years. I was enrolled at St. Edwards Church and I have been a member for about eight years. I enrolled when a lovely lady approached me and asked if I would like to be a MU member. I was excited ... read more

 Posted: 16 Dec 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Mothers' Union Gamesmaker.

posted by: Josie levy | on: Saturday, 5 December 2015, 08:46


Gamesmaker

Mothers' Union Gamesmaker. Valerie Thompson came to one of our Mothers’ Union meeting to share with us her experiences of being a games maker at the 2012 Olympics. Valerie and her husband were both retired teachers. Looking back, she can remember having the radio on at the school waiting in anticipation to hear if London had been chosen for ... read more

 Posted: 5 Dec 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Deanery AGM & Advent Service.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 13:41


Carol thanked Janet for her years of service.

The Chelmsford Deanery AGM began promptly at 10.30am with the arrival of the Deanery Chairman Mrs Janet Pettifer. Following prayers said by Revd Jane Anderson, apologies were noted and the minutes of the pervious meeting where briefly discussed. The Deanery Chairman gave her report and the Treasurer’s report was circulated and clarified. The ... read more

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Interview with Marion Ketley

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 28 November 2015, 22:33


Mrion Ketley - MU President of the diocese of Chelmsford

My name is Marion Ketley and I am the retiring Diocesan President, having completed a term of six years. My journey with Mothers’ Union started in 1983. The church I attended at the time, St.James-the-Less, Hadleigh, had no active branch and when a keen member joined the congregation, having recently moved into the area, the branch was opened ... read more

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New MU Branch in North Woolwich

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 22:00


Congratulations to our new MU Branch

On Sunday 22nd November Valerie Thompson visited St John's, North Woolwich with Silvertown, Albert Road, London. E16 to open a new branch of the Mothers Union. Some ladies were already members so the new branch now has 20 members including the vicar Revd. John-Princely Croos. They are all looking forward to these new beginnings of prayer and fellow ... read more

 Posted: 25 Nov 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment / view comments

Thunderclap

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 23 November 2015, 17:06


Show your Support

Emma Ham-Riche, a member in Chichester Diocese and soon to be on the Fundraising & Communications Committee, has kindly registered our 16 Days campaign message for a Thunderclap. This will enable us to really reach a wide audience at midday on 25th November. Please can you follow her link to support the campaign using your Mothers’ Union ... read more

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A New Branch for Havering.

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 16 November 2015, 10:32


The new Havering branch.

On Sunday 15th November 2015 Marion Ketley, Revd. Mike Ketley and Valerie Thompson visited The Church of the Ascension. Collier Row, Romford to open a new branch of the Mothers Union. The church has had a branch in the past but the Revd. Bernadette Hull was very keen to have a branch at her church again. The members old and new look forward to thes ... read more

 Posted: 16 Nov 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Women of the Bible.

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 12 November 2015, 19:24


Smiles and guesses?

Well, more like bible names on the table, for each table of three or four people were given an envelope containing lots of women of the bible’s names plus events or statements and our task was to match the women's names to other names, etc., such as ‘Mary matched with Jesus’, ‘Ruth matched with Naomi’ and ‘Jezebe ... read more

 Posted: 12 Nov 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Cards at the Cathedral

posted by: Joan | on: Friday, 6 November 2015, 19:07


Busy making Christmas cards

We had a great evening at the Cathedral MU evening meeting on 5th Nov… Whilst the weather outside was dark and damp, inside all was bright, shiny, sparkly and busy. Hilary brought a whole mound of card-making materials, such as pens, sticky items, stamps, blank cards, glue, cut-outs, scissors and many, many more items too numerous to mention ... read more

 Posted: 6 Nov 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Jill Evans Obituary

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 31 October 2015, 11:30


Jill's qualities were quietness and stillness. - Photo by Valerie Thompson

Jill Evans Obituary. Jill joined Mothers’ Union in 1969. She had a young baby and was unable to attend the afternoon meetings of the Branch at Ingatestone where she and her husband Gerald then lived, so she became an Indoor Member. The chief activity of these members is prayer and this was something at which Jill was so very good. When circu ... read more

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Interview with Mary Leach

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 24 October 2015, 14:34


Mary Leach - St Edward's Romford MU

Hello Chelmsford MU members I am Mary Leach. I belong to the St Edward's, Romford branch, and my position is Assistant Branch Leader. I believe I was enrolled in 1968 so that makes it 47 years since becoming a member. I can’t really recall why I joined the MU but at the time I attended St Paul's Church in Goodmayes where my late husband Alan ... read more

 Posted: 24 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

A Big Thank You.

posted by: Joan | on: Monday, 19 October 2015, 16:48


It wasn't the easiest website to manage, but Mike did! Thank you.

On behalf of the Trustees, Judith Meaden, Pauline Briggs and all the members of the Mothers Union in this diocese I would like to thank Revd Mike Ketley, for setting up the MUChelmsford.org.uk website in 2010 when Marion Ketley became our MU President; Mike continued to manage the website right up to Aug/September of this year. The website was a d ... read more

 Posted: 19 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

YOUR new website

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 17 October 2015, 16:40


Joan

Hello to all Chelmsford Diocese MU members. I am delighted to tell you that I am now your MU website manager. Revd. Mike Ketley set up and managed the Chelmsford MU website when Marion Ketley became President of the Chelmsford Diocese in January 2010. And what a successful and caring Mothers' Union President she has been throughout all those years. ... read more

 Posted: 17 Oct 2015 | There are 5 comments | make a comment / view comments

October – Must Read

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 15 October 2015, 14:46


October in a nutshell

You must read October’s Faith and Policy Watch document – It’s jam-packed with information on the work of the Mothers’ Union. Faith Reflections talk of the Political Conference season with the new leaders looking to move forward on the main challenges of the 21st century. To help them and us a beautiful Franciscan Benedict ... read more

 Posted: 15 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

Pudding Evening

posted by: Joan | on: Saturday, 10 October 2015, 22:53


Let's Cook!

At the Chelmsford Cathedral Mothers' Union meeting we had a ‘Pudding Evening’ where we were able to try out all the different and exciting puddings that our members made. We could taste, share and pick up the recipes. We had some really yummy puddings to try, some family favourites and some new and tasty recipes, so there were plenty o ... read more

 Posted: 10 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments

MU's new Chief Executive

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 8 October 2015, 18:30


Mrs Beverley Jullien

Mrs Beverley Jullien has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of The Mother’s Union During her successful career in both the corporate and education sectors Beverley Jullien has been at the vanguard of women’s representation at senior board level, including leading the merger of Astra and Zeneca in the UK in 2000 and a period serv ... read more

 Posted: 8 Oct 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment / view comments