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Welcome back to Ladies Group, after what has been a wonderful and exciting summer for Yorkshire (and also my home country Scotland - no, I do not want independence!). Le Tour de France has not been bettered anywhere than in Yorkshire. 

As always, we have a lively and appealing programme of talks, demonstrations and social evenings. We have old favourites; wine-tasting, antiques, our Carol Service, New Year party, theatre trip, and end of year dinner. We spend an evening with our new vicar, Rev. Alastair Kirk (who must surely have Scottish ancestry!). We will hear about the work of Tearfund and Workaid, and an update on Tereli, and new to us, the history of corsets and the secret life of Charles Dickens. We also have a mystery evening (!!), more of which later. 

We join M.U. for our inaugural service in St. Mary's Church, at 8.00pm on 18th September. We do extend a warm welcome to everyone, friends old and new. This year, Barry Overend is giving a talk whose title "Presuppositions, Prejudice, Pride - and Plumbers if there's time", sounds very intriguing! The St.Mary Singers will be performing, always a pleasure to hear. Ladies Group will serve refreshments after the service. 

On 2nd October, we again join M.U., 8.00pm in the Parish Centre, when Kate Beck will talk about her volunteering work in Darfur with Tearfund. Some of you may remember Kate from St. Mary's. 

Our treasurer, Margaret Moore, would like to remind our members that annual subscription has been raised to £6, and coffee on the door to £1.50 (the first increases in many years). 

If anyone is in two minds about joining us, why not come along and sample an evening or two with us, I am sure you will find us a happy band. To obtain a copy of our programme, please phone Susan Collins ( 01943 864424) or Linda Nelson (01943 863715).  

Lynne Robinson

01943 862009



This year’s new programme has plenty of interesting things to look forward to and I hope you will all find something to enjoy. You are warmly invited to take part in any or all of our meetings, from Wednesday afternoons, to joint evenings with the Ladies’ Group, MUms & Co events and our special services at church. I especially welcome you to join us in church, on the evening of 18th September, for our Opening Service, after which there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments. 

Our sincere thanks go to Sue Whelan for generously hosting our Mary Sumner Day garden tea party, and also thanks to all who attended.  

We are now part of the new “Ilkley Deanery” but our annual collection of items to help support the work of the Keighley and Bradford Women’s Refuge will still continue. I would therefore be pleased to receive or collect any items from the following list that you would like to donate. Items of tinned or dried food, toiletries, house-hold cleaning products, towels, bedding and children’s colouring or activity books would be very much appreciated. If you have any items to donate, please let me know. The final date on which I can receive items will be Tuesday 14th October.  

Karen Wheelhouse  

Dates for your Diary:

Sep 17th, 8pm, MUms & Co, “What’s For Pudding?” recipe tasting & swap. @ 55, Sun Lane, Burley.

Oct 2nd, 8pm, MU & LG: Parish Centre, Working in Darfur with Tearfund. Kate Beck

Oct 8th, 2pm, MU: Parish Centre, The Holy Land. Paul & Irene Fowler.

Oct 8th, 8pm, MUms & Co, Social evening @ 28, Main St, Burley & bring donations for Women’s Refuge.


Mothers' Union and Ladies Group Meetings 2014-15

All meetings at 8pm in St Mary's Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.

18th  Opening Service followed by refreshments - 8pm St Mary's Church

2nd  'Working in Darfur with Tear Fund' - Kate Beck
16th  'The Secret Life of Charles Dickens' - Pat Osborne

6th  'Duttons - All Buttoned Up' Part 2 - Michelle Horton, Duttons for Buttons
20th 'Behind Closed Doors' - Jane Thoy

4th 'Christmas Cheer' - Wine Tasting with Kelvin Newberry
18th Carol Service followed by refreshments - 8pm St Mary's Church

8th New Year Party
22nd  'An Evening of Antiques' - Les Cousins

5th  'Tools for Life - WORKAID' - David Falkiner

5th Trip to see 'The Pirates of Penzance' - Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society
19th 'Greetings from Tereli' - Mary Wood

16th 'Wait and See!' - Revd. Alastair Kirk

7th 'Powder, Paint & the Corset' - Dulcie Lewis
14th Ascension Day Service and refreshments - 7.30pm St Mary's Church
21st Ladies Group AGM

11th Out for a meal - details later

Mothers' Union Afternoon Meetings

All meetings at 2pm in St Mary's Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.

October 8th 'The Holy Land' - Irene & Paul Fowler

November 12th 'Quaker and Anglican - Why both?' - Judith Sayer

December 10th Christmas Lunch - 12.30pm for 1pm, Otley Golf Club

January 14th 'Katiyo' - Annette Hattersley 

February 11th An afternoon with Revd. Alastair Kirk

March 11th 'Desert Island Poems' - Jeanne Powell
March 25th Lady Day Service

May 13th  Evening visit to our link branch at Shelf

June 10th 'Something New' - Revd Paul Wheelhouse

July 1st   Strawberry Teas - 2.30pm St Mary's Parish Centre
July 8th  AGM followed by 'Losing and Gaining' - Sietske Archer





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