Ladies Group & Mothers’ Union News & Programme

Scroll down to see a list of meetings. If you would like a copy of either programme (or both!) please contact Linda on 01943 863715, or via the Parish Office.

Mothers’ Union News

We began the New Year with an enjoyable party sharing the evening with the Ladies Group. We were entertained with quizzes and fed with a tasty buffet. All in all a lovely evening. Many thanks to all who helped in any way.

On 9th January we welcomed Ian Middleton, the artist commissioned by the Community Trust to paint a picture depicting Burley in Wharfedale with its many aspects, in his Rubistic Expressionist style. We were impressed by his research and suggestions from villagers and school children. The history of the village and favourite places were all included, some people having been invited to add a small dab of paint on the place they had suggested. More of Ian’s work can be seen at The Somerville Gallery in Otley, but the original painting will eventually have its home in Burley in Wharfedale Library.

The following day about 20 of us met in church and during the usual Thursday morning service shared the continual Wave of Prayer with our linked dioceses around the world. We prayed for MU workers in Etche, Nigeria where the Mothers‘ Union workers deliver health and educational programmes; Ogbomoso, also in Nigeria where women and girls also need education; for Kibungo Diocese in Rwanda where there is MU involvement in child care, nurseries and care for the elderly; we prayed for Hanuato’o on the largest of the Solomon Islands where life is affected by climate change and natural disasters. The sea is becoming polluted and fish is their main source of food. We prayed for safety of staff and MU workers as they travel from one island to another by canoe, sometimes dangerous owing to the level of gender violence in that area. As we prayed for our members in distant places, so they will have been praying for us at the same time in the Wave of Prayer which through the World Wide network continues daily through the months and years.

Many thanks to Pat Emmel and our vicar Alastair for organising the service.

We meet with the Ladies Group on Thursday 7th February at 8pm when Wendy Walker will be speaking about nurturing children’s sense of self and the ‘Unique’ course at 8 pm.

On 13th February we welcome Mary Thorpe to the Mothers’ Union afternoon meeting at 2pm. She will be speaking about a new initiative – ‘MULOA’.

Our March meeting is on 13th at 2pm. Irene Fowler will be taking us ’Behind the scenes of a Quiet Garden’.

Help please! We need 2 people to help with Thursday evening refreshments on 4th April and 30th May and 2 for afternoon refreshments on 13th March. Also 1 person to write the MU page in mid-March for the April issue of the Parish Magazine. All offers to Pam Sowman please.

Pam Sowman


Ladies Group News

On behalf of Ladies Group, may I thank Pam, Linda and all their helpers in M.U., for the wonderful party they hosted on 3rd January. A good night was had by all!

7th February: We join M.U. for a talk by Wendy Walker on ‘Nurturing Children’s Sense of Self ‘.

21st February: Veronica Bird stepped in at the last minute in April 2018, to replace our booked speaker, who’d had a really nasty fall. Veronica talked about her career in the Prison Service, ultimately becoming a Prison Governor. She was such an entertaining speaker that we have invited her to talk further about an aspect of her prison life, “Mothers and Babies in Prison”

Both meetings are held in the Parish Centre, commencing at 8.00pm

Lynne Robinson


Mothers’ Union and Ladies Group 2019

Thursday Evening meetings at 8pm in St Mary’s Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.

7th ‘Nurturing Children’s Sense of Self’ – Wendy Walker
21st ‘Mothers and Babies in Prison’ – Veronica Bird

7th ‘The Sound of Music’ – theatre trip to Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society
21st ‘Yorkshire Flower Academy’ – Cheryl Davy and Caroline McNulty

4th ‘Living and Dying Well in Compassionate Communities’ – Pam Stoney

2nd ‘The Donkey Sanctuary’ – Daniel McLoughlin
16th Ladies Group AGM
30th Ascension Day Service – 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church. Followed by refreshments

May/June: Meal – Date & venue to be confirmed

Mothers’ Union 2019

Wednesday Afternoon meetings at 2pm in St Mary’s Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.


February 13th ‘MULOA’ – Mary Thorpe

March 13th  ‘Time Out – behind the scenes in a Quiet Garden’ – Irene Fowler

April 10th – ‘Iona, its Beauty, Saints and Pilgrims’ – Bryony Partridge

May 8th at 7.30 Visit by Shelf MU – Cancelled

June 12th ‘From The Netherlands to Bradford’ – Revd. Henriette Howarth

July 3rd Strawberry Tea

July 10th AGM