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

By the time you are reading this the new season of activities will have been set in motion at the Opening Service. I’m sure we will all have enjoyed that and I hope you all had a good look at Mothers’ Union Christmas cards and placed your orders.

On 4th October we join with Ladies Group to hear Colin Anderson talk about Chef to the Royals. Will we learn about what are their favourite foods and what foods are not, and who does or does not like which dishes? Will there be recipes to try for ourselves so we can impress our families?

On 10th October Roger Banister will come to speak about West Yorkshire Scouts Project in Nepal. l’m looking forward to hearing what he has to tell.

I look forward to seeing you all at these forthcoming events.

Sue Whelan

Keighley Women’s Refuge

Marjorie has arranged a date with the Keighley Women’s Refuge to receive donations from our area once again. It will be on Friday, 26th October at 11 am at the car park behind the Menston Library, as previously. As we always get a huge amount of donations, I have obtained information from Helen as to what is acceptable or not, as follows:-

YES to single bedding as they only have single beds, but duvets and pillows need to be new or at least clean, and have a fire safety label. Any double duvets meeting this criteria could be passed on by them to other Refuges.

YES to towels, toiletries, cleaning materials, tinned and dried foods. They also like to give a welcome gift to new arrivals – this could include toiletry gift sets for the mums and soft toys, reading books, small games, colouring books and crayons etc for the children.

NO to heavy pans, crockery and cutlery which we thought was a good idea for a while, but these are so heavy and take up so much room in the van we have decided against it.

I hope you will find this information helpful, and you have enough time to start collecting your donations.

Marjorie Boddy


Ladies Group News

Our meetings commence 8.00pm in the Parish Centre.

Our first meeting, 4th October, is an evening in the company of Colin Alderson, “Chef to the Royals”. Colin is a Yorkshire lad born in Arkengarthdale, who became Pastry Chef for the Royal household, catering for all the Royal Palaces and all major events in the Royal calendar. This promises to be a fascinating insight into our Queen’s life.

18th October: Ken Robertshaw, an excellent and very entertaining speaker, will be regaling us with highlights of his kayaking trip, 2350 miles down the Mississippi, camping en route. He undertook this tremendous feat to raise money for Theodora Children’s Charity.

1st November: We join M.U. for one of their memorable Recipe Evenings, enjoyed by all who either partake, or just taste the goods on offer, which can be anything you like to make at home.The theme is seasonal (Winter), and everyone who wishes is invited to bring a recipe (and a sample if possible). Extra copies of your recipe would be helpful but, if not, copies can be made on the night.

Lynne Robinson


Mothers’ Union and Ladies Group 2018-19

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

20th Opening Service followed by refreshments – 8pm St Mary’s Church

4th ‘Chef to the Royals’ – Colin Alderson
18th ‘Ole Man on a River’ – Ken Robertshaw

1st Recipe Evening: a tasting and swapping evening of seasonal recipes
15th ‘Hug on a Tray’ – Chevin Socialites; St James’ Hospital

6th ‘Christmas Medley’ – seasonal crafts with Jenny Stacey
20th Carol Service, 8.00 pm in St Mary’s Church. Followed by refreshments.

3rd New Year Party – 7.30 pm at the Parish Centre
17th ‘Tales from a Charity Shop’ – Val Howson

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 2018-19

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


October 10th ‘West Yorkshire Scouts Project in Nepal’ – Roger Banister

November 14th ‘The Heaton Tapestry’ – Diane Excell

December 12th Christmas Meal at Otley Golf Club – 12.30 for 1pm.


January 9th ‘Musical Miscellany’ – bring a CD of a favourite tune to share

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 (to be confirmed)

June 12th To be arranged

July 3rd Strawberry Tea

July 10th AGM