Ladies Group & Mothers’ Union News & Programme

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Mothers’ Union News

On Thursday 2 November, along with members of Ladies Group, we were joined by Sarah Rydill, ‘The Yorkshire Chocolatier – ‘All Things Chocolate’ , and her passion for it. She has been working for a company in Human Resources but her long held ambition has been to set up her own chocolate-making business which she has now been able to do by reducing her hours with the Human Resources company. The family kitchen had been her chocolate-making place, but this was far from ideal. She and her partner have recently moved into a larger house which has enabled her to create a separate kitchen for her chocolate-making which has made a big difference to her and to the business. She sells her products at Craft Markets, Festivals (we found out about her at Burley Festival in the summer), Weddings, Parties and recommendations from previous customers,etc. She brought some samples for us to try which were delicious, and a wide selection of items for us to purchase which we were only too happy to do! A good time was had by all!

On Wednesday 8 November we were taken on a trip to ‘The Rocky Mountains’ by Annette Goldsmith, who is a well-travelled lady from Skipton. She had an amazing set of photographs for us to see and tales to tell of her adventures
across the Rockies.

Joint MU/LG meetings for Christmas and the New Year.

December 7 Our Curate, Revd Gareth Howles – ‘Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire’
December 13 Christmas Meal at Otley Golf Club, 12.30pm for 1pm
December 21 Carol Service in Church with seasonal refreshments. Please remember to bring a glass
January 4 New Year Party in the Parish Centre – please note earlier time of 7.30pm

2018 Programme

January 10 Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer Service, 2pm
January 18 Wine Tasting – Majestic Wines. Please note earlier time of 7pm. The cost is £10. Please give your names and money to Sue Overend (968248)

Barbara Schofield

Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer 2018

Mothers’ Union expresses its Christian identity through its life of prayer and worship. It is this spiritual life together which underpins our work with families and communities.

Every day a wave of prayer goes around the world as members stop in the middle of the day to pray for the work of Mothers’ Union and international issues. These daily prayers follow an annual pattern which means that every Mothers’ Union region is prayed for at least once during the year.

Please join us at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 10th January in the Garden Room of the Parish Centre as we pray for our link dioceses of:

Ogbomoso and Etche in Nigeria
Kibungo in Ruanda
Lesotho in South Africa
Hanuato’o in the Solomon Islands

Pam Sowman


Ladies Group News

Please note the various starting times for the events below!

We meet in church, 8.00pm on 21st December, together with M.U., for our Christmas Carol Service. This is always an absolutely delightful evening. M.U. will be serving festive refreshments afterwards, so please bring a glass with you.

Ladies Group are hosting this year’s New Year Party, 7.30pm on 4th January, in the Parish Centre. The format is as usual, good food (Kim’s brilliant buffet!) and a good time had mingling. The cost is £6 per person, and we would appreciate all numbers confirmed and paid, no later than 21st December at the Carol Service, to either Kim Chambers or myself. As a bit of fun, anyone coming to the party, please give a photo of yourself as a wee toddler, in an envelope with your name written on the front, to Kim or myself, again , no later than 21st. Please remember to bring a plate, cutlery, glass and your own choice of drink with you.

The fun continues! On 18th January, 7.00pm in Parish Centre, Majestic Wines are presenting a light hearted “Call my Bluff” wine tasting. We sample many different wines, then try to identify them. The cost is £10 per person, and names and payment need to be with Sue Overend no later than 21st December. I’m afraid it’s all happening on 21st!

1st February, 8.00pm in Parish Centre, Margaret Young (not the Burley Margaret Young!) is giving a talk on Vietnam and Cambodia. I don’t have any more details at present.

Happy Christmas everyone, and have a good New Year!

Lynne Robinson


Mothers’ Union and Ladies Group Meetings 2017-18

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


7th ‘Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire!’ – Revd Gareth Howles
21st Carol Service followed by refreshments – 8pm St Mary’s Church

4th New Year Party – 7.30 in the Parish Centre
18th Wine Tasting – Majestic Wines

1st ‘Vietnam & Cambodia’ – Margaret Young
15th BIGMO Photographic Quiz – Tony Burkitt

8th Trip to see ‘Seussical the Musical’ – Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society
15th ‘Makeup Demystified’ – Jo Crowther

5th ‘Clarice Cliff…genius…or just in the right place at the right time?’ – Pat Osborne
19th ‘Staying at the REAL Exotic Marigold Hotel’ – Maggie Poppa

3rd ‘Journey in Africa’ – Mary Brooks
10th Ascension Day Service 7.30pm in church, followed by refreshments
17th Ladies Group AGM

14th Meal – details later

MU Afternoon Meetings

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


6th(Weds) Advent Service – 2pm at St John’s, Baildon
13th Christmas Lunch – 12.30pm for 1pm, Otley Golf Club

10th Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer

14th Wendy Walker, Methodist Family Worker

14th ‘Hope for the Nations’ – Paul Lancaster

11th ‘Musical Miscellany’

9th Evening visit by our link branch at Shelf & celebration of our 120th anniversary

13th ‘Memory Box’

4th(Weds) Strawberry Teas – St Mary’s Parish Centre
11th AGM

9th Mary Sumner Day