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

On Thursday 1 November, along with members of Ladies Group, we held a Recipe Evening where we tasted and swapped some of our favourite recipes. These included Salmon Vol au Vents, Madeleines, Polenta Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Yorkshire Parkin, Chocolate Brownies, Poppy Seed Cake, Boiled Fruit Cake and seeded Flapjack and perhaps one or two others. I think we all consumed a few more calories than we should have done but it was an enjoyable evening!

On the 14 November, Diane Excell, currently Church Warden at St Barnabas’ Heaton, came to speak to us about the highly acclaimed Millennium Tapestry celebrating 2000 years of Heaton Village, and to show us slides. It was only ever intended to be a small tapestry in which everyone in the congregation could take part, but it grew ‘like Topsy’ into a 53 feet long community project which crossed the boundaries between Churches and Faiths. There were 357 individual pieces worked which tell the history of an urban village just 2 miles from the centre of Bradford, in many styles of needlework. 427 people aged from 6 to 93 participated in many ways. About 200 sewed in styles they personally enjoyed -applique, blackwork, cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint and participants from churches, other faiths, schools, local community groups (art, environmental, uniformed organisations etc) businesses, newspapers and radio and also people from different parts of the country and abroad joined in. Visitors from all over the world have admired the tapestry and Bradford school students, many of Islamic origin, use it as a wonderful resource for History, Religious Education and Design Technology. It was brought to St Mary’s for a short visit, but unfortunately I can’t remember when or the details of the visit, but there are photographs to prove it!

Joint MU/LG meetings for Christmas and the New Year

December 6 Christmas Miscellany – seasonal crafts with Jenny Stacey 8pm

December 12 MU Christmas Dinner at Otley Golf Club. 12.30 for 1pm

December 20 Ladies Group and Mothers’ Union Christmas Carol Service in St Mary’s (followed by refreshments – please remember to bring a glass!) 8pm

January 3 Mothers’ Union and Ladies Group New Year Party 7.30pm at the Parish Centre, £6, names to Linda Nelson

January 9th ‘The Burley Painting’ – Ian Middleton 2pm

January 10 Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer service in St Mary’s at 10am

Barbara Schofield

MU does Mama Mia! 

Thirty of us enjoyed a sing-a-long to the original ‘Mamma Mia’ on 29th October singing to well known tunes and lyrics from the film. The evening was hosted by the Mothers’ Union and drinks and ice creams were sold during the interval. One hundred pounds thus raised along with some donations has been sent to help the work of the M.U. in prisons and refuges. Recently we were able to join with M.U. branches in Wharfedale to send two cars absolutely full in every space, of items needed by women who are helped in the Women’s Refuge in Keighley. Thank you to anyone who gave to that collection.’

Pam Sowman


Ladies Group News

6th December 8.00pm in Parish Centre: Jenny Stacey will be demonstrating quick and easy seasonal craft ideas, such as crackers and tree decorations, “A Christmas Medley”. Jenny sells her work sheets at 20p each, with all monies going to Cystic Fibrosis. Please come along and support a good cause while having an enjoyable night out.

20th December 8.00pm in St.Mary’s Church Ladies Group and Mothers’ Union meet in church for our Christmas Carol Service, a really lovely, uplifting evening of music, readings and carols. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome to join us.

3rd January 7.30pm in Parish Centre Mothers’ Union are this year’s hosts for our New Year Party. The MU committee will be planning the buffet, and will have a list of suggested foods. They will be asking for the help and contributions of volunteers. Cost per person is £6. Please bring with you a fork, knife, spoon, glass and your own choice of drink. I should add that Party night is always great fun!

17th January 8.00pm in Parish Centre: Val Howson will be giving amusing recollections of her life in Leeds, from childhood onwards. After joining the Salvation Army, she opened a charity shop, ” The Care and Share Centre”, to give customers dignity of choice. A warm and generous woman, Val feels that the scourge of today’s society is loneliness.

I would also like to give advance notice of this year’s Theatre Trip to the “Sound of Music” on 7th March. Irene Exley requires names and money paid no later than our meeting on 17th January. Irene will know the cost of tickets by our meeting on 6th December.

Finally, being a Scot, I have to wish you all ” A Guid New Year” !

Lynne Robinson


Mothers’ Union and Ladies Group 2018-19

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


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.


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


January 9th ‘The Burley Painting’ – Ian Middleton (This replaces the ‘Musical Miscellany’ shown in our programme)

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