Hagley Mothers’ Union report to Parish AGM 2015-2016

Hagley Mothers’ Union report to Parish AGM 2015-2016

We seem to have had a very interesting and full year. We have welcomed one new and one returning member, but sadly lost our dear friends Dawn Spencer and Barbara Pearce who have both died recently

During the past year we have been fortunate enough to have some notable activities and events and special services. Our meetings with speakers have included a riveting afternoon with Adeela Parvez from the Dudley Asian Women’s network in May, and an interesting talk from Karen Turnock of the Chadd Dudley Women’s refuge. More activity based meetings included a debate in April in preparation for the General Election, and in September we spent enjoyable time learning about the Diocesan card project and making some to contribute to the stock of cards, many of which go to prisoners at Long Lartin for their use.

Our annual Advent service was held in December and proved to be a memorable afternoon. In March 2016 we had our Wave of Prayer service and learned more about our new Link Diocese in West Ankole, Uganda

The fundraising this past year has been very successful and it has enabled us to send £200 to MU projects worldwide.  The raffle held at our Advent tea also produced a good amount towards the cost of cards and booklets for the Baptism families. A good number attended the Deanery Festival service at Oldswinford in May and also the Coffee morning in November which raised over £400.   We have enjoyed very friendly relations with our neighbouring branch in Clent and given mutual support to each branch’s activities.

Contribution to Church life; as before we provided refreshments for the Wedding Couples tea earlier this year.  Members provided cakes etc. for a joint Sunday service in August, when Mary Sumner Day happened to fall on a Sunday, and again in November with refreshments for the group service held at St. Saviours, a day which allowed us to mark our support for the campaign “16 days of Activism against gender based violence.”

At our AGM in February, I (Jacky Smith)  resigned as leader of the branch after 6 years in office, and Judy Plant has taken over as the new leader. We are all very grateful to Judy for taking this on, and also to Kate Hodgetts who will carry on as treasurer, and to other members of the committee who will be continuing in post. They will be ensuring that the branch contributes to the aims of the M.U while providing opportunities for fellowship –and fun!

Jacky Smith