We were delighted when Lesley Bayley agreed to take up the position of VP for Ferns Area. Lesley took over from Janet Crampton who is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things Mothers' Union and we have all welcomed her advice and support during her time as VP for Ferns Area.
Lesley has stated that is has been a very exciting year to be introduced to the role as VP with so many events having been organised to celebrate "13 Decades of Love & Service" in Mothers' Union. Lesley organised her first Area Meeting in March 2017 and it was kindly hosted by Ferns Mothers' Union. The guest speaker was, Revd. Cheryl Patterson from Gorey Methodist Church.
The Autumn Area Meeting has been scheduled for Monday November 20th @ 8p.m and will be hosted by Gorey/Hollyfort Branch. The guest speaker will be Valerie Power who will talk about her work with Bishop's Appeal and her recent trip to India.
Lesley, with the help of Naomi Besanson, organised an Afternoon of fun, fellowship and refreshments in Ballycanew Hall in June as part of 130th Celebrations. It was hosted by Ballycanew/Leskinfere/Monamolin Branch and we were delighted to have our Diocesan President, Revd. Margaret Sykes, and All-Ireland President, Phyllis Grothier, join us for this special event.
Ferns Area Meeting 20/11/2017
The Ferns Area Meeting was held in the Old Schoolhouse, Charlotte Row, Gorey on Monday 20th November. The Meeting was very well attended with Valerie Power, telling all gathered about her recent journey to India with Bishop's Appeal. Lesley Bayley, VP for Ferns Area, opened the meeting with a short service and welcomed everyone to the Meeting on behalf of Georgina Byrne, Branch Leader of Gorey, who was unable to attend.
Valerie showed us lots of photographs taken during her time in India and we were all shocked to see the poverty and very poor living conditions in which many people lived. Valerie spoke of some of the projects that are being promoted and supported to try and improve family life ~ growing crops of wheat, bee keeping etc. and self-help groups to support those who have suffered violence in their lives. We are very grateful to Valerie for coming to share her experience with us.
Following Valerie's talk Revd. Margaret made a presentation to Cecily Jones to thank her for her work on the MU Enterprise stall for the last ten years. Revd. Margaret also thanked Phyllis Foot and Vivien Black for attending the meeting with the stall and she hopes that someone will come forward in the Ferns Area to take over from Cecily.
All gathered enjoyed lovely refreshments at the end of the Meeting and our thanks to Gorey/Hollyfort Branch for hosting the Area Meeting.
See a slide show of photographs from the evening on your left.
St. Mary's Church ~ Bunclody
What's on in Ferns Area
St. Mary's Bunclody:
Saturday 25thNovember from 2.30pm until 3.30pm
Bunclody ~ Tuesday 21st November in the Sunday School @ 8p.m.
Guest Speaker @ 8.30p.m.: Ms Bernie Walsh on Genealogy.
Some pictures of Activities in The Ferns Area
TV 3 also Promote & Support The Shoe Box Appeal
Branch News from Ferns Area
Ardamine/Kilnamanagh: Founded 1964
Mrs Allyson Walsh served for three years as Enrolling Member of Ardamine and Kilnamanagh Mothers' Union and stepped down at the beginning of the 2016/2017. Allyson has also served on the Trustee Board of Cashel/Ferns/ Ossory Mothers' Union.
Ballycanew/Leskinfere/Monamolin: Founded 1945
The Branch again held their very successful dinner in March to raise funds for The Relief Fund and The Mothers' Union Literacy Programme. The dinner is very popular with parishioners and the community alike. They serve a three course dinner at 1p.m. and all of the ingredients are provided by members. The Branch greatly appreciates all of the support they receive for this fund raising project.
The Branch had a very successful tour of the local nursing homes in early October when they delighted the residents of Middleton and Valentia Nursing Homes with the singing of harvest hymns.
The Branch also had a vey busy and productive time in Leskinfere Parish Hall when Mothers' Union members gathered to make school bags for the Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal.
Bunclody Branch: Founded 1941
Bunclody Branch hosted A Variety Musicial Evening with The Kilkenny College Chamber Choir, celebrating 130 years of Mothers' Union in Ireland. It took place in St. Mary's Church Bunclody, Co. Wexford on Thursday, 23rd. March 2017. The Musical Evening was organised in aid of Mothers' Union overseas projects and the evening was a great success.
Enniscorthy Branch: Founded 1904
Enniscorthy Branch facilitated Killanne/Killegney Branch by providing St. Mary's Church as the venue for the Autumn Area Meeting. Guest speaker was Terry O'Malley from SAFE (Support for Afghan Further Education). Enniscorthy Branch also hosted the Spring Trustees Meeting at the Rectory and the members decorated a Christmas Tree for the Christmas Tree Festival in St. Mary's Church.
Ferns: Founded 1932
Ferns Branch remains active supporting many worthy causes throughout the year ~ Sewing School Bags to go overseas, supporting the annual Shoe Box Appeal organised by Team Hope and collecting toiletries etc for distribution to the Women's Refuge as part of the Vigils for the 13 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
Gorey/Hollyfort Branch: Founded 1932
Gorey/Hollyfort Branch held an Afternoon Tea Party in the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey to celebrate 130 years of Mothers' Union in Ireland. They had a lovely afternoon of fellowship and refreshments on Tuesday 23rd May. Lesley Bayley, VP for Ferns Area, joined them for this special occasion.
Gorey/Hollyfort Branch held their Opening Service on Monday 18th September in Christ Church, Gorey. On 28th September they went to see the film "Victoria & Adbul" as Queen Victoria was the first royal patron of Mothers' Union.
Killanne/Killegney Branch: Founded 1944
The Branch continues to be very active and little did Lesley Bayley think when she was the special preacher at the opening service in October 2016 that it would lead to her current role as VP for Ferns Area. The Branch enjoyed the visit of many guest speakers during the year but all particularly enjoyed a relaxing evening at the home of Iris Tector when the Officers of the Branch displayed and shared their many talents ~ flower arranging, cooking, excercises and recitations etc.
The Branch organised a lovely Christmas Dinner in The Alamo Restaurant in the Riverside Park Hotel in December.
Killanne/Killegney Branch held their Opening Service on Tuesday 7th November 2017 and were delighted that our Diocesan President, Revd Margaret Sykes, agreed to lead us in worship and preach at this service. Revd. Margaret gave a very thought provoking address on the word "UNION"
New Ross/Fethard-on-Sea: Founded 1952
Congratulations to Bea Thorpe and her husband Brian who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary during the year and they helped to cut the Celebration Cake during the Afternoon Tea Party to celebrate Mary Sumner Day at the home of Phyllis Grothier in early August. Olive Power from the Branch also organises the trip to General Meeting every. This year's meeting took place in Edinburgh and all the work Olive puts into organising travel and accommodation arrangements is greatly appreciated.
Wexford Branch: Founded 1892
Wexford Branch very kindly hosted our Vigil for the Thirteen Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in November 2016. The Vigil took place in St. Iberius Church and we are very grateful to Wexford Branch for hosting a lovely tea after the Vigil. A large amount of toiletries were collected to distribute to The Women's Refuge in Wexford.