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HENBURY  W.I


On March 3rd our speaker was Sarah Clarke, a local optician who had spent 3 weeks travelling to Nepal.  Her talk was entitled ‘Eye Care from Macclesfield to Nepal’.

She took us through her journey by plane and jeep rides over rough terrain to a small village area in Nepal.  There with a team of helpers she provided the locals with glasses which she had taken with her – these had been donated by local Macclesfield people.  She also assisted with cataract operations on the local people.

It was a very interesting talk and was followed by the usual refreshments of tea and cake.  This was followed by the business end of the meeting – there are many events happening this year as it is the centenary of the Cheshire Federation.

Our next meeting is on April 7th when Rhona Marshall will talk to us about Uganda.  We hope at that meeting to have collected together many items which will go to Uganda to help the local people.

All visitors welcome.

Ann Cresswell


MOTHERS’ UNION

As promised last month I can now report on the Diocesan Festival Service held on the 29th February, which I am afraid took place too late for me to report on it in the March article although as I am typing this on the 1st March, April seems a long way off!

The Diocesan Festival Service was not as well attended as last year but a storm warning had been given and also there was the worry of the Coronavirus.   Nevertheless it was a lovely service led by Revd. Christine Broad our Diocesan Chaplain and The Very Revd. Dr. Tim Stratford the Dean of Chester.  The theme for the service was the same as MU’s theme for this year “Building Hope and Confidence”.  During the service three new MU speakers were commissioned and also The Diocesan Ambassador of  The Children’s Society in the Diocese of Chester.   Seven members from Henbury attended and three from Rainow so that was not too bad from the Macclesfield Deanery. Despite the fall in numbers the singing still managed to rattle the rafters of the Cathedral!   As well as attending the service it is an opportunity to meet with the Trustees and members from other branches and witness the fellowship of our members.

On Sunday, 8th March we held our usual Lenten Lunch.  Money raised at this event is used to purchase several of the Make a Mother’s Day gifts in memory of branch members who have sadly passed away.  This year we raised £276 and purchased 2 x  £101 gifts to train two parenting co-ordinators, 1 x £31 to support girls with their education and protect them from being forced into early marriages, 1 x £41 gift to support the work of Mary Sumner through the next generation, and with the balance of £2 we purchased two Living  Cards which contain wild flower seeds which we hope to plant around the Church or Church Hall in memory of our late members who have worked in past years to raise funds and awareness or Mother’s Union.

This article will have been submitted by the time we hold our Mothering Sunday cake stall but thanks to everyone who donated cakes or purchased them.   It will have been put on the pew leaflet how much we raised.

We also look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Maundy Thursday Communion detailed below.  We need to support these events especially while we are in an interregnum.   This is a service for everyone, not just MU members, so it would be good for the congregation to see how supportive we can be.

Each year MU in the Chester Diocese hold a prayer walk and this year it will be taking place on Saturday, 6th June at Holy Trinity, Church Lane, Rainow SK10 5TZ.  This will be led by Revd. Steve Rathbone starting at 10 a.m. with tea and coffee at the church followed by the prayer walk, and ending back at the church where members are welcome to eat their packed lunches.   The Annual Garden Safari takes place in the afternoon which members are more than welcome to stay and enjoy.  Lynne and I have enjoyed several of these prayer walks and they are always so enjoyable so as this one is on our doorstep so to speak, it would be good to see a large turnout from the Macclesfield Deanery.  Please put this date in your diary although it does appear in the Programme.

If there is anyone reading this that would like to attend one of our meetings, do please come along, you will be made very welcome.

April Diary Dates

Thursday, 9th April – 10.40 a.m. - Maundy Thursday Corporate Communion

Intercessions – Lynne Hibbert & Di Waller      Reader – Sue Ryder

Thursday, 9thApril  –Monthly Meeting – Speaker David Black  – Shelter Box

Refreshments -   Chris Redern & Lesley Brown  Raffle: Lesley Brown   Table Flowers & Vote of Thanks:  Chris Redfern   

Good Friday, 10th April – 10.30 a.m. Chester City Passion – On the streets of Chester City Centre – Free event – for more information: Facebook.com/ChesterCityPassion