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.
Ferns Area Vigil
The Ferns Area Vigil took place in St. Mary’s Church, Bunclody on Saturday 25th November. The Service was well attended and led by our Diocesan President, Revd. Margaret Sykes.
Our thanks to our VP, Lesley Bayley, for putting so much thought and time into preparations for this service. Lesley was the guest speaker for the service and she very courageously shared with us her experience of her first marriage in which she encountered sadly both emotional and physical abuse. Her story brought home to all present how difficult it is for victims to leave an abusive situation, how manipulative the person abusing can be and how none of us know “what goes on behind closed doors”.
We all appreciated Lesley’s honesty and courage in recounting her story and the fact that with professional support and the love of friends and family it is possible to build a new rewarding and fulfilling life for yourself.
Many thanks to the ladies from Bunclody Branch who served a lovely tea after the service. Thank you also to everyone who brought gifts of toiletries, toys etc for the Women’s Refuge in Wexford.
Institution of Revd. Ian Cruickshank to
Union of Parishes
What's on in Ferns Area
Dates for your Diary
Ferns Area Meeting 2018
Monday 23rd April @ 8p.m.
Speaker: Revd. Trevor Sargent
Diocesan Mothers' Union Tour
Date: 7th - 11th May
Contact: Phyllis Foot
Wednesday 16th May @ 7.30p.m.
Christ Church Gorey
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 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.
The Branch held their very successful lunch in aid of the Overseas Fund at the beginning of March 2018. Well done to everyone who puts so much effort into this occasion and the Branch really appreciates all the support they receive for this Annual Fundraiser
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.
Bunclody Branch hosted the 2017 vigil for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on Saturday 25th November. (See full report earlier on this page)
The Branch held their Christmas Dinner in The Sunday School on 5th December.
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.
Enniscorthy 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 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Gorey/Hollyfort Branch: Founded 1932
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.
Our March meeting was held in Christ Church Old School where members were invited to share examples of and to speak about their hobbies which included painting knitting, needlecraft and computer skills. It was most interesting and motivating. Our Diocesan Vice President, Lesley Bayley, then lead a very inspiring and timely meditation on “How to Spring Clean your Spirit“. We were also delighted to be visited by our Diocesan President, Margaret Sykes.
On Tuesday, the 27th of March some members and friends attended the cinema to see the movie Mary Magdalene. We are looking forward to our outing to Wells house on the 16th of April, our Mothers' Union Area meeting, which will be held in Killanne on April 23rd at 8pm and the Mothers' Union Festival Service which will be held in Christchurch Gorey on the 16th of May 2018.
Killanne/Killegney Branch: Founded 1944
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"
Killanne/Killegney Branch held their Christmas Get Together in the Alamo Restaurant, in The Riverside Park Hotel on Monday 4th. It was a lovely relaxing evening when 13 ladies enjoyed good food, exchanged small gifts, chatted and there was plenty of laughter. Thank you to all who put so much thought and effort into the evening. We were all delighted to see Joan Dier out and about again.
At the January Meeting we had a very enjoyable afternoon in the home of Iris Tector when we participated in some very relaxing Chair Yoga. The Branch shared their February meeting with Enniscorthy Branch and in March we had a very interesting talk on plants and shrubs given by Olga Rothwell from Beechdale Garden Centre.
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 Sixteen 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.