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Three Rivers Mothers Union

The Lent Lunches were again most successful raising approximately £350, all of which will be donated to Charities, both local and overseas; these will be determined at our next Committee Meeting. Thank you to all who supported us so generously; the donations we make do, in some small way, help to make a difference to families living in most difficult circumstances.

Our May meeting began with a short service during which Rev Michael Banyard welcomed, on our behalf, Helen Sidebottom to our Group. Helen has recently moved to the area and thus transferred her MU membership. We were also pleased to welcome new member Jill Savage to the fold and she was duly enrolled by Rev Banyard; we were most appreciative of him interrupting his busy schedule to be with us. Thank you. After a short break for coffee our Speaker, Isabel Cross gave a very interesting and thought-provoking talk on the Charity Lepra with which she is involved. Their work in India and Bangladesh, where the populations include some of the World’s poorest people, involves not only Leprosy, for which there is now treatment, but other diseases including Tuberculosis and Lymphatic Filariasis (more commonly known as Elephantitis). Apart from all Lepra’s research work their community education programmes and training of health workers form just a very small part of their plan to tackle the prejudice, fear and discrimination associated with many of the diseases. Thank you Isabel.

Future Events

Thursday, 12 June – Coffee Morning – Eileen Page, 2 Parkside, Chippenham 10 a.m. – Noon

Wednesday, 18 June – 2.30 – 4 pm Talk by Malcolm Barber on ‘The Knights Templar’ at his home 120 Mildenhall Road, Fordham.

During July we hope to host a group of Sheringham Mothers Union members on a day trip to Ely. Details yet to be arranged.

New members and/or visitors are most welcome to any of meetings/events and for further information contact either Helen Banyard (01638 721616), Gaynor Ryan (01638 577703) or Eileen Page (01638 720125).