Deanery Events

2017 News

Find out more about what’s happening in the Mothers’ Union near you.

Doncaster & Snaith and Hatfield Deanery

Tickhill Branch ‘Warm Afternoon Tea’ Event.

In October Tickhill MU hosted a ‘Warm Afternoon Tea’ event, just a bit different from cold sandwiches and cakes. Warm sausage rolls , mini pizzas, tea cakes , tea, of course, and a glass of Prosecco if desired,The event was to promote our ‘Coffee and Company’ mornings held for anyone needing an opportunity for company and a chat, particularly if they at home alone. As well as the tea we were entertained by Penny Bun, who played a variety of instruments sang and gave us snippets of history of the writers and songs of WW1. A very pleasant afternoon …. good food, good company and good beverages!

MU Sunday at St Francis saw members involved in many aspects of the 10-30 service and the banner and Diocesan boards were on display.Two new members were enrolled, Ron and Audrey Turner, and Bunty Peart was welcomed from Epworth. Bunty has been a member for 60 years.During Communion Josh sang the first part of the Mary Sumner Prayer and then he was joined by 6 members of the Diocesan Choir.

Tickhill Branch recently entertained members and friends to a ‘Tea Under The Tower’ in their church. It was well attended.



Wath Deanery

Chris Champneys – our vicar’s wife and her sister Margaret came to the meeting at Wentworth and Harley Mothers’ Union on Friday 27 October. We were shown all the wall hangings and crafts that they had made and were able to have a go and take some patterns. A very enjoyable evening.

Tankersley Deanery

On Tuesday 17th October the Deanery held a social evening at St. Mary’s Worsbrough. A time of discussion, raffle and refreshments were followed by the opportunity to buy Christmas cards and diaries from the MU shop. The evening ended with a service of compline.

Ecclesfield Deanery

A big ‘Thank You’ to Deanery Leader, Sylvia Charles for joining Grenoside Branch on 11th Oct to commission Pam Wilson as branch secretary , followed by food and fellowship

Lana Boulger from Grenoside MU writes…….Just a few pictures from Edinburgh Conference of  our visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The new conference centre was amazing ,and the content inspiring! Well done .
Walking around the city we met other members to chat and share our experiences
Definitely recharged our batteries!

Chapeltown MU meet every month for a Graft and Chat. They meet every 3rd Saturday morning from 10 til 12noon. This picture shows and amazing blanket made by Jan , who is our ‘expert’ crochet lady!  She shows us some magnificent work and although most of us can only manage ‘Granny’ squares, Jan encourages us to try harder! This blanket is called ‘Poldark’ pattern.

We had a lovely Quiet Day today (Thursday 14th Sept) at Winthrop Sensory Gardens. The weather was kind and we were able to enjoy walking around the gardens. Despite the recent bad weather the garden was still full of lovely colours and perfumes and we also enjoyed great refreshments. Thank you to Margaret Vivian for organising and Anne Balme for an inspirational talk.

Ecclesfield Deanery recently held a Summer of Hope Tea Party.

Wath Deanery

On Saturday 16th Sept Wombwell MU member Anne Wigley was authorised in Doncaster Minster by Bishop Peter as Children’s Minister for St Mary’s Church , Wombwell. Anne completed the 1 year Aurora course in June 2017 and was presented with her Cliff College certificate in July at their graduation ceremony. All Wombwell MU members are very proud of Anne and all the hard work she has done to achieve this. Well done Anne.

Holy Trinity church at Wentworth was the venue for Wath Deanery Festival. Revd Michael Champneys, Vicar of Wentworth, welcomed everyone and the address was given by our Chaplain, Canon Gordon Taylor. The theme was ‘ I am the vine, you are the branches’ – John 15.5
Not only were we fortunate to have MUe with Sarah and Beryl but also both Vice Presidents, Mary and Moira, were able to join us.

Barnburgh MU held their ‘Food and Drink’ related Coffee Morning on Saturday 9th Sept and raised £409 for The MU Summer Appeal. A good result!!

Wath All Saints’ Tiddlers and Toddlers created a display for the Flower Festival to be held at All Saints’ Church

Gill Fellows writes…….

Several members of Wath All Saints Branch have started to knit Twiddlemuffs. After reading the article that Elizabeth put in Newsline, I emailed Beth Goss-Hill to ask how we could get them to her and if she wanted loads at once or a few at a time. She Emailed back to say that we could meet at Rotherham Hospital this lunchtime so I took Lilian Beasley with me. Beth was so grateful for the Twiddlemuffs and told us all about her work. We told her all about Mothers’ Union in Sheffield Diocese and I gave her  the latest copy of Newsline.

 Attercliffe Deanery…..

St Catherine’s MU members enjoyed an outing to Winthrop Gardens at Wickersley including a Vintage Afternoon Tea. The weather was sunny, the gardens looked glorious and the food was delicious

A Festival and Strawberry Tea was held on Thursday 22 June at St Catherine’s Church, Richmond, Sheffield. The service was taken by Fr Philip Knowles and MU Chaplain, Rev Canon Gordon Taylor.
Kathleen Booth was presented with a certificate for 60 years of membership of St Catherine’s MU by Diocesan President, Pauline Reynolds. (Photo attached)
Congratulations to Kathleen on this wonderful achievement.
It was a truly joyful occasion.


Autumn Council, Tuesday 12th September 2017.

It was a very good meeting with speakers delivering an excellent informative talk about ‘Changing Lives’.

Debbie McKinney and fellow worker from ‘Changing Lives’, Doncaster   A raffle was held for The Summer of Hope Appeal. 
Our Chaplain thought the first prize was good for a prayer mat!!!              It was made by an elderly member and won by Jean Goodall. Norma Priest won the wine!

Rotherham and Laughton Deanery

On Monday 11th Sept a Soup and Dessert Lunch was held at St Nicolas Church , Ryecroft and hosted by the MU. 50 people sat down for lunch and delicious soups and desserts were served.There was a lucky ticket with lunch and this was won by President, Pauline, a pack of Afternoon Tea! There was also a 10 prize raffle. The event was very successful and raised £350 to be shared between Overseas, AFIA and Indoor Members. Joining Pauline were Norma, Sheila and Pat, all past Presidents.

Adwick Deanery

Four new members were recently enrolled by Canon Gordon Taylor at Owston…..

Angela Ettinger, Valerie Stuart, Rosemary King and Christine Holliday.

Sprotborough MU entered their wonderful scarecrow,                             “Mary Sumner” in the Sprotborough Scarecrow Festival this weekend. 19th/20th August.

Well done Sprotborough!

Ecclesall Deanery

Ecclesall Deanery  Festival was held at St John the Evangelist Church, Abbeydale & Millhouses on Tuesday 27 June. Margaret Minns gave a very interesting talk on ‘Faith in Action’

Christ Church Dore branch held its annual Strawberry Fayre on June 26th .This is now included in the Dore Festival Week’s programme. We were blessed with a lovely sunny day and raised over £500 for Away From It All holidays for deprived families




St Oswald’s have a ‘Knit and Natter’ or ‘Crochet and Chat’ Session hosted by MU at 7-30pm on 1st Wednesday of the month.It is called E.M.U (Evening Mothers’ Union) but everyone is welcome,especially if you want to know more about the MU. Its a good place to come for chat and refreshments and to learn a new skill. Cost is £2-50.

 St Oswald’s branch meetings are at 2pm on the third Tuesday of the month, in the church meeting room.