Parish Fellowship

by Vernon Morris, Secretary

The Parish Fellowship is a fairly recent part of the 150 years history of Holy Trinity. Formed during the ministry of Canon Philip Cousins, it began at The Church of Our Saviour on the West Shore.

Detail from stained glass window

Detail from the Christ in Majesty window

At the time the Parish had three branches of the Mothers’ Union, two at Holy Trinity and one at the Church of Our Saviour. The Mothers’ Union, by definition, was a female dominated group led by Mrs Laura Goodier.

In 1980, one of the speakers came to show slides about Bardsey Island. The rector was keen to see and hear this talk. Father Philip approached Mrs Goodier about letting men come to this talk. It was put to the Mothers’ Union members who decided, not only to invite the rector, but encouraged their spouses also. The Bishop of Bangor was consulted and permission was given to form a new group, “The Parish Fellowship”. With two MU branches remaining, the one at the Church of Our Saviour came to an end.

Laura Goodier became the first leader, Mrs Margaret Sawyer her deputy and Mrs Betty Craven, treasurer and programme secretary. Laura remained leader until ill health made her give it up. She was followed as leader by the late Mrs Falmai Morris. Following Fal’s untimely death in 2007, Mrs Adele Arrowsmith took up the reins. Adele retired in 2012 and for the first time a man was elected as leader. Mrs Vicky Ford now leads the group and it continues to provide loving friendship, companionship and interesting talks on a variety of subjects during autumn and spring months.

 

Spring programme 2017 (Tuesdays)

24th January 2.00 pm Opening Meeting Eucharist
31st January 2.30 pm “Off with their heads” (Tower of London) Yvonne Mason
7th February 2.30 pm “Red Squirrels” (Red Squirrels Trust) Holly Peck
14th February 2.30 pm “Rocking through the Rockies” (Canada) Bill Rogerson
21st February 2.30 pm “Norway and Northern Lights” (Cruising North) Christine Jones
28th February 2.30 pm “Pancakes” (Shrove Tuesday) The full company of Members
7th March 2.30 pm “Who was he?” (World War 1 casualty) Vernon Morris
14th March 2.30 pm Closing Meeting

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