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Horncastle Conference

Three members of the Barton Mothers' Union attended the Horncastle Conference which was held at the beginning of March. Here, Mrs Mona Gledhill who attended the conference along with Linda Bromfield and Mina Taylor, describes the two days' events:
What a wonderful two days - very hard work - arriving about 9.30 am when we were given the keys to our rooms. We then all met for coffee - 79 of us.
We then gathered in the main hall where the conference was opened by Canon Dalby with prayers. Mrs Dorothy Woodfield the Diocesan Presidernt then welcomed the Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt. Rev. David Tustin and Mrs Rachel Nugee, the Central President, to the conference.
The Bishop then gave a very interesting address on Our Expectations of Ourselves. We then formed into groups of six to discuss this and then came back with our own answers to the Bishop and Mrs Nugee.
We then all met for an excellent lunch and then we were addressed on Marriage by Mrs Nugee. This was a moving, human interesting talk - what a wonderful person Rachel Nugee is who so understands the problems that can befall a modem day marriage. More discussion followed this address.
After an early dinner there was one more talk and ther Canon and Jane Brown gave us a wonderful hour of entertainment which did much to lighten our day. The day closed with prayers by Rachel Ollard. On Friday morning after breakfast we met for a short discussion and then we took part in a most wonderful communion service taken by the Bishop in which Canon Dalby gave a very good address. This service was one which we will not forget God's presence everywhere. Our Rachel closed the service as only she can. Then lunch and one more talk by the Bishop and Rachel Nugee. It was a tiring but wonderful two days, remembered by all our beloved Mothers' Union members.

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St. Mary's Ladies Group

The annual dinner held at the Humber Bridge Restaurant was attended by over 40 members. The menu consisted of soup, turkey and all the trimmings, and a choice of sweet with coffee and hot mince pies. Raffle prize winners were Mrs B.Seddon, Miss R. Clark, Mrs. B.Skinner, Mrs. P. Read, Mrs C. Cook, Mrs. C. Beecroft, Mrs. E. Irish, Mrs. M. Fletcher Mrs. M. Bilton and Mrs. S. Denson. For the first meeting in March members attended the Ash Wednesday service.

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Mothers' Union

Our evening meeting when the Vicar spoke to us about Lent was very interesting and enlightening. We were given many "plans" for Lent and each of us could decide upon which one was our personal spring board and hopefully once the initial 40 days were over we would carry on for the rest of the year.
As the Vicar told us Lent was a spring cleaning time to get rid of our bad habits and make a fresh clean start.
Uhfortunately our afternoon speaker failed to turn up as on two previous occasions Mrs Shephard had been to our evening meetings and assumed it was the evening again, but we look forward to a future visit to Oberammagau.
I'm sure this month's afternoon meeting will be a help to us all when the Vicar will lead us in a quiet afternoon and for our evening meeting we will attend the 7.30 pm Sung Eucharist for the Blessed Virgin Mary and Mrs Gadie will carry the Mothers' Union banner.


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