Belford Mothers’ Union

Belford Mothers’ Union started 2014 with a reprise of its achievements in 2013, including emergency bags to Borders General and Berwick Hospitals as well as to our local prison.

Sleeping bags were sent to the People’s Kitchen and premature baby knits to the Wansbeck and Borders General maternity units.

Funds were raised to help give disadvantaged families a much-needed break and the branch bought some mosquito nets for Africa. And donations were made to the North Northumberland Food Bank.

We heard about the origins of milling, the significance of colours and symbols in icons and used our baking skills in providing a Lenten lunch and party for Christened children and the joint harvest festival in Belford.

Reflecting on those achievements, branch leader Sue Smith thanked her committee and members of the branch.

She presented Elizabeth Falla with some flowers and thanked her for playing the organ during our short acts of worship.

She said: “Without the support of everyone, we wouldn’t have been able to make these contributions and we shouldn’t forget that we’ve had fun through our Away From It All walk and our visit to the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham and our very interesting speakers throughout the year. I think we can safely say that we have met the challenge of the 2013 theme – The Seeds We Sow.”

Looking forward to 2014, with the theme of Sowing the Future Together, Sue outlined the programme for the branch which includes a quiet day with the Northumbria Community, a day out to Rosslyn Chapel and speakers on Age UK, life as a vicar and the launch of a new service for older people.

March will see a Lenten lunch following the Ash Wednesday service for pupils from Belford Middle School and on January 26 two new members will be enrolled during the Eucharist at St Hilda’s, Lucker.

If you would like to know more about the Mothers’ Union, its work and the activities of the Belford branch, please contact Sue Smith on susansmith245@btinternet.com or Jane Pannell on jane.pannell51@btinternet.com