The speaker at the April meeting was Fr Brian McQuillen who, with his wife Melva, went to the Falkland Islands for five weeks to allow the parish Priest to have a holiday in England.
They left from R A F Brise Norton for the long flight to the islands which were the size of Wales. It was winter there and cold, but they were made very welcome. Although the temperature is very cold, most of the houses are of prefabricated construction and very warm.
They lived in the capital Port Stanley, the church being nearby. Cornish beer and tea were on sale, and also products from Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose. The milk was local and came in recycled bottles. The total population of the Islands was 2,932, but there were over a million sheep!
A most interesting afternoon, thank you Fr Brian.
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Members of the Par Branch were very pleased to meet with the Worldwide President of the MU, Mrs Lynne Tembey, firstly on the Thursday at Probus, where she spoke to us and we were entertained to tea. Micky did a presentation of all the work we do in Par.
On the Saturday members went to the Cathedral for the Lady Day Service where Lynne Tembey was also the preacher. During the President’s Lunch, as it was the 99th birthday of the Par Branch oldest member, Betty White, Lynne Tembey joined her with other dignitaries and we all sang Happy Birthday. It was a wonderful occasion.
PAR MOTHERS’ UNION
CREAM TEA AFTERNOON
Tuesday 27th June
2.30pm Biscovey Church Room
Cream Tea £4
There will be a raffle.
Proceeds from the afternoon will be for Parish Funds
History of the Mothers' Union
Mary Sumner founded the Mothers' Union in 1874. She was remarkable woman who identified and met a need for inviting people from different backgrounds into the home to talk about children, families and the Christian faith. With her encouragement and inspiration the Mothers' Union was formed. This has become a national and then an international organisation, which has spread to 83 countries with 4 million members worldwide.
Meetings of the Parish of Par Branch
The Par Branch meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Biscovey Church Room (next to St Mary's Church) at 2.00pm. The Branch Leader is Reverend Valerie Perry and the Branch Secretary is Mrs June Swonnell - 01726 816721 - who can provide further information.
Background of the Parish of Par Branch
The branch is within the Deanery of St Austell and the Diocese of Truro.
A branch of the Mothers' Union was formed in Par in 1914 at the Church of the Good Shepherd with 22 members. Several years later another branch was founded at St Mary's Church, Biscovey.
Due to a decline in members the two branches were amalgamated in 1970. The monthly meetings continue to be held in Biscovey Church Room. We fit our meetings and activities to local and diocesan priorities and needs.
Membership of the Mothers' Union is open to all baptised women and men of any age, married, single or divorced, providing they support the aims and objectives of the Mothers' Union.
If you would like more information about the Mothers' Union, please contact:
The Mothers' Union Diocesan Secretary
Mothers' Union Office