Parish of Gelligaer Mothers Union
 
Branch officers:

Branch Leader - Kath Llewellyn. Tel: 01443 829658
Branch Secretary –
Myrtle Stephens Tel:
Branch Treasurer -
June Phillips.

 

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St. Catwg's MU
St. Margaret's MU
Dates for your diary!!!

*** Last updated on: 1 December, 2019 ***

2019

The date, time and venue of an events may be subject to change!
Day/Date Event Location
January
Tuesday
8th
Mother's Union Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church at 10.30am
Tuesday
15th
Mother's Union "Annual General Meeting"
St. Margaret's Church at 7.00pm
Tuesday
22nd
Mother's Union Skittles Evening.
Gilfach Bowls Club at 7.30pm
Tuesday
29th
Mother's Union Luncheon club
The Cross Inn., Gelligaer at 1.00pm
       
February
Tuesday
5th
Tuesday
12th
Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church Gilfach at 10.30am
Tuesday
19th
Annual Parish Quiz.
Gilfach Bowls Club, Gilfach 7.00pm
Tuesday
26th
Mother's Union Luncheon Club
The Coopers Arms at 1.00pm
March
Tuesday
5th
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Evening
St. Margaret's Church, Gilfach at 7.00pm
Tuesday
12th
Mother's Union Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church at 10.30am
Tuesday
19th
Mother's Union Skittles Evening.
Gilfach Bowls Club at 7.30pm
Tuesday
26th
Mother's Union Luncheon Club
The Tyler's Arms, Nelson at 1.00pm
       
April
Tuesday
2nd
Mother's Union Quest Speaker:- Emma Jenkins
St. Margaret's Church at 7.30pm
Tuesday
9th
Mother's Union Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church at 10.30am
Tuesday
16th
Mother's Union Skittles Evening.
Gilfach Bowls Club at 7.30pm
Tuesday
30th

Dementia Training Meeting - with Diocesan Mental Health Chaplain, Sarah Harris

St. Margaret's Church, Gilfach at 1.30pm
St. Catwg's Church, Gelligaer at 3.30pm
Mother's Union Luncheon Club
The Wingfield, Llanbradach at 1.00pm
May
Tuesday
7th
MU Meeting - Specker Emma Jenkins
St. Margaret's Church 7.00pm
Wednesday
8th
Mothers Union Deanery Festival
(Venue to be confirmed) Commences at 7.00pm
Tuesday
14th
MU Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church 10.30pm
Tuesday
21st
MU Skittles Evening
Gilfach Bowls Club 7.30pm
Tuesday
28th
MU Luncheon Club
Parc Cwm Darren at 1.00pm
       
June
Tuesday
4th
MU Meeting
St. Margaret's Church 10.30am
Saturday
8th
Colour Fayre at Ystrad Mynach 11.00am until 1.00pm. Our colours are black and white and all items must be brought to our monthly meeting in June.
Monday
10th
Archdeaconry Eucharist at 11.00 am.
Llandaff Cathedral
Tuesday
11th
MU Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church 10.30am
Tuesday
18th
MU Skittles Evening
Gilfach Bowls Club 7.30pm
Tuesday
25th
MU Luncheon Club
Venue - The Tyler's Arms Nelson at 1.00pm
July
Tuesday
2nd
MU Meeting
St. Margaret's Church 7.00pm
Tuesday
9th
MU Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church 10.30am
Tuesday
16th
MU Skittles Evening
Gilfach Bowls Club 7.30pm
Tuesday
23rd
MU Luncheon Club
Venue - Parc Cwm Darren at 1.00pm
Tuesday
30th
   
August

*****Mothers' Union is taking a break during August. No Activites or Meetings during this month.*****

September
Tuesday
3rd
MU Meeting
St. Margaret's Church 7.00pm
Tuesday
10th
MU Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church 10.30am
Tuesday
17th
MU Skittles Evening
Gilfach Bowls Club 7.30pm
Tuesday
24th
MU Luncheon Club
Venue - The Wingfield, Llanbradach at 1.00pm
October
Tuesday
1st
MU Meeting
St. Margaret's Church 7.00pm
Tuesday
8th
MU Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church 10.30am
Tuesday
15th
MU Skittles Evening
Gilfach Bowls Club 7.30pm
Tuesday
22nd
Tuesday
29th
MU Luncheon Club
Venue - Parc Cwm Darren at 1.00pm
November
Tuesday
5th
   
Tuesday
12th
MU Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church 10.30am
Tuesday
19th
MU Skittles Evening
Gilfach Bowls Club 7.30pm
Tuesday
26th
MU Luncheon Club
Venue - TBA at 1.00pm
December
*** There will be no Skittles or Luncheon Club during December ***
Tuesday
3rd
Mothers' Union Christmas Lunch
The Maes Manor Hotel @
Tuesday
10th
MU Coffee Morning
St. Margaret's Church 10.30am
Tuesday
17th
MU Skittles Evening
Gilfach Bowls Club 7.30pm

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We had Carolyn play our favourite hymns for our meeting in October.  Once again it is very uplifting to be singing and enjoying each other’s company.  We all chose hymns that we like and we thank Carolyn for going along with whatever we decided to sing.  It was good to catch up with everyone.  Often when we have a speaker we don’t get chance to talk and organise things.  Our next meeting which should be on 5th November has been altered since not many members wish to come out on Bonfire night. 

Our coffee morning continues to be well supported and is a great community gathering. The cakes this month were of a great variety as they had been left over from the Flower Festival/display.  I can’t let this opportunity pass without thanking all those who did such wonderful flower arrangements.  The church looked wonderful and the Songs of Praise service was such a joy for everyone.  Well done.

Our programme continues with our skittles evenings and luncheon club.  Our meeting for December will be our annual Christmas dinner which will be an afternoon event with entertainment and dancing, which is always a great afternoon.  Christmas is approaching quickly and I will have cards and diaries for sale from the Mothers’ Union magazine.

Love Kath (Oct,2019)

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Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper was once again a great evening, full of fun and fellowship. Thanks to June and her team for the hard work involved, the food was good as usual and the apple crumble delicious. After eating our fill we were entertained with some lovely songs from Bargoed Community Choir, we were then encouraged to sing along. The quiz was fun, some questions harder than others, which Jenn and Lynne’s team won.
Megan

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Mothers's Union

Kath opened our monthly meeting with prayers. We then prepared for the Colour Fayre on Saturday by packing and numbering our black and white items for our tombola stall. Thank you everyone for all your donations to this event.

Our stall at the fayre looked very attractive and truly was in keeping with the Black and White theme allocated to us. Kath and I were pleased with our stall set up which looked splendid displaying our items on black and white coverings, also black and white posters displaying the Mothers' union prayer and united in prayer and worship, following in Mary Sumner's Sumners footsteps. The hall was very colourful and a lot of effort had been made in making the  hall so splendid in keeping with the theme. Again,  it was an opportunity to chat with old and new friends across the Deanery.  There was a steady flow of visitors to the Fayre and we were both pleased to sell most of our items raising a total of £80. The overall total for the day was approximately £700, an excellent result .

Our coffee morning although a very wet day was well attended. The quiz prepared by my husband was on 'Sweets and Chocolates' and was won by Megan and friends. Everyone enjoyed the morning chatting with friends and eating delicious cake etc.

In our branch , may I ask you to keep in your thoughts and prayers , our Indoor Members.


Myrtle Stephens

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Mothers' Union


In our Monthly meeting, we were privileged to welcome Emma Jenkins who is the Shared Lives Manager for South East Wales. This scheme offers a unique community based service for adults who need care and support.

Shared Lives Carers are carefully recruited, assessed trained and supported by the scheme. Carers come from all walks of life and chose to care for a variety of reasons. They are united through their enthusiasm, motivation and commitment. Carers are paid for the placements they provide. The flexibility of Shared Lives means that carers can provide support for lots of different people in a wide range of situations. Individuals supported in Shared Lives may have learning or physical disabilities, they may be older people who are frail or living with dementia or people with mental health problems.

The Shared Lives Health initiative is looking to recruit additional carers. Are you a positive person who could make a difference in someone's life, could you become a Shared Lives Carer? The scheme arranges placements across Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. Thank you Emma for a very interesting and inspiring talk on the Shared Lives Scheme. If you require further information please contact the team at Caerphilly CBC,Penalta House, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach CF82 7PG.

On Wednesday 8th May 12 of our members attended The Deanery Festival at Holy Trinity church Ystrad Mynach.  The service was Sung Evensong and it was lovely to sing the Psalm, Magnificat and the Nunc  Dimittis  as evensong is no longer celebrated in a lot of churches. In the service, father Steven Kirk commissioned Lowrie Washington Jones as the new Deanery Leader and also the secretary and treasurer. This service was followed by a splendid buffet of delicious cakes , sandwiches etc which we all thoroughly enjoyed. In the buffet it was lovely to forge friendships with old and new friends across the Deanery.

Our monthly coffee mornings continues to thrive and involves the wider community where people come together to chat and forge links with individuals. They also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and delicious cakes. Each table takes part in the quiz set and there are lots of discussion about the correct answers. If you like to chat and make new friends, come and join our coffee morning on the second Tuesday in the month at St Margaret's church Gilfach at 10.30 am, all are welcome.

In our branch, may I ask you to keep in your thoughts and prayers those who are unwell and also  our Indoor Members namely Olive Chard, Christine Ross, Ruby Foster and Marion Amer.


Myrtle Stephens.

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Our monthly meeting of Mothers' Union resumed on Tuesday, 4th September after a break for the Summer.  Kath opened our meeting with prayers and we   included our indoor members in our prayers.  We then had notices from the Deanery. Judy our Deanery Leader is standing down, so a replacement is needed. I have an update on that subject as June and I went to a Deanery meeting and Lowrie Washington Jones is happy to be our Deanery Leader once again. We are all pleased about that. Onto branch news; we were unable to hold our Family Day in August due to poor weather and people being away. Lynette and Malcolm Davies celebrated their Golden Wedding in August and Christine had a special birthday on August 31st. To celebrate the occasion   Christine brought in a carrot cake which we had with our cup of tea during the break and very nice it was too. I don't think Chris took much home with her. The M.U. Christmas catalogue is now available so anyone wanting to order cards, or a diary see Kath.

Before our break we had a return visit from Matthew Jones (Bron's grandson) who visited us at this time last year, and we all enjoyed the evening so much we asked him to come back. Once again, he demonstrated his magic with a piece of clay. Apparently Japanese tea cups are the trend, so he showed us several of these. The names of which I cannot say leave alone remember. Kath was the only one brave enough to Av A Go and she attempted a Japanese cup, it was very good too. Then it was time to buy, and several of us bought some of his pots. We are all hoping that one day they will be collectors’ items. Thank you, Matthew, for a lovely evening. I think Bron would have been pleased that you had made a return visit.

Gaynor

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MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT

I would like to thank all my staff who worked so hard on the night of the murder of my dear FRIEND Franny Craddock at Painton Place on Friday 15th June 2018.  It was a tragic night but made bearable by the expert service offered to the guests by the wonderful staff at the manor.  I cannot believe that my fiancé Boris killed my FRIEND so cruelly on such a memorable weekend.  Although the expert chefs, Paul Babylon and Franny didn't prepare the food it was up to their excellent standard. Paul said he was unable to eat due to the stress of Franny's death, but that didn't seem to be case on Friday night!  I apologise to all the guests who paid for a cooking mini-bake weekend that it was disrupted but perhaps we could have another one in the near future. Once again my thanks to everyone who made the weekend bearable.

yours sincerely the Rt.Hon lady Theresa Painton

I'm sure the above paragraph is confusing to those who didn't come to the Murder/mystery event. To all those who missed the murder/mystery night DO NOT MISS THE NEXT ONE.  Everyone seemed to have such a good night, laughing and trying to work out the murderer. It was a very different occasion but it was brilliant.  Thanks to Fr. Gary for the work he did in getting the game, prize, drinks etc. and thanks to all those who helped to prepare, serve and clear up on the night.  Thanks always to June for the excellent organising she does so superbly.  I think an Oscars evening could be organised for this acting group.  I know the Social committee are always thinking of different events and this was clearly an astounding success.  So once again thanks to everyone involved and to the audience for getting so involved.  Bring a bigger notebook next time Jeanette.  I can't believe that all my friends and my own mother thought that I did it!!!!

With love from Kath

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We must be good people as although it was a dull grey morning, the sun came out in the afternoon just in time for our annual visit to Hillcrest Gardens. Saying that we didn't go last year.

Twenty five members and friends enjoyed afternoon tea and a walk around the gardens. The tea was of the usual high standard. Mike and his helpers serving us with delicious sandwiches of ham ,chicken, cheese and smoked salmon followed by fresh fruit salad and ice cream and then scones with strawberry jam and lots of fresh cream. All washed down with as many cups of tea or coffee you could drink.

The gardens were looking particularly lovely as they had been open to the public the previous weekend as part of the N.G.S. Some managed to walk further than others but we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Thank you to Mike and Bev for  letting us visit you once again.

 

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Cowboy and Cowgirl American Themed Evening -16th May 2018.

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Our theme night, this year, took place on Wednesday, the 16th May, a Cowboy/Cowgirl evening.  The room at Neuadd St.Catwg was brightly decorated with red gingham tablecloths, star spangled flags and our very own Saloon Bar.  Many of our guests wore Cowboy/Cowgirl outfits and we were pleased to also welcome Jessie and Woody from Toy Story alias Kath and Howard.

Our menu for the evening was American Beef burgers, Hot Dogs and baked beans. For dessert there were delicious waffles with strawberries, cream and different toppings (my favourite was salted Caramel). I must take this opportunity to congratulate the team running the kitchen and waiting on the tables; the organisation and competence was remarkable, everything went without a hitch (well nearly everything anyway). It was like watching an episode of Master Chef and I expected someone to shout 'Yes Chef' or 'two minutes Chef' at any moment.

Entertainment for the evening was supplied by Barbara and our Monday Morning dance class, as well as others who were brave enough to join in. They gave us a very enjoyable display of American Line Dancing, well done girls and thanks to Father Gary for being in charge of the music.

Many thanks once again go to June for doing all the shopping and for being our Chef, to all who helped in the kitchen and above all thanks to everyone who supported the evening, thus making it another successful event.

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Mothers Union Deanery Festival 2018.

Mother's Union Deanery Festival Service - St. Catwg's Church, Gelligaer.
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Mrs Judith Hopkins - Deanery Leader

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It was our turn to host the Deanery Festival this year.  It was the first time that I had the privilege of being Branch Leader so I wasn’t sure if all that we were organising was correct. Iwasn’t particularly concerned about the food after the service as we are quite used to catering for a lot of people and I know we have terrific support from our members.  When we knew we were hosting it I asked Fr. Gary if he was prepared to do it and then felt rather guilty that it all seemed to be down to him.  We discussed the hymns and the theme and that we would use the screen and then I left it to him – at least he knows what he’s doing!  Thanks to Carolyn for putting it all together on the screen – it is so much easier for all to follow.

Sometimes when you are hosting something as important as this you worry that we don’t follow the right protocol but then realise that all you really want to do is give everyone the opportunity to enjoy themselves and see how we enjoy our fellowship in our branch of the Mothers’ Union. The service was superb with Fr. Gary giving such a wonderful homily and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.  They loved the hymns and the renewal of their Mothers’ Union promises.  Everyone congratulated us on such a lovely service and they robustly sang all the hymns even though some didn’t know “Walk With Me O My Lord”.  Judy, our Deanery Leader said she would like the music to that hymn.  The words in each of the hymns were applicable to the Mothers’ Union.  They even joined in our clapping at the right times!  I was told by many there that Fr. Gary has now set the bar very high for the next parish.  I don’t think they can top it!  Our thanks also to Mike Phillips for playing the organ so professionally for us.

Once again everyone pulled together with the refreshments after and the serving of the teas and the clearing up.  The food was wonderful and I would like to thank everyone for their contributions.  Another high standard for the rest to try and equal (can’t beat it). Many also remarked on the wonderful flower displays – another triumph for our marvellous flower arrangers.  They really are professionals.  The comments were magnificent with Sue Rivers taking photos to show everyone who didn’t come. Once again thank you all for the very hard work you put in.

No Mothers’ Union officials attended as they were at another Festival in the Vale and I am sure that they will be very sorry when they hear about our wonderful service.  Sue Rivers said that she had been to one the previous week that only had about 20 people there, so it was lovely to see our church full. I can’t thank everyone involved enough as ‘thanks’ seems very inadequate for how grateful and happy I am that we have such a lovely branch.  I was thrilled to hear from Pat that she has missed it so much that the service touched her so much that she is rejoining.  Welcome back Pat.  So I will finish by once again thanking everyone for their hard work, especially Fr. Gary, and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

With love and thanks
Kath

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Mothers Union Meeting - Guest Speaker Alison Shone, musical director of Bargoed Community Choir.

On Tuesday 3rd April, we had the pleasure of Alison Shone talking about her life and career so far.  She started by giving us all a brief summary of her career to date.  Alison was raised in Nottingham although she had been born in St. Asaph in Clwyd.  She always loved singing but when her mother arranged piano lessons for her the teacher told her after several lessons that she would never amount to anything in the music world.  However she joined a church choir and had choral training and her choir master heard something special in her voice and she was a finalist in the BBC choir girl of the year competition and was the only chorister to be awarded the distinguished Provost medal from the Rector Choir of Southwell Minster.  This led to her gaining a place at Chetham School of Music in Manchester where she lasted all of four days finding the emphasis too rigid on piano playing and not so much singing.  However she still belonged to the National Youth Choir.  At 18 she won a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, mainly due to her outstanding voice.  She had mastered the piano by this time but whilst there she completed choral and conducting courses.  She passed her degree with honours and was offered a scholarship for a Masters which she could not afford to accept.

Alison moved from London to Cardiff to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she won the prestigious Sir Geraint Evans prize twice.  Alison was married and she and her husband moved to Barry to live.  She has sung with many famous performers such as Katherine Jenkins, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel and Rod Stewart.  She has travelled all over the world singing.  She has recorded operas, operettas and church music and has sung many times on the television and radio.  She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, St. David’s Hall in Cardiff and in the Eisteddfod’s famous pink tent.

Since having a family Alison realises that travelling all over the world is not conducive to family life so she has reinvented herself by teaching and conducting music in the valleys, such as with the Bargoed Community Choir.  She acts as an accompanist for exams (so much for her original piano teacher) and still does concerts in and around South Wales.  She has taken over as choir leader for Strike a Chord, which is a singing group for stroke survivors, their family, friends and carers.  This has been a very successful group and has improved the lives of many stroke victims. Alison says that she has learned so much from this group and loves her community choirs.

It was a lovely evening with Alison singing for us.  It’s so lovely to think that she aspired to everything she was told she would never achieve, and more than anything is happy with her life through her different roles in music.  She cannot imagine a life without singing in it.  We all know that singing lifts the soul and makes us all feel so much better.  We thank Alison for giving her time to us and she has said she would love to come again and we would love to have her and look forward to hearing her again. If anyone was moved enough to join her choir they meet in Calfaria every Thursday morning at 10.15a.m.

With love Kath

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