Gloucester Branch closes after 57 years
It is with deep regret that due to extenuating circumstances it has become impossible to continue and we have now closed our Branch of the Mothers Union Gloucester .
We commenced the morning at 10.00 am when fellow members from Dungog, Central Coast and Newcastle Executive arriving to support us during the official closing ceremony and celebrations, it was greatly appreciated.
After morning tea we adjourned to St Paul's Church for Communion and Closing Ceremony. The service was conducted by Reverend Rob Llewellyn. Our readings were read by Mrs Leonie Benson and Mrs Pat Green before Communion was taken, then the Mothers Union Banner was lowered. A very moving time for all our members.
Before lunch was served Mrs Thelma Potter read the History of the Branch which commenced on the 19th June, 1961. We still have three inaugural members, Mrs Joy Myers, Mrs Val Smith and Mrs Daphne Wilson. Fifty-seven years of service by each lady is remarkable.
Over the years we have lost many members but we still carried out our duties which included Hospital Visiting, Cleaning Silver and Brass, providing a Birthday Cake on the last Sunday of each month, Op Shop, Church cleaning, Baby Bundles for John Hunter, Beanies for Seafarers, Knitted bootees, matinee jackets and Teddy Bears for Baptisms.
Mrs Laurel Brook, our former Diocesan President, said Grace on this very special occasion, lunch was served.
After lunch, on a happier note , Laurel lead us in singing and dancing the 'Hokey-Pokey' .
We wished God's Blessings to one and all.
Thelma Potter - President