Frodsham Deanery Mothers' Union

2018 Events

Aston-by-Sutton closes after 69 years of supporting MU Local and Worldwide Communities

After lifelong commitment to serving the Mothers' Union it is with heartfelt sorrow that Aston-by-Sutton Mothers' Union branch closed in January 2018. Throughout very many years its branch members have worked tirelessly to support the local community both in practical help and also raising funds for helping Mothers' Union around the world, from tea & toast mornings to candlelit pudding evenings and teddy bear auctions. We have been proud to take part in countless fundraising events jointly with Frodsham Deanery MU, and particularly privileged to host our special Lady Day service in 2016 at St Peter's Church, Aston, where we welcomed Bishop Libby to lead our special service.

To mark our closing the branch service we invited Frodsham Deanery to hold its Epiphany service jointly with us, lead by Rev Hilary Merrington (herself a longstanding MU member), assisted by Lay Reader and MU supporter Philip Littlemore. For the closing branch element, there were readings for thanksgiving for the past, for forgiveness and of hope for the future by Aston's leaders Audrey Lowe and Ann Goacher, current longest serving member Gillian Ditchfield, and the General Thanksgiving was read by Rural Dean, Alec Brown. We remembered in prayer the treasured friendships with members now gone including branch leaders Vera Jones and Glad Ramage (Ann Goacher's Mum!).

Although it is with heavy hearts that we now put Aston-by-Sutton MU to bed, it is hoped that we have completed the work God asked of us and he now calls us to pause, to follow other paths and help in other ways. Aston's current members will join other local MUs or become Diocesan members, keeping the important link of fellowship and support for Mothers' Union.

2016 Events

The ladies of Frodsham enjoyed a cake session in the Parish Hall on 13 July! MU cake toppers and a variety of coloured icing added to the fun. A bit of relaxation before the serious business of a coffee morning the following day - which raised £192 for MU funds. Our gentleman member, Ted, was up for the challenge, and it was a real joy to see the laughter on Sylvia's face (in the flowered dress sitting at the same table) - she hasn't been very well and hadn't been able to come for quite a while.


Frodsham Deanery's Lady Day and Commissioning of Officers Service held on Monday 4th April 2016 at St Peter's church, Aston-by-Sutton.
Bishop Libby Lane led the Lady Day Service and preached. Her sermon was profound and thought-provoking in exploring how, after Gabriel's visit, Mary's strength in confidence of mind and spirit flourished, and Bishop Libby encouraged all of us present to ask questions of God to help us see the path He wants us to follow. Bishop Libby also commissioned three new Officers; Pat Brian (Frodsham Deanery Leader), Gillian Gilbert (Assistant Leader), and Ann Goacher (Branch Leader, St Peter's Aston-by-Sutton).

2013 Events
On Wednesday 24th April, St. John's Weston Branch were joined by other members of Frodsham Deanery to hear Mrs Sheena Byrom OBE give a talk about her experiences while writing her book "Catching Babies". Pictured are Heather Powling (Frodsham Branch Leader), Eileen Cookson (Deanery Leader), Sheena Byrom OBE, Pat Cowan (Weston Branch Leader).

Flower Festival at St John the Evangelist, Kingsley

Helsby Mothers' Union had a "Victorian Afternoon Tea Party" on 12th June. Members dressed as "maids" in caps and aprons and many visitors rose to the occasion and wore long skirts and hats. They raised £465.00 for Mothers' Union projects

Celebrating 100 years of Mothers' Union in Frodsham Saturday 15 June 2013 at 2.00 pm in Church
St Laurence, Frodsham branch celebrated its centenary on June 15th 2013 by holding a Thanksgiving Service and Strawberry Tea in church. The service included the story of how the branch began 100 years ago. The two celebration cakes (1913 and 2013) were cut by Eveline Britland, the longest serving member of the branch who was able to attend the service, and the youngest of our current members, Joanna Ayliffe. To mark the occasion Marian Gerrard worked a table runner in Mothers' Union colours and with the Mothers' Union logo as a centrepiece. We are thrilled to have this as part of our heritage to treasure and pass on for the future.

Christmas Meeting 1987Summer Outing 1988
Celebration Meal 2013