Thank you to everyone who came to our Diocesan Festival in Stockport at the end of May. It was an uplifting as well as a thought-provoking service. I am very grateful to the Venerable Ian Bishop for leading the service and speaking to us about the work of the Diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility and how we as Mothers' Union members can play our part in its work. It was a delight to have our Chief Executive from Mary Sumner House in London, our Provincial President, Canon Barbara Taylor and all our invited guests with us for the occasion.

At our AGM and Diocesan Council in Hartford at the end of June, our guest speaker was the Acting Dean of Chester Cathedral, Revd Canon Jane Brooke. Jane spoke enthusiastically about the work of the cathedral and at the same time encouraged us to reflect on the work we do for Mothers' Union. Our members present also heard me speak about two events we have planned for the early Autumn. We are very pleased that a group of Mothers' Union members from our Anglican link Province of Melanesia are coming to visit us in September. Our plans are to make them welcome by offering hospitality in members' homes (up to three nights' with any one member) and offering help with their planned activities through donations from members. If you would like to help, all offers will be gratefully received by Dawn in the MU Office. Our second event is a performance of 'Chosen', a play about the life and work of Mary Sumner, which the Saltmine Theatre Trust is bringing to St Mary's Church, Ashton upon Mersey on Thursday 11 October. This promises to be a very inspiring afternoon so please make every effort to book your seat at your branch meeting in September or through Dawn, as above.

As we approach the end of the triennium, I hope you will take the opportunity to catch up on all our Mothers' Union activities and take part in as many as you can.

With my love and prayers,

Viv