September 2021 News

We had another great zoom quiz on 22nd September. Sally has delivered more toiletries to Bob Jakin ward at GEH and they were received with delight. Sally would like more combs and toothpaste in order to make up some more packs.

As the church is starting to open up, we have planned to next meet at the back of the church on November 17th 2021. Sally has kindly agreed to do prayers.

There will hopefully be another Christmas wreath festival this year and so it would be nice if we could produce a Christmas Wreath at that meeting. PLEASE send me your suggestions for the format of the wreath. These are the wreaths which we made for 2015 to 2019.

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We had some discussion on whether to wear masks at our meeting and whether we should use the kitchen to make drinks but we will make our decision prior to the meeting.

August 2021 News

Thank you for another great quiz evening.  We have set a date of 22nd September for our next meeting and I am assuming it will be on Zoom.  Heather has kindly agreed to do prayers.

Although quizes are great, I am open to suggestions of other activities we can do on Zoom and so please let me know if you have any ideas.

July 2021 News

We have set the date of 14th July, 7.30, for our next Zoom meeting and these are the agreed categories for questions:

Bible – Sheila
France and French – Jan
One letter answers – Wendy
Spelling – Heather
– Lynda
Birds – Sue F
Geography - Sally

Sheila is writing the prayers.

June 2021 News

We have set the date of 16th June, 7.30, for our next meeting and these are the agreed categories for questions:

English literature - Sue P.
Regional food – Sheila
Children’s TV – Jan
Musicals – Wendy
Royal family – Heather
Animals – Lynda
National Trust properties – Sue F

May 2021 News

This year, we have started to hold monthly Zoom meetings while we are still unable to meet up due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Sadly, not everybody is able to join in but we look forward to the day when we are all able to meet in person again. Our May Zoom meeting is at 7.30 on 26th May. I will send out the joining link shortly before the meeting. We are to have another quiz but, this time, everybody is to choose their own category for their 5 questions. Please email everybody with your category prior to the meeting. Categories so far are:

Heather - famous people, Sue F. American literature, Jan - regional food, Wendy - roads, Lynda - waterways of the world, Sue P - Hercule Poirot, Sheila Hinds - The Bible.


February 2021 News

We are going to give a box of heroes to each of the 3 care homes in Hartshill, 385g boxes for Linden and Oldbury and 290g for The Stables.  Sue F. will get them and Sally will send Sue a message to put on them.  Sue F. will deliver to Linden Grange and she’ll take the other 2 to Sally’s. 

May 2020 News

Hello friends, I hope that you are all staying safe and well. I've been thinking of you all a lot this week as I updated the MU Diocesan website and edited the magazine.

I've added a few documents to the Diocesan website at , including Jane's letter and the prayer diary for May. You should all have received your copy of Families Worldwide in the post and the urgent appeal from Mary Sumner House but, if you haven't, please let me know as it will indicate that there is something wrong with the central database.

I know that some of you have been making things for key workers. For info, I added a Covid-19 projects page to the Diocesan website at (I know it's a stupid name but the tool I used to create it has beaten me).

Here is the May magazine. Heather is sending it out by email to those she has email addresses for but I think some mail servers are stopping it due to the size of the distribution list (mine seems to be) and so please feel free to pass it on. Getting things twice is better than not at all! The e-magazine is free and so not restricted to subscribers. I will send a paper copy to Mum, Beryl and Rita.

If any of you have any information you would like to share, please send it to me. Thinking of you all.

love Sue xxx

March 2020 News

Sadly, due to Coronavirus, we will be unable to meet for the foreseeable future. Please keep an eye on the Coventry Diocese MU News page as I am endeavouring to keep it up to date with everything which I receive. Also, Heather is sending periodic emails to those members of Hartshill and Galley Common churches for whom she has emails and so, if you are not receiving those and you would like to, please let Heather or I know. If anybody requires any help, we are all here for each other.

I am also adding the services, prayers and letters which Heather sends out weekly to the publications page.

Please stay safe and love to you all. God bless, Sue x

February 2020 News

There were only 5 of us at our AGM but we carried on regardless. Thank you Sheila for doing the minutes so promptly.

Our membership is now down to 11 members + 1 indoor member and there is unfortunately a general downward trend in membership in branches throughout the UK. Heather and I attended the Nuneaton Deanery meeting on 24th February where it was announced that Exhall afternoon group has closed and Stockingford is closing at the end of the year. We will try to persuade Stockingford members to join our branch.

I have published our programme for 2020 but it still has a few gaps to fill. I decided to add Deanery and Diocesan events too so that you have all of the information in one place.

At our next meeting on March 18th, we will discuss how to fill the holes in the programme and arrangements for Mothering Sunday, prior to making some more Snuggle Bears and Crosses. As last time, if you would like to knit a snuggle bear and have knitting needles, size 3.5mm or 4mm (roughly UK size 9 or 10), please bring them. If you would like to make a cross and have a tapestry needle, please bring it. I have everything else.

I have also updated the gallery page.


January 2020 News

Happy New Year to all of you! I have changed the date of January's meeting to 22nd January. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

February is our AGM and I will have almost completed 6 years as branch leader. I would be happy to step down as branch leader if somebody else would like to take on the role and so please prayerfully consider whether you would like to take it on. If you have any items which you would like to add to the agenda, please let me know. As usual, the main item for the agenda is this year's programme and so please come with lots of ideas!

December 2019 News

Thank you for all your efforts creating snuggle bears and "cross in my pocket"s at the November meeting. Everybody semed to enjoy it. I have re-used the "poppy" tree for 2017 as the basis for this year's Christmas wreath which you can see in Church.

Heather and I attended the MU Advent services at Emscote, Warwick. It was a wonderful service. It included songs from the local Primary School children, two enrolments, three long service certificates, presentation of gifts for prisoners' children and an inspiring address from Rev Diane Thompson.

I am sure we are all looking forward to our Christmas party on Wednesday 18th December at 7pm in the conservatory and library. I have attached the details of the party, including the food list so far. I have invited a few ladies who are not members of MU and please feel free to invite anybody else who you think would like to come.

I am delighted that Vicar Heather will be joining us for our January meeting to share her visit to the Holy Land with us.


October/November 2019 News

We enjoyed a very interesting talk last night from Brenda and Dave of Q4IS. Brenda showed some of the beautiful quilts she has made for injured servicemen and shared some of their inspiring stories with us.

Our November meeting is a week later than usual on November 27th. We will be making "cross in my pocket"s and snuggle bears for Sally to take to GEH but we are also using these to create our Christmas wreath. If you would like to knit a snuggle bear and have knitting needles, size 3.5mm or 4mm (roughly UK size 9 or 10), please bring them. If you would like to make a cross and have a tapestry needle, please bring it. I have everything else.

We will also plan the Christmas party which is in the conservatory and library at 7pm on 18th December.

If you have any toiletries for Bob Jakin ward please bring them.


The theme for 2019 is "Listen, Observe, Act - In step with God"


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