On Sunday 17th January 2016 at 3.30pm over 50 people attended a service in Cleenish Parish Church to mark the 70th year of Cleenish Mothers Union.
The Revd Canon Geoffrey Bridle led the service. The organist was Mrs Joan Brownlee who is also the treasurer of Cleenish Mothers’ Union. Following the opening hymn Mrs Irene Boyd, Diocesan President, was requested to present long-service certificates to 13 members ranging from 28 to 55 years of service. Mrs Margaret Crawford read the lesson, the prayers were led by Mrs Florence Willis and Mrs Rosita Bridle and the offering was collected by Mrs Barbara Smyth and Mrs Ruth Cutler. Mrs Irene Boyd the Diocesan President gave the address.
Following the service a lovely three course meal was served by the staff of Saddlers Restaurant in the church hall. Mrs Martha Loane the longest serving member of the branch maintained the traditional cutting of a celebration cake. All present were welcomed and absent members remembered. Apologies and good wishes were conveyed by absent member Mrs Ann Burleigh.
A brief history of 140 years of Mothers’ Union and 70 years within the Cleenish Branch was given by Branch Leader Mrs Lettie Coulter. New members were particularly welcomed to the branch and hope was expressed that seeds were sown to encourage more new members and that Cleenish and Mullaghdun joint branches and beyond would flourish during this year of celebration of faith.
Photograph albums of events of the last 70 years were on display as well as Mothers’ Union Resources including a rolling PowerPoint presentation of the work of Mothers’ Union, all generating interest. The programme for the forthcoming year was announced. The Revd Canon Bridle brought the evening to a close with prayer.