We started off 2013 very well. We were privileged to hold the MU Diocesan Service of Light in St Mary’s on a very, very cold January day. In spite of the weather there very approx 100 ladies present with 15 MU Banners paraded from the West door to the altar, a very emotional and impressive sight. Vena very proudly carried St Mary’s banner.
At our first service, as always a Eucharist in church, 4 new members -Vicki Chiffi, Judy Davies, Betty Dowling and Sheila Harries - were enrolled by Andrew, our Rector. It is great that we are continuing to welcome new members to our group, and there is plenty of room for more. We will welcome any lady who would like to join us – we meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month - usually anyway.
During the course of the year, we listened to many interesting and varied speakers - Our own Curate Alex, Kathy Talbot from Tenby museum, Ann Maggs who demonstrated how our flowers can have such meaning.
Bob Lewis, who shared his experiences of when he and his wife lived in Madeira.
Coun.Trevor Hallett gave us a vast amount of information on fauna and flora which is found in Pembrokeshire - if we open our eyes and look.
Robb - our Vicar- talked about his time in the RAF, particularly his deployment to the Falkland Isles.
We were given a very good presentation on the Water Aid project by Mr David Padfield and were delighted to present a cheque to him for £380.00 which we raised at our Coronation Anniversary tea which we held in June.
In May we enjoyed a trip to Grandiflora garden centre and viewed a demonstration on how to successfully fill a hanging basket - I do wonder if any of us made an attempt for ourselves? The finished basket was raffled and Joy was the lucky winner. An afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes finished off a very enjoyable time together.
We assisted with many of the usual church activities -Flowers for Mothering Sunday, Christian Aid lunches, teas for Posy Festival, and our own U Wave of Prayer in July.
Many Diocesan events were attended-
Deanery Quiet evening at Jeffreyston in March, the Festival in St Davids Cathedral in May- (with a cup of tea and a cake on the way home in Solva) - helping in the tea tent at the County show in August, and attending the Autumn Council meeting In Carmarthen in November.
One of the extra highlights of the year was an invitation from Coun.Trevor Hallett for 6 members to attend a reception at the Mayor’s Parlour. At this event we were delighted when two of our members - Mrs Mair Marquis and Mrs Pearl Thomas - were awarded certificates marking their long service to St Mary’s MU. Following this both ladies received a letter on House of Commons notepaper from our local MP Mr Simon Hart, congratulating them on this achievement. Many more ladies are not too far behind in their long service, for which we are very proud and grateful.
I feel that our branch of MU is alive, kicking and thriving, and I thank them all – especially my fellow officers and committee members- for their love and support. We all look forward to another successful year in 2014.