Astbury Ladies Fellowship.

Since our last meeting the world has been changed completely by the coronavirus. I hope you are all well and managing to obtain essential supplies. We had been looking forward to our March meeting when Janet would have talked about the spring garden, but that of course was postponed. All the events I was going to tell you about have been cancelled – that is, Fellowship meetings,church services, church teas, the VE celebrations Astbury May Day, all bowling matches and outings. Lyndon Murgatroyd was to be our April speaker, but he will now tell us the history of Congleton Park on 21st April 2021. The May speaker from Christian Aid has cancelled. If our June meeting goes ahead on the 17th, Karen Reynolds will talk to us about ‘Gymslips & chalkboards.’ I think we all enjoyed her talk on old-fashioned remedies.
The pancake evening was very successful and raised £310 for the church. The children had a great time tossing pancakes and the beetle drive went well. We took part in the World Day of Prayer services on 6th March at the United Reformed Church, written by the women of Zimbabwe.Their message from their difficult political situation prayed for Love, Peace and reconciliation. Numbers were down on last year,but there was no school involvement. Next year the service will be at Wellspring Methodist Church.
February and March have been very sad months when we have lost two of our members. Margaret Booth was a very supportive member of the Fellowship and always came to church events. She was a regular attender at the 8 o’clock service, and more recently took Communion at the Wednesday morning service in the Village Hall. She and son Stephen moved house many times in their life together, often just round the corner. In retirement, she moved with Frank further afield to Devon,but on his death after six years ‘down south’ she moved back to Congleton. At her funeral on 18th March, the Rector described her as a‘Christian lady’ – how true.
Gwen Jones grew up in the Rhondda valley. She was an extremely talented musician and taught music in many schools, the last being Biddulph High School, when her husband Wilf was headmaster. She was conductor of the Biddulph Male Voice Choir for over 40 years and extremely caring of the many friends she had in various organisations.Not afraid of travelling on the bus to Newcastle at 91 to have her hair done, she was an indomitable lady. We miss Margaret and Gwen very much. We are sending a Fellowship cheque of £25to St Mary’s Church on Margaret’s behalf, and a cheque of £25 to the British Heart Federation for Gwen. I pray we may all stay well in these troubled times: take care of yourselves.
With love, Carole.