Astbury Ladies Fellowship.

Our May meeting took place during Christian Aid week and Becky Hunt, one of their volunteers, came and told us about their work in Haiti. This mountainous country, with its French-speaking and Creole population, mainly Christian, has suffered major natural disasters. There was the earthquake of 2010 (32,000 people are still homeless after this); hurricane Matthew in 2016, and the present volcanic eruption with its disastrous consequences. Many
more people are displaced, and one million are living in food
insecurity. Becky told us that Christian Aid was creating homes, taking as her example Marcelin and his three daughters who were living in a disused water tank – some shelter, but no door. The aid workers had built a small house for them, and many friends and family came to share the joy when they moved in. Becky told us many displaced people should be housed this year. We sat in the village hall and listened. Outside the sun shone. May blossoms dripped white off the hedges, lilac and rhododendrons gave colour; cows grazed peacefully in fields lush with grass, and we must have felt so very blessed. It had been moving to see the plight of many Haitians, and very encouraging to see the positive help Christian Aid was bringing.
The good weather continued into making a marvellous May Day. It was special anyway, beginning earlier at 11 am, with TV coverage of the Royal Wedding in the marquee, the May Queen and her retinue
processing to church in brilliant sunshine, Rode Hall Silver Band and plenty of interesting stands. Our Fellowship plant stall took about £260, which will go towards repairing the organ, with thanks to everyone who helped and donated to the stall.
On 10th June there will be a traditional Sunday roast lunch in the
village hall at a cost of £18.50 (half price for children), proceeds for the church. Please contact Pamela Price (tel 01260 290459) by 3rd June if you would like to go.
In September, Congleton is staging a Heritage Fortnight. Astbury is planning to join this by having a display of wedding dresses in the church from yesteryear to the present day. If anyone could loan a dress (which would be looked after with great care) please contact Brenda Cook (tel 01260 290194).
Our next meeting will be on 19th June when Jane Kent will talk about her ‘ American Girls’, which I believe is a fabulous collection of dolls. We look forward to seeing you there.

Carole Goodwin