Methodist Women in Britain WCONTACT

Our friendly and informal group is open to everyone, and you are cordially invited to join us.  We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8.00 p.m. in the Church, and enjoy our refreshments in the Meeting Place (except for our Christmas get-together, which takes place in another Bradbury Centre room).  We meet every month except for July and August.

We have enjoyed wide variety of speakers, and have enjoyed evenings varying from chocolate tasting to a fun auction.  Under the 'Contact' umbrella we have organised a bus to take us to 'Daffodil Day' at Methodist Central Hall.  We hope to offer a range of activities with company and friendship for all.  We are currently planning our programme for September onwards, and look forward to welcoming new visitors.  Our meetings usually last about an hour, with an opportunity to have a cup of tea and chat afterwards and our meetings offer a real opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of subjects and make new friends.  Come along and join us when you can.

Janet Severn  February 2017


Future Programme

28 June
Evening Concert and Refreshments
         - Altern8 - with cake!  But it gets better!
This will be a ticket only concert, at a cost of £5 per ticket to include tea and cake during the interval.  Altern8 are part of The Barberettes, an award winning group who sing in four part a cappella harmony and Barbershop styles.  Last March, The Barberettes had a brilliant result when they won, for the second year running, the Reading Let's Sing Community Choir Award.  We had expected only eight of the group – but in fact we are able to welcome the whole choir!  This will be a very special evening, so don't forget to come along!  Tickets are now available from Cecily Amos.

27 September
Can you REALLY tell the difference?
         - Yourselves - the tasting panel
Can you tell the difference between the posh and the cheap and cheerful when you do your shopping?  You will be the tasting panel for both food and drinks – come and find out if it is worth paying the extra for your favourite brand!  Without knowing the make, you will be able to taste different varieties of the same foods and drinks and then be given the chance to vote on your favourite.  The results, we hope, will be very interesting!  Please come along and see if your taste buds are reliable, or if you could cut your shopping bill.

25 October
A Passion for Pearls
         - Frances Benton
Come and learn about the history, science, myths and legends of the world's most secretive and only living gemstone, the pearl.  Going back over 5000 years, pearls have been associated with wisdom, power, wealth and beauty.  Handle pearls of all colours, shapes and sizes – perhaps even buy some at bargain prices.

22 November
Three Years in Africa
         - Sandra Taylor
Did you know that Sandra and Graham lived in Africa for three years – come along and learn more in what we know will be an informative – but very amusing evening!

13 December
A Christmas Party
A social gathering – with readings and poetry, seasonal music, some puzzles to keep us on our toes, with refreshments provided.  (£3 in Luke)

Programmes, giving more details of our meetings for the next 'Contact' year, are available in the porch and the Bradbury Centre.


Monthly Report

It was a great pleasure to welcome Paul King to the May meeting of Contact.  He explained that a small group of people had worked together to find out how Victorian life had changed from 1851 to 1901.  Using the census as a starting point and also using newspapers, directories and other records they were able to show, for example, which occupations had declined or disappeared.  We were fascinated to hear about the poor quality water people were drinking and then the arrival of clean water.  Seeing a photo of a road closure for putting in sewage pipes, and complaints that many new houses were being built, made us realise that some things never change!  Following the very interesting talk, tea and coffee was served and the AGM was held.

Please remember that everyone is warmly invited to come along and join us for our regular get-togethers.

Sue Jones


CONTACT Charity Project

Contact supports a charity for a period of two years.  For period ending in August 2016 we supported Dalit Women, helping to educate the poorest women and girls in India and other poor countries.  We were delighted to send a contribution of £200 to the charity.

Our Charity for the next two years will be CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young.  Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.  Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).  It supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD.  CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research.  It also publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public, and funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

Our first fund raiser for the Charity will be our Mystery Auction, to be held on 25th January 2017, so please come along and enjoy the evening.  All proceeds will be donated to CRY.

Janet Severn