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

24 January 2018
Stage to Screen
         - Tony King
Come and learn about the many famous people who started their career on the stage and then became famous on the screen.

28 February
A Civil Way to Tie the Knot
         - Alison Godwin
Alison, Norma's daughter, is now a Marriage Registrar and Celebrant – but there are many surprising and funny experiences on the pathway to getting married!

28 March
An Evening of Reflection for Holy Week
         - Catherine Bowstead
Join us for an evening of quiet reflection for Holy Week.

25 April
Ancestry and Maps
         - David Gillies
One of the men who helped to map the moon for the lunar landings is coming to tell us more about what you can learn about your ancestors – if you only know how to look at the right map.

23 May
Brownsea - A Secret Island
         - Tony Weston
Come along and learn more about the turbulent history of this tranquil and idyllic National Trust island, which has areas of woodland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, with cliff top views across Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck  (followed by a very short AGM).

27 June
Coffee, Cake and Accordians!
         - RAG - Reading Accordian Group
This well known local group will join us for an evening of popular music – with Coffee and Cakes in the interval!  This will be a 'ticket only' event, cost £5.00.

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

Monthly Report

In October we were delighted to welcome Frances Benton to Contact, who gave us a very lively and entertaining talk about pearls – their history, science and some of the myths and legends associated with them.  The audience were able to handle a selection of the pearls and the men in the audience were even persuaded to try some on!  At the end of the evening her collections of pearl jewellery, which she makes herself, were offered for sale at reasonable prices.  She supports the Jabulani Project in South Africa and she estimated that the profits from the sales on the evening would enable 3 street children to go to school for a year.

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