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mors - friendship for all

Meets: 1st Tuesday of each Month in the Church at 19:30.  Contact: Tony King

MORS is a Church Social Group open to “Methodists of Rose Street”, and to all other friends of the Church.  Our main aims are to encourage friendships to grow and to welcome everyone into the overall Church family.

We try to meet these aims by arranging:
  • A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments and a chat in The Meeting Place
  • Visits and Excursions to places of interest
  • An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service

A further aim is to raise funds in support of Church activities and Local Charities via our own efforts and also in cooperation with other Church groups, especially Contact and the Theatre Club.

Future Programme

 7 November
A Year in Afghanistan
        Sheila Hill

23 November
Outing to Windsor Castle
        Booking required

 5 December
It's Fun to be Fooled
        Simon Williams

 2 January 2018
The Edwardians
        Tony King

Monthly Review
Event Reports

We were delighted that over 60 people negotiated the traffic jams and building works to attend our October meeting and AGM.

Alan Copeland drew on a library of 6,000 slides.  These were recorded from the work of Douglas Noyes to illustrate "The Changing Face of Reading" – or at least a sixth of it, as Alan has 5 more presentations available!  This talk concentrated mainly on the area enclosed by the Inner Distribution Ring Road, itself an example of the major changes which took place from the early 60's to the 1980's.  We saw the changes which had taken place for example around Castle Street and St. Mary's.  Large areas of land cleared to make room for new developments with traditional small terraced shops and attractive old Victorian buildings making way for multi-storey concrete buildings.  No doubt these are more cost-effective, but nowhere near so attractive.  Indeed, some of the new buildings were also soon demolished, due to problems with the type of concrete used!

One unexpected short-term bonus of the massive demolition programme was that it opened up views of magnificent buildings which had been obscured for years.  Alan gave us a splendid 'before and after' tour of part of Reading, showing sights familiar to many of MORS vintage. And he still has five to go!

After this talk a short AGM was held.  Our Chairman (Andrew Honeyman) reviewed the activities of a successful year and our President (Revd. Catherine Bowstead) took the Chair for the appointment of officers.  The current committee all agreed to continue in office and was thanked by the President for their work.  Our Treasurer (Dallyn Salter) tabled the MORS accounts to show a healthy situation, and to show our charity donations for the year so far amounted to £2,350.  Further funds are available for local charities and nominations are welcome.  The meeting unanimously approved the accounts and the Treasurer was thanked for all his efforts.  In turn he then thanked Fred Preston for continuing to act as our independent examiner.

Future Events

We now look forward to our meeting on November 7th when Sheila Hill will talk about her experiences during "A Year in Afghanistan".

Our visit to Windsor will take place on Thursday 23rd November, when we hope to see the Castle decorated with traditional Christmas trees and maybe have some time for Christmas shopping!

Guy Masdin

Annual Review  (February 2017)

We support 'Our Vision' by providing 'an exciting and comprehensive range of activities -- in an environment where everyone belongs, and enjoys true friendship'.

We meet this aim through our diverse programme of Talks, Visits, Concerts, Dinners and Annual Services.  Our monthly talks attract an audience of about 65 people, from Church and Community.  Last year we were entertained by a variety of subjects ranging from a rather novel 'Audience with a Mole' to a nostalgic 'Do you remember the Fifties?'  We then all enjoyed coffee and a chat in the Meeting Place, which itself is a major asset in building up friendships.  We also attracted splendid support for our traditional British Airways Band Concert, which raised over £1000, and for our Annual Dinner at the Bull at Arborfield where once again over 70 of us thoroughly enjoyed the first class food and excellent service provided by Bruno and his team.

P1040465WWe were delighted that the Revd Bryan Coates, along with Sandy, returned this year to lead our Anniversary Services, which he did in great style.  Mike Bowstead led the Community Hymn Singing during the evening, at the same time giving us knowledgeable insight into the importance of the music and lyrics of each hymn.  Again the MORS Male Voice Choir, conducted by Eileen Goode, gave another splendid performance- a successful and thoroughly enjoyable day.

This year, thanks to the support received for our activities, we were able to donate over £3,600 to local charities from the MORS Charity Fund, as well as £1,700 to our Church.  We trust that all our activities again created the environment for generating 'friendship for all'.

Guy Masdin