Mothers’ Union Report
For the January 2016 AGM
The AGM was held on 14th January in the Derwent Room. Sue Attenborough had already resigned as Chairman and so Mary Hawkins, vice chairman, chaired the meeting. There were fifteen members present with three apologies. The minutes of the 2015 AGM were read and approved.
Janet Reeve presented the accounts for the year. Twenty six members had paid their subscriptions, but average attendance at meetings had been 14. Tea money for the year was £30 less reflecting the lower numbers at meetings. The branch donated £120 to the Cantelupe Centre. One Bring and Buy stall raised £39.75 of which £35 was sent to AFIA and the residue put into branch funds. £29.05 was donated and admin. expenses were £39.14. The collecting boxes raised £288.31 for the Overseas Fund. The garden party raised £187 which was split between two MU appeals. A donation was sent for Agnes Garrett’s retirement gift – she had been Diocesan President. The balance in the bank was £94.37. The books had been scrutinized by John Bell, PCC treasurer. Janet has been Treasurer for nine years and stepped down at the meeting, thanking John for his help over the years.
Sue spoke, as retired Branch Leader, about how, after much soul searching, she had decided to stand down and thanked everyone for nurturing and supporting her over many years. She had found the many memories of the past too overwhelming to write a report.
As we all age we have found it increasingly difficult to fulfil actively the aims and objectives of the Mothers’ Union in a meaningful way.
The committee members all wished to step down from their roles and in the absence of a new committee being formed, despite generous offers from a few members, the branch will, sadly, have to close. The former officers will follow procedures to close the branch.
Our thanks go to all members who over the years have served, supported and attended the many and varied meetings. Much has been raised financially for MU over the decades and the fellowship, mutual support and friendship has been all that the MU stands for. Thank you to all former and present members.
Following on from this – Sue Attenborough has confirmed that an extraordinary meeting of members has to happen, for the Mothers’ Union branch to close, with two Trustees from the Derby Office in attendance. This will take place on Thurs. Feb. 18th at 2pm in the Cantelupe Centre and is entitled ‘The Way Ahead for MU’. Please could as many members as possible attend!