Mothers' Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876 and the branch here at Bury Parish Church began in 1899.
The Branch has approximately fifty members and meets at 7.45pm on the first Tuesday of the month in the Kay Room of the Church Hall (behind the Church), preceded by a service of Holy Communion in Church at 7.15pm.

Membership of the World-Wide Mothers' Union is open to all who have been baptised and who declare support of the Aims and Objectives. We welcome new members and have an open invitation to all, both men and women, to attend our regular meetings.

We would also be interested to hear from any past members of the Bury Parish Church Branch - please get in touch.

Branch Leader - Susan Sugden

Secretary - Edith Hayhurst

Treasurer - June Wight

If you require further information, please e-mail

Bury Branch - 2017 Subscriptions £22

To find out more about The Purpose, Aim and Objectives and the Mission Statement of the Mothers' Union click here to be directed to the website.



I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Mothering Sunday. Many thanks to you all for the generous donations of cakes received and served following the morning service. Also, thank you to all the members who helped in official duties on the day.

At our March meeting we enjoyed hearing from Janice Harvey regarding her searches into her family tree. Thank you Janice, we really enjoyed your talk, it was very informative and interesting.

You may have seen from the weekly notice sheet we have a change of speaker in April. Rhiannon is now taking this slot and will be telling us about her recent trip to Cambodia and the work being done there. Rhiannon’s Aunt makes lovely handicrafts to raise funds for the centre in Cambodia and items will be available to purchase during the evening. Visitors are welcome to join us.

I have had some donations of Easter Eggs but if you have not yet donated and wish to do so please can you bring them to the April meeting. I hope as usual to have enough eggs to provide one for all our children and also one for each pupil at St Paul’s School. At the recent committee meeting we decided to have a change and distribute Easter eggs as the children are leaving Church rather than hold the usual Easter Egg Hunt.

May is proving to be a busy month as we have been asked to host the Deanery AGM again this year and this will take place on Monday 8th May at 7.00pm in the Blackburne Hall. Only light refreshments of tea/coffee and biscuits to be served. There will as usual be a Bring and Buy stall as well as a Raffle. The Mothers’ Union shop will also be in attendance.

Also in May the Mothers’ Union will be providing the Parish Lunch. The date is Sunday 14th May. Offers of help will be much appreciated for either of the May events.

Just to keep you informed of changes in the Bury Deanery there are 3 new Branch Leaders. These are Mr Bob Taylor at Christ Church, Walmersley. Mrs Margaret Whittaker at St Ann’s, Tottington and Mrs Shirley Rothwell at St Paul’s Ramsbottom.

In love and friendship

Susan Sugden

Branch Leader

Tel: 01204 884671


Dates for your diary

  • 2nd May - Oldham Mountain Rescue talk/presentation.

  • 25th May - Ascension Day.

  • 6th June - David Winterbottom, NHS Dispatcher, dealing with everyday emergencies.

  • 4th Jul - Social Evening 

  • August - Afternoon Tea. Details to be confirmed... 

  • 5th Sept - Peter Watson - alternative remedies  

  • 3rd Oct - MU Shop / Bring and Buy in aid of AFIA.

  • 7th Nov - Maureen Hawksworth, Emmanuel Crafts. Her work to support a centre in Nepal.

The Mothers’ Union meeting are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Holy Communion Service is at 7.15pm in Church and the meeting starts around 7.45pm in the Kay Room, Church House. Visitors are very welcome.