Mothers' Union, Bury Branch

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.



Many thanks to all the ladies who provided cakes for the Induction Service on the 19th November as we welcomed our new Rector, Julian and Jackie to Bury Parish Church. Our prayers and support are with them as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

I attended the MU Autumn Council in November and we had guest speaker Kevin from L’arche speaking about his work with this universal organisation which supports people with learning disabilities. The founder was philosopher Jean Vanier who believed people with the right support and care should live within society not be shut away in institutions. This was very forward thinking in 1964.

Also, we heard from Hilary Thomas who spoke about Fairtrade and urged everyone to support the Community Fairtrade Farmers by being aware of what you put in your shopping basket and the refreshments you serve at the MU meeting. If the farmers are paid a fair price for their produce the workers are paid a fair wage.

I will put the minutes from the Autumn Council on the notice board when I receive them for anyone who is interested in reading the full content.

Subscriptions for 2018 are £22.50 incurring an increase of 50p and payment will be due in January/February. If possible please pay by cheque, payable to Bury Parish Church MU.

Our Christmas meal is at the Masonic Hall on Tuesday 5th December at 12.30pm for 1.00pm and I’m delighted to tell you that the guests joining us are the Rector and Jackie as well as Canon Ian McVeety.

As is the normal format we will not hold a meeting in January. The February and March meetings will be held in the afternoon at 1.00pm. As we all know weather conditions can be difficult at that time of year so we are trying this and I would welcome your feedback.

Lastly, I would like to say thank you to all members for your support throughout the year and wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

In Love and Friendship

Susan Sugden
Branch Leader

Tel: 01204 884671


Dates for your diary

  • 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.