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.


Branch Leader's Letter for March

As usual our first meeting of the year is the AGM and 25 members attended. The Rector chaired the meeting and began by welcoming everyone followed by prayers. Edith read the secretary’s report which reminds us all of what we have achieved in 2018.

I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout 2018 with special thanks to the MU committee for all their help. We had a very busy and proactive year and this is only possible to achieve with team effort and commitment. Also we had a great deal of support from ladies in the congregation in response to the requests for the knitted items for the hospitals, knitted Easter chicks and Christmas stockings to support the fund raising events at St Paul’s School and not forgetting the ladies who join MU members giving their time to help the children with reading.

Election of Committee Members

Rosemary Smith, Rita Whittaker and Helen Hill to serve 3 years

Gloria Wardle, Eileen Winterbottom and Pat Sedman to serve for 2 years

Jean Simpson, Jennifer Duckworth and Janet Hewitt to serve for 1 year

Secretary is Edith Hayhurst

Treasurer is Carol Hill

Assistant Treasurer is June Wight

Banner Bearers are Carol Hill, Jean Naisbitt and Rosemary Smith

Thank you to the retiring members Teresa Taylor and Carol Hill (now Treasurer) and a warm welcome to the newly appointed members of the committee.

It was a lovely surprise when I was presented with a lovely floral arrangement having completed my 2nd triennium and I thank you all. I did however, offered to stand as Branch Leader for one more year and Julian accepted.

March will again be a busy month.

Our next meeting will be a visit to the Victoria Wood exhibition at Bury Museum. We meet on 5th March @ 1.00pm at the reception area inside the Museum.

1st March – World Day of Prayer service at Bury Baptist Church, Manchester Road, Bury @ 2.00pm. Parking is very limited in the surrounding streets.

25th March – Lady Day TBC

31st March - Mothering Sunday and as usual MU will be providing cakes to be served following the 10.00am service.

Donations will be much appreciated and can be brought to the March meeting or on the Sunday morning anytime from 9.20am

I have had a request from St Paul’s asking for our help in knitting Easter chicks again. They are planning a fund raising event week w/c 26 th March so if anyone can help with this request I and the school would be very grateful. Any colour of chick it doesn’t have to be yellow. If you leave them at Church with my name on they will get to me. Knitting patterns can be obtained from the notice board at the back of Church.


With Best Wishes

In love and friendship

Susan Sugden

Branch Leader

01204 884671


Dates for Your Diary

Susan Sugden
Branch Leader

Tel: 01204 884671


Dates for your diary

29th Oct. Evening of Celebration at Stoller Hall, Manchester (opposite Victoria Station) at 7.30pm. Cost of tickets £8.

9th  Nov.  Service  at  York  Minster  at 11.00am.

2nd Dec. Bury Deanery Advent Service at St Stephen’s Church at 2.00pm.

4th Dec.  Christmas celebration at the Red Hall at 12.30pm for 1.00pm.

6th Dec. - Manchester Diocesan Advent Service at St Ann’s Church, Manchester at 1.30pm.

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.