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.



As usual our first meeting of the year is the AGM which was held on the 7th February. The Reverend Ian McVeety who chaired the meeting welcomed everyone and opened with prayers. Thank you to Ian and all who attended.

When reflecting on the past year we recognise what a busy and productive year we have had and, as always, I am grateful to you all for your help and support. As usual at the AGM we have some changes to the committee as some members complete their three year term of office. The members who having completed their three year term are Carol Hill, Christa Findon and June Wight and I thank them for their support and commitment they have given to MU.

We welcomed Gloria Wardle and Jennifer Duckworth as new members to the committee and Carol Hill agreed to stay on for a further three years.

Members to serve for another two years are Theresa Taylor, Jean Simpson and Rosemary Smith.

Members to serve for one more year are Helen Hill, Eileen Winterbottom and Jackie Bolton.

Thank you to Tracy Owen for her work as Treasurer during the last two years but unfortunately has had to step down due to health issues.

June Wight has kindly agreed to take up the post of Treasurer.

Edith Hayhurst will remain in the post of Secretary.

Banner Bearers are Carol Hill, Jean Naisbitt and Rosemary Smith.

At the March meeting we have Janice Harvey speaking about her research into a family tragedy which took place in the 1860’s. Her talk is titled ‘Murder at the Vicarage’. I’m sure this will be really interesting as I think Janice found a couple of surprises when doing the research. As always visitors are very welcome to join us.

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service will be held at Bury Parish Church on Friday 3rd March at 2.00pm. The theme this year is the Philippines and although I mention it in the MU column it isn’t a service organised by Mothers’ Union.

Mothering Sunday is on the 26th March and as usual MU will provide cakes to be served following the 10.00am service. Donations of cakes will be much appreciated and can be brought to the March meeting or to the Church Hall on the morning of the 26th. I shall be in the Hall from 9.20am. Lady Day, 25th March, will be celebrated at the Mothering Sunday service.

Also, can I remind members that donations of Easter Eggs will be welcome at the March/April meetings in readiness for Easter Sunday. 

In love and friendship

Susan Sugden

Branch Leader

Tel: 01204 884671


Dates for your diary

  • 3rd March - Women’s World Day of Prayer. 

  •  4th March (Fri) -  Women’s World Day of Prayer. No details of service as yet.
  • 6th March - Mothering Sunday. Banner Bearer and Escorts required at 10.00am Service.
  • 7th March - Janice Harvey “Murder at the Vicarage” research into a family tragedy 1860s.

  • 25th March - Lady Day/Good Friday combined service.
  • 26th March - Lady Day/ Mothering Sunday. MU to provide cakes to be served following 10.00am service

  • 27th March - Easter Egg Hunt.
  •  4th April - Chris Foote-Wood - author. Speaking about his book, Victoria Wood - Comedy Genius.

  • 16thApril - Easter Sunday - Easter Eggs for the children.

  • 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.