Methodist Women in Britain WCONTACT

Our friendly and informal group is open to everyone, and you are cordially invited to join us.  We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8.00 p.m. in the Church, and enjoy our refreshments in the Meeting Place (except for our Christmas get-together, which takes place in another Bradbury Centre room).  We meet every month except for July and August.

We have enjoyed wide variety of speakers, and have enjoyed evenings varying from chocolate tasting to a fun auction.  Under the 'Contact' umbrella we have organised a bus to take us to 'Daffodil Day' at Methodist Central Hall.  We hope to offer a range of activities with company and friendship for all.  We are currently planning our programme for September onwards, and look forward to welcoming new visitors.  Our meetings usually last about an hour, with an opportunity to have a cup of tea and chat afterwards and our meetings offer a real opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of subjects and make new friends.  Come along and join us when you can.

Janet Severn  February 2017

Future Programme

25 October
A Passion for Pearls
         - Frances Benton
Come and learn about the history, science, myths and legends of the world's most secretive and only living gemstone, the pearl.  Going back over 5000 years, pearls have been associated with wisdom, power, wealth and beauty.  Handle pearls of all colours, shapes and sizes – perhaps even buy some at bargain prices.

22 November
Three Years in Africa
         - Sandra Taylor
Did you know that Sandra and Graham lived in Africa for three years?
Sandra will be revealing some of the ups and downs of family life in the middle of Africa.  Perhaps you will laugh, perhaps you will gasp at the final adventure.
Come along and learn more at what we know will be an informative, but very amusing evening!

13 December
A Christmas Party
A social gathering – with readings and poetry, seasonal music, some puzzles to keep us on our toes, with refreshments provided.  (£3 in Luke)

Programmes, giving more details of our meetings for the next 'Contact' year, are available in the porch and the Bradbury Centre.

Monthly Report

The new 2017/18 Contact programme opened in September with a taster evening.  We were all given three examples of different food or drink to try, ranging from a cheap supermarket variety to a top of the range one.  For some, such as water and orange juice it was hard to tell the difference whereas for others it was quite predictable.  The results for Pringles type crisps, ham and cheese showed that it is worth paying that bit extra for taste and quality.  However, some people decided that the most expensive mince pies were not their favourite.  There was a lot of discussion whilst tasting and people said how much they had enjoyed the evening.

Please remember that everyone is warmly invited to come along and join us for our regular get-togethers.

Sue Jones

CONTACT Charity Project

Contact supports a charity for a period of two years.  For period ending in August 2016 we supported Dalit Women, helping to educate the poorest women and girls in India and other poor countries.  We were delighted to send a contribution of £200 to the charity.

Our Charity for the next two years will be CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young.  Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.  Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).  It supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD.  CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research.  It also publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public, and funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

Our first fund raiser for the Charity will be our Mystery Auction, to be held on 25th January 2017, so please come along and enjoy the evening.  All proceeds will be donated to CRY.

Janet Severn