Methodist Women in Britain WCONTACT

Our friendly, informal group is open to everyone and we are always delighted to see new faces.  We meet at 8pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except for July and August.  We meet in the Church to listen to a wide variety of speakers and the talks usually last about an hour.

This year we have been entertained by the Barbarettes, have heard talks about subjects such as living in Africa and the History and Science of Pearls.  The evening tasting different food and drinks made us wonder if we needed to buy the expensive varieties.  We finish with a chance to chat and enjoy a cup of tea in the Meeting Place.  Under the Contact 'umbrella' we have organised a trip to 'Daffodil Day' at Methodist Central Hall which is always a very uplifting day.  During the year we have been able to donate proceeds from the evenings to a variety of charities, in particular CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.  We are currently planning the new programme for September onwards and look forward to welcoming new visitors.  Come along and join us when you can.

Sue Jones  February 2018

Future Programme

23 May
Brownsea - A Secret Island
         - Tony Weston
Come along and learn more about the turbulent history of this tranquil and idyllic National Trust island, which has areas of woodland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, with cliff top views across Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck  (followed by a very short AGM).

27 June
Coffee, Cake and Accordians!
         - RAG - Reading Accordian Group
This well known local group will join us for an evening of popular music – with Coffee and Cakes in the interval!  This will be a 'ticket only' event, cost £5.00 from Cecily Amos.

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

Monthly Report

In April we were very pleased to welcome Dave Gillies who talked about Ancestry and Maps.  He used examples from his own family history to illustrate ways in which maps and other resources can be used to find out about our ancestors, but also give us an idea of the social history of when they were alive.  He was able to overlay one map with another to show how towns have expanded over the years, but also how significant routes and buildings have remained.

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