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 January 2019
'That's Entertainment' – the stars who made the musicals
         - Tony King

... from the glamorous days of Fred and Ginger, through the war years to the last and great musical stars of the 1950's.

27 February
The Development of the Sewerage System in London
         - David Tinker

How the "Great Stink" of 1858 led to the sewage system which still operates in the 21st century.  This will include something about the history of privies.

27 March
Great Ormond Street Hospital
         - Marcia Watson

From humble beginnings to world renown for paediatric medicine – come and learn more about this amazing hospital.

24 April
         - Leslie Grout

Windsor has changed a lot over the years – and is on our minds because of the Royal Weddings – find out more about our near neighbour.

22 May
Meet the Artist
         - Chris Parry

Chris has painted since she was a child. Come along and learn more about how her hobby has developed – and how much she enjoys it!  (followed by a very short AGM)

26 June
An organist entertains
         - Tom Barker

The entertainment for our Summer Concert will be provided by Tom, one of our church organists.  He will play many of his favourite pieces of music on both piano and church organ, illustrating his musical journey over many years.  This will be a 'ticket only' event – cost £5.

Proceeds to - National Brain Appeal
This is the charity dedicated to raising much needed funds for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London.

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

Monthly Report

Our November speaker was Pam Thompson who told us about her trip to Napal with Nick and two other couples from Marlow Church, which supports the "Happy Children's Home" in Kathmandu.  It also provided Pam with the opportunity to visit some Traidcraft suppliers.

We saw pictures of Kathmandu since the earthquake – a city full of colour, smiling faces and historic architecture.  There were temples under re-construction, sacred cows wandering anywhere and a variety of transport methods.  There was the "Happy Children's Home", from where three boys were chosen to accompany Pam and Nick's party on a mountain trek.

Following a long drive to Pokhera, the trek began up steps and narrow mountain paths, passing donkeys and men carrying loads to the villages en route, because there were no roars.  The party stayed at more than one guest house, before reaching the summit.

Back in Kathmandu, Pam visited "Get Paper Industries", where we saw colourful paper andboxes being made by hand and "Technical School Workshops", where handmade carpets are woven in intricate patterns.  After the talk, Pam had goods from Nepal for sale on her Traidcraft stall.

In December we enjoyed a Christmas social with light refreshments.  We were challenged by quizes, listened to seasonal music and heard Sandra Taylor with readings on a Christmas theme.

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

Judith Bedwell

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