mors - friendship for all
Meets: 1st Tuesday of each Month in the Church at 19:30. Contact: Tony King
MORS is a Church Social Group open to “Methodists of Rose Street”, and to all other friends of the Church. Our main aims are to encourage friendships to grow and to welcome everyone into the overall Church family.
- A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments
- Visits and Excursions to places of interest
- An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service
A further aim is to raise funds in support of Church activities and Local Charities.
Lies and Excuses - Going through Customs
Outing to Lacock Village and Museum
Lunch in Chippenham - Booking required
Wish You Were Here
Our summer season began on May 1st when Graham Horn described his enjoyment of "A Long Walk across England". It is named 'The Macmillan Way' in recognition of the founder of the famous charity, and is promoted to raise funds for the charity 'Macmillan Cancer Relief'. The path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset, running across the Fens to Bourne then heading for Stamford and Rutland Water. It visits Stow-on-the-Wold, Lower Slaughter and many other picturesque locations in the Cotswolds and beyond.
After leaving the Cotswolds, the path enters Somerset and passes Castle Cary before entering Dorset and the final section is to Abbotsbury via Sherborne. One has to be fit to tackle the whole journey of 290 miles, which Graham did in 18 days. We were told the support of friends was invaluable to him during this time, supplying fresh clothing and provisions, plus walking along with him for a few miles.
Sadly in April we lost our good friend and MORS vice-chairman David Granger, who had been bravely fighting a serious illness. At our May meeting we held a minute's silence as a tribute to David, and for all the work he did for MORS and for the Church. David was scheduled to give us one of his regular talks at our July meeting, when he was going to tell us of his visit to the Gambia. We are grateful therefore to David Tinker for stepping in at short notice to talk to us on 3rd July and give us an affectionate history of the seaside. His talk on that night is appropriately entitled "Wish You Were Here".
Meanwhile we welcome Malcolm Nelson to our meeting on June 5th to tell us all about 'Lies and Excuses – Going through Customs'.
Our next event will then be the outing on Tuesday 12th June to Lacock, the historic 13th Century village in the Cotswolds famous for its Abbey and the Fox-Talbot Museum marking the birth of modern photography. Our journey to Laycock is via Chippenham, another picturesque town, where lunch can be taken. Booking Forms for this trip can be found on the Welcome Table in the Meeting Place, or they are available from Gerry Higson.
Annual Review (February 2018)
It's worth drawing to attention the aim of MORS which is not only for members of the Church but also in our outreach to the wider community – we meet this aim by arranging:
· A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments.
· Visits and Excursions to places of interest
· An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service
A further aim is to raise funds to support Church activities and Local Charities.
This past year MORS has again enjoyed a full programme with strong support for our activities. An average of around 60 people attended our monthly talks which were far ranging from the production of 'A Painting Before Your Eyes' to 'The Changing Face of Reading' in photographs. It's also a pleasure to see everyone staying on afterwards in the Meeting Place to enjoy refreshments and a chat.
We also enjoyed visits to Sudeley Castle and to Windsor Castle - decorated with Christmas trees.
We welcomed back the Revd. Nick Thompson to conduct our Anniversary Service in February. Community Hymn Singing was led by Christine Barker prior to the evening service. And of course, the MORS Male Voice Choir raised everyone's spirits by their enthusiastic and professional contribution under their conductor Eileen Goode - reaching the climax with 'We'll go in the strength of the Lord'. It was a pleasure to have our own Minister taking part in the Service.
We maintained tradition by holding our Annual Dinner at 'The Bull' at Arborfield.
The Reading Phoenix Choir gave a first-class concert and, at time of writing, we are looking forward to the Reading Male Voice Choir in March. Our old friends the British Airways Band are returning to give a concert in October. We are grateful to Malcolm Souter for taking over the arrangements of the concerts in future. The proceeds from the concerts make a considerable contribution to our Charity funds.
Tony King (Secretary)