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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.

We try to meet these aims by arranging:
  • A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments
  • Visits and Excursions to places of interest
  • Concerts
  • An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service

A further aim is to raise funds in support of Church activities and Local Charities.

Future Programme

 4 December
Chocolate: presentation - taste and buy
        Bob Whalton

 2 January 2019 (Wednesday)
The Secrets of the Box
        Tony Weston   - note change of date and programme

 3 February 10.30am (Sunday)
MORS Anniversary Service
        Revd Martin Turner, MORS Choir

 5 February
The Royal Swans
        David Barber

13 February
Annual Dinner at Sandmartins Golf Club
        Tickets required

 5 March
On Guard
        Sgt Maj. Shaun McCormack: Queen's Bodyguard - Yeoman of the Guard

 2 April
The Queen's Other Houses
        Ian Black

Monthly Review
Event Reports

On Tuesday 6th November our guest speaker, Norman Vinall, suffered the trials and tribulations of our local traffic.  Travelling only from Reading to Wokingham, his arrival was delayed by not one, but two serious traffic accidents.  Tony King was almost on the point of stepping in yet again with an alternative talk when Norman eventually arrived, together with boxes of exhibits to illustrate his talk 'A Touch of Glass'.

Norman then described and demonstrated how a wide range of products can be made from a combination of sand, lead, water and heat.  The products included the classical stained-glass panels so familiar as windows in our churches and cathedrals. There are apparently 15 steps involved in moving from the initial sheets of glass to the finished product, and the range of practical skills and techniques applied by Norman and his colleagues in their Reading factory is quite impressive.  Norman also displayed plates, bowls, lamps and even trays made from glass - all available for purchase at their Reading store, near Cemetery Junction.  And he confirmed they make other products to order.  Customers include Eton College, Windsor Castle, Durham and Winchester Cathedrals, plus the film sets working on the Harry Potter series.  So a variety of glass pieces are being produced at the same time.  This local factory's work ensures that the traditional skills of glass-making are still being maintained.

A slideshow and report of the British Airways Band concert (13 October) is available here.

Future Events

On December 4th we end this year's programme on a festive note when Bob Whalton presents the history of chocolate - although most of us will be far more interested in the tasting session that follows!  And after the talk there will be the chance of purchasing some chocolate for Christmas.

In the New Year there will be some changes to our published programme - our January meeting will now take place on the 2nd, which is a Wednesday evening.  It will start at the same time, 7.30pm, but our speaker will now be Tony Weston and he will be giving his presentation 'The Secrets of the Box'.  And on 3rd February the MORS Anniversary Service will be taken by Revd. Martin Turner, formerly of Westminster Central Hall.

Guy Masdin

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
· Concerts
· 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)