Updated 05 November 2018

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President’s Report

Autumn 2018

I am now nearing the end of my first Triennium but I am prepared to do a second Triennium (2019-2021) if that is the will of the membership.

Main events:

In April we enjoyed the visit of our Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, who was our speaker at our Annual General Meeting.  Since then I have made several visits:

Kingswood & S. Gloucestershire Deanery Festival at St Mary’s Yate.

Bristol West Deanery Service at Almondsbury – on a lovely warm evening.

North Wilts held their Deanery Festival at Hankerton Church on a July morning followed by a pub lunch.

Attended a Garden Party held by St Phillip’s branch in Swindon – on one of our really hot summer days.

On Mary Sumner Day I had lunch at Henbury organised by Bristol West Deanery (arriving late because of traffic delay on M4) and then dashed off to Longwell Green for a celebration service and tea provided by Kingswood & S. Gloucestershire.

I went to the Cathedral for the Wave of Prayer service for Diocesan members on 1st September taken by the Dean of Bristol but sadly not many members were able to attend.  I do hope that some services were held on 7th, 8th & 9th September which were out dates for the Wave of Prayer.  It is wonderful to think of unceasing prayer round the world as every day is covered and it is moving to think of members around the world praying for us in Bristol over these three days.

I also went over the border into Bath & Wells in August to speak at Nailsea MU about Bristol projects.

My September newsletter went to all members and contains other news which I will not repeat in this report.


The second MULOA (Mothers’ Union Listens, Observes, Acts) conference was held at Swanwick in July.  

There is a Provincial Conference in October at High Leigh.  One Diocese will be organising the entertainment but we all have to contribute with cryptic clues about our cathedral.  One of the items on the agenda is ‘MU response to modern day slavery’ with information about the Clewer initiative.  

Elections for next Triennium:

Nikki Sweatman, our current Provincial President was nominated for the new role of Zonal Trustee for Canterbury province  and apparently there were no other names put forward so she will be elected unopposed.  Her name has also been put forward for her to continue as Provincial President and I do not know of anyone else who’s prepared to take this role.  It will be the only time that one person can do both roles – after this triennium they will have to be two separate people.

After much prayer and consideration I have now voted for our new WWP.  Three people were nominated:

Sheran Harper, Worldwide Trustee from Guyana for Zone B covering Brazil, Canada, South America, USA, West Indies;  Barbara Taylor, Worldwide Trustee and Provincial President of York Province;  Jocelyn Wright, Worldwide Trustee and Unit Co-ordinator of Fundraising and Communications, from Canterbury Province.

As we come to the end of this Triennium we have to think about our own Trustee Board.  I will be announcing the names of those prepared to stand at the meeting on 13th October and whether or not there is a need for a vote.  If you feel you could serve on the Trustee Board but are not quite sure what it entails, please do speak to me or one of the existing board and we will give you any information you required.

On 3rd July I attended the service of consecration for our new Bishop, Vivienne Faull – Bishop Viv.  I introduced myself briefly on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral after the service and have now requested a meeting with her, but have been told it will have to be in the New Year.  In the meantime I have had a telephone conversation with her about appointing a new chaplain for MU as the Rev Janet Anderson-Mackenzie comes to the end of her second Triennium. We do thank Janet for all she has done during the last 6 years.  Also we will need to organise a commissioning service sometime early next year and at the time of writing I cannot give a venue or whether Bishop Viv will be able to be present.  I have received a letter from her inviting me to be one of here nominees on Diocesan Synod which I have accepted.

I am delighted that Rachel Williamson has taken over Action and Outreach from Mary Head, though sorry that Mary has now left the Trustee board.  We will also be losing Pam Mills, Rita Brereton and Margaret Smith from Trustees at the end of the year and my thanks go to all four for everything they have contributed in the past.

Aurea Hart

Diocesan President         September 2018