The branch had an MU display in the hall at St James during this year’s Doors Open
Day on Saturday 11 September 2010.
Penicuik Street Fair
On Saturday 28th August 2010, the Branch had a book stall at the Penicuik Street
Fair in aid of the Overseas Fund, also selling some cards made by Rose MacKenzie.
We raised £43.30.
Sue Crosfield joined us with some of the MU cards and had a successful morning, selling
some Christmas cards to our local M.P., David Hamilton. He read the file which I
had prepared about the work of the MU and was impressed by the range of work done.
David had been in South Africa last year looking at HIV/AIDS work so took a particular
interest in that aspect of MU work.
Another visitor was the Enrolling Member for the Deanery branch in Lancaster. She
was thrilled to see a Mothers' Union stall and was wearing her MU badge.
Thankyou to Joyce Black and Gillian Little for their help and to Alan Sibley who
transported the books.
Margaret J. Coull, Branch Leader
Congratulations to Angela Sibley
- Penicuik Citizen of The Year 2010
Photo: Jean Hindle
Mr Bill Fernley (right), Chairman of Penicuik's Community Council, presented Angela
with a framed certificate as Penicuik Citizen of the Year 2010 in the Town Hall
on Saturday, 22nd May 2010.
The Community Council strongly believes in the importance of recognising the service
which many who work quietly behind the scenes give in their local community and beyond.
It does so annually with the award, on behalf of the people of Penicuik, of Penicuik
Citizen of the Year.
In making the presentation, Bill said: “To talk to Angela is to appreciate the sincerity,
enthusiasm, commitment and sheer energy of someone who believes in the importance
of serving others.
“It stems in the first instance from her affiliation, over several decades, to the
Penicuik Branch of the Mothers Union. I happen to know from personal experience
what a strong force for good that is in the community (Bill’s mother-in-law was a
member of the branch until her death).
“It has led to her volunteer work for the Broomhill Day Centre. Angela is modest
enough to say she was not a founder member of the Centre but she has worked there
from its beginnings 27 years ago and that's good enough in my book. She speaks with
such enthusiasm of the pleasure she gets from being in the frequently humorous company
of the elderly people who go. That in itself is a pleasure to hear. She is also
Chairman of its management committee. That is no mean compliment to her commitment.
It extends further to being general handyman, cleaner and bottle washer as the occasion
“Angela was indeed a founder member, again as a Volunteer, of the crèche for the
young children of mothers visiting their husbands and partners in Edinburgh Prison.
I was once a member of the Scottish Prison Service and so know at first hand the
vital importance of that kind of service in helping to maintain family links at a
time of great stress for those concerned. And of the expression of sheer humanity
which underpins it.
“The motto of the Scottish Prison Service is "Dare to Care". Take it beyond the Prison
Service and it personifies all that Angela does and has done. That includes a long
list of other things, not only in Penicuik but nationally and, with her committee
work, internationally too. Meals on Wheels, the WRVS, Christian Concern for families
worldwide, the Bethany Trust for homeless and vulnerable people. I could go on but
would run out of breath.”
Bill also paid tribute to the support provided by Angela’s husband Alan (left in
the photo) to enable her to do the many things she does.
Visit to Emmaus House
Also in May 2010, the Branch members enjoyed a visit to Emmaus House. We were
warmly welcomed by Andrew Bain who explained the ethos of the House and why it was
set up. He then led us in a short Communion service in the Garden Chapel. A wonderful
lunch was then enjoyed by all. It is a visit to be recommended.
World Day of Prayer in Penicuik
The World Day of Prayer Service in 2009 was prepared by the Christian women of Papua
New Guinea on the theme was ‘In Christ There Are Many Members, Yet One Body’.
The Penicuik Co-ordinator is a member of St James' Penicuik. Two services were held
in the town - one in the afternoon at Broomhill Day Centre led by St James' MU members
and the other in the evening hosted by Sacred Heart RC Church.
The flower arrangement in the photo above depicts the flowers, fruit and produce
of Papua New Guinea and the photo below shows some of the speakers who represented
the five churches participating. Branch Leader, Margaret Coull is seen in profile
on the left.