The picture above shows Rosemary Kempsell speaking on 25th June 2008 at the Stirling
Roadshow, organised by our Provincial President, Sheila Redwood and the team from
Mary Sumner House in London, to launch the Mothers’ Union resource[home].
Provincial Presidents Meet (Kathleen Snow from Canada, Naomi from Congo, Ann Mota
from Papua New Guinea, Rhody from Myanmar, Charmian Paterson from Scotland, former
Over 30 countries from the Anglican communion were represented at the 2005 meeting
of Mothers’ Union Provincial Presidents. They shared sessions on the visions and
marketing of the Mothers’ Union as well as the empowerment of women and communication.
Scottish Trustees' training day
All the Diocesan trustee's came together in Perth recently and picked up quite a
few hints on charity law and how to be a good trustee from the MU Chief Executive
Reg Bailey (left in picture with Sheila Redwood, Provincial President).
Commissioning of Scottish Provincial President Sheila Redwood and Worldwide President
Rosemary Kempsell by the Archbishop of Canterbury
The service in Southwark Cathedral on 1st February was truly memorable. A packed
cathedral with an atmosphere of expectancy, excitement and joy, blessed by the most
wonderful spring like day with not a cloud in the sky. There was lots of music and
singing, the bells pealed out and the Archbishop was positive in his support for
the MU and in what we do.
It was a memorable start to the Triennium and an endorsement for Rosemary and the
new Trustee board to carry on the work of the MU worldwide.
Sheila Redwood (centre ) with Scottish Diocesan Presidents and friends
Scottish commissioning in Edinburgh
Honour for Retiring Worldwide President
Trish Heywood's work as World Wide President of the MU for the last 6 years, has
been recognised by the award of the OBE.
She has led a trustee board that reflected the overseas nature of the organisation
and flown over 200,000 miles to visit members from India, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea,
Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Myanmar and 10 African countries as well
as travelling Britain and Ireland extensively.
Trish Heywood and family (courtesy D.C.Thomson & Co.,Ltd)
Members in Scotland are proud that 'one of our own' has made such a contribution
to the work of the society and think the honour is richly deserved.
Province of Scotland
Service of Celebration
This was held in November 2006 to celebrate the work of the MU in Scotland and also
in thanks for Charmian Paterson’s leadership as Provincial President, and the dedicated
service she has given for the last 6 years. The service was a beautiful moving occasion
held at St.Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth and was conducted by Bishop of St. Andrew’s.
Rt. Revd. David Chillingworth, Civic Provost Bob Scott, Sheila Redwood the new Provincial
President and Charmian Paterson former Provincial President
The Mothers Union at the Scottish Parliament
The Millennium Development Game was used during the Festival of Politics, a three
day event held in the Scottish Parliament during the Edinburgh Festival in August.
Scottish and Malawian parliaments have an official link, and
there are many informal links through aid organisations, schools and the like.
The game belongs to the MU and was extremely well received, several participants
hope to hire it for their own organisations. It can be booked by phoning MU in London
020 7222 5533.
130 Years of MU in Scotland Lunch
130 members and friends came from across Scotland to hear Marketing Co-ordinator
Jean Price and Head of Marketing Vikki White speak about the MU 5 Objectives and
how they were interpreted by members in different countries around the word to empower
women and transform lives.
Jean Price, Vikki White, Trish Heywood, Bishop David and Charmian Paterson
Friends of Fife Contact Centre
The Fife Contact Centre is a Mothers' Union initiative working with and funded by
statutory and volunteer agencies.
Una Fidoe, Isabel Lees, Sheila Redwood, and Charmian Paterson, and seated Jean Richardson
and Bishop David Chillingworth
The centre pays a part time organiser and an assistant administrator, so a regular
income is essential. We also rely on a team of trained Volunteers. Fife Contact Centre
is affiliated to the Scottish Network of Child Contact Centres and operates within
its code of practice.
If you would like to become a friend of the Centre and for more information contact
Lesley Brooke Diocesan President for details click here.
Past MU Scottish president at the UN
The two themes for 2006 year were:
Women and Development - enhanced participation of women in education and work
Women and Decision Making - to enable equal participation
Eve Pollard, Archdeacon Tai the Anglican observer to the UN and Charmian Paterson
Charmian Paterson was a delegate representing Scotland at the UN Commission on the
Status of Women 2006 in March.
She went as a representative of the Episcopal Church to the Anglican Consultative
Council. The MU had also sent delegates.
The MU and ACC had sent in statements on the above themes. The ACC gathering was
supervised by Archdeacon Tai, who is the Anglican Observer at the UN. They heard
presentations from Sudan, Jerusalem and Pakistan where the Christian Church is persecuted
and the women begged for our prayers.
Every day was filled with briefings and listening to the discussions by the different
governments' representatives on drafts for the final agreement.