Elizabeth, Fikile and Buyiswa at Mary Sumner House. At the back is a Worldwide banner and Buyiswa is pointing at our Diocese.

Members of the Mothers Union visit link Diocese overseas

It was a life time experience with God when Buyiswa and Fikilele were delegated to visit our link Diocese as Mothers Union. Fikilele reports ...

’We left Durban on Saturday 1 October 2009 at 16h30 and arrived in London, via Johannesburg and Cairo 24 hours later.

Elizabeth Waltons and her daughter, Jill, met us at Heathrow and we took a taxi to St. Mathews Centre where we spent the night. From there, we went to Mary Sumner House, where we met Robert Dawes who is a programme officer working with grants. We toured Mary Sumner house with Brenda Molly. The following day we toured London and then left for Carlisle in the afternoon.

We were so priviledged to attend Carlisle Diocesan Council Meeting. Julia Collinson marketing co-ordinator helped us during our presentation. We met so many people who were interested in what we presented. We were also privileged to meet Lynne Tembey. Lynne is the MU Provincial President of York. We saw her while attending one of the Deanary meetings and she happened to attend her deanery meeting.

We went to see Carlisle Diocese i.e. the Cathedral while still empty. People were busy preparing for the enthronement for Bishop James of Carlisle. We toured around the church, a very beautiful big church; the choir was practising for the occasion.
October 10 was the big day of the Bishop’s enthronement. We parked our car on the premises of the Cathedral. We went to meet Bishop Dino and Elizabeth and Jill Smith and Shirley at the hotel. We had our small talk over coffee before the big service. We had a very good, short service

Bishop Dino had a share in the service which was exciting for us. Buyiswa and I had a chance of shaking hands with the new Bishop, Bishop James and also received his blessing. 
We went to Barbra Magee’s house. Met two Priests from St. Marie’s Church, and a group of women there showing us their handwork. We shared our vision with them, they were excited
Majory Mellor took us to see the Devils Bridge. She then took us to see St Mary’s Church. We then went to see Majorie Hanson and husband Pat. They once taught Mama Prisca and Thandiswa handwork.
We slept two nights at Shirley Paynes house (MU President elect) at Kendal. We met branch leaders in her Deanary. Penny Maylor is the Deanary Leader at Kendal. Also present was Eryl Rickets a leader in Milnthorpe and heresharm, Helen Pakins for Grayrigg, Angela Whitaker a Priest in Charge at Natland. She is a mother’s Union member and supports MU activities.
Branch leaders had to report on activities in their branches.

We then went to Emmanuel Church in Northampton. Maureen Tims was going to collect us at the station but we found Maureen Luke. She took us to where Jean and Peter Goodlad from Emmanuel Church live at Great Billing Northampton. Jean was home she took us to her beautiful garden. Peter then came and took us to TWE hotel where we were to spend two nights.

We had a very quiet morning and had an English breakfast at the TWE Hotel. Rev Margaret from Emmanuel Church picked us up at 10h30 to have a look at Northampton and did some shopping. We then went to Emmanuel Church which is right inside town above the road. We first had lunch and then did our presentation. They were also interested on our project. They wanted us to submit quotations for all outstanding work.
Although our flight home was delayed, all was well, and we eventually arrived home safely.’


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