Derriaghy Parish Mothers' Union and guests, pictured at a
service of thanksgiving last Sunday evening (13th April) marking
the 50th anniversary of the branch. L to R: (seated) Mrs Maud
Ryan (Area Chairman), Mrs Margaret Crawford (All Ireland
President), Mrs Moira Thom (Diocesan President), Mrs Trudy Hull
(Branch Chairman) , the Rev John Budd, Rector and Mrs Ruby
Pictured holding the branch banner is Mrs Sadie Black,
one of two foundation members of Derriaghy Parish
Mothers' Union Branch.
anniversary cake last Sunday evening (13th April) to mark the 50th
anniversary of Derriaghy Parish Mothers' Union are L to R: Mrs
Pat Allen (Secretary), Mrs Margaret Crawford (All Ireland
President), Mrs Trudy Hull (Branch Chairman) and past chairmen -
Mrs Irene Graham, Mrs Florence Barr and Mrs Amy Boyd.
A service of thanksgiving to mark the 50th anniversary of
Derriaghy Parish Mothers' Union Branch was held in Christ
Church, Derriaghy last Sunday evening (13th April). The Rector,
the Rev John Budd, led the service and the guest speaker was Mrs
Margaret Crawford (All Ireland President of the Mothers' Union).
Mrs Moira Thom (Diocesan President), Mrs Trudy Hull (Branch
Chairman), Mrs Pat Allen (Secretary) and Miss Margaret Hanthorne
(Treasurer), also took part.
Mrs Ada Kirkwood (MU committee member) presided at the organ.
The church choir sang the anthem 'Mary sang a song, a song of
love'. The congregational hymns included, 'Take my life and let
it be' and 'Lord for the years your love has kept and guided'.
The Derriaghy Mothers' Union Branch was founded in 1958 and the two
surviving foundation members who are still active in the branch are Mrs Olive Millar (who was
unable to attend the service due to illness) and Mrs Sadie Black
who carried the branch banner.
In her address Mrs Crawford wished the members of the branch
many more years of work and witness in Derriaghy Parish. She
spoke of the need to make time for relations with families,
friends, marriage, in church, at work and most important - with
God, emphasising the need to listen to what He has to say. She
concluded by saying that today is the tomorrow you worried
An anniversary gift from the MU Branch to the parish, one of a
pair of benches particularly for use at weddings, was dedicated
by the Rector. The second bench will be dedicated next Sunday
evening at Derriaghy, in memory of Mr Edward Green and Mr Cecil
Supper was served in the Parochial Hall following the service.