Pinchbeck celebrations mark 140 years of the Mothers’ Union

Pinchbeck Mothers Union members at their anniversary celebration. Pictured are, back  Chris Hesketh, Margaret Hickman, Donna Halfteck, Chris Best, Margaret Barnett, Hope Wells, Lorraine Hansard, Audrey Hammond, Lesley Eldridge, Ellen Newman, Pam Portas; front  Jean Howard, Pat Lake, Janet Bettinson, Alma Nicholls and Lorna Wright. SG140416-124TW
Pinchbeck Mothers Union members at their anniversary celebration. Pictured are, back  Chris Hesketh, Margaret Hickman, Donna Halfteck, Chris Best, Margaret Barnett, Hope Wells, Lorraine Hansard, Audrey Hammond, Lesley Eldridge, Ellen Newman, Pam Portas; front  Jean Howard, Pat Lake, Janet Bettinson, Alma Nicholls and Lorna Wright. SG140416-124TW
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Pinchbeck Mothers’ Union (MU) marked the organisation’s 140th anniversary with celebrations at St Mary’s Church Hall.

Pat Lake, secretary of Pincbeck MU, said the MU was founded by Mary Sumner, wife of the Rector of Old Alresford, in 1876.

Mary was inspired by a great vision concerning the Christian responsibilities of motherhood. From that humble beginning, the MU now works with people of all faiths and none in 83 countries, promoting stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning.

Mrs Lake said: “Queen Victoria was the first Royal Patron, today it is Queen Elizabeth II.

“The MU tries very hard to improve conditions for families, it runs many programmes to bring literacy to areas where few can read or write and tries to help women especially to set up their own business, to help pay for food and schooling.

“In the developed world it runs a ‘Bye Bye Childhood’ campaign against commercialisation and sexualisation of children – campaigning against unsuitable, pre-watershed programmes, video games, clothes and pop videos.”

The MU also leads a campaign to try to stop violence against women and girls.

“Passionate about Parenting” is one of the MU’s most extensive programmes and it now helps parents in 26 countries, including England.

Four local MU groups, Pinchbeck, Spalding St John’s, Spalding St Mary’s and Moulton, attended a Lady Day Service at Moulton on April 4.

Main aims of The Mothers’ Union (MU) are:

• Promote and support married life.

• Encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children.

• Maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.

• Promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.

• Help those whose family life has met with adversity.

You don’t need to be married or a mother to belong to the MU.

• For more information on Pinchbeck MU, please contact its chairman, Janet Bettinson on 01775 766170 or Mrs Lake on 01775 724487