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The St Mary's group of the Association of Anglican Women is on the lookout for new members.
Leader Lillie Sattler says there are at present about 25 members of varying ages, and the group would like to boost its ranks: “Many of us are getting elderly, and we would welcome some younger ones.”
Membership of the family fellowship group is open to all.
Its meetings are held from noon to 3pm on the fourth Thursday of the month, with members bringing a plate for a shared lunch. The meetings usually include a church service and a speaker; recent topics have included travel and the Brooklands Zoo.
Lillie admits that a good old gossip is not unknown at such gatherings: “A lot of us have been friends for a long time.”
The group donates to overseas outreaches such as missions, and there is an emergency fund for disasters and other issues. It also helps the cathedral in ways such as catering for the regular organ recitals, and has made donations of kitchen equipment. In addition, many of the members' voluntary work includes involvement with the activities of the church.
Periodically the group joins with the Mothers' Union for “women's days.”