The Branch now has 10 members who have come to Scotland from Africa. Their account
of the importance of the Mothers’ Union in their country is very interesting.
In Nigeria, the wearing of a uniform is extra special. There is a long training
period before being enrolled as a member. They are only then able to buy material
for their uniform from the Bishop's wife (who is the only person allowed to keep
this material). The material is blue in colour with a portrait of Mary Sumner in
a circular frame printed on it. Special tailors make the dress, making sure that
whatever style of dress is required, the Mary Sumner portrait is always on the front
and no cuts or seams would spoil the portrait. Many are adorned with beadwork, embroidery
and crochet work as Chioma’s robe shows.
Five New Members Enrolled
The Eucharist service on April 29th, 2012 was a highlight in the history of the
branch. Martina Chukwuma-Ezike, Oge Ibenegbu, Obianuju Ogbodo, Nkechi Okorafor, and
Rev. Moira Paterson were enrolled by Provost Richard Kilgour supported by the Diocesan
President - Mrs. Chris Crosley and Branch Leader - Mrs. Sonia Hudson. At the same
service members presented three hand - embroidered Mothers Union kneelers to be
blessed and to be placed in the Lady Chapel. It was a very joyous occasion.
Easter Party 2012
On April 24th, the branch held their Annual Easter Party which they decided to amalgamate
with a Diamond Jubilee Party. Members, along with visitors from St. James, Queen
Street Guild and St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, enjoyed an old-fashioned afternoon
tea, then tested their memories answering a quiz about the royal family, royal residences
and general knowledge. The event finished with a 'sing- song' of popular 1950's songs
ably accompanied by Mr. Stanley Flett.