Left to right: Sue Crosfield, Diocesan President; Rt Rev Brian Smith, Bishop of Edinburgh;
Rosemary Kempsell; and Sheila Redwood, Scottish Provincial President.
Worldwide President in Edinburgh
Lissa Smith, the Bishop's wife welcomed us to her home where 18 members met to welcome
our Worldwide President, Rosemary Kempsell, accompanied by her husband and our Provincial
President, Sheila Redwood, also accompanied by her husband.
After mid-day prayers taken by Sheila, we all met and mingled together befir serving
ourselves with a delicious two course lunch over which there was plenty of chat.
The Bishop was able to catch up with us towards the end of the lunch. He had been
otherwise engaged earlier as the Episcopal Representative to the Church of Scotland
We then all gathered together for Rosemary to give a short talk, mainly about her
travels to Africa and the Caribbean and the effect her visit to the children of Africa,
infected with AIDS, had on her. Mothers' Union has had representatives in New York
at UNESCO since 2001 and the main theme this year was AIDS. She was glad to see
Marion Chatterley with us who was also in New York. She also spoke about Kenya,
where they have a scheme of ‘texting’ (they all seem to have mobile phones) a certain
number of Prayers, a scheme Sheila thought was well worth looking into.
Rosemary was particularly delighted to see prospective members from our new Branch
at St Ninian's (Comely Bank), who will have their enrolling service in September.
Left to Rt - Rev Canon David Redwood, Sheila's husband; Margaret Gibbs; Rev Marion
Chatterley; Rev Andrew Bain (Past Edinburgh MU Chaplain (after Philip Crosfield),
Rector of St Ninian's, Comely Bank where there is to be a new Branch)
Rosemary has had a very full week visiting 5 Dioceses here in Scotland and they faced
a long journey home. We all had a nice few hours together with our Worldwide President
and hope she manages to visit us again.
We thank Lissa for her hospitality in opening her home to us and also to Sue Crosfield,
our Edinburgh Diocesan President, for organising it all, especially the food which
we all enjoyed.