Bristol Diocese Mothers’ Union is linked with West Ankole in Uganda so it was with great pleasure that we welcomed Canon Edidah Mary in June. Edidah Mary had been Diocesan President and is now Provincial President in Uganda; she is well known to a number of us who have visited Uganda including Jane Gibbs with whom she stayed.
On the Sunday she attended worship at St. Philip’s Stratton, read a lesson and the choir sang her a special blessing.
On the Monday she came to Bristol and was taken by Judy Winn (Bristol West deanery leader) to Easton Cof E primary school where both the head and most of the pupils are Moslem. She spoke to the older children and said that the visit was so interesting it would be included in her PhD thesis. Then she went on to visit the Easton family centre.
Bristol Archdeaconry members met her for lunch in the Cathedral Refectory and then she was taken ‘South’ by Annette Sealy (Bristol South deanery leader) to see the Hartcliffe and Withywood Teenage Parents Project another of our MU involvements. She then met Bristol South members over a strawberry tea.
Finally she met Kingsglo members for supper at Coalpit Heath.
On Tuesday, which turned out to be her birthday she had a lunch party with Malmesbury deanery members and Bishop Lee, and the next day our overseas rep., Julia Lettey, took her up to Mary Sumner House, our headquarters in London, before the service in Southwark Cathedral and the Annual Meeting next day.
It is so good for our members to meet friends from our link dioceses and we thank Edidah Mary for coping so well will a very busy schedule in Bristol.
Rosemary Thomas (Diocesan President).