Ladies Fellowship –June 2014
It was lovely to welcome Pat Nunn, the wife of a previous minister of our church. Pat and Frank continued to worship here on Frank's retirement and after his death Pat removed to her native Derbyshire, settling in the village of Mickleover. So we were pleased to hear her latest news.
Our meeting marked the 200th anniversary of the founding of a Congregational church on this site. We were pleased to welcome a few other ladies to this event, making a total of 22 for the occasion.
Pat referred to this anniversary and praised the late Doris Gledhill for her research into the history of the church and the excellent booklet which she had written about it. She commented on the caring attitude of the church in its early days to the children of the poor and its attempts to feed these children on special occasions. Sometimes there were so many children that the feeding of them had to take place over a period of three days. Although the situation is different now this church is still bearing witness in practical ways. As the wife of a former minister and therefore on a personal level Pat is amazed at the amount of activity in this church for the church itself, for the town and for other parts of the world.
Pat is now settling into her bungalow in Mickleover. It was like new when she bought it so she has had very little to do of a practical nature. She is very happy; she has very good neighbours and the neighbourhood is very friendly. There are buses every 8 minutes into Derby and to her church there which is the one she attended as a child
but it is a new modern building now. The congregation was very welcoming and as there are many activities for all ages in the church. She has made new friends as she has joined in some of these activities.
Pat's family is also nearby and we were given an update on their progress. They are all happy and settled. She has had two holidays and once again has made new friends. She found out from one of these friends that Peter Bates, a former Methodist minister of ours, lives nearby and she has been visited by him.
Although Pat was not too well when she first moved she is much better now and it would appear that her decision to return "home" was the right one. The word that kept recurring in her talk was "happy". We were pleased to hear that and were glad that Pat had taken the trouble to travel all this way to talk to us.
Instead of our usual tea and biscuits we ended the meeting with strawberries, scones and cream and there was the opportunity for an informal chat with Pat.
Our next meeting will take place on the first Monday in September and will take the form of a buffet lunch. Details will be supplied later.