We actively work in the Parish, offering support to other Parish groups, our two primary schools and we are keen to establish links with other Church projects locally and nationally. The Walderslade UCM currently has 20 members and our meetings include guest speakers, fundraising initiatives and lively debate. 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Union of Catholic Mothers nationally and we attended a number of events to mark this occasion. The UCM banner is displayed at the back of St Simon’s Church and we use it for any National or Regional events as well as at Mass.
Our Walderslade foundation, established in mid 70s, meets on the first Tuesday of every month in Emmaus Hall at 8.00 pm. Our UCM family not only help in the Parish, but we also feel it is important to take time out for social activities together, thereby strengthening lasting relationships.
This year, 2019, has been very busy. In February we prepared a lunch at Father Bart’s request for the Deanery Meeting & on Mother’s day (March 31st) our members gave fresh daffodils to all the ladies of our Parish after the weekend Masses. They were accepted gracefully.
Our social life has also been busy. We ventured up to London in July, where we were treated to a Tour of the South Bank by London Tour Guide Kate Boyle, also a UCM Member. She runs these extra tours for The Holy Rosary Sisters in Brazil, a charity close to her heart. We were pleased to be able to make a significant donation. Our Summer Social was held in Rowlands Bistro, a very pleasant evening.
Our fund- raising activities have included The International Food Evening, an event which is shared between ourselves and The Knights & a Beetle Drive which was great fun.
Our 27th Anniversary Mass was held on 1st October. Other local UCM Foundations were invited as well as Parishioners. It was very well attended and a lovely reception in the Parish Hall ended a brilliant evening.
Our photos show our members outside The Globe Theatre with Kate (above), and below, the winner and loser of our Beetle Drive (Alfredo De Vergori & Pauline Jones) & the reception after our Anniversary mass.
New members, whatever their age, are always welcome. We hold a coffee morning on the 3rd Thursday of every month after 10.00 am Mass (at around 10.30 am). Non-members are also welcome to join us for tea/coffee and something sweet for a small donation. Please contact the Parish Office for more details.
‘Our Foundation was involved in several fund-raising events this year. We have been able to make a donation to our Primary Schools Breakfast Clubs. The presentations were made recently, when a few of us were up very early!! The children were very pleased to see us and accept the cheque. We were told that on the top of the shopping list was new games to play, and we have been invited to join the children at St. Thomas More when they receive them. It was really interesting to hear how the Clubs work and the amount of work involved. We are hoping to be more involved with both breakfast Clubs in the future.’
An International Invitation from our Foundation Ladies:
UCM è un’Associazione di Donne (non necessariamente cattoliche o mamme) che s’incontrano sovente. Ci piace partecipare nella vita sociale della parocchia e spesso offriamo il nostro aiuto in alcuni eventi di volontariato organizzati.
Zapraszamy serdecznie na nasze spotkanie Zwiazku Katolickich Matek (UCM) w pierwszy wtorek miesiaca o godzinie 20.00-ej. Wszyscy sa mile widziani.
Sa lahat po ng mga Nanay malugod po namin kayomg inaanyayahan na makiisa sa UCM. Kita kita po tayo. Maraming salamat po.