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MU spreads further

SINCE many English people are moving to France, there is not only a growing number of Anglican congregations, but also now a branch of the Mothers’ Union.

This makes a total of four branches in the diocese of Europe. Rosemary Hill ( right) moved to south-west France eight years ago, found an English-speaking church, and started looking for other MU members. Gradually more arrived, and they started meeting in Mrs Hill’s home.

Then, last Christmas, the new Poiteau Charentes chaplaincy held a Christmas market at which members took a stall to promote the MU. The response surprised everyone, and there is now a new branch of 17 members including two men. The Chaplain of Poiteau Charentes, the Revd Michael Hepper (centre), who serves an area the size of Wales, led the inauguration service.

The other European MU branches are in Hamburg (where it started mostly with women from Africa) in Lanzarote, and in Malta & Gozo.

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