Women’s Friendly Society

DRAYTON AND MUCHELNEY WOMEN’S FRIENDLY SOCIETY

In the mid 1880s Emily and Jane Alford, daughters of the local Rector, founded the Drayton and Muchelney Women’s Friendly Society.    Given the motto “Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens” the Society provided financial help, emotional support and friendship to women of the two villages in time of need, illness or bereavement.    It also celebrated each year with a Club Day in June – best dresses, best bonnets, tea after Church, a band and a funfair!

Emily and Jane would be heartened to know that the Society is still thriving in the 21st century with the same basic values and principles.    Members pay a subscription at the start of each five-year term but instead of having a “pay-out” at the end of the term, we use our subscriptions to donate to a chosen charity.   Throughout the term there is still provision for us to continue the tradition of a very small “legacy”, paid to any bereaved member of the Society.    New members are more than welcome at any time.

We meet once a year on the first Thursday in June.    There is a traditional “roll call” in Drayton Village Hall before moving on to St Catherine’s for a very short service followed by a buffet supper back at the village hall.    Sadly there is now no band or funfair or bonnets but we do tend to wear our best dresses!

Drayton and Muchelney Women’s Friendly Society is now one of only three such societies in the UK.      It’s a once-a-year event with no commitments other than friendship and support!

DRAYTON AND MUCHELNEY WOMEN’S FRIENDLY SOCIETY

Drayton & Muchelney Women’s Friendly Society Annual Festival

This took place on Thursday June 9th 2016 at Drayton. After the roll call we processed to church behind the banner held aloft by our President, Jane Wilsey. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday The short traditional evensong was taken by Scot Patterson, the lesson read by Jane Wilsey and the organ played by Jackie Tottle. After processing back to the hall we all had supper provided by the committee with table flowers by Olive Macey. A last speech was given by our President who has moved away and a toast was given to the Queen. The collection and any proceeds from the evening will go to the Bristol Children’s Hospital to be divided between the Renal Unit & the Oncology Unit where a child from each village has been treated this year. Thanks to all those who helped to make this annual festival such a success

Drayton and Muchelney Women’s Friendly Society was founded in the mid 1880s.   Given the motto “Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens” the Society provided financial help, emotional support and friendship to women of the two villages in time of need, illness or bereavement.   The Society is still thriving in 2017 with the same basic values and principles although instead of having a “pay-out” every five years, we use our subscriptions to donate to a chosen charity.  There is also provision for us to continue the tradition of a very small “legacy”, paid to any bereaved member of the Society.

 

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Drayton and Muchelney Women’s Friendly Society’s Annual Festival will be held on Thursday 15th June 2017.

Roll call is at 7pm in the Village Hall, followed by a short service at St Catherine’s Church at 7:30pm – this year taken by Reverend Richard Terrell who used to be Drayton’s vicar 35+ years ago!     Supper in the Village Hall at 8:15pm.

For tickets, or information, please contact

Mary Mullineux – 01458 251057/marybmullineux@gmail.com

Jane Watts – 01458 252916/littleplatts@btinternet.com 

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