Mothers Union

In 1927 Preb. T.F. Palmer, then Vicar of Cheddar, took steps to form a branch of the Mothers’ Union, which had been his wife’s intention before her death in 1925.  A meeting was held on the 25th September, 1927 when 28 mothers who had expressed a wish to join ‘took cards which have to be held for three months before actual membership can begin’.   The formal admission of members and the launch of the Branch took place on 29th November, 1927, the eve of the Patronal Festival, before Choral Evensong.   Membership increased and there were nearly 50 members in 1948.

MU members can be male or female, married or single, widowed or divorced, young or old, and from any Christian denomination.  In fact anyone who is baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and who supports the aims and objectives of the society can be a member.

Mission Statement The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the well-being of families worldwide.  We achieve this by, developing prayer and spiritual growth in families, studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and their place in society, resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live.

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Cheddar has 44 members at present.  Meetings are held in Church House at 2.15pm or 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month.  Corporate Communion is celebrated on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11.30am, followed by Mid-day prayers, and Cathedral Prayers are at 11.30am on 3rd Thursday of the month (except December).  Non members are always very welcome at any of our meetings.

Cheddar Branch promotes the aims and objectives of the Mothers’ Union and plans activities to meet local needs.   The Mums and Toddlers Group, which is held in Church House every Friday during term time between 10am and 11.30am is run my MU members. Parents enjoy a ‘natter’ over a cup of coffee whilst the children play.

Two MU members are responsible for “Storytime”, when 3-11 year olds leave the morning worship and go into Church House for a story, and produce super pictures which are shown to the congregation at the end of the service.

Many members are involved with the very popular annual Holiday Club for 5-11 year olds, for a week in the summer holiday and support ‘Away From It All Holidays’ which provides holidays for families who would not otherwise have a break.

Members are also busy, knitting teddies and sewing cards which are given to babies being baptized, knitting bonnets, blankets, angel pockets and sewing gowns for still born babies which are supplied to the hospitals in the Diocese.

For more information please contact Marion Clegg. Branch Leader. Tel 01934 743083 or email