THE sun was shining for the last of the morning meetings of Hartpury, Corse and Staunton MU before they revert to the afternoon in February. Most members were able to be present and were welcomed by the branch leader Ursula Groves-Smith, who led the service of prayer, remembering that this is the International Year of the Family 2004.

There was a ready response to attend the Diocese Lady Day service at the cathedral in March. With no speaker, there was a general discussion on the forthcoming AGM in February and treasurer Mary McGhee was able to collect subs. Coffee and biscuits were enjoyed and Lillian Brewer was thanked for her hospitality at her home, The Oaks.

Fifteen people represented the united parishes carol singing for Christian Aid outside Tesco for an hour together with other churches from the Gloucester area. Carols were sung from 10am to 4pm raising £838, nearly £200 up on last year.

Hartpury Village Hall would be pleased to relieve you of your jumble if you are turning out unwanted items for its jumble sale on Saturday, January 31, at the village hall from 2pm. They will also collect it prior to the sale if necessary if you ring 01452 700408 or 700436. All proceeds will go to the new village hall funds.