Elizabeth Page, Diocesan President for the Mothers' Union in our diocese, writes...

Founded 142 years ago, Mothers’ Union first came to Lincoln in 1893. Over the years, the Mothers’ Union was based at various locations in the city, and then, in 1969, and with some 9000 members, the then Archdeacon, the Ven. Arthur Smith, suggested that St Benedict’s on Lincoln High Street might serve as a suitable new home.

Much work needed to be done on the building, at an estimated cost of £3000, and members were asked to contribute 7/6d each to cover the cost. Faced with a shortfall of £1000, trustees organised a flower festival and a charity shop, which were both very successful, and the building was finally opened on 24th October 1969 by the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Kenneth Riches.

Over the years the building has seen changes to the coffee shop and the addition of facilities, and it has been a popular place for people to meet. However, times change, and St Benedict’s Square and the surrounding area is now home to many other outlets serving coffee, and we have also seen a reduction in the number of volunteers.

As a result, the coffee shop will close at the end of this year and the trustees will be looking for new premises. For the time being, however, we remain open most weeks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 2.30pm.

In addition, we have recently enjoyed a wonderful service and a gathering of 300 members at Grimsby Minster with our Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, and Bishop Christopher (pictured below). As we saw at this service and in our activities, Mothers’ Union continues to thrive and support clergy and parishes throughout Lincoln and beyond.