We welcome anyone interested in supporting family life.
For further information please look on the MU website (see link above) 
If you would like to join us - we would love to have members from other areas of The Three Valleys - do contact Margaret Shipman on 01935 872440.

Tuesday February 7th 2017 7pm AGM at the Trim Room, Yetminster Jubilee Hall

Seven members of the Wriggle Valley Branch  of the MU met for the AGM. Apologies from 4 people had been received and a potential new member joined us as well. Margaret Shipman welcomed us and gave her report for 2016. Anne Reason  gave her treasurer's report: in spite of being such a small branch we had managed to raise £700 during 2016 to give to various MU charities.

Margaret Shipman was elected leader; Anne Reason Treasurer and the following agreed to be committee members: Valerie Rowsell, Jo Barlow-Poole and Barbara Driver. Frances Moule offered to continue to keep the database for the recipients of the Baptismal cards and to look after the MU page on the Three Valleys Team website and to print the programme. Some discussion took place about the programme which would include a couple of fund-raising events; 3 events in members' homes and a public event with a good speaker which would be advertised in good time. There would also be a children's event in August and a visit to the local Care Home in December.




2017 Programme


Wriggle Valley MU



MONDAY February  6th WAVE OF PRAYER 9.30 to 10am Sepulchre Chapel, Sherborne Abbey


TUESDAY February 7th  AGM Quiz  7pm Trim Room Jubilee Hall Yetminster DT9 6LG



10.30am St Mary’s Church, Glanvilles Wootton DT9 5QE followed by coffee and cake


THURSDAY March 23rd  LENT LUNCH 12 noon–2pm Leigh Village Hall DT9 6HL


SATURDAY March 25thLADY DAY SERVICE 2.30pm St Peter’ Church, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UG


SUNDAY March 26thMOTHERING SUNDAYSee SERVICES PAGE for details of services throughout the Three Valleys Benefice


THURSDAY March 30th THE SPRING COUNCIL MEETING The Memorial Hall, West Moors BH22 0HZ


FRIDAY March 31stLENT LUNCH (MU) 12 noon–2pm Jubilee Hall Yetminster DT9 6LG


SATURDAY April 29thMARRIAGE TRAINING DAY 2-5pm Jubilee Hall (as above) MU help with refreshments


THURSDAY May 4thFAITH IN ACTION 2.30-4pm 1 Church Close, Leigh DT9 6HN (Jo Barlow-Poole) 01935 872220  with tea and cake


WEDNESDAY June 7th VILLAGE COFFEE MORNING 10am-12 noon Yetminster Jubilee Hall DT9 6LG MU Members to help from 9.15am


SATURDAY 9th July YETMINSTER COUNTRY FAIR: The MU had a stall selling cakes and with a Treasure Hunt. About £170 was made for MU charities..



THURSDAY July 13thFAITH IN ACTION 2.30-4pm with music and refreshments at Eastover House, Brister End, Yetminster, DT9 6NL  (Margaret Shipman with Val Rowsell)   01935 872440


WEDNESDAY August 9th MARY SUMNER DAY CELEBRATION. n10am - 1pm. Come and join us for a family fun morning at Leigh Church to celebrate Mary Sumner Day and to enjoy learning about the living Churchyard Project.

For full details see Forthcoming events page.




FRIDAY September 29th- 30thMU AGM Edinburgh




SATURDAY October 14thCOFFEE MORNING 10am-12 noon  Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Yetminster DT9 6LI Raffle, picture quiz and nail painting


THURSDAY November 2nd HOLY COMMUNION & BRING and SHARE SUPPER 7pm  Ryall’s Ground, Queen Street Yetminster DT9 6LL (Frances Moule) 01935 872447 


THURSDAY December 14thCAROLS AND MINCE PIES 10.30am The Old Vicarage, Leigh DT9 6HL



Scroll down to read our programme for last year.








(1878 - 2016)


Regular meetings will have dates underlined.

Other events which many members support

and where help with serving teas etc

is welcome will be shown in italics.


If you would like more information about joining our group, please  contact

Margaret Shipman (872440)


Tuesday 19th January 2016 the AGM of the Wriggle Valley Branch of the Mothers' Union was held in the Trim Room of the Jubilee Hall, Yetminster.

At the meeting Margaret Shipman was re-elected as Chairman; Anne Reason as Treasurer; The post of secretary is still vacant. Barbara Driver,  Valerie Rowsell  and Jo Barlow-Poole were elected as committee members.

The Reverend Prebendary John Parfitt gave the first talk (of three this year) about "The Celebration of Faith", giving the history of the MU and talking about the impact it has in the world today.


Friday February 5th 9.30 - 10am Wave of Prayer to be held in the Rectory, Sheborne


Friday February 26th 12 noon - 2pm Lent Lunch to be held in the Trim Room, Yetminster Jubilee Hall.


Friday March 4th    2.30pm Women's World Day of Prayer to be held in St Andrew's Church, Yetminster


Sunday March 6th    Mothering Sunday at a Church near you!


Thursday March 10th   12 noon - 2pm  Lent Lunch at Leigh Village Hall


Saturday April 16th    MU Diocesan Festival at Salisbury Cathedral


Saturday April 23rd 10.30 - 12 noonCoffee Morning at Yetminster Methodist Church

A very successful coffee morning was held. We thank the people who came, set up and contributed in any way to the morning to make it the success it was (especially Barbara Driver). The Methodist Church has such a happy atmosphere and it was so good to see so many support our coffee morning.

We have been able to send £200 to the Holiday Fund and £150 to the Holiday Caravan at Poole.




Tuesday May 3rd 7pmSpeaker: the Reverend Becky Ayers-Harris (Chaplain Sherborne Girls School) Trim Room, Yetminster Jubilee Hall

A lively and amusing talk was given by Becky to members about her life as Chaplain to Sherborne School for Girls. She told us about old and new problems; pyjama prayers (with duvets!) and the ecumenical side of her work in a Christian school which has many children of other faiths as well.

By the end of the evening we all felt that the girls of SSG were very lucky to have Becky as their chaplain! Margaret Shipman presented her with flowers as a thank you.


The Reverend Becky Ayers-Harris and Margaret Shipman, leader of the Wriggle Valley Branch of the MU

Tuesday June 7th 2.30pm "Celebration of Faith" Part 2 either in the Trim Room, Jubilee Hall, Yetminater or in the Rectory Yetminster

July - Date to be arranged  Fish and Chips at Bridport

Tuesday August 9th  12 noon Home Communion for Mary Sumner Day at Caroline Birdsell (Dewlands House, Leigh) followed by Bring and Share Summer Lunch

12 people, including members and friends of the Wriggle Valley Branch of the MU, met for Home Communion led by our new curate, the Reverend John Summers. After the simple service lunch was shared in the beautiful garden  and we all enjoyed ourselves very  much! Sorry: I forgot to take my camera!

Tuesday September 6th  7pm  "The Leprosy Mission" Speaker: Jenny Marfleet    Trim Room, Yetminster Jubilee Hall cancelled


Wednesday October 5th Coffee duties (meet at 9 am - tbc - for 10 start) Yetminster Jubilee Hall

Tuesday November 1st 7pm "Celebration of Faith" Part 3 Quiet Evening at the Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Yetminster

A group met at the Methodist Church to be welcomed by Barbara Driver who offered refreshments. The church was candlelit. Several people read poems or passages from the Bible which were followed by periods of silence for meditation and music from Taize. The evening was very peaceful and the readings and ambience much appreciated by everyone. 

Tuesday December 13th morning Carols & Mince Pies at the Old Vicarage, Leigh This event has been cancelled.

Tuesday February 7th 2017 7pm AGM at the Trim Room, Yetminster Jubilee Hall

Please note change of date.