Catholic Women’s League celebrate 60 years of community work and fundraising around Aylesbury

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Sixty years of work around the community has been celebrated by a women’s group in Aylesbury.

The Aylesbury Section of the Catholic Women’s League commemorated their 60th anniversary at a special gathering at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall on Saturday, October 31.

A number of dignitaries were welcomed to the event by the chairman Marion Payne including the Mayor, Cllr Allison Harrison, the chairman of Aylesbury Vale District Council, Cllr Jenny Bloom and her partner, Kevin Gallagher, the Rev John Beirne (Section Chaplain), Rev John Fleming and Rev Jude Iroh.

Cheques of £100 each were presented to Father Beirne for the St Joseph’s and St Clares’ (Homeless Project), to Pauline Gilbert representing the Aylesbury Homeless Action Group based at Holy Trinity Church, to Maureen Anderson for the CWL Relief and Refugee Fund and to the Florries Section of Florence Nightingale Hospice.

This money was raised at the league’s annual garden party in August held at the home of the chairman.

Work undertaken by the league since 1955 has included helping local hospitals and at the national and international Spinal Games, running a weekly club for handicapped girls and raising £5,000 to support the work of Sister Katey, a St Louis nun with her missionary work in Brazil.

The group has helped Hungarian and Vietnamese refugees when they arrived in Aylesbury, run a luncheon club for the elderly, and supported the Young Offenders Institute which still continues with the chairman playing a full role in ministry.

They have completed a walk to support Help for Heroes raising more than £1,000, run children’s camps when they were run in various parts of the Diocese, entertained children from Paddington visiting County Farm, followed by tea.

Marion Payne said: “Our chaplains have been a great support to us - Father Tony Harris and Canon Frank Duane in the past and Father John Beirne who for many years has offered mass at the commencement of our meetings and is always available to give talks and advice when called on.

“We raise money through monthly afternoon teas to go to worthy charitable causes continuing the good work started by our foundress Margaret Fletcher.”