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Nativity Play at the OMH



Sunday, the 16th we had a family service and a performance of The Donkey`s story by Rev. Derek Smith. Readings were given by our young people, Ebony Mills and Alicia Ann Moss-Burton, who presented the biblical narrative about the birth of Jesus. The  play, performed by the children and adults of the OMH, looking at the nativity story from the viewpoint of a donkey, was a big success and enjoyed by all present.

Thank you to the cast: Isaiah and Xavier Byrne, Alicia and Tyler Moss-Burton, Zack and Oscar Wycherley, Lynn Walton, Andrew Wycherley, Christine Wright, Paul Frost, Derek Smith, Neil Fischer and Roy Wain.

Thank you to parents and grand-parents for bringing the children to the rehearsals!

Thank you to Vivienne, Catherine, Christine, Tom and Bill for their dedication and patience at the rehearsals!

We wish the children for a visit from a generous Santa and hope to see them on the 13th of January 2019, when we will resume our Sunday school.

Photos of the service


Christmas Sing Along


On the 15th of December we had our Christmas Sing Along at the OMH. Under the able direction of Thomas Williams, our organist and musical director and with the support of William Brown, our former organist, the choir led those present through traditional carols and sung choir pieces appropriate to the occasion. All present enjoyed this special time, when smiles, laughter and singing warmed our heart in preparation for Christmas. It was a perfect reflection of verses from one of Suzy Kassem`s poems:

”Laugh, I tell you
And you will turn back
The hands of time.

Smile, I tell you
And you will reflect
The face of the divine.

Sing, I tell you
And all the angels will sing with you!”

Thank you Tom, Bill, Ann, Catherine, Christine, Edwina and Margaret!


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Breaking the glass ceiling


http://markolaci.hu/omh/IMG_2861_Fotor.jpgThe Old Meeting HouseUnitarian Chapel hosted, on November17th, a panel discussion on the current situation of women in society, under the title:"Breaking the glass ceiling - from Emmeline Pankhurst to Dr. Who and beyond".

The panellists were: Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Alice Curry Methodist lay-pastor, Karen Hanley lecturer, gerontologist, Lesley Taylor education officer and Mayor Kate Allsop.

 The speakers shared their experiences on the topic of gender equality in their various fields: politics, law-enforcement, education, and spirituality, and they considered those issues which still need to be addressed. They all agreed that the "glass ceiling" is still a reality we need to face. Equality is not just a question of laws but a change of mentality, which cannot be enforced and takes time. The speakers highlighted the importance of education and of role models for the younger generation both in the family and in the society at large. In those work areas where women are still in a minority, they emphasized the necessity of a network of support and assistance among them.

The conclusion of the discussion was that we owe a debt of gratitude to all those women who fought for equality and opened up new ways of understanding of the role and contribution of women to society. This debt can be paid by working for a society where individual achievement is judged on its merit, regardless of gender and by encouraging women and girls to follow their visions; to live up to their dreams and make them come true.

Bellow you will find the biographies of our speakers:

JOYCE BOSNJAK  - County Councillor representing Mansfield North

Joyce was first elected to the County Council in May 1993, and currently represents the Labour Group as Spokesperson for "Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee". She also serves on both "Health and Well Being Board" and "Policy Committee" at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Joyce considers it a privilege to be able to serve Mansfield North and its residents, as she lives in Mansfield and works with many community and voluntary groups in the Mansfield area. She remains actively engaged in the local community she represents and values greatly the contribution of volunteers, believing that some of the best ideas come from within communities themselves.  Joyce is highly supportive of local initiatives and projects across all age groups, and is firmly committed to representing women`s rights in her community.  Joyce lists her interests as motorbikes and being a keen gardener. 


ALICE CURRY - Methodist Lay Pastor

My name is Alice Curry and I work as a Lay Pastor in the Doncaster Methodist Circuit.  I have been a member of the Methodist Church all my life.  My parents still worship in the little Yorkshire Methodist chapel I was baptised and married in.  My great grandmother was a Methodist Local Preacher and I have the penny subscription bible she owned and preached from.  Although rooted and called into the Methodist Church I have much love and respect for the liberal catholic Anglican tradition.  When I can, I worship at St Mark’s church here in Mansfield where my husband James serves as priest.  I value the chance to take communion regularly, the well thought out sermon, the beautiful music and the warm fellowship that is always a part of the worship there.  My spiritual home is the island of Iona.  I worked as the housekeeper of Iona Abbey for two years and as this is where James and I met it will always be a special place for us, and we try to spend time there as often as we can.  I am passionate about education and social justice.  My heart always prompts me towards working with women and children.  We have found a warm welcome and have made a good home here in Mansfield.  We intend to put down deep roots here.


KAREN HANLEY - Lecturer, Gerontologist

 Karen has been a career(s) woman from school age onwards, encouraged by her Danish mother to look forward to a long working life. During that life, she has qualified as a catering and restaurant manager, Independent Financial Adviser (IFA), a facilitator (MSc in Mid-Life and Pre-Retirement Planning) and researcher (due to complete her PhD, studying older workers in Denmark, in 2019). Karen has worked at managing the first Tate Gallery Restaurant, the first conferences at Leeds Castle; full-time fundraising and volunteer management for The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), looking after clients as an IFA, lecturing in pensions, facilitating mid-life and pre-retirement courses and tutoring on the MSc programme. As a gerontologist, currently completing her PhD at Brighton Business School. Karen takes an interest in the life course, women`s pensions and the inequalities experienced by, in particular, women born in the 1950s (Women against State Pension Inequality [WASPI]).


LESLEY TAYLOR  - Education officer

Lesley was born in Forest Town and she has lived in Mansfield all her life. She joined the Nottinghamshire Constabulary in 1976 as a cadet and served for 32 years in various departments and stations including the Mounted Section in Mansfield.

Currently she is a Recycling Education officer for Veolia.


KATE ALLSOP - Mayor of  Mansfield

Kate Allsop is a British politician and the directly elected Mayor of Mansfield.

Kate has been a political figurehead locally for more than 20 years. She started out as a ward councillor serving the residents of Oakham and Berry Hill Wards and in 2002 she joined the Cabinet as Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, where she remained until  her election as Mayor in 2015.

During her time as Portfolio Holder, Kate has overseen projects including the Townscape Heritage Initiative, development of business incubation units, the Woodhouse Gateway project and more recently the new bus station and the development of Queen's Place.

She is patron of the Women in Business group and governor and vice chair of Vision West Nottinghamshire College. She is also the chair of a local patient participatory group at Forest Medical Practice.

Kate has been a local magistrate in Mansfield for six years and now sits on appeals at Nottingham Crown Court and also sits at Nottingham Magistrates' Court. She lives in the Grange Farm ward with her husband Keith and their two Cavalier King Charles spaniels.





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