Kettering Mothers’ Union celebrates 130 years of loyalty

Joan Gant, Barbara Haynes (Mother's Union president Peterborough Diocese) and Betty Torbell
Joan Gant, Barbara Haynes (Mother's Union president Peterborough Diocese) and Betty Torbell

Two loyal members of the Mothers’ Union with 130 years service between them have been awarded long service certificates at a ceremony in Kettering.

Joan Gant has been a MU member for 60 years while Betty Torbell has seen 70 years’ service.

Both stalwarts are currently members of the branch at Ss Peter and Paul with St Michael and All Angels.

Mrs Gant who has just celebrated her 90th birthday first joined in East Yorkshire but transferred to Kettering in 1968.

She used to attend meetings with her mother as a child and joined up as soon as she was old enough.

She said: “Being a member of the Mothers’ Union means a lot to me.

“I really look forward to our meetings and being a part of a Christian community which supports one another.”

Mrs Torbell also followed in her mother and grandmother’s footsteps becoming a member at St Paul’s Church, Peterborough, and transferring branches when she moved to Kettering in 1972.

She has served as an enrolling member and a branch and diocesan secretary.

Betty, 95, said: “It’s been a very important part of my life and it’s been a real pleasure to be part of the group for so long.

“I’ve made so many friends who I have supported over the years and now I’m getting older I receive their support in return.”

The presentations were made by Barbara Haynes, Mothers’ Union president for the Peterborough Diocese, who said: “They are very committed ladies and I’m proud of them and appreciate their support and prayers.”