Parish Pump Join the Union! Founded in l876 by Mary Sumner, the Mothers’ Union today has four million members in 83 countries. As a worldwide fellowship with a large membership, it can offer a global expression of Christian care for families. At St Mary’s we currently have 39 members, and would love to have more. Meeting on the second Thursday of the month, our varied programme includes talks, discussions, outings and social events. Prayer is central to our membership, and three times a year we meet for Corporate Communion in church. Our members give financial support to overseas members and to the MU Relief Fund. They knit hats for Seafarers, and teddies for children’s wards at Ipswich Hospital, collect toiletries for Lighthouse (women’s refuge) and clothing for the Umbrella Trust for the Homeless. New members always welcome. To find out more about the Mothers’ Union, visit www.themothersunion.org or St Mary’s Branch Leader, Margaret Lowe (383486) Margaret Lowe A gift of flowers Spring should be even brighter than usual at St Mary’s, with the planting of 500 spring bulbs, a generous gift for the churchyard from Woodbridge in Bloom. And for 2014 Woodbridge in Bloom have produced a colourful calendar, on sale in the church shop, featuring award-winning Elmhurst Park, local gardens and historic buildings, including Buttrum’s Mill, the Bell & Steelyard – and the fine flint tower of St Mary’s Church. A gift from the Woodland Trust? Trees feature several times in this issue of Outlook, and so it seemed appropriate to mention The Woodland Trust, whose mission is to protect existing woodland and plant more native trees and woods. An example of the Trust’s work in Suffolk is Pound Farm at Great Glemham, where 60,000 trees have been planted since 1990. The Trust again has a range of Christmas gifts on offer – from jewellery to jigsaw puzzles. Sales last Christmas raised enough money to plant over 30,000 trees, as well as care for hundreds of acres of ancient woodland. You can even dedicate a tree in memory of a loved one from just £15, at any time of year. To find out more, see www.woodlandtrust.org.uk or phone 0800 026 9650. We are grateful to the Woodland Trust Picture Library for their photograph on p10.