On Saturday 19th September the charity held its AGM and Festival Day at the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Stafford. Supporters from across the UK, gathered at the church, which has a long association with Melanesia. St Mary’s has raised money on many occasions to buy boats for Melanesia, the most recent for Vanuatu in 2013. This generosity was recognised by Bishop Nigel Stock, Chair of MMUK, seen here presenting the church with a special plaque.

At the AGM supporters accepted the minutes from the previous AGM, the Charity's Accounts and Annual Report for 2014/15. Supporters endorsed the re-election of trustees Venerable Chris Liley and Revd Martin Cox to serve another three year term. The Charity also elected Mrs Barbara Molyneux as a second Trustee representing the Diocese of Chester.

The 2016 AGM and Festival Day will be held on Saturday 17th September in London. The venue will be announced nearer the time.

After the Eucharist and celebration lunch, supporters watched a pre-recorded message from Archbishop David, filmed before his retirement. In it Archbishop David spoke about the special relationship between Melanesia and UK. He gave thanks for school partnerships and the increasing number of visitors both to Melanesia and coming to the UK.

Reports were given by Trustees on Cyclone Pam, and the Charity's plans for the future.

The guest speakers included Alex Leger who was a VSO in Solomon Islands in the 1960's. Alex spoke about his time as a volunteer teacher at Ugi in 1966, and then returning with the BBC children’s programme Blue Peter in 2001.

Sarah Crompton and Revd Catherine Duce were interviewed by Revd Richard Carter on their experiences of living with the four religious orders earlier this year. Sarah spoke about the power of silent penance during Lent and the great sense of community throughout the islands.

The day ended with worship led by Venerable Chris Liley.

Download the <MMUK Annual Report 2015> here.

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