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Mothers' Union Diocese of Bristol

The Diocese of Bristol covers South Gloucestershire and parts of North Wiltshire


Mothers’ Union was first established in the Diocese of Bristol in 1898 when there were 12 branches and around 400 members. At the end of 2020 there were 24 branches and 539 members.  

Members support our diocesan projects either by volunteering or by raising funds and giving donations.

  • Mothers' Union members started the Friends for Parents scheme at Bristol Children’s Hospital more than 30 years ago, providing a friendly face, supplies of tea and coffee and practical help for parents who arrive from all over the country.
  • We are also the welcoming face for visitors to Ashfield Prison, providing a hot drink, biscuits and a listening ear.
  • In the summer we send several coach loads of families to Weston-super-Mare for the day under the AFIA (Away From It All) scheme.  Occasionally we send particularly needy families away to a caravan for a week. 
  • We have recently gone into partnership with Gympanzees helping to fund new equipment for the disabled children who benefit from their Pop-Up holiday schemes.
  • Every Christmas we purchase over three thousand Christmas Story books from the Bible Society and distribute them in pre-school play groups, primary schools and children’s centres, reaching out to the families who have little knowledge of the real message of Christmas.
  • We are in partnership with the Clewer Initiative, raising awareness across the Diocese of the plight of modern day slaves, those who are ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’. 
  • We have also long supported the work of the Bristol Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers , purchasing suitable foods, clothes and kitchen equipment to help them as they try to establish themselves in this country.
  • We value our link with Bristol Cathedral and the Mothers’ Union prayers are part of the 12.30 pm Eucharist in the Cathedral on the third Thursday of every month.

Anyone wishing to join Mothers' Union in the Diocese of Bristol can find a branch or join as a diocesan member. Branches are based at churches within deaneries. To obtain contact details for a particular branch please phone our president Aurea Hart on 01225 891 453 or email her at .

If you are interested in joining MU but you are unable to attend a branch meeting then Diocesan Membership may be for you. Annual membership is the same as a branch member which is currently £30.00 for 2022. For further information please email



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Contact details

SN14 8NF
United Kingdom
Primary contact: Mrs Aurea Heart
Telephone: 01225 891 453
Diocese of Bristol website:
Province: Canterbury

Groups in Bristol Diocese

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Almondsbury- St Marys

BS32 4EH, United Kingdom

Bedminster- St Pauls

BS3 1DG, United Kingdom

Brislington- St Lukes

BS4 5EB, United Kingdom

Coalpit Heath St Saviours

BS36 2TJ, United Kingdom

Corsham- St Bartholomews

SN13 9SQ, United Kingdom

Downend- Christ Church

BS16 6DE, United Kingdom