The Parish Women’s Group (CWG) is here to bring together any Catholic women, regardless of marital status, also the non-Catholic wives of Catholic men. Our aim is to enjoy friendship, faith, have fun and sometimes share each other’s problems.
- We support our Parish clergy and Parish events
- We pray together
- We have discussions on faith and church matters
- We keep in touch with other Catholic organisations and other faiths
- We are interested in the young and Catholic education
- We organise fund raising for charities
- We enjoy outings, drama, music, guest speakers
The CWG meets on the first Thursday of the month in the Parish club room at 20.00. Contact Marion O’Shea 8660 7292 or Kath Randolph 8660 8543.
Marion O’Shea writes about the origins of the CWG:
When I came to Purley over 30 years ago, as a young mum, I joined the St Gerard’s Society meeting twice a month, in small groups at one another’s homes. It was from the St Gerard’s Society that the first keep fit class was started, there were 25 ladies. It went from strength to strength. Over the years many friendships were formed.
It was from these two groups that the CWG began on Dec 12th, 1991. Fr Salmon said Mass for us and we had cheese and wine after in the club room. There were 32 ladies present. The reason for starting the group was that our children were moving on to senior schools and we wanted to have a Parish-based group that was more active raising funds for charity, having guest speakers, supporting our clergy in a more practical way.
It was talked about becoming affiliated to a National Catholic Women’s Organisation but members voted to stay Parish-based. We did however organise three major one day Women’s Conferences, inviting the women from the whole of the Southwark Diocese. These events were very successful, among the speakers were Mary Kenny the journalist, Victoria Killick and Fiona Castle (wife of the late comedian and musician Roy Castle). It was a major task and the success was due to the hard work of our wonderful committee, Beryl Fawkes, Sheila Lydon, Liz Hannah, Kath Randolph, Eileen Gough, Chantal Keast, Norma Staines and Claire Bignell.
Over the years we have raised over £12,000 for charity by organising Parish functions and concerts. The concerts offer an opportunity for the young talent in the Parish to perform.