The Ballylennon Presbyterian Women celebrated seventy years of the establishment of their organisation in recent days and many people came to the parish hall to help them mark the event. Jean McKean from Porthall in Lifford has been the President of the organisation for three years and her main ambition for the future is to see more young women join the active organisation.
The Presbyterian Women was established seven decades ago and was initially called ‘The Women’s Missionary Association’. During the 1970s the name changed, once again, to the ‘Presbyterian Women’s Association’ and later changed to its current name.
“We are a very active organisation and we are hoping that it will remain so for the future. We are trying to attract younger recruits and girls to the organisation. It would be great to see,” she said.
At the moment the organisation produce a quarterly magazine for the entire country. The magazine incorporates stories from home and abroad and describes the great work that is being done by individuals and organisations in countries across the world.
“It keeps us up to date with what is happening abroad. The magazine incorporates stories from the wider world,” she said.
Most branches of the church organisation meet on a monthly basis.
The Ballylennon branch are now extremely busy organising the launch of their cookbook. The book which will include recipes from friends and neighbours will hold many exciting recipes within its pages for those who like to make meal times special. Monies raised from the cookbook will go towards raising funds for the oncology patients comfort fund at Letterkenny General Hospital and equipping a girl’s boarding school in Kenya. The book will be launched on September 26 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny by the leading chef Jennie Bristow.
“The Mount Errigal have very kindly agreed to give us a room on the evening in question. Many people have contributed to the recipe book which is in aid of very good causes,” she said.