Evening of style hosted by ME at 8 in Drummaul

Friday February 23rd 2018

Lots of fun at the ME at 8 meeting in Drummaul Parish Church Hall.

More than 60 ladies gathered at Drummaul Parish Hall on Wednesday for an evening of style hosted by ME at 8.

ME at 8 is a ladies’ ministry set up in the grouped parishes of Drummaul, Duneane and Ballyscullion by Aurelia Kelly, wife of the curate Trevor.

Aurelia Kelly welcomes ladies to ME at 8 in Drummaul Parish Church Hall.

ME at 8 holds a ladies’ evening on the third Wednesday of every month, and with some great speakers and a host of give-aways, it is proving to be a real hit not only with parishioners, but with other ladies in the community.

Aurelia extended a big thank you to everyone who attended Wednesday night’s meeting, with special guest, Unique Personal Stylist – Northern Ireland, Deirdre Chestnutt.  

“It was an amazing evening of laughter, fun and fellowship,” said Aurelia.  “A special thank you to Deirdre, Tropic Skincare, Marlene Tweed from Mary Jane Fashions and Jemma – MJ Shoes Portglenone.  Also to Toast, Cullybackey, Mary Jane Fashions and Tropic for donating gifts to our ‘ME at 8 Giving Table’.  

Personal stylist Deirdre Chestnutt gave the ladies a host of tips on how to dress to look their best!

On the night Gillian Dawson from the charity STAND by ME accepted a donation of 212 bras which will be sent to Africa where they will be used by ladies who have never been fortunate to have a bra before.  

The ‘Swap Shop’ initiative proved an astounding success with so many clothes, shoes and other fashion items donated. Aurelia said: “In this case it is true that one lady’s ‘no longer loved garments’ are another lady’s new wardrobe!  

The ‘Vintage Style Corner’ was another great hit, showcasing items including a 1933 wedding dress, 1948 handbags, 1950s fashions made in Italy and London, a bottle green skirt suit which Aurelia’s Mum had modelled in a Fashion Show in 1961 in Molesworth Presbyterian Church and subsequently purchased.

Laura Ashley dresses from the 90s were featured, as well as the inevitable ‘shell suit.’  

Aurelia Kelly surrounded by fashion and shoes. The bras were donated by the ladies for the charity Stand by Me.

Before the presentation on style, Aurelia gave a talk on Dorcas from the New Testament who was renowned for her talents in making clothes.  She also gave her ‘time’ and care’ to others – still so important in our lives today. 

The next ME at 8 Evening is on Wednesday March 21 at 8 pm in Ballyscullion Parish Church at Grange where one lady will share her ‘Adoption Journey’ – a journey in which she and her husband  travelled not once, but twice, to the Phillippines to start and build their family. 

Aurelia has already booked her ME at 8 Calendar until January 2019 with an exciting and varied programme of ‘Evenings with ….’   

You can follow ME at 8 on Facebook – and pick up the summer Connor Connections (out in June) to learn more about this great initiative.

Ladies at the Me at 8 meeting on February 21.

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