Middlesbrough DIOCESAN BRANCH – Formed 1956
President: Miss Elizabeth Rodgers
Vice-President: Mrs Patricia Bottomley
Branch Secretary/Liaison: Mrs Mary Durcan
Branch Treasurer: Miss Margaret Wilkinson
Branch Chaplain: Rev. Brian Nicholson

The Branch was inaugurated in 1956 and currently there are 6 Sections based around the Diocese – Bridlington, Cottingham, Driffield, Easingwold, Hull (St Joseph’s) and Ormesby.

ALL are welcome to join the League in any Section or as a Direct Member to the Branch. Each Member contributes what they can – be it quiet Prayer at home or full Section Activity. Maybe there are a few of you interested, why not invite the officers to come and talk with you — you may be the jubilation of a new Section opening. If you would like further information then please contact middlesbrough@cwlhq.org.uk

Being a Member of the League is a great way to discover one’s talents and gifts and form long lasting friendships.

Middlesbrough is part of Region 1 which includes Hexham and Newcastle and Leeds. The Regional Officers meet 4 times a year to exchange and share ideas.

Branch Officers

Some of Middlesbrough Branch Members



Recently, members have been involved ecumenically in many Churches Together activities and Services — Unity Week, Women’s World Day of Prayer Services (hosting,leading,taking part,speaking),Lenten Lunches,Lenten discussion groups, Passover Meals, Walks of Witness,(Good Friday),Lunch Clubs for the lonely.

Members are always involved in their own Parishes and can be found doing many Ministries from altar linen, flowers,to Readers and Special Ministers of Holy Communion.

Most Sections have their own Days of Recollection.

Some CWL members at Lourdes with Middlesbrough Diocese

Fundraising for the Section brings a varied Social aspect to our lives –  fund raising for our own League Charities and also supporting where there is a need e.g. SVP, Apostleship of the Sea, local Hospices, CAFOD, sending the sick to Lourdes to name but a few.

All Sections raise funds for our League Charities in order for the League’s established work to continue, BUT Sections choose their own local ones. We are all cake-makers, preparing Suppers, running Market Stalls, Coffee Evenings/Mornings.

Members enjoy Outings to Theatres, local places of interest. We have a variety of speakers at our local meetings. Members enjoy Christmas Lunches, Dinners, Socials –  a few are into Strawberry Teas. We have 4 Branch Meetings each year including the Annual General Meeting and we invite Sections to host these Meetings. In the last 12 months, we have been to Acomb,Bridlington-Annual General Meeting,Driffield and Easingwold. Each year the Branch has an Annual Fund Raising Lunch in Cottingham.