The CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE (CWL) is now on FACEBOOK so members of the parish can find out what we do all over the country. There are many items that you might find interesting.

March 2023

Stella Maris Easter Egg Appeal

The CWL would like to thank the Parish for their wonderful contribution of Easter Eggs for the Seafarers.  

A boot full of eggs were driven off to the sailors at Stella Maris for Easter.

January 2023


Many thanks to the CWL Lymington’s outstanding support for our local Stella Maris Christmas Appeal, which this year surpassed all our expectations. Your generous response has enabled us to bring the spirit of Christmas to thousands of seafarers, far from home, by brightening up their seagoing

Christmas trees with your colourful presents.

We have made a video ofphotos taken across the year, which you can access using this


Please pass on our immense gratitude to the ladies and

parishioners who donated items. We always greatly value the support of the CWL Lymington.

April 17th 2022

The CWL would like to thank the Parish for their wonderful contribution of Easter Eggs for the Seafarers.  Neil also gave Clare lots of magazines for them. Books were collected and items of clothing.

Gregory Hogan, Chaplain to Stella Maris was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Parish.

On the 15th March 2022 several members of  the Lymington CWL attended a ‘Digathon’ at our Catholic primary school -Our Lady and St Joseph. The CWL donated a fruit tree to the school to commemorate 50 years of the CWL in Lymington.

Caritas was also present helping the children to plant a natural hedgerow in the grounds.

Family and friends and lots of children helped plant the hedgerow and a mini orchard of fruit trees all generously donated by the parishioners from OLMSJ, St Anne’s and St Francis.

After the ‘Digathon’ the CWL were treated to delicious cakes as a thank you for all their hard work.

Annual Report CWL 2022 (002).pdf
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On Tuesday 14th December 2021 at Lymington CWL Christmas coffee morning, Charles Stuart and Gregory Hogan chaplains from Stella Maris (once known as The Apostleship of the sea), came to collect the bags of goodies we were donating to Seafarers, for Christmas. 

These bags had items knitted by members and a lady of the Parish -hats and Angels.

With a donation from OLOMSJ parish we bought hand-warmers, socks, toiletries and sweets.

Charles and Gregory said  they were pleased to receive these gifts on behalf of the Seafarers, who would probably have no other gifts for Christmas. 

Lymington CWL and their many bags of Christmas goodies for the Seafarers.

 Charles Stuart and Gregory Hogan from Stella Maris.

A job well done! Lymington CWL.



The CWL would like to thank those that have

supported their Saturday coffee mornings.

With your help since February 2019 we have donated to the following:

CUF – Children of the Universe Foundation (Pre-school education

in South Africa) £100;

Crisis £56;

Medaille Trust (Trafficking) £100;

Dementia Research £100;

Margaret Clitherow Trust £100;

Basic’s Bank,£100;

Parkinson’s £100.

And our thanks to the CWL members for making this possible.


The crib figures making their way to Bethlehem

Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph, Lymington

The top photo shows the shepherds on their journey to see the baby Jesus.

The bottom photo shows Mary & Joseph on their arduous journey to Bethlehem.

The figures move from window to window over the course of the 4 Sundays in Advent.

CWL in Lymington enjoying Mince pies and coffee

at Eileen’s house.

Happy Christmas to all!

THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE DURING WW1 : Services Committee did fundraising for the forces and from 1915 to 1918 ran 35 Huts in Europe and England. They were there serving tea, lunches, administrating general care to the armed forces. Their first hut was opened in Boulogne in 1915. One of the ladies from Lymington Section, Elizabeth Wilson, was only 18 when she went to France to serve as a VAD. The CWL also opened the Wayside Shrine nr Ripon in 1921. It was to serve the British and Canadian forces who were training nearby. They have an annual service there every year but this year on the 8th November, they had a Special Annual Service to celebrate the centenary and to honour the WW1 soldiers who gave their lives for us. To this day the CWL still have a services Committee helping and funding where needed.”


Eileen is the Chairperson of the Lymington CWL, and she was awarded the Benemerenti medal on Sunday, 23rd Sept at the 10.30am Mass, in front of her family, friends, parishioners, members of the CWL and members of the Inner wheel. Eileen has been a very active member of the CWL since the 1966 to the present day.

From 1970 - 1980 Eileen became involved in the pro-life educational and caring charity 'Life'. She became one of the managers responsible for running the 'Life house' which provided support and accomodation to homeless women who wished to avoid having an abortion.

In 1964, since the birth of her Down's Syndrome daughter Jane in 1963, Eileen joined the 'Catholic disability Fellowship'. She served on the Diocesan Committee for Fellowship and is still serving on that committee now. The organisation reaches out to parishes and families within the Diocese of Portsmouth to ensure that all chuches are disability friendly and families & individuals are supported and helped with their special needs.

From 1962 Eileen has-run a Brownie pack for years in Lymington; sung in the church choir; been an Extraordinary minister of communion and a Reader and has been a member of the PPC for many years.

Since 1987 Eileen has been a member of the 'Inner Wheel.' This is the Ladies section of the rotary club. Although not a church organisation Eileen has been involved in charity work for the Inner Wheel for 30 years. She has twice served as the local club's president and is currently its International Service Officer.

The Benemerenti Medal is an honour awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. Originally established as an award to soldiers in the Papal Army, the medal was later extended to the clergy and the laity for service to the church.

The current version of the Benemerenti medal was designed by Pope Paul VI. The medal is a gold Greek Cross depicting Christ with his hand raised in blessing. On the left arm of the cross is the tiara and crossed keys symbol of the papacy. On the right arm is the coat of arms of the current Pope. The medal is suspended from a yellow and white ribbon, the colours of the Papacy.