‘RoboMum’, a super-hero who rapidly and tirelessly carries out the daily tasks that real-life mums undertake for their families, was the star attraction at Ashover’s Mothering Sunday morning service.
The machine was the brainchild of the Rector, the Rev Ralph Lawrence, and was built by church members Derek Marrison and his wife, Joan.
To the delight of youngsters in the congregation,‘RoboMum’ (the acronym stands for Robotic Multi-tasking Universal Mother) rapidly answered requests for drinks, crisps, cash for sweets and even a lighted birthday cake – before malfunctioning when an elderly church member asked for a kiss.
But by then it didn’t really matter. Without exception, had already decided that they much preferred their real-life mums and so presented them with sprays of spring flowers as a sign of their love.
All lady members of the church received floral sprays which were made by the ‘daffodil team’ of Viv Lord, Ruth Russell, Susan Lawrence, Annette Fisher, Celia Kelly, Margaret Widdowson, Janet Bonsall and Mavis Weselby.