What an amazing day it was. After weeks of snipping and pruning, weeding and feeding, not to mention advertising, planning, printing tickets and maps, and bullying innocent gardeners into opening their beautiful plots, finally on 2nd July the day really did dawn fine and sunny.
A total of thirteen gardens were open to the public in aid of Horsfall House and Holy Trinity Fabric Fund (aka 6Ps). The largest was the lovely well established three acres in Holcombe Glen, belonging to Terry Sharpe, and the smallest was one of the new houses in Vospers Croft belonging to Alison and Brian Whitaker, showing just how much use could be made of a small space in a very short time.
Nothing is simple when dealing with East Africa from a distance! On occasions, we worry in the Link that our hopes and aspirations for our support for the village just haven’t been successful. An example is the recent order placed by Stima for 300 solar powered lights for families in Nkokoto who didn’t receive them last year and the purchase of a further number of bicycles for those additional students who are attending Vumilia Secondary School now that the President has abolished school fees at secondary level. It appeared that the company who supplied these items last time had disappeared although we had paid for them! But without any warning, suddenly last week a truck arrived in the village with the lights and bikes! Wonderful!! Stima now has the pleasant task of distributing the lights to those needy families. (Remember that although electricity has reached Nkokoto, very few of the villagers have the money to pay for the installation of lights into their houses and still rely on paraffin or kerosene lamps for lighting, and these have been the cause of numerous serious burns to children.) The bikes will be painted blue and will have Minch-Nkokoto printed on them, and then handed out to the students after they have signed an agreement to maintain the bike for four years while they are at school and return it in good condition at the end of their schooling.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Traidcraft stall held at the Wednesday Cuppa in July and to everyone who has supported the monthly Sunday stalls.
We sell over 250 pounds worth of stock at each monthly stall !
Asha Handicrafts was started in 1975 by an English woman who admired the beautiful crafts of the Indian artisans but realized that they didn’t have the marketing options. Asha means ‘hope’ in Sanskrit and that is exactly what has been offered to thousands of craftspeople over the years.
At our May meeting we discussed the two chosen Resolutions for this year – Combatting Loneliness and the Pollution of Our Seas by Non-Biodegradable Particles from Materials and Clothing. The discussion was presented in detail by Germaine Ballinger and both Resolutions were passed unanimously, ready for the National Vote at the AGM in Liverpool.
At our April meeting we had a talk by John Crowther about his work at the Help a Hedgehog Hospital in Brimscombe. It was extremely interesting and informative and made you want to make a home for a family of hedgehogs in your own garden! He brought along a small hedgehog which obligingly uncurled itself so we could have a proper look at him – he was lovely!
We hold a Traidcraft stall on the 4th Sunday of each month in the porch room after the 10am service. We also sell cards EVERY week ....a great idea if you are suddenly in need of a birthday or occasional card or just a blank notecard. Traidcraft ‘s motto is - ‘Traid not Aid’ ...and by coming along and buying from the stall, you are helping people in poorer countries to work their way out of poverty.