Traidcraft has a long history of working in the Indian cotton sector. Back in the early 2000s, Traidcraft worked to pioneer the first Fairtrade cotton from smallholder farmers in Gujarat. They also worked with cotton farm labourers in Karnataka helping them to organize and develop a collective voice to improve their working conditions.
Members were warmly welcomed by the President. As this was the annual general meeting there was no guest speaker. The minutes of the last meeting were read out and approved. This was followed by a statement from the President concerning business matters of the WI. The Secretary gave a detailed report on events that had taken place over the past twelve months and it made members realise what a busy year this had been filled with a diverse range of activities. Finally a detailed account was given for the finances for this year. The meeting concluded with a quiz and bingo followed by tea and biscuits. Christmas lunch will take place at the Wyevale garden centre on December 14th commencing at 12 noon.
There will be the usual craft and scrabble meetings over the next two weeks together with a skittles lunch at the Egypt Mill. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th December at Minchinhampton library at 2pm.
Our WI met as usual at the Library on 4 October where, after the official business was completed, we sat back to enjoy a slide show and talk by Diana Wall. Her theme was Victorian Childhood and was based mainly on the children of families in this area.
Five of our members went to the Commons Edge Group meeting on 5th October. After the business we then settled down to make either a Christmas Tree or a Hedgehog by folding pages of an unwanted paperback book! The end result was amazing. I was sufficiently interested to Google it (under “book folding”) to discover a new, fascinating craft. The event was followed by a delicious cream tea to end a very entertaining afternoon. (In case you’re in doubt the photo is my attempt at a Christmas Tree!)
Plans for our Christmas Lunch are well ahead. The venue is the Bear of Rodborough Hotel. The choice of menu is excellent and we have been given a room of our own. This event is always a great success to which we invite friends and family.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th November. It is our AGM followed by “Members Time” – the activity is yet to be decided!
Meetings at Box Village Hall are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am business, coffee at 10.30am followed by a speaker. Visitors are warmly welcomed at 10.30am - £3 including coffee.
Geraldine Ames, President
As you know, for the last nine years, we have been raising funds for your Market House – starting with several Quality Fayres, followed by events such as:
• One/two night performances by travelling artists such as ‘The European Arts Company’, ‘La Navete Bete’, ‘Miss Haversham’s Ghosts’. All designed to appeal to different audiences.
• Specialist performances such as the illusionist, Bertie Pearce, the ‘Real Roald Dahl Show’ run by Brough Girling & Alan Vaughan with the local school children, ‘An Evening with…’ shows such as that with Steven Davis (author of BBC ‘Waking the Dead’) and Fashion Shows.
• The Literary Lunches. These have now become a regular fixture although we left the Committee many years ago.
As we do not meet in August, it seems a long time since we got together!
We were not successful in getting into the next round of the County Quiz. However, our members enjoyed the quizzes and will try again next year!