It seems a long time since our Christmas Lunch at The Clothiers Arms in December and we now have to get down to our usual WI business!
January is the month when members pay their annual subscriptions and we hope to enroll some new members! We have an interesting and varied programme, are a very friendly group of ladies and always welcome new members. We meet in the morning, rather than the evening, which is a bonus, especially in the winter and have adequate parking! Come along and give us a try! If interested telephone Geraldine on 01453 832345.
Many readers will remember the great advantage of Stima’s visit to Minchinhampton in May 2016 when he met many of the Link supporters and spent time in the town. The great advantage of having him with us for 10 days meant that we could discuss in depth ideas, suggestions and plans for future projects.
New Year Celebration for the Minchinhampton Community Library
In January 2013 Minchinhampton Community Library was opened and due to so many loyal volunteers undertaking a variety of tasks, the library has gone from strength to strength each year.
Our AGM in November was very well attended and a new committee elected. We welcomed two new members, Susan Dew and Gill Edgell and thanked Penny Kendall, who stood down this year, for her time on the committee.
After the business, we had some light relief making paper Christmas Wreaths, organised by Shani Wills and Jane Large. These were made of leaves cut out from colourful paper, glued to a ring base. The result was amazing! (even my husband was impressed when he saw my handiwork, and that takes some doing!) We thank Shani and Jane very much for the time they spent in preparing for the workshop – lots of cutting out!
In the last two parish magazines, we've reported on the setting up of a micro-finance scheme, with approximately £2000 capital raised by Minchinhampton, to be run by the villagers and organised by the elders with professional advice from the regional Co-operative Officer Mussa and our trusted, hard working and long-standing friend Stima Hassan.
Members of the Box Art Group have enjoyed the Autumn session which included two workshops run by artist Joan Marlow on aspects of sketching, composition and still life. Two unusual and interesting competitions have been set for members to enter and the two tutors gave very helpful commentaries on the entries. A film will be shown at the end of term. In the spring, an outing will be arranged as well as workshops. There are at present two or three vacancies and anyone interested would be welcome to come to an afternoon meeting to see what we do.
Ring Ann on 01453-832552 for details.