The title of the September meeting talk was "Poverty, Pestilence and Privvies". An intriguing title that attracted nearly all our members and 4 visitors! The speaker was John Dickson, a local historian from Tewkesbury, whose current hobby is researching the growth then subsequent decline of the well-designed public toilet! The poverty and pestilence link was ably demonstrated with photos of Tewkesbury during the 1850's when 200 people died of cholera . A social history with a whimsical link !
The W.I. has many objectives, but one of the most important must be that of widening horizons.......and that was certainly achieved at this meeting when our guest speaker was Dr. Kenny Lynch, Reader in Geography at the University of Gloucestershire.
Once again all the market producers are back upstairs in the Market House – due to the warm weather, the plant stall stayed outside longer than usual! There are often new faces on Thursday mornings as visitors find their way upstairs.
Sandy with some of the residents of Cecily Court
On Tuesday 3rd September our local Branch went on a trip to Weston-Super-Mare and a great time was had by all!
One of the features of the W.I. is the variety of its interests, and the subjects of meetings can range from topics that are national, humorous, to local and serious, as was the case this time. Sometimes we can be quite unaware of people or places that are on our doorstep and this talk was designed to enlighten us about Stroud Court, a residential unit for adults with autism located near Balls Green.
Minchinhampton Community Library Trust will be holding its first Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28th November starting at 6:30pm in the Library. At the meeting various formal matters will be dealt with but importantly will be the options for Membership of the Trust will be set out further and those interested in becoming Members will be able to join on the following basis:
We were all pleased to hear that the D-lights purchased by the Link for the children from Nkokoto who attend Vumilia Secondary School have arrived in Urambo and have been collected by Stima, our local representative and are in safe storage until the presentation is made to the individual children. (This will have happened by the time this article is published.) Readers will remember that D-lights are solar powered lights that will give four hours of light to the children and their families in their homes during the dark African nights.
It is always inspiring to learn something new and especially if demonstrated by an inspiring teacher. Such was our visiting speaker this month, Mrs Carolyn Evans from Cheltenham whose subject was quilling. Yes, quilling with two letter 'l ' s and no, nothing to do with plucking a chicken as one listener to an earlier talk had surmised!
Students from Nkokoto in their classroom at Vumilia school
Let there be light: No more working in the dark!! That's the new situation that the 75 students who live in Nkokoto and go to Vumilia Secondary School will be pleased to experience in the near future. With no electrical supplies in Nkokoto, as soon as it gets dark in the village (at 7.30 p.m. regularly throughout the year in this part of East Africa because it is so very close to the Equator,) families have to rely on kerosene or paraffin lamps or to have no light at all. This means that normal evening activities become very difficult, (as we all know when we
By the time you read this the Library will have been working to new opening hours for a few weeks, with Tuesday & Thursday closing now at 6pm and Saturday opening from 10am until 12:30pm – hopefully this will be more suitable for users and volunteers alike but please do let us know what you think.
Customers and producers came together on 4th July to celebrate the founding of Minchinhampton Country Market 35 years ago. (In those days it was known as the WI Market). One of the market cooks, Gina Baum, made a beautifully decorated celebration cake, which was cut by founder member Ruth Allen, who still likes to help at market on Thursday mornings.