Minchinhampton W I - March 2013

Our February meeting opened with a good attendance and the welcome presence of three potential new members...... who hopefully will be persuaded by the range of activities in the coming days and weeks. This includes the monthly local lunch gathering, knitting and scrabble groups, a painting course, clay pigeon shooting, walks and a garden visit.

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Village and Community Agents

Did you know that Village and Community Agents now cover the whole county of Gloucestershire including the urban areas of Cheltenham and Gloucester?

Gloucestershire Village and Community Agents bridge the gap between the local community and statutory and voluntary organisations able to offer help or support. They provide high quality information, promote access to a wide range of services, and identify unmet need in their communities. The service is aimed primarily at the over 50s but also offers support to vulnerable people in the county.

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Minchinhampton Community Library - February 2013

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With the fading echoes of Minchinhampton’s own Town Crier and to the applause of the assembled audience, Katie Fforde (the Guest of Honour) stepped forward armed with a pair of scissors to perform the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon…..

Yes, the opening of the Community Library on the 3rd of January 2013 may already feel as though it is a distant memory to some but what an important moment in the history of Library provision in Minchinhampton.

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Wednesday Cuppa - January 2013

Helpers at the Wednesday Cuppa welcomed regulars, including the Walking Group, and new visitors on 5th December for our first party. There were Christmas carols, crackers, free raffle and lots of home-made cakes – and, of course, mince pies!

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Minchinhampton W.I. - January 2013

Our last meeting in 2012. A cold day but many members arrived and after confirmation of final arrangements for our Christmas Lunch we were introduced to our speaker, Mrs. G. Garrett. An interesting walk along the River Severn from mouth to source, emphasised by slides showing our speaker and her two dogs on their journey. Mrs. Avril Tibbles gave the Vote of Thanks.

Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link - December 2012

A big thank you to everyone who has supported the Link during the past year. All our events have been well attended and the money raised has been carefully spent on our various projects. Most recently, our two 'Murder Mystery Play' evenings were quickly sold out, proving what an excellent entertainment they are, and we are again so grateful to Gerry Robbins for giving us such a wonderful fundraiser. The amount raised was approximately £1300, a marvellous result. We know that the villagers need more clean water supplies and we also plan to arrange more regular deliveries of school books and other necessities. New for 2013 will be the provision of solar lamps for the schoolchildren.

Traidcraft News - March 2013

When I did the final accounting for the Christmas Traidcraft sales I found we had sold an amazing £2,200 worth of goods. In addition about £150 had been given in donations. By putting the profits made from recent sales with the donations, I was able to send £684 to Traidcraft Exchange, the Traidcraft charity.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - February 2013

With our first programme date falling on 2nd January, we hardly had time to adjust to the New Year calendar, yet in spite of that, there was a healthy attendance for our first meeting of 2013. We were informed of the many varied events awaiting us in the coming months ranging from quiz heats to walks, golf tutoring to creative writing.

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Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link - February 2013

To brighten these dark winter months, we offer you – wait for it – OUR AGM!! We know that Annual General Meetings don't usually have much appeal but we really would like you to consider coming along. The Chairman's report will be mercifully short and the Treasurer's accounts clear and understandable. Then we shall ask you to put yourself into the shoes (if available) of an Nkokoto villager. Perhaps a schoolchild: He is so lucky to have a Minchinhampton sponsor so that he can go to the secondary school in Vumilia but it is such a long walk and he really isn't strong enough to manage it every day. Perhaps his father: An education would make such a difference to his child's future but it's hard to watch him struggle. These are examples of real people and we know their problems from the report we have received from the Head Teacher of Vumilia school. Our Nkokoto sponsored schoolchildren are having a hard time and we need to find ways to make sure they can reap the benefit of Minchinhampton's generosity in enabling them to have an education. We really must not watch them drop out as education is their only route out of the grind of subsistence farming.

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Box W.I. - January 2013

At our AGM in November members heard from the Annual Reports that we had had an excellent year - 4 new members, very interesting speakers and ntertainers, a variety of good outdoor activities and a healthy bank balance! Margaret Pinnington was re-elected as President and the new committee was agreed.

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Community Library Update

librarylogoOn January 3rd 2013, Minchinhampton Community Library will be opening its doors at 10 a.m to all those in Minchinhampton and the surrounding areas. The Trustees look forward to welcoming you all to this occasion to mark the start of the voluntary running of our Library.

As part of this new venture, the Trust has commissioned a logo for the Library building and all of its associated publicity and documents; this eye-catching image is shown here so that you can keep a look out for it as it appears on posters, flyers etc as well as on the up and coming website and Facebook pages. The design was undertaken and the commission kindly donated by Vince Weir of VWW Design here in Minchinhampton.

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Box W.I. - October 2012

The soggy summer meant that some of our planned outdoor events were affected. A Picnic in the Park was cancelled - ironically the sun did shine on that planned date! A Garden Party at Cirencester Agricultural College was not cancelled - but the heavens opened for most of the event.
 
So, with the sun shining from a cloudless sky as I write this report, we look forward to resuming the "walks with a pub lunch" and being back in the village hall for the monthly meetings. The subject for our September speaker is Narrow Boat Women - a topic we have not had before. Also in September a group of us are going to see the Cotswold Players' production of Calendar Girls - a challenge for the women on stage!
 
Tuesday 23rd October 10:00am we will have a talk by Hannah Hope on Multiple Sclerosis - any visitor will be most welcome.