Community Library News - May 2013

Thanks to all the efforts of the Volunteers and Trustees, Minchinhampton Community Library continues to fulfil an important need for the town and the official figures published by Gloucestershire County Council prove it !
During the month of March, loans were made by each of the Community Libraries as follows :-
Berkeley : 677
Bream : 321
Brockworth : 1,050
Lechlade : 922
Minchinhampton : 1,693
Mitcheldean : 973
Newnham : 316
Painswick : 660
So well done to all of those involved and also a big 'thank you' to all who continue to support the Community Library by using it as without you, there would be no reason for continuing the service.

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Traidcraft News - April 2013

Once again Fairtrade Fortnight has been splendidly celebrated in Minchinhampton!
This year we centered our Fairtrade Eucharist on the children. In their worship, they learnt about some of the smallholders who are helped by Traidcraft (one charming answer to 'what is a smallholder?' was 'people who grow small things'). Each child was given a card with a photo of a smallholder on it. They then found the sheet with information about their smallholder, and filled in their own card with details. When they came into church, John Hunnisett, who was presiding, asked them questions. Each one gave very clear answers, in particular in saying what Traidcraft had done to help the smallholder on their card. Some examples which specially interested them were: teaching them how to get better crops; helping them to earn more so that their children could be better educated; using the Fairtrade premium to bring water and electricity to their homes.

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Minchinhampton Community Library - April 2013

Gloucestershire Older Persons Association
The Gloucestershire Older Persons Association (GOPA) held a consultation workshop in the Library on 6th March entitled 'Tea & Tell' and they will be undertaking another in due course – watch for posters and more news in due course. Anyone over 50 who is interested in taking part in the session can find out more from the GOPA website ( or from the Library.

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News from Cotswold Care - March 2013

Mark the longest day of the year by taking part in a sponsored walk in aid of Cotswold Care Hospice. People can take part in the Solstice Walk on June 21 in memory of a loved one. The evening 10km country walk will start and finish at the hospice grounds in Minchinhampton and be open to everyone.

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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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Box W.I. - May 2013

Our March meeting was well attended and a great deal of business was seen to. Members were told that our Quiz team in the County Tournament got through to the next round -with a high score - well done ladies.
However, at a recent Charity Quiz and Supper evening the WI team from Box found that their knowledge of Soul Music and Sport was not very good!
After coffee and the usual chat, the meeting welcomed David Homer and his pianist , for a Musical Workshop. Members donned hats and scarves and very soon were singing some of the well known songs from Oliver. There was a lot of laughter - some of the singing was right - and the final rendition actually sounded quite good !
TUESDAY 28th MAY - Resolutions Debate

Experience Easter

We welcomed five classes of 127 children of Keystage 1 pupils into the Parish church for Experience Easter. They participated in the Easter Story, which was told as the children journeyed around the church visiting different stations that had been created.

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Box W.I. - April 2013

Our February Meeting was in Spring sunshine, which was a relief after the cancellation of the January meeting due to the snow and ice. All but 2 of our members attended and we had 10 visitors! The added attraction was to hear Box resident Johnny Wilkinson give his talk "How I became a Broadcaster" - an interesting and intriguing insight into both the Colonial Service and the BBC.

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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

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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