Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - October 2013

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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 

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Community Library News - September 2013

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.

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Minchinhampton Country Market

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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.

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Box Women's Institute - September 2013

During the summer months members had a busy time. For the creative, the willow workshop guided us through the difficult process of actually weaving the willow. The final results were good and the obelisks supporting our sweet peas show that! Members contributed to a very successful Box Open Gardens Day helping with some of the 350 cream teas that were sold.

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Minchinhampton W.I. June 2013 meeting

Our meeting took place on a sunny summer afternoon, just right for the topic of this month's talk.....Butterflies of the Cotswolds by Sue Smith and Sue Dodds. There unfolded what can only be described as an enthralling description of the multitude of beautiful creatures literally on our doorstep on Rodborough and Minchinhampton commons. The two Sues enlightened us on the idiosyncracies of the different lifecycles, the significance of the availability of the varied food plants, and, with the addition of enchanting photographs, also spiced the whole talk with amusing anecdotes of their observation experiences.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - September 2013

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.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - September 2013

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We are pleased to learn that Magitech, a Tanzanian drilling company based in Arusha, is surveying and testing for the most appropriate place to drill a second bore hole in Nkokoto, as I write this article. They will then report back to us to discuss with us where the best site for drilling should be. The company is also repairing the first borehole and pump that the Link had financed some years ago. The pump needed maintenance and to ensure that it is looked after properly, Stima our representative in Nkokoto has agreed to appoint a member of the village to oversee its use and maintenance. One of the problems with boreholes in East Africa is that the land is very sandy (as anyone who has travelled in Tanzania, Kenya and East Africa will know) and the sand plays havoc with the rubber washers in the pump and the pipe linings.

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Minchinhampton Local History Group

ROLL OF HONOUR PROJECT 2013/14
 
MarketHouseVolunteers from all over the parish of Minchinhampton are needed to help with an exciting new project, linked to the centenary in 1914 of the outbreak of World War I. The aim is to research the men who gave their lives in the Great War and are commemorated on the war memorials. In 1924 the embryo local branch of the British Legion compiled a list of those from the town, as well as from Box and Hyde, who died during the conflict, giving brief details of the service of each man. This will be the focus of the initial research, but it is hoped to extend later to Amberley and Brimscombe, with the names recorded on those memorials.

Minchinhampton Tennis Club - July 2013

Last Saturday (15th June) saw Minchinhampton Tennis Club's Finals Day, when there were some very exciting matches with many long rallies despite gale force gusts of wind throughout the entire afternoon. A large number of members brought their families along to spectate and enjoy the barbeque, and many of the juniors made use of the spare court for some tennis of their own.

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Minch W.I. May 2013 meeting

For the W.I. throughout the country May has one particular meaning.......the time for beginning new campaigns. Members are asked to vote to decide if the proposed resolution should be adopted, and this year it is all about halting the decline of "the high street ." After some discussion there was general agreement that we need to support our local shops, though there was doubt that the ladies of the W.I. alone have the power to magick the desired regeneration!

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