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.

Box Art Group - September 2012

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Box Art Group by the late Edward Payne, who wanted to encourage people to enjoy and develop their artistic skills. The Group has continued to flourish ever since with a full complement of enthusiastic members who meet on Thursday afternoons at Box Village Hall to paint in the medium they prefer, choosing their own subjects, and benefiting from the advice and expertise of the resident artists, Alison Vickery and Marian Clegg. Abilities and interests are very mixed and every member can choose what medium to use and whether they wish to paint a portrait, a still life or from a photograph, for example. Other art forms are not excluded with members producing collages or printing from blocks among other crafts. Competitions are held from time to time (entry is optional) and members enjoy the challenge and appreciate the resident artist's friendly comments.

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.

Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link - October 2012

At the time of writing, we are still two weeks away from our Swahili Soiree, keeping our fingers crossed that tickets are selling well. We'll let you know next month!
 
Meanwhile, we have excellent news of the honey harvest in Nkokoto. This has just started and, with 66 hives to work on, will take at least a couple of weeks. The first honey gathered was from the hives we gave to two widows who have fourteen children beween them. Tabu's husband Juma was the village chairman for several years and Shoma's husband died of cerebral malaria, still a scourge in Tanzania. It's encouraging to see 'Minchinhampton money' turning into 'Nkokoto honey', in the phrase coined by Alan Vaughan in his on-screen advertisement for us at his Movie Nights.
 
Here's another date for your diary: 16th and 17th November. Gerry Robbins has provided us with another of his murder mystery plays which are always so popular that tickets sell out quickly, so please look out for the posters and make sure you don't miss out.
Anne Brookes (886210)