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.

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)