Our WI met as usual at the Library on 4 October where, after the official business was completed, we sat back to enjoy a slide show and talk by Diana Wall. Her theme was Victorian Childhood and was based mainly on the children of families in this area.
Five of our members went to the Commons Edge Group meeting on 5th October. After the business we then settled down to make either a Christmas Tree or a Hedgehog by folding pages of an unwanted paperback book! The end result was amazing. I was sufficiently interested to Google it (under “book folding”) to discover a new, fascinating craft. The event was followed by a delicious cream tea to end a very entertaining afternoon. (In case you’re in doubt the photo is my attempt at a Christmas Tree!)
Plans for our Christmas Lunch are well ahead. The venue is the Bear of Rodborough Hotel. The choice of menu is excellent and we have been given a room of our own. This event is always a great success to which we invite friends and family.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th November. It is our AGM followed by “Members Time” – the activity is yet to be decided!
Meetings at Box Village Hall are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am business, coffee at 10.30am followed by a speaker. Visitors are warmly welcomed at 10.30am - £3 including coffee.
Geraldine Ames, President
As you know, for the last nine years, we have been raising funds for your Market House – starting with several Quality Fayres, followed by events such as:
• One/two night performances by travelling artists such as ‘The European Arts Company’, ‘La Navete Bete’, ‘Miss Haversham’s Ghosts’. All designed to appeal to different audiences.
• Specialist performances such as the illusionist, Bertie Pearce, the ‘Real Roald Dahl Show’ run by Brough Girling & Alan Vaughan with the local school children, ‘An Evening with…’ shows such as that with Steven Davis (author of BBC ‘Waking the Dead’) and Fashion Shows.
• The Literary Lunches. These have now become a regular fixture although we left the Committee many years ago.
As we do not meet in August, it seems a long time since we got together!
We were not successful in getting into the next round of the County Quiz. However, our members enjoyed the quizzes and will try again next year!
We have had a short break during the summer but now the Traidcraft stall is back every month.
During the alterations and reordering of the church we shall still be holding a Traidcraft stall on the 4th Sunday of each month in the Porch Room after the 10am service.
Our July meeting was well attended with only a few apologies mainly due to illness. The meeting began with the Secretary reading out the record of the last meeting which was seconded and subsequently signed by the President. With reference to the last meeting there were a number of matters arising: the Box Pudding Tasting Evening, July 14th was cancelled, Gloucester talk on Richard III was also cancelled.
Ten days in Nkokoto, Vumilia and Urambo
Mary John – one of the students we sponsored and has now qualified as a student teacher
Returning to Nkokoto puts my life truly into perspective. A visit to our friends in Nkokoto is always a humbling experience. No matter what we read and hear about life in Nkokoto village, the reality of the poverty and the struggle that faces so many of the villagers hits you hard when you arrive. After leaving the comfort of my home here in Woodchester and travelling for 28 hours via Cairo, Dar es Salaam and Tabora, you could be on a different planet, not just 6000 miles away in East Africa.
After sadly saying au revoir to Elaine Grainger, the Group’s Chair, the Autumn session has opened with several new members on the Committee who have produced an excellent programme for the coming year. Our two tutors, Roxy Jackson and Kate Williamson, will continue to provide much valued help and an outing and outside speakers will be arranged shortly.
At present, plans are well under way for our ever popular Annual Exhibition which will be held at Box Village Hall on Friday to Sunday, 13 to 15 October, from 10am to 5pm. There will also be an evening when you can Meet the Artists on 13 October and join them for refreshments. The Group also welcomes interested or would-be artists to visit us at one of our meetings on Thursday afternoons at Box Village Hall. Do phone Ann on 882552 or Hilary on 884163 for details. Why not stay for a cup of tea!
There was a very good attendance at this meeting which was pleasing. The meeting began with a summary of matters arising from the last meeting which was duly approved and signed. A list of correspondence was read out from GFWI and members were encouraged to obtain further details from the information sheets that had been set out by the president in the library. Venues were organised for the forthcoming meetings for scrabble and craft. Our guest speakers for this meeting were 3 firefighters from the Stroud brigade who spoke about fire alarms and fire safety in the home. The talk was very informative and much appreciated by the members. Many of our members were keen to sign up at the end of the talk for a free fire safety inspection of their homes by the firefighters. The vote of thanks was given by Avril.
The next meeting at Minchinhampton library will be on Wednesday 4th October. The guest speaker will be Camilla Monk who will speak about Belgian refugees in World War 1.
Two conditions need to be met before an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant can be considered by the Fund.
Firstly, the title to the Market House must be registered at the Land Registry. The Parish Council are the custodians of the title deeds to the Market House. Therefore, the Trustees of the Market House must register the title with the Parish Council named as the custodian trustees in the Register. The Parish Council have asked the Trustees of the Market House charity to implement this. The Trustees agree, and are now waiting for the title deeds to be released by the Parish Council.
What an amazing day it was. After weeks of snipping and pruning, weeding and feeding, not to mention advertising, planning, printing tickets and maps, and bullying innocent gardeners into opening their beautiful plots, finally on 2nd July the day really did dawn fine and sunny.
A total of thirteen gardens were open to the public in aid of Horsfall House and Holy Trinity Fabric Fund (aka 6Ps). The largest was the lovely well established three acres in Holcombe Glen, belonging to Terry Sharpe, and the smallest was one of the new houses in Vospers Croft belonging to Alison and Brian Whitaker, showing just how much use could be made of a small space in a very short time.
Nothing is simple when dealing with East Africa from a distance! On occasions, we worry in the Link that our hopes and aspirations for our support for the village just haven’t been successful. An example is the recent order placed by Stima for 300 solar powered lights for families in Nkokoto who didn’t receive them last year and the purchase of a further number of bicycles for those additional students who are attending Vumilia Secondary School now that the President has abolished school fees at secondary level. It appeared that the company who supplied these items last time had disappeared although we had paid for them! But without any warning, suddenly last week a truck arrived in the village with the lights and bikes! Wonderful!! Stima now has the pleasant task of distributing the lights to those needy families. (Remember that although electricity has reached Nkokoto, very few of the villagers have the money to pay for the installation of lights into their houses and still rely on paraffin or kerosene lamps for lighting, and these have been the cause of numerous serious burns to children.) The bikes will be painted blue and will have Minch-Nkokoto printed on them, and then handed out to the students after they have signed an agreement to maintain the bike for four years while they are at school and return it in good condition at the end of their schooling.