Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - November 2016

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Teachers at Nkokoto School

As you may know from last month's magazine, the new micro-finance scheme for villagers in Nkokoto is about to be launched. The village committee of Elders and the regional Co-operative Officer have drawn up agreements and have invited villagers, as individuals or as small co-operative groups, to submit their plans to receive loans in order to set up a small business or service, the income from which will improve their lives and support their families. Besides providing the start-up capital for the whole scheme of 6 million shillings (just over £2000), we will cover the costs of fifteen days' training for elders and villagers to be carried out by our main contact with the Link, Stima, who several readers will have met when he was inMinchinhampton earlier this year, and Mussa (the Co-operative Officer.)

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Box W.I. - September 2016

Our meeting in July on “Locals and Strangers – Tales behind the names on the Wayside Cross” by Jane Bethell was very interesting especially to those who had done research into their own family history.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - July 2016

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Stima with Jo Smith in Nailsworth

Members, sponsors and supporters of the Link were thrilled that Stima, the Link’s representative in Nkokoto and Urambo, was able to spend ten days with us in Minchinhampton and Woodchester last month. Readers will remember that the cost of Stima’s visit was covered by donations from supporters of the Link and for this we are very grateful indeed. Stima travelled by bus from Urambo to Dar es Salaam, an 18 hour journey, then flew by Kenya Airways to Heathrow where Rod met him on May 9th.

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Traidcraft - July 2016

There is very good news about the future of Traidcraft in Minchinhampton. Jackie Natt, Sylvie Thomas and Deborah Smith have agreed to run the Traidcraft team between them from the start of 2017. Each will be responsible for a different area of the work. We would like to invite anyone interested in Traidcraft to have coffee with us on Thursday July 14th at 10.30 at 16 Ricardo Road. Do come if you are already a member of the Traidcraft team, if you would like to join the team, or if you are interested in Traidcraft and would like to hear the plans for the future. We look forward to seeing you.

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Box W.I. - June 2016

On the 12th April Janice Cole spoke to us on the work of the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World). Virtually all the money raised for their charity goes directly to a very wide range of projects associated with the relief of poverty, sickness, the preservation of health and advancement of education.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - April 2016 Meeting

At their meeting on 5th April Members were sorry to hear that Mrs Ros Jennings had been taken ill when she was away and is currently in the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The speaker at the last meeting was Ms Judy Anderson who told us about the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Her illustrated talk was excellent and she explained the history of the hospital and its work from the start up until the present day.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th May at 2 p.m. in the Library. The speaker will be Mr Ray Cranham and he will be talking about Woodchester Mansion. All visitors welcome to attend.

Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - October 2016

The latest development in the Link’s work in Nkokoto is to set up the new micro-finance scheme for villagers in Nkokoto village. Stima, our local representative, is working with the Co-operative Officer from Urambo and the village chairman to agree a structure of agreeing which applicants from the village will be the first to receive a loan, to a maximum of 10,000 Tanzanian Shillings (£40) in order to set up a business or enterprise which will benefit the village and give opportunities to improve the lives of the applicant. For example, we are hoping that some of those Nkokoto students who we have sponsored through their two years at the Urambo Folk Development College will return home and set up a business using their skills learnt during their two years at the college, perhaps, designing and making school uniforms, or providing a mobile phone charging service with a solar panel purchased through the scheme, or clothes for selling in the market at Urambo or even perhaps a bicycle business maintaining and repairing the bicycles we have provided for the Students attending Vumilia Secondary School. We will keep you all informed of how this exciting scheme develops.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - July Meeting 2016

Although it was one of the few warm, sunny days that we have had lately the meeting the meeting was well attended.

The meeting began with notices being given out. Our president, Diana, then welcomed 3 new members onto the committee. Our group prides itself on offering a wide variety of activities. The most recent outing was a visit to Nature in Art in Twigworth, this was very successful - those who attended appreciated the splendour of the Jacobean museum building that is surrounded by fields, hard to believe that it is just two miles from Gloucester. They also enjoyed the wide variety of art work on display as well as the delicious afternoon tea that followed. Members were also reminded to sign up for the summer lunch on 4th August and to choose what they were going to bring. On September 19th there will be the Group meeting at Nailsworth. The big fund raiser for the year will be the Dragon's Tears evening on 9th September, tickets are available from some of the committee. The guest speaker will also be selling her beautiful jewellery that she designs and makes.

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Box W.I. - July 2016

At our meeting on May 10th we discussed the two resolutions for 2017 – “The right of carers to support dementia patients in hospital” and “Avoidance of food waste by applying pressure on supermarkets”. After an excellent presentation by Germaine Ballinger and an animated discussion by our members, both campaigns were given unanimous support, even though we had reservations about the wording!

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Traidcraft - June 2016

You will remember the three Big Brew events we had during Fairtrade Fortnight. At each one you all gave most generously I was able to send a cheque to the Traidcraft charity for £780. I received a most appreciative letter thanking us for our “latest generous gift”. The letter went on to give further news of the Tea project in Bangladesh, transforming the lives of families there. This time the news is of Jakaria who like Rosina, whom I wrote about in April, now has a tea garden. He says “|Life has changed beautifully and I dream to continue my work. My tea garden will be a security for my children.” The letter ends “On behalf of everyone at Traidcraft, and those with whom we work, please extend our thanks to everyone involved in sending this gift. Your support means that together we can help more families like Jakaria's to break the cycle of poverty for good.”

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Minchinhampton W.I. - May Meeting 2016

It is always useful to find out more about one’s own area – often things that remain undiscovered – and our talk today certainly opened our eyes to a Cotswold treasure just 4 miles distant, namely the mysterious Woodchester mansion.

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Traidcraft News - May 2016

In the past couple of months I have told you about a Traidcraft project in Bangladesh helping small holders to transform their lives by having their own tea gardens.

Another project funded by the 'Let it grow' campaign is training small holders in Eastern India to grow cotton.

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