Box Gardening Club Diary 2017

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Box Gardening Club meets in Box Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.

April 13th (Thursday) Katherine Crouch – New Tricks for Old Gardeners
(Joint Talk with Amberley Gardening Club)
The BBC ‘Gardener of the Decade’ talks about new styles of gardening, tools and techniques!

May 16th Don Everitt - Scree and Gravel Gardens
An insight into this appealing form of gardening.

June 7th Annual Outing – Bryan’s Ground near Presteigne, Herefordshire
Private visit to a very special garden on the Welsh Border

July 18th Afternoon Visit – Tormarton Court
Informal guided tour with the Head Gardener.

Sept 10th Box Village Show

Sept 19th Tim Hancock - Tortworth Seasonal Plants
A local garden centre owner talks on his favourite subject.

Oct 18th Mandy Bradshaw – Beyond the Garden Gate
Cheltenham-based gardening journalist and blogger gives her guide to Cotswold gardens.

Nov 21st Bill Laws - Plants that changed the Course of History
Talk about the top plants from his book ‘The Fifty Plants that changed the Course of History’.

Dec 16th Annual Christmas Party

Jan 17th 2017 AGM

Traidcraft - March 2017

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Fairtrade Fortnight events....the Big Brew, the Traidcraft tea party and the Traidcraft Sunday Breakfast. A very special ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help prepare the room, run the stalls, make cakes, wash up ...and all the many other jobs. Traidcraft events would not happen without you!!

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Minchinhampton W.I. - February Meeting 2017

The meeting was very well attended and members were welcomed by the President. The minutes of the last meeting were read out and they were approved and signed. There were two matters arising. The results of the GWFI Resolution Results were read out, and the most votes was gained by alleviating loneliness Members were encouraged to subscribe to the GWFI magazine. This was followed by a list of correspondence from GFWI.

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Minchinhampton W.I - January 2017 Meeting

The President welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year by wishing them a Happy New Year.

It was reported that £65.20 had been donated for the Air Ambulance Service by members at the successful Christmas Lunch and this had been forwarded. Details of various functions for the next few months were given, one of which was about the Glos. Federation Annual Council Meeting to be held in March when the main speaker will be Dr Lucy Worsley.

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Box W.I. - February 2017

It seems a long time since our Christmas Lunch at The Clothiers Arms in December and we now have to get down to our usual WI business!

January is the month when members pay their annual subscriptions and we hope to enroll some new members! We have an interesting and varied programme, are a very friendly group of ladies and always welcome new members. We meet in the morning, rather than the evening, which is a bonus, especially in the winter and have adequate parking! Come along and give us a try! If interested telephone Geraldine on 01453 832345.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - January 2 2017

Many readers will remember the great advantage of Stima’s visit to Minchinhampton in May 2016 when he met many of the Link supporters and spent time in the town. The great advantage of having him with us for 10 days meant that we could discuss in depth ideas, suggestions and plans for future projects.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - March 2017 Meeting

It was very encouraging to see such a good attendance at our afternoon meeting on March 1st and they were definitely not disappointed, it was a lot of fun. After being welcomed by the President the minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.

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Box W.I. - March 2017

At our first meeting of the year in January, we were given a Hands-on Quiz by Sandra Ashenford. We all sat around in a circle, passing around a wide range of objects for us to identify which was very interesting and great fun – some were relatively easy, but a few only identified by some of our more knowledgeable members!

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Fairtrade Fortnight .....27th February to 12th March

Sunday 26th February 10 a.m Eucharist with Fairtrade theme.
11.15 am The “Big Brew” in the Porch Room.
Thursday 2nd March 3.00 to 5.00 Traidcraft Tea Party in the Porch Room
Sunday 5th March Traidcraft Sunday Breakfast

In Minchinhampton we will have three Traidcraft events. There will be a Big Brew in the Porch Room after the service on Fairtrade Sunday. Then on Thursday March 2nd we will be holding a Traidcraft Tea Party in the Porch Room from 3.00 to 5.00. We shall be serving cream teas and homemade cakes and we shall be selling craft items in addition to the usual food items and the ever popular Traidcraft cards. Finally all profits from Sunday Breakfast on March 5th will be to Traidcraft. We shall be raffling a basket of Traidcraft goodies and the raffle will be drawn at the Sunday Breakfast. You are warmly invited to all three events.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - February 2017

As readers will know, the Link sponsors 12 students at the Folk Development College (the FDC) at Urambo. (Urambo is ten miles from Nkokoto so most of the students live in at the college.) The 2014 – 16 group of six students finished their course in December and have been presented with a leaving toolkit from the Link. These tool kits comprise of a sewing machine each plus materials, thread, etc., for the four students completing their needlework/tailoring course and a woodwork tool kit for the two boys who finished their carpentry course. The cost of these tool kits is approximately 2,800,000 Tz shillings. This is about £1,000 in total - £170 per student, expensive but giving each student the opportunity to set themselves up with a trade and income, something not possible without the sponsorship given them by the Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link, and of course only possible because of the generosity of the sponsors and our supporters.) We plan to keep track of these “graduating” students to see how they use their qualifications and trade but as they don’t always stay living in their home village, this isn’t always possible. Stima took photos of the ceremony but unfortunately, when he was sending them to me from the internet café in Urambo, the assistant pressed the delete button by mistake!

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Messy Christingle 2016

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This was my first Messy Christingle experience in Minchinhampton and one that was well attended by families. Alison Wood encouraged a great team of people to think creatively about light, fruits of the earth and prayer to share with the children.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - January 2017

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Two models of solar-powered D-Lights (S1 on left, S20 on right). Each costs about £7-£8,
a month's wages for many families in Nkokoto. For us, two cups of coffee and a slice of cake.

Well over fifty people gathered at the Hub to listen to a beautifully illustrated talk by Dr Fran Wilson Copp "Season's Greetings - a colourful history of Christmas cards" on Wednesday 23rd Nov. Fortified against the November chill by mulled wine and the season's first round of mince pies, we saw how the images that decorate our cards of snow, robins, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, the Three Kings etc. have developed over the past two hundred years.

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