May is the month all WIs discuss the chosen two Resolutions in detail. This year the chosen ones were on ways of combating loneliness and the amount of non-biodegradable particles from materials and clothing which pollute the seas and oceans. We had an excellent presentation by one of our members who serves on the Public Affairs Committee. Our members passed these unanimously and our delegate to the Annual Meeting in Liverpool will vote on our behalf.
We spent our March Meeting sampling tasty sausages, attractively served on wooden skewers and a slice of delicious sausage roll, all prepared by Taylor’s Butchers of Minchinhampton. We did listen to the talk by Joe of Taylor’s as well! We were told about the family history of the butchers and other interesting facts about the manufacture of their sausages. Indeed, there has been a butcher on that same site for 300 years and Taylors have been there for nearly 125 years! A celebration was also held to mark Betty Foxton’s 90th Birthday, with a magnificent cake made by Shani Wills.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the Fairtrade fortnight events held at the end of February. We raised almost £1,000 pounds from the stalls, the breakfast, guess the teddy’s name and the raffle.
Thank you so much!!
...and, as always, a special thank you to all the many helpers. Traidcraft wouldn’t happen in Minchinhampton without you!
As we enjoy the Cotswold spring weather and countryside, it is good to report that the rains in Nkokoto this year have been good. This is obviously good news for the villagers with their smallholdings and for farmers who have larger units of tobacco, rice or maize growing, and for the cattle herders.
Tanzania has undergone impressive political and economic developments and improvements in social welfare in recent years. However, Nkokoto and the country as a whole continue to face considerable development challenges, not least in essential areas such as economic distribution, population growth, fighting corruption, improving the quality and availability of education, health, electrification, water access and sanitation – all these are key to economic improvement and improving the lives of villagers such as those in Nkokoto. Economic growth and decades of massive international aid have created many good results in Tanzania (and the Link has played its small part) but it is important to recall that the growth began from a very low starting point and that poverty in Tanzania has proven extremely stubborn. Tanzania remains one of the poorest 15 nations in the world. More than two-thirds of the population live below the internationally recognized income poverty line of £1.00 per day and almost 90% live on under £1.50 per day.
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.
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!
The April meeting was well attended. The meeting began with the members being welcomed by the President and the minutes from the last meeting were read and approved. They demonstrated the variety of activities that members are involved in from the distribution of Twiddle Muffs [made by the Craft Group] at Horsfall House to the participation of two teams in the WI County Quiz.
Traidcraft’s aim is to focus on helping people work their own way out of poverty. Their vision is for ‘ a world freed from the scandal of poverty where trade is fair and people and communities can flourish”.
Mwathi lives with her family in Kenya. Before Traidcraft stepped in , she was able to sell only one bag of maize from each harvest for 1,250ksh.Her children were going to school but she was behind with their school fees and , in the end, the children had to miss several terms of schooling. They also regularly didn’t have enough food to eat.
At our February meeting we had a talk about the Home-Start Charity by Alex Corgier. Home-Start is a family support charity, where volunteers offer support and practical advice around mental and physical health issues to families and children in need. One of our members has recently become a volunteer, which involves a training course of a day a week for 10 weeks.
Our next meeting on 11th April is a talk about the work at a Hedgehog Hospital by John Crowther. It would be interesting to know how many people actually see hedgehogs in their gardens these days!
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
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
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!!
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.