Box W.I. - March 2016

Our first meeting of the year on 12th January was well attended. Bryan Carter gave an excellent presentation on Indonesia with lots of colourful and entertaining slides. The people of Indonesia came over as being very happy and contented. Despite many of them being very poor, they welcomed visitors with open arms. It was however, very sad that there was a terrorist attack in Jakarta on 14th January, only two days after our meeting!

Continue Reading

Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - February 2016

Nkokoto

Water and education.....probably the two most important aspects of the Link’s work in Nkokoto. So it is wonderful to be able to tell our supporters and readers that the new borehole is in operation, with the pump and concrete apron on which it stands, completed at the end of December. At the same time as most of us were opening our presents and enjoying our festive lunch on Christmas Day, the contractors began work on the final stages of completion of the borehole and pump mechanism. So now Nkokoto has two sources of clean, fresh and healthy water. What a splendid achievement to mark the end of 2015, a year when the Link has given mosquito nets and D-lights to 300 families, provided power to the school house and clinic with solar panels, supported the provision of lunches at Vumilia Secondary School, paid the fees for the Nkokoto students who are sponsored by Minchinhampton sponsors, financed and established a bicycle loan scheme for the students to cycle to and from school, given books and P.E. equipment to Nkokoto primary School, paid the fees for twelve students from the village at the Folk Development College in Urambo and bought and presented tool kits or sewing machines for those who graduated in December. A fine achievement, and the committee, the Link supporters and our sponsors should feel proud of these achievements in 2015. Thank you and well done to all!

Continue Reading

Minchinhampton W.I. - February 2016

Despite it being very close to New Year when people are likely to have other engagements there was a good attendance at our first meeting of 2016. That might have been because we had to address the issue of a choice of campaign resolution for this year (one of the main concerns of the organisation since its inception in 1915. The listing, explanation of, and voting on, the 8 proposals occupied the opening minutes of our session. But with that concluded and the usual notices given out (a host of extra activities on offer) we were able to proceed with the main attraction, something that had had to be previously postponed, a talk about two isles of the Bristol channel, Flatholm and Steepholm.

Continue Reading

Minchinhampton Community Library - January 2016

librarylogo

We hope you all had a good Christmas and wish you a happy new year.

Minchinhampton Library enters its fourth year as a community library in January 2016 and I think anyone who is a regular visitor will have noticed some changes, including many changes to the decor and look of the library, especially the children’s section, and more is to come.

Continue Reading

Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - January 2016

Water, water, water......

Nkokoto Water

“Water, water, water....” was the response to my question to the Nkokoto villagers during my last visit when asked what their priorities are for the Link’s next project. Water plays such an essential and important part in all our lives, here and in Nkokoto. You and I turn on the tap (and no doubt waste a fair amount of water?!) yet in Nkokoto, as in many parts of rural East Africa, a good supply of healthy, clean water close by to your home is just not available. Now the Link has again helped the people of Nkokoto and we are thrilled to announce that the drilling of the borehole has been successful. DDCA drilled in their chosen site and hit an aquifer of water below the village. This is wonderful news and means that the villagers can pump water into their containers with ease and for many of them, will not have to wait so long nor walk so far to get their daily supply of water. The news from the village was that the villagers are very excited about having a second borehole with clean, fresh water. Thank you to everyone in Minchinhampton who has supported projects in Nkokoto during 2015 and before, and especially a BIG thank you to the local company that sponsored the new borehole.

Continue Reading

Box W.I. - December 2015

Unfortunately our speaker, booked for our October meeting, had to cancel. We were very grateful to Brian Dowling who stepped in at very short with a talk on “The Making of a Surgeon” inspired by the book of the same name, by Ian Aird.

Continue Reading

Fairtrade Fortnight
29th February to 13th March

Sunday 28th February 10am        Eucharist with Fairtrade theme.
                                     11.15 am  The “Big Brew” in the Porch Room.
Thursday 3rd March     3.00-5.00 Traidcraft Tea Party in the Porch Room.
Sunday 6th March                         Traidcraft Sunday Breakfast

By the time you read this magazine we shall be into Fairtrade fortnight, and I hope you have enjoyed the Fairtrade service and our first Big Brew.

We are now looking forward to the Traidcraft Tea Party in the Porch Room – a new venture for us. There will be Cream teas, and stalls selling crafts, cards, chocolate, and all the usual goodies. We very much hope to see you there.

Continue Reading

Fairtrade Fortnight - 29th February to 13th March

Sunday 28th February - 10am Eucharist with Fairtrade theme.
11.15 am The “Big Brew” in the Porch Room.
Thursday 3rd March 10.30 – 12.30 - The second “Big Brew” in the Porch Room.

Do you remember this time last year everyone contributed very generously to the Traidcraft “Fair Necessities Appeal”? Donations to the Appeal over the country amounted to £80,000, which with the contribution from the government gave Traidcraft £160,000. This has made an enormous difference to the amount they can help some of the world's poorest smallholder farmers.

Continue Reading

Box Womens Institute - February 2016

A very short article this month as we have already reported on our successful Christmas lunch at Highfield Garden World in December and have not yet held our January meeting at time of going to press!

On 9th February Jim Macleod will be speaking on the subject of the Dementia Friends Initiative. He is an excellent speaker who tackles this serious subject with humour and compassion.

Meetings at Box Village Hall, 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am business, coffee at 10.30am followed by a speaker. Visitors warmly welcomed at 10.30am - £3 including coffee.

Geraldine Ames

Box W.I - January 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

In November we held our AGM, followed by a rendition of monologues and poetry by Paul Evans. His Christmas theme was a mixture of humorous and serious items that kept us well entertained.

At the beginning of December we went out for our Christmas Lunch at Highfield Garden World. This was our second visit which came up to our expectations. A three course lunch plus mince pies, chocolates and coffee; great value, not forgetting the shopping experience!

Please note that our meetings from January 2016 have changed to the second Tuesday in each month. Our 12th January meeting is Bryan Carter who will be speaking on his Indonesian travels.

At our February meeting John MacLeod will be speaking on the Dementia Friends Initiative. He is an excellent speaker who tackles this serious subject with humour and compassion.

Meetings at Box Village Hall, 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am business, coffee at 10.30am followed by a speaker. Visitors warmly welcomed at 10.30am - £3 including coffee.

Geraldine Ames

Traidcraft News - January 2016

A Happy New year to you all. 2015 was a fantastic year for Traidcraft in Minchinhampton. Sales at the fourth Sunday stall have averaged around £150, Fair Trade Fortnight saw your amazing response to the Fair Necessities Campaign including all the fun we had with the Smarties and finally the triumphant day of the Christmas sale that we had here at Ricardo Road! Thank you to all my amazing team without whom none of this would be possible, and thank you to all of you who support all we do. I hope over the year I have been able to give you a small insight into how lives have been changed because people like you and me are buying Traidcraft goods.

Continue Reading

Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - November 2015

Bicycles, mosquito nets, school lunches and now at last......drilling for water! The Link is excited that because of the huge generosity of a local company (which has chosen to remain anonymous) we have been able to finance an exploratory geological survey of possible sites for a second borehole in Nkokoto. We are all too aware that a similar exercise in Nkokoto and Vumilia (the Nailsworth Link village that is 5 miles away from Nkokoto) 18 months ago found no water, so for this drilling, we have the co-operation of Rodwell Ganshonga, the Urambo Council water engineer, to advise us and to work with the company contracted to do the work, a company based in Dar es Salaam, called Drilling and Dam construction Agency, (DDCA.) This company has a wealth of experience in drilling for water and although no-one will guarantee that their boreholes will find water, we are very optimistic that this project will be successful. A number of projects have been undertaken by the Agency since its establishment in 1997. 95% of projects undertaken by DDCA are funded by the private sector or non- government institutions. Records indicate that DDCA drills about 80% of yearly drilled boreholes in the country at an average success rate of 85%. At the time of writing this article, we have reached the stage of the exploratory survey and hope that within the next few weeks, a site for drilling the borehole will be agreed.

Continue Reading