As I write for this December edition, I cannot yet give you the figures raised from the Traidcraft Christmas fair…but thank you to all who attended and to all the volunteers. We have always been a super trader for Traidcraft !!
As I hinted in last month’s magazine, Traidcraft will almost certainly cease trading by the end of the year. Since 1979, Traidcraft has sold goods sourced in developing countries and has pioneered the notion of fair trade . It has sold coffee, tea, sugar, honey etc …all sourced fairly….with most products being sold in UK schools and churches such as ours. Now, however, this model is no longer viable.
The November meeting of the Minchinhampton WI took place on Nov 7th. Despite the wet weather, we had an excellent attendance to support our AGM. An appreciation and thank you was given to the President and her committee. The usual agenda was addressed and venues were arranged for lunch, scrabble and craft. We celebrated two birthdays and welcomed two new members to our group. Christmas festivities were discussed.
We were treated to a delightful recital of anthology by various members and refreshments were served. Do come and join us for fun and friendship. We have a very exciting programme planned for 2019
A very successful ‘Fish & Chip Supper with Quiz’ was held in the church on November 17th—the first event of this kind to be held in the reordered space.
There were 12 teams (of varying sizes) and all enjoyed supper from the fish and chip van, positioned at the lychgate, before embarking on the 4 rounds of questions delivered by Brian with his wife, Jane, doing the scoring. There were questions relating to birds, countries, general knowledge, music and some of a cryptic nature. The winning team, who won bottles of wine, was led by Peter Lapping. There followed a raffle before the whole area was cleared and prepared for the service the next morning.
This month I want to tell you a little bit about sugar production in Mauritius. Sugar production in Mauritius is very different to the early days of Traidcraftand has had to adapt to the changing global market for sugar. Ex- colonial countries like Mauritius had preferential agreements with the EU for many years. This has now come to an end and also the global market for sugar consumption is being challenged.
Our meeting took place on Wednesday 3rd October at 2pm in the Library.
Members were welcomed by the President and apologies were received from absent members. Relevant business matters were discussed; birthday cards were distributed, arrangements were made for lunch at the Ram, Bussage and a venue was set for Scrabble.
The craft session will not meet this month due to our Institute hosting the Group meeting at the Hub, where we will welcome guests from Box, Nailsworth and Woodchester. There will be a presentation from Signature Tunes followed by a Tea Party.
This month Mr Stephen Rowley, our guest speaker, gave an excellent oration about Sir Charles Wheetstone—a famous inventor from Gloucester. The vote of thanks was given by Ann Jackson and the meeting finished with refreshments.
New members will always receive a warm welcome so come and join us.
Our meeting took place in the Library on September 5th. It was well attended and, after the usual business matters, we were entertained with a talk about about the Bala Children’s Centre in Kenya. Mrs Maura Ferdinando delivered this presentation explaining how the centre caters for over 300 children, 70% being orphans. The excellent presentation was informative and was brought alive with photographs of the children, their surroundings and artefacts. Avril Tibbles gave the vote of thanks.
We look forward to our October meeting when we will discover about “Wheatstones Clever Tricks”. A warm welcome awaits new members so please come along and join us.