New Year Celebration for the Minchinhampton Community Library
In January 2013 Minchinhampton Community Library was opened and due to so many loyal volunteers undertaking a variety of tasks, the library has gone from strength to strength each year.
Our AGM in November was very well attended and a new committee elected. We welcomed two new members, Susan Dew and Gill Edgell and thanked Penny Kendall, who stood down this year, for her time on the committee.
After the business, we had some light relief making paper Christmas Wreaths, organised by Shani Wills and Jane Large. These were made of leaves cut out from colourful paper, glued to a ring base. The result was amazing! (even my husband was impressed when he saw my handiwork, and that takes some doing!) We thank Shani and Jane very much for the time they spent in preparing for the workshop – lots of cutting out!
In the last two parish magazines, we've reported on the setting up of a micro-finance scheme, with approximately £2000 capital raised by Minchinhampton, to be run by the villagers and organised by the elders with professional advice from the regional Co-operative Officer Mussa and our trusted, hard working and long-standing friend Stima Hassan.
Members of the Box Art Group have enjoyed the Autumn session which included two workshops run by artist Joan Marlow on aspects of sketching, composition and still life. Two unusual and interesting competitions have been set for members to enter and the two tutors gave very helpful commentaries on the entries. A film will be shown at the end of term. In the spring, an outing will be arranged as well as workshops. There are at present two or three vacancies and anyone interested would be welcome to come to an afternoon meeting to see what we do.
Ring Ann on 01453-832552 for details.
The AGM was well attended. Before the meeting began the President welcomed members, four apologies were received and birthday cards were distributed. The record of the last meeting was read out and this was signed unopposed. Members were thanked for their help with the recent Tears of the Dragon evening. This was followed by correspondence from GFWI.
Members were then invited to choose the food they wanted from the Christmas lunch menu. At this lunch members will make a donation to the Air Ambulance charity. At today’s meeting members were invited to make a donation for the WI wreath at the parish church service for Remembrance Day.
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.)