Minchinhampton Community Library - January 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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