Box W.I. - January 2017

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!

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - December 2016

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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.

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Box Art Group - December 2016

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.

Minchinhampton W.I. - November Meeting 2016

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.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - November 2016

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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.)

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Minchinhampton W.I - December 2016 Meeting

As we gathered for our final meeting of the year we were greeted by a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree at the Library.

Our format was different this month as we began with the speaker, Mrs Aileen Bendal who is the Village and Community Agent for our area. Some of us knew of the scheme but many did not. She explained that the Agent bridges the gap between the local community and statutory and voluntary organisations able to offer help or support - a very comprehensive service. It is aimed at the over 50’s but help is available to any vulnerable person in the community. Questions were asked and answered and we now know that there is help at hand if required.

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Traidcraft - January 2017

The Traidcraft Christmas sale on November 15th was all we had hoped for in our last sale. We could not sum it up better than Bob Philpott who wrote of enjoying 'the wonderful company and the sheer joy of the occasion, knowing that our purchases are helping our neighbours in far off lands.' The takings on the day were £1,777.00.

One of the things I have admired about the way Traidcraft operate is that I have been able to introduce you to the actual people who have benefited from particular Traidcraft projects. So I thought in my final article I would pick out 3 characters who have specially stood out for me.

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Minchinhampton Ladies Club - December 2016

The Ladies Club was formed in the early 1990's taking over from the evening Minchinhampton W I. Since then we have met regularly in the Porch Room combining evening talks and demonstrations on a variety of topics, outings including Christmas lunches. Starting with 50 members we have now dwindled to 25 and no new members have joined recently. As we are not affiliated to any National body our insurance cover was higher than expected and therefore took most of our subscriptions. There has been difficulty in recruiting new committee members so it was decided by the present committee and members to terminate the Ladies Club at the end of this year. In December we are having a trip to the Cotswold Playhouse and Egypt Mill for our last Christmas meal.
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Box W.I. - December 2016

We had a very interesting talk in October entitled “Know your Hormones” by Jenny West. It was comforting to know that serious hormone problems are rare but disquieting to learn that for this reason diagnosis is difficult!

Also in October, we were busy making poppies for Remembrance Day displays. Despite being a small WI we managed to produce a large number of knitted poppies which were then joined together by Angela Keen on instruction from the British Legion.

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Box W.I. - November 2016

A robust rendition of Jerusalem began our very enjoyable meeting in September; a Sing Along to the Sound of Music, in very lively fashion! This was organised by David Homer and his accomplished pianist, Paul Auster. We give them a big thank you for such a wonderful morning of entertainment!

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - October 2016

The latest development in the Link’s work in Nkokoto is to set up the new micro-finance scheme for villagers in Nkokoto village. Stima, our local representative, is working with the Co-operative Officer from Urambo and the village chairman to agree a structure of agreeing which applicants from the village will be the first to receive a loan, to a maximum of 10,000 Tanzanian Shillings (£40) in order to set up a business or enterprise which will benefit the village and give opportunities to improve the lives of the applicant. For example, we are hoping that some of those Nkokoto students who we have sponsored through their two years at the Urambo Folk Development College will return home and set up a business using their skills learnt during their two years at the college, perhaps, designing and making school uniforms, or providing a mobile phone charging service with a solar panel purchased through the scheme, or clothes for selling in the market at Urambo or even perhaps a bicycle business maintaining and repairing the bicycles we have provided for the Students attending Vumilia Secondary School. We will keep you all informed of how this exciting scheme develops.

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