Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - April 2016

Following such a successful year with its projects in 2015, especially the bicycle loan scheme, mosquito nets, solar lights and the sinking of the new borehole, the Link is now looking to the future.

In consultation with Stima, our local representative in Nkokoto and Urambo, and now knowing that school fees for students in secondary schools in Tanzania have been abolished, we have decided that our sponsorship of the students at Vumilia Secondary School which serves Nkokoto village should take the form of supporting the students with educational equipment and materials to help them with their learning – books and stationary – as well as providing school uniform.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - March 2016 meeting

Despite the hail and snow flurries in the morning there was a very healthy attendance at our afternoon meeting on 2 March and they were definitely not disappointed.

Our speaker was Dry Simon Trapnell from the unique museum at Twigworth near Gloucester called ‘Nature in Art.’ Simon was instrumental in creating this collection back in the 1980’s, armed only with ideas, enthusiasm, hard work and encouragement from Sir Peter Scott, now famed around the globe for his concern about the world’s wetlands.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - March 2016

The seating for our February meeting was a surprise for our members, but especially appropriate for getting a good view of the demonstration that was the meeting’s focus. We were there to learn more about the contemporary craft of needle felting. Facing us was an enchanting array of lifelike animals, some 3D examples – a sleepy fox, and inquisitive badger -- and one 2D example – beautiful butterflies with intricate markings.

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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.

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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.

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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

Traidcraft News - April 2016

Fairtrade fortnight is just ending, and, as you will remember from the last magazine, we have had three Big Brew events. I do hope you have been able to be at one of them. Some people have been to all three! Each one has been very special in its own way.

We started with the Fairtrade service on Fairtrade Sunday. Jackie Natt gave a most interesting presentation explaining about Fairtrade and giving a brief history. It was made vivid by colourful pictures and was much enjoyed by all. This service was followed by the first Big Brew in the porch room. The Porch room was full with most of the congregation coming to enjoy coffee and buy from the stall and some people came who had not been at the service. There was much talk and a real sense of occasion. Raffle tickets were sold for a Traidcraft hamper.

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Box W.I. - April 2016

The Dementia Friends Initiative Talk by Jim MacLeod was a great success. It was very cleverly done with lots of audience participation. We played Dementia Bingo, which had us all a bit apprehensive about us showing early signs of dementia!

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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!

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - February 2016


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!

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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.

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Minchinhampton Community Library - January 2016


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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