Traidcraft - November 2018


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.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - November 2018

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.

Avril Tibbles

Minchinhampton W.I. - October 2018

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.

Avril Tibbles

Foodbank News - October 2018

Following hard after an incredibly busy spring, the Foodbank has had a rela-tively quiet summer. July is often a quiet month and this has been the case this year also. We hope that the warm weather has helped our clients.

You may have seen plenty in the news about Holiday Hunger and families potentially struggling over the school holidays. After consultation with headteachers in individual schools, the Foodbank has provided for the past 2 years holiday food bags for around 70 primary school children from 9 schools. This proactive approach is designed to help those who might find it a pinch over the holidays and allow them extra budget for some nicer things in the holidays. We have been well supported again by Rotary Clubs who deliver the bags and by our volunteers who make up the bags in between all other duties.

The quieter months have allowed us some time to get prepared for the busi-est months of the year. The new Harvest Shopping List can be found in the Minchinhampton Church weekly Pew sheet.

PLEASE help support your Foodbank with food and funds this Harvest. This transforms lives.

Wendy Fontaine

Minchinhampton - Nkokoto link - September 2018

Elsewhere in this issue, you will find an informative and interesting article from Jo Smith about her visit to Masasi, Vumilia and Nkokoto. The Link is grateful to Jo for making contact with Stima, Nkokoto villagers and the primary school during her hectic travels in Tanzania and for bringing back news of happenings in the village.

I have been in contact with the Headteacher of Nkokoto Primary School, Mr. Michael Theodos (pictured below, in the striped shirt). He took over the headship of the school when Joyce retired in 2017. He is a relatively young man and had been at the school for several years before being appointed Headteacher. We were thrilled to learn that Nkokoto School is one of the highest achieving primary schools in the Urambo District. We were also very pleased to learn that four of our students, whom the Link has sponsored in the past, have passed their exams and have moved on from Vumilia Secondary School to High Schools to complete their A level exams. The Link did not hesitate when asked to pay their fees and accommodation costs.

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Box W.I. - September 2018

We had an excellent meeting in July when Jon Mason of Highfield Nurseries came to speak to us on perennials, giving advice on when to buy and plant them. He filled three large tables with a lovely selection of plants. The most interesting fact I learnt was that water from the Duck Pond at Highfield was used (after filtration!) to water all the plants in the Nursery – under normal English summer conditions!

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - November 2018

Tanzania Today – some aspects of Tanzanian life

Children: In Tanzania, 50% of the population is under 18 years old. The children we met in Nkokoto, Vumilia and Urambo were delightful, but not all children in Tanzania have homes in villages such as these. Estimates are that there are at least 10,000 children living on the streets of the six largest cities alone, many experiencing physical and sexual abuse. Researchers suggest that for many children the situation at home may not be a lot better where there can be a high level of well-concealed domestic abuse, which is the main reason why many children run away from home in the first place. Runaway children frequently get into trouble with the law. The police aren’t particularly well-trained to deal with these children (in fact, many questions have been asked recently about the way Tanzanian police’s authority is misused) and the child protection legislation, good in theory, is not regularly enforced due to a lack of resources. I have to say that on my visits to Nkokoto, I saw no evidence of domestic abuse at all (but then, if it was occurring, it would be hidden from me of course.)

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Box W.I. - November 2018

In September we went to the Edgemoor Inn for our postponed “summer” lunch and had an excellent meal! We all liked the varied menu and appreciated that they catered for both small and healthy appetites! In fact we were so impressed that we have decided to book our New Year lunch there for 15th January.

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Box W.I. - October 2018

At the end of July, a group of 13 (WI members and husbands) visited Longfield. It was a most interesting trip and we were all very impressed with the beautiful gardens and facilities for those people facing a very difficult time of their lives. The thoughtfulness and understanding that had gone into the whole establishment was very apparent. We had a lovely cream tea and a chat and came away feeling that we were so lucky to have such a wonderful facility in our area.

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Traidcraft - October 2018

For over ten years Traidcraft has been buying raisins from Chile. Mifruta is one of Traidcraft suppliers of raisins….those wonderful dark, juicy raisins that are in Geobars, muesli and chocolate covered raisins.

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Minchinhampton Country Fayre 2019

As many readers will know, the Country Fayre – held every two years – used to be a regular and enjoyable feature of life in Minchinhampton.

For a number of reasons, the Fayre has not happened for a couple of years, but the Minchinhampton Life group are working on plans to revive it and have settled on Saturday 14 September 2019 as the provisional date for a new and reinvigorated event.

They will be holding a public meeting (everybody welcome) in the Market House on Thursday 11 October at 7.30 pm to discuss their plans. Please make a note of this date and come along if you can.

In the meantime, Minchinhampton Life would like to hear from any group or individual who would like to get involved in the 2019 Fayre: contact them through the website or through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Traidcraft - September 2018


Traidcraft first introduced coffee to the UK in the early 1980s. Called ‘Campaign Coffee’ it came from Tanzania and tasted very basic. Traidcraft now travels the world to find the best coffee beans and our coffees now come from Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras and Malawi to name a few places.

According to legend, coffee was first discovered in the 9th century when Ethiopian goat herders noticed that their goats appeared to jig and dance about after eating wild coffee beans!!

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