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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!