Traidcraft - July 2018

Candles0718Many of you will have seen (and bought!) some of the lovely wax candles that are sold through Traidcraft. Wax Industri Nusantara are based in Ngawi, East Java in Indonesia. It is a smallish factory employing 50 workers, mostly women, in an area where unemployment is high. Rather than investing in machinery, they deliberately employ local people to make the products by hand even though using machinery would make the factory more productive.

Besides providing job opportunities, there is a programme of training for staff, good working conditions , fair wages and free health care benefits.
The factory has also installed solar panels to produce electricity and they collect rain water to use in the production process.
Wax Industri are advocates for handmade products. Handmade means more hands, more artisans, less unemployment and a happier village.

All their products are made from 100% natural palm wax, which contributes to the sustainable production of palm oil. The candles have a pure cotton wick, a solid colour wax , a clean burn and no artificial fragrances . Look out for the candles on our stalls.

Our next stall is Sunday July 22nd after the service in the Porch Room.
If you forget your money or maybe you will be on holiday, then download an order form.
Thank you.
Jackie Natt 01453 731018.

Minchinhampton W.I. - July 2018

Our June meeting was well attended and we soon dealt with the business details so that we could listen to our speaker Mr Pete Tiley.

Pete is our local Neighbourhood Warden who, having set out a table full of "goodies", proceeded to talk about personal safety and his role as Warden. He told us of the numerous problems he covers. He liaises with the Police as well as the Dog Warden and relies on the public to contact him about local problems. For example - abandoned cars, dog fouling which can carry a fine of £75, litter again with a fine of £75. Fly tipping is also a large problem and this carries a greater fine. He also deals with low level anti-social behaviour and drug use, bogus callers, hate crime and bullying and many more problems.

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Box Art Group - July 2018

We have had a very enjoyable year at the Art Group and there was a big change after the departure of our Chairman, Elaine Grainger, who moved to Wales. Several of the more recently joined members joined the committee and Sue Dixon and Jill Harwood became joint Chairmen, backed up with a very enthusiastic team. We were grateful that the former Chairman, Brian Dowling, volunteered to remain on the Committee, as his years of experience were very valuable.

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Traidcraft - June 2018

On the shores of St Helena Bay, on the west coast of South Africa, lie the vas salt pans of Velddrif. Underground there is a layer of water bearing permeable rock called an aquifer and natural sea water is pumped up from this to the surface and through 12 pans. The intense heat of the sun and the warm breeze do the rest and, when the water reaches the final pan, then the salt content is so concentrated that natural crystals form which are then harvested by hand.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - June 2018

The last meeting took place in the Library on Wednesday May 2nd. The President welcomed members and gave out birthday cards to members with a birthday in May.

Arrangements were made for the Commons Edge Group Meeting which we were hosting on May 9th. Correspondence included the Christmas concert in Cheltenham with “Only men aloud”; a walk at Bishops Cleeve; a quilling workshop; archery taster session; indoor bowls taster; a visit to Lacock Abbey and village. Plans were made for scrabble and the luncheon club.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - May 2018

Many readers will have attended the AGM of the Link held on April 13th at the Hub. I hope the evening was informative and has updated you further on the work of the Link. For those readers who did not attend, the following notes will keep you informed of the work of the Link in Nkokoto and Urambo.

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Box W.I. - July 2018

At our May meeting, we had a discussion on this year’s National WI Resolution – ‘Mental Health matters as much as Physical Health’. We all voted in favour of the resolution despite a general feeling that it was also being discussed at great length by other authorities!

Following this we had three excellent short presentations by members entitled “What you don’t know about me!” It was amazing to hear the variety of topics ranging from family life abroad, a precarious entry into the world and parents long distance cycling exploits! We were all so fascinated that we felt it was something we will do again and could organise very quickly if we were let down by a speaker.

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Foodbank Newsletter - July 2018

The Foodbank Warehouse is situated at Brimscombe Port. The Warehouse contains all the donations for the Foodbank from individuals, schools, churches and supermarkets etc in our area. Here it is sorted, also by use date, documented and prepared for distribution to Foodbank drop-in centres in Stroud, Stonehouse, Dursley, Wotton and Nailsworth, also to any organisation identified as supporting disadvantaged groups eg. MARAH, Women's Refuge, Nelson Trust, Salvation Army, Arc House, etc. Schools also will receive an allocation for families with children during the holidays who have been identified by the school as needing help.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - July 2018

The Link has been in touch with Stima in Urambo recently and he has kept us up to date on the projects that we are financing. We are pleased that work on the nurse’s house has begun and she will soon be able to move back in. We have had the details of the work to be done on the primary school’s rainwater harvesting tank that the Link built some years ago and we have had the drawings and costings for the new teachers’ house to be built. It will be for two teachers (and possibly their families). Michael, the Headteacher of the school, has sent his greetings and thanks to Minchinhampton for the equipment and furniture purchased for the school.

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Box W.I. - June 2018

At our April meeting, Jan Ryder spoke on the work of Longfield, who offer support to those who are facing up to a terminal illness and their families. There is no residential care at Longfield but their specialist nurses go into homes to assist when required. Day courses are available at Longfield which offer a wide variety of activities and they also have beautiful grounds where one can relax in peace and quiet. All these services are free and Longfield exists on donations and charity events that they organise them-selves, such as sponsored walks.

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Traidcraft - May 2018

This month I want to tell you about 3 lovely ladies who are part of the Coopain Cabana Cooperative. This is a group of around 500 small holder famers in Peru. They grow quinoa just north of Lake Titicaca.

The cooperative governs itself and is split into 15 local associations headed by presidents and delegates who hold their positions for one year before voting begins again. The three ladies are all members of the Coopain and have lived in Cabana all their lives.

Mercedes is part of the supervisory committee and is very involved in Fairtrade negotiations. As well as working in the fields to produce quinoa she also has a say in its sale and usage.

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Box W.I. - May 2018

At our March meeting we had a talk by Di Wall on Stroud in WW2. It was illustrated with lots of wartime photos of people and places in the Stroud area, as well as local ones of Box and Minchinhampton. Di had obviously done a great deal of research for her talk and is still continuing to study new subjects for the future. A well recommended speaker!

In March, 5 of our members went to the GFWI Annual Council Meeting in Cheltenham. The speaker was Adam Henson of Countryfile fame, who was a very entertaining speaker who kept everybody amused.

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